Archive | October 2012

The Beatles "Love Me Do" Single RECALL!!!

Alright, Alright~

It is being called the biggest Beatle collectible since The Butcher Cover…and I do happen to own 4 copies of this recalled single.

It is “Love Me Do” backed with “P.S. I Love You.” The first ever Beatles single, released 50 years ago on October 5, 1962.

What they did was put the wrong version of “Love Me Do” on the A-Side and the wrong catalog number on the B-Side (they put 4714 instead of the correct 4949.) 4714 was originally the single for Matt Monro called “Portrait Of My Love.”

This wrong A-Side has Andy White drumming instead of Ringo (which Ringo played on the original single version released.)

According to EMI, there were 6000 wrong ones pressed.
3000 never got out and approx. 2000 were returned?
The correct ones are available on the market to you right now for around $7.99 in American dollars (they are all U.K. imports by the way.)

Anyways, that leaves roughly 1000 out there and they are bidding for $895.00 if you go to eBay or Amazon 3rd party. Glad I pre-ordered all mine. I ended up with 4 copies of the recalls for only $28.00 total.

OK, OK, OK!!!

EVERYONE IN THE WORLD IS ASKING ME HOW YOU TELL THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RINGO & ANDY VERSIONS?

VERY SIMPLE~

Ringo was delegated to play tambourine on the Andy White version.

THE TAMBOURINE IS THERE ON THAT “Andy White” VERSION AND VERY LOUD.

On the Ringo version, there is no tambourine and it is a very softer recording.

HOPE THIS HELPS EVERYONE?
Just to be a brat, I ordered a correct one too.

Remember to love your vinyl:-))))

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The Beatles 2009 Vinyl Re-Masters…BE WARNED!

Hah! John & George must be rollin’ over in their grave by now?

Here we go again with another huge screw-up of a Beatles vinyl product

This time it is the 50th Anniversary of their first 7″ single (Love Me Do b/w P.S. I Love You)

Already fetching $250.00 prices on eBay, this single has TWO HUGE MISTAKES. Luckily, I own 4 copies of the error pressing. What they allegedly did was PRESS THE WRONG VERSION of “Love Me Do” on the A-Side (there were 2 versions recorded) and USE THE WRONG LABEL on the B-Side.

These have been recalled and fixed now, but not before many got out.
(Ed. Note: Sounds like “The Butcher Cover” scenario all over again?)

Here is the problem:
If Parlophone/EMI in the U.K. can’t get a stupid single done correctly, then how many mistakes can we expect on all the new Beatles vinyl LP’s coming out? I can tell you right now as an avid fan of really loud Stereo headphone listening that the Abbey Road Remaster Team SHOULD HAVE STUCK WITH THE ORIGINAL IDEA OF USING DMM (Direct Metal Mastering) from Germany. THOSE (to me) are the rockingest sounding ones in the world…even better than the Mobile Fidelity’s in the case of loud headphones. I am so glad I passed on these. I was offered the box set for a song too…and STILL PASSED ($275.00)

GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE WHO GOT THESE
I don’t trust EMI as far as I can throw a dry/fluffy square of toilet paper.

I’LL KEEP MY ORIGINALS (Thank You)

Remember to love your vinyl……..for the most part?

The Beatles: 2009 Re-masters Now On Vinyl

What would the Christmas Shopping Season be without a Beatles (or Beatles related) product push?

This time it might be the coolest product of all?
Here is what I have heard officially:
1 The release date is (I believe still) November 17, 2012
2 These are the 2009 Remastered versions. They are the same Abbey Road ‘dream team’ that did the 2009 Mono & Stereo Beatles CD Box Sets
3 From what I can tell, these are all UK imports from EMI Music ‘ala’ the recent Pink Floyd re-issues
4 Every album whether a single or double LP will be in a full gatefold cover
5 Every album is on 180 gram black vinyl and in TRUE STEREO
(Ed. Note: I haven’t heard anything yet about any forthcoming Mono pressings, which let’s hope they do?)
6 Every album is the UK version with 14 (not 10) songs on the early LP’s
7 EMI is using record labels that reproduce the original label on the first pressings; so you get the rare Black/Yellow Parlophone labels
8 There will be NO bonus tracks
9 There will be a 50th Anniversary single to come out on October 16 (next week), the day The Beatles issued their first ever single. A-Side=Love Me Do (without Ringo on drums version) b/w P.S. I Love You. It will come on the original red Parlophone label in the rainbow coloured paper sleeve and list for around $7.99…I pre-ordered mine

