45 Mania in February 2011!

2-28-11

45 Mania in February 2011!

I got a lot of 45’s in February, 2011.  I feel that I still have a lot to learn from 45’s.

BEATLES, THE BABY IT’S YOU, CAPITOL US 7″ EP W/PS from “Live at the BBC”

CHRISTOPHER MILK s/t, U.A. US 7″ EP W/PS promo; I think they worked at U.A.

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER TIGER IN A SPOTLIGHT (Live), ATLANTIC US 7″ promo; from the “In Concert” album

FAIR WEATHER NATURAL SINNER, RCA US 7″ promo; Andy Fairweather Low

FARYAR, CYRUS BROTHER FRIEND, ELEKTRA US 7″ promo; from his debut solo album

FONTANA, JIMMY A CHE GIOCO GIOCHIAMO?, RCA IT 7″ W/PS Italian 60’s

HAWKWIND PSYCHEDELIC WARLORDS, U.A. US 7″ EP promo, ‘74

HAWKWIND SILVER MACHINE, U.A. US 7″ promo; their ‘hit’!

HERON, MIKE CALL ME DIAMOND, ELEKTRA US 7″ promo; diff. B-Side to UK edition

ICEHOUSE WE CAN GET TOGETHER, CHRYSALIS US 7″ W/PS; diff. B-Side to UK edition

JARRE, JEAN MICHEL EQUINOXE 4, POLYDOR DE 7″ W/PS A-Side is non-LP

JO JO GUNNE SHAKE THAT FAT, ASYLUM US 7″ promo; their 2nd single

JOHN, ELTON SATURDAY NIGHT’S ALRIGHT FOR FIGHTING, MCA US 7″ EP 3 tracks

LEE, ALVIN / MYLON LeFEVRE SO SAD (NO LOVE OF HIS OWN), COLUMBIA US 7″ promo; T.Y.A.

LENNON, JOHN #9 DREAM, APPLE US 7″

MOODY BLUES FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART, LONDON US 7″ promo

MOTORS, THE LOVE AND LONLINESS, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

NILSSON, HARRY KOJAK COLUMBO, RCA US 7″ W/PS promo-only

NILSSON, HARRY MAYBE, RCA US 7″ W/PS promo; from the “Harry” album

OCEAN, HUMPHREY / HARDY ANNUALS WHOOPS A DAISY, STIFF UK 7″ W/PS with The Blockheads

RUSSELL, LEON A HARD RAIN’S GONNA FALL, SHELTER US 7″

RUSSELL, LEON QUEEN OF THE ROLLER DERBY (Live), SHELTER US 7″

RUSSELL, LEON SLIPPING INTO CHRISTMAS, SHELTER US 7″ Xmas single

RUTHERFORD, MIKE TIME AND TIME AGAIN, CHARISMA UK 7″ W/PS Genesis member

SAD CAFÉ LA-DI-DA, SWAN SONG US 7″ W/PS great latter day Sad Café 45

SADE IS IT A CRIME?, PORTRAIT US 7″ W/PS promo; long / short vers.

SPLIT ENZ SIX MONTHS IN A LEAKY BOAT, A&M US 7″ promo; long / short vers.

SQUEEZE SLAP & TICKLE, A&M UK 7″ promo

TOWNSHEND, PETE ROUGH BOYS, ATCO UK 7″ W/PS

VAN EATON, LON & DERREK SWEET MUSIC, APPLE US 7″ George Harrison, prod.

VASSY, KIN BAYOU SONG, BELL US 7″ promo; Zappa vocalist

WHO, THE CALL ME LIGHTNING, DECCA US 7″

WIZZARD SEE MY BABY JIVE, U.A. US 7″ Roy Wood

WIZZARD SEE MY BABY JIVE, U.A. US 7″ promo; Roy Wood

WOOD, ROY DEAR ELAINE, U.A. US 7″

WOOD, ROY FOREVER, U.A. US 7″

WORLD PARTY MESSAGE IN THE BOX, ENSIGN UK 7″ W/PS ‘1990

WRIGHT, GARY – STAND FOR OUR RIGHTS, A&M US 7″ promo

YES INTO THE LENS (I AM A CAMERA), ATLANTIC US 7″ promo

The Stranglers – Singles

2-25-11

The Stranglers – Singles

The Stranglers are a band that I’ve followed for a long time.  I upgraded my UK LP’s with Japanese LP’s, then I got the first CD issues, then I had to get upgraded CD issues; I got most of their 45’s in real time at the time of release; I also got 2 x EMI UK CD Single boxed sets – so far, apart from a single CD of “Extended Mixes”, CBS has not yet re-done their Stranglers singles!

