Monday, October 31, 2011

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - November 1, 2011

Slim pickings this week, although there is quality music to be found especially the Beach Boys' 'The SMiLE Sessions,' which is available in 2-CD, 2-LP vinyl, and a 9-disc (5-CD, 2-LP, 2-7") box set editions. U2 does even more with options that are available for the remastered edition of the 'Achtung Baby' album, including single CD, "Deluxe" 2-CD, 4-LP vinyl box set, 10-disc (6-CD, 4-DVD) "Super Deluxe" box set, and the "Uber Deluxe" 15-disc (6-CD, 4-DVD,5 -7" vinyl) box set.  And for the really adventurous Queen is releasing Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 3 (10 CDs).

The CVR Blog also recommends the vinyl edition of Ryan Adams' new album, 'Ashes & Fire,' Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' on vinyl, Indigo Girls with 'Beauty Queen Sister' on vinyl, Lou Reed & Metallica's 'Lulu,' Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition,' the Decemberists' 'Long Live the King' EP and a 4-CD box set from Gram Parsons.

Megadeth's 'Th1rt3en,' Queen with 'Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 3' (10 CDs) and Panda Bear's 'Tom boy' (4-LP box set) also make my wish list.

As always, CVR Blog picks are bolded brown!

AM & Shawn Lee - Celestial Eclectic
Active Child - You Are All I See
Adaline - Modern Romantics
Association - Insight Out: Deluxe Expanded Mono Edition
Barry Manilow - His Greatest Hits: Live

Beach Boys - The Smile Sessions Box Set (5 CDs / 2 LPs / 2 45s)

The long awaited release of the Brian Wilson and Beach Boys masterpiece, Smile Sessions. With the full participation of original Beach Boys Al Jardine, Mike Love, and Brian Wilson, Capitol/EMI has, for the first time, collected and compiled the band's legendary 1966-'67 sessions for the never-completed SMiLE album. Rolling Stone magazine recently called SMiLE "the most famous unfinished album in rock & roll history."

In several sessions between the summer of 1966 and early 1967, The Beach Boys recorded a bounty of songs and drafts for an album, SMiLE, that was intended to follow the band's 1966 album, Pet Sounds. The master tapes were ultimately shelved, and The Beach Boys' SMiLE has never been released. Drawn from the original masters, SMiLE Sessions presents an in-depth overview of The Beach Boys' recording sessions for the enigmatic album, which has achieved legendary, mythical status for music fans around the world.

SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations include an assembled collection of core session tracks, while the box set delves much deeper into the sessions, adding early song drafts, alternate takes, instrumental and vocals-only mixes, and studio chatter. SMiLE Sessions invites the listener into the studio to experience the album's creation, with producer, singer and bassist Brian Wilson's vision leading the way as he guides his fellow Beach Boys, singer Mike Love, drummer Dennis Wilson, lead guitarist Carl Wilson, rhythm guitarist Al Jardine, and newest member Bruce Johnston (who'd replaced Brian Wilson in the touring group during 1965), through the legendary sessions.

Artwork for all of the SMiLE Sessions' physical and digital configurations has been created with and inspired by Beat-Pop artist Frank Holmes' original 1967 LP sleeve art and booklet designs intended for the SMiLE album. With its three-dimensional shadowbox lid, The SMiLE Sessions box set offers a whimsical peek inside the storied SMiLE Shop.'

Benoît Pioulard - Benoît Honoré Pioulard Plays Thelma
Bob Dylan - Beyond Here Lies Nothin': The Best of Bob Dylan
Carole King - A Holiday Carole
Caroline Smith - Little Wind
Chris Isaak - Baja Sessions
Chris Isaak - Beyond the Sun (2 LPs) (vinyl)
Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto (vinyl)
Decemberists - Long Live the King (EP)
Dreaming Dead - Midnightmares
Emmanuel Mieville - Four Wanderings in Tropic Lands
Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
Gary Numan - Dead Son Rising
Girl in a Coma - Exists & All the Rest
Gram Parsons - Gram Parsons: The Early Years (4-CD box set)
Helmet - Meantime (reissue) (vinyl)

Indigo Girls - Beauty Queen Sister (vinyl)

Isaac Hayes - Essential Albums (4 CDs)

Jethro Tull - Aqualung - 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition (2 CDs, DVD, Blu-Ray, LP)

Limited edition super deluxe edition includes two CDs, a bonus DVD, a vinyl LP pressing and more. Digitally remastered and expanded two commemorative Collector's Edition of the classic 1971 album, released to coincide with the classic LP's 40th Anniversary. Disc One features a NEW, previously unreleased stereo mix of the album. Disc Two contains additional recordings from 1970-71 and includes unheard stereo mixes. EMI. 2011

John Denver - The RCA Albums Collection (25 CDs)
Journey - Greatest Hits Volume 2 (2 LPs) (vinyl)
Jupe Jupe - Reduction in Drag
Justin Bieber - Under The Mistletoe
King Midas Sound - Without You
Krisiun - The Great Execution
Lionel Richie - Tuskegee
Lou Reed & Metallica - Lulu
Low Roar - Low Roar
Matt Pond - PA Emblems (reissue) (vinyl)
Megadeth - TH1RT3EN
Mike Patton - The Solitude of Prime Numbers (soundtrack)
Miranda Lambert - Four The Record
Nellie McKay - Obligatory Villagers (reissue)
New Ivory - Amygdala Circus
Panda Bear - Tom boy (4-LP box set) (vinyl)

Queen Queen 40 Limited Edition Collector's Box Set Volume 3 [ Exclusive] (10 CDs)

Rich Aucoin - We're All Dying To Live
Robin Bacior - Rest Our Wings
Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire (vinyl)
Sandy Denny & Thea Gilmore - Don't Stop Singing
Shelby Earl - Burn the Boats
Sick Of It All - Nonstop
Slipknot - Iowa (reissue)
Stalley - Lincoln Way Nights
Steel Panther - Balls Out
Sting - Best of 25 Years: Double Disc Edition (2 CDs)
Susan Boyle - Someone To Watch Over Me
Taake - Noregs Vaapen
Terror - Keepers Of The Faith/Defining The Faith

The Deer Hunter - The Color Spectrum (vinyl)

The Loom - Teeth
The Philistines Jr. - If A Lot Of Bands Play In The Woods…
The Soft Moon - Total Decay (EP)
They Might Be Giants - Album Raises New and Troubling Questions
Throne of Katarsis - Ved Graven
Torae - For The Record

U2 - Achtung Baby (Vinyl Box)

Recorded at Hansa Studio in Berlin and Windmill Lane in Dublin, Achtung Baby was U2's seventh studio album and went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance, becoming one of the most significant records of the 1990s.
Extremely limited four vinyl LP pressing includes the original album plus seven bonus remixes.

Various Artists - Garage Band Tribute to The Monkees
Various Artists - The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams
Various Artists - The Muppets: Green & Red Christmas (reissue with bonus tracks)
Wale - Ambition
Yelle - Safari Disco Club Remixes

New Jazz Releases - November 1, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Yes: Live DC/DVD package due next month

Prog-rockers Yes have a new live album on the way.

