What Do David Bowie, Gorillaz & Art Vinyl Play & Display Frames Have In Common?

September 13, 2016 0

David Bowie – Forever The Pioneer and Influencer Ahead of Art Vinyl and eil.com’s “David Bowie Art Vinyl” exhibition collaboration at the National Audio Show this coming weekend (Sat-Sunday 17th and 18th Sept) we thought it only right to share these rarely seen images from Art Vinyl. The picture of Bowie holding his framed LP is by legendary photographer Mick Rock and then the pose was respectfully copied by Gorillaz character 2D. Clearly Bowie was leading the way in music and errr Picture Framing. Mixing the Art & Music since 2005 – find exclusive deals on Art Vinyl Play & Display Frames here at eil.com    

Dick’s Picks: ‘Brew’ Legendary British ’60s Jazz Vinyl LP From the Collin Bates Trio

September 26, 2016 0

Dick’s Picks: Tasty limited edition Japanese 180g vinyl reissue of the cult Brit ’60s jazz banger that is ‘Brew’ by the Collin Bates Trio Collin Bates Trio – who? Details about the Collin Bates Trio are, like the record itself, difficult to come by! Here’s what we know, Collin Bates was born in Sydney, Australia in 1931 and came to Britain in 1954, learning his jazz chops as part of the trad jazz boom with clarinettist Wally Fawkes and his band ‘Troglodytes’. By ’58 he was escaping the trad jazz straitjacket and giving it a bit of swing with Bruce Turner’s hip ‘n’ happening jump band, covering Duke Ellington and Lester Young amongst others. By 1963, the Turner band was no more and Bates could be found at the London jazz joint ‘Flanagans’ – or to give it its full title ‘Flanagan’s Remarkable Dining Rooms’! By ’64, eager to move on from playing other people’s music the Collin Bates Trio was formed featuring Alan James on bass (he would also record as a member of cult summer of love hippie/psych heads ‘July’) plus drummer Bart Monaghan – and, before you could say ‘N-I-C-E’ the trio could be found playing regular dates at Flanagans. What’s the album like? Firstly, by the time it came to recording the album Bates was using a completely different rhythm section – now ably assisted by bassist Barry Dillon (Graham Collier, Harry Beckett) and George Melly associate drummer John Webb. The album manages to merge the contemporary ’60s modern jazz styles with a soulful, playful side. The pulsating 6/4 blues of the opener ‘Brew’ is a case in point – big, bold bass and drums help root Bate’s piano runs, which veer from the melodious to the much more sophisticated as the track progresses. The same approach […]

Spencer Elden, the baby who appeared on Nirvana’s Nevermind cover, recreates album sleeve 25 years on…

September 26, 2016 0

Spencer Elden was just a few months old when his parents got a call from underwater specialist photographer Kirk Weddle, Elden’s parents were told the assignment was for an up and coming band called ‘Nirvana’! That’s him below recreating that iconic image, thankfully with shorts on!   If you’re looking for any Nirvana goodies – vinyl, CD, memorabilia and more, be sure to check the Nirvana Collectors Store at eil.com to see what we currently have in stock….    

On this day in 1972….

September 25, 2016 0

…..Black Sabbath’s fourth long player, the cunningly titled ‘Black Sabbath Vol.4’ was released. Featuring a monochrome image of Ozzy with outstretched arms, the album was given the working title ‘Snowblind’, referencing several songs that referred to the band’s fondness for the old ‘devil’s dandruff’…..   Here’s a feature taken from LA Weekly where Bill Ward remembers the making of the album… “Snowblind” in L.A.: Bill Ward Remembers the Making of Black Sabbath’s Vol. 4 So how loud was it inside the Record Plant — then located near the corner of 3rd Street and La Cienega Boulevard — as Black Sabbath recorded basic tracks, all in the same room, for Vol. 4, the only album the band’s original lineup ever recorded in Los Angeles? “I think that question might be a little difficult for me because I’m on cans, on headphones, while we’re tracking. But I’m sure we played pretty fucking loud,” says drummer Bill Ward with a laugh. “I would walk into the studio when Tony was doing his [guitar] overdubs and man, it’s just like holy fucking shit, really loud. And that’s just doing overdubs. Or Geezer. The [speaker] cabs are flying, man, there’s no doubt about it.” After recording their first three brilliant, heavy-metal-pioneering albums in England, in spring 1972 Black Sabbath — Ward, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and singer Ozzy Osbourne — were living in a rented Bel-Air mansion while working on the follow-up to their 1971 disc, Master of Reality. This was the band’s most experimental music yet. The piano balladry of “Changes.” An orchestra on the haunting coke paean “Snowblind.” Cuban rhythmic influences on “Supernaut,” a track with such an infectious, powerful groove it “was one of John Bonham’s favorite songs, actually,” Ward says. And of course Sabbath’s hallmark mix of savage guitars, jazz-gone-wild rhythmic […]

Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ was released 25 years ago today – yikes! What did it/does it mean to you in 2016?

September 24, 2016 0

On September 24th 1991 Nirvana’s major label debut ‘Nevermind’ was released, needless to say the band, Kurt and the record itself would leave a lasting impression – I remember reading the NME review which described them as, ‘the Guns n Roses it’s okay to like’, not a description the NME would readily admit to these days! What we want to know is…..what did it mean to you? Do you remember buying it and playing it for the first time? Did you see them at Reading shortly before the album was released? Let us know we’d love to share your Nirvana stories…. If you’re looking for any Nirvana goodies – vinyl, CD, memorabilia and more, be sure to check the Nirvana Collectors Store at eil.com to see what we currently have in stock….      

David Bowie’s lost 70s album The Gouster is like the holy grail of pop – review

September 24, 2016 0

From Neil McCormick at The Telegraph A lost album from David Bowie might seem like the holy grail of pop music. Yet here is the peculiarly named The Gouster, raised from the archives as the centre piece of a handsome new 12-CD box set, Who Can I Be Now? (1974-76). The 27-year-old Bowie stares from the sleeve, draped in a newspaper and the American flag, looking unusually anxious, as if wondering what posterity might make of a collection of recordings he himself deemed unfit for release. He needn’t have worried. The Gouster turns out to be a minor joy from a major artist, a soulful stepping stone on the way to inventing a whole new genre of music. Between 1969 and 1980, Bowie released 13 astonishing studio albums. In the two-year, 1974-76 period alone, he put out three albums: Diamond Dogs, Young Americans and Station to Station – all included in the new box set in various mixes. And now, it turns out there’s more? CREDIT: ANDY KENT /PARLOPHONE Well, sort of. Recorded in that same ‘American’ period, during a break from touring over two incredibly productive weeks in Sigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia (home to the Gamble & Huff soul empire), The Gouster has been restored from original mixes by producer Tony Visconti. It was Bowie’s first stab at meshing his grandstanding melodies and arty hauteur with funk and soul, and includes versions of four songs that would make their way on to Young Americans (including that album’s title track). “Gouster” was antiquated slang for a black American streetwise, jive-talking, sharp-dressing dude, the new pose Bowie himself was affecting. The album displays a more raw, live quality than Young Americans, with several tracks extending into long jams. Bowie’s raspy but flowing vocals have a powerful presence, breathlessly tender on towering ballad […]

‘Bring Your Daughter (or any other family member) To the Slaughter’: Iron Maiden announce new wave of UK tour dates

September 24, 2016 0

From the NME Metal legends are returning to arenas across the UK early next summer Iron Maiden have extended their The Book Of Souls World Tour with a fresh batch of UK dates. The metal legends will play arenas in Nottingham, Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, London, Glasgow, Aberdeen and Cardiff next May. The band released 16th album ‘The Book Of Souls’ last year and began their accompanying tour this February. The only previous UK date took place at Donington Park in June. Bassist Steve Harris said in a statement: “As it’s been so long since our last full UK arena tour, we really wanted to get to our fans in as many cities as possible. We’re really looking forward to it, especially visiting places we haven’t been to for a very long time like Leeds where we haven’t played since 2005 and Liverpool where we haven’t played since 1990.” He continued: “The whole band is really enjoying this tour and although we love playing festivals and stadiums, it is terrific to return to the intimacy and atmosphere of arenas. The songs from ‘The Book Of Souls’ album and the new Maya-themed Eddies and stage sets have gone down really well and fan reaction has been amazing. And of course we know our fans appreciate us playing a lot of the older songs too, which we will continue to do.” Check out the full list of UK dates below: Nottingham, Motorpoint Arena (May 4) Manchester, Arena (May 8) Sheffield, Arena (May 10) Leeds, First Direct Arena (11) Newcastle, Metro Radio Arena (14) Glasgow, SSE Hydro Arena (16) Aberdeen, AECC GE Oil & Gas Arena (17) Liverpool, Echo Arena (20) Birmingham, Barclaycard Arena (21) Cardiff, Motorpoint Arena (24) London, O2 Arena (27) Looking for rare Iron Maiden vinyl, CDs and […]

Meet the lawyer who saved John Lennon and Yoko Ono from deportation

September 23, 2016 0

Michael Wildnes The Independent John Lennon and Yoko Ono were faced with the very real prospect of being deported from the US in 1972 by Richard Nixon. The pair were put in touch with lawyer Leon Wildes, who quickly put together a strong case and won. Here, his son Michael shares the story In the 1970s, President Richard Nixon, displeased with John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s anti-war efforts, attempted to deport them. Lennon hired lawyer Leon Wildes in New York City to fight the case and won. The precedent established formed the basis of contemporary immigration reform: Lennon was a dreamer, and not the only one. Here, Wildes recalls the first time he met the couple. The call came on the afternoon of January 14, 1972. “Leon, I have a possible new client for you to meet,” a former law school classmate, Alan Kahn, told me. “Real heavyweights, and they don’t come to a lawyer’s offices. I’m talking about John Lennon and Yoko Ono. They are looking for special immigration counsel, and I have recommended you.” “I’d be pleased,” I said. “When and where shall we meet?” When I arrived at the large and ultramodern offices of Apple Records a few hours later, Alan welcomed me with a broad smile as he showed off his new digs. “Leon, most immigration lawyers would give their eyeteeth just to meet John and Yoko. Let me brief you before you meet Allen Klein, my boss.” “Before you tell me about their legal problem, Alan, I must tell you that I have no idea who these people are.” He stared at me for a moment, open-mouthed. “I can’t believe it, Leon. You really never heard of them?” I shrugged sheepishly. “Never.” “I wouldn’t advertise that,” he said, lowering his voice. “They have enormous egos, like […]

Are You In The West Country With Vinyl, CDs Or Memorabilia To Sell?

September 22, 2016 0

Our West Country Buying Office is now open for business! Have you been told by other record dealers “it’s ‘too far to travel”? Do you want to sell your Vinyl Records but have been told you’ll have to wait until the next visit to the area which might be weeks away? Help is at hand! eil.com has a buyer now based in Devon in the South West which will cover a seriously neglected area of the country. Richard Austin will cover the ‘forgotten’ counties of Wiltshire, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall in the same way that the rest of the country is covered by our Head Office in Kent. Contact Richard in person to arrange a free purchase appraisal in your area today. Welcome to the South West Office. Based in the South West for the people of the South West. Small or large collections welcome. All genres catered for. Tel – UK + 44 (0) 7498 984334 Email – swbuyer@eil.com Watch our video here and find out how easy it is to sell your items.

Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen review – inside the mind of the Boss

September 22, 2016 0

From the Guardian This highly anticipated memoir is as rich in anecdote as it is in anguish. From shameful behaviour to life in therapy, the musician lays out his search for meaning   Several days into a late-summer road trip across the US, a man in his early 30s stops at dusk to observe a fair taking place in a small Texas town. A band is playing. A couple dance. “From nowhere,” the man recalls, “a despair overcomes me … right now, all I can think is that I want to be amongst them, of them, and I know I can’t. I can only watch. That’s what I do. I do not engage, and if and when I do, my terms are so stringent, they suck the lifeblood and possibility out of any good thing, any real thing.” A few days later, having reached home, he places a call. Bruce Springsteen is making his first appointment with a shrink. “So began 30 years of one of the biggest adventures of my life, canvassing the squirrely terrain inside my own head for signs of life,” Springsteen writes at the midpoint of his autobiography, having set a scene that could have come from one of his darker ballads. Already he has introduced the reader to his troubled relationship with a Dutch-Irish father unable to escape a succession of blue-collar jobs – bus driver, prison guard, factory worker – in a nondescript part of New Jersey. It is in this harsh, cold, ungiving man that Springsteen locates the origin of his own flaws and fears. “As a boy, I figured it was just the way men were, distant, uncommunicative, busy with the currents of the grown-up world.” And angry. At the wheel of a car, “I would use speed and recklessness to communicate […]

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