Saturday, December 3, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

interesting points being made in this article from the uk, one could contend that some of the late musicians mentioned are worth more dead than alive (as far as monetary value and selling power - no disrespect to the families). the estates and families will keep on re-releasing and reissuing the music because people buy it, which only reinforces the greatness of the music and the ultimate form of respect in some regards.

Posthumous pop: the stars who keep on selling

Are fans or penny-hungry marketing execs to blame for the inevitable 'legacy' releases that follow an artist's death? Is it right to release work that the artist clearly didn't think was worth putting out themselves?

Emine Saner - The Guardian

I didn't want them sitting on a hard drive, wilting away," Salaam Remi, Amy Winehouse's producer, said, explaining to a room of music journalists in October why he decided to begin work on an album of her songs. Next week, a little over four months after the untimely death of the singer, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, will be released.

By necessity, it is a collection of early recordings, out-takes, and just two unfinished tracks from her planned third album. "She appears to have recorded almost nothing in the last two years of her life," noted Alexis Petridis, the Guardian's music critic, this week. Anyone who followed the tabloids over the last few years will be painfully aware of the reasons for that, but Remi hoped the album would be a fitting reminder of Winehouse's talent. "Going through her music was like going through a photo album," he says. "There was a lot of stuff that I had forgotten about, and that nobody else knew existed. When I shared that with her manager and her family, we thought maybe we should share this with the rest of the world."

Will there be any more releases?

Read the rest of this interesting perspective at


Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK Acetate Still Up On eBay

The Sex Pistols Anarchy In The UK Original 1976 7“ 1 sided Abbey Road Swirl Acetate is still currently up for sale on eBay.  I do notice that about 400 people have looked at the listing since i wrote about it on an earlier post it will be interesting to see what it sells for, although i am inclined to think that it is not worth near as much as the sellers wants for it.   You can follow the auction HERE


Jacuzzi Boys & Turbo Fruits First Release For Turbo Time Records "Double B-Side Series"

Jacuzzi Boys and Turbo Fruits are the first entrants in the new “Double B-Side Series” via Turbo Time Records. Each band has recorded one tune, “Christiane’s Tune (Don’t Go)” from the Jacuzzi Boys, and “Dreams For Sale” from Turbo Fruits. The special release is on a clear blue vinyl and is limited to just 200 copies.


Two Classic LPs From Thee Headcoats Getting Vinyl Reissue

UK label Damaged Goods have recently announced that they will be reissuing two classic LPs from Billy Childish’s Thee Headcoats. The 1990 album 'The Kids Are All Square' and the 1996 album 'Kights Of The Baskervilles' will both be repressed on vinyl, with a limited splatter vinyl version available for each. Thee Headcoats were formed from the ashes of Billy Childish’s previous combo ‘Thee Mighty Caesers’ in 1988 and released 20 albums and around 40 singles before they called it a day in 2000. Here’s the info from the label:

Knights Of The Baskervilles LP reissue

* A 12” LP only re-issue of a long deleted, previously US only Thee Headcoats album.
* Originally issued in 1996 on the Birdman Records label (BMR-013)
* 12 tracks including ‘This Wondrous Day’ ‘She’s In Disguise’ & ‘What You See Is What You Are’
* The cover has been totally reworked by Billy Childish

The Kids Are All Square LP reissue

* 12” LP re-issue of arguably the best Thee Headcoats album.
* Originally issued in 1990 on Billy’s own Hangman Records label.
* 12 tracks including bona fide Headcoats classics
* All My Feelings Denied’ ‘Davey Crockett’ & ‘Cowboys Are Square’
*This album also features the first ever recording by Thee Headcoatees ‘Meet Jacqueline’ which also ended up on their debut album ‘Girlsville’.


Two Limited Shannon & The Clams Reissues

Both full length LPs from Shannon & The Clams will be being released on limited color vinyl repressings from 1-2-3-4 Go! Records this month. Each LP will be limited to 500 copies, with 2010′s 'I Wanna Go Home' on pink vinyl, and this year’s 'Sleep Talk' on swampy green colored vinyl. Preorders are available now on the label site for just $11 each. Both LPs are scheduled to start shipping around Decmeber 21st.


