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)

35,000?

Happy birthday Thelonious Monk (1918), playwright Harold Pinter (1930) and 2 members of Procol Harum, Keith Reid (the lyricist) (1946) and Alan Cartwright (1945) – Nothing much else to say about them.  Also, “Hot Rats” by Frank Zappa is released today in 1969; an album that I have loved since it was released.

35,000?

At present, I have something like 34,800 albums in my collection.  Yes, at times it is overwhelming.  When I see good titles, I usually buy ‘em.  However, if I got rid of all other titles that I already similarly have – I could easily say that I see 35,000 as being the maximum number I require.  Yes, I have over-collected.  So, how do I say when I am done collecting something?  In the 70’s / 80’s, it used to be if I found a Japanese LP or German LP.  Since the advent of SA-CD, I lean towards having an SA-CD of a title, and usually an “original” LP (for the packaging).  This is because of such care that goes into the mastering of any given title, for the SA-CD.

So, if I limit myself to 35,000 titles, I’ve got about 200 left before I have to do anything.  And if I want, all I would have to do is “make room” for a newer title by eliminating an older title.  Just formulating this idea, so we’ll see.

It is physically massive, owning almost 35,000 titles – at least 3 rooms of my home are nothing but phonograph record shelving.

So, I will try to keep my collection down to just 35,000 titles.  I bet I can do that!

Millie Small

Happy birthday Millie Small (“My Boy Lollipop”) (1946). On this day 50 years ago, LSD was declared illegal in the United States.

I have never taken LSD – that I am aware of.

Recently, I have tried to find more records by Millie Small, but not even her “Greatest Hits” LP shows up in Los Angeles!  She was an early Island Records artist, apparently (although my big hit single was licensed out to Fontana Records, Smash in the US).  I wonder why I never ever see her LP’s?  The 45’s that I’ve found are all on different labels, too.

There was rather a lot written about her in the Island Records book, from a few years back.  But still I feel like I don’t know much about her, other than “My Boy Lollipop”.

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

Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention

Happy birthday Ron Kane (1958), Ian Anderson (1947) and Ronnie Spector (1945).

FRANK ZAPPA

Frank Zappa, American guy, guitarist – former leader of The Mothers of Invention.  That’s what I want to talk about today, on my birthday!

I did not start with “Freak Out”, though I certainly heard it before “Absolutely Free” came out.  Actually, the first one I listened to with any kind of mind at all was “We’re Only In it For The Money”, which rolled out in 1968, when I would’ve been 10 years old (that August).  Please do not underestimate how important these LP’s are to me!  They are deeply & permanently – in me.

My sisters (only one of whom is still alive) were who played them to me, when I was a child.  These LP’s got in before any walls were up.  I have my late older brother to thank for lots of stuff, but it’s my sisters who played me Frank Zappa, while they were babysitting me.

I have mono & stereo pressings of these albums, and they are among my most important possessions.  Other records have been stolen from my collection, but, thankfully, not these ones!

I have no idea why the ZFT has never particularly allowed any audiophile pressings / platings, apart from those Au20 gold discs that Rykodisc did a few years ago.  There is a DTS DVD in 5.1, but only one.  And at least 2 albums were done in 4.0 (“Apostrophe” & “Overnite Sensation”, both of which would sound GREAT in 5.1, 4.0 etc.)  MFSL did one album, too – as a gold disc.  A very careful mastering of any of the first decade of Mr. Zappa’s music would be most welcome, around here.

And I additionally searched out most of Mr. Zappa’s 45’s.  I have lots of them now.

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

Dickie Goodman

Happy birthday to Burl Ives (1909); bassist Muff Winwood (Spencer Davis Group) (1943) and to keyboard player Rod Argent (1945)!

Dickie Goodman – “King of Novelty Records”!  It’s true I don’t have very many of these, but I do pick ‘em up when I see ‘em.  Mr. Goodman is no longer with us, alas…

CD                FLYING SAUCER, THE                                                             FLYING US             FS-6000

1999? 30 TRKS stereo / mono CD US comedy / novelty

 

7″                 HEY, E.T. / GET A JOB                                                             EXTRAN US           601

1982? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, novelty

 

7″                 HORROR MOVIES                                                                   RORI US                R-6000

1961 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 INFLATION IN THE NATION (mono / stereo) promo         RAINY WEDS US   RW 209

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, novelty

 

