a discography and price guide to the kinks' arthur album and related singles

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

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

rock and rollin' with fats domino at wikipedia

AM WORK­ING ONPIECE 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

what was the first "rock" double-album of the '60s?

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?

understanding riaa gold and platinum record awards of the sixties

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

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)

a complementary if brief surf raiders bio/overview

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