Let’s get one thing straight:
These three English musicians are classified under ‘pub rock’, or in the case of Nick Lowe who has been called ‘powerpop.’
Anyone who believes this can just stick it up their ‘pub.’
THIS IS PURE ROCK ‘N’ ROLL. I think Graham Parker said it best, “By the time we got to “Squeezing Out Sparks” (1979), we were doing something completely different. Something only an idiot would call pub rock.”
It didn’t matter if Nick sounded punk or country. It didn’t matter if Dave was into 60’s country or Chuck Berry. It didn’t matter if Graham Parker was influenced by Bob Dylan, reggae or soul music. The end result was always just rock ‘n’ roll. Another funny thing is that these three guys (at least in their early years) didn’t even dress like rock ‘n’ rollers (maybe Graham with his cool shades?) One thing they all had in common is what I like to call the Stiff Style. Let me explain. Stiff Records (thank God) gave a home to musicians that no other label would absolutely ever touch. Everybody on that label was a musical misfit. A picture is worth a thousand words. Look at that cover of the LIVE STIFFS album. It is a picture of Larry Wallis, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Wreckless Eric, and Ian Dury. The only one who looks like a real rocker is Larry Wallis. All the others did not look like rockers. But, boy could they drink ‘n’ roll. Wreckless Eric looked to me like Ralph Malph from the “Happy Days” T.V. show!
That was the beauty of Stiff…they just DID NOT give a ****. Having said all this, it was Elvis Costello who became the biggest act who ever recorded for Stiff.
OK, here are some facts ‘n’ picks:
1) NICK LOWE~
His best LP would be 1978’s Jesus Of Cool. It was titled Pure Pop For Now People in the U.S.A. It had a slightly altered front cover, completely different rear cover and slightly different track list than the UK one. Usually, the UK version blows away the U.S.A. version. NOT IN THIS CASE. The U.S.A. one flows much better. This (to me) can also be called a ’77 classic punk album. Actually, a record company called YepRoc reissued this album as a 2 LP set in 2008. It included both versions and ALL the B-sides and some extra punky tracks. It even has all the original artwork for both versions. It sounds better than ever and comes on 180 gram vinyl.
(Ed. Note: In May of 2012, there was even a very limited repress on Red/Yellow vinyl with a FREE download card. It’s ‘sold out’ already)
2) DAVE EDMUNDS~(Love Sculpture/Rockpile)
This guy didn’t do too many bad records (or productions for that matter). Things really started to get weird around 1983 after he released the Information LP. Everything before that; he could do no wrong. Information does have a few killer tracks, but it had some overproduction on it (and synths~yik!). As far as I’m concerned, his best stuff was probably the 4 records he did in a row for Led Zeppelin’s “Swan Song” label from 1977-1981. They are:
1) Get It (1977)
2 Tracks On Wax 4 (1978)
3) Repeat When Necessary (1979)
4) Twingin’ (1981)
My favorite is 1977’s Get It and 1979’s Repeat When Necessary (his best selling for Swan)?
I have a friend who swears by Dave’s country-ish LP called D.E.7 (his first for Arista).
I’ll tell you man, “Get It” is the best record he ever, ever did.
3) GRAHAM PARKER~
This guy is very talented, but to be truthful…he only had 3 killer albums. They are:
1) Squeezing Out Sparks 1979 (RIGHTFULLY CONSIDERED HIS GOD)
2) Howlin’ Wind (June 1976)
3) Heat Treatment (October 1976)
I tend to like Howlin’ Wind better because it has (what I would call) his best ever song: “Don’t Ask Me Questions” with Brinsley Schwarz playing killer lead guitar. Also on that LP was the punky rockin’ out “Back To Schooldays”. I think in America, Heat Treatment pretty much got him recognized with some airplay? Incidentally, Brinsley Schwarz was home to one of Nick Lowe’s first professional bands. He sang lead and played bass for them. Pick up their Greatest Hits LP/CD if you ever see it? It is kind of sad that Graham never did anymore classic albums and no one has reissued any of them because (I reckon) there just isn’t the interest? He is a real talented songwriter though, and I’ll tell you: there are at least 3 or 4 killers songs on every LP he’s done. His last (I believe) radio airplay hit was 1985’s “Break Them Down” from his only album on Elektra Records…Steady Nerves. I think it is safe to say that Elektra Records dropped him from the roster? If you were smart, you would order the Rhino Records remastered 2CD Anthology called “Passion Is No Ordinary Word”. The sound is absolutely killer and all the killer songs are here. God only knows how much eBay is charging for that Australian LIVE. E.P. called, The Pink Parker? It came on a SOLID HOT PINK COLOR back in 1978? Another weird thing is that his U.K. label (Vertigo) actually issued three different greatest hits albums in 6 years (which I have thankfully collected, somehow?) Starting in 1979, there was High Times. In 1980 there was one called The Best Of Graham Parker & The Rumour. Then in 1984, there was one called It Don’t Mean A Thing If You Ain’t Got That Swing. The dumb thing is that they all had pretty much the obvious songs on them, and all three were only slightly different to each other. And now, you can’t find any of his cool records the way you used to be able to, it seems? The misfortune of Graham Parker is that he had Mercury Poisoning and could never be on STIFF for very long. I’m sure he would be more of a legend if he was part of that LIVE STIFFS tour? He will always be a STIFF in my mind. In fact, I think all three of these guys are more punk than many punks…if that means anything?
Let’s get back to Nick Lowe here for a second. Yes, he was the punkest of these three guys…not forgetting two things:
1) He produced the 1st punk album ever issued (Damned Damned Damned by The Damned, 1977)
2) His lyrics included, “she was a winner…who became a doggie’s dinner; she didn’t mean that much to me”. Nick had his biggest AM pop chart hit in the U.S.A. in 1979 with Cruel To Be Kind. The LP that it is on (Labour Of Lust) is another solid rock ‘n’ roll album. Then he got together with Dave Edmunds and did the absolutely fantastic Seconds Of Pleasure album under the name Rockpile. Then there were a couple of other good albums and then 2 very country things which were still quite good.
Here is your tip-of-the-day:
Nick did an LP for Reprise in 1990 called “Party Of One”. It has Dave Edmunds playing all over it and is the closest he has ever gotten to the feel of 1978’s Jesus Of Cool”. IT ROCKS! Just pure good ole rock ‘n’ roll played in different styles with Dave Edmunds having a ball and being the guitar hero.
Even Nick’s last 3 LP’s have been critically acclaimed. Catch him playing live at your favorite California Winery NOW?
Sample some of this…..Rock ‘N’ Roll……and love your vinyl!
Here is (yet another) Top 10 list of vinyl LP’s you’ll find in great condition at any flea market for a buck for the most part? And these are the original pressings found for the cheap price.
It pains me to diss Friday Music, because they do reissue some KILLER TITLES.
(Ed. Note: Solomon Burke, Muddy Waters & the Etta James were ‘the bomb’, man)
But Friday Music has gone nuts. WHY OH WHY OH WHY don’t they do these on colored!!!!! ?????
Can’t they get the clue? All 3 of their Monkees colored vinyls SOLD OUT in 1 week.
Each of these titles is on 180 gram boring black and costs around $27.00…RIP OFF CITY!!
1 The Byrds~Greatest Hits (even easily found still sealed)
2 Jim Croce~You Don’t Mess Around With Jim (a nutso choice)
3 Paul Revere & The Raiders~Greatest Hits (too bad it’s in the common Stereo format)
4 Deep Purple~Stormbringer (almost their worst…Lady Double Dealer saves this LP?)
5 Joe Cocker~Sheffield Steel (God Bless Sly & Robbie…but even they couldn’t save it)
6 Chicago~Chicago V (OK, OK, this ranks as one of their 5 best…but easily found sealed)
7 The Grateful Dead~Skulls & Roses (2LP’s) not too bad for $40.00 new. Usually whipped)
8 Cyndi Lauper~She’s So Unusual (easily found clean…but you never see the PicDisc)
9 Cyndi Lauper~True Colors (even though it sold as much as the first…it’s not as fun)
10 Elvis Costello~Almost Blue (I love this album…but it’s absolutely not for everyone)
You can say what you want about Hot Topic and all the expensive, overpriced garbage quality clothing they sell. They KICK BUTT on really cool vinyl reissues. This one was no exception:
GREEN DAY~ “dookie” on a special CLEAR GREEN COLORED VINYL.
