Thursday, January 31, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Sundazed New Releases

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Artist: Albert King
Title: The Big Blues
LP 5429 - 180 GRAM VINYL LP

Standing well over six feet and weighing in at around 250 pounds, it’s no surprise that Albert King earned the nickname “The Velvet Bulldozer.” Standing on stage with his Gibson Flying V, named Lucy, King cut an imposing visual figure. After a few abortive recording attempts, King scored a #14 R&B single on King Records with “Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong” in 1961. The song captured the distinctive call-and-response style between King’s voice and guitar, a direct extension of his gospel roots and it was included on his debut album, The Big Blues. Backed by a razor sharp band, which included Ike Turner on piano, King showed an authoritative command of ballads, rumbas and mid-tempo shuffles. It was a sound honed in countless club gigs, a “vivid sound” as the LP jacket rightly proclaimed. To restore this sound to its royal splendor, Sundazed sourced this reissue from the original King mono master tapes. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI) in Camarillo, CA, this resurrected LP boasts breathtaking sound. Nothing less would have been worthy of one of the most important albums in the blues pantheon. All hail King Albert!

1. Let’s Have a Natural Ball
2. What Can I Do to Change Your Mind?
3. I Get Evil
4. Had You Told It Like It Was (It Wouldn’t Be Like It Is)
5. This Morning
6. I Walked All Night Long
7. Don’t Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
8. Travelin’ to California
9. I’ve Made Nights By Myself
10. This Funny Feeling
11. Ooh-Ee Baby
12. Dyna Flow

Also Available from Sundazed: Albert King Born Under A Bad Sign LP 5031



Artist: Freddy (Freddie) King
Title: Freddy King Goes Surfin'
LP 5423  - 180 GRAM VINYL LP

Syd Nathan, impresario of Cincinnati’s King Records, was the epitome of the old-school indie record label owner. Always hustling, Nathan regularly beat the odds to release hit after hit in multiple genres. He’d try anything if he thought it might work, or more precisely, if he thought it would make money. After issuing the hit album Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King, Syd sensed untapped potential in the LP. Inspired by the West Coast surf scene, he conjured a little marketing magic...GET A NEW COVER WITH SOME SURF KIDS! THROW SOME CROWD NOISE OVER TRACKS SO IT SOUNDS “LIVE”! CALL IT...ERR...FREDDY KING GOES SURFIN’! PRESS IT AND HAVE IT ON THE SHELVES BY NEXT WEEK!!!!!!!

While it may not have happened EXACTLY like that, King Records did release the album containing the very same songs (in precisely the same running order) as Let’s Hide Away...with crowd noise dubbed over the music. And it WORKED! Fellow Lone Star blues maven Billy F. Gibbons later picked it as one of his Top Ten Favorite Blues Albums of All Time. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI) and sourced from the original King/Federal analog tapes, Sundazed is proud to present Freddy King Goes Surfin’ in magnificent mono fidelity. Cowabunga!

1. Hide Away
2. Butterscotch
3. Sen-Sa-Shun
4. Side Tracked
5. The Stumble
6. Wash Out
7. San-Ho-Zay
8. Just Pickin’
9. Heads Up
10. In The Open
11. Out Front
12. Swooshy

Also Available from Sundazed: Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals - LP 5365 & Let’s Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King - LP 5364



Artist: The Missing Links
Title: The Missing Links LP w/ The Links Unchained EP
LP 5422  - VINYL LP + EP

Though they have different approaches, a common thread runs through Australian bands like the Saints, Hoodoo Gurus, Midnight Oil and AC/DC: an aggressive, take-no-prisoners posture designed to grab audiences by the throat. This direct crowd–band interaction is essential on the rough-and-tumble Oz pub circuit, where if the group doesn’t deliver the goods, they’re likely to go down in a hail of lager cans. Whatever it is that puts the raw in Antipodean rawk, it’s been there from the beginning. For proof, check the wild, outrageous sounds of the Missing Links. Formed in Sydney in 1964, a series of personnel changes eventually replaced all original members, leaving vocalist Andy Anderson, guitarist Doug Ford, drummer Baden Hutchens, bassist Ian Thomas and Chris Gray on keyboards. It was this lineup that recorded the band’s 1965 debut album, The Missing Links. An instant garage punk classic, The Missing Links took the UK R&B combo model and drenched it in attitude and feedback, making contemporaries like the Troggs and the Who appear tame by comparison. The sonic guitar meltdown at the end of “You’re Drivin’ Me Insane” presages Jimmy Page’s Zeppelin liftoff by a full three years while “Wild About You” defies description, except to say it still sounds shocking nearly 50 years on.

