Roxy Music

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter June Carter (1929)!

ROXY MUSIC

I was never much a fan of Roxy Music, but I did start with the debut album!

7″           ALL I WANT IS YOU / YOUR APPLICATION’S FAILED                    ISLAND UK                WIP 6208

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

12″         ANGEL EYES (12″)                                                                             E.G. UK                      POSPX 67

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              LP

7″           ANGEL EYES / MY LITTLE GIRL                                                         ATCO US                    7204

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

LP           ATLANTIC YEARS, THE – 1973 – 1980                                             ATCO US                    90122.1

1983 10 TRKS stereo LP collection                                                              UK                              LP

 

LP           AVALON                                                                                             E.G. UK                      EGHP 50

1982 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve                                                           UK                              LP

 

7″           AVALON (PS)                                                                                     E.G. UK                      ROXY 4

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

SA-CD     AVALON (SA-CD) 5.1                                                                        VIRGIN EU                 ROXYSACD 9

2003 11 TRKS SA-CD Hybrid 5.1                                                                   UK                              SA-CD

 

7″           BOTH ENDS BURNING / FOR YOUR PLEASURE (Live)                  ISLAND UK                WIP 6262

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

7″           BOTH ENDS BURNING / FOR YOUR PLEASURE (Live) (PS)          ISLAND DE                 16676 AT

1975 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

LP           COUNTRY LIFE                                                                                  ATCO US                    SD 36-106

1974 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve                                                           UK                              LP

HDCD     COUNTRY LIFE (HDCD)                                                                    VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68824

2007 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                             UK                              CD

 

7″           DANCE AWAY (PS)                                                                            E.G. UK                      POSP 44

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

7″           DANCE AWAY / TRASH 2                                                                 ATCO US                    7100

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           DO THE STRAND (Edit) / (same) (US) promo                               WARNER US              WB 7719

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo                                                              UK                              45

 

LP           FLESH AND BLOOD                                                                           ATCO US                    SD 32-102

1980 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve                                                           UK                              LP

 

HDCD     FOR YOUR PLEASURE (HDCD)                                                         VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68822

2007 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                                UK                              CD

LP           FOR YOUR PLEASURE re-issue                                                       POLYDOR UK            2302 049

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP re-issue                                                                    UK                              LP

 

7″           JEALOUS GUY / TO TURN YOU ON (NL) (PS)                                 POLYDOR NL             2229 240

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

7″           JEALOUS GUY / TO TURN YOU ON (PS)                                         E.G. UK                      ROXY 2

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

7″           JEALOUS GUY / TO TURN YOU ON (US)                                         ATCO US                    7329

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

7″           JEALOUS GUY promo                                                                       ATCO US                    7329

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only                                                     UK                              45

 

10″         LADYTRON                                                                                         VIRGIN UK                472181-0

2015 2 TRKS stereo 10″ with pic sleeve                                                     UK                              LP

 

7″           LOVE IS THE DRUG / BOTH ENDS BURNING (US)                         ATCO US                    45-7042

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, stock copy                                                       UK                              45

7″           LOVE IS THE DRUG / DANCE AWAY (US) re-issue                        ATLANTIC US             OS 13269

1980? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue                                                         UK                              45

 

LP           MANIFESTO                                                                                      POLYDOR UK            2310 651

1979 10 TRKS stereo LP                                                                                 UK                              LP

HDCD     MANIFESTO (HDCD)                                                                        VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68827

2007 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                             UK                              CD

LP           MANIFESTO pic disc                                                                       POLYDOR UK            EGPD 001

1979 10 TRKS stereo LP picture disc                                                          UK                              LP

 

7″           MORE THAN THIS (PS)                                                                     E.G. UK                      ROXY 3

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

CD           MUSIKLADEN pirate                                                                        COLOSSEUM JP        96-C-007

1996 14 TRKS stereo CD, pirate                                                                   UK                              CD

 

LP           MUSIQUE – THE HIGH ROAD (US)                                                  WARNER US              23808.1

1983 4 TRKS stereo LP Live album                                                               UK                              LP

 

7″           MY ONLY LOVE / OVER YOU (US)                                                   ATCO US                    7301

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           PYJAMARAMA / PRIDE AND THE PAIN, THE                                  ISLAND UK                WIP 6159

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           REMIX #03 (PS)                                                                                VIRGIN UK                472278

2007 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

LP           ROXY MUSIC                                                                                     ISLAND JPN               ILS 80155

