Friday, May 31, 2013

Music Record Shop Weekly

Welcome to the weekly feature (look for it every Friday) called MusicRecordShop Weekly.   Here we take a look at new releases and some hard to find vinyl that will easily satisfy even the most serious record collectors.  Here are four vinyl deals that will get any record collectors attention. 

Dream Theater - Six Degrees of Inner Turbulence
(Vinyl 2-LP) (Import 2013)
The 6th studio album of Dream Theater is a concept album in its truest form. As the title implies, the albums contains six songs, each dealing with a facet of inner struggle. Themes like alcoholism, loss of faith and self isolation are dealt with in a true virtuoso manner. The second disc contains one 42-minute long song, divided over two sides, telling six stories about various mental illnesses like autism and schizophrenia. This album has never been issued on vinyl before - Music On Vinyl has the distinct honour to present this masterpiece on 180 gram audiophile vinyl!
  • Label Music On Vinyl
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Records - 2-LP - Sealed
  • First vinyl issue ever!
  • Insert
1. The Glass Prison
2. Blind Faith
3. Misunderstood
4. The Great Debate

1. Disappear
2. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (part 1)
I. Overture
II. About To Crash
III. War Inside My Head
IV. The Test That Stumped Them All
3. Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence (part 2)
V. Goodnight Kiss
VI. Solitary Shell
VII. About To Crash (Reprise)
VIII. Losing Time / Grand Finale

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Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
(Vinyl 2-LP) (Import 2013)
Limited 180gm vinyl LP pressing includes download. 2013 album from the beloved Electronic French duo, their first proper studio album in eight years. In their 20-year history, Daft Punk have redefined Electronic music, pioneered the live dance concert experience and shaped Pop culture. Random Access Memories is Daft Punk's follow up to Human After All (2005). Random Access Memories is their most ambitious and epic release to date comprising 13 tracks and over 75 minutes long.
  • Label Sony
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Records - 2-LP - Sealed
  • Limited Edition
Track Listing
1. Give Life Back to Music
2. The Game of Love
3. Giorgio by Moroder
4. Within
5. Instant Crush
6. Lose Yourself to Dance
7. Touch
8. Get Lucky
9. Beyond
10. Motherboard
11. Fragments of Time
12. Doin' It Right
13. Contact
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Black Sabbath - 13
Vinyl Record 2013 (PRE-ORDER 6-10)
The drum tracks on the album were laid down by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE sticksman Brad Wilk following original drummer Bill Ward's decision to bow out of the reunion. Osbourne went on the BBC in England to discuss the band's new single, "God Is Dead?" and the inspiration behind the track. Ozzy explained, "I was in somebody's office and there was a magazine on a table and it just said, 'God Is Dead', and I suddenly thought about 9/11 and all these terrorist things and religion and how many people have died in the name of religion. When you think about the tragedy that's happened throughout time, it just came in my head. You'd think by now that their God would have stopped people dying in the name of, so I just starting thinking that people must be thinking, 'Where is God? God is dead' and it just hit me."
  • Release date: 06/10/2013
  • Merchant SKU: LAFVIG9609
  • Label Virgin EMI
  • Vinyl Record - LP - Sealed
Track Listing
1. End Of The Beginning (8:07)
2. God Is Dead? (8:54)
3. Loner (5:06)
4. Zeitgeist (4:28)
5. Age Of Reason (7:02)
6. Live Forever (4:49)
7. Damaged Soul (7:43)
8. Dear Father (7:06)
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Limited edition box set of all albums to date on seven heavyweight vinyl double gatefold LPs plus a USB stick holding all 7 albums as high resolution WAV files.
1. Asleep In the Back - featuring the track 'Asleep In The Back' for the first time on vinyl
2. Cast of Thousands - currently out of press on vinyl, and first time it will be available as a double gatefold
3. Leaders of the Free World - currently out of press on vinyl, and first time it will be available as a double gatefold
4. The Seldom Seen Kid
5. Build A Rocket Boys!
6. Dead In The Boot
7. Live at Abbey Road - previously only available as a CD release and not available outside of this box set.
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Musicology 101
Let's have a little fun, so here are some rock and roll nuggets so you can win at music trivia games and become a top musicologist!

While The Rascals' "People Got to Be Free" was perceived by some as being related to the assassinations of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy, it was actually recorded before the latter's death. The song was written partly as a reaction to an ugly encounter when the band was threatened by a group of rednecks after their tour vehicle broke down in Fort Pierce, Florida.

In 1964, The Beatles topped the Cashbox Magazine record chart for sixteen straight weeks with four different songs. From January 25th until May 16th the Fab Four lead the best sellers list with "I Want To Hold Your Hand" (8 weeks), "She Loves You" (2 weeks), "Twist And Shout" (1 week) and "Can't Buy Me Love" (5 weeks). Their streak was interrupted by Louie Armstrong's "Hello Dolly" for one week before "Love Me Do" put them back on top for another week.

In 1967, a song called "Yellow Balloon" by a group of studio musicians billed under the same name, reached #25 on the Billboard Hot 100. The problem was that there was no actual band that could go on tour in support of the single or to record an album. Producer Ken Handler of Canterbury Records enlisted the help of Don Grady, a former Mouseketeer and better known as Robbie Douglas of the TV series My Three Sons, who put a band together and recorded a self-titled LP that is now considered a cult classic.

According to Guinness World Records 2009, Led Zeppelin hold the record for the "Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert" as 20 million on-line requests were made for their December 10th, 2007 reunion show at The O2 Arena in London.

When Elvis bought Graceland for he and his parents to live in, he said he wanted to create "the most beautiful bedroom in Memphis" for his mother. Gladys, however had other priorities. She wanted to add a chicken coop and a hog pen.

The hit version of Neil Diamond's "Cherry, Cherry" has no drum track because it was recorded as a demo and was never intended to be released as a single. In later sessions, drums and horns were included, but none of those tracks turned out as well as the demo.

When Rupert Holmes wrote "Escape (The Pina Colada Song)", he originally wrote it as "If you like Humphrey Bogart and getting caught in the rain", before coming up with the final lyrics. He would later admit that at the time, he had never tasted a Pina Colada.

America reached #8 in the US with "Ventura Highway" in 1973. Although no such highway exists, there is a Ventura County in California and Highway 101 runs through it.

Although a tombstone inscribed with the name "Eleanor Rigby" stands in the graveyard of St. Peter's Parish Church in Woolton, Liverpool, just yards away from where Paul McCartney met John Lennon in 1957, Paul said he came up with the name Eleanor from actress Eleanor Bron, who had starred with the Beatles in the film Help!. Rigby came from Rigby & Evens Ltd, Wine & Spirit Shippers, the name of a store in Bristol. In 1984, Paul was quoted as saying "I just liked the name. I was looking for a name that sounded natural. Eleanor Rigby sounded natural."


Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Just a reminder, our friend in vinyl Gary from RockArtPictureShow has graciously given the CVR blog two framed Beatles soundtracks to give away to a lucky reader!! 

The contest is easy to enter, just send an email with the words "Rock Art Picture Show Contest" in the subject line, to this email address    Limit one entry per person.  The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on June 14, 2013.  Good Luck!

For more info visit Rock Art Picture Show Contest


new releases from our friends at

Sade - Promise

Promise, the follow-up album of their multi-million selling debut album Diamond Life (MOVLP602), was released in 1985 and includes typical Sade songs and hit singles like "The Sweetest Taboo", "Never As Good As The First Time", "Is It A Crime" and "Jezebel".

Promise became the band's first album to top the albums chart in both the United Kingdom and the United States, assisted by an appearance at the Live Aid charity concert and a cameo in the film Absolute Beginners. Over the years, it was certified double platinum in the UK and quadruple platinum in the US, with Sade herself returning again as the queen of cool.  180 gram audiophile vinyl & Gatefold sleeve Includes the hit singles "The Sweetest Taboo" and "Never As Good As The First Time"

Otis Redding - In Person At The Whiskey A Go Go

Recorded at the famous L.A. club Whisky A Go Go in 1966, this album captures the raw energy of a small Otis Redding gig. Playing with his own touring band (not Booker T & the MG's as per his Monterey gig and European performances), this is Otis in his tried & true form – with a kick-ass band that blew the chitlin circuit's roofs off. 180 gram audiophile vinyl 

Roaring versions of "Respect", "I Can't Turn You Loose", "These Arms Of Mine" and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" are the definitive Otis Redding live tracks anyone should own. 5/5 stars, Allmusic

Gary Moore Band - Grinding Stone 

Released in 1973, Grinding Stone was Gary Moore's solo debut. The music on this album could be described as experimental Boogie Rock, but on the album Moore explores a number of styles, from the title track's instrumental Boogie Rock to soulful vocals in "Sail Across the Mountain" and 17 minutes of guitar and keyboard excursions in the surprisingly funky "Spirit."

Often cited as an overlooked gem and totally ahead of its time, Grinding Stone showcases Moore at his most experimental, mixing up styles and a taste of the triumphs that followed with his work in Colosseum II & Thin Lizzy.

John Coltrane - Ole Coltrane

Once again John Coltrane proves his appreciable musical skills by ultimately advancing the entire Jazz-art-form with Olé. 

The title track is striking in resemblance to the Spanish influence heard on Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain (MOVLP029), although Olé takes this vibe a bit further; Coltrane's combo stretches out with inspired improvisations from Dolphy, Hubbard, Tyner, and of course Coltrane, respectively. The haunting beauty of "Aisha" stands as one of the finest collaborative efforts between Tyner - the song's author - and Coltrane. Another fine classic Jazz release by Music On Vinyl indeed.  180 gram audiophile vinyl


Burnin Red Ivanhoe is the finest export product out of Danmark, playing a special brand of psychedelic Prog Rock since 1967. Sharing the stage with Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath and Uriah Heep, these guys have seen it all, front row. Combining Jazz-Rock with R&B, Blues and psychedelia, the band stretched musical boundaries since their first album M144.

On BRI, they have returned to their original approach of singing in Danish, successfully combining poetry with Rock music. Must be heard to believe! 180 gram audiophile vinyl & Insert


Paul McCartney & Wings' "Venus and Mars" and "Speed of Sound" Up Next in Archive Releases


Listening Ahead: Upcoming Music Releases for June 2013


Mike Campbell Talks About Playing Forgotten Songs on Tom Petty Tour


Johnny Cash Forever Stamp


album cover art of the day:

New Album "Marching For Liberty" Announced By Wisdom


GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 5/20 - 5/26, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. The National - Trouble Will Find Me
2. Daft Punk - Random Access Memories
3. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
4. Johnny Cash - Get Rhythm/I Walk The Line 7"
5. She & Him - Volume 3
6. Townes Van Zandt - The Late Great Townes Van Zandt
7. The Lonely Wild - The Sun As It Comes
8. R.E.M. - Green
9. Primus - Sailing The Seas Of Cheese
10. Deerhunter - Monomania
11. Phosphorescent - Muchacho
12. Alabama Shakes - Boys & Girls
13. Townes Van Zandt - High, Low & In Between
14. OM - Gethsemane Dubplate
15. Frank Ocean - Nostalgia Ultra
16. Jim James - Regions Of Light & Sound Of God
17. Shovels & Rope - Johnny 99 7"
18. Justin Timberlake - The 20/20 Experience
19. The Avett Brothers - Emotionalism
20. Rufus Thomas - Bear Cat 7"
21. The Prisonaires - Just Walkin' In The Rain 7"
22. The Replacements - Songs For Slim
23. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
24. Luella & The Sun - Luella & The Sun 10"
25. Justin Townes Earle - Yuma 10"

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: You may not remember me, but four years ago you solved a major musical mystery of mine.

I asked you what song includes my uncommon name (Gwenevieve) in the lyrics, along with quite a few other names for girls.

