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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Oops! A co-worker of mine was intrigued by the fact that I still have a turntable, so he & his 8-year-old son stopped by so his son could hear what a record sounds like. I guess I didn't consider that the LP was eclipsed by the CD long before the kid was even born, but was glad to demonstrate. Unfortunately, I selected Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits (always fun to observe the reaction) which I'm sure left a rather sour impression on the young boy's mind of what the vinyl LP is all about. Because of my mistake, he will forever associate our beloved vinyl with incredibly poor performance. Sorry, LP lovers - I'll NEVER do that again! Maybe I'll burn him a cd copy of "Disco Polka"... (01-27-2005)
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Mrs Miller Fan
Mad Dr. Matt
says: Let's see... Iraq? Anyone? Anyone? Okay - you in the back. Nope. Nice try though. How about huge deficit spending? Anyone? Anyone? Didn't think so. Unemployment? Hello? Okay - how about gay marriage? Ah-ha! NOW I have your attention...
Iraq? Anyone? Anyone? Okay - you in the back. Nope. Nice try though.
How about huge deficit spending? Anyone? Anyone? Didn't think so.
Okay - how about gay marriage? Ah-ha! NOW I have your attention... (11-11-2004)
says: I am stuffing some stockings this Christmas! I plan to tell my kids it was their gramma who made the CD years ago!
I am stuffing some stockings this Christmas!
I plan to tell my kids it was their gramma who made the CD years ago! (10-30-2004)
KERRY & EDWARDS IN '04!
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