Saturday, April 30, 2011

Michael Fremer Album Review

Will this seven LP Pepper set spice up your jazz record collection?

The Complete Art Pepper At Ronnie Scott's Club
(reissue/new issue)

Art Pepper

Pure Pleasure PPAN012 7 180g LPs

Produced by: Peter Bould
Engineered by: Peter Bould, Peter Ball and Graham Ward
Mixed by: N/A
Mastered by: Ray Staff at Air Mastering



Art Pepper Ronnie Scott Stand Issued Complete
by Michael Fremer
April 01, 2011

Alto sax bop legend Art Pepper (1925-1982) had accrued a lot of mileage but few OnePass points when he blew into London with his trio in June of 1980 to play a fortnight gig at the famous Ronnie Scott’s Club.

The group consisted of the hard charging classically trained Bulgarian émigré Milcho Leviev on piano, Tony Dumas on bass and Carl Burnett on drums. The latter two had worked in a trio with pianist George Cables and so already played in lockstep.

If you have any interest at all in Pepper the musician (and if you’re considering purchase of this pricey but astonishing 7 LP set chances are good you do), you should read “Straight Life The Story of Art Pepper” by Art and Laurie Pepper (Schirmer Books).

The autobiography is a can’t-put-it-down read wherein lays it all out: the junkie life, prison, playing jazz with the greats from Sonny Stitt to Benny Carter and most of all his unremorseful look at his own flawed character revealed without an ounce of self-pity.

“So between the Percodan and the Dexamyl and the Cosanyl and pot and juicing very heavy I was doing good because I wasn’t using heroin,” he writes about half way through the book. When that’s “doing good” you can only imagine his descriptions of “doing bad.”

If ‘50s jazz is your bag this book gives you an inside look at the lifestyle of the musicians who played and lived it from a white-hipster’s POV, written with charm, sincerity and most especially brutal honesty.

But we’re here to review the music and records not the book and even if you don’t buy the book, this package gives you plenty to chew on musically and in the written text that's included in the Mosaic style booklet that accompanies the seven LPs.

Pepper and his group arrived at Ronnie Scott’s not knowing how they would be received. To their great surprise, the response, not to mention the attendance, was overwhelming.

Appropriately, as word of the superb sets spread through London, the owners of Mole Jazz, then the city’s pre-eminent jazz record show, inquired about a live recording.

Arrangements were made and recordings were made of the Friday and Saturday sets June 27 and 28 1980. For some reason the credits on the original LPs claim Sunday night the 29th was also recorded.

The multi-mike analogue recording was mixed live to two track stereo without noise reduction, limiting, compression or equalization and when Ray Staff cut the original lacquers back in 1980 he used no noise reduction, limiting, compression or equalization (other than RIAA of course!).

Mole issued Blues For the Fisherman (Stereo Mole 1) a single LP containing two tracks per side as The Milcho Leviev Quartet since Pepper was then signed to the Galaxy label in America. Pepper wrote the liner notes extolling the virtues of Leviev’s piano playing and while they provided legal cover for the enterprise, they ring true as you’ll hear if you take the plunge and buy this set.

In 1981 Mole issued True Blues (Stereo Mole 5), a four tune follow up from the same date that included “Straight Life” but soon both records went out of print. Linn Music, a division of the audio manufacturer that makes the Sondek turntable briefly brought the first album back into print in the early ‘90s, as I recall it, pressed using the original metal parts and then that went out of print as well.

Art’s widow Laurie recently found the original tapes. She’d never played them but when that finally happened, she discovered they contained the complete recordings made over the course of those three evenings, complete with Art Pepper’s between song song.

Pure Pleasure licensed the material, a flat transfer was made and the tapes once again were given to Ray Staff, who edited where appropriate. Staff left all of the music and the between song patter, to produce this seven LP set that’s never less than fully riveting even though four tunes were repeated on the second day of recording, perhaps to assure there would be good takes for the final original LP and as is always the case in live performances there’s some time filling and vamping.

Nonetheless if you’re a Pepper fan, you’ll treasure every moment here that includes seventeen previously unreleased performances along with the eight already released on the two Mole Records releases.

Pepper plays throughout with the high energy enthusiasm, virtuosity and creativity of someone half his age, while his lyricism and gorgeous, sensitive ballad playing could only come from someone of his age.

Pepper picks up a clarinet—his first instrument—and plays a memorable take on Parker’s “Ornithology” and though he mumbles an apology afterwards, clearly none was needed.

You’ll agree that his enthusiasm for the sparkling playing of Leviev was well-deserved. The rest of the rhythm section plays with equal precision and sympathy.

The live recording quality is superb (though as with any live recording there are occasional glitches): intimate and closely miked, it presents a small club front row perspective that’s long on power, timbral accuracy and dynamics and short on room ambience. Given a choice, I’ll take the former every time. Pepper stands center stage in front of bassist Dumas, while Leviev’s piano is stage left and drummer Burnett’s kit is stage right. Sufficient mike leakage produces a coherent, well-integrated three-dimensional picture.

The Pallas pressing quality is high, the packaging, including a cloth textured box first class and the annotation, complete. There are four interviews with Pepper from 1979 and 1980, an illuminating essay written last year by Alun Morgan who provided the liner notes for the second original Mole album, nice photos and complete Mosaic-like credits.

As you listen you’ll hear Pepper at one point towards the end of the three-night stand single out a patron who attended every performance. Pepper hands him a magnum of champagne.

After you’ve gone through this seven LP set for the first time you’ll feel like popping the cork on a bottle yourself to celebrate Art Pepper and your good sense in buying and consuming this set that a decade ago would have been impossible to think could ever be issued on vinyl LPs cut from analogue tape.

Thanks to Pure Pleasure’s Tony Hickmott for having the guts to proceed with such a costly set that sounds considerably richer, fuller and more natural than the Linn reissue I have and that sounds plenty good too. It was worth the risk and is worth every penny of its considerable cost.

Thanks to Michael over at for the exclusive rights to reprint this material. Stop by for more reviews and features.

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Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

OZZY OSBOURNE: 'The Pressure Of Doing A New BLACK SABBATH Album Is Enormous'

Last week Ozzy Osbourne stopped by the Rolling Stone offices to discuss his new album "Scream", his forthcoming world tour, the death of Ronnie James Dio and the possibility of a BLACK SABBATH reunion (see video below). "I love those guys — Bill [Ward, drums], Tony [Iommi, guitar] and Geezer [Butler, bass]," he told Rolling Stone about a possible return to SABBATH. "I never say never anymore because you never know what's going to come around."

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Iggy Pop Covers The Beatles on New CD

Bryan Wawzenek

It looks like Iggy Pop fans won’t have a shortage of new material from the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer for quite some time. For one, he’s working on a new solo album that will follow-up his jazz-inspired 2009 record, Preliminaries. Pop told that the record will be “mostly ballads” written by other people, including “Michelle” by The Beatles and “Everybody’s Talkin’” by Fred Neil.

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Tom Morello to Release 'Union Town' to Benefit Unions

Tom Morello declared he was a union man to protest Governor Scott Walker's anti-union bill in Wisconsin. Consequently, he's putting his money where his mouth is so to speak and releasing the album 'Union Town' via New West Records digitally on May 17, with CD and vinyl releases to follow on July 19.

All profits from Union Town will benefit The America Votes Labor Unity Fund via

The set will contain eight pro-union songs: three Morello originals, as well as Woody Guthrie's classic "This Land Is Your Land" (including the more radical, often censored verses).

The song "Union Town" is available now at


MEGADETH's 'Peace' Expanded 25th-Anniversary Reissue Rocks Times Square

A photo of the upcoming expanded, commemorative 25th-anniversary reissue edition of MEGADETH's "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" album being advertised on the world's largest digital display system located in New York's Times Square via the 126-foot-wide, 47-foot-tall Reuters sign can be seen at Blabbermouth.

The 7,400-square-foot digital billboard, which soars 23 stories into the sky above Times Square, reaches more than 1.5 million people per day.

PR Newswire in 2007 entered into an agreement with TimesSquare2, a division of Reuters, to make its customers' photos and images viewable on the Reuters sign. The billboard features a regular stream of PR Newswire customer photos throughout each day. The photos are accompanied by a news-release headline, and are displayed in fifteen-second increments.

Read more and get the track list at Blabbermouth


Black Lips Reveal 'Arabia Mountain' Album Cover

Here it is, odd and certainly colorful!

The Mick Ronson assisted effort (he produced nine of the album's 16 tracks, with Deerhunter's Lockett Pundt helping on other tracks), is due to be released on June 7 via Vice. The press release says that "the production tests the limits of modern amplification technology, harkening to the full, meaty sound of Fun House or Lola Versus Powerman or whatever your favourite record of 1970 is."

In April, the band will kick off an expansive North American tour.

1. "Family Tree"
2. "Modern Art"
3. "Spidey's Curse"
4. "Mad Dog"
5. "Mr. Driver"
6. "Bicentennial Man"
7. "Go Out And Get It"
8. "Raw Meat"
9. "Bone Marrow"
10. "The Lie"
11. "Time"
12. "Dumpster Dive"
13. "New DIrection"
14. "Noc-a-homa"
15. "Don't Mess My Baby"
16. "You Keep On Running"


and in music history for today:

In 1957, Elvis recorded "Jailhouse Rock." The song went on to top the Cashbox Best Sellers list, the Billboard Hot 100, the R&B chart and even the Country and Western chart. It also became the first single to enter the UK chart at number 1. The tune was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller specifically for a scene in the movie of the same name.

