Archive for the Tunes / Vinyl Blog category

November 18th, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

THE BEATLES “WHITE ALBUM”

50 years ago this week The Beatles, better known as “The White Album”, hit record store worldwide.

After Rubber Soul and the artistic heights of Revolver and Sgt. Pepper, The Beatles followed up in 1968 by forming Apple Records and releasing a double LP that would go on to become their biggest seller.

Sporting a clean white cover and featuring only their embossed name and a serial number printed in gray ink, The Beatles was a strong departure from what had come before. More

November 7th, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEIL AND JONI

Yeah, it’s been awhile since I posted some tunes.

They’re all personal and hopefully a bit soulful. I spent a few coins at the jukebox over the years on these two.

August 27th, 2018

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

THE LONG WAY ROUND

When you’ve been a full-time pro for as long as I have, you end up seeing a lot of stuff. Most of it is positively amazing. Like the first time you see the sun rise as an ocean storm clears in the middle of nowhere. Some of it is not, like professional jealousy.

There is always room at the top, though. And if you are lucky enough to have a partner that understands your journey – and you have talent, make smart choices, and are persistent – you can actually get there. Thanks, honey.

May 26th, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

WHY NO AIRPLAY FOR AIMEE’S FIRST RECORD?

Whatever was the first solo record from Aimee Mann. It was released over 25 years ago this month to little fanfare, although it is arguably one of 1993′s best albums. More

April 17th, 2018

THE ULTIMATE 928 DIY RESTORATION

“Minerva’s Journey” is a behind the scenes look at what it takes to rebuild a 166,000-mile Porsche from the tub up to “as new” stock condition nearly 40 years after it left the factory.

William Anast and Rob Edwards deserve big kudos for this month’s publication of their 1978 928 refurbishment in PCA’s Panorama Magazine. This was an epic journey in more ways than one.

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March 27th, 2018

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

IT DOESN’T MATTER

Stephen Stills and Manassas were a short-lived super group in the early 1970s. They made some great music together. Here’s proof.

Big Gretsch guitars, big hair, big mutton chops… all live, no overdubs, no lip-synching. Soulful.

“Moment by moment. One day at a time. It doesn’t matter. It’s nothing but dreaming anyhow.” More

March 7th, 2018

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DEBRIS

One of my favorite songs. And my favorite Ron Wood riff on any album. Here’s a Ronnie Lane tune from 1971 with Rod Stewart, and the rest of Faces, with producer Glyn Johns on board. It just gets better with age.

“I’ve been there and back, just to see how far it was…”

March 3rd, 2018

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MONORAUL REMINISCING

The Beatles in mono are still a great listen, and one of their songs on the recently reissued 1967 Sgt. Pepper LP I’m playing today. It was the B-side to “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. McCartney wrote it when he was 16. Reportedly, it was in the Beatles setlist in their early days as a song to perform when their amplifiers broke down or the electricity went off!

February 14th, 2018

Posted in Travel Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY VALENTINE DAY TRAVELS!

Somehow, I never got around to this. But in 2018, I’ll be spending some time visiting hotels with vinyl and turntables. There are some pretty cool suites where a guest can play LPs in their room. First stop is the Kimpton Goodland in Santa Barbara. I’ll be staying at more of these hip establishments over the next few months and will keep you posted on what I find.

(Photographer: Unknown)

October 3rd, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog, Video / Film Blog by Randy Wells

SCARE EASY

Tom Petty spoke to me with this song.
A mature don’t mess with me anthem. R.I.P.

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September 22nd, 2017

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PIGS (Three Different Ones)

It’s 2017 and the first day of fall. It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been forty years since Pink Floyd released Animals. This album is still a great listen. Especially this track. All 17 minutes of it. The original UK vinyl sounds incredible. This is true for all Pink Floyd LPs, including the holy grail for record collectors, the original mono version of The Piper at the Gates of Dawn released 50 years ago.

September 7th, 2017

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WALTER BECKER (1950-2017)

The elusive genius and co-founder of Steely Dan passed away five days ago. I’ve been listening to a lot of his music lately, and the hits he co-wrote with Donald Fagen are legendary: “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number”, “Kid Charlemagne”, “Katy Lied”, “Aja”, “Hey Nineteen”, and the autobiographical “Third World Man”. His uniquely sharp wit and musical linguistics will be dearly missed and never replicated.

(Photo: Courtesy walterbecker.com)

June 24th, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

SMART DISCO

OK, maybe that’s an oxymoron. But exactly 37 years ago Jackson Browne released his answer to what was then music’s latest rage. It didn’t hurt that it included the best ever song about Lowell George of Little Feat. More

June 5th, 2017

Posted in Photography Blog, Travel Blog, Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

SUMMER OF LOVE

50 years ago, pop culture was blossoming. There was Sgt. Pepper, Andy Warhol, Haight Ashbury, free love, and power to the people. If you were a teenager in June 1967, you’ve never forgotten it. I certainly haven’t.

Luftgekühlt 4 last month reminded me of that heady time. The music was great, the vibe was cool, and the people were hip and exciting. Air-cooled Porsche 911 passion was at an all-time high. It was a “happening” event that I would love to see more of.

May 27th, 2017

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GREGG ALLMAN – LAID BACK

Gregg Allman passed away today. He was a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band with brother and maestro guitarist Duane Allman.

Duane and bassist Berry Oakley died in in 1971 and 1972 in similar motorcycle accidents, after the release of the groundbreaking Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs and At the Fillmore East. More

April 4th, 2017

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DOG EAT DOG

Dog Eat Dog was Joni Mitchell’s twelfth album. Foreshadowing ongoing global challenges, it was released in 1985. Lyrically, the album deals with artifice, brutality, and innocence. Yup, that’s her car that got hit on Mulholland Drive on the back cover. The LP sounds better than the CD. Deja Vu.

(Cover Painting: Joni Mitchell)