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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Sense of Purpose

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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Pino Daniele


4-29-09 Pino Daniele


CD BELLA 'MBRIANA EMI IT 746793.2 1982 11 TRKS

LP BONNE SOIREE EMI IT 240770.1 1987 10 TRKS

CD CHE DIO TI BENEDICA CGD IT 92258.2 1993 14 TRKS 'DDD'

CD E SONA MO' CGD IT 94253.2 1993 14 TRKS Live

CD FERRY BOAT CGD IT 98378.2 1985 10 TRKS ('94 issue)

CDx2 LIVE - SCIO CGD IT 98381.2 1984 17 TRKS Live ('94 issue)

CD MASCALZONE LATINA EMI IT 793469.2 1989 10 TRKS

CD MUSICA MUSICA EMI IT 746419.2 1986 15 TRK EMI Collection

CD MUSICANTE CGD IT 98380.2 1994 10 TRKS

CDx2 NAPULE E' (Collection) EAST WEST IT 385889.2 2000 34 TRK Collection

CD NERO A META' EMI IT 746804.2 1980 12 TRKS

CD NON CALPESTARE I FIORI NEL... CGD IT 99791.2 1995 13 TRKS 'DDD'

LP PINO DANIELE EMI IT 064-18391 1979 12 TRKS

CD SCHIZZECHEA WITH LOVE EMI IT 790972.2 1988 10 TRKS

CD SOTTO 'O SOLE CGD IT 76095.2 1991 10 TRKS 'DDD'

CD TERRA MIA EMI IT 746791.2 1977 13 TRKS

CD UN UOMO IN BLUES CGD IT 73310.2 1991 10 TRKS 'DDD'

LP VAI MO' EMI IT 064-18550 1981 11 TRKS

CD YES I KNOW MY WAY - BEST OF CGD IT 22818.2 1996 16 TRK Collection


I only wrote about Pino Daniele in 2/08, but I recently found some more of his titles! Of course, I am a big fan of Italian male pop vocals. Daniele is from Naples, I really like his voice and he is a decent guitarist, too. I first heard him in Paris, as I had a charming Italian lunch – the owner of the restaurant kept playing Side 1 of Daniele’s “Bella ‘Mbriana” LP, notably “Tutta Nata Storia” – I was hooked. I wrote the name down on a napkin, found the LP etc. Years later, I even found a CD of it – again, in Paris!


For a while, I was finding his stuff rather easily. It was being imported. I could talk with my Italian music friends about Daniele, Lucio Battisti and Adriano Celentano. At some point, I quit finding any new titles – only “Best Of” titles. Recently, I found 5 used CD’s, most of which were ‘new-to-me’.


I still also love his “Schizzechea With Love” album. There was a while where that was truly my soundtrack; I drove around listening to it a lot at the end of the 80’s. It may take me a while to get to the new CD’s I found, but I fully intend to.


I once found a PAL VHS video of Daniele playing live. Very cool.


Pino Daniele is exactly the kind of artist I like to follow. His discography is extensive, but manage-able. I have yet to hear anything by him that I didn’t like. When I saw the CD’s in the store, I knew exactly right away which ones I didn’t have. If he was ever going to play live in L.A., I wouldn’t hesitate. I wonder if he’s ever played anywhere in the US?


I don’t remember seeing his CD’s in Japan, but I haven’t been to Casa Bianca (the Tokyo Italian CD specialist store) in a while.


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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Monochrome Set



4-28-09 The Monochrome Set

Checked my index, couldn’t find a blog about The Monochrome Set! I really got into them a few years back…I was there initially, but lost interest before album #3. I likely totally lost interest when they never came – in the early 80’s. I was pleased as punch when Mr. Bid came and played shows.


