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Playing Pokemon Go with vinyl

I’ve never added anything to the Discogs Database before, it’s pretty easy to do really, as I found out when I added the Carl Matthews album I talked about recently. This is the Discogs entry here:

https://www.discogs.com/Carl-Matthews-Mirage-Tape-Years/release/8837919

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It looks a lot like the image above, more than a lot, exactly, because that’s it.

It irked me that I wasn’t able to add it to my Discogs collection, which I have recently come to realise is my own version of Pokemon Go, except it’s for vinyl records, sort of, when I do catch them I have to add them to my VinylDex (rather than Pokedex) and records stores are PokeStops, Record Fairs are PokeGyms where I do battle with the vendors.

There’s even an app for it, ‘The Vinyl District‘, as you move around different record shops pop up for you to nip into and catch a record.

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(not my picture, from here: http://pictigar.com/hashtag/Vinyladdict)
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That Special Record – July

This month the album I received from ‘That Special Record‘ subscription service was ‘Mirage Tape Recordings 1979-83’ by Carl Matthews. Now what can I tell you about Carl Matthews that you don’t already know? Well, he was an American character actor and stuntman of the 1930s through 1950s. Born on February 19, 1903 in Oklahoma, his first film role would be in Rough Riding Ranger in 1935. Over the next 33 years, Mathews would appear in over 200 films, shorts, and television shows, either as a performer or a stuntman.

I feel Wikipedia has let me down there. The thing is, I know very little about Carl Matthews, finding just limited information on Discogs I went on a bit of a hunt and found a soundcloud page (it wasn’t really a hunt, there was a link on Discogs but I’m trying to add some drama), where he describes himself as ‘An old guy who likes making sounds for Library/Production companies.’

Then I found this ‘Carl Matthews, a synthesist who started out in the late ’70’s producing
Cosmic (Space) Music in the style of the early composers of the German electronic scene.
Cassette tapes were produced and distributed by Mirage, Electronical Dreams
and the ICR label.’ Here, probably, is a picture of the mystery man himself:

A-317237-1277157189.jpegI cannot vouch for the authenticity of this picture.

So, essentially, the album I received is by somebody I’ve never heard of and can find only sketchy information about. That, I’m sure you’d agree, did not bode well for the LP I was about to put on my turntable. Here, as evidence, is said album on said turntable:

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I played the album this evening when I arrived home, and my expectations were entirely wrong, it is absolutely brilliant and having listened twice now I cannot fathom why this isn’t massive, I like it that much. Imagine for a moment that Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream were asked to get together and produce a soundtrack to a movie of a Philip K. Dick novel whose main theme is how our increasing reliance on technology is eroding our humanity. That, to me, is this album. It has the sweeping vistas of Tangerine Dream but also the intricacies of Kraftwerk and the repetitiveness of both (Note to reader: I love repetitiveness).

I have to make some assumptions but it would appear from the track information, pictured below, that these are reproduced from tapes recorded in the early 80’s and that they are very much influenced by kosmische musik (you can call it Krautrock if you really want to).

IMG_2578I just read the card that came with the album, I should probably done that first. The tracks were recorded on a Reel-To-Reel recorder using a Korg Polyphonic Ensemble, Korg M20 Synthesiser and a Korg SQ10 sequencer. I’m sure there are people out there who know this musician, but it is entirely new to me and, almost certainly, would be undiscovered had I not been sent it by Miguel at That Special Record, which is exactly why I have a subscription in the first place, this one is just perfect for me.

I’d like to put some here for you to listen to but I can’t find anything, so go buy a copy, although it appears to be a limited numbered edition of 444 copies.

Wait, there’s more, a Freund Der Familie 12″ single, ‘FDF Alpha Remixes #3’ that has been IMG_2579included as a surprise, and it certainly was. It’s a red marbled limited edition of 150 and, quite frankly, coloured vinyl is the way to my heart. It looks almost black on the turntable, but if you hold it up to the light it is quite a lovely oh, nice bit of artwork that you can see there that was tucked inside the sleeve as well.

Again, I’d never listened to anything by them but it’s a doubly nice surprise as I really like it, and really appreciate it’s inclusion. Below is a track from soundcloud so you can have a listen to one of their tracks should you fancy it, and there are loads more if you go here: https://soundcloud.com/freundderfamilie

And here it is held up to the light to show off that lovely red colour:

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All in all I’m delighted with what I’ve received this month and am already looking forward to what is going to arrive next.

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aaaaaaaaaaand finally, something  a little bit different. A 7″ single, or E.P. really, that came out on Record Store Day this year but was still in the store and, as I am a bit of a sucker for Soundtracks, I really had to pick it up and take it home.

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Record Store Day celebrates German cinematic culture this year with this special edition silver colored vinyl 7″ single of ‘Nosferatu, eine Symphonie des Grauens (translated as Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror) from the 1922 German Expressionist horror film. The original score composed by Hans Erdmann has been lost, and what remains is a reconstitution of the score as it was played in 1922. James Bernard, composer of the soundtracks of many Hammer horror films in the late 1950s and 1960s, has written a score for a reissue. This particular 7” version contains audio performed in 1997 by The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Nic Raine. Limited to 3000 numbered copies.