“In The Present—Live from Lyon” will be available on CD/DVD on November 29th in North America and December 2nd in Europe.

Recorded in Lyon, France, on December 1st 2009, “In The Present – Live from Lyon” is a collection of hidden gems and unforgettable classics, with new singer Benoit David breathing new life into each of the songs.

The package comes with a 55 minute DVD containing excerpts from the live performance, candid interviews and behind the scenes footage. The cover art features an original design by Roger Dean, author of most Yes album covers including classics “Fragile,” “Close To The Edge” and “Drama.”

Yes’ powerful compositions influenced a generation of musicians. They have a hugely successful and indelible catalogue of masterpieces; songs like “Roundabout,” a seminal hit which consistently appears on “the best songs of all-time” lists, and the group’s #1 hit “Owner of a Lonely Heart,” taken from the 1983 album “90125,” saw Yes top the UK and US album charts simultaneously.

Yes’ latest studio album, “Fly From Here” – the first in ten years – hit the Top 10 on the Rock Charts and was declared as their “best work since the ‘70s” (Paste Magazine)

“In the Present – Live From Lyon” will be released in a gloss digipak edition. The final tracklisting includes:

Disc One
1. Siberian Khatru
2. I’ve Seen All Good People
3. Tempus Fugit
4. Onward
5. Astral Traveller
6. And You And I
7. Corkscrew (Acoustic Solo)

Disc Two
1. Owner Of A Lonely Heart
2. Southside Of The Sky
3. Machine Messiah
4. Heart of the Sunrise
5. Roundabout
6. Starship Trooper

Interviews, Excerpts from the Live Show, Roundabout, Machine Messiah (running time approx 55 mins.)

A limited edition gatefold sleeve 3 LP vinyl release (only including the audio portion of the album) will be exclusively available in the European markets.


LAMB OF GOD: Reveal Album Title, Artwork and Track List

Virginia metallers LAMB OF GOD have decided to call their new LP 'Resolution' which is due on January 24, 2012 via Epic Records (one day earlier internationally through Roadrunner). The effort was produced by Josh Wilbur, who worked on the band's last effort, 2009's 'Wrath.'

'Resolution' will feature 14 songs and will come in a digipack with artwork by longtime art director Ken Adams.

1. Straight for the Sun
2. Desolation
3. Ghost Walking
4. Guilty
5. The Undertow
6. The Number Six
7. Barbarosa
8. Invictus
9. Cheated
10. Insurrection
11. Terminally Unique
12. To The End
13. Visitation
14. King Me


MÖTLEY CRÜE To Release Catalog On Vinyl-Replica CD and 180 Gram Vinyl

The following albums will be re-released on November 14 as vinyl-replica CDs with a 16-page booklet, a CD with a five-page booklet and on 180-gram vinyl in a four-color gatefold sleeve:

* Too Fast For Love
* Shout At The Devil
* Theatre of Pain
* Girls Girls Girls
* Dr. Feelgood

Also on that date, the rest of their catalogue — "Mötley Crüe", "Generation Swine", "New Tattoo" and "Live: Entertainment Or Death" — will be re-released in standard CD format only. This will be followed by "Mötley Crüe's Greatest Hits" in CD, deluxe CD, 180-gram vinyl and DVD formats on December 5.


Suburban Home Halloween Sale

Suburban Home is hosting a Halloween Sale in their online store at Shop Radio Cast. All older LPs and CDs are marked down to $6.66 and 7″ vinyl are only $3.33. The sale is on from now until the end of this week! Get shopping the Suburban Home Halloween Sale here NOW.


Top 10 Albums – October 31, 2011

Here are the Top 10 Albums at Shop Radio Cast for the week of October 24 – October 31, 2011:

1. Brand New – Your Favorite Weapon LP
2. Blink 182 – Neighborhoods LP
3. Blink 182 – Neighborhoods LP (Blue/White)
4. Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary LP
5. Saves The Day – Stay What You Are LP (Colored)
6. Trampled By Turtles / Motion City Soundtrack – Wait So Long/Disappear 7″
7. Foo Fighters – Color and Shape 2XLP
8. She & Him – A Very She & Him Christmas LP
9. City and Colour – Sometimes 2XLP
10. Deftones – White Pony (2XLP)


music history for october 31st:

In 1952, pianist Johnnie Johnson hired 26 year old Chuck Berry as a guitarist in his band. While playing evening gigs in the St. Louis area, Berry will keep his day job as a hairdresser for the next three years.

In 1959, the Quarry Men (with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison) changed their name to Johnny and the Moondogs.

In 1960, the Elvis Presley LP "G.I. Blues" enters the Billboard Hot 200, where it will rise to number one and stay there for six weeks. It will finally fall of the chart 111 weeks later, making it the longest charting album of Elvis' career.

In 1962, Elvis Presley's 11th film, Girls! Girls! Girls! premiered in Honolulu, Hawaii, where it was shot. The movie is a musical comedy about a penniless fisherman who loves his life on the sea and dreams of owning his own boat.

In 1963, the Beatles returned to London from Sweden and were greeted by hundreds of screaming fans and a mob of photographers and journalists. American television host Ed Sullivan was at Heathrow as The Beatles arrived, and was struck by the sight of Beatlemania in full swing; he decided to look into getting this group to appear on his U.S. television program.

In 1964, the Supremes achieve their second Billboard number one single with "Baby Love". Just four months earlier, other artists at Motown Records referred to them as "the no-hit Supremes."

In 1964, sitting at the top of the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers Chart was New Zealand-born Canadian vocalist Gale Garnett with "We'll Sing In The Sunshine". It will also reach #4 on the Billboard chart and win a 1965 Grammy Award for Best Folk Recording. Garnett continued to record through the rest of the 1960s, but her follow-up, "Lovin' Place", was her only other single to chart in America.

In 1964, Ray Charles was arrested by Logan Airport customs officials in Boston and charged with possession of heroin. This was his third drug charge, following incidents in 1958 and 1961. Ray avoided prison time after kicking the habit in a clinic in Los Angeles, but spent a year on parole in 1966.

In 1964, for the first time since January, The Beatles do not have a song on the Billboard Hot 100. During that time, they placed fourteen records on the chart with five different labels.

In 1967, Iggy & the Stooges made their live debut at a Halloween party in Michigan.

In 1968, Malcolm Hale, guitarist for Spanky and Our Gang, died suddenly of pneumonia at the age of 27. The group placed five songs on the Billboard Top 40 between 1967 and 1968, including "Sunday Will Never Be The Same" and "Lazy Day".

In 1986, Roger Waters, who had left Pink Floyd, instigated a court injunction which disallowed remaining members David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Rick Wright from using the band's name. The ruling was over-turned in early 1987.

In 1989, the first MTV Unplugged show was tapped in New York with Squeeze.

In 1990, during a gig in Seattle, Washington, Billy Idol dumped 600 dead fish in Faith No More's dressing room. They responded by walking on stage, naked during Idol's set.

