February 2013 List

2-28-13          February 2013 List

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Happy birthday, John Fahey!  (Born 1939).  On 2/28/70 the Frank Zappa “Hot Rats” LP charts at No. 9 in England.  On 3/3/73, the LP “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player” by Elton John charts at No. 1 in the US.  On 3/2/74 the Paul McCartney & Wings 45 “Jet” charts at No. 7 in England.  Happy birthday, Brian Jones!  (Born 1942).

2/27: Keith Richards busted in Toronto, Ont., Canada.

2/26: Happy birthday, Bob “The Bear” Hite (of Canned Heat), born 1945.

2/24:  Happy birthday, Paul Jones (singer of Manfred Mann), born 1944.  On 2/25/67 The Beatles double A-Side 45 “Penny Lane” b/w “Strawberry Fields Forever” charts at No. 2 in England.  Happy birthday, George Harrison!  (Born 1943).

Sorry I took the last few days off; had to – I was extremely busy.  Finally got an MRI on my left bicep!  Also looked in to my “retirement”.

My February 2013 List:

ALPERT, HERB – PASSION DANCE, DTS US CD 5.1 audio

ANDERSON, CASEY BAG I’M IN, ATCO US LP mono

ATOMIC ROOSTER DEVIL HITS BACK, NMC UK CD Collection

BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE, CAPITOL US CD re-mastered

BIG BEN BANJO BAND BIG BEN’S MINSTREL SHOW, EMI/COLUMBIA UK LP EZ  mono

BOO RADLEYS FREE HUEY, CREATION UK CD Single

BOYLE, GARY ELECTRIC GLIDE, GULL UK LP British jazz

BRUBECK, DAVE – TIME OUT, COLUMBIA US SA-CD non-hybrid, 3-channel; jazz

BRUCE, BAKER & MOORE AROUND THE NEXT DREAM, VIRGIN UK CD re-mastered

BYRNE, DAVID MAKE BELIEVE MAMBO, SIRE DE CD Single CD5

CHARLATANS ONLY ONE I KNOW, BEGGAR’S BANQUET US CD Single CD5

CLARK, ANNE – PRESSURE POINTS, TEN UK CD John Foxx

CLEAR BLUE SKY s/t, VERTIGO UK LP

COASTERS WAIT A MINUTE / THUMBIN’ A RIDE, ATCO US 7″

COLLINS, JUDY RECOLLECTIONS, ELEKTRA UK LP

COOPER, ALICE SCHOOL’S OUT, WARNER US 7″ W/PS

DEVIANTS PTOOFF!, UNDEGROUND IMP UK LP poster sleeve

DURUTTI COLUMN GREETINGS THREE, MATERIALI SONORI IT 12″ W/PS

FACES HAD ME A REAL GOOD TIME, WARNER US 7″ promo

FIELDING, JERRY / ORCHESTRA NEAR EAST BRASS, COMMAND US LP EZ

FOXX, JOHN NO-ONE DRIVING, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

FRANKLIN, ARETHA – ARETHA’S BEST, RHINO US CD R&B

GABRIEL, PETER KISS THAT FROG, VIRGIN UK CD Single CD5

GABRIEL, PETER – SO (CLASSIC ALBUMS), EAGLE US BLU-RAY

GENERATION X s/t, CHRYSALIS CAN CD

HUNTER, IAN WE GOTTA GET OUT OF HERE, CHRYSALIS UK 7″ x 2 W/PS

JONES, TOM LEAD AND HOW TO SWING IT, INTERSCOPE US CD

KELLY, PETER HARD ROAD, RSO US 7″ promo

KHAN SPACE SHANTY, DERAM UK LP Steve Hillage

KING TUBBY KING TUBBY’S IN THE HOUSE, ROIR US CD

KING, JONATHAN HOOKED ON A FEELING, PARROT US 7″ promo

LIBERACE HAPPY BAREFOOT BOY, STATESIDE FR 7″ W/PS EZ

LUCIFER’S FRIEND s/t, BILLINGSGATE US LP

MacCOLL, EWAN / A.L. LLOYD BLOW BOYS BLOW, TRADITION US CD

MARTIN, GEORGE / V.A. IN MY LIFE, MCA US CD Jeff beck etc.

