Byg – Rock Generation LP’s

Happy Birthday to Jackie Gleason (1916), Fats Domino (1928), Johnny Cash (1932) and Bob “The Bear” Hite of Canned Heat (1945).

 

On 2/28 Happy birthday to guitarist John Fahey (1939), singer / songwriter Joe South (1942, “Games People Play”), Brian Jones (of The Rolling Stones) (1942). Speaking of the Rolling Stones, on this date 2/28 in 1977, Keith Richard is busted for drugs in Toronto, Ontario.

 

Happy to see the end of February! New computer is amusing, but the learning curve was more than anticipated. Finished with the US / UK Rock A-Z, I am presently working on Various Artist LP’s. Going fairly slowly, at present.

 

BYG “Rock Generation” series, subtitled “England 1962 – 1967” – Giorgio Gomelsky, prod.

 

I first became aware of this 10 LP series about 1975 or so. If one collected The Soft Machine, you had to pay attention – as 2 volumes (1 side each) had Soft Machine 1967 studio recordings that you didn’t already have! You should be able to recognize some of these titles as being perpetually re-issued, often emphasizing the more famous people on them.

 

Vol. 1 Byg 529.701

The Animals and The Yardbirds (England 1963/4)

 

Vol. 2 Byg 529.702

The Yardbirds and The Animals (England 1963/4)

 

Vol. 3 Byg 529.703

Sonny Boy Williamson (with The Animsls) and Graham Bond Organization (England 1963/4)

 

Vol. 4 Byg 529.704

Graham Bond Organization and Sonny Boy Williamson (with The Animals) (England 1963/4)

 

Vol. 5 Byg 529.705

The First Rhythm & Blues Festival in England (Birmingham Town Hall, February 24th, 1964) with Spencer Davis R&B Quartet, Long John Baldry and The Yardbirds

 

Vol. 6 Byg 529.706

The Steampacket (Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll and Brian Auger) December 1965

 

Vol. 7 Byg 529.707

Gary Farr & The T-Bones (1964/5) and The Soft Machine (1967) billed as “psychodelic”

 

Vol. 8 Byg 529.708

The Soft Machine (1967) and Mark Leeman Five (1965) and Davy Graham (1965)

 

Vol. 9 Byg 529.709

Sonny Boy Williamson (1965) meets Jimmy Page; Brian Auger and the Trinity (1964 – 1967)

 

Vol. 10 Byg 529.710

Julie Driscoll (1965?); Sonny Boy Williamson with Jimmy Page (1965)

Buena Park swap meet (List)

Happy Birthday to Beatle George Harrison (1943) and Stuart Wood (of the Bay City Rollers, 1957). Speaking of The Beatles, “Penny Lane” b/w “Strawberry Fields Forever” is released today in 1967!

 

Buena Park swap meet 45 list!

 

CACTUS – EVIL, ATCO US 7” ’72 promo

CLARK FIVE, DAVE – GLAD ALL OVER, EPIC US 7’ W/PS

DALTREY, ROGER – GIVING IT ALL AWAY, POLYDOR ES 7” W/PS ’73 from first solo album

HERMAN’S HERMITS – NO MILK TODAY / THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH, MGM US 7” re-issue

JONES, GRACE – FEEL UP / USE ME, ISLAND US 7” ’81 from “Nightclubbing”

KING, CAROLE – SWEET SEASONS, ODE US 7” W/PS ’72

MANFRED MANN – SHA LA LA, ASCOT US 7” W/PS

MORRISON, VAN – JACKIE WILSON SAID, WARNER US 7” ’72

MULL, MARTIN – BOOGIE MAN, ABC US 7” ’77 promo

NILSSON, HARRY – ME & MY ARROW, RCA US 7” promo

NILSSON, HARRY – DON’T FORGET ME, RCA US 7” promo

ROXY MUSIC – DANCE AWAY, ATCO US 7”

ROXY MUSIC – MY ONLY LOVE, ATCO US 7”

ROXY MUSIC – ANGEL EYES, ATCO US 7”

ROXY MUSIC – JEALOUS GUY, ATCO, US 7”

SAILOR – GLAS OF CHAMPAGNE, EPIC US 7” ‘75 promo

SIMON, PAUL – MOTHER AND CHILD REUNION, CBS / SONY JPN 7” W/PS

SIMON & GARFUNKEL – AMERICA, CBS / SONY 7” W/PS ’70

SLADE – LOOK WOT YOU DUN, COTILLION US 7” ’72 promo, US debut?

STRAWBS – PART OF THE UNION, A&M US 7” ’73 promo

TAJ MAHAL – EVERYBODY’S GOT TO CHANGE SOMETIME, COLUMBIA US 7” ’68 promo

TOWER OF POWER – SO VERY HARD TO GO, WARNER US 7” ’73

VIBRATIONS, THE – MY GIRL SLOOPY, ATLANTIC US 7” ’64 Teacho Wiltshire, arr. – he worked with The Coasters!

WITHERS, BILL – AIN’T NO SUNSHINE, A&M UK 7” ’71 A&M?

The Coasters

Happy Birthday to keyboardist Nicky Hopkins (1944), band leader Michel LeGrand (1932), and singer Paul Jones (of Manfred Mann, 1944).

 

As will not be a surprise to my good friends, I really like the Atco Records R&B group The Coasters. I basically grew up with that music. I’ve collected The Coasters for going on 45 years or so.

 

This guy & website are fairly serious about The Coasters:

 

http://www.angelfire.com/mn/coasters/

 

I cherish my “Coast Along With The Coasters” Atco Records stereo LP that I bought from Alex @ Blue Meannie, back in the early 80’s. To me, those versions of those songs are definitive.

 

I highly recommend the Rhino Handmade 4CD boxed CD set, “There’s A Riot Going On – The Coasters On Atco” (RHM2 7740, 2007). The ‘previously unreleased’ songs “Crocodile” and “Hey Sexy” alone are worth your hard earned cash. And so great to hear sharp sounding copies of my treasured Atco 45’s of songs like “Lady Like”, “Lovey Dovey”, “Wild One”, “Saturday Night Fish Fry” etc. And tons of real stereo takes of songs! Including most of the hits – post ’58.

 

However, somebody got their wires crossed as regards what is a ‘master take’ vs. an ‘alternate take’. Some of the songs on my “Coast Along With The Coasters” stereo LP are present, as ‘alternate takes’, but not all of ‘em! And I seriously doubt that all of the titles designated as ‘master takes’ are that – they sound like ‘alternate takes’ to me!

 

Now, why would Rhino Handmade issue something that seems to be dripping in inaccuracy? Nobody really cared? Nobody knew? They usually get stuff ‘right’.

 

But between the Sequel Records 4 x CD’s and the Rhino Handmade 4CD set – that’s about all she wrote. If you ever see a stereo LP of “Coast Along With The Coasters”, snap it up – it’s one of the first great ‘rock’ albums, pre-dating Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” and The Rolling Stones’ “Satisfaction” – and definitely in the lineage!

 

The Coasters never seem to get their due, in regard to the entire pantheon of rock music. I bet Mick Jagger and Keith Richard have copies of “Coast Along With The Coasters”.

Notes

Happy birthday to Texan guitarist / singer / songwriter Johnny Winter (1944); UK glam rocker Steve Priest (of The Sweet) (1950)!

Still getting used to a new computer, folks. Windows 7 is not XP.

Thanks for suggesting Holland and Finland – I’ll get to both, just not quickly.

Still, here goes…

Been looking at most all of my LP’s lately, including titles not looked at often. Per my usual, I am working backwards from “Z”, at “Marianne Faithfull” as of this writing. Some notes:

Roderick Falconer – I have 2 x LP’s by this guy (United Artists US) and had no idea he was a) American or b) any good. I know a) is true.

