The Slits

The Slits

Working through all of my books, it became time to read about The Slits.  The only book I have ever been able to find is “Typical Girls? The Story Of The Slits” by Zoe Street Howe (Omnibus Press).

I was intrigued by the famous “mud tits” cover of a fairly major label LP “Cut” (Island Records UK) – but the music was good!

At nearly the same time as “Cut”, there was a less than legitimate “Live” LP that was around – “Typical Girls Live in Cincinnati & San Francisco”, but it seemed to sound good, too.

Also at the same time, there was an LP of ‘demos’ that was around on Y Records, the label famous for having been set up by Dick O’Dell.  It doesn’t have  a proper cover, just the “Y” logo and a bunch of names scrawled on it.

Much later, there was a 2nd proper LP “Return Of The Giant Slits” (Epic Records UK), which, to my obviously limited knowledge, has only ever been released on CD in Japan (with a bonus track, “Earthbeat” sung in Japanese).  Not as good as “Cut”, but still rather good.

Flash forward many years:  Ari Up’s “Dread More Dan Dead” CD appeared in front of me in Toronto, Canada, about 2005/6, as she had been “touring”.

I never remember seeing them play around here, perhaps they did?

Bert Jansch “Black Birds Of Brittany” 45

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

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.

2016 Deaths

Happy birthday  Ray Thomas (The Moody Blues ) (1942)!

Goodbye to Michel Delpech, Paul Bley, Robert Stigwood, Pierre Boulez, Kitty Kallen, Brett Smiley, David Bowie, Giorgio Gomelsky, Blowfly, Dale “Buffin” Griffin, Glenn Frey, Mic Gillette, Colin Vercombe, Paul Kanter, Signe Anderson, Terry Wogan, Dan Hicks, ‘Vanity’, Charlie Tuna, Sonny James, Gayle McCormick, John “Budgie” Thomas, George Martin, Ross Hannaford, Nana Vasconcelos, Jon English, Keith Emerson, Peter Maxwell Davies, Andy “Thunderclap” Newman, Ronnie Corbett, Gato Barbieri, Merle Haggard, Tony Conrad, Victoria Wood, Prince, Lonnie Mack, Papa Wemba, Billy Paul, Phil Ryan, Dave Swarbrick, Henry McCullough, Keith Gemmell, Pete Fountain, Bobby Hutcherson, Rudy Van Gelder, John D. Loudermilk, Rod Temperton, Bobby Vee, Pete Burns, Jean-Jacques Perrey, Leonard Cohen, Al Caiola, Leon Russell, Mose Allison, Sharon Jones…

Kinks, The

Happy birthday Pete Quaife (The Kinks) (1943)!

While I always liked The Kinks’ singles, I never really got behind them in a big way, especially the 1970’s!  But I do enjoy their 60’s albums, for the most part, and I want every one of them that I don’t already have!

7″                 ALL DAY AND ALL OF THE NIGHT                                            PYE UK                 7N 15714         1964

1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Shel Talmy

CD                ARE THE VILLAGE GREEN PRESERVATION SOCIETY (US)     REPRISE US         6327.2              1968            1990? 15 TRKS stereo CD

CD                ARTHUR OR THE DECLINE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE           VICTOR JPN        VICP-61000     1969

2000 12 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 BEST OF THE KINKS, THE (Jpn)                                               PYE JPN               GH-59-Y            1975            1975? 16 TRKS stereo LP collection

7″                 DEDICATED FOLLOWER OF FASHION                                   PYE UK                 7N 17064         1966

1966 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Shel Talmy, prod.

