Category Archives: Vinyl

Record Store Day 10 Years!

 

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Next month Record Store Day will celebrate its 10 Year Anniversary event. WooHoo!

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This years Madam Ambassador is St. Vincent!

 

 

 

 

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Procol Harum -50th Year Anniversary

Procol Harum is the eponymous debut studio album by the English rock band. Originally released in 1967 it now celebrates its 50th year anniversary.  Though the album was recorded on multi-track, it was issued as mono-only in the U.K.

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All songs were originally credited written to Gary Brooker (music) and Keith Reid (lyrics), except “Repent Walpurgis” written by Matthew Fisher, after works by French organist Charles-Marie Widor and German composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

Procol Harum’s lyricist Keith Reid told Songfacts that the music for “Conquistador” was written before the lyrics. He added that this was unusual as “99 out of 100” of the band’s songs, back then, “were written the words first, and then were set to music”. The track “Salad Days (Are Here Again)” is credited as being from the film Separation.

  • 180 gram audiophile vinyl
  • Includes replica of original promo poster
  • 50th year anniversary debut album
  • Re-mastered mono audio

The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl By Jenna Miles

A more focused vinyl experience is my New Year’s resolution.

I have been conducting research how to increase the aesthetics of vinyl audio listening. I’d like to share a book I have found invaluable in that context,  The Beginner’s Guide to Vinyl  by Jenna Miles.

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The author, Jenna Miles is a subject matter authority on vinyl collecting and selling. She is the President and co-Founder of SRC Vinyl, a company specializing in vinyl records. In addition she is the co-owner of Vinyl Collective, an online vinyl news site and community with more than 20,000 registered users.

Jenna Miles shares her vast vinyl expertise with the reader in an easy discernible manner. I considered myself a knowledgeable person in vinyl audio until I consumed the pages of her guide. I was further enlightened by the many in-depth vinyl resources that populate her chapters. Her writing method is suited to crate digging for that vinyl treasure you are always search for in life.

Jenna’s keen sense of customer satisfaction, coupled with her thoroughness makes this an essential read for the vinyl connoisseur.

Two Thumbs Up!

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Vinyl Street Cafe, Black Friday, Record Store Day

My son and I have a tradition on Black Friday, Record Store Day. We visit a record store in Connecticut and purchase vinyl Record Store Day recordings. We have done this for five years now. Its a fun hobby that we like to share together.

This year we plan to visit Vinyl Street Cafe, 1895 Post Road, Suite C, Fairfield, CT. This is a new record store for us and we want to support their business. I have been reviewing the store’s Web site and Facebook page in anticipation of the shopping experience. I like that they are very honest with the inventory representation on hand. They have an eBay store which lists their entire inventory saving guess work.

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I’m motivated to see a music retailer specializing in vinyl (and other media) open a store front in these times. Its a bold and respected move. Vinyl sales are trending upward and today is an important selling day in that trend line.

Years back I ran a books and record department for Caldor Inc., a discount department store chain. I enjoyed working with book publishers and record company representatives who called at store level. I used to receive free recordings from Capitol Records, CBS Records and other perks. I sure do miss those options. They included free concert tickets and record company events. CBS Records took my wife and I to see Bruce Springsteen and the E. Street Band for “The Darkness on the Edge of Town” tour at the New Haven Coliseum in 1978. Bruce and the band played for 4 hours that night.I heard he went over to Toads Place after the show and played til closing. It was without a doubt, the best “free” concert we ever witnessed.

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I’m in the hunt for several of this year’s Record Store Day Exclusives, Limited Run and First Run recordings. We’ll be shopping later in the day and coping with what is left. We have gotten up super early in the past to get on line to purchase but that experience has typically been unruly and unrewarding.

The store was tucked away in the alley off of US 1. Parking was convenient and adjacent. I loved the serene atmosphere of the store. The record crates were accessible either waist high or kneeling pads were provided for the lower level ground floor viewing.  The second half of the store contained a listening room with two different turntable models for sale. We were served hot cider and given fresh dinner rolls made by the owner’s Mother.

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My son and I had a nice conversation with the owner, Josh Wright. Our discussion ranged from Chess Records, to the pricing of today’s vinyl market. He showed us the video projector and screen that launches from the ceiling where movies can be shown.

