Subscribe: Vinyl Treasures
Added By: Feedage Forager Feedage Grade B rated
Language: English
album  back  band  cooper  david  don cooper  don  fennelly  good  love  much  music  pop  record  rock  songs  time  werner 
Rate this Feed
Rate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feedRate this feed
Rate this feed 1 starRate this feed 2 starRate this feed 3 starRate this feed 4 starRate this feed 5 star

Comments (0)

Feed Details and Statistics Feed Statistics
Preview: Vinyl Treasures

Vinyl Treasures

Featuring out-of-print music from my vinyl collection which has never been reissued to date. If you happen to know that any of these Lps has just been reissued, give me a holler and I'll delete the post immediately (and I'll buy the music again, honest!).

Updated: 2018-03-13T10:01:55.781+01:00


It's been a long time


Just to let you know that I won't be able to post much anytime soon, and when links expire that's it, my friends. Sorry about that, and hopefully better times will come soon.

Susan Jacks - Ghosts (1980)


I heard that Susan Jacks (from The Poppy Family fame), one of my favorite female singers ever, is having some health issues. Here's wishing everything will be OK, Susan!

To my knowlege, her solo albums haven't been reissued on cd yet. Here's her beautiful album from 1980.

Beyond The Clouds once again, oh yes!

Columbia Record Label JC 36417

Track list:

01 All the Tea in China (Jacks) 2:50
02 We Had It All (Fritts, Seals) 3:02
03 Elusive Butterfly (Lind) 2:46
04 Evergreen (Tanner) 2:48
05 Ghosts in Your Mind (Jacks) 3:46

06 Twice as Strong (Demmans) 2:38
07 Beyond the Clouds (Jacks) 2:58

08 A Young Girl (Aznavour, Brown) 3:12
09 Concrete Sea ( Jacks ) 2:40
10 Two Roses (Chaba) 3:29
11 A Fool Such as I (Trader) 2:21

Prod. by Terry Jacks

The blog will be back soon.


I know it's hard to believe, but it's true. So stick around...

THE PIPE DREAM - Wanderers/Lovers (1969)



About time I posted something new here...! Happy new year to you!

Here's a soft-pop, boy/girl vocals and harmonies album requested by a friend. I know nothing about these three guys and two girls other than their names (David, Steve, Pete, Chris and Pat), so if any reader can shed some light about it, please go ahead and do so, and thank you in advance!


Title is Wanderers/Lovers, but side 1 is actually the "Lovers" part:



Album arranged and produced by Steve Schwartz.

DYNAGROOVE is the product of research and development assuring that RCA records are as modern as the latest advances in engineering and science.

RCA STEREO RECORDS may be played on any modern phonograph with a lightweight tone arm. You will hear excellent sound reproduction on a mono player and full stereo sound on a stereo player.


THE WILDWEEDS - Greatest Hits... & More!


NRBQ rule, that's out of question.
Big Al Anderson was in a band called the Wildweeds first, whose material may appeal to any NRBQ fan, that's out of question too.
You can find a short bio here. Myself, I dig the first and second version of the Wildweeds just the same. I can't recommend their 1970 self titled album enough.

This Lp was released in the late 80s and again in 1991, and features some rare singles and demos. My belief is that this was a grey area release, but even Mr. R.Unterberger talks about it, so:

A fine collection that presents most of the songs that appeared on their four Cadet singles (including "No Good to Cry"), some unreleased cuts, a live track, and demos that they used to get their Vanguard deal. Even by the standards of obscure latter-day '60s reissues, this LP (probably issued in the 1980s) is hard to find. It's certainly worth picking up if you find it, or worth buying the material if it shows up on some future, more widely available compilation.

In fact, such compilation finally did see the light of day, first in Japan in 2001, and then in the U.S. a year later, featuring a couple more songs (two more versions of No Good To Cry). You can listen to generous samples and buy it here.

However, some of the stuff featured on that rare Lp wasn't used in the compilation after all, and they are needed for completists like you & me (am I correct?), so here they are.

Excuse Me Baby
No Good To Cry (Live at Windsor High School with the Al Lepak Big Band)

John King's Fair

Fantasy Child

There You Go (Johnny Cash)






Now tell me...would you take this guy seriously?

Well, you'd better do.

This record must look like a joke at first sight, but as soon as you drop the needle you realize this is another little treasure. Pop, rock, bubblegum, even an hilarious country track... but the word here is Pepper! Pepperisms can be found everywhere here, starting from Hello Hello and ending with its reprise, Goodbye Goodbye -what else? Tongue in cheek all the time, yes, so what, this is fun, and the melodic quality of the songs and the arrangements is fantastic.

The man wasted no bars. Many songs do not even reach the 3-minute tag.

In fact, it's like barely more than 2 minutes of pop bliss every time and you're left begging for more.

It seems this was the baby of a guy called Michael Chain -no musician credits on the record- so maybe he played all instruments, who knows. Very cool but somewhat strange concept-like album, with comic strips too, featuring the adventures of our hero Pinkiny Canandy. Beautiful gatefold sleeve, lyrics included.

A record you can easily play on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Someday... trust me!

We would like to say so long and thank you all for clapping for us
But we'd have to stretch the song by adding on another chorus.

Very glad to be here

Happy that we came

Here's hoping that you feel the same.

Now, this is one criminally forgotten record that deserves a prompt CD reissue -I'm just salivating at the thought of having access to bonus tracks too...
Rev-Ola people (or anyone)... what are you waiting for???
The Lp I found years ago wasn't in perfect condition, you know!


The songs:




All selections composed by Michael Chain
Produced by Mike Post

Three Hour Tour


One of my favorite non-sixties bands ever.
This is their most welcome third release.
Check them out, you won't be sorry!!

Ten new songs from Darren Cooper's Three Hour Tour. Coop's joined by Adam Schmitt (bass) and Brad Steakley (drums) and the recordings feature guest appearances by John Richardson and Velvet Crush duo Paul Chastain and Ric Menck. A milestone event for fans of Power Pop, Three Hour Tour is back with their first album in over a decade! Brand new tunes from former Choo Choo Train/Stupid Cupids/Artificial Limbs guitarist Darren Cooper's Three Hour Tour, the long-awaited follow-up to his 90s output on Parasol Records. Darren is joined by an allstar cast for this batch of Power Pop in maximum melodic mode, for fans of Beatles, Badfinger, Raspberries, Velvet Crush, and The Posies!

DON COOPER - What You Feel Is How You Grow (1972)


This is the fourth and last Don Cooper album (at least for Roulette).
It's the first one I got, and it's my favorite of the four. I picked it up at a record fair just because the cover, and specially the back cover looked so good


the song titles sounded so good


and... SHE was there on the backing vocals... (main reason at first sight)!


If you liked the other two albums I posted, you'll love this one even better.
Oh Neebob!

All songs by Don Cooper except for Singing the Blues and Step Away.
Produced by Tom Dawes.

PHILLIPS / MacLEOD - Le Partie Du Cocktail! (1979)


Here's a very fine and elegant harmony-laden record that you will dig a lot if you like yer pop with Beach Boys trademark constructions and wonderful, surprising chords progressions all over the place (but not only that: Wings, 70s FM pop à la Boston, Queen guitars...). I honestly don't know much about these guys other than they are from the U.S. and apparently released a second, self-titled album one year later. (What...? That you have this second album...? Oh, please leave a message...!)

At any rate, this is one melodic gem of a record to be enjoyed big time.


(the photo on the back cover is originally blurred, so you know)

The songs:

City Of Lights

Take Me To The High Ground

Come With Me

Easy Street

Takin' It Easy

What Am I Gonna Do

Gone Are The Dreams


Viva Alessa

Lost In The Storm

Written and performed by Robert Phillips and Sean MacLeod.

Produced by Tony Peluso.

