Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

DEEP PURPLE: 'Icon' Best-Of Compilation Due In January

DEEP PURPLE is featured in a new series of albums "featuring the greatest hits, signature tunes and fan favorites of the most popular artists in music history," which promise to offer "unprecedented value to consumers." The aptly named "Icon" series from Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) launched in August 31, 2010, with releases from 30 major artists spanning rock, pop, R&B and country.

Each album, at a "great price," includes roughly a dozen hit tracks.

Due on January 10, 2012, the DEEP PURPLE "Icon" compilation will feature the following songs:

1. Smoke On The Water (live)
2. Hush (live)
3. Woman From Tokyo (live)
4. Knocking At Your Back Door
5. Call Of The Wild
6. Perfect Strangers
7. Bad Attitude
8. Nobody's Home
9. Black Night (live)
10. Child In Time (live)
11. Strange Kind Of Woman (live)

Read more at our friends at Blabbermouth


album cover art of the day:

Irdorath Reveals New Album Cover Art

Black/Thrash vets Irdorath recently announced its signing with Massacre Records last month, and now the band has revealed the album cover art for 'Dekonstrukteur Des Fleisches,' which is due out on January 27th, 2012.


this is very cool, although not necessarily a rare event in the states, as many radio stations have a DJ that spins records every now and then......

BBC Radio 6 Music Vinyl Only on New Year's Day

BBC Radio 6 Music is planning to make New Year's Day a vinyl-only event. Most BBC stations have phased out the use of vinyl records in favor of CDs in the early 1990s and now most use digital versions of songs.

However, the station is going to turn back the clock with their "all vinyl" day to end their month-long celebration of the format. Presenters Jarvis Cocker and Elbow's Guy Garvey will be among those who will ditch digital in favor of 45s.

Station editor Paul Rodgers said: "In a world dominated by digital music, vinyl is a format still close to the hearts of many music lovers and increased sales demonstrate its enduring appeal."


Cocteau Twins Reissue 'Stars and Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)' On Vinyl

The Cocteau Twins 2000 compilation set 'Stars and Topsoil: A Collection (1982-1990)' is set to be reissued as a double vinyl set. The 18 tracks comprise material from the band’s 4AD release, from their 1982 debut 'Garlands' through their 1990 EP called 'Iceblink Luck.' The reissue was remastered by John Dent and will be released on white vinyl in the UK on February 6 via Beggars Archive. The set will be released in the US pressed on black vinyl, so if you want the white vinyl, order it from the UK.


LP 1
1. Blind Dumb Deaf
2. Sugar Hiccup
3. My Love Paramour
4. Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops
5. Lorelei
6. Pandora
7. Aikea-Guinea
8. Pink Orange Red
9. Pale Clouded White

LP 2
1. Lazy Calm
2. The Thinner The Air
3. Orange Appled
4. Cico Buff
5. Carolyn’s Fingers
6. Fifty-Fifty Clown
7. Iceblink Luck
8. Heaven or Las Vegas
9. Watchlar


Jim Sherwood of the Mothers of Invention Passes Away at 69

Mothers of Invention member Jim "Motorhead" Sherman passed away on Sunday, Christmas Day, at the age of 69.

Sherwood was the sax player and vocals and vocal sounds effects for the Mothers and played on the Zappa albums 200 Motels, Burnt Weeny Sandwich, Weasals Ripped My Flesh and We’re Only In It For The Money.

Read more at our friends at vintagevinylnews


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and in music history for december 27th:

In 1903, in New York City, the barbershop quartet favorite, "Sweet Adeline," was sung for the first time.

In 1932, Radio City Music Hall opened its doors to the public for the first time.

In 1957, 20,000 fans begin lining up at 5:30 in the morning for Alan Freed's Christmas show at Brooklyn's Paramount Theatre, set to kick off at 9:00 AM. The average ticket price was $1.85.

