Colored Vinyl – The September Gurls EP – Big Star

I loved you, well, nevermind, I’ve been crying all the time

Back in the 1980s/1990s, I was a huge Bangles collector. They had covered the song “September Gurls” by the band Big Star who recorded it on their second album, the 1974 “Radio City”. I had never heard of Big Star until I learned this from the Bangles. I was in the Atlanta record store “Wax’n’Fax” and saw this “September Gurls EP” import.

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Tour Names

Crazy names for concert tours

A lot of band tours over the years have the album they’re promoting name, like Queen’s 1975/1976 “A Night at the Opera Tour”, or where they were going, like Led Zeppelin‘s 1968/1969 “North American Tour”. Some bands chosen tour names are a bit more fun, here are a few.

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Stacks of 45’s – Vincent/Castles In The Air

This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you

When I was young before I had cassettes, the only good way of making a playlist of songs was to stack 45s on the turntable. I would arrange for them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.

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The T-Bones

I had thought that the T-Bones were an instrumental group

My friend Donnie gave me a T-Bones album for my 2022 birthday, “Everyone’s Gone To The Moon (And Other Trips)” on Liberty Records. I went home and played the record and noticed that they had a singer on all but “Paint It Black”, an excellent instrumental cover of one of my favorite Rolling Stones songs, on side one. Side two is all instrumentals, so I decided to research the group.

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Stacks of 45’s – Sink The Bismarck/The Same Old Tale The Crow Told Me

The Germans had the biggest ship, they had the biggest guns
The Bismarck was the fastest ship that ever sailed the sea
On her deck were guns as big as steers and shells as big as trees

When I was young before I had cassettes, the only good way of making a playlist of songs was to stack 45s on the turntable. I would arrange for them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.

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Concert Review: Best To Burn

Light ’em up, up, up, Light ’em up, up, up, I’m on fire

I saw the A Cappella group “Best to Burn” Saturday, May 7, 2022, at the Red Light Café in Atlanta, Georgia. It was a fun night as a good crowd gathered at the venue, located on the east side of Piedmont Park in Midtown Atlanta’s Amsterdam Walk, it is a cozy place for live entertainment and music.

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Colored Vinyl – We’re An American Band – Grand Funk

Now these fine ladies, they had a plan, they were out to meet the boys in the band, they said, “Come on dudes, let’s get it on”, and we proceeded to tear that hotel down

It was July 1973 and the song “We’re An American Band” was all over the radio. I purchased the Capitol album and was shocked when I got home and opened it up. I found a bright yellow vinyl record inside with a custom label. The only colored records I had ever seen were some of the children’s records my Mother bought me as a child.

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My Favorite Albums – Sheer Heart Attack – Queen

I am forever searching high and low but why does everybody tell me no?
Neptune of the seas (seas) have answer for me, please (please)
The lily of the valley (valley) doesn’t know

Sheer Heart Attack is the third studio album by Queen released in the United States on November 12, 1974, by Electra Records. The actual song “Sheer Heart Attack” does not appear on the album but was released on their sixth studio album, News of the World. The first two albums were a bit more progressive style while this third album is more conventional rock tracks, a step towards what would become Classic Queen.

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Johnny Cash – Doyle’s Space: Music Hall of Fame

“I wear black for the poor and the beaten down
Living in the hopeless, hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime…
I’d love to wear a rainbow every day
And tell the world that everything’s OK
But I’ll try to carry off a little darkness on my back
Till things are brighter, I’m the Man In Black.”

Inductee number 10 and my second in the country genre is Johnny Cash. He was born February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas, and died September 12, 2003, at age 71 just four months after the death of his wife, June Carter Cash. His mother wanted to name him John and his daddy wanted Ray so at birth they named him J. R. Cash.

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Cleaning Vinyl Records

Get rid of those snap, crackles, and pops.

The importance of maintaining clean records is undeniable. The benefits are numerous: extending vinyl life, improving playback, and preventing needle wear. You can even increase the value of some records with a good clean. We made and sold our own cleaning solution at my record store, Circle Sky Records when we were open.

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