End of November 2015

Recently, I decided to try Facebook again. If this is offensive to you, sorry – but it is a way to attract more readers. And without readers, my website is nothing much.

 

Yesterday, happy birthday to John Mayall (1933)!

 

Today, happy birthday to Felix Cavaliere (of The Rascals) (1944), Billy Idol (Generation X) (1955) and to Shuggie Otis (1953), son of Johnny Otis.

 

So, it’s cold in Southern California now. Gets down in the 40’s at night, I think. It is cold-ish here. Whether or not it is cold / wet was never a determining factor, in my eternal search for recorded music. I remember going to Village Music in Mill Valley, CA when it was absolutely raining beyond belief. I also recall my first visit to Portland, OR when it was over 100F for 5 or 6 days! (2006, I think).

 

My home does not have central heating. I just have one heater in the dining room, away from the records. And it’ll have to get colder before I fire it up!

 

I cannot imagine living somewhere like Singapore, where humidity plays a part in all of your decisions about how to store music. I remember landing in New Zealand, and smelling mold! I have also encountered mold in Tokyo. Mold, the adversary of paper!

 

I have also bought stuff in Tokyo, where I had to change out the innersleeve, because it smelled like cigarettes. I think it was Nishi-Shinjuku where I found a Miles Davis laserdisc for a good price, but the guy in there was smoking cigarettes – and it was a TINY record store. Yes, I got the Miles LD, but I changed as much of the packaging as possible, before putting it in a resealable bag. So, the rice paper innersleeve got changed.

 

Have you ever encountered anything about mold or smell on your records that you took steps to try and minimize? I remember the smell of glue on French LP’s that was rather strong – and guess what? I had to end up re-gluing MANY of my French LP’s! It seems they just burst! But I have a system for re-gluing LP covers that seems to work. It involves removing the LP, putting a long thin piece of cardboard underneath what I am going to glue etc.

 

Many years ago, I started putting CD’s into sleeves that I got from a store where I worked that was going out of business – the sleeves are from Japan, and they can hold the disc and the booklet easily. But, as the years go by, I get Japanese paper sleeve CD’s, and then I repatriate the CD envelopes.

 

So, today it’s me whining about paper, mold etc. December will have all newly written stuff. Should I have a theme for December? Probably not. It’s difficult to write to a theme, for me. But we will all definitely get to the end of December. I wish everybody a safe journey to that end.

Track Record (UK)

Happy birthday Percy Sledge (1940) and John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) (1945). Also the date of the farewell performance by The Cream at The Royal Albert Hall, 1968.

 

After discussing mono vs. stereo as issued by Track Record UK yesterday, I decided to go on and take this discussion to it’s conclusion today.

 

I can confirm these albums as being issued in mono in the UK:

 

HENDRIX, JIMI        ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?                                                                                TRACK RECORD UK    612 001

LP                               1967                                                                                                                        11

Not issued in stereo in the UK, but Reprise Records in the US released a stereo LP for this title.

 

WHO, THE                WHO SELL OUT, THE                                                                                         TRACK RECORD UK    612 002

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        13

The US did, in fact, issue a mono version of this LP, but it’s not the same as the UK mono version.

 

BROWN, ARTHUR CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN                                                             TRACK RECORD UK    612 005

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        8

The US did, in fact, issue a mono version of this LP, but it’s not the same as the UK mono version.

 

WHO, THE                DIRECT HITS                                                                                                        TRACK RECORD UK    612 006

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        12

I was so excited to finally get a mono LP of this title, recently…

 

I can confirm these albums as being issued in stereo in the UK:

 

HENDRIX, JIMI        AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE                                                                                         TRACK RECORD UK    613 003

LP                               1967                                                                                                                        13

 

HENDRIX, JIMI        SMASH HITS                                                                                                         TRACK RECORD UK    613 004

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        12

Track listing changed for the US

 

BROWN, ARTHUR CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN                                                             TRACK RECORD UK    613 005

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        8

 

WHO, THE                DIRECT HITS                                                                                                        TRACK RECORD UK    613 006

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        12

Not issued in the US, but pieced out over the “Magic Bus” LP etc.

