August, 2015

Happy birthday Kate Bush (1958), and Jeffrey Hammond-Hammond (of Jethro Tull)!

I conclude the month of July by saying that I have a busy August coming right up! For starters, it’ll be my birthday on August 10th. Some readers of this blog actually came to Portland OR to “RonKonPDX50”, not sure that I will want to repeat that when I turn 60. Wouldn’t mind visiting Portland OR again, however. Those ‘Everyday Music’ stores are certainly a big draw!

 

I will be palette-stretching in August, going some places I’ve not been before; around the time of my birthday, my niece Jennifer will be getting married in Santa Barbara, CA, so I’ll get to rest my head there, which I don’t often do. I also plan on heading out towards North Carolina, as https://postpunkmonk.wordpress.com/ says there’s grocery store-sized record store we simply must have to see in Charlotte, NC. And what’s this? A new restaurant in Raleigh? http://www.cntraveler.com/stories/2015-07-23/the-worlds-biggest-beer-garden-opens-in-raleigh

 

I realize that I could probably go to any large US city and find records & beer, but – what fun is it to do that alone? Yes, I miss having a companion. Some cities such as Portland, OR – I don’t miss a companion as much, as ‘Everyday Music’ stores are so freaking big!

 

And, yes, I am still listening to music.

Edgar Froese

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

 

Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream is no longer with us. His solo albums intrigued, and a few made permanent homes in my collection.

 

LP           AGES                                 VIRGIN UK  VD 2507                1978        1978 9 TRKS stereo 2LP

CD          AQUA                                 VIRGIN UK  CDV 2016             1974        1990? 4 TRKS stereo CD

LP           AQUA                                 BRAIN DE   1053       1974       1974 4 TRKS stereo LP

LP           AQUA (re)                          VIRGIN UK  OVED 20               1974        1974 4 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

CD          BEYOND THE STORM   CAROLINE US           1895.2    1995        1995 28 TRKS stereo 2CD collection

LP           ELECTRONIC DREAMS                      BRAIN DE             40.148    1976   1976? 3 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP           MACULA TRANSFER    BRAIN DE   60.008    1976       1976 5 TRKS stereo LP

LP           PINNACLES                     VIRGIN UK  V 2277   1983       1983 4 TRKS stereo LP

LP           STUNTMAN                      VIRGIN UK  V 2139   1979       1979 6 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

CD          YPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE        EASTGATE US    49003     1975   2004 2 TRKS stereo CD remix

LP           YPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE        BRAIN DE             1074        1975   1975 2 TRKS stereo LP

 

“Aqua” is the one that stands out. I believe in that album, it is suggested you wear headphones!

 

After years of not seeing it anywhere, last year, I finally found a CD of “Episilon In Malaysian Pale” – in the CD booklet, it says “This record composed 1975, after visiting Malaysia and Australia”, it also says “Re-recorded and remixed 2004 in Vienna”. Oh, so it’s not going to sound like the LP? Sure hope he didn’t do the same to “Aqua”, I’d hate to have to take off the headphones!

 

I remember getting “Ages”, a double LP! It is always my theory that 2LP sets don’t get purchased as much due to socio-econo scanarios; I probably just put one other LP aside that day and said, “Wow, a double LP of this stuff?”.

July 2015 List

Happy birthday Rick Wright (of Pink Floyd) (1945), Mike Bloomfield (1943), Rachel Sweet (1962), Jonathan Edwards (1946) and Steve Took (of T. Rex).

