Wednesday, September 12, 2012

RAZOR & TIE ELP Vinyl Contest

On August 30th the CVR blog ran a press release of RAZOR & TIE's  re-issue of these classic Emerson Lake & Palmer LPs

The CVR blog has obtained advance copies straight from Razor and Tie Marketing Director Bob Hoch!!

These copies (one of each) will be given away to the fifth email (who gets the debut ELP set) and the seventh email (who gets the Tarkus set) to with the words "Razor &Tie ELP Re-Issue Contest" in the subject line (one email entry per email address please - US entrants only)  Contest is time sensitive, so get your entry in today!



Both records will be available as 3-disc deluxe editions containing never before released 5.1 Surround Sound and Stereo Mixes, including previously unheard out-takes.  Three time Grammy-nominated producer and engineer Steven Wilson (who has also recently remixed classic albums by Jethro Tull and King Crimson for acclaimed 40th anniversary editions) worked from the original Greg Lake produced multi-track tapes to remix both albums.

Considered by many to be one of rock’s original first super-groups, Emerson Lake & Palmer formed in England in 1970 consisting of Keith Emerson (keyboards), Greg Lake (bass guitar, vocals, guitar) and Carl Palmer (drums, percussion). The band created a brand new world of music, combining classical and symphonic rock fused with beautiful vocals.  Their penchant for appropriating themes from classical music and the group’s more nuanced, textured approach to symphonic arrangements set ELP apart from their more bombastic guitar-based contemporaries of the time.   This subtler and more sublime approach carries on today in the expansive atmospherics of Radiohead and Muse and also in the prog-influenced sphere of band’s like Porcupine Tree, Dream Theatre, Opeth and many others, making ELP one of the more relevant torchbearers of the progressive rock sound.  Along with Yes, King Crimson, Genesis, and Rush, Emerson Lake and Palmer ushered in the Prog era and as one of the most commercially successful rock bands of the 1970’s having sold over 40 million albums. 

Razor & Tie’s full catalogue re-issue campaign will continue with the release of newly expanded, re-mastered, editions of four additional ELP classic albums: Pictures At An Art Exhibition (1971- Live Album), Trilogy (1972- Studio Album), Brain Salad Surgery (1973- Studio Album), and Welcome Back My Friends To The Show That Never Ends – Ladies & Gentlemen (1974- Live Album). 

Fans can also purchase Emerson, Lake & Palmer and Tarkus deluxe editions at where the albums will be bundled with a variety of ELP t-shirts perfect for any collector.  Pre-orders are available now for the deluxe albums, vinyl re-presses and a selection of Emerson, Lake & Palmer t-shirts.

Good luck to all entrants!!!

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Now that Blake Shelton, with "Over," and his wife Miranda Lambert, with "Fastest Girl in Town," are both on the Billboard singles chart, a new question has arisen.

How common is it to find both husband and wife on either the pop or country charts at the same time? I doubt Blake and Miranda are the first.

After an exhaustive online search, I can tell you this information does not exist. I think you're on your own.

Even less likely would be three different hits at the same time, one by each person and a third with them together. Has that ever happened?
—Pauline Huntington, Bloomington, Ind.

DEAR PAULINE: Once again, necessity proves to be the mother of invention. If it doesn't exist, we'll build it.

Beginning with the STC (Spousal Trifecta Challenge), a review of about a hundred years of popular music turned up five months during which the husband and the wife each had a solo hit, and another one as a duo.

Chronologically, they are:

Feb. 1939: Mildred Bailey ("Blame It on My Last Affair") - Red Norvo ("I Get Along Without You Very Well") - Mildred & Red ("I Go for That")

Aug. 1965: Sonny ("Laugh at Me") - Cher ("All I Really Want to Do") - Sonny & Cher ("Baby Don't Go")

Feb. 1972: George Jones ("We Can Make It") - Tammy Wynette ("Til I Get It Right") - George Jones & Tammy Wynette ("Take Me")

Sept. 1979: Louise Mandrell ("I Never Loved Anyone Like I Love You") - R.C. Bannon ("Winners and Losers") - Louise Mandrell & R.C. Bannon ("Reunited")

May 1998: Faith Hill ("This Kiss") - Tim McGraw ("One of These Days") - Faith Hill & Tim McGraw ("Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me")

Slightly more common are spouses with simultaneous solo hits, as in the Blake-Lambert example. Besides the above five, here are 16 more:

Feb. 1959: Carl Smith ("The Best Years of Your Life") - Goldie Hill ("Yankee, Go Home")

Oct. 1961: Skeeter Davis ("Optimistic") - Ralph Emery ("Hello Fool")

Jan. 1963: Steve Lawrence ("Go Away Little Girl") - Eydie Gorme ("Blame It on the Bossa Nova")

Aug. 1965: Johnny Wright ("Hello Vietnam") - Kitty Wells ("Meanwhile, Down at Joe's")

Sept. 1965: Merle Haggard ("I'm Gonna Break Every Heart I Can") - Bonnie Owens ("Number One Heel")

May 1967: Andy Williams ("Music to Watch Girls By") - Claudine Longet ("Hello Hello")

April 1971: Johnny Cash "Man in Black") - June Carter Cash ("A Good Man")

Dec. 1972: James Taylor ("Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight") - Carly Simon ("You're So Vain")

April 1973: Kris Kristofferson ("Why Me") - Rita Coolidge ("Whiskey, Whiskey")

Nov. 1974: Barry White ("You're the First, the Last, My Everything") - Glodean James (of Love Unlimited) ("I Belong to You")

Sept. 1975: Waylon Jennings ("Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way") - Jessi Colter ("What's Happened to Blue Eyes")

Jan. 1981: John Lennon ("Woman") - Yoko Ono ("Walking on Thin Ice")

Oct. 1981: Rosanne Cash ("My Baby Thinks He's a Train") - Rodney Crowell ("Stars on the Water")

Dec. 1982: Ricky Skaggs ("I Wouldn't Change You if I Could") - Sharon White (of the Whites) ("Hangin' Around")

July 1994: Trisha Yearwood ("XXX's and OOO's [An American Girl])" - Robert Reynolds (of the Mavericks) ("O What a Thrill")

Sept. 2006: Jessica Simpson ("A Public Affair") - Nick Lachey ("I Can't Hate You Anymore")

If others are discovered, we will add them to the list for future music and marital scholars.

IZ ZAT SO? In only one of our spousal trifecta entries did all three records make the Top 10, but not at the same time:

No. 1: Faith Hill ("This Kiss") - No. 2: Tim McGraw ("One of These Days") - No. 3: Faith Hill & Tim McGraw ("Just to Hear You Say That You Love Me")


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



"Kicking and Dreaming:   A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll,"  The Revelatory Memoir by Ann & Nancy Wilson  On Sale Tuesday, September 18

With Heart's Fanatic, a new studio album, and Kicking and Dreaming, an insiders' memoir, arriving this fall, 2012 is shaping up as a banner year for the iconic American band who--beginning with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," and "Barracuda" in the mid-1970s running through 2010's Red Velvet Car--have created an enduring catalog of bona fide stadium rock classics and power ballads while establishing a lasting template for women in rock.

Fanatic, Heart's 14th studio album, arrives Tuesday, October 2. The group's second full-length studio album for Legacy, Fanatic premieres 10 new essential performances from sisters Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson on songs including "Fanatic," "Dear Old America," "Walkin' Good" (featuring Sarah McLachlan), "Skin and Bones," "Million Miles," "Pennsylvania," "Mashallah," "Rock Deep (Vancouver)," "59 Crunch," and "Corduroy Road."

The first album of new music from Ann and Nancy Wilson since 2010's Red Velvet Car had its Top 10 debut in 2010,Fanatic was recorded in hotel rooms and studios up and down the West Coast, with Grammy-winning producer Ben Mink back at the helm with the Wilson sisters drawing from their own lives and personal experiences as inspiration for their music. "Dear Old America" comes from memories of a military household and is written from the point of view of their father, a Marine Corps officer, returning from war ("When I get home, I'm going to own this town/Shine this medal/Wear that crown…."); "Rock Deep (Vancouver)" harkens back to the city where Dreamboat Annie was written; and "Walkin' Good" (a duet with Vancouver resident Sarah McLachlan) captures the joy of finding new life in a new love.

The title song is a celebration of the Wilson's life spirit: Ann and Nancy are fanatics about love, art, truth, and the belief that they can do anything together they set their minds to. Fans looking for a first taste of Fanatic can check out the title track on YouTube.

"What a crazy year we are having," said Ann Wilson. "Our box set, Strange Euphoria, and our book, Kicking and Dreaming, each tell the story of our lives so far, personally and musically. Our new album, Fanatic, tells our story as it is now and brings it all up-to-the-minute. What a thrill to have worked with both Charles Cross and Ben Mink respectively on these, and of course to touch the musical magic Nancy and I have always shared together. Anybody want to RAWK??"

Released in 2010, Fanatic's predecessor, Red Velvet Car (the first new studio album in six years from the groundbreaking Seattle-based band) entered the Billboard 200 best-selling album charts at #10, becoming the seventh Top 10 album of Heart's career. Heart's critically-acclaimed first album for Legacy Recordings marked the return of Heart to the Sony Music Entertainment family, reaching #1 in sales on on Sunday, September 5.

On June 5, Epic Records/Legacy Recordings released Strange Euphoria, the first definitive career-spanning, multi-label boxed set retrospective chronicling the seminal American rock band Heart, personally curated by Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson.

A carefully-considered anthology of biggest hits and best-loved songs set alongside deep catalog treasures, rarities, demos and live performances, Strange Euphoria includes three compact discs and one DVD in a deluxe box.

Ann Wilson and her younger sister, Nancy Wilson, first showed the world that women can rock when their band Heart stormed the charts in the '70s with hits like "Crazy on You," "Magic Man," "Barracuda," "Straight On," "Even It Up," "Kick It Out" and many more. Not only did the Wilson sisters lead the band, they wrote the songs and played the instruments, making them the first women in rock to do so. Heart continued topping the charts through the '80s and into the '90s with huge hits like "These Dreams," "Alone," "Never," and a string of other hits that showcased the sisters' enormous talents as both musicians and singers. Along the way, Heart sold more than 35 million records, had 21 top 40 hits, sold out arenas worldwide, and profoundly influenced the sound and direction of American rock music while inspiring women (and guys too!) around the world to rock out in bands of their own.

Heart were 2008 recipients of VH1 Rock Honors, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Grammy Foundation, and received ASCAP's award for Excellence in Songwriting in 2009.

What's made Heart endure across four decades and 14 studio albums, from Dreamboat Annie (1976) through 2012's Strange Euphoria and Fanatic is simply the quality of the music and the Wilsons' deep connection to the emotions, psyches and experiences of their fans.

Heart will be touring throughout the summer and fall (June 29-November 17). Alejandro Escovedo and Shawn Colvin will be supporting in October and November respectively. This fall , Ann and Nancy Wilson will be awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (followed by a live concert webcast).

Tuesday, September 18 marks the publication of the HarperCollins hardcover edition of Kicking and Dreaming: A Story of Heart, Soul and Rock and Roll, the avidly-awaited insider's memoir penned by Ann & Nancy Wilson with noted Seattle-based author Charles R. Cross ("Room Full of Mirrors - A Biography of Jimi Hendrix"; "Heavier Than Heaven" - a biography of Kurt Cobain).

Since finding their love of music and performing as teenagers in Seattle, Washington, Ann Wilson and Nancy Wilson have been an influential part of the rock music landscape. From 70s classics like "Magic Man" and "Barracuda" to chart- topping 80s ballads like "Alone" up to 2012's Fanatic, Heart continues as an ongoing force in pop culture, inspiring women and men alike with the power and beauty of their music.

Despite their massive success, Ann and Nancy have always faced a different kind of scrutiny than their male counterparts in hard-rock and metal band, and had to face questions that no male rock star ever would be asked. Kicking and Dreaming allows Ann and Nancy to communicate as directly with the reader as their songs do with fans. A first-hand chronicle of tumultuous inter-band relationships, thirty years of roller-coaster fame and continual reinvention, and, of course, the kind of excess that can comes from the surreal, and hyper-real demands of life on the road, Kicking and Dreaming is an intimate, honest, and a uniquely female take on rock and roll life.


Sept. 7, 2012  Blackfoot, ID  Eastern Idaho State Fair
Sept. 9, 2012  Airway Heights (Spokane), Washington  Northern Quest Resort and Casino
Sept. 10, 2012  Puyallup, WA  Western Washington Fair
Sept. 11, 2012  Jacksonville, OR  Britt Fest
Sept. 14, 2012  Hutchinson, KS  Kansas State Fairgrounds - US Cellular Grandstand
Sept. 15, 2012  Catoosa (Tulsa) , OK  The Joint @ Hard Rock
Sept. 16, 2012  Carterville, IL  Walkers Bluff Winery
Oct. 3, 2012  New York City, NY  Beacon Theater - with Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys
Oct. 5, 2012  Poughkeepsie, NY  Mid Hudson Civic Center - with Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys
Oct. 6, 2012  MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods  Mashantucket, CT
Oct. 7, 2012  Gilford, NH  Meadowbrook US Cellular Pavilion - with Alejandro Escovedo
Oct. 9, 2012  Boston, MA  Orpheum Theater with Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys
Oct. 10, 2012  Huntington, NY  The Paramount - with Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys
Oct. 12, 2012  Upper Darby, PA  Tower Theater ~ with Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys
Oct. 13, 2012  Bethlehem, PA  Sands Bethlehem Event Center with Alejandro Escovedo and the Sensitive Boys
Oct. 14, 2012  Cary, NC  Koka Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park with Alejandro Escovedo
Nov. 2, 2012  St. Augustine, FL  St. Augustine Amphitheater - with Shawn Colvin
Nov. 7, 2012  Atlanta, GA  Fox Theater
Nov. 13, 2012  Washington DC  Dar Constitution Hall with Shawn Colvin

For more information on the band Heart, please visit their official website at


Neil Young and Crazy Horse Psychedelic Pill On Triple Vinyl!

Neil Young & Crazy Horse are set to release the CD version of their upcoming double album 'Psychedelic Pill' on October 30 via Reprise Records.  The triple vinyl is due out November 23. The new record contains eight tracks, plus an alternate mix of the title track. 


album cover art of the day:

Forgotten Tomb Announces New Album 

Italian metallars Forgotten Tomb 's new album will be released on the 30th of October in Europe and on the 6th of November in North America.  Prior to release of the album, on the 25th of September, a new 7" EP will be available called "Deprived." The EP will be limited to 300 copies (100 green, 100 white, 100 red)


album cover art of the day, part two:

Neron Kaisar Unveils New Album Artwork

Russian symphonic black metal band Neron Kaisar have announced the band's second album will be called 'Madness of the Tyrant,' and the group have revealed the cover artwork by Alexander Tartsus.


this is certainly on my christmas list, due out on november 5th!

Jethro Tull 40th Anniversary ‘Thick as a Brick’ Reissue

Thick As A Brick (2012 Steven Wilson mix) and Thick As A Brick 2 combined in a double 180gm vinyl set with an accompanying 72 page book.

The book contains:

* the original TAAB 1 newspaper rebuilt for the 12 x 12 format on 16 pages of newspaper style paper
* the 2012 TAAB 2 newspaper printed on gloss paper (originally pdf files on the DVD).
* an article by Classic Rock's Dom Lawson about TAAB 1.
* an Ian Anderson interview conducted by The Reverend George Pitcher covering both albums, and the 2012 TAAB tour.
* many rare 1972/73 photos from photographers Didi Zill and Robert Ellis covering 'street' and live situations as well as the 2012 tour
* photos by Martin Webb.
* memories of the recording from engineer Robin Black.
* recording and touring memories from Martin Barre, Ian Anderson and Jeffrey Hammond.
* a Q & A with tour manager Eric Brooks with tour memorabilia and the full 1972 itinerary.
* Italian and German lyric translations of the original album and German, Czech, Italian, Polish, Russian, Spanish and Portuguese lyric translations for TAAB 2.

Pre-order now for 5th November release at the BurningShed


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LOSS – “Despond” 2xLP

Monumental 2xLP from LOSS overbearing masterpiece “Despond” comes in thick black vinyl, thick gatefold jacket, and a 12 page 11×11 booklet featuring the amazing artwork that graces this release.  Gloriously mastered and mixed specifically for vinyl, only 500 copies were pressed and only the last copies remain.

Get your copy today at ProfoundLoreRecords


for shits and giggles, check out the top ten richest singers, and if that isn't enough, head on over to for the top 50!

The Top Ten Richest Lead Singers in the World:

1.  Paul McCartney Net Worth – $800 Million (The Beatles)
2.  Bono Net Worth – $600 Million (U2)
3.  Jimmy Buffett Net Worth – $400 Million
4.  Elton John Net Worth – $320 Million (Solo)
5.  Mick Jagger Net Worth – $305 Million (The Rolling Stones)
6.  Sting Net Worth – $290 Million (The Police, Solo)
7.  Phil Collins Net Worth – $250 Million (Genesis, Solo)
8.  Dave Matthews Net Worth – $250 Million (Dave Matthews Band)
9.  Prince Net Worth – $250 Million
10. Dave Grohl Net Worth – $225 Million (Foo Fighters, Nirvana on drums)


Beatles Record Player Sells For Over $1500 At Auction

A 1964 Beatles record player just sold on eBay for $1580.00 and it doesn’t even play records! That didn’t deter collectors in the slightest because the vintage turntable that listed for $9.99 found the high bidder spending the equivalent of what most folks might pay to own a high-definition sound system.

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i had heard about this bible a few years ago, seems the lady got her money!

Elvis Presley's Bible Sells at Auction For $94,000


Top Ten Best Selling Vinyl Records ~ September 12, 2012

from our friends at

This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
2. Rolling Stones - Some Girls - Live In Texas '78
3. Rolling Stones & Muddy Waters - Live At The Checkerboard Lounge 1981
4. Bob Dylan - Tempest
5. Counting Crows - August And Everything After (Pre-Order)
6. Kiss - Monster (Pre-Order)
7. Steely Dan - Aja
8. Various Artists - FM Original Soundtrack (On Sale)
9. Record Jacket Sleeves
10. Weezer - Weezer (Blue Album) (Pre-Order)



Easy Street Online Top Ten Vinyl

1. Cat Power - Sun
2. Thenewno2 - Thefearofmissingout
3. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
4. Black Keys - Thickfreakness
5. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
6. Allen Stone - Self titiled
7. Sigur Ros - Varud
8. Walkmen - Heaven
9. Townes Van Zandt - Live At The Old Quarter
10. Black Keys - Rubber Factory


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 9/03 - 9/09, 2012

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Luella & The Sun - Luella & The Sun 10"
2. Cat Power - Sun
3. Animal Collective - Centipede Hz
4. Ty Segall - The Hill 7"
5. Stars - The North
6. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
7. Rayland Baxter - Feathers & Fishhooks
8. Jens Lekman - I Know What Love Isn't
9. Divine Fits - A Thing Called Divine Fits
10. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
11. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
12. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Magpies On Fire 7"
13. Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Mature Themes
14. Bob Mould - Silver Age
15. Deerhoof - Breakup Song
16. Skyblazer - Album
17. Grimes - Visions
18. Yeasayer - Fragrant World
19. Shovels & Rope - O' Be Joyful
20. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
21. JD McPherson - Signs & Signifiers
22. Beach House - Bloom
23. The Flaming Lips - Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots
24. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane Over The Sea
25. Bon Iver - Bon Iver