Black Randy memories

Black Randy

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Randy_and_the_Metrosquad

“No gift is too great for my people!”, I once heard Black Randy say.  I was only lucky enough to see them a few times.

These days, they are more famous as Dangerhouse Records artists.  In fact, I recently bought another set of Black Randy 45’s (“Trouble At The Cup”, “Idi Amin” and “I Slept In An Arcade”), which I am not entirely convinced were legit – of course I own originals, purchased when the band was still together.

Black Randy died in 1988; I used to hear it was something else (drugs?), but Wikipedia says he died from AIDS.

The band was always very tight, on stage.  They could really play!  I remember thinking, Randy himself is the only one who is not a professional musician – but ultimately, they were all great.  I remember going to see The Screamers at a club out in the San Fernando valley, and Randy was yelling encouragement at them, “You came back too soon!”.

Friends at my work (Superior Music, in Glendale, CA) knew about Black Randy, too.  His only LP “Pass The Dust, I Think I’m Bowie” was a very special LP, and it still is (despite Long Gone John’s CD of it).

Simply put, Black Randy acted “black” – or as close to black as L.A. punks ever got!

But as Randy could be somewhat crude, there was no “eulogy” when he died.  He was just another victim.

There’s a film “Ladies and Gentlemen The Fabulous Stains” that Black Randy & His Elite Metrosquad appear in, if you want to see them “in action”.

War

Happy birthday Dr. John (Mac Rebennack) (1940) and Lonnie Jordan (of War) (1948).

I do like Dr. John!  But I also enjoy War (who were from my high school).

CD                BEST OF                                                                                            PRIORITY US      CDL 9467

1987            1987 13 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD                CISCO KID AND OTHER HITS, THE                                                FLASHBACK US  R2 75299

1998            1998 10 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                 CISCO KID, THE promo                                                                  U.A. US               UA-XW163-W

1972            1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

LP                 DELIVER THE WORD                                                                       U.A. US               UA-LA128-F

1973            1973 7 TRKS stereo LP die-cut cover

 

7″                 DON’T TAKE IT AWAY / MUSIC BAND 2, THE                              MCA US              MCA 41158

1979            1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 GET DOWN / ALL DAY MUSIC                                                        U.A. US               50815

1971            1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; debut 45 as “War” (w/o E. Burdon)

 

7″                 GOOD, GOOD FEELIN’ / BABY FACE                                             MCA US              MCA 40995

1979            1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 GREATEST HITS                                                                                U.A. US               UA-LA648-G

1976            1976 10 TRKS stereo LP collection, US pressing

LP                 GREATEST HITS (UK)                                                                       ISLAND UK         ILPS 9413

1976            1976 10 TRKS stereo LP collection, UK pressing

 

7″                 GYPSY MAN promo                                                                        U.A. US               UA-XW281-W

1973            1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

7″                 I’M THE ONE WHO UNDERSTANDS / CORNS & CALLOUSES     MCA US              MCA 41061

1979            1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

12″               LOW RIDER                                                                                      U.A. US               SP-115

1975            1975 2 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

7″                 LOW RIDER / SO                                                                             U.A. US               UA-XW-706-Y

1975            1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 LOW RIDER / SO (PS)                                                                     U.A. US               UA-WX-706-Y

1975            1975 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 ME AND BABY BROTHER promo                                                   U.A. US               UA-XW350-W

1973            1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

 

LP                 OUTLAW                                                                                          RCA US               AFL1-4208

1982            1982 7 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD                PEACE SIGN                                                                                     RHINO US          R2 71706

1994            1994 12 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS?                                                        AVENUE US        R2 71051

1975            1992 9 TRKS stereo CD

 

7″                 WHY CAN’T WE BE FRIENDS? (PS)                                                U.A. US               UA-XW-629X

1975            1975 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

CD                WORLD IS A GHETTO, THE                                                             AVENUE US        R2 71043

1972            1992 6 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 WORLD IS A GHETTO, THE                                                             U.A. DE               UAS 29400

1972            1972 6 TRKS stereo LP poster

Delaney & Bonnie

Happy birthday Roy Wood (1948), Rickie Lee Jones (1954) and Bonnie Bramlett  (Delaney & Bonnie)(1944).

