Sunday, July 15, 2012

Genesis and one of the greatest Colorado records - EVER.

I'm rarely surprised anymore when it comes to record finds - but I'm putting this discovery on that list.

Last year I found a standard-issue Hispanic ranchera recording on the Rayo label (Rudy Garcia and Los Rayos - Rayo 105), out of Denver. Nothing too special, I mean it was a nice genre record, so I simply filed it.

Then this year I scored a second Rayo release from Joel Scherzer - another Rudy Garcia record. But this time it was credited with Con El Mariachi Tenampa (Rayo 111). Again a nice genre piece, but nothing to write about.

Then I found Genesis.

Sweet, sweet soul. Oh my God, this still leaves me speechless.

Rarely do I gush, but this might be one of the greatest Colorado records. Ever.

Listen to "Time is All We Need"

Flipside is straight-up hard rock.  All over the place electric guitar break, throw in some organ, and wow.

Listen to "Follow the Sun"
Genesis was:
Bino Cordova - lead guitar and vocals
Gil Cordova - bass and vocals
Lloyd "Buttons" Trujillo - keyboards
Paul Garcia - drummer
Jim Quintana - percussion and backing vocals

According to what I could find, the record was made circa 1969-1970.  Any additional information would be great to know.

Rudy Garcia Y Los Rayos went on to be much more prolific - recording at least one 1974 LP on the Rayo label (self titled - Rayo 103), as well as a single on the Alice, TX Nopal label ("Te He Der Amar"/ "Un Siglo De Amor" -Nopal 804), and the Denver El Ray label (106), a cover of Little Richard's "Rip It Up."

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Dick Bodine

Side One:
Our Flag
Gave My Love a Cherry
Mr. Shorty
She's Got to be a Saint
Why Are you Marching Son

Side Two:
I'll Fly Away
The Pledge
Sixteen Tons
City of New Orleans
They're Hanging Me Tonight
Why I Love Her

This week we will celebrate our nation's 236th birthday, and I thought it fitting that I feature Dick Bodine's America LP.

Released in 1983 (Great American Records label 26101), Dick Bodine is featured on the cover--an obvious protector of the second amendment.

I knocked around these United States and this old world for over 50 years.  I've visited most countries and every continent. This album, which I hope you will enjoy as much as I enjoyed making it, tells me feelings for a people and a land.  This combination make it the greatest nation on earth, the United States of America. - Dick Bodine (liner notes)

Dick starts off the record with a history lesson on Old Glory...

Listen to a sample of "Our Flag"

There are a few other spoken word pieces ("Why Are You Marching Son," "The Pledge," and "Why I Love Her") that are equally patriotic, but Dick lets loose on a few folk standards.

Listen to a sample "City of New Orleans"

Dick is accompanied by the musically-diverse Doc Hoffman on guitar, steel, harp, banjo, 12-string guitar, bass, mandolin, electric guitar, and harmony vocals. Marty Hill handles the electric bass, and harmony vocals.

Apparently Dick has some affiliation with the Colorado Music Network, out of Aurora, as there is an address on the back of the LP, for more information on this release.