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Buddah's Dial-A-Hit

Hear 360 degrees of sound on this Buddah Records sampler!

You gotta love the pop music mavens at Buddah Records for putting out this sampler disc to showcase bands like Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Co, Elephant's Memory, The Road, and many others. The album jacket is a real treat. It's two-ply cardboard with a wheel in the middle. See the exposed part of the wheel on the right-hand side of the jacket? As you turn the wheel, the name of the artist and their picture changes in the two window cutouts. Now that's innovation.

Inside the double fold-out jacket is a letter from Buddah Records vice-president Neil Bogart. I like his opening paragraph, which sums up Buddah thusly: "When Buddah Records was formed two years ago, most songs were about crime and war and depression. We felt there was a place for a new kind of music that would make people feel happy. So we got together two talented young producers named Jerry Kasenetz and Jeff Katz who had an idea for music that would make you smile. It was called 'bubblegum music'".

Indeed, I smiled more than once while listening to this album. There are some well-known cuts here (Summer in the City, She's Not There) but it's the ones that didn't end up in the annals of rock music history that I like the best. My favorite is Hot Dog Man by Elephant's Memory. It starts off with a tape recording of the band chatting with a real hot dog vendor, and progresses into a delightfully diverse psychedelic trip in praise of this "real live hero". Now that makes me happy.

Buddah's Dial-A-Hit
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Songs:

Hot Dog Man (MP3) Elephant's Memory celebrates that unsung hero, the Hot Dog Man.
Mr. Tambourine Man (MP3) Melanie delivers this Dylan hit with a style all her own.



Your Comments:

Mike Semrad (mjsemrad@neb.rr.com) says:
Oscar de la Meyer writes "what's the deal w' John L. Sullivan on Shue Records...Norfolk, NE>
Well- I know. When my band (The Smoke Ring/Buddah Records) would return home to Norfolk, NE from touring, we'd frequent the ABC Bowling Alley (Cameleon Lounge)..and the bands generally were Don Sohl Trio and John L. Sullivan. Sohl's history can be found at www.nebrocks.org (one of Nebraskas first and greatest rockers). John L. Sullivan was a touring crooner..who sang in the Como/Sinatra/Dino Martin groove along w/ pre-recorded music. Not a bad singer, a smooth lookin 'older singer'..but NOT rock by any means. He befriended a local woman, Joyce Schumann..and she eventually developed "Shue Records". I don't have a complete Shue discography, BUT I think John L. Sullivan and Don Sohl Trio both recorded 2 45's each...and my band (The Smoke Ring) released an ill fated 45 called "Heavy Metal Whale" around 1972. This was not actually our band that recorded on Mala-Buddah and Certron Records. Little Joe Hupp ..our original keyboard player and Mgr formed a NEW Smoke Ring, after the group left Joe and changed it's name to M.S. Funk (with someone named TOMMY SHAW (Styx/Damn Yankees)on guitar and vocals. Yup ..Tommy Shaw was in the Smoke Ring. Joe found a group out of Council Bluffs, IA..called them The Smoke Ring and this recorded was recorded in Nashville. It was NOT a good record as I recall and sold very few copies. SO..that's the story of SHUE Records, John L. Sullivan, Joyce Schumann, Don Sohl Trio AND the LAST "Smoke Ring" record. Mike Semrad
(Past President- NE Music Hall of Fame and member of The Smoke Ring). (05-05-2006)

Andy Mentzer (kornfedinla@yahoo.com) says:
Man-o-Man! I actually have this! My copy is SO well used. I think I played it 24/7 way back when.
Did all copies of Buddahs Dial-a-Hit come complete with the hole punched in the corner? LOL Thanks for the hike down memory lane! (02-20-2006)

Andy Mentzer (kornfedinla@yahoo.com) says:
Man-o-Man! I actually have this! My copy is SO well used. I think I played it 24/7 way back when.
Did all copies of Buddahs Dial-a-Hit come complete with the hole punched in the corner? LOL Thanks for the hike down memory lane! (02-20-2006)

Dennis (wbee73@cox.net) says:
Melenie's voice is truely unique and is always fresh, like a dream filled donut. Its like she is smiling and crying at the same time. (01-22-2006)

alan (alan75x@yahoo.com) says:
Hey kids click on the record and you can SEE A CLOSE UP image of this Gem. YEa it has a lot of cool tunes by small bands like THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE's 'worse that could happen' a lost pop classic, also 1910 FRUITGUM COMAPANY's 'indian giver' is SUPER-Bubblegunm Rock ! so cool the RAMONES did a cover in the late 80's :)

BARRY GOLDBERG has a great song on here called 'hole in my pocket' full of shimmering guitar work, MELANIE does her best here with the DYLAN tune, and it has some other cool bubblegum too, now if only the sponsor can put an mp3 of

the happiest song ever recorded

-STEPHANIE de SYKES - 'BORN WITH A SMILE ON MY FACE'

then you people could hear true 70s bubblegum of the past, or maybe PETE SHELLEY's 'LOVE ME LOVE MY DOG' from ' 75, also a classic ( no not the BUZZCOCKS singer ).............wanna find out about some REAL lost classic of the 70s and 60s see the

70s invasion -


http://www.angelfire.com/vt2/70sinvasion/

(01-22-2006)

Georgeie Boy says:
Gosh, melanie sounds good!!! her guitar sounds plunky plunky like it hasn't had new strings since she recorded that number. She must have got it out of a catalogue. I'm with the Turd...this one floats! (01-19-2006)

oscar de la meyer says:
was there a band called "rendezvous" on Buddah or am I imagining it. and ... i was glad to see "quick joey small" mentioned in here too, becuase that is an amazing record.
Kama Sutra rocks. Tiny Alice. Smoke Ring ... question for you.
Whats the story with John L. Sullivan the singer who did "Tear Time" on Shue Records out of Norfolk? Found it in a thrift store in Iowa. Just curious. Buddah rules. (01-17-2006)

chris (chris@candleinthedark.com) says:
even kid's music from the 60s and 70s blows away the garbage of today. (03-20-2005)

Sean Halloran (shallor1@rochester.rr.com) says:
Any ideas where to find a clip of the mellow brick road on the net?
My sister was in love with the Road album that had..., hello mister sole and love is all.
Id like to try to get on CD or burn from the net. Vinyl isn't an option as she doesn't have a turntable!

Thanks in advance. (12-05-2004)

Chuck (mrgaringer@hotmail.com) says:
Buddah definitely provides... (11-26-2004)

H Turd Ferguson says:
I love Melanie's version of Tambourine man. I don't know if the original version of the song is about drugs, but this one sure is. Highly Recommended by the Turd. This one's a floater. (11-25-2004)

Mad Dr. Matt (magob@aol.com) says:
I know Melanie become somewhat of a joke over the years - kinda like picking on the slow kid - but I never really understood why. She does a real nice job with "MTM" and I'd like to see any of you lot sit in front of a microphone and record a Dylan tune! Or second though - maybe I wouldn't...

Elephant Memory was a GREAT BAND and they had one of the best horn sections going (in an era when that actually MEANT something). This song was also included on the "Midnight Cowboy" ST, if memory serves, althoug I don't remember it from the film. I must be blocking that out. They also did a great record with John Lennon on a record called "Live in NYC" (which also had Zappa and the Mothers on it). They had some "novelty songs" like Hot Dog Man and the Yogurt Song, but the mostly rocked.

So is this posting of their material meant as a put-down or an tribute? This - like SO much else in the world today - is unclear... (11-10-2004)

What's Up Tiger Lily says:
Hey Jeffortiti, check out ebay. they have everyting you ever wanted for $10 and a slice of your soul.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&category=306&item=4048838171&rd=1&ssPageName=WDVW&tc=photo (11-08-2004)

KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04! says:
VOTE KERRY/EDWARDS! (10-27-2004)

Joli (purplevioletsquishies@comcast.net) says:
Oooh. It really makes me wonder (Led Zeppelin) I wonder, wonder, wonder, wonder, ooh-ooh-ooh-ooh (Boz Scaggs). I remember Wonder Woman. I remember the 6 Million Dollar Man. I recall the Bionic Woman. I genuflect "Oh Mighty Isis" & "Shazam." And... of course,let's not forget Spiderman & Superman. But why wasn't the Hot Dog Man made into a TV series? Did he not deserve a TV slot?! What's wrong with the world anyway! (10-12-2004)

Jeff Forti (jeffforti@hotmail.com) says:
I love the song "Ooh Child" by the Five Stairsteps and Cubie. I have that album. I had a copy of Dial a Buddah years ago and now wish I had one. Somebody has one lying in a drawer in a house not even paying attention to it. If anyone has an old original copy for sale email me and I'll purchase it from you. (07-12-2004)

Jeff Forti (jeffforti@hotmail.com) says:
I love the song "Ooh Child" by the Five Stairsteps and Cubie. I have that album. I had a copy of Dial a Buddah years ago and now wish I had one. Somebody has one lying in a drawer in a house not even paying attention to it. If anyone has an old original copy for sale email me and I'll purchase it from you. (07-12-2004)

Jeff Forti (jeffforti@hotmail.com) says:
I love the song "Ooh Child" by the Five Stairsteps and Cubie. I have that album. I had a copy of Dial a Buddah years ago and now wish I had one. Somebody has one lying in a drawer in a house not even paying attention to it. If anyone has an old original copy for sale email me and I'll purchase it from you. (07-12-2004)

Jeff Forti (jeffforti@hotmail.com) says:
The Road also used to do the local beer commercials for Iroquois Beer in Buffalo, New York (Iroquois Beer is now out of business) with the jingle "Have an Iri". Where are these guys today? Does anyone have any info one them? (05-16-2004)

Beth says:
Hello Peanut Head. What is you problem, you sick mutha. (05-12-2004)






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