Thursday, November 13, 2008

Motley Crue Vinyl Box Set

new coming soon

Motley Crue
Journals of the Damned [6 LP Box]

180 gram vinyl - cut from the original analog masters


Too Fast for Love
Shout at the Devil
Theatre of Pain
Girls, Girls, Girls
Dr. Feelgood
Saints Of Los Angeles

Release Date: 16-Dec-2009
Label: Eleven Seven Music

Available for preorder at $129.98:

Nirvana's Nevermind baby recreates famous image

The baby who graced the cover of Nirvana's Nevermind album has recreated the famous image 17 years on. Spencer Elden was the four-month-old baby photographed in a swimming pool reaching towards a dollar bill on the end of a fish hook.

Now a teenager, Spencer Eldon strikes a familiar pose

The picture became the cover of Nirvana's second album, released in September 1991, which went on to sell 26 million records worldwide. Seventeen years later, he has recreated the classic underwater shot, this time wearing shorts. Now the 17-year-old high school student, who lives in Eagle Rock, near Glendale, California and his ambitions are to go to art school next year.

In 1991, his parents were paid $200 for allowing their friend, underwater photographer Kirk Weddle, to photograph their baby. The original photograph and the recent recreation by the British photographer John Chapple were shot from the bottom of the pool at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Centre in Pasedena, 17 ft (five metres) underwater.

Spencer said: "It's kind of cool, knowing that I've been on an album cover"

Spencer Eldon stars on Nirvana's Nevermind album

"But I feel pretty normal about it because growing up, I've always known I was the Nirvana baby. It never really struck me like, 'Oh, ****, that's me on the cover'."

"Quite a few people in the world have seen my penis. It's kind of cool, I guess," he told the Independent. "I feel like I'm the world's biggest porn star. But I'm just a normal kid living it up and doing the best I can while I'm here."

For Nirvana, it was the band's breakthrough record, bringing the Seattle grunge scene to a worldwide audience. The first single, Smells Like Teen Spirit has been described as one of the greatest rock songs of all time.

The album replaced Michael Jackson's album Dangerous at number one. Three years after its release, Kurt Cobain, the band's lead singer, shot himself in a suicide believed to be linked to his drug addiction.


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The Beach Boys - Wouldn't it be nice

Aretha Franklin Named Greatest Singer of Rock Era

Rolling Stone's new issue names their picks for the 100 greatest singers of the Rock Era based on a poll of 179 industry professionals.

Aretha Franklin tops the list with Mary J. Blige saying "Aretha has everything — the power, the technique. When it comes to expressing yourself through song, there is no one who can touch her. She is the reason why women want to sing." Franklin is followed by Ray Charles and Elvis Presley.

For the poll, each individual was asked to name their 20 "best" vocalists from the Rock era in order of importance. All of the lists were then combined, using a weighting factor based on how high they were on each individual list, producing the final 100.

Among those voting were Eric Burdon, Solomon Burke, Dave Clark, Alice Cooper, David Crosby, Clive Davis, Dion, Mick Fleetwood, Art Garfunkel, Merle Haggard, Daryl Hall, Etta James, Billy Joel, B.B. King, Mike Love, Loretta Lynn, John Mellencamp, George Michael, Bette Midler, Iggy Pop, Keith Richards, Carlos Santana, Bruce Springsteen, Ringo Starr, Roger Waters and many more.

What is striking about this particular list is the abbundance of what we call Veteran Artists (those whose recording career started at least 25 years ago). Only eight singers whose career started before the mid-80's even made the list.

Rolling Stone has been guilty in the past of loading many of their "Best-Ofs" with modern artists may not have belonged on the lists and leaving off much more deserving artists. This time, the breadth of the people asked to vote has been able to keep a better perspective of older artists withing the framework of the times.

