Lovin’ Spoonful

Happy birthday John Sebastian (The Lovin’ Spoonful) (1944)

I loves me some Lovin’ Spoonful!

7″                 (TILL I) RUN WITH YOU                                                                  KAMA SUTRA US       KA-251              1969? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

LP                24 KARAT HITS                                                                                KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 750-2      1968 24 TRKS stereo 2LP collection

7″                 ALLEY OOP (PS)                                                                              SUNDAZED US           S 235                 2011 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, re-issue

CD               ANTHOLOGY                                                                                    RHINO US                    R2 70944          1990 26 TRKS stereo CD collection

10″               BEST IN THE WEST                                                                        PRT UK                         DOW 9               1983 8 TRKS stereo collection

LP                BEST OF                                                                                            KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 8056       1966 12 TRKS stereo LP collection, 4 x photos

LP                BEST OF Vol. 2, THE                                                                       KAMA SUTRA DE       620 007             1968 12 TRKS stereo LP collection, DG pressing

7″                 DARLING BE HOME SOON / DARLIN’ COMPANION (PS)      KAMA SUTRA US       KA-220              1967? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD               DAYDREAM                                                                                       BUDDHA US                99731.2             2002 17 TRKS stereo CD

LP                DAYDREAM                                                                                       KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 8051       1966 12 TRKS stereo LP

LP                DAYDREAM (UK) mono                                                                  PYE INT’L UK               NPL 28078       1966 12 TRKS mono LP

7″                 DAYDREAM / NIGHT OWL BLUES                                               PYE UK                         7N 25361          1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 DID YOU EVER HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND?                  KAMA SUTRA US       KA-209              1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 DID YOU EVER HAVE TO MAKE UP YOUR MIND? (PS)         KAMA SUTRA JPN     DK-1006            1966? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, test pressing

CD               DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC                                                         BUDDHA US                99730.2             2002 17 TRKS stereo CD

LP                DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC                                                         KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 8050       1965 12 TRKS stereo LP

7″                 DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC / ON THE ROAD AGAIN             KAMA SUTRA US       KA-201              1965 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC mono                                             KAMA SUTRA US       KLP 8050          1965? 12 TRKS mono LP

LP                DO YOU BELIEVE IN MAGIC re-issue                                         SUNDAZED US           LP 5159             2002 16 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

LP                EVERYTHING PLAYING                                                                  KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 8061       1968 11 TRKS stereo LP

LP                FEATURING JOHN SEBASTIAN                                                   BUDDAH DE                47.003               1970 12 TRKS stereo LP collection

LP                GOLDEN HOUR OF                                                                         GOLDEN HOUR UK   GH 838              1973? 24 TRKS stereo LP collection

CD               HUMS OF THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL                                             BUDDHA US                99732.2             2003 17 TRKS stereo CD

LP                HUMS OF THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL                                             KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 8054       1966 11 TRKS stereo LP

LP                HUMS OF THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL (DE)                                    KAMA SUTRA DE       2319 034           1966 11 TRKS stereo LP DG pressing

LP                HUMS OF THE LOVIN’ SPOONFUL re-issue                             SUNDAZED US           LP 5166             2003 15 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

7″                 NASHVILLE CATS / FULL MEASURE                                         KAMA SUTRA UK       KAS 204            1966 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 NASHVILLE CATS / FULL MEASURE (PS) promo                   KAMA SUTRA US       KA-219              1966 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

7″                 NEVER GOING BACK / FOREVER                                                KAMA SUTRA US       KA-250              1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

LP                REVELATION: REVOLUTION ’69                                                  KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 8073       1969 10 TRKS stereo LP

7″                 SHE IS STILL A MYSTERY / ONLY PRETTY, WHAT A PITY     KAMA SUTRA US       KA-239              1969? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 SIX O’CLOCK / THE FINALE (PS)                                                 KAMA SUTRA US       KA-225              1968? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 SIX O’CLOCK / THE FINALE promo                                             KAMA SUTRA US       KA-225              1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                 SIX O’CLOCK / YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW (PS)                           KAMA SUTRA DE       618 018             1968? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 SUMMER IN THE CITY / BUTCHIE’S TUNE                                KAMA SUTRA US       KA-211              1966? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO BE SO NICE (PS)                                    KAMA SUTRA US       KA-205              1965? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP                YOU’RE A BIG BOY NOW (O.S.T.)                                                 KAMA SUTRA US       KLPS 8058ST  1967 14 TRKS stereo LP O.S.T.