CD                KING OF NOVELTY, THE                                                         LUNIVERSE US      HTCD 33269.2

1998 35 TRKS stereo / mono CD novelty

 

7″                 KONG / ED’S TUNE                                                                 SHOCK US             SH-6

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; comedy / novelty

7″                 KONG promo                                                                          SHOCK US             SH-6

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, novelty

 

CD                LONG LIVE THE KING                                                             ROCKBEAT US      ROCCD 3147

2012 27 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

LP                 MR. JAWS AND OTHER FABLES                                           CASH US               CR 6000

1975 10 TRKS stereo LP collection, novelty

 

LP                 ORIGINAL FLYING SAUCERS – WATERGATE – SUPERFLY   IX CHAINS US       NCS 9000

1973 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 WATERGATE                                                                           RAINY WEDS US   RW 202

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, novelty

The Coasters

Happy birthday to songwriter Jerry Lieber (1933) and singer Ella Fitzgerald (1918).

I am a huge Coasters fan; but there are some Atco 45’s I don’t have!

7″                 SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ / JUST LIKE A FOOL (Robins)                             ATCO US                45-6059

1955 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; The Coasters

 

7″                 DOWN IN MEXICO / TURTLE DOVIN’                                                   ATCO US                45-6064

1956 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 BRAZIL / ONE KISS LED TO ANOTHER                                                   ATCO US                45-6072

1956 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 YOUNG BLOOD / SEARCHIN’                                                                 ATCO US                45-6087

1957 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 IDOL WITH THE GOLDEN HEAD                                                             ATCO US                45-6098

1957 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 SWEET GEORGIA BROWN / WHAT IS THE SECRET…                          ATCO US                45-6104

1957 2 TRKS no pic sleeve (could use better copy)

 

7″                 DANCE! / GEE, GOLLY                                                                              ATCO US                45-6111

1959? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 YAKETY YAK / ZING! WENT THE STRINGS…                                          ATCO US                45-6116

1958 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 SORRY BUT I’M GONNA HAVE TO PASS                                               ATCO US                45-6126

1961? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 CHARLIE BROWN / THREE COOL CATS                                                 ATCO US                45-6132

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 ALONG CAME JONES / THAT IS ROCK & ROLL                                     ATCO US                45-6141

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 ALONG CAME JONES / THAT IS ROCK & ROLL promo                        ATCO US                45-6141

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 POISON IVY / I’M A HOG FOR YOU                                                      ATCO US                45-6146

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 RUN RED RUN / WHAT ABOUT US                                                        ATCO US                45-6153

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 RUN RED RUN / WHAT ABOUT US promo                                           ATCO US                45-6153

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 BESAME MUCHO (PART I) / BESAME MUCHO (PART II)                    ATCO US                45-6163

1960 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 WAKE ME, SHAKE ME / STEWBALL                                                       ATCO US                45-6168

1959 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 SNAKE AND THE BOOKWORM, THE / CLOTHES LINE                         ATCO US                45-6178

1960 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 SNAKE AND THE BOOKWORM, THE / SHOPPING FOR CLOTHES      ATCO US                45-6178

1961? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 WAIT A MINUTE / THUMBIN’ A RIDE                                                   ATCO US                45-6186

1960 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 LITTLE EGYPT / KEEP ON ROLLING                                                        ATCO US                45-6192

1961 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS (Part 1) / (Part 2)                                                  ATCO US                45-6204

1961 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 BAD BLOOD / (AIN’T THAT) JUST LIKE ME                                            ATCO US                45-6210

1961? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 RIDIN’ HOOD / TEACH ME HOW TO SHIMMY                                    ATCO US                45-6219

1962 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 CLIMB, THE (Vocal) / (Instrumental)                                                  ATCO US                45-6234

1962 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 T’AIN’T NOTHIN’ TO ME / SPEEDO’S BACK IN TOWN                        ATCO US                45-6287

1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 BAD DETECTIVE / LOVEY DOVEY                                                            ATCO US                45-6300

1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 WILD ONE / I MUST BE DREAMING                                                      ATCO US                45-6321

1964 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 LADY LIKE / HONGRY promo                                                                 ATCO US                45-6341

1961 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

NC 45’s

Happy birthday to Phil Shulman (of Gentle Giant) (1937), and Simon Kirke (of Bad Company) (1949)

I had the good fortune to visit the state of North Carolina last week. I also met up with Jim Donato, The Post Punk Monk. https://postpunkmonk.wordpress.com/ Together, we ‘did’ most of the record stores we could find in Charlotte, NC. The Big Winner was “Repo Records”, who appeared to be fairly well-organized, had good lighting (“Lunchbox Records” lighting was not in evidence), and stuff I wanted! Also went to “Wax Museum” with Sir Jim, they seemed to favor filing cabinets for 45’s. The big draw to Charlotte? Manifest, a store that was once ostensibly a Warehouse / Second Spin, where (because I was late to the game) Jim shopped, but I didn’t.

