Cherry Parkes’ Basement Tapes: A Pure Pop Radio World Premiere

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* Listen to the world radio premiere of Cherry Parkes’ previously-unheard ’60s classic, “The Man of the Moment,” tonight at both 8 and 9 pm ET!
Thanks to the Charlatan Record Cartel. *

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Cherry Parkes | “The Man of the Moment”
(Charlatan Record Cartel, 2017)

“These were in my basement.  Maybe you can do something with them.”

They were words one might expect to hear at a yard sale from a been-in-the-neighborhood-for-decades resident who had finally cleaned out his basement, littered with bric-a-brac and mementos from a life lived generously. “These were in my basement. Maybe you can do something with them.” “How much for this chest of drawers?” “Five dollars. A bargain, if you ask me.” A deal made in the blink of an eye, a treasure successfully transferred to a new home.

Except in this case, “these” were a set of master tapes found abandoned in a basement in Tacoma, Washington that were sent to the progressive Charlatan Record Cartel. All eyes and ears, for that matter, have been transfixed on Jayson Jarmon’s outfit since this past March, when Charlatan began releasing heretofore unheard recordings made by Pacific Northwest practitioners of the pop music art.

charlatan records logoWhereas previous Charlatan releases have come from contemporary artists such as the Sunday Brothers, this latest release is a blast from an unknown past. The treasures received were “badly deteriorated four-track master tapes marked simply as ‘Cherry Parkes, October 1966’ and were accompanied by several photos, a handkerchief marked ‘AP,’ and a gig poster describing a Friday night show at Federal Way’s long defunct Spanish Castle club,” according to the label. And what of the significance of the personalized handkerchief? A mystery likely to remain unsolved, sadly.

After baking the 50-year-old tapes in what we can only assume is the Charlatan lab rats’ version of  the famous childhood kitchen appliance known as the Easy-Bake Oven, and mixing and mastering to improve sonic clarity, Charlatan staff auditioned the four Parkes tracks. What they heard was nothing less than magical. What happened next literally and figuratively knocked the socks off their feet, clear across the floor, until they ran smack into Charlatan’s cherry wood-paneled walls.

cherry parkes-smallAmanda “Cherry” Parkes’ introduction to the world is the first song released from Charlatan’s momentous find. “The Man of the Moment” is reminiscent of the best of Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s output, but also calls to mind various James Bond movie theme songs and classic sides waxed by female vocalists of the 1960s, such as Vicki Carr and Eydie Gorme. One listen to the melody-infused track, about a woman who chooses a spouse who is, perhaps, less than savory and maybe not the right catch (“And do you think she’ll ever wonder how it came to this?/And will she willingly exchange a wedding vow/With such a piece of work as this?”) is all it takes to understand how much gold has been dropped into Charlatan’s considerable lap.

Pure Pop Radio is proud to be presenting the world radio premiere of Amanda “Cherry” Parkes’ “The Man of the Moment” tonight at 8 and 9 pm ET. The track will be available for purchase this Friday, June 30, on Charlatan’s Bandcamp page (check back for the link). It’s not often that a track of such import is imported into our playlist; we urge you to drop everything this evening and hear for yourself this magical musical missive.

Cherry Parkes’ “The Man of the Moment” is but one of hundreds of new and new-to-you songs that have recently been added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for a slew of reviews of just-released classic recordings from such artists of the moment as Richard X. Heyman, Bill DeMain, The Naturals, Carpenter Caswell, and The Junipers’ Robyn Gibson.

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Another Pure Pop Radio World Premiere Tomorrow Night: Ray Paul’s “In My World”

purepoplogoOur fourth worldwide radio premiere in a little over two weeks beams out over the Internet airwaves tomorrow night,Tuesday, August 4, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). Plan to be around your radio receptacles to hear Ray Paul’s new song, “In My World.”

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Ray Paul

Ray Paul needs no introduction, but here goes anyway: Ray was the head honcho at Permanent Press Recordings and is currently promoting the greatest independent music to radio stations all over the place. He’s also a big-time recording artist; he’s stepped into his writing and performing suit of armor as he prepares to release a new album early next year.

it's-newThe first song from Ray’s recording sessions is a 1970s-styled pop song with a catchy melody and a solid hook. “In My World,” which appears on this year’s International Pop Overthrow CD, was produced by Ray and Klaatu’s Terry Draper at Terry’s Swamp Manor studio in Oak Ridges, ON, Canada. We welcome Ray back to the melodic pop fold with this wonderful new number.

Listen in tomorrow night, Tuesday, August 4, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) for the worldwide radio premiere of Ray Paul’s “In My World” on Pure Pop Radio, your 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe. Enjoy!

