Miniatures – Various Artists

Happy birthday Gene Simmons (Kiss) (1949) and Wayne Shorter (Weather Report) (1933)

MINIATURES – Various Artists

https://www.discogs.com/Various-Miniatures-51-Tiny-Masterpieces-Edited-By-Morgan-Fisher/release/1431389

What do you think of some of the artists on this one?  Anybody you like?

I like quite a few of the artists here…Ivor Cutler, Robert Wyatt, Lol Coxhill etc.

Blondie “Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision”

Happy birthday Jim Capaldi (Traffic) (1944) and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) (1945).

BLONDIE “Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision” (Capitol Records USA, 2006)

https://www.discogs.com/Blondie-Greatest-Hits/master/124793

The above link should take you to this album on Discogs.  I looked it up, so I wouldn’t have to type everything!

This is really the way to go, if you like some of the songs, but don’t want to own too many Blondie LP’s.  Also included is the novelty “mixage” of Blodie vs. The Doors (“Riders On The Storm” all mushed up).

Birth Control – “Plastic People”

Happy birthday Keith Moon (1947)!

BIRTH CONTROL – “Plastic People” (CBS Germany, 1975)

Initially, I was not too enthusiastic about the German progressive band BIRTH CONTROL.  I did keep the debut album (on Charisma UK LP), but they were soon off my radar.  My thought now as to why I didn’t assign them a higher placing is that they were “a rock band”, and not like CLUSTER or NEU! – ‘motorik musik’.  The CD I have is remastered by Eroc, another German musician.

Somehow, I heard them in 1975, when “Plastic People” came out – perhaps it was the tale end of my late brother sending me airchecked tapes of progressive radio shows?  That seems likely, as nobody here would dare play German bands in 1974/5/6!

“Plastic People” sounded a lot more like what I liked about European music, in general.  The writing / playing was competent, and the songs were good.  The album was recorded at Dieter Dierks studio in Koln, Germany.

If I had to take this album with me, when I croak, I would take only the song “Rockin’ Rollin’ Roller”, a fairly straightforward rock song.  Most everything on this LP is co-written by Zeus B. Held, a famous German keyboard player.  I also like the track “Tiny Flashlights” (guests: Eddie Jobson, then of Roxy Music and Morgan Fisher from Mott The Hoople!  (They also thank Genesis P. Orridge “for breaking his fingernails”.)  Liner notes says it’s their 6th album.

I remember really liking this LP, when it came out.  And it took ages for it to arrive on CD – more than 25 years!

Ryuichi Sakamoto “Futurista”

Happy birthday Roland Orzabal (Tears For Fears) (1961), John Lee Hooker (1917) and Ian Mitchell (Bay City Rollers) (1958).

RYUICHI SAKAMOTO – Futurista (Midi / School, 1986); I never got the paper sleeve SHM-CD version, so I don’t know what’s on that one, but the CD always had 1 more song than the LP, usually the 45 version of “G.T.”, the single from this LP.

This LP has some interesting guests – most notably Kenji Suzuki (the guitarist), New Yorker guitarist Arto Lindsay, and Japanese female vocalist Cano Caoli.  Also guesting is Maceo Parker on sax and vocalist Bernard Fowler (recently seen with The Rolling Stones).  They also thank TRA Project, Bill Laswell and Akiko Yano (Sakamoto’s ex-wife).

“Broadway Boogie Woogie” has more “Bladerunner” (feature film) samples than most music made these days; at least it’s snappy!

Second song doesn’t have any English, but it is pleasant ambient-type “typical” Sakamoto stuff.

“Ballet Mecanique” has some reasonably nice processed vocals from Bernard Fowler.  “G.T. II” is a re-make of “G.T.”, so treat accordingly.

“Milan, 1909” does indeed invoke the thought of Italy many years ago.  “Variety Show” is a computer genius showing off.  “Verso Lo Schermo” features Cano Caoli, the singer of Cioccolata.

“Water IS Life” is the shortest song on this LP @ 1:52.  The album ends with “Parolibre”, again, sung by Cano Caoli – but it always sounded like Miharu Koshi to me (Hosono’s sidekick).  And at least the CD version ends with “G.T.”, the original 45 version, a great song.

The Hacienda etc.

Happy birthday Carl Wayne of The Move (1944)!

I have been reading the book by Peter Hook “The Hacienda – How To Not Run A Club”; here’s a sample month of bookings:

July 1982

Saturday 3rd        FUNKAPOLITAN

Wednesday 7th  LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

Friday 9th             A CERTAIN RATIO

Weds. 14th           ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN

Saturday 17th      SIMPLE MINDS

Monday 19th       BLANCMANGE

Thursday 22nd    THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Weds 28th            BUZZZ (never heard of ‘em, perhaps a Manchester band?)

Friday 30th           J. WALTER NEGRO & THE LOOSE JOINTZ (never heard of ‘em, perhaps a Manchester band?)

The book is fairly straightforward about how they (New Order) did not know how to run a nightclub.

