In the Indie Eighties…

25 05 2012

Here’s a sample of some of the emerging, alternative and simply swell 80’s music that we will be having at our Summer Sale @ ARC beginning June 9.  So if you need great vinyl at WAY BELOW e-bay + Popsike prices, featuring your kinda people – from Kent Ohio, from the Rain Parade and the Dream Syndicate, folks who actually know Flying Nuns, guitarists with French names, Boston boys on the rue Pierre-Sarrazin or are just plain Scottish…

ARC’s cool SUMMER hot Record + CD SALE
Sat, June 9 and runs through Sun, June 17 –  everyday, 11am – 6pm.

You can Join the ARC (on PAYPAL or by calling us) and attend our Pre-Sale Party on Thursday evening, June 7.

This is our major fundraiser, so come by and shop  – books, CDs, LPs, singles, VHS, DVDs, sheet music + more.    Help us out !  Blog, face, tweet, post or shout out about our sale…

Thanks to the great folks and old friends who are donating treats the night of the
PARTY for ARC members on Thursday evening June 7!    Brooklyn’s Bonnie’s Grill (hotwings + beer). Tribeca’s Bubble Lounge (champagne), and Petrarca (food platter).
Krrb is your host for the evening, a local classified startup. Do visit:

ARChive of Contemporary Music
54 White Street in Tribeca, between Broadway and Church Streets – North of Worth + 3 short blocks south of Canal.  Most trains stop @ Canal, or try the # 1 or 2 exiting in Franklin St

tel : 212-226-6967     e :
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Brazilian Music Day Sept 7, 2012


Still Time to Donate to the ARC!

22 12 2011

Friends – We KNOW next year will be a great deal better than the last, and we hope you will join us in building an even larger, better and more active ARChive.

Next year we’re going to launch an online site of the Keith Richards’ Blues Collection, continue to scan our 25,000 music books and host Brazilian World Music Day, a worldwide event in Sept.

We’re doing our best and can use your help.

So please Donate via paypal (button below), on our page  (best for matching funds) or via that ol’ mailbox like the one above.  And let us know if you have recordings to donate to help build the collection.

All the best from Bob, Fred, Will and all the volunteers @ ARChive of Contemporary Music.

54 White Street, New York City, 10013
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ARC is a not-for-profit archive, music library and research center
located in New York City.  The ARChive collects preserves and
provides information on the popular music of all cultures throughout the world.
Since 1985 our holdings have grown to two million sound recordings,
making the ARChive the largest popular music collection in the World.

ARC Beatles LP worth $125,000?

9 02 2011

At the end of January Goldmine magazine published a list of recent auction sales, and we noticed that we had a few of the featured items.  The headline of course is the Beatles first US LP on Vee-Jay, selling for $125,000.00

There was a lot of follow-up online chatter, some claiming the record was fake, the auction was fake, that the buyer will never pay up, you’ve gotta be kidding?, etc…  The Goldmine link be here.

So is our copy the real deal?  Probably not.  Ours not sealed.  But anyone can shrinkwrap these days.  The kicker is that ours lacks a shadow to the left of George, a sick-making pinkness to the skin, and a too-crisp fab-four outline.  There were so many bootlegs issued in the 70s, we think ours falls into this category.  But we do have an authentic mono version.  I know because I bought in 1963 at the Record Rendezvous; still has the $2.99 sticker on it.  This hovers between $3,000 – $12,000, depending on the weather.

Speaking of which, the lingering bleakness of the season has got me down.  Maybe that’s why we’ve been posting a lot of fluff and fun on the blog.  So how do we cure our blues?  Catalog blues LPs, of course.  So, below is a bit of substance to let you know that we actually are saving some interesting things here at the ARC.  All of these came our way in January – blues, blue-ish and R&B discs.  A good start to the year, I think.  It’s harder and harder to get the early stuff, but the list contains some nice reissues or later editions from the 70’s and 80’s, and of course foreign discs with dubious provenance, welcome for their attention to forgotten artists.   By the way we have also added quite a few blues CDs in Jan., and these are out-of-print and therefore, strangely, often worth more than the LPs.  But CDs are ugly, unlovable little things.  So no more hokum, uh, except for this…

• Duster Bennett.   Bright Lights …  (Blue Horizon, UK, 7-63221, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1969)

• Billy Bland.   Blues, Chickens, Friends and Relations  (Ace, UK, CH 222, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1987)

• Ruth Brown.   Brown, Black & Beautiful  (S.D.E.G., SDE 4023, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1990)

• Paul Butterfield.   Put It In Your Ear  (Bearsville Records, BR 6960, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1975)

• Mississippi Joe Callicott.   Blues Masters Vol. 6  (Blue Horizon, BM 4606, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1969)

• Dolly Cooper.   Ay La Bah  (Official, 6019, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Reverend Gary Davis.   Let Us Get Together  (Kicking Mule, UK, SNKF 103, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1974)

• Fats Domino.   Reelin’ and Rockin’  (Charly, UK, CRB 1054, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1983)

• Champion Jack Dupree.   Shake Baby Shake  (Detour, UK, 33-007, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1987)

• Jack Dupree.   Blues for Everybody  (King, KS 1084, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1976)

• Skip Easterling.   Taking Inventory  (Charly, UK, CRB 1171, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Clifford Hayes and the Dixieland Jug Blowers.   Clifford Hayes and the Dixieland Jug Blowers  (Yazoo, 1054, 12″, LP, n.d. [1976])

• Clarence Frogman Henry.   Clarence Frogman Henry Is Alive and Well Living in New Orleans and Still Doin’ His Thing…  (Roulette, SR 42039, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, n.d.)

• Jim Jackson.   The Best of Jim Jackson  (Earl Archinves, Austria, BD-613, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1984)

• Elmore James.   Original Folk Blues: The Legend of Elmore James  (United, US-7778, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, -)

• Elmore James.   Original Folk Blues: Resurrection  of Elmore James  (United, US-7787, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, -)

• Freddy King.   Hideaway  (King, KS 1059, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1976)

• Eddie Lang & Lonnie Johnson.   Blue Guitars Vol. II  (Parlophone, UK, PMC 7106, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, n.d.)

• Lightning Slim.   That’s All Right  (Quicksilver / Intermedia, QS-5062, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1983)

• Little Richard / Billy Wright / Tempo Toppers.   Hey Baby, Don’t You Want a Man Like Me?  (Ace, UK, CHA 193, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1986)

• Robert McCoy.   Blues and Boogie Woogie Classics  (Oldie Blues, Netherlands, OL 2814, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, n.d.)

