45’s!

1-31-13          45’s!!

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Happy birthday, Phil Manzanera!  (Born 1951).  On 1/31/81 The Stranglers 45 “Thrown Away” charts at No. 42 in England.  On 2/3/63 The Beatles 45 “Please Please Me” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 2/1/64 the Manfred Mann 45 “5-4-3-2-1” charts at No. 5 in England.  On 2/3/68 the Brenton Wood 45 “Gimme Little Sign” charts at No. 8 in England.  Also on 2/3/68 the Manfred Mann 45 “The Mighty Quinn” charts at No. 1 in England.  On 1/31/70 the Jethro Tull 45 “Witche’s Promise” b/w “Teacher” charts at No. 4 in England.  Happy birthday, Philip Glass! (Born 1937).

Been having a ton o’ fun with 45’s this month!  From 2 x weekends:

ADVERTS, THE – ONE CHORD WONDERS, STIFF UK 7″

ANDERS & PONCIA – SO IT GOES, KAMA SUTRA US 7″

ANIMALS, THE / ERIC BURDON – IT’S MY LIFE, MGM US 7″

ANIMALS, THE / ERIC BURDON – WHITE HOUSES, MGM US 7″

ASGARD – CHILDREN OF A NEW BORN AGE, THRESHOLD US 7″ promo

BAND, THE – HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES, CAPITOL US 7″

BEE GEES – I.O.I.O., ATCO US 7″

BLUES MAGOOS – (WE AIN’T GOT) NOTHIN’ YET, MERCURY US 7″

CHEECH & CHONG – EARACHE MY EYE, ODE US 7″ W/PS

COCKER, JOE – WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS, A&M US 7″ promo

CUGAT, XAVIER – MAMBOS, MERCURY US 7″ EP W/PS

DEAF SCHOOLTHUNDER & LIGHTNING, WARNER UK 7″ W/PS red

DONOVAN – THERE IS A MOUNTAIN, EPIC US 7″

DOORS, THE – LOVE ME TWO TIMES, ELEKTRA US 7″

EASYBEATS – CAN’T FIND LOVE, RARE EARTH US 7″

FEVER TREE – CATCHER IN THE RYE, UNI US 7″ promo

FIRESIGN THEATRE – REAGAN / CARTER, RHINO US 7″ promo

FOXX, JOHN – ENDLESSLY, VIRGIN UK 7″x2 W/PS

FREE – WISHING WELL, ISLAND US 7″

GABRIEL, PETER – GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS, CHARISMA UK 7″

GABRIEL, PETER – RED RAIN, CHARISMA UK 7″ W/PS

GENERATION X – WILD YOUTH, CHRYSALIS UK 7″

GENESIS – MAN ON THE CORNER, CHARISMA UK 7″

GENESIS – TURN IT ON AGAIN, CHARISMA UK 7″

GIRL – HOLLYWOOD TEASE, JET UK 7″

HAZLEWOOD, LEE – TROUBLE MAKER / GREYHOUSE BUS DEPOT, LHI US 7″

HEFTI, NEAL – BATMAN THEME, RCA US 7″ re-issue

HUES CORPORATION – ROCK THE BOAT, RCA US 7″ re-issue

INTAFERON – STEAMHAMMER SAM, CHRYSALIS UK 7″ W/PS

IRON BUTTERFLY – SOUL EXPERIENCE, ATLANTIC JPN 7″ W/PS

JOHN, ELTON – FRIENDS, UNI US 7″

JONES, TOM – HELP YOURSELF, DECCA DE 7″ W/PS

JONES, TOM – MINUTE OF YOUR TIME, DECCA DE 7″ W/PS

JOPLIN, JANIS – GET IT WHILE YOU CAN, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

