Last blog of 2011

12-29-11                Last blog of 2011

Back on Monday 1-9-12 with “Time Machine 1972”!  My old friend Rick Snyder has more or less always told me that he feels 1972 is one of the best years for recorded music.  I certainly remember enjoying 1972!

I thank all of the regular readers of this blog for taking the time to see what oddness is spilling from my brain through my fingertips.

I find that is still possible to be mightily swayed by music, in 2011 – at the age of 53.  My hearing isn’t what it used to be, but it’s not entirely bad.  The level in each ear seems to be about the same, so I should be thankful for that.  All that stuff in 5.1 seems to sound neat to me, so I guess I am hearing it sufficiently.

I had a spot of trouble with my left wrist this year, de Quervain’s Tendonitis – since about August 2011.  Sore left thumb!  It did keep me from writing as much as I would’ve liked to, I must admit.  A wonderful hand doctor fixed me up, at the recommendation of my regular doctor.  Back to normal!

So, a break of a few days, then back with more of this.  1972 awaits!

Billboard Magazine etc.

Just the other day, I read a Billboard Magazine cover to cover in a San Fernando Valley bookstore.  Was it my imagination, or did it have WAY TOO MANY charts to be believed?  Has everyone / everything been given it’s own chart?  Oh, and I recognized almost nothing being discussed within it’s pages.

Yeah, I’m too old.  No use for a 2011 music business publication.  Would Music Week in the UK be any better?  I doubt it.

40 years ago, getting an issue of Billboard was a real treat; for one thing, it was expensive for 1972.  But one could read all the international charts etc.  In the Dec. 2011 issue, the international charts were dismal – no Australian artists in the Australian Top 10, same for NZ etc.

I did notice that “Dark Side Of The Moon” by Pink Floyd is on the 2011 chart, so I’ve heard at least one album in the Hot 200!

But – my goodness – all those folks in the Billboard chart… can this stuff all really be being taken seriously?  Not by people like me, that’s for certain.

Back in the real world, I noticed that James “Motorhead” Sherwood of The Mothers of Invention passed away recently.  I guess he can play with Jimmy Carl Black, the Indian of the group now.  <aybe Frank us there, too.  Don Preston still walks the Earth!

…as do I!

On my way to San Francisco today.  We’ll see what mental illness has been traded in to the 2 x Amoeba Music stores up there – I always find stuff!  (Maybe for you, too?  Do I have your most recent want list?)  Can’t wait to troll my usuals up there – Rasputin’s, Streetlight etc.  Blue Bottle Coffee, Oakland.  Down Home Music in El Cerrito.  That newer store on 40th St. in Oakland, near the Mac & Cheese restaurant.  Will I be able to get the GF to allow me to stop on Bascom Ave. in San Jose – for a visit to both Streetlight and Rasputin’s?  I can leave her across the street at the brewery, I guess.

Yeah, I’ll be back soon – and busily writing about 1972!  Yep, almost the 40th anniversary of 1972!!

RK

 

Colosseum

12-27-11                Colosseum

LP                COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (Collection)                          BRONZE DE          85815 IT

1971 8 TRK Collection

LP                COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (Collection)                          ISLAND/BRO UK   ILPS 9173

1971 8 TRK Collection, UK original

CD                COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                                   SEQUEL US          1006.2

1971 7 TRKS (1 x bonus track) Live

LPx2            COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                                   ISLAND/BRO UK   ICD 1

1971 6 TRKS Live, red plastic sleeves

CD                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                               SEQUEL UK          NEXCD 256

1970 8 TRKS (’93 issue, re-master) Vertigo

LP                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                               DUNHILL US         DSX 50101

1970 8 TRKS US version, promo

LP                GRASS IS GREENER, THE                                                     DUNHILL US         DS 50079

1969 8 TRKS US only LP!

LP                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (UK)     FONTANA UK        STL 5510

1969 8 TRKS UK original

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

1969 6 TRKS US version

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

1969 14 TRKS (6 x bonus tracks) (’04 issue)

LP                VALENTYNE SUITE                                                                  VERTIGO UK         VO 1

1969 7 TRKS UK original

CDx2           VALENTYNE SUITE / GRASS IS GREENER, THE re         SANCTUARY UK   SMEDD 097

1969/70 15 TRKS (’04 issue)(2 x bonus tracks)

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

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

If one was a Cream fan at the end of the 60’s, you eventually heard about Colosseum.  Drummer Jon Hisemen knew Jack Bruce fairly well – they played together in the Mike Taylor Trio – a jazz band.  Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker had been in The Graham Bond Organization, and when they left to form Cream, Hiseman took over on drums.  Another Graham Bond connection to Colosseum is that the original GBO sax player, Dick Heckstall-Smith, was also in Colosseum.

