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Monday, April 30, 2007

Yard List - April 2007

April 2007

BAKA FOREST PEOPLE HEART OF THE FOREST, HANNIBAL US CD
BANANARAMALANANEENEENOONOO HELP, LONDON UK 7” W/PS French & Saunders
BARROW POETS – MAGIC EGG, ARGO UK LP spoken word
BARTOK, BELA CONCERTO FOR ORCHESTRA, RCA VICTROLA US LP stereo, classical music
BARTOK, BELA MIRACULOUS MANDARIN / DANCE SUITE, COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS US LP stereo, classical music
BARTOK, BELA MIRACULOUS MANDARIN / DEUX IMAGES, COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS US LP mono, classical music
BARTOK, BELA MUSIC FOR PIANO, NONESUCH US LP classical music
BARTOK, BELA STRING QUARTETS, CBS MASTER NL 3LP classical music, ’49 recording (!)
BETJEMAN, JOHN SUMMONED BY BELLS, ARGO UK LP mono, spoken word
BOWIE, DAVID NEVER LET ME DOWN, TOSHIBA JPN CD kami sleeve
BOWIE, DAVID [as TIN MACHINE] – TIN MACHINE, TOSHIBA JPN CD kami sleeve
BREAD ANTHOLOGY OF BREAD, ELEKTRA US CD collection
CAOLI, CANO SPECIALITE – BEST OF, SONY JPN CD collection
CHEAP TRICK AT BUDOKAN: COMPLETE CONCERT, EPIC US 2CD live
CLAREMONT QUARTET SCHOERNBERG: NAPOLEON BUONAPARTE, NONESUCH US LP classical music
DAVE DEE, DOZY, BEAKY, MICK & TICH TOUCH ME, TOUCH ME, FONTANA UK 7” no PS
DAVIS, MILES KIND OF BLUE, COLUMBIA US CD re, jazz
DAVIS, MILES SKETCHES OF SPAIN, COLUMBIA US CD re, jazz
DAVIS, MILES / QUINTET RELAXIN' WITH…, PRESTIGE US CD jazz
EMERSON, LAKE & PALMER TARKUS, ISLAND UK LP
FOWLEY, KIM – BORN TO BE WILD, ASCENSION AUS CD instrumentals
GLASS, PHILIP LOW SYMPHONY, POINT US CD classical music
GLITTER, GARY TOUCH ME, BELL UK LP glam rock
GRASS ROOTS ANTHOLOGY 1965 – 1975, RHINO US 2CD
GROFE, FERDE GRAND CANYON SUITE, RCA RED SEAL LP mono, classical music
GUARALDI, VINCE OH, GOOD GRIEF!, WARNER US CD jazz
HADEN, CHARLIE / EGBERTO GISMONTI IN MONTREAL, ECM US CD jazz
HILLAGE, STEVE FISH RISING, VIRGIN JPN CD kami sleeve
HOLDSWORTH, ALLAN WARDENCLYFFE TOWER, POLYDOR JPN CD jazz
HUMPHRIES, BARRY – RECORD OF INNOCENT AUSTRAL VERSE, PHILIPS AUS LP
ISHII, KEN STRETCH, SONY/R&S JPN CD electronica
JETHRO TULL CREST OF A KNAVE, CHRYSALIS UK LP
JONES, QUINCY CLASSICS VOL. 3, A&M US CD
KOSTELANETZ, ANDRE CARNIVAL OF THE ANIMALS, COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS US LP mono, Noel Coward
LADY NELSON & THE LORDS PICADILLY PICKLE, DUNHILL US LP EZ hits
M FAMOUS LAST WORDS, VICTOR JPN CD kami sleeve
M NEW YORKLONDONPARISMUNICH, VICTOR JPN CD kami sleeve
M OFFICIAL SECRETS ACT, VICTOR JPN CD kami sleeve
MONDO ROCK PRIMITIVE LOVE RITES, COLUMBIA US 12” acetate
MONTY PYTHON CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATION ALBUM, ARISTA US CD re
MONTY PYTHON MATCHING TIE AND HANDKERCHIEF, ARISTA US CD re
O.S.T. 13 JOURS EN FRANCE, KING JPN CD Francis Lai
O.S.T. ACID HOUSE, EMI UK CD
O.S.T. GOOD COMPANIONS, THE (O.C.), EMI UK LP Judi Dench
O.S.T. HALF A SIXPENCE ('68 cast) (O.C.), WRC UK LP Marty Wilde
O.S.T. MARDI GRAS (O.C.), EMI UK LP Marsha Hunt
O.S.T. PASSION FLOWER HOTEL (O.C.), CBS UK LP Jane Birkin, John Barry
O.S.T. PICKWICK (O.C.), PHILIPS UK LP Harry Secombe
O.S.T. SING A RUDE SONG (O.C.), POLYDOR UK LP Maurice Gibb
PEARL BROTHERS DAI-PEACE, WARNER JPN CD J-pop
POLNAREFF, MICHEL LES GRANDES CHANSONS DE, DISC AZ FR CD collection
RARE EARTH ANTHOLOGY – BEST OF, MOTOWN US 2CD
SAINTS (I'M) STRANDED, AMSTER US CD
SANDII WORLD REMIX, EPIC/SONY JPN CD
SAYAO, BIDU OPERA ARIAS & BRAZILIAN FOLKSONGS, COLUMBIA MASTERWORKS HERITAGE US CD
SHEARER, HARRY – NOT ENOUGH INDIANS, PHOENIX US 4CD spoken word
SLADE WHATEVER HAPPENED TO SLADE?, BARN UK LP
SPANDAU BALLET 12 INCH MIXES, CHRISALIS DE CD
STEVENS, CAT MONA BONE JAKON, ISLAND UK CD re
TAKESHI, NAKATSUKA GIRLS & BOYS, JVC JPN CD J-pop
TANGERINE DREAM RICOCHET, VIRGIN UK CD
TAYLOR, IRVING DRINK ALONG WITH IRVING, WARNER US LP mono, comedy
THOMAS, RAY HOPES, WISHES & DREAMS, THRESHOLD US LP Moody Blues
U.N.K.L.E. PSYENCE FICTION, TOYS FACTORY JP CD kami sleeve
ULLMAN, TRACEY YOU BROKE MY HEART IN 17 PLACES, STIFF UK LP Kirsty MacColl
UNITED FUTURE ORGANIZATION V, CUTTING EDGE JP CD kami sleeve
V.A. ACID JAZZ GENERATION, SANCTUARY UK CD Corduroy etc.
V.A. CD-FESTIVAL – TANGOS DER WELT, POLYDOR DE CD Alfred Hause etc.
V.A. DEEPER INTO THE VAULTS, U.A. UK LP oldies
V.A. FILL YOUR HEAD WITH ROCK, CBS UK 2LP
V.A. IN HARMONY – SESAME STREET RECORD, WARNER US CD
V.A. ROCK MACHINE, I LOVE YOU, CBS UK LP
V.A. – STORY OF CHANSON, EMI US CD French artists
V.A. SUPERCOOL, MPS DE CD jazz
V.A. TIME – LIFE: ROCK & ROLL ERA – 1959, TIME – LIFE US CD
V.A. – ZODIAC RECORDS ’64 – ’72, ASCENSION AUS CD NZ artists
WINKIES s/t, CHRYSALIS UK LP

