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Oasis 7″ on sale at indie stores

A 7″ single from Oasis, featuring “Some Might Say” and “Talk Tonight,” includes a money off coupon for the upcoming (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? reissue.

This single was previously released during the album’s original release cycle in 1995.

The single is available over at Bull Moose.

George Hamilton IV 1937-2014

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One of the Grand Ole Opry’s favorite performers has passed away.

George Hamilton IV died on Wednesday afternoon at St. Thomas hospital, where he was admitted over the weekend after suffering a heart attack.

Hamilton was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on July 19, 1937. While a 19-year-old student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Hamilton recorded “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” for Chapel Hill record label, Colonial Records. The song, written by John D. Loudermilk, climbed to No. 6 on the United States Billboard Hot 100 chart. By 1960, “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” had attained gold record status for ABC-Paramount (which had acquired the song from Colonial).

The self-penned B-side of the record, “If You Don’t Know”, revealed Hamilton’s ambitions to be a rockabilly-country singer.

In late 1959, Hamilton moved his family to Nashville, Tennessee to further his work as a country musician.

On February 8, 1960, Hamilton officially became a member of the Grand Ole Opry. Later that same year, he began recording for RCA Records, having been signed by Chet Atkins.

In the U.K he was less successful his biggest hit being “I Know Where I’m Going” in 1958 although later in 1984 he appeared with Billy Graham on his UK tour ‘Mission England’ and made other appearances as a solo performer in venues around UK at this time.

Hamilton’s breakthrough hit was the 1961 song “Before this Day Ends”. His biggest hit came two years later with “Abilene”, another song penned by Loudermilk and Bob Gibson. The song spent four weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s country singles chart and reached the Top 20 of the Hot 100. The success of “Abilene” was followed with the song “Fort Worth, Dallas Or Houston” (a Top 5 hit in late 1964).

By the mid-1960s, Hamilton’s music began showing a decidedly folk influence. This was especially evident with 1966’s “Steel Rail Blues” and “Early Morning Rain” (both by Gordon Lightfoot), and 1967’s “Urge for Going” by Joni Mitchell.

Another 1967 hit was “Break My Mind” (by John D. Loudermilk). One more Hamilton song of this genre was a moderate hit in 1969—the Ray Griff penned “Canadian Pacific”. His last Top 5 single came in 1970, with “She’s a Little Bit Country”.

After his American chart success declined in the early 1970s, Hamilton began touring the world, across the Soviet Union, Australia, the Middle East and East Asia. These widely acclaimed international performances earned Hamilton the nickname The International Ambassador of Country Music.

He also hosted several successful television programs in the UK and Canada during the 1970s, and in the 1990s he played himself in the West End musical, Patsy, based on the life of Patsy Cline.

In 2004, he recorded an acoustic gospel album with producer Dave Moody entitled On a Blue Ridge Sunday which earned Hamilton a Dove Award nomination in the “Best Bluegrass Album of the Year” category by the members of the Gospel Music Association. A single from the album, “Little Mountain Church House”, won nominee recognition in the “Best Bluegrass Recorded Song” category the following year.

In 2007 he collaborated with Live Issue, a group from Northern Ireland, to record a live album based on the life of Joseph Scriven, who wrote the hymn “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”. The two also toured together again in 2009.

That same year, Hamilton released a parody of his classic hit “Abilene” in the height of the soaring U.S. gas prices called “Gasoline”. He has also been a regular participant in the Country’s Family Reunion video series.

In 2010, Lamon Records released the album Old Fashioned Hymns, recorded transatlantic with producers Dave Moody in Nashville and Colin Elliott in Ireland. Hamilton was joined on the 28-track collection by a number of musical guests, including Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Gail Davies, Pat Boone, Del McCoury, Bill Anderson, Connie Smith, Tommy Cash, Cliff Barrows, George Beverly Shea and many others.

Hamilton was inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

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‘Take Shelter’ score coming to vinyl

David Wingo’s score to the great Take Shelter is coming to vinyl, courtesy of Milan Records. The standard cover will be replaced by some Jay Shaw art, which you can see above. And you can pre-order it here.