The first thing I found by Colosseum was their US LP “The Grass Is Greener” on Dunhill Records.  It has the LP cover of their 2nd UK LP, “Valentyne Suite” – but it has a lot of new songs, too!  Ever hear “Jumping Off The Sun” by Colosseum?  It’s an extremely neat slice of UK ’69 progressive rock – a 3 minute pop song, but with a lot of super playing going on in it.  It sounds like it belongs on “Goodbye Cream”’s studio side!

In the mid-80’s, I befriended Cream’s lyricist, Pete Brown.  Mr. Brown introduced me to Dick Heckstall-Smith, around the time of his great autobiography, “The Safest Place In The World”.

I continued to follow both Jon Hiseman and Dick Heckstall-Smith, after Colosseum folded in ’71.  Heckstall-Smith’s “A Story Ended” (1972) is one of my all-time favorite albums, and I was pleased to be able to tell him so.  Hiseman eventually fronted Tempest, with Paul Williams (Juicy Lucy)  on vocals – anybody who is familiar with Tempest knows how good it is – Allan Holdsworth was the guitarist!

Time Machine

12-26-11                Time Machine

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of December 27, 1971

Caught my eye:

AL KOOPER / STEVE STILLS etc. – Super Session (Columbia CQ-30991) QUAD re-issue

GEORGE HARRISON etc. – The Concert for Bangla Desh (Apple STCX-3385) triple LP

KEN NORDINE – How Are Things In Your Town? (Blue Thumb BTS-33) double LP

Al Kooper & Co. in QUAD!  Where’s the 5.1 SA-CD of this title?  I think I got “Bangla Desh” for Christmas in 1971, so it must’ve come out before 12/27/71!!  Leon Russell!  Bob Dylan!  I learned who Ken Nordine was by this LP hitting the cut-out bins within a year or so of this release – it was everywhere – a double album – for 99 cents.

Also of interest:

BELL & ARC (Columbia 31142)

ATOMIC ROOSTER – In Hearing Of… (Elektra EKS-74109)

RAY STEVENS – Greatest Hits (Barnaby ZQ-30770) QUAD re-issue

Bell & Arc was licensed from Charisma / B&C, England.  I never went with Atomic Rooster once Chris Farlowe took over on vocals…somehow can’t wrap my head around a quad version of Ray Stevens “Ahab The Arab”.

Notable singles:

BILLY EDD WHEELER – Gifts b/w Plutebobelle (RCA 74-0610)

THE FACES – Stay With Me b/w You’re So Rude (Warner 7545)

HUDSON & LANDRY – Ajax Airlines (Dore 868)

Oh, and tons of “Back-to-back Hits” 45’s from Warners etc.  B.E.W. is a C&W / bluegrass songwriter who eventually wrote for Kenny Rogers.  The Faces single is from “A Nod Is As Good As A Wink” and you used to hear it on the FM radio rather a lot.  Hudson & Landry were L.A. radio comedians, and this – along with “Ajax Liquor Store” was typical of their output.  Emperor Hudson!!

Contemporary Christian Music

12-25-11       

Contemporary Christian Music

I met someone interesting a while back and I discovered last summer that she had something unsuspected lurking in her past – around age 19 / 20, she was enticed into studying the Bible and going to church!  But not just any church – the mighty Calvary Chapel in Costa Mesa, CA – home of Maranatha Records!

When I was 20, going on 21 – I was rehearsing a rock band, recording an album, playing concerts, going to Europe…I had a car and a job; I was drinking and misbehaving!

Maranatha Records interests me on a variety of levels – it’s a Southern California company / phenomena, their records all look & sound very professional – and some of ‘em aren’t too far off of the mark of ‘real music’!  The record distributor that I worked for owned a chain of hippie record stores (“Licorice Pizza”) – I distinctly remember the Costa Mesa store requesting to carry the full line of Maranatha LP releases, insisting that they could REALLY sell ‘em!

