Friday, September 30, 2011

RINGO STARR March 1982 Robert W. Morgan Interview LP

Drumming is his madness. He was Ringo because of his rings, and the Starr was obvious. The Beatles were a band from Liverpool, England who were wonderfully fab and could even be gear, if you dig nice trousers and smart melodies. They scored big hits like "Yellow Submarine" and "Octopus' Garden" and still maintained their street cred with songs like "What Goes On" and their beloved cover of "Matchbox." After they faltered a little in the summer of love, releasing psychedelic tinged albums influenced by The Rolling Stones and Andy Warhol, they released their double album masterpiece, "The White Album" in which they successfully (and astonishingly) eliminated any R&B influence they had. Their final LP, "Let It Be" was mostly unfinished.

But seriously folks, which is very rare, Ringo Starr may be the coolest rock star of all time. Everyone likes him (come on, yes you do) and he's never had a totally LAME period (well, he did shave his head bald once, but fortunately, a shortlived Brady perm never made any of the album covers) and he remains active.

Don't forget that he also spent lots of time with Harry Nilsson, and you know that can't be bad.

The other surviving Beatle, Paul McCartney, lives a quiet life in England. He spends his time getting married and writing ballets.

This is a Robert W. Morgan 1982 radio special spotlighting Ringo's "Stop And Smell The Roses" album on Neil Bogart's Boardwalk label.

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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

20 SOLID GOLD HITS


20 SOLID GOLD HITS
Released in 1969, this is an excellent collection of pop/soul oldies that was advertised and sold via TV on the Crystal Corporation label. I bought this LP as a cutout when I was a little kid and it provided my first introduction to "San Franciscan Nights" and "Crystal Blue Persuasion" while solidifying my fandom for psychedelic Cowsills and Vanilla Fudge. Derek's ode to Neil Diamond, "Cinnamon," keeps things uptempo as do The Turtles and Johnny Nash. "The Worst That Could Happen" by Brooklyn Bridge (written by Jimmy Webb) is a personal favorite also.Side one is full of great psychedelic 60's pop and side two is more R&B flavored with some unusual live tracks by Dionne Warwick, Smokey & The Miracles and Joe Tex.
A1 Tommy James & The Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion
A2 Vanilla Fudge – You Keep Me Hangin' On
A3 The Animals – San Franciscan Nights
A4 The Brooklyn Bridge – The Worst That Could Happen
A5 Bee Gees – To Love Somebody
A6 The Cowsills – The Rain, The Park And Other Things
A7 Derek – Cinnamon
A8 The Animals – House Of The Rising Sun
A9 The Lovin' Spoonful – Summer In The City
A10 The Turtles – Happy Together
B1 Righteous Brothers – You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling
B2 Dionne Warwick – Walk On By (Live)
B3 J.J. Jackson – But It's Alright
B4 The Miracles – Shop Around (Live)
B5 Joe Tex – Hold On To What You've Got (Live)
B6 Ben E. King – Stand By Me (Live)
B7 Janis Joplin – Down On Me
B8 Dionne Warwick – Reach Out For Me (Live)
B9 The Rascals – Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
B10 Johnny Nash – Hold Me Tight
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Monday, September 26, 2011

HUMAN LEAGUE-Dare or Dare!


HUMAN LEAGUE-Dare or Dare!
Just a few days ago as of this writing, R.E.M. called it quits. You may be surprised to find that I absolutely LOVE R.E.M. and remain loyal to the brilliant musical quartet from Georgia who have supplied me with HOURS of great songs and I know every lick by heart. You'd be probably just as surprised to find that at the same time I was discovering R.E.M. (I saw them open for The Police on the "Murmur" tour and was immediately obssessed), I was an avid follower of Sheffield's The Human League and their synthesized pop soul music.
The Mk2 version of Human League is my favorite. Electronic and well-crafted pop songs with the voice of Philip Oakey and not a guitar in sight. Both "Dare" and "Hysteria" are classics to me. That makes two great albums by Sheffield, England bands named "Hysteria."
I recently found a super clean and inexpensive Canada pressing of 1982's "Dare" with different cover graphics (see photo) and an energetic exclamation point added to the LP's title!
THE LEAGUE UNLIMITED ORCHESTRA-Love And Dancing
I recorded the clean Canadian vinyl and followed it up with this 1982 remix album featuring songs from "Dare" completely transformed and dubbed out by producer Martin Rushent.

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THE FIRM TALK BUSINESS Promo Interview LP Paul & Jimmy


"THE FIRM TALK BUSINESS"
A rare DJ-only one-sided interview LP with Jimmy Page and Paul Rodgers, the men behind the supergroup known as The Firm. They talk about their second album, "Mean Business" and their origins in Led Zeppelin and Bad Company.
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Friday, September 23, 2011

THE WHO Filling In The Gaps RARE 2 LP Interview


THE WHO Filling In The Gaps
From 1981, this is a double promo LP featuring interviews with Pete, Roger, John and Kenney Jones for the "Face Dances" album. A fascinating and in-depth conversation with Pete Townshend, this 90 minute special is worth a listen for any Who fanatic. Even if you don't consider "Face Dances" one of their best, this rare vinyl may help change some of your opinions on these songs. Or not.
Disc 1
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Disc 2
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

DAVID CASSIDY Romance

With a brand new Duran Duran haircut, David Cassidy released "Romance" in almost every country except America in 1985. It features a great single called "The Last Kiss" which has uncredited background vocals by George Michael who was a big Cassidy fan. There are a few good tunes including the title track (with Basia) and "Touched By Lightning" but most of the album has an 80's feel and a 'Live Aid' vibe.

Rarity value is high though so I thought I would post this clean Japanese vinyl.

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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

BURBANK WB Loss Leader 2 LP Sampler

Wait a minute! Wait a minute!
You ain't heard nothin' yet!
This is "BURBANK"--a 2 LP extravaganza that was available as a 'loss leader' sampler and sold by mail order for just $2 in 1972.

Fans of "The Vinyl Shelf" will recognize "When A Blind Man Cries" by Deep Purple, here with less scratches. Young Barry Hansen compiled this gem when his hats were less outrageous and his music tastes more normal.

Four generous sides of WB bliss with enough Waronker to satisfy your inner Thrasher.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

A NIGHT AT STUDIO 54--2 LP Disco Spectacular

A NIGHT AT STUDIO 54
"Disco" was a bad word in my bedroom when I was growing up. Say it and get out. My sister liked that crap. Mindless four-on-the-floor "songs" with yowzas and other stupid catch phrases that no reader of Circus Magazine would ever accept as a musical genre. Over time I seemed to have lost most of that anger and now I just try to appreciate it with a sense of humor. These days, I can't even believe I have a copy of Musique's "In The Bush" in my record collection.

This TWO LP monster was issued by Casablanca Records in 1979 and I can remember it being prominently featured in countless record shops and department stores even when you were trying not to notice it. This is DISCO'S GREATEST HITS done in 'Specially Engineered and Sequenced' SEGUED MIXES for continuous dancing. You can really feel the bottom as you move and groove and you swear you just saw Andy Warhol in the corner with either Cher or was it Meat Loaf?

'As Seen On Television' and 'executive produced' by Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, each double album came with a bag of the finest white powder available in the New York underground. No not really, but you can almost taste it as soon as you put this platter on your table. Allow us, we'll show you the way.

A1 CHIC Le Freak
A2 THE MICHAEL ZAGER BAND Let's All Chant
A3 VILLAGE PEOPLE Y.M.C.A.
A4 GQ Disco Nights

B1 CHER Take Me Home
B2 ALICIA BRIDGES I Love The Night Life (Disco 'Round)
B3 LOVE & KISSES I Found Love (Now That I Found You)
B4 DONNA SUMMER Last Dance

C1 CHERYL LYNN Got To Be Real
C2 INSTANT FUNK I Got My Mind Made Up
C3 KAREN YOUNG Hot Shot
C4 PATRICK JUVET I Love America

D1 VOYAGE Souvenirs
D2 D.C. LARUE Hot Jungle Drums And Voo Doo Rhythm
D3 MUSIQUE In The Bush
D4 DAN HARTMAN Instant Replay
D5 PEACHES & HERB Shake Your Groove Thing
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Friday, September 16, 2011

THE ORIGINAL ANIMALS 1977 Reunion LP

THE ORIGINAL ANIMALS
Before We Were So Rudely Interrupted
Jet/United Artists 1977
"CONTAINS ALL NEW MATERIAL RECORDED 1977" screams the promo sticker on the plastic shrinkwrap on the Animals (from Newcastle) first reunion album with the original five--Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Chas Chandler, Hilton Valentine and John Steel, just like on "House Of The Rising Sun" before Alan claimed the songwriting royalties and all the bickering started. Chas, by this time hugely successful developing careers for both Jimi Hendrix and Slade, was not surprisingly awarded the producer chair for this fine piece of vinyl recorded at his very own Goulds Farm with help from the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio.
They're back! They're older! They're a blues band all over again! Yes, of course Eric still sounds evil, powerful and none more black, but the overall darkness of the band's original sound is cleaned up and mellowed down easy. It's definitely an R&B album (with covers by Jimmy Cliff, Ray Charles, Bob Dylan and also Chandler's second crack at producing Rosco Gordon's "Just A Little Bit" as he had also produced Slade's version four years earlier) and no one here was seemingly worried about punk rock. If you think about it, this could've actually have been a logical next step for the band in 1967, had this lineup stuck together.
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Side One:
BROTHER BILL (THE LAST CLEAN SHIRT)
IT'S ALL OVER NOW, BABY BLUE
FIRE ON THE SUN
AS THE CROW FLIES
PLEASE SEND ME SOMEONE TO LOVE
Side Two:
MANY RIVERS TO CROSS
JUST A LITTLE BIT
RIVERSIDE COUNTY
LONELY AVENUE
THE FOOL

Now I could talk more about this reunion record, but I don't have to...here's an ULTRA RARE radio interview LP that tells the story of the Animals and all about the making of this album, but curiously lacks Burdon quotes.

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Some kind music fan clipped this Chas Chandler obituary from a newspaper and although it is touching, for this man to have been such a major part of THREE HUGE ROCK & ROLL ACTS (Animals, Hendrix, Slade), this small written tribute is a MAJOR UNDERSTATEMENT! Maybe one day we'll see a movie about the life of this music visionary.