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Vinyl Music Night XIV

February 18, 2013

Again, I hosted another Tuesday vinyl music night at Little Fish-Huge Pond, located in Sanford, Florida.

Vinyl Night XIV

Blitz by Various ArtistsBlitz

Released in 1981, the punk/new wave compilation contains two songs by Bow Wow Wow, a group later known for the hit song “I Want Candy”.

In 1987, I bought it at a used record store.  One of my favorites was always the new wave dance jam “Angel Face” by Shock.

Blitz (back cover)

Simon and Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits

Simon and Garfunkel's Greatest Hits

Released in 1972, the folk rock album includes the hit songs “The Sounds of Silence”, “Mrs. Robinson” and “Scarborough Fair”.

Nice album, but I only played Side 1.  The mellow sounds caused the bar’s atmosphere to be too mellow.

The bar owner bought this one.

Hotter Than July by Stevie Wonder

Hotter Than July

Released in 1980, this soul masterpiece contains four hits: “Master Blaster (Jammin’)”, “I Ain’t Gonna Stand for It”, “Lately” and “Happy Birthday”.  “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” is a dedication to reggae legend Bob Marley.  “Happy Birthday” is about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose birthday wasn’t a national holiday yet.

Hotter Than July (back)

By this time, Matt Hughen entered the building with the next record.

M300 by Mandre

Mandre

Released in 1979, the album contains futuristic funk, jazz and disco.  On my first listen, I enjoyed the whole album.

The Family by The Family

The family

Released in 1985, the funky-pop and jazz album contains two hits.  First, “The Screams of Passion”.   For the second hit, I told listeners to wait for it.  Finally, “Nothing Compares 2 U” came on.

“Yes,” I told everyone.  “They sung it first.”

The Family was the first band signed to Prince’s Paisley Park label.  Also, Prince wrote “Nothing Compares 2 U”, a song which later became a hit for Sinead O’ Conner.

Three favorite jams are “High Fashion”, “Mutiny” and “Susannah’s Pajamas”.   Truth be known, “Mutiny” sounds like Prince’s “Controversy”.  Still, I enjoy it.

“Desire” took me back to a time I hadn’t thought about in years, my first date.   Along with a collection of other love songs, I recorded “Desire” on a cassette tape.  I didn’t have a car tape player.  So, I wound up playing the tape on a portable radio resting in the back seat.

When the song came on, my date asked, “Who sings this?”

“The Family,” I said.

The Family back cover

Another Tuesday night awaits.

Vinyl Night XIII

February 10, 2013

Every Tuesday, I play vinyl records at Little Fish – Huge Pond in Sanford, Florida.

Vinyl Night

Sanford exists a forty-five minute drive from Orlando.

On this night, things started a little late.  Yet, I got the ball rolling eventually.

For this blog, I’m going to do things differently.   When I play the record, I always photographed the album cover.  I always did that with my Canon Rebel.  Recently, I’ve been photographing with my iPhone.  After photographing, I would simultaneously post the photo on Instagram and Facebook.  What you’re going to see on this blog is Instagram photos.

Business as Usual by Men At Work

Business As Usual

In 1981, the pop band’s debut album first released in Australia.  In 1982, the album released in the US.  It contains three hits: “Be Good Johnny”, “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now?”

Also, in 1983, the album earned Men At Work a Grammy for Best New Artist.

The bar owner brought this one in.

I noticed the  Spec’s sticker on the album.

spec's

Based in South Florida, Spec’s Music Stores existed throughout the state.  In 1989, I bought tickets from Spec’s for rapper Too $hort’s first concert performance in Orlando.  In 1998, Spec’s closed shop.

The Best of Earth, Wind and Fire, Vol. 1 by Earth, Wind and Fire

Earth, Wind and Fire Vol 1

Released in 1978, the soul compilation contains “Got To Get You Into My Life” and “September”.  Both became hits in 1978.  Also, the album contains previous hits from the past: “Shining Star” and “Sing A Song”.

Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits by Janis Joplin

Janis Joplin

Released in 1973, the blues-rock album contains the hits “Piece of  My Heart” and “Cry Baby” .

I hesitated playing this one.  A twenty-something crowd was present.  Yet, when “Piece of My Heart” came on, some of them sung the lyrics.

The bar owner brought this album in too.

Zapp II by Zapp

Zapp II

Released in 1982, the funk album contains two recognizable hits: “Dance Floor” and “Doo Wa Ditty (Blow That Thing)”.

From “Dance Floor”, some may recognize the part going “Shake, shake it, baby.”   Roger Troutman from Zapp song that line on rappers 2Pac and Dr. Dre’s “California Love”.

Both hits were on Side 1.  So, that’s why I chose to only played that side.

Gap Band V Jammin’ by The Gap Band

Gap Band VReleased in 1983, the funk album contains two hits: “Jam The Motha” and “Party Train”.  During  regular DJ gigs, I sometimes sneak in “Party Train”.

Well, that was the thirteenth week of vinyl night.  A few more showed this week.  Time to prepare for next Tuesday.

Vinyl Night XII

February 4, 2013

Like I mentioned in the previous blog, Tuesday Night Vinyl happened at Little Fish – Huge Pond.

Vinyl night 12

Dancing on the Ceiling by Lionel Richie

Dancing on the Ceiling

Released in 1984, the pop album contains five top ten hits: “Ballerina Girl”, “Say You, Say Me”, “Se La”, “Deep River Woman”, “Love Will Conquer All” and “Dancing on the Ceiling”.

Most of the album. I had no problem with.  Yet, I skipped “Deep River Woman”, a country song guest-starring Alabama.

“I do not want to hear Lionel Richie sing country,” I said.

The bar owner laughed.

Aretha by Aretha Franklin

Aretha

Released in 1986, the soul and pop album contains three hits: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Jimmy Lee” and “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.   “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” was originally recorded by The Rolling Stones.  George Michael guest-starred on “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)”.

This is the third album titled Aretha. Previous Aretha Franklin albums of the same name were released in 1961 and 1980.

Diana by Diana Ross

diana

Released in 1980, the funky album contains two well-known hits: “Upside Down” and “I’m Coming Out”.  Many may recognize “I’m Coming Out” as the sample for Notorious B.I.G.’s “More Money, More Problems”.

Side One contains both hits, the reason why I only played that side.

By this time, Matt Hughen entered the building with two Ohio Players albums.  This was in tribute to band member Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, who recently passed away.

Pleasure by Ohio Players

pleasure

Released in 1972, the album contains the hit “Funky Worm”.  Back in the 80s and 90s, the synthesizer sound from “Funky Worm” was constantly sampled by West Coast hip-hop.  All these years, I thought the sound originated in California.  Hell no, the g-funk sound originated in the Midwest.

Ohio Players

Mr. Mean by Ohio Players

Mr. Mean

Released in 1977, the album contains the soundtrack for the same-named movie starring Fred Williamson.  It’s more jazz than true funk.  Yet, listeners of old school would appreciate it.

Word Up by Cameo

word up

Released in 1986, the classic funk album contains two hits: “Candy” and “Word Up”.  The album gained them major success.

To this day, I still hum “Candy”.

It’s like candy
I can feel it when you walk
Even when you talk it takes over me
You’re so dandy
I wanna know
Can you feel it too just like I do

Purple Rain by Prince

Purple Rain

Released in 1984, this masterpiece soundtrack to the same-named movie contains five hits: “Take Me With You”, “Purple Rain”, “Let’s Go Crazy”, “I Would Die 4 U” and “When Doves Cry”.   “When Doves Cry” happens to be my all-time favorite song.

Dig if u will the picture
Of u and I engaged in a kiss
The sweat of your body covers me
Can u my darling
Can u picture this?

The album closed the night wonderfully.

This was the best vinyl night of them all.  Next Tuesday, here I come.