Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Here's a two prong question, a fun one that I doubt you've ever been asked.

Who is the top singles artist who never had a charted album? Then, who is the top albums artist who never had a charted vinyl single?
—Howard Silver, Baltimore

DEAR HOWARD: Yeah, this is a new one alright.

To be fair, we must limit the scope here to no earlier than the 1950s, and the beginning of the LP era.

My pick for the first prong is the McGuire Sisters. From 1954 through '61, Phyllis, Christine, and Dorothy charted one place or another with about 35 songs, including one No. 1 hit, “Sugartime” (1958). Yet, the only McGuire with a hit LP is Barry, with “Eve of Destruction” (1965).

Bill Gaither is my overwhelming choice for prong two. Using several different variations of his name (Bill Gaither Trio; The Gaithers; Gaither Vocal Band; Bill and Gloria Gaither; etc.), he has about 40 albums that did on the charts what his singles could not.

DEAR JERRY: Several men had recordings of ”Funny How Time Slips Away,“ but I have never heard it by a woman. Since I don't hear anything in the lyrics that makes it gender specific, is there perhaps a female version I missed? It would have been a perfect fit for Patsy Cline.

I bought it in the '60s by Johnny Tillotson. Is his the original?
—Margaret Sheffield, Hanover, Pa.

DEAR MARGARET: Johnny Tillotson's 1963 issue of ”Funny How Time Slips Away“ (Cadence 1441) may have been the first one you heard, but his is neither the original waxing nor the first to have a pop hit with Willie Nelson's masterful composition.

Billy Walker was first out of the gate with the tune, in September 1961, but his single (Columbia 42050) barely made the C&W charts, then vanished after just two weeks.

Definitely a shaky beginning, but royalties for Willie were about to increase.

The following month, in Nashville, Chet Atkins signed 18-year-old Jimmy Elledge, and produced his first record. For this they chose ”Funny How Time Slips Away“ (RCA Victor 47-7946). The session featured Floyd Cramer on piano and took place at RCA's legendary Studio B.

Despite the obvious C&W connections (Atkins, Floyd, Nashville), Jimmy's version was strictly a pop, or Top 40 format, hit. Spending 14 weeks on Billboard and peaking at No. 22 qualifies it as a success.

Perhaps because only two years had passed since the Elledge hit, Johnny Tillotson's 1963 version (Cadence 1441) only reached No. 50.

In the summer of '64, soul singer Joe Hinton gave “Funny” a go, and it turned out to be not only his biggest hit (Back Beat 541), but the top selling single overall of Willie Nelson's famed opus. It made No. 1 on the R&B and No. 13 on the Pop chart.

Many females recorded “Funny How Time Slips Away,” though, other than a minor hit for Dorothy Moore in 1976 (Malaco 1033), none made a splash of any consequence.

Here are a few recognizable gals who happily added “Funny How Time Slips Away” to their discographies: Wanda Jackson; Brenda Lee; Diana Ross and the Supremes; Tina Turner; Damita Jo; and Linda Ronstadt dueting with Homer Simpson.

IZ ZAT SO? Amazingly, of all the classics penned by Willie Nelson in the '60s, not once did Willie's own version become a hit, though mostly by design. His primary source of income then was from writing, not singing. That would change big time in the '70s.

Three profitable examples, and those who made them hits, are: “Night Life” (Ray Price, Rusty Draper); “Hello Walls” (Faron Young); and “Crazy” (Patsy Cline).

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

Beach Boys announce release details of lost album Smile

Surviving band members collaborate to issue abandoned Smile Sessions album 44 years after original studio recordings

The Smile Sessions will be released by Capitol/EMI on October 31st and will be available digitally and as a dual CD, double vinyl, or in box sets including 7 inch singles, shadow-boxes, signed lithographs and even a custom-made Hobie longboard. Brian Wilson, Al Jardine and Mike Love have worked with engineers to polish off the Beach Boys' original session masters, which were aborted when the group began work on 1967's Smiley Smile.

Besides Smile itself, the Beach Boys are issuing four albums of bonus material, including demos, alternate mixes and studio chatter. There is also a 60-page hardbound book, including essays by Wilson, Love, Jardine and Bruce Johnston, who joined the Beach Boys in the lead-up to Smile.


interesting reading:

I Was There: How Nirvana Ripped Up a Club on the Eve of Nevermind’s Release

Ted Drozdowski

September 23, 1991 was like any other autumn night in Boston – unless you happened to be in the now-long-gone club Axis on Lansdowne Street, Boston, where one of the greatest rock shows of the past two decades blasted the black box room’s lid into the stratosphere.

Not coincidentally, September 23 was the day before the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind, and the headliner was – you guessed it – Nirvana.

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Hexfire Reveals New Album "The Fire Of Redemption" Artwork

Hexfire, which recently signed to Nightmare Records, has recently revealed the cover artwork for the band's upcoming album called 'The Fire of Redemption.' However, no official release date has yet been announced but expect further details on the album to be released soon. i love the cover art!


MAGNUM Announce Release Date, Tracklisting, Cover Art For New Album

British hard rock outfit MAGNUM are scheduled to release their new album 'Evolution,' in Europe November 14th, Germany November 11th, and US/Canada at the end of November via teamhammer/SPV.  'Evolution' contains eight songs from their previous comeback albums which were partially re-recorded and fully re-mixed, two from 'The Visitation' album and two totally new recorded songs.

‘That Holy Touch’
‘Just Like January’
‘Brand New Morning’
‘Immigrant Son’
‘When We Were Younger’
‘Out Of The Shadows’
‘All My Bridges’
‘Blood On Your Barbed Wire Thorns’
‘The Visitation’
‘Wild Angels’
‘The Fall’
‘Do You Know Who You Are’


another great album cover!

ASTRAL DOORS: 'Jerusalem' Teaser Available

"Jerusalem", the new album from Swedish melodic metallers ASTRAL DOORS, will be released in October. The CD, which will be made available as a jewelcase, digipack and on vinyl, was mixed by Daniel Bergstrand, who has previously worked with BEHEMOTH, MESHUGGAH, DIMMU BORGIR, STRAPPING YOUNG LAD and SOILWORK, among others. The cover art was designed by Mattias Eriksson

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Roadrunner Records just announced that they have signed progressive rock behemoths Rush.

"We have tremendous respect for Roadrunner Records, and what Cees Wessels and Jonas Nachsin have built on a worldwide level. After years of Roadrunner pursuing the band, Tom Lipsky presented a deal that worked and the timing was right. We wanted to be at a label focused on the rock genre – and that's Roadrunner," said Ray Danniels, manager of Rush.

"In another life I worked with Rush and their great management team more than 30 years ago and to have Rush finally on the Roadrunner label is a dream come true. I am grateful for Ray Danniels' confidence in this new partnership," said Cees Wessels, Roadrunner Records Chairman.

"Rush has a tradition of excellence and independence, both in the studio and on the live stage, and they remain as prolific today as at any point in their career. We are excited to be their label partners," said Tom Lipsky, President of Lipsky Music, LLC, who brokered the significant deal for Roadrunner.

The first release from Rush through this deal will be various live configurations, recorded during their highly successful Time Machine tour that wrapped earlier this summer. Details of the release will be revealed in the coming weeks. The band will remain on Anthem/Universal Music in Canada only.

============= has this bit of news!

Lindsey Buckingham: Fleetwood Mac Will Return Next Year'

I wouldn't be shocked if it was a tour and possibly an album,' he says

By Andy Greene

"Working in a band is a lot like what I imagine making movies is like," says Lindsey Buckingham. "It's political and it takes a lot of verbalization to get from point A to point B. When I work alone, it's more like painting. You are one with the canvas and it's a subconscious, meditative process."

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Delta Blues Great David "Honeyboy" Edwards Passes Away at 96

One of the last of the bluesmen whose roots go back to the early-20th century has passed away. David "Honeyboy" Edwards died today (Monday) about 3 A.M. in his home at the age of 96.

Edwards stayed active musically until this past April when he fell ill, with shows still scheduled in Chicago and Europe. His last appearance was April 16 and 17 at the Juke Joint Festival and Cathead Mini-Festival in Clarksdale, MS.

