Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Mary Hopkin - Post Card

Mary Hopkin – Post Card

Apple, 1969
Acquired: Half Price Books, Used, 2011
Price: $4

For the most part, Mary Hopkin’s debut is some really cloying, folky pop. Post Card features a weird mix of covers ranging from the Russian folk tune “Those Were the Days,” a handful by Donovan, one by Harry Nilsson (the bizarre and totally out of place “Puppy Song”), and an awkward yet kind of fantastic in its weirdness version of “There’s No Business Like Show Business.” I can’t find who did the drums (probably because they’re buried so far toward the bottom of the mix they didn’t warrant a credit) but there are some cool (if clumsily orchestrated) beats on “Prince en Avignon.” Cool if only because they seem to be part of an entirely different song. Paul McCartney produced this album, and um, er. Yeah. Mary Hopkin possesses an average talent voice-wise and maybe someone other than McCartney (who apparently pushed for the standards that make this album really weird in a bad way) could have coaxed some more spirited performances from Ms. Hopkin. I don’t know why this record was priced so high, because it’s not rare, and it’s not good, and it’s not cool, and it’s going right on the chopping block.

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