DON COOPER - s/t + Bless The Children (1970)


After a long, unintentioned break, VT is back to present you the two first records by obscure folk-pop singer Don Cooper.Here's the AMG review:Don Cooper was a promising folk-style singer/songwriter who enjoyed some modest success -- mostly on-stage -- during the early '70s. Coming up as he did amid the singer/songwriter boom of the era -- dominated by the likes of James Taylor, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen, and Loudon Wainwright III -- he got lost in the shuffle, perhaps because he was signed to a label (Roulette) that was positioned badly, in terms of image and distribution, to break an artist working in his particular genre. Born in the mid-'40s, he grew up in various locales, his father's work taking the family to numerous towns across the country throughout his childhood. Cooper began playing the ukulele (which was a big instrument among kids in the 1950s) in elementary school and was drawn to country music as he grew older. In high school during the early '60s, he played in various bands, with a repertory heavy on the work of James Brown, Buddy Holly, and the Beach Boys, all done country-style. The transforming moment of his life came when he first heard The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, the 1963 album that established Dylan as a major songwriter and artist. By that time, Cooper was playing a regular gig at a local coffeehouse and began mixing his music and Dylan's songs. By the end of the '60s, at just about the same time that James Taylor and Joni Mitchell were poised to emerge as major artists, Cooper found interest in his work from three different labels, and ended up going with Roulette Records, a company that was primarily associated with jazz (Count Basie, et al.) and pop/rock (Tommy James & the Shondells, et al.), founded and run by a totally disreputable figure named Morris Levy. In early 1970, just weeks after signing a contract, his self-titled debut album was released. Cooper proved himself strong singer, with a rich and powerful voice, and also a serious and dauntingly talented songwriter on this and on his subsequent three Roulette albums, which he produced himself. He was good enough to rate support spots on-stage with the likes of Blood, Sweat & Tears (in their peak years) and Chicago at major venues, including Carnegie Hall. He was, thus, able to reach thousands of people at a time at some of his bigger support gigs. What he wasn't getting, however, were major record sales -- not that Roulette was putting much into marketing his albums, either. Put simply, he was probably the right artist at the wrong label. Apart from its unique jazz roster of the late '50s and early '60s (a point when Levy, with deep pockets and personally being a big jazz enthusiast, was able to pick up a lot of artists being dropped or overlooked by the major labels), Roulette's big strength had always been at breaking big singles, mostly by virtue of Levy's mob connections and his "unique" access to the jukebox business. But the music industry was different by the 1970s, and on top of that, Don Cooper wasn't aiming at listeners who did much with jukeboxes -- he was recording songs that were going to get placed in or played on a lot of them (at least, not outside of a few college-town pizzarias). In short, he wasn't Tommy James and wasn't writing "Mony Mony," much less recording it. On Reprise or Columbia, he'd have had a good shot, but Roulette wasn't really the place for an artist like him, anymore than it would have been for Leonard Cohen or Livingston Taylor. At some point both parties took a look at the contract that linked them together and recognized a losing proposition for both sides. Cooper was obligated to deliver ten LPs to Roulette, a daunting number for any artist, and Roulette could see little profit in continuing to record him much past 1972 and his fou[...]

DAVID WERNER - Live (1979)


Well, here's the final installment of David Werner goodies!

This Live record is actually half a Live record only. Side A includes 5 songs off an L.A. show from 1979 and, oddly, side B only adds a weird but fun non-music collage made up from excerpts of several Boston's WBCN programs. I'm guessing David participates or even talks in these radio snippets, but I'm not sure. Any clue you may have will be very much appreciated! The record ends with Too Late To Try from his self titled album.

The wonderful quality of his performance leaves you wanting for more, indeed.

I can even hear a guy in the audience requesting Cold Shivers. I guess he possibly did it later, but it never made it on this record. Sigh.