JOPLIN, JANIS – MAYBE, COLUMBIA US 7″

KERSHAW, DOUG – PLAY FIDDLE PLAY, WARNER US 7″ promo

KING, JONATHAN – IT’S A TALL ORDER FOR A SHORT GUY, UK RECORDS US 7″ promo

LEFEVRE, RAYMOND – GROOVIN’, 4 CORNERS US 7″ promo

LONGET, CLAUDINE – NOTHING TO LOSE, A&M US 7″

LOS BRAVOS – BRING A LITTLE LOVIN’, PARROT US 7″

MAMA’S & THE PAPA’S – MONDAY MONDAY, DUNHILL US 7″

MAMA’S & THE PAPA’S – SAFE IN MY GARDEN, DUNHILL US 7″

MANN, MANFRED – MY NAME IS JACK, MERCURY US 7″ W/PS

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – TELL ME WHY, MCA JPN 7″ W/PS

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – WOODSTOCK, DECCA US 7″

McDONALD, COUNTRY JOE – DR. HIP, VANGUARD US 7″ promo-only

MENTAL AS ANYTHING – LIVE IT UP / GOOD FRIDAY, COLUMBIA US 7″ W/PS

MILES, BUDDY – THEM CHANGES, MERCURY US 7″

MILES, JOHN – MUSIC, LONDON US 7″

PIPKINS, THE – GIMME DAT DING, CAPITOL US 7″

PRADO, PEREZ – PATRICIA, RCA US 7″ EP W/PS

PRESLEY, ELVIS – JAILHOUSE ROCK / TREAT ME NICE, RCA US 7″ re-issue

PRICE SET, ALAN – HI-LILI, HI-LO / TAKE ME HOME, PARROT US 7″ promo

SAM THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS – HOW DO YOU CATCH A GIRL, MGM US 7″ W/PS

SAVOY BROWN – I’M TIRED / STAY WITH ME BABY, PARROT US 7″

SEEKERS, THE – GEORGY GIRL, CAPITOL US 7″

SIMON & GARFUNKEL – MRS. ROBINSON, COLUMBIA US 7″

SINATRA, NANCY – THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’, REPRISE US 7″

SINATRA, NANCY / LEE HAZLEWOOD – SAND, REPRISE US 7″

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE – HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME, EPIC US 7″

SPIRIT – MECHANICAL WORLD / UNCLE JACK, ODE US 7″

SUPERTRAMP – DREAMER, A&M US 7″ promo

THOMPSON, SUE – BIG MABLE MURPHY / BIG DADDY, HICKORY/MGM US 7″ promo

TURTLES, THE – LOVE IN THE CITY / BACHELOR MOTHER, WHITE WHALE US 7″

TURTLES, THE – SHE’S MY GIRL, WHITE WHALE 7″

TURTLES, THE – SOUND ASLEEP, WHITE WHALE 7″

TURTLES, THE – YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, WHITE WHALE 7″

TWILLEY, DWIGHT – I’M ON FIRE, SHELTER US 7″ promo

VANILLA FUDGE – SEASON OF THE WITCH, ATCO US 7″

WOOLEY, SHEB – I WON’T COME BACK / PLENTY OF LOVE, MGM US 7″ promo

YES – AND YOU AND I (Part 1) / (Part 2), ATLANTIC US 7″

ZAPPA, FRANK – GOBLIN GIRL, BARKING PUM US 7″ promo-only

Injury

I injured myself and do not have the use of my left arm.  I am going to the Dr. today.  Alas, except for the “already written” stuff, this blog will be on hiatus temporarily.  Feels like a left elbow injury; I recently handled a large box:

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The TV was what injured my elbow; approx. 50 lbs in the box.  Yes, I finally replaced my old 80’s Hitachi TV with a new 46″ Sony (BX-45).

And today is my 15th anniversary with Dorothy!

Mainframe

1-30-13          Mainframe

Mainframe 7

Unless I have my dates wrong, today is my 15th anniversary with Dorothy!        Happy birthday, Marty Balin (of The Jefferson Airplane), born 1945.  The Beatles play their rooftop concert, in London, 1969.