OK, these will be available individually for a nice list price of $22.99 each or $34.99 for the 2 double LP’s (“The White Album” & “Past Masters”.) It will also be available as a lavish box set with a booklet & DVD for $450.00. Most people have opted to sell the box for $399.00. Unlike the 1982 ‘The Beatles Collection’ Blue Box, this box does not have the “Rarities” album. The Past Masters Volumes I & II has made the “Rarities” album obsolete now. Also, I have no idea if the Sgt. Pepper, Magical Mystery Tour or The White Album will have all the extra posters, pictures, booklets or pink innersleeves? The CD Boxes DID! So we will have to see? I would think so:-)
(UPDATE: Yes, All original inserts, pictures, and photos are included)

Just in case you forgot, here are the albums:
1 Please Please Me
2 With the Beatles
3 A Hard Day’s Nigh (movie soundtrack)
4 Beatles For Sale!
5 Help! (movie soundtrack)
6 Rubber Soul
7 Revolver
8 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
9 Magical Mystery Tour (full length U.S. released album)
10 The Beatles aka “The White Album” (2 Records)
11 Yellow Submarine (movie soundtrack)
12 Abbey Road
13 Let It Be
14 Past Masters Volumes I & II (2 Records)

Recommended For Sure…and for once the price is recommended at 23 bucks each. Merry Christmas and love your vinyl!

The Who Complete Studio Albums Vinyl Box Set

Complete?
You’ve got to be joshing me?

The Who were known for their ‘live in concert’ power. I just can’t comprehend the words complete Who without “Live At Leeds” & “Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy” on there…studio or otherwise.

This box set is a wish-washy release. There are too many omissions and these omissions (to me) just may be the best studio stuff The Who ever did? Anyways, here we go with another Christmas Shopping Season push…this box will run you $350.00

It is being put out by Geffen Records (they now own the rights to The Who catalog) and each LP will be on 180 gram black vinyl. I didn’t see anything about selling them individually, but that sure would be the way for all you Who fans to go.

Here is what’s in the box:
My Generation (UK Version and artwork)
A Quick One (UK Version. Titled “Happy Jack” in the U.S.A.)
The Who Sell Out
Tommy (2 Records)
Who’s Next
Quadrophenia (2 Records)
The Who By Numbers
Who Are You
Face Dances
It’s Hard
Endless Wire (2 Records)

Unimpressive…and here is why:
No “Live At Leeds” LP
No “Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy” LP (A killer Singles/Hits collection)
No “Odds And Sods” LP (the awesome original Who rarities album)
No “Magic Bus” LP (or the slightly altered U.K. version) “Direct Hits”…both omitted for some strange reason?
No  Tracks From The “Ready Steady Who” 7″  E.P. (essential)
No “Who’s Missing” LP (rarities I)
No “Two’s Missing” LP (rarities II)

If you put “Odds And Sods” and “Meaty Beaty Big And Bouncy” together, you’ve got a lot of killer singles and songs that you WON’T find on this box…”Long Live Rock” from”Odds And Sods” (in the Top 5 of their best songs) will NOT be found on this box…I REST MY CASE! Even though I personally dig some parts of “Endless Wire”, (the 22 minute mini-opera on Record #2 called “Wire & Glass” is absolute killer) this LP was crucified by the press and record buying public. You can get the vinyl at cut-out companies for 6 bucks. Face Dances was actually an overlooked good LP, but it sells used mint for 2 bucks. Really it is the first 6 albums that most people will want?
That leaves you with 5 throwaways more or less? For 350 bucks?

Remember to love your vinyl…but be extra careful on this one

First 8 Iron Maiden LP's out as vinyl Picture Discs

Boy! Have some people been waiting for these!

Everytime I’m in a record shop, some dude who grew up with old school Iron Maiden albums is crying because he can’t order them on vinyl. That’s about to change my friends:

EMI Music is re-issuing the first eight Iron Maiden albums as picture discs.
From what I can tell, here are some facts:
1 Each will come in a real album jacket, not just a poly-sleeve.
2 These will be coming out 2 per month for the next 4 months.
3 Unfortunately, these will carry a list price of $45.00 each. I am very upset for the old fans that want to pick these up. Luckily, I own all the original colored vinyl & pic discs when they first came out for (was it $7.99 each?)
4 The artwork on every disc has full color ‘outtake drawings’ from the period of each album.

OK, here are the albums in case you forgot:

Iron Maiden (self-titled) 1980, 5 Stars
Killers 1981, 3 Stars
The Number Of The Beast 1982, 5 Stars
Piece Of Mind 1983, 5 Stars
Powerslave 1984, 5 Stars
Live After Death 1985, 5 Stars (2 Picture Discs)
Somewhere In Time 1986, 3 Stars
Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son 1988, 3.5 Stars

Oddly, the 1981 “Live” Mini-Album “Maiden Japan” has been omitted. They probably could have done the Women In Uniform E.P. too…and a few other important Live E.P.’s? But “Maiden Japan” should have been included for sure.

THESE ARE ALL RECOMMENDED! Remember to love your vinyl