Today’s column features a couple of vinyl albums and a CD with a local connection. Read below and you may find something to enjoy.
‘Bang! The Bert Burns Story Official Soundtrack,’ Various Artists (Legacy Recordings,☆☆☆☆☆)
There are many songs readers will consider gems from the past on this deluxe vinyl package: The McCoys’ “Hang On Sloopy,” Them’s “Here Comes The Night,” Solomon Burke’s “Everybody Needs Someone To Love,” Big Brother & The Holding Company’s version of Erma Franklin’s “Piece Of My Heart” (which also appears), The Isley Brothers’ “Twist and Shout” and many more.
The photographs inside show many Bang artists, and thoughtful liner notes make me want to see the Apple Music movie. Other favorite songs: The Jarmels’ “A Little Bit of Soap,” The Exciters’ “Tell Him,” Garnett Mimms & The Enchanters’ “Cry Baby,” The Strangeloves’ “I Want Candy” and Van Morrison’s immortal “Brown-Eyed Girl.”
Fans of classic rock and roll/rhythm and blues will enjoy this collection.
‘The Greatest Story Ever Told,’ Pocket Fishrmen (Saustex Records/Burnside Distribution, ☆☆☆☆)
This is a curious package: one 140-grain LP and one CD in the same gatefold cover featuring a career-spanning re-recorded “best of” collection of songs from the long-running Austin, Texas sci-fi punk metal band. Song titles include “Sex Billy,” “Friendly Chimps,” “Pot Mountain” and many unprintable ones. Song information is printed inside the gatefold, along with personnel and recording stuff.
Printable CD favorites (Brant Bingamon/vocals, Cris Burns/guitar, Jason Craig/bass and Lance Fairley/drums) include the celebratory “Big Blue Ball,” “Save My DNA,” the Ramone-ish “Yen For Your Yang” and the aforementioned “Pot Mountain.”
LP favorites include “Go Go Saddam Hussein,” “Priapus Power,” the aforementioned “Sex Billy,” “Colonoscopy” which I’m overdue for, “Friendly Chimps” and “Queen of the Gorillas.”
Sometimes things seem on the verge of falling apart, but these songs are mostly well-played and conceived blasts of adrenaline.
‘No! I’m Not A Stripper,’ Felicia DiVine (Adima Records, ☆☆☆)
This CD was produced and written by long-time Coast musician Doug Mays, along with singer Felicia DiVine. Song titles aren’t provided on the CD insert, but the opener “Domestic Engineer” has an easy-rolling piano-based rock ’n’ roll feel.
Other favorite parts of the disc I enjoyed without having to name song titles include the nifty lead guitar breaks that occasionally last too long, the soulful lead and backing vocals on song three and the positive lyrical observations on song eight. A YouTube video of “The Itch” from years ago appears to have the same vocal qualities but I can’t be sure.
Bluesy Southern rock fans will enjoy this lady’s music.
Ricky Flake, a former punk rocker and current music fan, lives in Biloxi. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.