Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne

DEAR JERRY: I read your piece about Russ Conway, who had a No. 1 hit in the UK ("Roulette"), and yet never could manage a hit in America.

Specifically during my pop music period (1960 - 1975), what other British No. 1 hit makers failed to appear on a U.S. chart?
—Audrey Hammel, Lancaster, Pa.

DEAR AUDREY: Love the question, and I think you'll find the results fascinating:

1960: "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For" (Emile Ford and the Checkmates); "Starry Eyed" (Michael Holliday); "Apache" (Shadows); "Tell Laura I Love Her" (Ricky Valance)

Why "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For" did not chart in the U.S. is a mystery, especially since it was issued twice that year (Andie 5018 and Cub 9063).

Traditionally, most American hits were covered by foreign artists, as is the case with Michael Holliday and "Starry Eyed," a 1959 U.S. release by Gary Stites (Carlton 521).

Occasionally the reverse is true, like the smash hit instrumental "Apache." Originally by the Shadows, the hit in America came out in late 1960 by then unknown Jorgen Ingmann (Atco 6184), and reached No. 2. Just a few weeks earlier, ABC-Paramount (45-10,138) released the Shadows' version, but to no avail.

Valance's "Tell Laura I Love Her" is a cover of Ray Peterson's Top 10 hit (RCA Victor 47-7745).

1961: "You're Driving Me Crazy" (Temperance Seven); "Johnny Remember Me" (John Leyton)

Rudy Vallee and His Connecticut Yankees recorded "You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do)" in 1931 (Victor 22572), and the Temperance Seven perform it in the unmistakable Valle style. Not issued in the U.S.

Leyton's "Johnny Remember Me" came out stateside as ABC-Paramount 45-10,257.

1962: "Wonderful Land" (Shadows); "Come Outside" (Mike Sarne & Wendy Richards); "A Picture of You" (Joe Brown & the Bruvvers)

These three were all given a shot in America, but none scored: "Wonderful Land" (Atlantic 2146); "Come Outside" (Cameo 220); and Joe Brown's excellent "A Picture of You" (London 10517).

1963 "Dance On" (Shadows); "Diamonds" (Jet Harris & Tony Meehan); "Foot Tapper" (Shadows)

Three instrumentals, two by the Shadows and one by two members of the Shadows:

U.S. labels picked up "Dance On" (Atlantic 2177) and "Diamonds" (London 9589) but not "Foot Tapper," since the Challengers' original version was already getting some regional action (Vault 904).

1964: "Juilet" (Four Pennies)

A ballad in the style of Gerry and the Pacemakers, issued in the States by Philips (40202).

1968: "Everlasting Love" (Love Affair)

Though a Top 15 hit by Robert Knight the previous year (Rising Sons 705), the Love Affair's remarkable and distinctive "Everlasting Love" should have been a smash (Date 1591) in this hemisphere.

1969: "(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice" (Amen Corner)

Simultaneously issued in the U.S. by Immediate (5013).

1970: "Wand'rin Star" (Lee Marvin); "Back Home" (England World Cup Squad)

On the UK 45, Lee Marvin's "Wand'rin Star" is backed with "I Talk to the Trees," by Clint Eastwood. The American split single (Paramount 0010) still has Clint on the B-side, but with "Best Things." All three tunes are from the "Paint Your Wagon" soundtrack.

Not surprisingly, the England World Cup Squad probably crossed the Atlantic, but their music didn't.

1971: "Grandad" (Clive Dunn); "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (Middle of the Road); "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West)" (Benny Hill)

Capitol American issued both "Grandad" (3064) and "Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West) (3272).

Domestically, it took Mac and Katie Kissoon to take "Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep" (ABC 11306) to the Top 20.

1972: "Mouldy Old Dough" (Lieutenant Pigeon)

Categorized an instrumental, though the Lieutenant frequently chimes in saying "mouldy old dough." Here in the New World, the Pigeon's masterpiece (London 1043) failed to generate any dough.

1973: "See My Baby Jive" (Wizzard); "Angel Fingers" (Wizzard); "Eye Level" (Simon Park Orchestra)

United Artists picked up "See My Baby Jive" (UA-272), but not "Angel Fingers." And yes, this is Roy Woods Wizzard.

Vanguard (35175) gave "Eye Level," an instrumental, a fighting chance, but no cigar.

1974: "Tiger Feet" (Mud); "Jealous Mind" (Alvin Stardust); "The Cat Crept In" (Mud); "Everything I Own" (Ken Boothe); "Lonely This Christmas" (Mud)

Of the three Mud chart-toppers, only "Tiger Feet" came out here (Bell 45602).

It was also Bell who introduced Alvin Stardust to America, with his 1963 "My Coo Ca Choo" (Bell 45454), which peaked at No. 2 in Britain. Curiously, they passed on "Jealous Mind," Alvin's top-selling UK single.

Ken Boothe's entry is the 1972 Bread hit (Elektra 45765).

1975: "Streets of London" (Ralph McTell); "Whispering Grass" (Windsor Davies As B.S.M. Williams and Don Estelle As Gunner Sugden); "Three Steps to Heaven" (Showaddywaddy); "D.i.v.o.r.c.e." (Billy Connolly)

The poignant "Streets of London" contrasts their haves and have-nots (20th Century-Fox 2178), but is just as significant for any large city. Unfortunately, very few Americans ever heard it.

"Whispering Grass (Don't Tell the Trees)" is an Ink Spots classic, a Top 10 hit in 1940. Davies and Estelle, of the sitcom, "It Ain't Half Hot Mum," stay surprisingly faithful to the original.

Showaddywaddy is an oldies band, similar to Sha Na Na. "Three Steps to Heaven" revives Eddie Cochran's 1960 hit.

Recorded live, Billy Connolly's hilarious parody of Tammy Wynette's "D-i-v-o-r-c-e" (1968) rounds out the coverage.

None of the above three were issued in the States.

IZ ZAT SO? Here's a quirky occurrence I spotted on the British charts:

For the first three weeks of December 1959, No. 1 is "What Do You Want," by Adam Faith.

For the next five weeks, Faith gives way to Emile Ford's "What Do You Want to Make Those Eyes at Me For."

One way or the other, they were the Top 2 in seven of those eight weeks.

If there is another time when the same first four words appeared in the titles of two consecutive, yet completely different, No. 1 songs, I can't think of it.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:  
All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.
Copyright 2012 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Metallica To Release New Live DVD

Metallica has announced that the band will release a live DVD called "Quebec Magnetic" on December 10th, 2012. The DVD captures the two World Magnetic live shows which took place in Quebec City in the fall of 2009.


Green Day Cancels Rest Of 2012 Shows

As frontman Billie Joe Armstrong continues his recovery for substance abuse, Green Day has been forced to cancel its remaining concert dates for the year, as well as shows in January and February of next year.  The news comes in the wake of singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong being admitted to rehab for treatment of substance abuse last month.


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Top 10 Albums – October 30, 2012

Here are the Top 10 Albums for the week of October 23 -29, 2012:

1. National – The Virginia EP 12″
2. Angels and Airwaves – Love Part I & II 4XLP
3. The Starting Line – The Early Years LP
4. Quicksand – Slip LP
5. Kevin Devine – Split The Country, Split The Street 2XLP
6. Alanis Morissette – Jagged Little Pill LP
7. Adele – Skyfall 7″
8. Jawbreaker – Chesterfield King LP
9. Isis – Temporal 3XLP + DVD
10. Poison The Well – The Opposite of December / Tear From The Red 2XLP


GRIMEYS BEST SELLERS 10/22 - 10/28, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Peter Buck - Peter Buck
2. The Beatles - Love Me Do 7"
3. Mumford & Sons - Babel
4. Titus Andronicus - Local Business
5. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
6. The Sword - Apocryphon
7. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
8. Cheap Time - Live At Third Man 7"
9. Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid: M.A.A.D. City
10. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
11. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
12. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
13. The Velvet Underground - The Verve/MGM Albums vinyl box
14. Bat For Lashes - Haunted Man
15. Iggy Pop & Zig Zags - If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up 7"
16. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
17. Further Seems Forever - Penny Black
18. Ty Segall - Twins
19. Ty Segall - San Francisco Rock Compilation
20. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas
21. Radiohead - In Rainbows
22. Ryan Adams - Heartbreaker
23. Sufjan Stevens - Michigan
24. Paul Banks - Banks
25. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber


Retrofit Records believes in vinyl - Local record store demonstrates vitality of recorded sound medium


Students choosing vinyl for music, sentimental value


Paul McCartney Says Yoko Ono Wasn’t Responsible for Breaking up the Beatles


Monday, October 29, 2012

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - October 30, 2012

3:33 - In the Middle of Infinity
Along Came A Spider - If We Were Normal Men
Andrew Bird - Hands of Glory
Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Azari & III - Azari & III
Black Country Communion - Afterglow
Black Marble - A Different Arrangement (vinyl)
Blue Oyster Cult - The Columbia Album Collection
Calvin Harris - 18 Months
Cee-Lo Green - Cee-Lo's Magic Moment
Chad Valley - Young Hunger
Cody ChesnuTT - Landing On A Hundred
Cradle of Filth - The Manticore & Other Horrors
Crass Mammoth - Crass Mammath
Dada Life - Rules of Dada
Daphni - JIAOLONG (vinyl)
Eagle Claw - Timing Of The Void
Early Graves - Red Horse
Ending People - Fill Your Lungs
Family - Portrait
Flylear - New Horizons
Fort Lean - Change Your Name (EP)
Frank Zappa - Best Band You Never Heard in Your Life (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Broadway the Hard Way (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Does Humor Belong in Music (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Francesco Zappa (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Guitar (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Jazz From Hell (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Make a Jazz Noise Here (reissue)
Frank Zappa - Understanding America (reissue)
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore 1 (reissue)
Frank Zappa - You Can't Do That on Stage Anymore 2 (reissue)
G.W.A. - Opportunistic Smokescreen Behavior
Glenn Gould - Complete Bach Collection (42-CD box set)
Grails - Black Tar Prophecies, Vol. 5
Hearts & Hands - Hearts & Hands
Hercules and Love Affair - Hercules and Love Affair DJ-Kicks
Hiawatha - Language (vinyl)
Hospitality - The Drift/Monkey (7")
Indian Handcrafts - Civil Disobedience for Losers
James Taylor - James Taylor at Christmas
Jett Brando - Embargo
Jett Brando - Flotilla (EP)
John Zorn - Music and Its Double
Johnny Cash - Johnny Cash – The Complete Columbia Album Collection
Jonathan & Charlotte - Together
Joni Mitchell - The Studio Albums 1968-1979
Kamelot - Silverthorn
Katherine Jenkins - This Is Christmas
King Crimson - Lark's Tongues in Aspic
Kylie Minogue - The Abbey Road Sessions
Kylie Minogue - K25 Time Capsule (25-CD box set)
Laurie Berkner - A Laurie Berkner Christmas
Layo & Bushwacka - Rising & Falling 
Luka Bloom - This New Morning
Lulu Gainsbourg - From Gainsbourg To Lulu
Macy Gray - Talking Book
Madness - Oui Oui, Si Si, Ja Ja, Da Da
Marillion - Anoraknophobia (reissue)
Matthew Friedberger - Matricidal Sons of Bitches
Meek Mill - Dreams & Nightmares
Menahan Street Band - Crossing
Mixtapes - How to Throw a Succesful Party
Monkees - Justus (reissue) (vinyl)
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill
Neruosis - Honor Found in Decay
O’Brother - Basement Window (EP)
Parkway Drive - Atlas
Paul Buchanan - Mid Air
Pedro the Lion - Achilles Heel (reissue) (vinyl)
Pedro the Lion - Control (reissue) (vinyl)
Pedro the Lion - It’s Hard to Find a Friend (reissue) (vinyl)
Pedro the Lion - The Only Reason I Feel Secure (EP) (reissue) (vinyl)
Pedro the Lion - Winners Never Quit (reissue) (vinyl)
Placebo - B3 (EP)
Punks on Mars - Bad Expectations
RNDM - Acts
Raindance - New Blood
Rod Stewart - Merry Christmas, Baby
Rush Midnight - +1 (EP)
Sean Price - Mic Tyson
Shining - Redefining Darkness
Skye - Back To Now
Stallone - American Baby
Steven Curtis Chapman - Joy
T&N - Slave To The Empire
The Ampersands - This Is Your Adventure Too
The Coup - Sorry to Bother You
The Crystal Ark - The Crystal Ark
The Faint - Danse Macabre (reissue)
The Scenics - Dead Man Walks Down Bayview
The Soft Moon - Zeros
The Velvet Underground - The Velvet Underground &Nico 45th Anniversary (6-CD box set)
The Velvet Underground - The Verve/MGM Albums (5-LP box set) (reissue)
Thrice - Anthology
Tito Puente - Tito Puente Quatro:The Definitive Collection (5-CD box set)
Toby Keith - Hope On The Rocks
Tracey Thorn - Tinsel and Lights
Trans-Siberian Orchestra - Dreams of Fireflies (On A Christmas Night)
Various Artists - Holidays Rule
Various Artists - Backwoods Artists, Volume 1
Various Artists - Portal 2: Songs to Test By
Various Artists - The Perks of Being a Wallflower (soundtrack)
West End Motel - Only Time Can Tell


Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

JIMMY PAGE Remastering LED ZEPPELIN Catalog 

Peter Mensch, the manager of LED ZEPPELIN guitarist Jimmy Page, told the U.K.'s Sunday Times that the legendary axeman is holed up in a west London studio "remastering every LED ZEPPELIN LP." It is believed that the new remasters, which are tentatively due next year, will possibly include alternate takes and unreleased material as well.

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


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Arkham Witch Reveals New Album "Legions Of The Deep" Details

England's own traditional metal brigands Arkham Witch are returning with their 2nd album "Legions of the Deep," which will be released on November 9th through Metal on Metal Records. The label comments:

Read more at MetalUnderground


album cover art of the day, part 2:

WEAPONS TO HUNT To Release 'Blessed In Sin' In November

Dutch old-school death/thrash metallers WEAPONS TO HUNT, who released three albums under the name INFINITED HATE, last year transformed into WEAPONS TO HUNT. The group, featuring mainman Adrie Kloosterwaard (SINISTER) on vocals, Ron van de Polder (original and founding member of SINISTER) on guitar, Paul Beltman (ex-SINISTER, ex-SUPREME PAIN) on drums and Bastiaan Brusssaar (SINISTER, FONDLECORPSE) on lead guitar, will release its debut CD, "Blessed In Sin", on November 26 via Vic Records. The bass tracks on the effort were laid down by Erwin Harreman (ex-SINISTER, SUPREME PAIN).

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


album cover art of the day, part 3:

The Moor Reveals New Album "Year Of The Hunger" Details

Italian act The Moor sees a full-length debut titled “Year Of The Hunger” this coming November 16th, 2012 via Lion Music.

Read more at MetalUnderground


Al Green – Al Green Explores Your Mind – Hi Records (1974)/Pure Pleasure (vinyl)

If you like sweet soul music, this album is for you!

