Friday, October 7, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

tim over at sent me their new releases for october. all selection are available on vinyl!

SUNDAZED October Releases

All Will Be Available On Vinyl! These titles will ship to be delivered to you by our street date of October 24.

Artist: The Mamas and the Papas
Title: If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears - MONO LIMITED EDITION CD
Compact Disc: SC 6302 - $14.98



Upon its release in 1966, the Mamas and the Papas’ debut LP If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears introduced a fresh new sound that would permanently alter the face of contemporary popular music. Leader John Phillips’ visionary producing, arranging and songwriting abilities combined with the quartet’s breathtaking harmonies to make music that was both effortlessly accessible and creatively adventurous. The album quickly topped the album charts, bringing folk-rock into the pop mainstream and making John Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Denny Doherty and Cass Elliot into instant multimedia celebrities. In the years since its release, If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears has come to be regarded as one of the finest pop albums of the ’60s and one of the best debut releases ever, delivering such instant classics as “California Dreamin’,” “Monday, Monday” and “Go Where You Wanna Go” to the willing ears of record buyers and radio listeners.

Our new compact disc edition restores the rare, long-missing “toilet seat” cover and features a short essay by David Fricke. Sourced from the superior-sounding mono masters—the album maintains the same joyous sense of discovery that listeners felt when first hearing this gem in 1966.

1. Monday, Monday
2. Straight Shooter
3. Got a Feelin’
4. I Call Your Name
5. Do You Wanna Dance?
6. Go Where You Wanna Go
7. California Dreamin’
8. Spanish Harlem
9. Somebody Groovy
10. Hey Girl
11. You Baby
12. The “In” Crowd

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Artist: The Strawberry Alarm Clock
Title: Incense and Peppermints - LIMITED EDITION CD
Compact Disc: SC 6298 - $14.98



The Strawberry Alarm Clock made musical history with its first single, the infectiously psychedelic “Incense and Peppermints,” which topped the singles charts in December 1967. It remains one of the Aquarian Age’s most enduring anthems. And as the California combo’s debut LP demonstrates, there was a lot more to the Strawberry Alarm Clock than their iconic trademark hit.

Incense and Peppermints combines gorgeously melodic flights with a Sunset Strip sensibility—the album is filled with trippy soundscapes, fuzzy guitars, sophisticated harmonies and the evocative lyrics of tracks such as “The World’s on Fire,” “Birds in My Tree,” “Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow” and “Paxton’s Back Street Carnival.” The result is a surprise-filled collection that All Music Guide calls “a strangely compelling mix of psychedelia, sunshine pop, garage rock, and California harmony.”

Mastered from the original stereo UNI reels, this compact disc edition includes new liner notes by Domenic Priore and features the album’s unique original cover art.

1. The World’s on Fire
2. Birds in My Tree
3. Lose to Live
4. Strawberries Mean Love
5. Rainy Day Mushroom Pillow
6. Paxton’s Back Street Carnival
7. Hummin’ Happy
8. Pass Time with SAC
9. Incense and Peppermints
10. Unwind with the Clock

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Artist: The Blues Project
Title: Projections - MONO LIMITED EDITION CD
Compact Disc: SC 6299 - $14.98



The Blues Project was one of the most innovative and influential bands of the 1960s. Rising from the vibrant Greenwich Village music scene, the New York quintet created a visionary fusion of electric blues, folk-rock, jazz and psychedelia, and delivered it with gritty, effortless expertise.

1966’s Projections is generally regarded as the Blues Project’s best—the studio album features the legendary lineup of keyboardist Al Kooper, guitarists Danny Kalb and Steve Katz, bassist Andy Kulberg and drummer Roy Blumenfeld.

At the time of its release, Projections quickly became a fixture on underground radio and featured seminal tracks such as “I Can’t Keep from Crying,” the ’60s garage anthem “Wake Me, Shake Me,” Kalb’s epic blues showcase “Two Trains Running,” and the space-jazz instrumental “Flute Thing” featuring Andy Kulberg.

Sundazed’s compact disc edition features Projections’ rare and unique mono mix, complete original cover art, and a new essay by Tim Hibbs.

1. I Can’t Keep from Crying
2. Steve’s Song
3. You Can’t Catch Me
4. Two Trains Running
5. Wake Me, Shake Me
6. Cheryl’s Going Home
7. Flute Thing
8. Caress Me Baby
9. Fly Away

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Artist: The Druids of Stonehenge
Title: Creation - LIMITED EDITION CD
Compact Disc: SC 630 1- $14.98



The New York-based Druids of Stonehenge―frontman Dave Budge, guitarists Carl Hauser and Bill Tracy, bassist Tom Workman and drummer Steve Tindall―exemplified both the surly essence of teen garage-punk and the experimental spirit of psychedelia. The band formed in 1965 as a scrappy, R&B-influenced teen combo in the Rolling Stones/Pretty Things mold. By 1968, the Druids had fused psychedelia to their wild garage roots, relocated to the West Coast and signed with the UNI label.