In 1960, Fats Domino recorded "Walking to New Orleans."

In 1964, the Beatles received $140,000 for the rights to having their pictures included in packages of bubble gum in the USA.

In 1966, the Young Rascals enjoy the first of 14 Billboard Top 40 hits when "Good Lovin" reached #1

In 1970, Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for The Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argue that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. Lyndon was acquitted.

In 1976, the Who's drummer Keith Moon paid nine cab drivers to block-off both ends of a New York street so he could throw the contents of his hotel room out of the window.

In 1977, Led Zeppelin broke a new world concert attendance record when playing to 76,229 at the Pontiac Silverdome in Michigan. The Who held the venue’s previous record with 75,962 in 1975.

In 1983, American blues legend Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) died at age 68 in his sleep at his home in Westmont, Illinois. He was a major influence on many British blues acts including The Yardbirds, Cream, and Led Zeppelin. The Rolling Stones even named themselves after one of his songs.

Phil Collins released "Sussudio" in 1985.

The Beatles' "Help!", "Rubber Soul" and "Revolver" were released on compact disc in 1987.

Nirvana signed a recording contract with Geffen’s DGC label for $290,000 in 1991.

In 1999, 51 year old Darrell Sweet, drummer of the Scottish Rock group Nazareth, suffered a fatal heart attack just as the band was embarking on the second leg of a US tour. The band had arrived at the Amphitheater in New Albany, Indiana, when Sweet began feeling ill and within minutes went into cardiac arrest. He was rushed to the New Albany Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Nazareth is best remembered for their 1976 hit "Love Hurts", which was first recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960.

In 2007, Zola Taylor, who broke gender barriers as the first female member of the 1950s R&B group The Platters, singing on their hit "The Great Pretender", died from complications of pneumonia. She was 69.

and in 2008, a giant inflatable pig, which floated away during a Roger Waters concert, was recovered in tatters. Two families from La Quinta, California, who found what was left of the inflatable animal, decided to share four lifetime tickets to the Coachella festival that were offered as part of the reward.

and a happy to birthday to Willie Nelson (1933)

The Royal Wedding Official Album Released Today

NEW YORK and LONDON, April 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time in history, the Royal Wedding ceremony was recorded this morning and will be immediately released digitally today. Decca Records, one of Britain's historic record labels, will release Prince William and Catherine Middleton's entire wedding ceremony on the world's foremost download and streaming platforms within hours of the service ending.

The Official Album of the event was held in Westminster Abbey today -- April 29th -- and will be rush released, available everywhere in the U.S. on May 10th. Musicians who performed at the ceremony include The Choir of Westminster Abbey, The Chapel Royal Choir, The London Chamber Orchestra and The Fanfare Team from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force. The Choirs were under the direction of Mr James O'Donnell and The London Chamber Orchestra conducted by its Music Director and Principle Conductor Mr Christopher Warren-Green.

Decca Records is a part of Universal Music, the world's leading record company, which also released the recording of The Wedding of Charles and Diana, Prince and Princess of Wales in 1981, and the Funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales in 1997. The uniquely original new recording will be the next in a historic line to mark major milestones for the royal family, and as such it will enter the homes of millions across the whole world.

The physical album will include a special collector's booklet featuring the complete order of service, the readings, vows, hymns and blessings, and all the music from this global event with one the biggest audiences in television history. The format of release will be digital download, CD and vinyl to cater to consumers of all ages.

The album is produced by one of the world's finest classical record producers, Anna Barry, who has produced over 500 recordings of distinction for over 25 years, ranging from works by Andrew Lloyd Webber to opera at the Mariinsky Theatre with Valery Gergiev, and many other legendary artists including Jose Carreras and Zubin Mehta.

The multi-Grammy-nominated producer said of the Royal Wedding recording: "This is a great honor and an enormous responsibility. The wedding means so much to millions of people all over the world -- we had to capture every note and every nuance perfectly and have the recording ready within minutes of the end of the ceremony."

Dickon Stainer, President of Decca Records, said: "This will be the first Official Royal Wedding Album ever to enter the worldwide digital charts. It will capture a piece of history for a new generation."

David Joseph, Chairman and CEO of Universal Music UK, said: "The Official Album for The Royal Wedding will complement everyone's personal memories of the event. Thanks to digital technology we will be able to deliver it worldwide almost instantly -- it will be the fastest we have ever released an album of this stature."


1. The Arrival of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh – Fanfare

2. The Procession of The Queen - March from The Birds (Parry)

3. Prelude on Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams)

4. The Procession of the Bride - Anthem: I Was Glad (Parry)

5. Hymn: Guide Me, O Thou Great Redeemer (Cwm Rhondda) (Hughes)

6. The Welcome and Introduction

7. The Marriage

8. The Vows

9. Hymn: Love Divine (Blaenwern) (Rowlands)

10. The Lesson

11. The Anthem: This is the Day Which The Lord Hath Made (Rutter)

12. The Address

13. The Motet: Ubi Caritas (Mealor)

14. The Prayers

15. Hymn: Jerusalem (Parry)

16. The Blessing

17. The National Anthem (Trad.)

18. The Signing of the Register - Blest Pair of Sirens (Parry)

19. Fanfare: Valiant and Brave (Stubbs)

20. The Procession of the Bride and Bridegroom - Crown Imperial (Walton)

21. Toccata from Symphonie V (Widor)

NB. Bold titles indicate spoken word

SOURCE Decca Label Group

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

found this interesting, from the folks at the montreal gazette

Montreal’s only DJ school

MONTREAL - Get your vinyl records out and your turntable warmed up – you’re going back to school.

With big reputable annual techno events like this past weekend’s Bal en Blanc bringing tourism dollars to Montreal and fuelling the city’s profitable after hours scene, it was clear for Peet Bernard, better known as DJ Peet AnimA, that the next step was to tap into people wanting to become professional DJs. A look at the city’s only operational DJ school.

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one of the most comprehensive digesting of a simple picture i have ever seen, read this story and check out the details...amazing

The Complete ‘Abbey Road’ Sessions Exhibition

By Guy White

A small but perfectly formed exhibition showcasing photographer, Iain MacMillan's, snaps from the iconic Beatles' shoot.

I’ve often wondered how you get to be immortalised on the cover of a classic album, without being in the band. Paul Cole did it. He was an American tourist who happened to be on vacation in London. On 8 August 1969, as he walked around the streets of St John’s Wood waiting for his wife, he stumbled across four guys being photographed on a zebra crossing. He watched for a while as they went there and back again. And again. And one more time. And that was it. Without knowing it at the time, that’s how he came to be captured for posterity on one of the most famous photographs of all time – the cover of the Beatles’ Abbey Road LP, standing to the left of John Lennon’s head on the album sleeve. But, as a new exhibition reveals, he might so easily not have been on the cover. ‘Beatles and Bystanders: the Abbey Road sessions’ on show at Snap Galleries’ Piccadilly space in central London, uncovers, for the first time, at least a dozen other characters who might equally have featured on the cover of one of the most important albums in the history of popular music, if a different frame had been chosen for the album sleeve.

Scottish photographer Iain MacMillan (1938-2006) was the man behind the camera. He took just six photographs that day...........

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found the descriptions invigorating and reflective, loved the story:

The beauty of a vinyl record

By Sarah Jorgensen

While our society has begun to fully enter the digital content stage, it's good to get a reminder of what the world was like before the Internet existed. Over Easter vacation, I opted to stay with a good friend of mine in Orange County rather than make the tedious journey back to the east coast. As an avid music fan herself, my friend suggested that we visit a record store in Laguna Beach called the Sound Spectrum.

Now, if you have not listened to my USDRadio program, read any of my previous columns or met me in person, you probably do not understand my deep seeded and, honestly, pretty extreme love of music. When I walked into the Sound Spectrum, I felt like I was in heaven.




Daringly Original Tribute Collection Features My Morning Jacket, The Black Keys, Modest Mouse, Nick Lowe, Florence + The Machine, Cee Lo Green, Paul McCartney, Kid Rock, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Julian Casablancas and more - Available June 28, 2011

From Fantasy Records /Concord Music Group

In his short-lived but extraordinary life, Buddy Holly left behind a body of work so enthralling, his enduring influence is nearly impossible to overstate. The melodic joy and fierce independent streak at the core of his artistry is profoundly felt on Rave On Buddy Holly, a 19-song collection of indelible Holly covers by a rich assemblage of current musical visionaries and creative kindred spirits. Fantasy/Concord will release Rave On Buddy Holly June 28th, 2011.

Rave On’s striking collection of musicians share Holly’s insurgent rebel spirit and outsider point of view. The artists cross generations and styles, collectively and defiantly embracing Holly’s distinctive rough and tumble inventiveness. Very few songwriters could inspire passionately personal, fearless cover versions from performers such as My Morning Jacket, Cee Lo Green, Justin Townes Earle, The Black Keys, Florence + The Machine, She & Him, Modest Mouse, Paul McCartney, Julian Casablancas, Lou Reed, Patti Smith, Fiona Apple and John Brion, Graham Nash, The Detroit Cobras, Kid Rock, John Doe, Karen Elson, Nick Lowe and Jenny O. Which is part of what makes this much more than a mere “tribute album.”

