6-30-67 The Who release the 45 “The Last Time” b/w “Under My Thumb”, both Jagger / Richard compositions. The idea was that The Who would continue to release Jagger / Richard compositions until they were released from jail; this was The Who’s only 45 of Jagger / Richard compositions.
Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Dave Van Ronk (1936)!
Yesterday 6/29 happy birthday Roger Ruskin Spear of The Bonzo Dog Band (1943). Happy birthday Stanley Clarke, the jazz-fusion bass player (1951, Philadelphia, PA). Also yesterday 6/29 happy birthday Ian Paice, the drummer of Deep Purple (1948).
Alas, I have seen the future of the Japanese record / music industry. I recently ordered some Japanese CD’s by P.F.M., the Italian progressive rock band. Why I ordered them was that this was the first time I’d seen them with bonus tracks; I stuck to the 3 albums I liked most: Photos of Ghosts, The World Became the World and Jet Lag, their latter day album with Bernardo Lanzetti from Acqua Fragile.
What arrived was…Platinum SHM-CD’s in 7” deluxe paper sleeves! Yes, they are the size of 45’s, their attention to detail is staggering, even for the Japanese! These CD’s look so much nicer than even kami / paper sleeve CD’s! They weren’t cheap – but is anything from Japan cheap anymore?
My mind boggles at the thought of replacing even my Italian favorites in this new 7” SHM-CD format. They were, like, almost $60 each!
I can think of albums that I would pay $60 each to have in this new format, but there are others…damn, I’ve bought this album 4 times already! LP, CD, Paper sleeve CD, SHM-CD paper sleeve! When will it all stop, JVC?
Warner / Pioneer is now re-releasing product formerly available on Toshiba Records. Mostly, I am OK with this fact as a lot of it is seeing the light of day for the first time on CD, and none of the new Warner / Toshiba CD’s have been “too expensive”…yet.
And Epic / Sony just re-issued a Jeff Beck SA-CD in 5.1, “Blow By Blow”, also in this new 7” format. Again, absolutely amazing packaging, large color booklet, and 5.1 audio in SA-CD format! I could never even find even the friggin’ stereo SA-CD of this album! So, I consider Epic / Sony re-releasing it as practically a public service, despite it’s nearly $80 price tag!
Yeah, the air is getting thin up here where I pay $60 – $80 for albums on Platinum SHM-CD or SA-CD…