From the Land of Band Box Records

Vinyl Alive & Well In Colorado

May 19, 2019

Resurgence of Front Range Record Stores

Fort Collins, Colorado

Two new record stores have emerged in Fort Collins, Colorado to compete with the “Bizarre Bazaar” and “Rock N’ Robbins” which are both situated on College Avenue near the CSU Campus.

All Sales Vinyl….

…. owned by Doug Gaddy is open for business – also located on College Avenue but further to the North situated in the heart of the old town district – a great location.

All Sales Vinyl is located at 120 S. College Avenue – phone: 303-955-1519 – cell: 303-803-8349

Intersect Records….

Is located far to the southwest sector of Fort Collins – Situated inside Intersect Brewery – the facility doubles as a boutique like vinyl outlet.

2160 West Drake Road #A1 – 970-682-2041 – Web Site

Speaking of the Bizarre Bazaar…

I stopped by there and had a nice time going through their outside “honor system” bargain books and records – just a quarter each!  And if it is after hours – you can place your quarters in an envelope and drop it in the mail slot.

Also their 45’s (1,000’s of them) are now priced right.

The Bargain Rack

Longmont, Colorado

Two record outlets have relocated in Longmont – one coming in from Boulder, Colorado and the other departing downtown Longmont settling further to the west.

Absolute Vinyl…..

Is back – good news for record hounds – with a great inventory as was the case in Boulder before they closed shop there – and still offering quality stereo components.

Absolute has taken a nice spot on Longmont’s primary drive – 319 Main Street – 303-955-1519 – Facebook Page

Recycled Records….

Is now out on Hover Street with a much larger store – all of the LP’s arranged very nicely – with hundreds of quality collector LP’s displayed along the walls.  Recycled also offers up a nice line of stereo components.

Estes Park, Colorado

Sgt. Pepper’s Music and Video

Not a new store but one I had previously not listed – I always stop by when in beautiful Estes Park – They feature many new collectible type items – many Fab Four in nature – and then all the way to the back entrance of the store is their used LP racks.

Found more than a couple for my own collection through the years.  Worth a visit.

160 East Elkhorn Avenue – 970-586-7624 – Facebook Page

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Here is the Link to my “Rocky Mountain Vinyl Stores” Page

Get in touch should you have knowledge of another Colorado record store missing from the site.

Louise Duncan

Had a nice surprise this week picking up a copy of Denver’s Louise Duncan – a jazz pianist from back in the day.

Louise was a close friend of symphony bassist and jazz player Charlie Burrell who migrated to Denver from Detroit at a young age and who became very entrenched in the Five Points neighborhood music scene.

Here is an excerpt from an earlier Post pertaining to Louise:

“Charlie formed a close friendship with the extraordinary piano player Louise Duncan, who did not usually perform or play in Five Points.  Her usual venue was a long-gone Lakewood, Colorado spot named “The Aviation Club”.

The location was just off Pierce Street and Colfax.  I was able to frequent the Aviation from time-to-time since my future wife’s family had a membership (this WAS NOT a country club in the vein of Cherry Hills, Denver Country Club and so on – but a comfortable place for the “little people”.  The club included a nice olympic-size pool along with a very tiny little par three golf course – probably no more than four or five holes – and finally a quaint little restaurant where Louise chose to play for a considerable length of time.

She was also booked into downtown Denver’s elite restaurant, “Strombergs” (owner Al Stromberg) in what would come to be called “Larimer Square”.  Burrell would make her acquaintance at Stromberg’s where he would dine often after a Denver Symphony performance.  He helped her obtain a considerable boost in performing fees which established their friendship.

Burrell recalls, “I got a lot of my real broad experience in terms of being a good bass player playing with her, because she wouldn’t play in the traditional keys like B-flat, E-flat and A-flat.  She’d play the blues in F-Sharp or B-Natural.  And I had to follow her, you know, it was a challenge!”

The LP I located was recorded at Stromberg’s in Downtown Denver.

Bob Princeton with the Desperados

This LP comes from 1979 with singer song writer Bob Princeton backed by the Colorado group “The Desperados” featuring Max Hannum (keyboards), Dick Frost lead guitar), David Rodriquez (drums) and Ray Wilinski (bass).  This LP was recorded at Denver’s Maximum Sound Studios.

Beating of a Different Drum….

May 11, 2019

Hook Line & Sinker!

All along the way, we have always been graced with those musicians – both solo and groups – who stepped out a bit from the crowd with a new look – a new hook – a new angle….

Here we have some of my selections – just for kicks!

