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Music History Monday: June 3

Posted by Jeff Harris, June 3, 2013 03:10pm | Post a Comment

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Born on this day: June 3, 1950 - Singer and songwriter Deniece Williams (born June Deniece Chandler in Gary, IN). Happy 63rd Birthday, Niecy!
 



Born on this day: June 3, 1942 - Singer, songwriter, and musician Curtis Mayfield (born Curtis Lee Mayfield in Chicago, IL). Happy Birthday to this R&B icon on what would have been his 71st Birthday. We love and miss you, Curtis!!

 


On this day in music history: June 3, 1972Obscured By Clouds, the seventh studio album by Pink Floyd is released. Produced by Pink Floyd, it is recorded at the Chateau d'Herouville, Herouville in Ile-de-France in February and March of 1972. The album features music (six tracks with vocals and four instrumentals) from the soundtrack of director Barbet Schroeder's film La Vallee (The Valley). It is the band's second collaboration with the French film director, having composed the music for his 1969 film More. Pink Floyd will record Clouds just prior to the sessions for their next studio album, The Dark Side Of The Moon, at Abbey Road Studios in London beginning in June. Working under a tight schedule, the band will complete recording of their film score in just two weeks of studio time, following Schroeder's rough cut of the film to create specific music cues and interludes. The albums' enigmatic cover art (designed by regular graphic collaborators Hipgnosis) features a deeply out of focus photo of a man sitting in a tree. Obscured By Clouds will peak at #6 on the UK album chart, #46 on the Billboard Top 200, and will be certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Black [gay] History Month, 2012

Posted by Job O Brother, January 29, 2012 04:30pm | Post a Comment
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Ethel Merman’s voice makes my stomach acids sour and the very idea of shopping for clothes gives me a panic attack; despite these and other suspicious facts, I am a member of the LGBT community. For this reason, the issue of equal rights is ever-present in my mind.

There’s been a lot written and said about comparing the history of intolerance between racial minorities and the gay community, most especially in late 2008 when Prop. 8 was passed in the state of California amidst reports that large numbers of black people, urged by their church heads, voted to end the briefly instituted marriage equality of the state.

There were, of course, many exceptions to this and I don’t mean to angle this as a blacks-versus-gays situation – it's far more complicated than anything I'll do justice to here – but it did shine a light on an issue that often ruffles feathers. Knowing my place here on the Amoeblog as “light entertainment,” I will eschew any prolonged essays on the matter (for great, long-winded crap like that you should check out Charles Reece’s blog), but I will say that equal rights for all people is not only a victimless proposition, it’s one that benefits all people. Whether you think it’s appropriate to compare the struggle for gay equality with those of racial minorities, the fact is that everyone should have the same basic, human rights.

It would be one thing if a child was struck with bone marrow cancer every time two lesbians kissed, but kids, that’s just not the way it is and the sooner we let the gays get married, the sooner they can set up homes that will raise the property value of your block.

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The Art of the LP Cover- Snowbound (Christmas 2011, Part 1)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, December 10, 2011 04:40pm | Post a Comment
 



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The Art of the LP Cover- Feelin' It!

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, January 29, 2011 11:30am | Post a Comment
Impassioned and, as Van the Man says, "into the music," these artists show us their dedication through strained and/or inspired facial gestures. The Amy Grant LP in this collection was originally released with four different "feelin' it" themed covers; I guess it took four images to radiate all the "it" she was feeling back in 1985.

Blinds

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 17, 2009 07:20pm | Post a Comment
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Album art designers had a serious infatuation with mini-blinds during the 80's and here's a batch of LPs to prove it. These albums feature well placed mini's as well as larger, classic 2" 40's style blinds. Both the Billy Ocean and Patti Austin LPs have been included due to their blindlike imagery.

billy ocean lovezonenancy martinez for tonight
toons looking at youheavy pettin lettin looseo'jays when will i see you again
patti austin every house should have oneburglar in the bedroom skillet & leroybrand x unorthodox behaviour
delegation promise of lovewilfrido
johnny mathis you light up my life
andrew gordon silhouettemanny albam steve's songs