 

ROMAN, MURRAY YOU CAN’T BEAT PEOPLE UP & HAVE THEM SAY I LOVE YOU             TRACK RECORD UK    613 007

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        16

 

ROMAN, MURRAY BLIND MAN’S MOVIE, A                                                                                     TRACK RECORD UK    613 015

LP                               1969                                                                                                                        11

Licensed from Tetragrammaton Records, at the insistence of Keith Moon

 

V.A.                            TRACK RECORD: HOUSE THAT TRACK BUILT, THE                                 TRACK RECORD UK    613 016

LP                               1969                                                                                                                        13

A fabulous compilation LP, including some rare Track Record cuts. I first read about it in a book about The Who, but I never saw a copy of it for sale until the early 80’s in New Zealand.

The Who – Direct Hits LP

Happy birthday Tina Turner (1941). The #1 song in 1967 on this date? “Incense & Peppermints” by The Strawberry Alarm Clock.

 

The Who – “Direct Hits”, an LP I first heard as “The Best If The Who” from Germany, with full-on re-processed stereo throughout, about 1969. This LP was issued originally in 1968 in the UK, but the scribe on the LP itself says 1966. Duly noted, this isn’t the best album that could be assembled – the absence of “Magic Bus”, for instance.

 

For many years I only had a UK stereo LP; I recently found a mono LP of this album, up in Portland, OR – so I can state definitely what is on each version of this record!

 

Do you like stereo? Then get the 1980 Japanese LP re-issue, it has 4 songs in true stereo, 2 of which are from the then-recent “The Who Sell Out”. The 100% unique stereo here are the songs “I’m A Boy” and “In The City” (which is fabulous). When The Who got a 4CD boxed set, many new things were mixed to stereo (such as “Dogs”), but that was 90’s stereo, not 1968 stereo, making “I’m A Boy” and “In The City” all the more fascinating in stereo.

 

But it wasn’t until I got the mono UK Track Record LP recently that I could with any degree of certainty that the mono LP has different versions of some songs, completely absent is the reverb that totally dominates the German “Best Of” LP. For some reason around 1969 – 1970, German Polydor liked the make mono records stereo by adding enough reverb to choke a horse! The songs on that version sound like they all have ‘slapback’, where the reverb goes from left to right (or vice versa). The mono LP is pretty much flat, thankfully. But I did notice the scribe in the vinyl telling me the album had the German serial number in a machine stamp, and the 612 number was written in by hand.

 

This album is also known as “Portrait Of The Who” in Holland, but I doubt the cut is anything other than the original stereo LP, which isn’t very stereo.

 

I also have the 2007 Japanese CD of this album, which I understand was originally intended to be a very limited release.

Incredible String Band

Happy birthday Robin Williamson (of the Incredible String Band) (1943), singer / songwriter Lee Michaels (1945) and British guitarist Gary Boyle (of Isotope).

 

When did I first become aware of The Incredible String Band? Reading about them (but not hearing them) in a Hit Parader magazine? Or maybe I just saw their stuff (LP’s) filed in the “Folk” section of hippie record stores? Or both?

 

I seem to recall my route to them was not “direct”, I believe I bought a 4-track tape of “Hangman’s Beautiful Daughter” and had to stick a mechanical device into the cartridge to get it to play in an 8-track tape player, in my parents car (a Lincoln Continental that came with a ‘Lear Jet’ 8-track tape player). And even at age 10 or 11, I knew how to get music off of a variety of sources. Thus far, I do not believe I ever heard them on radio – but there’s only so many LP’s released around this time. What on Earth do they sound like?

 

Paul McCartney says he likes them. Oh, they must be good / OK. Any band with a LP title like “Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air” HAS to be good, right? An older brother of a school friend plays me that album, and I am hooked.

 

So, without really understanding the machinations involved in getting I.S.B. music to my youthful years, I carried on. ‘Blues rock’ was more prevalent, at that time – bands like The Groundhogs, The Edgar Broughton Band etc. But I could still find the time and place for the I.S.B.! Oh, wait – they’ve broken up? They’re scientologists? They hate each other? There’s Mike Heron and Robin Williamson solo albums already?

 

An Elektra (US) monthly sampler LP told me what I needed to know about the debut Mike Heron LP (“Smiling Men With Bad Reputations”), with a glorious song “Call Me Diamond”. It certainly didn’t hurt that the other song Elektra chose to ‘show off’ Mr. Heron’s work was “Warm Heart Pastry”, a track where he is backed by no less than The Who in 1970!

