Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Uncharted Waters Volume 33: Columbia Records

Hello again! Time for another installment of Uncharted Waters.  This will be the first post under the new format, which focuses on specific labels as opposed to fifteen random tracks that happen to be thrown together.

The new volumes will have approximately 25 tracks per download, but it may be a little less than that depending on how many tracks I have per label.  I'll also be consolidating some of the smaller independent labels into the same volumes further down the line.

Not much I can say about Columbia that hasn't already been said.  They have always had something for everyone - more than enough garage rock, psychedelia, soul, R&B, jazz, elevator music easy-listening, et cetera.  And yet there's still a bunch of stuff on the label that has gone undiscovered until recently.  Some of these artists (Lesley Duncan, the Association) are pretty mainstream, but these singles have gone mostly unnoticed until now.

1. Dreams - 15 Miles To Provo (Columbia 4-45369, 1971)
2. Michaelangelo - 300 Watt Music Box (Columbia 4-45328, 1971)
3. Talon Brothers - Breaking Through The Wall (Of Your Own Making) (Columbia 4-43910, 1966)
4. The Rubber Band - Bring Your Love (Columbia 4-44013, 1967)
5. Mornin' - Cheatin' On You (Columbia 4-45084, 1970)
6. Crossroads featuring David Liska - Cherry Berry Baby (Columbia 4-45193, 1970)
7. Rick Shorter - City Women (Columbia 4-45371, 1966)
8. Spencer Barefoot - Days Of Our Lives (Columbia 4-45389, 1971)
9. The Jerry Williams Group - Down Home Boy (Columbia 4-45213, 1970)
10. The Surprise Package - East Side, West Side (Columbia 4-44460, 1968)
11. The New York Rock Ensemble - Fields Of Joy (Columbia 4-45367, 1971)
12. Michaelangelo - Half A Tap (Columbia 4-45328, 1971)
13. Talon Brothers - I Think There Is Something Sleeping In My Refrigerator (Columbia 4-43910, 1966)
14. The Surprise Package - I'll Run (Columbia 4-44460, 1968)
15. The Rubber Band - In And Out Of My Life (Columbia 4-44013, 1967)
16. The Association - Kicking The Gong Around (Columbia 4-45654, 1972)
17. Rick Shorter - Last Thoughts Of A Young Man (Columbia 4-45371, 1966)
18. Mornin' - Let Me Love You (Columbia 4-45084, 1970)
19. Lesley Duncan - Love Song (Columbia 4-45354, 1971)
20. The New York Rock Ensemble - Ride, Ride My Lady (Columbia 4-45367, 1971)
21. Michael Gately - Shine Your Light On Me (Columbia 4-44763, 1969)
22. The Tropics - Summertime Blues - Land of 1,000 Dances (Columbia 4-44248, 1967)
23. Zuckerman's Dream - The Revolution's Over (Columbia 4-44831, 1969)
24. The Tropics - This Must Be The Place (Columbia 4-44248, 1967)
25. Jacobs Creek - What You Hear (Columbia 4-44856, 1969)

Enjoy!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Uncharted Waters Volume 32

This took longer than expected, but as promise, here's Volume 32 for your enjoyment.  As previously mentioned, I'll be changing the series a bit in subsequent volumes to focus on the output of specific labels as opposed to tracks that all fit a certain theme.  It fits better with how I organize my collection, and hopefully it'll provide an enjoyable summary of some of the great treasures found on each label.

For now, though, there's a lot of softer, more down-to-earth stuff in this volume. The contents are as follows:

1. J.D. Blackfoot - Almost Another Day (Peace 61776, 1972)
2. Wildweeds - And When She Smiles (Vanguard VRS-35134, 1971)
3. Forever More - Beautiful Afternoon (from LP "Yours Forever More", RCA LSP-4272, 1970)
4. Glad - Bedtime Story (Equinox E-70004, 1968)
5. Blue Rose - Chasin' The Glow Of A Candle (from LP "Blue Rose", Epic E 31252, 1972)
6. Larry Sanders - Fate (Stone Head 82071, 1971)
7. Batdorf & Rodney - Happy Town (from LP "Batdorf & Rodney", Asylum SD 5056, 1972)
8. Alan Lee Brackett - I Don't Wanna Wake Up (Bell 45,238, 1972)
9. The Cascades - Indian River (Uni 55169, 1969)
10. Wayne Perry - Just A Matter Of Time (Counterpart CP-3747, 1971)
11. The Glass Harp - She Told Me (United Audio 6002, 1969)
12. Connie Stevens - Simple Girl (Bell 45,234, 1972)
13. Mancini and Fox - The Colors Are Still There (from LP "Mancini and Fox", Event EV 4751, 1971)
14. Savage and Sharp - Where Would You Be (Smak 71139, 1971)
15. Child - You'll Never Walk Alone (Jubilee  45-5673, 1969)

...and here's your link!

