Time Machine 1972 (Strange Days)

2-29-12                     Time Machine 1972 (Strange Days)

I continue to get Strange Days magazine from Japan, via Kinokuniya books in Los Angeles.  They’re still running their wonderful “Time Machine” column, now that it’s moved from 1971 to 1972.

January 1972 releases:

Paul Simon “Paul Simon” (Columbia US LP KC 30750); Jerry Garcia “Garcia” (Warner Brothers US LP BS 2582); Jackson Browne “Jackson Browne” (aka “Saturate Before Using”) (Asylum SD 5051);  Dave Edmunds “Rockpile” (Regal Zonophone UK LP SLRZ 1026); Blue Oyster Cult “Blue Oyster Cult” (Columbia US LP KC 31063); Flash “Flash” (debut) (Sovereign UK LP SVNA 7251); Linda Ronstadt “Linda Ronstadt” (Capitol US LP SMAS 635); Captain Beefheart “The Spotlight Kid” (Reprise UK LP K 44162); and Ry Cooder “Into The Purple Valley” (Reprise US LP MS 2052).

Of the titles today, I only own Paul Simon, Flash and Ry Cooder – the latter two are the only ones I have on CD.

I had been a Simon & Garfunkel fan.  I have never particularly been interested in the Grateful Dead – or solo albums by their members – though I do like the debut solo album by their drummer, Mickey Hart, “Rolling Thunder”.  This is the debut album by Jackson Browne, with his hit single “Doctor My Eyes” to be found here.  Not sure what’s on this Dave Edmunds album, but I do not ever recall seeing a UK copy of it – or I probably would’ve bought it, as I was a big fan of Love Sculpture.  Not a Blue Oyster Cult fan, to speak of.  I absolutely love the Flash album, and the single from this album, “Small Beginnings”.  I doubt I knew who Linda Ronstadt was in 1972 – I didn’t mind The Stone Poneys.  I was great guns with Captain Beefheart in 1969 (“Trout Mask Replica”), but by 1972 – I was out of the pool.  I loved the Reprise debut album by Ry Cooder, so this one was an easy purchase in early ’72.

40 years hence, the Flash album is my favorite, from this list.  And I like the Ry Cooder album better now than I did then.  I don’t listen to a lot of Paul Simon solo work these days, but the debut solo album is the one I would gravitate to.  And I would really like to find a reasonably-priced Regal Zonophone UK LP for the Dave Edmunds album!

New Record Stores!

2-28-12          New Record Stores!

Jazz guy Willie Bobo born 1934, Rolling Stone Brian Jones born 1942; Get in there with the pop stars (to quote The G.T.O.’s).

I’m still trying to listen to a record each day of 2012!  But have not done so during February 2012… Where does the time go, anyway?

I went to 2 new Los Angeles record stores recently:

High Fidelity, Hillhurst Ave.

Mono Records, Glendale Blvd.

High Fidelity wins:

BEGGARS OPERA TWO TIMING WOMAN, VERTIGO UK 7″

CALE, JOHN DYING ON THE VINE, BEGGARS BANQUET UK 7″ W/PS

LOVICH, LENE I THINK WE’RE ALONE NOW, STIFF UK 7″ W/PS

RADIO STARS DIRTY PICTURES, CHISWICK UK 7″ W/PS their debut

SHAPE OF THE RAIN WOMAN, NEON UK 7″

SOFT MACHINE WHY ARE WE SLEEPING?, PROBE US 7″

TELEX SOUL WAVES, SIRE UK 7″ W/PS

THE THE BEAT(EN) GENERATION, EPIC UK 7″ W/PS

THE THE GRAVITATE TO ME, EPIC UK 7″ W/PS

THE THE / VIRGINIA ASTLEY FLESH AND BONES / WAITING TO FALL, SOME BIZARRE UK 7″ ’85 promo

WINWOOD, STEVE SPANISH DANCER, ISLAND UK 7″ W/PS

Mono Records had:

HARRIS, RICHARD YARD WENT ON FOREVER…, STATESIDE UK LP ’68

SHARKS FIRST WATER, ISLAND UK LP Chris Spedding

Earlier this month, I first visited “The Last Bookstore” in downtown L.A. and got:

BIDDU ORCHESTRA BLUE EYED SOUL, EPIC UK LP

CLARK, PETULA GOLDEN HOUR Vol. 1, GOLDEN HOUR UK LP

DENJEAN, CLAUDE MOODS, PHASE 4 CAN LP EZ

PROCOL HARUM HISTORIA DE LA MUSICA ROCK, POLYDOR ES LP collection

STEELEYE SPAN LIVE AT LAST!, CHRYSALIS UK LP

WILDE, KIM VIEW FROM A BRIDGE, EMI/RAK DE 12″ W/PS

WURZELS COMBINE HARVESTER, ONE-UP / EMI UK LP

So, there’s definitely been some weird records around here lately!  Bring on the new record stores in Los Angeles!

