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Spirit Records & Francis Thompson

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 26, 2007 02:23pm | Post a Comment
I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;
I fled Him, down the arches of the years;
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways
Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears
I hid from Him, and under running laughter ...
                                                                                                                 Francis Thompson

A misfit Catholic from a time and a place where just being Catholic made you a misfit, Francis Thompson lived a down and out life in London's late 1800's.   An opium addict, failed doctor and failed priest who found his savior in many forms, down many an odd avenue, his story is simply fascinating.  He died Nov 13th 1907 from TB, his later years spent nursing himself after  the disappearance of his muse and savior, a prostitute who had been housing and supporting him.

 

Childhood Remembrances...

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 24, 2007 10:55pm | Post a Comment
Another round of price tags for all ov you...Now, my wife has told me stories of buying jelly shoes @ Zody's in the early 80's and our good friend Rubin who heads Amoeba Hollywood classical dept once managed the Wherehouse on El Cajon Blvd (the original one @ Choctaw) ...the same one a young Chadwick would frequent during Rubin's stint there in the late 70's & early 80's...I lived half a block away and I can still remember the Donna Summer "Cats Without Claws" window display (I was 9, do the math), but I doubt that Rubin actually had much to do with the Disco-pop window displays. In fact within 5 blocks I also had a killer Tower (oh god, my first Madonna and Prince records...I also bought the X rated Girls on film VHS there too) and San Diego's legendary, original "Off the Record" (At which I later got my start in this Record business) ... I guess I was kinda born into the business...also within those 5 blocks were the discount movie theater I snuck into to see Purple Rain, my favorite Arcade of all time (where I mastered Space Ace & Atlantis), a huge Chuck E Cheese, Bob's Big Boy, 3 used music gear stores, the Drive-in that I saw Outland at (when I was 6, again do the math) and two other great used LP stores that, along with a Music Plus, popped up in the late 80's...

FYI- everything listed above is now gone....

Although, I think that they do have a golds gym & a rite aid in the area now...

OK, anyone with stories about these fine establishments or any of the others I've pictured here, please let us hear it.  Where and what was Quonset Hut???





Columbia Label Designs

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 21, 2007 01:15am | Post a Comment

For your viewing pleasure... a random Columbia Records label gallery.                I've included parent company CBS & subsidiaries...


A beautiful trio of Import labels. 
The gray is French, Blue is Australian,
the Silver & Green is British...

         





































Six Eye White Label Promo, an absolute classic design...followed by two more WLP for Roadshow & Just Sunshine imprints...


In Square Circle

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 17, 2007 04:00pm | Post a Comment


So, borrowing from the later period Stevie Wonder catalog, I call this group of promo stickers "In Square Circle". Above we have the lovely Barbara Mandrell from her "Moods" LP...I came across a big stash of sealed copies recently!


Here we've got a couple of stickers, one of which is not circular, but I'll include it anyway.





Up next, a custom job...someone made their own grammy brag for our favorite band of sidemen...Up next, more Grammy bragging...



Price Tag Gallery

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, November 15, 2007 08:20am | Post a Comment
So, I've been collecting snapshots of price tags old and new... I feel that they are the proverbial "lipstick traces" of the music industry.  So many stores, so many stories....Feel free to share any you might have about these music emporiums...

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