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Discussion in 'The Display Case' started by suits lover, May 29, 2012.
A nice Brylcreem ad on the back! As they said - a little dab'll do ya!
Some nice stuff here. I got into buying my own music quite late - I was about fourteen. I was fifteen when I got my first record player: my parents had gone to Compact Cassettes (that way of the future!) in the 70s, and mine was the first record player I remember there being in the house. I still have the first single I bought (Megadeth's cover of the Alice Cooper Band classic No More Mr Nice Guy, and the first LP - No Future UK, a collection of early Sex Pistols demos and studio takes (some of which saw the light of day on the original Spunk bootleg that appeared a couple of months before their only studio album proper, and is long believed to have been a back-door disc arranged officially unofficially by Malcom Maclaren in order to generate a bit of advance buzz). Most of my collection consists of later reissues and compilation pieces, mainly from the eighties. I do have a few original bits and bobs. I have the second 1973 pressing of the Original London Cast recording of the Rocky Horror Show. This is the one that appears on any and all CDs of the London cast - the earlier (mono) mix only ever appeared on vinyl in 73, and I have yet to track down a copy. One of my favourites is an original Virgin Records copy of the 1977 God Save The Queen single - how I wish it was the A&M pressing! I have quite a few singles from the early nineties when 7" vinyl was still the norm, before I switched to CD for the extra tracks and such. Still often bought the vinyl after that, for collecting's sake... I've been buying bits and pieces of vinyl off eBay this last year with the intent of going back to playing it more regularly again (as well as converting a lot of it to mp3). I bought a bunch of Cramps and old rockabilly stuff a while back; just recently I've been picking up copies of some of my very favourite old punk classics (SLF, The Clash, Ramones, Undertones and others), 7" and LP both. Stuff I was too young to have bought when it originally came out, and got into about ten years later. Sme of them I may never play as I already have on CD, but the artwork is beautiful. I'm especially fond of the paramilitary and other imagery of Warzone Belfast on the early SLF releases (Alternative Ulster, Suspect Device, and so on). I'm fairly indiscriminate in terms of buying what I like and can find reasonably cheaply, as opposed to zoning in on collectability values. Might eventually look into buying all Elvis' albums - even the dodgier film soundtracks...
Once my lounge is fully redecorated, I'm planning to fit it up with two high quality turntables (have one already - a Rega Planar III, plan to buy a matching unit) - one each set to 33RPM and 45RPM. If possible, I plan to run them through a Denon minisystem I have long been looking at (high quality sound, much cheaper than separates, and where I live, in a flat, I can't go to particularly high volumes anyhow, so it would fit all my needs). Only question that hangs in the balance is whether I can A/B two turntables into the one inlet. As and when funds allow, I also have my eye on picking up a nice Dansette.... Quite fancied one since I fell in with a great one for a present for a friend a couple of years ago. Ideally I'd prefer a model that was at least available in the late fifties, though it seems that surviving examples are mostly 1960s. Hard to find any really good information about them... These are ideal for 78s (though unlike the planned set-up with the regas, they won't facilitate making mp3s... I may have to pick up one of those USB thingies for that).
There's always a thread if you know how to search. Well Edward, your post above is dated June 2012, did you manage to fulfil your plan and get those turntables? You have seen a picture of my jukebox, but have you seen my pride of place 45's? Now that I have found this thread I can show you one or two rarities. Not your era I know, but if you look up Elvis Presley, The Sun Records era, you will see that he only had five releases on that label before signing to RCA.
To anyone familiar with Elvis and his manager, Tom Parker. Is that the same Tom Parker credited in part with "Mystery Train?" There's no mention of it on his Wiki page.
Alas, not yet... we decided to try to move house, so a lot of bits have gone on hold for now, including my stereo system. Maybe just as well; in 2016, Regas released a new version of the RPIII, along with an electronic speed shifter....
Very nice indeed! The early Sun stuff is among my favourite of Elvis' work. While his voice matured in a way which gave a real depth in particular to the gospel recordings of his later career, there's something pure about the sheer rawness of his early recordings. Sun did some fantastic stuff in general - early Johnny Cash too. I'm sure they wish they could have hung onto Elvis and Johnny for longer!
Most likely. It was common practice in the early days of rock and roll for managers, producers and all sorts to claim writing credits which then provided an (unearned, it has to be said) income for years later. Happened to Chuck Berry as well. Not dissimilar to the way nowadays an unknown writer might be called in to work with a big name artist; the latter will change maybe two words then demand a 50-50 writing credit if theyr'e going to record it.
That scenario happened to The Beatles. It still rankles with Paul McCartney to this day. But the best comeuppance of that kind of story is that of Tom Parker (again.) He wanted this that and the other off Dolly Parton if Elvis sang: "I Will Always Love You." Dolly might be petite but she was big enough to stand up to Parker. It must have been a magical moment for her when Whitney Houston made it an international hit.
Sun did produce some amazing talent, Howlin' Wolf for example. I have the song, Smokestack Lightning, bought it new, but sadly it's not on the Chess Label, I don't know if it was ever re-recorded at Sun Studios. It was released in the UK in 1964 on the PYE record Label.
Here's a couple more from The Sun Studio:
As the man said, though she be but little, she is fierce!
The story I know about that number is that Dolly was once asked whether it bothered her that Houston had a bigger hit with it than she. Dolly rasiued an eyebrow and opined:
"When ah wrote that song, ah had a hurtin', but it's amazin' how healin' it is when a whole heap o' money coems rollin' in."
Sun really must be one of the most important labels in rock and roll history...