White Stripes Singles Being Reissued

New White Stripes reissues were announced late last week, featuring four of the groups out-of-print and hard-to-find 7″ singles. All four are due out December 6th from Third Man Records. Here’s what’s coming-

*Hello Operator / Jolene 7″
Originally released as a picture disc for Third Man’s Vault subscribers
A1 Hello Operator
B1 Jolene (written by Dolly Parton)

*Merry Christmas From… 7″
First press was limited to 333 copies included in a White Stripes holiday package
A1 Candy Cane Children
B1 Story Of The Magi
B2 Silent Night

*The Big Three Killed My Baby 7″
Originals, especially the red vinyl, go for big bucks on eBay, now affordably own this classic
A1 The Big Three Killed My Baby
B1 Red Bowling Ball Ruth

*Lord, Send Me an Angel 7″
This tour only single has been fully remastered
A1 Lord, Send Me an Angel
B1 You’re Pretty Good Looking (Trendy American Remix)

All four singles can be ordered for $6 each from Third Man Records starting December 6th.


as i compile the information for this feature, i am always amazed and excited to see what transpired in rock and roll history on a specific day. countless events and music in our ever changing culture are brought to life again when we revisit the days. with all that said, here is music history for the day, december 3rd:

In 1955, Elvis Presley's first single release for RCA Victor was announced as "Mystery Train" b/w "I Forgot to Remember to Forget," sides purchased from Presley's previous label, Sun Records. His new record company described Elvis as "The most talked about personality in recorded music in the last 10 years." The song ranks #77 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.

"Mystery Train" is one of Presley's most haunting songs, a stark blues number that sounds ancient but was actually first cut only two years before by Memphis blues singer Junior Parker. Presley recorded it with the groove from the flip side of the same Parker single, "Love My Baby," and Sun producer Phillips' taut, rubbery echo effect made guitarist Scotty Moore's every note sound doubled. Presley added a final verse — "Train . . . took my baby, but it never will again" — capped by a celebratory falsetto whoop that transformed a pastoral about death into a song about the power to overcome it. - Rolling Stone Magazine

Recorded on this date in 1958, "Since I Don't Have You," by the Skyliners

The single reached #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and also the top five of the R&B chart. The song, highlighted by a powerful vocal by lead singer Jimmy Beaumont and the counterpoint between his falsetto and Janet Vogel's soprano on the final chorus, is considered by oldies fans to be one of the best "heartbreak" ballads ever recorded, and a classic of pre-Beatles rock and roll, and is still frequently played on the radio. The song was featured in the films American Graffiti, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai, Lethal Weapon 2, and Mischief, and television show's such as Happy Days.

In 1961, the Beatles met Brian Epstein for the first time at his Liverpool record store, NEMS. They met again that evening to discuss Epstein's management of the group.

On December 3, 1963, Louis Armstrong recorded "Hello Dolly!" His version of the song, from the Broadway show of the same name, was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001. The music and lyrics were written by Jerry Herman, who also wrote the scores for many other popular musicals including Mame and La Cage aux Folles. His version reached number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, ending The Beatles' streak of three number-one hits in a row over 14 consecutive weeks (they also held the top three spots) and becoming the biggest hit of Armstrong's career, followed by a gold-selling album of the same name. The song also spent nine weeks atop the adult contemporary chart shortly after the opening of the musical.

In 1965, in Sacramento, CA, Keith Richards (Rolling Stones) was shocked and knocked unconscious during a concert when his guitar made contact with his microphone during a performance of "The Last Time."

On this day in 1965, "Turn! Turn! Turn!" by the Byrds was the #1 song.

In 1965, the Beatles set out on what would be their last ever U.K. tour at Glasgow's Odeon Cinema. Also on the bill, The Moody Blues The Koobas and Beryl Marsden. The last show was at Cardiff's Capitol Cinema on 12th December.