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Face To Face New Album on Limited Vinyl

Face To Face have announced a vinyl release of their new album, “Laugh Now Laugh Later“ due out September 27, 2011. The album will be pressed on blue vinyl which is limited to only 500 copies. You can pre order “Laugh Now Laugh Later” now.


Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 08/20/2011

Ooohhhh, cool - a week of oddities. Ok, the Butcher Cover isn't odd . . . well, yes it is for the Top 5 . . . it's definitely not the prime Beatles collectible anymore, the UK 1st pressings of "Please Please Me" fetch more money, and low numbered "White Albums" are classier and far more interesting. Hell, I'm more interested in a South American mono fold of "Abbey Road", and though they go for far less money than a Butcher Cover, they are way harder to find.

The #1 goes to a local LA punk treasure; the two Prog LP's in the #3 and #5 spots are both out of Italy. That David Bowie single is a real impossible record to find as a stock copy. Promo's fetch around $100.00, but this stock copy sold for almost $1k more than the last known sale, and at about the same price that it sold for in 2006.

1. 45 - Opus "Good Procedures" / "Atrocity" Catatonic - $4,800.00

2. LP - The Beatles "Yesterday And Today" 3rd Stat Butcher Stereo - $3,401.01

3. LP - Osage Tribe "Arrow Head" Bla Bla - $2,590.00

4. 45 - David Bowie "Can't Help Thinking About Me" / "And I Said To Myself" WB 5815 - $2,500.00

5. LP - Sandro Brugnolini "Overground" SEM - $2,460.60

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


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 8/22 - 8/28, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks - Mirror Traffic
2. Neon Indian - Fallout 7"
3. Big Star w/ John Davis - Live Tribute To Alex Chilton 7" EP
4. Flaming Lips w/ Lightning Bolt - I'm Working At NASA On Acid 12"
5. Brendan Benson / Ben Blackwell - Last Night In Detroit 7"
6. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
7. Primus - Green Naugahyde "bootleg" LP
8. War On Drugs - Slave Ambient
9. Radiohead - Give Up The Ghost remix 12"
10. Sic Alps - Breadhead 7"
11. D. Watusi - Slave Walls 7"
12. Jimi Hendrix - Indie exclusive Live 7"
13. Darondo - Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions
14. Mister Heavenly - Out Of Love
15. Tune-Yards - WHOKILL
16. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues
17. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
18. Pixies - Doolittle
19. PUJOL - Bonedaddy 7"
20. Cy Barkley & The Way Outsiders - Rock Together 7"
21. JEFF The Brotherhood - Heavy Days
22. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
23. The Ettes - Wicked Will
24. Buddy Miller - Majestic Silver Strings
25. Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band - No Time For Dreaming instrumentals


and in music history for today, August 31st:

In 1957, Elvis Presley appeared at the Empire Stadium in Vancouver, Canada. This was only the third time ever Presley had performed outside of the U.S. – and it would be the last. 26,000 fans attended the show with tickets costing $1.50, $2.50 and $3.50.

In 1958, Ricky Nelson kicks off his musical concert career by appearing at Steel Pier in Atlantic City, New Jersey, where he sets an all time attendance record for the venue by performing in front of 44,221 people, spread out over two days. His fee for the gig was $10,000 and his supporting acts were comedian Henny Youngman and The Four Preps.

In 1963, the Angels become the first white girl group to have a US number one hit when "My Boyfriend's Back" topped the Billboard Hot 100.

In 1967, the Beatles announced that they would handle their own affairs following the death of manager Brian Epstein.

In 1968, Decca Records released what has been called the Rolling Stones most political song, "Street Fighting Man". The number was written after Mick Jagger attended a March 1968 anti-war rally at London's US embassy, during which mounted police attempted to control a crowd of 25,000. The single proved to be very popular, but was kept out of the US Top 40 (reaching #48) because many radio stations refused to play it based on what were perceived as subversive lyrics.

Also in 1968, the first Isle of Wight Festival was held with performers including the Jefferson Airplane, Fairport Convention, T-Rex, the Move, the Pretty Things and the Crazy World of Arthur Brown.

During a North American tour in 1969, Led Zeppelin appeared at the Texas International Pop Festival in Lewisville. Also on the bill: B.B. King, The Incredible String Band, Sam and Dave, and Janis Joplin.

The Rolling Stones released "Goat's Head Soup" in 1974.

"The Partridge Family" television show ended in 1974.

In 1974, in federal court, John Lennon testified the Nixon administration tried to have him deported because of his involvement with the anti-war demonstrations at the 1972 Republican convention in Miami, FL.

Carole King's "Jazzman" was released in 1974.

In 1976, George Harrison was found guilty of “subconscious plagiarism” of the Ronnie Mack song “He’s So Fine” when writing “My Sweet Lord.” Earnings from the song were awarded to Mack’s estate; The Chiffons then recorded their own version of “My Sweet Lord.”

In 1984, Purple Rain, the movie starring Prince opened at cinemas across the UK with special late night previews.

In 1985, 'Brothers in Arms' by Dire Straits started a nine-week run at #1 on the US album charts. The album also topped the charts in 25 other countries and went on to sell over 20 million worldwide.

In 1987, the largest pre-order of albums in the history of CBS Records occurred as 2.25 million copies of Michael Jackson’s Bad album were shipped to record stores in the U.S. The LP followed the Jackson album, Thriller, Jackson’s biggest seller of all time (over 35 million copies sold). Bad went on to sell over 13 million copies.

In 1991, Metallica started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Metallica. The album featured “Enter Sandman,” “Sad but True,” “The Unforgiven” and “Nothing Else Matters” and went on to sell more than 10 million copies in the U.S. alone.

In 2002, it was announced that Lance Bass of *NSYNC would be the first celebrity astronaut. He would not be on the flight when he failed to pay the $20 million fee.

In 2004, Carl Wayne, the lead singer of the influential 1960s Pop group, The Move, died of esophageal cancer at the age of 61

In 2007, Hilly Kristal, founder of the New York punk club CBGB, died from complications arising from lung cancer at the age of 75. Kristal was credited with discovering Patti Smith and The Ramones and his club became a breeding ground for punk rock. The New York City venue, whose full title CBGB OMFUG stood for “country, bluegrass, blues and other music for uplifting gormandizers,” was originally launched to showcase country music.

celebrating birthdays today include (among many others): Jerry Allison (Crickets) (72), Roger Dean (album cover artist) (67), Rudolf Schenker (Scorpions) (63), Gina Schock (Go-Go's) (54) and the immortal Van Morrison (66)

