Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits
Oh, the humanity!
I've spent a lot of time contemplating the mystery of Mrs. Elva Miller from Claremont, California. I have to conclude that her recording career is one of the cruelest practical jokes ever devised by the record industry.
For the most part, the flubs on Frank's Vinyl Museum are the result of serious artists and serious record producers badly missing the mark. Mrs. Miller's album is definitely over the top, but I get the very sinister feeling from the liner notes that while Miller herself may have been completely serious about what she was doing, whoever coaxed her to make this album was laughing on the inside, and probably egging her on to be even more extreme. The sarcasm is very subtle, just enough to give the wink to record collectors like us while keeping poor Mrs. Miller in the dark. References to her "impeccible diction" and "scintillating delivery" abound, as well as the accolade "one of the most interesting voices extant... one that brings to mind the tonal qualities of a Florence Foster Jenkins or a Mrs. B. J. Fangman". Jane Morgan's Fresh Flavor LP, featured elsewhere on this site, contains similar sentiments, but at least she can lay claim to some prior recording history.
I almost feel bad for exploiting Mrs. Miller this way, but once you listen to her songs, you'll know why her fans can't resist her. Enjoy!
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|Downtown (MP3)||Brace yourself for the best rendition of 'Downtown' ever!|
|A Hard Day's Night (MP3)||Beatle butchering at its very best.|
Thanks so much for that "Downtown". Recall that
Elva had released at least two albums, before
Capitol felt that novelty had worn off. Please
call Gordon Anderson, President of Collectors Choice Music and let him know that the world needs
Elva Miller's "Downtown" and all her other songs
released on CD-including that number she sang when
she appeared in the movie "The Cool Ones" (1966) (02-15-2004)
Hugo the Fishhead
Billy Bob Pootz
says: "Hey Mammaw! Do Innagadda da Vida!"
"Hey Mammaw! Do Innagadda da Vida!" (01-30-2004)
T D Coleman
says: I just love her rousing rendition of "Downtown"! I'm gonna have to buy her CD!!! My coworkers are gonna get a kick out of this
I just love her rousing rendition of "Downtown"! I'm gonna have to buy her CD!!! My coworkers are gonna get a kick out of this (01-07-2004)
Sir Droopy Drawers
says: http://www.angelfire.com/ny/yorik/emcentral.html I was just introduced to the great Elva recently when a friend of mine found her "Greatest Hits" album at a yard sale, and he got it out of curiousity, hated it, and tried to give it away but nobody wanted it. After hearing Hard Day's Night I was hooked.
I was just introduced to the great Elva recently when a friend of mine found her "Greatest Hits" album at a yard sale, and he got it out of curiousity, hated it, and tried to give it away but nobody wanted it. After hearing Hard Day's Night I was hooked. (12-17-2003)
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