Rocktober – Coming Right Up!

9-30-10

Rocktober – Coming Right Up!

In the month of October, 2010 – I am again going to try to answer some proposed questions from regular reader Jim Donato.  I always ask Jim-san for suggestions – and he readily provides some decent thought-provoking topics.  I’ll try to answer / elaborate on as many topics as possible.

  1. The difference between a “best album” and “my favorite album” by a group
  2. Player X leaves band Y and becomes a bigger star – how often does this rarity happen?
  3. Great album – shame about the production
  4. Alternatively, what production saved poor songs?
  5. Phil Spector – yes or no?
  6. Favorite format
  7. Album that ONLY you love, apparently
  8. Have you been able to use any critics reviews to purchase music effectively?
  9. You love music so you worked with records for years – why? It never occurred to me to work in a record store, for instance.
  10. As a sidebar – you love music so you have made music. Again, it never occurred to me. Discuss your feelings on the issue.
  11. Males make intellectual bonds with music vs. females emotional ones.  Discuss. However, both bonds are passionate, yes?
  12. Ever have records melt while you were in a car? It’s a bummer.
  13. Ever wear out a record and have to buy a new copy?
  14. Best reunions
  15. Worst concert experience and why
  16. Occasions where an unknown opener blew off the headliner – going for the opener doesn’t count
  17. Best “cold” opening act (you were unfamiliar with them and really liked them)
  18. Record you can’s figure out WHY it got released – it’s too esoteric in its appeal

See you in Rocktober! I will write about these topics for the first two weeks in Rocktober.  May not get to all of ’em.

Tonight, I am going to go to UCLA and see John Cale play “Paris 1919” with an orchestra.  Yeah!

Paper Sleeve Mania!

9-29-10

Paper Sleeve Mania!

At the beginning of September, a large collection of Japanese paper sleeve (kami sleeve) CD’s showed up at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.  From this batch, I got 17 titles:

BUGGLES AGE OF PLASTIC, UNIVERSAL JPN CD I’ve wanted this title for years as a paper sleeve CD!

CLARK, SONNY COOL STRUTTIN’, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz

CLARK, SONNY SONNY CLARK TRIO, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz

COUSINS, DAVE TWO WEEKS LAST SUMMER, MUSKRAT JPN CD Strawbs

DURY, IAN / BLOCKHEADS DO IT YOURSELF, JVC JPN CD nice large booklet

EAST OF EDEN MERCATOR PROJECTED, UNIVERSAL JPN CD completes a set

FAITH, PERCY MALAGUENA, SONY JPN CD EZ

FAITH, PERCY VIVA!, SONY JPN CD EZ

FAME, GEORGIE 20 BEAT CLASSICS, UNIVERSAL JPN CD collection

HANCOCK, HERBIE PERFECT MACHINE, SONY JPN CD jazz

LEWIE, JONA ON THE OTHER HAND THERE’S A FIST, VICTOR JPN CD

MORGAN, LEE SIDEWINDER, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz

MOTORHEAD s/t, IMPERIAL JPN CD debut album, with bonus tracks

NEWMAN, TOM FAERIE SYMPHONY, UNIVERSAL JPN CD with reversible cover

SILVER, HORACE BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz

SILVER, HORACE DOIN’ THE THING, TOSHIBA JPN CD jazz

SIMON & GARFUNKEL BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS, SONY JPN CD ’95 edition, SBM and some sort of ‘Pure Link Digital source’ mastering

There sure was a lot of jazz – and I got to look through all the jazz titles!  I was stoked to get some prime Blue Note kami sleeves!

Amusingly, I have heard several stories about who assembled this collection of kami sleeves:

  1. A roadie for a famous artist who toured Japan a lot
  2. A music publisher who fancied jazz, but liked the quality of Japanese CD’s
  3. A crazy guy with a lot of cash

There were discs from every label, so I doubt it was a music publisher.  There were lots of ‘boxes’ from Disk Union – a Japanese retail store that makes promo boxes for sets of kami sleeves.  One thing’s for certain – it was a lot of Japanese paper sleeve CD’s!

I wonder if used paper sleeve CD’s in Japan have come down in price, now that everybody seems to want SHM-CD versions?

