All You Need is Now

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Times Union Center

Times Union Center Atrium
Main entrance of the arena.  Courtesy Matt Wade.

 The Times Union Center on NY 32 in Albany, NY will be changing its name as the newspaper, part of the Hearst conglomerate, decided not to renew the naming rights.  This happens all the time in the business, as this was previously Knickerbocker Arena (owing to the areas Dutch heritage) and Pepsi Arena (they already had other places in North America).  Companies based and/or prominent in the Capital Region should bid on the rights.  I've seen Yes and Paul McCartney there.  I also used to go that way to see family and go to other places there, so I have a good idea who could take over:

Price Chopper/Market 32

Stewarts Shops

TrustCo Bank (rival SEFCU/CAP COM already have a small arena at SUNY flagship UAlbany across town)

St Peters Hospital

Albany Medical Center

Daily Gazette (the Times Unions chief competitor)

General Electric (has longtime presence in Schenectady County)

Death Wish Coffee

Mr Subb (and also have a full location inside to boot to make it easier for locals and visitors alike)

Wednesday, August 4, 2021

Boris update

Focus III featuring "Sylvia"

The list has been changed again.  Some of the A-listers and cult heroes I know won't be hard to find, while others remain a challenge.

A.................................................................................................................

Airbridge:Airbridge(82)

Amenophis:Amenophis

Anyone's Daughter: Adonis

                                Anyone's Daughter(80)

                                In Blau

                                Piktors Verwandlungen

Alcatrazz: No Parole From Rock'n'Roll

                Dangerous Games

                Born Innocent

Amorphis: Elegy

                 Tales From The Thousand Lakes

                 Am Universum

Altered Images:Pinky Blue

Almond Marc:Fantastic Star

Alphaville: Prostitute

                 Strange Attractor

Anaphema:Judgement

                   Eternity

Anderson Ian:Walk Into Light

                      Rupi's Dance

Ange:La Cimeterie



B..................................................................................................................

Burning Spear:People Of The World

Blondie:Panic Of Girls

Bonnet Graham:Line Up

Byron David:Baby Faced Killer

Borland Adrian:5.00 AM 

Boomtown Rats:V Deep

Balaam And The Angel:The Greatest Story Ever Told

Boa Philip:Helios

                 My Private War

                 Loyalty

                 Bleach House

                 Earthly Power

Barclay James Harvest:Ring Of Changes

                                     North

Biglietto Per L'Inferno:same(1974)

Bel Canto:Dorothy's Victory

Berluc(DDR):Hunderttausend

Belphegore:Belphegore (80)

Bowie David:Outside

Bee Gees: 1st (1967)

                 Trafalgar

                 Living Eyes

Beggars Opera:Act One(1970) 




C..........................................................................................

Colosseum:Daughter Of Time

Carey Tony:Coldwar Kids

                   I Won't Be Home Tonight

                   Bedtime Story

                   Boystown Tapes

City(DDR):Feuer Und Ice

Cockney Rebel:The Human Menagerie

Califfi:Fiore Di Metallo

Celtic Frost:Vanity/Nemesis

Сlassix Nouveaux:La Verite

Chameleons UK:What Does Anything Mean

                           Script Of The Bridge

                           Strange Times

                           The Fan And The Bellows

Church:The Blurred Crusade

City Boy:City Boy

              Dinner At The Ritz

Cardiacs:A Little Man And A House And The Whole World Window

               Songs For Ships And Irons

               Heaven Born And Ever Bright

               On Land And In The Sea

               Guns

Cornwell Hugh: Guilty(or Black Hair,Black Eyes,Black Suit)

                          Hi Fi

                          Nosferatu

Cirith Ungol: King Of The Dead

                     Paradise Lost

Cave Nick & The Bad Seeds:Abattoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus

Creatures:Hai!

