A Roll of the Vinyl Dice

I picked through a huge stack of mediocre records the oth­er day and sin­gled out the fol­low­ing (oth­er than the Nazz) to take a chance on. The Nazz record has been on my want list for quite some time and I was real­ly excit­ed to find it. It is in less than per­fect shape, but for the price I paid, it will play and I will smile. The 25 records cost me $10.

I decid­ed to give these Lps a go based on the artist, label, time peri­od or cov­er. I’ve lis­tened to a few, and so far I’m pret­ty hap­py. Noth­ing has “blown” me away, but here are a few notes.

Buddah’s Dial-a-Hit: The Bud­dah label put out many bub­ble gum hits in the 60’s and 70’s. I was inter­est­ed in hear­ing the Elephant’s Mem­o­ry song Hot Dog Man.

Big Shoul­ders: It is on Rounder Records from the mid 80’s, which has a good track record for putting out records with great musi­cians. Most of the artist are in the coun­try, folk or roots cat­e­go­ry. There are a cou­ple of good tracks on this LP, but the 80’s pro­duc­tion is a lit­tle much on server­al of the songs.

John Phillips: I have heard good things about this album. You may remem­ber John from the Mama’s and Papas.

OC Smith: Looked like some good pysch soul. We’ll see.

The Hap­pen­ings: Inter­est­ing garage look­ing cov­er. It could be good, or real­ly bad. I actu­al­ly don’t have too much faith in it being good.

John Rodriguez: I think I got this one because I real­ly like (and wish I found) the Rodriguez album Cold Fact. I know they are two total­ly dif­fer­ent peo­ple, but I was hop­ing maybe he was a friend or real­i­tive of Jesus Rodriguez. Ever heard of Max Ochs?

Renais­sance: I have a tough time get­ting into Prog Rock, but felt like I should give this one a try.

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