Today is the 37th anniversary of R.E.M.’s Reckoning album. The BCPF is a huge fan of R.E.M. and I’ve grown to really dig them, too. It’s been a while since I’ve had a ukulele on this blog, if ever…? Enjoy!
Until tomorrow, same blog channel… Scorp out!
— “Did you never call? I waited for your call. These rivers of suggestion are driving me away. The trees will bend, the cities wash away. The city on the river, there is a girl without a dream. I’m sorry.” – “So. Central Rain (I’m Sorry)” (Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe)
The BCPF and I had a busy morning/afternoon yesterday. We got up and out to Underdog Records, the first two through the door, then went to brunch at one of our favorite spots. We saw Chef Travis Myers, sat in Bailey Park for a minute or 15, got an updated tour of 600°, Chef Travis’ restaurant coming soon, then some rekkid listening and dinner at Diamondback Grill, which is always a treat! Here’s the haul:
A Tribe Called Quest – The Low End Theory — #153 on the RS list that matters, #43 on the one that doesn’t. I wanted to fill some holes in the hip-hop/rap section of my “list” collection, as you’ll see. This is what I wrote when I reviewed it in February 2016: Back to hip hop basics. Or is that bass-ics? And I say back; really it’s at the front. This from the good ole days, before the hip hop and rap communities got so big they became completely irrelevant (at least to me), overly saturated and stereotypical. To me, the era from the mid-80s until the mid-90s are the best for hip hop. This was just vocals, heavy hip hop bass and drums with some samples and pads laid in for texture. Some references to Bell Biv Devoe and New Edition, I like that. But, in the end it became background music. Not that I was ignoring it or it wasn’t worth listening to, just that it became settled; as in it settled in and really didn’t take me anywhere. Or, it took me somewhere at the beginning but then dropped me off on the side of the road. I still pretty much feel this way. I didn’t look up what I wrote until after I listened to it. It starts off cool, but four sides of a record is a long way to go if you’re only somewhat into it. 2×LP, Reissue, Remastered, Label variation, multicolor as opposed to black and white. New.
Lauryn Hill – The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill — #314 on the RS list that matters, #10 on the one that doesn’t. Yet another reason why that newer list is flawed. Is this a good album? I guess so, but to jump 304 spaces? Nah. Just like the entry above this one jumped 110 spaces. Nah. I get that you’re pulling from a younger demographic for this one, but c’mon, that’s ridiculous. From my original review back in May 2015 (with some clarifications): A little trivia for you. The cover of this album is directly inspired by another album on this segment of the overall list, Burnin’ by Bob Marley & The Wailers (#319). It’s basically the same concept. And, Lauryn, whilst touring with The Fugees got pregnant by Bob’s son, Rohan, so there’s that connection, too. Enough about that, though. I love the “school room” aspect. “Ex-Factor” is very much a breaking free song. Free of exes, of course. With two “high profile” exes to discuss, well, having this type song on the album is not unexpected and actually fits nicely. Wyclef or Rohan? The world may never know. Musically, the album is more than samples and hip-hop beats. It’s soul. Every bit soul. The messages spoken between songs (in the classroom setting) are positive and how to stand up for yourself, believe in yourself, being yourself; self-discovery if you will. I do like the cover of “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You.” Now, I believe it to be a good album, influential and important for its time, but “best?” Eh. I know that coming up, especially in the upper tops of this list (#13 (Velvet Underground & Nico) I know already I’m going to run over like a lawnmower does a stray styro foam cup in the yard and #2 (Pet Sounds) I already don’t get) I’m going to get increasingly annoyed at the positioning of some of these albums and question a lot of them; you’ve seen what I’ve done so far. I get it this was important, but I really think it would be better up in the upper 400s. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it but think it doesn’t need to be this far up in the countdown. Dug. So, yeah, I liked it and I still liked it yesterday, but I don’t get that kind of jump. It’s not all that!!! 2×LP, Reissue. New.