George Benson

Happy birthday guitarist George Benson (1943), guitarist Rory Gallagher (1949) and Dr. Seuss (1904).

I do have the odd few George Benson albums!

CD                ABSOLUTE BENSON                                     GRP JPN                      MVCJ-24029  2000

2000 11 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                BEST OF – THE INSTRUMENTALS              WARNER US               46660.2           1997

1997 11 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD                BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON                   CTI US                           ZK 65130        1971

1997 8 TRKS stereo CD

 

LP                BREEZIN’                                                          WARNER US               BSK 3111       1976

1976 6 TRKS stereo LP jazz, re-issue

DVD             BREEZIN’ (DVD) 5.1                                       WARNER US               R9 76715        1976

2001 DVD-Audio 5.1, 2 X bonus tracks

SA-CD         BREEZIN’ (SA-CD) 5.1                                   AUDIO FIDELITY US   AFZ 5185        1976

2014 6 TRKS 5.1 SA-CD

 

CD                GEORGE BENSON COLLECTION, THE    WARNER US               3577.2             1981

1990? 16 TRKS stereo CD collection, 2-on-1

LP                GEORGE BENSON COLLECTION, THE    WARNER US               SHW 3577      1981

1981 17 TRKS stereo 2LP collection, jazz

 

CD                IT’S UPTOWN                                                   SONY FR                      No. 16              1966

2010 16 TRKS stereo CD “Jazz – Perfect Jazz Collection” CD box

 

CD                OTHER SIDE OF ABBEY ROAD, THE         CTI US                           3028.2             1969

1986 5 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                SILVER COLLECTION                                   VERVE DE                    823450.2        1969

1985? 13 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD                WEEKEND IN L.A.                                           WARNER JPN             WPCP-3874   1978

1990? 11 TRKS stereo CD Live

 

LP                WHITE RABBIT                                                CTI US                           CTI 6015         1971

1971 5 TRKS stereo LP jazz

Johnny Winter

Happy birthday guitarist Johnny Winter (1944)

7″                 21ST CENTURY MAN promo              COLUMBIA US  4-45260      1970

1970 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 JOHNNY B. GOODE promo                 COLUMBIA US  4-45058      1969

1969? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

LP                SECOND WINTER                                 COLUMBIA US  KCS 9947  1969

1969 11 TRKS stereo 2LP 3-sided

 

CD                WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE, THE    COLUMBIA US  48244.2      1969

2009 17 TRKS stereo 2CD Live + “Johnny Winter” debut Columbia album

Horace Silver

Today is the anniversary of the death of Thelonious Monk, who died in 1982.

But today, I want to talk about a different jazz artiste, Horace Silver

CD               AT THE VILLAGE GATE – DOIN’ THE THING (5)                       TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9052           1961

1999 5 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

CD               AT THE VILLAGE GATE – DOIN’ THE THING (6)                       BLUE NOTE US     84076.2                 1961

1988 6 TRKS stereo CD Live jazz

 

SA-CD         BLOWIN’ THE BLUES AWAY (SA-CD)                                         ANALOGUE US     CBNJ 84017 SA  1959

2003 8 TRKS SA-CD 2011 Hybrid issue

 

CD               CAPE VERDEAN BLUES, THE                                                     TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9514           1965

2003 6 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

7″                 FILTHY McNASTY (Part 1) / (Part 2)                                              BLUE NOTE US     45-1817                 1964

1964? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, jazz

 

CD               FINGER POPPIN’ WITH                                                                   BLUE NOTE US     84008.2                 1959

1988 8 TRKS stereo CD jazz

 

CD               FURTHER EXPLORATIONS                                                           TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9175           1958

1999 6 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

LP                GUIDES TO GROWING UP                                                            SILVETO US           SPR 101                1981

1981 8 TRKS stereo LP jazz, spoken word

 

CD               HARDBOP GRANDPOP, THE                                                        IMPULSE US          IMPD-192              1996

