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Celebrating 50 Years 🎸 Unveiling A Dozen Legendary LIVE Albums from 1974 

by Geo Thelen  
  Join us as we celebrate the varied tapestry of live music from 1974, a pivotal year that birthed iconic performances captured for historical posterity. From Marvin Gaye's soulful serenades in Oak-town to the electrifying energy of Santana in Japan, these live albums have stood the test of time and are a must have for any record collection.

Marvin Gaye LIVE! Recorded at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, this Tamla label release on June 19th, 1974, delivers 43:41 minutes of soulful bliss and proving Gaye still had his riveting live game. Garnering a Grammy nomination, it soared to #1 on the R&B Album chart, marking a milestone in Marvin Gaye's illustrious career.

Santana - Lotus LIVE in Japan Immerse yourself in over two hours of electrifying Santana performances, captured during their tour in Osaka, Japan, on July 3rd & 4th, 1973. Originally exclusive to Japan, this triple LP (yes 3!) showcases Santana featuring Jazz vocalist Leon Thomas, and Woodstock veterans drummer Michael Shrieve and company at their peak.

Bob Dylan and The Band - Before the Flood This live masterpiece, recorded mostly in Los Angeles during January and February 1974, stands as Dylan's inaugural live album. Peaking at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart, its platinum certification cements its status as a quintessential 1974 release, and a teaser for what would come later with the release of “The Last Waltz.”  

Rory Gallagher - Irish Tour ’74 Rory Gallagher's guitar prowess shines in this double LP, capturing the essence of his Northern Ireland tour from January 1974. Recorded amidst political turmoil, it's a testament to Gallagher's raw talent, musical resilience, and love of country. The innovative (LMS) mobile recording unit used to capture this performance was later used by numerous artists including Eric Clapton, The Who, and Led Zeppelin.

Velvet Underground - 1969: The Velvet Underground Live Despite being recorded in 1969, this Mercury label gem wasn't unveiled until September 1974. Featuring fan-recorded tracks from a Dallas show and house 4-track recordings from the Matrix in San Francisco, it's a must-have for Velvet Underground / Lou Reed aficionados.  

David Bowie - David Live Recorded during the Diamond Dogs American tour, this album at Tower Theater, Pennsylvania, documents Bowie's evolution from Ziggy Stardust to soulful pop. The album hit #2 in Bowie’s native England and #8 on Billboard’s Top LP’s & Tapes. A commercial success, it is noted as a pivotal moment in Bowie's iconic career.

Ella Fitzgerald - Ella in London Recorded at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, this live album showcases Fitzgerald's elegance amidst London's vibrant jazz scene. A testament to her enduring legacy, it stands as her sole live recording in England. Established in 1959, Scott’s Jazz Club was the location of Jimi Hendrix’s last public performance in 1970 and is considered one of the most influential Jazz clubs in British history.

Elvis Presley - Elvis Recorded Live on Stage in Memphis Returning to his hometown of Memphis, Tennessee, Presley delivers a stellar performance at the Mid-South Coliseum. The album hit #2 on Billboard’s Country Album charts and the single “How Great Thou Art” would give Presley his third and final Grammy award. With 15 soul-stirring tracks including a melody of his early hits, it's a poignant reminder of Presley's lasting impact on music.

Van Morrison - It’s Too Late to Stop Now A historical blend of Morrison originals and inspirations, this double LP captures the essence of his performances across iconic venues. The double-LP is made up of performances recorded at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, and the Rainbow in London, England during the summer of 1973. Released by Warner Brothers Records in February of 1974, it's on the short list of best live albums of all time.

Billy Preston - Live European Tour Documenting Preston's European tour with the Rolling Stones, this album features Mick Taylor on guitar and a repertoire heavy on Lennon/McCartney compositions. The original album release was limited to Europe and Japan and is Preston’s only live album making it a rare gem for music enthusiasts.

Electric Light Orchestra - The Night the Light Went On in Long Beach Limited to Germany and Australia, this live recording captures ELO's unique sound amidst a marred performance in Long Beach, California. It is the only live recording of ELO during their 1970’s existence considered a historical piece of audio for fans of the iconic band.  

Harry Belafonte - Belafonte Concert in Japan Harry Belafonte's farewell to RCA Records after 21 years, this live recording from Tokyo, Japan, captures his timeless classics with full vocal backing. A captivating 14-song set that epitomizes Belafonte’s uniquely unmatched talent, Belafonte Concert in Japan is more than worthy of any record collection.

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David Bowie's Unearthed Gems: Exclusive Record Day Release Ziggy Stardust-Era LP  

Discover rare Ziggy-era recordings and unreleased gems on the limited Waiting In The Sky album, hitting indie record stores worldwide on April 20, 2024.

by Geo Thelen

  The estate of David Bowie and Parlophone Records have unveiled the track list for the eagerly anticipated limited edition Ziggy Stardust-era LP, set to be exclusively available for Record Store Day 2024. The eleven-song album, titled Waiting In The Sky (Before the Starman Came to Earth), is scheduled to drop at independent record stores globally on April 20, 2024.
  Waiting In The Sky (Before The Starman Came To Earth) is a meticulously compiled album featuring 1971 Ziggy-era recordings, capturing a snapshot of Bowie's creative process two months before the iconic "Starman" was recorded at Trident Studios in London, England. Parlophone Records describes the track listing as "provisional" for the album that eventually became The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. Notably, it includes four tracks not present on the original 1972 release.
   On side two of Waiting In The Sky, fans can expect to find "Holy Holy" and the beloved "Velvet Goldmine," along with two songs previously unreleased on LP, including a cover of Chuck Berry's "Round and Round."
Record Store Day, conceived in 2007, has grown to encompass 1400 independently-owned record stores in the US and thousands more internationally, celebrating the love for vinyl and independent music. Don't miss your chance to dive into the hidden treasures of Bowie's Ziggy Stardust era on this exclusive Record Store Day release.

