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1  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Elvis Costello Appreciateion Thread on: October 05, 2014, 04:58:56 PM
Does any Elvis C fan know if he worked with Zapp frontman Roger Troutman on the 'Otherside of Summer' song?. It says so on Wikipedia, but I don't hear Roger on Talkbox, but when listening to the song, it does sound like a Roger type production.

I looked all through the credits on the cd version of "Mighty Like A Rose ' and don't see his name anywhere.
2  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Albums that were panned on it's original release.. :/ on: June 28, 2014, 06:21:17 PM
One I've been listening to lately, Watertown by Frank Sinatra. It still gets a few bad reviews but most of the reviews I see today range from "criminally underrated" to "one of his best". I find it to be one of his best, though I do understand why some don't like it. That is one of the few albums in my collection that envelops me and stays with me for a few days. I rarely listen but I must always listen to the full album...and then that mood lingers.

3  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Elvis Costello Appreciateion Thread on: June 14, 2014, 08:49:05 AM
Finally saw the documentary(extended version, 90 minutes or so). I enjoyed it very much although it didn't tell me much I didn't already know. I did enjoy seeing EC revisit some of the places from his youth and seeing clips of his father. Maybe a newbie would get much more from the documentary than me, but if I were going to recommend something to a newcomer, I'd tell them to watch the music video dvd collection "The Right Spectacle".

I do agree about "Extreme Honey" and I think "Pomp and Pout" is a good collection of his even later period
4  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Elvis Costello Appreciateion Thread on: June 10, 2014, 09:13:49 AM
Yes, apparently Bruce wrote a book of "fictional" characters and used EC as a villain and that was the final straw for at least a few years. EC wrote "How To Be Dumb" in response. Later, Bruce rejoined the band for the Brutal Youth and All This Useless Beauty albums and tours but the bad blood returned and proved to be too much. I do remember they all were at the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame induction and EC acknowledged the feud and I think they may have performed that night without Bruce but I remember the speech more than the performance.
5  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Elvis Costello Appreciateion Thread on: June 09, 2014, 11:21:38 AM
I will see the documentary tonight and perhaps write about it tomorrow(or later tonight). I have been a fan since Mighty Like A Rose, which was the first album of his that I heard. I was born in 1970 and somehow missed what for most people was his "best" era. The only knowledge I had of him was that he was this odd looking guy with the glasses who always looked angry. I saw footage of his appearance on Saturday Night Live and so I judged him based on these things and not his songs or ability. When Mighty Like A Rose was released, there was a review in our local newspaper and I read the review and it made me interested to give it a shot. At that time I was 21 and had a little disposable income and took a chance and bought the cassette of the album and loved it. I then found a cheap Columbia greatest hits cd and bought that and loved it. I ended up buying his catalog on cd and then reissues and whatever I could find. I dearly love the Rhino reissues as each has a bonus disc with wonderful extras. In a few cases the bonus discs redeem the originally released album....I appreciate Goodbye Cruel World so much more now.

I guess North is the release I have enjoyed the least. I went into it with high expectations after dearly loving the albums preceding it, but it just didn't get into it at all. In fact I've only listened once so maybe now that a few years have passed, I'd "get it".

I don't have a particular favorite album. I find myself not listening to complete albums like I once did, but instead listen to the compilations of his work that I have made.  He is one of the few artists for me that I can play the music over and over and still discover new things.

He is also the only artist in my huge music collection who has forced me to go to a dictionary to find the meaning of a word. LOL
6  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Have you ever rearranged a BB album track order? on: May 10, 2014, 09:20:12 AM
The only album I've ever altered is "Summer In Paradise". I discovered that by replacing each track with one from "Sunflower", the album has a much better flow.
7  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: See what Country song was #1 on the day you were born on: May 03, 2014, 11:37:19 AM
He Loves Me All the Way - Tammy Wynette

Never the biggest Tammy fan, but Lord knows I love her compared with what rules the charts these days.
8  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: 14 Beach Boys albums coming to vinyl/SACD \ on: November 21, 2013, 04:12:20 PM
What are the albums?

check the link in the first post and you'll see an ad with the titles on the bottom right.
9  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Beatles January 2014 CD's: Apparently a Hoax on: November 19, 2013, 09:29:36 AM
certainly there are unauthorized Russian CD's of nearly all of these albums) 

100% correct. I'm about to travel there for the fourth time and I'm always amazed to see what is available in the music shops. The last time I was there I saw hundreds of data-cd compilations that contained entire discographies of hundreds of bands in mp3 form.
10  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: The ELO Thread on: November 19, 2013, 09:21:51 AM
Funny, I was just visiting the blog of our member soniclovenoize and thinking how I'd like for him to assemble the original running order of the "Secret Messages" album. Of course I think all but one of the songs has been officially released whether on box sets or as bonus tracks on the cd reissue of that album. I think "Beatles Forever" is the only track to never have an official release and the best copy I heard was on a youtube video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmyoDizxXdM   Not one of his best songs, but I'd still like it to be released.

