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I’ve been buying music on CD like crazy lately! I used to buy on the average on one CD a week back in the later ‘80s and early ‘90s, but that slacked off, especially in the last decade or so. In the early 2Ks I bought a HUGEe CD rack and have long since filled it. I recently moved an antique magazine rack (filled with comics) out of my entertainment room and replaced it with a new shelf. Now that I have space to fill, I’m buying CDs and DVDs like a fiend again. At least that’s one theory. But I digress. Here’s what I’ve bought recently and am in the process of listening to now.

PETE TOWNSEND: “SCOOP 3”: As mentioned above.

CSN (and sometimes Y): I forgot to mention above that I recently bought Déjà Vu, the first album by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (or the second album by Crosby ,Stills and Nash). I’ve had their first album for a long time but have never listened to this album before (although I was familiar with most of the songs on it). Then, yesterday, following recent “demo” albums from Pete Townsend and Prince, I bought a CD of CS&N demos. I haven’t even listened to it yet.

JOHN LENNON: “IMAGINE”: what I initially went into the record store for, though, was the reissue of this classic, which includes single, outtakes and more demos.

CHICAGO: “LIVE RADIO 1980”:: While I was there I found this one. It’s not an official release; it’s on a knock-off label, but the package was nice and it contains a mix of songs they no longer perform. I hope this is “live” in the studio and played on the radio, rather than “live in concert.” (Obviously I haven’t had a chance to listen to this one, either.) I do remember taping a live concert off the radio around this time (on cassette), but I ran out of tape right in the middle of a really cool trombone riff. If this CD ends up being that I’ll be happy.

BOB DYLAN: “TRIPLICATE”: If you’d’ve asked me yesterday about Bob Dylan’s recent albums of Frank Sinatra numbers and tunes from the “Great American Somgbook,” I’d’ve told you the first came out in 2017 and the second earlier this year. Nuh uh. The first came out in 2015, the second in 2016, and the third (!) in 2017. I didn’t even know about that one. I bought it yesterday, too, three CDs.

THE MOODY BLUES: I’ve been thinking about the Moody Blues ever since Kevin posted about listening to the seven “classic” albums last month. The only one I have on CD is Days of Future Past (which I did listen to last week). I used to have In Search of the Lost Chord years ago on cassette, but it’s been decades since I’ve even seen it. I’ve accumulated a lot of “points” at my LRS (Local Record Shop) lately, so I applied them to free used copies of In Search of the Lost Chord and On the threshold of a Dream (and, no, I haven’t listened t these yet, either). If my purpose holds, my LRS has used copies of the others as well.


I returned to the Moody Blues this weekend. I chose To Our Children's Children's Children but In Search Of The Lost Chord will be next in my listening line up.

Also listening to Catch Bull At Four by Cat Stevens. I love the song Angelsea - one of his best.


Jeff of Earth-J said:

THE MOODY BLUES: I’ve been thinking about the Moody Blues ever since Kevin posted about listening to the seven “classic” albums last month. The only one I have on CD is Days of Future Past (which I did listen to last week). I used to have In Search of the Lost Chord years ago on cassette, but it’s been decades since I’ve even seen it. I’ve accumulated a lot of “points” at my LRS (Local Record Shop) lately, so I applied them to free used copies of In Search of the Lost Chord and On the threshold of a Dream (and, no, I haven’t listened t these yet, either). If my purpose holds, my LRS has used copies of the others as well.

CHICAGO: “LIVE RADIO 1980”: This one ended up being a bootleg of the worst possible quality. It sounds like a concert performance broadcast over the radio and recorded with a hand-held microphone. The track abruptly stops immediately when the music ends, then starts back up again when the music starts (usually a split second after). There’s no way Chicago would approve of such a release. I couldn’t imagine how such a thing could exist without the band taking legal action. Then I read some fine print on the packaging which may explain it. I noticed before I bought it that it was on a knock-off label (LASERMedia). What I didn’t notice is that it is a product of Omis, Cyprus. I post this as a warning: Don’t be fooled!

JANIS JOPLIN: Several years ago a friend of mine was making a mix of some music to listen to while he drove the length of (what used to be) Route 66. I had a lot of what he wanted, but there was one song by Janis Joplin that I didn’t. His request pointed out a deficiency in my record collection which I soon rectified. Prior to that, the only Joplin I owned was the first album by Big Brother and the Holding Company. I was listening to this “other” song yesterday, and I interpreted in a way I never had before.

PINK FLOYD: After watching the Doctor Strange movie a couple of weeks ago, I finally got around to queuing up “The Piper at the Gates of Dawn.” Good stuff, mostly, if a little uneven.

MOODY BLUES: I finally got around to listening to “In Search of the Lost Chord,” too, and guess what? No disc! I remember what happened. I made some new purchases in the same transaction and filled up a punch card. I also had another punch card already filled. (For every nine CDs you buy, you get a used CD free.) I had picked out two Moody Blues discs (see above), but in the midst of getting my cards punched, the clerk forgot to give me my discs and I didn’t notice. I knew they’d still be behind the counter, though, but the manager was so mortified he gave me three extra punches.

When I was nine or ten years old, I got a cassette player for my birthday. I also got to choose one cassette tape. (For the record, I chose Inna-Gadda-Da-Vida by the Iron Butterfly.) In addition, I soon “inherited” all of my older sister’s cassettes, which included Chicago at Carnegie Hall, Love It To Death by Alice Cooper, Brothers and Sisters by the Allman Brothers (a previous birthday present from me to my sister, picked out by my older brother), and the Broadway cast recording of Hair. (I still remember walking around the playground of my elementary school singing “Sodomy” at recess; I had no idea what I was singing about.)