1972 10 TRKS stereo LP insert                                                                     UK                              LP

HDCD     ROXY MUSIC (HDCD)                                                                       VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68821

2007 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                             UK                              CD

SA-CD     ROXY MUSIC (SA-CD)                                                                      VIRGIN JPN               UIGY-9665

2015 9 TRKS stereo SA-CD kami sleeve, non-hybrid                                UK                              SA-CD

 

HDCD     SIREN (HDCD)                                                                                   VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68825

2007 9 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                                UK                              CD

LP           SIREN (US)                                                                                         ATCO US                    SD 36-127

1975 9 TRKS stereo LP                                                                                   UK                              LP

 

DVD        SPECIAL EDITION EP (DVD)                                                             CLASSIC PIC              DVD7000X

2003 3 TRKS (1973/4)                                                                                    UK                              DVD

 

LP           STRANDED                                                                                         ISLAND UK                ILPS 9252

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP                                                                                   UK                              LP

HDCD     STRANDED (HDCD)                                                                           VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68823

2007 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                                UK                              CD

 

7″           STREET LIFE / HULA-KULA                                                                ISLAND UK                WIP 6173

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           TRASH / TRASH 2 (PS)                                                                      E.G. US                       POSP 32

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

7″           VIRGINIA PLAIN / NUMBERER, THE                                               ISLAND UK                WIP 6144

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

LP           VIVA! ROXY MUSIC – THE LIVE ROXY MUSIC ALBUM                  POLYDOR UK            2302 053

1976 8 TRKS stereo LP Live album                                                               UK                              LP

LP           VIVA! ROXY MUSIC – THE LIVE ROXY MUSIC ALBUM (US)          ATCO US                    SD 36-139

1976 8 TRKS stereo LP Live album    UK           LP

The Bobs

Happy birthday to Jorge Santana (of Malo) (1954)!

The Bobs are an acapella group that is still active…at least I think they are still active.  And there aren’t very many acapella groups that I follow at all…

CD                20 SONGS – 20 YEARS                              ACAPELLA US             PAC 2950

2003 20 TRKS stereo CD collection, acapella

 

CD                BOBS, THE                                                  RHINO US                  R2 71464

1987 15 TRKS stereo CD “Art For Art’s Sake” – their debut

LP                 BOBS, THE                                                  KALEIDOSCOPE US   F-18

1983 11 TRKS stereo LP acapella, insert – “Art For Art’s Sake” – their debut

 

CD                COASTER                                                    ACAPELLA US             PAC 2900

2000 18 TRKS stereo CD acapella

 

CD                COVER THE SONGS OF…                          ROUNDER US            CD 9049

1994 13 TRKS stereo CD acapella

 

LP                 MY, I’M LARGE                                          GREAT AMER US       GAMH 001

1987 12 TRKS stereo LP insert, acapella

 

CD                PLUGGED                                                   ROUNDER US            CD 9059

1995 14 TRKS stereo CD acapella

 

CD                SHUT UP AND SING!                                 ROUNDER US            CD 9039

1993 13 TRKS stereo CD acapella

 

CD                SING THE SONGS OF…                             KALEIDOSCOPE US   K-48

1991 13 TRKS stereo CD acapella

 

CD                SONGS FOR TOMORROW MORNING    RHINO US                  R2 71466

1988 15 TRKS stereo CD acapella

Godley & Creme

Happy birthday to singer Julie Driscoll (Brian Auger & The Trinity) (1947), guitarist Mick Box (Uriah Heep) (1947); singer Nancy Sinatra (1940); and to singer / Songwriter Boz Scaggs (1944)

Godley & Crème, from 10cc

12″               10,000 ANGELS                                                                          POLYDOR DE       887488.1

1988 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

7″                 5 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING (PS)                                          MERCURY UK      GOD 001

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 5 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING / THE FLOOD (US) promo     MERCURY US      DJ-526

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                BIRDS OF PREY                                                                           POLYDOR JPN     UICY-93086

2006 14 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 5 x bonus tracks

LP                 BIRDS OF PREY                                                                           POLYDOR UK      POLD 5070

1983 9 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD                CONSEQUENCES                                                                        MERCURY JPN     UICY-9170/1

2001 29 TRKS stereo 2CD boxed set, kami sleeve

LP                 CONSEQUENCES                                                                        MERCURY JPN     SFX 10038-40

1977 18 TRKS stereo 3LP booklet, insert

 

12″               CRY (POSPA)                                                                               POLYDOR UK      POSPA 732

