Amoeba, Hollywood (List)

Happy birthday Jimmy Webb (1946) and Tommy Aldridge (1950; Black Oak Arkansas and Ozzy Osbourne)!

Amoeba Records, Hollywood – List

GOLDEN EARRING – HAUGE, M.O.V. NL 10″W/PS

2015 10” with 5 new songs!

BREWER AND SHIPLEY – WEEDS, KAMA SUTRA UK LP

Slightly different cover to the US copy!

CZUKAY, HOLGER – MOVIE!, GRONLAND DE LP white

2016 LP re-issue on white vinyl!

KING CRIMSON – IN THE COURT OF THE CRIMSON KING, PANEGYRIC EU LP pic disc

Re-issue as a picture disc!

LILAC TIME – NO SAD SONGS, TAPETE DE CD

LILAC TIME – NO SAD SONGS, TAPETE DE LP

2015 LP / CD from Germany!

ORME, LE – SMOGMAGICA, BTF IT LP white

My 2nd Le Orme re-issue!

STRING DRIVEN THING – STEEPLE CLAYDON, DANDELION UK LP blue

1974/5 recording, on blue vinyl

WAKEMAN, RICK – SIX WIVES OF HENRY VIII, A&M EU LP re-issue

Brand new re-issue, from Europe!

Roxy By Proxy

Roxy By Proxy

Happy birthday Ronnie Lane of Small Faces (1946)

Frank Zappa / The Mothers – Roxy By Proxy (Zappa Records, mail-order CD)

Listened to this ‘new album’ last night.  It’s completely 100% alternate performances from December 1973, recorded Live at The Roxy, in Hollywood.  Extensive liner notes by Ruth Underwood – extensive!  Perfect sound quality, 30ips 16-track recording – it does not have the sound that FZ himself mixed it, both Ruth and Gail say “It’s not something FZ would’ve released himself”; Gail refers to it only as an ‘appetizer’.  It does not sound “Sweetened” at all (a la the “Roxy” 2LP set).

GZ alludes to the fact that there will be a “Roxy Movie” at some later point, and that certain performances had to be “kept” for that project.  Who knows?  Maybe we’ll finally get a decent Frank Zappa Blu-ray disc?  There was always some sort of trouble with who shot video at The Roxy, who owned the synch rights etc.

This CD is 75 minutes long, a decent recording, but not a great mix – still a lot more enjoyable than some of FZ’s later bands; Ruth’s liner notes are quite good, very enjoyable.  One of the better ZFT CD re-issues that were never issued before.

Zappa.com’s releases are always geared towards real Zappa fans – of course, but this one is really a quality release, and I’ve forgotten all about how they kept my money for so long without sending me anything – until recently!  3/18/14, to be exact!

5.1 Audio on DVD’s – Part 1

3-15-12          5.1 Audio on DVD’s

Soulman Sylvester (Sly) Stone born 1944, guitarist Ry Cooder born 1947; I own music by both (close call).

Since getting a 5.1 DVD set-up last year, I have been in search of discs with 5.1 audio – whether they be music or films.  Of course, I already had quite a few films with 5.1 audio, on DVD.

Bummed that I couldn’t find a website that listed which films has particularly good audio in 5.1, I asked a few of my friends – and the suggestion came up that I look at which titles had won academy awards for ‘best audio’ etc.  For latter day films, this list would be films I had never seen, by directors I had never heard of etc. – famous films, to be sure, but not in my universe.

Sometimes when looking at the external packaging on a DVD, it’s hard to find what audio is present.  I like it when they hit you over the head with this:

The little box with the 5 dots tells me that this disc has what I am looking for!  Of course, not every DVD with 5.1 audio has this charming little illustration!

So, anyway – there I am, upstairs in Amoeba Hollywood – in search of 5.1 audio on DVD films.  They couldn’t make it any more difficult if they tried!  The film could be filed under director or in genre!  And what is the genre?  If “Face/Off” an “Action Adventure” or “Science Fiction”?  Or is it filed way over there under the director’s name?

This scenario reminds me of:  Is it filed in oldies, when I think it should be in the A-Z of “Rock”?  Where is Eric Burdon & The Animals?  In oldies, of course!  When did they move from being a rock band to being in oldies?  Jefferson Airplane is still in Rock!  How to make determinations of this nature?

So I am shuffling around between sections, trying to find used, inexpensive DVD’s with 5.1 audio.  Sometimes, the exterior packaging says if it has 5.1 audio, sometimes not.  I got a nifty “Lawrence of Arabia” DVD 2 disc set – and what I got definitely looks to be the “Deluxe Edition” (they also had an older version, in a plain DVD box); couldn’t tell for sure until I got it outside that it was the right version!  No matter – I could’ve just marched right back in, saying “Wrong audio, let me go get another one” – or words to that effect.

C’mon Amoeba!  Make it easier to find feature films upstairs in your Hollywood store!  Or would you allow me to go up to the info counter back there and ask, “What section is ___________ filed in?” without you rolling your eyes at me?  BTW, congrats on having so many PAL AC:2 discs up there – I didn’t know that was going on!  Nice!