There’s a lot going on in the world according to P.F. Sloan. For starters, his biography, ‘What’s Exactly The Matter With Me?,’ reads like a musical version of ‘Forrest Gump.’ (And that doesn’t even touch upon the parts of Sloan’s memoirs that even he admits are bizarre.) So what is reality? Sloan has offered up his take here; we’ll leave it up to you (and a box of salt) to decide.
Armed with a want list and wallet, Dr. Disc is on a mission to shop indie record stores. Up this edition: Mississippi’s Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art.
As much as ‘Big Ten-Inch Record (Of The Blues)’ seems custom-made for the elevator-riding, hey-diddle-diddling, down-on-a-muffin Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler, it was actually Bull Moose Jackson who first shocked listeners in 1952 with a performance of this double-entendre laden song written by Fred Weismantel.
Even top music experts can be forgiven for believing Bob Lind was a one-hit wonder, as Lind found it tough to sustain the momentum of “Elusive Butterfly.”
Garry Schrum of Heritage Auctions shares the history and value of a 1960s-era Beatles portrait set based on the famous Dezo Hoffman photos of the Fab Four.
Howard Kaylan shares the scoop on “The Turtles 45 RPM Vinyl Singles Collection,” which features eight 7-inch singles of big hits and artistic highlights.
It’s been said that without Cliff Richard, there would be no Beatles, and without Elvis, there would be no Cliff Richard. Unfortunately, the often-overlooked English rocker’s place in American music history has been more of a missing link than that of the rock and roll linchpin he’s perceived to be in the rest of the world. Fortunately, Richard is more than ready to school you in the roots of rock, thanks to ‘The Fabulous Rock ‘N’ Roll Songbook.’
In what she calls “the fan story of last century,” sociologist and author Candy Leonard shares the stories of scores of first-generation Beatle-lovers on what it was like to be an original fan. You won’t find interviews with band members, lovers, former roadies or anyone even remotely associated with The Beatles in “Beatleness;” these are the words a 9-year-old watching Ed Sullivan on Feb. 9, 1964, a 7-year-old who dreamed of marrying George Harrison, and the pre-teen who refused to cut his hair.
Armed with his want list and his wallet, Dr. Disc is shopping and telling. This edition of Record Store Recon: Kiss The Sky Records in Batavia, Ill.
Often referred to by album art — Trunk Cover or Butcher Cover — vs. title, The Beatles’ ‘Yesterday And Today’ values vary based on cover, state and audio variations.