Side A
Omens of Nosferatu
The Pursuit of Knock

Side B
The Ship of Doom

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It’s a wonderful thing and, although it was £7.00 I feel it was worth it and, of course, it wasn’t my money paying for it!

Below is a video that somebody made of it playing on their turntable.

Final Total: £51.00

 

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This is the only full price album I bought at £17.00 but it’s brilliant so I really had little choice.

Kraftwerk ‎– Techno Pop

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Label: Kling Klang ‎– 50999 9 66050 1 1, Mute ‎– STUMM 308
Series: Kling Klang Digital Master –
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Remastered
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 16 Nov 2009
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro, Synth-pop

Tracklist

A1 Boing Boom Tschak 2:58
A2 Techno Pop

Words By – Schult*

7:42
A3 Musique Non Stop 5:44
B1 The Telephone Call 3:50
B2 House Phone 4:56
B3 Sex Object 6:51
B4 Electric Cafe

Words By – Schmitt*

4:17

I adore Kraftwerk and have done since I saw them on TV back in the 70’s on the TV programme ‘Tomorrows World’, at least I think it was. They were so odd, and so unlike anything I’d ever seen or heard, although I hadn’t actually seen or heard all that much at that point. I do seem to be working my way towards owning everything of theirs on vinyl, which is still possible as I think all of it received a vinyl release and much has been re-released.

Running Total: £44.00

(only one more to go)

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Will it never end? Well, yes it will, just not yet.

Young Dreams – Between Places

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Label: K. Dahl Eftf. ‎– 5053105-5001-1-6
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP
CD, Album
Country: Norway
Released: 2013

Genre: Rock, Pop

Tracklist

LP-A1 Footprints
LP-A2 Wounded Hearts Forever
LP-A3 Fog Of War
LP-B1 First Days Of Something
LP-B2 When Kisses Are Salty
LP-B3 Dream Alone, Wake Together
LP-C1 The Girl That Taught Me To Drink And Fight
LP-D1 Through The Turnstiles
LP-D2 Young Dreams

I really like this album, and as it was new and sealed and only £3 I like it even more. Young Dreams is a Norwegian band from Bergen , consisting of Matias Tellez, Pablo Tellez, Rune Vandaskog, Njål Paul Berg, Marius Erster Bergesen, Chris Holm and Fredrik Vågsborg. That’s all I know, other than they sort of sound like a modern version of the Beach Boys.

What I also know is that I really enjoyed the album and am surprised to find it so cheap.

Running Total: £27.00

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And the hits just keep on coming!

‘Argybargy’ by Squeeze, who I have a soft spot for.

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Label: A&M Records ‎– AMLH 64802
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK
Released: 1980
Genre: Rock
Style: New Wave

Tracklist

A1 Pulling Mussels (From The Shell) 4:00
A2 Another Nail In My Heart 2:58
A3 Separate Beds 3:21
A4 Misadventure 2:56
A5 I Think I’m Go Go 4:19
B1 Farfisa Beat 4:13
B2 Here Comes That Feeling 2:58
B3 Vicky Verky 2:12
B4 If I Didn’t Love You 3:12
B5 Wrong Side Of The Moon 2:25
B6 There At The Top 3:46

Chris Difford & Glenn Tilbrook could certainly write a great pop song, but the Lennon & McCartney comparisons they were lumbered with weren’t really appropriate or useful.

I only know the first two tracks from this album as I was mostly buying singles around this time due to having absolutely no income whatsoever, well, I was only 13. I’m looking forward to hearing what else they created on this album. It was £3.50.

 

Running Total: £24.00

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I never liked The Associates, they would turn up on Top Of The Pops and I had absolutely no interest in them whatsoever, in fact, most of the time I just wanted them to shut up so we could move on to whatever was next. I was completely wrong of course and it is only recently that I have come to realise that Billy Mackenzie had a brilliant and wonderful voice. I was doing an 80’s mix (which you can find here if you are of a mind to) and as I was listening to things that I thought would be good to include, youtube automatically rolled on to it. I said this about track 14 in the mix:

14: The Associates – Waiting For The Love Boat

I never really took much notice of The Associates back in the early 80’s, having only really listened to ‘Party Fears Two’, but have listened retrospectively and I really should have paid a bit more notice. I do remember thinking at the time that it was all a little odd and not my thing but singer Billy Mackenzie did have a fabulous voice. Sadly, he committed suicide in 1997 at age 39, shortly after the death of his mother. He had been suffering from clinical depression. I chose this track because I like it, which is a damn fine reason.


I have to agree with myself on this. So I saw a used copy of the album ‘Perhaps’ for £3.50  and suddenly I owned it.

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Label: WEA ‎– WX9, WEA ‎– 240 497-1
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 09 Feb 1985
Genre: Electronic, Rock, Pop
Style: Synth-pop

At the time this was released I wasn’t as open to different styles of music as I now am. I was very much firmly ensconced in a genre and refused to leave. I’m so glad I’m over that.

Here, for your pleasure, is a 40 minute documentary on The Associates.

And from the album the single ‘Waiting For The Love Boat’.

Running Total: £20.50