 

So what you get TODAY is a detailing of today is the total sum of 45’s I turned up in both Raleigh and Charlotte, NC.

 

ARCHER, TASMIN – SLEEPING SATELLITE, SBK US 7” promo; never knew about this
BADFINGER – COME AND GET IT, APPLE UK 7” a real one? And cheap?
BAND, THE – THE WEIGHT, CAPITOL UK has all their names credited
BEATLES, THE – PENNY LANE, CAPITOL US 7” W/PS Yes, inexpensive Beatles pic sleeves
BEATLES, THE – YELLOW SUBMARINE, CAPITOL US 7” W/PS They’re expensive in L.A.
BEATLES, THE – LADY MADONNA, CAPITOL US 7” W/PS And I got 3 x good ones!
BROWN, PETER – CRANK IT UP, DRIVE US 7”
CHEECH & CHONG – BASKETBALL JONES, ODE US 7” W/PS looked like dead stock
CHICAGO – 25 OR 6 TO 4, COLUMBIA US 7” weird label for Columbia
COBHAM, BILLY – CROSSWIND, ATLANTIC US 7” promo, 2nd album
COHEN, LEONARD – BIRD ON A WIRE, COLUMBIA US 7” promo, 2nd album
COHEN, LEONARD – PASSING THROUGH, COLUMBIA US 7” promo, “Live Album”

DANKWORTH, JOHNNY – AFRICAN WALTZ, EMI / COLUMBIA UK 7” EP W/PS ’61
DEEP PURPLE – STORMBRINGER, WARNER US 7” latter day
EASYBEATS – GOOD TIMES, U.A. US 7” promo, not the big hit
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER – FNFARE FOR THE COMMON MAN, ATLANTIC UK 7” UK 45
FLEETWOOD MAC – JEWEL EYED JUDY, REPRISE US 7” promo, “Kiln House” 45
FLOCK, THE – MERMAID, COLUMBIA US 7” promo, 1st or 2nd album
FREDDIE & THE DREAMERS – JUST FOR YOU, MERCURY US 7” promo
FUHRS & FROHLING – ROUNDABOUT / HAPPINESS, METRONOME DE 7” W/PS ‘79
HERMAN’S HERMITS – THERE’S A KIND OF HUSH, EMI / COLUMBIA UK 7” ’67

JONES, GRANDPA – FREEDOM LIVES IN A COUNTRY SONG, WARNER US 7” promo ’74, his last hurrah?
KING, CAROLE – JAZZMAN, ODE US 7” W/PS nice sleeve
KING, CAROLE – SWEET SEASONS, ODE US 7” W/PS nice sleeve
KINKS, THE – YOU REALLY GOT ME, BMG UK 7” W/PS new re-issue
LEMON PIPERS – RICE IS NICE / BLUEBERRY BLUE, BUDDAH US 7” W/PS great B&W sleeve, and I love “Blueberry Blue”
LEWIS, RAMSEY – WADE IN THE WATER, CHESS UK 7” original – with gold lettering
MITCHELL, JONI – RAISED ON ROBBERY, ASYLUM US 7” stock copy!
MODELS – OUT OF MIND, OUT OF SIGHT, GEFFEN US 7” W/PS stock copy!
REVERE, PAUL & THE RAIDERS – GOOD THING, COLUMBIA US 7” W/PS great single
REVERE, PAUL & THE RAIDERS – HUNGRY, COLUMBIA US 7” W/PS very inexpensive
SMOTHERS BROTHERS – STELLA’S GOT A NEW DRESS, MERCURY US 7” jukebox 45 promo
SMOTHERS BROTHERS – COMEDY HOUR, MERCURY US 7” EP promo-only
V.A. – BIG FOUR, CBS UK 7” EP W/PS Dave Brubeck, Jimmy Dean, Andy Williams etc.