All in all I guess "Time" is my favorite album of theirs. It came out when I was 11, so I only later found their earlier wonderful body of work. By the way, I love their side of the Xanadu soundtrack as well. I still have a 45 with the B-side "Drum Dreams", which I guess hasn't been issued on cd?
11  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Bee Gees on: November 13, 2013, 06:08:02 PM
Buy this  http://www.amazon.com/Studio-Albums-1967-1968-Bee-Gees/dp/B000HKDBAO/ref=sr_1_17?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1384394579&sr=1-17&keywords=bee+gees

Their first 3 internationally released studio albums in one great set. Each album is 2 cd's- the first cd contains the mono and studio version of the album and the second cd contains rarities, b-sides, alternate takes, etc.  I bought it when it first came out and hoped the series would continue with each album but the reissue series ended with a deluxe edition of Odessa.
12  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: Terrible songs made palatable. on: November 09, 2013, 08:13:43 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4WGsMplGxU
13  Non Smiley Smile Stuff / General Music Discussion / Re: What would you consider to be the worst song of all-time? on: October 17, 2013, 02:03:25 PM
4 Non Blondes - What's Up

Hated it tremendously back then. Still do. Naturally my wife loves it.
14  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The Weirdest Photos Of Mike Love You Can Find on: October 13, 2013, 08:38:42 PM
While this isn't a photo, Mike singing Imagine put me in tears.
View its glory here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EfmH2wHTQZ8

At 2:35 I could think of nothing but "Imagine no Radio Shack's"
15  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: All things Bruce Johnston on: October 12, 2013, 10:44:48 PM
I just watched that concert on youtube. Wow, where can I get a copy of it?

I couldn't find the show for purchase so I downloaded it using this free program http://keepvid.com/ and then burned it on disc. If that program isn't working, there are several other free ones online.
16  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: '5 Classic Albums' release on: October 12, 2013, 10:21:13 PM
Maybe this will be volume 1. I know they have had multiple volumes for other artists. Aretha Franklin has 2 volumes and Miles Davis has at least 3. If this one sells well enough I can easily imagine a volume 2.
17  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Landlocked - soniclovenoize reconstruction on: October 07, 2013, 04:18:59 PM
Thank you very much ! I've been meaning to tell you how much I enjoy your blog and have it on my list of favorites.
18  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: September 11, 2013, 09:29:44 AM
When I attended one of Brian's "That Lucky Old Sun" concerts there were symphonic BB covers playing on the sound system during intermission.  Anyone know what that album was or where I could find it?

possibly this? http://www.amazon.com/Symphonic-Sounds-Music-Beach-Boys/dp/B000009NH7

19  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Live At QVC Marine Field Chiba....Video on: September 10, 2013, 07:38:47 AM
You're welcome!
20  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Thread for various insignificant questions that don't deserve their own thread! on: September 09, 2013, 08:42:57 PM
I just saw 35 minutes of the televised "Campfire" segments from 1989. I somehow hadn't seen that before and was blown away by how good it was and how funny and nice everyone seemed towards each other during what I imagine was just one of many turbulent times for the band. I wasn't able to find a full discussion about the segments(have a headache and need sleep, so maybe I missed something staring me directly in the face) so I was wondering if someone could kindly direct me to a discussion on that topic or perhaps discuss it here. Also, were any of the members in later interviews asked to give their reflections about this part of their story? Maybe some people who were at the taped segments have told some interesting stories?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZylusEw-68   

Campfire segment starts at 1:05:46
21  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Live At QVC Marine Field Chiba....Video on: September 06, 2013, 12:07:33 AM
Thank you, SonoraDick, for sharing the link!

I used http://keepvid.com/ to capture the video, but there may be better programs.
22  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Most Blatant Rip-off of a BB Song to Make the Singles Charts? on: September 05, 2013, 10:49:08 AM
You can just sing Heroes & Villains over the top of this and it fits almost perfectly... I like ELO but they sure were magpies.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYga0A_jCfE

wow...

I essentially "knew" ELO before I knew much about the Beach Boys besides their biggest hits. I especially loved the album "Time". One of the songs I loved from that album was "The Way Life's Meant To Be". Just a few years later I heard "Heroes & Villains" and realized where Lynne got some of his inspiration.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCUm2GthNJs
23  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: Brian Wilson's 11th solo album announced today on: September 04, 2013, 05:11:50 PM
Maybe my opinion is both meaningless and unpopular, but if including Joe Thomas helps get Brian Wilson into a recording studio then I'm all for it.
24  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: MIC Absentees on: September 04, 2013, 12:49:49 PM
I was able to find it on "Rarities Vol. 7: 1984-1989" on Dumb Angel from 2001
25  Smiley Smile Stuff / General On Topic Discussions / Re: The (eventually) MIC spoilers thread on: August 22, 2013, 08:46:36 PM
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From the setís initial blast of sun-soaked pop sweetness (a five-song demo overseen by family matriarch Murry Wilson)

Anyone else see the hilarious error here?  Grin

heh
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