MV-43

Music Videos

Volume 43

July, 2011

Edmunds, Dave / Rockpile – Trouble Boys (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Thin Lizzy – Waiting For An Alibi (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Darts – Get It (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Pretenders – Stop Your Sobbing (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Roxy Music – Trash (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Squeeze – Cool For Cats (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Sweet, Rachel – I Go To Pieces (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Bowie, David – Boys Keep Swinging (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Moody Blues – Nights In White Satin (“Kenny Everett Video Show”)

Bowie, David – Jazzin’ For Blue Jean (1984, 20m) stereo

Blancmange – Living On The Ceiling (Long Version)

Blancmange – Waves

Blancmange – Blind Vision

Blancmange – What’s Your Problem?

(Blancmange is interviewed, too)

 

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N !

7-28-11                    

V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N

…to paraphrase Connie Francis!

As some already know, I ended having to work this summer.  I know…bleh!  But as I had already planned my birthday shenanigans in the fair city of San Francisco, I shall be taking a few days off from the blogosphere at this time.

I believe this is the actual 9th anniversary of the beginning of my music blogging!

So, what’s left to say?  My position to certain music becomes clearer with age (mine or the music’s age?  A:  Both!)  There are always new ways to consider one’s position towards the music of their life.

Monday August 15th, I will return to your monitor screens – with a blazing new “Time Machine” (Phonolog) episode – straight to you from 1971!

Thanks for reading my stuff.  More to come, I assure you.  Still working on ronkane.com!

–          Ron

Last Night’s Playlist

LAST, JAMES – Like A Rolling Stone

MAURIAT, PAUL – Ta Ta Ta Ta (M. Polnareff song)

GOULD, SIR JULIAN – Green Tambourine

KING CURTIS – Instant Groove

CREAM – Sweet Wine

SAILOR – One Drink Too Many

MUD – Tobacco Road

WILLIAMS, ROGER – Junk

KERR SINGERS, ANITA – Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing

JONES, BOOKER T. – Cookie

WAKEMAN, RICK – March of the Gladiators

CAMEL – Breathless

STACKRIDGE – Dora, The Female Explorer

WAY’S WOLF, DARRYL – Ache, The

BAND, THE – We Can Talk

MENTAL AS ANYTHING – Rock and Roll Music Life

TOMFOOLERY – I Got It From Agnes

COX, DANNY – Little Maggie

HART, TIM / MADDY PRIOR – Three Drunken Maidens

RENBOURN GROUP, JOHN – Gypsy Dance / Jews Dance

TWINKLE BROTHERS – Bite Me

STEALER’S WHEEL – You Put Something Better Inside Of Me

SHAKATAK – Don’t Say That Again

James Taylor Quartet

7-27-11                    

James Taylor Quartet

CD                ABSOLUTE – J.T.Q. LIVE                                                             BIG LIFE UK              BLRCD 13

1991 9 TRKS Live (511573.2)

CD                BIGGER PICTURE, A                                                                    PONY CANYON JP   PCCY-01437

1999 16 TRKS 3 x bonus tracks

CD                CREATION                                                                                      ACID JAZZ US           AJ-68054.2

1997 13 TRKS

CD                DO YOUR THING                                                                           POLYDOR UK           843797.2

1990 11 TRKS

CD5              EXTENDED PLAY                                                                          ACID JAZZ UK           JAZID 110CD

1994 5 TRK CD Single CD5, “EP”

CD                FEW USEFUL TIPS ABOUT LIVING UNDERGROUND, A     PONY CANYON JP   PCCY-00925

1996 12 TRKS (1 x bonus track)

CD                GET ORGANIZED                                                                          POLYDOR US           839405.2

1989 10 TRKS

CD5              HOPE AND PRAY                                                                          BIG LIFE UK              BLRD 86

1992 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD                IN THE HAND OF THE INEVITABLE                                          ACID JAZZ UK           JAZID CD115

1995 13 TRKS

CD5              LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER                                            ACID JAZZ UK           JAZID 112CD

