Chateau Dietrich

If You Would Like to Hear This Record

Because of various problems with public blogs and rights problems, I have decided to take my blog and convert it to a private email. If you’d like to listen to this album (and more) or any other album I am posting here, just send me your email address at radiovickers1@gmail.com and I will put you on my list. Along with this album, I have a gigantic archive of my vinyl digitizations that gets added to every week. I do them myself and de-click them. Most sound pretty darned good, if I do say so myself.
This is not some come on. Just caution on my part. It costs nothing and there’s nothing to join. Just an email address. I have about a hundred people on my list at the moment. Come and join the musical fun.


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Saturday, February 25, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Black Pearl

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I know I picked up my first copy of Black Pearl at Moby Disc on Ventura Blvd. I can’t be sure whether this is that copy. I think I have purchased one or two other copies since. This isn’t a rare album but it has some pretty good tunes.

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Black Pearl


Black Pearl was a San-Francisco-based band that existed from the late 1960s to the early 1970s. They released two albums, Black Pearl (1969) and Black Pearl - Live! (1970).


1-1 Crazy Chicken


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1-2 Thinkin’ ‘bout The Good Times


Black Pearl was composed of Bernie "B.B" Fieldings (vocals), Bruce Benson (guitar), Oak O'Connor (drums), Geoffrey Morris (guitar), Tom Mulcahy (guitar) and Jerry Causi (bass). Morris, Causi and Benson had been members of the Barbarians, a 60s garage band noted for their extreme long hair for the times and their single, " Are You a Boy or Are You A Girl". The Barbarians were also noted for the band's drummer, Moulty, who had lost one hand in a childhood accident and consequently played drums with a hook.


1-3 White Devil


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1-4 Soul Satisfaction


The band was formed after Barbarians' singer and drummer Moulty refused to travel to Boulder, Colorado for a two week engagement. A new drummer, Oak O'Connor, plus Mulcahy and Fieldings, joined with ex-Barbarians Morris, Causi and Benson, all initially based in Boston, to form Black Pearl in 1967. The band relocated from Boston to San Francisco, after a period of time in Colorado.


2-1 Forget It


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2-2 Climbing the Walls


Fieldings, who was white, was a wild showman who modeled his stage presence on that of James Brown. His admiration for James Brown was evident on the group's live album, which contains a twelve minute version of James Brown's "Cold Sweat". As noted by one reviewer, "Black Pearl crank out some hard rockin' psych-rock music with the most ferocious drumbeats you've heard in a while."[2] The band's three guitar lineup was considered to be both unique and powerful, being a format also found in contemporaries Moby Grape and Buffalo Springfield.


2-3 Bend Over


Black Pearl released two albums, Black Pearl (1969) and Black Pearl - Live! (1970), with the second being less well-received than the first.


2-4 & 5 Endless Journey & Reach Up – These songs don’t really separate on the vinyl so I decided to leave them together, rather than pick a spot to divide them.


The Black Pearl Wiki page is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

My Vinyl Attic – Steel River - A Better Road

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I first heard about this band from Dave B. Apparently, he’d been searching forever for their first album and had found a copy somewhere out East at a record store. I think he was in Halifax. He was a huge fan of Ten Pound Note, their single. So, naturally I had to have the album as well. I found it through ebay – I think, or possibly my Canadian dealer.
This isn’t that album though. This is their second album. I got this from one of the late great parking lot sales at Record Surplus on Pico. I couldn’t believe when I saw two copies of it. I bought both of them. On my way to dinner that night, I was telling my family about this wonderful acquisition. My daughter looked quizzically at me and asked why I bought two copies of the album. My wife, without missing a beat said, “Because there weren’t three of them.” She knows the mind of a collector. I have three copies of the second album by Garfield. Only one of them is in really good condition. You can see my logic. Just because you have a copy of an album, especially a second hand copy, doesn’t mean it’s a good copy and it’s very, very hard to tell from a visual inspection, if an album is in good condition.
Now, as to the music. I have a soft spot for these guys. Not really geniuses when it comes to lyrics, but then again, that can be said of thousands of band. This lyrics are pretty dunderheaded though.

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Steel River – A Better Road

Wikipedia has this to say about these Canadian boys.

1-1 Do You Know Where You’re Going


Starting in 1965 as a part-time Toronto R&B club band called The Toronto Shotgun, Steel River decided to become full-time musicians in 1969. Greg Hambleton signed them to the Tuesday Record label, where their first single release was the Jay Telfer (A Passing Fancy) song "Ten Pound Note". The single hit Top-10 in Canada. It finished in Canada at #79 for the year.


1-2 Take It Slowly



In 1971 the band released a follow-up LP. They continued touring internationally until they disbanded in 1974.


1-3 What You Are


Four out of five of the original members reunited briefly in 1980 and put out an album called Armoured Car.


1-4 They’ve Been Waiting



Vocalist John Dudgeon went on to release a solo single record in 1983 called "Put My Arms Around You" which received extensive airplay on CKFM (99.9) and numerous other stations in Canada and U.S. In 2004, he joined Mojo Grande, a funk/blues band from Markham, Ontario.


1-5 Southbound Train


2-1 Don’t Tell Me


2-2 No One Will Hear You


2-3 Take You Away


2-4 Joyful Judy


2-5 Love Can’t Be Made of Gold- Let’s Think Ahead


Here's a great little video of the band performing bits from a couple of the songs on the album.


That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

My Vinyl Attic – Petal Pushers - Various Artists

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I’m pretty sure I got this album off my Pennsylvania dealer. It still has the price tage on the plastic wrap: Special 49c. It’s a compilation from 1967, put out by the Chess label. I guess they were trying to expand their brand by moving into psychedelic music.
These collection of songs by British bands (dominated by The Bystanders) isn’t bad.  It's very "of its day" but "its day" was a good one.  A lot of terrific music came out of the late sixties.

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The Petal Pushers – Various Artists

Info about this album, stolen from this great site:

Artist: V.A.
Title: Petal Pushers
Year: 1967
Format: LP
Label: Chess


Note: Don’t know what the Chess Record people are talking about below, but this is a compilation from PYE Records in the U.K. of several (British) bands including The Bystanders, Sounds Around, Pennsylvania Sixpence, Ali Ben Dhown, Pinkerton’s Colours, The Traffic Jam and Tony Crane.


1-1 The Bystanders – Royal Blue Summer Sun


I guess what Chess is claiming that the intros (which they credit to the Petal Pushers) are in fact the Rotary Connection with Minnie Ripperton. Adding to the confusion, the album has connections to Pye Records of the U. K. and does have a british “pop” flavor on most of the songs (Pinkerton’s Assorted Colours was, after all, a PYE group). Anyway, i’m totally confused, aren’t you? Though i can’t get enough of Ali Ben Dhown!!! (Max Collodie)


1-2 Sounds Around – Red, White and You



“This is a “psychedelic” album with a short “psychedelic” intro to each song. The announcer notes the artists for these interludes are “Minnie and Chuck,” possibly the Rotary Connection with Minnie Riperton. The voice sure sounds like her. We’ve called this group the Petal Pushers for want of a better name, and we’ve made up names for the interludes, although they aren’t listed on the LP.


1-3 Pennsylvania Sixpence – Love of the Common People


1-4 Ali Ben Dhown - Mustapha


1-5 Pinkerton’s Colours – Mum and Dad



2-1 The Bystanders – Make Up Your Mind


2-2 The Traffic Jam – Almost But Not Quite There


2-3 Tony Crane – Anonymous Mr. Brown


2-4 Ali Ben Dhown – Turkish Delight


2-5 The Bystanders – Pattern People


This is a little video of the silly intros with a little write up about Mini Ripperton.


That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Flaming Youth – Ark 2

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I got this from my dealer in Pennsylvania. In fact I got two copies. (the other I believe was from Record Surplus on Pico) Neither one was in very good shape. The sound you will hear on these tracks is a testament to the declicking software I have acquired. It has turned unlistenable albums into pretty reasonable sounding records. The main reason people buy this album is for Phil Collins’ involvement. I believe you can hearing him singing on certain songs but that maybe just the power of suggestion.
I’m not going to name the tracks on this album. For one thing, when I put it in Adobe Audition, I could only see the six clear divisions of songs. There are, apparently 9 songs on the album. I’m going to put it up with six divisions and you, the listener, will have to figure it out. There are several songs I really like on this. It has that late sixties, British goofiness that found its way onto a lot of records coming out at that time.