Attack of the iPods

9-28-10

Attack of the iPods

At least 4 people in my immediate vicinity at my work have iPods.  I see them scrolling through menus, with their white earphone dangling (most only wear one).  I’ve heard soft cursing, when “something gets messed up”.  I am not an iPod person.  Many years ago, I was a “Walkman”-type, but no longer.  Sometimes, it takes a few minutes for them to scroll all the way through their playlists.

Never had that problem with my Walkman!  I carried around a heavy-ish case of cassettes, all carefully labeled.  My best Walkman memories concern journeys in First Class compartments on trains in Europe, listening to Frank Zappa.  In 1980 /1, it seemed like Mr. Zappa released about 2 or 3 double albums – so listening to these monsters on a Walkman on a train made sense – there was time to listen.

I do not listen to music at my work.  In my previous office, they had the radio on – and I got sick of the tiny playlists of oldies stations, and “easy to listen to” FM drivel.  No radio on in my office now – it’s all iPods!

But I do still listen to music in my car – to and from work, to and from lunch – on CD.  That’s right – I make CD-R’s at home and play them in my car.  I do not take regular CD’s into my car; I don’t want to scratch them!  But I do not listen to CD’s at work.  The phone is ringing, people are talking – and I listen to everything going on.

If I had my own office, I might consider a small “Personal Stereo” – though I’m a few years too late to be able to find a Sony MiniDisc bookshelf system.  I remember a really cool one I saw in Japan – that looked like a weiner dog!  But now it would be a CD player, I guess.  What would I bring in to play in my office?  Well, as I can’t really listen properly in here – I might bring in some jazz, but nothing too demanding.  I mean, my work is now not about listening to music – it’s about the work that I do in the office.

Maybe I was wrong – the woman next to me isn’t scrolling through an iPod playlist, but looking at her iPhone – for a long time.  When her son calls her, it plays “Kashmir” by Led Zeppelin – she has it turned up a bit too loud, so everyone can hear it, when it rings.  I don’t even turn my cell phone on at all, when I am at work.  What I do turn on is my little “02 Cool” battery-powered fan!

Another iPod just went past.  Boy, am I ever glad I don’t have to hear what they’re listening to!

I am sometimes amused at what I am listening to in my car – and the chasm of disparity it would cause, if played in my work place – the Marzette Watts CD, for instance.  Skronk jazz!

So, get out your cough drops – scroll through your iPod playlist and don’t answer your phone – and maybe you could have a job in my office.

45 Mania, August 2010!

9-27-10


45 Mania, August 2010!

I had a real run of good luck finding 45’s in August, 2010.  The Albert Brooks promo-only 45 had been on my want list for decades.  Never saw a Fleetwood Mac “Oh Well” 45 before.  Never saw a 45 from Al Kooper “Super Session” before!  Live and learn!

ALANSKI, JAY – ROCK ‘N’ ROLL QUI DANSE, VOGUE FR 7” W/PS ’79 writer / producer of Lio

ALPERT, HERB – TO WAIT FOR LOVE, A&M US 7″ W/PS promo; a Herb Alpert solo 45, no T.J.B. here!

ALPERT, HERB / TIJUANA BRASS – ZAZUEIRA, A&M US 7″ W/PS promo

BROOKS, ALBERT – WISHING YOU AN ALBERT BROOKS XMAS, ASYLUM US 7″ W/PS ’74 promo-only

COASTERS, THE – ALONG CAME JONES, ATCO US 7”

COASTERS, THE – CHARLIE BROWN, ATCO US 7”

COASTERS, THE – DOWN IN MEXICO, ATCO US 7”

COASTERS, THE – POISON IVY, ATCO US 7”

COASTERS, THE – RUN RED RUN, ATCO US 7” promo

COASTERS, THE – SEARCHIN’, ATCO US 7”

CREAM – I FEEL FREE / N.S.U., ATCO US 7” either 1st or 2nd US Cream 45

ENO, BRIAN – LION SLEEPS TONIGHT, ISLAND US 7″ promo; same song both sides, unfortunately

FAME, GEORGIE – BALLAD OF BONNIE & CLYDE, EPIC US 7″ promo

FLEETWOOD MAC – OH WELL (Part 1), REPRISE US 7” promo; short version!

