the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project

FRANK DANIELS HAS BEEN COLLECTING RECORDS for a long time. Somewhere along the way, he started collecting all sorts of record-related data and information. For years now, he has been researching, compiling, assembling, and publishing several incredibly detailed and accurate Frank Daniels discographies (listings of records) and labelographies (breakdowns on the visual changes in the label designs of a given record company). Here, for the first time EVER, is a list of all of Mr D’s published discographies (listings of records) and labelographies (breakdowns on the visual changes in the label designs of a given record company). Note that all… Continue Reading the frank daniels discographies & labelographies project

some random observations and untouched territories (we buy white albums part 10)

THIS FINAL (FOR NOW) PART of my take on the Rutherford Chang “We Buy White Albums” project starts with a few observations that didn’t make it into the first nine parts and ends with my totally subjective response to and opinion of THE WHITE ALBUM, then and now. There will eventually be an eleventh part that will be a price guide to the American pressings of the album; this might take a little time researching. Let’s start at the beginning, in late 1968: I had just turned 17 and was a devout Elvis fan. I had spent the past few years… Continue Reading some random observations and untouched territories (we buy white albums part 10)

how donovan turned the beatles on to a new direction (we buy white albums part 9)

THIS IS A BIT OF MEANDERING regarding the Beatles in 1968 and the making of THE WHITE ALBUM. We look bak more than two years to January 1966, when Donovan Leitch recorded one of the first pop-rock songs that hinted at psychedelia, Sunshine Superman. It was a completely new style and direction for the Scottish troubadour: in one fell swoop he went from Dylan emulator to a harbinger of the new era of consciousness expansion and spiritual awakening. 1 He was also one of the first entertainers to don the new era’s trappings, including flowers, robes, beads, and such soon-to-be New… Continue Reading how donovan turned the beatles on to a new direction (we buy white albums part 9)

the beatles unplugged could have been the off-white album (we buy white albums part 8)

THE BEATLES BEGAN WORK on the sessions that would become THE WHITE ALBUM on May 30, 1968. They were completed on October 15, and the album released a few weeks later. On The Beatles Bible website (“Not quite as popular as Jesus”), there is a list of the known tracks on the boots and a very brief description of what differentiates the demos from the released recording. The list of tracks here follows the tracks on the UNPLUGGED album linked to above. Each title is followed by the primary writer and lead vocalist. My responses follow in rusty-brown print: •  Cry Baby Cry (Lennon): a… Continue Reading the beatles unplugged could have been the off-white album (we buy white albums part 8)

the beatles unplugged feels strangely modern (we buy white albums part 7)

ON JUNE 1, 1967, THE BEATLES released their long awaited eighth album, SGT. PEPPER’S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND. It was released to most of the western world. The fame prestige success influence of the Beatles leaped upwards exponentially, reaching levels unprecedented for any type of “star,” be it artist or entertainer. And just as no one expected the kind of success that greeted the album, no one expected that the album and its success was the peak of the Beatles’ career as the world’s favorite personalities. 1 Alas, nothing the four members ever did would approach the achievements or accolades—I could… Continue Reading the beatles unplugged feels strangely modern (we buy white albums part 7)

why the continuing fascination with this album? (we buy white albums part 6)

UPON RELEASE IN NOVEMBER 1968, the Beatles’ ninth album proper was met with less than the proper hosannas due the group. There was praise, but it was not the universal acclaim to which they had become based on most of their previous efforts. It came the delayed follow-up to the still-smarting hurt that was their made-for-the-telly extravaganza, MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR. 1 This handmade special had been broadcast during the Christmas week of 1967, and was the group’s first real failure since becoming the Fab Four. It left a sour aftertaste in some observer’s mind’s mouths, as well as at least two of the Beatles.… Continue Reading why the continuing fascination with this album? (we buy white albums part 6)