July so far…

AIRPLAY – s/t, RCA JPN LP Jay Graydon
ANDERSON, JON / VANGELIS – I HEAR YOU NOW, POLYDOR DE 7″ W/PS
ARMSTRONG, LOUIS – KEN BURNS JAZZ, COLUMBIA US CD collection
BAKERGURVITZ ARMY – GAMBLER, THE / TIME, MOUNTAIN UK 7″
BAKERGURVITZ ARMY – SPACE MACHINE / DREAMER, MOUNTAIN UK 7″
BIRTHDAY PARTY – BAD SEED – MUTINY, DPR US 2LP + 45RPM 7”, red / blue vinyl
BOWN, ALAN – ROCKFORD FILES / I DON’T KNOW, CBS UK 7″ Rupert Hine, prod.
CAN – HORRORTRIP IN THE PAPERHOUSE, BLUE SEA IT LP bootleg
CAN – SAW DELIGHT, SPOON EU LP re-issue
CAN – UNLIMITED EDITION, SPOON EU 2LP re-issue
CHAMFORT, ALAIN – UNE HEURE AVEC, CBS FR CD collection
COCHRAN, EDDIE – LEGENDARY EDDIE COCHRAN, U.A. UK LP collection
EL CHICANO – VIVA TIRADO – PART 1, MCA UK 7″
GOLDEN EARRING – CE SOIR / LUCKY NUMBER, TRACK RECORD UK 7″
GOLDEN EARRING – INSTANT POETRY, TRACK RECORD UK 7″
GOODMAN, DICKIE – LONG LIVE THE KING, ROCKBEAT US CD collection
HAYES, TUBBY – MEXICAN GREEN, FONTANA JPN CD kami sleeve
HEADS, HANDS & FEET – WARMING UP THE BAND, ISLAND UK 7”
HENRY COW – IN PRAISE OF LEARNING, ESD US CD
HENRY COW – LEGEND, BELLE ANT JPN SHM-CD kami sleeve
HENRY COW – UNREST, BELLE ANT JPN SHM-CD kami sleeve
HOLLIES, THE – REMEMBER THE LIVERPOOL SOUND (#2), EMI JPN LP
HOPPER, HUGH – Vol. 08 – BASS ON TOP, GONZO UK CD
JAPAN – TIN DRUM, VIRGIN EU LP re-issue
JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – CROWN OF CREATION, BMG JPN CD kami sleeve
JOHNSON, J.J. – EMINENT Vol. 1, BLUE NOTE US CD
LAWRENCE, EDDIE – KINGDOM OF EDDIE LAWRENCE, CORAL US LP mono
LAWRENCE, EDDIE – NEVER GIVE UP THAT SHIP, CORAL US LP mono
LAWRENCE, EDDIE – OLD PHILOSOPHER, CORAL US LP mono
MAGMA – FLOE ESSI, SEVENTH FR 7” W/PS
McCARTNEY, PAUL – COMING UP, COLUMBIA CAN 7″ promo
MEN, THE – I DON’T DEPEND ON YOU, VIRGIN UK 12″ W/PS
MILLER, PHIL / IN CAHOOTS – ALL THAT, CUNIEFORM US CD
MILLER, PHIL / IN CAHOOTS – LIVE 86-89, CRESCENT UK CD
MITCHELL, JONI – YOU TURN ME ON I’M A RADIO, ASYLUM US 7″ promo
NICE, THE – BRANDENBURGER / HAPPY FREUDS, IMMEDIATE UK 7″
NICE, THE – ELEGY, MERCURY US LP promo
ORCHESTRA LUNA – s/t, EPIC JPN CD
OSKAR, LEE – PROMISED LAND, L.A. JPN 7” W/PS
PROCOL HARUM – LIVE, LTEV 2LP re-issue, white vinyl
RICO – WAREIKA DUB, ISLAND EU LP
RITENOUR, LEE – BANDED TOGETHER, ELEKTRA US LP
ROLLING STONES – SATISFACTION, ABKCO US 12″ W/PS
SANDBERG QUARTET, ULF – s/t, ACID JAZZ UK CD
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE – DANCE TO THE MUSIC, EPIC JPN BSCD2 Blu-ray CD
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE – FRESH, EPIC JPN BSCD2 Blu-ray CD
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE – LIFE, EPIC JPN BSCD2 Blu-ray CD
SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE – WHOLE NEW THING, EPIC JPN BSCD2 Blu-ray CD
SOFT CELL – IT’S A MUG’S GAME, AMNESIA US 12″ W/PS
SOUND, THE – JEOPARDY, RENASCENT UK CD
SPEAR OF DESTINY – WORLD SERVICE, EPIC UK LP
SPOOKY TOOTH – SON OF YOUR FATHER, ISLAND UK 7″
SPOOKY TOOTH – THAT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY, ISLAND EU 7″
STACKRIDGE – HOLD ME TIGHT, ROCKET UK 7″
STACKRIDGE – MAN IN THE BOWLER HAT, MCA UK LP
STEWART, ROD – OH! NO NOT MY BABY, MERCURY UK 7″ W/PS
STEWART, ROD – OLE OLA, RIVA UK 7”
STRING DRIVEN THING – I’LL SING ONE FOR YOU, CHARISMA UK 7″
SURF PUNKS – LOCALS ONLY, RESTLESS US CD
TIMBERWOLF – IN THE TALL PINES, RYKODISC US CD
TONTON MACOUTE – s/t, ARCHIVE JPN CD kami
TROWER, ROBIN – CALEDONIA / MESSIN’ THE BLUES, CHRYSALIS UK 7″
TROWER, ROBIN – TOO ROLLING STONED, CHRYSALIS US 7” promo
V.A. – BEBOP’S GREATEST HITS (MASTERS OF JAZZ), RHINO US CD compilation
V.A. – CANTERBURIED SOUNDS, FLOATING UK 4CD Caravan, Robert Wyatt etc.
V.A. – THIS IS SHELTER, SHELTER JPN LP ’72 compilation, promo-only
V.A. – WOMAD TALKING BOOK, WOMAD UK LP with book
VIOLINSKI – CLOG DANCE, JET UK 7″ W/PS E.L.O.
VIOLINSKI – SAVE ME, JET UK 7″ W/PS blue, E.L.O.
WARD, CLIFFORD T. – MANTLE PIECES, CHARISMA US LP promo
WINTER GROUP, EDGAR – THEY ONLY COME OUT AT NIGHT, EPIC AUS LP alt. cover
WOMBLES, THE – WOMBLING WHITE TIE AND TAILS, CBS UK 7”
WRIGHT, GARY – EXTRACTION – FOOTPRINT, BGO UK CD 2-on-1

Sly & The Family Stone

Happy birthday Kim Fowley (1942) and Homer of Homer & Jethro (1920).            Absolutely love Kim Fowley’s first volume of memoires, where’s Vol. 2, now that he’s dead?

People often forget Sly & The Family Stone’s early albums; I recently got their groundbreaking first 3 x albums, as brand new masterings from Japan, as BSCD2 (Blu-ray CD’s).

 

A Whole New Thing (Epic / Sony JPN BSCD2 SICP-30811) 1967

Dance To The Music (Epic / Sony JPN BSCD2 SICP-30812) 1968

Life (Epic / Sony JPN BSCD2 SICP-30813) 1968

 

The debut Sly album is still pretty good! Psychedelic soul music! This new issue has 17 tracks of pumped up and polished soul music. If you are funky at all, this belongs in your collection. I’ve got an old LP it in the other room, played to death after their appearance at Woodstock in 1969.

 

“Dance To The Music” is their next effort, and it’s a great album! 15 tracks on this one! “Dance To The Music” was one of the singles; apparently the next track “Higher” was meant to have been the 2nd single, but it was never issued until this CD! The big draw for this album, is a medley of 3 songs, “Music Is Alive”, “Dance In” & “Music Lover” – “Music Lover” made it into the Woodstock film & LP set. It rocks like nobody’s business!

 

“Life” is the third album by Sly & The Family Stone, the one with them all sitting in a movie theatre on the cover. More 1968 R&B fun – now with 15 tracks! I didn’t recognize any of the singles on this album, but a few songs stuck out as being on the “Anthology” CD, “Fun” and “M’Lady”. Nice liner notes from Rosko, the NYC DJ.

 

After these three albums, you get to “Stand!”, which brings you all the way up to Woodstock, where Sly & Co. became ‘indispensable’. R&B had mainstreamed by this time; lots of hippies owned Otis Redding albums, why not Sly & The Family Stone?

 

Many, many people eventually bought these records. Poor old Sly still shows up and plays 15 minute long sets and wonders why he doesn’t get booked much anymore. The catalogue gets re-issued with regularity these days, as the grandchildren of funkateers rediscover this ‘hippie stuff’.

 

Didn’t Sly Stone buy a studio in Sausalito, and have the doors removed, ‘cause he ‘didn’t dig doors’? I remember reading about how he showed up in England once, with no material prepared; and apparently no desire to play anything for anybody, despite having already cashed the cheque. Maybe he should’ve gone to France, instead, where they can be a bit more forgiving than the British.

Feature Films

On 7/24, Happy birthday to Francois Cahen (1944), a great French jazz keyboard player; also Tony Joe White (“Polk Salad Annie”) (1943) and Andy Mackay (of Roxy Music) (1946).

I do not usually talk about feature films, but today I will.

I really like the Criterion DVD / Blu-ray company – they make usually really nice versions of feature films. They tend to all look GREAT, and sound GREAT!

On DVD, I have “Armageddon”, “The Bad Sleep Well” (Kurosawa), “Bad Timing”, “Charade”, “Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas”, “Fishing With John” (John Lurie), “Gimme Shelter” (Rolling Stones), “Knife In The Water” (Polanski), “The Last Wave”, “Life Aquatic”, “Life of Brian” (Monty Python), “The Man Who Fell To Earth”, “Monterey Pop”, “The Rock”, “This Sporting Life”, “Time Bandits” (Gilliam), “Tokyo Drifter”, “Traffic” and “Z” (Costa-Gavras). My favorites here are “Bad Timing” (with Art Garfunkel), which I first saw in a theatre in Auckland, New Zealand, and “The Last Wave”, which made me very curious about Australia.

 

On Blu-ray, I have the magnificent John Cassavetes boxed set: with “Shadows”, “Faces”, “A Woman Under The Influence”, “The Killing Of A Chinese Bookie” and “Opening Night”; “Cul-De-Sac” (Polanski), “Diabolique”, “A Hard Day’s Night”, “Island of Lost Souls”, “Medium Cool”, “Quadrophenia”, “The Red Shoes” and “Repulsion” (Polanski). Gosh, “Faces” by John Cassavetes remains a favorite, as does “A Hard Day’s Night”, the wonderful Beatles’ film. The “Faces” DVD & Blu-ray have an alternate beginning to the film, effectively making it even longer than it already is! Seymour Cassel!

 

The 2 x movies I really enjoy on DVD don’t have “proper” soundtrack LP’s, but the 2 x Blu-ray films I mention both do – “Faces” has an OST LP on Columbia Records and “A Hard Day’s Night” used to be on Parlophone / Capitol, but is on Universal these days.

 

If you haven’t seen “Faces”, get up from your computer, go rent the DVD of it somewhere, watch & believe. One of the few independently-produced films to ever get an Oscar nomination (for script, I believe). Depending on who you are, you probably have at least a DVD of “A Hard Day’s Night”, a film capable of making one as interested in England as they are about The Beatles.

 

“Bad Timing” with Art Garfunkel really caught me off guard. I first saw it in a Queen Street Auckland movie theatre, with someone who was disappointed it didn’t have more of a pornographic aspect. It’s set in Vienna, and Art isn’t a very nice guy.

 

“The Last Wave” totally redeemed Richard Chamberlain, as far as I am concerned. Neat spooky special effects, too. How much is really real?

Thanks, Mr. Dana Madore for suggesting this topic.

5 or more of any given title…

Happy birthday George Clinton (Mr. P-Funk) (1940) and fusion jazz guitarist Al DiMeola (1954).

Rather than post 2 x Playlists in a row…

Recently been thinking about albums that I have many versions of. Yes, I have a dozen or more versions of several Frank Zappa albums. I also have an inordinate amount of copies of Caravan “In The Land of Grey & Pink”, original UK LP, US LP, JPN LP, CD, SA-CD, re-mastered CD & DVD-A (5.1), colored vinyl 2LP re-issue; similar deal with Mike Oldfield “Tubular Bells” UK LP, US LP, JPN LP, UK CD, JPN CD, JPN SA-CD (4.0), JPN 2CD & DVD-A (with some neat video & 5.1) etc.

 

I am happy to keep my collection of comedian Murray Roman “A Blind Man’s Movie” somewhat complete (US LP, UK LP, US cassette!). Somehow, I seem to have rather a lot of Grace Jones “Nightclubbing” (UK LP, US LP, DE LP, DE LP re-issue, Island UK 50th Anniversary LP, 2LP re-issue, 2CD re-issue, US LP test pressing!

 

Some common titles do not surprise me: Pink Floyd “Dark Side Of The Moon” garners US LP, UK LP, DE LP, JPN LP, US CD (boxed set), US SA-CD, EU SA-CD, JPN SA-CD; “Wish You were Here” is a similar tale: US LP, DE LP, JPN LP (audiophile), EU SA-CD, US CD (boxed set, again)…

 

Please tell me in the comments section what albums you have 5 or more copies of!

Playlist

Happy birthday Marshall McLuhan (1911), Cat Stevens (Steven Georgiou) (1948), and jazz piano player Sonny Clarke (1931).

Another Playlist! Again, all vinyl!

GANG OF FOUR – Outside The Trains Don’t Run on Time (Yellow EP vers.)

GRYPHON – Down The Dog

JAPAN – Visions Of China

JONESY – Hard Road

LENE LOVICH – Telepathy

STRANGLERS – Waltzinblack

THE TUBES – Malaguena Salerosa

SADE – You’re Not The Man

CAPTAIN SENSIBLE – I’m A Spider

ARTHUR BROWN – Dance (LP vers.)

DEAF SCHOOL – All Queued Up

MIKE HARRISON – Here Comes The Queen

THE ENID – The Devil

SIMPLE MINDS – Sound In 70 Cities

E.L.O. – Manhattan Rumble

DAVID BOWIE – It’s No Game (Part 2)

LOVE SCULPTURE – Blues Helping

STEPHEN DUFFY – Cocksure

JEAN-LUC PONTY – Beach Girl

KRISMA – Cathode Mamma

Beatles Christmas LP

Man on the moon day! Happy birthday John Lodge (of The Moody Blues) (1945) and guitarist Carlos Santana (1947).

Real or unreal?

There’s a seeker born every minute! To paraphrase The Firesign Theatre…

“The Beatles Christmas LP” is a counterfeit item, both here and in England. Wikipedia more or less knows this, but doesn’t come right out and say it. For England, they say that “The fan club sent out…” – sent out thousands of them? Then, how come I’ve never seen one? Uh, since when did EMI use Lyntone in England? I thought EMI used EMI cutting / pressing. Sure, Lyntone is a real company. They pressed lots and lots of indie records, you probably have some in your collection.

 

But EMI England? Uh, no go on the “Beatles Christmas LP”. The US LP is faked up to look like a US version of a British LP. It’s a fairly clever counterfeit. The bootleggers in the US used a ‘reputable’ place of business to cut the LP “Bell Sound, NYC”, but is Capitol Records involved? Uh. No. Not a Capitol LP, this one.

 

So, if you’ve bought a “Beatles Christmas LP” anytime over the last 35-45 years, it ain’t a real LP. It’s a counterfeit LP. I am prepared to eat my words if you can show me a “Beatles Christmas LP” with an EMI UK scribe (the writing in the groove, next to the label). Never any such thing as a US copy of this illusive LP, so all US copies are disqualified.

 

Despite a ton of evidence, there are those who still insist that their copy is “real”. The copy I have isn’t real, and I bought mine long ago. Did I know it was a counterfeit LP? Probably, but I wanted one anyway. I mean, it does fulfill many people’s idea of what The Beatles were ‘about’, and to that end the counterfeit LP does it’s job. But I want to be 100% clear about this “Beatles Christmas LP” – they’re all counterfeits!

Playlist

Happy birthday Desmond Dekker (1941), Stewart Copeland (of The Police) (1952), jazz vibraphone player Cal Tjader (1925).

Yesterday’s playlist! I haven’t made many Playlists lately, but I am starting again. This is what I am listening to at home. These are all phonograph records.

ASYLUM CHOIR (Leon Russell & Marc Benno) – Straight Brother

PENGUIN CAFÉ ORCHESTRA – Sketch For Two

STACKRIDGE – Dangerous Bacon

BRIAN PROTHEROE – Gertrude’s Garden Hospital

IRON BUTTERFLY – Flowers and Beads

IT BITES – Kiss Like Judas

STRANGLERS – Head On The Line

ROLLING STONES – Street Fighting Man

PROCOL HARUM – Drunk Again

FLEETWOOD MAC – Tell Me All The Things You Do

STRAWBS – Another Day

ANIMALS – Baby Let Me Take You Home

JOHN KEEN – Old Fashioned Girl

SCAFFOLD – Lord of the Dance

FIXX – Cameras in Paris

STEPHEN ‘TIN TIN’ DUFFY – Wednesday Jones

PETER BLEGVAD – Karen

BLAM BLAM BLAM – Pensioner Love

CITIZEN BAND – The Office Come Alive

CHAS JANKEL – Magic Of Music

METHOD ACTORS – Privilege

SPEAR OF DESTINY – I Can See

Rockaway Records (List)

Happy birthday Linda Ronstadt (1946), Johnny Thunders (1952) and Roky Erickson (1947).

I went to Rockaway Records in Los Angeles a short time ago, and found:

LP’s

 

V.A. – THIS IS SHELTER, SHELTER JPN LP ’72 compilation, with Leon Russell, Asylum Choir etc.

V.A. – WOMAD TALKING BOOK, WOMAD UK LP book, “WOMAD 2”

 

CD’s

 

CHAMFORT, ALAIN – UNE HEURE AVEC, CBS FR CD collection, ’87 CD

GOODMAN, DICKIE – LONG LIVE THE KING, ROCKBEAT US CD novelty collection

HAYES, TUBBY – MEXICAN GREEN, FONTANA JPN CD kami sleeve, British jazz

JEFFERSON AIRPLANE – CROWN OF CREATION, BMG JPN CD kami sleeve, bonus tracks

JOHNSON, J.J. – EMINENT Vol. 1, BLUE NOTE US CD jazz

SANDBERG QUARTET, ULF – s/t, ACID JAZZ UK CD jazz

SOUND, THE – JEOPARDY, RENASCENT UK CD with bonus tracks

TONTON MACOUTE – s/t, ARCHIVE JPN CD kami sleeve

V.A. – BEBOP’S GREATEST HITS (MASTERS OF JAZZ), RHINO US CD jazz compilation

WRIGHT, GARY – EXTRACTION – FOOTPRINT, BGO UK CD 2-on-1

 

45’s

 

ANDERSON, JON / VANGELIS – I HEAR YOU NOW, POLYDOR DE 7″ W/PS

BAKER-GURVITZ ARMY – SPACE MACHINE / DREAMER, MOUNTAIN UK 7″

BAKER-GURVITZ ARMY – GAMBLER, THE / TIME, MOUNTAIN UK 7″

BOWN, ALAN – ROCKFORD FILES / I DON’T KNOW, CBS UK 7″ Rupert Hine, prod.

GOLDEN EARRING – CE SOIR / LUCKY NUMBER, TRACK RECORD UK 7″

GOLDEN EARRING – INSTANT POETRY / FROM HEAVEN FROM HELL, TRACK RECORD UK 7″

NICE, THE – BRANDENBURGER / HAPPY FREUDS, IMMEDIATE UK 7″

SPOOKY TOOTH – THAT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY, ISLAND EU 7″

SPOOKY TOOTH – SON OF YOUR FATHER, ISLAND UK 7″

STACKRIDGE – HOLD ME TIGHT, ROCKET UK 7″

STEWART, ROD – OH! NO NOT MY BABY, MERCURY UK 7″ W/PS

STRING DRIVEN THING – I’LL SING ONE FOR YOU, CHARISMA UK 7″ ’74

TROWER, ROBIN – CALEDONIA / MESSIN’ THE BLUES, CHRYSALIS UK 7″

VIOLINSKI – CLOG DANCE, JET UK 7″ W/PS

VIOLINSKI – SAVE ME, JET UK 7″ W/PS blue vinyl