In the recent book “Waging Heavy Peace” by Neil Young, he mentions Delaney & Bonnie’s album on Elektra, “Accept No Substitute” their 2nd LP – in particular the song “When The Battle Is Over” – the whole LP appears to be arranged by Leon Russell (guitar and piano).  If you follow 60’s music at all, there are some other names you will recognize on this LP: Bobby Whitlock, Carl Radle, Bobby Keys, Jim Price, Jim Keltner, Rita Coolidge…all in addition to Leon Russell!

I’ve got a Japanese LP of “Accept No Substitute”, from approx. 1980 or so.  And Mr. Delaney is long gone now, too.  Bonnie is very much still alive, however!

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_Bramlett

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaney_Bramlett

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delaney_%26_Bonnie

Michael Jackson

Happy birthday Michael Jackson (1958) and Charlie “Bird” Parker (1920) – I don’t own much by either of ‘em, but – if pressed – I probably prefer Michael Jackson!

7″                 BEAT IT                                                       EPIC US   34-03759      1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                DANGEROUS                                             EPIC US   EK 45400      1991 14 TRKS stereo CD

 

LP                 HISTORY – BOOK I                                     EPIC US   E3 59000      1995 30 TRKS stereo 3LP boxed set, insert

MD               HISTORY – BOOK I (MD)                           EPIC US   E2M 59000   1995 30 TRKS stereo Minidisc x 2

 

7″                 OFF THE WALL                                          EPIC US   9-50838        1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                OFF THE WALL                                          EPIC US   EK 35745      1983? 10 TRKS stereo CD original cover!

LP                 OFF THE WALL                                          EPIC US   FE 35745       1979 10 TRKS stereo LP original cover

MD               OFF THE WALL (MD)                                EPIC US   EM 35745     1979 10 TRKS stereo Minidisc

 

7″                 SHE’S OUT OF MY LIFE                             EPIC US   9-50871        1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 THRILLER                                                    EPIC US   34-04364      1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                THRILLER – 25th ANNIVERSARY              EPIC US   17986.2        2008 16 TRKS stereo CD 25th Anniversary

DVD             THRILLER – 25th ANNIVERSARY (DVD)   EPIC US   17986.2        2008 4 TRKS DVD Video, 25th Anniversary

MD               THRILLER (MD)                                          EPIC US   EM 38112     1982 9 TRKS stereo Minidisc

Al Kooper etc.

Happy birthday Kurtis Blow (1959)!

AL KOOPER etc.

Saw him live at McCabe’s Guitar Shop, got my “Super Session” signed etc.  I have my late older brother to thank for turning me onto Al Kooper!  Still alive, as of this writing!

LP                 ACT LIKE NOTHING’S WRONG (DE)                                             U.A. DE                       UAS 30020 XOT

1976 9 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 ALBERT’S SHUFFLE / SEASON OF THE WITCH promo              COLUMBIA US           4-44657

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                AL’S BIG DEAL                                                                                SONY JPN                   MHCP 21

2003 14 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve collection

 

CD                BLACK COFFEE                                                                               FAVORED NAT US     FN 2520.2

2005 14 TRKS stereo CD, autographed on cover

 

CD                CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING                                                       SONY JPN                   MHCP 20

2003 9 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 CHAMPIONSHIP WRESTLING                                                       COLUMBIA US           FC 38137

1982 9 TRKS stereo LP promo, innersleeve

 

CD                EASY DOES IT                                                                                 SONY JPN                   MHCP 16

2003 15 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

CD                FILLMORE EAST – LOST CONCERT TAPES 12/13/68                 COLUMBIA US           CK 85278

2003 10 TRKS stereo CD Live 12/68

 

LP                 FOUR ON THE FLOOR                                                                   CASABLANCA US      NBLP 7180

1979 4 TRKS stereo LP promo

 

CD                I STAND ALONE                                                                             SONY JPN                   MHCP 14

2003 12 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 I STAND ALONE                                                                             COLUMBIA US           CS 9718

1968 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 I STAND ALONE pic disc, flexi                                                     COLUMBIA US           AURA 1

1969 2 TRKS pic disc 45 flexi

 

7″                 JOHN THE BAPTIST (HOLY JOHN) / BACK ON MY FEET            COLUMBIA US           4-45412

1971 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

LP                 KOOPER SESSION (KOOPER / OTIS)                                            COLUMBIA US           CS 9951

1969 7 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD                LIVE ADVENTURES OF (KOOPER / BLOOMFIELD)                     SONY JPN                   MHCP 11/12

2003 15 TRKS stereo 2CD kami sleeve

LP                 LIVE ADVENTURES OF (KOOPER / BLOOMFIELD)                     COLUMBIA US           KGP 6

1969 11 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album ’68

 

7″                 MONKEY TIME, THE promo                                                          COLUMBIA US           4-45566

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                NAKED SONGS                                                                               SONY JPN                   MHCP 597

2005 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

 

CD                NEW YORK CITY (YOU’RE A WOMAN)                                        SONY JPN                   MHCP 17

2003 11 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 NEW YORK CITY (YOU’RE A WOMAN) (UK)                               CBS UK                        64340

1971 11 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 OO WEE BABY I LOVE YOU promo                                             COLUMBIA US           AE7 1034

1972? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                POSSIBLE PROJECTION OF THE FUTURE, A                                SONY JPN                   MHCP 18

2003 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 POSSIBLE PROJECTION OF THE FUTURE, A                                COLUMBIA US           KC 31158

1972 10 TRKS stereo LP promo

 

CD                RARE & WELL DONE                                                                     COLUMBIA US           C2K 62153

2001 33 TRKS stereo 2CD collection

 

CD                REKOOPERATION                                                                          MUSIC MASTER US   65107.2

1994 13 TRKS stereo CD

 

CD                SOUL OF A MAN – LIVE                                                                 MUSIC MASTER US   65113.2

1994 19 TRKS stereo 2CD Live 2/94

 

CD                SUPER SESSION (KOOPER / BLOOMFIELD / STILLS)                 SONY JPN                   SICP 1962

2008 9 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 SUPER SESSION (KOOPER / BLOOMFIELD / STILLS)                 COLUMBIA US           CS 9701

1968 9 TRKS stereo LP

LP                 SUPER SESSION (KOOPER / BLOOMFIELD / STILLS)                 CBS / SONY JPN         25AP 1205

1968 9 TRKS stereo LP insert

SA-CD          SUPER SESSION (KOOPER / BLOOMFIELD / STILLS) 5.1          AUDIO FIDELITY US   AFZ5 186

2014 9 TRKS 5.1 SA-CD Hybrid

 

7″                 THIS DIAMOND RING promo                                                       U.A. US                       UA-XW-879-Y

1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE                          SONY JPN                   MHCP 15

2003 12 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve

LP                 YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE                          COLUMBIA US           CS 9855

1969 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 YOU NEVER KNOW WHO YOUR FRIENDS ARE promo (PS)     COLUMBIA US           4-44748

1969 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

Sly & The Family Stone

Happy birthday Joe Tex (1933)!  (I loves me some R&B today!)

SLY & THE FAMILY STONE

Most of this band are still alive & kickin’!  Yes, Sly still walks the Earth!  I believe it was Cynthia who shuffled off – or certainly a horn player…of some sort.

CD                ANTHOLOGY                                                                       EPIC US                      EGK 37071

1985? 20 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

BD                DANCE TO THE MUSIC                                                       EPIC / SONY JPN       SICP 30812

2015 15 TRKS stereo BSCD2 6 x bonus tracks

 

7″                 DANCE TO THE MUSIC (UK) (EP) (PS) promo                 EPIC UK                     EPC 3048

1972 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 EVERYDAY PEOPLE / SING A SIMPLE SONG promo       EPIC US                      5-10407

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                 EVERYDAY PEOPLE / SING A SIMPLE SONG re-issue     EPIC US                      15-2305

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue

 

7″                 FAMILY AFFAIR / LUV N’ HAIGHT (PS)                             EPIC US                      5-10805

1971? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

BD                FRESH                                                                                  EPIC / SONY JPN       SICP 30814

2015 16 TRKS stereo BSCD2 5 x bonus tracks

 

MD               GREATEST HITS (MD)                                                         EPIC US                      EM 30325

1972? 12 TRK stereo Minidisc collection

SA-CD          GREATEST HITS (SA-CD) 4.0                                              AUDIO FIDELTY US   AFZ5 216

1972? 12 TRK stereo 4.0 collection

 

7″                 HOT FUN IN THE SUMMERTIME / FUN                           EPIC US                      5-10497

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

10″               I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER (10″)                               EPIC US                      3427

2013 3 TRKS stereo re-issue; Live ’67 – ’70

 

7″                 I WANT TO TAKE YOU HIGHER / STAND (PS)                  EPIC US                      5-10450

1969 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 IF YOU WANT ME TO STAY                                               EPIC US                      5-11017

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

BD                LIFE                                                                                      EPIC / SONY JPN       SICP 30813

2015 15 TRKS stereo BSCD2 4 x bonus tracks

 

7″                 LIFE / M’LADY promo                                                        EPIC US                      5-10353

1968? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD                LISTEN TO THE VOICES – IN THE STUDIO 1965 – 70      ACE UK                       CDCHD 1255

2010 25 TRKS stereo CD V.A.

 

7″                 RUNNIN’ AWAY / BRAVE & STRONG                                EPIC US                      5-10829

1971? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 SEXY SITUATION (PS)                                                         EPIC US                      85097

2013 2 TRKS stereo re-issue; Live ’75

 

CD                STAND                                                                                  EPIC US                      75912.2

2007 13 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 STAND                                                                                  EPIC US                      BN 26456

1969 8 TRKS stereo LP re-issue

 

7″                 THANK YOU / EVERYBODY IS A STAR (PS)                       EPIC US                      5-10555

1969? 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7″                 THANK YOU / EVERYBODY IS A STAR re-issue               EPIC US                      15-2303

1969 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue

 

BD                WHOLE NEW THING, A                                                      EPIC / SONY JPN       SICP 30811

2015 17 TRKS stereo BSCD2 5 x bonus tracks

 

CD                WOODSTOCK EXPERIENCE, THE                                      EPIC US                      48241.2

2009 17 TRKS stereo 2CD Live + “Stand” album

Village People

Happy birthday to Canadian singer / songwriter Gino Vannelli (1952)!  My late brother used to really like Gino Vannelli, back when he was on A&M.  I believe I even saw him live once!

Another ‘V’ today – The Village People!

7″                 5 O’CLOCK IN THE MORNING / FOOD FIGHT (PS)     RCA US                    PB 12258

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 ACTION MAN / JUNGLE CITY                                         RCA US                    PB 12331

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC (O.S.T.)                                   CASABLANCA US    NBLP 7220

1980 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

 

LP                 FOX ON THE BOX                                                            CASABLANCA US    25S-132

1982 8 TRKS stereo LP insert

 

LP                 GO WEST                                                                         CASABLANCA US    NBLP 7144

1979 6 TRKS stereo LP with poster, insert

 

7″                 GO WEST / CITIZENS OF THE WORLD                          CASABLANCA US    NB 984

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                LIVE AND SLEAZY                                                             REBOUND US         520226.2

1994 11 TRKS stereo CD Live

 

CD                MILLENNIUM COLLECTION, THE                                   MERCURY US          546558.2

2001 11 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

CD                POWER OF THE NIGHT                                                  METRONOME DE   825610.2

1985? 10 TRKS stereo CD collection?

 

CD                RENAISSANCE                                                                  BMG SP US             44681.2

1995 8 TRKS stereo CD

LP                 RENAISSANCE                                                                  RCA US                    AFL1-4105

1981 8 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 SLEAZY / SAVE ME (‘UP TEMPO’)                                  CASABLANCA US    NB 2213

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

Johnny Otis Show

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Harry Nilsson (1941) and to singer / songwriter Noddy (Neville) Holder (of Slade) (1950)!

I am only just getting started with THE JOHNNY OTIS SHOW!

7″                 BYE BYE BABY / GOOD GOLLY                    CAPITOL US            F 3852

1957 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD                JOHNNY OTIS SHOW, THE                           UNIVERSAL JPN      UICY-77434

2015 13 TRKS mono CD

 

7″                 JOHNNY OTIS SHOW, THE (EP)                   CAPITOL UK           EAP1-1134

1958? 4 TRK EP no pic sleeve

 

LP                 LIVE AT MONTEREY                                      EPIC US                   EG 30473

1970 18 TRKS stereo 2LP Live album, poster

 

7″                 MY DEAR / YOU promo                               CAPITOL US            F 4156

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

LP                 ROCK ‘N’ ROLL HISTORY Vol. 5                  CAPITOL DE            038 EMD 85099

1975? 13 TRKS stereo / mono LP collection

 

7″                 SIGNIFYING MONKEY / COUNTRY GIRL     MODERN OLD US  45XMX48

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 TELEPHONE BABY / CASTIN’ MY SPELL     CAPITOL US            F 4168

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 TELL ME SO / STAY WITH ME                     CAPITOL US            F-3801

1959 2 TRKS mono 45 with pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE re-issue        EPIC US                   5-10757

1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 WILLIE AND THE HAND JIVE                       CAPITOL US            6049

1957? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue