Quiet Sun – “Mainstream”

6-17-13          Quiet Sun – “Mainstream”

Quiet Sun "Mainstream"

6/16/84 Nik Kershaw “I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” 45 re-charts at No. 2 in England.  6/14/80 Yellow Magic Orchestra “Computer Game” 45 charts at No. 17 in England.  On 6/17/72 the double LP “Exile On Main Street” by The Rolling Stones charts at No. 1 in the US.  On 6/17/67 the Young Rascals 45 “Groovin’” charts at No. 8 in England.

Like most Roxy Music fans, I, too, puzzled at the arrival of the Quiet Sun LP.  Was Phil Manzanera leaving Roxy Music?  This record was unashamed progressive rock – a bit ‘out of place’ in 1975.  Great cover, too!

It was difficult to find an Island UK LP of this release, as a lower cost US version was busily being flogged, by the Island Records US “Antilles” label.  At some point, I opted for a Japanese LP of it, probably a re-issue.

Phil Manzanera’s label, Expression Records, recently did a new 2LP re-issue of this wonderful album, adding some of their demo tracks!  Yes, it’s also a re-mastered UK CD in a book-looking package – that will cost a few bob.  I found the 2LP version a short while ago, and have enjoyed playing it, listening to it once again.

Of particular interest are the demo tracks:  “Years of the Quiet Sun” (cover says “Original demo”), “Trot” (“Original demo”), “R.F.D.” (Warner Brothers demo) and “R.F.D. Part 1” (an out-take from the “Mainstream” sessions.  These are the tracks I am listening to as I type this.  Wow, great mellotron on the “Trot” demo!

So, this album was recorded during the sessions for Phil’s first solo album “Diamond Head”, while he remained a member of Roxy Music.  It’s all sort of a “million miles” from Roxy Music, ain’t it?  An instrumental album, progressive rock – as previously stated.

Seems to me in 2013 that this album isn’t far off from, say, Gilgamesh or National Health – distinctly “Canterbury” in feeling, presentation etc.  This record will appeal to fans of The Soft MachineNo Bryan Ferry here!

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Das Bleiben Hits II

6-13-13          Das Bleiben Hits II

Das Bleiben Hits II

On 6/13/64 The Dave Clark Five 45 “Can’t You See That She’s Mine” charts at No. 10 in England.  On 6/13/70, the LP “Let It Be” by The Beatles charted at No. 1 in the US.  On 6/14/69 the Jethro Tull 45 “Living In The Past” makes it’s first run up the charts, at No. 3 in England.  On 6/14/75 the Van McCoy 45 “Do The Hustle” charts at No. 3 in England.

I recently stood and looked at all of the LP’s in the Rock vinyl at Amoeba Hollywood!  This is some feat, I must say!  For one thing, you have all of the Johnny-come-lately record collector guys standing in my way.  Or a guy who is looking at something, but won’t move when I stand there staring at him.  So, it took a while.

I spotted “Das Bleiben Hits II” in the “Various Artist” bin, a German Warner Brothers (3-68009) triple LP for $4.99 – that’s right, 36 tracks – downloaded straight from the bin @ Amoeba Hollywood to my collection.  Well, as you can see by the cover, it’s gorgeous – yet I don’t see any credit for the cover art.  Could it be Wandrey’s Studio?

In addition to some fairly standard ‘rock oldies’ being present, I spot:

King Curtis & The Kingpins – “Games People Play”; Jerry Green – “Seasons In The Sun” (and not Terry Jacks!); Osmosis – “She”; Joy Fleming – “Half Breed” (and not Cher!); Fancy – “Wild Thing” (always up for more Fancy material!); The Albanies – “Waterloo” (an Abba cover!); The Sweepers – “Harlem Song” (huh?)…this is a 1974 release, after all!

So, this one came to my collection via the beautiful cover / packaging, and a handful of perverse Euro tracks, circa 1974.  If the packaging was less beautiful, I might have to insist on some Frank Zappa being present, as he is on so many Euro 2 and 3 LP compilations!

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Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 12)

6-12-13                     Smash Hits (Vol. 2, No. 12) June 12 – 25th, 1980

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The singer of Roxy Music on the cover!  OMD in the colour centerfold.  Lyrics for “Christine” by Siouxsie & The Banshees.  Roxy Music: “Stronger through the years”.  Joe Jackson goes reggae with “The Harder They Come”.  Eddie Tenpole of Tenpole Tudor’s #1 in his Top 10 is The Rolling Stones “Get Off Of My Cloud”.  Squeeze: “It’s tough in the middle.”  Full page advertisement for the new Queen single, “Play The Game”.  Full page advertisement for Ultravox “Three Into One – the LP John Foxx objected to!  Request Spot:  Ultravox “The Man Who Dies Every Day” lyrics (and a snappy photo).  U2:  “Another Irish import”.


Pink Military – “Do Animals Believe In God?” (Erics Records)

Athletico Spizz 80 – “No Room” (Rough Trade Records)

The Stranglers – “Who Wants The World” (United Artists Records)

John Cooper Clarke – “The It Man” (Epic Records)

Basement 5 – “Silicone Chip” (Island Records)


Grace Jones – “Warm Leatherette” (Island Records)

Peter Gabriel – III (AKA “Peter Gabriel”) (Charisma Records)

Roxy Music – “Flesh and Blood” (EG / Polydor Records)

Funny, I remember the Pink Military 45 as being “Did You See Her?”.  In only a short while, Athletico Spizz 80 would transmogrify into The Spizzles – this 45 was nothin’ special.  The Stranglers were changing, too.  Odd that JCC made singles; his type of delivery worked better on an LP.

Wasn’t Basement 5 a group that had somebody (non-musician) famous in it?  Not quite reggae, but with ‘reggae elements’?  I kept their LP + 10“ (and CD!).

Grace Jones became much more important when her next album, “Nightclubbing”, came along in another year or so.  I never ‘got’ Peter Gabriel’s solo career until many years after the fact.  I never particularly cared for “Games Without Frontiers”; I have it in 5.1 on a DVD.  Sure would like to stumble across an SA-CD of PG3!  One day, I should probably listen to this Roxy Music album.  I’m pretty sure I have both an LP & CD of it – in the vault.  I recently watched a Phil Manzanera documentary, and the Roxy Music stuff looked pretty good, all the way up to the re-formation tour of 2001.

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Glastonbury Fayre (3LP)

Glastonbury Fayre 3LP Set

6-11-13          Glastonbury Fayre (3LP)

On 6/11/66 the Yardbirds 45 “Over Under Sideways Down” charts at No. 10 in England.

Once upon a time, oddball various artist LP’s found their way from England to the end of the rock A-Z, under “Various Artists”.  The original “Glastonbury Fayre” triple LP, on the Revelations label – was one such triple LP of “Various Artists”.  It didn’t take a genius to figure out that this was a pretty decent album set, for 1972!  Track listing:

Side 1

The Grateful Dead – Dark Star (Recorded live, Empire Pool Wembley, 4/8/72) – there are copies of this 3LP set that replace The Grateful Dead with Welsh band “Man”!

Side 2

Brinsley Schwarz – Love Song (composed by Nick Lowe) studio recording

Mighty Baby – A Blanket In My Muesli (Live at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre)

Side 3

Marc Bolan – Sunken Rags (Recorded at Marc’s home, different version to any other that I’ve ever heard)

Pete Townshend – Classified (Recorded at Pete’s home, not the same as appeared on the “Scoop” series, unless I am mistaken)

David Bowie – Supermen (Recorded at Trident studio) – a completely different version than I’ve heard elsewhere!  Amusingly, the liner notes say “The live tape recorded at Glastonbury will remain our vaults until the revolution”!  You don’t own this and you call yourself a Ziggy Stardust fan?

Hawkwind – Silver Machine / Welcome (Recorded at the Roundhouse, 2/13/72 – again, a totally different version than I’ve heard anywhere else!)

Skin Alley – Sun Music (Recorded at Trident studio – re-recorded for their 3rd album, “Two Quid Deal” in 1972/3) A great track!

Side 4

Daevid Allen and Gong – Glad Stoned Buried Fielding Flash and Fresh Fest Footprints In My Memory… (“Thanks to Byg Records”!) – and this whole LP side never saw the light of day elsewhere!  This LP side was the motivator for purchase!

Side 5

The Pink Fairies – Uncle Harry’s Last Freak Out

The Pink Fairies – Do it (both tracks recorded Live at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre)

Side 6

The Edgar Broughton Band – Out Demons Out (Live at the 1971 Glastonbury Fayre)

Sadly, I do not remember what this 3LP cost as a new release, but I think I paid about 8 – 10 dollars for it, in the 70’s aftermarket, probably at the Capitol Records parking lot swap meet.

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Skin Alley

6-10-13          Skin Alley

Skin Alley

On 6/10/67 the Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich 45 “Okay” charts at No. 13 in England.  On 6/7/80 the Siouxsie & The Banshees “Christine” 45 charts at No. 22 in England. 6/9/79 Tubeway Army “Replicas” LP is No. 1 in England.  On 6/10/67, the LP “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” by The Beatles was No. 1 in England.

I got the Skin Alley LP’s when they came out – or, rather – when they were imported to the US.  I don’t remember which one I got first, but the one I was impressed with was “To Pagham and Beyond” (CBS UK LP) – a quick discography:

LP                SKIN ALLEY (1969)                     CBS UK                           63847               1969 9 TRKS 1st, produced by Dick Taylor (The Pretty Things guy?)

LP                SKINTIGHT                                   TRANSATLANTIC UK   TRA 273           1973 10 TRKS 4th

CD                TO PAGHAM AND BEYOND…   ECLECTIC UK               ECLCD 1042  1970 6 TRKS (’06 issue)

LP                TO PAGHAM AND BEYOND…   CBS UK                           64140               1970 6 TRKS 2nd, produced by Fritz Fryer

LP                TWO QUID DEAL                         STAX US                          STS-3013        1973 9 TRKS 3rd, produced by Fritz Fryer (a Transatlantic UK ‘in house’ producer)

Alas, there are 4 x British 45’s, but I have never seen one!

The first 3 albums are more or less straightforward British progressive rock, of the era – yes, a mellotron is involved.  Managed by Clearwater Productions, the same people that did the debut Hawkwind LP!

As far as I know, only their 3rd album was released in the US.  I’ve kept my eyes open fro a UK Transatlantic copy, but one never crossed my path in 40 or so years.  That being said, I played the US LP on 6/6/13 – and – with a perfect copy – it sounded great!  I guess someone at Stax Records was thinking about British rock music, in 1973!

Skin Alley has a Polish member of the group, KrzysztofHenryk Juszkiewicz – let’s face it, not many Eastern European members in British bands of that – or any other era!  He’s a pretty snappy keyboard player, I must say!

The 4th and final album has a more commercial sound – it’s definitely not prog rock – oh well, I have a nice UK copy of it!

Unless I am mistaken, Skin Alley had a song on the massive “Glastonbury Fayre” Revelations UK triple LP!  I just went and got my copy of it, yep, it’s there on Side 2 – that must’ve been the first thing I heard by Skin Alley! (“Sun Music”, re-recorded for inclusion on their 3rd album, “Two Quid Deal”).

The Glastonbury Fayre triple LP should have it’s own blog day – with mention of all the illustrious “contributors”!  Watch this space!

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The Grumbleweeds


I read that Graham Walker passed away; I’ve owned this LP by The Grumbleweeds since 1979!  BBC REH 372



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