McKENZIE, SCOTT SAN FRANCISCO, CBS ES 7″ W/PS re-issue

MELVOIN, MIKE KEYS TO YOUR MIND, LIBERTY US LP EZ mono

MILLIGAN, SPIKE RECORD LOAD OF RUBBISH, BBC UK LP mono

MIXTURES PUSHBIKE SONG, SIRE US 7″

MONSOON WINGS OF THE DAWN, MOBILE SUIT UK 7″ W/PS

MORRISON, VAN / L. DONEGAN / C. BARBER SKIFFLE SESSIONS, POINTBLANK US CD

NIGHT SUN MOURNIN’, POLYDOR CAN LP

OLDFIELD, MIKE OMMADAWN, VIRGIN JPN LP

OSANNA MILANO CALIBRO 9, FONIT IT LP

PINK FLOYD UMMAGUMMA, HARVEST US 2LP

POCO s/t, CBS UK LP

PUBLIC FOOT THE ROMAN s/t, CAPITOL US LP

RELEASE MUSIC ORCHESTRA GARUDA, BRAIN DE LP

RENAISSANCE s/t, ELEKTRA US LP

ROLLING STONES SINGLES 1971 – 2006, R.S. US 45 x CD Single

ROZA, LITA SOMEWHERE – SOMEHOW – SOMEDAY, C5 UK CD

SABINE SABINE SKETCHES, EPIC/SONY JPN CD

SHANK, BUD PLAYS MUSIC FROM TODAY’S MOVIES, WORLD PACIFIC US LP jazz

SLY & ROBBIE / V.A. MANY MOODS OF…, SONIC SOUNDS US CD

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE EVERYDAY PEOPLE, EPIC US 7″ promo

TASAVALLAN PRESIDENTTI s/t, COLUMBIA SWE LP Jukka Tolonen

TIN TIN TOAST AND MARMALADE FOR TEA, ATCO US 7″

TOLONEN, JUKKA CROSSECTION, JANUS US LP Collection

TOLONEN, JUKKA TOLONEN!, SONET UK LP

V.A. – 14, DECCA UK LP ’65 mono

V.A. – HALLUCINATIONS PSYCHEDELIC OFF, ELEKTRA DE LP pic disc

V.A. – HANDLE WITH CARE, PROBE UK LP ’70

V.A. – SUPER HITS, ATLANTIC US LP R&B

V.A. – ULTRA LOUNGE – CHRISTMAS COCKTAILS #2, CAPITOL US CD

V.A. – VERVE REMIXED (Deluxe Box), VERVE US CDx4 box

WHO, THE MAGIC BUS, DECCA US 7″ promo-only

WHO, THE SEE ME FEEL ME, DECCA US 7″ W/PS

WILLIAMS, ROGER GREATEST HITS, MCA US CD EZ

WRIGHT, CHARLES / WATTS 103rd ST BAND EXPRESS YOURSELF, RHINO UK CD R&B

WYATT, ROBERT DONDESTAN (Revisited), HANNIBAL UK CD re-mixed, re-mastered

XTC HOMEGROWN, CANYON INT’L JPN CD

YAMASHTA, STOMU / RED BUDDHA THEATRE MAN FROM THE EAST, ISLAND UK LP

YELLO PINBALL CHA CHA, DO IT UK 12″ W/PS

YELLO RACE, MERCURY UK 12″ pic disc

ZAPPA, FRANK MOTHERMANIA, ZAPPA US CD re-mastered

Smash Hits 1980

2-21-13          Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 4) February 21 – March 5, 1980

SH 800221_NEWHappy birthday, Ron Nagle (Durocs), born 1939.  On 2/24/68 the Lemon Pipers 45 “Green Tambourine” charts at No. 7 in England.  On 2/22/69 the Glen Campbell 45 “Wichita Lineman” charts at No. 6 in England. On 2/21/70 the John Lennon 45 “Instant Karma” charts at No. 5 in England.  On 2/24/73 the Focus 45 “Hocus Pocus” charts at No. 20 in England, on it’s first visit to the charts.  On 2/23/74 the David Bowie 45 “Rebel Rebel” charts at No. 5 in England.  On 2/21/81 the Duran Duran “Planet Earth” 45 charts at No. 12 in England.  Also on 2/21/81 the Kim Wilde 45 “Kids In America” charts at No. 2 in England.

