Sunday, June 14, 2009

On my turntable: Goldie Hawn - Goldie

I got this little nugget of goodness at the thrift store this afternoon for 80 cents. I figured that even if it turned out to be the worst record ever made, for 80 cents it was worth a listen!

The truth is that Goldie (1972) is not the worst record ever made. In making this album, I'm sure Goldie had the best resources at her disposal. Names listed on the jacket include luminaries such as Dolly Parton & Porter Wagoner, Buck Owens, and the legendary Van Dyke Parks (of Beach Boys' SMiLE fame), who worked in A&R at Reprise at the time.

Goldie's tracks were recorded primarily in Nashville and Hollywood, and the results are a sunshiny country/folk mix. The album's weakest link (no huge surprise) is Goldie's occasionally shaky pitch, but it hardly detracts from the album's charm. Seriously - if Claudine Longet could make a career as a singer (oh sorry - chanteuse) then this album should have been nominated for a friggin' Grammy. Overall, it's a cute record that's worth picking up if you ever happen to see it.

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