Al Green – Al Green Explores Your Mind – Hi Records (1974)/Pure Pleasure Records (2012) SHL32087 180-gram audiophile stereo vinyl, 29:19 ****:

(Al Green – vocals; Wayne Jackson – trumpet; Andrew Love – tenor saxophone; Ed Logan – tenor saxophone; James Mitchell – baritone saxophone; Jack Hale – trombone; Howard Grimes – drums, percussion; Leroy Hodges – bass; Charles Hodges – keyboards; Mabon “Teenie” Hodges – guitar; Archie Turner – piano; Michael Allen – piano; Rhodes, Chalmers & Rhodes – backing vocals; with The Memphis Strings; James Mitchell – string arrangements)

Al Green is an icon of soul vocalists. Like Jackie Wilson, James Brown and Sam Cooke, he was able to incorporate gospel and r&b into accessible music. His warm vocals and horn accompaniment became one of the calling cards for the seventies “Memphis Sound”. The collaboration with producer/engineer Willie Mitchell created unforgettable albums including Green Is Blues, Al Green gets Next To You and Let’s Stay Together. The latter’s title track became a trademark for Green and remains one of the greatest soul numbers of all time.

He became Reverend Al Green (of Full Gospel Tabernacle) in 1976 and devoted over a decade to gospel music. In 1988, he recorded a duet of “Put A Little Love In Your Heart” with Annie Lennox that was used in the movie Scrooged. This signaled a limited return to popular music. However, his passion still resides in his role as church pastor. Among his many accolades, Al Green was inducted into The Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame (2004), and The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (2005).

Pure Pleasure Records has re-mastered Al Green Explores Your Mind to 180-gram vinyl, and the reissue is brilliant. Nine original compositions highlight the songwriting and vibrant performance of a quintessential r&b legend. It is evident from the opening notes of “Sha-La-La (Makes Me Happy)” that the record was engineered to frame the Memphis-style arrangements around the silky, upper-register vocals of Green. As the strings (Memphis String Section) and horns are joined with lush backup vocals (Rhodes, Chalmers and Rhodes), a simple love song becomes soul artistry. Green is able to slip into falsetto with complete ease. It is a curiosity that “Take Me To The River” was never a huge success (although it did jump-start Talking Heads’ career). This version has a Delta-swamp vibe with warm, funky hooks and grooves, without doubt the definitive version.

While Green was still a practitioner of secular music, there is gospel nuance in a lot of the arrangements. In the case of “God Bless Our Love” a slower, laid back, Sunday feel is illuminated by this vocalist and his backup singers. Also, a detectable shade of ‘50s rock can be felt here, as well as the melancholic “School Days”. But the energy is at its finest on joyful soul numbers like “One Nite Stand” and “I’m Hooked On You”. Green is an excellent songwriter and combines with producer, Willie Mitchell to create accessible, rhythmic songs. His topical narrative appears on “The City”, which has a funky guitar chord presence that defines seventies r&b (not unlike Curtis Mayfield).

Pure Pleasure has done a masterful job in re-mastering this session to audiophile vinyl. Green’s smooth tones have a rich texture, even in falsetto. The strings and horn volume levels are just right, never becoming too dense. At less than thirty minutes, the album flows with grace and precision. Al Green Explores Your Mind is soulful bliss!

 Side One: Sha-La-La (Make Me Happy); Take Me To The River; God Blessed Our Love; The City; One Nite Stand
 Side Two: I’m Hooked On You; Stay With Me Forever; Hangin’ On; School

—Robbie Gerson

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Metal Blade Records Founder Brian Slagel Talks 2012 Metal, Metallica’s Very First Song + More


Seth Bogart's New Label Released a Porno Record and a Kid's Record on the Same Day


Friday, October 26, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

album cover at of the day:

VOIVOD: 'Target Earth' Cover Artwork Unveiled

Canadian metal innovators VOIVOD will release their new album, "Target Earth", on January 22, 2013 (one day earlier internationally) via VOIVOD's own company, Iron Gang Factory, and Century Media

Read the rest at Blabbermouth


VH1 Classic Declares 11-11 Second Annual National Metal Day'


Arcade Fire at Work on New LP, Aiming for Late 2013


Neil Young to Work with Dave Grohl


The Who Announce Four Archival Releases for ‘Whovember’


a record store in western NY doing well!

Blacktop Records has come a long way


Soundtrack to history: 1878 Edison audio unveiled


cool vinyl story out of Oregon:

The king of vinyl cried when Elvis died


Chuck Prophet Releasing Halloween Song on Orange Vinyl


Slash Releases 'Made In Stoke' On Limited Run Vinyl

'Made In Stoke' is now available on vinyl.  Presented in a hardback boxset, this edition includes 3 x 140g colored vinyl (yellow, red and white) from Slash's  "homecoming" gig in Stoke in July 2011.  Originally released on CD by Armoury Records, Back on Black are proud to release the effort on vinyl. Joined by Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge on vocals, Slash ripped through cuts culled from his G'N'R days, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snake Pit and his solo album.  A version of this vinyl will be made available in the United States on November 20, 2012– or get yours in the UK/Europe now!


cool kickstarter project!

Journalist Steve Barilotti is raising money for a film that would chronicle the late counterculture hero who lived in San Clemente in the 1970s and was known for his work for Surfer and Rolling Stone magazines, rock albums and movie posters

Documentary to tackle life of iconic surf artist Rick Griffin


it's that time of the year!

25 Creepiest Heavy Metal Album Covers



making a point the hard way.....

Melbourne Band Sabotage Vinyl, Destroy Masters As Protest Against Music Piracy


The Raveonettes New Video "Curse The Night”


Titus Andronicus - In A Big City

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: An all-music Internet radio station has infected me with an earworm. Great as talk-free radio is, it would be a big help if they provided a playlist. Some do, but not all.

I heard a song only once, loved it and want to buy it. But I hope you can identify it for me.

By a female singer, the story is about a bum and a bunch of monkeys on a bus. It has an old-time feel to it.

The most repeated phrase, directed to an annoying passenger, is "keep your baggage on your own side." Might that be the title?
—Veronica Beaumont, Terre Haute, Ind.

DEAR VERONICA: No, but that line, with "packages" rather than baggage, is heard three times during this charming little track, and one might think it's the title.

By Del Rey (guitar) and Suzy Thompson (fiddle), your mystery tune is "Bus Song," one of the highlights from their 2010 album, "Hen Party."

One amusing "Bus Song" verse has the lout explaining to the driver that he shouldn't have to pay the fare because the route takes the bus right by his house anyway.

DEAR JERRY: Apparently, no mention was made in the media about the death (Sept. 5) of Jackie Starke, but your readers should be interested in her passing.

It is Starke, along with Dee Dee Sharpe (nee: Dione LaRue), singing those sweet yeah-yeahs and whoa-whoas on many of Bobby Rydell's Cameo hits. Among those are "Wild One"; "Sway"; "Swingin' School"; "We Got Love"; and "Volare."

It was also in those days that my band, LeRoy & His Rockin' Fellers, recorded for Cameo. Last year, you were kind enough to write about our first single, "River Nile" (Cameo 194).

Several years ago, while entertaining the folks at the ManorCare Nursing Home in West Reading, Pa., I discovered Jackie was living there, after having numerous strokes.

I returned a few times just to visit with her, always with my guitar and singing some Bobby Rydell songs. Then I'd jokingly say "Sounds just like Bobby," to which she invariably replied, "Nooooooo!"

Jackie died at ManorCare, at the age of 73.
—Lee Schappell, Reading, Pa.

DEAR LEE: It is good to hear from you again, even if the news is not so good. I have passed the story on to Dee Dee and Bobby, who, like most of us, may not have heard about Jackie.

I know she appreciated your visits. Thank you for sharing the story.

DEAR JERRY: Our local oldies station played Fats Domino's "Blueberry Hill," then said it was one of the Top 20 Songs of the 20th Century, according to the Record Industry Association of America.

So what are the other 19?

While I admit "Blueberry Hill" is an essential oldie, how could it possibly rank alongside such mega-hits as "Rock Around the Clock"; "Yesterday"; and "Don't Be Cruel"?
—Vinnie Bonaldi, Staten Island, N.Y.

DEAR VINNIE: If "Blueberry Hill" seems miscast in this category, then get ready to question up to half of the Top 20.

Also, of the three you mentioned, only "Rock Around the Clock" made their list.

