Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Happy birthday Keith Emerson (1944) and comedienne Goldie Hawn (1945).  According to my book, today is the day that Bill Haley & The Comets “Rock Around The Clock” is released in 1955.

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – the keyboard player of The Nice;  The singer of King Crimson and the drummer of Atomic Rooster!  Over the years, I have collected a few variants…

LP                    BEST OF, THE                                                                                        ATLANTIC US         SD 19283      1980

1980 9 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

CD                   BRAIN SALAD SURGERY                                                                      RHINO US              R2 72459      1973

1996 9 TRKS stereo CD, 3D cover

CD                   BRAIN SALAD SURGERY                                                                      VICTOR JPN           VICP-62118   1973

2002 5 TRKS Stereo CD Kami sleeve

LP                    BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (DE) original                                               MANTICORE DE    87302 XOT    1973

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP poster, gimmix cover

LP                    BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (DE) re-issue                                              MANTICORE DE    87302 XOT    1973

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

CD                   BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (Deluxe 2CD)                                             SANCTUARY EU     5308195       1973

2008 19 TRKS stereo 2CD

DVD                BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (DVD) 5.1                                                    RHINO US              R9 75980      1973

2000 9 TRKS 5.1 (1 x bonus track)

LP                    BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (Jpn)                                                            MANTICORE JPN   P-10114M     1973

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP insert, poster; gimmix cover

SA-CD             BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (SA-CD) 5.1                                                SANCTUARY EU     5308195       1973

2008 8 TRKS SA-CD Hybrid issue + 2CD

LP                    BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (US)                                                             MANTICORE US    MC 66669     1973

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP with poster, gimmix cover

 

7″                    BRAIN SALAD SURGERY (Excerpts) flexi                                          MANTICORE UK    LYN 2762       1973

1973 2 TRKS flexidisc, with pic sleeve

 

CD                   EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER                                                              RAZOR & TIE UK   33472            1970

2012 18 TRKS stereo CD

LP                    EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER                                                              ISLAND UK             ILPS 9132      1970

1970 6 TRKS stereo LP original UK edition

SHM-CD         EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER                                                              VICTOR JPN           VICP-64562   1970

2008 6 TRKS stereo SHM-CD Kami sleeve

LP                    EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER (2LP)                                                    M.O.V. NL              MOVLP 590  1970

2012 18 TRKS stereo 2LP re-issue, insert

LP                    EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER (DE)                                                      MANTICORE DE    87224 ET       1970

1970 6 TRKS stereo, 2nd edition re-issue

DVD                EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER (DVD) 5.1                                            RAZOR & TIE UK   33472            1970

2012 18 TRKS DVD-A 5.1

LP                    EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER (FR)                                                      ISLAND FR             6339 026      1970

1970 6 TRKS stereo

LP                    EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER re-issue                                               MANTICORE UK    K 43503         1970

1970 6 TRKS stereo, 2nd edition Manticore re-issue

 

7″                    FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN – PART 1                                 ATLANTIC US         3398              1977

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                    FANFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN / BRAIN SALAD SURGERY    ATLANTIC UK        K 10946         1977

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                    FROM THE BEGINNING (mono) / (stereo)                                       COTILLION US       44158            1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                    FROM THE BEGINNING / LIVING SIN                                                 COTILLION US       45-44158      1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                    IN CONCERT                                                                                         ATLANTIC US         SD 19255      1979

1979 8 TRKS stereo LP Live album

 

CD                   ISLE OF WIGHT 1970                                                                          EAGLE US               EV 30135-9   1970

2006 4 TRKS stereo CD Live 1970

DVD                ISLE OF WIGHT 1970 (DVD)                                                               EAGLE US               EV 30135-9   1970

2006 DVD video Live 1970

 

7″                    JERUSALEM / WHEN THE APPLE BLOSSOMS IN THE…                   MANTICORE UK    K 13503         1973

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                    LOVE BEACH (US)                                                                                ATLANTIC US         SD 19211      1978

1978 7 TRKS stereo LP insert

 

7″                    LUCKY MAN (Edit) promo                                                                  COTILLION US       45-44106      1970