This slice of vigorous vinyl became one of the most prized acquisitions for garage punk fans the world over, with each successive wave of Down Under musical malcontents spreading its legend. The globe-trotting team at Sundazed has now restored the album in all its magnificent MONO glory! What more could you want? Well, how about the IMPOSSIBLY rare EP, The Links Unchained, featuring four more cuts of mid-Sixties madness!?! For a limited time, Sundazed is offering both of these audacious aural artifacts in one convenient package!

1. Wild About You
2. Hobo Man
3. Bald-Headed Woman
4. Not To Bother Me
5. Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut
6. Some Kinda Fun
7. You’re Drivin’ Me Insane
8. Nervous Breakdown
9. Speak No Evil
10. On The Road Again
11. All I Want
12. H’tuom Tuhs

1. I’ll Go Crazy
2.Don’t Give Me No Friction
3. One More Time
4. Wooly Bully



Artist: Simo
Title: Shake It / AOH
S 257  -  7” Vinyl Single

Not long ago, Nashville-based “guitarists’ guitarist” J.D. Simo accepted an invitation from bassist Frank Swart and drummer Adam Abrashoff to join an informal jam session and, at the end of a 3-hour improvisation, SIMO was born! A power trio for the new millennium, SIMO harkens back to the days when bands built followings not online, but on stage. Together, these three master musicians conjure a sorcerous sound that assaults your senses in all the best ways and leaves you wanting more. This aural alchemy has been captured on their debut single, “Shake It” b/w “AOH.” Just listen to the urgency of “Shake It,” a track that practically COMMANDS you to get up and move! Flip the platter and marvel at players’ prowess on “AOH”! After hearing this single, two things are certain: 1) you will want to hear it again (and again), and 2) you will frantically search your local listings to see if you can catch SIMO live. They may be coming to your town, and in the meanwhile treasure this slice of timeless vinyl and tell your friends that SIMO is the cream of the new musical crop!

1. Shake It
2. AOH



Artist: The See See
Title: The Rain & the Snow / Snowdrop
S 263  - 7” Colored Vinyl Single

In the zillions of things that come across our desks here at Sundazed, occasionally there is a band that really makes our hearts pump. It is in this spirit that we can’t WAIT to tell you about The See See! Coming together in London from points across the globe, Richard Olson, Pete Greenwood, Kevin Peyok, Paulie Cobra, Phil Anderson and Sam Ferman formed The See See to pursue a personal musical vision. Young men with old souls, or at least old record collections, The See See blend the best of the past and present in a timeless psychedelic pop swirl. Recognizing them as fellow travelers, both The Raconteurs and The Brian Jonestown Massacre chose The See See to support their European tours. An incredibly prolific ensemble, they have released a series of sold-out singles and two LPs full of melodies that make you drift and bliss. As a champion of quality music, Sundazed is proud to present their debut U.S. single, “The Rain & The Snow” b/w “Snowdrops,” on beautiful 7” vinyl. A Sundazed anthology LP is coming soon, combining their finest UK releases with new tracks, but grab this single NOW and hear hear The See See!

1. The Rain & the Snow
2. Snowdrops

Buy any or all at Sundazed HERE


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Fleetwood Mac are back with Expanded and Deluxe versions of Rumours in celebration of its 35th anniversary.

The Expanded edition's three CDs include the original album and the b-side "Silver Springs," an entire disc filled with unreleased takes from the album's recording sessions, and a dozen unreleased live recordings from the group's '77 Rumours world tour. The disc of 12 unreleased live recordings from the tour features performances from concerts in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville and Columbia, S.C. and includes album tracks like "The Chain," "Oh Daddy," and "Songbird" as well as "World Turning" and "Rhiannon," two tracks from the group's 1975 eponymous release. Producers have also compiled a selection of 16 unreleased recordings from the album's sessions featuring early takes of "Go Your Own Way," "I Don't Want To Know," and the popular b-side "Silver Springs" as well as several demo recordings, including one for the outtake "Planets of the Universe," plus an instrumental version of "Never Going Back Again."

The Deluxe edition of Rumours includes all of the music from expanded version, plus an additional disc of outtakes originally released in the 2004 reissue of the album. It also features a DVD of "The Rosebud Film," a 1977 documentary by Michael Collins that includes interviews, rehearsal footage, and live performances, and the album on 140-gram vinyl.