EPMD – Strictly Business — #453 on the RS list that matters, completely gone from the one that doesn’t. From my initial review April 2014: “I Shot the Sherrif”… I mean, “Strictly Business” is fun. I thought it reminded me a lot of Eric B and Rakim’s Paid in Full (which has to be in this list, somewhere). Upon reading about it, it was called a “compliment” to it. The time frame is right; the style is right; all is right. And, it’s in a time that I liked what I heard in this genre. Tight beats and fun samples (and yes, I hated sampling, then… still do mostly; this is tastefully done), not too harsh on the lyrical content and good stuff to hear. I liked it. I’d own it, believe it or not. DUG! Well, now I do own it. I haven’t listened to it again yet, but after reading what I wrote about it, I can’t wait to! 2018 Respect the Classics edition. Priority Records 2×LP. Non-gatefold jacket. New.
Weezer – OK Human — Clear vinyl with various random splattered colors known as “Control Room Chaos Splatter.” Indie Exclusive version. I always get Weezer and Wilco mixed up just based on name. One I like, one gets on my nerves. Weezer I like. This was released this January and we loved listening to it. Weezer is always fun. A lot of this was “sign o’ the times” kind of things like Zoom meetings and whatnot. But, it’s them keeping up. I dig it. I dug it. You should dig it, too. New.
The Andrews Sisters – The Best Of The Andrews Sisters — I thought to myself, you know what my collection is missing? Some swing-style, jump blues, boogie-woogie girl group that happens to be sisters. And, when I saw this at Underdog Records, in EX condition, I grabbed it, first thing (it is in the “A”s after all). 2×LP, Compilation, Club Edition (RCA), Reissue.
There’s the hip-hop heavy haul. Record Store Day is coming in June and July. Visit the RSD website to keep track of what titles (when they release them!!) will be available for those days. Underdog Records is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11a-7p. Watch their Instagram and Facebook pages to see what Jonathan may have just gotten in or what he’s stocking his bins with. You can purchase non-used new albums 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. Jonathan and I have talked and we were supposed to have more news on our project at the beginning of last month but we have decided that May will be when we do it. I know I’m being vague, but be patient. I use Discogs for all my music cataloging needs.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “Count on me to show support for Winston Smith in 1984. ‘Cause battling Big Brother feels more meaningful than binging zombie hordes. Take me up to Neverland. Hanging with Yossarian (Yossarian). He’s kinda just like me. We fight ’til we get free.” – “Grapes of Wrath” (Cuomo)
The BCPF and I had a full plate of activities to do yesterday. We went to a farmers market. We ate lunch. We went to Underdog Records. We went to The Butcher’s Block, a new butcher shop in downtown. We listened, we stayed in for dinner. I cooked a fantastic “charcuterie” board of wild boar, elk and rabbit sausages, The BCPF placed several cheeses and apple butter and fig jam and we chowed down after we had a fantastic meal of French-cut rib pork chops rice and veggies and roasted potatoes. A great day indeed, minus all the rain. But, here’s the haul:
Queen – Jazz — The band’s seventh studio album, this contains both of the songs that I did during opening night of the Ramkat with Vagabond Saints Society, “Fat Bottomed Girls” and “Bicycle Race.” I have it on CD and loved it. I’m sure I’ll love it on vinyl, too. Half Speed vinyl mastering. Includes 3-panel fold-out poster of Bicycle Race on one side and lyrics on the other. Pressed on heavyweight vinyl. 2011 Remaster. 180 Gram. Embossed Gatefold. New.
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers — Tom and company’s debut album with hits “Breakdown” and “American Girl.” Can you hear “American Girl” without thinking of the scene in Silence of the Lambs, Dear Reader? Yeah, me either. I have never had this in any form. I had those songs on a greatest hits album but I’m glad we got this one. This is the black vinyl version of the RSD release from 2011. New.
Foo Fighters – Medicine At Midnight — The latest release from FF. I haven’t listened yet so I don’t have much to say. I know a lot of people are talking about, so here’s hoping. New.
