John Wetton

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Wetton

I will never forget finding Mogul Thrash, before I knew who was in them.  It was a terrible album on RCA UK.

Later, I discovered John Wetton was the bassist of Family, a band I loved very much.  I still think his best work was with Family.

Later still, he joined King Crimson…then Asia…had a solo career…while there are those who favor his K.C. activities, I always loved his work on “Fearless” and “Bandstand”, making my favorite Family 45 “Burlesque”.

 

Recent deaths

I met Jaki Liebezeit once in Koln, many years ago, but I have always believed he was a magnificent drummer.  He passed on 1/22 at the age of 78.  Respect!

Peter “Overend” Watts, the bass player of Mott The Hoople died also on 1/22, aged 69.  Respect!

 

Recent Vinyl

Happy birthday Robin Zander (of Cheap Trick)!

Found recently on vinyl:

ADAMSON, BARRY – MOSS SIDE STORY, MUTE UK LP

ADAMSON, BARRY – OEDIPUS SCHMOEDIPUS, MUTE UK LP

DALTREY, ROGER / WILKO JOHNSON – GOING BACK HOME, CHESS EU LP

GILMOUR, DAVID – RATTLE THAT LOCK, COLUMBIA US LP

LODGE, JOHN – 10,000 LIGHT YEARS AGO, ESOTERIC UK LP

MANDEL, HARVEY – GAMES GUITARS PLAY, PURPLE PYR US LP re-issue

MELEE, GIL – NEW FACES – NEW SOUNDS, BLUE NOTE US 10″ W/PS re-issue

NUMAN, GARY – PREMIER HITS, BEGGAR’S BAN UK 2LP collection

OLDFIELD, MIKE – VOYAGER, WARNER UK LP

PABLO, AUGUSTUS – THIS IS AUGUSTUS PABLO, 17 NORTH PARADE US LP re-issue

STEWART, ROD – GASOLINE ALLEY, VERTIGO UK LP re-issue

TANGERINE DREAM – MONOLIGHT – PART II, VIRGIN US 7″ promo

Bert Jansch “Black Birds Of Brittany” 45

BERT JANSCH “Black Birds Of Brittany” 45 (Earth Records) 2016 HTTP://earthvinyl.com

https://earthrecordings.bandcamp.com/

This 45 re-issue comes with an absolutely beautiful postcard (apparently drawn by Hannah Alice)!  It says it is re-mastered by Brian Pyle, with thanks to Colin Harper and Chris Fowler.  I first read about this 45 in Record Collector magazine, from the UK.  The paper on the sleeve is heavy, and looks GREAT!

A: Black Birds of Brittany

B: Cuckoo (recorded live on Swedish TV, 1976)

Heldon 45 re-issues

HELDON 45 re-issues

Also when I was in Portland, OR recently, I found 2 x Heldon 45 re-issues.  I never knew about the original issues!  These would’ve been right up my alley!

Heldon “Soutien a la RAF” 45 Disjuncta 101 (Souffle Continu / FFL Records) red vinyl, insert

‘Soutien a la fraction armee rouge’, originally released 1975

  1. Baader-Meinhof Blues
  2. D.B.

Heldon “Perspectives” 45 Urus Records 102 (Souffle Continu / FFL Records) orange vinyl

Originally released 1976

  1. Perspectives 1 Bis Complement
  2. Perspectives 4 Bis

No time to listen to these, as yet – so I don’t know if they’re Heldon’s usual “Fripp & Eno” sound.  But I will listen to them soon!

Holger Czukay “Music Is A Miracle” LP

I learn new things about record collecting all the time.  I do not always know when something is a bootleg or not.  I found an LP in Portland, OR that could be a bootleg, but perhaps it isn’t.

HOLGER CZUKAY “Music Is A Mracle” (2011) is the LP in question today.  The cover says it’s limited to 777 copies (of which I found copy #720).  The label says it’s Claremont 56 Records.  It has a very nice inner-sleeve, too.  “At the age of 43 Holger Czukay was working on a message for his fans.  He kept it unreleased for 30 years.” – it sounds like a side-long LP made for the “On The Way To The Peak Of Normal” LP, telling you exactly what is on this LP.

I went to Germany around this time, and I knew nothing about this!  But is it a bootleg?  Or did Mr. Czukay license it to Claremont 56 Records all these years later?  No matter – it is an amusing LP!  And it would be like Mr. Czukay to make such an LP.  Perhaps EMI Germany did not want to press this LP at the time?

The B-Side of this LP is “Ode To Perfume Part 2”.  I listened to it – and it’s definitely not what is on “On The Way To The Peak Of Normal”!  It’s after “Ode To Perfume”, and it definitely sounds ‘made from tapes’.

As with most of Mr. Czukay’s stuff, I wish there was more information, but that’s about it.

The Enid “Region Of The Summer Stars” EMI issue

I am happy to report back something – I found the issue of The Enid “In The Region Of The Summer Stars” LP, issued approx. 1984 on EMI Records.  It is not a re-recording in any way!

I really like this album.  And the re-recording that surfaced later than 1984 is not to my liking.  I even have a Japanese paper sleeve of this LP on CD and it’s got the correct cover, but the wrong music on it!

So, buy either the Buk original LP from the US or UK, but if you can’t find that / those, the EMI Records issue will do you just fine.  Right music, right cover.

This is very nice, almost evil sounding music from the UK.  I am not at all interested in discussing the sexuality of Robert John Godfrey.