Time Machine 1972

2-27-12                     Time Machine 1972

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of February 28, 1972

Caught my eye:

JIMI HENDRIX – In The West (Reprise 2049) (LP)

BILL BALANCE & THE FEMININE FORUM (Mark 56 578) (LP) picture disc (pictured!)

LINDISFARNE – Fog On The Tyne (Elektra EKS 75021) (LP/CD)

JOJO GUNNE (Asylum SD 5053) (LP/CD)

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – No Answer (U.A. UAS-5573) (LP/CD)

The posthumous Hendrix live LP’s just keep on comin’.  L.A. radio comedy from DJ Bill Balance.  2nd U.S. LP from Alan Hull & Co. (Lindisfarne), as licensed from Charisma Records, England.  Ex-Spirit guys Jo Jo Gunne make a Southern California ‘classic’ – with singles like “Run Run Run” and “Shake That Fat”.  The Move quickly become E.L.O.

Also of interest:

THE GUESS WHO – Rockin’ (RCA LSP-4602)

ALLMAN BROTHERS – Eat A Peach (Capricorn 0102) double LP (SA-CD)

FANNY – Fanny Hill (Reprise 2058) (LP)

HARRY CHAPIN – Heads & Tales (Elektra EKS 75023)

JACKIE LOMAX – Three (Warner 2591) (LP/CD)

The Guess Who soldier on.  Southern-fried jam band rock from the Allmans.  More feminist rock from Fanny.  Singer / Songwriter nirvana from Harry Chapin (LP has a die-cut cover, and the single is 6+ minutes long).  Liverpool’s finest (Jackie Lomax) gives Warner Brothers their 2nd album.

Notable singles:

JOAN BAEZ – Silent Running b/w Rejoice In The Sun (Decca 32890)

DON BOWMAN – Hello D.J. (2 parts) (Mega 0062)

HARRY CHAPIN – Taxi (Elektra EK-45770)

JAMES BROWN – King Heroin b/w Theme from King Heroin (Polydor 14116)

Joan Baez has an O.S.T. A-side; C&W comedy from RCA veteran Don Bowman – a funny record!  The single from “Heads & Tales” by Harry Chapin.  James Brown continues to give Polydor singles that the radio won’t exactly flog.

The Who – Audiophile titles

2-23-12          The Who – Audiophile titles

Texas bluesman Johnny Winter born 1944, composer Handel born 1685; Winter.

I have likely been a fan of The Who for close to 44 years of my 53.5 years on this planet.  As an AM radio listener, I liked “Happy Jack”, “Magic Bus”…  I bought most of their albums in real time from “Tommy” to “It’s Hard” – I like some better than others, somewhat obviously.

Never the best sounding LP’s, I was a bit surprised when I started seeing albums by The Who attaining audiophile status via high-end re-issues.  Nobody was more surprised than I to find that “Tommy” (Deluxe edition) double SA-CD had absolutely amazing sound!  I think I first heard it on a sampler SA-CD: “Pinball Wizard” – Townshend’s guitar riff at the beginning was just an explosion!  So, my butt got kicked from an album that I never thought of as particularly “good-sounding”.

I got some other “Deluxe editions” by The Who – “Live at Leeds” (now a double CD), “The Who Sell Out” (with both mono and stereo versions of the album) – and an SA-CD of the stereo “Deluxe edition” of “My Generation”!  “Tommy” was still clearly the winner, in the audiophile sweepstakes.

A series of expensive tightly DSD-mastered SA-CD non-hybrids appear in Japan – and “Who’s Next” is on one of the initial release schedules – oh, heavenly!  The Track Record UK LP sounds great, so – I ordered one of those up in a quick hurry.  Alas, squashed by Jon Astley – the Japanese SA-CD doesn’t even have as good of sound as the UK LP.

February 2012 – “Live at Leeds” is now being offered as an SA-CD from Japan.  Warning lights start to flash – “Mastered by Jon Astley”?  No, thanks.  Uh, my regular 2CD of “Live at Leeds” sounds just fine, thank you.  And it’s a live recording, for goodness’ sake.  Don’t think I need an SA-CD of it (@ 79 yen to the US$1.-)

Oh, there’s a $150 “Quadrophenia” boxed set with a 5.1 disc in it?  Probably a DVD-A, would be my guess.  And it’s not the whole album in 5.1?  OK.  Guess I’ll have to wait and find a used copy of it somewhere, when I have a credit slip.  Never my favorite Who album, in any event.

