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Sunday, May 27, 2018

All Time is Now • The last week of May – Hour One

My playlist from the last week of May
Episode #047 – Hour One
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GOD SAVE THE QUEEN — Sex Pistols
CHRISTINE — Siouxsie and The Banshees
FALLOUT — The Police
SUMMER OF CANNIBALS – Pattie Smith
INVISIBLE PEOPLE — Chris Pierce
THE TWIST — M. Ward
NEW AMSTERDAM — Elvis Costello & The Attractions
THE SONIC HISTORY LESSON: The story behind...
ROCK THE CASBAH — The Clash
PUT THE MESSAGE IN THE BOX — World Party
THEME FROM "RAWHIDE" — Frankie Lane
NO MONEY DOWN — Chuck Berry
WHEN LOVE GOES WRONG NOTHING GOES RIGHT — Marilyn Monroe & Jane Russell
CALDONIA — Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
TRAVELIN' MAN — Rickie Nelson

The King told the Boogie Men,
"You gotta let that Raga drop."
’cause It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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All Time is Now • The last week of May – SIde Two

All Time is Now Archival show
My playlist from the last week of May
Episode #47 – Side Two
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ROCKIN' ALL OVER THE WORLD [John Fogerty cover] — Status Quo
JUST ANOTHER NIGHT — Ian Hunter
PLUNDERED MY SOUL (Single edit) — The Rolling Stones
I WILL POSSESS YOUR HEART (Single edit) — Death Cab For Cutie
FLESH + BLOOD — Roxy Music
IT'S TRICKY [The Knack sample] — Run-DMC
FEEL GOOD INC. — Gorillaz feat. De La Soul
MOVE ON UP (Single edit) — Curtis Mayfield
The SONIC HISTORY LESSON: The story behind...
BUFFALO SOLDIER — Bob Marley & The Wailers
THE TRA LA LA SONG (ONE BANANA, TWO BANANA) — The Banana Splits Adventure Hour
The SONIC HISTORY LESSON: The day they recorded...
JUST WALKING IN THE RAIN — The Prisonaires
I CAN'T STOP LOVING YOU [Don Gibson cover] — Ray Charles
MAN ON FIRE — Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
ALL IS FULL OF LOVE (Video Mix) — Björk

Tra, La La, Tra La La La,
Tra La La, La La La La La
’cause It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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Saturday, March 31, 2018

All Time is Now • The Birth of the 45!!

The Birth of an International love affair.
  
This week, March 31st, in 1949 RCA Victor introduced the Fabulous 45 RPM vinyl phonograph. 
  
The revolutionary vinyl single promised high fidelity and a new era in distortion free quality at 45 Revolutions Per Minute. 
  
The 7″ 45 RPM record was a smaller, more durable and higher-fidelity replacement for the 10" 78 RPM shellac discs. 

Some background regarding this brand new technology; "45" refers to its speed. The prior popular format, the 78 referred to its speed as well, spinning at 78 Revolutions Per Minute. The new smaller 7" discs also had a bigger hole (adapter available) so as to use the new multi-disc automatic changer player. You would pile up a number of discs on the thick spindle and each disc would drop one by one, to give you continuous listening pleasure. 

— RADIO AGE • April 1949: NEW NOTE IN MUSIC —

"The new life-long record, which is less than seven inches in diameter is made of durable, lightweight vinyl plastic and plays up to five minutes and twenty seconds on each side. The record player, which operates at 45 rpm, contains the fastest record-changing mechanism ever designed.  The excellent quality and clarity of tone of the new reproducing system has been highly praised by outstanding musicians."

Plus, the NEW discs didn't break like the 78's. Dropping a 78 on the floor will literally smash it to pieces. The new POLY vinyl discs could get scratched but they didn't shatter. 
[Side note; Record Contracts to this day, still contain the outdated 10% breakage fee clause from the 1940s. Yes, 78s break, 45's not as much, CD's not much at all, and mp3's sure as hell don't break!] 

Weeks prior to March 31st, retail record shops and department stores were shipped a player for demonstration and a batch of the new discs. They arrived in a custom envelope labeled: This Is Your Preview of the New RCA Victor 45 R.P.M. RECORD LINE! 