The Antlers – Green To Gold — I have no idea what this is. I didn’t realize we had gotten it until we got home and I put it in Discogs. It’s apparently something The BCPF is into and wanted. As far as I can tell, it’s an indie band out of Brooklyn. This is their latest release which came out on Friday. Opaque tan vinyl in a gatefold sleeve. New.
The Mountain Goats – Songs For Pierre Chuvin — We know The BCPF loves her some The Mountain Goats. For this album, released on vinyl on Friday, it is the first album since 2002’s All Hail West Texas to feature only the band’s frontman, John Darnielle, as well as the first since then to be recorded entirely on a boombox, something that they were wont and got popular doing. It’s very lo-fi which was the point. New.
Eric’s Trip – Love Tara — So, this was some weird stuff. The BCPF got this album because it either has the second song she ever played on the radio when she was a DJ in college, or just the band was. Either way. I can’t say I enjoyed it, but it wasn’t for me, so good, we have it. NM.
It was a short haul but that’s cool. We don’t have to take in a half ton every time we go into Underdog Records. Underdog Records is open Wednesday through Saturday, 11a-7p. Jonathan does deliveries, weather permitting, on Monday and Tuesday. Watch the Instagram and Facebook pages for Underdog Records to see what he has just gotten in stock and you can send a message and pay for it immediately or you can shop 24/7 for new (unused) vinyl 24/7 at Underdog Records’ website. Record Store Day 2021 is going to happen in June and July this year. They still haven’t released any info on the titles. They’re cutting it close. Keep an eye on their site for more info. I use Discogs to keep track of my collection and is my way of knowing what I do and don’t have when I’m in the record store. You should, too.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “Say there ain’t no sense in pretending. Your eyes give you away. Something inside you is feeling like I do. We said all there is to say.” – “Breakdown” (Petty)
We got very little listening in yesterday as we had several other “errands” or “just wanted to dos” but, we got some in. It was a chilly but beautiful day yesterday. Here’s the haul:
Oasis – (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? — #378 on the RS list that matters and rises to #157 on the one that doesn’t. This song has two of my faves on here, “Champagne Supernova” and “Wonderwall.” Yeah, you know me, I’m all about “the hits.” 2×LP, Reissue. Remastered double heavyweight vinyl – includes download code for album, bonus unreleased tracks & rarities. New.
Depeche Mode – Gone To The U.S.A. — Compilation, Unofficial Release, Red Vinyl. Remixed tunes, imported album. Some interesting remixes on this album. The red vinyl is beautiful. New.
The Beatles – With The Beatles — With one of the most imitated covers in music history, this was the band’s second album, released on the same day that JFK was assassinated. Stereo remastered album on heavyweight 180g vinyl. This album has been prepared using the 2009 digital remasters which had been created from the original stereo analogue master tapes. New.
The Beatles – Beatles For Sale — This is The Beatles’ fourth album, which is probably my least favorite of their stuff. It’s sandwiched between A Hard Day’s Night and Help! which are my two favorite “early Beatles” albums. Manufactured on 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl with replicated artwork. This album has been prepared using the 2009 digital remasters which had been created from the original stereo analogue master tapes. Gatefold, I think. New.
Simon & Garfunkel – Bookends — This album was at the ridiculously high number of #234 on the RS list that matters and fell completely off for the one that doesn’t, which verifies just one of the reasons why it doesn’t matter. A scandalous atrocity! This album contains one of the greatest songs ever recorded, “America.” It also has “Mrs. Robinson” and “A Hazy Shade of Winter.” New.
Morrissey – I’m A Poet — Unofficial release. Recorded for FM Broadcast at the Balch Fieldhouse, part of the University of Colorado, Boulder on 1st of October 1992. Import. New.
Ramones – Rocket To Russia — #106 on the RS list that matters and #385 on the one that doesn’t. I’ve never been a fan of the Ramones, it’s like weird punk mixed with surfing music and 50s nostalgia. I listened to the album when I did the 500 and I remember that I didn’t really care for it other than “Sheena Is A Punk Rocker.” But, this listen wasn’t so bad. Some of it was redundant and classic crap that I don’t like, but some of it was enjoyable. New.
a-ha – Scoundrel Days — The second studio album by Norwegian new wave band a-ha. “Water drops” on front and back cover are embossed. Glossy inner sleeve contains lyrics and credits. I loved Hunting High and Low and hope this one is as good. I have no reason to believe it won’t be. NM/EX.