HEART - s/t (1969 & 1972)


Of all the many Hearts to be found in the history of pop music, this band may be one of the most obscure ones. Hailing from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Heart released their first self-titled album as a foursome in 1969. Psych-pop with soul leanings. Really good stuff. I have been unable to find information about these guys other than that Carl Silva had been a member of the garage-rock band Lindy & The Lavells, whose material was reissued by Big Beat in 2006. I don't have this cd, so I don't know if the liners shed a little light on Heart, but the description I read here has put this cd on top of my purchase priorities for next year.Heart - s/t (1969)NowGive Me A Happy DayLoveTell Her I Love HerMy GirlFlowersAll My ReasonsLa LaLottieI Love YouHurry Up Peace, It's TimeCarl Silva - drums, harmonica, vocalBob Barron - bassDanny Burnett - guitarArnold Bodmer - pianoProduction and sound - John WagnerBrass and strings arrangements - Roger JanottaWell, fast-forward to 1972 and we find that the heart has been broken in two. Oh, that happens so very often. They're now a duo, and they release another self-titled album. I honestly ignore if they released anything else in the two years in between, so if any of you know, please enlighten me!This second album is more pop-oriented. The opening track reveals that they were listening closely to Macca's C Moon or similar stuff (good!). Please bear with me if you hear some clicks and pops here and there. Warped old vinyl, you know.Interestingly, Sing A Song Of Love sounds like one of the best songs Michael Brown of the Left Banke never wrote for The Beckies (years before that wonderful album!). And interestingly, it's the only song not penned by any of the members of the band. Whoever you are, Mr. David Goodnow, thanks for this gem!Heart - s/t (1972)I Want YouJust Thought I'd Let You KnowCountry SmileOola LucyI Said It With A LaughSing A Song Of LoveAmaze MeSomehowGoin' DownAnd Then There'sSet Me FreeBob Barron - Bass, guitar, slide guitar, vocalsCarl Silva - Drums, lead vocal, keyboard, guitar, mouth harpProducers - John Wagner - Leon DanielleSo well, two hearts are better than one, as they say.Happy new year![...]

THE ROAD - Cognition (1971)



Cognition is the act or process of knowing; awareness and judgement.

Well, the cover pretty much tells you what you're going to get here. How to describe it... psych rock, prog-rock, prog-pop...? Anyhow, if you dig in, you definitely need to be in a cosmic mood today.

In fact, this is a request from a good friend. So here it is, Johnny!
A Kama Sutra 2-record set* with lots of twists and turns in a prog-rock atmosphere that never abandons a pop and melody sense nevertheless. Very listenable.

So, take off your t-shirt, lower the lights, free your mind and take control of the galaxy and beyond!



Imagine yourself, feelin' as high!


* Also on Ampex 8-track Cartridge & Cassette Stereo Tapes

MICHAEL FENNELLY - Lane Changer (1974)


