Monday, July 26, 2010

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 07/24/2010

All LPs on this week's Top 5, with The Beatles taking the top two spots. The sought-after private press jazz/funk record from Uncle Funkenstein is the only non-rock record on this week's list.

1. LP - The Beatles vs The Four Seasons "self titled" Vee Jay Sealed - $5,858.99

2. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black label 1st Stereo - $4,929.28

3. LP - Led Zeppelin "I" Test Pressing - $4,153.00

4. LP - Uncle Funkenstein "Together Again" - $4,000.00

5. LP - George Harrison "Concert For Bangladesh" Sides 5/6 Acetate - $3,702.00

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Filmmaker Jeanie Finlay Talks About Her Documentary "Sound It Out", Next Tuesday On Vinyl Record Talk July 27, 5pm PDT/ 8pm EDT

Jeanie Finlay (Goth Cruise The Movie) joins us from the UK to discuss her new film, Sound It Out, and the different ways she's gone about making her films. Jeanie is currently funding Sound It Out, about one of the last independent record stores in the north of England, through indiegogo, where films get made by us, the audience, for as little as $5.00. (We're in for $10 - it's been a slow week. But if we do well with the radio broadcast records we have for auction in our store, we're jumping back in for the DVD.)

Jeanie is best known in the US for her IFC film Goth Cruise. We talk about what its like to make films for the BBC and IFC, as well as her next project after Sound It Out, Orion. Orion is one of history's strangest Rock n Roll icons. He was a sort of Elvis impersonator, sort of not, sort of an insist-I'm-not-an-Elvis-impersonator-so-to-make-you-think-I-am-actually-the-real-not-really-dead-Elvis. I think its a fantastic idea for a documentary. Orion (real name Jimmy Ellis) belongs up on the Pantheon of Strange, next to Syd Barrett, Roky Erickson, and The Legendary Stardust Cowboy.

Join us for a completely entertaining, and informative interview with Jeanie Findlay, on next week's Vinyl Record Talk on Radio Dentata, Tuesday July 27th 8:00pm ET / 5:00 PT.

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Music News & Notes

Rolling Stones To Announce 'Last Ever' World Tour

It's being reported that the Rolling Stones are set to announce their last ever world tour. The band is said to be in talks with concert promoter Live Nation about the 50th anniversary jaunt. The dates will apparently begin next year and last into 2012.

"They're likely to perform in stadiums,” a source told The Sun. “It's almost certainly the last full-scale world tour.”

The band, who formed in 1962, have become a prolific live act over the latter stages of their career. Their most recent A Bigger Bang tour, which ran for two years, grossed $558million.

Drummer Charlie Watts will turn 70 during the tour, while Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood are all in their 60s.


Obscura Begin Work On New Album

Progressive death metal act Obscura has begun recording the follow-up album to their breakthrough release Cosmogenesis at Woodshed Studio in southern Germany. Engineer V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress) will helm the recording. An early 2011 release date is expected with additional album details to be announced soon.

Obscura's recording and touring line-up remains as Kummerer on guitar and vocals, Christian Muenzner on guitar, Jeroen Paul Thesseling on bass and Hannes Grossman on drums. The band will round out the Cosmogenesis touring cycle with a performance as part of the Mezcal Metal Festival in Mexico City, Mexico in September.


Orbs Ready Debut Album For Release

Pre-orders for Orbs' debut album, "Asleep Next To Science," are now available through The album will be released on August 17th. Orbs is made up of Adam Fisher and Clayton "Goose" Holyoak (Fear Before), Dan Briggs (Between the Buried and Me), Ashley Ellyllon (Abigail Williams/Cradle of Filth) and Chuck Johnson (Torch Runner). The band will be heading out on the road with Junius in August.


Linkin Park reveal 'A Thousand Suns' album artwork and tracklisting

Linkin Park have revealed the cover art for their fourth studio album A Thousand Suns, which is set for a release date of 13th September. They've also released the tracklisting which will be produced by Minutes To Midnight producer Rick Rubin and band MC and guitarist Mike Shinoda. All songs and music will be written by the band. The Catalyst will be the first single from the album and will be released on 2nd August.

1.The Requiem
2.The Radiance
3.Burning In The Skies
4.Empty Spaces
5.When They Come To Me
6.Robot Boy
7.Jornada Del Muerto
8.Waiting For The End
10.Wretches And Kings
11.Wisdom, Justice And Love
14.The Catalyst
15.The Messenger


Pantera deluxe release

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Pantera's Cowboys From Hell album, Warner Music will be releasing a special three-disc deluxe boxed set on November 22.

The package will include the original album plus rare and unreleased tracks as well as demo and live versions.


Science of Silence Release Vinyl-Only Voyager/Monolith Split LP

With the slow, grueling death of the CD medium upon us, you might raise an eyebrow over the existence of a limited-edition, vinyl-only record label, but it's actually brilliant. Sure, vinyl died years before the CD, but like anything that goes extinct, there are people still interested in collecting it, whether it's music or dinosaur bones. Marc Schapiro and Tim Tatulli have launched Science of Silence to serve vinyl collectors, not the masses. Their debut release was a split clear LP with Voyager and Monolith.