Mainframe’s 5 minutes of fame runs about 7 minutes, actually…

12″               5 MINUTES                                                                           POLYDOR UK   MAINX 1

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, John Molloy

7″                 5 MINUTES (PS)                                                                  POLYDOR UK   MAIN 1

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, John Molloy

12″               5 MINUTES ON… / HE SAID IT / ERIC’S REVENGE     POLYDOR UK   MAINF 1

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, John Molloy

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7″                 TALK TO ME / (COMPUTER PROGRAM) (PS)               MC2 UK              MC 005

1983 5 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

LP                TENANTS OF THE LATTICE-WORK                                MC2 UK              MC 007

1983 2 TRKS insert

This English band was recommended to me by Hemen Pathak (of the noise band Nurse With Wound) – I think he was impressed that they’d made a record with just the CMI Fairlight keyboard – which was a new and interesting piece of studio equipment in the mid-80’s.  I really liked the “5 Minutes” 12” single and I eagerly awaited the LP – after all, they were on a major label, Polydor Records, England.

For whatever reason, their LP was not forthcoming.  After several years, I found a remixed 12” version of “5 Minutes”: “5 Minutes On”.

A groovy record collector friend of mine, David Overstreet, hipped me to their 1983 LP, “Tenants Of the Lattice Work” – on a tiny private label in England.  The LP contained an advertisement for a competition; something about searching the LP & it’s contents for clues, a large prize etc.  The other 45 that I eventually found, “Talk To Me”, pertains to this LP and not to “5 Minutes” – this 45 actually contained “computer programs” (What? For your Commodore 64?)

I’ve written about Mainframe before, but not lately.  The last time I wrote about Mainframe, I believe I was contacted by John Molloy, who now lives in the US.  No, there wasn’t ever a Polydor LP.  Shucks!

Recently, I chanced across a 7” 45rpm single of “5 Minutes” – it’s actually quite a different version to either 12” single!  Amazing!  And there’s still no LP getting re-released onto CD…

For me, Mainframe are one of the great unfulfilled promises of 80’s British pop music.  John, if you’re reading this, please tell me again why there wasn’t ever an LP to go with “5 Minutes”?  Did the UK music industry just move so damned fast that – Fairlight bands were out of favor in such a short span of time back then?

Indochine

1-29-13          Indochine

Indochine

On 1/29/66 the Bob Dylan 45 “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” charts at No. 17 in England.  On 1/29/72 George Harrison / V.A. “Concert For Bangla Desh” 3LP boxed set was No. 1 in England.  Happy birthday, David Byron (singer of Uriah Heep), born 1947.  Happy birthday Derek Bailey (British improvisational guitarist), born 1930.

Sometimes thought of as the “French Duran Duran”, I always found this wonderful French band to be a bit more than that.

CD                3                                                                                   ARIOLA FR     610.477

1985 9 TRKS

7″                 3e SEXE / TROIS NUITS PAR SEMAINE (PS)     ARIOLA FR     107.54

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD                7000 DANSES                                                          ARIOLA FR     258.459

1987 9 TRKS

LP                7000 DANSES                                                          ARIOLA FR     208.459

1987 9 TRKS

CD                BIRTHDAY ALBUM, THE (1981 – 1991)               ARIOLA CAN  BMGQCD-819

1991 19 TRK Collection

CD                DANS LA LUNE…                                                     MCA CAN        TFD-8961

1992 11 TRKS Nicola Sirkis (singer) solo album

CD5              DES FLEURS POUR SALINGER                          ARIOLA FR     663.339

1990 3 TRK CD Single CD5

CD                INDOCHINE AU ZENITH                                         ARIOLA FR     257.863

1986 13 TRKS Live  (2 x bonus tracks)

LP                INDOCHINE AU ZENITH                                         ARIOLA IT       207.715

1986 11 TRKS Live

CD                L’AVENTURIER                                                         ARIOLA FR     251.959

1982 7 TRK CD EP

CD                LE BAISER                                                                 ARIOLA FR     260.358

1990 11 TRKS

CD                LE PERIL JAUNE                                                     ARIOLA FR     610.218

1983 11 TRKS

LP                LE PERIL JAUNE                                                     ARIOLA FR     201.963

1983 11 TRKS

As my friends will attest, I went wild for French popular music in the 1980’s.  I brought LP’s back from visits to France, I trudged up to West Los Angeles to buy expensive CD’s from “La Cite”, the French bookstore that used to exist in Los Angeles.  When we got the satellite about 1985, I busily air-checked Much Music and Musique Plus up in Canada, for French pop music videos.

