Friday, November 1, 2013

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

Metallica To Release Soundtrack On Vinyl For Record Store Day's 'Black Friday'

Metallica is set to release a 4 LP and 45 rpm 180-gram numbered limited vinyl edition of "Metallica Through The Never (Music From The Motion Picture)" as part of Record Store Day's "Black Friday" festivities on November 29th.  The release will be limited to 4000 copies.


new releases from our friends at musiconvinyl

Original Soundtrack - Dredd 

The stunning soundtrack from Pete Travis' fantastic 3D epic Dredd is now available on 180 gram audiophile vinyl. Scored by the award-winning Paul Leonard-Morgan (Limitless, Spooks/MI5), the edgy, industrial soundtrack sets the perfect tone for the bleak metropolis of Mega-City One in the 'relentlessly entertaining' movie.

The 2000 AD hero is given a mission by the Chief Judge – to road test a rookie Judge, the powerful psychic Cassandra Anderson. The Judges head for a seemingly routine homicide in the notorious Peach Trees mega-block, a 200-storey vertical slum run by the pitiless Ma-Ma clan. When the Judges attempt to arrest one of Ma-Ma's chief henchmen, Ma-Ma shuts down the entire building and orders her clan to hunt the judges down – leaving the two judges in a vicious and relentless fight for survival.

Paul Leonard-Morgan has collaborated as a producer and arranger with artists such as Snow Patrol, Belle & Sebastian, Craig Armstrong, Nada Surf and Mogwai; and has most recently worked alongside producer Mark "Spike" Stent on No Doubt's highly-anticipated new album. Paul was honoured by the US Olympic Committee when chosen to compose the official US Olympic Team Anthem, an honour previously held by John Williams.

 ■ 180 gram audiophile vinyl
 ■ Gatefold sleeve
 ■ Insert
 ■ Available on vinyl for the first time!

Alan Parsons Project - Vulture Culture

The 8th Alan Parsons Project album Vulture Culture was released in 1985 and remains one of the Project's poppiest efforts. The A-side contains concise and catchy songs, whereas the B-side goes into a more experimental direction with songs like "Hawkeye". The album yielded two singles: the opener "Let's Talk About Me" which gathered high scores on European charts and "Days Are Numbers (The Traveller)".

Vulture Culture was initially intended to be a second disc in a two LP set where Ammonia Avenue [MOVLP560] would be the first part. In the end, both albums were released separately.

■ 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
■ Insert 
■ First reissue since 1985!

Dream Theater - Falling Into Infinity

We're proud to announce the first ever vinyl release of Falling Into Infinity!

Falling Into Infinity was released in 1997 and marked a shift to a more accessible mainstream direction for Dream Theater. While each song is ingenuously executed , song structures are trimmed down to great effect – these tunes stick in your head after just one spin. Guitarist John Petrucci is ripping it up with groovy riffs and mesmerizing solos while singer James LaBrie shows a vocal range that is second to none. "Burning My Soul" made it to a single, hitting the 33rd mark on the US Mainstream Rock charts.

To complete the epic package, the sleeve art bears a mysterious, instantly recognizable Storm Thorgersson design.

■180 gram audiophile vinyl 
■Available on vinyl for the first time!

The Strokes - Room On Fire 

These New York alternative indie Rockers made an impact overnight with the hits "Hard To Explain" and "Someday" from their massively successful debut album Is This It.

Released in 2003, Room On Fire was the name of its follow-up, eventually peaking at #4 in the US Billboard 200. The album not only sold well, it also delivered in a musical sense. It expanded on their unique catchy staccato sound while seeking new musical ground - making this an most worthy classic album. Flag bearers of this albums are songs like "Reptilia", "12:51" and "The End Has No End". First vinyl reissue since its original release.

■180 gram audiophile vinyl 
■Printed innersleeve


hmmm, beer and vinyl, should work out well:

The Independent Label Market Adds Beer For A Festive Vinyl Fair


love the idea 

KCSB Radio Plans First Record Label


cool a new record store  

New Vinyl-Focused Record Store Opens in Uptown Today


Top 10 Concert Tours from Pollstar

The Top 20 Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and the list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

1. Kenny Chesney; $2,753,145
2. Taylor Swift; $2,272,874
3. Beyonce; $1,906,915
4. Justin Bieber; $1,365,718
5. Marc Anthony; $1,341,681
6. Dave Matthews Band; $1,077,661
7. Bruno Mars; $1,004,549
8. "Honda Civic Tour"/Maroon 5/Kelly Clarkson; $918,389
9. Depeche Mode; $913,053
10. Michael Buble; $871,138


The Story Behind The Velvet Underground's Most Iconic Album Cover

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: In a box of old 45s I picked up at a yard sale is a record that belongs on the "How Could This NOT Have Been a Hit" list: "Ain't Nothin' But Love," written and recorded by Baker Knight.

