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Rev. Milton Bronson and the Thompson Community Singers: "All Power" (HOB, HOB-1303, early 1970s?)

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Reverend Milton Bronson (1929-1997) was a Grammy award winning gospel musician and a pastor in Chicago. There's a post office branch in Austin, Chicago named after him. Bronson's Wikipedia page says he released his first album in 1988, but his Discogs page shows he and the Thompson Community Singers were recording since the early 1970s. This 45, "I'll Trade A Lifetime" b/w "All Power," doesn't have a date but judging by it's label number, HOB-1303, and where that would fall in the HOB catalog listing on Discogs, I think this was released sometime around 1971 or '72. Both songs are from the album named "I'll Trade A Lifetime." The label that put out Bronson's 70s work, HOB, released religious recordings from 1959 up to 1999, according to Discogs data. HOB was a subsidiary of Scepter Records, which was founded and ran by New Jersey housewife Florence Greenberg, who put out a lot of hits by the Shirelles ("I Met Him…

Cliff Richard and the Shadows: "True True Lovin'" (Epic 5-9691, 1964)

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It's been too long since I dipped into my 45 collection. Also I figured out how to record better, I think: According to his Wikipedia entry, Sir Cliff Richard turns 75 this October 14, has sold more than 250 million records worldwide, and is the third-top-selling singles artist in UK Chart history, behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley. How is it I have never heard of this cat, nor ever heard a single song by him? Richard's career has spanned more than 50 years, but he never found much success in the States, which I assume is the answer to my question. Richard and his band the Shadows were marketed as rebellious rock'n'rollers and were apparently top dogs in the UK pop/rock scene of the late 50s/early 60s, before the Beatles showed up. According to Wikipedia, John Lennon called their 1958 hit "Move It" the first British rock'n'roll record. The Shadows split in '68 but Richard continued to record. He finally had a hit in the U.S. with "De…

New Tunes Via Bandcamp

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A quick blast of cool new sound from some of the bands and labels I follow on Bandcamp. These four songs are courtesy Slovenly Records: SULTAN BATHERY "Right On" EP by Sultan BatheryVAN BUREN WHEELS "Van Buren Wheels" 10" by Van Buren WheelsWAU Y LOS ARRRGHS "Carrera Espacial" EP by WAU Y LOS ARRRGHSAPE CITY R&B "Dyn-o-mite b/w No. 1 Phantom Killer" EP by Ape City R&BThis is from a split with Ausmuteants for No Friends zine #1, which I am eagerly awaiting in the mail: Flexi by Lumpy & The DumpersGreat song, cool video from Small Bear Records: German label and band: ETT - 032 - PRETTY HURTS - EXPECTATIONS 7" EP by PRETTY HURTSLittle Rock, Arkansas, 1993: Soophie Nun Squad-- "With Raisins" unreleased jambox demo by Soophie Nun SquadA couple of lo-fi pop tracks to finish off the post. From Japan: New Apocalypse by Boys AgeFrom Kentucky: September Ninth by todayshits

New Texan hip-hop y noise rock; HC punk from Italy, Chicago, and New York; a new 70s funk/soul compilation from Tramp Records.

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HC hip-hop from Houston. Cool video too: New noise rock from Denton, Texas: Pretty Please by Bitch TeethHC punk from Italy: Sang by SangLabel Randy Records and band The Yolks are both from Chicago: Don't Cry Anymore 7" by The YolksHere's two new full albums, courtesy bandcamp: New York lady-punks, all in Portuguese. I listened to all of this today, it's rad. They've gotten some press from the Village Voice and Stereogum, much cooler than CNQ: Kanizadi LP by La MismaCNQ's favorite German re-issue label Tramp Records has this compilation, "Praise Poems 2- A journey into deep, soulful jazz & funk from the 1970s," available in various formats. Very groovy: OUT NOW!!! V./A. - PRAISE POEMS 2 - A journey into deep, soulful jazz & funk from the 1970s by Tramp Rec.