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#TBT #Vinyl Chess Records Sampler, 1982

5 Jan

Chess Records

 

Chess Is Back
Various Artists
Chess Records / Sugar Hill Records
Compiled 1982

 

This promo-only LP for in-store play compiled 50’s and 60’s tracks from Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, and other Chess artists.

 

Chess Records

Chess Records

Chess Records

Looks like it I got this in the used bin at Record Rev in DeKalb, IL!

#TBT #Vinyl The Kinks, Give The People What They Want, 1981

29 Dec

Kinks Give the people what they want

The Kinks
Give The People What They Want
Arista Records
1981

Ray Davies’ best stuff was not from the 60s, but from 1981.

 

 

 

Kinks Give the people what they want

Kinks Give the people what they want

Christmas Songs of the 80s and 90s

17 Dec

Waitresses Christmas Wrapping

Any pop band from the 80s or 90s could have achieved immortality by doing one thing that most of the others didn’t:

Write and record a Christmas song.

30 years after a one-hit-wonder’s success faded, their one-hit would be relegated to some lunar rotation on a niche genre satellite radio station. It will rarely, if ever, get downloaded, streamed, or even remembered fondly.

But their holiday song will still be a staple for 6 weeks per year for all eternity. It will have people who didn’t even like the band back in the day singing along. And more importantly, people who weren’t even born yet will make this part of their annual must-hear oldies.

Case in point: The Waitresses

The Waitresses hit the New Wave scene in 1980 and eeked-out a minor hit, “I Know What Boys Like,” upon its re-release in 1982. Though it was in heavy rotation on MTV in ’82, it only reached #62 on the Billboard charts.

square pegs johnny slashThey also recorded the TV theme to Square Pegs thought it wasn’t a hit at all. (“It was a totally different head. Totally.”)

But how often are either of these songs heard? Not much compared to The Waitresses’ one holiday tune, “Christmas Wrapping.”  It was not a hit record, never even entering the charts in the US. But 35 years later, the song has somehow scored a top spot in everyone’s holiday song rotation. In the first week of this year’s Sirius XM’s annual Holly station, I heard it 3 times in 3 days. Or at least the first 30 seconds of it, which is usually juuuuuust enough for me.

Look at the one-hit download wonders of today. Who will still be heard 30 years from now? The ones with a Christmas song…

#TBT #Vinyl Leon Redbone, Branch to Branch, 1981

10 Nov

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Leon Redbone
From Branch to Branch
Emerald City Records / Atlantic
1981

I haven’t figured out Leon Redbone, but I like him. Here’s a great record of standards, jazz, ragtime, country, and other.

 

Leon Redbone

Leon Redbone

TBT Vinyl: Talking Heads, Stop Making Sense, 1984

15 Sep

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Talking Heads
Stop Making Sense
Sire Records
1984

 

Great live band made a great live album. That is all.

 

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TBT Vinyl: Rush, Signals, 1982

8 Sep

Rush Signals

Rush
Signals
Mercury Records
1982

 

Rush meets MTV! 

 

Rush Signals Back Cover

Rush Signals Label

TBT Vinyl: Cheap Trick, In Color, 1977

1 Sep

Cheap Trick In Color Album Cover

Cheap Trick
In Color
Epic Records
1977

My favorite Trick studio album.

 

Cheap Trick And In Black and White Back Cover

Cheap Trick In Color Epic Label

Cheap Trick In Color Gatefold

TBT Vinyl: Rolling Stones, Tattoo You, 1981

25 Aug

Rolling Stones Tattoo You Cover

Rolling Stones
Tattoo You
Rolling Stones Records
1981

Tattoo You was released 35 years ago today. This was my first Stones record; it’s still my favorite.

Rolling Stones Tattoo You Back Cover

 

Rolling Stones Tattoo You Label

TBT Vinyl: Pink Floyd, Dark Side of The Moon, 1973

4 Aug

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Pink Floyd
The Dark Side of the Moon
Harvest Records
1973

Perhaps more than any other album, Dark Side has been re-issued, re-mastered, and re-packaged. Re-releases include Ultradisc, Gold CD, Anniversary edition, Boxed Set,  and 180 Gram Vinyl version.

This is the original 1973 LP version and it’s perfect as it is.

 

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TBT Vinyl: Pearl Jam, Vs., 1993

21 Jul

Pearl Jam Versus

Pearl Jam
Vs.
Epic Records
1993

 

The cover photo on the LP version of “Vs.” is  more content sheep than the CD version’s angry sheep.

 

 

 

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