August 30, 2016

20,000 Vinyl LPs 65: Young Frankenstein will eternally be Gene Wilder

I was very saddened to hear that one of my favorite comedians, Gene Wilder, died yesterday, August 29, 2016. He was 83.

I loved every film of his I saw but my two most favorite comedies were Young Frankenstein (1974) and The Producers (1968), both with Wilder.

Young Frankenstein soundtrack 

John Morris ‎– Dialogue & Music From Original Soundtrack Of "Young Frankenstein"
Label: ABC Records ‎– ABCD-870
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
Country: US
Released: 1975
Genre: Stage & Screen
Style: Score, Soundtrack


Side 1:
A1 - Main Title (Theme From "Young Frankenstein") written by J. Morris* - 2:54
A2 - That's Fron-Kon-Steen! - 3:15
A3 - Train Ride To Transylvania/The Doctor Meets Igor - 2:20
A4 - Frau Blucher - 2:24
A5 - Grandfather's Private Library - 3:20
A6 - It's Alive! - 3:25
A7 - He Was My Boyfriend - 3:25

Side 2:
B1 - My Name Is Frankenstein! - 3:20
B2 - Introduction/Puttin' On The Ritz written by I. Berlin* - 3:40
B3 - A Riot Is An Ugly Thing - 0:54
B4 - He's Broken Loose - 6:20
B5 - The Monster Talks - 1:51
B6 - Wedding Night/End Title - 1:12
B7 - Theme From "Young Frankenstein”, arranged & conducted by Michael Omartian, performed by Rhythm Heritage, produced by Michael Omartian & Steve Barri, written by J. Morris* - 2:54

Companies, etc.

    Phonographic Copyright (p) – ABC Records, Inc.
    Copyright (c) – ABC Records, Inc.
    Copyright (c) – 20th Century Fox Corporation
    Published By – 20th Century Music Corp.
    Published By – Irving Berlin Music
    Published By – Warner Bros. Music


    Composed By, Arranged By, Conductor – John Morris
    Coordinator [Album Coordination] – Lloyd Leipzig
    Mixed By [Production Mixer] – Gene Cantamessa
    Mixed By [Re-recording Mixers] – Howard Gale, Phil Kaye
    Producer [Produced For Record By] – Steve Barri
    Text By [Photo Captions By] – Julie Barri, Steve Barri
    Voice Actor [Cast, Elderly Announcer] – Norbert Schiller
    Voice Actor [Cast, Elizabeth] – Madeline Kahn
    Voice Actor [Cast, Frau Blucher] – Cloris Leachman
    Voice Actor [Cast, German Boy] – Rick Norman (4)
    Voice Actor [Cast, Herr Falkstein] – Richard Haydn
    Voice Actor [Cast, Igor] – Marty Feldman (2)
    Voice Actor [Cast, Inga] – Teri Garr
    Voice Actor [Cast, Inspector Kemp] – Kenneth Mars
    Voice Actor [Cast, Medical Student] – Danny Goldman
    Voice Actor [Cast, The Monster] – Peter Boyle (4)
    Voice Actor [Cast, Train Conductor] – Rolfe Sedan
    Voice Actor [Cast, Young Dr. Frankenstein] – Gene Wilder (2)
    Written-By [Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life] – R. Johnson Young*, V. Herbert*


A Mel Brooks Film

A1, B7: 20th Century Music Corp. (ASCAP)
B2: Irving Berlin Music (ASCAP)
B7: Produced for Golden Clover Productions

"Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life" Warner Bros. Music (ASCAP)
"Battle Hymn Of The Republic" (PD)

Special Thanks To: Marv Helfer, Michael Herns, Len Engel For Their Assistance

Printed in U.S.A.

Notes not on release:

B7 also known as "Theme From "Young Frankenstein" (Disco Version)"
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Label, Side A): ABCD-870-A
    Matrix / Runout (Label, Side B): ABCD-870-B
    Rights Society: ASCAP

Dance on forever, Gene!