This thing sold out in about a day. There were only 1000 made for Hot Topic and if you think kids have no money, or that cool looking limited colored vinyl isn’t the HOTTEST thing in the world at this moment…YOU LOSE!
By the way, I can confirm these two things:
1) This DOES NOT use the rare back cover with the ‘Sesame Street’ puppet toy shown in the crowd. When the album broke big, this was quickly removed after the 1st pressing; pending a threatening lawsuit from the ‘Sesame Street’ creators.
2) This reissue DOES include the original lyric/photo insert with Billie Joe holding up his lit spliff to a cameraman; hence where the Green Day name came from.
I really got nervous because HT didn’t send me a confirmation number. I called and they gave me a tracking number and it is 12 miles from my HT store and will be delivered tomorrow.
I’m so sorry for all the kids who didn’t jump on this. I had a crazy feeling inside and called my boss and told him I’ll be 30 minutes late so I could get down to my HT kiosk and order the mutha.
All the frenzied panic?? Well worth it!
Do I really have to remind everyone the importance of this album and it’s place in history?
GROOVING IN GREEN….INDEED!!!
I reckon that nothing on this list is more than a month old?
Check out these new ‘colored vinyl’ titles. They are on the market right now!
UPDATE: June 5, 2010
Green Day~”dookie’ on CLEAR GREEN VINYL has SOLD OUT in 1 Day on the Hot Topic website.
Motörhead~March Ör Die has been confirmed on WHITE VINYL.
Suicidal Tendencies~How Will I Laugh? has been confirmed on BLUE VINYL.
1 GREEN DAY~”dookie” (CLEAR GREEN VINYL, “Hot Topic” Exclusive, only 1000 made)
2 MOTÖRHEAD~1916 (180 Gram CLEAR VINYL)
3 GRAND FUNK~WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND (180 Gram GOLD VINYL, pressed at RTI)
4 WHITE ZOMBIE~LA SEXORCISTO: DEVIL MUSIC VOLUME 1 (180 Gram MILKY WHITE VINYL)
5 WHITE ZOMBIE~ASTRO CREEP 2000 (180 Gram CLEAR GREEN VINYL, Hot Topic is cooler)
6 ANTI-FLAG~THE GENERAL STRIKE (180 Gram RED w/ BLACK SPLATTER)
7 THE DAMNED~MACHINE GUN ETIQUETTE (180 Gram OPAGUE BLUE MARBLE VINYL)
8 THE MARS VOLTA~NOCTOURIQUET (180 Gram 2 LP OPAQUE ORANGE & BLUE VINYL , 3D)
9 THE KINKS~FACE TO FACE (2 LP 1 80 Gram BLUE VINYL, Mono & Stereo Versions)
10 THE KINKS~SOMETHING ELSE BY THE KINKS (2 LP 180 Gram RED VINYL, Mono/Stereo)
11 THE KINKS~ARTHUR (2 LP 180 Gram WHITE VINYL, Mono & Stereo Versions)
12 ALICE COOPER~ALONE IN HIS NIGHTMARE (LIVE) (2 LP 180 RED VINYL)
13 PEARL JAM~THE 1993 RADIO & T.V. SESSIONS (2 LP 180 Gram PURPLE VINYL)
14 GARY NUMAN~LIVE AT SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE (2 LP 180 Gram ORANGE VINYL)
15 GARY NUMAN~EXILE (2 LP 180 Gram GREY VINYL)
16 GARY NUMAN~PURE (2 LP 180 Gram RED VINYL)
17 GARY NUMAN~SCARRED (LIVE) (2 LP 180 Gram CLEAR VINYL)
18 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS~ONE HOT MINUTE (180 Gram RED VINYL, Lenticulatr Cover)
19 ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS~KIDS ON THE STREET (180 Gram RED w/ 3 GREEN CIRCLES)
20 SANTIGOLD~MASTER OF MY MAKE BELIEVE (180 Gram GOLD VINYL)
21 V.A.~LONG LIVE BOOGALLOO (2 LP 180 Gram OPAGUE ORANGE & YELLOW w/ GREEN 7″)
22 THE MONKEES~GREATEST HITS (1969) (180 Gram OPAGUE ORANGE MARBLED VINYL)
23 THE MONKEES~INSTANT REPLAY (180 Gram RED VINYL)
24 THE ROLLING STONES~EXILE ON MAIN ST. (2 LP 180 Gram SOLID BRIGHT RED VINYL)
25 QUEENSRYCHE~OPERATION: MINDCRIME (original) (2 LP 180 Gram RED VINYL)
26 RUSH~LIVE AT THE B.B.C. (2 LP 180 Gram BLUE VINYL)
27 R.E.M.~SONGS FOR A GREEN WORLD (Radio Broadcast) (2 LP 180 Gram GREEN VINYL)
28 10 FT. GANJA PLANT~10 DEADLY SHOTS VOLUME II (GANJA PLANT GREEN MARBLE)
