Thursday, April 15, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

The Hogs Ear Report shares his top vinyl finds stumbled on in the wild from last year.  Always fun and interesting.

Many consider "Rain" to be The Beatles finest b-side moment at The Beatles Bible.

Go back and watch this 80s classic spot-on punk film..."Suburbia" directed by Penelope Spheeris.

Bookmark this and keep it handy.  A quick and easy way to contact Amazon for help.

"Oh My" - UFO / "Phenomenon" (1974)

Good stuff.


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #35

(a short jaunt)

"Welcome To Goose Creek" - Goose Creek Symphony / "Welcome To Goose Creek" (1971)

"It's just a way of life so easy to find.
But it won't be on maps they make.
And you can't buy it on time."
Man, but this stuff is some summer lake cabin...front porch feel-good...thigh-slapping music.  Rootsy with a weed-induced (or not) country-rock authenticity.  The band sounds like they were located somewhere in the mountains of Appalachia, but nope, they were from Phoenix.  And the band owns a piece of real estate in the Arizona Music and Entertainment Hall-of-Fame.  I imagine it's pretty hard to stay angry with Goose Creek Symphony around. (OWN)

"Water Song" - Hot Tuna / "Burgers" (1972)

Hot Tuna has always been a little bit hit-or-miss for me, but dang if they don't knock this song outta the park.  This song was culled from "Burgers"...their debut studio album and is about as lost gem as one can get.  Just a delightful instrumental with Jorma Kaukonen's fingers dancing on his guitar strings and Jack Casady making sure his bass pushes things forward.  And yep, you can hear Papa John Creach's bow skating on his violin strings, as well.  The song is really good for the spirit.  Makes me curious about what the rest of the album sounds like.  By the way, if any of those names sound familiar, they should.  They were all members of Jefferson Airplane. (NEED)

"Trilogy..." - Loggins & Messina / "On Stage" (1974)

When it comes to Loggins and Messina, I've always been in the Messina camp.  Jim Messina was already a veteran from both Buffalo Springfield and Poco by this period.  And "Trilogy..." was mostly Messina's to write and arrange.  It was what he liked to do.  Loggins was the poppier and prettier of the two, I suppose, but Messina was responsible for not letting too much sugar spill on the floor.  It was that balance in the music that I enjoyed the best. Here is the interview I had with Jim Messina. 

Good stuff.


Sunday, April 11, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."The Howlin' Wolf Album" - Howlin' Wolf (1969)

"The Howlin' Wolf Album" - Howlin' Wolf (1969)

Howlin' Wolf might not have liked the time he spent making this record as the story goes, but that doesn't diminish in the least just how much I enjoyed it.  Even some of the most pissed-on albums have been fondly embraced.  This is not your traditional Howlin' Wolf blues, but it doesn't drift too terribly far from the roots.  This is blues with a psychedelic bend that avoids many of the familiar cliches.  Oh, and like it or not, it does kick some Howlin' Wolf ass.

Members of Rotary Connection back up the legend and help fill the office with some good noise.  And guitarist Pete Cosey, who played with Miles Davis for a long run is especially fresh letting his guitar loose to trip and freak.  Cosey takes many of the songs for a little fuzz and wah-wah ride and is a big reason the album is so much fun.

"The Howlin' Wolf Album" (back)

Favorites include the psyched-out "Evil" and is the trippiest spin.  The classic "Smokestack Lightnin'" slips into a very cool hypnotic groove.  "Built for Comfort" is fuzzy and funky and I've never heard a bad version of this one.  "Tail Dragger" has great Wolf vocals and excellent Cosey guitar play.

The Cadet Concept label was a branch of Cadet Records and used for their more experimental artists and albums like Status Quo and Rotary Connection.  And for what it's worth, RS ranked Howlin' Wolf #54 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time."

Cadet Concept label

Cat #
LPS-319  17472  (MR in a circle)  △12919  SIDE-1
LPS-319  SIDE-2  17473  (MR in a circle)  △12919-X 

"Tail Dragger" - Howlin' Wolf / "The Howlin' Wolf Album" (1969)

A1  "Spoonful" 3:48
A2  "Tail Dragger" 4:20
A3  "Smokestack Lightning" 5:48
A4  "Moanin' At Midnight" 3:13
A5  "Built For Comfort" 5:17
B1  "The Red Rooster" 3:48
B2  "Evil" 4:06
B3  "Down In The Bottom" 2:43
B4  "Three Hundred Pounds Of Joy" 2:34
B5  "Back Door Man" 6:17

Howlin' Wolf - guitar, harmonica, vocals
Morris Jennings - drums
Louis Satterfield - bass
Hubert Sumlin - guitar
Pete Cosey - guitar, bowed guitar
Roland Faulkner - guitar
Donald Myrick - flute
Gene Barge - electric saxophone
Phil Upchurch - guitar

Good stuff.

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Friday, April 9, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

Here's a new video of John Lennon and his song "Look At Me" with previously unreleased footage of John and Yoko.  Somewhere in-between sweet and sad with his heart hanging on his sleeve.