In order, as determined by a very small sampling — only 15% (approximately 200) — of RIAA voters, here is the Top 20:

1. "Over the Rainbow" (1939)
2. "White Christmas" (1942)
3. "This Land Is Your Land" (1940)
4. "Respect" (1965)
5. "American Pie" (1971)
6. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (1941)
7. "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" (1908)
9. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" (1964)
10. "The Entertainer" (c: 1900)
11. "In the Mood" (1939)
12. "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock" (1953)
13. "When the Saints Go Marching In" (1938)
14. "You Are My Sunshine" (1940)
15. "Mack the Knife (Theme from the Threepenny Opera)" (1928)
16. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (1965)
17. "Take the 'A' Train" (1941)
18. "Blueberry Hill" (1940)
19. "God Bless America" (1939)
20. "The Stars and Stripes Forever" (1897)

Most of these have been recorded by more than one artist, but this is based on the song itself, not who performed it.

Somewhat peculiar is that only five titles on the list originated (words and music) during the second half of the century: "Respect"; "American Pie"; "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"; "(We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock"; and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."

The selections overall seem to indicate an average age of voters to be, shall we say, beyond even the baby boomer generation.

IZ ZAT SO? For a much different perspective, let's look at BMI's Top 20 Most Played Songs of the Century. All but one of these tunes, "Georgia on My Mind" (1941), were born in 1960 or later:

1. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"
2. "Never My Love"
3. "Yesterday"
4. "Stand By Me"
5. "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"
6. "Sitting on the Dock of the Bay"
7. "Mrs. Robinson"
8. "Baby, I Need Your Loving"
9. "Rhythm of the Rain"
10. "Georgia on My Mind"
11. "Killing Me Softly with His Song"
12. "More"
13. "I Will Always Love You"
14. "When a Man Loves A Woman"
15. "Every Breath You Take"
16. "Gentle on My Mind"
17. "Something"
18. "The Sound of Silence"
19. "Bridge Over Troubled Water"
20. "By the Time I Get to Phoenix"

"You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" is the only song to appear in both the RIAA and BMI Top 20.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:  

All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.

Copyright 2012 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission


Vinyl Record News, Music Notes & Music History

Music History ~ October 24th



“More than a great listen, the set solidifies both Can’s oeuvre and their approach to music making as far-reaching influences." - New York Times

“essential for any fan” - Under The Radar

“a masterpiece in it’s own right” - Consequence of Sound

“A startling discovery” - Q Mag

Mute and Spoon are delighted to announce that, due to phenomenal demand, Can’s The Lost Tapes will be released as a 5 LP box set on 180g vinyl on December 4th, 2012.

The Lost Tapes was curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore and edited by Jono Podmore. The vinyl issue of The Lost Tapes will come with a 24” square poster and a 28 page booklet with sleeve notes by Irmin Schmidt and Ian Harrison.

 ‘Lost Tapes’ were discovered when the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum. The new owners sentimentally preserved everything, including the army mattresses that covered the walls for sound protection, and relocated it to Gronau.

Whilst dismantling the studio, master tapes were found and stored in the Spoon archive. With barely legible labeling, no one was sure what was on these until Irmin Schmidt and long time collaborator Jono Podmore started to go through over fifty hours of music.

What they found was years of archived material--not outtakes, but rather tracks which had been shelved for a variety of reasons – soundtracks to films that were never released and tracks that didn’t make it onto the final versions of albums due to space.

Irmin Schmidt explains “Obviously the tapes weren't really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over Can and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn't allow forgetting.”

The final cut of tracks, dating from 1968-1977, features studio material recorded at Schloss Nörvenich and Can Studio, Weilerswist with the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and on most tracks, vocals from Malcolm Mooney or Damo Suzuki.

Can was formed by ex-student of Stockhausen Irmin Schmidt, who, fired by the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa abandoned his career in classic music to form a group which could utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music.

Can’s influence is well known and far-reaching and the impact they made on music is felt today as keenly as it ever has been. They themselves have always been impossible to classify and reflecting this, the scope of artists who in recent years have cited Can as a major influence is varied from John Lydon to Radiohead, The Fall to Portishead.

Richard Hawley: "Can are impossible to classify and its impossible to ignore their seismic influence on so many diverse musical paths, I'm so glad what was lost has been found"

Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite: "I can honestly say that there isn't another band who sound like Can. Their music was of a future that we haven't yet arrived at. Influencing people with their ambition more than just music we're incredibly lucky to have found even more of their music to wonder at. God bless Can."

New Order’s Stephen Morris: "Can are the most revolutionary band ever, hearing Monster Movie for the first time was like stepping into another world. You Doo Right is the reason I took up the drums in the first place. It's not a song, it's a journey. I love everything they have ever done."

Wild Beasts’ Tom Fleming: "Can are, along with very few others, what I consider to be the zenith of how a group can play together; loose and sensuous, but tightly coiled and always ready to go off; academically trained but gloriously, beautifully casual. I'm not at all surprised that unheard-of recordings exist, they sound like they just did it, every day."

Factory Floor’s Gabe Gurnsey: "Can is pure escapism. I have great memories of driving back through the British countryside after FF recording sessions listening to 'Oh Yeah' over and over, dancing to 'I Want More' in the early hours and wishing I'd written 'Quantum Physics'. Repetition is the platform for free thinking, something we try to mirror in Factory Floor."

With a phenomenal canon of work that includes Tago Mago, which celebrated its 40th Anniversary in 2011, The Lost Tapes is an opportunity to hear unreleased material from this iconic band – whoever thought that would be possible?

Watch a trailer for The Lost Tapes vinyl HERE



Coming November 18th, 2012


“…her keen ironic sense of humor and quirky sense of the profound is what makes her special as a songwriter…Sage is the stitch between the great rock and pop traditions of the past and what those traditions have wrought in the hypermodern world of the present.”  --- Billboard

"Inspired by…Elvis Costello, and backed by brilliant East Village friends of Rufus, Antony and such, Sage hits somewhere between the bed-sit and the cellarful of noise and it does you good."
--- MOJO (UK) 


MPress Records label founder and singer-songwriter Rachael Sage announces gorgeous new limited edition vinyl package of her milestone 10th studio recording Haunted By You, on November 18, 2012.  In celebration of this vinyl release, Sage will haunt New York at a special Halloween show (10/31, City Winery).

Praised by iTunes as a “leap forward in both musical and emotional power,” the short-run vinyl edition of Haunted By You features exclusive artwork by Oliver Cartwright as well as graphic design by Sage. The eye-catching package features tracks mastered specifically for vinyl by Masterdisk, pressed on purple vinyl; a digital download of the full album is also included.

Cartwright, a British fan living in Korea, reached out to Sage on Facebook and sparked a creative collaboration that transformed an image into a multi-media piece of art. Sage, an artist by all definitions, regularly creates her own paintings and showcased this talent with exhibits in NYC's Lower East Side and Tribeca neighborhoods, earlier this year. Fusing together Sage's artful eye with Cartwright's unique process (a combination of ink drawings and digital manipulation), this visually stunning collectors edition package will also be numbered and autographed. For more on Cartwright:

A landmark album in Sage's career, Haunted By You is a metaphoric tour de force of sophisticated pop, brimming with melodies. Self-produced by Sage and mixed by Grammy® Winner Kevin Killen and Grammy® Nominee John Shyloski, the album features guest performances by Dar Williams, Counting Crows member David Immergluck and actor/director Joshua Leonard.

Sage is currently on tour over the U.S., U.K., and Ireland.Official CMJ performance on October 17th at Rockwood Music Hall in New York as well as ongoing shows with legendary acts Judy Collins & Al Stewart.

============= will be premiering Aerosmith's Music From Another Dimension! album, one track at a time, in the weeks leading up to the November 6th release.

Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and Joe Perry on 'Out Go the Lights' - Track-by-Track Premiere

Seven-minute funk blues worked up from concert jam

Read more:  Rolling Stone


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 10/15 - 10/21, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Smoke & Jackal - EP No. 1
2. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (green vinyl)
3. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
4. Mumford & Sons - Babel
5. Ty Segall - Twins
6. Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
7. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
8. Tame Impala - Lonerism
9. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
10. The Beatles - Love Me Do 7"
11. Trey Anastasio - Traveler
12. Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives
13. Grizzly Bear - Shields
14. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
15. Pinback - Information Retrieved
16. The Mountain Goats - Transcendental Youth
17. Fox Fun - Squawk 7"
18. Ex-Cult - MPD 7"
19. The xx - Coexist
20. Anberlin - Vital
21. Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia - Live At Keystone
22. ELO - Mr Blue Sky: The Very Best of ELO
23. Wild Nothing - Nocturne
24. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
25. John Coltrane - Blue Train


Seemless To Reissue 2004 Self-Titled Release On Vinyl


ALICE COOPER Performs On 'Later... With Jools Holland'


Monday, October 22, 2012

New Vinyl Record and Music Releases - October 23, 2012


...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead - Lost Songs
A Life Once Lost - Ecstatic Trance
Abiotic - Symbiosis
Ambassador Gun - Golden Eagle
Andy Burrows - Company
Anita Baker - Only Forever
AntropomorphiA - Evangelivm Nekromantia
Autumn Owls - Between Buildings, Toward the Sea
Balmorhea - Stranger (vinyl)
Bat For Lashes - The Haunted Man
Bayside - Covers  Volume 1 (EP)
Behold The Arctopus - Horrorscension
Being As An Ocean - Dear G-d...
Benjamin Gibbard - Former Lives
Billy Ray Cyrus - Change My Mind
Bison B.C. - Lovelessness
Blackbird Blackbird - Boracay Planet
Bobo Stenson Trio - Indicum
Born Gold - Little Sleepwalker
Brainstorm - Heat Waves
Bridgit Mendler - Hello My Name Is
Cafe Tacuba - Objeto Antes Llamado Disco
Change - Disco Recharge: The Glow Of Love/Miracles 
Chicago - The Studio Albums 1969-1978
Colbie Caillat - Christmas In The Sand
Crack the Sky - Ostrich
Daniel O'Donnell - Songs From The Movies And More
Dappy - Bad Intentions
Dark Tranquillity - Zero Distance
Deacon Blue - Fellow Hoodlums
Deacon Blue - Raintown
Deacon Blue - When The World Knows Your Name
Death Grips - NO LOVE DEEP WEB
Decibully - Sing Out America! (reissue)
Deerhoof/Half Waif - Split Single (vinyl)
Design - One Sunny Day: Singles And Rarities 1968-1978
Diamond Rings - Free Dimensional
Dionne Warwick - Now
Doors - Live at the Bowl ’68 (CD/DVD/Blu-Ray)
Doro - Raise Your Fist
Drake - Yolo
El-P - Cancer 4 Cure (Instrumental Version)
Elvis Presley - Greatest Live Hits Of The '50s
Emeli Sande - Our Version Of Events (deluxe edition)
Evocation - Illusions Of Grandeur
ExDetectives - Farthest Star
Fatima Al Qadiri - Desert Strike (EP)
Further Seems Forever - Penny Black
GRMLN - Explore (EP)
Gary Clark Jr. - Blak and Blu
Glen Campbell and Jimmy Webb - In Session
God Seed - I Begin
Goodtime Boys - What's Left To Let Go
Grabass Charlestons - Dale and the Careeners
Hank and Cupcakes - Ain't No Love
Heartist - Nothing You Didn’t Deserve
Heaven 17 - The Luxury Gap
Hivesmasher - Gutter Choir
Hotlegs - You Didn't Like It Because You Didn't Think Of It: The Complete Sessions 1970-1971
Ian Hunter - From the Knees of My Heart: The Chrysalis Years (1979-1981)
Ill Nino - Epidemia
Incubus - The Essential Incubus (2-CDs)
Jackson 5 - Come And Get It: The Rare Pearls
Jonny Greenwood - Master (soundtrack) (vinyl)
Jose Gonzales - Veneer (reissue) (vinyl)
Julie Doiron - So Many Days
Kanye West - Game of Thrones
Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson - Wreck and Ruin
Kate Rusby - 20
Katherine Jenkins - Music From The Movies
Kendrick Lamar - Good Kid, M.A.A.D City
King Crimson - Larks' Tongues In Aspic (40th Anniversary Edition)
King Tuff - Screaming Skull (vinyl)
Lady Antebellum - On This Winter's Night
Lawson - Chapman Square
Leona Lewis - Glassheart
Lil Wayne - Dedication 4
Louis Armstrong - Okeh Louie
Main Attrakionz - Boosalinis & Folliyones
Manowar - Lord Of Steel
Manu Katche - Manu Katche
Martyn Joseph - Songs For The Coming Home
Matraca Berg - Love's Truck Stop
Matt Bauer - No Shape Can Hold Me Now
Maus Haus - Light Noise (EP)
Michael Mayer - Mantasy
Michael Nesmith - Pacific Arts Box
Motorhead - The World Is Ours - Vol 2 - Anyplace Crazy As Anywhere Else
My Dying Bride - Map of All Our Failures
Neal Schon - The Calling
Nero - Welcome Reality + (deluxe edition)
Night Ranger - 24 Strings & A Drummer – Live & Acoustic
Nine Below Zero - Live At The Marquee
Of Montreal - Daughter of Cloud
Oh No and Chris Keys - Ashes
Other Lives - Mind the Gap (EP)
P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here
Paul Banks - Banks
People Get Ready - People Get Ready
Peter Gabriel - So (25th Anniversary Edition)
Philip Glass - Rework: Philip Glass Remixed
Pig Destroyer - Book Burner
Propagandhi - Failed States (vinyl)
Rafiq Bhatia - Yes It Will
Rah Rah - The Poet's Dead
Rainer Maria - Past Worn Searching
Red Clover Ghost - Red Clover Ghost
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication (reissue) (vinyl)
Reptile Youth - Reptile Youth
Richard Marx - Christmas Spirit
Rick Berlin - Always On Insane
Ryan Leslie - Les Is More
Sassparilla - Magpie
Shiny Toy Guns - III
Sinkane - Mars
Sister Sin - Now And Forever
Smoking Popes - Born to Quit (reissue)
Solid Gold - Eat Your Young
Steffaloo - Would You Stay
Steve Hackett - Genesis Revisited II
Stevie Ray Vaughan - S.R.Vaughan
Stone Sour - House Of Gold & Bones Part 1
Surrounded By Monsters - Novella
Swans Way - The Fugitive Kind (expanded edition)
Swedish House Mafia - Until Now
Taj Mahal - Complete Columbia Albums Collection
Talk Normal - Sunshine
Taylor Swift - Red
Ten - Heresy And Creed
The Birthday Massacre - Hide And Seek
The D.O.T. (Mike Skinner & Rob Harvey) - And That
The Miracles - Miracles
The Offer - 33 Days
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - Jeremy
The Paramedic - Smoke & Mirrors
The Polyphonic Spree - Holidaydream: Sounds of the Holidays Vol. One
The Secret - Angus Dei
The Sword - Apocryphon
The Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza - Danza IIII: The Alpha - The Omega
Thelma Houston - Mowest Album (expanded edition)
Titus Andronicus - Local Business
Tony Bennett - Viva Duets
Tony Castles - Sharon Stone (EP)
Tweaker - Call The Time Eternity
U.S. Girls - Gem
Upon This Dawning - To Keep Us Safe
Various Artists - Caro Emerald Presents Drum Rolls And Heart Breaks
Various Artists - Funky Sensation Vol. 3
Various Artists - Who Are You-All Star Tribute to The Who
Various Artists - A Tribute to Caetano Veloso
Various Artists - Electric Soul: Omnibus (box set)
Various Artists - Halo 4 (soundtrack)
Various Artists - Kitsuné Maison 14: The Pernod Absinthe Edition
Various Artists - Philip Glass Remix Project
Various Artists - The Man With the Iron Fists (soundtrack)
Vinnie Paz - God Of The Serengeti
Vitalic - Rave Age
Warrior Soul - Stiff Middle Finger
We Were Skeletons - Blame & Aging
Wintersun - Time I
Wolf & Lamb - Versus
Writer - Brotherface
Young Jeezy - Triple Beam Dreams
Your Youth - Battery
Zodiac - A Bit Of Devil

