Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: One of my favorite music stores has a special section where each week's Top 10 CD albums are displayed.

It was no surprise to see Adele's "21" at No. 1, but the shocker was finding the Beach Boys at No. 3, with "That's Why God Made the Radio."

Unlike many "new" albums by famous 1950s and '60s artists, most of which are anthologies, "best of" compilations, and repackages of older releases, their album contains very recent recordings.

Since their debut album was close to 50 years ago, is there anyone else on the this year's charts, with previously unreleased recordings, whose first LP pre-dates that of the Beach Boys?
—Hans Van Ardsley, Lancaster, Pa.

DEAR HANS: Oh yes, and by 13 years!

From "Surfin' Safari" (1962) to "That's Why God Made the Radio" (2012) is indeed 50 years. FYI: My favorite cut on their CD is "The Private Life of Bill and Sue."

If your question asked "is there any GROUP," the answer would be no. But with the competition open to "ANYONE else on the charts this year," the answer is the venerable 88-year-old Doris Day, who earlier this year raised the bar in this category to the stratosphere.

After four years as the featured female vocalist with the Les Brown Orchestra, Columbia, in mid-1949, gave Doris her first solo LP, "You're My Thrill" (Columbia CL-6071). As the number indicates, this is the 71st LP from Columbia, the company that invented the long-playing record a year earlier. Like most others in the "Popular Music" 6000 series, "You're My Thrill" is a 10-inch disc with eight tracks.

Most in the music world were indeed thrilled to see Doris Day back on the album charts, this time with "My Heart" (Arwin Productions 656C6KK), and nearly 63 years after "You're My Thrill."

Another angle to the story of Doris Day's resurgence is the 47-year gap between "My Heart" and "Love Him" (1964), Doris Day's last charted LP. That span is not likely to be surpassed.

DEAR JERRY: Is there an early '60s tune by Roy Orbison called "Walk Away"? The only title I found that comes even close is "Go Away," but when I heard it I knew it is not the right one.

My only other clue is it was played on the radio at the same time as Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales."
—Sharon Moss, Kodiak, Alaska

DEAR SHARON: I'm surprised you were able to unscramble as much as you did, what with both songs playing at once.

On a more serious note, your referencing "Speedy Gonzales" (Dot 16368) was a huge clue because it pointed to the summer of 1962, and that led to a speedy solution.

The full title is "I Can't Walk Away" (Dot 16367), and it happens to be the Dot single issued right before "Speedy Gonzales."

Complicating your search considerably is that "I Can't Walk Away" is actually by Chase Webster, who some might say sounds a bit like Roy Orbison at times."

IZ ZAT SO? Just one year before Chase Webster and Pat Boone had consecutive Dot singles, their soggy paths first crossed.

In March 1961, Chase's own version of a song he wrote, "Moody River" (Southern Sound 101), came out to glowing reviews. Billboard included it with their "Special Merit Spotlight" singles, gave it a four-star rating, then added: "A strong performance of a tragic story about a girl who drowns in Moody River. Song casts a moving spell and Webster sells it with feeling. Watch out [for this one]!" Nevertheless, Webster's original version never got off the ground.

Pat Boone's nearly identical cover followed a month later, and by mid-June reigned as the nation's No. 1 song.

Because he earned a songwriting royalty, on sales by Pat Boone and everyone else who recorded it, Webster at least got a substantial slice of the "Moody River" pie.

We're not sure if he's above same river, but in "I Can't Walk Away" the despondent singer is on a bridge contemplating a jump. That is the temptation from which he couldn't walk away.

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

Ben Gibbard Announces Solo Album

Ben Gibbard, the Death Cab for Cutie frontman, has announced an Oct. 16 release date in North America for ‘Former Lives,’ which is a 12-track solo collection that will feature guest contributions from Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster, Son Volt’s Mark Spencer and singer-songwriter Aimee Mann.

Gibbard has been working on his ‘Former Lives’ songs for several years, but didn’t really start focusing on completing the tunes until a few years ago when he moved from his former hometown of Seattle to Los Angeles, where he quit drinking, married Zooey Deschanel and went on a health kick that eventually included him running the Los Angeles marathon. Regardless, he never really planned on releasing a solo disc and wants to be clear he’s not leaving his Death Cab mates behind (although he has since split from Deschanel).





Columbia Records announced today that Bob Dylan’s new studio album, Tempest, will be released on September 11, 2012. Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist’s eponymous debut album, which was released by Columbia in 1962.

Tempest is available for pre-order now on iTunes and Amazon. The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35thth studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009’s worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life.

Bob Dylan’s four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while “Love and Theft” continued Dylan’s Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.

Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist’s most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artist’s first album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in five other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.

Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, “Things Have Changed,” from the film Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide best-selling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his first collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artist’s royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.

This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country’s highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden’s Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.

1. Duquesne Whistle
2. Soon After Midnight
3. Narrow Way
4. Long and Wasted Years
5. Pay In Blood
6. Scarlet Town
7. Early Roman Kings
8. Tin Angel
9. Tempest
10. Roll On John


Bowie Picture Disc Reissue

EMI are set to release a limited edition 7” picture disc of David Bowie’s "John, I’m Only Dancing" in celebration of the song’s 40th anniversary. The picture disc will be available from September 3rd on EMI.

Originally released on September 1st 1972 on RCA, David Bowie's 'John, I'm Only Dancing' reached number 12 on the UK charts, though it failed to appear on any of his studio albums. Now, to celebrate its 40th anniversary, the track is to get a re-release in the form of a limited edition 7" picture disc. Recorded too late to be included on The Rise & Fall of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars it was considered as a track for Aladdin Sane but in the end failed to make the cut.

The A-side has a still from the Mick Rock directed promo video filmed during rehearsals at The Rainbow just a week prior to the original single issue release date of September 1st, 1972.
The AA-side has one of Sukita's more beautiful portraits of Bowie taken at Radio City Music Hall in February 1973, just three weeks after the completion of Aladdin Sane.


this from our friends at  seth has some new software and it is a godsend to those who go in circles while searching for a specific item, read on.......

SoundStage Direct Connects Audiophiles to Hard-to-Find Vinyl LPs Using Site Search from SLI Systems

Online Retailer of LPs and Stereo Equipment Increases Conversions and Revenue Per Visit with Site Search that Learns from Visitors' Behavior

SLI Systems ( ) today announced that SoundStage Direct ( ) has seen its online conversions and revenue per visit increase more than five times since implementing the company's full-service site search. SoundStage Direct, an online retailer with the largest selection of vinyl LP records and newly released vinyl LPs, has also improved the overall site search experience with more relevant search results, and the addition of related search suggestions, refinements, and Rich Auto Complete, all of which contribute to higher conversions and order values.

SoundStage Direct sells new and reissue vinyl LPs along with LP turntables and related stereo equipment, and caters to LP enthusiasts who believe sound quality of vinyl records greatly surpasses that of CDs. Seth Frank, CEO of SoundStage Direct and a vinyl record fan since childhood, founded the company eight years ago in his home, and now offers about 22,000 LP titles from the company's headquarters in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.

SoundStage Direct had been using site search from Nextopia, but the solution did not allow for precise searching by customers, nor did it offer refinements or suggestions for similar searches, which encourage customers to browse selections from other bands or genres. "With our previous site search, our visitors would get results that were not specific to the keywords," Frank said. "For instance, if they searched for Mick Jagger, they'd also get results for Mick Jones from the Clash. That's just wrong."

When he asked his previous provider to make improvements so the search results would be more relevant, Nextopia responded with options that would all incur additional expense. In contrast, Frank said he has found SLI's full-service approach to be extremely responsive and accommodating without adding to the cost of the solution.

Improved Site Search Contributes to Successful Holiday SeasonBefore the start of the 2011 holiday shopping season, Frank looked into implementing SLI's full-service SaaS-based Learning Search, on a recommendation from a friend. After a short deployment period, Learning Search was up and running on the SoundStage Direct site in time for the crucial Black Friday kick-off to the holiday shopping season.

"Right away, we could see that search results were much more closely related to keyword terms," Frank said. "And because Learning Search learns from the way our customers search for LPs and applies that information to future searches, results become even more relevant over time. We also now offer search suggestions, which help customers find LPs from similar musicians - which can motivate them to buy more."