• Jimmy McCracklin.   Everybody Rock!  The Best of Jimmy McCracklin  (Chess, UK, RED LP 10, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1989)

• Jimmy McCracklin.   Blast ‘Em Dead!  (Ace, UK, CHD 219, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1987)

• Bette McLaurin.   The Masquerade Is Over  (Official, Denmark, 6045, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1989)

• Big Jay McNeely.   From Harlem to Camden  (Ace, UK, CH 111, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1984)

• Big Jay McNeely and the Rocket 88s.   AZ Bootin’  (Big J, JLP-107, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Big Jay McNeely.   Swingin’  (Big J, JLP-103, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1984)

• Memphis Slim.   Rockin’ the Blues  (Charly R&B, UK, CRB 1030, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1981)

• Freddie Mitchell.   Rock’n Roll  (Official, Denmark, 6021, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Little Brother Montgomery.   Crescent City Blues  (Bluebird, AXM2-5522, 12″, vinyl disc-2Lp, 1977)

• Robert Parker.   Get Ta Steppin’  (Charly, UK, CRB 1174, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1987)

• Gene Phillips.   I Like ‘Em Fat  (Ace, UK, CH 245, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Professor Longhair.   The Last Mardi Gras  (Atlantic / Deluxe, SD 2-4001, 12″, vinyl disc-2Lp, 1982)

• Fenton Robinson.   Mellow Fellow  (Charly, UK, CRB 1131, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1986)

• Ted Taylor.   Keep Walking On  (Charlie, UK, CRB 1011, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1980)

• Big Mama Thornton.   Stronger Than Dirt / The Way It Is  (Charly, UK, CDX 24, 12″, vinyl disc-2Lp, 1988)

• Ike Turner  His Woman, Her Man Vol. 1 : The Ike Turner Diaries  (Funky Delicacies, DEL LP 0045, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 2002)

• Ike Turner  His Woman, Her Man Vol. 2 : The Ike Turner Diaries  (Funky Delicacies, DEL LP 0046, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 2002)

• Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm [ various artists ].   Talent Scout Blues  (Ace, UK, CHD 244, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm [ various artists ].   Ike Turner and His Kings of Rhythm Vol. 2  (Ace, UK, CHD 146, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1985)

• Various Artists.   Sun – The Roots Of Rock Volume 3, Delta Rhythm Kings  (Charley, UK, CR 30103, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, n.d.)

• Various Artists.   Rumble Chillen  (Charly, UK, CRM2033, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Various Artists.   Rock Sock the Boogie  (Charly, UK, CR 30237, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1984)

• Various Artists.   Rootin’ ‘n’ Tootin’  (Charly, UK, RCB 1043, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1985)

• Various Artists.   Women Whiskey & Wailin’  (Charly, UK, CRB 1141, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1985)

• Various Artists.   Lyons Avenue Jive  (Ace, UK, CHD 171, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1986)

• Various Artists.   If It’s Not a Hit I’ll Eat My Hat  (Ace, UK, CHD 154, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1985)

• Various Artists.   Cruisin’ and Bluesin’  (Ace, UK, CHD 284, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1990)

• Various Artists.   Blues Guitar Blasters  (Ace, UK, CHA 232, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1988)

• Andre Williams & the Sadies.   Red Dirt  (Sonic, SR 9901, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1999)

• Andre Williams.   Bait and Switch  (Norton, ED-288, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 2001)

• Andre Williams with the El Dorados.   Greasy  (Norton, ED-248, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1996)

• Andre Williams and Green Hornet.   Andre Williams and Green Hornet in Holland Shuffle! Live at the World Famous Vera Club  (Norton, ED-299, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 2003)

• Andre Williams & Velvet Hammer.   Whip Your Booty : Rare & Unreleased Soul, Funk & Dance Jams from the Vaults of Andre Williams – 1967 – 1977  (Soul-Tay-Shus, STS LP 6349, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 2001)

• Andre Williams.   Silky  (In the Red, ITR056, 12″, vinyl disc-LP, 1998)

• Paul Hucklebuck Williams and His Orchestra.   The Hucklebuck  (Saxophonograph, Sweden, BP-500, 12″, LP, 1981)

• Paul Hucklebuck Williams and His Orchestra.   Spider Sent Me  (Saxophonograph, Sweden, BP-510, 12″, LP, 1988)

2010 Year-end Roundup!

30 12 2010

ARChive of Contemporary Music 2010 Year-end Roundup!

An overview of last year’s projects and activities

it’s official: the oughts are over….

Uh, did you notice ARC’s subtle new sign outside on White Street?   Yes, we now have the look of a classy taxi stand in Rio thanks to artist Steve Powers who thought our mission was swell, but our street presence a bit dull.  It’s a great gift, greatly appreciated.

Now on to the review.  Last year we started off our end-of-the-year musings with a belief that we were finally exiting, “the second worse year of a pretty bad decade.”  Well that was nothing compared with 2010 as the slow-down slowed downer.  We chronicle and preserve an industry undergoing radical change that is zen-like (no objects), blind (no vision) and cost conscious (broke).  We were offered fewer research jobs than usual, less ‘product’ was donated and negligible financial support from all segments of the entertainment industry.  As to the greater world: small contributors all but vanished and no one in any city, state or federal government has any interest in what we do. On the other hand our larger donors and foundations generously outdid themselves this year, increasing their support. Our mission – oblivious, uncontrollable, uncritical preservation – is intact.  The ARC begins it’s 25th year in Lowest Manhattan, the largest popular music collection in the world.

It’s December and we’ve just ended another successful Holiday Record + CD sale. Once again vinyl is king.  Our sales serve a variety of purposes; publicizing our activities, generating revenues, making space by getting rid of third copies of recordings in our collection, encouraging new donation from individuals and labels, forcing us to throw a nice party and making a lot of people very happy by offering great music at good prices.  We’ve kept detailed data on our sales for over ten years now, and I think I may stop.  It seems that no variable – inventory, staff, cost, publicity, promotion, war, weather, presentation, customers, signage, the economy, the pulse beat of the nation – has any effect whatever on the outcome.  Go figure.

Attending our sale party is just one of the perks of becoming an ARC member. Not only do you meet tons of nice folks, get food and drinks, but you get first dibs on all the best recordings. The next sale is June 11, 2011.  So join the ARC and donate if you’re able.

Here’s what our nifty new membership cards (taken from our original brochure, use of the image donated by artist Ed Rusha) look like – yours for the joining!

Our partnership with Columbia University continues to slowly evolve as we plan more talks and projects away uptown, like the colloquium on collecting and the talk given by Greil Marcus.  We also organized with Elizabeth Davis at the Music Library to purchase a wide range of Cuban CDs  from local distributor Descarga.  The goal is an annual, ongoing purchase to help Cuban labels survive.

Our major project with Columbia remains Muslim World Music Day (MWMD) scheduled for April 12, 2011.  So far hundreds of universities, libraries, archives and individuals have signed on and in January we will make a big push to enlist thousands of participants.  The goals are to increase awareness of a wind range of wonderful music created with roots in the greater Islamic world, place data on all this music in a common database, freely distribute this living discography, and entertain and inform the general public about this important cultural heritage.  Modest, eh?  But it should be fun and lead to other “World Music Days” in the future, perhaps Cuba in 2012.

Thanks to our man in Amman, Kareem Talhouni for all his help.  Designing the MWMD database is Scott San Filippo.  Gracenote has provided funding and tech help, and the Internet ARChive will host the whole shebang online from San Francisco.

A San Fran connection seems to grow stronger and stronger from our POV.  (Remember when NYC was creative?  Interested?  Interesting?).  New partnerships are being forged, and we have hopes of a West Coast office.  Beside the great folks, food, Arhoolie Records/Down Home Music and redwood trails I also saw a very nice exhibit, “Somethin’s Happening Here – Bay Area Rock ‘n’ Roll 1963-73” at the Museum of Performance and Design, co-curated by ARC pal Alec Palao.  Alec graciously donated a copy of the book he put together for the show and 4 CD set chronicling the scene.  Read more about our Barbary Coastal adventures here.

With the trip to SF I violated the prime directive, “Never Go West.”   So it was easy visiting Cleveland’s Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame.  The highlight was the Springsteen exhibit, and seeing all the handbills, fliers and promo activities it took to get his early band, The Castiles, off the ground.  I also visited Andy Leach, the Director of the Rock’s Library and Archive, at their new 22,500-square-foot facility housed at Cuyahoga Community College, set to open in May 2011.  (Columbia!  Hello!!! 22,500 sq ft.  Funded by a community college!).  Then it was south to see the impressive   Music Library and Sound Recordings Archives at Bowling Green State University and meet with director Bill Schurk.

Closer to home I attended the International Association of Sound and Audiovisual Archives (IASA) conference in Philadelphia.  ARC presented a talk last year in Athens and this year we helped them a bit with publicity.  This confab brings together both the technical and physical sides of preservation, and as I always say, where else can you learn about the 600 recorded versions of “Waltzing Matilda” AND how to detect digital audio Interstitial errors?

Musing on occupying spaces in-between, there’s always Paris.  Over there we have a full time champion in Jean Claude Ast, an industry insider who is tramping the corporate and bureaucratic halls of every arrondissement in search of an ARC d’France outpost.

Even closer to home, and maybe even Paris, The Paris Review operates out of their offices a few doors away on White Street.  This summer new editor Lorin Stein wandered into one of our sales and the overwhelming experience inspired an essay on categorization, triggered by our evolving sorting-out of the alphabetized 45s in the basement, “Of C’s and D’s.” Despite our trolling through the “Fs” and “Gs” all they could muster this winter was a quick trip to buy some Christmas LPs to play in the office.  C’est la vie

The blog-o-sphere has become increasingly important to us this year and we made an effort to launch a new story every three days or so.  Hey, for us that’s a lot.  We always try and combine some facts with the fiction in our blogs, usually some far fetched observation coupled with a pile of great covers, reminiscences, news, history or discography based on our collection.  We also learned about Link baiting, a great new phrase for the latest phase of lowly practice.  You see, if you add “Lady Gaga” to a post (and we did, only when it made sense of course) it dramatically upped the number of hits.  Vacuous trumps vicarious every time.

Our blog on the lowly 45 insert, written by Dan Neely and slightly edited by B, was published in the Japanese edition of Wax Poetics in October.  Thanks to Masashi Funatsu and Ken Hidaka.  Study the image of each 45 insert carefully, and send along any you have that are impressively different.  We’re an archive you know, saving minutia so you don’t have to….

We also posted too many of our favorite Cha Cha Cha covers from our collection of over 300.  Worth a look.

And if you haven’t yet taken a peek, we set up a website of covers of pulp paperbacks with popular music references and themes.  It’s not everyday you see a book called, “The Man Who Killed Mick Jagger.”

Last year we began a focus on a few forms of music not well represented in American collections.  Brazilian music continues to be the major focus.  Helping us in this task are Beco Dranoff (film: Beyond Ipanema), Joel Olveira (runs the NY Brazilian record outlet, Tropicallia in Furs), David Byrne (collector, artist), Jerry Rappaport (ex record exec) and Allan Bastos (collector).  Beco and B will vist the big B in May to speak with sister institutions, scholars and collectors.  To date our Brazilian holdings number over 6,000 recordings and growing.

As always, through the generous support of Mr. Richards and the great folks over at Raindrop Services for over a decade now, the Keith Richards’ Blues Collection is one of our greatest assets.

But it’s the day to day donations by the hundreds of music lovers and record people who make us proudly burst at the seams.  Here the rundown on who-gave-what in 2010, beginning with the entertainment industry:

Thanks to Eric Courson, Candice Dorsey, Jennifer Ballantyne  and Sarah @ EMI (762 CDs), Jason Flom @ Virgin Records America (473 CD singles), Kevin Yatarola at Palm Entertainment (36 DVDs, 30 CDs), Keith Masio at Radical Records (33 CDs), Stephanie Bauman at Nonesuch Records (93 CDs), Steve Knutson @ Rough Trade (38 CDs, plus singles + LPs), Other Music (over 2100 CDs), Craig Kallman at Atlantic Records (35 CDs), Gabby Gibb at Sony BMG Legacy (76 DVDs), Mark Beaven and Andrew Kipnes at Advanced Alternative Media (over 3500 recordings), Adam Farber at Legacy (21 CDs, 10 DVDs), Ken Richardson over at Sound and Vision ( 29 DVDs, 106 CDs), Mark Fotiadas @ Mute (469 CDs), Steve Bartels at Island Def Jam (1428 CDs / 10 DVDs), Jon Hafter (2 big boxes including 192 CDs), Dan Storper, Jeremy Boyce and all the folks over at Putyamayo (50 CDs), the mercilessly, unjustly persecuted Limewire (301 CDs) thanks Tom!, Tina Pelikan and Helen Demoz at UMG (430 CDs), Jason Melker and T. Simpson (300 CDs), David and Yale at Luaka Bop (90 Cds),  Electric Cowbell Records (11 Cds) and the 25 CD reissues of Fela Kuti recordings thanks to Factory Records.

