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)

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 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… 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… Continue Reading ebay buyer scams and shipping items internationally