Thursday, August 12, 2010
"Music Life" is moving over to Wordpress as "The Ron Kane Files"!
It'll be just like starting over...
As of 8/12/10, "Music Life" is finished and "The Ron Kane Files" over at Wordpress has begun!
My thanks to regular readers Jim Donato, Brian Ware and Dana Madore!
Byg: Rock Generation series
I recently completed the Byg Records “Rock Generation series!
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 01 BYG FR
529 701 8 TRKS Animals (Live,
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 02 BYG FR
529 702 9 TRKS Animals / Yardbirds (as Vol. 1)
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 03 BYG FR
529 703 8 TRKS Graham Bond Organization (Live, Klook’s Kleek, 10/64)/ Sonny Boy Williamson (w/ The Animals) (Live,
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 04 BYG FR
529 704 8 TRKS Graham Bond Organization / Sonny Boy Williamson (as Vol. 3)
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 05 BYG FR
529 705 8 TRKS Spencer
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 06 BYG FR
529 706 9 TRKS Long John Baldry, Rod Stewart, Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger etc. (Live as “Steampacket”, 12/65)
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 07 BYG FR
529 707 10 TRKS Soft Machine (4/67) / Gary Farr & The T-Bones (Live. 9/64 – 3/65)
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 08 BYG FR
529 708 8 TRKS Soft Machine (4/67) / Mark Leeman 5 (Live, 5/65) & Davy Graham (Live, 12/67)
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 09 BYG FR
529 709 8 TRKS Brian Auger (rec. between ’64 & ’67) / Sonny Boy Williamson & Jimmy Page (4/65)
LP BYG: ROCK GENERATION Vol. 10 BYG FR
529 710 10 TRKS Julie Driscoll, Jimmy Page etc. (as Vol. 9)
For years, all I had were the 2 volumes that featured the Soft Machine – until the CD age, it was the only way you could get to hear the original demos of the original Soft Machine. What all the tracks in this series have in common were that most were recorded and / or produced by Giorgio Gomelsky, a man closely associated with the Yardbirds, in the 1960’s.
I think this series was released in
I hasten to add that some of these recordings are live and not exactly what one would call ‘top drawer’. I am relatively certain that the Soft Machine tracks are ‘demos’. And the Graham Bond Organization, the Animals and the Yardbirds are somewhat crude live recordings (lots of over-loading, some distortion etc.)
This is the 2nd set of stuff I have completed this year, the other being the Track Record UK “Backtrack” series, another early 70’s various artists LP set.
P.S. I recently discovered that this series was available on CD since 1997! I just found Vol. 1 in San Francisco last weekend!
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
On the road…to My Ultimate Collection
Towards the end of July, I actually began assembling what I will refer to as “My Ultimate Collection” – titles that I will have the time to listen to again before I die, titles I would like to discuss with my friends, titles that I feel are essential to who I am. I got some nice boxes with lids given to me by a former co-worker, so: The Project has Begun!