Net links:
Gene Wilder Filmography         
Young Frankenstein (1974) - IMDb     
New York Times obituary       
Variety obituary     
Steve Mollman Why “Abby Normal”          
Cloris Leachman On Gene Wilder            
Styrous® ~ Tuesday, August 30, 2016 

August 28, 2016

20,000 Vinyl LPs 64: Michael Jackson ‎– HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I


photos by Styrous®

vinyl LP record front cover detail

My vinyl LP copy of HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I by Michael Jackson has never been opened; it is still factory sealed and it is for sale on Discogs (link below). 

vinyl LP record front cover

HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I (usually shortened to HIStory) is the ninth studio album by American recording artist Michael Jackson. It is his fifth studio album released through Epic Records. It was released on June 18, 1995. This is Jackson's first album on his own label, MJJ Productions, and consists of two discs: the first disc (HIStory Begins) is a compilation of some of his greatest hits from 1979 onward, while the second disc (HIStory Continues) is a studio album composed entirely of new material. Most of the tracks on the second disc were written and produced by Jackson, some in conjunction with collaborators.      

vinyl LP record back cover

HIStory is Jackson's most controversial album. Jackson was accused of using anti-Semitic lyrics in They Don't Care About Us. Jackson stated that he did not mean any offense and on multiple occasions denied anti-Semitism. The dispute regarding the lyrics ended with Jackson re-recording them. R. Kelly was accused of plagiarizing one of the album's songs, You Are Not Alone. In 2007 a judge ruled that the song was plagiarized and the song was subsequently banned from radio stations in Belgium. 

vinyl LP record back cover detail

Six singles and two promotional singles were released from HIStory: Scream/Childhood, You Are Not Alone, Earth Song, This Time Around, They Don't Care About Us and Stranger in Moscow. This Time Around was released as a radio-only single, and Earth Song, They Don't Care About Us and Stranger in Moscow were less successful within the United States, but were successful internationally; all three peaked within the top ten in multiple countries.     

vinyl LP record back cover details

The album was well received by music critics and was also commercially successful, debuting and peaking at number one in many countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, France and the United Kingdom, as well as charting within the top ten in Spain, India and Mexico. The album was certified six times platinum by the end of 1996 in Europe, making it the best selling album of the year in the combined European market. The album was nominated for five Grammy Awards, winning one for Best Music Video – Short Form for Scream. The greatest hits disc of the album was reissued as a single disc on November 13, 2001, under the name, Greatest Hits: HIStory, Volume I, and has reportedly sold four million copies worldwide as of early 2010. The second half of the album, consisting of 15 new songs, was finally released separately in selected European countries in 2011. HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I is the best selling double disc album of all time with between 20–30 million copies (40–60 million units) sold worldwide.  


Record 1, Side 1:
A1 – Billie Jean    
A2 – The Way You Make Me Feel    
A3 – Black Or White, Guitar – Slash (3)
A4 – Rock With You    
A5 – She's Out Of My Life    
A6 – Bad    

Record 1, Side 2:
B1 – I Just Can't Stop Loving You, performed by Michael Jackson & Siedah Garrett
B2 – Man In The Mirror, Backing Vocals – Siedah Garrett
B3 – Thriller    
B4 – Beat It, Guitar – Eddie Van Halen
B5 – The Girl Is Mine, performed by Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney    

Record 2, Side 1:
C1 – Remember The Time    
C2 – Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough    
C3 – Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'    
C4 – Heal The World    

Record 2, Side 2:
D1 – Scream, performed by – Michael Jackson & Janet Jackson    
D2 – They Don't Care About Us    
D3 – Stranger In Moscow    
D4 – This Time Around, Featuring – Notorious B.I.G.
D5 – Earth Song, Producer – David Foster

Record 3, Side 1:    
E1 – D.S.    
E2 – Money    
E3 – Come Together    
E4 – You Are Not Alone, Producer – R. Kelly
E5 – Childhood (Theme From "Free Willy 2")    
E6 – Tabloid Junkie    

Record 3, Side 2:
F1 – 2 Bad    
F2 – History    
F3 – Little Susie    
F4 – Smile    


    Producer – Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis (tracks: D1, F1 & F2), Quincy Jones (tracks: A1, A2, A4-A6, B1-B5, C1 & C2)


Box set is accompanied by a 12"x12" 52-page HISstory color booklet.

