this week’s musical finds

‘Honkytonk Man’ wasn’t Clint Eastwood’s only effort at singing in a movie. The star of ‘Play Misty For Me’ and director of ‘Bird’ obviously loves music(jazz), but how many remember(or will admit to seeing) this 1969 musical western about the California gold rush?

In addition to the album in perfect shape, included were the original booklet/libretto and miniature movie poster inserts. A bargain at just 50 cents. Listening to the album wasn’t nearly as bad as all the movie reviews I remember. Compared to his co-star Lee Marvin, Clint can actually carry a tune.

When I asked the thrift store owner if he had anything “unusual” since the last time I visited he showed me this and asked me what I made of it-

It was a 1994 EP album ‘Dear Sir’ on the Runt label by ‘Cat Power’ whose name I recognized from recently seeing/hearing/reading favorable reviews for her new R&B flavored release ‘The Greatest’. The EP’s jacket is covered with words including a few some people might find objectionable. The owner (he’s not a music buff) hadn’t listened to the album and was unsure of the content. The other band members include the drummer from Sonic Youth and someone from a group called Two Dollar Guitar. One song was written by Tom Waits, all others by Cat Power aka Chan Marshall. Struck me as mostly melancholy drone songs. Wonder if it will be worth anything if Cat Power’s career takes off?

(also an unopened shrink wrap covered 3 LP box set of a 1961 Lenny Bruce performance from the Curran Theater in San Francisco)


About Marcus

Who me? Introverted, neurotic, self-absorbed, increasingly cynical observer of human nature and part time social critic in hiding. Most of my life spent avoiding growing up. The naive idealistic passions of youth have evolved into the eclectic eccentricities of adulthood. Northeast Florida small-town native, related to people I can't relate to. Simultaneously my own best friend and worst enemy. Politically and spiritually unaffiliated, my personal ideologies put me all over the map or off it completely.
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One Response to this week’s musical finds

  1. foxfire says:

    Cat Power’s nearly pathological inability to perform live much of the time, a product of her breathtaking mood swings and panic disorder, pretty much assures that she’s reached her apogee as a performer and is not likely to break further into mainstream popularity. It’s too bad because she’s a decent singer-songwriter, in more or less the same depressing mode as Leonard Cohen, and I’d like to see her get a big break. But it’s simply not in the cards.

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