My Favorite Albums – Venus and Mars – Wings

Tell me, what’s that man movin’ cross the stage?
It looks a lot like the one used by Jimmy Page

Venus and Mars was the 4th studio album by Wings and the 6th for Paul McCartney after the break-up of The Beatles in 1970. The album was released May 27, 1975, and was the follow-up to Band on the Run. It was released on Capitol Records and was the springboard to a year-long worldwide tour for the band.

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Album Art – George Osaki

On October 20, 1977, only three days after the release of the Street Survivors album, Lynyrd Skynyrd’s chartered Convair CV-300 ran out of fuel near the end of their flight.

This is where I’ll be talking about the Album Art that I like. That is one of the benefits of 12″ vinyl albums, the cool packaging that surrounded the record. Here I’ll research the creations that we all loved as children, teenagers, and adults. I’ll try to find as much information on the artists as I can.

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What was the first album you became infatuated with and changed the way you listened to music?

What is your album choice?

– Windy

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

Greetings From Windy (Melody Hill Executive Editor)

Hello Melody Hill readers. This issue is all about that wonderful musical invention called a record. Vinyl collectors and fans have a culture that is all their own. So if your universe spins at 33 or 45 this issue is dedicated to you. For this issue, we decided to ask the Circle Sky Staff to name the first album that changed their musical world. We then asked some of our musician friends to do the same and the results are
spread out among these pages. Happy reading!

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Book Review – Extraordinary Records

An Ode to Great Album Art

I started a new feature, for my blog, in May of 2022 with posts about “Colored Vinyl“. I’ll be adding Picture Disc posts later on but I thought this would be a good time to review one of my favorite books. Taschen’s latest is a celebration of great album art, of the designs that helped define some of the most iconic artists of all time.

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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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Stacks of 45’s – Venus/Hot Sand

Yeah, baby, she’s got it

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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Franklin Music

Franklin Music was my first encounter with a full-line record store.

During the spring of 1977, I was 13, and my father had turned me loose in Perimeter Mall, with a time set to meet back up with him after he shopped in whatever store he was headed to. Somehow, I stumbled upon Franklin Music.

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Music before I discovered record stores

I believed that all song lyrics were true-life stories being recounted by the singer in the form of a song.

Like many children in my age group, my first exposure to recorded music was through one of the many mass-produced, simple record players that were designed for the entertainment of children (often referred to as “kiddie record players”). The first one entered my life around the age of three.

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Concert Review: Alan Parsons Live Project: Turn of a Friendly Card Tour

Postponed, because of Covid, from 2020 to September 12, 2021 to finally February 1, 2022.

I saw the Alan Parsons Live Project: Turn of a Friendly Card Tour at Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia on February 1, 2022. It was one of the best-sounding shows I have ever attended, loud but didn’t hurt your ears at all.

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Colorforms

With over 60 years making toys, the best is yet to come for Colorforms!

It all started in the 1950s when Harry and Patricia Kislevitz began experimenting with a flexible vinyl material. They had bought rolls of different colored vinyl and simply cut out shapes that they would place on their bathroom walls. They left the vinyl and scissors available so guests could add their own touch. Their friends were intrigued and they knew they were on to something.

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