Sunday, March 20, 2011

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales ~ Week Ending 03/19/2011

We get one from each major food group in this week's smorgasbord, except no soul food. Classical records have been making the list week after week lately, which does nothing for me except make me look stupid during the show. I know nothing about classical records and often can't pronounce the performers' names. The only record on the list never to have made the Top 5 before is Lee Morgan's Blue Note LP.

1. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Bold Black labet 1st Stereo - $4,471.90

2. LP - Leonid Kogan "Plays Lalo & Tchaikovsky" Columbia SAX 2329 - $4,150.00

3. LP - Lightnin' Hopkins "Mojo Hand" Fire - $3,375.00

4. 45 - The Fix "Vengence" / "In This Town" - $2,910.49

5. LP - Lee Morgan "Sextet" Blue Note 1541 orig - $2,602.00

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

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

a lovely article about a man and his mission of music, oh, and he loves vinyl too!

Go back in time with Bob: beautiful music, no ads, down-to-earth advice

By Bonnie Washuk, Staff Writer

BATH – On a recent afternoon, underneath an orange-and-white radio tower, “the memory station” lived up to its name.

In a span of 13 minutes it played “May You Always” by the Maguire Sisters, “Only In America” by Jay and the Americans, “Fascination” by Jane Morgan, “I'll Keep On Loving You” by Willie Nelson and “Love Story” by Henry Mancini.

In those 13 minutes – and all day, every day – no ads interrupted the music. Just song after song, with occasional public service announcement tips.

Welcome to WJTO AM 730, a station unique in several ways:

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Think Fast! To Release Sick Of It All Vinyl

New York hardcore veterans Sick Of It All have announced that they will release their latest album 'Based On A True Story' on vinyl via Think Fast! Records. The band's ninth album was released last year as the follow-up to 2006's 'Death To Tyrants.' 'Based On A True Story' was recorded and produced by Tue Madsen, who has also worked with Suicide Silence, Aborted, The Haunted and August Burns Red.

The LP edition of the album will be released under exclusive licence of Century Media Records on June 14.


Hallowed Butchery Reveals Cover Art For Split With The Austrasian Goat

Hallowed Butchery have posted the cover artwork for their upcoming split with The Austrasian Goat. Hallowed Butchery commented on the split and their upcoming full-length album:

"A Choir of Dead Children Sing Their Hymn for a Sleeping God: This is the tentative title for the forthcoming full-length album. The concept has changed. The entire album will deal with child abuse, neglect, and murder. All proceeds will be donated to a charity for abused children. More details and a confirmed charity organization will available soon. A release date can be expected late 2011/early 2012.

"The split 10" with the Austrasian Goat should be available soon. There were some delays with mastering, and the girl who was supposed to do the artwork has disappeared. I will be taking over artwork duties. Screenprinted, metallic paper is in the works!!!

"Also in the works are a series of limited live performances. With a backing band, I will perform 'Funeral Rites for the Living' in its entirety. More details coming soon."


over at  is a gent who exepmlifies why vinyl is such an important music medium and is why the format continues to thrive!

time-lag records vinyl reissue series

Project by nemo bidstrup

About this projecttime-lag records is an independent, one-man record label based in rural montville, maine. the label was started in 2000, with a focus on vinyl releases that combine the highest possible quality production with an emphasis on the aesthetic of the object itself, and a deep love of interesting, unusual, and undiscovered music, both new & old. we aim to do more than just release records; to create a full, tangible & tactile experience in art & sound. over the last 10 years we've released 50 vinyl artifacts, numerous cds, cdrs and lathe-cuts, presented five large music festivals, and organized nearly 200 live shows. we initially worked solely with contemporary artists, but over the years we've begun to focus increasingly on reissuing little known treasures from the past. it's a great thrill to present these wonderful & unique albums to a wider audience. in many cases it is these artists first real exposure to an audience at all, after 30 or 40 years of total obscurity.

Obvoiusly they need money for the project, here is what they want to reissue:


from the ultra obscure, to the already legendary, this batch of four albums spans eight years & a wide spectrum of all the sonic joys that can be found in america's rich history of privately released lps. each release is fully authorized & produced in collaboration with the bands.


hopelessly rare & obscure 1971 southern private press outsider folk psychedelia. simultaneously totally crude & deeply mystical. a truly unique slice of american underground and a very special record that really doesn't sound like anything else out there. first ever reissue... a one-time vinyl only pressing of 500 copies. highest quality 180gm virgin vinyl, exact reproduction heavy vintage style covers, plus an insert with new liner notes from the band.


amazing & extremely rare west coast private press loner rock opus from 1976. a totally irresistible blending of breezy psychedelia, powerpop, and outsider rock. full of layered guitars, beautifully expansive production, unusual lyrics, infectious songs, mellotron, and some truly bent synthesizer soloing. first time ever reissued. this one deserves a much wider audience... a one-time pressing of 700 vinyl copies. highest quality 180gm virgin vinyl, exact reproduction heavy vintage style covers, plus an insert with new liner notes from the artist. there will also be a cd version packaged in a miniature lp style cover, limited to 500 copies.


rural pennsylvania private press from 1973. originally released as a pressing of only 25 copies on the legendary RPC custom label. extremely crude, but very charming mix of teen heartbreak garagey folkrock & raw proto-punk fuzz nuggets. surprisingly great lost in time songs executed with almost zero resources. never been reissued before, and remains unheard by most... a one-time vinyl only pressing of 500 copies. highest quality 180gm virgin vinyl, exact reproduction heavy vintage style covers, plus an insert with new liner notes from the band.


chicago area private press masterpiece from 1968. one of the most legendary & valuable garage / psychedelic lps ever, and with good reason. all amazing original songs, relentless jangle, achingly moody vibes, unhinged fuzz/feedback outbursts, two great vocalists, etc. only 150 copies originally pressed. all past reissues have sadly not even come close to capturing the crystalline, biting fidelity of the original, but we're going to fix that once and for all... a one-time vinyl only pressing of 500 copies. highest quality 180gm virgin vinyl with exact reproduction heavy vintage style covers.

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Record Label Hero Bob Marcucci Dies

Ellen Barnes

Legendary record company owner and talent manager Robert Marcucci died of respiratory complications and severe infections on March 9 at an Ontario, California, hospital, according to The New York Times. He was 81. Credited with molding the careers of teen idols Fabian and Frankie Avalon, Marcucci’s life inspired the 1980 movie The Idolmaker.



and in music history for the day:

In 1960, Elvis Presley entered a Nashville recording studio for the first time since being discharged from the US Army. A twelve hour session will produce his next single, "Stuck On You", which will top the Billboard chart a month later. Scotty Moore and Bill Black, who had quit Presley's touring band in 1957, are in the studio with him for the last time.

Ricky Nelson recorded "Hello Mary Lou" in 1961, which would climb to number 9 in the US by early May.

The top tune in the US in 1961 was Elvis Presley's "Surrender", which used updated lyrics put to a melody that was written in 1911 as "Come Back To Sorrento". The song would also reach #1 in the UK.

Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Richie Furay and Jim Mesina were arrested at Stephen Stills' house in Los Angeles in 1968 for "being at a place where it is suspected marijuana is being used." It's a misdemeanor for which Clapton will be found innocent while the others paid small fines. Duh, it was the 60's!

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono were married at the British Consulate Office in Gibraltar. They spent their honeymoon in Amsterdam, campaigning for peace via a week-long “bed-in”. Lennon detailed this period in The Beatles’ single, “The Ballad of John and Yoko,” which was recorded by just Lennon and Paul McCartney on April 14, 1969.

In 1972, Ringo Starr recorded the inane cut "Back Off, Boogaloo", which will become the second of his seven US Top 10 singles. The session was produced by George Harrison.

In 1977, T-Rex played their final gig when they appeared at The Locarno in Portsmouth, England.

Joan Jett And The Blackhearts started a seven week run at #1 on the US singles chart in 1982 with "I Love Rock 'n' Roll".

In 1989, Dick Clark announces his retirement from American Bandstand. On April 8th, comedian David Hirsch would take over, but the show was never the same and came to an end on October 7th. It continued to tape live at the Harrah's Club and Casino in Reno, Nevada, and aired locally until the mid-1990s

Sadly, in 1991, Eric Clapton's four year old son, Conor, fell to his death from the 53rd story of a New York City apartment window. The boy was in the custody of his mother, Italian actress, Lori Del Santo and the pair were visiting a friend's apartment. The housekeeper had just cleaned a room and opened the window to air it out. Eric was staying in a nearby hotel after taking his son to the circus the previous evening. The tragedy inspired his song "Tears in Heaven".

Lots of birthdays today including Carl Palmer, drummer (Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Atomic Rooster, ELP (1951), Alex Kapranos from Franz Ferdinand (1972), Jimmy Vaughn of the Fabulous Thunderbirds (1951) and Tracy Chapman (1964), among others.