Film Intersecting Music

2016.01.11

Happy birthday singer Maggie Bell (Stone The Crows) (1945). I understand that the debut LP of Stone The Crows (“Stone The Crows”) will be available on CD shortly. Always did like that LP! I heard it on the FM radio about 1970, and went in search of it.

The FM radio used to play a role in me developing my taste. I first heard Love Sculpture on the FM radio! Of course, the TV also alerted me to stuff…during the 80’s. MuchMusic, MTV, Goodnight L.A. all had stuff I hadn’t paid attention to before.

It wouldn’t be out of line to say that the TV also helped form my present knowledge. When video (Beta) came in, I could watch movies at home – and really begin to understand great directors, like John Cassavetes, Roman Polanski etc. When they were theatre-only, it was difficult to even see those films!

I never seemed to get the same change out of films that I did out of music. Sometimes the two topics collided, as in “O Lucky Man” with a brilliant score by Alan Price.

Frank Zappa re-issue LP’s

Happy birthday to Mr. Frank Zappa (1940) and Russian bad guy Joe Stalin (1879).

My heart nearly skipped a beat when Universal Japan scheduled a NEW SET of Zappa kami (paper) sleeve CD’s. But it was short-lived, and the series got cancelled quickly. Saved myself a couple hundred bucks, right?

 

“Finer Moments” was a FZ 2LP set that I knew nothing about. Even says it’s an “Official Release” (#94). But there didn’t appear to be a CD of it, then. So, I bought one.

 

Next I probably saw a new 2LP re-issue of “Roxy & Elsewhere” – a good FZ album, on many levels. Definitely a “new package” of an old favorite. Even says it’s an “Official Release” (#19). New mastering. So, I figured…better get a copy.

 

Probably the last new FZ LP I got was “Apostrophe”. For a single LP, it was a tad expensive. Totally re-designed rear cover, 180g LP, New mastering. I bought one anyway.

 

“Overnight Sensation” was not a difficult choice. The original US LP’s always seemed to have a mastering flaw, by where the LP didn’t sound great. The new Universal LP re-issue sounds great. Rear cover completely re-designed.

 

“Uncle Meat” 2LP re-issue must’ve been inexpensive, somewhere. Spine and rear cover totally re-designed. New mastering, 180g LP’s, nice printing – the booklet! An easy no-brainer for me.

 

“Freak Out” took some deciding, on my part. Most of these LP re-issues have been from “as good as possible” tapes, so I approached it via that avenue. Cover seems a little bit blurry. Really good 2LP set! It’s from original tapes, so it doesn’t have the ‘digital’ sound of the older CD.

 

I do not know where entire shows of older bands come from, but they’re here! There are 3 or 4 FZ ones, but only one I bought was “The Mothers Of Invention – Wollman Rink, Central Park, NY August 3rd 1968”. So this is a bootleg, right? Sound isn’t 100%. Perhaps not even a professional recording?

 

I hope Dweezil Zappa & Co. re-issues more quad (or 5.1) FZ, as we know Mr. Zappa mixed several albums to quad, way back when. “Apostrophe”, “Overnight Sensation” – any others? “Grand Wazoo”? A 5.1 “200 Motels”?

Roxy – The Movie

Happy birthday Ray Collins (singer of The Mothers Of Invention) (1937).

Recently, while in Portland, OR I had the option to buy the new Frank Zappa album, “Roxy – The Movie”. I selected the CD + Blu-ray version and bought it at Music Millennium (a store very much like Rhino Claremont).

 

First off, this is NOT “The Roxy & Elsewhere” double LP nor is it the “Roxy By Proxy” recent CD; it’s a whole new kettle of fish! It will be easy to find, if you look for it this year, but – no guarantees after 2015!

 

I have heard for decades that they (The ZFT = Zappa Family Trust) have TONS of unsynched / unsynchable footage of the December 1973 Roxy shows by Frank Zappa & The Mothers. Someone who used to work for Mr. Zappa told me that.

 

However, what wouldn’t have been possible even 5 years ago is now…commonplace? That someone with a computer can, in fact, synch up unsynchable footage? Well, that’s true. And someone did synch up a whole bunch of Roxy footage! And it doesn’t look bad at all, if you can forgive some absent pixie dust, and Mr. Zappa’s usual warning about stuff being “live” and “not overdubbed”.

 

It is heavily mightily “synched” – when they don’t know what to do, something goes to soft focus or the backs of heads. And, I must say, Pamela Miller never looked better!

 

There’s an 11 track CD that comes with the movie, though the 5.1 mix of the movie audio will likely suggest that I watch the movie again, as opposed to play the CD. The packaging says Mr. Zappa mixed the whole thing to quad in 1974…

 

And it’s the first Frank Zappa blu-ray disc! Let’s hope they have more waiting in the tank, ‘cause this one was fun. “Dub Room Special”, “200 Motels”, “Baby Snakes” can all be re-sold to Zappa fans, anxiously awaiting further blu-ray releases. But what will they do?