1995 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD                MESSAGE FROM THE GODFATHER                                        UBIQUITY US            URCD 085

2001 10 TRKS

CD                MISSION IMPOSSIBLE                                                                 ACID JAZZ UK           JAZID CD82

1986? 11 TRKS (’93 re-issue) debut album

CD                MONEY SPYDER, THE                                                                 ACID JAZZ UK           JAZID CD81

1987 12 TRKS (’93 re-issue) 2nd album

LP                MONEY SPYDER, THE                                                                 RE-ELECT UK          KENNEDY 1

1987 12 TRKS 2nd album

CD                PENTHOUSE SUITE                                                                     PONY CANYON JP   PCCY-01438

1999 16 TRKS 3 x bonus tracks

CD                SUPERNATURAL FEELING                                                        BIG LIFE UK              BLRCD 21

1993 14 TRKS with Noel McKoy

CD                SWINGING LONDON                                                                    PLR UK                      PLRCD 019

2000 12 TRKS “Library Sessions – Rare / Unreleased”

British Hammond organist James Taylor came from a band called The Prisoners.  The Prisoners apparently fell apart when Stiff Records went bankrupt; in 1985 The James Taylor Quartet was established.

I first knew of tehm as being an artist on the UK Acid Jazz label.  I was quite a fan of Corduroy, so I knew about the Acid Jazz label in the early / mid-90’s.

Their albums are mostly instrumental, though I do have a few that have vocals on ‘em.  To my ears, at times the JTQ sound a bit like the mighty Graham Bond Organization, which accounts for my fandom, I suppose.  I have always enjoyed the sound of the Hammond organ!

The JTQ are particularly renowned for their live performances.  Sadly, I have never been in the right place at the right time to ever see them play live.  I think I only ever saw one music video by them!

John Lennon

7-26-11

     John Lennon

7″                 #9 DREAM / WHAT YOU GOT                                                                           APPLE US                  1878

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 COLD TURKEY / DON’T WORRY KYOKO (PS)                                             TOSHIBA JPN           EAS-17121

1969? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue

LP                DOUBLE FANTASY (with Yoko Ono)                                                               GEFFEN US              GHS 2001

1980 14 TRKS U.S. pressing

7″                 GIVE PEACE A CHANCE / REMEMBER LOVE (PS)                                     APPLE US                  1809

1969 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5              HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER)                                                                          EMI UK                        CDR 6627

2003 3 TRK CD Single CD5

7″                 HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER) green                                                               APPLE US                  1842

1972? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, green vinyl

LP                IMAGINE                                                                                                                APPLE US                  SW-3379

1971 10 TRKS poster, postcard

CD                IMAGINE (Kami)                                                                                                   TOSHIBA JPN           TOCP-70392

1971 10 TRKS (’00 master) (’07 issue) kami sleeve

7″                 IMAGINE / WORKING CLASS HERO                                                               APPLE UK                  R 6009

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 INSTANT KARMA / WHO HAS SEEN THE WIND? (PS)                               APPLE US                  1818

1970 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CDx4           JOHN LENNON (Collection) (4CD boxed set)                                              TOSHIBA JPN           TOCP-6281-4

1990 73 TRK Collection, booklet (70’s recordings)

CD                LEGEND (Collection)                                                                                         EMI CANADA             21854.2

1997 20 TRK Collection

LP                LIVE IN NEW YORK CITY                                                                                   CAPITOL US              SV-12451

1986 11 TRKS Live, 1972

CD                LIVE PEACE IN TORONTO 1969                                                                     CAPITOL US              90428.2

1970 8 TRKS Live, 1969

LP                LIVE PEACE IN TORONTO 1969                                                                     APPLE UK                  CORE 2001       1970 8 TRKS Live, 1969

CD                MIND GAMES                                                                                                       CAPITOL US              CDP 746769.2

1973 12 TRKS 1st CD issue

LP                MIND GAMES                                                                                                       APPLE US                  SW-3414

