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Soul Slam SF 10th Anniversary: Prince & Michael Jackson, 7/11

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, July 1, 2015 06:41pm | Post a Comment

Soul Slam SF

Amoeba Music is proud to join Massive Selector, fresco, and Keistar Productions in celebrating Soul Slam SF's 10th Anniversary at Mezzanine on Saturday, July 11th. If you've danced your booty off at Soul Slam in the past, then you know it’s more than just a party...It’s an experience! At Soul Slam, New York's DJ Spinna transforms the song books of Michael Jackson and Prince into a dream like journey – part history lesson and part love letter. Also spinning the masters that night are Proof (Massive Selector), Hakobo (fresco), and King Most (SF). Get your tickets NOW!

The Jackson 5 Post Cereal Alpha Bits Free Flexi Record

Posted by Billyjam, July 1, 2015 01:15pm | Post a Comment

They say when you cut down an old tree, that you can tell how many years old it is by the number of "growth" rings it has in its cut diameter to determine its exact age. Same is kinda true of when you do construction or clearing of an older house, and find relics from the past whose timeline can be traced back. I had this experience this morning while helping a neighbor remove an old metal sheet tightly nailed to her garage window. We figured it had been covering the older building's window for maybe 25 or 30 years. Turns out it was an even longer period than that as confirmed by the half-rotted remains (see pic left) of the 43 year old Jackson 5 flexi disc that had been jammed behind the metal sheet since, most likely, its 1972 release when it came free in, or rather on, a 13 ounce box of Alpha Bits breakfast cereal (see full cereal box folded out above). That was when the Post Cereals company, who manufactured such other popular breakfast cereals as Super Sugar Crisp, and Frosted Rice Krinkles cereal brands, in conjunction with Motown Records released The Jackson 5 flexi record.

The one-sided, five track Jackson 5 disc (that had to be cut out of the back of the cereal box) included the then hugely popular family group's hits  "ABC", "I'll Be There," and "Never Can Say Goodbye" as well as the slightly lesser known but still excellent tracks "Darling Dear," and "Maybe Tomorrow."  Those Jackson 5 flexis, which you can find on eBay (in good to VG condition - not rotted like the one I found today) for about $5 these days, were the most popular for the cereal maker. And while, compared to a regular record, the sound quality and durability (they tended to easily warp and scratch) wasn't so great to the young fans getting them at the time (often the first record they would own) it was all good. Besides it was a free record with a box of cereal that cost approximately 38 cents in 1972. In addition to featuring Michael Jackson's family group as a cut-out flexi record, the cereal maker also hired the group to make a series of 30 second TV commercials for their Alpha Bits cereal.  Below is one of those TV spots featuring the young members of The Jackson 5 in 1972 that note is wrongly ID'ed on the YouTube video as 1974.

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Music History Monday: April 13

Posted by Jeff Harris, April 13, 2015 10:00am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: April 13, 1940 - "In The Mood" by Glenn Miller & His Orchestra hits #1 on the Billboard Record Buying Guide (jukebox list existing prior to the Best Sellers chart) for 13 weeks. Written by Joe Garland, Glenn Miller, and Andy Razaf, the song is recorded on August 1, 1939 and is released on RCA Victor's Bluebird Records imprint. It will become not only one of the definitive records of the big band era, but one of the most influential musical works of the twentieth century. It will be one of the most widely covered songs of the era with versions also recorded by Xavier Cugat, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, The Andrew Sisters, and Artie Shaw, to more contemporary artists including Bette Midler and The Brian Setzer Orchestra. Glenn Miller's original recording of "In The Mood" is inducted into the Grammy Hall Of Fame in 1983.
 

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Music History Monday: January 5

Posted by Jeff Harris, January 5, 2015 10:44am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: January 5, 1969Bayou Country, the second album by Creedence Clearwater Revival, is released. Produced by John Fogerty, it is recorded at RCA Studios in Hollywood in Late 1968. Sharp and fine tuned from heavy touring in support of their self-titled debut album, CCR will re-enter the studio in the Fall of 1968 to record their second LP. It will mark the start of an impressive run of hits for the El Cerrito-based band, spinning off the hit single "Proud Mary" (#2 Pop for 3 weeks), as well as the rock radio staple "Born On The Bayou" (the B-side of "Proud Mary"). The album is remastered on CD for its 40th anniversary in 2008, featuring four bonus tracks. Bayou Country will peak at number seven on the Billboard Top 200, number 41 on the R&B album chart, and is certified 2x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.


 

On this day in music history: January 5, 1974The Singles 1969-1973 by The Carpenters hits #1 on the Billboard Top 200 for one week. Produced by Jack Daughtery and Richard & Karen Carpenter, it is recorded at A&M Studios in Hollywood from January 1969 - April 1973. Their first greatest hits album, the 12-track compilation features hit singles from The Carpenters first four years on A&M Records. The album's unique sequencing includes musical introductions and segues between the tracks. Original vinyl LP pressings were packaged in a gatefold sleeve with a 12-page booklet featuring photos and song lyrics. It will become the brother and sister duos' biggest-selling album worldwide (also topping the UK album chart for 17 weeks). The Singles 1969-1973 is certified 7x Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
 

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Music History Monday: September 8

Posted by Jeff Harris, September 8, 2014 10:34am | Post a Comment

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On this day in music history: September 8, 1970Third Album by The Jackson 5 is released. Produced by The Corporation and Hal Davis, it is recorded at The Sound Factory and Motown Recording Studio in Hollywood from April - September 1970. The group's third full-length album in just nine months, it contains original songs written by Motown staff writers as well as cover versions of hits by Simon & Garfunkel ("Bridge Over Troubled Water"), Shades Of Blue ("Oh How Happy"), and The Delfonics ("Ready Or Not (Here I Come)"). It will spin off two hit singles including their biggest hit "I'll Be There" (#1 Pop for five weeks and R&B for six weeks) and "Mama's Pearl" (#2 Pop & R&B), though the album version of "Mama" will feature alternate vocals from the hit single version (issued in January of 1971). It will become the group's second biggest selling album in the US, moving an estimated 4.6 million copies. Third Album will spend ten weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number four on the Top 200.
 


On this day in music history: September 8, 1972All The Young Dudes, the fifth album by Mott The Hoople, is released. Produced by David Bowie, it is recorded at Olympic Studios and Trident Studios in London from May - July 1972. The band's fifth release marks a major turning point in their career. The struggling band will be on the verge of breaking up, when Bowie steps in and offers to produce them. Initially, he will offer them the song "Sufferagette City," which they will turn down. When he plays them "All The Young Dudes," they will enthusiastically accept it. It will spin off two singles including "One Of The Boys" (#96 Pop) and the title track (#37 Pop, #3 UK Pop), which will become an anthem. The album will be regarded as a classic of the Glam Rock movement of the early to mid '70s. "Dudes" will become the band's signature song, and is covered by numerous artists including Aerosmith, Judas Priest, and Ozzy Osbourne. Mott The Hoople's original recording will be featured in the films Clueless and Juno. Later there will be some speculation as to what record label owns the rights to the recording. Mott The Hoople had recorded for Island Records prior to signing with Columbia Records. The band may or may or may not have recorded either part or all of the album before changing labels. To this day, it is a matter that none of the band members are willing to discuss. All The Young Dudes will peak at number 89 on the Billboard Top 200.
 

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