In 1958, Buddy Holly makes his first appearance in his hometown of Lubbock, Texas since becoming a major star. Along with broadcasting 'live' over KLLL radio from a fruit and vegetable store, he will return to the station's studios to record "You're The One", a song that station management challenged him to write in half an hour.

In 1960, the Beatles were a last minute addition to a show at the Litherland Town Hall Ballroom in Liverpool. Advertising posters were altered to read "Direct From Hamburg, The Beatles!", causing some to believe they were a German group.

In 1963, the Animals perform on their first radio broadcast on the BBC show "Saturday Club."

Also in 1963, the music critics of the London Times name John Lennon and Paul McCartney as The Outstanding Composers of 1963. Two days later, the Sunday Times' music critic Richard Buckle proclaims the same two songwriters "the greatest composers since Beethoven."

In 1964, the Supremes made their first appearance on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show."

In 1967, the Doors performed on "The Jonathon Winters Show" on CBS-TV.

Also in 1967, Bob Dylan released the album 'John Wesley Harding.'

Produced by Bob Johnston, the album marked Dylan's return to acoustic music and traditional roots, after three albums of electric rock music. 'John Wesley Harding' was recorded around the same time as (and shares many stylistic threads with) a prolific series of home recording sessions with the Band, finally released in 1975 as 'The Basement Tapes.'

John Wesley Harding was exceptionally well received by critics and enjoyed solid sales, reaching #2 on the US charts and topping the UK charts. The commercial performance was considered remarkable considering that Dylan had kept Columbia from releasing the album with much promotion or publicity. Less than three months after its release, John Wesley Harding was certified gold by the RIAA. "All Along the Watchtower" became one of his most popular songs after it was covered by Jimi Hendrix the following year.

In 2003, the album was ranked number 301 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

In 1969, the Supremes final single release with Diana Ross, "Someday We'll Be Together", becomes the last US number one song of the sixties. It made #13 in the UK.

In 1971, the "Sonny & Cher Show" began airing on CBS. The show ran for four 1/2 years.

In 1975, the Four Seasons, "December 1963 (Oh, What A Night)" was released.

In 1980, three weeks to the day after John Lennon's murder, "Starting Over" is number one in the US and the UK simultaneously.

In 1981, composer /pianist/singer/actor Hoagy Carmichael died after a heart attack at age 82.

In 1983, Walter Scott, lead singer of Bob Kuban And The In-Men, who scored a 1966 hit with "The Cheater", is seen alive for the last time. On April 10th, 1987, his badly decomposed, bound body would be found floating face down in a cistern, shot in the back. Scott's second wife, Jo Ann (Calceterra), pled guilty to hindering prosecution in his murder. She received a five year sentence. Jo Ann's boyfriend (whom she married in 1986), James H. Williams Sr., was found guilty of two counts of capital murder in the deaths of Walter Scott as well as his previous wife, Sharon Williams. James Williams received two life terms without the possibility of parole.

In 1985, Metallica finished working on 'Master of Puppets.'

In 2003, Dick St. John, one half of the singing team of Dick and Dee Dee, who recorded such hits as "The Mountain's High" (1961), "Young And In Love" (1963) and "Thou Shalt Not Steal" (1965), died from complications suffered in a fall from the roof of his home two weeks earlier. The 63 year old singer had continued to record and performed regularly until his death.

In 2008, Delaney Bramlett, the guitarist who gained renown in the late 1960s as part of the rhythm and blues combo Delaney and Bonnie and Friends, died following gallbladder surgery. He was 69. Bramlett's backing band would often contain the likes of Eric Clapton, George Harrison and Dave Mason. The ensemble achieved a pair of Billboard Top 40 hits in 1971: "Never Ending Song Of Love" (#13) and "Only You Know And I Know" (#20).

birthdays today include (among others): Mike Pinder (Moody Blues) (70), Matt Slocum (Sixpence None the Richer) (39), Peter Sinfield (King Crimson) (68), Mick Jones (Foreigner) (67), Larry Byrom (Steppenwolf) (63) and David Knopfler (Dire Straits) (59)