Coverdale David:Into The Light

Camel:Raindances

The Cure:Three Imaginary Boys

                Bloodflowers

                The Cure (2004)

                4:13 Dream  


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

Duran Duran:All You Need Is Now  

Dschinghis Khan:Dschinghis Khan(1st album)

Dream Of Sanity:Masquerade

                           Komodia

Dal Bello:Whomanfoursays

               She

               Whore

Dali's Car:The Waking Hour

Dax Danielle:Inky Bloaters

                     Blast The Human Flower

Deaf School:English Boys Working Girls

Dresden Dolls:Dresden Dolls

Dreamside:Lunar Nature

                  Mirror Moon

                  Spin Moon Magic

Dio:Sacred Heart

      Strange Highways

      Angry Machines

Deep Purple:Slaves And Masters

                     Perpendicular

                     Bananas

                     Now What?



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

England:Garden Shed

Eloy: Ra

         Eloy (first album)

electra (DDR):Die Sixtinische Madonna

Electric Family: Icecream Phoenix

                         Royal Hunt

Erickson Roky:The Evil One (or"I Think Of Demons")

                        Gremlins Have Pictures

Ekseption:Beggar Julia's Time Trip

                 Ekseption 3

Earth & Fire:Song Of The Marching Children

                     Atlantis

                     To The World Of The Future

The Enid:Resurgency

Escape With Romeo:After The Future

                                Come Here White Light

                                Love Alchemy

                                Emotional Iceage

                                Samsara

Echo & The Bunnymen:The Fountain

ELO:From Out To Nowhere (as Jeff Lynne's ELO)

ELP:Black Moon

       In The Hot Seat 



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

Fischer Z:World Salad

               Fish's Head

               Destination Paradise

               Kamikaze Shirt

Faust:Faust Tapes

Fruup:Future Legends

           Seven Secrets

           Prince Of Heaven's Eye

           Modern Masquerades

Focus:In And Out Focus

           Focus 

           Hamburger Concerto

Funkadelic: Uncle Jam Wants You

                    Free Your Mind...And Your Ass Will Follow

                   Let's Take It To The Stage

                   By Way Of The Drum

Fleetwood Mick:I'm Not Me

Fripp Robert:League Of Gentlemen 

Flaming Lips:Oh My Gawd!!!

                      Telepathic Surgery

                      Hear It Is


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

Greenslade:Spyglass Guest

Greenslade Dave:Cactus Choir

Gong:Time Is The Key

          Downwind

Grobschnitt: Grobschnitt

                     Ballerman

                     Jumbo

                     Rockpommel's Land

                     Solar Music.Parts I,II,III

Gillan:Mr.Universe

Gamma Ray:  Power Plant

                      No World Order

                      Empire Of The Undead

Goblin: Roller

Gryphon:Treasure           

                Red Queen To Gryphon Three

Glove:Blue Sunshine

Ghost Of Lemura:Happy End Of The World

                            Reach For The Ground

                            Love Can Be Murder 




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

Hensley Ken:Proud Words On The Dusty Shelf

                     Free Spirit

                     Faster

                     Running Blind

                     My Book Of Answers

                     Blood On The Highway

Helloween:  Keeper Of The 7 Keys-III (The Legacy)

Heaven's Gate:In Control

                       Living In Hysteria

Hackett Steve:Defector

                       At The Edge Of Light                    

Harrison George:Livivng In The Material World

                           Dark Horse   

Human League:Reproduction

Hammill Peter:Nadir's Big Chance

                        In Camera

                        PH7

                        A Black Box


I.............................................................................................................................