29 THE ACTION~ULTIMATE ACTION (Compilation) (180 Gram SOLID BRIGHT YELLOW)
30 MORRISSEY~TAKE A BOW (The T.V. Recordings) (180 Gram SOLID BRIGHT YELLOW)
31 A.C. & MACHINES~DIE GRÜNE REISE (The Green Journey) (180 Gram LIME GREEN)
32 V.A.~HALLMARK GUITARS HOT ROD COMPILATION (GOLD VINYL)
33 NORAH JONES~LITTLE BROKEN HEARTS ( 2 LP 180 Gram WHITE VINYL)
34 OPERATION IVY~HECTIC E.P. (180 Gram CLEAR VINYL)
35 OPERATION IVY~1st LP (180 Gram CLEAR VINYL)
36 THE CYNICS~SPINNING WHEEL MOTEL (HALF ORANGE/HALF GOLD)
37 THE CYNICS~SPINNING WHEEL MOTEL (HALF BLACK / HALF RED)
38 MONSTER MAGNET~SUPERJUDGE (180 Gram PURPLE/BLUE SWIRL)
39 SLIGHTLY STOOPID~EVERYTHING YOU NEED (180 Gram NEON YELLOW)
40 DR. DOG~BE THE VOID (180 Gram RANDOM BRIGHTS VINYL (Hot Pink?)
41 BROKEN BONES~F*** YOU AND ALL YOU STAND FOR (180 Gram RED w/BLK)
42 PEACHES~THE TEACHES OF PEACHES (180 Gram HOT PINK VINYL)
43 OF MONTREAL~PARALYTIC STALKS (2 LP 180 OPAQUE YELLOW VINYL)
44 PRIMUS~GREEN NAUGAHYDE (2 LP, GREEN VINYL & FREE CD)
45 THE GO-GO’S~BEAUTY AND THE BEAT 30TH ANNIV. (180 Gram PINK VINYL)
46 ACCEPT~BALLS TO THE WALL (180 Gram WHITE VINYL)
47 ACCEPT~METAL HEART (180 Gram BLUE VINYL)
48 ACE FREHLEY~ANOMALY (2 LP 180 Gram SILVER VINYL)
49 THE SIR DOUGLAS QUINTET~THE BEST OF (1st LP) (180 Gram GOLD VINYL)
50 VAN HALEN~A DIFFERENT KIND OF TRUTH (2 LP 180 Gram SOLID RED)
51 SOUNDTRACK~THE WICKER MAN (1973) (180 Gram COLORED VINYL)
52 MOTÖRHEAD~MARCH ÖR DIE (180 Gram COLORED VINYL)
53 SUICIDAL TENDENCIES~HOW WILL I LAUGH? (180 Gram COLORED VINYL)
54 XIU XIU~ALWAYS (180 Gram WHITE VINYL)
55 THE RED DEVILS~KING KING (LIVE) (2 LP 180 Gram SOLID RED VINYL)
56 NOFX~126 INCHES OF NOFX (180 Gram 18 Single BRONZE VINYL BOX SET)
57 MARIACHI EL BRONX~1ST LP (180 Gram MEXICAN FLAG COLOR VINYL)
58 ST. VINCENT~STRANGE MERCY (180 Gram WHITE VINYL)
59 U.F.O.`SEVEN DEADLY (2 LP 180 Gram SOLID BRIGHT ORANGE VINYL)
60 NEW FOUND GLORY~RADIOSURGERY (180 Gram GOLD VINYL & CD)
(Ed. Note: I didn’t include recent titles on colored vinyl from Record Store Day 2102 because they will cost you over $75.00…if you can even still find them. Flaming Lips, The Misfits, Abba, Social D., The Refused, Lee Perry, Peter Tosh, soundtracks of The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink & Empire Records etc. etc.)
Have Fun And Love Your Vinyl!!!
Well, it sure looks like Back On Black records out of the U.K. are hitting a kind-of dry spell? Maybe I’m wrong and there just isn’t anything in the classic hard rock category to reissue because they’ve done the lot? No company ever had the guts to put out all the killer hard rock that Back On Black have done over the years. YOU ABSOLUTELY CANNOT TAKE THAT FROM THEM. Nobody, but nobody ever did it better than them.
OK, here’s a list of what has come out since like April; and some that will be coming out in the summer of 2012. It seems like a fairly weak list in my opinion. Again, it’s The Good, The Bad & The downright Ugly:
(Ed. Note: I’ve included the color of vinyl if known)
1 Queensryche~Operation: Mindcrime (2 LP’s RED VINYL)
2 Accept~Balls To The Wall (WHITE VINYL)
3 Accept~Metal Heart (BLUE VINYL)
4 Krokus~Metal Renez-Vous
7 Motörhead~1916 (CLEAR VINYL)
8 Motörhead~March Ör Die (WHITE VINYL)
9 Suicidal Tendencies~How Will I Laugh Tomorrow…? (BLUE VINYL)
10 Accept~Kabuki Ban (LIVE Mini LP)
11 Krokus~Alive And Screamin’
12 Accept~Russian Roulette
13 Krokus~The Blitz
14 Krokus~Change Of Address
15 Krokus~1st Lp (Switzerland)
16 Krokus~2nd LP Painkiller aka Pay It In Metal
Alright, here is what I think:
The Good =
Queensryche’s Operation: Mindcrime is an absolute classic…metal or otherwise.
Accept~Metal Heart was a peak LP for them. Everything went pretty much downhill sales wise for them after this.
Krokus~ Metal Rendez-Vous, Hardware & Headhunter are probably the best Krokus albums ever? It is a sin that they are not reissuing the other classic Krokus LP titled One Vice At A Time. Are they crazy? These would be the ‘mighty four’ by Krokus.
Motörhead~1916 and March Ör Die. Let’s face it; anything after 1980’s “Ace Of Spades” album is when Motörhead started to lose the real raw edge. “Iron Fist” was a huge mis-step if you compare it to their best album released only a year before. In fairness, it really had nothing to do with Lemmy moving to Los Angeles, California. Things just change, man. Having said that, I appreciate these two albums a lot more now than when they first came out. 1916 is the better one and I really like it now. It gets worse though, because anything after 1996’s “Overnight Sensation” is barely Motörhead in my opinion.
Suicidal Tendencies~How Will I Laugh? Look, it may have only cost them $1,200.00 to record their 1st LP for Frontier Records in 1982, but there was all magic on that thing. They were never, ever able to recapture that. This is a pretty redundant album as a whole. It really doesn’t improve with age, either…Mom, all I want is ONE PEPSI…NO, I’M NOT ON DRUGS, MOM.
Accept~Russian Roulette & Kabuki Ban. This was the beginning of the end for Udo. He left the band after the dismal sales of Russian Roulette. There were about 3 or 4 very good songs though. The songwriting was not up to par. The live mini LP was just a substandard live piece. The only good thing was the killer choices of older song titles. Nevertheless, the studio versions were way better.
Krokus~Alive, Change Of Address, The Blitz, early stuff. Each album seemed to get weaker and the live album is probably the best of this lot, but not essential. The early stuff was weak with a pretty bad singer. The Blitz is better than Change Of Address but these are both pretty much 2 star records. Both of these LP’s had lead-off singles that were cover songs that didn’t really match the originals, but I’m sure they were fun to play. Hence, they ran out of ideas and went too pop. If you take these with a grain of salt, you may be able to stomach these?
Please sample these titles first.
These titles need to be cherry-picked for sure.
I won’t buy them unless I get an Amazon 3rd party price that is ridiculously cheap…with the exception of a couple of these.
ROCK ON…if you can?
Well, to start with, here is what is available on the market to you right now:
1 The Ventures~The Ventures On Stage (180 GRAM CLEAR RED VINYL, Stereo)
2 The Ventures~Wild Things (180 GRAM CLEAR GOLD VINYL, Stereo)
3 The Ventures~Super Psychedelics (180 GRAM CLEAR BLUE VINYL, Stereo)
4 The Ventures~Hawaii Five-O (180 GRAM CLEAR TRANSPARENT VINYL, Stereo)
5 ***The Ventures Play The Batman Theme has been WITHDRAWN***
6 Jimmy Bryant~The Fastest Guitar In The Country (Stereo)
7 The Five Americans~I See The Light (180 GRAM, MONO) ***coming very soon***
(Ed. Note: As far as the samples I’ve heard; I would say the Jimmy Bryant is better than all four of these Ventures titles put together. There are some killer Ventures songs, but very weak as a whole. We therefore, have decided not to carry any of these titles at this time. Sundazed could have done better, earlier choices instead of this very mediocre stuff).
Sundazed coming soon (July 31):
1 The Ronettes~Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica (180 GRAM, MONO)
2 The Crystals~Twist Uptown (180 GRAM, MONO)
3 The Crystals~He’s A Rebel (180 GRAM, MONO)
4 Bob B. Soxx and the Blue Jeans~Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (180 GRAM MONO)
Sundazed coming soon: (August 28):
1 Jimi Hendrix~7″ Single w/ nice picture sleeve
A Side = Come On (Let The Good Times Roll) B Side = Calling The Devil’s Children
2 The Isley Brothers~Twist And Shout (180 Gram Stereo)
3 The Knickerbockers~Lies (180 Gram Mono)
4 The Knickerbockers~Jerk And Twine Time (180 Gram Mono)
Sundazed also has acquired 2 more titles from Syd Nathan’s legendary KING RECORDS.
Eh! Ahem! If you are unfamiliar with KING RECORDS, maybe you’ve heard of JAMES BROWN?
Here are the two upcoming titles:
1) John Lee Hooker~John Lee Hooker Sings Blues will be on 180 GRAM, MONO
2) Albert King~The Big Blues will also be on 180 GRAM, MONO
These 2 KING titles follow 2 other KING titles from about two years ago. They are:
1) Freddy King~Let’s Hide Away And Dance with Freddy King
2) Freddy King~Freddy King Gives You A Bonanza Of Instrumentals
(Ed. Note: These were 2 instrumental albums by Freddy; but why didn’t they do “Freddy King Goes Surfin’?)
Well, I sure can’t wait to hear those two rare LP’s by these two legendary blues artists. I didn’t even know they ever recorded for KING. Hence, I would assume that these are NOT essential LP’s?
But……very, very interesting!!
That is pretty much the summer releases from Sundazed.
Hopefully, they will do some more colored vinyl surf stuff in between? (hint, hint)
UPDATE JULY 4TH:
Sundazed has granted my wish with these cool, cool surf & oldies colored vinyl titles in a limited run of 100 pieces each:
1 The Brogues 7″ 4 track E.P. on OCEAN MISTY CLEAR w/ BLUE TINT VINYL (includes their classic “I Ain’t No Miracle Worker”)
2 Jerry Cole & His Spacemen~Surf Age LP on 180 GRAM CLEAR SPACE COLORED VINYL
3 Dick Dale & His Del-Tones~Surfer’s Choice on 180 GRAM OCEAN BLUE VINYL
4 The Guess Who~Shakin’ All Over Early Years Anthology 2 LP’s on 180 GRAM LIME GREEN VINYL
5 Johnny Cash~Johnny Cash Live At Town Hall Party 1958 on 180 GRAM GOLD VINYL
6 Johnny Cash~Original Sun Singles 2 LP’s on 180 GRAM GOLD VINYL
7 Eddie Cochran~Eddie Cochran Live At Town Hall Party 1957 on CLEAR RED VINYL
8 The Pretty Things~The Singles 1964-1968 2LP’s on 180 GRAM GOLD VINYL
I’d call it a “Lucky Seven”…but there are Eight! Pay it no mind…get these mutha’s before they are gone!!!
…but as usual, there is a huge kink in this series.
First of all, Sundazed is issuing pretty much the same record twice (one has a different cover.)
Here is what is coming out on Tuesday, July 31, 2012:
1) The Ronettes~…Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Featuring Veronica (180 gram, MONO)
2) The Crystals~Twist Uptown (180 gram, MONO. This was actually their 1st LP)
3) The Crystals~He’s A Rebel (180 gram, MONO. This was a straight -up reissue of Twist Uptown with the addition of the hit title track plus 2 other throwaway songs.)
4) Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans~Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah (180 gram, MONO. I always pretty much thought this was a throwaway album with filler.)
Anyways, I sure wish someone out there would tell me if it’s a good idea to duplicate the same record with a different cover?
Yes, the first cover is sickeningly rare I’m sure.
I welcome your comments. I’m sure the mixes are exactly the same.
All these titles are now for sale here on our website:
