Smokey and His Sister

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Okay, first off, gaze upon the wonder that is Smokey Mims' hairstyle. Amy Winehouse would kill for a beehive that good. Briefly, Smokey and Viki Mims were siblings from Cincinnati who supposedly moved to New York in the mid-'60s in thrall to Bob Dylan. You would not guess that inspiration from these songs, recorded in 1966 and 1967 for a never-released Columbia LP a later album on Warner Brothers did make it out, barely produced by staff freak David Rubinson, who was working with Moby Grape and the United States of America around the same time. There is none of the freaky majesty of either of those bands on Smokey and His Sister: instead, think of a cross between Petula ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Okay, first off, gaze upon the wonder that is Smokey Mims' hairstyle. Amy Winehouse would kill for a beehive that good. Briefly, Smokey and Viki Mims were siblings from Cincinnati who supposedly moved to New York in the mid-'60s in thrall to Bob Dylan. You would not guess that inspiration from these songs, recorded in 1966 and 1967 for a never-released Columbia LP a later album on Warner Brothers did make it out, barely produced by staff freak David Rubinson, who was working with Moby Grape and the United States of America around the same time. There is none of the freaky majesty of either of those bands on Smokey and His Sister: instead, think of a cross between Petula Clark's Tony Hatch orchestrations and the folkier side of sunshine pop acts like Harpers Bizarre, Spanky and Our Gang and the whole Curt Boettcher/Gary Zekley axis. This is twee pop decades before the term existed, featuring the Mims siblings' equally wispy, delicate voices in front of a full orchestra and the usual batch of session musicians, playing 12 Smokey Mims originals that are long on the ethereal harmonies and languid melodies, but not so much on the whole concept of memorable hooks. Sunshine pop fans will be at least moderately enchanted, but this is no kind of great lost masterpiece of the style, just an entertaining curio.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/31/2007
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771624826
  • Catalog Number: 6248

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Smokey and His Sister Primary Artist
Jay Berliner Acoustic Guitar
Herbie Lewis Drums
Al Gorgoni Acoustic Guitar
Felix Pappalardi Bass
George Ricci Cello
Stuart Scharf Acoustic Guitar
Vinnie Bell Acoustic Guitar
Smokey Mims Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
Technical Credits
Fred Catero Engineer
Al Gorgoni Arranger
Roy Halee Engineer
Frank Laico Engineer
Don Puluse Engineer
David Rubinson Producer, Author
Andrew Sandoval Annotation
Bob Irwin Mastering
Smokey Mims Composer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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