Beatles Japan CD Box

On 8/2, happy birthday to Garth Hudson of The Band (1943, London, Canada). One source sites this date as Ahmet Ertegun’s birthday (1923); it is tempting to want to try and collect Atlantic Records from the beginning to, say, about 1969.

I recently found The Beatles “Japan Box” 5CD set for a very good price. It is CD versions of the first 5 LP’s by The Beatles as released in Japan – on Universal Japan via Parlophone Records. The debut Japanese Beatles LP always seems to make their lists of best albums ever. It goes for 14,000 in Japan, but I found it for approx. $117.- The CD’s come in gorgeous paper sleeves, and come with obis that you can put on them, if needed.

August is coming right up, so I’d better get busy writing!

12 Years

Happy birthday to Kate Bush (1958). Used to really enjoy her stuff! Also to UK glam rock guy Andy Scott (of The Sweet) (1949)!

Believe it or not, I have been writing stuff about music on the internet for 12 years as of today (or tomorrow). It’s easy to do some days, almost impossible to do other days. I feel overwhelmed by my own collection; it’s reasonably immense. And not all of it is in a list anymore!

Any requests?

What did you buy in Chicago?

Happy birthday to Geddy Lee of Rush! (1950).

A bit stuck on what to write about today. Still kind of tired after my Chicago trip.

 

“What did you buy in Chicago?”

Vinyl:

CHARLES SINGERS, RAY –SPECIAL SOMETHING, COMMAND US LP

Still in shrinkwrap ($4), this easy listening treat looks to be from approx. ’67 – ’68.

 

DELUGG, MILTON –MUSIC FOR MONSTERS…, EPIC US LP

Jack Davis cover art! Full title: “Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends” – and it’s a stereo copy!

 

HAYES, TUBBY –INTRODUCING TUBBS, EPIC US LP re-issue

Legit re-issue of probably Tubbs’ only US LP; British jazz!

 

LEWIS, VIC –IN CONCERT, FEAT. TUBBY HAYES, HEP UK LP

I believe Vic Lewis (much later on) arranged for Donovan! And more Tubby Hayes!

 

PORTSMOUTH SINFONIA –HALLELUJAH, TRANSATLANTIC UK LP

Finally! A UK original copy, and not a dumb Antilles US LP!

 

SECOND HAND –DEATH MAY BE YOUR SANTA CLAUS, SUNBEAM UK LP re-issue

I never had any idea that the originals of this LP were so limited! Liner notes say 1,000 copies only!

CD:

AUSTERLITZ, PAUL – JOURNEY, INNOVA US CD

Looks like a bass clarinet player…and on this label, wow!

Time Machine

Happy birthday guitarist Mike Bloomfield of The Butterfield Blues Band and “Super Session” fame (1944, Chicago, IL)! I also understand (by one source) that today is Rick Wright’s birthday (1945) – the keyboard player of The Pink Floyd! Happy birthday to Rachel Sweet (1962)!

Today’s Time Machine is from June, 1974. That puts me in nigh school, at the end of my first year there. I was entranced with the alternative music of the day: Gong, Hatfield & The North, Robert Wyatt etc.

Strange Days magazine in Japan runs their Time Machine column, so I type it up in English and we all grin and recognize the months.

June, 1974: Steve Harley / Cockney Rebel “The Psychomodo” (EMI UK LP EMC 3033); BeBop Deluxe “Axe Victim” (Harvest UK LP SHVL 813); Kevin Ayers / John Cale / Nico “June 1st, 1974” (Island UK LP ILPS 9291); Elton John “Caribou” (DJM UK LP DJLPH 439); Barclay James Harvest “Everyone Is Everyone Else” (Polydor UK LP 2383 286); Gentle Giant “The Power & The Glory” (WWA UK LP WWA 010); Uriah Heep “Wonderworld” (Bronze UK LP ILPS 9279); Bad Company “Bad Company” (Island UK LP ILPS 9279); James Taylor “Walking Man” (Warner UK LP K 56042); Bob Dylan / The Band “Before The Flood” (Asylum US 2LP set AB 201); Grateful Dead “From The Mars Hotel” (Arista US LP GD 102); and Jerry Garcia “Garcia” (Rounder US LP RX 102).

 

Never really into Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel, but in 2014 I understand their place in the pantheon of UK 70’s glam rock. I go back and forth on Bill Nelson / BeBop Deluxe, but in 1974 – this wasn’t on my radar. I loved the Harvest label, but this didn’t grab my ears. By ’74, between Kevin Ayers, John Cale or Nico – likely it was John Cale that got me to buy this LP straightaway; I didn’t know what to make of post-Dr. Dream Kevin Ayers and I have never been a fan of Nico. Elton John certainly had his share of gold-dust, and “Caribou” was a fine album of the day; I still like it! Why didn’t they make an SA-CD of it? Never particularly bothered with Barclay James Harvest – I mean, they weren’t even on Harvest Records anymore! Gentle Giant could do no wrong during and after “In A Glass House”, but as they were now getting released in the US, I kinda didn’t care about them anymore. I like it much better in 2014, than I did in 1974. Uriah Heep lost me after their debut LP, sorry. Bad Company should’ve interested me more than it did. Their debut LP on Island did nothing for me at the time. It just looked like major label excess. James Taylor in 1974? Are you kidding? Bob Dylan & The Band double live LP didn’t get my goat (or cash) in ’74, but I am OK with it in 2014. Grateful Dead didn’t interest me then or now – somebody else’s troubles…

 

Chicago, IL

Happy birthday to Steve Goodman (1948), I really enjoy his “Lincoln Park Pirates” Chicago song; Heinz Burt (of The Tornados) (1942)! On 7/25 Happy birthday to Mark Clarke (of Colosseum and Uriah Heep) (1950)! On 7/26 Happy birthday to Mick Jagger (of The Rolling Stones) (1943); Roger MeadowsTaylor (of Queen) (1949)! On 7/27 Happy birthday to Kim Fowley, said to have been born in 1942.

I got back from my first trip to Chicago, IL a few days ago.  I loved the food in Chicago – all of it seemed perfectly prepared / seasoned etc.  Ate in a few breweries, best meal I can remember was at Dryhopped.  I didn’t much care for downtown Chicago places for phonograph records: Permanent, Reckless, Laurie’s… but I did enjoy Jazz Record Mart, which was right near my hotel.  Also bought stuff at Vintage Vinyl in Evanston, a truly remarkably stocked store.

My hotel was right by a place called Eataly, which is a bunch of restaurants and an Italian market.  I bought amazing $24 a pound coffee beans there!

But I am back at home now, and working on posts for ronkane.com

Thanks for reading my stuff.

More to come.

 

 

Chicago

Happy birthday to Andy Mackay (of Roxy Music) (1946), Tony Joe White (1943) and David Essex (“Rock On”, to you!) (1947).

Back from my first visit to the fine city of Chicago!

Chicago?

BEGINNINGS / POEM 58 promo                                     COLUMBIA US                     4-45011

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS? promo                 COLUMBIA US  4-45264

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo edit

DOES ANYBODY REALLY KNOW WHAT TIME IT IS?     COLUMBIA US                     4-45264

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, stock copy w/ B-Side

 

MAKE ME SMILE / COLOUR MY WORLD                       COLUMBIA US                     4S-45127

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

FREE (mono) / (stereo) promo                                         COLUMBIA US                     4-45331

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

LOWDOWN (mono) / (stereo) promo                                COLUMBIA US                     4-45370

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

BEGINNINGS / COLOUR MY WORLD (PS)                      COLUMBIA US                     4-45417

1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

DIALOGUE / NOW THAT YOU’RE GONE (PS)                 COLUMBIA US                     4-45717

1972 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

Al DiMeola

Happy birthday George Clinton (1940)!   And Al DiMeola (1954).

I had no idea that I’m only 4 years younger than Al DiMeola! When he as having his ‘hit jazz albums’ in the late 70’s, he looked so ‘adult’ on his LP covers, while I was in short pants at school.

I’ve never been a champion of particularly dexterous guitarists, but – as my SA-CD of it attests – this guy can play REALLY REALLY REALLY FAST! That’s right, go get an LP / CD / SA-CD of:

Al DiMEOLA / John McLAUGHLIN / Paco De LUCIA                                  

FRIDAY NIGHT IN SAN FRANCISCO    COLUMBIA US                                  CS 65168

SA-CD                                                1981                                                 5 TRKS               2003

5 TRKS SA-CD Non-hybrid, stereo

With his manicured beard, as a youngster, I vowed tO never listen to Al DiMeola, ‘cause he looked too smarmy. So, imagine my shock when an SA-CD of this title became available to me (for a very good price) and I was actually impressed by his performances!

