THE KINKS' ARTHUR album of 1969 was a smashing success with the critics and the few fans that the once popular group still had at the time. It sold better than any Kinks album had in recent memory, but barely graced the best-selling charts. ARTHUR has grown in prestige through the years and now both original pressings and even reissues are sought after by collectors. There were three singles pulled from the album sessions; none were major hits in the UK or the US. All are rather difficult to find—especially in top condition. This article is a discography of those singles that… Continue Reading a discography and price guide to the kinks' arthur album and related singles
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
I AM WORKING ON A PIECE here on Rather Rare Records that inspired this brief piece below. It's titled "what was the first rock & roll LP album of the '50s?" and at one point I turned to Wikipedia for information. Specifically, I was interested in determining the release date of Fats Domino's first album, Rock And Rollin' With Fats Domino. Hooboy, but I wasn't prepared for what I found (although I should have been). But first, some background: recently, I published another article on my A Touch Of Gold website. It addressed the error-ridden Wikipedia entry for ELVIS' GOLD RECORDS VOLUME 2, including the album's sub-title 50,000,000 Elvis… Continue Reading rock and rollin' with fats domino at wikipedia
IT IS ACCEPTED CANON that on May 16, 1966, two major and seminal works of popular music were released to the public: the Beach Boys’ PET SOUNDS and Bob Dylan's BLONDE ON BLONDE. And there was another reason to celebrate that date: Dylan's was the first rock music double-album of all-new studio recordings! He beat the Mothers of Invention's FREAK OUT for that honor by one month. 1 The paragraph above was the first thing that I wrote for this article a month ago. I intended to use those words to open this piece since I considered writing it, because they are,… Continue Reading what was the first "rock" double-album of the '60s?
MOST INFORMATION ON THE INTERNET about gold and platinum records of the Sixties is crap! That is, most of the "information" regarding RIAA Gold and Platinum Records awarded to albums from the '60s and early '70s is factually incorrect. This applies to almost every website: the few that aren't incorrect are often misleading, and this includes the RIAA's own website! This article will assist most readers in understanding RIAA Gold and Platinum Record Awards for records issued prior to 1975. 1 This article addresses the basic criteria that were used by the RIAA for awarding Gold and Platinum Records to singles and albums. The focus is on the awards from 1958… Continue Reading understanding riaa gold and platinum record awards of the sixties
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)
DO MOST YOUNG PEOPLE KNOW WHAT "SURF MUSIC" IS? That's REAL surf music, the kind played by a guitar-and-rhythm-section-and-no-singer group! Many people—including non-record collecting older folk—think of the Beach Boys’ early harmonies when they hear the term “surf music,” but that was never considered surf music by surfer guys and gals (dudes and bunnies?). 1 Instrumental surf music was dominated by a heavily reverbed Fender guitar supported by a prominent bass line, one of the few pop music genres that placed emphasis on what was often just a part of the rhythm section. This music had its fifteen minutes… Continue Reading a complementary if brief surf raiders bio/overview