Monday, May 23, 2011

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 05/21/2011

The Mixed Feelings 45 made the list but got beat out of the top spot by the frequent flier Martzy Bach box set. The Beatles and Sex Pistols show up again with a "God Save The Queen" production acetate selling for almost $1500 more than an original "Love Me Do" promo 45 with the original sleeve.

1. LP - Johanna Martzy "Bach: The unaccompanied Violin Sonatas" Columbia Box set UK - $5,023.69

2. 45 - Mixed Feelings "Sha-la-la" / "Love Will Find A Way" United - $4050.00

3. 45 - Sex Pistols "God Save The Queen" Acetate - $3,684.36

4. 45 - The Beatles "Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You" Parlophone UK Demo - $2,200.56

5. 45 - The Pelicans "Aurelia" / "White Cliffs Of Dover" Parrot 793 - $3,484.34

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

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a true dylan fan and his treasures!

Collector's 'labor of love' is a wonder to behold


From the outside it's just another concrete building rising up nine or 10 stories on a downtown Tokyo street. Inside, it's no more impressive — until Shinichiro Tatsumi opens the well-secured door to his own, private Bob Dylan heaven.

What confronts the visitor, Dylan fan or not, is a breathtaking sight. Occupying a room some 15 meters long and 5 across, it is what Tatsumi confirms as being certainly the largest collection of Dylan material in Japan. And who's to say if not in the world.

Truly the eyes pop, and pop again and again, as the brain tries to take in the scale and scope of this trove. Over almost 35 years of collecting, Tatsumi, 49, has now assembled here a mind-boggling 2,500 copies of officially released vinyl albums by Dylan, including compilations and promo albums and ones related to his sidemen, as well as around 1,000 copies of comparative vinyl singles. And even though Tatsumi can instantly lay his hand on anything here, each and every item in this one-room cornucopia is also meticulously documented on his computer.

That's just as well, because along with those vinyl records from all over the world, there are some 2,000 officially released CDs, hundreds of DVDs and — wonder of wonders — nearly 450 bootleg CD albums which, together with CD-Rs, DVD-Rs, cassettes and DAT recordings, cover an incredible 2,500 of Dylan's roughly 3,000 concerts in the more than 55 years he's been performing in some 30 countries.

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great article about collecting music:

Old music, new ears: Louisvillian Nathan Salsburg helps carry on work of folklorist Alan Lomax

Written by Jeffrey Lee Puckett

The hard drives stacked on Nathan Salsburg's desk in his downtown Louisville office look innocuous enough, but they contain a life's work: thousands of songs collected over more than six decades of world travel, living histories of dozens of cultures.

The famed folklorist and ethnomusicologist Alan Lomax collected the material, which has now become the focus of Salsburg's work.

For 11 years, he has been part of small group of music obsessives who run the Association for Cultural Equity (ACE), a nonprofit founded by Lomax and based in Manhattan. Lomax, who died in 2002, actively cataloged the world's music for more than 60 years through field recordings and extensive documentation.

Salsburg is currently the editor of ACE's digital catalog, and curated the first five releases for Global Jukebox, a massive project first envisioned by Lomax that will compile thousands of hours of music from Lomax's archives to be released as digital downloads, LPs and CDs.

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is this possible?

Cassette tapes make a comeback

By Caitlin Curran

Four years ago, cassette tapes were headed toward their funeral. In 2007, British tabloid The Sun declared the death of the cassette, after the announcement that a major electronics retailer in the United Kingdom would cease selling cassette tapes. In 2009, the webzine Pop Matters bid cassettes good riddance: “Some mediums are just meant to die and never experience a revival. Cassettes seem destined to fall into this category.”

Then, last year, cassettes began to rise from the dead. In the fall, NPR reported that cassettes were having a “kind of” revival, with at least 25 labels in the United States putting out new music exclusively on tape. In a lengthy essay in Pitchfork, contributor Marc Hogan detailed examples of the “broader underground resurgence” of cassettes.

So, are cassettes at death’s door or enjoying a healthy renaissance? It depends on whom you ask. Cassette culture has never waned in certain circles, specifically among noise and experimental bands. But cassettes have gradually been popping up in non-underground places. Lady Gaga probably won’t be releasing music on cassette tape anytime soon, but well-known independent bands such as Animal Collective, Deerhoof and the Mountain Goats have all put out cassettes this year.

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1. Adele :21
2. Various :Now 38
3. The Lonely Island :Turtleneck and Chain
4. Christina Perri :lovestrong.
5. Tyler The Creator :Goblin
6. Beastie Boys :Hot Sauce Committee Part Two
7. The Cars :Move Like This
8. Fleet Foxes :Helplessness Blues
9. Jennifer Lopez :Love
10. Jason Aldean :My Kinda Party

1. Adele :Rolling In The Deep
2. Katy Perry feat. Kanye West :E.T.
3. Lady Gaga :The Edge Of Glory
4. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer :Give Me Everything
5. Black Eyed Peas :Just Can't Get Enough
6. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull :On The Floor
7. Bruno Mars :The Lazy Song
8. Britney Spears :Till The World Ends
9. Chris Brown feat. Lil Wayne and Busta Rhymes :Look At Me Now
10. Jeremih feat. 50 Cent :Down On Me