Ah, The Buggles are on the cover!  Blondie “Atomic” 45 is advertised.  The Revillos are “Large As Life and Twice As Extreme”.  Madness are the colour centerfold.  There’s a cheeky photo of Sting when he was a member of “Last Exit”.  Lyrics reproduced for OMD “Red Frame / White Light” and Flying Lizards “T.V.”!  Devo “Mongoloid” – in colour, no less!

45’s:

David Bowie – “Alabama Song” (RCA Records)

Millie Small – “My Boy Lollipop” (Island Records re-issue)

Peter Gabriel – “Games Without Frontiers (Charisma Records)

Magazine – “A Song From Under The Floorboards’ (Virgin Records)

Cristina – “Is That All There Is?” (Island / Ze Records)

Marianne Faithfull – “Broken English” (Island Records)

Martha & The Muffins – “Echo Beach” (Dindisc Records)

LP’s:

The Selecter – “Too Much Pressure” (Two Tone Records)

Cabaret Voltaire – “Live At The YMCA 27.10.79” (Rough Trade Records)

Gigs:

Friday February 22, 1980 – Tourists – Edinburgh Odeon

Saturday February 23, 1980 – Simple Minds – London, Tottenham Court Road Y.M.C.A.

Wednesday February 27, 1980 – Squeeze – Bradford University

I guess the Bowie 45 was recorded for “The Lodger”, but not present and accounted for.  Millie Small wasn’t the only artiste being re-issued: The Monkees “I’m A Believer”, too!  Peter Gabriel gets a hit, but I am listening to something else.  Waiting on pins and needles for the Magazine 45, I was the tiniest bit disappointed at the lack of sleeve design, thereof.  I must’ve found my 12” of the Cristina single in the summer of 1980 – while hanging out in Soho.  Loved (and love) the Marianne Faithfull single!  Not my favorite Martha & The Muffins single, but still a good ‘un!

I was on The Selecter LP straight away; especially loved the cover version of “James Bond”.  Thoroughly on the fence as far as Cabaret Voltaire were concerned; the “3 Mantras” 12” hadn’t meant much and a poorly recorded live album didn’t even rate taking home.

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Kevin Ayers

It is with sadness that I report the death of Soft Machine member Kevin Ayers.  He now joins Hugh Hopper and Elton Dean as Soft Machine will eventually be re-assembled to play Canterbury prog rock for eternity.

I suggest you check out his 2007 album, “Unfairground” – it was really very good.

1970: I first bought “Joy Of A Toy” in San Francisco for $1.-; it was at a store that no longer exists where I found all of the US Harvest label promos for that price.  Needless to say, it changed my life forever.

Another catalog album of his that sticks in my memory is “Falling Up” on Virgin Records – late 80’s.  A superlative album.

 

Almost Healed

2-20-13          Almost Healed!

On 2/20/82 the XTC “English Settlement” 2LP set charts at No. 5 in England; Also on 2/20/82 the ABC “Poison Arrow” 45 charts at No. 6 in England.  On 2/20/71, the 2LP set “Jesus Christ Superstar” charts at No. 1 in the US.  On 2/20/65 the Tom Jones 45 “It’s Not Unusual” charts at No. 1 in England.

