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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!

Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits
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Songs:

Downtown (MP3) Brace yourself for the best rendition of 'Downtown' ever!
A Hard Day's Night (MP3) Beatle butchering at its very best.

See Also: Fresh Flavor

Your Comments:

Testing says:
click me (12-07-2003)

Vynyl Junkie (SASdj@yahoo.com) says:
I FOUND IT!!!!!! YEEE HAAA!!!! I now own copies of BOTH of Mrs. Elva Miller's LP's. I've been looking for them for 4 years - found 'em in two different cities within a month. She obviously has some sort of following - my dad saw the "Greatest Hits" LP and commented that he remembered seeing her on Carson back in the 60's. He didn't realize she'd actually recorded an album, though. There is one point in the recording where you can hear her laugh after missing an entrance and then coming in way behind the beat - and flat. I'm sure the guys in the recoring booth were cracking up and that got her going. Whatever it was, the result of those sessions are two LP's that are well worth owning if you:
1.) Need something with which you may annoy your neighbors

2.) Have relatives who frequently stop by unannounced and always wear out their welcome

3.) Are a voice teacher who needs a handy demo of what NOT to do while singing

-or-

4.) Are an avid collector of BAD Beatles covers.

I know of many Mrs. Miller fans out there - It's so bad it's good! (11-30-2003)

Stagger Lee says:
Absolutely fuckin' amazing - when you are drunk. (11-28-2003)

Norm (norm@normedwards.com) says:
Can't find them on Kazaa! Damn!!! (11-27-2003)

David Horn (dbhorn@surfglobal.net) says:
say what you will about her voice and her delivery, she's obviously having fun doing the thing she loves more than anything and her voice pales in comparison to Florence Foster Jenkins (11-27-2003)

jay mccarroll says:
my friend atna cankle turned me on to the genius of mrs. miller. with so much destruction and pain in this world being caused solely by rap and hip hop music it is more than refreshing to hear the sweet notes mrs. miller sings. i particularly love the whistling bit in "downtown". keep it rocking from the grave elva. we love you! (11-27-2003)

Amber Mowery says:
I LOVE MRS. MILLER MORE THAN GOD!!! (11-27-2003)

Annabelle (foristnights@comcast.net) says:
No Offense, but Mrs. Miller sounds like my mean and strict Grandma Dorcas! Is she tone deaf like my Grandma is? Who in their right mind would play her cover of "Downtown" on the radio? She bites my head off! I believe she can't even sing, she's tone deaf! Face it, idiots, the poor woman needs to be put outa her misery! (11-25-2003)

Melissa says:
Mrs. Miller could cheer anyone up on a bad day... Her bird calls have got to be my absolute favorite. (11-25-2003)

C.j. (cj949@hotmail.com) says:
I first heard this album when it was found, by my mother, from our neighbor's trash. I listened and laughed. I play it for friends, they love it. Can you believe there are more albums from her? Why? She is truly Americana. (11-25-2003)

phil (keep_going_on@hotmail.com) says:
awful!absolutley awful!as a musician she is (1) out of tune (2)she doesn't keep up with the tempo and (3) she should not be allowed to 'sing', it is the worst thing i have ever heard.she is probably a lovely person but please...t is just the worst noise i have ever heard in my life. (11-21-2003)

Jim Kelley says:
indescribebly delicious the woman was a rare find....was this woman also the mrs.Miller who sat in the audience of the Merv Griffen shows of the 60s? (11-21-2003)

Mary Klaehn (mymama@hotmail.com) says:
Her technique and vocal frills are sensational. Actually she is a sensation! I adore her vibrato and her clothes! Where does she get it from??? I love you Mrs. Miller Keep on Rockin' (11-20-2003)

Dave Keen (Cosmicseer@yahoo.com) says:
Could scare away a tornado. I love it, but most people would rather be dumped onto the BQE from a helicopter. I think it is only equalled by the "Christmas Album" by Bloody Rectum. (11-13-2003)

Scuba Steve says:
You know I don't tell many people this but I actually got a chance to bang Mrs. Miller once after a blistering show she put on in Scranton, OH. She finished the set that night with a mind-numbing version of "Pinball Wizard" that just had crowd going nuts. I asked her for an autograph once she finished her last encore. She told me to come with her and she would "sort me out." God she kneaded me like bread-dough with those big fuckin' hands of hers while I lay helpless in her dressing room. I kept feeling like someone was piling dictionaries on top of my groin, one by one until my hip-flexers were broken. It took me about half an hour to get this gurdle-contraption she had on off of her. Once that thing was off though she basically worked me like a second job. When she was done she stole my wallet and said, "get the fuck out of my dressing room kid or I'll call the police." Man, what a night.... (11-07-2003)

Al Fisher (AlanFisher@real.com) says:
I would rather go water skiing with Uncle Donnie than listen to another note! (11-07-2003)

margaret mc cabe (margaretmccabe4@hotmail.com) says:
a must for any collector of odd and funny music but sadly she was serious... although i do agree with karl aisbitts comments (11-06-2003)

Anne (Widdiweb) says:
Wow I really enjoyed that bit where the warbles become almost part of her throat a bit like an erotic trout! (11-05-2003)

zbz826 says:
Mrs. Miller ROCKS!!!! (11-03-2003)

Jeff (attheritz@msn.com) says:
I would like to know if any of Mrs. Miller's music is available on CD. Please advise. Many thanks! (10-31-2003)






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