Rave On Buddy Holly steers clear of the reverent re-creations typically found on similar projects; the artists clearly felt free to explore radically new interpretations. Florence + The Machine bring an industrial New Orleans vibe to “Not Fade Away” (with help from Bayou icon Ivan Neville on keys). The Black Keys’ elemental accompaniment touches the emotional core of “Dearest” while Modest Mouse takes “That’ll Be the Day” into truly avant-garde territory. Cee Lo Green’s exquisite vocals, for example, echo among handclaps and percussion on his epic reading of “Baby, You’re So Square.” Paul McCartney’s take on the originally lilting “It’s So Easy” is a raw, propulsive excursion filled with boisterous spoken ad-libs. Lou Reed lays down a blazing “Peggy Sue,” replete with overdriven guitars and loopy keyboards. The romantic underpinnings of Holly’s music are cleverly revealed in Rave On’s multiple male-female pairings: Apple and Brion, Reed, Elson and (husband/producer) Jack White and She & Him.

Known for his work with such directors as Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson and Todd Haynes, esteemed film-music supervisor Randall Poster was sought out to produce and oversee the project. “As the tracks from various contributors were gathered for the album,” explains Poster “we seemed to be gathering pieces of a complex and original puzzle … that traces back to the roots of rock and roll and shapes so much of the music that followed.”

Poster gives special recognition to producing partner Geyla Robb and her overall influence on Rave On’s exceptional blend of tender toughness. Poster also credits the album’s richness to the various track producers, such as Matt Sweeney, Joe Henry, Jack White and C.C. Adcock.

A true pop pioneer whose astonishing tunes boasted rock ‘n’ roll punch, irresistible hooks and boundary-pushing sonic sweep, Buddy Holly would be 75-years-old on September 7th of this year. Sadly, of course, he died in 1959 at age 22. But Holly’s music never died, and has exerted a profound influence on virtually every part of the pop music soundscape. His sparkling hooks, tender lyrics and elegantly concise compositions set the bar for all the rock, country and pop tunesmiths who followed in his brilliant wake. A bold affirmation that proves his music, on the eve of his 75th birthday, is more relevant than ever, Rave On Buddy Holly tips its collective hat with love and appreciation.

Rave On Buddy Holly track listing:

1. Dearest -The Black Keys (2:06)
2. Every Day - Fiona Apple & Jon Brion (2:19)
3. It’s So Easy - Paul McCartney (4:35)
4. Not Fade Away - Florence + The Machine (4:02)
5. (You’re So Square) Baby, I Don’t Care - Cee Lo Green (1:31)
6. Crying, Waiting, Hoping - Karen Elson (2:25)
7. Rave On - Julian Casablancas (1:55)
8. I’m Gonna Love You Too- Jenny O. (2:11)
9. Maybe Baby -Justin Townes Earle (2:06)
10. Oh Boy - She & Him (2:18)
11. Changing All Those Changes - Nick Lowe (1:41)
12. Words Of Love - Patti Smith (3:20)
13. True Love Ways - My Morning Jacket (3:25)
14. That’ll Be The Day - Modest Mouse (2:15)
15. Well…All Right - Kid Rock (2:09)
16. Heartbeat - The Detroit Cobras (2:20)
17. Peggy Sue - Lou Reed (3:19)
18. Peggy Sue Got Married - John Doe (3:57)
19. Raining In My Heart - Graham Nash (3:30)


Paul McCartney Reissuing Solo Debut and McCartney II

Paul McCartney is preparing to reissue his solo debut, 1970’s McCartney, and his 1980 LP McCartney II in special remastered deluxe editions. The albums are scheduled to be available on June 13 and were remastered at Abbey Road Studios by the same team that worked on 2009’s Beatles reissues.

McCartney will feature seven bonus tracks, including live performances and outtakes, on a bonus CD. A deluxe edition will add a DVD (with a behind-the-scenes look at the album and live footage) and a 128-page booklet with rare photos taken by Paul and his late wife Linda.

McCartney II will feature eight bonus tracks on a bonus CD with live and alternate versions. A deluxe edition will add another CD and a DVD with music videos. It also will come with a 128-page booklet with rare photographs.

McCartney tracklist:

“The Lovely Linda”
“That Would Be Something”
“Valentine Day”
“Every Night”
“Hot As Sun/Glasses”
“Man We Was Lonely”
“Oo You”
“Momma Miss America”
“Teddy Boy”
“Singalong Junk”
“Maybe I’m Amazed”

“Suicide” (outtake)
“Maybe I’m Amazed” (from TV special One Hand Clapping)
“Every Night” (live in Glasgow, 1979)
“Hot As Sun” (live in Glasgow, 1979)
“Maybe I’m Amazed” (Live in Glasgow, 1979)
“Don’t Cry Baby” (outtake)
“Women Kind” (demo)

“The Album Story”
“The Beach”
“Maybe I’m Amazed” (music video)
“Suicide” (from TV special One Hand Clapping)
“Every Night” (live at Concert For The People Of Kampuchea)
“Hot As Sun” (live at Concert For The People Of Kampuchea)
“Junk” (from MTV Unplugged)
“That Would Be Something” (from MTV Unplugged)

McCartney II tracklist:
“Coming Up”
“Temporary Secretary”
“On The Way”
“Nobody Knows”
“Front Parlour”
“Summer’s Day Song”
“Frozen Jap”
“Bogey Music”
“One of These Days”

“Blue Sway” (with Richard Niles orchestration)
“Coming Up” (live in Glasgow)
“Check My Machine” (edit)
“Bogey Wobble”
“Secret Friend”
“Mr H Atom”/ “You Know I’ll Get You Baby”
“Wonderful Christmastime” (edit)
“All You Horse Riders”/ “Blue Sway”

“Coming Up” (full-length version)
“Front Parlour” (full-length version)
“Frozen Jap” (full-length version)
“Darkroom” (full-length version)
“Check My Machine” (full-length version)
“Wonderful Christmastime” (full-length version)
“Summer’s Day Song” (original without vocals)
“Waterfalls” (DJ edit)

“Meet Paul McCartney”
“Coming Up” (music video)
“Waterfalls” (music video)
“Wonderful Christmastime” (music video)
“Coming Up” ((live at the Concert For The People Of Kampuchea)
“Coming Up” (taken from a rehearsal session at Lower Gate Farm, 1979)
“Making the ‘Coming Up’ music video”
“Blue Sway”


and in music history for the day:

In 1958, David Seville's novelty tune, "Witch Doctor" peaks at #1 on Billboard Magazine's music chart and would go on to be the fourth best selling song of the year.

1958, Alan Freed’s Big Beat Show played two shows at the Central High School Auditorium in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The tour featured Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Frankie Lymon, Buddy Holly, The Diamonds, Billy Ford, Danny & The Juniors, The Chantels, Larry Williams, Screaming Jay Hawkins and The Pastels.

In 1967, "This Diamond Ring" by Gary Lewis And The Playboys is certified Gold. Although he will have more Top Twenty hits, this is Lewis' only Gold record.

In 1968, The Broadway Musical Hair opened in New York for its first performance. The show featured songs that would become Rock and Roll standards like "Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In", "Good Morning Starshine", "Easy to Be Hard" and the title song. The production ran for 1,729 performances, finally closing on July 1st, 1972.

In 1973, Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side Of The Moon was at #1 in America, going on to enjoy a record-breaking 741 weeks on the Billboard album chart, eventually selling over 45 million copies worldwide.

In 1975, Tom “Big Daddy” Donahue, the pioneering American disc jockey who wrote the article “AM Radio is Dead and Its Rotting Corpse is Stinking up the Airwaves” for Rolling Stone, died from a heart attack. Donahue was voted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, one of only three DJs to receive that honor.

In 1979, Blondie scored their first U.S. #1 single with “Heart of Glass,” also a chart-topper in the U.K.

In 1980, Tommy Caldwell, the bassist and original frontman for The Marshall Tucker Band, died from injuries suffered from a car crash. He was 30 years old.

In 1987 - For the first time, a compact disc of an album was released before its vinyl version. The album was "The Art of Excellence" by Tony Bennett.

R.E.M.'s "Dead Letter Office" was released in the US in 1987.

In 1988, B.W. Stevenson, who had a 1973 hit with "My Maria", died after heart surgery at the age of 38. He also wrote Three Dog Night's 1973 hit "Shambala". The "B.W." reportedly stood for "Buckwheat."

2003 - The iTunes Music Store opened with over 200,000 items to purchase.

2004 - The iTunes Music Store marked its first anniversary with over 70 million songs sold. and vinyl lives on, despite of it!

In 2010, Corrado "Connie" Codarini, an original member of The Four Lads, passed away at the age of 80. The Canadian singing group placed twelve songs in the Billboard Top 40 between 1955 and 1958, including "Moments To Remember", "No, Not Much" and "Standing On The Corner".

birthday wishes to Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth (1953)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Been wracking my brain to come up with the top-rated R&B and C&W artists who never once appeared on any of the Pop/Rock charts.

It seems like every big name I come up with had something cross over, even far-fetched as Hank Williams (“Jambalaya”) and Lonnie Johnson (“Tomorrow Night”).

Who are your choices for this interesting title?
—Cary LaSalle, Terre Haute, Ind.

DEAR CARY: First let's name this dubious honor. How about C.C. (Crossover Challenged)?

