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This Week In Music History – September 15 – September 21


The_4_Seasons_(1966)On September 15, 1962, the Four Seasons scored their first #1 hit when “Sherry” reached the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and the Cashbox Best Sellers list. The song was originally titled “Terry,” but after considering other names, including “Jackie,” (named for Jackie Kennedy) the quartet changed the lyrics to “Sherry;” after Cheri Spector, the daughter of one of Bob Crewe’s best friends. Over their career the Four Seasons would have 3 more #1 hits: “Rag Doll,” “Walk Like a Man” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”




1978_AMC_Matador_sedan_red_NC_detail_of_factory_AM-FM-stereo-8-track_unitOn September 15, 1965, the Ford Motor Company became the first automaker to offer an 8-track tape player as an option for their entire line of vehicles on sale in the US. Tapes were initially only available at auto parts stores, as home 8-track equipment was still a year away.





Huey_Lewis_&_the_News_-_SportsOn September 15, 1983, Huey Lewis and the News released the album ‘Sports.’ The album spawned four top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: “Heart and Soul,” “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock & Roll” and “If This Is It.” The LP reached the top spot on the Billboard 200 on June 30, 1984, and has been certified 7× Platinum by the RIAA.






220px-Beatles_She_Loves_YouOn September 16, 1963, “She Loves You” by the Beatles was released by Swan Records in the US. Although the song was currently at the top position in the UK, the now legendary pop song was ignored in the US, that is, until 1964 – when it would reach the top of the US Pop chart.





220px-SurferGirlCoverOn September 16, 1963, the Beach Boys album ‘Surfer Girl’ was released. The LP reached #7 in the US during a chart stay of 56 weeks. The front cover of Surfer Girl features (from left to right) Dennis Wilson, David Marks, Carl Wilson, Mike Love and Brian Wilson holding a surfboard from the same 1962 photo shoot that produced the cover of their album debut ‘Surfin’ Safari.’





ShindiglogoOn September 16, 1964, the rock and roll show Shindig debuts on ABC-TV with the Righteous Brothers, Sam Cooke, the Everly Brothers and Bobby Sherman. Later shows were taped in Britain with the Beatles as the guests and many popular performers of the day played on the show including Lesley Gore, Bo Diddley, Sonny and Cher, the Beach Boys, James Brown, the Supremes and the Ronettes; to name a few.





Vynil_vinil_92837841On September 17, 1931, RCA-Victor demonstrated the first long-playing record or LP, (33 1/3 rpm recording) at the Savoy Plaza Hotel in New York. The venture was doomed to fail however due to the high price of the record players, which started around $95 (about $1140 in today’s dollars) and wasn’t revived until 1948.





doorsOn September 17, 1967, the Doors were banned from the Ed Sullivan Show after Jim Morrison broke his agreement with the show’s producers. Morrison said before the performance that he wouldn’t sing the words, “Girl, we couldn’t get much higher,” from their hit 60′s anthem “Light My Fire;” but he did anyway. The Doors also performed their new single “People Are Strange.”




220px-Roger_Daltrey_-left_and_Keith_Moon-right_1967On September 17, 1967, the Who appeared on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. An incident occurred with flash explosions that damaged Pete Townsend’s ears. Drummer Kieth Moon bribed a stage hand to put explosives in his drum kit, loading it with ten times the expected dose. The resulting detonation threw Moon off his drum riser while his arm was cut by flying cymbal shrapnel. Townshend’s hair was fried and his left ear left ringing, while a camera and studio monitor were destroyed by a blast.




220px-GnR--UseYourIllusion1On September 17, 1991, over 4 million copies of Guns N’ Roses album, ‘Use Your Illusion I’ and ‘Use Your Illusion II’ were simultaneously released for retail sale. The cover art of both ‘Use Your Illusion’ albums is a detail of Raphael’s painting The School of Athens. The highlighted figure, unlike many of those in the painting, has not been identified with any particular philosopher. Both covers are the work of Estonian-American artist Mark Kostabi.







Gitarrlegenden Jimi HendrixOn September 18, 1970, James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix was pronounced dead on arrival at St. Mary Abbot’s Hospital in London at the age of 27 from an overdose of sleeping pills. Hendrix left the message “I need help bad man,” on his managers answer phone earlier that night. Hendrix is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music,and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”






220px-Lick_it_up_coverOn September 18, 1983, the album ‘Lick It Up’ was released by KISS. On the day of its release, the band members appeared on MTV without their trademark makeup. It was the first public appearance without makeup by Kiss since their very early days. The title track is a fan favorite Kiss song and a staple of the band’s live performances. This is also the first Kiss album officially featuring new lead guitarist Vinnie Vincent.







220px-SgconcertincentralparkOn September 19, 1981, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel recorded “The Concert in Central Park” live in New York’s Central Park for an HBO special. Among the songs performed were the classics “The Sound of Silence,” “Mrs. Robinson” and “The Boxer.”  The accompanying album was very successful peaking at #6 on the Billboard 200 album charts.





NoNukesAlbumOn September 19, 1979, the No Nukes concert was held at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Performers included Stephen Stills, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, the Doobie Brothers, Poco, Tom Petty, Carly Simon, James Taylor and Bruce Springsteen.






led-zep1On September 20, 1968, Led Zeppelin (recording under the name of the Yardbirds) started recording their debut album at Olympic Studios, Barnes, London, England. The album took only about 36 hours of studio time to complete at a cost of around £1,782. According to guitarist Jimmy Page, “The first album is a live album, it really is, and it’s done intentionally in that way. It’s got overdubs on it, but the original tracks are live.”



220px-DCalbumOn September 20, 1976, AC/DC released their third studio album ‘Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.’ All songs were written by Angus Young, Malcolm Young and Bon Scott. The album has been certified 6x Platinum in the US









220px-All_Along_the_Watchtower_single_coverOn September 21, 1968, “All Along the Watchtower” was released by Jimi Hendrix. The single reached #5 in the British charts, and #20 on the Billboard chart, and Hendrix’s recording of the song appears at #47 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  The song also had the #5 spot on Guitar World’s 100 Greatest Guitar Solos.





220px-Radiohead_original_creep_coverOn September 21, 1992, Radiohead released “Creep” as their debut single, later appearing on their first album, ‘Pablo Honey’ (1993). During its initial release, “Creep” was not a chart success. However, upon re-release in 1993, it became a worldwide hit.


Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending September 12, 2014

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LENNY-KRAVITZ-STRUT-large570Lenny Kravitz On His New Album ‘Strut’ And His Dream Of Working With Prince







afghanwhig_gentlemenlpThe Afghan Whigs to reissue Gentlemen with unreleased material





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MonoVinyl_Press03Beatles’ mono vinyl brings fans back to the start





British singer Paul McCartney performs oPaul McCartney Tribute Comp: Bob Dylan, Kiss and More Cover the Beatle – Brian Wilson, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Smokey Robinson, Alice Cooper, Roger Daltrey and more sing their favorite McCartney songs for the comp, due out this fall






David-BowieDavid Bowie box set to feature new and unreleased music







U2U2 releases its new album for free today exclusively on iTunes







screen-shot-2014-09-09-at-12-03-37-pmLed Zeppelin’s Robert Plant plans collaboration with Jack White







Guns N Roses Perform Live At Rock In Rio II - January 15 199115 Innovative Album Releases That Shook the Music Industry – From Radiohead’s payment scheme to Beyoncé’s midnight surprise, the most usual drops in recent history






British Summer Time 2014 - July 12thNeil Young releases new song “Who’s Gonna Stand Up” — listen







lumineers-bighassleThe Lumineers Begin Work on Second Album







aaaaaaaaaaCut Copy, Death From Above 1979, Real Estate, Kurt Vile and the Violators, More to Play Red Bull’s 30 Days in LA – 60 artists and 30 shows coming to Los Angeles this November





RushRush Releasing 40th Anniversary Blu-ray Box







Photo of Robert FRIPP and KING CRIMSONKing Crimson in Albany: The Best New Band in Prog Begins a U.S Tour – Robert Fripp and company come to America with a set list that includes songs they haven’t played in 40 years






xxxxxxxxxxxxLykke Li Discusses Singing on U2′s New Album, U2 Post Behind-the-Scenes Video







btonf1Randy Bachman on BTO’s Offhanded Smash ‘Not Fragile’ – Exclusive Interview






JBs3-665x400Lost James Brown / Bootsy Collins album surfaces for limited vinyl release this autumn







candy2Philip Glass’s ‘Candyman’ Score Gets First Vinyl Release via One Way Static







riot-fest-map-300x154FESTIVAL PREVIEW: Riot Fest Chicago’s Best ‘Under The Radar’ Acts







chansons-cover-c86e16beaca941ff9affd4f2551efc8ae7cd1812-s6-c85Nonesuch At 50: A Record Label Without Borders







stock8Vinyl record sales have jumped to 6 million







brucedickinsonlord_420x237BRUCE DICKINSON, GLENN HUGHES Perform DEEP PURPLE’s ‘Burn’: Clip From ‘Celebrating Jon Lord’ DVD






TheStrokes_SimoneJoyner_GettyJulian Casablancas Says a New Strokes Album Is Likely




This Week In Music History – September 8 – September 14

beatles1964montreal2On September 8, 1964, the Beatles performed at the Montreal Forum, the 16th city of their famous 1964 North American Tour. The Beatles gave a matinee performance to 9,500 fans in the afternoon followed by a sold-out evening concert before a crowd of 11,500. Opening acts included the Righteous Brothers, Jackie de Shannon, the Bill Black Combo, and the Exciters.




