Ellen Foley: Spirit of St. Louis

Format: LP

Label: Epic/Cleveland Records

Country: US

Year: 1981

Price paid: $3

Purchased at: The Record Archive, Rochester NY


This is album was basically made over a deal consisting of several blowjobs and a handshake. Look it up.

I think it’s safe to say that this album is in no danger of getting heavy rotation on my turntable. From what little I’ve subjected myself to I’ve found the sound to be rather flat. Deadpan crooner stuff. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be ‘ironic’… but it sure doesn’t come off that way.

That being said, I knew exactly what I was getting into when I bought this. I had eyed it online and even bookmarked it for later consideration, but I just couldn’t pull the trigger when the cost was $10ish after shipping. But for $3 I’m in.

Why? Foley is backed by The Clash on all songs. The album was recorded right after The Clash’s ‘Sandinista!’ with the same musicians and engineers. Foley was dating Clash guitarist Mick Jones at the time of its production.

The cover art is unremarkable. Looks like they were going for a mainstream early 80s classic rock look ala Fleetwood Mac.

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