1973 12 TRKS

7″                 MIND GAMES / MEAT CITY (PS)                                                                       APPLE US                  1868

1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP                PLASTIC ONO BAND (1970)                                                                             APPLE US                  SW-3372

1970 11 TRKS U.S. pressing

CD                PLASTIC ONO BAND (1970) (Kami)                                                               TOSHIBA JPN           TOCP-70391

1970 13 TRKS (’00 master) (’07 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)

7″                 POWER TO THE PEOPLE / OPEN YOUR BOX                                             APPLE UK                  R 5892

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 POWER TO THE PEOPLE / TOUCH ME (PS)                                                APPLE US                  1830

1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                ROCK ‘N’ ROLL                                                                                                   TOSHIBA JPN           CP32-5452

1975 13 TRKS (’88 issue) 1st CD issue

LP                ROCK ‘N’ ROLL                                                                                                   APPLE US                  SK-3419

1975 13 TRKS original issue

CDx2           SOME TIME IN NEW YORK CITY                                                                      TOSHIBA JPN           CP25-5466/7

1972 16 TRKS Live, with Frank Zappa, 1st CD issue

LPx2            SOME TIME IN NEW YORK CITY                                                                      APPLE UK                  PCSP 716

1972 16 TRKS Live, with Frank Zappa

7″                 STAND BY ME / MOVE OVER MRS. L                                                              APPLE US                  1881

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                TWO VIRGINS (with Yoko Ono)                                                                        APPLE US                  T-5001

1968 2 TRKS with paper wrapper

CD                U.S. VS. JOHN LENNON, THE (O.S.T.)                                                           CAPITOL US              74912.2

2006 21 TRK Collection O.S.T.

CD                UNFINISHED MUSIC No. 2: LIFE WITH THE LIONS (with Yoko Ono)      RYKODISC US          RCD 10412

1968 7 TRKS (’97 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)

CD                WALLS AND BRIDGES                                                                                      CAPITOL US              CDP 746768.2

1974 12 TRKS 1st CD issue

LP                WALLS AND BRIDGES                                                                                      APPLE US                  SW-3416

1974 12 TRKS gimmicks cover,  insert

CD                WEDDING ALBUM (with Yoko Ono)                                                                 RYKODISC US          RCD 10413

1969 5 TRKS (’97 issue) (3 x bonus tracks)

7″                 WHATEVER GETS YOU THROUGH THE NIGHT                                         APPLE US                  1874

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 WOMAN IS THE NI**ER OF THE WORLD (PS)                                             APPLE US                  1848

1972 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                WONSAPONATIME (Collection)                                                                       CAPITOL US              97639.2

1998 21 TRK Collection

I tend to shy away from the posthumous John Lennon titles.  Even the single “Nobody Told Me” sounds unfinished to me.  I pretty much followed this stuff in 100% real time – I was a big Beatles fan, and I couldn’t wait for their various solo projects.  Of course, with John – the pop sings took a while to arrive.  The singles “Cold Turkey” and “Instant Karma” weren’t on any LP’s at the time.  “Plastic Ono Band” is still a fairly impressive album in 2011.  Heard it lately?

Time Machine 1971

7-25-11                    

Time Machine

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of July 26, 1971

Caught my eye:

JACK BRUCE – Harmony Row (Atco SD 33-365) (LP / CD)

FAMILY – Anyway (U.A. UAS-5527) (LP / CD)

MC5 – High Time (Atlantic SD 8285)

WATTS PROPHETS – Rapping Black In A White World (ALA 1971) (LP)

2nd solo Jack Bruce LP; I had been a Family fan for a few years when their U.A. LP’s started turning up in the 99 cent bin.  Didn’t know about MC5, but I knew that they had swearing on one of their LP’s.  Found the Watts Prophets in a 99 cent bin – incredulous that anybody would release an LP with the word “Watts” in the name (much less the name of the artist).