220px-BrothersandsistersallmanbrotherOn September 8, 1973, the Allman Brothers started a five week run at #1 on the US album chart with ‘Brothers And Sisters.’ The artwork was taken at “the Farm” in Juliette, Georgia and the front features drummer Butch Trucks’ son Vaylor and the back cover featured Berry Oakley’s daughter Brittany. The gate fold spread reveals a photo of the band and their extended families.







adollshouse_300x300On September 9, 1968, while working at Abbey Road studios, the Beatles recorded the ‘White Album’ classic “Helter Skelter.” Eighteen takes, lasting approximately five minutes each were recorded; and the last take was featured on the original LP. It’s reported that after that 18th take, Ringo Starr flung his drum sticks across the studio and screamed, “I got blisters on my fingers!” Also reported that John Lennon played bass and honked on a saxophone, roadie Mal Evans tried his best at playing trumpet. Paul McCartney recorded his lead vocal and George Harrison ran about the studio holding a flaming ashtray above his head.



bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbOn September 9, 1978, “Beast of Burden” by the Rolling Stones was released. The song was released as the second single off the album ‘Some Girls.’ It charted at #8 in the US and in 2004, Rolling Stone magazine ranked the song #435 on their list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” and #433 on the 500 Greatest Rock and Roll Songs of All Time.








Kiss_alive_album_coverOn September 10, 1975, KISS released their breakthrough and a landmark for live album ‘Alive.’ was released by KISS. The double-disc set contains live versions of tracks from their first three studio albums, ‘Kiss,’ ‘ Hotter Than Hell’ and ‘Dressed to Kill’ and was recorded from concerts in Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Wildwood, New Jersey; and Davenport, Iowa.





220px-Smells_Like_Teen_SpiritOn September 10, 1991, Nirvana’s single ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ was released in the US. It is the opening track and lead single from the band’s second album, ‘Nevermind.’ The now legendary cut was written by Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl and produced by Butch Vig. The success of the song propelled Nevermind to the top of the charts at the start of 1992, an event often marked as the point where alternative rock entered the mainstream. The song peaked at reaching number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and is ranked as #9 in Rolling Stone’s “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”






220px-MMT_posterOn September 11, 1967, filming began for the Beatles ‘Magical Mystery Tour.’ The film was unscripted and shooting proceeded on the basis of a mostly handwritten collection of ideas, sketches and situations, which Paul McCartney called the “Scrupt.” The ‘Magical Mystery Tour’ bus set off for the West Country in England stopping for the night in Teignmouth, Devon were hundreds of fans greeted the fab four at their hotel.




220px-Single_Peace_On_Earth-Little_Drummer_Boy_coverOn September 11, 1977, David Bowie and Bing Crosby recorded a duet version of “The Little Drummer Boy” for Crosby’s then-upcoming television special called Bing Crosby’s Merrie Olde Christmas. The unlikely duo exchanged scripted dialogue about what they each do for their family Christmases, before singing “Little Drummer Boy” with a new counterpoint with original lyrics written for the special, “Peace on Earth.”







monkees_lOn September 12, 1966, the Monkees TV show premiered on NBC. The series was filmed by Screen Gems, and many of the same sets and props from the Three Stooges short films made by the studio were used on rock and roll parody show. The theme song to the Monkees, released as the single “(Theme From) The Monkees” in 1967, is one of the group’s most well known songs. The Monkees won two Emmy Awards in 1967: Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy (James Frawley).



220px-Aerosmith_PumpOn September 12, 1989, Aerosmith released their tenth studio album ‘Pump.’ It featured the hit singles, “Love In An Elevator,” “The Other Side” and “Janie’s Got a Gun.” The LP album has certified sales of seven million copies in the US. It produced their first Grammy Award (“Janie’s Got a Gun”) and “Love in an Elevator” became the first Aerosmith song to hit #1 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. The album was the fourth bestselling album of the year 1990.





JohnnyCash1969On September 12, 2003, singer songwriter Johnny Cash died of respiratory failure aged 71. One of the most influential musicians of the 20th century, known as “The Man in Black.” He traditionally started his concerts by saying, “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.” In 1999, Cash received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked Cash No. 31 on their “100 Greatest Artists of All Time” list.





220px-Beatles-singles-yesterdayOn September 13, 1965, Yesterday/Act Naturally” was released by the Beatles. Although credited to “Lennon–McCartney,” the song was written solely by Paul McCartney. Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) asserts that it was performed over seven million times in the 20th century alone and it remains popular today with more than 2,200 cover versions, and is one of the most covered songs in the history of recorded music. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997.



220px-We_Are_the_World_alternative_coverOn September 13, 1985, “We Are The World” won Best Group Video and the Viewer’s Choice at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Don Henley’s “The Boys Of Summer” video won four trophies, including Best Video. Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” gets the nod for Best Male Video and Tina Turner won Best Female Video for “What’s Love Got To Do With It.”






littleOn September 14, 1955, Little Richard entered a New Orleans recording studio to begin two days of recording. Things were not going well and during a break, Richard and his producer; Bumps Blackwell went to the Dew Drop Inn for lunch. Richard started playing the piano in the bar like crazy, singing a loud and lewd version of “Tutti Frutti.” So, with only fifteen minutes left in the session, Richard recorded the song and coined the phrase, “a-wop-bop-a-loo-bop-a-lop-bam-boom.” The song managed to make it into the US Top 20 early the following year, but a cover by Pat Boone over shadowed Richard’s version on the pop chart.




220px-Sugar,_sugarOn September 14, 1968, the first episode of the comic strip “The Archies” aired on US television. The recording group had contributions from Ron Dante, Andy Kim, Jeff Barry and others and Don Kirshner (who also brought us The Monkees), was put in charge of the studio group. The following year, the Archies released “Sugar Sugar,” which reached #1 in the US and the UK in 1969.





220px-Quadrophenia_movieOn September 14, 1979, the film Quadrophenia was released. Based on the Who’s 1973 rock opera, the film featured Phil Daniels, Toyah Willcox, Ray Winstone, Michael Elphick and Sting.





busOn September 14, 2005, the newly refurbished Grateful Dead’s original tour bus went on display at the Volo Auto Museum in Volo, Illinois. The 1965 Gillig bus, which Jerry Garcia and the rest of the Dead dubbed ‘Sugar Magnolia’ was used by the band on their frequent tours across the US between 1967 and 1985. The ceiling was lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who had visited the bus.



New Music Releases – September 2, 2014

newre2Vinyl reissues abound in this week’s new music releases. Vinyl reissues include Cocteau Twins ‘Heaven or Las Vegas,’ Four from Can (‘Ege Bamyasi,’ ‘Monster Movie,’ ‘Soundtracks’ and ‘Tago Mago’), Four from KISS (‘Alive III,’ ‘Alive: The Millennium Concert,’ ‘Crazy Nights’ and ‘Creatures of the Night’), a couple of from R.E.M.’s Unplugged Series (1991 and 2001), Canned Heat’s ‘Live at Topanga Corral’ and the New Pornographers’ ‘Twin Cinema.’  

(all are available here at SoundStageDirect!)