 

The I.S.B. has concluded and it takes me a few years to get UK Elektra or Island pressings of most all of their albums. I bought everything I could find on both Mike and Robin, though there’s not all that much stuff. I seem to have 4 or 5 Robin Williamson LP’s, but they’re US pressings, mostly. The Mike Heron stuff is entirely UK pressings, but the debut album is more impressive to me, still! And am I done collecting them? By no means, I only have 1 x Elektra 45! And no Island (UK) 45’s! And maybe missing a few UK pressings of earlier albums.

 

Yes, it would be considered ‘folk’ music; yes, some of it is very electric. As Williamson is Scottish, it’s not a million miles from that era of Donovan work, but that is not how I would classify it. It’s it’s own thing. And YES I am a fan of Dr. Strangely Strange, the Irish band who loved The Incredible String Band, but that’s another tale to tell.

Arthur Brown

Happy birthday Tina Weymouth (Talking Heads) (1950) and Harpo Marx (1893)! Not much of a Talking Heads fan, and are there 2 or 3 Harpo Marx LP’s? I saw a Harpo Marx EP in Portland, but somehow it didn’t come back with me to California.

 

I did buy 2 x Arthur Brown new-to-me titles, however.

 

After being a childhood fan of “Fire!” and a life-long collector of Track Record UK, I got to meet ‘the God of Hell, Fire’ out in Thousand Oaks, about 1982. So, that’s why most of my Arthur Brown records have the designation, “Autographed”. “Fire!” was, indeed, pervasive. My 10 year old brain could not comprehend what was going on, really. I knew about hippies, but much less about psychedelia.

 

The Crazy World of Arthur Brown” was, in fact, rather psychedelic; in a way that a lot of other stuff was NOT psychedelic. I think I have 10 or 12 LP variants, including mono / stereo, US / UK, many many re-issues.

 

That album did prepare me for what was to follow, but not really. Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come released an LP called “Galactic Zoo Dossier” in 1971 that, uh, changed the way I viewed music. I must’ve been about 13 or 14 when I first really realized that music collecting was a ‘lifestyle’. However, I chose to live that lifestyle without illegal drugs. Oh, get the 2nd LP by Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come, “Kingdom Come” (1972)!

 

Arthur Brown was very much still alive after the Kingdom Come LP’s. He’s really tall and has a really amazing voice, rather obviously. Which brings me to the newer titles I found in Portland. “The Voice Of Love” looks to be from 2007 and has a really rather good version (a new recording) of his old Crazy World “hit” “Devil’s Grip”. What? Yes!

 

Zim Zam Zim” appears to be from 2014 and guest stars Victor Peraino (from the 3rd Kingdom Come LP, “Journey”). Haven’t played this LP yet, but it looks pretty good. On the Bronze Rat label, from England. One supposes Arthur is kicking and screaming well into the 21st century, despite a career that began with a BANG! and then the shockwaves lessened.

 

Not many of the class of 1968 are still making records I want to try and listen to. Leonard Cohen is still making mostly live albums, but he’s still alive. Grace Slick or Paul Kanter seem to refuse to record anymore. No more Neil Young for me, thanks. I seem to recall a few Steve Winwood records that weren’t bad, but certainly not “essential”.

Roxy – The Movie

Happy birthday Ray Collins (singer of The Mothers Of Invention) (1937).

Recently, while in Portland, OR I had the option to buy the new Frank Zappa album, “Roxy – The Movie”. I selected the CD + Blu-ray version and bought it at Music Millennium (a store very much like Rhino Claremont).

 

First off, this is NOT “The Roxy & Elsewhere” double LP nor is it the “Roxy By Proxy” recent CD; it’s a whole new kettle of fish! It will be easy to find, if you look for it this year, but – no guarantees after 2015!

 

I have heard for decades that they (The ZFT = Zappa Family Trust) have TONS of unsynched / unsynchable footage of the December 1973 Roxy shows by Frank Zappa & The Mothers. Someone who used to work for Mr. Zappa told me that.

