November 30, 2018

20,000 Vinyl LPs 158: Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Ave.

 vinyl LP album front cover detail
album cover photo by Leee Black Childers 
photo of album by Styrous®

I have been prompted to do this article because of a new documentary about the influence and contributions Mick Ronson made for the David Bowie 1970's band, The Spiders From Mars (link below). It is a tribute way late in the making but it is finally there. The documentary features guest musicians Marianne Faithfull, The Troggs and Amanda Lear. There are many fine reviews of the film by Billboard Magazine and others (links below).   

I have heard people say they have a "desert island" list comprising one hundred record albums they would take with them to that island. It would be impossible for me to narrow my list down to just 100 but without a moments hesitation Slaughter on 10th Avenue by Mick Ronson would be one of mine.

 vinyl LP album front cover 
album cover photo by Leee Black Childers 
photo of album by Styrous®

This is Ronson's 1974 debut album and what a great line up of music it is! Each song is unique in one way or another; the instrumentation is dazzling and  the personnel is  stellar.       

 vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Trevor Bolder played bass, trumpet, trombone and performed with Uriah Heep and The Spiders from Mars, the one-time backing band for David Bowie.    

Aynsley Dunbar was on drums and percussion. He has worked with Nils Lofgren, Eric Burdon, John Mayall, Frank Zappa, Ian Hunter, Lou Reed, Jefferson Starship, Jeff Beck, David Bowie, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Michael Schenker, UFO, Flo & Eddie and Journey

Mike Garson played piano, electric piano and organ. He has worked with David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails, Billy Corgan, Free Flight and The Smashing Pumpkins.        

David Hentschel played ARP on Hey Ma Get Papa. He is an English recording engineer, film score composer and music producer who engineered All Things Must Pass by George Harrison and Goodbye Yellow Brick Road by Elton John, as well as with artists including Genesis, Tony Banks, Ringo Starr, Queen, Nazareth, Marti Webb, Andy Summers, Mike Oldfield, Renaissance, Peter Hammill and Ronnie Caryl.      

Sid Sax very nicely took care of the strings. He was a leading violinist in London's session musician circles. In addition to being an eminent and influential orchestral leader he was also contractor, 'fixing' the personnel for recording sessions. In 1964 he was the joint founder of the National Philharmonic Orchestra, London together with Charles Gerhardt.      

 vinyl LP album back cover 
phosto by Leee Black Childers 
photo of album back cover by Styrous®

The songs range from standards to a couple co-written by Ronson and Scott Richardson of the  psychedelic SRC  band.       

 vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Love Me Tender, written by George R. Poulton and Ken Darby and performed originally by Elvis Presley, of course, is a slow rock cover that doesn't quite match up to Presley's version but it is pleasurable.           

Growing Up And I'm Fine, written by David Bowie, is a bouncey at times tune with a nice female backup.     

Only After Dark, co-written with Scott Richardson, is syncopated and    

Music Is Lethal          

Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

On Oct. 20, 1973, Ronson performed with David Bowie at a live recording of The 1980 Floor Show for the NBC The Midnight Special TV show at The Marquee Club in London, England (link below). The club was the location of the first-ever live performance by The Rolling Stones on July 12, 1962. 

The title of the show was a play-on-words referring to the song 1984, that captured a transitional moment between the glamorous science fiction of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars album and the dark dystopia of the Diamond Dogs album, released six months later. Towards the end of the show Bowie and Marianne Faithfull do a cover of the 1965 song, I Got You Babe by Sonny & Cher.     

David Bowie, Mick Ronson - 1973     
The Marquee Club, London 
photo by Jack Kay

Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 vinyl LP album back cover detail
detail photo by Styrous®

Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 vinyl LP labels
photos by Styrous®


Side 1:

A1 - Love Me Tender, written by Presley*, Matson* - 4:50

A2 - Growing Up And I'm Fine, written by Bowie* - 3:10

A3 - Only After Dark, written by Ronson*, Richardson* - 3:30

A4 - Music Is Lethal, Lyrics by Bowie*Written-By – Battisti* - 5:10

Side 2:

B1 - I'm The One, written by Peacock* - 5:03
    Medley     (8:55)

    B2a - Pleasure Man, written by Ronson*, RIchardson*

    B2b - Hey Ma Get Papa, written by Ronson*, Bowie*
B3 - Slaughter On Tenth Avenue, written by Rodgers* - 4:41

Companies, etc.

