HAPPY BIRTHDAY, CHECK YOUR HEAD!

Check Your Head was released 25 years ago today. Crazy. Below is a copy and paste from the newsletter email from earlier today. Had to order the Brooklyn Dust Music hoodie. Had to.

Today is the 25th anniversary of the release of “Check Your Head”! To celebrate the iconic release we’ve got some classic apparel from that era. Check out the new tees and hoodie available and order yours in bundles with the Remastered Double-LP version of Check Your Head. We also also have a few copies of the Limited Collectors Edition Hardcover 4xLP but once those are gone, they’re gone! You don’t want to miss out on this 8-panel gatefold package with foil cover inlay, packaged in a fabric-wrapped, black foil-stamped hardcover “coffee table book” case. Both the Double-LP and 4xLP are pressed on 180-gram vinyl.

As an added bonus, the first 500 orders will get a free Beastie Boys Classic Logo Enamel Pin (US addresses only).

Check it all out at the Official Beastie Boys Online Store today!

Please contact support@kingsroadmerch.com with any questions you may have.

Cheers,
Beastie Boys
Kings Road Merch
support@kingsroadmerch.com

Gypsy

I’d not heard of Yoska Gabor and his Gypsy Orchestra until the day I nabbed the Time Records Series 2000 album, Gypsy. She must be a reissue as she’s not housed in her usual, Time Records Series 2000 gatefold cover, but that doesn’t subtract from how mesmerizing the music is. I’m much more a fan of the horn than I am of the string, but with the fury and passion displaying within Gypsy, I’ll let the horn rest for a double-sided spin. Check it out if you’re feeling adventurous. She’s labeled as jazz-folk-pop, but I’m sure you’re clever enough to come up with your own label for it.

35 Mil

So, I’ll admit that I had to look this up, and from what I retained, here goes. (Clears throat) 35mm, when referring to audio / sound recording, was a technique championed (in the music recording world) by Enoch Light and Command Records (Mr. Light’s label). Feature films of the time were using 35mm for their film prints, and when stereophonic and widescreen advances became the popular buzz around Hollywood, Mr. Light utilized this technique to record his Space Age Pop, which, if I’m understanding this correctly, allowed for more instruments / artists to be recorded individually due to the wider, 35mm film. Magnetic sound recording had been the norm at the time, but 35mm offered much more range, which Mr. Light wisely capitalized upon. Anyway, pretty much any Command Record release from the time will diligently detail this unique and groundbreaking recording process, and I encourage you to discover the magnificent (and magnetic) wonders of 35mm sound.

Sextets and Septets

It’s not quite a major award, but grand isn’t too shabby if you ask me, and since you didn’t, here is the acclaimed credit list for this 195? Grand Award Records (Kingsland Ave, Harrison, New Jersey) album titled, The Swingin’ 30s.

The Ray McKinley Sextet: featuring Ray McKinley, drums; Trigger Alpert, bass; Mickey Crane, piano; Lee Caste, trumpet; Dean Kincaide, saxophone; Peanuts Hucko, clarinet.

The Peanuts Hucko Septet: featuring Peanuts Hucko, clarinet; Billy Butterfield, trumpet; Boomie Richman, tenor sax; Hank Jones, piano; Mundell Lowe, guitar; Jack Lesberg, bass; Morey Feld, drums.

Let ’em Roar

One of this past weekend’s goodies was this collection of Roaring 20’s music from Mr. Enoch Light. This particular release doesn’t appear in Discogs yet, so I’ll need to do a bit of work this coming weekend before she can join her friends on the shelf. Anyway, the music isn’t bad, not much IS from Enoch Light, just not something I’d care to listen to every day. Too happy for my taste, but for $0.92, it was well worth the price of admission. Also, happy birthday to my lovely wife. 🙂

Golden Hits

goldenhitsI’m almost certain this is how records are made, or at the very least, it’s how they should be made. In classic 1967 style, swingbeat tycoon Ace Cannon delivers a collection of ferocious hits on Hi Records’ Memphis Golden Hits. I Walk the Line, Raunchy, Wooly Bully, In the Midnight Hour, and Green Onions stand out, but overall, these 12 tracks are, most certainly, a worthy, loopy listen.

Question #24

bandaHypothetical question for you lovely spinners of analog entertainment. How many skips are acceptable on a $1 record? A handful? Two hands full? There is a certain, unmentioned understanding between the seller of the $1 record, and that of the potential buyer. But, what number is that unmentioned understanding? I counted three skips on this Banda del Arma de Aviacion, Madrid record. To me, that’s an acceptable amount for the price. Now, say El Toro here was listed for $5 and had the same amount of skips. Would THAT then be acceptable? I’d side with no, again going back to that “unmentioned understanding.” I have a lot of $1 records, and a lot of them skip, but to me, the blemishes are worth the ridiculously low price of discovering new entertainment.