Chris Squire

Happy birthday fusion jazz bassist Stanley Clarke (1951), jazz ‘loudmouth’ drummer Buddy Rich (1917) and Andy Scott (of The Sweet) (1949).

“The Fish” is gone.

As you’ll already know, Chris Squire, the man who gave Yes their distinctive bass sound passed away recently. I feel it’s not out of line to say that he was the main reason many of us were Yes fans. More than a few of my friends think his solo album, “Fish Out Of Water”, is as snappy as any Yes LP he played on. It is said he played on every Yes tour and every Yes LP.

 

I remember hearing “Created By Clive” by The Syn, long before I was a Yes fan. Like many other folks, I shuddered a bit when I heard about ‘Squackett’, which one presumes was a combination of a certain Genesis guitarist and Mr. Squire.

 

At least he’s not the first Yes death; Mr. Peter Banks left this Earth first. Now that’s another great LP / CD, “The Two Sides of Peter Banks”.

 

I understand Rick Wakeman is in the docket to check out next.

 

Is Steve Howe the Don Knotts of progressive rock?

Buena Park swap meet

Happy birthday Little Eva (1945).  Do the Locomotion! Also happy birthday to Ian Paice, the drummer of Deep Purple (1948)!

 

I am writing this blog on 6/28, the day before it’s published. I just FINALLY slept for a decent amount of time (about 10 hours). I feel like there’s nothing I can’t do!

 

As I savor my morning coffee (Peet’s French roast made on a Bialetti 6-cup stovetop coffee maker), I ponder my place in line, for this record collecting hobby that I am calling
“my life”, several things occur to me.

 

I am glad I am where I am now. A different path might’ve taken me elsewhere! Glad I ended my relationship with someone who didn’t even like me anymore. Glad I retired from my go-nowhere job when I did. Oh, shit! I’ve got a website that I need to write a bunch of stuff for! (I can do that!).

 

Buena Park swap meet is today, too. I need some jewel boxes and backplates, must check my sleeve and bag inventory, too. But it’s early, and the swap meet won’t even start for hours!

 

The last death that affected me greatly was that of Phil Austin, of The Firesign Theatre. May he forever remain in my consciousness. And yours’ too! Only successive generations will begin to comprehend what he created with Peter Bergman, David Ossman and Phil Proctor. Long live Phil Austin!

 

Buena Park swap meet list:

 

ATKINS, CHET – WHAT’D I SAY / CHARLIE BROWN, RCA US 7” promo

DEREK – CINNAMON / THIS IS MY STORY, BANG US 7”

IRON BUTTERFLY – SOUL EXPERIENCE / IN THE CROWDS, ATCO US 7”

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – MY BEST FRIEND / HOW DO YOU FEEL, RCA US 7”

KING CURTIS – SOUL TWIST / SOUL SERENADE, CAPITOL US 7” re-issue

LEWIS, GARY / PLAYBOYS – EVERYBODY LOVES A CLOWN, LIBERTY US 7” promo

LEYTON, JOHN – JOHNNY REMEMBER ME / WILD WIND, OLD GOLD UK 7” re-issue

LEMON PIPERS – JELLY JUNGLE / SHOESHINE BOY, BUDDAH US 7”

LOVIN’ SPOONFUL, THE – (TILL I) RUN WITH YOU, KAMA SUTRA US 7” promo

NASH, GRAHAM – MILITARY MADNESS, ATLANTIC US 7” promo

NEON PHILHARMONIC / TUPPER SAUSSY – NO ONE IS GOING TO HURT YOU / YOU LIED, WARNER US 7” promo

OTIS, JOHNNY – WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE, EPIC US 7” promo

QUEEN – SAvE ME, EMI UK 7”

REDBONE – WITCH QUEEN OF NEW ORLEANS, EPIC DE 7” W/PS promo

SAD CAFÉ – BLACK ROSE / RUN HOME GIRL, A&M US 7”

STILLS, STEPHEN – FALLEN EAGLE / HIDE IT SO DEEP, ATLANTIC US 7” promo

STRAWBS – LAY DOWN, A&M UK 7”

VANILLA FUDGE, THE – YOU KEEP ME HANGING ON, ATLANTIC UK 7”

WAR / ERIC BURDON – THEY CAN’T TAKE AWAY OUR MUSIC, LIBERTY UK 7”

 

