And Other Country Western Favorites

:: Country Girl ::

:: Fireproof Money Belt ::

:: He'll Leave You Crying ::

:: I Don't Think I Love You Anymore ::

:: Walk By The River ::

:: A Fool Of Her Too ::

Joan Harris. Sounded familiar, I must know the name from somewhere.

OK, maybe not. But anyway, this is probably from the later 60's or the earlier 70's, and it's pretty decent country music. She doesn't have what I'd consider a classic country voice, but I'm no expert. Ironically, the song she sounds least country to me on is "Country Girl." There's a rocker, "Fireproof Money Belt," and what sounds to me like the female version of Jim Reeves "He'll Have To Go," the side A closer "A Fool Of Her Too."

You might notice that a few of the songs end a little abruptly, and for once that's not sloppy wav editing on my part. They really cut it that way. I'm guessing Custom was one of those old bargain imprints, and that these songs are from elsewhere. Either that, or she was a total unknown and this album was proudly for sale at your local Alpha Beta. Whatever the case, this is all of side one.

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Wednesday, November 07, 2007 6:18:00 AM

Thanks, Tony.
Any idea what year this came out?    

Wednesday, November 07, 2007 6:28:00 AM

I couldn't find a date anywhere on the album or label, or anything on the internet aside from Ebay listings. The back cover is mostly comprised of an ad for other Custom Records offerings, so maybe I could suss it out from those. I'll let you know if I figure it out.    

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 11:41:00 AM

Do you guys still have that Space Monkey B-Side you posted a couple of years ago?    

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 4:33:00 PM

This is an awesome find! Thanks for sharing. Now off to eBay...    

Thursday, November 15, 2007 1:30:00 AM

Yep, "Custom" was one the many, many budget imprints that flourished in the 60s and early 70s, filling the bargain racks at discount chains, convenience stores, & gas stations nationwide.

The singer's name was most likely appropriated from the second cousin of one of the office staff, and the cover photo was whatever stock pic that hadn't been used in the last 6 - 8 months.

By the time of the "Custom" release, the anonymous session music had most likely been recycled through several "labels", titles, and cover art -- all in a never-ending quest to separate the unwary from their pocket money.

In the process, these tone-deaf ghouls would occasionally release some very decent music, although they would be mortified to learn of it -- "Holy Cripes, we coulda sold this one at retail!!".....


Wednesday, November 28, 2007 12:40:00 PM

What a good blog!

Visit mine for all kinds of music at:


Tuesday, December 18, 2007 6:23:00 AM


(approaching seemingly dead robot)


(gently poking the Robot in the eye with a stick, wondering what's caused it to shut down)


(sadly shuffling away)    

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 7:59:00 AM

Custom was an offshoot of budget king Crown Records. Here's my discography:    

Wednesday, February 06, 2008 8:04:00 AM

Thanks for that, Robert. That couldn't have been any fun to compile. :)    

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