10th Anniversary

7-31-12          10th Anniversary

Ahmet Ertegun born 1923; Atlantic Records forever!  On 7-27-74 Paul McCartney / Wings “Band On The Run” LP was No. 1 in England; on 7-30-77 The Stranglers “Something Better Change” 45 charts at No. 9 in England.

Looks like I’ve been writing about music for approx. 10 years now.  On 7-30-02, I dashed off a short dismissal of The Monkees.  I do not dislike them, but I really couldn’t think of what to say – and I was going to attempt to do a ‘random’ artist each day.  That didn’t last for long!

So, 10 years of this – and no book deal in sight!

Yes, of course I could do a vanity press book.  But it’s 2012, and I would guess people would rather have an electronic version of my book?  Put it up on amazon.com?

Or I could re-write my favorite stuff, re-release it in ‘booklet’ form?

I took yesterday ‘off’, as you may have noticed.  Some rest for the wicked.

The idea for some time now has been for me to get www.ronkane.com off the ground – but it’s still in the waiting area – at this time.  Anyone want to help?

My thanks to Warren Bowman for originally suggesting Blogger to me.  My thanks to Tom Meyer for howling, when I ‘gave up’ the first time.  My thanks to all regular readers of this blog – you know who you are.

People in Los Angeles will soon be able to start buying some of my ‘cast offs’ @ Berdan Records in Monrovia in a few days.  That should be amusing and hopefully profitable.  I’d really rather sell everything on www.ronkane.com, but you know that story.

Atlanta was a lot of fun!  Can any readers suggest other big cities in the U.S. where I could look for records – that are not in any appreciable elevation?  Been to PDX, S.F., Seattle, Las Vegas, Atlanta…San Diego…

“Onward…”, as Mort Sahl once said.  “Channel 13 treasure chest of prizes!  Register now and win!” as Fred May once said.

Time Machine 1972

7-30-12                     Time Machine 1972

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of July 31, 1972

Caught my eye:

CAPABILITY BROWN – From Scratch (Charisma CAS 1056) (LP/CD)

BEE GEES – To Whom It May Concern (Atco SD 7012) (LP/CD)

Two good ones!  I am a huge fan of Capability Brown – formerly known as “Harmony Grass” and after CB known as “Krazy Kat” – this is their excellent debut album, and only recently released on CD in Japan.  I believe this was a two-man Bee Gees album.

Also of interest:

FUNK INC. – Chicken Lickin’ (Prestige 10043)

GALLERY – Nice To Be With You (Sussex 7017) (LP)

I found the Gallery album a few years ago and couldn’t put a date to it.  I like the name of the Funk Inc. LP!

Notable singles:

CHICAGO – Saturday In The Park b/w Alma Mater (Columbia 4-45657)

MICHAEL JACKSON – Ben b/w You Can Cry On My Shoulder (Motown 1207)

JAMES BROWN – Good Foot (Parts 1 and 2) (Polydor 14139)

GERONIMO BLACK – ’59 Chevy b/w Let Us Live (Uni 55539)

VAN MORRISON – Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven) b/w You’ve Got The Power (Warners 7616)

JOE COCKER – Woman To Woman b/w Midnight Rider (A&M 1370)

KIM FOWLEY – I’m Bad b/w Forbidden Love (Capitol 3403)

Hit single for Chicago.  Michael’s solo debut?  More R&B from James Brown.  Ex-Zappa sidemen make a Geronimo Black single (why wasn’t it “Low Riding Man”?)  Nice A-Side for Van Morrison.  Probably the last of the Joe Cocker singles in the ‘old’ style.  And somebody must’ve had a good laugh – the Kim Fowley single was listed under “Country & Western” titles on the Phonolog release sheet!

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Today is the 10th anniversary of my first blog!

Atlanta Trip – Written Up!

http://postpunkmonk.wordpress.com/

A full detailing of my visit to Atlanta has been written up by Jim Donato!

