Platinum SHM-CD’s?

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…

Re-Typing My Big Music List

Happy birthday to Georgie Fame (1943)!

On 6/27 Happy birthday to songwriter “Doc” Pomus (1925)!

Through my own mess-up, I accidentally “saved” a largely truncated version of my large Excel spread sheet of music titles. Yes, I even tried to re-set my computer to a previous day – to see if my files would magically re-appear. This was not the case.

So, I spent about one whole day feeling bad about all of this – But I picked myself up off of the ground, and began the chore of re-typing my music list. The first thing I did was enter all of my SA-CD titles, then DVD-A’s, then I did all of the DVD’s, Dual Discs etc. I have a LOT of CD’s, so that part will take a while to re-type.

Then we come to the LP’s & 45’s. I do have a version of my 45rpm list, but – the new version of my list is not the same as the old version. I can’t just “drop in” the 45 list, alas.

But, I do get to standardize descriptions (and other aspects) while I re-type my file. For starters, I can now check Discogs.net or Wikipedia for release date accuracy! I typed a lot of the big list when there was no such thing as the internet. If a record didn’t have a date on it, I just had to guess about the release date!

And it’s fun to get to play with my own collection! I don’t have to adjust my list if I run across stuff that I don’t want to keep, ‘cause there’s no list to adjust. Just put the offending item into an outgoing pile.

My list grew to be in excess of 30,000 titles. At present, it’s at 830 titles. So, not even a 30th of the way there. But I don’t expect it to get back up to 30,000 anyway; lots of stuff will “go”.

But that’s my first large project of my “retirement” – re-typing my big music list. Already been to Portland and San Francisco (since I retired). But a lot of the time, there I am, at home – entering titles into my collection spread sheet, “MAINLIST”.

At least my office skills will be kept up-to-speed!

Tubby Hayes

Happy birthday Ian McDonald of King Crimson (1946); singer / songwriter Carly Simon (1945).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubby_Hayes

Most people have never heard of British jazz multi-instrumentalist Tubby Hayes. Yet he appears (without credit) on Family’s “Music In A Doll’s House” record (in 1968)! He was usually in the ‘brass section’ – he’s a tenor sax player mainly.

“Down In The Village” is an early 60’s British jazz LP that’s recorded live; it’s a real good recording – I have a recent Japanese CD of it. No, I’ve never seen any UK original Tubby Hayes records (LP’s). Several of his albums got re-released on CD via Universal UK back around 2006, however – as part of the “Impressed / Re-Pressed” jazz series.

British jazz is mostly for people who enjoy their jazz without much ‘funk’ in it. Mr. Hayes also worked with Ronnie Ross, the man who taught David Bowie to play sax, and the same man who played the baritone sax solo on Lou Reed’s “Walk On The Wild Side”. Mr. Ross lead the “brass section” (again, without credit) on several records by Donovan and The Beatles (“Savoy Truffle”, anyone?). There’s a great CD of Ronnie Ross with Alan Ganley, the drummer on the aforementioned Tubby Hayes “Down In The Village” album.

Know who played the tenor sax part on “Lady Madonna” by The Beatles? None other than Ronnie Scott, who famously owned a jazz club in London, England – at least that’s what I’ve read if assorted Beatles’ books!

The 60’s and 70’s were certainly a different world. But I do wonder if things would’ve turned out differently if someone like Tubby Hayes ended up in New York or Los Angeles, when he had his heart troubles.

San Francisco Visit!

Happy birthday Jeff Beck (1944, Surrey, England); Arthur Wilton Brown, God of Hell – Fire (1944, Whitby-by-York, England); Chris Wood (of Traffic) (1944)! This date was also my late mother’s birthday.

I recently returned from a glorious week spent up in the San Francisco bay area. The record stores are different than the usual ones I frequent here in Los Angeles.

My 45’s!

ATKINS, CHET –POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS, RCA US EP W/PS

BEE GEES –I STARTED A JOKE, ATCO US 7″ promo

BEE GEES –I’VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU, ATCO US 7″ promo

BEE GEES –MY WORLD / ON TIME, POLYDOR DE 7″ W/PS

BEE GEES –NEW YORK MINING DISASTER 1941, ATCO US 7″ promo, debut?

