Archive for the Tunes / Vinyl Blog category

February 14th, 2018

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


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


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


September 22nd, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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

June 24th, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells


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


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

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells


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

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells


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)

December 24th, 2016

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


Vinyl and tubes belong together, like old jazz records.

Wishing you a warm holiday season!

December 13th, 2016


Walt Disney, America’s animated film producer, inventor of Tinkerbell, and founder of Disneyland, lived and died this week, 115 and 50 years ago respectively. It’s remarkable how his legacy has only continued to grow in stature.

Happy birthday, honey.


November 23rd, 2016

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells


Van Morrison ~ Keep Me Singing

A great album, one of his best. Also available on LP. More

November 12th, 2016

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


Leonard Cohen R.I.P.

October 24th, 2016

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells


Disenchanted with touring, The Beatles retreated to Abbey Road Studios fifty years ago and began recording their most iconic album ever, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. By the time it was released in June ’67, they had made several giant leaps forward in the art of building an LP, cover and all. As always, George Martin helped to lay down the tracks and introduce unusual instrumentation. The result was the world’s first concept album. The rest is history.

(Cover Photographer: Michael Cooper)

September 2nd, 2016


Candlestick Park 50 years ago this week!

(Photo: Jim Marshall)

August 24th, 2016

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


On this day 50 years ago, and for the next eight days after that, The Doors recorded their first album at Sunset Sound in Hollywood. That’s where the rock group laid down their distinctive sound on 4-track tape with producer Paul Rothchild and engineer Bruce Botnick. Ray Manzarek, Robby Krieger, John Densmore, and Larry Knechtel all played on the record. Jim Morrison had is own track. More

May 15th, 2016

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells


These two landmark albums by Bob Dylan and The Beach Boys were both released on this day exactly 50 years ago. Which is your favorite and why?