Well, I hope my two newly-written posts were OK and of some interest to regular readers.  I’ve really tried to rest my left arm, ever since injuring it on 1/29/13 by spraining my left bicep.  I’ve done my darndest to “take care of it” – by resting it etc.  I also went and had it x-ray’d – to ensure it wasn’t broken; I went and saw a new Dr. who requested an MRI be taken of it; I’m OK with that as long as the insurance pays!

Still, my primary Dr. said it may take a while for it to heal.  There’s no doubt it feels better already, but I need the left arm to be a bit stronger than it is.  I still really can’t lift much with it.

Been learning the ins-and-outs of Blu-ray, with it’s nice quality and ‘funky’ “loading” process – it’s odd when a disc warns me that it takes several minutes to “Load” all the features of a BD ( = Blu-ray Disc ).  Also, with the new TV, it’s obvious when something being broadcast isn’t high-definition – it just looks blurry!  And, yes, I bought the under $100 Blu-ray player because I could see that it played Super Audio CD’s!  I figure the more lasers in my home that can read SA-CD’s, the better.  Plus, I generally like new formats, anyway.

I’m still a week too early to give you list of all of my music purchases for this month.  I’m still very much into 45’s – but I am not forgetting that I have lots of LP’s to sort / file etc.

Sad news:  Second Spin, Santa Monica, CA – out of business.

The Stranglers

2-19-13          The Stranglers

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Goodbye, Bon Scott (on 2/19/81).  On 2-19-77 The Stranglers “(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)” 45 charts at No. 44 in England.  Happy birthday, Tony Iommi, guitarist of Black Sabbath, born 1948.

So, it was that long ago for the debut 45 of The Stranglers?  Over 35 years ago?

Having worked for a hippie record store chain, I began to see the sea change in record stores, whenever I had the luxury to offer to drive a truck (delivering the records) – punks in San Diego, Riverside, Costa Mesa…places you wouldn’t think punks existed.

Were The Stranglers punks?  Maybe a tad too old for being punks, eh?  I don’t think I got to see them live until the latter part of 1979 (or was it 1980?) – by the time I saw them, it didn’t matter what they were – they were a good band.  Yes, I had their records in the 70’s, but the decade of The Stranglers was really the 80’s.

No, they didn’t return to L.A. – that I was ever aware of.  Once they signed to Epic, it became fairly difficult to try and find all of their releases.  I personally think importers began to get ‘lax’, with importing and selling the many variants that were around.

So, what’s on my Stranglers “Want List” in 2013?

All UK 45’s, naturally:

–         96 Tears (Epic UK TEARS 1, 1990)

–         Golden Brown (Epic UK 656761.7) 1991 re-issue, for their GH album

–         No Mercy (Epic UK W/PS A 4921, 1984) and 4 track Epic UK EP GA 4921

I think that’s all I’m “missing”, but it is always possible that there are other variants of the latter day titles I am not aware of.  I think I have all the released songs, but perhaps the above vinyl variants are still out there, for sale somewhere?

I’ve seen Hugh Cornwell live a few times, too.  The last time was for his “Hoover Dam” CD + DVD package, and I rather liked that one; I bought an LP of it from him for $10!

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And Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath was only a few days younger than my late older brother!

And goodbye, Bon Scott of AC/DC.

Vertigo Records (1970)

2-18-13          Vertigo Records

Vertigo UK LP record labelHappy birthday, Yoko Ono!  (Born 1933).  On 2/17/79 Blondie “Parallel Lines” LP was No. 1 in England; 2/16/91 Frazier Chorus “Walking On Air” 45 charts at No. 60 in England.  2/18/65 The Who “I Can’t Explain” 45 charts at No. 8 in England.  On 2/18/67 the Donovan 45 “Mellow Yellow” charts at No. 8 in England.

I personally believe people like to try and collect Vertigo Records from England because the label design looks cool.  I am referring to the “swirl”, and not the Roger Dean planetoids that followed.  Indeed, some of the LP’s on Vertigo UK go for heaps of cash; there are good albums that I recommend on Vertigo, but you will have to put on your tolerance for progressive rock hat.

