Monday, February 25, 2013

Record #0279: Does Anybody Know / Dying Daffodil Incident – A HANDFUL

LHI 1201 (original, promo) USA, Dec. 1967
Words & Music by:  Side A – Don Crawford; Side B – M. London, G. Beam
Musicians: Johnny Stark (vocals and drums), Dale Gardner (vocals), Mark Creamer (vocals, lead guitar and keyboards), Jim Parker (rhythm guitar and vocals), James Dallas Smith (bass), others unknown
Recording sessions: Produced by Lee Hazlewood (side A) and Suzi Jane Hokom (side B) in Hollywood, CA, 1967
Highest chart positions:  none

In a way, this band made only one single – under the name “A Handful” that is.

The group was exactly same as “The Kitchen Cinq”, a psychedelic garage rock band from Amarillo, TX. They had a famous producer, Lee Hazlewood, who also owned the label (Lee Hazlewood Industries).

Jim Parker and John Stark joined Them in 1971 (at least for their final album “Them In Reality”). Stark later recorded with Ry Cooder, Billy Preston, The Blues Image and others.

List price:  Not listed in Goldmine catalog. The Kitchen Cinq’s LHI singles are $12 for Near Mint (no info on promos)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Record #0278: Elvis and Andy / Three Verses – CONFEDERATE RAILROAD

Atlantic 7-87229 (original) USA, 1994
Words & Music by:  Side A – Craig Wiseman; Side B – James Knobloch
Musicians: Danny Shirley (lead vocals and guitar), Michael Lamb (guitar and vocals), Chris McDaniel (keyboards and vocals), Michael Rhodes (Bass), Eddie Bayers (drums), Gates Nichols (steel guitar) plus others
Recording sessions: Produced by Barry Beckett at Omnisound Recording Studio, Nashville, TN, Dec. 1993
Highest chart positions:  US Country #20, Canada Country #8

There’s a bit more recent Country music on this one. A moderate hit for Confederate Railroad.

List price:  Not listed in Goldmine catalog. Probably worth a buck or two.

Record #0277: You Make Me Happy / You Never Looked Better – BRUCE CHANNEL

Mel-o-dy 114 (original, promo) USA, Jul 1964
Words & Music by:  Side A – J. Curtis; Side B – Hausey, Whitter
Musicians: Bruce Channel (vocals), others unknown
Recording sessions: Produced by Al Klein in Detroit (?), MI, 1964
Highest chart positions:  none

I couldn’t find much anything about this record, not even video clips.
Channel's biggest hit is “Hey Baby” (US #1, US R&B #2, UK #2), which he recorded in 1962.

List price:  The commercial copies, Very Good+ is $7.50, Near Mint is $15 – promos not listed.

Record #0276: It’s Too Soon To Know / Seven Day Fool – ETTA JAMES

Argo 5402 (original) USA, Oct. 1961
Words & Music by:  Side A – Deborah Chessler; Side BBilly Davis
Musicians: Etta James (vocals) and an orchestra conducted by Riley Hampton
Recording sessions: Produced by Phil Chess and Leonard Chess at Chess Studios, Chicago, IL, 1961
Highest chart positions: Side A – US #54; Side B – US #95

Both tracks appeared on James’ second album “The Second Time Around”.

Some sources in the web claim that “Seven Day Fool” was the A side of the single, but I went by Goldmine’s catalog in this.

List price:  Very Good+ is $5, Near Mint is $10

Record #0275: Upside Down / Friend To Friend – DIANA ROSS

Motown 1494 (original) USA, Jun. 25, 1980
Words & Music by:  Bernard Edwards, Nile Rodgers
Musicians: Diana Ross (lead vocals), Nile Rodgers (guitar), Bernard Edwards (bass), Andy Schwartz (keyboards), Raymond Jones (keyboards), Tony Thompson (drums), The Chic Strings (strings), Alfa Anderson, Fonzi Thornton, Luci Martin & Michelle Cobbs (backing vocals)
Recording sessions: Produced by Edwards & Rodgers at Power Station, New York, NY, 1979-80
Highest chart positions:  US #1, US R&B #1, UK #2, France #1, Norway #1

This is Diana Ross’ biggest hit so far. Both “Upside Down and the flip appeared also on her 1980 album “Diana”.

List price:  Very Good+ is $2, Near Mint is $4