 

Certainly they don’t seem to be hurrying to release any more DVD-A releases, like the powerful “Quadraphiliac” (or thereabouts). Mr. Zappa himself did, in fact, mix lots of his 70’s work into quad, so one thinks it could possible that the ZFT lets go…but at this point, it seems somewhat unlikely.

King Crimson

Happy birthday Danielle Dax (1958), jazz guy John Coltrane (1926), guitarist Roy Buchanan (1939) and R&B guy Ray Charles (1932).

 

Like many folks, I am only really enthusiastic about the initial incarnation of King Crimson, the band that seemed to change with each album.

 

Even for the debut album, “In The Court Of The Crimson King” (40th anniversary CD + DVD), you get the entire album re-mastered and 5 x bonus tracks – on just the CD! The DVD has the 5.1 surround version of the album in both MLP Lossless 5.1 Surround and DTS 5.1 Digital Surround. If one is unhappy with the new 5.1 mix (which I like very much), then you can also have the album as a 2004 stereo “master” edition, and 2009 Steve Wilson mix, the set noting “CD bonus tracks and alternate takes”…and video content from 1969, “Hyde Park” with “original audio from the actual performance”.

 

I was 11 years old when this LP came out, probably enjoyed it a ton when I was about 12 – despite the fact that I was listening to a U.S. Atlantic Records pressing, at that time.

 

“In The Wake Of Poseidon” came out when I was 12 / 13, and I bought it as a new release. This 40th anniversary set has the entire album on the CD with “Groon” (a 45 B-Side) added. They note in the liner notes that “The Devil’s Triangle” was up-mixed to 5.1 from stereo masters, and all of the previously mentioned “master edition” etc. per the previous DVD-A. 3 versions of the LP & a whole bunch of takes of “Groon” & “Cadence and Cascade”. The previous album had Robert Fripp liner notes, while this CD + DVD only seems to have Sid Smith liner notes.

 

I bought “Lizard” as a new release, upon it’s initial release in 1970; making me 12 / 13 years old. Robert Fripp & Sid Smith lines notes on this issue. The usual suspects on the DVD-A, hey! Where’d Greg Lake go? Experimental? Yes. British jazz? Check.

 

“Islands” had 2 completely differing packages between the US & UK LP’s. Thankfully, I never had to choose between the two, as I always had both – from initial release. Remixed album in stereo has double the tracks of the LP on CD. DVD-A, the usual suspects. More jazz guys. A lot for a 13 year old to swallow.

 

“Larks Tongues In Aspic” (1973) makes me roughly 15 years old, and in dire need of seeing this band play live. Which I did @ The Long Beach Auditorium. This set has 43 minutes of video on it, so rush out and buy a copy (CD + DVD), before the aftermarket kicks in.

 

“Starless and Bible Black” always bothered me a bit, as I knew the title was pinched from a British jazz LP (by Stan Tracey). As above, so below. I was 16 years old.

 

To conclude this slobbering, “Red” came along before I graduated high school. Alas, Eno fans were primarily responsible for calling this band useless, among other things. It wasn’t useless to me, it sounded powerful etc. What did I know, 16 going 17? Not much. This band was ‘put to bed’ while others watched TV. The “Red” DVD has some fairly nice video on it, too. Buy one CD + DVD quick!

Drums & Wires in 5.1

Happy birthday to Martin Chambers (of The Pretenders) (1951)!

 

Tomorrow, 9/5 Happy birthday to singer / songwriter Loudon Wainwright III (1946); British glam rock singer Freddie Mercury (of Queen) (1946)!

 

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As you almost assuredly already know, there is going to be a new version of an old favorite, “Drums & Wires” by XTC, complete with Steve Wilson 5.1 remixes!

 

This was never my favorite XTC album, but I am ready to shell out for the new version, remixes, 5.1 aspect. I was (and am) a huge fan of “White Music” and “Go 2”, absolutely loving their keyboard sound that was dispensed with on “Drums & Wires”.

 

But with all those B-Sides! Looks like a package that’s done right.

The Band

The Band

Happy birthday to Levon Helm of The Band (1942, Marvell, AR).

As a young man, I never quite ‘got’ The Band. Even at a very young age, it seemed like the type of hippie music that did not interest me – going as far as all but ignoring their records, even the good ones! Any exposure to the era of Basement Tape material will make one sit up and take notice of this Canadian-U.S. hybrid band. Just like Bob Dylan – who they worked with – they are fairly well served by the SA-CD community. Alas, I had to break down and buy an aftermarket DVD-A for “Music From Big Pink”, to get the album in 5.1 – the Mobile Fidelity SA-CD is stereo only!