You suggest referencing “any” Pop/Rock charts (singles, albums, etc.), but should that include those regionally successful record charts Billboard described as “Bubbling Under the Hot 100.”

Over its life (1959-1985), this addendum listed from a few to a few dozen selections, about 58% of which graduated to the Hot 100.

If we do not count those bubblers, then Mel Tillis is the C&W winner of the C.C. crown. If we do, then we skip over Mel and the answer is Earl Thomas Conley.

The same goes for the R&B genre. Omit those whose highest position came while Bubbling Under and Phyllis Hyman is the pick. Among R&B non-bubblers, Sonny Thompson is most Crossover Challenged.

DEAR JERRY: Because my favorite music decade is the 1960s, I was disappointed to read a blog that says hardly any of the top superstars won a Grammy in the '60s.

Non-winners include the Rolling Stones; Beach Boys; 4 Seasons; Supremes; Connie Francis; Roy Orbison; Brenda Lee; and many others.

If not the giants in the field at the time, then why?
—Martha Proctor, Cleveland

roger miller & andy williams
DEAR MARTHA: Grammys in those days mostly went to folks who neither rocked nor rolled.

Despite the immeasurable impact of the British Invasion and the rise of Motown in the '60s, very rarely did an artist from these genres win in any of the key categories, especially Best Rock & Roll Recording.

For 1964, instead of the Beatles' “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” the No. 1 record of the year, Petula Clark's ”Downtown“ took the Grammy for Best Rock & Roll Recording.

The Best Rhythm & Blues Recording of '64 should have been either “My Guy” (Mary Wells) or “Baby Love” (Supremes) but went to jazz singer Nancy Wilson for “How Glad I Am.”

These are great recordings by Petula and Nancy, but neither is considered R&R or R&B by anyone I know.

The inexplicable choices continue:

The Best Contemporary (Rock & Roll) single of 1965 was another no-brainer. It should have been “(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction” (Rolling Stones), the No. 1 hit of that year AND the entire decade.

Grammy voters instead chose Roger Miller's “King of the Road,” an excellent country ballad that ranks zero on a rock and roll scale of 100.

Proving that two wrongs rarely make a right, “King of the Road,” also won for Best Rock & Roll Male Vocal Performance. My pick would have been “Like a Rolling Stone” (Bob Dylan).

Mysteriously, “King of the Road” also won in identical categories for C&W. If you're asking how it can possibly be both, you are not alone.

As for Best Rock & Roll Vocal Group of 1965, how could it not be the Beatles? Even the Rolling Stones; Beach Boys; 4 Seasons; or Supremes would have been acceptable.

Incredulously, the Best Contemporary (Rock & Roll) Group for '65 turned out to be the Statler Brothers, a country music quartet with only one Top 100 hit for the entire decade (“Flowers on the Wall”).

Oh yes, the Grammy for Best Rock & Roll Recording of 1962 went to Bent Fabric's piano instrumental, “Alley Cat.” No recognition is even made of the umpteen-million-selling hit that defined '62, as well as the first third of the decade: “The Twist” by Chubby Checker.

I know it was the '60s, but what were these people smoking?

IZ ZAT SO? Roger Miller established an impressive record for his records in 1964 and '65.

For those two years, Roger won 11 Grammys, the most ever by anyone in back-to-back years:

Best of 1964: C&W Single; C&W Song; C&W Album; C&W Male Vocal Performance; and New C&W Artist. The first four categories are for “Dang Me.”

Best of 1965: Contemporary (R&R) Single; C&W Single; C&W Song; R&R Male Vocal Performance; C&W Male Vocal Performance; C&W Album. The first five categories are for “King of the Road,” the album is “The Return of Roger Miller.”

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 2011 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Dear Hunter Limited Edition Box Set

Triple Crown is releasing a Limited Edition box set, contains 16 page booklet, digital download card of the complete collection and Nine 10″ colored vinyls. Each vinyl will be colored to match the restrospective EPs in the collection.

1. Never Forgive, Never Forget
2. Filth And Squalor
3. Take More Than You Need
4. This Body

1. I Couldn't Do It Alone
2. A Curse Of Cynicism
3. Deny It All
4. We've Got A Score To Settle

1. Echo
2. Stuck On A Wire, Out On The Fence
3. A Sea of Solid Earth
4. But There's Wolves?

1. She's Always Singing
2. The Dead Dont Starve
3. A Sua Voz
4. Misplaced Devotion

1. Things That Hide Away
2. The Canopy
3. Crow And Cackle
4. The Inheritance

1. Tripping In Triplets
2. Trapdoor
3. What You Said
4. The Collapse Of The Great Tide Cliffs

1. What Time Taught Us
2. Mandala
3. Progress
4. Therma

1. Mr. Malum
2. Lillian
3. Too Late
4. Look Away

1. Home
2. Fall And Flee
3. No God
4. Lost But Not All Gone

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Top 10 Records – April 18, 2011

For the week of April 4 – April 11, 2011 at ShopRadioCast:

1. The Menzingers – Chamberlain Waits LP
2. William Elliott Whitmore / P.O.S. – Split 7″ (Record Store Day)
3. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones
4. Yellowcard – When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes LP (Exclusive)
5. Deftones – Adrenaline LP
6. Deftones – Around The Fur LP
7. Dance Gavin Dance – People We Knew 7″
8. Balance and Composure – Separation
9. Death Cab For Cutie – Codes And Keys (2XLP)
10. Small Brown Bike – Fell & Found

Teenage Fanclub – Thirteen Vinyl!

Original Recordings are pressing Teenage Fanclub’s album, “Thirteen” on vinyl due out May 24th, 2011. It will be pressed on high quality European vinyl. This will be the first time it is available on vinyl in North America


the la times has this sad news:

Phoebe Snow dies at 60; singer of 1974 hit 'Poetry Man'

Phoebe Snow received wide acclaim for her self-titled album, which showed off her multi-octave range and musical versatility. She had suffered a brain hemorrhage in January 2010.

By Keith Thursby, Los Angeles Times

Phoebe Snow, a singer and songwriter who gained fame with her 1974 self-titled album that featured the hit single "Poetry Man," has died. She was 60.

Snow died Tuesday in Edison, N.J., said Rick Miramontez, her longtime friend and public relations representative. She had suffered a brain hemorrhage in January 2010.



Chili Peppers Confirm Album Release Date

Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith has revealed that the group will release their as-yet-unnamed album in the last week of August this year.

He was speaking to Rock It Out, where he also talked about the chemistry with their newer guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, who replace John Frusciante in 2010.

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take a stroll down album cover art lane with a list of the greatest covers:

30 Greatest Album Covers Of All Time

One of the most overlooked consequences of the current digitialization of music is its effects on the artform that is the album cover. Once upon a time, if you wanted to buy an album, you would meander into your local record store and browse through the album sections, and lo! and behold! you were mesmorized by amazing cover art as large as your head. Today? Click, download, and that’s it. Of course, if you’re fortunate, the album art might take up a square inch of your iPod screen.

In honor of this lost art, we had compiled a list of our 30 favorite album covers of all time.

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AUGUST BURNS RED: New Album Artwork, Track Listing Unveiled

Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based Christian metalcore quintet AUGUST BURNS RED will release its fourth album, "Leveler", on June 21 via Sollid State Records. The effort will be available in both regular and deluxe editions —a first for the band.

Read the rest and get the track list at Blabbermouth


interesting record store story:

In tune with those who love music

By Dyke Hendrickson

NEWBURYPORT — In the 35 years that Richard Osborne has run Dyno Records, he has witnessed the arrival of cassettes, CDs, discount chains and (free) music swapping.

The Middle Street store has prevailed over many forces, and it appears that the persistent Osborne is going to keep the doors open until the Fat Lady sings.

"New ways of acquiring songs has hurt the business in recent years," said the soft-spoken Osborne, "and locally, the poor economy has also affected sales at stores like mine.

"But we still have people who really love music, and we've been successful at selling vinyl albums again and also second-hand records. There are some bright spots."

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cool story about what the beatles were to george martin:

Sir George Martin: ‘The Beatles Aren’t The Beatles to Me’

Michael Wright

One can forgive Sir George Martin for not doing too much press these days. The former Beatles producer and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, who turned 85 earlier this year, has not produced an album since 2006’s Beatles mash-up, Love, for Cirque du Soleil. Beyond that, he’s answered every conceivable question about his former colleagues one could ask. But with a new documentary set to air on the BBC, Martin sat down with The Independent to talk about his career, and yes, in particular, those magical days with the Fab Four.

“I wasn’t music at all. It was comedy,” Martin said of the quality that first drew him to the group at their first audition in 1962.

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and in music history for today:

In 1963, Little Peggy March started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “I Will Follow Him.” At 15 years, one month and 13 days old, Little Peggy March became the youngest female singer to have a U.S. #1.

John Lennon's "In His Own Write", a collection of funny poems and drawings, was published in the U.S in 1964.

Simon & Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" was released in 1968.

In 1969, Joe Cocker makes his American debut on the Ed Sullivan Show before embarking on a tour.

In 1971, the Grateful Dead appeared at The Fillmore East in New York City. The Beach Boys also appeared on stage with the Dead, who together performed a short set of Beach Boys songs.

In 1974, Ray Stevens released what would be his biggest hit, "The Streak". The novelty tune would make it to the top of the US charts next month. and a fad was born!

In 1980, three years and a day after opening its doors, New York's legendary Studio 54 was closed for liquor license violations. Several months earlier, owners Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager were jailed for tax evasion. The club would reopened under new management in 1981.

In 1985, USA For Africa started a three-week run at #1 on the U.S. chart with “We Are The World.” The U.S. answer to Band Aid featured an all-star cast including Stevie Wonder, Tina Turner, Bruce Springsteen, Diana Ross, Bob Dylan, Daryl Hall, Huey Lewis, Cyndi Lauper, Kim Carnes, Ray Charles, Billy Joel and Paul Simon plus the song’s composers, Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie.

Poison released the album "Open Up and Say...Ahh!" in 1988

And in 2006 - the now famous fall out a tree incident - In Fiji, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was admitted to a hospital after he reportedly suffered a head injury when he fell out of a palm tree.

birthdays today include (among many others) 1951, Ace Frehley of KISS (1951) and Kate Pierson of The B-52's (1948)

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS Will Get the Fully Remastered Treatment as EMI Music Announces Extensive Plans to Reissue the Band's Acclaimed Catalog Starting With 'GISH,' 'SIAMESE DREAM' and 'PISCES ISCARIOT' This Fall


PRNewswire -- Starting this fall (exact date TBA), EMI Music will honor the legacy of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS with an extensive campaign that will see the iconic band's albums from 1991-2000 reissued in fully remastered deluxe versions, each with bonus material.

With the full support and guidance from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS--who've created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history, selling over 30 million albums--EMI will roll out the global catalog campaign with the band's 1991 debut album GISH, 1993's SIAMESE DREAM and the 1994 compilation album PISCES ISCARIOT.

The excitement will continue into 2012 when EMI will reissue 1995's nine-times-platinum double album MELLON COLLIE AND THE INFINITE SADNESS, 1996's five-disc box set THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH and 1998's ADORE.

In 2013, their 2000 albums MACHINA/THE MACHINES OF GOD and MACHINA II: THE FRIENDS & ENEMIES OF MODERN MUSIC will be unified into one package. A best-of compilation will also be released in 2013. The pivotal group's many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation.

This news comes as THE SMASHING PUMPKINS have announced they will head into the studio in May to record OCEANIA--"an album within an album"--as part of their in-progress 44-song work TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE, nine songs of which have already been released online for free (with two elaborately packaged EPs available in stores). The 10 new songs from OCEANIA will be released online at once in September (exact details TBA). The band is also eyeing a possible return to the road this August. Meanwhile, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS will release one more song ("Owata") next week (details TBA) from TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE before they take a break to record OCEANIA.

BILLY CORGAN, vocalist, lead guitarist and songwriter for THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, is excited by the partnership with EMI and how this will result in the release of Pumpkins material that's in the vaults. "What makes the deal with EMI groundbreaking is the band has secured the right to all unreleased materials and will be in charge of any additional releases based on our discretion," says BILLY CORGAN, who founded the band in Chicago in 1988. "In essence, the band has the keys to the warehouse and can release whatever we want, when we want it. EMI totally supports this right, and they are our partners in it."

Colin Finkelstein, COO of EMI Music North America, said, "THE SMASHING PUMPKINS is a hugely influential and groundbreaking band, and EMI Music is pleased to partner with them for this global catalog initiative. We're excited to work with Billy Corgan to release remastered and expanded editions of the band's visionary albums, including previously unreleased recordings, and for EMI Music to exclusively distribute other gems from THE SMASHING PUMPKINS vaults, as sourced by Billy."


The Smashing Pumpkins have created one of the most acclaimed bodies of work in musical history and sold over 30 million albums. Formed in Chicago in 1988, they released Gish, their influential (and platinum) debut in 1991, which was followed by more platinum and multi-platinum albums including the nine-time platinum Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness and the four-time platinum Siamese Dream as well as the platinum certified 1998 album Adore. The pivotal group's many hits defined the alternative music era and continue to resonate on modern rock radio, influencing a whole new generation. The Pumpkins returned in 2007 with their gold-certified and acclaimed sixth album Zeitgeist, which entered the charts at Number 2 in the U.S. and in the Top Ten internationally. Since their triumphant return to the stage in 2007, the Pumpkins have headlined some of the biggest events around the globe including the Reading Festival, Rock Am Ring, and the V fest. In 2008, the band was inducted into Hollywood's RockWalk. Their first post-major label release was the song "Superchrist," issued via the Guitar Center CD Fresh Cuts Vol. 2. They subsequently recorded the song--the modern rock hit--"G.L.O.W." for the Guitar Hero® World Tour game, marking the first time a band has recorded a new song exclusively for the franchise. In November 2008, the band released their first live DVD, If All Goes Wrong. In December 2009 The Smashing Pumpkins began releasing Teargarden By Kaleidyscope, a 44-song work with songs being released online one at a time for free (4-song physical EPs will be made available as the songs are released, such as the first one: Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor, issued May 25, 2010 thru Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures). This was followed by a second EP--Teargarden By Kaleidyscope Vol. II: "The Solstice Bare"--released November 23, 2010 via Martha's Music/Rocket Science Ventures. The group's BILLY CORGAN has said the new music "harkens back to the original psychedelic roots of The Smashing Pumpkins; atmospheric, melodic, heavy, and pretty."


Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

New Wilco Album Due This Fall

Bryan Wawzenek

Not only can Wilco fans expect a new album from the alt-rockers this fall, they can expect it to be delivered via the band’s own record label. The Chicago band’s eighth studio album, tentatively titled Get Well Soon Everybody, will be their first on dBpm, to be distributed through ANTI.

Frontman Jeff Tweedy told that the album is in the mixing stages and that the band recorded more than 20 songs, “out of the things I had coming in, which was somewhere in the fifties and sixties. It’s a pretty great time for me writing-wise.”

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Ozzy Osbourne Surprised People Still Ask About Bat-Biting Incident

It's been 29 years since the night Ozzy Osbourne bit the head off a bat onstage, and he's still wondering why people still ask him about it.

"One of the things that amazes me is, even now people go, 'So Ozzy, did you really bite the head off a bat?'" Osbourne said a press conference at the Tribeca Film Festival on Monday. "If you didn't know, then you must be living in a cave."

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this direct from

Punk icon (X-ray Spex frontwoman) Poly Styrene passes away

Marianne Elliot Said
July 3rd 1957- April 25th 2011

Poly Styrene was a punk amongst punks. A groundbreaking presence that left an unrepeatable mark on the musical landscape, she made history the moment she uttered, "Some people think little girls should be seen and not heard but I think oh bondage up yours!" The influence of Poly and X-ray Spex has been felt far and wide ever since. Their landmark album Germ Free Adolescents is a landmark work and a primary influence on Britpop and Riot Grrrl. At the centre of it was PolyStyrene, a bi-racial feminist punk with the perfect voice to soundtrack rebellion. Poly never sacrificed the intelligence or the fun in her music and style. Her trademark braces and dayglo clothes were a playful rejection of the status quo and of conformity and complacency. She dissected gender politics, consumer culture, and the obsessions of modern life in a way that made us all want sing along with her.

At the core of Poly's work from Germ Free Adolescents through Generation Indigo, is a revolutionary with a genuine love for this world and the people and things in it. Her indomitable heart is all over the new material from her championing of cruelty free products ("I Luv Ur Sneakers") to giving voice to marginalized poor people worldwide ("No Rockefeller") to tackling racism ("Colour Blind"). Poly Styrene never stopped exciting us with her incisive world-view, amazing wit, and her adventurous sound. It is impossible to imagine what modern music would be like without her incalculable contributions but it's probably not worth imagining a world that never had Poly Styrene in it.

A thrilling work from a true pioneer and rebel in every sense, Poly Styrene's album Generation Indigo is out now through Future Noise Music and was produced by Youth (The Verve, Killing Joke, The Fireman, Edwyn Collins). The album received rave reviews from Uncut, NME, The Guardian and countless others across the Atlantic. The forward looking Generation Indigo showcases Poly's humorous musings on pop culture, the internet and fashion whilst also tackling heavier subject matter (war and racism) with her politically aware and intelligent lyrics all in the inimitable voice of a genuine icon.


Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup Revealed

This year is the 20th anniversary of the famed Lollapalooza festival, which is set to go on August 5-7 in Chicago's Grant Park.

Lollapalooza just unveiled this year's lineup, and it's packed with star power and an indie music haven. The headliners Coldplay, Eminem, Muse, and Foo Fighters will be joined by My Morning Jacket, Beirut, Crystal Castles, Girl Talk, Bright Eyes, Arctic Monkeys, Lykke Li, Sleigh Bells, Cults, Best Coast, Atmosphere, the Kills, Local Natives, the Mountain Goats, the Cars, Smith Westerns, Explosions in the Sky, Big Audio Dynamite, the Drums, Black Lips, the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Dom, Friendly Fires, Tennis, Wye Oak and many more.

For more info check out the website


great story in northern illinois, it's good to see a long-standing record store continuing to thrive!

Algonquin Records Celebrates 35 Years in Business

With small businesses closing left and right, this is truly a milestone.

By Nicole Marie Nalls

During the last decade, downloading may have become the preferred method of acquiring music, but long before there were CDs, MP3s and iPods there were vinyl records. Although records have decreased in popularity and many stores stopped selling them or went the way of Woolworths and closed for good, records have remained popular with collectors and some stores kept with the times without abandoning their original vision.

