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Sunday, December 8, 2019

Self-titled albums

Julian Lennon, 1987
These artists ought to release a self-titled album sometime, even though some have new albums out already:

Depeche Mode
a-ha
AC/DC
Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel
King Crimson
Phil Collins
Julian Lennon
Coldplay
Liam Gallagher
Roger Hodgson
Kate Bush

Boris 10th Anniversary

Have to buy it all over again now!
Jon Anderson (Yes) & Roine Stolt (Kaipa/Transatlantic/Agents of Mercy/The Flower Kings): Invention of Knowledge
Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull):Walk Into Light
                      The Secret Language Of Birds
                      Rupi's Dance
                      Thick As Brick II(2012)
                      Homo Erraticus
Aerosmith:Music From Another Dimension
Andromeda: Andromeda(1969)
Aorta: Aorta (1969)
Agitation Free:2nd
                       At The Cliffs Of River Thine
                       Malesh
Amenophis:Amenophis
Anyone's Daughter:Adonis
                              Anyone's Daughter (1980)
                              In Blau
                              Piktors Verwandlungen
Alcatrazz:No Parole From Rock'n'Roll
                Dangerous Games
Marc Almond (Soft Cell):Fantastic Star
Alphaville: Prostitute
Anaphema:Judgement
                  A Fine Day To Exit
                  Resonance Pentecost III
                  A Natural Disaster
                  The Silent Enigma
                  Eternity
Ange:Caricatures
          La Cimeterie
          Au Dela Du
Atoll:Musiciens Magiciens
        L'Araignee Mal
        Tertio
      
                    
B..................................................................................................................

Black Sabbath:Dehumanizer
                         Cross Purposes
                         Forbidden
                         The Devil You Know (as Heaven And Hell band) (2009) 
Graham Bonnet (Rainbow): Line Up
Boomtown Rats:V Deep
                          In The Long Grass
Philip Boa: Aristocracy
                 Hair
                 Hispanola
                 Helios
Carla Bley: Escalator Over The Hill
Gary Brooker (Procul Harum): Lead Me To The Water
Barclay James Harvest:Ring Of Changes
                                     Victims Of Circumstances
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso: same (1972)
                                            Darwin
                                            Io Sono Nato Libero
Biglietto Per L'Inferno:same (1974)
Birthday Massacre:Violet
                               Walking With Strangers
Bel Canto: Images
                 Dorothy's Victory
Berluc:Hunderttausend
Syd Barrett: Barrett (late 1970)
                   Madcap Laughs
Björk:Vulnicura
David Bowie: Reality
                     The Next Day
Tony Banks (Genesis):Soundtracks
                    Bankstatement
                    Strictly Inc.


C...................................................................................................................
Chic:Chic (1977)
        C'est Chic
Sopwith Camel
Colosseum:Those Who Are About....
                  Daughter Of Time
Colosseum II:Strange New Flesh
Country Joe And The Fish:Electric Music For The Mind And Body
Carey Tony:The Long Road
                   Coldwar Kids
                   I Won't Be Home Tonight
                   Bedtime Story
                   Boystown Tapes
                   In The Absence Of The Cat
                   Blue Highway
City:Feuer Und Ice
Cockney Rebel:The Psychomodo
                        The Human Menagerie
                         Love's A Primadonna
The Call: Modern Romans
Classix Nouveaux: La Verite
                             Secret
Crime & The City Solutions:Shine
The Church:Seance
            Forget Yourself
            Remote Luxury
City Boy:City Boy
              Dinner At The Ritz
              Book Early
              Young Men Gone West
Cornwell Hugh:Beyond Elysian Fields
                        Guilty
                         Hi Fi
                         Nosferatu
                         Wolf
                         Wired
                         Footprints In The Desert
                         Hooverdam
Chicago:VI
              VII
              X
              XIII
              XIV
              XVI
              XVII
              XVIII
Charlton Manny: Hellacious
Cave Nick & The Bad Seeds: No More Shall We Part
                                             Nocturama
                                             Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus
                                             Push The Sky Away
Cars: Move Like This (2011) 

D.................................................................................................................

