My Favorite Albums – Chicago Transit Authority – Chicago Transit Authority

Does anybody really know what time it is? Well it’s time to introduce my next favorite album, Chicago Transit Authority self titled 1969 double LP. This is the one and only album by them as they are forced, by a lawsuit, to change their name before their next title, shortening it to just Chicago.

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The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits

Yeah, Yeah, Yeah

The Chipmunks (or Alvin and the Chipmunks or David Seville and the Chipmunks) were an American animated virtual band created by Ross Bagdasarian (David Seville-stage name) in 1958 (the year I was born). The chipmunks are Alvin (red hat), Simon, and Theodore (glasses). In 1964 they released “The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits” on Liberty Records.

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Stacks of 45’s – Jean/The Arrangement

It’s what you might call a kind of an arrangement

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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What’s a Vogue Picture Record?

In 1946 the picture disc reemerged, when Tom Saffady’s Sav-Way Industries began issuing Vogue Records

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. This cover is our second issue (the color version). Donnie had some small versions of the Partridge Family Bus, Monkeemobile, Yellow Submarine, The Monkees, and a garage. We set it all up, right there in the store on a piece of cardboard with a backdrop. I took many photographs and then we photoshopped in the foreground and background images, the “Circle Sky” name, and the album covers in the windows and along the top-front of the building.

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Abba’s Dark Song Cycle

Abba offering up their darkly beautiful swan song

by Donnie Thompson

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. The cover shown here is a reprint because we handed out all the original copies and decided to print this “Premiere Issue Collectors Edition”. Donnie Thompson came up with the ‘zine name. It was a song, written by Barkan and Adams, and was the B-side to The Archies “Sugar, Sugar” 45. Sang by Ron Dante and about a boy and girl going up Melody Hill where everything is beautiful to “kiss away the hours”.

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Emerson, Lake & Palmer to Release Live Box Set October 2021

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends…

Emerson, Lake & Palmer (ELP) will be releasing “Out Of This World: Live (1970-1997)” a 10LP/7CD box set on October 29, 2021, on BMG Records. This set five of the biggest and most important shows of the last 50 years. Each album has been reimagined with brand new artwork. The vinyl will be five gatefold sleeves with high quality, fully-restored audio mastering.

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What does “She’s About A Mover” mean?

What do that mean by that?

There is a song, from 1965, by the Sir Douglas Quintet called “She’s About a Mover”. I’ve always wondered what that phrase meant. The garage rock song has a Tex-Mex sound with a 12-bar blues structure. The single is on Tribe Records, number 8308, and runs 2 minutes and 20 seconds long. But what were they trying to say?

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Chuck Berry – Doyle’s Space: Music Hall of Fame

Singer, songwriter and guitarist, and one of the pioneers of rock and roll music

My next inductee into my Music Hall of Fame is the “Father of Rock and Roll” Chuck Berry. He refined and developed rhythm and blues into rock’n’roll. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, October 18, 2017, his father a contractor and deacon his mother a principal. He started performing as a student in 1944 but as convicted of armed robbery and was sent to the Intermediate Reformatory for Young Men at Algoa, near Jefferson City, Missouri.

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Stacks of 45’s – Groovy Grubworm

I’m a Grubworm

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 them to play my favorite songs in my favorite order. These posts are about records I had in my stacks.

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