BEYOND & BEFORE FAZZIO

HiWayneHal

CST 266/1962

Another western band from the Sage & Sand label featuring accomplished musicians. Tunes veer toward novelty at times as you can hear in the two tracks included here, All Alone, Broken Hearted and She Was Kissing Someone Else.  You can find several original Sage 78’s on Youtube. Here’s a screen shot of She Was Kissing Someone Else.

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My copy of Country Jamboree LP looks relatively unplayed and but Crown’s awful processed stereo pressing diminishes the playability of it.


PepTwist

CLP 5249/1962

A twist LP with one twist tune, a cover of Joey Dee & the Starliters’ double-sided single Peppermint Twist, a hit on Roulette.  Note that other twist LPs from Crown contain no twist tunes, just relabeled oldies from the Bihari catalog (like Twist With Me Henry). No information on the identity of the Twisters has surfaced thus far and they don’t sound enough like the original to think they are in fact the Starliters.  Feel free to weigh in if you have any info and I’ll update this post.

The rest of the LP are singles from the Biharis’ catalogue of blues, R&B and doo wop.  There’s nothing remotely twist about any of the tunes which include No More Doggin’ by Roscoe Gordon & the BB King standard Jump With You Baby.


EttaJames

CLP 5234/1961

You can’t go wrong with any of the several Etta James compilations released on Crown. For legit versions of these Etta James cuts and others, head on over the Ace Records site where they have the complete Etta James on Modern & Kent for sale.


Goldfinger

CLP 5440/1964

A daring Bihari cheese cake cover with topless model displaying one naked breast.  Goldfinger is given undistinguished treatment though judge for yourself.  The rest of the LP consists of tracks from various Modern/Crown percussion albums, none pretending to be a movie theme–after all, the title never specifies that the “others” in Theme From Goldfinger and others would necessarily be movie themes. This LP is not a Crown you need to seek out and own.


whereAveragePeps

CST 602/1970–send to BSN

“Where Have All The Average People Gone” is an intriguing title and one not listed in the Both Sides Now discography.  Bob Currie’s other Crown LP (622) also goes unlisted in BSN though there’s a copy for sale on Ebay Poland (no joke–see screen shot).

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Cracking open this sealed LP reveals Currie to be an average singer-song writer who’s flirting with a protest song in the title track.

Other tracks are tepid country-style tunes with backing from a tinkly piano and undistinguished rhythm section.  The most spirited track on the LP is ripped below, Reap The Wild Wind with fast finger lead. Never heard Jerry Cole play in this style so perhaps the guitarist is another of the Palamino Club players.

Though true stereo, the recording quality isn’t up to the standards of earlier Modern/Crown material: the sound is thin and instruments are low, stuck in the background.


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I’ve never bothered to spin the Johnny Cole and/or Robert Evans Chorus’ LPs on Crown.  They all look so generic and it’s nothing I’m interested in. But then the blog received a comment from a Johnny Cole fan and he’s apparently not the only one out there.  Chile is also known as Johnny Kay so check out this tribute Facebook page for more info.


MarRain

CST 307/1963

Marvin Rainwater is a well known country/rockabilly artist who just passed away two years ago.  This NY Times obit has a lot of biographical info about him.  More info about Rainwater can be read at the Rockabilly Hall of Fame site.

These tracks are demo sessions recorded in Washington DC, 1954. For more details including band personal check out this thorough discography. 

Crown’s processed stereo is on full range display on this LP and sound quality suffers greatly.


JimmyDean-1

CST 291/1963

Side One features Jimmy Dean who had his first hit, Bumming Around, in 1953 on the 4-Star label out of Pasadena.  4-Star managed to sign the likes of Hank Locklin, Ferlin Husky, Webb Pierce, Jimmy Dean, and Patsy Cline whose early cuts ended up on countless budget label LPs like this one. Presumably, the other 4 tracks here were also recorded at 4-Star though so far I’ve found no proof. 4-Star’s story and discography is covered in more depth here at Both Sides Now.

Throughout the 1950’s, Dean was featured on his own syndicated country music TV show out of Washington DC, then he went on network television.  His recording career really took off with his #1 smash hit Big Bad John in 1963. His story is told on several website including here at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Side Two are all instrumental cuts from the Western Gentlemen.  Discogs identifies the W.G. as Buck Coghlan (bass), Johnny Dakota (guitar) & Slim Forbes (fiddle) who have one solo LP credit, a vanity LP recorded in a steak house.

Final note: pre-Fazzio cover portrait by Edward Fukute whose only other LP cover credit was Crown’s Velvet Brass & Percussion LP.  The second Jimmy Dean Crown LP featured below recycles the same portrait for its cover with a different crop and color scheme.


HillHeaven

CLP 5258/1962

I’ve written about Eddie Dean in previous blogs featuring other of his Crown LPs (more to come).  He’s best known for I Dreamed of Hillbilly Heaven.

Most if not all of the Crown material was first issued on Sage & Sand.  In fact, Crown 5258 is a 1963 reissue of Sage & Sand LP #16 (1961). All the recording details are listed at this great discography site.  Overall an awesome LP, especially strong is side one, and well worth seeking out in your local thrift store.

Here’s Eddie Dean’s 1999 obit in the LA Times.


JimmyDean2

CLP 5308/1963

More Jimmy Dean from the 4-Star days on side one. More Western Gentlemen and an artist by the name of Billy Cotton on side two. Jerry Cole claimed he was Billy Cotton but Cole’s distinctive voice and guitar playing is not evident on the Cotton tracks.  Listen to the instro Aw Shucks and standard weeper Blues Won’t Let Me Sleep as aural proof  that Cole most likely is not Cotton.


OrangeBlossomSpecial

CST 512/1966

Harold Hensley composed the score for a series of soft core cornball country features in the early 1970’s produced by the prolific Harry Novak including Country Cuzzins, Tobacco Roody, Midnight Ployboy, Southern Comforts, Sweet Georgia and Sassy Sue.  In his spare time he recorded a couple country hoe down fiddle LPs for Crown including Orange Blossom Special. The vinyl is missing from my copy so no tracks are included.

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