Friday, July 08, 2016

Complete Monkees on Blu-ray now shipping

Rhino has posted details and a video highlighting its new Monkees Complete TV Series Blu-ray set.



The set includes:
• All 58 episodes, newly remastered in stunning HD from the original negatives for the very first time, plus the 1969 TV Special "33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee."
• Bonus material featuring commentaries from all four Monkees, vintage television appearances, never-before-seen outtakes and behind the scenes footage, original Kellogg's Monkees commercials, and more.
• The 1968 Monkees film "HEAD" in HD with never-before-seen outtakes.
• Unique packaging including a 7" featuring "Star Collector" b/w "Goin' Down" in unique TV mono mixes.
• Strictly limited to 10,000 individually numbered sets.
It's available here.


Hear Roald Dahl In His Own Words now on BBC 4

Listen here.

Details:
With the help of his granddaughter Sophie, Roald Dahl tells his own remarkable story in the style of one of his much-loved books. Illustrated with newly discovered archive recordings and songs and music exclusively recorded by the cast and musicians in the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda The Musical at the Cambridge Theatre in London, this Archive on 4 marks the centenary of the writer dubbed 'the best storyteller in the world'.

Pop Artifacts: Vintage space explorers model kits

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New Music Friday: John Coltrane in Mono

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Pop Culture Roundup: Neal Adams and Shazam; Captain America statue

A typically frank interview with comics great Neal Adams.
I loved the old Captain Marvel, and I do not understand why Marvel Comics does not turn over the rights to Captain Marvel to DC Comics so I can have a Captain Marvel comic book.

You don't call him "Shazam"?

[Adams' expression cannot be summed up succinctly]

Stan Lee stole it out from under DC. Just out of courtesy they should return it. But businessmen don't do things like that, and so they suck. Look, lawyers suck and businessmen suck. I'm sorry. As much as I'm a businessman, and I have to be a businessman, there are moments when I suck. I will have a thought and go, "That really sucks. Neal, you're an asshole, don't think like that." But businessmen think that way. Nothing is gained by not being kind and courteous. Marvel gets nothing out of Captain Marvel that they couldn't out of "Fred" or "Joe." Why don't they return it to DC so at least DC can make up for the crap they gave to Fawcett and turn out a Captain Marvel comic book? I'd like it. I love Captain Marvel. I'd love to see a Captain Marvel movie. Wouldn't that be great?
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A 13-foot statue of Captain America is set to go on permanent display in Brooklyn.
Marvel Entertainment and parent company Disney will unveil a 13-foot-tall bronze Captain America statue at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, which will then be toured around the nation before arriving at its final destination, Brooklyn's Prospect Park.
The statue will feature the hero holding his shield aloft, with an inscription reading, "I'm just a kid from Brooklyn" — a line uttered by Chris Evans' cinematic version of the character in Marvel Studios' Captain America: The First Avenger.
Except, shouldn't that statue be in New York's Lower East Side, birthplace of Cap's co-creator Jack Kirby?

Whichever, I figure - it's just cool that Cap is getting a statue. I hope it'll include an inscription mentioning that he was created by Kirby and Joe Simon.


Tuesday, July 05, 2016

So long, Noel Neill

The first actress to play Lois Lane on film - first in the movie serials "Superman" and "Atom Man Vs. Superman" and then on the 1950s "The Adventures of Superman" TV series - has died at age 95.


Coming Up: The Turtles Complete Album Collection out in August

Slated for Aug. 19 release, The Turtles Complete Original Album Collections rounds up all six of the bands LPs in a CD box set in remastered mono and stereo.

You can pre-order it from Amazon now.