Not counting solo works by members of the band, I have 125+ Stranglers titles in my collection, making them one of the largest ‘new wave’ collections that I possess.  I only got to see them play live once, but I have seen Hugh Cornwell several times – he always puts on a good show.  I really liked his last solo album, “Hooverdam”.

The contiguous EMI UK Years:

7″ GRIP / LONDON LADY (PS)                                                                      U.A. UK                   UP 36211

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ NO MORE HEROES / IN THE SHADOWS (PS)                                     U.A. UK                   UP 36300

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ PEACHES / GO BUDDY GO (PS)                                                             U.A. UK                   UP 36248

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SOMETHING BETTER CHANGE / STRAIGHTEN OUT (PS)               U.A. UK                   UP 36277

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ 5 MINUTES / ROK IT TO THE MOON (PS)                                             U.A. UK                   UP 36350

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ NICE ‘N’ SLEAZY / SHUT UP (PS)                                                           U.A. UK                   UP 36379

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ SVERIGE / IN THE SHADOWS (PS)                                                        U.A. SWEDEN       UP 36459

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WALK ON BY / MEAN TO ME / TITS white                                               U.A. UK                   FREE 9

1978 3 TRKS no pic sleeve, White vinyl

7″ WALK ON BY / OLD CODGER / TANK (PS)                                           U.A. UK                   UP 36429

1978 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ DUCHESS / FOOLS RUSH OUT (PS)                                                    U.A. UK                   BP 308

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ NUCLEAR DEVICE / YELLOWCAKE UFO (PS)                                    U.A. UK                   BP 318

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ DON’T BRING HARRY (EP) (PS)                                                             U.A. UK                   STR 1

1979 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

7″ TOMORROW WAS THE HEREAFTER                                                    U.A. UK                   SIS 001

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ BEAR CAGE / SHAH SHAH A GO GO (PS)                                             U.A. UK                   BP 344

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ N’EMMENES PAS HARRY / LIVIN’ IN A BEAR CAGE (PS)                   U.A. FR                    2C008-82868

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ WHO WANTS THE WORLD / MENINBLACK, THE (PS)                      U.A. UK                   BP 355

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ JUST LIKE NOTHING ON EARTH / MANINWHITE (PS)                      U.A. UK                   BP 393

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LA FOLIE / WALTZ IN BLACK (PS)                                                           U.A. UK                   BP 410

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO THE FAMILY (PS)                                 U.A. UK                   BP 405

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ THROWN AWAY / TOP SECRET (PS)                                                     U.A. UK                   BP 383

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ GOLDEN BROWN / LOVE 30 (PS)                                                          U.A. UK                   BP 407

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″ STRANGE LITTLE GIRL / CRUEL GARDEN (PS)                                U.A. UK                   BP 412

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

You can try and find all of the above on vinyl – or you can get these two CD Single boxed sets:

 

CD10 U.A. SINGLES ’77 – ’79 (10CD boxed set)                                             EMI UK                    89172.2

2001 22 TRK Collection; 10 x CD Singles

CD12 U.A. SINGLES ’79 – ’82 (12CD boxed set)                                             EMI UK                    51672.2

2003 29 TRK Collection; 12 x CD Singles

There are a few UK singles I could never lay my hands on, from this set – some ultra rare promo 45’s with edited lyrics etc.  One can’t have everything, eh?  This list is 7” only, too.  Once the band signed to CBS, it quickly becomes a quagmire of releases and formats – never seen some of the CBS UK 7” singles!  Yikes!

For all of the Stranglers singles, I think my favorite is the B-side to “Duchess”, the wonderful “Fools Rush Out”.