DASSIN, JOE – GRANDS SUCCES Vol. 2, CBS FR 2LP

DASSIN, JOE – MELANCOLIE, CBS FR LP

FRANCOIS, CLAUDE – SES GRANDS SUCCES Vol. 1, CBS FR LP

FRANCOIS, CLAUDE – SES PLUS GRANDS SUCCES, CBS FR LP

FRANCOIS, CLAUDE – UN AN DEJA – SOUVENIR Vol. 3, FLECHE FR LP

FRANCOIS, CLAUDE – SOUVENIR Vol. 1, FLECHE FR LP

HIGELIN, JACQUES – A MOGADOR, EMI FR 3LP

MAS, JEANNE – FEMMES D’AUJOURD-HUI, EMI FR LP

MERCKENS, MARIJKE / V.A. – GADO GADO SPECIAAL, DECCA NL LP

SHEILA – DISQUE D’OR – ET NE LA REMENE PAS, CARRERE FR LP

SPEAR OF DESTINY – ONE EYED JACKS, EPIC UK LP

Ian McDonald

Happy birthday Ian McDonald (ex-King Crimson) (1946). I doubt anybody was more disappointed in Foreigner than I was. Mr. McDonald redeemed himself a number of years later with a solo album, “Driver’s Eyes” – not a bad album at all. Mr. McDonald, of course, left King Crimson after their debut album, leaving fans to ponder who wrote what on the debut LP. Part of the problem was that King Crimson carried on without him, giving us fans a pretty snappy 2nd album, “In The Wake Of Poseidon”.

 

Drummer Mike Giles also left after the debut album. His only solo release, to date, is “Progress” from 2002. He also guest drummed on over 100 assorted titles! Try figuring that one out, without a proper King Crimson book.

 

Of course, King Crimson vocalist Greg Lake teamed up with ex-Nice member Keith Emerson and ex-Atomic Rooster drummer Carl Palmer, the result being, as they say, his-tory. Any EL&P fans out there?

 

Pete Sinfield (the lyricist) stuck with King Crimson for another few albums. Only 1 x solo album to date, “Still”, on CD as “Stillusion” (and a 2CD vers. at that!).

 

Robert Fripp got a few jobs in the producer’s chair, what with Centipede, Keith Tippett, Peter Gabriel etc. And he ran King Crimson for a good many years.

 

Always have noted that Barry Godber, the gentleman who drew / painted the cover of the debut King Crimson album, passed away when very young (he died in 1970, just after the King Crimson LP with his image was released), no other LP covers to search out, apparently.

Arthur Brown etc.

Happy birthday to Jeff Beck (1944), Arthur W. Brown (1944), and Chris Wood (of Traffic) (1944). I like all of these today, and I am particularly a fan of Arthur Brown.

 

I first met Jim Hresko (aka “The Soider”) in approx. 1972. At that time, he told me his favorite record was Arthur Brown’s “Galactic Zoo Dossier” – a record I hadn’t heard yet. Upon hearing it, I was inclined to agree – it’s a pretty ‘neat’ record. Years come and go, and I even found variants of assorted AB’s Kingdom Come LP’s.

 

I got to meet Arthur Brown in the 80’s, way out in Thousand Oaks, CA – at the studio of Earl Mankey, where he was recording his “Requiem” LP. Never got to see Arthur Brown on a stage, however.

 

Mr. Brown is still alive, of course. Once upon a time, he played in a band called Brown & Black, with Jimmy Carl Black (ex-Mothers of Invention).

 

Jeff Beck always rather seemed to me to be a footnote, rather than a main dish. Yes, he more or less got Rod Stewart moving forward – but his series of fusion jazz albums really baffled me, at the time. Is this guy a rock guitarist making jazz? Or a jazz guitarist making a ‘rock’ album? Lately, I am a bit more interested in a) British jazz and (these days) b) fusion jazz albums – so naturally I am the intended market for a 5.1 SA-CD of Jeff Beck’s “Blow By Blow”.

 

Chris Wood was Traffic’s flute player, but one suspects he added a touch of psychedelia to the proceedings. He passed away in 1983. He was one of the musicians on “Electric Ladyland” by The Jimi Hendrix Experience!

Pink Floyd / Arthur Brown

Tomorrow, it’s Arthur Brown’s birthday! He was born in England in 1944. You remember “Fire”? You hallucinated ”Galactic Zoo Dossier”?         I actually got to meet him, many years ago. I was working for a record distributor who was going to carry his LP (“Requiem”), that’s how I got to meet him (at Earl Mankey’s studio, if you must know).

 

Everybody who isn’t a record collector should now leave the room.