 

However, what wouldn’t have been possible even 5 years ago is now…commonplace? That someone with a computer can, in fact, synch up unsynchable footage? Well, that’s true. And someone did synch up a whole bunch of Roxy footage! And it doesn’t look bad at all, if you can forgive some absent pixie dust, and Mr. Zappa’s usual warning about stuff being “live” and “not overdubbed”.

 

It is heavily mightily “synched” – when they don’t know what to do, something goes to soft focus or the backs of heads. And, I must say, Pamela Miller never looked better!

 

There’s an 11 track CD that comes with the movie, though the 5.1 mix of the movie audio will likely suggest that I watch the movie again, as opposed to play the CD. The packaging says Mr. Zappa mixed the whole thing to quad in 1974…

 

And it’s the first Frank Zappa blu-ray disc! Let’s hope they have more waiting in the tank, ‘cause this one was fun. “Dub Room Special”, “200 Motels”, “Baby Snakes” can all be re-sold to Zappa fans, anxiously awaiting further blu-ray releases. But what will they do?

 

Certainly they don’t seem to be hurrying to release any more DVD-A releases, like the powerful “Quadraphiliac” (or thereabouts). Mr. Zappa himself did, in fact, mix lots of his 70’s work into quad, so one thinks it could possible that the ZFT lets go…but at this point, it seems somewhat unlikely.

Portland, OR

Happy birthday Graham Parker (1950), jazz trumpet player Don Cherry (1936) and Kim Wilde (1960).

Went to Portland, OR for a week, a while back. Saw singer – songwriter Maia Sharp, too! Ate at some new places, drank at some new places – all around, a good time was had by all concerned!

 

45’s

 

COOPER, ALICE – ELECTED, WARNER UK 7”

DAHO, ETIENNE – TOMBE POUR LA FRANCE, VIRGIN FR 7” W/PS

DENVER, KARL – BY A SLEEPY LAGOON, DECCA UK 45 EP 7” W/PS

JAMES, TOMMY / SHONDELLS – HANKY PANKY, ROULETTE JPN 7” W/PS

JONES, TOM – I’LL NEVER FALL IN LOVE AGAIN, LONDON JPN 7” W/PS

KIM, ANDY – BABY I LOVE YOU, DOT JPN 7” W/PS

MAMAS & PAPAS – I SAW HER AGAIN, VICTOR JPN 7” W/PS

McKENZIE, SCOTT – SAN FRANCISCO (BE SURE TO WEAR…), CBS JPN 7” W/PS

NABORS, JIM – TOMORROW NEVER COMES, COLUMBIA US 7” W/PS

POPEIL, LISA – PRIMO MAN, POPEIL US 7” W/PS

RITA MITSOUKO, LES – MARCIA BAILA, VIRGIN FR 7” W/PS

ROLLING STONES – FIVE BY FIVE, ABKCO US EP 7” W/PS re-issue

STEPPENWOLF – JUPITER CHILD, STATESIDE NZ 7”

SUMMERS, ANDY – LOVE IS THE STRANGEST WAY, MCA US 7” W/PS

TEARDROP EXPLODES – TREASON, MERCURY UK 7” W/PS

URIAH HEEP – THAT’S THE WAY IT IS, MERCURY US 7” W/PS

WITHERSPOON, JIMMY – SINGS THE BLUES, ARC UK EP 7” W/PS

 

Vinyl:

 

AUDSLEY, MICK – STORYBOARD, SONET UK LP

BARRON KNIGHTS – LIVE IN TROUBLE, EPIC UK LP

BATT, MIKE – WAVES, EPIC UK LP

BEE GEES – HORIZONTAL, RSO JPN LP

BIG PIG – BIG PIG (12″ x 2), WHITE AUS 12” W/PS

BROWN, ARTHUR – ZIM ZAM ZIM, BRONZE RAT UK LP

CAMEL – CLOAK AND DAGGER MAN, DECCA UK LP

CARAVAN – CARAVAN & THE NEW SYMPHONIA, DERAM UK LP

CARMEN – FANDANGOS IN SPACE, REGAL ZONO UK LP

CORNELIUS – STAR FRUITS SURF RIDER, MATADOR UK 12”

