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Comment added to Vinyl Album by ppint.: uk lp licenced from 1957 prestige lp PRLP 7094, one of four albums recorded in two sessions, 11/5/1956 & 26/10/1956 in the van gelder studio, hackensack new jersey, to complete his contractual...
Comment added to CD Album by Quicksilver: remaining scans added
Comment added to 78 RPM by joehilllouis: Added 2 images from my own copy
CD Album added by passarinho: James Brown - Dead On The Heavy Funk 1975-83 - Polydor - USA - 1998
TV added by cptbeefheart: SS-GB (2017 - Now)
Magazine added by ZowieWowie: Diana - Issue 555 - Oct 1973 - UK
Comment added to Vinyl Album by cptbeefheart: Nod to original poster, Added Scans
Comment added to Vinyl Album by ana-b: Since I can't see any composers credits, I have to wonder if "Louie Louie" is really credited to Chuck Berry on this release......
CD Album added by sailorsam: Jeff Murphy - Cantilever - Black Vinyl - USA - 2007
Comment added to 78 RPM by pandah: Variant label scans added without A & B side designation. I always regarded the side B as the hit number, rather than side A. Wouldn't the macro numbers also seem to bear this out? I'm also...
78 RPM added by Grondzero: Die Vier Richters - Es Steht Eine Mühle Im Schwarzwald / Liebling Mit Dem Blonden Haar - Brillant Special - Germany - 283
Comment added to 78 RPM by xiphophilos: "Rock Around The Clock", as the quatrefoil ✤ (= Gloverville, NY pressing) or diamond ◈ (= Richmond, IN pressing) after the matrix number shows, was intended as the B side. I've switched the track order accordingly.
Comment added to 78 RPM by JLC135: Label and sleeve images added.
Vinyl Album added by sladesounds: Martin Briley - One Night With A Stranger - Mercury - USA - 1983
CD Album added by passarinho: James Brown - Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975 - Polydor - USA - 1996
Magazine added by ZowieWowie: Bravo - Issue 13 - Mar 1977 - Germany
Comment added to 78 RPM by xiphophilos: Frank Daniels (friktech) says that the Gloversville, NY, plant, which had been open for only a few months before this Four Aces 78 came out, used a "quatrefoil (✤) or plus‐like symbol for singles;...
Magazine added by mrblond: L'Europeo - Volume 7 - Issue 31 - Jul 1951 - Italy
Comment added to 78 RPM by bigyella: 'No Other Love' was Hilton's only chart-topper, spending six consecutive weeks at #1 in May/June 1956.
Comment added to 78 RPM by bigyella: This double A-side peaked at #2 on three separate occasions, denied top spot first by Ronnie Hilton's 'No Other Love', then by Pat Boone's 'I'll Be Home'.
CD Album added by nboldock: The Prodigy - Invaders Must Die - Cooking Vinyl - UK - 2009
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Review added to Vinyl Album by Magic Marmalade:
Shirley Collins And Davy Graham - Folk Roots, New Routes (2014)

Where to begin with this one?!!!.....

.... The album, and the music itself is all but legendary as it is, so doesn't really require a review on that score,

...except to say it's just guitar genius Davy Graham offering acoustic accompaniment to Shirley Collins' authentic folk singing, and occasional instrumentals by Graham, and a couple of solo pieces by Collins.

But it's this particular issue that needs some comment, as, perhaps, in the spirit of the best Decca traditions, it's several shades of pissed thinking all at once.... but delightfully so!

Firstly, I've got to mention that this issue comes housed in the Mono issue apparel: Red Decca Mono labels (stereo were blue!), and in a sleeve that also indicates Mono -

- It ain't mono!

...Ah, but that's not an entirely true statement either...

....As, having listened a few times now to be sure, I am pretty certain the opening track IS mono, but that the rest of the tracks are most definitely stereo (!....?...!!!!!.... ?..........!)

And further scrutiny of the labels begins to unpick this oddness... for the patent date given on both labels and sleeve is 1965 - the date of the work itself, but if you look to the perimeter text on the labels, you will see a copyright date (and additional patent date) of 1967.