Eagle Records

Eagle Records are delighted to announce the release of “Red Velvet Car”, the first new studio album in six years from the groundbreaking Seattle-based band Heart. The record is released on 30 August 2010 [Cat. No. EAGCD424].

For this album, the first ladies of arena rock added an acoustic slant to a collection of songs inspired by the world around them, arranged for an assortment of strings including guitar, mandolin, dobro, banjo, fiddle, viola, cello and autoharp, all played by Nancy Wilson and the album’s producer, Grammy winner Ben Mink.

Nine of the album’s songs were written for, and appear for the first time on “Red Velvet Car”. The album’s closer, “Sand,” is a newly recorded version of a song originally written and recorded by the Lovemongers, Ann and Nancy’s 1990’s acoustic side project. Tracks on “Red Velvet Car” include “Death Valley,” “Safronia’s Mark,” “Red Velvet Car,” “Queen City,” “Sunflower,” “Wheels,” “There You Go,” “WTF,” “Hey You” and “Sand.”

Ann Wilson describes the album as having, “A fresh sound with all the original Heart magic.” “This album feels so right for the times,” said Nancy Wilson. “We can’t wait to share this one with the world!” Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the ’70s with hits like “Crazy on You,” “Magic Man,” “Barracuda,” ‘Straight On,” “Even It Up,” “Kick It Out” and so many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs, and played the instruments too, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the ‘80s and into the ‘90s with huge hits like “These Dreams,” “Alone,” “What About Love,” “If Looks Could Kill,” “Never,” showcasing the sisters’ enormous talents as both musicians and singers. Along the way, Heart sold more than 30 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide, and had a profound influence on rock music – “Red Velvet Car” continues that journey, and in considerable style.


Anberlin Album Art

Anberlin have released the album art for their upcoming September 21 release, "Dark is the Way, Light is a Place"

This Date In Music History - July 26


Bobby Hebb (1941)

Neil Landon - The Flowerpot Men, The Ivy League (1941)

Darlene Love - Crystals (1941)

Dobie Gray (1942)

Mick Jagger - Rolling Stones (1943)

Roger Taylor - Queen (1949)

Gary Cherone - Extreme, Van Halen (1961)

Scott Francis Crago, session drummer, worked with The Eagles since 1994 as well as Sheryl Crow, Bonnie Raitt, Bryan Adams, Stevie Nicks, Jackson Browne, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger and

Chris Isaak (1963)

Tim Barnwell - Arrested Development (1967)

Dan Konopka - OK Go (1974)

Dave 'Brown Sound' Baksh - Sum 41- Quit Sum 41 in 2006 to pursue his career with his second band Brown Brigade and The Organ Thieves (1980)

They Are Missed:

Brent Mydland, from The Grateful Dead, was found dead on the floor of his home in 1990 (age 38) from a drug overdose.

Singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as 'The First Lady of Motown' and who had a 1964 #1 single "My Guy," died in 1992 of laryngeal cancer (age 49). Forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, forced to sell her home, Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.


Hank Ballard recorded "Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go" in 1960.

Sam Cooke's "Chain Gang" was released in 1960.

"Mickey's Monkey" was released by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles in 1963.

The Monkees recorded "(I'm Not Your) Steppin' Stone" in 1966.

Jeannie C. Riley recorded "Harper Valley P.T.A." in 1968.

The Jackson Five signed a one-year contract with Motown Records in 1968.

John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed the song "Hey Jude" in 1968.

The release of the Rolling Stones’ “Beggars Banquet” was postponed in 1969 over the album cover art. The Stones want a graffiti laden bathroom. Their label objects. In the end, the album was released with a white cover. The group’s name and LP title are written in script. It’s also the first album where Mick Jagger plays guitar.

Brian Jones was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1969, on sale for 35 cents.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. of the Fifth Dimension got married in 1969.

Jimi Hendrix played in his home town of Seattle for the last time when he appeared at Sicks Stadium in 1970.

Graffiti artists were hired to spray paint sites in London in 1974 to promote the UK release of The Rolling Stones new single "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll."

The Eagles started a five-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1975 with 'One Of These Nights'.

Van McCoy and the Soul City went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1975 with "The Hustle," his only US chart hit. McCoy died on July 6, 1979.

The last Three Dog Night concert was held (until their 1981 reunion), in Los Angeles in 1976.

1977, Elvis Costello was arrested as he performed outside a CBS Records sales conference at The London Hilton Hotel and was fined £5.

Elvis Costello was arrested in 1977 while performing outside the London Hilton. CBS Record executives are meeting there and Elvis wants an audition for a US deal. Costello was taken away and fined but CBS invited him back for a proper audition.

Punk band The Plasmatics played at New York's CBGB's in 1978.

A revised version of the Clash's debut album was released in the US in 1979.

The Rolling Stones started a seven week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1980 with 'Emotional Rescue,' the group's eighth US #1.

Prince's movie "Purple Rain" premiered in Hollywood, CA in 1984.

Peter Gabriel went to #1 on the US singles chart in 1986 with "Sledgehammer."

The film soundtrack to 'Top Gun' went to #1 on the US album chart in 1986.