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                    LUCKY MAN / FROM THE BEGINNING re-issue                               ATLANTIC US         OS 13153      1980

1980? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue

 

7″                    LUCKY MAN / KNIFE-EDGE (PS) (NL)                                                 ISLAND NL             6014 041      1970

1970 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD                   LUCKY MAN AND OTHER HITS                                                           RHINO US              R2 72922      1997

1997 7 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                    NUTROCKER (US) (mono) / (stereo) promo                                    COTILLION US       44151            1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                    NUTROCKER / GREAT GATES OF KIEV, THE (JPN) (PS)                    ATLANTIC JPN       P-1128A        1972

1972 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                    NUTROCKER / GREAT GATES OF KIEV, THE (US)                              COTILLION US       44151            1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                    ON TOUR WITH promo-only                                                             ATLANTIC US         PR 281           1977

1977 2 TRKS stereo LP interview, promo-only

 

CD                   PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION                                                             VICTOR JPN           VICP-62116   1971

2002 12 TRKS Stereo CD Kami sleeve

LP                    PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION                                                             ISLAND UK             HELP 1           1971

1971 13 TRKS stereo LP Live album, inserts

LP                    PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION (DE)                                                     ISLAND DE             85854 XT       1971

1971 12 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

DVD                PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION (DVD)                                                  D2 VISION              ADVDP 002   1970

1970 42m

LP                    PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION (Mex)                                                 ATLANTIC MEX     LDWA 5033  1971

1981 12 TRKS stereo LP Live album, Mexican pressing

LP                    PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITION re-issue                                              MANTICORE UK    K 33501         1971

1971 12 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

 

CD                   RETURN OF THE MANTICORE, THE – Disc #1                                   VICTORY US           480029.2      1993

1993 12 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                    STONE OF YEARS (US) (mono) / (stereo) promo                            COTILLION US       44131            1971

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                    STONE OF YEARS / TIME AND A PLACE (US)                                   COTILLION US       45-44131      1971

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                   TARKUS                                                                                                 RAZOR & TIE UK   33482            1971

2012 17 TRKS stereo CD

LP                    TARKUS                                                                                                 ISLAND UK             ILPS 9155      1971

1971 7 TRKS stereo LP original UK edition

SHM-CD         TARKUS                                                                                                 VICTOR JPN           VICP-64563   1971

2008 7 TRKS stereo SHM-CD Kami sleeve

LP                    TARKUS (DE)                                                                                        ISLAND DE             85527 IT        1971

1971 7 TRKS stereo LP

DVD                TARKUS (DVD) 5.1                                                                               RAZOR & TIE UK   33482            1971

2012 18 TRKS DVD-A 5.1

LP                    TARKUS (IT) re-issue                                                                           MANTICORE IT      ORL 8214      1971

1971 7 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

LP                    TARKUS (Jpn)                                                                                       ATLANTIC JPN       P-10126A      1971

1976 7 TRKS stereo LP insert, re-issue

 

7″                    TIGER IN A SPOTLIGHT (Live) / PETER GUNN (Live)                        ATLANTIC US         3641              1979

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                    TIGER IN A SPOTLIGHT / ALL I WANT IS YOU                                  ATLANTIC US         3555              1978

1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                   TRILOGY                                                                                                VICTOR JPN           VICP-63174   1972

2005 9 TRKS stereo CD Kami sleeve

LP                    TRILOGY (DE)                                                                                       MANTICORE DE    87227 XOT    1972

1972 9 TRKS stereo LP

 

LP                    WELCOME BACK MY FRIENDS…                                                        MANTICORE UK    K 63500         1974

1974 10 TRKS stereo 3LP Live album

 

CD                   WORKS Vol. 1                                                                                      SHOUT US              10785            1977

2008 14 TRKS stereo 2CD

LP                    WORKS Vol. 1 (US)                                                                              ATLANTIC US         SD2-7000      1977

1977 13 TRKS stereo 2LP

 

CD                   WORKS Vol. 2                                                                                      SHOUT US              10788            1977

2008 12 TRKS stereo CD collection

CD                   WORKS Vol. 2                                                                                      VICTOR JPN           VICP-64231   1977

2008 12 TRKS stereo CD collection

LP                    WORKS Vol. 2 (US)                                                                              ATLANTIC US         SD 19147      1977

1977 12 TRKS stereo LP collection

35,000?

