Martha Ellen- Queen Of Hearts

I grabbed this record at a Value Village hoping that it was some long lost, private press chunk of financial windfall.  Judging by the cover, I presumed it to be a folk album jam packed with mediocrity and self-diluted images of fame.  This did not turn out to be the case.  Although folk music in this vein is not my favourite musical genre, Martha Ellen does have talent.  Her voice is as good as any other female songstress from this era.  She could hold her own with Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell and the likes.  Now that is not to say she can write songs like those aforementioned legends.  Most of the songs on this album are traditional but there are a few of her own creation.  They are fine.  Not terrible but not earth shattering.  Just fine.  Her guitar playing is adequate and accompanies her voices well.  But the real star of this album is Martha Ellen's voice.

This record did not turn out to be a winning lottery ticket but it did turn out to be worth more than the 99 cents I paid for it.  Its a decent private press record that I presume is fairly rare and certainly listenable. That makes it worth buying and keeping.  A solid buy.

Artist: Martha Ellen
Title: Queen Of Hearts
Label: Vanda Enterprises
Matrix: VE7801
Year: ?
Size: 12"
Speed: 33.3

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