The Spotnicks – 1961

A Swedish ensemble, the Spotnicks – though largely unknown in the U.S. – recorded over 40 long play albums and sold nearly 20 million copies.

The group was initially called “The Rebels”.  They were a dedicated instrumental group in the style of England’s Shadows.  They initially changed called themselves “The Frazers” before taking notice of the Soviet Union’s space program – then becoming “The Spotnicks”.

The year 1962 witnessed the group appearing often in their ‘space suits’ complete with bubble helmets (Devo get ready).  The Spotnicks have continued performing all around the world well into the new millennium.

The African Beavers – 1965

They came along in 1965 and sported a different look of sorts.  For years there as speculation that in reality we were listening (if we happened to every hear one of their two singles) to perhaps the Isley Brothers and maybe even Jimi Hendrix – very possible since Hendrix was a member of the Isley’s backing band for a time.

But the more folks asked questions – it was inevitable that some information would surface.  And it did.  The “African Beavers” formed out of Georgia and included vocalist James Mitchum, guitar player Calvin Coleman, and Alfred Murphy – with two members still not identified.  Some sources cite Tony Fox (or Foxx) as being a member but those close to the group say he was not on the record we see above but perhaps on other tracks.

The Beavers were not a soul group – but a straight ahead raucous rock and roll band!

The Hullaballoos – 1964

When I first heard the Hullaballoos I thought they were from Louisiana or somewhere like that with their vocal twang – much like I though the same thing about England’s Overlanders performing “Yesteday’s Gone” – especially when they were released on a heavy Nashville oriented record label – “Hickory”.

Then I saw the Hullaballoos for the first time on their LP cover and I thought – “These four guys are from Texas and sporting those blond wigs as a mockery!  Turns out they were definitely British – the hair was their own – dyed – but their own – first performing as “Ricky Knight and the Crusaders”.  After changing their name they quickly came under the guidance of American composers/producers Hugo and Luigi at Roulette Records.

They appeared multiple times on – yes – “Hullaballoo” but faded almost as quickly as they had begun – calling it quits after a little more than a year.

The You Know Who Group – 1965

The Who – The Guess Who – The Wonder Who – and then there were the “You Know Who” but trouble is we didn’t have a clue – Promoting the masked foursome as “The Boys with that Great New English Sound” they were anything but as it turns out.

They were all from the East Coast around Brooklyn!  A real group but not You Know Who!

The Fantabulous Jags – mid 1960’s

The Jags came out of Kansas City, Missouri settling in Denver for a time performing at the “Pussy Cat A-Go-Go” using a lot of reverb and delivering Everly Brothers-like vocals.  They recorded three singles on the obscure “Sunco” record label in the 1960’s – and then took their fantabulous hair-do’s to Las Vegas where they certainly fit in.

Maul and the Cutups – mid 1960’s

Much like the Jags – Denver sported another ‘big hair’ group “Maul and the Cutups” – The group formed in 1960 in Denver and would later come up with the hair styles – no doubt influenced by the Jags – Like the Jags they performed at the Pussy Cat as well as Denver venues The Merry-Go-Round, The Seahorse and the Tiger A-Go-Go.

One member – Tom Uharriet was also with Denver’s “Dee and the Majestics”.  The name sake member was vocalist and sax player John Maul.

Tiny Tim – 1966

Tiny Tim was born Herbert Buckingham Khaury in New York City in 1932.

He burst onto the scene in the mid 1960’s presenting America and the world with a very curious persona.  He learned to play guitar at age six – then the violin at 11 – the mandolin and finally his trade mark instrument the ukulele.

His professional career began as a messenger runner for MGM Studios in New York.  He entered amateur talent contests using names such as Vernon Castle, Emmett Swink, Texarkana Tex and Judas K. Foxglove.  By the late 1950’s he had adopted the performing name of “Larry Love”.  He took a three year gig in a Greenwich gay and lesbian club performing as “Dary Dover” and then “Sir Timothy Timms”.

His final transformation came after he followed a ‘midget’ musical act – settling on “Tiny Tim”.  His signature “Tip Toe Thru the Tulips” earned him a number 17 chart ranking in 1968 and lots of publicity and TV appearances – He was everywhere!

He was married three times first most famously to “Miss Vicki” who was 17 at the time (Tim was 37) with wedding ceremony taking place on the Tonight Show. 40 million people tuned in.

The marriage failed and Tiny moved on to mary “Miss Jan” in 1984 followed by “Miss Sue” in 1995 who was 39 years old but had been a Tiny Tim fan since age 12.

Tim passed away at age 64 just before taking his ukulele on stage for one more performance in 1996.  Many suspected that Tin Tim’s act was purely just that an act – but those who came to know him said his persona was genuine – pure Tiny Tim all the way!

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Miss Vicki – the 17 year old bride and Tim on Wedding Night

Tiny Tim brings the “Duke” to his knees on Laugh In

Alice Cooper – 1969

When Vincent Damon Furnier first emerged musically as “Alice Cooper” – his appearance carried the day.  Before that  Furnier had been a member of a high school band in Arizona in 1964 called the “Earwigs” – Like so many others – they patterned themselves after the Fab Four.

Oddly they elected to parody Beatle tunes changing the lyrics – i.e. “Last night I ran four laps for my coach” in a reference to their school track team.  That tune won a talent contest and so they decided they needed to learn to play instruments – which they did.

The next stop was to change their names to the “Spiders” performing British songs using a large spider web as their on-stage backdrop.  Next, they became the “Nazz” and traveled to Los Angeles to record.  The band name of course already belonged to Todd Rundgren and his group and so another name change was in order.

In 1968 Furnier felt strongly that they needed a gimmick – so Vincent assumed command and became “Alice Cooper” first as a band name and then legally as his own performing name in 1975.  The group – after experiencing declining recording success – called it quits in 1991.

Devo placed just three singles on the charts – their biggest being “Whip It” in 1980 peaking at number 14.  They weren’t a singles group but a visual and live appearance phenomenon – but they did manage to  chart 8 long plays.

Devo – 1973

Devo was memorizing right from the start.

They came out of Akron, Ohio in 1973 – formed by two sets of brothers: Bob and Gerald Casales – Mark and Bob Mothersbaughs.  They would later add another brother – Jim Mothersbaugh in 1974 and then Alan Myers in 1975

They took their name from “de-evolution” signifying a backwards evolution instead of forward – a concept which seems to be playing out today.  Their MTV clips were great – hypnotizing to say the least!

Kiss – 1973

Kiss formed out of the ‘Big Apple’ rising from the remnants of a group called “Wicked Lester” – with both Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley counted among the ranks of that band.  The drummer came on board from a group called “Lips” and then “Chelsea” – and that was Peter Criss.

Proceeding first as a trio and playing very hard rock – they began to experiment with costumes and make-up.  In early 1973 Paul Daniel Frehley auditioned for lead guitar – and the band was solidly formed. The quartet initially continued for a short time as “Wicked Lester”.  The idea for “Kiss” stemmed from Criss’ former group “Lips”.

Kiss enjoyed a lengthy run on both the singles and long play charts – racking up 29 Hot 100 hits and 31 Hot 200 albums. Criss dropped out in 1979.  Lots of troubles and lineup changes would follow and to top it off – off came the masks and costumes in 1983.

1996 marked a full fledged return of the original lineup and the return of masks, boots and makeup.  Kiss was back.

Unmasked – Tongue no longer in cheek

The New York Dolls

The New York Dolls preceded Kiss by a couple of years – and proceeded Kiss in talent I suppose by several light years.

Two members – Billy Murcia and Sylvain Sylvain had attended high school together in New York and formed a band in 1967 called “Pox”.  Their name was drawn directly from a New York doll repair shop (The New York Doll Repair Hospital) which was located near where Sylvain was employed.

The Dolls were never a single’s oriented band – never placing a recording on the Hot 100.  Two LP’s squeaked into the Hot 200.

Credited as a pioneer ‘punk’ band of the first order – sporting a “glam-punk” persona – the group managed to remain together until 1976 when differences (what else?) led to their break-up.  But their following was rabid and their legacy vibrant and respected by more than many.

The Masked Marauders – 1969

These guys were the result of a Rolling Stone Magazine spoof article appearing in 1969 purporting that a group of ‘super star’ musicians had assembled to record an entire LP – hiding their true identities – The mystery guys were reportedly Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Mick Jagger, John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

Poor Ringo!  Left out once again!  The oddity here was probably the fact that there was a Rolling Stone review – but no LP! No Masked Marauders.  So somebody had to come up with one.

Rolling Stone editors decided to proceed and came up with a local San Francisco area group to record the mystery LP.  The group was called the “Cleanliness and Godliness Skiffle Band” and they were out of Berkeley.  None of the members were known for anything at all other than one Langdon Winner who would go on to become a professor at a New York University –

His lone pre-Marauder credential was playing keyboards on a 1960 surf record called “Church Key” – His contribution to the record didn’t earn him a mention as a band member in band biographies.