Happy birthday Thelonious Monk (1918), playwright Harold Pinter (1930) and 2 members of Procol Harum, Keith Reid (the lyricist) (1946) and Alan Cartwright (1945) – Nothing much else to say about them.  Also, “Hot Rats” by Frank Zappa is released today in 1969; an album that I have loved since it was released.

35,000?

At present, I have something like 34,800 albums in my collection.  Yes, at times it is overwhelming.  When I see good titles, I usually buy ‘em.  However, if I got rid of all other titles that I already similarly have – I could easily say that I see 35,000 as being the maximum number I require.  Yes, I have over-collected.  So, how do I say when I am done collecting something?  In the 70’s / 80’s, it used to be if I found a Japanese LP or German LP.  Since the advent of SA-CD, I lean towards having an SA-CD of a title, and usually an “original” LP (for the packaging).  This is because of such care that goes into the mastering of any given title, for the SA-CD.

So, if I limit myself to 35,000 titles, I’ve got about 200 left before I have to do anything.  And if I want, all I would have to do is “make room” for a newer title by eliminating an older title.  Just formulating this idea, so we’ll see.

It is physically massive, owning almost 35,000 titles – at least 3 rooms of my home are nothing but phonograph record shelving.

So, I will try to keep my collection down to just 35,000 titles.  I bet I can do that!

Made in Sheffield (DVD)

Happy birthday Eddie Cochran (1938), James Darren (1936) and Chubby Checker (1941).

Made In Sheffield – The Birth of Electronic Pop (DVD)

This DVD is something I picked up, probably at an Amoeba store.  The bands on this in question are The Human League, Cabaret Voltaire, Heaven 17, Clock DVA,  ABC, and Pulp.  Of particular note was the amount of time spent discussing Vice Versa, the pre-ABC group!

The documentary itself is 52 minutes in length, it’s from 2004/5, so one guesses that while pretty everyone involved was still alive it was decided to make this film.  The “extra” interviews are fairly interesting, all 76 minutes of ‘em.  There is a handy “Family Tree” of many artists from Sheffield – the booklet details who would not allow their music to be used (Cabaret Voltaire, Clock DVA); the footage from The Human League and Heaven 17 is generally very nice – but it generally does not involve stuff they recorded with Virgin Records.

Blondie “Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision”

Happy birthday Jim Capaldi (Traffic) (1944) and Ken Hensley (Uriah Heep) (1945).

BLONDIE “Greatest Hits: Sound & Vision” (Capitol Records USA, 2006)

https://www.discogs.com/Blondie-Greatest-Hits/master/124793

The above link should take you to this album on Discogs.  I looked it up, so I wouldn’t have to type everything!

This is really the way to go, if you like some of the songs, but don’t want to own too many Blondie LP’s.  Also included is the novelty “mixage” of Blodie vs. The Doors (“Riders On The Storm” all mushed up).

The Band

Happy birthday to Garth Hudson of The Band! (1937)  Garth still walks the Earth!

LP                 ANTHOLOGY                                                                                          CAPITOL US        SKBO-11856

1978 20 TRKS stereo 2LP collection

 

CD                BAND, THE                                                                                             CAPITOL US        25389.2

2000 19 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 BAND, THE                                                                                             CAPITOL US        STAO 132

1969 12 TRKS stereo LP

DVD             BAND, THE (“Classic Albums” DVD)                                                 EAGLE US             EV 30101-09

2005 75m “Classic Albums”

SA-CD          BAND, THE (SA-CD)                                                                               MOBILE FID US  UDSACD 2129

2013 12 TRKS SA-CD stereo Hybrid issue

 

LP                 BEST OF, THE                                                                                         CAPITOL US        ST 511553

1976 11 TRKS stereo LP collection, record club ed.

