Jo Ann Kelly was an English blues singer and guitarist. Kelly was born in Streatham, South London, and with her brother, Dave Kelly, became blues fans in their teens. Few women were singing or playing the blues during the 1960s, let alone with her skill or understanding of early blues styles. Kelly had a voice far bigger than her slight frame would suggest; with a rich, deep, tonal quality that could easily have come from Dinah Washington or Sister Rosetta Tharpe. After establishing a musical partnership with the British blues musician Tony McPhee, Kelly appeared on two McPhee compiled albums for Liberty Records, Me And The Devil (1968) and I Asked for Water, She Gave Me Gasoline (1969). At the end of the 1960s, with an album on a major record label in the United States, it seemed that she might be spirited away there and moulded into another Janis Joplin. Both Johnny Winter and Canned Heat tried to recruit Kelly into their ranks. However, her allegiance was to the United Kingdom and the nightclub scene, although, the 1970s and 1980s would fail to support her financially and so she took to the European circuit, latterly with the guitarist Pete Emery or in bands. Indeed, in the early 1980s, she was a member of the Terry Smith Blues Band. 01 - Louisiana Blues 02 - Fingerprints Blues 03 - Driftin' And Driftin' 04 - Look Here Partner 05 - Moon Going Down 06 - Yellow Bee Blues 07 - Whiskey Head Woman 08 - Sit Down On My Knee 09 - Man I'm Lovin' 10 - Jinx Blues 11 - Come On In My Kitchen LINK
Sandie Shaw is an English pop singer, who was one of the most successful British female singers of the 1960s. In 1967 she was the first UK act to win the Eurovision Song Contest. She has been described as "the barefoot pop princess of the 1960s". Sandra Goodrich was born and brought up in Dagenham, London, England. On leaving school, she worked at the nearby Ford factory, and did some part-time modelling, before coming second as a singer in a local talent contest. As a prize, she appeared at a charity concert in London, where her potential was spotted by singer Adam Faith. He introduced her to his manager, Eve Taylor, who won her a contract with Pye Records in 1964 and gave her the stage name of "Sandie Shaw". For any Sandie fan, this 2-cd set is the best from the many compilations that have been released over the years. From her very first single 'As long as you're happy baby' (which incidently wasn't a hit) through to her biggest hit 'Puppet on a string'. The set also includes the other four songs from which BBC viewers chose Britain's Eurovision entry. Sandie's first two LP's, 'Sandie' and 'Me' are also included. (AC)
01 - As Long As Your Happy 02 - Ya-Ya-Da-Da 03 - Always Something There To Remind Me 04 - Don't You Know 05 - Girl Don't Come 06 - I'd Be Far Better Off Without You 07 - Everybody Loves A Lover 08 - Gotta See My Baby Every Day 09 - Love Letters 10 - Stop Feeling Sorry For Yourself 11 - Always 12 - Don't Be That Way 13 - It's In His Kiss 14 - Downtown 15 - You Won't Forget Me 16 - Lemon Tree 17 - Baby I Need Your Loving 18 - Talk About Love 19 - I'll Stop At Nothing 20 - You Can't Blame Him 21 - Long Live Love 22 - I've Heard About Him 23 - Message Understood 24 - Don't You Count On It 25 - You Don't Love Me No More 26 - I Don't Need That Kind Of Lovin' 27 - Down Dismal Ways 28 - Oh No He Don't
01 - When I Was A Child 02 - Do You Mind 03 - How Glad I Am 04 - I Know 05 - Till The Night Begins To Die 06 - Too Bad You Don't Want Me 07 - One Day 08 - When I Fall In Love 09 - How Can You Tell 10 - If Ever You Need Me 11 - Tomorrow 12 - Hurting You 13 - Nothing Comes Easy 14 - Stop Before You Start 15 - Run 16 - Long Walk Home 17 - Think Sometimes About Me 18 - Hide All Emotion 19 - I Don't Need Anything 20 - Keep In Touch 21 - Puppet On A String 22 - Tell The Boys 23 - I'll Cry Myself To Sleep 24 - Had A Dream Last Night 25 - Ask Any Woman 26 - I Don't Think You Want Me Anymore 27 - No Moon 28 - I'd Be Far Better Off Without You (Lp Version)
Christine McVie (Christine Anne Perfect) is an English rock singer, keyboardist, and songwriter. Her primary fame came as a member of the British/American rock band Fleetwood Mac though she has also released three solo albums. McVie has a contralto vocal range. In 2006, Paste Magazine named McVie the 83rd greatest living songwriter. In 1968, a friend of Christine told her that her Sounds Of Blue's ex-band mates Andy Silvester and Stan Webb were forming a blues band and were looking for a pianist, so she wrote to them asking to join them. A few days later they replied, inviting her to play keyboards/piano and sing background vocals in their band Chicken Shack. Christine stayed with Chicken Shack for two albums; it was in that combo that her genuine feel for the blues became evident—not only in her Sonny Thompson-style piano playing, but in her soft, low alto which rendered the songs and standards she did sing authentic. In fact, Chicken Shack scored the #14 British hit "I'd Rather Go Blind" with Christine on lead vocals. She was given a Melody Maker award for female vocalist for both 1969 and 1970 respectively, and she was lauded for having one of the "top 10 pairs of legs in all of Britain". Christine left Chicken Shack in 1969 after meeting Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie. Christine Perfect is the debut solo album of Christine McVie. The album was released just after Perfect had left Chicken Shack, but before she joined Fleetwood Mac. It contained the Etta James song, "I'd Rather Go Blind", which had earlier been a hit single for Chicken Shack. Originally released in 1970, the album was re-released in 1976 as The Legendary Christine Perfect Album.