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#DavidBowie #Parlophone #ParlophoneRecords #RecordCollection #Records #Vinyl
#ZiggyStardust #WaitingInTheSky #BeforeTheStarman #420 #NewMusic #LP #Starman
#ChuckBerry #Bowie 

🍸 Unwind with Vintage Vegas Vinyl | 5 Essential 1960s LIVE From Las Vegas! Albums 

🥃 Grab a Scotch and step back into the heyday of Vegas lounge shows with these must-have live albums from the swinging '60s.

    In the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas during the 1960s, the live music scene thrived, capturing the essence and variety of the era's entertainment. While most of the classic bustling casinos and iconic showrooms may be a distant memory, these live albums transport listeners back with an authentic audio documentation of the golden age of Vegas club shows. So grab a Scotch and drop your needle on this short list of essential live albums for your record collection.  

Sinatra at the Sands With Count Basie & The Orchestra (Reprise, 1966)
   Experience the quintessential 1960s Vegas scene on this timeless recording from the original Copa Room at the Sands Hotel featuring Frank Sinatra, with Count Basie & The Orchestra -conducted and arranged by a young Quincy Jones. From classic standards to captivating banter, this album encapsulates the allure of the Vegas showroom at the height of the 1960s lounge scene. The double-LP features seventy-six minutes of music and monologue captured from shows in January & February of 1966 and released on Reprise Records later that same year.

Jackpot! Dave Brubeck (Columbia, 1968)
   Dive into the captivating sounds of the classic Dave Brubeck Quartet lineup as they deliver a mesmerizing live performance at the Flamingo Room in the iconic Tropicana Hotel during the summer of 1966. Since its inception in 1957, the Tropicana has been a hub for renowned national artists, setting the stage for numerous live recordings, including Brubeck's acclaimed 1968 release on Columbia Records, Jackpot! Featuring standout tracks like "Ace in the Hole" and "Win a Few, Lose a Few," this album seamlessly infuses jazz into the spirit of 1960s Las Vegas. The ambiance of the room, resonating with the sounds of the crowd and nearby slot machines, adds an extra layer of authenticity to the album's vibe.

Nat King Cole At the Sands (Capitol, 1960)
   Step into the suave atmosphere of late 1950s and early 1960s Las Vegas as Nat King Cole delivers a captivating live performance recorded at the Sands Hotel on January 14, 1960. With his dulcet yet dynamic vocals, Cole adds a layer of refinement to the Vegas lounge ambiance in his sole commercially released live album. Surprisingly, eight out of the twelve tracks were previously unrecorded by Cole, making this album a rare treasure for fans. Originally slated for release by Capitol Records, the album didn't see the light of day until 1966, nearly a year following Cole's untimely passing from lung cancer at the age of 46.

Tom Jones Live in Las Vegas (Parrot, 1969)
   Let Tom Jones serenade you as he delivers a sensational live performance at the legendary Flamingo Hotel Las Vegas during the summer of 1969. Accompanied by a powerhouse band under the direction of Johnny Spence, Jones ignites the stage with an unforgettable show that encapsulates the vibrant energy of Vegas during its zenith. Featuring twelve electrifying tracks, this LP showcases the Welsh crooner at the pinnacle of his talent, earning him his highest chart position in the U.S. at #3. It’s nearly impossible to resist reaching for a drink while enjoying this extraordinary performance.

The Buck Owens Show: Big in Vegas (Capitol, 1969)
   Buck Owens and The Buckaroos signature Bakersfield sound set to the lively atmosphere of the  western-themed Bonanza Hotel results in a thrilling live album The Buck Owens Show: Big in Vegas. Recorded at the western-themed Bonanza Hotel, the album captures Owens and The Buckaroos in their element, delivering electrifying performances from a two-week period in July of 1969. Released by Capitol Records on December 29th, this album preserves the essence of Owens' Vegas residency allowing the vibrant energy of the venue to lives on through this recording. 

   Whether you're reminiscing about the glory days of Vegas or listening to it for the first time, these live recordings are a must-have for any music lover's record collection. So grab a bottle of Scotch, dim the lights, and let the vintage vibes transport you back to the iconic lounges of Sin City.

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🎶 Journey Back in Time: Celebrating 50 Years of Dolly Parton's Iconic 'Jolene' Album 🌟#DollyParton  

🌟 Relive the Magic at RCA Studio B, Where #MusicHistory Was Made! #Jolene50 

    In a nostalgic journey back 50 years, we commemorate the release of Dolly Parton's timeless record album, Jolene. This musical classic, featuring ten soul-stirring songs, includes two of Parton's signature recordings – the unforgettable "Jolene" and the timeless "I Will Always Love You." 

   Recorded at the historic RCA Studios (Studio B) in Nashville, Tennessee, the album came to life during sessions in the summer of 1973. The title track "Jolene" had already made its mark as a single in October 1973, before reaching the pinnacle of the country singles chart on February 2, 1974. On February 4, Jolene was officially released under the RCA Victor label and on March 11th, "I Will Always Love You" followed as a single. The song achieved its own triumph by securing the number one spot on Billboard's Hot Country Single chart on June 8th. Both records could be found on jukeboxes throughout the country helping to propel the album to number 6 on the Billboard Charts. 

   What adds to the magic of this album is the fact that Parton reportedly penned both songs on the same day. The emotional resonance of "I Will Always Love You" would later find its way to the top of the charts two more times – first in 1982 when Parton re-recorded it for "The Best Little Whore House in Texas" movie soundtrack (RCA Records), and then in 1992 when Whitney Houston's rendition for "The Bodyguard" took the world by storm on Artista Records. 

   The historic significance of RCA Studio B, where the magic of "Jolene" unfolded, cannot be overstated as well. This iconic building in Nashville holds a place on the National Register of Historic Places, immortalizing the legacy of Dolly Parton's timeless creation and numerous others including The Everly Brothers, David Bowie, The Strokes, and Elvis Presley.

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Rediscovering Musical Magic: Big Brother & The Holding Company Unleash Hidden Gem at Janis Joplin’s 81st Bash  

Former Bandmates Resurrect Rejected Track from Iconic Album in a Night of Cheap Thrills

by Geo Thelen

   In a heartfelt celebration commemorating the 81st birthday of the legendary Janis Joplin, friends, bandmates, and music enthusiasts converged on Friday, January 19th, 2024, in Marin County, California. This area holds deep significance in Joplin's iconic musical journey. The evening transformed into a poignant tribute to the Queen of Rock, featuring a memory-evoking performance by her original band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, presented by KC Turner Presents at Hopmonk Tavern in Novato.

   As the vibrant notes filled the surprisingly smoke-free air, 83-year-old drummer Dave Getz and 79-year-old bassist Peter Albin, former bandmates of Joplin, graced the stage once more, reigniting the raw energy and passion that defined their era. The reunion echoed the spirit of the '60s, reviving the magic of Joplin's presence in her former stomping grounds of Marin County, California, and offering welcome flashbacks to when the group served as the house band at San Francisco’s famed Avalon Ballroom.

                                           Cheap Thrills cover art by Robert Crumb

   A standout moment of the evening was the performance of a song titled "Misery’n," co-written by Peter Albin and Joplin. Interestingly, this track didn't make the cut for their 1968 #1 record Cheap Thrills. According to Albin, Columbia Records President Clive Davis personally suggested excluding the song from the album's final tracklist. However, the crowd swayed to the rhythm, underscoring that even decades later, Joplin's spirit continues to captivate hearts and inspire generations. The festivities concluded with an a cappella sing-along to the last song Janis ever recorded, "Mercedes Benz," led by onetime Starship vocalist Darby Gould, echoing Joplin's happy sign-off from the recording in 1970 with a cheerful "that’s it." The celebration, steeped in nostalgia, showcased the enduring power of Joplin's music, reminding everyone why she remains an indelible figure in rock history.

Cheap Thrills: Recorded Mar 2 - July, 1968 ~ Released: Aug. 18, 1968
   Cheap Thrills, released in 1968 on Columbia Records, is widely regarded as a cornerstone of the psychedelic sound of San Francisco. It soared to number one on the Billboard charts and secured its place at number 338 in Rolling Stone's 500 greatest albums of all time. The album is also featured in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Notably, it earned R.I.A.A. gold certification on October 15, 1968, for exceeding $1 million in sales.

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#1968 #RecordCollection #VinylRecords #RecordAlbum,##1Albums #Misery’n #CliveDavis #DaveGetz #PeterAlbin #HopmonkTavern #Novato #SanFrancisco #BayArea #California #MusicHistory #Vintage #Psychedelic #SummerofLove #GrahamLesh #GratefulDead #MarinCounty #Woodstock #LiveMusic #MusicNews #NewMusic #KCTurnerPresents 

🎁 7 Must-Have Christmas Albums of the 1950s 🎅 

By Thelen Creative

*As seen in Ultra Swank December, 2023 

Was the 1950s the Best Decade for Christmas Music?

   Each decade brings its unique cultural atmosphere, and the 1960s and 1970s left an indelible mark on holiday music. Renowned artists such as Nat King Cole and Dean Martin graced the 1960s with seasonal classics, while the 1970s witnessed a resurgence of legacy musicians. However, it's the 1950s that may be credited with initiating the era of classic holiday music.

   In the vast landscape of Christmas albums released throughout the years, albums of the 1950s stand out for their unmistakable charm. This decade marked a golden age for vinyl, as large, grooved discs became the predominant medium for enjoying music at home. The nostalgic, crackling sound of vintage vinyl records on a turntable adds a unique charm that perfectly aligns with the festive spirit of the holiday season. Here, we present seven enduring Christmas albums from the 1950s that deserve a place in your holiday record collection.

Christmas Eve with Burl Ives (1957, Decca Records)
  Burl Ives's Christmas Eve with Burl Ives, released in 1957 on Decca Records, is another gem from this era. Ives's rich, storytelling voice is now synonymous with the holidays, and this album beautifully showcases his talent prior to becoming known for his role in the animation classic Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964). From the charming “What Child Is This?” to the delightful presentation of “Twelve Days of Christmas,” the record contains renditions of then holiday classics as well as previously released material (eight of the album’s eleven song’s were first released in 1952 as part of Ives’s first holiday album Christmas Day in the Morning). His warm and comforting vocals make this record a must-listen during the Christmas season.

Johnny Mathis - Merry Christmas (1958, Columbia)
  One of the standout albums of the 1950s Christmas music era is Johnny Mathis's Merry Christmas, released in 1958 on the Columbia label. This album has become a holiday classic for a good reason. Mathis's velvety voice brings a timeless quality to a dozen beloved carols like "Winter Wonderland" and "Silver Bells." The lush orchestral arrangements (by conductor Percy Faith) capture the spirit of the season, making this album a perennial favorite that has stood the test of time.

Season’s Greetings From Perry Como (1959, RCA Victor)
  Perry Como, with his relaxed and soothing style, graced us with a lasting holiday album in 1959 on RCA Victor titled, Season’s Greetings From Perry Como. This often overlooked album is a masterclass in vocal elegance, featuring Como's renditions of classics like "O Holy Night" and "The First Noel” backed by The Ray Charles Singers who had just backed Buddy Holly & The Crickets on their last recordings in 1959. Listening to this Perry Como album is like wearing a favorite sweater, making Season’s Greetings… a comfortable and cherished part of the holiday season for many.