 

CD                BEST OF, THE Vol. 2                                                                             PYRAMID US       R2 75947

1999 11 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

SA-CD          CAHOOTS (SA-CD)                                                                                MOBILE FID US  UDSACD 2045

2009 11 TRKS stereo SA-CD Hybrid issue

 

7″                 DON’T DO IT (Live) / RAG MAMA RAG (Live) promo                       CAPITOL US        P-3433

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo; Live

 

CD                GREATEST HITS                                                                                     CAPITOL US        24941.2

2000 18 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 HANG UP MY ROCK AND ROLL SHOES / CALEDONIA MISSION      CAPITOL US        3500

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 I SHALL BE RELEASED / WEIGHT, THE                                                 CAPITOL US        2269

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, debut 45?

7″                 I SHALL BE RELEASED / WEIGHT, THE (UK)                                        CAPITOL UK        CL 15559

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Capitol sleeve

7″                 I SHALL BE RELEASED / WEIGHT, THE promo                                    CAPITOL US        P-2269

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, debut 45, promo

 

LP                 LAST WALTZ, THE                                                                                  WARNER US        3WS 3146

1978 29 TRKS stereo 3LP Live album, booklet, innersleeves

BD                LAST WALTZ, THE (BD)                                                                         MGM US             61502-4

2006 117m (’78 orig issue)

 

CD                MUSIC FROM BIG PINK                                                                       CAPITOL US        25390.2

2000 20 TRKS stereo CD 60’s recordings

LP                 MUSIC FROM BIG PINK                                                                       CAPITOL US        SKAO-2955

1968 11 TRKS stereo LP fold-out sleeve

LP                 MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (Jpn)                                                             CAPITOL JPN       ECS-50101

1976? 11 TRKS stereo LP insert, single sleeve

SA-CD          MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (SA-CD)                                                        MOBILE FID US  UDSACD 2044

2007 11 TRKS stereo SA-CD Hybrid issue

LP                 MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (UK)                                                              CAPITOL UK        ST 2955

1968 11 TRKS stereo LP single sleeve

DVD             MUSIC FROM BIG PINK 5.1                                                                CAPITOL US        77939.9

1968 11 TRKS 5.1 mix (’02 Issue)

 

CD                MUSICAL HISTORY, A                                                                           CAPITOL US        74090

2005 102 TRKS stereo 5CD set

DVD             MUSICAL HISTORY, A (DVD)                                                                CAPITOL US        74090

2005 9 TRKS stereo DVD video

 

SA-CD          NORTHERN LIGHTS – SOUTHERN CROSS (SA-CD)                             MOBILE FID US  UDSACD 2047

2010 8 TRKS SA-CD Hybrid issue

 

CD                ROCK OF AGES – IN CONCERT                                                             CAPITOL US        30181.2

2001 28 TRKS stereo 2CD Live

SA-CD          ROCK OF AGES – IN CONCERT (SA-CD)                                              MOBILE FID US  UDSACD 2046

2009 17 TRKS stereo SA-CD Hybrid issue

 

CD                STAGE FRIGHT                                                                                       CAPITOL US        19839.2

1990? 10 TRKS stereo CD

Queen

Happy birthday Brian May (Queen) (1947) and Sue Thompson (1926).

I have warmed to Queen, after many years of avoiding them.  And I have a bucketload of Sue Thompson records!

7″                 BICYCLE RACE / FAT BOTTOMED GIRLS (PS) (US)                            ELEKTRA US           4-45541

1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 BODY LANGUAGE / LIFE IS REAL (Song For Lennon) (PS) (US)     ELEKTRA US           E-47452

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″               BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY                                                                       VIRGIN EU              4750080-A

2015 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD                DAY AT THE RACES, A                                                                          TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65105

1998 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                 DAY AT THE RACES, A (US)                                                                 ELEKTRA US           6.00E-101

1976 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD                GAME, THE                                                                                            TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP 67348

2004 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 GAME, THE (DE)                                                                                   EMI DE                    1C064-63923

1980 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD                GREATEST HITS                                                                                     HOLLYWOOD US  HR 61265.2

1992 17 TRKS stereo CD collection

LP                 GREATEST HITS (Jpn)                                                                           ELEKTRA JPN         P-6480E

1981 17 TRKS stereo LP collection, insert

LP                 GREATEST HITS (US)                                                                             ELEKTRA US           5E-564