In addition to Learning Search, SoundStage Direct is using SLI's Rich Auto Complete feature, which provides keyword suggestions and product images as soon as site visitors begin typing a search term in the search box. Visitors who click on Rich Auto Complete suggestions are nearly twice as likely to convert than visitors who use the search box. The company will also soon use SLI Mobile to power the site search on its mobile commerce site and address the needs of its growing audience of mobile shoppers.

As SoundStage Direct's search experience has become more robust, more shoppers are using site search, Frank said. "Instead of browsing on a category page, like jazz or hip hop, shoppers are going directly to the site search box," Frank said. "That's good news for our business, because we've found that customers who use search will spend more and buy more than people who don't use search."

"For online retailers with large product catalogues, site search offers a way to increase customer engagement, and guide customers to relevant product choices while helping them narrow down the options," said Shaun Ryan, CEO of SLI Systems. "And tools like Rich Auto Complete and related search suggestions also lead customers to the products and content they need, encouraging them to browse and buy." Bestselling Vinyl Records

1. Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
2. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
3. Elvis Costello - Imperial Bedroom
4. Steely Dan - Aja (Pre-Order)
5.  Allman BrothersA&R Studios: New York, August 26th 1971 (Shipping Approx. July 24)
6. Rush - Clockwork Angels
7. Grateful Dead - In The Dark
8. Jeff Beck - Jeff Beck Group (200 gram)
9. Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction (180 gram)
10. Grateful Dead - New Years Eve 1987 (Pre-Order)


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 7/09 - 7/15, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Dirty Projectors - Swing Lo Magellan
2. Twin Shadow - Confess
3. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
4. D Watusi - Brother & Sister 7"
5. Fiona Apple - The Idler Wheel...
6. Cory Chisel & The Wandering Sons - Old Believers
7. Sleep - Dopesmoker
8. Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion 2
9. Ty Segall Band - Slaughterhouse 10"
10. Jellyfish - Live At Bogart's 1991
11. First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar
12. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
13. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
14. Guns N' Roses - Use Your Illusion 1
15. DIIV - Oshin
16. Japandroids - Celebration Rock
17. Jack White - Blunderbuss
18. Dawes - Nothing Is Wrong
19. Natural Child - Gas Station 7"
20. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
21. Todd Snider - Agnostic Hymns & Stoner Fables
22. Beachwood Sparks - Tarnished Gold
23. Van Morrison - Astral Weeks
24. Serge Gainsbourg - Historie de Melody Nelson
25. Tame Impala - Innerspeaker   


from our friends at relapse

Relapse Top Ten Best Sellers

1. Death -Individual Thought Patterns (3CD Deluxe Reissue)
2  Baroness -Yellow & Green Deluxe Digi Book 2xCD
3. Baroness - Yellow & Green Deluxe Hardbound Book 2xLP (Yellow - Opaque)
4. Baroness - Yellow & Green Standard 2xLP (Yellow A/B Green D/C)
5. Dying Fetus - Reign Supreme CD (Limited Deluxe)
6. Spawn of Possession - Incurso CD
7. Death - Human (3CD Deluxe Reissue)
8. Toxic Holocaust/Midnight - Japanese Benefit 7"
9. Baroness - Yellow & Green 2xCD
10. Neurosis - Enemy Of The Sun - Deluxe 2xLP 180 Gram (Red/Black Marble)


album cover art of the day:

Sound Storm Reveal Album Cover Art

Italian symphonic metal act Sound Storm's new album is called 'Immortalia,' and will be released via Scarlet Records and the band has recently revealed the album cover art.


album cover art of the day, part two:

TYGERS OF PAN TANG To Release 'Ambush' In September 

The influential and legendary British hard rock band TYGERS OF PAN TANG will release a brand new album, "Ambush", on September 24, celebrating a landmark year in the band's history.

"Ambush" features 11 tracks of handsomely crafted melodic rock, recorded and produced by Chris Tsangarides who produced the band's historic "Wild Cat" and "Spellbound" albums in 1980 and 1981, respectively. 

Read more at Blabbermouth


one record store still standing (and selling vinyl) amid the rubble of the digit age of music

The lasting appeal of the Last Record Store


in another part of the world, vinyl still has an audience!

Record collecting in Seoul