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Artist: KEITH, RODD
Title: Black Phoenix Blues
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $18.00
"To call Rodd Keith the king of the song-poems (also known as the send us your lyrics quick buck-demo mill) is damning with faint praise: no one else in that shady backwater of the music industry possessed an array of talents as distinctively individual as his. As gifted a singer, composer and arranger as he was, his genius was destined to remain a well-kept secret during his lifetime by virtue of the complete disregard -- verging on invisibility -- in which song-poem records were held. He was a commercial musician in the most literal sense of the word, but within those confines, he displayed an oddball, personal vision that frequently transcended the work-for-hire nature of his music. Black Phoenix Blues is the third Roaratorio collection of the best of Rodd Keiths vast output. Dating from 1966 to 1974, the sixteen previously un-reissued songs showcase the scope of his work: the shouldve-been-a-hit You and I; the elegant exotica of I Love Lovely Chinese Gal; the history lesson of The Explosion of Holden 22 Mine; the harrowing psycho-killer musings of the title track; Im Proud to Be a Hippie from Mississippi, the stoners answer to Merle Haggards Okie From Muskogee; the low-fi The Game of Love (which, in the tradition of Keiths infamous Im Just the Other Woman, prompted the dissatisfied customer to request a more conventional re-take); the disturbingly desperate Sing My Death Note, which was discovered on one of Keiths private reels; and the unclassifiable what-the-fuck-ness of Abidin Tuh the Rule. A limited edition LP with artwork by Josh Journey-Heinz and liner notes from noted blues guitarist Debbie Davies, one of Keiths musical and personal compadres from the early 1970s. Download coupon included." - Roaratorio

Artist: KEITH, RODD
Title: My Pipe Yellow Dream
Format: LP
Label: Roaratorio
Country: USA
Price: $15.00
"Song Poems Wanted" read the ads. "We need new ideas for recording!" The send-us-your-lyrics business was a borderline scam, taking whatever lyrics came their way from would-be songwriters and – for a fee – setting them to music. None of the results ever came close to being a hit, and to be sure, the vast majority was sufficiently bland or clumsy to insure no great karmic loss in their instant obscurity and miniscule press runs. But Rodd Keith – the late, great genius whose prolific output was almost completely confined to the song-poem industry – had a knack for turning sows ears into silk purses. The nature of the business required him to work quickly, with no second takes, and his skill at writing and arranging on the fly was not unlike that of a master improviser. When at his best, he put his unique musical stamp on some lucky customers submission. My Pipe Yellow Dream is the second Roaratorio anthology of the highlights of Rodd Keiths work. Compiling fifteen previously unreissued songs from 1966 through his death in 1974 – including a never-before-heard cover of "Choo Choo Train" – My Pipe Yellow Dream showcases the full range of his talents. From exquisite mid-60s pop balladry ("Deep Velvet") to blue-eyed soul ("You Dont Have To Alibi") to folk-rock ("Tired Of Waiting") to solo Chamberlain creations ("Red Sports Car") to gospel testifying ("O Jesus My Savior") to a pair of patriotic screeds (the all-spoken word "America The Not So Beautiful" and the bizarre-world lounge funk of "Search Out Your Soul, American"), this collection continues the rehabilitation of Rodd Keiths recorded legacy from thrift-shop throwaway to celebrated cult artist. A limited edition LP in a gorgeous gatefold jacket, with artwork by Josh Journey-Heinz and liner notes from song-poem vocalist Dick Kent." -Roaratorio.

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