GREENFIELD & COOK – ONLY LIES, POLYDOR NL 7” W/PS Dutch artist

HARVEY BAND, Sensational ALEX – GAMBLIN’ BAR ROOM BLUES, VERTIGO UK 7” in a Vertigo label sleeve

HOT CHOCOLATE – LOVE IS LIFE / PRETTY GIRLS, RAK UK 7″ debut RAK label 45 for H.C. – their first single had been on Apple

HUMAN LEAGUE – BEING BOILED / CIRCUS OF DEATH, FAST UK 7″ W/PS ’78 original issue, B&W labels

JONES, GRACE – I NEED A MAN / NIPPLE TO THE BOTTLE, ISLAND US 7″ re-issue ’85 – A-Side is from ’77, B-Side is from ’82

JONES, TOM – DAUGHTER OF DARKNESS, PARROT US 7″ promo, mono / stereo

JONES, TOM – HELP YOURSELF / DAY BY DAY, PARROT US 7″ promo

KOOPER, AL – YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE, COLUMBIA US 7” W/PS promo

KOOPER, AL / BLOOMFIELD / STILLS – ALBERT’S SHUFFLE, COLUMBIA US 7” promo; B-Side is edited “Season Of The Witch” – a “Super Session” 45!

LOTHAR & THE HAND PEOPLE – YES, I LOVE YOU, CAPITOL US 7” promo; 2nd album single

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – WOODSTOCK / SCION, UNI UK 7″ ’70

MENTAL AS ANYTHING – NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER, VIRGIN UK 7” W/PS debut 45 in England, their 2nd over-all 45

SEVILLE, DAVID & THE CHIPMUNKS – WITCH DOCTOR, LIBERTY US 7″ original

SIMON & GARFUNKEL – BIG BRIGHT GREEN PLEASURE MACHINE, COLUMBIA US 7″ their first fast ‘rock’ single

SNIPS – WAITING FOR TONIGHT, JET UK 7″ W/PS green vinyl ’78 Steve Lillywhite, prod

V.A. – HISTORY OF RHYTHM & BLUES, ATLANTIC US 7″ EP W/PS ’69 promo-only, 1-sided – short snippets of various Atlantic R&B hits, The Coasters etc.

WILSON, FLIP – YOU DEVIL YOU, ATLANTIC US 7″ EP W/PS promo-only; comedy

–          Ron

XTC

9-24-10                     XTC – Singles

How did I arrive at XTC?  A free 12” single.  Initial copies of the superlative “Go 2” LP came with a “free” 12” single: “Go +” (and a large poster).  I think we opened up the ‘package’ and took the poster & “Free” 12” – before any of us ever paid for the LP!  I have not listed all the variants…and I am missing a few:

The 1970’s:

12″ 3D EP                                                                                                                   VIRGIN UK            VS 188-12

1977 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; debut release

7″ STATUE OF LIBERTY / HANG ON TO THE NIGHT                                     VIRGIN UK            VS 201

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ THIS IS POP? / HEATWAVE                                                                             VIRGIN UK            VS 209

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ ARE YOU RECEIVING ME? / INSTANT TUNES                                           VIRGIN UK            VS 231

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ GO+                                                                                                                      VIRGIN UK            VS 233-12

1978 5 TRK EP; with pic sleeve – free 12” with UK “Go 2” LP

7″ CHAIN OF COMMAND / LIMELIGHT                                                               VIRGIN UK            VDJ 30

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, ‘Drums & Wires’ free UK 7″

7″ LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP / HOMO SAFARI                                                VIRGIN UK            VS 259

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, clear vinyl

7″ MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / ARE YOU RECEIVING ME?                       VIRGIN AUS          K 7668

1979 3 TRKS no pic sleeve, live

7″ MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / BUSHMAN PRESIDENT                            VIRGIN UK            VS 282

1979 3 TRKS with pic sleeve + GAME

7″ MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / THIS IS POP                                                 VIRGIN JPN          VIP-2792

1979 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, Live tracks

7″ MAKING PLANS FOR NIGEL / LIFE BEGINS AT THE HOP                       VIRGIN FR             2097 823

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LOOKING FOR FOOTPRINTS                                                                         FLEXIPOP UK       16

1979? 1 TRK no pic sleeve, flexidisc

The 1980’s:

7″ TEN FEET TALL / OLYMPIAN (by The Skids)                                               SMASH HITS         HIT 002

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, flexidisc

7″ TEN FEET TALL / HELICOPTER / SONAMBULIST                                     VIRGIN US            VA 67004

1980 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ TAKE THIS TOWN / BABYLON’S BURNING (by The Ruts)                        RSO UK                 RSO 71

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve (O.S.T.)

