Bryan Ferry

Happy birthday Homer (Homer & Jethro)(1920), Paul Cook (Sex Pistols) (1956) and Bobbie Gentry (“Ode To Billie Joe”) (1944).

BRYAN FERRY

I’ve known who / what Bryan Ferry is since 1972, when I tried the debut LP by Roxy Music.  I do not remember what I was expecting, but I had read about them (in the UK press).  I bought the LP @ Mundae Records, on the pier, in Belmont Shore, probably for $5 (or a penny less).  At any rate, I did not remain a Roxy Music fan for very long – my limited attention span notwithstanding.  And I did not initially go for Bryan Ferry solo records – at all.  It wasn’t until he started doing re-makes of Roxy Music songs that I actually liked that I bought anything of his solo career.

LP                 ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE                       ISLAND UK        ILPS 9284

1974 10 TRKS stereo LP

LP                 ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE (NOR)           ISLAND NOR     ILPS 9284

1974 10 TRKS stereo LP

HDCD           ANOTHER TIME, ANOTHER PLACE (HDCD)         VIRGIN UK         FERRYCD 2

2000? 10 TRKS stereo HDCD

 

LP                 BRIDE STRIPPED BARE, THE                                  POLYDOR UK   POLD 5003

1978 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

HDCD           BRIDE STRIPPED BARE, THE (HDCD)                    VIRGIN US         47606.2

1999 10 TRKS stereo HDCD

 

CD                COLLECTION, THE                                                  DISKY EU           VI 902523

2005 12 TRKS stereo CD collection

 

7″                 EXTENDED PLAY (PS)                                             ISLAND UK        IEP 1

1976 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

7″                 HARD RAIN’S A-GONNA FALL, A / 2.H.B.           ISLAND UK        WIP 6170

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 HEART ON MY SLEEVE / (same) promo              ATLANTIC US    45-3364

1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

7″                 IN CROWD, THE / CHANCE MEETING                  ISLAND UK        WIP 6196

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 IN YOUR MIND                                                        POLYDOR UK   2302 055

1977 8 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve

HDCD           IN YOUR MIND (HDCD)                                          VIRGIN UK         FERRYCD 4

2000? 8 TRKS stereo HDCD

 

7″                 KISS AND TELL (PS)                                                REPRISE US       7-28117

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

12″               LET’S STICK TOGETHER                                          E.G. UK              EGOX 44

1988 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

LP                 LET’S STICK TOGETHER (NL)                                  POLYDOR NL    2302 045

1976 11 TRKS stereo LP

HDCD           LET’S STICK TOGETHER (HDCD)                            VIRGIN US         7602.2

1999 11 TRKS stereo HDCD

 

7″                 LET’S STICK TOGETHER / (same) (US) promo     ATLANTIC US    45-3351

1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

7″                 LET’S STICK TOGETHER / SEA BREEZES                ISLAND UK        WIP 6307

1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 LET’S STICK TOGETHER (IT) (PS)                           ISLAND IT          WIP 26307

1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

 

DVD             LIVE IN PARIS – IN CONCERT (DVD)                      VIRGIN US         492477.9

2001 Live ’00

 

7″                 SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES                                  ISLAND UK        WIP 6205

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                 THESE FOOLISH THINGS (US)                                ATLANTIC US    SD 7304

1974 13 TRKS stereo LP

HDCD           THESE FOOLISH THINGS (HDCD)                          VIRGIN UK         FERRYCD 1

2000? 13 TRKS stereo HDCD

 

7″                 TOKYO JOE / AS THE WORLD TURNS (US)          ATLANTIC US    3399

1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

7″                 WHAT GOES ON                                                     E.G. UK              POSP 3

1978 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

12″               WINDSWEPT                                                           POLYDOR JPN  13MM 7023

1986 4 TRKS stereo 12″ with pic sleeve

 

7″                 YOU GO TO MY HEAD / RE-MAKE RE-MODEL   ISLAND UK        WIP 6234

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

Roxy Music

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter June Carter (1929)!

ROXY MUSIC

I was never much a fan of Roxy Music, but I did start with the debut album!

7″           ALL I WANT IS YOU / YOUR APPLICATION’S FAILED                    ISLAND UK                WIP 6208

1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

12″         ANGEL EYES (12″)                                                                             E.G. UK                      POSPX 67

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              LP

7″           ANGEL EYES / MY LITTLE GIRL                                                         ATCO US                    7204

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

LP           ATLANTIC YEARS, THE – 1973 – 1980                                             ATCO US                    90122.1

1983 10 TRKS stereo LP collection                                                              UK                              LP

 

LP           AVALON                                                                                             E.G. UK                      EGHP 50

1982 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve                                                           UK                              LP

 

7″           AVALON (PS)                                                                                     E.G. UK                      ROXY 4

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

SA-CD     AVALON (SA-CD) 5.1                                                                        VIRGIN EU                 ROXYSACD 9

2003 11 TRKS SA-CD Hybrid 5.1                                                                   UK                              SA-CD

 

7″           BOTH ENDS BURNING / FOR YOUR PLEASURE (Live)                  ISLAND UK                WIP 6262

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

7″           BOTH ENDS BURNING / FOR YOUR PLEASURE (Live) (PS)          ISLAND DE                 16676 AT

1975 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

LP           COUNTRY LIFE                                                                                  ATCO US                    SD 36-106

1974 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve                                                           UK                              LP

HDCD     COUNTRY LIFE (HDCD)                                                                    VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68824

2007 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                             UK                              CD

 

7″           DANCE AWAY (PS)                                                                            E.G. UK                      POSP 44

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

7″           DANCE AWAY / TRASH 2                                                                 ATCO US                    7100

1979 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           DO THE STRAND (Edit) / (same) (US) promo                               WARNER US              WB 7719

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo                                                              UK                              45

 

LP           FLESH AND BLOOD                                                                           ATCO US                    SD 32-102

1980 10 TRKS stereo LP innersleeve                                                           UK                              LP

 

HDCD     FOR YOUR PLEASURE (HDCD)                                                         VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68822

2007 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                                UK                              CD

LP           FOR YOUR PLEASURE re-issue                                                       POLYDOR UK            2302 049

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP re-issue                                                                    UK                              LP

 

7″           JEALOUS GUY / TO TURN YOU ON (NL) (PS)                                 POLYDOR NL             2229 240

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

7″           JEALOUS GUY / TO TURN YOU ON (PS)                                         E.G. UK                      ROXY 2

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

7″           JEALOUS GUY / TO TURN YOU ON (US)                                         ATCO US                    7329

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

7″           JEALOUS GUY promo                                                                       ATCO US                    7329

1981 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo-only                                                     UK                              45

 

10″         LADYTRON                                                                                         VIRGIN UK                472181-0

2015 2 TRKS stereo 10″ with pic sleeve                                                     UK                              LP

 

7″           LOVE IS THE DRUG / BOTH ENDS BURNING (US)                         ATCO US                    45-7042

1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, stock copy                                                       UK                              45

7″           LOVE IS THE DRUG / DANCE AWAY (US) re-issue                        ATLANTIC US             OS 13269

1980? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, re-issue                                                         UK                              45

 

LP           MANIFESTO                                                                                      POLYDOR UK            2310 651

1979 10 TRKS stereo LP                                                                                 UK                              LP

HDCD     MANIFESTO (HDCD)                                                                        VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68827

2007 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                             UK                              CD

LP           MANIFESTO pic disc                                                                       POLYDOR UK            EGPD 001

1979 10 TRKS stereo LP picture disc                                                          UK                              LP

 

7″           MORE THAN THIS (PS)                                                                     E.G. UK                      ROXY 3

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

CD           MUSIKLADEN pirate                                                                        COLOSSEUM JP        96-C-007

1996 14 TRKS stereo CD, pirate                                                                   UK                              CD

 

LP           MUSIQUE – THE HIGH ROAD (US)                                                  WARNER US              23808.1

1983 4 TRKS stereo LP Live album                                                               UK                              LP

 

7″           MY ONLY LOVE / OVER YOU (US)                                                   ATCO US                    7301

1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           PYJAMARAMA / PRIDE AND THE PAIN, THE                                  ISLAND UK                WIP 6159

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           REMIX #03 (PS)                                                                                VIRGIN UK                472278

2007 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

LP           ROXY MUSIC                                                                                     ISLAND JPN               ILS 80155

1972 10 TRKS stereo LP insert                                                                     UK                              LP

HDCD     ROXY MUSIC (HDCD)                                                                       VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68821

2007 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                             UK                              CD

SA-CD     ROXY MUSIC (SA-CD)                                                                      VIRGIN JPN               UIGY-9665

2015 9 TRKS stereo SA-CD kami sleeve, non-hybrid                                UK                              SA-CD

 

HDCD     SIREN (HDCD)                                                                                   VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68825

2007 9 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                                UK                              CD

LP           SIREN (US)                                                                                         ATCO US                    SD 36-127

1975 9 TRKS stereo LP                                                                                   UK                              LP

 

DVD        SPECIAL EDITION EP (DVD)                                                             CLASSIC PIC              DVD7000X

2003 3 TRKS (1973/4)                                                                                    UK                              DVD

 

LP           STRANDED                                                                                         ISLAND UK                ILPS 9252

1973 8 TRKS stereo LP                                                                                   UK                              LP

HDCD     STRANDED (HDCD)                                                                           VIRGIN JPN               VJCP-68823

2007 8 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, HDCD                                                UK                              CD

 

7″           STREET LIFE / HULA-KULA                                                                ISLAND UK                WIP 6173

1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

7″           TRASH / TRASH 2 (PS)                                                                      E.G. US                       POSP 32

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve                                                                         UK                              45

 

7″           VIRGINIA PLAIN / NUMBERER, THE                                               ISLAND UK                WIP 6144

1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve                                                                            UK                              45

 

LP           VIVA! ROXY MUSIC – THE LIVE ROXY MUSIC ALBUM                  POLYDOR UK            2302 053

1976 8 TRKS stereo LP Live album                                                               UK                              LP

LP           VIVA! ROXY MUSIC – THE LIVE ROXY MUSIC ALBUM (US)          ATCO US                    SD 36-139

1976 8 TRKS stereo LP Live album    UK           LP

Roxy Music

Happy birthday Woody Guthrie (1912) and troublemaker Jerry Rubin (1938).

They all have long hair! Another “hippie” band?

At least initially, it is striking how ‘different’ Bryan Ferry sounds – to other things of the day (1972). Interesting, too, that the debut album is a “pop” as it is, with the rock & roll pastiche…keeping in mind that the LP was produced by no less than King Crimson’s lyricist, Peter Sinfield.

 

Gee, on the debut Roxy Music album Mr. Ferry looks to be a bit stingy with sharing the writing credits, though that deal may have been pre-arranged with E.G. And I do detect them all trying to ‘play up’ the band’s connection to rock & roll / rock music.

 

By the time of the 2nd album, “For Your Pleasure”, there seems to be a few more smiles than can be generally associated with Roxy Music – even from Mr. Ferry!

 

I’d be lying if I said I continued. I did not, wandering off towards greener pastures in German music / French music etc. That’s why the 3rd and 4th albums by Roxy Music kind of blur together, for myself. I remember my concern when the 5th album got so danged popular; it made Roxy Music ‘common’! A hit single?

 

You certainly can’t accuse them of being slack, on the work ethic. An album a year, together with touring – decent. Then consider that Mr. Ferry also had a solo career! What a busy man!

 

I wonder what E.G thought Roxy Music would do? Yes, they found popularity rather a long distance from their debut album. I can almost hear someone saying “Put ‘em in suits!” – an art director, perhaps?

 

“Manifesto” certainly made for interesting listening. But what are all of those albums that came out after the proper albums? Are they all ‘live’ albums? Not sure that I want to have lunch with that one.

 

 

Brian Eno

Happy birthday to UK singer / songwriter Jack Bruce (1943); singer / songwriter David Byrne (of Talking Heads) (1952)!

Tomorrow 5/15 Happy birthday to Brian Eno (of Roxy Music) (1948); guitarist Trini Lopez (1937).

We all recently had to say goodbye to Jack Bruce. I only own 1 x David Byrne record, “Rei Momo”. Mr. Eno is a fairly minor talent, though I will say his albums of pop songs are amusing. I kind of enjoy Trini Lopez’s work, and he’s still alive! So, who to write about today?

 

Brian Eno wins this fight. First noticed by myself on the debut Roxy Music LP; had never heard of him before that. Interesting that there is a 7 minute version of “Ladytron” that popped up recently on a 10” record from Europe!

 

Oh, you don’t know about Eno? He made 4 x frivolous pop / rock albums in the 70’s which all have amusing moments! A detailing of those follows!

 

LP                HERE COME THE WARM JETS (US)                           ISLAND US                  ILPS 9268      1973 10 TRKS stereo LP

CD               HERE COME THE WARM JETS                                    VIRGIN JPN                 VJCP-68656  2004 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, DSD

 

7″                 SEVEN DEADLY FINNS / LATER ON                           ISLAND UK                  WIP 6178        1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

CD               TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY)             VIRGIN JPN                 VJCP-68657  2004 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, DSD

LP                TAKING TIGER MOUNTAIN (BY STRATEGY) (US)    ISLAND US                  ILPS 9309      1974 10 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD               ANOTHER GREEN WORLD                                           VIRGIN JPN                 VJCP-68658  2004 14 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, DSD

LP                ANOTHER GREEN WORLD (US)                                  ISLAND US                  ILPS 9351      1975 12 TRKS stereo LP

 

 

7″                 LION SLEEPS TONIGHT                                                 ISLAND UK                  WIP 6233        1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7″                 LION SLEEPS TONIGHT (US) promo                          ISLAND US                  IS-036             1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

 

CD               DISCREET MUSIC                                                           VIRGIN JPN                 VJCP-68702  2004 4 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, DSD

LP                DISCREET MUSIC                                                           DISCREET UK             OBS 3              1975 2 TRKS stereo LP

 

CD               BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE                                   VIRGIN JPN                 VJCP-68659  2004 10 TRKS stereo CD kami sleeve, DSD

LP                BEFORE AND AFTER SCIENCE (US)                          ISLAND US                  ILPS 9478      1977 10 TRKS stereo LP

 

7″                 KING’S LEAD HAT / R.A.F.                                              E.G. US                         2001 762        1977 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

 

LP                MORE BLANK THAN FRANK                                         PASSPORT US           EGLP 65         1986 10 TRKS stereo LP collection

 

“Before and After Science” is my favorite of the above records, and for those who want it anthologized, get “More Blank Than Frank”.

Phil Manzanera

Happy birthday to singer / songwriter David Byron (of Uriah Heep) (1947)!

On 1/30 Happy birthday to Steve Marriott (of The Small Faces) (1947)!

On 1/31 Happy birthday to Johnny Rotten (of Sex Pistols) (1956); guitarist Phil Manzanera (of Roxy Music) (1951)!

I like the first Uriah Heep album, “Very ‘eavy Very ‘umble” on Vertigo. I like Small Faces “Ogden’s Nut Flake” just as much as the next record collector. Not a lot of use for John Lydon, “I’ll buy you a case of beer, but I won’t lift it”. Which brings us to Phil Manzanera – him, I’ve got a lot of time for.

 

His Expression Records CD’s aren’t particularly easy to find in the US – and some are inordinately expensive, like the Quiet Sun “Mainstream” that is packaged like a book or the 2CD version of “801 Live”.

 

Manzanera’s solo albums are all pretty good; lately he’s on the final Pink Floyd LP, “The Endless River”. Some of his latter day solo albums have Robert Wyatt performing. His “K-Scope” album is practically a Split Enz album, with some great Tim Finn vocals.

 

So, it’s kind of a no-brainer to follow someone who touches on all of these artists.

Roxy Music / Ian Dury & The Blockheads

12-10-12        Roxy Music / Ian Dury

On 12-8-73, Roxy Music “Stranded” LP was No. 1 in England; On 12-9-78, Ian Dury & The Blockheads “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick” 45 is No. 1 in England.

Two records I am OK with in 2012!

Somewhere between the 2nd Roxy Music album (“For Your Pleasure”) and “Stranded” (the 3rd Roxy Music album) – I lost my way on the path of European music.  Faust and Amon Duul II were much more important to me than Roxy Music ever was, in 1973.  I will go out on a limb and say that I like “Stranded” better in 2012 than I did in 1973.  Still not fond of the overly sexist LP cover; not sure what Eddie Jobson brings to this band; delighted to see John Gustafson from Quatermass working!  A good way to listen to Roxy Music is a) first try all the songs that aren’t exclusively written by Bryan Ferry, b) Almost anything Chris Thomas produced in the 70’s was good, c) anything Roxy Music gave to Island Records was usually good.

Ian Dury & The Blockheads – never ‘ad the chance to see them play live.  Their only L.A. show was as the opening act for Lou Reed (who had refused to tour much, at that point) – so no tickets available for Ian Dury’s only L.A. show.  Friends saw them in New Zealand and said they were really good, but loud.

I really liked their first two albums!  I believe today’s 45 comes between the two albums that I like.  Unless I am talking through my hat, this was Dury’s biggest hit single, and not on any LP at that time (later found on “Juke Box Dury”, his Stiff label G.H. LP).  I started with “What A Waste” and pretty much stayed with Dury for the next decade or two; there is value in nearly everything he was involved in.

There was an excellent British TV documentary about Dury that I saw; I was so very sad at the time of his death; the type of bloke it’s impossible to “replace”.  I didn’t care for his son’s records, though I tried.  Bless the Blockheads for continuing!

At their respective times of release (’73 & ’78), neither artist ever provided fans with lyrics to their works.  Of course, the Japanese guessed at their lyrics; I still remember seeing the blank lyrics sheet for the 2nd Ian Dury LP – couldn’t read it, but they may have excused themselves for not understanding a word of it – and justifiably so!

Time Machine 1972 (Strange Days)

7-26-12          Time Machine 1972 (Strange Days)

Film maker Stanley Kubrick born 1928, Mick Jagger born 1943; I like both; 7-26-80 Magazine “Sweetheart Contract” 45 charts at No. 54 in England.

From issue #153 (August 2012) of Strange Days magazine in Japan: June 1972 albums!  I so totally remember exactly this month, these releases etc.

Pink Floyd “Obscured By Clouds” (Harvest UK LP SHSP 4020); King Crimson “Earthbound” (Island UK LP HELP 6); Jethro Tull “Living In The Past” (Chrysalis / Island UK 2LP CJT 1/2); David Bowie “Ziggy Stardust” (RCA UK LP SF 8287); Roxy Music “Roxy Music” (debut) (Island UK LP ILPS 9200); Alice Cooper “School’s Out” (Warner Brothers US LP BS 2623); John Lennon & Yoko Ono “Sometime In New York City” (Apple US 2LP SVBB-3392); Free “Free At Last” (Island UK LP ILPS 9192); and Aphrodite’s Child “666” (Vertigo UK 2LP 6673 001).

I own every LP on this list; I bought most of them as new releases.

I heard “Obscured By Clouds” being played in a hippie record store, and liked what I heard.  I will confess to disappointment, when I finally got to see the film that it’s a soundtrack for.  But it’s a great Pink Floyd album, in the new “Hey, it’s the 70’s” style.

I would’ve bought whatever King Crimson released by 1972, and “Earthbound” was no exception.  Even as a youth, I was a bit put off by the poor quality sound (an LP mastered from a board cassette?), but I listened and believed.  Not an essential K.C. release, not even their best live album.

The best thing about “Living In The Past” was that it finally made available the British J.T. 45’s that I couldn’t find at the time, apart from the glorious track “17”.  Not a ‘best of’ per se, but…a collection of pretty good songs.

I bought “Ziggy Stardust” and “Roxy Music” on the same day; R.M. had the K.C. connection.  But Bowie was being written about.

I waited on the Alice Cooper album; by ’72, it didn’t look like I had to have everything they did anymore.

I would’ve waited longer, but Frank Zappa was on the John Lennon / Yoko Ono 2LP set.

Only the Free and Aphrodite’s Child came later for me.  I was 100% aware of both releases, but I was not following Free anymore, after “All Right Now”.  I actually heard Aphrodite’s Child on the FM radio, so actual evidence indicated that I could spend the $6 on something more to my developing taste.

A Summer Memory (1972)

6-20-12          Summer Memory (1972)

Jazz sax man Eric Dolphy born 1928 – first day of summer.

I have a fairly innocent summer memory that likely dates from 1972, which I would like to share with you today.

My dad and I did not usually get along.  He hated that I wanted long hair.  I think he liked that I was charmed by music, but he didn’t like the music I was following, for the most part.

In the early 70’s, a “loop” of freeways opened near my home; we could go the 405 N to the 710 N, to the 91 E to the 605 S to the 405 N – or the reverse of this.  Sometimes, after dinner, my dad wanted to “go for a drive”, and I would go with him.  I believe we found some music that neither of us “minded”, and the two records that stand out in my memory that we both listened to and enjoyed in the car (I had home-made 8-track tapes):  Commander Cody & The Lost Planet Airmen “Lost In The Ozone” and Frank Zappa / Mothers “Just Another Band From L.A.” and later on “Fillmore East, June 1971”.

My parents had to put up with my Frank Zappa fandom for a long time.  My oldest sister had given me some of Zappa’s LP’s for my birthday, and perhaps Zappa was the first artist that I tried to ‘keep up’ with (after The Beatles / Rolling Stones set of stuff).  And perhaps my dad liked the storytelling aspect of those Flo & Eddie / Zappa LP’s?

My other favorite Summer 1972 memory is riding my bike from my house all the way down to the Belmont Pier, where there was a wonderful hippie record store, “Mundae”, where I bought the debut Roxy Music LP, Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust” and Dick HeckstallSmith “A Story Ended” all during the summer of 1972.  Eventually I got to meet Mr. Heckstall-Smith in England, and got to tell him how much I liked his debut solo album.

So the summer of ’72 probably wasn’t the worst of times for my relationship with my dad.  Music and record collecting was already totally “in full effect”; I was being pulled every which way – German music, other European music etc.

The fall of 1972 brought other interesting stuff – definitely not summer ’72 albums were things like Monty Python “Previous Record”, Capability Brown “From Scratch” and Genesis “Foxtrot” – my first Charisma trifecta!

But, I’ll never be 14 years old again.  My dad is long gone, too.  I can still drive that loop  listening to Commander Cody and Frank Zappa, but it isn’t quite the same.

Summer ’72

12-5-11

Summer 1972

I rode my 10-speed bicycle from my home to a tiny record shop on the Belmont Pier, “Mundae” – a really nice guy named Wayne worked there (was he the owner?).  It was almost all downhill from my house, on the bike.  A nice summer day – July?

Wayne was really nice to me, even though I was 13 going on 14.  I somehow had hustled enough cash to buy some LP’s.  As it was summer, school was out, so maybe I mowed the lawn a few times?  Took Coke bottles back to the liquor store?  Asked my Mom for money?

I had been reading about Roxy Music in Melody Maker/ NME / Sounds – but couldn’t fathom what it sounded like – I just knew it had a King Crimson connection (produced by K.C. lyricist Peter Sinfield!).  The Island UK LP was there that day, for me to buy / try.  I bought it without hearing it first.  I had already developed that kind of trust of the music business, by age 13.  I bet it was no more than $4.99 (whereas a typical US LP would’ve been $2.98, new).

The other LP that looked good that day was David Bowie’s “Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars” – a $2.98 US RCA LP of it.  I believe I had already sent away for the free 45 EP that RCA had been advertising that featured David Bowie.  So, I took a chance on this ‘new’ LP; it was my first actual purchase of anything by David Bowie.

I may have bought something else that day, but those were the two LP’s that I am left with a lasting impression of my introduction to.  If I did buy something else, it would been under $1, and from the used LP bin; I do not remember!

I got those LP’s home, played ‘em – really listened!  Lyric sheet time!  Roxy Music was not exactly what I was expecting, but…”Re-Make Re-Model” made it’s necessary impression on my young mind, as did “Ziggy Stardust”.  I did not rush back to Mundae and buy “Hunky Dory”, for some reason.  I had heard guys talk in record stores about this guy’s 60’s record!  What?

Neither record that day was anything like King Crimson, my favorite band of the day.

I cycled through Bowie pretty quickly.  My best friend got “Aladdin Sane” as soon as it was released, but…it didn’t click with me then.  I never listened to Bowie again, until “Low” walked the plank, in approx. 5 years.  I lapped up Roxy Music fairly well, “For Your Pleasure” not being quite as good as the debut.  Oh, Eno left?  Grumble grumble.

’72 played out with more interesting records heading my way – some via the FM radio, some I heard being played in hippie record stores.  I actually tried to talk to guys in record stores, to get people to tell me what they liked to listen to.  Where were my bretheren?  I’m not here all alone, am I?  I believe fall of ’72 was when I first heard Monty Python and Genesis, both likely on KPFK-FM (90.7), after midnight.  And the 99 cent bin yielded some wondrous LP titles, too!