In 1995, Alice in Chains released "Alice in Chains" as a vinyl edition. It was not available on CD or cassette until November 7, 1995.

In 1996, Slash announced his departure from Guns N' Roses.

In 1997, over 200 counterfeit tickets were confiscated at a Jane's Addiction reunion concert in New York.

In 1998, KISS kicked off its Psycho-Circus tour with a Halloween extravaganza in Los Angeles, CA. The Smashing Pumpkins were the opening act.

In 2002, Claude Johnson, known as "Juan" of Don and Juan, passed away at the age of 67. The duo reached number 7 in the US in 1962 with "What's Your Name".

In 2005, the white suit worn by John Lennon on the cover of the Beatles' Abbey Road album sold for $118,000 at an auction in Las Vegas. And an Austin Princess hearse driven by the late star in the documentary Imagine sold for $150,000. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the items went to Amnesty International.

In 2005, the iTunes Music Store reached 1 million videos sold.

In 2007, Forbes magazine announced its list of the top earning dead celebrities and once again Elvis Presley led the way. The King earned $49 million in the past year. In second place was John Lennon who jumped from #4 last year, earning $44 million. Other notables included George Harrison in fourth place with $22 million, James Brown was eleventh with $5 million and Bob Marley was twelfth with $4 million.

birthdays today include (among others): Tom Paxton (73), Bob Siebenberg (Supertramp) (62), Larry Mullen (U2) (50), Johnny Marr (born John Maher) (Smiths) (47), Frank Iero (My Chemical Romance) (30), Mikkey Dee (born Micael Delaoglou) (Motörhead) (47) and Russ Ballard (Argent) (66)

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Michael Fremer Album Review



Geffen/ORG Music ORGM-1005 180g LP

Produced by: Jack Endino, Butch Vig, others

Engineered by: various engineers

Mixed by: various engineers

Mastered by: Bernie Grundman at Bernie Grundman Mastering



Collection of Demos, Outtakes and Radio Still Carries Weight
by Michael Fremer
September 01, 2011

Knowing Bernie Grundman, there’s something amusing about thinking of him cutting the lacquers for this ORG reissue of Nirvana’s “cull” album of demos, outtakes and radio broadcasts.

The mild mannered Grundman is more of a jazz fan than someone who indulges in hard rock/grunge. Nonetheless he’s nailed the shit out of this reissue, particularly on the bottom end that really kicks ass.

This album was originally issued in 1992, forced upon Geffen because so much of the material was making the rounds among fans in very low quality sound. Back then fans actually cared about sound quality. How novel!

Issued in 1992 not that long after Nevermind made them rock stars, the album gave new fans a chance to hear the band’s roots from 1988 studio demo tapes, through a 1991 session for UK Disc Jockey Mark Goodier’s radio show.

Many of these tracks have long, circuitous release histories. “Sliver” and “Aneurysm” were live performing favorites. “Sliver” featuring Mudhoney drummer Dan Peters, was original a Sub-Pop “A” side. “Aneurysm” was first a bonus track on the “Smells Like Teen Spirit” CD maxi-single as well as on a Japanese/Australian EP with the charming title “Hormoaning,” that also included the Devo cover “Turnaround” and covers of the Vaseline songs “Molly’s Lips” and “Son Of A Gun.” All three were radio sessions for legendary UK DJ John Peel.

“Aneurysm,” “Been A Son” (the original “Blew” B-side) and “(New Wave) Polly,” an acoustic edition of the Nevermind track, are from the aforementioned Goodier radio show with Dave Grohl on drums.

There are three unreleased tracks: “Aero Zeppelin,” (“an homage to a couple of our favorite masturbatory 70’s rock acts”-Cobain said) “Hairspray Queen” (“…how incredibly New Wave we once were…Kajagoogoo.”) and “Big Long Now” (“hope the Psychedelic Furs don’t sue us”). The first two are demos with The Melvins’ Dale Crover on drums, while “Big Long Now” was from the Bleach sessions with original Nirvana member Chad Channing (1988-1990) on drums.

“Beeswax” is from a Kill Rock Stars label compilation and “Mexican Seafood” if from a Teriyaki Asthma label collection. “Downer” is from the same Jack Endino produced session with Dale Crover drumming and was a bonus track on import copies of Nirvana’s first album Bleach. Finally, “Dive” was the B-side of “Sliver.” Whew!

Despite the early origins of much of this material, despite the demo nature and despite the various venues, including radio stations and TV and radio commercial studios, the sound is mostly remarkable, in great part because the band’s focus and authority was so. Credit Cobain for it. He was a true group leader. Good as Grohl’s Foo Fighters albums mostly are, they simply don’t have the drive and authority of even this demo and outtake compilation.

Not a throwaway Nirvana album by any means either musically or sonically.

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

©2011 & Michael Fremer - - All rights reserved

Reprinted by Permission

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Vinyl Record Talk with Norm and Jane have some fun in store tonight (wish I could be there)

Halloween Saturday Live From The Malibu Inn

Live and streamed with video at  Jane and Norm with be co-hosting Halloween Saturday with Terry and Tiffany DuFoe of Cult Radio A Go Go

Perfoming live on Halloween Saturday at the Malibu Inn will be The Barbarellatones, Wolfgod, Runman, and in one of their last appearances in the LA area before taking over the world BARB WIRE DOLLS!!

Listen To Vinyl Record Talk Here!


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Owen Ghost Town CD/LP/T-Shirt -- Shipping Now!

All Owen Ghost Town orders are now shipping!

Less than 100 copies of the limited edition clear vinyl are left -- be sure to grab one before it's too late.

All orders receive an INSTANT full album download at checkout along with a FREE button, sticker, and two digital bonus tracks.

In stores November 8. Shipping now from our E-Store.

This is also the last weekend for the Owen 30% off CD sale. View the complete selection at the link below.

Owen Ghost Town CD - $ 10 / Clear LP - $14 / T-Shirt+MP3 - $20

STRFKR LP Back in Stock / Ltd. Edition Reptilians Cassette

More copies of STRFKR's s/t debut album arrived at our office this morning and are now available in our E-Store.

Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the record features "Rawnald Gregory Erickson the Second" along with an exclusive bonus track found only on the LP.

Includes download code.


Montreal 10 Cassette Box Set (Includes MP3s)

Joyful Noise just released an ultra limited edition box set featuring every of Montreal album on cassette (including full-lengths released by Bar/None, Kindercore, and Polyvinyl).

Beautifully packaged in hand-numbered, custom-built wooden boxes with exclusive silk-screened artwork by David Barnes.

All of the tapes include MP3 download codes for those of you who want the collectible but do not have a tape player.

Albums included in this Box Set:
Cherry Peel
The Bedside Drama: A Petite Tragedy
The Gay Parade
Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse
Aldhils Arboretum
Satanic Panic in the Attic
The Sunlandic Twins
Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?
Skeletal Lamping
False Priest

of Montreal 10 Cassette Box Set


interesting perspective:

How metal helped save vinyl

by David Konow

Years ago, I started seeing a lot of record stores that catered to rappers and DJ's by selling albums and turn tables.