Rolling Stone made a list of their "40 Of The Greatest One-And Done Albums" with a small comment about each choice.  A few surprises.  A lot of head-scratchers.  And a few wtfs!  But a whole lot of fun to check out.

Man of 10,000 sound-effects Michael Winslow runs through some spot on Hendrix.  A cup of Zeppelin.  And...Tina Turner?  I didn't see that one coming.  Excellent stuff

So much fun watching Mellow Yellow and The Psych Professor share their belated "Top 10 Vinyl Finds of 2019."  Good friends sharing good record scores.  Time well spent. 

"Mambo Sun" - T. Rex  / "Electric Warrior" (1971)
"On a mountain range, I'm Dr. Strange."

Good stuff.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #34

(a short jaunt)

"Lord Of The Thighs" - Aerosmith / "Get Your Wings" (1974)

Not really a deep track as this one is usually one of the two or three songs radio plays from the album.  Still, I seldom hear it anymore.  The silly play on words of the "Lord Of The Flies" book from English class is exactly the kind of twist young boys would make during an afternoon assembly.  I'm not sure which I like best...the snarly vocals of Steven Tyler or the twin guitars with Brad Whitford taking the lead.  This jam was supposedly the last song written for this their second studio album. (OWN)

"Waiter, There's A Yawn In My Ear" -  Manfred Mann's E. B. / "The Roaring Silence" (1976)

Which came first: the song or the album cover?  The song is an excellent trippy-prog instrumental that crushes.  And with some tasty soloing in the middle.  Both synth and guitar.  The song may not have a distinct direction but it's some ear-pleasing headphone shit just the same.  This was the 7th album by Manfred Mann's Earth Band and the album that first contained one Springsteen cover ("Blinded By The Light") and then was quickly re-released with an added Springsteen cover. ("Spirit In The Night")  Both great, but the latter was far more interesting.  As for "Waiter..." well this one is a bit of a forgotten biscuit. (NEED)  

"House In The Country" - Blood, Sweat & Tears / "Child Is Father to the Man" (1968)

Crickets to the left of me.  Strange mumblings and noises to the right.  Here I am stuck in the middle with you!  I never knew BS&T dabbled in the pop psychedelia smoke, but on this, their debut album, they went there a time or two.  And good for them.  I never was much of a fan of BS&T...mostly because I found lead singer David Clayton-Thomas' voice stylings kinda boring.  A single here and a single there, but certainly not for an entire album.  That's just me.  When Al Kooper left, so did I.  Fortunately, David is nowhere to be found on this one. (OWN)


Good stuff.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."Strange Affair" - Help Yourself (1972)

"Strange Affair" - Help Yourself (1972)

Help Yourself was an English rock band from London who had a bit of that trippy West Coast rock spirit.  Their 2nd album "Strange Affair" is warm, catchy, and psych dusted enough to give the listener a good feeling.  Plenty of good playing on all fronts.  Vocals are especially solid, at times recalling the timbre of America and CSN, and yet retaining their own flavor.  
"Strange Affair" - Help Yourself  (back)

Favorites include the outstanding 10-minute psych-biscuit "The All Electric Fur Trapper."  Floaty and fuzzy.  Trippy and groovy.  Just a great spin.  "Movie Star" sounds right out of a CSN cookbook left at Laurel Canyon.  "Brown Lady" is a groove with harmonies sounding very much like America.  “Many Ways of Meeting” closes us out with a satisfying gentle ballad that's not cheap, maintaining the good vibe of the album.  

My copy came with a printed inner sleeve that included an interesting story about the legend of "The All Electric Fur Trapper."  There is a smallish corner-cut at the bottom-left and $5 let me rescue the album from Garageman G.  The band released four albums between 1971-1973 and they all received above-average props.  A few band members went on to work with George Harrison, Jeff Beck, ELP, and others.  If you stumble on one in the wild...don't sleep.

(record sleeve front & back)

United Artists Records

Cat #
UAS 5591-A-1  1T  Eck   
UAS 5591-B-1  1T  Eck

"The All Electric Fur Trapper" - Help Yourself / "Strange Affair" (1972)

A1  "Strange Affair" 3:21
A2  "Brown Lady" 4:40
A3  "Movie Star" 5:45
A4  "Deanna Call and Scotty" 3:44
B1  "Heaven Row" 4:00
B2  "The All Electric Fur Trapper" 11:55
B3  "Many Ways of Meeting" 3:54

Malcolm Morley - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Richard Treece - bass, guitar, vocals, harmonica
Paul Burton - bass
Ernie Graham - guitar
Jojo Glemser - guitar
Dave Charles - drums, percussion, vocals

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Friday, April 2, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

One of my favorite stops over at Bloggerrhythms is his "Almost Hits" series. I love the song he chose to throw at us and was surprised it never quite grabbed the bar.  It also reminded me of an episode of "Stranger Things."

A beautiful and fascinating "before and after" photoshoot dramatically shows the power and attraction of an honest smile at deMilked.

