Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Top 5 eBay Vinyl Record Sales - Week Ending 10/29/2011

Rare classical tops the list this week, and two Beatles records and one non-Beatles recrod on the Apple label. The two Beatles are both on the Parlophone label, and the Delany & Bonnie record is on the Apple label. The Bobby Robert's 45 is a rare rockabilly record.

1. LP - Leonid Kogan "Beethoven Violin Concerto" Columbia SAX 2386 UK Pressing - $5,003.71

2. LP - The Beatles "Please Please Me" Parlophone Black & Gold Stereo Pressing - $3,938.45

3. LP - Delany & Bonnie "The Original Delaney And Bonnie" Apple SAPCOR3 UK Pressing - $3,471.14

4. 45 - Bobby Roberts "Big Sandy" / "She's My Woman" Sky Records - $3,339.89

5. LP - The Beatles "White Album" Parolophone UK Export Pressing - $3,110.37

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

Vinyl Record Talk Show - Live - Today, Tuesday November 1st 8pm ET / 5pm PT on Radio Dentata

On another live VRT, we'll fill in the gaps with follow-up to Saturday's live broadcast with CRAGG from the Malibu Inn where we met one of the best live bands you'll ever see, Barb Wire Dolls. They have been playing around Los Angeles for the last year, and will be starting their first US tour later in the fall. Get out and see them while they're still playing small venues. It won't be for long!

Plus, if you missed it, we'll never tell who that girl was that Jane was making out with. Ok, maybe we will.


Iron & Wine Releasing Limited Edition Vinyl

Iron & Wine are planning to assemble a recent live session on KCRW for a limited edition vinyl pressing for release via 4AD later this year. 'Morning Becomes Eclectic' will feature Iron & Wine in a stripped down fashion, with Sam Beam chatting to presenter Jason Bentley. The effort is set for release on December 5th.

A1. Intro
A2. Tree By The River
A3. Summer In Savannah
A4. Half Moon
A5. Interview

B1. My Lady’s House
B2. He Lays In The Reins
B3. Boy With A Coin
B4. Me And Lazarus
B5. Outro


New Amy Winehouse Album Cover Revealed

The artwork for the new album featuring previously unheard songs by Amy Winehouse has been revealed. The album, 'Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures,' is due to hit the streets on December 5th. The LP features twelve songs, including new original tracks and covers compiled by her producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi.  Amy's father Mitch Winehouse said the album showed that the 'Tears Dry On Their Own' star was "a true genius".

"Had the family felt this album wasn't up to the standard of Amy's others, 'Frank' and 'Back To Black', we'd never have agreed to release it," he said.

'Our Day Will Come' (reggae version)
'Between the Cheats'
'Tears Dry'
'Wake Up Alone' (demo)
'Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow'
'Valerie' (demo)
'Like Smoke' (featuring Nas)
'The Girl from Ipanema'
'Best Friends'
'Body and Soul' (with Tony Bennett)
'A Song for You'


Celebrate Black Friday With Limited Edition 10" Vinyl Releases From Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pete Townshend

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Instead of dealing with the madness of holiday shopping crowds, UMe is offering music fans an alternative. On "Black Friday," November 25, 2011, the biggest shopping day of the year, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) announces a series of "Back To Black" limited edition, individually numbered 10" vinyl releases from Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pete Townshend.

Soundgarden - Before The Doors: Live On I-5 Soundchecks:

"I will always be thankful to independent record stores for providing me with an encyclopedic source for an education in popular music. Especially of rare, import, indie, local, and experimental records, artists, and genres." - Kim Thayil

Hot on the heels of Soundgarden's highly successful 2011 summer tour, for Black To Black Friday UMe will release the individually numbered, limited-edition 10"-vinyl EP from Soundgarden - Before The Doors: Live On I-5 Soundchecks as the companion piece to the band's first-ever live album, Live On I-5, released earlier this year. Recorded during their 1996 tour, Before The Doors: Live On I-5 Soundchecks features "No Attention," "Never The Machine Forever" and a freaked-out version of the Doors' "Waiting For The Sun," taken from their soundcheck at Kaiser Convention Center in Oakland, CA, on December 5, 1996; "Room A Thousand Years Wide" taken from PNE Forum in Vancouver, Canada, on December 7, 1996; and "Somewhere" taken from their soundcheck at Memorial Auditorium in Sacramento, CA, on December 4, 1996.

