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#TBT #Vinyl — Van Halen, Diver Down, 1982

13 Apr

Van Halen Diver Down

Van Halen
Diver Down
Warner Bros Records
1982

The last VH album before Eddie discovered the synthesizer. This album is 99% guitar and 1% clarinet. 

 

Van Halen Diver Down

Van Halen Diver Down

#TBT #Vinyl Steve Dahl, Pet Fish Sticks, 1983

30 Mar

steve dahl pet fish sticks
Steve Dahl and Teenage Radiation

Pet Fish Sticks
Hilario Records
1983

 

The post-Disco Demolition Dahl era…

 

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl Honeydrippers, 1984

9 Mar

Honeyxdrippers 45

The Honeydrippers
“Sea of Love” and “Rockin’ at Midnight”
Es Paranza / Atlantic Records
1984

After Led Zeppelin dissolved, Robert Plant put together a secret lineup of all-stars to record as an R&B and rockabilly act and released these two hit records. I got much more interested in this when I learned the guitarist was Jimmy Page

 

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl Ronald Reagan, 1983

16 Feb

Ronald Reagan Reads Stories

President Ronald Reagan
Reads Stories From The Old Testament
Nickelodeon Records
1984

My strangest #TBT #Vinyl post so far. This 1954 recording of President Reagan reading Bible stories was released in ’84 on a small indie label — make that an extremely small indie label… It was pretty much the back of a record store in small town Dixon, IL.

This record was actually banned after a one million dollar lawsuit from RCA Records against some shady businessmen including the mayor! Read more about the small town scandal here from UPI’s archives.

 

Ronald Reagan Reads Stories

 

Ronald Reagan Reads Stories

 

#TBT #Vinyl The Who, You Better You Bet, 1981

26 Jan

You Better You Bet Single The Who

The Who
You Better You Bet
From the album Face Dances
Polydor Records (UK)
1981

Here’s The Who’s first hit post-Keith Moon. This is a Polydor Records version from the UK.

You Better You Bet Single The Who

You Better You Bet Single The Who

You Better You Bet Single The Who

Looks like I picked this up at Appletree Records, DeKalb, IL

#TBT #Vinyl The Chicago Bears, Super Bowl Shuffle, 1985

19 Jan

Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle

The Super Bowl Shuffle
The Chicago Bears Shufflin’ Crew
Red Label Music
1985

 

This was the biggest single (at least in Chicago) this week in 1986 leading up to Super Bowl XX.

 

“Now we’re not doing this because we’re greedy,

The Bears are doing it to feed the needy.”

-Sweetness

 

Chicago Bears Super Bowl Shuffle label

 

 

#TBT #Vinyl Pearl Jam, Alive 1991

12 Jan

Pearl Jam Alive Vinyl

Pearl Jam
Alive (45 rpm single)
From the album TenEpic Records
1991

 

This rare 45 of Pearl Jam’s first release was a promo-only single with “Jeremy” on the flip-side.

Pearl Jam Jeremy vinyl

#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

#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

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