Saturday, October 20, 2012

New Music Releases ~ November 2012

November 6

Aerosmith - Music From Another Dimension
All That Remains - A War You Cannot Win
Anaal Nathrakh - Vanitas
Animal Collective - Spirit Theyre Gone, Spirit They’ve Vanished (reissue)
Beheaded - Never to Dawn
Blue Oyster Cult - The Columbia Album Collection
Calvin Love - New Radar
Candy Hearts - The Best Ways to Disappear
Corrosion Of Conformity - Eye For An Eye (reissue) 
Creedence Clearwater Revival - Ultimate CCR: Greatest Hits & All-Time Classics
Crystal Castiles - (III)
Cytotoxin - Radiophobia
DaVinci - The MOEna Lisa 
Decline of the I - Inhibition
Dethklok - Dethalbum III (vinyl)
Die Hard - Conjure The Legions
Dirty Projectors - About To Die (EP) 
Dragged Into Sunlight - WidowMaker
El Ten Eleven - Transitions 
Emeralds - Just to Feel Anything
Fear - The Fear Record
Forgotten Tomb - ...And Don't Deliver Us From Evil
General Surgery - Like An Ever Flying Limb
Graveyard - Lights Out
Hundred Waters - Hundred Waters
Hungarian Rhapsody - Queen Live in Budapest
Isis - Temporal (2-CD/1-DVD)
Iwrestledabearonce - A Beary Scary Movie (DVD)
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick 40th Anniversary Special Edition (2 LP)
Jethro Tull - Thick as a Brick 40th Anniversary Special Edition (CD/ DVD)
Kylie Minogue - The Abbey Road Sessions (limited edition casebound book)
Laibach - An Introduction To… Laibach / Reproduction Prohibited
Lindstrom - Smalhans
Major Lazer - Free The Universe
Megadeth - Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition) (reissue)  
Murray Perahia - Murray Perahia-the First 40 Years
NON - Back to Mono
Night Moves - Colored Emotions
Otep - Sounds Like Armageddon
Prince Rama - Top Ten Hits of the End of the World
Rage Nucleaire - Unrelenting Fucking Hatred
Rainbow - On Stage: Deluxe Edition
Red Hot Chili Peppers – TBA (7") 
Rolling Stones - Charlie Is My Darling (super deluxe DVD+Blu-ray)(2CDs)(1 LP book and poster)
Slingshot Dakota - Dark Hearts
Solange Knowles - Losing You/Sleep in the Park (12")
Soundgarden - King Animal (deluxe edition)
Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve
Strife - Witness A Rebirth
Sylver Tongue - Something Big (EP)
Talib Kweli - Prisoner of Conscious
Teen Daze - The Inner Mansions
The Epilogues - Cinematics
The Fear - The Fear Record
The Saddest Landcape - Redefining Loneliness
The Seeking - Yours Forever
Tjutjuna - Desert Song
To The Wind - No More Than This
Underoath - Anthology 1999-2013
Various Artists - Punk Goes Pop, Vol. 5 
Various Artists - Reggae Golden Jubilee - Origins of Jamaican Music 
Various Artists - The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face And Friends
Walkmen  - Dance With Your Partner/Vermeer (7")
War From A Harlots Mouth - Voyeur
While She Sleeps - This Is The Six 

November 13

9th Wonder & Buckshot - The Solution
50 Cent - Street King Immortal
Affiance - The Campaign
Bambi Lee Savage - Darkness Overshadowed
Beatles - Abbey Road (180 Gram) 
Beatles - Revolver (180 Gram) 
Beatles - Stereo Box Set (14 Albums, 16 LP 180 gram) 
Beatles - The Beatles (the White Album) (2 LP 180 Gram) 
Big Boi - Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors
Black Forest Fire - Transit of Venus
Brian Eno - LUX
Bush Tetras - Happy
Celine Dion - Water And A Flame
Christina Aguilera - Lotus
Clinic - Free Reign
Darkstar - Timeaway (12")
Deftones - Koi No Yokan
El Perro del Mar - Pale Fire
Forgetters - Forgetters
Gifts From Enola - A Healthy Fear
Green Day - ¡Dos!
Guided by Voices - The Bears for Lunch
Holly Herndon - Movement
How To Destroy Angels - An Omen EP
Iron Maiden - Piece Of Mind Gatefold (picture disc) 
Iron Maiden - The Number of the Beast Gatefold (picture disc) 
Issues - Black Diamonds
Ital - Dream On 
Jim Jarmusch and Jozef Van Wissem - The Mystery of Heaven
Kim Talon - Kim Talon
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die: The Paradise Edition
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day: Deluxe Edition (CD Digipak + Bonus Material) (2 CD + 2 DVD)
Lust For Youth - Growing Seeds 
Machine Head - Machine Fucking Head Live
Major League - Hard Feelings
Midnight Magic - Walking The Midnight Streets
Motionless In White - Infamous
Mudhoney - Live in Berlin, 1988 (DVD)
Murs & 9th Wonder - The Final Adventure
Neneh Cherry & the Thing - The Cherry Thing Remixes (EP)
Nite Jewel - Good Evening (reissue) 
Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta - This Christmas
One Direction - Take Me Home
One Republic - Native
Oneida - A List of the Burning Mountains
Paul McCartney - Live Kisses (DVD)
Pop Levi - Medicine
Roc Marciano - Reloaded
Rolling Stones - GRR! 
Serena Ryder - Harmony
Slam Dunk - Welcome to Miami
Sleep Maps - Medals (EP)
So Cow and Squarehead - Out of Season 
Social Studies - Developer
Sonic Youth - Smart Bar - Chicago 1985
Soundgarden - King Animal
Steven Lynch - LION
Sufjan Stevens - Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10
The Babies - Our House on the Hill
Various Artists - The Comedy
Various Artists - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 
Vinyl Williams - Lemniscate
Weeknd - Trilogy 
Wu-Tang Clan and D-Block - Wu-Block

November 20

AC/DC - Live at River Plate
Aeon - Aeons Black
Aluk Todolo - Descension 
Aspiga - Every Last Piece
Bad Brains - Into The Future
Bikini Kill - Bikini Kill (EP)
Brad - Welcome to Discovery Park (reissue)
Code Orange Kids - Love is Love // Return to Dust
Coldplay - Coldplay Live 2012 (DVD/CD)
Cryptopsy - The Best Of Us Bleed (2-CD) 
Dawn McCarthy and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy - (7")
Devolved - Reprisal
Devon Williams - Savor/Pendulum (7")
Dissipate - Tectonics
Flock of Dimes - Curtain/Apparition”(7")
Gamma Ray - Skeletons & Majesties Live
Ghostface Killah - Twelve Reasons To Die
Grand Supreme Blood Court - Bow Down Before The Blood Court
Interpol - Turn on the Bright Lights (10th anniversary reissue)
Jet Life - Jet World Order 
Kid Rock - Rebel Soul
Kylesa - From The Vaults, Vol. 1
Led Zeppelin - Celebration Day (CD/DVD/Blu-ray)
Like Moths To Flames - When We Don't Exist (deluxe edition) 
Linkin Park - Living Things (white vinyl)
Love & Death - Between Here And Lost
Massive Attack - Blue Lines (reissue) 
Mean Creek - Youth Companion
Mestis - Basal Ganglia
My Heart To Fear - Lost Between Brilliance And Insanity 
Neil Young - Psychedelic Pill (3 LPS)
Nico Muhly - Drones
Peter Buck - Peter Buck (vinyl)
Pitbull - Global Warming
Poison The Well - The Opposite Of December/Tear From The Red (deluxe edition)
Regents - Antietam After Party 
Replacements - Color Me Obsessed (DVD)
Rings of Saturn - Embryonic Anomaly
Sienna Skies - The Constant Climb
Slash - Made in Stoke 24/7/11 (vinyl)
The 1975 - Sex (EP)
The Devil - s/t
The Faint - Danse Macabre (reissue)
The Mynabirds - Body of Work (7")
The Pharmacy - Stoned & Alone 
The Twilight Sad - No One Can Ever Know - The Remixes
Tim Hecker and Daniel Lopatin - Instrumental Tourist
Trapt - Reborn 
Travis Barker & Yelawolf - Psycho White EP
Umberto - Night Has a Thousand Screams
Various Artists - Rhythms Del Mundo: Africa
Who - Studio Albums (vinyl)
Wild Yaks - Million Years 
Woe, Is Me - Genesi[s]
Wye Oak - My Neighbor / My Creator (12") (reissue)

