Bill Nelson

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  1. Blue Train (Deluxe Edition)

    My kvetch with recent Tone Poets extends beyond Kevin Gray's cutting -- to the triple-shift pressing activity at RTI. In the last two years, my returns-to-keepers ratio has been 3-to-1, which I attribute to oversight in quality control at RTI due to the overwhelming demand for limited-edition colored vinyl for every Record Store Day and the flurry from new indie labels. My returned TPs merely join the pool of many which are absorbed by parent Universal without apology, concern, or corrective measures.
  2. Some of the recent Mosaic harvests risk placement in the produce section next to 'moldy figs'.
  3. Stan Kenton - City of Glass

    The above jacket artwork could've been used for Ayn Rand's 'The Fountainhead'.
  4. Which Mosaic Are You Enjoying Right Now?

    The above 'Kenton Presents' is my nomination for Worst Mosaic Cover. It begs for the return of covers with black-and-white photos. Of course, I bought it anyway.
  5. As a frequent seller at Atlanta record shows, trying to move country LPs was the kiss of death. The only interest was for hot guitar pickers and buyers might offer $5-10 for a good one. Black music -- jazz, soul, funk -- would always sell.
  6. So, What Are You Listening To NOW?

    'Lovesick' is my favorite mid-60's jazz LP of Jackie & Roy. It was their last album for Verve. Afterwards, their manager convinced them to chase radio hits with the wretched rock-oriented 'Grass', a one-shot on Capitol. A four-year recording hiatus followed. (Dana, their 10-year-old daughter, might be the one perched in the tree clutching a small dog.)
  7. Perception label - full-scale catalog reprint

    Perception did have unexpected commercial success in early '73, when they leased the pop single, 'Dancing In the Moonlight', by the U.S. rock band King Harvest, from the French Musidisc label. 'Dancing' went to # 13 and the hit single undoubtedly caused a distribution problem for Perception. A hurriedly assembled King Harvest LP for Perception went nowhere and the band became a one-hit wonder.
  8. Who Composed This Theme?

    You take the one with bangs, I'll take the one in the turban.
  9. Who Composed This Theme?

    Nearly five hours with Hazel Barnes can break most walls of resistance. Hazel's hair style is severely Keely Smith and her overall vibe is like a strict school librarian. You know, with a sour-face of constant disapproval and such conservative dress -- when she crosses her legs you can hear the sound of rubber stretching.
  10. Who Composed This Theme?

    "Composer Mark Spencer" appears as the final credits roll at 4:55:15 -- the proverbial long trip to the well.
  11. Robert Morse RIP

    While we're on the subject of the Broadway musical, 'How To Succeed in Business', there's a brilliant lyric stanza inside the song, 'Coffee Break': "If I can't make three daily trips, where shining shrine benignly drips, and taste cardboard between my lips, something within me dies."
  12. Art Rupe, RIP

    All the cats whose royalties he copped can finally see him in hell.
  13. Ted Cassidy - The Lurch

    Don't ask me why, but I've got the 45-rpm single, Capitol 5503. It's titled, 'The Lurch' by Ted Cassidy as Lurch (with the music of Gary Paxton). Until now, I never knew the dance moves, which reminds me of leaving the bar after getting shipwrecked.
  14. Verve press releases

    The above texts from Verve are so thick with bullshit, larded heavily with name-dropping. Why do any of us need to view these exercises in written excretion?