1985 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

12″               CRY (POSPX)                                                                               POLYDOR UK      POSPX 732

1985 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

12″               CRY (US)                                                                                      POLYDOR US       881786.1

1985 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

7″                 CRY / LOVE BOMBS (PS)                                                           POLYDOR UK      POSP 732

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 CRY / LOVE BOMBS (US) (PS)                                                   POLYDOR US       881786.2

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, AN                                             POLYDOR UK      POSP 80

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 ENGLISHMAN IN NEW YORK, AN (DE) (PS)                             POLYDOR DE       2059 232

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD                FREEZE FRAME                                                                           POLYDOR JPN     UICY-93084

2006 12 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 4 x bonus tracks

 

LP                 FREEZE FRAME                                                                           POLYDOR UK      POLD 5027

1979 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

LP                 FREEZE FRAME (US)                                                                   POLYDOR US       PD-1-6257

1979 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

12″               GOLDEN BOY                                                                              POLYDOR UK      POSPX 677

1984 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

12″               GOLDEN BOY (REMIX)                                                               POLYDOR UK      POSPX 760

1985 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

CD                GOODBYE BLUE SKY                                                                  POLYDOR JPN     UICY-93088

2006 15 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 5 x bonus tracks

LP                 GOODBYE BLUE SKY (US)                                                          POLYDOR US       835348.1

1988 11 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD                HISTORY MIX (Vol. 1)                                                               POLYDOR JPN     UICY-93087

2006 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 2 x bonus tracks

LP                 HISTORY MIX (Vol. 1)                                                               POLYDOR UK      POLH 22

1985 6 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                 HISTORY MIX (Vol. 1) (US)                                                       POLYDOR US       825981.1

1985 7 TRKS stereo LP collection innersleeve

 

CD                IMAGES (AUS)                                                                            KARUSSELL AUS  550007.2

1993 14 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD                ISMISM                                                                                       POLYDOR JPN     UICY-93085

2006 12 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 3 x bonus tracks

LP                 ISMISM black cover                                                                 POLYDOR UK      POLD 5043

1981 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve, w/o die-cut

LP                 ISMISM white cover                                                                 POLYDOR UK      POLD 5043

1981 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve, w/die-cut

 

CD                L                                                                                                   MERCURY JPN     UICY-9172

2001 7 TRKS Stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 L                                                                                                   MERCURY JPN     RJ 7515

1978 7 TRKS stereo LP insert

LP                 L (US)                                                                                           POLYDOR US       PD-1-6177

1978 7 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

12″               LITTLE PIECE OF HEAVEN, A (DE)                                              POLYDOR DE       887301.1

1988 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

LP                 MUSICAL EXCERPTS FROM “CONSEQUENCES” (US)             MERCURY US      MK 41

1977 8 TRKS stereo LP promo-only

 

7″                 SAMSON (PS) promo                                                                POLYDOR UK      PODJ 550

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 SANDWICHES OF YOU (PS)                                                      MERCURY UK      6008 104

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″               SNACK ATTACK (12″)                                                                 POLYDOR UK      POSPX 412

1982 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

12″               SNACK ATTACK (Remix 12″)                                                     POLYDOR UK      POSPX 875

1987 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve, re-issue

 

LP                 SNACK ATTACK (US)                                                                   MIRAGE US         WTG 19341

1981 9 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

7″                 UNDER YOUR THUMB                                                               POLYDOR UK      POSP 322

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 UNDER YOUR THUMB (PS)                                                       POLYDOR NL       2059 397

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 WEDDING BELLS / (same) (US) promo                                   MIRAGE US         99587-7

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin

Happy birthday to drummer Charlie Watts (The Rolling Stones) (1941)!

Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin; everything I’ve ever seen for sale.

CD                BIG IDEA, THE                                                           RYKODISC US      RCD 20172  1990 10 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 BUSY DOING NOTHING (PS)                                   BROKEN UK         BROKEN 5    1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″               I’M IN A DIFFERENT WORLD                                   BROKEN CAN      QDC-304      1984 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

12″               IT’S MY PARTY                                                           PLATINUM CAN  PRD 001       1982 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

7″                 IT’S MY PARTY / WAITING IN THE WINGS            PLATINUM US     PR-4              1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 IT’S MY PARTY / WAITING IN THE WINGS (PS)    BROKEN UK         BROKEN 2    1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 LEIPZIG / RICH FOR A DAY (PS)                              BROKEN UK         BROKEN 6    1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″               LOCOMOTION, THE                                                 BROKEN UK         BROKIT 8      1983 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