LP                MUSIC FROM BIG PINK                                                                               CAPITOL US            SKAO 2955

1968 11 TRKS 1st pressing?

DVD             MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (DVD-A) 5.1                                                         CAPITOL US            77939.9

1968 11 TRKS 5.1 mix (’02 Issue)

LP                MUSIC FROM BIG PINK                                                                               TOSHIBA JPN          ECS-50101

1968 11 TRKS Jpn pressing, ’76 issue, insert

CD                MUSIC FROM BIG PINK (SA-CD)                                                               MOBILE FIDELITY   UDSA-CD 2044

1968 11 TRKS SA-CD (’09 issue) DSD Mastering

LP                MUSIC FROM BIG PINK                                                                               CAPITOL UK            ST 2955

1968 11 TRKS U.K. 2nd pressing

CD                MUSIC FROM BIG PINK re                                                                          CAPITOL US            25390.2

1968 20 TRKS (9 x bonus tracks) (’00 issue)

 

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

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, debut 45, promo

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

1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, debut 45?

 

CD                BAND, THE (2nd album) (SA-CD)                                                              MOBILE FIDELITY   USSACD 2129

1969 12 TRKS (’13 issue) SA-CD

CD                BAND, THE (2nd album) re                                                                         CAPITOL US            25389.2

1969 12 TRKS John Simon

LP                BAND, THE (2nd album)                                                                              CAPITOL US            STAO-132

1969 12 TRKS John Simon

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

2005 75m “Classic Albums”

 

CD                STAGE FRIGHT                                                                                             CAPITOL US            19839.2

1970 10 TRKS (’90 issue)

LP                  MUSIC FROM BIG PINK re-issue                                                               CAPITOL US            STCR-288

1970? 11 TRKS part of box set, Peter Max artwork

 

CD                CAHOOTS (SA-CD)                                                                                       MOBILE FIDELITY   UDSA-CD 2045

1971 11 TRKS (’10 issue) SA-CD; DSD Mastering

 

CD                ROCK OF AGES (SA-CD)                                                                            MOBILE FIDELITY   UDSA-CD 2046

1972 17 TRKS (’10 issue) Live, #2117 SA-CD

CDx2           ROCK OF AGES re                                                                                        CAPITOL US            30181.2

1972 28 TRKS (’01 issue) Live

 

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

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

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

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo; Live

 

CD                NORTHERN LIGHTS – SOUTHERN CROSS (SA-CD)                          MOBILE FIDELITY   UDSA-CD 2047

1975 8 TRKS (’10 issue) SA-CD; DSD Mastering

 

LP                BEST OF                                                                                                         CAPITOL US            ST-511553

1976 11 TRK Collection, record club copy

CD                BEST OF                                                                                                         CAPITOL US            CDP 46070

1976 11 TRK Collection, textured booklet

 

LPx2            ANTHOLOGY                                                                                                  CAPITOL US            SKBO-11856

1978 20 TRK collection

 

LPx3            LAST WALTZ, THE                                                                                        WARNER US           3WS 3146

1978 29 TRKS Live, Bob Dylan etc.

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

2006 117m (’78 orig issue) Blu-ray re-master

Smash Hits Vol. 2, No. 26 (December 25, 1980 – January 7, 198

SH 801225

Joe Strummer on the cover, Siouxsie on the rear cover.  Odd looking B&W photo of The Clash, trying to look non-commercial.  Colour photo of The Police.  A John Lennon obit.  Nice color photo of The Jam.  B&W “Hammer Horror” Kate Bush photo.  Boomtown Rats centerfold.  E.L.O. “Wild West Hero” full page.  Big Beatles feature!  Lyrics for “Love Is The Drug” by Roxy Music, “Diamond Dogs” by David Bowie.  Two page Robert Palmer article.  The Undertones in colour (“Whizz Kids”).  B&W Dexy’s photo & lyrics (“I’m Just Looking”).

Jona Lewie, born 3/14/47, first record purchased: “Gambling Man” by Lonnie Donegan; Desert Island Disc: “The Fat Man” by Fats Domino.

Hugh Cornwell “All Time Top 10” 1. Devo ”Whip It” 2. Split Enz “I Got You” 3. Echo & The Bunnymen “Rescue” 4. Tea Set “Tri X Pan” 5. Eddie Cochran “Something Else” 6. Sister Sledge “We Are Family” 7. Chic “Le Freak” 8. Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart” 9. The Hollies “Stay” 10. Love “My Little Red Book”.

45’s:

  • UB40 – The Earth Dies Screaming (Graduate)
  • Orange Juice – Simply Thrilled Honey (Postcard)
  • Delta 5 – Try (Rough trade)
  • Josef K – It’s Kinda Funny (Postcard)
  • Robert Wyatt – At Last I Am Free (Rough Trade)

Disco Top 40:

  • Kool & The Gang – Celebration (De-Lite)
  • Gap Band – Burn Rubber On Me (Mercury)
  • Stevie Wonder – I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It (Motown)
  • Linx – Rise & Shine (Chrysalis)
  • Heatwave – Gangsters Of The Groove (Epic, an imported U.S. 12” disc!)

