Sunday, July 31, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 07/23/2011

Two "Please Please Me" LPs make the list this week, including taking the #1 spot. One of the last records to be released on the plum colored Atlantic label, Led Zepplin's "III" ties with one of "Please" records for #2. 45's take the rest of the list, with a Third Man opening night test/promo package beating Northern and Doo-Wop rarities.

1. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black Stereo - $4,951.02

2. LP - Led Zeppelin "III" Atlantic Plum Label UK First Pressing - $3,349.70

2. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Gold Black Stereo - $3,349.70

3. 45 - Dead Weather "Giant Eagles . . . Tiny Elephants" / "Walking All Over Creation" Test Pressing "Opening Night" $3,056.66

4. 45 - Larry Clinton "She's Wanted" / "If I Knew" Dynamo 300 - $2,605.00

5. 45 - The Celtics "Send Me Someone To Love" / "Can You Remember" Al Jack's 0002 - $3,075.00

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


there's a great review at  by General Jabbo (well written) of the early sounds of deep purple

Review: Deep Purple - Shades of Deep Purple

Before the bombast of such classics as "Smoke On The Water" or "Highway Star," there was Deep Purple Mk. I. The original band released three albums between 1968 and 1969 and featured Rod Evans on vocals and Nick Simper on bass. This incarnation was more psychedelic and pop-oriented than the hard rock sound the band would come to be known for. Now, all three of these albums are being rereleased with bonus tracks.

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very comprehensive and intense look at jamaican album cover art, well worth the time to bookmark and read!

Design Legacy: A Social History Of Jamaican Album Covers

By Dan Mayer

Mention Jamaican music to someone who isn’t a fan and you can bet that a fairly predictable image pops into the head of your listener. Chances are this image looks something like the cover of Bim Sherman’s Exploitation:

Same old Rastafarian colors… Some guy with dreads… A title that refers broadly to political oppression or positive thinking without much in the way of self-critical awareness or irony.

For many people, this vision  —  of roots reggae and its deified lead singer —  is the only face that Jamaican music has to offer. (To be honest, the Jamaican music industry, in its eagerness to capitalize on the popularity of this face, hasn’t done much to contradict it.)

Dig a little deeper, however, and you’ll find a dozen genres lurking beneath the tie-died surface of roots reggae.



Show at Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art honors records

By Bill Van Siclen/Journal Arts Writer

David Byrne’s “More Songs About Buildings and Food” uses Polaroid prints to create a photo-montage album cover.

BOSTON — Still wondering what to do with those boxes of classic-rock LPs in the basement?

If so, you may want to contact the folks who run the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. The reason: “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl,” a terrific exhibit that explores the use of vinyl records, old-fashioned album covers and other audio-themed materials in contemporary art.

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Landmine Marathon Streaming New Song "Cutting Flesh And Bone" Online

Landmine Marathon has announced the band's new album "Gallows" is due out September 27th on Prosthetic Records. The "Gallows" cover art was created by U.K. artist Rob "Mid" Middleton, known for his artwork for Napalm Death, Extreme Noise Terror, Deviated Instinct (in which Middleton plays guitar), and more.

The band has now teamed up with Stereogum to post a track online from "Gallows" called "Cutting Flesh and Bone."

Read more and get the tracklist at


Debut Album From The Konsortium Finally Here

The debut album from Norwegian heavy metal act the Konsortiums is ready for launch and features 8 tracks of aggressive and technical avant-garde black/thrash metal. The release of their 2008 demo was followed by loads of attention and rave reviews in the metal press - then suddenly everything went quiet. Rather than going into hibernation, the band has spent their time in hiding: strengthening their ranks and crafting their skills. Teloch (Mayhem/ Nidingr/ Umoral + +) has joined on guitar, and new material has been composed. - LP cover + poster designed by Costin/ Twilight 13 Media (Grave, Darkthrone, Ulver, etc)

Available formats:
- digipack CD w/ poster
- Limited metal-box with poster & patch (LAST COPIES AVAILABLE!)
- Limited to 200 copies heavy 180g black vinyl
- Limited to 200 copies heavy 180g transparent vinyl
- Limited to 100 copies heavy 180g black/clears platter vinyl (LAST COPIES AVAILABLE!)


love the acoustic sets!

Foreigner Celebrate 35th Anniversary With Walmart Release

by: Matt Wardlaw

Foreigner will celebrate their thirty-fifth anniversary with a new multi-disc package in September that explores the band’s rich history with a few bonus surprises.

‘Feels Like the First Time’ will be available as a Walmart exclusive on Sept. 13, featuring two CDs and a DVD. The audio will also be available on iTunes.

The audio portion features two distinctly different album releases. ‘Juke Box Heroes’ collects new recordings of the band’s most famous hits, while ‘Acoustique: The Classics Unplugged’ strips things down with a setlist that features both the familiar hits and some unexpected choices as well.

A live DVD recorded in March during two shows in Chicago rounds out the package.



the author brings up some intriguing points. in my day, we had FM radio, it's where you could hear bands like the Ramones or Talking Heads.

The Net Is The New Radio

Written by Sanjoy Narayan

When I was small and taking the first baby steps into the world of popular music, it was a few vinyls that one of my uncles played on which I cut my teeth. Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Elvis Presley… he even had a Nana Mouskouri album. I actually remember the Nat King Cole album that he had—a 10-inch LP named Nat King Cole Sings For Two in Love (the slightly tattered cover—it was released in the early1950—didn’t show King Cole but a white couple who seemed to be out on a date). The eight or ten songs on that album, as on most of my uncle’s vinyls, were about love. I was seven or eight when I heard those records and quite possibly didn’t know what the heck they were about but they were an introduction to pop songs, jazz, blues and all of what shaped my later taste in music.

A few years on, I got to hear The Beatles and the Stones and Simon and Garfunkel. My father had a few tracks on his spool tapes of George Harrison songs—if I remember right, only the ones that had him playing the sitar. But strangely, music in physical form was not the way I began listening to and getting introduced to rock and roll and all the exciting stuff. It wasn’t records or tapes that you could actually keep in physical form but the radio. As soon as I was allowed to touch the knobs of the old Bush valve radio that we had, with its strange net-like antenna strung across the ceiling, I discovered two afternoon programmes—the weekday Lunchtime Variety and Sunday’s Musical Bandbox.

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love this cover art for some reason:

Haken Reveals Album Cover Artwork

Haken have recently announced the band's new album 'Visions,' and have revealed the cover artwork and track list. The album is set for release in October. The band commented on the album's progress through two Facebook posts:

"Mixing. Done! All thanks to the mighty Christian Moos! What's that? There's a guest musician featured in Visions who also played on the soundtrack for The Empire Strikes Back?!"

1. Premonition
2. Nocturnal Conspiracy
3. Insomnia
4. The Mind's Eye
5. Portals
6. Shapeshifter
7. Deathless
8. Visions


and in music history for today, July 31st:

In 1845, the French Army introduced the saxophone to its military band. The musical instrument was the invention of Adolphe Sax of Belgium.

In 1964, country singer Jim Reeves was killed in a plane crash when the single engine aircraft flying from Arkansas to Nashville crashed in thick fog. After Reaves' death, his widow continued to release his material well into the 1980s.

In 1969, a Moscow police chief reported that thousands of Moscow telephone booths had been made inoperable by thieves who had stolen phone parts in order to convert their acoustic guitars to electric.

Also in 1969, Elvis Presley kicked off a four-week run at the Las Vegas International Hotel (his first live show since 1961). He reportedly netted $1.5 million for the shows. The menus included an Elvis special – polk salad with corn muffins and honey.

In 1971, James Taylor went to #1 on the US singles chart with the Carole King song “You’ve Got a Friend.” The song would go on to win the 1971 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. Taylor scored nine other solo US Top 40 hits during the ’70s.

Also in 1971, Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds had the top tune on the Cashbox Best Sellers list with "Don't Pull Your Love". Dan Hamilton, Joe Frank Carollo and Tom Reynolds enjoyed their first taste of success in 1965 with a group called The T-Bones when they scored the Top Ten hit "No Matter What Shape" that was used in Alka Seltzer commercials.

In 1971, a 22 year-old security guard was stabbed to death by an ex-convict at Forest Hills Stadium in New York just before a show by The Who. The ex-con, Kerry Flaherty, had allegedly been denied admission to the concert.

In 1976, Blue Oyster Cult's epic cut "Don't Fear The Reaper" was released (from their 1976 album, 'Agents of Fortune') a pure classic rock song if there ever was one.....

