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Tomorrow 10/31, happy birthday to Russ Ballard, a member of Argent – and a noted songwriter! (1947). Also on 10/31 happy birthday to Bernard Edwards, bassist of Chic (1952). On 11/2, Happy birthday to Keith Emerson of Emerson Lake & Palmer (1944). And a pleasant Halloween to all concerned.

 

I am being visited by none other than The Post Punk Monk, Mr. Jim Donato!

 

Hilarity will ensue as we visit Amoeba Hollywood, and presumably – some vegetarian restaurants (note: I am not a vegetarian, but Jim & his wife are).

 

I am, at last, onto my enveloped CD’s – having completed various artists, A & B.

 

I received a response from Mr. Orchid Spangiafora! “Flee Pasts Ape Elf”, anyone?

 

Might go to Portland OR at the end of the year, and see Big Mark again!

 

There’s a record collector swap meet in San Luis Obispo on Sunday November 16th, 2014. Actually, almost every weekend in November has a swap meet!

 

11/2 = Pasadena City College swap meet

11/9 = K.U.S.F. swap meet in San Francisco (No, likely won’t get to this one this time)

11/16 = S.L.O. swap meet

11/23 = well, there isn’t a swap meet this weekend

11/30 = Buena Park swap meet

 

No DJ gigs this month, but I will do my annual Christmas Show at Cuculapraline on Saturday 12/13/14.

Verve Records – Convention LP – July, 1965

Happy birthday to British guitarist Peter Green (1946); I absolutely love his 1970 solo LP “End Of The Game”; also to jazzer Zoot Sims (1925)!

 

Found an odd one lately: Verve Records Convention Sampler – July 1965 (Verve VS-202, LP appears to be mono; black label). Cover is comb-binded with slicks of Verve LP covers (front & back) and a typed / mimeo’d ‘promo sheet’ for each LP. Interesting to see Verve Records getting into ‘soundtracks’; maybe that’s how they ended up signing rock bands, like Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention?

 

Side 1

 

JIMMY SMITH – The Organ Grinder’s Swing

ASTRUD GILBERTO – Take Me To Aruanunda

KENNY BURRELL – Loie

LALO SCHIFRIN – Once A Thief (O.S.T.)

GRANT GREEN – The Cantaloupe Woman

BILL HENDERSON – When My Dream Boat Comes Home

Side 2

 

ASTRUD GILBERTO – Love Theme from “The Sandpiper” (O.S.T.)

WES MONTGOMERY – Bumpin’

LALO SCHIFRIN – The Man From T.H.R.U.S.H. (O.S.T.)

CAL TJADER – Soul Sauce

WES MONTGOMERY – Love Theme from “The Sandpiper” (O.S.T.)

JIMMY SMITH – Oh No, Babe

 

Let’s see…Kenny Burrell was poached from Blue Note, as was Grant Green (Could ‘Cantaloupe Woman’ be a response to ‘Watermelon Man’?). Wes Montgomery had been on Riverside, Cal Tjader on Fantasy. Astrud Gilberto was just the run off from her appearances on Stan Getz LP’s, I am guessing.

 

I love finding titles like this – it opens a whole world of 60’s promo LP’s that we all know little about! Where was this “convention”? Miami? Verve Records was based in Chicago, yeah? Or NYC? This was not a promo LP that was sent to radio stations and heavy duty retailers. It looks “internal”…and pretty damned hip!

S.F. List

Happy birthday singer / songwriter Randy Newman (1943); UK singer Wayne Fontana (of Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders fame) (1945)!

 

As regular readers of this website will know, I went up to Berkeley to meet regular reader and avatar Jim Donato and his wife last weekend. California is vertainly a perverse place to buy music, but that’s what I did. Following list covers Ventura, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, Dublin, Concord and San Francisco – alas, circumstances (rainy AM) did not permit my gracing of Amoeba Berkeley on this visit.

 

10cc – HOW DARE YOU!, MERCURY JPN CD kami sleeve

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO – IO SONO NATO LIBERO, BMG / SONY JPN Blu-Spec CD, never knew this existed

BANCO DEL MUTUO SOCCORSO – S/T, BMG / SONY JPN SONY JPN Blu-Spec CD, never knew this existed

BERIO, LUCIANO – LABORINTUS II, IPECAC US CD from Orinda, CA!

BHATT / DOUGLAS / MEYER – BOURBON & ROSEWATER, WATER LILY US SA-CD stereo, with a snappy George Harrison recommendation sticker on the cover!

COOK, PETER / DUDLEY MOORE – COMIC GENIUS OF, REDBUSH UK 2CD humor

CRETU, MICHAEL – INVISIBLE MAN, VIRGIN DE CD English language version

DOLLY DOTS – UNIQUE, ARIOLA NL LP I had no idea this train of thought went this far

DURY, IAN – TALKS TO VINYL COSMO, STIFF UK LP promo-only

FARLEY, MICHAEL – GRAIN, INNOVA US CD

FAUST – S/T, POLYDOR DE CD 2010 master

FIRESIGN THEATRE – WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICIAN, COLUMBIA US LP mono promo, with a glorious Columbia timing strip on the cover!

GENTLE GIANT – FREE HAND, CHRYSALIS UK LP with insert

GILMOUR, DAVID – ARNOLD LAYNE, EMI US 10” W/PS 7”, CD Single and now a 10”!

HAMMILL, PETER – IN CAMERA, CHARISMA UK CD re-mastered, 3 x bonus tracks

JACKSON, JOE – LIVE AT ROCKPALAST, MIG DE 2LP Live ’83

JONES, TOM – HELP YOURSELF, DECCA DE LP with a stapled inside poster!

JOPLIN, JANIS – PEARL SESSIONS, COLUMBIA US 10″x2

LEWIE, JONA – YOU’LL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES, RAZOR & TIE UK 7” W/PS re-issue

MAD RIVER – S/T, CAPITOL US LP re-issue

MAURIAT, PAUL – CLASSICS IN THE AIR 2, PHILIPS DE EZ

McCARTNEY, PAUL – RAM, APPLE DE LP

NEW TROLLS – U.T., VM IT LP re-issue

NOONAN, SEAN – BRING BREWED BY NOON – LIVE FROM NY, INNOVA US CD + DVD

ORB – ORBLIVION, ISLAND US CD electronica

PROTHEROE, BRIAN – PINBALL, CHRYSALIS US 7” stock copy!

RANDOM HOLD – OVER VIEW, VOICEPRINT UK CD demo tapes

SANTING, MATHILDE – TOO MUCH, WEA NL 12″ W/PS

SQUEEZE – G.H., A&M US CD 20 tracks!

SYSTEM 7 – GOLDEN SECTION, HYPNOTIC US CD Steve Hillage

TIME BANDITS – FICTION, CBS NL LP

TOWNSHEND, PETE – SCOOP 3, EELPIE UK 3LP set, very impressive

TRIO – TRIOLOGIE, MERCURY DE CD 19 tracks!

V.A. – BOB DYLAN RADIO THEME TIME Vol. 5, MM UK 4CD boxed set, over 100 tracks!

V.A. – COLOSSUS GOLD, JERDEN US CD Shannon “Abergavenny” included

V.A. – CONCORD JAZZ SUPER AUDIO CD Vol. 1, CONCORD US SA-CD 5.1

YELLO – DESIRE, VERTIGO DE 12″ W/PS how many Yello 12” singles do I have? Probably 25 or more, but can’t leave one I didn’t recognize in a bin for $2.95!

YOUNG, NEIL – SLEEPS WITH ANGELS, REPRISE US CD latter day N.Y.!

ZAPPA, FRANK – JUST ANOTHER BAND FROM L.A., VIDEOARTS JPN CD kami sleeve

 

Thanks to the support of Tom & Elisa, during Familee Donato’s visit to Berkeley!

The Turtles

Happy Birthday to Simon LeBon of Duran Duran (Bushley, UK). Yesterday 10/26, happy birthday to Keith Strickland of The B-52’s (Athens, GA). Also yesterday 10/26 happy birthday to William “Bootsy” Collins (1951, Cincinnati, OH).

 

Westchester, CA! I like The Turtles just fine in 2014. My approach to them softened up because of Volman & Kaylan’s work with Mr. Zappa. I am really enjoying reading Howard Kaylan’s autobiography, “Shell Shocked” – about his time in The Turtles and with Frank Zappa. I just know Rick Snyder would tell me that I need a lot more Turtles than I have, but I am liking the 45’s that I’m finding a lot!

 

7″                 GRIM REAPER OF LOVE / COME BACK                                            WHITE WHALE         WW 231

1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; promo

 

7″                 SHE’D RATHER BE WITH ME                                                              WHITE WHALE         WW 249

1967 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 HAPPY TOGETHER (PS)                                                                      LONDON JPN           TOP-1138    1967 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 GUIDE FOR THE MARRIED MAN / THINK I’LL RUN AWAY            WHITE WHALE         WW 251

1967? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN / RUGS OF WOODS & FLOWERS      WHITE WHALE         WW 254

1967? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 SHE’S MY GIRL / CHICKEN LITTLE WAS RIGHT                             WHITE WHALE         WW 260

1967? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 SOUND ASLEEP / UMBASSA THE DRAGON                                   WHITE WHALE         WW 264

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 STORY OF ROCK AND ROLL, THE                                                    WHITE WHALE         WW 273

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                GOLDEN HITS mono                                                                             WHITE WHALE US  WW 7115     1969? 11 TRK Collection, mono vers.

 

7″                 LOVE IN THE CITY / BACHELOR MOTHER                                      WHITE WHALE         WW 326

1969? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                GREATEST HITS                                                                                    RHINO US                 RNLP 160    1982 14 TRK Collection (60’s recordings)

 

CD                HAPPY TOGETHER – VERY BEST OF                                                SHOUT US                DK 37488    2004 14 TRK Collection 60’s recordings

Yes – Jon Anderson

Happy birthday to TV star Johnny Carson (1925); Greg Ridley (of Spooky Tooth) (1941); songwriter Ellie Greenwich (1939)!

 

On 10/24 Happy birthday to Bill Wyman (of The Rolling Stones) (1936)! So, run and get your “In Another Land” 45 and observe this institutions’ influence / persuasion.

 

On 10/25, Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Jon Anderson (of Yes) (1944)! Bring on the “Olias Of Sunhillow” 5.1 SA-CD!

 

I actually got the Hans Christian (Jon Andersen) 45 (“Never My Love”) on a Japanese CD (“Rock Rare Collection” Toshiba TOCP-71486, 2013)! And, yes, as a matter of fact, I do enjoy “Olias Of Sunhillow”! Boy, Yes seem to really be going to town with their audiophile releases, that Japanese SA-CD boxed set (“High Vibration”), and those 5.1 discs on Blu-ray (“The Yes Album”, for instance).

 

While it’s nice to have SA-CD’s for the Trevor Horn albums, they’re ‘stereo only’. How about a 5.1 disc for “90125” or “Big Generator”? And, oh the many DVD’s! Do you have a “Yessongs” DVD? Or a DVD with Trevor Rabin? That one of all of their music videos is sort of amusing, “Greatest Video Hits”!   “Musik Laden” (Live in ’69 and ’71).

 

And the last few years have prided me with Yes 45’s for “Sweetness”, a wonderful edit for “All Good People” and the unthinkable, 45’s for “Soon”, “America” (edit, of course) and “And You & I”!

Mountain – Leslie West

Happy birthday to actress Annette Funicello (1952); Leslie West (guitarist of Mountain fame) (1945); Timothy Leary (1920)!

 

Mountain! I knew absolutely nothing about Mountain, when I first heard them. Why were these American guys working with the producer of Cream? Anybody who saw “Midsummer Rock” on TV about 1970 knows what I am talking about. Yes, “Mississippi Queen” was unavoidable, when it first came out and became a “hit”.

 

During 2008, I got the first 4 x Mountain albums as paper sleeve CD’s from Japan, with all original packaging replicated.

 

  1. MOUNTAIN SONY JPN SICP 1778             CD        1969   2008

11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

  1. CLIMBING! SONY JPN SICP 1779             CD        1970   2008

10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

  1. NANTUCKET SLEIGHRIDE SONY JPN SICP 1780 CD      1971   2008 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, inserts

 

  1. FLOWERS OF EVIL SONY JPN SICP 1781          CD      1971   2008 7 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

They even played at Woodstock!

 

I guess the debut album, originally released on Bell Records was technically a Leslie West solo album. Felix Pappalardi! These albums were literally played to death on FM radio, circa 1970 – 1972. What the heck kind of label was Windfall, anyway? A custom label for Mountain under Bell Records? How did all of these albums end up on Sony Japan?

 

Nantucket Sleighride had booklets and posters! And for some reason that album and Flowers Of Evil were licensed to Island Records England. So, bang into the corner pocket, for my record collection. Uh, no go on the live albums, however.

 

While you may think “Best of Mountain” would complete your collection, there are album tracks (m-a-a-an) on particularly the 3rd & 4th albums that won’t be found there, that you’ll miss.

 

So, get out your “Mississippi Queen” 45 on Windfall, cowbell time!

Manfred Mann

Happy birthday Eric Faulkner of The Bay City Rollers (1955, Edinburgh, Scotland); Steve Cropper of Booker T. & The M.G.’s (1941); band-leader / keyboardist Manfred Mann (1941)! (Born Manfred Lubowitz in South Africa).

It’s been busy around here! I saw Greg Stewart in Temecula and I met Robert Acosta here in Long Beach.

I was as aware of Manfred Mann as anybody else in the mid-60’s, what with Do Wah Diddy Diddy being a big hit here. I’m certain I had no idea that the vocalist had changed for The Mighty Quinn. Mike D’Abo took over from Paul Jones for that one. It’s actually the 2nd version of Manfred Mann that I became so enamored with! Those fabulous psychedelic albums!

With Paul Jones:

FIVE FACES OF MANFRED MANN, THE                    TOSHIBA JPN  TOCP-67110          2003 27 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

MANN MADE                                      EMI UK           56577.2            1997 13 TRKS stereo CD

SOUL OF MANN – INSTRUMENTALS    EMI UK           98935.2            1999 28 TRKS mono / stereo CD

SOUL OF MANN – INSTRUMENTALS    TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-67112     2003 26 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

AT ABBEY ROAD 1963 – 1966              EMI UK           CDABBEY 101 1997 28 TRKS mono / stereo CD collection

 

With Mike D’Abo:

AS IS                                                  FONTANA JPN                       UICY-9246 2003 24 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

MIGHTY GARVEY!                               FONTANA JPN                       UICY-9247 2003 28 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

UP THE JUNCTION (O.S.T.)                  FONTANA JPN                       UICY-9248 2003 22 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve – never saw this film, incidentally

MANNERISMS                                    FONTANA JPN                       UICY-9249 2003 22 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, collection

WHAT A MANN                                   FONTANA JPN                       UICY-9250 2003 21 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, collection

ASCENT OF MANN (’66 – ’69)               FONTANA JPN                       PHCR-16121/2       1997 53 TRKS stereo 2CD collection

 

And all that I own of their wonderful 45’s:

5-4-3-2-1 / WITHOUT YOU                                                HMV UK         POP 1252      1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY                                                   HMV UK         POP 1320      1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

SHA LA LA / JOHN HARDY                                              HMV UK         POP 1346      1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

OH NO, NOT MY BABY / WHAT AM I DOING WRONG?    HMV UK         POP 1413      1965 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

ONE IN THE MIDDLE, THE (EP) (PS)                                HMV UK         7EG 8908      1965 4 TRK EP with pic sleeve

PRETTY FLAMINGO / YOU’RE STANDING BY                  HMV UK         POP 1523      1966 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

INSTRUMENTAL ASSASSINATION (EP) (PS)                    FONTANA UK TE 17483      1966 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

JUST LIKE A WOMAN / I WANNA BE RICH                      FONTANA UK                      TF 730      1966 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN MR. JAMES                      FONTANA UK                      TF 757      1966 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

HA HA SAID THE CLOWN / FEELING SO GOOD (PS)       FONTANA UK TF 812          1967 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

MIGHTY QUINN / BY REQUEST – EDWIN GARVEY          FONTANA UK                      TF 897      1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

MIGHTY QUINN / BY REQUEST – EDWIN GARVEY          MERCURY US                     72770       1967? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

MY NAME IS JACK (PS)                                                  MERCURY US                     72822       1967? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN MR. JAMES (EP) (PS)       FONTANA FR 465.341ME   1967? 4 TRK EP with pic sleeve

SEMI-DETACHED SUBURBAN MR. JAMES / (same) promo                    MERCURY US   DJ-82    1967? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

FOX ON THE RUN / TOO MANY PEOPLE                         MERCURY US                     72879       1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

FOX ON THE RUN / TOO MANY PEOPLE (PS)                 FONTANA DE 267 906 TF    1968? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

MICHELIN THEME, THE (1-Sided) (PS)                             PHILIPS UK    MIC 1            1969 1 TRK with pic sleeve, promotional only

Time Machine – September 1974

Happy birthday to Tom Petty (1953); Ric Lee (of Ten Years After fame) (1945)!

Time Machine: September 1974, as discovered in Strange Days magazine, and written by Quoichiro IWAMOTO.

Electric Light Orchestra “Eldorado” (Warner Brothers UK LP K 56090) 2. Todd Rundgren / Utopia “Todd Rundgren’s Utopia” (Bearsville BR 6954) 3. Robert Palmer “Sneakin’ Sally Through The Alley” Island UK LP ILPS 9294) 4. Judas Priest “Rocka Rolla” Gull UK LP GULP 1005) 5. The Raspberries “Starting Over” Capitol US LP ST 11329) 6. Traffic “When The Eagle Flies” (Island UK LP ILPS 9273) 7. Hawkwind “Hall of the Mountain Grill” (United Artists UK LP UAG 29672) 8. Supertramp “Crime of the Century” (A&M UK LP AMLS 68258) 9. Fleetwood Mac “Heroes Are Hard To Find” (Reprise UK LP K 54026) 10. Herbie Hancock “Thrust” (Columbia US LP PC 32965) 11. Jackson Browne “Late For The Sky” (Asylum US LP 7E 1017) and 12. Frank Zappa / Mothers “Roxy & Elsewhere” Discreet US 2LP 2DS 2202).

 

I’ve got ‘em all, except for the Todd Rundgren, Jackson Browne, Herbie Hancock, Raspberries, and Fleetwood Mac. No time for Todd; I like Jackson Browne about as far as “Doctor My Eyes”; I would definitely own the Herbie Hancock, if the Japanese had done it as an SA-CD or mixed it into 5.1, but… Could never figure out The Raspberries – serious group or studio buffoons? Fleetwood Mac got me about as far as Kiln House, then I lost track.

 

Never my favorite E.L.O. album, but I can see it’s value. Robert Palmer = Ropbert Palmer, I prefer him as a singer in Vinegar Joe. Judas Priest were always entertaining, though I prefer “Sin After Sin”. I like this Traffic album, but it did take a while to ‘get it’. Hawkwind plodded on, but I kept up, and this was a good one! Never the biggest Supertramp fan, my fav is their 45 “Land Ho”, and I do own a wonderful 180g re-issue of this LP.

 

I was solidly a Frank Zappa fan by the time of the release of “Roxy & Elsewhere”. I still have my white label 2LP promo LP, and a few other versions, as well – incl. the lovely recent Zappa Records 2LP re-issue. No idea why Frank kept messing with “Cheepnis”, but he apparently did. There are some really good performances on this LP set. Good sound quality, too – though a better pressing helps! ZFT: Where’s the video?

Procol Harum

Happy birthday to German band-leader Bert Kaempfert (1923); Bob “Ace” Weir (guitarist of The Grateful Dead) (1947).

 

On 10/18 happy birthday to Chuck Berry (in St. Louis, MO – nobody’s sure what year though – somewhere between 1925 and 1931)! And on 10/19, happy birthday to Keith Reid of Procol Harum (he’s their lyricist).

 

My Procol Harum fandom is one that I can squarely lay at the feet of my late brother. He’s who played me their records, let me know that it was OK if I didn’t understand their lyrics etc.

 

Everybody knows the famous records, but I rather enjoy all of their albums.

 

  1. Procol Harum (1968)
  2. Shine On Brightly (1968)
  3. A Salty Dog (1969)
  4. Home (1970)
  5. Broken Barricades (1971)
  6. Live (1972)
  7. Grand Hotel (1973)
  8. Exotic Birds & Fruit (1974)
  9. Procol’s Ninth (1975)
  10. Something Magic (1977)

 

With a postscript of 11. Prodigal Stranger (1991) and 12. The Well’s On Fire (2003); and countless ‘collections’ (notably the “30th Anniversary” 4CD boxed set). I’ve had to endure more issues of the first 10 albums than I can count; at very least, the out-takes are always ‘of interest’ (to me).

 

Of the bands I most listen to, Procol Harum is a band I’ve never seen play live. They fit squarely into my “bands established in 1967” affection. That being said, I also have LP’s and CD’s by The Paramounts, the group that became Procol Harum – sure wish I could find a few Paramounts 45’s!