2007   MARCH 10   #069

3 Albums by The Hi Hopes

The Hi Hopes, like alot of "outsider" music, always brings up a dilemma with me. Do I like them more because of who they are, or what they sound like? I think I'd have to say that I definitely like them more for what they sound like, because I'd enjoy these renditions just the same even if they were performed by members of MENSA. Heck, I'd probably like them more. Not quite sure what that means.

The previous edition of 365 Days included a song by the Hi Hopes, but I thought it'd be worthwhile to make the 3 albums I have available in their entirety. Visit the Hi Hopes at: www.hopeu.com/hihopes/

MP3: Hi Hopes - Ability:
01 Ability (2:52)
02 Labels (2:30)
03 Have You Ever Seen The Rain (2:32)
04 Just Give Us A Chance (1:29)
05 Who'll Stop The Rain (2:17)
06 Day-O (3:00)
07 Springtime (2:23)
08 Proud Mary (2:39)
09 Travelin' Band (2:14)
10 Wipe Out (2:23)

MP3: Hi Hopes - Hi Hopes:
01 Everything Is Beautiful (2:44)
02 Welcome To My World (2:36)
03 Label (2:13)
04 King Of The Road (2:45)
05 La Cucaracha (2:05)
06 More (3:34)
07 Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head (1:25)
08 Some Day (3:52)
09 Candy Man (2:58)
10 Ability (2:43)
11 Miracle (2:32)

MP3: Hi Hopes - Journey:
01 Need To Be (4:37)
02 Fly, Robin, Fly (3:44)
03 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (4:14)
04 God Bless America (1:50)
05 If I Ruled The World (3:20)
06 This Land Is Your Land (4:11)
07 Tie A Yellow Ribbon (2:43)
08 Keep On Singing (2:26)
09 Just Like You, Just Like Me (2:41)
10 Grand Old Flag Square Dance (4:37)

- Contributed by: Pea Hix

Images: Ability: Front Cover, Back Cover, Hi Hopes
Images: Hi Hopes: Front Cover, Back Cover, Hi Hopes
Images: Journey: Front Cover, Back Cover, Hi Hopes

Ability
Media: LP
Album: Ability
Label: Band N' Vocal
Catalog: BVRS 1200
Credits: Hi Hopes, directed by Doris Walker, featuring Paul Kuehn, drummer & soloist
Date: Early 1970s

Hi Hopes
Media: LP
Album: Hi Hopes
Label: Activity Records
Catalog: AR 696
Credits: Hi Hopes, directed by Doris Walker, featuring Paul Kuehn, drummer & soloist
Date: Early-Mid 1970s

Journey
Media: LP
Album: Journey
Label: Hi Hopes Records
Catalog: HH 1002
Credits: Hi Hopes, directed by Doris Walker, featuring Paul Kuehn, drummer & soloist, with ringers John Higgins, Bud & Richard Johnson, & Steve Jacobs
Date: 1976