Friday, January 24, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

We have a winner in the Sundazed Strawberry Alarm Clock Vinyl Vault Contest 

Congratulations to George B. of Belle Plaine, IA, the LPs are on the way, enjoy this psychedelic vault!

A very special thank you to Tim at Sundazed for making the contest available for the CVR blog  Thanks to all that entered and good luck in upcoming contests!


from our friends at MusicRecordShop

Corrosion Of Conformity - Wiseblood 

One of the most well-known Corrosion of Conformity albums, Wiseblood was their 5th full length release, peaking at #104 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart in the US in 1996. The history of Corrosion of Conformity in modern heavy music is highly significant, not least due to Pepper Keenan's formation of Down along with Pantera's Philip Anselmo, leaders of the New Orleans NOLA scene. A totally authentic heavy band and movement, COC naturally progressed from their thrashy, underground days to pushing the boundaries of what was classed as heavy music. Decibel Magazine refer to COC as 'a crucial stylistic lynchpin in the bridge between metal and punk' that 'irrevocably re-shaped crossover's sonic possibilities.'. Metallica's James Hetfield makes a guest appearance on this album, providing backup vocals on "Man or Ash". First 750 copies are pressed on red/ black vinyl! They are going fast so be quick !
  • Label Music On Vinyl
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Records - 2-LP - Sealed
  • Limited Edition - 750
  • Colored Vinyl - Black / Red Gold Vinyl
Track Listing
1. King Of The Rotten
2. Long Whip / Big America
3. Wiseblood
4. Goodbye Windows
5. Born Again For The Last Time
6. The Snake Has No Head

1. The Door
2. Man Or Ash
3. Redemption City
4. Wishbone (Some Tomrrow)
5. Fuel
6. Bottom Feeder (El Que Come Abajo) 

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Foghat - Fool For The City

Some songs are so ingrained in our consciousness that they are immediately identifiable upon hearing one or two notes. Featuring one of the most indelible riffs ever played, Foghat's air-guitar anthem "Slow Ride" is such a tune. The hit single turned the British band into stars and catapulted 1975's Fool for the City up the charts. And what a ride it is. We hear a lot of yearning today about the good-old, glory days of rock and roll, the simple kind that just locked into a good beat, turned out a raunchy groove, and simply kicked you in the butt. The no-pretense type meant for kicking back, letting loose, and surrendering to the melody. Bare-bones music that doesn't need image or looks as a crutch. Well, this is it, friends, classic meat-and-potatoes 70s rock that comes with killer slide-guitar solos, crunchy leads, driving rhythms, and soaring vocals. No need for any further instructions or explanations. The pact between artist and audience is understood. Here, the band trusts that you know what to do and is ready to rock out with anyone in earshot. Sourced from the original master tapes by trusty engineers that were just stunned at the amount of new detail they were able to pull from the tape reels, Mobile Fidelity's remaster of this Foghat gem bring to the surface the band's marble-solid sturdiness and bluesy structures like never before. Bass notes are thicker and richer, the dual guitars bite and snap, and Lonesome Dave Peverett's singing comes across with realistic grit. By comparison, all previous pressings of this album sound flat, uninspired, and boxy--the absolute opposite of the energy Foghat brings to the boogie-infused title track, great cover of the Righteous Brothers' "My Babe," and, of course, the everlasting "Slow Ride," a staple of the Guitar Hero video game franchise and gentlemen's clubs everywhere.
  • Label Mobile Fidelity
  • 180 Gram Vinyl Record - LP - New
  • Limited Edition
  • Numbered
Track Listing
1. Fool For The City 
2. My Babe 
3. Slow Ride 
4. Terraplane Blues 
5. Save Your Loving 
6. Drive Me Home 
7. Take It Or Leave It 

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Top Selling Rock Vinyl Records At MusicRecordShop

