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Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of December 27, 1971

Caught my eye:

AL KOOPER / STEVE STILLS etc. – Super Session (Columbia CQ-30991) QUAD re-issue
GEORGE HARRISON etc. – The Concert for Bangla Desh (Apple STCX-3385) triple LP
KEN NORDINE – How Are Things In Your ATown? (Blue Thumb BTS-33) double LP

Al Kooper & Co. in QUAD! I think I got “Bangla Desh” for Christmas in 1971, so it must’ve come out before 12/27/71!! I learned who Ken Nordine was by this LP hitting the cut-out bins within a year or so of this release – it was everywhere – a double album – for 99 cents.

Also of interest:

BELL & ARC (Columbia 31142)
ATOMIC ROOSTER – In Hearing Of… (Elektra EKS-74109)
RAY STEVENS – Greatest Hits (Barnaby ZQ-30770) QUAD re-issue

Bell & Arc was licensed from Charisma / B&C, England. I never went with Atomic Rooster once Chris Farlowe took over on vocals…somehow can’t wrap my head around a quad version of “Ahab The Arab”.

Notable singles:

BILLY EDD WHEELER – Gifts b/w Plutebobelle (RCA 74-0610)
THE FACES – Stay With Me b/w You’re So Rude (Warner 7545)
HUDSON & LANDRYAjax Airlines (Dore 868)

Oh, and tons of “Back-to-back Hits” 45’s from Warners etc. B.E.W. is a C&W / bluegrass songwriter who eventually wrote for Kenny Rogers. The Faces single is from “A Nod Is As Good As A Wink” and you used to hear it on the FM radio rather a lot. Hudson & Landry were L.A. radio comedians, and this – along with “Ajax Liquor Store” was typical of their output.

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OK, that's the end of the 1971 release sheets. I am going to take a break from 'em and post some other stuff before starting 1972! As always, I love to hear what you think!



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