Iron Savior:Unification

Impellitteri:Stand In Line

Idle Race:Birthday Party

                Idle Race(1969)

           or  Back To The Story(both albums on 1 CD)

IQ:The Wake

     Ever


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

Jethro Tull: Thick As A Brick,Part II (solo Ian Anderson)

                    Christmas Album

Jane: Here We Are

          Lady

          Between Heaven And Hell

          Age Of Madness

          Sign #9

J.E.T.: Fede Speraza Carita

Japan: Adolescent Sex

            Obscure Alternatives


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

Khan:Sea Shanty

King Diamond:Give Me Your Soul...Please 

Killing Joke:Absolute Dissent

King Crimson: The Power To Believe

Keats:Keats(1984)

Karat (DDR):Karat(1978)

                    Uber Sieben Brucke

                    Die Sieben Wunder Der Welt

Karussell (DDR):Entweder Oder

                          Das Einzige Lieben


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

Lake Of Tears: Ominous

                       Forever Autumn

                       The Neonai

                       Black Brick Road

                       Moons And Mushrooms

                       Crimson Cosmos

Lacrimosa: Angst

                 Fassade

                 Echoes

                 Sehnsucht

                 Lichtgestalt

                 Elodia

                 Revolution

                 Hofnung

Le Orme:Uomo Di Pezza

               Storia O Leggenda

               Florian

               Verita Nascoste

Lightshine:Feeling

Love Of Life Orchestra:same

Lovich Lene:Shadows And Dust

Lift (DDR):Lift (1977)

                Meeresfahrt (or Lift 2)

         (or both albums on one CD)

                               


M............................................................................................................

Move: Move(1968)

          Shazam

          Looking On

Mad Max:Rollin' Thunder

Manowar: Gods Of War

                The Lord Of Steel

                Into Glory Ride

Magnum:Chase The Dragon

               Sleepwalking

               On A Storyteller's Night

               Goodnight L.A.

               Brand New Morning

               Into The Valley Of Moon King

               On The 13th Day

               Princess Alice & Broken Arrow

               Kingdom Of Madness

               Breath Of Life

Manfred Mann's E.Band:Watch

                                        Masque

Metamorfosi:E Fu Il Sesto Giorno

Matching Mole:Matching Mole (re-edition 2012)

Mission: Brightest Light

              Another Fall From Grace

Mama's Boys:Power And Passion

Murphy Peter:Holy Smoke

                       Cascade

                       Unshattered

                        Ninth 

Missing Persons:Spring Session M

Mary My Hope:Museum                         

McCafferty Dan:Last Testament

Meat Loaf:Bat Out Of Hell:III

Mercury Rev:Yerself Is Steam

                     The Light In You

Michael Schenker Group:MSG (1981)

Mason Nick:Fictitious Sports (on separate CD)

Moore Gary:Dirty Fingers

Marillion:Seasons End

                Holidays In Eden

                Marbles



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

New Trolls: Concerto Grosso #1

                  Concerto Grosso #2 

                  Concerto Grosso #3

                  Seven Seasons

                  Searching For A Land

Nektar:Recycled

Novalis: Banished Bridge

             Novalis(1975)

             Brandung

             Vielleicht Bist Du Ein Clown

             Augenblicke

Numan Gary:Berserker

                     Savage

                     Sacrifice

                     Splinter

Nits:Alankomaat                     

Nash The Slash: Children Of The Night

                           And You Thought You Were Normal

                       (any of two or both on one CD)

Nazareth: Hair Of The Dog (Salvo label's edition)

                The Catch

                Cinema

                Snakes And Ladders

                Big Dogz 

                Rock'nRoll Telephone


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

Orange Peels:Trespassing

                      2020

                      Sun Moon

O'Connor Hazel:Breaking Glass

                          Sons And Lovers

Ocasek Rick: Troublizing

Octopus: The Boat Of Thoughts

                An Ocean Of Rocks

          (or both albums on one CD)

Osibisa:Woyaya

Osiris:Osiris (1981)

           Myths & Legends

The Orchestra:No Rewind

OMD:Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (1980)