Oasis were booed of stage during a show at the Paleo Festival in Switzerland in 2000 after singer Liam Gallagher had insulted the 35,000 strong audience. Smart.....

In 2000, The celebrity management company Cassandra left dozens of acts out of pocket when it was rocked by fraud charges, filing for bankruptcy at the Manhattan Bankruptcy Court. Clients included Alanis Morissette, Pish and Afghan Wiggs.

A U.S. federal judge issued a preliminary injunction against Napster, Inc in 2000. The injunction had been requested by the Recording Industry of Association of America (RIAA). The website was ordered to cease trade in music covered by RIAA member copyrights by midnight July 28, 2000.

VH-1 premiered the movie "Meatloaf: To Hell and Back" in 2000.

In 2001, Sir Paul McCartney announced his engagement to Heather Mills, the anti-landmine campaigner and former model. The couple split-up in 2006.

Also in 2001, Catatonia singer Cerys Matthews was admitted to a rehabiliation centre, after collapsing with exhaustion. Her record company said the Welsh singer was "receiving treatment for exhaustion and a recurrent asthma complaint - both of which have been exacerbated by drinking and smoking." Smart....

Courtney Love blasted ex-Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl in Spin magazine in 2005. "Dave gets to walk away unscathed and be the happy guy in Rock, when he's one of the biggest jerks," says the widow Cobain. "He's been taking money from my child (that would be Francis Bean Cobain) for years." Grohl wisely declined to respond.

Fans attending a Billy Corgan concert in Melbourne, Australia in 2005, shouted requests for Smashing Pumpkins songs. The ex-Pumpkins frontman, who is touring to support his solo album "TheFutureEmbrace," gets angry when the shouting doesn't subside and walks off the stage. Baby.

In 2006, the guitar on which Sir Paul McCartney learned his first chords sold for £330,000 at an auction at London's Abbey Road Studios. The Rex acoustic guitar helped McCartney persuade John Lennon to let him join his band, The Quarrymen, in 1957.

In 2006, the final edition of Top of the Pops was recorded at BBC Television Centre in London. Just under 200 members of the public were in the audience for the show which was co-hosted by veteran disc jockey Sir Jimmy Savile, its very first presenter. Classic performances from the Spice Girls, Wham, Madonna, Beyonce Knowles and Robbie Williams will feature in the show alongside the Rolling Stones – who were the very first band to appear on Top of the Pops on New Year's Day in 1964.

In 2008, Klaxons singer Jamie Reynolds postponed the group's Australian tour dates after he broke his leg at a gig in France. The bands singer said he "drastically misjudged" the distance when he jumped from the stage during their final song in the set. Real smart......

Jimmy Page took the stand at a music-bootlegging trial in Glasgow, Scotland in 2007. The defendant, Robert Langley, was accused of attempting to sell unauthorized Led Zeppelin recordings (among other charges). Defense lawyers argued that Page had previously shown a flexible attitude toward bootlegging, but the legendary guitarist insisted there's a difference between trading pirated recordings and selling them. "What is unacceptable with this passing off is when somebody is trying to make a huge profit and is making it look official when it's substandard quality," says Page. Following Page’s testimony Langley changed his plea to guilty. "Page's evidence was important to the trial and, after how impressive he was, Langley knew that . . . the game was up for him," said a source at the court. Langley was eventually sentenced to 20 months in prison.

Selling culture and history: Oroville radio station puts its record library up for sale to raise funds


OROVILLE, CA— An archive that reflects changes in music and cultures spanning several generations is up for sale, a sad but necessary move for members of Oroville radio station KRBS, a representative said.
The station is selling its collection of more than 7,000 long-playing, vinyl records.

Station Manager Salud Almaguel said in a phone interview Friday the collection includes all genres of music.

Almaguel and staff have extensively gone through each album to be sure of its value. She estimated the majority of albums are worth between $600 to $800 apiece, and some records are valued at $2,000. She did not give specific asking prices.

The reason for the sale is to raise money to build two badly needed sound rooms and upgrade some equipment.

"It's the only way for us to raise the funds," she said.

New sound rooms are necessary because with the recent move to its location on Oro-Quincy Highway, the KRBS disc jockeys are operating in an open room. Employees can't do any other work in the area because the sound will be heard over the radio.

The sound rooms alone will cost about $5,000. In addition, the station needs to upgrade its on-the-air emergency alert system.

Almaguel figured if the albums are sold individually, the station could raise as much as $50,000, which would cover the station's needs. She's willing to work with people on some prices, especially if anyone is interested in buying the entire stock at once.

Almaguel said there are a lot of record collectors looking for specific items. However, she warned that she has learned that the value of an album isn't just in who recorded it: It depends on the label and lettering on the label, which she said many people aren't aware of.

The records still play.

"I've been playing them and playing them," she said.

Almaguel indicated the choice to sell the records was difficult.

"I wish we didn't have to sell them and could have a special library," she said. "We have to build the sound rooms ... right now, that is more important than just hanging on to vinyl. I'm trying very hard to keep us up in the air."

The sale is ongoing. KRBS is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For information call 534-1200.