1996 10 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD               HORACE SILVER AND THE JAZZ MESSENGERS                   BLUE NOTE US     46140.2                 1955

1987 8 TRKS mono CD jazz

 

CD               HORACE SILVER TRIO                                                                   BLUE NOTE US     80906.2                 1952

2003 16 TRKS mono CD

 

CD               HORACE-SCOPE                                                                             TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9130           1960

1999 7 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

CD               IN PURSUIT OF THE 27th MAN                                                    TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9371           1972

1999 7 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                IN PURSUIT OF THE 27th MAN                                                    BLUE NOTE US     BN-LA054-F         1972

1972 7 TRKS stereo LP jazz

 

CD               IT’S GOT TO BE FUNKY                                                                  COLUMBIA US       CK 53812              1993

1993 12 TRKS stereo CD jazz

 

CD               JODY GRIND, THE                                                                           BLUE NOTE US     84250.2                 1966

1991 6 TRKS stereo CD jazz

 

LP                LIVE 1964                                                                                          EMERALD US        EMR 1001             1964

1984 4 TRKS stereo LP Live album

 

CD               MUSIC FOR LOVERS                                                                      BLUE NOTE US     64720.2                 2006

2006 10 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD               PENCIL PACKIN’ PAPA                                                                  COLUMBIA US       CK 64210              1994

1994 10 TRKS stereo CD jazz

 

CD               PRESCRIPTION FOR THE BLUES, A                                           IMPULSE JPN        MVCI-24005         1997

1997 9 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 PSYCHEDELIC SALLY / SERENADE TO A SOUL SISTER     BLUE NOTE US     45-1939                 1968

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, jazz

 

CD               SERENADE TO A SOUL SISTER                                                  TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9580           1968

2004 6 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

LP                SILVER ‘N PERCUSSION                                                               BLUE NOTE US     BN-LA853-H         1977

1977 6 TRKS stereo LP jazz

 

CD               SILVER’S BLUE                                                                                PORTRAIT US        RK 45138              1956

1989 7 TRKS mono CD jazz

 

CD               SILVER’S SERENADE                                                                     TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9534           1963

2003 5 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

7″                 SISTER SADIE / BREAK CITY                                                        BLUE NOTE US     45-1750                 1965

1965? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD               SIX PIECES OF SILVER                                                                  BLUE NOTE US     81539.2                 1958

1988 10 TRKS stereo CD jazz

 

SHM-CD     SONG FOR MY FATHER                                                                 BLUE NOTE JPN   TYCJ-81044         1964

2013 10 TRKS stereo SHM-CD

LP                SONG FOR MY FATHER re-issue                                                 BLUE NOTE US     BST 84185            1964

1984 6 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

 

LP                SPIRITUALIZING THE SENSES (w/ Eddie Harris)                     SILVETO US           SPR 102                1983

1983 5 TRKS stereo LP jazz, spoken word

 

CD               STYLINGS OF SILVER, THE                                                          TOSHIBA JPN        TOCJ-9113           1957

1999 6 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

SA-CD         TOKYO BLUES, THE (SA-CD)                                                       ANALOGUE US     CBNJ 84110 SA  1962

2010 5 TRKS SA-CD Hybrid issue

Track Record (UK)

Happy birthday Percy Sledge (1940) and John McVie (Fleetwood Mac) (1945). Also the date of the farewell performance by The Cream at The Royal Albert Hall, 1968.

 

After discussing mono vs. stereo as issued by Track Record UK yesterday, I decided to go on and take this discussion to it’s conclusion today.

 

I can confirm these albums as being issued in mono in the UK:

 

HENDRIX, JIMI        ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?                                                                                TRACK RECORD UK    612 001

LP                               1967                                                                                                                        11

Not issued in stereo in the UK, but Reprise Records in the US released a stereo LP for this title.

 

WHO, THE                WHO SELL OUT, THE                                                                                         TRACK RECORD UK    612 002

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        13

The US did, in fact, issue a mono version of this LP, but it’s not the same as the UK mono version.

 

BROWN, ARTHUR CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN                                                             TRACK RECORD UK    612 005

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        8

The US did, in fact, issue a mono version of this LP, but it’s not the same as the UK mono version.