Twisted Sifter shows an amazing 4-minute compilation of famous silent film special effects cleverly accomplished before the go-to green screens became the thing.  

Long-time Vinyl Community member Earhead Six suggests a starter package of psych records you can find on the cheap for anyone interested in dipping their toes into the proverbial lava lamp.  (On hiatus these days, but looking forward to his return.)

"The Hero And The Madman" - Thin Lizzy / "Vagabond Of The Western World" (1973)

Good stuff.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021

I Went...SI--SI--SIRIUS...All The Way Home (again) #33

(a short jaunt)

"Good Clean Fun" - Allman Brothers / "Seven Turns" (1990)

Apparently, this was the first time that the "Midnight Rider" Gregg Allman and the "Ramblin' Man" Dickey Betts shared writing credits.  That's pretty cool that they finally did and really surprising that it took'em so long.  Southern rock and the boys are getting'er done.  It only took'em nine studio albums to get there.  Anyway, the song sounds like a jukebox good time to me.   And boy, don't it make ya feel good hearing Dickey tear it up in the middle. (NEED)

"Mr. Radio" - ELO / "The Electric Light Orchestra" (1971)

Old radio tuning sounds at the beginning and experimental studio trickery at the end is very cool and a bit trippy.  No one can mix the classical strings with pop-rock so seamlessly as ELO.  I'm guessing Jeff Lynne was the man behind the curtains on this one.  And the song from the band's debut album certainly casts shadows of greater things yet to come. (NEED)

"Everybody Needs Somebody To Love" - Rolling Stones / “The Rolling Stones No. 2” (UK 1965)

The Rolling Stones version of the Solomon Burke soul classic was a full five-minutes on their UK album, “The Rolling Stones No. 2.”  On the US album counterpart, "The Rolling Stones, Now!" the song was trimmed down to a measly three-minute spin.  Across the pond, the young Stones were trying to show their appreciation and inspiration in the wax.  And that's the album to try and hunt down. (NEED)


Good stuff.


Monday, March 29, 2021

TCCDM Pulls One Out..."YES" - YES (1969)

"YES" - YES (1969)

Part of the fun of collecting vinyl is spinning the egg from whence a legendary band has hatched.  In 1969, YES released their eponymous debut album sans guitarist Steve Howe...sans keyboardist Rick Wakeman...hell, even artist Roger Dean was missing.  On this enjoyable debut, Peter Banks was wielding the ax.  Tony Kaye was commandeering the keys.  And David Gahr was responsible for the album cover.

And still, the band was cooking with electric gas even then.  However, the album was more prog-pop than we were used to.  Elements of jazz snaked into the mix.  And, oh yeah, the band added a few psychedelic flourishes here and there.  In fact, if you are someone not especially fond of YES, check out this biscuit.  You might be pleasantly surprised.

"YES" (back)

Favorites include the wickedly clever cover of The Beatles, "Every Little Thing."  Beatle covers are pretty much a snore for me, but with a few exceptions.  (Spooky Tooth quickly comes to mind for their great take on "...Walrus.")   YES takes an average Beatle song and makes it their own.  They also turn The Byrds, "I See You" into a jazzy 7-minute jam feed with everyone having a go.  "Looking Around" rocks balls with Kaye, Banks, Squire, and Bruford bouncing off each other.  Harmonies, led by Jon Anderson, are a joy.  "Survival" closes out the album with rushes of gorgeous chord changes so nice for the head.    

My copy is a 1975 US Presswell repress that I found at a Hutchinson Swap Meet once upon a time.  I actually like this US album cover better than the cartoon bubble found on the UK version.  Both albums included a double-sided lyric sheet when issued.  Unfortunately, I am the owner of a lonely missing lyrics sheet.  Whaddyagonnado?

Atlantic sleeve

Atlantic label

Cat #
SD 8243
ST-A-691679B BB-1  AT/GP  PR  
ST-A-6916 8C-BBB-1  AT/GP  PR

"Looking Around" - YES (1969)

A1  "Beyond and Before" 4:50
A2  "I See You" 6:33
A3  "Yesterday and Today" 2:37
A4  "Looking Around" 3:49
B1  "Harold Land" 5:26
B2  "Every Little Thing" 5:24
B3  "Sweetness" 4:19
B4  "Survival" 6:01

Jon Anderson – vocals, incidental percussion
Tony Kaye – organ, piano
Peter Banks – guitars, b-vocals
Chris Squire – bass, b-vocals
Bill Bruford – drums, vibraphone

Good stuff.


Friday, March 26, 2021

TCCDM 4 For Friday

NightFire shares their list of the best horror novel that takes place in each state.

By his own admission, Elijah Wood is a record nerd.  And he talks about his most recent vinyl pick-ups at What's In My Bag.

Echoes In The Wind shares the surprising musical artist that takes up most of his digital real estate.

Always fun watching Jeff over at the Vinyl Community's Burnout Shelter show his record finds. 

"Just Passing" - Small Faces / b-side (1967)

Good stuff.