Michael Jackson ‎– HIStory: Past, Present and Future, Book I  
Label: Epic ‎– E3 59000
Format: 3 × Vinyl, LP, Compilation, Album Box Set
Country: US
Released: 1995
Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock
Style: RnB/Swing, Pop Rock, Disco

Net links:
Michael Jackson Discography        
 HIStory - Past, Present And Future - Book I on Discogs

HIStory songs on YouTube:    
You Are Not Alone          
Earth Song            
This Time Around               
This Time Around             
They Don't Care About Us              
Stranger in Moscow           

Styrous® ~ Sunday, August 28, 2016  

August 27, 2016

1,000,001 CDs 8: Paul McCartney ‎~ Flowers In The Dirt World Tour Pack

photos by Styrous®

Paul McCartney ~ Flowers In The Dirt "World Tour Pack"   

This limited-edition "World Tour Pack" of Flowers In The Dirt, by Paul McCartney, sold in a facsimile trunk, was issued in Britain in October of 1989, and in the United States (with British catalogue numbers) in January of 1990. The set includes a bonus single of Party Party (link below) (mixed by Bruce Forest and released on a one-sided 7" single in vinyl editions of the "World Tour Pack" and a 3" CD-single in compact disc editions of the "World Tour Pack"). I have it for sale on Discogs (link below).  

Paul McCartney ~ Flowers In The Dirt "World Tour Pack"
front cover

Flowers In The Dirt is a collaborative effort with Elvis Costello that included musical contributions from David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, and Nicky Hopkins of  the Rolling Stones.   

Paul McCartney ~ Flowers In The Dirt "World Tour Pack"
back cover

Paul McCartney ~ Flowers In The Dirt "World Tour Pack"
limited-edition #21362
back cover detail

Paul McCartney ~ Flowers In The Dirt "World Tour Pack"
back cover detail

The album cover artwork for Flowers In The Dirt was photographed by Linda McCartney. The background canvas was painted by the British artist Brian Clarke, who was also responsible for designing stage backdrops for the world tour.  

cover photo by Linda McCartney
background canvas by Brian Clarke


1-1     My Brave Face, Producers – Mitchell Froom, Neil Dorfsman, Paul McCartney - 3:19

1-2     Rough Ride, Producers – Paul McCartney, Steve Lipson*, Trevor Horn - 4:43

1-3     You Want Her Too, Producers – Elvis Costello, Mitchell Froom, Neil Dorfsman, Paul McCartney - 3:13

1-4     Distractions, Producer – Paul McCartney - 4:41

1-5     We Got Married, Producers – David Foster, Paul McCartney - 4:57

1-6     Put It There, Producer – Paul McCartney - 2:10

1-7     Figure Of Eight, Producers – Paul McCartney, Steve Lipson*, Trevor Horn - 3:25

1-8     This One, Producer – Paul McCartney - 4:10

1-9     Don't Be Careless Love, Producers – Elvis Costello, Mitchell Froom, Paul McCartney - 3:19

1-10     That Day Is Done, Producers – Elvis Costello, Mitchell Froom, Neil Dorfsman,
                                                                                               Paul McCartney - 4:20

1-11     How Many People, Producers – Paul McCartney, Steve Lipson*, Trevor Horn - 4:15

1-12     Motor Of Love, Producers – Chris Hughes, Paul McCartney, Ross Cullum - 6:25

1-13     Ou Est Le Soleil, Producers – Paul McCartney, Stephen Lipson, Trevor Horn - 4:45

    Bonus 3" CD
2-1     Party Party

    Engineer – Pete Henderson*
    Producer – Paul McCartney
    Remix – Bruce Forest -
    Written by Whitten*, Stuart*, L. McCartney*, Wickens*, McIntosh* - 5:36

Companies, etc.

    Licensed To – EMI Records Ltd.
    Phonographic Copyrigwt (p) – MPL Communications Ltd.
    Copyright (c) – MPL Communications Ltd.
    Published By – MPL Communications Ltd.
    Published By – Plangent Visions Music Ltd.
    Glass Mastered At – DADC Austria


    Design – Leisure Process*
    Written-By – MacManus* (tracks: 1-1, 1-3, 1-9, 1-10), McCartney*


Die-Cut outer box cover with envelope flap:
CONTENTS: Compact Disc, 3" CD Single, Poster, Family Tree Bumper Sticker, 6 Postcards Tour Itinerary

CD "Flowers In The Dirt"
Manufactured in England by EMI Records Limited. Made in Austria

Published by 1, 3, 9, 10 MPL Communications Ltd. / Plangent Visions Music Ltd. & 2, 4 to 8, 11 to 13 MPL Communications Ltd.

3"-CD "Party Party"
Published by MPL Communications Ltd.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Barcode (scanned): 077779363124
    Barcode (text): 0 077779 363124
    Matrix / Runout (CD, mirrored): CDP-7916532 22 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
    Rights Society (CD): BIEM / MCPS
    Label Code (CD): LC0299
    Other (CD, cat#): PCSD 106 / CDP 7 91653 2
    Matrix / Runout (3"-CD, mirrored): 2036373-13 MASTERED BY DADC AUSTRIA
    Label Code (3"-CD): LC 0299
    Other (3"-CD): CD3R 6238 / 20 3637 3

Paul McCartney ‎– Flowers In The Dirt - World Tour Pack
Label: Parlophone ‎– CDPCSDX 106, MPL (2) ‎– CDPCSDX 106
Format: CD, Album, CD, Mini, 3”, Box Set, Limited Edition, Numbered
Country: UK
Released: 1989
Genre: Rock
Style: Folk Rock, Soft Rock, Pop Rock

Party Party on YouTube              
Flowers In The Dirt World Tour Pack on Discogs           

Styrous® ~ Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 25, 2016

picture dis(c) 2: Gary Glitter ~ Dance Me Up

photos by Styrous®  

Gary Glitter was born Paul Francis Gadd on May 8, 1944, in Banbury, Oxfordshire, England. At 15, he began performing under the stage name Paul Raven until 1971 when he became, Gary Glitter. 

Gary Glitter
side 2: To Young To Dance 
picture disc

The song that made Gary Glitter's name began as a 15-minute jam; whittled down to a pair of three-minute extracts it was released as the A and B sides of a single called Rock and Roll, Parts One and Two. Part Two proved to be the more popular side in many countries, although it took about six months before it made its full impact, going to number two on the British pop charts and reaching the Top Ten in the United States, one of the few British glam rock records to do so. Rock and Roll (Part One) was also a hit in France, where it made number one, and in the UK both sides were listed together on the charts.  

Dance Me Up
picture disc detail

Glitter was a major influence on early and post punk rock, new wave, Britpop and glam metal. In the early 80's he was playing 80 shows a year at colleges and clubs and had chart hits; Dance Me Up was one of those hits (UK No.25). He launched his own record label in the early 1990s, Attitude Records, after he lost his deal with Virgin Records. He had signed to Virgin after leaving Arista Records in 1984 after twelve years with the label. Attitude records was merged into Machmain, Ltd. later in the 1990s, a music company owned by Glitter.    

Gary Glitter
Dance Me Up
picture disc detail

One of the Glitter hits, Do You Wanna Touch Me, from 1973 was covered by Joan Jett & the Blackhearts in 1980 on the album, Bad Reputation, and became a major hit which reached number 20 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1982.   

Dance Me Up

In 1998, his recording of Rock and Roll was listed as one of the top 1,001 songs in music history. The mostly instrumental, Rock and Roll, Part 2, has been played as a popular cheering song at American sporting events for decades.     

Gary Glitter
Dance Me Up
picture disc detail

an unfortunate placement (maybe) of the spindle hole

Gary Glitter ‎– Dance Me Up
Label: Arista ‎– Arist D 570
Format: Vinyl, 7", 45 RPM, Picture Disc, Shape, Single
Country: UK
Released: 1984
Genre: Pop


A     Dance Me Up    
B     Too Young To Dance 

Gary Glitter on YouTube:    
 Dance Me Up         
 Too Young To Dance            
 Rock & Roll, Part 2           
 I Didn't Know I loved You Till I Saw You Rock And Roll)          
 Hello Hello I´m Back Again                
 Do You Want To Touch Me        
 Joan Jett ~ Do You Wanna Touch Me       

Styrous® ~ Thursday, August 25, 2016  

August 24, 2016

picture dis(c) 1: David Michalak ~ Dreamlife the soundtrack


photos by Styrous® 

David Michalak ~ Dreamlife
picture disc detail

I came across this recording while organizing and documenting my collection last week; I had completely forgotten all about it. It could have fit nicely in my 45 RPM section but it sparked a desire to start a brand new record section, picture dis(c), with it as the subject.

I have always been fascinated with vinyl LP picture discs. To be honest, the sound is often inferior to regular vinyl discs but the imagination that goes into creating one has intrigued me.  This was not the first picture disc I ever bought nor are the physical characteristics particularly spectacular but it is the caliber of the music on it that I love. No other picture disc is as intriguing and captivating musically. Also, there is a personal history I have with Michalak, although I have never met him, and Dean Santomieri, whom I have met, that comes full cycle for me; more on that below.   

This is a 12" 45 RPM record that did not come in the typical vinyl LP cardboard jacket cover but rather in a clear vinyl envelope.

