I found this in Switzerland while on vacation. It is the German pressing and it cost me five Swiss franks (about five dollars American.) I enjoyed reading about Alternate Title on your post this morning.
That's actually a GREAT pairing ... two solid tracks from The Monkees' "Headquarters" LP ... gotta wonder about the cheezy picture sleeve 'tho! (lol) kk
Speaking of Record Collectors and Shows, Gary Theroux tells us about an interesting one coming up ... with heavy ties to 1967 (and we're all about 1967 this year!!!) I know we've got a lot of record collectors ... and dealers on our list ... so be sure to check it out ...
Sounds like quite an event! Wish it was just a tad closer to Norwalk, CT!
BIRMINGHAM RECORD COLLECTORS
THIS MONTH'S MEETING:
BRC'S 33RD ANNUAL RECORD AND CD SHOW
Here is the schedule for the weekend. Information is also available on the BRC website, birminghamrecord.com
Friday, August 18 - 7:00 - 11:00 set up and dealer load-in. 11:00-4:00
Special Note To Local Former Band Members And To Those Who Collect Local Music
2017 Birmingham Record Collectors Music Hall of Fame
Our 17th class of inductees include two well known Birmingham radio personalities, Joe Rumore and Paul Dudley White, aka 'Tall Paul' White. If you grew up in the Birmingham area you know these names. They were such an influence on their listeners and special in the lives of all Birmingham residents. I'll have the bios for you next month.
'Way Back When'
A line from the Steely Dan song, 'Hey Nineteen' goes, 'Way back when, in 'sixty-seven'. It's funny the composer used the term, 'way back when' since the song came out in 1980 only 13 years since '67. That is not a long time compared to what is now, 50 years. I saw an article that mentioned the 50 year anniversary of the release of The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band LP and started thinking about 1967 and the term, 'summer of love' came to mind. Who, what, when, where was the summer of love? I will attempt to give a concise history of those times and what it was all about although it will be a poor man's version but hopefully it will be fun.
The 1967 'summer of love' actually had its beginnings in 1966. A gathering called the Love Pageant Rally took place on October 6, 1966 in an area of the Golden Gate Park in San Fran. California had just passed a law against a new drug called LSD which went into effect on that date and the counter-culture group met to show opposition to it. At that event some of the organizers decided to have an even larger event to celebrate what was the birth of the hippie generation. The next event took place on January 14, 1967 also at the Golden Gate Park. It was called the Human Be-In. It supported all the same ideas and counter culture thoughts that was put forth at the Love Pageant Rally. Many things would come from this event including the musical, 'Hair', psychologist and writer Timothy Leary's rallying call of 'turn on, tune in, drop out', hippie fashions would go public due to the media coverage, and the summer of love was about to come about with the convergence of tens of thousands of young people coming to San Fran beginning with the spring breaks of '67.
HEY! HAVE YOU HEARD THIS ONE?
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU HEARD THIS HIT?
Thanks again Kent for mentioning the Royal Guardsmen ... Airplane Song was fun.
Bless ya, my friend, and have a safe 4th
Big year for you guys to be sure ... five chart hits including "Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron" (#1), "The Return Of The Red Baron" (#14), "Airplane Song" (#46), "Wednesday" (#80) and "Snoopy's Christmas" (#10) ... so definitely more to come! (kk)
A very unusual pop music anomaly nearly topped the UK charts in the summer of 1967. It was the tale of Grocer Jack (the village grocer who was taken for granted until he died), dubbed "Excerpt From A Teenage Opera" as co-written and recorded by Keith West.
It was record producer Mark Wirtz's brainchild. Wirtz and Abbey Road engineer Geoff Emerick had worked on it at the same time the latter was mixing The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper album. But when Wirtz approached the EMI bosses with the
recording, it was rejected. The idea was scoffed at and he was told that a record with a kiddie chorus would never sell or be a hit.
Not deterred, Wirtz took the acetate to the pirate radio ships in mid-July, 1967 , and it became an almost instant sensation with the British public. EMI had to do a quick about face and rush release the single. It peaked at #2 in the UK charts in September behind Englebert Humperdinck's "The Last Waltz".
A big worldwide chart topper, it merely bubbled under in Billboard in the US. A record similar to Grocer Jack,the grandiose "Sam", was released in November by West as another excerpt but disappointingly only reached UK #38 (possibly because the pirate ships were by then defunct). Keith West was the lead singer for the popular UK psychedelic group Tomorrow. Facing renewed resistance from EMI, and sort of like Brian Wilson's SMILE, the A TEENAGE OPERA project was shelved until finally completed piecemeal by Wirtz and released in 1996.
A rock opera is a collection of rock music songs with lyrics
that relate to a common story. The most well known is Pete Townshend's TOMMY, which may have been inspired by A TEENAGE OPERA.
Here's another 50th anniversary special for the summer of 1967... it's just three weeks away ... and it's absolutely FREE!
Mike Baker /
The Forgotten 45s