King Crimson

2-24-11

King Crimson

Just sticking to the somewhat recently released CD’s and / or DVD’s…

CDx2 COLLECTABLE KING CRIMSON, Vol. 1                                                     DGM US                DGM 5001

2006 19 TRKS (’74 recordings) Live

CDx5 EPITAPH – Vols. 1 – 4 (5CD boxed set)                                                       WHD JPN             IECP-20025-8

1997 40 TRKS Live ’69, BBC sessions etc.; kami sleeve

CDx2 GREAT DECEIVER, THE: Part 1                                                                   DGM US                DGM 5004

2007 24 TRKS (’73-’74 recordings) Live

CDx2 GREAT DECEIVER, THE: Part 2                                                                   DGM US                DGM 5005

2007 25 TRKS (’73-’74 recordings) Live

CD IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING (40th Annv. – CD + DVD)      DGM US                KCSP 1

2009 10 TRKS 40th Annv. Ed. – CD + 5.1 DVD-Audio

CD IN THE WAKE OF POSEIDON (40th Annv. – CD + DVD)                          DGM US                KCSP 2

2010 13 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks) + 5.1 DVD-Audio

CD ISLANDS (40th Annv. – CD + DVD)                                                               DGM US                KCSP 4

2010 12 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks) + 5.1 DVD-Audio

CDx2 LADIES OF THE ROAD (Live ’71 – ’72)                                                        DISCIPLINE US   DGM 0203

2002 20 TRKS Live ’71 – ’72 K.C. Club CD

CD LARKS’ TONGUES IN ASPIC (Eu Kami)                                                     VIRGIN UK            CDVKCX 5

2002 6 TRKS kami sleeve

CD LIZARD (40th Annv. Ed. – CD + DVD)                                                           DGM US                KCSP 3

2009 8 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks) + 5.1 DVD-Audio

CD RED (40th Annv. Ed. – CD + DVD)                                                                DGM US                KCSP 7

2009 8 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks) + 5.1 DVD-Audio

CD STARLESS AND BIBLE BLACK (Eu Kami)                                                VIRGIN UK            CDVKCX 6

2002 8 TRKS kami sleeve

CD USA (Eu Kami)                                                                                                 VIRGIN UK            CDVKCX 12

2002 9 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks) kami sleeve

I highly recommend the 40th Anniversary editions of any King Crimson albums that you can lay your hands on.  The new mixes are stunning!  Not many people will be able to enjoy the 5.1 mixes, but they are very amusing, entertaining, enlightening etc.

I’m absolutely delighted the Mr. Fripp has seen fit to make some nice sets of the ’73 / ’74 band on stage.  I remember hearing bootleg CD’s of these titles, many years ago!

Anxiously awaiting the completion of the set, with 40th anniversary editions of “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” and “Starless and Bible Black” (both of which should be impressive in 5.1 audio).

King Crimson has definitely translated well into the new century – a damn sight better than some, I would say.  All of the 40th Anniversary series sound magnificent (they all even have previous masterings on the DVD, if you miss the ‘old sound’ of the records).

Interesting:  both Genesis and The Moody Blues also have their best albums available as 5.1 recordings (on SA-CD, as opposed to DVD-Audio).  There’s only one Pink Floyd 5.1 title (“DSOTM”) and no audiophile Procol Harum titles on CD at all!

I understand that there is a Japanese edition of Gentle Giant “Octopus” as an SHM-SA-CD; I bet that’s mastered nicely!

Soft Machine

2-23-11

Soft Machine

Two members of the Soft Machine have already passed away:  Elton Dean (1945 – 2006) and Hugh Hopper (1945 – 2009).  Still walking the Earth:  Mike Ratledge (b. 1943), Robert Wyatt (b. 1945) and Kevin Ayers (b. 1944).  My main interest in Soft Machine pretty much only goes as far as when both Wyatt and Hopper were still in the band (up to “Fourth”, from 1971).

Of the living members of Soft Machine, Robert Wyatt is the most active.  Kevin Ayers had a new album a short while that was very good (“The Unfairground”, 2007); Mike Ratledge – to my obviously limited knowledge = has yet to ever make a ‘solo’ album.

I suppose one could also classify Daevid Allen (b. 1938) as a former member of Soft Machine; he’s still active.  The first 5 years worth of Gong albums are worth a listen…”Angel’s Egg” is probably my favorite Gong album.

Hugh Hopper made some extremely excellent solo albums, notably “Hoppertunity Box” and “Monster Band” – instrumental British jazz LP’s that really sound excellent to me.  I return to these records again and again.

