Archive | October 2011

Attention Punks: Fans Of The Clash & The Exploited…and more

Just Received & Back In Stock at vinyl.com:

The Clash~1st LP on 180 gram HQ vinyl (UK Cover and Track list)
The Clash~Give ‘Em Enough Rope on 180 gram HQ vinyl
The Clash~Black Market Clash 10 Inch “Maxi-E.P.” on 180 gram HQ vinyl
The Exploited~Punks Not Dead on a very thick Bright Blood Red vinyl
The Exploited~Troops Of Tomorrow on a very thick Concrete Marbled Grey vinyl, original UK inner sleeve w/ photos

and don’t forget these other punk/goth/ska titles:
Agent Orange~Living In Darkness on very thick Bright Orange vinyl w/ original lyric sheet insert
The Undertones~1st LP (UK Cover) on very thick White vinyl and original UK inner sleeve w/ photos
The Meatmen~War Of The Superbikes on Clear vinyl
The Briggs~Back To Higher Ground on Blue vinyl
Red Lorry/Yellow Lorry~Smashed Hits (Singles Collection) on a very thick Half Red/Half Yellow vinyl
The Toasters~25th Anniversary Singles Collection on 180 HQ vinyl
(Ed. Note: The Toasters are SOLD OUT worldwide now. These are the last 3 or 4 copies and the Agent Orange is down to less than 50 copies worldwide now. HURRY, with our great prices….or you’ll see these on eBay for over $100.00 soon)

 

Major Labels…they can shove it!

You wanna talk about rip-off prices & terrible choices:
This is a list I received last night asking retail shoppers to pre-order.
The major record labels are insane!

1 Soundtrack~Breakfast At Tiffany’s (Speakers Corner) $35.00

2 The Who~Quadrophenia (2LP, 180 gram) (Geffen) $60.00

3 The Rolling Stones~Some Girls (Universal) $35.00

4 Henry Mancini~The Pink Panther Soundtrack (Speakers Corner) $35.00

5 George Benson~Guitar Man (Domestic) $18.00

6 The Cars~Candy-O (Mofi Silver Label) $30.00

7 Carole King~Carole King Music (Mofi Silver Label) $30.00

8 Stevie Ray Vaughan~In Step (Mofi Silver Label) $30.00

9 Todd Rundgren~Something/Anything (2LP, 180 gram) (RhinoVinyl) $35.00

10 Ray Charles~What’d I Say (180 gram, mono) (Friday Music) $25.00

11 Jimmy Smith~Bashin’ (Speakers Corner) $34.99

12-18 all the ABBA studio LP’s on 180 gram vinyl retail for $20.00 ea. (Polydor)

CUSTOMERS OF VINYL.COM…Can you believe these retail prices?

Even worse, all but maybe 3 of these titles flow through used record stores like water in perfect condition.
I really urge people to spend some time surfing through the vinyl.com catalog for fair price.
It’s like paying the price for a moldy, used copy, but getting a remastered new one.
I am not the owner, I’m a fan and a customer!

Ciao

Gary Numan: A Tip Of The Hat!

1979 & 1980.
It was actually a very exciting time for the ‘new music.’ Before MTV hyped everything to the gills so that no one had to tour to promote their music; there was a good old fashioned work-the-road-or die attitude. By 1980, there were like 13 different new music trends all happening at the same time…it was real cool and diverse.
Here are some of the styles and leaders of the styles I can remember off hand:

1 Punk (The Ramones)
2 Ska Revival (The Coventry Specials)
3 Powerpop (The Romantics)
4 Rock-A-Billy Revival (Robert Gordon)
5 New Wave (Devo)
6 New Heavy Metal (Motorhead)
7 Industrial (Cabaret Voltiare)
8 Avant Garde (The Residents)
9 Punkpop (The Buzzcocks)
10 New Reggae (Steel Pulse)
11 Pub Rock (Rockpile with Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds)
12 Mod (The Jam)
13 Synthesizer/Electronic (Gary Numan)

I must tip my hat to Gary Numan for this article. It’s a pity, really. Back in 1980, half of the people thought Gary was the most innovative artist in the new music, and the other half thought he was just a David Bowie rip-off clone. This is unfair, and I’m going to tell you some pretty cool things about Gary. As far as I can see, Gary’s music appealed to music fans in 6 different genres.
1 New Wave (duh!)
2 Punk (Tubeway Army’s 1st LP (a demo), was a ‘punk album’ and Tubeway Army actually never were on anything else, even though Gary used the name on his next 2 LP’s.)
3 AM Pop (in 1979, in the U.S.A. all you heard on the radio and in roller skating rinks was “Cars.”
4 New Romantic (all those bands played synth’s anyways…way after Gary).
5 Goth Music (Gary has a lot of Goth fans, and only an idiot wouldn’t notice that much of his music is nothing less than what is coined Gothic Rock today.)
6 Funk (in the late 80’s, Gary changed it up a bit to include a funky bass, fantastic female singers, and saxophones all brougt up to the front in the mix).

OK, it was 1978, and I purchased a comp LP called “20 Of Another Kind”. It was released by the powerhouse Polydor DeLuxe UK Ltd. and this thing ripped out killer punk rock all the way through. Then, in 1979, they put out Volume 2 which has 2 songs by Numan. Volume 2 matched the first one…not a bad song on it. It was so funny, it went from The Cure, to The Lurkers, to Sham 69 and segued right into this weird classical music. I was actually hearing “Down In The Park” for the first time (still my all-time fave by Numan.) I thought that dumb Polydor goofed up and put the wrong song on a punk comp…but Gary has always (even to this day), been linked with the UK punk scene. But wait, the coolest thing about Gary was that he got a lot of that money he made and put it right back into his stage show for his fans, because they counted the most. Even in 1980, he had a very high budget lighting and stage show with motorized cars and the lot. He still does a pretty expensive stage show.

He also started NUMA Records in around 1984? As I recall, there was some success with singles he produced by other artists as well as him putting out maybe 6 LP’s of his own stuff?

I know that there were other pioneers of the synth:
Can
Kraftwerk
Ultravox
John Foxx

Gary always stood out for me because of his sound. He worked inside of this sorta small box, and you can instantly recognize it was him. And (duh) he really had the look to match the music he was playing. Good job Gary.

How fitting is it that 3 of his millennium LP’s are being reissued in cool colored vinyl by one of the rip-snortin’ heaviest heavy metal labels in the world? (Let Them Eat Vinyl.)
No surprise to this lad, because I remember when he was on my punk comp.
It just goes to show you……..”Friends Are Electric.”
Thanks Gary for the memories, I tip my hat!

10 Brand New Arrivals at vinyl.com (noteworthy)

1 Nina Simone~Sings The Blues (180 gram on 4 Men With Beards)
2 Nina Simone~Here Comes The Sun (covers album) (180 gram on 4 Men With Beards)
3 Nina Simone~To Love Somebody (180 gram on 4 Men With Beards)
4 Wanda Jackson~There’s A Party Goin’ On (Capitol Stereo reissued & remastered)
5 Wanda Jackson~The Party Ain’t Over (180 gram ‘New LP’ on Jack White’s “Third Man Records”)
6 Wanda Jackson~8 song Live E.P. At Town Hall Party (10″ Burnt Orange Sundazed Vinyl)
7 The Residents~1st classic MEET THE RESIDENTS LP w/ all original recalled artwort
8 Boogie Down Productions (KRS 1)~the classic Criminal Minded BEAUTIFUL PICTURE DISC
9 The 5,6,7,8,’s~1st classic LP reissued (on Jack White’s “Third Man Records”)
10 The 5,6,7,8,’s~Live In Nashville w/ Jack White (on Jack’s “Third Man Records”)

Go For It!

Newsflash: Question Mark & The Mysterians 2 LP's are-a-comin'

These mutha’s are set to finally be released on November 15, 2011.
Each of these list for $24.99 each…but boy has it been worth the 45 year wait.