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Fleetwood Mac, one of rock s most enduring, beloved and successful bands, circulate another round of Rumours with expanded and deluxe versions of the album in celebration of its 35th anniversary. Rumours made the band one of the most iconic bands of the 1970s and garnered wide critical praise, earned the Grammy® for Album of the Year, and has now sold more than 40 million copies worldwide since its 1977 debut.

Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks recorded Rumours against a backdrop personal turmoil, chronicling their raw emotions in songs like "Go Your Own Way, " "Gold Dust Woman" and "Dreams, " the latter becoming the band s first number one smash.

The deluxe edition includes the original album and the b-side "Silver Springs, " a dozen unreleased live recordings from the group s 77 world tour, an entire disc filled with unreleased takes from the album s recording sessions, an additional disc of outtakes, a DVD that features The Rosebud Film, a 1977 documentary about the album, and the album on vinyl.

The disc of 12 unreleased live recordings from the band s 1977 Rumours tour features performances from concerts in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Nashville and Columbia, S.C. The songs include album tracks like "The Chain, " "Oh Daddy" and "Songbird" as well as "World Turning" and "Rhiannon, " two tracks from the group s 1975 eponymous release.

Producers also have compiled a selection of 16 unreleased recordings from the album s sessions including early takes of "Go Your Own Way, " "I Don t Want To Know" and the popular b-side "Silver Springs. " There are also several demo recordings, including one for the outtake "Planets of the Universe, " plus an instrumental version of "Never Going Back Again. "

The deluxe edition of Rumours also features the 18-track compilation of session outtakes originally released in the 2004 reissue of the album, the original album on 140-gram vinyl, and a DVD with "The Rosebud Film. " This 1977 documentary by Michael Collins includes interviews, rehearsal footage and live performances of "World Turning, " "Rhiannon, " "Say You Love Me, " "Go Your Own Way, " "You Make Loving Fun" and "I m So Afraid."

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album cover art of the day:

Stone Sour Unveil Artwork for Upcoming Album ‘House of Gold & Bones Part 2′


Record Store Day Does MIDEM


Top Five Super Bowl Halftime Show Performances


Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: Can you give me a list of reasonably famous vinyl era pop stars who never had a Top 10 song?

I know of two, Jimi Hendrix and Rick James, but there are bound to be others.
—Chubby in Cancun, Mexico

DEAR CHUBBY: Yes, but who is and isn't famous is a bit too subjective, not to mention expansive.

Quantifying the research, by equating fame to record sales, narrows the scope while retaining the core of your question.

Your mention of Jimi Hendrix and Rick James is interesting in that it provides the perfect framework for the task.

Hendrix is the top-selling LP artist (1948 through 1989) to not have a Top 10 single. His highest charting single, "All Along the Watchtower," only reached No. 20. Like several others in this exclusive gathering, Jimi was far more successful with albums than singles.

Rick James is much further down on the LP sales list, far enough for there to be over 300 total names between him and Hendrix, the majority of whom had at least one Top 10 hit (not counting specialized charts).

Twixt the Hendrix-James bookends are 56 familiar stars from nearly every music genre, each one owing their success more to long-play vinyl than to the 7-inch format:

1. Jimi Hendrix
2. Nancy Wilson
3. Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention
4. Enoch Light and the Light Brigade
5. Elvis Costello
6. Dave Matthews Band
7. Bob Marley and the Wailers
8. Hank Williams Jr.
9. Waylon Jennings
10. B.B. King
11. Bill and Gloria Gaither
12. Black Sabbath
13. Emmylou Harris
14. Jimmy Smith
15. Bob James
16. Harry Connick Jr.
17. Poco
18. Mannheim Steamroller
19. Miles Davis
20. Iron Maiden
21. Pat Metheny
22. Lou Reed
23. Robert Goulet
24. Peter Nero
25. Crusaders (a.k.a., Jazz Crusaders)
26. Dwight Yoakam
27. Judas Priest
28. Vince Gill
29. Spyro Gyra
30. Earl Klugh
31. Herbie Mann
32. Herbie Hancock
33. Stevie Ray Vaughan
34. Emerson, Lake & Palmer
35. Jerry Vale
36. Teddy Pendergrass
37. Chet Atkins
38. Ted Nugent
39. Boston Pops Orchestra
40. Sammy Hagar
41. Leon Russell
42. Megadeth
43. Kris Kristofferson
44. John Gary
45. Charley Pride
46. John Mayall
47. Merle Haggard
48. Traffic
49. George Winston
50. Jack Jones
51. Nine Inch Nails
52. Blue Oyster Cult
53. Stephen Stills
54. Marshall Tucker Band
55. Al Jarreau
56. Robert Plant
57. David Sanborn
58. Rick James

