Friday, April 18, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Record Store Day is upon us (you will see a theme here) and I cannot think of a better day for vinyl collectors. But, although I fully support RSD, they do need to do something about the glut of releases that are done just for the money; not to mention that these 'special releases' - supposed to be only available at record stores around the world, are already showing up on eBay - a day BEFORE the big event.  A quick check of eBay shows 251 results for record store day 2014.  I am not going to ramble on about all the issues with RSD, it is great for vinyl and the record stores.  That said - please support your local record store!!

To see a complete list of the releases, head over to Record Store Day


Dozens of Record Store Day 2014 releases are already listed on eBay

The View From The Front: Record Store Day And Collecting, Not Hoarding

Is Record Store Day In Crisis? A Quietus Investigation


just a few of the record store day releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Draw the Line is the fifth album by American hard rock band Aerosmith, released December 1, 1977. It was recorded in an abandoned convent near New York City, rented out for that purpose. The portrait of the band was drawn by the celebrity caricaturist Al Hirschfeld. Kerrang! magazine listed the album at #37 among the "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Albums of All Time."
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Insert
  • Remastered audio
  • Limited RSD 2014 issue of 1500 numbered copies


Play All Night: Live At the Beacon Theatre consists of performances captured on March 10 & 11 in 1992. This album has been produced by guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Warren Haynes from original recordings overseen by long-time Allmans producer, the late Tom Dowd.

The set list retains the uniformity espoused by the group's deceased founder, guitarist Duane Allman, allowing the group to move effortlessly from one familiar number ("Statesboro Blues") to another ("You Don't Love Me") and concentrate on improvisation to render the numbers fresh.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Limited RSD 2014 issue


Congratulations is the second major label studio album by American psychedelic rock band MGMT, released on April 13, 2010. The album is a departure from the Synth Pop style that first brought the band acclaim on their major label debut, Oracular Spectacular, and features a more progressive, guitar-driven sound.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Printed innersleeves
  • Limited RSD 2014 issue of 1000 numbered copies


King Kong is a classic pre-WW2 American fantasy monster/adventure starring Fay Wray, Bruce Cabot and Robert Armstrong, and opened in New York City on March 2, 1933 to rave reviews. The film tells of a gigantic, island-dwelling ape called Kong who dies in an attempt to possess a beautiful young woman. Kong is distinguished for its stop-motion animation by Willis O'Brien and its musical score by Max Steiner. In 1991, it was deemed "culturally, historically and aesthetically significant" by the Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Limited RSD 2014 issue of 1000 numbered copies on blue vinyl


Shocking Blue was a Dutch rock band from The Hague, the Netherlands, formed in 1967. In 1969 and 1970, the group enjoyed a worldwide chart success with "Venus", followed by several other hit singles like "Send Me a Postcard" (released in 1968/69). This is psychedelic  Sixties Rock from the highest degree!  Limited RSD 2014 issue of 1000 numbered copies on orange vinyl


from our friends at PolyvinylRecords

Celebrate Record Store Day in style...Polyvinyl style, that is! 

This year we're very excited to be offering six incredible releases, including:

The Dodos Yours Truly Session 7" - Limited to 1000. Beautiful new arrangements of two tracks from Carrier featuring the acclaimed Magik*Magik Orchestra.

of Montreal Jigsaw Puzzle 7" - Limited to 1500. Rebecca Cash takes lead vocals on the title track (from the Lousy with Sylvianbriar recording sessions). B-side is an alternate version of "Triumph of Disintegration."

of Montreal Satanic Panic in the Attic Deluxe 10-Year Anniversary 2xLP - Limited to 2000 on 180-Gram blue and yellow vinyl. Includes second disc featuring seven bonus tracks recorded during the same era as the original album. Gatefold jacket restores interior artwork to original full-color brilliance.

Saturday Looks Good To Me Love Will Find You and Saturday Looks Good To Me LPs - Both titles are limited to 500 in screenprinted jackets with re-imagined artwork. First time on vinyl for Love Will Find You and the expanded 14-song version of Saturday Looks Good To Me.

Xiu Xiu Unclouded Sky LP - Limited to 1000 on cloud-colored vinyl. American and Caribbean spirituals recorded at Sigur Ros's studio in Iceland.


from my neck of the woods:

For Record Store Day, Die Kreuzen rereleasing 'Cows and Beer' on vinyl


from the great state of tennessee 

Go Buy Vinyl! - A guide to Record Store Day 2014.