Dirkschneider Udo:Animal House
Die Krupps:I
                  Paradise Now
                  III-Odyssey Of The Mind
Dschinghis Khan:Dschinghis Khan(1st album)
Dreamside:Apaika
                  Pale Blue Lights
                  Mirror Moon
                  The Lunar Nature
                  Spin Moon Magic
Dead Can Dance:Spleen And Ideal
Damned:Black Album
Dream Of Sanity:Masquerade
                           Komodia
Dal Bello:Whomanfoursays
               She
               Whore
Divinyls:Desperate
Dali's Car:The Waking Hour
Dax Danielle:Inky Bloaters
                     Blast The Human Flower
DB's:Stands For Decibels
        Like This
        Falling Of The Sky
        Repercussions
        Neverland 
Deaf School:2nd Honeymoon
                    Don't Stop The World
                    English Boys Working Class
Dresden Dolls:Dresden Dolls
                       No Virginia
Dennis De Young (Styx): Back To The World
Duran Duran:Pop Trash                          



E.......................................................................................................................

Edgar Allan Poe:Generazioni
Equipe '84:ID(1977)
                 Casa Mia
                 Dr.Jekill E Mr.Hyde
Eloy:Ra
        Childhood Memories
        Eloy(first album)
        Tides Returns Forever
        Visionary
        The Vision,The Sword And The Pyre-Part I
        The Vision,The Sword And The Pyre-Part II
        
Electra:3
            Ein Tag We Eine Brucke
            Die Sixtinische Madonna
Earth Opera:Earth Opera(1967)
                    The Great American Eagle Tragedy
Electric Family:Tender
                         Family Show
                         Pueblo Woman
                         Icecream Phoenix
                         Royal Hunt
Erickson Roky:The Evil One (or"I Think Of Demons")
                       Don't Slander Me
                       Gremlins Have Pictures
                       Casting The Runes
                        True Love Cast Out All Evil
Eulenspygel:Eulenspygel 2
                     Ausschuss
Edmunds Dave:Information
Eyeless In Gaza:Drumming The Beating Heart
                          Rust Red September
                          Back From The Rains
                          Orange Ice & Wax Crayons
                          Fabulous Library
                          Bitter Apples
Ekseption:Ekseption(69)
                Beggar Julia's Time Trip
                Ekseption 3
Earth & Fire:Earth & Fire
                   Song Of The Marching Children
                   Atlantis
                   Gate To Infinity
                   To The World Of The Future
                   Reality Fills Fantasy
                   Andromeda Girl
Eno Brian:Discreet Music
Echo And The Bunnymen:Meteorites



F..............................................................................................................


Flying Lizards:Flying Lizards
                       Fourth Wall
Fischer Z:World Salad
               Ether
               Fish's Head
               Destination Paradise
               Kamikaze Shirt
Faust:Faust(1971)
          So Far
          Faust Tapes
Fripp & Summer Andy:I Advance Masked
Focus:In And Out Focus
          II (Moving Waves)
          Mother Focus
          Focus III
          Ship Of Memories
Funkadelic: America Eats Its Young
                   Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On
                   Uncle Jam Wants You
                   The Electric Spanking On War Babies
                   Cosmic Slop
Free:Tons Of Sobs
         Highway

Foreigner-4
Fleetwood Mick:I'm Not Me
                          Something Big
Flaming Lips: King's Mouth


G..................................................................................................................



Greenslade:Spyglass Guest
Godley/Creme:Freeze Frame
                        Birds Of Pray
                        Ismism
                        Goodbye Blue Sky
Gong: Time Is The Key
          Leave It Open
Grobschnitt:Grobschnitt
                    Ballerman
                    Jumbo
                    Rockpommel's Land
                    Merry-G-Round
Gillan:Mr.Universe
           Glory Road
           Future Shock
           Double Trouble
           Clear Air Turbulence
Grand Funk:All The Girls In The World Beware
Gamma Ray:Power Plant
                     No World Order
                     Land Of The Free II
                     Majestic
                     Empire Of The Undead
Grapow Roland:Kaleidoscope
Goblin: Roller
            Suspiria
             Profondo Rosso
             Schock
Golden Palominos: Visions Of Excess
                               Blast Of Silence(Axed My Baby For A Nickel)
                               This Is How It Feels
                               Dead Inside
                                Pure
Gene Loves Jezebel: Love Lies Bleeding
                                  Dead Sexy
                                  Voodoo Dollies
                                  Exploding Girls
Green On Red:Gravity Talks
                        Gas Food Lodging
                         The Killer Inside Me
                         Here Comes The Snakes
                         This Time Around
                         Scapegoats                       
Glove:Blue Sunshine
Giles Giles & Fripp:The Brondesbury Tapes


I-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 

INXS:The Swing

H.............................................................................................................................

Horizont:Summer In Town(Russian band)
Hatfield & The North:The Rotters Club
Harper Roy:Stormcock
                   Valentine
                   Unknown Soldier
                   Death Or Glory
                   Work Of Heart
                   Whatever Happened To Jugula
                   Loony On The Bus
                   HQ
                   Bullinamingvase
Happy The Man:Crafty Hands
Hensley Ken:Proud Words On The Dusty Shelf
                     Free Spirit
                     Running Blind
                     The Last Dance
                     Blood On The Highway
Heaven's Gate:In Control
In The Woods:Omnio
                       Strange In Stereo
Hammill Peter:Skin
                       Nadir's Big Chance
                       The Future Now

J..............................................................................................................


Jade Warrior:Jade Warrior
                      Waves
                      Kites
                      Released
Jane:Here We Are
         III
         Lady
         Between Heaven And Hell
Jones John Paul:Zooma
                            Thunderthief
Jethro Tull:J-Tull Dot Com

K.....................................................................................................................


Kooper Al:A Possible Projection Of The Future/Childhood's End-72
                 I Stand Alone
                 Naked Songs
Khan:Sea Shanty
King Crimson:THRAK
                       The Power To Believe
                       Vroom
                       THRaKaTTaK
Kaleidoscope(US band):Tangerine Dream-67


L.....................................................................................................................

Level 42:Standing In The Light
               True Colours
               World Machine
Lake Of Tears:Greater Art
                       Forever Autumn
                       The Neonai
                       Black Brick Road
                       Moons And Mushrooms
                       Crimson Cosmos
Livin' Blues:Blue Breeze
Lord Jon:Sarabanda
Locomotiv GT:Motor City Rock
Lennon John:Menlove Avenue
Lacrimosa:Angst
                 Fassade
                 Inferno
                 Ecoes
                 Elodia
                 Revolution
Le Orme:Ad Gloriam
              Collage
              Uomo Di Pezza
              Felona E Sorona
              Contrapunti
              Verita Nascoste
              Storia O Leggenda
              La Via Della Seta
Love Of Life Orchestra:Geneva & Extended Niceties
                                    P.Gordon And The Love Of Life Orchestra
Lloyd Ian & Stories:Travelling Underground
                               Stories
                               Ian Lloyd (76)-solo
                               Goose Bumps
                               Third Wave Civilization
Lucifer's Friend:same (70)
                          Where The Groopies Killed The Blues
                          I'm Just A Rock'n'Roll Singer
                          Banquet
Lake:Lake(80 or 81)
Lawton John:One Over The Eight
                      Heartbeat
                      Still Payin' My Dues
                     
M............................................................................................................