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Most of my favorite Vertigo UK titles come from 1969 – 1971:  The first one that really drove me nuts was “May Blitz”, their debut album.  I heard this one playing in a hippie record store and HAD to have it.  The cool label was merely a bonus – the record sounded great!  (Heavy) Power trio steeped in progressive rock time changes; somewhat beholden to Cream.

My second foray into Vertigo was exclusively because of the cover:  Uriah Heep “Very ‘eavy…Very ‘umble”.  More hard rock than prog rock, it still had the requisite minor chords, time changes and use of mellotron.  For some reason, the cover for the US version was changed to an ugly drawing of a worm.

It should be mentioned that these records were somewhat expensive, for a young person to be buying.  Typically, they were $4.99 each, when a regular US LP would only cost $2.98 in a typical hippie record store.  If you were even looking at imported LP’s in 1970, this was an obvious fact that didn’t seem to matter much – so I can buy 2 imported LP’s instead of 3 domestic LP’s – but they’ll have cooler covers, maybe sound better – and I remain ahead of the straight up music learning curve.

So, was everything on Vertigo “classic;’ progressive rock?  No, not at all.  There were also jazz albums, folk albums…hey, this doesn’t sound like it looks!

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Eventually, I got solidly on the prog rock bandwagon of 1970:  Gracious! and Cressida had great self-titled albums that year – and both bands had keyboard players (with mellotrons!) – Gracious! got a Capitol US LP release (with another ugly meaningless cover), but Cressida did not.  And the “Class of 1970” knows how cool a record is that doesn’t garner a US issue!

By this point, I could “cheat” a little bit – I found a very inexpensive sampler 2LP set, “The Vertigo Annual” – that had all of the above mentioned artists – and more!  I could hear more Vertigo artists!  Well, with Hendrix dead, The Beatles broken-up and irregular distribution of British LP’s combined with extremely limited funds…I got as many Vertigo LP’s as I could find easily.

(for Jim Donato)

This Week, Around Here

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This week around here:

2-11-13

Happy birthday, Sergio Mendes!  (Born 1941).  On 2-10-73 Elton John “Don’t Shoot Me I’m Only The Piano Player” LP was No. 1 in England; 2-11-78 Magazine “Shot By Both Sides” 45 charts at No. 41 in England; on 2-11-78 XTC “White Music” LP charts at No. 38 in England.  On 2/11/67, the LP “More Of The Monkees” by The Monkees charted at No. 1 in the US.

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Happy birthday, Ray Manzarek (of The Doors), born 1935.  On 2/12/66 The Rolling Stones 45 “19th Nervous Breakdown” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 2/12/72 Badfinger 45 “Day After Day” charts at No. 10 in England.           Happy birthday, Bill Laswell! (Born 1955).

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Happy birthday, Peter Tork (of The Monkees), born 1946 and Happy birthday, Peter Gabriel! (Born 1950).

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On 2/17/63 the Bobby Vee 45 “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” charts at No. 3 in England.  On 2/15/64, the LP “Meet The Beatles” by The Beatles charted at No. 1 in the US.  On 2/15/69 Canned Heat 45 “Going Up The Country” charts at No. 19 in England.  On 2/17/73, the LP “The World Is A Ghetto” by War charts at No. 1 in the US.  Also on 2/17/73, the Faces 45 “Cindy Incidentally” charted at No. 2 in England.  2/14/81 Mike Bloomfield OD’s.  And on February 17th: Happy birthday, Fred Frith (of Henry Cow)! (Born 1949).

Very shortly, I should be able to resume writing / typing, after my injury.  Thanks for your patience with me.

– Ron

 

Still Mending

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Still mending.  My left forearm hurts a bit – sprained bicep.  Found the above catalog for Virgin Records in Japan, via Nippon Columbia Records – before JVC got the Virgin license!  I have nearly all of the above pictured albums.  It’s a mix of stuff, mostly 70’s progressive rock.

Went to the lawyer last Saturday; I guess some papers will arrive in the post soon?  Expensive!  Today is a non-duty day for me, per my work.  I will go and get my late mother’s taxes done today – more $$$.  Also going to get my teeth cleaned!

