Tuesday, August 17, 2010

New Music Releases ~ August 17, 2010

Here are the latest releases for this week. Lot's to choose from - Collecting Vinyl Records Blog Picks Are In Red.

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Aerosmith - Live on Air
Alan Parsons Project - Tales of Mystery and Imagination (Vinyl)

Alice Cooper - A Fistful of Alice (2 LPs)(Vinyl)  Buy Alice Cooper Here

Alice Cooper is no stranger to the Friday Music label. As we continue to offer some of his greatest works through our extensive Alice Cooper 180 Gram Audiophile Series, we are so very proud now to announce his incredible concert recording A Fistful of Alice. This Capitol Records era album features all of his big hits including one of a kind workouts on "School's Out," "Eighteen," "Desperado," "Only Women Bleed," as well as later smashes like "Poison" and the rare studio track "Is Anyone Home?" Originally released as a CD and digital release only, we are doubly proud to be issuing this for the first time as a deluxe 2xLP Audiophile album! This limited edition album comes in a deluxe gatefold cover, which includes all of the original colorful graphics, plus the five star mastering from the original Guardian Records/Capitol Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (School's Out and Welcome to My Nightmare). Recorded at Sammy Hagar's Cabo Wabo Cantina in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Alice Cooper brings out his superstar rockstar friends for this historic live recording - how about Slash, Rob Zombie and Sammy Hagar! This music is extensive non-stop smashes, the band is killer, and the hard rock excitement is second to none. Alice Cooper's classic A Fistful of Alice, now on audiophile vinyl, will be one of the most anticipated limited edition releases this year!

American Hi-Fi - Fight the Frequency
Andrea Bocelli – Carmen: Duets and Arias
Antagonist - World In Decline
Antibalas - Who Is This America? (reissue with bonus track)
Arab Strap - Philophobia (remastered with bonus CD)
Arab Strap - The Week Never Starts Around Here (remastered with bonus CD)
Aretha Franklin - Best of (DVD/Quadraphonic) (Rhino Handmade Exclusive)
BXI - Boris & Ian Astbury
Baby Eagle - Dog Weather
Ben E. King - Original Album Series (5 CDs)
Benjy Davis Project - The Angie House/More Than Local (reissue)
Blondie - At the BBC (2 CDs)
Blossom Toes - This Is the Magic Mixture
Blossom Toes - We Are Ever So Clean

Brian Wilson – Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin  Buy Brian Wilson Here

Brian Wilson has re-recorded and re-imagined twelve classic songs from the Gershwin Brothers and completed two new Wilson/Gershwin compositions. The Gershwin estate gave Wilson access to rare, unfinished pieces of music by George Gershwin, with which Brian crafted collaborative compositions unlike anything the world has heard. Wilson chose to record George and Ira Gershwin songs because he considers the late composers of classics like "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Rhapsody in Blue" and "Summertime" as a critical influence on him. "I've always loved George Gershwin. The earliest music I remember hearing is 'Rhapsody in Blue,'" says Wilson, referring to Gershwin's groundbreaking 1924 orchestral piece. "Along with Irving Berlin, Gershwin basically invented the popular song, but he did something more. He had a gift for melody that nobody has ever equaled, yet his music is timeless and always accessible. This is the most spiritual project I've ever worked on."

Camu Tao - King of Hearts
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band - Original Album Series (5 CDs)
Chief - Modern Rituals (vinyl)
Chocolate Milk - We're All In This Together / Milky Way
Ciara - Basic Instinct
Conrad Herwig - The Latin Side of Herbie Hancock
Crocodiles - Sleep Forever
Darker My Love - Alive As You Are (vinyl)
David Bowie - David Bowie (2 CDs)
David Gray – Foundling
Dolly Parton - The Fairest Of Them All: My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner
Dollyrots - Little Messed Up
Duke Robillard - Passport to the Blues

Eels - Tomorrow Morning (vinyl)   Buy Eels Music Here

Ennio Morricone - Le Clan Des Siciliens (vinyl)
Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society
Everly Brothers - Original Album Series (5 CDs)
Filter – The Trouble With Angels [Deluxe Edition]
Geographer – Animal Shapes EP
Germs - Media Blitz (reissue) (vinyl)
Hey Monday - Beneath It All
Human Beinz - Human Beinz in Japan
Human Expression - Love At Psychedelic Velocity
INXS - Platinum: Greatest Hits

Iron Maiden - The Final Frontier (2 LPs Picture Discs)(Vinyl)   Buy Iron Maiden Here

VINYL FORMAT. The vinyl format of The Final Frontier comes as a deluxe double picture disc!

