Thursday, November 16, 2017

Jack Schechtman


After a bit of work, I finally tracked this one down. Very cool little folk-rock record with some beautifully understated orchestral arrangements by Charlie Calello, who worked with the likes of Laura Nyro during her peak. Thanks to Rick for breaking up the tracks!

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Dennis Stoner


Alas, it appears that someone is deleting links here and there. I don't know what their game is, but if someone wants to spoil the party, well, there ain't a lot I can do about it. I won't be re-upping anything anymore (so grab what you can while you can).

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Angeline Butler


This one doesn't fall into the "exploito" category, but it's a wonderful, seldom-heard record (produced by Tom Cogbill), and two of these songs appear on the "The Magic Garden of Stanley Sweetheart" soundtrack. UPDATE: Thanks to Rick for breaking up the tracks.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Josie and the Pussycats


From Wiki: The Josie and the Pussycats recordings were produced by La La Productions, run by Danny Janssen and Bobby Young. They held a talent search to find three girls who would match the three girls in the comic book in both looks and singing ability; early plans, which did not come to fruition, called for a live-action Pussycats segment at the end of each episode. After interviewing over 500 finalists, settled upon casting Kathleen Dougherty (Cathy Dougher) as Josie, Cherie Moor (actress Cheryl Ladd) as Melody, and Patrice Holloway as Valerie. Janssen presented the newly formed band to William Hanna and Joseph Barbera to finalize the production deal, but was in for a surprise. Hanna-Barbera wanted Janssen to recast Patrice Holloway, because they had decided to portray "Josie and the Pussycats" as an all-white trio and had altered Valerie, who had been conceived as African-American and was already appearing as such in Archie's revamped Josie and the Pussycats comic book, to make her white. Janssen refused to recast Holloway and threatened to walk away from the project. After a three-week-long stand-off between Janssen and Hanna-Barbera, Hanna-Barbera finally relented and allowed Janssen to keep Holloway, and changed Valerie back to being African-American. The Valerie character was the first African-American female character on a regular Saturday morning cartoon series. The Hardy Boys drummer Pete Jones had been the first African-American male to appear on Saturday mornings a year earlier.

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A Few Requests







Looking for anything in the Ensemble Petit series.





Terry Baxter: "Feelin' Groovy"

Would anyone have rips of these they'd be willing to share? If so, please put you link in the comments. And for those of you who hit me up for re-ups, you might get what you want if you contribute.

The Hamlet Collection


Yet another comp from my fav boutique label.

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Indian Summer



As always, when you purchase one of my albums on Bandcamp - for any amount - you're aiding me when I go on one of my crate-digging expeditions for Mondo. Contribute!

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Ecology


Excellent country-rock record from a former Blue Thing. Sounds at times a bit like Gene Clark.

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Saturday, October 14, 2017

David McComb


Yep, this one's glaringly out of character with most of what appears on Ol' Mondo, but it's such a beautiful (and rare) record that I felt the need to share it. For more on David McComb, check out his work with the Triffids, yet another great, underrated Aussie band.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Michael Kenny


Big thanks to Micro for this one. Link fixed.

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22 Explosive Hits


UPDATE: It appears that someone keeps deleting the link for this one. Sorry, but I'm not going to be re-upping it.

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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

J Jocko


Former Sha-Na-Na drummer attempts to get down with his bad self. Some nifty guitar leads courtesy of Elliott Randall.

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Saturday, September 30, 2017

Morgan


Here's one of my occasional posts. BTW, for those of you who keep hitting me up with requests for re-ups and whatnot, make a decent donation (button's on the right) or buy one of my albums over at Bandcamp, and I will give you what you want. Capice?

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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Ron Frangipane


Solidly performed and beautifully recorded interpretations of one of my favorite singer/songwriters. UPDATE: now broken into separate tracks, thanks to Rick.

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Swimming, Smoking, Crying


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Elliot Lurie


From the guy who brought you "Brandy." BTW, I'm going to be scaling back Mondo to only (very) occasional posts. My plea for contributions (with the exception of two very fine folks) went unmet. Based on the amount of visitors (and downloads) this site gets each day and the amount of effort I put into it, I just don't see much of a reason to continue. Peace, all.

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Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Avant-Garde


Here's the Avant-Garde, featuring Chuck "We'll Be Back in Two and Two" Woolery. This sucker is going for 90 bucks on eBay, so you're getting a pretty good deal here.

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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The Coronados


More music from the Silverbird folks, by request.

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Teresa Graves


A decent bubblegum soul record from the former "Laugh In" turned Jehovah's Witness girl. Sadly, she died in a fire at her Los Angeles home in 2002.

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Byron Keith Daugherty


Yet another obscure '70s singer/songwriter record, this one on the Fantasy label, which always did right by its artists (cf. John Fogerty).

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Rock Flowers


Easily the best record based on a line of Mattel cheapie dolls (BTW: both Rock Flowers albums are in the file).

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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Hot Parts


Oddball soundtrack featuring contributions from members of the Left Banke and Bert Sommer. Trying to keep the spirits up while the world is wracked with one horrific crisis after another. Peace to all.

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Friday, September 1, 2017

The Good Time SIngers


Pick up a recent issue of Ugly Things, as I did, and read about the sad and strange life of former Monkees songwriter and Penny Arkade member Craig Smith. The near-book-length article inspired me to track down this record, which is, as it turns out, a little too Up With People cornball for my own tastes. But I thought that since I went to the trouble of ripping it, I'd share it with you nonetheless. Besides, it's on classic-period Capitol and David Gates wrote a few tunes. (I stuck a few stray tracks that I found around the internet on the end.) Update: songs are now broken into individual tracks.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Glenda Griffth


Since we're on a '70s tip, here's a wonderful little record - produced by Don Henley and featuring the LA Mafia - that came and went without a blip. A shame.

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Sunday, August 27, 2017

Sierra


If this record sounds a little like late-period Burritos, that's because it is. The band - Sneaky Pete Kleinow, Gib Guilbeau, Thad Maxwell, Mickey McGee, and Bobby Cochran - signed to Mercury, changed their name, and, with the help of Felix Peppalardi, they produced an album that leans more toward rock (think the Eagles) and less on country.

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Michael Konstan


Yet another obscure '70s singer/songwriter album that checks a lot of my boxes.

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Friday, August 18, 2017

Fast Folk


This record from 1989 - featuring the likes of Peter Case, Victoria Williams, Milo Binder, and Marvin Etzioni - holds a special place in my heart because, well, I took the shot. Unfortunately, the person who designed the cover decided that tinting it with garish colors and breaking it up into multiple images was the way to go. To see the original shot, you can check it out here.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Henry Buckle


Couldn't find out much about Mr. Buckle, but I can say he comes across like a more affable early James Taylor. If that's your thing, you might just dig this.

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Street Noise


Seems like there were a ton of these kinds of bands around in the late '60s. This one's well worth a listen.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Endtroducing


You likely wouldn't know this, but yours truly is the author of the 33 1/3 book, "DJ Shadow's Endtroducing." You could give back and support this site by snagging yourself a copy. Just follow the link below or purchase one from your local bookseller (if such a place still exists in your 'hood).

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

John Davidson


A curiously topical album, produced by Wendy and Lisa's dad. Update: Thanks to Rick for breaking this up into individual tracks.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Mike Settle


Mike was a member of the First Edition, for which he wrote the hit "But You Know I Love You," which is on this, his sole solo record.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

The National Gallery


If you're in the mood for 10 musical interpretations of the artist Paul Klee, this is your record.

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