Orleans' "Still The One" was released in 1976 (classic example of pure crap.....).

In 1982, Survivor's "Eye Of The Tiger" sat atop both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers chart. The song, which was commissioned by actor Sylvester Stallone for the theme for the movie Rocky III, would receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song and go on to sell over five million copies.

Selena's "Dreaming of You" debuted at #1 on the Billboard chart in 1995. It was her first English album. Selena became the first Latin artist to debut at #1.

In 1999, Christina Aguilera scored her first U.S. #1 single with “Genie in a Bottle,” also #1 in the U.K. The song spent five weeks at #1 on the U.S. chart and helped win Aguilera the Best New Artist Grammy.

The iTunes Music Store reached 3 billion songs sold in 2007.

birthday today include: Gary Lewis of Gary Lewis and the Playboys (1945), Bill Berry of R.E.M. fame (1958) and Matthew Sanders of Avenged Sevenfold (1981) just to name a few.....

Friday, July 29, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

surprising how little you can get done while watching a 2 year-old. (my grandson has been visiting).  i have a couple of days worth of music news and vinyl releases, so for those who just found me, welcome to the CVR Blog and for my loyal readers, thanks for the patience! (a special thanks to all in Denmark, who come in second as far as visitors to the blog, the US being first) (i am US based)

lots and lots to get to, read on!

============= has a wonderful story, let's hope they can pull it off. it's amazing, 50 years!

Mike Love: Beach Boys Planning New Album for 50th Anniversary

by Gary Graff, Detroit

The Beach Boys are planning to commemorate the group's 50th anniversary with a new album involving all of the remaining members, although frontman Mike Love says it's more in the planning stages at this juncture and probably won't surface until 2012.

"Where we're at right now is Brian (Wilson)'s written some songs, I've written some songs (and) we're talking very seriously about getting together and co-writing and doing some new music together," Love tells

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Vinyl sales up 55% In UK

According to data from the Entertainment Retailers Association and Official Charts Company vinyl sales were up 55% in the first half of the year.  And while they still remain a niche product overall, ERA stats also suggest many music fans will pay a premium to buy music on good old fashioned vinyl.

A total of 168,296 vinyl records were sold in the UK in the first half of 2011, compared with 108,307 in 2010. Radiohead contributed 20,771 of those vinyl units with their ‘King Of Limbs’ record, while limited edition vinyl releases for the increasingly popular Record Store Day helped boost the overall sales of the format as well.

Commenting on these stats, ERA boss Kim Bayley told CMU: “Vinyl may still be a niche format, but it is growing fast. Whether it is the ‘warmer’ sound many music fans appreciate, the large-scale artwork of a twelve-inch sleeve or its sheer retro appeal, vinyl seems to be capturing the imagination of buyers despite the fact it typically costs twice as much as a CD containing exactly the same music. Much of the focus in the music industry [of late] has been on cutting prices, partly in response to the rise of internet piracy. The success of vinyl shows music buyers will pay a premium if we deliver them a package they really love”.


great story at a source i check frequently,, this story about a classic rock god from ages ago.....

Hippiefest: Gary Wright interview

By Mark Voger/The Star-Ledger

Well, he sounds British, anyway.

In 1976, when "Dream Weaver" and "Love is Alive" shot up the charts to the No. 2 spot virtually back-to-back, the rock world celebrated singer-keyboardist Gary Wright, formerly of the British band Spooky Tooth. Despite vocals reminiscent of Stevie Winwood and a look reminiscent of David Bowie, Wright was no Brit. He hailed from ... New Jersey.

Born in Cresskill and a graduate of Tenafly High School, Wright is coming home to perform on Aug. 9 in Red Bank, Aug. 10 in Morristown and Aug. 12 in Englewood as part of the Hippiefest tour alongside Felix Cavaliere, Mark Farner, Dave Mason and Rick Derringer.

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Fall Out Boy's Patrick Stump Solo Album Due Soon

Fall Out Boy frontman Patrick Stump has announced his debut solo album 'Soul Punk' is scheduled for release on October 17. (in the UK) Stump has been working on a solo release ever since Fall Out Boy announced they were taking an extended break in 2009 and released a solo EP 'Truant Wave' earlier this year.

Track list

1. Explode
2. This City
3. Dance Miserable
4. Spotlight (New Regrets)
5. I In Lie
6. Run Dry (x heart x fingers)
7. Greed
8. Everybody Wants Somebody
9. Allie
10. It's Gonna Get Better


just substitute dollars for the pounds in this article, it doesn't matter. what i read is a writer's passion about vinyl, a touching tribute to an ever evolving music medium!

My eBay £122 7in confession ...

This is a confession, not to you forgiving readers, but to my girlfriend. I just had to spend £122 on a 7in copy of Do It by Pat Powdrill – and I got a bargain

Ian Watson/,

I have a confession to make. Not to you, the dear, sympathetic Guardian readership, but to my girlfriend, and possibly my accountant. On 19 July, at 1.18pm precisely, I spent £122 buying a 7in single off eBay. It's a purchase I had been planning in general for the previous 18 months and intently for the six days before I actually stumped up, and now it's over, now I've won (and how ironic that word feels at the moment), I feel an uncomfortable mixture of elation, guilt and stone-cold fear.

The record in question is Do It by Pat Powdrill, my favourite northern soul single of all time.

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Indie Stores Object to Jay-Z, Kanye Release Plans

CHRIS TALBOTT AP Entertainment Writer is reporting that scores of independent record store owners are calling out Jay-Z and Kanye West over release plans for their much-anticipated "Watch the Throne" collaboration

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San Jose Mercury News has a great article and it is a sign of the times!

Digital music explosion leaves some music fans hungry for vinyl

By Tony Hicks/Contra Costa Times

When the man who heads one of the biggest up-and-coming cloud music services wants a serious listening experience, there's only one place he turns.

He drops the needle onto an LP.

"I have a dedicated listening room in which I only listen to vinyl," says David Hyman, CEO of Berkeley-based Mog, an online subscription music service. "The sound quality is incredible."

If that sounds like a contradiction, it's not. At least not to Hyman, who says "Mog subscribers should be happy that's what I hold as my standard."

While few would argue that digital music -- either on personal libraries played on MP3 players or accessed via cloud-computing music sites such as Mog, Oakland's Pandora or Lala -- represents the present and future for most listeners, that doesn't mean more tangible means of listening, like vinyl records, will die.

Especially vinyl. Call it a culture clash or an appreciation for a classic sonic experience, but lots of loyal listeners refuse to budge from the format that has been around since the late 1800s.

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Metallica Announce 30th Anniversary Shows

Metallica says on their website that on the week of December 5, 2011, there will be a full-on Metallica week in the Bay Area of San Francisco. The legends will be playing four shows for Met Club [their official fan club] members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate their 30th anniversary. These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica... fun for the entire family!

Metallica is offering their fans a chance to participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets [one ticket for each of the four shows] and automatic entry into contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 [get it?]. There will also be individual show tickets available for $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Met Club members only through a reservation system.

Head to for more info on the week's festivities and ticketing info.


New ZZ Top Album: Billy Gibbons Speaks

Michael Leonard

ZZ Top’s new album is now finished, being mixed, and will be released in the fall of 2011. Billy Gibbons tells Mojo magazine, “It sounds and feels like Tres Hombres, with a few elements of the Eliminator period thrown in. A pretty wide range, from basic blues to slightly more fancy stuff.

Songs recorded include “Flyin’ High,” “More Slower Blues.” “Chartreuse” and “Have A Little Mercy.” The latter is, says Gibbons, inspired by early B.B. King cuts.

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Sympathy For The Record Industry Comes Out of 4-Year Retirement to Release The Limited Edition Vinyl of

The Ettes’ New Album Wicked Will out August 2nd!

On August 2nd, the legendary label Sympathy For The Record Industry will come out of a four-year retirement to release the limited edition collector’s vinyl of The Ettes’ brand new fourth studio album Wicked Will. Additionally, there will be three limited edition 7” singles for the album’s closing track “The Worst There Is.” Each of the three 7” will feature cover art of each band member, with their b-side of choice. Sassy frontwoman Coco Hames’ b-side is “Randy Scouse Git,” a Monkees cover. Poni Silver chose “Eat The Night,” the first song that The Ettes ever wrote and recorded, and Jem Cohen’s b-side is “Colours” by Donovan.