I hope to be back writing again soon, but it has been helpful to not have to sit and type a lot, while the left arm heals.  Starting to get some good ideas, as a result of the enforced “rest”.

Smash Hits 1980

2-7-13                         Smash Hits (Vol. 2 No. 3) February 7th – 20th, 1980

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On 2/10/68 The Bee Gees 45 “Words” charts at No. 8 in England.  On 2/7/76 the War 45 “Low Rider” charts at No. 12 in England.  On 2/9/74 the Suzi Quatro 45 “Devil Gate Drive” charts at No. 1 in England.  And on February 9th:  Happy birthday, Ernest Tubb! (Born 1914).

Oh, no!  The Police!  Gorgeous RevillosNew Musik “Living By Numbers” gets their lyrics printed.  Queen’s new single is “Save Me”.  The Vapors “Turning Japanese” gets mentioned.  Glamourous color centerfold of vintage ’66 The WhoThe Ramones are being talked about.  So is Joe JacksonDexy’s Midnight Runners!

Singles!

  • Neil Innes “Theme” (Polydor Records)
  • The Korgis “I Just Can’t Help It” (Rialto Records)  Didn’t they used to be Stackridge?
  • Flying Lizards “TV” (Virgin Records) David Cunningham
  • Psychedelic Furs “Sister Europe” (CBS Records)

Albums!

  • The Flying Lizards (Virgin Records) David Cunningham
  • Jon & Vangelis “Short Stories” (Polydor Records) Jon Anderson of Yes
  • John Foxx “Metamatic” (Virgin Records) former Ultravox member
  • The Buggles “The Age of Plastic” (Island Records)

Gigs!

  • Friday February 8, 1980 – Gang of Four, Retford Porterhouse
  • Saturday February 9, 1980 – The Revillos, Durham University
  • Friday 15, 1980 – Orchestral Manoeuvres, Liverpool Eric’s

I didn’t know about the Neil Innes 45 at the time, otherwise I’d still own a copy of it today.  Didn’t notice The Korgis…yet.  Wasn’t particularly interested in The Flying Lizards, but I liked their album better than their 45’s I’d been hearing.  Yes, I tried the Psychedelic Furs because they had the word ‘psychedelic’ in their name.

No interest whatsoever in Jon & Vangelis – but I do find it more interesting in 2013 than I did in 1980.  Loved John Foxx “Metamatic”, contemplated ordering a copy from Japan, so that the pressing would be quieter, cleaner – the cost of this LP is roughly double what a British LP would cost.

I was rather on the fence about The Buggles, but I did like the album better than the big hit single.  The US copy did not have the innersleeve, and, yes, I ordered a copy from Japan (which I still gloriously own), and it has the innersleeve and is a fabulously quiet and tight Toshiba pressing, as they owned the rights to Island at that time.

I wonder what Who thing was being promoted in 1980 that they got the centerfold in this issue?  The Virgin Records re-issue of the “My Generation” LP?

Never got to see Gang of Four play live.  Or OMD.  Or The Revillos.

Still Mending

V BD_NEWSince injuring myself last week, I have been (mostly) resting.  As I sprained my left bicep, it’s difficult to lay in bed and even hold a book, so…I have resorted to a “TV Cure” – where I lay in bed and watch TV, using my ‘good’ hand for the remote.  The TV series ” V ” is what I’ve been watching.  I found an inexpensive Blu-ray disc of it.

I never saw this at the time, or really even heard about it.  Some of the acting is OK, and the story line is decent typical Sci-fi fare.  Aliens come to Earth, and aren’t so nice.  People try to ‘stop’ them, and all sorts of mis-understandings happen etc.

Good thing I can turn the English subtitles on, as my hearing has been temporarily affected by my recent bout with influenza (i.e. my ears closed up, at the end of my cold).  And, since replacing my bedroom equipment (i.e. the TV that hurt my arm), my stereo has been disconnected for a week now!