The Fascination become an obsession. Through reading avidly on the Steve Hoffman forums ( he remasters for Capitol) where such matters are discussed in immense detail I have come to an understanding of the following…..
The best MONO pressings of Sinatra’s fifties Capitol recordings are those issued on the grey labels as above. Finding mint copies of these items is almost impossible as the ceramic cartridges of players back in the day wore the vinyl to shreds..mostly..but occasionally I come across them and see if I got lucky. Yesterday I found three Sinatras on grey and a lovely Judy Garland Lp ‘Alone’ (see below) . The Garland has obvious wear and all the Sinatras are not pristine although they are all playable. I also have later stereo versions of Come Fly With me (1962 Alan Dell stereo RP 1984 ) and Songs for Young Lovers ( Capitol Orange label 1970s RP again stereo).
I did a brief comparison playing the MONO on a mono deck and stereo on stereo and sure enough all the comments true. Ignoring a good deal of wear surface noise it was obvious that the recordings indeed of the same performance but from different mic and tapes as it was the practice with these early stereo experiments to mic stereo high in the gods on booms right/left and close mic drums etc with more mics for mono mix. On Come Fly With Me the difference striking with real kick bass to the drums that simply nothere on the ‘brighter’ stereo recording.
The definitive descriptions of these events are here along with hand drawn descriptions of the microphone placements.
So having fallen into the rabbit hole of detailed recording techniques what next….for now I have an awful lot of Sinatra to get through….then Nat King Cole….
Differences…the Mono -Stereo illustration change…
Frank also lost a track as the Kipling family ( the writer not cakes!) objected to his setting of the Road to Mandalay on Come Fly With me so it was substituted in the UK and did not reappear (it was substituted with a track from LP above) until 1984 Dell reissue.
I picked up this insane triple album in Nottingham for a pound…i.e. 33 1/3p per disc 🙂 The image is a woman with plastic animals all over…mad but reminds me of the later Loose early compilation below:-)
It is a Sunday Times offer from 1972 in collaboration with CBS so content and vinyl quality very good.
It all CBS related acts so you get The Byrds, Johnny Cash, Carter Family etc etc.
Amazing selection which fully listed on the discogs page.
This the Burnt Paw/ Pete Pawsey entry including Burnt Paw drawing which he gives out to audience at his gigs..
both performances were excellent and I have a video of Pete doing stirling renditions of Randy Newman’s ‘Birmingham’ and his own ‘Yesterday’s Clothes’ which I hope to post in due course with his permission.
This says all you need to know about his career going back to the late 1950s. I never knew he played bass on Blonde on Blonde nor that he was such a rated guitarist and was experimenting with guitar techniques and hacks way back. A new hero.
The album is astonishing and indeed Nillson and Beatlesque in its depth and variety. He had spent four years ‘missing’ following the suicide of his brother and this album was some kind of a comeback. From the sitar playing on the famous Games People Play he had been an innovator but I still unprepared for just how good this LP is.
It made me pull out a See for Miles reissue of his first album Introspect. I also found a double CD rip of the two later albums Games People Play and Joe South. All highly recommended..Southern Roots at its best.
Here the man himself on youtube in 1969 TV appearance..
White or Red Stripes? The out-takes from cover photo session for Virgin first album.
You can see the cans of lager in these other photos. The record company airbrushed out on the actual cover below!
January 28th 1978 I am 19 years old and on my one year foundation course at Oxford Polytechnic just as PUNK was filtering into the shires….we were a year behind London 🙂 I remember watching in awe the previous autumn as a guy on the course purchased the Buzzcocks first album complete with designer silver grey plastic bag and showed it off.
I had a birthday in January 1978 and as money was so tight that was my first opportunity to buy a punk album. I only had three options in my little hometown of Didcot, Oxfordshire.
The Lays Electrical shop where I had bought my glam rock 7 inches off the pegboard walls or W H Smith which was vinyl central then or Woolworths.
It turned out Woolies was more PUNK….
I remember to this day looking through the rack and seeing three or four options..The Damned, XTC, Iggy Pop’s The Idiot and the red compilation of ‘New Wave’. I plumped for the Iggy Pop album for some reason and took it home over-excited. This ended as I put it on the tiny dansette hidden in my parent’s old sideboard….it was warped so badly it didn’t play.
So I took it back and had only two choices…the red compilation or this weird album by XTC called White Music…it looked punky and I had no idea they were down the road in Swindon.