Just imagine sitting next to John McLaughlin and even pretending to play dexterously. But Al Dimeola could do it, he more than kept up – he’s practically the star of this record. No, I’m not kidding!

I will never be curious enough to actually buy an LP or CD of “Elegant Gypsy” by Al DiMeola, but “Friday Night in San Francisco” really is hot.

Are you a guitar player and haven’t heard this monster of an album? Go get it!

Marshall McLuhan

Happy birthday Marshall McLuhan (1911)! One sources sites this as Cat Stevens’ birthday (1948).

Being that it’s supposedly Marshall McLuhan’s birthday, I’ll tell you about his LP. Like his book, it’s titled “The Medium Is The Massage” (Columbia Records); not sure how I first stumbled onto this, it may have been my childhood friend Paul Sakrison who found it. I didn’t need much persuasion, it was produced by John Simon! (And I was and am a huge fan of his production work on “You Are What You Eat” and the debut Leonard Cohen LP!). When we found out about it, it was already out of print – even by the early 70’s.

McLuhan’s work was merely of curiosity value back then; I don’t recall paying very much for any copy of his sole LP. Issued in both mono and stereo, I did notice that it had a re-issue (as an LP) on Columbia’s “Special Products” label, long before the Japanese got around to it. Strange but true, the Sony Japan CD of it is in mono; no explanation. But I’ve got a stereo LP of it!

John Simon does bring some interesting work to the table, as well. There is some excellent ersatz jazz that sits underneath the power of the spoken word. And, boy, could McLuhan talk! Albeit sometimes in circles…

He did predict the internet, in the mid-60’s…the “global Village”…and a heap of other stuff. Almost makes my brain hurt to think of it all! We’ve passed his century mark, so today let’s content ourselves with observing his birthday.

Rupert Hine 45’s

Happy birthday Geezer (Terry) Butler of Black Sabbath (1949, Birmingham, England); UK glam rock guy Mick Tucker (of The Sweet) (1948)!

Tomorrow, 7/18 happy birthday Brian Auger (1939)! Famous for working with Julie Driscoll, the Trinity etc. Also tomorrow, Happy Birthday to Dion (DiMucci) (1939).

On 7/19 Happy birthday to Brian May (guitarist of Queen) (1947)!

On 7/20 Happy birthday to guitarist Carlos Santana (1947)!

Rupert Hine on 45! I’ve really enjoyed Rupert Hine’s solo work for decades now. Anxious to hear every note he recorded, I eagerly got his UK 45’s and some variants…

IMMUNITY / ANOTHER STRANGER                                       A&M AUS   K-8545

Australian variant, with the track “Immunity” making it’s 7” debut.

 

MISPLACED LOVE / PSYCHO-SURRENDER (PS) (NL)           A&M NL      AMS 9119

MISPLACED LOVE / PSYCHO-SURRENDER (PS) (UK)           A&M UK     AMS 8106

MISPLACED LOVE / PSYCHO-SURRENDER (PS) (UK) promoA&M UK     AMS 8106

With Marianne Faithfull!

 

SURFACE TENSION (PS) promo                                            A&M UK     AMS 8126

SURFACE TENSION / HOUSE ARREST (PS)                          A&M NL      AMS 9153

Different numbers between the UK & Holland!

 

CURIOUS KIND, THE / SCRATCHING AT SUCCESS (PS)        A&M UK     AMS 8225

CURIOUS KIND, THE / SCRATCHING AT SUCCESS (PS) promo                A&M UK        AMS 8225

 

SET UP, THE / KWOK’S QUEASE (PS)                                  A&M UK     AMS 8206

SET UP, THE / KWOK’S QUEASE (PS) promo                        A&M UK     AMS 8206

With a memorable video clip!

 

LIVING IN SIN (PS) promo                                                      A&M UK     AM 111

There’s a 12” of this, too!

 

VICTIM OF WANDERLUST, THE (PS) promo                           A&M UK     AM 126

A favorite of mine; why wasn’t this huge?

 

BLUE FLAME / YELLOW FLAME                                           ISLAND DE107.24