Monday, August 29, 2011

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - August 30, 2011

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10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Shake Up the Place
38 Special - Live From Texas
AM & Shawn Lee - Celestial Electric
Aerosmith - The Essential Aerosmith 3.0
Aerosol - All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
Afrobeta - Under the Streets
Alberta Hunter - Alberta Hunter: Downhearted Blues: Live at the Cookery (reissue) (vinyl)
Alexander O'Neal - Live in Minneapolis
Alexi Murdoch - Towards the Sun (vinyl)
Alias - Fever Dream (vinyl)
Arctice Monkeys - The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala
Association - Renaissance: Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition
Astrid Williamson - Pulse
B - Jesus
BK-One - Tema Do Canibal (vinyl)
Balam Acab - Wander / Wonder
Beaters - White Hate 7" (vinyl)
Beequeen - Port Out Starboard Home
Beirut - The Rip Tide (vinyl)
Big Troubles - Sad Girls 7" (vinyl)
Black Lips - 200 Million Thousand (reissue) (vinyl)
Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil (reissue) (vinyl)
Black Lips - Los Valientes Del Mundo Nuevo (reissue) (vinyl)
Bleached - Carter 7"(vinyl)
Blood Orange - Coastal Grooves
BoDeans - Indigo Dreams (vinyl)
Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Singles Collection (1992-2011)
Butch Walker and The Black Widows - The Spade
Byrds - Essential Byrds 3.0 (3 CDs)
CSS - La Liberacion (vinyl)
Catie Curtis - Stretch Limousine on Fire
Celine Dion - The Essential Celine Dion 3.0 (3 CDs)
Century - Red Giant Prosthetic Records
Cloud Control - Bliss Release
Cobra Starship - Night Shades
Counting Crows - August & Everything After: Live From Town Hall
Cymbals Eat Guitars - Lenses Alien (vinyl)
DJ Diamond - Flight Muzik (vinyl)
DJ Drama - Gangsta Grillz 3
Dale Ann Bradley - Somewhere South of Crazy
Dalek - Dalek (vinyl)
Dark Ocean Colors - Dark Ocean Colors
David Guetta - Nothing But the Beat
Depth Affect - Draft Battle
Devon Williams - Euphoria (vinyl)
Digitaldubs - #1
Dirty Beaches - Badlands
Doug Benson - Potty Mouth
Dunes - Old Souls 7" (vinyl)
Edwin McCain - Mercy Bound
Eric Lindell - West County Drifter
Erkin Koray - MeƧhul: Singles and Rarities (vinyl)
Essendon Airport - Palimpsest
Family - Bandstand
Family - It's Only a Movie
Family - Old Songs New Songs
Flight - Lead Riders 12" (vinyl)
Foghat - Flashback With Foghat
Freescha - Babies In Your Body 7" (vinyl)
Future Shuttle - Water's Edge 12" (vinyl)
Gene Clark - Two Sides to Every Story
Glasses Malone - Beach Cruiser
Glen Campbell - Ghost On the Canvas
Great Hella - Tripper (vinyl)
Great Lake Swimmers - Bodies and Minds (reissue)
Great Lake Swimmers - Great Lake Swimmers (reissue)
Hard-Fi - Killer Sounds
Heavy Hawaii - Teen Angel (vinyl)
Hella - Tripper
Ice Cube - Kill at Will (reissue) (vinyl)
Jack and White - Gemini
Jacuzzi Boys - Glazin' (vinyl)
Jake Owen - Barefoot Blue Jean Night
Jill Scott - Hidden Beach Presents: The Original Jill Scott From The Vault, Vol. 1 (deluxe edition)
Jim O'Rourke - Old News 6 (reissue) (vinyl)
John Doe - Keeper
John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - A Hard Road  (reissue)(mono) (vinyl)
John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers - Crusade (reissue) (mono) (vinyl)
John Mayhall and Blues Breakers w/Eric Clapton (reissue) (vinyl)
Johnny Corndawg - Down on the Bikini Line
Jolts - 8% (vinyl)
Juliana Hatfield - There's Always Another Girl
Kittie - I've Failed You
Las Robertas - For Crying Out Loud (vinyl)
Latebirds - Last of the Good Ol' Days
Lenny Kravitz - Black and White America (vinyl)
Lil Wayne - Tha Carter IV
Limes - Tarantula (vinyl)
Low - Songs for a Dead Pilot (reissue) (vinyl)
Lucas Santtana - Sem Nostalgia
Luke Temple - Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care
Male Bonding - Endless Now (vinyl)
Marcel Fengler - Berghain
Mike Doughty - Yes And Also Yes
Mimi Goese & Ben Neill - Songs for Persephone
Ministry - Psalm 69 (reissue) (vinyl)
Nektar - Complete Live in New York 1974 (2 CDs)
Nightwatchman - World Wide Rebel Songs
Noel Gallagher - Death of You & Me
Omar Souleyman - Haflat Gharbia: The Western Concerts (vinyl)
Oneohtrix Point Never - Rifts
Oxbow | Kill Kill Kill - Split (vinyl)
Pedro Soler & Gaspar Claus - Barlande
Peter Murphy - Ninth (vinyl)
Pink Playground - Sunny Skies 7" (vinyl)
Plateaus - Beach Coma 7" (vinyl)
Powerman 5000 - Copies, Clones, & Replicants
Pro-Pain - 20 Years of Hardcore
Puddle of Mudd - Re:(disc)overed
Pumice - Pebbles (vinyl)
Pyrolator - Neuland/2 12" (vinyl)
Reading Rainbow - Restless
Red Hot Chili Peppers - I'm With You
Red Jumpsuit Apparatus - Am I the Enemy
Rivulets - We're Fucked
Robert Earl Keen - Ready for Confetti (vinyl)
Roedelius - Wasser Im Wind
Ry Cooder - Pull Up Some Dust & Sit Down
Shonen Knife - Oaka Ramones
Smoke DZA - Rolling Stoned
Solyst - Sst 23
Speculator - Nice
Spider - The Singles Collection 1976-1986
Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite (20th Anniversary Edition)
Static Jacks - If You're Young
Stereo MC's - Emperor's Nightingale
Stoney LaRue - Velvet
Stray From The Path - Rising Sun Sumerian Records
Swiftumz - Don't Trip 23
Tasseomancy - Ulalume
The Band - Stage Fright
The Bandana Splits - Mr. Sam Presents the Bandana Splits
The Baseball Project - Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (reissue) (vinyl)
The Brian Jonestown Massacre - The Singles Collection (1992-2011)
The Icarus Line - Wildlife
The Joy Formidable - The Big Roar
The Nocturnes - Aokigahara
The Static Jacks - If You're Young
The Wandas - The Wandas
The World We Knew - Death Dealer
Thundercat - The Golden Age of Apocalypse
Tinariwen - Tassili
Todd Rundgren - Flashback With Todd Rundgren
Tommy Stinson - One Man Mutiny
Total Babes - Swimming Through Sunlight
Ume - Phantoms (vinyl)
Various Artists - A Tribute to Alkaline Trio
Various Artists - Africa: 50 Years of Music (box set) (vinyl)
Various Artists - Live At KEXP: Volume Seven
Various Artists - Putumayo Presents: African Beat
Various Artists - Putumayo Presents: Latin Beat
Various Artists - Reggae's Gone Country
Vaz - Chartreuse Bull (vinyl)
Vieo Abiungo - And The World Is Still Yawning
Who - Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
Wise Blood - These Wings
Wolfmen - Married to the Eiffel Tower
Woven Bones - Minus Touch 12" (vinyl)
Xray Eyeballs - Sundae
YACHT - Shangri-La
YAWN - Open Season

Remember, if you are a record company and have new releases or know of any I missed (especially vinyl), please email me and I will add your music to the list. I also do reviews of new vinyl, email me for more information.

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Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

nice to see Daniel doing well, cheers Daniel!!!

Pacific Palisades Restaurant to Serve Up the Delicious Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen

Mayberry Restaurant will display an exhibit of Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen from August 27 through October 10. Having shown work at VH1 corporate headquarters in New York, Edlen is excited to share his work in his home town.


PACIFIC PALISADES, CA, August 25, 2011

Mayberry Restaurant in Pacific Palisades, CA presents a solo exhibit of Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen. The work will be on display from August 27 through October 10, 2011.

Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen is portraiture on vinyl records. Handpainted with white acrylic, the portraits of musicians and entertainers grace albums of their creation. Instead of Elvis on velvet, think Elvis on an Elvis record.

Some 30 pieces by Edlen will surround diners at the local, family friendly restaurant that caters to those seeking both health food and comfort food. "Having grown up in the Palisades, it's a wonderful opportunity to share my work there," says Edlen.

Edlen's artwork has recently delighted those at VH1's corporate headquarters in New York, NY. He has also been commissioned by the David Lynch Foundation in their fundraising efforts. "It's David Lynch!" Edlen exclaims when asked why he donated over 20 pieces to the charity music label created by the foundation.

Following the display at Mayberry, Edlen's work will be exhibited at the Santa Monica Airport Art Studios' Open Studios event on October 15 & 16.

For more information please contact Daniel Edlen at 480-239-1688.

LOCATION: Mayberry Restaurant
1028 Swarthmore Ave.,
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

More about Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen:

A Palisades native, Daniel Edlen grew up around art and music. In art classes from 6 years old, collecting music since high school, Edlen combined his love for both with his Vinyl Art. Derived from Pointilism, the fine dots of white acrylic layer on top of the black vinyl to create the striking depth.

CONTACT: Daniel Edlen, Owner/Artist Vinyl Art 480-239-1688


temperature control to produce quality vinyl, who knew? read on:

The LP comes of age: Quieter and better-sounding than ever

By: Steve Guttenberg

As any record buyer knows, LP quality varies a lot. I'm not just referring to the dusty old records sold at yard sales; some new records have noisy grooves, clicks and pops, or they're not flat. Those imperfections are common vinyl woes; making consistently quiet records has never been easy. That's why I was thrilled to hear that Quality Record Pressings (QRP), in Salina, Kansas, employs the most advanced technology ever used to manufacture LPs. The proof is in the listening, and the sound is spectacular.



don't usually report on digital releases, but this is heaven!

Aerosmith Catalog To iTunes

The classic Aerosmith catalog will be available to purchase and download on iTunes and other digital retailers as full albums or individual tracks. The band's catalog releases include: Aerosmith (1973) - Get Your Wings (1974) - Toys In The Attic (1975) - Rocks (1976) - Draw The Line (1977) - Live! Bootleg (1978) - Night In The Ruts (1979) - Aerosmith's Greatest Hits (1980) - Rock In A Hard Place (1982) - Classics Live (1986) - Classics Live II (1987)

Rarities And Stand Alone Tracks:
'Subway' (b-side of 'Sweet Emotion' remake)
'On The Road Again' (from Aerosmith sessions)
'Major Barbara' (from Get Your Wings sessions)
'Rattlesnake Shake' (Live Radio Broadcast 1971)
'Krawhitham' (from Draw The Line sessions)
'I Wanna Know Why' (Live Texxas Jam)
'Big Ten Inch' (Live Texxas Jam)
'All Your Love' (from Draw The Line sessions)
'Soul Saver' (from Rocks sessions)
'Adam's Apple' (Live Indianapolis 1977)
'Kings And Queens' (Live Boston 1978)
'I Live In Connecticut' (from Night In The Ruts sessions)
'Let It Slide' (from Night In The Ruts sessions)
'Downtown Charlie' (from Night In The Ruts sessions)
'Sh*t House Shuffle' (from Night In The Ruts sessions)
'Riff And Roll' (from Rock And A Hard Place sessions)
'Chip Away The Stone' (alternate version)
'Helter Skelter' (from Toys In The Attic sessions)


Neutral Milk Hotel New Box Set

Neutral Milk Hotel have recently announced plans to self-release a vinyl edition box set that compiles the band's entire body of work and also includes 15 previously unreleased tracks.

The set will include the band's two albums, 'On Avery Island' and 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea,' along with the 'Everything Is' EP, an EP of unreleased songs 'Ferris Wheel on Fire,' and three 7-inch singles along with two posters. The box sells for $108 in the US, with a dollar from each set donated to the Children of the Blue Sky charity.


SACRIFICE To Release Demo Anthology Double LP

Canadian thrash pioneers SACRIFICE are set to release a vinyl-only demo anthology titled "198666" on October 28 via Canadian label War On Music Records. The limited double vinyl release will include the legendary "Exorcism" demo tape (featuring tracks which would later be included on "Torment In Fire"), the 1986 "Forward To Termination" demo sessions (including a rare cover of DISCHARGE's "Possibility Of Life's Destruction"), and the full 1989 "Soldiers Of Misfortune" demo sessions. This is some of the best early recordings of any classic thrash act; the tapes sum up the raw power that was early SACRIFICE and showcase the bands evolution from album to album through the '80s. The double LP release will be strictly limited to 666 hand-numbered copies on blood-red vinyl in a gatefold jacket featuring the stunning artwork of Hans Memling.


Paul McCartney's 1965 Aston Martin Up For Sale

The former Beatle had ordered the iconic Aston - made famous by James Bond in the film Goldfinger - direct from Aston Martin's factory before his band's 1964 world tour. He requested for a string of extra features including special suspension and chrome wire wheels. When it was delivered, the motor, with a top speed of 150mph, even had the ultimate Bond-style gadget for a 60s pop star - a Philips record player.

McCartney's former car, now grey, will be sold on September 21 at Duxford Imperial War Museum in Cambridgeshire by auctioneers H&H and the fully-restored British-built Aston Martin DB5 is expected to fetch more than $600,000 at auction.

Marketing manager for the Cheshire-based firm Richard Caton said:

"The car has undergone an extensive back-to-bare-metal restoration which was completed earlier this year. Sir Paul chose the car and its specification and it has had several very careful owners since. But it is now a wonderful opportunity for an Aston enthusiast or a Beatle fan to own a unique part of motoring history."

i'll check my piggy bank, maybe i have enough...nope bank empty!


one of my favorite singers has a new LP out tomorrow, here's an interview he did recently:

Robert Earl Keen: Growing creatively, loving life and 'Ready for Confetti'

By John T. Davis

Singer-songwriter Robert Earl Keen releases his 15th album, "Ready for Confetti," on Tuesday and celebrates with a CD release show on Thursday at Antone's. Last Thursday, Keen took a little time off from celebrating his wife Kathleen's birthday to talk about the album, the songs and life its ownself. We spoke to him by phone from his office in Kerrville.

Read the interview at


this caught my eye, interesting that the records are part the treasure

Big Band records lie with B17 bomber 

by Linda McGrory

A STASH of rare 120 Tommy Dorsey records evoking the wartime Big Band era would be music to the decompressed ears of scuba divers searching for them on the wreck of a B17 bomber in Co Donegal. The vinyl records by the American trombonist and band leader as well as a record player are among the items yet to be salvaged from 'The Meltin' Pot' which crashed in Lough Foyle in September 1942. The plane and its eleven young servicemen had endured a harrowing trans-Atlantic journey after suffering engine failure early in their flight from Newfoundland to England.

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Grateful Dead Drummer Mickey Hart Laughs Off Bandmate’s Critical Comments

Drummer Mickey Hart believes “as long as we’re above ground, there’s always a possibility” that the Grateful Dead will reunite for a tour, going on to state there’s absolutely nothing holding them back other than timing.

When the band last toured in 2009, they experienced some personal tensions and creative differences and in turn, went their separate ways. Still, Hart never says never and is quick to acknowledge that there are differences in every family. When it comes to the jam band truckin’ forward, all things are negotiable.

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Ian Anderson to Take Thick as a Brick on Tour

Peter Hodgson

Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson will perform the band’s classic album Thick as a Brick on tour to mark the album’s 40th anniversary next year.

The tour will begin in Great Britain in mid-April 2012, before heading through Europe in the late spring and summer, and winding up with U.S. dates spanning September, October and November.

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Jellyfish Albums To Get Re-Issued On Vinyl

Omnivore Records is set to release re-issues of both Jellyfish albums (Bellybutton and Spilt Milk) on vinyl this September.

The records are being mastered by John Golden at Golden Mastering and the original flat analogs are being used for the new cuts. The re-issues will feature both albums in their entirety, with the first 1,500 copies of each album pressed on translucent vinyl (blue for Bellybutton and purple for Spilt Milk). In the case of Bellybutton, those limited copies will also feature the original gatefold sleeve. Both albums will be released September 27th, and pre-orders are being accepted at

1.The Man I Used To Be
2.That is Why
3.The King is Half-Undressed
4.I Wanna Stay Home
5.She Still Loves Him
6.All I Want is Everything
7.Now She Knows She’s Wrong
8.Bedspring Kiss
9.Baby’s Coming Back
10.Calling Sarah

Spilt Milk
2.Joining a Fan Club
3.Sebrina, Paste, and Plato
4.New Mistake
5.Glutton of Sympathy
6.The Ghost at Number One
7.Bye, Bye, Bye
8.All is Forgiven
9.Russian Hill
10.He’s My Best Friend
11.Too Much, Too Little, Too Late
12.Brighter Day


Rock Legend Joe Cocker Preps New Album "HARD KNOCKS"


PRNewswire/ -- Joe Cocker is without a doubt, a true musical legend. With 40 years and counting as a major force in pop music, the singer with that unmistakable blues/soul voice has earned countless accolades for his artistry—Grammys, Golden Globes, Academy Awards and platinum selling albums worldwide. The iconic singer is now signed to 429 Records in North America and is gearing up for the release of "HARD KNOCKS"—his 21st album.

"HARD KNOCKS" is a collection of 9 all new songs plus a cover version of the Dixie Chicks' "I Hope." Produced by Matt Serletic (Matchbox 20, Carlos Santana), "HARD KNOCKS" has the timeless 'Cocker' sound fusing rhythm and blues, soul, and pop into an undeniable infectious mix of unique contemporary style. "HARD KNOCKS" will be available on 429 Records on November 22nd.

The recording sessions took place in Serletic's own Emblem Studios in Los Angeles involving a host of acclaimed musicians like Ray Parker Jr., Tim Pierce and Joel Shearer on guitar, Josh Freese, Matt Chamberlain and Dorian Crozier on drums, Chris Chaney on bass and Jamie Muhoberac on keyboards. The songs were mixed by Chris Lord-Alge and mastered by Bob Ludwig. Songwriters Kara Dioguardi of recent American Idol Fame and Marc Broussard contributed songs to the collection.