1981 14 TRKS stereo LP collection, innersleeve

 

LP                 GREATEST HITS Vol. 2 (DE)                                                                  EMI DE                    PMTV 2

1991 17 TRKS stereo 2LP collection

 

DVD             GREATEST VIDEO HITS 1 5.1                                                               HOLLYWOOD US  90119

2002 5.1 Surround Sound

 

DVD             GREATEST VIDEO HITS 2 5.1                                                               HOLLYWOOD US  69017-9

2003 5.1 Surround Sound

 

CD                HOT SPACE                                                                                           TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP 67350

2004 11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

SHM-CD       JAZZ                                                                                                       ISLAND JPN            UICY-76215

2011 13 TRKS stereo SHM-CD kami sleeve

LP                 JAZZ (DE)                                                                                               EMI DE                    1C064-61820

1978 13 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve, poster

 

7″                 KEEP YOURSELF ALIVE (PS) (US)                                                        HOLLYWOOD US  D001349621

2011 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Record Store Day 45

 

7″                 KILLER QUEEN (Jpn) (PS)                                                                     ELEKTRA JPN         P-103E

1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 KILLER QUEEN / FLICK OF THE WRIST                                               EMI UK                   EMI 2229

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 KIND OF MAGIC, A (US)                                                                      CAPITOL US           SMAS 12476

1986 9 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

LP                 LIVE KILLERS (US)                                                                                 ELEKTRA US           BB-702

1979 22 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album

 

DVD             MAKING OF ‘A NIGHT AT THE OPERA’, THE (DVD)                          EAGLE US               EV 30161-9

2005 100m stereo

 

CD                MIRACLE, THE (US)                                                                              CAPITOL US           CDP 792357.2

1989 13 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                NEWS OF THE WORLD                                                                        TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65106

1998 11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                 NEWS OF THE WORLD (US)                                                                ELEKTRA US           6.00E-112

1977 11 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

CD                NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A                                                                     TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65104

1998 12 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

DVD             NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A (DVD-A) 5.1                                               HOLLYWOOD US  1091-9-3

2002 12 TRKS DVD-A 5.1 audio

LP                 NIGHT AT THE OPERA, A (Jpn)                                                           ELEKTRA JPN         P-10075E

1975 12 TRKS stereo LP insert

 

CD                QUEEN                                                                                                   TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65101

1998 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                 QUEEN (US)                                                                                           ELEKTRA US           EKS 75064

1973 10 TRKS stereo LP embossed cover

 

CD                QUEEN II                                                                                                TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-67342

2004 11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

7″                 SAVE ME                                                                                                EMI UK                   EMI 5022

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                SHEER HEART ATTACK                                                                         TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP-65103

1998 13 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, “Queen 25”

LP                 SHEER HEART ATTACK                                                                         HOLLYWOOD US  D000261901

1974 13 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

LP                 SHEER HEART ATTACK (US)                                                                ELEKTRA US           7E-1026

1974 13 TRKS stereo LP insert

 

7″                 WE ARE THE CHAMPIONS (mono) / (stereo) (PS) (US) promo     ELEKTRA US           E-45441

1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                WORKS, THE                                                                                         TOSHIBA JPN         TOCP 67351

2004 9 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

Work #2

Happy birthday to singer Tommy Roe (1942) and singer Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield) (1944).

From West Covina, I was offered a job at the distributor that owned the store I was working for.  Late ’78 or early ’79?  No girlfriend, all the high school girlfriends were busy now in college!  My band was “active” at that time, too.  The distributor was in Glendale, CA – about 35 miles from my home, but I could carpool with my late brother, who also worked there.

I worked for the guy who had taken over the ‘imported’ product; so I pulled orders and got to use the shrinkwrap machine a lot!  My brother worked in the special order office and he seemed to fit in to working there better than I did.  I am maybe 21 at this time.  It was during this time that I first went to England and Europe.

I continued working at Superior Music Distributor, working more and enjoying it less.  Little did I know that the main course was just on the horizon!

I went to work for Tony Harrington in 1982.  USS&M, with an understanding that bI could run a mail-order business ANZ Imports.  I went to New Zealand 7 times between 1980 and 1987.  I imported LP’s from New Zealand from about 1982 to 1987.  I knew (and know) lots of music business people – in New Zealand.

