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Monday, August 06, 2007

New Releases 1972.09.04

Phonolog Reports – New Releases

Week of September 4, 1972

Caught my eye:

MARTIN MULL (Capricorn 0106) (LP)

MONTY PYTHON – Another Monty Python Record (Charisma CAS 1049) (LP) (CD is pictured; the original one, not the new re-issue)

HORACE SILVER – United States of Mind – Phase 3 All (Blue Note 84420)

Three good ones – the debut Capricorn LP from comedian Martin Mull. The 2nd actual album by British comedy group Monty Python. Horace Silver continues in the 70’s, still in the original Blue Note numbering series.

Also of interest:

GRAND FUNK RAILROADPhoenix (Capitol SMAS-1109)

TODD RUNDGREN – Runt – The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (Bearsville 2047)

SPONTANEOUS COMBUSTION – Triad (Harvest/Capitol SW-11095)

All records that I noticed, but didn’t buy. Todd’s first post-Nazz release.

Notable singles:

APHRODITE’S CHILD – Break b/w Babylon (Vertigo 107)

TODD RUNDGREN – Hello It’s Me b/w Cold Morning Light (Bearsville 0009)

FAMILY – Burlesque b/w Rockin’ R’s (United Artists 50951)

JONATHAN KING – It’s A Tall Order for a Short Guy b/w Learned Tax Counsel (UK 49002)

ARTHUR LEE – Sad Song b/w You Want Change For Your Re-Run (A&M 1381)

U.S. Vertigo single #7. Todd’s flop single that gets played 35 years on. A dandy Family 45. Interesting Jonathan King 45 – never seen or heard it! Ex-Love front-man Arthur Lee – yet another solo single for A&M.

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Looks like I only had one release sheet for August 1972 - I must've been on vacation or somethin'!



Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: Python

The 1st album is something of a aberration in that is consists of recycled TV material, and, if memory serves, was a monophonic release. When I heard it many years ago I wondered if it was actual TV show audio but knowing the BBC, they probably re-recorded the TV scripts (at great cost) as audio even though the material gained little if nothing.

Now give us this day, our daily Lee Hazelwood! C'mon Ron! I know you at least have "Hazelwoodism" since I gave it to you!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous davidz said...

TODD RUNDGREN – Runt – The Ballad of Todd Rundgren (Bearsville 2047)

Actually, it's Todd's second post-Nazz release. The first was just called "Runt" (that is the album with "We Gotta Get You A Woman" on it). "The Ballad..." actually came out in 1971. "Something/Anything" came out in 1972 (that is the one with "Hello, It's Me" on it, which was apparently released as a single during the week you highlighted. Funny thing about "Hello, It's Me"... it was a "flop" when it first came out. It didn't hit until his 4th album "A Wizard/A True Star" came out. By then, Todd had dyed his hair numerous colors and was doing his faux-Bowie thing. Sure was funny to see him on The Midnight Special singing this tender love song all done up in feathers, glitter and makeup. If you want to see a picture of him from that appearance, find the Japanese re-issue called "Hello, It's Me", which distills "Something/Anything" from two vinyl discs to one.
Yes, Ron. I know that Todd is not one of your faves. But he is one of mine!
But you knew that.

1:27 PM  
Anonymous davidz said...

Ah! I just remembered. "The Ballad" was originally issued on Bearsville/Ampex in '71. I think it was re-released on Bearsville in '72 when Ampex went under and WB took over Bearsville.

1:30 PM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

Will work on a Lee Hazlewood piece, Jim-san...

7:36 PM  
Anonymous Jim Donato said...

Re: Todd

One of the more creative and interesting Anglophile types inspired by the Beatles. Much of his career bears listening to though I only have 3-4 albums. His relentless experimentation and allergy to looking backward are estimable. I'll forgive him for Meatoaf! I especially enjoy "Wizard/A True Star" for its determination in the face of groove cramming!

5:41 AM  

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