De La Soul Announce Record Store Day "Easter Egg Hunt" for 'D.A.I.S.Y. Instrumentals'


SLIPKNOT: 'Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses' Double Clear Vinyl Reissue Set For 'Record Store Day'


R.E.M. Offering Never-Before-Released Unplugged Set for Record Store Day


Record Store Day 2014: 25 releases to buy


15 must-have Record Store Dayexclusives


The Top 25 Releases of Record Store Day 2014


Record Store Day 2014 – Everything You Need to Get Your Hands On


Exclaim!'s Top Releases to Hunt for This Record Store Day


Clutch Prep Record Store Day Split, ‘Earth Rocker’ Deluxe Version + ‘Robot Hive/Exodus’ Vinyl


8 Best Punk Record Store Day Releases of 2014


records should be referred to as VINYL (with no S)

Vinyl or vinyls? On eve of Record Store Day, collectors can't seem to agree


from the great state of wisconsin:

Musicians feel a connection to vinyl as they mark annual Record Store Day


from the great state of california:

Vinyl on the rise?; Local store owners say analog music market seeing turnaround


more from california:

Everything we do is pro-vinyl


from the great state of ohio:

Shoppers expected to take vinyl for a spin on Record Store Day


from the great state of oklahoma:

Record Store Day celebrates vinyl


from the great state of kentucky:

Local record store serves students


from the great state of connecticut: 

Record Store Day marked in Brookfield


album cover art of the day: 

IN FLAMES: 'Siren Charms' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Music History - April 18

In 1939, in Los Angeles, Gene Autry recorded "Back in the Saddle Again."   It was included in the Autry movie "Roving Tumbleweeds," then became the theme song for his "Gene Autry's Melody Ranch" radio series which aired on CBS from 1940 to 1956.

In 1953, Frankie Laine was at #1 on the UK singles chart with “I Believe.” The single stayed at #1 for nine weeks. Laine holds the record for most (non-consecutive) weeks at #1 than any other single, in three chart runs with a total of 18 weeks.

In 1956, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Elvis Presley played two shows at the Fairgrounds Pavilion.

In 1957, Buddy Knox, whose "Party Doll" was a recent number one, is called up for six months of active duty with the US Army Reserve. Roulette Records rushed Knox to the studio to cut over 20 songs to ensure his career does not stall while he's in uniform. It will anyway.

In 1960, at Bell Sound Studios in New York City, Paul Anka recorded "Hello, Young Lovers."

In 1963, backstage at the Royal Albert Hall in London following a Beatles performance for the radio show "Swingin' Sound '63," Paul McCartney met the actress and television personality Jane Asher. Their ensuing romantic relationship lasted five years.

In 1963, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Bobby Bare recorded "Detroit City."

In 1964, the Beatles appeared on the UK TV comedy program The Morecambe and Wise Show, playing “This Boy,” “All My Loving” and “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and also participate in comedy sketches with Eric Morecambe and Ernie Wise. The Beatles also held the UK and US #1 position on this day with “Can’t Buy Me Love.”

In 1969, Lulu married Bee Gee Maurice Gibb. His brother Barry Gibb was the best man. The couple split in 1973.

In 1971, the Jackson 5, Danny Thomas, and Bill Cosby were the guests on Diana Ross' ABC-TV special, "Diana!"

In 1972, in San Antonio, Elvis Presley performed at the Convention Center.

In 1973, the Neil Young-directed movie, "Journey Through the Past," featuring archival performances by Buffalo Springfield and Crosby, Stills & Nash, had its premiere at the Dallas Film Festival.

In 1975, Alice Cooper's first TV special, "Welcome To My Nightmare: The Making Of A Record Album" aired on ABC.

Also in 1975, four Bay City Rollers fans were taken to hospital and 35 others required on site treatment after they attempted to swim across a lake to meet their heroes. The group were making an appearance at a BBC Radio 1 fun day at Mallory Park.

In 1981, Yes announced their break-up after 13 years. Bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White began rehearsals with the remaining members of Led Zeppelin, leading to rumors of a new band dubbed XYZ (Ex-Yes and Zeppelin). That band never materialized, and Yes re-formed in 1983 for their hit album '90125.'

In 1984, Michael Jackson underwent surgery in a Los Angeles hospital to repair damage done after his hair caught fire during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.

In 1985, Liberace grossed more than $2 million for his engagement at New York City's Radio City Music Hall, breaking his own previous record of $1.6 million.

In 1985, Wham! Became the first-ever Western pop act to have an album released in China.

In 1987, Aretha Franklin and George Michael started a two-week run at #1 on the US singles chart with “I Knew You Were Waiting,” also a #1 in the U.K. Franklin set a record for the artist with the longest gap between US #1 singles. It had been 19 years, 10 months from her last hit “Respect” in June 1967.

In 1987, U2 played the second of five nights at the Los Angeles Sports Arena on the first leg of their Joshua Tree tour.

In 1988, Motown songwriters Holland/Dozier/Holland were inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame.

In 1990, "Nothing Compares 2 U" by Sinead O'Connor was the #1 song.