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Tonight at 8 pm ET: Pure Pop Radio Worldwide Premieres from Brandon Schott and the Jangle Band

purepoplogoTwo weeks ago, Pure Pop Radio brought you the world radio premiere of Pop 4’s luscious, melodic gem, “Don’t You Be Like That.” Tonight at 8 pm ET, we’re bringing you not one, but two premieres: “Wake Up, Mary,” a charming, bouncy tune from Brandon Schott’s new, forthcoming album, Crayons and Angels; and another jangly, hooky, Byrdsian number from the aptly-named Jangle Band, which counts Pure Pop Radio favorite Joe Algeri amongst its members.

brandon schott crayons and angelsFirst up at 8 pm ET: Brandon Schott’s “Wake Up, Mary,” a bouncy, clap along song that could sit comfortably alongside Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecilia.” Opening with the steady sound of a ticking alarm clock that suddenly goes off as the rise-and-shine wake up jingle artfully pans across the stereo sound field and gives way to acoustic guitars and percussion, the singer signals the day’s beginning with guarded optimism: “Wake up, Mary/The night is done/There’s so much more for us out in the sun/We’ve been sleeping for too long my dear/And if we stay too long we’ll settle here.”

Not simply a song about waking up and getting the day started, “Wake Up, Mary” is about rehabilitating a perhaps slightly stale relationship; it’s about getting in the car and driving to greener pastures for a new start and growing the weary bones of a union that holds so much promise. “Can’t hide it any longer,” the singer intones. “My spirit’s falling under/Maybe we should wake up, Mary.” The song ends with a cacophony of sound–the rush of cymbals, the sound of birds cooing, the outdoors watching over the souls of the earth. This is a grand musical achievement–just one example of the treasures awaiting you when Crayons and Angels is released. (Connect with Brandon Schott on his Facebook page by clicking here.)

jangle band picksImmediately following Brandon’s “Wake Up, Mary,” we have the worldwide radio premiere of the Jangle Band’s melodic, Byrdsian wonder, “Love You Too.” Following a drum intro echoing the glory of the immortal “Be My Baby,” guitars, organ, bass and drums signal in the instantly memorable, seductive melody in the first verses and middle eight, which leads to the golden chorus, a joyous celebration of everything that captures the fans of melodic pop music. All this and some groovy Beatlesque vocal harmonies at 3:14. Sweet. (Connect with the Jangle Band on their Facebook page by clicking here.)

We’re thrilled to be bringing you these worldwide radio premieres! Enjoy both of these great songs, and look out for more from the artists. The release of Brandon Schott’s Crayons and Angels is imminent; the Jangle Band’s “Love You Too” is slated for release later this year.

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour-a-day Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s through today. Featuring the great heritage bands, such as the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and contemporary artists carrying on the melodic tradition, from the Legal Matters and Bill Lloyd to Cloud Eleven, Jamie & Steve and Dana Countryman, the station is supported by a comprehensive website featuring station updates, reviews and articles touching on the wonders of melody, harmony and downright catchy songs.

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A Pure Pop Radio Exclusive: The Worldwide Radio Premiere of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That” Airs Tonight at 8 pm ET

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purepoplogoPure Pop Radio is proud to present the exclusive, worldwide radio premiere of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That” tonight, Tuesday, July 14, at 8 pm ET. (The band has created a snazzy Facebook event page about this, on which the above, equally snazzy banner appears; check out the event page by clicking here).

(Pop 4, clockwise from left) Kirk Adams, Andrea Perry, KC Bowman and Scott McPherson

(Pop 4, clockwise from left) Kirk Adams, Andrea Perry, KC Bowman and Scott McPherson

Featuring the considerable talents of Liar’s Club’s Scott McPherson; the great singer and songwriter Andrea Perry; the Corner Laughers’ not-so-secret weapon KC Bowman; and Vanilla’s Kirk Adams, Pop 4 is the melodic pop supergroup of 2015. Their hall-of-fame-worthy album, Summer, releasing soon, is destined to appear on many best-of lists this year.

pop 4“Don’t You Be Like That” is a luscious mid-tempo ballad painted with a harmony-soaked brush and the sweetest, most seductive melody we’ve heard in a very long time. The combination of enticing lead vocals from Andrea, Kirk and Scott; a middle-eight sent from nowhere less than heaven, and a subtle, George Harrison-esque electric guitar run come together to produce a song that will stay with you long after you’ve heard it. And, trust us–you’ll want to hear it again, and again, and again still.

“Don’t You Be Like That” is one of the catchiest songs we’ve heard in ages. Don’t miss the album from which it comes when it drops later this summer which, by the way, is now officially our favorite season of this year.

Don’t miss the exclusive worldwide radio premiere of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That” tonight, July 14, at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio! And stay tuned after the Pop 4 premiere for more of the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, streaming to you 24-hours-a-day. We thank you!

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