What's All This Then
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.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Cream was one of the first 'supergroups' Each member had experience in other bands prior to joining together Jack Bruce was the front man/bass player/vocalist. Eric Clapton on guitar and sometimes vocals. Ginger Baker - drums.
They put out three 'real' albums. Each are top notch in their own right. Much like the Grateful Dead, their live shows were quite different from the records. Although I never saw them, the live recordings reveal a band in full flight. Basically three soloists somehow merging together. The result could sometimes be stunning. Their records ain't half bad either.
|Most of Cream ready for flight, except Ginger who decided to cap himself with a dead animal.|
Their second album includes the classics Sunshine of Your Love, Tales of Brave Ulysses, Strange Brew and SWALBR (She Was Like a Bearded Rainbow).
I got this original pressing in the early '70's when a family member found Jesus. It's got the old purple and gold ATCO label. Good for me. Thank you Jesus, This sounds better than subsequent pressings with the yellow ATCO label. How did you know?
This is a first pressing the shiny foil cover.
Clapton composition written with Martin Sharp - The artist who did the covers to Wheels of Fire and Disraeli Gears. From the soundtrack of 'The Savage Seven' - a biker movie. It's an acoustic tune. As far as I know, the movie is not about a marauding bunch of tennis enthusiasts on motorcycles, although that would be quite a concept. Call my agent.
Cream eventually imploded. Their last tour saw them travelling separately and staying in different hotels.
Each band member went off to solo careers with varying degrees of success. Clapton released a few classic albums before watering down his sound to become a boring dad rock icon.
Sunday, October 26, 2014
Friday, October 24, 2014
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
The band, led by the husband and wife duo of Randy Stodola and Diane Chai, was fixture on the early Los Angeles punk scene.
According to the internet (so it's gotta be true), there were only 1500 of these pressed.
The Dangerhouse covers were often just a folded piece of paper inside a plastic liner. I guess it was cheaper than actually gluing together a normal sleeve. Maybe it's because they could be assembled in somebody's kitchen rather than a factory.
The Alley Cats put out an album on an indie label, then got signed to MCA were they put out another. Both are worth seeking out.
Monday, October 20, 2014
Saturday, October 18, 2014
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Yes, THAT Hava Nagila.
Sunday, October 12, 2014
Friday, October 10, 2014
Loosely translated, the title is 'We're Never Going Home' If that guy with the tiny hat and the pretzel is saying this, I bet there's a fraulein and some kinder who are pretty happy. Can you imagine having THAT come home in a drunken loud stupor?
The subtitle on this record is 'Frohliche Musik Zum Singen, Tanzen, und Zuhoren' (pardon my lack of umlaut). This loosely translates as 'Lively Music for Singing, Dancing and Listening' Personally, I thought 'Zu-Whorin'' would translate differently.
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Apologies in advance for the use of the '*'
I don't want this blog to be saddled with the 'adult content' flag.
The MC5 released their debut album 'Kick Out The Jams' in 1970 on Elektra. They were signed, along with the Stooges, from the burgeoning Detroit rock scene. The band was a bit on the radical side of the hippie movement.
The album, recorded live, is a great document of the MC5's intense live sound. A timeless classic this one be.
There was a time when every major department store had a record department. As a youth, my mom would often say - 'go look at the records while I shop.' In those days it was not considered child abuse to allow your 7 year old to wander to another floor of the store alone for an hour.
After some complaints from the community, Hudson's decided not to stock the MC5 album because of a song intro on the record. "It's time to kick out the jams, motherf*ckers"
The MC5 decided to take out an ad in the local alternative press. It was a full page job. Basically it advised fans to kick in the door if they won't sell the album. And, oh yeah, 'F*CK HUDSON'S'
Hilarious in my humble opinion.
Hudson's was not amused. They of course complained and pulled all Elektra stock from the shelves. Seeing as how Elektra would stand to lose more on lost Nonesuch label and Doors sales than they'd ever earn with the MC5, Elektra decided to drop the band from their roster.
They later signed with Atlantic and put out two albums that didn't quite live up to their potential. They were dropped from that roster too.
The band was targeted by The Man for their radical politics. Guitarist Wayne Kramer was thrown in jail on a drug charge. Their manager, John Sinclair, was thrown in prison ten years for possessing two joints. He's the inspiration for the Lennon song 'John Sinclair.' "They gave him ten for two. What else can the judges do?"
Guitarist Fred Smith married Patti Smith.
Singer Rob Tyner died at age 46. Fred Smith died in his 40's as well. Wayne Kramer met up with Bassist Michael Davis in prison. Upon their release they found the original drummer and got the band back together with a new vocalist.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
|Paul Revere's Keyboard Car|
Monday, October 6, 2014
Norton Records puts out a pretty dead-on parody cover of Their Satanic Majesties Request, a double 45 of Rolling Stones songs sung in Espanol.
|Too bad it's not 3D|
Saturday, October 4, 2014
This one deserves a lyric reprint which will follow at the end of this Dodger oriented post.
Thursday, October 2, 2014
I often wondered what would have happened if they didn't need to rush out a single. Would these two have been included on Sgt, Pepper? Could the album have ended up as a double? Would it have changed the songs that were composed for the album later if they were already working with these in mind for inclusion?
Hey Jude b/w Revolution
This is the first release on Apple records. The Beatles presented their product with a design that certainly set the label apart from all others. Releases were in a classy black sleeve. Beatles releases read 'The Beatles on Apple' in cursive. Other artist releases read simply 'Apple.' It was unique to have the standard label have different designs on the A-Side and B-Side. The label also didn't say the name of the record company. They let the image speak for itself.
Most subsequent releases by The Beatles carried this design.
And yes, these are the mono mixes. Revolution sounds amazing cranked up to 11.
The Ballad of John and Yoko b/w Old Brown Shoe
A later picture sleeve on Apple. I got this in a pile of records someone was giving up. It had a different record inside it. I played mix and match with it and now have an original pressing in a picture sleeve. It served its purpose for me. It served a purpose for someone else in the lower right. I'm glad their ballpoint pen works. Only John and Paul play on the A Side. B-Side by George.