Kings Of Convenience – Quiet Is The New Loud — The debut album by Norwegian indie pop duo Kings of Convenience, released on January 29, 2001. This is an über rare album and The BCPF saw Norwegian, indie pop, duo, and had to have it. Now this is only in Good condition because there is a lot of surface wear. This could be anything, but, I’m going to guess it was from neglect and over-playing. The cover is in at least VG/VG+.
Saint-Saëns / Franck – Rubinstein, Wallenstein, Symphony Of The Air – Concerto No. 2 / Symphonic Variations — To be clear, Side A is “Concerto No. 2 In G Minor, Op. 22” from one of my favorite composers, Camille Saint-Saëns. Side B is “Symphonic Variations” from César Franck. Both are performed by Symphony Of The Air which was some of the core members of the newly-disbanded NBC Symphony Orchestra. Both sides are conducted by Alfred Wallenstein, featuring Artur Rubinstein on piano. EX.
A big haul this week. I didn’t even realize that the Saint-Saëns piece was in there. The BCPF snuck it in. Underdog Records was jumping and even more so when we were leaving. The capacity is now at 10 customers at a time and he was about maxed out when we took off. He’s had to expand the “freshly used” section because he’s getting to a lot of things and getting them put out. That’s cool. Good stuff to choose from. If you’re in to heavy metal and I mean the real heavy stuff – death/black/cryptic – then he’s got plenty for you. But, don’t worry, there are plenty of other great selections, too. The store is open from 11a-7p Wednesday through Saturday and Jonathan does deliveries (weather permitting) Monday and Tuesday. You should watch the Underdog Records social media. Instagram is Jonathan’s platform of choice. You can shop new vinyl, day or night, 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. I use Discogs to track my collection and also make sure I’m not getting unwanted duplicates. Or, may it helps me with the wanted duplicates?
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “‘Kathy,’ I said as we boarded a Greyhound in Pittsburgh. ‘Michigan seems like a dream to me now.’ It took me four days to hitchhike from Saginaw. I’ve gone to look for America.” – “America” (Simon)
The BCPF and I actually went to Underdog Records on Friday instead of yesterday. Friday was her birthday. It may not seem like much, but I got a special advanced preview of the cheeseburger that will come from Mr. Barbecue with their opening TOMORROW!!! So, she can say she ate there before just about everyone else. I’m used to that. She isn’t. It was cool. Her birthday weekend has been great (according to her) and will culminate in me getting my “FauciOuchie” (C-19 vax) after I write this blog post. So, that means I need to get a move on… Here’s the haul:
Wilco – Being There — This was one of The BCPF’s birthday presents. She is a big Wilco fan. I can handle them in small doses. This is 19 songs, I may have to have a drink or two for it, but, hey! She has it. It gets its name from the 1979 film starring Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. It’s self-produced by the band. 2×LP. New.
Guns N’ Roses – G N’ R Lies — I love “Patience” and I like a few of the other tunes on this “unofficial” release. I don’t know why they call it that. The album is definitely not without its controversy. A lot of homophobic and racial slurs being thrown around. I like this version of “You’re Crazy” better than the Appetite for Destruction version. Cream-colored vinyl. NM.
The Flying Burrito Bros – The Gilded Palace Of Sin — This album was #192 on the RS list that matters and fell to #463 on the one that doesn’t. I went back and looked at my review of it from 2015 and it seems mostly favorable. I don’t remember it, truthfully, but when I saw that Jonathan had a reissue of it, it triggered me to purchase it because I would just overlook it otherwise. So, now I have it. New.
