Sunday, June 8, 2008

Rare Beach Boy Reissue

(PR) Eternal Beach Boy Dennis Wilson's much sought-after 1977 solo album, which Mojo Magazine has heralded as a "buried treasure", will return to circulation on the occasion of its 30th anniversary, and the 25th anniversary of Wilson's untimely death in 1983, at age 39. The double-CD PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE – LEGACY EDITION will arrive in stores June 17th on Caribou/Epic/Legacy, a division of SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. A vinyl edition of the LP will also be released at the same time, on the Sundazed label.

In 1977, Dennis Wilson's Pacific Ocean Blue became the first solo LP to be released by a member of the legendary Beach Boys. Dennis, the band's surfer, drummer and free spirit, emerged from the shadow of his older brother, pop genius Brian Wilson, and shocked the industry with a sound and style unlike any other. Over thirty years later Pacific Ocean Blue remains arguably the greatest solo work by a Wilson.

"In all those years since Pacific Ocean Blue became a rare gem, I have been eager to make it more widely available," says James William Guercio, producer and owner of Caribou Records, who served then and now as executive producer. "The music that caught the ear of critics and fans in 1977 has fallen from popular consciousness in the last two decades, and it has long been due this incredible treatment. The devotion that the Legacy Recordings crew has shown to both the official album and the huge number of unreleased tracks is a testament to the strength of Dennis' musical genius."

Dozens of musicians and singers collaborated on the Pacific Ocean Blue and Bambu sessions, which took place at numerous studios around Los Angeles, Seattle, and Miami. In addition to Dennis Wilson on vocals, drums, percussion, keyboards, and harmonica, there were his wife Karen Lamm-Wilson; Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys on guitar and vocal backgrounds; latter day Beach Boys members Billy Hinsche and Bruce Johnston (vocal backgrounds) and Ricky Fataar (drums); Beach Boys engineer Earle Mankey (guitar); and many West Coast session greats. A host of background vocalists included Christine McVie of Fleeetwood Mac, Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell of America, Dean Torrence of Jan & Dean, and more.

Disc one of PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION will comprise the original 12-song LP sequence: 1. River Song • 2. What's Wrong • 3. Moonshine • 4. Friday Night • 5. Dreamer • 6. Thoughts of You • 7. Time • 8. You and I • 9. Pacific Ocean Blue • 10. Farewell My Friend • 11. Rainbows • 12. End of the Show. The album was produced by Dennis Wilson & Gregg Jakobson (original co-producer and co-writer); with James William Guercio, executive producer.

In addition, disc one will contain four previously unreleased bonus tracks: 13. Tug Of Love • 14. Only With You • 15. Holy Man (instrumental) • 16. Mexico. These tracks were produced by Dennis Wilson, John Hanlon (credits: the Beach Boys; Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young; Jayhawks; R.E.M; Gillian Welch), and Gregg Jakobson. Of special note, "Only With You" was never known to exist – Dennis co-wrote the song with fellow Beach Boy Mike Love, for the group's 1973 Holland album, with Carl Wilson singing lead.

Disc two of PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION will be a godsend to Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys devotees around the world – especially those who have been aware of the Bambu album he had hoped to release as a follow-up, but never completed. The tape archive is the source for 17 bonus tracks, all previously unreleased except for one ("All Alone"), from the original Pacific Ocean Blue and Bambu sessions. Bambu has been referenced as "Bamboo" in numerous articles on Dennis and the Beach Boys, but paperwork that accompanied the sessions now reveals the artist always intended for the album to be titled Bambu.

Now titled Bambu (The Caribou Sessions), disc two comprises: 1. Under The Moonlight • 2. It's Not Too Late • 3. School Girl • 4. Love Remember Me • 5. Love Surrounds Me • 6. Wild Situation • 7. Common • 8. Are You Real • 9. He's A Bum • 10. Cocktails • 11. I Love You • 12. Constant Companion • 13. Time For Bed • 14. Album Tag Song • 15. All Alone (originally issued on the Capitol Records Soundtrack Endless Harmony) • 16. Piano Variations on Thoughts of You • Bonus Track: 17. Holy Man, with new vocal by Taylor Hawkins of Foo Fighters.

