27 Dec

Maynard Ferguson – M.F. Horn Two Vinyl Album

This is one of my first posts to show the real extent of my collection and musical tastes.

I love metal. I love rock. I love just about everything. Except rap (I can listen to old school) and country. Sorry.

As a musician myself, I love listening big band and jazz music, and nobody does it like Maynard Ferguson.

Maynard Ferguson - M.F. Horn Two - Vinyl LP

This album is second in a series of six, all released in the 1970’s, except for the sixth, which was released in May 2007. MF Horn is a mix of the jazz – rock – fusion that was starting to grow about that time.

This album sounds so good, it just blows me away. Not just that it’s on vinyl, but the production and the musicianship is just amazing. Maynard can scream on a trumpet like a banshee on crack.

Some of the songs are covers, such as The Beatles ‘Hey Jude,’ the Theme from Shaft, and ‘Spinning Wheel’ by another great jazz rock band, Blood, Sweat & Tears.

Take a listen to this, it is ‘Give it One,’ the first track on the album;

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Amazon only has the CD, so if you want it on vinyl like I do, look for Maynard Ferguson at MusicStack, then click on M.F. Horn Two under popular albums by Maynard Ferguson.

Unfortunately, Maynard Ferguson died late last year on August 23rd, 2006. He was born on May 4th, 1928. Which means that he recorded his last album when he was 78 years old. Thats just crazy. In his amazing career, he had 69 albums. Unbelievable. He also has many movie soundtrack credits, including The Ten Commandments (the original with Charlton Heston).

27 Dec

Ripping MP3’s From Vinyl Records? Copying Your Own Collection?

Vinyl Vs CD Vs MP3. Is ripping your own collection ok?

I have seen a number of articles and posts about whether or not it is legal or ethical to rip an album or CD that you already own to MP3. There are at least two schools of thought on this.

The first idea is that once you own something, you own the content. The music is yours to do with as you please, and you could take it from vinyl and make MP3’s then make an audio CD. You can make as many copies FOR YOURSELF that you want. You bought the content (music).

The second idea is that you own the medium, not the content. In other words, you bought the vinyl album, but you don’t own the music, you own the vinyl itself. If you want it on CD, buy it. If you want it on MP3, you should buy it and download it from iTunes, Amazon or somewhere legal. You must buy a song three times, vinyl, CD and MP3.

I know what I think (I hope I do). I believe that once you have bought an album, you can do with it as you please. For instance, if I buy a record and it has a great song that really gets me pumped up, I’ll want to put it on my workout mix. I already bought the song, why should I have to buy it again just to have it on MP3?

What do you think? Is it ethical to rip music that you already own? Or should you buy every format that you need?

20 Dec

Vinyl Albums For Sale. Musicstack Has Rare Vinyl Records.

I’ve been around the ‘net for a while. I’ve seen a lot of sites out there that have CD’s and a few records, but when you are looking for something rare and not so popular, they don’t have it. Musicstack is different. I have been on this site a few times and have found everything I’ve looked for. 13th Floor Elevators, Chocolate Watch Band and many other bands no one has ever heard of, I found them there. So, I signed up and now you can go to Classic Vinyl Record at MusicStack and find just about anything you can think of.

I have linked to Amazon in the past, and I still will, but a lot of the albums that I have, Amazon won’t. I’m sure Music Stack will though.

17 Dec

How and Where to Buy Vinyl Records and LP’s

Last time I was in a record store that actually had records, was about four or five years ago. Quonset Hut (no longer selling music) was one of those music stores that had t-shirts, toys like KISS dolls, even smoking paraphernalia (although not of it was for drug use of course). It was one of those places where you could go and browse for hours. They even had stuff on CD that no one else had. Metal bands like Iron Savior, Rhapsody (now Rhapsody of Fire), Stratovarius. They had a lot of good stuff. They even had vinyl. Not a lot, but some. Mostly dance and DJ type stuff, but there were a few albums, like the collection “Edward The Great “by Iron Maiden, I think they even had some Metallica on vinyl.

