Category Archives: Vinyl LP

Desirable Johnny Thunders Set For Record Store Day 2016

Johnny Thunders Real Times 1978With a long list of desirable vinyl becoming available ONLY on the Record Store Day holiday, this year scheduled for April 16, there are sure to be one or two worth your standing in a long line for. For me, this year, it’s a Johnny Thunders album that I have to share here, in case you’re a fan. A fan with a need.

While we all wait for a remaster/remix and expansion of Johnny Thunders  1978 classic, So Alone, there are these two vinyl sets that we should pay special attention to. Hopefully, your nearest record store is COOL enough to have these two titles stocked for the event.

Here it is:

Remarquable Records will issue a 10-track 10″ blue-colored EP pressed on 180g-weight vinyl. The disc will be called Real Times. It will feature four unreleased Steve Lillywhite-mixed Thunder tracks. In addition, the set will add in a 20″ x 10″ four page poster insert, as well as a download card for the songs. The album sleeve will contain previously unpublished photos from the 1978 sessions that went into So Alone.

Johnny Thunders 1978

The songs will include the following alternate mixes of songs you know:

Pipeline (alternate mix)
Dead Or Alive (alternate mix)
Great Big Kiss (alternate mix)
Leave Me Alone (alternate version)
So Alone (alternate version)
Daddy Rollin’ Stone (alternate version)
London Boys (alternate mix)
(She’s So) Untouchable (alternate mix)
Subway Train (alternate version)
The Wizard (full length version)

You can access information both here and here.


Volume Four: The Polydor Singles 1966 – The Who 45 RPM 7″ Singles Box For May

Currently, there are three vinyl 45 RPM Boxset volumes in the market for The Who. Those are The Brunswick Singles, The Reaction Singles, and The Track Singles. All of these provide 7″ 45RPM vinyl singles of The Who releases. The next volume will be The Polydor Singles. The wait is over.

On May 6, Geffen Records will release The Polydor Singles Box with fifteen 7″ 45s to complete the four volume collection. The actual tracklist and cover art offerings are not yet available.

When the actual track-list becomes available, I will update this short post.

Polydor Sleeve

New Glenn Mercer (The Feelies) Album, Incidental Hum, Is Here…And Should Be Heard

Incidental Hum - Glenn MercerIf you’ve held your ears close to the ground back in the latter ’70s, early ’80s, you likely heard of a new band by the name of The Feelies. Once dubbed by the great NYC paper, Village Voice, “the best underground band in New York”, The Feelies certainly could deliver an effective and heavy dose of pure NYC-flavored Rock, influenced a bit by early Talking Heads.

Over the years, The Feelies released four albums. And while none resonated more than their 1980 masterpiece, Crazy Rhythms, they were four great albums that did the job well. In fact, over the years, I find myself returning to them frequently. Crazy Rhythms was first released on Stiff Records (and all of you late ’70s, early ’80s music aficionados know about Stiff Records). With that, they captured the interest of a whole lot of us ‘close to the underground’ music lovers.

After Crazy Rhythms, two members left creating a seemingly unfillable hole. It was, however, ably filled by three more musicians who gave as much to The Feelies’ sound and legacy as the two that preceded them. This band released The Good Earth in 1986, Only Life in 1988, and Time For A Witness in 1991. They went on a long hiatus before reassembling for the excellent Here Before in 2011.

It should now be known or, at least, remembered, that Glenn Mercer, and Bill Million have been in The Feelies since the beginning. Therefore, it’s refreshing news to discover that Glenn Mercer is releasing his second solo album, Incidental Hum. His first, Wheels In Motion, was released back in 2007. It should be known here that it was a great album. If you haven’t heard it, now’s the time to get to it.

Glenn Mercer has released a new set, Incidental Hum on October 9 via Bar/None Records (we cover this back in September in a TAPSheet installment). But because of how freakin’ good it is, I felt that I should bring it to your attention in a more frontal way. Incidental Hum issues on CD, DD, and vinyl LP.

Incidental Hum is comprised largely of original instrumentals. Over the decades, Mercer (along with Bill Million) has shown his classic influence of instrumentals with a love toward Eno, Bowie’s Low, Philip Glass, and others. In fact, on this new album, Mercer covers Brian Eno’s “Here Come the Warm Jets”.  (In addition to that cover track, Mercer also covers “Over The Rainbow”, and creates a chaotic but enjoyable cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Third Stone From The Sun”.) The music heard on Incidental Hum is of the variety that reverbs around inside your cranial casing for a long time after hearing it. (I have the same effect with James Brooks’ engaging Land Observations instrumental efforts, The Grand Tour, and Roman Roads. They just keep playing…!)

I recommend Incidental Hum. But more importantly, I just wanted to let you know that it’s out, and that it’s a fine work.

Glenn Mercer