Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: In 1959, as a 16-year-old sophomore, I had my first date with a wonderful girl from my school.

We went to the local drive-in theater. The picture playing, ironically titled “Date Bait,” was one of those low-budget, teen-oriented flicks.

The title song was sung in a rockin' Gene Vincent style. I don't know this singer, but because of the memories associated with it, I would love to have the song. That is if it even came out as a record. I never once heard it on the radio.

While searching for “Date Bait” I learned about a completely different song with the same title, also from 1959. Apparently a hit of sorts, this other one is by Diana Maxwell, and people mistakenly think her's is the one I'm after.

Oh yes, four years after the “Date Bait” date, the girl became by lovely bride, and this year we will celebrate our 48th anniversary.

Time is running out. Help me find the right “Date Bait.”
—Sherman Putterman, St. Paul, Minn.

DEAR SHERMAN: Congratulations! You obviously used the right bait to land the right date. Now let's piece all of this together and come up with your unofficial theme song.

Yes, the movie is titled “Date Bait,” but the title song is “Date Bait Baby” (tagline: “She turned a cool school into a hot-bed of violence”). “Date Bait Baby,” both in the film and on a record (Ray Note 9), is by Reggie Perkins and His Rockin' Maniacs.

The flip side, “High School Caesar” (“He had more rackets than Al Capone”) is another rocker lifted from the “Date Bait” soundtrack. Neither side made any of the national charts.

The tab on just the record can be $150 to $200, but if it comes with the snazzy “Date Bait” (film) picture sleeve, your checkout total can triple.

It may be a bit of a reach, but “Date Bait” is not your only connection to Diane (not Diana) Maxwell. You were 16 in 1959 when Maxwell's only album came out … titled “Almost Seventeen” (Challenge 607).

DEAR JERRY: I collect and am fairly knowledgeable about original cast recordings (I happen to agree with your recent “Maggie Flynn” review), but here's one cast album I have never heard of, and it's not in the “Broadway on Record” book.

I found it listed in a sales catalog, with the peculiar title “Mummenschanz.”

But wait, it gets even weirder.

Under “Contains These Tracks” are these bizarre titles: “Blob”; “Creepy Crawly”; “Worm”; “Green Mouth”; “Six Heads”; “Slinky”; “Frog”; “Insect”; “Rabbit”; “Cat”; “Ape to Man”; “Toilet Paper”; “Gerry Cans”; “Note Pads”; and “Clay Masks.”

What on earth does all of this mean?

They are asking $50 for this LP, and I might buy it just because it is so other worldly, and obviously rare.
—Arnold McFadden, Stamford, Conn.

DEAR ARNOLD: All of your adjectives apply to the 1978 “Mummenschanz” Original Cast Recording, as well as to the show itself. Now here's one of my own: unique. “Mummenschanz” stands alone in every respect, is one-of-a-kind, and has no like or equal.

German for mummery, “Mummenschanz” is simply mime-masque theater (i.e., non-speaking mummers), and those goofy track listings are not songs. Rather, they identify the quirky skits making up a two-act play.

Act One, from “Blob” through “Ape to Man,” is the “Mummenschanz” take on the evolution of life as we know it.

In Act Two, “Toilet Paper” through “Clay Masks,” the mummers humorously explore human relationships.

Since a mime cast neither speaks nor sings, the “Mummenschanz” album contains only the sounds heard in the theater during each of the 15 segments — which is mostly audience laughter and applause.

Not totally unlike the Audio Fidelity sound effects albums, popular in the late 1950s and early '60s, the “Mummenschanz” recording could be used as a handy do-it-yourself laugh track.

IZ ZAT SO? In a little over three years on Broadway (March 1977 - April 1980), “Mummenschanz,” starring Andres Bossard, Floriana Frassetto, and Bernie Schürch, gave 1,326 performances at the Bijou Theatre.

In June 1986, the mime-masque troupe returned to Broadway with their new show, appropriately titled “Mummenschanz: The New Show.”

This time they lasted just four months, and closed after only 152 performances.

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

Pink Floyd Announce Three New Releases

Pink Floyd have recently announced details of three new releases, starting in September later this year. The 'Why Pink Floyd?...' releases form part of the bands' recent agreement with EMI and will include CDs, DVDs and a brand-new single-album ‘Best Of’ collection.

Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group, said: ”This is a unique collaboration between EMI and one of the most creative and influential bands in history.”

The first release will be an expanded deluxe and special edition version of Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side Of The Moon' on September 26.  On November 7, the band will release the new retrospective 'A Foot In The Door - The Best of Pink Floyd'. And on February 27, 2012 'The Wall' - ‘Immersion’ and ‘Experience’ editions, Vinyl LP and digital editions will be released.


In Singapore, you can find vinyl doing well!

Music To Our Ears: Straits Records Brings Local Music to the Community

by Joyce HUANG

Look beyond the Kebab-serving and Shisha-smoking restaurants that crowd Bali Lane and you will find a slice of Singaporean identity that’s been misplaced for the longest time – local music.

Located at 24 Bali Lane, Straits Records is both a record label and retail space that prides itself on promoting the underground music scene in Singapore. The place reveals a different side of our sunny island, where music lovers can escape from the monotony of their daily lives, to share ideas about their passion for music and immerse themselves in an alternative lifestyle.



BATHORY Limited-Edition Vinyl Box Set Due In July

Black Mark has set a July 18 U.K. release date for a limited-edition BATHORY vinyl box set. The collection, which is being released in honor of the band's late mastermind Quorthon, contains the following:

* Three double gatefold LPs
* 48-page booklet
* BATHORY "Goat" poster (70x100cm)
* Picture-disc recreation of the original BATHORY "yellow goat" 1984 pressing of the band's debut album.

All packaged together in a deluxe box.

Read more at Blabbermouth


Wax Nostalgic: 7 Questions with John Timmons of ear X-Tacy Records (Louisville)

By Jaeki Cho

From '83 to '85, John Timmons, 55, sold records out of his apartment and trunk, taking mail orders, traveling to record fairs across the Midwest, and even doing door-to-door services. Exhausted by customers asking for vinyl at 11 p.m. in the evening, the record store employee since '73 realized it was time to open up a physical store. ear X-Tacy, named after the English band XTC, opened in Louisville, Kentucky. Starting off with a space of 500 square feet, the store slowly expanded, at one point covering 10,000 square feet of space. The current location, boasting 6,500 square feet full of music-related items, recently opened its doors after moving from its previous spot, its home for the last 15 years. Relocating up and down the same area for the last two decades, this upcoming August will mark the store's 26th birthday—truly, an impressive feat for a brick-and-mortar record shop in the current music business climate.

Though tracking down Timmons wasn't easy, Complex got down with the cheerful vinyl advocate who answered our Wax Nostalgic 7 Question Survey.

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Led Zeppelin T-Shirt Sells for $10,000

Russell Hall

A Led Zeppelin T-shirt, said to be one of the rarest rock T-shirts in the world, has sold on eBay for a whopping $10,000. The shirt, which was sold by Kyle Ermatinger of Stormcrow Vintage, was produced in 1979 in limited quantity as a unique way to replace conventional backstage passes for one of Zeppelin’s legendary Knebworth House concerts.

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and in music history for today:

Buddy Holly & the Crickets auditioned for Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts in 1957. They were rejected.

In 1959, Dave "Baby" Cortez reached the top spot on the Billboard chart with "The Happy Organ". The song was originally recorded under the name "The Dog and the Cat" with a vocal track that didn't work out. Cortez then added an organ solo and changed the title. A follow-up record was called "The Whistling Organ", which stalled at #61, but Cortez would find his way back to the Top Ten in 1962 with "Rinky Dink".

The Beatles hit number one in the U.K. in 1963 with the album Please Please Me. It would stay there for 30 weeks.

In 1965, the Byrds made their TV debut with "Mr. Tambourine Man" on NBC's "Hullabaloo."

In 1970, the triple album "Woodstock" soundtrack was released on Cotillion Records. The three record set featured many of the top Rock artists of the time, including Jimi Hendrix, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, Joe Cocker and The Who. The album would go Gold within two weeks.

John Lennon was a guest on the Dick Cavett Show in 1972. He told Cavett that he was under surveillance by the FBI.

In 1974, Led Zeppelin attended Elvis Presley’s show at the Los Angeles Forum in California. After a shaky start to the show, Elvis stopped the band and jokingly said: “Wait a minute…if we can start together fella’s, because we’ve got Led Zeppelin out there, lets try to look like we know what we’re doing.”

In 1981, Jamaican singer-songwriter Bob Marley died of lung cancer and a brain tumor aged 36. Had the 1981 single “No Woman No Cry,” plus over ten other U.K. Top 40 singles. In 1990, the 6th February was proclaimed a national holiday in Jamaica to commemorate his birth. The compilation album, Legend, released in 1984, is the best-selling reggae album ever with sales of more than 20 million copies. Time magazine chose Bob Marley & The Wailers' Exodus as the greatest album of the 20th century.

In 1995, a tribute show for the late-Stevie Ray Vaughan included Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Jimmy Vaughan, Buddy Guy and Robert Cray. All five had played with Vaughan at his last show on August 26, 1990, before he was killed in a helicopter crash.

In 2003, Jimi Hendrix Experience bassist Noel Redding died at his home in Ireland aged 57. Redding played on the classic Hendrix albums 'Are You Experienced', 'Axis: Bold as Love' and 'Electric Ladyland.'

birthdays today include Butch Trucks (Allman Brothers Band) (64) and Eric Burdon (Animals) (70) among many others.

Top Selling Vinyl Records Sales at eBay - April 2011

Here is the month in review of the top selling ebay vinyl record sales, on a weekly basis, for April 2011. First and foremost, a special thank you to Norm and Jane at  Be sure to listen to their popular radio show Vinyl Record Talk for more information about the weekly top 5, vinyl record news and as well as weekly guests.

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/02/2011

A box set of every Led Zeppelin record on 180gm vinyl makes the top of the list. An acetate from 1951, recorded by the strange poet/jazz musician known as Moondog, gets the #2 spot. Another Madrigal learn Spanish LP makes the list. And Seattle band Fleet Foxes sells a test pressing of their yet to be released new album to help Japan's earthquake relief efforts. This record is by far the most recently recorded (if unreleased) piece of vinyl to make the Top 5.

1. LP - Led Zeppelin "Final Option" Box Set - $5,600.00

2. EP - Moondog "Music and Moondog" Acetate - $4,570.20

3. LP - Margarita Madrigal "Madrigal's Magic Key to Spanish" Warhol Cover - $4,500.00

4. 45 - The Factory "Try A Little Sunshine" / "Red Chalk Hill" CBS - $3,927.60

5. LP - Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues" Test Pressing - $3,350.00

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/09/2011

A one off factory floor indulgence of Elvis's 1977 "Moody Blue", in which a floor worker decided to make himself a splash copy, gets the #1 spot this week. Another Warhol cover makes the list. This one from a CBS Radio Broadcast record about the horror of crime in the United States in 1961. And the rare Apple unreleased Delaney and Bonnie record makes get on this week's Top 5.

1. LP - Elvis Presley "Moody Blue" Splash Purple Vinyl RCA - $5,299.99

2. LP - Hailu Mergia & The Walis Band "Ethiopian Instrumentals" Kaifa Greek Pressing - $3,000.00

3. LP - CBS Radio Broadcast "The Nation's Nightmare" Andy Warhol Cover - $2,686.00

4. LP - Delaney and Bonnie "The Original Delany and Bonnie" Apple unreleased - $2,560.00

5. 45 - Ricky Hodges "It Happened Too Fast" / "Love In It's Taking" DeBrossard - $2,403.55

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/16/2011

A day after The Beatles get the top price of the year on the Top 5, a Sex Pistols acetate bids higher than any record since December 2008 (a low numbered "White Album" that sold for $30k). The Beatles have gotten the top spot on the annual list for all four of the years I've been doing the Top 5, so it'll be interesting to see if a piece of Beatles vinyl beats out the Sex Pistols in the coming year.

1. 10" - Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" Acetate - $23,805.30

2. LP - Elvis Presley "Speedway" RCA LPM-3989 Mono SEALED - $3,999.00

3. LP - Leonid Kogan "Beethoven Violin Concerto" Columbia SAX 2386 UK Pressing - $3,383.00

4. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $3,340.00

5. LP - Jaques Dumont Bach Sonata & Partitas Belvedre - $3,228.00

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/23/2011

A week after the Sex Pistols acetate of "God Saves The Queen" closed higher than any record since 2008, the pulled A&M pressing of the same single closes close to $17k, and itself bid higher than any record of 2010.

A Shrine 45 shows up on the list for the first time in many months. Shrine was a label started by Berry Gordy's ex-wife "Miss Ray". Shortly before the label's first run of singles were to be released, a fire consumed the warehouse where they were being stored. The only Shrine records to make it out into the world were several dozen promos of each title.

Stories have been going around record conventions for many years that Berry Gordy was in some way responsible for the fire. This is especially unlikely, if only for the reason that the warehouse burned along with many other buildings during the 1968 Washington D.C. riot following the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.

1. 45 - Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" / "No Feeling" A&M AMS-7284 - $16,921.73

2. 45 - Ray Pollard "No More Like Me" / "This Time" Shirne - $3,500.00

3. LP - The Beatles "White Album" UK Pressing Mono #783 - $3,385.98

4. 78 - Tommy Johnston "Bye Bye Blues" / "Maggie Campbell Blues" Victor 21409 - $3,050.00

5. LP - Hank Mobley self titled Blue Note 1568 - $2,286.50

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 04/30/2011

For three weeks in a row the top record has pushed past the $10k mark. For the past two weeks Sex Pistols rarities have topped the list, and this weeks it's The Beatles original Stereo pressing of "Please Please Me", however the top price of over $13k does not come close to the sales of the Sex Pistol's records, which have been the highest recorded for two years.

1. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone UK Bold Black label 1st Stereo - $13,176.41

2. LP - Wilhelm Furtwangler "Beethoven 9th Symphony" Soviet Union Pressing - $5,100.00

3. 12" - Led Zeppelin “Road Box” Test Pressing - $4,801.00

4. LP - Johanna Martzy "Schubert" Columbia 33CX UK Pressing - $3,500.00

5. 12" - Led Zeppelin "Road Box" - $3,200.00

More on this month's top sellers on Vinyl Record Talk, Tuesday 8:00PM Eastern / 4:00PM Pacific on Radio Dentata.