Claire Hamill ‎– Stage Door Johnnies

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Konk ‎– KONK 101
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Vinyl, LP, Gatefold Sleeve
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A1 We Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Written-By – Mann*, Weil*
3:18
A2 Oh Daddy (Blues) (You Don't Have No Mamma At All)
Written-By – Herbert*, Russell*
3:42
A3 All The Cakes She Baked Him
Written-By – C. Hamill*
3:20
A4 Trying To Work It Out
Written-By – C. Hamill*
3:32
A5 Geronimo's Cadillac
Written-By – C. Quarto*, M. Murphy*
4:24
B1 Something To Believe In
Written-By – S. Miller*
4:08
B2 You Know How Ladies Are
Written-By – C. Hamill*
2:44
B3 You Take My Breath Away
Written-By – C. Hamill*
2:36
B4 Go Now
Written-By – L. Banks*, M.Bennett*
3:32
B5 Luck Of The Draw
Written-By – C. Hamill*
3:12
B6 Stage Door Johnnies
Written-By – C. Hamill*
2:04

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On the sleeve:
Recorded at Konk West Studios, London.
℗ & © 1974 Konk Records marketed by Anchor Records Ltd.
Interpak by Shorewood Packaging Ltd.

On the labels:
MCPS
℗1974 Konk Records Ltd.
Made in U.K.
Side A Matrix#: KONK 101A
Stamped in Runout: KONK 101  A - 2U
Side B Matrix#: KONK 101B
Stamped in Runout: KONK 101  B - 1U

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
KONK 101 Claire Hamill Stage Door Johnnies(LP, Album, Gat) Konk KONK 101 US 1974 Sell This Version
AIRAC-1257 Claire Hamill Stage Door Johnnies(CD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM) Air Mail Archive AIRAC-1257 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
KONK 101 Claire Hamill Stage Door Johnnies(LP, Promo, Gat) Konk KONK 101 US 1974 Sell This Version
IPS-80213 Claire Hamill Stage Door Johnnies(LP, Promo, Gat) Konk IPS-80213 Japan 1974 Sell This Version

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stuffedspacedog

stuffedspacedog

March 30, 2011
edited over 6 years ago

The little known Claire Hamill deserves wider recognition, on this her 3rd and possibly best (at least most distinctive) album produced by The Kinks' Ray Davies she deftly darts between musical styles from folk to rock to pop but always sounding like herself (a less neurotic Joni Mitchell? The more well-adjusted Aunt of Tori Amos?). Anyway, it all sounds like Claire Hamill, a beautiful voice and talented songwriter able to pull off a touching ballad or the quick syncopation of a jazz-influenced folk song without a blink. Even the unlikely pop-rocker of "Geronimo's Cadillac" had me tapping my foot and smiling (it sounds like a Sister piece to The Kinks' "Lady Genevieve" from the same period).

I kept expecting something awfully 70s to happen, but it was delivered effortlessly with effervescence and there was no embarassment. There is not a bad song on this album, and there's nothing awkward to date it firmly to 1973.

This was a difficult time for music and an album which is as consistent and strong throughout as this is rare. If you enjoy Joni Mitchell you will enjoy this album... but I have to say that Claire's delivery is remarkably modern and possibly stands above the best female singer-songwriters of the past two decades, she comes across like Amos-Morissette-Crowe but with everything unlikeable about them removed... not just the angstiness but the lack of imagination also. If you enjoy this album... spread the word!