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Short Cuts: July Mini-reviews, Part One

The in-box here at Musoscribe World Headquarters is overflowing once again, thanks in no small part to my focusing on other matters (including my recent move and impending nuptials) in addition to keeping up my reviewing schedule. So here’s the first in another series of shorter-than-usual reviews. All of these albums were worth my time;

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part Five / conclusion)

Continued from Part Four… Bill Kopp: You first rose to fame as a cast member on Where the Action Is. Can you tell me how you got that gig? Keith Allison: At the time, I was playing with The Crickets, as their guitarist. But when in town, I did all the Boyce and Hart demos

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part Four)

continued from Part Three… Bill Kopp: A guy I vaguely know put together some unauthorized DVDs of It’s Happening episodes. He sent me copies and I reviewed them. The next day he got a cease-and-desist order from Dick Clark Productions! Keith Allison: I just talked to the archivist over there [at DCP]. They contacted me;

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part Three)

Continued from Part Two… Bill Kopp: I ought to know the answer to this, but did any of your solo singles or the In Action album make a dent on the charts? Keith Allison: They didn’t do much of anything. “Action Action” was what you’d call a turntable hit. The show [Where the Action Is]

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part Two)

Continued from Part One… Bill Kopp: You cut a couple singles with Mark Lindsay and Steve Alaimo as The Unknowns… Keith Allison: Mark and I, of course, were signed to other labels, so that’s what we had to do. We couldn’t put our names on the record. We cut those at Radio Recorders in Santa

Keith Allison: Man of Action (Part One)

Calling singer-songwriter-actor-musician Keith Allison a Zelig of rock music is a bit wide of the mark, but the Texas-born Allison does seem to have shown up at key points in the pop music scene of the 1960s. Originally a member of the post-Buddy Holly lineup of The Crickets, he went on to fame as a

Capsule Reviews: Still More from Real Gone Music

Wrapping up the series (for now, at least), here’s the last of four entries presenting short looks at recently-released reissues and/or compilations from Real Gone Music. Vanilla Fudge – The Complete ATCO Singles Most rock fans with any sort of memory are familiar with Vanilla Fudge, and they know the band’s deceptively simple approach to

Capsule Reviews: And Yet Three More from Real Gone Music

Here’s the third of four collections of brief reviews of recently-released reissues and/or compilations from Real Gone Music. Dr. John, The Night Tripper – GRIS-gris Dr. John (aka Mac Rebbenack) was a well-known fixture on the New Orleans music scene long before he cut this, his debut album in 1968. And while he’d later enjoy

Capsule Reviews: Three More from Real Gone Music

Continuing from yesterday’s collection, here are more quick looks at recently-released reissues and/or compilations from Real Gone Music. Toomorrow: Original Soundtrack Album Seeing the names Harry Saltzman (of James Bond film fame) and Don Kirshner (of, well, Don Kirshner fame/infamy) emblazoned across the cover of this 1970 curio suggests we’re in for something that might

Capsule Reviews: Three from Real Gone Music

Because there’s so much of a backlog here at Musoscribe’s palatial new World HQ ( I moved recently), here’s the first of at least three collections of short reviews. These are all reissues or compilations on the Real Gone Music label, renowned (along with Rock Beat, Omnivore, Numero and a select few others) for their