Details:
Originally released on the small White Whale label, the Turtles' original albums have remained stubbornly out of print for many years, leaving fans with various greatest-hits collections that only scratched the surface of the band's deep and rewarding catalog. That situation changes on August 19, 2016, when the Turtles' label FloEdCo, in association with Manifesto Records, celebrates the band's 50th anniversary with the release of a pair of definitive CD packages that encompass, for the first time, the whole of the Turtles' recorded output from 1965 to 1970. The Complete Original Albums Collection is a six-CD box set of the six albums that the Turtles released between 1965 to 1970, plus a wealth of rare bonus material. Each of the band's first three albums - It Ain't Me Babe, You Baby and Happy Together - is presented in it's original mono and stereo mixes, while each of the remaining three - The Turtles Present the Battle of the Bands, Turtle Soup and Wooden Head - provide a generous assortment of rare bonus tracks, including some previously unreleased material.



Monday, July 04, 2016

Summer hits of the 60s and 70s!

Happy Fourth!
 
Here's one from the archives: It's time to put together those hot summer playlists again!

Music certainly evokes memories. Just a song, or set of songs, can put you right back in a certain period of your life.

That's the idea of the list below. All these songs hit the U.S. Top 10 at some point during the summers of their respective years. Most aren't about summer, but many have a summer vibe. And they certainly were on car radios, jukeboxes and turntables while school was out and temperatures were high.

1960
Cathy's Clown - The Everly Brothers
Swingin' School - Bobby Rydell
Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles
Because They're Young - Duane Eddy
Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Do Bikini - Brian Hyland
When Will I Be Loved - The Everly Brothers
Walk, Don't Run - The Ventures
The Twist - Chubby Checker
Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond
Volare - Bobby Rydell
Chain Gang - Sam Cooke
Mr. Custer - Larry Verne

 1961
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
Those Oldies But Goodies - Little Caesar and the Romans
Yellow Bird - Artur Lyman Group
Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee
Michael - The Highwaymen
Let's Twist Again - Chubby Checker
School is Out - Gary U.S. Bonds
Who Put the Bomp (in the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) - Barry Mann
Last Night - The Mar-Keys
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee
Little Sister - Elvis Presley


1962
I Can't Stop Lovin' You - Ray Charles
Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk
Soldier Boy - The Shirelles
Mashed Potato Time - Dee Dee Sharp
Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca
Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon
Seven Day Weekend - Gary U.S. Bonds
The Wah Watusi - The Orion
Breaking Up is Hard to Do - Neil Sedaka
Ahab the Arab - Ray Stevens
The Loco-Motion - Little Eva
Speedy Gonzale - Pat Boone
If I Had a Hammer - Peter, Paul and Mary

 1963
It's My Party - Lesley Gore
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul
Surfin' U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
Da Doo Ron Ron - The Crystals
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March
One Fine Day - The Chiffon
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole
Surf City - Jan and Dean
Wipe Out - The Surfaris
Fingertips Pt. 2 - Little Stevie Wonder
(You're the) Devil in Disguise - Elvis Presley
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh - Alan Sherman
Just One Look - Doris Troy
My Boyfriend's Back - The Angels
Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals

1964
Chapel of Love- The Dixie Cups
Hello, Dolly - Louis Armstrong
A World Without Love - Peter and Gordon
No Particular Place to Go - Chuck Berry
I Get Around - The Beach Boys
My Boy Lollipop - Millie Small
The Girl from Impanema - Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto
Under the Boardwalk - The Drifters
Dang Me - Roger Miller
A Hard Day's Night- The Beatles
Wishin' and Hopin' - Dusty Springfield
C'mon and Swim - Bobby Freeman
Where Did Our Love Go - The Supremes
Bread and Butter - The Newbeats

1965
Help Me, Rhonda - The Beach Boys
Ticket to Ride - The Beatles
Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits
It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
I Can't Help Myself - The Four Tops
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
What the World Needs Now is Love - Jackie DeShannon
You Turn Me On - Ian Whitcomb
Yes, I'm Ready - Barbara Mason
I Got You Babe - Sonny and Cher
I Like it Like That - The Dave Clark Five
Unchained Melody- The Righteous Brothers
California Girls - The Beach Boys
Help! - The Beatles
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - James Brown

1966
When a Man Loves a Woman - Percy Sledge
A Groovy Kind of Love - The Mindbenders
Monday, Monday - The Mamas and Papas
Paint it Black - The Rolling Stones
Rainy Day Women #12 and #35 - Bob Dylan
Good Lovin' - The Little Rascals
Barefootin' - Robert Parker
Cool Jerk - The Capitols
Red Rubber Ball - The Cyrkle
Hanky Panky - Tommy James and the Shondells
Paperback Writer - The Beatles
Wild Thing - The Troggs
The Pied Piper- Crispian St. Peters
Sweet Pea - Tommy Roe
Along Comes Mary - The Association
Hungry - Paul Revere and the Raiders
Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs
Summer in the City - The Lovin' Spoonful
Mothers Little Helper - The Rolling Stones
They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! - Napoleon XIV
Somewhere My Love - Ray Conniff and the Singers
Sunshine Superman - Donovan
You Can't Hurry Love - The Supremes
Yellow Submarine - The Beatles
Summertime - Billy Stewart

1967
Groovin' - The Young Rascals
The Happening - The Supremes
Sweet Soul Music - Arthur Conley
She'd Rather Be With Me - The Turtles
Little Bit of Soul - The Music Explosion
Windy - The Association
Mirage - Tommy James and the Shondells
Let's Live for Today - The Grass Roots
San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flower in Your Hair) - Scott McKenzie
Sunday Will Never Be the Same - Spanky and Our Gang
Come on Down to My Boat - Every Mother's Son
Don't Sleep in the Subway - Petula Clark
Up-Up and Away - The 5th Dimension
Light My Fire - The Doors
A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum
I Was Made to Love Her - Stevie Wonder
Pleasant Valley Sunday - The Monkees
All You Need is Love - The Beatles
Carrie-Anne - The Hollies
A Girl Like You - The Young Rascals

1968
Mrs. Robinson - Simon and Garfunkel
Tighten Up - Archie Bell and the Drells
This Guy's in Love with You - Herb Alpert
Mony Mony - Tommy James and the Shondells
A Beautiful Morning - The Rascals
Yummy Yummy Yummy - Ohio Expess
The Horse - Cliff Nobles and Co.
Jumpin' Jack Flash - The Rolling Stones
Grazing in the Grass - Hugh Masakela
Stoned Soul Picnic - The 5th Dimension
Indian Lake - The Cowsills
Hurdy Gurdy Man - Donovan
Classical Gas - Mason Williams
Hello, I Love You - The Doors
Sunshine of Your Love - Cream
Light My Fire - Jose Feliciano
People Got to Be Free - The Rascals
I Can't Stop Dancing - Archie Bell and the Drells

1969
Get Back - The Beatles
Grazing in the Grass - The Friend of Distinction
Oh Happy Day - The Edwin Hawkins Singers
Aquarius/Let the Sunshine - The 5th Dimension
One - Three Dog Night
Spinning Wheel - Blood, Sweat and Tears
Israelites - Desmond Dekker and the Aces
Crystal Blue Persuasion - Tommy James and the Shondells
My Cherie Amour - Stevie Wonder
Sweet Caroline - Neil Diamond
Put a Little Love in Your Heart - Jackie DeShannon

1970
Everything is Beautiful - Ray Stevens
Cecelia - Simon and Garfunkel
Hitchin' a Ride - Vanity Fare
O-o-h Child - The Five Stairsteps
Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
In the Summertime - Mungo Jerry






1971
Joy to the World - Three Dog Night
It Don't Come Easy - Ringo Starr
Rainy Days and Mondays - The Carpenters
It's Too Late/I Feel the Earth Move - Carole King
Treat Her Like a Lady - The Cornelius Brothers and Sister Rose
When You're Hot, You're Hot - Jerry Reed
You've Got a Friend - James Taylor
That's the Way I've Always Heard it Should Be - Carly Simon
Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
Draggin' the Line - Tommy James and the Shondells
Take Me Home, Country Roads - John Denver
Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) - Marvin Gaye