 

WHO, THE                DIRECT HITS                                                                                                        TRACK RECORD UK    612 006

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        12

I was so excited to finally get a mono LP of this title, recently…

 

I can confirm these albums as being issued in stereo in the UK:

 

HENDRIX, JIMI        AXIS: BOLD AS LOVE                                                                                         TRACK RECORD UK    613 003

LP                               1967                                                                                                                        13

 

HENDRIX, JIMI        SMASH HITS                                                                                                         TRACK RECORD UK    613 004

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        12

Track listing changed for the US

 

BROWN, ARTHUR CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN                                                             TRACK RECORD UK    613 005

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        8

 

WHO, THE                DIRECT HITS                                                                                                        TRACK RECORD UK    613 006

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        12

Not issued in the US, but pieced out over the “Magic Bus” LP etc.

 

ROMAN, MURRAY YOU CAN’T BEAT PEOPLE UP & HAVE THEM SAY I LOVE YOU             TRACK RECORD UK    613 007

LP                               1968                                                                                                                        16

 

ROMAN, MURRAY BLIND MAN’S MOVIE, A                                                                                     TRACK RECORD UK    613 015

LP                               1969                                                                                                                        11

Licensed from Tetragrammaton Records, at the insistence of Keith Moon

 

V.A.                            TRACK RECORD: HOUSE THAT TRACK BUILT, THE                                 TRACK RECORD UK    613 016

LP                               1969                                                                                                                        13

A fabulous compilation LP, including some rare Track Record cuts. I first read about it in a book about The Who, but I never saw a copy of it for sale until the early 80’s in New Zealand.

The Who – Direct Hits LP

Happy birthday Tina Turner (1941). The #1 song in 1967 on this date? “Incense & Peppermints” by The Strawberry Alarm Clock.

 

The Who – “Direct Hits”, an LP I first heard as “The Best If The Who” from Germany, with full-on re-processed stereo throughout, about 1969. This LP was issued originally in 1968 in the UK, but the scribe on the LP itself says 1966. Duly noted, this isn’t the best album that could be assembled – the absence of “Magic Bus”, for instance.

 

For many years I only had a UK stereo LP; I recently found a mono LP of this album, up in Portland, OR – so I can state definitely what is on each version of this record!

 

Do you like stereo? Then get the 1980 Japanese LP re-issue, it has 4 songs in true stereo, 2 of which are from the then-recent “The Who Sell Out”. The 100% unique stereo here are the songs “I’m A Boy” and “In The City” (which is fabulous). When The Who got a 4CD boxed set, many new things were mixed to stereo (such as “Dogs”), but that was 90’s stereo, not 1968 stereo, making “I’m A Boy” and “In The City” all the more fascinating in stereo.

 

But it wasn’t until I got the mono UK Track Record LP recently that I could with any degree of certainty that the mono LP has different versions of some songs, completely absent is the reverb that totally dominates the German “Best Of” LP. For some reason around 1969 – 1970, German Polydor liked the make mono records stereo by adding enough reverb to choke a horse! The songs on that version sound like they all have ‘slapback’, where the reverb goes from left to right (or vice versa). The mono LP is pretty much flat, thankfully. But I did notice the scribe in the vinyl telling me the album had the German serial number in a machine stamp, and the 612 number was written in by hand.

 

This album is also known as “Portrait Of The Who” in Holland, but I doubt the cut is anything other than the original stereo LP, which isn’t very stereo.

 

I also have the 2007 Japanese CD of this album, which I understand was originally intended to be a very limited release.

Neil Young “Decade” 2CD

Happy birthday Colonel Sanders (of K.F.C. fame) (1890) also guitarist Jimmy Reed (1925) and drummer Elvin Jones (1927).

 

“Decade” by Neil Young was originally a 3LP set on Reprise Records, a collection of most everything he’d done by 1977. So, too early to get his Geffen missives.

 

When did I first hear Neil Young? Obviously in Buffalo Springfield, but there were so many songwriters in that band! No way to tell Neil from Steve Stills, at least initially. We all heard Crosby Stills & Nash, and it made sense that it became Crosby Still Nash & Young, with “Déjà vu”. But wait a cotton pickin’ minute! By “Déjà vu”, there’s at least 3 x Neil Young solo albums!