1. Hole - Celebrity Skin
2. Korn - Issues
3. Dream Theater - Train Of Thought
4. Ween - Live At Stubb's
5. Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog
6. Thin Lizzy - Jailbreak
7. John Mayer - Heavier Things
8. Brand New - The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me
9. Faith No More - Introduce Yourself
10. Little River Band - Cuts Like A Diamond

Top Selling Heavy Metal Vinyl Records At MusicRecordShop

1. Temple Of The Dog - Temple Of The Dog
3. Saxon - Denim & Leather
4. Slayer - Reign In Blood
5. Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Blood Lust
7. Black Label - Sonic Brew
10. Skid Row - United World Rebellion - Chapter One


from our friends at Relapse

YOB: Doom metal classic 'Catharsis' to see deluxe vinyl reissue

Relapse Records is proud to announce the re-release of YOB's psyche-doom metal classic Catharsis on vinyl. After being out of print on vinyl for over six years, Catharsis has been given the deluxe re-issue treatment and will be released the way it was meant to be presented. Re-mastered from the original tapes by Tad Doyle, the reissue features stunning new artwork by Aaron Edge, and brand new liner notes from Guitarist / Vocalist Mike Scheidt.

Catharsis will see it's official vinyl re-release on March 4th in North America, March 3rd in the UK/World and February 28th in Germany/Benelux/Finland. The vinyl includes a digital download of the full album and is being pressed on four limited colour variations including gold, gold with black splatter (available exclusively at Roadburn), clear with black, bone white & gold splatter, and a special swamp green with purple & yellow splatter version that includes a blacklight poster available exclusively at

Pre-orders are currently available HERE


available from ATO Records

Trey Anastasio - Traveler LP

Traveler, Trey's newest studio album, was co-produced with Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, Jónsi) at Tarquin Studios in Bridgeport, CT. Musicians include Trey Anastasio Band, Mates of State's Kori Gardner, The National's Bryan Devendorf and Matt Berninger, Bon Iver's Rob Moose, and Icelandic percussionist Samuli Kosminen.

Pressed on gold colored 180 gram vinyl, the album comes with a Traveler bonus 7" as well as a download card for an MP3 version of the album.

Buy at ATO Records


new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


Like no other, Motown's founder Berry Gordy knew how to market 'his' acts. The Supremes (later named Diana Ross & The Supremes) were his mainstream Pop offering, bridging the gap between Soul and popular music, while even incorporating Classic themes (like "A Lover's Concerto" was inspired by Bach).

I Hear A Symphony (1966) contains some of the best tunes written by famed producing trio Holland-Dozier-Holland, as well as great cover versions of popular songs like "Unchained Melody" and the Beatles' "Yesterday".


Volumen Brutal is the second album by Spanish Metal band Barón Rojo, recorded at Ian Gillan's Kingsway studio in 1982. The record sold more than two million copies worldwide.  Its lyrics are in Spanish, but for the international market none other than Bruce Dickinson took care of helping the band with an English translation. This made the band especially popular in the UK, where they graced the cover of Kerrang! Magazine. "Stand Up" (the translated version of "Resistiré") was released as a European single.


The first solo album of Bread's lead singer, aptly named First (1973), meant a new direction for the Pop icon. After Bread's demise, David Gates wanted to venture into different directions. At the time of recording he was clearly just leaving the crossroads, as this album stylistically resembles his former band. At times this collection of 9 songs begins to show a hint of individuality that he would develop fully on subsequent solo albums.

Behind the singer is a strong group of musicians; accompanying him are Jim Horn, Jim Gordon, Larry Carlton, Russ Kunkel and Mike Botts, among others. The album opener "Sail Around The World" made it to a single.


from our friends at SlyVinyl

The Entrance Band – Face the Sun // Limited Deep Purple & Gold Splatter LPs

Pile – Snowflakes b/w Mama’s Lipstick // Limited to 300 Clear Coke Bottle Vinyl 7″ & 700 Black Vinyl 7″


Pantera Celebrate 20th Anniversary of 'Far Beyond Driven' with Expanded Reissue


MACHINE HEAD To Release Demo Version Of New Song 'Killers & Kings' For 'Record Store Day'


The Winery Dogs Unveil Plans for Special + Deluxe Edition Releases


Prince Sues 22 Webmasters for $22 Million Over Live Bootlegs


Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series Eyeing 'Blood on the Tracks' Next


Neil Young Reveals New Details About Forthcoming Album



Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: I got really excited when I read that a standard retail issue of "Baby I Want You" and "Pray for Me" (Hog 1000), by the Moments, sold for nearly $3,800. That's quite a bundle for a record from the 1970s.

My interest is because I have a Hog special promotional version specifically for radio station use. I'm thinking it is even rarer than copies made for retail sales in record stores.

Whether or not mine is in the same value range is a big question, because this special promo has "Pray for Me" on one side and nothing on the reverse. It is absolutely blank!

Was this done intentionally?

How does having just the one song affect the value?
—Mickey Jones, Medford, Ore.

DEAR MICKEY: The effect on value is huge, all because they chose only the B-side for that promo.

The A-side of the original Hog 1000 is clearly "Baby I Want You," and that is the side collectors want most.

The sole intention of single-sided promo records was to eliminate the possibility of dee jays playing a B-side, thus drawing attention away from the "plug" side.

About the only reason to put "Pray for Me" on a one-sided promo is if the record company wanted to flip-flop the sides, in hopes the B-side would become the A-side.

All of which in this case was moot, since neither side made anyone's chart.

Sorry to say, your excitement, though understandable, is probably overblown. The single-sided "Pray for Me" routinely sells in the $100 to $200 range, not exactly chump change but far less than store stock copies fetch.

For the record, these Moments are not the same as the hugely successfully gang who, in 1970, put "Love on a Two-Way Street" in the Top 5.

DEAR JERRY: One of the records I bought in the '70s is "Chick-A-Boom," by Daddy Dewdrop.

As was always my habit when I brought home a new record, I gave the B-side a spin.

It turned out to be what I would call a filler. It was nothing special but suitable for a non-hit side. What intrigued me more was the odd title, "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith."

Has there ever been a song title with a person's name longer than this? I can't think of one.
—Anita Dashiel, Waukesha, Wis.

DEAR ANITA: For me, there is one tune whose title is memorable mostly because of its lengthy name: "Jose Villa Lobo Alfredo Thomaso Vincente Lopez," a 1968 single by Rex Allen (Decca 32322).

Whether we count the number of words (seven) or characters (38), this song tops "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith," with its four words and 26 characters.

Unlike "Jingleheimer," a silly children's song, "Jose Villa Lobo Alfredo Thomaso Vincente Lopez" is a believable name. It is also an adventure story in which Lopez explains that his name wasn't always this long.

He reveals that during the Civil War, each of his three sons died in battle — Alfredo at Vicksburg, Thomaso at Bull Run, and Vincente at Gettysburg.

To honor his sons and their bravery, Jose added each of their names to his own.

Interestingly, the original 45 by the song's writer, Leon Payne (1963), is simply titled "Joe Lopez" (Starday 620). That same title is used for this track on Payne's "Americana" LP (Starday 236), also issued in '63.

Five years later, on Rex Allen's Decca release, Jose's full name is used: "Jose Villa Lobo Alfredo Thomaso Vincente Lopez."

As for "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith," it existed long before Daddy Dewdrop gave it a "Chick-A-Boom" treatment and made it a rocker. Jim Lowe sang about this fellow in 1955 (Dot 15429), about one year before his first and most famous hit, "The Green Door" (Dot 15486).

IZ ZAT SO? Most post-'70s recordings of what we once knew as "John Jacob Jingleheimer Smith" have the title changed to "John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt." This is true even when used in Sesame Street skits.

I have no idea why … unless they just wanted to increase their character count to 28.

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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