Money can't buy you love, but it can buy you fame -- after a fashion. Dora Hall's recording career might be the grandest vanity enterprise in music history, and Once Upon a Tour is the soundtrack to her 400,000 dollar syndicated television special of the same name, financed entirely by her husband. Hall is joined by a cast of retirees and aspirants like Phil Harris, Frank Sinatra Jr., and -- in the television special but not on the album -- the Electric Prunes! Oliver of the 1969 hit "Jean" is the hipster of the group and is prominently featured on the album. Hall warbles her way through semirecent rock songs like "Sweet Nothin's" and "What a Day for a Daydream" and participates in a pair of so-called medleys that are actually a series of song excerpts spliced together. The rock medley is more of an easy listening/pop vocal medley except for Hall's ten seconds or so of "Blue Suede Shoes," and "Street Medley" strings together songs with street in the title. Harris performs Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Travelin' Band" and the trucker classic "Six Days on the Road," while Oliver reprises his biggest hit. Hall has a handful of earnest enthusiasts, but it is probably safe to say that most of her followers have a perverse interest in her story and music. Once Upon a Tour is notable for being her closest brush with substantial mainstream success.
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