End ... LP Island, 1974. Very Good+ ...
One of Nico's darkest albums – and the kind of record we always suggest to those who doubt her genius! The incredibly spare set has Nico playing harmonium, which makes for a spooky off-kilter sound that really gives the record a somber approach – especially as the instrument sounds a heck of a lot like her voice – very dark and moody, with lots of offbeat tones! Nico also gets some hip help, too – as the set features Brian Eno on keyboards, and production by John Cale – who also plays a huge variety of odd instruments too. Titles include a sublime 9 minute reading of The Doors' "The End", one that makes the original seem like candy floss – plus the tracks "Secret Side", "Innocent & Vain", "Valley Of The Kings", "We've Got The Gold", and "It Has Not Taken Long". (Rock, Vocalists)LP, Vinyl record album
A cool little set to keep the summer going long after Labor Day – and the kind of package of sunny classics from the postwar years that will provide plenty of summer listening even when you're locked indoors! As with other entries in this cool series from Bear Family, the mix of music is great – lots of unusual tunes in a variety of genres – early rockers, hillbilly numbers, doo wop songs, and plenty of vocal gems too – all united by a theme of summertime fun, and put together in a package with a really great set of graphics and notes! 33 tracks in all – including "In The Good Old Summertime" by Kirby Stone Four, "Jeannie's Bikini" by Dick Glasser, "Please Don't Talk To The Lifeguard" by Andrea Carroll, "Bikini Drag" by The Pyramids, "Surf N Stomp" by The Charades, "California Sun" by Joe Jones, "Now That Summer Is Here" by The Videls, "Cool Breeze" by Gerald Sims, "Summer Job" by The Dovells, "It's Hot" by Gene & Billy, "June July & August" by Toni Dee, and "Night Air" by The Four Mints. (Rock, Vocalists)CD