7″                 SIAMESE CAT SONG (PS)                                         BROKEN UK         BROKEN 4    1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD                SPIN                                                                           RYKODISC US      RCD 20213  1991 10 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                UP FROM THE DARK                                                RYKODISC US      RCD 10011  1986 14 TRKS stereo CD

Robert Wyatt – 45’s

Happy birthday Percy Faith (1918); Ravi Shankar (1920); jazzer Freddie Hubbard (1938); and Mick Abrahms, guitarist for Jethro Tull and Blodwyn Pig!
UK singer Robert Wyatt has never particularly had very many 45’s. I bought all of them that I’ve ever seen.
Shortly after hearing about his accident, I first bought his “I’m A Believer” b/w “Memories” (Virgin UK VS 114) towards the end of 1974. Later on, I got a US Virgin promo-only 45 with “I’m A Believer” in both mono and stereo (Virgin US VR-56000); never saw a US stock copy of that 45, so no idea if “Memories” ever saw a US issue.
Had to wait a few years for the next Wyatt 45, “Yesterday Man” b/w “Sonia” (Mongezi Feza) (Virgin UK VS 115, perhaps issued out of sequence?); “Yesterday Man” was a cover version of a Chris Andrews song and “Sonia” could be found on both his 2nd LP on Virgin Records, Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard” and on a Brotherhood of Breath CD, in a slightly different version.
After that, it was all about waiting to see who got to issue his 45’s! In 1980, Rough Trade did the honors with “Arauco” b/w “Caimanera” (Rough Trade UK RT 037) – on the sleeve for this one, it even says “Thanks to Virgin Records for a friendly trial separation”.
Next one up is “Stalin Wasn’t Stalling” b/w “Stalingrad” (Rough Trade UK RTO 46, 1980), more Skipper Kidron production and this one is particular ‘communist’ in nature.
Another cover for his next 45, “At Last I Am Free” (by Chic) b/w “Strange Fruit” (by Lewis Allen) (Rough Trade UK RT 052, 1980) – not much on the sleeve for this one, just “Engineered by Skipper Kidron”.
Looks like a split 45 for his next one, the group Trade Union “Disharhi” b/w Robert Wyatt doing “Grass” by Ivor Cutler (Rough Trade UK RT 081, 1981); this 45 has an insert in it, supposedly explaining Trade Union, but saying nothing whatsoever about Robert Wyatt, apart from them expressing their gratitude towards Mr. Wyatt! My copy has a sticker on the rear cover, so I have no idea what it’s covering up!
“Shipbuilding” (written by Elvis Costello) b/w “Memories Of You” (Rough Trade RT 115, 1982) has 2 rather different packagings; a single sleeve issue, with green lettering on the cover; and a fold-out sleeve version! Different colour label, but otherwise the same thing.
The final 45 I have been able to find by Mr. Wyatt is “The Wind of Change”, which is billed as “Robert Wyatt with the Swapo Singers” b/w “Namibia” (Rough Trade RT 168, 1985), with Jerry Dammers of The Specials / Specials AKA producing; they also thank Sade “for free studio time”.

Sonny Bono / Sonny & Cher / Duran Duran

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

LP                BABY DON’T GO mono                                                              REPRISE US    R 6177         1965 12 TRKS mono LP compilation

 

7″                 BEAT GOES ON, THE / WHAT NOW MY LOVE re-issue     ATLANTIC US  OS 13072    1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue

 

CD               BEST OF – THE BEAT GOES ON                                             ATLANTIC US  91796.2       1991 21 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

LP                GREATEST HITS – STAR-COLLECTION                                MIDI DE             MID 20026  1974? 12 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

7″                 LETTER, THE / SPRING FEVER                                               VAULT USA     V-916           1963? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 WHAT NOW MY LOVE                                                               ATCO US          45-6395       1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                WONDROUS WORLD OF                                                          ATCO US          33-183         1966 12 TRKS mono LP

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CD               ASTRONAUT                                                                                                           EPIC US                     EN 93512      2004 12 TRKS stereo CD

DVD              ASTRONAUT (DVD)                                                                                               EPIC US                     EN 93512      2004 DVD audio, “All songs in surround sound” + 3 x documentaries

 

12″               CARELESS MEMORIES                                                                                        EMI UK                       12EMI 5168  1981 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                 CARELESS MEMORIES (PS)                                                                               EMI UK                       EMI 5168       1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD               DURAN DURAN                                                                                                      CAPITOL US             46042.2