Though not on the list of top album sellers, here are three R&B stars whose significant singles sales, without reaching the Pop Top 10, qualifies them for inclusion: Bobby Bland; Solomon Burke; and Chuck Jackson.

DEAR JERRY: I'm writing about the music in the 1969 western comedy, "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys," starring Robert Mitchum and George Kennedy.

It begins with some pretty dramatic orchestration, and some singing about "a man grown old." I have asked music stores for the theme for "The Good Guys and the Bad Guys," but was told no soundtrack record exists for that film.

If I ever hear it again, it will have to be with your help.
—Claudette Jefferson, Evansville, Ind.

DEAR CLAUDETTE: I can help, only because you said "hear it" rather than "find the record."

The actual title, "The Ballad of Marshal Flagg," makes no mention of guys, good or bad. The singer of this Ned Washington tune is Glenn Yarbrough.

While there is no soundtrack for this Warner Bros. film, I expected to at least find this cut on one of Yarbrough's records, specifically among the five he made for W.B. (1968-1971). I could not. It may not have been issued apart from the soundtrack.

However, "Marshall Flagg," Robert Mitchum's character, is easily enjoyed on YouTube. Keywords: glenn yarbrough flagg

IZ ZAT SO? From the prolific pen of lyricist Ned Washington came dozens of impressive and award-winning songs. Here is just a sampling of Ned's more memorable titles:

1932: "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You"
1932: "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"
1932: "Smoke Rings"
1933: "A Hundred Years from Today"
1938: "The Nearness of You"
1940: "When You Wish upon a Star"
1944: "Stella By Starlight"
1947: "Green Dolphin Street"
1950: "My Foolish Heart"
1952: "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)"
1954: "Hajji Baba (Persian Lament)"
1954: "The High and the Mighty"
1956: "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral"
1956: "Wild Is the Wind"
1957: "The 3:10 to Yuma"
1958: "Rawhide"
1960: "The Unforgiven"
1961: "Town Without Pity"

In 1972, Ned Washington (1901-1976) was appropriately enshrined in the Songwriters Hall of Fame.


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 2013 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Sam Roberts to Give 'The Inhuman Condition' First-Ever Vinyl Pressing Through Paper Bag Records


For the first time ever since its 2002 release, The Inhuman Condition is being released on vinyl. This six-song EP marked the breakthrough for Canadian favourite Sam Roberts. The Inhuman Condition has reached certified gold status and sold over 50,000 copies to date, making it one of the most successful and bestselling EP's by a Canadian band in the history of Canadian recorded music.

The Inhuman Condition, was a heaven-sent prophecy from the classic-pop gods translated into street-level terms, and while there was no denying Sam’s way with ultra-addictive melody, he also displayed astonishing breadth in just six tracks, from knockout power-pop punches ('Don’t Walk Away Eileen) and moody folk mysticism ('Brother Down,' the official soundtrack of summer 2002) to extended psych-pop jams ('Where Have All the Good People Gone?) and middle-finger-waving rockers ('This is How I Live').

Sam and the band have decided to release just 500 copies of the limited edition 180 gram blue vinyl, making it a real souvenir for fans of the band. The EP includes the original versions of hits ‘Brother Down’ and ‘Where Have All the Good People Gone’.

1. Don’t Walk Away Eileen
2. Brother Down
3. Where Have All The Good People Gone
4. Everything Was Alright
5. My Love Is Freeing
6. This Is How I Live

Pre-Order HERE



Pre-Order STRFKR Miracle Mile 

STRFKR's biggest and boldest record to date -- blistering and bright, dark and moody --Miracle Mile is the sound of a band that truly knows who they are.

A few songs from the album, including the swagger-filled "While I'm Alive," the slow-burning "Say to You," and disco-y standout "Atlantis," have all been made available for streaming

Pre-order the album now in a variety of formats:

180-gram green/red vinyl (limited to 1000; includes 18" x 24" poster)
Clear Gold cassette (limited to 100)
"Roses" T-Shirt+MP3
Bundles featuring CD or 2xLP with "Roses" t-shirt 
All pre-orders include a FREE temporary tattoo!