We vowed to return again as we liked the shopping experience a lot.

I scored the RSD Exclusive:

and this “RSD First” Release

Angelo Badalamenti, Twin Peaks Soundtrack (180G, Colored Vinyl)

Here’s another cool collectible from one of my favorite stores in the East Village, The Turntable Lab.

I love this television show. One of these days I will own the Blu-ray series of Twin Peaks.

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One of the greatest scores ever recorded is finally back in print for the first time in 25 years!

Death Waltz Recordings went all out with this beautiful pressing of the original Twin Peaks Soundtrack giving it the super-deluxe reissue treatment featuring 180 gram “Damn Fine Coffee” vinyl, 425gsm die-cut sleeve with spot varnish text, lyric sheet + liner notes from the composer Angelo Badalamenti, top-loading obi strip, and David Lynch-approved artwork by Sam Smith.

I’m glad that after 25 years, Death Waltz Recording Company has re-released the original soundtrack for Twin Peaks for a new audience to enjoy. This is my defining work as a composer and I’m happy it will get a fresh listen” – Angelo Badalamenti, 2016.

 

360 (AWB)- Hamish Stuart, Molly Duncan and Steve Ferrone

360 is a complete return to the soul/funk roots of Hamish Stuart, Molly Duncan and Steve Ferrone: iconic members of The Average White Band.

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The new record is a phenomenal homage to the band members’ origins. Between them, they have created and played on numerous stand-out projects, and have amassed a following as some of the greatest soul and funk musicians of all time.

Recorded live in the studio, the chemistry between the players is undeniable when listening to the tracks. If you’re an AWB fan, or a fan of the genre, this is not to be missed.

Due to be released in limited edition copies signed by the band, on 180g 12″ Vinyl and CD in September, the album is available from 3Ms Music to pre-order now. I ordered my copy 😉

Dogfish Head Beer and Record Store Day 2016

Last year, Music of Our Heart reported that Dogfish Head Brewery was the Official Beer for Record Store Day 2015. Well, Off-centered folks Dogfish Head will be honoring a second year as the Official Beer of Record Store Day 2016. They are celebrating this special day with some unique Dogfish Head offerings 😉

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Starting with the natural product, Beer To Drink Music To, which was created as the perfect beer for fans to pair with their favorite songs. Utilizing ingredients inspired by some of our favorite tunes, the four primary ingredients (orange peel, peppercorns, candi sugar, and cardamom) were inspired by the following: Orange Crush by REM, Sgt. Pepper by The Beatles, Sugar On My Tongue by Talking Heads, and Mock Song by Phish. The result is a Belgian-style Tripel and a perfect marriage between beer and music.

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The companion to Beer To Drink Music To is Music To Drink Beer To, Volume 2 a Record Store Day 2016 vinyl exclusive curated between Dogfish Head and Sony Legacy.

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Track List

Side One

Lou Reed : I Can’t Stand It
Peter Bjorn & John : Amsterdam
Patti Smith Group : Dancing Barefoot
Outkast : Ms. Jackson
Johnny Cash : I Hardly Ever Sing Beer Drinking Songs

Side Two

Lee Dorsey : Give It Up
Mongo Santamaria : We Got Latin Soul
Dennis Wilson : River Song
Shabba Ranks with Chevelle Franklin : Mr. Loverman
Johnny Paycheck : Fifteen Beers
Bessie Smith : Gimme A Pigfoot & A Bottle of Beer

The compilation will be released on Record Store Day at retailers across the country.

But wait there’s more, the music geeks at Dogfish Head have created three more items, two of which are for sale on the Dogfish Head Store and one that you can only get at certain record stores on Record Store Day 2016, April 16th!

  1.  A Record Store Day T-Shirt
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Love the art 😉

2. Special Edition Crosley Turntable

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3. Official Record Store Day 2016 Poster (Supplies limited at participating record stores)

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Raising a glass to your music health and happy hunting, Cheers!

Record Store Day 2016 Press Conference @ Electric Lady Studios, March 8, 2016

Record Store Day 2016 will be holding a major press conference at Electric Lady Studios in Greenwich Village on Tuesday March 8th, 2016. It will be attended by Lenny Kaye of The Patti Smith Group and John Densmore of The Doors to announce the 2016 Record Store Day special releases. This announcement is expected to include a vinyl release of the live recording of Horses that Patti Smith recorded on 26 August 2015.  This will be the first offering from Electric Lady Records.

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Patti Smith went into Electric Lady to record a very special Record Store Day release, and that title will mark the first of what we hope will be a series of collaborations between Record Store Day and Electric Lady.    All the details will come out on the 8th when they launch the list.

Patti Smith Guitarist Lenny Kaye Subbing for Smith at Record Store Day Announcement Event.

To celebrate this new partnership, Electric Lady has created this shirt for RSD 2016. They‘re making it to order, so they have a deadline for ordering. That deadline is March 5. The street date for this item is Record Store Day.

Order Link: http://recordstoreday.com/Item/9008123179

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Props To Metallica, Our Record Store Day 2016 Ambassador

This is HUGE! I am excited to share with my readers that Metallica has been chosen as Record Store Day 2016 Ambassador. Record Store Day 2016 will take place on Saturday April 16, 2016. 

For Record Store Day 2016, Metallica’s official release will be a special live CD, Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003, a live concert recording from the Paris theatre that became the focus of the world in November 2015.

Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité, Metallica! – Live at Le Bataclan. Paris, France – June 11th, 2003 Track List:

1. “The Four Horsemen”
2. “Leper Messiah”
3. “No Remorse”
4. “Fade to Black”
5. “Frantic”
6. “Ride the Lightning”
7. “Blackened”
8. “Seek and Destroy”
9. “Damage, Inc.”

The Metallica specialty release allows the charitable donation of its proceeds to go to the Fondation de France’s Give For France Charity. This all fits into a larger theme for Record Store Day 2016 underscoring the relationship between U.S. record stores and our French counterparts, between Record Store Day and Disquaire Day, and between music/arts loving human beings in the United States, France and the World!

 

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Metallica also discusses in the RSD 2016 video the upcoming deluxe reissues of their first two albums, Kill ‘Em All and Ride the Lightning, which feature previously unreleased demos, full live concerts and more. Those reissues will  drop the day before, April 15th.

Lots to look forward to about Record Store Day 2016. Additional details to follow. Heavy Metal and Vinyl Lovers Unite!

The Hendrix Flat Opens

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Songwriter: Hoyt Axton Song Lyrics: Never Been To Spain

We long to visit London, England one day. Tourist attractions associated with The Beatles and the British Invasion are high on our list. A destination to include on the itinerary would be the flat Jimi Hendrix and his then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham rented at 23 Brook Street, Mayfair.

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The Handel House Trust unveiled the Hendrix Flat this past week on February 10th.  It allows fans to witness the rooms where the greatest rock instrumentalist in history conducted his famous jam sessions and, most excitingly, to view highlights from his varied music collection.

What I find fascinating is that the Hendrix Flat was right next door to the Handel house where the classic composer George Frideric Handel lived for 36 years. The synergy of music purveyors Handel and Hendrix in the same building is total kharma.

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Credit: Handel House Trust

The restored flat comes complete with Hendrix’s old Epiphone FT79 acoustic guitar, which he used to devise his epic cover of Bob Dylan’s ‘All Along the Watchtower’.

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Hendrix’s Vinyl Collection

Examining the timeframe when Jimi Hendrix resided with Kathy Etchingham in 1968 it was in-between the albums, Axis Bold As Love and Electric Ladyland. 

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The Vinyl Factor wrote an article about the vinyl records that Jimi Hendrix listened to while he was living at the flat, EXPLORE JIMI HENDRIX’S RECORD COLLECTION IN LONDON. Jimi Hendrix’s personal record collection included records from sitar guru Ravi Shankar and French music concrète pioneer Pierre Henry, psychedelic outfit Red Crayola and a copy of Handel’s Messiah performed by the English Chamber Orchestra.

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For Jimi Hendrix, 23 Brook Street was the doorstep to the London music scene of the late 60s. His flat was a short stroll from legendary venues like the Marquee, the Speakeasy and The Scotch of St James and he would spend many evenings wandering from club to club looking for a chance to play.

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Photography: Barrie Wentzell