 

“After The Goldrush” Remains my favorite Neil Young solo album. Maybe it was when it was released? Or my youth? My original Reprise US LP of it sits on the shelf in my bedroom (the music room). I wandered away after “Harvest” in ’72, the call of motorik music aus Deutschland had a more direct calling to my name, my culture.

 

I did not slobber for long at the steady stream of singer – songwriter-it is. The Germans knew what was really going on, not these hicks!

 

So, when “Decade” rolled down the pike, during my 2nd year at a hippie record store, I was non-plussed. “What? I Need more of this?”, I remember thinking. I did not initially buy “Decade”, as a 3LP set – besides it was something like $9.-!

 

I look at the CD booklet in 2015, were the LP innersleeves color? 35 tracks over 2CD’s, maybe a gnat’s more handle-able than the 8CD “Archive Vol. 1” CD boxed set, which I also obtained. “Decade” appears to be more to the point. Disc 1 – I mostly know the majority of those tracks, done. On Disc 2 of “Decade”, my knowledge trails off around track 9 or 10, as previously stated, I didn’t make it past “Harvest”.

 

Liner notes say “Burned” was ‘the first Neil Young vocal ever recorded’. I know that song! “Down To The Wire” is supposedly from “Stampede”, the unreleased Buffalo Springfield album. The “Sugar Mountain” B-Side is here, too. Lo & behold, there’s even some Stills – Young Band material on “Decade”!

 

So, was “Decade” really an attempt to have an early version of “Neil Young’s Greatest Hits”, collecting the Buffalo Springfield and solo stuff and CSN&Y stuff? They were all under one roof, at that point. Well, it doesn’t say that, I am making assumptions, which I am loathe to do.

 

But in 2015, I can listen and believe or not. He’s still alive, which is more than I can say for some people who helped Mr. Young, like Danny Whitten.

The Pretenders

Happy birthday songwriter Buddy Holly (1936) and Chrissy Hynde (of The Pretenders) (1951).

 

I remember well how difficult it was to get Pretenders 45’s before they signed with Sire, for the U.S.! Who is this band?

 

In 2015, I have all that I need for The Pretenders, the first 2 albums as glorious Mobile Fidelity SA-CD’s, and a Best Of. And some original “Real” 45’s.

 

7″                 BRASS IN POCKET (PS)                                                  REAL UK               ARE 11

1979 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 KID / TATTOOED LOVE BOYS (PS)                               REAL UK               ARE 9

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 MESSAGE OF LOVE / PORCELAIN (PS)                      REAL UK               ARE 15

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

LP                PRETENDERS                                                                   SIRE US                SRK 6083

1980 12 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

CD               PRETENDERS (2CD)                                                       SIRE US                R2 74148

1979 28 TRKS stereo 2CD US paper sleeve

SA-CD         PRETENDERS (SA-CD)                                                   MOBILE FID US   UDSACD 2144

2014 12 TRKS stereo SA-CD

 

LP                PRETENDERS II                                                                SIRE US                SRK 3572

1981 12 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

SA-CD         PRETENDERS II (SA-CD)                                                MOBILE FID US   UDSACD 2056

2010 12 TRKS SA-CD hybrid issue, stereo

 

LP                SINGLES, THE                                                                   SIRE US                25664.1

1987 16 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

7″                 STOP YOUR SOBBING / PHONE CALL, THE (PS)     SIRE US                SRE 49506

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 STOP YOUR SOBBING / THE WAIT (PS)                      REAL UK               ARE 6

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 TALK OF THE TOWN / CUBAN SLIDE (PS)                 REAL UK               ARE 12

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

 

Birthdays #2

Happy birthday Roy Ayers, the jazz vibraphone player! (1940, Los Angeles, CA); Danny Hutton (“Roses and Rainbows and You” singer / Three Dog Night singer) (1942); Don Powell (drummer of Slade) (1950)!

 

I used to sell Roy Ayers LP’s at my first hippie record store job. Slickly produced jazz lite, for whiter-than-you’ll-ever-be hipsters. I am not disrespecting Mr. Ayers, however. Some of that stuff is actually fairly groovy. Tycoon Tosh sampled him, British compilers of compilations included him. Most of his Polydor LP’s made it to the $1 bin and – finally – the Japanese re-issued them as proper CD’s at a low price – time to buy! Try “Everybody Loves The Sunshine” from ’76. Cool stuff!

 

I remember…I remember…Danny Hutton singing “Roses and Rainbows and You” on the AM radio, way back. More than 45 years ago. How do they make records? Do they sing into echo chambers? Who writes the charts? Does Jack Nitzsche figure out the harmonies? Who does the arrangements and hires the musicians? And a 45 that good comes out on some small label, and I hear it on the AM radio in 1966 or so. Nifty, tough & bitchen!

 

And then a few years later…Three Dog Night walks down the pike. Several points: 1) It’s on Dunhill, so it’s probably good 2) Professionally written songs, which are usually good 3) Where’s Lou Adler?

 

Their debut album somehow ends up on Geffen Records, in Japan in 2013. I buy a copy, as it’s a kami sleeve, and an SHM-CD ( = Super High Materials). And I have to say, it sounds GREAT. Clear bass, detailed high end. And later I read that someone tossed all the master tapes? This sounds like it’s from a master – or a very good copy.

 

Remember when Slade couldn’t get arrested in the US? I remember them playing L.A., and I was too young to go. Not that I would’ve! My favorite band was Faust, and UK 70’s glam rock was OFF of my radar.

 

Why did Quiet Riot cover Slade? Too lazy to write? Use hit material for hits? They weren’t even signed in the US (Quiet Riot) until their 3rd album or so! Guess they let Joan Jett be Suzi Quatro (or, actually The Arrows). Nobody else claimed Slade in the US. Did you even know they were signed to Reprise, a fairly hip label? All those Polydor UK LP’s that were giant hits in the UK were on Reprise here (or on the ineffectual Polydor US label, early 70’s). And Don Powell is a good guy. Shame that Noddy Holder retired. Ever see him in The Grimleys? Genius!

FM Radio

I understand that today is Joe Jackson’s birthday, but sources do not agree on a particular year. Yesterday, Happy birthday to Ron Kane (1958) and also to Ian Anderson (of Jethro Tull) (1947).

 

The radio used to be quite good in Los Angeles. I remember listening to a lot of “Top 40” AM radio, even airchecking it! But towards the end of the 60’s, the FM dial got a little bit more interesting. You could listen to an hour, and not know who / what was being played, unless they started playing The Beatles.

I remember when Crosby, Stills & Nash took their demo into one of the FM stations and played it. Much later on, I was told the band was called The Cold Noses (probably after David Crosby gave them all something to sniff). There was an uptempo version of “Long Time Coming” that was really good. When the CS&N demos got released on CD, I was surprised that it wasn’t there.

My favorite listening experience was courtesy our friends at Pacifica Radio, around here, that would be KPFK 90.7 FM. It’s non-commercial radio, and after midnight, they tended to play non-commercial music. There was a whole host of late night fun on KPFK – a science fiction show which was sometimes hosted by Harlan Ellison; a Sunday evening folk show (which I almost never listened to)…but the real attraction was to be found whenever somebody didn’t turn up.

About 1972 or so, I started hearing a man with a rather quiet voice, who played the most “out there” music I could imagine. Snippets of Monty Python, stuff obviously taped off of the television, records I couldn’t fathom. So, like any curious child, I started calling the station (as they often repeated their telephone number on-air). The gentleman was named Greg Stewart, probably 15-20 years older than myself. He duly told me what the records he was playing were; but he didn’t tell me that he had MANY Bob Dylan bootlegs, tapes of The Firesign Theatre, and an imagination that knew what to do with an Edit-All and a razor blade.

I still know Mr. Stewart in 2014. Guess that means we’ve had a dialogue of over 40 years. We were out of touch for a number of years, but when I worked at Poo Bah Record Shop in Pasadena, I saw his name on a special order card for a Bob Dylan LP.

I do not know anybody else who is a veteran of L.A. FM radio late nights; I understand not all of them are still with us. Locally, there was a station called KNAC, and they used to have some hip dudes playing hippie music, after dark. Through my high school, I used to go there with my friend Paul Sakrison, who had an internship at KNAC. That’s where I learned to write & edit commercials, and spend all evening / weekend / month listening to The Firesign Theatre.