All-American Rejects, Animals, Kim Stockwood, Late Night Records, Sarah Vaughan

Grail List Addition For Aaron

Alright, I need you folks to keep your eyes peeled for another CD for me! Well, OK, it’s a 2CD… Yup, full reimbursement and my undying grattitude to anyone who finds me the 2CD Van Morrison Complete Bang Sessions (the deluxe edition). Pretty pretty please someone find it for cheap somewhere, instead of the $125 some seller on Amazon wants for it! A used copy (in good shape) is fine by me. Someone who doesn’t know what they have might let it go for $20 or so… Thanks folks!

NB: This is not to be confused with the 1CD copy called Bang Masters. That one can be had for $10 brand new. Nope, I want the full 2CD set! The one I’m after should be 18 tracks on CD1, 31 tracks on CD2. Yeah baby!

And don’t forget, if you have your wants on our Grail List (found at the top left of our page) and you have additions, or you found something and need the item removed, let us know! Or if you haven’t submitted your Grail List yet and you want to, feel free to do so at your leisure! Let all of us keep our eyes peeled for your hard-to-get records for you! It’s all about community, baby! KMA Comuunity! Give ‘er!

Ten Great Late Night Albums, Pt.1 (1-10)

When the kids are in bed just down the hall, what music best fills the hours before the grown-up finally crash for the night? Here are 10 records (in no particular order) that I will (and have!) put on later at night…

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue
Cowboy Junkies – Trinity Sessions
Muddy Waters – Folk Singer
Wynton Marsalis – Standard Time Vol.3
Johnny Cash – American IV: The Man Comes Around
Supreme Beings Of Leisure – S/T
Harry Connick, Jr. – To See You
R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
J.J. Cale – Troubadour
Diana Krall – The Look Of Love

Kim Stockwood – 12 Years Old

The title track was one I knew (and enjoyed again). She has a very strong voice, which carries the fair-to-middlin’, almost new country pop music here. Yup, it’s her voice that’s the most captivating aspect of this record.

All-American Rejects – Move Along

Another $2 spec buy, this is pop punk that didn’t do too much for me. Good on them for putting this together, but that cookie cutter vocal, sitcom soundtrack sound really ain’t baking my cake. This is an aptly-title record. Move along, rejects, move along.

Sarah Vaughan – Trouble Is A Man

This is fantastic, and better since I found it for $2. The songs have that sound I love, and these are ten old classic tunes. So much to love, here, and Vaughan’s voice is amazing. Get yourself a copy of this one!

Animals – House Of The Rising Sun

A Time Music bargain bin release, this CD didn’t sound right, to me. It was too new… Turns out, it is a total sham. These are all updated versions (one listing said it was late-60s Animals bassist Danny McCulloch, but no other Animals involved – I have no way of proving this) Haha you should read the reviews on Amazon. Whomever thought they could sneak this one past the listeners was dead wrong. Bad bad bad.

15 thoughts on “All-American Rejects, Animals, Kim Stockwood, Late Night Records, Sarah Vaughan

  1. stephen1001 says:

    And I now have her tune ‘jerk’ in my head!

    And late night automatic/look of love/kind of blue sounds like just the right setting. I’d add Nick Drake’s pink moon as a #11 to play around 11pm but certainly not cranked to 11!


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Nice one! But that was on the previous album, wasn’t it?

      If you’ll notice, that’s late night albums Pt.1… I have more parts to come! Granted, I don’t have any Nick Drake in the list. I don’t even have any Nick Drake in my collection! I may assume, from this endorsement, that this is an oversiiiiight? Is this the album of his you’d recommend for starters?


      1. stephen1001 says:

        Probably – just when I hear her name, that song immediately pops in my head.

        Mr. Drake is highly recommended! I was late to the party as well, but any of Five Leaves Left, Bryter Layter, or Pink Moon would do the trick.
        He was a deceivingly excellent guitarist, it doesn’t sound all that complex at first listen but he plays in unorthodox tunings and the picking is pretty intricate.


        1. keepsmealive says:

          He’s always been on my radar, never got round to collecting any of it. Yet. From your description, though, it sounds right up my street!

          I see he only did the three albums. There’s An Introduction To Nick Drake, a CD that compiles 16 tracks from those albums, but if it’s only 3, I think I’d prefer to hear the tunes in context of the albums.


            1. keepsmealive says:

              Yeah I was looking it up, and apparently that comp has the tracks out of chronological order, which would be a challenge on its own! Albums it is. I’m on it! Thanks for the recommend!


  2. mikeladano says:

    Alright, some bangin’ Van, I’ll keep my eyes peeled.

    Kim Stockwood. She was later in a “supergroup” called…Shay, I think? With some other Canadian songstresses that you might know. They actually did some really good tunes, though visually Kim hasn’t aged the best 🙂


    1. keepsmealive says:

      Haha all hail our HMO! That whole post, all that listening and work to encapsulate things, and this is what sticks! So great!

      Yes, he was trying to fulfill a contract and get away from Bang Records.


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