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Friday, February 17, 2017

Greatest Hits/Best Ofs

Rihanna in concert, 2011.  She came to Syracuse just months before this show.
I don't usually write about todays Top 40 artists because it's almost too easy (I'll just let Perez Hilton do that), yet there are a number of them as well as some from yesteryear that have yet to release a greatest hits and/or best of album and have enough of a track record now to fill one up.  Russian bootleg ones exist of many of the following, but an official release is imminent for all of these artists:

Rihanna (above; already approaching the tenth anniversary of "Pon de Replay"!)
Beyoncé (since she's pregnant again, this would make sense right now; Destinys Child have one)
Coldplay (Chris Martin recorded a duet with RiRi which could go on both albums)
Justin Timberlake (there is one for 'NSYNC proper however)
Kate Bush (last one was in 1986, so she has more tracks to collect)
AC/DC (have refused to put one out, yet the end of the band is likely not too far off)
Metallica (also declined to make a compilation and own their masters)
Lady Gaga (just performed with Metallica at Grammys)
Tool (not quite mainstream yet they too don't believe in a collection)
Katy Perry (needs at least one more studio album first that's now overdue)
Scissor Sisters (overlooked at home and currently on extended sabbatical)
Lana del Rey (yes, even her)
Selena Gomez (includes with the Scene)
Miley Cyrus (not including her Hannah Montana material from more innocent times)*
The All-American Rejects (much of these are on Polydor where I found many of these)
Take That (also underrated in the US yet have enough since their reunion over a decade ago)
The Jonas Brothers (the teenybopper nature of their classics may limit their appeal now)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs (including some solo Karen O)
Mariah Carey (compilation and/or boxed set of her Universal-owned albums)
One Direction (now on hiatus)
Taylor Swift (her ex is in 1D)
John Mayer (Taylors other ex as well as Katys; Mr-Can't-Make-a-Commitment!  Coming soon to CNY)
Calvin Harris (this isn't a gossip column, yet he also used to be with TayTay!)
System of a Down (a new studio album is needed as well)
Little Mix (even them already)
NERD (could throw in solo Pharrell Williams*)
Justin Bieber (even though "Baby" and "Love Yourself" couldn't be more different; Selenas ex)
Susan Boyle (the time has come for a collection; I do admire her for being a late bloomer nonetheless)
David Gilmour (should keep live versions of Floyd proper classics off so he can stand on his own)
Kanye West (he thinks he's the greatest and may also think that of every track he's recorded.  I'm not endorsing this baciagaloop, just saying how even he might consider putting a collection together)
Alicia Keys (may have to wait until later in the year as Here is still fresh in promotional phase)*
Usher (will also have to wait as his latest release hasn't been out that long either)*
Shakira (this one would be of her English-language hits like "Don't Bother" and "Underneath Your Clothes")*
James Blunt (currently has a studio release to plug, but a compilation next year would mark a decade since "You're Beautiful")
Muse (bought a few of their studio albums for you-know-who but even he can't be bothered with cherry picking)
Fiona Apple (could also use another new album first)

*The Voice judges past and present as this pattern occurred.  No past contestants combined however have enough to do a collection just yet!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Gloversville record plant

Fulton County Route 102 - New York
No free photo can be found right now but it's a small town.
I remembered hearing over a decade ago about a record plant close to the Adirondacks that was going out of business.  Universal Music Group wound up getting it with the acquisition of PolyGram and others.  At the time it was though no one was buying new vinyl anymore. Now it ought to reopen even if UMG doesn't need it themselves.  A small company could take it over and instead of virgin vinyl from fossil fuels they could recycle old LPs and sleeves.  This was done as far back as the '70s during the oil crisis but the technology to filtre out impurities and what-have-you may have come on since then.  Numerous LPs languishing in charity shops and bargain bins could all go there, particularly ones that were purchased by those who are either now deceased or just too old to bother buying and playing them again at this point.  Greatest Generation-geared legends like Mantovani, Ray Conniff, Glenn Miller, Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, and Anita Bryant for that matter come to mind.  Fulton County and neighbouring Montgomery County have suffered in recent decades with factories closing.  Like Cuyahoga County two states away, these were factory towns.  The demand for vinyl is back albeit to a lesser extent than generations past.  Indie labels could have their albums pressed there.  Unwanted albums and 45s that can't even get sold for pennies online could just be donated.  A registered charity would have to be established in order to give people and businesses a chance to write it off their taxes but I'm not the Bob Geldof of manufacturing.  A grassroots campaign might work but I don't know.  There are enough other places yet to reopen but that's covered more on our sister blog NYRRU.  As for LPs across the seaway in Canada they get new LPs from the States if not Europe.  A licencing arrangement has to be made for the boys' later albums to be sold on their turf.  This plant back in Upstate NY however would now cater to small time indie cult artists with a niche following.  Perhaps limited editions to save money and to see if 5,000 for a start would sell out.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

WogBlog: Flowers in the dirt announced on Amazon

WogBlog: Flowers in the dirt announced on Amazon

The first under his reunion with Capitol. I already have the LP and CD but if Party, Party and the First Stone are on here I'll consider.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Halloween 2016

Can Lovey count on your support?
Not strictly music related again, but this time it's for Halloween.  While the past couple GoFundMe appeals haven't raised a dime, I'm hoping this one will.  The money will help me have more options as I haven't done this in donkeys years.

UPDATE: May be re-launched next August in order to bankroll my own party to be held on the night which will be a Tuesday, unless one place in town decides to have it again after pulling a Glastonbury last time due to being one of those businesses who avoid Mondays like Garfield wishes he could do!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Boy George and Culture Club remasters

Japanese edition of the rare 1988 Boyfriend EP
With Culture Club coming to town in September, there are albums of theirs and solo Boy George needing remasters.  Here's a list as always along with bonus tracks:

From Luxury to Heartache
From Luxury to Heartache
Move Away 12"
God Thank You Woman 12"
Sexuality 12"
Gusto Blusto (rock mix)
Come Clean (early version)
In the Morning

Everything I Own 12"
Live My Life
Live My Life 12"
Sold 12"
Use Me
I Pray '87
State of Love
Are You Too Afraid?

Tense Nervous Headache/Boyfriend (pictured)/High Hat
Don't Cry (US version)
All three should be combined into a 2 CD release as some have the same tracks.

The Martyr Mantras (Jesus Loves You)
Generations of Love (La La Gone Gaga Mix)
Bow Down Mister (A Small Portion 2B Polite Mix)
Sweet Toxic Love (Deliverance Mix)
More Than Likely (with PM Dawn)

Cheapness and Beauty
The Crying Game
Police and Thieves
When Will You Learn?
Same Thing in Reverse (acoustic version)
Cheapness and Beauty (acoustic version)
Funtime (Ramp Alien Spawn Club Mix)

Don't Mind If I Do
I Just Wanna Be Loved (single edit)
Your Kisses Are Charity (with Dolly Parton)
Tracks recorded with Peter Asher (Peter & Gordon, James Taylor, Janes brother)

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Second Chance Prom

Mooky, my uncle and aunties girl kitty, could be my date! It's been done, though.  She's not far from that kid from the makeup company.
Not strictly music-related but for a bit of a change I'd like to announce the Second Chance Prom.  I explain more there in the link.  I'm also awaiting responses from a couple syndicated advice columnists.  Just feeling a little green eyed seeing the kids get dolled up for the big night.  Might have it at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown (formerly the historical Hotel Syracuse) as their grand reopening occurs too late for the regular prom season so it'd be in the fall but not on a Saturday due to a solid season of wedding receptions though several area proms such as West Genesee were held in the ballroom in the past over the previous few generations.

UPDATE: Found something across town.  We'll see how we get on.  Money for a limo wouldn't hurt though.  Then again I found an article about youngsters in Brooklyn who want one that have it worse than we might so they deserve a few bob much more than I do.  I wanna put a link to the story but the seasonal nature of proms may not give these kids much time to set up.  God bless them however.

UPDATE II: Yet another one found even though I'd have to get a bus there and get a cab if not the hotel shuttle home.  Also not sure if the DJs set list will be Mary Whitehouse approved to put it that way.  Still it's less expensive when someone else has it as I have no experience running my own event.  Money raised now could just pay for transport for me and other people without a lift.

UPDATE III: Found another one that's two counties away yet it's not that easy to get into.  Watching Family Guy gave me the idea of a second chance homecoming which is sorta close but a different animal (the UK has Old Boys Day but that's not quite the same).  Not sure if any school I went to would have this now and if so I could go so there's another niche to fill that isn't done often so I could make that a thing.  More as this develops.