The beautiful and defiant new album Wicked Will reunites The Ettes with producer Liam Watson (The Kills, White Stripes), who helmed their debut Shake the Dust. The Ettes put their fuzzy bass runs, 60s girl group haze, primal drums beats and searing guitars front and center for their most varied album to date. Coco, along with Ettes co-founder Poni Silver and Jem Cohen, have created an album oozing with vulnerability and attitude – all adding to the one-and-only mystique that makes The Ettes one of today’s most exciting rock bands.


DoradoPkg Adds Old Style Tip-On Record Jackets To Their Music Industry Packaging Services

Leading Print & Packaging Company Launches New Service

DoradoPkg, a leading manufacturer of entertainment packaging products, including vinyl record jackets, today announced the addition of Old Style Tip-On Record Jackets to their extensive line of music packaging. DoradoPkg prints over 100,000 record jackets monthly for their roster of indie music clients. In addition to 7-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch album covers, DoradoPkg also manufactures album inserts, inner sleeves, center labels, CDs, digipaks and promotional print items.

Popular in the 1960's, Old Style Tip-On Jackets are comprised of two-sheets of paper wrapped around a heavy chipboard shell. The corners of the front sheet are carefully folded over the chipboard while the second sheet is placed on the back and laminated in place. The result is an album cover that matches the authenticity of historic record jackets; many audiophiles equate the difference between Old Style Tip-On and standard record jackets to the difference between hard cover and paperback books. With vinyl releases on the rise (vinyl sales have already increased by 41% in 2011, according to Nielsen Soundscan), the demand for both sonically and visually interesting albums also continues to grow.

Watch: The Dorado - Record Jacket in 7 Steps

DoradoPkg completed research and development on Old Style Tip-On Jackets and added them to its product line in June. Since then they have seen a steady increase in demand for these products.In addition to the upcoming project for People Under the Stairs, the printing press has completed several successful runs of Old Style Tip-On Jackets, including Beirut's forthcoming album via their own label, Pompeii Records, and the latest release for UK post-punk band Zounds, from Broken Rekids.

"As vinyl continues to make a resurgence, DoradoPkg's clients are presenting us with incredibly unique print and packaging ideas for their album releases," says Jennifer Freund, CEO of DoradoPkg. "For eighteen years, DoradoPkg has taken pride in working with independent labels and artists and the enthusiasm they have for the vinyl medium is unmatched. We're proud to offer them Old Style Tip-On jackets combined with the special finishes DoradoPkg provides, like UV coating, foil stamping and embossing. We're ready to realize the visual component of our clients' albums in as creative a way possible."

About DoradoPkg

DoradoPkg prints album covers and other entertainment materials as dynamic and vibrant as the music they hold. Artists, labels and distributors have turned to DoradoPkg since 1993 for the best album covers and record jackets available at a fair price. Committed to customer service, DoradoPkg works with and cares about all genres of music and all kinds of clients - from major distributors to bands self-releasing albums. DoradoPkg's staff personally checks each record jacket before it leaves the warehouse to ensure a high-quality product. With its well-defined spine, sturdy seams, superior print quality and custom modifications including special die-cuts, spot finishing, foil stamping and embossing, each album exceeds your expectations. That's the Dorado Record Jacket. For more information about DoradoPkg, visit


Heaven and Hell Records to Release M-16 'Locked and Reloaded'

Heaven and Hell Records uncover another forgotten gem from 1980s New York. The competitive scene was full of great hard rock and heavy metal bands but only few would rise to the top and constantly pack out the areas venues, Schenectady's M-16 were one of those who did.

From the bands early beginning in 1981 as a local cover band playing metal standards from Maiden, Priest, and Def Leppard M-16 quickly built a reputation in the area. Every time you would scan the local papers and magazines M-16 would be playing somewhere and sure to sellout the place. By 1988 the band released their only album to date 'Locked and Loaded' a solid piece of hook filled melodic hard rock. By the following year the M-16 would disband, although the band would reform.

This year Heaven and Hell Records plan to release M-16 'Locked and Reloaded' for the first time ever on CD. The reissue is part of the 'Lost Relics' series and will be re-mastered and include bonus tracks and more.


MACHINE HEAD Post Tracklist and Cover Art For New LP

MACHINE HEAD is scheduled to release their new album, 'Unto The Locust,' on September 27 via Roadrunner Records. 'Unto The Locust' was recorded at JingleTown Studios in Oakland California, with Machine Head frontman Robb Flynn producing. The was mixed by Flynn and Juan Urteaga (EXODUS, SADUS, TESTAMENT).


Standard CD:
'I Am Hell (Sonata In C#)'
I) 'Sangre Sani'
II) 'I Am Hell'
III) 'Ashes To The Sky'
'Be Still And Know'
'This Is The End'
'Darkness Within'
'Pearls Before The Swine'
'Who We Are'

Special Edition CD+DVD:
'I Am Hell (Sonata in C#)'
I) 'Sangre Sani'
II) 'I Am Hell'
III) 'Ashes To The Sky'
'Be Still And Know'
'This Is The End'
'Darkness Within'
'Pearls Before The Swine'
'Who We Are'
'The Sentinel' *
'Witch Hunt' *
'Darkness Within' (Acoustic) *

* Bonus tracks

- The Making Of Unto The Locust Documentary

Metal Hammer are set to release Unto The Locust on September 26th in the UK with a special edition fan-pack.


OPETH Detail Deluxe Collector's Edition Box

OPETH's new album, 'Heritage,' will be released on September 20th in North America, and September 19th internationally, via Roadrunner Records.

Opeth has spent over two decades steadily amassing a body of work that is at once possessed of a fervent and unrelenting devotion to aesthetic progression (and perfection) while simultaneously scaling the summits of power, mysticism and might aspired to by the group's hard rock forefathers in BLACK SABBATH, DEEP PURPLE and LED ZEPPELIN.

The band's roots in the doom-laden shade of occult-infused Scandinavian death metal and dark romanticism are undeniable and will never elicit apology. But the transcendent emotional and melodic heights achieved on the brilliantly titled tenth full length Opeth album, Heritage, marks a new chapter in the storied quintet's career. Band leader, singer, guitarist, songwriter and long-running consistent member Mikael Åkerfeldt has reshaped the pathway forward for his artistic vehicle without sacrificing the hard won spiritualism of previous endeavors

Heritage Deluxe Collector’s Edition Box Set Includes:

- Double-LP set of Heritage with exclusive lenticular artwork (180-gram virgin vinyl in gatefold jacket)
- Custom gatefold jacket that houses the Heritage special edition CD/DVD set (includes 2 bonus tracks, 5.1 audio mix of album and ‘making of Heritage’ documentary)
- Exclusive 7” of 2 bonus tracks
- Litho print of album cover
- Oversized 16-page booklet with exclusive photos and artwork
- All content housed in custom slipcase
- Receive a digital download of the album the day BEFORE release and an instant grat of lead track, 'The Devil’s Orchard'

'The Devil's Orchard'
'I Feel The Dark'
'The Lines In My Hand'
'Marrow Of The Earth'
'Face In The Snow'

Includes 2 bonus tracks, 5.1 audio mix of album and ‘making of Heritage’ documentary

Side 1:
'The Devil's Orchard'
'I Feel The Dark'

Side 2:

LP 2:
Side 1:
'The Lines In My Hand'

Side 2:
'Marrow Of The Earth'

Side A:

Side B:
'Face In The Snow'


Brian Jonestown Massacre readies career-spanning singles collection

On August 30th, neo-psychedelic rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre will celebrate the band's 19th anniversary with The Singles Collection (1992-2011), a collection of tracks only previously available as 7" singles via A Records.

This includes “Convertible”, “Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique’s Dream)”, as well as from their most recent vinyl release in "There’s A War Going On”. Additionally, there are a couple of songs (“Thoughts of You” and “Never Ever”) the band recorded in 1993 under their Acid alter ego. Each of the 22 tracks on the two-disc set have been remastered and the release comes with a 24-page booklet. Check out the tracklist below.

An issued press release also reports that Brian Jonestown Massacre is currently recording a new album in Germany, which will be released in 2012.