Now, I have not put this in the notes, as I think it needs some confirmation, but I fully suspect that the reason for this, is that the stereo recording mix, is copyrighted fro 1967, whereas the original work (in any mix) was mono - 1965.

...However, I've looked up and down, round the back of the sofa of the internet, and elsewhere all this while, and can not find any original issues in stereo!

As far as I know, and can find out, this was only ever released originally in mono.

Looking at the back cover photo, which indicates a recording set-up of the two of them across the room from each other, each with their own mics, I should imagine it would not have been that difficult for an engineer to retrospectively separate their two tracks, and make a very good stereo out of it...

(as sparsely arranged as it is possible to get... no complicating factors like more band members and instruments in close proximity hammering the whatssits out of their instruments, and bleeding through to the other's mics etc.)

So I can only conclude that the opening track was perhaps recorded differently... maybe with just one mic, or that they were so close that the separation was lost.

But then there's other wonkiness with this issue:

I believe the original came with an insert of some description... and that the first issue was actually released too late to have been sporting any kind of flip-back sleeve at all!

- original issues don't have it, and Decca were fairly early in adopting a standardised sleeve construction of the non-flip variety (You'd a'thunk that as this was released by Decca, for the purposes of replicating the original... they'd be more aware of the particulars of their own previous releases - just a trot down to the archive might have spared their blushes?)

So it's a might over-Decca'd by some enthusiastic soul at Decca HQ :)

(First issue sporting flips then! - I do love them though, so it's a bonus for me... but also, if you are going to put flips on the sleeve... please get it right: The spine edge flap should be UNDER top and bottom flaps - so it doesn't pull free, as photos of this issue on Amazon and Discogs show ....DOH!:)

And if you going to go to the trouble of "replicating" the original to the degree of putting flips on it, why not go the whole hog, and laminate the sleeve front, and use silver print on the labels, instead of white?

....but as I wasn't expecting it to be a limited edition of any kind when I bought it... I'm pleased as punch, to have, a fine (though misguided) effort from Decca, which does mean I have the album at last!

--And this pressing does sound great too nevertheless--
Review added to Vinyl Album by Magic Marmalade:
Al Caiola And Orchestra - Italian Guitars (1962)

This is where I'm at now with my bin-digging habits...

...Anything odd, or unusual, that features any of the things that get my spidey-sense tingling gets me thinking: "Why not?"...and: "Yes Please!".

This, for instance, is another conjoined Oriole + partner label record (I've become intrigued by through finding some lovely classical Oriole / Eurodisc albums recently), it has a picture of a guitar (part) on it, albeit a rather abstract one, it has a lovely triple flip-back laminated sleeve, is in glorious stereo (from 1962!) and features an orchestra made up (almost) entirely of guitars!... acoustic, and electric, as well as mandolins.

It scored very highly on the Marmal-o-meter!

...............and I had to hear what it sounded like :)

It seems this is an Oriole pressing for the U.S. and Candaian Time label (Time Series 2000, to be exact), and further adds to the impression of Oriole casting about to get stuff to release.

Would be interested to know the story of Oriole around this time, and what other label tie-ins and other forgotten gems may be out there to be had.

This though, having only briefly played through it to get an impression, sounds pretty good... it's like your basic expectation of Italian mandolin music to Gondolier by... but the electric guitars add that extra dimension, and it is very wide-screen sounding stuff, and could easily be the incidental music soundtrack to one of those late fifties - early sixties Technicolor movies set in Rome, plus the intrigue element which gives it a bit of a James Bond - early sixties spy movie kind feel... all black polo-necks and milk tray man does Italian Job doin's.

Groovy stuff.

(Had a look about on the inter-knot, and found a separate mono issue of this, and also a "Spanish Guitars" album too, by the same artist).

