These pioneering songwriters were determined to navigate their career on their own terms, while fighting an industry that was only marginally less machismo-driven than the mafia and in some cases involved characters from both worlds. Chauvinism was the mood music de rigueur in the record biz of the 60s and 70s, and the dawning of sexual liberation as often as not left women holding the baby.
But battling through, these women writers and performers redefined what pop music could do, and in doing so, charted the path for the women that followed. Pop is notoriously over-concerned with surfaces, and as a result writers have traditionally played second-fiddle to performers, background figures rarely accorded their dues.
But for women writers back in the sixties and seventies this was an even harder battle with the low expectations of high chauvinism. Big personalities who lived as large as their male peers. And sure, some of these names you already know.
They brought new subjects to the studio, righteously loved to this day for finding new ways, new tones in which to express every emotion. Take the amazing Franne Golde. Or Evie Sands, the gamin soulster whose sixties would-be breakthrough hit was stolen from her and given to another male artist right under her nose.
Leah was the younger sister of Cass Elliot from the Mamas and the Papas, and perhaps wary of comparisons mostly lived the session singer life until she stepped out into the limelight in the late 70s with this lost gem and two underrated and forgotten albums. But above all this is about the music, that vaulting ambition that pours out of these arrangements, lyrics and melodies, all played by the finest musicians the LA scene Its The Falling In Love - Various - The Ladies Of Too Slow To Disco muster.
So take a trip with us, and round out your picture For Once In My Life - The Rass-es* - Experience a decade. The style is still Too Slow To Disco. But the inspiration and the achievement is all woman.
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