The Singles Collection (1992-2011) Tracklist:
Disc 1
1. She Made Me
2. Evergreen
3. Convertible
4. Their Majesties 2nd Request (Enrique’s Dream)
5. Hide & Seek
6. Methodrone (Live at the Compound)
7. Cold To The Touch
8. Anemone
9. Never Ever
10. Feelers
11. Not If You Were The Last Dandy On Earth

Disc 2
1. This Is Why You Love Me
2. Lantern
3. Malela
4. If Love Is The Drug Then I Want To OD
5. When Jokers Attack
6. Prozac vs Heroin
7. Nailing Honey To The Bee
8. Illuminomi
9. There’s A War Going On
10. Thoughts Of You by Acid
11. Never Ever by Acid


This Time Next Year Releasing New Album

This Time Next Year have recently announced that they will release their second album, 'Drop Out Of Life' on September 27 on Equal Vision Records. The album was produced by New Found Glory guitarist Chad Gilbert (A Day To Remember, H2O, Fireworks), engineered by Paul Miner (New Found Glory, A.F.I., Atreyu) and mixed by Paul Leavitt (Circa Survive, All Time Low, Darkest Hour).

Vocalist Pete Dowdalls has said the following about the upcoming effort:

“Drop Out Of Life is our way of encouraging people to quit whatever brings them down in life and go find out what it is you love. If you hate something, why keep doing it? We're not telling people to give up; we're telling them to drop out. Life can be really tough but it's up to you to make it better. Be positive, always look forward, and do what you want.

I want people to vicariously live through the heartaches and triumphs I've experienced over the years. Drop Out Of Life is as much about the people who always supported us as it is about our personal struggles. This record is dedicated not only to our family, friends and fans, but to anyone out there who has felt defeated, broken or helpless in life. Stay positive, keep your friends close and do whatever it is you want to do in life. Forget acceptance, forget normality, drop out of life.”

Equal Vision Records has also teamed up with No Sleep Records to release "Drop Out Of Life" on vinyl. This Time Next Year's vinyl release date and pressing info will be announced at a later date by No Sleep Records.


1. Drop Out Of Life
2. Better Half
3. Living Hell
4. Last Call
5. Modern Day Love Story
6. Spoontonic
7. Matchbook
8. My Side of Town
9. Get it, Got it, Good
10. Note
11. This is an Airport Train


Lanie Lane Records With Jack White For Blue Series

Lanie Lane has recently recorded two tracks with Jack White. The tracks will be released on vinyl and iTunes through White’s Third Man Records label, as a part of the Blue Series. Lane’s release will be availiable on the 23rd of August, featuring two tracks that contrast each other, the first is a sassed stomp number called Ain’t Hungry. The second is described as a wailing waltzing lament to withheld love, named My Man.

Commenting on the experience of working with White she said “It was an honour to be asked by Jack to record with him at Third Man. I was so inspired by the whole process and by how raw and instinctively everything happened. I got so much out of the experience and I’m very proud of the end result.”


ICED EARTH: 'Dystopia' Artwork, Release Dates Revealed

Although "Dystopia", ICED EARTH's 10th studio offering, is not a concept album, founder Jon Schaffer admits there are unifying themes to several of the songs — and even an appearance by band mascot "Set Abominae."

"I've always been fascinated by the darker side of life," Schaffer said during a break from master tracking ICED EARTH's forthcoming CD. "Movies like 'Metropolis', 'Brazil', and 'The Matrix' resonate with me. The same for albums like '2112', 'The Wall', and, of course, 'Operation: Mindcrime'. Their images of a soulless, repressive society stuck with me over the years. It must be the sci-fi fan in me."

Read lots more and get the tracklist at Blabbermouth


Staind Release New Album Artwork

Here is the cover art for Staind’s upcoming self-titled record. The album, which was produced by Johnny K and mixed by Chris Lord-Alge, is scheduled for release on September 13 via Flip/Atlantic Records.

Staind tracklist:

1. Not Again
2. Eyes Wide Open
3. Failing
4. Wannabe
5. Throw It All Away
6. Now
7. The Bottom
8. Take a Breath
9. Paper Wings
10. Something to Remind You


The Jesus & Mary Chain Catalog Reissued

All six studio albums by art-rockers The Jesus & Mary Chain will be reissued this fall via the Edsel imprint of UK-based label Demon Music Group. It appears they will go in chronological order, with 1985’s ‘Psychocandy’ and 1987’s ‘Darklands’ set to come out on September 19, followed by 1989’s ‘Automatic’ and 1992’s ‘Honey’s Dead’ on September 26, and 1994’s ‘Stoned and Dethroned’ and 1998’s ‘Munki’ on October 3.

Each album will be reissued as a 2CD/1DVD set, including B-sides, live sessions, TV appearances, and rare or unreleased material. The first two reissues come with 30 bonus tracks each, including the rejected track “Jesus Fuck,” an unreleased version of “Darklands” with strings, a 1985 acoustic John Peel session, and much more. Both reissues also feature 32-page booklets that “tell the band’s story in their own words” and also include contributions from Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie, who was a drummer for JAMC in their early days.


The Who Announce the Release of 'Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut' Box Set

Release date: November 2011, "Quadrophenia is the Who album I am most proud of." - Pete Townshend

After the 1971 album Who's Next, Pete Townshend returned to the "rock-opera" concept, so dramatically realized through "Tommy," with another ambitious double-album masterpiece. Based around the story of Jimmy, QUADROPHENIA tells the tale of a young mod and his struggle to come of age in the mid-1960s. The story also takes its influence from the band's early fans from the original mod era, and its themes of teenage angst and disaffection still resonate strongly today.

The project was intended to reflect the four characters of the Who and features some of Townshend's most inspired, personal songwriting—way ahead of its time in scope and purpose.

This is one of the most widely recognized albums of the Who's career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery and the magnificent music and powerful performances.

The album is hugely significant in popular culture, influencing many other artists, musicians and film-makers – inspiring the classic 1979 British film by Franc Roddam and the U.K. "mod revival" of the 1970s.

"This 2011 revisit to the Who's 1973 'Quadrophenia' recording is inspired by current and continuing interest in the project," explains Townshend. "The Who performed a concert version of the piece at the Royal Albert Hall in 2010 for the Teenage Cancer Trust with excellent reviews, and the success of that event led to the prospect of a Who tour in 2012 based on the album. The last such tour was between 1996-1997."

The album is scheduled for release via Universal Music Enterprises in November 2011. The box set gives a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album and will feature a remaster of the original double album, Pete Townshend's previously unheard demos including songs that didn't make it onto the original album, an exclusive eight-track 5.1 sound DVD, a deluxe hardback book, previously unseen personal notes, photographs, memorabilia and other exclusive material that will be announced over the coming months.

Quadrophenia: The Director's Cut will be the definitive version of the album and a must for any self-respecting fan of the Who—and beyond.

To accompany the box set, double vinyl, a 2-CD digi-pak and digital versions will also be released.

Go to  to find out more and also register at the  for further news.

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises


ABSU Reveal Cover Art for New Album 

Candlelight Records has confirmed October 4th as the North American release date for Absu's new album titled 'Abzu'. As previously announced, the album is part two of a planned trilogy of recordings from the Dallas-based mythological occult metal band. Mixed by J.T. Longoria (King Diamond/Solitude Aeternus), the album features the original works of Polish artist Zbigniew Bielak (Watain, Behemoth, Destroyer 666, Vader).

'Abzu' Track List::

1. Earth Ripper
2. Circles of the Oath
3. Abraxas Connexus
4. Skrying in the Spirit Vision
5. Ontologically, It Became Time & Space
6. A Song for Ea including:
a. E-A
b. A Myriad of Portals
c. Third Tablet
d. Warren of Imhullu
e. The Waters - The Denizens
f. E-A (Reprise)


TRIUMPH’s Classic Breakthrough Album ‘ALLIED FORCES’ To Be Reissued as Killer Vinyl Package for 30th Anniversary

For the updated version of ‘Allied Forces,’ Triumph worked with legendary producer Bob Ludwig, starting directly from the original source material. The album art will replicate the packaging of the original vinyl, reproducing the 4-color UV inner sleeve with all of the original photos, lyrics and credits.

Pressed onto 180 gram vinyl, the release will also include a download card so that fans can have a digital version for portable listening. This download will also include a bonus video.

Triumph’s 1981 release, ‘Allied Forces’, was the album where it all came together for these Canadian prog-metallists – great compositions, great performances, and great album design…back when album designs mattered!

And now, fans will be able to take a highly welcomed trip down memory lane, as ,‘Allied Forces’ will be reissued as a “30th Anniversary Vinyl Edition” on Tuesday, September 22 2011.

The album’s original tracks are from the actual EQ’d masters (as prepared by the legendary Bob Ludwig), while the packaging itself will exactly mirror the original ’81 vinyl version (including the four-color, UV coated inner sleeve, complete with photos, lyrics and credits).