First off, the title that represents me above all others is the third LP by Frank Zappa & The Mothers Of Invention called “We’re Only In It For The Money” (1968) (#1). I first got this LP when I was about 10 years old – 40+ years ago. I played it to death, memorized the lyrics and liner notes, and spent the next four decades finding every possible variant edition of this title. The recent “Lumpy Money” Zappa Family Trust mail-order 3CD set is excellent, too – as it is the CD debut of the mono version of this glorious title, which is a very nifty remix of the stereo version. I have chosen the Mobile Fidelity gold disc edition to represent the beginning of “My Ultimate Collection” – it’s a nicely mastered stereo copy of the slightly-less-censored version of the
After placing #1 into “My Ultimate Collection” box, I opened a different box of recent purchases where I had collected the Folkways / Smithsonian CD’s that I own, and spotted my somewhat obvious #2 title for “My Ultimate Collection”: John Cage and David Tudor “Indeterminacy” (1959) (#2). This title has been contiguously available ever since it’s original release in 1959, per the directive of Moses Asch of Folkways Records – eventually the lovely 2LP boxed set (with ‘libretto’) gave way to the world’s only CD edition (a 2CD!) in 1992. Always only ever a mono record / CD, I first encountered this in the early 70’s – at a Thrifty Drug Store, probably for $1.97 – I had already been reading about John Cage, but had never heard any up to that point in my young life. It wiped away the crud from my young mind – the recent 60’s, all the ‘rock music’, all the crap on TV…it made my life interesting. I can’t even begin to imagine the job of annotating this tremendous spoken word album – who are all the people he talks about? Where are the places he lived, that he went to? Illumination occurred when I found his book “Silence” (1961) in the mid-70’s, where some of the “Indeterminacy’ stories turned up in print – with even more appearing in another Cage book, “A Year From Monday” (1967). Cage’s voice is appealing and the often cacophonous noise is manipulated by David Tudor from Cage’s works “Concert for Piano and Orchestra” (1957-58) and “Fontana Mix” (1950-59). “Indeterminacy’ was for me the most impressive introduction to the avant-garde music world. After it, I listened to everything differently.
So, to start “My Ultimate Collection” – two American masters: Frank Zappa (1940 – 1993) and John Cage (1912 – 1992). My Project has begun.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Some vinyl I played last night:
LEVEL 42 – Sun Goes Down, The (Living It Up) (12”)
After seeing them last week
KING CURTIS – I Was Made To Love Her
I wish my LP of this was in better shape
ROLLING STONES – Rip This Joint
From an original US LP, after hearing about the recent expensive re-issues
BEATLES – I Need You (’77 “Love Songs” remix)
I guess it did all get totally remixed in the 70's
WHO, THE – Happy Jack (mono)
From an 80's "Greatest Hits" LP, but why was it in mono?
CREAM – Politician
From an original UK LP, best sound available with this LP
JONES, GRACE – Cry Now, Laugh Later (12” remix)
Amazed that there is still 12" stuff not on CD from dear Grace
STRANGLERS – Choosey Susie
The give-away 45 from the first album
SPEDDING, CHRIS – Box Number
Album track from "I'm Not Like Everybody Else"
Album track from "Don't Stop The World"
PROCOL HARUM –