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Uncharted Waters Volume 31

It's been far too long since I have put one of these together, so here's another one for your enjoyment. The theme of this one is Songs About Women (or Girls As The Case May Be).
Uncharted Waters Volume 32 is coming soon, so keep your eyes peeled.  After that I have a slight change of format coming up - I'll be focusing on particular labels and sub-labels as opposed to musical themes.  It fits better with how I organize my collection and provides a decent summary of all the neat overlooked rock and pop on a particular label.
But for now, #31 is in the books! 

1. Tormentors - Capricious Lolita (Royal R-003, 1967)
2. Jim Pewter - Ebony (MGM K 14446, 1972)
3. The Glitterhouse - Hey Woman (from LP "Colorblind", DynoVoice DY 31905, 1968)
4. The Critters - Little Girl (Kapp K-858, 1967)
5. Mirror's Image - Melinda (Kirshner ZS8 4255, 1974)
6. Reed Street - Miss Lucy Brown (Mercury 73087, 1970)
7. Lock, Stock and Barrel - No. 1 Momma (Gazette ZS7 8003, 1970)
8. Mike Reid - Ruebela Jane (Counterpart 813L-8749, 1971)
9. Clive Westlake - She's A Woman (MAM 45-3604, 1971)
10. The Romans - Smoky Rose (SSS International SSS-842, 1971)
11. Rio Grande - Sue Ann (from LP "Rio Grande", RCA LSP-4454, 1971)
12. Keith Colley - Sugaree (Challenge 504, 1969)
13. The Hobbits - Sunny Day Girl (Decca 32226, 1967)
14. Foxx - The Revolt of Emily Young (Decca 32660, 1970)
15. The Glitterhouse - Tinkerbell's Mind (from LP "Colorblind", DynoVoice DY 31905, 1968)

Here's the link!

Monday, July 10, 2017

Uncharted Waters Volume 30

Boy oh boy have things changed since my last post on here.  I graduated from NKU with a bachelor's degree in Electronic Media and Broadcasting.  I'm currently employed as a freight handler at DHL, which sucks, but a paycheck is a paycheck.  And paychecks allow record collectors to collect records. 
This volume is all covers - some of which, like Dick Monda's, were written by the artist featured here but only released after someone else covered the song first.  Others are old standards with a new twist.  There's even some funky soulish type stuff in here, if that piques your interest.

1. Lightmyth - Across The Universe (RCA Victor SPS-45-219, 1970)
2. Silver Hawk - Awaiting On You All (Westbound W-178, 1971)
3. The Ones - Don't Let Me Lose This Dream (Motown M 1130, 1968)
4. London Bridge - Don't Worry Baby (Capitol 3629, 1973)
5. Monda - Everyman (Buddah BDA-388, 1973)
6. Sebastian - Everything's Coming Our Way (Segue SG-112, 1972)
7. The Garden of Eden - Flower Man (Verve VK 10541, 1967)
8. Columbus Smith - Got My Mojo Working (Columbia 4-43721, 1966)
9. Comstock Ltd. - I Was Made To Love Her (Bell B-946, 1970)
10. Goose Creek Symphony - (Oh Lord Won't You Buy Me A) Mercedes-Benz (Capitol 3246, 1971)
11. Drummond - Mississippi Lady (MGM/Verve MV 10688, 1972)
12. Fearns Foundry - Now I Taste The Tears (Parrot 45-40033, 1968)
13. Bobby Vee - Signs (United Artists UA 50755, 1971)
14. The Tokens - Till (Warner Bros. 7169, 1968)
15. The Nova Local - Tobacco Road (from LP "Nova 1", Decca DL 74977, 1968)

...and here's your download link!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Uncharted Waters Volume 29


*blows dust off of this blog* Hello again folks, it has been a while.  I’m coming to a close in my college career and working as an intern at a radio station (or four or five), which is keeping me busy.  I do have a huge backlog of tracks for future Uncharted Waters volumes, so fear not – new music will be showing up every once in a while.


In order to put you in a Kentucky sort of mindframe, this volume is dedicated to the rural side of obscure rock and pop.  These tracks come from a weird era when country rock found a home on King Records, Dion was past his prime – commercially speaking – and all sorts of orange-swirled London subsidiaries were putting out goodies in all sorts of genres.  These tracks all have some sort of inherent folksiness to them, though some are far more noticeable than others.

