At Work I Just Take Time
968. Let's Take a Sea Cruise With Frankie Ford 969. Frankie Ford: New Orleans Dynamo 970. Forgotten Rebels: Tomorrow Belongs to Us 971. David Forman 972. 45 Grave: "Phantoms" 12-inch 973. Frank Foster and Frank Wess: 2 Franks Please 974. The Best of the Four Freshmen 975. The Four Seasons Story 976. Four Tops: Greatest Hits 977. Inez & Charlie Foxx: Greatest Hits 978. Frampton Comes Alive! 979. Connie Francis: Rock n' Roll Million Sellers 980. Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasuredome Mixworthy: "Walk Like a Man" and "Let's Hang On," #975; "Baby I Need Your Loving," "It's the Same Old Song," and "I Can't Help Myself," #976. Spent: The Four Tops are, surprisingly, the first major Motown artist I've encoun- tered thus far, and Motown's going to make for the hardest calls between "mixwor- thy," "spent," and some place that exists between the two. It's all Lawrence Kasdan's fault--The Big Chill, specifically the kitchen scene where everyone starts dancing to the Temptations, tapped into something very deep for the generation one ahead of me (they've got a name, but who wants to use it...), and, for the next few years, stations like CHUM here in Toronto played Motown to death. Ironically, my own inter- est in Motown had peaked just before The Big Chill, when its catalogue was purchased by MCA, leading to older copies of the various Anthologies turning up for as little as $3.99 new. I wasn't sure if I'd be listing anything by the Four Tops, but what I've named still sounds fine. Even "Reach Out," likely the most overplayed Motown song of all, sounds more alive than I thought it would. And that's the place that exists somewhere in between--far too familiar to ever put on a compilation for any- body, but not quite dead yet. Short entry before a bunch of Aretha Franklin albums. Frampton Comes Alive! and Welcome to the Pleasuredome make a good pair. Which improbably epoch-defining LP is (a) more anchored to its moment, (b) more likely to be treated with a measure of respect by rock critics, and (c) more commonly found at garage sales and Goodwills? I'd say (a) is a tie, (b) goes to FGTH ("Relax" and "Two Tribes" at least have some club-credibility attached to them; no one ever writes anything nice about Peter, except for maybe over at Wah-Wah Monthly), and (c) would be Frampton Comes Alive!, simply by virtue of its having sold so much more. The truth is, I don't remember either one turning up very often when I'd make the Saturday-morning rounds of garage sales. ________________________________________________________________________________ 981. Aretha Franklin: The Legendary Queen of Soul 982. Aretha Franklin: I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You 983. Aretha Franklin: Lady Soul 984. Aretha Franklin: Aretha's Gold 985. Aretha Franklin: Spirit in the Dark 986. Aretha Franklin: Young, Gifted and Black 987. Aretha Franklin: Amazing Grace 988. Aretha Franklin: Hey Now Hey (The Other Side of the Sky) 989. Aretha Franklin: Sweet Passion 990. Aretha Franklin: Who's Zoomin' Who? 991. Aretha Franklin: One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism 992. Fraser & DeBolt (With Ian Guenther) 993. John Fred and His Playboy Band: Agnes English 994. The Best of Freddie and the Dreamers 995. Donnie Fritts: Prone to Lean Mixworthy: "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" and "Ain't No Way," #983; "I Say a Little Prayer," #984; "Day Dreaming," #986; "Angel," #988; "Who's Zoomin' Who," #990; "Do the Freddie," #994. I know that Aretha Franklin would be extra proud to be sharing space with her only true peer from the 1960s, the King of British Soul, that guy who used to flap his arms around spastically in the name of something called "the Freddie"...The last time I made a list of my 100 favourite songs (Radio On #2, Fall '91; I had devised a similar list a couple of years earlier for my radio show), I had Aretha's version of "I Say a Little Prayer" at #4. I've worn it down some in the intervening years, but if I made such a list today, it'd still be on there somewhere. As much as I like a lot of songs by Aretha Franklin--I've listed six, putting her alongside the Beach Boys and some other people in my second tier of favourites--"I Say a Little Prayer" is the only time I find myself whole-heartedly swept away by the genius that's always ascribed to her. (Maybe "Ain't No Way," too.) What she does with what was already a great single in the hands of Dionne Warwick just astounds me from start to finish. The rest of what I like best pretty much amounts to the pop version of Aretha; I'd also be listing "Until You Come Back to Me" if I had it on vinyl. But the Aretha who’s the most revered female soul singer ever--the Aretha of "Respect" and "Chain of Fools" and "I Never Loved a Man," the grand diva whom all the other divas crowd around on VH1 specials like she’s Ted Williams at the All-Star Game six years ago-- doesn't do a whole lot for me. It's not even necessary to label "Respect" as spent; I can’t ever