Check It Out!

DAMNED, THE – IS IT A DREAM, MCA UK 12″ W/PS w/live tracks

GODLEY & CRÈME – SNACK ATTACK, POLYDOR UK 12″ W/PS re-issue, from the time of “Changing Faces”

HUMPERDINCK, ENGELBERT – MAN WITHOUT LOVE, DECCA SA LP label variant

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – HAVE YOU SEEN THE SAUCERS, RCA US 7″ W/PS psychedelia

MAURIAT, PAUL – TOO MUCH HEAVEN, PHILIPS FR LP EZ hits

PESHAY – DON’T THINK ABOUT ME, RED SPIDER UK 12″ W/PS electronica

PLANER, NIGEL (as ‘NEIL’)HOLE IN MY SHOE, WEA UK 12″ W/PS from “The Young Ones”

SAD CAFÉ – KEEP US TOGETHER, CHARISMA UK 12″ W/PS real Charisma dead-stock

SHEARSTON, GARY – DINGO, CHARISMA UK LP original Charisma inner-sleeve, too!

STEWART, DAVE / BARBARA GASKIN – I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD, QUALITY CAN 12″ W/PS

TELEX – SPIKE JONES, MAGIC BE 12″ W/PS !!!

TEW ORCHESTRA, ALAN – LOVE ME TENDER, CBS UK LP EZ

TEW ORCHESTRA, ALAN – YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE, GOLDEN HOUR UK LP EZ

V.A. – DIE GROSSE STEREO-STAR-PARADE ’67/1, POLYDOR DE LP with The Who and The Lovin’ Spoonful & schlagerparade!

V.A. – OVERSELL, VIRGIN UK LP “Record Mirror” ’79 compilation

V.A. – PRE-RELEASE SAMPLER #40, A&M US LP promo with John Cale and Patrick D. Martin…

Should be a 45 label, but it’s an LP label in South Africa!

Time Machine 1972 (Strange Days)

7-26-12          Time Machine 1972 (Strange Days)

Film maker Stanley Kubrick born 1928, Mick Jagger born 1943; I like both; 7-26-80 Magazine “Sweetheart Contract” 45 charts at No. 54 in England.

From issue #153 (August 2012) of Strange Days magazine in Japan: June 1972 albums!  I so totally remember exactly this month, these releases etc.

Pink Floyd “Obscured By Clouds” (Harvest UK LP SHSP 4020); King Crimson “Earthbound” (Island UK LP HELP 6); Jethro Tull “Living In The Past” (Chrysalis / Island UK 2LP CJT 1/2); David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust” (RCA UK LP SF 8287); Roxy Music “Roxy Music” (debut) (Island UK LP ILPS 9200); Alice Cooper “School’s Out” (Warner Brothers US LP BS 2623); John Lennon & Yoko Ono “Sometime In New York City” (Apple US 2LP SVBB-3392); Free “Free At Last” (Island UK LP ILPS 9192); and Aphrodite’s Child “666” (Vertigo UK 2LP 6673 001).

I own every LP on this list; I bought most of them as new releases.

I heard “Obscured By Clouds” being played in a hippie record store, and liked what I heard.  I will confess to disappointment, when I finally got to see the film that it’s a soundtrack for.  But it’s a great Pink Floyd album, in the new “Hey, it’s the 70’s” style.

I would’ve bought whatever King Crimson released by 1972, and “Earthbound” was no exception.  Even as a youth, I was a bit put off by the poor quality sound (an LP mastered from a board cassette?), but I listened and believed.  Not an essential K.C. release, not even their best live album.

The best thing about “Living In The Past” was that it finally made available the British J.T. 45’s that I couldn’t find at the time, apart from the glorious track “17”.  Not a ‘best of’ per se, but…a collection of pretty good songs.

I bought “Ziggy Stardust” and “Roxy Music” on the same day; R.M. had the K.C. connection.  But Bowie was being written about.