Here is the press info:

ABKCO Records, in conjunction with Real Gone Music, is proud to present the two albums released by Question Mark & the Mysterians on the Cameo label, pressed on 180-gram vinyl with the original artwork intact! Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan, this group of Mexican-American teenagers will forever be anointed as the garage band’s garage band with all the bonafides collectors of ‘60s cool cherish: the name, derived from a Japanese horror film; the sound, an insistent, three chord beat powered by that unmistakable Vox organ tone; and, of course, the sunglasses-shod Question Mark himself, who claims to have been born on Mars and lived among the dinosaurs in a past life.

Though their signature hit, “96 Tears,” ranks as one of the most recognizable and beloved songs of the ‘60s, their two original albums have never come out on LP in this country since their original release, till now!

This 1967 album didn’t see any chart “action,” but did notch a couple of hits with “Girl (You Captivate Me)” and “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby.” Reissued on 180g vinyl, remastered from the original tape sources by Bob Ludwig and lacquer cutting by Carl Rowatti of TruTone Mastering. Mastered at 45RPM for maximum fidelity.

Question Mark & The Mysterians 96 Tears Track Listing:

1.  I Need Somebody
2.  Stormy Monday
3.  You’re Telling Me Lies
4.  Ten O’Clock
5.  Set Aside
6.  Up Side
7.  8 Teen
8.  Don’t Tease Me
9.  Don’t Break This Heart of Mine
10. Why Me
11. Midnight Hour
12. 96 Tears

Question Mark & The Mysterians Action Track Listing:

1.  Girl (You Captivate Me)
2.  Can’t Get Enough of You Baby
3.  Got To
4.  I’ll Be Back
5.  Shout
6.  Hangin’ on a String
7.  Smokes
8.  It’s Not Easy
9.  Don’t Hold It Against Me
10. Just Like a Rose
11. Do You Feel It

(Ed. Note: Even though these are beyond welcome on the market and there should be no complaints. I can’t help but mention that, well…after 45 years, it should have been a straight up reissue the way these two came out in the mid 60’s. That means it played at 33 RPM’s and used the original ‘burnt orange’ with black stripe ‘Cameo’ logo labels and such. I mean…my 2002 German bootlegs actually match the originals perfect and are DMM (Direct Metal Mastered.) The other thing is that these (as far as I can recall), were never in true stereo. The Cameo-Parkway Records Story Various Artists 4 CD Box Set doesn’t really count, because those were all taken from the mono singles masters).

Attention: Black Sabbath Vinyl Fans:

For the record (no pun intended), we now carry the first 4 classic Ozzy-era Black Sabbath studio albums on high quality vinyl. They are all fantastically remastered and have used full specifications of the original UK “NEMS” records pressings. We sell them for around $11.00-$12.00…sheesh, even I can afford that? You can get them from us on either 180 gram or colored vinyl.

Here are some things I can tell you, so you’ll know what to expect:
All of these reissues sound great, but none of them are gatefold covers. That means no 8 page color photo book inside of  Vol. 4. Also, these reproduce the original NEMS black labels with white text on the actual record….not the WB logo. There is also a major difference on the 1st Black Sabbath album compared to it’s U.S. Warner Brothers counterpart.

Black Sabbath~1st LP (there are differences to the rear cover and this UK styled tracklist has “Evil Woman, Don’t Play Your Games With Me” as the opening track on side 2. The U.S. version starts side 2 with “Wicked World.” Wicked World is not on this album. This is what they did to the first Cream LP  “Fresh Cream” also, ie: substitute another track so that the hit single would stand on it’s own. The vinyl color on Black Sabbath’s 1st LP will be a CLEAR RED VINYL.)

Black Sabbath~Paranoid (other than the NEMS labels, the same as the WB pressing. The color is CLEAR VINYL.)

Black Sabbath~Master Of Reality (other than the NEMS labels and ‘non-embossed’ cover, this is the same as the WB pressing. The color is CLEAR RED VINYL.)

Black Sabbath~Vol. 4 (other than the NEMS labels and no 8 page color photo book, this is the same as the WB pressing. The color is CLEAR VINYL.)