David Michalak ~ Dreamlife picture disc in plastic envelope

Picture discs are usually issued in limited editions. This pressing consisted of 1,000 copies, this is copy number 323.
David Michalak ~ Dreamlife picture disc edition number tag

The soundtrack is a mostly acoustical, with some electronics, sound trip through a dream that at times becomes a nightmare. It is experimental music at its best utilizing acoustic instruments, voice and synthesizer played by Dean Santomieri.       

David Michalak ~ Dreamlife picture disc, side 1

The first piece on side one, Time Theme, is quiet with a slow echoey flute, clarinet and sax. Carry On (The Worst Is Yet To Come) is a  gentle, ditty with voice, piano and sax about the vocalist's hopes and dreams. 

The third piece, Musical Metropolis, consists entirely of an echoey, metallic, mechanical beat that never changes with occasional electronic highlights. The final cut, Sax To Max, is a short, dissonant and erratic sax solo. 

David Michalak ~ Dreamlife picture disc, side 2

Side two opens with, Temptation, a slow synthesizer fade-up that goes into a slow, dreamy, multi-layered drone.

The last Rainbow starts suddenly with a bouncy clarinet that is joined by flute for a short but brilliant interpretation of We're Off to See the Wizard

The third piece, Strangulation, is a slow dissonant doppelgänger-like trio with a short burst of static at the end. 

Carry On (the Clone Sings) opens with guitar then goes into a slow, stroll kind of beat with vocals that speed up then fade out. Not sure if it is meant to be humorous or sarcastic.   

The last cut on this side, Song for the Victims, is terrific! It is slow and VERY weird! Although, it is dreamy, it has a nightmare edge to it. It concludes the album with synthesizer and an eerie chorus of groans and hums. A maniacal laugh comes in at the end, repeats over and over then slowly fades into oblivion. A nice touch!  

David Michalak ~ Dreamlife 
Dreamlife picture disc, side 1 detail

David Michalak, who created the film/album, has made over 50 films with original soundtracks. He worked exclusively in super-8 for ten years, completing over 25 films, including 3 features. He was a guest writer for White Ox Films in Rochester, N.Y. and for the international magazine Super-8 Filmmaker in San Francisco. In 1978 he moved to San Francisco and started a mail-order record business called EARWAX to produce 16mm films.

Dreamlife, the first 16mm film by Michalak, premiered at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco in 1982. This 45 RPM picture disc soundtrack of the original music was released later in that year. A two-part retrospective of his work was held in San Francisco from 1992 - 1993. Part 1, When Dinosaurs Roamed The Earth, was held at The No Nothing, and Part 2 Eye-Full Films Revisited at the Cinematheque.  

David Michalak ~ Dreamlife 
Dreamlife picture disc, side 2 detail

In 1996  Michalak completed Inside-Out, which featured The Kate Foley Dance Company, a score written with Nik Phelps and performed by the Club Foot Orchestra. The film had it's premiere with the orchestra playing live, at The Victoria Theatre in S.F. as part of his 2nd Retrospective called 25 Years Of Eye-Full Films.

His work, When The Spirit Moves, premiered in 1999. It is a mystical fairy-tale featuring (Joe Goode) dancer Vong Phrommala and silent-movie style actress Billie-Marie Gross, at The Film Arts Festival.

I caught his performance of Ghost in the House at the Berkeley Arts Center on University Avenue in Berkeley, CA (link below).   

David Michalak ~ Dreamlife 
Dreamlife picture disc, side 2 detail

Dean Santomieri has been working with electronic music and musique concrete since 1971. He moved to the Bay Area in 1975. I would meet him thirty years after the recording of this album when he performed at the Berkeley Arts Festival in 2003 with Sarah Cahill.

He worked in the media center of the California College of Arts & Crafts (now the California College of Arts).

You can check out the 2003 Garden of Memory performances, in which he appeared; and the Michalak and Santomieri performance of Ghost in the House at the Berkeley Arts Center on University Avenue in Berkeley, CA (links below).   


Side one:

Time Theme
Carry On (The Worst Is Yet To Come)
Musical Metropolis
Sax To Max

Side two:
The last Rainbow
Carry On (the Clone Sings)
Song for the Victims


Michael Austin - sax, flute, clarinet, vocals
David Michalak - voice and kitchen sink
Dean Santomieri -  sybthesizer
Muziki - piano
Billie Marie Gross - voice

Thanks to 2.3 Children and Dana Frischer 

Net links:                      
Ghost in the House         
Garden of Memory         

There was a hell of a lot of stuff packed into this 45!

Styrous® ~ Wednesday, August 24, 2016