1972
I'll Take You There - The Staple Singers
The Candy Man - Sammy Davis, Jr.
Morning Has Broken - Cat Stavens
Tumbling Dice - The Rolling Stones
Hot Rod Lincoln - Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen
Song Sung Blue - Neil Diamond
Outa-Space - Billy Preston
Lean on Me - Bill Withers
Rocket Man - Elton John
School's Out - Alice Cooper
Where is the Love - Robert Flack and Donny Hathaway
Coconut - Nilsson
Hold Your Head Up - Argent
I'm Still in Love With You - Al Green

1973
Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree - Dawn featuring Tony Orlando
You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) - George Harrison
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Right Place Wrong Time - Dr. John
Shambala - Three Dog Night
Bad, Bad, Leroy Brown - Jim Croce
Smoke on the Water - Deep Purple
Live and Let Die - Wings
Let's Get it On - Marvin Gaye
Delta Dawn - Helen Reddy

1974
The Streak - Ray Stevens
Band on the Run - Paul McCartney and Wings
Dancing Machine - The Jackson 5
The Entertainer - Marvel Hamlisch
Midnight at the Oasis - Maria Muldauer
Sundown - Gordon Lightfoot
Billy, Don't Be a Hero - Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods
If You Love Me (Let Me Know) - Olivia Newton John
Hollywood Swinging - Kool and the Gang
Rock the Boat - The Hues Corporation
The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
Waterloo - Abba
Tell Me Something Good - Rufus

1975
Thank God I'm a Country Boy - John Denver
How Long - Ace
Love Won't Let Me Wait - Major Harris
Philadelphia Freedom - Elton John
Love Will Keep Us Together - The Captain and Tennile
When Will I Be Loved - Linda Ronstadt
The Hustle - Van McCoy and the Soul City Symphony
Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
Magic - Pilot
Jive Talkin' - Bee Gees
Rhinestone Cowboy - Glan Campbell
The Rockford Files - Mike Post
Fallin' in Love - Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds
Why Can't We Be Friends? - War

1976
Silly Love Songs - Wings
Happy Days - Pratt and McClain
Welcome Back - John Sebastain
Got to Get You Into My Love - The Beatles
Rock and Roll Music - The Beach Boys
Don't Go Breaking My Heart - Elton John and Kiki Dee
Let 'Em In - Wings
You Should Be Dancing - The Bee Gees
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty - KC and the Sunshine Band
Turn the Beat Around - Vicki Sue Robinson
Play that Funky Music - Wild Cherry
A Fifth of Beethoven - Walter Murphy and the Big Apple

1977
Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
Got to Give it Up (Pt. 1) - Marvin Gaye
Gonna Fly Now (Theme from Rocky) - Bill Conti
Dreams - Fleetwood Mac
Da Doo Ron Ron - Shaun Cassidy
Jet Airliner - The Steve Miller Band
Best of My Love - Emotions
Easy - The Commodores
I'm in You - Peter Frampton




1978
You're the One That I Want - John Travolta and Olivia Newton John
Shadow Dancing - Andy Gibb
Feels So Good - Chuck Mangione
Take a Chance On Me - Abba
Baker Street - Gerry Rafferty
On Broadway - George Benson
With a Little Luck - Wings
It's a Heartache - Bonnie Tyler
You Belong to Me - Carly Simon
Miss You - The Rolling Stones
Use To Be My Girl - The O'Jays
Grease - Frankie Valli
The Groove Line - Heatwave
Last Dance - Donna Summer
Hot Blooded - Foreigner
Boogie Oogie Oogie - A Taste of Honey
Copacabana (At the Copa) - Barry Manilow

1979
Hot Stuff - Donna Summer
Goodnight Tonight - Wings
The Logical Song - Supertramp
Reunited - Peaches and Herb
We Are Family - Sister Sledge
Ring My Bell - Anita Ward
Chuck E.'s in Love - Rickie Lee Jones
Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground) - The Jacksons
Boogie Wonderland - Earth, Wind and Fire with the Emotions
I Want You to Want Me - Cheap Trick
Shine a Little Love - Electric Light Orchestra
Good Times - Chic
When You're in Love with a Beautiful Woman - Dr. Hook
My Sharona - The Knack
Don't Bring Me Down - Electric Light Orchestra