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Amoeba's Vinyl Vaults Present Kenny "Kenneth" Rogers' Earliest Solo Recordings

Posted by Billyjam, June 24, 2013 08:08am | Post a Comment

This week Amoeba Music adds another important American music icon to the ever-growing Amoeba Music Vinyl Vaults, which specializes in preserving valued vinyl releases by carefully transferring them to digital files for you to download.

Now available are newly unearthed and remastered digitized Kenny Rogers tracks. The renowned country/pop music artist born Kenneth Donald Rogers, who has sold over 130 million records in his five and a half decade strong recording career, joins the likes of such other artists as Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday who had 30 (mostly live) tracks published to the Vinyl Vaults last week.

The Houston, Texas-born  singer who scored 120 hit singles over his illustrious music career. These new Vinyl Vaults additions are culled from his first two releases on Carlton Records and come to us by way of Timeless Entertainment. One very early and rare 7" single, titled "That Crazy Feeling," is a most noteworthy Kenny Rogers release. Not only was it Rogers' first ever solo record released when Rogers was still in his late teens in 1958, but it technically wasn't a "Kenny Rogers" release. It's actually a "Kenneth Rogers" record since he recorded it under the first name of Kenneth. Not long after, he switched to the stage name that the world would come to know him by: Kenny Rogers.

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The Art Of The LP Cover- Halloween 2012 Pt. 4 (Happy Halloween!!)

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, October 31, 2012 09:30am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday: October 29

Posted by Jeff Harris, October 29, 2012 11:06am | Post a Comment

Music History Monday

 

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Remembering legendary guitarist Duane Allman (born Howard Duane Allman in Nashville, TN) - November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971.


Born on this day: October 29, 1944 - Singer/songwriter and guitarist Denny Laine (born Brian Frederick Arthur Hines in Birmingham, West Midlands, UK). Happy 68th Birthday, Denny!!
 


On this day in music history: October 29, 1902 - The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet, a jubilee vocal group from Dinwiddie County, VA will become the first African American group to record for a major record label. The group will record six sides (including "Down On The Old Camp Ground," "Steal Away," and "Gabriel's Trumpet") for the Victor Talking Machine Company in their studio in Camden, NJ. The group will form in 1898 as the Old South Quartet before changing their name. The Dinwiddie Colored Quartet will disband in 1904. Though the group are not the first African American vocalists to be commercially recorded (The Unique Quartette will record several wax cylinders for the New York Phonograph Company in December 1890), they will make their mark in history with their recordings among the earliest surviving documents of black musicians on record.
 

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Samurai Valentines: falling in love with Kudo Kankuro's Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims

Posted by Kelly S. Osato, February 14, 2009 01:39pm | Post a Comment
Yaji & Kita The Midnight Pilgrims DVD Kudo Kankuro
Perhaps the only thing better than seeing a highly anticipated movie you suspect you'll love is seeing a random, unexpected movie you never knew you needed until after you've seen it. A few days ago some friends and I sat down to watch a movie, like you do, without any prior knowledge of the film, only to find ourselves physically exhausted by the time the film had ended. No joke, we had to pause the movie several times to take breaks for the fits of laughter we were driven to. I cannot ever remember any film causing such violent cries of laughter to escape from my face the way viewing Kudo Kankuro's Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims did. I'm fighting back the giggles even now.

This film leaps into oblivion from the very beginning when Kita admits to Yaji, his lover, "I can't make heads or tails of reality." The film could easily be summed up with this single line alone, but it falls short of capturing some of the, let's say, more memorable moments in the film (hello! the bath scene!). A short synopsis of the film might go a little something like this: A gay samurai couple, Yaji and Kita, leave Edo (old Tokyo) on a quest to rid Kita of his heroin addiction. A song that could be called "Born to be Gay" gets the whole town singing and dancing in synch as they send our boys off on their merry way. A motorcycle appears and they hit the road. Hilarity ensues at every stop along the way and there are many, many points of departure and arrival in every sense (making no sense at all in most cases). The couple cuts a 7" single love song; like it or not, it is as popular as the Bearded Courtesan's single. The audience is treated to an impromptu karaoke sing-along featuring the Bearded Courtesan herself. King Arthur's sword is drawn from the stone and the two are separated by the river Styx and everyone looks like the same guy in the after life.... the bearded courtesan, hige no oiran, from Yajo & Kita the Midnight PilgrimsWell, I don't want to spoil it for you.
 
By comparison one could say this movie is an orgy involving the sucker-punch gauntlet of a plot Michel Gondry's Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (and to a lesser extent Spike Jones's Being John Malkovich -- especially in the "afterlife" sequences), the modern meets Japonisme of Sofia Coppola's Lost In Translation, or, better yet, the colorful, comedic retelling of Takeshi Kitano's Yojimbo. Add to that the Broadway medley insanity of Takashi Miike's Happiness of the Katakuris, the psudo-lezzie, unconditional BFF love found in Tetsuya Nakashima's Kamikaze Girls and, just for good measure, the drug-induced porno-bowling musical montage from the Cohen Brother's The Big Lebowski. The list could go on and on, but that's the best I can do at the moment to try and capture just how lethally laughable and uniquely enjoyable this carnival on acid of a love-buddies-on-the-road flick this is. I've tried a few times to find the right words, heck, barely adequate words to give this movie life in the mind of those who haven't seen it; I know it's cliche to say "seeing is believing" when attempting to summarize the glory and afterglow of Yaji & Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims. By my standards I declare it to be one of the great new additions in contemporary Japanese cinema with a cast comprised of many of Japan's finest and famous comedy stalwarts and standard bearers to prove it. Nope, this one's not to be missed, but like Levar Burton says, "don't take my word for it, find out for yourself."

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What I Listened to Most in 2008

Posted by Miss Ess, January 1, 2009 04:23pm | Post a Comment
Since I write about what I listen to fairly often, this list may be a bit redundant, but consider it a happy round up! This is what was getting to me the most in 2008, whether it was released in 2008 or 1974, whether I'd heard it a zillion times before or it was something new to my ears.

Rodriguez - Cold Fact


Bonnie Prince Billy - Lie Down in the Light


Bobby Charles - s/t


Sun Kil Moon - "Glenn Tipton" from Ghosts of the Great Highway


Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers - "Islands in the Stream"

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