Archive | November 2011

O Brother, Where Art Thou? ~ Rarities Album reviewed

There’s an old testament that goes something like this: “The longer thee wait, the sweeter thee reward.”
This definitely applies to this title, “O Brother, Where Art Thou? Bona Fide Raities And Unreleased Tracks.”
It is 14 unreleased tracks from the Grammy Winning film soundtrack of 2000.
I reckon in about..oh…the summer of 2011, there was a DeLuxe version (2CD) of “O Brother” with the ‘bonus disc’ containing 14 rare tracks from the vaults. That was the only way you could hear them. Hence, you would have to buy this 2CD set for around $28.99 and you probably already owned the first disc back in 2000? Well, now you can get the rarities CD by itself or (in my case) on a beautiful 180 gram vinyl pressing from LOST HIGHWAY records. I’m sorry to say that if the original 2000 soundtrack was an A+, then this can only receive a B. It falls in the category of Lost Highways’ first follow up titled, “Down From The Mountain” which like this release, just cannot equal the potentcy of the official soundtrack. People may even say that this was just an excuse to cash in on the soundtrack’s surprising Grammy Trophy blowout. That would be accurate too. T-Bone Burnett has worked on so many different projects, that he knew what was gonna sparkle. OK, my woman and I opened up our minds (and our Heineken’s) last night to get our thoughts on it. Here is the way we feel about it:

First of all, there are 7 songs (half the album) that also appeared on the original 2000 album. These are done by different artists, and mostly different arrangements which make the song almost unrecognizable. The two strong points of the album are hands down this:

1) Tom Devil by The Prisoners…over 5 minutes of prison wailing perfection, it’s the best track on it.
2) The last 5 songs were never heard or seen in the film. Most are excellent.

Luckily, The Cox Family and Norman Blake’s tracks really hold this LP together. About one quarter of this album does have 60 second musical interludes that were used a background music for particular scenes from the film. These really don’t go anywhere and are only here to fill a 40 minute album.
All in all, this is a worthwhile purchase if you dig the original one like we sure do. The only bicker I have is that the list price could have been a little lower ($12.00 instead of $19.00) for the vinyl. Then again there is an old cliche that all soundtrack releases have a higher list price. I guess the film studios get a cut? Anyways, I just gotta go listen to “Tom Devil” again (and “The Lord Will Make A Way” by The Fairfield Four.) Take this album with a grain of salt and dig it for what it is. If we compare it too much to the original one, then we get lost in the vertigo. The sound is great, it finishes real strong and the pure-gospel music is welcome.

Happy Listenin’ Y’ All!

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Two New Christmas Records at vinyl.com in stock

A note to our customers that we have 2 of the most rockin’est Christmas albums in stock which we just received.

First, it’s the classic 1963 Phil Spector Christmas Album called “A Christmas Gift For You.” This is the most famous rock and roll Christmas album in the world, and it’s on a beautiful remastered 180 gram vinyl from Sundazed.

The other is a nice 180 gram remastered Sundazed pressing of The Ventures Christams Album with 12 instrumental Chistmas fuzz bashings.
These both go for only $16.98 and they are brand spankin’ new…but we only have 2 of each title in stock, so hurry. By the way, these have been reissued time and time over the years and I’m happy to say that both of these use the original rare covers, artwork and labels. You already know about Sundazed’s killer quality sound.

Felix Natividad??

1st Three Alice Cooper Band LP's On Colored Vinyl

Fans Of The Coop!
We now have the first three Alice Cooper albums on a remastered high quality colored vinyl.
They are:

Alice Cooper~Pretties For You (CLEAR BLOOD RED COLORED VINYL)
Alice Cooper~Easy Action (“THE EXORCIST” GREEN PEA SOUP COLORED VINYL)
Alice Cooper~Love It To Death (CLEAR BLOOD RED COLORED VINYL)
At only eleven bucks each, need I say more?
Vinyl color of “Easy Action” has to be seen to be believed…much like Alice’s concerts at the time.

Record Store Day (Black Friday) 2011 Report

There is no sense in complaining anymore. Tons of people on eBay already had this stuff for pre-order. The idea for what Record Store Day was supposed to have been just went out the window baby. Yep, right out the window and into my record collection. I don’t even care about the price anymore. Possession is power~hah! Anyways, I’m really happy with the actual bands represented this time out. I don’t see how April 2012 will compare to today’s list? There was surf, 60’s, classic rock, folk, good time music, white funk and a couple of very highly ranked classic albums on nice colored vinyl or mono single mixes. (Ed. Note: Yes, the 7″ Singles Boxes were a fantastic addition, but the prices on these were overpriced to say the least. In 2007, the John Lennon 3 Singles Bag listed for $14.99. The Bob Dylan (same situation) this year in 2011 listed for $49.99~something is rotten in Denmark.)

Anyways, here is the good, the bad and the ugly:

Sundazed gave us really good prices and really fun product. They had 3 LP’s or CD’s of surf/novelty releases of Mr. Gasser & The Weirdos. Even though we probably all shrug when we hear CD…I commend them for issuing them on CD as well. Sundazed also did a rare Capitol Records soundtrack called “The Golden Breed” and the band was called The Back-Wash Rhythm Band which had Davie Allan doing his usual guitar snarls all over it. This title was also available on CD. To close out Sundazed’s Black Friday issues, there were 5 seven inch singles. Two by The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page and two by The Byrds (one is on RED vinyl.) The other single is a rare tracks thingy by The Lovin’ Spoonful. Sundazed even let us get in on April’s RSD stuff that was left over too. I was able to pick up the John Mayall/Eric Clapton single, the Moby Grape single on GRAPE COLORED VINYL, and a cool lookin’ Freddy King single on RED VINYL. They also had some other Yardbirds & Velevet Underground singles. These are all sold out on their website now I believe? GONE!

Another cool release was The Red Hot Chili Peppers classic breakthrough, “Blood Sugar Sex Magik” remastered and on a SOLID BRIGHT RED 2 LP vinyl set. Warner Brothers is reissuing it on red vinyl in celebration of their 20th Anniversary of the album originally issued in 1991.

There was a Pink Floyd 7″ Box Set called The Wall and it featured all 3 official singles that came from the 1979 classic album. It also used the rare Japanese picture sleeve and labels on one of the singles. It comes with a cool 45 RPM adaptor printed with the animation artwork from The Wall and last but not least…a beautiful The Wall poster. This thing carried a hefty price at $66.00, but it is really, really cool lookin’.

There were 2 Janis Joplin pieces. One was a 180 gram remastered boxed set of her 1st four albums (Big Brother, Cheap Thrills, Kozmic Blues & Pearl.) The other one was a 7″ singles box set with 4 singles and probably 3 total rare tracks. Not as big a seller as the Bob Dylan Box, mostly (and I knew it) because there were such rarities in the Dylan Box.

Bob Dylan got in on the action too. They put out a 7″ singles box set and kept the price at $49.99 and I’m sure they sold lots because it also used rare European picture sleeves and 2/3’s of these songs on this set that haven’t been on 7″ format in over 45 years, only released as a single circa 1965?

Syd Barrett at $41.99 was a rip off, actually. There was just 3 dumb photos and one 7″ single on YELLOW vinyl.

Tom Petty put out a live E.P. called “Kiss My Amps” and at $21.99 was not really that bad. It did only have live tracks from the Mojo album which…well…hmmm? I sure miss the Wildflowers LP is all I can say. I passed on it.

The Doors and RhinoVinyl are still rippin’ us off. Rhino is quickly becoming the champions at ripping people off. This wasn’t the case when Harold & Richard owned it. Value for money? You betcha. It’s a corporate nut-house now. Anyways, this Doors 7′ singles box is called, “The L.A. Woman” singles. You get 3 singles, and a single with studio chatter. Guess what? The same song is on both sides of each single. That means you get 3 songs for $66.00. Like Johnny Rotten once said, “Hello EMI…goooooodbyyyyyyye RHINO!

Ah yes, let me not forget the honest Tim Armstrong & Jimmy Cliff. They worked together on Jimmy’s Sacred Fire E.P. You guys, Tim plays guitar on this and Jimmy sings Rancid’s “Ruby Soho” but this is a reggae/african project. There is no hardcore on it at all…but all can be forgiven because Jimmy sings The Clash’s “Guns Of Brixton” magnificently and if that isn’t the coolest…this puppy comes on BRIGHT SOLID YELLOW BANANA vinyl, spins at 45 RPM’s and get this…it has a Bob Dylan cover song and it only costed $12.99. This is probably the winner for RSD best of show?

The Misfits who have always been cool have lost their minds. Their newest studio album lists for $50.00. It has a 3D cover similar to that of The Rolling Stones’ “Their Satanic Majesties Request”…that’s all…..for a 50 dollar rip-off.

The Black Keys 12” Single: I would say whoop de doo but it is a killer song, a killer video with the soul brother security guard just dancin’ to white boy rock and this puppy plays BACKWARDS. That means you put the needle in the middle and it tracks from center to outer edge. The only thing funner is the cheap list price at $11.99.

I’ve already dissed RhinoVinyl’s ridiculous prices and here we go again. The Grateful Dead~Europe ’72 Part Two is a 4 LP 180 gram box set that will only cost you a mere $88.00 for 5 songs? Never even heard of those songs much, stick with the original 3 LP 1972 Warner Brothers set with the better songs and find a used clean copy for $15.00 at a store near you. To be be fair, I’m not a ‘dead-head‘. STILL a rip-off!

OK, it gets good again. Miles Davis Quintet’s original 10″ LP remastered and pressed on CLEAR PURPLE vinyl for only $12.99 and mine sounds G~R~E~A~T! We Want MILES???…..Indeed!!!

I can’t really say anything negative (no pun intended) about the GREEN VINYL Type O Negative box set with all 8 LP’s. I didn’t get to see the price on this and I’m sure it was expensive, but why get these all over again if you have them on 180 gram vinyl in black (like me)? Even though this must have been $250.00, is it really the rip-off that a lot of the other stuff was? I guess so? I just think that poor Peter Steele was sooo cool. Wish I could have fed him pasta and hung out or something? But his issues were taller than him, and that’s pretty tall. R.I.P. Pete!

The Nirvana 10″ Box Set of all 4 singles originally released on “Nevermind” was a really neat idea, and as I recall, not too terribly overpriced. But man oh man, I already have the U.K. CD box set of all the singles from “Nevermind” & “In Utero” anyways…and all the original Picture Disc versions from “Nevermind.” The thing is that Nirvana (and Sonic Youth for that matter) were pretty good about giving you bonus tracks and over 2/3’s of this box set is rare material.

I guess that’s about it for the major stuff?
Oh yeah,  there was a remastered John Lennon “Imagine” box set and as I recall it had a 12″ WHITE VINYL record with 6 extra tracks? I’m sure this was in the neighborhood of $65.00 too? It sure ain’t John’s fault, but, as much as everyone seems to LOVE TO HATE YOKO…she has really been generous and fair with material and pricing of her late huband’s archives. GO YOKO!

I noticed that there was no Lady Gaga, no Ozzy, no Led Zeppelin, no White Stripes, no U2, and The Rolling Stones 7″ wasn’t announced until it was too late. Let’s see what they offer us for April 2012? Better yet, let’s see the crazier prices?

And in closing, I will say this: Record Store Day this time out was much better than previous celebrations. Most stores got what they ordered because the wonderful powers that be pressed less titles and more quantities. Hats off to Warner Music & Sony/CBS, and of course Sundazed…they did great this time out.

 

 

 

Hot 'Sundazed' Titles back in stock: Nov. 21, 2011

Jeff Beck~Beck-Ola
Jeff Beck~Truth
Booker T. & The MG’s~And Now! (Mono)
Booker T. & The MG’s~Hip Hug-Her (Mono)
The Byrds~Mr. Tambourine Man (Mono)
The Byrds~Turn! Turn! Turn! (Mono)
The Byrds~Fifth Dimension (Mono)
The Byrds~Younger Than Yesterday (Mono)
The Byrds~The Notorious Byrd Brothers (Mono)
The Byrds~Dr. Byrds And Mr. Hyde
The Byrds~Sweetheart Of The Rodeo
Canned Heat~1st LP
Johnny Cash~At Folsom Prison
Johnny Cash~At San Quentin
Johnny Cash~The Original Sun Singles (2 LP’s)
Dick Dale & His Deltones~Surfer’s Choice (Mono)
Dick Dale & His Deltones~King Of The Surf Guitar
Donovan~Sunshine Superman
Bob Dylan~1st (Mono)
Bob Dylan~The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan (Mono)
Bob Dylan~The Times They Are A-Changin’ (Mono)
Bob Dylan~Another Side Of Bob Dylan (Mono)
Bob Dylan~Bringing It All Back Home (Mono)
Bob Dylan~Highway 61 Revisited (Mono)
Bob Dylan~Blonde On Blonde (Mono, 2 LP’s)
Bob Dylan~John Wesley Harding (Mono)
Bob Dylan~Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits (Mono)
Bob Dylan~Nashville Skyline
Fever Tree~1st LP
Hot Tuna~1st LP
Jefferson Airplane~Takes Off (Mono)
Jefferson Airplane~Surrealistic Pillow (Mono)
Jefferson Airplane~After Bathing At Baxter’s (Mono, BRIGHT SOLID RED VINYL)
Albert King~Born Under A Bad Sign
Otis Redding/Carla Thomas~King And Queen
Otis Redding~The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul
Otis Redding~Otis Blue: Otis Redding Sings Soul
Otis Redding~The Soul Album
Otis Redding~In Person At The Whiskey-A-Go-Go
Otis Redding~Live In Europe
Santana~1st LP
Santana~Abraxas
Simon & Garfunkel~Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
Simon & Garfunkel~Bookends
Simon & Garfunkel~Bridge Over Troubled Water
Sly & The Family Stone~A Whole New Thing
Sly & The Family Stone~Dance To The Music
Sly & The Family Stone~Life
Sly & The Family Stone~Stand!
Sly & The Family Stone~There’s A Riot Goin’ On
Sly & The Family Stone~Fresh
The Sonics~Introducing The Sonics
Spirit~1st LP (Mono)
Spirit~Family That Plays Together
Spirit~Twelve Dreams Of Sardonicus
The 13th Floor Elevators~The Psychedelic Sounds Of… (Mono)
Carla Thomas~Carla
Rufus Thomas~Walking The Dog
Traffic~Heaven Is In Your Mind/Mr. Fantasy (Mono)
Vanilla Fudge~1st LP (Mono)
The Yardbirds~Little Games (Mono)

The Stooges 7″ Single~Search & Destroy b/w Penetration (David Bowie CBS mixes)
and there you have it…FEAST!!!

