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Black Phoenix Blues
"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 Keith's vast output. Dating from 1966 to 1974, the sixteen previously un-reissued songs showcase the scope of his work: the should've-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; 'I'm Proud to Be a Hippie from Mississippi,' the stoner's answer to Merle Haggard's 'Okie From Muskogee'; the low-fi 'The Game of Love' (which, in the tradition of Keith's infamous 'I'm 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 Keith's 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 Keith's musical and personal compadres from the early 1970s. Download coupon included."
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