Recently with the collapse of the music business, and music fans rejecting CDs, vinyl has experienced a big resurgence, and as Karen Pearson, co-owner of Amoeba Records says, "Vinyl becomes a little more cultish and hipper than so much of downloading is mass market - and singles driven. It's kind of a forced feeding, and I think music connoisseurs are taking back the night, so to speak."

Of course, metal also has a big hand in keeping vinyl alive as well, with metal bands still releasing vinyl reissues to this day.

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Alkaline Trio – From Here To Infirmary Vinyl Repress

Cobraside is reissuing Alkaline Trio’s, “From Here to Infirmary” on limited colored vinyl! Shop Radio Cast has a limited mixed color version up now for pre order. There are only 300 copies so don’t hesitate. Release date is set for November 15th.

Shop Radio Cast to get your copy!


The Rolling Stones Release "No Spare Parts"


LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Music Group has announced that The Rolling Stones will issue the previously unreleased track "No Spare Parts" on exclusive limited edition 7" vinyl to mark Record Store Day's "Black Friday", Friday, November 25. A digital download version of the single will be available the week commencing November 14.

"No Spare Parts" is one of twelve bonus tracks that have been unearthed for inclusion on the forthcoming deluxe and super deluxe reissue of The Rolling Stones' Some Girls – widely regarded as one of the band's greatest albums. Some Girls will be released on November 21.

"No Spare Parts" captures the daring and diverse spirit of the album's legendary sessions. Recorded in Paris in 1978, the song tells the story of a trip from Los Angeles to San Antonio, Texas featuring Mick Jagger on electric piano, Keith Richards on acoustic piano, Ronnie Wood on pedal steel guitar, Charlie Watts on drums and Bill Wyman on bass. With a country guitar twang, subtle groove, and soulful storytelling, it's a powerful and poignant acoustic tune from The Rolling Stones, and an essential addition to any fan's catalogue.

The limited edition 7" version of the single will also include Some Girls album track "Before They Make Me Run" on the B-side.

Other never-heard-before tracks featured on the Some Girls reissue will include "We Had It All", "I Love You Too Much" and "Don't Be A Stranger".

SOURCE Universal Music Group


Rolling Stones Reveal More Information on Some Girls: Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks

NEW YORK--The Rolling Stones are set to delight their millions of fans, and another generation of new admirers, as they unveil a treasure trove of vintage unreleased material from the ‘Some Girls’ era of 1978.

“It’s an extension of what was going on then”

Comprising an entire album of fresh material, the songs form the second disc on the deluxe edition of the band’s seminal, multi-million-selling 1978 album Some Girls, which is released on November 21. It follows the massive worldwide success and acclaim for Universal’s 2010 reissue of the Stones’ hallowed 1972 set ‘Exile On Main St.’

The appearance of the unreleased tracks on the deluxe ‘Some Girls’ means that after listening to such gems from the original album as ‘Miss You,’ ‘Far Away Eyes,’ ‘Before They Make Me Run’ and ‘Beast Of Burden,’ fans can enjoy a whole new set of contemporaneous work by the Stones. A fresh and compelling collection in its own right, it’s also the perfect complement to one of the band’s best-ever albums.

The unreleased tracks mostly feature performances by the whole band - Mick Jagger on lead vocals, piano, guitars and harmonica; Keith Richards on guitars,piano, harmony vocals (and lead vocal on ‘We Had It All’); Ronnie Wood on pedal steel, electric and slide guitar; and the vintage Stones engine room of Bill Wyman on bass and Charlie Watts on drums.

Produced by the Glimmer Twins,Chris Kimsey and Don Was, the material also includes guest appearances by Stones diehards Ian Stewart and Chuck Leavell on pianos, harmonica player Sugar Blue (who also provided the unforgettable motif on the ‘Some Girls’ smash ‘Miss You’), and for trivia freaks even handclaps on one song by former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman John Fogerty.

The collection includes a wealth of fine Jagger-Richards compositions along with some fascinating cover versions, collectively reflecting the stripped-down rock ‘n’ roll, blues and country flavours of the famed 1978 album. ‘So Young,’ ‘When You’re Gone’ (co-written by Ronnie Wood), ‘Keep Up Blues’ and ‘Petrol Blues’ all evoke the band’s enduring rhythm and blues roots. ‘Don’t Be A Stranger’ is an infectious shuffle and ‘Love You Too Much’ an archetypal Stones rocker.

‘Do You Think I Really Care,’ with its lyrical imagery of New York City, and the mid-tempo road tale ‘No Spare Parts’ dovetail with ‘Far Away Eyes’ and the ‘Some Girls’ title track in reflecting the band’s longtime love of country music. No Spare Parts will be released as a single.

As if all of that wasn’t enough to keep the hungriest Stones fan happy, there are three exceptional interpretations to add to their long list of distinguished cover versions. Keith takes the lead vocals on ‘We Had It All,’ written by the great Southern songwriters Troy Seals and Donnie Fritts and recorded by such country greats as Waylon Jennings and Conway Twitty. There’s a rocking take on Freddy Cannon’s 1959 favourite ‘Tallahassee Lassie’ and an assured version of the Hank Williams standard ‘You Win Again.’

“It’s wonderful to see the quality of these tracks measuring up to the songs that came out on the original album,” says Ronnie Wood. “It’s an extension of what was going on then,” adds Keith Richards. “Sometimes great stuff gets left behind and its great to see it out there.”


Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Keith Richards - electric guitar and harmony vocals
Mick Jagger - acoustic guitar, vocals
Ronnie Wood - acoustic guitar
Ian Stewart - piano

Mick Jagger - vocals
Keith Richards - electric guitar & harmony vocals
Ronnie Wood - electric guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Ian Stewart - piano
Chick Leavell - piano solo

Mick Jagger - vocals + acoustic guitar
Keith Richards - acoustic guitar + harmony vocals
Ronnie Wood - pedal steel + electric guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Ian Stewart - piano

Mick Jagger - vocals, guitar & harp
Keith Richards - guitar
Ronnie Wood - guitar
Bill Wyman - bass
Charlie Watts - drums

Mick Jagger - vocals, el piano, guitar, tambourine
Keith Richards - piano
Ronnie Wood - electric guitar & pedal steel
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass

Mick Jagger - vocals, percussion
Keith Richards - electric guitar, acoustic guitar, percussion
Ronnie Wood - acoustic guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - marimba
Don Was - bass
Sugar Blue - harp
Matt Clifford – percussion

Keith Richards - vocals, piano, acoustic guitar, electric guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Ronnie Wood - pedal steel
Sugar Blue - harp

Mick Jagger - vocals
Keith Richards - electric guitar
Ronnie Wood - electric guitar
Bill Wyman - bass
Charlie Watts - drums
Ian Stewart - piano
Handclaps by Mick Jagger, John Fogerty and Don Was

Mick Jagger - vocals
Keith Richards - electric guitar, harmony vocals, piano
Ronnie Wood - electric guitar
Bill Wyman - bass
Charlie Watts - drums

Mick Jagger - vocals & harp
Keith Richards - electric guitar
Ronnie Wood - slide guitar
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass

Mick Jagger – vocals, acoustic guitar
Keith Richards - electric guitar & el piano
Ronnie Wood - pedal steel
Charlie Watts - drums
Bill Wyman - bass
Ian Stewart - piano

Mick Jagger - vocals and piano

Recorded by CHRIS KIMSEY


Jimmy Cliff Unveils EP 'Sacred Fire'

Jamaican legend Jimmy Cliff, working with ska lover Tim Armstrong of Rancid, have announced the details of a collaborative effort called 'Sacred Fire' that will be released next month on Collective Sounds. The record will include the covers "Ruby Soho" by Rancid, "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" by Bob Dylan, and two versions of the Clash's "The Guns of Brixton." There are also two Cliff originals, which a press release says reflect "Cliff's work as a lifelong activist and purveyor of social justice -- addressing issues such as war, economical instability, and political hypocrisy."