You correctly told me it is "Girls, Girls, Girls," a 1960 hit for Steve Lawrence.

A year or two later, there was a similar novelty, one with lyrics mostly made up of assorted titles of then-current hits. I don't know the title or group, but I recall they used "Rama Lama Ding Dong" more than once. That could be part of the title.

What are all of the song titles they used, and who recorded each one?
—Gwenevieve Mason, Everett, Mass.

DEAR GWENEVIEVE: I remember you well. I have heard from Gwens, Gwendolyns, and one Genevieve, but you are the only Gwenevieve I know.

As with you, I would think anyone who ever heard this unique recording would not forget it. Released in July 1961, it is "Dedicated (To the Songs I Love)" (Imperial 5763), by the 3 Friends.

There are similar songs that mention other titles, such as Jimmie Beaumont's "Ev'rybody's Cryin'" (20 titles) and Bob Luman's "Let's Think About Living" (three titles) but I can't think of another one that references 41 contemporary songs! Every one of them came out, and charted, during the first half of '61. during the first half of '61.

In order heard, here are the titles (and artists) these three friends love. Seven are repeated (shown with asterisk), but we list those only the first time used:

"Dedicated to the One I Love" (Shirelles)
"Rama Lama Ding Dong" (Edsels)*
"Daddy's Home" (Shep and the Limelites)
"Runaway" (Del Shannon)
"Mother-in-Law" (Ernie K-Doe)
"A Hundred Pounds of Clay" (Gene McDaniels)
"What'd I Say" (Jerry Lee Lewis)
"That's It - I Quit - I'm Movin' On" (Sam Cooke)
"Walk Right Back" (Everly Brothers)
"Spanish Harlem" (Ben E. King)
"Just for Old Time's Sake" (McGuire Sisters)
"Lil' Ole Me" (Cornbread and Jerry)
"Travelin' Man" (Rick Nelson)
"Halfway to Paradise" (Tony Orlando)
"Mama Said" (Shirelles)*
"Ling-Ting-Tong" (Buddy Knox)*
"Stand By Me" (Ben E. King)*
"You Can Depend on Me" (Brenda Lee)
"Find Another Girl" (Jerry Butler)
"Some Kind of Wonderful" (Drifters)
"Bye Bye Baby" (Mary Wells)
"The Continental Walk" (Rollers)
"Where the Boys Are" (Connie Francis)
"One Mint Julep" (Ray Charles)
"Peanut Butter" (Marathons)
"The Second Time Around" (Frank Sinatra)
"Foolin' Around" (Kay Starr)
"A Million to One" (Jimmy Charles)
"At Last" (Etta James)
"Surrender" (Elvis Presley)
"Trust in Me" (Etta James)
"Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)" (Carla Thomas)
"Cupid" (Sam Cooke)
"Saved" (Lavern Baker)
"Tragedy" (Fleetwoods)
"Little Boy Sad" (Johnny Burnette)
"Funny" (Maxine Brown)
"Little Devil" (Neil Sedaka)
"Little Miss Stuck Up" (Playmates)*
"Sleepy-Eyed John" (Johnny Horton)*
"Together" (Connie Francis)*

The last three are followed with brief mention of U.S. Bonds, one of the top recording artists in the early '60s: "Little Miss Stuck up and Sleepy-Eyed John are now back Together buying U.S. Bonds."

These 3 Friends, Julius Brown; Walter Hammond; and Clay Hammond, are in no way connected to the 3 Friends who, in 1956, recorded "Blanche": Joey Villa; Frank Stropoli; and Tony Grochowski.