7" 405 LINES / GOODBYE JOE DINDISC UK DIN 23

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" ALPHAVILLE / HE'S FRANK IRS US IR 9002

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" ALPHAVILLE / HE'S FRANK ROUGH TR UK RT 005

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" APOCALYPSO / FIASCO BONGO DINDISC UK DIN 26

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD B&W MINSTRELS (Collection) CHERRY RED UK CDMRED 118

1995 16 TRK Collection

7" CAST A LONG SHADOW CHERRY RED UK CHERRY 51

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD CHARADE CHERRY RED UK CDBRED 102

1993 14 TRKS

LP CHARADE CHERRY RED UK BRED 102

1993 14 TRKS

CD COMPENDIUM 1975-1995 (Collection) CHERRY RED UK CDBRED 128

1996 22 TRK Collection

CD DANTE'S CASINO VINYL JAPAN ASKCD 4

1990 10 TRKS original CD issue

LP DANTE'S CASINO VINYL JAPAN ASKLP 4

1990 10 TRKS autographed

7" EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS / LESTER LEAPS IN ROUGH TR UK RT 019

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD ELIGIBLE BACHELORS SUMMIT UK SUMCD 4096

1982 11 TRKS re-issue

LP ELIGIBLE BACHELORS CHERRY RED UK BRED 34

1982 11 TRKS

LP FIN CHERRY RED UK ACME 3

1986 19 TRKS Live, autographed

CD5 FOREVER YOUNG CHERRY RED UK CDCHERRY 126

1993 3 TRK CD Single CD5

CD GOOD LIFE, THE RICHMOND UK MONDE 8CD

1992 19 TRKS Live; same as "Fin"

7" HE'S FRANK (SLIGHT RETURN) ROUGH TR UK BL 1

1979 3 TRKS no pic sleeve

CD5 I LOVE LAMBETH CHERRY RED UK CDCHERRY 138

1995 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD JACK HONEYMOON MONOCD 1

1991 10 TRKS

LP JACK HONEYMOON MONOLP 1

1991 10 TRKS

12" JACOB'S LADDER BLANCO Y NEG NEG 4-T

1984 5 TRKEP; with poster, autographed

7" JACOB'S LADDER BLANCO Y NEG NEG 4

1984 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" JET SET JUNTA / LOVE GOES DOWN THE DRAIN CHERRY RED UK CHERRY 60

1983 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" KILLING DAVE HONEYMOON JAKK 1T

1991 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5 KILLING DAVE HONEYMOON JAKK 1C

1991 3 TRK CD Single CD5

CD LIVE CODE 90 UK NINETY 4

1993 20 TRKS Live 1990, CD-only release? From a UK TV appearance.

CD LOST WEEKEND, THE WEA JPN WPCR-1461

1985 11 TRKS

LP LOST WEEKEND, THE BLANCO Y NEG BYN 5

1985 11 TRKS

LP LOVE ZOMBIES DINDISC UK DID 8

1980 10 TRKS with art prints

7" MATING GAME, THE / J.D.H.A.N.E.Y. CHERRY RED UK CHERRY 42

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD MISERE CHERRY RED UK CDBRED 114

1994 11 TRKS CD-only release?

7" MONOCHROME SET, THE / MR. BIZARRO ROUGH TR UK RT 028

1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" REACH FOR YOUR GUN (BID solo) EL UK GPO 10T

1986 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

LP STRANGE BOUTIQUE DINDISC UK DID 4

1980 11 TRKS autographed

7" STRANGE BOUTIQUE, THE / SURFING S.W. 12 DINDISC UK DIN 18

1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" TEN DON'TS FOR HONEYMOONERS PRE UK PRE 18

1981 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD TOMORROW WILL BE TOO LONG VIRGIN UK CDOVD 458

1995 21 TRK Collection (1st 2 albums)

CD TRINITY ROAD TOYS FACTORY JPN TFCK-88854

1995 16 TRKS Japanese pressing, CD-only release?

LP VOLUME, CONTRAST, BRILLIANCE Vol. 1 CHERRY RED UK MRED 47

1983 14 TRK Collection

CD VOLUME, CONTRAST, BRILLIANCE Vol. 1 re P-VINE JPN PCD-22072

1983 25 TRK Collection ('04 issue), 9 x bonus tracks

12" WALLFLOWER BLANCO Y NEG NEG 12-T

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD WESTMINSTER AFFAIR (Collection) TOYS FACTORY JPN TFCK-88803

1990 19 TRK Collection, 5 x bonus tracks

LP WESTMINSTER AFFAIR (Collection) EL UK ACME 17

1988 14 TRK Collection

CD WHAT A WHOPPER! (Collection) RICHMOND UK MONDE 2CD

1992 16 TRK Collection


I would love to do the obsessive collector thing with these guys, but it doesn’t appear that the final two initial works by ‘em ever made it to LP format, “Trinity Road” and “Misere”. No, I don’t have all the 7” singles, either.


Mr. Bid came to Los Angeles a few year back, and that explains my autograph collection herein. His current incarnation trades as Scarlet’s Well. Both The Monochrome Set and Scarlet’s Well are popular in Japan. When I got so into them, I wrote to them c/o Cherry Red Records in England, and Mr. Lester Square wrote back!


This band proves to me that it’s possible I could be wrong about dumping / banning a band from my consciousness.

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Monday, April 27, 2009

Perfect Collection?

http://www.flickr.com/photos/rk-dd/sets/72157594523798330/

I have a set up on Flickr of my "Perfect Collection". Well, it's not perfect, but I thought I'd try to stay within the boundary of the 800 or so photos that Flickr allows per page of a set.

Please take a look at my "Perfect Collection" - I'd love to hear your comments, questions. Yes, I will consider removing some titles to be replaced with others. What's missing? What are you unfamiliar with?

Very soon, I will be taking a short break from blogging. I must change my internet connection at home - my dial-up is now too slow for many internet functions - Flickr among them.

So, what do you think of my "Perfect Collection"?

- Ron

Big LP Boxed Sets

4-27-09 Big LP Boxed Sets


LPx4 CHICAGO CHICAGO AT CARNEGIE HALL COLUMBIA US K4X 30865

1971 34 TRKS Live, booklet + posters

LPx4 GLASS, PHILIP EINSTEIN ON THE BEACH CBS US M4 38875

1979 14 TRKS Boxed set, re-issue

LPx4 OLDFIELD, MIKE BOXED VIRGIN DE 28009-440

1976 14 TRK Collection, booklet

LPx4 TANGERINE DREAM 70 - 80 VIRGIN UK VBOX 2

1980 22 TRK Collection, booklet

LPx4 VARIOUS ARTISTS ELECTRIC MUSE - FOLK INTO ROCK ISLAND/TRANS FOLK 1001

1975 56 TRK Compilation; Traffic, Pentangle etc.

