Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Vinyl Review - The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection

When remembering the 1960's one things comes to mind; the music.  From the advent of the British Invasion to the psychedelic musings of many bands and the sensible pop songs being crafted, it's no wonder that the music lives on.  

And live on it does.  Recently, I was sent the 8 record 45 rpm set from The Turtles to review (The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection was released September 16, 2014).  Housed in a neat and study box, are eight of the band's most recognized cuts and some that you may have heard but a few times.  Manufactured and distributed by Manifesto Records and on the FloEdCo label, these songs not only bring back pleasant memories, but also a time when getting on radio's top forty meant something.

The Turtles were a mixture of pop, bubble gum, cascading melodies and straight up rock and roll. Their influences are clearly heard with every cut, from the jangly guitars and folk-pop sounds of the Byrds, the soaring harmonies of the Mamas and the Papas, the Brit pop sound of the Dave Clark Five, the quirkiness of the Lovin' Spoonful, the hook driven sound of the Kinks (in fact, Ray Davies produced a couple of the cuts ("You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain and "Love In The City"), the folk sound of Bob Dylan and even some of the hazy sweetness of Tommy James and the Shondells.

Their superb cover version of Bob Dylan's "It Ain't Me Babe" in 1965 started it all and in between (from 1965 and 1970) the band placed seventeen songs on the Billboard Top 100.  Included in the set is the 1968 inventive and pure harmonic balance of their #6 hit "Elenore," the cowbell-driven 1967 #3 hit "She'd Rather Be With Me," the bubble gum pop of "You Baby" (#20 in 1966) and a cover of an early Byrds release 1969's #6 hit "You Showed Me." The top cut in the set is the instantly recognizable sound and the soaring harmonies and the band's pinnacle of success 1967's "Happy Together," which was the group's only number one record.  The song actually knocked the Beatles' "Penny Lane" out of the number one slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. What's amazing is that the song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to the Turtles.  

But I think one of the most endearing qualities of the boxed set is that you sit and change the records.  With most clocking in at about the three minute mark, the set forces you (in a good way) to actually sit down and enjoy the music (after all, you do have to flip the 45's over and replace them with the others).  I must admit that giving the time length of some of the cuts, they really didn't have the time to fully develop (case in point 1966's psychedelic cut "Grim Reaper Of Love").

The band broke up in 1970, with founders Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman joining Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention before touring on their own again as Flo & Eddie. and in between many sessions as recording artists and radio programmers; they still tour today as The Turtles.

Overall, if you like 60's music, this boxed set is full of sweet ear candy, full of all the elements that made the 60's sound pleasurable to listen to.  The Turtle's boxed set is full of catchy choruses, inter-woven harmonies, addictive pop hooks and is an intoxicating palette of songs that must be heard in their entirety.  Highly recommended by the CVR blog as a collectible and an extraordinary box set of 60's music!

The limited edition Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection can be ordered at Flo and Eddie’s official Turtles site,

Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection 

It Ain't Me Babe #8 b/w You Don't Have To Walk In The Rain #51 
Let Me Be #29 b/w Love in the City #91 
You Baby #20 b/w You Know What I Mean #12 
Happy Together #1  b/w Grim Reaper Of Love #81 
She'd Rather Be With Me #3 b/w Story Of Rock And Roll #48 
She' s My Girl #14 b/w Can't I Get To Know You Better #89 
Elenore #6 b/w Outside Chance  NA 
You Showed Me #6 b/w Sound Asleep  #57 

The Turtles:
Howard Kaylan – vocals (1965–1970, 2010–present)
Mark Volman – guitar, saxophone, vocals (1965–1970, 2010–present)
Al Nichol – guitar (1965–1970)
Jim Tucker – guitar (1965–1967)
Chuck Portz – bass (1965–1966)
Don Murray – drums (1965–1966)

Joel Larson – drums (1966)
John Barbata – drums (1966–1969)
Chip Douglas – bass (1966–1967)
Jim Pons – bass (1967–1970)
John Seiter – drums (1969–1970)

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

from our friends at SoundStageDirect

Live At The Cow Palace-New Years Eve 1976 by Grateful Dead

Friday Music is very pleased to announce the exclusive first time 180 Gram Audiophile 5 LP Deluxe Box Set of the Grateful Dead’s Live At The Cow Palace - New Year’s Eve 1976. This amazing limited edition treasure trove features the historic concert in its entirety. Filled with 22 stellar first time audiophile vinyl performances, The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Bill Kruetzmann, Keith Godchaux and Donna Godchaux truly radiate with some of their finest playing and singing ever, making this a wonderful listen and highly collectible album for years to come.

Many favorite Grateful Dead classics and superior rarities abound in this lengthy limited edition audiophile dream box including the long-awaited audiophile vinyl releases of Bertha, Wharf Rat, Eyes Of The World and Jerry Garcia solo favorite Deal.  Known for their lengthy jams, four solid masterpieces get their due on this amazing set like the 23+ minute performance of Playing In The Band, Sugar Magnolia, Scarlet Begonias and Samson and Delilah.  The band went back real deep into their arsenal of classic tunes and picked even more of their most loved repertoire including a fine reading of Tim Rose’s Morning Dew and of course Dead masterpieces Uncle John’s Band, Slipknot! and Looks Like Rain.

As an added treat, a tip of the hat to Buddy Holly is preserved in the audiophile domain with their fine interpretation of Not Fade Away as well as a pair of masterful Chuck Berry classics with Promised Land and Around and Around.

Now for the first time ever as an exclusive 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl 5 LP Box Set, Friday Music is very honored to announce the limited edition Grateful Dead authorized release of Live At The Cow Palace-New Years Eve 1976.  Mastered for vinyl by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead/Deep Purple/Yes) at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, Hollywood, CA, this wonderful album will truly be a welcomed addition to your Dead collection.

The Grateful Dead’s Live At The Cow Palace album will be packaged in a stunning box set, with Timothy Truman’s artwork detailed beautifully, a rich looking black background inside the box set itself, with a poly lined LP sleeve to preserve the rich details of each of the five 180 Gram vinyl albums. Wonderful retro LP label artwork is also provided for each vinyl album. Grateful Dead…Live At The Cow Palace - New Year’s Eve 1976… an amazing concert tour first time release in the audiophile domain…only from your friends at Friday Music…Playing In The Band…
  • First Time 5 LP Audiophile Vinyl Box Set Presentation! The Legendary 1976 Cow Palace New Year’s Eve Show In Its Entirety! 
  • Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia, Donna Godchaux, Keith Godchaux, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh And Bob Weir 
  • Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Grateful Dead Records Tapes 
Buy at SoundStageDirect

This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. The Beatles Mono Box Set (On Sale)
2. Various Artists - Forrest Gump (20th Anniversary Soundtrack) (Pre-Order)
3. Various Artists - Clerks (20th Anniversary Soundtrack) (Pre-Order)
4. MFSL Original Master Record Sleeves (50)
5. Sun Kil Moon - Benji (Clear Vinyl) (Pre-Order)
6. Various Artists - Guardians Of The Galaxy Soundtrack (On Sale)
7. Beatles - Rubber Soul (Mono)
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“Shaun of the Dead” Original Score Available for the First Time In Any Format to Celebrate the Film’s 10th Anniversary  

Lost Original Score for “2001: A Space Odyssey” 

Jaw-Dropping Package for Time Travel Masterpiece “Looper” 

Austin, TX—September 16, 2014-- Mondo is thrilled to announce a spectacular lineup of new vinyl releases and music-related events at MondoCon, a convention to celebrate the creators behind art, film, music and collectibles. The newly announced vinyl for the original score from Shaun of the Dead will be available for the first time in any format to celebrate the rom-zom-com’s 10th anniversary with artwork by Jock. Mondo is also releasing the soundtracks for Looper and Music For 2001: A Space Odyssey with artwork and package design by Jay Shaw. Details on the vinyl releases can be found below. MondoCon takes place in Austin, TX on September 20 and 21 at The Marchesa Hall & Theater.


Edgar Wright's rom-zom-com turns 10 years old this year, and Mondo is proud to celebrate this important milestone with the complete score for Shaun of the Dead - never before released in ANY format - on 180 Gram Vinyl.

While aware that they were working on a comedy, Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead had the idea of making a score that was deadly serious and to let the comedy do its own thing. "We wanted to ‘play a straight bat,’as the English say, and treat the film as though it was a sincere and genuinely terrifying scenario." says Mudford. In doing so, they crafted a score that fits in perfectly alongside the great horror scores that inspired it.

Dan and Pete’s band 'The Sons Of Silence,' was previously featured in Edgar Wright's television show Spaced and became part of the behind-the-scenes soundtrack during the writing and casting portions of the film. "Indeed, many of the doomier, dubbier tracks of from ‘The Sons of Silence’would blend in perfectly with my playlist, made up of John Carpenter scores, Goblin rock outs and library tracks from Dawn of The Dead. So even before Dan and Pete were definitely scoring the movie, they were already scoring the movie," says Wright.

Version A
Original Score Composed by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead 
Artwork by Jock
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, and randomly inserted Winchester Ale Colored Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by director Edgar Wright, and composers Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead. 

Version B - “Do You Want Anything From The Shop...?" 
Original Score Composed by Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead 
Artwork by Jock
Pressed on 180 Gram Strawberry Swirl Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by director Edgar Wright, and composers Daniel Mudford & Pete Woodhead. Limited to 1,000 Copies.

It will be for sale online October 7, 2014.


Stanley Kubrick's seminal masterpiece 2001: A Space Odyssey is known for its classical musical cues as much as it is for its vivid imagery. What few people realize is that the cues that are now forever associated with the film were a last minute revision on the part of Kubrick. There is an original score, composed for the film by the late Alex North (Spartacus, A Streetcar Named Desire) that was abandoned during post-production. North did not discover this until the film's premiere screening.

Working with North's estate, Mondo will release this lost original score on vinyl for the first time ever. The package design by Jay Shaw, features a glossy Monolithic black, tip-on gatefold, with a holographic foil Interior gatefold, housed in a custom clear plastic slipcase.

At MondoCon, composer and writer Brian Satterwhite will host a panel on the subject, featuring a live presentation of several iconic scenes with the lost score meticulously reintegrated into the film to show a select audience what could have been.

Original Score by Alex North 
Package design by Jay Shaw
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl and randomly inserted Beyond The Infinite Vinyl. Featuring liner notes by Jon Burlingame. Limited one-time pressing of 2001 copies.

Music For 2001: A Space Odyssey will be available for sale at MondoCon and online November 2014.


Nathan Johnson's incredible score for Rian Johnson's time-travel masterpiece is coming to vinyl for the first time. Composed using found sounds in New Orleans where the film was produced, Johnson crafted a suspenseful, innovative soundtrack to complement the dystopian landscape where time travel and murder are controlled by organized crime.

In a stunning packaging concept by Jay Shaw, this 2XLP album comes in an embossed, gold foil gatefold jacket, housed in a custom, hand-embellished canvas bag. With the help of local effects shop Hawgfly Productions, Mondo lovingly crafted a truly one-of-a-kind package befitting this modern sci-fi classic.

A bonus 7-inch record will be available for purchase in limited quantities as a companion piece for true collectors: featuring the track 'Slinky Dance' by Kid Koala, released in full for the first time ever, along with a B-Side piano version of the 'Theme From Looper' performed by Nathan Johnson himself.

Score composed and produced by Nathan Johnson 
Package design by Jay Shaw
Pressed on 180 Gram Black Vinyl, accompanied by a limited bonus 7" inch record featuring never before released material by Kid Koala. Cut at 45RPM for best possible sound quality. Housed in a hand-embellished Canvas bag. Featuring Liner Notes by Nathan Johnson.

The Looper vinyl will be available for sale at MondoCon and online September 23, 2014.


from our friends at JoyfulNoiseRecordings

Announcing... "Precariat" The New LP from CJ Boyd  (Limited Edition of 150)

We are very excited to announce the new full-length album from nomadic bass player CJ Boyd! Bassist, composer, and vagabond, CJ Boyd uses low-end loops and voices in order to stop time. On perpetual tour since March 2008, movement and stasis are both at the center of his music. Utilizing only upright bass, bass guitar and voice, CJ creates a distinctive meditative atmosphere. Songs slowly build from singular, meditative bass lines into explosive, layered, and hugely complex walls of sound. The upcoming album is his first since 2012, and his finest work to date. Stream the epic 14-minute track "Peradora" here.

Precariat is now available via pre-order on Sea Blue & Coke Bottle Green vinyl w/ Black splatter (limited to just 150 hand-numbered copies), Sea Blue/Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl, and Digital.

Pre-Order at JoyfulNoiseRecordings


Free Throw "Those Days Are Gone" LP

The debut album following up their strong CYLS debut EP "Lavender Town", "Those Days Are Gone" takes the band to a new level. 11 songs filled with emotionally charged vocals and energetic yet intricate music that will find a way into your head and refuse to leave for days and days.

Choose black or splatter, comes with download code.

Pressing Info: 
150 Black 
350 Splatter- Ultra Clear with Cyan, Purple and Pink

Order HERE



Yesterday, Alanna Royale release their debut album, ACHILLES. Sample a taste of the band’s new album with their first single “Animal” which premiered exclusively through American Songwriter.

Alanna Royale combines the best elements of rock, pop, funk and soul, all executed by their fearless leader and sensual vocalist, Alanna Quinn-Broadus, an unparalleled rhythm section – Jared Colby on guitar, Gabriel Golden on bass and Matt Snow on drums - and a tremendously talented two-piece horn section – Kirk Donovan on trumpet and Diego Vasquez on trombone.

The band’s vivacious and soulful live shows have catapulted Alanna Royale onto the music scene. And now, thanks to their impressive fanbase and reputation, Alanna Royale’s, ACHILLES, is posed to skyrocket them to superstardom.

Without a single recorded song, Alanna Royale was able to obtain an impressive fanbase and a reputation solely because of their unforgettable live performances.  In January of 2013, the band released its debut EP, Bless Her Heart, which led to sold-out shows across Nashville and prompted Mike Grimes, owner of the world famous Grimey’s to declare them, “the next big thing.”

Alanna Royale shines bright by marrying smooth, retro roots with dirty Rock n’ Roll attitude. Since the release of Bless Her Heart, the band has shared the stage with some of Nashville’s finest, and made appearances at Bonaroo, Austin City Limits, East Nashville Underground and Music City Roots. They’ve been featured in Garden & Gun and Nashville Lifestyles and on NPR.

Proving to be unstoppable, Alanna Royale has just put the finishing touches its full-length debut, ACHILLES.  Recorded at The Bomb Shelter in Nashville, the album was engineered and produced by Andric Tokic (Alabama Shakes, Hurray for the Riff Raff), and features a revolving door of local talent including members of Los Colognes, Fly Golden Eagle and Lynyrd Skynyrd.  “We were pushed to the boundaries,” shares Quinn-Broadus, “and we came out on the other end with an amazing record.

Get it on vinyl HERE


Melted Toys LP Available On Vinyl

Culminating three years after their acclaimed Washed & Dried EP first unveiled the group's distinct blend of hazy, plaintive pop and psychedelic electronica, the full-length reigns in squarely as the group's most definitive vision yet. It comes on as a sort of sanctuary-in-transit, inspired both by the shifting visions of dreams and global travel, so that each of the twelve passages flicker and flame with equal impression.

Order HERE


Pre-Order Various Artists 'I Saved Latin! A Tribute to Wes Anderson'  

An outstanding 24-song, double-LP featuring today's best artists covering songs from Bottle Rocket, Rushmore, Royal Tenenbaums, Life Aquatic, Darjeeling Limited, Moonrise Kingdom, and more. Our tribute has been praised by SPIN, NME, TIME, Rolling Stone, Paste, Nylon, A.V. Club, NPR, USA Today, and Pitchfork. This extremely limited vinyl edition features a brand new bonus track not available on the CD or digital version. 2xLP, Dual Gatefold Jacket, 180 Gram Black Vinyl, New Cover Art from reknowned Illustrator, Lonny Unitus. All pre-orders will ship in early 2015. Don't miss out on this one-time, limited-edition vinyl pressing. COMING 03/10/15

Order HERE


these will go quickly, act today!

Megadeth Albums Issued on Picture Disc Pre-Order

The album's are pressed on heavyweight vinyl and feature the 2004 remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original tracklisting. The album is packaged in a clear plastic sleeve.

Pre-Order from the links below:

Countdown To Extinction - Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
Peace Sells...But Who's Buying- Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
Youthanasia - Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
So Far, So Good, So What - Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl
Rust In Peace - Limted Edition Picture Disc Vinyl


available from our friends at LightInTheAttic

Night Train To Terror (Original 1985 Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Various Artists

Exploitation film company Vinegar Syndrome and music label No Visible Scars bring you the hit song from the 1985 cult classic ‘NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR’ “Everybody But You” on a limited-edition 7" record.


•Deluxe 7" edition, hand-numbered and limited to 400 black vinyl & 100 blue/bone swirl (inserted randomly).

Order at LightInTheAttic


Rolling Stones to Release Two Concerts ‘From the Vault’ - Two Vintage Concerts on DVD, CD, Blu-ray and Vinyl Due in November


Bush Are Reissuing Their First Four Albums


The Dismemberment Plan to Reissue Change - Vinyl release will include 12-page booklet of art, photos, and the album's lyrics


Seven Donna Summer albums to be released as vinyl box set


Exclusive: ACME Creative Group Launches With the Fall, Swans, Bad Brains Vinyl Reissues


Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant to Release The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-1932) - Massive box set housed in a cabinet modeled after a 1930s phonograph


Pallbearer Treat '2010 Demo' to Vinyl Reissue


Metallica Plan to Release 27 Live Albums as Box Set (Select shows will also be released on limited-edition 180-gram vinyl in early 2015)


Rush to Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Massive 'R40' Live Box Set - 10-DVD set includes bonus disc containing full 1974 set including three never-before-released songs


Record Box One: Joe Boyd unearths treasures in John Peel’s record collection


from our neighbors to the north:

Okanagan Vinyl Fest keeps record hunters spinning


interesting read:

Vinyl Round-Up: September 12, 2014


Porsche Unveils Popup Modern Record Store in NYC


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
2. Tell 'Em I'm Gone (Amazon Exclusive) ~ Yusuf/Cat Stevens
3. Cheek to Cheek (deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
4. Cowboy Rides Away: Live From At&T Stadium ~ George Strait
5. World On Fire ~ Slash
6. Sundown Heaven Town (deluxe edition) ~ Tim McGraw
7. Popular Problems ~ Leonard Cohen
8. Bulletproof Picasso ~ Train
9. lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar ~ Robert Plant
10. Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Mixture ~ Soundtrack