Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Win A Vinyl Copy Of George Harrison's 'George Harrison: Living in the Material World & Early Takes Volume 1'

Elliot Fox from Sneak Attack Media has given me a vinyl copy of the George Harrison's epic release George Harrison: Living in the Material World & Early Takes Volume 1 and the 10th person to email me at with the words "Early Takes Volume 1" in the subject line will win a free vinyl copy!   Good luck to all!

Music From The Martin Scorsese Picture Living In The Material World

George Harrison: Living in the Material World & Early Takes Volume 1 

Universal Music Enterprises is excited for the release of Martin Scorecese's documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World on DVD and Blu-Ray as well as Early Takes Vol. 1, the companioin music collection of unreleased George Harrison on CD, LP and Box Set.

The Martin Scorcese directed documentary takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was Harrison’s life, much of it told in his own words. The result is deeply moving and touches each viewer in unique and individual ways.

Early Takes Volume 1 features previously unreleased material like demo versions of  "All Things Must Pass," "My Sweet Lord" and more. The album is a pivotal companion piece to the documentary and is a must have for any fan.

EARLY TAKES Volume 1 will also be released independent of the Deluxe Edition in CD, digital and 180-gram vinyl formats. EARLY TAKES is a pivotal companion piece to this critically acclaimed documentary and features previously unreleased recordings from Harrison. Included are rare, early takes of “I’d Have You Anytime” and “Awaiting On You All,” plus unheard demo versions of “Behind That Locked Door,” “All Things Must Pass,” “Run of the Mill” and “My Sweet Lord,” all later featured on Harrison’s 1970 chart-topping album All Things Must Pass. Other unreleased tracks include demos of “The Light That Has Lighted the World,” “Let It Be Me,” Bob Dylan’s “Mama You’ve Been on My Mind,” and an early take of “Woman Don’t You Cry For Me.”


1. My Sweet Lord (demo) 3:33
2. Run Of The Mill (demo) 1:56
3. I'd Have You Any Time (early take) 3:06
4. Mama You've Been On My Mind (demo) 3:04
5. Let It Be Me (demo) 2:56
6. Woman Don't You Cry For Me (early take) 2:44
7. Awaiting On You All (early take) 2:40
8. Behind That Locked Door (demo) 3:29
9. All Things Must Pass (demo) 4:38
10. The Light That Has Lighted The World (demo) 2:23

Harrison was bold, an iconoclast. His platinum-selling solo record All Things Must Pass was released as a triple album and featured the hit single “My Sweet Lord.” He organized the landmark benefit Concert for Bangladesh—the first major rock concert to address a world crisis. He launched HandMade Films, a key factor in the revival of the British film industry in the 1980s.  He spent 30 years restoring one of the great estates and gardens in England, Friar Park. In every aspect of his professional, personal and spiritual life, until his final hours, Harrison blazed his own path.

As his friend John Lennon once said, “George himself is no mystery. But the mystery inside George is immense. It’s watching him uncover it all little by little that’s so damn interesting.”

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


When I read recently that digital books are now out-selling printed ones, at least according to, it got me wondering if the same is true in the music field.

It seems all we hear now is "go online and download" this or that, but no one ever says go out and pick up our new CD or LP album.

What is the latest in this regard?
—Victor Francisco, Muncie, Ind.

The lines on the sales graph for physical media — CDs, LPs, and DVDs — and their digital counterparts, are clearly moving in opposite directions. It is no different than with books.

By the end of this year, if not sooner, digital revenues will have surpassed those of physical media in all categories.

I doubt CDs, LPs, and DVDs will be occupying plots next to cylinders, 8-tracks, and cassettes any time soon, but, over the next few years, they may be moved to the ICU.

Convenience and price are the driving forces behind the digital takeover. For a buck or less, one can download an album or watch a movie, all without leaving home, or even getting dressed.

Digital technology also satisfies the appetite for instant gratification. Minutes after a performance airs live on TV, for example, you'll be given a site where you can download it, a far more effective sales tool than saying pick up a copy the next time you go shopping.

Donna Summer has been in the news a lot since her death (May 17), but little has been said about her place among the top female singers, some of whom you have written about recently (Streisand; Norah; Adele; Shania; Madonna; etc.).

How do the Disco Queen's album sales compare to the aforementioned leaders of the pack?
—Denice Marlowe, Baton Rouge, La.

Donna is not among the superstar frontrunners (see list below), but neither is she bringing up the rear.

Sources vary, depending on endless variables, but Summer always seems to rank somewhere in the Top 20 when it comes to the most successful female recording artists.

Donna will ultimately be pushed down on the list as the 21st century divas, mainly Adele and Norah, jump ahead of her.

There is one eccentric little claim that Donna Summer is assured of keeping all to herself. She is the only artist ever with three consecutive No. 1 double-LPs in the USA, those being: "Live and More" (1978); "Bad Girls" (1979); and "On the Radio: Greatest Hits Volumes I & II" (1979).

When worldwide sales of an album cross the 20-million mark, it joins a very exclusive club of all-time best-sellers.

For now, this society's sorority wing has only 14 members, some with multiple entries.

Our list is alphabetical by artist, with album (chronologically if more than one), year issued, and sales to date (rounded to nearest million). Does not include multi-artist compilations or soundtracks:

*Adele "21" (2011) 21m
*Mariah Carey "Music Box" (1993) 32m
*Mariah Carey "Daydream" (1995) 25m
Cher "Believe" (1998) 20m
Celine Dion "The Colour of My Love" (1993) 20m
*Celine Dion "Falling Into You" (1996) 32m
*Celine Dion "Let's Talk About Love" (1997) 31m
Whitney Houston "Whitney" (1987) 20m
*Whitney Houston "Whitney Houston" (1985) 25m
Janet Jackson "Janet" (1993) 20m
*Norah Jones "Come Away with Me" (2002) 20m
*Carole King "Tapestry" (1971) 25m
*Madonna "Like a Virgin" (1984) 21m
Madonna "True Blue" (1986) 25m
*Madonna "The Immaculate Collection" (1990) 30m
Madonna "Ray of Light" (1998) 20m
*Alanis Morissette "Jagged Little Pill" (1995) 33m
*Britney Spears "Baby One More Time" (1999) 26m
*Britney Spears "Oops! ... I Did It Again" (2000) 20m
Barbra Streisand "Guilty" (1980) 20m
Tina Turner "Private Dancer" (1984) 20m
*Shania Twain "The Woman in Me" (1995) 20m
*Shania Twain "Come on Over" (1997) 40m
*Shania Twain "Up!" (2002) 20m

*Indicates at least 10-million units sold in the U.S. alone.

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

to start your day, some lovely album cover art:

Splattered Mermaids Reveal New Album Artwork

Splattered Mermaids have recently issued the following announcement about revealing the cover artwork for the band's new album:

 "We just uploaded the artwork for our upcoming second full-length 'Reforged in Gore.' We're about to finish the mix and then we'll post a brand-new song for you!

can't wait.....


more cover art:

KRAMPUS: Debut Album Details Revealed

Udine, Italy-based modern folk metal band KRAMPUS will release its first full-length album called 'Survival Of The Fittest' on August 24 via NoiseArt Records. The effort was produced by KRAMPUS frontman Filippo Gianotti at Udine's Blackmirror Studios. 


album cover art of the day:

BLACK MAJESTY: New Album Cover Artwork

Australian melodic power metallers BLACK MAJESTY are set to release their new album, 'Stargazer' on July 20 via Limb Music. Dirk Illing (SCORPIONS, WIZARD) once again handled the album's artwork, which continues the theme of the band's past works.


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 5/28 - 6/03, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros - Here
2. Sigur Ros - Valtari
3. Beck - I Just Started Hating People Today 7"
4. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
5. Beach House - Bloom
6. Jack White - Blunderbuss
7. Natural Child - For The Love Of The Game
8. King Tuff - King Tuff
9. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
10. Various - Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side of Stax 1968-74
11. Reigning Sound - Abdication
12. Heavy Cream - Super Treatment
13. Norah Jones - Little Broken Hearts
14. Dr. John - Locked Down
15. Jack White - Love Interruption 7"
16. Chris Robinson - Blue Suede Shoes 7"
17. The Beatles - Abbey Road
18. The Mars Volta - Noctourniquet
19. Best Coast - The Only Place
20. Gaslight Anthem - 45 7"
21. Alabama Shakes - Live At Third Man 7"
22. Mynahbirds - It's My Time 7"
23. Joey Ramone - Ya Know
24. Jerry Lee Lewis - Live At Third Man
25. Jack White - Sixteen Saltines 12" (w/ playable etching)  


50 Worst Album Covers Ever By: Patrick Bateman

took a quick look at this, there are the usual suspects, however, there are some that have not made other lists, for shits and giggles, check it out at


interesting read from the ny times:

The Secrets of a High-Quality Vinyl Record By ROY FURCHGOTT


this from the great vinyl state of tennessee

Fresh spin Vinyl record albums making comeback


LOS ANGELES and beyond: It's the 18th installment of one of LA's most appreciated events.

B  E  A  T  -  S  W  A  P  -  M  E  E  T   Sunday after-noon June 10th, 2012

Literally TONS OF RECORDS for Buy & Trade. Outdoor Vendor Village with Dozens of Artists & Designers + the brands they've created. B-Girl & B-Kids Battle, Live Bands, Open Cut Session & Thud Rumble's Dirt Style Challenge, Producer Invite, Kids Arts & Crafts, and sooo much more.

Over 45 Invited Collectors & Dealers, Selling Records from all over the world.  Blues, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Metal, Psych, Punk, Rap, Reggae, Rock, Soul, & World - 12", LP's, & 45's on VINYL.


Grand Star Jazz Club
943 N Broadway
Los Angeles CA 90012

Time:  12noon-6pm

Entrance:  Free w/ Canned Good; Canned goods are donated to the local homeless communities of Los Angeles County.