Sunday, December 1, 2013

Brownstone

Take a listen to this record ("Coming Together" and the flip "Surrender").


Any guesses on the year? Go ahead, guess.
If you were like me, I was thinking late 1960s, with the Byrdsy guitar and the folky psych vibe.

I was so wrong.

The group Brownstone recorded this ridiculously catchy albeit head scratcher in (wait for it) 1987.

Yeah, I know.  Crazy, huh?


I'm sure someone will enlighten me on the history of this single.  Recorded at Reel Art, I contacted the folks at Aardvark, where it was mastered, and nary a word.  Only other hints are J. Casados and R. Valdez.

Adams State College

I just realized, in all of the years I have written about Southern Colorado recordings, I have never featured anything from Alamosa.  It's not for lack of trying.  To be honest I never found anything, until now.

It's come to my attention that the talented band and chorale groups at Adams State College actually recorded their performances.  Below are the four I have located.  If anyone knows of any other vinyl offerings from the school, I would love to know.

The earliest ones I could get my hands on date back to the late 1950s and early 1960s. The a cappella choir recorded an LP of a concert tour they took part in that year.  The group traveled throughout Colorado, Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and California, throughout the month of April.

 

Adams State College A Cappella Choir
Maurice H. Skones, Director
1959

Note of another release, Adams State College Choir, Maurice H. Skones, Director (Century V12258) 1961.

In 1969 the group traveled to Germany and also documented the trip on vinyl.


Adams State Choir 1969-70 Alamosa Colorado
(United Recordings UAS 561-50190). Randolph Jones, conductor.

The following year, the college's concert and stage bands produced an LP.

Adams State College Concert Band and Stage Band
Al Anderson, Director
1970