Archive for the Tunes / Vinyl Blog category

May 10th, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

WHY DID AIMEE’S RECORD NOT SUCCEED?

Whatever was the first solo record from Aimme Mann. It was released in 1993 to little fanfare, although it is arguably one of that year’s best albums.

Fortunately, Aimee Mann’s hard core fans have stayed with her, and her talent was rewarded in 2002 with Lost in Space. That one reached 35 on the US Billboard 200. Be sure and check out her latest record Mental Illness too.

(Cover photo: Anton Corbijn)

April 7th, 2017

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

“Ive been there and back, just to see how far it was…”

One of my favorite songs from 1971, and my favorite Ronnie Lane tune with Rod Stewart, Ron Wood, and Faces. It just gets better with age. More

April 4th, 2017

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

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)

December 24th, 2016

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

OLD SCHOOL XMAS

Vinyl and tubes belong together, like old jazz records.

Wishing you a warm holiday season!

December 13th, 2016

DISNEY GIRL

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.

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November 23rd, 2016

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

THANKSGIVING

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

HALLEJUJAH

Leonard Cohen R.I.P.

October 24th, 2016

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

THE RECORDING OF SGT. PEPPER

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)

October 17th, 2016

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

HOTEL SUITES WITH VINYL AND TURNTABLES

There are some pretty cool hotels out there now where guests can play vinyl LPs in their room. I’ll be staying at some of these hip establishments over the next few months and will keep you posted on what I find.

(Photographer: Unknown)

September 2nd, 2016

THE BEATLES LAST CONCERT

Candlestick Park 50 years ago this week!

(Photo: Jim Marshall)

August 24th, 2016

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

THE DOORS FIRST ALBUM

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

BLONDE ON BLONDE OR PET SOUNDS?

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?

May 8th, 2016

IMPOSSIBLE GERMANY, UNLIKELY JAPAN

“Where ever you go, wherever you land.”
“This was still new to me. I wouldn’t understand.”

There are great Wilco songs, and then there is “Impossible Germany”, arguably one of the best from anyone over the past ten years. The album it appears on, Sky Blue Sky, was released in May 2007 and cut to vinyl by Robert Ludwig. It sounds fantastic. More

January 11th, 2016

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

David Bowie
R.I.P 1947-2016
(Photographer: Unknown)

September 20th, 2015

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

YOU

One of my fave George Harrison singles was released 40 years ago this week. Thanks to all of you who have helped me get my film shown this week in Monterey. Five days to go.

August 25th, 2015

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

BORN TO RUN TURNS 40

The cover of Bruce Springsteen’s 1975 album Born to Run is one of rock music’s most iconic images. It was made by Eric Meola, who reportedly shot 900 frames with his Nikon during a three-hour photo session. Meola’s image shows Springsteen holding a Fender Telecaster and leaning against the late saxophonist Clarence Clemons.

I’ve met Meola in Australia and the USA while shooting on location, and he’s a great photographer as well as a very nice man. Here’s an outake from his book Born to Run: The Unseen Photos.