A guy I met in NZ moved to England, and earned a lot of money.  He wanted a tax break, so he asked me about setting up an exporting company.  I had worked at an importer; I knew how to write catalogues, and how to arrange for shipments to be picked up etc.

The then-wife and I moved to England in late 1989, to check things out and to discuss further what paperwork had to be done for us to officially move to England.  We moved to England in February, 1990.

The guy hadn’t set any of it up.  He’d leased premises, but that was it!  It took ages to get accounts at record companies; and the shipping of product took more than a small bit of figuring out.

We only stayed in England a year, both the wife and I did our respective parts – she wrote a book catalogue and I wrote an LP / CD catalogue – all items that could potentially be exported.

The food wasn’t very good in England, in 1990.  We had to go to Holland to buy groceries!

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

Madness

Happy birthday Suggs (from Madness) (1961).

I do keep a Madness collection, I will detail it below.

I remember being in England in 1979, and hearing “Night Boat To Cairo” in an Oxford Street record store; I wrote it on the back of my hand, so I could remember what I heard! I duly saw Madness at the Whisky A-Go-Go shortly thereafter, with the Go-Go’s opening for them.

I also got their 2nd LP “Absolutely” on Stiff Japan (Via JVC Japan). A second great album! Then “Madness 7”, “Work, Rest & Play” EP etc. I do not believe they ever returned to Los Angeles, though they could’ve and maybe I didn’t notice.

Their feature film “Take It Or Leave It” is one of the better movies I ever got from England, as a PAL VHS tape. It’s basically the story of how they came together, acted out by the band themselves! The collection LP’s etc. – I lapped ‘em up, I think Joe Castle got laser discs of the 2 x clip collections from Japan. Both “Goodnight L.A.” & MTV showed Madness videos, but there were many more videos on those clip collections then I ever saw on “GLA” or MTV (or MuchMusic).

Lo and behold – MADNESS reformed! New albums!

ABSOLUTELY                                                                       VIRGIN UK          CDOVD 134     CD

1990? 14 TRKS stereo CD

ABSOLUTELY                                                                       STIFF JPN           VIP 6741           LP

1980 14 TRKS stereo LP inserts

 

AS NUTTY BOYS                                                                  STIFF JPN           VIP-5907           12″

1981 6 TRKS stereo 12″ large picture labels

 

BAGGY TROUSERS / BUSINESS, THE (PS)                  STIFF UK             BUY 84              7″

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CARDIAC ARREST / IN THE CITY (PS)                           STIFF UK             BUY 140            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

DIVINE MADNESS                                                              VIRGIN UK          CDV 2692         CD

1992 22 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

DRIVING IN MY CAR (PS)                                                  STIFF UK             BUY 153            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

EMBARRASSMENT / CRYING SHAME (PS)                  STIFF UK             BUY 102            7″

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

GRAY DAY / MEMORIES (PS)                                            STIFF UK             BUY 112            7″

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

GREY DAY (Jpn)                                                                   STIFF JPN           VIP-5912           12″

1981 6 TRKS stereo 12″ large picture labels

 

HOUSE OF FUN / DON’T LOOK BACK (PS)                   STIFF UK             BUY 146            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

KEEP MOVING                                                                     GEFFEN US       GEFD 4022       CD

1984 14 TRKS stereo CD

 

MADNESS                                                                             GEFFEN US       GEFD 4003       CD

1985? 12 TRKS stereo CD collection

MADNESS (Jpn)                                                                  STIFF JPN           VIL 6050            LP

1983 12 TRKS stereo LP collection, insert

 

MADNESS 7                                                                         VIRGIN UK          CDOVD 135     CD

1990? 13 TRKS stereo CD

MADNESS 7                                                                         STIFF UK             SEEZ 39            LP

1981 13 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

MADSTOCK                                                                          GO! DISCS UK   828367.2           CD

1992 18 TRKS stereo CD Live

 

MICHAEL CAINE                                                                 STIFF UK             BUYIT 196         12″

1984 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

MY GIRL                                                                                 STIFF UK             BUYIT 62           12″