A Jolly Christmas From Frank Sinatra (1957, Capitol Records)
  Frank Sinatra needs no introduction, and his contribution to the world of ultra swank Christmas music is no less legendary. His first full-length holiday album, A Jolly Christmas from Frank Sinatra, released in 1957 (Capitol Records) showcases the Chairman of the Board’s unparalleled vocal prowess on a selection of religious Christmas carols and holiday classics. Song's like "Jingle Bells" and "Mistletoe and Holly" exude Sinatra's signature style, making this RIAA certified Platinum album a classy addition to any Christmas music collection.

Rosemary Clooney - Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (1954, Columbia)
  Of all the albums on this list, Rosemary Clooney’s song’s from Irving Berlin’s White Christmas (from the movie of the same name in which Clooney starred with Bing Crosby) feels most like something from the wartime 1940s. The beautifully arranged compositions combined with Clooney’s delivery and popularity of the movie made immediate classics of the post World War II “Gee, I Wish I Were Back In The Army” and the Percy Faith conducted, “Snow.” By the end of the 1950s this album was already a holiday classic.

Presley, Elvis’ Christmas Album (1957, RCA Victor)
   Hard to imagine a bigger artist in the 1950s than Elvis Presley. Sales of Presley’s 1957 Christmas Album (RCA Victor) support the legend as the album ranks as the best-selling Christmas album of all time in the U.S. -and the world. The twelve song album contains no Presley originals, however his unique arraignments on holiday standards “Blue Christmas” and “White Christmas,” caused a bit of a stir at the time. Elvis’ Christmas Album has been re-released numerous times over the years with various cover art but the 1957 release remains the O.G. of Elvis Presley holiday records.

Bing Crosby - Merry Christmas (1955, Decca Records)
  No discussion of 1950s Christmas music would be complete without mentioning Bing Crosby. His eponymous Merry Christmas, released in 1955 on Decca Records, is a cornerstone of holiday music collections. The 1955 album is actually a re-release of a compilation of song’s first released on five 78-rpm records in 1945 also titled Merry Christmas. Crosby’s rendition of "White Christmas" in this recorded songbook is arguably the most iconic in music history, and it has become the quintessential Christmas song. This album's enduring popularity cements Crosby's status as a true holiday music legend as the 1955 version is the longest continually printed LP in the history of recorded music. Take that, Mariah! 

The 1950s: A Decade of Musical Magic

   The 1950s weren't just a great decade for Christmas music; they were a period of musical magic and innovation. The emergence of rock 'n' roll, the birth of rockabilly, and the continuing popularity of jazz and big band music all contributed to a rich and diverse musical landscape resulting in timeless Christmas classics that continue to resonate with generations of listeners.

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Record Store Day Release: Jerry Garcia & John Kahn - Pure Jerry: Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, CA - February 28, 1986 

Recorded Live at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California on February 28, 1986.

A Quick Look at the 2-LP Gold Vinyl Limited Edition (7,500) Record Store Day Black Friday Release, 2023.

Pure Jerry: Jerry Garcia & John Kahn LIVE Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium, San Rafael, California - February 28, 1986

     In a historic homage to the heyday of live recordings, the eagerly awaited vinyl debut of "Pure Jerry: Jerry Garcia & John Kahn LIVE at Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium in San Rafael, California" hits the shelves as part of the 2023 Record Store Day Black Friday releases. This auditory time capsule, recorded on February 28, 1986, (less than a year before Garcia and The Grateful Dead's commercial zenith), unfolds as a testament to the enduring allure of Garcia's live performances.

   The album, originally released on CD and helmed by producer John Cutler in 2009, now resurfaces in 2023, with remastered audio and new visual packaging. A striped down performance featuring Garcia on guitar and vocals with his long-time collaborator, bassist John Kahn, is presented on (Gold) vinyl for the very first time, adorned with all-new artwork created by Gabe Schneider (Sight Study), encapsulates the spirit of this unique performance.

     With a repertoire of twelve classic tracks, Garcia (1942-1995) and Kahn (1947-1996) embark on a journey that remains timeless. Garcia's compositions, co-authored with Robert Hunter, share the stage with classics from the likes of Bob Dylan, including the enchanting "When I Paint My Masterpiece" on Side B/Track 1. The musical odyssey also features a captivating rendition of "Goodnight Irene" (Side D/Track 2), penned by John Lomax and Huddle Ledbetter, clocking in at nearly eight minutes. The blues-infused tracks, such as "Spike Driver Blues" and the opening number "Deep Elem Blues," showcase the impeccable balance between Kahn's bass and Garcia's signature guitar and vocals. Noteworthy is the revelation on Side B/Track 3, "Run for the Roses," where Garcia unveils the embryonic elements that would later blossom into the iconic guitar parts of The Grateful Dead's hit "Touch of Grey."

   The historic Marin Veterans Memorial Auditorium (est. 1971) located in Jerry Garcia’s stomping grounds of San Rafael, California serves as the backdrop for this sonic spectacle. In an interview with Grateful Dead Family Discography (; Garcia noted  "Marin Vets turns out to be an incredibly nice room to record in. There's something about the formal atmosphere in there that makes us work.” The performance, remastered from original two-track recordings, captures the raw, unbridled energy of that fateful night. The liner notes emphasize the album's authenticity, stressing that “these recordings are not to be confused with fully produced studio masters” but are a homage to the electric spirit of that unforgettable night. With a limited edition of 7,500 copies pressed on two 180g gold vinyl records, "Pure Jerry" emerges as a coveted relic documenting a time and place never to be replicated. 