Knowing how many ladies you've made curious as to whether or not their name is in Steve Lawrence's "Girls, Girls, Girls" (1960), we have gathered them here for a reunion. In the order acknowledged, they are:

Donna; Peggy Sue; Susie; Mary Lou; Sheila; Shirley; Catherine; Tina; Lena; Marilyn; Toni; Joni; Mary Jean; Janet; Mary; Francine; Phyllis; Connie; Gwenevieve; Lilly; Molly; Joyce; Eve; Carol; Jane; Joanne; Darlene; Lorraine; Mona; Rona; Natalie; Sunny; Bunny; Beverly; Brooke; Eve; Hazel; Ruth; Adele; Doris; Iris; Michelle; Debbie; Brenda; Arlene; Audrey; Eydie; Maxine; Judy; Annie; Helen; Sandy; Corky; Bunky; Vicky; Bobbie; Nancy; Dottie; Etta; Ruthie; Peggy; Rosie; Karen; Alice; Lindsay; Zelda; Phyllis; Marsha; Myrna; Terri; Lucy; Rhoda; Flossie; Clara; Ethel; Lois; Mina; Nana; Mattie; Lana; Patty; Lizzy; Betty; Zsa Zsa; Dora; Becky; Billie; Eva; Gertie; Anna; Sadie; Minnie; Angie; Shelly; Bessie; Sharon; and Barbara.

DEAR JERRY: Isn't all the excitement over the 50th anniversary of the Rolling Stones one year too early?

I seem to recall them arriving on the scene after the Beatles, several months into 1964.

Right or wrong?
—Terrence Moore, Columbus, Wis.

DEAR TERRENCE: Right you are, but only if you're talking about their arrival on the U.S. scene, and charts.

The Stones made their first record in the UK in June 1963, a revival of Chuck Berry's "Come On" (Decca 11675) — almost exactly 50 years ago.

Their first U.S. hit, "Not Fade Away" (London 9557), made its chart debut 49 years ago this month.

IZ ZAT SO? Stones fans with a taste for 180-gram audiophile pressings will delight in a planned series titled "The Rolling Stones Clearly Classic."

In conjunction with their 50th anniversary, this ABKCO series premiers this week with clear vinyl editions of three of the band's legendary albums: "Beggars Banquet"; "Let It Bleed"; and "Hot Rocks 1964-1971."

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

Storming The Base Contest still taking email entrants.  Contest ends June 20, 2013.  The contest features Haujobb's 2011 release 'New World March' on high-quality 2LP vinyl, which is limited to 250 copies worldwide.  See the details in the left margin or for more information click HERE



FIRST SINGLE: “Bad Kingdom” released July 16th

NEW ALBUM: II  released August 6th
Few artists have brought electronic music from Berlin to the farthest flung corners of the world with more passion and enthusiasm than Modeselektor and Apparat. Individually or united as Moderat, they have consistently toured the world, grown a loyal & dedicated fan base, and have continued to amaze with quality releases all the way.

On August 6,th  Moderat will release their new album II via Mute. For their first single, Moderat have chosen the enchanting "Bad Kingdom," a song that perfectly unites the two main musical elements of the project: Pop & Club. Featuring both an original and instrumental version, the single will be available digitally. A limited edition 10” will be sold as an exclusive tour merch item and via the Monkeytown Records


What does a £2,500 record sound like? - Audiophile Pete Hutchison has gone to extraordinary lengths to reissue golden era classical recordings in their purest form


Numero Details First Unwound Box Set in Complete Recordings Reissue Campaign


'Abbey Road' Album Cover Saves Lives

One of the most iconic album covers of all time, The Beatles' "Abbey Road" photo graces merchandise of all kinds, and now it graces public service announcements against jaywalking in Calcutta. About 140,000 people die in road accidents each year in India, the highest rate in the world. So the new billboards, showing John, Paul, George and Ringo flawlessly demonstrating the proper way to use a crosswalk and bearing the slogan, "If they can, why can't you?" is needed. Impressively, since the posters went up, accident rates have fallen by 20 percent.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Rock Art Picture Show Contest

Our friend in vinyl Gary from RockArtPictureShow has graciously given the CVR blog two framed Beatles soundtracks to give away to a lucky reader!! 

The contest is easy to enter, just send an email with the words "Rock Art Picture Show Contest" in the subject line, to this email address    Limit one entry per person.  The winner will be chosen in a random drawing on June 14, 2013.  Good Luck!
This framed pairing of authentic Beatles' soundtrack cover art from the 1964 Hard Day's Night and 1965's HELP is Rock & Roll history on display!
Though the records are not included, as cover art these will stir fond memories, conversation and great enjoyment!  A collectible pair with a conservative book value of $150.00.
From Rock Art Picture Show, chosen by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Smithsonian, and thousands of Internet customers for album cover display since 1998!

New Music Releases - May 28, 2013

ASG - Blood Drive
Aceyalone - Leanin’ On Slick
Alex Bleeker & the Freaks - How Far Away
Alice In Chains - The Devil Put The Dinosaurs Here
All Tiny Creatures - Dark Clocks
Animal Collective - Monkey Been to Burn Town EP
Antigama - Meteor
Anvil - Hope In Hell
Arborea - Fortress of the Sun (vinyl)
Band - Best of Volume II
Basia - Time & Tide
Baths - Obsidian
Big Farm - Big Farm
Blue-Eyed Son - Shadows On The Son
Brazos - Saltwater
Cloud Boat - Book of Hours
CocoRosie - Tales Of A Grass Widow
Crystal Fighters - Cave Rave
Damien Jurado - Where Shall You Take Me (reissue) (vinyl)
Dark Tranquillity - Construct
Della Mae - This World Oft Can Be
Dew-Scented - Insurgent
Dio - Finding the Sacred Heart: Live in Philly 1986
Eisley - Currents
Eldkraft - Shaman
Emily Bell - In Technicolor
Feathers - If All Here Now
Free Time - Free Time
Friend Roulette - I'm Sorry You Hit Your Head
Gretchen Wilson - Under the Covers
Guster - Live Acoustic
Hooded Fang - Gravez
Imaginary Cities - Fall Of Romance
Iron Tongue - The Dogs Have Barked The Birds Have Flown
Jimmy Cliff - The KCRW Sessions
John Fogerty - Wrote a Song For Everyone
Josiah Walter - Lullabies and Nightmares
Kae Sun - Afriyie
King Tuff - Was Dead
Kingdom - Vertical XL (EP)
Kylesa - Spiral Shadow
Kylesa - Ultraviolet
Last Good Tooth - Not Without Work and Rest
Laura Marling - Once I Was An Eagle
Leprous - Coal
Little Mix - DNA
Man Overboard - Heart Attack
Mike Marlin - Grand Reveal
Monkees Justus - The Deluxe Edition (limited edition)
Monster Truck - Furiosity
Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Youth
Oblivians - Desperation
Paperhaus - Lo Hi Lo
Pastels - Slow Summits
Paul McCartney and Wings - Wings Over America (remastered deluxe edition)
Polyphonic Spree - Yes, It’s True
Public Image Ltd. - First Issue (vinyl)
Rod Stewart - Live 1975-1988 (4-CD box set)
Rolling Stones - Beggars Banquet (remastered) (vinyl)
Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks: 1964-1971 (remastered) (vinyl)
Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed (remastered) (vinyl)
Roomrunner - Ideal Cities
SFV Acid - The Dwell
Secret Colours - Peach
Skinny Puppy - Weapon
Sound of Contact - Dimensionaut
Stills & Kenny Wayne Shepherd - Can't Get Enough
TEEN - Carolina (EP)
Terence Blanchard - Magnetic
TesseracT - Altered State
The-Dream - IV Play
The Bug - Filthy
The Microphones - It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water (vinyl) (reissue)
The Stranglers - Giants
The Veils - Time Stays We Go
This Is Thunder - This Is Thunder
Tony Bennett and Dave Brubeck - The White House Sessions, Live 1962
Traffic - Last Exit (vinyl)
Tricky - False Idols
Various Artists - Arts and Crafts: X
Various Artists - Rough Guide to Psychedelic Brazil
Various Artists - True Blood: Music From the HBO Original Series Volume 4
When Saints Go Machine - Infinity Pool
Widespread Panic - Oak Mountain 2001 - Night 1
Yellowbirds - Songs From the Vanished Frontier



Friday, May 24, 2013

Music Record Shop Weekly

Welcome to the weekly feature (look for it every Friday) called MusicRecordShop Weekly.  

Instead of the usual new releases and some hard to find vinyl that we inform you about, this week Mark has gone crazy and is having a "Kick Off The Summer Memorial Day Sale!"  Do some online LP shopping this weekend and have your records delivered right to your door!

Musicology 101

Let's have a little fun, so here are some rock and roll nuggets so you can win at music trivia games and become a top musicologist!

Scotland's hard-rock group Nazareth recorded a tune called "Love Hurts" as a B-side filler, never intending it to be a hit. Record buyers felt differently and the single rose to #8 in the US and #15 in the UK. One count revealed that over 42 different artists have recorded the song, including The Everly Brothers and Roy Orbison.

James Brown, Bill Haley, Ike Turner and B.B. King all started their music careers as disc jockeys.

Dave Clark turned down his initial appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show because he'd never heard of it. It was only after the band got to America and performed on the program, did he learn how big the Sullivan show was in the US.

Although they are mostly remembered for accompanying Elvis Presley on over 360 songs, The Jordanaires also sang back-up on 30,000 other recordings.

When Paul McCartney and John Lennon first played "She Loves You" for Paul's dad, he said "That's very nice son, but there's enough of these Americanisms around. Couldn't you sing "She loves you, yes, yes, yes!" The duo collapsed in a fit of laughter.

Vee Jay Records was the most successful Black owned and operated record company before Motown. The firm was founded in 1953 by Vivian Carter (the "Vee") and her husband, James Bracken (the "Jay").

Brian Jones, the original lead guitarist of The Rolling Stones, is said to have fathered six illegitimate children before his untimely death on July 3rd, 1969.

The Mothers Of Invention are believed to have released the first double album with 'Freak Out!' in early 1967.

In 1962, Gene Pitney recorded "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" for the movie of the same name, starring John Wayne and Jimmy Stewart. Although the song reached #4 on the Billboard singles chart, it was never included in the film.

When the Beatles made their first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9th, 1964, producers received over 50,000 applications for the 728 seats in the TV studio.

Alan Gordon, the co-writer of The Turtles' hit "Happy Together" said that he wrote the melody to the song based on an open string pattern used by a bandmate to tune his guitar.

Chip Taylor is the stage name of American songwriter James Wesley Voight, brother of actor Jon Voight and uncle of actress Angelina Jolie. Besides writing The Troggs' hit "Wild Thing", he also penned "Angel of the Morning", by both Merrilee Rush and Juice Newton as well as "I Can Make It With You" by The Pozo Seco Singers and many other hit records.

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Paul P. from NC is the winner in the Beware Of Mr. Baker DVD Contest  Enjoy the film!

Thanks to for providing the awesome prize!

Keep watching for more contests coming soon!


new vinyl releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl

Dream Theater - Six Degrees Of Inner Turbulence 

The 6th studio album of Dream Theater is a concept album in its truest form. As the title implies, the albums contains six songs, each dealing with a facet of inner struggle. Themes like alcoholism, loss of faith and self isolation are dealt with in a true virtuoso manner. The second disc contains one 42-minute long song, divided over two sides, telling six stories about various mental illnesses like autism and schizophrenia. This album has never been issued on vinyl before – Music On Vinyl has the distinct honour to present this masterpiece on 180 gram audiophile vinyl!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • First vinyl issue ever!
 Stay tuned, as there are more Dream Theater albums coming up on MOV!

Govt Mule - Life Before Insanity

Life Before Insanity is Gov't Mule's fifth album, released in 2000 to great critical acclaim. Warren Haynes and Allen Woody formed a power trio with Matt Abts after leaving Southern Rock staple Allman Brothers Band.

Precious tracks on this album include the haunting title track, the powerful "Wandering Child", "No Need To Suffer" and "Lay Your Burden Down" (the latter two are featuring Ben Harper on vocals). The most hit sensitive track proved to be "Bad Little Doggie", a ZZ-Top like burner, which received lots of airplay.

Life Before Insanity was the last album featuring bassist Allen Woody, who tragically died just six months after its release. Finally, it's released on vinyl for the first time!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Insert
  • Released on vinyl for the first time!

Marvin Gaye - Midnight Love

Midnight Love was Marvin Gaye's final album, conceived in 1982 after a long recluse in Oostende, Belgium. Harmonious, sensual, uplifting and funky, Midnight Love became his swansong after Gaye went through a rough time, secluded from the mainstream and finding out where he belonged. We can safely say, it would be in the studio.

He wrote every song on Midnight Love himself, which culminated in the smash hit "Sexual Healing". A creative genius and trained multi-instrumentalist, Gaye played every instrument on the song himself, except for the guitar. We can only guess what gems Gaye would have produced in his later years, as his life was taken by his own father just 18 months later.
  •  180 gram audiophile vinyl
  •  insert

Alter Bridge - Blackbird 

2007's Blackbird marked the creative (and commercial) launch of Alter Bridge, the follow-up project to Rock radio's favorite Creed. After Creed's demise Mark Tremonti, Scott Phillips and Brian Marshall teamed up with singer Myles Kennedy, and formed Alter Bridge as an outlet for their creative energy. Kennedy contributed a considerable amount to the overall songwriting process of Blackbird, which resulted in a heavy, groovy and aggressive album.
Alternating acoustic interludes and hard-hitting choruses, the band's new found songwriting freedom resulted in a fresh start for this Florida based Rock band. The D-side contains a beautiful etched artwork - must be seen to believe!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • First vinyl issue ever!
  • Etched D - side

Uriah Heep - Live '73

Live 1973 is the definitive live recording of the classic Uriah Heep line up. Having found worldwide success by releasing a string of big hitting albums, the band toured extensively during the early '70s. The band was recorded before an ecstatic crowd in Birmingham, UK, delivering a set of heavy Rock classics with all volume knobs on 11. Featuring improvised jams, wailing organs and incredible guitar solos, Live 1973 is a double whammy of Uriah Heep classics and a testament to the band's legendary live performances. Songs like "Traveller In Time" and "Love Machine" literally burst out of the grooves. The record closes with a medley of Rock & Roll classics, seamed together like only the Heep can.
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Printed innersleeves

    10 CC - How Dare You
How Dare You (1976) is the fourth album by these British Art-Pop Rockers. Its brilliant cover art was designed by the recently deceased Storm Thorgersson of Hipgnosis. After attaining worldwide success with their hit "I'm Not In Love", 10cc returned with a varied set of songs, often tongue-in-cheek humor and eccentric songwriting. Hits "I'm Mandy, Fly Me" and "Art For Art's Sake" are little stories with wonderful poppy hooks and catchy choruses. This is 10cc at their creative peak!
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
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GRIMEY'S BEST SELLERS 5/13 - 5/19, 2013

Vinyl Top 25:

1. Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires Of The City
2. The Features - The Features
3. R.E.M. - Green
4. She & Him - Volume 3
5. Savages - Silence Yourself
6. Deerhunter - Monomania
7. Phoenix - Bankrupt!
8. Ty Segall / Chad & The Meatbodies - split 7"
9. Brittany Howard & Ruby Amanfu - I Wonder 7"
10. The Lone Bellow - The Lone Bellow
11. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
12. Nick Drake - Bryter Layter deluxe boxed LP
13. Mikal Cronin - MCII
14. Sigur Ros - Agaetis Byrjun
15. Wild Nothing - Empty Estate
16. Kurt Vile - Wakin On A Pretty Daze
17. Pistol Annies - Annie Up
18. D Watusi - Dark Party
19. Dawes - Stories Don't End
20. Rilo Kiley - Rkives
21. Alt-J - An Awesome Wave
22. Copeland - Eat Sleep Repeat
23. Blind Willie McTell - Complete Recorded Works Vol. 2
24. Night Beds - Country Sleep
25. Foxygen - We Are The 21st Century...


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