7″                 DEDICATED KINKS (EP) (PS) re-issue                                   BMG UK              15075V             1965

1965 4 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue

CD                FACE TO FACE                                                                          BMG JAPAN        BVCM-37973   1966

2007 21 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, 7 x bonus tracks

7″                 FATHER CHRISTMAS (PS) (US)                                               ARISTA US           AS 0296            1977

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Xmas

LP                 FILE SERIES, THE                                                                      PRT UK                FILD 001           1977

1977 30 TRKS stereo 2LP collection

LP                 GREATEST HITS! (US)                                                               REPRISE US         RS 6217            1966

1966 10 TRKS stereo LP collection

CD                KINDA KINKS                                                                            BMG JAPAN        BVCM-37971   1965

2007 23 TRKS mono CD kami sleeve, 11 x bonus tracks

CD                KINK KONTROVERSY                                                               VICTOR JPN        VICP-60996     1965

2000 12 TRKS  stereo CD kami sleeve

CD                KINK KRONIKLES, THE – Disc #1 (US)                                    REPRISE US         6454.2              1972

1972 14 TRKS stereo CD, Disc #1 only

CD                KINKS, THE                                                                               VICTOR JPN        VICP-60994     1964

2000 14 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 KINKS, THE (Collection)                                                         PYE UK                 NPL 18326       1970

1970 25 TRKS mono 2LP collection

7″                 KINKSIZE HITS (EP) (PS) re-issue                                          BMG UK              BMG 15001V   1965

2015 4 TRKS mono 7″ with pic sleeve, re-issue

7″                 KINKSIZE SESSION (EP) (PS) re-issue                                   BMG UK              BMG 15002V   1964

2015 4 TRKS mono 7″ with pic sleeve, re-issue

7″                 KWYET KINKS (EP) (PS) re-issue                                           BMG UK              15074V             1965

1965 4 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue

LP                 LIVE KINKS, THE (US)                                                               REPRISE US         RS 6260            1967

1967 9 TRKS stereo LP Live album

7″                 LOLA / BERKELEY MEWS                                                         PYE UK                 7N 17961         1970

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 LOLA / MINDLESS CHILD OF MOTHERHOOD (US)              REPRISE US         0930                 1970

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD                LOLA VS. POWERMAN AND THE MONEY-GO-ROUND        REPRISE US         6423.2              1970

1990? 14 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 LOLA VS. POWERMAN AND THE MONEY-GO-ROUND        PYE UK                 NSPL 18359     1970

1970 13 TRKS stereo LP

SA-CD          MUSWELL HILLBILLIES (SA-CD) 5.1                                       KOCH US             VEL-SC 79801  1971

2004 14 TRKS stereo / 5.1 SA-CD

7″                 SET ME FREE / I NEED YOU                                                     PYE UK                 7N 15854         1965

1965 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Shel Talmy, prod.

CD                SOMETHING ELSE (US)                                                            REPRISE US         6279.2              1967

1990? 13 TRKS stereo CD

7″                 SUNNY AFTERNOON / I’M NOT LIKE EVERYBODY ELSE       PYE UK                 7N 17125         1966

1966 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Shel Talmy, prod.

7″                 TIRED OF WAITING FOR YOU / COME ON NOW                PYE UK                 7N 15759         1965

1965 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Shel Talmy

CD                ULTIMATE COLLECTION, THE                                                 SANCTUARY UK  SANDD 109      2002

2002 44 TRKS stereo 2CD collection, 60’s recordings

7″                 VICTORIA (US) promo                                                            REPRISE US         863                    1968

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                 WATERLOO SUNSET                                                                PYE UK                 7N 17321         1967

1967 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 YOU REALLY GOT ME                                                               REPRISE US         0306                 1964

1964? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 YOU REALLY GOT ME (Live) (EP) (PS) re-issue                    BMG UK              BMG 15006V   1965

2014 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue, Live record

7″                 YOU REALLY GOT ME re-issue                                               PYE UK                 SANSI 317        1964

1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve (’04 re-issue)


Happy birthday Phil Spector (1939) and Steve Allen (1921)!