We struck gold about 1987, with their amazing album “7000 Danses”.  “Les Tzars” was a great single, and it had an amusing video clip, too!

So, for the last 25 years, I’ve bought everything that I could find with the name Indochine on it.  Yes, I bought a SECAM format VHS longform music video; I don’t think anything I own at present will play a SECAM tape, drat!  Yes, I probably passed on uber-expensive Indochine titles I saw in Tokyo.  They have an SA-CD that I’d sure like to find, for “The Birthday Album”, their greatest hits (I wonder if it’s multi-channel?).

The Doors re-mastered

1-28-13          The Doors re-masters

Doors CD

January 27th:  Happy birthday, Nick Mason (of The Pink Floyd), born 1945.  On 1/27/73 The Sweet “Blockbuster” 45 and Slade “Slayed?” LP were No. 1 in England; on 1/28/78 Fleetwood Mac “Rumours” LP was No. 1 in England; 1/28/89 XTC “Mayor of Simpleton” 45 charts at No. 44 in England; on 1/26/80 John Foxx ”Underpass” 45 charts at No. 31 in England.  On 1/28/67 The Rolling Stones 45 “Ruby Tuesday” b/w “Let’s Spend The Night Together” charts at No. 3 in England.  Happy birthday, Robert Wyatt! (Born 1945).

http://www.elusivedisc.com/THE-DOORS-INFINITE-SACD-BOX-SET-D-LTD-ED-6-SACD-BOX-SET/productinfo/APSAMDOORS/

Here’s an expensive ‘aesthetic’ call; 6 x Doors albums that matter are being re-done as multi-channel SA-CD’s.  Great!  But…but…I already have them as multi-channel DVD-A’s!  And the SA-CD’s cost about 3 times as much as the DVD-A’s cost.

I prefer SA-CD’s over DVD-A’s, too.  Well, for one thing: you don’t have to wade through an on-screen menu with an SA-CD!

But, y’know, The Doors are a group that I like.  I have real original LP’s of all of their initial releases; I’m working on finding all of the original 45’s, too – I’m not there yet.  I already passed on a Japanese SA-CD of the debut album, at the time, I was thinking: I’ve got an original LP, a newly mastered CD and a DVD-A of this album.  The Japanese SA-CD would’ve cost over $35.  Not as issue, the price – but – at what point is it superfluous overkill?

For my digital Doors, I continue to keep the Paul A. Rothchild mastered CD’s; I got the “Perception” CD + DVD-A boxed set.  My analogue Doors collection is ‘good’, well taken care of.  I ought to be able to close the door on this one, eh?  No, never bothered with Japanese paper sleeve CD’s, though I suppose I could try and find a set of ‘em.

Yes, I am committed to the SA-CD format, and I’m glad that Analogue Productions is stepping up and cranking them out.  But, I’d rather they do titles that I don’t already have as multi-channel DVD-A’s!

And because all of ‘em are multi-channel, it’s not like I could have an issue with:  It’s a multi-channel disc, so I can’t make a computer (or analogue) copy, if necessary.  The “Perception” boxed set also came with newly mastered CD’s.  And if I don’t like the sound of the newer mastering, I can go back to my original LP’s, which do sound amazing.

The Analogue Productions SA-CD boxed set of 6 is $279.99; $46 a disc?  I’m used to SA-CD’s being $29.99, like all of the recent Mobile Fidelity titles (Bob Dylan & The Band “Basement Tapes”, anyone?).

Smash Hits 1980

1-24-13          Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 2) January 24th, 1980 – February 6th, 1980

Sparks

Sparks

1/24/81 XTC “Sgt. Rock (Is Going To Help Me)” 45 charts at No. 14 in England;  Also on 1/24/81 Adam & The Ants “Kings Of The Wild Frontier” LP was No. 1 in England.  1/25/74 the Pilot 45 “January” charts at No. 1 in England.  Happy birthday, Doug Kershaw, born 1936.  Ray Stevens (“Ahab The Arab”), born 1941.  And on the 25th: Antonio Carlos Jobim, born 1927.