1985? 9 TRKS stereo CD

LP                DURAN DURAN                                                                                                      CAPITOL US             ST-512158    1983 9 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

 

7″                 GIRLS ON FILM (PS)                                                                                              EMI UK                       EMI 5206       1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD               GREATEST                                                                                                              CAPITOL US             73379-0-9     2005 19 TRKS stereo CD

DVD             GREATEST (DVD)                                                                                                  CAPITOL US             73379-0-9     2005 12 TRKS DVD video, Edited version

 

7″                 HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF / CARELESS MEMORIES (Live) (PS)                EMI UK                       EMI 5295       1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF / CARELESS MEMORIES (Live) (PS) (Jpn)      TOSHIBA JPN           EMS-17266  1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″               IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW?                                                     EMI UK                       12EMI 5371  1983 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW? / CARELESS… (PS)                CAPITOL US             B-5233

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 IS THERE SOMETHING I SHOULD KNOW? / FAITH IN THIS… (PS)           TOSHIBA JPN           EMS-17361  1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 MY OWN WAY / LIKE AN ANGEL (PS)                                                               EMI UK                       EMI 5254       1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 MY OWN WAY / LIKE AN ANGEL (PS) (Jpn)                                                     TOSHIBA JPN           EMS-17235  1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 PERFECT DAY / FEMME FATALE (Alt.) (PS)                                                    PARLOPHONE UK  DD 20

1995 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″               PLANET EARTH                                                                                                     EMI UK                       12EMI 5137  1981 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                 PLANET EARTH / LATE BAR (PS)                                                                      EMI UK                       EMI 5137       1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD               RIO                                                                                                                             CAPITOL US             29924

2001 9 TRKS stereo CD, CD Extra

LP                RIO                                                                                                                             CAPITOL US             ST 12211      1982 9 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

12″               RIO (12″)                                                                                                                   EMI UK                       12EMI 5346  1982 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

7″                 SAVE A PRAYER / HOLD BACK THE RAIN (Remix) (PS)                              EMI UK                       EMI 5327       1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD               SINGLES ’81-’85, THE                                                                                           EMI UK                       551728.2       2003 40 TRKS stereo CD5 x 13 box collection

The Art of Noise

Happy birthday Ray Thomas (of The Moody Blues) (1941) and Marianne Faithfull (1946). I like both of them!

“Into Battle” by The Art of Noise was an anonymous 12” single by a British band, The Art of Noise. We all knew Trevor Horn from The Buggles, whose debut album sounded really good. But “Into Battle” was different. Was it entirely made up of PPG / Fairlight keyboards? Sounded that way…

 

Big groan of disappointment that Kraftwerk didn’t seem capable of making an album in 1983. This was a war we wanted the Germans to win! But others were present. “Henk” by The Nits was a Dutch band that used the PPG synthesizer in 1986, while Kraftwerk were still reading the manual for the PPG.

 

But “Into Battle” wins. The first (and best?) PPG / Fairlight recording. Mind you, I am fairly fond of Mainframe “5 Minutes”, too. But “Into Battle” wins yet again – by a few years! So, who was first to use the Fairlight? Who used it the best? Where was it invented? Wikipedia says the Fairlight comes from Australia, so maybe the British did have access before the Germans?

 

Peter Gabriel and Raymond “Boz” Burrell had the first two in England, according to Wikipedia. No matter. Loads of Fairlight devices popped up all over England / Europe by the mid-80’s.

 

It took until 2011 for there to be a ZTT / Salvo CD of “Into Battle” (together with a collaged album “Worship”, which was unreleased until 2011). There had been other Art of Noise CD’s, but never “Into Battle” until 2011. Played it the other evening, sounds great to me!

Herbie Hancock Trilogy

Happy Birthday to Lou Rawls (1935), John Densmore (of The Doors) (1944), Gilbert O’Sullivan (1946) and bassist Jaco Pastorius (1951).

 

Herbie Hancock’s trio of “Rockit” band albums make me happy. I have some nice versions of these albums, and I will continue to buy them as they appear. There’s supposed to be an HDCD of “Perfect Machine”, but I have yet to see a copy. All of these albums are produced by Bill Laswell (and they are among the best albums that he ever worked on, IMHO).

