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, May 28, 2015
In the 70's, most record stores and major department stores had a 'cut-out' bin. Cut-Outs were overstocked records in the distributor's warehouse that didn't sell. A portion of the cover was sliced, drilled or given a divot. The imperfection in the cover signaled the record couldn't be sold at full price. I'm not sure if the term cut-out refers to the cover mutilation or the removal of the title from catalog. Prices ranged from 49 cents to $3
Jefferson Airplane - Thirty Seconds Over Winterland (Grunt 1972)
I'm pretty sure I got this one at Montgomery Ward in Rosemead, CA
Each record company had their own method of cut-out. RCA slit the cover. This particular cover has the slit in the upper left.
Capitol drilled a hole in the front (see upper right)
Often times stickers proclaiming 'factory sealed for your protection' or 'music is your best value' cover up price stickers from the stores that returned unsold copies.
Warner Brothers lobbed off the corner (see upper left)
Cut Outs weren't limited to deleted catalog items. Sometimes they popped up because of a corporate change or a label redesign. Asylum pressings of Bob Dylan's Planet Waves showed up in the cutout bins when it was about to be reissued on Columbia. I got a few Grateful Dead titles on the green Warner Brothers label in the cutout bin after they went to that butt-ugly tree design.
I once scolded a record store for selling a cutout at full price. The clerk referred me to the manager. His response was 'How did you know that?' I guess he thought that nobody would notice. The title, by the way, I would have paid twice full price for. It was the hard to find and out of print 'The Modern Dance' by Pere Ubu. I ended up getting it for the cutout price -- I think two bucks.
The cutout bin was a great place to take a chance on new music. Something that is sorely missed in this new vinyl age.
Monday, May 25, 2015
|Yoko Ono - Plastic Ono Band|
|John Lennon - Plastic Ono Band|
The back covers were also similar. Both featured a childhood picture of the artist.
And they each featured a white apple on the label..
I've had the Lennon one since it was released. I think I got it a Gemco in Fullerton, CA. The acquisition of the Yoko one has a bit of a backstory.
I used to go the the La Mirada Swapmeet on Saturday mornings. I'd get a beer and apply for credit cards under fake names to get the free gifts. Once my dog actually got a charge card for Sears.
Anyway... There was a record vendor I visited regularly. According the Clinton Heyland's Bootleg book, it was Ken from Rubber Dubber (the bootleg label). I spied Yoko in the bins and needed it. When I presented it for purchase I was warned 'You know that's the Yoko one, right.' I knew, but thanks for asking.
This is a great record to put on when it's time for guests to leave.
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Link to the old way: The Previous Episode on this Subject
Thursday, May 21, 2015
My personal favorite track is 'Who Killed Davey Moore'
Monday, May 18, 2015
Don't get me wrong. I still like this record. If you've yet to discover the legendary basement tapes sessions, I would recommend the recently released 'Bootleg Series Volume 11: The Basement Tapes Raw' over this one. No overdubs or sonic mixing tricks. Just unadulterated basement magic.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Which brings me to the record care tip in the title. If records are left near the phone, someone in the household who doesn't value your vinyl as much as you do may answer the phone. They'll think it's OK to write on whatever when they're taking a message. This copy of Boulders was a victim of this destructive person trying to do good. They took a message and jotted it down on the front cover.
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Something I Once Believed That I Now Know to Not Be True - Three Dog Night Captured Live at the Forum
But take a look closely at the back photo. The adoring fans rushing the stage while one of the Dog Nights moves closer. The stage, obviously is from a well trodded permanent stage at another venue. Arenas didn't have wood floor stages like that. Security at The Forum would probably have beaten those teenage girls to a pulp. Chances are nobody was even paying much attention to the opening act. The venue was probably not even full by that time. My hunch is that this photo was probably taken at the much smaller general admission Hollywood Palladium. In fact, I doubt that any of the photos, save for the ones with the house lights on, are from the Forum gig.
And a side note, Chuck Negron lives up the street from me in Sherman Oaks. Read his book - Three Dog Nightmare.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The B-side is even more curious. Although it's credited to The Who, the performance in an instrumental by The Graham Bond Organization. It features Ginger Baker on Drums. Evidently ATCO only had rights to one song, so they made the most of it.
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Supposedly Rock Lobster prompted John Lennon to get back into the studio after his 'house husband' period. Legend has it he was in a bar, heard Kate Pierson's Yoko Ono impressions and thought the world was now ready for a new John/Yoko record. He grabbed the missus and began work on Double Fantasy.