White Music it was…
I now listening to a digital version for first time in years..was way ahead of me then and still sounds exciting now. Not a bad choice and somehow over the years I lost my original copy…..will keep a look out for a replacement on vinyl for old times sake.
Meanwhile here what I listening to in a sideboard on a mono dansette in January 1978 🙂
A dub version of All along the watchtower….FFS 🙂
Swindon Boys and recorded at the Manor Oxford…..local post modernism 🙂
Did it influence my art not much…but it was the soundtrack:-)
If you see this mid-price compilation from Spain from 1967 grab it as it is a re-badging of the Mercury Studios 1966 re-takes session Berry did when he swapped labels moving from Chess to Mercury (Fontana over here).
My particular favourite is the take on Roll Over Beethoven which almost punk like in its speed and intensity. The whole session sounds one-take live throughout. Leadbitter and Slaven’s Blues Records 1943-1970 states it recorded Clayton Mo, Oct/Nov 1966.
I always had a soft spot for Ramblin Jack Elliott (born Elliot Adnopoz in Brooklyn yes the original Jewish Beat Cowboy before Zimmerman 🙂 ) not only because of the obvious Dylan connection but because the early Topic LPs are beautifully designed especially the drawn ones which I copied for Trailer Star’s fake album Suit of Nettles. Spot the influence…
The artist on these Topic albums (I also have a beautiful Sarah Ogun Gunning album of the same period) was probably the same artist but I cannot trace who it is at all.
The Elliotts have what appears to be a signature but Bosard C my best guess comes up with nothing ..
This my collection so far as Ramblin Jack has 50 releases a way to go…
Do not know where or when I picked this up. Probably bought for the cover and a little familiarity with the title track. Produced by Lou Adler on his own Dunhill Records which had bigger hits with the Mama and Papas and Carole King. We are firmly in ‘New Dylan’ territory and it not surprising that fellow folkie P.F.Sloan provides a couple of tracks alongside Dylan himself. The Dylan covers are polite and pleasant. The production pure Terry Melcher or CBS studio A Johnston . The stand out is this the title track. A cold war track of unending relevance even now sadly. Maguire found religion and became a major artist on The God and Jesus circuit long before Dylan found himself ironically. Overall a novelty record but worth it for a couple of nice tracks. I once had the P.F.Sloan greatest hits which overall a better album. I believe P.F.Sloan made a comeback recently just before he passed away in November 2015. Here’s the track..enjoy.
Most years the excellent Southern States magazine ‘Oxford American’ puts together a music related issue and an accompanying sampler. I was fortunate to acquire the one for 2000 but missed the rest.
The compilations are wonderful and off this one the stand-out track for me was Randall Bramblett’s Get In Get Out.
A steamy bit of wordy southern funk.
The rest was just as good..almost
1. Train That Carried My Girl from Town – Doc & Merle Watson
2. Sometimes We Make You Move Your Feet – Keith Frank & the Soileau Zydeco Band
3. Back to the Crossroads – Todd Snider
4. Break My Heart – Judybats
5. I Love You – Asie Payton
6. Best in Town – Hodges Brothers & the Hi Rhythm Section
7. Louisiana 1927 – Randy Newman
8. The Seventh Son – Mose Allison
9. Get In Get Out – Randall Bramblett
10. Billy the Kid – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
11. Whatever Way the Wind Blows – Kelly Willis
12. When the Roses Bloom Again – Wilco with Billy Bragg
13. Silver Dagger – Dolly Parton
14. Leaning – Robert Mitchum & Lillian Gish
15. He’s Got You – Dean Martin
16. I Know – Kim Richey
17. Dirty Angels – Kevin Kinney
18. Southern Casey Jones – Jesse James
19. Not for the Love of You Woman – Ronnie Milsap
20. Castanets – Alejandro Escovedo
21. Can’t Stop a Train – The Derailers
22. Grievin’ My Heart Out for You – Jimmie Davis
23. Down in the River to Pray – Alison Krauss
I then found Bramblett’s 2001 CD album ‘No more Mr. Lucky’ which was not all as good as this track but a good album. It seems he has had a long career as sideman which explains why his new album from 2016 ‘Devil Music’ includes luminaries like Mark Knopler on it. I missed out on albums in between so looking forward to hearing. The new album from online previews sounds like more Get In Get Out which no bad thing.