Says Cocker, "I don't really know what you would call this album: 'rock/pop'? It's a little more pop than I've been into for quite a while so it would scare me sometimes. I would do the basic tracks and then Matt would go away and do some of these overdubs and he had all these electronic things on there. It was sometimes like 'Oh, my god!'. But I wanted to work with Matt very much. And I always knew what kind of record we would be making."

•Hard Knocks
•Get On
•The Fall
•So It Goes
•Runaway Train
•Stay The Same
•I Hope

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429 Records is a unit of The Savoy Label Group (SLG). SLG is the North American based division of Nippon Columbia the oldest music company in Japan. The Savoy Label Group has evolved into a Grammy Award winning and chart topping independent music company consistently outperforming competitors in key music categories as monitored by Billboard Magazine. The Savoy Label Group is led by Steve Vining and is based in Los Angeles, CA.

SOURCE 429 Records


this from our friends at

Top 10 Albums – August 29

Here are the Top 10 Albums at Shop Radio Cast for the week of August 22 – August 29, 2011:

1. Blink 182 – Neighborhoods LP
2. Thrice – Major/Minor
3. Nirvana – Nevermind 4XLP [Deluxe Edition]
4. Dead To Me / The Flatliners – Under the Influence Volume 16 7″
5. The Horrible Crowes – Elsie
6. Cheap Girls / Noise By Numbers – Under the Influence Volume 15 7″
7. Iron Chic – Not Like This
8. The Menzingers – A Lesson In The Abuse Of Information Technology LP
9. Comeback Kid – Turn It Around LP
10. Gregory Alan Isakov – That Sea, The Gambler LP


and in music history for today, August 29th:

George Harrison joined the Quarrymen in 1958.

Also in 1958, Alan Freed's Big Beat Show opened in Brooklyn with Frankie Avalon, Chuck Berry, Jimmy Clanton, Bill Haley & the Comets, Bobby Freeman and the Elegants

In 1959, the Quarrymen perform for about 300 teenagers at the opening of The Casbah Coffee Club, located in the basement of a family home owned by Pete Best's mother, Mona. The group consists of John, Paul, George and guitarist Ken Brown. Still without a drummer, the band shared one microphone connected to the house P.A. system and would return for six more Saturday night engagements for 15 shillings each per night.

In 1964, Billboard magazine reported that guitar sales in both the US and the UK, have skyrocketed in the wake of the British Invasion.

Roy Orbison's single "Oh, Pretty Woman" was released in 1964. The song was Orbison's second #1 hit.

In 1966, the Beatles played their last concert before a paying audience, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California to a sold-out crown of 25,000. John and Paul, knowing what the fans do not (that this will be the last concert ever) brought cameras on stage and took pictures between songs. During this tour, The Beatles did not play a single song from their latest album, Revolver. They finished the show with a version of Little Richards “Long Tall Sally.”

In 1967, Brian Epstein's funeral was held in Liverpool. The event was not attended by The Beatles, who wished to give his family privacy by not attracting the media and fans.

In 1970, Edwin Starr's "War" was the top tune on the Billboard singles chart. It would go on to win the Grammy Award for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.

The Kinks' epic single "Lola" was released in 1970.

In 1976, Jimmy Reed died in San Francisco following an epileptic seizure just before his 51st birthday. Reed was a major influence on The Rolling Stones, he had the 1957 hit “Honest I Do” in 1957 and “Baby What You Want Me to Do” in 1960.

In 1977, three people were arrested for trying to steal the body of Elvis Presley. As a result, his remains would be moved to Graceland.

In 1986 - The original American Bandstand studio was placed on the National Register of Historical Places

In 1987, The East LA band, Los Lobos had the number one single on Billboard's Hot 100 this week with a remake of Ritchie Valens' "La Bamba", from the movie of the same name. Singer Cesar Rosas said that the song itself is a traditional Mexican tune that means "wedding song".

In 2005, Fats Domino was rescued from his home in New Orleans during flooding from hurricane Katrina.

In 2009, the Los Angeles coroner announced that Michael Jackson's death was a homicide based on the anesthetic Propofol which was found in his system.

Also in 2009, a 1970 interview with John Lennon, in which he revealed some of the reasons that the Beatles split, appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. John said that his band mates disrespected and "insulted" his wife, Yoko Ono, adding, "They despised her... It seemed I had to be happily married to them or Yoko, and I chose Yoko." He also took a shot at his former songwriting partner, saying "We got fed up with being sidemen for Paul."

birthdays today include (among others) me (i am 54!) Dick Halligan (Blood, Sweat & Tears) (68), Chris Copping (Procol Harum) (66), Anton Newcombe (Brian Jonestown Massacre) (44) and Rick Downey (Blue Oyster Cult) (58)

Friday, August 26, 2011


Available everywhere starting October 11, 2011, through Columbia/Legacy

Release coincides with October 18th publication of John Carter Cash memoir, House Of Cash: The Life, Legacy and Archives of The Man In Black

Legacy Recordings continues to celebrate the life and times – and music! – of Johnny Cash, an international superstar and American statesman who would have turned 80 years old next February 26, 2012. In that spirit, Legacy's CASH 80 campaign is launched with the third entry in the successful Cash Bootleg series, focusing on live performances in the 1950s, '60s, and '70s.

BOOTLEG VOL. 3 – LIVE AROUND THE WORLD is a treasure trove of rare tracks spanning nearly a quarter-century of Johnny Cash performances. The shows date from 1956 (the Big "D" Jamboree in Dallas, Texas) to 1979 (the Exit Inn in Nashville). Along the way, this deluxe double-CD package of 50 musical performances (39 of them previously unreleased) makes some very exciting stops:

•New River Ranch, a country hoe-down in rural Rising Sun, Maryland (1962);
•Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island (July 1964);
•Annex 14 NCO Club, Long Binh, Vietnam (USO tour, January 1969);
•The White House, at President Nixon's invitation (April 1970);
•Osteraker Prison in Sweden (October 1972);
•CBS Records Convention in Nashville (1973);
•The Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia (1976); and
•Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia (October 1976).

BOOTLEG VOL. 3 – LIVE AROUND THE WORLD will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting October 11th through Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.

The release of BOOTLEG VOL. 3 precedes the October 18th publication date of an important new book, House Of Cash: The Life, Legacy and Archives of The Man In Black (Insight Editions) written by Johnny's son, John Carter Cash. An affectionate and affecting look into the Johnny Cash legend, House Of Cash is a memoir, biography and deeply personal remembrance of the man beneath the black. The lavishly illustrated book features many color and black and white photos, as well as numerous keepsake facsimile documents from the Cash family archive.

House Of Cash also dovetails with the concept behind the Cash Bootleg series. After the deaths of his parents June Carter Cash in May 2003, and Johnny Cash in September 2003, the task of going through their huge storage vault packed to the brim with memories fell to John Carter as curator and his wife Laura. They unearthed a large number of unpublished photographs, poetry and songs, master tapes dating back to the mid-50s, sketches, film reels, audio tapes, "strange hats, guitar cases, harmonicas," and much more. "The songs, poetry, and other writings; the images; and artifacts offered a deeper glimpse of who my father really was. It became my mission to share what I felt he would have liked people to know about him. This is the essence of this book."

In turn, the essence of the Cash Bootleg series has been developed by multi-Grammy Award®-nominated producer Gregg Geller, and multi-Grammy® and W.C. Handy Award-winning musician/producer Steve Berkowitz. The Hendersonville archive bore first fruit on Columbia/Legacy in May 2006, with the release of Personal File aka Bootleg Vol. 1, a fascinating double-CD collection of 49 privately recorded, intimate solo performances by Johnny Cash dating from 1973 to 1982.

Four years later in May 2010, From Memphis To Hollywood: Bootleg Vol. 2 continued the series. This time the focus was on the dawning of Cash's recording career at Sun Records in Memphis from late 1954 to late '57 (on CD One), into his first decade at Columbia Records in Nashville, from 1958 to 1969 (on CD Two), when he began to find work in the world of film and television.

