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.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Peter Gabriel left Genesis in early 1975. He took with him the vision, wit, experimentation, personality, lyrical proficiency, etc. In other words, everything that made the band great in the early days. Genesis went on to massive success after Gabriel left by gradually watering down their sound to the point they sounded like The Wiggles.
Gabriel went on to release impressive work. His first four albums had no title. The next few had two word titles (So, Us and Up).
Some artists will release the occasional single in a different language. Gabriel went took it a step further. He recorded vocals in German for entire albums.
I have two of them....
Peter Gabriel (The Famous Charisma Label 1980)
Gabriel's third album is commonly referred to as 'Melt' in reference to the cover, an altered Poloroid. The mix is the same as the 'normal' version. Only the vocals are redone.
If you read German, you can read the liner notes on the insert. The inner sleeve contains the lyrics in English. The insert has a German translation.
The same treatment was also used for the fourth album
Peter Gabriel (The Famous Charisma Label 1982)
The fourth record was entitled 'Security' in the USA. The was only on the label. The album title did not appear on the cover or the spine.
This time out, the album was completely remixed and re sequenced. Some tracks are longer.
The inner sleeve is completely in German.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
Fresh off his defeat by Richard Nixon in 1968, Hubert Horatio Humphrey took time out of his busy schedule to write a thank you note to Tommy James. Noted in the text is that Tommy 'cooperated enthusiastically' during the campaign. Sounds like somethig a Bond villain would say. Tommy was so tickled he put on on the back of his most psychedelic album
Wednesday, August 9, 2017
I didn't get the pamphlet.
Sunday, August 6, 2017
Their MO was to take low rent orchestras, record them for cheap, rename them Living [something] and sell them for a bargain price.
I suppose they said the strings and other instruments we living so they didn't have to credit (or pay) the musicians who played them.
Here's a fairly odd one.....
Living Guitars Play Songs Made Famous by The Rolling Stones (RCA Camden 1971)
I gather the cover to be a representation of the slave trade so glorified in Brown Sugar.
On the back we get a picture of the palm tree Keith Richards would fall out of 40 years after this release.
Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Bonds was responsible for some great pre British Invasion party songs. School Is Out, A Quarter To Three and New Orleans are still classics IMHO.
Friday, July 28, 2017
A side note on Adrien Belew. He was discovered by Frank Zappa's chauffeur in Nashville. Frank saw him and recruited for his Shiek Yerbouti/Baby Snakes era band. Eno was at a Zappa concert (I'd love to hear more on that), saw Belew play an recommended him to Bowie. He ended up on the 1978 Bowie tour. From there he was an auxiliary player on Talking Heads Remain in Light and subsequent tour. At some point he was introduced to Robert Fripp and became a member of the '80's era King Crimson. Not a bad stroke of luck and networking. And a pretty bitchen guitar player too.
The Bears is Belew reuniting with old bandmates from before he set off on his journey through the big time.
Monday, July 24, 2017
Here we have a seemingly normal company sleeve for Warner/Reprise.
But turn it over and you have an order form.
By the way, the version of Truckin' here is a different mix with extra guitar parts.....
Thursday, July 20, 2017
All Bizarre/Straight records came with a unique inner sleeve with an order form for Zapped. The verbiage is a little more on the snarky side as was Zappa's way.
Sunday, July 16, 2017
The early releases were mostly soundtracks and novelty records. Their biggest selling single was 'Kookie, Lend Me Your Comb.' Biggest selling albums were by Bob Newhart and Allan Sherman.
This slowly began to change in the early 60's with the signing of The Everly Brothers and Peter, Paul and Mary. The acquisition of Frank Sinatra's Reprise label (along with their executives) didn't hurt either.
Over the next few years, the label developed a stable of artists that gave the label a distinct identity. They exploited the similarity of these artists by cross marketing them on loss leader samplers.
The first one was:
The Big Ball (Warner Brothers 1970)
They were offered on the inners sleeves of Warner/Reprise releases. All one had to do was to ruin the inner sleeve of the record by cutting out the order form. The alternative was to take it to the library and have a copy made for a dime. Cost was $2.00. A bargain for a double LP, but cost effective for Warners as they probably introduced the customer to a lot of other artists.
Thursday, July 13, 2017
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I couldn't pass up on a record called Psychedelic Lollipop.
Blues Magoos - Psychedelic Lollipop (Mercury 1966)
I don't recall where I got this. Perhaps Red Brontosaurus in San Diego. I got one of the Blues Magoos albums there. Possibly the follow up Electric Comic Book.
The record is great relic of that time between garage rock and full blown hippie-acid music. It is reported to be the first record with the word 'psychedelic' in the title. I'd buy a psychedelic anything from this period.
The outfits scream psychedelic, but the 'meet the band' section seems more Tiger Beat than Rolling Stone.
Ralph - Quiet, Shy, Good Looking, plays his organ while singing.
Ronnie - Loud, Funny, Lazy. plays bass
Peppy - An Idol, Lovable, "17", Drop-out, plays rhythm guitar
Mike - Psyched Out, Warm, Friendly, Rich, plays lead guitar.
Geoff - Blonde, Beautiful, Straight, plays drums.
I feel like I know them all. I'm a Ronnie - loud, funny and lazy. Which one are you?
The records must have stayed in print for quite some time as this pressing is on the god-awful Chicago skyline label which Mercury didn't unveil until 1974.
Sunday, July 9, 2017
The single came in typical punk fashion - a printed piece of paper folded over to form a sleeve
The inside of the 'picture sleeve'
And there were stickers.
Thursday, July 6, 2017
Saturday, July 1, 2017
The packaging was unique at the time. In the store it looked like a simple package with Dave posing in front of some rocks - probably in Chatsworth, CA. Fake graffiti appears above him.
But when you get it home.....
You get bowling ball vinyl.
And the cover folds out the reveal a godlike Dave looming over the entire thing.
I got this record when my sister found Jesus in the early '70's. She gave me her stash telling me I'd grow out of it. It didn't happen. She and Jesus soon parted. This record and I are still 'Alone Together.'
Thursday, June 22, 2017
First Stop was End of an Ear.
They've moved to a larger location since the last time I was here. Nice store with friendly clerks. They even threw in a free canvas bag when I told them I was playing record store tourist.
The building itself is kind of nondescript, but I expect that will change as they settle into their new digs.
I came away with this stack.
I had just enough time to get back to the hotel for a business dinner at The Salt Lick. Don't look at the picture if you're vegetarian. One individual in our group was a vegetarian. He decided to make other arrangements for dinner.
The following evening I was on my own and hit up two stores on the other side of town.
First up Breakaway Records.
A nice little store seemingly in a residential area.
In addition to vinyl, they sell restored vintage turntables at reasonable prices. A few of the kiddie players line the windows. They also are fans of the Technics SL-D2 models as am I. It's the house turntable in the store.
I came away with this stack
What - Let It Be? All those records and you don't have a Beatles title. Rest assured. Long ago I replaced my beat up Beatles albums I had since elementary school with UK pressings. The UK Let It Be had no gatefold. The record pictured here is pretty hacked up, I bought it for the cover.
Next up was good old Antone's
Nice store. Found some decent titles reasonably priced. There was a guy in the store who couldn't decide which Eagles record to buy, so he kept playing them while the clerk advised that he might like Hot Tuna. Thankfully for my shopping enjoyment, the clerk put on Burgers for him to sample.
I came away with this stack.