1. Adele :21
2. Kate Bush :Director's Cut
3. Adele :19
4. Hugh Laurie :Let Them Talk
5. Bruno Mars :Doo-Wops & Holligans
6. Friendly Fires :Pala
7. Chase & Status :No More Idols
8. Jessie J. :Who You Are
9. Foo Fighters :Wasting Light
10. Caro Emerald :Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor

1. Pitbull feat. Ne-Yo, Afrojack & Nayer :Give Me Everything
2. Bruno Mars :The Lazy Song
3. LMFAO :Party Rock Anthem
4. Aloe Blacc :I Need A Dollar
5. Chris Brown feat. Benny Benassi :Beautiful People
6. Lady Gaga :The Edge Of Glory
7. David Guetta :Where Them Girls At
8. Lady Gaga :Judas
9. Snoop Dogg Vs. David Guetta :Sweat
10. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull :On The Floor


1. Take That :Progress
2. Rihanna :Loud
3. Bruce Springsteen :The Promise
4. Shakira :Sale El Sol
5. Pink :Greatest Hits ... So Far
6. Bon Jovi :Greatest Hits
7. James Blunt :Some Kind Of Trouble
8. Susan Boyle :The Gift
9. Kings Of Leon :Come Around Sundown
10. JLS :Outta This World

1. Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull :On The Floor
2. Rihanna :S&M
3. Adele :Rolling In the Deep
4. Lady Gaga :Born This Way
5. Black Eyed Peas :Just Can't Get Enough
6. Jessie J. feat. B.o.B. :Price Tag
7. Katy Perry :E.T.
8. Snoop Dogg Vs. David Guetta :Sweat
9. LMFAO :Party Rock Anthem
10. Bruno Mars :Grenade


Vinyl records make a return

Melinda Newman - Los Angeles Times

Music on discs, the big, old-time kind, is popular again. Baby boomers and even kids seek it out. The industry responds.

When the doorbell rings at Monti Olson's Glendale home in the middle of the night, it can mean only one thing: Jeff Bowers, his partner in Original Recordings Group, has brought new album artwork for him to inspect. "I'll come out in my pajamas and look it over," Olson said. "He drives home, and I'll go back to bed."

Olson's doorbell is chiming more frequently these days. Since starting vinyl-only label ORG in December 2006 in Olson's kitchen, the label is bursting at the seams. "By the end of the year, we will have gone from making zero money to projecting that we will gross over $1 million," said Olson, who nevertheless has kept his day job as senior vice president of A&R at Universal Music Publishing Group.

The label, which primarily licenses material from Universal Music Group, will release 10 vinyl albums in 2008 and expects to put out twice that number in 2009. But ORG isn't the only one reaping the rewards. Many Southern California companies -- large and small -- are benefiting from this sonic boom.

According to the Recording Industry Assn., shipments of vinyl soared 36.6% from 2006 to 2007. That amounts to 1.3 million units nationwide. While the numbers are minuscule compared to CD shipments of 511 million for 2007, the news is much-welcomed by a faltering music industry.

"This is a little bright star," said Jane Ventom, vice president for Hollywood-based EMI Music Marketing. Next month, Capitol/EMI will launch "From the Capitol Vaults," with the release of 13 titles on vinyl, including Radiohead's "OK Computer" and Steve Miller Band's "Greatest Hits 1974-1978."

Baby boomers, many of whom had long tucked away their turntables, began to feel nostalgic for their youth and the warm sound of vinyl. Concurrently, a younger generation, raised on CDs and tinny, compressed MP3 files, traded in their earbuds for a less isolated music experience.

Long the provenance of indie record stores, vinyl can now be found at such mass marketers as Best Buy and Costco.

"I have family friends whose 10-year-olds are asking for turntables," said Tom "Grover" Biery, Warner Bros. Records' executive vice president of promotion and the Burbank-based label's vinyl guru.

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well, after reading the full page ad in the usa today on friday, i was convinced the world was coming to an end, well, maybe they will be right the next time they predict it :O)


and in music history for today:

The Everly Brothers started a five-week run at #1 in the U.S. in 1960 with “Cathy's Clown.”

In 1964, The Beach Boys released "I Get Around" which will go on to become the group's first #1 hit, topping the US chart for two weeks.

The Beatles' "Paperback Writer" b/w "Rain" single was released in 1966.

In 1967, Pink Floyd went into the studio and recorded “See Emily Play,” the group's second single. Original frontman Syd Barrett wrote the song.

Iron Butterfly broke up in 1971.

In 1973, Jefferson Airplane were barred from playing Golden Gate Park in San Francisco after the city council banned electric instruments in public concerts.

In 1991, photographer Michael Lavine took what would be the publicity shots for Nirvana’s Nevermind album at Jay Aaron Studios in Los Angeles. The idea for the front cover shot of the baby swimming was taken after Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl saw a TV documentary on water babies. Kirk Weddle was the photographer. Several babies were used; five-month old Spencer Eldon’s photo came out best.

Rosemary Clooney was born in 1928 (died 2002)

birthday wishes to Danny Klein (J. Geils Band) (65), Rick Fenn (10cc) (58), Luka Bloom (56) and Jewel (1974), just to name a few