Since I had never heard of this song, I assume it flopped. But how is that possible? It has everything going for it.

Did Baker Knight ever have any hits?
—Noel Corvallis, Milwaukee

DEAR NOEL: Baker had many memorable hits, but more about that in a moment.

Unfortunately, "Ain't Nothin' But Love" was a miss. Lyrically and musically, this is a perfect rock and roll record, and deserving of a place on our fictitious list.

"Ain't Nothin' But Love" (Jubilee 5342) got off to a good start when Billboard named it a Spotlight Winner and Billboard Pick — one of the most promising new releases for the week of Oct. 13, 1958.

For the record, of the 11 Picks in that issue, only three graduated to their Hot 100.

With peak position noted, they are:

No. 21 "The World Outside" (Four Coins)
No. 44 "Cimarron (Roll On)" (Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra)
No. 63 "Light of Love" (Peggy Lee)

Beyond the Spotlight Picks, there were another 100 singles reviewed and rated that week. Of that bunch, a mere six eventually ranked among the Hot 100, though none were particularly hot. Not a one went higher than No. 45:

No. 45 "Pledging My Love" (Roy Hamilton)
No. 48 "Try Me" (James Brown)
No. 63 "The World Outside" (Four Aces)
No. 67 "Come Prima" (Polly Bergen)
No. 75 "The Fool and the Angel" (Bobby Helms)
No. 98 "Flamingo L'Amour" (Gaylords)

To the reviewers' credit that week, there isn't a single example of a song getting a low score in the magazine that then went on to be a big hit.

Now, you ask if Baker Knight had any hits, and my quick reply was yes he did, but not as a singer.

All of his big money makers are songs he wrote that were recorded by other artists.

His all-time sales champ is Elvis Presley's 1970 million-seller "The Wonder of You," one that also sold well in 1959 for Ray Peterson.

Baker was a good friend of Ricky Nelson's, and Rick waxed several of his tunes, including "Lonesome Town"; "I Got a Feeling"; "Never Be Anyone Else But You"; "Mighty Good"; "I Wanna Be Loved"; "Sweeter Than You"; "I Need You"; "One Minute to One"; and even "Ain't Nothin' But Love," the one that brought us down this path.

Another fan of Knight's writing was Dean Martin, who recorded 11 from Baker's catalog: "Somewhere There's a Someone"; "Nobody's Baby Again"; "Not Enough Indians"; "One Cup of Happiness"; "If You Ever Get Around to Loving Me"; "One Lonely Boy"; "The Right Kind of Woman"; "If I Ever Get Back to Georgia"; "A Place in the Shade"; "That Old Time Feelin'"; and "Sneaky Little Side of Me."

Three country tunes from Baker's pen also come to mind: Dave & Sugar's "I'm Gonna Love You"; Joe Stampley's "You Lift Me Up"; and the 1976 CMA Song of the Year, Mickey Gilley's "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time."

DEAR JERRY: I've always been intrigued by the song "Cherry Pie." What are the relevant versions and when did they come out?
—Hannah Foster, Escondido, Calif.

DEAR HANNAH: Contrary to what probably appears to be premeditated, our coupling of a Baker and a cherry pie is purely coincidental.

The first pie out of the oven was by Marvin and Johnny in September 1954. It seems odd now, but on this single (Modern 933), "Cherry Pie" was the B-side, with "Tick Tock" designated the plug side. No matter, the black music stations played both and the record wound up in the R&B Top 10.

In February 1958, the Tri-Lads revived the tune (Bullseye 1003) and though they didn't chart nationally it made the Top 40 in scattered markets, San Francisco-Oakland being one of the biggest.

Perhaps because of interest in the Tri-Lads record, Kent (part of the Modern family of labels) reissued the Marvin and Johnny original in May, but without success.

The next time around for "Cherry Pie" provided the best-known version, a March 1960 issue by Skip and Flip. Their pie (Brent 7010) was a nationwide smash, peaking at No. 11 on both Cash Box and Billboard.

IZ ZAT SO? Passionate collectors in most fields of interest covet items with errors, and here's a dandy for record buffs.

The Brent labels for both "Cherry Pie," and the flip side "(I'll Quit) Cryin' Over You," were supposed to credit "Skip and Flip," but not all of them do.

Before someone on the production line caught the flub, a few copies got out with the duo named "Slip and Slip."

One might say this was indeed a Slip-up.

Records with the blunder can sell for about $50, roughly five times that of correctly labeled ones.

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. 

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