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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:

Joe the Metatron (fsquarednin@yahoo.com) says:
GOOD GOD! The Humanity!
This is frightening
Now imagine her doing Danzig's "Mother"
That would be awesome, but she is prolly dead by now (07-19-2002)

Jimoth El Gargantuan (mediumedium@yahoo.com) says:
jesus chrysler ... mrs. miller kept me alive during some of my more depressing periods in my life.... it was from her song granny bopper that really got me going... " i guess i'm not that hip cuz the only trip i take is to the grocery store"

(07-18-2002)

Extream says:
EVEL IS THE MAN! (07-16-2002)

Eggsngrits (eggsngrits@aol.com) says:
Friggin' unbelievable. The torment that I feel is tremendous -- how can I laugh when I know she's down (wink)? (07-16-2002)

Lester Matzkin (lesterm277@aol.com) says:
Cruel joke or not, I well remember this lady. I'd hear her records on our Boston radio station (WHDH) every morning during the mid '60s. When I tell people about her today, they either don't remember her, or never heard of her. But I still love her version of "A Lover's Concerto". (07-15-2002)

Jay Kuhn (Jay_kuhn@yahoo.com) says:
As a person who has been interested in exploring music from a child, I wondered when the day would come when I had finially "heard it all". Perhaps its was the first time I heard the Beatles be experimental on Revolver...no..Perhaps it was my
journey into jazz listening to Sun Ra or perhaps
Anthony Braxton on Steeple chase. Getting warmer!
Perhaps it was King Crimson from the Lizard album?
Nope. Perhaps it was the electronic other world noodlings of Karl Stockhauzen? ALMOST! But no,
today hearing this...I can safely say I have heard it all. :-) I can also say I have not been
"effected" to that degree by a performance in
years. WOA. I would venture to say her "timing"
is almost Ornette Colman "Free Jazz" but with just a hint of Jimi Hendrix "Foxy Lady" at the Isle of Wight Festival when he forgets the words.
Oh yes. This is the stuff!!!!!

I also love that guitar solo. When you have such
a performance as Mrs. Miller, there is no need to
fix the mistakes in the solo. Like high humidity
at ground zero when an atomic bomb goes off, you hardly notice it.
Jimi was wrong when he wrote "Are you experienced", he's got nothing on Mrs Miller!!!!
:->
(07-06-2002)

Werewolf says:
What's that she's holding....oh...er..um...it's a microphone! Whew!! (07-06-2002)

Theresa says:
Mrs. Miller, haven't seen her for years, that distinctive voice. Mrs. Miller was a regular on the Merv Griffin show, that explains why this album was recorded, but more than one album...well, Merv had plenty of money. Mrs. Miller had quite the fan base in her day, maybe even larger than Arthur Treacher's following... (06-29-2002)

Brian Blessed (djcaucasian@hotmail.com) says:
This is the best album I've heard since The Transformed Man by William Shatner. (06-26-2002)

Brian Kehew (MoogBros@aol.com) says:
She has FOUR albums that I can find... and a single released after, on Mrs. Miller Records. (One of my prized possessions). A good friend of mine discovered Mrs. Miller one afternoon many years ago. At the time, he was on VERY strong psychedelic drugs. He wrote ALL OVER the record cover - "I cannot believe what I am hearing!" (06-25-2002)

Andrew says:
I LOVE IT!!! (06-24-2002)

MoldyRamone says:
It's really too bad Mrs. Miller never did a punk album.Just imagine the wonders she'd work with "Anarchy in the U.K.", "Beat on the Brat", "White Punks on Dope" or "Oh Bondage, Up Yours". (06-22-2002)

Ricardo Torres says:
She Rocks!!! (06-20-2002)

Scary (firewalkwithscary@hotmail.com) says:
I love Mrs Miller with all my heart. (06-03-2002)

Rocketboy_X says:
The best part of 'Hard Days's Night' is how she's totally off beat. It really does not match up. It's as bad as your average geocities website. Horrendous (06-01-2002)

Brittney, Amber, and Lindsey (Kiwi0586@aol.com) says:
You can download the whole album from audiogalaxy!! It's super fun!!! Beatle Bashing at it's very best!! (05-27-2002)

Bruce Johnson (bfjrnski@hotmail.com) says:
WoW! You can't help but hand it to the old gal!Mrs.Miller really kicks-ass!Her howlin' and wailin' truly clobbers and throttles a melody! These old standards will never be the same! It's too bad she never starred in a satirical-spoof of broadway!She'd make Ethel Merman roll over in her grave!!! (05-27-2002)

TJ Destry says:
"Downtown" got heavy play on Top 40 Radio, and Mrs. Miller was a guest on the Ed Sullivan show more than once -- in fact, that may be where she got her best exposure. Sullivan loved novelty acts like Mrs. Miller and Allen Sherman. Back in the days of three networks and no cable services, the whole family watched because, while not everything was up your alley, something certainly would be. By booking acts like Mrs. Miller, he could crack up both the parents who hated rock and the fans themselves. (And if she could perform with the studio audience falling out of their seats, she certainly knew what she was doing.) (05-27-2002)

Kurt Mettler (kurt.12@bluewin.ch) says:
Beside the vocal quality of Mrs. Miller (?!) the excellent mastering of the CD is remarkable. Listen to "Second Hand Rose" and your day will be delightful. Her massive vibrato kills every insane thought. If you like funny singing, you will also appreciate Mary Schneider, "Australia's Queen of Yodeling". (05-13-2002)

Him Again says:
Nice writing. Hehe. (04-30-2002)






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