Why Isn't Rosalie Sorrels Hip With Hepcats??? She's Great!

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i never hear anyone talk about her. Her records sell for a dollar. Her older albums are amazing. But here more recent stuff is great too. What a voice. I am a big fan of Iris Dement and The McGarrigle Sisters and Mary Margaret O'Hara and she reminds me of all of them. She has been called the hillbilly Edith Piaf! How cool is that? Anyway, she deserves more fans. I'm listening to her 1981 Green Linnet album right now. It's beautiful. (Title: Miscellaneous Abstract Record No.1) I love the part where she tells a story in the voice of Aunt Molly Jackson!! (I'm a fan of Aunt Molly's album on Folkways)

according to her web-site she is up for a grammy. great site, by the way: http://www.rosaliesorrels.com/

scott seward (scott seward), Monday, 1 August 2005 16:08 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Today is the day we give babies away...something something
If you know any ladies who need any babies, send them over to me

Sung as a lullaby to a baby (=classic), also love the Archy and Mehitabel song. A friend of mine made me a 100 minute mix tape about 8 years ago and now I wanna drag it out. Good stuff!

sleeve (sleeve), Monday, 1 August 2005 20:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

four months pass...
i just got her first lp on th fake folkways label from sharon ct and its as good and creepy and raspy and dusty as anything,,and she looks like a pretty joan baez on th cover...she wears cowboys hatsd and i can imagine her goin down on yung dewy eyed songwriters from barnard..http://www.wirz.de/music/greenhil/grafik/sorrels4.jpg

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 19:34 (eleven years ago) Permalink

A pretty Joan Baez? Joan Baez is always pretty! (Pity about the voice tho)

We Buy a Hammer For Dadaismus (Dada), Tuesday, 13 December 2005 19:36 (eleven years ago) Permalink

one year passes...
Oh hey wow.
I have that Folk Legacy LP. It was an early one on my quest to Collect Them All. I was actually prompted to pull it out by seeing that Sara had two Sorrels' tracks on her itunes. They were from a comp of Railroad Songs. It's cool that there is a thread about her. I really like the song "Some Other Time." Despite the one cringey/smiley line in the chorus there is something extremely extremely alluring abt that song.

ian, Wednesday, 21 March 2007 14:51 (ten years ago) Permalink

I say again, CLASSIC!

I was talking to yetimike about her at Halleluwah fest. She is truly underappreciated!

My favorite is still the "Always A Lady" LP.

sleeve, Wednesday, 21 March 2007 16:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

"i just got her first lp on th fake folkways label from sharon ct"

my brother's wrong by the way. this was her fifth album. seek out rosalie's songbag on Prestige's international label. so great.


scott seward, Monday, 18 February 2008 16:47 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think I bought that record from Dan! Or another copy of his, anyway. It is very good.

sleeve, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:13 (nine years ago) Permalink

That Folk Legacy LP >>>> the other Sorrels I picked up, which was a full band affair for the most part with really... shiny production. I think there were synths involved.

ian, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:35 (nine years ago) Permalink

(there is the Sorrels cut i mentioned above going on my forthcoming CD-R comp of american underground folk obscurities, stay tuned.)

ian, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:36 (nine years ago) Permalink

*Whatever Happened To The Girl That Was* is excellent. From 1973.

scott seward, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:38 (nine years ago) Permalink

this can't be easy to find. i want one:

Somewhere Between

* Release Date: 1964
* Record Label: Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (TAD 3080)
* Studio album
* Notes: Rosalie Sorrels, vocals and guitar ; with accompanying musicians. Recorded at Don Cederstrom Custom Recording, Boise, Idaho.
* Songs: Magic penny (1:52) -- It could be a wonderful world (1:16) -- My father's mansion (3:03) -- Mighty river (2:43) -- Ain't you got a right (2:28) -- Pale green disease (2:04) -- Pig hollow (2:36) -- I saw my country's flag go down (3:14) -- Simple gifts (1:42) -- If I were free (2:28) -- Death of Ellenton (2:15) -- Judas ram (2:08) -- Enola Gay (3:31) -- Killing ground (2:13) -- The miracle (1:46) -- Somewhere between (2:47).

scott seward, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:40 (nine years ago) Permalink

I think the one I didn't like was "Travellin Lady Rids Again." I'm not at my apartment so I can't go double check. I'd love to hear the Songs of the Mormon Pioneers record!

ian, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:42 (nine years ago) Permalink


ian, Monday, 18 February 2008 17:42 (nine years ago) Permalink

ian, search Always A Lady and the one scott just said. I need to relisten to Traveling Lady and Moment Of Happiness, can't remember them well enough.

sleeve, Monday, 18 February 2008 19:58 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...


i am obsessed with this song.
the first version i heard was the sorrels. this is nearly as good as that.
are there more?
i've come around on "traveling lady rides again" btw--her version of "feather ben" is on that record and i don't think i could live w/o it atm.

ian, Friday, 20 November 2009 07:04 (eight years ago) Permalink

i like what little i've heard of her. (her voice actually reminds me a little of one of my aunts, who has a sort of flat but deceptively pretty singing voice.) anyway, which if any of these available on emusic is worth the while?

hellzapoppa (tipsy mothra), Friday, 20 November 2009 07:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

I don't know ANY of those. But I bet the Folk Songs of Utaha and Idaho might have some Mormon folk song content if that's yer bag.

ian, Friday, 20 November 2009 07:13 (eight years ago) Permalink

bump cuz i need to get more of these rekkerds. i offered some guy $4.99 for something he had at $5.99 or best offer & he declined :( do i suck it up? i don't even know if the lp is still up.

ian, Friday, 27 November 2009 19:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

ian which ones are u looking 4? my local store has some.

sleeve, Friday, 27 November 2009 21:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

uhm, pretty much anything from the early-mid seventies if they're cheap!

ian, Friday, 27 November 2009 23:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

yeah they are all under $7 for sure, I will check and PM you

sleeve, Friday, 27 November 2009 23:14 (eight years ago) Permalink

you the man

ian, Sunday, 29 November 2009 00:00 (eight years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

love this. the beginning.

scott seward, Monday, 20 December 2010 02:42 (six years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

her parody of "My Favorite Things" is hilarious send-up of hippie/leftist pretensions (although I take issue with some of the inclusions). too bad it's so hard to find a decent recording. there's a snippet of it here, but I got the lyrics from a live version Hedy West recorded in 1968:

wretched excesses of wine and spaghetti
Ginsberg and Corso, Genet, Ferlingheti
marijuana and yoga and strange happenings
these are a few of my favorite things

hashish and opium, all you can find
psilocybin and methedrine blowing my mind
and that expanded feeling LSD brings
these are a few of my favorite things

when the fuzz comes and I'm busted
and I'm feeling oh so sad
I'll just swallow a few of my favorite things
and then I won't feel so bad

mandrake root salad, food strange and mad
Hieronymus Bosch and the Marquis de Sade
erotica fancy, erotica straight
these are the things that just make me feel great

blue scaly monsters clawing with black nails
absinthe and Spanish fly in my cocktails
Zen Buddhist monks with their yings and their yangs
these are a few of my favorite thangs

Timothy Leary and his holy work
Ken Kesey, John Cage, and the great Roland Kirk
and wild-eyed mystics reading I Chings
these are a few of my favorite things

when the fuzz comes and I'm busted
and me and the [cling clay swing?]
I'll just swallow a few of my favorite things
and then I won't know a thing

Remember! The cormorant is a big brrd. It has got a long neck. (unregistered), Saturday, 27 July 2013 02:49 (four years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

I think i found an early 70s lp in a 60p box in front of a record shop I frequented about 20yrs ago. Not sure if I brought it over here or not. I need to check it out.

Stevolende, Saturday, 23 November 2013 10:09 (four years ago) Permalink

yeah it was 'What Ever Happened to the Girl That Was' that I bought but I can't see if it is in my lps here. Have to tidy up to get to where they are on the shelf and go through them.

Stevolende, Saturday, 23 November 2013 12:13 (four years ago) Permalink

three years pass...


del griffith, Monday, 12 June 2017 14:19 (six months ago) Permalink

rest easy, rosalie. i'll always be listening!

scott seward, Wednesday, 14 June 2017 13:30 (five months ago) Permalink

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