COUTURE, CHARLELIE – ART ET SCALP, ISLAND CAN LP

DAVIE, HUTCH / HIS SWINGING PIANO – MUCH HUTCH, ATCO US LP mono

ESCUDOS, LOS – NEW LOOK AT LATIN, DERAM US LP

FISCHER, MORGAN – LOOK AT LIFE, CHERRY RED UK LP

FLAIRCK – VARIATIES OP EEN DAME, POLYDOR NL LP

GONZALES TAKE ME TO BROADWAY, KITTY-YO DE 12”

GOODHAND-TAIT, PHILLIP – PHILLIP GOODHAND-TAIT, DJM AUS LP

GREENFIELD AND COOK – SECOND ALBUM, POLYDOR NL LP

HALEY, BILL / HIS COMETS – ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK, MIDI DE LP

HANSSON, BO – MITT I LIVET, SILENCE SWE LP

HICKS, DAN – IT HAPPENED ONE BITE, EDSEL UK LP re-issue

HUMBLEBUMS, THE – HUMBLEBUMS, TRANSATLANTIC UK LP

LAKE – LAKE, CBS DE LP

MANFRED MANN / EARTH BAND – NIGHTINGALES & BOMBERS, BRONZE UK LP

McCARTNEY, PAUL – HOPE FOR THE FUTURE, HEAR M US 12” W/PS

MOTHMEN, THE – PAY ATTENTION!, ON-U UK LP re-issue

OCEAN, BILLY – EUROPEAN QUEEN, JIVE DE 12” W/PS, green vinyl

PONTY, JEAN-LUC – AURORA, ATLANTIC DE LP

PROCOL HARUM – VOLUME 2, IMPACT FR LP collection

RAINBOW – STONE COLD, POLYDOR UK 12” W/PS

RARE BIRD – BORN AGAIN, POLYDOR UK LP

RARE BIRD – SOMEBODY’S WATCHING, POLYDOR UK LP

RIVERS, JOHNNY – SLIM SLO SLIDER, LIBERTY DE LP

SKY – VERY BEST OF, TELSTAR UK LP

STACKRIDGE – EXTRAVAGANZA, ROCKET UK LP

STILLS, STEPHEN / MANASSAS – DOWN THE ROAD, ATLANTIC US LP promo

SUMMERS, ANDY – LOVE IS THE STRANGEST WAY, MCA UK 12” W/PS

TOMLIN, LILY – THIS IS A RECORDING, POLYDOR DE LP

TUBES, THE – TUBES LIVE, A&M US LP promo-only

V.A. – ONE MOMENT IN TIME, ARISTA DE LP

V.A. – 12 X 12 MEGA MIXES, STAR BLEND UK 2LP

VANIAN, DAVID / PHANTOM CHORDS – JOHNNY REMEMBER ME, POLYDOR UK 12” W/PS

VAYA CON DIOS – VAYA CON DIOS, ARIOLA DE LP

WEB – I, SPIDER, AKARMA IT LP re-issue

WHO, THE – DIRECT HITS, TRACK RECORD UK LP mono

WURZELS, THE – COMBINE HARVESTER, ATTIC CAN LP

YURO, TIMI – BEST OF, LIBERTY JPN LP red vinyl

 

CD’s:

 