Other Black Sabbath product we have:
Attention: Volume One on a CLEAR BLUE VINYL
Attention: Volume Two on 180 gram vinyl
The 2 LP compilation, “We Sold Our Souls For Rock ‘N’ Roll” (very good starting point)
Dehumanizer (Ronnie James Dio’s vocal comeback with them)

Let’s hope that they soon reissue the other 4 Ozzy era LP’s too?
1 Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
2 Sabotage
3 Technical Ecstasy
4 Never Say Die

Technical Ecstasy and Never Say Die…I believe did not go platinum for Warners, so it’ll be hard pressed to see these come out again…especially since many overseas companies have reissued these to only moderate sales.
Our prices ROCK, and the music is timeless…so check these out!

Top 20 Sophomore Slump List… and more

This is a list of follow up albums that artistically (and in a rare case, saleswise) did not match up to the debut album’s excitement. For the fun of it, I’ve also added 5 LP’s where the debut album was not the breakthrough, but the sophomore one was.

Have Fun!

Top 20 Sophomore Slump albums:
1 The Pretenders~The Pretenders II
2 The Clash~Give ‘Em Enough Rope
3 The Jimi Hendrix Experience~Axis: Bold As Love (Up From The Skies single bombed at #82)
4 Gary Wright~The Light Of Smiles
5 Men Without Hats~Folk Of The 80’s (Part III)
6 The Cars-Candy-O
7 Dire Straits~Communique
8 Devo~Duty Now For The Future
9 The Jam~This Is The Modern World
10 Joe Jackson~I’m The Man
11 Frankie Goes To Hollywood~Liverpool
12 Toto~Hydra
13 Iron Maiden~Killers
14 The Specials~More Specials
15 Madness~Absolutely
16 The Damned~Music For Pleasure (I asked Scabies to autograph it, and he loogied on it)
17 Van Halen~Van Halen II
18 Guns N’ Roses~Use Your Illusion (the best songs from I & II put together still don’t compare)
19 The Knack~…But The Little Girls Understand
20 John Fogerty~Eye Of The Zombie (this doesn’t really count…but it should)

OK, here are 5 sophomore albums that were groundbreaking:
1 Jefferson Airplane~Surrealistic Pillow (followed Takes Off)
2 Adam & The Ants~Kings Of The Wild Frontier (followed Dirk Wears White Sox)
3 Bachman-Turner Overdrive~BTO II (followed Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
4 The Doobie Brothers~Toulouse Street (followed The Doobie Brothers)
5 Neil Young~Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere (followed the Neil Young ‘portrait album’)

And there you have it.
Actually…in reading this list, there are only 2 or 3 titles that I don’t love and listen to a lot…
so there you go.
I think I’ve created a pretty good list though?
If I’ve forgotten anything important, put it in the comments section and watch me cry?

 

10 Recommended "Colored Vinyl" titles on Vinyl.Com

For those of you who are into ‘colored vinyl’ and aren’t sure about certain titles, I’ve listed 10 that you should check out:

1 Black Sabbath~Attention: Volume One (this is on a cool BLUE VINYL and includes, The Wizard, Paranoid, Warning, Evil Woman~Don’t Play Your Games With Me, Iron Man, & N.I.B. If those aren’t amongst the best songs ‘the sabs’ ever did, then I don’t know what are? War Pigs and Black Sabbath are both on Attention: Volume Two (180 gram black vinyl only.) Unfortunately, Snowblind and Children Of The Grave aren’t on either Vol. 1 or 2, but you can get them on colored vinyl right here. Children Of The Grave is on a BLOOD RED copy of Master Of Reality, and Snowblind is on a CLEAR VINYL copy of Black  Sabbath Vol. 4. I recommend this BLUE VINYL Volume One, because as far as I’m concerned (and yes, I’m nobody), The Wizard, Paranoid, Evil Woman, & Iron Man, are my favorite 4 songs…PERIOD!