I’ve long been a fan of Robert Wyatt – I loved both Matching Mole albums a lot.  I was quite young when I first found out about his accident that left him crippled.  However, his 2nd and 3rd solo albums (“Rock Bottom” and “Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard”) remain touchstone albums for me, the keys to a wider view of British rock music that gradually turns towards jazz for it’s inspiration.  I love those two albums.

Again and again, I return to the first three albums by Soft Machine.  There’s a gorgeous version of the debut album, as a little paper album sleeve CD – complete with the ‘wheel’ and die-cut cover; and fairly good sound!  I’ve never found such an item for “Vol. 2” – I will have to console myself with an original US LP of it, and the two-fer UK CD.  Finally, there is a dynamite Japanese paper sleeve CD from 2006 that features DSD mastering for “Third”, so it’s as good as it can look and sound in the digital world.

Robert Wyatt appears on the debut Hatfield & The North album; he’s also on a Lol Coxhill & Steven Miller LP (“Oh Really / The Story So Far”).  If you liked the debut Hatfields album, you could easily follow them towards National Health.  Oh, and let’s not forget the first 5 or 6 albums by Caravan – certainly cousins to the Soft Machine.

It’s a bit sad that Hugh Hopper and Elton Dean have both been silenced.  Both men were totally capable of coming up with neat new music that would surprise and beguile.  I guess the best I can hope for is that Robert Wyatt continues to record, and that maybe we won’t have to wait so long for another Kevin Ayers album!

2011 and still no proper solo album from Mike Ratledge.  Guess some guys never get around to it, the “I’ve got to make a solo album” phase.  If you ever decide to, Mike, we’ll definitely have a listen.

Rare Analogue Records Now #1

2-22-11

Rare Analogue Records Now #1

Another feature in Strange Days magazine from Japan is called “Rare Analogue Records Now” – where they show you what they look like, give a brief description (in Japanese) and – presumably – they ‘rank’ them!  But – by what order?

  1. EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – Debut album (Island UK LP ILPS 9132) pink label only
  2. GENESIS – From Genesis To Revelation (Decca UK LP SKL 4990) with insert
  3. PINK FLOYD – Dark Side Of The Moon (Harvest UK LP SHVL 804) orig. edition, with stickers and posters
  4. GENTLE GIANT – Gentle Giant (Vertigo UK LP 6360 020)
  5. GENTLE GIANT – Acquiring The Taste (Vertigo UK LP 6360 041)
  6. CARAVAN – Caravan (MGM UK LP SVLP 6011)
  7. GILES, GILES & FRIPP – The Cheerful Insanity Of (Deram UK LP SML 1022)
  8. KING CRIMSON – In The Court Of The Crimson King (Island UK LP ILPS 9111) pink label
  9. AFFINITY – Affinity (Vertigo UK LP 6360 004)
  10. STILL LIFE – Still Life (Vertigo UK LP 6360 026)

Looking at these Top 10 “Rare Analogue Records Now”, I am guessing that these are among the easier titles to come by original copies – either that, or these are the most preferred titles to find.

I own (or have owned) all of the listed titles here – in original UK editions.  I sold my Affinity LP and never got a re-issue – most interesting thing about the Affinity LP is that they cover an Alan Hull song that was also done by Capability Brown – “I Am and So Are You”); I never owned the 2nd Gentle Giant LP; My Giles, Giles & Fripp was a US issue; I presently only own a CD and Japanese re-issue LP on Still Life.

The debut EL&P is a particularly good album to own an original copy of – the sound on the original UK Island pressing is magnificent!  Of everything listed above, the Pink Floyd LP has the most stuff in it – making it increasingly difficult to find a complete UK original edition – does it have both posters?  Both stickers?  The ‘right’ label?

Some of this material definitely walks the line between aesthetic pleasure in owning an original edition and the necessity for having a UK original LP purely because of the label on the original edition.

Time Machine 1970 #12

2-18-11

Time Machine 1970 #12

40 years ago!! Strange Days magazine in Japan is keeping up with it’s “Time Machine” series, which I find quite interesting.