COCKER, JOE –DELTA LADY / SHE’S SO GOOD TO ME, REGAL ZONO UK 7″

COCKER, JOE –LETTER, THE (Live) / SPACE CAPTAIN (Live), A&M US 7″ promo

COUNTRY JOE & THE FISH –NOT SO SWEET MARTHA LORRAINE / MASKED MARAUDER, VANGUARD US 7″ promo

CREAM –STRANGE BREW / TALES OF BRAVE ULYSSES, ATCO US 7″ promo

DONOVAN –JENNIFER JUNIPER / POOR COW, EPIC US 7″ promo

DONOVAN –LALENA / AYE MY LOVE, EPIC US 7″ promo

DONOVAN –THERE IS A MOUNTAIN / SAND AND FOAM, EPIC US 7″ promo

DONOVAN –UNIVERSAL SOLDIER / DO YOU HEAR ME NOW, HICKORY US 7″ promo

DRAKE, CHARLIE –MY BOOMERANG WON’T COME BACK, PARLOPHONE AUS 7″

EDMUNDS, DAVE –I’M COMING HOME / COUNTRY ROLL, REGAL ZONO UK 7″

JOHN, ELTON / LEON RUSSELL –HEY AHAB, ROCKET US 7″ W/PS

KING, JONATHAN –FLIRT! / HEY JIM, PARROT US 7″ promo

KING, JONATHAN –HOOKED ON A FEELING / I DON’T WANT TO BE GAY, PARROT US 7″ promo

LOVE SCULPTURE –IN THE LAND OF THE FEW / FARANDOLE, PARROT US 7″ promo

MANN, MANFRED –OH NO, NOT MY BABY / WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?, HMV UK 7″

MAYALL, JOHN –SONNY BOY BLOW / BROKEN WING, LONDON US 7″

POP, IGGY –SUCCESS / PASSENGER, VIRGIN UK 7″ W/PS

PRICE, ALAN –LOVE STORY / MY OLD KENTUCKY HOME, DECCA UK 7″ promo

SANTANA –SHE’S NOT THERE, CBS DE 7″ W/PS

SEARCHERS, THE –BUMBLE BEE, PYE UK EP W/PS

SEARCHERS, THE –PLAY THE SYSTEM, PYE UK EP W/PS

U.N.K.L.E. –HOLD MY HAND, SURRENDER UK 7″ W/PS

Phil Manzanera singles

Recently, I found a Phil Manzanera 12” single – odd, as I’d never seen one before! This record must’ve vanished quickly…

The 12” I found is “Impossible Guitar” on EG Records via JEM Records, from 1982 (EGOX 2, no bar code). What’s EGOX 1?

A1: Impossible Guitar

B1: Big Dome

B2: Criollo (French Mix)

These tracks are all from the “Primitive Guitars” LP; no idea if the Criollo (French Mix) is real different…or not. I don’t believe I have a re-mastered with bonus tracks CD of this album. I know for sure I don’t have a paper (kami) sleeve CD of it.

All of this hot on the heels of me finding a Phil Manzanera 7” U.S. single that I never knew existed:

A: Flight 19

B: Initial Speed

Polydor US stock copy PD-14494, 1977. Odd, the UK issue had a non-LP B-Side “Car Rhumba”!

The only other Phil Manzanera 45 I’ve got is an Australia only issue of:

A: Remote Control

B: K-Scope

Polydor Australia 2001 835, 1979; prominent Tim Finn vocals on the A-Side, likely issued around the peak time of interest in Split Enz in Australia.

Anybody know of any other Phil Manzanera 45’s? Wanna sell ‘em to me?

Biddu Orchestra

I recently found 2 x LP’s by the Biddu Orchestra (bringing my total to 3 LP’s). Maybe I’m a bit of a rube, but I honestly never knew he ‘produced’ Carl Douglas “Kung Fu Fighting”!

Guess he’s been more active in the non-pop-musik marketplace in recent years. The 3 I’ve found date roughly from ‘74 to ‘77 and are pretty good (UK) “disco” records. Legend has it that he produced Tina Charles, and the 2 x members of The Buggles met on her session! Trevor Horn! (said aloud in an Alexei Sayle voice).

Mr. Biddu is also still alive (according to Wikipedia)!

I wonder if he knew Rod Temperton of Heatwave (another great UK R&B band)?

 

The Tubes

I recently found a promo-only copy of the debut album by The Tubes, the band from San Francisco.  A sticker on the cover says “Lyrics of the X-rated song “White Punks On Dope” on this special DJ album have been cleansed to avoid irate protest from people who don’t like to hear naughty words.  Love, The Tubes” – this version of the LP (SP-4534) has a poster, doesn’t have a barcode, and the scribe in the vinyl reads as follows:

A Side: “This is the 84th time I have lied to the nation – Al”

B Side: “Don’t you wish you had a baby’s arm holding an apple?” and “DJ Version”

We played the “DJ Version” side of the LP and it sounded like it was all there, so why was it marked “DJ Version”?

This has always been my favorite Tubes LP; for years I’ve owned a re-issue (without a poster or special scribe in the vinyl) (SP-3161); it has a barcode, too; and the latter day black A&M label.

When I find stuff like this, it always gets me to thinking about LP mastering, about how when it’s a new LP, sometimes the producer or engineer oversees the mastering (to make sure it gets done right).  The re-issue is indeed re-cut, with it’s newer (less expensive) serial # – is it mastered with the same care as when Al Kooper added his prose to Side A?

I saw The Tubes live, a few years after this debut album – in Hollywood.  It was still a ‘big show’, with lots of costume changes etc., but well before MTV time – late 70’s?

I have also always enjoyed the fact that songwriter Ron Nagle worked with The Tubes – I believe he co-authors “Don’t Touch Me There”.

