Monday, May 12, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

new releases from our friends at MusicOnVinyl


O.K. Ken? was UK Brit Blues band Chicken Shack's most popular album, making the British Top Ten. It's the second album by the famed Blues band, released in 1969. The British ensemble offers a solid set of Blues-influenced Rock, noteworthy for Stan Webb's Freddie King-inspired guitar playing and Christine Perfect's vocals.

Better known as the future Christine McVie of Fleetwood Mac, this album was Christine Perfect's last album as a member of Chicken Shack. Perfect left the band in 1969 when she married John McVie of Fleetwood Mac. 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Gatefold sleeve!


Australian rockers Silverchair released their fourth studio album Diorama in 2002. The follow-up album to Neon Ballroom (1999) was co-produced by Daniel Johns (singer, guitar)and David Bottrill. Diorama marked Johns' first production credit, while Bottril had worked on albums for a variety of other bands (Muse, Tool, The Smashing Pumpkins).

On Diorama Silverchair worked with composer Van Dyke Parks. The album contains various orchestral arrangements and power ballads, which was a change from the post-grunge music typical of their earlier work (Frogstomp and Freak Show), but consistent with the band's previous orchestrations on the album Neon Ballroom. The album includes singles like "The Greatest View" and Without You". Diorama reached number One on the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Albums Chart and won five ARIA Awards in 2002.

Diorama was originally released on vinyl in 2002 in Australia and only available in very small quantities. Music On Vinyl is excited to add a high quality re-issue of this highly looked after vinyl record to their catalogue. On 180 gram audiophile vinyl


Roy Orbison cut a pair of terrific Rockabilly singles for Sun with "Ooby Dooby" and "Domino." The Sun Years 1956-58 contains every track he recorded for the Sun label, including alternate takes and undubbed mixes. For hardcore Orbison and rockabilly collectors, the very comprehensiveness of The Sun Years 1956-58 makes the disc necessary! On 180 gram audiophile vinyl and Insert.


The Italian film Anonimo Veneziano from 1970 is notable for its romantic musical score, composed by Stelvio Cipriani. The award winning movie was written and directed by Italian actor Enrico Maria Salerno and starred American actor Tony Musante and Brazilian actress Florinda Bolkan.

Anonimo Veneziano (The Anonymous Venetian) revolves around a Venetian musician who sadly is affected by a terminal disease. He arranges to meet his ex-wife who is now living with someone else in another city, but he doesn't inform her about his tragic condition. While they walk through the streets and pass by the famous canels in Venice, they recall the happy times when they were still together.

Soon he has to perform a recently discovered classic concert piece, which is aptly titled Anonimo Veneziano as it's not known who composed the piece. In the meantime, his former wife realizes that she is still in love with him…
  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl 
  • Printed innersleeve
  • First pressing available as limited edition of 500 copies on red vinyl


For Immediate Release

Sade's 'Stronger Than Pride' To Be Released On Limited Edition 180g Vinyl LP

“A sublime, enduring classic...Sade's timeless masterpiece.”

Camarillo, CA – Music aficionados worldwide are buzzing with excitement over the release of Sade's 'Stronger Than Pride' on limited edition 180g vinyl on Marshall Blonstein's Audio Fidelity. In 1988, three years after leaving their fans begging for more, Sade released their third studio album, 'Stronger Than Pride', one of their best works ever. An international hit that lit-up the Pop, Jazz and R & B charts.

The platinum selling album includes sensual Brazilian bossa nova inspired acoustic material as well as three Billboard charted singles - the #1 smash “Paradise,” “Nothing Can Come Between Us” and “Turn My Back On You.”

On 'Stronger Than Pride', probably Sade's most stripped down and sparse album, the band creates the perfect groove for romance and fulfills the promise of their stunning debut by continuing a sense of sophistication and understated elegance, two hallmarks of the Sade sound. Sade's singing is exquisite.

'Stronger than Pride' exudes a greater confidence than the first two records, the talented band no longer has anything to prove. Stuart Matthewman on guitar and sax, Paul Spencer Denman on bass and Andrew Hale on keyboards are strong musicians/composers with distinctive character, the perfect vehicle for Sade's mature, lush vocal lead.

Sade offers cool composure... a unique sound that infuses Soul, Pop, Contemporary Jazz and a little Middle-Eastern flavor. It's impossible to separate the allure of this sultry music from the persona of the woman singing it, for Sade truly is a femme fatale of mythic dimension.

“...brilliant, exceptional, amazing and original - a warm and blissful pop-flavored modern jazz treasure.”

Love Is Stronger Than Pride
Nothing Can Come Between Us
Haunt Me
Turn My Back on You
Keep Looking
Clean Heart
Give It Up
I Never Thought I'd See the Day
Siempre Hay Esperanza

**Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio**

For more information, visit our friends at AudioFidelity



Saturday, May 17, 2014  Hard Rock Café New York at Times Square

The “I Want to Hold Your Hand” Guitar used at the Abbey Road Studios Recording and Rare Beatles Memorabilia Is Fitting Tribute to 50 Years of The Beatles

Julien’s Auctions, the world’s premier entertainment and music memorabilia auction house, has announced Music Icons 2014 to be held Saturday, May 17, 2014 at the Hard Rock Café New York located at 1501 Broadway in Times Square,
Fifty years ago this year, a British rock band called The Beatles gave its first American TV performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and music history was made. This British invasion instantaneously kicked off a phenomenon that continues to this day with The Beatles, who remain the biggest rock band of our time. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary, the Music Icons auction event will be highlighted by an extraordinary array of Beatles-related memorabilia spanning decades of the musical careers of George, Paul, Ringo and John. Most notable is a rare 1962 Rickenbacker 425 guitar purchased in 1963 in Mount Vernon, Illinois by George Harrison while on a two-week visit to see his sister, Louise (serial # BH 439). The guitar was originally purchased at Fenton’s Music store and refinished by the owner from a Fireglo finish to the black George requested to match John Lennon’s similar Rickenbacker. (Estimate: $400,000-$600,000).

Harrison used the historical Rickenbacker for The Beatles first appearance on the television program Ready Steady Go! in October of 1963 and on the program Thank Your Luck Stars in December of 1963. He also used it during a week-long tour in Sweden. Harrison was photographed with the guitar extensively and the entire band has been photographed posing with the guitar. This is purported to be the only known photograph in existence of all four members of The Beatles holding a single guitar.

George Harrison played the 1962 Rickenbacker 425 in the Abbey Road studios when The Beatles recorded I Want to Hold Your Hand. This song gave The Beatles their now infamous big break in the United States. The same studio session included the recording of “This Boy.”

Both George Harrison and John Lennon played this guitar. Lennon played it backstage at a performance in Glasgow, Scotland on October 5, 1963. A photograph published in an August 1964 issue of Beat Monthly magazine shows Lennon with this very guitar. In the late 1960s or early 1970s Harrison gave this guitar to George Peckham, who had a long association with George Harrison and also Apple. Peckham originally borrowed a guitar from Harrison for his own appearance on Top of the Pops as a rhythm guitarist in the band The Fourmost.Upon returning it Harrison asked him if he would like to keep a guitar and showed him the Rickenbacker 425 considering is a “great rhythm player.” Peckham kept the guitar on the condition it would never be modified. The guitar case was given later to Peckham by Noddy Holder of Slade after Holder saw Peckham walking around with the guitar without a case and could not personally bear to see a Beatles guitar carried around without one.

The rare Rickenbacker 425 guitar with exceptional Beatles history is accompanied by two letters from Harrison’s office which confirm he gave the guitar to Peckham. One from Olivia Harrison and the other from Caroline Foxwell, Harrison’s assistant. Also present with the guitar is a letter from Peckham explaining the circumstances of the guitar. The guitar has also been exhibited at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles, the John Lennon Museum in Saitama, Japan and the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix, Arizona.

Other highlights included in the collection of Beatles memorabilia include a Paul McCartney used Hofner Bass (Estimate: $30,000-$50,000) circa 1966 with mother-of-pearl pickguard. The left-handed vintage bass was rented by Paul McCartney from Harris Hire in Beckenham, England on numerous occasions. The auction will also feature a very rare The Beatles signed “Beatles ‘65” album which was signed circa late 1964-late 1965 (Estimate $200,000-$300,000). The Capitol Records released stereo LP sleeve is signed on the front cover. Paul McCartney signed “Beatles/Paul McCartney/XXX” and Ringo Starr signed “The Beatles/Ringo Starr.” George Harrison and John Lennon each signed only their name. The item is housed in a frame with a “Gold” vinyl copy of the record. This signed album is very rare because The Beatles signed the back of their album sleeves which were generally the early British Parlophone Records releases. When Beatlemania hit, the band was not accessible and therefore signed Capitol released LPs or any Beatles album released after 1964 and signed are extremely difficult to find. This is one of only two known signed copies of the Beatles ’65 album still in existence.

For more information visit JuliensAuctions


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