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.
Wednesday, December 30, 2015
A name synonymous with New Year's Eve. The baton gets raised to a 30 degree angle and stays there. Guy stares at you from the bandstand with an unwavering facial expression.
And you dance away the night. You'll hate yourself in the morning and probably won't be able to get that sound out of your head.
All the songs on this medley have the same tempo - which ain't upbeat. They all sound the same to me as well. In fact, you could probably put this album on repeat and nobody would be the wiser.
Monday, December 28, 2015
Holier than thou record people be damned. I always thought this was a great record. The descending bass line. The horn groove. The female empowering lyrics. So what if she didn't write and/or produce the record. So what if she used the best session players daddy could buy. So what if she had to release it on daddy's record company.
I dig it! The hipsters have since embraced it years after I was scoffed at!
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
NRBQ (New Rhythm and Blues Quartet) wishes you a Merry Christmas
Tom got a new set of drums. Joey got a stand up bass. Big Al got a short scale guitar. Terry got an accordion.
All kidding aside, they were a great band. Whole lotta fun to see at a club. Beer and NRBQ mix like scotch and water. Used to see the at the Palomino in North Hollywood. They had a small, but rabid following.
When their first drummer left the band, Tom Ardolino, one of those rabid fans, lobbied for the position. He fell right in with them and was their drummer for a good 25 years.
Big Al Anderson left to become a session guy/songwriter in Nashville.
Joey Spaminato was on the short list to replace Bill Wyman in the Rolling Stones. He's the bass player in the Chuck Berry doc Hail Hail Rock and Roll.
Terry Adams is continuing to gig under the name NRBQ with a set of new musicians.
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Next up, Bruce throws in a Christmas song as the B-Side to a cover of Edwin Starr's 'War' from the massive 5 record live album.
Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band - War b/w Merry Christmas Baby (Columbia 1986)
Merry Christmas Baby was originally performed by Chuck Berry.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
Connie Francis Sings Jewish Favorites
Here Connie Francis delights us with Jewish folk songs complete with English lyrics that have little or nothing to do with the original songs. The blue and white outfit and lettering! She even went so far as to include a representation of the Israeli flag on the cover - although they removed the Star of David.
What business does and Italian American teen sweetheart have singing Jewish favorites? Well, as she explained the documentary 'Hava Nagilah,' she's 10% Jewish on her manager's side.
A must for any hipster retro Jewish wedding. I bought this long before there were hipsters to play at mine.
Just so other groups don't feel left out, there are others.....
Connie Francis Sings Italian Favorites
Looking very Italian in front of a photo of Venice.
Connie Francis Sings Spanish and Latin American Favorites
Looking very Hispanic on the back patio of some Mexican restaurant.
My particular ethnic group remains unrepresented in the Connie Francis catalog. Alas, there is no Connie Francis sings WASPY Bland Midwestern Favorites.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Solo albums by these musicians sometimes can leave a lot to be desired. Not so with Phil Manzanera. His first solo album is presented here....
Phil Manzanera - Diamond Head (Island 1975)
I picked this one up when the UK EG records catalog was switched from Island to Polydor. Island pressings of the EG catalog items began showing up in US bargain bins.
The albums features contributions from all members of Roxy Music save for Bryan Ferry. Eno contributes two great tunes - Big Day and Miss Shapiro. In addition, contributions also come from Phil's prior band, Quiet Sun. We also get John Wetton from King Crimson and Robert Wyatt from Soft Machine.
The basic lineup of Eno and Quiet Sun set out for a series of shows in the UK which resulted in the live album 801 Live
Phil doesn't sing on this one. Vocals are provided by Eno and John Wettton, among others.
This is one my favorite solo albums from the Roxy Music cannon. It gets more turntable time that all the Bryan Ferry ones combined. Highly recommended.
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
The Friday after Thanksgiving Thursday is what's known as Black Friday. This is not as evil as it sounds. It's traditionally the biggest shopping day of the year. The day that retailers go from being 'in the red' to being 'in the black.' To ensure the most foot traffic in their stores, major retailers offer extreme limited bargains. Competition has become fierce. Retailers open their doors earlier and earlier each year. It got to the point where stores now open on Thanksgiving evening.
There's been quite a backlash against this practice. One local camping chain announced this year that they wouldn't even open on Black Friday at all, Instead they're giving their employees the day off and encouraging them to go outside.
Record Store Day began offering up a special release day to be part of the madness. The special releases aren't nearly as impressive as the regular record store day that happens in April
This year's list is out. Meh I say. Nothing on it that would make me want to leave the house. Looking forward to a day with a fire in the fireplace surrounded by family and leftovers. If you're inclined to spent your Black Friday in a line. See the following link for the list.
Record Store Day Black Friday 2015 List
Saturday, November 21, 2015
The Shangri-Las were the bad girls of the girl group scene. They hung out with toughs, defied their parents, wore leather and had thick New York/bad girl accents. This made them my favorite girl group of the era.
They were best known for their bad girl lust for a bad guy epic The Leader of the Pack. .
Not many people they sing about survive.
The Leader of the Pack perished in a motorcycle accident.
The Give Us Your Blessing kids died in a car crash.
The mom in I Can Never Go Home Anymore died when the kids ran away to get married.
There entire recorded output left a string of unfortunate 'accidents' throughout the five boroughs
In this single, Long Live Our Love, the singer is praying that her soldier boy comes home from the war unscathed. The odds are not good.
A previous owner of this record wrote 'Our Song - Terry + Kerry' on the label. I hope he's OK.
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Ringo Starr - Back Off Boogaloo b/w Blindman (Apple 1972)
Another rockin' A Side produced by George Harrison. This one came about during the period when Ringo was hanging out with Marc Bolan. (Ringo took the photo on the cover of T.Rex's The Slider LP). The single bristles with T Rex type energy. And dig that picture sleeve.
For some reason, the drums are mixed very loud on all four of these sides.
With a little help from his famous friends, Ringo managed to put out two hit LP's following these singles. Ringo and Goodnight Vienna.
Wednesday, November 11, 2015
At last count there were about 4,000 LP's. Sometimes my kids will have sleepovers and sprawl on the floor watching TV. They are advised in advance: "If there's an earthquake, run!"
Saturday, November 7, 2015
No longer hoping she dies before she gets old, the line was changed to 'I don't need this f**king s**t.' When she performed the song on Saturday Night Live, it was changed to 'I don't need this censorship.'
Notice: "My Generation" contains language the might be considered objectionable.
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Saturday, October 31, 2015
What else can a washed up child actor do. 'cept to sing in rock and roll band.
This is the fate of Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster on the Munsters TV show. It's nothing special. Basically bland vocals atop a groove reminiscent of the Munsters Theme.
Of course it's distributed by MCA. They're very protective of their Munsters intellectual property.
Sunday, October 25, 2015
|Cover of My Mono Copy|
When I was in high school, I began to replace all the hacked up albums of my youth with nice new copies that I would care for eternally. It was around this time I discovered that the UK versions of early Beatles and Stones records were better sequenced, better sounding, better pressed, etc. I sought these out.
Around this time (mid '70's) a new chain store, The Wherehouse, began popping up around Southern California. This was the first record store that seemed to have contempt for its customers. Turnstiles, sneers if you left without buying anything, 45's devoid of picture sleeves on first release when they should have had them (I know because I purchased 45's there only to see them with picture sleeves a few days later at another store). Stock that consisted of 30 copies of the latest release and maybe one or two items from back catalog. And as an extra added bonus, they tended to hassle you when you returned defectives.
Their deal was all single disc domestic releases at the same low low price. They also carried imports from the UK.
At this time, UK records weren't shrink wrapped. They were imported in loose plastic bags.
Since they didn't trust their clientele to leave them alone, The Wherehouse decided to shrink wrap them. This made them appear as though they were single disc domestic releases. All one had to do was place the record on the counter upside down or between single disc domestic releases and the clerk would ring them up for about $3 less than they were supposed to be. This kept me a loyal customer.
The first two Rolling Stones albums were in mono - just as they were recorded. They sounded so much better that the US 'electronically reprocessed to simulate stereo' versions.
Then came the third one. Out of Our Heads. This particular release held a sentimental place with me as the first Stones LP I ever owned was December's Children* (*and everybody's) which sported the same cover. I had this one since 1965. I was in 2nd grade.
|Back of My Mono Copy|
The only import available at the time was stereo. I bought it, but it sounded muddy and distant. Just like 'reprocessed' stereo. My old hacked up US mono copy even sounded better.
|UK 'Stereo' Pressing|
This started my quest for a mono version in good shape.
Before the internet, this was nearly impossible. Then a few years ago we get eBay.
First stop was eBay. I found one that was advertised as mono, but it was a German pressing on Decca. German Decca had a red label which was mistaken as a UK maroon label which indicated mono. Strike one.
|German 'Stereo' Pressing. Cover didn't say Stereo, so seller listed it as mono.|
|Finally, A genuine mono pressing|
I only wish some asshole didn't put a sticker on the label.
Now that this has been reissued on SACD, the mono master tapes are being used. Glad to see that fake stereo is a thing of the past.