In 1966, Ray Charles was given a five year suspended prison sentence and a $10,000 fine after being convicted of possessing heroin and marijuana.

In 1966, at a time when the airwaves and record charts where dominated by Rock and Roll, a most unusual song called "Winchester Cathedral" by The New Vaudeville Band became the number one tune in the US. It also reached the top in the UK.

In 1966, Paul Revere and The Raiders saw their sixth Billboard Top 40 hit, "Good Thing" enter the Hot 100. The song will eventually reach #4 and enjoy a ten week chart run.

In 1968, "Elvis," Elvis Presley's so-called comeback special, aired on NBC-TV. The program featured a taped, semi-unplugged performance given earlier at Burbank Studios in front of a live audience. This was Elvis' first appearance before a live audience since 1961. According to his friend Jerry Schilling, the special reminded Presley of what "he had not been able to do for years, being able to choose the people, being able to choose what songs and not being told what had to be on the soundtrack. ... He was out of prison, man."

In 1969, John Lennon was asked to play the title role in "Jesus Christ, Superstar." The offer was revoked the next day.

CVR Blog 45rpm Singles Spotlight:

In 1969, at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the Rolling Stones completed three days of work on their recording of "Brown Sugar." It was not released until spring 1971 due to legal wranglings with their former label. The single went on to be a U.K. & U.S. #1.

Though credited, like most of their compositions, to the singer/guitarist pair of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, the song was primarily the work of Jagger, who wrote it sometime during the filming of Ned Kelly in 1969. Originally recorded over a three day period at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Muscle Shoals, Alabama from 2–4 December 1969, the song was not released until over a year later due to legal wranglings with the band's former label, though at the request of guitarist Mick Taylor, they debuted the number live during the infamous concert at Altamont on 6 December. The song was written by Jagger with Marsha Hunt in mind; Hunt was Jagger's secret girlfriend and mother of his first child Karis.

In the film Gimme Shelter, an alternative mix of the song is played back to the band while they relax in a hotel in Alabama.

The song, with its prominent blues-rock riffs, dual horn/guitar instrumental break, and danceable rock rhythms, is representative of the Stones' definitive middle period and the tough, bluesy hard-rock most often associated with the group. In the liner notes to the 1993 compilation album Jump Back, Jagger says, "The lyric was all to do with the dual combination of drugs and girls. This song was a very instant thing, a definite high point."

In the Rolling Stone interview (14 December 1995, RS 723) with Jagger, he spoke at length about the song, its inspiration and success — including claiming credit for writing the lyrics. He attributed the success of the song to a "good groove". After noting that the lyrics could mean so many lewd subjects, he again noted that the combination of those subjects, the lyrical ambiguity was partially why the song was considered successful. He noted, "That makes it . . . the whole mess thrown in. God knows what I'm on about on that song. It's such a mishmash. All the nasty subjects in one go . . . I never would write that song now." When Jann Wenner asked him why, Jagger replied, "I would probably censor myself. I'd think, 'Oh God, I can't. I've got to stop. I can't just write raw like that."

The lyrical subject matter has often been a point of interest and controversy. Described by rock critic Robert Christgau as "a rocker so compelling that it discourages exegesis," "Brown Sugar"'s popularity indeed often overshadowed its scandalous lyrics, which were essentially a pastiche of a number of taboo subjects, including interracial sex, cunnilingus, slave rape, and less distinctly, sadomasochism, lost virginity, and heroin.

The song is also notable for being the first single released on Rolling Stones Records (catalogue number RS-19100) and is one of the two Stones songs (along with "Wild Horses") licensed to both the band and former manager Allen Klein (a result of various business disagreements) resulting in its inclusion on the compilation album Hot Rocks 1964–1971.

In 1971, the Montreaux Casino was destroyed by fire during a show by Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention. The incident was later immortalized by Deep Purple's 1973 hit, "Smoke on the Water". (some stupid with a flare gun, burned the place to the ground...")

In 1973, Ringo Starr released the song "You're Sixteen." It was his second straight number one single.

In 1976, a giant 40ft inflatable pig could be seen floating above London after breaking free from its moorings. The pig had been photographed for Pink Floyd's Animals album cover; the CAA issued a warning to all pilots that a flying pig was on the run.

In 1976, in Kingston, Jamaica, seven gunmen fired shots into Bob Marley's house where he and his band the Wailers were rehearsing. Marley, his wife Rita, an unidentified friend, and Wailers manager Don Taylor were all hit, but no one was seriously hurt. Marley and his band performed as scheduled two nights later. The assailants were never caught.

Also in 1976, 11,000 tickets went on sale for ABBA's Royal Albert Hall concerts. 3,500,000 applications were received.

In 1977, Paul McCartney saw his song, "Mull Of Kintyre" hit number one in the UK and become the largest selling single that he or any of the other Beatles ever had, either as a group or solo. It was the first single to sell over 2 million in the UK. The tune was co-written by Denny Laine who later sold his rights to the song when he went bankrupt. The bagpipe laden tune was virtually ignored in the US, although the B-side, "Girls' School" charted at #33 early in 1978.

Also in 1977, after eight straight weeks at the top of the Cashbox Magazine Best Sellers chart, Debby Boone's "You Light Up My Life" finally gives way to "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" by Crystal Gayle. if i ever hear boone's song again, i'll jump off the nearest cliff.....

In 1979, just three months after Keith Moon's death, tragedy struck The Who again, when eleven people were trampled to death while trying to reach unreserved concert seats at the Riverfront Coliseum in Cincinnati. The mayor of Providence, Rhode Island cancels the Who's next concert, scheduled there in two days. The resulting controversy and lawsuits forced concert promoters to rethink the practice of offering unreserved seats. Multiple law suits are filed by families of the deceased.

On December 3, 1980, photographer Annie Leibovitz took the last known photos of John Lennon and Yoko Ono together at their Dakota apartment in New York City.

In 1986, a lawsuit was filed against Judas Priest and CBS Records, alleging that two fans shot themselves after listening to the band's music for six hours.

In 1990, Nightline aired Madonna's video for "Justify My Love." The previous week MTV had banned the video.

In 1999, U2 singer Bono had his missing laptop computer returned after losing it. A young man had bought it for £300 discovered he had the missing laptop, which contained tracks from the forthcoming U2 album.

In 2000, composer Hoyt Curtin died of heart failure aged 78. He was the composer of many of the Hanna-Barbera cartoons' theme songs, including The Flintstones, Top Cat, Jonny Quest, Superfriends, The Jetsons, Josie and the Pussycats, and The New Scooby-Doo movies.

In 2001, session guitarist Grady Martin died aged 72. Member of the legendary Nashville A-Team, he played guitar on hits ranging from Roy Orbison's “Oh, Pretty Woman.” Marty Robbins' “El Paso” and Loretta Lynn's “Coal Miner's Daughter.” During a 50-year career, Martin backed such names as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Woody Guthrie, Arlo Guthrie, Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Joan Baez and J. J. Cale.

In 2002, it was announced that Peter Garrett had quit Midnight Oil after 25 years.

In 2003, The Recording Industry Association of America gave Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers a Diamond Award to mark the sale of 10 million copies of the band's "Greatest Hits" album in the United States.

The iTunes Music Store was launched in Canada in 2004.

Also in 2004, investigators from the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and county district attorney's office, conducted a second raid of Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch. In November of 2003, more than 60 sheriff's deputies raided Jackson's estate in the foothills above Santa Barbara, looking for evidence that he had molested a young boy and plied him with alcohol

birthdays today include (among others): Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship) (62), Nicky Stevens (Brotherhood of Man) (60), Don Barnes (.38 Special) (59), Christina Aguilera (31), Andy Williams (84) and the immortal metal god Ozzy Osbourne (63)