Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Beatles Autographed Single Sells for Big Bucks On eBay

An autographed Beatles' single "Please Please Me" on the Red Parlophone label recently (November 14th) sold on Ebay on for about $12,720.00. This rarity was signed on the A-side by George Harrison and John Lennon while signatures from Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were on the B-side of the record, "Ask Me Why."

Beatles experts believe that there were only three occasions when the band sat down together for an autograph session. The seller lists these three occasions as: Oct. 6, 1962 the day after "Love Me Do" was released at Dawson’s Music Shop, Jan. 24, 1963 at Brian Epstein’s NEMS Record Store, two weeks after "Please Please Me" was released and lastly Dec. 14, 1963 at the Beatles London Fan Club Convention.

This single is believed to have been signed on the second of these occasions, a day that began with the Fab Four making an appearance at NEMS central Liverpool store. They autographed copies of the single and gave a brief acoustic performance on the stairs.


Interview: Nils Lofgren Talks About His New Album, His On-Line Guitar School and the Evils of Dog Fighting

Nils Lofgren has had one of the most diversified careers of the rock era. Over his 43 years in the business, he has played with the likes of Neil Young on his album After the Gold Rush and as a member of Crazy Horse, Ringo Starr as a two-time member of the All-Starr Band and, for the last 27 years, as a member of Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band. On top of that, he has worked on numerous other projects including his original group, Grin, and on a long series of solo recordings.

VVN Music had the honor of talking to Nils on a variety of subjects including his new album, Old School, his on-line guitar school and his activity in researching and speaking out on the subject of dog fighting. He and his wife, Amy, are Acclaimed Ambassadors of the Best Friends Animal Society of Kanab, Utah.

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Dinosaur Jr. (re-)releasing first three albums on cassette

Dinosaur Jr. are set to reissue their first three albums - 1985's Dinosaur, 1987's You're Living All Over Me, and 1988's Bug - on cassette tape. Originally released on cassette and vinyl via Homestead and SST Records, the three albums were reissued on vinyl last month via Jagjaguwar. Now, in conjunction with Dinosaur Jr.'s upcoming West Coast tour, Joyful Noise is producing a one-time release of 500 hand-numbered copies. They cassettes will be packaged in a custom-built, screen-printed wooden box , featuring the classic Dinosaur Jr. "monster" artwork. The individual cassettes are manufactured on high-quality chrome tape with purple, black, and white shells. Each are individually wrapped with 8 panel original artwork.


great article in a local Bakersfield College (California) newspaper, hail vinyl!

Local record store keeps vinyl alive

Nate Perez

In this day and age when people are more likely to download music rather than buy it, Ronald Ramirez makes his living selling music, predominantly vinyl.

If you thought records were no longer relevant, think again.

Going Underground Records, located downtown at 1822 G St., has been in business for ten years

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sign of the times

Music Lovers, Prepare to Say Goodbye to the CD

By Rick Aristotle Munarriz, The Motley Fool

You had to know that the CD wasn't going to last forever.

We've seen 78s, vinyl, 8-track tape, and (for the most part) cassettes come and go. Why should the pre-recorded music CD be any different?

Side-Line Music Magazine turned heads last week when it reported that the major record labels plan to abandon the CD by the end of next year -- if not sooner.

The online music magazine didn't get a single music company to go on the record with its bold claim, though it later updated its story to point out that several label employees did approach the magazine to confirm that plans do exist to nix the compact disc.

If the article is accurate, we'll be down to simply limited-edition CD releases restricted to the top-selling artists after 2012.

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album cover art of the day:

FESTER Reveal Cover Art For New Album

Norwegian pioneers in blackened death metal, Fester have revealed the cover art and track listing for their forthcoming new album, 'A Celebration Of Death'. The band's first offering of new material in 17 years, 'A Celebration Of Death' will be out in early 2012 through Abyss Records. The cover for 'A Celebration Of Death' was painted by artist Eliran Kantor (Testament, Sodom, Atheist, Sigh, Anacrusis). The rest of the layout was done by Joce of Industrie Chimere Noire (Portal, Ghäst, Total Holocaust).

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not sure why the band did this, most of us know how a gatefold record opens and what it looks like :O)

MASTODON: 'The Hunter' 180-Gram Vinyl Edition Unboxing Video


lovely cover art

Attack Attack Reveal Cover Art

Columbus, OH’s Attack Attack! have recently revealed the album title, cover art and release date for the band’s long awaited new release on Rise Records. 'This Means War' will be available everywhere on January 17, 2012. A headline tour kicks off January 26th in Columbus.


c'mon coop!

Alice Cooper Hosts UK TV Game Show

Alice Cooper recently took a turn hosting the UK TV comedy game show “Never Mind The Buzzcocks.” With its pop music theme, the show is currently without a host, so snags folks like Alice to drop in on the action to liven things up.

“Never Mind The Buzzcocks” stars Phill Jupitus and Noel Fielding as team captains. The BBC show plays on the names of the Sex Pistols’ "Never Mind The Bollocks" album and the pop punk band Buzzcocks. "Never Mind The Buzzcocks" is currently in its 15th year.

Alice is on tour across Europe in support of “Welcome 2 My Nightmare,” the sequel to his classic 1975 concept album.


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Alkaline Trio “Crimson” 2XLP

Cobraside has found a few copies of each of the colors for their pressing of Alkaline Trio’s, Crimson 2XLP, which are available now. The pressing was limited to a total of 1,000 copies over four colors; Green, Blue, White and Grey. Shop Radio Cast has a few of each of these colors in stock now.

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 11/07 - 11/13, 2011

Top 25 Vinyl:

1. Ty Segall - Spiders 7"
2. Florence + The Machine - Ceremonials
3. The Features - The Wilderness
4. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions
5. Atlas Sound - Parallax
6. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
7. Tom Waits - Bad As Me
8. Noel Gallagher - Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds
9. James Blake - James Blake
10. She & Him - A Very She & Him Christmas
11. M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming
12. Coldplay - Mylo Xyloto
13. Wilco - The Whole Love
14. Blind Willie Johnson - Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground
15. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings - He Said I Can 7"
16. The Bees (Band Of Bees) - Every Step's A Yes
17. Various - The Lost Notebooks of Hank Williams
18. Kurt Vile - So Outta Reach EP
19. Caitlin Rose - Own Side Now
20. JEFF The Brotherhood - Whatever I Want 7"
21. PUJOL - Nasty Brutish & Short
22. Hands Off Cuba - Volumes Of Sobering Liquids
23. Black Belles - Black Belles
24. Owen - Ghost Town
25. Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced


and in music history for november 16th:

In 1959, after topping the US chart with "Come Softly To Me" the previous April, The Fleetwoods enjoyed their second number one song with "Mr. Blue."

Also in 1959, the original Broadway production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music," starring Mary Martin, Theodore Bikel, Kurt Kasznar, Marion Marlowe, Patricia Neway, and Kathy Dunn, opened at New York's Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for 1443 performances. And now you can find the soundtrack in every goodwill bin across the land.....

On this date in 1960, in Nashville, Patsy Cline recorded "I Fall To Pieces," after Brenda Lee turned it down for being "too country."

In 1963, the brother and sister team of Nino Tempo and April Stevens hit the top of the Billboard chart with "Deep Purple," a song that they recorded in just two takes. In the UK, it reached #27.

The Animals recorded "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" in 1964.
The Animals' lead singer Eric Burdon would later say of the song, "It was never considered pop material, but it somehow got passed on to us and we fell in love with it immediately." The Animals gave it one of their trademark R&B-unto-rock workups, speeding up the tempo and starting off with a memorable electric guitar-and-organ doubled riff from Hilton Valentine and Alan Price, that was picked out and expanded from an element that originally appeared in the Simone recording's outro. This riff immediately led into Burdon's trademark deep, impassioned vocal line:

Baby, do you understand me now?
If sometimes, you see that I'm mad ...
Don't you know no one alive can always be an angel,
When everything goes wrong, you see some bad. (group harmony)
But I'm just a soul whose intentions are good: (just Burdon)
Oh Lord! Please don't let me be misunderstood ...

The single was ranked by Rolling Stone magazine at #315 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1968, B.J. Thomas' "Hooked On A Feeling" was released. It will enter the Billboard chart in December and climb to #5, but was not a hit in the UK.

In 1968, Hugo Montenegro was at #1 in the UK singles chart with “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly,” from the soundtrack of the Clint Eastwood spaghetti western film. It was the first instrumental #1 since 1963.

In 1970, Anne Murray's "Snowbird" was certified Gold. Some sources would have us believe that she was the first Canadian recording artist to receive a Gold Record. She was not. By this date, Canada's Guess Who, for example, had already received Gold Records for three of their singles: "These Eyes," "Laughing" and "American Woman."

In 1973, John Lennon released the album "Mind Games" in the UK, exactly two weeks after it was issued in North America.

In 1974, John Lennon had his only solo, number one hit in the US during his lifetime when "Whatever Gets You Through the Night" hit the top. In his homeland, it could do no better than #36. His girl friend, May Pang, would later recall that John got the inspiration for the song when he saw TV evangelist Reverend Ike utter the phrase "Let me tell you guys, it doesn't matter, it's whatever gets you through the night."

In 1978, at New York's Madison Square Garden, a concert by Queen featured a row of semi-nude, over-weight women on bicycles to promote the band's current single, "Fat-Bottomed Girls."

In 1979, Paul McCartney released the holiday single "Wonderful Christmastime." Because he wrote, published, and played all the instruments on this recording, McCartney's royalties add up. Including royalties from cover versions, it is estimated that Paul McCartney makes $400,000 per year from this song, which puts its cumulative earnings in excess of $15 million.

In 1980, R&B singer (Ace Of Spade) O.V. Wright died of heart failure at age 41.

In 1982, Men At Work started a 15-week run at #1 on the US album chart with their debut album, 'Business As Usual,' which went on to sell over five million copies in the US.

In 1988, Stan Love, former Beach Boys manager and brother of lead singer Mike Love, was sentenced to five years probation after being convicted of embezzling more than $300,000 from the band.

In 1992, Ronnie Bond, drummer with The Troggs, passed away at the age of 52. Bond and company scored the 1966 US #1 and UK #2 single with “Wild Thing” and a 1966 UK #1 in “With A Girl Like You.”

In 1996, the Beatles became the first artists to have three #1 albums in the same year when their "Anthology 3" hit the top of the American album chart.

In 1998, bass singer J.D. Sumner of the gospel vocal groups the Blackwood Brothers and the Stamps Quartet died at the age of 73. For six years, Sumner held the Guiness World Record for singing the lowest bass note. J.D. and the Stamps toured and recorded with Elvis Presley from November 1971 until Presley's death in 1977.

In 2001, a six-minute recording of a Beatles interview bought for $5 at a flea market, sold for $10,400 at an online auction to a U.S. bidder identified only as "an avid record and music memorabilia collector."

In 2002, a Texas billionaire paid the Rolling Stones almost $7 million to play his 60th birthday party.

In 2004, rap artist Ol' Dirty Bastard (real name Russell Jones) collapsed and died at a Manhattan recording studio in New York aged 35. A spokesman for his record company said the rapper had complained of chest pains. By the time paramedics reached him, he was dead. ODB was a founding member of the Wu-Tang Clan in the early 1990s.

In 2006, 'Queen's Greatest Hits' was declared the most popular album of all time in Britain, having sold almost 5.5 million units. The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" came in second.

In 2010, the Beatles' catalog was released on iTunes.

birthday wishes go out to (among others): Winfred Lovett (Manhattans) (68), Chi Coltrane (63), Mark Orr (Kentucky Headhunters) (62), Josh Silver (Type O Negative) (49), Dave Kushner (Velvet Revolver) (45), Christian Lorenz (Rammstein) (45), Pattie Santos (It's a Beautiful Day) (62)

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