Strange Days magazine 2011.02 (Issue #135) lists “December 1970 Albums” as:  John Lennon “Plastic Ono Band” (Apple UK LP PCS 7124); Yoko Ono “Plastic Ono Band” (Apple UK  LP SAPCOR 17); Free “Highway” (Island UK LP ILPS 9138); King Crimson “Lizard” (Island UK LP ILPS 9141); Van Der Graaf Generator “H To He Who Am The Only One” (Charisma UK LP CAS 1027); The Move “Looking On” (Fly UK LP FLY 1); T. Rex “T. Rex” (Fly UK LP FLY 2); Wishbone Ash “Wishbone Ash” (MCA UK LPMKPS 2014); and finally Robert Wyatt “The End Of An Ear” (CBS UK LP S 64189).

To be perfectly honest, at the time of release the most important titles here for me were the John Lennon LP and The Move’s final LP.  We had all been waiting for a solo album of songs from John Lennon, and it finally arrived with “Plastic Ono Band”.  I absolutely loved the cover of “Looking On” – and my taste for British LP’s was further encouraged by obtaining “Looking On” as quickly as possible – I did not wait for the US release of this LP!

The Free LP did not matter to me at the time, but I like the CD I own of it in 2011.  No use for the Yoko Ono LP, then or now.  I knew about King Crimson in December 1970, but I waited and got a US issue of “Lizard” – it would’ve been $1 or $2 cheaper.  For VDGG, I started with “Aerosol Grey Machine” (from a cut-out bin), so my first copy of “H To He” was definitely the US Dunhill issue (with a different cover).

My T. Rex fandom didn’t explode with this album; it would blossom with the advent of “Electric Warrior”.  I somehow never did Wishbone Ash; I now have a CD of “Argus”, which is generally considered to be their masterpiece – have not had time to play it, as yet.

And in December 1970, I definitely knew who Soft Machine were, but I had yet to buy any Soft Machine solo albums – from either Robert Wyatt or Kevin Ayers.  I remember buying it before he had his accident, probably after being such a big fan of the two Matching Mole albums.  For those who do not know, it’s his “most jazz” solo album; not much singing or songwriting going on here.  That said, it is a sublime UK jazz LP from 1970.

So, from today’s list, I do not have the Yoko Ono album as an LP or CD, or the debut Wishbone Ash – I have all other titles as original LP releases and CD issues.  I have a deluxe CD + DVD set for King Crimson “Lizard”, where the DVD-A has the album mixed to 5.1 audio.  I have Japanese little paper album cover CD’s for John Lennon, King Crimson (as well as the CD + DVD), Van Der Graaf Generator, and The Move.

So, a very good month for me; I stand by most of the music here today, and I would say that my present day adult listening habits were beginning to form by December 1970.

Syd Barrett

2-17-11

Syd Barrett

I remain a fan of the two proper Syd Barrett solo albums.  I recently went for the new collection, “An Introduction To…”.

CD BARRETT                                                                            HARVEST UK          CDSHSP 4007

1970 12 TRKS

LP BARRETT                                                                            HARVEST UK          SHSP 4007

1970 11 TRKS UK original issue

CD INTRODUCTION TO SYD BARRETT, AN                      CAPITOL US           7736.2

2010 18 TRK Collection, some new ’10 mixes / remixes

LP LAUGHING pirate                                                              IMPOSSIBLE           IMP 1-03

1978? 13 TRKS pirate

LP MADCAP LAUGHS, THE                                                   HARVEST UK          SHVL 765

1969 13 TRKS UK original issue

LP MADCAP LAUGHS, THE                                                   TOSHIBA JPN         EMS-80636

1969 13 TRKS insert

CD MADCAP LAUGHS, THE (Kami)                                     TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65783

1969 13 TRKS (’01 issue) kami sleeve

LPx2 MADCAP LAUGHS, THE + BARRETT re-issue            HARVEST UK          SHDW 404

1976? 24 TRK Collection

7″ OCTOPUS / GOLDEN HAIR                                            HARVEST UK          HAR 5009

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD OPEL                                                                                    HARVEST UK          CDP 791206.2

1988 14 TRK Collection (late 60’s/early 70’s recordings)

LP OPEL                                                                                    HARVEST UK          SHSP 4126

1988 14 TRK Collection (late 60’s/early 70’s recordings)

CD5 PEEL SESSIONS, THE                                                     STRANGE FR UK   SFPSCD 043

1988 5 TRK CD EP CD5

12″ WOULDN’T YOU MISS ME (DARK GLOBE) promo     CAPITOL US           SPRO-79606

1988 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

I just played the new collection, and some of it is mighty impressive.  Worth the price of admission is a stereo version of the Pink Floyd 45 “Apples And Oranges”; from “Piper At The Gates Of Dawn”, “Matilda Mother” has a “2010 Mix”, which is quite nice.  From “The Madcap Laughs”, “Here I Go”, “Octopus” and “She Took A Long Cold Look At Me” have new mixes, and from “Barrett”, “Dominoes” has a 2010 mix.  There are no credits for the new song here, “Bob Dylan Blues”, which is fairly amusing.  I remember buying the “Peel Sessions” CD Single years ago, just to get the one new Barrett song, “Two Of A Kind” – then the first new Barrett tune in 18 years.

I always stayed away from the UK EMI Syd Barrett boxed set.  The finished albums are sometimes a bit rough, so the many out-takes were almost un-listenable to me.  “Opel” has some decent material, but…I like the full songs best.

I suppose a package like the new collection is good for younger fans, who know the name but not the music.  At least the music is still amazing sounding.  I was no more than 13 years old when I saw “The Madcap Laughs” UK LP in a record store and knew I had to have it.  I promise at that time I did not know he was from Pink Floyd – I just knew it had an amazing cover, and that it looked like something I would like, which, of course, it was.  Very much.

Thanks for the music, Syd.  Rest in peace, Roger Keith Barrett (1946 – 2006).

1973 – (Ron is 15)

2-16-11

1973 – (Ron is 15)

1973 was my final year in Junior High (Middle School).  I was not yet driving, so I had to depend on the kindness of others to get to record stores in Los Angeles.  At that time, there were still plenty of record stores in Long Beach, where I lived.  I was still listening to the FM radio, most notably KPFK-FM (90.7) – the late night DJ’s who played a lot of progressive rock etc.  As always with this series, I’ll try to stick to the stuff that was actually important at that time – I promise not to include stuff that I got onto later, after wising up – that would be cheating!

I had somebody play me 10cc at the time, but – it didn’t click with me.  I certainly got Acqua Fragile at the time – it was too good to be true – an Italian band that sung in English!  Moby Disc in Van Nuys yielded Akritas, a Greek band – and, unfortunately, a Greek pressing.  I was very much trying to find every Amon Duul II record that I could find.  I heard the Axis (Barclay) LP on the radio and bought it immediately – and it still isn’t on legit CD (as far as I know) – another Greek band!  Kevin Ayers “Banamour” was very much in evidence.  Peter Banks “The Two Sides Of…” – a wonderful LP (from the $1.00 bin).  It was a store in Long Beach that yielded the debut LP from French singer / songwriter Michel Berger.  I finished with David Bowie – I was not terribly into “Aladdin Sane”.  The 3rd Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come LP, “Journey” was a real favorite.  Believe it or not, I heard James Brown “The Payback” on the radio and went for it!  “Shoot Your Shot”!  John Cale “Paris 1919” was had from the $1 bin – but where did I first hear it?  Capability Brown “Voice” was had from the $1 bin – I had loved their debut “From Scratch” (still not on CD?).  Caravan “For Girls Who Grow Plump In The Night” – another one that was played for me – did I get the connection between them and Soft Machine?  Maybe Italian fever was striking, as I definitely got Cervello “Melos” as an Italian import LP, and I bought it without hearing it – it looked right!  I heard CMU “Space Cabaret” playing in Tower Hollywood – and it’s what I got to buy that day.  I heard Billy Cobham “Spectrum” playing in a Long Beach record store, so that was that day’s purchase.  Donovan “Cosmic Wheels” was very much in evidence.  EL&P “Brain Salad Surgery” beguiled me, with it’s H.R. Giger cover.  I certainly got Brian Eno “Here Come The Warm Jets” when it came out, but I did not carry on buying Eno LP’s after that.  I was so traditional:  The Faces “Ooh La La” was a real favorite with me.  The final Family LP, “It’s Only A Movie” – the $1 bin again.  Faust “Faust IV”, completing the set of amazing albums from my favorite band of the day.  I certainly kept Fripp & Eno “(no pussyfooting)”, but it wasn’t my favorite King Crimson offshoot.  Genesis “Selling England By The Pound” was the final Genesis LP I would buy at that time.  Gentle Giant “In A Glass House” was certainly played on the late night FM radio; it was the first G.G. LP I ever bought or heard.  Gong “Angel’s Egg” was recommended to me, and I went to it, easily.  Bo Hansson “The Magician’s Hat” – another local Long Beach find.  The debut Hatfield & The North LP was a favorite from the $1 bin – as was the debut Henry Cow LP, “Legend” – which remained a favorite throughout high school.  