Anybody know what a Fee Waybill is?  No, it’s not the real name of the singer of The Tubes, but a terminology found in import / export documentation paperwork.  Wikipedia says his name is John Waldo Waybill.

 

 

 

 

 

Island Records Boxed Set (1988)

Island Records Boxed Set

I recently bought the 25th anniversary boxed set of Island Records (UK). It’s a 1988 7LP boxed set! I absolutely never knew it existed! Island UK IBX 25.

I remember getting these wonderful 40th anniversary CD’s:

CD                Vol. 1 – SKA’S THE LIMIT ’59-’64                     ISLAND US       524393      1997 20 TRK Compilation

CD                Vol. 2 – RHYTHM & BLUES ’64-’69                 ISLAND US       524394      1997 20 TRK Compilation

CD                Vol. 3 – ACOUSTIC WAVES ’68-’75                 ISLAND US       524376      1998 16 TRK Compilation

CD                Vol. 4 – ELECTRIC CURRENTS ’66 -’75       ISLAND US       524427      1998 14 TRK Compilation

And, of course, the CD boxed set re-issue:

CDx3           STRANGELY STRANGE, BUT ODDLY NORMAL 1967 – 1972           ISLAND UK            UMC 8472

2009 46 TRKS booklet, 1967 – 1972 recordings

But back to my 25th anniversary boxed set, “Island Life” – 67 tracks, and still includes all of the EG Records and Chrysalis Records material (Roxy Music, King Crimson, Jethro Tull etc.) This is what lets the later editions down a bit, not having these groups. The 1988 LP mastering sounds great, nice & crisp, lots of bass etc.

Spencer Davis Group, Free, Spooky Tooth, Mott The Hoople, Traffic, Jim Capaldi, Art (pre-Spooky Tooth), Jethro Tull, Heavy Jelly, Heads Hands & Feet, Bryan Ferry6, Brian Eno, Roxy Music, King Crimson, Bad Company, John Cale, Paul Kossof (Free), Robert Palmer, Kevin Ayers…and then the folk stuff! Fairport Convention, Richard Thompson, Fotheringay, John Martyn (and John & Beverly Martyn), Nick Drake, Albion Country Band, The Bunch, Renaissance, Sutherland Brothers, Cat Stevens, Incredible TSring Band, Murray Head, Sandy Denny, Mike Heron (ISB). Then up-to-80’s-date stuff with Steve Winwood, Bob Marley, John Martyn, Tom Petty, Ultravox (with John Foxx), The B-52’s, Marianne Faithfull, Was (Not Was), Grace Jones. Reggae represented, too – Linton Kwesi Johnson, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Steel Pulse, Third World, Sly & Robbie – but I did note that they say there’s also a reggae LP boxed set “to be released later”, and I don’t have specifics about that LP boxed set. We finish off with Trouble Funk, Courtney Pine, Julian Cope, The Triffids, Tom Waits, The Waterboys, U2, Art of Noise, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Tom Tom Club etc.

So, for me, the beginning of the boxed set is more interesting than the end of the boxed set, but I can see where it would interest other people in a reverse situation.

I used to write letters to this label, in the early 70’s and they graciously sent me several catalogues. My young self couldn’t fully understand that it was leading to wanting to “collect labels”, but I did duly buy all of the Island Records UK LP’s & 45’s that I could reasonably lay my hands on.

Yes, there are Island Records’ titles I have never seen. No, I don’t already have them all. I wish I did! For in 2014, Island are just a part of Universal Records, England – and not of as much interest, to me.

Housekeeping

Still haven’t figured out how to attach new scans to anything…

Why is Eric Anderson “Blue River” (Columbia Records ’72) the only LP in a Japanese magazine’s “Top 200 Rock Records” list that I’m not familiar with?

I have lots of boxes of CD-R’s that I was given, within the first few years of people being able to make CD-R’s on their home computers. The ones that have since seen a legit issue, I am just recycling / tossing. The various artist ones, I am putting into my own mixes that I make for my car. So, if you ever sent me a various artists CD-R in the last 15 years – thanx! (I notice that some of the labels stuck onto CD-R’s are coming off / peeling. Ugh!).

I am also stock-piling blank CD-R’s. How much longer are they going to be readily available? I thought Sony Minidiscs would be available forever – and now I have to rely on ones that I hoarded, when it was still possible. Yes, I have a lot. Of both.

My stack of outgoing LP’s is gaining in size. Take ‘em all to a friendly local used LP store? Dump ‘em all at an Amoeba store 400 miles from my house? Anybody want to see a list of records I’m getting rid of? Lots of British originals, and odd issues of odd old LP’s.

It is still possible to find records I’ve never even heard of – just the other evening, I scored the V.A. “Island Life” 7LP boxed set! It was issued for the 25th anniversary of Island Records.

I got my appointment with the people handling my “retirement”, it’s at the end of July!

Do Zip drives still exist?

– Ron