Also of interest:

ALLMAN BROS. BAND – Live At The Fillmore East (Capricorn/Atco SD 2-802) (double LP) (2LP / 2xSA-CD)

CANNED HEAT – Living The Blues (U.A. UAS-9955) (double LP) re-issue

GODSPELL (O.C.) (Bell 1102)

KING CURTIS – Live At The Fillmore West (Atco 33-359) (CD)

My brother had talked about the Allman Bros. Band; this must be a re-issue of Canned Heat, as the LP originally appeared on Liberty Records.  What can you say about “Godspell”?  “Day By Day”, for instance.  Gotta love King Curtis (R.I.P.).

Notable singles:

BILL BLACK COMBO – Rings b/w Cotton Carnival (Mega 0036)

BONZO DOG BAND – I’m The Urban Spaceman b/w Canyons Of Your Mind (U.A. 50809)

DAVID CROSBY – Traction In The Rain b/w Orleans (Atlantic 2809)

PAUL STOOKEY – The Wedding Song (There Is Love) b/w Give A Damn (Warner 7511)

EDGAR WINTER – You Were My Light b/w Give It Everything You Got (Epic 5-10762)

BBC were done with Hi Records by this point, moving on to Mega Records; The Bonzo 45 is from the “Beast Of” LP, so re-issue time; David Crosby was still trying to get a ‘hit’ with his stalled solo career; Here is the big PP&M solo single success; yet another pre-“Frankenstein” Edgar Winter 45.  It’s not like they weren’t trying!

Recent Purchases

7-21-11

Recent Purchases

BAND, THE MUSIC FROM BIG PINK, TOSHIBA JPN LP re-issue

DEPECHE MODE SPEAK & SPELL, RHINO US CD + DVD with 5.1 audio

DURAN DURAN ASTRONAUT, EPIC US Dual Disc with 5.1 audio

FERRY, BRYAN ANOTHER TIME ANOTHER PLACE, ISLAND UK LP original

GOONS, THE MICHAEL PARKINSON MEETS THE GOONS, BBC UK LP ’76 re-issue

GOULD, SIR JULIAN LOVE IS BLUE, UNART US LP EZ more EZ hits!

JONES, TOM LOVE ME TONIGHT, LONDON JPN EP 7″ W/PS ’71

MAURIAT, PAUL L’AMOUR EST BLEU, PHILIPS JPN 7″ W/PS original

MUD MUD ROCK VOL. II, RAK UK LP

O.S.T. TOMFOOLERY, MMT UK LP Tom Lehrer O.C. from England

OLDFIELD, MIKE TAKE 4, VIRGIN UK 12″ W/PS white vinyl

O’SULLIVAN, GILBERT GET DOWN, MAM IT 7″ W/PS gatefold

RARE EARTH GET READY, RARE EARTH JPN 7″ W/PS original

ROUSE, MIKEL / BROKEN CONSORT WALK IN THE WOODS, MTM BE LP

STACKRIDGE s/t, MCA UK LP original

UZEB LIVE A L’OLYMPIA, SELECT CAN LP

V.A. ATCO SALES MEETING – SUMMER 1969, ATCO US LP promo-only, with Cream and Bee Gees!

V.A. ELEKTRA ‘72.09 RELEASES, ELEKTRA US LP promo-only, with Goodthunder!

V.A. MUSIC TO READ JAMES BOND BY. U.A. US LP mono, with a nude woman cover (spray painted gold, naturally!(

WINWOOD, STEVE FINER THINGS, ISLAND JPN 7″ W/PS wih an instrumental B-Side of the A-Side

It’s been a busy month so far!  There’s even a few new record stores in Los Angeles: Caveman Vintage Music, Jacknife Records, Permanent Records…and I visited some old favorites, like PM Sounds in Torrance, Record Surplus (which will move very soon) and good old Amoeba Hollywood.

Next month, I will get to visit Northern California, so I’ll get to go to all of my favorite stores up there – Streetlights, Amoebas, Rasputins etc.

I was astonished to recently find the original 60’s 45’s by Paul Mauriat and Rare Earth!  Both are stereo 45’s and look amazing!

