Happy birthday to Levon Helm (drummer / vocalist of The Band) and to Verden Allen (of Mott The Hoople) (1944)!


LP        SOLUTION       DECCA UK       SKL-R 5124      1972 5 TRKS stereo LP (’71 in Holland)

LP        DIVERGENCE                 EMI UK         EMC 3002       1973 6 TRKS stereo LP         NL                                     LP                 DSW


CD        CORDON BLEU              CBS EU         CDCBS 32227  1990? 9 TRKS stereo CD         NL                                     CD                E

LP        CORDON BLEU (UK)    ROCKET UK     ROLL 1 1976 9 TRKS stereo LP

CD        FULLY INTERLOCKING CBS EU            461051.2         1990? 6 TRKS stereo CD

LP        FULLY INTERLOCKING (UK)     ROCKET UK     ROLL 8 1977 6 TRKS stereo LP

Solution were a Dutch band that had records released in both the US & UK.  Unless I am mistaken, they are from Groningen, in the north of Holland.  I remember them as being a rather good band, with not many vocals – though I do not seem to have their final 2 LP’s, “It’s Only Just Begun” & “Runaway”, both of which I believe have more vocals than the first four LP’s by Solution.

I have also somehow missed out on having any of their 45’s – though I am certain they exist!  Both “Cordon Bleu” & “Fully Interlocking” were issued in England, and at least “Cordon Bleu” was issued in the US.  I somehow doubt they ever played live in the US, but you can nearly guarantee they played live in England.

It is bands like Solution that keep me looking through massive amounts of 45’s!  One simply never knows where or when 45’s will turn up.

Progressive Rock Part 2

Happy birthday to songwriter Burt Bacharach (1929); comedian George Carlin (1938); singer Ian Dury (1942); Ian McLagan (Faces) (1945) and keyboardist / singer Steve Winwood (1948).

Part 2 – 70’s Progressive Rock

WISHBONE ASH “Argus” (MCA Japan UICY 20115)

I do own this one, but I found an old CD of it.  There is a Japanese SA-CD of it, but I never went for it.  I did not do this album when it got released; more like it kept cropping up, again and again.

YES “Close To The Edge” (Atlantic Japan WPCR 80307)

Not my favorite Yes album; I haven’t even bought the 5.1 mix BD of it yet!  In 1972, it was sort of where I stopped, as more interesting European LP’s came into view.

GENESIS “Selling England By The Pound” (Charisma Japan UICY 76718)

Always amazed that this one gets picked over “Foxtrot”, but I guess it happens.  I got an SA-CD of it, back when the British did ‘em (in the green box); I like this LP better than what came later.

STEVE HACKETT “Voyage Of The Acolyte” (Charisma Japan UICY 25537)

The first LP on this list that does not have an SA-CD or DVD-A of it – thus far!  Quite a good LP, actually.  I got on this one as a new release, and even bought what came after it!

PINK FLOYD “Dark Side Of The Moon” (Harvest Japan WPCR 80127)

I got both a European and a Japanese version of this SA-CD.  And I have a nice 1973 LP of it; having worked in a record store in the 70’s, I can attest to the fact that the posters in this album freaked some people out, and they duly got returned as “warped”.  The Japanese did a nice audiophile LP of it, too.

GRYPHON “Red Queen To Gryphon Three” (Talking Elephant TECD 313)

A great album, and no audiophile version?  And no Japanese pressing?  This band didn’t sound like ANYBODY else at the time, it came out in the US and promptly got people to ask if there were non-US copies.

Progressive Rock Part 1

Happy birthday to singer Eric Burdon (1941); comedian Mort Sahl (1927) and keyboardist Carla Bley (1938).

In Japan, the normally straight “Record Collector’s Magazine” has done a “70’s best progressive rock” story, showing LP covers.  Over the next few days, I will try to address some of these.  I wish I had a scanner, so you could see the collage for the cover of this magazine!  It’s the May 2016 issue.

Top of the list: Part 1

THE MOODY BLUES “Days Of Future Passed” (Deram Japan UICY 25554)

An LP that has been issued a lot!  But, justifiably so!  The beginning of ‘progressive rock” – perhaps?  Certainly a nice cover for 1967.  I remember when this was originally issued on CD, the sound was no good; thankfully, they got their act together for the SA-CD (2CD) issue!

KING CRIMSON “In The Court Of The Crimson King” (Wowow Japan IECP 30001)

In 1969, where were you?  Most of us were still under the spell of The Beatles (or The Rolling Stones), when this one rolled down the pike.  Thankfully, it never ever went away and I got to discover it in 1970 or so.  The cover describes the music, and that certainly hasn’t changed over the years.  Nice 5.1 version on the DVD-A version!

EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER “Emerson, Lake & Palmer” (JVC Japan VICP 78001)

Another good debut album!  The DVD-A isn’t quite the full album in 5.1, but they do at least try!  Started walking with this one in 1970, with a nice Island UK copy – that I own to this day!

VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR “Pawn Hearts” (Charisma Japan UICY-25581)

Their 4th LP, but really quite good.  This version of the album has “Theme One” included.  Quite a good record, in fact – it drove the Italians nuts!  But I guess they went there and played it a LOT.

JETHRO TULL “Thick As A Brick” (Warner Japan WPCR-16473)

I like pretty much all of their early albums, and I don’t feel that any of them have been improved by remixing.  This one sounded pretty good, anyway!  The DVD-A mix is clear and STRONG!

Part 2 tomorrow!


Happy birthday Herb Alpert (A&M Records) (1935) and Thijs Van Leer (Focus) (1948).

I like ‘em both, but you’ll get Focus from me today! I remember seeing them on TV, too – I was *amazed*! I was already heading towards Europe, mostly via Germany. But Focus were a Dutch band I could really get behind – or along with. Thijs van Leer and Jan Akkerman have solo albums, but not going to do those today. Each deserves their own!

LP                BEST OF, THE (Jpn)                                       POLYDOR JPN            MP 2477           1975

1975 10 TRKS stereo LP collection, insert


LP                FOCUS (Rock Flashback)                              POLYDOR UK              2384 070          1975

1975 12 TRKS stereo LP collection


CD               FOCUS 3                                                           VICTOR JPN                VICP-41215     1972

2004 9 TRKS stereo CD 2-on-1

LP                FOCUS 3 (US)                                                 SIRE US                        SAS 3901         1972

1972 10 TRKS stereo 2LP 3-D cover


LP                FOCUS II (aka ‘Moving Waves’)                    IMPERIAL NL               5C038-24385  1971

1971 6 TRKS stereo LP

LP                FOCUS II (aka ‘Moving Waves’) re-issue    EMI NL                          5C038-24385  1971

1971 6 TRKS stereo LP, re-issue of 1st edition


CD               HAMBURGER CONCERTO                           EMI NL                          48860.2             1974

1988 6 TRKS stereo CD

LP                HAMBURGER CONCERTO (UK)                 POLYDOR UK              2442 124          1974

1974 7 TRKS stereo LP


7″                 HAREM SCAREM (stereo) / (mono)            ATCO US                      45-7002            1974

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo


7″                 HOCUS POCUS / (Part 2)                              SIRE US                        SAA-704           1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 HOCUS POCUS / JANIS                                POLYDOR UK              2001 211          1971

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


CD               IN & OUT OF FOCUS                                      RED BULLET NL         RB 66.187         1970

2001 8 TRKS stereo CD

LP                IN & OUT OF FOCUS (UK)                            POLYDOR UK              2344 003          1970

1971 8 TRKS stereo LP UK pressing


CD               JAN AKKERMAN & THIJS VAN LEER         VERTIGO DE                824524.2          1985

1985 7 TRKS stereo CD

LP                JAN AKKERMAN & THIJS VAN LEER         VERTIGO NL                824524.1          1985

1985 7 TRKS stereo LP


CD               LIVE AT THE RAINBOW                                 EMI NL                          48969.2             1973

1988 7 TRKS stereo CD Live

LP                LIVE AT THE RAINBOW                                 IMPERIAL NL               5C054-24939  1973

1973 7 TRKS stereo LP Live album


CD               MOTHER FOCUS                                            VICTOR JPN                VICP-61535     1975

2001 12 TRKS Stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                MOTHER FOCUS (UK)                                   POLYDOR UK              2302 036          1975

1975 12 TRKS stereo LP


CD               MOVING WAVES                                             VICTOR JPN                VICP-61531     1971

2001 6 TRKS Stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                MOVING WAVES (DE)                                   POLYDOR DE              2310 150          1971

1971 6 TRKS stereo LP

LP                MOVING WAVES (Jpn)                                  TOSHIBA JPN              EMS 50130      1971

1980? 6 TRKS stereo LP insert, re-issue

LP                MOVING WAVES (UK)                                   BLUE HORIZON UK   2391 002          1971

1971 6 TRKS stereo LP


CD               SHIP OF MEMORIES                                      VICTOR JPN                VICP-63669     1976

2001 10 TRKS Stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                SHIP OF MEMORIES (US)                             SIRE US                        SA 7531            1976

1977 9 TRKS stereo LP collection


7″                 SYLVIA (PS)                                                     POLYDOR DE              2001 249          1972

1972? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 SYLVIA / LOVE REMEMBERED                   SIRE US                        SAA-708           1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


7″                 TOMMY / FOCUS II                                          BLUE HORIZON UK   2096 008          1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve