Thursday, January 31, 2008
I enjoy checking out booking sampler LPs; though they're usually loaded with dopey, wannabe-rock star AOR barband crap, the occasional rough gem can be picked out, like "Shot in the Dark" from Forecast, a loose, dirty basement rock outfit. This LP, complete with galactic record holder on the cover, was a QCA pressing from a Syracuse agency. I remember hearing radio ads for shows featuring some of the other acts on this record, like 805 and Alecstar. The liner notes say of Forecast, "the audience is chauffeured through time...the Who's Tommy...a salute to Hendrix...the Doors come to life...modern classics...showmanship and presence."
v/a: The Album, the Acts, the Agency LP (DMR, 107094X, 1981)
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Alan Caddy, founding member of the Tornados who passed away in 2000, produced dozens of now sound/exploitation LPs chock full of a mix of rock and orchestral covers of hit songs of the day, mainly through the Canada-based Avenue of America label, for which he was house arranger and producer. Don't know who Bob Faloon was. Here's a gruff and loose cover of "Honky Tonk Woman" from their album of Stones covers.
Alan Caddy and Bob Faloon: Do Songs Made Famous by the Rolling Stones LP (Canada: Avenue of America, AVE-4304, 1972?)
Monday, January 28, 2008
The lounge band Affinity, in between rousing renditions of "New York, New York" and "I'll Never Love This Way Again" throw in a curve ball with their Scientology ballad "I'm a Thetan." They're still active in Arizona; here's their site.
Affinity: Live! LP (Aces, 810717, 1981)