I shall be saving this one for next Sunday to listen to more thoroughly... probably while I iron my underwear... but you don't need to know that.
Review added to Live Music by pink flamingo:
Soft Cell @ Assembly Rooms (1983)

This was the first time I saw soft cell. I bunked off work in Leicester and caught the bus to derby with no idea how I was gonna get home and didn't care. I spent the day hanging around outside the assembly rooms and met both Marc and Dave. Even managed to get in backstage and pinched Marc's dressing room poster.
Review added to TV by cptbeefheart:
The Moorside (2017) (2017)
Rated 7/10

Quite a good dramatic re-creation of events that took place in 2008. Sheridan Smith was great as usual but the one thing I didn't like was how thick the Yorkshire accents were. They were so strong that parts of the dialogue were Indecipherable. I've noticed in recent years the tendancy to subtitle programs with accents this thick, and in the case of "The Moorside" this probably wouldn't have gone amiss.
Review added to Vinyl Album by kab2112:
Gryphon - Red Queen To Gryphon Three (1974)

I used to do a lot of gigs & concerts in the 1970's where I saw quite a few "Iffy" support acts. When I went to a YES concert in 1975, these were the support, and my thoughts were that I would not fancy them after a bit of research prior to the show. They played instruments that I hadn't heard of and I really enjoyed their performance, and consequently bought the album the next day.I now have it on CD and give it the occasional spin. It is very much of it's time, but I still find bits to enjoy. I had some (younger) friends round a couple of years ago, browsing my CD collection and one of them pulled this out and asked for me to give it a quick spin, which I duly did. They were horrified to find that I would actually listen to (and enjoy) this. I'm not sure they've been round again. There's no accounting for taste.
Review added to Cinema by zabadak:
The Wiz (1978)
Rated 10/10

Well now, what a revelation! :shocked:

I absolutely loved this film! There is a surreal quality running throughout which I found highly enjoyable!

The real New York settings are a delight and the musical set-pieces extraordinary!

Diana Ross can act - we know that - but sing and dance, too! A shame she didn't pursue this avenue more.

And yes, the irony of Michael Jackson's "Scarecrow" having a false nose was not lost on me... :wink:
Review added to Cinema by Dr Doom:
Wonderwall (1968)
Rated 4/10

Very much a product of it's time.

In truth without the George Harrison/Remo Four soundtrack and the breathtakingly beautiful Jane Birkin to feast one's ears and eyes upon there's little in this film to recommend. A paper thin plot, painful dialogue and creaky slapstick mar the enjoyment of shots of 'Swinging London' in it's heyday.

I suspect an in depth 'making of' would be more interesting than the film itself.
Review added to CD Album by George Slv:
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Lorin Maazel - Sibelius: Symphony No.1, Karelia Suite (2009)

I've had a chance to listen to this on computer, using a 32-bit fp conversion, with external stereo speakers. While allowing that it's not the full DSD sound, the sound is smoother and fuller than CD. But compared to my vinyl recording the tone is not as pleasant to me. Not as full and rounded, with harsher treble and less bass. I will be drawn to listen to my 64-bit recording of my vinyl.
But the labels are right to give attention to the Maazel Vienna recordings. I consider them the best of Sibelius' symphonies.
Review added to Classical Item by Magic Marmalade:
Karl Ristenpart, Chamber Orchestra Of The Sarre - Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto For Three Violins And Orchestra In D Major / Concerto For Flute, Violin And Harpsichord In A Minor (1966)

I can't believe it's not Decca!...

Wow....

...These Nonesuch issues are excellent... really great open, broad, full stereos which have an immaculate sound. The vinyl itself is not the thickest perhaps, but they are noiseless in the interim between tracks, they run smooth and silent, except for the music itself, which is pretty much perfectly presented.

But don't just take my word for it... here is my own recording of the Concerto In D Major For Three Violins And Orchestra; 3rd Movement, from this disc.

Maybe the covers are a little dated, and I get the feeling this may have been as a concession to popular culture of the time - flower power and all that- which now only makes them seem like bargain basement jobbies... but they are as good as any label I've listened to, and along with the U.S Vox label, represent real value for money, because albums on both labels can be got for ten of our English European pounds or less (sometimes even less than a fiver!).

(I see the Polydor Records Ltd. makers mark on the back cover... which probably explains why they sound so good :)
Review added to Cinema by zabadak:
John Wick (2014)
Rated 7/10

Beware the Jabberwock, my son! :erk:

Also, beware the film with five (five!) producers!