She & Him – Volume One — The first album by M. Ward and the beautiful Zooey Deschanel. We did get to listen to that one on Friday. She sounds great and “young.” I like the classic/old-timey-ness of her voice and the music itself. The tracks were all written by her except for “You Really Got a Hold on Me,” “I Should Have Known Better,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.” She co-wrote “Sweet Darlin'” with fellow actor/musician Jason Schwartzman. I liked it. New. The BCPF’s birthday present.
She & Him – Volume Two — The second album by M. Ward and Zooey. Again, she wrote all the songs except for two covers. I haven’t heard this one yet, but I can’t imagine me not liking it. New. The BCPF’s birthday present.
The Magnetic Fields – Get Lost — Original 1995 album release was on compact disc only. This is 180g and features an alternate song sequence. I haven’t heard it yet, but I can imagine it’s going to be weird, just like all other Magnetic Fields albums. New. The BCPF’s birthday present.
Calexico – Garden Ruin — This, the fifth studio album by the rock band Calexico, was released in 2006 and was the first Calexico album to feature no instrumental tracks, instead relying on a more direct, pop-style approach. Leaving behind the “indie-mariachi” genre, if you will, the band took their music in a different direction. This is a more straightforward indie rock album. One of The BCPF’s favorite bands, she had only ever had this on CD. New. Her birthday present.
Various – The Many Faces Of Prince (A Journey Through The Inner World Of Prince) — From what I can tell, these are songs that were written by Prince, possibly with the band before he broke big, 94 East, and some by the artists that made them famous, like Sheila E. doing “Glamorous Life” (which I never knew he wrote) or Chaka Khan’s “I Feel For You” which should have probably been “I Feel 4 U.” Also on this is Dead Or Alive’s cover of “Pop Life,” Heaven 17’s “Sign O’The Times”, Gary Numan doing “U Got The Look,” Information Society doing “Controversy” and Sigue Sigue Sputnik doing “I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man,” among others. 2×LP. Purple vinyl (of course). Import (I think).180g. NM.
Neil Young – Trans — I don’t know anything about this album, other than it was a bit weird to long-time fans. The reason I got it, though? Jonathan’s note on the sales sticker: “Neil Young was never afraid to take a chance.” VG+.
Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti — Mostly made up of live material recorded in 1977 and 1978, with later overdubs in the studio. I think it’s also a bit of a parody compared to the contemporaries of the time. I don’t know what to expect but I expect it to be, well… different. 2×LP. VG.
Aerosmith – Classics Live — Yeah, I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I do hate Aerosuck, but I couldn’t resist this when it was sitting there in the “freshly acquired” bin. It’s in VG+ condition and it should be in my collection. Now, it is.
Icehouse – Primitive Man — I love Icehouse’s later stuff, so I’m hoping I love their earlier stuff. This was their second album. So, wish me luck! VG+.
Starbuck – Moonlight Feels Right — The BCPF and I hear this song all the time on our Yacht Rock channels. I don’t know anything from the band other than the title track. Jonathan said there’s a 7″ in the sleeve as well and doesn’t know what the 7″ is or if it was ever part of the original packaging. I haven’t looked inside to know. But, I hope the rest of the album is like the title track. EX.
So, I think that Jonathan and I got a little closer to our podcast launch this week, but we still need a bit more hashing. Underdog Records is open, now, from Wednesday to Saturday 11a-7p and he’s still doing deliveries on Monday and Tuesday. Keep up on the Underdog Instagram account to see what he’s got for purchase. You can shop his entire new inventory day or night, 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. Tell him I sent you! I use Discogs to track my collection as well as my friends’ collections. You should, too.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “I sit here on the stairs cause I’d rather be alone. If I can’t have you right now, I’ll wait dear. Sometimes I get so tense but I can’t speed up the time. But you know love there’s one more thing to consider.” – “Patience” (Guns N Roses)
Today is the 37th anniversary of The Cars’ Heartbeat City. It’s my second favorite Cars album after the debut. The BCPF, whose birthday it was yesterday, said this was the first cassette she got for her birthday, which would have been her (mumbles under breath) birthday. August 2019, The Vagabond Saints Society performed a series of shows as a tribute to The Cars. Here, my buddy Patrick Ferguson, a/k/a P-Fug, knocks this tune out. Take it away, P-Fug.