Of the above bands, I saw A Certain Ratio (about 1984/5 “Club Lingerie”), Simple Minds (at the time of “Sons and Fascination”, “Whisky A Go Go”) and The Birthday Party (at “The Roxy”, within a year of them playing at The Hacienda).  All 3 of those bands were ‘to my taste’, the first two British, The Birthday Party being Australian (a BIG difference!).

Colosseum

Happy birthday Belinda Carlisle (1958)!  (I once went to a party dressed as Belinda Carlisle!)

COLOSSEUM!  I came to Colosseum via Cream.  I met Dick Heckstall-Smith once in London.  New CD versions are coming soon!

DVD             BEST OF, THE (DVD-A)                                                      SILVERLINE US               80989

2002 8 TRKS collection DVD-Audio

 

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM                                             ISLAND / BRONZE UK   ILPS 9173

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM                                             ISLAND / BRONZE DE   85815 IT

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

CD                COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                             SEQUEL US                     1006.2

1992 7 TRKS stereo CD Live, 2-on-1

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                             BRONZE UK                   ICD 1

1971 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE (Jpn)                                                   BRONZE JPN                  YS-2647/8-BZ

1972 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album, insert

 

CD                COMPLETE REUNION CONCERT (DTS-CD)                     MASTERPIECES             MPI 001.2

1994 10 TRKS DTS-CD

 

CD                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                        SEQUEL UK                    NEXCD 256

1993 8 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                        DUNHILL US                   DSX 50101

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP promo

 

LP                 GRASS IS GREENER, THE                                                  DUNHILL US                   DS 50079

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP US version

 

CD                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU             SANCTUARY UK             SMQCD 096

2004 14 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU             FONTANA UK                 STL 6510

1969 8 TRKS stereo LP

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU             DUNHILL US                   DS 50062

1969 6 TRKS stereo LP US version

 

CD                VALENTYNE SUITE                                                             SANCTUARY EU             SMEDD 097

2004 15 TRKS stereo 2CD

LP                 VALENTYNE SUITE                                                             VERTIGO UK                  VO 1

1969 7 TRKS stereo LP UK original edition

 

7″                 WALKING IN THE PARK (US) promo                              DUNHILL US                   D-4200

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

The Soft Machine

Happy birthday Chris Curtis (The Searchers) (1941) and Kevin Ayers (The Soft Machine) (1945).

I have rather more LP / CD’s by The Soft Machine than The Searchers, but I will move forward with The Soft Machine, a band that I always ignored once Robert Wyatt left.  In 2016, I rather enjoy some of the non-Robert Wyatt Soft Machine albums!

CD                BACKWARDS                                                             CUNIEFORM US   RUNE 170

2002 6 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                FIFTH                                                                          SONY JPN             MHCP 425

2004 7 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 1 x bonus track

 

CD                FOURTH                                                                     SONY JPN             MHCP 424

2004 7 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, DSD mastering

LP                 FOURTH (US)                                                             COLUMBIA US     C 30754

1971 7 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD                JET PROPELLED PHOTOGRAPHS                             CHARLY UK           CDCHARLY 197

1989 9 TRKS stereo / mono CD

 

CD                LIVE 1970                                                                  BLUEPRINT UK     BP 290CD

1998 8 TRKS stereo CD Live ’70

 

CD                LIVE AT THE PROMS 1970                                       RECKLESS UK        CDRECK 5

1988 3 TRKS stereo CD Live

LP                 LIVE AT THE PROMS 1970                                       RECKLESS UK        RECK 5

1988 3 TRKS stereo LP Live

 

CD                NDR JAZZ WORKSHOP 1973                                  CUNIEFORM US   RUNE 305/6

2010 16 TRKS stereo CD

DVD             NDR JAZZ WORKSHOP 1973 (DVD)                       CUNIEFORM US   RUNE 305/6

2010 18 TRKS DVD video

 

LP                 SOFT MACHINE VOL. 2, THE (US)                           PROBE US             CPLP 4505

1969 17 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD                SOFT MACHINE, THE                                                GEFFEN JPN          UICY-9687

2006 13 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, with alt. cover

LP                 SOFT MACHINE, THE                                                PROBE US             CPLP 4500

1968 13 TRKS stereo LP die-cut cover, insert

 

CD                SOFT MACHINE, THE – VOL. 2                                 BIG BEAT UK        CDWIKD 920

1990? 30 TRKS stereo CD 2-on-1

 

LP                 SOFT MACHINE, THE (FR)                                        BARCLAY FR          920082

1968 13 TRKS stereo LP

LP                 SOFT MACHINE, THE re-issue                                PROBE US             CPLP 4500

2010? 13 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD                SOMEWHERE IN SOHO                                           VOICEPRINT UK   VP 262CD

2004 14 TRKS stereo 2CD British jazz

 

CD                SPACED                                                                      CUNIEFORM US   RUNE 90

1996 7 TRKS stereo CD

 

BD                THIRD (BD)                                                                SONY JPN             SICP 30162/3

2013 7 TRKS stereo BD kami sleeve, 3 x bonus tracks

LP                 THIRD (US)                                                                COLUMBIA US     G 30339

1970 4 TRKS stereo 2LP

 

LP                 TRIPLE ECHO                                                             HARVEST UK         SHTW 800

1977 33 TRKS stereo 3LP boxed set, booklet

 

CD                VIRTUALLY                                                                 CUNIEFORM US   RUNE 100

1998 11 TRKS stereo CD Live ’71

 

7″                 WHY ARE WE SLEEPING? / JOY OF A TOY, THE     PROBE US             45-452

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

Amoeba, Hollywood (List)

Happy birthday Jimmy Webb (1946) and Tommy Aldridge (1950; Black Oak Arkansas and Ozzy Osbourne)!