I suppose I should remind readers that Calvary Chapel was also once the home to “Hippie Preacher” #1, Lonnie Frisbee (who my friend knew – telling me that he was, in fact, VERY charismatic!) – try to see the documentary “Frisbee: The Life and Death of a Hippie Preacher” – interesting stuff!

Where do I intersect Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)?  I didn’t mind the early 70’s wave of J.C. inspired pop / rock music:  “Jesus Christ Superstar” (the original version, of course – with it’s cast of progressive rock greats), the Broadway show “Godspell”, Norman Greenbaum’s eternal hippie anthem “Spirit In The Sky”, the mighty Edwin Hawkins Singers “Oh Happy Day”, “Put Your Hand In The Hand Of The Man…”, “One Toke Over The Line” etc.

Long story short:  my friend was enticed to join a Bible study group; this group lead to the Calvary Chapel; being an outstanding 20-something, my friend got invited to join a “special” Bible study group that was unauthorized by the church: one for the Maranatha musicians!  She described it as a “Secret Club”!  Soon she was going to their concerts, had “Guest List” status – and began to make her way through the not-uncomplicated world of working, faith-based musicians.

She told me that at times it seemed to her that the same people showed up week after week to the concerts – going against her basic beliefs, she was “miffed” whenever she got left off of the “Guest List”!  I asked if she ever observed any traditional rock ‘n’ roll antics, such as “Hanky Panky” between the musicians and fans – she said “No.  The church would’ve come down really hard on that”.

The church paid attention to what the faith-based rock musicians were up to?  I was told there was even a “5 Mile Rule” (which wasn’t invented for musicians, but it certainly  would’ve applied!) – you can’t go in a bar and ‘get drunk’ within 5 miles of the church; You must set a good example!  Don’t “Stumble” your brother!

One of the bands my friend encountered was called Daniel Amos (“The Beatles of Contemporary Christian Music!”) – I knew they were a California band, but hadn’t quite realized they directly came out of Calvary Chapel / Maranatha in south Orange County, only a few miles from my home!  I guess I applied record distributor knowledge and thought anything “Christian” came from Benson in Texas!

While researching this story, I was curious about “When did CCM start?”  I found that my instinct wasn’t so far wrong – The Lively Ones were a Christian rock band circa 1970, and they came from Texas!  (And in 2011, their 1970 LP on the Word label has been re-issued on CD in Korea, of all places!).

No discussion of CCM is complete without mention of Larry Norman.  Norman was a California 60’s rocker who flirted with major label success, while insisting on faith-based rock music.  His 1969 “Upon This Rock” (on Capitol) is a CCM “Classic” LP!  Very respectable 1969 “rock music” (and on CD, too!).  I recommend the DVD “Fallen Angel – The Outlaw Larry Norman” for the whole story.

There are a number of music business people / artists who I never really had any idea were “faith-based”:  Brent Bourgeois had a wonderful Sacramento-area band called Bourgeois Tagg (on Island Records), and he went on to be the head of Artists & Repertoire for Word Records!  The only thing I ever knew about Bruce Cockburn was his song “If I Had A Rocket Launcher” – I never knew he dabbled in CCM.  T-Bone Burnette, Sam (Leslie) PhillipsAndy Pratt (“Records Are Like Life”)…the known CCM quantities are people like Phil Keaggy (Glass Harp), The Call (a Santa Cruz band whose LP’s I used to see), Amy Grant (who successfully went from Christian to secular), the late Keith Green, King’s X (whose videos I saw a lot of), Barry “Eve of Destruction” McGuire (who started with the New Christy Minstrels), and Ah! The glorious Stryper – who are completely unforgettable…and absolutely awful!

So, if you recognize anything at all that I am mentioning today, you’ve had your fingers in the CCM rock & roll pie.  Merry Christmas!

Xmas Memories

12-24-11               

Xmas Memories 2011

My strongest Xmas time memory takes me back over 40 years – searching my home before Xmas trying to find out if my Dad had bought me the George Harrison “All Things Must Pass” 3LP boxed set.  He had; it was in a plain brown paper bag in his bottom dresser drawer.  It probably cost between $7 – $10, a lot of money in 1970 – way beyond my means, which were usually restricted to a single $2.98 LP on a payday).  And the George Harrison set is an amazing album, isn’t it?  Impressive packaging: custom labels, inner-sleeves…”Apple Jam”, anyone?

And another George Harrison Xmas memory:  The “Bangla Desh” 3LP boxed set!  I am positive the LP came before the opportunity to go to a theatre and see the film, for me anyway.  Leon Russell!!

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I learned to two-finger type when I was about 12 years old – on a Smith-Corona portable typewriter.  I mostly typed up label discographies (Atco, Elektra etc.) and index cards, for my “collection”.  Many years later, I went to work at the record distributor; one of my many jobs there in the early 80’s was to add titles to and order a “print” of the LP order book that was sent out to stores.  You went to the desk, turned the machine on, dialed the phone (‘cause the mainframe was over in Burbank), placed the phone on the cradle – and eventually the computer screen would light up!

My first computer was likely a 286 clone – and I worked in PCFile (later PCFile 5), the forerunner of Excel.  Kicking and screaming, I eventually got a then-impressive 486 clone, which was mightily expensive.  Somewhere along the line, I typed up a roughly 10,000 title list of Joe Castle’s CD collection, circa late 90’s.  I got on-line about ’96 (Jim Kane), eBay (Joe Castle) since ’99, Blogger (Warren Bowman) about ’02, Flickr (Cathy Cole) about ’06, on and off of Facebook (“nobody”); WordPress (Jim Donato) fun since last year…

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I think the first time I went to Hollywood Blvd. was about 1965 – my parents took us to Grauman’s Chinese Theatre to see the James Bond film “Thunderball” – I remember not comprehending the idea of an “Intermission”!  We (my family) had a dinner at a place called “Coffee Dan’s”.  Later on (1967), I asked my brother where he bought British import records:  Lewin’s Record Paradise on Hollywood Blvd., near Wilcox.  The first record I got there was the British mono LP of “Are You Experienced?” Track Record UK, by The Jimi Hendrix Experience ($4.98, 3 songs not on the US LP & a groovy cover!); also snagged a Rolling Stones “Come On” b/w “I Want To Be Loved” British Decca 45 ($1.75).  464-8088 was that store’s phone number.  Walking up and down Hollywood Blvd., there were tons of record stores!  Vogue, Pacific Discount, Phil Harris Record Shop, Psychedelic Supermarket (on Las Palmas) and several more that I never knew the name of.

Thank you!

12-23-11                Thank You!

“How can I help you find more music that you will like?”

“Can I help you with any specific collection(s)?”

“Will you help me find that stuff that I am looking for?”

Thanks to Brian W., Bob G., Jim D., Dana M., Mark M., Tom B., Warren B., Ken H., Eric S., David O., David P., Tom M., Mike McG., David Z., Rick S., Joe C., Steven W., Cary B., Gary S., Osamu I., Wes O., Phil C., Charles M., Deepinder C., Steve “Mott” H., Chris M., Dave A., Bob S., Dorothy, Gwynne (K / G), Rose, Theresa, Susan, Lauren, Darrell, Cameron, Craig S., Mike V., Bill S., Paul S., Steve Z., Gary N., Rick P., Tom R., Ace F.F., Lucy, Debbie, Andy / Alex, Yael, Laszlo, Igor, Gilles, Eric H., Pete B., Laurie F., Murray C., Joe R., Roland B., Holger C. Aldo T., Tony H. Gina S., Barbara H.. Philip P. etc. – and everybody who came to Ron-Kon in Portland, OR, 2008!

Thanks too to famous, legendary record stores:  Tower Records, Aron Records (on Melrose; on Highland), Wallach’s Music City (Lakewood), Rhino Records (Westwood and Claremont), Virgin Records (Oxford St.), Moby Disc (Van Nuys), Wave (Roppongi), Platterpuss, Music Millennium (Portland), Waterloo (Austin), Crocodisc (Paris), Newbury Comics, The Wherehouse, Ray Avery’s Rare Records (Glendale, Redondo Beach), Second Spin (Costa Mesa), Port o’ Sound, Records Ltd., Licorice Pizza (Bellflower, West Covina, Huntington Beach etc.), Mole Music and Od Tunes (Topanga Canyon Blvd.), Sound Spectrum, Music Plus (Hermosa Beach), HMV (Shibuya), Amoeba Music (SF, Berkeley, LA), Music Market, Rasputin’s (Bascom, Concord, others), Crane’s (on Pico Blvd.), Streetlight (Bascom), Silvio’s (Cuba St.), Revolver Records (4th St.), Real Groovy (Queen St.), Everyday Music (Portland), Jazz Record Revival (Tom Burns), Disk Union (Shinjuku and others), Recofan (4F Beams), Phineas (on Anaheim St.), Rare Nakano, Mundae, Recomints (Nakano), Fields of Zaad (Pico Blvd.), FNAC (Montparnasse), Garden Shed (Nishi-Shinjuku), Lou’s (Encinitas), Folk Arts (San Diego), Prime Cuts (Hollywood), Tape & Record Room (Long Beach), Steve Mintz / Bagatelle (Long Beach, 4th St. and Atlantic Ave.) etc.

Special dedication to my brother, James B. Kane, who passed away on 9-30-11.  This man helped me become who I am.  He taught me how / why to collect phonograph records.  “Are your hands clean?”

Books, Films – Part 2

12-22-11                Books, Films, Part Two

So, I seem to use media to determine my “experience time line”:

Music

           Books

                         Films

I have engaged in all three formats concurrently for over 40 years!  My favorite is obviously music, but you can’t keep me out of an interesting bookstore!  And not so much anymore, but…I used to try and see tons of films; I would follow actors, then directors, then cinematographers, then set designers; I’ve even gone to films just to hear the incidental music!  Film Comment!  Cahiers du Cinema!  Roman Polanski!  Stanley Kubrick!  Nicholas Roeg!  Peter Weir!  Lindsay Anderson!

Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Michael J. Pollard, Richard Benjamin, John Cassavetes…

Books about music, art…revolution!  William S. Burroughs, Ed Sanders (I absolutely love his “Fug You” auto-biography – so much info about The Fugs!), Charles Bukowski, “Music Master” etc.

Music is why I wanted to travel – different place, different music!  A different record collecting experience!  And I got to meet neat people and see interesting stuff, too!  To go to museums, botanical gardens, beaches…Uh, I don’t do elevation well, so…I stay out of places that are in an elevation of 4,000, 5,000 ft.!  (I guess I shouldn’t go to Denver, CO looking for books or records?)  And I love “Islands” – England, japan, New Zealand – and as previously discussed – it doesn’t always have to be in English!

How did I make the leap out of the language that I was born into?  Likely, the first non-English language music that I went for was in French.  I took French uin High school and had a very good teacher, who really engaged the youngsters and got them excited about French and France.  So, I was on the look-out for French rock music!  I do believe that the first one I chanced across was the debut album by singer / songwriter Michel Berger.

I liked German artists, though – but the first couple of years that I concentrated on that, they all seemed to be singing in English (or were entirely instrumental bands) – Amon Duul II, Faust, Neu!, Kraftwerk, Can…absolutely concurrent finding that Michael Berger LP in a used bin.  Gee, not much French rock music was ever pushed in the direction of the U.S., was it?  Magma, anyone?  Two LP’s out on A&M in the U.S.!

Any chance of adapting my skills to a new hobby?  I know how to look for stuff; I know how to keep tight lists.  What can I bring to birdwatching?  Digital photographs and audio recordings of birds?  Travel to foreign countries in search of ‘rare birds’?  A really big “Bird List”?  Could I travel to a foreign country to look for birds and not check out the record stores there?

Books, Films – Part 1

12-21-11                  Books, Films – Part 1

As a child, my Mom made sure we all had library cards!  My earliest book memory (apart from school) is probably either the Dana Branch Library in Long Beach, CA – or the massive “Acres of Books” in downtown Long Beach, CA.  I wanted to read about Groucho Marx, Harry Belafonte, The Beatles…

Crown Books, B. Dalton Bookseller, the bookstore at U.C.L.A., Larry Edmunds Cinema Bookshop, A Change of Hobbit (Westwood)…at some point, I think my Mom took me to a place in downtown L.A. to get “back issue” Mad magazines, or possibly DC comics – my sets were invariably incomplete.

My 21-Year-Old self wandered Charing Cross Road in London, England – Foyle’s, Compendium!  In Paris is was Gibert Jeune, Shakespeare & Company!  FNAC!  Powell’s in Portland, Chapters / Indigo in Toronto!  Kinokuniya Shinjuku – that’s right!  It doesn’t have to be in English!  Verbeelding on Utrechtsestraat in Amsterdam!  Parco Book Center in Shibuya!  Book Soup!  Vroman’s!  City Lights!  Black Oak!  Cody’s!  Moe’s!  Book Shop Santa Cruz!  Bank of Books!  Warwick’s!  Numerous places all called some variant on “Recycled Books”…Rooks & Becords, Book Off…powerful places all.

As I grew up in the 60’s, it was TV time – and my Mom and sisters liked to go to the movies.  Yes, I got taken to a lot of movies as a youngster.  Two films that my Mom took me to see resulted in her going out into the lobby to have a cigarette:  “200 Motels” (too weird!) and “Woodstock” (too long!) – But while in elementary school, it was possible to buy a book of tickets to go to a double feature every Tuesday (or Wednesday) during summer, when a youngster was out of school – relatively low price, maybe $3.00?  “Chisholm”, “The Valley of Gwangi” – films of this nature; stuff that could be shown to children without incident.  And afternoon TV in L.A. was slightly oddball, too:  “Bedazzled”, “Morgan”, “The Knack”!

I only remember going to a Drive-In theatre once (twice?), with my Dad.  Mostly, I went to local Long beach theatres:  The Towne, The Crest – scary places too: The Rivoli, The Atlantic!  The movie theatre complex that was built behind the Lakewood Center!  My first “revival house” was The Art Theatre, which fortunately still exists!  “O! Lucky Man!”, “La Strada”, “Swept Away”!  Anything with Laura Antonelli!  Later on, we all went to Filmex in Hollywood – a nifty alterna-festival where I first saw “Derek & Clive Get The Horn”!

How many times did you see “A Clockwork Orange” in a theatre?  I saw it about 30 times, over the course of a year or two.

But Beta and VHS killed the need, for me.  I could watch Albert Brooks’ “Real Life” in the comfort of my own home (or my friend’s home).  Writing about all of this – movies used to be so important to me!

Honor Your 21-Year-Old Self

12-20-11                Honor Your 21-Year-Old Self!

When you were 21, you were technically an adult, but…maybe there were still some “child-like” aspects to what you did?  Or maybe you hadn’t yet realized, or maybe you just didn’t know…as much as you should’ve known?

For me, it was 1979.  My band was active – we recorded and released an album, we played live, even!  I went to England / Europe for the first time.  I was going to a lot of concerts, and I had good friends, some from the circle of people who worked at the hippie record stores / distributor with me.  The Roxy!  The Whisky!  I was not in a “relationship” in 1979 at age 21, but…I previously had some pre-adult relationships, so I was desirous of a relationship.  Yep, I knew that I was a “Straight”!  It took a year or two, but I did eventually tap into a coven of gorgeous teenaged girls that provided me with several girlfriends (and eventually a wife / relationship that lasted 14 years).

I had a steady job at a record distributor in Glendale, CA “Superior Music”, the owner of the Licorice Pizza record store chain in Los Angeles.  I was busily meeting music industry peers, and I remember well the “community” around the people who worked at the distributor.   Even my brother worked there!  All hail Jim Kane (1948 – 2011), the man who taught me about being a record collector!

But by the time you’re 30 years of age, you pretty much know who you are.  But the journey is a long one, ain’t it, readers?  And you may not exactly know where you are in your own time line!  I certainly didn’t always know where I was in the great tale of “The Inspector”!  A few years prior to my turning 30, the compact disc was introduced.  It really messed with the music business – more $$ out, but profit margin not increased.

I became unemployed in 1987, so I started to sell off some of my vinyl to pay bills and buy CD’s.  Don’t fret, almost each and every sale was to my fiscal / mental advantage!  A decade later, I started re-collecting some of the purloined vinyl – so not to worry!  1998: my year of turning 40, buying records back that I had sold off when I turned 30!

The 90’s – re-mastered CD’s, improved mastering, packaging!  Visits to Japan!  My eventual divorce!  Music business parties!  And I left the actual music business for good!  I started my “next’ relationship; Awake in the New Century!  And thinking about my 21 year old self.

I was always “shocked” to find young people who “didn’t care” about music / records / pop culture.  It has literally all I’ve ever really thought about.  How can anybody NOT have a record collection?  I still use the discussion of recorded music to determine if a person is of “sufficient“ mettle to engage my spurious attention.  Who will know what I am talking about, anyway?  Who has some idea what my “experience” has been all about?

Maybe my 21-Year-Old 1979 self helped you collect records, or perhaps it’s the current 2011 53-Year-Old version?