In 1993, Los Angeles recording session saxophonist/flautist/clarinetist Steve Douglas, a member of the famed "Wrecking Crew" of studio musicians, died of heart failure at age 54.

In 1996, Bernard Edwards, bass guitarist and producer from Chic, died of pneumonia in a Tokyo Hotel room while touring Japan. He also worked with ABC, Power Station, Sister Sledge, Sheila and B. Devotion, Diana Ross, Johnny Mathis, Debbie Harry, Air Supply and Rod Stewart.

In 2001, jazz saxophonist Billy Mitchell, who played in the bands of Woody Herman, Count Basie, and Dizzy Gillespie, died at age 74.

In 2006, a line from U2’s 1992 hit “One” was voted the UK’s favorite song lyric in a poll of 13,000 people by music channel VH1. The line, “One life, with each other, sisters, brothers” came out on top. The Smiths lyric, “So you go, and you stand on your own, and you leave on your own, and you go home, and you cry, and you want to die” from the song “How Soon is Now?” came second in the poll, followed by, “I feel stupid and contagious, here we are now, entertain us,” from Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in third place.

In 2006, a sale of clothing owned by Elton John raised more than $700,000 for the singer's Aids charity. More than 10,000 pieces were sold during a five-day sale in New York City at the specially-created shop, Elton's Closet, at New York's Rockefeller Center.

In 2011, Elton John announced that he'll return to The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with his "Million Dollar Piano" show starting in September. His first stay at Caesars Palace ended in April 2009, but was extended to a five-year run because of audience demand.

In 2012, Dick Clark, who brought rock 'n' roll into the homes of millions of viewers on his daytime TV show American Bandstand from 1956 to 1988, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 82. 

In 2013, bassist/Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Cordell "Boogie" Mosson of Parliament-Funkadelic died at the age of 60.

birthdays today include (among others):  Glen Hardin (Crickets) (75), Mike Vickers (Manfred Mann) (74), Harvey Kagan (Sir Douglas Quintet) (68), Jim Scholten (Sawyer Brown) (62), Les Pattinson (Echo & the Bunnymen) (56), Greg Eklund (Everclear) (44) and Mark Tremonti (Creed, Alter Bridge) (40)

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I have been pleasantly surprised several times when someone primarily known as an instrumentalist suddenly displayed a good singing voice.

Boots "Yakety Sax" Randolph, legendary trumpeter Al Hirt, and clarinetist Mr. Acker Bilk are three that come to mind; however, none of their vocals were hits.

Is there an established instrumentalist who really scored with a vocal?
—Eddie Dillinger, Indianapolis

DEAR EDDIE: The ultimate example of an instrumentalist who scored big time with a vocal is when, after 23 consecutive Mexican flavored instrumental hits, Herb Alpert sang "This Guy's in Love with You."

When his vocal reached No. 1, in June 1968, he became, and still is, the only entertainer ever to top the Pop charts with both an instrumental ("Taste of Honey," 1965) and a vocal ("This Guy's in Love with You").

For those who pointed out that "Taste of Honey" was No. 1 on Cash Box but not on Billboard, Herb responded with "Rise," an instrumental that both magazines ranked No. 1 (October 1979). "Rise" also spent four weeks at No. 1 on both charts, thoroughly negating the need for an asterisk.

DEAR JERRY: I read your story of when Elvis and Rick Nelson each had 17 different songs on the charts in one calendar year.

I know that all 17 of Presley's hits were on RCA Victor (1956), and Rick's were pretty much evenly split between Imperial and Decca (1963).

Fascinating as this info is, what intrigues me now is what happened in 1964 in this regard.

How many songs charted for the Beatles, for all labels combined as well as for just Capitol, their official U.S. label then?

I would like to see a listing similar to the one you did for Rick.
—Fran Clee, Morehead City, N.C.

DEAR FRAN: Believe me, I could see this one coming from more than one reader. It just happens that you are the first to ask … and, Fran Clee my dear, I do give a damn!

In chronological order, they are:

"I Want to Hold Your Hand" (Capitol)
"I Saw Her Standing There" (Capitol)
"Please Please Me" (Vee Jay)
"She Loves You" (Swan)
"Sie Liebt Dich (She Loves You)" (Swan)
"My Bonnie (My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean)" (MGM)
"From Me to You" (Vee Jay)
"Why" (MGM)
"Ain't She Sweet" (Atco)
"Twist and Shout" (Tollie)
"There's a Place" (Tollie)
"Roll Over Beethoven" (Capitol of Canada)
"All My Loving" (Capitol of Canada)
"Can't Buy Me Love" (Capitol)
"You Can't Do That" (Capitol)
"Do You Want to Know a Secret" (Vee Jay)
"Thank You Girl" (Vee Jay)
"Love Me Do" (Tollie)
"P.S. I Love You" (Tollie)
"A Hard Day's Night" (Capitol)
"I Should Have Known Better" (Capitol)
"And I Love Her" (Capitol)
"If I Fell" (Capitol)
"I'll Cry Instead" (Capitol)
"I'm Happy Just to Dance with You" (Capitol)
"Matchbox" (Capitol)
"Slow Down" (Capitol)
"I Feel Fine" (Capitol)
"She's a Woman" (Capitol)

Having 29 songs on the charts in one year is unimaginable, but that was Beatlemania.