2 The Dead Boys~Young Loud And Snotty (produced by the legendary ‘take-no-crap-from-anyone’ Genya Ravan. When 20th Century Records wasn’t really promoting her (actually awesome) music, she busted into the company CEO’s office dressed to kill and yelled to him, “Who the f*** do I have to blow at this record company to get my albums promoted? You need to keep that in mind as you listen to this record. That kind of attitude is all over these songs and the rhythm & lead Gibson guitar sound is just a sound that ran through the whole album and it sounded like nothing else on earth. The Dead Boys 2nd album was a bust because Felix Pappalardi was a non punk rocking retard. The 2002 “3rd Generation Nation” pre-mix version blew the 2nd album away. It wasn’t the songs or the playing; it was the Felix mix and sound. The only similar album that reminds me of “Young Loud And Snotty” with it’s own guitar sound that comes to my mind is the first Radio Birdman LP ridiculously called “Radios Appear.” Check out samples of  Young Loud And Snotty’s “Sonic Reducer” and “I Need Lunch”, i-n-c-r-e-d-i-b-l-e, RED VINYL)
(Ed. Note: Genya Ravan also went on to represent a very young “GG Allin.” Anyways, this guy made The Dead Boys look like ‘alter boys’ at The Vatican. You are recommended to NOT google GG Allin in images…you will be sorry.)

3 Deep Purple~The Book Of Taliesyn (so overlooked, it’s a crime. Sample this, then get it, PURPLE VINYL)

4 The Beginning Of The End~Funky Nassau (this album has a similar groove going through the whole album, and it’s all good, GREEN VINYL)

5 The Electric Prunes~I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night) (this is the album that presented their garagey nuggets, and includes 2 other killer garage nuggets, “Get Me To The World On Time”, and “Are You Lovin’ Me More (But Enjoying It Less)” Get this, PURPLE VINYL)

6 Dr. John, The Night Tripper~GRIS-gris (this is another record that just had a sound of it’s own. The classic “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” closes this record, but there is not a weak track anywhere on this. He followed up with 3 other similar styled LP’s like this (Babylon, Remedies, The Sun, Moon & Herbs) but none of them fully match the psychedelic magic of this 1st one, YELLOW VINYL)

7 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band~Trout Mask Replica (this is another one that stands way above anything they ever did again…and it’s a full length double album to boot, the best thing Beefheart EVER DID, RED VINYL)

8 Baby Huey~The Baby Huey Story (The Living Legend) (if you like Curtis Mayfield’s message songs, then you must get this. It is produced by Curtis and he plays on it and actually wrote one fourth of the songs including the #1 soul single that never was called “Hard Times.” I think his touring band was called Baby Huey & The Babysitters, and his real name is James Thomas Ramey. Last but not least, let this be told. In 1970 it was the 3J’s: Jimi, Janis, & James (Huey.) These 3 rock artists all died from a drug overdose, and all 3 deaths within a total of about a 1 month duration. Jimi in 9/70; Janis & James in 10/70. Baby Huey weighed over 400 lbs. at the time of his death. This reissue replicates the original full gatefold jacket, and comes on a nice looking original ‘Curtom’ label RED VINYL)

9 Donny Hathaway~Live (this is his best ever. He was always a different artist live, and the funk side of him came out. Just one look at the list of classic Atlantic Records musicians on this will blow your mind and Earl DeRouen’s congas and songwriting were top notch. Side 1 recorded on the west coast, side 2 on the east coast…all in all, the audience in attendance was really “The Ghetto”, and this LP has a killer 12 minute version of it, not to mention “Little Ghetto Boy” and absolute ‘killer’ cover versions of Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” & John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” We can forgive Donny for including a boring unfunkful version of James Taylor’s then hit, “You’ve Got A Friend.” That sounded better with Roberta Flack. But wait, this LP closes with a 14 minute (4 movement) version of “Everything Is Everything.” Donny at his funkiest, baby. In 1980, Atlantic Records did an LP called “Donny Hathaway-In Perfomance” with 6 other tracks from these two concerts. This release was weaker, but did include two scorchers: “To Be Young, Gifted & Black” & a cover of Blood, Sweat & Tears’ “I Love You More Than You’ll Ever Know”, YELLOW VINYL)

10 The Pretty Things~S.F. Sorrow (this was a rock opera/concept album that was released just before The Who’s “Tommy.” It is always linked with Tommy. It sold more or less zero copies when issued on Motown’s rock label “Rare Earth” and the follow up (Parachute) sold less than zero and they were quickly dropped from Motown’s heavy rock label. In fairness, so were many others including The Mynah Birds with Neil Young & Rick James. Anyways, really these 2 Rare Earth LP’s need to be checked out again. Especially S.F. Sorrow; sales don’t mean a thing. This copy we have here is the awesome sounding Sundazed Music stereo remaster and uses the rare UK Gatefold cover and is presented to you on on a beautiful dreamy CLEAR WITH BRIGHT GREEN & YELLOW PSYCHEDELIC MICRODOTS VINYL. Sundazed sold out of the 13th Floor Elevators colored vinyl in 10 minutes, I just can’t see why this super duper thick, beautiful record didn’t sell out as fast? It is really gorgeous, I love mine!

 

Vinyl.Com "Top 10" Sundazed Music Best Sellers

Since I can’t rock today because ‘Vinny the poodle’ jumped on my record player and broke my stylus, I figured I’d do a Top 10 list of Sundazed Music titles that sell really well here at vinyl.com until I get it replaced tomorrow.
If you were wondering what to purchase, this may help you?

1 Bob Dylan~Highway 61 Revisited
2 Bob Dylan~The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
3 Bob Dylan~Blonde On Blonde (2 LP)
4 The 13th Floor Elevators~The Psychedelic Sounds Of…
5 Johnny Cash~Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison
6 Otis Redding & Carla Thomas~King & Queen
7 Iggy & The Stooges~Raw Power
8 The MC5~Kick Out The Jams
9 Love~Da Capo
10 Sly & The Family Stone~There’s A Riot Goin’ On

Hopefully, these are all a-plenty in stock, and I can’t pick a favorite…they are all awesome!

 

Deftones Vinyl Collection 1995-2011…another huge rip-off!

I’ve just gotta laugh. Here in my city it is pouring down rain and I was just about to giddy-up on my restored 1930 Schwinn Black Phantom cruiser to pick up 4 Deftones LP’s they are holding for me down at Hot Topic. They are holding Adrenaline on SOLID PINK VINYL, Around The Fur on SOLID ORANGE VINYL, Diamond Eyes on WHITE VINYL, and The Deftones self titled 2006 on BLACK SMOKEY MARBLE VINYL. Our Hot Topic just does not move vinyl and 3 of these were on CLEARANCE for only $4.98 each. The self titled was $20.99, but with my Hot Topic rewards card, I got it for around $9.00.

Warner Brothers are putting out an 8 LP box set for $199.00. But why not collect the cool COLORED VINYL ones?

The box set has the original 7 LP’s (White Pony is a double record set) all on boring black 180 gram European vinyl.
The titles are:
1) 1995’s Adrenaline
2) 1997’s Around The Fur
3) 2000’s White Pony (2 LP’S)
4) 2003’s The Deftones (self-titled)
5) 2006’s Saturday Night Wrist
6) 2010’s Diamond Eyes
7) 2011’s “Record Store Day 2011 Only” Covers

Because Sound Matters were only offering 1000 units (it includes a lithograph too, big wow.) All copies on Deftones.com and Because Sound Matters are all SOLD OUT now. Sure they are, just watch the prices on eBay. No one is going to play them, they are just going to sell them; a la the Because Sound Matters Metallica Box Sets…now on eBay in colored vinyl for hundreds, from the same seller, hmmm? It’s all about making money, honey.
Go Figure?
I’m on my way in the rain to get my 4 colored vinyl albums for $27.00 total, and they are cooler and won’t sound any different, trust me! And that is what vinyl junkies do, collect, even in the pouring rain. I feel so sorry for the idiots who buy this box set. With shipping and tax it amounts to around $37.50 per album. They can stuff it. $225.00 for a box set.

It may be uncool to love Hot Topic…but I love yuh H.T.!

No matter how you slice and dice it, these old LP’s should be $12.99 each on regular weight black vinyl. $13.00 X 8=$104.00 + $8.00 tax & $5.00 to ship. That’s still $108.00 less than these rip-off artists.