Tag Archives: Vanguard Records

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE-MANY A MILE.

BUFFY SAINTE-MARIE-MANY A MILE. There’s much more to Buffy Sainte-Marie than music. That’s just part of the story. Buffy Sainte-Marie is an educator, social activist and visual artist. She was born on February 20th 1941, on the Piapot Cree First Nation Reserve in the Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada. However, Buffy was later adopted by Albert and …

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FOLLOW ME DOWN-VANGUARD’S LOST PSYCHEDELIC ERA 1966-70.

FOLLOW ME DOWN-VANGUARD’S LOST PSYCHEDELIC ERA 1966-70. Mention Vanguard Records, and most people will think of their blues and folk releases. Very few people will think of Vanguard Records as a psychedelic label. However, between 1966 and 1970, A&R men Sam Charters and Maynard Solomon  Sam Charters decided that Vanguard Records should climb onboard the psychedelic …

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ROBBIE BASHO-ZARTHUS.

ROBBIE BASHO-ZARTHUS. The last time I wrote about Robbie Basho, I described him as a trendsetter and innovator. That was the case throughout his career. However, some of the most innovative and groundbreaking music Robbie Basho released was at Vanguard Records. Robbie’s Vanguard Records debut was The Voice Of The Eagle, which was released to …

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PETER WALKER-“SECOND POEM TO KARMELA” OR GYPSIES ARE IMPORTANT.

PETER WALKER-“SECOND POEM TO KARMELA” OR GYPSIES ARE IMPORTANT. Back in 1967, Peter Walker released his seminal album Rainy Day Raga, which was released on Vanguard Records. Since then, it’s become a cult classic. Many people though, thought Rainy Day Raga was Peter’s only album. It wasn’t. The following year, 1968, Peter released his sophomore …

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BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK.

BOB FRANK-BOB FRANK. In 2007, Jim Dickinson described Bob Frank as: “the best songwriter you never heard.” That’s no surprise. Jim Dickinson first met Bob Frank way back in the summer of 1963. Back then, Bob was part of a group of singers and songwriters hanging out in an old butcher’s shop in Crosstown Farmer’s …

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THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 1.

THE A-Z OF THE BEST REISSUES OF 2013 PART 1. As the year draws to a close, I’ve been compiling my lists of the best releases of 2013. So far, I’ve chosen the thirty best box sets of 2013 and the fifty best compilations of 2013. Now I’ve decided to turn my attention to reissues, …

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THE GET DOWN BOOGIE SOUND.

THE GET DOWN BOOGIE SOUND. Disco which had provided the musical backdrop to the second half of the seventies, went from hero to zero in the space of a year. Suddenly, disco sucked. Disco’s downfall started on Christmas Eve 1978, That’s when Steve Dahl was fired by Chicago radio station WDAI. It had previously been …

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