Actually, this was quite entertaining. The violence is ridiculous - it plays like a shoot-em-up video game at times - and Keanu rocks his monosyllabic Arnie too much but, still, I will watch the sequel when it appears on DVD.
Review added to Vinyl Album by Tane1976:
The Time - What Time Is It? (1982)

The Time's second and best of their album. The funk work outs on the debut are taken further and we have a good time fun record. The opener Wild and Loose is agreat party jam about being a famous band and having fun. Includes a funny conversation with some female fans talking uo the group, but once they meet Morris, who brushes them off, they change.

This is followed by 777 - 9311 a song about the group wanting a ladies phone number, no doubt for something else. The song ahs a pleading party feel and became a huge hit on the soul chart reaching #2. In real life it was the phone number of Prince's guitarist - Dez Dickerson, who had to change it after he was called all hours of the night.

The nest song is a silly skit, but enjoyable enough, but it is a filler. Then comes The Walk, easily the best Jam on the album and possibly the greatest song ever by the Time. The walk is about showing off and includes a catchy melody and some hilarious lyrics. At the end Morris is encouraging Vanity (Of Vanity 6 fame) to lose her jeans and walk around in a camisole (After all the girls in his neighbourhood wear them and Morris always has a ready supply of women's lingere in his glovebox). Prince also offers vocal cameos and the whole song is funky but hilarious.

Finally we have two ballads, which are a vast improvement on the ballads on the debut. Gigolos get lonely to is sublime and proves there is more to Morris than some jet set meets jive ass pimp ladies man. He has emotions too, finally we I don't wanna leave you, which flies in the face of what we think of Morris. Here he sings about commitment, but this is strange from a man who pretty much is gone once he has finished you know what.

Overall this is great stuff, very funky, dancy and soulful and totally reminescent of the genius of Prince. 9/10
Review added to Vinyl Album by kab2112:
Free - Highway (1970)

When this album was released towards the end of 1970, it wasn't given particularly good press as I remember, probably because of comparisons to the excellent "Fire & Water" album released the summer before.. However, there are some very, very good tracks on this album that can be regarded as "Free" classics, such as The Stealer, Be My Friend and Love You So. There are some other very good tracks on this such as Ride on Pony, Bodie to name but two. There is not a bad track on the album, and it is probably the "Free " album that I still listen most often these days.
Review added to Cinema by Magic Marmalade:
Watchmen (2009)
Rated 6/10

A good, faithful (mostly) shot-for-cell live action version of Watchmen...

But...

It's missing all the important extra bits (in the right places) which are the substance of Watchmen... for the comics / graphic novel is like a jigsaw of elements, which together describe the picture... the straight narrative storyline being only one of those.

In the graphic novel each of the twelve original instalments incorporates the story, a flashback story, articles, psychological profile documents, a comic -within comic (The Black Freighter) and assorted other bits and pieces, which create the mosaic of what this is really all about.

...So like a jigsaw, you take all these pieces, and in thinking them over lay them out before you, and see what kind of picture they make... but also, in so doing, you see the shape of the pieces the provided material makes in describing deliberately missing elements, conclusions you can draw the gaps in the provided material which will strongly suggest deeper intentions and meanings in Watchmen.

...So seeing this after having read the graphic novel felt oddly one dimensional, albeit, as good a filmed version it would have been possible to make... and this detracted slightly, and somehow, lost the tone of the novel by virtue of the live action ....

(the horrific violence just comes across as cool or something of that sort here, but is very pointedly using the medium of comic book cells in the book to say something about that violence... and American culture)

In fact, the violence comes across as simply fetish-ist-ic and creepy, rather than cynical and repugnant, as was, I think the intent (could be why Alan Moore wanted nothing to do with the film).

So it's OK by any modern superhero movie standard, but you have to read the graphic novel get it, and get just how brilliant it is at what it intends to do.

... So that said... if you are going to watch this, watch it first BEFORE reading the novel, otherwise you'll be disappointed with the film.
Review added to CD Album by Quicksilver:
The Marshall Tucker Band - Stompin' Room Only (2003)

- some amazing live cuts from the 1976 tour of the UK
- extra tracks from USA dates including guest appearances from Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Chuck Leavell, Jimmy Hall, Fred Edwards and Jamie Nichol

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