are there albums where the covers are worth more than the records?

HERE’S ANOTHER QUESTION ABOUT VINYL on Quora that dis­tracted me from var­ious writing projects! The ques­tion is, “What vinyl album cover empty is worth more than a mint vinyl album without the cover?” Or, as I have worded it in this article’s title: Are there al­bums with covers that are worth more than the records? [Continue reading]

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the cheesiest semi-legal records in the world!

I MOVED TO CALIFORNIA from Penn­syl­vania in June 1978. I naively be­lieved I would find some sem­blance of “the six­ties” hidden away in San Fran­cisco. But in only a few years, most of it had been blotted out. There were still a lot of hand-painted Vic­to­rian houses and a few hip coffee shops and bookstores.

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1969

THIS IS THE TENTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Someday We’ll Be Honky Tonk Women To­gether” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Oc­tober 1, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1967

THIS IS THE EIGHTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Hey, There Georgy Girl, Penny Lane, And Ruby Tuesday! [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1966

THIS IS THE SEVENTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “You Keep Me Hanging On The Poor Side Of Town” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on July 5, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1965

THIS IS THE SIXTH in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles ad­dressing the #1 records of the year on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s pop chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Let’s Hang On To Our Ticket To Ride” in my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium back on June 2, 2019. [Continue reading]

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the #1 hit records on the pop charts 1960

THIS IS THE FIRST in a se­ries of ten ar­ti­cles listing and ad­dressing the #1 records of the year as they ap­peared on Cash Box mag­a­zine’s Top 100 chart from 1960 through 1969. It was orig­i­nally pub­lished as “Save The Last Twist For Me” on my pub­li­ca­tion Tell It Like It Was on Medium on Jan­uary 1, 2019. [Continue reading]

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what is the beach boys’ best album?

WHAT IS THE BEACH BOYS’ BEST ALBUM? For most people, that’s an easy an­swer: Pet Sounds. But for afi­cionados of the group, it’s a tricky ques­tion that re­quires clar­i­fi­ca­tion. Fans would want to know does the ques­tion refer to the best album at­trib­uted to the Beach Boys or to the best album ac­tu­ally cre­ated by the Beach Boys as a group. [Continue reading]

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go rockin’ robin ’cause we’re really gonna rock tonight

FOR MOST OF US, the pe­riod in our lives when we are most pas­sionate about music is our teenage years. Some­where around 13 or 14 years old, we start both in­tense for love and equally in­tense hate af­fairs with the pop music of the day. For me, this pe­riod was 1964-1969: to this day, most of my greatest loves come from this “era.”

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