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.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Iron Butterfly - In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida (ATCO 1968)
This would be their second album.
One of the first riffs I ever learned on guitar. The title comes from the slurring of the words 'In the Garden of Eden.' Even though the title track clocks in at a little over 17 minutes, there is a 45 version that comes in under 3. It eliminates all the filler. IMHO it makes a great single.
Everyone knows the title song, but I challenge anyone to hum a few bars from Side 1.
The band follows up this LP with Ball in 1969 and Metamorphosis in 1970. Neither was met with much success. They continued on with constant personnel changes well into the 2010's with only the drummer remaining from the In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida lineup. That's like calling Ringo and His All Starr Band The Beatles. I wonder if they can get away with doing a gig without playing the full length signature song.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Jerry Lewis Just Sings (Decca 1958)
For some reason, this ended up in my father in law's collection. Someone must have given it to him. His taste skewered more towards Oscar Peterson.
Yes, Jerry sings. How well is in the ear of the beholder. I once put this on and a guest asked if I was playing Ethel Merman!
No joking. These are straight renditions of standards.
The record is pressed on styrene rather than vinyl. It's very brittle. Styrene records can wear out quickly. It's a good thing my father in law was not that fond of this one. It wouldn't last very many plays on a heavy tone armed player from the era.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
And some kitchy glass swans on the back cover.
Some interesting inner sleeves as well.
When it was time to release in the USA, we got some changes.
Nick Lowe - Pure Pop For Now People (Columbia 1978)
Gone is the great title. I guess Columbia was afraid to offend those in the Bible Belt who would boycott the release. Personally I believe this to be a bad marketing move. Those people would probably buy the record just to publicly burn it which would drive up sales.
Half of the cover pictures were changed as well. We still get Dave Edmunds in the bottom center.
Gone are the tacky swans. Instead we get a photo of Lowe posing like Dave Edmunds.
And the inner sleeve was replaced by a notebook drawing of our new heartthrob.
Thursday, October 13, 2016
His debut album, My Aim Is True, was just released in America. It had been out in the UK for some time.
On the show, he launches into the rehearsed Less Than Zero. A few bars into the song, he stops and says the band has no business playing that one, and launches into his new UK single Radio Radio.
The effect was stunning for live television and won me over as a fan. Here was somebody who infuriated the reigning counter culture show by being counter to the counter culture. Google the clip, it's easily found.
Shortly after that appearance, Elvis' second album was released in the UK.
Elvis Costello - This Years Model (Radar 1978)
(excuse the shrink wrap. I never did take it off and now it's kind of stuck)
The cover concept shows what could go wrong with mass produced covers. We're slightly off center with the color bars clearly visible on the right hand side. The first letter of the artist and the title are wrapped around the back.
The writing that would normally appear on the spine is about an inch in on the back. This isn't 'good on the side' (a long promised post on this topic will probably appear at some time in the future).
A few months later, This Year's Model was released in the USA. Delayed so Columbia could still work the first album.
Elvis Costello - This Year's Model (Columbia 1978)
Gone is the intentionally misprinted sleeve. We get a different photo composed slightly to the right.
The rear photo is different as well.
Songs on side two changed a bit. Gone are (I Don't Want to Go To) Chelsea and Night Rally. In their stead, we get Radio Radio. This would be the very same track that got him banned from Saturday Night Live for much of the '80's.
In an interesting twist, the familiar 'Columbia' on their ugly label was changed to 'Costello'
At least the inner sleeves remained the same between both releases. One side features a photo of the infamous Saturday Night Live appearance.
According to Wikipedia (so it's gotta be true), Elvis asked the cover photographer to play The Eagles during the shoot so he could appear pissed off. A man after my own heart.
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Thursday, October 6, 2016
Oh yes, there was a time. The cocktail/smoking set liked dirty jokes. Below is a sampler from the Adam Magazine Stag Party series.
If you like this one, you can buy these. Anywhere dirty magazines are sold.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
Zappa set out to make a movie - which of course begat a soundtrack album.
Frank Zappa - 200 Motels (United Artists 1971)
This particular release also features The London Philharmonic. The 'music' alternates to some pretty hot live tunes by The Mothers, Orchestral sections and comedy
It was released on United Artists Records - probably in order to get some funding for the movie.
It came gatefold with a booklet and - a full size poster for the movie.
Here's where some things get fun. Evidently Ringo's people didn't want him on the cover of the LP. Since the cover of the LP was basically the poster for the movie, some adjustments had to be made.
|From the Movie Poster|
|From the LP Cover - Some Sort of Puppet|
|From the Movie Poster|
|From the LP Cover - Poof - No Ringo|