Algonquin Records, which recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, is a Des Plaines staple and testament to the loyalty of music fans across the decades. Owner Dan Malapanes is an avid music lover who opened Algonquin in 1976. The store now carries new and used records, cassettes, CDs, DVDs and used books in prices that range from as low as .25 cents for used items to $80 for new box-sets.

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and in music history for today:

In 1967, 16 year old Janis Ian sings "Society Child" on the CBS-TV show, Inside Pop - The Rock Revolution. A year before, the song was banned by many radio stations because of its interracial love affair theme. Following her television appearance, the record shot into the US Top Twenty.

In 1975, B.J. Thomas had the longest title of a number one song at the top of the "Billboard" popular music chart. The song was "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song."

Studio 54 opened in New York in 1977.

In 1980, Blondie were at #1 on the U.K. singles chart with “Call Me,” the group's fourth U.K. #1, that was featured in the Richard Gere movie American Gigolo .The track was also a #1 in the U.S

In 1990, Nirvana appeared at The Pyramid Club, New York City. The band’s label, Sub Pop, film the show and the performance of “In Bloom” was later used as a promo clip.

In 2002, TLC member Lisa Lopes was killed aged 30 in a car accident in La Ceiba, Honduras. Seven other people, including Lopes’ brother and sister, who were in the Mitsubishi Montero sports utility vehicle when the crash happened, were taken to hospital. Lopes who was driving the car when it crashed had spent the past month in Honduras working on various projects including a clothing line, a new solo project and a book.

In 2007, during opening statements in Phil Spector's murder trial, defense attorney Bruce Cutler told the jury that before police even had a cause of death, they had murder on their mind. "Fame and success come back to haunt you." After months of testimony, jurors would announce a deadlock of ten for guilty and two for not guilty. The judge then declared a mistrial and a new trial was slated to begin in August, 2008. Spector was convicted on April 14th, 2009.

birthday wishes to 1938, Duane Eddy (1938), Roger Taylor of Duran Duran (1960) and Gary Wright (1943)

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - April 26, 2011

A boat load a great new music this week including Holly Golightly and the Brokeoffs with No Help Coming, Emmylou Harris with Hard Bargain, Of Montreal's thecontrollersphere and Explosions in the Sky's Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, just to name a few.

The Rolling Stones' The Complete Singles (1971-2006) 45-CD box set is being released today, however, just how much Stones' music does one need (a bit excessive, if you ask me).

CVR Blog picks of the week include UFO's reissue of one of their best Phenomenon on vinyl (2 LPs), Steve Earle's latest studio album I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, the Sleigh Bells' Treats getting a vinyl reissue, Chatham County Line with IV reissue on vinyl, Baptists self titled effort on vinyl, Dennis Coffey double vinyl release, Derek & the Dominoes reissue of Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs on vinyl, Green Day's Awesome As Fuck sees a vinyl release, Nazareth's Big Dogz on vinyl and Roy Orbison's The Monument Singles Collection (2 CDs/1 DVD), just to name a few.

As always, no wagering allowed!

a-ha - Ending on a High Note: Final Concert (3 CDs)
About Group - Start & Complete
Agoraphobic Nosebleed / Despise You - And On And On... (split)
Airborne Toxic Event - All At Once
Alessi's Ark - Time Travel
Allman Brothers Band - Live in Germany 1991
An Horse - Walls
Anderson, Bruford, Wakeman & Howe - ABWH Studio Album
Antony And The Johnsons - Swanlights (EP)
Arborea - Red Planet
Armor For The Broken - The Black Harvest
Art Department - The Drawing Board
Atlanta Rhythm Section - Extended Versions
Atropolis - Atropolis
Augustana - Augustana
BR-549 - BR5-49 / Big Backyard Beat Show (reissue)
Baptists - Baptists (vinyl)
Bermuda - Isolationist(s)
Betrayal - Abandonment
Big Pauper - Beyond My Means (vinyl)
Bill Frisell - Sign Of Life, Music For 858 Quartet
Billie Holliday - Lady Love
Black Mountain - Rollercoaster b/w In the Drones (vinyl)
Blue Sky Black Death - Noir
Bonnie Raitt - Nine Lives Remast.
Bootsy Collins - The Funk Capitol Of The World
Boris - Attention Please
Boris - Heavy Rocks
Bowling For Soup - Fishin' For Woos
Bruce Hornsby - Bride of Noisemakers (2 CDs)
Cass McCombs - Wit's End
Chatham County Line - IV (reissue) (vinyl)
Chris Bathgate - Salt Year
Clutch - Blast Tyrant
Daedelus - Bespoke
Dag för Dag - Boo
Daniele Luppi - Malos Habitos
David Byron - Take No Prisoners
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights - Left by Soft
Deafheaven - Roads to Judah
Denison Witmer - The Ones Who Wait (Mono vs. Stereo)
Dennis Coffey - Dennis Coffey 2 LPs (vinyl)
Depeche Mode - Barrel of a Gun / Remixes (EP)
Derek & the Dominoes - Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs: 40th Anniversary Deluxe Edition (2 CDs)
Derek & the Dominoes - Layla & Other Assorted Love Songs: Super Deluxe (4 CDs/2 LPs/2 DVDs)
Destrophy - Cry Havoc
Don Gibson - American Legend, Volume 1
Downtown Fiction - Let's Be Animals
Duran Duran - Notorious (reissue) (vinyl)
Earth - Angels of Darkness Demons of Light 1 (vinyl)
Ella Fitzgerald - Ella in Japan (2 CDs)
Elvis Presley - Movie Hits (2 CDs)
Emika - Count Backwards
Emile Simon - The Big Machine
Emmylou Harris - Hard Bargain
Endwell - Punishment
Explosions In The Sky - Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Fake Problems/Gaslight Anthem - Songs for Teenagers (vinyl)
Feral - Dragged To The Altar
Figurines - Figurines (vinyl)
Florence and the Machine - Lungs (Deluxe) (reissue with 11 bonus tracks)
Generifus - In My Cave b/w I Know (vinyl)
George Benson - In Flight: Deluxe Edition Expanded
Girl Names - Dead To Me
Golden Dogs - Coat Of Arms
Graviton - Massless
Green Day - Awesome As Fuck (vinyl)
Greys - Ultra Sorta (EP)
Hero In Error - The High Point Of New Lows
Holly Golightly And The Brokeoffs - No Help Coming
Holy Ghost! - Holy Ghost!
Hope for the Dying - Dissimulation
Hot Tuna - First Pull Up Then Pull Down / Burgers (2 CDs)
Into It. Over It./Koji - Split (vinyl)
Jacques Brel - Des Perles De Pluie 1954-1960 (2 CDs)
Jason Forrest - The Everything
Jefferson Airplane - Worst of Jefferson Airplane (vinyl)
Jim O'Rourke - One Bird Two Bird (vinyl)
Jimmy Webb & the Webb Brothers - Cottonwood Farm
Jookabox - The Eyes of the Fly
Julian Lynch - Terra
Kode9 & the Spaceape - Black Sun
Kort - Invariable Heartache
Laura Stevenson & the Cans - Sit Resist
Led Zeppelin - Whole Lotta Love / Baby Come on Home Single
Lions!Tigers!Bears! - Shallow Waters, Endless Depth
Lynda Carter - Crazy Little Things
M.T. Bearington - Love Buttons
Master Musicians of Bukkake - Totem 3
Matthew Cooper - Some Days Are Better Than Others
Matthewdavid - Outmind
Melba Moore - Never Say Never
Melba Moore - Read My Lips
Memphis May Fire - The Hollow
Michael Jackson - Hollywood Tonight Single,
Mike & the Mechanics - Road
Mindless Self Indulgence - Tighter
Mono/Poly - Manifestations (EP) (vinyl)
Morrissey - Glamorous Glue Single
Morrissey - The Very Best of Morrissey
Nazareth - Big Dogz (vinyl)
NightShade - Lost In Motion
Nine 11 Thesaurus - Ground Zero Generals
OFF! = OFF! - (7") (vinyl)
Of Montreal - thecontrollersphere
Olde Growth - self/titled
Painted Palms - Canopy (EP)
Pat Jordache - Future Songs
Police Teeth - Awesomer Than The Devil
Poly Styrene - Generation Indigo (vinyl)
Prefuse 73 - The Only She Chapters
Primordial - Redemption at the Puritan's Hand
Rachel Platten - Be Here
Rainbow - Bent Out of Shape
Religious Knives - Smokescreen
Robert Johnson -The Centennial Collection (2 CDs)
Rolling Stones - The Complete Singles (1971-2006) (45-CD box set)
Roy Orbison - The Monument Singles: A-Sides (1960-1964)(1 CD)
Roy Orbison - The Monument Singles Collection (2 CDs/1 DVD)
Royal Bangs - Flux Outside (vinyl)
Ryan Driver - Who’s Breathing?
Saxon - Performance Import
Shinji Masuko - Woven Music (vinyl)
Should - Like a Fire Without Sound
Silverstein - Rescue
Skeletons - People
Sleigh Bells - Treats (vinyl)
Son Lux - We Are Rising
Sophie Hunger - Sophie Hunger
Status Quo - Live at the BBC 8 CDs
Steve Earle - I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive
T-Rex - Tanx (vinyl)
T-Rex - Zinc Alloy & The Hidden Riders of Tomorrow (vinyl)
Terry Malts: I'm Neurotic
Texas In July - One Reality
Thao & Mirah -Thao & Mirah
The Airborne Toxic Event - All At Once
The Donkeys - Born With Stripes
The Echocentrics - Sunshadows
The Fresh & Onlys - Secret Walls (EP)
The Globes - Future Self
The Golden Dogs - Coat of Arms
The Limousines - Get Sharp
The New Regime - Speak Through The White Noise
The Waifs - Temptation
The Wombats - This Modern Glitch
Thousands - The Sound of Everything
Times New Viking - Dancer Equired
Tindersticks - Claire Denis Film Scores 1996-2009 (5-CD box set)
Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren's Johnson
Tom Glazer - A Treasury of Civil War Songs
Two Door Cinema Club - Tourist History (vinyl)
UFO - Phenomenon (2 LPs)(vinyl)
Vandaveer- Dig Down Deep
Various Artists - Ceremony (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Cult Cargo: Salsa Boricua De Chicago (vinyl)
Various Artists - Gozalo 4
Various Artists - Lullaby Renditions of the Flaming Lips
Various Artists - Take Action 10
Various Artists - Gruesome Flowers: A Tribute to the Wake (7") (vinyl)
Ventures - Walk Don't Run
Vomitory - Opus Mortis VIII
Whiskey Myers - Firewater
WhoMadeWho - Knee Deep (vinyl)
Winterus - In Carbon Mysticism
Wolf - Legions of Bastards
Younger Brother - Vaccine

