First of all, take a long look at that 1987 hair. You didn’t look long enough… have another glance. Now, just think that there were only two artists in history, that being recording history, to reach the Billboard Hot 100’s top three with four singles from a debut album (Is the Billboard Hot 100 still a thing?). The first, Whitney Houston, and the second, Mr. Mullet, Richard Marx. This album was essentially the soundtrack to the summer of 1987! Don’t Mean Nothing, Should’ve Known Better, Endless Summer Nights, and Hold on to the Nights. I mean, k’mon! One man, one album, his debut, four singles, top three. History. Just like that.
I was strikingly unaware, back in some foggy 1998 day, that my purchase of Don McLean’s American Pie was actually an abridged version of the original album. Often one to overlook the tiny print, this glaring indicator is now unmissable on the back sleeve, and stands as a reminder that one should always at least attempt to scan the fine print.
I just caught wind that the elusive To the 5 Boroughs, the much-needed and surprisingly rare 2004 album from the Beastie Boys, is now available for pre-order at their official store. Head on over to secure your copy today!
Though not as well received as either 2003’s Animositisomina or 2006’s Rio Grande Blood (a play on ZZ Top’s 1972 album, Rio Grande Mud), 2004’s Houses of the Molé proved that 1) Ministry could sustain without Paul Barker, and 2) there would be, in fact, new Ministry music. Good, but not great, I’m just happy I can start filling in the much-needed Ministry discography gaps.
Up next (tonight) will be the 2002 released, 1996 recorded, 2017 pressed double LP, Sphinctour. Still getting around to these first time Ministry vinyl pressings.
The last two records to spin. Tom Jones’ 1967 Green, Green, Grass of Home, and Deltron 3030’s 2014, Event 2. Both are really great spins, though I bet Deltron will get much more play from here on out. This Tom Jones release surprised me, however, and was well worth the $1 I paid for it.
Can something still hold claim to “new” if it’s 55 years old? Well, if it involves Enoch Light and Command Records, then that answer is most definitely “yes.” Bossa Nova at its finest, kids, and well worth the $2 price tag. Hunt, find, acquire.
Day 2 of the 2017 Hot Snakes tour. Sold out show at the Troubadour. The new tracks were massive. Looking forward to the new album!
So excited to finally have obtained this essential Them album, Here Comes the Night. To say I’ve been searching for an affordable, clean copy for the last decade would carry with it very little exaggeration. Gloria, Here Comes the Night, Mystic Eyes, One More Time… if you see one in good shape for a relatively inexpensive price, BUY IT!
Though not a friend of mine, the Devil ain’t no fool.
A familiar sight to many of you who own, what I’ll argue to be, one of the top 10 recorded pop albums of all time. Van Morrison’s 1968 Astral Weeks is a timeless, immortal collection of eight tracks broken into two parts: In the Beginning (side A) and Afterwards (Side B). Though Astral Weeks is technically Mr. Morrison’s second studio record, it is, without question, his first, and best album.
It never really dawned on me how damn similar these two album covers were. On the left, Arthur Lyman’s, Taboo, and on the right, The Legend of Pele. Now, what’s interesting, is that the internet can’t get its release dates straight. Some reputable sources are saying Taboo is Lyman’s debut album, released in 1958, while Pele was a 1959 release (with a few additional albums separating the year gap). Other sources are saying Pele was also released in 1958, and that Leis of Jazz (originally thought to have been released in 1959) is actually Lyman’s debut album, being released in 1957. Unfortunately, there is no clear source for this valuable information… give me some time.
What I find most interesting about this insert, apart from the all-star line-up of yesteryear, is that wax-047 is referred to as The Ballad of Pailhead. It would never be released as such, and wax-047 would be pressed and forever known as Trait, a 12″ EP compiling Pailhead’s last two 7″ singles.
Let’s take a step back to the artificial world of 1982 with Oingo Boingo and their sophomore effort, Nothing to Fear. Fear is neither required nor permitting during the spinning of this album, only unabated courage towards the unknown.
Elvis Country is the 11th studio album by Elvis Aaron Presley, and its contents of 12 “country” tracks (honky tonk, rockabilly, bluegrass, etc.) were recorded (mainly) during the first week of June, 1970. The RCA Records album was released on January 2nd, 1971. Where were you on January 2nd, 1971?
Here are some (very) last minute party hints for your spooky social soirée, courtesy of 1973 and Chilling, Thrilling Sounds of the Haunted House. The bat invitation is pretty nifty, though the decorations may be a bit dated, 44 years to be exact. Regardless, HAPPY HALLOWEEN, KIDS!
The last in the Exotica series, Vol. III, released in 1959 on Liberty Records, closes out a decade of fantastic space age pop excitement. Sure, Mr. Denny would go on to release other “Exotica” flavored releases with Exotica Today (1966), Exotica Classica (1967), and Exotica ’90 (1990), but Vol. III closed the book on this must-have, three LP series.
Not sure I need to own this, Doris Day’s Greatest Hits, but here it sits… unplayed, and mocking me while it takes up precious shelf space. Doris Day’s Greatest Hits was released in 1958 on Columbia Records. That’s all you get, you magical goat.
Minneapolis’ Dillinger Four recorded and released their debut masterpiece back in 1998. Titled Midwestern Songs of the Americas, this 13-track attack received a limited rerelease on, notice the quotes, “Doublewhiskeycokenoice” colored vinyl. Limited to only 300 copies, this subtle touch makes an already feverish listen all the more enjoyable, if you’re into that sort of thing. Great mood music for any mood, so long as that mood is on the spectrum of anger.