The problem is that these stores are closing down. There are some shops opening up, but not around here, not in small towns. Where can we go to find vinyl records? Online? Yeah, you can, but you have to be careful. If you buy a record online, you can’t actually look at it to see if it has scratches or not. It could be an old worn out flat sounding album, that you just paid a lot of money for.

There are places online that you can go. Places like Amazon have vinyl records, You can even find LP’s on eBay. I just found a place that I’ve heard some good stuff about though, and from searching a little bit, I’ve found rare albums on Musicstack that I know you can’t find in other places.

If you don’t like to buy vinyl online, the best place to go is to flea markets. Garage sales are ok, but usually the records have been stored in a musty damp basement and smell like mold, or were in an attic and are warped from the heat. There also isn’t a whole lot of selection. At flea markets however, you can find hundreds and thousands of vinyl albums for sale. You just have to know what to look for.

  1. Look at the Record – Is it clean and without scratches? Is the label ripped or not? Looking at the record can tell you a lot about it. If it is scratched up, there isn’t much point in buying it. Look at it from the side to see if it is warped or not. We love vinyl because it sounds good. So why buy a bad record.
  2. Look at the Record Cover – The cover art is one of the more important features of records. If the record is in good shape, look at the cover. This is one area that is completely up to your judgment. If it is a record you have been searching for for a long time, and the cover is beat up and the record is clean, go ahead and buy it. I had been looking for Billy Thorpe – “Children of the Sun” for years before the guy at the record store found it, but the cover wasn’t in the greatest shape. I bought it anyway.
  3. Is the Price Worth the Album – Most of the time, at a flea market, it will be. I usually see records go for about 50 cents to 2 dollars. Even if it is 10 dollars, it can be a deal, especially if you find something rare, or worth some good money.
12 Dec

The Blues Brothers – Briefcase Full of Blues

The Blues Brothers - Briefcase Full of Blues
I love the Blues Brothers. I think that it is one of the greatest movies, especially musical movies ever. Most everyone knows that John Belushi and Dan Akroyd started the Blues Brothers on Saturday Night Live.

You can find this and more Blues Brothers at Musicstack.

Ye, if you look closely, you’ll see that the pianist is Paul Schaffer from Late Night with David Letterman. Just about everyone from the movie is from the Saturday Night Live Band.

What most people don’t know is that the Blues Brothers put out an album before the movie. It was called Briefcase Full of Blues. Here is one of the best songs on the album, Rubber Biscuit.

The following is the very first incarnation of the Blues Brothers, and is included for no other reason except that I was in Chicago last week and saw a guy sing this song. He was a great singer, but was a real spaz.

A quick history comes from Wikipedia;

The genesis of the Blues Brothers was a January 17, 1976 Saturday Night Live skit. In it, “Howard Shore and his All-Bee Band” play the Slim Harpo song “I’m a King Bee,” with Belushi singing and Aykroyd playing harmonica, dressed in the bee costumes they wore for the “Killer Bees” sketch.

Following tapings of SNL, it was popular among cast members and the weekly hosts to attend Aykroyd’s Holland Tunnel Blues bar, which he had rented not long after joining the cast mainly for the purpose of parking his Harley Davidson motorcycle. The bar cost less than a parking spot.[citation needed] Dan and John filled a jukebox with songs from many different artists such as Sam and Dave and punk band The Viletones. John bought an amplifier and they kept some musical instruments there for anyone who wanted to jam. It was here that Dan wrote a lot of the initial story draft of the Blues Brothers movie, better known as the “tome” because it contained so many pages.

It was also at the bar that Aykroyd introduced Belushi to the blues. Even though Belushi was from Chicago he was not familiar with such music. An interest soon became a fascination and it wasn’t long before the two began singing with local blues bands. Jokingly, SNL band leader Howard Shore suggested they call themselves “The Blues Brothers.”

