Quatermass in 5.1 Audio~!

5-30-13          Quartermass in 5.1 audio!

Quatermass (1970)

On 5/31/69 Booker T & The MG’s 45 “Time Is Tight” charts at No. 4 in England.  On 5/30/70 the Fleetwood Mac 45 “The Green Manalishi” charts at No. 10 in England.  On 6/2/73, the LP “Red Rose Speedway” by Paul McCartney & Wings charts at No. 1 in the US.

http://www.cherryred.co.uk/shopexd.asp?id=4206

It has come to my attention that one of the better early 70’s progressive rock albums is being re-done in England in 5.1 on an NTSC DVD-A!

I’ll probably have to mail-order this one from England – I doubt there are any store buyers who know what this is, in California.

Pell Mell “Marburg” CD

5-29-13    Pell Mell “Marburg” CD

Pell Mell "Marburg" CD

Here’s a good typical quandry I sometimes face.  All 3 x Pell Mell albums are being re-issued in Japan; the new editions will be paper sleeves and SHM-CD’s, probably with “new mastering”.  They will cost me approx. $45 ea in the door from Japan.

I bought a CD of what I remember their good album being, “Marburg”, probably in Germany in 1991 or 1992.  It’s a CD issued by the original company, Bellaphon Records, Germany.  This is not a band that bonus tracks are of interest to me.  It’s a coin toss about SHM-CD ( = Super High Materials ), but I do like Japanese paper sleeve CD’s!  So, do I spend $135 for a new set of CD’s, 2 of the 3 I don’t even remember.

While pondering this, I got out my original 1991 German CD of “Marburg”, burned a copy – and will listen as I drive to and from work today.

It’s from approx. 1974; I remember buying the original Pell Mell albums during my initial frenzy of German music, approx. ’71 – ’76, but I only kept “Marburg” as a CD – I don’t remember selling the other albums, but my list does not indicate that they’re still in my grasp.

– Ron

 

Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 11)

5-29-13                     Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 11) May 29 – June 11, 1980

SH 800529

My profound apologies from my 21 year old self for having ‘missed’ Vol. 2, No. 10 of “Smash Hits”!  I must’ve been awfully busy, with young man’s business!

Terry Hall on the cover!  New Musik in the colour centerfold.  Lyrics for Gary Numan “We Are Glass”.  OMD:  “The acceptable face of synthesizers”.  John Foxx objects to Island Records releasing “Three Into One” (Collection) LP.  Bill Nelson starts Cocteau Records.  Jona Lewie “You’ll Always Find Me In The Kitchen At Parties” gets a nice write-up.  South Africa bans Pink Floyd 45 “Another Brick In The Wall”.  The Specials:  “Today Coventry, Tomorrow…Coventry”.  Ian Curtis of Joy Division croaks.

45’s:

Gary Numan – “We Are Glass” (Beggar’s Banquet Records)

Ouida & The Numbers – “Runaway” (United Artists records) produced by Hugh Cornwell of The Stranglers

Little Nell – “Beauty Queen” (Pre Records)

E.L.O. – “I’m Alive” (Jet Records)

LP’s:

Devo – “Freedom Of Choice” (Virgin Records)

Jah Wobble – “The Legend Lives On…Jah Wobble in “Betrayal”) (Virgin Records)

The Beat – “I Just Can’t Stop It” (Go Feet Records)

Paul McCartney – McCartney II (Parlophone Records)

Alas, I have somewhat tired of sifting through the “Gigs” section to come up with some other old tat.

I was willing to forgive Gary Numan his trespasses, if his 45’s were all going to be as good as this one.  Of course I found the Ouida & The Numbers 45, for it’s Stranglers-Connection.  Charming Little Nell; her debut 45…or end of the line?  Hey, it ain’t on A&M!?!  The review for the E.L.O. 45?  “A blatant lie.  Product.” Says Smash Hits.