Veteran artists who made the list:

1. Aretha Franklin
2. Ray Charles
3. Elvis Presley
4. Sam Cooke
5. John Lennon
6. Marvin Gaye
7. Bob Dylan
8. Otis Redding
9. Stevie Wonder
10. James Brown
11. Paul McCartney
12. Little Richard
13. Roy Orbison
14. Al Green
15. Robert Plant
16. Mick Jagger
17. Tina Turner
18. Freddie Mercury
19. Bob Marley
20. Smokey Robinson
21. Johnny Cash
22. Etta James
23. David Bowie
24. Van Morrison
25. Michael Jackson
26. Jackie Wilson
27. Hank Williams
28. Janis Joplin
29. Nina Simone
30. Prince
31. Howlin' Wolf
32. Bono
33. Steve Winwood
34. Whitney Houston
35. Dusty Springfield
36. Bruce Springsteen
37. Neil Young
38. Elton John
40. Curtis Mayfield
41. Chuck Berry
42. Joni Mitchell
43. George Jones
44. Bobby "Blue" Bland
46. Patsy Cline
47. Jim Morrison
48. Buddy Holly
49. Donny Hathaway
50. Bonnie Raitt
51. Gladys Knight
52. Brian Wilson
53. Muddy Waters
54. Luther Vandross
55. Paul Rodgers
56. Mavis Staples
57. Eric Burdon
59. Rod Stewart
61. Roger Daltrey
62. Lou Reed
63. Dion
65. David Ruffin
67. Jerry Lee Lewis
68. Wilson Pickett
69. Ronnie Spector
70. Gregg Allman
71. Toots Hibbert
72. John Fogerty
73. Dolly Parton
74. James Taylor
75. Iggy Pop
76. Steve Perry
77. Merle Haggard
78. Sly Stone
80. Frankie Valli
81. John Lee Hooker
82. Tom Waits
83. Patti Smith
84. Darlene Love
85. Sam Moore
86. Art Garfunkel
87. Don Henley
88. Willie Nelson
89. Solomon Burke
90. Everly Brothers
91. Levon Helm
92. Morrissey
93. Annie Lennox
94. Karen Carpenter
95. Patti LaBelle
96. B.B. King
97. Joe Cocker
98. Stevie Nicks
99. Steven Tyler


Album Cover Art

Here we are at #40 of the dirtiest and sexiest album covers as put together by the crack staff at

40. Goldfrapp: ‘Supernature’ - Supernature is the third album by British electronic duo Goldfrapp. It was released by Mute Records on 22 August 2005 in the United Kingdom, and was the duo's first album to receive mixed reviews. Most critics complimented its blend of pop and electronic music, while others called it uninspiring. Supernature was a top five album in Goldfrapp's native United Kingdom, and its lead single "Ooh La La" was a top five single. In North America, where "Number 1" was promoted as the first single, the album was released on 7 March 2006, peaking low on the Billboard charts.

The album represented a change in Goldfrapp's musical style, and featured pop and electronic-dance music; inspirations were disco music artist Donna Summer and New Wave band New Order. Supernature received a Grammy Award nomination in 2007 for "Best Electronic/Dance Album". In January 2006, the album was certified platinum in the UK, and has sold one million copies worldwide as of early 2007.

Supernature debuted on the UK albums chart at number two (blocked from the top position by James Blunt's Back to Bedlam), and sold 52,976 copies. The album remained on the chart for thirty-one weeks, and was certified platinum on 13 January 2006. In Australia, the album reached number twenty-three, although it received limited promotion. The album reached the top forty in Austria, Germany, Italy, New Zealand and Switzerland and sold one million copies worldwide.

Supernature became Goldfrapp's first release to chart on the Billboard 200 albums chart in the United States, where it peaked at number one-hundred thirty-eight. It reached number three on the Top Heatseekers chart and number five on the Top Electronic Albums chart. The album has sold 49,000 copies in the US since its release in March 2006.

This Date In Music History-November 13


John Hammond Jr., son of the famous Columbia A&R man and a creditable white bluesman, was born in New York in 1942.

Guitarist Roger Steen of performance art-rockers the Tubes ("She's a Beauty") was born in 1949.

Birthday wishes to Nikolai Fraiture of the The Strokes.


The Jackson 5, ranging in age from six to thirteen, first performed publicly at Mr. Lucky's, a nightclub in their hometown of Gary, Indiana in 1964.

