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Sunday, November 8, 2015

mp3 diet

Managed to get this on mp3 before my old service snuffed it.
I won't be uploading or downloading mp3s quite as much anymore as I had before as my longtime ISP Clear went the way of Qwest and Dreamscape and I have T-Mobile for now, but anyway, pay as you go service uses up data and what-have-you, and I can only afford so much just like with my phone (I never download directly on there).  That was never really an issue with the old guard so that's one thing I will miss.  Occasionally I may contribute more to a certain mp3 site and order from emusic (let's just say it's a polar opposite) as long as something I can use is there.  Ripping CDs may happen less often now.  Time Warner Cable and FiOS may accommodate such usage but I need a bundle on a budget and as for getting the music I want I really would rather have the CD and LP anyway like nature intended.  As for my ageing PC, it belongs in the knacker yard now as I can no longer get online with it if I wanted to, it's slower than a 100 years old sea turtle and is good for recycling sans the hard drive but I digress.  UPDATE: Now I have Karma so I'm back in action!  However, I still go through data like water!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Def Leppard remasters

Cover by Hipgnosis (Pink Floyd, Renaissance, Yes, Rainbow)

On Through the Night
Ride Into the Sun (original version)
Getcha Rocks Off (EP version)
Overture (EP version and demo)
Heat Street (originally on a bootleg)
Rock Brigade (Nick Tauber version)
See the Lights (previously unreleased)
Warchild (same)
Glad I'm Alive (demo and Tauber versions)
Wasted (single version)
Hello America (B-side single version)
Good Morning Freedom (studio and live versions)
When the Walls Came Tumbling Down (demo)
Travellin' Band (live)

High 'n' Dry (pictured)
Bringin' on the Heartbreak (1984 synth remix)
Me and My Wine (original and remix despite little significant difference in sound albeit Mutt Langes)

Slang
Last years US deluxe edition should receive an international release as I just bought this myself.  Also put the LP out abroad.  "When Saturday Comes" can be the designated bonus track in Japan.

Euphoria
Promises (video mix)
Immortal
Under My Wheels
I Am Your Child
("Burnout" and "Worlds Collide" from the Australasian edition or EU B-sides are already on the Slang remaster as they were taken from that albums sessions)

X (the most recent original album of the lot that needs an upgrade)
Kiss the Day
Long, Long Way to Go (acoustic version)
10 x Bigger than Love
Gimme a Job
Perfect Girl ("Gravity" demo)
Love Don't Lie (demo)
Let Me Be the One (demo)

Yeah!
How Does It Feel?
Action (live) (studio version of Sweet cover on Retro Active)
Dear Friends (Queen cover by Sav)
Space Oddity (RIP David Bowie)
Rebel Rebel (also a Bowie cover although from the X period this fits the pattern here better)
When I'm Dead and Gone
Elected (live) (Alice Cooper cover recorded during Adrenalize tour)
No Matter What (live) (studio version of Badfinger cover also on Rock of Ages Pan-American comp)
Little Wing (Hendrix cover with Hothouse Flowers)
Winter Song
American Girl (Tom Petty cover)
Search and Destroy
Heartbeat

It remains to be seen whether or not these will come out in the forseeable future as the band are in a bit of a row with Universal over the rights and have considered re-recording their hits note by note (which other people have done in the studio with their songs in the past) and a couple are now available on mp3.  The rights to Slang were reverted back to the band and they reissued it recently in the US through their label there Mailboat (founder Jimmy Buffett also left Universal when his new label became sister to the old one when Universal bought PolyGram, Leppards former home).  Also focus now is on the bands new long-awaited new studio album now available.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

mp3 Upgrade

Not too shy shy to say this is one of the albums I did, but it's hush hush (eye to eye)!
On a certain mp3 site (I've mentioned it before so look for it) I have been upgrading tracks that have been uploaded before either by me or someone else that are 192 kbps or less when 320 kbps is more the norm so I've been spending the past couple months replacing or adding tracks even from artists I don't listen to myself.  Only last year did I change my settings on my Windows Media Player.  I let an album upload while I'm out or in another room (I let the cat watch) as a watched pot never boils.  I found a stand for my laptop at the charity shop to help it circulate air so it'll stay on.  Streaming audio uses more bandwidth and script (no interest in Spotify) than something I can download and store offline though I will always try to get the real CD and LP when I can.  It's been well over a decade since I've been able to get mp3 and gradually more technology became available to me.  Just now I'm seeing what I re-copied but not yet re-upped as things fall through the cracks and I forget as I do have a life too in case you think I don't.  There is a legal loophole that mp3s can be backup of media that you already have so if you do download please get the physical version too if you can afford it.
Read later article as to why I won't be able to upgrade any more tracks for a bit and it's not because of Martin Orford.