Mason Nick:Fictitious Sports
Move:Move
         Shazam
         Looking On
         Message From The Country
Mason Dave:Headkeeper
Mad Max:Rollin' Thunder
Manowar:Gods Of War
                The Lord Of Steel
Magnum:Chase The Dragon
               Sleepwalking
               On A Storyteller's Night
               Goodnight L.A.
               Brand New Morning
               Into The Valley Of Moon King
               Princess Alice & Broken Arrow
               Hard Rain
               Kingdom Of Madness
               Breath Of Life
               On The 13th Day
               Escape From The Shadow Garden
               Lost On The Road To Eternity
               Sacred Blood "Divine"Lies
Metal Church:Blessing In Disguise
Moore Gary:G-Force
                    Dirty Fingers
                    Back On The Streets
                    Dark Days In Paradise
Manfred Mann's Earth Band:same(1st album)
                                      Watch
                                      Masque
                                      Lone Arranger
                                      2006(2004)
                                      Soft Vengeance
Metamorfosi:Inferno
                    E Fu Il Sesto Giorno
Matching Mole:Matching Mole
Magazine:Secondhand Daylight
                The Correct Use Of Soup
Mission:Blue
             Tower Of Strenght
             Brightest Light
             Another Fall From Grace 
Mama's Boys:Power And Passion
Missing Persons:Spring Session M
                            Color In Your Life
Morphine:Good
                 Cure For Pain
                 Like Swimming
                 The Night
McCafferty Dan:Same
                         Into The Ring
                         Last Testament
McCartney Paul: Memory Almost Full
                        


N..................................................................................................................


New Trolls:Concerto Grosso #1
                  Concerto Grosso #2
Nice:The Nice
        As Longa Vita Brevis
Nektar:A Tab In The Ocean
Novalis:Banished Bridge
             Novalis(1975)
             Brandung
Numan Gary:Berserker
                     Fury
                     The Plan
                     Sacrifice
                     Exile
                     Pure
Nazareth:Hair Of The Dog (Salvo label's edition)
                The Catch
                Cinema
                Snakes And Ladders
                Big Dogz
                Rock'n'Roll Telephone
Neoton Family:Bolond Varos-70 



O..................................................................................................................


O'Connor Hazel:Breaking Glass
                         Sons And Lovers
Ocasek Rick:Beatitude
                     Fireball Zone
                     Quick Change World
                     Negative Theater
                      Troublizing
                      Nexterday
OMD:Liberator
         Universal
         English Electric



P............................................................................................................



Planet P Project:Go Out Dancing,Part 2:Levittown
                           Go Out Dancing,Part 3:Out In The Rain
Prinzip:Feuer Rock
Phillips Anthony:The Gees And The Ghost
                           Wise After Event
Pop Iggy: Zombie Birdhouse
                Kill City
Punishment Of Luxury:Laughing Academy
Parliament: Mothership Connection
                   Motor Booty Affair
PFM:Storia Di Un Minuto
        Per Un Amico
        Dracula Opera Rock
        Photos Of Ghosts
Partridge Andy:Hinges
                         Fuzzy  Warbles,Volumes 1 - 8.
                         Powers
Plant Robert:Lullaby And The Ceaseless Roar
P.R.W.L.: Tales From Other Space
               A New Dawn
               Wanted
               Beyond Man And Time
               A Gentle Art Of Music
               Nine
               World Through My Eyes
               Trying To Kiss The Sun
                God Has Failed
                Stock
                Start The Fire
                Experience
Page Jimi:Outrider
Parsons Alan Project:Time Machine
                                  Sicilian Defence
                                  A Valid Path(solo)
                                  The Secret(solo)


Q................................................................................................................


Quatro Suzi:Suzi Quatro
                    Rock Hard



R.................................................................................................................


Renaissance:Ashes Are Burning
Return To Forever:Return To Forever
                              Light As A Feather
                              Hymn Of The Seventh Galaxy
                              The Romantic Warrior
Reiley Maggie:Midnight Sun
Rich Kids:Ghosts Of Princes Of Towers
Rockets:Plasteroid
             Galaxy
             Atomic
Red Krayola:Parable Of Arable Land
                    Soldier Talk
                    Kangaroo
Rain Parade:Emergency Third ail Power  Trip
Rhapsody:Rain Of A Thousand Flames
                 Power Of The Dragonflame
                 Dawn Of Victory
                 Symphony Of Enchanted Lands
                 Legendary Tales
Reform:Der Lowenzahn
Rousseau:Flower In Asphalt
                Retreat
Ricci E Poveri:E Penso A Te
                       Mamma Maria
                       Dimmi Quando


                       
S................................................................................................................



Scorpions:In Trance
                 Face The Heat
                 Eye To Eye
Sweet:Off The Record
           Water's Edge
Stratovarius:Elements,Part 2
Seventh Avenue:Southgate
                           Eternals
                           Between The Worlds
                           Terium
Savatage:Dead Winter Dead
                Hall Of The Mountain King
                Edge Of Thorns
Simple Minds:Our Secrets Are The Same
                       Black And White 050505
                       Graffiti Soul
Selecter:Too Much Pressure
              Celebrate The Bullet
Stranglers:Written In Red
                 Coup de Grace
                 About Time
                 Giants
                 Dreamtime(2001 edition with 6 bonus tracks)
Sly & The Family Stone:High On You
Siouxie & The Banshees:Juju
                                        Tinderbox
                                        A Kiss In A Dream House
Secret Service:Oh Susie
                        Ye Si Ca
                        The Lost Box-12
                        When The Night Closes In
Summer Donna:I Remember Yesterday
Sylvian David: Nine Horses
Sex Gang Children:Song And Legend
                                Blind
                                Medea
                                Bastard Art
Slits:Cut
Solar Project:In Time
                      Chromagnitude
                      Five
                      Force Major
                      The Final Solution
Stern Combo Meissen:Weisses Gold
                                    Der Weite Weg
                                    Reize Zum Mittlepunkt Des Menschen
Sparks:Sparks(Halfnelson)
            Tweeter In Woofer's Clothing
            Balls
            Lil' Beethoven
            Inferior Desighn
            Pulling Rabbits Out Of Hat
            Introducing The Sparks
            Gratiutuos Sex & Senseless Violins
            The Seduction Of Ingmar Bergman
            FFS (with Franz Ferdinand)
Smokie:The Other Side Of The Road
Sayer Leo:Silverbird
Strawbs:Strawbs(1969)
              Dragon Fly
              Grave New World
Sad Lovers And Giants:Epic Garden Music
                                     Feeling The Flame
                                     The Mirror Test
                                     Headland
                                     Treehouse Poetry
                                     Melting In The Fullness Of Time
                                     Les Annes Vertes
                                     La Dolce Vita
                                     E-Mail For Eternity
                                     In The Breeze
                                     Total Sound 
Siberry Jane:When I Was A Boy
Shriekback:Care
                   Jam Science
                    Oil And Gold
Specials:More Specials
Special AKA:In The Studio
Slik:Slik
Skids:Days In Europa
          The Absolute Game
          Scared To Dance
Spear Of Destiny:Grapes Of Wrath
                           One Eyed Jacks
                           World Service
                           Outland
                           The Price You Pay
                           Sod's Law
                           Religion
                           Volunteers
                          Morning Star
                          Loadestone
                          Imperial Prototype
                          Omega Point
                          31
Slade:We'll Bring The House Down
          Crackers
          You Boyz Make Big Noize
Skyclad:The Wayward Sons Of Mother Earth
              A Burnt Offering For The Bone Idol
              Irrational Anthems
Supermax:Fly With Me
                 Types Of Skin
                 Meets The Almighty
                 Don't Stop The Music
                 World Of Tomorrow
The Sound:Jeopardy
                   From The Lion's Mouth
                  All Fall Down
                  Heads And Hearts
                  Thunder Up
Saunders Lee:A Promise Of Peace
Saga:Saga(1978)
Spooky Tooth:Spooky Two
                       Ceremony
                       The Last Puff
Starr Ringo :Ringo
                    Ringo's Rotogravure
                    The 4th
                    Stop And Smell The Roses
                    Vertical Man
                    Liverpool 8
                    Old Wave
                    Ringorama
                    Choose Love
                    Postcards From Paradise
Steppenwolf:same (the first album)
                     The Second 
Scotch:Evolution
Simone Afric:Ramaya (or Hafanana)

T...............................................................................................................


10cc: Look Hear?         Ten Out Of 10
         Windows In The Jungle
         Mirror Mirror
TV Smith:Immortal Rich
                Generation Y
                 Rip...Everything Must Go
                 Misinformation Overload
                 In The Arms Of The Enemy
                 Coming In To Land
Teardrop Explodes:Everybody Wants To Shag
Tindersticks: Tindersticks(second album from 1995)
                     Curtains
                     Simple Pleasures
                     Waiting For The Moon
                     The Hungry Saw
They Might Be Giants:The Else
Toyah:Kneeling At The Shrine (or Sunday All Over The World)
          The Changeling
           Minx
           In The Court Of The Crimson Queen
           Dreamchild
           Ophelia's Shadow
           Desire
           Mayhem
Taylor Roger:Electric Fire
Tourists:Tourists(1979)
             Reality Effect
             Luminous Basement
Trace:Trace(1974)
          Birds
          White Ladies
Tomorrow's Gift:Goodbye Future
                          Tomorrow's Gift(70)
The Twins:Until The End Of Time
                 Hold On To Your Dreams
Talk Talk:Colour Of Spring
Thompson Mayo:Corky's Debt To His Father
Thompson Richard:Mock Tudor





U..................................................................................................................



UK:UK(1978)
UB40:Cover Up
         Homegrown
         Twenty Four Seven
         What You Fighting For

V..................................................................................................................




Vander Christian:Tristan et Iseult
Viva:Dealers Of The Night
Virgin Steele:Invictus
                      The House Of Atreus(Act I & II)
                      Visions Of Eden
                      Black Light Bacchanalia
Visage:Beat Boy
Vangelis:Albedo 0.39
               Direct
               Chariots Of Fire
                Voices


W...................................................................................................................


Waysted:Vices
              The Good The Bad The Waysted
White Lenny:Adventures Of Astral Pirates
                     Streamline
Wood Roy:Mustard
                 On The Road Again
Wyatt Robert:Rock Bottom
                     Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard
                     Nothing Can Stop Us
Winwood Steve:Steve Winwood
Wallenstein:Blitzkrieg
                    Cosmic Century
                    Stories Songs & Symphonies
                    Mother Universe
Wolfgang Press:The Legendary Wolfgang Press
                         Standing Up Straight
                         Bird Wood Cage
                         Queer
                         Funky Little Demons
                         The Burden Of Mules
Wax:American English
Williams Victoria:Swing The Statue
Watts John:One More Twist
                   The Iceberg Model
                   Quick Quick Slow
                   Thirteen Stories High
                   Bigbeatpoetry
                   Real Life Is Good Enough(or It Has To Be)
                   Ether Music & Film
                   It Has To Be - Their Stories
                   More Than Music & Films  
Wire:Pink Flag
         Chairs Missing
         154
         The Ideal Copy
         A Bell Is A Cup
         Send
         The First Letter
         Manscape
         Object 47
         Red Barked Tree
         Change Becomes Us
         Until It Is Struck
Wetton John:Welcome To Heaven
                     Raised In Captivity
                     Arkangel
                     Battle Lines
Wintersun:Wintersun-04
                 Time I

Woolfson Eric:Poe-More Tales Of Mystery And Imagination
                       That Never Was
Wakeman Rick:1984
Whitesnake:Flesh & Blood                          





Y...........................................................................................................


Yachts:Yachts(1979)
           Without Radar
Yello: Baby
         Touch Yello
         Motion Picture
         The Eye
         Pocket Universe


Z........................................................................................................


Zappa Frank: Thing Fish
                     Tinseltown Rebellion
                     Sleep Dirt
                     Studio Tan
                     Lumpy Gravy
                     Chunga's Revenge
                     Grand Wazoo
                     Waka Jawaka
Zodiac:Disco Alliance(Soviet band)
            Music Of The Universe

.........................................................................................................

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Paul McCartney in Rochester, NY

Paul McCartney - Hollywood Bowl - March 31, 2010
Back at the Hollywood Bowl
Paul McCartney has been coming to Upstate New York in recent years, and I've gone each time in Albany, Buffalo, and close to home in Syracuse.  The next logical step is Rochester.  Downtown has Blue Cross Arena, where I saw Fleetwood Mac over a decade ago.  He'd close the place as he does everywhere he goes.  Two of his former drummers, Joe English (Wings 1975-77) and Steve Gadd (1982-83 albums) are from the area.  This year, there are no Northeast dates so far, even the tri-state, where I've gone twice, or even Canada, where I went across the lake from Rochester in Toronto.  For open air, there's Six Flags Darien Lake in Corfu (back under that franchise, yet considered part of the Buffalo area) and CMAC in Canandaigua (which is thought of more as an exurb of Kodak country), even though these are small towns and that kind of traffic may be too much for them.  Rochester is easier for me to get to for a show, but I only spent the night once when Asia were in town (one of only two times I saw them outside CNY).  Maybe next year, Maverick Management (Madonnas old company) could have the booking agency look into Monroe County.  I may have to go on my own again as one I used to go with had their fill in Albany of gigs and others have more important things going on right now to come with me.  Just hope I can afford it and can avoid touts after tickets sell out which one expects from this beautiful man that I've grown up with.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Warner Records

Not your parents' Warners!
After going the way of Glastonbury this past year, I'm back.
Warner Bros Records are no more, being reborn as just Warner Records. This was a surprise, although their licence from former sister company Warner Bros. ran out, a decade and a half after Warner Music Group spun off of Time Warner (since sold to AT&T), which was orchestrated by Edgar Bronfman Jnr, who also did the same for Universals purchase of PolyGram in 1999, only for them to separate from their former parent studio.  I have tagged artists with a tag who have been on Warner or Reprise, at least in the US and Canada if not worldwide.
The label moved across town from Burbank to downtown LA propers arts district.
There have been mixed reactions to this, but I think this is a new beginning.  I'm looking forward to seeing new releases on the new label, although Duran Duran and Liam Gallagher are the only ones I know so far confirmed to have one, and Fleetwood Mac have considered one with their newest lineup.   For back releases, I still have both (Duran mostly on sister label Parlophone) as well as a-ha, Black Sabbath and Depeche Mode (North America), Alanis Morissette, and related artists to get, mainly on LP.  For anything that has yet to be reissued, it could have the old logo on it to make it look accurate.  The Smiths were reissued on it as wea was retired as a label after the sale.
With all that's going on in the world these days, this is a mere change in strategy and we should embrace this.  Several catalogue releases have already been reissued with the new label.

Friday, October 27, 2017

Discogs

There is no rival.
Recently, Discogs have taken off buy links for most bootleg and pirate releases, possibly under pressure from artists, labels, RIAA, IFPI, PRS and other organisations.  Some still remain as it'd take forever to get them all.  I know I bought some pirates from there when I had the chance (I can't remember buying bootlegs online except in trade from Ukraine).  Seldom do they find their way in brick and mortars in the west that I've seen lately.  I still get them my usual way when I can.
I use Discogs to keep track of my entire collection and it has gone to over 2,000 items, enough to open a shop!  I can't add or edit releases there anymore, but I check to see if there's a match once in a while for something I have that they didn't.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

eMusic

Current logo.
eMusic is where I go for independent artists on official mp3.  Doesn't mean it's all there.  One artist says he didn't get too much return (Spotify pays even less) and a label head in LA says it's a ripoff.  I managed to find a number of albums for over a decade.  They even had major label releases for a period before going back to their indie roots.  I truly would rather have everything on both LP and CD when I can.  Also there isn't always something there not at the other place.  What I do find I put on that site later.  I can only suspend my account twice a year and I won't cancel as something comes up eventually if I look for people I know.  My credits usually refresh when I pay my subscription for internet, so I'm able to download by then.

UPDATE: I have cancelled my account as this is a lost cause.