Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #36

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Candymen – Ways (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Aggravation (ABC)
Tommy Roe – Leave Her (ABC)
Chain Reaction – You Should Have Been Here Yesterday (Verve)
The Poor – My Mind Goes High (York)
The Turtles – She’s My Girl (White Whale)
Emmit Rhodes- Really Wanted You (ABC)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)

British Walkers – I Found You (Try)
Changing Tymes – Free Spirit (She Comes On) (Bell)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Day (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Fun and Games – Elephant Candy (White Whale)
Fun and Games – The Grooviest Girl In the World (White Whale)
Jimmie Haskell – Prelude (ABC)
Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday (ABC)
The Love Generation – The Love In Me (Imperial)

The Montanas – That’s When Happiness Began (WB)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Cowsills – River Blue (MGM)
Eternity’s Children – Mrs Bluebird (Tower)
Chris and Peter Allen – Just Friends (Mercury)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Joyride – Big Bright Green Pleasure Machine (World Pacific)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (MGM)
Thom McCan Commercial

 

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 36 – 160MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month I was in the mood for some hooks and jangle, so I dipped into the archives and pulled out a bunch of groovy stuff. You get a grip of Curt Boettcher-associated material (songs, productions, arrangements), some soft pop, sunshine, bubblegum and even a bit of freakbeat.

Wait for a sunny day and play this one while you fly a kite (cuz kites are fun!).

See you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #30

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Playlist

Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield – Action Scene (KPM)
Mindbenders – The Morning After (Fontana)
The Remains – Once Before (Epic)
The Remains – Diddy Wah Diddy (Epic)
Sir Raleigh and the Coupons – Tomorrow’s Gonna Be Another Day (Jerden)
Del Shannon – She (Liberty)
Carole King – Pleasant Valley Sunday (Demo)
Scotty McKay – All Around the World (Claridge)
Baker Knight and the Knightmares – Hallucinations (Reprise)
The Enemys – Mojo Woman (MGM)
Freddy Cannon – 20th Century Fox (WB)
Moody Blues – Fly Me High (London)
Moody Blues Concert Promo


Nilsson – The Path That Leads To Trouble (Tower)
Nilsson – Good Times (Tower)
Nilsson – So You Think You’ve Got Troubles (Tower)
Nilsson – Growin’ Up (Tower)
Nilsson – Signs (demo)
Nilsson – This Could Be The Night (demo)
Monkees – Daddy’s Song (Head OST)
Glen Campbell – Without Her (Capitol)
Bobby Vee – One (Liberty)
Ella Fitzgerald – Open Your Window (Reprise)
Nilsson – Ban Roll On Commercial

Paul Williams – Nilsson Sings Newman (A&M)*
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
Nilsson – Everybody’s Talkin’ (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Remix) (RCA)
Nilsson – Mr Richland’s Favorite Song (Aerial Pandemonium Ballet Remix) (RCA)
Nilsson – Mourning Glory Story (RCA)
Nilsson – Mother Nature’s Son (RCA)
Nilsson – Puppy Song (RCA)
George Tipton – Rainmaker (WB)
George Tipton – Maybe (WB)
Davy Jones – Are You Sleeping (The Point UK Cast OST – MCA)
Mickey Dolenz – He’s Leaving (The Point UK Cast OST – MCA)
Pat Williams – Don’t Leave Me (Verve)
Lena Horne – Think About Your Troubles (Buddah)
Harry Nilsson – Handgun Violence PSA

DMZ – Out of Our Tree (Sire)
Paul Raven – Soul Thing (MCA UK)
The Paupers – Numbers (Verve)
Mars Bonfire – Ride With Me (UNI)
Joe South – Hush (Capitol)
Lamp Of Childhood – Two O’Clock In the Morning (Dunhill)
Bodine – Disaster (MGM)
KHJ Tiny Tim Concert Promo

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 30 – 247MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

I have a very special (very long) episode of the show for you this month.

Sandwiched between two sets of garage, freakbeat and psych you get a long tribute to all things Nilsson, featuring some rarities by the man himself, as well as a far reaching assortment of covers by everyone from Glen Campbell to Ella Fitzgerald and Lena Horne.