LPx4 YELLOW MAGIC ORCHESTRA SEALED YEN/ALFA JPN YLR-80001-4

1984 35 TRK Collection , booklet

LPx4 ZAPPA, FRANK LATHER pirate EDISON SRZ-4-1500

1979? 25 TRKS 4 LP's; pirate

LPx5 DYLAN, BOB BIOGRAPH CBS NL CBS 66509

1985 53 TRK Collection

LPx5 VARIOUS ARTISTS MAJOR FORCE: ORIGINAL ARTFORM MO' WAX UK MW 082LP

1997 31 TRK Compilation

LPx6 FAITH, PERCY PERCY FAITH TREASURY CBS SPECIAL P6S 5554

1972? 72 TRK Collection EZ

LPx6 VARIOUS ARTISTS WARNER / REPRISE: 20th ANNIVERSARY BOX WARNER US PRO-A-775

1979 88 TRKS promo-only, booklet


These are all of the more-than-three LP boxed sets I keep. The Chicago is notable for being a quadruple live album with many inserts; the Philip Glass is a re-issue, with the original having been on Tomato Records; the Mike Oldfield has some interesting remixes, in a very old-school sense – as well as some otherwise unavailable on LP material; the Tangerine Dream also has some unique material; I eventually found the book that goes with the “Electric Muse” boxed set; Y.M.O. “Sealed” was a big “Best Of” with only one unique track; the Zappa is a pirate boxed set, which eventually got a legit issue; I got the Dylan as an LP box rather than a CD box, but now I think I’d like to find a reasonably-priced CD of it; I only recently found the Mo’ Wax / Major Force box, it’s very groovy – I love the works of Toshio Nakanishi; Percy Faith was a Thrift Store record – but sealed!; I found the Warner / Reprise 20th Anniversary Box at the Capitol Records parking lot swap meet, over 20 years ago – it’s a really super promo-only collection, with a huge book and a truly decent selection of material from that diverse label.


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Friday, April 24, 2009

The Cure


4-24-09 The Cure


I last wrote about The Cure in 2004. I probably like them better now than I did then. Pretty much followed them from their beginnings, up to “17 Seconds”. Then I liked some of their singles, and “The Head On The Door”. I do not have an intense Cure collection, and I sold off some of my early singles at time when it was very profitable to do so. So, no “Cult Hero” 45 for me anymore, alas.


LP 17 SECONDS FICTION UK FIX 004

1980 10 TRKS original UK issue

CDx2 17 SECONDS (Deluxe edition) RHINO US R2 74682

1980 25 TRKS ('05 issue)(15 x bonus tracks)

CD BOYS DON'T CRY FICTION DE 815011.2

1979 12 TRKS

7" BOYS DON'T CRY (New Version) / PILLBOX TALES VAP JPN 15007-07

1986 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" CATCH, THE / BREATHE FICTION UK FICSP 26

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, clear vinyl

12" CLOSE TO ME / A MAN INSIDE MY MOUTH / STOP DEAD FICTION UK FICSX 23

1985 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD ENTREAT POLYDOR UK 843359.2

1990 8 TRKS Live, Wembley 7/89

CDx2 FAITH (Deluxe edition) RHINO US R2 74683

1981 24 TRKS ('05 issue) (16 x bonus tracks)

CD GALORE - THE SINGLES 1987 - 1997 ELEKTRA US 62117.2

1997 18 TRK Collection

CD HEAD ON THE DOOR, THE ELEKTRA US 60435.2

1985 10 TRKS

LP HEAD ON THE DOOR, THE ELEKTRA US 60435.1

1985 10 TRKS

7" HIGH / THIS TWILIGHT GARDEN FICTION UK FICS 39

1992 2 TRKS no pic sleeve

7" IN BETWEEN DAYS / EXPLODING BOY, THE VAP JPN 15006-07

1985 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD JAPANESE WHISPERS SIRE US 25076.2

1983 8 TRKS 'The Singles'

LP JAPANESE WHISPERS SIRE US 25076.1

1983 8 TRKS 'The Singles'

CD KISS ME KISS ME KISS ME ELEKTRA US 60737.2

1987 17 TRKS (one less track than the double LP)

LPx2 KISS ME KISS ME KISS ME POLYDOR DE 832130.1

1987 18 TRKS

CD5 LOVE SONG ELEKTRA US 66687.2

1989 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD MIXED UP ELEKTRA US 60978.2

1990 11 TRKS remixes

CD5 NEVER ENOUGH ELEKTRA US 66604.2

1990 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD PARIS ELEKTRA CAN CD 61552

1993 12 TRKS Live, Paris 10/92

CD5 PEEL SESSIONS, THE DUTCH EAST US DEI 8341.2

1988 4 TRK CD Single CD5 ('78 recording)

CD STANDING ON A BEACH - THE SINGLES ELEKTRA US 60477.2

1986 17 TRK Collection (4 x bonus tracks)

LP STANDING ON A BEACH - THE SINGLES ELEKTRA US 60477.1

1986 13 TRK Collection

LP THREE IMAGINARY BOYS FICTION UK FIX 1

1979 12 TRKS the version with literally no text on the exterior cover

CDx2 THREE IMAGINARY BOYS (Deluxe edition) RHINO US R2 78895

1979 33 TRKS ('04 issue) (20 x bonus tracks)

LP TOP, THE SIRE US 25086.1

1984 10 TRKS

7" WHY CAN'T I BE YOU? (7" x 2) FICTION UK FICSG 25

1987 4 TRK EP; with pic sleeve, 7"x2

12" WHY CAN'T I BE YOU? / A JAPANESE DREAM FICTION UK FICSX 25

1987 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


Boy, do I ever remember a time when I met tons of people that collected ONLY The Cure! That was really a pervasive scene. When I used to sell at the Emeryville swap meet, I really made bank selling the old Cure 45’s (and even that was to another dealer!).


When the re-mastered Deluxe Edition 2CD sets starting walking down the pike, I snapped up a few of them, and I wouldn’t be adverse to a few more, if the price was right.


What really helped my Cure fandom along was all of their music videos. I had the Japanese Beta stereo hi-fi tape of “Tea Party”, which was about 30 minutes long and it had all of the clips of the day, approx. ’85. Later with got a “Live In Japan” (’87) tape that I dubbed.


I never did see them live. I barely missed them once in Paris – during a “Fete De La Musique” day. Or did I miss The The? I don’t remember that day too well, as I sit here typing.


I always rather found it amusing that Robert Smith joined Siouxsie & The Banshees at one point. I never really did them; I didn’t care for their debut LP when it was highly recommended to me, but I am good with some of the singles, like “Hong Kong Garden”. Never heard “The Glove”, their thing with Mr. Smith.


And according to Word Magazine, Robert Smith is now 50 years of age. Hey, so am I!


Recently, I got two different live CD’s by The Cure, “Entreat” and “Paris” – maybe I am trying to make up for never having seen them live? I think the latest thing in my Cure collection is the 7” single called “High”, which was given to me with the batch of Thrift Store Records I recently described.


I definitely didn’t care for the LP after “Faith”, and I wasn’t even all that fond of “Faith”! But I did like the “Charlotte Sometimes” single, so nice to have it again, on the $4 copy of the 2CD “Faith” that I found at a Salvation Army store recently.


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Thursday, April 23, 2009

E.L.O. / The Move etc.



4-23-09 Electric Light Orchestra, The Move etc.

I last wrote about E.L.O. in 2005. I recently got a 2CD “Best Of”, and decided to do it again, but to expand things a bit. I am not the biggest Move / E.L.O. / Wizzard fan. My favorite thing in the entire body of work is “Looking On” by The Move.

E.L.O.:

LP BALANCE OF POWER CBS ASSOC. FZ 40048
1986 10 TRKS
LP DISCOVERY CBS/JET UK JETLX 500
1979 9 TRKS insert
LP ELDORADO U.A. US US-LA-339G
1974 10 TRKS
LP ELO II EPIC/JET US PZ 35533
1973 5 TRKS re-issue, 2nd album
LP FACE THE MUSIC U.A. US US-LA-546G
1975 8 TRKS
7" I'M ALIVE / DRUM DREAMS MCA US MCA-41246
1980 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
LP NEW WORLD RECORD, A U.A. DE UAS 30017 XOT
1976 9 TRKS
LP NIGHT THE LIGHT WENT ON IN LONG BEACH WARNER DE WB 56058
1974 7 TRKS Live
CD NO ANSWER CBS/SONY JPN CSCS 6026
1971 9 TRKS
LP NO ANSWER U.A. US UAS 5573
1972 9 TRKS 1st album
LP OLE ELO U.A. US SP-123
1976 9 TRKS yellow vinyl promo
LP ON THE THIRD DAY U.A. US US-LA-188F
1973 9 TRKS 3rd album
LPx2 OUT OF THE BLUE U.A./JET US JT-LA-823-L2
1977 17 TRKS
LP SECRET MESSAGES EPIC/JET US QZ 38490
1983 10 TRKS
7" SHINE A LITTLE LOVE / JUNGLE JET US ZS8 5057
1979 2 TRKS with pic sleeve
CDx2 STRANGE MAGIC: BEST OF EPIC US Z2K 64157
1995 29 TRK Collection
7" SWEET TALKIN' WOMAN / FIRE ON HIGH U.A./JET US JT-XW-1145
1978 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, PURPLE VINYL
7" TELEPHONE LINE / POOR BOY (THE GREENWOOD) U.A. US UA-XW1000
1976 2 TRKS with pic sleeve, green vinyl
LP TIME EPIC/JET US FZ 37371
1981 13 TRKS
7" TURN TO STONE / MISTER KINGDOM U.A./JET UK UP 36313
1977 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

The Move:

7" FLOWERS IN THE RAIN A&M US AM-884
1968 2 TRKS no pic sleeve
LP FLYBACK (Collection) FLY UK TON 3
1970? 12 TRK Collection
CD LOOKING ON REPERTOIRE DE REP 4281-WY
1970 12 TRKS 5 x bonus tracks
LP LOOKING ON FLY UK FLY 1
1970 7 TRKS UK original issue
CD MESSAGE FROM THE COUNTRY re HARVEST US 30342.2
2005 18 TRKS ('05 issue) (8 x bonus tracks)
CD MOVE, THE CUBE EU CUCD 15TM
1968 13 TRKS
LP MOVE, THE REGAL ZO UK SLRZ 1002
1968 13 TRKS stereo
CD SHAZAM REPERTOIRE DE REP 4296-WY
1970 11 TRKS (5 x bonus tracks) ('93 issue)
LP SHAZAM A&M US SP-4259
1968? 6 TRKS stereo
LP SPLIT ENDS U.A. US UAS 5666
1972 12 TRK Collection

Roy Wood:

LPx2 ROY WOOD STORY, THE HARVEST UK SHDW 408 1976 25 TRK Collection; The Move, E.L.O., Wizzard etc. – basically suffices as my Roy Wood / Wizzard collection!
LP EDDY AND THE FALCONS WARNER UK K 56029 1974 9 TRKS poster

OK, for Roy Wood, I admit I just have whatever has crossed my path for a good price. I do not necessarily recognize Wizzard’s involvement with the British Glam Rock movement of the mid-70’s.

As a young man hanging out in record stores, people were always talking about The Move. There was a free music ‘magazine’ called “The Phonograph Record Magazine” – and they too were always touting The Move. So, I made it my youthful business to duly seek out and hear The Move. Good thing that the first record I found was the new “Looking On” LP on Fly Records! I could find their “Shazam” LP in the $1 bin, and I eventually drifted into a UK original of their debut LP, with it’s beautiful psychedelic cover.

I watched with baited breath as The Move trans-morphed into The Electric Light Orchestra. I lapped up their debut album, loving “10538 Overture” et al. But 1972 was a hell of a time in rock music – lots of cool stuff was available then, and very quickly, bands like Genesis and Gentle Giant were catching my attention; I never ‘made it’ to “E.L.O. II” – it seemed almost ‘mainstream’ by comparison. And let’s not forget my nascent interest in “Krautrock”!

So, in the mid-70’s, I wasn’t really building on my love of British psychedelic music – I was basking in the warmth of Family, John Entwistle, Traffic, Arthur Brown’s Kingdom Come – the music of the day.

When I got to my first hippie record store job in ’76, E.L.O. were going great guns. You couldn’t not hear them. I heard all the singles, and most of the LP’s at the time. I remember the in-store displays. And the silly TV commercials. Ah, it was just pop music. I wanted Italian horror film soundtracks!

2009 is here, and no 70’s UK pop compilation would be complete without at least one E.L.O. cut – hence my need for a 2CD “Best Of”. “Balance Of Power”, anyone?

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