Nirvana – Nevermind: The Singles:

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Nirvana's generation-defining album Nevermind, which has sold over 30 million copies worldwide. And now, for the first time, all four of the original singles from this iconic album are being reissued in a limited-edition 10"-vinyl box set. Each box set will be individually numbered and this marks the first time Nirvana's music has ever been pressed on 10" vinyl. Featured are the band's monumental singles "Smells Like Teen Spirit" (edit) with its B-sides "Drain You" (LP version), "Even In His Youth" and "Aneurysm"; "Come As You Are" (LP version) with the B-sides "Endless, Nameless" "School" (live) and "Drain You" (live); "Lithium" (LP version) featuring the B-sides "Been A Son" (live), "Curmudgeon" and "D-7" (taken from a John Peel session); and "In Bloom" (LP version) featuring live versions of "Sliver" and "Polly." Each single comes in a slipcase picture sleeve and includes the original artwork. Earlier this year UMe released a two-disc Deluxe and a Super Deluxe five-disc box set to commemorate one of the most influential albums of an era. Nevermind shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard Catalog chart along with the recently released concert film Live At The Paramount DVD & Blu-ray debuting at No. 1 on the Billboard DVD chart.

Pete Townshend - The Quadrophenia Demos 1:

Quadrophenia is one of the most widely recognized albums of The Who's career because of its classic depiction of mod culture, its renowned imagery, and the magnificent music and powerful performances. For Black Friday, UMe will release the first of two limited-edition, individually numbered, 10"-vinyl EPs, featuring six demos from the forthcoming "Director's Cut" box set of Quadrophenia, out November 15. Included are demo versions of "The Real Me" recorded in October 1972; "Cut My Hair" written in June 1972; "Punk" recorded in November 1972; "Dirty Jobs" recorded in July 1972; "Is It In My Head" recorded in April 1972; and the never-before-released track "Anymore," recorded in November 1971. The Quadrophenia Demos 1 is the first of two exclusive releases with the second, a five-track companion 10" EP, scheduled for release on Record Store Day in April 2012. It will be the first time any of these tracks appear on vinyl and will not be made available anywhere else. The combined two releases encompass 11 of the demos from the forthcoming box set and provide a unique insight into the creation of this landmark album.

The Soundgarden - Before The Doors: Live On I-5 Soundchecks, Nirvana – Nevermind: The Singles and Pete Townshend - The Quadrophenia Demos 1 will be made available at Record Store Day-participating stores worldwide. A list of all participating stores can be found at www.recordstoreday.com  in the U.S.

SOURCE Universal Music Enterprises


Gigantour 2012 Tour Dates Announced

The multi-artist bill, with metal heavyweights Megadeth, Moțrhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil all personally picked by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine Рwill kick off Jan. 26th in Camden, NJ before wrapping Feb. 28th in Denver, Colorado.

Tour Dates:

January 26 - Susquehanna Bank Center - Camden, NJ
January 27 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
January 28 - Theater at Madison Square Garden - New York, NY
January 29 - Tsongas Arena - Lowell, MA
February 1 - Glens Falls Civic Center - Glens Falls, NY
February 2 - Colisee Pepsi - Quebec City, QC
February 3 - Bell Centre - Montreal, QC
February 5 - K-Rock Centre - Kingston, ON
February 7 - General Motors Centre - Oshawa, ON
February 8 - Copps Coliseum - Hamilton, ON
February 9 - Palace of Auburn Hills - Auburn Hills, MI
February 10 - Aragon Ballroom - Chicago, IL
February 12 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
February 14 - Myth - St. Paul, MN
February 16 - Prairieland - Saskatoon, SK
February 17 - Shaw Conference Centre - Edmonton, AB
February 18 - Big 4 Building - Calgary, AB
February 20 - Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre - Abbotsford, BC
February 21 - Showare Center - Kent, WA
February 23 - Event Center at San Jose State University - San Jose, CA
February 24 - Gibson Amphitheatre - Universal City, CA
February 25 - Comerica Theatre - Phoenix, AZ
February 26 - Tingley Coliseum - Albuquerque, NM
February 28 - The Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO


This Week's Top Ten Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

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1. Candy-O - The Cars
2. Songbook Limited Black Friday Release (Pre-Order) - Chris Cornell
3. Journey - Greatest Hits
4. Mylo Xyloto - Coldplay
5. Bad As Me - Tom Waits
6. Dark Side Of The Moon - Pink Floyd
7. Back To Black - Amy Winehouse
8. Every Picture Tells A Story - Rod Stewart
9. Broken Boy Soldiers - The Raconteurs
10. The Time-Life Treasury Of Christmas - Various Artists

remember, add the code CVR at checkout an get 5% off of your order!

let's explore some of the top ten:

Candy-O by The Cars

180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed

How did the Cars move beyond their smash 1978 debut (also available on Mobile Fidelity 180-gram LP) and secure their status as one of music’s leading bands for years to come? Look no further than the quadruple-platinum Candy-O. Continuing along the streamlined pop paths of its predecessor, the sophomore effort is preoccupied with desirable women that are as mysterious, sexy, and cool as the group’s music—and the record’s pin-up cover.

With rare exception, few new-wave artists enjoyed much of a career outside of a one-hit wonder. Candy-O proves the Cars were anything but. It’s loaded with minimalist atmospherics, pulsing bass lines, catchy refrains, and labyrinthine synthesizers that stick in your mind for days. And while retaining a simplicity that’s a Cars hallmark, the album also takes myriad stylistic detours: the glam-rock accents of “Dangerous Type,” a song whose title references the record’s mysterious and lusty matter; the percolating riffs of the contagious title track; the dizzying garage-rock nature of the upbeat “Got a Lot on My Mind,” complete with a tooting Farfisa organ. Nothing drags or feels out of place.

Through it all, vocalists Benjamin Orr and Ric Ocasek keep their heads about themselves, singing in direct albeit detached tones that convey the tension, excitement, and risky promise inherent in the lyrics. Hook-laced choruses abound. Yet all is not what it seems.

“Hooks are mechanical by nature, but the affectlessness of these deserves special mention; only listeners who consider alienation is the craze a great insight will find much meaning here. On the other hand, only listeners who demand meaning in all things will find this useless. Cold and thin, shiny and hypnotic, it's what [the Cars] do best--rock and roll that is definitely pop without a hint of cuteness.” –Robert Christgau, The Consumer Guide

Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered limited-edition LP brings the Cars’ distinctive melodies and exotic arrangements to the fore in ways that have never been heard outside of the recording studio. For the first time, Roy Thomas Baker’s vocal production shines, with each member’s contributions rescued from a cold sonic murk that detracted from the music’s impact on both vinyl and the extremely compressed CD. Once you hear the newly uncovered dynamics and rich textures, you’ll be wondering where they were all of these years. Chalk this up as an essential addition to your pop collection.

Track List:
1. Let's Go
2. Since I Held You
3. It's All I Can Do
4. Double Life
5. Shoo Be Doo
6. Candy-O
7. Nightspots
8. You Can't Hold On Too Long
9. Lust for Kicks
10. Got A Lot On My Head
11. Dangerous Type

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Mylo Xyloto by Coldplay

Mylo Xyloto (pronounced my-lo zy-letoe) is the fifth full length studio release from Britpop giants, Coldplay. Produced by Markus Dravs, Daniel Green and Rik Simpson, with enoxification and additional composition by Brian Eno, Mylo Xyloto follows-up 2008’s Viva La Vida, which charted at #1 in 36 countries, including the United States and the United Kingdom. Features the singles "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall" and "Paradise." This 180-gram vinyl edition also includes a 12” x 36” poster.

1. Mylo Xyloto
2. Hurts Like Heaven
3. Paradise
4. Charlie Brown
5. Us Against The World
6. M.M.I.X.
7. Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall
8. Major Minus
9. U.F.O.
10. Princess of China
11. Up In Flames
12. A Hopeful Transmission
13. Don't Let It Break Your Heart
14. Up With The Birds

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Broken Boy Soldiers by The Raconteurs

Copper-embossed, gatefold tip-on jackets from Stoughton

“Broken Boy Soldiers” is the debut album from the Raconteurs. By pairing pop songsmith Brendan Benson with hard-rocking Jack White (the White Stripes) and backing them with the crack rhythm section of Jack Lawrence and Patrick Keeler (both of the Greenhornes) what resulted is a completely kick-ass album. From the anthemic volley of “Steady, As She Goes” to the sing-songy crunch of “Hands” and the downright sinister slow creep of “Blue Veins” this album covers the complete range of human emotion.

“Broken Boy Soldiers” is the first proper vinyl reissue from Third Man (both the V2 and XL versions of this LP are out-of-print) with plans to tackle the rest of the White Stripes and Jack White back catalog already in the works. Third Man aims for these reissues to be the definitive, go-to versions of all their titles and this issue of “Broken Boy Soldiers” definitely earns that distinction.

1. Steady As She Goes
2. Hands
3. Broken Boy Soldier
4. Intimate Secretary
5. Together
6. Level
7. Store Bought Bones
8. Yellow Sun
9. Call It A Day
10. Blue Veins

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and in music history for today, november 1st:

In 1894, Billboard Advertising was published for the first time, later to become Billboard.

In 1955, an R&B group called the Famous Flames, lead by singer James Brown, cut their first demo of "Please, Please, Please" at a radio station in Macon Georgia. It will lead to their signing with King Records.

In 1956, Elvis Presley bought a new Harley-Davidson motorbike. Presley spent the day riding round Memphis on his new bike with actress Natalie Wood.

In 1958, Russian leaders dub Elvis Presley as "public enemy number one."

In 1959, after cracking the US Top 40 twice while with Atlantic Records, Ray Charles signs with ABC-Paramount, where he will have 24 more Billboard hits.

Also in 1959, for the first time since 1954, Elvis Presley doesn't have a record on any of the Billboard charts. He is currently in Germany serving with the US Army.

In 1962, while The Beatles were appearing at the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, a recording was made on a small, portable tape recorder which would be pressed and issued by Singasong Records in 1977 as "Live! At the Star Club in Hamburg, Germany, 1962".

In 1964, the Dave Clark Five appear on The Ed Sullivan Show singing their hit "Glad All Over". Sullivan likes them much better than The Rolling Stones, saying that unlike the latter, the DC5 are "nice, neat boys."

In 1966, three Elvis Presley albums are certified Gold: his 1956 debut album, "Elvis Presley", "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 2" and "Elvis' Golden Records, Vol. 3".

1966, the Doors played the first night of a monthlong residency at the Ondine Discotheque, Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

Also in 1966, with "Good Vibrations" at the top of the UK chart, The Beach Boys kick off the first of seven sold out shows at Finsbury Park Astoria in London, England. Over 600 city buses were adorned with posters announcing their arrival.

In 1968, George Harrison released his first solo album, "Wonderwall Music" on the Apple label. The songs are mostly Harrison instrumentals, aided by Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr and an unaccredited banjo contribution by Peter Tork of The Monkees. The LP would reach #49 in the US but did not chart at all in the UK and would become the first album to be deleted from the Apple Records catalog.

In 1969, "Suspicious Minds" reaches the top of the Billboard chart, becoming Elvis Presley's 17th and final US number one hit during his lifetime. Elvis had recorded it in a 4 AM to 7 AM session last January, with the eighth take being the keeper. The song climbed to #2 in the UK.

In 1969, the Beatles scored their 13th US #1 album with Abbey Road.

In 1970, the Festfolk Quartet perform their first live show in Gothenburg, Sweden. They would later change their name to ABBA.

In 1971, Sly and the Family Stone continue to cancel many concerts at the last minute because Sly doesn't show up. Of 80 concerts booked in 1970, he cancelled 26 and ducked out of 12 of 40 shows in '71. The band is still successful on the radio however, enjoying the hits "Family Affair" and "There's a Riot Goin' On".

In 1972, the 33rd and final film of Elvis' career, Elvis On Tour opens in the US. It would be awarded the 1972 Golden Globe Award for Best Documentary, making it the only Elvis film to win an award of any kind.

In 1975, Elton John, who teamed up with Neil Sedaka on last week's Billboard chart topper, "Bad Blood", took over the top spot himself with "Island Girl".

In 1979, Bob Dylan opened his Slow Train Coming tour in San Francisco, CA. He is booed when the set is all religious material.

In 1987, Dire Straits' CD "Brothers In Arms" passes the three million sales mark, becoming the UK's all-time best selling album.

In 1990, Nearly twenty years after their first US chart appearances, two former teen heart-throbs returned to Billboard's Hot 200 album list. The Partridge Family's David Cassidy reached number 27 with his self titled L.P., while Donny Osmond was enjoying the success of "My Love Is A Fire", which would climb to number 21.

Nirvana: Unplugged In New York was released on November 1, 1994. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts, selling 310,500 copies in its first week, giving the band its strongest first week sales. By early 1995, MTV Unplugged in New York had surpassed Nirvana's final studio album In Utero (1993) in sales with 6.8 million copies sold.

It features an acoustic performance taped at Sony Music Studios in New York City on November 18, 1993 for the television series MTV Unplugged. The show was directed by Beth McCarthy and first aired on the cable television network MTV on December 14, 1993. As opposed to traditional practice on the television series, Nirvana played a setlist composed of mainly lesser-known material and cover versions of songs by The Vaselines, David Bowie, Meat Puppets (during which they were joined by two members of the group onstage) and Lead Belly.

MTV Unplugged in New York was the first Nirvana album released in the wake of the April 1994 suicide of singer/guitarist Kurt Cobain. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, and has become the group's most successful posthumous release, selling five million copies in America by 1997. It also won the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. MTV Unplugged was hailed by critics as proof the band was able to transcend the grunge sound they were commonly associated with.

The MTV Unplugged In New York performance was released on DVD on November 20, 2007. The DVD release featured the entire taping, including the two songs ("Something in the Way" and "Oh Me") excluded from the broadcast version. Bonus features consisted of the original broadcast version of the performance, a 1999 MTV special titled Bare Witness: Nirvana Unplugged featuring the recollections of MTV producers and audience members, and five songs taped during the pre-show rehearsal: "Come as You Are", "Polly", "Plateau", "Pennyroyal Tea", and "The Man Who Sold the World".

In 1996, U2 allowed fans to watch them record a new album via an internet link to their studio in Dublin, Ireland.

In 2000, the Recording Industry Association Of America introduces guidelines for Parental Advisory labeling on recordings.

Ben Folds Five broke up in 2000.

In 2004, 61 year old Terry Knight, the former manager of Grand Funk Railroad, was murdered at his home in Killeen, Texas. Knight was defending his daughter during a domestic disturbance when he was stabbed by her boyfriend, 26 year old Donald Alan Fair. Knight began his music career by leading a Michigan band called Terry Knight and the Pack, who scored a Billboard top 50 hit with "I, Who Have Nothing".

In 2008, drummer and singer Jimmy Carl Black passed away after a bout with lung cancer. He was 70. He was a member of The Keys, The Soul Giants, The Mothers of Invention and Jimmy Carl Black and the Mannish Boys. He also worked with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Joe Cocker, The Grateful Dead and The Turtles

birthdays today (among mnay others) include: Sophie B. Hawkins (44), Ronald Bell (Kool & the Gang) (60), Lyle Lovett (54), Eddie Macdonald (Alarm) (52), Rick Allen (Def Leppard) (48) and Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chili Peppers) (49)