I got a Fairport Convention 45 that I have been looking at in catalogs since 1970! Rockaway Records in Los Angeles got the honor of charging me $15 for “Now Be Thankful” b/w “Sir B. McKenzie’s Daughter’s Lament for the 77th Mounted Lancers Retreat From The Straits Of Loch Knombe, In The Year Of Our Lord 1727, On The Occasion Of The Announcement Of Her Marriage To The Laird Of Kinleakie” (Island UK WIP 6089, 1970) – apparently an attempt to get into the Guinness book with the longest title?

Also recently obtained: the 2010 2CD version of the debut album by David Bowie. To be honest, I had forgotten this album, almost completely. I remember looking for the LP of it, long before it ever got re-issued anywhere – and not finding it easily. Loads of bonus material, of course – including stuff you may actually want to listen to. The debut album in both mono & stereo!

All of last week, I did not feel well – dreaded stomach flu, I suspect.

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Now, working backwards from “Z”, I’m at Captain Beefheart.  So, soon – My US / UK “Rock LP’s will be done.  There are a few items i can’t locate – a Who CD boxed set, some Beatles’ LP’s etc.

And it rained yesterday in So Cal!

 

New Computer

Please bear with me while I learn a new computer.  Windows 7 doesn’t work like XP, so there is a learning curve at hand.

Also have to figure out how to x-fer everything from a flash drive to the new machine.

I’ll be back Monday, without fail – I hope!

Ron

Time Machine

Happy Birthday to Yoko Ono (1933)! Also on this date in 1978, “Psycho Killer” by The Talking Heads charts.

Time Machine

Time once again for the Time Machine article from Strange Days magazine in Japan. This time, December 1974!

Yes “Relayer” (Atlantic UK LP K 50096); Gryphon “Red Queen To Gryphon Three” (Transatlantic UK LP TRA 287); Argent “Encore” (Epic UK LP EPC 88083); George Harrison “Dark Horse” (Apple / EMI LP PAS 10008); Grand Funk “All The Girls In The World Beware!! (Capitol US LP SO1356); Johnny Winter “John Dawson Winter III” (Columbia US LP PZ 33292); and Joe Walsh “So What?” (ABC – Dunhill US LP DSD-50171).

 

Never really my favorite Yes album, but I do enjoy the custom label designs! No, ain’t going to go for the 5.1 version.

 

Probably my favorite Gryphon LP, either this or “Midnight Mushrumps” – they never played live in the US, that I am aware of. US copies on Bell, UK copies on Transatlantic – you do the math!

 

Oh, I was so done with Grand Funk in 1974 – this album was truly somebody else’s problem; not my cup of tea!

 

Never really stuck with Johnny Winter after his 3-sided 2nd album, though I do like him and his brother.

 

And Joe Walsh – not really a fan, and I likely prefer “The Smoker You Get” LP with “Rock Mountain Way”.

45’s at Rockaway

Happy Birthday to Gene Pitney (1941).

Big batch of 45’s @ Rockaway!

ALAN BOWN, THE – GYPSY GIRL / ALL I CAN, DERAM US 7″

ANDERSON, GERRY – PROJECT 90, IN TAPE UK 7″ W/PS

BAND CALLED O, A – DON’T CHA WANNA (HAVE A REAL GOOD TIME), U.A. UK 7″

BARRON KNIGHTS, THE – WE KNOW WHO DONE IT, EPIC UK 7″

CAPALDI, JIM – TAKE ME HOME, ISLAND UK 7″ W/PS

CHAPMAN, ROGER – LET’S SPEND THE NIGHT TOGETHER, ARISTA UK 7″ W/PS

CIRRUS – ROLLIN’ ON, JET UK 7″ shaped

DIVERSIONS, THE – FATTIE BUM-BUM, GULL UK 7″

DUFFY, STEPHEN – ICING ON THE CAKE, TEN UK 7″ W/PS

DUROCS – IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE, CAPITOL US 7″ W/PS

