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.
Monday, August 31, 2015
Thursday, August 27, 2015
The only person who seems to have made out here is our little cover model. She shaved the lamb to make a fashionable wool cloak. Then she traded the lamb meat for a bitchen ride.
So following all this, Wings comes back with one of their best singles. Alas, this one was also banned on the BBC because of the perceived drug references. Or maybe because there were lyrics like 'I want you to lie on the bed and get ready for my funny gong.' Or maybe it was 'I'm gonna to it to you mama. Gonna do your sweet banana.' You never know. 'Sex and Drugs and Rock and Roll' in a single is apparently more successful than nursery rhymes or political posturing. It was a hit in the USA.
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I enjoy company issued inner sleeves. Not quite as much as custom ones, but more than blank generic ones. Below is a late '60's company sleeve from Columbia records touting why records are your best entertainment. Not sure what impending competition was. Were 8-Tracks about to kill music like home taping.
For those who prefer larger text, here's what it says:
Here's How Records Give You More Of What You Want:
- The Best For Less. Records give you top quality for less money than any other recorded form.
- They Allow Selectivity Of Songs And Tracks. With records it's easy to pick out the songs you want to play, or to play again a particular song or side. All you have to do is lift the tone arm and place it where you want it. You can't do this as easily with anything but a phonograph record.
- They're The Top Quality In Sound. Long-playing phonograph records look the same now as when they were introduced in 1948, but there's a world of difference. Countless refinements and developments have been made to perfect the long-playing records' technical excellence and insure the best in sound reproduction and quality available in recorded form.
- They'll Give You Hours Of Continuous And Uninterrupted Listening Pleasure. Just stack them up on your automatic changer and relax.
- They're Attractive, Informative And Easy To Store. Record albums are never out of place. Because of the aesthetic appeal of the jacket design, they're beautifully at home in any living room or library. They've also got important information on the backs--about artists, about the performances or about the program. And because they're flat not bulky, you can store hundreds in a minimum space and still see every title.
- If It's In Recorded Form, You Know It'll Be Available On Records. Everything's on long-playing records these days...your favorite artists, shows, comedy, movie sound tracks, concerts, drama, documented history, educational material...you name it. This is not so with any other kind of recording.
- They Make A Great Gift. Everybody you know loves music. And practically everyone owns a phonograph. Records are a gift that says a lot to the person you're giving them to. And they keep on remembering.
And Remember...It Always Happens First On Records.
Friday, August 21, 2015
When records were mass produced in the '70's, quality control seemed to be a little lax. I remember being in the habit of opening new records before driving home from the store to make sure there were no visual abnormalities with them. I remember when I bought The Rolling Stones 'Some Girls' on day of release. After searching for one that was 'good on the side' (possibly a post on that topic later), I purchased one and opened it in the car before driving home. Alas, it had a side 1 label on both sides. Returned it. Opened the next one in the store. Same thing. Got another. Opened it in the store. The glue holding the inner sleeve together was applied too liberally and seeped onto the record itself. Back that one went. Fourth time was the charm. Got it home to discover a convex warp. That was OK, My turntable could handle it.
Below I present a copy of Jethro Tull's 'Thick as a Brick.' I've had the original since I was in Junior High. Needless to say, it's seen better days. Found this one in the used bin.
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
I found this one at my local record emporium with a rare picture sleeve showing the Beck/Page line-up. Left to right we have Jimmy Page, Chris Dreja (eventually the bass player), Jim McCarty (drums), Jeff Beck and Keith Relf (singer).
The B-Side features one of the few vocals by Jeff Beck. I can see why he opted to get other singers in his subsequent bands.
Gradually this lineup dissolved. Jeff Beck left after a few months and started up the Jeff Beck Group with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood. Evidently his ego didn't allow for contribution from others. A personality trait that kept most of his subsequent bands short lived. The Yardbirds carried on as a foursome for about a year, Chris Dreja left to pursue a career in photography and graphic design. Relf and McCarty left to form their own band Renaissance. Relf later was killed Spinal Tap style by playing electric guitar in the bathtub.
Jimmy Page was left holding the bag with some gig commitments to fulfill in Scandanavia. He ended up filling the obligations with Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham. The departed band members got miffed that the current band played the gigs as The New Yardbirds. Page ended up changing their name to Led Zeppelin. Their first album features a band photo on the back by Chris Dreja.
Here's a fuzzy clip of the Beck/Page line up. For some reason, Keith Relf always reminded me of a cross between Brian Jones and Davey Jones.
Friday, August 14, 2015
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Next we have
Love for Sale b/w Hey Now.
B-Side vocal by a local children's choir.
Sunday, August 9, 2015
Jethro Tull's second album, Stand Up was released in 1969. In addition to being one of their best records, it sports an unexpected surprise.
Open it up and the band 'stands up!'
Wednesday, August 5, 2015
It was soon replaced with a faux oriental font.
There are a few variations on the back as well. The tracks on the back are listed out of sequence (how punk!). The first press lists the title of the last song as 'That's No Way to Spend Your Youth'
The second pressing correctly names the last track as 'All the Young Punks (New Boots and Contracts).' It also adds a credit for mastering. I wonder if that's why there was a scramble for a cover redo.
I'm told there is a third version with a slightly different font that lists the tracks in the correct running order.
Around this time, I was in the habit of saving concert ads from the Los Angeles times in the related album. This one is from the first time the Clash visited the USA. One of the best shows I've ever witnessed. In addition to Bo Diddley, local band The Dils also opened.
Saturday, August 1, 2015
The B-Side is a take on Swan Lake. I always thought the tune was from the original soundtrack of Lugosi's Dracula. I know now that I'm mistaken.