Of those, 14 came from Capitol U.S., and the other 15 are from these companies: Vee Jay/Tollie (8); Swan (2); Capitol of Canada (2); MGM (2); and Atco (1).

Since Tollie was a subsidiary of Vee Jay Records, their totals are combined.

Beginning in the summer of '64, all of the non-Capitol releases had run their course, and once those recordings belonged to Capitol, they quickly appeared on Capitol singles and LPs.

Almost immediately, the number of chart hits for the Beatles began to resemble those of many other popular artists.

The post-'64 totals are: 1965 (13); 1966 (8); 1967 (6); 1968 (4); 1969 (4); and 1970 (3).

IZ ZAT SO? For a different perspective on the 29 charted Beatles tunes in one year, consider that many hugely successfully artists didn't have 29 U.S. chart records in their entire career.

A sampling of some names in that category are: Animals (20); Dave Clark Five (27); Alice Cooper (21); Creedence Clearwater Revival (20); Doobie Brothers (28); Doors (18); Duran Duran (22); Eagles (20); Genesis (20); Herman's Hermits (23); Hollies (28); Jay and the Americans (23); Journey (26); Kinks (28); Kiss (26); Carole King (19); Kingston Trio (23); Mamas and the Papas (17); Petula Clark (22); Queen (26); Seals & Crofts (13); Searchers (14); Del Shannon (29); Styx (23); B.J. Thomas (27); Three Dog Night (22); Turtles (18); Van Halen (23); Ventures (25); Who (28); and ZZ Top (18).

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column.  Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368  E-mail:   Visit his Web site:

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition. 

Copyright 2014 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission 

Music History - April 17

In 1950, at CBS 30th Street Studio in New York City, recording began on Tony Bennett's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams." The track was completed three days later. In October 1949, Bennett sang that song on a demo disc that earned him a contract with Columbia Records.

In 1954, the Diablos signed with Detroit's Fortune Records. They later changed their name to the Miracles and signed with Motown.

In 1956, at the Mercury Sound Studio in New York City, the Platters recorded "My Prayer" and "I'm Sorry."

In 1958, at Master Recorders in Hollywood, Ricky Nelson recorded "Poor Little Fool." The Jordanaires overdubbed background vocals for the track on April 28.

In 1960, singer Eddie Cochran died from brain injuries he sustained when the taxi he was traveling in crashed into a lamppost in Chippenham, Wiltshire, England. He was 21. Songwriter Sharon Sheeley, who was Cochran's fiancée, and singer Gene Vincent survived the crash. The cab driver was convicted of dangerous driving, fined, disqualified from driving for 15 years, and sent to prison for six months.

In 1961, Paul Revere And The Raiders' first US chart hit, "Like Long Hair" tops out at #38 on the Billboard chart.

In 1962, at RCA Studio B in Nashville, Roy Orbison recorded "The Crowd."

In 1964, Washington's FBI lab reported it could not determine the lyrics to "Louie Louie."

In 1964, at the Maritime Hotel in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 18-year-old Van Morrison made his concert debut fronting the band Them.

In 1965, RCA and the LearJet Corporation announced the development of the combination 8 track tape player and car radio that would become available in next fall's new cars.

In 1965, "Shivaree," a Los Angeles-based music variety TV show that ran in syndication for 30 episodes, made its debut with the Supremes, Johnny Tillotson, and Brenda Holloway as the first guest performers.

In 1965, Paul McCartney spent the day shopping for furniture in Portobello Road, London disguised in a cloth cap, moustache, glasses and overcoat.

In 1965, Cannibal And The Headhunters entered the Billboard chart with "Land Of 1000 Dances," which would climb to #30. Wilson Pickett's version of the same song would reach #6 the following year.

In 1966, the Animals performed "Don't Bring Me Down" and Petula Clark sang "Sign Of The Times" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1969, the first solo concert by the Band – Bob Dylan's former backing group, and before that known as the Hawks behind Ronnie Hawkins – was held at the Winterland Auditorium in San Francisco.

In 1970, Johnny Cash performed at the White House at the invitation of US President Richard Nixon. Nixon asked him to sing "Okie From Muskogee," apparently confusing him with Merle Haggard. Cash sang his own recent hit "A Boy Named Sue" instead.

In 1970, Paul McCartney releases his first solo album in the UK (April 20 in the US), officially ending his days with the Beatles, just as the group's single "Let It Be" reached #1 in America.

In 1971, all four former Beatles had solo singles on the UK chart: Paul McCartney with "Another Day," Ringo Starr with "It Don't Come Easy," John Lennon with "Power To The People," and George Harrison with "My Sweet Lord."

In 1971, Three Dog Night's "Joy to the World" hit the top of the US singles chart for a six week stay. It made #24 in the UK. The record became the best selling song of the year in the US, beating out Rod Stewart's "Maggie May." Hoyt Axton, son of "Heartbreak Hotel" author, Mae Axton, wrote the song.

In 1971, songwriter/saxophonist Carmen Lombardo, younger brother of bandleader Guy Lombardo, died of cancer at 67.

In 1972, in Little Rock, Arkansas, Elvis Presley performed at T.H. Barton Coliseum.

In 1972, Elton John released the single "Rocket Man."  The song first appeared on John's 1972 album 'Honky Château' and became a hit single, rising to #2 in the UK and #6 in the US.

In 1972, the Stylistics' single "Betcha by Golly, Wow" was certified Gold.

In 1973, the Eagles released 'Desperado,' a concept album based on the Dalton gang and the Old West.  The album reached #41 on the charts and sold 2 million copies.

In 1973, Pink Floyd's album 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' was certified Gold.  The LP remained on the charts for 741 weeks from 1973 to 1988, longer than any other album in history and has sold an estimated 45 million copies.

In 1974, Vinnie Taylor, guitarist with the Rock 'n Roll revival band Sha Na Na, died from a drug overdose.

In 1975, Elvis Presley bought a Convair 880 jet formerly owned by Delta Airlines for $250,000. He spent $600,000 refurbishing it to include personal quarters, a meeting area and a dance floor. Presley christened the aircraft Lisa Marie, after his daughter.

In 1981, "Caveman," starring Ringo Starr, Dennis Quaid, Shelley Long, Jack Gilford, and Barbara Bach (who married Ringo ten days later), opened in U.S. and Canadian movie theaters.

In 1982, Johnny Cash hosted NBC-TV's "Saturday Night Live."

In 1982, Vangelis was at #1 on the US album chart with 'Chariots Of Fire,' he also won an Oscar for best original score.

In 1983, singer/songwriter/bassist/record producer Felix Pappalardi of Mountain, was shot and killed at age 43 by his wife Gail Collins when they argued over his affair with a younger woman. Collins claimed the gun went off accidentally. She was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide, sentenced to 16 months to four years in prison and released on parole in 1985.

In 1991, at the OK Hotel in Seattle, Nirvana gave their first public performance of "Smells Like Teen Spirit."

In 1991, lyricist//Songwriters Hall of Famer Jack Yellen died at the age of 97.

In 1995, R.E.M. announces the resumption of their Monster tour after the successful surgery on Bill Berry for a brain aneurysm.

In 1998, singer/musician/songwriter/photographer Linda McCartney died of breast cancer at age 56. She had been the wife of Paul McCartney since 1969. They had three children together. Paul was at her bedside, speaking to her when she died.

In 2000, singer Gloria Gaynor guest-starred and sang her hit "I Will Survive" on an episode of Fox-TV's "Ally McBeal."

In 2002, Tammy Wynette's four daughters reached a confidential agreement with Wynette's doctor regarding her death. Wynette's daughters had earlier filed a lawsuit that claimed the Pittsburgh doctor had contributed to Wynette's death in 1998.

In 2003, singer/songwriter Earl King died of complications from diabetes at age 69.

In 2004, at the Icons of 20th Century Music auction held in Dallas, Kurt Cobain's Mark IV-style Mosrite Gospel guitar sold for $100,000, Elton John and Bernie Taupin's song writing piano went for $140,000, and a 1966 Rickenbacker guitar owned by Roger McGuinn sold for $99,000.

In 2008, Danny Federici, longtime keyboard player in Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, died of melanoma at 58.

In 2009, Morrissey walked off of his show at the Coachella Festival, taking offense to the smell of nearby barbecues.

In 2012, Ted Nugent told an NRA rally that, if President Obama was reelected, he would "either be dead or in jail by this time next year."

In 2013, the Rascals reunited for three weeks worth of shows on Broadway called Once Upon A Dream. It was the first time they had been together for any extended period of time since 1970.

In 2013, Cleveland's Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inducts Heart, Rush, Albert King, Randy Newman, Public Enemy and Donna Summer along with Lou Adler and Quincy Jones.

birthdays today include (among others):  Jan Hammer (66), Michael Sembello (60), Pete Shelley (Buzzcocks) (59), Maynard James Keenan (Tool) (50), Liz Phair (47), Victoria Beckham (born Victoria Adams) (Spice Girls) (40) and Mikael Åkerfeldt (Opeth) (40) 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

The Royal Sessions by Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers, longtime singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist with Bad Company, has partnered with 429 Records and is gearing up for the release of “The Royal Sessions”—a lovingly crafted collection of classic R&B and soul songs re-imagined by the iconic rock singer recorded at Memphis’ Royal Studios, historic home of Willie Mitchell and Hi Records, with many of the musicians who played on the original tracks.

Truly a lifetime in the making, Rodgers has come full circle with “The Royal Sessions” as he pays homage to the legendary hits he collected on 45s released on Stax/Volt, Goldwax and Hi Records—recordings by Otis Redding, Albert King and Ann Peebles which made such an indelible impression on the young Rodgers inspiring him to pursue a career as a singer. Produced by Perry Margouleff, “The Royal Sessions” is an extraordinary recording which captures the music in its pure form—live band and vocal takes as performed together at Royal Studios by Rodgers and an all-star roster of legendary musicians.

"Sonically, what do you think results from live in the hallowed studio basic tracks and vocals recorded all analog, mixed to analog tape and cut from analog tape? It’s spectacular! Play this record and then the CD for your friends who think CD is transparent to the source. Let them compare the drum sound, the cymbal crashes, the space and the image three dimensionality. Let them consider Rodgers in the room and then on CD not quite in the room. A musical triumph and a sonic "in the studio" spectacular." - Michael Fremer (Analog Planet)

200-Gram Audiophile Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!

Buy at SoundStageDirect

This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. The Mars Volta - De-loused In The Comatorium (Black Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
2. Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
3. Elton John - Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Yellow Vinyl)
4. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
5. Arthur Fiedler - An American In Paris & Rhapsody In Blue
6. Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)
7. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (40th Anniversary Edition)
8. Led Zeppelin II (Pre-Order)
9. Beatles - Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band
10. Beatles - Abbey Road


from our friends at Relapse

The Drip - A Presentation of Gruesome Poetics LP  

Washington State’s THE DRIP roar onto the scene with a blasting EP of filthy, angry grind produced and engineered by Joel Grind of Toxic Holocaust.  An absolute must for fans of all of the ferocious forefathers of grind-Napalm Death, Nasum, Rotten Sound, etc.  This is a relentlessly skull crushing record of pissed off, high energy, barbaric grind.  This hate is timeless.  First press of the vinyl version comes with a totally sick etching on the b-side.

***Single sided LP on black vinyl w/ reverse side etching.  Includes free digital download of the entire album***

Pressing Info:
First Press
1000 x Black Standard Gram Single Sided w/ Reverse Etching
100 x Clear (do not request clear)

Buy at Relapse


from our friends at SlyVinyl (look for their feed in the left margin!)

Cavallo / Ghosts Of Sailors At Sea – Passages To Safety // Limited to 50 Pure White, 125 White w/ Sea Blue Splatter & 125 White w/ Golden Yellow Splatter Vinyl 10″ Split

TEEN – The Way and Color // Limited to 500 Burgundy Vinyl 2xLP


Record Store Day 2014: 15 releases that are sure to sell out, fast


8 interesting releases for Record Store Day 2014


Dolly Parton To Celebrate New Release & Record Store Day With Blue Vinyl


Alexisonfire Unveil Streamlined 2nd Edition of Vinyl Box Set


Stones Throw commemorate murdered rapper Charizma with 4xLP box set


Less Than Jake to release “Do The Math” 7-inch


A record lover's guide to Detroit


fantastic article out of the chicago land area

How do record stores get such great used vinyl?


from the great state of iowa:

Vinyl fever: Record Store Day celebrates the revival of vinyl


out of san diego, california:

Vinyl’s new spin - Record Store Day is all about LP love


more from california:

Smith: Record shop owner, former heroin addict, knows about comebacks


from the great state of oregon:

Vinyl profile: The Campbell Club’s collection is dazzlingly diverse and open to all residents


from the land down under:

Still in love with vinyl


more about the new book about collecting vinyl records:

Vinyl's Record Resurgence Fuels New Book


from the folks at EasyStreetOnline

EasyStreetOnline Top 10 Vinyl Best Sellers

1. Beck - Morning Phase
2. Off! - Wasted Years
3. Future Islands - Singles
4. Liars - Mess
5. Queens Of The Stone Age - Like Clockwork
6. Pearl Jam - Ten
7. Pearl Jam - Vs.
8. Tame Impala - Lonerism
9. Brown,Danny - Old
10. Daft Punk - Discovery


Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl

1. Wolf (2LP+CD) ~ The Creator Tyler
2. Illmatic XX ~ Nas
3. Lights Out ~ Ingrid Michaelson
4. Happy ~ Pharrell Williams
5. Atlas ~ Real Estate
6. Led Zeppelin II ~ Led Zeppelin
7. St Vincent ~ St. Vincent
8. Do to the Beast ~ Afghan Whigs
9. Singles ~ Future Islands
10. Led Zeppelin III ~ Led Zeppelin

Amazon's Top Ten Best Selling Music

1. Frozen ~ Demi Lovato
2. Lights Out ~ Ingrid Michaelson
3. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
4. Duets ~ Linda Ronstadt
5. G I R L ~ Pharrell Williams
6. Rivers In The Wasteland ~ NEEDTOBREATHE
7. The Both ~ The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)
8. Out Among The Stars ~ Johnny Cash
9. Frozen
10. A Dotted Line ~ Nickel Creek


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 4/07 - 4/13, 2014

Vinyl Top 25:
1. Band Of Horses - Acoustic At The Ryman
2. Mac Demarco - Salad Days
3. Ave Tare's Slasher Flicks - Enter The Slasher House
4. Protomartyr - Under Color Of Official Right
5. Temples - Sun Structures
6. Future Islands - Singles
7. St Paul & The Broken Bones - Half The City
8. Johnny Cash - Out Among The Stars
9. Brothers & Sisters - Dylan's Gospel
10. Arctic Monkeys - AM
11. Jason Isbell - Southeastern
12. Explosions In The Sky - The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
13. The National - High Violet
14. The Shins - Oh Inverted World
15. The 1975 - The 1975
16. Martina McBride - Everlasting
17. EMA - Future's Void
18. Beth Orton - Central Reservation
19. Tycho - Awake
20. Band Of Skulls - Himalayan
21. Chvrches - The Bones Of What You Believe
22. St Vincent - St Vincent
23. Lorde - Pure Heroine
24. Various - World Psychedelic Classics 3: The Fuzzy Funky Sounds of West Africa
25. Coldplay - Parachutes

Music History - April 16

In 1955, Elvis Presley was the headliner at the Sportarium in Dallas. Also on the bill were Sonny James and Hank Locklin. Audience members paid 60 cents apiece for admission. Kids got in for half price.

In 1956, Buddy Holly's first single "Blue Days, Black Nights," was released. The track was later featured on 'That'll Be The Day' the third album from Buddy Holly. Decca, Holly’s first major record label, after failing to produce a hit single from Holly’s early recordings, packaged these 1956 tunes after he had some success with recordings from the Brunswick and Coral labels.

In 1956, at the Chess Recording Studio in Chicago, Chuck Berry recorded his compositions "Roll Over Beethoven," "Brown Eyed Handsome Man," and "Too Much Monkey Business."

On this day in 1957, "All Shook Up" by Elvis Presley was the #1 song.

In 1963, at the Columbia 30th Street Recording Studio in New York City, the New Christy Minstrels recorded "Green Green."

In 1964, in the Notting Hill Gate area of London, the Beatles filmed chase scenes for "A Hard Days Night" with actors dressed as policemen. In the evening they recorded the title song for the film at EMI's Abbey Road Studios, completing it in nine takes.

In 1964, Dean Martin recorded "Everybody Loves Somebody," a song co-written in 1947 by his pianist/accompanist Ken Lane. It went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, sold more than a million copies, and became the theme song of his NBC-TV variety series (1965-1974). The words "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime" are inscribed on Dean Martin's grave marker.

In 1964, the Rolling Stones released their first album in the UK, 'The Rolling Stones.'  The American edition of the LP, with a slightly different track list, came out on London Records on 30 May 1964, with the added title England's Newest Hit Makers.

In 1965, the Hollies opened their first U.S. tour at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater in New York City.

In 1966, Percy Sledge released "When A Man Loves A Woman."  It made number one on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts.  It was listed 54th in the List of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time. The sidemen for this recording included Spooner Oldham, organ; Marlin Greene, guitar; Albert "Junior" Lowe, bass and Roger Hawkins, drums. The song is credited to Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright, who played bass and keyboards with Sledge. However, the song was in fact written by Percy Sledge himself, but he gave it to Lewis and Wright.

In 1967, Cream appeared on the bill at the Daily Express “Record Star Show” at Wembley’s Empire Pool, London.

In 1967, Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazelwood sang "Summer Wine" on CBS-TV's "The Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1969, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" on CBS-TV featured performances by guests Nancy Sinatra, Al Martino, and Tim Conway.

