Friday, July 22, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

great vinyl story!

His musical romance, selling vinyl in Cotati

By Marie Thomas McNaughton / Cotati Correspondent

Jim Cassero, child of the 1960s Bay Area rock and psychedelic music scene, musician, radio personality and owner of Cotati’s Amazing Records, is a full-blown romantic.

How else to explain his staking his livelihood on the appeal of used vinyl recordings?

“I do it for the love of it,” he agrees. “Retail is a slow build up, it takes time and the economy has taken away all the jing-jing-jingle in the pocket that goes for things like record purchases. I probably should have picked another way to earn a living.”

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Oscar & The Majestics Reissue

Gary's Oscar & The Majestics were a premier garage rock group in the mid–1960s.

The Steel City quartet were"region" contemporaries of such acclaimed Chicago–bred bands as the Buckinghams, Cryan' Shames and Shadows Of Knight.

Oscar & The Majestics shared a record label with the Buckinghams when signed to the ground–breaking, Chicago–based USA Records, which landed both groups air play on top hit–making stations of the era, including WLS–AM.

At long last, the complete 1960s recordings of Oscar & The Majestics (most being recorded at Chicago's legendary Chess Studios and produced by band leader Oscar Hamod) have been gathered and reissued for the first time by the national archival label Sundazed Records.

The 14–song collection, "No Chance Baby," comes out Tuesday and is being released as a limited edition vinyl LP and as a four-panel gatefold CD, both beautifully packaged with vintage photos, concert poster art, news clippings, and a well–written history of the legendary region group.



CASTEVET Releasing Vinyl Edition of 'Mounds of Ash' 

NYC's progressive-minded rockers CASTEVET, will be releasing a vinyl edition of the critically acclaimed 'Mounds of Ash,' via Richmond, VA's Forcefield Records. The album's oficial release date is August 30th, 2011, but preorders will begin shipping on July 30th. Mounds of Ash will be given the deluxe treatment in a limited run of white (100 copies) or black wax, lovingly packaged in full color jackets with black-lining on the inside.


beautiful cover art!


PATHOLOGY: New Album Details Revealed 

San Diego-based brutal death metallers PATHOLOGY have completed work on their new album, "Awaken To The Suffering", for a September 13 release. The CD was recorded at Lambesis Studios (owned by AS I LAY DYING vocalist Tim Lambesis) in the band's hometown with producer Daniel Castleman (IMPENDING DOOM, AS I LAY DYING, WINDS OF PLAGUE). This will be PATHOPLOGY's first CD to feature the group's new lineup, including vocalist Jonathan Huber and second guitarist Kevin Schwartz, who have spent time on the road with their new bandmates during recent U.S. and European tours with DEICIDE and OBITUARY.

The artwork for "Awaken To The Suffering" was brought to life by the twisted mind of Pär Olofsson

Read more at Blabbermouth


Conquest Of Steel Comments On New 7" Single

Conquest of Steel has issued the following statement about the band's new 7" single "Victorious in Defeat:"

"Recorded almost entirely live, these three tracks see the band moving away from the gravitas of their conceptual opus (Storm Sword – Rise of the Dread Queen) and re-discovering their metal roots with 'Paid in Steel'. 'Man of the Dragon' sees the band embracing the 'rock' in honour of their mentor and guide Ronnie James Dio and One Thousand Lives (of war) is pure adoration of the riff.

"These tracks featuring the bands best production to date (Greg Chandler, Priory Studios and Esoteric frontman) are bound to blow speakers around the globe! The Vinyl also features a live rendition of the classic 'I am Legend', from the bands sophomore release 'Hammer and Fist'. Mere mortals, wimps and posers beware! The True Metal Warriors have come to slay!

"The release is strictly limited to 333 hand numbered copies and is pressed on Blood Red Vinyl set inside a deluxe gatefold sleeve, with full colour inlay. Each copy comes with a hand-printed Conquest of Steel Patch and limited edition Plectrum.


and in music history for today, July 22:

In 1956, while a song from his first recording session called "Blue Days, Black Nights" is receiving airplay in the UK, Buddy Holly heads back to a studio in Nashville to lay down additional tracks. He is currently appearing at live gigs billed as Buddy Holly and The Three Tunes.

In 1963, the Beatles' first US album, "Introducing The Beatles" was pressed by Vee-Jay Records, who thought they had obtained the legal rights from EMI affiliate, Trans-Global Records. When it was finally released in January, 1964, Capitol Records would hit Vee Jay with an injunction against manufacturing, distributing, advertising, or otherwise disposing of records by the Beatles. After a trial, Vee-Jay was allowed to release any Beatles records that they had masters of in any form until October 15th, 1964. After that time, they no longer had the right to issue any Beatles product.

In 1965, Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman appear in a London courtroom and are found guilty of "insulting behavior" for urinating against a London gas station wall. They argued that the owner had refused to give them the key to the men's room, but they are fined five pounds each.

In 1967, the Doors performed "Crystal Ship" and "Light My Fire" on American Bandstand.

Also in 1967, Vanilla Fudge made their concert debut in New York.
In 1971, thirteen days after lead singer Jim Morrison passed away, The Doors are awarded a Gold album for "L.A. Woman". The L.P. included "Lover Her Madly" and "Riders on the Storm".

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono spent the second day filming the “Imagine” promotional film at their home in Tittenhurst Park Ascot, England. Today's footage included the morning walk on the grounds though the mist and John Lennon singing “Imagine” in the white room on his white piano.

In 1977, Elvis Costello's first album, "My Aim Is True," was released in Britain. It was later released in the U.S

In 1994, more than 54,000 fans packed Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, as Billy Joel and Elton John performed the first of five concerts together.

In 1996, Scottish folk singer Donovan was forced to postpone a comeback tour of the US because of a 30-year-old marijuana conviction in Britain. American authorities delayed granting him a waiver to enter the country. The tour was designed to promote Donovan's first album of new material in a dozen years.

Also in 1996, the parents of a teen-age murder victim sued the band Slayer contending that the band's lyrics were "satanic" and inspired 3 teen-age boys to rape, torture and stab the girl to death.

In 1999, Gary "Gar" Samuelson, the drummer for Megadeth from 1984 through 1987, died of liver failure at the age of 41.

In 2005, Eugene Record, the lead singer of The Chi-lites, died of cancer at the age of 65. The group is most often remembered for the 1972 US #1 single "Oh Girl" and 1972 UK #3 single "Have You Seen Her".

In 2006, Johnny Cash was at #1 on the U.S. album chart with American V: A Hundred Highways. Released posthumously on July 4, the vocal parts were recorded before Cash’s death, but the instruments were not recorded until 2005.

birthdays today (among others) include George Clinton (70), Bobby Sherman (68) and Don Henley (Eagles) (64)