01 - Crazy 'bout You 02 - I'm On My Way 03 - Let Me Go (Leave Me Alone) 04 - Wait And See 05 - Close To Me 06 - I'd Rather Go Blind 07 - When You Say 08 - And That's Saying A Lot 09 - No Road Is The Right Road 10 - For You 11 - I'm Too Far Gone (To Turn Around) 12 - I Want You
Kathy McCord, is an American folk-psych singer. Had events taken a different turn, Kathy McCord might now be regarded as a 60s pop icon, rather than a cult heroine. It was her early mentor Chip Taylor’s intention that she would record the original of the now-classic ‘Angel Of The Morning’, but his partner Al Gorgoni favoured Evie Sands. Instead Kathy got to record a single for their Rainy Day label in 1968 that fell stillborn from the presses. A year later, Kathy became the first non-jazz artist to be signed to Creed Taylor’s renowned CTI imprint. Her eponymous album featured musicians of the calibre of John Hall, future founder of Orleans, on guitar and flautist Hubert Laws. Its ethereal beauty failed to reach its intended audience, and it was not until years later – decades, even – that it started to achieve a belated recognition, particularly among those who enjoy the works of such McCord peers as Nick Drake and Vashti Bunyan. Copies of the original LP have crept up in price and nowadays fetch a pretty penny when offered for sale. A limited edition Japanese CD from the mid-90s sold out almost before it hit the streets.
01 - Rainbow Ride 02 - I'm Leaving Home 03 - Candle Waxing 04 - Baby James 05 - The Love Flow 06 - New York Good Sugarlove Lyric #7 07 - For You,child 08 - Jennipher 09 - Take Away This Pain 10 - Velvet Smile 11 - I'll Give My Heart To You [Bonus Track] 12 - I'll Never Be Alone Again [Bonus Track]
Nancy Sandra Sinatra is an American singer and actress. She is the daughter of singer/actor Frank Sinatra, and remains known for her 1966 signature hit "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" and her cover of Cher's "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" (lyrics and music by Sonny Bono), which was used as the opening sequence theme in Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill. "Country, My Way" fron 1967, is a unique concept album by Nancy. Lee Hazlewood, producer of twang-guitarist Duane Eddy, penned many of Nancy's songs, most have them containing a heavy country flavor. 01 - It's Such A Pretty World Today 02 - Get While The Gettin's Good 03 - Walk Through This World With Me 04 - Jackson 05 - When It's Over 06 - Lay Some Happiness On Me 07 - Lonely Again 08 - By The Way (I Still Love You) 09 - Oh, Lonesome Me 10 - The End Of The World 11 - Help Stamp Out Loneliness 12 - Highway Song [Reprise Single] 13 - Hello L.A., Bye Bye Birmingham [Reprise Single] 14 - Are You Growing Tired Of My Love [Reprise Single] LINK
Born to Russian and Scottish parents, June Campbell Cramer was raised in Plymouth and received a strict education. In the late fifties, she studied at art college, and from the early sixties spent most of her time living in Spain, painting and working as a fashion model. She lived in various other places for a while, including Italy, Greece and the Balearic Islands. It was while living near Palma in Mallorca that her path crossed with the Canterbury school : Daevid Allen, Gilli Smyth and Kevin Ayers were occasionally residing on the island. It was through June that Allen and Ayers met Wes Brunson, the American millionaire who sponsored Soft Machine in their early days. From 1967, her involvement in painting, music and poetry intensified, and her artworks received numerous exhibitions. In 1970, June made a conscious decision that it was time for her to combine the music, visuals and words. This multi-media approach was subsequently developed in her performances, literature and recordings. Her public appearances became more frequent. She gave a talk and played tapes to polytechnic students in London and had several gigs in Britain during 1971, including a brief residency at the Electric Cinema in London. By now she had adopted the name Lady June. Further public appearances were made by Lady June during 1972, including a performance at the badly organised International Carnival of Experimental Sound at London's Roundhouse, with Steve Hillage, Tim Blake, David Bedford and Lol Coxhill, an appearance at the Edinburgh festival, and the 'Fun and Games' gig in London during November with Geoff Leigh, Steve Hillage, Didier Malherbe and Gerry Fields. In addition, she performed in London with Henry Cow and a slide show, and during June played a gig with them at Amsterdam's Paradiso. During 1974, Lady June gave her 'Uppers and Downers' show at the Cosmos in Amsterdam. The title was to be used for the booklet of poetry published by Virgin that appeared the following year. Also, there was a solo appearance at Amsterdam's Melkweg, supported by Hatfield and the North with whom she also made many private recordings. Work on her album progressed during the year; the finalised session was released by Virgin on the budget-priced Caroline label in 1974 with the title Lady June's Linguistic Leprosy. Recorded at cost of £400 according to one review, it features Brian Eno (who was also resident in the Maida Vale area of London), Kevin Ayers (who wrote much of the music) and Pip Pyle. It is an adventurous and intriguing kaleidoscope of music and words. 01 - Some Day Silly Twenty Three 02 - Reflections 03 - Am I 04 - Everythingsnothing 05 - Tunion 06 - The Tourisy 07 - Bars 08 - The Letter 09 - Mangel-Wurzel 10 - To Whom It May Not Concern 11 - Optimism 12 - Touch-Downer LINK