Music I’m Listening To

Hazel O’Connor is a British singer-songwriter and a sometimes actress. Breaking Glass, her first album, was released in 1980, and rose to #5 on the UK charts:

Patented by Edison was released on vinyl in 1960:

Bass – Charlie Potter
Drums – Elvin Jones
Piano – Tommy Flanagan
Tenor Saxophone – Jimmy Forrest
Trumpet – Harry “Sweets” Edison

Carp was a Los Angeles-based country-rock band primarily known today for helping start then singer-drummer Gary Busey’s career. The group released one self-titled album for Epic in 1969 and a couple of singles before disbanding.


   As a fan of John Barry and his Bond work especially, I enjoy this album. Based on a book by Len Deighton and featuring a nameless spy (who would become know as Harry Palmer due to this film), the movie starred Michael Caine, and was directed by Sidney J. Furie. The producer was one of the Bond producers, Harry Saltzman.

“California Dreamin'” (John Phillips, Michelle Phillips) – 2:31
“Imprevu” (Johnny Richards, Lois Geraci) – 2:55
“Listen People” (Graham Gouldman) – 2:28
“What the World Needs Now Is Love” (Burt Bacharach, Hal David) – 2:50
“In Times Like These” (Bacharach, David) – 3:02
“Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)” (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:39
“Woman” (Bernard Webb) – 2:24
“Monday, Monday” (John Phillips) – 2:55
“Daydream” (John Sebastian) – 3:02
“Gotta Go” (Marty Paich, Rod McKuen) – 2:53
“The End of the World” (Arthur Kent, Sylvia Dee) – 2:53
“Husbands & Wives” (Roger Miller) – 3:10

West Coast big band jazz from 1961:

The Roaring 420s is a current band from Germany about whom one online source says:

“Sounding like a weird marriage between the Beach Boys and The Velvet Underground, this five-piece combo delivers surf and psych pop as catchy as a fever.”


This English band’s third album was released in 1969. Symphonic rock at its finest. I’ve owned my copy ever since:


Sometimes YouTube videos add a something special to the music. Taj Mahal is always fun to listen to and even more so when you combine his version of “Ain’t Nobody’s Business” with this clip from The Abyss, a Danish silent film from 1910. Also known as The Woman Always Pays, the film was written and directed by Urban Gad and starred Asta Nielsen and Robert Dinesen.

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