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The good die young

(Though it’s not on this record) I’ve been thinking about Eddie Cochran (October 2, 1938 – April 17, 1960) and Summertime Blues (1958).   Here’s “Remember Me…” a cool FRENCH Lp on Liberty Records from Uncle Gil’s Rockin’ Archives!     Summertime Blues is ranked number 73 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.     It’s been covered tons.   From The Who (on Live at Leeds, 1970) to the Beach Boys to Blue Cheer and Bruce Springsteen.   Cochran was just 21 when he died in April 1960, in a road accident during his British tour.     In 1987, Cochran was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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Blind on the tracks

De Maskers   “Beat Meets Rhythm & Blues”   Artone Records   (1967)     They’re Dutch. Isn’t that veird? More on De Maskers via Yesterday’s Gold

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Just say yes

“Yes”   Yes   Atlantic Records   Debut outing from 1969.   “Progressive Rock” is born.       Lester Bangs favorably reviewed the album in Rolling Stone, writing that it was “the kind of album that sometimes insinuates itself into your routine with a totally unexpected thrust of musical power.”   (Led Zeppelin’s first, also on Atlantic, came out earlier that same year.)   Jon Anderson: vocals;   Chris Squire: bass and vocals;   Peter Banks: guitars and vocals;   Tony Kaye: keyboards;   Bill Bruford: drums .

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Arms and The Man

Alone with Dion   Laurie Records   In 1960, Dion (DiMucci) left the Belmonts and went solo.

Side One: Lonely Teenager…After The Dance…P.S. I Love You…Save The Last Dance For Me…Little Miss Blue…Havin’ Fun
Side Two: Close Your Eyes…Fools Rush In…My One & Only Love…North East End Of The Corner…One For My Baby…Then I’ll Be Tired Of You

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Let’s dance

David Bowie   “Without You”   b/w “”Criminal World”   EMI Records   (1983)   Keith Haring illustration.     (Personal aside:   I saw Keith Haring twice, once, in 1982 when he came up to Bard College and covered the art center with his graffiti of   radioactive babies.   Then again in 1989 (the year before he died) at the big Andy Warhol retrospective at MOMA.   Okay, maybe not a classic anecdote, but there you go.)

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Walk this way

Abbey Road   The Beatles Apple Records (1969)   One of the most iconic, celebrated and imitated LP covers ever.   The Beatles final studio recording.   Here’s a good one:

Another still from the shoot (above) and Steve just added this outtake (below) of the guys walking the other way (and note Paul’s sandals):

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She’s Gone

Hall and Oates   “Abandoned Luncheonette”   Atlantic Records   (1973)   Produced by Arif Martin     Hall & Oates second record which includes “She’s Gone”   and, maybe my favorite, “Las Vegas Turnaround.”   Also here   is “When the Morning Comes,”   “Had I Known You Better Then,” “Lady Rain,”   “I’m Just A Kid,” “Laughing Boy,” and “Every Time I Look At You.”     Great studio session players here include Hugh McCracken (Guitar); Bernard Purdie (Drums); Ralph MacDonald (Percussion); Joe Farrell (Oboe, Tenor Sax); and Richard Tee (Piano).   I got this record when it came out and it brings back lots of memories.   And a cool cover!

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Tighten up

“6 Squeeze Songs Crammed Into One Ten-Inch Record”   Squeeze   A&M Records (1979)   Comes in a die-cut 12″ sleeve designed to precisely accommodate a 10″ record.

Track comments from sleeve:

GOODBYE GIRL. Recorded ‘live’ this version features Squeeze’s new bass player, John Bentley, who replaced Harry Kakoulli in the Spring of 1979
COOL FOR CATS. The edited and remixed single version off the album of the same name, which became the biggest-selling single in A&M/U.K.’s history.
UP THE JUNCTION. The follow-up single to “Cool For Cats” reached #2 on the English charts. This is a remixed single version.
SLAP & TICKLE. The third single off “Cool For Cats” album is climbing the English charts at the time of this writing.
BANG BANG. The second single off the band’s first album “U.K. Squeeze” was also a chart success, and has always been one of their most popular stage numbers.
TAKE ME I’M YOURS. Squeeze’s first Top Ten hit in England, can also be found on their first album.

Art Direction & Design – Chuck Beeson / Cover Concept – Jeff Ayeroff / Cover Illustration – Cindy Marsh

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That 70’s cat

Cat Stevens   “Teaser and the Firecat”   A&M Records   (1971) “Peace Train”   “Morning Has Broken.” “The Wind,” “Moonshadow,” “If I Laugh,” “Rubylove,” “How Can I Tell You,” “Bitterblue,” “Changes IV” and “Tuesday’s Dead”     It is also the title of a children’s book written and illustrated by Cat Stevens.   The story features the title characters from the album cover, top-hatted young Teaser and his pet Firecat, who attempt to put the moon back in its place after it falls from the sky.

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As seen on TV

Classic K-Tel TV offer from 1972   “Believe in Music” featuring an incredible 22 Original Hits and Original Stars!   Only $3.99.   (AND if you buy NOW, you’ll get this AMAZING Veg-a-matic for only $1.99 – that’s JUST $1.99   So order NOWNOWNNOW)   Here’s one of the many ubiquitous K-Tel commercials from the same year.

Side One:
 Brandy (You’re A Fine Girl) – Looking Glass
 / Beautiful Sunday – Daniel Boone / 
Sunny Days – Lighthouse
 / How Do You Do? – Mouth & MacNeil / 
Long Cool Woman – Hollies / Go Away Little Girl – Donny Osmond / Back Stabbers – O’Jays / 
Go All The Way – Raspberries / 
Fly Pretty Baby – Andy & David Williams / 
Maggie May – Rod Stewart
 / Sealed With A Kiss – Bobby Vinton

Side Two: 
Gypsys, Tramps & Thieves – Cher
 / Sylvia’s Mother – Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show
 / Sweet & Innocent – Donny Osmond
 / Hold Your Head Up – Argent / 
Let It Rain – Eric Clapton / 
Let Your Yeah Be Yeah – Brownsville Station
 / No – Bulldog
 / Money Back Guarantee – Five Man Electrical Band / 
Speak To The Sky – Rick Springfield
 / Down By The River – Albert Hammond / I Believe in Magic – Gallery

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