In Search of the Lost Chord was also among them. I used to listen to that one quite a bit, but I know I haven’t heard it in at least 40 years. I haven’t thought of those songs in years, but when I listened to the CD, they all came flooding back. (This album taught me the word “tarmac.”)

BOB DYLAN: Today I am listening to the first disc of Biograph.

50th ANNIVERSARY RELEASES:

THE BEATLES “WHITE ALBUM”: Remastered by Giles Martin (George Martin’s son). I didn’t buy it so much for the original album, but for the demos. Like last year’s Sgt. Pepper anniversary remix, The Beatles contains demo versions of all the tracks, in original album order. What’s more, beyond that, there are demos of several other tunes that didn’t make the original cut (some which eventually ended up on solo efforts). There is at least one song (George Harrison’s “Sour Milk Sea”) which I have never heard before, perhaps more (I haven’t finished listening to it yet). It’s quite similar to the mid-‘90s Anthology, but more complete.

JIMI HENDRIX “ELECTRIC LADYLAND”: Again, I’m more interested in the demos than the remastered album itself. I went to my LCS (Local Record Shop) last weekend, but the only version they had was a “harcover” the size of a vinyl album, and three discs including a blueray DVD. I was interested in the music, so I gave it a pass. I found out later this is the only version there is. I’ll probably buy it someday soon.

ELVIS “1968 COMEBACK SPECIAL”: Like Electric Ladyland, my LCS had one in stock, it was a “package dea;” with blueray DVD, I passed on it, and I discovered later this is the only version there is. I would have been more likely to buy this set because the blueray is the TV special itself. Again, I’ll probably buy this one someday soon, too.

I don’t know which one I’ll buy first. I like this particular Jimi Hendrix album better than this particular Elvis album, but Tracy likes Elvis in general better than Elvis.

George Harrison gave Sour Milk Sea to Jackie Lomax who was one of the original signees to the Apple Records label. The song used to get occasional airplay on the FM rock stations in the early Seventies. As I recall, it was a pretty good song.

Thanks, Kevin... I did not know that. Yes, "Sour Milk Sea" is a pretty good song, and a welcome surprise to me, who thought I'd heard it all. the other two songs I suspected I might know were both John Lennon numbers, "Child of Nature" and "Circles." Of these, "Child of Nature" was the biggest surprise. Given its title, I thought it might be an early, abandoned version of "Mother Nature's Son," but no. It's an early version of "Jealous Guy"! I wonder if Lennon and McCartney were working on individual parts of the same song (like chorus and verse) with the thought of merging them (Paul tells the story and John philosophizes). I thought "Circles" might have been the Beatles fooling around in the studio with the song with the same title by the Who, but no. It's thematically similar (it would almost have to be), but nothing special. Over all, I really like the "demo version" of The Beatles (but it was relaeased sans serial number). I (briefly) mentioned the remix (with demos) of John Lennon's Imagine above. that one, too, includes a "demo version" of the album, as does last year's Sgt. Pepper (as I mentioned yesterday). together, the three make a nice little "trilogy" of rereleases.

ELVIS ’68 COMEBACK SPECIAL: Amazon has it today for $71 ($16 off). It’s seven discs. Holy crikey, that’s a lotta Elvis! Here’s the listing:

“NBC-TV's Elvis is as raw and inspirational today as it was in 1968. This 50th Anniversary Edition includes all the known audio recordings from RCA's vault and all the videotaped performances are here for the first time on Blu-ray. For millions of fans, including a young Bruce Springsteen, the Elvis '68 Comeback Special was a life-changing event. "I remember I waited for weeks for the '68 Special," Springsteen recollected recently. "I knew it was coming. I can remember exactly where our TV was set up in the dining room, the exact place I was sitting. I mean, it's one of those things that's imprinted on my memory forever."

“CAREER-DEFINING '68 COMEBACK - * 7-Disc definitive box set chronicles the pivotal NBC-TV '68 special called Elvis and takes you behind the scenes in audio and remastered 4:3 Blu-ray video. * Contains ALL KNOWN recordings/rehearsals from the RCA vaults and from original NBC-TV videotapes. * 80-page book includes a new, oral history on the special, crafted from interviews with producer Steve Binder, recording engineer Bones Howe, Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Priscilla Presley, Emmylou Harris, Scotty Moore conducted for Thom Zimny's 2018 documentary, "Elvis Presley: The Searcher." * The book also features rare photos and memorabilia and full recording data. * Over 7.5 hours of footage across 2 newly mastered Blu-ray discs, overseen by Thom Zimny. Track Listing CD 1 - The Original Album + Bonus Cuts CD 2 - First "Sit Down Show," First "Stand Up Show" CD 3 - Second "Sit Down Show," Second "Stand Up Show" CD 4 - First Rehearsal + Second Rehearsal CD 5 - The Wrecking Crew Sessions Blu-ray Disc 1 Blu-ray Disc 2”

“Tracy likes Elvis in general better than Elvis.”

Of course, I meant to say, “Tracy likes Elvis in general better than Jimi Hendrix.”

The 2019 calendar and CD from Blues Images is available now.

All of the 23 tracks are rare, but four of them are recorded from the only records of these songs known to exist.

Tracy surprised me with both the ’68 Comeback Special and Electric Ladyland blueray/CD sets. So far, I have listened to only the Electric Ladyland demos and watched only the Elvis TV special. Tracy liked the demos of Hendrix by himself, but not the jam sessions so much. Me, I liked it all.

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