BEE GEES – THEIR GREATEST HITS, POLYDOR US 2xHDCD

BENSON, GEORGE – BREEZIN’, AUDIO FIDELITY US SA-CD 5.1

BROWN, ARTHUR – VOICE OF LOVE, ZOHO US CD

CHEAP TRICK – IN COLOR, EPIC US CD

CHEAP TRICK – HEAVEN TONIGHT, EPIC US CD

COCKER, JOE – LONG VOYAGE HOME, A&M US 4CD boxed set

COODER, RY – BOOMER’S STORY, REPRISE US CD

DEVO – DUTY NOW – NEW TRADITIONALISTS, VIRGIN UK CD 2-on-1

FANTASTISCHEN VIER, DIE – 4:99, COLUMBIA DE CD

GURTU, TRILOK – LIVING MAGIC, CMP US CD

JONES, BOOKER T. – ROAD FROM MEMPHIS, ANTI US CD

LASWELL, BILL – BROKEN VESSELS (O.S.T.), VELVEL US CD

MATERIAL – ONE DOWN, CELLULOID US CD

MONKEES, THE – HEADQUARTERS, RHINO US CD

MONKEES, THE – BIRDS, THE BEES & THE MONKEES, RHINO US CD

PINK FLOYD – P.U.L.S.E., COLUMBIA US 2CD

SQUEEZE – SQUEEZE, A&M US CD

SQUEEZE – COOL FOR CATS, A&M UK CD

TAHA, RACHID – TEKITOI, BARCLAY FR CD

TAHA, RACHID – MADE IN MEDINA, BARCLAY FR CD

THIRD EAR BAND – ALCHEMY – ELEMENTS, BGO UK 2CD

V.A. – GREASY TRUCKERS PARTY, LIBERTY UK 3CD

V.A. – DISCOVER INDONESIA, SMITHSONIAN US HDCD

V.A. – INFINE BY JMJ (Jean Michel Jarre), INFINE FR CD

ZAPPA, FRANK – ROXY – THE MOVIE, EAGLE VI US CD + Blu-ray

Barry Humphries

Happy birthday to RuPaul (1960) and Jeff Buckley (1966). I don’t think I have records by either!

I have been collecting Australian satirist Barry Humphries for more than a few years now. As of this writing, he’s still alive. It’s a little unclear about which LP came first in his discography…so, sorry if the beginning of the story is not in proper sequence. Same story for 1972, when his popular feature film was released (“The Adventures of Barry McKenzie”).

 

Oliver! (UK Original Cast Production) recorded June 30, 1960 with Mr. Humphries playing the part of Mr. Sowerberry, the Undertaker. Released July 1960.

 

Sandy Agonistes – wherein 4 characters are introduced; recorded in London. Score Records, Australia – presumably about 1960 or so.

 

A Nice Night’s Entertainment – Dame Edna’s LP debut – approx. 1962, Australian Parlophone LP mono.

 

Maggie May (UK Original Cast Production) recorded September 22nd, 1964 – Mr. Humphries plays the part of “A Balladeer”. LP liner notes mention “Pre-Beatles”!

 

Barry Humphries (aka Barry Humphries’ Back) – sources say 1970 for this Parlophone Australia mono LP, but the LP cover indicates one title, at least, is from 1962.

 

Savoury Dip – Parlophone Australia mono LP – Discogs.net says 1971, though there is no indication on the LP cover. Material covers 1958 – 1971.

 

Barry Humphries At Carnegie Hall (Philips Australia stereo LP) 1972; one side Dame Edna, one side Sandy Stone.

 

The Barry Humphries Record of Innocent Austral Verse (Philips Australia stereo LP) 1972; writing credits to ‘Edna May Everage’ and others.

 

The Adventures of Barry McKenzie (Original Soundtrack UK LP) 1973; music by Peter Best, most lyrics by Barry Humphries.

 

Bazza McKenzie’s Party Songs (Festival Australia stereo LP) 1972; Mr. Humphries only takes 5 x writing credits on this LP. The man who sings this LP is Barry (Bazza) Crocker.

 

Housewife Superstar (Charisma Records UK) 1976 – Sir Les Patterson and Dame Edna Everage, recorded July 8th, 1976 in the UK. Liner notes by Sir John Betjeman.

 

The Sound of Edna (Charisma Records UK) 1978 – the Australian edition had a different cover, but LP is the same. More Edna!

 

The Last Night Of The Poms (EMI Australia 2LP set) 1981; recorded September 14th and 15th, 1981 in England. More Edna!

 

12 Inches Of Les – The Album (Towerbell Records UK) 1985; Sir Les Patterson finally gets his own LP! Australian edition on Liberation Records.

 

Les Patterson Saves The World (Original Soundtrack LP) 1987; WEA Australia, with some very good Tim Finn songs!

 

The Dame Edna Party Experience (Epic Records UK) 1988 – an album of medleys, sung in the persona of Dame Edna Everage.

The Damned (post-Chiswick)

Yesterday 11/15 Happy Birthday to Petula Clark (1932)! Gotta love her 60’s singles!

I was a fan of The Damned for most of the 80’s. Amusing British punk rock; I even saw them live @ The Whisky! What I will concentrate on today, is their post-Chiswick records that I kept.

 

The Damned – Live In Newcastle – This One’s For The Fans” – A special ‘limited edition’ release (5,000 copies) DAMU 2 – AND it came with a flyer promoting DAMU 1 “The Best of The Damned”, with a liner note inside. Labels look legit and have publishing information (1983). So, legit or not legit?