Iron Maiden are true pioneers and one of the most influential bands of the heavy metal genre. Thirty years on from their eponymous debut album in April 1980, The Final Frontier is Maiden's fifteenth studio album, making a remarkable average of a new album every two years for thirty years. The band reunited with longtime Maiden producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley in early 2010 at Compass Point Studios in Nassau to record the album, and then moved to L.A. to finish the recording and do the mixing. Compass Point Studio is very familiar to the band; it was where they recorded the Piece of Mind (1983), Powerslave (1984) and Somewhere in Time (1986) albums.

Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall (reissue) (vinyl)
Jayhawks - Tomorrow the Green Grass (reissue) [vinyl]
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers - So Many Roads (4-CD box set)
John Mellencamp - No Better Than This
John Renbourne & Stefan Grossman - In Concert (2 CDs/1 DVD)
Jon Lindsay - Escape From Plaza-Midwood
Kem - Intimacy
Kemialliset Ystavat - Ullakkoalo (vinyl)
Kem – Intimacy [Deluxe Edition]
Kinks - Arthur (2 LPs)(Vinyl)
Knights Of The Abyss - The Culling of Wolves
Like Pioneers - Piecemeal
Lissie - Catching a Tiger
Live At Kexp Volume Six
Lloyd Miller & Heliocentrics - Lloyd Miller & Heliocentrics (vinyl)
Los Lobos - Tin Can Trust (vinyl)
Loudness - Original Album Series (5 CDs)
Lucero - Rebels Rogues & Sworn Brothers (vinyl)
Margie Joseph - Original Album Series (5 CDs)
Matthew Dear - Black City (vinyl)
Miles Away - Endless Roads
Miss May I - Monument
NOFX - The Longest EP (vinyl)
New Horizons - Something New / Gonna Have Big Fun
Nikki & Rich - Everything
Nils – What The Funk?
Nutz - Tightened Up: Live in Nothingam 1977
Offspring - Happy Hour
Orbs - Asleep Next to Science
Porter Wagoner - What Ain't To Be, Just Might Happen: Featuring The Rubber Room
Quiet Riot - QR III
Quiet Riot - Quiet Riot
REO Speedwagon - Not So Silent Night (3 Bonus Tracks)
Rae Spoon - Love Is a Hunter
Rascals - Original Album Series (5 CDs)
Ray LaMontagne - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise (vinyl)
Return To Earth - Automata
Rickie Lee Jones - Flying Cowboys (Audio Fidelity)
Sea of Bees - Songs For the Ravens (vinyl)
Shannon Whitworth - Water Bound
Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin - Let It Sway
Soundtrack – Dexter: Season 4
Soundtrack – The Switch
Steeleye Span - Another Parcel of Steeleye Span (3 CDs)

Superchunk - No Pocky for Kitty (remastered) (vinyl)

Superchunk - On the Mouth (remastered)(vinyl)   Buy Superchunk Music Here

Tallest Trees - The Ostrich or the Lark
Tea Leaf Green - Looking West
The Burial - The Winepress
The Last Felony - Too Many Humans
Theodore Shapiro - Dinner for Schmucks (soundtrack)
Thomas Koner - Nnatatak, Teimo, Permafrost
Tim Reynolds – Limbic System
Toadies - Feeler
Tom Paxton - Original Album Series (5 CDs)
Tom Waits - Closing Time (reissue) (vinyl)
Tom Waits - Heart of Saturday Night (reissue) (vinyl)
Tom Waits - Nighthawks at the Diner (reissue) (vinyl)
Tom Waits - Small Change (reissue) (vinyl)]
Trace Adkins - Cowboy's Back in Town
Van Halen - Live on Air
Various Artists - Afro-Beat Airways
Various Artists - Bubbling Under 1: 32 Tracks That Bubbled Under The Billboard Charts 1961-1964
Various Artists - Dexter, Season 4: Music From The Showtime Original Series
Various Artists - Live At KEXP Volume Six
Various Artists - The Switch: Music From The Motion Picture
Various Artists - We Did It: Dora’s Greatest Hits
Walter Gibbons - Jungle Music
Wilson Pickett - Original Album Series
X - Under the Big Black Sun (remastered) (vinyl)
Zak Sally - Fear of Song (vinyl)

New Music releases are put together from a variety of online sources by Robert Benson - http://collectingvinylrecords.blogspot.com  

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New Jazz Releases - August 17, 2010

Aaron Lington / Paul Tynan - Bicoastal Collective 2 ( )
Amstad / Brennan / Doran / Heral - Triangulation-Whirligigs (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Anthony Braxton - 19 Standards (Quartet) 2003 (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Anthony Braxton - 19 Standards 2003 ( )
Antibalas - Who Is This America? (Rope-A-Dope -Red- )
Art Ensemble Of Chicago - Kabalaba Live At Montreux (Aeco )
Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring (Wea Japan )
Brain Sound - An Attempt To Record Coincidence ( )
Brostrom Quartet & Hakan - Refraction (Art Of Life )
Bruce Williamson - Standard Transmission (Origin )
Bruno Amstad / John Wolf Brennan / Christy Doran - Triangulation: Whirligigs ( )
Casa Loma Orchestra / Glen Gray - Spotlight On Swing ( )
Catalyst - Catalyst Vol. 1-Complete Recordings (PORTER )
Catalyst - Catalyst Vol. 2-Complete Recordings (PORTER )
Catalyst - Complete Recordings 1 ( )
Catalyst - Complete Recordings 2 ( )
Charles Mingus - Black Saint And The Sinner Lady (Analogue Productions )
Charlie Ventura - Bop For The People (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Chet Baker - Chet Baker & Crew (Jazz Track )
Chet Baker (Trumpet / Com / Vocals - Stan Meets Chet (Original Recordings Group )
Chie Imaizumi - Time Of New Beginnings (Capri )
Christy Doran - Triangulation:Whirligigs (Leo )
Cliff Jordan & John Gilmore - Blowing In From Chicago (Analogue Prod. )
Coleman Hawkins - Sonny Meets Hawk! (Pure Pleasure )
Colin Stranahan - Life Condition (Tapestry )
Colorado Saxophone Quartet / Pagan, Michael - Twelve Preludes & Fugues ( )
Conrad Herwig - Latin Side Of Herbie Hancock (Half Note )
Coppa Biagio Flight Band - Mingus Uni&Versus (Phantom )
David Sanborn - Original Album Series (Phantom )
Dehumanizers & Deep Throat - New World Oder (Pig )
Di Toro Michele - Puzzle (Phantom )
Duke Ellington - Duke Ellington And John Coltrane (Analogue Productions )
Eddie Sauter & The SWF Big Band - In Germany 1959 (Montpellier )
Enten Eller & Javier Girotto - Ecuba (Phantom )
Esperanza Spalding - Chamber Music Society (Telarc Distribution )
Fabio Zambelli Trio - Ele' (Phantom )
Faruq Z. Bey & Northwoods Improvisers - Emerging Field (Entropy Stereo Recordings )
Frank Gratkowsi - Deployment (Leo )
Frank Gratowski / Simon Nabatov - Schmickler: Deployment ( )
Gabor Szabo - In Budapest Live (1974) (Moiras )
Garcia / Marina / Negrini / Succi - Scoolptures-Materiale Umano (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
George Duke - Original Album Series (Phantom )
Gerry Hemingway / Ivo Perelman - Apple In The Dark ( )
Gerry Mulligan - Gerry Mulligan Meets Ben Webster (Original Recordings )
Glen Gray & The Casa Loma Orchestra - Spotlight On Swing (Montpellier )
Gratkowski / Nabatov / Schmickler - Deployment (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Hadley Caliman & Pete Christlieb - Reunion (Origin )
Hadley Caliman / Pete Christlieb - Reunion ( )
Hakan Brostrom - Refraction (Art Of Life )
His Orchestra / Carl Kress / Jo Stafford - At The Supper Club ( )
Ivo Perelman & Brian Willson - Stream Of Life (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Ivo Perelman & Gerry Hemingway - Apple In The Dark (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Ivo Perelman / Brian Wilson - Stream Of Life ( )
James / Miller / Mitchell / Van Bergeyk - I Got Rhythm (Stephan Grossmans Guitar Works )
Jeff Richman - Like That (Nefer Music Records )
Jerry Gray & Ray Eberle Orchestra - Millermen (Montpellier )
Jimmy Dorsey & Patti Page - Let's Go To Town (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
Jimmy Dorsey / Patti Page - Let's Go To Town ( )
Jo Stafford - At The Supper Club (Sounds Of Yesteryear )
John Coltrane - My Favorite Things (Phantom )
John Coltrane - Slowtrane (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Kenny Werner - No Beginning No End (Half Note )
Kenny Werner - No Beginning, No End (Half Note )
Larry Swingtet Franco - Fahrenheit (Phantom )
Lull - Zipper (Leo )
Manins - Latitude (Phantom )
Mariano Di Nunzio Trio Barracina - Sonata A 3 + 2 (Phantom )
Matt Jorgensen - Tattooed By Passion: Music Inspired By The Paintin (Origin )
Matt Jorgensen - Tattooed By Passion: Music Inspired By Paintings ( )
Maurizio Petrelli & Big Band - Pugliamerica (Phantom )
Mccoy Tyner - Inception (Universal Japan/Zoom )
Mercury Falls - Quadrangle (Porto Franco )
Michael Pagan & Colorado Saxophone Quartet - Twelve Preludes & Fugues (Tapestry )
Miles Davis - Cookin' With The Miles Davis Quintet (Analogue Prod. )
Milo Fine - Concerning The Other Condition/Spontaneous Composition Generator (Nero's Neptune )
Milo Fine & Paul Metzger - Concerning The Other Condition / Spontaneous Composition Generator (180 Gram Vinyl Limited) (NERO'S NEPTUNE RECORDS )
Milo Fine & Paul Metzger - Concerning The Other Condition/Spontaneous Composi (Neros Neptune Records )
Milton Nascimento - Clube Da Esquina ( )
Modern Jazz Quartet - Jazzology (Indie Europe/Zoom )
Nat "King" Cole - Just One Of Those Things (Analogue Prod. )
Nat "King" Cole - St. Louis Blues (Analogue Prod. )
Nat "King" Cole - Where Did Everyone Go? (Analogue Prod. )
Nat "King" Cole - St Louis Blues ( )
Nat "King" Cole - Where Did Everyone Go ( )
Nils - What The Funk? (Baja )
Nils - What The Funk ( )
Northwoods Improvisers - Emerging Field (Entropy Stereo )
Paul Tynan & Aaron Lington - Tynan,Paul & Aaron Lington Vol. 2-Bicoastal Collective (OA2 )
Pearl Django - Systeme D (Modern Hot )
Philippe Garcia / Nicola Negrini / Achille Succi - Scoolptures: Materiale Umano ( )
Phronesis - Alive In London (Edition Records/City Hall )
Phronesis - Alive ( )
Piero Frassi Trio - Serenity (Phantom )
Polly Gibbons - Bang Bang (M&I )
Ray Anthony - Dream Dancing Christmas (Aero Space )
Ray Anthony & His Orchestra - TV Shows 1954 (Montpellier )
Ray Anthony / His Orchestra - 1954 TV Shows ( )
Ray Eberle / Jerry Gray - Miller Men ( )
Rebecca Kilgore - Sings Jermone Kern (Audiophile )
Renato Sellani - Chopin Piano Solo (Phantom )
Robert Byrd - Mountain Fiddler (County )
Roberto Marino - Trasparenze (Phantom )
Roland Kirk - Gifts & Messages (Candid )
Ronnie Scott - Ronnie Scott & His American Friends (Candid )
Sainkho Namchylak - Not Quite Songs (Leo )
Sainkho Namchylak & Nick Sudnick - Not Quite Songs (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Sainkho Namchylak / Nick Sudnick - Not Quite Songs ( )
Sara K. - Hell Or High Water (Stockfisch )
Som - Free Jazz And North Indian Fusion (Random Chance )
Spin Marvel - Spin Marvel 2: Reluctantly Politcised Me James ( )
Steve Kuhn - I Will Wait For You:Music Of Michel L (Venus Jap/Zoom )
Sun Ra - Live At The Horseshoe Tavern Toronto 1978 (Transparency )
Sun Ra - Live At The Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto 1978 (Transparency )
Superimpose - Talk Talk (Leo )
SWF Big Band / Eddie Sauter - In Germany 1959 ( )
Teresa Teng Forever - Teresa Teng Forever ( )
Thelonious Monk & John Coltrane - Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane (Analogue Prod. )
Tohpati Ethnomission - Save The Planet (Moonjune Records/City Hall )
Tom Rizzo - Imaginary Numbers (Origin )
Tubby Hayes - Inventivity (Candid )
Urs Leimgruber - Chicago Solo (Leo Records -- City Hall -- )
Wallis Bob & His Storyville Ja - Vintage Bob Wallis (Fellside/Lake R )
Wes Montgomery - Body & Soul (Candid )
Zu - Carboniferous (Trips Und Traume )

Bill Evans - Moon Beams (Pid )
Bob Mintzer - Bop Boy (Explore Records)
Hank Mobley - Workout (Blue Note`)
Hank Mobley - Dippin' (Blue Note)
Hank Mobley - Dippin (EMI )
Hi-Lo's - Listen! (E!)
Horace Parlan - Movin' & Groovin' (Classic Records )
Horace Silver - Blowin' The Blues Away (Classic Records )
Jackie McLean - New Soil (Blue Note)
John Coltrane - Giant Steps ( )
Sonny Rollins - Tenor Madness (Fantasy)

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14th Avenue 'tycoon' launches a record label from a coffee shop

By Frances E. Dinger

Porchlight Coffee & Art owner Zack Bolotin is a busy man. Beginning this fall, the modest storefront on 14th Avenue will serve not only as a coffee shop, art gallery and new and used record store but will also be the home of Bolotin's own record label. His low ROI ambition was enough to have him named "Best Po' Man's Tycoon" by the Seattle Weekly.

"[I started the label] just because there are very few bands that I know and like who will actually sell a lot of records," said Bolotin.

Bolotin has been playing music since the age of 15 and is the front man for the band Like Claws. Despite having a background in music, Bolotin wants to stay out of the production of the records. He says he has faith in the bands to do their own producing.

The label will be vinyl only but digital download codes will be included with all of the records.

"I personally haven't bought a CD in forever," Bolotin said. "It's either digital or vinyl and it's the same with a lot of other people I talk to."

Porchlight isn't the only Hill coffee provider mixing itself into the record label biz. Last summer, Caffe Vita made a stir when it signed a unique deal with the Blue Scholars.

Bolotin says his label will be financed primarily through sales at the coffee shop which celebrated its one year anniversary in June.

Bolotin decided to go into the coffee and record business after graduating from Seattle Central Community College. The neighbor of recently closed Tiempo clock shop has seen more success than Bolotin expected. Though most of the coffee sales happen in the morning, he says the shop has been selling at least a few records a day when Bolotin originally expected to sell a few a week.

The first release, a vinyl printing of Seattle band Grand Hallaway's "Promenade," is scheduled for mid fall. Ideally, Bolotin would like to put out two to three records each year, more records than are released under Caffe Vita's label, but he doesn't foresee that happening for a little while and in store shows are still a rare occurrence. Bolotin hopes most of the record sales will happen online and at the bands' shows.

He is currently looking at some bands outside of Seattle for the next releases but, according to Bolotin, nothing is for sure yet.

SOURCE: http://capitolhillseattle.com/

Death of vinyl isn't final: Beloved record albums are coming around again

Michael Heaton, The Plain Dealer

Michael Pultz helps with record sales at Loop in Cleveland's Tremont neighborhood. The shop also sells coffee and art. Pultz has a collection of 10,000 vinyl records at home.

For people too young to remember vinyl records, they must look today like some kind of licorice Frisbees. How could the uninitiated ever appreciate the deep emotional ties and the nostalgic pull of the art on the 12-by-12-inch album cover, or the love that went into reading the liner notes? Listening to a vinyl record back in the day meant you were engaged in the act. You had to stay in the room to listen to it and then turn the record over after 30 minutes. That's how the album cover became your best friend. You memorized the lineup of the musicians. You read the lyrics to the songs. On some occasions, you got a giant complimentary poster that went up on the wall of your basement or in your bedroom or wherever your turntable and speakers were.

The record filled your room with sound. Deep, rich analog sound. There was a sense of reverence about the purchase, the playing and the storage of the albums. Your album collection was you. You were a rocker, a folkie or a poet all based on your record collection. It represented all that you were, the depth of your soul, your taste in art, your sense of humor.

If you wanted to measure the potential of someone becoming your friend or lover, looking at their album collection was key. If you liked the way someone looked on the outside, their record collection told you what they were like on the inside of their heart and their head.

No wonder vinyl records are making a comeback. According to the latest Soundscan statistics, LP sales in 2009 were 2,496,000, a 33 percent increase over 2008. People who really love music love vinyl.

Vince Sluzars is president of Gotta Groove Records on Superior Avenue in Cleveland. They pressed their first vinyl album last August. So they just turned 1 year old.

"Sales of vinyl albums have gone up every year since 2006," he says. "I think 2008 was up 130 percent over 2007. Last year was the highest vinyl sales since 1991, when they quit making vinyl. So it's clearly on the rise, and yet it will always remain a niche business. Since the iPod, kids are no longer buying CDs. So now there is a move back to the vinyl album, which is tangible and tactile and a more engaging experience.

"This year, we have made records for national acts like Dave Allen and the Guilty Women. We've done a Tom Waits reissue of 'The Early Years' and we're doing the new Hold Steady album. We've made records for bands in Canada, Australia and China. And we've done a record for at least 40 local bands. We do a lot of metal and punk music. I have to give them credit for keeping the vinyl thing alive. The fans are hardcore."

Terry Stewart is president of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He owns between 250,000 and half a million vinyl records.

"The first record I ever bought was 'Sugar Blues' by Clyde McCoy in 1948. Vinyl records are about the tactile nature of the art form. The touch. It's about the act of putting the needle on the record. The smell of the cardboard cover. My greatest find as a collector was at an estate sale in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. That's where I found a copy of the Johnny Burnett Trio. I listen to my records every day."

Several newer area stores are also getting into vinyl, like the Loop record-CD-coffee shop in Tremont. When it comes to vinyl, they sell new records by new bands or old records that have been newly reissued on vinyl.

"Ten years ago, iPods took off, and people pronounced that CDs would soon be dead," says Michael Pultz, who works in Loop's music department.

"That hasn't happened and won't for a while, I believe. I don't think there is a lot of difference in vinyl sound that is discernable to the human ear. Most new vinyl records now, as opposed to old records that are newly reissued on vinyl, include a free download so you can have it on your iPod as well. The college indie music crowd loves vinyl. Anybody who gets their music information from Pitchfork.com is likely to be a vinyl fan."

"There's a big-time resurgence in vinyl right now," says Peter Gulyas, owner of Blue Arrow record store on Waterloo Road in Cleveland's Collinwood neighborhood. "We specialize in vintage vinyl records. We've been open a year and half. We're paying the bills for right now. . . . What we're really selling is nostalgia. I'm always looking for old vinyl, I go to garage and estate sales. I have friends who are always on the lookout for me. Everyone loves the cover art. And so do I, as you can tell from the floor of the shop." The floor, alone worth a visit to Blue Arrow, is tiled completely in vintage LP covers.

"I think that most people listening to vinyl these days enjoy the warmth that they perceive to be missing from CDs, and the experience of listening to an album that you can actually hold in your hands," says Matt Wardlaw, director of operations for the Beachwood-based radio syndication company Envision Radio Networks (envisionradio.com).

"The vinyl experience keeps you engaged in listening to the actual music, because at least once every 25 to 30 minutes, you have to get up and flip the album over."

John Hannibal has an Internet radio station called Radio Hannibal. He, too, is a vinyl lover.

Peter Gulyas owns Blue Arrow on Waterloo Road in Cleveland. They specialize in vintage vinyl as opposed to new reissued records.

"There are two main reasons that I, like others, love vinyl," he says. "The first is the audio quality. Granted, a good stereo system is needed to appreciate it, but due to the analog nature of vinyl, the musical wave form is much smoother as opposed to the zeros and ones of digital. This translates to a better listening experience, more nuance . . . a richer sound. The other falls under the romanticism of vinyl. For oldsters like me, it harks back to a time when all we had was vinyl. For the youth, it's like the love of vintage cars. The ritual of cleaning the record, placing it on the turntable, setting the tone arm down, etc."

Charlotte Morgan, a former music critic for Scene magazine, is working on a book called "The Death of Vinyl Records."

"For my book, I selected a great group of subjects. They were mostly music critics and writers. I asked each person in the group if they noticed something in music had changed with the death of vinyl in the '80s," she says of her concept.

"They all agreed there was something magical about vinyl."

As the vinyl revival proves, they're not alone.

Thanks to www.cleveland.com for the reprint rights.

Pink Floyd Video Surfaces

This is the Hoping Foundation benefit performance from last month by Roger Waters and David Gilmour. The set included a cover of the Teddy Bears' To Know Him is To Love Him, Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb and Another Brick in the Wall.

Hoping Foundation benefit performance from Hoping Foundation on Vimeo.

This Date In Music History - August 17


John Seiter - Spanky And Our Gang (1944)

Gary Talley - Box Tops (1947)

Sib Hashian - Boston (1949)

Kevin Rowland - Dexy's Midnight Runners (1953)

Grammy Award winning guitarist, Eric Johnson (1954)

Colin Moulding - XTC (1955)

Belinda Carlisle - Go-Go's and solo (1958) (I always loved this video):

Gilby Clarke - Guns N' Roses (1962)

Maria Mckee - Lone Justice, solo (1964)

Steve Gorman - Black Crowes (1965)

Jill Cunniff - Luscious Jackson (1966)

Donnie Wahlberg - New Kids On The Block (1969)

Kelvin Mercer - De La Soul (1969)

Mike Lewis - Lostprophets (1979)

They Are Missed:

The late Mark Dinning ("Teen Angel") was born in 1933.

In 1973, former Temptations singer Paul Williams was found dead in his car, after shooting himself. He owed $80,000 in taxes and his celebrity boutique business had failed.

Session drummer Gary Chester died of cancer in 1987. He had been a member of The Coasters and played on many major hits for other acts including: "Brown Eyed Girl," "Under The Boardwalk," "Walk On By," "It's My Party.'

Bass guitarist Bertrand Odom died of kidney failure in 2004. He had worked with James Brown.


Elvis Presley released his first number 1 hit, "I Forgot to Remember to Forget / Mystery Train" in 1955. It hit the top of the country charts several months later and stayed there for 5 weeks.

In 1960, after going through several names (including their most recent - Silver Beetles), John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, along with then-drummer Pete Best, settle on The Beatles. They begin their first Hamburg engagement at the Indra Club, Grosse Freiheit, Hamburg, West Germany, playing the first of 48 nights at the Club. The owner, Bruno Koschmider, asked The Beatles to "Mach Shau", or really put on a show, which led to the band screaming, shouting, and leaping about the stage and sometimes playing lying on the floor. John Lennon once appeared wearing only his underwear and on another occasion, wearing a toilet seat around his neck. The Beatles lodged in a single room behind the screen of a nearby movie house. It’s their first engagement outside England.

A riot broke out at a Gary "U.S." Bonds concert in Boston in 1962.

The Kinks "You Really Got Me" was released in 1964.

In 1964, Glasgow council in Scotland announced that all boys and men with Beatle styled haircuts would have to wear bathing caps after a committee was told that hair from ‘Beatle-cuts’ was clogging the pools filters.

The Byrds were forced to cancel a concert during their UK tour at The Guildhall, Portsmouth in 1965 when only 250 of the 4,000 tickets had been sold.

During a North American tour in 1965, the Beatles played two shows at Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto, Canada. The attendance for each show was 18,000.

The Hollies recorded "Stop, Stop, Stop" in 1966.

Gary Puckett & the Union Gap recorded "Woman Woman" in 1967.

The Hunter Davies’ biography of The Beatles was released in 1968. John Lennon later complained the book glosses over what the group was really like.

Deep Purple's "Hush" was released in 1968.

The Doors started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1968 with 'Waiting For The Sun.'

The Rascals (formally the Young Rascals), started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1968 with "People Got To Be Free." The group had thirteen US top 40 hits.

In 1969, the final day of the three day Woodstock festival took place at Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, New York. Acts who appeared included Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Sha Na Na, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, The Band, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter and Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Over 186,000 tickets had been sold but on the first day the flimsy fences and ticket barriers had come down. Organisers announced the concert would be a free event, prompting thousands more to head for the concert. There were two deaths - a teenager was killed by a tractor as he lay in his sleeping bag and another died from a drugs overdose.

In 1971, Allman Brothers Band guitarist, Duane Allman, played at the funeral of Soul legend, King Curtis, who was murdered in New York.

Gladys Knight appeared on ABC-TV's "Dating Game" in 1972.

Bad Company's "Can't Get Enough" was released in 1974.

Eric Clapton started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1974 with '461 Ocean Boulevard.'

UK group Paper Lace scored their only US #1 single in 1974 with "The Night Chicago Died," it made #3 in the UK.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter eulogized Elvis Presley (who died the day before) saying he “permanently changed the face of American popular culture." Not surprisingly, Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland had surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history.

In 1979, the New York Post reported that Anita Pallenberg (the wife of Keith Richards) was linked to a witches coven in South Salem, New York where Richards owned a house. A policeman claimed he was attacked by a flock of black-hooded, caped people and a local youth claimed he had been invited by Pallenburg to take part in ‘pot smoking sex orgies’. Locals also claimed they found ‘ritualistic stakes’ and small animals that had been ‘sacrificed’ near the house. Cool....

John Phillips of the Mamas & the Papas was arrested as part of a drug ring in 1980.

Prince's song "Delirious" was released in 1983.

Motley Crue gave its performance debut at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington, England in 1984.

In 1986, Rick Allen (Def Leppard) played his first concert with his band since losing his left arm in a car accident.

42 people were beaten or stabbed at a Run D.M.C. concert in Long Beach, CA in 1986.

In 1991, Nirvana shot the video for "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at GMT Studios in Culver City, California, costing less than $50,000 to make, the shoot features real Nirvana fans as the audience.

In 1995, Depeche Mode singer Dave Gahan was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre after an apparent suicide attempt. Police had found him at his Los Angeles home with a two-inch laceration on his wrist.

Security guards carried Courtney Love offstagein 1995 after she began fighting with Hole fans because they weren't cheering loud enough during the last night of the Lollapalooza tour in Mountain View, CA. Cool again.....

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony started a three-week run at #1 on the US album chart in 1997.

In 1999, Led Zeppelin topped a chart of Britain's most bootlegged musicians, compiled by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), after identifying 384 bootleg titles featuring Led Zeppelin performances. The bootleg chart was complied from the BPI's archive of some 10,000 recordings seized over the past 25 years. The Beatles, came in second with 320 entries, other acts listed included The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Pink Floyd.

Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland held the #1 position on the US singles chart in 2002 with "Dilemma." The UK #1 album was 'By The Way' by The Red Hot Chili Peppers and the US #1 album was 'The Rising' by Bruce Springsteen.

Marilyn O'Grady, a Republican candidate for the New York Senate, launched a "Boycott the Boss" television commercial in 2004. Springsteen has been vocal about the ousting President Bush in the upcoming election. The conservative candidate says Springsteen "thinks making millions with a song-and-dance routine allows him to tell you how to vote. Here`s my vote - boycott the Boss. If you don`t buy his politics, don`t buy his music." Bitch.....

Hollywood Records released an updated version of Queen's "Greatest Hits" in 2004. This set features live recordings of "Under Pressure" and "Tie Your Mother Down," plus an unreleased version of "I'm in Love With My Car." The package also includes unreleased photos by Mick Rock. The original "Greatest Hits" came out in '81.

The ownership rights to Nine Inch Nails' 1991 debut album went on the block with other items in 2005 to payback a defaulted loan. TVT Records, who held the rights to "Pretty Hate Machine" took out a $32 million loan in 1999 using part of the label's catalog as collateral.

High School Musical 2 premiered on the US Disney Channel and Family Channel in 2007. Watched by a total of 17.2 million viewers in the United States, making it the highest rated basic cable broadcast in U.S. history.

In 2008, Jackson Browne was suing US Republican presidential candidate John McCain for using one of his songs without permission. Browne claimed the use of his song Running on Empty in an advert was an infringement of copyright and would lead people to conclude he endorses McCain. Browne was seeking more than $75,000 in damages.

Today, Iron Maiden unleashes “The Final Frontier,” the band's 15th studio album. It was cut at Compass Point Studios where Iron Maiden recorded “Piece Of Mind,” “Powerslave” and “Somewhere In Time.” "The studio had the same vibe and it was exactly as it had been in 1983,” says frontman Bruce Dickinson. “We felt very relaxed in such a familiar and well-trodden environment.”

John Mellencamp’s “No Better Than This” drops today as well. The "roots" album was recorded, with the help of T-Bone Burnett, at historic locations, including Sun Studios in Memphis.