Aby Ngana Diop – Liital (vinyl)
Alabama – 40 Hour Week (reissue)
Alabama – Roll On (reissue)
Anthony D’Amato – The Shipwreck from the Shore (vinyl)
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower (2xLP)
Arkells – High Noon (vinyl)
Augustus Pablo – Born to Dub You (vinyl)
Ballet School – The Dew Lasts an Hour (vinyl)
Black Tongue – Born Hanged : Falsifier
Black Star – Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star (picture disc)
Blonde Redhead – Barragán
Blood of Kingu – Dark Star on the Right Horn of the Crescent Moon
Burzum – The Ways of Yore
Byrds – Younger Than Yesterday (reissue)
Calvin Harris – I Created Disco (vinyl)
Can – Ege Bamyasi (reissue) (vinyl)
Can – Monster Movie (reissue) (vinyl)
Can – Soundtracks (reissue) (vinyl)
Can – Tago Mago (reissue) (2xLP)
Canned Heat – Live at Topanga Corral (reissue) (vinyl)
Castanets – Decimation Blues (vinyl)
Cattle Decapitation – Monolith Of Inhumanity
Christopher Willits – Opening (vinyl)
Cluster – One Hour (vinyl)
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (reissue) (vinyl)
Code Orange – I Am King (vinyl)
Counting Crows – Somewhere Under Wonderland (deluxe)
Coves – Soft Friday (vinyl)
Daniel Bachman – Grey-Black-Green (vinyl)
Dark Fortress – Venereal Dawn
Dark Sky – imagin (2xLP)
Dead Native – Dead Native
Deaf Center – Recount (vinyl)
Deron Miller – Acoustified! (vinyl)
Destroy All Monsters – Hot Box 1974-1994
Dralms – Crushed Pleats (7″)
Earth – Primitive And Deadly
Emblazoned – Eucharistiae Sacramentum
Empress AD – Still Life Moving Fast (vinyl)
Esben and the Witch – A New Nature
Esther Phillips – Alone Again Naturally (expanded edition)
Free Time – Esoteric Tizz (7″)
Further – Where Were You Then?
Game Theory – Blaze of Glory (vinyl)
Go Go’s – Beauty And The Beat (reissue)
Go Go’s – Talk Show (reissue)
Go Go’s – Vacation (reissue)
God Help The Girl – God Help The Girl OST (2xLP)
Grade – Separate The Magnets (vinyl)
Grateful Dead – Dick’s Picks Vol. 16 Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco, CA 11/8/69
Grey Gordon – Forget I Brought It Up (vinyl)
Half Japanese – Overjoyed (vinyl)
Hammerfall – (r)Evolution)
Harald Grosskopf – Oceanheart (reissue) (vinyl)
Harald Grosskopf – Synthesist (reissue) (vinyl)
Helado Negro – Double Youth (vinyl)
Hercules & Love Affair – The Feast of the Broken Heart (2xLP)
High Inergy – Turnin’ On
Homeboy Sandman – Hallways
Ides of March – Vehicle (expanded edition)
Incite – Up In Hell
James Taylor – The Letter
Jeezy – Seen It All: The Autobiography
Jennifer Castle – Pink City (vinyl)
John Cale – The Academy in Peril (reissue)
Johnny Winter – Step Back
Joseph Trapanese – The Raid 2 OST (colored vinyl)
Julianna Barwick – Florine (reissue) (vinyl)
Julianna Barwick – Sanguine (reissue) (vinyl)
Killjoy Club – Reindeer Games
Kim Carnes – Lighthouse
KISS – Alive III (reissue) (vinyl)
KISS – Alive: The Millennium Concert (reissue) (vinyl)
KISS – Crazy Nights (reissue) (vinyl)
KISS – Creatures of the Night (reissue) (vinyl)
Krieg – Transient
Lily Taylor – The Ride
Lita Ford – Live & Deadly (vinyl)
LL Cool J – Bigger and Deffer (vinyl)
Maroon 5 – V (vinyl)
Melodime – Where The Sinners & The Saints Collide
Meridian – The Awful Truth
Michael Giacchino – Dawn of The Planet of The Apes OST (colored vinyl)
Michael Henderson – Take Me I’m Yours: The Essential Selection
Mink DeVille – Coup de Grace
Moodoïd – Le Monde Möö
Moral Mazes – Magic Tommy Jackson
Mutual Benefit – Cowboy’s Prayer EP (reissue) (vinyl)
Nick & Knight – Nick & Knight
Nikki Sudden and Rowland S. Howard – Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc (vinyl)
Norman Connors – Starship: The Essential Selection
Nothing – Downward Years To Come (vinyl)
Olivia Newton-John – Early Olivia
Patricia – Side Piece EP (12″)
Paul Desmond – Take Ten (reissue) (vinyl)
Pinback – Summer in Abandon (reissue)
Pretty Boy Floyd – Live on the Sunset Strip
Pulled Apart By Horses – Blood
R.E.M. – MTV Unplugged, 1991 (reissue) (2xLP)
R.E.M. – MTV Unplugged, 2001 (reissue) (2xLP)
Ratos de Porao – Século Sinistro (vinyl)
Ray Griff – The Entertainer: Greatest U.S. & Canadian Hits
Richie Kotzen – Essential
Rick Wakeman – Rick Wakeman’s Criminal Record (reissue)
Santana – Inner Secrets (reissue) (vinyl)
Set and setting – A Vivid Memory (2xLP)
Sinkane – Mean Love
Sinoia Caves – Beyond the Black Rainbow (vinyl)
Solstafir – Otta (2xLP)
Spacemen 3 – Live at the New Morning, Geneva, Switzerland, 18.05.1989 (vinyl)
Sun Ra – Outer Spaceways Incorporated (reissue) (vinyl)
Teenage Guitar – More Lies from the Gooseberry Bush (vinyl)
The Color Morale – Hold On Pain Ends
The Haunted – Exit Wounds
The Kooks – Listen
The New Pornographers – Twin Cinema (reissue) (vinyl)
The Vines – Wicked Nature
The/Das – Freezer
Thelonious Monk – Thelonious Monk Trio (reissue) (vinyl)
TOPS – Picture You Staring
Trance Farmer – Dixie Crystals
Trentemøller – Lost Re-Works (vinyl)
Van Morrison – Complete Bang Sessions (vinyl)
Various Artists – Mass Appeal Vol. 1 (2xLP)
Various Artists – Music from the Mountain Provinces (vinyl)
We Came As Romans – Present, Future, And Past (DVD)
Weedeater – …And Justice For Ya’ll (reissue)
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops Vol. 1 (remastered reissue)
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops Vol.2 (remastered reissue)
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops Vol.3 (remastered reissue)
William Basinski – The Disintegration Loops Vol.4 (remastered reissue)
Willie Hutch – In Tune (reissue)
Willie Hutch – Midnight Dancer (reissue)
Wolf – Devil Seed
YOB – Clearing The Path To Ascend
Young Jeezy – Seen It All
Zammuto – Anchor (vinyl)
Zeahorse – Pools
Zeus – Classic Zeus (vinyl)

New Music Releases – August 19, 2014

newre2Another full slate of exciting vinyl reissues this week including the Eels with ‘Beautiful Freak,’ Stereo MCs’ 1992, effort ‘Connected,’ Cream’s ‘Best of Cream,’ two from Big Star (‘#1 Record and ‘Radio City’), Canned Heat’s 1970 release ‘Vintage,’ three from Fela Kuti (‘Confusion,’ ‘Sorrow, Tears and Blood’ and ‘Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense’), three from Jimmy Eat World (‘Clarity,’ ‘Futures’ and ‘Static Prevails’), the Offspring’s ‘Smash 20th Anniversary’ and Miles Davis’ ‘Bitches Brew;’ just to name a few. (all the aforementioned vinyl reissues are available here at SoundStageDirect!)


