The recently remastered and expanded reissue of The Blue Shadows 'On The Floor Of Heaven' album got me thinking of other bands that were gigging around Vancouver in those days. Bands like Buddy Selfish and his Saviours, Herald Nix and Ray Condo. Ray Condo and his Hardrock Goners put out 5 great albums.The first two were the out-of-print albums 'Crazy Date'(1986) and 'Hot 'n' Cold'(1988). I particularly liked the addition of a fiddle to the rockabilly sound.
Later Ray Condo formed a band Ray Condo and his Ricochets that was more in a western swing style that even covered jazz standards.Unfortunately, Ray passed away in 2004 but has left a fantastic musical legacy. Ray Condo and his bands certainly deserved much more success.
The Hardrock Goners drummer Peter Sandmark(Slim Sandy) has posted info on Ray Condo.
Many of Ray Condo's albums are for sale as CDs and downloads from the regular sources.Crow-Matic Records has two excellent compilations for sale.Both compilations are recommended.
A detailed discography can be found here.
A1 Greenback Dollar
A2 Your True Love
A3 Sunset Blues
A4 Freight Train
A5 Her Love Rubbed Off
A6 Skala Bop Baby
A7 Crazy Date
B1 Willing And Ready
B2 How Come It
B3 Jolie Ti Catin
B4 It Don't Matter To Me
B5 Who's Baby Are You? / Oh Baby
B6 Push Button Boogie
B7 Pocketful Of Rainbows
Since your friendly neighbourhood Blogger is taking some time away from his computer, the link for Crazy Date is HERE but since I've holstered my Crackberry like a six-gun, COMMENTS are still requested.