Pre-orders ship Feb. 8. In stores Feb. 19.

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Finnish Death Overlords KRYPTS To Unleash 'Unending Degradation'

Easily one of the most anticipated Finnish death metal releases in recent memory, "Unending Degradation" from Helsinki's KRYPTS is due on February 19 via Dark Descent Records, with the vinyl version coming from Me Saco Un Ojo. 

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Last Shop Standing To Be The Official Film Of Record Store Day 2013


vinyl doing well in Texas!

Vinyl records are making a comeback as consumers search for more authentic music


Johnny Cash leaves his stamp on US Postal Service


Massive Duane Allman Box Set Announced


Boomtown Rats Reunite After 26 Years For Isle of Wight


Cannibal Corpse Announces "Dead Human Collection: 25 Years Of Death Metal" Box Set Release


AC/DC - The Early Years With Bon Scott' Book Due Next Month


What Your Favorite Record as a Kid Says About You Now


Eric Clapton Announces New Album ‘Old Sock’ on His Own Label


To Unplug or Not to Unplug? The Best and Worst Acoustic Albums


Def Leppard Planning to Record New Material During Las Vegas Residency



Stevie Nicks Admits to Reliving Emotions That Inspired Fleetwood Mac’s Best Work


Early Eddie Vedder Demos Surface Online


KISS Members Reflect On 40 Years: 1973-2013


Strokes' New Album: 'Comedown Machine' Coming Soon


Fall Out Boy release ‘From Under The Cork Tree’ on vinyl


ATO Records Releases The Music Is You: A Tribute To John Denver

Track Listing for John Denver: The Music Is You

 •“Leaving on a Jet Plane” by My Morning Jacket
 •“Take Me To Tomorrow” by Dave Matthews
 •“All of My Memories” by Kathleen Edwards
 •“Prisoners” by J Mascis and Sharon Van Etten
 • “Sunshine On My Shoulders” by Train
 •“Back Home Again” by Old Crow Medicine Show
 •“This Old Guitar” by Lucinda Williams
 •“Some Days are Diamonds” by Amos Lee
 •“Rocky Mountain High” by Allen Stone
 •“Annie's Song” by Brett Dennen and Milow
 •“Looking For Space” by Evan Dando
 • “Take Me Home, Country Roads” by Brandi Carlile and Emmylou Harris
 •“The Eagle and The Hawk” by Blind Pilot
 •“I Guess He’d Rather Be In Colorado” by Mary Chapin Carpenter
 • “Darcy Farrow” by Josh Ritter and Barnstar!
 • “Wooden Indian” by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros


for shits and giggles on a snowy day

Kittens Cover Classics: Tumblr Recreates Albums With Tiny Felines


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 1/21 - 1/27, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Yo La Tengo - Fade
2. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
3. Linear Downfall - Fragmental Hippocampus
4. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
5. Toro Y Moi - Anything In Return
6. Ty Segall & Mikal Cronin - Reverse Shark Attack
7. D Watusi - Dark Party
8. Crystal Castles - III
9. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
10. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
11. Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic
12. Widowspeak - Almanac
13. Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin
14. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
15. Bad Religion - True North
16. The Walkmen - Bows & Arrows
17. Peter Buck - Peter Buck
18. Jessica Pratt - Jessica Pratt
19. Mumford & Sons - Babel
20. The Avett Brothers - Four Thieves Gone
21. Radiohead - OK Computer
22. Nils Frahm - Screws
23. John Paul White - Long Goodbye
24. Television - Marquee Moon
25. Sleep - Dopesmoker  


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Audio Fidelity Joins The CVR Blog

We want to extend a hearty welcome to as a new advertiser on the CVR blog.  Speaking with Ernie from AudioFidelity, I am very excited and optimistic that this relationship is a great fit. Stop by their site and check out the special vinyl releases as well as the Gold CDs!

here's a little bit about what they do:

Our Vinyl series of 180g Virgin Vinyl 12” LPs features some of the classic recorded concert performances of all time.  These are both single or double-gatefold album packages that include all the details and imagery of the recorded performance.  The titles in the series include albums at both 33 1/3 rpm as well as some soon to be released at 45 rpm for the peak in quality of sound.  This unique set of recordings truly lives up to our name by offering the ultimate sound experience, absolute Audio Fidelity.