Aaron Neville – Hercules (vinyl)
Accept – Blind Rage
Ace Frehley – Space Invader
Acrania – Totalitarian Dystopia
Addison Groove – Turn Up the Silence EP (12″)
Amy Grant – In Motion: The Remixes (vinyl)
Apache Dropout – Heavy Window (vinyl)
Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me (vinyl)
Arndales – Dog Hobbies USA (12″)
Arnett Cobb – Funky Butt (reissue)
Artie Shaw – Both Feet in the Groove (reissue)
Aurra x Dam Funk – Somebody (2×7″)
Aviator – Head in the Clouds, Hands in the Dirt (vinyl)
Bad Case of Big Mouth – Straight Up Bad Luck
Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie
Beach Day – Native Echoes
Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker
Better Than Ezra – Surprise
Between The Buried and Me – Alaska (vinyl)
Big Star – #1 Record (reissue) (vinyl)
Big Star – Radio City (reissue) (vinyl)
Birdy – Fire Within (vinyl)
Bishop Allen – Lights Out (colored vinyl)
Black Crown Initiate – The Great Mistake
Boardroom Heroes – New Wage (vinyl)
Bob Carpenter – Silent Passage (vinyl)
Bob James – 12 (reissue)
Bob James – Foxie (reissue)
Bob James – The Genie: Themes & Variations from “Taxi” (reissue)
Botanist – VI: Flora (vinyl)
Brian Setzer – Rockabilly Riot! All Original (vinyl)
Brigitte Fontaine – Brigitte Fontaine (vinyl)
Buddy – Last Call For The Quiet Life
Canned Heat – Vintage (reissue) (vinyl)
Captain Beefheart & the Magic Band – Live 1966-67 (reissue)
Cardinals Folly – Our Cult Continues!
Caroline Rose – I Will Not Be Afraid (vinyl)
Carrier – Lowlife
Castanets – Decimation Blues (vinyl)
Celebration – Albumen (vinyl)
Charlie Haden / Paul Motian – Etudes (reissue) (vinyl)
Chase Rice – Ignite The Night
Chelsea Grin – Ashes to Ashes
Children Of Technology – Future Decay
Christian Gregory – Count On You (vinyl)
Chrome – The Visitation (reissue)
Chuck Brown – Beautiful Life
Coachwhips – Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine (reissue) (vinyl)
Coliseum – Coliseum (reissue) (2xLP)
Com Truise – In Decay (vinyl)
Connections – Into Sixes (vinyl)
Crayon – Brick Factory (reissue)
Cream – Best of Cream (reissue) (vinyl)
Crime – Murder By Guitar (vinyl)
Cross Examination – The Dawn of the Dude EP
Daniel Johnston – Fun (vinyl)
Danny Click & the Hell Yeahs – Captured Live
Darkness Divided – Written In Blood
Deadlock – The Re-Arrival
Dick Dale – Live Santa Monica Pier
Dictated – The Deceived
Dirty Loops – Loopified
Dr. Feelgood – Brilleaux (reissue) (vinyl)
Dr. Feelgood – Classic (reissue) (vinyl)
Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
DragonForce – Maximum Overload (vinyl)
Egypt Central – Murder In The French Quarter
Electric Würms – Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk (vinyl)
Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
Empire Auriga – Ascending The Solar Throne
Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) – You Will Eventually Be Forgotten (vinyl)
Eric Clapton – Time Pieces: The Best of Clapton (reissue) (vinyl)
Extinction A.D. – Plague Prophecy (vinyl)
Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust
Fela Kuti – Confusion (reissue) (vinyl)
Fela Kuti – Sorrow, Tears and Blood (reissue) (vinyl)
Fela Kuti – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (reissue) (vinyl)
Four Year Strong – Go Down in History
Free Time – Esoteric Tizz (7″)
Funeral Circle – Funeral Circle
Genevieve Bellemare – Live and Die
Geoffrey O’Connor – Fan Fiction (vinyl)
Gretchen Wilson – Snapshot
Grinder Blues – Grinder Blues
Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (vinyl)
Halcyon Way – Conquer
Hank Mobley – Soul Station (reissue)
Hawkwind – This Is Hawkwind, Do Not Panic (reissue)
He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit
Heartsrevolution – Ride and Die (vinyl)
Heldon – Allez-Téia (vinyl)
Holly Herndon – Body Sound (10″)
Honeyblood – Honeyblood (vinyl)
Human League – Dare! (vinyl)
Imogen Heap – Sparks (2xLP)
Iron Butterfly – Don’t Look Down On Me (reissue) (vinyl)
Iron Butterfly – Live in Copenhagen 1971
Israel Nash – Rain Plans (vinyl)
James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society
Japan – Tin Drum (vinyl)
Jason Feathers – De Oro
Jenny Hval and Susanna – Meshes of Voice
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas – Secret Evil (vinyl)
Jimmy Eat World – Clarity (reissue) (2xLP)
Jimmy Eat World – Futures (reissue) (2xLP)
Jimmy Eat World – Static Prevails (reissue) (2xLP)
jj – V (colored vinyl)
Joan Jett & the Blackhearts – Greatest Hits (2 CDs)
Joel Gion – Apple Bonkers (vinyl)
John Coltrane – Stardust (reissue)
John Coltrane – The Believer (reissue)
John Coltrane / John Coltrane Quartet – Ballad (reissue)
John Lennon – Shaved Fish (reissue)
John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers – A Sense of Place (reissue) (vinyl)
Johnny Touch – Inner City Wolves
Joy – Under the Spell of Joy (vinyl)
Judy Collins – Sings Lennon & Mccartney
Julia Holter – Don’t Make Me Over (7″)
Julia Holter – Tragedy (reissue) (vinyl)
Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton
Kenny Burrell – Kenny Burrell, Vol. 2 (reissue)
Kenny Burrell – Midnight Blue (reissue)
Kenny Wheeler / Kenny Wheeler Quintet – Flutter By, Butterfly (reissue)
Kimbra – The Golden Echo (vinyl)
King 810 – Memoirs Of A Murderer
Kinks – Best of the Kinks 1964-1971
KISS – Music From the Elder (reissue) (vinyl)
Lee Dorsey – Working in a Coal Mine (reissue) (vinyl)
Literature – Chorus (vinyl)
Lykke Li – I Never Learn (vinyl)
Lykke Li – Lykke Li Vinyl Bundle (2xLP+7″)
Meridian – The Cathedral (vinyl)
Midge Ure – Fragile (vinyl)
Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem
Miles Davis – Bitches Brew (vinyl) (reissue)
Minnie Riperton – Les Fleurs (reissue) (vinyl)
Moiré – Shelter
Monty Python – Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: Super Deluxe
Moon Duo – Live in Ravenna (vinyl)
Mudhoney – My Brother the Cow (reissue)
Museum Of Love – Museum Of Love
Music Go Music – Impressions (vinyl)
Ned Oldham – Further Gone (7″)
Nektar – Remember the Future (reissue)
Noveller and Thisquietarmy – Reveries (vinyl)
O.V. Wright – Into Something (Can’t Shake Loose) (vinyl)
Octagrape – Emotional Oil (vinyl)
Octoberman – What More What More
Opera Multi Steel – Opera Multi Steel (12″)
Orenda Fink – Blue Dream
Our Lady – II (vinyl)
Owl John – Owl John (vinyl)
Pale Angels – Strange Powers (vinyl)
Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden
Paul Desmond – Take Ten (reissue) (vinyl)
Peliroja – Injusticia (vinyl)
Perry Como – The Best of Perry Como
Peter Jefferies – Electricity (2xLP)
Phil Ochs – Live Again
Pillbuster – Brothel
Plasmatics – New Hope for the Wretched (reissue)
Powerlord – The Awakening (reissue)
Punch – They Don’t Have to Believe (vinyl)
Pyramid Vritra – Palace (12″)
Quiet Life – Housebroken Man
Randy Travis – Influence Vol. 2: The Man I Am
Roadkill Ghost Choir – In Tongues
Roedelius – Flieg Vogel fliege (vinyl)
Rubblebucket – Survival Sounds (vinyl)
Ryan Adams – 1984 (7″)
Sacrocurse – Unholier Master
Santana – Inner Secrets (reissue) (vinyl)
Sarah Jaffe – Don’t Disconnect (vinyl)
Satellites – Satellites 02 (2xLP)
Scale The Summit – Carving Desert Canyons (vinyl)
Sean Flinn and the Royal We – The Lost Weekend (vinyl)
Sleeping Bag – Deep Sleep (vinyl)
Sleeping Giant – Finished People
Smoke Dawson – Fiddle (vinyl)
Smokey Robinson – Smokey & Friends
Snow Patrol – A Hundred Million Suns (2xLP)
Soreption – Deterioration Of Minds (reissue)
Souls of Mischief – There Is Only Now
Spiritualized – Fucked Up Inside (reissue) (vinyl)
Spiritualized – Let It Come Down (reissue) (2xLP)
Statik Selektah – What Goes Around
Stereo MCs – Connected (reissue) (vinyl)
Steve Khan – Eyewitness (reissue)
Tashi Dorji – Tashi Dorji (vinyl)
Temptations – Cloud Nine (reissue) (vinyl)
The Brokeoffs – Restless Leg
The Dictated – The Deceived
The Eels – Beautiful Freak (reissue) (vinyl)
The Last Internationale – We Will Reign (vinyl)
The Offspring – Smash 20th Anniversary (reissue )(vinyl)
The Posies – Failure (reissue) (vinyl)
The Red Krayola – The Parable of Arable Land (vinyl)
Thelonious Monk – Monk (reissue)
Those Who Bring The Torture – Piling Up
Tim Bogert & Carmine Appice – Friends
Trioscapes – Digital Dream Sequence
Van Morrison – Complete Bang Sessions (vinyl)
Various Artists – Kompakt Total 14 (2xLP)
Various Artists – Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
Various Artists – Majestic Casual – Chapter 2 (2xCD)
Various Artists – Ping Pong Summer Original Soundtrack (vinyl)
Various Artists – The Fault In Our Stars OST (2xLP)
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood

This Week In Music History – August 11 – August 17

BookerT_&theMG'sGreenOnionsOn August 11, 1962, Booker T. and the MG’s song, “Green Onions,” was released. The instrumental cut was ranked #183 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. In 1999 “Green Onions” was given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award and in 2012 it was added to the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry list of “culturally, historically, or aesthetically important” American sound recordings.




kisssssIn August of 1973, after seeing KISS play at a New York hotel, producer Bill Aucoin offered to become their manager and promised a record deal. With the help of Aucoin, KISS becomes the first act signed to Bogart’s new label, Casablanca Records.





RayParkerJrGhostbusters7InchSingleCoverOn August 11, 1984, Ray Parker JR. started a three week run at #1 on the US singles chart with the theme from the film ‘Ghostbusters’. It was nominated at the Academy Award for Best Music, Original Song, but lost to Stevie Wonder’s “I Just Called to Say I Love You.” Parker who had been a session guitarist for Stevie Wonder and Marvin Gaye was accused of plagiarizing the melody from Huey Lewis and the News song “I Want a New Drug,” resulting in Lewis suing Parker, the pair settled out of court in 1985.





LedZeppelin1971Promo_fullpageOn August 12, 1968, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham played together for the first time when they rehearsed in a small basement room on Gerrard Street just south of London’s Soho district. The first song they played was a version of “Train Kept A-Rollin’.” They also played “Smokestack Lightning” and a version of “I’m Confused” (soon to become “Dazed And Confused”). The first live dates they played were as the Yardbirds, and it was not until the following month when they started to use the name Led Zeppelin.




CheapthrillsOn August 12, 1968, Big Brother and the Holding Company (with Janis Joplin as primary lead vocalist) released the legendary album ‘Cheap Thrills.’ It reached #1 on the Billboard charts in its eighth week in October. It kept the #1 spot for eight (nonconsecutive) weeks while the single, “Piece of My Heart” also became a huge hit. By the end of the year it was the most successful album of 1968, having sold nearly a million copies. The cover was drawn by cartoonist R. Crumb (the band’s original cover idea, a picture of the group naked in bed together, was dropped by the record company). Crumb had originally intended his art for the LP back cover, with a portrait of Joplin on the front. But Joplin, an avid fan of underground comics, and especially the work of Crumb, so loved the Cheap Thrills illustration that she demanded Columbia Records place it on the front cover. It is #9 on Rolling Stone’s list of one hundred greatest album covers.


Woodstock_'94_posterOn August 12, 1994, Woodstock ’94 opened in Saugerties, New York on the 25th anniversary of the Woodstock Music and Art Fair. More than 30 acts performed at the three-day event, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sheryl Crow, Aerosmith, Metallica, and Nine Inch Nails, for a crowd estimated at between 235,000 and 350,000 people.






supremes_Baby_loveOn August 13, 1964, in Studio A at Hitsville U.S.A. in Detroit, the Supremes recorded “Baby Love.” Considered one of the most popular songs of the late 20th century, “Baby Love” was ranked #324 on the Rolling Stone list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. It was also the second of five Supremes songs in a row to go to number-one in the United States, reaching the top spot of the Billboard Hot 100 on October 31, 1964, and staying there for four weeks




250px-Jefferson_Airplane_early_1966On August 13, 1965, Jefferson Airplane made their live debut at San Francisco’s Matrix Club. In the audience that night was future Jefferson Airplane/Starship member Grace Slick.The photograph of the members of Jefferson Airplane that was featured on the front cover of their best-known album, ‘Surrealistic Pillow’ (1967), was taken inside the Matrix.




American_Woman45On August 13, 1969, at the RCA studios in Chicago, the Guess Who recorded “American Woman.” The song originated from their live jam at a curling rink concert in Kitchener, Ontario, with lead singer Burton Cummings improvising lyrics to fit the music. Shortly after its release, the Guess Who were invited to play at the White House. Because of its supposed anti-American lyrics, Pat Nixon asked that they not play “American Woman.” The song is noted for its memorable anti-American line. “I don’t want your war machines/I don’t need your ghetto scenes.” The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.




220px-The_McCoysOn August 14, 1965, the McCoys’ “Hang On Sloopy” was released. It will enter the Hot 100 three weeks later and top the chart by the first week of October. It was written by Wes Farrell and Bert Russell, originally titled “My Girl Sloopy.” It was named for singer Dorothy Sloop, who used the name “Sloopy” on stage. It was first recorded by the Vibrations in 1964, for Atlantic Records (45-2222), becoming a top-30 hit.




MaggiereasonOn August 14, 1971, Rod Stewart’s “Maggie May” was released in the US, where it will reach #1 and become his first Billboard chart hit. It was initially released as the B-side of the single “Reason to Believe,” but DJs in the USA (possibly in Cleveland, Ohio) became fonder of the B-side and the song was reclassified, with “Maggie May” becoming the A-side. Stewart would later remark: “I cannot see how the single is such a hit. It has no melody.” In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked the song #130 on their list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.




Rock_n_MeOn August 14, 1976, Steve Miller released “Rock ‘N Me,” one of his three hit singles not credited to the Steve Miller Band. The song was released as the second single from the group’s ninth studio album ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ in 1976. The North American release of the single was credited to Steve Miller, while the European release was credited as Steve Miller Band. The song was the band’s second #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it stayed at the top for 1 week.






220px-Raccoon_climbing_in_tree_-_Cropped_and_color_correctedOn August 15, 1968, at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles recorded the Paul McCartney composition “Rocky Raccoon,” the last Beatles song to feature John Lennon playing harmonica. Producer George Martin played the honky-tonk piano. In Mojo magazine in October, 2008, McCartney acknowledged that the style of the song is a pastiche, saying, “I was basically spoofing the folksinger.” Lennon attributed the song to Paul, saying “Couldn’t you guess? Would I have gone to all that trouble about Gideon’s Bible and all that stuff?” Paul McCartney was inspired while playing acoustic guitar with John Lennon and Donovan in India (where the Beatles had gone on a retreat).




woodstockOn August 15, 1969, Woodstock Festival was held on Max Yasgur’s 600 acre farm in Bethel outside New York. The event was scheduled: August 15–17, 1969. Attended by over 400,000 people, it featured the music of, Jimi Hendrix, Joe Cocker, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Santana, the Who, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, the Band, Canned Heat, Joan Baez, Melanie, Ten Years After, Sly and the Family Stone, Johnny Winter, Jefferson Airplane, Ravi Shanker, Country Joe and the Fish, Blood Sweat and Tears, Arlo Guthrie, and Joe Cocker. During the three days there were three deaths, two births and four miscarriages. Joni Mitchell was booked to appear but had to pull out due to being booked for a TV show, wrote the song “Woodstock.”




elvisPresleyAlohafromHawaiiOn August 16, 1977, at his Graceland home in Memphis, Elvis Presley took the book he’d been reading, Frank Adams’ “The Scientific Search For The Face Of Jesus,” and went into his bathroom.

“Don’t fall asleep in there,” said girlfriend Ginger Alden, knowing he had a habit of nodding off.

“Okay, I won’t,” he said. Ginger went back to sleep.

At 1:30 p.m. CST, Ginger awoke and saw Elvis was still gone. When knocking on the bathroom door produced no reply, she entered and found his lifeless body on the floor in front of the toilet.

Alden called for Elvis associates Joe Esposito and Al Strada, who arrived and called the fire department. An ambulance was dispatched. Daughter Lisa Marie and father Vernon arrived in the bathroom, but Lisa Marie was quickly removed. Elvis was rushed to Baptist Memorial Hospital, where, after several attempts to revive him, he died at 3:30 p.m. CST.

His autopsy was performed at 7:00 p.m. The official coroner’s report listed “cardiac arrhythmia” as the cause of Presley’s death, but this was later admitted to be a ruse by the Presley family with the help of autopsy physicians to cover up the real cause of death: a cocktail of ten prescribed drugs, taken together in doses no doctor would ever prescribe.

The phrase “cardiac arrhythmia,” in the context of the coroner’s report, means little more than a stopped heart; the report initially tried to attribute the arrhythmia to cardiovascular disease, but Elvis’ own personal physician has stated that Presley had no such chronic problems at the time. Most of Elvis’ many health problems can and have been traced back to rampant abuse of prescription drugs.

The painkillers Morphine and Demerol. Chloropheniramine, an antihistamine. The tranquilizers Placidyl and Vailum. Finally, four drugs were found in “significant” quantities: Codeine, an opiate, Ethinamate, largely prescribed at the time as a “sleeping pill,” Quaaludes, and a barbituate, or depressant, that has never been identified. It has also been rumored that Diazepam, Amytal, Nembutal, Carbrital, Sinutab, Elavil, Avental, and Valmid were found in his system at death.

The phrase “cardiac arrhythmia,” in the context of the coroner’s report, means little more than a stopped heart; the report initially tried to attribute the arrhythmia to cardiovascular disease, but Elvis’ own personal physician has stated that Presley had no such chronic problems at the time.

He left an estate valued at 4.9 million dollars, which by 1993 had grown to between 50 and 100 million.


200px-Everly_Brothers_-_CroppedOn August 16, 1957, at RCA’s McGavock Street studios in Nashville, the Everly Brothers recorded “Wake Up Little Susie.” The song reached #1 on the Billboard Pop chart and the Cash Box Best Selling Records chart, despite having been banned from Boston radio stations for lyrics that, at the time, were considered “suggestive.” It was ranked at #311 on the Rolling Stone magazine’s list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.





last_Train_to_Clarksville_coverOn August 16, 1966, the Monkees released their first single, “Last Train to Clarksville.” The song refers to Clarksville, Tennessee, which is in close proximity to Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the home of the 101st Airborne Division which flew numerous missions over Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The song topped the Billboard Hot 100 on November 5, 1966.





ramonesOn August 16, 1974, the Ramones made their live debut at CBGB in New York. Despite achieving only limited commercial success, the band was a major influence on the punk rock movement in both the US and, perhaps to a greater extent, in the UK.








the-beatles-353x-353xOn August 17, 1960, in Hamburg, Germany, the Beatles began the first of 48 nights performing at the Indra Club, on stage for 4½ hours on weekdays, 6 hours on weekends. The arrangement led to 20-minute versions of songs like “Long Tall Sally.” The club owner, Bruno Koschmider, told the Beatles to “mach shau,” or really put on a show, which led to the band screaming, shouting, and leaping about the stage and sometimes playing while lying on the floor. John Lennon often yelled at the German audiences, called them Nazis, shouted “Sieg Heil!” at them, and wore outlandish outfits. One time he appeared on stage in only his underwear, and another time he had a toilet seat around his neck. The young crowd loved it. The Beatles eventually broke their contract and moved to the Top Ten Club. Koschmider exacted his revenge by getting George Harrison deported for being too young to play in bars, and Paul and Pete Best deported for starting a fire in the tiny room the group shared behind a screen in a local movie house.



jimihendrix-x600-1405632252On August 17, 1969, on the final day of the three-day Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, there were performances by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, the Who, Jimi Hendrix, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Sha Na Na, Joe Cocker, Country Joe and the Fish, the Band, Ten Years After, Johnny Winter and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.





nnnnnnnnnnnOn August 17, 1991, Nirvana shot the video for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” at GMT Studios in Culver City, California, costing less than $50,000 to make, the shoot features real Nirvana fans as the audience. The video won Nirvana the Best New Artist and Best Alternative Group awards at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards, and in 2000 the Guinness World Records named ‘Teen Spirit’ the Most Played Video on MTV Europe.




