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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