Audio Fidelity, it’s as simple as 1-2-3……our three basic principles

 1.To be associated with classic artists and entertainers;
 2.To keep the integrity of the artist’s original vision intact; and,
 3.To reproduce vintage recordings with the finest quality sound based on our supreme standards of quality control.

To date 2009 has proven to be our most aggressive year with new titles coming in the 24 K + Gold format as well as the 180 + Virgin Vinyl format.  Our new upcoming titles guarantee our market position is stronger than ever.   All of our Gold and Vinyl releases will be Numbered Limited Editions.  Our 24K and Platinum Subscription Clubs offer our members discounts on our products, early delivery prior to street date, exclusive giveaways on one of a kind test pressings, and many perks you can only get by being a member of one of our clubs.

Our beautifully designed packages are faithful to the original releases, whether reproduced in our universally recognized 24K Gold packages or the more traditional 12” LP jacket format.

We promise our 24K Gold and Platinum Club members that our copyrighted Anti-Corruption, quality controlled, tamper-proof, sequential numbering process guarantees their assigned Limited Edition Number can never be altered - They are one of a kind.

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Monday, January 28, 2013

New Vinyl Record & Music Releases - January 29, 2013

Accept - Playlist: The Very Best Of Accept
Adam Ant - Blueblack Hussar in Marrying the Gunners Daughter
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro - Adam Green and Binki Shapiro
Aimee Bobruk - /ba.’brook/
Al Stewart - Year Of The Cat & Modern Times
Amor de Dias - The House at Sea
Andrea Bocelli - Passione
Andy Williams - Playlist: The Very Best of Andy Williams
Ashanti - BraveHeart
Atoms for Peace - AMOK
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite - Get Up! (deluxe edition) (vinyl/CD/DVD)
Billy Joe Shaver - The Complete Columbia Recordings
Blaudzun - Heavy Flowers
Bleeding Rainbow - Yeah Right
Blind Willie McTell - Blind Willie McTell: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 1
Bloodkin - One Long Hustle (5-disc box set)
Blue Sky Riders - Finally Home
Box Tops - Playlist: The Very Best of Box Tops
Buke and Gase - General Dome
Burnt Books - Burnt Books
C2C - Tetra
Carl Perkins - Playlist: The Very Best of Carl Perkins
Charley Patton - Charley Patton: Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Vol 1
Charlie Wilson - Love, Charlie
Chelsea Wolfe - Prayer For The Unborn
Circle II Circle - Seasons Will Fall
Cleaners From Venus - Sons For a Fallow Land (reissue)
Cleaners From Venus - The Golden Autumn (reissue)
Cleaners From Venus - Under Wartime Conditions (reissue)
Colton Dixon - A Messenger -
Cult of Luna - Vertikal
Dead Prez - Information Age
Deep Purple - Live in Paris 1975
Destiny's Child - Love Songs
Doobie Brothers - Playlist: The Very Best of the Doobie Brothers Live
Ducktails - The Flower Lane
Elin Ruth - Elin Ruth
Eric Burdon - ‘Til Your River Runs Dry
FaltyDL - Hardcourage
Fiction Family - Fiction Family Reunion
Fleetwood Mac - Rumours (1977) (remastered) (deluxe box set DVD and vinyl)
Funeral for a Friend - Conduit
Golden Bloom - No Day Like Today
Harry Bodine - Travellin The Southland
Hatebreed - The Divinity Of Purpose
Hey Ocean! - Is
Heyerdahl - Øen
Highwaymen - Playlist: The Very Best of the Highwaymen
Indians - Somewhere Else
J. Cole - Born Sinner
Jeffrey Osborne - A Time for Love
Jerry Lee Lewis - Playlist: The Very Best of Jerry Lee Lewis
John Hollenbeck - Songs I Like A Lot
John Zorn - Filmworks Xxv: City of Slaughter
Johnny Winter - Live At The Fillmore East 10-3-70
Justin Bieber - Believe Acoustic
Kris Kristofferson - Feeling Mortal
Lady Lazarus - All My Love In Half Light
Leagues - You Belong Here
Lisa Loeb - No Fairy Tale
Local Natives - Hummingbird
Lost Tropical - Ex Tropical
Mice Parade - Candela
Miles Davis - Live In Europe 1969: The Bootleg Series Vol 2 (4-disc box set)
Mogwai - Les Revenants (EP)
Mountain - Playlist: The Very Best of Mountain
My Soliloquy - The Interpreter
Nas - Playlist: The Very Best of Nas
Nicole Henry - So Good, So Right
Nilsson - Playlist: The Very Best of Harry Nilsson
Oh No - Disrupted Ads
On and On - Give In
Onward Chariots - This Is My Confession
Patty Duke - Sings Songs from Valley of the Dolls / Sings Folk Songs
Radar Brothers - Eight
Relentless - Turn The Curse
Rick Wakeman - No Earthly Connection (1976) (remastered)
Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want To Groove
Ruby Suns - Christopher
Sonny Smith - 100 Records: Vol. 3
Stereo Telescope - On an Running
Steve Lukeather - Transition
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - Texas Flood (30th Anniversary Legacy Edition)
Stratovarius - Unbreakable (EP)
Suidakra - Book Of Dowth
Swing Out Sister - Private View
Tall Firs - Out Of It And Into It
Tegan and Sara - Heartthrob
Terri Clark - Classic
The History Of Apple Pie - Out Of View
The Mississippi Sheiks - The Mississippi Sheiks: The Complete Recorded Works in Chronological Order Volume 1
Tim & The Space Cadets - Anthems For Adventure
Tomahawk - Oddfellows
Total Warr - Loisy EP
Trixie Whitley - Fourth Corner
Uptown XO - Colour de Grey
Various Artists - Rockabye Baby: Lullaby Renditions of Rush
Y La Bamba - Oh February
Yellow Red Sparks - Yellow Red Sparks

Friday, January 25, 2013

Spin Clean Record Washer Joins The CVR Blog

We would like to welcome a new CVR blog advertiser Spin Clean Record Washer

We want to thank Tim DeBacco at Spin Clean for his interest in promoting our beloved vinyl blog and for the best and affordable way to clean your old records - The Spin Clean Record Washer. 

Please stop by their site and look at their products and watch in early February for some more news from Spin Clean!

Here is their info:

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Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

followers of the CVR blog know I love album cover art and I have three super images for you today!

Amorphis Reveals Album Cover Art 
Finnish metal vets Amorphis have recently revealed the album cover art for their upcoming new album.


Killswitch Engage Album Cover Art Revealed

Here is the album cover art for Killswitch Engage's album 'Disarm The Descent.' The cover art was designed by bassist Mike D'Antonio.


Hypocrisy Reveal Album Cover Art

Swedish death metal outfit Hypocrisy are set to release their new album called 'End Of Disclosure' in Europe on March 22nd via Nuclear Blast Records.  The artwork was created by Wes Benscoter.


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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I am perplexed by a word in "Mildred, Won't You Behave," by the Bill Elliott Swing Orchestra, from their "Calling All Jitterbugs" CD.

At the 2:28 mark, their female sings "She took the gators on two by two, she even danced with an ??" The mystery word ends with "roo," but is not kang-a-roo. It sounds like ek-ta-roo, or ig-a-roo.

Before writing, I searched the Internet, but to no avail. Now it's up to you.
—Jennifer Tyskiewicz, New Berlin, Wis.

You're right, Millie is not dancing with a kangaroo. If that were the case, far fewer people would flummoxed by the word, and it would still rhyme with "two."

Dare I also point out how appropriate it would be for a kangaroo to be doing the Lindy HOP, a dance for which music like this is perfect.

Okay, enough with the marsupial musing.

I realize you wrote many months ago, but it took this long to track down Bill Elliott, the person whose opinion I trust most when it comes to Mildred's dancing partners.

Bill told me he has been asked many times about this line, which is "she even danced with an ick-a-roo."

He discovered the jive usage of both "ickaroo" and "gator" in Cab Calloway's "(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive" (Vocalion 5005), a million-seller in 1939. Only "Minnie the Moocher," Calloway's signature song, is better known.

In "(Hep-Hep!) The Jumpin' Jive," Cab suggests "Now don't you be that ickaroo, get hip c'mon and let me follow through … jumpin' like the gators do."

In Harlemese, an ickaroo is someone who is icky, and not hep to the jive. In the 1950s, this person would have been called a square, or more recently a dufus or dweeb. Ickaroos were never the life of the party.

On the other hand, a gator was a cool hep cat, and usually popular.

Seems Mildred didn't deny anyone the pleasure of her company. She took the gators on two by two, and EVEN danced with an ickaroo (but only one).

Elliott's retro style is so convincing that most folks think "Mildred," and his other swing tunes, came out in the 1940s. Not so! "Calling All Jitterbugs" (Wayland 00229) was recorded and issued in 1998.

Bill explains a bit about how they get that sound:

"First, these tracks were all recorded in Hollywood at Capitol's Studio B, essentially unchanged from when it opened in 1956, then modeled after the studio they used since the early '40s.

"Keeping with our retro theme, our quartet, known as Bill's Lucky Stars, sing together into one mike, just as the Pied Pipers with Jo Stafford.

"The Lucky Stars each sang with separate mikes at first, like most contemporary groups. But we found when they huddle close together they hear each other in a very physical way and can control their own blend.

"Even more important, the three guys, standing further away from the mike than Cassie, can belt it out with gusto. That turned out to be essential to recreating the old-time magic vocal sound.

"We created "Mildred, Won't You Behave" because of one comment by Michael Geiger, one of the Lucky Stars. He said: "It would be fun if we had a simple tune that really jumps." Soon we did."

In 2004, Bill moved from Los Angeles to Boston to teach arranging and orchestration at Berklee College of Music. For awhile, he commuted coast-to-coast, working in L.A. with the band, as well as doing assorted music projects for films and television.

IZ ZAT SO? More recently, Bill Elliott has arranged and orchestrated Broadway shows as well as producing and conducting for recording sessions.

In 2012, Bill enjoyed a most unusual trifecta — the distinction of being nominated for a Tony (orchestrator of "Nice Work if You Can Get It"); an Emmy (music director of the PBS special "The Sinatra Legacy"); and a GRAMMY (producer of "Nice Work if You Can Get It" cast album).

Busy as ever, Bill admitted "At this very moment, as we're talking, I'm doing some orchestration on an upcoming Broadway production of Rodgers & Hammerstein's "Cinderella."

I do know when it's time to say adieu.


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 2013 Osborne Enterprises - Reprinted By Exclusive Permission

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Marianne Faithfull - Broken English

Mastered by Kevin Gray

New Release - 180+ Virgin Vinyl

"This is Marianne Faithfull at her most naked and emotional - her definitive recording."

For Marianne Faithfull, 1979's Broken English was a radical departure, featuring a contemporary fusion of rock, punk, New Wave and dance, with liberal use of synthesizers. No one was prepared for the transformation of Marianne Faithfull's innocent flower child image, her immediately preceding albums had been in a relatively gentle folk or country and western style. Those who listened were in for a surprise, especially those who first heard her in the '60s as the virginal voice of her boyfriend, Mick Jagger's, "As Tears Go By."

When seemingly she had disappeared entirely, she emerged with this dark but definitely musically modern work. And her voice! After years of drug abuse, her voice was in a lower register, far raspier, and had a more world-weary quality than in the past that matched the often raw emotions expressed in the newer songs.

Broken English was widely hailed by critics and audiences alike on its release, a successful album without the aid of a huge hit single. The album reached # 57 on the UK album charts and # 82 in the US. The album contains some of her most famous songs, including the title track and "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan," and was notable for the controversy surrounding the final number "Why D'Ya Do It." Although the boundaries have shifted in the decades since this album's release, the language is still shocking, the album is still as potent as ever and remains Marianne's masterpiece, and one of the best albums by a female vocalist ever.


Broken English
Witches' Song
Brain Drain
The Ballad Of Lucy Jordan
What's The Hurry
Working Class Hero
Why D'Ya Do It

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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 1/14 - 1/20, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Yo La Tengo - Fade
2. D. Watusi - Dark Party
3. Delta Saints - Death Letter Jubilee
4. The Lumineers - The Lumineers
5. Christopher Owens - Lysandre
6. Parquet Courts - Light Up Gold
7. The National - Virginia EP
8. Tame Impala - Lonerism
9. Mumford & Sons - Babel
10. Father John Misty - Fear Fun
11. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
12. Crystal Castles - III
13. Trampled By Turtles/Lucero - Daytrotter Vinyl Series
14. Castle Face & Friends (Various) - The Velvet Underground & Nico
15. Marcos Valle - Garra
16. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
17. The Beatles - Rubber Soul
18. The Beatles - Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
19. Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
20. The Avett Brothers - Four Thieves Gone
21. Melody's Echo Chamber - Melody's Echo Chamber
22. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
23. John Mayer - Complete 2012 Performances
24. The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter
25. Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues