What's All This Then

Why should I care what this guy has to say?

The correct answer is that you shouldn’t. We’re all entitled to our opinions. Develop your own. I try to be sane and rational, but that may change with the level of caffeine intake. I’m just telling my stories in the hopes they may amuse and/or inform others. And... I Confess... I'm showing off my bitchen collection a bit.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Their Satanic Majesties Request

The Rolling Stones - Their Satanic Majesties Request (London 1967)

The original of this title came out with a 3D cover.  Due to the expense and lackluster sales, it was soon replaced by a 2D version.   I came across an original in a thrift store.   There were markings and what appeared to be grease on the 3D panel.  A bit of 409 and a soft cloth worked wonders.

This one's for looking only (my UK pressing from the '70's is for playing)

In addition, this one came with the original inner sleeve. 

This album is considered a detour for The Stones.  They're certainly operating outside their comfort zone.   The result is a combination of dogs and gems.   Given the personal and personnel issues they were having at the time, it's a wonder anything was released at all.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Dylan Live 66

Bob Dylan toured the UK with The Band in 1966.  The tour was considered controversial  - although it remains a milestone in rock and roll history.  Folkies couldn't stand that Dylan changed.  It wouldn't be the first time.

Anyway, Blonde on Blonde had a single pulled from it around that time

Bob Dylan - I Want You b/w Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues (Live in Liverpool 1966) (Columbia 1966)

A side from the album and one of Dylan's 'hits'

But the B-Side is why this is such a cool single

For years, there was a widely circulated recording from this tour labeled Royal Albert Hall '66.  In reality, the recording was from Manchester Free Trade Hall.   The real Royal Albert Hall set was released  - finally - in 2016.  This single features a track from another gig entirely - from Liverpool.

And yes - the band was loose enough to where this sounds different from the other two gigs.

Worth checking out, but beware.  Columbia pressed 45's on styrene.  Finding one that isn't hacked to death by heavy tone arms can prove difficult.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Go-Go's

Those adorable little cutie pies from Taft High School who took their watered down post punk sound right to the top of the charts.

The Go-Go's!

Oh wait wrong group.

Here is Swim With The Go-Go's (RCA 1964)

Novelty surf songs!

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

The Color of Your Lawn Can't Match the Color of Your Pants

A thrift store find.  

Roy Drusky - My Grass is Green

Sure Bud.  You got yourself a nice lawn, but that's not my focus here.   A couple of things popped right out!

1.  Your Pants!
2.  The two young gardeners you hired. 
3.  Your wife training the living lawn jockey
4.  Your Pants!

Saturday, January 6, 2018

The Greater Orange County Record Show

The Greater Orange County Record show has been going on for years in Buena Park, California.   Buena Park is in the heart of North Orange County (not as red as the rest of it to the south).

I used to live in Whittier - which is a two towns over from Buena Park.   I have since moved to The San Fernando Valley - a good hour and half from Buena Park.

I hadn't been down to The Greater Orange County Record Swap in years.  The last time I was there was the day it got busted in the 80's.    That would be when Columbia Records sent their goons down to bust the bootleggers.  This was during the 'protection gap' and bootlegs were eating into record company profits.  They claimed it violated the integrity of the artists.  In reality, they needed to recoup all the money the industry put up Fleetwood Mac's collective noses.

So down to the swap I went today on a whim....

Glad I did.     Free parking.   Freeway close.  Spent a good long time there.

Note the guy in the reddish shirt in front.  He had his collection in a notebook for protection against buying things twice.  I do the same, except mine is on a database that syncs with my phone.

Here's my haul for the day.