Monday, March 21, 2011

From the Archives - All's Fair in Love and Vinyl

Songs To Learn And Sing - All's Fair in Love and Vinyl (audio package)

I was at the Music, CD and Record Fair last Saturday and picked up a few gems which can be viewed below.

The record fair is staged in Dublin a few times a year and is a mecca for vinyl enthusiasts.  Back in 2004 I produced a feature on the record fair for Segments, a radio show I co-produced for Dublin City FM. Segments was a weekly series of documentary shorts reflecting different aspects of Dublin life. This particular feature was recorded at the record fair when it was staged at the Marine Hotel in Dún Laoghaire.

It's a simple audio collage of interviews with record dealers and collecters, chatting about what records they're after and what sells well. It gives a unique glimpse into the mind's of vinyl collecters. Brian O'Kelly the organiser, also chats about what records people always ask for. 1973's Early One Morning by Mushroom (Aonghus McAnally's prog/Celtic rock outfit), that a few of the dealers mention in the feature was reissued on CD by Radioactive Records in 2006. I wonder has the reissue somewhat deflated the £300 asking price that vinyl copies of the record were going for back in 2004?  The feature can be heard below. Check out Irish Record Fairs for the date of the next fair. 

Bongwater - The Power of Pussy (1991, Shimmy Disc)

The Power of Pussy, Bongwater's third and finest album features their version of The Weavers' Kisses Sweeter Than Wine. Bongwater was Ann Magnuson and Kramer and they released four albums between 1989 and 1992.

Marvin Gaye & His Girls (1969, Tamla Motown)

A compilation of Mavin Gaye deuts with Mary Wells, Tammi Terrell and Kim Weston. Despite its cheesy title this is simply wonderful and also festures one of my all time favourite tracks, You're All I Need to Get By by Marvin and Tammi. This album was released on Marvin's 30th birthday.

The Beach Boys - Surf's Up (1971, Caribu Records/CBS Records)

Surf's Up is regarded by many as being Brian's masterpiece but it also features Bruce Johnson's Disney Girls, one of my all time favourite Beach Boys tracks. Years ago at a gig in the Lobby Bar in Cork Peter Bruntnell led the audience in a singalong to Disney Girls. It is still to this day one of my most memorable gigging experiences - how sad it that! I love this record.

Amon Düül II - Live in London (1973, United Artists Records)

Recorded live at The Greyhound in Croyden on 16th December 1972, on the band's first UK tour this is a great set from Amon Düül II, kicking off with a brilliant version of Yeti's Archangels Thunderbird. This is the original pressing  in pristeen condition and the sleeve is just absolutley nuts - a giant alien insect with a German stormtrooper's helmet destroying london, the Post Office Tower in its left claw and flying saucers in the background. Julian Cope described this sleeve as "the greatest Krautrock image of all."   

The Beach Boys - Wild Honey/Friends (1975, Capital Records)

A 1975 Capital Records reissue of 2 Beach Boys LPs in a gatefold sleeve with the orange Capital labels. This was a nice find in mint condition, the inner gatefold is really nice and has pictures of all The Beach Boys back catologue. All in all a nice haul for a Saturday morning.  

The Beach Boys - Wild Honey/Friends - Inner Gatefold

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