Source: Modern Vinyl

Founder of UFO Club and the man behind Pink Floyd, Joe Boyd has been given access to John Peel’s record collection in the first of a series of “ultimate digital mixtapes”.

From one legend to another: Joe Boyd, discoverer of Pink Floyd, producer of historic records (from Nick Drake to Fairport Convention) and spearhead of Bob Dylan’s electric debut, had a dig through John Peel’s records earlier this week. The treasures found include a Bob Dylan demo white label that “changed the world”, and a copy of ‘Arnold Layne’, the breakthrough single that launched Pink Floyd’s career.

“Once I started looking through the shelves I kept on stumbling upon things, ‘Oh my god he’s got this’, ‘Oh! I remember that… John’s record collection has always been a golden mountain in the distance so it’s an honour to finally be here.” 

Joe Boyd in John's Studio with his box

Boyd’s visit is part of the John Peel Archive’s exciting new project, “John Peel’s Record Boxes”, which launched on 15th September. The idea is to explore the cultural context of Peels’ treasure trove through six guest curators who are invited to pick out salient and personal records from the collection. The discoveries are documented in a short film alongside a written contextualisation by the curator and high quality recordings and photos of the records. Together this forms a Record Box – “the ultimate digital mixtape” and a unique user experience.

Joe Boyd is the first Record Box curator in the series of six. Explore his box in full here.

Joe looking at Singles

Source: The Vinyl Factory

Exploitation film company Vinegar Syndrome and music label No Visible Scars bring you the hit song from the 1985 cult classic ‘NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR’ “Everybody But You” on a limited-edition 7″ record.

A ROCK BAND GIVES THEIR FINAL PERFORMANCE ON A HELL BOUND TRIP INTO THE OUTER REACHES OF HORROR!

•Deluxe 7″ edition, hand-numbered and limited to 400 black vinyl & 100 blue/bone swirl (inserted randomly).

Housed in a neat and study box, are eight of the band’s most recognized cuts and some that you may have heard but a few times.  Manufactured and distributed by Manifesto Records and on the FloEdCo label, these songs not only bring back pleasant memories, but also a time when getting on radio’s top forty meant something.

The Turtles were a mixture of pop, bubble gum, cascading melodies and straight up rock and roll. Their influences are clearly heard with every cut, from the jangly guitars and folk-pop sounds of the Byrds, the soaring harmonies of the Mamas and the Papas, the Brit pop sound of the Dave Clark Five, the quirkiness of the Lovin’ Spoonful, the hook driven sound of the Kinks (in fact, Ray Davies produced a couple of the cuts (“You Don’t Have To Walk In The Rain and “Love In The City”), the folk sound of Bob Dylan and even some of the hazy sweetness of Tommy James and the Shondells.

Their superb cover version of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” in 1965 started it all and in between (from 1965 and 1970) the band placed seventeen songs on the Billboard Top 100.  Included in the set is the 1968 inventive and pure harmonic balance of their #6 hit “Elenore,” the cowbell-driven 1967 #3 hit “She’d Rather Be With Me,” the bubble gum pop of “You Baby” (#20 in 1966) and a cover of an early Byrds release 1969’s #6 hit “You Showed Me.” The top cut in the set is the instantly recognizable sound and the soaring harmonies and the band’s pinnacle of success 1967’s “Happy Together,” which was the group’s only number one record.  The song actually knocked the Beatles’ “Penny Lane” out of the number one slot for three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. What’s amazing is that the song had been rejected a dozen times before it was offered to the Turtles.

But I think one of the most endearing qualities of the boxed set is that you sit and change the records.  With most clocking in at about the three minute mark, the set forces you (in a good way) to actually sit down and enjoy the music (after all, you do have to flip the 45’s over and replace them with the others).  I must admit that giving the time length of some of the cuts, they really didn’t have the time to fully develop (case in point 1966’s psychedelic cut “Grim Reaper Of Love”).

The band broke up in 1970, with founders Howard Kaylan and Mark Volman joining Frank Zappa’s The Mothers of Invention before touring on their own again as Flo & Eddie. and in between many sessions as recording artists and radio programmers; they still tour today as The Turtles.