7″ WAIT TILL YOUR BOAT GOES DOWN / TEN FEET TALL                          VIRGIN UK            VS 322

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ GENERALS AND MAJORS                                                                              VIRGIN UK            VS 365

1980 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7″x2

7″ GENERALS AND MAJORS (mono) / (stereo)                                               RSO US                 VR 300

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

7″ TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN (Colin Moulding solo)                  VIRGIN UK            VS 380

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SGT. ROCK / LIVING THROUGH ANOTHER CUBA                                   VIRGIN UK            VS 384

1980 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, poster

7″ TOWERS OF LONDON                                                                                    VIRGIN UK            VS 372

1980 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7″x 2 – in a plastic bag

7″ RESPECTABLE STREET                                                                                 VIRGIN UK            VS 407

1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ 5 SENSES                                                                                                           VIRGIN CAN          VEP 308

1981 5 TRKS with pic sleeve, Canadian-only

12″ LIVE & MORE                                                                                                      VIRGIN JPN          VIP-5904

1981 6 TRK EP; large Picture labels, insert – Japan-only

7″ SENSES WORKING OVERTIME / BLAME THE WEATHER                       VIRGIN UK            VS 462

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve – there is a pic sleeve variant, too

CD3 SENSES WORKING OVERTIME                                                                     VIRGIN UK            CDT 9

1982 4 TRK CD Single CD3

7″ BALL AND CHAIN                                                                                              VIRGIN UK            VS 482

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ BALL AND CHAIN                                                                                              VIRGIN UK            VS 482-12

1982 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SENSES WORKING OVERTIME / ENGLISH ROUNDABOUT                   EPIC US                14-02875

1982 3 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ NO THUGS IN OUR HOUSE                                                                           VIRGIN UK            VS 490

1982 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, fold-out die-cut

7″ GREAT FIRE / GOLD                                                                                         VIRGIN UK            VS 553

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve + Plastic cover

12″ GREAT FIRE                                                                                                       VIRGIN UK            VS 553-12

1983 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WONDERLAND / JUMP                                                                                    VIRGIN UK            VS 606

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LOVE ON A FARMBOY’S WAGES                                                                   VIRGIN UK            VS 613

1983 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7″x2

12″ LOVE ON A FARMBOY’S WAGES                                                                   VIRGIN UK            VS 613-12

1983 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ THANKS FOR CHRISTMAS (as “Three Wise Men”)                                   VIRGIN UK            VS 642

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS / WASHAWAY                                                       VIRGIN UK            VS 709

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Fold-out sleeve

12″ ALL YOU PRETTY GIRLS                                                                                 VIRGIN UK            VS 709-12

1984 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ THIS WORLD OVER                                                                                         VIRGIN UK            VS 721-12

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ THIS WORLD OVER / BLUE OVERALL                                                         VIRGIN UK            VS 721

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, cards

7″ WAKE UP / TAKE THIS TOWN                                                                        VIRGIN UK            VS 746

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ WAKE UP                                                                                                            VIRGIN UK            VS 746-12

1985 6 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

7″ MOLE FROM THE MINISTRY (as “Dukes”)                                                   VIRGIN UK            VS 763

1985 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ GRASS / DEAR GOD                                                                                         VIRGIN UK            VS 882

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ GRASS                                                                                                                 VIRGIN UK            VS 882-12

1986 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ MEETING PLACE, THE                                                                                     VIRGIN UK            VSY 912

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, clear vinyl

12″ MEETING PLACE, THE                                                                                     VIRGIN UK            VS 912-12

1986 5 TRK EP with pic sleeve

7″ DEAR GOD / BIG DAY                                                                                       VIRGIN UK            VS 960

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ DEAR GOD                                                                                                         VIRGIN UK            VS 960-12

1987 3 TRKS with pic sleeve – I also have a CD EP for “Dear God”, but it’s too long to be considered a single!

