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opinions about the stories about beach boys album covers

“BACK THROUGH THE OPERA GLASS” is the title of three lengthy ar­ti­cles that re­view most of the Beach Boys album covers re­leased on major la­bels in the US. It is sub­ti­tled “The Sto­ries Be­hind the Album Covers” and was written by Mal­colm Searles. This mas­sive project covers every im­por­tant album from 1962 through the present. [Continue reading]

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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). [Continue reading]

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between the buttons and the dandelion, we love you!

GREAT SINGLES IN 1967 by es­tab­lished artists that should have been BIG hits but weren’t were common. For ex­ample, Buf­falo Spring­field’s Mr. Soul, the Byrds’ Lady Friend, and the Hol­lies’ King Midas In Re­verse (and I could go on but that’s grist for an­other mill). But per­haps the biggest dis­ap­point­ment was the Rolling Stones second single of the year, We Love You / Dan­de­lion. [Continue reading]

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what do mick jagger and lawrence bray have in common?

THIS IS PART 2 of three ar­ti­cles on Around Town and their single Out Of Con­trol. This one hopes to an­swer the age-old ques­tion, “What do Mick Jagger and Lawrence Bray have in common?” But first, some back­ground: while re­searching some­thing else, I came across the ad for the MP3 down­load on Amazon (above) and, lo and be­hold, no one had yet sub­mitted a re­view. [Continue reading]

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on grading records for sale part 1: ‘still sealed’ and ‘mint’ are not the same thing

FRIEND WAS LEARNING THE ROPES of making money by selling other people’s ‘col­lec­tables’ by auc­tioning them on eBay. It’s his ex­pe­ri­ence that in­spired this ar­ticle, “Grading Records for Sale Part 1.” Let’s pre­tend his name is Luke. As the bulk of Luke’s con­sign­ments were from friends, it was a rea­son­ably re­laxed af­fair and no one was trying to pull the wool over the other’s eyes. [Continue reading]