Friday, March 23, 2012

You Could Have Been A Lady B/W Bad Side Of The Moon - April Wine

There's nothing overly sophisticated about April Wine's Hot Chocolate and Elton John covers. It's just straight up classic rock with a Bachman-Turner Overdrive vibe. Do all Canadian rock bands sound so interchangeably similar? Just asking. Regardless, this double-sided serving of seventies rock....well, rocks.


Hot Chocolate's YCHBAL was a disco hit worthy of hot pants and and expressive facial hair.

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Tide Is High - The Paragons

Thirteen years before Blondie introduced "The Tide Is High" to a new wave audience it was a relatively obscure rocksteady single from John Holt's mighty Paragons. The original 45 dates back to 1967 and this Treasure Isle reissue certainly reveals the dodgy recording technology of that era. However, if you're anything like me you'll find the hep harmonies and sweet violin solo more than make up for any technical shortcomings. Enjoy.

The Tide Is High

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Mr. Fix It Man - Sisters Love

"Mr. Fix It Man" was on heavy rotation on my turntable years ago. Sisters Love comprises of former Ray Charles backup singers, the Raelettes. The most famous ex-Raelette was Merry Clayton, who's powerhouse vocals are featured on The Rolling Stones "Gimme Shelter". Anyway, enjoy this 1972 single and if you're feeling like a second helping of sister soul power check out Merry Clayton's solo work, or anything by the funktastic Jackson Sisters.

Mr. Fix It Man

Sister Merry's take on "Gimme Shelter" rivals Mick Jaggers.