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)
Johnny B. Goode (Chuck Berry cover and UK hidden track)

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 later died from Lupus)

In loving memory of Cynthia Lennon.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Vinyl wishlist

Only have the international edition on LP right now.
Records have been coming back in recent years although not quite as en masse as decades past but still making headway.  Later titles and editions are rarer and/or more expensive though I found a few of those.  Some titles I don't have on LP but I do 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
Live
Live at Wembley Arena
The Singles: The First Ten Years
Chess singles

AC/DC
High Voltage (Australasia) (pictured)
TNT (most tracks are on international edition of previous album)
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (Australasia)
Let There Be Rock (both Australasia and international)
Powerage
Highway to Hell
'74 Jailbreak
Fly on the Wall
Who Made Who
Blow Up Your Video
The Razors Edge
Ballbreaker
Stiff Upper Lip
Black Ice
Rock or Bust

a-ha
Hunting High and Low
Stay on These Roads
East of the Sun, West of the Moon
Cast in Steel
Morten Harket - Brother

Jon Anderson
Change We Must?
3 Ships
In the City of Angels
Invention of Knowledge (w/Roine Stolt)

Asia
XXX
Aurora
Aqua
Aria
Aura
Symfonia

Tony Banks
The Wicked Lady
Soundtracks
Bankstatement (1989)
Still

The Beatles
Not for Sale (bootleg)
Rubber Soul (US)
Yesterday and Today
Revolver (US/UK stereo)
Magical Mystery Tour
White album mono
Yellow Submarine (original LP/songtrack)
The Beatles Ballads
Greatest Hits Vol 1 (Australasia/Southeast Asia)
Love Songs
Rarities (US)
Reel Music
Past Masters Vol 1-2
Love (Cirqué du Soleil)
Live at the BBC Vol 1-2
Anthology 1-3
1 (2000)

Black Sabbath
Forbidden
Technical Ecstacy
Mob Rules
Live Evil
Born Again
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
Kate Bush 12"
Hounds of Love
The Sensual World
The Red Shoes
Aerial
50 Words for Snow
Directors Cut?
The Fellowship Presents Before the Dawn

Bush
Sixteen Stone
Razorblade Suitcase
Man on the Run
Black and White Rainbows

Phil Collins
Testify
Dance Into the Light
I Missed Again
Thru These Walls
One More Night
Don't Lose My Number
Serious Hits... Live!
Both Sides

Crowded House
Temple of Low Men
Woodface

Culture Club
Karma Chameleon
The War Song
From Luxury to Heartache
This Time
Tribes+

Def Leppard
On Through the Night
High 'n' Dry
First Strike
Adrenalize
Def Leppard (2015)

Depeche Mode
Live in Berlin
Construction Time Again
Martin Gore and Dave Gahan solo LPs
Some Great Reward
Catching Up with Depeche Mode (1985)
The Singles 81>85
Music for the Masses
101 (1989)
Martin L. Gore - Counterfeit EP
Exciter
Sounds of the Universe
Songs of Faith and Devotion studio and live
Playing the Angel
Delta Machine
Spirit

Jim Diamond
Bandit (1976)
Bacco - Cha Cha Me
PhD - Is It Safe?
I Should Have Known Better
I Sleep Alone at Night(s)
Desire for Freedom
Jim Diamond (1993)
Broadway 12"

Duran Duran
Arena
All You Need is Now
Big Thing!
Decade
Liberty
Red Carpet Massacre

Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Black Moon
In the Hot Seat
Trilogy (my South Korean copy has a track missing due to censorship and no gatefold sleeve)
Welcome Back My Friends...
Works Vol 1

Eurythmics
The Tourists (1978)
Peace
Savage
We Too Are One singles
Annie Lennox - Nostalgia

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

Fish
Internal Exile
A Feast of Consequences
Weltschmerz+

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

Peter Gabriel
Out Out 12"
Shaking the Tree
Us
Up
New Blood

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

Gentle Giant
Three Friends
Octopus
Acquiring the Taste (US LP to photocopy sleeve)

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)
On an Island
Rattle That Lock

Gowan
Gowan (1982)
Great Dirty World
Lost Brotherhood

Amy Grant
Unguarded

Steve Hackett
Voyage of the Acolyte
GTR (1986)
Wolflight

Steve Harley/Cockney Rebel
The Human Menagerie
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
The Best of Dark Horse (1976-89)
Live in Japan
Brainwashed

Annie Haslam
Annie in Wonderland
Still Life
Annie Haslam (1989)

Justin Hayward
Songwriter
Night Flight
Moving Mountains
Classic Blue
All the Way

Roger Hodgson
In the Eye of the Storm
You Make Me Love You
London
Supertramp - Autobiography
Open the Door

INXS
INXS (1980)
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
The Big Picture
The Fox
Songs from the West Coast
Breaking Hearts
Live in Australia
Sleeping with the Past
The One
Peachtree Road
The Captain and the Kid
The Union (w/Leon Russell)
Wonderful Crazy Night

Jon & Vangelis
Private Collection
The Best of Jon & Vangelis
Page of Life

Kajagoogoo
Islands/Extra Play (Canada)
Kaja - Crazy Peoples Right to Speak
Limahl - Colour All My Days

Nik Kershaw
Human Racing
Radio Musicola
The Works

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
Anyone Can Fly
Hometown Girls
Lonely Road
Wings on My Feet

John Lennon
Sometime in New York City
Shaved Fish
The John Lennon Collection
Two Virgins
Live in New York City
Menlove Ave.
Imagine: John Lennon (soundtrack)

Julian Lennon
The Secret Value of Daydreaming
Mr Jordan
Help Yourself

Marillion
Script for a Jesters Tear
FEAR
Punch and Judy
Brief Encounter
The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra)
Holidays in Eden
Brave
Afraid of Sunlight

Paul McCartney
Tripping the Live Fantastic!
Wings Greatest
Tug of War 7"/12"
Chaos and Creation in the Backyard
Run Devil Run
Press 12"
All the Best
Off the Ground
Flaming Pie
Driving Rain
Pure McCartney

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

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

George Michael
Symphonica

The Moody Blues
John Lodge - Natural Avenue
Mike Pinder - The Promise
Ray Thomas solo LPs
Keys of the Kingdom

Patrick Moraz
Out in the Sun
Patrick Moraz (1978)
Timecode

Alanis Morissette
Jagged Little Pill (original/acoustic)
Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie
Under Rug Swept
Alanis Unplugged
So-Called Chaos
Flavours of Entanglement
Havoc and Bright Lights
Live in Montreux, Switzerland 2012

Stevie Nicks
The Wild Heart (autographed original US LP)
The Other Side of the Mirror
Timespace
In Your Dreams
24 Karat Gold: Songs from the Vault

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

Ozzy Osbourne
Bark at the Moon
The Ultimate Sin
Tribute
No Rest for the Wicked
Just Say Ozzy
No More Tears
Scream

Pallas
The Pallas EP
Arrive Alive
The Sentinel
Kinghtmoves
The Wedge

Anthony Phillips
Wise After the Event
Sides
1984 (1981)
Invisible Men

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

Queen
Greatest Hits II & III
Flash Gordon
Brian May & Friends - Star Fleet Project
Live Magic
The Miracle 12"
Innuendo
Live at Wembley '86
Made in Heaven
Live at the Rainbow '74
Queen Forever
A Night at the Odeon Live
On Air: The Complete BBC Radio Sessions/Live at the Beeb

Rabbitt
Boys Will Be Boys
A Croak and a Grunt in the Night
Rock Rabbitt (1978)

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

Renaissance
Prologue
Ashes Are Burning
Live at Carnegie Hall
Azure d'Or
Camera Camera
Time Line

REO Speedwagon
R.E.O./T.W.O. (1972)
R.E.O. (1976)
Live: You Get What You Play For
The First Decade of Rock 'n' Roll
Hi Infidelity
Good Trouble
Wheels Are Turnin'
You Can Tune a Piano, But You Can't Tuna Fish!
The Hits

Rush
Rush (1974)
Fly by Night
Counterparts
A Farewell to Kings
Grace Under Pressure
Snakes and Arrows
Hold Your Fire
Presto
Chronicles
Roll the Bones
Moving Pictures Live
Clockwork Angels
ABC 1974
Spirits of the Airwaves

Sad Café
Fanx Ta-Ra
Misplaced Ideals
Façades
Sad Café (1980)
Olé
Live
The Politics of Existing
Whatever It Takes

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

Nad Sylvan
Courting the Widow
The Bride Said No

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

Roger Taylor
Fun in Space
Strange Frontier
The Cross - Shove It!
Fun on Earth
Journeys End+

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

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

Rick Wakeman
White Rock
Lisztomania
Criminal Record
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)
King Arthur (remake)

Roger Waters
The Pros and Cons of Hitch Hiking
Radio KAOS
The Wall: Live in Berlin and new version
Amused to Death
Is This the Life We Really Want?

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

Wham!
The Final
Music from the Edge of Heaven

Yes
Geoff Downes - The Light Programme
Steve Howe - Beginnings and The Steve Howe Album (1979)
Keys to Ascension 1-2
Big Generator
Union
Talk
The Ladder
Magnification
Fly from Here
Heaven and Earth
Progeny
Like It Is (Bristol)
Topographic Drama: Live Across America

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, EDM perhaps, death metal, Miley Cyrus and other current trends today.  Whitehouse and Sir Cliff Richard co-founded the Nationwide Festival of Light back in the late '60s.  Sometimes it's a good thing she's not around anymore to have to see what's going on right 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 had been in touch with someone in Lycoming County who knew a lot of these (sadly he is no longer with us), 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.
Philly native Sherman Hemsley boasted of listening to bands like Gentle Giant, Eloy, Gong and Nektar when he was alive despite being even older than the band members themselves and had recorded with Jon Anderson.
While prog will always have fans far and wide, the land of pretzels and cheesesteaks will always hold a special place in America for it all.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Phil Collins remasters

The first solo album from 1981.
Phil Collins's solo catalogue has yet to be remastered with bonus tracks.  Here's how they may look:

Face Value**
In the Air Tonight (live, demo and 1988 remix)
I Missed Again (I Miss You, Babe) (demo)
Please Don't Ask (demo)

Hello, I Must Be Going!***
I Cannot Believe It's True (live)
And So to F (live) (Brand X track)
The Man with the Horn (from these sessions but not released until 1985)

No Jacket Required
I Like the Way
We Said Hello Goodbye (original and Playing for Keeps edits)
Sussudio (12")
Only You Know and I Know (12")
One More Night (12")
Don't Lose My Number (12")
Who Said I Would?
Take Me Home (12")
Separate Lives (w/Marilyn Martin from White Nights)
Easy Lover (w/Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire)
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now) (from the 1984 film)

...But Seriously
I Wish It Would Rain Down (demo)
Another Day in Paradise (7" and demo)
You've Been in Love (That Little Bit Too Long)
A Groovy Kind of Love
Two Hearts
Big Noise
Broadway Chorus
Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)" (Live)
Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore" (Live)
The Roof Is Leaking" (Live)
Inside Out" (live)
Hang in Long Enough (mixes)
Around the World in 80 Presets
That's How I Feel

Serious Hits... Live!
Always
Sussudio (live at the 1990 Silver Clef Festival in Knebworth Park)
Turn It On Again medley (Genesis and Serious Band combined at Knebworth)

Both Sides**
Hero (solo version)
Don't Call Me Ashley
Both Sides of the (Story) Demo
Rad Dudeski
We Wait and We Wonder (edit)
Everyday (demo)
Take Me with You
I've Been Trying (Curtis Mayfield cover)
Stevies Blues
For a Friend
Burn Down the Mission
Deep Water Town

Dance Into the Light***
It's Over
Somewhere
I Don't Wanna Go
Another Time
It's Everywhere
True Colours
Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End
Head Held High
Let It Run Free
(This is the only album here not originally released by Virgin EMI/UMC in the UK and Ireland whose rights in the Isles have now expired.  Otherwise they will all be released by Rhino/Atlantic/Warner Music yet nothing has been announced by Tony Smith Personal Management about these or any Genesis-related reissues not already released in recent memory.  As you can see most of these would turn into 2 CD releases.  Tracks that don't make it onto the deluxe editions could possibly go into a boxed set instead which was done with the band proper in the past.)
** Released already 29/1/16.
*** To be released 26/2/16 but track lists not confirmed yet.