Event: BLACK FRIDAY 2023 
Release Date: 11/24/2023
Format: 2 x LP
Label: ATO Records
Quantity: 7500
Release type: 'RSD First' Release

1. Deep Elem Blues
2. Little Sadie
3. Friend Of The Devil
4. When I Paint My Masterpiece
5. Spike Driver Blues
6. Run For The Roses
7. Dire Wolf
8. Jack A Roe
9. Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
10. Bird Song
11. Ripple
12. Goodnight Iren

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#GratefulDead #JerryGarcia #JohnKahn #Marin #VeteransMemorialAuditorium #SanRafael #California #LiveMusic #MusicHistory #RecordCollection #Vinyl #Records #RecordAlbum #LP #NewMusic #ThelenCreative #AlbumReview #MusicReview 
#ATO #ATORecords

Pepperland | Woodstock West  

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Geo Thelen email Interview. Dave Getz, Big Brother & Holding Company, drummer. April 2023. 
Geo Thelen email Interview. Alex Call, Clover, Guitar/Vocals/Songwriter. June 2023.
Geo Thelen email Interview. Charlie Kelly, Sons of Champlin (42yr) Crew/Roadie  May 2023 
Geo Thelen phone Interview. Charlie Ellicott, Fillmore Stage Manager/Cold Blood Mgt. June 2023.
Geo Thelen phone interview. Pepperland Promoter, Skip Whitney. May 16, 2023 
Geo Thelen phone interview. Pepperland Stage Manager, Mapes Root. May 18, 2023

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🎃 A Spooky Spin Through The History of Popular Halloween-Vibed Vinyl Records 

👻 Grooving to the Ghouls
  As the leaves turn and the nights grow longer, it's that time of year again when ghosts, goblins, and vinyl enthusiasts unite for a spine-tingling celebration. Halloween, a holiday filled with frights and delights, wouldn't be complete without the eerie ambiance set by spooky vinyl records.  In the world of vinyl records, Halloween has always had a special place. From the timeless classics of the '60s to the modern spins of today, hauntingly delightful albums have kept the spirit of Halloween alive through the decades. In this article, we'll take a spin through the history of some popular Halloween-vibed vinyl records.








🎙 Vinyl's Haunting Past 
  Vinyl records have long been a conduit for audible creativity, but their association with Halloween ambience dates back to the early 20th century. Back then, radio broadcasts of spine-tingling sound effects and ghostly tales set the stage for vinyl records to become the perfect medium for haunting sounds. Popular horror radio shows such as “Beyond the Limits” and the Orson Welles alien invasion classic “War of the Worlds” (first broadcast on Halloween eve in 1938), eventually found a second life on vinyl pressings in the 1960s and ‘70s. 

🤖 Monster Mash Hits the Charts 
  The 1960s saw a period that spawned some of the most iconic Halloween vinyl records ever. Bobby "Boris" Pickett's "Monster Mash" clawed its way up the charts in 1962, giving birth to a graveyard smash that is still on nearly every Halloween party playlist. This tongue-in-cheek tune became an instant Halloween classic, and its vinyl record sales reflected the monstrous craze that swept the nation. Movie and television soundtracks like Henri Mancini’s 1962 “Experiment In Terror” film score, "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Ghost Stories for Young People" and Vince Guaraldi’s “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” TV soundtrack from 1966 are still modern day holiday staples for many.








☠️ The Ghastly Grooves of the 1970s
  The '70s brought a groovier, yet equally eerie, vibe to Halloween vinyl records. Albums like "Halloween: Sounds of Horror" and "Moog Plays The Electric Eclectics of Dick Hyman" combined electronic synthesizers with chilling soundscapes, creating a unique and otherworldly listening experience. The soundtrack for the cult classic The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975 also added to the spirit of the season. Haunted house sound effect albums and spooky spoken-word records such as Pickwick labels Famous Ghost Stories remained popular throughout the decade. "Vincent Price's A Hornbook for Witches, Stories and Poems for Halloween" (1976) delivered spine-tingling narratives that transported listeners to the heart of the macabre complete with eerie sound effects and haunting voices -and a precursor to another Vincent Price spoken classic. 

👹 A Thriller of a Record 
  The 1980s saw a slew of creepy related releases including Onigo Boingo’s 1985 album Dead Man’s Party lead by Danny Elfman -who would pen a number of creepy scores for director Tim Burton including The Nightmare Before Christmas, (1993) and the ominous Batman, (1989) and Batman Returns, (1992) soundtracks. However, no discussion of Halloween vibed vinyl records would be complete without the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. In 1982, Jackson released "Thriller," an album that sent shockwaves through the music industry -and Halloween parties alike. The title track's iconic music video, featuring zombies dancing with the King of Pop, became a Halloween staple. Then record flew off the shelves, making it one of the most sought-after albums of all-time and featuring a now classic cameo from the king of creepy spoken-word himself, Vincent Price.







👺 Haunted Harmonies of the 1990s
  The 1990s brought a wave of alternative and rock bands into the Halloween music scene. Artists like Marilyn Manson with "Antichrist Superstar,” The Smashing Pumpkins "Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness,” and Rob Zombies 1998 solo debut Hellbilly Deluxe blended haunting lyrics with rock 'n' roll intensity. These vinyl records continue to provide the perfect backdrop for Halloween parties with a more sinister edge.

🧡 Modern Day Mayhem 🖤 
  Fast forward to the present day, and Halloween vinyl records are as popular as ever. Contemporary artists continue to embrace the spooky season with releases like The Black Keys' Let's Rock and Jack White's Lazaretto. These vinyl records not only pay homage to the classics but also add a modern twist to any Halloween playlist. Special editions and re-releases of classics such as the orange colored pumpkin shaped vinyl It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown released by Craft Recordings in 2021 add to the ongoing collectibility factor of holiday vinyl records.








🪦 The Beat Goes On
Whether you're a vinyl collector, a Halloween enthusiast, or just someone looking to add some eerie ambiance to your October nights, these records have something for everyone. So, dust off that turntable, light some candles, and let the spooky spin begin!

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🖤 If You're a #Byrds Fan, Explore #LOVE's 1966 Self-Titled Debut Album #LOVE | #VinylRecords 









    In the vibrant 1960s LA music scene, LOVE's debut self-titled album LOVE was a pivotal moment, featuring the iconic lineup of Bryan MacLean, Arthur Lee, Alban “Snoopy” Pfisterer, Johnny Echols, and Ken Forssi. This album, released in 1966 on Elektra Records, not only marked their beginning but also left an enduring impact on the music landscape of the era.

   Inspired by the likes of the Byrds and the burgeoning folk-rock sound echoing from the hills of LA, LOVE's music served as a wellspring of inspiration for many other local groups. Among them was none other than Jim Morrison of the Doors, who regarded LOVE as a significant musical influence. Songs like 'Softly To Me' and 'No Matter What You Do' on Side One of the album unmistakably resonate with the Doors' vibe, creating a fusion of sounds where Doors meet the Byrds.









   LOVE's connection with the Byrds goes deeper, as Bryan MacLean, vocalist and guitarist of LOVE, had previously worked as a roadie for the Byrds. This collaborative atmosphere and shared musical influence are what made the 1960s LA music scene so iconic. Recorded in January of 1966 at Sunset Sound Recorders in Hollywood, California, LOVE's debut album encapsulates the spirit of that era. 

      While some may argue that LOVE's later albums are superior, (check out Forever Changes) their debut album is a valuable piece of Laurel Canyon history, taking you on a flashback journey to the heart of the LA music scene. Notably, the album's track "No Matter What You Do" found its way onto the 'Echo in the Canyon' soundtrack, released in 2018, solidifying LOVE's enduring legacy in the world of music. Discover the roots of LA rock and the sounds that shaped an era with LOVE's debut album. 





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Founding member of 1960s LA-based group LOVE and former  Byrds roadie, Bryan MacLean born September 25, 1946.

Classic Vinyl: Ten Must-Have LIVE Vinyl Record Albums 









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     Live albums have a magical ability to capture the raw energy, electric atmosphere, and unfiltered passion of a live performance. They allow fans to relive the thrill of a concert experience and provide audio documentation of a past moment. Over the years, several live albums have transcended the boundaries of music, achieving monumental success and etching their names in music history. In this article, we dive into the world of live music and unveil ten must-have live albums for your vinyl record collection.





1. Eagles Live - Eagles
    Kicking off the list is the iconic American rock band Eagles with their 7x platinum album Eagles Live. Released in 1980, this album captures many of the band's stellar performances from their "Hotel California" tour. With classics like "Hotel California" and "Take It Easy," this album remains a timeless gem in the rock and roll universe.

2.  Live Bullet - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
    Bob Seger's raspy vocals and heartland rock sound come alive in Live Bullet. Released in 1976, this multi-platinum album captures Seger's electrifying performance at Cobo Hall in Detroit. With tracks like "Turn the Page" and "Old Time Rock & Roll," Seger's live prowess is on full display.

3.  The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus - The Rolling Stones
    The Rolling Stones' Rock and Roll Circus is a one-of-a-kind live album that encapsulates the essence of the 1960s rock scene. Recorded in 1968 as part of a film project of the same name, the album was released in 1996, and features not only the Stones, but also an array of legendary artists like The Who and John Lennon. It's a true time capsule of rock history.




4.  Frampton Comes Alive! - Peter Frampton
    Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive! is not just an album; it's a cultural phenomenon. Released in 1976, this live double album skyrocketed Frampton to superstardom. Featuring the unforgettable talk box-infused rendition of "Do You Feel Like We Do," this record is a must-have for any rock enthusiast -recorded in part at the Marin Civic Center in San Rafael, California.

5.  Live/1975-85 - Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
    When it comes to live performances, few artists can match the energy and charisma of Bruce Springsteen. Live/1975-85 is a comprehensive collection of Springsteen's live recordings from 1975 to 1985. From anthems like "Born to Run" to a heartfelt "Thunder Road," this album is a historical journey through The Boss's live evolution.

6.  Live at Wembley '86 - Queen
    Queen's larger-than-life stage presence is perfectly captured in the double-album Live at Wembley '86. Recorded during the band's Magic Tour, the album (currently awaiting vinyl release) showcases Freddie Mercury's unparalleled showmanship and the band's ability to command a massive audience. From "Bohemian Rhapsody" to "We Will Rock You," Queen's live legacy lives on.




7.  MTV Unplugged in New York - Nirvana
    Nirvana's MTV Unplugged in New York is a hauntingly beautiful testament to Kurt Cobain's songwriting genius. Recorded just months before Cobain's tragic passing in 1994, this album strips away the grunge sound to reveal the raw emotion and vulnerability behind Nirvana's music. The unplugged album is often included in Top 100 Best Albums of All-Time lists.

8.  Live in Cook County Jail - B.B. King
    B.B. King's soulful blues guitar and heartfelt vocals shine in Live in Cook County Jail. Recorded in front of an enthusiastic audience of inmates in 1970, the album captures the essence of King's emotional connection with his music and the power of the blues and ranks in Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Albums of All-Time.

9.  Live at the Fillmore East - The Allman Brothers Band
    The Allman Brothers Band's improvisational prowess comes to life at a classic venue in Live at the Fillmore East. Recorded in 1971, this album showcases the band's unique blend of Southern rock, blues, and jazz influences. With extended jams and virtuosic guitar solos, this record is a testament to musical craftsmanship.

10.  At Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
    Closing our list is a live album that goes beyond the music, transcending into a cultural milestone. Johnny Cash's At Folsom Prison is a powerful and poignant recording of Cash's legendary performance at the Folsom State Prison, California in 1968. Cash's connection with the inmates and his emotionally charged delivery make this album a must have timeless classic.

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TOP 3… 2… 1.💥 Atomic Album Art ☢️ Best Atomic Blast Album Covers of the 1950s 60s & 70s. 

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      Keeping with the #Oppenheimer vibe, I recently pulled a handful of albums from our record collection with #albumArt featuring atomic #explosions. Bellow are three #atomic classics representing the best of the 1950s, 60s, and 70s.

#3 - Jefferson Airplane, Crown of Creation (1968) -The cloud on the cover is not the only mushroom-influenced element of this psychedelic album on Victor RCA by San Francisco’s preeminent acid rock band, Jefferson Airplane. The cover image has often been misattributed to the Hiroshima bombing (including on the album credits). The front image photo was taken at a series of atomic tests held in the Nevada desert during the summer and fall of 1957, known as “Operation Plumbbob.” The specific image used for the album was from the “Fizeau” detention in September and was provided by the United States Air Force. A psychedelic photo of the Jefferson Airplane is fittingly superimposed onto the mushroom cloud high off the ground. The album was released in August of 1968 at the height of the Vietnam War and two months after the assignation of presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy, Sr.
#2 - KISS, The Originals (1976) - Nothing says rock and roll like a nuclear blast. No other band is known for their explosions and pyrotechnics like the rock group KISS. The cover of their 1976 three-vinyl album The Originals features the faces of the four group members transposed within an image of a nuclear explosion. The album combined KISS’s first three studio albums and was prophetically promoted as “the albums that touched off a Rock & Roll explosion.” Casablanca Records had just released KISS’s now famed Destroyer album four months prior, and when The Originals hit record store bins, the band’s status as rock and roll stars exploded.

#1 - Count Basie, Basie (1958) - Released in March of 1958 on Roulette Records by the King of Swing, this album is as great as the brilliance of its’ cover. Influenced by the period, the album cover photo was also taken at the atomic test “Operation Plumbbob” held in the Nevada desert during the summer of 1957. A true atomic age recording! This album was Basie’s third studio release as a solo artist and is known by three different titles; Basie, The Atomic Mr. Basie, and the stereo release version E=MC2. The album itself ranks in the top 25 of the 1950s greatest overall and is a must-have for any atomic record collection. 


Record Plant : Sausalito Studios

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by Katiana Giacona
     The Record Plant studio in Sausalito, California, was one of America's top-of-the-line music recording facilities. Opened in 1972, Record Plant was known as the "resort studio," just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Northern California and away from the big city. One of three studios, the first Record Plant was opened in New York City in 1968 by Chris Stone and Gary Kellgren. The second studio in Los Angeles opened in 1969, followed by the third studio in Sausalito. San Francisco Bay Area-based radio station KSAN FM hosted live studio broadcasts from the Sausalito studio. With its nautical-inspired interior wood artistry, the building known as the "Plant" had a groovy aesthetic that drew in some of the most iconic musical artists of all time, including Fleetwood Mac, Bob Marley, the Grateful Dead, Sly and the Family Stone, Prince, Tom Petty, Metallica, Santana, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Dave Matthews Band, and many more. Katiana Giacona, a Marin County native, was resident DJ at the former Sausalito Studio location when it was a spa and yoga event center called Harmonia. For Record Plant, Sausalito Studio she has assembled a collection of discography and photographs from the studio as well as interviews from former receptionists, managers, audio engineers, producers, and staff. Ken Caillat was the producer of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours album, one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time. 
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Record Plant, Sausalito - Historic Nor-Cal Music Studio SAUSALITO, CA

June 26 2023 ! The Record Plant Sausalito Studio Book will be out!
     Sausalito Historical Society member Katiana Giacona has put in a lot of work into this book and it includes many old old photos from the opening party in 1973. The book contains interviews with Arne Frager, producer, engineer, and former owner of The Plant Studios, and Ken Caillat, producer of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, one of the greatest rock and roll albums of all time recorded at this studio. It is a great collection of information, photographs, documents, and interviews from former receptionists, managers, engineers, producers, and staff.

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Legendary recording studio Record Plant, Sausalito located in Marin County, California. 

     The former studio site at 2200 Bridgeway holds credits on dozens of gold & platinum recordings including five of the top 50 best-selling albums of all-time. The short doc features commentary from 3x Grammy Award-winner, Record Plant recording artist and Marin County resident, Narada Michael Walden, as well as Darin Chace, longtime manager of Watts Music in Novato, (Marin County’s oldest record store established 1979). Walden’s work as drummer on the Rick James 1981 album Street Songs and producing Grammy-winning records for Aretha Franklin and Whitney Houston at the Record Plant are just part of this legendary locations rich history. “We all knew that working at the (Record) Plant, you were working at a place of history,” says Walden. “Because of the artists that had worked there; Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Prince’s first album… Fleetwood Mac.” 

     In 1976, Fleetwood Mac recorded much of their Grammy-winning classic, Rumour’s album at 2200 Bridgeway. Rumour’s became the 10th best-selling album of all-time. “We could sell this (Rumour’s) album everyday if we had enough copies,” states Darin Chace of Watts Music. “We’ve sold a lot of records made at the Record Plant in our forty years... It’s a legendary place.” A diverse group of artists from Sly Stone and Bob Marley to Van Morrison and Metallica recorded successful projects at the Record Plant, Sausalito until this historically significant location officially closed its doors in 2009. The nearly fifty-year-old building has changed relatively little since it’s initial construction. As of 2021, a group, which includes Fleetwood Mac, Rumours co-producer & engineer Ken Calliet, have purchased the former studio and plan to preserve the site with a future eye on recording, history and education. It is now known as the #SausalitoRecordFactory and is celebrating 50 years at 2200 Bridgeway, in Sausalito, California. 1972-2022 

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🎹 Vince Guaraldi — In Person - LIVE at the Trident, Sausalito, California Celebrating 60 Years In Person : 1963 - 2023 

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🎹 Vince Guaraldi — In Person - LIVE at the Trident, Sausalito, California
Celebrating 60 Years In Person : 1963 - 2023

by Geo Thelen 

    Somewhat lost in the crowded list of albums recorded in Marin County, California over the decades, is the 1963 Fantasy Records release of Vince Guaraldi — In Person, a live album recorded at the Trident lounge located at 558 Bridgeway in Sausalito. The venue (formally known as the Yacht Dock) was purchased by Bay Area folk group Kingston Trio in 1960 and hosted live jazz music nearly every night of the week for fifteen years. The Trident is the location of numerous live jazz recordings during the 1960s, including albums by Bill Evans, Jon Hendricks, Denny Zeitlin, The Don Scaletta Piano Trio, and Vince Guaraldi in December of 1962.

   "What Vince has got in his playing is feeling. This is a quality that money can't buy, practice cannot make perfect and technique tends to defeat rather than enhance." 
- Ralph J. Gleason, San Francisco Chronicle Jazz Critic, 1963

   Following a two-week run (ending in November 1962) billing with the Ramsey Lewis Trio at the famed Blackhawk jazz club in San Francisco, Vince Guaraldi and his group began a yearend run of performances across the Golden Gate Bridge at The Trident club in Sausalito. Six months earlier, Guaraldi's breakthrough album Jazz Impressions of Black Orpheus and its' somewhat surprising hit, "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," had been released on San Francisco-based Fantasy Records. By December 1st, "Cast Your Fate…" had entered Billboard magazine charts at #127 and was climbing. Looking to take full advantage of Guaraldi's budding commercial popularity, Fantasy Records set up recording equipment at the waterfront club on December 4th, 1962, to capture Guaraldi in his element.

   Vince Guaraldi considered the Trident in Sausalito home turf, having played there since it was known as the Yacht Dock Jazz Club. After the Kingston Trio purchased the venue, more high-profile patrons and artists began calling the Trident home. Guaraldi would ultimately perform at the club for over a dozen years. Soon after the location was rebranded from the Yacht Dock to Trident in 1961, Guaraldi said, "This is one place a jazz musician won't have to work pianissimo to keep from breaking the customers' glasses. The only place we couldn't get complete acoustical control is on the speakers outside, on the yacht deck. On foggy nights we'll have to compete with the Alcatraz fog horn. I feel bad about it. The seagulls really dig us."

     On Tuesday, December 4th, 1962, the material for what would become Vince Guaraldi - In Person was taped live at the Trident. Guaraldi’s quintet featured himself on the piano, Colin Bailey on drums, Fred Marshall playing bass, Eddie Duran on guitar, and Guaraldi's former Cal Tjader bandmate, Bayardo "Benny" Velarde, on scratcher. The group recorded several songs that night and ultimately settled on nine for the album, with only one Guaraldi original included; Side Two, track 3: "Freeway." The album captures a unique time and place while hinting at things to come (think of the yet-to-have-been-written "Skating" from Charlie Brown Christmas when listening to "Jitterbug Waltz"). On some tracks, such as Side 1, Track 3: "Miserlou," you can hear the Trident patrons talking and milling about the club that evening. Longtime San Francisco Music Journalist Ralph Gleason commented in the album's liner notes: "Vince looks forward to… trying to be a good musician and making the best album he can, every time. That's what you hear in Vince Guaraldi "in person." He's in there, trying every minute."

    The minutes started to move much faster for Guaraldi after that December 1962 evening at the Trident. In Person was released on June 10th, 1963, a month after Guaraldi won his first Grammy Award for "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" -which had held its' own on the Billboard charts all spring long. "Zelao" and "Jitterbug Waltz" were released as singles during the summer, and within 24 months, millions of children would be introduced to jazz music for the first time, thanks to his association with the Charlie Brown and Peanuts Gang franchise.

    Guaraldi's future creative output is stylistically revealed in the pianists' interpretations of the compositions captured on In Person. And while live albums recorded at the Trident, Sausalito have not captured as much acclaim or notoriety as albums recorded at the club's San Francisco counterparts El Matador, hungry i, or Blackhawk, In Person is the only one to capture a slice of West Coast Jazz History before it was Joe Cool.

“Vince Guaraldi — In Person”
1963, Fantasy Records
Recorded Live at The Trident, Sausalito, California
December 4th, 1962
Vince Guaraldi - piano
Fred Marshall - bass
Benny Velarde - scratcher
Eddie Duran - guitar
Colin Bailey - drums
Cover Photo - Chas Weckler (credited Jim Weckler)

“Anatomy of a Hit; 1; The Serendipity Groove.” 1964. NET. Library of Congress, American Archive of Public Broadcasting         
Gleason, Ralph. Vince Guaraldi In Person, Liner Notes, Fantasy Records LP 8352, 1963
Bang, Derrick. Vince Guaraldi at the Piano, McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. North Carolina, London. 2012

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Sly's Last Epic Album 

Sly and The Family Stone Last Album on Epic Records

     Thelen Creative reached out to three Grammy-nominated recording artists who worked on the last Sly & The Family Stone album with Epic Records, Heard Ya Missed Me, Well I'm Back, (1976) to get their thoughts on making a record with the funk legend during one of the most tumultuous periods of his life.

FULL ARTICLE Available here  SLY'S LAST EPIC ALBUM by Geo Thelen

Vintage Footage of Sly Stone Rehearseing at Famed Record Plant, Sausalito, California

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“Oscar-winning filmmaker Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson directs his sophomore feature documentary follow-up to ‘Summer of Soul,’ examining the life and legacy of Sly and the Family Stone, the groundbreaking band led by the charismatic and enigmatic Sly Stone. This film tells the story behind the rise, reign and fadeout of one of pop music’s most influential artists and, in doing so, tells a very human story about the cost of genius.”

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