Lets not forget Nate Oberstein over at Eagle Rock Entertainment, who not only makes sure we get every new concert release DVD and CD, but makes sure we have plenty of ‘secular’ material for our sale (2135 DVDs + 153 CDs).

Our most important, and largest acquisition this year was donated by Michelle Gelber, lovingly collected by her late husband Eric Schmuckler.  This group contains over 10,000 LPs and 5,000 CDs, all in pristine condition.  Eric was a well known critic and writer for Mediaweek Magazine, and truly loved his music.  You can read a nice obit here.

Behold: the mighty Subaru Impreza canhold ten boxes of 125 LPs without sagging.

While we have yet to process the whole batch, and the donation is arriving incrementally, one happy discovery was a two foot-think run (50 recordings) of Beatles-esqs discs, sorta, kinda, maybe about and because of the Fab Four.  They will join our existing 2 running feet of bad Beatles wannabeats here at the library. There’s a complete discography at the end of our blog.  Pardon the quick out-of-the-box low res pics, but behold some of the singles…

Old pal and venerable collector AP Joseph continues to amaze us with his donation of LPs.  For years now AP has slowly been emptying his larder into ours – mostly rock, mostly mint and a little less mainstream than Eric’s.   A quick look reveals a pile of CRI releases, early Fast Folk – The Musical Magazine recordings plus print mag when they were called “the Coop” in the early ‘80s, and an unusual pair of Jorma Kaukonen acoustic recordings on Relix from the mid-eighties.  Thanks for the thousands AP!

The Teitelbaum family, formerly our neighbors at 54 White St were formally on the move, but before they left donated books, CDs and rooms full of household goods and electronics.  Moving digs continues to be a great impetus for donating materials.  Leida Snow, beyond the hundreds of CDs, LPs and books she donated, gave ARC an extraordinary run of Playbill Magazines.  As this was mostly theater material, we passed it along to Michael Feinstein, who will make it a part of the reference collection being set up by his Foundation.  

Ben Young up at Columbia University Radio’s WKCR, schlepped down three loads o’ goodies this year (1087 CDs, 29LPs).   From a-way upstate came a musty but great pile (787 LPs) from the barn of James Dybas.  Of note are the eleven LPs by Olga Guillot, Cuba’s “Reina del bolero” and the first Latin artist to play Carnegie Hall.

Annual, perennial and millennial serial donors include; Nancy Breslow, Peter Kapp (208 CDs, 179 LPs),  Bruce Alexander, Sara Lazin books (97 books), Andy Cohen (32 CDs), Cory Robbins, B-Bop (375 LPs), Tom Gould of the Bossa Nova Beatniks, Marcos Sueiro Bal, Dan Morgenstern over at the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers, Billy Adler, the mysterious Herb Jue, Lily Gim, Andy Schwartz (who lucky for us was moving this year and brought in a steady stream of wonderful books, magazines and recordings), Fred Shapiro (1228 CDs, 96 DVDs), E.J. Vaughn, Janice Everett, our very own Fred Patterson, Kevin Lanagan (sheetmusic), Ray Farrell (18 books), Marsha Elliott (69 CDs, 11 books), Anne Leighton (hundred of mags + press kits), Tom Burgess (odd + mysterious LPs + audio playback rarities), Eric Zim, Ida S. Langsam at ISL Public Relations (330 CDs), Brian Gerosa at Gerosa Records in CT (390 CDs), Marc Mueller (11CDs/11DVDs + books), Robert Singerman (462 CDs, 211 LPs, 200 CS, plus…), Jim Leavitt and Anita Contini,  DJ Ray Velasquez (83 CD singles), Andre and the good folks at Wax Poetics (64 magazines + 349 CDs), Jeff Friedman @ Let There Be Neon (1560 LPs), Michael Overn (43 videos), Kenny Margolis, Dave Withers (25 LPs and assorted singles), Kate + Emma + Bobby Haber at CMJ (1080 CDs) and Gene Gritzen (80 Lazer discs) and old pal of Freddie’s from Paris, Philippe Mogane who dropped of some of his Siamese Dogs Releases.

The ARC is near the city’s courts and government offices and a few guards and civil servants are vinyl maniacs.  One long time shopper, Mark who works at the EPA, dropped off this 45 (Perry Como, “Christmas Joy,”  RCA) with a shaped sleeve for our Holiday pleasure.  Curiously, the manufacturer’s number is EPA 497…

Some donation just make us smile. Daily News critic David Hinckley has regularly donated a carload of press kits, books and recordings, twice a year, for some 12 years now.  This year was no exception, the donation of hundreds of CDs only lessened by the fact that the industry sends out so few promo copies these days.  Our favorite treat from his bag of goodies was this Rhino DVD release chronicling the hits of teen sensation Pat Boone, the packaging successfully linking white pop, white pap, white bucks and white bread.

Newbie’s who made donations for the first time include: Jim Oblique (17 CDs / 4 LPs), Alison Masick (408 seven-inch singles), Adam Levine, Judy Kleinberg ( 50 great folk LPs!), Jerry Krasner (254 LPs / 29 singles / 8 seventy eights), Richard Beeson ( 80 LPs / 91 singles / 150 lazerdiscs, plus…), Mark Reich (182 mostly jazz LPs), Oliver Nassimi, Kemper Hyers (62 LPs and 6 boxes of housewares for our sale), Richard Dorfman (214 LPs / 58 seventy eights, plus mags + posters), Ed Katkin (67 LPs), Brian Edwards (who sent his book on rap from Dubai!), Patricia Russell (127 LPs), The Audio Preservation Fund in TX (8 Korean releases of classic 60s LPs), John Kioussis over at the Rocket Scientist store (883 CDs, 123 LPs, 24 DVDs) and Trevor Schoonmaker from the Nasher Museum @ Duke University, who sent along his book on his exhibition, “The Record: Contemporary Art and Vinyl.”

Two of our Boardmembers continue to make mighty fine vinyl contributions above and beyond their monetary support – Nile Rogers, with the help of Sooze over at Nile Rodgers Entertainment + Sumptin Distribution, gave 90 CDS, while Fred Schneider sent some signed B-52 LPs along with his regular assortment of hundreds of vintage, peculiar and rare discs.  Michael Feinstein also sent along a few nice things.