Until tomorrow, same blog channel… Scorp out!
— “Oh well uh, you might think I’m crazy to hang around with you. Or maybe you think I’m lucky to have somethin’ to do. But I think that you’re wild. Inside me is some child.” – “You Might Think” (Ocasek)
I’m going to be quick about this, not because I haven’t anything to say but because I’ve said it so many times before. Seriously, you can look back on this date all the way back to 2015 and see what I’ve written about this. Today is Stephanie’s birthday. Yes, The BCPF. Another year. Another solar circumnavigational anniversary day. Another year that she is here with me to celebrate life and, well, her. So much stays the same year after year, yet so much changes daily. I love her beyond any “pretty words” I could put down here. She is the best wife I could have picked and I know a lot of you say that because your trying to get in good graces. I have news for you all. You’re dreaming if you think your wife is the greatest. She wins. I won the lottery and I’m not trading in my ticket. She is the greatest.
Stephanie is my biggest fan, biggest supporter, part-time critic, and first to call BS on me. Just another reason to love her. I am so glad she’s my baby, my Cinnamon Toast Crunch, my Best Girl. I look forward to about 40 more of your birthdays, darling.
Until tomorrow, happy birthday to my woman! Tim out!
— “I know I’ve fallen for you…” – “Fallen” (Beeman)
Yesterday was a fairly routine, laid-back day. That was good because the night before was full of great food and good times with my best girl, The BCPF. Of course, some time at Underdog Records and “rekkid” listening. Here’s the haul:
Dolly Parton – New Harvest … First Gathering — Dolly’s eighteenth studio album. I have to say I love her stuff and this was good, but mostly unremarkable. A couple of covers, “My Girl (My Love)” and “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” that are decent, but overall, I was kind of disappointed. VG+.
Judas Priest – Hero, Hero — This is a compilation album of early Judas Priest recordings, released in between British Steel (1980) and Point of Entry (1981) by Gull Records. It consists of all ten tracks from the Rocka Rolla album, six tracks from the Sad Wings of Destiny album, and an alternate version of “Diamonds And Rust”. The tracks from Rocka Rolla and “Diamonds And Rust” were remixed by Rodger Bain in 1981. The tracks from Sad Wings of Destiny were not remixed. I have both Rocka Rolla and two versions of Sad Wings of Destiny but I wanted to add to my Priest repertoire. 2×LP, Gatefold, VG+.
Leonard Cohen – The Best Of — According to Ira Nadel’s 1996 Cohen memoir Various Positions, Cohen agreed to the project because there was a new generation of listeners and he was given complete artistic control; he picked the songs, designed the package, and insisted that the lyrics be included. The album was not a hit in the United States but did well in Europe. I like Cohen. Generally, though, he falls in the same category of Tom Waits, Lou Reed, even Bob Dylan, I love their songs, but would rather hear someone else sing them. EX.
The Mothers Of Invention – Freak Out! — 2×LP, Reissue, Stereo, Hot Spot Ad, 180g. This is #246 on the RS list that matters and is not on the RS list that doesn’t. Boo to that. Not that I love this album, but c’mon… This copy is NM for the LPs but this is what is on the description label from Jonathan: “The cover went on a bender and woke up on a park bench, but both albums (LPs) are in near mint condition. Had the cover been in the same condition as the vinyl, I would have probably paid $20+ for this. With the cover, I paid $6. I’ll take it. Plus, it’s another notch on my RS lists and, well, another tick in the quantity column. 2013 reissue, with “Freak Out – Hot Spots” map/poster insert. Side D is delineated as noted in Tracklist on inner gatefold; on label, a single track is listed as “The Return Of The Son Of Monster Magnet (12:17)” Side 1 and Side 3: Barking Pumpkin Records, Purple Label Side 2 and Side 4: Zappa Records, Green Type on Red Label.
