William Oliver Swofford is what we could call a two-hit wonder, and both of those hits came from this debut album. His cover of “Good Morning Starshine” from the musical “Hair,” peaked at #3 and the album’s other single “Jean,” from the film “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie,” hit #1.
Okay, so you love Dylan’s “Highway 61 Revisited” and “Blonde on Blonde.” You had the “Thing Wild Mercury Music” bootleg and devoured “The Bootleg Series Vol. 12: The Cutting Edge 1965–1966.” What if there was more Dylan *sound* from the same era? Well, if you don’t already know, tonight I’m going to talk about my favorite Dylan soundalike: Mouse and the Traps.
Taking its name from the 1944 controversial romance novel of the same name, Forever Amber hailed from Cambridge and after several years on the cover band circuit, recorded this one-off masterpiece for £200.
I think most Bee Gees fans would agree that it is acceptable to include this trio of stellar albums in one fawning entry as there is a certain continuity of sound that differs from the early-70s output and, of course, their late-70s disco sound.
Comedian Zac Amico tells us about only Weird Al record not to be reprinted in his career spanning Squeezebox collection, this record is a departure from Al’s pop music mutations as well as a collaboration with Moog synthesizer pioneer Wendy Carlos.
I later came around to this terrific album which Rolling Stone rightly included in its 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list in 2003. The sounds of the 70s live within this beautiful, and still working 8-track cartridge.
What can be said about Sir Elton John’s output during the late-60s into the early-70s that hasn’t already been said? It’s a tough choice between “Tumbleweed Connection,” this album, and “Honky Chateau,” but ultimately I land here.
Though most of the original copies sat unplayed in the Emerson family basement, this lost, private press record from 1979 became a cult classic when it was reissued by Light in the Attic records in 2012.
Pretty cool Canadian folkie from Vancouver. Chart success eluded him in the US, but he had several Canadian hits with his covers of Dylan’s “Girl From the North Country,” Nilsson’s “1941” and “Rainmaker,” as well as Donovan’s “Sunny Goodge Street.” Check him out!