1. susan lim & the crescendos - silver threads & golden needles~1 hour, DL here
2. little frankie - i'm not gonna do it
3. yvonne carroll - please don't go
4. christie - make me belong to you
5. wendy rene - what will tomorrow bring?
6. doris duke - ghost of myself
7. little janice - i am a soul
8. tammi terrell - my heart
9. gribouille - j'rai danser quand meme
10. patsy cline - crazy
11. timi yuro - hurt
12. linda van dyck - unlock my door
13. the feminine complex - the warmth of your smile
14. cass elliot - good times are coming
15. broadcast - papercuts
16. linda perhacs - chimacum rain (demo)
17. sibylle baier - remember the day
18. molly drake - try to remember
19. connie converse - man in the sky
20. two gospel keys - if i never see you anymore
cover photo is of patsy cline -- some info about these tracks below --
1. susan lim & the crescendos was a popular singaporean pop band in the 1960s. in 1966, at the height of their popularity, the band decided to take a break from recording while susan pursued studies in political science and sociology at the university of singapore.
in 1970, susan lim was 22 years old and engaged to be married to john chan york lee. after completing her final university examinations, susan went on a holiday to malaysia with her fiance and some friends and relatives. on february 8, 1970, while at a beach in kemaman, trengganu, she was swept away by strong waves despite attempts by her fiance to hold on to her. the body of lau kheng khuang, another member of the party killed in the accident, was recovered, but susan’s body was never found. shortly after the accident, the national university of singapore awarded susan lim a bachelor of arts honours degree in absentia. http://infopedia.nl.sg/articles/SIP_1155_2010-06-10.html
5. wendy rene recorded a handful of songs at a young age, then retired from music and retreated from the public eye around the age of 20. other music nerds have noted that her voice is "remarkably mature" for her age; i just think it's good, period. i've often wondered what happened to her after she retired.
6. doris duke had a tremendously unsuccessful recording career; especially hard on her as she went through a handful of divorces and tried to raise her kids alone + with very little money. the re-release of her 1969 album "i'm a loser" in 2005 brought her to the attention of a handful of people, but despite the beauty and sorrow in her voice, she's still not very recognized.
8. tammi terrell...
10. patsy cline...
11. timi yuro was a powerful pop singer of the early 1960s. her career declined in the late 1960s; so she settled down and became a housewife. she attempted a comeback in the 1980s, which was abruptly cut short when she developed throat cancer and her larynx was removed. "hurt" was her biggest single, and with good reason.
14. cass elliot...
15. trish keenan, lead singer of broadcast...this song off their 2000 debut album always struck a chord with me
16. linda perhacs recorded one album in 1970 and no one listened to it until very recently. the songs on this album, parallelograms, are beautifully written; this one especially (album version here)
17. sibylle baier -- almost the same story as linda perhacs -- an actress who recorded songs in the 1970s, and they only saw the light of day in 2006
18. molly drake was nick drake's mother. she played the piano at home and wrote small songs in her spare time. never recorded any songs professionally, but "family tree" collected some of her home recordings along with some unreleased songs of nick's. i love the image of a dedicated housewife running her fingers over the keys softly on weekend afternoons, while everyone else is napping.
19. connie converse made some home recordings in the 1950s through 60s, then disappeared completely in 1974. no one knows what happened to her. (luckily, there appears to be some kind of indie documentary in the works). download her album, it's great.
20. recorded july 1948, in new york city. the two gospel keys were two women, emma daniels and mother sally jones. their song "i don't feel at home in this world anymore" is the title track of this great compilation.
the other artists -- it's just really hard to find any information about them; most of them recorded a few songs or EPs then just seem to have disappeared.