From the "Best Of" LP, yet still in mono
JUICY LUCY – Who Do You Love
From a re-issue of their debut LP
DEPARTMENT S – Going Left Right (12”)
Slightly extended version, still excellent, as always...
Monday, August 2, 2010
My July 2010 List
In July 2010, I bought / obtained:
ADAMS, JOHN – FEARFUL SYMMETRIES – WOUND DRESSER, NONESUCH
AQUARIANS – JUNGLE GRASS, UNI
ARBUCKLE, BOB / V. MIKKELSON etc. – OLD TIME COUPLE DANCES, FOLKWAYS
AYERS, KEVIN – RAINBOW TAKEAWAY, BGO
BASIL, TONI – MICKEY, CHRYSALIS
BEATLES, THE – BEATLES IN MONO, TOSHIBA JPN CD13 boxed set
BLIND BOYS OF
BLIND FAITH – s/t, POLYDOR US CD re-mastered
BLONDIE / DEBORAH HARRY – COMPLETE PICTURE, CHRYSALIS
BROWN, JUNIOR – GUIT WITH IT, CURB
CHEAP TRICK – I WANT YOU TO WANT ME (Live), EPIC US 7” W/PS
DAMNED, THE – LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL, MCA US CD Disc #1 only
DAMNED, THE – PHANTASMAGORIA, UNIVERSAL JPN CD kami sleeve
DIBANGO, MANU – JOUE SIDNEY BECHET, CRISTAL FR CD + DVD
EDMUNDS, DAVE – I KNEW THE BRIDE, SWAN SONG
ELECTRIC FLAG – A LONG TIME COMIN',
FAME, GEORGIE / BLUE FLAMES – YEAH YEAH, EMI/COLUMBIA
FINN, TIM – CRESCENDO, CAPITOL
FRITH, FRED – CHEAP AT HALF THE PRICE, ESD
GIANT CRAB – COOL IT, UNI
GOODBODY, SLIM – INSIDE STORY, CAEDMON US LP w/ poster
HIROTA, JOJI – GATE, REALWORLD
HODGE, CHRIS – WE'RE ON OUR WAY, APPLE
HUBBELL, FRANK / STOMPERS – PENNY CANDY, ATCO US LP dixieland
JETHRO TULL – LIVING IN THE PAST, CHRYSALIS
JONES, HOWARD – THINGS CAN ONLY GET BETTER, ELEKTRA
KINKS, THE – YOU REALLY GOT ME, REPRISE US 7"
LIBERACE – BRAND NEW ME, CCM US CD Easy Listening
LOVICH, LENE – NEW TOY, STIFF
MILLER, PHIL – SPLIT SECONDS, RECKLESS
MOVE, THE – SOMETHING ELSE FROM THE MOVE, CUBE FR LP collection
NOBLES & CO., CLIFF – HORSE FEVER, PHIL-L.A. OF US 7"
NOBLES & CO., CLIFF – HORSE, DIRECTION
NORDINE, KEN – FOUR CLASSIC ALBUMS ON A 2CD SET, REAL GONE
NORDINE, KEN – THREE CLASSIC ALBUMS Vol. 2, REAL GONE
O.S.T. – STRAIGHT TO HELL, REPERTOIRE DE CD Joe Strummer etc.
ORQUESTA REVE – LA EXPLOSION DEL MOMENTO!, REALWORLD
POLNAREFF, MICHEL – s/t (aka Fame a la Mode), ATLANTIC FR LP
ROSA LUXEMBURG – ROSA LUXEMBORG II, MIDI/SCHOOL JPN CD
ROTA, NINO – TUTTI I FILM DI FELLINI,
SEEGER, PETE – DARLING COREY – GOOFING-OFF SUITE, FOLKWAYS
SIMPLE MINDS – ALIVE AND KICKING, A&M US 7” W/PS
SIMPLE MINDS – SANCTIFY YOURSELF, A&M US 7” W/PS
SOUND FX – SOUNDS OF NORTH AMERICAN FROGS, FOLKWAYS
SOUND FX – WEEK IN
T. REX – RIDE A WHITE SWAN, REPRISE
TROPICANOS, LOS – OH QUE DELICIA Vol. 2, PARLOPHONE BR LP Easy Listening
TURTLES – GOLDEN HITS, WHITE WHALE
V.A. – DISCOVER
V.A. – ENDANGERED MUSIC – THE SPIRIT CRIES, RYKODISC
V.A. – ENFANTS, LES #2, POLYDOR JPN CD
V.A. – HEART OF
V.A. – MUSIC OF
V.A. – ROCK GENERATION Vol. 04, BYG FR LP Graham Bond Organization
V.A. – TOP OF THE STAX – 20 GREATEST HITS Vol. 2, STAX
V.A. – VOICE OF TOTALLY WIRED Vol. 4, ACID JAZZ
V.A. – VOICE OF TOTALLY WIRED Vol. 6, ACID JAZZ
WHO, THE – I CAN'T EXPLAIN, MCA US 7" re-issue
WINCHELL, PAUL / JERRY MAHONEY – CHIPS OF WISDOM, AAMCO US LP
WOOLEY, SHEB – IT'S A BIG LAND, MGM
XTC – MUMMER, TOSHIBA JPN CD kami sleeve
XTC – NONSUCH, TOSHIBA JPN CD kami sleeve
YOSHIDA, NAOYA /
ZAPPA, FRANK – ABSOLUTELY FREE, RYKODISC US CD re-mastered
ZAPPA, FRANK – FRANCESCO ZAPPA, RYKODISC US CD re-mastered
ZAPPA, FRANK – THING-FISH, EMI
ZAPPA, FRANK – THING-FISH, RYKODISC
It was during July, 2010 that my collection hit 25,000 pieces / titles.