The Ultimate One Album Wonders Directory

Posted by Eric Brightwell, November 23, 2015 08:59am | Post a Comment

One Album Wonders

The vinyl LP was introduced by Columbia Records in 1948 but the 45 inch single remained the primary media for recorded music until 1966, when LPs overtook them, marking the dawn of the Album Era.
For a variety of reasons, many bands of the Album Era only released one full-length LP, making them “one album wonders.” 

I began the series, One Album Wonders, in July 2014 (the year digital downloads first overtook aluminum discs in sales) and since then have written of about 60 bands whose recorded output was mostly confined to a single album. I had planned on writing about hundreds more but the plug has been pulled so I’ve decided instead to publish my personally compiled directory of them before my time at Amoeba ends in December. Enjoy! 


A Passing Fancy (A Passing Fancy - 1968), A Witness (I Am John’s Pancreas - 1986), A-II-Z (The Witch Of Berkeley - Live - 1980), A'La Rock (Indulge - 1990), Aceium (Wicked Metal - 2004), The Aerovons (Resurrection - 2003), The Affair (Yes Yes To You - 2006), Afterlife (Surreality - 1992), Agentz (Stick to Your Guns - 1986), Aidean (Promises - 1988), Alamo (Alamo - 1970), Alien (Cosmic Fantasy - 1983), Alien (The Pleasure of Leisure - 1998), Alistair Terry (Yonge at Heart - 1985), Alkana (Welcome to My Paradise - 1978), Alkatraz (Doing a Moonlight - 1976), Allen Collins Band (Here, There and Back - 1983), Alliance (We Could Get Used To This - 1988), Alonzo Cruz (Blind Troubador of Oaxaca - 1956), Alpha Centauri (Alpha Centauri - 1977), American Noise (American Noise - 1980), Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe (Anderson Bruford Wakeman Howe - 1989), The Animated Egg (The Animated Egg - 1967), Andy Rock (Into the Night - 2012), Annihilation Absolute (Cities - 1985), April 16th (Sleepwalking - 1989), Arcadia (So Red the Rose - 1985), Armageddon (Illusion - 1971), Arzachel (Arzachel - 1969), ATC (Planet Pop - 2000), Avalanche (Pray For The Sinner - 1985), Aviator (Aviator - 1986), The Awful Truth (The Awful Truth - 1990), and Axtion (Look Out for the Night - 1985)

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How To Clean Your Records

Posted by Joe Goldmark, June 24, 2015 06:47pm | Post a Comment

Head to the Vinyl Beat website to check out extensive LP label guides and wild cover galleries!

I.  Use 90% proof isopropyl alcohol, which can be bought at any drug store.  Don’t get rubbing alcohol as it contains oil.

A.  Fill a spray bottle with the isopropyl alcohol.

B.  Spray alcohol on a soft washcloth or microfiber cloth.

II. View your record under a 100 watt desk lamp in an otherwise dark room to see the vinyl.  
You don’t want any ambient light because it masks the true condition.  Hold the record with one hand without touching the grooved surface and use your chest as the anchor.
III. Wipe the record and don’t be afraid to rub fairly hard to clean off fingerprints and smudges.
A. This works for vinyl LPs and 45s.
B.  Don’t ever use alcohol on 78s, as they’re made from shellac.  To clean 78s, use a damp soapy wash cloth, then rinse.  Try to keep the water off the labels as much as possible.  Stack in a dish rack to dry.
IV. What about record cleaning products?
A. Amoeba sells them and they’re fine, but not as thorough or as inexpensive as this method.
B. Record Washing Machines, such as the VPI, are definitely a step up, but are more for audiophiles.  They are generally expensive, time consuming and cumbersome, but they do a better job of sucking dirt out of the grooves.
V.  After cleaning, store your records in a plastic outer sleeve.
A. Regular sleeves are fine.
B. Japanese resealable mylar sleeves not only look great but they seal up.  This protects your vinyl against one of its five natural enemies, which are: 
1. Fire
2. Water – Resealable sleeves can protect against water
3. Parties (scratching)
4. Theft
5. Sunlight (warping)