New Music Releases – August 2014

By now you have probably heard of the Led Zeppelin reissues of ‘Led Zeppelin IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy, which are coming on October 28th (you can pre-order them at SoundStageDirect by the way!).


And we hope that you have found time to check out our great Summer Vinyl Blowout in our LP Outlet section.

But the summer of 2014 and specifically August is full of new releases and awesome vinyl reissues. What will you be buying in August?

August 5

Adult Jazz – Gist
Al Jarreau – My Old Friend: Celebrating George Duke
Alestorm – Sunset on the Golden Age
Alias – Pitch Black Prism (vinyl)
Alice Cooper – Hey Stoopid (reissue) (vinyl)
Amp Live – Headphone Concerto
Angus and Julia Stone – Angus and Julia Stone (2xLP)
Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower (2XLP)
Arkells – High Noon
Avulsed – Carnivoracity (reissue)
Bayside – Cult (colored vinyl)
Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old (colored vinyl)
Belphegor – Conjuring The Dead
Billy Joe Shaver – Long in the Tooth
Black Trip – Goin’ Under
Blink 182 – Buddha (tape)
Blues Pills – Blues Pills
Bobby Darin – Icon
Bolzer – Soma
Brimstone Coven – Brimstone Coven
Capture the Crown – Reign of Terror
Cemetery Fog – Towards The Gates EP
Chairmen of the Board – Complete Invictus Studio Recordings: 1969 -78
Chaos Moon – Resurrection Extract
Charlotte OC – Colour My Heart EP (vinyl)
Christopher Denny – If The Roses Don’t Kill Us (vinyl)
Chrome – Feel It Like A Scientist
Cloudface – Untitled LP (2xLP)
Cold World – How The Gods Chill
Columns – Please Explode (vinyl)
Cory Branan – The No-Hit Wonder (vinyl)
Counterpunch – Bruises
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River (reissue) (vinyl)
Darkest Hour – Darkest Hour
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone (vinyl)
Deep Purple – Concerto for Group and Orchestra (2002 remix/remaster) (vinyl)
Devonté Hynes – Palo Alto (original motion picture score) (vinyl)
Dikembe – Mediumship
Dub Club – Meaning of Dub (vinyl)
EDJ – EDJ (vinyl)
Eluveitie – Origins
Elvis Presley – That’s The Way It Is (2xCD)
Empty Hearts – The Empty Hearts
Entombed A.D. – Back To The Front
Eric Copeland – Ms Pretzel (12″)
Four Letter Lie – Like Structures
Gang Star – Icon
Godsmack – 1000hp
Goodnight, Texas – Uncle John Farquhar (vinyl)
Hamish Kilgour – All of It and Nothing (vinyl)
Has-Lo and Castle – Live Like You’re Dead
Holy Shit – Stranded at Two Harbors (vinyl)
Holy Tongues – Weak People
Iman Omari – Energy (vinyl)
It Looks Sad. – Self-Titled (7″)
Jethro Tull – A Passion Play (reissue) (vinyl)
John Gallow – Violet Dreams
John Garcia – John Garcia
Johnny Cash – The Legend of Johnny Cash (reissue) (2xLP)
Kevin Morby – My Name (7″)
Kix – Rock Your Face Off
Lakes – Fire Ahead (2xLP)
Lee Corey Oswald – Regards (vinyl)
Lee Hazlewood – Friday’s Child (reissue) (vinyl)
Lee Hazlewood – Love and Other Crimes (reissue) (vinyl)
Lee Hazlewood – The N.S.V.I.P.’s (Not So Very Important People) (reissue) (vinyl)
Leon Russell – Life Journey (vinyl)
Lil Silva – Mabel EP
Linda Ronstadt – Hand Sown Home Grown / Silk Purse / Linda Ronstadt
Linda Ronstadt – Icon
Loops Haunt – IIVA EP (12″)
Lost Boy – Canned
Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music: First Full Instrumental Version Performed Live by Zeitkratzer (2xLP)
Lusine – Arterial (10″)
Mastodon – Remission (reissue)
MC Hammer – Icon
Mogwai – Come On Die Young (4xLP)
Mouth Of The South – Struggle Well
Mozart’s Sister – Being (vinyl)
Mutilated Veterans – Necro Crust Warhead EP
Nachtmystium – The World We Left Behind
Naomi Punk – Television Man (vinyl)
Newmoon – Invitation to Hold (7″)
Nikki Sudden and Rowland S. Howard – Kiss You Kidnapped Charabanc (vinyl)
Nikki Sudden and the Jacobites – Dead Men Tell No Tales (vinyl)
Nils Lofgren – Face the Music
Panopticon – Roads To The North
Pat Martino – El Hombre (vinyl)
Paul Flaherty and Chris Corsano – Low Cost Space Flights (vinyl)
Phyllis Nelson – Move Closer: Expanded Edition
Poison – Icon
Reba McEntire – Icon
Rosebuds – Sand + Silence
Roses – Dreamlover EP
Rowland S. Howard – Pop Crimes (vinyl)
Saturn – Ascending
Shaggy – Icon
Skid Row – Rise Of The Damnation Army: United World Rebellion: Chapter Two
Somi – The Lagos Music Salon
Spider Bags – Frozen Letter (vinyl)
Spoon – They Want My Soul (vinyl)
Summer Camp – Beyond Clueless
Sunny Sweeney – Provoked
Swashbuckle – We Hate the Sea EP
Teenage Fanclub – Man-Made (reissue) (vinyl)
Teenage Fanclub – Shadows (reissue) (vinyl)
The Dead Daisies – Face I Love EP
The Interrupters – The Interrupters
The Jayhawks – Hollywood Town Hall (reissue) (vinyl)
The Jayhawks – Rainy Day Music (reissue) (2xLP)
The Jayhawks – Smile (reissue) (2xLP)
The Jayhawks – Sound of Lies (reissue) (2xLP)
The Jayhawks – Tomorrow the Green Grass (reissue) (vinyl)
The John Lurie National Orchestra – The Invention of Animals
The Murder City Devils – The White Ghost Has Blood on Its Hands Again
The Order Of The Solar Temple – The Order Of The Solar Temple
The Red Garland Quintet – Soul Junction (vinyl)
The Rosebuds – Sand + Silence (vinyl)
The Spinners – The Best of Spinners (vinyl)
The Waterboys – A Pagan Place (reissue) (vinyl)
The Weeks – Buttons EP (vinyl)
The Wind and the Wave – From the Wreckage (vinyl)
Those Who Bring the Torture – Piling Up
To Set Ablaze – The Life We Lead
Tom Carter and Pat Murano – Four Infernal Rivers (2xLP)
Tops – Change of Heart (7″)
Tuatara – Underworld
Twin Peaks – Wild Onion (vinyl)
Vandenberg MoonKings – Vandenberg MoonKings
Vardan – Enjoy of Deep Sadness
Various Artists – Garden State OST (2xLP)
Various Artists – Music from the Mountain Provinces (vinyl)
Wildcat! Wildcat! – No Moon at All (vinyl)
Wind and the Wave – From the Wreckage (vinyl)
Wovenwar – Wovenwar