Rounding out our donor list is Dean Taucher has used his clout over at CBS TV to ambush stars visiting various sets and get them to sign records for the ARC.  This year it was a babe triumvirate of signed LPs by Ann Margaret, Sharon Stone and Isabelle Huppert.  As Jerry Lewis usta say, “Thanks Dean.” (he got one signed by Jerry for us last year).

There were countless donations by many others of 1 to 20 items. I’m sure we overlooked some supporters, so please let us know if we did.  The goal is to give everyone a receipt.  All in all approximately. 80,000 new recordings were added to the collection this year.

Lastly our Man of the Year in 2010 is Peter Wright at Virtual Label LLC.  Peter is a long-time supporter of the ARC’s mission who has helped us often, in innumerable ways, over many years.  But this year he even outdid himself, by donating over 600 great CDs, purchasing a corporate membership and purposely overpaying for a cache of rare vinyl at our Winter sale.  Thanks Peter.

Michael Feinstein joined our prestigious Board of Advisors in 2010.   Michael is a champion of the American Songbook, a singer, pianist, musical historian and longtime archivist for Ira Gershwin.  It’s been great fun having him down here for visits and going through recordings, hearing first hand stories about many of the artists.  Michael’s passion for preservation has led him to building an institution in the mid-west to preserve American popular music.  We’ve been helping in this great effort and arranged the donation of     playbills.

The good news is that no one on our Boards died this year.  Sadly a great many old friends did pass on, like long time supporter Jerry Bock. (Jerrold Lewis Bock, 11/ 23/1928 – 11/3/2010).  Back in 1999 Jerry donated his personal collection of over 9,000 Broadway and original cast albums.  Another friend sorely missed is Charlie Gillet (2/20/1942 – 3/17/2010).  I first met Charlie in the 80s, when I fell in love with some of the wonderful recordings he compiled for his Oval Records label in the UK.  His 1970 book, “Sound of the City,” remains an important work.  Over the years I did a few quests stints on his show for Capitol Radio, and recently was a regular listener to his online BBC shows on World Music.

Then there’s Solomon Burke, Ari Up of the Slits, Malcolm McLaren, Dave Noland, Arrow… so many.  We’ll do a full write up for the blog in January on musicians and music lovers who are no longer with us.

Very much alive Fred Patterson continues to garden the ARChive’s collection, planting (making sure that every new recording that enters the ARC is catalogued properly) and pruning (compared to the existing collection for variations). Juan Amaya was part-time staff this year. Keith Streng of the Fleshtones continues to be our go-to guy when we need a major pick-up.

Another constant is the great people who donate time, materials and services to help make our sales a success. Once again Mike Nabors of Bonnie’s Grill in Brooklyn offered beer, hot wings, and this last sale sliders for our Holiday party.  Likewise Emanuelle Chiche, and the good folks @ Bubble Lounge, provided wine and champagne.  Some very fine wines for major ARC donors were sent down by Robert Vizet (that’s B-Bop to you) and Royal Wine Merchants in Lower Manhattan.

Volunteers are the mysteriously generous lot who keep this place humming : Tim Broun, Henry Beer, Patrice George, Jon Hammer, Jessica Thompson, Tom Watkiss, and Joe Flynn. Henry Moskowitz, who was once on a tour group from Carleton College a while back, also lent a helping hand.

Less mysterious, but just as essential are our interns: Arianna Avena, Allison Johnelle Boron, Shelia Byers, Catie Ginsburg, Carolyne Klein and Phillip Meyer.   There were two formal intern programs contributing their efforts to help catalog and work on projects at the ARC in 2010 : Alternative Spring Break via the University of Michigan and Columbia Universities Center for Career Education.  Thanks to Kelly A. Kowatch, Assistant Director, U of M School of Information, Career Development Office for sending along Rob Hoffman, Steve Cherry, Jessica Leigh Hanes and Katherine Jo, Associate Director, Experiential Education and Student Enterprises, Center for Career Education, Columbia and the Arts Initiative who sponsored Annie Minoff, Amar Teredesai and Elizabeth Angell.

The clean-out crew this year- the great folks who buy everything that’s left after our sale – include vendors Gene and Steve Gritzan, Fred Shapiro, Jamal from Village Music World and Allan, our latest and greatest buyer from Brazil.

Blasts from the past who visited this year included Annie Davey, an intern from 1997.  She’s got a band, Lark, and presents art and music shows in the UK.  Former archivist Jon Hafter once again made his annual visit from CA where he runs a film licensing concern, Big Sounds International.  First time in a long time we were happy to see one of our earliest archivists, Sara Prown.  Sara worked at our original location on Chambers St. in 1986, and went on to became a real librarian at Yale.

Look for an influx of bright young interns from Bennington, Pratt and Columbia in 2011. Big thanks to all.

Scans of labels and covers art continue to be the ARC’s most requested work.  There were fewer major research projects in 2010 – no gigantic jobs like last year’s two thousand scans for the Grammy Hall of Fame.  We pretty sure it’s the recession and dwindling need for quality imagery, or the truth, and not our services.  There were the many, everyday scans and audio research projects for the industry, and some interesting ones like for Emergency Records, Sample Clearance (locating Mr. Leon Sylvers III), scans of a rare 10” Slayer LP for Sony, locating LPs for Oprah Magazine (including one by Peggy Lipton), a rush on a high rez scan of Abbey Road for Bloomberg News and locating Mickey Newbury’s “Looks Like Rain” for Jessica over at the Magic Shop.

We hosted a few academic events and workshops in our White street space this year.  In February there was a talk on the Jazz Loft Project by Sam Stephenson from Duke University, revolving around the work of W. Eugene Smith, in conjunction with the publication of Sam’s book and a NY gallery show.  Also speaking was Christopher Lacinak of AudioVisual Preservation Solutions.   It was organized by Dave Noland, one of the great folks we lost this year.

Our space hosted two Scandinavian fiddle related events this year, a NY Spelmanslag rehearsal and a fiddle workshop by Ellik Frissel who taught a class in Swedish tunes from Dalarna.  ARC is a great empty space when the sale is not in progress and we are looking to offer it to others a great deal more in 2011.

ARC was the subject of one short film by Goldmine Magazine and filmmaker Michael Cumella who have been documenting great collections.   We are also featured in an Italian documentary on collecting and crate-digging by Paolo Campana titled, Vynlemania.  As usual, both the BBC (Radio 4) and MTV did a shoot or two here this year, using our lovely space as a backdrop.