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – CALLING AMERICA, CBS ASSOC. US 7″ W/PS

FAIRPORT CONVENTION – NOW BE THANKFUL, ISLAND UK 7″

FLASH AND THE PAN – MEDIA MAN, EPIC US 7″ promo

GROSVENOR, LUTHER – ALL THE PEOPLE / WAITING, ISLAND UK 7″

HAWN, GOLDIE – PITTA PATTA / (Version), REPRISE US 7″

HENDRIX, JIMI – CAN YOU PLEASE CRAWL OUT YOUR WINDOW?, EXPERIENCE US 7″ W/PS red

HERON, MIKE – SOLD ON YOUR LOVE, ZOOM UK 7″ W/PS

JAGGER, MICK – OUT OF FOCUS, ATLANTIC DE 7″ W/PS

JONES, GRACE – BREAKDOWN, ISLAND US 7″ promo

JUDAS PRIEST – UNITED / GRINDER, CBS UK 7″

LINDISFARNE – TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS, CHARISMA UK 7″

LOVICH, LENE – NIGHT, THE / MONKEY TALK (Live), STIFF / EPIC US 7″

MASON, DAVE – SHOULDN’T HAVE TOOK MORE THAN YOU GAVE, BLUE THUMB US 7″

McGUINNESS FLINT – C’EST LA VIE / POPPADADDY, BRONZE UK 7″

MIDNIGHT OIL – TRUGANINI / DRUMS OF HEAVEN, COLUMBIA US 7″

MILES, JOHN – MUSIC / PUTTING MY NEW SONG TOGETHER, DECCA UK 7″

MONDO ROCK – PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES (Edit) / UNDER LIGHTS, COLUMBIA US 7″

MOVIES, THE – NO CLASS, GTO UK 7″ W/PS

NICE, THE – COUNTRY PIE / ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE, CHARISMA UK 7″

NILSSON, HARRY – REMEMBER (CHRISTMAS) / LOTTERY SONG, RCA US 7″

PREMIATA FORNERIA MARCONI – WORLD BECAME THE WORLD, MANTICORE UK 7″

QUATRO, SUZI – YOUR MAMMA WON’T LIKE ME, RAK UK 7″

ROBINS, THE – SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, ATLANTIC US 7″ re-issue

ROXY MUSIC – DANCE AWAY, E.G. UK 7″ W/PS

SIGERSON, DAVITT – I NEVER FALL IN LOVE / CRY FOR LOVE, ZE UK 7″

STACKRIDGE – LAST PLIMSOLL, SIRE US 7″ promo

STACKRIDGE – SPIN ‘ROUND THE ROOM / POCKET BILLIARDS, ROCKET UK 7″

STARRY EYED AND LAUGHING – NOBODY HOME / CLOSER TO YOU NOW?, CBS UK 7″

TERRY, BLAIR & ANOUCHKA – MISSING, CHRYSALIS UK 7″ W/PS

TRICKSTER – TO FLY AWAY / NEVER TOO OLD…, U.A. UK 7″

TRICKSTER – IF THAT’S THE WAY THE FEELING TAKES YOU, U.A. UK 7″

TROWER, ROBIN – TOO ROLLING STONED / LADY LOVE, CHRYSALIS UK 7″

VANGELIS – TITLES (CHARIOTS OF FIRE), POLYDOR US 7″ promo

VERDEN & LUTHER – ON THE REBOUND, JET UK 7″ Ex-Mott

VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE – I SAY NOTHING, LONDON UK 7″ W/PS

WAY, DARRYL / WOLF – WOLF / SPRING FEVER, DERAM UK 7″

Claremont Swap Meet

On 2/13 Happy Birthday to Peter Tork of The Monkees (1946).

On 2/14 Happy Birthday to Tim Buckley (1947)

Happy birthday today to Sonny Bono (1935) and Andy Taylor of Duran Duran (1961).