The Bambu tracks were produced by Dennis Wilson, John Hanlon and Gregg Jakobson; with James William Guercio serving as executive producer. Of special note, "Holy Man" features a newly-recorded vocal by Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, a longtime friend of Jakobson. Hawkins, a huge Dennis Wilson and Beach Boys fan, was someone who Jakobson always had in mind to add to the project, should he ever get the chance to revisit some of the unfinished tracks he made with Dennis.

Liner notes for PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE: LEGACY EDITION have been written by several Beach Boys scholars, starting with Ben Edmonds, a MOJO contributing editor who has written a 2,500-word essay entitled "Love Remember Me: Dennis Wilson's Dreams Delivered." A second essay, "Dennis Wilson: Chronology of a Solo Artist," has been newly-penned by Jon Stebbins (author of Dennis Wilson: The Real Beach Boy, 2000) and David Beard (editor of the Beach Boys fanzine, Endless Summer Quarterly).

A final essay by David Leaf will appear as a PDF embedded on the Pacific Ocean Blue disc. Leaf is the author of the Brian Wilson biography Beach Boys and the California Myth (1978), and the follow-up, Beach Boys: Spirit of America (1985). He has annotated nearly 30 Beach Boys-related reissue projects, including the Good Vibrations: Thirty Years Of the Beach Boys (1993) and The Pet Sounds Sessions (1997) box sets, which he co-produced. Leaf is also an award-winning television producer, director and writer of more than 50 entertainment-related biographies and specials, including An-All Star Tribute To Brian Wilson (TNT, 2001); Beautiful Dreamer: Brian Wilson and the Story of SMiLE (Showtime, 2004); and The U.S. vs. John Lennon (Lionsgate/VH1, 2006).

The full-color booklet in PACIFIC OCEAN BLUE – LEGACY EDITION will feature extensive discographic information and rare photos. Among these are the images taken for the original LP package by photographer and lifelong friend Dean Torrence (of Jan & Dean), thought for decades to be lost but later uncovered in the Sony Music archives.


Top 30 Sales for Vinyl Collective

May 2008
Posted by virgil

1 MINUS THE BEAR “They Make Beer Commercials” LP fruity pebbles vinyl
2 LAGRECIA “On Parallels” LP grey vinyl (w/ free button, digital download card)
3 LAGRECIA “On Parallels” LP black vinyl (w/ free button, digital download card)
4 MIKE PARK “For The Love Of Music” LP blue vinyl
5 LAGRECIA “On Parallels” LP limited deluxe edition (2 LPs,1 CD,pint glass,t-shirt
6 MIKE PARK “North Hangook Falling” LP clear vinyl
7 NORMA JEAN 4 x LP Vinyl Box Set colored vinyl A (400)
8 Teenage Bottlerocket “Warning Device” LP
9 SCREECHING WEASEL “Boogadaboogadaboogada” LP (red or pink vinyl)
10 Russian Circles “Station” LP gold w/ black splatter vinyl
11 MINUS THE BEAR “They Make Beer Commercials” LP rainbow transparent vinyl
12 Gaslight Anthem “Sink or Swim” LP white vinyl Import
12 THE GASLIGHT ANTHEM “Senor and the Queen” 10″ black vinyl Import
14 Vinyl Collective and Suburban Home beer cozie set
15 SPARTA “Threes” dbl LP peach w/ black splatter
15 MINUS THE BEAR “They Make Beer Commercials” LP grey/magenta vinyl
17 THE QUEERS “Love Songs for the Retarded” LP color vinyl
18 MINUS THE BEAR “They Make Beer Commercials” LP all 3 colors
18 CAPITAL “Homefront” LP blue vinyl
18 MURDER BY DEATH Bonus 7″ Set
21 Russian Circles “Station” LP black/gold aside bside
21 Paint It Black ìNew Lexiconî LP Green Vinyl
23 Russian Circles ìEnterî LP silver with black splatter vinyl
24 CAPITAL “Homefront” LP blue + gold vinyl
26 MINUS THE BEAR “Planet of Ice” dbl LP baby pink vinyl
26 OVERJOID “S/T” Cassette
26 GHOST TOWN TRIO “Have You Heard” 7″ w/ CD color vinyl
30 MINUS THE BEAR “Planet of Ice” dbl LP coke bottle blue
30 THE REDWALLS “The Redwalls” LP yellow 180 gram vinyl
30 Paint It Black ìNew Lexiconî LP Blue Vinyl
34 Murder By Death ìLike the Exorcist, But More Breakdancing” LP 180 gram tan vinyl

Music industry strikes again, as eBay promo copy discs 'still their property'

I found this to be very interesting and time will tell if this will become a trend on ebay, one of the world's largest resellers of collectible vinyl records.

