Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hits That Never Were Pt. 1

It's been a few days since my last post and I'm sorry for the delay. To make up for it, I'm going to introduce you to some relatively unknown songs that should've been hits. To compile my list, I mentally selected three songs that either never charted or never charted high enough to be considered a hit. These selections are in no particular order of greatness. They're all great.

1. Give Us A Break by John Sebastian

According to Wikipedia,this great track was released as a single in 1972 and it didn't chart anywhere. I had no idea this even existed until a few days ago. It's a shame it didn't go anywhere.

2. River Song by Dennis Wilson

I've been a Beach Boys fan for a long time and I listened to all their great music. I even listened to each member's solo recordings. When I found this song, it blew my mind. I guess Brian wasn't the only genius in the band. Anyway, here's a great song that didn't chart as a single and was released on his solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue in 1977.

3. My World Fell Down by Sagittarius

This beautiful song was by a group that never actually existed. It was a studio project essentially and each member of this fictional group were session musicians. The lead vocalist is someone you might know. Right before his career broke out, Glen Campbell was a session musician and he contributed his guitar talents to many recordings. He was also a damn fine singer as well. I guess that's why they gave him the lead vocal. You can also make out in the background vocals a guy by the name of Bruce Johnston. He was a session musician that also joined a little group called The Beach Boys. No matter how you dice it, this awesome single released back in 1967, was a great track and should've been a hit. Unfortunately, according to Wikipedia, it only made it to number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Real Country Music Is Still Alive

Over the last few years, mainstream country music has severely declined in quality. Some call this "evolving", but in reality, it's the exact opposite. It's become a watered down mixture of other genres with very little country influences other than the token banjo and pedal steel. However, real country music is still alive and well, but most of the time you gotta search for it. Blogs like Saving Country Music and Farce the Music have exposed me to many artists and songs that I had never heard before. Here are some favorites of mine.

1. Sturgill Simpson is on the forefront of becoming a legend. A native from my home state of Kentucky, his music has been released to critical acclaim without the help of a major record label. High Top Mountain and Metamodern Sounds In Country Music are great albums and I recommend them. Here's a medley of two songs off his first album. You Can Have the Crown and Some Days.

2. Here is a another great artist that has worked behind the scenes writing songs for big name artists like Luke Bryan, Chris Stapleton recently released his first album after being in the business for several years. It is great album called Traveler and I highly recommend it. Here is a track from the album also called Traveler.

3. Here is an example of a mainstream artist finally learning from his mistakes. Tim McGraw has been making music for more than twenty years. It's really hard to stay relevant for that length of time and I guess he thought the same thing and so that is why for a long time, he released crappy singles like Truck Yeah and Lookin' For That Girl. Fortunately, his last three single releases have been really great and I hope he stays on that path. Here's his latest single form his latest album Sundown Heaven Town. Here is Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Obscure Goodie: The Critters - Children and Flowers

Here's a great obscure record by The Critters. This record was authored by Jackie DeShannon and was covered by The Critters in the mid 60's. It's a shame this wasn't a hit. Here's an awesome video uploaded by the PlayThemAgain channel on Youtube with the great track, Children and Flowers by The Critters.

Nobody But Me - The Human Beinz (Alt. Mix and Unedited)

Here's one that Music Mike on Youtube uploaded a few years ago. It's not only an alternate stereo mix, but it's also unedited. I hope you enjoy this one hit wonder from 1967. It's The Human Beinz with their big hit Nobody But Me.

Introductory Post

The reason why I started this blog is to share all of the great songs I find. Some of these songs may be obscure, some may be well known. They're all good to me and I hope you enjoy them as well. This one is a big favorite of mine. It's The Lovin' Spoonful with She is Still a Mystery.