H Nilsson – Nilsson Schmilsson

Artist: Harry Nilsson

Genre: Singer-Songwriter, Pop
Title: Nilsson Schmilsson
Released: 1971
Label: RCA/Victor
Musicians:Harry Nilsson – vocals; piano, Mellotron, organ, harmonica, electric piano, Jim Gordon – drums,percussion, Klaus Voormann – bass, rhythm guitar, acoustic guitar, Chris Spedding – guitar, Herbie Flowers – bass, John Uribe – acoustic guitar, lead guitar
Additional personnel: Henry Krein – accordion, Richard Perry – percussion, Mellotron,
Jim Price – trumpet, trombone, horn arrangements, Jim Keltner – drums, Roger Coolan – organ, Bobby Keys – saxophone, Gary Wright – piano, organ, Paul Buckmaster – string and horn arrangements, Roger Pope – drums, Caleb Quaye – guitar, Ian Duck – acoustic guitar, Jim Webb – piano, George Tipton – string and horn arrangements.
Producer: Richard Perry
Engineer: Robin Geoffrey Cable
Mix Engineer: Doug Sax

From Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_Nilsson Harry Edward Nilsson III (June 15, 1941 – January 15, 1994), usually credited as Nilsson, was an American singer-songwriter who achieved the peak of his commercial success in the early 1970s. His work is characterized by pioneering overdub experiments, returns to the Great American Songbook, and fusions of Caribbean sounds. A tenor with a three-and-a-half octave range, Nilsson was one of the few major pop-rock recording artists of his era to achieve significant commercial success without ever performing major public concerts or undertaking regular tours. Continue reading

British Beat A-GO-GO – Various Artists

Artist: Various
Genre: Rock, Pop
Title: British Beat A-Go-Go
Released: 1965
Label: Majorette Records (Montgomery Ward)
Musicians: Unknown

You may have noticed the stark info above on this LP, that’s because this is what I call one of those true mystery records. There is no information to be found officially.
This is technically not really a “various artists” record as the original artists of the songs are not present, this record is stranger. It is production studio renditions of popular songs among the young generation in the sixties.
All the songs are instrumental versions of the day and one in a way that one could go back and visualize that they could have been used as background music in stores such as Montgomery Ward and for all I know, that may have been exactly what was done.

This is a Montgomery Wards record! From the back of the album:
“Teens, you’ll like Wards….because Wards is really “with it”….has been for 90 years. We’re first with all the fads and fashions that make news…plus all the school and date clothes, sporting goods, (picked by a panel of top sports stars), beauty needs, dorm accessories you want.
The prices at Wards are sized to fit a teen’s budget, too. We buy BIG, and share the savings with you. Best of all, your satisfaction is guaranteed…no unhappy customers at Wards.
Join the smart teens who belong to our Wendy Ward program…choose Wards stylish, lab-tested brands…join the “in crowd”…stick with Wards!

British Beat A-Go-Go:
We’ve been invaded! It’s that swingin’, dynamic British sound, which is their version of “rock & Roll.” This album contains versions of some of the biggest British hits to come across the waves so far. They include songs made famous by such recording stars as: the Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, Peter & Gordon, and others.
What’s the big “secret” to the fantastic success of this “British Beat”??? We think it’s a combination of, “very danceable beat and a strong melody line.”
The instrumental versions of these hits clearly illustrate the exciting, captivating style of this music. So, let yourself go and have a ball with, “BRITISH BEAT A-GO-GO”!

I had  to laugh as I read this because to me it sounds like someone holding their nose as they write this and then trying to be cool.

Songs are:
A Ticket To Ride
How Do You Do It
Eight Days A Week
Wonderful World
Bits And Pieces
Doo Wah Diddy
A Hard Day’s Night
I’m Telling You Now
It’s Not Unusual
A World Without Love
Glad  All Over
Can’t Buy Me Love

Sonically, this record is better than I expected, but not real good. It seems the bottom end is a bit lacking, but otherwise not bad.

I wish I had a sample or two to share here, but could not find any.

SOUND: For effort

Paul Revere and the Raiders – Spirit Of 67′

Artist: Paul Revere and the Raiders
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock
Title: Spirit Of 67′
Musicians: Paul Revere-Keyboards, Mark Lindsay-Lead vocals (except as indicated), saxophone, Phil “Fang” Volk-Bass, lead vocals on “In My Community” and “Why? Why? Why?”, Michael “Smitty” Smith-Drums, lead vocals on “Our Candidate”, Drake “The Kid” Levin-Guitar, backing vocals, Jim “Harpo” Valley-Guitar
Producer: Terry Melcher

Paul Revere & the Raiders was an American rock band that saw considerable U.S. mainstream success in the second half of the 1960s and early 1970s.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Revere_%26_the_Raiders Initially based in Boise, Idaho, the Raiders began as an instrumental rock band led by organist and founder Paul Revere Dick (January 7, 1938 – October 4, 2014) In his early 20s, Revere owned several restaurants in Caldwell, Idaho and first met singer Mark Lindsay while picking up hamburger buns from the bakery where Lindsay worked. The circumstance of their meeting was later referred to in the tongue-in-cheek song “Legend of Paul Revere”, recorded by the group. Lindsay joined Revere’s band in 1958. Originally called the Downbeats, they changed their name to Paul Revere & the Raiders in 1960 on the eve of their first record release for Gardena Records. The band garnered their first hit in the Pacific Northwest in 1961, with the instrumental “Like, Long Hair”. When Revere was drafted for military service, he became a conscientious objector and worked as a cook at a mental institution for a year and a half of deferred service. During the same time period, Lindsay pumped gas in Wilsonville, Oregon. On the strength of their Top 40 single, Lindsay toured the U.S. in the summer of 1961 with a band that featured Leon Russell taking Revere’s place on piano. Continue reading