Deftones "Saturday Night Wrist" on SOYLENT GREEN vinyl

Hot Topic, my old amigos reissued their 4th Deftones vinyl record on colored vinyl this morning.
How can this get any cooler? It is an awesome super-duper clear sounding pressing of the 5th studio Deftones LP titled “Saturday Night Wrist” and this mutha comes on SOYLENT GREEN IS PEOPLE!! colored vinyl. Those Deftones Vinyl Box Sets were way over-priced, and way not even close to cool looking. There is nothing wrong with the sound of colored vinyl if it’s done right, and these sound great. Black vinyl has way more impurities than a bleached-out, clear-based colored vinyl. For all you people who bought the Deftones Box for $200.00…you’ve been had! We just need “White Pony” on a splattered White & Grey now. I don’t know where Hot Topic gets all this power to do exclusive colored vinyls of killer LP’s just for them, but it’s awesome. And this Nuclear Waste GREEN is a great color choice, because this is probably The Deftones most Sci-Fi themed LP? Just look at the song titles: Hole In The Earth, Cherry Waves, Pink Cellphone. If that isn’t Hitchcockian…then what is? Whether they know it or not, their music and videos are very similar to the ideas of Alfred Hitchcock and other neat stuff that was used in 60’s Sci-Fi films. Unfortunately, “Saturday Night Wrist” musically doesn’t even come close to the strength of “White Pony.” But it sure is better than a lot of other artists output. Whoever Terry Date was…..?????
his crunching riffs guitar sound is missed by me on this puppy.

Hats off to Hot Topic, no matter how uncool it is to actually go in there.
(Ed. Note: Elvira shops there dude, it can’t be that uncool)

Sundazed: Lovin' Spoonful's 2nd LP on 180 gram GOLD VINYL…

…but you better hurry up. Sundazed is only pressing up 100 copies and it is only available for purchase through their website’s online store. I ordered mine at 6:00AM this morning (yawn.)

The Lovin’ Spoonful~”Daydream” on 180 gram CLEAR GOLD VINYL.
This album was originally released in March 1966 on the Kama Sutra label. Kama Sutra, at this stage of the game (like Verve/Forecast Jazz) was distributed by MGM Records. In 1969, Kama Sutra was bought out by Buddah Records which was part of the GRT Corporation. Buddah continued to issue Spoonful LP’s on the Kama Sutra label, albeit, with the a new ‘pink’ label replacing the yellow one. Anyways, this LP followed “Do You Believe In Magic” (November 1965), and preceeded their best studio album “Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful” (December 1966.)
No sophomore slump here, by golly. The “Daydream” LP is actually the highest charting of their original studio albums, coming in at #10 Pop. This version comes with an awesome gatefold cover featuring new liner notes and unreleased photos. If this isn’t enough, you get 4 bonus tracks to boot. There are 6 notable killer tracks on this record. They are:
1) Daydream (#2 Pop)
2) You Didn’t Have To Be So Nice (Zal on his Guild Thunderbird with his best opening riff ever)
3) Didn’t Want To Have To Do It
4) Jug Band Music
5) Butchie’s Tune (magnificently sung by drummer Joe Butler)
6) Bald Headed Lena (rip-rockin’ guitared and sung by Zal Yanovsky)

Here at vinyl.com, we still have 3 copies of The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful” on a killer MARBLED YELLOW & WHITE ACID TRIP COLORED VINYL. It is in true stereo also with 4 bonus tracks and the gatefold cover.
(Ed. Note: “Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful” is actually more recommended than the “Daydream” LP. How in tarnation that this title didn’t sell out worldwide like Sundazed’s colored vinyl pressings of Jefferson Airplane, The 13th Floor Elevators, and The Johnny Cash Sun Singles Collection is a mystery to me)

Anyways, Sundazed has the rights to the first 3 Lovin’ Spoonful albums…let’s hope they release “Do You Believe In Magic” on a limited run of colored vinyl soon too? All of the Sundazed pressings use the original yellow Kama Sutra labels.

“Just pick up a little garbage on your way out and everything gonna be alright.”
Words of John Sebastian, the nicest hippie at Woodstock~~Period!