The Druids of Stonehenge unveiled their retooled sound with Creation, which revealed the quintet to be one of the toughest, most imaginative outfits of its era, maintaining both a forceful, earthy edge and an ethereal air of mystery. Those qualities were manifested in Budge’s snarling, Jaggeresque vocals and the band’s tense, punchy playing, which elevated such memorable originals as “Six Feet Down,” “Earthless” and “Pale Dream,” as well as their distinctive reworkings of Bob Dylan’s “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue,” Love’s “Signed D.C.” and Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ “I Put a Spell on You.”

Throughout the decades, the band and the album have gained immensely in stature and prestige among garage-psych aficionados and ’60s devotees, with original copies of Creation becoming sought-after collectibles. Our release includes original cover art and a new essay by group leader Dave Budge.

1. Six Feet Down
2. Earthless
3. I Put a Spell on You
4. Speed
5. Bring It on Home
6. Painted Woman
7. Pale Dream
8. Signed D.C.
9. Forgot to Be Begot
10. A Garden Where Nothing Grows
11. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue

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Artist: Fever Tree
Title: Fever Tree - LIMITED EDITION CD
Compact Disc: SC 6284 - $14.98



Fever Tree’s lone hit single, the haunting 1968 tribal anthem “San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native),” perfectly captured the spirit of the psychedelic era. Although their signature hit led many to assume that they were a Bay Area band, Fever Tree actually hailed from Houston, Texas. “San Francisco Girls” is also the centerpiece of Fever Tree’s self-titled first LP, one of the period’s most distinctive debuts—the quintet was adept at perfectly incorporating psychedelic, jazz and classical influences into their work. Key album tracks such as “The Sun Also Rises” and “Come with Me (Rainsong)” showcase Dennis Keller’s hypnotic vocals, Michael Knust’s fuzz-filled guitar work and Rob Landes’ inventive keyboard textures. Fever Tree’s expansive musical settings also feature key contributions from a pair of noted arrangers: David Angel, renowned for his work on Love’s Forever Changes and Gene Page, whose resume includes work with Phil Spector and Marvin Gaye.

Sundazed’s compact disc edition is sourced from the original stereo masters, includes the complete original cover art and features a new essay by author Domenic Priore.

1. Imitation Situation 1 (Toccata and Fugue)
2. Where Do You Go?
3. San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)
4. Ninety-Nine and One Half
5. Man Who Paints the Pictures
6. Filigree & Shadow
7. The Sun Also Rises
8. Day Tripper-We Can Work It Out
9. Nowadays Clancy Can’t Even Sing
10. Unlock My Door
11. Come with Me (Rainsong)

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Artist: Hot Tuna
Title: Hot Tuna - VINYL LP
VINYL LP 5319 - $18.98


Jefferson Airplane members Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna in 1969 during a hiatus while Grace Slick recovered from throat node surgery. What began as a rootsy side project quickly became a full-fledged band, one that ultimately far out-lived the original group. Based from the start on Kaukonen’s and Casady’s expert musicianship, Hot Tuna sought to explore traditional blues and folk styles apart from the heavy rock sound of the Airplane. Longtime students of folk-blues pioneers like Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Blake and Jelly Roll Morton, the duo mixed traditional songs with their own compositions in a stripped-down, primarily acoustic style. At a time when Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin and their peers were adding stack after Marshall stack to their stage gear, this was indeed a radical move.

Recorded live during a week of shows at Berkeley’s New Orleans House, the band’s self-titled 1970 debut is an acoustic affair highlighting the country blues approach of their heroes. It features several of their signature songs, including “Hesitation Blues,” “Uncle Sam Blues” and “Know You Rider.” Listen closely during “Uncle Sam Blues” for the sound of breaking beer glasses. This bit of audio vérité resulted in it being nicknamed “the breaking glass album” by the group’s loyal fanbase.

This landmark recording has been sourced from the original analog RCA masters and includes the complete original artwork. A riveting performance from beginning to end, it was the start of one of the most successful and influential branches in rock music’s ever-evolving family tree.

1. Hesitation Blues
2. How Long Blues
3. Uncle Sam Blues
4. Don’t You Leave Me Here
5. Death Don’t Have No Mercy
6. Know You Rider
7. Oh Lord, Search My Heart
8. Winin’ Boy Blues
9. New Song (For the Morning)
10. Mann’s Fate

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Flaming Lips Plan Record Store Day Release

It's a little early, but ardent Record Store Day supporters the Flaming Lips have already started to plan next year's Record Store Day release.

Wayne Coyne said he intends to create a compilation of tracks the Lips have done with other artists such as Neon Indian, Lightning Bolt and Prefuse 73. Flaming Lips have collaborations in the works with Death Cab for Cutie, Ghostland Observatory, Cloudland Canyon and Nick Cave; they are looking to work with Ke$ha and Lykke Li, as well.

"I am bound to the agreements we have with the other artists because we're doing all of this as limited editions," Coyne told "They're trusting us not just to sound cool but handle the music with special care."


Chasma Announces Debut Album Available On Vinyl

On December 6th, Portland, Oregon extreme metal trio CHASMA will release the vinyl version of their debut full-length album "Declarations of the Grand Artificer" on The Mylene Sheath (CD and digital available November 22nd on Moribund Records).


Gorillaz to Release Greatest Hits

Gorillaz will release a 15-track compilation of singles, videos, and remixes to commemorate the multiplatinum cartoon band's 10th anniversary. The Singles Collection arrives November 29 and will be available on CD, CD DVD, vinyl, and limited-edition 7" box set


this from, interesting look at album cover art:

From The Rolling Stones To Black Sabbath: Album Covers With Hidden Images

It's already a well established fact that the album cover has grown to become a treasured piece of art. Often depicting the content of the record or something wildly unrelated, to many, the album artwork is what completes a record. So it's refreshing when an artist acknowledges this and takes it one step further by placing hidden images inside the picture.

From The Rolling Stones to Black Sabbath, our new feature take a look at some of the best examples, as well as others where spotting the hidden image is quite a challenge.

Take a look at what they discovered hidden on album covers at


and in the land down under, vinyl and DJ'ing go hand in hand:

Record number of DJs in vinyl revival

by Jessica Leo

TEENAGERS are turning the tables on traditional career aspirations to become part-time DJs, research shows.

Research commissioned by Red Bull shows four in 10 18-39 year olds in Australia own DJ equipment and dabble in the profession.

However, in South Australia and NSW the tendency towards the turntables is even more prevalent - more than 40 per cent of that age group had tried their hand at DJing or aspired to turn the hobby into a career.

The passion for the profession is believed to be helping drive up vinyl record sales - with sales of the "old-school" medium growing as CDs purchases decline year on year.

Symptomatic of the return to retro stylings and the rise of the DJ, US figures show there were two million vinyl sales in America in 2010 - the highest figure since 1992.

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Trailer for R.E.M.'s Career Spanning Compilation

'Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage' is a two CD set and will be out November 15 via Warner Brothers.


and in music history for today october 7th

In 1952, Bob Horn's Bandstand debuts on WFIL-TV in Philadelphia. Less than four years later, the weekly show will be hosted by Dick Clark and will go on to be the most influential US music program in Rock history.

In 1957, RCA Victor announced that they had already received 500,000 advance orders for Elvis' Christmas album. Over the years, the disc has sold over 13 million copies in the United States, making it the best-selling Christmas / holiday album of all time.

In 1958, Georgia Gibbs sings "The Hula-Hoop Song" on The Ed Sullivan Show, giving the hula-hoop craze in the US an even further boost. Twenty-five million plastic hoops were sold in less than four months and in two years sales would reach more than 100 million units. Although many believe the toy was first popularized in the 1950s, references to it have been found from as early as 500 B.C.

In 1964, the Beatles appeared on "Shindig!" The show was taped in London and included the songs "I'm a Loser," "Kansas City," and "Boys."

In 1967, the Beatles rejected an offer of $1 million from promoter Sid Bernstein to make a second appearance at New York's Shea Stadium . He originally brought the group to Shea in August 1965.

In 1968, Jose Feliciano performed a controversial version of The Star Spangled Banner before the fifth game of the World Series between the Detroit Tigers and the St. Louis Cardinals. As a result of his slow, Bluesy delivery, many radio stations refused to play his songs, and his career suffered.

In 1975, John Lennon won his lengthy battle to stay in the US when the three judge panel of the US Court of Appeals in New York ruled that his 1968 arrest in Britain for possession of marijuana was "contrary to US ideas of due process and is invalid as a means of banishing the former Beatle from America."

"Hold The Line" was released by Toto in 1978.

The Rolling Stones appeared on "Saturday Night Live" in 1978.

In 1982, the musical "Cats" opened at the Wintergarden Theatre. In 1997 the show became the longest running show in Broadway history.

In 1989, Jefferson Airplane played a concert where admission was a can of food for the San Francisco Food Bank.

In 1989, Paula Abdul went to #1 on the US album chart with “Forever Your Girl.” Abdul spent sixty-four consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 before hitting number one, making it the longest time for an album to reach the number one spot.

In 1995, Alanis Morissette went to #1 on the US album chart with 'Jagged Little Pill.' The album went on to become the biggest selling album ever by a female artist with sales over 30m.

In 2009, Barbra Streisand surprised many music industry watchers when she topped the Billboard Hot 200 for the ninth time with her latest release, "Love Is the Answer". The CD extends Streisand's lead as the female act with the most chart toppers in the history of the Billboard Hot 200. Nielsen SoundScan reported the unit sold 180,000 copies during its first week of release.

Kevin Godley (10cc, Godley & crème) (66), Dave Hope (Kansas) (62), Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) (58), Thom Yorke (Radiohead) (43) and the legendary John Mellencamp (60)