Saturday, July 9, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Deep Purple To Reissues First Three Albums Along With Bonus Material

Eagle Rock Entertainment is scheduled to reissue the first three Deep Purple albums, 'Shades Of Deep Purple,' 'The Book Of Taliesyn' and their 1969 eponymous third album on July 26, 2011. All three re-releases will also include bonus tracks of b-sides, studio outtakes and BBC jams.


Macabre To Release 12" Version Of New Album 

Murder Metal vets Macabre are set to self-release a 12" picture disc LP version of their recent album, 'Grim Scary Tales,' via Decomposed Records. Thie vinyl picture disc bears the bold, Scott Jackson-crafted front cover art to the album on the A-side, and a portrait of the Macabre trio, armed for battle on the B-side.


First Four Ramones Albums Reissued On Vinyl

Rhino Records are adding to the frenzy with plans to reissue the group’s first four LPs later this month on 180-gram audiophile vinyl (via

Set for release on July 19th, Ramones (1976), Leave Home (1977), Rocket to Russia (1977), and Road to Ruin (1978) will each be available for $17.98. According to Rhino, the four releases “come in accurate representations of the original packaging” manufactured “using lacquers cut from the original analog masters by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering.” For fans willing to pay $24.98, they get to receive a bonus reproduction 7″ featuring that album’s B-side pressed on blue vinyl. Those bonus records, though, are limited to just 500 copies per album.

Leave Home will also have its original tracklist reinstated as “Carbona Not Glue” will once again be track five after it was replaced by the B-side “Babysitter” and eventually “Sheena is a Punk Rocker”.

Ramones Tracklist:
Side A
01. Blitzkreig Bop
02. Beat On The Brat
03. Judy Is A Punk
04. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
05. Chain Saw
06. Now I Wanna Sniff Some Glue
07. I Don’t Wanna Go Down To The Basement

Side B
01. Loudmouth
02. Havana Affair
03. Listen To My Heart
04. 53rd & 3rd
05. Let’s Dance
06. I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You
07. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World

Bonus 7”
A. I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend
B. California Sun/I Don’t Wanna Walk Around With You

Leave Home Tracklist:
Side A
01. Glad To See You Go
02. Gimmie Gimmie Shock Treatment
03. I Remember You
04. Oh Oh I Love Her So
05. Carbona Not Glue
06. Suzy Is A Headbanger
07. Pinhead

Side B
01. Now I Wanna Be A Good Boy
02. Swallow My Pride
03. What’s Your Game
04. California Sun
05. Commando
06. You’re Gonna Kill That Girl
07. You Should Have Never Opened That Door

Bonus 7”
A. Swallow My Pride
B. Pinhead and Recorded Live at the Roxy Let’s Dance

Rocket to Russia Tracklist:
Side A
01. Cretin Hop
02. Rockaway Beach
03. Here Today, Gone Tomorrow
04. Locket Love
05. I Don’t Care
06. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
07. We’re A Happy Family

Side B
01. Teenage Lobotomy
02. Do You Wanna Dance
03. I Wanna Be Well
04. I Can’t Give You Anything
05. Ramona
06. Surfin’ Bird
07. Why Is It Always This Way

Bonus 7”
A. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
B. I Don’t Care

Road to Ruin Tracklist:
Side A
01. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
02. I Wanted Everything
03. Don’t Come Close
04. I Don’t Want You
05. Needles And Pins
06. I’m Against It

Side B
01. I Wanna Be Sedated
02. Go Mental
03. Questioningly
04. She’s The One
05. Bad Brain
06. It’s A Long Way Back

Bonus 7”
A. She’s The One
B. I Wanna Be Sedated


and in music history for the day:

In 1955, a landmark in music history was established on July 9th, when Bill Haley's "Rock Around The Clock" reaches number one on the Billboard chart. Many music historians will eventually acknowledge the song as a dividing line, separating Rock and Roll from everything that preceded it.

In 1955, Pat Boone releases his cover version of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Domino's recording reached number ten in the US while Boone's version went all the way to number one.

Also in 1955, Les Paul and Mary Ford enter the Billboard charts with "Hummingbird", which will reach #7 and become the first of their five Pop chart entries.

In 1956, Dick Clark made his debut as host of Bandstand on Philadelphia TV station WFIL. He took over from Bob Horn, who had been charged with driving while intoxicated during a highly-publicized police crackdown. The show's name would be changed to American Bandstand when it went to ABC-TV in 1957. Clark relinquished his hosting duties in 1989 to 26 year-old David Hirsch, but the program died within a matter of months. Still, it had been on the air for 37 years - a record for a television variety show.

In 1956, after the June 30th trouble at Asbury Park, Bill Haley and His Comets are denied permission to play at the Roosevelt Stadium in Jersey City. A city ordnance was passed that read: "Rock and roll music encouraged juvenile delinquency and inspired young females in lewd bathing suits to perform obscene dances on the city's beaches."

In 1957, Bobby Helms records "My Special Angel", which will become his first US Top 40 hit when it reaches #7 later in the year.

Johnny Cash signed with Columbia Records in 1958, where he will remain for the next 30 years.

"Blowin' in the Wind" was recodred by Bob Dylan in 1962.

In 1971, Jim Morrison was buried in Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris.

In 1972, Paul McCartney and Wings played their very first show in the small French town of Chateauvillon. The band included Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, Henry McCullough and Paul's wife, Linda. It was McCartney's first time on the road since the Beatles quit touring in 1966.

In 1977, "Undercover Angel" by Alan O'Day reached the top spot on the Billboard Pop chart. It was his only solo hit, but it was not the first visit to the top of the Pop music world. He wrote "Angie Baby", a #1 hit for Helen Reddy and the #3 hit, "Rock And Roll Heaven" for The Righteous Brothers. "Undercover Angel" stalled at #43 in the UK.

In 1983, the Police started an eight week run at #1 on the US singles chart with "Every Breath You Take", also a chart topper in the UK.

In 1995, the Grateful Dead gave their last concert with Jerry Garcia at Chicago's Soldier Field. Garcia died the next month of a heart attack.

In 1998, Janet Jackson set a gross revenue record of $875,000 at the MCI Center in Washington, DC. The previous record was set my Yanni on January 31, 1998, with $860,300.

In 2006, Milan B. Williams, one of the founding members of The Commodores, died at the age of 58 after a long battle with cancer. He wrote the band's first hit, "Machine Gun".

The great Bon Scott (AC/DC) was born today in 1946 (he died in 1980).

birthdays today include: Jack White (36), Jim Kerr (Simple Minds) (52), Courtney Love (47) and Frank Bello (Anthrax) (23), to name a few.