There will be a special colored vinyl version of the EP released on November 25 for Record Store Day's Black Friday event. One of the two Cliff originals, "World Upside Down," will be exclusive to this version.


music history for the day:

In 1957, Bobby Helms recorded "Jingle Bell Rock." By December, it will be in the US Top 10, eventually selling over a million copies and becoming a Christmas standard.

Also in 1957, Buddy Holly And The Crickets' "Oh Boy!" was released by Brunswick Records. It will peak at #10 in the US and #3 in the UK.

In 1963, the Hollies began recording their first sessions for their first album.

In 1963, 38 year-old Michael Holliday, who had a string of UK hits in the pre-Beatles era, including two number one singles, "The Story of My Life" and "Starry Eyed", committed suicide, dying from a suspected drugs overdose.

Also in 1963, the first issue of the magazine Hootenanny, based on the ABC television program, was relased

In 1966, ? & the Mysterians went to #1 on the US singles chart with “96 Tears.”

In 1967, 'Hair,' advertised as the American Tribal Love-Rock Musical, opened off-Broadway at the Public Theater in New York's East Village. The show will eventually move to Broadway for a successful run. The play's original cast album spawns the hit singles "Aquarius" / Let the Sun Shine In", "Good Morning Starshine" and "Easy To Be Hard".

In 1973, Duane Allman of The Allman Brothers Band was killed when he lost control of his motorcycle on a Macon, Georgia street while trying to swerve to avoid a tractor-trailer. He was three weeks shy of his 25th birthday.

In 1976, Elvis Presley's final studio recording session is held at his Graceland mansion in a mobile studio sent by RCA. Even in that atmosphere, Elvis struggled through the process, which would produce the LP "From Elvis Presley Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee".

'Bat Out Of Hell' by Meat Loaf was released in 1977.

Also in 1977, Paul Davis' "I Go Crazy" entered the Billboard Hot 100, where it will reach #7. In a chart career spanning from 1974 to 1982, Davis would place eight songs in the Top 40, including "65 Love Affair", a #6 hit in '82.

In 1983, Pink Floyd's "Dark Side of the Moon" marks its 491st week on the Billboard album chart, surpassing the previous record holder, "Johnny's Greatest Hits" by Johnny Mathis. When it finally fell off of list in October 1988, "Dark Side" had set a record of 741 weeks on the chart.

Also in 1983, "Islands In The Stream" gave Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers a #1 hit on the US Pop chart. The song was written by The Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry Gibb.

In 1984, Wells Kelly, drummer for Orleans on their hits "Still The One" and "Love Takes Time" was found dead from asphyxiation at the front door of his hotel. The 35-year-old was on tour with Meatloaf.

In 1999, the surviving members of The Who, Pete Townshend, Roger Daltrey and John Entwistle, reunited for the first time in two years for a concert at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to launch Pixelon, a new internet video company.

In 2000, William Martin, drummer with Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs, suffered a fatal heart attack at the age of 56.

In 2003, research by Professor James Kellaris of the University of Cincinnati College of Business Administration, found that songs get stuck in our heads because they create a 'brain itch' that can only be scratched by repeating a tune over and over. Songs such as the Village People's "YMCA" and the Baha Men's "Who Let The Dogs Out", owe their success to their ability to create a 'cognitive itch'.

In 2005, the four original wax heads of The Beatles that were used for the cover of their Sgt. Pepper album were auctioned off after being discovered in a back room at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in London. The winning bidder paid £81,500 for the set.

In 2007, Walk the Line, the film about the life of singer Johnny Cash, was voted the greatest music biopic in a poll. The film starred Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Cash and his wife June Carter as the country stars and won the actress an Oscar in 2006. In the poll, it was followed by rapper Eminem’s 8 Mile, with Mozart’s life story Amadeus next and Ray, starring Jamie Foxx as musician Ray Charles, at number four.

In 2009, Forbes Magazine reported that Michael Jackson had earned about 72 million dollars since his death on June 6th. That was good enough for third place on their list of dead celebrities making the most money. Fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent came in first at $350 million, songwriters Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein were second with $235 million and Elvis Presley was fourth, earning $55 million.

birthdays today include (among others) Denny Laine (Moody Blues, Wings) (67), Peter Green (Fleetwood Mac) (65), Kevin DuBrow (Quiet Riot) (56) and Robbie van Leeuwen (Shocking Blue) (67)

Friday, October 28, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes


Seal will release his eighth studio album, Soul 2 in the U.S. on January 31st, 2012, on Warner Bros. Records. The first single “Let’s Stay Together” will impact radio today and will be available digitally November 1st. The collection finds Seal joining forces once again with legendary producer Trevor Horn (Seal, Seal II, Human Being) who shares production duties on the album with Soul producer David Foster (Soul, Commitment). This time Seal brings his silky, inimitable voice to a lush collection of romantic soul classics primarily from the ’70s, including those by Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green, and Teddy Pendergrass, among others.

Seal and Horn teamed up in both London and Los Angeles to record “Lean on Me” (Bill Withers), “Love Here Don’t Live Here Anymore” (Rose Royce), “Love T.K.O.” (Teddy Pendergrass), “Oh Girl,” (The Chi-Lites), “Ooh Baby Baby” (The Miracles), “What’s Goin’ On” (Marvin Gaye), “Wishing On A Star” (Rose Royce). Seal enlisted Foster and Jochem van der Saag to produce “Back Stabbers” (The O’Jays), “I’ll Be Around” (The Spinners), “Let’s Stay Together” (Al Green), and “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” (The Delfonics), all of which were recorded in Los Angeles.

“In my twenty years on a journey in the music industry, two things remain constants, the voice and more importantly, the song. I continue to make music because of the chance that this day could indeed be the day I write another great song or have the opportunity to sing one. The songs on Soul 2 are a natural evolution in the arc of soul music from the songs on the first Soul album — and they are all-time classics,” said Seal. “One more very important reason why I still make music is the ‘gift of collaboration’. I’ve been fortunate to work with two such industry greats as Trevor Horn and David Foster on this album and I they continue to inspire me each and every day.”Horn says “Working with Seal is like making music again….even I’d buy this record!”

“While still reeling from the success of Soul, it was even more exciting to have the opportunity to record more of some of the greatest songs ever written,” Foster says. “I am positive fans will not be disappointed in our selection and again, Seal’s unique, raw, and, yes, sexy approach to these great classics. I am delighted to share production duties, along with Jochem van der Saag, with one of my all-time favorite record producers, Trevor Horn. His musical history with Seal is rich and runs very deep. Together I believe they made some of the greatest records ever, by anyone. They led, they didn’t follow.”

Released in November 2008, Soul was a hit around the world, earning gold certifications in Australia, Italy, and Sweden, platinum certifications in Canada, Switzerland, and the U.K., and double-platinum awards in Belgium and on the European Album chart. Soul was a Diamond-seller in France where it peaked at No. 1 on the album chart and remained there for 13 consecutive weeks.

“Wishing On A Star”
“Love T.K.O.”
“Ooh Baby Baby”
“Let’s Stay Together”
“What’s Goin’ On”
“Love Don’t Live Here Anymore”
“Back Stabbers”
“I’ll Be Around”
“Love Won’t Let Me Wait”
“Lean On Me”
“Oh Girl”


The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn New Solo Debut

The Hold Steady’s Craig Finn will give us a taste of his new debut solo album with the release of a two-song single. “Honolulu Blues," backed by the b-side “Rented Room” will be released by Vagrant Records on a limited edition 7" vinyl for Record Store Day’s Black Friday event on November 25th. A digital release will follow on November 29th.


Give Up the Ghost/American Nightmare Vinyl Reissues

Seminal hardcore rockers Give Up The Ghost (formerly American Nightmare) have just announced plans to reissue both of their albums (Background Music and We're Down Til We're Underground) on vinyl. Each album will be in a special gatefold jacket with revamped artwork and packaging. These records have been remastered by Paul Gold at Salt Mastering (Converge, Fucked Up), and will include MP3 download codes. Deathwish Inc. is handling the vinyl reissues.


Classic ANVIL Albums To Be Reissued

Three classic albums from Canadian metal legends ANVIL — "Strength Of Steel" (1987), "Pound For Pound" (1988) and "Worth The Weight" (1991) will be made available in Europe through SPV/Steamhammer on November 25 - as a high-class digipak re-releases with new booklets, including liner notes from Steve "Lips" Kudlow (guitar, vocals) and Robb Reiner (drums )and gatefold LP versions with colored vinyl and printed innersleeves. This will mark the first time "Worth The Weight" will have been reissued on vinyl.

"Strength Of Steel" LP, colored red vinyl, printed innersleeves:

Side 1
1. Strength Of Steel
2. Concrete Jungle
3. 9-2-5
4. I Dreamed It Was The End Of The World
5. Flight Of The Bumble Beast
6. Cut Loose

Side 2
1. Mad Dog
2. Straight Between The Eyes
3. Wild Eyes
4. Kiss Of Death
5. Paper General

"Pound For Pound" LP, colored green vinyl, printed innersleeves:

Side 1
1. Blood On The Ice
2. Corporate Preacher
3. Toe Jam
4. Safe Sex

Side 2
1. Where Does All The Money Go
2. Brain Burn
3. Senile King
4. Machine Gun
5. Fire In The Night
6. Cramps

"Worth The Weight" LP, colored orange vinyl, printed innersleeves:

Side 1
1. Infanticide
2. On The Way To Hell
3. Bushpig
4. Embalmer

Side 2
1. Pow Wow
2. Sins Of The Flesh
3. A.Z. #85
4. Sadness / Love Me When I'm Dead

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BLACK LABEL SOCIETY: First Six Albums Being Reissued On Vinyl

Record label Back On Black, which specializes in vinyl editions of classic metal albums has reissued the first six albums from BLACK LABEL SOCIETY on 180-gram heavyweight vinyl, packaged in deluxe gatefold sleeves. The first 1,000 copies of each title is being made available on limited-edition colored vinyl.

Featured titles:
* "Sonic Brew" (1999)
* "Stronger Than Death" (2000)
* "1919 Eternal" (2002)
* "The Blessed Hellride" (2003)
* "Hangover Music Vol. VI" (2004)
* "Mafia" (2005)

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R.E.M. Video Released

The group have just released two videos for the new single "We All Go Back Where We Belong" from their upcoming career retrospective 'Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, 1982-2011.' I chose the 'john' version

R.E.M. - We All Go Back To Where We Belong (John Version)


and in music history for october 28:

In 1956, Elvis Presley makes his second appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, where the host presents him with a Gold record for "Love Me Tender".

In 1958, Buddy Holly appeared on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand, where he lip-synched “It’s So Easy” and “Heartbeat.” It would be Holly’s last major TV appearance.

In 1961, it was on this day that Beatles manager Brian Epstein would later claim that a young British lad named Raymond Jones walked into his Liverpool record shop and asked for a song called "My Bonnie" by Tony Sheridan and The Beat Brothers, prompting him to track down the band and eventually sign them. Epstein's personal assistant, Alistair Taylor would later say that he used the name of Jones (a regular customer) to order the single and paid the deposit himself, knowing that Epstein would notice it and order further copies.

In 1962, the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany was the site of a historic Rock and Roll get together when The Beatles and Little Richard appeared for a two week engagement.

In 1967, Diana Ross And The Supremes' 'Greatest Hits' started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart. Although original member Florence Ballard is pictured on the cover and sings on all the tracks, by the time the L.P. was released, she had been fired from the group and replaced by Cindy Birdsong.

In 1974, David Bowie played the first of seven sold-out nights on his Diamond Dogs Tour at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

In 1977, Steve Perry makes his first concert appearance with Journey at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco. He would lead them to 17 Billboard Top 40 entries over the next ten years.

In 1989, Janet Jackson started a four-week run at #1 on the US album chart with Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814. At the time it was one of only three albums to produce seven Top 10 US singles (the other two being Thriller by her brother Michael Jackson and Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA).

In 1997, R.E.M. drummer Bill Berry announced that he was leaving the group after 17 years to become a farmer.

In 2006, Rod Stewart was at #1 on the US album chart with 'Still the Same... Great Rock Classics of our Time,' the singer’s fifth US #1 album.

In 2007, country musician legend Porter Wagoner died in Nashville, at age 80, from lung cancer. Wagoner helped launch the career of Dolly Parton and had his own TV show, which ran for 21 years. Wagoner signed his first record deal in 1955, and had hits including “Carroll County Accident” and “Green Green Grass of Home.”

birthdays today include (among others) Charlie Daniels (75), Hank Marvin (Shadows) (70), Ricky Reynolds (Black Oak Arkansas) (63), Stephen Morris (Joy Division, New Order) (54), William Reid (Jesus & Mary Chain) (53) and Wayne Fontana (born Glyn Ellis) (66)

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Is SoundScan Under Reporting US Vinyl Sales?

According to Vince Slusarz, owner of New York-based vinyl pressing plant Gotta Groove, sales of vinyl may be even higher than claimed. Speaking to the New York Times, Slusarz said: “SoundScan only [logs] about 15% [of sales, because] the majority of the stuff we press, it doesn’t even have a barcode”.

US record sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan, like the Official Charts Company in the UK, are reporting a rise in vinyl sales this year. Last year SoundScan reported 2.8 million vinyl sales, up from 2.5 million in 2009. This year Nielsen SoundScan says the increase could be as much as 40%, to just under four million. But if Slusarz figures are correct, and the same is true across the entire range of vinyl sold in the US, sales could actually be as high as nineteen million.



Florence + The Machine Vinyl Factory Release

The Vinyl Factory have recently teamed up with Island Records to release a very limited12-inch of the new Florence + The Machine single, "Shake It Out." The vinyl is slated for release on October 31, the same day as the new Florence album 'Ceremonials and will be the first in a series of limited-edition Florence +The Machine releases from The Vinyl Factory.

The release is limited to 500 copies and features cover photography by Karl Lagerfeld, a sleeve that is screen printed on white card, 180-gram white vinyl and silver inner sleeves.


Orange Goblin To Release New Album

Orange Goblin are set to release their new studio album, 'A Eulogy For The Damned,' on Monday February 13, 2012 in the UK/rest of world and February 14, 2012 in the US. 'A Eulogy For The Damned' is the band's seventh studio album but first for new label home, Candlelight Records. The ten-track offering was recorded at The Animal Farm studio in South London, UK, produced and engineered by Jamie Dodd and mastered by two-time Grammy-nominated Pink Floyd engineer Andy Jackson at Tube Mastering. 'A Eulogy For The Damned' will be released on CD and limited edition colored vinyl in gatefold sleeve.

1. Red Tide Rising
2. Stand For Something
3. Acid Trial
4. The Filthy & The Few
5. Save Me From Myself
6. The Fog
7. Return To Mars
8. Death Of Aquarius
9. The Bishops Wolf
10. A Eulogy For The Damned


AEROSMITH: 'Rocks' 35th-Anniversary Deluxe Edition Detailed

AEROSMITH will celebrate the band's 35th anniversary of their iconic 1976 album, 'Rocks' with a special edition release, which is due out in Japan on November 23. The release will coincide with AEROSMITH's fall tour through Japan, kicking off Tuesday, November 22 in Kanazawa.

"Rocks" 35th-anniversary deluxe edition will include:

* "Rocks" Japan-edition CD (jewel case with a replica of a golden spine onsert for Japanese LP sleeve)
* The first Japan tour program replica (28 pages)
* The first Japan tour poster replica (Nippon Budokan version)
* The first Japan tour ticket replica (from the first show at Gunma Sport Center)
* Japanese 7" singles' artwork replicas ("Home Tonight" / "Back In The Saddle" / "Last Child")
* Four postcards of photos from the "Rocks" era

All housed in a clear, plastic case!


Patti Smith, Ke$ha, Adele And More To Cover Bob Dylan Songs for Charity Album

Patti Smith, Ke$ha and Adele are set to contribute covers of Bob Dylan songs for a new tribute album. The album is called 'Chimes Of Freedom: Songs Of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International' and will be released in early 2012. All the proceeds from the compilation will be donated to Amnesty International. The compilation will also features covers of the folk legend from the likes of Sting, The Dave Matthews Band, Miley Cyrus and My Morning Jacket.

Adele will contribute her cover of Dylan's 'Make You Feel My Love', which also featured on her debut album '19', while Ke$ha will offer a new rendition of 'Don't Think Twice, It's Alright'. It has not been announced which Dylan track Miley Cyrus will cover.


RAMMSTEIN To Release 'Mein Land' Single 

German metallers RAMMSTEIN are set to release a new single, "Mein Land", on November 14 (three days earlier in Germany, Austria and Switzerland). It will be made available as a four-track CD digipak, as well as a seven-inch vinyl with two tracks. In addition to "Mein Land", it includes the previously unreleased song "Vergiss Uns Nicht", as well as remixes of the title cut by BossHoss and Mogwai.

"Mein Land" comes off RAMMSTEIN's retrospective of the band's most significant songs, to be released in November in conjunction with the band's new European headlining tour. Entitled "Made In Germany 1995 - 2011", the set will include 20 of RAMMSTEIN's best tracks, one new song, as well as the entire video catalogue for the first time on CD/DVD.


Hanlon gets urge to press vinyl

By Joel Oliphint

Keith Hanlon has played in various Columbus bands past and present-Orchestraville, the Twits, the Black Swans. He records albums, too, such as Black Swans releases and the recent full-length debut from the Regionals.

But it wasn't until earlier this year, when the Black Swans pressed a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl single to sell on the road, that Hanlon got the itch to start his own label.

"I've been a record collector all my life, but being there to cut the vinyl and everything, I thought, ‘I just want to do more of this,'" he said......



Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin and 40 Years of ‘Stairway to Heaven’

Ted Drozdowski

How did high school dances end before November 8, 1971? That’s the date that Led Zeppelin released a promotional disc to FM rock stations that would become the world’s most-played radio hit and cross over to teen-packed auditoriums everywhere.

“Stairway to Heaven” was an unlikely on-air success at eight-minutes long, but in the early ’70s, FM DJs still could play the full-length version of “In-A- Gadda-Da-Vida,” Iron Butterfly’s 17-minute bathroom break anthem. And “Stairway”’s length, plus the song’s long, quiet build-up, made it perfect for slow dancing until the explosive finale, which provided an outlet for the hormonal energy that the slow dancing generate.

The song that Gibson Les Paul legend Jimmy Page described as “crystallizing the band” started taking form in 1970 during Page and Robert Plant’s famous songwriting vacation in rural Wales at a cottage called Bron-Yr-Aur.

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Vinyl is Back But Cassette Tapes?

The sonic quality was dubious (much like the standard MP3) and they had a propensity to get wound around their own mechanism while being played, yet the cassette tape had many royal followers. Now it appears they are coming back, at least on a limited basis.

The popularity of indie music may be the driving force behind a renewed interest in the often-denigrated cassette recording tape.

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and in music history for today, october 27th:

In 1956, Clarence Henry's "Ain't Got No Home" was released by Argo Records. Because he sings like a frog on the record, further releases would be credited to Clarence "Frogman" Henry.

Also in 1956, Elvis Presley attained his third straight number one hit on The Cashbox Best Sellers Chart when "Love Me Tender" reaches the top. The King had led the list since the middle of August with "Hound Dog", which was replaced by "Don't Be Cruel" a month later.

In 1957, after a show at the Pan Pacific Auditorium in Los Angeles, local police told Elvis Presley that he was not allowed to wiggle his hips onstage and the local press ran headlines saying Elvis would have to clean up his act. The next night, the Los Angeles Vice Squad filmed his entire concert, to study his performance.

In 1957, the Crickets started a three-week run at #1 on the UK singles chart with “That’ll be the Day.” It was a #3 hit in the US where it went on to sell more than a million.

In 1960, Ben E. King was at Atlantic Records, laying down his first solo efforts since leaving The Drifters. During the session, King recorded "Spanish Harlem" which would reach #10 in the US and "Stand By Me" which would go to #4 stateside and #1 in the UK.

