Yearly Archives: 2011

Thursday, 8 December 2011

New and Running: Voxson 1202


 voxson 1202 front view hey folks, heres the result of my latest project: excavating and reactivating my dads old tv, which had spent the last thirty years in the attic collecting dust. it reappeared miraculously during our last move into our current house, and fascinated by the awesome futuristic design (by famous italian designer rodolfo bonetto) i asked my dad if i could keep it. the next three years the telly spent on a shelf in my room, simply serving as a decorative object.
i want to apologize for the poor quality of some of the pictures, i mostly had to take them without flash because otherwise you couldnt see any picture on the tellys screen.
when i first turned it on i was relieved to see that it was still working and the picture tube wasnt damaged. but as theres no analogue tv program anymore i couldnt tune in any channel of course.
rear view with power cord and uhf/vhf plug so i – who didnt have any knowledge about technical things, the least tvs – did some research how to get some input signal into this old baby. first of all it was clear, that the only …

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Wednesday, 30 November 2011

R.I.P. Keef Hartley


 Keith “Keef” Hartley

8th April 1944 – 27th November 2011

hartley worked as a drummer for rory storm and the hurricanes, the artwoods and john mayall. he passed away on sunday after complications from surgery at the age of 67. here is the in memoriam note by john mayall:

I got the sad news (27Nov11) that Keef Hartley died of complications from surgery last Sunday. When I think back to all the adventures we had over the years, both on and off the road, it seems hardly possible that my friend of so many years will not be showing up to sit in with any of my bands in the future. His sense of fun and love of life will always remain in my thoughts as special memories. Boy did we have fun! So long my friend, I will miss you.
here is a track from his first album with the keef hartley band:

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Tuesday, 29 November 2011

It’s Been a Long Long Long Time…


 
yes, 58 years can be a long, long, long time – but not as a lifetime. the mixed feelings of grief that occupied me these days were caused on one side by the fact that its once again the anniversary of the loss of a great idol, and on the other side by the horrid fact how irreversably fast time flies. yes, it is exactly ten years ago today that george harrison passed away. to me this was a very incisive and dramatic event – first, because it was the first (and to this day – luckily – only) death of a beatle to happen in my lifetime, and second because my grandfather died just a couple of days later in early december 2001 from the same illness that george succumbed to (although he was lucky enough to reach a little higher age).
as an atheist i probably disagree with george or many of his fans that he is “in a better place” now (even if this should be being reborn or what else one can think of), i simply say lets thing of the awesome life this lad has had – a life many of will …

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Cilla Black: Anyone Who Had A Heart / Just For You (1964)


 
here we have another cute girl pop number, this time from the other side of the big pond. cilla black was born priscilla white in liverpool 1943, and was the first (and only) female musician to sign a contract with the beatles’ manager brian epstein. funny enough she picked up ‘black’ as her stage name after the editor of the local music newspaper ‘mersey beat’ wrote about her with that name by mistake. ‘anyone who had a heart’ was her first #1 hit and her big breakthrough, after her first single ‘love of the loved’ (a lennon/mccartney song) only made it to #35 in the UK. it is a sweet and touching ballad about unreturned love, which becomes even more touching by cillas incredibly rich and powerful voice. when you first listen to this, the first impression that hits you might not even be the beauty of the song itself but rather the overwhelming realisation of ‘wow that girl can SING!’. cillas marvelous vocals are accompanied by some orchestration and a background choir, which makes the whole arrangement more sweet and soulful. awww, this is another number i just cant stop listening to! the b-side, however, is far …

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Friday, 25 November 2011

Irma Thomas: Wish Someone Would Care / Break-A-Way (1964)


 
here is my first music post for a loooong time, and it is special in many other ways, too. first of all this a very big favourite of mine, and also it is the first example of girl pop that i ever posted on twenty flight rock. and telling you why i love this record so much, i will start with the b-side: i have heard this song thousands of times on the radio sung by tracy ullman (as you may know i was as unfortunate as to be born around that time, the late 20th century). i always wondered how i could like a song from the 80s that much, because except from the blues brothers (1980) i dont let anything from that decade touch my ears (im a weird kind of purist somehow). of course i wasnt surprised at all when i found out that miss ullman covered a 60s song and instantly looked for the record to add it to my collection. in fact its a pretty shame that ullmans version became so popular and this one slipped into obscurity so soon. irma thomas, the ‘soul queen of new orleans’, who is often associated with …

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

Yet Another Turntable


 
this is the other turntable i bought in search of a 78rpm-capable one. it came from union, missouri and cost me $22.50. a really neat device in a wonderful condition, probably from the early or mid 60s. it is a portable one, the case is red and beige from the outside and it can play 16, 33, 45 and 78rpm. according to the sellers information it should work fine, but i cant test it becaue i dont have a step down voltage converter yet (i will tell you about the results once i have one). the brand is called vornado, which was the new name of the discount store two guys from 1959 on. thus the turntable must have been produced later than 1959, but as it still looks pretty much like 1950s style, i assume that its from the early 60s.

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Sunday, 30 October 2011

My New Turntable


 
hey folks, i know its been a while… but, well, heres the news: after obtaining my first shellac record (“come on a my house” by rosemary clooney (yes, she is related to george clooney – shes his aunt), 1951) i was in search of a turntable that can play at 78rpm and already has the special needle you need to play shellac. and then i found this vintage american portable model from philadelphia on ebay (cost me $47) – there will be a LOT of work to do, but im planning to restore it as far as possible.

it is unsure from which manufacturer this turntable is, as its top cover is missing and theres no label or plate on it. its made from bakelite and was produced in the 1950s (as assumed by the seller). the original power cord is missing, so i had no chance yet to turn it on but it looks ok as far as i can see. it was a little dirty from outside and it definitely has to be opened and professionally cleaned, some screwes have become loose after all those decades but i dont think there …

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Sunday, 9 October 2011

A happy barthday, ol’ pal..


 

John Lennon: The Moldy Moldy Man
(In His Own Write, 1964)

I’m a moldy moldy man
I’m moldy thru and thru
I’m a moldy moldy man
You would not think it true.
I’m moldy till my eyeballs
I’m moldy til my toe
I will not dance I shyballs
I’m such a humble Joe.

dear john, a humble 71st birthday… we still miss you.

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Tuesday, 23 August 2011

R.I.P. Jerry Leiber


 Jerome “Jerry” Leiber

25th April 1933 – 22nd August 2011

now heres maybe the best known leiber/stoller song, to which jerry wrote the lyrics. of course elvis version is the most popular one, but originally it was recorded by this blues lady in the early 50s.
“Hound Dog” performed live by Big Mama Thornton and Buddy Guy in 1965:

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Sunday, 14 August 2011

Off-Topic

 

awesome performance, but this is just to illustrate how lady gaga sounds to me by default :-)

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Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Peter-Thomas-Sound-Orchester: Raumpatrouille (Soundtrack 1966)


 
well folks here something that i wanted to post months ago, and i am very happy to share this nostalgic jewel with you now. i watched this series as a kid hundreds and thousands of times, so perhaps we share the same awesome memories of the european answer to star trek (which indeed first aired the same year – just a couple of days earlier!): “the phantastic adventures of the spaceship orion”.
of course this is just a soundtrack and not the original episodes, but nevertheless heres something about the series itself first – either for those who have never heard of it and might want to watch it, or for those who want to smile about the good old days again.
‘space patrol orion’ is a 7 episode sci fi series produced in germany, the first one of its kind. i grew up watching orion and it always reminds me of my childhood. i could name all the crews members when i still walked under the table: cliff allister mclane, the commander, hasso sigbjörnson, mario de monti, atan shubashi, helga legrelle and tamara jagellovsk, a special officer of the galactic security service who was assigned …

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Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Yardbirds: I’m A Man / The Train Kept A-Rollin’ (1965)


 
here it comes: straightforward, wild rhythm & blues, just like straight from some young guys garage or basement. the yardbirds had been among my first favourite 60s bands, probably right after the beatles – and the introduction to that decade being more than just either beatles or stones (cause thats the picture you get if you grow up as much later as i did). so raunchy and down-to-earth, they incited my addiction to that mid 60s british r&b stuff – so lively and blistering!
these two songs however are just about my favourite yardbirds tracks, because they capture the early jeff beck-phase of the group in such a fantastic way. slightly leaving the blues roots and kicking off into a high-energy garage sound – oh what a blast! here we have a cover of bo diddleys classic ‘im a man’ – drenched with keith relfs edgy blues harp playing and driven forward by jim mccartys steady drum beat. still not losing the charakter that mr mcdaniel had given this song, it gets a real rejuvenating cure here by these young, energetic lads.
same goes to the b-side, a cover of ‘train kept a rolling’, originally performed …

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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

This Is John Walker: A Tribute featuring GARY WALKER


 

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here it is folks, last weeks tribute to john walker on 88.3 southern FM, as a downloadable podcast for those who – like me – werent able to listen to the show live (due to the time difference between europe and australia i unfortunately was at work when it aired).
but even on top of that, heres gary walkers response to nick, who did the show and gathered all the material for it:
Hi Nick “The Man” Black,
Well where do I start, I listened to your show and I want to tell you and 88.3 team how impressed myself and my family were with your John Walker Tribute. Everyone did a lot of home work and it showed. I haven’t even heard any of the early stuff that John and Judy did, so it was a real treat for me also.
I have done a lot of Radio but yours was one of the of the best, (must get a CD of it)
Once again, well done on the show, and if you need anything more that you would like me to do (Gary Walker …

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Friday, 24 June 2011

“Columbo” dies aged 83


 Peter Michael Falk

16th September 1927 – 23rd June 2011

to bring back some memories, and perhaps make you laugh again:
Peter Falk in: The Dean Martin Celebrity Roast of Frank Sinatra (1977):

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Saturday, 18 June 2011

Los Fabulosos Cuatro


 

happy birthday, paul!

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