Saturday, October 29, 2011

Get Nostalgic With The Beatles And Enjoy Their Music On Vinyl

The BeatlesCover of The BeatlesBy Seth Frank

One of the most successful groups of all time, The Beatles continue to leave their mark on popular culture, proceeding to bring in additional fans with every new generation, showing that they posses the longevity to stand up to the test of time.

The band continues to sell millions of records every year, in each medium available, from vinyl to CDs, and now even in MP3s, discovering a means to be relevant throughout time, and with the power to re-master tracks, they sound better currently than they ever have before.

Not many groups possess the power to outlast their own union, also outliving some of its members, but The Beatles have done what other groups have only dreamed of. Allowing them to surpass their time as a group, short as it was, and in a lot of ways, ensure their immortality, their tracks have inspired fans, as well as other groups.

Their songs have been covered by thousands of assorted artists, and their records have been re-released multiple times, providing fans the chance to enjoy their songs in a variety of different ways, pretty much securing that whether you heard it performed by The Beatles or a cover of one of their songs, there's a Beatles song that speaks to everyone on some level or another.

Their vinyl records records could just be the best way to experience the band's tracks in such a way that is organic and true to the original method in which it was originally recorded, even though The Beatles have released multiple albums in various formats.

Sitting back and listening to one of the most inspirational bands of all time on a format that personifies the sound of their era is one of the best ways to actually enjoy the authenticity of the music itself.

Creating an experience that's unparalleled by any other format, record players have transformed into an exciting piece of furniture in any room, personifying the listener's taste, not just in music, but also in the method they enjoy it.

Many bands could be listened to in CD or MP3 format, but Beatles vinyl truly personifies the sound of the time by which it was born, and drastically surpasses any other format, providing a unique experience by which to enjoy any number of timeless Beatles songs in the comfort of your own home.

Vinyl records allow us to enjoy any genre of music in a unique way, preserving a medium that may be regarded as vintage, but timeless all the same.

SoundStage Direct, LLC is an online independent store based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. SSD has the largest selection of vinyl records online. And you don't want to miss amazing closeout deals available at our LP outlet! We have record albums in every genre and in a variety of formats available ready to be shipped at your doorstep.

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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Where To Start - The Three Best Frank Zappa Albums To Hear First

Apostrophe (')Frank Zappa, Apostrophe(') - Image via WikipediaBy Zach Charge

Frank Zappa is undoubtedly an icon. Musicians, artists and people-in-general all over the world credit him as a source of inspiration, insight and enjoyment. With over 60 albums released over the course of his lifetime, spanning multiple genres and styles, getting to know Zappa's music can be a daunting task.

For years before eventually getting into Frank Zappa I had heard his name and wondered what he was about, but didn't know where to start. In this article, I hope to give you a few pointers to enable you to effectively sample Frank Zappa's work and, hopefully, inspire you to check out more.

As such, I now introduce you to what I consider to be the best Frank Zappa albums to listen to first.

Apostrophe(') (1974)

I have to put Apostrophe(') first because it is the first Zappa album that I heard. It is also still the most-played album that I own. While Zappa's music is incredibly varied and ranking any of his albums as 'better' or 'best' is somewhat useless, I rate Apostrophe(') as one of the best Frank Zappa albums out there.

Firstly, I think it's accessible because of it's heavy blues and soul undertones and because it contains actual 'songs', with words and everything.

It also has a healthy dose of Zappa's humour and sense for inanity - the first four songs are a 'suite', vaguely linked together by a story about an eskimo and littered with dirty jokes and nonsensical imagery. The story-telling, wordplay, thematic nature and sense of excitement in this album grabbed me immediately. For a single, try Cosmik Debris.

Hot Rats (1969)

For the second entry, I think Hot Rats is worth a try. It's an instrumental album - think rock/classical/funk/jazz/awesomeness. This album is on the list to gently give you a sense of the diversity of Zappa's music - the structure of the songs within is completely different from those of Apostrophe(').

Peaches En Regalia is a good place to start, or perhaps try the vocals of Captain Beefheart on Willie the Pimp.

Zappa In New York (1978)

As the final entry in this short round-up, I submit Zappa in New York. This album contains a broad selection of Zappa's repertoire and also imparts a sense of the experience of Zappa's live shows.

It is heavily laden with dirty jokes and various other shenanigans but, humour aside, the music and performances of the band are incredible - this album is a great representation of how hard Zappa and his band worked to achieve amazing things live on stage.

For a lengthy blues jam and poo-poo jokes, try The Illinois Enema Bandit, for dramatic storytelling and titty jokes, try Titties and Beer, for insightful social commentary, try I'm the Slime and for orchestral-style musical virtuosity, try The Black Page #1 and #2.

So, if you are looking for the best Frank Zappa albums to hear first, I think these three are a pretty good place to start.

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Monday, October 10, 2011

Adelaide Custom Tours: The Adelaide Experience

Old Government House in the Belair National Park.Old Government House, Belair National Park - Image via Wikipedia
Hi everyone,

If you are planning a visit to Australia, stop in to Adelaide which is a wonderful city. I operate custom walking and driving tours around the city and surrounds.

Experience #1: Adelaide's Universities - This is a half-day tour where you are driven to each university campus around Adelaide. As I have worked in all 3 universities here, I have a unique insight into the history, architecture and philosophy of each institution, and I know each campus intimately. Maximum - 4 people (A$50 per head).

Experience #2: Bushwalking in Belair National Park and Mount Lofty - This is a full-day tour where you will be picked up from the city to go bushwalking in the Park. I live about 5 minutes from Belair Park and so I know it intimately, the old buildings (Governor's residences, old railway stations and pavilions, the only cafe in the vicinity (included the best coffee in Australia, seriously!). I know the terrain and the story of much of the flora and fauna of the region. As for Mount Lofty, I know a number of trails, most of the cafes, the private Botanic Gardens, and the strange stories of the region (and there's a few). Maximum - 4 people (A$60 per head).

Experience #3: Cricket Adelaide style - This is a half-day walking tour for cricket fanatics! Being one of the spiritual homes of cricket, Adelaide has a great history and a great group of organisations who have recorded it's history. There's the Bradman Collection Museum, the South Australia Cricket Association Museum, Adelaide oval (of course), the State Library Bradman Collection, and the Bradman Digital Library. Also, having played cricket for many years and knowing lots of great cricket stories, this would be a very entertaining experience for people. Maximum - 25 people (A$40 per head).

Experience #4: The Aboriginal Bush Tucker Tour at the Adelaide Botanical Gardens - This is a short walking tour lasting for 2 hours, through the Aboriginal Bush Tucker (tucker is food) tour in the Adelaide Botanical Gardens. Very few people (even locals) know that this exists. I have taken a number of visiting school groups through this tour and they love it. This is an interesting cultural experience. Maximum - 25 people (A$20 per head).

Experience #5: Mitcham and Springfield, the heart of historic Adelaide - This is a full-day walking tour after being picked up in the city. These are some of the oldest suburbs in Adelaide, nestled into the foothills, where some of the first settlers lived, with many old homesteads still standing. Great old churches, cafes, tea houses, hotels, picturesque streets, Carrick Hill (Adelaide's most famous stately mansion), and even the beautiful Brownhill Creek Recreation Park. Lots to see, all of which can be done on foot. Maximum - 4 people (A$60 per head).

If you are interested in seeing Adelaide with your own personal guide, just call me on 0433 354 383 or email me on:

VIDEO: Imagine - Full Length Movie: Tribute to John on his Birthday (9 October)

To commemorate the anniversary of John Lennon, a very good documentary about the life of the musical genius.

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Few Could Approach The Spark Of Lennon/McCartney, The Pop Music Songwriting Team Of The '60s

Screenshot of The Beatles from the trailer for...Image via WikipediaBy Seth Frank

No dyed-in-the-wool record collector who indulges in rock music could possibly call his collection complete without including some Beatles vinyl in the group, because those discs helped define that wild, creative time in our history.

It's still amazing what a lively time for popular music the 1960s was, and the Beatles were in top form, producing many record albums with songs that got played on radio stations everywhere.

While other acts that emerged in the era may have enjoyed greater longevity, or at least managed to stay together longer than did the Beatles, the four Liverpool lads ignited the most excitement, by far.

While the Stones and the Who keep running like the Energizer Bunny, their attraction to most these days is as relics of the past - '60s survivors whose top performances are well behind them. Much of the Rolling Stones 1960s catalog consists of cover versions of classic rhythm and blues music that were composed by black American acts who certainly didn't receive the widespread acclaim they deserved.

Mick and the boys slayed with their pop tributes to the game-changers of Chess Records in Chicago, and they even recorded tracks in that storied studio, but they were no Beatles when it came to creating hits. Lennon and McCartney got more kudos, grudgingly at first, from the older generation than did any other band for their songwriting and production genius, which they ably displayed on many record releases.

But all good things must come to an end, and one of them was live Beatles performances with all four members, which became a thing of the past when they decided to limit their creative work to the recording studio.

After a difficult 1966 tour of America, during which Lennon was harangued for comments he made that offended the religious community, the Beatles decided to avoid live concert performance, and they became a recording act that stayed clear of the public eye.

Lennon and McCartney dove into songwriting and recording in earnest, and during the post-concert phase, the Beatles created a number of conceptually-based albums that stretched the band's musical and production skills, as they burrowed deeper into the technology of the studio.

You can't work as closely as did the Beatles without nerves getting ragged from time to time, and after years of confinement together as Beatlemania paralyzed the nation, the members of the band experienced the inevitable claustrophobia that one would experience from the pressures they faced.

Increasingly, the Beatles were functioning more as a group of independent artists than as one united front, and indeed some members created their own solo projects isolated from and without the aid of the others. And so it all came to an end in 1970, a short while since they made that premiere appearance on American TV, performing their material on the Ed Sullivan show and changing popular culture like never before.

They gave us the impression they were with us for most of our lives, but when the Beatles finally split up, what was remarkable to think about was how much they had created in such a short time.

It's a mark of their greatness that people not only remember and play Beatles music today, musicians must still measure up to the very impressive standards they set back then in order to succeed.

SoundStage Direct, LLC is an online independent store based in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. SSD has the largest selection of vinyl record albums online. And you don't want to miss amazing closeout deals available at our LP outlet! We have record albums in every genre (for example Beatles vinyl ) and in a variety of formats available ready to be shipped at your doorstep.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Janis Joplin RIP - 4 October 1970

Janis Joplin RIP

On 4 October 1970, Janis Joplin died of an overdose of heroin.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

VIDEO: The Easybeats - Friday On My Mind

by My Beat Club on YouTube:

You may think that British Invasion or Beat Music were typically British phenomena? No, they weren't ... Actually Australia got their own Beatlemania - here called "Easyfever" as a result of The Easybeats!

The Easybeats were the greatest Australian pop band in the 60s and scored the first international hit for an Australian band with the song "Friday On my Mind".

Later the two guitarists, George Young and Harry Vanda, became a famous songwriter and producer duo. Their work includes the first seven albums of AC/DC - featuring George's younger brothers Angus and Malcolm Young!

And don't forget their 80s pop group Flash & the Pan with the hits "Early Morning Wake Up Call" an "Midnight Man".