The Ron Kane Files
Writing About Music
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
CD DIAL 'S' FOR SONNY TOSHIBA JPN TOCJ-1570
1957 6 TRKS mono
CD SONNY'S CRIB BLUE NOTE
1957 8 TRKS stereo ('87 issue) (3 x bonus tracks)
CD SONNY CLARK TRIO BLUE NOTE
1957 9 TRKS stereo ('87 issue) (3 x bonus tracks)
CD COOL STRUTTIN' re BLUE NOTE US 95327.2
1958 6 TRKS stereo ('99 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)
CD STANDARDS BLUE NOTE
1958 14 TRK collection; mono / stereo ('98 issue)
Hard bop jazz. Mr. Clark was a wonderful piano player and composer. It was really happening around the time I was born, but I didn’t get there until nearly 30 years later.
In fact, I am sure the first time I ever heard “Cool Struttin’” – it was already the CD edition (’86? ’87?). It is literally the quintessential hard bop jazz record, a favorite among Japanese fans / collectors. Perfect music for sitting in a
Sometimes, when CD’s were made of original Blue Note releases, the compilers added relevant tracks – and sometimes, those were only alternate takes of existing tracks (which can sometime be of great interest)…but I really like the ‘extra’ tracks on “Cool Struttin’”.
I have listed
Some people will be most interested in “Sonny’ Crib” – as the tenor sax player is John Coltrane. But I like any album with Sonny Clark ‘originals’!
But I recommend that you try “Cool Struttin’” – like Miles Davis’ “Kind Of Blue”, it’s a one-in-a-million jazz album. Accessible, yet pushing the boundaries of the genre (hard bop jazz). Once heard, never forgotten.
Jazz time now!
Labels: Sonny Clark
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
A very different kettle of fish from yesterday’s German band, Nine Days Wonder. I don’t think you could accurately call Cluster “rock music”. How about ‘German 70’s electronic avant-garde’?
LP CLUSTER PHILIPS DE 6305 074
1971 3 TRKS
CD CLUSTER WATER US WATER 160
1971 3 TRKS
LP CLUSTER II BRAIN DE BRAIN 1006
1972 6 TRKS
CD CLUSTER II UNIVERSAL JPN UICY-9557
1972 6 TRKS ('05 issue) kami sleeve, pictured
LP ZUCKERZEIT BRAIN DE BRAIN 1065
1974 10 TRKS
CD ZUCKERZEIT UNIVERSAL JPN UICY-9558
1974 10 TRKS ('05 issue) kami sleeve
Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius are the two musicians most closely associated with Cluster. They worked extensively with producer Conrad Plank; if you add Michael Rother, the band becomes “Harmonia” (who had two very nice albums).
Originally, the band was known as Kluster – and featured an additional member, Conrad Schnitzler. I have at least two albums by this version of the band (“Klopfzeichen” and “Zwei-Osterei”). One side of each album has somebody talking in German, the other side = nice instrumental electronic music!
How did I get interested? There was a definitely wave of experimental rock music from Germany that was fairly easy to come up with in Los Angeles. One could buy Faust, Amon Duul II & Can albums almost anywhere, in the 70’s. I started with “Cluster II” – I liked the Brain label, and it has the most astonishing cover artwork! You can always see (even from across a room) if someone has “Cluster II” in their LP collection!
The debut album is very noisy indeed; “Cluster II” a little ‘spacier’; compared to the other two, “Zuckerzeit” ( = “Sugar Time”) is positively ‘beat’ driven.
After the three wonderfully noisy electronic albums listed above (my favorites!) – they made more records, and eventually released a few albums as “Cluster & Eno” (records that did not interest me at the time; I suppose I should try them again). I understand they have been performing again in 2007 and 2008.
German space rock is not my favorite genre at present, but I thought enough of these three albums to get CD’s of them. I hadn’t heard the 1st Cluster album in years – I found my German original LP of it in Australia, in 1987, for A$1.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Nine Days Wonder
10-28-08 Nine Days Wonder
German 70’s group, singing in English!
CD NINE DAYS WONDER BELLAPHON DE 288.09.106
1971 4 TRKS
LP NINE DAYS WONDER
1971 4 TRKS fish head cover
LP NINE DAYS WONDER
1971 4 TRKS green cover
CD WE NEVER LOST CONTROL BELLAPHON DE 288.09.113
1973 7 TRKS
LP WE NEVER LOST CONTROL BELLAPHON DE BLPS 19163 Q
1973 7 TRKS SQ Quad
LP ONLY THE DANCERS BELLAPHON DE BLPS 19200 Q
1974 8 TRKS SQ Quad
CD ONLY THE DANCERS BELLAPHON DE 288.09.116
1975 8 TRKS
LP SONNET TO BILLY FROST BELLAPHON DE BLPS 19234
1976 11 TRKS
1980 9 TRKS
I got onto Nine Days Wonder by having a ‘free of charge’ promo copy of their debut LP sent to me from
And they had some really great song titles: “The Undershirt of Time” etc.
I liked them very much about ’73 – ’74…and was delighted when a member (or members?) of Van Der Graaf Generator appeared on their 3rd LP, “Only The Dancers” (was it David Jackson?).
For whatever reason, I never warmed to their 4th album – “Sonnet To Billy Frost” – I must take it out again and give it a listen. Whenever I went to
I don’t remember where or how I found out about Wintergarden – but I could clearly see that the singer OF NDW was present. A friend in
So, thanks for the music, guys. It’s been a part of my soul for 30+ years.
Labels: Nine Days Wonder
Monday, October 27, 2008
10-27-08 Jimmie Driftwood
1991 82 TRKS large booklet
LP BATTLE OF
1958 11 TRKS mono
LP BEST OF MONUMENT
1965? 12 TRK Collection, stereo
LP DRIFTWOOD AT SEA RCA
1962 12 TRKS stereo
LP SONGS OF BILLY YANK AND JOHNNY REB mono RCA US LPM 2316
1961 12 TRKS mono
LP TALL TALES IN SONG mono RCA US LPM 2228
1960 12 TRKS mono
LP VOICE OF THE PEOPLE mono MONUMENT US MLP 8006
1964? 12 TRKS mono
LP WESTWARD MOVEMENT, THE RCA
1960 12 TRKS stereo
1959 12 TRKS mono
I recently ‘special ordered’ the Jimmie Driftwood 3CD boxed set, from Down Home Music in
A few years back, I took a real interest in ‘American roots music’ of the 50’s / 60’s – a lot of country & western music, too. Driftwood seems to straddle this invisible line. It’s a neat trick that he seems to have writing credits for a lot of songs that I thought were ‘public domain’ (i.e. traditional) songs. But – he’s not in the slightest bit disingenuous.
Credited with being the author of “The Ballad of New Orleans” (Johnny Horton had the hit with it) – Mr. Driftwood started making LP’s in 1957. The booklet of the boxed set told me a lot I didn’t know about Mr. Driftwood – his real name was James Morris. He lived in the Ozarks most of his life, and was a keen philanthropist. He lived to be 91 years old (1907 – 1998). It is said he got the nickname ‘Jimmie Driftwood’ because at the time he was born, his grandpa played a prank, handing someone a blanket with a piece of wood in it – “Here’s yer baby!”.
Driftwood’s other famous ‘writing credit” is for the “Tennessee Stud”. Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed have a dynamite version of it.
When I listen to his stuff, I feel like I’ve heard the songs before – indeed, I may have. Did I hear those songs in elementary school? Or in cartoons? I like his ‘cornball’ voice, the Chet Atkins ‘production’, the songs.
The CD boxed set only covers his 6 RCA LP’s – but I have his two later LP’s on Monument – I was never quite sure if the “Best Of” was later re-recordings or what.
So – to go with your Grandpa Jones and Minnie Pearl records, enjoy some Jimmie Driftwood!
Labels: Jimmie Driftwood
Friday, October 24, 2008
David Bowie #5
10-24-08 David Bowie #5
We conclude our examination of Mr. Bowie…
10" UNDER THE GOD (Tin Machine) EMI
1989 3 TRKS with pic sleeve; interview
7" UP THE HILL BACKWARDS /
1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP YOUNG AMERICANS RCA
1975 8 TRKS
CD YOUNG AMERICANS re TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-6211
1975 11 TRKS ('91 issue)(3 x bonus tracks)
7" YOUNG AMERICANS / KNOCK ON WOOD RCA
1975 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
CD5 ZIGGY STARDUST (Live) GOLDEN YEARS
1994 3 TRK CD Single CD5 ('72 live recording)
LP ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS RCA
1972 11 TRKS
CD ZIGGY STARDUST AND THE SPIDERS FROM MARS re RYKODISC
1972 16 TRKS (5 x bonus tracks) ('90 issue) – I also have a MiniDisc of this version.
So, I am fairly strong with his releases from “Space Oddity” aka “Man of Music, Man of Words” up to “Never Let Me Down”. “Low” is the definite favorite. The poor cousins? “Stage” or “Tonight”?
And, yes = there are still a few things I would like to add to this collection: a
Thanks for reading the Bowie list this week.
On Monday, we return to our regular non-Bowie programming.
Labels: David Bowie
Thursday, October 23, 2008
David Bowie #4
10-23-08 David Bowie #4
7" SORROW /
1973 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
CDx4 SOUND + VISION (4CD boxed set) re VIRGIN US 594511.2
2003 70 TRK Collection (70's & 80's recordings) the mighty re-mastered version of his Ryko boxed set – no visual discs this time!
7" SPACE ODDITY (EP) RCA US EP-45-103
1972 4 TRKS with pic sleeve; EP - promo
7" SPACE ODDITY / (Same) MERCURY US DJ-133
1970? 2 TRKS no pic sleeve; promo
7" SPACE ODDITY / MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, THE RCA US 74-0876
1973 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
CD SPACE ODDITY kami TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-70141
1969 10 TRKS ('07 issue) kami sleeve
CD SPACE ODDITY re RYKODISC
1970 13 TRKS ('90 issue) (3 x bonus tracks)
LP SPACE ODDITY re-issue RCA US LSP 4813
1969 10 TRKS with poster, re-issue '72
LPx2 SPECIAL (Collection) RCA JPN SRA-9503/4
1976 22 TRK Collection;
LPx2 STAGE RCA
1978 17 TRKS Live – nope, no CD of this for me
7" STARMAN /
1972 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP STATION TO STATION RCA
1976 6 TRKS
CD STATION TO STATION re RYKODISC
1976 8 TRKS ('91 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)
7" THIS IS NOT
1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP TIN MACHINE EMI
1989 12 TRKS
CD TIN MACHINE kami TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-70157
1989 14 TRKS kami sleeve ('06 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)
CD TIN MACHINE II VICTORY US 511216.2
1991 12 TRKS
LP TONIGHT EMI
1984 9 TRKS
7" TONIGHT / TUMBLE AND TWIRL EMI
1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve; poster sleeve
7" TVC 15 / WE ARE THE DEAD RCA
1976 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
Tomorrow we conclude looking at David Bowie.
Labels: David Bowie
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
David Bowie #3
10-22-08 David Bowie #3
LP LODGER, THE RCA
1979 10 TRKS
CD LODGER, THE re RYKODISC
1979 12 TRKS ('91 issue) (2 x bonus tracks)
LP LOVE YOU TILL TUESDAY DERAM
1984 11 TRKS 60's recordings – the way I have some of his Deram sides
7" LOVING THE ALIEN (Remix) / DON'T LOOK DOWN (Remix) EMI
1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, gatefold sleeve
LP LOW RCA
1977 11 TRKS insert – probably the one I like best in ’08
CD LOW re RYKODISC
1977 14 TRKS (3 x bonus tracks)
LP MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, THE MERCURY
1970? 9 TRKS possible counterfeit
LP MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, THE re-issue RCA US AFL1-4816
1970? 9 TRKS '72 re-issue
CD MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, THE kami TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-70142
1969 9 TRKS '07 re-issue, kami sleeve ('99 master)
CD MAN WHO SOLD THE WORLD, THE re TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-8862
1969 13 TRKS '90 re-issue (4 x bonus tracks)
7" MODERN LOVE (Studio) / MODERN LOVE (Live) EMI
1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
CD NEVER LET ME DOWN EMI
1987 11 TRKS original issue CD – gotta keep this for the 1 x extra track!
CD NEVER LET ME DOWN kami TOSHIBA JPN TOCP-70156
1987 10 TRKS kami sleeve ('06 issue)
LP NEVER LET ME DOWN EMI
1987 11 TRKS
LP PETER & THE WOLF RCA RED SEAL
1978 2 TRKS green vinyl, insert
LP PIN UPS RCA
1973 12 TRKS re-issue
CD PIN UPS re RYKODISC
1973 14 TRKS (2 x bonus tracks) ('90 re-master)
CD5 RADIO SESSION (Tin Machine) VICTOR JPN VICP-15014
1992 4 TRK CD Single CD5
7" ROCK 'N' ROLL WITH ME (Long) / (Short) RCA
1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo
7" ROCK 'N' ROLL WITH ME / PANIC IN
1974 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP SCARY MONSTERS RCA
1980 10 TRKS
CD SCARY MONSTERS re RYKODISC
1980 14 TRKS ('92 issue) (4 x bonus tracks)
LP SCARY MONSTERS INTERVIEW promo RCA US DJL1-38401980 15 TRKS promo-only interview LP
Labels: David Bowie