New Jazz Releases

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Monday, April 25, 2011

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/23/2011

A week after the Sex Pistols acetate of "God Saves The Queen" closed higher than any record since 2008, the pulled A&M pressing of the same single closes close to $17k, and itself bid higher than any record of 2010.

A Shrine 45 shows up on the list for the first time in many months. Shrine was a label started by Berry Gordy's ex-wife "Miss Ray". Shortly before the label's first run of singles were to be released, a fire consumed the warehouse where they were being stored. The only Shrine records to make it out into the world were several dozen promos of each title.

Stories have been going around record conventions for many years that Berry Gordy was in some way responsible for the fire. This is especially unlikely, if only for the reason that the warehouse burned along with many other buildings during the 1968 Washington D.C. riot following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

1. 45 - Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" / "No Feeling" A&M AMS-7284 - $16,921.73

2. 45 - Ray Pollard "No More Like Me" / "This Time" Shirne - $3,500.00

3. LP - The Beatles "White Album" UK Pressing Mono #783 - $3,385.98

4. 78 - Tommy Johnston "Bye Bye Blues" / "Maggie Campbell Blues" Victor 21409 - $3,050.00

5. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $2,286.50

More on this week's top 5 on Vinyl Record Talk, Tuesday 8:00PM Eastern / 5:00PM Pacific on Radio Dentata.

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lots to get to today, i have been ill (i haven't made a post in two consecutive days, something that hasn't happened in a long, long time) and away from my computer. But, i have found some interesting info and articles and, as always, will share them with you. hope everyone had a happy easter and it's time to get back to work, finding stories and vinyl record news, music news and shit i find interesting. have a great week everyone!

Marianne Faithfull To Release New Album "Horses And High Heels"

Marianne Faithfull will release her 23rd album, "Horses and High Heels," in the US on June 28th via Naïve Records. The collection of songs consists of four originals and eight covers ranging from Carol King's "Going Back" to The Gutter Twins' Greg Dulli & Mark Lanegan's "The Stations." Four of the tracks feature virtuosic guitarist John Porter (Eric Clapton, The Smiths) while Lou Reed and Dr. John/MC5's Wayne Kramer each make cameos on multiple songs.



Bob Dylan “Archive” collection by Box of Vision to be released

The BOB DYLAN Archive, from Box Of Vision®, is now available for pre-order at The limited edition first printing, will be available for delivery in April, and will be available at select retailers by May 10. The officially licensed BOB DYLAN Archive is a table-top case and collection built for the storage and display of the musician’s entire chronological CD catalog including his studio, greatest hits and original live albums. Beautifully packaged in a luxurious, linen-covered Showcase Box, the richly- designed Storage Book is rounded out by a stunning 220 page LP Artwork Book and Catalography, a unique discography with historical reviews and classic album ads that span Dylan’s complete career.

Read more: Bob Dylan “Archive” collection by Box of Vision to be released | Goldmine Magazine


i found this story to be interesting, it seems that album cover art would a bit out of finster's calling, however, read on, he did some very famous covers:

Work of visionary artist Howard Finster comes to MOCA Jacksonville

Without formal training, the reverend found medium for message

By Charlie Patton

According to the biography posted on his official website, the late Howard Finster was 3 when he had his first vision, the sight of his sister Abby descending from the clouds.

At the age of 15, Finster, born in 1916, responded to another vision by leaving his boyhood home in Alabama to become an itinerant preacher.

But it wasn't until Finster was almost 60 that he received the vision that would change his life and make him one of the most popular and celebrated artists of his time.



lovely narrative about a vinyl celebration at triple play records  in Grand Junction, Colorado

Record Store Day brought record amount of fun for some

By Rock Cesario

Record Store Day 2011 was without a doubt the most fun day my son Matthew and I have ever had at Triple Play Records in the 22 plus years we have been doing business in Grand Junction.

We witnessed the power of vinyl firsthand as most of the day’s receipts were from the sale of vinyl records and fairly evenly balanced between used vinyl and the new records that were Record Store Day exclusives.

We did not sell all of our special Record Store Day issues and we did not expect we would. In fact it is nice to have some of them left over for folks who weren’t able to make it in on Saturday, April 16.

What was most rewarding for Matthew and me was the fact that we were able to make sure everyone who came into Triple Play Records that day went home with some free music, whether they made a purchase or not.

We weren’t sure we would be able to do that but thanks to all of the free swag we were sent because of our “official” registration for the event, we pulled it off.

Read the rest of this RSD account at


love this cover art!

I Left The Planet Project From Fleurety's Alexander Nordgaren To See Vinyl Release

Fleurety guitarist Alexander Nordgaren recorded an album under the band named I Left the Planet in 1996, but it was never released. Now, Neuropa Records has announced the project will officially see a vinyl version of the effort. The label commented on the upcoming release:

"One from the vaults, this unique piece of avant-garde metal history, never before leaked or released, features some of the authorities of the genre including members from Fleurety and Ved Buens Ende.

"Recorded on analogue 16-track tape in March 1996, I Left the Planet is a one-off project featuring members from Fleurety, Ved Buens Ende and Virus; all bands hailed as originators of the style that has lately come to be known as avant-garde metal. Lyrics and voice are courtesy of acclaimed Norwegian author and novelist Bjørn Esben Almaas, overlaying three separate pieces of music written by Alexander Nordgaren, also handling guitars on the recording. Combined with Ayna Beate Johansen’s distinctive voice, Czral’s legendary drums and percussion style, Per Amund Solberg’s contrapuntal bass melodies and Mari Solberg’s jazzy saxophones the result is different from any other band of the era; Dark Poetry. Dark Metal. Dark Jazz.

"The recording plays across and between Adversum’s label profile key words; disharmony, imagination, individualism, courage, entertainment and darkness, and is its first release on vinyl. I Left the Planet is limited to 274 copies. The cover and vinyl artwork has been made by Trine+Kim Design Studio. The record is pressed on heavy duty black 12” vinyl featuring music on side A and etched art on side B."


great story from north of the border, not exactly about vinyl, but a new generation is enjoying dance music and that can't be all bad:

Dance music's explosion

By Mike Devlin Postmedia News

Illegal downloading hasn't affected dance music in nearly the same way it has other genres. If anything, it has helped.

According to Tijs Michiel Verwest, who is known as Tiesto to millions of electronic dance music devotees, filesharing via peer-to-peer sources has had a big effect on dance music, reaching unprecedented heights in recent years.

"The whole reason why dance music has been blowing up is because of sharing online," he said from a recent tour stop in Charlotte, N.C. "Back in the days when you had vinyl, even if you really wanted a track, you couldn't buy it if it was sold out.

"I think it's better. It's not about the money anymore, and the control is gone. It's like the Wild West out there. Ten years ago, the radio and the [record] labels dictated what we had to listen to. Now, you can just go online for a day and find all kinds of stuff."



again, not a vinyl story, but i like the concept and wish there was more being done:

CD sales fund research

Month of April Parkinson Disease Awareness month

By Marianne Gillespie
Chillicothe Times-Bulletin

Chillicothe, Ill. — Joan Snyder of Rome refuses to be silenced by Parkinson’s disease, and she finds new avenues to raise money for research.

On March 18 she hosted a gala event showcasing her newest endeavor — a collection of music on CD, “Voices from the Dreams We Share: Songs of Hope & Courage” — timed with thoughts of April as National Parkinson’s Awareness Month.

Amid Snyder’s favorite colors of navy blue and gold, those attending the release party at the Cornerstone Building in Peoria ate food supplied by Butcher Block, Avanti’s, Chillicothe Subway, Spotted Cow, Betty Sue’s in Henry, Trefzger’s, Rhythm Kitchen and more.

Music was, of course, the theme, including Leveetown, a band that regularly plays at Riverbeach Pub in Rome, as well as many of the musicians on the CD.