Poor Sparks, past their sell-by date!  Lene Lovich “Angels” lyrics are on offer – she’d already ‘lost her way’.  Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers was sentenced to eight weeks in prison for “being caught in possession of dangerous drugs” (ever read his book “Inside Information”?).  The Pretenders have the colour centerfold.  The (English) Beat were doing well, too.

Singles!

  • Holly & The Italians “Tell That Girl To Shut Up” (Oval Records)
  • John Foxx “Underpass” (Virgin Records)
  • The Buggles “The Plastic Age” (Island Records)
  • The Revillos “Motor Bike Beat” (Dindisc Records)
  • The Specials “Too Much Too Young” (EP) (Two Tone Records)

Albums!

  • Simple Minds “Real To Reel Cacaphony” (Arista Records)
  • Lene Lovich “Flex” (Stiff Records)
  • Pretenders “Pretenders” (Real Records)
  • M (Robin Scott) “New York – London – Paris – Munich” (MCA Records)

Gigs!

  • Saturday January 26, 1980 – The Revillos @ Norwich East Anglia University
  • Tuesday January 29, 1980 – Pretenders @ Portsmouth Locarno
  • Friday February 1, 1980 – The Revillos @ London Marquee

All in all, not a bad 2 weeks.  I got the Simple Minds LP at the recommendation of a friend; nobody ‘round here had been too impressed by their debut album, but word on the street was that the new one had ‘better songs’, ‘harder production’.  I was also all over the John Foxx single; I saw him perform live with Ultravox several times, so I eagerly anticipated all of his solo works.  I liked this Buggles 45 better than their big hit.

I was certainly aware of the Pretenders; I worked in a record distributor.  Their singles were getting played to death on KROQ-FM, and I do not believe a US deal had yet been worked out.  How many times did I have to hear “The Wait” on a daily basis?

I’d liked Lene Lovich, but I didn’t hear any singles on her 2nd album.  Indeed, I did not even keep it, at the time.  I hadn’t particularly noticed M (Robin Scott)’s big hit, so the release of this LP wasn’t on my radar.  With M, The Pretenders and, to an extent, Lene Lovich – these artists were somebody else’s concern, not mine.

January 2013 etc.

1-23-13          January 2013

Ventura Harbor

Ventura Harbor

On 1/23/71 Badfinger 45 “No Matter What” charts at No. 5 in England.  On 1/23/82 XTC 45 “Senses Working Overtime” charts at No. 10 in England.       Happy birthday, Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick), born 1953.

Regular readers of my blog will know that my mother passed away last month.  Dealing with this has been difficult, as I have had to do everything by myself.  After more than a month, I finally got her Death Certificates at the end of last week.  It was nightmarish dealing with the Long Beach Public Heath Department.  They didn’t want to acknowledge that I’d already paid for them etc.

But I got it all straightened out, and I got the DC’s.  Last week, I was able to make all of the appointments necessary to take care of all of mom’s business:  To go and get her 2012 taxes done; to make an appointment with the lawyer to settle her “living trust”; to go see the insurance company people (once I have the revised “trust”).  It’s not fun stuff, but it’s all 100% necessary.

And last weekend, we went to Ventura, CA and had a lovely visit with Steve “Mott” Hernandez, an old friend of mine.  The hotel that we had was new-to-us; it had a gorgeous view of the Ventura harbor!

As stated yesterday, I went to several nice record sores up there – believe it or not, there are record stores I didn’t visit!

And looking ahead, I am planning a visit to Seattle, WA to visit my good friend Ken Heaton (his birthday is tomorrow, folks!).  I last visited Seattle over 10 years ago – I don’t remember any really super record stores, but – like everywhere else – I bet it’s changed in Seattle; there will be new stores that weren’t there on my last visit there.

Whenever I start thinking about where to visit, I must always consider if a place is in elevation or not.  For whatever reason, I do not react well to heights (say, above 2,500 ft.) – I fall asleep (and can’t be woken up easily).  I discussed this with my Dr., and he Rx’d some pills that I can take (Diamox, 250mg tablets), if I have to go into elevation.

