I got a package from B-Music/Finders Keepers containing two of their upcoming releases, neither of which I'd heard of. B-Music's website informs us that they are "dedicated to the obsessive and painstaking pursuit of of obscure, obsolete, exquisitely obnoxious, unbelievable, underexposed, and undeniably delectable discs of experimental pop music from the psyched out 60s and 70s..." Based on these two discs, they've succeeded beautifully.
Susan Christie "was a Philly-based folk singer" in the late '60s "who had one novelty hit for a major label" prior to recording this amazing lost album, Paint A Lady. There's some insane production going on here, and it was way ahead of its time when it was released in 1970. It almost sounds like this could've been huge in that era, but the producer found ways to tweak each song just enough to ensure that not only would it not be a radio hit, but the record label wouldn't release it at all. Probably the best song you'll hear all week:
Susan Christie For the Love of a Soldier mp3
There were literally only three (that's 3) copies of this ever pressed on vinyl. Finders Keepers got one, and now you can buy it on CD here.
Jean-Claude Vannier is best known for arranging Serge Gainsbourg's classic L'Historie De Melody Nelson, but his 1972 release l'enfant assassin des mouches has also gained legendary status, commanding ridiculous prices on ebay, and becoming highly sought after by hip-hop crate diggers. There are two versions of this track on the reissue, the up-tempo version, and this, the mid-tempo one. Both sound like something DJ Shadow or maybe RJD2 could bust out on their next albums:
Jean-Claude Vannier Je M'Appelle Geraldine (mid-tempo) mp3