DVD-R’s

7-20-11

DVD-R’s

As many of you will know, I have been working with my music video collection recently.  From approx. ’82 – ’96, I airchecked tons of music video from MTV, VH-1, MuchMusic, Musique Plus – and wherever else I could find music videos!  Rage – Australia!  The BBC! etc.

At the time I recorded all of this music video, I never thought there would be a format change from tape to disc – but that has happened.  Trouble is – I still have hundreds (if not thousands) of videotapes with music videos on ‘em that I would potentially want to see again!  Will my laser disc player still work?  Well, my old Sony one died, and I was given a Magnavox player that seems to work OK.  The Sony PAL 8mm camera worked well, despite being nearly 25 years old (only mono hi-fi audio, unfortunately).  My Sony slhf-2100 high-end SuperBeta is working well – let’s hope the belts hold out – the remote already died, unfortunately (the screen no longer works).  My NTSC VHS deck still works OK, but my PAL hi-fi VHS deck died.  At present, I also do not have SECAM playback.

Then there’s the problem of what to do with the tape after I x-fer it to DVD-R.  Seems like most places around here consider videotape “hazardous waste” – still need to find somebody locally who will take the mountain of Beta tapes off of my hands!

Have to keep the music videos “sorted”, too!  Discs that I compile various artists are designated as “MV-XXX”; Discs that are single artists only have a 4-digit number assigned.  Non-music feature films are FF-XXXX, Non-music TV shows are TV-XXXX etc.  I got a nice box to file everything, too.

Of course, my first 24 volumes of ‘numbered-only’ single artist discs are all by Frank Zappa.   Not sure how I will incorporate the ‘factory made’ DVD’s into my lists – the idea is to watch out for clips / performances not on the ‘factory made’ DVD’s.

Before I gave up on TV and airchecking, my original “Music Video” list got up to around 25,000 titles – around 1996.  I’ve had a DVD recorder since 2005, and, at present, my list around 1,500 titles now.  Not sure how big I will let the list become – the old list was virtually littered with artists I did not collect and had no interest in.

So why specialize in this type of ephemerals?  I have been a one-man YouTube for years, I can’t stand the low-res stuff.  As long as the SuperBeta still cranks ‘em out, we’re in business.

And then there’s Joe’s laser disc collection – over 500 titles.  I’ll get around to that to, eventually!  Many people reading this are already receiving volumes of Music Videos from me.  If you’d like to see the full list, please contact me.

–          Ron Kane

Faust IV

7-19-11

Faust IV

I recently bought a new edition of “Faust IV” – one of my favorite junior high school records.  I got the original almost as soon as it was released and imported to the US (December ’73?).  Faust were one of my favorite bands of the 1970’s, especially in junior high and high school.

This new edition is a 2006 2CD re-mastering as released in Japan by Arcangelo (via Disk Union) – they have created paper sleeves for both the original album, and the ‘bonus album’.  It cost roughly 3,990 yen plus shipping.  Here are the versions of “Faust IV” that I currently possess:

LP                FAUST IV                                 VIRGIN DE                87739 IT

1973 8 TRKS DE original issue, with a sticker on the cover, proclaiming “Faust IV”

LP                FAUST IV                                 VIRGIN ES                87 739 I

1973 8 TRKS Spanish pressing; I bought this in Spain…

LP                FAUST IV                                 VIRGIN FR                840 019

1973 8 TRKS French pressing; I got this in France…

LP                FAUST IV                                 VIRGIN NZ ?             V 2004

1973 8 TRKS NZ or AUS pressing?  I obtained this in NZ…it does not state country of manufacture, and it ain’t English!