1980 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

MY GIRL / STEPPING INTO LINE (PS)                             STIFF UK             BUY 62              7″

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

ONE STEP BEYOND… (12″)                                              STIFF UK             BUYIT 56           12″

1979 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

ONE STEP BEYOND… / MISTAKES (PS)                        STIFF UK             BUY 56              7″

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

ONE STEP BEYOND…                                                       VIRGIN UK          CDOVD 133     CD

1990? 14 TRKS stereo CD

ONE STEP BEYOND…                                                       STIFF UK             SEEZ 17            LP

1979 14 TRKS stereo LP

 

OUR HOUSE / WALKING WITH MR. WHEESE (PS)     STIFF UK             BUY 163            7″

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

PRESENTS THE RISE AND FALL                                    STIFF UK             SEEZ 46            LP

1982 13 TRKS stereo LP, custom label

 

PRINCE, THE / MADNESS                                                 TWO TONE UK  CHS TT 3          7″

1979 2 TRKS with ‘Two Tone’ sleeve, debut release

 

RETURN OF THE LAS PALMAS 7, THE                          STIFF UK             BUYIT 108         12″

1981 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve & comic book

RETURN OF THE LAS PALMAS 7, THE (PS)                 STIFF UK             BUY 108            7″

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

SHUT UP / TOWN WITH NO NAME, A (PS)                    STIFF UK             BUY 126            7″

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

SUN AND THE RAIN, THE                                                 STIFF UK             BUYIT 192         12″

1983 3 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

TOMORROW’S JUST ANOTHER DAY                             STIFF UK             BUYIT 169         12″

1983 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

UN PASO ADELANTE… / MISTAKES (PS)                    STIFF ES             MO 1922           7″

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, Spanish version

 

UTTER MADNESS                                                               ZARJAZZ UK      JZCD 2              CD

1986 14 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

WINGS OF A DOVE (PS)                                                    STIFF UK             BUY 181            7″

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

WORK, REST & PLAY                                                          STIFF ITALY        ZPGSF 33402  12″

1980 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

WORK, REST & PLAY (PS)                                                 STIFF UK             BUY 71              7″

1980 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

David Bowie – “Ziggy Stardust” LP / CD / SA-CD etc.

Happy birthday keyboard player George Duke (1946) and Long John Baldry (1941).

David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust”

My history with the above named LP / CD is a long & complicated one. I bought the LP when it was a new release in the summer of 1972; RCA Records had previously given away a free 45 EP, so I knew what to expect. It was my first David Bowie LP…of course, I needed to find his Deram Records label debut LP, which was not so easy in 1972/3/4 etc.

Later on, I had to get a UK RCA Records LP of “Ziggy”; actually I think my first non-US copy was a German RCA LP. It cost $4.99 at the time, money I should’ve probably spent on Arthur Brown (or Tony Newley). Many years later, I had to have a CD of it, on RCA Records. Then a re-mastered CD on Virgin; or more accurately, Toshiba Japan (kami sleeve). The movie for the concert came and went, I think I got a DVD of it.

Then I needed the 5.1 SA-CD of it – not an easy item to obtain in 2009. And somewhere in there, I got a Rykodisc CD of it – ostensibly for the bonus tracks.

And no word yet on if I’m done buying this 1972 chestnut! What can they do next? Another 5.1 mix on a DVD-A or Blu-ray (or BSCD2)? Or – more likely – another LP of it, with a nice fold-out cover, like the German LP I found. Probably, Virgin Japan could favor us with a new LP version. After all, it’s 45th anniversary is marching to the front as I type! 50th anniversary right behind that!

Help! I am buying a record / CD again that…that…I don’t really want to keep buying! The 5.1 SA-CD will suffice for now, if I am allowed to keep the Rykodisc version – for the bonus tracks. I can lick my lips, and say I’m glad to own those two, together with a US RCA LP of it (which has a nice innersleeve).

So, at least for David Bowie, this is an LP / CD I don’t NEED to keep buying. Unless they want to say that the DVD I got some time ago isn’t somehow definitive and “Ziggy” will be issued as a CD + DVD for one of it’s anniversaries etc.