August 12

A.C. Newman – What If OST
Ace Frehley – Ace Frehley (reissue) (vinyl)
Adebisi Shank – This Is The Third Album of A Band Called Adebisi Shank
Ali Muhareb – Walkin’ (7″)
Atara / Miserable Failure – Hang Them
Ben Fields – Extraordinary Light (vinyl)
Black Wine – Yell Boss (vinyl)
Blood Orange – Uncle ACE (12″)
Botanist – VI: Flora
Brian Setzer – Rockabilly Riot! All Original (vinyl)
Bully – Milkman (7″)
Bunji Garlin – Differentology
Byrds – Straight for the Sun
Caleb Johnson – Testify
Cannonball Adderley | Milt Jackson – Things Are Getting Better (reissue) (vinyl)
Chet Baker – Chet Baker in New York (vinyl)
Childhood – Lacuna
Chris Staples – American Soft (vinyl)
Cocteau Twins – Heaven or Las Vegas (reissue) (vinyl)
Coleman Hawkins – The Hawk Relaxes (reissue) (vinyl)
Comet Gain – Paperback Ghosts (vinyl)
Crippled Black Phoenix – A Love Of Shared Disasters (2xLP)
Dama / Libra – Claw
Daniel Johnston – Fun (vinyl)
Dark Blue – Just Another Night with the Boys (7″)
Diana Krall – Quiet Nights (reissue) (2xLP)
Diana Krall – The Look of Love (reissue) (2xLP)
Dilated Peoples – Directors of Photography (2xLP)
Donny Hathaway – The Best Of Donny Hathaway (vinyl)
Ensemble Economique – Melt Into Nothing (vinyl)
Evil United – Honored By Fire
FaltyDL – In the Wild (2xLP)
FKA Twigs – LP1
Frankie Knuckles – Beyond the Mix (vinyl)
Frankie Knuckles – Welcome to the Real World (vinyl)
Gene Simmons – Gene Simmons (reissue) (vinyl)
Grey Lands – Songs By Other People
Grifter – Return Of The Bearded Brethren
Gulp – Season Sun (vinyl)
Heartist – Feeding Fiction
Herman’s Hermits – Their Greatest Hits (vinyl)
Joe Glazer – Garbage and Other Songs of Our Time (reissue) (vinyl)
Joe Glazer – Old Folks Ain’t All the Same (reissue) (vinyl)
John & Jacob – John & Jacob
John 5 – Careful With That Axe
KISS – Alive: The Millennium Concert (vinyl)
Kyary Pamyu Pamyu – Pika Pika Fantajin
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Neon
Liam Betson – Cover of Hunter (colored vinyl)
Louvin Brothers – Complete Recorded Works: 1952-1962
Lucero – Live From Atlanta
Lykke Li – I Never Learn (vinyl)
Max Richter – Retrospective (4xCD)
Mirel Wagner – When the Cellar Children See the Light of Day (vinyl)
Nozinja – Tsekeleke (12″)
Paul Stanley – Paul Stanley (reissue) (vinyl)
Peter Criss – Peter Criss (reissue) (vinyl)
Peter Escott – The Long O (vinyl)
Porter Robinson – Worlds (2xLP)
Prawn – Kingfisher (vinyl)
Rivergazer – Random Nostalgia (vinyl)
Rome Ramirez – Get Free
Roosevelt Sykes – Collection 1929-47
Saint Pepsi – Fiona Coyne / Fall Harder (7″)
Sinead O’Connor – I’m Not Bossy I’m the Boss (vinyl)
Slaughterday – Ravenous
Sonny Rollins – The Studio Sound of Sonny (reissue) (vinyl)
Steve Aoki – Neon Future
Suzanne Vega – Close-Up Series
The 5, 6, 7, 8′s – Bomb the Rocks: Singles (reissue) (2xLP)
The 5, 6, 7, 8′s – Teenage Mojo Workout (reissue) (vinyl)
The Animals – The Best of the Animals (2xLP)
The Blackbyrds – City Life (vinyl)
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Jazz at the College of the Pacific (reissue) (vinyl)
The Ergs – dorkrockcorkrod (vinyl)
The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt (vinyl)
The Modern Jazz Quartet – Concorde (vinyl)
The Pharmacy – Spells (vinyl)
The Underachievers – The Cellar Door: Terminus Ut Exordium
Tre Mission – Stigmata (2xLP)
Twitching Tongues – World War LIVE
Upon A Burning Body – The World Is My Enemy Now
Various Artists – Collection 1941-62
Watsky – All You Can Do
Wheat – Medeiros (2xLP)
You Blew It! – You Blue It (vinyl)
Zookeeper – Pink Chalk (vinyl)
µ-Ziq – Rediffusion (12″)


August 19

Accept – Blind Rage
Acrania – Totalitarian Dystopia
Addison Groove – Turn Up the Silence EP (12″)
Amy Grant – In Motion: The Remixes (vinyl)
Apache Dropout – Heavy Window (vinyl)
Ark Life – The Dream of You and Me (vinyl)
Bad Case of Big Mouth – Straight Up Bad Luck
Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie
Beach Day – Native Echoes
Better Than Ezra – Surprise
Bishop Allen – Lights Out (colored vinyl)
Bob Carpenter – Silent Passage (vinyl)
Botanist – VI: Flora (vinyl)
Buddy – Last Call For The Quiet Life
Cardinals Folly – Our Cult Continues!
Caroline Rose – I Will Not Be Afraid (vinyl)
Carrier – Lowlife
Castanets – Decimation Blues (vinyl)
Celebration – Albumen (vinyl)
Children Of Technology – Future Decay
Christian Gregory – Count On You (vinyl)
Coachwhips – Get Yer Body Next Ta Mine (vinyl)
Coliseum – Coliseum (reissue) (2xLP)
Com Truise – In Decay (vinyl)
Connections – Into Sixes (vinyl)
Cream – Best of Cream (reissue) (vinyl)
Crime – Murder By Guitar (vinyl)
Cross Examination – The Dawn of the Dude EP
Deadlock – The Re-Arrival
Dictated – The Deceived
Dr. John – Ske-Dat-De-Dat: The Spirit of Satch
DragonForce – Maximum Overload
Electric Würms – Musik, Die Schwer zu Twerk (vinyl)
Elvin Bishop – Can’t Even Do Wrong Right
Empire Auriga – Ascending The Solar Throne
Extinction A.D. – Plague Prophecy
Fela Kuti – Confusion (reissue) (vinyl)
Fela Kuti – Sorrow, Tears and Blood (reissue) (vinyl)
Fela Kuti – Teacher Don’t Teach Me Nonsense (reissue) (vinyl)
Free Time – Esoteric Tizz (7″)
Grinder Blues – Grinder Blues
Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza – Gruppo d’Improvvisazione Nuova Consonanza (vinyl)
Halcyon Way – Conquer
He Is Legend – Heavy Fruit
Holly Herndon – Body Sound (10″)
Human League – Dare! (vinyl)
Imogen Heap – Sparks (2xLP)
Israel Nash – Rain Plans (vinyl)
James Yorkston – The Cellardyke Recording and Wassailing Society
Jenny Hval and Susanna – Meshes of Voice
Jessica Hernandez and the Deltas – Secret Evil (vinyl)
Jimmy Eat World – Clarity (reissue) (2xLP)
Jimmy Eat World – Futures (reissue) (2xLP)
Jimmy Eat World – Static Prevails (reissue) (2xLP)
jj – V (colored vinyl)
Joel Gion – Apple Bonkers (vinyl)
Johnny Touch – Inner City Wolves
Joy – Under the Spell of Joy (vinyl)
Julia Holter – Don’t Make Me Over (7″)
Julia Holter – Tragedy (reissue) (vinyl)
Karma To Burn – Arch Stanton
Kimbra – The Golden Echo (vinyl)
King 810 – Memoirs Of A Murderer
Kinks – Best of the Kinks 1964-1971
Literature – Chorus (vinyl)
Midge Ure – Fragile
Midnight – No Mercy For Mayhem
Moiré – Shelter
Monty Python – Monty Python’s Total Rubbish: Super Deluxe
Moon Duo – Live in Ravenna (vinyl)
Museum Of Love – Museum Of Love
Music Go Music – Impressions (vinyl)
Ned Oldham – Further Gone (7″)
Octoberman – What More What More
Orenda Fink – Blue Dream
Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden
Paul Desmond – Take Ten (reissue) (vinyl)
Peliroja – Injusticia (vinyl)
Peter Jefferies – Electricity (2xLP)
Pillbuster – Brothel
Powerlord – The Awakening (reissue)
Punch – They Don’t Have to Believe (vinyl)
Roadkill Ghost Choir – In Tongues
Roedelius – Flieg Vogel fliege (vinyl)
Rubblebucket – Survival Sounds (vinyl)
Sacrocurse – Unholier Master
Santana – Inner Secrets (reissue) (vinyl)
Sarah Jaffe – Don’t Disconnect (vinyl)
Sleeping Bag – Deep Sleep (vinyl)
Sleeping Giant – Finished People
Smokey Robinson – Smokey & Friends
Souls of Mischief – There Is Only Now
Statik Selektah – What Goes Around
Stereo MCs – Connected (vinyl)
The Brokeoffs – Restless Leg
The Last Internationale – We Will Reign (vinyl)
The Offspring – Smash 20th Anniversary (reissue )(vinyl)
The Posies – Failure (reissue) (vinyl)
Trioscapes – Digital Dream Sequence
Various Artists – Kompakt Total 14 (2xLP)
Various Artists – Look Again To The Wind: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited
Wiz Khalifa – Blacc Hollywood


August 26

Alraune – The Process of Self-Immolation
American – Coping With Loss
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Basement Jaxx – Junto (reissue) (2xLP)
Bastard Sapling – Instinct Is Forever
Battle Trance – Palace Of Wind
Bitchin Bajas – Bitchin Bajas (2xLP)
Brad Paisley – Moonshine In The Trunk
Cassie Ramone – Time Has Come
Circle Traps – Machine City EP (vinyl)
Cocksure – TVMALSV
Cold Specks – Neuroplasticity
Cymbals Eat Guitars – LOSE
Dry the River – Alarms in the Heat (vinyl)
Elephant Stone – The Three Poisons
Estrogen Highs – Hear Me On the Number Station (vinyl)
Etta James – Rocks the House (vinyl)
Famous Last Words – Council Of The Dead
Frnkiero And The Cellabration – Stomachaches
Full Force – With Love From Our Friends
Germ House – Showing Symptoms (vinyl)
Girl Tears – Tension (vinyl)
Gob – Apt. 13
High Ends – Super Class
High Inergy – Turnin’ On
Ian Anderson – Thick as a Brick: Live in Iceland
In the Valley Below – The Belt
J Dilla – The King of Beats (Ma Dukes Yancey Collector’s Edition Box Set)
J Mascis – Tied to a Star
Liturgy – Renihilation (reissue)
Matchess – Seraphastra (vinyl)
Merchandise – After The End
MNDSGN – Yawn Zen
Mono/Poly – Golden Skies
Motorhead – Aftershock
Music Blues – Things Haven’t Gone Well
Negative Scanner – Ambitious People / Evening News b/w R.I.P. (7″)
Opeth – Pale Communion
Randy Bachman – Vinyl Tap Tour: Every Song Tells a Story
Robyn Hitchcock – The Man Upstairs
Royal Blood – Royal Blood
Rustie – Green Language (2xLP)
Sea of Bones – The Earth Wants Us Dead
Superdrag – Head Trip In Every Key (2xLP)
The Bug – Angels & Devils
The Front Bottoms – Rose (7″)
The Griswolds – Be Impressive (vinyl)
The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers
The Rentals – Lost In Alphaville
The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader
The Young – Chrome Cactus (vinyl)
Tinnarose – Tinnarose
Twin Atlantic – Great Divide
Ty Segall – The Manipulator
Walter TV – Appetite (vinyl)
Wand – Ganglian Reef (vinyl)
Z – Visions of Dune