I waited on the Alice Cooper album; by ’72, it didn’t look like I had to have everything they did anymore.

I would’ve waited longer, but Frank Zappa was on the John Lennon / Yoko Ono 2LP set.

Only the Free and Aphrodite’s Child came later for me.  I was 100% aware of both releases, but I was not following Free anymore, after “All Right Now”.  I actually heard Aphrodite’s Child on the FM radio, so actual evidence indicated that I could spend the $6 on something more to my developing taste.

Wednesday 7/25/12

It’s Wednesday, and I go back to work today.

Atlanta is only a 3 hour time difference, but I ‘felt’ it anyway.

Delighted with all of the stuff I found there.  I didn’t buy any duplicates this time!  I started playing everything last night.  Only one minor disappointment: a hairline crack in the Jefferson Airplane 45; I pushed it ‘back together’, and now it plays noise-less.

I had to re-glue several LP covers (Gary Shearston and Paul Mauriat; what was up with 70’s Euro cover glue that it dries out so thoroughly?)  And I think that the Sad Cafe was ’83 ‘dead-stock’, it was still shrink-wrapped!

Coffee will be up in a minute, and the day will start.

I started my new volume of “The Continuing Tales of Record Collector Glory”, new volume is #13.  Atlanta was a nice feather in the cap, as all of the stores I went in were new-to-me!

Might find myself near San Diego, CA this coming weekend, so there’s always oddball stuff down there.  And S.F. is coming up before you know it, early next month.

I’m at 495 new titles for 2012, so far.  So, while I am definitely slowing down, it’s quite a stack.

I would’ve thought there would’ve been more 45’s in Atlanta.  Only really Fantasyland had a large qty., and I didn’t find anything there in the 45 bin (but I did buy a Procol Harum 8-track tape!).  My main US artists are Wayne Cochran, Sue Thompson, Spike Jones, The Coasters…

Jim & Brian – send me your updated want lists – Amoebas SF & Berkeley are only a short time away.

Ron

 

Atlanta, GA

7-24-12          Atlanta, GA

On 7-21-79 Gary Numan / Tubeway Army “Replicas” LP was No. 1 in England.  7-22-67 “Casino Royale” O.S.T. LP charts at No. 35 in England.

I recently returned from my first visit to Atlanta, GA.  In the 80’s, I was a huge fan of The Method Actors and Pylon!  I wish I had more time there…

The best part was seeing regular readers of this blog in person!

Wax ‘n’ Facts, Criminal Records, Fantasyland Records and Wuxtry Records all contributed to the master list!  Found nothin’ at Book Nook.

I didn’t even buy any duplicates by mistake!

DAMNED, THE –IS IT A DREAM, MCA UK 12″ W/PS vers. with 4 live tracks

GODLEY & CRÈME –SNACK ATTACK, POLYDOR UK 12″ W/PS re-issue, from “History Mix” (’85) or 10cc / G&C “Changing Faces” (’88) – 12” I got was ‘87

HUMPERDINCK, ENGELBERT –MAN WITHOUT LOVE, DECCA SA LP with Decca label variant

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE –HAVE YOU SEEN THE SAUCERS, RCA US 7″ W/PS b/w “Mexico” lovely psychedelic picture sleeve

MAURIAT, PAUL –TOO MUCH HEAVEN, PHILIPS FR LP EZ ‘79

PESHAY –DON’T THINK ABOUT ME, RED SPIDER UK 12″ W/PS electronica

PLANER, NIGEL (as ‘NEIL’)–HOLE IN MY SHOE, WEA UK 12″ W/PS only ever had a 7” of this title before

SAD CAFÉ –KEEP US TOGETHER, CHARISMA UK 12″ W/PS their one & only Charisma release

SHEARSTON, GARY –DINGO, CHARISMA UK LP with orig. ’74 Charisma innersleeve

STEWART, DAVE / BARBARA GASKIN –I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD, QUALITY CAN 12″ W/PS b/w “Henry and James”