Oldfield Mike:Tubular Bells III

                       Man On The Rocks


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

Planet P Project:  Go Out Dancing,Part 2:Levittown

                           Go Out Dancing,Part 3:Out In The Rain

                           Steeltown 

Prinzip (DDR):Feuer Rock

Phillips Anthony:The Geese And The Ghost

Pop Iggy:Kill City

              Brick By Brick  

Pell Mell: Rhapsody

               Moldau

               Marburg

Parliament: Motor Booty Affair

                   Gloryhallastoopid

                   The Clones Of Dr.Funkenstein

                   Funkentelechy vs The Placebo Syndrome

                   Trombipulation  

Prids:Chronosynclastic

P.R.W.L.:Tales From Outer Space

              God Has Failed

Plant Robert:Carry Fire

                     Band Of Joy 

Procol Harum:The Well's On Fire

                       Norum

Alan Parsons Project:Time Machine

Parsons Alan:A Valid Path

                     The Secret


                       


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

Q65:Revolution(1966)




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

Rockets:Plasteroid

             Galaxy

             Atomic

Red Crayola:Kangaroo 

                    American Portraits

Rhapsody:Rain Of A Thousand Flames

                 Power Of The Dragonflame

                 Dawn Of Victory

                 Symphony Of Enchanted Lands,Part I

                 Legendary Tales 

                 From Chaos To Eternity

                 Rebirth And Evolution

                 Tales From Emerald World Sage

Luca Turilli's Rhapsody:Prometheus Symphonia

                                      Ascending To Infinity

Rational Youth:Heredity

                         Cold War Night Life

                         Future Past Tense

Ramses:La Leyla

             Eternity Rise

Rousseau:Flower In Asphalt

Running Wild:Brotherhood

Reform (DDR):Reform(1979)

                      Der Lowenzahn


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

Scorpions: In Trance

                 Lovedrive

Sweet: Off The Record

           Water's Edge

Stratovarius:Elements,Part 2

                    Episode

                    Visions

                    Infinite

Seventh Avenue: Southgate

                           Eternals

                           Between The Worlds

                           Terium

                           Rainbowland

                           Tales Of Tales 

Sieges Even:Uneven

                    Steps

                    Sense Of Change

Stranglers:Dreamtime (2001 edition)

Squier Billy:The Tale Of The Tape

Siouxie & The Banshees: Juju

                                        Tinderbox

                                        Downside Up

                                        The Rapture

Siouxsie (solo album):Mantaray

Space:Deliverance(latest edition)

Solar Project: Ghost Lights

                      Five

Sparks:Lil' Beethoven

            Hippopotamus

            Gratiutuos Sex & Senseless Violins

            FFS (with Franz Ferdinand)

Semiramis:Dedicato A Frazz

Strawbs: From The Witchwood

               Dragon Fly

               Ghosts

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

                                     Mission Creep

Skids: Days In Europa

          The Absolute Game

           Scared To Dance 

Spear Of Destiny:Outland

                           Volunteers

Second Movement:Blindman's Mirror

                              Movements(1981)

The Sound: From The Lion's Mouth

                   All Fall Down

                   Heads And Hearts

Saunders Lee:A Promise Of Peace

Saga:Saga(1978)

Starr Ringo : Time Takes Time

                    Stop And Smell The Roses

                    Choose Love

Styx:Styx (first album)

Sisters Of Mercy:Floodland

Stewart Rod:Foolish Behaviour

Smiths:Meat Is Murder

             Strangeways Here We Come



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

10cc: Look Hear

         Ten Out Of 10

         Windows In The Jungle

TV Smith:  Immortal Rich

                 In The Arms Of The Enemy

                 Coming In To Land

                 I Delete

                 Land Of The Overdose 

Toyah: Kneeling At The Shrine (or Sunday All Over The World)

           Posh Pop

           Minx

           In The Court Of The Crimson Queen

           Dreamchild

           Ophelia's Shadow

           Mayhem

           Take A leap

           Love Is The Law

           Blue Meaning

           Sheep Farming At Barne

Taylor Roger:Electric Fire

Trace: Birds

Twelfth Of Never:  Blowing Bubbles Through Broken Windows

                            Things That Were

Tripping Daisy:Jesus Hits Like The Atom Bomb

Tranzit (DDR):Tranzit (1980)