Belushi’s budding interest in the blues solidified in October 1977 when he was in Eugene, Oregon, filming National Lampoon’s Animal House. He went to a local hotel to hear 25-year-old blues singer/harmonica player Curtis Salgado. After the show, Belushi and Salgado talked about the blues for hours. Belushi found Salgado’s enthusiasm infectious. In an interview at the time with the Eugene Register-Guard he said:

I was growing sick of rock and roll, it was starting to bore me…and I hated disco, so I needed some place to go. I hadn’t heard much blues before. It felt good.

Salgado lent him some albums by Floyd Dixon, Charles Brown, Johnny “Guitar” Watson, and others. Belushi was hooked.

10 Dec

Album and Album Cover Display Frames

A few weeks ago I posted about a great way to display your vinyl record collection. A little while ago I was sent another similar display from my brother. This vinyl record display doesn’t have the tilt out feature to get access to the LP, but is much cheaper. It is only about $24 compared to around $60. You just slide the album cover (with the record inside) right into the frame. Thats it.

Vinyl Record Display Frame

10 Dec

U2 – The Joshua Tree 20th Anniversary Remastered, Reissued Vinyl Record

I have this album. Well, the original at least. It has been played a lot. A whole lot. So you can imagine that the sound quality has been degraded over the years. I’d love to have this new one by U2. I thought that I should talk about The Joshua Tree since it will be released tomorrow on Amazon.

U2 - The Joshua Tree Vinyl Record LP

This album was their passage from cult band to mainstream act. The fifth album by U2, it was released 20 years ago in 1987. Considered by many to be one of the greatest rock albums of all time (I like it, but wouldn’t go that far),it did get a Grammy for Best Album of the Year in 1988.

Of course, it is a political album. Bono used the lyrics to show how he felt about America’s involvement and policies in Central America.

If you want the the new vinyl LP of The Joshua Tree, you can buy the vinyl at MusicStack or you can find it at Amazon below.

10 Dec

Vinyl Record Snack Tray and Coasters

Snack Tray
This is great, a snack tray made out of a vintage vinyl record. It is goodfor chips, candy or any other kind of party goodies. I saw this at Elsewares for just $26. They also have vinyl record coasters.

They say that they carry different genres of music, but the only choices available were rock and jazz. Still, a pretty cool gift idea for the audiophile, vinyl freak, or music lover in your life.

28 Nov

Supertramp – Breakfast in America

Today’s record is “Breakfast in America” by Supertramp. I love this album. Of course, I guess I say I love every album I have, but that’s beside the point. “The Logical Song” is one of my all-time favorite songs.

This is a great album, you can buy it and find out for yourself at MusicStack.

You can decide for yourself if it’s a great song with this mp3 of Supertramps “The Logical Song”.

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This is the 6th album by Supertramp, and it had 4 singles, The Logical Song, Take the Long Way home, Goodbye Stranger, and Breakfast in America. It reached number 1 on the Billboard top albums, and was Supertramps best selling album.

The tracks are as follows:

  1. Gone Hollywood
  2. The Logical Song
  3. Goodbye Stranger
  4. Breakfast in America
  5. Oh Darling
  6. Take the Long Way Home
  7. Lord It Is Mine
  8. Just Another Nervous Wreck
  9. Casual Conversations
  10. Child of Vision

27 Nov

USB Record Player. Put Your Vinyl on CD or MP3

I have a lot of albums on vinyl. The only problem with this is that I can’t really take them with me anywhere. My friends don’t have record players, cars don’t have record players (although it was tried unsuccessfully in the 50’s). I need something like this to convert my records to either CD or MP3.


Sometimes though, I still want to listen to vinyl records on a good table. I don’t want to listen to a computer. I want that visceral sound, that experience of the music.