TELEX –SPIKE JONES, MAGIC BE 12″ W/PS b/w “Basta”

TEW ORCHESTRA, ALAN –LOVE ME TENDER, CBS UK LP EZ

TEW ORCHESTRA, ALAN –YOU ARE THE SUNSHINE OF MY LIFE, GOLDEN HOUR UK LP EZ

V.A. –DIE GROSSE STEREO-STAR-PARADE ’67/1, POLYDOR DE LP with The Who and Lovin’ Spoonful and “Schlagerparade”

V.A. –OVERSELL, VIRGIN UK LP ’77 “Record Mirror” LP with Skids, Devo, Records, Fingerprintz, Members etc.

V.A. –PRE-RELEASE SAMPLER #40, A&M US LP promo-only, with John Cale (from “Honi Soit”)

Time Machine 1972

7-23-12                     Time Machine 1972

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of July 24, 1972

Caught my eye:

GARY OWENS – Put Your Head On My Finger (Pride 0002) (LP)

CHICAGO – Chicago V (Columbia KC-31102) (LP)

VAN MORRISON – St. Dominic’s Preview (Warner Brothers 2633)

GENTLE GIANT – Three Friends (Columbia KC-31649) (LP)

Insane comedy LP from L.A. D.J. Gary Owens (KMPC-AM), just wonderful!  The first Chicago album to not be a multiple disc set!  Decent Van Morrison album.  New label for Vertigo act Gentle Giant.

Also of interest:

MILES DAVIS – Live Evil (Columbia CQ-30954) QUAD double LP

GRANDPA JONES – Live (Harmony H-31396) (LP)

JUDAS JUMP – Scorch (Pride 0003)

DONNY OSMOND – Too Young (MGM SE-4854)

Miles in Quad!  Is this the one with Hermeto Pascoal?  I think this Grandpa Jones LP is a straight re-issue of a Monument title (with less songs?).  Judas Jump – same label as Gary Owens – isn’t this British?  Teen fodder from young Donny Osmond.

Notable singles:

BLOODROCK – D.O.A. (Capitol 3399)

BREAD – Guitar Man (Elektra 45803)

SLADE – Take Me Back ‘Ome (Polydor 15046)

MELTON, LEVY & THE DEY BROTHERS – Play Little Children b/w S.O.S. (Columbia 4-45650)

BEE GEES – Run To Me b/w Road To Alaska (Atco 6896)

Heavy stuff from Arizona’s Bloodrock, maaan; dandy A-side from Bread; real ’72 UK Glam Rock from Slade; Melton is of course Barry Melton, the guitarist from Country Joe & The Fish; OK minor hit for the Brothers Gibb (R.I.P. Robin & Maurice Gibb).

Zappa re-issues

http://www.platomania.eu/etalage/list/id/1532/Zappa+Records

The Zappa catalogue (Part 1) gets re-issued yet again on August 3rd, 2012 by Universal in Europe!
No word yet on which masters will be used for “Hot Rats”;
looks like they’re doing both “Cruisin’ With Ruben & The Jets”
AND “Greasy Love Songs”, so maybe that issue didn’t get addressed?

RK

Deep Purple

7-18-12          Deep Purple

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins born 1929, Dion of Dion & The Belmonts born 1939; I Wonder Why; on 7-18-70 Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubles Waters” LP was No. 1 in England.

With this week’s passing of Jon Lord, it is now time to look up to Deep Purple.

Yes, I’ve seen Deep Purple Mk. II play live, and it was loud.  Not “John Cale loud”, but loud, for a large venue (in Auckland, NZ).  And who wasn’t attracted to that organ riff in “Hush”?  It certainly worked well for The Charlatans (“The Only One I Know”)!  I confess to starting with Deep Purple before “Smoke On The Water”, with “In Rock” – “Into The Fire”!

And where’s the deluxe 2CD editions (or multi-channel SA-CD) of “Perfect Strangers” and “House of Blue Light”?

So, I’ve skipped a few D.P. titles, but I have the core of all of Mk. II here.  Nope, I don’t typically go for any of the non-Ritchie or non-Gillan stuff.  Damn, Jon Lord’s on most all of it, isn’t he?

CD                SHADES OF DEEP PURPLE                                            WARNER JPN                  20P2-2601

1968 8 TRKS

7″                 HUSH                                                                                    TETRAGRAMMATON       T-1503

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                DEEP PURPLE (1969)                                                       HARVEST UK                   SHVL 759

1969 7 TRKS

LP                CONCERTO FOR GROUP AND ORCHESTRA             HARVEST UK                   SHVL 767

1970 4 TRKS U.K. original issue

CD                IN ROCK (Anniversary edition)                                         EMI UK                               834019.2

1970 20 TRKS (’95 issue) (13 x bonus tracks )

LP                IN ROCK                                                                               WARNER US                    WS 1877

1970 7 TRKS

CD                IN ROCK (Kami)                                                                  WARNER JPN                  WPCR-12253

1970 7 TRKS kami sleeve (’06 issue)

CD                FIREBALL (Anniversary edition)                                       WARNER JPN                  WPCR-1140

1971 16 TRKS (’97 re-mastered issue)

LP                FIREBALL                                                                             WARNER US                    BS 2564

1971 7 TRKS insert

7″                 STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN / I’M ALONE                      HARVEST UK                   HAR 5033

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                MACHINE HEAD                                                                  PURPLE DE                     SHZE 344

1972 7 TRKS poster

CD                MACHINE HEAD (SA-CD) 5.1                                           WARNER JPN                  WPCR-14166

1972 8 TRKS (1 x bonus track) SA-CD 5.1 hybrid (’11 issue)

7″                 SMOKE ON THE WATER (edit) / (Live, edit)                   WARNER US                    WB 7710

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 WOMAN FROM TOKYO / SUPER TROUPER                 WARNER US                    WB 7737

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LPx2            LIVE IN JAPAN                                                                     WARNER JPN                  P-4401/2

1972 7 TRKS Live, re-issue; insert

LP                WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE                                           WARNER US                    BS 2678

1973 7 TRKS insert

CD                WHO DO WE THINK WE ARE (Anniversary edition)     EMI UK                               21607.2

1973 14 TRKS (7 x bonus tracks) (’00 issue)

LP                MARK 2 PURPLE SINGLES, THE purple vinyl               PURPLE UK                     TPS 3514

1977 7 TRK Collection, purple vinyl

LP                SINGLES A’S & B’S                                                             HARVEST UK                   SHSM 2026

1978 12 TRK Collection

LPx2            IN CONCERT                                                                       TRIO JPN                          TRSH-3001/2

1980 10 TRKS Live ’72, insert

7″                 KNOCKING AT YOUR BACK DOOR (PS)                       MERCURY US                  880477.7

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12″               KNOCKING AT YOUR BACK DOOR (EP)                       POLYDOR UK                  POSPX 749

1984 7 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

LP                PERFECT STRANGERS                                                    POLYDOR JPN                25MM 0401

1984 8 TRKS insert

CD                PERFECT STRANGERS                                                    POLYDOR DE                  823777.2

1984 9 TRKS (1 x bonus track)

12″               PERFECT STRANGERS                                                    POLYDOR DE                  881605.1

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT                                                   POLYDOR DE                  831318.2

1987 10 TRKS

LP                HOUSE OF BLUE LIGHT                                                   POLYDOR US                  831318.1

1987 10 TRKS

7″                 CALL OF THE WILD (PS)                                                   MERCURY US                  885617.7

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                MILLENNIUM COLLECTION                                             MERCURY US                  63067.2

2002 9 TRK Collection – no W.B./E.M.I. material here!