Music Review: Harriet Schock – Breakdown on Memory Lane

Veteran writer/singer Harriet Schock let Travis Allen produce these ten songs in the virtual world, including Schock’s own version of the terrific “You Just Don’t Get Me, Do You?” which was a Triple A radio hit for Jeannie Kendall of The Kendalls. It’s a warmer version of the song that gives the words and melody a different perspective. Seek out Kendall’s take on it as well, they both are magical. “When You Were Mine” sounds like classic Schock from her Hollywood Town days, the album on 20th Century that spawned “Ain’t No Way To Treat A Lady”, the mega hit for Helen Reddy.

Interesting that Harriet Schock was a labelmate with Genya Ravan on 20th Century Records and both have new albums in release with that independent spirit that record executive Russ Regan’s work at that storied imprint fostered. The title track is three minutes and eleven seconds of Harriet’s precise choice of words, ability to pull wonderful melodies out of thin air, and be able to wrap it all up in a story, as she did so well on Nik Venet’s productions of American Romance and Rosebud. “The Quietest Part of the Day” could have been a hit back in the day for French chanteuse Francoise Hardy while “Searching For You” would have been nice on Jodie Foster / Mel Gibson’s new film The Beaver, quite appropriate for it actually…maybe when the DVD comes out. Herb Katz on harmonica and backing vocals from Pam Maclean and Andrea Ross-Greene add to the atmosphere. If you are already familiar with Schock’s work, this is essential. If not, you’ll want to hear more if you have a breakdown on memory lane.

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Joe Viglione is the Chief Film Critic at He was a film critic for Al Aronowitz’s The Blacklisted Journal, has written thousands of reviews and biographies for, and produces and hosts Visual Radio. Visual Radio is a fifteen year old variety show on cable TV which has interviewed John Lennon’s Uncle Charlie, Margaret Cho, Ray Manzarek, John Densmore, Felix Cavaliere, Marty Balin, Bill Press and hundreds of other personalities.