Category Archives: Vinyl

Welcome Back My Friends……

So in the real world I haven’t been able to get into my actual refuge for the last couple of months due to house redecorating ‘stuff’ going on. That all changed this weekend….

So Emerson, Lake and Palmer are now down to just my namesake, a sad state of affairs – all virtuosos in their own right who became pompous and overblown when together and playing at their best. Excellent stuff.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard a voice intoning “Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, We’re so glad you could attend, Come inside, Come inside” (aka the start of ‘Karn Evil 9 – 1st Impression, Part 2’) for the first time. It was a Saturday afternoon, my dad was driving me into Maidenhead (in a brown Ford Cortina – WRD 634J – motoring fact fans) and we were listening to Alan “Fluff” Freeman, when those words emerged from the speakers. I didn’t know who it was but decided I had to find out.

I eventually got the LP, Brain Salad Surgery, some years later from Notting Hill Record and Tape Exchange and it’s remained with me ever since. A couple of the tracks I could do without (“Jerusalem” is too plain and “Benny the Bouncer” too throwaway) but if I’m ever famous enough to go onto Desert Island Discs I’ll try to get the Karn Evil 9 suite classed as one ‘song’ and take it with me.

and they could hit the same thing live (albeit with a prolonged drum solo in the middle)

Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Brain Salad Surgery (1973) – Vinyl

  • Jerusalem
  • Toccata
  • Still….You Turn Me On
  • Benny the Bouncer
  • Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression – Part 1
  • Karn Evil 9: 1st Impression – Part 2
  • Karn Evil 9: 2nd Impression
  • Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 37, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 22, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 866, Time: 64h 28m 49s 

How’s My Stylus Doing?

A second mystery is – how come I add no new posts for six months and in that time I start getting more hits than ever before. I understand that distance makes the heart grow fonder but does silence make the writing more profound? (somehow I doubt it……)

Anyway –

So this band are meant to change my life; they get excellent reviews in the ‘head press’ for their experimental, psych, noise approach to music.

This album is meant to be ‘it’ according to the sleeve notes –

“This might just be the single greatest side of OTT psych/noise guitar oblivion ever put to wax, a suitably enigmatic, nada-information ultra-limited LP w/printed off-set covers featuring a shades-less Mizutani, an enigmatic insert with nothing but a colour ocean-front snap and two ludicrously extended blown-out takes on primo material from the most legenadry Japanese underground group of all time, Les Raillez Denudes…..”

And then, as you read on, the sleeve notes start referring to tracks that aren’t on this limited orange vinyl release (nbr 529 of 1000) ……… double bluff, hype, lack of attention to detail or just my own stupidity?

Anyway it’s about the music, the experience, right?

Well, sorry I don’t get it – if I was experiencing it in person I might but on vinyl with (poor) bootleg recording quality I don’t.

When “Strung Out…” started I genuinely thought there was something wrong with my stylus whilst “The Last One” sounds like a migraine on Mandrax (one that lasts for 22 minutes). Things get slightly better (only slightly and starting from a very low base) with “An Awful Eternity” but even this is an attempt at c1970 Hawkwind in an offkilter, unturned, bootleg jam type of way……

My first 0/5 vinyl LP

Les Rallizes Denudes – France Demo Tapes (198?) – Orange Vinyl, Limited Edition 2016 Release

  • Strung Out Deeper Than The Night
  • The Last One
  • An Awful Eternity (Cruel Love)

Rate – 0/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 37, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 21, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 858, Time: 63h 43m 47s 

I’m Just Digging a Chinese Ditch

So you go into work and all of a sudden three months have disappeared…..Thank God for annual leave.

Whilst fun, the New York Dolls to me always sounded safer than their image promised – I listened to them, they had their moment on the turntable and then I moved on. But when Johnny Thunders and Jerry Nolan formed The Heartbreakers they produced something more down and dirty, something I liked…….

Now it would be fair to say that, thanks to the drug habit, Johnny wasn’t the nicest, or most reliable, of guys but when he was on form he could drive that guitar with the best of them.

The one studio album they managed to make was initially drowned in a mix of sludge but now after a number of ‘finds’ and releases there is the definitive edition which on vinyl is spread across three LPs. Here we have –

  • LAMF – Restored from the Track LP (no album master exists – it’s a long story)
  • LAMF – Demo Sessions and Alternative Mixes
  • LAMF – Alternative Mixes

To be honest a bit too much overkill for me on the alternate mixes but sometimes you have to have something just because someone’s labelled it a ‘definitive edition’ – yes, I’m a marketing man’s dream.

Excellent music and memories – now where’s my guitar……….??

