The Best of Ken Burns Jazz

5-22-15

“The Best of Ken Burns Jazz”

(Columbia CK 61439, 2000)

I never saw the complete series, but I would be willing to sit and watch.

  1. LOUIS ARMSTRONG – Star Dust
  2. JELLY ROLL MORTON’S RED HOT PEPPERS – Dead Man’s Blues
  3. NOBLE SISSLE feat. SIDNEY BECHET – Dear Old Southland
  4. FRANKIE TRAUMBAUER feat. BIX BEIDERBECKE – Singing’ The Blues
  5. LOUIS ARMSTRONG – St. Louis Blues
  6. DUKE ELLINGTON – The Mooche
  7. FLETCHER HENDERSON – Hotter Than ‘Ell
  8. BENNY GOODMAN – King Porter Stomp
  9. ARTIE SHAW – Begin The Beguine
  10. DUKE ELLINGTON – Cotton Tail
  11. COUNT BASIE – Jumpin’ At The Woodside
  12. BILLIE HOLIDAY – Solitude
  13. DIZZY GILLESPIE feat. CHARLIE PARKER – Groovin’ High
  14. THELONIOUS MONK – Straight, No Chaser
  15. SARAH VAUGHN – They Can’t Take That Away From Me
  16. DAVE BRUBECK – Take 5 (45rpm version)
  17. HORACE SILVER – Doodlin’
  18. JOHN COLTRANE – Giant Steps
  19. MILES DAVIS – So What
  20. LINCOLN CENTER JAZZ ORCHESTRA – Take The “A” Train

This is a simple single disc “Best Of” for the “Ken Burns Jazz” film.  There is a 5CD slightly more comprehensive CD set that exists, but I only found the 1CD version.

Allan Holdsworth

I had the good fortune to see Allan Holdsworth play live a few times.  He was always amazing – but, then again, I was a huge fan of Tempest!

I managed to get some of his hard-to-find records / CD’s, too:

ATAVACHRON (US)
FLAT TIRE – MUSIC FOR A NON-EXISTENT MOVIE
HARD HAT AREA
I.O.U.
I.O.U. (US)
METAL FATIGUE
METAL FATIGUE (Jpn)
NONE TOO SOON
ROAD GAMES
ROAD GAMES (Jpn)
SAND
SAND
SIXTEEN MEN OF TAIN, THE
VELVET DARKNESS (US) re-issue
WARDENCLYFFE TOWER

Australia and New Zealand Music

Topic from Brian Ware…

When I was married (previously), I ran a company called ‘ANZ Imports’.  There was a place for me to advertise, “One Step Ahead” – so we took out an advertisement in that ‘magazine’ and went to town!

I duly went to New Zealand 7 x times – but only once to Australia (we’re talking 1980 – 1987); both of those places are wonderful countries and I am pleased to say I went to both of them.  I ended up with a LARGE collection of New Zealand music (I even had business cards printed up, “Specialist in New Zealand Artists”) – NEWS FLASH!  Nearly everything that got released in Australia got released in NZ.

The man I worked for during that time, Tony Harrington, was my facilitator for all of this (he was who actually owned ‘ANZ Imports’).  The world was a very different place that long ago; The NZ dollar was about half of a US dollar, so I could offer, well…everything coming out of both Australia and New Zealand!

During  1980 – 1987, not everything from Australia and New Zealand got a US release.  But a lot of great stuff was being released there!  (However, I have 3 x shelves of NZ music, yet only really 1 x shelf of Australian music!).  The big Australian groups were Icehouse (also known as The Flowers), INXS, Midnight Oil…the biggest NZ group was Split Enz.

And, yes, some groups got US issues – Mental As Anything, and (eventually) Split Enz.

My personal favorite group was The Swingers (Phil Judd from Split Enz!).  They never came and played here (that I know of) – they only had one LP, but it was very, very good!

I remember Split Enz LP’s (remember, seasons reversed) “resting in a customs-house bed”, so we could not sell ‘em – and that was for an LP + 12”!  (Not a very good one, as I recall – remember being disappointed with “Conflicting Emotions”?)  The NZ issue had both an LP & 12” single.

During my many visits to NZ, I got to meet Blam Blam Blam (who were uncooperative), Dick Driver (Who never had much anything for me to sell), and Mike Chunn (of Split Enz, who got me dubs of the Split Enz clips, at a time when that was impossible otherwise!).  I remember watching Tommy Adderley perform in Takapuna!  I also remember going to the farewell show of Split Enz in 1984…that didn’t last!

But in 1987, the LP pressing stopped in NZ; at the time, that seemed to be a death sentence!  Australia quickly took up pressing CD’s for both Australia and New Zealand.

Thomas Diethelm

As far as I know, this is it for Thomas Diethelm music you can hear!