LP                FAUST IV                                 VIRGIN UK                V 2004

1973 8 TRKS UK original issue

CDx2           FAUST IV (Deluxe edition)    VIRGIN UK                CDVR 2004

1973 16 TRKS (’06 issue)(9 x bonus tracks)

CDx2           FAUST IV (Kami)                    ARCANGELO JPN   ARC-7350/1

1973 16 TRKS (9 x bonus tracks) kami sleeve (’11 issue)

My fandom for the original Faust’s 4 albums will never lessen or diminish.  I love #1 & #3, but #2 and #4 are superlative, as well.  In a way, Faust IV is the album that they always promised to make; indeed, part of the charm of #1 is that it sounds…”unfinished” / “unpolished”.  Faust IV is polished – all “mistakes” are intentional, I am reasonably certain.

Strangest thing about Faust IV is that is has the Polydor 45 version of “It’s A Bit Of Pain”, but the original LP was on Virgin England.  Neither of the Polydor Faust LP’s were ever licensed by Virgin England – Recommended Records UK got the honors.  I remember having a friend with a Swedish wife translate the spoken part of “It’s A Bit Of A Pain” for me, I must still have the text written down somewhere.

And in “Giggy Smile”, Faust re-visit a wonderful musical theme as found on their 2nd album – to great effect.  And is “The Sad Skinhead” for or against skinheads?

I don’t remember how quickly I found out that Faust were no longer together.  It was heartbreaking, but…I realized that the four albums they created while together initially are near-perfect efforts.

Why don’t you eat carrots?

Time Machine 1971 #5

7-18-11

Time Machine 1971 #5 (Strange Days Magazine)

More 1971!  The July 2011 issue of “Strange Days” lists May 1971 album releases as:  Paul & Linda McCartney “Ram (Apple UK LP PAS 10003), Rod Stewart “Every Picture Tells A Story” (Mercury UK LP 6338 063); John Entwistle “Smash Your Head Against The Wall (Track Record UK LP 2406 005); Rory Gallagher “self-titled” (Polydor UK LP 2383 044); Emerson, Lake & Palmer “Tarkus” (Island UK LP ILPS 9155); Edgar Broughton Band “self-titled” (Harvest UK LP SHVL 791); The Grease Band “self-titled” (Harvest UK LP SHVL 790); Southern Comfort “Frog City” (Harvest UK LP SHSP 4012); and Weather Report “self-titled” (Columbia US LP C 30661).

Today, I own 6 of the 9 titles in Strange Days magazine’s picks for May, 1971.  I do not own the Rory Gallagher, Southern Comfort or Weather Report albums.  I liked Taste, but never followed Rory onto his solo albums.  Does this Southern Confort LP have Ian Matthews on it?  I don’t know.  I think I kept a “Best of” CD by Weather Report, but…never particularly went for 70’s US rock / jazz fusion albums.  Sorry, I was listening to lots of German music!

Anything by Paul McCartney was still big news in 1971, so I snapped up “Ram” as quickly as humanly possible – favorite track being “Monkberry Moon Delight” – but what is it about?  Never saw a UK copy of this Rod Stewart LP until many years later, but I did get a US copy for a very good price at a Thrifty drug store!  I really liked that LP at the time, but I didn’t keep it.  Guess I felt Rod was too mainstream for me, at some point in the 70’s?  The John Entwistle LP is still my favorite solo album by any member of The Who – I have friends that I continue to discuss it with, even in 2011.  Similarly, “Tarkus” by ELP is likely my favorite ELP album – though I am very fond of their debut.  How many times have I bought “Tarkus” on LP and CD?  Maybe 6 times?  I got onto the Edger Broughton Band with their 2nd album, “Sing Brother Sing”, so it was a natural for me to seek this one out, but I did not do so until a few years later – however, it was long ago enough that when I special ordered it, it came in!  I certainly like The Grease Band LP more now than I did then, but I knew of it in 1971.  It holds the distinction of being on Harvest in the UK and Shelter Records in the US (hence an implied connection to Leon Russell?).  Henry McCulloch!

It’s worth noting that it took “Tarkus” a month or two to come out in the US, ditto for the John Entwistle album (which was a slightly differing mix, when it made it’s US Decca debut).  And I think the US Rod Stewart LP had better packaging than the UK issue – with it’s tear-off poster / rear cover.