Gilbert O’Sullivan

Happy birthday Billy Paul (1934), Lou Rawls (1935), Sandy Nelson (1938), John Densmore (of The Doors) (1944), Bette Midler (1945), Jaco Pastorius (1951) and Gilbert O’Sullivan (1946)

I’ll go with Gilby today…

7″                 ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)                                      MAM US       MAM 3619       1972

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


LP                 BACK TO FRONT                                                         MAM UK       MAM-SS 502    1972

1972 12 TRKS stereo LP insert


CD                BEST OF                                                                       RHINO US     R2 70560         1991

1991 20 TRKS stereo CD collection


7″                 CLAIR (PS)                                                                   MAM PORT  EPMAM 1002  1972

1972 4 TRKS EP with pic sleeve


7″                 GET DOWN (mono / stereo) (US) promo               MAM US       45-3629-DJ      1973

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only

7″                 GET DOWN (PS)                                                         MAM IT         MAM 96           1973

1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


LP                 GILBERT O’SULLIVAN                                                 MFP UK         MFP 50399      1974

1974? 12 TRKS stereo LP collection


LP                 HIMSELF                                                                      MAM JPN      SLC 518             1974

1974 13 TRKS stereo LP promo


LP                 I’M A WRITER, NOT A FIGHTER                                MAM UK       MAMSS 505     1973

1973 10 TRKS stereo LP


7″                 OUT OF THE QUESTION / EVERYBODY KNOWS     MAM US       45-3628           1973

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve


CD                SOUTHPAW                                                                KITTY JPN      KTCR-1219       1992

1992 12 TRKS stereo CD


CD                TOMORROW, TODAY – BEST OF                              KITTY JPN      KTCR-1173       1992

1992 16 TRKS stereo CD collection


7″                 WHY, OH WHY, OH WHY (PS)                                  MAM DE       MAM 111         1974

1974 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


12-12-12                12-12-12

This is the last time we get to have a date like this!  On 12/12/70 Led Zeppelin’s “Led Zeppelin III” LP was No. 1 in England.  Also on 12/12/70 the Gilbert O’Sullivan 45 “Nothing Rhymed” charts at No. 8 in England.

The last Led Zeppelin LP that I bought as a new release?  For those not in the know, I am not much of a Led Zeppelin fan.  I do not own any Led Zeppelin LP’s or CD’s.  I know that I like #3 better than #2 or #1, and that it’s likely the sole Led Zeppelin title I would ever want to hear again, in private.  I know that I do have some tracks by them on European / British / Japanese sampler LP’s, but…my blog has never been the place where one would head to learn anything out about Led Zeppelin.

Big Led Zeppelin truth:  no Led Zeppelin CD has ever sounded as good as the original LP’s sounded.  Fact.

Gilbert O’Sullivan had a single that was so massive (“Alone Again, Naturally”), I initially dismissed him, as a writer / performer – for a good many years.  My friend Rick Snyder always was so rhapsodic about Gilby’s works, and I confess that I have enjoyed everything that I’ve sat through.  “Nothing Rhymed” is an incredible single – nothing rhymes!  Yeah!  Indeed, “Nothing Rhymed” is Track #1 on his Rhino Records “Best Of” CD from 1991, which I heartily recommend.