3-5-13 Atlantic Records – Japanese CD’s
Happy birthday, Lucio Battisti! (Born 1943). On 3/5/66, the LP “Going Places” by Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass charts at No. 1 in the US. Also on 3/5/66 the Lou Christie 45 “Lightning Strikes” charts at No. 11 in England. Also on 3/5/66 the Hollies 45 “I Can’t let Go” charts at No. 2 in England. John Belushi croaks, 1982. Happy birthday, Mark E. Smith (of The Fall), born 1957.
I recently read about a series of CD’s being issued in Japan by Atlantic Records for a very low price, 1,000 yen. When I looked at the list, there seemed to be lots of titles that had never seen the light of day on CD before (that I was aware of, anyway).
I ordered and received these titles:
McPHATTER, CLYDE / THE DRIFTERS – ROCK & ROLL, ATLANTIC JPN CD mono
TURNER, JOE – ROCK & ROLL, ATLANTIC JPN CD mono
MAR–KEYS, THE – DO THE POPEYE WITH…, ATLANTIC JPN CD mono
BAKER, MICKEY – WILDEST GUITAR, ATLANTIC JPN CD stereo
RUSH, OTIS – MOURNING IN THE MORNING, ATLANTIC JPN CD stereo
KING, FREDDIE – MY FEELING FOR THE BLUES, ATLANTIC JPN CD stereo
V.A. – SATURDAY NIGHT AT THE UPTOWN, ATLANTIC JPN CD stereo
Wow, some amazing stuff! I was always a big fan of “Lover Please” by Clyde McPhatter, so it was a treat to hear his work with The Drifters. I can’t imagine how many people heard this astonishing Big Joe Turner album – Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan etc. The Mar-Keys are basically Booker T. & The MG’s with a horn section, but in 1962. Great instrumental groove! Mickey Baker is a guitarist and is wonderful – great 1959 stereo, too! The albums by Otis Rush and Freddie King are late 60’s / early 70’s electric blues albums – just fabulous! And – finally – “Saturday Night At The Uptown” is a stereo 1964 live recording of The Drifters, Patty & The Emblems, The Vibrations, Wilson Pickett, Patti LaBelle & Her Bluebells, The Carltons and Barbara Lynn!
It is seldom that you ever see any of these titles on LP. I’ve never seen a Mar-Keys LP! I definitely collect sampler LP’s on Atlantic, and I’ve never seen the “Saturday Night At The Uptown” LP! I will go out on a limb and suggest that I never saw the Mickey Baker LP because stores would probably have a problem about where to file the LP – R&B or jazz?
It made me pretty happy to listen to these albums on CD! Makes me want to find more Mar-Keys titles on vinyl or CD! Where’s my copy of the Mickey Baker LP lurking?