remember a time when I liked it...Fraser & DeBolt, an early-70s Canadian duo, used to be managed by the most unusual person I've ever worked with: Willie Weck- esser of Woolco-Woolworth. I proofread advertising flyers there for a year or so after I left the record store, and Willie was my supervisor. It's difficult to know where to begin in trying to describe what was so unusual about him, but here's a quick story. Willie liked all the push pins on the bulletin board used by the proofreaders to be arranged neatly--rows, columns, evenly spaced. There was this guy John who worked with us for a few weeks (it was obvious he wasn't going to be around for long), and one day, to mess with Willie's head, he scattered the push pins all over the bulletin board be- fore leaving work. Willie didn't say a word about it the next morning, but all the pins had been returned to their usual rows and columns. Ever seen the dish-towel scene from Sleeping With the Enemy? It was kinda like that...I bought the John Fred album for 99 cents during the waning years (early/mid-80s, I think) of Sam the Record Man's famous third-floor junk room. There'll be a couple of Kingsmen albums turn up later that came from there, and also Tommy Roe's Dizzy. From what my friend Tim tells me, a few years earlier and I would have found albums by the likes of the Bubble Puppy and the Godz. Fantastic place to rummage around for cheap records--like an overstocked iTunes store, except you got to walk around and touch things, and $0.99 got you a whole LP instead of a song. ________________________________________________________________________________ 996. Lefty Frizzell Sings the Songs of Jimmie Rodgers 997. Remembering...The Greatest Hits of Lefty Frizzell 998. The Legendary Lefty Frizzell - His Last Sessions 999. Fugs: Golden Filth 1000. Full Force: Guess Who's Comin' to the Crib? 1001. Full Force: Smoove 1002. Best of the Bobby Fuller Four 1003. Curtis Fuller: New Trombone 1004. Annette Funicello: The Best of Annette 1005. Funk Band Inc! 1006. Funkadelic's Greatest Hits 1007. Funkadelic: Tales of Kidd Funkadelic 1008. Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove 1009. Peter Gabriel: So 1010. Patsy Gallant: Ses Plus Grands Succès 1011. Gang of Four: Entertainment! 1012. Gang of Four: Solid Gold Mixworthy: "Let Her Dance," #1002. I always liked Lefty Frizzell's Jimmie Rodgers tribute a lot, but I can't think of one specific song that stands apart. Peter Gabriel's "That Voice Again" was a favourite for a time, but that had more to do with having a big crush on the woman who used to manage the record store I worked at. I wrote about my recent discovery of the first two Fugs LPs for Stylus a few months ago, but their live album's a live album--I've had it a long time and don't think I've played it more than twice. There was a Canadian punk band named My Dog Popper who once put out a record called 668, the Neighbour of the Beast. I always thought the line was their own, but in checking around online to confirm the band's name, I see it's a common joke. In any case, I've been doing transformational geometry with my three math classes, and to mark the completion of my first thousand albums on here, I would like to hereby change the title of Golden Filth to 999, the Number of the Beast as Rotated 180º Around the Point of Origin. Better suited to a Wire album, mathematically, but absurd enough for the Fugs, too. ________________________________________________________________________________ 1013. Judy Garland: "Collector's Items" (1936-45) 1014. The Best of Judy Garland 1015. Erroll Garner and Andre Previn: Keyboard Kapers 1016. Siedah Garrett: Kiss of Life 1017. Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell: United 1018. Marvin Gaye: M.P.G. 1019. Marvin Gaye: Super Hits 1020. Marvin Gaye: What's Going On 1021. Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man 1022. Marvin Gaye: In Our Lifetime 1023. Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love 1024. Gloria Gaynor: Never Can Say Goodbye 1025. Gloria Gaynor: Love Tracks 1026. Gear Dads: 9 Feet Tall 1027. General Public: ...All the Rage 1028. General Public: Hand to Mouth Mixworthy: "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas," #1014; "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," #1018; "Ain't That Peculiar" and "I'll Be Doggone," #1019; "Never Can Say Goodbye," #1024; "Tenderness," #1027. Spent: I likely would have listed "Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)" at some point in my life, and indeed I've included it on early-70s-soul mixes I've made. What's Going On in general is one of those albums that makes me feel like I'm studying and appreciat- ing it more than I'm actually enjoying it. Looks like I'm all alone for a couple of weeks; this album-inventory business can be a brutal one...Since you asked: I'm 43, I'm single, I keep a fairly tidy house, and, yes, I own two Judy Garland albums. What of it? As you can see, I also like Gloria Gaynor. Uh, wait a minute, let me try that again...