The record itself will be pressed on pristine 180 gram vinyl, which will also include a download card, so fans can download this rock n’ roll classic , as well as a free video, directly to their digital player.

TML Entertainment will be releasing the album, distributed by ADA in the US and UMG in Canada. The LP will be manufactured by Rainbo Records in Los Angeles, the premier replicator of vinyl in North America.

‘Allied Forces’ spawned two of Triumph’s most beloved and enduring arena rock anthems -’Magic Power’ and ‘Fight the Good Fight’. Produced by the group themselves (vocalist/guitarist Rik Emmett, bassist Michael Levine, and vocalist/drummer Gil Moore), the nine-track album was certified Platinum, and has gone on to sell an impressive 2.5 million copies worldwide.

“I am excited that the ‘Allied Forces’ LP is being re-released,” enthuses Levine. “Vinyl was always my favorite audio format, because it has really nice warmth and depth. Yet another reason to polish up the turntable and crank up the volume!”

Additionally, all three members of Triumph, will be debuting the release of the album along with host Bob Coburn, live on Rockline Radio, Wednesday, September 21st (30 years to the week of the album’s original release).

Soon, you will be able to re-create the excitement you experienced when you cruised down to the local record shop to pick up ‘Allied Forces,’ back in the fall of ’81.

Get prepared to fight the good fight once more!

‘Allied Forces’ Track Listing:

Side “A”
“Fool for Your Love” – 4:34
“Magic Power” – 4:54
“Air Raid” – 1:18
“Allied Forces” – 5:05
“Hot Time (In This City Tonight)” – 3:23

Side “B”
“Fight the Good Fight” – 6:16
“Ordinary Man” – 7:17
“Petite Etude” instrumental – 1:15
“Say Goodbye” – 4:34


The Smiths Box Set - Set For Release This October

The Smiths, are releasing a new limited edition box set this October 3rd approprietly called "The Smiths Complete-Deluxe Collectors Box Set." Complete with all four of the band's studio albums, three comps, 25 7" singles and one full live album, the albums will be released on mini-LP CDs and 180-gram vinyl. The set also includes a DVD of the band's videos, booklet of expanded liner notes, prints of all the album covers and a code to download all of the above online.


Poison City to release new Samiam album on vinyl

Press Release:

We're extremely proud to announce the forthcoming Australia/ NZ vinyl release of Samiam's brand new studio album 'Trips'. Produced and recorded on two-inch tape by Chris Dugan (Green Day, U2, Iggy Pop) at Green Day's personal studio Jingletown in San Francisco, CA and mixed by Alex Newport (At The Drive-In, Deathcab For Cutie, Knapsack) in New York City, 'Trips' is the first Samiam album in over 5 years.

Pre-orders for the limited edition colour LP version will be available via the Poison City E-Store from August 5th.

To hear an exclusive stream of new tracks "80 West" and "Over Now", head over to AV CLUB.

Samiam 'Trips' LP is out September 16th via Poison City Records. CD version also available from Hopeless Records.


The Mighty Fine Release New Album on Pre-Order

The sophomore album from The Mighty Fine, 'In Revival,' is now available for pre-order from Solidarity Recordings, with an official street date of August 16th on CD format, while a 12" vinyl version will be pressed in the fall.

Produced by Nolan Perry, mastered by Justin Perkins (Screeching Weasel, The Riverdales, Direct Hit!) and featuring artwork from Dave Watt, In Revival is the follow-up to The Mighty Fine's 2010 self-released full-length, Bad Timing For Everything. On its latest stellar effort, the California trio extolls the most positive virtues of contemporaries such as The Menzingers and Against Me! - driving, punchy rhythms, soaring choruses and dynamic song structures - while still carving out a unique space for itself within the crowded punk universe. Played with passion and a fiery conviction, but also executed with precision and carefully considered ideas, In Revival bares the mark of a band ready for bigger and better things.


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Network – Money Money 2020 on Vinyl!

Network have finally released their album, “Money Money 2020? on 180 gram blue wax! The album has been out since 2003 and has never been pressed until now. The album is out today and you can pick it up here.

On July 26, Adeline Records will finally unleash the vinyl version of THE NETWORK's debut album "Money Money 2020". Originally released in 2003 and inexplicably not seeing the wax treatment until now, this BLUE 180-GRAM record features 12 tracks of pure new-wave pop punk gold. Since the album debuted, THE NETWORK have only played two shows: one at the Key Club in Los Angeles in 2003 and the other opening for Green Day on the last show of the American Idiot tour in 2004. "Disease Is Punishment," a live DVD, was also released showcasing the Key Club performance. THE NETWORK is comprised of mysterious mask-wearing members Fink, Van Gough, The Snoo, Captain Underpants, Z, Balducci and Reto Peter.

Vinyl Color: 180 Gram Blue

Track Listing

Joe Robot
Transistors Gone Wild
Supermodel Robots
Money Money 2020
Love And Money
Right Hand-O-Rama
Hungry Hungry
Spastic Society
X-Ray Hamburger


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/18 - 7/24, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Wilco - I Might 7"
2. Eddie Vedder - Ukulele Songs
3. 311 - Universal Pulse
4. Bon Iver - Bon Iver
5. Castle Face Records - Group Flex V. 1 (flexi disc book)
6. JEFF The Brotherhood - We Are The Champions
7. The Flaming Lips w/ Prefuse 73 - The Supermoon Made Me Want To Pee 12"
8. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
9. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
10. Portugal. The Man - In The Mountain, In The Cloud
11. Coldplay - Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall 7"
12. Joanna Newsom - What We Have Known 12"
13. Diarrhea Planet - Yama-Uba 7"
14. DeRobert & The Half-Truths - Beg Me 7" EP
15. They Might Be Giants - Join Us
16. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
17. Woods - Find Them Empty 7"
18. Grandaddy - The Sophtware Slump (reissue)
19. The Left Banke - Walk Away Renee / Pretty Ballerina
20. Nirvana - Nevermind
21. LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions
22. PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
23. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
24. Jeff Buckley - Grace
25. Miles Davis - Kind Of Blue


and in music history for today July 29:

In 1959, the Isley Brothers record their second single, "Shout", which will not achieve great chart success, but would sell over a million copies and become a Rock and R&B classic. The Isley's next four singles flopped and they would not have another hit until "Twist And Shout" in 1962.

In 1961, Bob Dylan performed at the Hootenanny Special which was broadcast as a twelve-hour radio special.

Peter, Paul and Mary's "Blowin' In The Wind" was released in 1963.

Also in 1963, the Newport Folk Festival resumes after a four year layoff with Bob Dylan, Joan Baez and Peter, Paul & Mary.

In 1963, with the US charts full of hot rod songs, Capitol Records sent disc jockeys a list of car terms and phrases to help promote The Beach Boys latest release “Little Deuce Coupe.”

The Beatles film "Help!" premiered in London in 1965. Critics didn't like the movie as much as "A Hard Day's Night" and even John later commented that "the best stuff is on the cutting room floor."

In 1966, Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker made their live debut as Cream at The Twisted Wheel, Manchester, England.

In 1966, Bob Dylan received serious neck injuries when he crashed his Triumph 55 motorcycle while riding near Woodstock, New York. He had just come off a British tour using The Band as his backup group. During his nine month recovery, "Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits" was released and The Band began work on their first album, "Music From Big Pink", that would be issued in the summer of 1968.

1966, Datebook published Maureen Cleave’s interview with John Lennon in which he said, “We’re bigger than Jesus now.” American Christians reacted with outrage, organizing “Beatle bonfires” and burning the group’s records.

An edited version of The Doors' "Light My Fire" reached number one in the US in 1967. Eventually, many radio stations would start playing the full six minute and fifty second album cut, which features a longer instrumental break. Despite its American success, the record could only manage #49 on the UK chart when it was first released, but reached #7 when it was re-issued in 1991

In 1972, Gilbert O'Sullivan started a five week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Alone Again (Naturally)". The follow-up, "Clair" would reach #2 the following November.

In 1973, Led Zeppelin lost $180,000 in cash when a thief made off with their safe deposit box from two Madison Square Garden concerts in New York City.

In 1974, 32 year-old Cass Elliot, a one-time member of The Mamas and Papas, died in London following an appearance at the Palladium. A post-mortem the following day said that she died as a result of choking on a sandwich and from inhaling her own vomit. It's later revealed that she suffered a heart attack. She was staying at Harry Nilsson’s London flat when she died. Her biggest solo hit was "Dream a Little Dream of Me", which reached number 12 and was actually backed by the rest of The Mamas and The Papas. Cass Elliot's body was cremated and her ashes were buried in Maryland.