BOOTLEG VOL. 3 picks up the thread over the course of the 10 live performance settings. The Big "D" Jamboree in Dallas preserves the pure 1956 Sun Records sound of Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two, with Luther Perkins on electric guitar and Marshall Grant (who passed away on August 7, 2011) on bass. By the time of the New River Ranch show in 1962, the renamed Tennessee Three was a well-tuned combo, with W.S. "Fluke" Holland, who joined in 1960 on drums.

Cash is next heard at his ground-breaking appearance at the Newport Folk Festival in 1964, where he is introduced by Pete Seeger. This was the second year that Bob Dylan also played the festival as a solo acoustic folksinger. In the early '60s, Cash virtually single-handedly established the bridge from commercial country music to contemporary folk music, a bridge heavily traveled – in both directions – by many artists as time went on, especially the decade younger Dylan. Cash's eight-song 1964 set at Newport (without drums!) includes not only Dylan's "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright," but also Peter LaFarge's "Ballad Of Ira Hayes," the Carter Family's "Keep On The Sunny Side," and the venerable "Rock Island Line."

Five years later in 1969, at the height of hostilities in Southeast Asia, Cash brought his group, along with June Carter Cash and Carl Perkins to an NCO Club in Long Binh, Vietnam, which had turned into a sprawling U.S. outpost city by then. With one recording at Folsom Prison under his belt, and another at San Quentin just a few weeks ahead, the bravery of Cash's troupe was unquestioned. The soldiers were treated to a blistering hot set, including two duets with June, and the closing version of "Daddy Sang Bass," which was Cash's current single at the time.

Much has been written and surmised about Johnny Cash's performance at the White House in 1970, at the personal invitation of President Richard Nixon, who introduced the show. This is the longest set on BOOTLEG VOL. 3 (12 songs), as the entire traveling entourage is showcased: June, her sister Anita and the Carter Family, Carl Perkins, and the Statler Brothers.

Three tracks are selected from the oft-overlooked live prison recording from Sweden, Pa Osteraker, recorded in 1972, and released as a 12-song set in Scandinavia in 1973. Unlike the Folsom and San Quentin LPs, Pa Osteraker did not revisit familiar repertoire; instead, it offered an adventurous program of lesser-known tunes, one of the most recognizable being Gene Autry's durable old "That Silver-Haired Daddy Of Mine." Pa Osteraker was reissued by Sony in Europe in 2007, with the full concert sequence intact for the first time, 24 songs' worth. Kristofferson's "Sunday Morning Comin' Down" was one of the tracks that was restored for the 2007 CD.

The balance of the 1970s tracks on BOOTLEG VOL. 3 present Cash in varying settings: the CBS Records Convention in Nashville (1973); the Carter Family Fold in Hiltons, Virginia (1976, with Johnny solo accompanied by piano); the Wheeling Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia (October 1976, with the Tennessee Three joined by a pianist); and the Exit Inn in Nashville (1979, where the group is joined by "Cowboy" Jack Clement on guitar and Earl Poole Ball on piano).

In a troubled world where partisanship is the rule of the day, and consequences be damned, the memory of Johnny Cash is a reminder that the good a man does can surely outlive him. All people, all walks of life were part of Cash's America and Cash's world, not just those who agreed with him or opposed him. There was a place for everyone at Johnny Cash's table.

"As his respectability grew," music scholar Dave Marsh writes in the liner notes for the package, "Johnny Cash decided to represent the people he came from. Their stories and struggles were his – he was, still, the man who began picking cotton for a living at age five. At the same time, he didn't spend a lot of time telling those people what they wanted to hear, either. If, at the White House, he spoke truth to power (albeit in the most gentlemanly fashion), night after night, he did something more difficult, and more important: He spoke truth to power. Most often it was not a political truth; it was an emotional truth. But emotional truth, for most of us, is even harder to come by."

From country jamborees and juke joints, to folk festivals, prison shows, USO tours in war zones, and even a White House invitational, there was no audience Cash could not win over through his music.

(Columbia/Legacy 88697 93033 2)

Disc One:
Big "D" Jamboree, Dallas, Texas, 1956:
1. So Doggone Lonesome • 2. I Walk The Line • 3. Get Rhythm

New River Ranch, Rising Sun, Maryland, 1962:
4. Country Boy • 5. I Still Miss Someone • 6. Cotton Fields • 7. I Walk The Line • 8. Luther's Boogie • 9. Impersonations • 10. Rock Island Line • 11. The Rebel - Johnny Yuma

Newport Folk Festival, Newport, Rhode Island, July 26, 1964:
12. Introduction - Pete Seeger • 13. Big River • 14. Folsom Prison Blues • 15. I Still Miss Someone • 16. Rock Island Line • 17. Don't Think Twice, It's Alright • 18. I Walk The Line • 19. Ballad Of Ira Hayes • 20. Keep On The Sunny Side

Annex 14 NCO Club, Long Binh, Vietnam, January 1969:
21. Big River • 22. Wreck Of The Old '97 • 23. Tennessee Flat Top Box • 24. Remember The Alamo • 25. Cocaine Blues • 26. Jackson - duet with June Carter Cash • 27. Long-Legged Guitar Pickin' Man - duet with June Carter Cash • 28. Ring Of Fire • 29. Daddy Sang Bass.

Disc Two:
The White House, Washington, D.C., April 17, 1970:
1. Introduction - President Richard M. Nixon • 2. A Boy Named Sue • 3. Five Feet High And Rising • 4. Pickin' Time • 5. Wreck Of The Old '97 • 6. Lumberjack • 7. Jesus Was A Carpenter • 8. What Is Truth • 9. (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) • 10. He Turned The Water Into Wine • 11. Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) • 12. Daddy Sang Bass • 13. The Old Account

Osteraker Prison, Sweden, October 3, 1972:
14. Sunday Morning Comin' Down • 15. The Prisoner's Song • 16. That Silver Haired Daddy Of Mine

CBS Records Convention, Nashville, Tennessee, 1973:
17. City Of New Orleans

The Carter Fold, Hiltons, Virginia, 1976:
18. Ragged Old Flag • 19. One Piece At A Time

Wheeling Jamboree, Wheeling, West Virginia, October 2, 1976:
20. Hey Porter • 21. There You Go • 22. Give My Love To Rose

Exit Inn, Nashville, Tennessee, December 10, 1979:
23. (Ghost) Riders In The Sky • 24. I'm Just An Old Chunk Of Coal.

Note: All tracks are previously unreleased., except:

Disc One – tracks 12-20;
Disc Two – tracks 8, and 14-16.


SOURCE Legacy Recordings

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

for longtime readers and folks just visiting, i will be taking the weekend off (i deserve it!) and resume regular postings on monday the 29th

interesting that there is a demand for cassettes (i never liked their sound quality - or lack of it....)

Indy record label puts spin on cassettes

Najib Aminy

First vinyl made a comeback. Now it's cassettes.

The tape cartridge of the '80s is experiencing a bit of a revival, thanks to a thriving indie music scene and the same bit of nostalgia.

For Karl Hofstetter's Indianapolis- based record label, that means business.

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marvelous write up about a legendary soul man

Marvin Gaye’s masterpiece reissued

By Charles Young

To commemorate the 40th anniversary of its release, Motown Record's is reissuing Marvin Gaye's seminal masterwork "What's Going On?" For the reissue, Motown is releasing the album as a deluxe collectors bundle.

Included in the package are two CD's and a vinyl LP. The CD's contain demos, B-sides, and the remastered original album. The LP, also containing the remastered original album, is on 180 gram audiophile quality vinyl.

There isn't much to be said about "What's Going On?" that hasn't already been said. It's the breakthough Vietnam War-era album that helped transform Gaye from a squeaky-clean pop star into a street poet and social philosopher.

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if you live in the area or just visiting, be sure to stop by their list of vinyl record stores!

Top Spots to Find Vinyl in Pittsburgh

By Brendan Sullivan

Remember vinyl records? They’re those circular slabs of wax with grooves in them and, for the avid music fan, they’re still the best way to listen. The audio quality can’t be beat and holding the album and cover art in your hands is far more engaging than any mp3 file will ever be. Pittsburgh has plenty of places to buy vinyl, so break out that turntable and check out our picks for the best local spots to buy records, both new and used.

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============= has a great piece on a new pressing plant!

Vinyl presser meets growing demand

By Christopher Morris

The renascent vinyl LP is cresting at the moment, and true believer Chad Kassem is effortlessly surfing the rising tide.

Vinyl, an industry-mandated white elephant in the compact disc era, is now bouncing back as CD sales plummet. LP sales were up 14% in 2010, and the format grew a staggering 41% during the first six months of 2011, according to Nielsen SoundScan data.

While last year's sales of 2.8 million LPs were not immense, rapid growth has taxed meager existing manufacturing facilities. With major U.S. pressing plants shuttered since the '90s, fewer than 20 American companies currently press LPs.

Earlier this year Kassem filled the void by opening his own plant, Quality Record Pressings, in Salina, Kan



lovely write up how one man's mission for records hasn't changed over the years

I love the smell of vinyl in the morning

Music By Turner By Ed Turner/Special columnist

While conversing the other day with some friends who are fellow “vinyl junkies,” the subject of old local record stores came up.

It’s very encouraging that sales of vinyl are the highest they have been in more than 25 years. Did you know that most any album, new or catalog, is available in this wonderful, old-fashioned format?

From Pink Floyd to Foo Fighters, you can get it on wax. I just love the way it smells and feels when I break the seal on a record and pull the disc out of its protective sheath. Gently placing it on the turntable, the needle drops and musical nirvana is mine. Sweet.

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this from Blabbermouth:

CRADLE OF FILTH: 'Evermore Darkly…' Artwork Unveiled?

French retailer Fnac has posted what appears to be the cover artwork for "Evermore Darkly…", the new mini-album from British extreme metallers CRADLE OF FILTH. Due on October 10 via Peaceville Records, the follow-up to last year's triumphant "Darkly, Darkly, Venus Aversa" album will arrive as a CD/DVD package including new tracks and rarities, with a lengthy on-the-road documentary and ten songs filmed live at this year's Graspop Metal Meeting in Dessel, Belgium, as well as the video for the song "Lilith Immaculate".

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Blabbermouh also has this exciting news:


The music and legacy of ZZ TOP that has been part of the world's musical landscape for over 40 years will be celebrated with the October 11 release of "A Tribute From Friends".

The album, to be released by Show Dog/Universal Music, features 11 classic ZZ TOP songs interpreted by top-flight artists working in a broad range of musical genres. All of the album's tracks have been newly recorded, specifically for the project. These include FILTER's performance of "Gimme All Your Lovin'", GRACE POTTER & THE NOCTURNALS' take on "Tush", as well as WYCLEF JEAN's "Rough Boy", "Legs" from NICKELBACK and WOLFMOTHER's interpretation of "Cheap Sunglasses".

Read more and get the tracklist at Blabbermouth


i used to be in love with all the members!

The Beat Goes On

Kathy Valentine unseals her lips about New Wave beauties the Go-Go's 30th anniversary tour.

By William Michael Smith

For parents of a certain mind-set, the Go-Go's were the band they wanted their musically inclined daughters to aspire toward. The first all-female band to top the Billboard 200 with 1982 debut Beauty and the Beat, the Go-Go's had swagger, spit and style to go along with chops, great songs that rocked and some extremely effective music videos.

All five were also that certain type of female who looked like she could either put a liplock on you or kick your ass, but wasn't about to ask permission to do either. The band recently got its own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Chatter caught up with Austin-based bassist Kathy Valentine on an off day in Los Angeles.

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the AARP has a nice write up about our beloved vinyl!

Vinyl Records Are Back

New and vintage album sales are on the rise

by: Gary Dretzka

Vinyl just won't die, even though it's been pronounced dead twice already: once after the introduction of cassettes and eight-tracks, and again after CDs took over the world. Now a growing analog underground of DJs, collectors and music lovers of all stripes is once again buying vinyl records — both new releases and vintage favorites.

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Television Personalities Honoured with New Vinyl Reissues

By Alex Hudson

In recent timesTelevision Personalities have kept things current with new albums and contemporary cover songs. This fall, the long-running English indie pop lifers will take a well-deserved look back with a pair of reissues.

Following recent re-releases of their classic 1980 debut ...And Don't the Kids Just Love It and the following year's Mummy Your Not Watching Me, TVPs are giving some much-deserved vinyl reissue treatment to They Could Have Been Bigger Than the Beatles, a collection of singles, demos, outtakes and rarities that was initially intended to mark the band's breakup in 1982. Of course, they got back together soon after, so this compilation ended up being just another celebrated record in the band's lengthy career. This new reissue will come out on vinyl via the label 1972 on October 25.



hey DJ, play a song for me!

A spinner of tunes

Kang Hyun-min, popularly known as DJ Min, is an encyclopaedia of long-forgotten songs

By John M. Glionna, -Los Angeles Times

Kang Hyun-min remembers the first time he slid an album from its cardboard jacket and delicately placed it on the turntable. It was 1979 and Kang's father had made the record player off-limits to the 10-year-old. But home alone one day, the young Kang gave in to his curiosity.

Unable to read English, he knew musicians only by their album-cover art. He grabbed an album by ABBA and set the needle down on a random song. The room was dark and Kang held his face close. He watched the black vinyl spin slowly and was mesmerised. The career of one of Seoul's most popular foreign-music nightclub disc jockeys was born.

Three decades later, vinyl records have been replaced by internet downloads in most DJ booths but the 41-year-old Kang remains loyal to those early sounds.

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David Crosby and Graham Nash Take Crosby-Nash Tour to Europe Starting September 27


Legendary singer-songwriters David Crosby and Graham Nash have been touring the U.S. since early this year. On September 27, the duo kicks off the European leg of their 2011 tour with a show in Dublin. Dates in Europe continue through November 2, with a final show at Teatro Sistina in Rome. Other highlights along the way include shows at Bridgewater Hall in Manchester (9/30), Royal Albert Hall in London (10/8), the Olympia in Paris (10/14), and Admiralspalast in Berlin (10/20).

While Crosby and Nash's storied vocal harmonies are the centerpiece of the show, they will be accompanied on the road by an ace backing band featuring James Raymond (keyboards), Shayne Fontaine (guitar), Kevin McCormick (bass), and Steve DiStanislao (drums). Shows will mix both full band performances and more intimate ones spotlighting just Crosby and Nash.

Earlier this year, Crosby and Nash — who have been harmonizing ever since Crosby, Stills & Nash formed in 1968, and have recorded and toured as a duo for almost as long — launched their new independent label, Blue Castle Records. On October 11, Blue Castle will release globally the HD DVD Crosby-Nash: In Concert. The title features a full concert filmed in high-definition at the Palace Theatre in Stamford, CT on May 22, 2011 during the U.S. portion of the current tour. The show was broadcast live on HDNet, which will air highlights from the DVD surrounding the release date.

Crosby-Nash: In Concert captures inspired versions of career-spanning classics including "Guinevere," "Marrakesh Express," "Deja vu," "Wooden Ships," "Our House," "They Want It All," "Just A Song Before I Go," "Almost Cut My Hair," and "Don't DigHere." The disc's bonus content comprises previously unreleased bonus videos of Crosby & Nash songs, including "Immigration Man," and an intense live version of the non-nuclear anthem "Don't Dig Here," newly produced with footage, graphics, and facts warning against nuclear proliferation. "Don't Dig Here" is also available as a free download on

Blue Castle's inaugural releases were digital and vinyl versions of the historic live album Another Stoney Evening, an acoustic show recorded on October 10, 1971 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in Los Angeles — one of Crosby and Nash's earliest shows as a duo. In conjunction with the forthcoming tour, Blue Castle will release Another Stoney Evening in Europe on this September, marking the first time it has ever been available there.

David Crosby and Graham Nash have each been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice — once with Crosby, Stills & Nash, and a second time with The Byrds and the Hollies, respectively. They have also been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to Another Stoney Evening, their recorded repertoire as a duo includes Crosby & Nash (1972), Wind On The Water (1975), Whistling Down The Wire (1976), Crosby-Nash (2004), and Highlights (2006).

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Voltaire - Master of the Macabre, Releases Ninth Album and Embarks on Extensive U.S. Tour This Fall

“Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children” is Voltaire’s latest full-length outing released on his Mars Needs Music imprint on September 6, 2011. This ninth album features a host of alternative music legends along with artwork by famed fantasy artist, Daarken. After premiering at the upcoming DragonCon in Atlanta, a 26 date U.S. tour follows leading up to Halloween - a holiday on which macabre renaissance man Voltaire is an expert.

“Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children” is Voltaire’s latest full-length outing released on his Mars Needs Music imprint on September 6, 2011. This ninth album features a host of celebrated alternative players, including: David J (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), Brian Viglione (Dresden Dolls), Melora Creager (Rasputina), Franz Nicolay (The World/Inferno Friendship Society, Guignol), Hannah Thiem (Copal, Nyxss) and The Red Hook Ramblers. The stunning cover art was created by legendary fantasy artist, Daarken; best known for his World of Warcraft, Warhammer, and Magic the Gathering illustrations.

Voltaire (Aurelio Voltaire Hernandez) is often described as a modern day renaissance man of the macabre. He is a singer/performer, animator, author, comic book writer, and toy creator. As a musician, Voltaire’s music can best be described as a collection of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the ghoulish and spooky, with just enough bawdy songs about Star Trek and Star Wars to keep a convention audience rolling in the aisles. “Riding a Black Unicorn…” (a title taken from a description of Voltaire’s music by an earnest fan), is a bewitching assortment of nine songs ranging from the exalted title track; to the hilarious “Dirtiest Song That Ain’t” sing-a-long; to the steampunk whimsy of “Mechanical Girl”; to the haunting proclamations of “Innocent”.

Voltaire is an established on-camera expert on alternative, horror, goth and steampunk lifestyles. He has appeared on the macabre hit TV show, “Oddities”, as well on the SyFy Channel, Fox News, Bravo, and MTV. A computer-animated Voltaire has also led several special Friday the 13th campaigns on the 16 million-user massively multiplayer online role-playing game, AdventureQuest Worlds. He also authored the popular gothic lifestyle guidebooks, “What is Goth?” and “Paint It Black”.

Furthering his reputation for artistic over-achievement, Voltaire has also just hit the indie film festival circuit with, “Odokuro”, the fifth installment in his other worldly, award-winning stop-motion animation, “Chimerascope Series” narrated by New Wave legend, Gary Numan. His prior films were narrated by Debbie Harry (Blondie), Richard Butler (Psychedelic Furs), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), and Danny Elfman (Oingo Boingo).

Voltaire has performed to tens of thousands allover North America and Europe over the past fifteen plus years. He has headlined at such venues as: CBGBs (New York), The Vic (Chicago), The Trocadero (Philadelphia), and The Showbox (Seattle); as well as sell out shows at Dragoncon; playing before 4,000+ for the three nights in a row! This fall, Voltaire embarks on a five-week nationwide tour that promises to be a full-on bawdy cabaret with This Way to the Egress, The Hellblinki Sextet, and local burlesque talent.

Voltaire’s “The Black Unicorn Cabaret Tour” with This Way to the Egress & The Hellblinki Sextet

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Nirvana – Nevermind 4XLP Reissue

A reissue of Nirvana’s, “Nevermind” has been set for September 27th on a 4XLP, which contains never before released B-sides and recordings. The LP set will be 180 gram and contains a total of 40 tracks. You can pre order it now here.

Track Listing

(Original Album)
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘In Bloom’
‘Come As You Are’
‘Territorial Pissings’
‘Drain You’
‘Lounge Act’
‘Stay Away’
‘On A Plain’
‘Something In The Way’

(The B-Sides)
‘Even In His Youth’
‘D-7′ live At The BBC
‘Been A Son’ live
‘School’ live
‘Drain You’ live
‘Sliver’ live
‘Polly’ live

(The Smart Studio Sessions)
‘In Bloom’ previously unreleased
‘Immodium’ (Breed) previously unreleased
‘Lithium’ previously unreleased
‘Polly Previously’ unreleased mix
‘Pay To Play’
‘Here She Comes Now’
‘Dive’ previously unreleased
‘Sappy’ previously unreleased

(The Boombox Rehearsals)
‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’
‘Verse Chorus Verse’ previously unreleased
‘Territorial Pissings’ previously unreleased
‘Lounge Act’ previously unreleased
‘Come As You Are’
‘Old Age’ previously unreleased
‘Something In The Way’ previously unreleased
‘On A Plain’ previously unreleased

(BBC Sessions)
‘Drain You’ previously unreleased
‘Something In The Way’ previously unreleased


and in music history for today, August 26th:

In 1967, Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze" was released. Although it is now considered a Rock 'n' Roll classic, the single only reached #65 on the Billboard chart.

Also in 1967, Bobbi Gentry's "Ode To Billie Joe" claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The record would also become an international hit and later win three Grammy Awards. In 1976, the song was adapted into a motion picture which showed Billie Joe and his girlfriend throwing a rag doll off the Tallahatchie Bridge, although Bobbie Gentry has never revealed what she had in mind when she wrote the song.

In 1970, Duane Allman sat in with Eric Clapton for the recording of the Derek & the Dominos album

Also in 1970, Jimi Hendrix made his last live appearance in the UK at the Isle of Wight festival. On September 18th, he would die from an overdose of sleeping pills.

In 1972, A New York quartet called Looking Glass had the number one tune in the US with "Brandy". Despite the success of the song, the band could muster only one more chart hit, "Jimmy Loves Mary-Anne" the following year.

1973, 10CC made their live debut at the Palace Lido Isle of Man at the start of an U.K. tour.

In 1976, Donna Summer groans and sighs her way through her erotic Disco hit "Love To Love You Baby" on American Bandstand. Even though the song reached #2 in America, Donna later admitted that she was not completely sure of some of the lyrics, and parts of the song were improvised during the recording.

The Pretenders played their first public gig in 1977, opening for Strangeways.

In 1978, Frankie Valli went to #1 on the US singles chart with the Barry Gibb song “Grease.” It went on to sell more than 2 million copies in the U.S.

Also in 1978, a crowd of 80,000 people attended the first Canada Jam Festival held at Mosport Park, just north of Bowmanville Ontario. The show featured sets by The Doobie Brothers, The Commodores, Kansas, Dave Mason and The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

In 1981, 67 year-old Lee Hays, a co-founder of an influential American Folk music quartet The Weavers and co-writer of "If I Had A Hammer", suffered a fatal heart attack at his New York home.

In 1987, Sonny Bono, who once said that he never voted until age 53, announced that he was running for mayor of Palm Springs, California. Sonny said he was frustrated over the red tape he faced for a remodeling project at his Italian restaurant. He would win the election in 1988 and serve until 1992. He failed in a Senate race later that year, but won a seat in Congress in 1996. Bono died in a skiing accident on January 6th, 1998, at the age of 62.

In 1989, Ringo Starr won a court case to stop the release of music that he recorded while in a less than desirable state. good...

In 1990, at a show in Alpine Valley, WI, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble were joined for the encore by Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Jimmy Vaughan and Robert Cray.

In 1995, Ronnie White of the Miracles died of leukemia at the age of 56. As one of the founding members of Motown singing group, he was the only one to survive all of their line-up changes. He is also noted as the man who discovered Stevie Wonder, then White's 11-year-old neighbor, and brought him to the attention of Motown head, Berry Gordy Jr.

Creed released their debut album 'My Own Prison' in 1997.

In 2003, Rolling Stone magazine named Jimi Hendrix as the greatest guitarist in rock history. Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, Keith Richards, Chuck Berry, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Ry Cooder also made the top 10.

In 2004, pop star Laura Branigan died in her sleep at her home in East Quogue, New York after suffering a brain aneurysm. She was 47 years old. Branigan was one of the world's biggest female pop stars of the 80s with hits like "Gloria", "Self Control" and "Solitaire".

In 2009, Ellie Greenwich, who wrote and co-wrote such classic pop songs as "Chapel of Love", "River Deep, Mountain High", "Leader of the Pack" and "Be My Baby", passed away at the age of 68.

In 2010, Britain's EMI Records confirmed that Iron Maiden's latest album 'The Final Frontier' debuted at #1 in 21 countries around the world. Just under four years earlier, the band's last studio LP, "A Matter Of Life And Death" also entered the pan-European chart at the top.

celebrating birthdays today include (among others): Maurice Williams (Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs) (73), Nik Turner (Hawkwind) (71), Maureen Tucker (Velvet Underground) (67), Shirley Manson (Garbage) (45)