Archive for the Tunes / Vinyl Blog category

September 28th, 2019

NEVER A DULL MOMENT

Life is nothing if not interesting. Here I am married to the most amazing woman for 25 years, and I’m still working on being a better husband. More

September 25th, 2019

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

ABBEY ROAD

My favorite album by The Beatles was released 50 years ago this week. More

August 26th, 2019

LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO

This has to be one of the lamest song titles in all of pop culture. Completely anti-Gene Smith philosophy. The reality is, unless you are being forced with bodily harm, nobody makes you do anything. More

August 8th, 2019

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

TRUTH

It’s kind of hard to find today, but back in 1968 truth was (more) readily available.

That’s the year Jeff Beck laid waste to what had come before with his blues-rock album Truth. His band was an evolution of the Yardbirds and a foreshadowing of Faces. With Ron Wood on bass, vocals by Rod Stewart, and Beck’s electrifying guitar, this is the seminal electric blues, modified R&B, and psychedelically influenced rock and heavy-metal album. More

July 27th, 2019

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PINK MOON

OK, it’s the end of July, and I’ve somehow missed every one of this album’s significant anniversaries.

Still, this is probably the best article I’ve ever written about any subject, so here goes. More

July 1st, 2019

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

NO GURU, NO METHOD, NO TEACHER

My favorite Van Morrison album was released 33 years ago. Recorded in part at The Record Plant in Sausalito, CA, it’s a magnificent record with David Hayes laying out on bass on “Foreign Window”. The lyrics can come off as obscure to most, but they’re transcendent to me. Check it out. More

May 24th, 2019

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

THIS DAY IN MUSIC

1941 – On this day Bob Dylan (Robert Zimmerman) was born. Dylan went on to release over 40 albums and was a major influence on The Beatles. His biggest hits included the 1965 single ‘Like A Rolling Stone’. He won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature and twelve Grammy Awards. Here he is with George Harrison and the Traveling Wilburys playing one of my favorite songs. More

March 27th, 2019

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PLASTIC ONO BAND

By March 20 1969, when John Lennon and Yoko Ono married, he had already started leaving The Beatles. It would be a traumatic separation. Despite initial critical response, the music Lennon would make has stood the test of time – Abbey Road was still to come.

March 3rd, 2019

VINYL, LEICA, AND THE EARLY 911 – MY STORY

You’ve probably read enough analogies of sports cars, fine cameras, and luxury audio equipment in high-end lifestyle magazines to get the idea that journalists are passionate about these things in a big way. I’m not immune, and vinyl records, Leica rangefinders, and Porsche 911s have been a fascination of mine since 1964.

Thanks to fellow Porsche and Leica fan Randy Leffingwell for publishing this in RS Magazine:

Early 911, Film, and Vinyl Article

February 24th, 2019

VINYL, LEICAS, AND THE EARLY 911

Coming soon…

I’ve been a record collector since I bought my first LP in 1964. Still have it. Leica film cameras and lenses followed in 1979. An early Porsche 911 was something I’ve wanted since I was 16. Had to wait until 1996 for that one. Now I have multiples of everything… Read about these passions in an upcoming on-line feature:

Early 911, Film, and Vinyl Article

February 14th, 2019

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

HAPPY VALENTINES DAY

For me, jazz pianist Bill Evans is the coolest.

Released a little over 60 years ago, the tune “Peace Piece” on his album Everybody Digs Bill Evans has everything: it’s romantic, transcendental and groundbreaking.

The pastoral piano improvisation foreshadows “Flamenco Sketches” and “Blues in Green” on Miles Davis’ seminal modal jazz masterpiece Kind of Blue.

In a word… COOL.

February 9th, 2019

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

ROCK PHOTOGRAPHER GUY WEBSTER

Hollywood photographer Guy Webster passed away today at 79. He created several iconic ’60s album covers, including The Doors, The Byrds, Simon and Garfunkel, The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, and The Mamas and the Papas. RIP

January 19th, 2019

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THE KINKS – VILLAGE GREEN

The Kinks Are the Village Green Preservation Society is one of my favorite albums. 50 years ago it failed to chart upon its release. Imagine it competing against the likes of The White Album. Now considered a classic for its depiction of English country life. Don’t miss the recent deluxe LP/CD package mastered by Kevin Gray. Phenomenal.

December 13th, 2018

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POPSICLE TOES

Happy Birthday Honey!

Pul·chri·tude… I had to look that one up!

Thanks to Michael Franks for his unique songwriting.

November 18th, 2018

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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.