Amoeba Records, Hollywood – List

GOLDEN EARRING – HAUGE, M.O.V. NL 10″W/PS

2015 10” with 5 new songs!

BREWER AND SHIPLEY – WEEDS, KAMA SUTRA UK LP

Slightly different cover to the US copy!

CZUKAY, HOLGER – MOVIE!, GRONLAND DE LP white

2016 LP re-issue on white vinyl!

KING CRIMSON – IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING, PANEGYRIC EU LP pic disc

Re-issue as a picture disc!

LILAC TIME – NO SAD SONGS, TAPETE DE CD

LILAC TIME – NO SAD SONGS, TAPETE DE LP

2015 LP / CD from Germany!

ORME, LE – SMOGMAGICA, BTF IT LP white

My 2nd Le Orme re-issue!

STRING DRIVEN THING – STEEPLE CLAYDON, DANDELION UK LP blue

1974/5 recording, on blue vinyl

WAKEMAN, RICK – SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, A&M EU LP re-issue

Brand new re-issue, from Europe!

Rhino Records, Claremont, CA (List)

Happy birthday Eric Carmen (The Raspberries) (1949) and Mike Hugg (Manfred Mann) (1942).

A few Sundays ago, I went to Rhino Records in Claremont, CA.  This is what I got:

BELAFONTE, HARRY – ISLAND IN THE SUN, RCA US 7″ EP W/PS

I officially collect Harry Belafonte EP’S these days, not that I find too many of ‘em…

BOWMAN, DON – LITTLE LEROY, RCA US 7″ promo

A Don Bowman 45 I did not already own!

DIETRICH, MARLENE – LILI MARLENE, TOSHIBA JPN 7″ W/PS

LULU – SINGS TO SIR WITH LOVE, EPIC US 7″ EP W/PS

6 track jukebox EP with a pic sleeve!

TCHAIKOVSKY, BRAM – GIRL OF MY DREAMS, POLYDOR US 7″

TCHAIKOVSKY, BRAM – I’M THE ONE THAT’S LEAVING, RADAR UK 7″ pic disc

SEDAKA, NEIL – ONE WAY TICKET, VICTOR JPN 10” W/PS

With a message from Mr. Sedaka himself!

SILVER, HORACE – ROOM 608, BLUE NOTE US 10” W/PS re-issue

Re-production of a early 50’s Blue Note 10”!

HARPER’S BIZARRE – ANYTHING GOES, WARNER JPN LP promo LP

INXS – I SEND A MESSAGE, MERCURY DE 12″ W/PS

MERCY – LOVE CAN MAKE YOU HAPPY, WARNER JPN LP promo LP

SQUIRE, CHRIS – FISH OUT OF WATER, ATLANTIC UK LP UK original!

SWINGLE SINGERS – AMERICAN LOOK, PHILIPS JPN LP ’71 vocal LP

WESTBROOK, MIKE – WESTBROOK BLAKE, EUROPA US LP British jazz

WILLIAMS, JOHN – HEIGHT BELOW, CUBE UK LP Australian guitarist

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

Happy birthday Ron Kane (1958), Ian Anderson (1947) and Ronnie Spector (1945).

FRANK ZAPPA

Frank Zappa, American guy, guitarist – former leader of The Mothers of Invention.  That’s what I want to talk about today, on my birthday!

I did not start with “Freak Out”, though I certainly heard it before “Absolutely Free” came out.  Actually, the first one I listened to with any kind of mind at all was “We’re Only In it For The Money”, which rolled out in 1968, when I would’ve been 10 years old (that August).  Please do not underestimate how important these LP’s are to me!  They are deeply & permanently – in me.

My sisters (only one of whom is still alive) were who played them to me, when I was a child.  These LP’s got in before any walls were up.  I have my late older brother to thank for lots of stuff, but it’s my sisters who played me Frank Zappa, while they were babysitting me.

I have mono & stereo pressings of these albums, and they are among my most important possessions.  Other records have been stolen from my collection, but, thankfully, not these ones!

I have no idea why the ZFT has never particularly allowed any audiophile pressings / platings, apart from those Au20 gold discs that Rykodisc did a few years ago.  There is a DTS DVD in 5.1, but only one.  And at least 2 albums were done in 4.0 (“Apostrophe” & “Overnite Sensation”, both of which would sound GREAT in 5.1, 4.0 etc.)  MFSL did one album, too – as a gold disc.  A very careful mastering of any of the first decade of Mr. Zappa’s music would be most welcome, around here.

And I additionally searched out most of Mr. Zappa’s 45’s.  I have lots of them now.