12″ YOU’RE A GOOD MAN ALBERT BROWN (as “Dukes”)                             VIRGIN UK            VS 982-12

1987 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ MAYOR OF SIMPLETON                                                                                   GEFFEN US          7-27552

1989 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

12″ MAYOR OF SIMPLETON                                                                                   VIRGIN UK            VST 1158

1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD3 MAYOR OF SIMPLETON                                                                                   VIRGIN UK            VSCD 1158

1989 4 TRK CD Single CD3

12″ MAYOR OF SIMPLETON                                                                                   VIRGIN UK            VSR 1158

1989 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ KING FOR A DAY                                                                                               VIRGIN UK            VST 1177

1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD3 KING FOR A DAY                                                                                               VIRGIN UK            VSCD 1177

1989 4 TRK CD Single CD3

7″ KING FOR A DAY / (Same)                                                                               GEFFEN US          7-22953

1989 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

CD3 LOVING, THE                                                                                                      VIRGIN UK            VSCD 1201

1989 3 TRK CD Single CD3

12″ LOVING, THE                                                                                                      VIRGIN UK            VST 1201

1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LOVING, THE / CYNICAL DAYS                                                                      VIRGIN UK            VS 1201

1989 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

No, I’m not going to list the 90’s and afterwards – I no longer try to get even one of everything by XTC.

Playlist

Last night’s Playlist…vinyl…

ATHLETICO SPIZZ 80 – New Species

JONES, GRACE – Party Girl (7” Vers.)

LILAC TIME – All For Love and Love For All

SAD CAFÉ – Run Home Girl

MOORE, BOB – Hell’s Angels

SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHARAOHS – Standing Ovation

LOVE AND MONEY – Candybar Express

DR. FEELGOOD – I Thought I Had It Made

HAMMILL, PETER – Spirit, The

HAWKWIND – Jack of Shadows

LOVICH, LENE – Say When (12”)

BOWIE, DAVID – Golden Years

WONDER STUFF – Radio Ass Kiss

HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, JIMI – Third Stone From The Sun

BURDON, ERIC / ANIMALS – White Houses (7” Vers.)

STREETWALKERS – Daddy Rolling Stone

GIBBS, JOE / PROFESSIONALS – Ten Commandments

URIAH HEEP – Lady in Black

WIDOWMAKER – Ain’t Telling You Nothing

STRANGLERS – Enough Time

LOWE, NICK – Music For Money

Mental As Anything – Singles

9-23-10                     Mental As Anything – Singles

From Sydney, Australia!

7″ NIPS ARE GETTING BIGGER, THE                                                             VIRGIN UK         VS 309

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ CLOSE AGAIN / NOT ENOUGH / HOMING PIGEON                                REGULAR AUS RRT 604

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WORKING FOR THE MAN / SEEMS ALRIGHT TO ME                             REGULAR AUS RRSP 730

1983 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ BRAIN BRAIN / DRINKING OF HER LIPS                                                  REGULAR AUS RRSP 726

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SPIRIT GOT LOST / NOT ENOUGH                                                            REGULAR AUS RRSP 724

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ APOCALYPSO / WOULDN’T TRY TO EXPLAIN                                         REGULAR AUS RRSP 743

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ APOCALYPSO                                                                                                 REGULAR AUS RRT 614

1984 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ YOU’RE SO STRONG / THREE STEPS TO YOUR PLACE                     REGULAR AUS RRSP 745

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ YOU’RE SO STRONG                                                                                    EPIC UK             ANY D2

1987 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, double 7”

7″ YOU’RE SO STRONG / BUS RIDE                                                              EPIC UK             ANY W2

1987 2 TRKS shaped disc

12″ YOU’RE SO STRONG / APOCALYPSO                                                       EPIC UK             TA 7138

1986 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LIVE IT UP / GOOD FRIDAY                                                                          EPIC UK             WA 6797

1986 2 TRKS shaped disc

12″ LIVE IT UP / THREE STEPS TO YOUR PLACE                                         REGULAR AUS 0-259017

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ BIG WHEEL                                                                                                      CBS AUS            BA 12181

1984 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ BIG WHEEL / APOCALYPSO                                                                        CBS AUS            BA 3390

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LET’S GO TO PARADISE / MY HANDS ARE TIED                                     CBS AUS            BA 3494

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ LET’S GO TO PARADISE / YOU’RE SO STRONG                                     CBS AUS            BA 12227

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SLOPPY CROC / SLOPPIER CROC                                                           CBS AUS            BA 3452

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ DON’T TELL ME NOW / I’M GLAD (UNEXPECTED VERSION)               EPIC NL              EPC 651122.7

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ HE’S JUST NO GOOD FOR YOU / RUBY BABY                                        CBS AUS            650913.7

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

A good album band, a great singles band.  This list is what I managed to hang on to from their classic era, from approx. ’79 to ’87.  For videos of most of these singles, the “Monumental As Anything” (VHS) can’t be beat.  I have lots more stuff than this for the Mentals, but this seemed like a nice list.  “If You Leave me, Can I Come Too?” is a great 45 by them that I do not own (also “Too Many Times”).  I just never found 45’s of these titles, even on a visit to Australia in ’87.

