Thursday, September 6, 2012

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

remember, I have a CD copy of Woo's reissue to give away, see the details at Drag City Music News And CD Contest


Eagle Rock Releasing Muddy Waters And Rolling Stones 'Live At The Checkerboard Lounge' and the Rolling Stones 'Some Girls: Live In Texas '78' On Double Vinyl

Eagle Rock scheduled a September 11 release date for a special edition 2LP/DVD/CD of Muddy Waters and the Rolling Stones 'Live At The Checkerboard Lounge Chicago 1981' and the the Rolling Stones 'Some Girls: Live In Texas '78.'  Each set contains an 180g vinyl in a three-panel gatefold sleeve. With audio presented in DTS Dolby 5.1, these sets truly allow fans to fully experience and enjoy these brilliant artists and moments in music.  Let's learn more about these fantastic vinyl releases:

Muddy Waters And Rolling Stones 'Live At The Checkerboard Lounge'

On 22 November 1981, in the middle of their mammoth American tour, the Rolling Stones arrived in Chicago prior to playing 3 nights at the Rosemont Horizon. It didn’t take long before Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Ian Stewart were joining in on stage and later Buddy Guy and Lefty Dizz also played their part. It was a unique occasion that was fortunately captured on camera. The result is one of those magical nights caught on tape and recorded for posterity. Muddy, clearly in charge, invites the Stones one-by-one to join the party. Buddy tears off some jagged lightning riffs. Junior Wells blows some mean blues harmonica. The warmth of the vinyl sound is perfect for such classic soul as this. The songs fly by in a world of honest, unpretentious love-of-the-music. Mixed and mastered by Bob Clearmountain, this concert is a rare gem of rock 'n' roll and blues history.

Live At The Checkboard Lounge Chicago 1981:

Side A:
1)  Sweet Little Angel
2)  Flip Flop And Fly
3)  Introduction
4)  You Don't Have To Go
5)  Country Boy

Side B:
1)  Baby Please Don't Go
2)  Hoochie Coochie Man
3)  Long Distance Call

Side C:
1)  Mannish Boy
2)  Got My Mojo Workin'
3)  Next Time You See Me

Side D:
1)  One Eyed Woman
2)  Baby Please Don't Go (instrumental)
3)  Clouds In My Heart
4)  Champagne And Reefer

The Rolling Stones Some Girls: Live In Texas '78 Vinyl Special Edition 2LP/DVD/CD.

The Rolling Stones 1978 tour of the USA in support of that year’s “Some Girls” album is considered by fans to be one of their very best. The tour followed immediately on the release of the “Some Girls” album and by the time the band arrived in Texas in mid-July the album had hit the No.1 spot on the US charts. The tour took a “back to basics” approach, with the band and their music very much at the forefront and little or no elaborate staging. Filmed at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on 18 July 1978, this concert is typical of the tour with the Rolling Stones delivering a raw, energetic performance in front of a crowd who are clearly loving the show. The end result steams right off the vinyl. Years later, Wood summed it up by saying, "it was straight-ahead garage rock, hardly a stage-set, no smoke, no big lights, like the Stones going punk."

Many of the tracks from “Some Girls” are included in the live set with a sprinkling of Stones classics from earlier albums. Originally shot on 16mm film, the footage has been carefully restored and the sound remixed and remastered by Bob Clearmountain from the original multitrack tapes.

Some Girls: Live In Texas '78:

Side A:
1)  Let It Rock
2)  All Down The Line
3)  Honky Tonk Women
4)  Star Star
5)  When The Whip Comes Down

Side B:
1)  Beast Of Burden
2)  Miss You
3)  Imagination
4)  Shattered

Side C:
1)  Respectable
2)  Far Away Eyes
3)  Love In Vain
4)  Tumbling Dice

Side D:
1)  Happy
2)  Sweet Little Sixteen
3)  Brown Sugar
4)  Jumpin' Jack Flash


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Sum 41 - “All Killer No Filler” Restock On Blue Vinyl

Heads up, casualties of society: Sum 41‘s 2001 breakthrough full-length All Killer, No Filler is being restocked in our store on limited blue vinyl. Only 557 pieces will be available. Asbestos Records is handling the pressing and it’ll be back in our store early next week.

It would be a mistake to view Sum 41 as just another second-rate band cashing in on the early-'00s punk-pop boom, even if it did recruit Jerry Finn to produce All Killer No Filler. Just as Finn had done for both blink-182 and Green Day, he charges Sum 41's punk-pop with a razor-sharp edge, the sort of dynamic in-your-face sound that helps this music cross over to MTV and radio so well. Besides the notable production, a lot of credit should go to the band as well. Its songwriting is obviously more diverse here than it was a year earlier on its debut album, Half Hour of Power; for example, the group's rap and '80s metal influences rise to the surface more frequently here than on that first album and instill a fun sense of camp. "Fatlip" is perhaps the best example of how Sum 41 has made an effort to diversify the music with more than just power chords and melodic punk vocals.

Available for the first time ever on vinyl in North America, and contains the hit singles "Fat Lip" and "In Too Deep"

Order at ShopRadioCast


RAINDANCE “New Blood” To Be Released on Vinyl as Limited Edition 1-Sided 12”

LA-based indie Animal Style Records has recently welcomed New England hardcore outfit RAINDANCE to the roster.  The label has announced plans to release the band's 'New Blood' digitally, and on vinyl as a 1-sided 12" limited to 500 copies (100 red, 200 pink, 200 purple) on October 30.  The pre-order will launch shortly.


i like this album cover for some reason...

THE GATHERING: Entire New Album Available For Streaming

"Disclosure", the tenth studio album from Dutch/Norwegian rockers THE GATHERING, is available for streaming in its entirety below. The CD will be released on September 12 via the band's own Psychonaut Records.

Get more details at Blabbermouth


another intriguing album cover...

No Bragging Rights Reveals Cover For New Album "Cycles"

With a new record right around the corner, No Bragging Rights has released the album cover and track listing "Cycles," due out October 16th, 2012. Lead singer, Mike Perez comments:

Read the comments and get the tracklist at


best vinyl record article of the day, this one is by Ken Shimamoto (Dallas Observer) and about a day in the life of a record store to love it!

Adventures In The Vinyl Trade: Doc's Records' Dave Howard


sad news from our friends at VintageVinylNews

Joe South Passes Away at 72

Guitarist Mark Abrahamian of Starship, Dead at 46


found this, am interested to see what it sounds like (does ringo sing?)

Early Recordings from Ringo Starr’s Pre-Beatles Band Unearthed


interesting read from the la times blog:

New album of Charles Manson's songs selling well, producer says


a self professed record nerd can never get his fill:

Record pursuit - Larry Kmetz collects vinyl - perhaps as much as 30,000 worth of music


unlicensed merchandise bothering the legendary band...

Rush Ask Judge to Help Stamp Out Bootleg Merchandise


Stones to release 50th anniversary hits album

our friends at VintageVinylNews have all the details

Rolling Stones to Release Career Spanning Greatest Hits Set With Two New Songs


Spin-Clean® Introduces A Limited-Edition “See-Through” Unit

i am excited to see another great innovation from Spin-Clean®  These machines work, are affordable and durable, and they get a CVR plug and recommendation!

Spin-Clean® International, manufacturer of the largest selling vinyl record-cleaning device in the world, has produced and begun shipping a new, limited-edition “clear unit,” whereby owners of the device can watch the cleaning process occur through the translucent basin.  The new unit, unlike its yellow standard counterpart, is skeletonized in order allow one to witness what occurs below the top of the basin, where the solution meets the vinyl record.

Made from the same durable ABS properties as Spin-Clean’s conventional units, the “clear unit” also offers clear rollers, plus clear pods that surround the cleaning brushes, offering a virtually complete translucent record-cleaning experience.

Not available as a stand-alone device, the Limited-Edition “clear unit” is currently sold only as part of the Spin-Clean® Record Washer Package, which includes extra brushes, cleaning fluid, and drying cloths.

According to Mark Mawhinney, owner of Spin-Clean® International, “We’re excited to bring the new see-through unit to the market. Over the years, many of our customers have asked us about a limited-edition style that would be a departure from our standard Spin-Clean “yellow.” They’ve suggested various other colors and styles but, in the end, we thought the translucent idea would be the coolest.”

Spin-Clean® International has become a household name in the vinyl record industry since 1975, providing affordable record-washer / record-cleaning units, such as the Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII, to the marketplace. Well-respected reviews followed, including recent ones from, the New York Times, and being named “Accessory Product Of The Year” by Stereophile and The Absolute Sound. Now many who are looking for an effective record-cleaning device at or around the $100 price point turn to the Spin-Clean® Record Washer MKII as an effective, inexpensive way to remove dust and dirt from LPs and 45s, unlocking the full dynamic range of vinyl recordings.

With the “clear unit,” Mawhinney believes it will be a popular seller because of its ability to showcase the cleaning process.

“By its contrasting color, the yellow Spin-Clean® MKII already lets you see the grime and dirt at the bottom of the basin after your record has been cleaned,” remarks Mawhinney. “Obviously with the see-through unit, you’ll witness even further on how the dust and dirt are detached from your record grooves. That’s very exciting!”

Those interested in learning more about the Spin-Clean® line of vinyl products can call Spin-Clean® directly at 1-800-931-5850 or visit

You can actually witness the process of your Spin-Clean® Record Washer removing the dirt and dust from your vinyl records!

As with any Spin-Clean® MKII Package, you receive an extra pair of brushes, triple the amount of drying cloths, and eight times more cleaning fluid. 


•Translucent Washer Basin and Lid
•Washer Fluid 4oz
•Washer Fluid 32oz
•Two Pair Brushes MKII
•One Pair Rollers MKII
•Seven Washable Drying Cloths

(Regular Price: $174.99) Package Price: $149.99

Spin-Clean® currently offers the Limited Edition translucent unit, while supplies last, at $149.99 as part of the complete Spin-Clean package.

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Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: On a night out of dining and dancing, in the early 1970s, my late husband took me to a club in Waukesha to hear a band he loved. An excellent group that I saw just that one night.

Now, 40 years later, I am stuck trying to remember their name. It may have been Dick or Dave and the somebodys. Who were these guys?

I can't recall ever having their records, so it is possible they never made any.

What really stands out in my memory is how versatile and talented they were. Every member sang, and each man on the stage played practically every instrument a band could have. It was like musical chairs, but with instruments.

Since that is not very common, it might be the best clue I can provide.
—Evelyn Wallace, Greenfield, Wis.

DEAR EVELYN: That is a mighty good clue, and mention of Dick and Dave was also helpful.

I know of only one band whose members, usually five, routinely switched positions and instruments on stage during their songs, all without missing a beat.

Even more impressive is that each member not only played every instrument on stage, but at least a dozen others from the 40 or so pieces on hand.

Named Dave Major and the Minors, this Illinois-based lounge band was very popular in the upper Midwest, especially in the 1970s.

Along the way, the boys cranked out three LPs: "Someone New" (BC 310); "Dave Major and Minors Second Album" (BC 311); and " Dave Major and Minors Third Album" (BC 312).

Fronting the band were brothers Dave Perry ("Dave Major") and Dick Perry.

Not widely known until February 2nd, 2000 was the dark and troubled side of Dave Perry.

That is when Dave broke into the Kingston, Ill (pop. 980) home of Scott Grochowski, and his wife Melodye, with whom Perry previously produced a son and daughter. Reports vary as to whether Dave and Melodye were legally married when the children were born.

Once inside, Perry shot and killed Mr. Grochowski, then turned the gun on Melodye's mother, Janie Sue Harrison, killing her instantly.

Melodye and their 12-year-old son quickly escaped to a neighbor's house and called 911. Their daughter, 11, was not in the house at the time of the carnage.

In what seems suicidal, when the DeKalb County Sheriff's deputies arrived, Dave Perry greeted them in front of the house with a spray of bullets, to which they returned fire and killed him.

A subsequent investigation pointed to a years-long custody battle between Dave and Melodye as the reason three lives were lost. Had Melodye remained in the house, it is likely she too would have died.

DEAR JERRY: Got a kick out of the recent reference to your "How Could This Not Have Been a Hit?" list.

I've never actually created a list, but have often said those words about a song with everything going for it, yet still flopped.

Taking the list idea to an even higher level, my latest one is "How Could They Have Never Had a Hit?"

This applies only to artists with a significant number of good releases, none of which made it.

For me, No. 1 on that list is the Harptones.

What do you think?
—Evan Harris, Eugene, Ore.

DEAR EVAN: I think you made a perfect choice.

What separates the Harptones from most other groups is Willie Winfield, their stupendous lead singer. His incredibly distinctive vocals put him alongside Tony Williams, of the Platters, as the preeminent R&B front men. Unlike the Platters, the No. 1 group of the 1950s, what the Harptones accomplished in the New York area could not thrust them into the national spotlight.

Of their two dozen singles, many of which are considered doo-wop classics, only one registered a blip on Billboard's Hot 100. "What Will I Tell My Heart" (Companion 103) debuted at No. 98 on May 8, 1961, moved up two slots the next week, then vanished for good.

The Harptones definitely rank high on the "How Could They have Never Had a Hit?" list.

Among their timeless tunes that should have been big hits are:

"Cry Like I Cried" (Alphabetically first, and also first on my Harptones list)
"Forever Mine" (Alphabetically second, and my second favorite)
"I Almost Lost My Mind"
"Masquerade Is Over, The"
"My Memories of You"
"No Greater Miracle"
"On Sunday Afternoon"
"Shrine of St. Cecelia, The"
"Since I Fell for You"
"Sunday Kind of Love, A"
"That's the Way It Goes"
"What Is Your Decision"
"Why Should I Love You"

IZ ZAT SO? The sensational 45 rpm Extended Play by the Harptones, aptly titled "The Sensational Harptones" (Bruce BEP-201), is one of the most valuable EPs ever.

If auctioned to the appropriate buyers, this seven-inch, four-track EP might bring close to $10,000.


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

Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl Records ~ September 6, 2012

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1.  MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
2.  Counting Crows - August And Everything After (Pre-Order)
3.  Dead Man's Bones - Dead Man's Bones
4.  Bush - Razorblade Suitcase
5.  Steely Dan - Aja
6.  Kiss - Monster (Pre-Order) 
7.  Various Artists - FM Original Soundtrack 
8.  Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album) (Pre-Order)
9.  Kiss - Destroyer: Resurrected
10.  The Black Crowes - Freak N Roll



Top 10 Albums – September 3, 2012

Here are the Top 10 Albums sold at Shop Radio Cast for the week of August 28, 2012 – September 3, 2012:

1.  Coheed and Cambria – The Afterman: Ascension LP
2.  Quicksand – Slip LP
3.  Bad Books – II LP
4.  No Doubt – Push and Shove 2XLP (Picture Disc)
5.  Misser – Every Day I Tell Myself I’m Going To Be A Better Person LP
6.  Pierce The Veil – Collide With The Sky LP
7.  Sum 41 – All Killer No Filler LP
8.  Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American 3XLP
9.  Weezer – Weezer (The Blue Album) LP
10.  Weezer – The Lion And The Witch LP



EarAche Top Ten Best Sellers

1.  Oceano "Depths" CD/DVD
2.  Municipal Waste "Massive Aggressive" Black Vinyl LP - EUROPEAN IMPORT
3.  At The Gates "The Flames Of The End" 3 DVD Box Set
4.  Carcass "Symphonies Of Sickness" CD/DVD
5.  Carcass "Reek of Putrefaction" CD/DVD Limited Deluxe Edition
6.  Oceano "Windy City" Black T-shirt
7.  Carcass "Heartwork" CD/DVD LIMITED EDITION
8.  Carcass "Necroticism - Descanting The Insalubrious" CD/DVD (wit
9.  Evile "Infected Nations" CD/DVD - Webstore Exclusive!
10.  '* Napalm Death "Harmony Corruption" Limited Edition Color Vinyl



Napalm Records Top Ten Best Sellers

1.   TYR By The Light Of The Northern..LTD CD [Digi]
2.   ALESTORM Back Through Time BOX [Bobblehead Boxset + Mediabook CD]
3.   ALESTORM Leviathan MCD
4.   ALESTORM Black Sails At.. LTD CD [Digipack + DVD]
5.   DRACONIAN A Rose For The Apocalypse LTD CD [Digipack]
6.   ALESTORM Captain Morgan's Revenge CD
7.   ARKONA Goi, Rode, Goi! CD
8.   FALKENBACH Tiurida BOX [Deluxe Boxset + Pendant]
9.   TYR Land LTD CD [Deluxe Digipack + DVD]
10.   TYR The Lay Of Thrym BOX [Boxset + Flag]



Victory Records Top Five Best Sellers

1.  Streetlight Manifesto - The Hands That Thieve
2.  Ill Nino - Epidemia
3.  Otep - Sounds Like Armageddon - LIVE
4.  Pathology - The Time Of Great Purification
5.  Sister Sin - Now And Forever



Easy Street Top Ten Best Sellers

1.  Minus The Bear - Infinity Overhead
2. Thenewno2 - Thefearofmissingout
3.  Sigur Ros - Varud
4.  Divine Fits - Thing Called Divine Fits
5.  Poor Moon - Poor Moon
6.  Black Keys - Rubber Factory
7.  Walkmen - Heaven
8.  Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti - Mature Themes
9.   Yeasayer - Fragrant World
10.  Swans - Seer



GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 8/27 - 9/02, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Rayland Baxter - Feathers & Fishhooks
2. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
3. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
4. Michael Kiwanuka - Home Again
5. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
6. Gaslight Anthem - Handwritten
7. Wild Nothing - Wild Nothing
8. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
9. Stars - The North (bootleg edition)
10. Purity Ring - Shrines
11. The Civil Wars - Barton Hollow
12. Swans - The Seer
13. Yeasayer - Fragrant World
14. The Beach Boys - The SMiLE Sessions
15. Ty Segall - Slaughterhouse 10"
16. The Head & The Heart - The Head & The Heart
17. Kings of Leon - Only By The Night
18. Modest Mouse - We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
19. Of Monsters & Men - My Head Is An Animal
20. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
21. Ryan Adams - Gold
22. Poor Moon - Poor Moon
23. Dave Matthews Band - Mercy 7"
24. Natural Child - Mother Nature's Daughter 7"
25. Joshua Black Wilkins - I Tremble 7"