Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Pink Floyd Announce Three New Releases

Pink Floyd have recently announced details of three new releases, starting in September later this year. The 'Why Pink Floyd?...' releases form part of the bands' recent agreement with EMI and will include CDs, DVDs and a brand-new single-album ‘Best Of’ collection.

Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group, said: ”This is a unique collaboration between EMI and one of the most creative and influential bands in history.”

The first release will be an expanded deluxe and special edition version of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' on September 26.  On November 7, the band will release the new retrospective 'A Foot In The Door - The Best of Pink Floyd'. And on February 27, 2012 'The Wall' - ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, Vinyl LP and digital editions will be released.


In Singapore, you can find vinyl doing well!

Music To Our Ears: Straits Records Brings Local Music to the Community

by Joyce HUANG

Look beyond the Kebab-serving and Shisha-smoking restaurants that crowd Bali Lane and you will find a slice of Singaporean identity that’s been misplaced for the longest time – local music.

Located at 24 Bali Lane, Straits Records is both a record label and retail space that prides itself on promoting the underground music scene in Singapore. The place reveals a different side of our sunny island, where music lovers can escape from the monotony of their daily lives, to share ideas about their passion for music and immerse themselves in an alternative lifestyle.



BATHORY Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set Due In July

Black Mark has set a July 18 U.K. release date for a limited-edition BATHORY vinyl box set. The collection, which is being released in honor of the band's late mastermind Quorthon, contains the following:

* Three double gatefold LPs
* 48-page booklet
* BATHORY "Goat" poster (70x100cm)
* Picture-disc recreation of the original BATHORY "yellow goat" 1984 pressing of the band's debut album.

All packaged together in a deluxe box.

Read more at Blabbermouth


Wax Nostalgic: 7 Questions with John Timmons of ear X-Tacy Records (Louisville)

By Jaeki Cho

From '83 to '85, John Timmons, 55, sold records out of his apartment and trunk, taking mail orders, traveling to record fairs across the Midwest, and even doing door-to-door services. Exhausted by customers asking for vinyl at 11 p.m. in the evening, the record store employee since '73 realized it was time to open up a physical store. ear X-Tacy, named after the English band XTC, opened in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting off with a space of 500 square feet, the store slowly expanded, at one point covering 10,000 square feet of space. The current location, boasting 6,500 square feet full of music-related items, recently opened its doors after moving from its previous spot, its home for the last 15 years. Relocating up and down the same area for the last two decades, this upcoming August will mark the store's 26th birthday—truly, an impressive feat for a brick-and-mortar record shop in the current music business climate.

Though tracking down Timmons wasn't easy, Complex got down with the cheerful vinyl advocate who answered our Wax Nostalgic 7 Question Survey.

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Led Zeppelin T-Shirt Sells for $10,000

Russell Hall

A Led Zeppelin T-shirt, said to be one of the rarest rock T-shirts in the world, has sold on eBay for a whopping $10,000. The shirt, which was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage, was produced in 1979 in limited quantity as a unique way to replace conventional backstage passes for one of Zeppelin’s legendary Knebworth House concerts.

Read the rest at Gibson


and in music history for today:

Buddy Holly & the Crickets auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in 1957. They were rejected.

In 1959, Dave "Baby" Cortez reached the top spot on the Billboard chart with "The Happy Organ". The song was originally recorded under the name "The Dog and the Cat" with a vocal track that didn't work out. Cortez then added an organ solo and changed the title. A follow-up record was called "The Whistling Organ", which stalled at #61, but Cortez would find his way back to the Top Ten in 1962 with "Rinky Dink".

The Beatles hit number one in the U.K. in 1963 with the album Please Please Me. It would stay there for 30 weeks.

In 1965, the Byrds made their TV debut with "Mr. Tambourine Man" on NBC's "Hullabaloo."

In 1970, the triple album "Woodstock" soundtrack was released on Cotillion Records. The three record set featured many of the top Rock artists of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe Cocker and The Who. The album would go Gold within two weeks.

John Lennon was a guest on the Dick Cavett Show in 1972. He told Cavett that he was under surveillance by the FBI.

In 1974, Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley’s show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: “Wait a minute…if we can start together fella’s, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what we’re doing.”

In 1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumor aged 36. Had the 1981 single “No Woman No Cry,” plus over ten other U.K. Top 40 singles. In 1990, the 6th February was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, is the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.

In 1995, a tribute show for the late-Stevie Ray Vaughan included Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jimmy Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26, 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash.

In 2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the classic Hendrix albums 'Are You Experienced', 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland.'

birthdays today include Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) (64) and Eric Burdon (Animals) (70) among many others.

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