Yep, that ugly promo sticker. I know. Well, I tried to peel it off. You can see the results. Come to think of it, it has been stuck there for... what? 33 years. OMG...Anyways... but who is this guy above (and below)?Mr. Bryan Thomas from AMG says:Michael Fennelly was born in 1949, in New Jersey, but moved to L.A. where he became involved in California's pop/protest movement. By 1967, Fennelly had secured a publishing deal with songwriter/producer Curt Boetcher's Mee Moo Music and became a member of Boettcher's studio-based collective of musicians, including the two main groups, Sagittarius, and the Millennium. Fennelly -- one of five singer/guitarist/songwriters in the latter group, who were actually intended to be a proper live act -- provided fabulous falsetto vocals in addition to co-writing much of the group's material, often with guitarist/vocalist Joey Stec, another member of the Sagittarius/Millennium collective. In 1969, Fennelly was looking to form a group of his own to showcase his lead vocal talents and songwriting, when met the members of a band called Stonehenge, a blues-oriented group who were being scouted by Elektra's David Anderle, a friend of their manager's. The band -- with Fennelly now taking over lead vocals and songwriting duties -- changed their name to Crabby Appleton and signed to Elektra Records. Their first album, Crabby Appleton, was produced by Don Gallucci (from Don & the Good Times) and released in 1970. It enjoyed reasonable success with a catchy Top 40 hit, "Go Back," which peaked at number 36 in July 1970 after five weeks on the charts. Crabby Appleton's second album, Rotten to the Core, was released in October 1971. Despite complimentary reviews, the group's two albums proved ultimately unsuccessful and the band broke up. Fennelly later traveled to England, where he began focusing on a solo career, recording two solo albums. The first, Lane Changer, was recorded in London with the support of ex-Zombies bassist/producer Chris White and Rod Argent on synthesizer (Actually, I gotta step up here... This is not correct 100%. The only synth sound I can identify is on Touch My Soul -a very gentle background- and in Watch Yerself's crazy solo interplays. So there.)A second solo album, Strangers Bed, was recorded in L.A., produced by Denny Bruce and engineered by Keith Olsen (yes, I've got to have this somewhere...) (incidentally, Fennelly's album was Olsen's last as a engineer -- he was, at the same time, producing Fleetwood Mac's first album with two new members, Lindsay Buckingham and Stevie Nicks). Released by Mercury in 1975, Stranger's Bed failed to chart. Fennelly is still involved in the music business, and continues working with Joey Stec.All songs by M. Fennelly. Cockroach, Haymarket, Hard Core and Mee Moo Music BMI.Lane ChangerTouch My SoulWon't You Please Do ThatOver My Dead BodyDark NightEasy To LoveShine A LightBad TimesFlyerWatch YerselfGive Me Your MoneyAll guitars, pyrotechnics and vocals by M. Fennelly with noted exceptions.Also, very fine musicians playing in some of the songs:Drums: Robert Henrit, Henry Spinetti and others.Bass: Jim Rodford, Dave Wintour.On Touch My Soul: Background vocals by Rod Argent, Russ Ballard and Mystery Singer.On Dark Night: Rod Argent plays the mellotron.Produced by Chris White (of the Zombies).From the back cover:Lane Changer is Michael Fennelly's first solo album.Lane Changer doesn't have to apply to him. It's one of the eleven songs here and not necessarily the best. The words sound good together. Lane Changer.In the late sixties he was part of the notorious Millenium. In the early seventies he was the leader of Crabby Appleton, writing and singing Go Back and everything else the group recorde[...]

Never forgotten.



GLADSTONE - Lookin' For A Smile (1973)



I basically picked this up because I noticed they were covering Tony Hazzard's Got To Be You, Got Be Me. Hey, if they chose to use a Tony Hazzard song (everybody bow down, please), they got to be good, or at least nice. And yes, they are good and nice, and you'll dig them if you like yer pop with acoustic guitars, harmonies not unlike The Eagles and a very pleasant country feel.

After all, as they sing unashamedly, all they want is to share a song and ease your mind for a while. And that is a good thing in my book!


They released two albums as far as I know. This is their second one.

Incidentally, I discovered I had their first s/t album aka ...From Down Home In Tyler, Texas U.S.A. (1972) from someone via slsk long ago (sorry, I can't remember who it was, but thanks!), so why not re-up it for you guys, so you can have both of them? What's this... a bonus?? You bet! A 2on1 kind of a post! Whooohoo!

-right link corrected! - but you did like the LJ57 anyway, didn't you?

DAVID WERNER - Imagination Quota (1975)



As promised, here's more Werner!
This was his second album, and while some say it's not as good, I say this ain't no slouch!
Sure, you could do without that sax sometimes, but this is a very fine record. My favorite song is Cold Shivers.
If you liked Whizz Kid, you'll like this one as well.






Bubblegum music!! Yes, I like it so much. It's the naked truth.And this record is a gem. Arguably, one of the best bubblegum records ever. Period.And, to my knowledge, never reissued (except for Sha-La Love You). Why?? Such a shame... and if you ever find a copy, they'll ask you for $200 or more.(damn, my wife just saw me typing this and she wants me to sell it now.... NO, NEVER!!!)Played by a bunch of chimps (well, the correct description is A.P.E.'s*), namely:Lance Link - GuitarMata Hairi - TambourineSweetwater Gibbons - Piano (you gotta love his style, btw)Bananas Marmoset - Drums & PercusionExtremely catchy, extremely fun, extremely good!!From the original 1970-72 US TV series Lancelot Link Secret Chimp Hour. Surely familiar for guys in the US. And I bet they played many more songs than the ones on the Lp. Anyone? Sigh.Anyhow, see for yourselves how groovy they were!(thanks Creeto!)Most of the songs come from the courtesy of writer-singer-producer Steve Hoffman, with Steve Barri producing (hey, Sha-la Love You is an allegedly early demo for the Grass Roots!).The lyrics may be a bit sexist sometimes, but hey, enjoy the music, have fun. I often play this record when I have to do the dishes late at night.... works wonders!The chimps list a running order on the back of the Lp, but then they play as they wish when the needle hits the wax and do this one instead. It's a blast!Sha-La Love YouTeaserWild Dreams (Jelly Beans)Kissin' DollMagic FeelingLiveRollin' In The CloverYummy LoveVibrationsDaydreamsBlind DateEvolution Revolution* Agents To Prevent EvilPLAY IT LOUD![...]

THE ROULETTES - s/t (1981)


Here's something I posted at the powerpoplovers blog a year ago or so. Maybe YOU missed it.


Well, here's a very obscure and good record. The Roulettes! The Adam Faith related band, I hear? No, not really. In fact, I've had a bad bad time trying to find information about these guys. It seemed they never existed! And why did they choose this name? Who knows... Well, let's go for a description of the music instead. You're in for beautiful genuine American power pop with a lot Phil Seymour influences, catchy and melodic songs, the word tonight in good measure (ahh, that's a good thing!)... and all the songs but one (track 8... shhhhh) are really worth it. Hey, I hear some Rubinoos sound in many of the songs too. Yes, I can really picture them playing many of the songs of this album. Shouldn't this be enough to grab this platter quick? I say yes! Come On! You're not likely to find this little treasure easily or good-priced, that's for sure.

The band:
Bart Bishop - Lead vocal, guitar, Vox organ, autoharp

Tom McMeekan - Lead guitar, backup vocal

Jim Lowry - Bass

Jeff Holman - Drums

Only Heaven Knows Hold Me Baby Don't Go Love Is Like A Telescope This Ain't The Way Come On Dynamite Livin's Lovin' You Turn Look Away Dream About Me


Ben Kweller


This guy is a friggin' genius. I can't stop playing his latest, eponymus album, and it's been like that for months now. And every time I listen I discover something new, some little wonderful trick he inserts here and there in each of his fantastic tunes. He plays and sings everything, and every song is a winner. I liked his previous records a lot too, they're all magnificent, but he has outdone himself in this one. From the Spectoresque pounding sounds of Run, you know this is going to be a terrific record. And he doesn't disappoint. I made mp3s for my car and for my portable player, and this is something I keep listening to regularly, almost daily. Puts a smile on my face, all the time. The songs have hooks all over the place, and the arrangements surprise you all the time. Beautiful, outstanding, 10 out of 10, big time.
Ben, you rule!

In the unlikely event you don't have this, go buy it. You won't be disapointed. He is so good, that I am going to buy the vinyl version this weekend.

Oh, more vinyl treasures soon!

STILLROCK - st (1969)


