The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society (BMG/PYE ‎–... 



The Kinks are the Village Green Preservation Society (BMG/PYE ‎– BMGAA09BOX, 2018 🇺🇸) The Kinks deep dive continues. Played a few tracks on last night’s show, did you enjoy them? Ray’s acoustic take of “Days” is a show stopper. The box is deluxe and impressive, perhaps the same level of detail will be granted to future Kinks anniversaries: “Arthur” is next in line, but I’m sure all eyes are on “Lola”. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves here: lots to digest with this boxset apparently featuring a different AAA mastering of the album in mono from the 2016 reissue: hard to keep up.

Mike Viola at a Rainy Joe's Pub 

Mike Viola - American Egypt (Good Morning Monkey Records, GMMR-009, 2018 USA) What an album, what a show, what a performer. 60 minutes of Mike Viola was not enough: here is a songwriter/musician and guitarist that you’ll want to shout about from the rooftops. A total pro. This weekend’s gig at Joe’s Pub was a major success, and meeting him - with my beautiful wife - was even better. Tongue tied, of course, but glad to share a few moments and words. Can you find “American Egypt” on vinyl? Search it out and enjoy.

The Animals - The Best of the Animals (MGM Records ‎– SE-4324, 1966 🇺🇸) There are Beatle people and... 

The Animals - The Best of the Animals (MGM Records ‎– SE-4324, 1966 🇺🇸) There are Beatle people and Stones people, but there are also Zombies, Hollies, and Animals people. Sometimes the Animals strike me the wrong way, lacking authenticity or just missing the blues grit that they always chased. Sometimes, they just about manage to grab that brass ring. That’s where this compilation comes in handy. Super clean, too and sounds okay.

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (Columbia CS 8192, 1959 🇺🇸) As the NYC area reels and rocks... 

The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out (Columbia CS 8192, 1959 🇺🇸) As the NYC area reels and rocks tonight from some wild thunderstorms (and maybe a tornado, or two) Dave and the Quartet are cool, calm, and collected. I’ve got many copies of this classic, but not a stereo version without the “Time Out” hype, so obviously a very early pressing before the song became the crossover hit we all know and love. Slightly crispy playback, but the hifi element is loud and clear. Anyway, it only serves to complement the thunder. ⛈ 🌩

Dylan in the Supermarket 

Bob Dylan - Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits (Columbia ‎– KCS 9463, 1967 🇺🇸) 

I had forgotten about my 1aa pressing of this album. I’m not really a fan of Greatest Hits compilations, but I have fond nostalgic memories of the sequencing on this album: it’s the first Dylan album I owned, purchased at a Pathmark on CD in the early 90s; the Nice Price, right? Hard to believe this came out a few months before Sgt. Pepper. 

This two-eye copy happens to be just about what we might call mint condition, and it sounds very good.


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The Rolling Stones - It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (Rolling Stones... 





The Rolling Stones - It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (Rolling Stones Records ‎– P-10132S, 1976 🇯🇵) Can’t get enough of these Japanese pressings. Maybe I’m just a sucker for a clever obi, they add a whole unknown dimension to the album art we’ve all been familiar with for years. And a great album - with great album art - this is. IORNR is deserving of its spot rounding out their classic 70s albums; some classic deep cuts are hiding in plain view. Swipe for Mick’s mug.

The Great Antonio Carlos Jobim  

Yes, it was Oscars season, and while I never get the chance to really see any of the movies that are nominated, this time of year always gives me an opportunity to dust off my soundtrack collection, and see what I've got. While I don't always listen to my soundtracks (guilty of buying many of them for the cover art alone) I am reminded that a good soundtrack album can function as a wonderful "mixtape" of sorts: take Tarantino and Scorsese films, for example. It's as if Marty and Quinten sat cross legged on a floor to find the tracks to perfectly highlight their filmic vision (which, in many cases they may have). 

In any case, watch the video above and listen to the program. Perhaps I showcase some of your favorites, what are they, by the way. 

Happy Oscars watching!

Various, Jerry Goldsmith ‎– Gremlins (Original Motion Picture... 



Various, Jerry Goldsmith ‎– Gremlins (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (
Geffen Records ‎– GHSP 24044, Geffen Records ‎– GHSP 24044 Y, 1984) Another one of those sorta Steven Spielberg, but not quite Steven Spielberg films from the 80s. “Gremlins” is a hard work to figure out. Is it funny? Is is terrifying? Is this horror? But it’s Christmas! But Gizmo. Amirite? .
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George Harrison - Cloud Nine (Dark Horse Records ‎– 1-25643,... 



George Harrison - Cloud Nine (Dark Horse Records ‎– 1-25643, Dark Horse Records ‎– 9 25643-1, 1987) “I’ve Got My Mind Set On You” was released 30 years ago today; a wonderful single from what was one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. For me, however, I mostly remember riding the bus home from school during the late 80s. Each time this song came on, we would yell at our school bus driver to turn it up as it blared from his small boom box hanging off of the bus dashboard. “If you kids keep asking me to turn the volume up,” he used to say, “I’m gonna charge you for batteries.”
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The new @chris_bell_big_star reissue has arrived! Already... 



The new @chris_bell_big_star reissue has arrived! Already listening. Stay tuned for a full review of this release.
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Brad - Interiors (Epic ‎– EK 68137, 1997) We all had to... 



Brad - Interiors (Epic ‎– EK 68137, 1997) We all had to patiently wait until 1997 before grunge could really successfully utilize a piano, but - by then - it was really too late, wasn’t it? Nevertheless, Shawn Smith and the gang - which included Stone Gossard - turned in what was a pretty solid, sophomore, major label release transitioning grunge into the confusing musical decade that would follow. I’ll bet you a buck that you’ll never get “The Day Brings” out of your head. Like, for your eternity .
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