I have also enjoyed the solo works from members of MAA – Dog Trumpet, The Stetsons, Martin Plaza, Greedy Smith – all good stuff.

Pink Floyd

9-22-10


Pink Floyd

Oh, no – he’s writing about mainstream progressive rock again!

To get it out of the way, I regard Syd Barrett very highly; I like his two initial solo albums better than almost any Pink Floyd titles.  I am also very fond of “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn” – but my interest trails off for a while thereafter.

Before the world-beating supremacy of “Dark Side Of The Moon”, Pink Floyd were vaguely ‘underground’ – and not terribly popular in the U.S.  It’s true, one could hear them on the FM radio before DSOTM, but not often.

You should all be acquainted with:

CD MEDDLE                                                                                                         TOSHIBA JPN      TOCP-65738

1971 6 TRKS (’92 master) (kami sleeve)

LP MEDDLE                                                                                                         CAPITOL US        SMAS-832

1971 6 TRKS re-issue

7″ ONE OF THESE DAYS / SEAMUS                                                             HARVEST JPN     EMR-20388

1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue

CD OBSCURED BY CLOUDS                                                                          CAPITOL US        46385.2

1972 10 TRKS (’95 issue) re-master

LP OBSCURED BY CLOUDS                                                                          TOSHIBA JPN      EOP-80575

1972 10 TRKS insert

7″ FREE FOUR / STAY                                                                                      CAPITOL US        3391

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                                        CAPITOL US        82136.2

1973 10 TRKS (’03 issue) hybrid SA-CD

LP DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (Anniversary issue)                                    HARVEST UK       SHVL 804

1973 10 TRKS inserts (’03 issue) 30th anniversary issue

CD DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                                        CAPITOL US        CDP 746001.2

1973 9 TRKS (’94 issue)

LP DARK SIDE OF THE MOON                                                                        HARVEST US       SMAS 11163

1973 9 TRKS with posters & stickers

7″ MONEY / ANY COLOUR YOU LIKE                                                           HARVEST FR       2C006-05368

1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP WISH YOU WERE HERE                                                                            CBS/SONY JPN   30AP 1875

1975 5 TRKS insert, Half-Speed Mastering

CD WISH YOU WERE HERE                                                                            CAPITOL US        29750.2

1975 5 TRKS re-mastered, promo

7″ HAVE A CIGAR / WELCOME TO THE MACHINE                                     COLUMBIA US     3-10248

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ HAVE A CIGAR / SHINE ON YOU CRAZY DIAMOND                             HARVEST FR       2C010-97357

1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD ANIMALS                                                                                                         CAPITOL US        29748.2

1977 5 TRKS (’94 issue) re-master

LP ANIMALS                                                                                                         HARVEST UK       SHVL 815

1977 5 TRKS UK original

LPx2 WALL, THE                                                                                                     CBS/SONY JPN   40AP 1750/2

1979 26 TRKS insert

CDx2 WALL, THE                                                                                                     CAPITOL US        31243.2

1979 26 TRKS re-master

7″ RUN LIKE HELL / DON’T LEAVE ME NOW                                              COLUMBIA US     1-11265

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ ANOTHER BRICK IN THE WALL Pt. 2 / ONE OF MY TURNS               HARVEST UK       HAR 5194

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ COMFORTABLY NUMB / HEY YOU                                                           CBS/SONY JPN   07SP 491

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WHEN THE TIGERS BROKE FREE                                                          HARVEST UK       HAR 5222

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP FINAL CUT, THE                                                                                           CBS/SONY JPN   25AP 2410

1983 12 TRKS insert

7″ NOT NOW JOHN / HEROE’S RETURN (Parts I & II)                              CBS/SONY JPN   07SP 647

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″ NOT NOW JOHN                                                                                          EMI PATHE FR     52943Z

1983 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

Also rather odd to note that I actually enjoy the post-Waters Floyd albums “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason” and “The Division Bell” – especially the Anthony Moore lyrics!  I always did like “Not Now John” as a 45 release, too.

