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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Julian Lennon remasters

Overlooked in the US because of grunge.
Julian Lennons catalogue is long overdue to be reissued worldwide with these bonus tracks:

Valotte
Bebop (previously unavailable on album)
Big Mama (also just a B-side)
Too Late for Goodbyes (12")
Stand by Me (live)

The Secret Value of Daydreaming
Stick Around (12")
Because (from Dave Clarks Time)
Time Will Teach Us All (w/Stevie Wonder)
If You Only Knew (Time track)
Midnight Smoke (from The Hunting of the Snark)

Mr Jordan
Now You're in Heaven (12")
Ruby Tuesday (Stones cover)

Help Yourself (pictured)
Saltwater (reggae mix)
Coles Song (from Mr Hollands Opus)

Photograph Smile
I Need You (America cover)
Don't Let Me Down (not a cover of you-know-who!)
Lucy (w/James Scott Cook) (for namesake of certain song who died from Lupus)

In loving memory of Cynthia Lennon.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

LP wishlist

Only have the international edition on LP now.
Records have been coming back in recent years although not quite as en masse as decades past but still making headway.  Some titles I don't have on LP but on CD or even tape and others I don't have at all just yet so here's what I hope to find in the months to come:

ABBA
Ring Ring
Greatest Hits Vol 2
The Visitors

AC/DC
High Voltage (Australasia) (pictured)
TNT
Let There Be Rock
Powerage
Highway to Hell
'74 Jailbreak
Fly on the Wall
Who Made Who
Blow Up Your Video
The Razors Edge
Ballbreaker
Rock or Bust

a-ha
Hunting High and Low
Stay on These Roads
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Cast in Steel (Coming soon)

Jon Anderson
Olias of Sunhillow
Animation
3 Ships
In the City of Angels

Asia
Astra
Aqua
Aria
Aura

Tony Banks
A Curious Feeling
The Wicked Lady
Soundtracks
Bankstatement (1989)
Still

The Beatles
Beatles VI
Rubber Soul (US/UK)
Yesterday and Today
Revolver (US/UK)
Sgt Peppers mono
Magical Mystery Tour
White album mono
Yellow Submarine
Abbey Road
Let It Be
Rock 'n' Roll Music
Love Songs
Rarities (US)
Reel Music
Past Masters Vol 1-2
Love (Cirqué du Soleil)
Live at the BBC Vol 1-2

Black Sabbath
Black Sabbath (1970)
Paranoid
Technical Ecstacy
Never Say Die!
Heaven and Hell
Mob Rules
Live Evil
Seventh Star
The Eternal Idol
Headless Cross
Týr
13 (2013)

Boy George
Sold
Tense Nervous Headache
Boyfriend
High Hat
The Martyr Mantras (Jesus Loves You)

Kate Bush
The Kick Inside
Never for Ever
Hounds of Love
The Whole Story
The Sensual World
50 Words for Snow
Directors Cut?

Bush
Sixteen Stone
Razorblade Suitcase
Man on the Run

Phil Collins
Face Value
..But Seriously
Serious Hits... Live!

Culture Club
Karma Chameleon
Waking Up with the House on Fire
From Luxury to Heartache
This Time
Tribes

Def Leppard
On Through the Night
High 'n' Dry
First Strike
Adrenalize

Depeche Mode
A Broken Frame
Construction Time Again
People Are People
Some Great Reward
Catching Up with Depeche Mode (1985)
The Singles 81>85
Music for the Masses
101 (1989)
Martin L. Gore - Counterfeit EP
Violator
Songs of Faith and Devotion
Delta Machine

Duran Duran
Arena
Arcadia - So Red the Rose
Notorious
Big Thing!
Decade
Liberty
New album

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Tarkus
Trology
Welcome Back My Friends...
Works Vol 1
Emerson, Lake & Powell (1986)

Eurythmics
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)
1984 (For the Love of Big Brother)
Be Yourself Tonight
Savage
We Too Are One
Annie Lennox - Nostalgia

Agnetha Fältskog
Eyes of a Woman
I Stand Alone
A (2013)

Fish
Internal Exile
A Feast of Consequences

Fleetwood Mac
English Rose
Black Magic Woman
The Original Fleetwood Mac (1971)
Penguin
Mystery to Me

Peter Gabriel
Peter Gabriel (1982)/Security (US/Canada)
Shaking the Tree

Genesis
From Genesis to Revelation (mono)
The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway
The Story of Genesis
We Can't Dance
The Way We Walk Vol 1-2
Calling All Stations

Gentle Giant
Three Friends
Octopus
Pretentious

Geordie
Hope You Like It
Don't Be Fooled by the Name
Save the World
No Good Woman
Strange Man

David Gilmour
David Gilmour (1978)
About Face
On an Island
New solo album

Gowan
Gowan (1982)
Strange Animal
Great Dirty World
Lost Brotherhood

Amy Grant
Unguarded
Lead Me On

Steve Hackett
Voyage of the Acolyte
GTR (1986)

Steve Harley/Cockney Rebel
The Human Menagerie
The Psychomodo
The Best Years of Our Lives
A Closer Look
Timeless Flight
Love's a Prima Donna
Face to Face
Hobo with a Grin (solo)
The Candidate (solo)
Greatest Hits

George Harrison
Wonderwall Music
All Things Must Pass
George Harrison (1979)
Gone Troppo
Cloud Nine
Brainwashed

Justin Hayward
Songwriter
Night Flight
Moving Mountains
Classic Blue

Roger Hodgson
In the Eye of the Storm
You Make Me Love You
London

INXS
INXS (1980)
Kick
Max Q (1989)
X (1990)
Welcome to Wherever You Are
Full Moon Dirty Hearts

IQ
Tales from the Lush Attic
The Wake
Nomzamo
Are You Sitting Comfortably?
The Road of Bones

Elton John
Rock of the Westies
The Fox
Jump Up!
Too Low for Zero
Breaking Hearts
Ice on Fire
Live in Australia
Sleeping with the Past
The One
Peachtree Road
The Captain and the Kid
The Union (w/Leon Russell)

Jon & Vangelis
The Friends of Mr Cairo
Private Collection
The Best of Jon & Vangelis
Page of Life

King Crimson
In the Court of the Crimson King
In the Wake of Poseidon
Larks' Tongues in Aspic
Starless and Bible Black
USA

Denny Laine
Holly Days
Japanese Tears
Anyone Can Fly
Hometown Girls
Lonely Road
Wings on My Feet
Master Suite

John Lennon
Walls and Bridges
Shaved Fish
Milk & Honey (w/Yoko Ono)
Live in New York City
Menlove Ave.

Julian Lennon
The Secret Value of Daydreaming
Mr Jordan
Help Yourself

Marillion
Script for a Jesters Tear
Fugazi
Brief Encounter
The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Madra)
Holidays in Eden

Paul McCartney/Wings*
Red Rose Speedway*
Venus and Mars*
Wings at the Speed of Sound*
Wings Greatest*
McCartney II (1980)
Tug of War
Pipes of Peace
Give My Regards to Broad Street
Press to Play
All the Best

Christine McVie
Christine Perfect (1970)
Christine McVie (1984)

Freddie Mercury
Mr Bad Guy
Barcelona (w/Montserrat Caballé)

The Moody Blues
Days of Future Passed
Justin Hayward and John Lodge - Blue Jays
John Lodge - Natural Avenue
Caught Live + 5
Long Distance Voyager
The Other Side of Life

Stevie Nicks
Bella Donna
Rock a Little
The Other Side of the Mirror
Timespace
In Your Dreams
24 Karat Gold

oasis
Definitely Maybe
(What's the Story) Morning Glory?
Be Here Now
Beady Eye - BE
Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds - Chasing Yesterday

Ozzy Osbourne
Bark at the Moon
The Ultimate Sin
Tribute
No Rest for the Wicked

Pallas
Arrive Alive
The Sentinel
Kinghtmoves
The Wedge

Pink Floyd
The Piper at the Gates of Dawn (stereo and mono)
More
Ummagumma
Atom Heart Mother
Meddle
Obscured by Clouds
Animals
The Final Cut
Works
A Momentary Lapse of Reason
Delicate Sound of Thunder
The Division Bell
The Endless River

Queen
Queen II (1974)
Sheer Heart Attack
The Game
Flash Gordon
The Miracle
Innuendo

Rabbitt
Boys Will Be Boys
A Croak and a Grunt in the Night

Trevor Rabin
Trevor Rabin (1978)/Beginnings
Face to Face
Wolf
Can't Look Away

Rush
Rush (1974)
Fly by Night
2112 (1976)
A Farewell to Kings
Exit... Stage Left
Grace Under Pressure
Power Windows
Hold Your Fire
Presto
Chronicles
Roll the Bones
Moving Pictures Live
Clockwork Angels

Split Enz
Mental Notes (Australia/New Zealand)
Second Thoughts (Aus/NZ)/Mental Notes (international)
Dizrythmia
Frenzy
True Colours
Corroborree (Australia)/Waiata (NZ/International)
Time and Tide
Conflicting Emotions
See You 'Round
History Never Repeats

Talk Talk
The Party's Over
It's My Life
The Colour of Spring
Spirit of Eden
Natural History

Tears for Fears
The Hurting
The Seeds of Love
Ready Boys and Girls 10"

UK
Danger Money
Night After Night
Eddie Jobson/Zinc - The Green Album

Rick Wakeman
White Rock
Lisztomania
Criminal Record
Rhapsodies
Cost of Living
Silent Nights
Live at Hammersmith
The Time Machine
Return to the Centre of the Earth
Journey to the Centre of the Earth (studio version)

Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Radio KAOS
The Wall Live in Berlin
Amused to Death

John Wetton
Kings Road
Wetton/Manzanera (1987)
Jack-Knife - I Wish You Would

Yes
Relayer
Chris Squire - Fish Out of Water
Steve Howe - Beginnings
Yesshows
Classic Yes
Big Generator
Union
Talk
Open Your Eyes
The Ladder
Magnification
Fly from Here
Heaven and Earth

Subject to change.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Split Enz

Nambassa Festival, 1979.
As I scan across the Commonwealth I decide to close in on New Zealand and take up Split Enz.  Hearing "I Got You" on the Tannoy at the gym the other week got me to look for them on one mp3 site to find them not there so I go to another to add to the first one and I start to have a listen to them as I can relate to the prog vaudevillian sound they had in the mid-to-late '70s and the new wave after that up to the mid-'80s.  I knew Crowded House spun off from there though I heard of them first.  Split Enz are yet another band overlooked on my shores as I was lucky to find True Colours on US CD after having heard the PA and it just grew from there.  Getting even one of the albums would be a feat without resorting to going online.  That album I had to order online for you-know-who as I looked through my old e-mails knowing I sent it way out there a few years ago.  I hope to get out of town and find something (lucky I saw the other band at the shop last week).

Management

Fish: Tall enough to manage himself!
From Col Tom Parker to Brian Epstein to Peter Grant talent managers have become as famous as their clients.  Some have gone through them like water (Yes come to mind) and others never say who takes care of them.  Fish (pictured) told me after falling out with Marillion manager John Arnison when Fish left the band in 1988 and later Yes, Asia and a-ha manager Brian Lane, the 6'4" Scotsman decided to manage his own career and has Kelvin "Yatta" Yates sort out the live side of things.  Steve Hacketts site said in an e-mail response he is now self-managed after firing longtime manager Billy Budis.  Elton John took his ex John Reid to court after discovering millions of pounds squandered.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Warm-Air-Fund

Warm-Air-Fund: Trying to escape New Siberia!
UPDATE: Though it's getting warmer one can still pitch in so I can do a bit more this year.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Mary Whitehouse

The queen of clean on the scene!
Mary Whitehouse may not be as well known in the US as she was in the UK but she led a decades long campaign against indecency (also see our sister blog).  Her musical targets included The Beatles (the Boxing Day film Magical Mystery Tour was slated and did have an X certificate scene snuck in), Chuck Berry ("My Dingaling"), Pink Floyd (I possibly heard of missus in "Pigs (Three Different Ones)"), Jimi Hendrix, The Doors and Alice Cooper to name a few.  PMRC (30th Anniversary this year) may have been indirectly influenced by her.  Whitehouse would be appalled by hip-hop, death metal, Miley Cyrus and other current trends today.  Whitehouse and Sir Cliff Richard co-founded the Nationwide Festival of Light in the late '60s.  Sometimes it's a good thing she's not around anymore to have to see what's going on now.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Pennsylvania: The Prog State?

From Harrisburg with Love: The state flag.
For some reason if there's one state in the union that knows prog it's Pennsylvania, the Keystone State.  One may be the late DJ Ed Sciaky from the Philadelphia radio market promoted it (mainly Yes and Renaissance).  Another could possibly be a colonial connection, who knows?  It's not that Commonwealth.  I have been in touch with someone in Lycoming County who knows a lot of these and another from there now in Huntingdon County also is a bit of an expert.  I went to a shop in Luzerne County and found Steve Hackett and Mike Oldfield CDs.  ROSfest in Gettysburg (Civil War capital) and the now-defunct NEARfest in the Allentown-Bethlehem area brought in bands from around the globe.  Annie Haslam from Renaissance now lives in Bucks County.  I may have to head that way again once the weather is better and a trip in my time frame and price range is available.
Indie labels MVD Audio have had their offices in Philly suburb Oaks but moved not too far off in Pottsville, and InsideOut Music had their US offices in Pittsburgh but moved them west to LA when they were taken over by indie metal label Century Media.