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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She knocks my socks off . Whenever I hear that voice it puts a smile on my face, she sure is swell. (09-20-2005)
C. Terentius Rufus
says: Yes, whenever I am showing off my record collection, I always pull this one out and say, "You gotta hear this!" I have always wanted a portrait of her done on black velvet. (A Velvet Elva...cue rimshot.)
Yes, whenever I am showing off my record collection, I always pull this one out and say, "You gotta hear this!"
I have always wanted a portrait of her done on black velvet. (A Velvet Elva...cue rimshot.) (08-17-2005)
Kyle J. Dale
says: Naturally, we're playing it here! :) www.rodeodrivein.com
Naturally, we're playing it here! :) www.rodeodrivein.com (05-15-2005)
Daniel P. Schuster
Northern Soul DJ
(Re:Michael in SJ /THE COOL ONES)
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