I think this is an especially cool one, so pull down the ones and zeros and dig it!

See you all next week with some more coolness.

Peace

Larry

*NOTE: After I recorded the show I found a piece by Paul Williams addressing his song ‘Nilsson Sings Newman’, and his relationship with Nilsson directly. It’s worth reading.

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #26

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Playlist

Opener – Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Parker (KPM)
Nino Tempo and April Stevens with the Guilloteens – I Love How You Love Me (Atco)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Teardrop City (A&M)
Sir Douglas Quintet – She’s About a Mover (Tribe)
Peter Cook and Dudley Moore – The LS Bumblebee (Decca)
Giant Crab – ESP (UNI)
The Bit A Sweet – How Can I Make You See (ABC)
The Garden Club – Little Girl Lost and Found (A&M)
The Garden Club – I Must Love Her (A&M)
John Wonderling – Midway Down (WB)
The Turtles – Buzz Saw (White Whale)
ALSAC Teenagers March Concert Commercial

Buffalo Covers…
Staple Singers – For What It’s Worth (Epic) 1967

Mojo Men – Sit Down I Think I Love You (Reprise) 1966
Kenny Rankin – Four Days Gone (Mercury) 1970
Percy Sledge – Kind Woman (Atlantic) 1968
Poco – Go and Say Goodbye (Epic) 1972
Glenn Yarbrough – Everybody’s Wrong (RCA) 1967
Fanny – Special Care (Reprise) 1971
Fever Tree – Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing (UNI) 1968
Yes – Everydays (Atlantic) 1970
The Road – Mr Soul (Kama Sutra) 1970
Bonnie Raitt – Bluebird (WB) 1971
Chris Smither – I Am a Child (Poppy) 1970
Kate Rogers – Broken Arrow (Grand Central) 2005
The Grip Weeds – Down to the Wire (Buy or Die) 1998
King Curtis – For What It’s Worth (Atco) 1967

The Doors – Peace Frog/Blue Sunday (Elektra)
The Doors – Unknown Soldier (Elektra)
Rick Nelson – Don’t Make Promises (Decca)
Rick Nelson – Barefoot Boy (Decca)
Rick Nelson – Marshmallow Skies (Decca)
The Dillards – Lemon Chimes (Elektra)
The Dllards – Reason to Believe (Elektra)
The Collage – Rainy Blue Memory Day (Smash)
The Collage – My Mind’s At Ease (Smash)
The Collage – Would You Like To Go (Smash)
Van Dyke Parks – Come To the Sunshine (45) (MGM)
Van Dyke Parks – Datsun Commercial (WB)

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 26 – 233MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to this month’s episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This is a very special edition of the ILRS, with lots of groovy new arrivals and an extra long set in middle of the show devoted to cover versions of Buffalo Springfield songs (thanks to Echoes In the Wind for the inspiration).

You get more than two hours of music this month, so strap on the headphones and dig (in).

See you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #23

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Playlist

Opener – Action Scene – Alan Hawkshaw/Keith Mansfield (KPM)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – Trying to Get To You (Columbia)
Bill Wendry and the Boss Tweeds – When He’s Home (Columbia)
Baker Knight and the Knightmares – Hallucinations (Reprise)
Kidds – Straighten Up and Fly Right (Big Beat)
Motifs – If I Gave You Love (Selsom)
Kit and the Outlaws – Don’t Tread On Me (Black Knight)
Darelycks – Bad Trip (Fine)
Blue Things – Orange Rooftop of Your Mind (RCA)
Kingsmen – Little Sally Tease (Wand)
Rationals – Danby’s Mens Wear Commercial

Mindbenders – It’s Getting Harder All the Time (Fontana)
Mindbenders – Off and Running (Fontana)
Lesley Gore – Off and Running (Mercury)
Dave Berry – The Crying Game (London)
Brenda Lee – The Crying Game (Decca)
Ian and the Zodiacs – The Crying Game (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Na Na Na Na Na (Philips)
Ian and the Zodiacs – Why Can’t It Be Me (Philips)
The Cake – Baby That’s Me (Decca)
Dick Hyman – The Liquidators (Command)
Hondells – Just One More Chance (Columbia)
Hondells Honda Commercial

Rainy Day Friends – Not Like Before (World Pacific)
Group Therapy – Bad News (Canterbury)
Holy Mackerel – Wildflowers (Reprise)
Francoise Hardy – Ce Petit Couer (4 Corners)
3’s a Crowd – Bird Without Wings (Dunhill)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brady Bunch – I Just Want To Be Your Friend (Paramount)
Apple – Buffalo Billycan (Page One)
Cat Stevens – Baby Get Your Head Screwed On (Deram)
Dead Sea Fruit – Kensington High Street (Atco)
Equals – The Guy That Made Her a Star (RCA)
Donovan – Museum (Epic)
Donovan – Pied Piper Movie Spot

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 23 – 177MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

Welcome to another episode of the Iron Leg Radio Show.

This month you get some groovy new arrivals, a set of garage fuzz, some interesting covers laid end-to-end and a nice long pop/freakbeat set.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll see you all next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #21

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Playlist

Show Opener – Action Scene – Mansfield/Hakwshaw (KPM)
The Spats – She Done Moved (ABC)
Sonny and Cher – It’s Gonna Rain (Atco)
WC Fields Memorial Electric String Band – Hippy Elevator Operator (HBR)
Buffalo Springfield – Mr Soul (45 Edit) (Atco)
Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart – Out and About (A&M)
Boyce & Hart Coke Commercial
The Changin’ Times- How Is the Air Up There (Philips)
Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers – So You Say You Lost Your Baby (Columbia)
The Kaleidoscope – Egyptian Gardens (Epic)
Lamp Of Childhood – You Can’t Blame Me (Dunhill)
Lyme and Cybelle – Follow Me (White Whale)
Monkees – Teardrop City (Colgems)
Bobby Fuller Four – KRLA King of the Wheels Commercial
The Poor – She’s Got the Time She’s Got the Changes (York)
The Poor – Feelin’ Down (Decca)
Love – The Red Telephone (Elektra)
Thorinshield – Wrong My Friend (Philips)
Sagittarius – My World Fell Down (Columbia)

Cheques – Testify (I Wanna) (HIP)
Chain Reaction – Ever Lovin’ Man (Verve)
Fun and Games – Something I Wrote (White Whale)
Los Gatos Negros – No Milk Today (Vergara)
Sound Foundation – Magic Carpet Ride (SmoBro)
Sound Foundation – Morning Dew (SmoBro)
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich- Master Llewellyn (Fontana)
Dave Dee Dozy Beaky Mick and Tich – Coke Commercial

The Collection – Tomorrow Is a Window (Hot Biscuit)
Crib and Ben – Emily (Decca)
Peter Robbins – If I Knew Then What I Know Now (RCA)
Phaetons – Leave It To Me (WB)
Phaetons – You Better Come Home (WB)
Sonny Curtis – The Straight Life (Viva)
Fairport Convention – Tale In Hard Time (A&M)
Jerry Garcia – The Wheel (45 edit) (WB)
Grateful Dead concert commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 21 – 186MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 21!

When I dipped into the crates to put this one together, it kind of got away from me as I pulled out on groovy LA-related side after another, and the first set stretched out to 45 minutes!

I don’t think you’ll be complaining, since it’s packed with some of the best music of the 60s, with stops in garage punk, pop, folk rock and psychedelia.

After that, you get two shorter sets – one heavier, one lighter – that I think you’ll also dig.

I hope you like it all, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Radio Show Episode #19

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Playlist

Intro/Action Scene – Hawkshaw/Mansfield (KPM)
Byrds – Bad Night at the Whiskey (Columbia)
Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll – Save Me (Polydor)
Captain Beefheart – Who Do You Think You’re Fooling (A&M)
Chris Farlowe – Out of Time (Immediate)
Chris Farlowe – Baby Make It Soon (Immediate)
The Coopers – Didn’t I (White Whale)
The Hassles – You Got Me Hummin’ (UA)
Standells – Why Did You Hurt Me (Tower)
The Yardbirds – No Excess Baggage (Epic)
Yardbirds – Great Shakes Commercial

Hardy Boys – Here Come the Hardys (RCA/Dunwich)
Tradewinds – Mind Excursion (Kama Sutra)
Small Circle of Friends – Kind of Wasted Without You (A&M)
Pleasure Faire – Morning Glory Days (UNI)
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
James Griffin – Miracle Worker (Viva)
Fun and Games – Don’t Worry Baby (White Whale)
Free Design – Bubbles (Project 3)
Brian Hyland – The Joker Went Wild (Philips)
Grin – White Lies (Spindizzy)
Blades of Grass – I Love You Alice B Toklas (Jubilee)
I Love You Alice B Toklas Movie Promo

Beaver and Krause – People’s Park 45 (WB)
Ananda Shankar – Light My Fire (Reprise)
The Fire Escape – The Trip (GNP Crescendo)
Cher – Hey Joe (Imperial)
Holy Mackerel – Scorpio Red (Reprise)
Living Strings – San Francisco Nights (Camden)
Mickey Newbury – Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (RCA)
Peggy Lipton – The Lady of the Lake (Ode)
Mars Bonfire – Lady Moonwalker (UNI)
Scott Walker – Mrs Murphy (Philips)
Terry Reid – Stay With Me (Epic)
Van Dyke Parks – Datsun Commercial

Listen/Download -Iron Leg Radio Show Episode 19 – 176MB/256kbps

Greetings all.

I hope all is well in your part of the world.

It’s time once again for the Iron Leg Radio Show, episode 19!

This time around we have a great one for you, with three long sets of very groovy music.

We get things started with a bunch of garage and other rock, roll on into a set of sunshine and lighter fare, and close things out with a long, trippy grouping of sounds.

As always, I hope you dig it, and I’ll be back next week with something cool.

Peace

Larry

 

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RIP Don Grady

NOTE: I was sad to hear of the passing of actor/musician Don Grady (Agrati) yesterday at the age of 68.
Not only was Grady a fixture in America’s living rooms in his role as Robbie Douglas on the long-running sitcom ‘My Three Sons’, but he was also an accomplished musician with connections to the Sunshine Pop world.
This is a re-up of a post I first published about 18 months ago. It features two songs from his excellent 1973 LP “Homegrown’.
I hope you dig the tunes, and I’ll see you all on Monday.
Peace
Larry

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Don Agrati, and his LP cover (below)

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Listen/Download – Don Agrati – Hollywood Song

Listen/Download – Don Agrati – Protoplasm Blues

Greetings all.

Welcome back to week number two of the return of Iron Leg (sounds like a Hammer film from back in the day).
I hope all is well on your end.

The tunes I bring you today, presented under the ‘Sounds of the Millennium’ banner, do so under fairly loose conditions.

As far as I know they don not include performance contributions by members of the band.

However, the demos on which the album in question were built were produced by none other that Curt Boettcher and Keith Olsen.

The artist is someone that most of you know, but perhaps under a different name.

Don Agrati spent the bulk of the 1960s as a big TV star under the nom du screen ‘Don Grady’. He appeared from 1960 to 1971 on ‘My Three Sons’ as Robbie Douglas, before which he was a Disney contract player and performed on a number of other shows.

Some of you will also be aware that during his time on that show he had a sideline musical career.
As Robbie Douglas, Agrati performed on ‘My Three Sons’ with his band ‘The Greefs’.

Outside of the show, he recorded a number of 45s for the Canterbury label, as drummer for the Yellow Balloon, and as a vocalist with the Windupwatchband and as a solo (the latter two as Don Grady).

A few years after the demise of the show, Agrati signed a contract with Elektra records, and in 1973, the aptly titled LP “Home Grown’ was released.

Information is scarce, but it seems to be the case that the demos for ‘Home Grown’, which were produced by Boettcher and Olsen, were assembled over the course of a few years, and then apparently polished/augmented (not changing much) and released.

The album is stylistically all over the place, though some of this seems to be due to the passage of time (a few of the songs have copyrights from years before the LP was released).

There are moments of Monkees-ish pop (‘Two Bit Afternoon’), jazzy efforts (‘Bloodstream’) and sophisticated, early 70s California pop (the two songs I bring you today).

I’ve paired ‘Hollywood Song’ and ‘Protoplasm Blues’ because of all the tunes on ‘Home Grown’, they seem to have been born out of the same stylistic sensibility.

There are hints of Nilsson and Emmitt Rhodes (especially appropriate considering the source), as well as the Beatles (the root for the previous two), and even at times the later, jazzier side of Traffic. The cool thing is that none of these influences seem direct, but more like they were all dipping into the same portion of the musical zeitgeist.

I’ve read that Agrati played keyboards and drums on the album (and possibly everything else), and his piano work is pretty nice. In fact it’s the piano that really makes both ‘Hollywood Song’ and ‘Protoplasm Blues’ so cool.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say that ‘Home Grown’ is some kind of lost masterpiece (it’s not) but rather that it does have some excellent tracks, and indicates that Agrati, given the appropriate time and focus could have gone on to craft a really solid set.

Fortunately, while it is obscure, ‘Home Grown’ isn’t particularly expensive. You could probably score a copy for less that $30.00 (I got my first for around 20, and then found a second for 5 bucks). It’s definitely worth hearing for fans of the California sound, and especially for Boettcher/Millennium completists.

I hope you dig the tunes, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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Sounds of the Millennium #3 – Don Agrati – Hollywood Song / Protoplasm Blues

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Don Agrati, and his LP cover (below)

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Listen/Download – Don Agrati – Hollywood Song

Listen/Download – Don Agrati – Protoplasm Blues

Greetings all.

Welcome back to week number two of the return of Iron Leg (sounds like a Hammer film from back in the day).
I hope all is well on your end.

The tunes I bring you today, presented under the ‘Sounds of the Millennium’ banner, do so under fairly loose conditions.

As far as I know they don not include performance contributions by members of the band.

However, the demos on which the album in question were built were produced by none other that Curt Boettcher and Keith Olsen.

The artist is someone that most of you know, but perhaps under a different name.

Don Agrati spent the bulk of the 1960s as a big TV star under the nom du screen ‘Don Grady’. He appeared from 1960 to 1971 on ‘My Three Sons’ as Robbie Douglas, before which he was a Disney contract player and performed on a number of other shows.

Some of you will also be aware that during his time on that show he had a sideline musical career.
As Robbie Douglas, Agrati performed on ‘My Three Sons’ with his band ‘The Greefs’.

Outside of the show, he recorded a number of 45s for the Canterbury label, as drummer for the Yellow Balloon, and as a vocalist with the Windupwatchband and as a solo (the latter two as Don Grady).

A few years after the demise of the show, Agrati signed a contract with Elektra records, and in 1973, the aptly titled LP “Home Grown’ was released.

Information is scarce, but it seems to be the case that the demos for ‘Home Grown’, which were produced by Boettcher and Olsen, were assembled over the course of a few years, and then apparently polished/augmented (not changing much) and released.

The album is stylistically all over the place, though some of this seems to be due to the passage of time (a few of the songs have copyrights from years before the LP was released).

There are moments of Monkees-ish pop (‘Two Bit Afternoon’), jazzy efforts (‘Bloodstream’) and sophisticated, early 70s California pop (the two songs I bring you today).

I’ve paired ‘Hollywood Song’ and ‘Protoplasm Blues’ because of all the tunes on ‘Home Grown’, they seem to have been born out of the same stylistic sensibility.

There are hints of Nilsson and Emmitt Rhodes (especially appropriate considering the source), as well as the Beatles (the root for the previous two), and even at times the later, jazzier side of Traffic. The cool thing is that none of these influences seem direct, but more like they were all dipping into the same portion of the musical zeitgeist.

I’ve read that Agrati played keyboards and drums on the album (and possibly everything else), and his piano work is pretty nice. In fact it’s the piano that really makes both ‘Hollywood Song’ and ‘Protoplasm Blues’ so cool.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say that ‘Home Grown’ is some kind of lost masterpiece (it’s not) but rather that it does have some excellent tracks, and indicates that Agrati, given the appropriate time and focus could have gone on to craft a really solid set.

Fortunately, while it is obscure, ‘Home Grown’ isn’t particularly expensive. You could probably score a copy for less that $30.00 (I got my first for around 20, and then found a second for 5 bucks). It’s definitely worth hearing for fans of the California sound, and especially for Boettcher/Millennium completists.

I hope you dig the tunes, and I’ll see you next week.

Peace

Larry

 

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The Sounds of the Millennium #2 – California ’99 – Prelude/To Claudia On Thursday

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Jimmie Haskell

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Denny Doherty

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(Above) Front cover unfolded (Below) Inside cover unfolded

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Listen – Jimmie Haskell – Prelude – MP3

Listen – Jimmie Haskell/Denny Doherty – To Claudia On Thursday – MP3

Greetings all.

Welcome back to the second entry in the ongoing Iron Leg ‘Sounds of the Millennium’ series. This time out, the definition is stretched a little bit, since the “sounds” in question are actual songs, not performed by anyone that was in the band. Since covers of Millennium songs are few and far between, and the record in question is so interesting, and the numbers are sung by one of my all time favorite singers, well, I couldn’t resist.
Last summer I was down in Washington DC, DJing and getting in a lot of quality digging with my man (and newly minted father, congrats!!)  DJ Birdman. On the last of these vinyl safaris, in an unassuming record store on the outskirts of town, he pulled a strange record out of a one of the crates.
He called me over to who me this unbelievable package, in which the cover (not really a self-contained record jacket at all) unfolded into a huge poster with an alternative history map of the USA on one side and a series of odd black and white photos on the other. That – in and of itself – was very cool, but when he refolded the cover something unusual caught my eye. I asled him to pass me the record, and after a closer look I confirmed that I had indeed seen a songwriting credit of ‘D. Rhodes/R. Edgar’ on one of the songs, those being Doug Rhodes and Ron Edgar, first of the Music Machine, and then later of the Millennium.
A split second later my eyes bugged out when I realized that the song that bore those credits was in fact the Millennium’s ‘Prelude’!! An even closer look revealed that record also included a version of ‘To Claudia On Thursday’ (written by the Millennium’s Joey Stec and Michael Fennelly) , which blends with ‘Prelude’ as the medley that opens the Millennium’s sole LP ‘Begin’.
It took a bit of examination before I concluded that the album in question was called ‘California ‘99’ and the artist was someone named Jimmie Haskell. Birdman was taking this one home, so as soon as I returned to home base, I set out into the wilds of the interwebs to find myself a copy. A few weeks later it came sailing through the mail slot.
Jimmie Haskell was a very busy arranger who worked on all kinds of records, from pop, to jazz, to heavy rock, eventually winning Grammys for his arrangements of Bobbie Gentry’s ‘Ode To Billie Joe’, Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’ and Chicago’s ‘If You Leave me Now’.
‘California ‘99’ is an at times bizarre concept album, mixing audio collage, original songs and interesting cover material all wrapped in a strange, post-apocalyptic alternate history of the United States in which social upheaval, mixed with a series of natural disasters literally and figuratively change the landscape of the country. It’s the kind of record, both musically and physically that could only have come out in the early 70s, when record companies, their senses dulled by mountains of pot and cocaine seemed to be green-lighting every single cockamamie concept album with elaborate packaging that was brought to them.
I always love when I find a record like Isaac Haye’s ‘Black Moses’ or an OG of Led Zeppelin’s III or ‘Physical Graffitti’ and the original ‘package’ is still intact. There was always something special back when I was a kid, when I’d come back from the flea market having found copies of Cheech and Chong’s ‘Big Bambu’ with the giant rolling paper intact. Back then you really felt you were getting something extraordinary, even if more often than not the music inside the package was substandard (having been produced inside the same narcotic tornado that allowed the package to be created in the first place.
Though Haskell wrote all the new material and arranged the album, ‘California ‘99’ features appearances by a number of guests, including Joe Walsh (then of the James Gang, which he would leave later that year), legendary blues singer Jimmy Witherspoon, vocalists Clydie King and Merry Clayton, Max Buda of the Kaleidoscope and on the Millennium covers, Denny Doherty of the Mamas and Papas.
While I wouldn’t go as far as to say that ‘California ‘99’ succeeds as a self-contained work – though it’s far from the worst/weirdest concept album of the time (1971) – it does features some great individual tracks, the finest of which are ‘Prelude’ and ‘To Claudia on Thursday’.
The ‘California ‘99’ versions of these songs are fairly faithful remakes with the addition of some Moog synthesizer. They are presented in reverse order, i.e. ‘To Claudia On Thursday’ closes out side one of the album and ‘Prelude’ opens side two. ‘Prelude’ includes a bit of narration from the album’s story, a snippet of which appears at the beginning of ‘Claudia’ as well. The ‘Prelude/To Claudia On Thursday’ medley is my favorite part of the Millennium’s ‘Begin’, and the fact that Haskell chose a vocalist of the caliber of Denny Doherty to perform ‘To Claudia…’ on ‘California ‘99’ has a lot to do with why the cover is so satisfying. I’ll post the songs here in the ‘Millennium’ order. You can listen to them however you like.
Interestingly, Doherty’s version of ‘To Claudia On Thursday’ was included as an extra on the 2004 UK Mamas and Papas ‘Complete Anthology’ boxed set.
I hope you dig the tunes, and I’ll be back later in the week with something psychedelic.


Peace

Larry

 

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Iron Leg Digital Trip #30 – The Year In Vintage Pop 2009

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Iron Leg Digital Trip #30 – The Year In Vintage Pop 2009

Playlist
Kak – Rain (Epic)
Beau Brummels – One Too ManyMornings (WB)
Dudley Moore – The Real Stuff (London)
The Everly Brothers – Man With Money (WB)
Gene Clark – So You Say You Lost Your Baby (Columbia)
Lulu – Love Loves To Love Love (Epic)
McCoys – Say Those Magic Words (Bang)
Paul Revere & the Raiders – Too Much Talk (Columbia)
Blades of Grass – I Love You Alice B Toklas (Jubilee)
Cake – Baby That’s Me (Decca)
Free Design – Kites Are Fun (Project 3)
Enoch Light – You Showed Me (Project 3)
John Barry – A Man Alone (Decca)
Love Generation – Not Be Found (Imperial)
Mindbenders – Getting Harder All the Time (Fontana)
Puppet – Best Friend (Date)
Sunshine Company – Love That’s Where It Is (Imperial)
Mighty Baby – Egyptian Tomb (Head)
Kaleidoscope – Egyptian Garden (Epic)
Soft Machine – A Certain Kind (Command/ABC)
Linda Ronstadt – She’s a Very Lovely Woman (Capitol)
Steff – Where Did She Go (Epic)
Standells – Little Sally Tease (Tower)


This mix can be heard in the Iron Leg Digital Trip Podcast Archive

Greetings all.
It’s that time again, with the current 365 day cycle expiring and a new set of 24-hour segments is on its way.
The family and I are going to hit the road for a little bit of year-end visiting with the relatives, so after posting this mix I will be refraining from blogging until the beginning of next week/year.
As a result, I have dipped back into the Iron Leg archives (at least that segment that falls between January 2009 and today) and selected about an hour’s worth of my favorites as something of a refresher course in the whole Iron Leg “thing”.
There’s all kinds of stuff here, from sunshine pop, film music, garage punk and psychedelia to pure pop.
A look at the playlist above reveals that this has been another groovy year at Iron Leg, and while not everyone (besides myself) is going to dig everything in this mix, there’s certainly something there for everyone to dig (if you get what I’m saying, and I think that you do).
If you seek more information on any of the above listed tracks, you need only dip into the Google-verse, placing both Iron Leg, and the name of the artist in quotes, and search away. You could also start with this post and then click on the ”next page” link at the bottom of the page and scroll backwards through the year, entering a low-powered intertubes time machine of sorts.
I hope you dig the mix, and that the previous years posts have been to your musical and historical edification.
I’ll be back next week with some more groovies.
Happy New Year.

Peace
Larry


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NOTE: The Iron Leg Digital Trip Podcast Archive (see link in sidebar) has been brought up to date, with all twenty nine previous mixes listed.

PS Head over to Funky16Corners for a special year-end funk 45 mix!

PSS Check out Paperback Rider too…

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