Wednesday, 10 October 2007

Are You Satisfied?

Your casual bad music fan would be forgiven for thinking that Dirty Harry's recorded opus begins and ends with I Talk to the Trees, but believe it or not Clint Eastwood committed many more vinyl crimes than that.

In the early 60's it was reasonably common practice for television stars to toss off a few sides in the recording studio (Richard Chamberlain is another of the many guilty parties) and make a pop single or two. Early on in his career Clint recorded a clutch of singles for the US Cameo label, following them up in 1962 with a whole album: Rawhide's Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites.

Featuring such saddle-sore favourites as Tumblin' Tumbleweeds and Santa Fe Trail, it was hardly teen-market material, and sank without a trace. Now, although the original release is highly sought after by collectors of Eastwood memorabilia as well as those of us who just delight in the godawful, it has since reappeared on CD (in Europe one would assume by the spelling of the F word) as Clint Eastwood Sings Country Favourites. It's legitimacy is a tad dubious, but its one way of getting hold of these otherwise hard-to-find cuts.

Here, for your ears only, is Rowdy Yates' strangling Are You Satisfied?

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