Inside were seven singles, each a different color plastic — each color representing seven different musical styles. That's right! Multi colored vinyl in 1949! 

— RCA Victor Advertisement art from 1949 —

The colors and the records (various samples) were... 
  
Cerise (Orange) disc for Blues & Rhythm; 
"That's All Right" by Big Boy Crudup 

Green disc for Country & Western Music; 
"Spanish Fandango" by Spade Cooley 
  
Sky-Blue disc for International Music; 
"A Klein Melamedl" by Saul Meisels 
  
Midnight Blue disc for Popular Classics; 
"The French Marching Song" by Al Goodman & His Orchestra 
  
Red disc for Red Seal Classical; 
RECORD UNKNOWN 
  
Yellow disc for Children's Entertainment; 
"Turhan Bey" with Henri Rene & Orchestra 
Jet Black disc for Popular Music; 
"Because" by Dick Leibert 
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The preview envelope suggested: Use these seven records as samples between now and March 31st, and for use with the forthcoming window and counter displays. You may wish to hold them as collector's items — the first production run of a record that will set the pace for the entire industry!  

There also was a Demonstration Record made specifically for in-store use, and not broadcasters, the "Whirl-Away Demonstration Record" (Spanish version on the flip) was played over and over, calling attention to the colorful display of new discs. 

The Whirl-Away Demonstration Record

RCA Victor released 104 singles (current popular hits and re-issued previously available records) simultaneously in the brand new format. But, the first "NEW 45" released on the new format was a Green disc, Country & Western number, "Texarkana Baby", b/w "Bouquet of Roses" by Eddy Arnold. 

Like any new technology it was a little expensive, as you needed a new player, so not everyone had one. The big cities on the coasts had plenty in the stores while in many parts of the middle of America it was just a rumour. But soon the costs of the player came down and more importantly the 45 discs didn't cost an arm and a leg.  

At the time, much like a Photo Album, Record "Albums" were book bound multi-disc sets which held four 78s and RCA had the 45! You could stack up the discs on the fancy new player like so; Side 1/Side 8, Side 2/Side 7, Side 3/Side 6, Side 4/Side 5. Then flip the discs over and continue to listen in sequence. 
[Side note; Record Albums are still called "Albums", as in, a collection of songs. It always bugged me when people said, "I guess you call them CD's now and not Album's right?!?" No.] 

— RCA Victor advertisement: TALENT "tone quality!" —


In 1948, Columbia had introduced a larger 12" micro-groove record spinning at 33 1/3RPM that could play for over 20 minutes a side. Yes, your favorite Classical piece or first half of a Broadway show without interruption. They were called LP's or Long Players.   

Taking on the 78 was one thing, but this was different, and six months in, RCA was even considering abandoning the 45, but eight months later, by November of 1949, kids everywhere were lining up for the little disc at the low price at the new speed! By the end of the year, Capitol and M-G-M started pressing 45's as well, Mercury and Decca followed in 1950. And Columbia held out until late 1951 when RCA Victor started making 12" LP's as well. The new formats could, should and would co-exist.  

By 1952 RCA was boasting of all-time record volume of sales with the new format, the new era had begun. Also, after 1952, all 45's were on black vinyl (they were the most durable). And a mere four years later, the first Rock 'n' Roll singles were released, kicking off a love affair with 45's that still exists to this day. By the mid 1950s the 45 had won the "War of The Speeds". In the US, 78's were gone by 1957. In Great Britain, EMI withdrew its last 78 RPM from its catalog in 1962. Some International countries like India would continue to make 78s up until the mid 1960s.  

Some things never change though; any new format takes awhile to be adapted by every part of society. When the record companies announced they would start to phase out the 78 RPM format, they would however, for a while after that, continue making Hillbilly 78's. In the 1990s, Country music was the last to hang on with cassettes ("Heck, tha tape player in ma truck’s still workin’ just fine!"). In the next few years, we will see the same thing happen again when Compact Disc's start to get phased out ("Heck, tha CD player in ma truck’s still workin’ just fine!"). 

But the 45 was here to stay and would go on to be the medium of choice for decades, every generation of Rock 'n' Roll listenin' teenager on thru the Top 40 years of the 1960s, Classic AM hits of the 1970s and with New Wavers and Punkers (bringing back multi- colored discs), into the 80s, and 90s. Things looked a little shaky for the 45 at the turn of the century but as we see the Compact Disc era transition into the Digital & Cloud based wireless era, resurgence in vinyl is taking on a new life that doesn't look to be slowing down, but picking up steam. The 45 is alive and well. Long Live the 45! 
  
There will be plenty of BRAND NEW special edition 45's available at this years' Record Store Day coming up on April 21th 2018. 

View the full list here... 
www.recordstoreday.com 
  

After all, It's only Rock 'n' Roll. 

  

Shark 


Images are from the most excellent and informative Audio history website... 
www.phonojack.com 

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Sunday, March 4, 2018

All Time is Now • The Last week of February

My playlist from the last week of February
Episode #112 – Hour One
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NOT FADE AWAY [Buddy Holly cover] — The Rolling Stones
IF YOU GOTTA GO, GO NOW (OR ELSE YOU GOT TO STAY ALL NIGHT) [Bob Dylan cover] — Manfred Mann
I NEED YOU (Mono version) — The Beatles
NIGHT TRAIN — Jimmy Forrest and All Star Combo
I MUST BE IN LOVE — The Rutles
MODERN LOVE — Peter Gabriel
GOING UP THE COUNTRY [cover] — Canned Heat
ANDY'S CHEST — Lou Reed
MAKE ME SMILE (COME UP AND SEE ME) — Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel
THIS CHARMING MAN — The Smiths
SHIP OF FOOLS — World Party
MIDNIGHT — Coldplay
COMING OF AGE — Foster The People
The John Rowlands COMPETITION WINNERS ANNOUNCED
JEALOUS GUY [John Lennon cover] — Roxy Music

Listen to me baby,
There's something you must see
I want to be with you, gal
If you want to be with me
’cause It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Special Guest; Rock Photographer John Rowlands

My playlist from the fourth week of January

Episode #110 – Side Two

Special Guest; John Robert Rowlands

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Special Guest for the full hour is Legendary Rock 'n' Roll Photographer,
John Robert Rowlands
Sharing stories about photographing everyone from Brenda Lee, The Beatles, 
and touring with Elvis Presley and David Bowie and more!

SATISFACCIÓN (en Español) [The Rolling Stones cover] – Los Apson
From the Box-Set Los Nuggets; 60s Garage & Psych from Latin America








SWEET NOTHIN'S — Brenda Lee
From the compilation, I Fall To Pieces: Gems from the UK Brunswick Vaults









I FEEL FINE (BBC Sessions) — The Beatles
From On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2










SOMEWHERE — Jimi Hendrix
From People, Hell and Angels.
The posthumous compilation of unreleased music from Hendrix's planned follow up to Electric Ladyland in 1968. Original engineer Eddie Kramer mixed all the tracks.







Introduction: ALSO SPRACH ZARATHUSTRA / 
THAT'S ALL RIGHT (Live) [Arthur Crudup cover] by Elvis Presley & The TCB Band
From ELVIS as Recorded at Madison Square Garden in 1972.








REBEL REBEL (Live 1976) — David Bowie
From the bonus disc of the Station To Station Special Edition box set. The original Long Player was released this week (Jan 23rd) in 1976.
DON'T BLAME IT ON ELVIS — Fabulous McClevertys
From the compilation, Mirror To The Soul: Caribbean Jump-Up, Mambo & Calypso Beat 1954 -1977
The popular Calypso band from the Virgin Islands.










UPDATE: Winners were chosen on Feb 26th 2014
(Thirty-Eight years to the day that the Bowie photo was taken)
and announced on the March 2nd Broadcast of All Time is Now.

LISTENERS had a chance to win the following photos... 
The Beatles - Toronto Press Conference 1965


Elvis Presley LIVE - Buffalo, NY 1972


The Rolling Stones LIVE - Toronto 1975


David Bowie LIVE - "The Archer" 1976



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For more pictures from the career of John Rowland please visit...
www.SpotlightHeroes.com/Rowlands
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You've got your Mother in a whirl, 
She's not sure if you're a boy or a girl,
Hey, babe, your hair's alright,
Hey, babe, let's go out tonight
’cause It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.
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