*note – release dates are approximate and subject to change and often do

Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending July 18, 2014

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This Week In Music History – July 14 – July 20

215px-Pink_floyd_the_wallOn July 14, 1982, the movie premier for Pink Floyd’s ‘The Wall’ was held at The Empire, Leicester Square, London, England. The screenplay was written by Pink Floyd vocalist and bassist Roger Waters. The film is highly metaphorical and is rich in symbolic imagery and sound. It features very little dialogue and is mainly driven by the music of Pink Floyd.




220px-JudastouchofevilOn July 14, 2009, Judas Priest released ‘A Touch Of Evil: Live.’ The collection features 11 songs that have never appeared on any of the group’s previous concert discs, including songs from ‘08’s “Nostradamus.” “It’s a very fierce record and just captures the band’s attitude and feeling in a very strong, determined way,” said frontman Rob Halford.





22BAD7~1On July 15, 1972, Elton John started a five week run at #1 on the Billboard album chart with ‘Honky Chateau,’ his first US chart topper. Cuts included the space ballad “Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going to Be a Long, Long Time),” the jumpy “Honky Cat;” as well as the epic “Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters.” In 2003, the album was ranked #357 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.



bandOn July 15, 1973, Grand Funk released their seventh studio album, ‘We’re an American Band.’ Two singles were released from the album. “We’re an American Band” was released on July 2, 1973 and the second, “Walk Like a Man” was released on October 29, 1973. Both singles were sung by drummer Don Brewer. The album cover was originally covered in gold-colored foil on the outside, and the initial run of pressings were pressed in clear, dark-yellow vinyl.



MI0003191332On July 15, 2001, police ended an Insane Clown Posse show in Toledo, Ohio after over 100 fans went on the stage. Most of the bands equipment is destroyed in the melee. not sure if any clowns were hurt….






beach_Boys_-_Be_True_To_Your_SchoolOn July 16, 1963, the Beach Boys recorded “In My Room.” All five of the group members played and/or sang on the track, supplemented by David Marks on guitar, Maureen Love on harp, and Hal Blaine on percussion. “In My Room” remained on the Billboard Top 100 for 11 weeks, peaking at #23. In 1990, Brian wrote, “I also enjoyed producing ‘In My Room’. There is a story behind this song. When Dennis, Carl and I lived in Hawthorne as kids, we all slept in the same room. One night I sang the song ‘Ivory Tower’ to them and they liked it. Then a couple of weeks later, I proceeded to teach them both how to sing the harmony parts to it. It took them a little while, but they finally learned it. We then sang this song night after night. It brought peace to us. When we recorded ‘In My Room’, there was just Dennis, Carl and me on the first verse…and we sounded just like we did in our bedroom all those nights. This story has more meaning than ever since Dennis’ death.”


230px-Cream_Clapton_Bruce_Baker_1960sOn July 16, 1966, Eric Clapton formed a new band he called Cream, along with two former members of the Graham Bond Organization, bassist Jack Bruce and drummer Ginger Baker. The trio lasted just two years, but left us with some classic Rock tunes like “Sunshine of Your Love” and “White Room”. To this day, Clapton says he does not look back on those days with great fondness, but many fans feel that he was at his best at this point. They reunited for their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction in 1993, and in 2005 played the Royal Albert Hall in London and Madison Square Garden in New York City.



The_Three_TenorsOn July 16,1994, the Three Tenors – Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras – reunited to perform in front of 56,000 fans at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on the eve of the World Cup soccer final. The televised concert drew an estimated 1.3 billion viewers.






215px-Beatles_Yellow_Submarine_move_posterOn July 17, 1968, the Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” film premiered in London. The original story was written by Lee Minoff, based on the song by John Lennon and Paul McCartney, and the screenplay penned by four collaborators including Erich Segal. The film received a widely positive reception from critics and audiences alike. It is also credited with bringing more interest in animation as a serious art form.








Axl_rose_in_israelOn July 17, 1993, Guns N’ Roses played the last date on their Use Your Illusion Tour in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was the final show with the original members. It was not only the band’s longest tour, but one of the longest concert tours in rock history, consisting of 194 shows in 31 countries. It was also a source of much infamy for the band, due to riots, late starts, cancellations and outspoken rantings by Axl Rose.





220px-5DCoverOn July 18, 1966, ‘Fifth Dimension’ by the Byrds was released. It peaked at #24 on the Billboard Top LPs chart, during a chart stay of 28 weeks, and reached #27 in the UK. Two singles, “Eight Miles High” and “5D (Fifth Dimension)” were included on the album, with the former just missing the Top 10 of the Billboard singles chart. Additionally, a third single taken from the album, “Mr. Spaceman,” reached the US Top 40. The LP is widely regarded as the band’s most experimental album to date and is considered influential in originating the musical genre of psychedelic.




AnthemOfTheSunOn July 18, 1968, the Grateful Dead released their second studio album, ‘Anthem of the Sun.’ It is the first album to feature second drummer Mickey Hart, who joined the band in September 1967. In 2003, the album was ranked #287 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.





Kiss-KasketOn July 18, 2001, the Kiss Kasket, an actual coffin featuring the faces of the four founding members of the band, went on sale. Also included were the Kiss logo and the words “Kiss Forever.” Endorsing the item, Gene Simmons quipped, “I love livin’, but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good.” Guitarist Dimebag Darrell (Pantera, Damageplan, Rebel Meets Rebel) was buried in a Kiss Kasket.





Beatles_help2On July 19, 1965, the Beatles released the single “Help!” b/w “I’m Down” in North America (July 23rd in the UK). The song hit #1 for three weeks in both the US and the UK. “Help!” was written primarily by John Lennon, but credited to Lennon–McCartney. During an interview with Playboy in 1984, Paul McCartney stated that the title was “out of desperation.” In 2004, it was ranked #29 on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.




lennongetty200On July 19, 1968, at EMI’s Abbey Road Studios in London, the Beatles began recording “Sexy Sadie,” a John Lennon composition about his disillusionment with the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Lennon originally wanted to title the song “Maharishi,” but changed the title to “Sexy Sadie” at George Harrison’s urging. The track was completed on August 21, 1968. Lennon once said of the song: “That was inspired by Maharishi. I wrote it when we had our bags packed and were leaving. It was the last piece I wrote before I left India. I just called him, ‘Sexy Sadie,’ instead of (sings) ‘Maharishi what have you done, you made a fool…’ I was just using the situation to write a song, rather calculatingly but also to express what I felt. I was leaving the Maharishi with a bad taste. You know, it seems that my partings are always not as nice as I’d like them to be.” He told Rolling Stone that when the Maharishi asked why he was leaving, he replied, “Well, if you’re so cosmic, you’ll know why.”





likeaRollingStoneOn July 20, 1965, Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone” was released by Columbia records. It turns out to be his biggest hit ever, climbing to #2 in the US and #4 in the UK. Its confrontational lyrics originate in an extended piece of verse Dylan wrote in June 1965, when he returned from a grueling tour of England, exhausted. After the lyrics were heavily edited, “Like a Rolling Stone” was recorded a few weeks later as part of the sessions for the forthcoming album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ More than 40 years since its release, it remains highly regarded, as measured by polls of reviewers and fellow songwriters. Rolling Stone picked “Like a Rolling Stone” as the #2 single of the past 25 years in 1989, and then in 2004 placed the song at #1 on its list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.”



10363134_649013441850107_4235627723283340296_nOn July 20, 1968, Iron Butterfly’s classic album, ‘In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida’ entered Billboard’s Hot 200 chart at #117. It was the band’s second LP and contained the 17 minute title track that filled the entire second side of the disc. A shortened, single version of the song only made it to #30, but the album climbed to #4 and went on to sell over four million copies in the US alone. A remastered edition was released by Rhino Records in 1995 that contains the single version as well as a live version of “In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida.”




220px-CandleboxdebutOn July 20, 1993, Candlebox released their self-titled debut. It contains their best known hit, “Far Behind” as well as the hit singles “Change,” “You” and “Cover Me.” The album has since been certified 4× platinum in the United States.


Weekly Vinyl And Music News Wrap Up – Week Ending July 4, 2014




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