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Music History Monday: June 15

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 15, 2015 09:05am | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 15, 1941 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Harry Nilsson (born Harry Edward Nilsson III in Brooklyn, NY). Happy Birthday to this brilliant and visionary artist on what would have been his 74th Birthday.
 


Born on this day: June 15, 1969 - Rapper and actor Ice Cube (born O'Shea Jackson in Los Angeles, CA). Happy 46th Birthday, Cube!
 


On this day in music history: June 15, 1966Gettin' Ready, the fourth studio album by The Temptations, is released. Produced by Smokey Robinson, Norman Whitfield, William "Mickey" Stevenson, Ivy Jo Hunter, Robert Staunton, and Robert Walker, it is recorded at Motown Studio A in Detroit from late 1965 - mid 1966. The album will mark a major turning point in the career of the superstar Motown group as producer Norman Whitfield takes over duties as The Tempts main producer from Smokey Robinson. Berry Gordy will challenge Robinson and Whitfield to see who can score a bigger hit on the pop charts for the group. Robinson will respond with the song "Get Ready," which will top the R&B charts but falls short on the pop chart, peaking at #29. Whitfield will get his shot with "Ain't Too Proud To Beg." It will also hit #1 on the R&B chart and peak at #13 on the pop chart, leading him to being the group's producer almost exclusively for the next seven years. The album will also include the first recording of the song "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby," which will become a big hit for Marvin Gaye three years later. Gettin' Ready will spend six weeks (non-consecutive) at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, and peak at number 12 on the Top 200.
 

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Ringo Starr's Signed 'Photograph' Book On Sale at Amoeba

Posted by Billy Gil, December 12, 2013 05:40pm | Post a Comment

ringo starr photograph book cover amoebaUPDATE DEC 26, 2013: The Ringo: Photograph book is sold out.

Ringo Starr’s limited-edition, signed book, Photograph, is at Amoeba Hollywood in VERY limited quantities now (only two available in-store) or for online purchase on Amoeba.com. Online orders will ship directly from the publisher with estimated arrival time of February 2014. It’s priced at $600, and each one is signed by Ringo and numbered. (Please note: Photograph book does not qualify for our Super Saturday store sale on December 14th due to its limited nature)

We were pleased to help Genesis Publications launch the book in Hollywood at a special event with Ringo. Below is a great recap of the event, written by Amoeba’s Greg Griffith:

“Every time I see your face it reminds me of the places we used to go,

But all I’ve got is a photograph and I realize you’re not coming back anymore…”

These are the lyrics to the 1973 song, “Photograph” which was co-authored by Beatles Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Not only is the tune itself one of Ringo’s most memorable and enduring as a solo artist, who could have guessed that 40 years later we would get to see, in person, the faces and places that were lamented in the song. 

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10 Black Friday Releases to Look For

Posted by Billy Gil, October 22, 2013 01:02pm | Post a Comment

The folks at Record Store Day have just released their list of titles that will be either exclusive for Black Friday (Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving) or will be an early release on that day. Below I picked some highlights to look for; check out the whole list of Black Friday releases that will be available at Amoeba here (.pdf). Better line up early for these!

 

Bob Dylan Side Tracks (Black Friday Exclusive)

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A compilation of Bob Dylan tracks that have never been released formally on an album, now released on a triple-LP set. Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Track list:

LP 1:
Baby, I'm in the Mood for You
Mixed-Up Confusion (Single Version)
Tomorrow Is a Long Time
Lay Down Your Weary Tune
Percy's Song
I'll Keep It with Mine
Can You Please Crawl out Your Window? (Single Version)
Positively 4th Street
Jet Pilot
I Wanna Be Your Lover
I Don't Believe You (She Acts Like We Never Have Met) (Live)

LP 2:
Visions of Johanna (Live)
Quinn the Eskimo (Mighty Quinn)
Watching the River Flow
When I Paint My Masterpiece
Down in the Flood (Live)
I Shall Be Released
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
George Jackson (Acoustic Version)
Forever Young
You're a Big Girl Now
Up to Me

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Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?)

Posted by Miss Ess, November 23, 2010 01:39pm | Post a Comment
who is harry nilsson and why is everybody talkin about him

How could i have forgotten how amazing Harry Nilsson is? His brilliance was buried in my psyche for a few years but now after watching the new documentary Who is Harry Nilsson (and Why is Everybody Talkin' About Him?) I have been reminded and won't soon forget his particular brand of genius again.

Nilsson was a fascinating, sentimental tunesmith who moved to Los Angeles in the '50s to begin a fabled career. Over the years, through success and failure, he covered his serious insecurities with his intense need to be the life of the party. And party he did, with all the entertainment industry luminaries, most notably John Lennon (especially during Lennon's "Lost Weekend") and Ringo Starr (best man at Harry's third wedding). He also wrote lastingly great songs like "One" (on a night when he was listening to the busy signal of his telephone), created his most famous album, Nilsson Schmilsson, and the music and concept for the cartoon The Point (which includes my favorite Nilsson tune, "Think About Your Troubles").


There are so many interesting interviews in the film with members of the creative community like Terry Gilliam, Brian Wilson, Van Dyke Parks, Al Kooper, Derek Taylor's widow, Mickey Dolenz, Paul Williams, May Pang, Yoko Ono, Robin Williams, Randy Newman and many more. Each has a different story to tell about Harry, but most all of them comment on his big heart and, from the mid 70s onward, his being hell bent on self destruction. It's still so upsetting for songwriter Jimmy Webb to talk about Nilsson's eventual self-induced vocal ruin that he gets a rash and tears up. The trajectory of Nilsson's life brings many high highs and low lows, and this film chronicles them all.

Here's the trailer for the film:

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Remember John Lennon October 9, 1940-December 8, 1980

Posted by Miss Ess, December 8, 2009 01:07pm | Post a Comment
"God" - Plastic Ono Band


"Jealous Guy" - Imagine


"One Day at a Time" - Mindgames


"Johnny B. Goode" - on the Mike Douglas Show


"Yer Blues" - from The Rolling Stones Rock n Roll Circus


"Many Rivers to Cross" - with Harry Nilsson

 
"Watching the Wheels" - Double Fantasy