on brian wilson and SMiLE (a convoluted conversation part 3)

THIS AR­TI­CLE AD­DRESSES BRIAN WILSON and the in­spi­ra­tion for his leg­endary SMiLE al­bum. It bears the un­wieldy ti­tle of "On Brian Wilson And SMiLE (A Con­vo­luted Con­ver­sa­tion Part 3)," be­cause it is the sec­ond of a three part ar­ti­cle. Please find Parts 1 and 2 and read them be­fore con­tin­u­ing with this ar­ti­cle.     This is the cover for Capi­tol DT-2580, the Beach Boys SMILE. It was sched­uled or re­lease in Au­gust or Sep­tem­ber 1966. Not only was the al­bum not ready for re­lease at that time, but the fea­tured sin­gle Good Vi­bra­tions wasn't ready! Nonethe­less, slicks for the jacket… Con­tinue Read­ing on brian wilson and SMiLE (a con­vo­luted con­ver­sa­tion part 3)

An Introduction to Rather Rare Records

MY FIRST "POST" was with the Wyoming Val­ley West High School news­pa­per, where I was the nerd who got the gig of re­view­ing records. That was 1969 and, like most nerds with su­per cool record col­lec­tions, I wrote con­de­scend­ing re­views of records that all my non-nerd class­mates bought. 1 I re­mem­ber damn­ing Glen Camp­bell (in the '60s, teens ac­tu­ally bought Glen Camp­bell al­bums and were still cool) and dis­miss­ing Cream's last al­bum, GOOD­BYE. Then, every­thing changed. In 1970, I found Paul Williams's book Out­law Blues, a col­lec­tion of his writ­ings from Craw­daddy mag­a­zine. Williams didn't write neg­a­tive reviews—he wrote… Con­tinue Read­ing An In­tro­duc­tion to Rather Rare Records

poor boys and pilgrims are going to graceland

THE WEB­SITE FOR GRACE­LAND posted a con­densed ver­sion of my ar­ti­cle, "Elvis Presley’s ’68 Come­back – Bur­bank to Grace­land." This was done to com­mem­o­rate the an­niver­sary of the orig­i­nal broad­cast of the NBC-TV Spe­cial on De­cem­ber 3, 1968. This post­ing on Elvis Presley's "of­fi­cial" web­site has sent tens of thou­sands of in­ter­ested read­ers to the Best Clas­sic Band's Face­book page to find the com­plete, orig­i­nal ar­ti­cle. (For more in­for­ma­tion, see the pre­vi­ous post on this site.) So, now more peo­ple have read this ar­ti­cle in one week­end than have read all the ar­ti­cles on my own Elvis site in three years. That's all the ar­ti­cles com­bined! A close-up of Elvis… Con­tinue Read­ing poor boys and pil­grims are go­ing to grace­land

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

the ongoing damnation of faust (and a lesson on selling on ebay)

BUYER SCAMS ON EBAY and other seller sites are rec­og­nized, if poorly ad­dressed by those sites. In my ar­ti­cle "Ebay Buyer Scams And Ship­ping Items In­ter­na­tion­ally," I wrote about these is­sues and an al­ter­ca­tion that I had with a buyer in Eu­rope who I be­lieve was try­ing to pull such a scam. I said that safe­guards needed to be put in place to pro­tect sell­ers from scur­rilous buyers—an idea that never oc­curs to buyers—and their on­go­ing damna­tion of all sell­ers! "If you sell on Ebay, more than a few peo­ple are go­ing to try to rip you off via a… Con­tinue Read­ing the on­go­ing damna­tion of faust (and a lesson on sell­ing on ebay)

ebay buyer scams and shipping items internationally

EBAY IS THE PLACE TO SELL and has been for years and years! But sell­ers quickly learn that Ebay goes out of its way to pro­tect and even pla­cate buyers—regardless of the patent ab­sur­dity of some of their claims against the seller! Every­thing from Ebay's flawed feed­back sys­tem to the al­most open-ended re­turn pol­icy fa­vors the buyer. And then there are the Ebay buyer scams that no one wants to talk about . . . If you have friends or fam­ily that sell on Ebay, you have prob­a­bly heard tales of woe and out­right anger about the crap that sell­ers go through! The sys­tem some­times… Con­tinue Read­ing ebay buyer scams and ship­ping items in­ter­na­tion­ally

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