Guess I won’t continue with “International Month”. Doesn’t seem very popular.

A while back, I went to the Claremont swap meet. 50 cent 45’s were the order of the day!

First a few LP’s:

BLOODIED SWORD – s/t, CHRYSALIS UK LP Midge Ure, Chris Cross (both, then, of Ultravox)

FOCUS – FOCUS II, EMI NL LP first NL version of “Moving Waves”

RITENOUR, LEE – RIT 2, ELEKTRA US LP jazz

RITENOUR, LEE – RIT, ELEKTRA US LP jazz

  1. GERMAIN – SURE THING, BLUE NOTE US 12″ promo-only

V.A. – EAST MEMPHIS MUSIC, ALMO US 2LP promo-only; Otis Redding, Booker T. etc.)

V.A. – THIS IS HOT TOO, HOT UK LP

WEATHER REPORT – NIGHT PASSAGE, COLUMBIA US LP jazz

WEATHER REPORT – SWEETNIGHTER, COLUMBIA US LP jazz

WHALUM, KIRK – FLOPPY DISK, COLUMBIA US LP jazz

 

Now to this month’s hoard of 45’s!:

 

ABC – WHEN SMOKEY SINGS, MERCURY US 7″ W/PS

ASSOCIATION – BRING YOURSELF HOME, WARNER US 7″ promo

BASIA – PROMISES, EPIC US 7″ promo-only

BEE GEES – BOOGIE CHILD, RSO US 7″ promo-only

BEE GEES – E.S.P., WARNER US 7″ promo-only

BEE GEES – FANNY / COUNTRY LANES, RSO US 7″

BEE GEES – HE’S A LIAR / (Instrumental), RSO US 7″

BEE GEES – LOVE SO RIGHT, RSO US 7″ promo-only

BEE GEES – TOO MUCH HEAVEN / REST YOUR LOVE ON ME, RSO US 7″

BELL, ARCHIE / THE DRELLS – LET’S GROOVE, TSOP US 7″ promo R&B

CAPALDI, JIM – GOOD NIGHT & GOOD MORNING. ISLAND US 7″ promo-only

CLASH, THE – TRAIN IN VAIN / LONDON CALLING, EPIC US 7″

COASTERS – SNAKE AND THE BOOKWORM, ATCO US 7″ b/w “Clothes Line”

COMMANDER CODY – HOT ROD LINCOLN, PARAMOUNT US 7″

COUNTRY COALITION – TIME TO GET IT TOGETHER, BLUESWAY US 7″ promo

COWSILLS – IN NEED OF A FRIEND, MGM US 7″ promo-only

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG – OUR HOUSE / DÉJÀ VU, ATLANTIC US 7″

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG – TEACH YOUR CHILDREN / CARRY ON, ATLANTIC US 7″

CROSBY, STILLS, NASH AND YOUNG – TEACH YOUR CHILDREN / WOODSTOCK, ATLANTIC US 7″ re-issue

DINO, DESI AND BILLY – LOOK OUT GIRLS / SHE’S SO FAR OUT SHE’S IN, REPRISE US 7″ promo

DOOBIE BROTHERS – LISTEN TO THE MUSIC, WARNER US 7″ promo-only

ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA – LIVIN’ THING, U.A. US 7″ promo-only

GABRIEL, PETER / KATE BUSH – DON’T GIVE UP, GEFFEN US 7″ W/PS

HAYWARD, JUSTIN / JOHN LODGE – I DREAMED LAST NIGHT, THRESHOLD US 7″ promo, mono

HEART – STRAIGHT ON, PORTRAIT US 7″ promo-only

HENLEY, LARRY – ANSWER ME MY LOVE, ATCO US 7″ promo

HUNTER, IAN – ONCE BITTEN TWICE SHY, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo-only

ICEHOUSE – ELECTRIC BLUE, CHRYSALIS US 7″ W/PS

JACKSON, MICHAEL – BEAT IT, EPIC US 7″

JACKSON, MICHAEL – OFF THE WALL, EPIC US 7″

JACKSON, MICHAEL – SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE, EPIC US 7″

JACKSON, MICHAEL – THRILLER, EPIC US 7″

MARKEYS, THE – LAST NIGHT / PHILLY DOG, ATLANTIC US 7″ re-issue

McCARTNEY, PAUL – GETTING CLOSER / SPIN IT ON, COLUMBIA US 7″

MENDES, SERGIO AND BRASIL 66 – FOR ME / GENTE, A&M US 7″

MICHAELS, LEE – DO YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, A&M US 7″

MILES, JOHN – HIGHFLY, LONDON US 7″ promo-only; great song!

MITCHELL, JONI – CAREY / JERICHO, ASYLUM US 7″ promo

MITCHELL, JONI – COYOTE / BLUE MOTEL ROOM, ASYLUM US 7″ promo

MONDO ROCK – PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo-only

MONTE, LOU – MAMA GET THE HAMMER / SIX O’CLOCK SUPPER, RCA US 7″ promo

OLDFIELD, MIKE – TUBULAR BELLS, VIRGIN CAN 7″ in a neat A&M sleeve

O’SULLIVAN, GILBERT – OUT OF THE QUESTION / EVERYBODY KNOWS, MAM US 7″ great non-hit 45 for Gilby

POLNAREFF, MICHEL – COME ON LADY BLUE, ATLANTIC US 7″ promo

RASCALS, THE – GROOVIN’ / SUENO, ATLANTIC US 7″ promo

REEVES, JIM – I GUESS I’M CRAZY / NOT UNTIL THE NEXT TIME, RCA US 7″ promo

ROE, TOMMY – SHEILA / SAVE YOUR KISSES, HMV UK 7″

SAILOR – TRAFFIC JAM, EPIC US 7″ promo-only

SAM THE SHAM AND THE PHARAOHS – L’IL RED RIDING HOOD / HAIR ON MY CHINNEY CHIN CHIN, MGM US 7″ re-issue

SILVERSTEIN, SHEL – FRONT ROW SEAT TO HEAR OLE JOHNNY SING, COLUMBIA US 7″ promo

SPANDAU BALLET – THROUGH THE BARRICADES, EPIC US 7″ promo-only

SPANKY AND OUR GANG – LAZY DAY, MERCURY US 7″

STEVENS, RAY – AHAB THE ARAB / HARRY THE HAIRY APE, MERCURY US 7″ re-issue; short version of the A-Side

STEVENS, RAY – GET CRAZY WITH ME, WARNER US 7″ promo

STEVENS, RAY – GREAT ESCAPE, MONUMENT US 7″ promo

STEVENS, RAY – JUST ONE OF LIFE’S LITTLE TRAGEDIES, MERCURY US 7″

STEVENS, RAY – LITTLE WOMAN, THE / HAVE A LITTLE TALK WITH MYSELF, MONUMENT US 7″

STEVENS, RAY – ONE MORE LAST CHANCE / I BELIEVE YOU LOVE ME, RCA US 7″

SUPERTRAMP – LADY, A&M US 7″ promo-only

SWEET, RACHEL – THEN HE KISSED ME, COLUMBIA US 7″

TOWER OF POWER – DON’T CHANGE HORSES / I GOT THE CHOP, WARNER US 7″

U.K.NOTHING TO LOSE, POLYDOR US 7″ promo; my 2nd U.K. 45!

WAMMACK, TRAVIS – LOVE BEING YOUR FOOL, CAPRICORN US 7″ promo-only

WAR – CISCO KID, U.A. US 7″ promo-only

WAR – GYPSY MAN, U.A. US 7″ promo-only

WAR – LOW RIDER / SO. U.A. US 7″

WAR – ME AND BABY BROTHER, U.A. US 7″ promo-only

WHO, THE – BEHIND BLUE EYES / MY WIFE, DECCA US 7″ B/W/ “My Wife”!

Italy

Happy Birthday to Ray Manzarek (keyboardist of The Doors, 1935).

I first went to Italy in 1979 and met Aldo Tagliapietra of Le Orme, thanks to the generosity of the late Tony Harrington. I remember talking to Ronnie Thorpe, when I was in Italy; I was in Milan (probably) and maybe he was too, but somehow I got his number (probably from Aldo). He’s English, but I believe he has lived in Italy for a long time now. Mr. Thorpe was responsible for bringing British groups such as Van Der Graaf Generator and Genesis to Italy. Those two bands influenced an entire generation of Italian progressive rock bands.

 

The progressive rock of the early 70’s was never in evidence, when I was in Italy. It was like it simply didn’t exist. Nobody knew anything about Il Balletto Di Bronzo, and I asked!

 

My last visit to Italy was probably 1985 or so. I didn’t get back to Italy when I lived in England, and the reason is lost to time.

 

A shout out to Mr. Gerry Basso of Non-Stop in Milano! I met Gerry here in L.A. and he was a super guy.

 

A bigger shout out to Mr. Cary Berger of Los Angeles, CA. When I met Cary maybe 10 – 15 years ago, we almost immediately bonded in our mutual love for Italian artist 45’s. Cary is the man, and he has tons of Italian 60’s stuff that I don’t have. I told him about going to the Portofino Market in San Pedro, CA and scoring the few that I had there.

 

Many years later, I discovered the Japanese love of Italian music. I visited Casa Bianca, an Italian-only record store that used to exist in Tokyo. Pretty much all of my Italian 70’s progressive rock titles on CD came from Japan, usually in paper sleeve (kami) format. Then as SHM-CD’s, and a few as BSCD2 titles.

 

I cannot generate any list of 70’s music and NOT include Italian artists!

 

Museo Rosenbach, Triade, Le Orme, Il Balletto Di Bronzo, Lucio Battisti, Adriano Celentano, Pino Daniele, Righeira, Mina, Banco, Milva, P.F.M., Celeste, New Trolls, Osanna, Il Volo / Formula Tre, Angelo Branduardi, Goblin, Krisma etc.

Canada

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Gene Vincent (1935), songwriter Gerry Goffin (1939) and Sergio Mendez (1941). On this date in 1965, Ringo Starr marries Maureen Cox.

Looks like it’s Commonwealth time – today is Canada!

I first went to Toronto almost a decade ago. Sam The Record Man was still there and absolutely amazing. I bought an Uzeb CD there that I’ve never seen since. Been a Leonard Cohen fan for ages, but I’ve never been to Quebec. When I was in Toronto, my opportunity got blasted by a visit to Niagara Falls – silly me, I wanted to go to Ben’s Smoked Meats in Montreal! (One day, Chas, I’ll get up to Victoria – and we can drink our way across town).

 

There was a heat-wave in Toronto, as I climbed stairs and investigated Queen Street. I remember the food being real good. Bloor Street was also good – an ATM that worked. Weird hotel, but she often found weird hotels.

 

As I marched up and down, I did not concentrate on The Guess Who, nor did we hear a lot of Guess Who while there. MuchMusic wasn’t even…er, real when I went there. I air-checked probably more MuchMusic than any other music video broadcast service ever!

 

I saw British stuff in Toronto that I’ve never seen anywhere else. Of course, I wanted to lean on the Francophile aspect, but there wasn’t much of that in Toronto! Sam the Record Man had a small section of “Quebecois”, as did the HMV stores, but nothing really interesting for me.

 

There weren’t even huge sections for The Band, in Toronto, not that I can recall. I don’t even remember seeing El Mocambo, the place where The Rolling Stones played.

 

I confess, when I enter Canadian artists into my big list, I classify them as “US”, reasoning that we’re all North American. I suppose I’ll eventually go back to Canada and sift the extant record stores up another notch.