All done with Jethro Tull by ’73, I never made it to “Passion Play” until years later.  I really didn’t know what to make of King Crimson “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” at first, but I quickly came around to it – they were my first big rock concert, too!  Kraftwerk “Ralf & Florian” was very important to me – why isn’t it on CD in 2011?  Robert Mason / Stardrive “Intergalactic Trot” – a fine Elektra label LP from the $1 bin.  There were lots of comedy LP’s that interested me in 1973, but Monty Python “Matching Tie and Handkerchief” was the top of the heap.  More ‘Italian mania’:  Museo Rosenbach “Zarathustra” – found in a Long Beach hippie record store.  Neu “Neu 2” – another local L.B. find.  Mike Oldfield “Tubular Bells”, greatly enjoyed, per the rest of the universe.  Le Orme “Felona E Sorona” – a great record with a great record cover – easy to want to buy a copy, Tower Hollywood.  I certainly noted Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon”, as I had liked “Meddle” – but I don’t think I kept a copy.  P.F.M. “Photos Of Ghosts” was certainly important for opening the Italian door for me (thus grandfathered in by Pete Sinfield of King Crimson).  Alan Price “O! Lucky Man!” original soundtrack was very important, as I had seen and loved the film.  Procol Harum “Grand Hotel”, yet another record from a favorite UK 60’s band.  Proctor & Bergman “TV Or Not TV”, a superlative Firesign Theatre ‘solo’ effort.  Achim Reichel “AR IV” (Zebra), heard on the late night FM radio.  Il Rovescio Della Medaglia “Contaminazione”, most certainly heard on the late night FM radio (thanks, Mr. Greg Stewart).  I had loved the debut album by Roxy Music, but I wasn’t so sure about “For Your Pleasure”, which I did not keep at the time (100% OK with it in 2011).  Along with Bo Hansson, I think I first heard Samla Mammas Manna about ’73 or so – Bo Hansson was definitely first, but…scandanavian music was on it’s way to me.  Klaus Schulze “Cyborg” was very important, as I had loved “Irrlicht” (Moby Disc again yielded my German 2LP copy of it).  ’73 was likely my awakening to jazz, too – with Horace Silver “In Pursuit Of The 27th Man” – which I think I heard being played in a hippie record store (“Liberated Brother”, particularly).  My brother sent me Pete Sinfield “Still” from Germany, so I have a German copy of it.  More traditional:  Ringo Starr “Ringo” was very important for me.  The debut album by Tempest – from the $1 bin – was extremely important for me.  I had been a huge Colosseum fan.  Traffic “Shoot Out At The Fantasy Factory” was massive, a 2nd die-cut cover, too.  The 3rd Greek artist:  Vangelis “Earth” – heard it on the FM radio.  I was kind of done with Yes, but I still bought the “Yessongs” triple LP.  I had been a Frank Zappa fan ever since his 2nd album, so I got “Overnite Sensation” as soon as it was released, but I think I preferred the Flo & Eddie years, at that time.

So these records, dear reader, are what I was listening to in 1973, and what was important for me.  I became aware of loads of other 1973 releases in the ensuing years, but…here’s what was here then.

Did I overlook your 1973 favorites?  Let me know!

Mother Goose

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Mother Goose

New Zealand art rockers!

LP DON’T BELIEVE IN FAIRYTALES                                              MUSHROOM AUS   L 37147

1979 9 TRKS

7″ I THINK IT’S YOU / OL’ BLUE                                                     MUSHROOM AUS   K 7126

1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ MARGUERITTA AND ME / FLY BY NIGHT                               PAROLE NZ             K 8652

1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ MOONSHINE LADY / SOMEBODY BROKE MY HEART        MUSHROOM NZ     K 6950

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″ SAVING FOR A RAINY DAY / ALL THE KING’S HORSES     MUSHROOM NZ     K 7977

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD STUFFED                                                                                      MUSHROOM AUS   D 19981

