Archive | February 2012

The Cramps~File Under Sacred Music: Early Singles 1978-1981 10 X 7" Box Set

There are those (AND COUNT ME AS ONE) who say that the early Cramps material on Illegal/I.R.S. records was their best stuff. Then there is ME who goes one step further and says that the bestest best material is when Bryan Gregory & Nick Knox were in the band. Not to take anything from Kid Congo Powers and his contribution on the 2nd album (Psychedelic Jungle), but Bryan blew my mind. While everyone was checkin’ out Poison Ivy’s legs, Bryan was playing the trashiest guitar sounds ever heard. When I say TRASH, I mean trash. Check out The Cramps song “Garbageman” from the absolute classic 1st LP titled “Songs The Lord Taught Us.” (and their fourth single?) Ivy’s traditional throwback rock-a-billy sound is on the right channel…but Bryan’s trash guitar is on the left. This mutha’s sound is like a real Garbage Truck going through it’s compacting cycle…absolutely brilliant. You couldn’t dress this guy up…every single thing about him gave everyone the absolute creeps. The look, the sound, the style, the equipment he played (a polka-dotted Gibson Flying V) and all the acrobatic moves.

The above paragraph should explain why this thing has SOLD OUT everywhere so fast. The last I checked, you could get one from Austria for $230.00 on Amazon 3rd party. I just don’t know how I was able to score it for $60.00, but it won’t be here til tomorrow.

OK, this is another 7″ box set from the Italian record company called Munster Records. Considering all these labels going bankrupt, they are still kickin’ out the garage trash goodies. They have also done 7″ box sets for The Detriot Cobras, A Psychobilly “Big Beat” singles box, a Swell Maps box, a couple of Spanish Garage boxes, and I think maybe a “Small Wonder” punk singles box?

This Cramps Box has 10 singles, all on remastered 7 inch vinyl and in the original reproduced super thick picture sleeves. There are a total of 22 tracks. Some of these A-side titles which appear on their 2 albums are totally different recordings because they are the original single versions and were re-recorded when the album came out. Hence, that’s what makes this so collectible…and there are a few single only songs and rare B-sides which The Cramps were always good for. Unfortunately, all 10 singles are black vinyl. The Cramps loved to do colored vinyl, but not on this box. This box also includes mind blowing photo postcards and otherastonishing memorabilia, including a business card created probably the day the band formed? I can’t describe how powerful this little business card is. Neat!

OK, here are the tracks:
1 Surfin’ Bird
2 The Way I Walk
3 Human Fly
4 Domino
5 Lonesome Town
6 Mystery Plane (original single recording)
7 Fever
8 Garbageman
9 TV Set
10 The Mad Daddy (original single recording)
11 Drug Train
12 Love Me
13 I Can’t Hardly Stand It
14 Twist And Shout
15 Uranium Rock
16 Goo Goo Muck
17 She Said
18 The Crusher
19 Save It
20 New Kind Of Kick
21 Rockin’ Bones
22 Voodoo Idol

The best way to understand the tracklist is this:
5 tracks cover the Mini-Album “Gravest Hits.”
(Ed. Note: Actually, Gravest Hits is the first three singles on a 12″ vinyl record)
5 tracks cover the “Songs The Lord Taught Us” LP
5 Tracks cover the “Psychedelic Jungle” LP with Kid Congo Powers on other guitar
The other 7 tracks were either singles only or B-sides.

Indeed these early singles are the essence of what The Cramps are all about and this was thee best stuff and a great place for beginners if you missed The Cramps. As far as the later material on Roger Armstrong’s “Big Beat Records” out of the UK; 1983′ s Smell Of Female: Live At The Peppermint Lounge, NYC” and 1985 or 6’s “A Date With Elvis” are very good records and you can’t ever go wrong with their 2 vinyl compilation albums, “…Off The Bone” (UK) and a year later “Bad Music For Bad People” (USA.) These 2 LP’s do have mostly the same songs, but they differ a little. “…Off The Bone” is probably better because it has 4 more tracks than the USA one (where have we heard that before? Perhaps The Beatles?) Anything after “A Date With Elvis” just doesn’t always have the strongest material and I’m sure it’s because they weren’t selling a ton of records, so like The Ramones…they toured their butts off? There was a slight comeback when they signed with punk label Epitaph around 1994 and released 2 LP’s on that label. “Flame Job” & “Big Beat From Badsville” with “Flame Job” being the better one, although Badsville had a few absolute killers on it.
(Ed. Note: “Songs The Lord Taught Us” is the absolute BEST album by The Cramps…but even better is this box set)

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE ON FINDING THIS FOR A DECENT PRICE?
It’s supposed to list for around 85 American dollars?

UPDATE~3/3/2012:
I received my box and you won’t believe the improved clear sound on the remaster!!!

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Saxon: 8 classic 'colored vinyl' titles expanded & remastered…

Yep!

Our buddies at Back On Black Records out of the UK are up to it again:
Eight classic Saxon albums (from 1980-1986) have been remastered, expanded to 2LP sets, and pressed on limited to 1000 cool ‘colored vinyl’ for us vinyl junkies. These 8 titles should hit the states by March 6, 2012?

Let me tell you a couple of things first:
1) Hold your breath…..these cool colored pressings retail for $46.00 now. Last year they were around $34.00 max.
(ED. UPDATE: They have just lowered the US retail price to $35.00 effective 2/17/2012)
2) The first 3 Saxon LP’s were already released as PICTURE DISCS with all the original neat looking artwork around 2006? They are:
a) Saxon~1st LP also titled “Frozen Rainbow” in the U.S.A. (1979)
b) Saxon~Wheels Of Steel (early 1980)
c) Saxon~Strong Arm Of The Law (late 1980)

Back On Black has chosen not to reissue the 1st Saxon on colored vinyl at this time because that particular title is readily available on 180 gram black vinyl  from another record label in the EU.

All of these reissues (except two titles) are expanded to include a full extra LP of rare and/or live tracks recording during their classic period.

Here are the confirmed details:

1 Saxon~Wheels Of Steel (2LP set) GREY VINYL 2/1980 *****FIVE STARS
2 Saxon~Strong Arm Of The Law (2LP set) WHITE VINYL 11/1980 *****FIVE STARS
3 Saxon~Denim And Leather (2LP set) BLUE VINYL 1981 *****FIVE STARS
4 Saxon~The Eagle Has Landed: Saxon Live (2LP set) RED VINYL 1982
5 Saxon~The Power & The Glory (single LP) PURPLE VINYL 1983
6 Saxon~Crusader (single LP) CLEAR VINYL 1984
7 Saxon~Innocence Is No Excuse (2LP set) BROWN VINYL 1985
8 Saxon~Rock The Nations (2LP set) PURPLE VINYL 1986
(Ed. Note: Even though this LP doesn’t rank among Saxon’s bona-fide classics, Elton John plays some ‘fun’ rock and roll piano, as well as contributing on a nice ballad.)

I don’t care what anyone says about this band. Yes, they were part of the NWOBHM scene that was spearheaded in the 80’s by Motorhead, Iron Maiden and you know the lot. Saxon and Tank were 2 personal favorites that didn’t really have the success that many others had. One thing that set Saxon apart from everyone was their awesome dual clean guitar sound and the squealing lead breaks. Quinn & Oly; you guys really had a cool sound together that was very recognizable and you both ripped some killer leads. Whirrrerrr! I always thought that the lead guitar breaks sounded like a huge diesel truck trying to start with a weak battery? No one had that sound. They invented it. The only person who it slightly reminds me of is the way Michael Schenker would play all those really high notes. And more unbelievable was the fact that Paul Quinn played a Fender Stratocaster. It barely sounded like a strat. You had to try to hear the high sound. Saxon was nothing like the Gibson-Fender sound of,…say…Lynyrd Skynyrd or Duane Allman & Eric Clapton on “Layla.”

Awesome!

Even though I own all the original vinyl…..
CARRERE records out of France (1979-1984)
Parlophone/EMI out of the UK (1985-1988)
…I still can’t wait to hear these remasters expanded and on neat colored vinyl. I guess it’s a toss up between “Wheels Of Steel” and “Strong Arm Of The Law” for best album? I still like “Strong Arm’s’ sound a lot better. To me, this is thee one from Saxon. All the LP’s from 1983-1986 definitely had their share of great songs and more great than weak, but those first 4 studio ones are really the best as far as what makes a classic album.

The Ventures first 5 Colored Vinyl Tiltes~ due Feb. 28, 2012

Well, here we go, and you all probably know that I can’t wait to get these things on my platter!

Release date is set:
February 28, 2012~it will be a belated Valentine’s present for all of us for sure.
We have pre-ordered multiple copies of all 5 titles.

I will share my wonderful memories of each LP:

The Ventures~Play Telstar * The Lonely Bull 180 Gram CLEAR GOLD VINYL (Stereo)
This is The Ventures 9th album. At this time they were incorporating a lot of other instruments into the loop. Harpsichord, Mandolin, Organ, Mellotron, etc. etc.
Even though there are variable sounds and styles, this LP is really good overall.
Key tracks besides the 2 title tracks are The Ventures versions of “Tequila” and “Green Onions.” Oh yeah, this LP has their groundbreaking version of “Apache” on it too. I rest my case on the quality of this one.

The Ventures~”Surfing” 180 Gram CLEAR BLUE VINYL (Stereo)
This LP has 2 things it is noted for. One is that there is not a weak song on it. Two is that instead of doing all surf covers; they wrote their own music on most of it. Highlights on this album were their version of “Pipeline”, and their own “Surf Rider.” Surf Rider was actually written by Ventures member Nokie Edwards and the song was taken to Pop Top 10 by another group called The Lively Ones. The “Surfing” album is another total Ventures classic.

The Ventures~Ventures In Space 180 Gram TRANSLUCENT CLEAR VINYL (Stereo)
This may possibly be The Ventures most popular LP ever? It didn’t break records in the charts, but this is for sure one of the most sought after ones. This is the first record where The Ventures switched from Fender Stratocaster, Jaguar and Jazzmaster guitars and played The Mosrite guitars exclusively. Notable tracks were, a fantastic cover of “Penetration”, “Twilight Zone” and “Out Of Limits.” In fact, this record was so important that the forthcoming 2 or 3 albums by The Ventures had out-takes from The Ventures In Space. In many cases, these out-takes were amongst the best Ventures tracks ever recorded. Another thing that people didn’t quite pick up on was the title. It reads “Ventures In Space” ie: taking a venture into space…but nobody got it, except me?

The Ventures~The Fabulous Ventures 180 Gram CLEAR RED VINYL (Stereo)
Ah, the ugliest Ventures album cover ever (bar none.) There was no hot 60’s babe wearing skintight polyester pants and polka-dots with wavy hair and a ribbon on top to be found on this one. The cover looked like a country album. But make no mistake about this one. This is in the Top 10 of the ‘best’ Ventures albums. This mutha has a killer “Needles And Pins”, The Pink Panther Theme”,  ” The Cruel Sea” done with a killer 12 string electric guitar. “Fugitive” and two killer out-takes from Ventures In Space; “Journey To The Stars” and “Walkin’ With Pluto.” This album along with their 3rd LP, “Another Smash!!!” has got to be one of my personal favorites. I will play this first for sure!

The Ventures~Walk, Don’t Run Vol. 2 (180 Gram CLEAR GREEN VINYL Stereo)
This is close to where The Ventures kinda started to lose a little something. They were sure starting to do weird choices for cover songs. Fortunately, this is another killer album, and possibly their last ‘essential’ one for awhile? OK, there is a re-done version of their first hit, “Walk, Don’t Run” done here with an arrangement to attract the surf craze audience. It was re-titled “Walk, Don’t Run ’64.” Other really good versions are “House Of The Rising Son”,  “Pedal Pusher”, “The Creeper”, and another killer out-take from Ventures In Space titled, “Blue Star.” If you don’t think this was a good album…”Diamond Head” is on it. This is one of my Top 5 favorite songs by them. Case Closed!

We will post these son-of-a-guns the minute we get them. Stay Tuned (February 28, 2012 is the official rlease date for all five titles.)
Sundazed will eventually do 30 more by them; but these are real strong essential contenders right out of the gate!!!

VROOOM!!! SWISHHH!!!

 

Surf Is Up…Baby! 3 Colored Vinyl Surf Singles from Sundazed

Just announced to me by Sundazed Music~

They are offering a special “3X7″ Surf Limited Edition Colored Vinyl 7 Inch Singles Package Deal” for only $18.00 through their website only.
All 3 come in neat full color thick picture sleeves.
Here is the catch: they only pressed 100 of each title on colored vinyl, so by the time you read this…??? Good Luck???
(Ed. Note: At the psychotic pace ‘colored vinyl’ is moving nowadays, you may need eBay, not luck?)

Here are the details:

1) The Original Surfaris~on a gorgeous ocean-like CLEAR TURQUOISE VINYL

A-Side= Gum-Dipped Sticks B-Side= High Time

The Original Surfaris played every major surf venue in Southern California, including the genre’s Matrix, The Rendevous Ballroom in Balboa Beach, where Dick Dale created the surf monster in 1961. Famed for their killer instrumentals whether they were shooting the curl or blasting down that asphalt aisle with surf’s second-cousin hot rod music, The Original Surfaris had few equals on the high-flying SoCal scene.

 

2) The Temptations~ on CLEAR YELLOW VINYL

A-Side= Blue Surf B-Side= Egyptian Surf

It’s no big surprise these Southern California-based masters of surf-exotica are not the same Temptations who cut “Cloud Nine” and “My Girl” for Gordy/Motown Records. If it’s hot instrumental sounds with an international twist you need to accompany a day riding your longboard, you couldn’t go much farther-out than “Egyptian Surf,” the easiest way to hang ten down The Nile without leaving your house. All it took was one band member fooling around at rehearsal with an Oboe, and, as they say, Ahmed’s your uncle.

 

3) The Sentinals~on OPAQUE RED VINYL

A-Side= Tor-Chula B-Side= Latin’ia

Years before Dick Dale whipped up surf music right before the eyes of adoring throngs in Los Angeles ballrooms, The Sentianals were fooling around with the same elements in San Luis Obispo, 200 miles north up the California coastline. And as long as there are mighty waves pounding some far-flying shore-and there are kids with cojones enough to ride them-The Sentinals, like The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, will stand on the guard for thee.

Pick up this ‘GrabBag’, a hot ‘Surfer Girl, put these on the platter player and…Cowabunga!
And don’t forget the brews!

Record Store Day 2012: Sundazed announces 9 seven inch titles

All set to go for Record Store Day, April 21, 2012. Sundazed Music has announced the 9 seven inch titles they are releasing exclusively for RSD:
(Ed. Note: All singles are in full color picture sleeves)

1 Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band~ “Double Single”
Record One: Diddy Wah Diddy b/w Who Do You Think You’re Fooling?
Record Two: Moonchild b/w Frying Pan
(uses the brown A&M records labels)

2 Gene Clark~She’s The Kind of Girl b/w One In A Million
(uses the brown A&M labels)

3 Dillard & Clark~Lying Down The Middle b/w Why Not?
(uses brown A&M labels)

4 Blues Magoos E.P.~So I’m Wrong And You Are Right b/w People Had No Faces & Wild About My Lovin’
(uses brown Verve/Forecast labels)

5 The Byrds~I’ll Feel A Whole Lot Better b/w It’s No Use (alternate versions) on CLEAR BLUE VINYL
(uses a picture sleeve that mimics the “Mr. Tambourine Man” LP on White w/ Red Text “Columbia” Promo labels)

6 Paul Revere & The Raiders~Ride Your Pony b/w (You’re A) Bad Girl on CLEAR RED VINYL
(uses White w/ Red Text ‘Columbia” Promo labels)

7 The Blues Project~(Mose Allison’s) Parchman Farm b/w (Jimmy Reed’s) Bright Lights, Big City
(uses brown Verve/Forecast labels)

8 The Chocolate Watch Band~Psychedelic Trip b/w In The Midnight Hour
(uses orange Tower Records labels)

9) The Martin Denny Orchestra~Crossfire b/w The 2,000 Pound Bee Part 2
(uses Spinout/Sundazed labels that mimic the rainbow crest logo of ‘Liberty’ labels)

(SUNDAZED WILL NOT BE DOING ANY FULL LENGTH ALBUMS FOR R.S.D. THIS YEAR)

Sub-Pop & Dischord Records: still doing fun vinyl goodies

That’s Right!

It ain’t 1991 anymore, but you wouldn’t know it at Sup-Pop Records. They are staying true to their roots and remain on the cutting edge with new musical styles and of course the fun ‘colored vinyl’ pressings. Oh God, that LP on WHITE VINYL by an artist called Washed Out is just killer, man. All the way down to the cover shot and inside artwork of a cool looking tree. Man oh man! Like The Cure’s typical space opera and a lot of that 80’s new wave stuff, with all great songs; a great album.
Alrighty, here are 10 things I can think of that they have done on cool colored vinyl:

1 Nirvana~”Bleach” DeLuxe 180 gram remastered Double WHITE MARBLE VINYL with a killer book + extra concert LP (this will cost you about $27.99)

2 Mudhoney~Superfuzz Bigmuff remastered on OPAQUE CHARCOAL GRAY MARBLE VINYL w/ a poster

3 Mudhoney~Mudhoney self-ttiled remastered on OPAQUE HOT PINK MARBLE VINYL w/ a poster

4 Mudhoney~Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge remastered on OPAQUE BRIGHT ORANGE MARBLE VINYL w/ a poster (their 5*****Star Classic)

5 Mudhoney~Since We’ve Become Translucent on 150 gram TRANSLUCENT CLEAR VINYL

6 Handsome Furs~Sound Kapital on COLORED VINYL (color unknown)

7  J Mascis~Several Shades Of Why on CLEAR PURPLE MARBLE VINYL

8 Washed Out~Within And Without on 180 gram WHITE VINYL and so recommended!!!

9 Sunny Day Real Estate~”Diary” on a Double CLEAR RED or CLEAR PURPLE VINYL w/ a killer book and a very good record

10 Sunny Day Real Estate~LP2 aka “The Pink Album” on a Double OPAQUE PASTEL PINK MARBLE & OPAQUE PASTEL PURPLE MARBLE

Most of the above records list between $10.99 and $17.99 and all include FREE downloads.
The other company keeping it fun is Ian MacKaye’s DISCHORD RECORDS who have also done about 10 classic 80’s harcore punk reissues on cool colored vinyl. They are:

1 Minor Threat~Two 7″s on One Long Playing album on OPAQUE TURQUOISE GREEN VINYL

2 Minor Threat~Out Of Step ‘Maxi-E.P.” on WHITE MARBLE VINYL

3 Scream~Still Screaming on 180 gram WHITE VINYL

4 Scream~This Side Up on 180 gram TRANSLUCENT CLEAR VINYL

5 The Faith/Void~Split LP on CLEAR PASTEL LIGHT VIOLET VINYL

6 Four E.P.’s On One Long Playing Record on TRANSLUCENT CLEAR VINYL (Teen Idles, S.O.A., Youth Brigade, Governmant Issue)

7 Flex Your Head Compilation LP (original Red Cover) on CLEAR RED VINYL

8 Gray Matter~Food For Thought on OPAQUE PURPLE MARBLE VINYL

9 Gray Matter~Take It Back on OPAQUE GRAY MARBLE VINYL


The above titles range in price from $8.99 to $11.99 and also come with a FREE download

Omnivore Records: Neat COLORED VINYL fun!

Another super fun record label is Omnivore Records on Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles, California.
They are doing some killer 180 gram remastered colored vinyl records that are very affordable, look great and sound even better.
Here are six cool things, but you better move fast. These are selling like hotcakes.

1) Alex Chilton (ex Box Tops & Big Star)~Free Again! The “1970” Sessions on 180 gram CLEAR VINYL (only 1,500)

2) The Motels~Apocalypso on BRIGHT ORANGE OPAQUE VINYL (0nly 1,500) (the 1981 withdrawn LP that ended up being the classic “All Four One” album)

3) Darondo~Listen To My Story: The Music City Sessions on CLEAR LIGHT BROWN VINYL (only 2,000)

4) The Two Things In One~Together Forever: The Music City Sessions on CLEAR RED VINYL (only 2000)

5) Jellyfish~Bellybutton on 180 gram CLEAR BLUE VINYL w/ Original Custom Cover ***ALL 1,500 SOLD OUT*** (Black Vinyl is coming in 1 month)

6) Jellyfish~Spilt Milk on 180 gram CLEAR GREEN VINYL ***ALL 1,500 SOLD OUT*** (Black Vinyl is coming in 1 month)

There you have it. Some really cool stuff and not the same reissues of James Taylor & The Eagles and stuff we don’t need.
I LOVE THIS RECORD COMPANY, AND YOU WILL TOO!