    Phonographic Copyright (p) – RCA Records
    Pressed By – RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis
    Mixed At – Trident Studios


    Bass, Trumpet, Trombone – Trevor Bolder
    Drums, Percussion – Aynsley Dunbar
    Guitar, Vocals, Piano – Mick Ronson
    Leader [Strings] – Sid Sax*
    Piano, Electric Piano, Organ – Mike Garson
    Synthesizer [Arp] – David Hentschel (tracks: B2b)
    Producer, Arranged By, Conductor – Mick Ronson
    Remix – Mick Ronson (tracks: A1), Mike Moran (7) (tracks: A1)
    Mastered By – John Koopman, Ray Staff
    Mixed By – Dennis Mackay, Mick Ronson, Peter Fielder
    Engineer – Dennis Mackay
    Engineer [Assistant] – Peter Fielder
    Cover, Design, Photography By [Cover] – Leee Black Childers


Labels of this version show B2 as a Medley.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped runout): APL1-0353A-10 I A5
    Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped runout): APL1-0353B=10 I A4
    Matrix / Runout (Side A stamped runout, Variant 1): APL1-0353A-10 I A3
    Matrix / Runout (Side B stamped runout, Variant 1): APL1-0353B-10 I A3

Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
Label: RCA Victor ‎– APL1-0353
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: US
Released: 1974
Genre: Rock
Style: Glam
Viewfinder links:      
Mick Ronson      
David Bowie       
Net links:      
Billboard ~ Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story       
Film Threat ~ Beside Bowie: The Mick Ronson Story       
YouTube links:      
Mick Ronson ~   
           Slaughter on Tenth Ave.      
           Only After Dark       
           Love Me Tender   
           Growing Up And I'm Fine
           Music Is Lethal       
The 1980 Floor Show Midnight Special (40 min., 40 sec.)

         Mick Ronson ~ Slaughter on 10th Avenue
 vinyl LP album front cover detail
album cover photo by Leee Black Childers 
photo of album by Styrous®
Styrous® ~ Friday, November 30, 2018  

November 29, 2018

13th Annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk/Open Studios

Winter Art Walk image by Fernando Reyes 

13th Annual Jingletown
Winter Art Walk/Open Studios

December 1 & 2, 11 - 6 pm
2nd Friday Art Walk receptions
December 14, 6 – 9 pm

The 13th Annual Winter Art Walk event includes open studios and gallery exhibits highlighting the work of outstanding artists who live and/or work in Jingletown, which is a recognized arts districts in the Bay Area.  Featured in our annual event will be local artists and gallery shows displaying art in our unique and walkable neighborhood.       

Participating galleries and artist studios:
Faultline ArtSpace
815 High Street           
multiple artists

Ford Street Studios
2934 Ford Street
Studio  2   Counterpoint Studio: Lisa Levine and Peter Tonningsen,  photography         
Studio 35   Peter Dreyfuss, sculpture and painting       
Studio  8    Gina Jacupke, painting 
Studio 24   Vida Pavesich, jewelry              
Studio 26    Fernando Reyes,  Painting, Printmaking         
Studio 30    Anastasia Schipani,  Textiles, Sculpture and Painting 

Gray Loft Studios
2889 Ford Street
Studio 20    Lindsay Carlisle, boudoir photography       
Studio 30    Jennifer Tomaselli, jewelry
Studio 32    Gray Loft Gallery, multiple artists in group show:  Exquisite Little Things 
Dorie Meister,   jewelry                   
Susan Tuttle,  jewelry

Jingletown Art Studios
3001 Chapman Street
JAS Gallery, multiple artists, group show
Barbara DiSalvo,  fused glass and handmade paper         
Jill McLennan, painting, printmaking, mixed media     
Susan Sperry, watercolor, collage, photography
Stephanie Williamson,  photography/Handmade Books        

About Jingletown: 

Jingletown acquired its name at the turn of the century when Portuguese cannery workers whose earnings would "jingle" in their pockets at the end of the day as they walked home from the factories in the area, signifying prosperity.  As time went on the neighborhood went into disuse, but in the early 1980’s artists realized the potential and converted many of the neglected warehouses into functioning live/work spaces.  It is now a thriving artist community.     

