Monday, July 18, 2011
Frankie Miller...That's Who!
Another bargain awaits your pouncing in the U.K. warehouses of Amazon. The great Scot, Frankie Miller, a singer largely unsung throughout his career, save the accolades of his peers, has been anthologized in a most perfect way.
The singer, who Allen Toussaint once referred to as the "most soulful singer he's ever heard," recorded 7 records for the Chrysalis label between 1973- 1980, including a debut backed by Brinsley Schwarz, and an album produced by Allen Toussaint and featuring Toussaint originals. Those two records, "Once In A Blue Moon" and "High Life," respectively, are worth the price of admission alone. But that's not all!
If you act now, they'll throw in his third release, "The Rock," another of Miller's solid displays of rock and soul.
These three LPs, newly remastered, can be yours for the low price of $19.99.
Though Miller's next 4 LPs were a bit uneven, there are enough gems to warrant some listening time, including collaborations with Paul Carrack, Steven Tyler, and Robin Trower, as well as a full blown country record recorded with some of Nashville's finest.
Basically, what EMI did with the brilliant Hollies package a few month ago has been revisited with Frankie Miller's 4 CD set. 7 records spread over 4 CDs for $20.
Still, the highlight of this box in my opinion, is something that I would have spent $25 on by itself. The 1974 Allen Toussaint-produced "High Life," was apparently remixed and released by Chrysalis without Miller's or Toussaint's consent. This set offers, for the very first time, both the released version and the original mix, which is an exemplary example of New Orleans swamp and soul.
Here's the link:
You won't be sorry.