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.
Saturday, January 31, 2015
Every so often, a pop star will decide to offer up their songs in different languages. The Beatles did it with I Want to Hold Your Hand an She Loves You. The Rolling Stones did it with As Tears Go By.
English is the official language of rock and roll much like Italian is the official language of opera. Sure there are variations, but thery're not the norm. Any non-English records that gain traction in the USA are usually novelty songs.
So Bowie did this in the 70's with 'heroes'
Bowie - 'heroes' (Chante en Francais) b/w V-2 Schneider.
Looking very French on the picture sleeve
Bowie - Helden b/w V-2 Schneider
Vocal in German. Bowie looking very Teutonic on the picture sleeve
I wish there was one in Spanish.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
There's a track called Shivas Regal. Evidently the scotch company, Chivas Regal, must have had issue with the name so they changed the spelling. What they ended up with is the Hebrew word shiva which basically is mourning the loss of a family member. Perhaps that's what happens if this record is played for anyone but your husband.
The last two tracks are Easter Parade and Lonely Little G-String.
Sunday, January 25, 2015
Normal length of a 45 is about 3-4 minutes. I always wondered how long these things can go when spinning at 45 rpm.
Bruce Springsteen - Fire b/w Incident on 57th Street (Columbia 1987)
This is by far the longest one I have.
The B-Side here clocks in at a whopping 10:03. It's not very loud, which probably enables it to be so long.
If anyone knows of one any longer, I'd love to know what it is. 7 inch records that play at 33 don't count.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
In 1989, a short lived teen magazine called Sassy offered up an REM flexi-disc. It was truly an odd pairing. The magazine seemed to be grooming teens into fashion victims. REM was a college radio darling at the time and just signed to Warner Brothers. The song they chose to offer was even stranger. Dark Globe which was written by Syd Barrett - former leader of Pink Floyd and psychedelia's most celebrated acid casualty. I can't help but wonder if REM was in on the joke.
I must confess, I bought a copy of the magazine to get the record. I don't feel good about myself. Maybe if I bought some cute leggings or hair scrunchies I'd feel better.
Writing the post inspired me to play the Madcap Laughs by Syd Barrett to hear the original. I'm listening to it now.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Well I had me a surprise. On Preservation Act 2, Scrapheap City is sung by a female vocalist. On this 45 we get a slowed down bluesy version sung by Ray Davies.
According to the Goldmine Guide to American Records, this single was withdrawn and has a NM value of $200. I've never seen it for sale at that price.
In addition, the A-Side is different as well. No Dave Davies vocal on the bridge.
The Kinks - One of the Survivors b/w Scrapheap City (RCA 1973)
In addition, I came across this promo single of Preservation, a song that acts as sort of a trailer for the albums.
Sunday, January 11, 2015
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Someone didn't like it. The liner notes were replaced by a painting on the back cover. This version is the rarest as it didn't last very long.
Well, soon thereafter, the liner notes won a Grammy. They were then restored in easy to read white type. The layout is the same as the black type original version. This one is the most common.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
The single I have was number H-13 in someone's collection. Wondering if H-1 was by Herman's Hermits.
And someone in the mastering lab decided to write Hari Krishna on the dead wax.