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Friday, August 03, 2007

New Releases 1972.08.21

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of August 21, 1972

I don’t know what happened to the rest of August!

Caught my eye:

NATIONAL LAMPOON – Radio Dinner (Blue Thumb BTS-38) (LP)

T. REX – The Slider (Reprise 2095)

Great Nat Lamp comedy album – why isn’t it on CD in ’07? And a fine hit album for Marc Bolan.

Also of interest:

O’JAYS – Backstabbers (Philadelphia Int’l KZ-31712)

C.C.S. (Rak KZ-31569)

DOUG “COSMO” CLIFFORD (Fantasy 9411)

R&B hit for the O’Jays. Instrumental album for CCS (on RAK U.S. no less). And the drummer of Creedence Clearwater Revival gets a solo album – what is it? All drum solos?

Notable singles:

ROD STEWART – Maggie May b/w (I Know) I’m Losing You (Mercury 30157)

JOHN CALE – Days of Steam b/w Legs Larry at Television Centre (Reprise 1108)

STEAM – Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye b/w Don’t Stop Loving Me (Mercury 30160)

BUDDY MILES – Them Changes (Mercury 30158)

EMERSON LAKE & PALMER – From The Beginning (Cotillion 44158)

BILL WITHERS – Use Me (Sussex 241)

Healthy singles week – numbers for the Mercury singles are consecutive (what was 30159?), so – perhaps back-to-back hits? John Cale single from “The Academy in Peril”. My favorite Bill Withers single. I think EL&P had pretty much lost me by the time of this single.



Blogger chas_m said...

Not really related to your post (though I enjoyed the hell out of it -- you're touching long-dead brain cells there!), but I wanted you to know about a trio of recent (ish) music documentaries I thought you would be interested in.

By now, you have probably seen STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF MOTOWN, a nice little doc about the sidemen who actually wrote or arranged many of the hits of Motown, the Funk Brothers. The doc is in some ways diminished by having new artists like Joan Osbourne sing along with the band, but Bootsy Collins makes a welcome appearance and the actual stories of the old days are good.

Overlapping that somewhat is TOM DOWD AND THE LANGUAGE OF MUSIC, a doc about the legendary and odd Atlantic/Motown engineer who shaped the sound of the 60s and for a sequel made Southern Rock popular! Interesting guy I got to meet before he (sadly) died a few years ago.

Finally, just now airing around on PBS is THE STAX RECORDS STORY, which dovetails BEAUTIFULLY into the preceding two. The Stax perspective on Motown is a MUCH NEEDED counterbalance to their legend, and Tom Dowd makes an appearance as well. Some GREAT stuff on this one.

Chas sez "check em out!"

7:13 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Been meaning to get around to the Tom Dowd DVD, my friend! Remind me to send you the UK TV documentary about Atlantic Records - just amazing - and featuring Tom Dowd!

9:15 PM  
Blogger chas_m said...


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