Digging Deep In The Crates Of Latest Record Collection Acquisition By Amoeba

Posted by Billyjam, May 7, 2015 05:12am | Post a Comment

As a music fan and lifelong record collector, I love the opportunity to join Amoeba buyers when they travel to check out large privately-owned record collections to potentially scoop up and get onto the shelves at Amoeba Music's three stores. For me, flipping through record collections is always fun. I get a kick out of looking at album covers, spotting records that I already know and/or own, along with ones I have never seen nor heard of. Such was the case earlier this week  when I joined Amoeba Marc just outside of New York City to check out a moderate sized record collection consisting of mostly LPs from the '70's through the early '90's and ranging in genres. Our job was to check out the collection to see if it had records Amoeba customers would want (it did) and then to pack it up and ship it back safely (there's an art to shipping large quantities of records without them encountering any damage) to Amoeba's Hollywood store where they will begin making their way into the vinyl isles within a week. 

The first record collection buy for Amoeba that I was a part of was a few years back in Queens, NY when we packed and shipped a 30,000 unit (mostly vinyl) collection cross country back to Cali. That was a large collection but not compared to one that Amoeba Marc and crew shipped from Ohio earlier this year. That one numbered 80,000 records, which is a lot to pack and ship. In comparison, this latest collection acquired by Amoeba was relatively modest in scale. It numbered 3,200 12" records (90% albums with the balance in 12" singles) and around 750 7" singles, plus a short stack of 10" singles/EPs. That' a little over three quarters of a ton in weight; something I learned from Peanut Butter Wolf who released the 2001 album My Vinyl Weighs A Ton. That album's title, he informed me in a previous Amoeblog on this topic, was based on not just a play on words of the famous Public Enemy album but also his personal experience when he had to move and determine the weight of his vinyl for the trucking company.  4,000 LPs = 1 ton. The U-Haul "small" size box (the best size box for record packing/shipping) holds approx 100 albums and weighs approx 60 lbs.

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Custom Record Store and Label Sleeves From Over The World

Posted by Rick Frystak, April 16, 2014 11:45am | Post a Comment

Promoting one's logo and style has always been a concern if not a priority of any creative business, especially the music business. To have your record store or record label's graphic sensibility out in the world is like a tag, a notice that, "we exist righteously", and "take a look at us, we are cool and you want to be part of this!". What better way to do this than to attach your graphics onto the outside of an LP's inner sleeve living in eternity with the record snugly inside. Or, to have the store's bag carried out onto the street by your loyal customers with your logo beaming out at the universe. Now that's promotion, or perhaps simply an affirmation of being in the moment.

Here is a 10-year collection of various record store and record label's logo and graphic style across the eras, mostly committed to an LP's inner sleeve, and some retail shopping bags inclusive, logos singing raucously or whispering of the quality within. With trends and budgets shifting moment to moment, this collection becomes a small guide to the attraction of it for everyman's taste. What do folks think will look good? How will they remember our business?  As I deal with old record collections and their ephemera daily, it's always a wonderful gift to have an exotic sleeve pop up from accross the country, or even the world. Records have always been a universally traded entertainment, and it's becoming more so by the month now. 

So, this Record Store Day, sit back and find your favorites within the trove of typographical time. Just browsing these photos fills me with hope.

Click on any image to start a slideshow.

Photographs of sleeves and bags by RICK FRYSTAK

Manu Chao Vinyl Out Now!

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, September 29, 2013 11:09pm | Post a Comment
Clandestinoproxima estacionLa Radiolina
siberieRadio bemba Sound Systembaionarena

  I can't tell you how many times people ask for Manu Chao music on vinyl. So it's my duty to inform you that  Because Music out of France is re-releasing most of Manu Chao catalog on LP. All the early Manu Chao's catalog on CD as well as the original LPs have been long out of print and sell for collector's prices. Six of his titles, Clandestino, Promxima Estacion: Esperanza, La Radiolina, Radio Bemba Sound SystemBaionarena, and Siberie M'Etait Conteee, his all French language album that was never released on LP, will be released November 12th. All releases are double LPs (Baionarena will be a triple LP) that will come with a CD version of the album.

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