At the end of the fiscal (school) year, I will have some time off to do a bit of traveling, too.  Portland, OR?  Haven’t been there in a few years, too.  And I have crew in PDX!

All of this is in addition to the curious places in California that I can never seem to get to, in search of phonograph records:  Fresno, Sacramento etc.  So many records, so little time, eh?

Where would you go, if you could go wherever you want – in search of records / CD’s?  Really, I’d like to go to Tokyo!  But – at 90 yen to the US dollar – that’s a tough call.  They have what I want, but it ‘spensive!

7″ Heaven

1-22-13          7” HeavenCharisma 45 1981

On 1/22/66 the Roger Miller 45 “England Swings” charts at No. 13 in England.  Happy birthday, Sam Cooke, born 1931.

Last weekend, I visited some central California record stores, and came up with a good number of 7” singles, incl. some ‘want list’ items!

Warbler in Santa Barbara, Grady’s Record Refuge and Salzer’s in Ventura, CA and CD Trader in Tarzana, CA – good stores all!

ANIMALS, THE / ERIC BURDON – IT’S MY LIFE, MGM US 7″ orig issue

ANIMALS, THE / ERIC BURDON – WHITE HOUSES, MGM US 7″

ASGARD – CHILDREN OF A NEW BORN AGE, THRESHOLD US 7″ promo; Moody Blues-related, 1972

BEE GEES – I.O.I.O., ATCO US 7″ orig issue

BLUES MAGOOS – (WE AIN’T GOT) NOTHIN’ YET, MERCURY US 7″ orig issue

CHEECH & CHONG – EARACHE MY EYE, ODE US 7″ W/PS

CUGAT, XAVIER – MAMBOS, MERCURY US 7″ EP W/PS

DONOVAN – THERE IS A MOUNTAIN, EPIC US 7″ orig issue

DOORS, THE – LOVE ME TWO TIMES, ELEKTRA US 7″ 1967

FIRESIGN THEATRE – REAGAN / CARTER, RHINO US 7″ promo; usually, this is a pic disc – but this is a black vinyl copy!

FREE – WISHING WELL, ISLAND US 7″ 1972

GABRIEL, PETER – GAMES WITHOUT FRONTIERS, CHARISMA UK 7″

GABRIEL, PETER – RED RAIN, CHARISMA UK 7″ W/PS 1987

GENERATION X – WILD YOUTH, CHRYSALIS UK 7″ 1977

GENESIS – MAN ON THE CORNER, CHARISMA UK 7″ 1981

GENESIS – TURN IT ON AGAIN, CHARISMA UK 7″ 1982

GIRL – HOLLYWOOD TEASE, JET UK 7″ 1980

HUES CORPORATION – ROCK THE BOAT, RCA US 7″ re-issue

INTAFERON – STEAMHAMMER SAM, CHRYSALIS UK 7″ W/PS

JOHN, ELTON – FRIENDS, UNI US 7″ orig issue

JONES, TOM – HELP YOURSELF, DECCA DE 7″ W/PS

JONES, TOM – MINUTE OF YOUR TIME, DECCA DE 7″ W/PS

JOPLIN, JANIS – GET IT WHILE YOU CAN, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

KING, JONATHAN – IT’S A TALL ORDER FOR A SHORT GUY, UK RECORDS US 7″ promo

LEFEVRE, RAYMOND – GROOVIN’, 4 CORNERS US 7″ EZ promo

LONGET, CLAUDINE – NOTHING TO LOSE, A&M US 7″, from “The Party”

MAMA’S & THE PAPA’S – MONDAY MONDAY, DUNHILL US 7″ orig issue

MAMA’S & THE PAPA’S – SAFE IN MY GARDEN, DUNHILL US 7″ orig issue

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – TELL ME WHY, MCA JPN 7″ W/PS Ian Matthews

