Sunday, December 10, 2006
Music I Liked And Didn't - 12/10/06
DALTON, KAREN: In My Own Time CD (Light In The Attic) - This is a reissue of legendary country/folk/blues performer Karen Dalton’s second (and last) LP, originally released in 1971 on the Just Sunshine label. Recorded over a six month period in 1970/71 at Bearsville studios and backed by a crew of well-known studio musicians, this is definitely a mixed bag. Of course, Dalton’s incredible, world-weary vocals are featured on each of these tracks. Some of the tracks with the full band, such as the covers of Dino Valenti’s, “Something On Your Mind”, and George Jones', "Take Me", are quite well done, but others are just too damn slick (especially the questionable covers of such well-known “hits” as, “How Sweet It Is” and “When A Man Loves A Woman”!?!). The best tracks, such as, "Katie Cruel", and, “Same Old Man”, however, simply feature Dalton on either guitar or banjo, with just the minimal, tasteful support of instruments such as violin or organ. Like I said, a mixed bag, for sure, but the good material is sooooooo good that it makes this release an essential piece of authentic “American roots” music to own.
More archival additions from my recent numerous Amoeba used vinyl scores:
DOG FACED HERMANS: Those Deep Buds LP (Alternative Tentacles) - I filled the last remining gap in my DFH vinyl collection (another embarrassing and unexplicable oversight!), when I recently scored a sealed, original vinyl copy of this album from these great art punk counterculturalists.
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