In 1978, "Macho Man" becomes The Village People's first Billboard chart entry. It will top out at #25.

In 1987, Ben & Jerry's introduced Cherry Garcia in honor of the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia.

In 1988, record producer and pedal steel guitar player Pete Drake died of lung disease. He worked with Elvis Presley, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and many others. He played on such hits as Lynn Anderson's “Rose Garden,” Charlie Rich's “Behind Closed Doors,” Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” and Tammy Wynette’s “Stand by Your Man.”

In 2005, John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for "All You Need is Love", gathered from his music stand after The Beatles' final television appearance in 1967, sold at an auction in London for $1 million to an anonymous bidder.

and birthday wishes to (among others): Randy Sparks (New Christy Minstrels) (78), Patty Scialfa (E-Street Band) (58), Martina McBride (45), Neal Doughty (REO Speedwagon) (65) and the peerless Geddy Lee (Rush) (58)

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Like most pop music lovers, I never heard the names Simon and Garfunkel until “The Sound of Silence” came out.

In fact, I once read a list of artists whose very first recording became No. 1, and Simon and Garfunkel were among them.

Turns out that may not be true. Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel apparently made several records before “The Sound of Silence,” though none reached No. 1. That might disqualify them.

Can you fill us in on everything they made before “The Sound of Silence”?
—Jerry Mulligan, Carlisle, Pa.

DEAR JERRY: Barring a wildly improbable loophole, Simon and Garfunkel should not be on that list of artists whose very first recording became No. 1.

“The Sound of Silence” made its chart debut in late November, 1965. By then, Paul and Art, separately and together, had no less than 21 commercially-issued singles and one album under their belt.

Other than their first LP, “Wednesday Morning, 3AM,” released in late 1964 a full year before “The Sound of Silence” single, all of their earlier works are credited to any of several pseudonyms.

Childhood friends and classmates, Art and Paul's first recording, “Hey, Schoolgirl” (Big 613), came out in 1957. Though the songwriting credit on the label reads “A. Garfunkel & P. Simon,” the duo chose to be known professionally as Tom & Jerry.

“Hey, Schoolgirl,” one of their many tunes inspired by the Everly Brothers, sold surprisingly well, and made the national Top 50. It is also the most successful of all their pre-'64 recordings.

For the follow-up, “Our Song” (Big 616), Art and Paul each adopted a nom de plume for the writing credit to better match the Tom & Jerry act.

Garfunkel became Tommy Graph and Simon chose Jerry Landis. Naturally, everyone assumed those to be the full and real names of Tom & Jerry.

Besides “Our Song,” other 1958-'59 Tom & Jerry singles are “That's My Story” (Big 618); reissues of “Hey, Schoolgirl” (King 5167) and “That's My Story” (Hunt 319); and the unexpected pairing of “Baby Talk” (Big 621), performed by a completely different “Tom & Jerry” duo.

Backing “Baby Talk” is a recycling of the real Tom & Jerry's “Two Teen-Agers,” originally the B-side of “Our Song” (Big 616).

Though it does not feature Simon or Garfunkel, a budget label edition of “Baby Talk” (Bell 120) also came out in 1959. Known for their “ghost records,” Bell specialized in having unknown artists attempt to replicate current hit songs, which retailed for just 59-cents.

On the Bell single, Tom & Jerry's “Baby Talk,” then a huge hit for Jan & Dean, is backed with Ronnie Lawrence's version of the Lloyd Price hit, “I'm Gonna Get Married.”

Understandably, having nothing to do with Simon or Garfunkel has not prevented “Baby Talk” from mistakenly being included as part of Tom & Jerry's discography.

Apart from their Tom & Jerry releases in 1958 and '59, Art and Paul also recorded solo.

Calling himself True Taylor, Simon waxed “True Or False” (Big 614), then, as Jerry Landis, made the delightful “Anna Belle” (MGM 12822).

Meanwhile, Art Garfunkel, as Artie Garr, crafted “Beat Love” (Warwick 515), a timely tune for the beatnik era.

The second and final Artie Garr single is “Private World” (Octavia 8002), a 1961 issue.

Simon followed his pal to Warwick, where he maintained his Jerry Landis persona for three 1960 and '61 singles: “Shy” (Warwick 552); “I'd Like to Be” (Warwick 588); and “Play Me a Sad Song” (Warwick 619).

Also in 1961, Paul reached into his bag of stage names and came up with Tico and the Triumphs.

Over the next year, five Tico singles followed: “Motorcycle” (Madison 169); a reissue of “Motorcycle” (Amy 835); “Express Train” (Amy 845); “Cry, Little Boy, Cry” (Amy 860); and “Cards of Love” (Amy 876).

For these, the writing credit still reads Jerry Landis.

Paul returns to performing as Landis on the next two 45s: “I Wish I Weren't in Love” (Canadian American 130) and “The Lone Teen Ranger” (Amy 875).

Both “Motorcycle” and “The Lone Teen Ranger” had regional Top 40 success, but didn't do much nationally.

Opting for yet another pseudonym, this one being Paul Kane, Simon's lone 1963 single is “Carlos Dominguez” (Tribute 128). Bootleg copies issued years later are easily identified as they credit Paul Simon instead of Kane.

Which brings us to 1964, when the guys signed with Columbia and finally started using their real names.

For Simon & Garfunkel it only took them eight years of flops, fantasies, and fortitude to become an overnight success.

IZ ZAT SO? Besides the cartoon tomcat and mouse, there are two other Tom & Jerry teams who have no connection to Simon & Garfunkel:

From 1961 through '63, guitarists Tommy Tomlinson and Jerry Kennedy made numerous singles and albums of instrumentals for the Mercury label.

Singer-songwriters Chris Gantry and Len Chiriacka, shown on labels as Tom Layton and Jerry Darcey, recorded “Surrender, Please Surrender” (ABC-Paramount 10363) in 1962, and “I'm Lonesome” (Ember 1094) in '63

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Tim from Sundazed keeps me up to date with their releases and reissues, and i pass the news to you.  i love what they do!

Sundazed remains dedicated to the vinyl medium in LP, ten-inch and seven-inch form. Whether it's exact reproductions of storied works by Johnny Cash, the mono pressings of Bob Dylan's early albums and an unreleased live gem by NRBQ, or fabled longplayers by Otis Redding, Love with Arthur Lee, MC5 or the Rascals, Sundazed Music will never abandon vinyl.

Now available at

Artist: Oscar & the Majestics
Title: No Chance Baby! - 180 gram LP and Compact Disc
Vinyl LP 5377


For anyone with an overindulged appetite for ‘60s garage compilations, Oscar & the Majestics must seem like old friends. Certainly, that’s the way we feel about ‘em. In Sundazed’s exhaustive dig through the prized USA & Destination Records catalogs (2131 South Michigan Avenue: 60's Garage & Psychedelia from USA and Destination Records LP/CD), no other act—and that includes hit makers like the Buckinghams and Cryin’ Shames—came close to the coverage afforded Oscar Hamod & the Majestics. If the group had left more than five tracks in the USA vaults, no doubt we would have included more.

Well, that was before Oscar opened up his vast personal archives, undisturbed for over 40 years, allowing for this first-ever collection of his complete ‘60s output. This includes the band’s best known USA sides, like the impossibly cool, fuzzed-out “Soul Finger”, as well as ultra-rare, Oscar-pressed singles (including the first official reissue of “House of the Rising Sun 1969”; an over the top rearrangement that suffers no shortage of Oscar-fuzz/Oscar-attitude.

Most rewarding of all, this set unleashes the unreleased “Baby Under My Skin” and “I Feel Good”; both seriously Kinky krunchers from the USA era. As a bonus, we blow the lid off the untold history of Mr. Hamod & his rockin’ crew in a package also crammed with vintage photos and rare 45 label scans.

1. Got to Have Your Lovin’
2. Soulfinger
3. My Girl is Waiting
4. Baby Under My Skin*
5. I Can’t Explain
6. Jackie Jackie
7. Why-O or Jungle Beat
8. No Chance Baby
9. I Feel Good*
10. Come On Willie
11. Top Eliminator
12. Fanny Brown
13. Dawn
14. House of the Rising Sun 1969

*previously unissued

Artist: Oscar & the Majestics
Title: Baby Under My Skin / I Can't Explain 7" Single - 7” Vinyl
7" Single S 232


Sundazed wants to let you in on one of the best kept secrets of ’60s garage bandom, Oscar & the Majestics. Oscar Hamod is one of those unsung heroes of the genre; a first-rate songwriter, arranger, singer and above all else, monster guitar player.

In his formative years, Oscar’s parents did their best to steer him towards a respectable instrument, the trumpet. But he rebelled, soon switching to guitar. By the time he launched the Majestics (in ’60, with older brother Bud), he had already entered into a long-term relationship with his number one axe, a ’58 Gibson Explorer.

By the time of these impossibly rare, unreleased sides (cut prior to three singles on Chicago’s USA Records), Oscar’s guitar playing had taken on a frankly wicked personality. For evidence, check out the savagely tough riffs and soloing on “Baby Under My Skin,” especially where he shouts before the break, “burn”; that personal challenge met with a half-minute flurry of scalding notes.

One of the highlights of Oscar & the Majestics’ vintage output is their version of the Who’s “I Can’t Explain” on USA Records (1966). Instead of playing it note for note, Oscar introduced a screaming, fuzzed-out intro to his version, also adding a unique guitar lick elsewhere. But here we are treated to an earlier, unreleased (and undeniably more “garage”) version that sticks much closer to the Who original. Another brother, Sam Hamod handles lead vocals for a change. However, it’s his bass lines which are the real treat on both sides of this record. The liberty he takes during Oscar’s solos raises the excitement level that much more.

1. Baby Under My Skin (previously unissued)
2. I Can't Explain (previously unissued early version)

Artist: Fever Tree
Title: Live 1969 - 180 Gram LP and Limited Edition Compact Disc
180 gram LP 5378


This 1969 live recording from Mount Carmel High School in Houston represents the final stage appearance by the original lineup of Texas garage combo Fever Tree. With two strong studio LPs for Uni Records behind them, the group began to fragment from internal struggles (as many bands do). Consequently, the label asked for one more album. The group complied and the results are contained in this previously unreleased concert recording, presented here in 180 gram vinyl.

Sharpening their chops on the Gulf Coast circuit, followed by a high-profile opening night gig at Hollywood’s legendary Kaleidoscope, Fever Tree developed a keen sense of musical drama and dynamics. This versatility is in sharp display on the concert’s rendition of their underground radio hit “San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native).” For the rest, Live 1969 focuses on groovers, a perfect set-up for the gliding fuzztones of lead guitarist Michael Knust, the sonic organ of Rob Landes, the thick rhythms provided by E.E. “Bud” Wolfe III on bass and John Tuttle on drumsand the dynamic, driving lead vocals of Dennis Keller.

“Don’t Come Crying to Me Girl,” a song originally found on the band’s second album, levitates the band beyond any earthly confines. Elsewhere, the set moves between a soaring cover of Donovan’s “Hey Gyp,” their own power pop “Grand Candy Young Sweet” and a whirlng psych take on Wilson Pickett’s “Ninety-Nine and One Half (Won’t Do).” Playing as if their lives depended on it, Live 1969 captures a band at the height of its powers, forever preserved on this final audio testament.

1. Grand Candy Young Sweet
2. Ninety-Nine and One Half (Won’t Do)
3. Don’t Come Crying to Me Girl
4. Hey Gyp
5. San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)

Artist: Neighb'rhood Childr'n
Title: Neigb'rhood Childr'n - 180 Gram LP and Limited Edition Compact Disc
180 gram LP 5356


Rock 'n' Roll lightning can strike anywhere. The Neigb'rhood Childr'n, tucked away in Medford, Ore., near the California border were living proof that if you've got it, your mailing address doesn't really matter. And the Neighb'rhood Childr'n definitely had it.

When Dyan Hoffman, Rick Bolz, Ron Raschdorf and W.A. Farrens drove 350 miles through the mighty redwood groves down to San Francisco to cut their first album at Leo de Gar Kulka's Golden State Recorders, they couldn't have picked a better time. It was the summer of 1967—now known as the Summer Of Love—and San Francisco was inundated with young people from all over the world, spurred on by a blossoming rock scene that included Jefferson Airplane, Big Brother and the Holding Co. and the Grateful Dead. And yet, none of those legends in the making ever cut an album as hard to find these days—extremely rare and collectible—as the LP by the Neighb'rhood Childr'n.

Not only is their record hideously hard to find, it's amazingly groovy coming from four kids from a rural background. Dyan's voice has the earnest zeal of a young Grace Slick, and the complex arrangements run the table from acid-soaked tripsichord to fiery anthems meant to spur on a new generation of street-fighting men as well as lonely navigators of the mind. Not surprisingly, Dyan reveals that some of this amazing material was inspired by seeing Quicksilver Messenger Service for the first time. "They were always my favorite group," she says. It just goes to show what you can soak up and give back to the world if your heart is in the right place.

1. Up Down Turn Around World
2. Long Years In Space
3. Feeling Zero
4. Over The Rainbow
5. Changes Brought To Me
6. Please Leave Me Alone
7. Chocolate Angel
8. Happy Child
9. Patterns
10. Happy World Of Captain K
11. She's Got No Identification
12. Hobbit's Dream

Artist: The Remains
Title: Let Me Through (live) / Why Do I Cry 7" Single- 7” Vinyl
7" Single S 231


The Remains are indisputably remembered as Boston’s finest rock group of the sixties. Yet it’s the group’s less celebrated connection with New York City that continues to pay dividends for their ever-spreading legion of fans. Of course, the main source of Remains-music has always been their classic run of recordings cut at New York’s Columbia Records. But in one of the coolest events in history, the Remains also appeared “live” on millions of US television sets courtesy of the top-rated Ed Sullivan Show; direct from NYC.

With the otherwise unrecorded “Let Me Through,” the Remains managed to cram their entire explosive stage act—from Kinks riffs and fleet-fingered guitar heroics from Barry Tashian to an absolutely show stopping rave-up—into under three minutes! Released for the first time anywhere in an audio format, this Sundazed 7” vinyl single pairs the Sullivan performance with even more muscle courtesy of the Remains’ long-worshipped Capitol Records Studios (New York, again) sessions where in a completely live and loud rework manage to improve an already unforgettable Tashian original, “Why Do I Cry.”

1. Let Me Through (previously unissued live recording)
2. Why Do I Cry


Nirvana: Nevermind 20th Anniversary to be Commemorated With Multi-Format Reissue Out September 27

Deluxe and Super Deluxe Editions to Feature Dozens of Rare and Previously Unreleased Performances

Released in September 1991, Nirvana's sophomore album and major label debut elevated Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl from a critically acclaimed Aberdeen, Washington, cult band to generational spokesmen who'd unwittingly created a cultural shift and musical touchstone. Rising to No. 1 the world over by year's end and ultimately selling over 30 million copies worldwide, Nevermind would come to be much more than one of the most successful and influential albums of its or any era. As the album that returned unaffected rock 'n' roll integrity and passion to the top of the charts, Nevermind would prove a singular inspiration to fans and musicians alike over the last two decades--and will undoubtedly do so for generations to come.

Now on the occasion of Nevermind's 20th anniversary, Universal Music Enterprises presents a full spectrum re-release worthy of such a pivotal classic. With configurations ranging from a 4-CD/1-DVD Super Deluxe Edition to a standard digital/CD remaster of the original album, the 20th anniversary reissue of Nevermind makes the most of the occasion, unearthing literally dozens of previously unreleased recordings, obscure B-sides, alternate mixes, radio sessions, studio rarities and live recordings, including a 1991 Halloween concert at Seattle's Paramount Theatre in its entirety.

The limited, numbered Super Deluxe Edition more than lives up to its name as one of the most expansive and ambitious collections of its kind with only 10,000 copies available in North America, and another 30,000 for the rest of the world. The Super Deluxe features not only the original remastered album and accompanying studio and live B-sides, but the first full official release of the pre-Nevermind demos recorded at producer Butch Vig's Smart Studios, as well as boombox recordings of subsequent rehearsals through which the listener can actually experience "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Come As You Are," "On A Plain" and others that take shape before his or her very ears. The Super Deluxe also offers an altogether new perspective on the finished Nevermind album exclusive to this format in the form of the Devonshire Mixes: the album as produced and mixed by Vig as opposed to the commercially released final version produced by Vig and mixed by Andy Wallace. Rounding out the Super Deluxe are a pair of previously unreleased BBC recordings and the aforementioned 1991 Paramount show available for the first time and exclusive to this format on CD and DVD (which also features all four music videos from Nevermind), as well as a stunning 90-page bound book full of rarely and never- before-seen photos, documents and various other visual artifacts of the Nevermind era.

The Nirvana Nevermind 20th anniversary reissue is also available as a 2-CD Deluxe Edition featuring the remastered album and B-sides, the Smart Studio sessions, boombox rehearsals and BBC sessions, a 4-LP, 180-gram heavyweight vinyl edition featuring the same 40 tracks as the Deluxe Edition, a remastered CD of the original album, and digital versions of the standard and deluxe editions. The Paramount concert, transferred from 16mm film and multi-track audio, is the only known Nirvana concert shot to film and will be available in a 1080p high-definition picture and uncompressed 5.1 surround sound and stereo on stand-alone Blu-ray, along with DVD and digital long form video formats.

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises


Björk's "Crystalline"12" Vinyl Series

Available today in the Nonesuch Store  is the first of four imported 12" vinyl releases, all part of The Crystalline Series featuring variations on music from Biophilia. The first 12" includes the "Crystalline" and "Cosmogony" singles mixed by Grammy Award–winning engineer Serban Ghenea. The three upcoming releases in the series, now available for pre-order, include mixes of "Crystalline" and "Cosmogony" by Matthew Herbert and versions of three songs from Omar Souleyman.

Also available for pre-order in the Nonesuch Store is the full Biophilia album, which will be released on September 27, 2011, through One Little Indian / Nonesuch Records, in five different physical versions: on CD in distinct jewel-case and digipak versions; on vinyl; and on two custom-made editions—the Biophilia Manual, which presents the music on CD in a 48-page cloth-bound, thread-sewn hardback book, and the Ultimate Edition, which includes the Manual along with 10 tuning forks, each representing the tone of a track on the album. Both custom-made pieces will be available to pre-order for a limited time only.

Biophilia is an interdisciplinary exploration of the universe and its physical forces—particularly those where music, nature, and technology meet—inspired by these relationships between musical structures and natural phenomena, from the atomic to the cosmic. The Independent on Sunday calls it "brilliantly original and ambitious." The LP includes the album on 180-gram, high-performance vinyl.


Psych Rockers Umbra and the Volcan Siege Vinyl Release

Chicago-based psychedelic outfit Umbra and the Volcan Siege have announced the release of a limited edition vinyl LP 'The End of the Beginning,' as well as an accompanying video documentary directed by Eric Richter, who has shot promotional clips for Victory Records.

'The End of the of the Beginning' was recorded live at Volcan Gallery by Tim Sandusky (Bound Stems, Oucho Sparks) and Umbra band leader Jim Licka. Licka also wrote the songs and created the LP artwork, with layout by Phil Lassa.


1. Dumb Numb
2. Rains and Pours
3. The March
4. Somebody
5. The Ups and Downs
6. Chromy
7. Surfy
8. Dream Lust
9. Do do do do...


Skull Snaps to Re-Release Debut LP on Vinyl

Get On Down Records is re-releasing the Skull Snaps’s 1973 debut on double LP and CD today. The vinyl release will come with a 24” x 24” poster of the original album art and a packet of 13 die cut stickers.

This latest release comes on the heels of the purple 7” of the Skull Snaps’s “It’s A New Day” and “I Turn My Back On Love” that dropped earlier this April.


Aerosmith Continue Work on ‘Old School’ Album

Peter Hodgson

An Aerosmith insider says the band’s new album will have a definite “old school” vibe, helped along by the work of legendary producer Jack Douglas.

In an update on their official website, the band’s “behind the scenes guru” John B. said the recording was shaping up to sound like vintage Aerosmith, although he stopped short of directly comparing the new tracks to the band’s classic ’70s output



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ECHOTERRA: New Album Release Date Announced

ECHOTERRA — the female-fronted symphonic rock/metal band featuring vocalist Melissa Ferlaak (VISIONS OF ATLANTIS), keyboardist Jonah Weingarten (PYRAMAZE), guitarist Yan Leviathan (AVIAN), bassist Brian Hollenbeck and drummer Adam Sagan (INTO ETERNITY) — will release its new album, "Land Of The Midnight Sun", on October 17 via Blinding Force Recordings. The effort will be available for sale in digital and physical formats. The physical copies will have a 16-page booklet filled with spectacular artwork, band pictures and lyrics.

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HOUSE OF LORDS: 'Big Money' Album Due In September

Frontiers Records will release the new HOUSE OF LORDS studio album, "Big Money", on September 23 in Europe and September 27 in North America.

Following on the heels of "Cartesian Dreams", HOUSE OF LORDS is coming back with another amazingly strong release which presents again all the trademark elements of its melodic hard rock sound.

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Dwarves Limited 10″

Dwarves are set to release a 10″ colored vinyl limited to 2,000 copies titled “Fake ID”. It features the hit, Fake ID, along with two never before released tracks. Pre order your copy before its gone here.

In May of this year the Dwaves also releases a full length LP/DVD, “Are Born Again“. Orders at Shop Radio Cast   for this album include autographed insert and stickers from the band.

Comeback Kid – Turn It Around Back On LTD Vinyl!

Facedown Records have announced the reissue of Comeback Kid’s, “Turn It Around” on colored vinyl, limited to ONLY 600 copies. Turn It Around has been out of print for just about 7 years. With only 600 copies, this will surely sell out quick. . Pre order your copy now


Dan Peek, Former Third Voice in America, Passes Away

Information is sketchy at this time, but the official site of Dan Peek states that "Dan went to Heaven on July 24, 2011." Peek was one of the original members of the group America, with Gerry Beckley and Dewey Bunnell, from its inception through 1977.

All three members of the group were the sons of U.S. fathers who were in the military and stationed in the U.K., and British mothers and all attended London Central High School. They originally formed the group in 1969, adapting the vocal style of Crosby, Stills and Nash.

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and in music history for today, July 26th:

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

Also in 1968 - John Lennon and Paul McCartney completed the song "Hey Jude." This was the Beatles longest single, running 7:11, and at the time was the longest song ever released as a single. It was the first long song to get a lot of airplay, as radio stations still preferred short ones so they could play more of them. When this became a hit, stations learned that listeners would stick around if they liked the song, which paved the way for long songs like "American Pie" and "Layla." Disc jockeys were the real winners here, as they could finally take a reasonable bathroom break. This song hit #1 in at least 12 countries and by the end of 1968 had sold more than 5 million copies. It eventually sold over 10 million copies in the United States.

In 1969, the Rolling Stones album "Beggar's Banquet" has its release delayed because of their record label's objection to the album's cover design, which featured a graffiti-covered bathroom wall. Mick Jagger was furious. It was the first album on which Jagger played guitar.

In 1969, Elvis Presley opened at the Showroom of the International Hotel in Las Vegas for a four week engagement which netted him $1 million dollars. The concerts were universally acclaimed as a triumph.

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

In 1974, John Denver earned a Gold record for his all-time biggest hit, "Annie's Song", a tribute to his first wife, Annie Martell. Denver would later say that he wrote the song in 10 minutes while he was on a ski-lift.

The first Beatles Festival was held in Boston in 1974.

In 1975, a song that Van McCoy would later say that he wrote in less than an hour, "The Hustle" became the number one tune on the Billboard Hot 100. The Disco hit would prove to be McCoy's only US Top 40 entry. It reached #3 in the UK.

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

In 1977, Led Zeppelin canceled the last seven days of their US tour after Robert Plant's son dies of a respiratory virus. They would not play live in the US again until Live Aid.

In 1979, Rolling Stone magazine acknowledged the growing influence of music videos, including Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody.

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

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

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

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

Brent Mydland, keyboard player for The Grateful Dead, was found dead of a drug overdose in his home in Lafayette, California in 1990. He was 37. He joined the band in 1979, replacing Keith Godchaux.

In 1992, singer and Motown artist, Mary Wells, referred to as 'The First Lady of Motown' and who had a 1964 US #1 and UK #5 single "My Guy," died (age 49) of laryngeal cancer. Forced to give up her career and with no health insurance, forced to sell her home, Wells’ old Motown friends including Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, The Temptations and Martha Reeves, along with Dionne Warwick, Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt, personally pledged donations in support.

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

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

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

birthdays today include my Dad (happy birthday pops!) Darlene Love (73), Mick Jagger (68) and Roger Taylor (Queen) (62) (among others)