Overall, if you like 60’s music, this boxed set is full of sweet ear candy, full of all the elements that made the 60’s sound pleasurable to listen to.  The Turtle’s boxed set is full of catchy choruses, inter-woven harmonies, addictive pop hooks and is an intoxicating palette of songs that must be heard in their entirety.  Highly recommended by the CVR blog as a collectible and an extraordinary box set of 60’s music!

The limited edition Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection can be ordered at the official Turtles site, TheTurtles.com

Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection 

It Ain’t Me Babe #8 b/w You Don’t Have To Walk In The Rain #51 
Let Me Be #29 b/w Love in the City #91 
You Baby #20 b/w You Know What I Mean #12 
Happy Together #1  b/w Grim Reaper Of Love #81 
She’d Rather Be With Me #3 b/w Story Of Rock And Roll #48 
She’ s My Girl #14 b/w Can’t I Get To Know You Better #89 
Elenore #6 b/w Outside Chance  NA 
You Showed Me #6 b/w Sound Asleep  #57 
Source: Collecting Vinyl Records

Roger Friedman at Showbiz 411 has done it again. Earlier this evening, he broke the news that Aretha Franklin will release a new album in less than two weeks, on September 30.

According to Friedman, the final mixes are still being put in place but everything is recorded, the album art is done and the set has a tentative title, Aretha Franklin Sings the Songs of the Great Divas.

Included in the set are covers of songs by Adele (Rolling in the Deep, the first single), Gladys Knight and the Pips (Midnight Train to Georgia), Barbra Streisand (People), Etta James (At Last), Alicia Keys (No One), Gloria Gaynor (I Will Survive), Sinead O’Connor (Nothing Compares 2 U) and Whitney Houston/Chaka Khan (I’m Every Woman).

The album is Franklin’s 39th studio set and her first since 2011’s Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love.

More details should break soon. Look for Franklin on a number of shows in the coming weeks.

Source: VVN

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Friday
19th BIDEFORD – Amateur Athletics Club, The Pill – Simon Phillips 07752336724

Saturday
20th BARNSTAPLE – Baptist Hall, Boutport Street – Simon Phillips 07752336724
20th GLASGOW – Queen Margaret Union – Allander Record Fairs
20th KETTERING – Parish Hall, Market Place NN16 0AL – Out Of The Past Records
20th LEAMINGTON – Town Hall, Parade, CV32 4AT – http://www.vinylbank.co.uk
20th LONDON – Christchurch Halls, Redford Way, Belmont Rd, Uxbridge – Soundbite
20th LONDON – Dalston Jazz Bar, 4 Bradbury St, Dalston N16 8JN – Robert Beckford 07730789557
20th LONDON – Olympia W14 8UX – VIP Events
20th TUNBRIDGE WELLS – King Charles Church Hall, 3 Warwick Park TN2 5TA – John 07778 213476

Sunday
21st BATHGATE – Fairways Hotel – Allander Record Fairs
21st BRISTOL – Novotel, Victoria Street BS1 6HY – USR Fairs
21st ILFRACOMBE – Landmark Theatre – Simon Phillips 07752336724
21st KENILWORTH – Sports & Social Club, Upper Rosemary Hill CV8 2PA – Peter 07765676756
21st LUTON – Chaull End Community Centre, 515 Dunstable Road LU4 8QN – 01604 761005
21st SKIPTON – Town Hall, High Street BD23 1AH – Premier Fairs

‘Shaun of The Dead’ score coming to vinyl

As part of their MondoCon announcements, Mondo will release the Shaun of The Dead score to vinyl. The score was composed by Daniel Mudford and Pete Woodhead and artwork is by Jock. The pressing for “Version A” is on black vinyl and randomly inserted “Winchester Ale” vinyl, while packaging features Edgar Wright in the liner notes. “Version B” meanwhile features 180-gram strawberry swirl vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies.

It will first be available at MondoCon, with “a Carnival style record-throwing booth where attendees can test their post-apocalyptic zombie defense skills and earn the rarest version of the record.” Also it will go on sale online on October 7th.

AVersion A                BVersion B

 

Source: Modern Vinyl

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