Stillrock -according to the Lp- or Still Rock, depending on the scarce sources found in cyberspace, was a short-lived group whose only effort -most probably from 1969 even though some argue 1971- featured a very pleasant collection of tunes. You can hear double and three-part harmonies and singing, along with clever influences of the Everlys, the Beatles -btw, The Reach Of My Memory is, how to describe it... Freeasabirdian thirty years in advance? Oh, and a lot of Hollies (a lot), all within the boundaries of a beautiful Southern rock flavor. CSN&Y anyone? You get steel guitar parts, a couple of ballads with violins in the background, nice countrified mid tempos where you can even smell the grass, a correct rendition of Isaac Hayes' soulful When Something Is Wrong With My Baby, and even a shy attempt at light psych.Well, it's still rock'n'roll to me...Produced by Don Nix. That was enough for me to buy the LP with no previous listen (OK, the cover looked cool as well).The LP cover insists on a "featuring Don Preston" tag and ignores the other fine musicians of the band. This seems to have pretty much been a Don-Don affair, but come on, you gotta give the other guys some well-deserved credit too:Bobby Cochran (Guitars & Vocals)Casey Van Beek (Bass & Vocals)Bob Young (Drums & Vocals)Don Preston ( Guitars & Vocals) -who appears through the courtesy of Mrs. Preston-01 So Hard to Say Goodbye (Nix, Preston)02 The Reach of My Memory (Preston)03 Mighty Time (Nix)04 Rolling in My Dreams (Nix)05 Hiway Fever (Preston)06 Waiting for the Door to Open (Preston)07 Wedding Parade (Nix)08 I Can Remember (Preston)09 Lost City Child (Preston, Nix)10 When Something Is Wrong With My Baby (Hayes, Porter)11 She Was a Long Time Ago (Preston)[...]




Awww, next year for sure!!
Any lucky goer out there?

DAVID WERNER - Whizz Kid (1974)


Let's see, Mr. Werner has a myspace page (your music is great, Mr. Werner!!), and he uses the description found in the allmusic guide about this record, so I think it 's right to reproduce it here too:David Werner's name doesn't roll off the tongue: he hasn't released an album since 1979, and only the most avid rock snob will have heard them -- because they're not in print anymore. Whizz Kid is a typically earnest debut that seemingly draws on its artist's record collection: Bowie and Mott the Hoople influences are present, and a little glam, too. (The original back cover shot of a heavily lipsticked Werner is priceless; he also calls his publishing company Sassy Brat Music!)Here's the evidence, Your Honor!Werner takes a more measured tack than his flashier brethren, though Mark Doyle's and Max Kendrick's guitars can pounce and snarl with the best of them. Songs alternate between mid-tempo rockers and plaintive ballads like "The Lady in Waiting" and "It's Too Sad," which offers encouragement to a lonely person ("but you're no one's clown/'cause they're the ones that have to grow"). "One More Wild Guitar" opens the album decisively, casting its rocker-versus-fogeyish-parents lyric as a coming-of-age story -- a theme he further develops on "The Death of Me Yet" and the title track ("everything I try to say somehow comes out crazy"). The musicianship isn't flashy, but it's first-rate throughout (especially Doyle and Kendrick, who carry most of the load). Werner addresses his inner life on the winsome "Love Is Tragic" and "A Sleepless Night," in which a rebuffed lover plays for more time. As if to ensure he's not playing things too straight, Werner trots out another Bowie-esque touch -- "Plan 9," a one-minute, free-associative spoken-word piece. The public may not have known how to read him, but David Werner was a distinctive artist, which may have worked against him. His style's definitely an acquired taste, but you'll never forget it once you hear it. ~ Ralph Heibutzki, All Music GuideAll I can add is that you'll probably going to love this gem as soon as you listen to it. Not an acquired taste at all; pure greatness!Produced by Bruce Somerfeld / David Werner.Carefully and lovingly transferred to 320Kpbs for your enjoyment.Now when I was a young boyyou know I swore when I grew oldthat I'd never get enough ofall that crazy rock and roll.[...]

A few previous rips of mine


Just in case you missed them the first time around, I thought I'd direct you to some previous vinyl rips of mine originally posted in the now sadly defunct Powerpoplovers blog. They can be found in the fine PVAc to 44.1 kHz blog now. The Key album doesn't count, since it was reissued by Rev-Ola a few months later. What can I say... I think you'll love them!

(image) (image) (image)

The Nines



While I'm working on the next vinyl treasure, let me tell you that The Nines are back! If you don't know this band, run don't walk and buy your copy of this great album. They wear a lot of healthy influences on their sleeves: Beatles, Queen, Left Banke, Kinks, cool disco... you name it! One of the best bands out there right now! Listen to samples here. The first song on this album is so Queenish, it's insane (good)!