Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Vinyl Record News & Music Notes

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Pink Floyd London 1966/1967 (White Vinyl)

The classic Pink Floyd line-up featuring Syd Barrett captured by Peter Whitehead as part of his legendary Tonight Lets All Make Love In London film.

The classic Syd Barrett-era Floyd at their most adventurous and exploratory, 'London 1966/1967' features two rare performances, including an explosive 17 minute version of 'Interstellar Overdrive', recorded at the legendary Sound Techniques studio in early 1967.

These first ever studio recordings from the classic 1960s Pink Floyd line-up are now available on a limited edition 180 gram white vinyl version in a gatefold cover, with printed inner sleeve.

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The Rolling Stones From The Vault - L.A. Forum (Live In 1975) 

“From The Vault” is a new series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. “L.A. Forum – Live In 1975” is the second title in this series. The Rolling Stones’ “Tour Of The Americas ‘75” was the band’s first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play “Brown Sugar”. After a couple of low key warm-up shows in Louisiana the tour took in 44 dates between the 3rd June and the 8th August 1975. They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five night stint from July 9th to 13th and this concert film features the show from July 12th. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

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This Week's Bestselling Vinyl Records at SoundStageDirect

1. Taylor Swift - 1989
2. Led Zeppelin IV (On Sale)
3. Vince Guaraldi Trio - A Charlie Brown Christmas (200 Gram)
4. Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon
5. Beatles - Abbey Road
6. The Beatles 1967-1970 (On Sale)
7. Various Artists - The Big Lebowski (On Sale)
8. Led Zeppelin II

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Pre-Order of Montreal's New Album 'Aureate Gloom'

“A golden despondency” is how Kevin Barnes translates the meaning behind Aureate Gloom, the title he gave of Montreal’s thirteenth full-length album.

The oxymoron is one Barnes says best describes the overall state of his life and mental outlook while working on the record: first on a writing retreat in New York City, then while demoing tracks in Athens, before finally recording at Sonic Ranch, just across the border from Juarez, Mexico in the Texan desert.

If you’re wondering what exactly would lead Barnes to use this epithet to describe his reality at the time, look no further than the songs themselves.

While many bands rely on vague platitudes as an attempt to make their songs universally applicable, Barnes chooses to take the opposite tact — penning lyrics so personal they sound like entries ripped from a journal that should be permanently kept under lock and key.

180-Gram Clear Gold Early Bird Edition is limited to 1500 and includes 18x24 poster insert.

Pre-orders will ship on 02/20/2015

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Pre-Order Camper Van Beethoven Vinyl Reissue of 'New Roman Times'

Camper Van Beethoven’s 2004 reunion release expanded and reissued!

Camper Van Beethoven reunited in 2000 and even recorded and released a pair of records, but it was 2004’s New Roman Times that was the “official” document of the band’s reformation. The band’s David Lowery states in his liner notes, that it was “the one that got all the press and fanfare. And it was a good thing, because it was an extremely ambitious record.”

Omnivore Recordings is proud to celebrate New Roman Times by presenting an expanded reissue on CD, Digital and double LP (with download card). Released in conjunction with the band, and following in the footsteps of last year’s Omnivore reissues of Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart and Key Lime Pie (both still available on CD and LP), New Roman Times features new artwork, extensive notes from Lowery and four previously unissued tracks culled from the sessions.

This definitive edition of Camper Van Beethoven’s “sci-fi alternate-reality rock opera” not only brings the fan favorite to vinyl for the first time, but expands and presents all formats in a way that proves these are indeed New Roman Times!

Release date: 2/24/2015

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2014 In Vinyl: The Facts & Figures


from the great state of texas:

Vinyl record sales up 49% from 2013 - Hogwild Records in SA keeps shelves stocked


vinyl doing well in the great state of nebraska:

Vinyl revival: Returning to music-listening’s roots


from the great state of new york:

Take a spin around Stockade’s groove-oriented shops


more from new york:

Vinyl records making a trendy comeback - Sales of vintage format up, still available in Queens


Ty Segall Announces 'Mr. Face' EP


Waxwork Records preps 2015 subscription series with Nightbreed OST and more


12 MONTHS OF RUSH: 14 Albums from Mercury era for release in 2015 - All titles will be reissued on high-quality VINYL


Best of 2014: Vinyl Packaging/Sound Quality/Reissues


NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2014


Amazon Best Sellers in CDs & Vinyl

1. That's Christmas To Me ~ Pentatonix
2. 1989 ~ Taylor Swift
3. Disney's Karaoke Series: Frozen ~ Disney Karaoke Series
4. Partners ~ Barbra Streisand
5. Greatest Hits: Decade #1 ~ Carrie Underwood
6. Rock or Bust ~ AC/DC
7. Cheek to Cheek (Deluxe) ~ Tony Bennett
8. Ptxmas ~ Pentatonix
9. Man Against Machine ~ Garth Brooks
10. It's The Girls ~ Bette Midler

Ask Mr. Music by Jerry Osborne


DEAR JERRY: In 2009 I was the winner in an eBay auction of "KISS - The Originals" LP, a factory sealed copy with original cover sticker and bonus inserts.

It cost me a little over $900, but I thought it was a bargain because several others that I previously bid on unsuccessfully went for $1,200 to $1,600.

That is until just a few weeks ago when I saw another sealed "KISS - The Originals" sell to the highest eBay bidder for just $340. My hope of having gotten a bargain was crushed.

What happened? Was there a newly-discovered quantity dumped in the marketplace?
—Dave Schaffer, Hobbs, N.M.

DEAR DAVE: Imagine how much worse you would feel if you were one of those KISS fans in 2009 who shelled out $1,500 or more for "The Originals."

As for a recent quantity dump, there is nothing to suggest that happening.

It just seems 2009 was the bull market for this album, and prices have fallen steadily since that peak.

One possibility is that aggressive bidders five years ago could not have known that the supply factor in the law of supply and demand — the two essentials that create value — would not soon dry up.

Of course it didn't, and "The Originals" — specifically first pressings issued in the summer of 1976 — sold for less than in years past.

There is even one documented sale at $305. That's $35 less than the transaction that gave you the blues.

As with stocks and other types of investments, a downturn in the market doesn't hurt if you're not planning to sell. Hopefully, if they haven't already done so, prices will soon hit bottom and then begin a correction cycle.

Coincidentally, our next topic also involves an all-caps, four-letter group and a record currently worth about what a "KISS - The Originals" sold for in 2009.

DEAR JERRY: I just received an instant message from an ABBA collector in Sweden, who found out that I also collect ABBA.

Knowing that I have better access to information about U.S. releases than he does, he wants to know if I've ever heard of a 1960s or early '70s single that is either "Bobbi" by ABBA, or "Abba" by someone named Bobbi.

Obviously I know nothing about this or I wouldn't be asking for your help. Can you make any sense out of it?
—Jessica Anslee, Chillicothe, Ohio

DEAR JESSICA: It really does make sense, and I can even understand the confusion over Abba and Bobbi.

However, other than the title, which in this case is "Abba," there is no connection whatsoever to the Swedish super group of super troupers: Agnetha Fältskog; Björn Ulvaeus; Benny Andersson; and Anni-Frid ("Frida") Lyngstad.

In fact, this "Abba" song came out in 1967, about five years before the forming of ABBA, the group.

"Abba" is by the Paragons, a North Carolina teenage garage band comprised of Johnny Pace; Bobby Pace; Pat Walters; Tim Moore; and Danny Huntley.

Bobbi is the name of the record label, an appropriate connection since Barbara "Bobbi" Cashman was both the owner of the company and the Paragons' business manager.

Knowing this "Abba," merely a girl's name, would add nothing significant to his ABBA collection should give your Swedish friend relief on one front. He won't be faced with unnecessarily parting with from 12,000 to 14,000 kronor (approximately $1,600 to $1,800), the current price range for the Bobbi 45.

IZ ZAT SO? "Abba," backed with "Mister You're A Better Man Than I" (Bobbi 7352), is the only known record by those Paragons. Because of it they did gain some notoriety in their home area around Charlotte.

At least five other groups named Paragons made records in the 1950s and '60s, but none ever cracked the Top 80 on the national charts.

Regionally, the Paragons from Brooklyn were somewhat successful on the New York R&B scene in 1957 with "Florence" (Winley 215) and "Let's Start All Over Again" (sang as "Let's Start It Over Again") (Winley 220).

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:

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