Ever see one of those discs, stamped with “Promotional copy” or “Not for sale” on the label? They’ve been around since the vinyl days. Now Universal Music Group is throwing a tantrum about these things turning up on eBay.

UMG is a big company, biggest of the big four music companies. That, strangely, hasn’t prevented them from being jerks, apparently led by their lawyers into an attack on an eBay secondhand record specialist.

The BBC sets the scene:

It all began in May 2007 when Universal Music Group (UMG), the largest of the Big Four companies that dominate the music industry worldwide, sued a Los Angeles-based trader on the eBay online auction site.

The target of the legal action, Troy Augusto, runs a business called Roast Beast Music Collectables.

He makes his living by snapping up rare albums in second-hand record shops and selling them on eBay.

Universal is taking him to task for copyright infringement, saying some of the items he offered for sale online were promotional copies and not authorised for sale to the public.

But digital rights lobby group the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has taken up cudgels on Mr Augusto's behalf and is counter-suing Universal.

"UMG seems to think that the promotional use only label somehow gives it eternal ownership over the CD," says the EFF.

"While this might make sense to a goblin living in Harry Potter's world, it's not the law under the Copyright Act."

It’s not commercial law, or common law, either. Sale of goods is something quite else.

A record, by definition, is property, like a chair, for the purposes of ownership. If Mr. Augusto owns the record lawfully, and didn’t steal it, it’s property. If he bought the record in a secondhand record shop, it’s property.

More to the point, it’s his property. He owns the thing.

Even the music industry, in its endless insanity, can’t claim the right to prevent people buying and selling their own property.

Copyright may exist over any item offered for sale, in fact, it usually does. Furniture designs are copyright, too. So are electrical appliances. That in no way affects the right of people to buy and sell them.

The “promotional use only” angle is largely negated by the fact that all record companies, since time immemorial, have thrown out excess stock. I have test pressings, promo copies, old radio station playlist copies, you name it. You go into any reasonable size secondhand record shop and you’ll find quite a few.

If you throw something out, are you claiming copyright in perpetuity? Or just clearing out the stockroom?

If these things were so vital to the emotional stability of UMG, why weren’t they kept?

Why has it taken until 2007-8 for this revelation to occur?

eBay has taken a stance which seems to imply that anybody can claim copyright on anything, and eBay will take responsibility for items being sold as the service provider.

In theory, that means that if anything stolen is ever sold on eBay (as if that were possible) they are similarly liable for that.

Because that’s the implication of UMG’s claim to goods which have already been bought and sold however many times a secondhand record changes hands.

Mysterious as eBay’s position may be, they’ve been sending interesting letters to sellers. This tale from an eBay seller is roughly the tone they’re taking:

"I was clearing out some cupboards and decided to list a CD single on eBay that had been handed to me by a friend quite some time ago.

"The very next day, the listing was removed and I was astounded to get an e-mail from eBay, bristling with terms such as 'illegal, pirated, copyright law, violation, content protection' and so forth.

"I can understand it if I had been selling a crateload of bootleg live CDs, or had burnt off albums worth of official studio stuff and was trying to sell them as if they were new and originals.

"There was also a sinister hint from eBay that if I ever put on a promo single again, then I could have my account with them suspended."

The BBC couldn’t quite figure out eBay’s policy, either.

All that seems certain is that it’s not older promo records from the 60s or 70s involved, sold by people like Sotheby’s who can afford decent lawyers who can read or write, but newer ones.

The question, however, remains.

Why is there a music industry?

You could achieve roughly the same social, legal, and cultural effect with a few empty Mars Bar wrappers.

Because that’s all it is.

Empty packaging.

When a breeze blows, it rattles around, making a noise.

That's about as close to doing anything musical as it's ever been.


Joe Jackson’s Vinyl Record Store

Joe Jackson returns to the airwaves this summer with a new show, entitled Joe Jackson’s Vinyl Record Store.

Joe Jackson’s Vinyl Record Store will focus on the treasure trove of music that has been lost from the vinyl era.

Joe cites 'The Rock Machine Turns You On' as an example of the first rock LP he ever bought, with which he will kick off the new series.

“It’s one of those ‘sampler albums’ that introduced millions of people to classic songs such as 'I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight', by Bob Dylan, 'Time Of The Season' by The Zombies and 'Sisters Of Mercy' by Leonard Cohen,” he says. “As a cultural artefact it also has hilarious, quasi-hippie sleeve notes and all of this has been lost in time because the LP was never issued on CD.”

The same is true, Jackson believes of the work of artists such as Miles Davis, Christy Moore and Doris Day, among many others. “Too often, they have their Greatest Hits anthologised but we don’t always get the original albums as they were released,” he says.

The series will also feature a “Lost Singles and Lost EPs Show.”

Joe, who started buying records 40 years ago, is a self- professed vinyl junkie. "Mostly because I love hi-fi sound and not compressed CD or MP3 file sound,” he says. “Even though bands like U2 are reissuing their old albums, such as Boy, on vinyl, too much magnificent music in the vinyl format has been lost along the way.

Joe Jackson’s Vinyl Record Store starts July 13th 2008 on RTE Radio One at 11:10pm

The Hot Press Newsdesk

This Date In Music History- June 8, 2008


James Darren ("Goodbye Cruel World") is 72.

Boz Scaggs ("Lido Shuffle") turns 64.

Bonnie Tyler ("It's A Heartache") is 55.

Chuck Negron of Three Dog Night ("One") turns 66.

Drummer Alex Van Halen was born in Nijmegen, Netherlands in 1950.

Black Flag guitarist and SST label boss Greg Ginn was born in 1954.

Glamour boy Nick Rhodes of Duran Duran was born in Moseley, England in 1962.


One of the Beatles' earliest recordings, "My Bonnie," was re-released in England in 1963 under the name “Tony Sheridan & the Beatles.” The single reached #48 on the English chart.

The Beatles were in the studio in 1967, where Rolling Stone Brian Jones joined them to play sax on "You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)."

In 1969, Brian Jones announced that he’s quitting the Rolling Stones, saying he doesn’t agree with the group’s musical direction. Actually, Brian was kicked out because of his increasing unreliability due to drugs and his reluctance to tour.

Pete Seeger performed a historic concert at New York's Carnegie Hall in 1963, which was recorded and released as 'We Shall Overcome.' It reaches #42 and remained on the album charts for 36 weeks.

Talking Heads performed their first gig in 1975 at the New York punk club CBGB’s, where they opened for the Ramones.

A month after the release of the African-themed 'Uprising,' Bob Marley and the Wailers kicked off the Tuff Gong Uprising tour in 1980, during which they would perform for over a million people in 12 countries.

Elvis Presley's movie, "Wild In The Country" premiered in Memphis in 1961.
In 1974, ten days before his 32nd birthday, Paul McCartney’s Band On The Run” is a #1 hit for his band Wings.

In 1998, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appeared in public together for the first time in 30 years to attend the memorial service for Paul’s wife, Linda, who succumbed to cancer following a long battle.

Tragedy strikes Luther Vandross' band as his drummer, Yogi Horton - who also played on albums by Aretha Franklin and Diana Ross - jumped to his death from the window of a New York hotel in 1987.

The Elvis Presley film "Paradise Hawaiian Style" premiered in 1966.

Mariah Carey released her self-titled debut album in 1990.

In 2005, the Record Industry Association of America (RIAA) says AC/DC's Back in Black” has sold more than 21 million copies in the U.S. tying it for fifth place on the all-time list with “Billy Joel’s Greatest Hits I & II” (“The Eagles Greatest Hits Volume I” is #1). The 1980 release was the group’s first with singer Brian Johnson (following the death of original vocalist Bon Scott).

The Beatles began work on “Good Day Sunshine” in 1966. The song was finished the next day.

In 1963, the Essex released "Easier Said Than Done", a song that would climb to #1 on both the US Pop and R&B charts.

"I Only Have Eyes For You" by the six man, Chicago vocal group, The Flamingos entered the Billboard chart in 1959, where it will reach #11.