Ella Fitzgerald / Duke Ellington – Ella & Duke At The Côte D’Azur — 1967 live album by Ella Fitzgerald, accompanied by the big band of Duke Ellington. It’s really mostly Duke with some Ella sprinkled in. I don’t know if that was normal for then or what, but that’s how it happened. I don’t mind Ella’s scatting which is something she’s known for, but I’d prefer to just hear her sing without all of that. She did it a lot on here. And Duke’s band was nuts with the squealing high pitches of the trumpets. It was kind of difficult to listen to and enjoy it. This is 2×LP and, as far as I can tell, is an original pressing. It was sealed, oddly enough, and of course we promptly opened that sucker up. NM/New.
Paper Lace – Paper Lace — I can’t tell if this is an official studio release or a compilation. Discogs doesn’t put any details on this album. It doesn’t line up with what Wikipedia says about the first Paper Lace album. So… I don’t know. But, it has “Billy Don’t Be a Hero” and “The Night Chicago Died” on it. I know their version of “Billy…” (which they wrote) wasn’t the hit. That was from Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods. VG+.
Ladysmith Black Mambazo – Shaka Zulu — Best known to us Americans as the backing singers on Paul Simon’s fantastic Graceland album, Ladysmith Black Mambazo has been around for a long time. From Wikipedia: Following the collaboration on Paul Simon’s 1986 album Graceland which brought the group to international prominence, Shaka Zulu (produced by Simon) marked the band’s first genuine international hit, securing them an American audience which would be built upon by the successes of Journey of Dreams (1988) and Two Worlds, One Heart (1990). Shaka Zulu was a collection of newly recorded versions of older Mambazo hits, such as “Unomathemba”, “Hello My Baby” and “Lomhlaba Kawunoni”. Shaka Zulu won a Grammy in 1988 for Best Traditional Folk Recording. VG+.
Exposé – Exposure — I remember being in the 10th grade and getting tutored by my Geometry teacher and this song being played over and over and over again by the Dixie Debs (a horrible name for the all-female dance/pep team of the school) out in the hallway. I liked it, I still like it when I hear the hits on 80s on 8 on SiriusXM. So, yeah. EX.
The Police – Synchronicity — Yep, another one added to the long list of variant covers of this album. This one is denoted as Yellow, Blue, Red (YBR) Andy/Sting/Stewart – Andy Tub Right. That’s six of the variants that I have now. VG.
Jonathan has increased a day on the schedule. Underdog Records is now open Wednesday-Saturday 11a-7p with deliveries happening on Monday and Tuesday. Closed Sunday. You can get in on the delivery action by watching his social media where he posts, new, restock, freshly acquired and more. You can buy NEW (meaning unopened unused) vinyl 24/7 by visiting the Underdog Records website. I used Discogs to keep track of what I have, what some of my friends have, to pick a random record and to occasionally buy things from the Discogs Marketplace.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “Some dreams are in the night time and some seem like yesterday. But leaves turn brown and fade, ships sail away. You long to say a thousand words but seasons change.” – “Seasons Change” (Martineé)
Moving the Haul to today so I could rant yesterday. You know how it is, Dear Reader.
Saturday was a good day. Breakfast, Underdog Records, records listening, dinner, binge watching The Crown and Will & Grace. Here’s the haul, I think we got good stuff:
Nat King Cole – Nat King Cole Golden Treasury “Unforgettable” — Our ever-expanding Nat King Cole collection got six records bigger. This 6×LP collection is in VG++ shape (best I can tell) and is chock-full of Nat’s finest tunes. 60 tunes to be exact. The Canadian version had an extra LP with 10 extra songs. The box is nice and is probably in VG shape. It is an original 1966 edition.
Suicide – Suicide — The 1977 debut album from this eclectic, somewhat weird and groundbreaking American duo. It’s synth punk, early new wave, somewhat minimalist synth pop. It was #441 on the RS list that matters and slipped to #498 on the one that doesn’t. It’s on blood red vinyl. New, remastered, deluxe and limited edition.