November 23, 2012

Joey Ramone - …ya know? (deluxe edition)
Mogwai - A Wrenched Virile Lore (vinyl) 
Neil Young & Crazy Horse - Psychedelic Pill (vinyl)
Primus - Jilly’s On Smack (10") 
Tomahawk - Stone Letter (7")

November 26, 2012

Hot Chip - In Our Heads (deluxe edition) 
Star Slinger - Ladies in the Back (EP)
The Child of Lov - Heal (7")
Throbbing Gristle - Desertshore / The Final Report 

November 27

Alicia Keys - Girl On Fire
Amenra - Mass V
Big Dipper - Big Dipper Crashes on the Platinum Planet
Frank Zappa - Yellow Shark
Fulfillingness - First Finale (vinyl)
Grateful Dead - Spring 1990-So Glad You Made It (vinyl)
I Am Abomination - Let The Future Tell The Truth
Ian MatthewsIf - You Saw Thro' My Eyes
Joan of Arc - Joan of Arc
Junkie XL - Synthesized
k-os - Black on Blonde
Mestis - Basal Ganglia
Rage Against the Machine - Rage Against the Machine
Tea Party - M83
Tea Party - Reformation Tour: Live in Australia (vinyl)
Therion - Les Fleurs Du Mal
Times New Viking - Over & Over (vinyl)


Vinyl Record News, Music Notes & Music History

We have a winner in the Mumford and Sons Vinyl Contest

Congrats to Bill L. from Pueblo, CO


Music History ~ October 20th


House Of Hayduk Featuring Members Of Faith No More, This Heat To Release City Of Quartz LP

House of Hayduk is the brainchild of composer, producer and musician Mads Heldtberg. House Of Hayduk is set to release City Of Quartz, a limited LP on November 23 via Koolarrow. The 180 gram vinyl record is limited to 500 copies and is available for pre-order on the label's website. The basic idea of the album is rooted in the belief that there is a common musical thread shared by both musicians and music fans, that transcends genre, age and aesthetic.

Read more at PlugInMusic


Season Of Mist To Issue Limited Watain LP Box Set

To celebrate the band that critics have called "the most important Black Metal act of the decade", Season of Mist is re-releasing Watain's complete full-length back catalog on vinyl in a strictly limited collector's box.

Read more HERE


Topshelf Records To Issue Octave’s First LP Greener Pastures on Vinyl for First Time Ever

Topshelf Records will be releasing Octaves' first record Greener Pastures on vinyl for the first time in early 20213. Originally released by Hotfoot Records in 2010 via CD and digitally, the vinyl version will feature all-new artwork.


Limited Edition, Red And Black Swirled Vinyl Available At Select Music Retail Outlets On November 6 From Rhino

To continue the year long celebration of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power, Rhino has announced the first ever vinyl release of the band’s WALK EP. The six-track collection will be available on red and black swirled vinyl as a limited edition of 2,500 copies on November 6 for a suggested retail price of $16.98. The vinyl will be available exclusively at Hastings and FYE stores, as well as a few additional music retailers


album cover art of the day:

Dehumanized Reveals Artwork For New Album "Controlled Elite"

Dehumanized has announced the new album "Controlled Elite" is due out through Comatose Music this coming November 27th, 2012.


ILLINOIS SPOTLIGHT: Vinyl rules at suburban Chicago record store


interesting read from the other side of the world....

Lyttelton could be 'Seattle of the south'


Ike & Tina Turner – Feel Good – United Artists /Pure Pleasure Records – vinyl

The Grammy-winning Ike & Tina Show in an audiophile reissue of one of their best recordings.

Ike & Tina Turner – Feel Good – United Artists (1972)/Pure Pleasure Records (2012) PPAN UAS5598 180-gram audiophile stereo vinyl, 30:16 ****1/2:

(Tina Turner – vocals; Ike Turner – band leader; featuring the Rhythm Kings and The Ikettes)

 The Ike & Tina Turner Revue (formerly The Kings Of Rhythm) became one of the most successful r & b acts in the sixties. The dynamics changed with the addition of Ann Bullock. Changing her name to Tina Turner, The Ike & Tina Turner Revue became a crossover act. They began to chart with hits like "A Fool In Love", "It’s Gonna Work Out Fine" and "I Idolize You". Then in 1966 "River Deep, Mountain High" (which surprisingly never garnered commercial success) introduced the band to a wider audience. But it was the frenetic live performances that created a sensation. More importantly, their covers of rock standards established a commercial viability, including opening for The Rolling Stones. Then in 1970, a mesmerizing version of "Proud Mary" earned a Grammy and made them stars. The Ike & Tina Turner Revue were together for a number of years. and what a live show they put on! Tina Turner (and this story is documented in many ways) later began a very successful solo career. Their influence on rock music was cemented with induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1991.

Pure Pleasure Records has re-mastered the 1972 album Feel Good, and it is revelatory. Barely thirty minutes, the ten concisely arranged songs is a living testament to one of the greatest soul rocking ensembles to ever record. Side 1 opens with "Chopper" (one of nine original Tina Turner compositions), as a jerky, funky guitar line backs the nasty, sexually overt vocals of Ms. Turner. The musical vibe has evolved to a seventies urban sound. The arrangements are funk-driven, and the instrumentation fits the tunes. "Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid)" explores the gritty narrative aided by a thundering bass, electric guitar runs and the backup singing by The Ikettes. No one understands the translation of R & B to rock better than Ike Turner. With a front singer as powerful as Tina Turner, they just turn her loose on gospel-infused jams like "Feel Good". A barrelhouse piano adds to the momentum of non-stop hot licks.

Tina stretches her wings as a gritty songwriter on the soulful "I Like It" (with Memphis Stax-like horn flourishes and organ) and her homage to sixties dance music ("If You Can Hully Gully/I Can Hully Gully Too"). Regardless of the arrangements, she is capable of rocketing into overdrive at any time. Demonstrating a socio-political context, "Black Coffee" is a low-down, visceral indictment of the system. Exploring the narratives of fellow composers like Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes and James Brown, Turner frames her independence as she states, …my skin is brown…my mind is black…". The group’s cover of The Beatles, "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window" picks up on the inherent rhythms, but pumps up the soul. When they revert to rock and soul ("You Better Think Of Something", "Bolic"), the results are more compelling.

Pure Pleasure has captured the vibrant raw energy of Ike & Tina Turner. The overall sound is edgy and has a live "feel". There is no attempt to smooth out Turner’s vocals. The dense, brawny mix fits the instrumentation. This is the kind of music that comes alive on vinyl!