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Haven't had a "Yard List" in a while...I got some real nice "requests" - so the page writes itself for the next few days / weeks. Thanks, Bob, Brian, Chas & JB.
New month tomorrow~!



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Geoff & Maria Muldaur


Geoff & Maria Muldaur – “Pottery Pie”

I first heard (of) this record by a track appearing on a Warner / Reprise “loss leader” double sampler LP (sorry, can’t remember which one, as my LP’s are not in front of me). At the time, I was unaware of Joe Boyd – the record’s producer. I had probably seen his name on an Incredible String Band LP and thought he was British. Took years for me to understand that he was an American in England, producing records etc. It literally took until I got to read Boyd’s wonderful book, “White Bicycles – Making Music In The 60’s” to get that Boyd went from the U.S. east coast to England – to Burbank.

It’s likely Boyd knew Geoff Muldaur from Muldaur having been in Jim Kweskin’s Jug Band – remember ‘jug band music’? The Lovin’ Spoonful, Dan Hicks & His Hot Licks etc.? That funny wave of nostalgia for the 20’s, 30’s that came towards the end of the 60’s? One can even lump Ry Cooder’s debut album (Reprise 6402) in with the finely honed / produced U.S. nostalgia camp.

With groups like The Doors and Love – U.S. bands were encouraged (by sales, fan appreciation) to be loud, write hit singles etc. It took some time before the ‘hippie ethic’ transmogrified into ‘gentle hippie nostalgia’ – long hairs playing bluegrass music, hippie couples singing 30’s ballads in coffee houses etc.

One must wonder – was “Pottery Pie” produced (i.e. made) before Warner Brothers got involved? Even though it typifies a “Warner Brothers” album of that early 70’s era – it was made in Boston – likely where both Muldaur (and Boyd) were ‘comfortable’, and ‘established’. It’s a wonderful collection of songs – as though Muldaur was ‘hippie Tony Bennett’ – Catch It (by Eric von Schmidt – an old cohort of Bob Dylan and Richard Farina), I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (from Dylan’s then-recent “John Wesley Harding” album), New Orleans Hopscotch Blues (which is the cut that I heard on the Warner/Reprise sampler album), Trials Troubles, Tribulations (listed as ‘traditional’, arr. By Maria Muldaur, Geoff’s wife – who went on to fame as the singer of “Midnight At The Oasis” in a few short years)…the list of great songs goes on and on.

The true acknowledgement of this album not being a “lost classic” was when Terry Gilliam used Muldar’s version of “Brazil” in his film of the same name, as the main theme. After this album, Geoff and Maria began making solo albums for Warner Brothers – I do not know the details as to why it was solo albums and not collaborations.

“Pottery Pie” sounds glorious in the new century – wow, they really don’t make them like this anymore, do they? I keep half-an-eye on the McCabe’s Guitar Shop live schedule, where it is not uncommon to see Geoff Muldaur perform on occasion. One of these days, I will go check him out, 35+ years hence from “Pottery Pie” – I never really got into his solo albums of the 70’s, but I bet they’re good records. Popular culture took care of Maria Muldaur. Joe Boyd wrote his story down, for all to read – just glorious. Man, when the art meets the aesthetic – just magic.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The Buggles


Another blog live & direct, without the aid of forethought or proofreading! Today's blog is at the request of Mr. Chas M.

This is what I call a "Trophy Album". I certainly didn't know it at the time. I hadn't cared much for "Video Killed The Radio Star" - but I *loved* "Living In The Plastic Age". I am fortunate; I was going to Europe when this album came out, so I was able to find many 7" and 12" variants of some of the songs. How about that long "Clean Clean"? Let's see what else I can squeeze out of my mental musical locker...

Trevor Horn - something to do with UK soul singer Tina Charles? Bruce Wooley, Thomas Dolby - not exactly what I'd call "angry young men", but...certainly a 'camera club' that weren't going to settle for "moustache rock" (as the folks at amoeba Music in San Francisco call 70's rock). I love the 'historical' sideline about "Video Killer The Radio Star" being the first music video played on MTV. What? You mean they used to play music videos on MTV? Toshi of The Plastics (who were also signed by Island Records in England) told me that "Chris Blackwell knew that MTV was coming, so Island artists in 1979/80/81 were encouraged by the company to make videos, the company would pay for the videos to be made". MTV or not, it seems like nice "production" music videos were being made in England before the U.S. - lucky Buggles, a supportive label, a place to have their video shown, and a whole damned (new) wave to ride.

I bought the LP of this in England - unlike the US edition, it had a neat inner-sleeve, where Trevor Horn told you exactly what was recorded on each of the analogue 24 tracks. Later, I got a Japanese EMI/Toshiba/Island copy, and the inner-sleeve was re-produced, but as a booklet - yeah! And that's a damn fine sounding LP, just clean and quiet as a whistle, the Toshiba pressing.

Then there's the "Yes debacle" - Horn's to produce Yes - "But when do I get to meet Jon Anderson?" - then Bruce Wooley's album comes out - then The Buggles ain't going to tour. Then the label drops 'em. Drops them? Why Isn't there a 2nd Island Buggles album for us to love? They went through the motions with "Adventures in Modern Recording", but..."The Plastic Age" is the album for the age.

I have about a dozen cool 45's of The Buggles - when I posted them on Flickr, they doz dozens of "looks" and comments, and several of the sleeves were voted "favorite" by people that I don't know. A few years back, I got the honor of buying the CD a 2nd time - they added a song or two, and (presumably) made the thing louder and gave it a clear tray.

Very interesting - that 2CD "Tribute to Trevor Horn" British thing that came out a while back - he must not've been disappointed in the relative failure of The Buggles - enough of the stuff he produced in that era really caught it's zeitgeist (ABC, FGTH - acronym bands! etc). Nobody ever talks about Horn's production of Philip Jap or Inga Rumpf.

Chas says "every song is a classic" - and I agree. Very hard to dislike anything at all about this album. Nice solid bass playing, good vocals, snappy production (female vocalists etc). The songs are the stars - I even knew what Elstree was (as I'd accidentally walked right past it, on a visit to London). 25+ years hence, I can even see a tiny little link to M / Robin Scott, another participant in the UK production new wave experience.

I love that Yes got to play a Buggles song or two. For a band (Buggles) ostensibly trying to escape the "70's rock" pantheon...I wonder if they're still friendly? I am going to go out on a limb and say that Trevor Horn did eventually get to meet Jon Anderson. I am always tempted (but have never acted on it), to take my LP of Yes' "Drama" and ask Jon Anderson to autograph it for me. Anderson recently played in a small (and I mean small) bar / club near San Luis Obispo, and I could've done so. Just to be a bone-head.

Too bad there was never a Trevor Horn solo album. He certainly would've known who to get as his backing band (Blockheads, are you FGTH listening?)

All hail The Buggles and their debut album!

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Thursday, April 26, 2007

Flickr

Over at Flickr http://www.flickr.com/photos/rk-dd/sets/72157594523798330/
I have a 'set' up that is nearly 300 CD covers. what I would like for you to do is head over there, take a look at the set of CD covers then come back here and tell me (in the comments) which albums you would like me to write about.

I will start "1972" shortly, but I am enjoying flying by the proverbial seat of my pants for a few days / weeks. Thanks for reading my stuff - and thanks for indulging me.

- Ron


Wednesday, April 25, 2007

M (Robin Scott)


Robin Scott (aka "M") made one of the more charming "new wave" singles of that era, "Pop Muzik" - it was a decent hit, even had a nice music video made for it. Sire records did the honors in th US. I ignored it largely - it was on the radio. I certainly never heard any of these albums at the time. What a shame! When I finally did hear these three, I rather enjoyed them!

Not having even looked at these albums until the mid-90's, I never knew about the people who played on 'em, otherwise - let's just say I would've been all over 'em. For starters, I just love Wally Badarou - I love his work with Level 42, and his solo albums. I didn't know he worked extensively with Mr. Scott! Phil Gould (also Level 42), Gary Barnacle, Mark King (Level 42 again!), David Vorhaus (of White Noise!), the wonderful Brigit Vinchon (aka Brigit Novic) (his female vocalist of choice)...and then we get to the third album, "Famous Last Words".

I don't think the 3rd album got a British release at the time, but I bet it got a Japanese release! This album features no less than Yukihiro Takahashi (of YMO), Barry Adamson (of Magazine), Jamie West (of The Fixx), Thomas Dolby, Nick Plytas etc.

So, "Pop Muzik" indeed. I didn't go for the next two CD's in the series, a hard-to-find 4th album of African music and a "Best Of" - I've already got a 'best of' CD (on Music Club) which is pretty good, giving me the single version of "Pop Muzik' etc.

Now it's 2007, and we see he gets the "little paper album cover" ( = kami sleeve ) treatment in Japan. In Japan, he's probably most famous for either "Pop Muzik" or his collaboration with YMO's Ryuichi Sakamoto, "The Arrangement" (a 4 track EP). I believe he's also on Sakamoto's "Left Handed Dream" LP. I saw Scott on "Rage", the Australian music TV show, and he seemed like a nice enough guy (an early 80's TV show that was re-broadcast recently). Last year, I found a CD of his 'hippie' (late 60's) album, "Woman From The Warm Grass" - sure never knew about that one!

Razor & Tie did at least one or two CD's by "M" in the 90's, but they're out of print and fairly difficult to find - these Japanese CD's answer at least one "prayer", with Scott's work again available on CD. The new Victor Japan kami sleeves are great sounding and looking.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Pop Party!


Pop Party (1968)

Polydor Special UK 236 517/8/9

Record No. 1

Side One
BEE GEESMassachusetts
AMBOY DUKES – Simon Says
CREAM – Cat’s Squirrel (“Trad. arr. Splurge”)
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Purple Haze
FAIRPORT CONVENTION – If I Had A Ribbon Bow
THE WHO – Substitute

Side Two
THE WHO – Circles
BEE GEESNew York Mining Disaster 1941
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE
– 51st Anniversary (B-Side)
JOHNNIE YOUNG – Every Christian Lion Hearted Man Will Man Will Show You (written by the Bee Gees)
NORMIE ROWE – But I Know (written by Paul Korda)
JULIE DRISCOLL, BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY – A Kind Of Love In (B-Side)

Record No. 2

Side One
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Hey Joe
CREAM – N.S.U. (Mr. Brown, what does “N.S.U.” stand for?)
BEE GEES – To Love Somebody
CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN – Give Him A Flower (B-Side)
NORMIE ROWE – Ooh La La (written by “Shaw/Keen”?)
FAIRPORT CONVENTION – If (Stomp) (B-Side)

Side Two
THE WHO – I’m A Boy
CREAM – I Feel Free
AMBOY DUKES – Judy In Disguise
THE SHEVELLS – Big City Lights (And Country Boy Bill)
BLOSSOM TOES – I’ll Be Your Baby Tonight (written by Bob Dylan)
THE BEATLES – Ain’t She Sweet (sung by John Lennon)

Record No. 3

Side One
JULIE DRISCOLL, BRIAN AUGER & THE TRINITY – This Wheel’s On Fire (written by Bob Dylan)
TONY RIVERS & THE CASTAWAYS – I Can Guarantee You Love
SOUNDS INCORPORATED – How Do You Feel
THE WHO – In The City (B-Side)
JIMI HENDRIX EXPERIENCE – Stone Free
BEE GEES – I Can’t See Nobody

Side Two
CRAZY WORLD OF ARTHUR BROWN – Devil’s Grip (pre-“Fire!” A-Side)
CREAM – Wrapping Paper
JOHNNIE YOUNG – Craise Finton Kirk (written by the Bee Gees)
WILLIAM E. – Lazy Life
THE MONOPOLY – House Of Lords (on the label of the record, this is listed as being performed by “Raymond Froggatt”) (written by the Bee Gees)
THE BEATLES – Cry For A Shadow (fabulous instrumental)

Certainly a curious period piece! Many fine B-sides and ‘rarities’ by well-known (and loved) artists – as well as some artists that many of us have not heard of! The Amboy Dukes is, of course, Ted Nugent. I believe both Johnnie Young and Normie Rowe are Australian performers (hence the Bee Gees songs?). Who are The Shevelles? Blossom Toes featured guitarist Brian Godding (who was later in Magma). Who are Tony Rivers & The Castaways? I believe Sounds Incorporated worked with Joe Meek (very likely before this performance). Who is William E.? Is The Monopoly and Raymond Froggatt one in the same? Probably the coolest songs here that aren’t by the obvious artists are the tunes by Sounds Incorporated and The Monopoly / Raymond Froggatt. Interesting choice of Bee Gees’ cover versions, eh? “House of Lords” is just great!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Play List

We haven't had a Play List lately...


1) FRANK ZAPPA – Dancin’ Fool (with spoken intro & outro)

2) RON DAVIES – It Ain’t Easy (song that Bowie eventually covered)

3) EDGAR WINTER GROUP – Maybe Some Day You’ll Call My Name

4) BEGGAR’S OPERA – Memory

5) GARY GLITTER – Sidewalk Sinner

6) SLADE – When Fantasy Calls

7) BARROW POETS – The Chinese Bumboat Man

8) MONDO ROCK – Primitive Love Rites (edit vers.)

9) SMILEY LEWIS – I Hear You Knockin’ (mono)

10) WINIFRED ATWELL – The Poor People of Paris

11) FUMBLE – Honey What A Feelin’

12) TRACEY ULLMAN – You Broke My Heart In 17 Places written by Kirsty MacColl)

13) THE QUINAMES BAND – Look To Yourself

14) LIGHTHOUSE – On My Way To L.A.

15) CAPABILITY BROWN – Do You Believe

16) THE SENSATIONAL ALEX HARVEY BAND – Giddy Up A Ding Dong

17) URIAH HEEP – The Wizard

18) FAIR WEATHER – Don’t Mess With Cupid

19) JACKIE LOMAX – Nothin’ Ever Seems To Go My Way

20) STEVE MILLER BAND – Industrial Military Complex Hex

21) LEWIS FUREY – Cleanup Time

22) BRITISH LIONS – Wild In The Streets (Garland Jeffreys song, also covered by Chris Spedding, earlier than this vers. - maybe they are covering Spedding's version?)


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Writing about music...

...is like dancing about architecture...(or thereabouts)

This entry is written live, no editing, proofreading. So, love love love, folks.

There is a nifty little set of book by Continuum Publishers called "33 1/3". "Trout mask Replica" is the newest one I've obtained. It's $10.95, and all the previous editions have been $9.95. These are books about individual albums, and these books all look roughly the same size. I first started seeing these things in 2004. Being a good "music fan", I duly started checking them out, when possible. All of the books are written by different folks. Inquiring minds want to know: the ones I have in this series are:

#6 PINK FLOYD "Piper At The Gates of Dawn" (written when Syd was still alive)
#13 JAMES BROWN "Live At The Apollo" (written when James was still alive)
#14 JETHRO TULL "Aqualung" (first copy I found was mis-bound and I hadn't noticed, so I returned it to the publisher and they sent me a brand new properly bound copy - good guys!)
#18 THE ROLLING STONES "Exile On Main Street"
#26 DAVID BOWIE "Low" (the first book in this series that I actually got)
#35 BOB DYLAN "Highway 61 Revisited"
#37 THE WHO "The Who Sell Out"
and yesterday I got
#44 CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND "Trout Mask Replica"

I seem to remember that the Bowie book was the one I liked best. If I had to pick a favorite album from this list, it would be "The Who Sell Out". But I do like all of these records.

Hmmm...book publishers writing guides for young readers/listeners - even when they can read hundreds of testimonials to these artists/albums on the internet...OK!

Beefheart book is fairly easy to read / comprehend. In one sitting, I read up to page 126. Lots of Zappa disrespect and history - and I neither agree nor disagree. Interesting, for a Zappa fan. I came to "Trout Mask" fairly early on (well, before "Decals" was released). I got the Wild Man Fischer album first (after hearing some short snatches of it on the Warner/Reprise "Songbook" double sampler LP), then came "Trout Mask" (which I, like many, first heard of the sampler LP "Zapped"). It took me 6 or 7 years before I found anybody to validate my interest in Beefheart, I only ever approached him via the FZ connection (hey, Don sang on "Hot Rats"!). People always seem to get uptight when I refer to an artist as someone who it is "somebody else's job to worry about" - but that's how I feel about Mr. Beefheart. I got "Trout Mask" when I was 11 or 12 years old, I memorized it (just played it again last night, while reading the book), copied it, fully ingested it...I made it to "Decals", but it never rang my chimes, particularly. Next blip on the radar was reading that Don was working with Frank again...never particularly cared much for "Bongo Fury" or "Bat Chain Puller". I only listened more closely to "Ice Cream For Crow" because a friend of mine was on it (Midnight Hatsize Snyder). I got to meet Mr. Beefheart, get my 2LP of "Trout Mask" autographed - ask him why/how ZNR "Barricades 3" had his artwork inside of the cover etc. Should've got my photo taken with him, but...you can't think of everything.

Decades on...I like him OK. I thought the BBC documentary on him painted a rather sad picture, with Don unable to talk very well etc. Shame that the high quality video that they have of him is of not such interesting material. I'm happy he can make more money with his art than with his music. This year, I noticed an internet "April Fool's" joke, about Beefheart wanting to tour again...

So, no hate mail, please. Beefheart is somebody else's heart & soul, not mine. I like "Trout Mask" just fine, but it does not / did not light up my tree in the way that Basil Kirchin's "Worlds Within Worlds Parts 3 & 4" or Hermeto Pascoal's "Zebumba Bum A" did / does.





Saturday, April 21, 2007

Big 10" - Part IV


Big 10”! – Part 4

SCIENTIFIC AMERICANS BEYOND FISCAL DISTRESS
1982? 3 TRKS 8" FLEXI DISC

SELLERS, PETER BEST OF SELLERS, THE
1958 8 TRK EP; mono – wonderful British comedian

SPECIAL A.K.A. WAR CRIMES / (Version)
1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

STILLIFE RUBRICA / CELADON
1982 2 TRKS with DENNIS DUCK

STRANGLERS, THE ALWAYS THE SUN / NORMAN NORMAL
1986 2 TRKS shaped pic disc

STRANGLERS, THE NO MERCY / IN ONE DOOR
1984 2 TRKS shaped pic disc

SUMAC, YMA VOICE OF THE XTABAY
1953? 8 TRKS mono – 50’s exotica – is she really called Amy Camus?

THAT PETROL EMOTION GROOVE CHECK E.P.
1989 4 TRKS with pic sleeve – Scottish / Irish new wave band

THE THE HANKY PANKY
1994 11 TRK EP; double 10" version – Matt Johnson sings Hank Williams

TV21 SOMETHING'S WRONG
1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; Scottish new wave

TWINKLE BROTHERS LOVE
1978 6 TRK EP; British Reggae artist

VARIOUS ARTISTS BEST 10 FROM THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
1958 10 TRK compilation, mono

VARIOUS ARTISTS DEBUT MAGAZINE LP / ISSUE 10
1985 11 TRKS Frank Chickens, Danielle Dax etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS DEBUT MAGAZINE LP / ISSUE 11
1985 11 TRKS Monochrome Set, Kirsty MacColl etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS RSO: PRIME CUTS
1975 10 TRK EP; Eric Clapton, Bee Gees etc

VARIOUS ARTISTS VIRGIN: GUILLOTINE
1978 8 TRK EP; XTC “Traffic Light Rock” etc.

VARIOUS ARTISTS VIRGIN: SHORT CIRCUIT LIVE AT THE ELECTRIC CIRCUS
1978 8 TRK EP; Live, blue vinyl

VARIOUS ARTISTS YOUNG & THE FREE, THE (4 artists)
1982 8 TRKS PINK VINYL – I don’t remember this at all

VICTOR MOODING ORCH. MOOD IN MOOD, THE
1962 8 TRKS EZ stereo – Japanese artist

VIDEO AVENTURES MUSIQUES POUR GARCONS ET FILLES
1981 8 TRK EP; Gilbert Artman

VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE DON'T CALL ME BABY
1988 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

VOICE OF THE BEEHIVE PERFECT PLACE pic disc
1991 4 TRKS with pic sleeve; pic-disc

WIPPO TOTALLY HIP pic disc
1980 6 TRKS pic disc, and I do not remember the music at all

WRECKLESS ERIC WRECKLESS ERIC
1978 8 TRK EP; Brown vinyl – British punk rock

XTC DISAPPOINTED, THE
1992 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA X INFINITY MULTIPLIES
1980 12 TRK EP; Japanese technopop with Snakeman Show, and a lovely gate-fold cover

Friday, April 20, 2007

Big 10" - Part 3


Big 10”! – Part 3

MODELS CUT LUNCH
1981 6 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

MOTORHEAD / GIRLSCHOOL ST. VALENTINE'S DAY MASSACRE
1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

MOTORS, THE LOVE AND LONLINESS / TIME FOR MAKE-UP
1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, yellow vinyl

MR. OIZO ANALOGUE WORMS ATTACK
1999 5 TRKS with pic sleeve

MR. OIZO ANALOGUE WORMS ATTACK
2000 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

MURRAY, PAULINE SEARCHING FOR HEAVEN
1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

NAGANUMA, NAOE NAGANUMA'S PRACTICAL JAPANESE
1959 11 TRKS Japanese language instruction

NEW MUSIK STRAIGHT LINES
1980 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

NOLANS, THE 20 GIANT HITS
1978 20 TRK collection; double 10"

NOUGARO, CLAUDE CLAUDE NOUGARO
1963? 9 TRKS mono

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK MESSAGES
1980 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

ORCHESTRAL MANOEUVRES IN THE DARK SOUVENIR / MOTION AND HEART / SACRED HEART
1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

OTWAY, JOHN JOHN OTWAY
1980 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

PECKER RASTA INSTANTE
1980 3 TRK EP; Sly & Robbie

PIZZICATO FIVE COMBINAISON SPACIALE E.P.
1997 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

PIZZICATO FIVE SISTER FREEDOM TAPES
1997 7 TRKS with pic sleeve

PLATTERS, THE ONLY YOU
1967 8 TRK EP; 80's re-issue

POPP, ANDRE PASSEPORT POUR PICCOLO, SAXO ET COMPAGNIE
1964? 2 TRKS

PRADO, PEREZ LATIN RHYTHMS
1955? 8 TRKS

PRADO, PEREZ PLAYS MUCHO MAMBO
1950 6 TRK EP; mono

PRESLEY, ELVIS BEST OF
1985? 10 TRK EP; re-issue, collection

PRESLEY, ELVIS ELVIS PRESLEY
1957? 8 TRK EP; 1980's re-issue

PRESLEY, ELVIS GOOD LUCK CHARM
2004 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

PRESLEY, ELVIS GOOD ROCKIN' TONIGHT
1957? 8 TRK EP; 1980's re-issue

PRESLEY, ELVIS LOVING YOU
1957 8 TRK EP; 1980's re-issue

PRESLEY, ELVIS / JANIS MARTIN JANIS AND ELVIS
1958? 8 TRK EP; 1980's re-issue of a South African 10” featuring both artists

PRETTY THINGS DEFECTING GREY
1967 4 TRKS with pic sleeve ('00 issue)

PRICE, ALAN BABY OF MINE / JUST FOR YOU
1979 2 TRKS heart shaped disc, RED VINYL

PYLON COOL / DUB / DRIVING SCHOOL / DANGER!!
1980 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Big 10" - Part 2


Big 10”! – Part 2

HARMONICATS
/ JERRY MURAD HARMONICA HITS
1955? 8 TRK EP; mono – real 1950’s 10” albums

HARMONICATS / JERRY MURAD JERRY MURAD'S HARMONICATS
1955? 8 TRK EP; mono - real 1950’s 10” albums

HARMONICATS / JERRY MURAD OLAY
1957? 8 TRK EP; mono - real 1950’s 10” albums

HELLERS, THE CITY SONGS
1959 11 TRKS mono, advertising

HELLERS, THE CREATIVE FREAKOUT
1967 2 TRKS mono, advertising

HINE, RUPERT HINE SIGHT
1982 9 TRKS interview, promo-only

HOSONO, HARUOMI / MIHARU KOSHI SWING SLOW
1996 6 TRKS (with 1 track not on the CD)

ICEHOUSE WE CAN GET TOGETHER
1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

ICEHOUSE (as The Flowers) CAN'T HELP MYSELF / SEND SOMEBODY
1980 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

INSTANT MUSIC INSTANT MUSIC
1980 6 TRKS with pic sleeve – I don’t remember this one at all!

JO JO ZEP AND THE FALCONS DEXTERITY
1981 9 TRKS

JONES, RICKIE LEE GIRL AT HER VOLCANO
1983 7 TRK EP with pic sleeve

JONES, SPIKE BOTTOMS UP
1952 8 TRK EP

KAISER ALUMINUM MICRO-CHIP IN HI-FI
1959? 6 TRKS MEL BLANC etc., promotional advertising record

LAINE, FRANKIE LOVER'S LANE
1955? 6 TRKS mono

LEHRER, TOM MORE OF TOM LEHRER
1959 11 TRK EP; mono

LEHRER, TOM SONGS BY TOM LEHRER
1958 12 TRK EP; mono

LITTLE AXE RIDE ON
1995 3 TRKS insert

LOVICH, LENE 1980 GLOBAL ASSAULT
1980 6 TRKS Live, London & Boston, promo-only

LOVSKY, FAY SOUND ON SOUND
1980 8 TRK EP; 2nd issue

LOVSKY, FAY SOUND ON SOUND
1980 8 TRK EP; 1st issue, as 'Fay Lovesick'

MacCOLL, KIRSTY FREE WORLD
1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve, Ltd. Ed. #3859

MacCOLL, KIRSTY INNOCENCE
1989 4 TRKS with pic sleeve, Ltd. Ed. #4220

MAJOR FORCE INTERNATIONAL SITTING ON THE EDGE OF THE WORLD
1999? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, Toshio Nakanishi

McCARTNEY, PAUL PRESS / IT'S NOT TRUE / PRESS (VIDEO EDIT)
1986 3 TRKS ROUND COVER

MELODY FOUR, THE LOVE PLAYS SUCH FUNNY GAMES
1984 12 TRKS LOL COXHILL etc

MENTAL AS ANYTHING LIVE IT UP / GOOD FRIDAY
1986 2 TRKS shaped disc

MENTAL AS ANYTHING YOU'RE SO STRONG / BUS RIDE
1987 2 TRKS shaped disc

METHOD ACTORS, THE RHYTHMS OF YOU
1981 7 TRK EP; with pic sleeve

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Big 10" / 25cm - Part 1


Big 10”! – Part 1

The humble 10” / 25cm disc! I suppose they came up with this size for 33 1/3 rpm’s in the 1940’s, as 78 rpm discs had been 10”. Usually, 4 songs to a side, in a nice heavy cardboard sleeve – essentially the pre-cursor to the LP (which was introduced in 1948). Much later on – the 10” was used as a substitute for a 12” single (2 or 3 tracks only). Here is a list of the nice 10” discs I still have in my collection, with some brief descriptions, when possible. For this list, I have also included “shaped discs”, which I store with my 10” records.

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10cc 24 HOURS
1983 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; latter day single for the band

AIR LIQUIDE ROBOT WARS: COMBAT ZONE PARTS I + II
1994 2 TRKS picture disc; German electronica band, nice looking picture disc

ART OF NOISE BEATBOX / MOMENTS IN LOVE
1985 2 TRKS shaped disc, looks like a turtle – not really a 10” but a “shaped disc”

BASEMENT FIVE SILICONE CHIP / CHIP BUTTY
1980 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, their only single that I know of – too bad their neat CD is out of print

BELAFONTE, HARRY VERSATILE MR. BELAFONTE
1955? 9 TRK EP mono; lovely looking 1950’s English 10” album

BOWIE, DAVID [as TIN MACHINE] UNDER THE GOD
1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; interview on B-side

BREL, JACQUES JACQUES BREL
1965? 6 TRK EP mono – some places on Earth still issued 10” albums well into the 60’s

BROWN, JAMES SLAUGHTER'S BIG RIP OFF (RADIO FEATURETTE)
1973 3 TRKS ED McMAHON – promotional item for the Blaxplotation film

BRUIJNJE, JOEP VITAMINS!
1983 8 TRK EP with Fay Lovsky – Dutch English-language singer / songwriter fare – really quite good.

CAPTAIN SENSIBLE & KING MY BABY DON'T CARE
1978 4 TRKS with pic sleeve ('04 issue) member of The Damned

COOPER-CLARKE, JOHN WALKING BACK TO HAPPINESS
1979 10 TRK EP; Live, clear vinyl – cracking British spoken word / comedy album! Not on CD!!!

CORNELIUS / HIDEKI KAJI THEME FROM FIRST QUESTION AWARD shaped disc
1997 2 TRKS heart shaped disc; MENU 120

CRIME & THE CITY SOLUTION DOLPHINS AND THE SHARKS, THE
1991 4 TRKS with pic sleeve; Ltd. Ed. #4961

CUGAT, XAVIER DANCE PARADE
1953? 8 TRKS a real 1950’s 10” album – lots of mambo

DAMNED, THE LIVELY ARTS / TEENAGE DREAM / I'M SO BORED
1980 3 TRKS with pic sleeve – British punk rock

DARLING BUDS HIT THE GROUND
1989 4 TRKS with pic sleeve – probably issued on both 10” and 7”, with hopes of hyping the chart

DIE DOMINAS DIE DOMINAS
1981? 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; Ralf & Karl of Kraftwerk

ELECTRIC EELS NOT IN LOVE (WITH THE MODERN WORLD)
1980 3 TRKS with pic sleeve – British new wave

GIGANTJES LITTLE GIANTS
1985 6 TRKS with pic sleeve – Dutch group

GIRLSCHOOL C'MON LET'S GO / TONIGHT / DEMOLITION
1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve – British hard rock

GIRLSCHOOL HIT AND RUN / TONIGHT / TUSH
1981 3 TRKS with pic sleeve – British hard rock (and a ZZ Top cover version!)

GLITTER, GARY GLITTER AND GOLD
1980 6 TRK EP; Collection – British 70’s glam rock

GODOT SOMETHING'S MISSING / THE PRIORITY / VOICES
1983? 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; Dalek I Love You members

HADJIDAKIS, MANOS / V. A. DANCING ON SUNDAY
1962? 10 TRKS mono; Mikis Theodorakis – Greek artists