11.  Jacobs Creek – A Love Song (Columbia 4-44856, 1969)
22. Jake Jones – Feather Bed (Kapp K-2138, 1971)
33. Him, He and Me – Flowers Never Bend With The Rainfall (from LP Him, He and Me, Metromedia 1025, 1969)
44. Timber – Go On Alone (Kapp K-2108, 1970)
55. Yellow Hand – God Knows I Love You (Capitol P-2957, 1970)
66. Chair – Greater Miami Subterranean Rock Revival (Warner Bros. 7418, 1970)
77.  Flying Circus – Gypsy Road (Capitol 3694, 1973)
88. Rusty Taylor – Heat Of Summer (M.O.C. 45-679, 1971)
99. Dion – Josie (Warner Bros. 7491, 1971)
110.   Hugh Prestwood – Like A Children’s Song (Mach 45-12101, 1972)
111.   Ray Hildebrand – Little Old Fashion (Metromedia MMS-175, 1970)
112.   Swampwater – Louisiana Woman (King 45-6345, 1970)
113.   Heartsfield – Music Eyes (Mercury 73449, 1974)
114.   Savage and Sharp – Old Man Tyme (Smak 71139, 1971)
115.   Siller and Johnston – Ungrateful Woman Like You (Bell 45,110, 1971)





Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Uncharted Waters Volume 28

Two months of hard work are over for a bit, as I am finally on my Thanksgiving break.  I decided to give you a little something to be thankful for. This one's a hodgepodge of stuff with some real oddities in there.

1. Son's of the Keystone Kops - Chain Gang Man (Public 1003, 1969)
2. Guy Brothers - Edna Scream (Columbia Windfall 4-45884, 1973)
3. Yorkville Grind - Just For Awhile (RCA Victor 47-9861, 1970)
4. Johnny Gamboa - Kind And Good Woman (Epic 5-10561,  1970)
5. The Luv Birds - Little Faces (ABC 45-10923, 1967)
6. The Smithsonian Institute - Lively Played The Combo (Tamborine T45-4, 1968)
7. Manny Fryzer - On To L.A. (Barnaby ZS7 2044, 1971)
8. Hackamore Brick - Radio (Kama Sutra KA 521, 1971)
9. White Duck - Really (Uni 55322, 1972)
10. Fantasy - Stoned Cowboy (Liberty 56190, 1970)
11. Brass Monkey - Sweet Water (Rare Earth R 5022, 1971)
12. Tapestry - The Music Doesn't Seem To Be Going Anywhere (Lion 138, 1972)
13. The Sound Idea - The Sounds (Coral 62540, 1967)
14. Wakefield Sun - Things Are Looking Up (Roulette R-7073, 1970)
15. The Connection - Whatever Became Of The Barbershop Chord? (Blue River 45-227, ????)

Here's your download link. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Uncharted Waters Volume 27

Hard to believe that I am now in my final year of college.  Seems like just yesterday that I was walking out of Tom L.'s massive record show, records blowing away with 25 mph gusts of wind - a copy of Brimstone on Deram ended up flying into his shed - but it was that massive record sale that I credit with the very beginning of this whole adventure. 
Currently I don't have much time to hunt for records, as classes are busier than ever, but I have managed to sneak a few gems into the collection here and there.  This volume features a couple of double-siders, some early Lou Reed, and some Paul Vance as well...

1. Pleasure - Born A Girl (Revue R 11057, 1969)
2. Morning Mist - California On My Mind (Event EV-206, 1971)
3. The All Night Workers - Don't Put All Your Eggs In One Basket (Round Sound RS-1, 1965)
4. Whitney Sunday - Green Back Dollar (Decca 32837, 1971)
5. Country Coalition - How Do I Love You (Bluesway 45-61034, 1970)
6. Pleasure - It Ain't Right (Revue R 11057, 1969)
7. Brotherhood - Jump Out The Window (RCA Victor 47-9621, 1968)
8. Whitney Sunday - Lost My Drivin' Wheel (Decca 32837, 1971)
9. Chester - Make My Life A Little Bit Brighter (Bell 45,379, 1973)
10. Ned - Matinee Movie (Polydor PD 14208, 1973)
11. Hackamore Brick - Searchin' (Kama Sutra KA 521, 1971)
12. Alfie Khan - She's Comin' Back (Parrot 45-353, 1970)
13. Easy Riders - Wanting You (Avco Embassy AVE-4528, 1970)
14. Warfield County - What Do You See In Marvin (Odax OD-417, 1970)
15. Kin Vassy - Will The Circle Be Unbroken (Amos 168, 1972)

Here's the download link, enjoy!