Ray Carmen "Bubblegum Buddha" ( Pop! Productions 1993)
Loaded with infectious jangly pop, Ohio’s Ray Carmen delivered one of his best statements with 1993’s “Bubblegum Buddha”. His high tenor is an assured instrument and one that is readily identifiable. Ray does not confront much although he does swerve into the experimental lane briefly here and there. This is comfort food but don’t be afraid to consume all you want. It’s satisfying and just plain yummy.
Ray originally released this excellent tape in 1993 and then added a few tracks for the CD version in 2007. Originally his tape label was Pop! Productions that he later changed to Cut And Paste Records. Ray graciously allowed me to distribute the album on my Lonely Whistle label. It is offered here as a free stream or download.
1. Rise And Shine
2. Too Much Coffee
3. Out Of Your Hair
5. When You Walk In The Room ( Jackie DeShannon)*
6. Rain On The Road
7. Between You And Me*
8. More Than Enough*
9. I Knew You So Well ( RC and Ken Clinger)
10. Beach Blanket Bookmobile
11. Vanquished ( RC and James St Vrrain)
12. Leaf Of Absence*
13. Black Cloud
14. Going Home
15. Rain Reprise*
(written by Ray Carmen except where noted)
Originally released in 1993. Re-issued in 2007 with *additional tracks.