Apple stock may be rising, but not in our book.  This year we had many a new item bite the dust before it’s due date, like an iMac, and a big screen monitor.  Not to mention the logic board on our main computer dying in early December, right before our sale.  On the good side are the good forks at Tekserve and Andrea Suarez who donated a shinny used 17” PowerBook.

One sinister preoccupation this year was dealing with the NY State.  For some reason Workman’s Compensation equated the work we do here at the ARC  – cataloging recordings and filing papers – with operating heavy machinery, harvesting cotton, or maybe shipbuilding (as in the Robert Wyatt cover above) and imposed a $177,000 fine!  It took six months and valiant efforts by Boardmember Alan Bernstein, and the offices of State Assemblyperson Deborah J. Glick and State Senator Daniel L. Squadron to straighten things out.  This from a State that admits to spending $277,000 annually on housing one juvenile offender in upstate facilities!

Upcoming projects in the coming year include loans to the MOMA for the Looking at Music series curated by Barbara London, of course the Muslim World Music Day in April and we have a proposal in with The Library of Congress to create a digital librarian project, “Born2Lose.”

Honest, I promise to follow up with some IDEAS about what happened and things that piqued our curiosity (Benford’s Law, Ghengis Khan, Diderot’s creation of the Creative Commons) in 2010.  But for now all the facts, above, are quite enough to muddle through and get out in a timely manner.  Everyone who sent materials or a monetary contribution should expect to get a notice by e- or ordinary mail by the end of January.

Again, You can make a donation these days through Paypal or via the ARC website, <>.   If you can help out with materials or make your donation, please let us know.

Lastly, no, I mean it, we have to thank the Jaharis Family Foundation for their generous support of many years.

We can’t thank you enough.

Keep in touch.
B. George, Director

The ARChive of Contemporary Music

ARC is a not-for-profit archive, music library and research center located in New York City. The ARChive collects preserves and provides information on the popular music of all cultures throughout the world. Since 1985 our holdings have grown to two million sound recordings, making the ARChive the largest popular music collection in the World.

Members of the Board of Advisors are: David Bowie, Jellybean Benitez, Jonathan Demme, Ellie Greenwich, Jerry Leiber, Youssou N’Dour, Lou Reed, Keith Richards, Nile Rodgers, Todd Rundgren, Fred Schneider, Martin Scorsese, Paul Simon, Mike Stoller and Jerry Wexler

We are located at : 54 White Street, Tribeca, New York City, 10013
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Sale Continues

13 12 2010

The sale is still going strong, but bad weather and the bad economy, are not our friends.   But YOU can befriend us anytime by coming down and shopping at our Holiday Record + CD Sale!   NOW through Dec 19, everyday 11-6pm.

Just arrived – new for this year – Live at the Barbican Theatre 2006 by Os Mutantes – CD donated by Luaka Bop – David Byrne’s labelHelp support the ARChive – a not-for-profit music library – America’s largest and BEST popular music collection.

YOU could also donate recordings and materials to the collection – we take any music or music related materials – LPs, CDs, books, posters, etc.

We’re still hugging the ground floor @ 54 White St. 3 short blocks south of Canal, between Broadway & Church in Tribeca. Take the 1 train to Franklin, or any train to Canal.

CDs are NEW donations from record companies, NOT used, returns or defects! Mostly pop and rock recordings. Collectible LPs are priced below book value. Hundreds of CDs are priced at $1 to $5 each. Cassettes + Classical LPs – 2 for $1.00 Just released NEW & HOT CDs are $5 – $10.

PLUS – 7″ singles. The endless job of alphabetically sorting the singles continues in the basement, and it looks like third copies of the letters “E” “F” and “G” will be on SALE. many desirable and hard to find – PLUS Old + new music books, books of all kinds actually – sealed/unopened LPs – African, Reggae & world-music releases – videos. Sorry to say the laserdiscs are all gone! – 60s psychedelic posters

THIS YEAR $5 specials – Sony Yule log DVDs, just released by Johnny Cash, Mariah Carey and Kenny Chesney; Nearly all Resident CDs, on Mute records (more than 1/2 the price of downloading); Return To Forever DVDs, live @ Montreux (cheapest on Amazon = $9.91)

One of our neighbors moved – and they were food stylists, so TONS of high end and junky kitchenware was donated to the Astroturf Yardsale of 50s kitchen stuff and clothing!!!

Tell Your friends = face, tweet, link + blog us.


You can now join the ARC online – members attend two parties here every year at the ARC and get first choice for all items at our sales.

… or call for details – 212-226-6967


Holiday Record + CD Sale

15 11 2010

It’s hot, no, it’s cold, yes it’s the
ARC Holiday Record & CD sale!

Saturday, Dec 11 – Sunday, Dec 19
Everyday 11 am. to 6 pm

Admission is free! New items daily.      Over 20,000 items for sale

Join the ARC and other ARC members for our fab COCKTAIL PARTY, Thursday, Dec 9. Not only can you shop early, but this year Mike from Bonnie’s Grill in Brooklyn will be hand-grilling sliders, Kenny the singing bus driver promises a ‘special’ drink, and once again there will be champagne donated by the lovely folks at the Bubble Lounge.

You can now join online…

… or call for details – 212-226-6967

Help support the ARChive – a not-for-profit music library – America’s largest and BEST popular music collection.

YOU could also donate recordings and materials to the collection – we take any music or music related materials – LPs, CDs, books, posters, etc.

We’re still hugging the ground floor @ 54 White St. 3 short blocks south of Canal, between Broadway & Church in Tribeca. Take the 1 train to Franklin, or any train to Canal.

CDs are NEW donations from record companies, NOT used, returns or defects! Mostly pop and rock recordings. Collectible LPs are priced below book value. Hundreds of CDs are priced at $1 to $5 each. Cassettes + Classical LPs – 2 for $1.00 Just released NEW & HOT CDs are $5 – $10.

PLUS – 7″ singles. The endless job of alphabetically sorting the singles continues in the basement, and it looks like third copies of the letters “E” “F” and “G” will be on SALE. many desirable and hard to find – PLUS Old + new music books, books of all kinds actually – sealed/unopened LPs – African, Reggae & world-music releases – videos. Sorry to say the laserdiscs are all gone! – 60s psychedelic posters

THIS YEAR $5 specials – Sony Yule log DVDs, just released by Johnny Cash, Mariah Carey and Kenny Chesney; Nearly all Resident CDs, on Mute records (more than 1/2 the price of downloading); Return To Forever DVDs, live @ Montreux (cheapest on Amazon = $9.91)

One of our neighbors moved – and they were food stylists, so TONS of high end and junky kitchenware was donated to the Astroturf Yardsale of 50s kitchen stuff and clothing!!!

Tell Your friends = face, tweet, link + blog us.

… and a big thanks to Eric Zim who created the ARCee guy.  And support these folks!

trickle-down donations

10 08 2010

Just back from Ohio, ARC picked up portions of two recent donations that have been, and will be, given piecemeal, over the past and future years.  And what meals they are!   The first was the first donation of approx. 1,200 LPs, part of a larger collection over 15,000 recordings that were lovingly collected by Eric J. Schmuckler, and will all be coming to the ARC.  This generous gift was from his wife, Michelle Gelber.  Eric was a well known critic and writer for Mediaweek Magazine, and truly loved his music.

You can read a nice obit @

While we have yet to process the whole batch, one lovely discovery was a two foot-think run (50 recordings) of Beatles-esqs, discs sorta, kinda, maybe about and because of the Fab Four.  This is meat and potatoes kinda stuff – the odds and ends that make our mouth water.  They will join our existing 2 running feet of bad Beatle wannabeats. There’s a complete discography at the end of this blog.  Pardon the quick out-of-the-box low res pics, but behold…

And some singles…

Our second pick-up (course) of the day came from old pal and collector AP Joseph.  For years now AP has slowly been emptying his larder into ours, this his fourth donation in recent years, also about 1200 LPs.   APs donations are always rock solid, a little less pristine sleeves with mint interiors and a little less mainstream than Eric’s.   A quick look reveals a pile of CRI releases, early Fast Folk – The Musical Magazine recordings plus print mag when they were called “the Coop” in the early ‘80s, and an unusual pair of Jorma Kaukonen acoustic recordings on Relix from the mid-eighties.  Here’s a few others that caught or eye/ear :

Lastly, the folks @ WKCR, a-way up in Harlem, dropped off over 300 CD and two 45s.  Thanks to Ben Young who keeps coming back with great stuff, year after year.

We would like to also thank that stalwart friend of ARCs, the 2010 Subaru Impreza, which is zippy AND can hold 12 one hundred twenty five count boxes of LPs, without even trying, or more importantly, sagging.

And we ain’t too proud to beg : Do send a donation to help with all this madness – it’s expensive AND the recession is officially over… and do let us know if you have recordings to donate!

The list of Eric’s Beatles obscurata :

• Abbey Road ’78.   Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band — Music from the movie  (Springboard, SPB-4111, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1978).   cheap cash-in of Sgt. Pepper film.

• Barock and Roll Ensemble / Valkyrie and the Rhine Maidens.   Ein Kleine Beatle Musik  (His Master’s Voice, UK, 7EG 8887, 7″, 45, EP, 1965).  First three tracks incorporate elements of the Beatles songs “She Love You,” “I’ll Get You,” “A Hard Day’s Night,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” “Please Please Me” and “All My Loving.”

• John Bayless.   Bach Meets the Beatles: Variations in the Style of Bach  (Pro Arte Digital, PAD-211, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1984).

• The Bearcuts.   Beatlemania!  (Somerset, SF-20800, 12″, 33.3, LP, ). cheesy Beatles exploitation. M-; 1 VG+

• Beats.   The Merseyside Sound  (Design, DLP 170, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).   Possibly, the artist is THE MERSEYSIDE SOUND and the title is BEATS.  it is unclear on cover and label.  Shameless Beatles exploitation record.  Cover has a copyright date of 1962, but the two Beatle songs covered here were first released in 1964! M-; VG

• Ewa Bem.   Ewa Bem Loves the Beatles  (Polskie Nagrania, SX 2193, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1984). Who knew they were Polish!

• The Big Ben Banjo Band.   Happy Banjos Play The Beatles  (Capitol, ST 2642, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.). Medleys of Beatles songs performed on banjos.

• The Blue Beats.   The Beatle Beat  (AA, AA-133, 12″, 33.3, LP, N.D.).   Shameless Beatles exploitation album. Features NO Beatles songs!!!   1 VG+

• Ambrose Brazelton.   And the BEATles Go on and on: Hits of the Beatles  (Kimbo Educational Records & Educational Activities, LP 8080, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).  Educational record with Beatles songs used to illustrate rhythm, locomotor movements and balance.  Ambros Brazelton is the narrator.  No mention to who performs the songs.  Side one has narration and songs.  Side two is music only.

• The Brothers Four.   A Beatles Songbook : The Brothers Four Sing Lennon / McCartney  (Columbia, CS 9302, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).  STEREO.

• The Buggs.   The Beetle Beat  (Coronet, CX-212, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).    Shameless Beatles exploitation record.  VG

• Lee Castle & the Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra.   The Big Band Beatles Bag!  (Pickwick/33, SPC 3174, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Leo Chauliac Orchestra.   The Best of The Beatles  (Concert Hall, UK, SVSC 2571, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1968).

• The Chipmunks.   The Chipmunks Sing The Beatles Hits  (Liberty, UK, NUTM 31, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).  Eighties UK reissue.  Cut corner.

• Wynken, Blinken and Nod and the Golden Rock-A-Twisters / Milton DeLugg and Orchestra.   Dance and Sing Mother Goose With a Beatle Beat  (Golden, LP 127, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1964). Nursery rhymes played as if Beatles songs.

• The Entertainers.   A Tribute to the Beatles  (Citation, CSR-1005, 12″, 33.3, LP, ). shameless Beatles exploitation album.
• European Show Orchestra.   The Masterworks of The Beatles  (EMS, Australia, EMS 4001, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• The Current Event.   Hits of the Beatles  (Ambassador, S98095, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).   Shameless Beatles exploitation album.

• Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops.   Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Play The Beatles  (RCA Red Seal, LSC-3117, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1969).  Filed under BEATLES RELATED.  NO DOG ON LABEL.  Last two tracks are not Beatles songs. VG+

• The Ginks.   A Tribute to the Beatles  (Summit, UK, ATL 4176, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1965).  shameless Beatles exploitation album.

• François Glorieux.   François Glorieux Plays the Beatles  (Vanguard, VSD-79417, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1978). Beatles songs played as if classical pieces.

• François Glorieux.   François Glorieux Plays the Beatles Vol. 2  (Vanguard, VSD-79428, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1979). Beatles songs played as if classical pieces.

• Ofra Harnoy / The Armin Electric Strings.   The Beatles Connection  (Fanfare, Canada, DFC-9016, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1985).    Cut corner, sticker on cover.

• The Ted Heath Orchestra.   Beatles Bach & Bacharack  (London Phase 4, SP 44148, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• The Hiltonaires.   Dance to Beatles Hits in the Glenn Miller Sound  (Stereo Gold Award, Canada, GA-36, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• The Hollyridge Strings.   The Beatles Song Book Vol 2  (Capitol, T 2202, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).   MONO.  1 VG- w/ taped up cover, sticker on cover and label; 1 VG+

• Hommage Aux Beatles.   Hommage Aux Beatles  (Revelation, Canada, KF 154, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Lester Lanin And His Go-Go Getters.   40 Beatles Hits  (Philips, PHM 200-211, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.). WHITE LABEL PROMO

• James Last.   The Greatest Songs of The Beatles  (Polydor, UK, POLD 5119, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1983).

• Enoch Light and His Orchestra.   Beatles Classics  (Project 3, PR 5084, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.). QUAD!!

• The Liverpools.   Beatle Mania in the U.S.A.  (Wyncote, W 9001, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).   Shameless Beatles exploitation album.  1 VG+

• Johnny Mann Singers.   Beatle Ballads  (Liberty, LST 7391, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).   STEREO  M- w/ taped cover.

• The Mustang.   Mustang Plays The Beatles Song Book on Swingin’ Hammond Organ, The  (Stereo-Fidelity, SF-23000, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.). VG w/tape and sticker on cover.

• 101 Strings.   A Tribute to John Lennon  (Alshire, S-5380, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1980). shameless Beatles exploitation album.
• Orchestral Ensemble.   In Tribute to Brian Epstein  (World Record Club, Australia, S/T 4415, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Rostal & Schaefer / Ron Goodwin.   The Beatles Concerto  (MMG, MMG 1121, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1979).   Peter Rostal and Paul Schaefer play piano duets.  The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra under the direction of Ron Goodwin.  M- w/ sticker on label.

• The Rubber Band.   Beatles Song Book  (GRT, 10015, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).  An anonymous band performs Beatle songs.

• Russ Sainty with the Johnny Arthey Sound.   Million Copy Sellers Made Famous by the Beatles  (Boulevard, UK, 4064, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1971).   Shameless Beatles exploitation album.  VG+

• Broadway Cast.   Beatlemania  (Arista, AL 8501, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1978).  One copy  White label promo.  Recorded live at the Winter Garden.  “Not The Beatles.  An incredilbe simulation.”  Right.  Both cut corner.

• original cast recording.   John Paul George Ringo…& Bert  (RSO, UK, 2394 141 SUPER, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1974).   Musical involves The Beatles and their music.

• The Sydney Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Lanchbery.   The Fool on the Hill : Music Based on Themes by The Beatles  (His Master’s Voice, Australia, OASD.7589, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1976). Ballet based on Beatles songs.  Sticker on cover.

• Tribe.   Tribe Sing the Creative Genius of George Harrison, John Lennon & Paul McCartney  (Pickwick/33, SPC-3265, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Various Artists.   Beatlesongs!  (A Collection Of Beatles Novelties) Vol. 1  (Rhino Records, RNLP 803, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1982).     Cover art by William Stout.

• Various Artists.   The Original Liverpool Beat!  (20th Century Fox, TFM 3144, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).    Shameless Beatles exploitation record.”PROMO on label.  VG+

• Various Artists.   I Hate the Beatles Even More Vol. 2  (Rape Records Limited, LP 002, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.). Collection of Beatles novelty records.

• Various Artists.   Artfully Beatles Volume 1: The 25th Anniversary Salute to the Beatles  (Artful Ballance, ABI-7210, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1986).

• Arthur Wilkinson and His Orchestra.   Beatle Cracker Suite  (His Master’s Voice, UK, 7EG 8919, 7″, 45, EP, 1965).  Beatles songs arranged ala Nutcracker Suite.

• Arthur Wilkinson and His Orchestra / Zack Laurence.   The Beatle Concerto  (His Master’s Voice, UK, 7EG 8968, 7″, 45, EP, 1965).  Beatles songs arranged ala classical compositions.

• Woofers and Tweeters Ensemble.   Beatle Barkers  (Passport Records, PB 6032, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).   Dogs bark out Beatle songs.  Corner cut. We once found a copy of this for Matt Groening!

• The Leon Young String Chorale.   Liverpool Sound for Strings  (Atco, 33-163, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1964).  MONO. shameless Beatles exploitation album.

Here’s the info on APs recordings we photographed and spoke about:

• Monty Alexander.   Spunky  (Pacific Jazz, USA, ST 20094, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Chris Connor.   Chris Connor  (Atlantic, USA, 1228, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Martha Davis.   Martha Davis and Spouse  (ABC-Paramount, USA, ABC 160, 12″, 33.3, LP, ).  Spouse = bassist Calvin Ponder.

• Jorma Kaukonen.   Magic  (Relix, USA, RRLP 2007, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1985).

• Jorma Kaukonen.   Too Hot To Handle  (Relix, USA, RRLP 2012, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1985).

• Imitation Life.   Ice Cubes and Sugar  (Veebltronics, USA, Veebl 50, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1986). OK New Wave trio of New Jersey-ites, this originally released on France’s New Rose label. Promo release.

• Mickey Katz and ‘Der Ganser Gang”.   Sing-Along With Mickele  (Capitol, USA, T 1744, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).  In honor of the recently departed Mitch Miller.

• Lisa Kindred.   I Like It This Way!  (Vanguard, USA, VRS 9196, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1965).  mono. Check out her relationship with the Lyman Family!!!

• The Pipkins.   Gimme Dat Ding!  (Capitol, USA, ST 80483, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).

• Wanda Robinson .   Black Ivory  (Perception, USA, PLP 18, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1971).  Odd little packaging with booklet making up the front cover.

The State Radio Orchestra of the U.S.S.R. (Scriabin).   The Divine Poem  (Classic Editions, USA, CE 4, 12″, 33.3, LP, n.d.).  We do not collect Classical music, but who can resist nipples!

• Various Artists. The Coop – fast folk music magazine September ’82  (The Coop, USA, SE 108, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1982).  genetic cover with sticker and magazine insert.

• Various Artists.   The Coop – fast folk music magazine August ’82  (The Coop, USA, SE 107, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1982).  genetic cover with magazine insert.

• Various Artists.  The Coop – fast folk music magazine April ’83, Vol 2. #3  (The Coop, USA, SE 203, 12″, 33.3, LP, 1983).  with magazine insert.

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