Heartbreakers – L.A.M.F. (1977) – Definitive Edition Triple Vinyl – 2013 Release

  • ….L.A.M.F. Restored….
  • A1 – Born To Lose
  • A2 – Baby Talk
  • A3 – All By Myself
  • A4 – I Wanna Be Loved
  • A5 – It’s Not Enough
  • A6 – Chinese Rocks
  • B1 – Get Off The Phone
  • B2 – Pirate Love
  • B3 – One Track Mind
  • B4 – I Love You
  • B5 – Goin’ Steady
  • B6 – Let Go
  • ….Demo Sessions and Alternative Mixes
  • C1 – I Wanna Be Loved
  • C2 – Pirate Love
  • C3 – Goin’ Steady
  • C4 – Flight
  • C5 – Born To Lose
  • C6 – Can’t Keep My Eyes On You
  • C7 – It’s Not Enough
  • C8 – I Love You
  • D1 – Take A Chance
  • D2 – Do You Love Me
  • D3 – Let Go
  • D4 – Chinese Rocks
  • D5 – Born To Lose
  • D6 – Born To Lose
  • D7 – Born To Lose
  • D8 – Baby Talk
  • D9 – Baby Talk
  • ….Alternative Mixes
  • E1 – All By Myself
  • E2 – All By Myself
  • E3 – It’s Not Enough
  • E4 – It’s Not Enough
  • E5 – Chinese Rocks
  • E6 – Get Off The Phone
  • E7 – Pirate Love
  • E8 – Pirate Love
  • F1 – One Track Mind
  • F2 – One Track Mind
  • F3 – I Love You
  • F4 – Goin’ Steady
  • F5 – Goin’ Steady
  • F6 – Let Go
  • F7 – Let Go
  • F8 – Can’t Keep My Eyes On You
  • F9 – Do You Love Me

Rate – 5/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 36, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 20, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 846, Time: 62h 20m 27s 

So Here It Is…….

It’s that time of year again, weeks of preparation blown in a matter of days as an orgy of food, fun, frolics and festivities engulfs us.

And why not? It’s been a hard, long year and you have to let off steam every now and again….

….so the presents have been opened, the house is ready for guests, we’ve invited too many people for Christmas Dinner so we’re a chair short, food and nibbles are all over the place (but can’t be touched until the first person arrives) and we have a stack of AA batteries just in case.

The perfect time for a really quick festive post.

Eux Autres

Another Christmas At Home / Merry Xmas Everybody / Teenage Christmas (2009) – Vinyl

I bought this when it came out simply because I wanted to hear their take on Slade’s yuletide staple (aka Noddy Holder and Jim Lea’s pension provider) “Merry Xmas Everybody”. I like it in a laid back kind of way but after a while the monotony of the stomping drums tends to get to me………

The gem here is the A side “Another Christmas at Home” which is actually more of a paean to the nightmare that is enforced Christmas with family but delivered in such a way that you don’t realise this until you actually pick up on the lyrics.

Hey – Merry Christmas Everybody!

Rate – 3/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 30, Vinyl Singles – 17, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 695, Time: 52h 43m 18s

A Consciousness Explosion

I have a dim memory of ‘Judy Teen’ being played on Radio 1 from my pre-teenage years – the hit written by Harley to shut up EMI after ‘The Human Menagerie’ was released – but I only discovered this album in my mid-teens. And as I listened to it, it spoke to me in the way that only music can when you’re in the middle of growing up and don’t know what you want to be or even what the options are……..

It’s overblown, clever (in a sixth form/art college type of way), the vocals are full of affectations and the lyrics are all over the place. – all exactly what I wanted to hear when I was trying to write music reviews for the school’s student magazine.

Rediscovering this in a charity store a few weeks ago I did wonder what I would think of it now – would my memories of over 30 years ago match up to the cynical ear of 2015? In all honesty it fared well, the stand out tracks for me used to be “Sebastian” and “Death Trip” and listening once more they’re still as ridiculous (in a good way) as they always were.

A welcome return to the vinyl fold for an album lost too many years ago………..

Cockney Rebel – The Human Menagerie (1973) – Vinyl

  • Hideaway
  • What Ruthy Said
  • Loretta’s Tale
  • Crazy Raver
  • Sebastian
  • Mirror Freak
  • My Only Vice
  • Muriel the Actor
  • Chameleon
  • Death Trip

Rate – 4/5

Listening Since Day One

CDs – 27, Vinyl Singles – 16, LPs – 19, Downloads – 5, Cassettes – 1

Total Tracks: 646, Time: 48h 37m 52s