Another 5.1 note in The Who family of artists:  Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane “Rough Mix” was briefly available as a 5.1 disc when it was released as a DualDisc!  I checked it, and YES!  It has been mixed properly in 5.1!

So, one can be a fan of The Who and have “good sound”, too.  It’s up to you as to which ones you spend your money on – but I’d recommend the “Tommy” (Deluxe edition 2CD) that’s somewhat readily available.  Even if you can savor the 5.1 goodness, you will still be able to hear tremendous sound on the most excellent ‘clean’ mastering.

Hal Kemp, Skitch Henderson EP’s

2-22-12          Hal Kemp, Skitch Henderson EP’s

Throbbing Gristle guy Genesis P-Orridge born 1950, “Mother-In-Law” singer Ernie K-Doe born 1936; “Mother-In-Law”.  Two hyphenated names!

At the Claremont swap meet earlier this month, I found some wonderful 1950’s EP’s with picture covers for 50 cents each!  Behold Hal Kemp and Skitch Henderson!

I love hard-sleeved US 50’s EP’s!  As a youngster, believe it or not, it was still possible for me to go to Wallach’s Music City and special order hard-sleeved Elvis Presley EP’s!  Had to have the “Shake Rattle & Roll” EP!  (Yes, I still have it!)  However, by that time – it had a yellow RCA label, not the black label with Nipper.

But I have a special soft spot for RCA EP’s.  Spike Jones!  Perez Prado!  Jim Reeves!

EP’s seemed like a natural part of growing up, for a nascent record collector.  By the time I was in record stores, 10” LP’s were all but gone – but 7” EP’s could still be had!  My initial Extended Play desires were by The Beatles and The Rolling Stones.  I spent a lot of money to get a real copy of the only UK EP by The Who (worth it, worth every penny!)  Manfred Mann EP’s!

I confess to having sold some of my British 60’s EP’s – rest assured I got pretty good money for ‘em.  My nasty secret:  I could find them easily in New Zealand, and they weren’t expensive.  But when it was time to sell one’s Yardbirds EP’s – I could get pretty much whatever I wanted for ‘em.  Donovan, The Kinks!  The Searchers!  I loved my British 7” 45rpm EP’s!

Record collecting ebbs and flows – I’ll now go years without seeing any EP’s at all.  I bought the Hal Kemp and Skitch Henderson EP’s from a guy at the Claremont swap meet  who was one of those “friends of the library” types.  I am pleased my purchase from him can assist a suburban library in any way.  He also had some groovy LP’s, too.

I never know what I’m going to find at the swap meet.  Marvin says he’s going to bring some Barry Humphries LP’s to either the next PCC or Buena park swap meet.  Alas, I  probably already have ‘em all.  I still remember vividly the day at the Claremont swap meet where some guy brought the motherlode of UK 70’s British glam rock LP’s – and he only wanted approx. $7 ea for ‘em!

There are times when my record collecting hobby seems dead; when there’s nothing going on with it.  Then I’ll go to a swap meet and some guy is selling off his friend’s Spike Jones collection!!!  Gotta keep going to the swap meets.  Are the swap meets any good where you are?  What was the last thing you found at a swap meet that you were absolutely delighted with?  (It doesn’t have to be a phonograph record,,,)

Feminine Charm

2-21-12          Feminine Charm

Singer / Songwriter Nina Simone born 1933, Singer / Songwriter Mary Chapin Carpenter born 1958; I own records by neither, but R&B wins.

A good friend of mine collects records by girls / women; he’s not picky – it it’s female, he wants it.

I’ve always tried to be a little bit pickier than that!  Immediately, the female artists that I advocate are people like Annette Peacock, Urszula Dudziak, Fay Losvky, Sonja (from Curved Air), Miharu Koshi etc.

But – being who I am – and with my particular orientation – I have sometimes parenthetically fallen in love with women in realms outside of the music world.

As a young man, I tried to see each and every movie with Laura Antonelli in it.  Within the last decade, I fell for Thora Birch in “Ghost World” – I mean, they dressed her up in all those super-cute outfits in that movie!  How could I not notice her?

But I saw something recently that really shed a whole new light on my interest in feminine charm.  It’s a 1993 TV show called “Life & Times” (on PBS – KCET Ch. 28) hosted by Patt Morrison – who is interviewing Leonard Cohen.  It is obvious that she is a ‘professional’ interviewer / broadcast journalist.  I think she surprised even Cohen with some of the research presented!  But…Leonard is Leonard – I think he “liked” her, and very nearly made an on-camera ‘proposal’ to Ms. Morrison!

At the time of this interview, Morrison is about 40 and Cohen is in his late 50’s.  To LC, she was a youngster!  The camera didn’t show us, but when he started reading a poem about “Her heavenly breast” etc. – I bet Ms. Morrison was blushing!  ‘Cause what he was reading seemed like it could’ve applied to her!

Part of Cohen’s charm is that he kindly backs out of any possible misunderstandings – he and Morrison eventually discuss “Loving without touching”; Cohen advocates it!  But she also seemed to be trying to figure out if…this gorgeous man was “available” – and yet, she does mention her husband!

So was Patt Morrison flustered by the serenity of Cohen’s advance?  Or was she flustered at all?  This woman is an award-winning professional broadcaster; yes, she always wears matching funny hats.  But I think all Cohen saw that day was a lovely 40 year old woman who needed some LC loving.  I had no idea she hosted that show for 16 years – her interview with Cohen must’ve been in her first year of hosting the show!

Patt Morrison is still going strong – with a daily radio show on KPPC-FM in Los Angeles – Pasadena, more exactly.  I do not intend to stalk her, but it would be amusing to try to meet her, and mention the interview with Leonard Cohen.  How she reacts to the very mention of it might indicate what really went on that day.  But I do like her!

Time Machine 1972

2-20-12                     Time Machine 1972

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of February 21, 1972

Caught my eye:

GEORGE CARLIN – FM & AM (Little David SD 7214) (LP)

HOMER & JETHRO – The Far Out World Of… (RCA LSP-4648)

DAVE MASON – Headkeeper (Blue Thumb BTS-34) (LP)

PARRISH & GURVITZ (Decca DL 75336) (LP/CD)

Stand-up comedy from George Carlin.  Is this near the end of the run for Homer & Jethro on RCA?  Dave Mason gives Blue Thumb a 2nd album, which is at least partially, if not entirely, live.  I already had Parrish & Gurvitz – the English Regal Zonophone version – I’d heard it on the radio, and went in search of the import LP.

Also of interest:

BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS – Greatest Hits (Columbia KC-31170) (CD)

THE IMPRESSIONS – Times Have Changed (Curtom 8012)

DAVE EDMUNDS – Rock Pile (Mam 3)

LITTLE FEAT – Sailin’ Shoes (Warner 2600)

Now you can get all those BS&T A-sides on one convenient LP.  Curtis Mayfield got his own label, but still somehow – there are records by The Impressions (is this the final Impressions LP?).  Rockin’ Dave Edmunds – is this the “I Hear You Knockin’” LP?  Southern-fried rock from Lowell George & Little Feat…and not their debut album.

Notable singles:

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART – Click Clack b/w I’m Gonna Booglarize You Baby (Reprise 1068)

BILLY EDD WHEELER – Betty Bowlegs b/w Does Mel Tillis Really Stutter (RCA 74-0656)

MALO – Suavecito b/w Nena (Warner 7559)

ISAAC HAYES – Do Your Thing (Enterprise 9042)

WEA makes a Beefheart single!  B.E.W. veers towards novelty material (I don’t think either of these songs are on his sole RCA LP, “Love”).  Nice radio hit for Jorge Santana (Carlos’ brother) with Malo.  Super groovy R&B A-side for Isaac Hayes.

Crosby Stills & Nash #2

2-16-12          Crosby, Stills, Nash, Young etc. #2

Duran Duran’s Andy Taylor born 1961, rapper and Law & Order star Ice-T born 1958; I own records by both.

Guess either the egos or lawyers had their way and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young had to split up.  Too much talent for a single group?  Artistic digression about what way to go, ma-a-a-n?

Don’t remember who was first out of the gate with the solo albums (Neil Young actually, but…we’re talking-post-CSNY) – Steve Stills got a hit single with “Love The One You’re With” from his debut solo album.  I never heard his 2nd solo album (though I do own it), and I didn’t make it to Manassas, his post-CSNY band.  Or his later solo works.

I remember really liking the single “Chicago” by Graham Nash, despite it’s “message” – glorious!  In 2012, I can listen to it in 5.1, if so desired – by the deluxe version of his debut solo album “Songs For Beginners”.  Also really liked “Immigration Man”, one of the singles from the debut Crosby & Nash LP – despite it’s ‘content’.  No interest – then or now – in David Crosby’s solo album career (unless it comes out in 5.1) – I remember being virulently interested in German music in the early 70’s, so a solo LP from an ex-Byrd was not at the top of the list for my young ears.

Neil Young fared very well for me.  Outside of the context of CSNY, his solo albums had been pretty good – “Neil Young” (His ’68 debut), “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere” (1969) and “After The Goldrush” (1970, with it’s giant lyrics sheet / poster).  Once he got mainstream acceptance with “Heart of Gold”, I sort of lost interest in his solo career.  Yep, I own all of the first 4 LP’s and CD’s, and Volume 1 of his giant CD boxed set – illumination upon those records and Buffalo Springfield!  (And pre-Buffalo Springfield!!).

But really – why even pay attention to music of this nature if you can listen to albums by Faust, Amon Duul II, Can, Supersister, Magma etc.

As a middle-aged listener, it’s easy to understand the popularity of the music of these guys.  Lots of us heard it when we were kids – certainly younger than the musicians of this nature!  If we shuffle “Déjà vu” with “After The Goldrush” with a few stray tracks from Graham Nash and Steve Stills thrown in – I bet I could make up an entire listenable 80 minute CD-R of decent songs – and not even include any Buffalo Springfield!

So, if ‘this music’ wasn’t the pinnacle of what was possible within the confines of “Rock Music” in 1970 – was anything even more qualified for the title of “Pinnacle”?  We were young, not paying attention to the business aspect of the music industry.  I bet it’s all not a pretty story.  Must be tons of managers and lawyers around this crowd.

Crosby Stills & Nash #1

2-15-12          Crosby, Stills, Nash etc. #1

Jazz impresario Henry Threadgill born 1944, indie rock guy Conor Oberst born 1980; close enough for jazz.

After writing about Buffalo Springfield yesterday, I thought – why not write about the next chapter in the U.S. hippie music story?

After Buffalo Springfield folded, Neil Young got a solo deal from Reprise Records.  Steve Stills decided to make music with David Crosby of The Byrds, with English vocalist Graham Nash (of The Hollies).  Who knew that this combination of voices would be so darned popular?

As Crosby, Stills & Nash:

LP                CROSBY, STILLS & NASH (1969)         ATLANTIC US  SD 8229     1969 10 TRKS insert

CD                CROSBY, STILLS & NASH (1969)         ATLANTIC US  82651.2      1969 10 TRKS re-mastered

7″                 MARRAKESH EXPRESS                         ATLANTIC US  A-16642      1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

As Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young:

LPx2            4 WAY STREET                                         ATLANTIC DE  60 003        1971 17 TRKS Live ’70, German pressing

LPx2            4 WAY STREET                                         ATLANTIC US  SD 2-902    1971 17 TRKS Live ’70

LP                DÉJÀ VU                                                     ATLANTIC UK  2401 001    1970 10 TRKS

LP                DÉJÀ VU                                                     ATLANTIC US  SD 7200     1970 10 TRKS

CD                DÉJÀ VU                                                     ATLANTIC US  82649.2      1970 10 TRKS re-mastered

CD                SO FAR – GREATEST HITS                     ATLANTIC US  19119.2      1974 11 TRK Collection

LP                SO FAR – GREATEST HITS                     ATLANTIC US  SD 19119   1974 11 TRK Collection

7″                 WOODSTOCK promo                              ATLANTIC US  45-2723      1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

At the time that “Déjà vu” was released, I remember being advised that “Déjà vu” was the pinnacle of what was possible in rock music – probably by someone at the hippie record store in downtown Long Beach.  I did like it; I bought it as a new release.  It’s too bad that they eventually stopped giving the cover it’s marvelous texture.  And you never see the lyrics sheet in the first album; it’s like it’s a forgotten artifact.  And they were so damned popular, yet in 2012, their 45’s are pretty tough to find!  No, no B-Sides – but I am guessing that the mono mixes were tweaked by Atlantic, to some extent.

I never went for the re-mastered with bonus tracks versions of the first two albums.  Do I really want to hear this band’s out-takes?

On the late 60’s FM radio, I believe there was a tape that used to get played – that was essentially the rehearsal for CS&N – there is definitely a very different version of “Long Time Comin’, Long Time Gone” that I used to hear ‘em play.  You can see the boys in action in the filmed version of “Woodstock”.

Still looking for a nice copy of the non-LP 45 “Ohio”, their blistering anti-war / oppression song.  Black sleeve, very hard to find a nice one 40 years hence.