In 1965, The Byrds reached #1 with "Turn! Turn! Turn!" and "Tambourine Man".

Atlantic Records announced in 1968 its signing of a "hot new English group" named Led Zeppelin.

Bonnie Raitt released her debut self-titled album in 1971.

Slow news day apparently- In 1963, Paul McCartney catches the flu. Hour-by-hour progress reports on his condition appeared in the British press.

Having bought the island of Dorinch off Ireland in 1969, John Lennon declared any hippie who wished was free to live there.

Bill Doggett ("Honky Tonk") died of lung cancer in 1996.

Paul McCartney wakes up the space shuttle astronauts in 2005 by singing "Good Day Sunshine" to them live from his concert in Anaheim, California.

Led Zeppelin's fifth tour of the U.K. in 1972 sold out in four hours. Jimmy Page says, "When I heard the news about the tickets, I felt very humble." The tickets cost a princely $1.50 each.

The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" was released in 1961.

As a follow-up to their number one hit "Hang On Sloopy", The McCoys' released "Fever", which will climb to number 7 on the US charts in 1965.

The Beatles' animated movie "Yellow Submarine" premiered in the U.S. in 1968.

Madonna's "The Immaculate Collection" was released in 1990.

In 1992, Elton John performed in Mexico for the first time before 90,000 people in Mexico City.

In 1965, James Brown's "I Got You" entered both the Billboard Pop and R&B charts, where it will reach #3 and #1 respectively. The record would become one of the Godfather of Soul's most enduring and readily identifiable songs. It reached #29 in the UK.

Three Dog Night's "Old Fashioned Love Song" was released in the US in 1971, where it will climb to #4 on the Billboard Pop chart. It was a tune that songwriter Paul Williams would later say that he wrote in 20 minutes.

Rod Stewart's "Tonight's the Night" was the top tune on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1976, despite being banned from the play lists of many radio stations because of its sexually suggestive lyrics. It made #5 in the UK.

After 42 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" finally falls off of the chart in 1982, passing the old longevity record held by Paul Davis' "I Go Crazy" by three weeks.

In 1987, Sonny and Cher reunited for a rare performance on TV show Late Night with David Letterman.

In 2007, Led Zeppelin continued their march to have more repackages than The Beatles with the release of "Mothership," a 2 CD compilation with 24 remastered tracks. In addition, a 165-song Zeppelin "digital box set" is available at iTunes. Also, individual songs in the band's catalog go on sale via the online music retailer. And finally, "The Complete Led Zeppelin" contains 13 studio albums plus "Mothership." It comes in for under $100.

Mosaic Records Plots a Return to Vinyl

The great jazz and blues reissue label Mosaic is re-entering the vinyl business after releasing only one LP title since 2000 - the 1957 Carnegie Hall concert by the Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane that was issued in 2005.
And they're already talking "Lucky Thompson Meets Oscar Pettiford," one of my absolute favorite jazz albums ever.

Label head Michael Cuscuna explains the HQ Vinyl Series that will be launched early next year.

"Vinyl has become a media story with large chains selling reasonably-priced turntables to 20-somethings and major labels judiciously releasing old and new titles. And of course, the audiophile labels are still plugging away with 'I-told-you-so' Cheshire cat smiles on their faces.

While preparing the Ahmad Jamal CD box set due next spring, it occurred to us that an eight-CD set doesn't have to give birth to a back-busting box of 12 180-gram LPs; it can also give birth to a double-album reissue of both LPs of Ahmad Jamal at the Pershing, the groundbreaking albums that generated such influential hits as 'Poinciana.'

Freed from thinking that Mosaic LPs have to mirror out large CD sets, we've engaged in a treasure hunt coming up with new title ideas like reissuing those two magnificent Lucky Thompson-Oscar Pettiford albums on ABC-Paramount or Duke Ellington's 1963 masterpiece 'Afro Bossa.' How about the complete Thelonious Monk 'Live At The It Club' on LP for the first time, beautifully remixed from the original three-track masters? We've only just begun."