Digging for Treasure – In the Beginning -Genesis

Not that Genesis!

by Doyle Tatum

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. For issue number 5 we used the namesake of our fanzine, The Archies 45 “Melody Hill”. This was the b-side of their 1969 smash hit “Sugar Sugar”. This great song was released on November 14, 1969, and was written by Ritchie Adams & Mark Barkan. It was recorded at RCA Studio A, New York City with the beautiful vocal stylings of Ron Dante.

“Where skies are always blue and grass is always green on Melody Hill”

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Reviews: The Shazam – Tomorrow The World

Go out and buy this four-piece powerhouse of rock’n’roll from Nashville, Tennessee.

by Richard Golden

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010.

Being a record store we did lots of reviews of music-related items. The following is a review of The Shazam – ” Tomorrow The World” (Release Date: 5 November 2002 – Not Lame Recordings NL-077 – CD) from Issue #1.

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Reviews: The Green Pajamas – Northern Gothic

The Green Pajamas formed in the spring of 1984 when Jeff Kelly and Joe Ross recorded and released their first album, Summer Of Lust, pioneering Seattle’s answer to the Los Angeles Paisley Underground scene.

by Richard Golden

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010.

Being a record store we did lots of reviews of music-related items. The following is a review of The Green Pajamas’ “Northern Gothic” album (Cam045 Camera Obscura).

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From The Beginning [The Origins of Emerson, Lake & Palmer]

The show that never ends …

By Doyle Tatum

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010.

June Jam, our big all-day Saturday concert in 2003 was coming up soon and was advertised heavily in this issue of Melody Hill. We fought off a rainy morning and ended up having a great day!

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The Circle Sky Survey

and the survey says …

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. This is the color version of issue #4. The art comes from the 1971 “Sid & Marty Kroft’s Bugaloos Game” by Milton Bradley. It is the cartoon, on the cover that I used Photoshop to remove some items and add the “Circle Sky” sign that Harmony is flying with.

Bugaloos Board Game
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Windy’s Desert Island Discs

Seven stranded castaways, well eight including Windy, here on Gilligan’s Isle

by Windy (store mannequin)

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010.

Windy, Nancy, and Valleri were our Circle Sky store mannequins. They kept an eye in the store 24 hours a day in their groovy 60’s outfits.  Windy was named after the Association song, Nancy after Nancy Sinatra, and Valleri, yes you guessed it, after the Monkees’ hit single.

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Fanzine Reviews

Groovy reads

By Glynis Ward

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. That black siding on the shed is just tar paper like you use on a roof. The shed had been for firewood and open on that end. I had enclosed that side with scrap wood and was going to use vinyl siding, eventually, to cover the tar paper. The paint is dry and cannot be washed or rubbed off. The water is not on to the hose Donnie is holding. It was a fun photoshoot, a lot of laughing that day.

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Falling Through the Cracks: Classic Hits That Weren’t

“Would – be” classic hits that have somehow managed to fall through the cracks

By Donnie Thompson

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. Donnie recollected “The yellow submarine is made by Corgi. The Monkeemobile and Partridge Bus are from Johnny Lightning. The band figures are the Monkees from the Monkees Tour Van/Monkeemobile set from Johnny Lightning. The building is the backside of the Hot Wheels Pop Up Drive & Eat [because we wanted to back the Monkeemobile into the garage]. We set it up on plain white pieces of Coroplast. One underneath and I think one behind.”

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Alison Krauss & Union Station

The voice of an angel

by Doyle Tatum

Melody Hill was the Circle Sky Records official magazine while we were open between 2002 and 2010. This is the color cover of issue number 3. The photo was taken by me before Circle Sky even opened. We were at my house painting the LP, CD, and 45 stands for the new store. I had some primer left in the spray gun and while cleaning it out I painted Circle Sky on the side of my shed. I thought it would be funny to make it look like Donnie Thompson and Richard Golden had gotten in trouble for this and were being made clean it off!

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