"Come See About Me" was released by the Supremes in 1964.

In 1964, 31 year-old Salvatore Philip Bono marries 18 year old Cherilyn Sarkisian La Piere. For a time they performed together as Caesar and Cleo before changing the name of their act to Sonny and Cher. Their union lasted 12 years.

In 1970, Black Sabbath played their first-ever live show in the US when they kicked off a 16-date tour at Glassboro State College.

In 1973, Gladys Knight and the Pips started a two-week run at #1 on the U.S. singles chart with “Midnight Train to Georgia.” It was the group’s 18th Top 40 hit and first #1. The record won the 1974 Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus and has become Knight's signature song.

In 1975, the relatively unknown Bruce Springsteen had the rare honor of simultaneous covers on both Time and Newsweek magazines in the US.

In 1979, Mark David Chapman buys a five-shot .38 special for $169. A little over six weeks later, he would use it to kill John Lennon.

In 1980, former T. Rex member Steve Took choked to death on a cherry stone, after some magic mushrooms he had eaten numbed all sensation in his throat.

Prince's album "1999" was released in 1982.

In 1984, at a Grateful Dead concert in Berkeley, California, the band allocated a specific area for fans to make bootleg recordings of the show.

The U2 film 'Rattle and Hum' premiered in Dublin, Ireland in 1988.

Xavier Cugat died of heart failure at the age of 90 in 1990.

In 1995, Gloria Estefan becomes the only pop artist to receive a call from the Pope to perform.

In 2008, reported that Elvis Presley was the top earning dead celebrity over the past twelve months, earning over $52 million. Income was boosted by visitors to his Graceland estate who commemorated the 30th anniversary of his death and new ventures like the Elvis Sirius Satellite Radio show.

In 2010, twenty-five global premieres of Michael Jackson's "THIS IS IT" took place around the world. Fifteen were simultaneous.

Scott Weiland (Stone Temple Pilots, Arcadia) (44) Mark Ryan (Quicksilver Messenger Service) (66), Byron Allred (Steve Miller Band) (62), Garry Tallent (E-Street Band) (62) and K. K. Downing (Judas Priest) (60)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I am a long time music lover who still learns a lot from your answers to questions asked by other readers.

For example, I know Columbia introduced the long-play format in 1948 with a 10-inch Frank Sinatra LP. But it doesn't make sense that they would release just one selection. Are there others that we just don't hear about?
—Joel Knight, Johnstown, Pa.

DEAR JOEL: Yes, there are exactly 100 others you don't hear about — until now.

At a two-day Columbia Records convention (June 21-22, 1948), they proudly announced, and previewed for the media and distributors, a debut catalog of 101 microgroove LPs. Two months later they went on sale nationwide.

For this initial offering, Columbia stuck with their most popular styles and genres.

The biggest chunk of this first batch of vinylite (soon shortened to “vinyl”) is the 70 classical music albums in their Masterworks line (CL-2000 and ML-4000 series).

The masters featured, and number of LPs if more than one, are: Bach; Beethoven (12); Bizet; Brahms (4); Bruch; Chopin; De Falla; Debussy (5); Dvorak (2); Foster; Franck; Gershwin (2); Gilbert & Sullivan; Grieg; Haydn; Khachaturian (2); Mahler; Mendelssohn (2); Moussorgsky-Ravel; Mozart (4); Prokofiev (2); Ravel (2); Schubert; Schumann (2); Shostakovich; Sibelius; J. Strauss; R. Strauss (2); Stravinsky (2); Tchaikowsky (6); Wagner (2); and Wieniawski (3).

Another 20 LPs are in the “Light Classical and Show Tunes” category:

Casts: “Chocolate Soldier”; “Finian's Rainbow”; “Porgy and Bess”; “Showboat”; “Student Prince”
Andre Kostelanetz: “Grand Canyon Suite”; “Kostelanetz Concert”; “Kostelanetz Favorites”; “Music of Cole Porter”; “Music of Jerome Kern”
Lily Pons: “Paris”; “Waltz Songs”; “Pons-Kostelanetz Concert”
Christopher Lynch: “Minstrel Boy”
Morton Gould: “Showcase”; “South of the Border”
Oscar Levant “Popular Moderns”
Philadelphia Orchestra: “Six Dances”
Rise Stevens: “Songs of Victor Herbert”
Helen Traubel: “American Songs”

That leaves just 11 LPs to be spread out among Columbia's many pop stars.

Besides Sinatra (CL-6001), they include: Frankie Carle (CL-6002); Dorothy Shay (CL-6003); Dinah Shore (CL-6004); Xavier Cugat (CL-6005); Marek Weber (CL-6006); Buddy Clark (CL-6007); Les Brown (CL-6008); Harry James (CL-6009); Eddy Duchin (CL-6010); and Ray Noble (CL-6011).

The main reason you hear more about “The Voice of Frank Sinatra” is because his is where the pop numbering began, giving the impression it came ahead of the others. What is not widely known is that all 101 of these albums — specifically 30 ten-inch and 71 twelve-inch discs — came out at exactly the same time.

By the end of August, some 500 Columbia record retailers had their starting inventory. Here are the suggested retail prices, which might have seemed a bit costly in 1948: $4.85 for 12-inch Masterworks (4000 series); $3.85 for 10-inch Masterworks (2000 series); and $2.85 for pop titles (6000 series), all of which are 10-inch.

Along with the records, stores also received Philco 33-speed album players (retailing for $31.50), needed to demonstrate the new microgroove format.

Each month following, Columbia, and other labels, added dozens of new titles to their LP catalog.

Though Columbia didn't unveil microgroove LPs until mid-1948, their research into that area actually began in 1939, around the time the Second World War began. They did not resume the project until the war ended in 1945.

DEAR JERRY: I have a 78 of “The Chipmunk Song,” and want to know if it is the last No. 1 hit released here on 78, as well as 45?

I know some other countries made 78s for years after the U.S. dropped that format.
—Sam Pruitt, Turlock, Calif.

DEAR SAM: “The Chipmunk Song,” released in November 1958, is among the last U.S. 78 singles; however, Wilbert Harrison's “Kansas City” came along four months later, on 45 and 78 rpm. It reached No. 1 in mid-May 1959, and is the answer to your question.

Between “The Chipmunk Song” and “Kansas City,” two other No. 1 hits were available on 78: “Stagger Lee” (Lloyd Price) and “The Happy Organ” (Dave 'Baby' Cortez).

IZ ZAT SO? Inspired by both of this week's topics, let's answer a question that, though not yet submitted by anyone, is probably on someone's “to ask” list:

In May of 1950, about two years and 100 albums after Columbia introduced the long play, one of their own became the first LP to reach No. 1 on the album charts. This honor belongs to the soundtrack of “Young Man with a Horn” (Columbia CL-6106), featuring Doris Day with Harry James and His Orchestra.

Then in March 1951, the original cast recording of “Guys and Dolls” (Decca DL-8036) became the first 12-inch LP to hit No. 1.

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:  

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