 

New Rose” 12” single, 5 TRKS – Stiff Records, a label The Damned hadn’t been on since 1979? 1980? Good sound, this time around.

 

Give Daddy The Knife Cindy” by Naz Nomad and the Nightmares, Big Beat Records, 1984 purple vinyl.

 

Grimly Fiendish” 12” single, 3 TRKS – MCA Records, a new label for The Damned. White vinyl, my copy anyway. 2 versions of “Grimly Fiendish” and the wonderful B-Side “Edward The Bear”.

 

Eloise”, 12” single, 3 TRKS – MCA Records. B/W “Beat Girl and “Temptation”. 1986, black vinyl.

 

The Damned”, European bootleg LP, cover is an out-take of the debut LP by The Damned. Made to look like a legit LP, it wasn’t. I remember buying it at a Dutch record faire. The 2nd album out-takes are reasonably interesting. More Lol Coxhill!

 

The Official Annual Fan Club Meeting” – probably definitely a bootleg LP, but you never know. Another live album, but obviously a few years on from the previously mentioned one.

 

Anything” – I didn’t go for the debut MCA Records UK LP “Phantasmagoria”, but I got the 2nd MCA Records LP, “Anything” from 1986. The inside of the jacket has a stand-up of the band, and the LP is gloriously black vinyl.

 

Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks 1977 – 1982” – LP limited to 500 copies, though who knows. Red vinyl, this is licensed through Cleopatra Records, a Los Angeles re-issue LP company. 12 TRKS of demos & live tracks ’77 – ’82. Nice cover, too! 2014 publishing date.

 

So there you have my post-Chiswick Damned discography. Not complete by any means, but there.

Booker T. & The M.G.’s

Happy birthday Neil Young (1945) and Booker T. (Jones) (1944). I should probably write about Neil Young, because I recently discovered he has a bunch of HDCD’s, but not today.

 

I first became aware of Booker T. & The M.G.’s when “Green Onions” hit so big, around 1963 /4. I had no idea they were a mixed group of black & white guys! No matter – when “Hip Hug-Her” was a hit in ’67 – I was hooked forever!

 

CD               GREEN ONIONS                                            ATLANTIC US      82255.2            1962

1990? 12 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD               SOUL DRESSING                                          ATLANTIC US      82337.2            1965

1990? 12 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 TERRIBLE THING / CAN’T BE STILL         STAX US               S-161                1965

1965? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD               AND NOW!                                                      RHINO US            R2 70297          1966

1990? 12 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD               IN THE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT                        ATLANTIC US      82338.2            1966

1990? 12 TRKS stereo CD Xmas

 

CD               HIP HUG-HER                                                RHINO US            R2 71013          1967

1990? 11 TRKS stereo CD

7″                 HIP HUG-HER / SUMMERTIME                  STAX US               S-211                1967

1967 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                HIP HUG-HER re-issue                                M.O.V. EU             MOVLP 1109   1967

2014 11 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

 

LP                BEST OF                                                          ATLANTIC US      SD 8202           1968

1968 12 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

CD               DOIN’ OUR THING                                         RHINO US            R2 71014          1968

1990? 11 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 HANG ‘EM HIGH / OVER EASY                   STAX US               STA-0013         1970

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 SOUL LIMBO / HEADS OR TAILS              STAX US               STA-0001         1970

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 TIME IS TIGHT                                                STAX US               STA-0028         1970

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD               McLEMORE AVENUE                                   MOBILE FID US   MFCD 835        1971

1990? 4 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD               MELTING POT                                                STAX US               SCD 8521.2     1971

1990? 8 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 GREEN ONIONS (PS) re-issue                   ATLANTIC UK      K 10109            1979

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue

 

7″                 HIP HUG-HER / GROOVIN’ re-issue          ATLANTIC US      OS 13089         1980

1980? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue

 

CD               BEST OF                                                          STAX US               FCD 60004      1988

1988 17 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

MD               THAT’S THE WAY IT SHOULD BE (MD)   COLUMBIA US    CM 53307        1994

1994 12 TRKS stereo Minidisc

 

CD               VERY BEST OF                                              RHINO US            R2 71738          1994

1994 16 TRKS stereo CD collection