Reviews by Grade ‘A’

Crocodiles, Endless Flowers

Posted on July 6, 2012

Crocodiles, Endless Flowers

They have the ability to fins beauty in solution, trepidation and apathy, which is perfect for the disenfranchised American and the anxious youth. Plus, they wrote riff so accessible, you’d swear they stole them. Even the onslaught of sound cannot bury them.

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Carole King,The Legendary Demos

Posted on May 17, 2012

Carole King,The Legendary Demos

Where much of pop music has been the flavor of the day, true craftsmanship stands the test of time.

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Various Artists, Where Is Parker Griggs?

Posted on January 13, 2012

Various Artists, Where Is Parker Griggs?

To answer the question, Parker Griggs is on tracks one and four on this label compilation. Griggs is a member of the two-piece power trio, Radio Moscow with bassist Zack Anderson.

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Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels

Posted on November 15, 2011

Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels

Faithfull is a great interpreter. She’s a squatter, claiming what she lands on and taking ownership.

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The Dum Dum Girls at the Turf Club

Posted on October 13, 2011

The Dum Dum Girls at the Turf Club

The Girls could obviously catch your ear (as well as your eye) with their three-chord DIY attack, proving that simplicity sounds best when distinguished by nuances and honesty.

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Soul Clan, Soul Clan

Posted on July 22, 2011

Soul Clan, Soul Clan

Within the last year or two a friend of mine told me she had found a copy of the Soul Clan album at a local music store. I had confessed that I had still never seen a copy of it. She paid an ample sum for her copy but I totally understood why and it’s hard to explain why if you don’t have vinyl in your blood, love in your heart and soul in your bones.

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The Butanes featuring Willie Walker, Long Time Thing

Posted on July 19, 2011

The Butanes featuring Willie Walker, Long Time Thing

…these songs respect the traditions of their respective genres, listening to Long Time Thing is like opening up a time capsule and hearing songs that were tucked away for the last 40 to 50 years.

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Songs I Turned Up: The Spinners, “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love”

Posted on June 22, 2011

Songs I Turned Up: The Spinners, "Could It Be I'm Falling In Love"

The emergences of Phillipe “Soul” Wynne, sharing lead vocal duties with tenor Bobby Smith was the final ingredient in the recipe of fame and success. Listen to “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” with Thom Bells’s keys underpinned by Larry Washington’s congas, the strings, the girls and finally, Wynne ad-libbing over the coda. The Spinners had arrived!

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Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis

Posted on May 11, 2011

Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis

The Road From Memphis works better than Booker’s previous LP, Potato Hole for a couple of reasons. The the originals are much better songs and his collaborators are more sympathetic to his ideas. It sounds like Booker’s vision of a new LP was realized more than somebody else’s vision for a new Booker T. Jones album.

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Scandalous, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Posted on April 21, 2011

Scandalous, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

“Black Snake” is reminiscent of “Resurrection Shuffle” by Ashton, Gardner & Dyke, but it would be a disservice to the Joe & the band to compare them to those brass rockers of the early 70s – like Chase or early Chicago – because the Honeybears can swing.

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