The Wonderful and the Obscure
Volume 1: Rodd Keith

This compilation of song-poems by the great Rodd Keith is from the private collection of Bob Purse, music-lover and music-maker (see "The Many Moods of Bob Purse").

Iíve been a fan of Roddís a little over 15 years, when I first heard the MSR Madness CDs, and started collecting whatever song-poems I could. In Canada, there arenít a lot of them to be found.. I imagine they are much more common in the USA (given the nature of many of the poets were from the States, this isnít surprising).

However, it does make it difficult to discover them Ė ebay auctions have gotten tremendously over-priced since the PBS "Off the Charts" songpoem story documentary, and thatís why I can thank Bob for sharing his massive collection on his blog The Wonderful and the Obscure.

He posts not just Rodd Keith tracks, but many many other wonderful gems that you should really visit his site to find for yourself. However, since Iím a big Rodd fan and Bobís online archive is massive, I thought it would be fun to put together this compilation of Roddís tracks that Bob has previously shared and I also thanks Bob for giving me permission to do this.

Some of the tracks might not seem all that special, or "weird", but not everything Rodd did was like that. Despite that, there are always little moments in the songs that make them special and unique to his productions.

As Bob puts it, "I'm not really part of the Rodd cult - I enjoy his records about on a par with any other song-poem artist or label, loving some and finding others deadly dull, and everything in between - but I know I'm in the minority with that viewpoint."

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Tracks: (192 kbps)

1. Rod Rivers and the Big Action Sound - Before I Go Out
2. Rod Rivers and the Big Action Sound - The Splendor of Love
3. Rod Rogers - Shadows in My Heart
4. Rod Rogers - I Walk a Lonely Street
5. Rod Rogers - If I Had a Million Dollars
6. Rod Rogers - Sometime Tomorrow
7. Rod Rogers and The Orchestra and Chorus - My Dream
8. Rodd Keith - The Old Swinging Gate
9. Rodd Keith - Treasure
10. Rodd Rogers - Rock and Roll is Back Again
11. Rodd Keith - You, They All Say You
12. Rodd Keith - Cry Upon My Shoulder
13. Rodd Keith - Away From the Crowd
14. Rodd Keith - Be Wise
15. Rodd Keith and the Raindrops - Country Boy
16. Rodd Keith - Suddenly
17. Rodd Keith - Tear Drops
18. Rodd Keith - Lonesome For You
19. Rodd Keith - Goodbye My Darling
20. Rodd Keith - Why Don't You Sing a Happy Song

released April 7, 2013