 

The trilogy begins with “Future Shock” (1983); I have a lovely Japanese SA-CD of this album, stereo only! This album is fabulous, you will have all seen the “Rockit” video on MTV or MuchMusic. Just wonderful stuff! No, I didn’t / don’t mind the turntable guy here, D.ST – the gorgeous DSD mastering of the SA-CD is worth whatever you have to pay for it (I paid about $30 for it, in the last few years; not sure if it’s still in print as an SA-CD in Japan).
Sound System” (1984) is the 2nd “Rockit” band album. I just have the regular Columbia Records 7 track CD of it (it’s a 6 track album, so 1 x bonus track here). You might’ve seen the video from this album, “Hardrock”, I believe (it’s either that or “Metal Beat”). Don’t miss the Foday Musa Suso performance on “electrified kora”.

 

Perfect Machine” (1988) is the 3rd and final LP / CD with the “Rockit” band, and, apparently, Herbie Hancock’s last LP / CD for Columbia Records. It is easily my favorite of the trilogy, for a variety of reasons. “Vibe Alive”! “Beat Wise”! I have a Japanese paper sleeve, which is designated as a “Master Sound” release. D.ST is present as “DST” still scratching away on his turntables. I once used this album as a backing soundtrack to a video of a visit to Singapore that I had, and maybe that’s part of why I love it so.

 

If you have only ever heard “Future Shock”, I urge you to go out and buy “Sound System” and “Perfect Machine! They are wonderful sounding CD’s, and they not “jazz” or anything else – they GREAT!

 

I remember buying a laserdisc of a live show by Herbie Hancock, and it had the Godley and Crème video for “Rockit” on it. Oh yeah! I wonder if “Rockit” exists as a DVD track or maybe even a Herbie Hancock blu-ray? Well, I can dream. I would love to see all the “Rockit” band videos compiled properly; I only ever got some off of airchecks, but I think I have the “Sound System” videos from ¾” U-matic tape.

Squeeze (UK 45’s)

Happy birthday Chris Difford of Squeeze (1954).

Without really shooting for it, I seem to have ended up with rather a lot of Squeeze UK 45’s!

Decent songwriting, great vocals; great songs!

ANNIE GET YOUR GUN                                                     A&M UK                          AMS 8259

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

ANOTHER NAIL IN MY HEART (PS) clear                      A&M UK                          AMS 7507

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, clear vinyl

ANOTHER NAIL IN MY HEART / PRETTY THING         A&M UK                          AMS 7507

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

BANG BANG (PS)                                                               A&M UK                          AMS 7360

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, green vinyl

 

BLACK COFFEE IN BED (PS) promo                             A&M UK                          AMS 8219

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

CHRISTMAS DAY / GOING CRAZY (PS) white              A&M UK                          AMS 7495

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, white vinyl

 

COOL FOR CATS (PS)                                                       A&M DE                          AMS 6899

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

COOL FOR CATS (PS) pink                                              A&M UK                          AMS 7426

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, pink vinyl

 

GOODBYE GIRL / SAINTS ALIVE                                     A&M UK                          AMS 7398

1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

HEARTBREAKING WORLD (10″)                                     A&M UK                          AMY 291

1985 4 TRKS stereo

 

IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU (PS)                                               A&M US                          AM-1616-S

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, 5″ disc

 

KING GEORGE STREET (PS)                                           A&M UK                          AM 306

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LABELLED WITH LOVE (PS)                                            A&M UK                          AMS 8166

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

NO PLACE LIKE HOME (PS)                                            A&M UK                          AM 277

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

PACKET OF THREE (EP) (PS)                                         DEPTFORD FUN UK   DFC 01

1977 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; debut

 

PULLING MUSSELS (FROM THE SHELL) (PS)           A&M US                          AM-2247

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

PULLING MUSSELS (FROM THE SHELL) (PS) red    A&M UK                          AMS 7523

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, red vinyl

 

SLAP AND TICKLE / ALL’S WELL                                   A&M UK                          AMS 7466

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

TAKE ME I’M YOURS (Edit) (PS)                                      A&M UK                          AMS 7335

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

TEMPTED / TRUST (PS)                                                    A&M US                          AM-2345

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

TEMPTED / YAP YAP YAP (PS)                                        A&M UK                          AMS 8147

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

TRUST ME TO OPEN MY MOUTH (PS)                          A&M UK                          AM 412

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

UP THE JUNCTION / IT’S SO DIRTY                               A&M UK                          AMS 7444

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

WHEN THE HANGOVER STRIKES (PS)                        A&M UK                          AMS 8237

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo