Archive | January 2012

Iggy Pop: Record Store Day Ambassador 2012 Announced…

…and he sure will be better than Ozzy Osbourne. Case in point, all Ozzy said was, “Let’s go crrrazy at your favorite record store.”
Iggy gave a 10 minute humble storytelling opera of his very early influences and such.
GO IGGY! You still rock dude!
(Ed Note: See the wonderful Iggy clip now on the Record Store Day April 21, 2012 ‘homepage’)

New Hot Colored Vinyl titles just in…get 'em now!

Alright you guys!
New Additions!

Here is the coolest stuff out there, now on colored vinyl:

for you classic metal lovers:

1 Black Sabbath~We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll (a ‘best of’ on 2LP’s)
(CLEAR RED VINYL for both records, uses the UK “NEMS” tracklist which differs slightly from the U.S.A. version & adds one more song)

2 Black Sabbath~Sabotage

3 Black Sabbath~Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
(CLEAR RED VINYL, w/ Gatefold Cover)

and for you classic psychedelic lovers:

4 The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band~Part One

5 The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band~Vol. 2

6 The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band~Vol. 3 A Child’s Guide To Good & Evil

7 The Electric Prunes~1st LP aka I Had Too Much To Dream (restock)

8 The Electric Prunes~Underground (brand new on colored)

9) The Rezillos~Can’t Stand The Rezillos (brand new colored vinyl issue on the way)
(Color Unkown, CLEAR RED or CLEAR YELLOW…and this is probably close to my Top 10 fave punk LP’s ever)

Another title selling like hotcakes is a 180 gram reissue of:
The Pink Fairies 2nd LP~What A Bunch Of Sweeties…but Larry Wallis DOES NOT play on this record. You need to get “Kings Of Oblivion” (which we have in stock and is THE GOD) if you want his killer guitar blastin’ sounds.

That’s it and I don’t think any of these titles, save for the 2LP Sabbath, are more than $11.25 each. Go for it!

NEWSFLASH: Experience Hendrix partners with Sundazed Music



In an historic alliance, the renowned reissue label Sundazed Music has partnered with Experience Hendrix, L.L.C. to release a series of new 7″ picture-sleeve vinyl singles featuring unique and hard-to-find vintage performances by Jimi Hendrix.

The ongoing series launches in April with an initial release that combines a pair of historically significant recordings from two different Hendrix 1967 BBC sessions. One is a raucous reading of Bob Dylan’s “Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?”. Hendrix recorded his version on October 17 for BBC Radio’s Rhythm and Blues show. Dylan’s original version, one of history’s most notable and enduring musical enigmas, wasn’t released on a legitimate album for more than 10 years after its first issue. This Jimi Hendrix Experience version was a highlight of the BBC Sessions double album issued by Experience Hendrix/Sony Legacy in October 2010.

“Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?” is paired with a fascinating, newly discovered take of the Hendrix original “Burning Of The Midnight Lamp,” as performed on August 24,1967 on BBC Television’s Top of the Pops, just a week after the song’s original studio version had been released as a single in Britain on Track Records. In keeping with strict Musician Union regulations, Jimi was to sing live atop the song’s instrumental backing track. The Top Of The Pops presenter announced the Experience, but then ‘The House That Jack Built’ by the Alan Price Set began to play. A few seconds in, Jimi, ever polite, offered an apology, “I’m sorry man but I don’t know the words…” As panic no doubt ensued within the studio’s control room, the program’s flustered presenter apologized and implored Jimi to try it once again.

Both sides feature the classic original Jimi Hendrix Experience lineup of Hendrix on guitar and vocals, Noel Redding on bass and Mitch Mitchell on drums, and capture the band just as it was beginning to emerge as a major force on both sides of the Atlantic.

As with every release in the series, it will feature a color picture sleeve incorporating rare vintage Hendrix photos that capture the legendary artist’s distinctive persona and pioneering spirit.

Janie Hendrix, President and CEO of Experience Hendrix L.L.C. commented: When the Jimi Hendrix Experience first burst into the world’s collective consciousness, it was through vinyl 45 rpm singles. Our vinyl single release program with Sundazed honors that brilliant history and, even expands on it in a very real way. It is traditional yet innovative, as Jimi certainly was.

Bob Irwin, President and CEO of Sundazed Music, Inc. commented: We are thrilled and highly honored to be partnering with Experience Hendrix on this wonderful series. I’m positively elated that my most favorite musician of all time will now be a part of Sundazed.

In a recording career that spanned only three and a half years prior to his tragic death in 1970 at the age of 27, Jimi Hendrix revolutionized the role of the electric guitar, and radically altered the face of contemporary music. He became rock’s first guitar superstar, with an effortless charisma that matched his visionary talent and intense performing style. His overwhelming influence continues to live on in virtually every electric guitarist who has followed him, yet none have ever equaled Hendrix’s talent and imagination.

ABOUT SUNDAZED MUSIC INC. In its 22-year history, Sundazed Music has earned an international reputation for its painstaking preservation of vintage rock, garage, soul, surf, R&B and country sounds on vinyl, CD and digital download, consistently maintaining unmatched quality standards for mastering, packaging and pressing. The current Sundazed catalog encompasses over 800 titles, including timeless classic recordings by such artists as Jeff Beck, Booker T. & the MGs, the Byrds, Bob Dylan, Albert King, Wes Montgomery, Stevie Ray Vaughan, the Velvet Underground and hundreds more.

ABOUT EXPERIENCE HENDRIX L.L.C. Founded by James ‘Al’ Hendrix, Jimi’s father, in 1995, Experience Hendrix, has been managed since its inception by family members personally chosen by Al during his tenure as Chairman. It is the official family company charged with managing the music, name, image and likeness of Jimi Hendrix. As a part of its daily operations, under President and CEO Janie Hendrix, Experience Hendrix and Authentic Hendrix oversee Jimi’s timeless legacy on a worldwide basis. In connection with its mission, it produces the continuing Experience Hendrix tour of all-star musicians.

R.I.P. Etta James: January 25, 1938 – January 20, 2012

It is storming like crazy here in the bay area of California and it is so fitting.
This morning we lost a true pioneer of early R&B music.

Etta James has passed away just 5 days shy of her 74th birthday.
Through all these years, to quote one of her songs, “the good, the bad, the hurt, the sad” she always gave to the people. She more than survived her personal demons…SHE BEAT THEM.

We will all miss you Etta.
Rest In Peace
(Ed.Note: Here is my chance to finally say it. The head honchos at Chess Records were viewed by many as ‘ruthless record company people’ to be very polite. Let me come out and say it right now, they were the ones who found Etta on the streets whacked out on smack. They bought her a house in the country and got her off junk. Hats off to Leonard, Phil & Marshall Chess)

February 2012 new vinyl releases? Another rip-off deal!


When I look at the new vinyl titles being reissued…all I can say is this: has the coolest rare titles for less than a song.

Well, here is the list offered by other companies and labels.
I can tell you that save for The Small Faces~First Step (180 gram on 4 Men With Beards), we will not carry any of these titles that are so easily found sealed for $5.00 each.

Read this list and then DON’T rush out to get it:

1) Cat Stevens~Teaser And Firecat $30.00
2) Cat Stevens~Catch Bull At Four $30.00
3) Blood, Sweat And Tears~BS&T 3 $40.00
4) Queensryche~The Warning $25.00
5) Elvis Presley~Elvis aka 2nd LP Elvis ’56 $25.00

These are all killer albums, they just DO NOT need to be reissued at this time because there were so many made.

Stay tuned for our cool stuff…which is on it’s way. Keep an eye on the site for posts on our new releases.

New Releases just received January 13, 2012

OK you guys; again Happy New Year and Happy Friday The 13th.
It’s a lucky one today because we just received 16 new killer titles.
The Envelope please…..

1 Eddie Kendricks~People…Hold On
2 Jimmy Reed~Jimmy Reed Is Back!
3 Leroy Hutson~The Man!
4 MC5~The Best Of The MC5
5 Motorhead~Another Perfect Day (180 GRAM VINYL)
6 Sam Dees~The Show Must Go On
7 The Tempatations~Sky’s The Limit
8 Archie Schepp~Live At Donaueschingon
9 Archie Schepp~The Magic Of Ju-Ju (180 GRAM VINYL)
10 Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson~Secrets
11 The Impressions (Curtis Mayfield)~The Young Mod’s Forgotten Story
12 Marilyn Monroe~The Essential Masters
13 Nina Simone~Lamentations
14 Black Sabbath~We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll (2LP) COLORED VINYL
15 Bobby Womack~Facts Of Life
16 Solomon Burke~The King Of Rock N’ Soul

There you have it. And as always, I’m gonna put in my 2 cents.

Big Pluses:
The Solomon Burke re-ish is to die for. Bar none his best studio LP, very expensive in good shape
A new Jimmy Reed reissued title
A new Temptations reissued title
The Marilyn Monroe
The original 1976 Black Sabbath Best Of ‘double album’ on colored vinyl…finally!
A new Nina Simone reissued title

Sound Quality: Picture Discs & Colored Vinyl

ABSOLUTELY don’t believe that garbage about how colored vinyl sounds terrible. Why in the heck would Sundazed Music reissue these upcoming 36 titles by The Ventures all on colored vinyl? It’s not the color, it’s either the pressing, the plates, or other impurities…stuff like that.

Picture Discs:

I own 5000 picture discs, and every single one has background hiss as soon as the needle hits the vinyl. There are some that sound better, and some that skip, and some that just bounce all over the place. The problem is the uneven laminating. Especially in the late 70’s till like 1987. Nowadays, Iron Maiden and other metal bands (due to the usually striking artwork on metal albums) have done every album on picture disc only, and I must say they are very thick, very smooth and sound fantastic; albeit with the hiss still. But they have gotten much, much better.

Colored Vinyl:

I probably own 30,000 colored vinyl records and there are ones that sound good and bad. The only thing I know for sure is that in the late 70’s and 80’s, lots of them were pressed pretty thin. And if it was a long running album (Iron Maiden is a good 60 minute example), then it usually skipped. All of our colored vinyl here on is cut pretty thick. Some are even (really) 180 gram or heavier. It just depends. One thing for sure is that totally CLEAR VINYL will always sound the best because it has been bleached of all its impurities. I have a Half-Speed Master of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side” LP on that “Quiex II” audiophile vinyl and it sounds like someone running their fingernails across a chalkboard in the background through the whole thing, but this LP looks clean as a whistle. I know one thing; all these companies are getting wise and using a high quality thick and smooth colored vinyl now and even the opaque ones sound fantastic.

There is nothing wrong with colored vinyl, and if it’s done right…it sounds even better. That’s why RYKODISC who prided themselves on sound quality in the late 80’s did all their vinyl titles on CLEAR VINYL. I’m sure Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray would agree with these words.

Stay colorful, sports-fans!