 

A friend of mine recently called me to say that he was selling a sealed LP of “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd. It’s got a black obviously-thicker-than-shrinkwrap cover, with a sticker perfectly centered; he got it roughly it when it came out originally, but there’s nothing on the exterior that says if it’s British or German or ? Does either make it worth more than it would be? I have an SA-CD of it that probably sounds better / quieter than any LP version, but there are people who will argue with me about that. If your turntable is adjusted properly, the LP obviously sounds better / richer / deeper etc.

 

I enjoy the discussion of minutiae, regarding record collecting. Always have. But…but… I do not know if his “Wish You Were Here” LP with the black shrinkwrap cover is German or British or Dutch or French or ?

 

Seeing as I mentioned Arthur Brown earlier, as it will be Mr. Brown’s birthday tomorrow, I sure do enjoy having my UK Track Record mono LP of “The Crazy World of Arthur Brown”. Yes, it says mono right on the cover and label of the LP. It is a mono LP. The US did not release a mono LP of that album (or did they?). I do have a mono promo LP from Atlantic Records for CWOAB!

 

On the same thought, I have an Atlantic (Atco) Records mono promo LP of Blind Faith. I really don’t think they ever issued a mono copy of that LP in 1969. As far as I know, there isn’t a mono UK LP of it on Polydor. Having been a Cream fan, I am fairly concerned with how good those muddy sounding masters got put onto LP’s when new. Were the songs on “Goodbye Cream” really ‘mastered’ for mono? Is there a US promo LP in mono of “Goodbye Cream”?

 

I already know that Atco Records used to do promo 7” EP’s of stuff; I’ve got an Iron Butterfly EP from “Heavy”, I have seen the Brian Auger & The Trinity EP in a Japanese CD booklet. I also know that Atco did promo LP’s that were split, ½ Buffalo Springfield and ½ Bo Grumpus. So, I suppose anything is possible.

 

Having been a record collector for most of my life, I do not like to admit that anything could be possible, but in this particular case, I am willing to say that there might be a “Chickenman” EP on Atco Records, highlighting 4 or 5 tracks on what was always an actually funny record. But I don’t own one! I’d buy it, if it was for sale and wasn’t stupidly expensive. I’ll buy almost anything I don’t already own on Atco Records under these conditions. I recently found an LP on Atco of guys playing handbells doing Christmas music!

Uriah Heep

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Howard Kaylan (of The Turtles and The Mothers) (1945); Todd Rundgren (of Nazz) (1948)!

 

Some will sneer, others will roll their eyes, but today I wish to briefly discuss the British hard rock band Uriah Heep. They’re collectible because their debut LP was on Vertigo Records in the UK. They seemed to be able to have chart success in Europe, but not really in the U.S., though most of their first 10 or 20 albums got released here. I bought the UK debut album when it came out, and have had a soft spot for it ever since about the fall of 1970.

 

Weren’t Uriah Heep the first western rock band to play the U.S.S.R.?

 

My present way back to the Uriah Heep pothole is via finding quite a few 45’s in the past few years. During my recent trip to Japan, I broke down and decided to buy an inexpensive paper sleeve CD of the European version of their 2nd album, “Salisbury”. It’s not on Vertigo anymore, but Bronze Records, the label of producer / promoter Gerry Bron (brother of Eleanor Bron, the actress from “Help!”).

 

Listening to “Gypsy” (45 version) from the first album, via a “Best Of” CD in my car recently, it strikes me that Uriah Heep’s David Byron (vocalist) was certainly an influence on Freddie Mercury’s Queen. Not many artists can make that claim!

 

CD               BEST                                                                                             BRONZE JPN                   VICP-2158     17

1997 17 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

LP                DEMONS AND WIZARDS                                                         MERCURY US                 SRM-1-0630  8

1972 8 TRKS stereo LP tri-fold cover

 

7″                 EASY LIVIN’ / ALL MY LIFE                                                       MERCURY US                 73307              2

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 GYPSY (mono) / (stereo)                                                           MERCURY US                 DJ-262            2

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only; edited version (73103)

 

7″                 I WANNA BE FREE / WHAT SHOULD BE DONE promo    MERCURY US                 DJ-336            2

1972? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD               LANSDOWNE TAPES, THE                                                      VICEROY US                    VIN 6015.2     14

1994 14 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD               LOOK AT YOURSELF                                                                 MERCURY US                 814180.2        7

1990? 7 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 LOOK AT YOURSELF (PS)                                                        ISLAND DE                      10429AT         2

