THIS IS PART 4 of the Avid Record Collector’s Price Guide to Wild In The Streets. It addresses in detail the four albums associated with that movie and its music. The first three parts have been published, and with this part I finally get around the a labelography and price guide for the records. So, here are the most detailed listings that I could compile … CONTINUE READING
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 … CONTINUE READING
MY FIRST PUBLISHED PIECE 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. I remember damning Glen Campbell (in the ’60s, teens actually bought Glen Campbell albums and … CONTINUE READING
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).
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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 … CONTINUE READING
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 … CONTINUE READING
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THE BOSTON SYMPHONY was performing Ludwig van Beethoven’s 9th Symphony each Sunday during the month of December. Now bass players hate Beethoven’s immortally beloved ‘Ninth,’ as there is a long segment in the middle where they don’t have a thing to do—page after page and not a single note! It makes them look and feel dumb sitting there like that.
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HOW HAVE WE MISSED THE OBVIOUS for so long? Look, I know that old-school rock & roll fans in general and Elvis fans specifically are supposed to reactionarily hate punk rock—and most do! But the punks of the ’70s were carrying on some of the spirit of the ’50s rock & roll that we love so much—especially the untamed Elvis of the Dorsey Brother Shows!… CONTINUE READING