I liked Colosseum for the get-go…bought everything I ever saw…

DVD             BEST OF, THE (DVD-A)                                                             SILVERLINE US               80989               2002

2002 8 TRKS collection DVD-Audio

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM                                                    ISLAND / BRONZE UK   ILPS 9173         1971

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                 COLLECTOR’S COLOSSEUM (DE)                                            ISLAND / BRONZE DE   85815 IT           1971

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE                                                                     BRONZE UK                   ICD 1                 1971

1971 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

CD                COLOSSEUM LIVE (2CD)                                                          ESOTERIC UK                 ECLEC 22545   1971

2016 12 TRKS stereo 2cd Live album

LP                 COLOSSEUM LIVE (Jpn)                                                           BRONZE JPN                  YS-2647/8-BZ  1971

1972 6 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album, insert

CD                COMPLETE REUNION CONCERT (DTS-CD)                             MASTERPIECES             MPI 001.2        1994

1994 10 TRKS DTS-CD

CD                DAUGHTER OF TIME                                                                SEQUEL UK                    NEXCD 256       1970

1993 8 TRKS stereo CD

BSCD2          DAUGHTER OF TIME (BSCD2)                                                 WASABI JPN                  WSBAC-0034   1970

2016 9 TRKS stereo BSCD2 kami sleeve, British jazz

LP                 DAUGHTER OF TIME (US)                                                        DUNHILL US                  DSX 50101       1970

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP promo

LP                 GRASS IS GREENER, THE                                                          DUNHILL US                  DS 50079         1970

1970 8 TRKS stereo LP US version

CD                THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU                    SANCTUARY UK            SMQCD 096     1969

2004 14 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU                    FONTANA UK                STL 6510          1969

1969 8 TRKS stereo LP

BSCD2          THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (BSCD2)     WASABI JPN                  WSBAC-0032   1969

2016 9 TRKS stereo BSCD2 kami sleeve, British jazz

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU (US)            DUNHILL US                  DS 50062         1969

1969 6 TRKS stereo LP US version

LP                 THOSE WHO ARE ABOUT TO DIE SALUTE YOU re-issue     M.O.V. NL                      MOVLP 1684   1969

2016 8 TRKS stereo LP re-issue, single sleeve

CD                VALENTYNE SUITE                                                                     SANCTUARY EU             SMEDD 097      1969

2004 15 TRKS stereo 2CD

LP                 VALENTYNE SUITE                                                                     VERTIGO UK                  VO 1                  1969

1969 7 TRKS stereo LP UK original edition

BSCD2          VALENTYNE SUITE (BSCD2)                                                     WASABI JPN                  WSBAC-0033   1969

2016 7 TRKS stereo BSCD2 kami sleeve, British jazz

7″                 WALKING IN THE PARK (US) promo                                      DUNHILL US                  D-4200             1969

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

DVD             SUPERSHOW (DVD)                                                                 EAGLE ROCK                 EV 30033-9      1969

1969 70m Colosseum, E. Clapton etc.

Robin & Maurice Gibb

Happy birthday Robin and Maurice Gibb (The Bee Gees) (1949)!

GIBB, MAURICE                       SING A RUDE SONG (O.C.)                                    POLYDOR UK    2383 018

LP                                              1970                                                                        1970 15 TRKS stereo LP


GIBB, ROBIN                            ANOTHER LONELY NIGHT IN NEW YORK (PS)    POLYDOR JPN  7DM 0098

7″                                              1982                                                                        1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Bee Gees

GIBB, ROBIN                            HOW OLD ARE YOU?                                             POLYDOR JPN  28MM 0256

LP                                              1983                                                                        1983 10 TRKS stereo LP insert

GIBB, ROBIN                            JULIET (same) (US) (PS) promo                           POLYDOR US    810895.7DJ

7″                                              1983                                                                        1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

GIBB, ROBIN                            SAVED BY THE BELL (3CD)                                     REPRISE US       R2 549315

CD                                             2015                                                                        2015 63 TRKS stereo 3CD collection

GIBB, ROBIN                            SECRET AGENT                                                        MIRAGE US       90170.1

LP                                              1984                                                                        1984 9 TRKS stereo LP

GIBB, ROBIN                            WALLS HAVE EYES                                                  POLYDOR JPN  28MM 0473

LP                                              1985                                                                        1985 10 TRKS stereo LP insert

The Nice

Happy birthday Davy O’List (guitarist of The Nice and Jet) (1950) and politician Ted Nugent (1948).

Always did enjoy The Nice!