I was never exactly 100% comfortable with Devo product, in those days.  Something disingenuous about it all, I reckon.  I don’t mind it now.  Same story for Jah Wobble.  I had no time for him, until he started appearing on Holger Czukay records.

I do not believe I ever had the pleasure of seeing The Beat (AKA The English Beat) perform on a stage.  This was a very good LP – the equal of The Specials or Madness.

Sir Paul’s “McCartney II” did raise the odd eyebrow – remember “Temporary Secretary”?  Hey, everybody!  Sir Paul got a sequencer!

Santa Barbara weekend

D & I went to Santa Barbara, CA over the weekend.  The best store there is Warbler Records on De La Guerra St.  Found the following there; all were inexpensive, except the Ginger Baker:

BAKER, GINGER – AT HIS BEST, RSO UK 2LP Never saw a British pressing of this before!

CLARK, PETULA – THESE ARE MY SONGS, PYE UK LP ’67 “Don’t Sleep In The Subway” etc.

DUFFY, STEPHEN / DR. CALCULUS – DESIGNER BEATNIK, TEN UK LP re-issue; instrumentals – why would this get re-issued?  Because they could!

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – BEST OF, RCA DE LP Unique to Germany; interesting selection and unique cover; their US best of is called “The Worst Of”!

LOVE, GEOFF – BIG DISCO MOVIE HITS, MFP NZ LP ’78 EZ Hits style disco recreations of the day, incl. an orchestral “Every 1’s A Winner”!

MANZAREK, RAY – WHOLE THING STARTED WITH ROCK ‘N’ ROLL…, MERCURY US LP R.I.P. Ray Manzarek.

O.S.T. – DOCTOR SCHIWAGO, MGM DE LP  I’m a sucker for German pressings of almost anything!  Score by Maurice Jarre.

OSBORNE, TONY / PIANO & ORCHESTRA – THAT’S PARIS, REGAL UK LP re-issue; Mr Osborne also has LP’s on Deram Records!  Many “originals” on this one!  ’67!

THEODORAKIS, MIKIS – INSTRUMENTAL HITS, POLYGRAM GR LP Not sure the artist is, but it states that it’s an 8-track recording.  And instrumental.

V.A. – SALES MEETING – SUMMER 1970, ATCO US LP promo-only; believe it or not, I also have the Summer 1969 Sales meeting LP; this has Iron Butterfly playing “I Can’t Help But Deceive You Little Girl”, which I think was not on an LP?

 

 

The Mothmen

5-23-13          The Mothmen

Does It Really Matter Irene?

On 5/25/63 The Chantays 45 “Pipeline” charts at No. 16 in England.  On 5/25/68, the LP “Bookends” by Simon & Garfunkel charted at No. 1 in the US.  Also on 5/25/68 the Julie Driscoll / Brian Auger Trinity 45 “This Wheel’s On Fire” 45 charts at No. 5 in England (on the Marmalade label).  On 5/26/73 the Suzi Quatro 45 “Can The Can” charts at No. 1 in England.  On 5/24/75 the Ian Hunter 45 “Once Bitten, Twice Shy” charts at No. 14 in England.  Also on 5/24/75 the Kraftwerk 45 “Autobahn” charts at No. 11 in England.

7″                 DOES IT MATTER, IRENE? / PLEASE LET IT GO     ABSURD FR  ABSURD 6        1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                PAY ATTENTION!                                                            ON-U UK        SOUNDSLP 2  1980 7 TRKS

 

7″                 TEMPTATION / PEOPLE, PEOPLE                              DO IT UK        DUN 14             1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                ONE BLACK DOT                                                            DO IT UK        RIDE 9               1982 10 TRKS insert

 

7″                 WADADA / …AS THEY ARE                                            DO IT UK        DUN 19             1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

More Than 30 years after the fact, I still own all of the above records by The Mothmen, from England.  I do not remember how I came to own these records!  I was working at a record distributor at the time, so perhaps a salesman talked it up?  Or compared it to other records that he knew I liked?

Between the 1979 45 and the 1980 LP – they seemed to have loosened up a little – quite a bit, in fact!  There are some very charming home-made songs on “Pay Attention!”

I found a webpage that said one of The Mothmen was murdered in 1991, the inspiration for a Happy Mondays song, “Cowboy Dave”.  I guess the northerners really stuck together.

Apparently a few of them had been involved with the Manchester area comedy rock band Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias!

For their 2nd album, they signed to Robin Scott’s Do It Records, and delivered 2 fine singles and an LP.  As far as I am aware, none of their material has made it to CD, even in 2013!  And the 2nd album is not a million miles from the Pink Floyd releases of the day (though The Mothmen always remained sort of “low fi”).

Blu Spec CD2

5-22-13          Blu Spec CD2 (BSCD2)

Blu-spec CD2

Blu-spec CD2

5/22/82 Madness “House of Fun” 45 is No. 1 in England.

http://www.blu-speccd2.jp (sorry, Japanese only!)

I recently obtained some Blue Spec CD2 format CD’s from Japan.  These are Blu-ray discs that will play in US CD players!  The present series is denoted as “Legacy Recordings” – the three I ordered and received are:

MOTT THE HOOPLE      ALL THE YOUNG DUDES            SONY JPN           SICP 30089

NILSSON, HARRY          AERIAL BALLET                           RCA JPN   SICP 30080

BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS                                                    CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN         SONY JPN                                     SICP 30061

I needed to replace my Mott The Hoople CD; I only had the US vers. without any bonus tracks.  This ’06 mastered version has 7 bonus tracks!

I did not have this Harry Nilsson title in any format; I’ve enjoyed all of the Nilsson material I’ve gotten lately, so thought I should try one of his famous albums.  It’s an ’07 mastered version.  3 x bonus tracks!

I am a sucker for the debut album by Blood, Sweat & Tears!  I’ve bought the original Columbia US LP, then a British LP of it, then several CD variants – a gold disc etc.  This one says it’s re-mastered in 2012, so that’s newer than the gold disc version I have!

Rare Rock Collection

5-21-13          “Rock Rare Collection” (Toshiba)

Toshiba Japan CD

Toshiba Japan CD

On 5/21/66 the Bob Dylan 45 “Rainy Day Women Nos. 12 and 35” charts at No. 7 in England.  Also on 5/21/66 The Rolling Stones 45 “Paint It Black” charts at No. 1 in England.  On 5/21/83 Yello “You Gotta Say Yes To Another Excess” LP charts at No. 65 in England.

I recently mail-ordered a CD from Japan called “Rock Rare Collection” (Toshiba TOCP-71486, released Feb. 2013):

JEFF BECK – Rock My Plimsoul (Single vers.)

YARDBIRDS – Little Games (Mono mix)

YARDBIRDS – Drinking Muddy Water (Mono mix)

YARDBIRDS – White Summer (Acoustic vers.) instrumental, sounds a bit like Led Zeppelin

JEFF BECK – Beck’s Bolero (Single vers.) instrumental

PAUL RODGERS – Always (presumably the singer of Free in ‘68 etc.)

ROD STEWART – Shake

ROD STEWART – I Just Got Some

SHOTGUN EXPRESS – I Could Feel The Whole World Turn Around

SHOTGUN EXPRESS – Curtains (Peter Bardens) instrumental

TONY MERRICK – Lady Jane (The Rolling Stones song)

HANS CHRISTIAN – Never My Love (Is this supposed to be ’68 Jon Anderson?)

GRAHAM BOND ORGANIZATION – Slipping & Sliding (instrumental)

GRAHAM BOND ORGANIZATION – Spanish Blues (instrumental)

GRAHAM BOND ORGANIZATION – It’s Happening (instrumental)

DUFFY POWER – I Saw Her Standing There (backed by the Graham Bond Quartet!)

THE NATURALS – I Should Have Known Better

THE GODS – Hey Bulldog (Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep doing a Beatles’ song)

This collection was compiled by Toshio Asami, with liner notes (in unreadable Japanese) by Kaz Akaiwa.

More Japanese Jazz CD’s

5-20-13          More Japanese Jazz CD’s!

Electronics

On 5/20/67 Arthur Conley 45 “Sweet Soul Music” is No. 7 in England.  On 5/20/72 the Lindisfarne 45 “Lady Eleanor” charts at No. 3, when it gets re-issued.  On 5/19/79 Tubeway Army / Gary Numan 45 ”Are ‘Friends’ Electric?” is No. 1 in England.

I mail-ordered some more Japanese jazz CD’s!  I read about these 2 sets of stuff in Record COLUMBIAlectors’ Magazine (the Jpn vers.), and ordered ‘em right up.  “Dig Deep Columbia” and “Jazz Re-issue Series” are hot!  I now have a full carton of ‘em!

COUNT BUFFALO & HIS ROCK BAND EXCITING DRUMS – AFRICAN ROCK PARTY, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘69

FLYING DR. MERRY FREUD FLYING DR., NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘70

FUNK PARTY s/t, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘74

HARA, NOBUO / SHARPS & FLATS ELECTRONICS, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘70

INAGAKI, JIRO / SOUL MEDIA BY THE RED STREAM, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘73

INAGAKI, JIRO / SOUL MEDIA IN THE GROOVE, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘73

INAGAKI, JIRO / SOUL MEDIA JAZZ & ROCK “OUT”!!, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘70

MAEDA, NORIO REVOLUTION, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘72

MIYAMA, T. & HIS NEW HERD NIO & PIGEON, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘72

MIYAMA, T. & HIS NEW HERD TSUCHI NO ME, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘73

MURAOKA, MINORU HARLEM NOCTURNE, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘67

MURAOKA, MINORU THIS IS MODERN SHAKUHACHI Vol. 2, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ’68 Shakuhachi is not everyone’s bag

SUGIMOTO, KIYOSHI OUR TIME, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘75

SUZUKI, HIROMASA HIGH-FLYING, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘76

SUZUKI, HIROSHI / & HIS HAPPY CATS UP UP AND AWAY, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘69

TOKYO CUBAN BOYS / T. MISAGO HOLIDAY IN OKINAWA, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘71

TOKYO CUBAN BOYS / T. MISAGO ON STAGE, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN CD ‘72

V.A. SENSATIONAL JAZZ ’70 Vols. 1 & 2, NIPPON COLUMBIA JPN 2CD recorded 1970

5-16-13

5-16-13

On 5/16/70, the LP “Déjà Vu” by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young charted at No. 1 in the US.  Also on 5/16/70 the Christie 45 “Yellow River” charts at No. 1 in England.

Have a good Friday!

 

– ron

 

45’s

5-15-13                     45’s! (May 2013 #1)

Bowie UK 45

That’s right!  Nothing on today’s calendar; couldn’t find anything / anybody interesting to write about, as a pre-cursor to a regular daily blog.

To get the little preambles, I look through Joel Whitburn books and the Guinness books of British Hit Records.  I kind of like looking all of this stuff up, but it won’t last forever.

45’s: Pasadena Swap Meet, High Fidelity Records, Rockaway – Really enjoying looking at 45’s these days – so much to learn!

ATKINS, CHET – COUNTRY GENTLEMAN, RCA US 7″ with a B-side that incl. most all of the RCA C&W singers of the day (mid-60’s) incl. Don Bowman!

BAXTER, LES – BLUE TANGO, CAPITOL US 7″ EP W/PS EZ

BLODWYN PIG – DEAR JILL / SUMMER DAY, A&M US 7″ promo; Mick Abrahms!

BOWIE, DAVID – D.J., RCA UK 7″ W/PS ’79

BOX TOPS, THE – CRY LIKE A BABY, MALA US 7″

BUGGLES, THE – VIDEO KILLED THE RADIO STAR, ISLAND DE 7″ W/PS

COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH – ROCK AND SOUL MUSIC (Part 1), VANGUARD US 7″ promo

DYLAN, BOB / THE BAND – MILLION DOLLAR BASH / TEARS OF RAGE, COLUMBIA US 7″ “Basement Tapes” single!

FREE – MY BROTHER JAKE, ISLAND UK 7″

GABRIEL, PETER / STEPHIN MERRITT – BOOK OF LOVE, REALWORLD US 7″ W/PS 2010

GENTLE GIANT – POWER AND THE GLORY, WWA UK 7″

GODLEY & CRÈME – SANDWICHES OF YOU, MERCURY UK 7″ W/PS  instrumental B-Side

HARRIS, EDDIE – WHY DON’T YOU QUIT / FOOLTISH, ATLANTIC US 7″ jazz, promo

HAZLEWOOD, LEE – GREYHOUND BUS DEPOT, LHI US 7″

HENDRIX EXPERIENCE, JIMI – BURNING OF THE MIDNIGHT LAMP, EXPERIENCE US 7″ W/PS re-issue

HOLLIES, THE – HERE I GO AGAIN, PARLOPHONE UK 7″ ’64

HOLLIES, THE – JUST ONE LOOK, PARLOPHONE UK 7″ ’64

JUPP, MICKEY – OLD ROCK ‘N’ ROLLER, STIFF UK 7″ ’78

LEMON PIPERS – GREEN TAMBOURINE, PYE UK 7″ ’67

LOVE AND MONEY – DEAR JOHN, MERCURY UK 7″ W/PS their debut?

McGUINNESS FLINT – WHEN I’M DEAD AND GONE, CAPITOL UK 7″ ’70?

MOTT THE HOOPLE – ALL THE YOUNG DUDES / ONE OF THE BOYS, CBS UK 7″ ’72

MOVE, THE – CALIFORNIA MAN, HARVEST UK 7″ EP

MULL, MARTIN – IN THE EYES OF MY DOG, CAPRICORN US 7″ W/PS ’73

OTWAY, JOHN / WILD WILLY BARRETT – MURDER MAN / IF I DO, TRACK RECORD US 7″ promo

PASSIONS – SWIMMER, POLYDOR UK 7″ W/PS re-issue?

RENAISSANCE – ISLAND, ISLAND FR 7″ W/PS ’69

ROLLING STONES – SAINT OF ME, VIRGIN UK 7″ pic disc!

RUAN (O’LOCHLAINN)ANOTHER STREET GANG, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

SEBASTIAN, JOHN – WHAT SHE THINKS ABOUT, REPRISE US 7″ promo

STANSHALL, VIVIAN – YOUNG ONES, HARVEST UK 7″ EP ’76

TOWNSHEND, PETE – BARGAIN, ATCO US 7″ promo-only

TOWNSHEND, PETE – ENGLISH BOY, ATLANTIC UK 7″ W/PS ’93

TOWNSHEND, PETE – FRIEND IS A FRIEND, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

TOWNSHEND, PETE – I WON’T RUN ANYMORE, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

TURTLES, THE – HAPPY TOGETHER, LONDON JPN 7″ W/PS ’67

URIAH HEEP – LOOK AT YOURSELF / SIMON THE BULLET FEAK, ISLAND/BRONZE UK 7″

V.A. – FEBRUARY 1976 SAMPLER, ATLANTIC US 2LP promo-only, with Eddie Harris, Genesis etc.

WINWOOD, STEVE – ROLL WITH IT, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

YES – AMERICA / TOTAL MASS RETAIN. ATLANTIC US 7″ ’72 both tracks edited!