                      Bernsteinhexe

Tears For Fears:Everybody Loves A Happy Ending



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

Ure Midge: Fragile

                  Pure

                  Move Me

Unheilig:Puppenspiel

              Von Mensch zu Mensch

              Gipfelsturmer

              Grosse Freiheit 

Ultravox:Brilliant

UFO:Obsession




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

Viva:Dealers Of The Night

Virgin Steele: Invictus

                      The House Of Atreus(Act I & II)

                      Visions Of Eden

                      Black Light Bacchanalia 

                      Nocturnes Of Hellfire & Damnation

Visage:Demons And Diamonds

Van Der Graaf Generator:Trisector

                                         A Grounding In Numbers

                                         Do Not Disturb




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

Wakeman Rick: Time Machine

                         Living Tree (w.J.Anderson)

                         Out There

Wood Roy:Mustard

Wyatt Robert:EP's (on single CD) (this is an album)

                      Rock Bottom

Wallenstein: Blitzkrieg

                    Cosmic Century

                    Stories Songs & Symphonies

                    Mother Universe

                    No More Love

Wobble Jah:Rising Above Bedlam

Watts John: The Iceberg Model

                   Quick Quick Slow

                   Thirteen Stories High

                   Real Life Is Good Enough(or It Has To Be Their Stories)

                   Real Life Is Good Enough(absolutely different album,see covers)

Wire: Chairs Missing

         154

         Silver/Lead

         Send

         Object 47

Wuthering Heights: To Travel For Evermore

                               Far From The Madding Crowd

                               The Shadow Cabinet 

                               Salt

                               Within

Wetton John:Rock Of Faith

Wintersun:Wintersun-04

                 Time I

Whitesnake:Good To Be Bad




X.........................................................................................................

Xmal Deutschland:Devils



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

Yachts:Yachts (1979)

Yes:Keystudio 



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

Zappa Frank:Studio Tan

ZZ Top:Eliminator



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Friday, June 11, 2021

Prom

 

If only kitties could have one too!
COVID-19 has taken too much from us already, including prom from the kids.  Even this year, some were not held.  One in Schenectady County was held by a student instead.  While it's too late too have anything now, next year, when things are likely better, I could have something myself, and it would include 2020 and 2021 graduates alike.  I would maybe have it before the end of the college semester as there would be students from out of town who were deprived this year and CNY has several schools in the region.  They would be too young to go to most adult proms where you'd have to be 21 because it'd be where there's alcohol (one place in town used to have it a couple times that I went and another at least once.  There was also a one-off for a charity and two more at a non-profit that is now closed).

I would book the OnCenter downtown if there's enough demand.  I would need sponsors, an event planner, catering, DJ, you name it.  If only a few people are interested, a smaller place I know would work, yet there isn't much room to dance (the other place across town was bijou, yet they could get everyone in there).  I'd like to start a GoFundMe, but each time I do, I never see a dime, as I'm not good at these things.  I have posted about this before, trying to start my own only in recent years regretting not going to prom when I was in high school, as I didn't want to then and couldn't even if I did.  At least by now, I've had a handful of chances since, yet would like to see something like we've seen in film and on TV, as well as online from recent memory and days gone by. Virtual just isn't the same.

Teens in smaller schools without their own prom, or those who schools didn't have it this year or were homeschooled since pre-pandemic could also attend, as well as those from anywhere who missed out.  I would have to plan all year, and I would lose interest once the season peters out until it starts by next spring.

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Instagram

Yes (Steve Howe)
Steve Howe

While I'm not the biggest Instagram user myself, many artists should be on there in order to promote themselves more.  Here's a list of them who need an account:

Steve Howe

Billy Sherwood

Annie Haslam/Renaissance

Mystery

Talk Talk

Jim Diamond (run by his family or estate)

Ace of Base

Fiona Apple

Trevor Rabin

Savoy

Supertramp

Pallas

It Bites

Arc of Life

Anthony Phillips

Friday, February 12, 2021

Plixid.com

Screenshot

Plixid was another pirate blog that had the latest releases.  It has been offline several months, and may not come back.  Another one like it is also gone.  Over two decades after Napster, IFPI, RIAA and DMCA have been trying to stop sites like these.

The Beatles on Stargrove

Photo taken 1963
An indie budget label in the Toronto area called Stargrove Entertainment released something too good to be true: cheap budget Beatles compilations. You'd think with ironclad rights, it'd be legally impossible?  However, in Canada, copyrights for older recordings expire after fifty years or so.  A fan club in Québec have a similar release that came out last year, and more releases have been put out in Europe to boot as rights run out there as well.  The Stargrove CDs were mainly sold in Walmart, where I bought three in Niagara Falls, ONT.  Recently, I found a couple more for a dollar each from the bargain bin at FYE in the Mohawk Valley (now owned by Canadian chain Sunrise Records, which I once visited in eastern Ontario, seeing how alike they were).  The Fab Four of all people reduced to this?  Makes what little that they put on their original US label Vee-Jay look fresh (classic David and Goliath story there).  It's only material from 1962-64 which I have anyway.  More for completist and novelty value, I guess.  I had room to spare if not as much cash when I found them.
Universals solicitors however did what they could to put a stop to these poor mans releases.  The sound quality isn't quite what you'd find from the official CDs, sounding like unnecessary needle drops.  I listen to these once since I heard it all a hundred times before and prefer to play it from LPs nowadays like it used to be done.  Other classic artists from the same era also have these cash grab items.
If they put out CDs of bootlegs recorded at the time, that would be a little more imaginative, as a number of different labels have gotten away with CDs of other people in the past several years sold new at small businesses, Amazon and a few chains alike, largely of radio shows from later decades, though a Pink Floyd bootleg LP (only the second one I got so far) says those alone are public domain after a point in the UK.  More on bootlegs another day as that's a world all its own.
I suppose you could call these grey area releases, much like interview discs that are exempt from the contract.  I sent a couple to someone out of state.  If I get back to Canada, I could buy and ship more, but maybe Stargrove could try to reissue material that's been out of print instead worth a bother instead of doing what's been done with Elton John, The Moody Blues, Shirley Bassey (lesser known in North America) and other classic artists who've been recycled to the hilt.  I've talked about who doesn't have these yet, but this is the other end of the spectrum.  It's nothing new, as I have a couple similar EU collections from the '80s or '90s with the same old songs.  As for these newer CDs, neither Walmart Canada or FYE have them on their sites, although Discogs sellers do, some at high prices (not worth it when you can just get the original albums as well as those of the Beach Boys, Bob Dylan or George Jones).  I just know I got there at the right time before they were extortionately priced where I may as well get a butcher cover or early white album pressing.

Monday, September 14, 2020

Morten Harket Solo Collection

Morten Harket meets the press out of doors

Outside a-ha, Morten Harket has led an equally impressive solo career.  He now has enough material for a compilation, including rare tracks never on one of his own releases before.  I didn't include tracks in his native Norwegian as this will be an international release.  Not sure which label would release it.

Can't Take My Eyes Off of You (Frankie Valli cover)

A Kind of Christmas Card

Spanish Steps

Girl

Los Angeles

A Change is Gonna Come (Sam Cooke cover)

It Was You

When I Reached the Moon (early version)

Heaven's Not for Saints (Let It Go)

A Jester in Our Town

Jungle of Beliefs

Gildas Prayer (with Earth Affair)

Movies

Darkspace (You're with Me)

Shooting Star

Scared of Heights

I'm the One

Lightning

Undecided

Burn Money Burn

There is a Place

Do You Remember Me?

Brother