Archive for the Tunes / Vinyl Blog category

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)

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.

August 1st, 2015

Posted in Tunes / Vinyl Blog by Randy Wells

THE HISSING OF SUMMER LAWNS

Released 40 years ago, this folk/jazz album by singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell remains intriguing.

“Don’t Interrupt the Sorrow”, “Shades of Scarlett Conquering”, and “Harry’s House / Centerpiece” continue to be some of my favorites. Eclectic for sure, and not for everyone – just the way I like it.

U.S. original LPs sound great, as do the 180 gram reissues.

Get well soon, Joni. Happy 90th Mom!

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April 14th, 2015

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

ON THE ROAD TO HWY 61 REVISITED

When Bob Dylan was growing up in the 1950s, Highway 61 stretched from Duluth, Minnesota (his birthplace) down to St. Louis, through Memphis, into the Mississippi Delta, and eventually ending in New Orleans. Along the way, the route passed the home towns of influential musicians like Muddy Waters, Son House, Elvis Presley, and Charley Patton. Blues legend Robert Johnson allegedly sold his soul to the devil for mastery of the blues. The location? Where Route 61 (now known as the “Blues Highway”) crosses Route 49 in Clarksdale, Mississippi. More

February 27th, 2015

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

BURMESTER AND PORSCHE

German based Burmester offers a “High-End Surround-Sound-System” for the ultimate high-end music experience in the latest Porsches. Sixteen separate amplifier channels totaling 1000 watts distribute audio for up to sixteen loudspeakers. Included is an active subwoofer with integrated 300-watt-amplifier. The distinctive Burmester sound is reproduced at all octaves down to the lowest bass foundation. It’s like your own personal mobile listening room.