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

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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
  • Insert

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album cover art of the day:

 Album Artwork Unveiled By Thunder And  Lightning; Release Date Announced

German metal act Thunder And Lightning unveiled the album artwork for the band's fourth LP "In Charge of the Scythe." The album is set for release on August 23, 2013 via Hammersound Records. The cover art was created by comic artist Tyler Kirkham



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...


and from our friends at TheOmegaOrder