DIETHELM, THOMAS                                                      82 – ’89                                                 FINK & STAR DE        F&S 2052.2       CD                1994                                                                                          14

1994 14 TRKS stereo CD collection                          SWI                                                       CD

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS                                                      BIG SHAKE                                            PHONAG SWI           F&S 2006.1       LP                 1989                                                                                          10

1989 10 TRKS stereo LP                                             SWI                                                       LP

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS                                                      MEMORY GAMES                                PHONAG SWI           F&S 2005.1       LP                 1988                                                                                          10

1988 10 TRKS stereo LP                                             SWI                                                       LP

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS                                                      PENGUIN IN LOVE                               MERCURY SWI          830547.1           LP

1986                                                                               11                                                          1986 11 TRKS stereo LP Swiss pressing!              SWI                                                                                        LP

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS                                                      SHAVED                                                SPOON DE                 SPOON 014       LP                 1981                                                                                          10

1981 10 TRKS stereo LP                                             SWI                                                       LP

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS / BRANDENBERGER                  DIDI L’AMOUR                                     GOLD SWI                 LP 11049           LP

1978                                                                               11                                                          1978 11 TRKS stereo LP                     SWI

LP

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS / FAMULARI, SANTINO           DIETHELM / FAMULARI                      POLYDOR SWI          813405.1           LP

1983                                                                               7                                                            1983 7 TRKS stereo LP                       SWI

LP

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS / FAMULARI, SANTINO           FLYER, THE / OLD TORERO (PS)        MERCURY NL            821140.7           7″

1983                                                                               2                                                            1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve             SWI

45

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS / FAMULARI, SANTINO           LIVEBE & CHAOS (GUITEROS)            DIETHELM SWI         –                           CD

2000                                                                               8                                                            2000? 8 TRKS stereo CD                    SWI

CD

 

DIETHELM, THOMAS / FAMULARI, SANTINO           VALLEYS IN MY HEAD                         MERCURY SWI          822774.1           LP

1984                                                                               6                                                            1984 6 TRKS stereo LP                       SWI

LP

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”.

The Slits

The Slits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

45’s

1910 FRUITGUM COMPANY – WHEN WE GET MARRIED (PS), BUDDAH JPN 7″ W/PS

CYMBAL, JOHNNY – MR. BASSMAN (PS), MCA JPN 7″ W/PS promo

DEEP PURPLE – STRANGE KIND OF WOMAN (PS), WARNER JPN 7″ W/PS

EARTH, WIND and FIRE – GETAWAY (PS), CBS / SONY JPN 7″ W/PS promo

EARTH, WIND and FIRE – SING A SONG (PS), CBS / SONY JPN 7″ W/PS promo

GREENBAUM, NORMAN – CALIFORNIA EARTHQUAKE (PS), REPRISE JPN 7″ W/PS promo

HEATWAVE – GROOVE LINE (PS), G.T.O. JPN 7″ W/PS

LEVEL 42 – IT’S OVER (PS), POLYDOR US 7″ W/PS

LEWIS, GARY / PLAYBOYS – SHE’S JUST MY STYLE (PS), LIBERTY US 7″ W/PS

SAWADA, KENJI – AMAPOLA (PS), POLYDOR JPN 7″ W/PS

VILLAGE PEOPLE – CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC (PS), ARRIVAL NL 7″ W/PS

Bert Jansch “Black Birds Of Brittany” 45

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

https://earthrecordings.bandcamp.com/

This 45 re-issue comes with an absolutely beautiful postcard (apparently drawn by Hannah Alice)!  It says it is re-mastered by Brian Pyle, with thanks to Colin Harper and Chris Fowler.  I first read about this 45 in Record Collector magazine, from the UK.  The paper on the sleeve is heavy, and looks GREAT!

A: Black Birds of Brittany

B: Cuckoo (recorded live on Swedish TV, 1976)

Heldon 45 re-issues

HELDON 45 re-issues

Also when I was in Portland, OR recently, I found 2 x Heldon 45 re-issues.  I never knew about the original issues!  These would’ve been right up my alley!

Heldon “Soutien a la RAF” 45 Disjuncta 101 (Souffle Continu / FFL Records) red vinyl, insert

‘Soutien a la fraction armee rouge’, originally released 1975

  1. Baader-Meinhof Blues
  2. D.B.

Heldon “Perspectives” 45 Urus Records 102 (Souffle Continu / FFL Records) orange vinyl

Originally released 1976

  1. Perspectives 1 Bis Complement
  2. Perspectives 4 Bis

No time to listen to these, as yet – so I don’t know if they’re Heldon’s usual “Fripp & Eno” sound.  But I will listen to them soon!

Holger Czukay “Music Is A Miracle” LP

I learn new things about record collecting all the time.  I do not always know when something is a bootleg or not.  I found an LP in Portland, OR that could be a bootleg, but perhaps it isn’t.

HOLGER CZUKAY “Music Is A Mracle” (2011) is the LP in question today.  The cover says it’s limited to 777 copies (of which I found copy #720).  The label says it’s Claremont 56 Records.  It has a very nice inner-sleeve, too.  “At the age of 43 Holger Czukay was working on a message for his fans.  He kept it unreleased for 30 years.” – it sounds like a side-long LP made for the “On The Way To The Peak Of Normal” LP, telling you exactly what is on this LP.

I went to Germany around this time, and I knew nothing about this!  But is it a bootleg?  Or did Mr. Czukay license it to Claremont 56 Records all these years later?  No matter – it is an amusing LP!  And it would be like Mr. Czukay to make such an LP.  Perhaps EMI Germany did not want to press this LP at the time?

The B-Side of this LP is “Ode To Perfume Part 2”.  I listened to it – and it’s definitely not what is on “On The Way To The Peak Of Normal”!  It’s after “Ode To Perfume”, and it definitely sounds ‘made from tapes’.

As with most of Mr. Czukay’s stuff, I wish there was more information, but that’s about it.