Many of those who contributed songs to the CD either have Parkinson’s disease or have loved ones diagnosed with the disease or are friends of Snyder.

Read the rest of this inspiring story at


great indepth story about one of my favorites from back in the day, check it out:

Vee, hit-making team recall sessions

Written by Adam Hammer

ST. JOSEPH — Serial hit maker and ’60s teen idol Bobby Vee is preserving his rock ‘n’ roll legacy with an unprecedented collection of rare and unreleased tracks from the EMI/Capitol Records vaults.

“We did so much recording back then — there were some years where I was recording four albums a year — so there were some things that were left in the dust,” Vee recalled while listening to a handful of remastered songs in the production booth of his Rockhouse Productions studio. “It wasn’t because they weren’t good, but we were just moved on to other things and you always think you’re working on the next best thing.”

For Vee, the two-disc, 60-plus song collection fills a musical gap in previous releases, which include 38 top-100 hits and six gold records.

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nice write up in the

Analogue artists defying the digital age

Dusty vinyl records, vintage film cameras, rickety typewriters and antiquated recording equipment … these are the creative tools being used by some emerging artists. Pure nostalgia? Or a laudable refusal to escape the speed and sanitised perfection of contemporary digital culture?

Sean O'Hagan

With indecent haste, the digital revolution has consigned many of our once-cherished artefacts to the dustbin of history. Though enthusiasts and obsessives have stayed loyal to pre-digital formats, for the rest of us it feels like the vinyl record, the photographic print, the Polaroid camera, the analogue recording studio and the darkroom have been cast aside, rendered all but obsolete by a digitally driven culture that devours all that preceded it. Soon, we are told, the newspaper and the book may share the same fate.

The young artists featured here – a poet who composes on a typewriter, a musician who has built an entirely analogue recording studio, a photographer who shuns digital for manual vintage cameras and an artist who DJs on a gramophone – are all, in their different ways, reacting to digital culture's fast-forward momentum. Are they driven by nostalgia for a past they did not live though and in retreat from a present that makes them uneasy as it makes everything easier?



a new record store!

Record store puts new spin on Dover music scene

By AIMEE LOCKHARDT Special to the Democrat

DOVER — For a city so dedicated to music, Mark Matarozzo was surprised to find that aside from the odd CD or vinyl on the shelves at bookstores or instrument stores, there was no store wholly dedicated to selling record albums.

And so SPUN Records and More was born.

The store, located at 266 Central Ave., opened its doors Saturday in celebration of Record Store Day. The store specializes in vintage records, CDs, cassettes, concert shirts and music memorabilia.

Owner Matarozzo said since he was a teenager he has always wanted to own a music store. An avid music lover, Matarozzo said he is nearing his 600th concert, having gone since he was 12 years old.



vinyl survives nuclear event:

A vinyl souvenir from a visit to ‘death incarnate’


Nic Hume reaches for a vinyl record, slips it from a cardboard envelope, eases it onto a turntable.

The scratchy sound of piano music fills his apartment.

The Cyrillic label indicates this melodiya was issued by the Soviet Union’s cultural ministry. The side we are listening to features Concerto No. 2 by the Ukrainian composer Levko Revutsky.

The last people to listen to this record had been sitting in a Grade 6 classroom in an elementary school in a village along a river.

For more than two decades, the long-playing record remained in a building abandoned in a panic. By the time Mr. Hume came across it, scavengers had long since pillaged the school of wire and metal, leaving behind yellowing books and broken chairs and dusty records. He brought this LP home to Victoria, a reminder of those who once lived in what is now a ghost town.



DAVE GROHL Talks Playing 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' Again

According to The Pulse Of Radio, FOO FIGHTERS frontman Dave Grohl revealed in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly that he and former NIRVANA members Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear played the NIRVANA classic "Smells Like Teen Spirit" together for the first time in nearly two decades while the FOO FIGHTERS were recording their new album, "Wasting Light". Grohl explained, "The day we finished the record, we had this club gig to do. It was in this little bar down the street, a surprise show. I invited Krist to come down and play a song. We wanted to play 'Marigold', which was the B-side of the 'Heart-Shaped Box' single, and it was the only NIRVANA song I sang."

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1. Foo Fighters : Wasting Light
2 .Adele : 21
3 .Alison Krauss and Union Station : Paper Airplane
4. Paul Simon : So Beautiful Or So What
5. Mana : Drama y Luz
6. Britney Spears : Femme Fatale
7. Various : Songs For Japan
8. Wiz Khalifa : Rolling Papers
9. Chris Brown : F.A.M.E.
10. Mumford and Sons : Sigh No More

1. Rihanna : S&M
2. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West : E.T.
3. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
4. Jeremih feat. 50 Cent : Down On Me
5. Cee Lo Green : Fuck You
6. Adele : Rolling In The Deep
7. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes : Look At Me Now
8. Jennifer Lopez : On The Floor
9. Britney Spears : Till The World Ends
10. Lady Gaga : Judas


1. Adele : 21
2. Katy B : On A Mission
3. Adele : 19
4. Rihanna : Loud
5. Jessie J. : Who You Are
6. The Overtones : Good Ol' Fashioned Love
7. Michael Buble : Crazy Love
8. Bruno Mars : Doo-Wops & Holligans
9. Elbow : Build A Rocket Boys
10. Glasvegas : Euphoric Heartbreak

1. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
2. LMFAO : Party Rock Anthem
3. Adele : Someone Like You
4. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
5. Katy Perry : E.T.
6. Mann : Buzzin
7. Nicole Scherzinger : Don't Hold Your Breath
8. Wiz Khalifa : Black and Yellow
9. Snoop Dogg : Sweat
10. Jessie J feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag


1. Take That : Progress
2. Rihanna : Loud
3. Bruce Springsteen : The Promise
4. Shakira : Sale El Sol
5. Pink : Greatest Hits ... So Far
6. Bon Jovi : Greatest Hits
7. James Blunt : Some Kind Of Trouble
8. Susan Boyle : The Gift
9. Kings Of Leon : Come Around Sundown
10. JLS : Outta This World

1. Adele : Rolling In the Deep
2. Bruno Mars : Grenade
3. Lady Gaga : Born This Way
4.Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull : On The Floor
5. Rihanna : S&M
6. Black Eyed Peas : Just Can't Get Enough
7. Taio Cruz : Higher
8. Martin Solveig : Hello
9. Jessie J. feat. B.o.B. : Price Tag
10. David Guetta feat. Rihanna : Who's That Chick


and in music history for today:

In 1955, a United Nations commission issued a report stating there was “a definite connection between increased marijuana smoking and that form of entertainment known as bebob and rebop.”

In 1960 Elvis Presley's first release since leaving the US Army, "Stuck On You" tops the Billboard chart. The record had been so highly anticipated, it sold over one million copies before it was even recorded.

With the Folk music craze in full swing in 1960, the Brothers Four enjoyed their biggest hit as "Greenfields" reached #2 on the Billboard chart.

In 1964, Peter and Gordon reach #1 on the UK Pop chart with "A World without Love", a song given to them by Paul McCartney because he didn't think it was good enough for The Beatles to record (it wasn't). The song would also top the Cashbox Best Sellers list and the Billboard Hot 100 in June.

In 1967, the Beatles recorded "All You Need Is Love" during a British TV broadcast. Marianne Faithfull sang in the chorus.

In 1968, the Beatles refused to perform for the Queen of England at a British Olympic Appeal Fund show because "Our decision would be the same no matter what the cause. We don't do benefits."

The Jackson Five started a two-week run at # 1 on the Billboard singles chart in 1970 with “ABC,” the group’s second U.S. # 1 and a #8 hit in the U.K.

In 1977, Elvis Presley made his last recording during a concert at the Saginaw Civic Center, Michigan. Three songs from the show appeared on the posthumously released Presley album, Moody Blue.

The film "Rock & Roll High School" starring the Ramones premiered in 1979.

Also in 1979, the Police made their debut on BBC TV’s Top of the Pops, performing “Roxanne.”

Wings broke up in 1984

In 1990, the guitar that Jimi Hendrix played at the Woodstock festival was auctioned off for a record $295,000.

In 1994, the Eagles played the first of two shows where they recorded their "Hell Freezes Over" album. Don Henley, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Don Felder and Timothy B. Schmit first got back together the previous December for the making of a Travis Tritt video of their song, "Take It Easy", that was included on an Eagles tribute CD. The video from Hell Freezes Over was later released in CD and DVD form and includes an excellent acoustic rendition of "Hotel California", as well as live versions of most of their hit songs. The name of the album was taken from an earlier quote by Glen Frey, who responded to the question "When will the Eagles get back together?" (the money didn't hurt the cause....)

In 2007, aides to President George Bush were told they couldn’t book a five-star hotel suite at the Imperial Hotel in Vienna, Austria because Mick Jagger had already booked it, splashing out £3,600 a night for the luxury suite, in advance of The Rolling Stones’ current world tour.

In 2007, Bobby “Boris” Pickett died at the age of 69 due to complications from leukemia. Pickett’s “Monster Mash” was a #1 hit in 1962 and re-entered the charts in 1973, when it hit #3 in the U.K. and #10 in the U.S.

the immortal Ella Fitzgerald was born in 1917. celebrating birthdays today include Bjorn Ulvaeus from ABBA (1945), Stu Cook of Creedence Clearwater Revival fame (1945) and Michael Brown from The Left Banke (1949), among others.