In a time when our neighborhood has been changing dramatically, the goal of the Jingletown Arts and Business Community is to heighten awareness about the rich and diverse population of working and exhibiting artists and the creative opportunities in the Jingletown Arts District.    

The goal of the Jingletown Arts and Business Community is to heighten awareness about the rich and diverse population of working and exhibiting artists in the neighborhood, and to promote creative opportunities in the Jingletown Arts District. Visitors to this historic arts district will see colorful mosaic murals on converted warehouse walls, intersection street painting art and the Peterson Street Community Wall, a work in progress which features murals by many of the residents of Jingletown.  


Viewfinder links:
Gray Loft Gallery exhibitions     
Jingletown Art     
Jingletown Art & Business Community (JABC)               
Jingletown Art Studios       
Jingletown Winter Art Walks        
Net links:
Gray Loft Gallery       
Jingletown Art & Business Community (JABC)               
Styrous® ~ Friday, November 29, 2018       


November 27, 2018

20,000 vinyl LPs 157: The Beatles ~ "White Album"

vinyl LP front cover
photo by Styrous®

The Beatles ninth studio album known as the "White Album" because of its famous plain white cover is 50 years old this month, it was released on November 22, 1968, when I was 28 years old. Once again I am in amazement at the time that has passed in the blink of an eye!    



Side 1:

A1 - Back In The U.S.S.R. - 2:45
A2 - Dear Prudence - 4:00
A3 - Glass Onion - 2:10
A4 - Obladi Oblada - 3:10
A5 - Wild Honey Pie - 1:02
A6 - Bungalow Bill - 3:05
A7 - While My Guitar Gently Weeps, written by George Harrison2 - 4:46
A8 - Happiness Is A Warm Gun - 2:47

Side 2:

B1 - Martha My Dear - 2:28
B2 - I'm So Tired - 2:01
B3 - Blackbird - 2:20
B4 - Piggies, written by George Harrison - 2:04
B5 - Rocky Racoon - 3:33
B6 - Don't Pass Me By, written by Richard Starkey - 3:52
B7 - Why Don't We Do It In The Road - 1:42
B8 - I Will - 1:46
B9 - Julia - 2:57

Side 3:

C1 - Birthday - 2:40
C2 - Yer Blues - 4:01
C3 - Mother Nature's Son - 2:46
C4 - Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me And My Monkey - 2:25
C5 - Sexy Sadie - 3:15
C6 - Helter Skelter - 4:30
C7 - Long, Long, Long, written by George Harrison - 3:08

Side 4:

D1 - Revolution 1 - 4:13
D2 - Honey Pie - 2:42
D3 - Savoy Truffle, written by George Harrison - 2:55
D4 - Cry Baby Cry - 3:11
D5 - Revolution 9 - 8:15
D6 - Good Night - 3:14

Companies, etc.

    Manufactured By – Apple Records, Inc.
    Pressed By – Capitol Records Pressing Plant, Jacksonville


    Producer – George Martin
    Written-By – John Lennon-Paul McCartney* (tracks: A1 to A6, A8 to B3, B5, B7 to C6, D1, D2, D4 to D6)


First-issue cover with embossed title and stamped number on front lower right corner. "SWBO 101" at lower left of gatefold. "Stereo" at upper right corner of back cover.

Pressing has "Mfd. by Capitol...." in white rim text on sides 2 and 4, with various title mistakes and unique number on the front cover.

This press has A4 "Obladi Oblada", A6 "Bungalow Bill", B5 "Rocky Racoon", B7 'Why Don't We Do It In the Road' (without question mark) , D1 "Revolution 1", D5 "Revolution 9" and D6 "Good Night".
Cover has "The Beatles" embossed, located towards the lower right corner, and sequentially numbered.

Issued with lyrics, poster and four large portrait photos. Photos are on heavy cardstock.

Capitol, Jacksonville with Sides A, B, C and D runouts bearing Jasksonville "O" mark.

Comes with fold-out lyric poster and 4 glossy photos on card stock.
Barcode and Other Identifiers

    Rights Society: BMI
    Rights Society: ASCAP
    Matrix / Runout (Label side 1): SWBO 1-101
    Matrix / Runout (Label side 2): SWBO 2-101
    Matrix / Runout (Label side 3): SWBO 3-101
    Matrix / Runout (Label side 4): SWBO 4-101
    Matrix / Runout (Runout A): SWBO-X1-101-A11 #3
    Matrix / Runout (Runout B): SWBO-X2-101-A9 #2
    Matrix / Runout (Runout C): SWBO-3-101-B35 2
    Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, Runout D): SWBO-4-101-B35 1

The Beatles ‎– The Beatles
Label: Apple Records ‎– SWBO-101, Apple Records ‎– SWBO 101
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Numbered, Stereo, Capitol text,Jacksonville
Country: US
Released: 25 Nov 1968
Genre: Rock, Pop
Style: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Experimental, Vocal

Viewfinder links:      
all things Beatles    
Net links:      
The Beatles website ~ The Beatles celebrate the "White Album"  
BBC Culture ~ Why the 'White Album' is the Beatles greatest   
BBC ~ The Beatles 'White Album' 2007 review         
The New Yorker ~ The Accidental Perfection of the Beatles’ White Album   
Variety ~ Beatles Announce ‘White Album’ Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition
The Beatles Bible ~ The 'White Album'     
NPR ~ How The Beatles Made The 'White Album'        
Forbes ~   
           The Beatles' 'White Album' Returns To The Charts     
           Things We Didn't Know About The Beatles    
Billboard ~ The 'White Album': All the Songs Ranked From Worst to Best  
YouTube links:      
The Beatles 'White Album' songs        
Abbey Road Studios recording session for 'White album', 1968  
Giles Martin talks The Beatles 'White Album' with Pete Mitchell    
Styrous® ~ Tuesday, November 27, 2018     

November 25, 2018

Golden Alcalily in Exquisite Little Things


Golden Alcalily - 2013 
pigment over-print
on watercolor paper 

My mono-print, Golden Alcalily, will be shown in the group exhibition to open at the Gray Loft Gallery on Saturday, December 1. 

Golden Alcalily is one of several works I have made in the experimental series I call my photo de/re-constructions (links below) which has had many variations.         
The exhibition will be held in conjunction with the 13th annual Jingletown Winter Art Walk and will include art in various mediums, including photography, painting, watercolor, alternative photography, ceramics and jewelry.               

Exquisite Little Things
A group show of small works of art

Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2: 11:00 – 6:00 pm

Saturday, December 8: 12 – 5:00 pm

2nd Friday reception: 
December 14, 6:00 – 9:00 pm
Viewfinder links:       
Exquisite Little Things     
Gray Loft Gallery    
photo de/re-constructions          
photo de/re-constructions 2          
Net links:       
Gray Loft Gallery
Styrous® ~ Monday, November 26, 2018         

Celeste Connor articles/mentions


Ecotopia and the Post-Apocalyptic    
Ecotopia: The Installations of Celeste Connor    
Ecotopian Archive/East: Exteriors     
Ecotopian Archive/West: Interiors    

Betty Jo Costanzo ~ The Portals close      

Celeste Connor - 2012  
photo by Styrous®  

Camille O'Grady articles/mentions

Drummer Magazine     
Jim Stewart ~ Perfervid Photographer     
Camille O'Grady     
date & photographer unknown