MATTHEWS SOUTHERN COMFORT – WOODSTOCK, DECCA US 7″ Ian Matthews

McDONALD, COUNTRY JOE – DR. HIP, VANGUARD US 7″ promo-only

MENTAL AS ANYTHING – LIVE IT UP / GOOD FRIDAY, COLUMBIA US 7″ W/PS

MILES, BUDDY – THEM CHANGES, MERCURY US 7″ orig issue

MILES, JOHN – MUSIC, LONDON US 7″ 1976

PIPKINS, THE – GIMME DAT DING, CAPITOL US 7″

PRADO, PEREZ – PATRICIA, RCA US 7″ EP W/PS

PRESLEY, ELVIS – JAILHOUSE ROCK / TREAT ME NICE, RCA US 7″ re-issue

PRICE SET, ALAN – HI-LILI, HI-LO / TAKE ME HOME, PARROT US 7″ promo

SAM THE SHAM & THE PHARAOHS – HOW DO YOU CATCH A GIRL, MGM US 7″ W/PS

SEEKERS, THE – GEORGY GIRL, CAPITOL US 7″ orig issue

SIMON & GARFUNKEL – MRS. ROBINSON, COLUMBIA US 7″ orig issue

SINATRA, NANCY – THESE BOOTS ARE MADE FOR WALKIN’, REPRISE US 7″ orig issue

SINATRA, NANCY / LEE HAZLEWOOD – SAND, REPRISE US 7″ orig issue

SPIRIT – MECHANICAL WORLD / UNCLE JACK, ODE US 7″ orig issue

SUPERTRAMP – DREAMER, A&M US 7″ promo

THOMPSON, SUE – BIG MABLE MURPHY / BIG DADDY, HICKORY/MGM US 7″ promo

TURTLES, THE – SHE’S MY GIRL, WHITE WHALE 7″ orig issue

TURTLES, THE – SOUND ASLEEP, WHITE WHALE 7″ orig issue

TURTLES, THE – YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, WHITE WHALE 7″ orig issue

TWILLEY, DWIGHT – I’M ON FIRE, SHELTER US 7″ promo

VANILLA FUDGE – SEASON OF THE WITCH, ATCO US 7″ orig issue

WOOLEY, SHEB – I WON’T COME BACK / PLENTY OF LOVE, MGM US 7″ promo

YES – AND YOU AND I (Part 1) / (Part 2), ATLANTIC US 7″ orig issue

ZAPPA, FRANK – GOBLIN GIRL, BARKING PUM US 7″ promo-only; surprised to see a 7” promo-only issue of what’s usually a 12” pic disc!

Dieter Meier Book

1-21-13          Dieter Meier Book

Meier book_NEW

January 19th:  Happy birthday, Janis Joplin, born 1943.  On 1/21/67 the Cream 45 “I Feel Free” charts at No. 11 in England.  Also on 1/21/67 the debut 45 by The Jimi Hendrix Experience “Hey Joe” charts at No. 6 in England.  On 1/20/73 Gilbert O’Sullivan “Back To Front” LP was No. 1 in England.  On 1/19/74 Slade “Sladest” (‘best of’) LP was No. 1 in England; 1/19/80 The Pretenders debut LP was No. 1 in England.  Happy birthday, Richie Havens, born 1941.

Dorothy & I recently had dinner at an Italian restaurant in East Hollywood on a Sunday evening.  As we strolled the street after our meal, we chanced across a bookstore with a particularly nice set of art books for sale.

I’m eyeballing all the monographs, and – at first – I thought I was not seeing something correctly.  Was this expensive coffee table art book actually by Dieter Meier of Yello?  Well, it is / was.

For the discerning Yello fan, I present to you, the Dieter Meier coffee table art book: “Works 1968 – 2012 and the Yello Years” which happily includes a DVD (in both NTSC and PAL).  And as what I found is an “English Version”, there’s plenty of text to read, too.

Mr. Meier is a conceptual artist – in addition to being the singer of Yello.  For example, there is a photo series in this book of him selling the words “Yes” and “No” on the streets of New York City in 1971.  He later explains that the reason Yello appeared on Ralph Records in the U.S. initially was that Boris Blank pursued them with a tape of his music!

Can’t wait to watch the DVD!  Likely some of his experimental films, as well as some nifty Yello videos (most of which he directed).