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Thursday, August 23, 2007


Around the corner from the Skirball theater where Slammer! is currently running is one of my oldest NYC haunts, Generation Records (Thompson, between Bleeker and 3rd).

I must have bought hundreds of records there, and I bought five more last Friday.

Most of my collection is based in the seventies and early eighties. Sure I've got all the Beatles, and Stones sixties records. I have 'Are You Experienced', 'Axis Bold as Love', and 'Electric Ladyland', and I've got a copies of 'Surrealistic Pillow', and 'Meaty Beaty Big and Bouncy', but I never tread too deep into the sixties beyond the obvious.

I am being forced to explore the sixties because it seems I've bought up all the seventies and early eighties records. It's getting more difficult to find something to buy at Generation Records, and thusly I need to do two things. I need to expand both what I'm looking for, and where I look for it.

There is a vinyl shop near Smoke and Mirrors, a sort of internet cafe record store called 'Eat Records.Coffee' which I plan to invade soon. The problem there is that the guy who owns the records isn't always there, and only he can sell them.

Anyway, on Friday I bought the following five LPs, three of which are late sixties classics that I should have in my collection.

The Pretty Things - 'Real Pretty' (1976); two record set featuring their 1968 release 'S.F. Sorrow', and their 1970 follow-up 'Parachute'. This LP is so rare that the only image I could find on the web was this eBay photo of somebodies 8 Track copy of it.

Love - 'Revisited' - I can't find a listing for this record, but it's an Elektra released compilation.

CCR - 'CCR' (1968) - the first record featuring 'Suzy Q' and 'I Put a Spell On You'.

The J. Geils Band - 'Bloodshot' (1973). I'm really looking forward to spinning this one, I may have found a watershed band whose records I can happily spend some time purchasing.

Outlaws - 'Hurry Sundown' (1977). Sadly I already own this one, which I suspected, but the 99 cent price tag sold me anyway. Tony, looks like you have an Outlaws record waiting for you in Brooklyn.

So, interestingly, the fist three share a time frame (68 ish), and the second two share a producer, Bill Szymczyk.

Cool! I'll take an Outlaws reocrd from you. I'll be interested in what your take on the J' Geils record is going to be. I bought Monkey Island during my last vinyl shopping spree and rediscovered how great it is. I'd like to dig deeper into their catalog if I can. They were great both times I saw them live at Ike Hall in the late seventies.
I bought "Real Pretty" when I was in college, after I had heard that Pete Townsend listened to S.F. Sorrow over and over before he wrote Tommy. I used to listen to both the records a lot; Parachute has some good stuff on it. Maybe I need to pull it out for a listen. Can't go wrong with Love,
"7 and 7 is" and "alone again or" are reasons enough for buying the album.

The first CCR album and the Last one are the only ones I don't have.
I have the two hits, “Suzy Q” and “I put a spell on you” on greatest hits.
I have always thought the fogerty songs on the first album might be week, now you can find out for me.

J. Gilles is a band that should be seen live, the album you bought has their hit nothing but a house party. Somehow I don't think listening to this album is going to make you go out and buy more.

The Outlaws Hurry Sundown is so memorable, you forgot you owned it.
It is a good album, was played a lot in my college years, by my friends.
When old J. Geils records go for two or three bucks, I'm cool with buying more - I need a new band to collect - desperately.

I'll let you know about the CCR, I had the same thought because I've never heard any of the other songs, and those two are, of course, covers. But how could he have gotten so great so fast - there has to be something there.

I have bought multiple copies many times, it's hard to keep track, specially with a band that you are just sort of interested in, like the Outlaws.

Robbie - because DJ's love to sample Funk, it's hard to find Parliament or James Brown vinyl for reasonable prices.
I saw J. Geils at Ike Hall during the Freeze Frame hoopla. I forgot who opened.

Man, if it wasn't for Ike Hall I don't think I would've seen a concert until well into my senior year. The parents were cool with the kids walking down the hill to see some rock and roll!

I saw The Kinks, Kansas, The Pretenders, .38 Special and some other shows I'm forgetting. It was fun being a greasy 10th grade long-hair and out-cooling the college kids. Teds!

We used to go down and watch the road crew unloading for the show. We snuck in to the upper balcony and watched them setting up for Kansas.
You need a new band that you can find at used record stores. I will throw a quick list together;
Ten Years After
Savoy brown
Fleetwood Mac w/ peter green
Sly and the family stone
Loudon Wainwright III
Miles Davis
I don't think any of these artists are ones you have collected, maybe sly.
Most of them put out a lot of albums.
War could be tough, they first four after Eric bourdon are the best, world is a ghetto and all day music would be a great find, but two Eric Burdon one would be a good find as well.
If you could find Miles Davis’s kind of blue, it is a must own, Sketches of Spain is also a classic, but any miles Davis for 3 bucks is worth the price.
Savoy brown and Fleetwood Mac put out a lot of stuff and it all has that English blues sound, some say they were the best at it.
Ten Years After you now them, they have lots of stuff, I think they are better than J. Geils.
Loudon Wainwright III has around 20 releases not counting compilations.
I discovered him at the west point library, and have been listening to him ever since, all his albums have some classic songs on them.
I have four or five Ten Years After records, and Kinda Blue.
I've been flirting with early Mac, and Savoy Brown - but you don't see a lot of their LPs in the used bins.

I have Sly's Greatest Hits, maybe I need to go deeper there - shut up Robbie.

All in all, sound advice.

I always thought Loudon was a folkie - I have a hard time with folk outside of Bob and and Woody.

A guy has to have standards.

Shut up Robbie.
On your short jazz list I didn't see Dizzy.

I'm a giant Dizzy fan and his body of work is pretty amazing. Especially the the early bebop and afro-cuban stuff. If you're not familiar look for Chano Pozo in the band line up. Also Lalo Schifrin. You also can't go wrong with any of his recordings with Coltrane, Miles, Charlie Parker, etc.

No arguments with "kind of blue". Many sunset parties with that in the background.
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