1971 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 LOOK AT YOURSELF / SIMON THE BULLET FREAK         ISLAND / BRONZE UK   WIP 6111        2

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                MAGICIAN’S BIRTHDAY, THE                                                  MERCURY US                 SRM-1-652     8

1972 8 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD               MILLENNIUM COLLECTION, THE                                          MERCURY US                 586363.2        12

2001 12 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD               SALISBURY                                                                                  BRONZE JPN                   VICP-61829   8

1989 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 2 x bonus tracks

LP                SALISBURY                                                                                  VERTIGO FR                    6360 028        6

1971 6 TRKS stereo LP

LP                SALISBURY (US)                                                                        MERCURY US                 SR 61319       6

1971 6 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 SALISBURY (mono) / (stereo)                                                  MERCURY US                 DJ-320            2

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

7″                 SOMETHING OR NOTHING / WHAT CAN I DO                    BRONZE UK                     BRO 10           2

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 SWEET LORRAINE / BLIND EYE                                             MERCURY US                 73349              2

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 SWEET LORRAINE / BLIND EYE promo                                MERCURY US                 73349              2

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD               VERY ‘EAVY…VERY ‘UMBLE                                                   BRONZE JPN                   VICP-61828   11

2002 11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 3 x bonus tracks

LP                VERY ‘EAVY…VERY ‘UMBLE                                                   VERTIGO UK                    6360 006        8

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP original issue

 

7″                 WAKE UP (Set Your Sights) (mono) / (stereo)                       MERCURY US                 DJ-294            2

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                 WAKE UP (Set Your Sights) / COME AWAY MELINDA        MERCURY US                 73145              2

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

Queen

Tomorrow 6/19, Happy birthday to Elaine “Spanky” McFarlane (of Spanky & Our Gang) (1942)!

I am a ‘new’ Queen fan. I never particularly bothered with them, while they were originally active, but now I can see the UK glam rock value of their output. On my recent trip to Japan, I got all of their albums on CD, up to the ubiquitous “Live” album, “Live Killers”. I don’t think I’ve ever even heard “Queen II” – ever!

7″                 BICYCLE RACE / FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS (PS)                          ELEKTRA US           4-45541              1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 BODY LANGUAGE / LIFE IS REAL (Song For Lennon) (PS)     ELEKTRA US           E-47452              1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD               CD3 SINGLE BOX                                                                             TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-2251/62  1991 37 TRKS stereo CD3 x 12 boxed set collection

 

CD               DAY AT THE RACES, A                                                                    TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65105      1998 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                DAY AT THE RACES, A (US)                                                           ELEKTRA US           6.00E-101           1976 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

LP                GAME, THE                                                                                         EMI DE                      1C064-63923    1980 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD               GREATEST HITS                                                                                HOLLYWOOD US   HR 61265.2        1992 17 TRKS stereo CD collection

LP                GREATEST HITS (JPN)                                                                    ELEKTRA JPN         P-6480E              1981 17 TRKS stereo LP collection, insert

LP                GREATEST HITS (US)                                                                      ELEKTRA US           5E-564                1981 14 TRKS stereo LP collection, innersleeve

 

LP                GREATEST HITS Vol. 2                                                                    EMI DE                      PMTV 2               1991 17 TRKS stereo 2LP collection

 

DVD             GREATEST VIDEO HITS 1 (DVD) 5.1                                            HOLLYWOOD US   90119                  2002 5.1 Surround Sound

 

DVD             GREATEST VIDEO HITS 2 (DVD) 5.1                                            HOLLYWOOD US   69017-9              2003 5.1 Surround Sound

 

LP                JAZZ                                                                                                     EMI DE                      1C064-61820    1978 13 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve, poster

SHM-CD     JAZZ                                                                                                     ISLAND JPN            UICY-76215       2011 13 TRKS stereo SHM-CD kami sleeve

 

7″                 KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE (PS)                                                         HOLLYWOOD US   D001349621      2011 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Record Store Day 45

 

7″                 KILLER QUEEN (JPN) (PS)                                                             ELEKTRA JPN         P-103E                1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 KILLER QUEEN / FLICK OF THE WRIST                                       EMI UK                      EMI 2229            1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                KIND OF MAGIC, A                                                                            CAPITOL US            SMAS 12476      1986 9 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

 

LP                LIVE KILLERS (US)                                                                           ELEKTRA US           BB-702                1979 22 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

 