Various – Streets Of Fire – Music From The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — “I Can Dream About You” from Dan Hartman would have been enough to buy this record. Really, that is why I bought the record. That and I didn’t already have it. I thought the film was decent and I just wanted it. It’s a club edition which really makes little difference to me. It is BMG/RCA club which tends to be a little less on quality than the Columbia House versions, but whatever. VG+.
ZZ Top – El Loco — Two Beards with a Beard (what I call ZZ Top) had a classic rock, Texan blues based sound in the 70s and with this album, started a trend that opened them to a whole new audience (like me) and synths started to become part of the process. The hits from this were “Tube Snake Boogie” and “Pearl Necklace.” Both which were innuendo and double entendre. This was the last album before the first time I heard of the band which was the next album, Eliminator. That’s right, I had never even heard of them until then. VG++/EX.
AC/DC – Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap — I’ve never been a huge AC/DC fan but this album, Highway to Hell and Back in Black, I love. Heavens Sake did “Big Balls” and I really enjoy that tune. This is in EX condition.
Buffalo Springfield – Buffalo Springfield — This was the original pressing of this album because it does not have “For What It’s Worth” on it. That song was released as an independent single and did a great job. ATCO (the record company) decided to repress the album with that song on it, so to capitalize. This doesn’t have it, so it’s an original pressing. It’s a decent shape. Jonathan has it listed as VG, and overall I think that’s correct. The cover is VG/VG- to me.
Underdog Records was kicking it when we went in. Few people when we first got there (right after opening) but people started shuffling in. Good for Jonathan! So, we haven’t worked all the details about it yet and I don’t want to mention half details but I can say that Jonathan and I are rebooting the Beeswax Vinyl & More podcast. Some aspects of the old show may stick around while new aspects will be added. When we have things nailed down to format, I’ll write a post about that.
Meanwhile, go to Underdog Records for all your vinyl needs, be it turntables, protective sleeves, dust brushes, or the records themselves. They are opened Thursday-Saturday with store-to-porch deliveries (weather permitting) Monday-Wednesday. You can shop NEW vinyl, anytime, day or night, by visiting the Underdog website.
I use Discogs to track my collection and on occasion add to it from the Marketplace. I’m waiting on a purchase, now, so hopefully by next weekend I can tell you some good news.
Until tomorrow, keep spinnin’… Scorp out!
— “If you’re having trouble with the high school head, he’s giving you the blues. You wanna graduate, but not in his bed, here’s what you gotta do: pick up the phone, I’m always home. Call me anytime. Just ring: 3-6, 2-4, 3-6, hey! I lead a life of crime!” – “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” (Young/Young/Scott)
If you’re a celebrator of Valentine’s Day, then Happy Valentine’s Day. If you’re like me, one of the ones who do not celebrate it, then Happy Sunday. Now, I’m not being a curmudgeon. I love Valentine’s Day for one thing. An excuse to have delicious food. I think we’re having filet tonight.
But, I don’t think that celebrating DeBeers, Whitman’s, FTD, and Hallmark’s bastardization of a holiday that traditionally was about celebrating your best companion is fun. I celebrate my best girl year round.. Also, and I think The BCPF would back me up on this, we do a lot for each other throughout the year that we don’t need a special day to put diamonds, chocolate, flowers and disposable paper “cards” in the mix when I do those things throughout the year and it doesn’t cost three times as much, ya know. That’s the reason I don’t like the holiday. Not that I’m a cheapskate either. I would pay the going rate for any of that stuff all throughout the year. It’s just that they are fleecing us all for the week (or dare I say month+) leading to this day.
Mother’s Day is almost as bad, but I do honor my mother as well as my wife who is the best step(h)mom on the planet. But, those companies gouge those prices high for the holidays. I prefer to not get a card for Father’s Day, just some time spent with me is what makes me happy. Birthdays are different because that day is the day of the person whose birth is being celebrated. Cards are good for that, although I rarely give them.
So, again, happy Valentine’s Day to you if you celebrate and happy Daytona 500 if you celebrate that and happy Sunday if that’s what you care about. That’s The BCPF and me.
Until tomorrow, when you’ll get the “haul”… Scorp out!
— “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz