Saturday, 31 July 2010

"...it won't be long / till I belong to you... "

I love to surround myself mainly by musicians, better with Classical studies on their shoulders.

This is an exception, this is a sketch of a policewoman (I already mentioned her in some earlier entry), whom I call the Marshal Lady, impossible to have a picture of hers...!  Therefore, I had no other chance than making a drawing "by memory" of her face, coal on canvas...
...why this?  Because the canvas allows me to disguise certain mistakes of mine :-))
She dozn know of this blog, I guess she's gonna put me under restrains after finding out *wink!*

The starlet, in a pause while playing Grand Piano for me...
Chopin, precisely... her name means "knowledge" in ancient Greek...

The Harp professor Lady, this woman
masters several musical instruments...
and not only...
Again one of my closes Lady-Friends, who doesn't want absolutely to be pictured....
I will always be in awe for Ladies in Mission-Impossible Boots: this is MD. Dalyla from Sydney.
This woman works today for an investigating agency, and has recorded two electroacoustic folk albums and one single on Polydor in the mid-70's, but later on she "renegaded" them... I tried my best to convince her to let them be reissued, but no way; Of the two albums I mentioned, the second was regularly recorded, but Polydor, despite contracts and committments, NEVER issued it, no one knows the reason why.  However, all her music doesn't exist on CD, shame, coz without her permission I can't publish them, and she keeps me constantly under control!!  Her job compels her to travel round the world, hard for her to keep it up with her things at home.... So years ago she donated her albums to me, trusting that I would have kept them completely safe and healthy for the forthcoming centuries, which of course is what I am doing  :-))

...and the number one Gothic Lady existing!
Better not to express any comments (altho positive) about her, you never know what her reactions may be.
Fundamentally people love her lunacy and her evergreen "Spiegel an der Wand" narcissismus!
In one word: the return of MD Brutal

Dulcis in fundo: the magic Orchestra conductor, Maestro Karl VI
A musician of other times, great knowledge and deep vertical sensitivity,
someone who really has a lot to teach, difficult to find such good maesters, nowadays
*KISS* from your Countess-in-standby,
this time in  FULL WHITE. :-))

The next post will be one among these:

EVERLY BROTHERS - Instant party! (probably the first gimmick cover ever released)
BEACH BOYS - Party! (with 15 extra photos included)
BEATLES - Let it be (vv. editions, big book, single)
BEATLES - In Italy (Q.: which was the original first edition? A.: the one on red/silver label!)
BEATLES - various singles on Americal labels: Tollie, Swan, Vee-Jay
BEATLES - Various Italian singles with sleeves
ROLLING STONES - Out of our heads (vv. different editions)
AMBROSE SLADE - Beginnings / Ballzy (vv. different editions)
U2 - the first four CBS singles each on coloured vinyl, Ireland-pressed only
VELVET UNDERGROUND - the various first edition Banana-covers

............ didn't yet decide what......

Friday, 9 July 2010

JETHRO TULL - This was (Island, 1968) - multiple editions

The UK cover, nothing different in any of the first three editions.

As many of you probably already know, after this album was published, it was also right away withdrawn from the market because of a "pastiche" in the mixng of some songs.  This regarded only the stereo copy, not the mono, of course.  What you see below is  the first published stereo label.

Then came the second label,...

...and the third (foto above)

So, the only way to recognize what version of the album is the one that suffered from withdrawal (apart from listening carefully to it), remains the label, because there are no differencies in the matrix code that you find written in the trail-off vinyl.  Many collectors often say "the Island originals are on pink rim label", yes, but it depends, we must always distinguish....

Above: the version on the sunrays Island label (again a pink rim) - in this case, my copy is the German one.

The album was also issued more or less worldwide, and also in Italy, the first edition was in stereo for the Ricordi International label in 1969, in a curious version: the cover is not gatefold and as you can see, there are pictures of all members except Mick Abrahams... In so many years of collecting-listening-playing-reading music, let me tell you now that I know some paparazzi "journalists" and "critics" which would be happy to write something like "Could it be that Ian Anderson already decided to fire Abrahams and couldn't stand to have him on the Italian cover sleeve??? "  Yes, that's what certain people did and still do on magazines today, unfortunately, and believe me: when they write such bullshit, they really DO MEAN it  :-)  Also this early Ricordi Italian version presents the wrong "pastiched" stereo mixage, but no one ever took care to withdraw it - LOL.  Years later there was a second edition on Island, with regular gatefold cover and everything like the original UK issue.

The Italian Ricordi covers (above) and the label (below)