DVD             MAKING OF ‘A NIGHT AT THE OPERA’, THE (DVD)                  EAGLE US               EV 30161-9        2005 100m stereo

 

CD               NEWS OF THE WORLD                                                                    TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65106      1998 11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                NEWS OF THE WORLD (US)                                                          ELEKTRA US           6.00E-112           1977 11 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD               NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A                                                                TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65104      1998 12 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

DVD             NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A (DVD-A) 5.1                                         HOLLYWOOD US   1091-9-3             2002 12 TRKS DVD-A 5.1 audio

LP                NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A (Jpn)                                                      ELEKTRA JPN         P-10075E           1975 12 TRKS stereo LP insert

 

CD               QUEEN                                                                                                TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65101      1998 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                QUEEN (US)                                                                                       ELEKTRA US           EKS 75064         1973 10 TRKS stereo LP embossed cover

 

CD               QUEEN II                                                                                             TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-67342      2004 11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

CD               SHEER HEART ATTACK                                                                  TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65103      1998 13 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                SHEER HEART ATTACK (US)                                                         ELEKTRA US           7E-1026              1974 13 TRKS stereo LP insert

 

7″                 WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (mono) / (stereo) (PS)                     ELEKTRA US           E-45441              1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

Japan

Happy birthday to British guitarist / singer / songwriter Chris Spedding (1944)!

 

I went to Japan recently. If you click on the “Music Entering The Collection”, I have posted a list of stuff I got for me there. No LP’s this trip, just a few 45’s and lots of paper sleeve CD’s.

 

My friends who used to own / work at a store in a western suburb are no longer there. Many stores were gone, “Yellow Pop” in Shimokitazawa, for example. Plenty of Disk Union stores, not so many Recofan stores; the one in Shibuya Beams is still there and mighty! Akihabara was almost a total bust – no more CD stores! It’s exclusively…for your phone now. And I don’t listen to anything on my phone. Tokyo Skytree was amusing, neat elevator, too. A bit expensive.

 

Baird Taproom in Nakameguro was fun, as was the one in Harajuku. Went to a Ginza Lion Beer Hall in Akihabara, looked like development in Ginza put Matsuzakaya out of the picture. Only bought 4 x SA-CD’s in Japan, saw plenty more, but…

 

Went to a “cat café” with Ken Heaton. Catarium (I think that’s what it was called) in Shimokitazawa was really rather nice. Very clean etc. Had to go to two or thgree bookstores before I found all the magazines I wanted. Used to be I could get anything at the one in Hiroo Garden, but that store didn’t have Strange Days, for example.

 

Speaking of Strange Days magazine, I continue to get new issues, but…they’re no longer doing releases by specific months anymore, so the Time Machine will get a rest while I figure something else out.

Syd Barrett

I read recently that Syd Barrett sold all of his rights to his 2 x solo albums back to EMI, to do with as they please. Now that EMI no longer exists, per se, the new license holder Warner Music has already started shapeshifting. There are new LP’s of both “The Madcap Laughs” and “Barrett” in the U.S. – their LP debut? Well, that 2LP set that Capitol did yonks ago doesn’t count. The Rhino LP’s look like the original UK LP’s, all the way down to the EMI coding on the Harvest labels.

 

In Japan, they did new CD’s; “The Madcap Laughs” now has bonus tracks aplenty, including the track they requested that you download, which is about 20 minutes long and instrumental. I never opted for the boxed set of out-takes that EMI UK did maybe 20 years ago, so it’s nice to have a few of them! “Barrett” also has copious bonus tracks now.

 

If it was any other member of Pink Floyd, I doubt they would’ve been in a situation that would’ve required selling their solo albums back to the parent company, EMI. Clearly, I know why the long instrumental track wasn’t included originally. I hope selling his albums back to EMI made him more comfortable, in his final years.

 

But now they’re etched in stone. Those albums will be as they are now forever more. Thanks for the music, Syd. Nice stuff!

 

How many more artists will find themselves in a similar situation? Am I the only one who finds it a tad ironic that Frank Zappa’s estate leased everything to Universal, the owner of Verve Records? No more Herb Cohen.

 

Part of me is sad about Syd Barrett, because despite the disconnect of those two wonderful LP’s, they were always his, since their 1970 releases. I understand there were never any printed / published lyrics, though some appear in the “Introduction” 2LP set Capitol did a while back, noting their guesswork.

 

I will probably never go back to England, but I always enjoyed saying “I am still waiting on a new Syd Barrett LP!”, to people I knew, such as Pete Brown, the Cream lyricist.