Breakfast For Two is the sixth mix curated by myself, Paul Hillery, for Andy Pye’s wonderful Balearic Social Radio show. I’m doing a monthly residency in 2018 so there will be 12 in total.
I have done about 16 mixes for the show in the past and tried to not repeat any previously used tracks in new mixes but for 2018 I have re-used some songs I have previously used in my early mixes.
So what follows is a 21 track segued mix featuring some real wonderful Folk Funk & Trippy Troubadours style offerings.
It was aired on the 17th June 2018.
06 2018 : Breakfast For Two // A Mix For Balearic Social Radio
White Bird by Flood
I first heard this on Üllar Siir’s YouTube account and managed to do a deal with him to get the 45. It was a too battered to use even after I had spent a hours cleaning up the file I recorded from vinyl.
Gutted, I then found out it was the closing track of the the latest Praise Poems a compilation series put out by Tramp Records.
So I hope you enjoy Flood’s incredible six minute psych masterpiece “White Bird”.
And if anyone fancies a VG copy of the original 45 give me a holler.
Too Bad by Weekend
A B side to the 45 Coming Home To Mrs. Jones Garden on Good Time Records from 1975. Think this may have been another one I heard Peter Beaver play years ago.
The Bridge Of Love (Vocal) by The Lost Weekend
Vocal version of the track released on Lost Weekend Records a project of Robert Q. Lee.
US soul artist from the Indiana area. Robert was a talented, song writer, producer and artist. He grew up in 1960’s Gary, Indiana and was school boy friend’s with Gordon Keith and Ben Brown, so when they stated their own record label, it was no surprise that he signed to them. He had form a group, Robert Lee & The Exquisites and had been playing gigs around the city and on Chicago’s south side which in fact was only 10 miles away over the state line. His one release on the label got some play on local radio stations, but didn’t sell that well.
By the early 70’s his talents as a producer had grown and he was often called on by other local groups to work with them. His next move was under the name of Lost Weekend another vocally stylish harmony group, who released on his own Lost Weekend records and one release on the Chicago label U.S.A. He then changed his recording name to General Lee and with his latest group The Space Army Band recorded three more 45’s on his label including the currently popular ‘Pleasure’. He spent another few years touring with this set up before retiring from the business.
Friends by Barefoot Jerry
Last track on Side A of the self titled LP by Barefoot Jerry released in 1972.
A Lonely Place by Bob Carson
I had a carve made of this as it was never released as a single although it does feature on the compilation from 2013 called Street Sounds From The Bay Area: Music City Funk & Soul Grooves 1971-75 on Dean Rudland’s BGP label.
The album compilers were given access to the tape vaults of various companies allowing them to bring the world some exceptional music that has never been heard since the day it was recorded. “Street Sounds From The Bay Area” is the result of our examination of the recordings made, and then on the whole not released, by Ray Dobard’s Music City outfit between 1971 and 1975.
Daybreak by Joe & Bing
An all time favourite here and expensive in original format on the self titled LP by Joe & Bing but if you dig you can find it on the 1976 compilation Eumir Deodato And Best Of Friends – that’s what I did !
Believer by Jevaneti
A pretty rare 45 this one and another favourite of mine. Originally used in the Very Good Plus swap from around 2014 by James ‘Bodger’ Clarke. I cleaned up the soundfile and used it in this mix with his permission. What a lovely mate he is and he has a vinyl collection to die for.
First Day Of Spring by Ron Murray
On Genna Records this one was a cheapy and I got 3 copies years ago but they were all of varying quality so I began to think it may be a bad pressing. But there are still copies out there cheap and stated as NM – sometimes listed as Northern Soul with a big price hike !
Medicine Wheel – Dialogue / Theme by Warehouse Sound Co.
Okay so here is the B side to the LP Warehouse Sound Co. & Friends which featured David Riordan. Self released on the Warehouse Sound Co. label from 1974. the LP featured some great session musicians including Tim Weisburg on Flute.
A version can be found on the one and only David Riordan solo album also called Medicine Wheel. I think it’s the same recording as the Warehouse Sound release, not much difference to these ears and the copyright states used with permission from Glenwood Music Corp.
David Riordan was in the bands Sugarloaf, Sweet Pain, The Yankee Dollar and Warehouse Sound Co. and also featured on the album Wilderness America – A Celebration Of The Land where he played on and wrote some of the songs including the next track…
Metropolis by Walter Hawkins
Listed as Walter Hawkins, who was the singer on this one, the track was actually composed by David Riordan
Composed By by David Riordan
Lead Vocals by Walter Hawkins
Strings arranged by Patrick Gleeson
Bass by Rob Moitoza
Congas by Lee Pastora
Drums by Harvey Mason
Guitar by Lee Retenoir
Piano by Mike Melvoin
Traction In The Rain by David Crosby
I think I have probably said more about this LP this track comes from than any other. First heard around my old friend Hayden’s house on chill down session after DJing in my home town of Northampton in the mid 90’s. I fell in love with the whole album and found countless copies in the $ bins at Amoeba Records in SF on my next visit. I own more copies of this album than any other.
Breakfast For Two by Country Joe McDonald
The title track of this mix, just because I thought it matched the image of the hippy girl playing banjo on the cover, that’s who I imagine I’m listening to this mix with, while the Big Sur surf laps outside the cabin.
I first heard of Country Joe by the LP’s he did in Country Joe & The Fish: Electric Music For The Mind And Body, and Together which were a bit more Haight Ashbury than this later LP this track came from, Paradise With An Ocean View is worth picking up and is really cheap too.
Fireflies by Billie Joe Becoat
From the great LP called Let’s Talk For Awhile on Fantasy records – it’s well worth picking up.
What Have You Seen by Stephen Whynott
Taken from the album Philly To Tablas on the Music Is Medicine label released in 1977
Your Love Rolled All Over Me by Timothy
A wonderful 45 I’m lucky enough to still own Your Love Rolled All Over Me is on North Star Records from 1976 – can also be found on the compilation WTNG 89.9 FM: Solid Bronze
Sunset by Bill Agle
Another favourite of mine from the album Lover’s Rain on TGS Records – TGS-1004 released in 1978 – and still pocket money
Santa Cruz Mountains by J.J. Johnson
From the compilation album The Music Of The Santa Cruz Mountains released in 1974.
The compilation features 3 tracks by J.J. Johnson and other tracks by Bahia Tavakolian, Bruce Frye, Kai Moore, Jill Croston, Jacqueline Blakemore and Lance MacCarty
Candy Colored Dragon by Robert Parker Jameson
From the album Color Him In on Verve Records, named on the cover simply as “Jameson.
Bobby Jameson (born April 20, 1945, Geneva, Illinois, USA – died May 12, 2015, San Luis Obispo, California, USA) was an American singer and songwriter. He appeared in the Robert Carl Cohen 1967 cult-movie Mondo Hollywood, along with his then girlfriend Gail Sloatman, who later became Gail Zappa.
Also worked as a session musician and performed under the alias Chris Lucey. He recorded the album Songs of Protest and Anti Protest under the name of Chris Lucey.
Daybreak by John Bryant
From his only and self titled album released in 1971.
British singer/ songwriter from Tooting, London.
His first taste of the group scene came at school where he was joined by fellow-pupil, Tony McPhee in a short-lived beat group in the early sixties.
His compositions also found their way on to records by artists such as Cliff Richard & The Shadows (She’s A Gypsy) and Tim Rose
Like A Seed by Kenny Rankin
The title track from the album of the same name, Like A Seed, released on Little David Records in 1972
And an overlayed photo by Eric Cahan.
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