Friday, October 14, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Led Zeppelin Debut LP Sells For $3,500

An early copy of Led Zeppelin’s first album, simply titled Led Zeppelin, has sold on eBay for approximately $3,500 recently.

This example of a first Led Zeppelin pressing is rare: it has a turquoise sleeve, a Superhype label credit and an all-important – to collectors – “label matrix” of “Side 1: 588171 A//1” and “Side 2: 588171 B//1.”


cool project!



October 31, 2011

Rejecting modern music conventions, singer/composer Thomas Negovan has recorded- and released- a cover of Alice Cooper’s signature hit “Welcome to My Nightmare” in the most terrifying and exciting way possible in the digital age: on a 1900s Thomas Edison Wax Cylinder Recorder, a feat not performed since 1914. Not content to record using archaic technologies, Negovan will release the single in a limited edition of 13 glow-in-the-dark wax cylinders as well as on vinyl. To raise funds for this ambitious Halloween-inspired project, Negovan has turned to online fundraising community The vinyl 10” record, titled “The Divine Nightmare”, features “Welcome to my Nightmare” as well as an alternate recording of the debut single “The Divine Eye” from his soon-to-be-released album “By Popular Demand”. “The Divine Nightmare” comes in two versions, a limited edition of 666 glow-in-the-dark vinyl records featuring Grand Guignol-inspired hand silkscreened album art and a limited edition of 13 black lacquered records with original hand-painted album art by acclaimed contemporary painter Gail Potocki. The single is set to be released October 31st, 2011, with a music video for “Welcome to My Nightmare” also set to debut in time for Halloween on his website:

Thomas Negovan is a musician and art historian based in Chicago, IL and is also a published author. His debut album, “By Popular Demand” was recorded in the same manner as “Welcome to my Nightmare”, without electricity using a 1900s Thomas Edison Wax Cylinder Recorder. It debuts Fall 2011 on vinyl from Olympian Records. Concerning “Welcome to My Nightmare”, Negovan says of the project: “I wasn't ready to quite give up on the wax cylinder ghost, and was looking for an old 1920s song to record for Halloween... [instead] I decided to interpret an Alice Cooper song in a blues style that I think captures the descent into madness that the lyrics and chords of the song illustrate; beautiful minor ninth chords on an old 12-string [guitar], I recorded this at 3 in the morning and completely lost myself in the lyrics.” His work with wax cylinder recording has led to an invitation to speak at the prestigious TEDx conference on November 11, 2011.

For further information, contact Jack at 773.717.9284 or


interesting interview in the ny times blog:

New Book Covers the Covers of the 1980s


In a new book, “Put the Needle on the Record: The 1980s at 45 Revolutions Per Minute” (Schiffer), Matthew Chojnacki argues that the perfect union of pop music and visual art took place in the 1980s, when big-hair metalheads and New Wave androgynes shared the top of the singles charts. The book is an annotated compilation of selected record covers of singles released in the 80s that were culled from Mr. Chojnacki’s own collection of more than 5,000 7- and 12-inch singles.



RONNIE JAMES DIO Cancer Fund Awards Gala: More Details Revealed

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded last year in memory of the world-renowned voice of DIO, BLACK SABBATH and HEAVEN & HELL, will host its first Awards Gala on Tuesday, November 1 at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Holmby Hills, California. Awards will be presented to six distinguished honorees for their contributions to spreading awareness of Fund's important work.

A privately funded 501C3 charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education, the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund has already raised more than $500,000 in its short history.

Read more about the gala at our friends at Blabbermouth


KING MOB To Release Debut Album

English beat combo KING MOB, comprising of guitar legend Chris Spedding (Roxy Music, Elton John, John Cale, Paul McCartney), Glen Matlock - bass (Sex Pistols, Iggy Pop, Faces), Martin Chambers – drums (Pretenders), Stephen W Parsons aka Snips – vocals (film composer and vocalist of cult 70’s band Sharks) and introducing hot new guitar talent Sixteen have recenly announced that the band's debut album 'FORCE 9' (produced by SWP) is scheduled for release on October 31st 2011 on 11 track CD and 7 track 180g Vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, plus bonus 3 track CD included.

The Mob are heavily influenced by two great band leader composers, Duke Ellington and Jimmy Page.


Yonder Mountain String Band Announce Vinyl Release

Town By Town" now available for pre-order on vinyl!

The second release in our limited vinyl series: our sophomore album Town By Town!

Town By Town is scheduled to be released on Friday, October 14th at Yonder's Harvest Festival. Produced by Tim O’Brien, Town By Town was original released on Frog Pad Records in 2001. The album’s reissue will be available on 180 gram vinyl with a gatefold jacket and digital download card.

PRE-ORDER it now to be entered to win a set of the album's vinyl test pressings autographed by the band!!!

•180 gram vinyl in gatefold jacket
•Download card of the album included
•Limited pressing of

Pre-order The Album Here


RIOT: New Album Available On Vinyl

Legendary metal band RIOT will release their new album, 'Immortal Soul,' on October 21 in Japan via Marquee/Avalon; October 26 in Scandinavia; October 28 in Germany; Austria and Switzerland; October 31 in the rest of Europe; and November 22 in the US and Canada through Steamhammer/SPV. The effort will be available as a limited digipack with two bonus tracks, double gatefold LP (colored blue vinyl) and regular jewel case. The artwork was created by the band's vocalist Tony Moore.

1. Riot
2. Still Your Man
3. Crawling
4. Wings Are For Angels
5. Fall Before Me
6. Sins Of The Father
7. Majestica
8. Immortal Soul
9. Insanity
10. Whiskey Man
11. Believe
12. Echoes
13. Johnny's Back (live recording; digipack bonus track) *
14. Metal Soldiers (live recording; digipack bonus track) *

* Recorded live at the Sweden Rock Festival on June 6, 2009 in Sölvesborg, Sweden


sounds like a cool time, wish i could be there!

Boulder's Absolute Vinyl kicks off concert series this weekend

Record shop lined up 11 acts for the next month

By Ashley Dean

It's been a little more than a month since Absolute Vinyl Records and Stereo, 5360 Arapahoe Ave., made the move from North to East Boulder, and now that things have settled down, they're ready to wind back up.

The shop is kicking off a weekly in-store concert series this weekend under the eager, passionate direction of owner Doug Gaddy. There are 11 acts lined up for the next four weekends, with the possibility of a few more.

"Why did I do this? Because I love music and I love musicians and I want the shop to be a place where music happens," Gaddy said. "It's not just about buying records. It's about having people have music be a part of their lives."

Gaddy wants the acts that come through to be as diverse as possible, and the current schedule already reflects that. Friday's inaugural show features Seattle's The Soft Hills, which Gaddy billed as being similar to Seattle folk band, Fleet Foxes. They're joined by locals The Alright Band and Sedges Have Edges, a three-piece rock group and a male singer/songwriter, respectively. Next weekend's bill gets even more diverse, covering jazz, soul and glam rock, while the following weekend's lineup will showcase hip-hop DJs.



and in music history for today:

In 1955, Buddy Holly, Larry Welborn, and Bob Montgomery open for Bill Haley & the Comets in Lubbock, TX. Eddie Crandell sees the show and arranges for Holly to record his first demo.

In 1957, although it was banned by some US radio stations for its suggestive lyrics, The Everly Brothers' "Wake Up Little Susie" reached the top of the Billboard singles chart. In the UK, it reached #2. The Everly's were accompanied by guitar legend, Chet Atkins.

Also in1957, the Elvis Presley classic, “Jailhouse Rock” was released.  The single, with its B-side "Treat Me Nice," was a US #1 hit for 7 weeks in the fall of 1957, and a UK #1 hit for three weeks early in 1958.  In addition, "Jailhouse Rock" spent one week at the top of the country charts and reached the #2 position on the R&B charts. The song as sung by Elvis Presley is #67 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was named one of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll. The film clip from the movie where he sang the song is considered by many historians to be the first rock video.

This was written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, who also wrote "Hound Dog," which became a huge hit when Elvis recorded it. Leiber and Stoller excelled at writing catchy Pop songs with elements of Blues music. Their songs could be very funny and clever, and often take place in unusual situations.

This was featured in the Elvis movie of the same name, where Elvis plays a wrongly accused convict who becomes a star when he gets out. The film, which is considered one of the best of his 31 movies, is famous for the scene where Elvis performs this song in an elaborate dance number taking place in prison.

Sha-Na-Na played this at Woodstock in 1969. Very few of the attendees saw their performance, as they didn't go on until Monday morning (the event was scheduled to end at midnight on Sunday, but ran long). Jimi Hendrix followed Sha-Na-Na to close out the festival.

In 1966, Grace Slick made her first appearance with Jefferson Airplane.

In 1967, The Who's "I Can See for Miles" was released. In the UK, the single peaked at #12, while in the US it reached #9 and is the group's biggest hit through 1982. The cut was written by Pete Townshend of The Who, recorded for the band's 1967 album, 'The Who Sell Out.' It was the only song from the album to be released as a single, on October 14th, 1967. It remains The Who's biggest hit single in the US to date, and their only one to reach the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100

In 1969, police in New Jersey issued a warrant for the arrest of Frank Sinatra in relation to his connections with the Mafia.

In 1971, John Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared on "The Dick Cavett Show" on ABC to promote Lennon's new LP and film ("Imagine"), Yoko's book, two films and a fine arts show.

In 1972, Michael Jackson went to #1 on the US singles chart with “Ben,” his first solo No.1. a #7 hit in the U.K.

In 1977, crooner Bing Crosby died of a heart attack at the age of 76.

In 1978, all four solo albums by the members of KISS break through Billboard's Top 100. Gene Simmons effort will prove to be the highest charting at #22, followed by Ace Freshly at #26, then Paul Stanley at #40 and Peter Crises at #43.

In 1988, Def Leppard became first act in chart history to sell seven million copies of two consecutive LPs, with Pyromania (released in 1983) and Hysteria.

In 1988, Bruce Springsteen appeared at Estadio Mundialista, Mendoza, Argentina to a crowd of over 30,000. The concert was also aired on Chile TV.

In 1990, multi-Emmy and Grammy award-winning American composer, pianist and conductor, Leonard Bernstein died of pneumonia. Composed music for the 1957 musical 'West Side Story', and 'On The Waterfront'. Bernstein conducted the New York Philharmonic aged 25 and wrote three symphonies, two operas, five musicals, and numerous other pieces.

In 2000, llawsuit was filed against Don Henley in Little Rock, AR. The suit claimed that a fan was hit in the forehead with a maraca during on October 4, 2000 concert.

In 2004, the iTunes Music Store reached 150 million songs sold.

In 2006, Freddy Fender, the Tex-Mex singer died of complications from lung cancer at the age of 69. Known for standards as “Before the Next Teardrop Falls” (U.S. #1 in 1975) and “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights.”

In 2008, illustrator and rock cartoonist Ray Lowry died. He contributed illustrations for NME, Punch, Private Eye and The Guardian and designed the artwork for The Clash album London Calling.

In 2009, Paul McCartney was named Songwriter of The Year at the 29th Annual ASCAP Awards in London, England. The awards presentation honored songwriters and publishers of the most performed works in the US during 2008.

birthdays today (among others) include: Natalie Maines from the Dixie Chicks (1974), Thomas Dolby (1958), Colin Hodgkinson of Whitesnake (1945) and Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues (1946)