Shelby Lynne – Just a little lovin’

Quite famous this one. A lot has been made of the fact that its on vinyl, and particularly that its an all analogue recording on Studer 2 inch tape. To quote Shelby…

"My new album, "Just A Little Lovin'" was made on a 2-inch tape machine. I demanded it. I like working with engineers and producers who love and appreciate tape. I love the sound, smell, and feel of tape. That's why I enlisted legendary record producer, Phil Ramone, and the brilliant recording engineer, Al Schmitt. They didn't mind my insistence. They put up with my hardheadedness. Hardly anyone uses tape anymore because they claim it's so expensive and it's just easier to use a computer. Most engineers can operate any computer rig in studios these days. But if you ask them to run a Studer and put on a reel of tape, they run down the hallway screaming for Mommy. I'm sorry, but I can't get turned on looking at a computer screen. First of all, it's not more expensive. By the time digital users spend the time and money to buy the software needed to put that "tape sound" on their digital record, they have spent more time and money than I have. While their downloading "tape sound" software, I'm kicking back on the houseboat drinking beer with a fishing pole in my hand listening to Django."

 

So there you have it. Tape is marvellous and, well, actually it is. The sound off this LP IS warm, IS finely detailed and sounds well, beautiful. And full, and has excellent bass and treble and pretty much all you could ask for.

The album is itself a collection of songs made famous by Dusty Springfield, that wonderful songstress from the 60s with a husky voice to die for and a knack for putting every emotion into her songs. The songs are from a variety of writers but Dusty made them her own.

Shelby doesn't just try to replicate the Dusty originals for that would be futile but she puts her own spin on each one. This basically means stripping each song down to its barest elements, plucked guitar, brushed cymbals, solitary vocal and reducing the pace. She reduces the pace a LOT. We're in Norah Jones or Diana Krall territory here. Which is great if you're a fan. But I'm not. They're too slow, dare I say too boring for me. I'd have to be real tired or getting real romantic for this record to work. But as its on vinyl I'd have to get up every 20 minutes which, well defeats the point. I could of course buy it on CD, but then, well that defeats the whole Studer analogue 2 inch tape argument, doesn't it?

For the record, the songs are

1. Just A Little Lovin'
2. Anyone Who Had A Heart
3. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
4. I Only Want To Be With You
5. The Look Of Love
6. Breakfast In Bed
7. Willie And Laura Mae Jones
8. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
9. Pretend
10. How Can I Be Sure

'Breakfast in Bed' jazzes things up a little in an electric fashion, while 'Willie and Laura Mae Jones' countrifies things a little.

I got the repressing which is meant to be an improvement on the problematic first pressing. I still notice a lot of noise and am getting some extra sibilance…well more than sibilance issues. So the original tape sounds like it was pretty good but the pressing could be way better. Pity. Packaging is minimal but then again this is a cheap record. Maybe they should have charged more and made it perfect.

Bands known by initials

Bands Known By Initials

by Robert Benson

In rock ‘n’ roll history there have been many bands whose moniker and names were shortened and universally recognized by abbreviated lettered names. Let’s explore some popular initial nicknames of bands.

Creedence Clearwater Revival (also known as CCR) began churning out classic rock ‘n’ roll singles shortly after the John Fogerty led band formed in 1967. With their “swamp-rock” sound and style, the group amassed seventeen top 40 hits like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Green River,” and the wedding band staple “Proud Mary.” The group disbanded in 1972 and any hopes of a CCR reunion were quashed with the death of band member Tom Fogerty in 1990.

Another 60's band that had huge commercial success was Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, also known as CSN &Y. Band members David Crosby (formally of the Byrds), Graham Nash (of Hollies fame), Stephen Stills and Neil Young (both with Buffalo Springfield), blended their flawless harmonies into a long and successful career. With hits such as the Nash led “Teach Your Children,” Neil Young’s antiwar protest song “Ohio” and a Joni Mitchell composition “Woodstock” about the legendary rock festival, CSN &Y blended their unique acoustic-folk and progressive hard rock sound to be a classic example of the 1960's psychedelic era. Additionally, after Young left the group, Crosby, Stills and Nash (also known as CSN) continued to release melodic pop/rock songs with 1977's “Just A Song Before I Go” and “Wasted On The Way,” which was released in 1982. The group still tours, occasionally joined by Young.

Hard-rocking Bachman-Turner Overdrive, or simply BTO consisted of Randy Bachman (formally of the Guess Who), fellow Guess Who alum Chad Allen, C.F. “Fred” Turner and Randy’s brother drummer Robbie. Capitalizing on the arena rock/pop rock era of the mid 70's, BTO had a short but successful career with chart singles such as “Takin’ Care Of Business,” “Let It Ride” and the number one single “You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet,” a song which was intended for an audience of one- Randy’s brother Gary Bachman who had a speech impediment-stuttering. They recorded the song for fun but needing another song to complete the lp “Not fragile,” Randy Bachman was pressured to include the joking stuttering lyrics and the song spent twelve weeks on the Billboard charts in 1974.

There are many other rock ‘n’ roll bands that were known by initials as well as their “given” name and I will include a couple more that I know of. The Electric Light Orchestra (also known as ELO) led by guitarist Jeff Lynne, scored twenty top ten hits with songs like “Telephone Line and “Don’t Bring Me Down.” A similar sounding name ELP was a supergroup consisting of keyboard genius Keith Emerson, bassist Greg lake (of the band Nice) and drummer Carl Palmer (a former member of The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown). They instilled their keyboard dominated, progressive rock throughout the 70's, creating a FM radio phenomenon with songs like “Lucky Man,” “Still You Turn Me On” and “From The Beginning.”

Author Robert Benson writes about rock/pop music, vinyl record collecting and operates www.collectingvinylrecords.com where you can secure your copy of his ebook called “The Fascinating Hobby Of Vinyl Record Collecting.”
Robert can be contacted at robert@collectingvinylrecords.com.