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, March 28, 2015
Saturday, March 21, 2015
The photos on the inside gatefold feature The Ventures doing psychedelic things....
Playing jump rope with a pool lane line floaty thing.
Playing electric guitars not plugged in.
Shopping for new duds at Brooks Brothers.
Walking abreast down the street like The Wild Bunch in cardigans and sport coats.
Alas, I don't have the booklet which promised a full color story of The Ventures. I'm sure they must have done a lot more trippy activities.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
In 1989 REM released their Green album on Warner Brothers. This is the record that launched them from college rock darlings to indie rock godfathers.
Of course there were a few singles. Of course they offered up a few non-album B-Sides.
REM - Stand b/w Memphis Train Blues (Warner Brothers 1989)
This one sported a cover of a young Michael Stipe running or something. The back featured a young shirtless Peter Buck
The label featured a pinwheel. Fitting with the carnival nature of the song. The B-Side is about 40 seconds long.
REM - Get Up b/w Funtime (Warner Brothers 1989)
The second single from the album. the B-Side is cover from Iggy Pop's The Idiot album. The B-Side was recorded and mixed in four minutes.
REM - Pop Song 89 (Album Version) b/w Pop Song 89 (Acoustic Version)
And then one more without a picture sleeve. B-side is an acoustic take of the A-Side
Saturday, March 14, 2015
The single was a completely different version from the Diamond Dogs album. It starts with the vocal rather than the guitar riff, has different lead and background vocals, different guitar parts, etc.
A curious thing happened with this one. When Diamond Dogs was released, the track from the album began getting some airplay. RCA replaced the version on the single with the version from the album. They didn't bother to change the catalog number. The only way one can tell which version you get is by checking the running time on the label.
The original single version clocks in at 2:58. The album version clocks in at 4:20.
Bowie - Rebel Rebel b/w Lady Grinning Soul (RCA 1974)
The B-Side was taken from 1973's Aladdin Sane
Wednesday, March 11, 2015
The Sex Pistols - Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols (Warner Brothers 1977)
The seminal punk band went blacklight to be outrageous.
And continued it on the back. For some reason, the one track that was included on the USA release and not the UK release isn't glowing.
This is only part of my latest. Below are the keepers so far....
I'll pounce if I see some cool '60's titles in the picture. Lot's of '70's pop out there I don't care about. I'll toss a few Eagles items in the trash. Condition varies. This time out I got an original Wooly Bully, Wild Thing, Wipe Out, Raunchy, 96 Tears, and Bongo Rock.
Also threw in some original Hank Ballard, James Brown, Buddy Holly and Duane Eddy.
Coolest thing (I My Humble Opinion) was the original of Tore Up Over You by The Midnighters - Later covered by Jerry Garcia on his Reflections album.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Note that the outer plastic has yellowed. Originally it was clear. There was a major downfall to the packaging. The material used for the transparencies created some weird chemical reaction when residing next to the vinyl. Some of it rubbed off and couldn't be removed. The vinyl - even though there are no visible scars - is very noisy. Perhaps it was never meant to be played at all. Sometimes art trumps function.
This limited edition cover won a Grammy.
Wednesday, March 4, 2015
I came across an LP of his as well. This one sports a cover by Jack Davis of Mad Magazine fame. And for all you DeadHeads, there is a tune called Crazy Fingers on this. It's not the Garcia/Hunter tune.