1. The Amboy Dukes~Journey To The Center Of The Mind = RED
2. Black Sabbath~1st LP = RED
3. James Brown~Live At The Apollo = RED
4. Captain Beefheart~Trout Mask Replica (2LP) = RED
5. Alice Cooper Band~Love it To Death = RED
6. Cymande~1st LP = BLUE
7. The Electric Prunes~I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night = PURPLE
8. The Exploited~Punk’s Not Dead = RED
9. The Exploited~Troops Of Tomorrow = GREY
10. Aretha Franklin~Young, Gifted & Black = RED
11. Marvin Gaye~What’s Going On = BEIGE
12. The J.B.’s~Doing It To Death = PURPLE
13. The J.B.’s~Food For Thought/Pass The Peas = PURPLE
14. The Jam~In The City = RED
15. Roland Kirk~The Inflated Tear = RED (?)
16. The Lovin’ Spoonful~Hums Of The Lovin’ Spoonful 180 GRAM = YELLOW MARBLED
17. Jayne Mansfield~Jayne Mansfield In Las Vegas = PINK
18. Curtis Mayfield~Curtis = RED
19. Curtis Mayfield~Super Fly = RED
20. Curtis Mayfield~Curtis/Live (2LP) = RED (?)
21. Curtis Mayfield~Roots = RED
22. The Meters~Cabbage Alley = GREEN
23. The Meters~Cissy Strut = GOLD
24. The Meters~Fire On The Bayou = RED
25. The Meters~ Rejuvenation = RED
26. Wilson Pickett~In The Midnight Hour = RED
27. Otis Redding~Pain In My Heart = RED
28. The Remains~A Session With The Remains 180 GRAM = BLUE
29. The Sex Pistols~Sex, Anarchy & Rock ‘N’ Roll Swindle = PINK
30. Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra~The Solar Myth Approach Volume 1 = BLUE
31. Sun Ra & His Solar Myth Arkestra~The Solar Myth Approach Volume 2 = BLUE
32. The Used~Lies For The Liars = PINK
33. Gary Usher~Barefoot Adventure: The 4 Star Sessions (2LP) = GOLD
34. The Velvet Underground & Nico = YELLOW
35. The Velvet Underground~White Light/White Heat = WHITE
36. The Velvet Underground~self-titled 3rd LP = BLUE
37. The Velvet Underground~ Loaded = RED
38. The Ventures~Walk, Don’t Run Vol. 2 180 GRAM = GREEN
39. The Ventures~’Surfing’ 180 GRAM = BLUE
40. The Ventures~The Ventures Play Telstar/The Lonely Bull 180 GRAM = GOLD
41. The Ventures~Ventures In Space 180 GRAM = TRANSPARENT CLEAR
42. The Ventures~The Fabulous Ventures 180 GRAM = RED
43. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band~Part One = RED
44. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band~Vol. 2 (Breaking Through) = RED
45. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band~ Vol. 3 (A Child’s Guide To Good & Evil) = RED
46. Stevie Wonder~Innervisions = RED
Hope you find all the eggs!
Finally, on Sundazed’s website homepage…there are new releases that define what Sundazed has always been about.
A classic lost Bob Dylan cover by The Hendrix Experience with a great looking picture sleeve that uses the gold Reprise/Warner mimic label. There is a rip-snortin’ Hot Rod/Garage compilation in KILLER KLEAN Stereo sound. There are also a couple of lost surf 7″ singles being released.
This stuff may not sell, but this is the bomb; what Sundazed is famous for. I’m excited. They are also putting out a 180 gram GOLD VINYL re-pressing of the 1st Sir Douglas Quintet LP; actually titled The Best Of The Sir Douglas Quintet that was originally brought out on Tribe Records circa 1966?
I’ve sure-as-heck pre-ordered all mine. Check out that sample of that Hendrix single~I WILL PLAY THAT SINGLE UNTIL THERE ARE NO GROOVES LEFT!
Here is the stuff:
1) Jimi Hendrix Experience~Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window? b/w Burning Of The Midnight Lamp.
2) Various Artists~ Hallmark Guitars presents: The Kustom Kings (Limited Edition pressing of 1000 on 180 gram GOLD VINYL.)
3) Los Straitjackets 7″ surf single (2 instrumental tracks)
4) Bob Irwin 7″ surf single (2 instrumental tracks)
5) The Sir Douglas Quintet~The Best Of The Sir Douglas Quintet 180 gram GOLD VINYL in Mono.
It’s right there on today’s Yahoo breaking news.
The Beatles son’s are discussing forming a band.
It must be for the money?
The players are:
1) James McCartney
2) Zak Starkey
3) Dhani Harrison
4) Sean Lennon
As much as they look like their fathers, there is NO WAY they can ever match the talent and spirit of The Beatles as a whole.
Julian Lennon came damn close and it STILL goes in the bargain bins as a complete failure.
The only thing I can see is that James would do the McCartney ballad pop opera stuff, Sean would do the rock ‘n roll and peace & weird lyrical stuff like John did. Dhani would the the Indian raga and earth day stuff with hard lead guitar. And Zak will just keep doing what he is doing real well right now; playing with a visible Keith Moon halo over his head.
Not to diss these people, but it WILL be a struggle.
My thought is that they should just do fun stuff. Maybe covers or even better just do 1977 punk covers. Even I would check that one out if it was on splattered multi-color vinyl. Better to totally move away from anything resembling The Beatles? Good question.
But the public wouldn’t buy it.
Maybe all they need is LOVE? (and money)
In closing, all I can say is I WISH YOU WELL!