1977 9 TRKS

LP STUFFED                                                                                      MUSHROOM AUS   L 36312

1977 9 TRKS original issue

LP THIS IS THE LIFE                                                                         PAROLE AUS          L 37775

1982 10 TRKS

For my money, Mother Goose were the best Split Enz-influenced band to follow them out of New Zealand.  Mother Goose appear to

I started going to New Zealand in 1980 / 1981 – I had seen Split Enz in 1977, Mi-Sex in 1980 and was no stranger to what was going on ‘down there’.  I believe I had their debut album, “Stuffed” before I ever went to NZ.  Already being familiar with Split Enz’s masterpiece “Mental Notes”, I couldn’t help but feel that “Stuffed” had been influenced by “Mental Notes” – and, like Split Enz, the band Mother Goose appeared to dress-up a bit.  So, art rock, dress-up, New Zealand – Split Enz and Mother Goose seemed to have a lot in common.

Including both bands initially going to Australia from their homes in NZ.  Many NZ bands went to NZ, but not so many succeeded, in the 70’s.

On one of my first trips to NZ, people would often ask me what other NZ music I was familiar with – after I had finished rhapsodizing about Split Enz.  Whenever I mentioned Mother Goose, people would always say – “Have you seen the video for “Baked Beans” – it’s wonderful!”.  Mmm…no, I haven’t seen the video for “Baked Beans”, but I do have that track on vinyl…

If the last new Mother Goose piece I got was in 1982, and the only thing added to my collection was the CD issue of “Stuffed” – I haven’t thought about Mother Goose in a good many years.

So, if you like the Phil Judd version of Split Enz, it might be worth checking out Mother Goose, kiwi fans!

How Do I Listen To All Of This?

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How Do I Listen To All Of This?

So, there are records, DVD’s and CD’s in 3 rooms of my home – How am I ever going to listen to all of this?  Yes, I could stop buying new stuff, but…you all know how that one goes!

Maybe I should set aside a period of time for a specific genre?  Recently, I wrote about 3 British glam rock bands – and, owing to when I first found all of the original UK LP’s (February!) – maybe February could be “UK Glam Rock Month”?  Or should I follow PBS’s lead and have it be “Black Music Month”?  Y’know…watch “Shaft” and some Pam Grier movies, play my Gap Band CD’s…Kool & The Gang!

The March could be “Euro Progressive Rock Month” – Faust, Amon Duul II, Catharsis, Focus, Bo Hansson, Museo Rosenbach, Le Orme…I could listen and relax, I am very familiar with this style of music.  It’s where I ended up after my initial intoxication with rock music!  The Beatles and The Rolling Stones – then Neu!, Cluster, Kraftwerk!

April can be jazz, because it’s so cool.  What did I first hear on KNOB-FM (“The Jazz Knob”)?  Les McCann?  Something from “Spanish Onions”?  I know I heard Charles Mingus when I was still a youngster – something from “Blues & Roots”, no doubt.  And maybe I was standing in a hippie record store when some old soul played a Horace Silver record that would forever make me check the jazz release sheets from Japan?

May could be Australia and New Zealand month:  It’s sung in English, but it isn’t British or American!  How easily we forget out antipodean cousins!  Play some Skyhooks, Ray Columbus & The Invaders, The Easybeats or Schnell Fenster.  Hey, this stuff is pretty good?  Dang, I have a lot of this stuff!

June gears up to be 60’s month – just in time for the summer love-ins and rock festivals!  Jefferson Airplane, Procol Harum, Country Joe & The Fish, TrafficThe Doors, Love and a million others, all dressed in hippie attire.  I wish more of it was in stereo!  Play some 45’s, Strawberry Alarm Clock non-hit titles like “Tomorrow”!  Iron Butterfly!

July heats up here sometimes – so, naturally the 80’s follow the 60’s!  Magazine, XTC and Ultravox abound.  Dig out those Punishment of Luxury B-sides!  Revel in the new compact disc format.  Have a got a re-mastered CD of that title yet?  Re-discover favorites you never knew you had:  Y.M.O., The Plastics, Simple Minds (first 4 albums), M (Robin Scott) etc.

August could be ethnic music month, and I could finally get around to all of those Realworld CD’s that are languishing in a few cartons in the other room!  Hermeto Pascoal (unless you OD’s on him during jazz month), Urszula Dudziak, Manu Dibango

So, you see, it is possible to try and devise a schedule for working your way through even a massive collection of recorded music!