Gigs:

Elvis Costello, Rico, John Otway, Gary Glitter, Misty In Roots, Dire Straits, Boomtown Rats, Black Sabbath.

No LP new releases listed on 12/25, alas.  The indie chart has a UB40 LP, some Toyah, The Fall, Hazel O’Connor (“Sons and Lovers” on Albion Records), Bauhaus “In The Flat Field”, Dead Kennedys “Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables” etc.

Universal 100th Anniversary boxed set

4-11-13          Universal 100th Anniversary boxed set

Universal 100th Anniversary Box

On 4/11/64 the Millie Small 45 “My Boy Lollipop” charts at No. 2 in England.  On 4/11/70 the Norman Greenbaum 45 “Spirit In The Sky” charts at No. 1 in England.  Also on 4/11/70 the Pipkins 45 “Gimme Dat Ding” charts at No. 6 in England.  And on April 12th: Happy birthday, Herbie Hancock! (Born 1940).

UNIVERSAL 100TH ANNIVERSARY BOXED SET:

ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT

DRACULA

BUCK PRIVATES

PILLOW TALK

SPARTACUS

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD

BIRDS, THE

AMERICAN GRAFFITI

STING, THE

JAWS

ANIMAL HOUSE

E.T.

SCARFACE

BREAKFAST CLUB, THE

BACK TO THE FUTURE

OUT OF AFRICA

FIELD OF DREAMS

DO THE RIGHT THING

JURASSIC PARK

APOLLO 13

FAST AND THE FURIOUS, THE

BOURNE IDENTITY, THE

MAMMA MIA!

DESPICABLE ME

It’s safe to say that not a lot of these films are actually right up my alley, but it does rather feel like I jump started my Blu-ray collection!  I have a few of these as DVD’s – purchased mostly because they turned up on 5.1 lists of “Good Audio” in feature films.

Supposedly, all of these are new transfers / new mastering, for Blu-ray.  So, shouldn’t have to ever try and better these, eh?

Universal 100th Anniversary leaflet

King Crimson video

1-9-13             King Crimson video

KC DVD_NEW

On 1/9/65, the LP “Beatles ‘65” by The Beatles charted at No. 1 in the US.  On 1/9/74 the Mud 45 “Tiger Feet” charts at No. 1 in England.  Happy birthday, Joan Baez! (Born 1941).  Jimmy Page (of Led Zeppelin etc.), born 1944.

Having recently obtained the CD + DVD set of “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” by King Crimson, it’s nor safe to say that there is a reasonable amount of video now available on this venerable group.

Before K.C.’s reformation in the late 70’s / early 80’s, I did not have ANY King Crimson video worth watching.  I missed their US TV appearance, drat.  I didn’t get to see their ’73 Beat Club until the laser disc release in the mid-80’s.

On the 40th Anniversary CD + DVD versions, Mr. Fripp included whatever known professional video that he knew of that still existed for the band.  Yeah!  So, just like the Genesis SA-CD box from England, you could dub yourself a nearly full DVD of vintage King Crimson, if so desired!

Album #1 “In The Court Of The Crimson King” has an edited video for “21st Century Schizoid Man; Album #2 “In The Wake Of Poseidon” has no video content whatsoever; Album #3 “Lizard” also has no video content; Album #4 “Islands”, same as #2 & #3; Album #5 “Larks’ Tongues In Aspic” has an entire Beat Club performance, more than has previously been issued; Album #6 “Starless & Bible Black” has two videos, “Easy Money” and “Fragged Dusty Wall Carpet”; Album #7 “Red” has videos for “Larks’ Tongues Part 2”, “The Night Watch”, “Lament” and “Starless”.  Unlike the Genesis SA-CD box, these DVD’s are  NTSC AC:1!

King Crimson touring behind “Larks’ Tongues” was the first rock concert I ever went to, in a big arena (The Long Beach Auditorium, actually).  So, after seeing that, I had visuals for King Crimson on stage that were replayed in my head many times over the years.  Nice to finally have some to strengthen my memories!

I never followed any of the re-formed versions of King Crimson, after the band broke up at the time of “Red”.  I really liked some of Robert Fripp’s production work for others, but never went for their releases from “Discipline” forward.  The League of Gentlemen wasn’t King Crimson, so I listened to and enjoyed that.

It’s delightful that all 7 x proper King Crimson albums were mixed to 5.1 on DVD-Audio, with the 40th anniversary editions.  Bravo!  I sure hope Mr. Fripp re-issues the 1981 League of Gentlemen album in 5.1 audio!