In 1970, The Led Zeppelin single "Whole Lotta Love" was certified Gold in the US after selling over a million copies. The single had peaked at #4 on the US singles chart. In the UK Atlantic Records had expected to issue the edited version themselves, and pressed initial copies for release on 5th December 1969. However, band manager Peter Grant was adamant that the band maintain a 'no-singles' approach to marketing their recorded music in the UK, and he halted the release.

In 1971, Ringo Starr released the George Harrison-produced single "It Don't Come Easy" in North America.

In 1971, the Rolling Stones released the single "Brown Sugar" in the UK, the first issue on their own Rolling Stones Records label. It is the opening track and lead single from their 1971 album 'Sticky Fingers.'

In 1972, at the Fox and Greyhound pub in the South London town of Croydon, the Electric Light Orchestra (ELO) played their first live show.

In 1972, Pink Floyd played the Township Auditorium in Columbia, South Carolina.  A typical set list on this the Dark Side of The Moon tour was: The Dark Side of the Moon (entire album), One of These Days, Careful with that Axe Eugene, Echoes, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun.

In 1973, during his Ziggy Stardust World tour, David Bowie appeared at the Kobe, Kobe Kokusai Kaikan, Japan.

In 1973, Paul McCartney's first television special, James Paul McCartney, was aired in America on the ABC network. The show, which includes performances by McCartney and Wings, would be broadcast in the UK on May 10th.

In 1974, at Regis College in Denver, Queen gave their first U.S. concert.

In 1976, Aerosmith performed at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis, the first stop on a 76-date North American tour.

In 1977, Stevie Wonder welcomed the arrival of the second of his seven children, son Kieta, whose mother is singer/actress Yolanda Simmons. Their first child together, daughter Aisha, was celebrated in the Wonder hit "Isn't She Lovely?"

In 1977, David Soul one half of TV cop show "Starsky & Hutch", went to #1 on the US singles chart with "Don't Give Up On Us," his only US hit. Also #1 in the UK.

In 1985, U2 played the first of three nights at the Centrum in Worcester, Massachusetts, during their Unforgettable Fire tour.

In 1990, over 72,000 people gathered at London's Wembley Stadium for an anti-apartheid concert. Neil Young, Natalie Cole, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, Tracy Chapman, Simple Minds, and others took part in "Nelson Mandela: An International Tribute for a Free South Africa," an "international reception" for the civil-rights leader, who had just been released from a 27-year prison sentence.

In 1990, after serving 16 months of his sentence for drug possession, resisting arrest, and other charges, singer James Brown was put on a work-release program at South Carolina's Lower Savannah Work Center, where he provided counseling for drug addicts.

In 1992, singer Andy Russell died of complications from a stroke at the age of 72.

In 1993, at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Paul McCartney headlined a concert celebrating Earth Day. Other performers at the concert included Ringo Starr, Steve Miller and Don Henley. McCartney had last performed there in 1965 as a member of the Beatles.

In 1993, in New York, David Lee Roth was arrested for allegedly buying a $10 bag of marijuana in Washington Square Park.

In 1993, Billy Burnette announced that he was leaving Fleetwood Mac.

In 1995, George Michael angers the people at Sony when he allows "Jesus to a Child" to be aired for charity, raising $112,000.

In 1996, KISS appeared in full make-up at the 38th Grammy Awards, where they use the opportunity to announce a reunion tour. It would mark the first time all four original members had appeared together in more than 15 years.

In 1997, Elton John was awarded an honorary membership to Britain's Royal Academy of Music.

In 1998, Janet Jackson played the first night on her third world tour at The Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Support acts on her Velvet Rope Tour included Usher, N Sync and Boyz II Men.

In 1999, Skip Spence, an original member of Jefferson Airplane and founding member of Moby Grape, died of lung cancer in a San Francisco hospital aged 52. He had battled schizophrenia and alcoholism.

In 1999, Shania Twain became the first woman to be named as songwriter/artist of the year by the Nashville Songwriters Association International.

In 2002, Sony Music Entertainment filed a complaint against the Dixie Chicks for breach of contract.

In 2005, OK Computer by Radiohead is voted the best album of all time in a poll by U.K. TV station Channel 4. U2 were in second place with The Joshua Tree and Nirvana third with Nevermind.

In 2012, jazz vibraphonist/Caribbean charter boat skipper Teddy Charles died at the age of 84.

In 2013, singer/songwriter/TV host Rita MacNeil, who recorded 24 albums that sold millions, died following complications from surgery at age 68.

In 2013, gospel singer George Beverly Shea, remembered for his nearly 60 years of performances at the crusades of evangelist Billy Graham, died at the age of 104.

birthdays today include (among others):  Bobby Vinton (79), Vince Hill (77), John Bentley (Squeeze) (63), Peter Garrett (Midnight Oil) (61), Dave Pirner (Soul Asylum) (50) and Akon (born Aliaune Thiam) (41)