7″                 AMERICA / (same) (US) promo                                               IMMEDIATE US    ZS7 5008       1967            1967? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

CD                ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS                                                           IMMEDIATE JPN   VICP 61203   1968            2000 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS                                                           IMMEDIATE UK    IMSP 020      1968            1968 11 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

LP                 ARS LONGA VITA BREVIS (US)                                                  IMMEDIATE US    Z12 52020    1968            1968 13 TRKS stereo LP

LP                 AUTUMN ’67 – SPRING ’68                                                       CHARISMA UK      CS 1                1972            1973 9 TRKS stereo LP collection

SHM-CD       AUTUMN ’67 – SPRING ’68                                                       CHARISMA JPN     VJCP-98003  1972            2015 11 TRKS stereo SHM-CD collection, kami sleeve, 2 x bonus tracks

LP                 AUTUMN TO SPRING (US)                                                        CHARISMA US      CAS 1              1973            1973 9 TRKS stereo LP collection

7″                 BRANDENBURGER / HAPPY FREUDS                                        IMMEDIATE UK    IM 072           1968            1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 COUNTRY PIE – BRANDENBURG CONCERTO (US) promo     MERCURY US        DJ-274           1970            1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                 COUNTRY PIE / ONE OF THOSE PEOPLE                                 CHARISMA UK      CB 132           1970            1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                 ELEGY                                                                                           CHARISMA UK      CAS 1030       1970            1970 4 TRKS stereo LP full size hatter label

SHM-CD       ELEGY                                                                                           CHARISMA JPN     UICY 40152   1971            2015 4 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 ELEGY (US)                                                                                  MERCURY US        830292.1      1970            1970 4 TRKS stereo LP alt U.S. only cover / packaging

LP                 ELEGY (US) promo                                                                     MERCURY US        SR 61324       1970            1970 4 TRKS stereo LP promo

LP                 EVERYTHING AS NICE AS MOTHER MAKES IT (US)                IMMEDIATE US    IMOCS 102   1969            1969 6 TRKS stereo LP

SHM-CD       FILLMORE EAST 1969                                                                CHARISMA JPN     VJCP 98004   1969            2009 10 TRKS stereo SHM-CD 2CD set, live album

LP                 FIVE BRIDGES                                                                             CHARISMA UK      CAS 1014       1970            1970 5 TRKS stereo LP scroll label

SHM-CD       FIVE BRIDGES                                                                             CHARISMA JPN     UICY 40151   1970            2015 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

CD                NICE, THE (aka EVERYTHING AS NICE AS…)                            LINE DE                  9.00233         1969            1983 6 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 THOUGHTS OF EMERLIST DAVJACK, THE (US)                        IMMEDIATE US    Z12 52004    1967            1967 8 TRKS stereo LP

Elektra Records 2/71 Sampler LP

Happy birthday Allan Sherman (1924), Dick Clark (1929), (Noel) Paul Stookey (Peter Paul & Mary) (1937), Shuggie Otis (son of Johnny Otis) (1954) and Billy Idol (Generation X) (1955).  Tiny Tim died today, a while back.

At the Buena Park swap meet a few days ago, I bought a reasonably old Elektra Records sampler LP. For $3.-  Dated 2/71 with serial number EK-PROMO-2

Side One

THE NEW SEEKERS – One (The Harry Nilsson song, with Dunbar)

SWAMP DOGG – Creeping Away

DAVID FRYE – The Funnies (from “Radio Free Nixon”)

SIREN – Relaxing with Bonnie Lou (Kevin Coyne, in Siren – 2nd album “Strange Locomotion”)

BREAD – She Was My Lady (from “Manna”)

Side Two

SIREN – The Stride

BREAD – He’s A Good Lad

SWAMP DOGG – Do You Believe

THE NEW SEEKERS – Never Ending Song Of Love

DAVID FRYE – I Did It My Way

Amazing to find this slice of 1971 for sale – at a swap meet no less!  Looks to be 5 new releases from Elektra (US).  Siren was licensed from Dandelion Records in England, but all the others seem to have their origination in Elektra (US).