“Pretty Big Mouth” – Count Five


An awesome knuckle-dragging anthem, this time courtesy of the Count Five, circa 1966. I could pontificate about the greatness of this rude anthem, but I’ll let the lyrics speak for themselves:

“I was born way down in the deep deep south
I met a pretty pretty woman with a real big mouth
I gonna make that big mouth woman my wife
I gonna love that woman for the rest of my life
I’ll marry her and I’ll feel fine
I’ll feel fine when I make her mine
I took a trip up north and one back west
I went to the east to find the best
But I ended up to the deep deep south
Making love to the woman with a big big mouth.”

The Mellow Moods of Black Sabbath

By the time Black Sabbath recorded their fourth album in 1972 (the ingeniously titled “Black Sabbath Vol. 4″), it seems like they were taking some cues from another famous 4th album of the time (“Led Zeppelin 4″) and expanding their musical palette beyond the goth doom and gloom heavy crunchers that made up their first three albums. In any case, the album had these two stellar ballads. The first is a painful breakup anthem (“Changes”) … the other is a lovely, acoustic instrumental number (“Laguna Sunrise”). Despite the fact that this is a heavy band playing mellowing out, these efforts are not forced or cheesy. They are truly splendid songs and makes one wish Sabbath had done more in this vein. To this day, they are still a supremely underrated band.


Laguna Sunrise:

“Misty Blue” – Dorothy Moore


I became familiar with this R&B classic when my Mom tried to track down this record for an extended period when I was about 7 or 8 years old, but couldn’t find it anywhere. It wasn’t exactly out-of-print, but it wasn’t easy to find, oddly considering how big a hit it was back in the day. She eventually found it and was definitely worth the effort.

My Mom’s efforts to track down the record are not dissimilar to Moore’s efforts in getting this song released. She recorded it in 1973, but it wasn’t until 1976 that it became a hit. Moore’s version is the most popular (reaching #3 on the Billboard charts in 1976), but it had its origins as a country song. It was written by Bob Montgomery for Brenda Lee, but she turned it down. It became a minor hit for Wilma Burgess in 1966 and a bigger hit for Eddy Arnold in 1967. Moore’s version is by far the most popular, but countless country and R&B artists have recorded it over the years. A great song is a great song is a great song…

“I’m a Dreamer” – Linda Thompson


Just discovered this gem of a cover by Sandy Denny’s friend Linda Thompson (Linda’s ex-husband Richard Thompson was in the band Fairport Convention with Sandy). Linda’s lovely voice does this terrific Denny song justice. If I’m not mistaken, I think the guitar player on this track is Richard. If it’s not, it’s one of the best Richard Thompson imitations I’ve ever heard.

“I’m a Dreamer” – Sandy Denny


My favorite Sandy Denny song, released before her tragic death in 1978. Denny is probably most famous for her duet with Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin’s “The Battle for Evermore.” But she was also the lead singer for English folk-rock legends The Fairport Convention during their most acclaimed period between 1968 and 1971. Her best-known song, “Who Knows Where the Time Goes?” has been covered by everyone from Judy Collins to Eva Cassidy.

If a biopic of Denny’s life had ever been made, Emily Watson would’ve been the definitive choice to play Denny.