I sat in a Toronto hotel room watching the re-formed Floyd perform live in summer 2005, somewhat disbelieving.  Could these incredibly rich English guys put their differences aside – and make some money for charity?  Uh, apparently for one day only.

Odd renewed interest in Pink Floyd came first with the 30th anniversary edition of “DSOTM” – that came with a lovely poster and beautiful vinyl re-mastering – yet with the original UK serial number!  A short time thereafter, a hybrid SA-CD version of “DSOTM” appeared – a compulsory purchase for me.  The mix is meant to have been ‘changed’, but…it just sounds extra ‘clear’ now.

I’ve tried the Roger Waters solo material, with varying degrees of effect; I prefer the solo albums of Nick Mason, actually!  And I really enjoy the first two Dave Gilmour solo albums, and the two proper solo albums by the late Richard Wright.

So, the last frontier for me is the non-Barrett 60’s records: “A Saucerful Of Secrets”, “Ummagumma” and “Atom Heart Mother”.  I actually own them all, but not on CD – I did find a super funky Quad version of the UK LP of “Atom Heart Mother”!  My “Ummagumma” has the LP cover on the floor for “Gigi”.  My “Saucerful” is a UK Columbia / EMI UK original.  So, it’s not like I don’t have the proper versions to listen to.

I guess Pink Floyd were my introduction to Ron Geesin, on “Atom Heart Mother”.  I’ve got loads of solo albums by Mr. Geesin – and I wish I could find a CD for “Right Through”, his masterpiece solo work.  When I wrote to him, he answered!  “A Raise Of Eyebrows”, indeed!

So, will any Pink Floyd titles make my “Ultimate Collection”?  My favorite of the ones listed today is “Obscured By Clouds” – I’ll keep the original soundtrack LP, but I won’t be needing a copy of the film.  But – “Ultimate Collection”?  Likely only Syd Barrett “The Madcap Laughs”, but I’m not ready to add any British music to my “Ultimate Collection” yet.  In due time, folks.

Of note to Barrett fans: Get the Pink Floyd CD called “The Early Singles”, as found in the first Pink Floyd CD boxed set.  It’s great.

Jethro Tull

9-21-10


Jethro Tull

I have been fond of Jethro Tull for over 40 years.  My initial interest trailed off around the time of their first ‘collection’ – “Living In The Past” – I never made it to “Passion Play” (at the time).  These days, I am good with most everything up to 1980 or so.

LP THIS WAS                                                                         ISLAND UK             ILPS 9085

1968 10 TRKS UK original issue

LP THIS WAS                                                                         REPRISE US         RS 6336

1969 10 TRKS

CDx2 THIS WAS (Deluxe edition)                                           CHRYSALIS US     206497.2

1968 35 TRKS (’08 issue) 40th annv. Edition

7″ LOVE STORY / A CHRISTMAS SONG                         ISLAND UK             WIP 6048

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP STAND UP                                                                        REPRISE US         RS 6360

1969 10 TRKS pop-up

LP STAND UP                                                                        ISLAND UK             ILPS 9103

1969 10 TRKS UK original issue, pop-up

CD STAND UP                                                                        TOSHIBA JPN        TOCP-65880

1969 14 TRKS (’01 issue) (kami sleeve) (4 x bonus tracks) pop-up

7″ SWEET DREAM / 17                                                       ISLAND/CHR UK   WIP 6070

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, long vers. of “17” – which still isn’t on CD that I am aware of!

LP BENEFIT                                                                           REPRISE US         RS 6400

1970 10 TRKS original US issue

LP BENEFIT                                                                           ISLAND/CHR UK   ILPS 9123

1970 10 TRKS UK original

CD BENEFIT                                                                           CHRYSALIS US     535457.2

1970 14 TRKS (’01 issue) (4 x bonus tracks)

7″ WITCH’S PROMISE, THE / TEACHER                        REPRISE US         899

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ INSIDE / TIME FOR EVERYTHING, A                          REPRISE US         927

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

LP MY GOD! pirate                                                                ATHAPASCAN        20.5

1970? 8 TRKS pirate, blue vinyl; Live + studio

7″ LIVING IN THE PAST (Mono) / (Stereo) promo          CHRYSALIS US     CHS 2006

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

LP AQUALUNG                                                                      ISLAND/CHR UK   ILPS 9145

1971 11 TRKS original UK issue

LP AQUALUNG (QUAD remix LP) U.S. test pressing    CHRYSALIS US     CH4 1044

1971 11 TRKS Quad test pressing, remixed

CD AQUALUNG                                                                      CHRYSALIS US     95401.2

1971 17 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks) (’98 issue)

7″ LIFE IS A LONG SONG (EP)                                         ISLAND/CHR UK   WIP 6106

1971 5 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

LP THICK AS A BRICK                                                         CHRYSALIS UK     CHR 1003

1972 2 TRKS orig. UK issue w/ newspaper

CD THICK AS A BRICK                                                         TOSHIBA JPN        TOCP-65883

1972 4 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks) kami sleeve (’01 issue) w/ newspaper

LPx2 LIVING IN THE PAST (Collection)                                ISLAND/CHR UK   CJT 1/2

1972 21 TRK Collection, UK original; large booklet

CDx2 LIVING IN THE PAST (Collection)                                TOSHIBA JPN        TOCP-67369/70

1972 21 TRKS (’04 issue) kami sleeve; large booklet

I can really recommend anything on this list that appears before you today.  I have more Jethro Tull than is listed here; the first boxed set (20th Anniversary) is reasonably good (lots of live and BBC stuff, rare singles). I have also enjoyed some “Live 1970” CD’s that have emerged in the last few years.  I’d buy any singles that I don’t already own.

The Last 5 Years…

9-20-10


The Last 5 Years

Because of how I document and file my music collection, it has been possible for me to keep a list of all my purchases of the last 5 years; F.Y.I., it’s roughly 6,300 titles.

I can see a lot of trends in my collecting – I am also surprised at how some things appear to be longer ago than 5 years, such as my fascination with British 70’s Glam Rock – was it really that long ago?  I first saw how the Japanese recognized the Glam movement as a legit concern when I visited Tokyo in 2003 – within a year or two, I developed my own interests in Glam artistes.  But all of that was over 5 years ago!

My “By Date” list is ‘alpha’ – so not sorted by format.  Nearly all of my SA-CD purchases have been in the last 5 years; I’ve only had an SA-CD player for about a year now.

Another format issue in my list is that I got on a serious 7” 45rpm binge last year.  There were a couple of times when I encountered singles for 25 cents, and bought heaps.

In the last 5 years, I bought around 50 titles by 10cc (none of which were SA-CD’s).  And over 50 titles by David Bowie (some of which were SA-CD’s).  I bought over 30 titles by Bob Dylan (some of which were SA-CD’s).  I bought over 20 titles by Peter Gabriel (again, some of which were SA-CD’s).  Over 30 new Elton John titles for me in the last 5 years (some of which were SA-CD’s).  Over 30 new Paul McCartney titles for me (none of which were SA-CD’s).  It’s as though SA-CD has taken over from Japanese paper sleeve CD’s as the ‘format’ of my choice!  I haven’t really bought anything just because it was an SHM-CD ( = Super High Materials CD ) issue – what I have bought on SHM-CD has been because of the title, not the format (with the possible exception of the debut album by Emerson, Lake & Palmer – and, of course, it got re-issued as an SHM-CD  later on with bonus tracks!)

The majority of titles by The Rolling Stones that were added to my collection (around 50!) were because of the SA-CD format.  In fact, I bought several SA-CD’s of Stones titles when I couldn’t find original German issues!

Over 30 new Ryuichi Sakamoto titles for me (none of which were SA-CD’s).  Over 30 new Stranglers titles for me (none of which were SA-CD’s – there were loads of re-masters for The Stranglers, however – practically a full set!).  Almost 50 new titles by The Who (yes, some were SA-CD’s, but also lots of 7” singles!).  And even though my fandom hasn’t been at it’s peak in the last 5 years, I added approx. 40 new titles by Yello to my collection in the last 5 years.

And as will be of no surprise to regular readers, the largest number of new titles by an artist added to my collection in the last 5 years?  Frank Zappa, with 78 new-to-me titles.  Re-masters, paper sleeves, singles, variant pressings of vinyl – and no SA-CD’s – but there was a DVD-Audio title!

So, those were the biggies of my collection over the last 5 years.  I wish I had my lists by date in ‘alpha’ previous to 2006, but…not gonna happen…