Side 1: Chopper; Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid); Feel Good; I Like It; If You Can Hully Gully (I Can Hully Gully Too)

Side 2: Black Coffee; She Came In Through The Bathroom Window; If I Knew then (What I Know Now); You Better Think Of Something; Bolic

—Robbie Gerson

I want to thank John over at  for the exclusive rights to reprint this great review!
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Whitechapel - Whitechapel LP (Picture Disc)

Having spent several years lauded as one of the frontrunners in their genre, in 2012 Whitechapel stand as a defining force in contemporary heavy music. Building dramatically on the trademarked bludgeon of their first three releases, with Whitechapel the Tennessean sextet have inarguably delivered their most intense, dynamic, and downright hostile record to date.

Track Listing
Make It Bleed
Hate Creation
I, Dementia
Section 8
Dead Silence
The Night Remains
Possibilities Of and Impossible Existence

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Aerosmith have just premiered their video for "What Could Have Been Love," the new single from their forthcoming album, Music From Another Dimension!


Green Day have released a video featuring the final part of their monstrous 40-song set at New York's Irving Plaza last month (September 17).

The footage kicks off with the track 'Burnout' from 1994's 'Dookie' and features other fan-favourites including 'Hitchin' a Ride', 'Letterbomb', 'She' and closer 'American Idiot'.



Thursday, October 18, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: When Andy Williams died (Sept. 25), the obituaries mostly focused on his version of "Moon River."

My memories of Andy Williams begin years before "Moon River, " with "Butterfly," "Are You Sincere," "Lonely Street," and many others.

There were only two hit singles of "Moon River," by Jerry Butler and Henry Mancini, and it was not issued as a single by Andy until a couple of years later.

I know this because I bought mine circa-1964, backed with "Days of Wine and Roses," on Columbia's Hall of Fame label (13-33049). I first assumed this, like others in the Hall of Fame series, to be a reissue of earlier singles, but it was not.

Regardless, I was familiar with Andy's "Moon River," because he sang it at the Academy Awards show, and it is the title track of his "Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes" LP. In later became the theme of the Andy Williams TV Show.

Was this enough to connect him so greatly to a song that never was a hit for him?
—Mike Tiefenbacher, Menomonie, Wis.

DEAR MIKE: For most big-name recording artists with a signature song, it is one of their best-selling singles.

Some familiar examples are: Tony Bennett ("I Left My Heart in San Francisco"); Dean Martin ("Everybody Loves Somebody"); Judy Garland ("Over the Rainbow"); Bobby Darin ("Mack the Knife"); Loretta Lynn ("Coal Miner's Daughter"); Bob Hope ("Thanks for the Memory"); Barbra Streisand ("People"); Glenn Miller ("Moonlight Serenade"); and the Rolling Stones ("Satisfaction").

For "Moon River," to become Andy's signature song required some unpredictable events to fall into place, beginning before he even recorded it.

Henry Mancini (music) and Johnny Mercer (words) teamed to create "Moon River" in 1961 for the film, "Breakfast at Tiffany's."

In March, 1962, when the American Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced "Moon River" as a nominee in the Best Music, Original Song category, Andy Williams was picked to sing it live on the Academy Awards show.

The track used for the original single, by Henry Mancini, His Orchestra and Chorus, was handed over from Paramount Pictures to RCA in the fall of 1960. Nearly a year later (early Sept. 1961), their record came out (RCA Victor 47-7916).

Meanwhile, Chicago's Vee-Jay label quickly covered the tune with their top artist at the time, Jerry Butler, whose waxing (VJ-390) followed Mancini's by about three weeks.

For five months, Oct. 1961 through Feb. 1962, one or both of these two hit versions were on the charts. Both peaked at No. 11 on Billboard, but not at the same time.

Still, Andy Williams, with no established "Moon River" connection, sang it at the Awards show to a nationally televised (ABC-TV) audience, a performance that changed his life forever — especially since "Moon River" won, and Mancini and Mercer took home Oscars.

That same week, Columbia tied-in with an ad in the trades announcing Andy's next album, due out the last week of April. It reads:

Thanks Mr. Mancini! Thanks Mr. Mercer!
For your great song "Moon River"
Now hear it sung in "Award Winning" style by Andy Williams in his great new album "Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes"

Thanks to the Awards show, Columbia had pre-release sales in excess of 40,000 units.

Andy's first collection of motion picture music hit the charts May 12, remained there for over 14 years, and earned him the first of 17 Gold Records for album sales.

In Sept. 1962, NBC-TV added The Andy Williams Show to their prime-time schedule, and it ran until July 1971.

Though the nights and broadcast times changed, the show's theme did not. It was always "Moon River."

As for the Columbia's Hall of Fame single, it came out in either late 1963 or early '64.

Last summer, in what would be his last studio recording, Andy joined Deana Martin for a 2011 version of "White Christmas."

Deana was so pleased with their duet, she even titled the album "White Christmas," then issued it on vinyl (Big Fish 1007) as well as CD.

IZ ZAT SO? When Andy Williams, and four other stars, took the stage April 9, 1962, at the 34th annual Academy Awards presentation, it marked the first time the nominated songs were sung live. In years past, the tunes were lip-synched to recorded music tracks by the performers.

Sharing the spotlight on this momentous occasion were Ann-Margret ("Bachelor in Paradise"); Gene Pitney ("Town Without Pity"); Johnny Mathis ("Love Theme from El Cid"); and Gogi Grant ("Pocket Full of Miracles").

Had Henry Mancini not won for "Moon River," he had a backup nominee in "Bachelor in Paradise," co-written by he and Mack David.

Jerry Osborne answers as many questions as possible through this column. Write Jerry at: Box 255, Port Townsend, WA 98368 E-mail:   Visit his Web site:
All values quoted in this column are for near-mint condition.
Copyright 2012 Osborne Enterprises- Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

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KOWLOON WALLED CITY Announce New Album Details

San Francisco's KOWLOON WALLED CITY are set to release their much anticipated sophomore album, Container Ships, on December 4th via Brutal Panda Records. Their first record in three years was recorded at Sharkbite Studios in Oakland, CA, this past August with guitarist/vocalist Scott Evans handling the production duties. Led by poignant guitar melodies soaked in malaise and a powerful rhythm section, Container Ships flawlessly combines elements of sludge, post-rock and indie rock to create a truly unforgettable, heavy as an oil tanker, listening experience.

Leading up to the recording of the new album, the band kept busy by releasing splits with THOU, FIGHT AMP and LADDER DEVILS, culminating with a run of west coast shows supporting stoner metal legends SLEEP. KOWLOON WALLED CITY's catalog can be streamed for free via their official site, The album is limited to 500 copies and comes in a gatefold jacket featuring the stunning photography of Roy Zipstein. 10 super limited test press packages are available while supplies last. Vinyl pre-orders available HERE

1. The Pressure Keeps Me Alive
2. 50s Dad
3. Beef Cattle
4. Container Ships
5. Cornerstone
6. Wrong Side of History
7. You Don't Have Cancer


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 10/08 - 10/14, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Tame Impala - Lonerism
2. Wanda Jackson - Unfinished Business
3. Mumford & Sons - Babel
4. Ty Segall - Twins
5. King Tuff - Screaming Skull 7"
6. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
7. Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album: Mo-Fi 1/2 speed master)
8. Grizzly Bear - Shields
9. Jamey Johnson - Living For A Song: Tribute To Hank Cochran
10. Ranch Ghost - Nahla 7"
11. Total Control - Scene From A Marriage 7"
12. Damien Rice - Live At Fingerprints
13. Coheed & Cambria - Afterman: Ascension
14. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
15. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
16. Chromatics - Kill For Love
17. Chromatics - Night Drive
18. Jeff Lynne - Long Wave
19. Old 97's - Too Far To Care
20. Patterson Hood - Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance
21. LCD Soundsystem - London Sessions
22. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
23. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
24. The Black Keys - Rubber Factory
25. The Sonics - Psycho 7"


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