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Flaming Youth – Ark 2

Fontana STL 5533 12"
Mason Records MR 56420 CD (2004)


01 Guide Me, Orion (Smith)
02 Earthglow (Smith/Chatton)
03 Weightless
04 The Planets (Chatton/Collins/Smith/Caryl)
A Mars - Bringer Of War
B Venus - Bringer Of Peace
C Mercury - The Winged Messenger
D Jupiter - Bringer Of Jollity
E Saturn - Bringer Of Old Age
F Uranus - The Magician
G Neptune - The Mystic
05 Changes (Smith/Collins)
06 Pulsar (Smith/Chatton)
07 Space Child (Collins)
08 In The Light Of Love (Smith/Collins/Chatton/Caryl)
09 From Now On (Immortal Invisible) (Chatton)


Enregistrement : studio De Lane Dea Music, London (UK).
Ingénieur : Barry Ainsworth


(Flash) Gordon Smith : chant, guitare, basse
Ronnie Caryl : chant, basse, guitare
Brian Chatton : chant, claviers
Phil Collins : batterie, percussions, chant


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Further skinny on Ark 2 is stolen from here:

Ark 2 is a 1969 concept album released by British rock group Flaming Youth. Released in October, the album featured the theme of an evacuation from a dying Earth. The main single from the album was "From Now On". The album and its space theme were influenced by the media's attention to the moon landing. The songs were composed by Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley who were not credited on the original record as they did not want their reputation as writers of commercial hits to jeopardise its chances.


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The album received some critical praise in the music press. Melody Maker listed the album as "Pop Album of the Month", calling it "adult music beautifully played with nice tight harmonies". Disc and Music Echo said "there is some splendid music on this very good first album".[1] The rock press of the time was even more favourable and it was awarded Sunday Times Rock Album of the Year in 1969.


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Despite this, the album and single were not commercially successful. The BBC did not know what to make of it: there were no radio or TV slots for an extended rock work at the time. So it remained largely unheard except by those who sought it out. Ark 2 was the only album released by Flaming Youth.


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Shortly after the release of Ark 2, the band went into the Dutch TV Station TROS studio and recorded a short 5-song set to promote the album, which was filmed and later broadcast on May 14, 1970 on the TROS TV station. The five songs that were performed are: Earthglow, Weightless, Changes, Space Child, and From Now On (Immortal Invisible). It is the only known footage of Flaming Youth that exist. Both the music and vocals were mimed.


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Although the album today remains difficult to obtain, it has been reprinted in various markets mainly for the novelty of Phil Collins' first major label recording. Collins was the group's drummer, and Ark 2 was Collins' last recording before auditioning for Genesis the following year.

And here they are live – performing a song from the album. Get a load of all the hair Phil Collins is donning!



The Flaming Youth Wiki page is here:

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – The Extras - In The Road To Zambando

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I’m pretty sure I got The Road to Zambando by the Extars from my dealer in Hamilton. If you’re out there, I want to buy more Canadian music from you!
The Extras second album (After Ripe) was a bit of a surprise. After songs like Circular Impression and Elvis’ Chimp on the first lp, the more serious, loungy vibe of the follow-up was a bit baffling. They started out as a Bare Naked Ladies type band and then turned into a 80’s new wavey keyboard driven band. Even though the cover of the album is kind of goofy, the fun and energy seemed to be missing. Not that it’s a bad album. There are a couple of nice tunes on it. I quite like Turning it Out.  But, after the first album - a puzzling move.
There is some great information below about the band. I had no idea that they worked with BB Gabor (a personal favorite) They were signed to Ready Records. Not a favorite. My band Nobby Clegg had some dealings with them and let’s just say, we did not record with them.

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The Extras – In The Road to Zambando

Vital Extras info stolen from this great site

Denis Keldie (vocals, keyboards)
Paul Armstrong (drums, percussion, vocals)
Leon Stevenson (lead vocals, syncussion)
Pat Rush (guitar; 1983)
Paul Daiter (bass; 1983)


1-1 Turning It Out


1-2 I’ll Be With You


In the Spring of 1979, Denis Keldie was working in a band called Sneakers with Leon Stevenson (who had known each other from school in Mississauga, Ontario) During the same period Stevenson was working with B.B. Gabor as a songwriter on material for Gabor. His group, The Instaband, featured Paul Armstrong on drums and Tom Griffiths on bass. When Gabor signed his record deal with Anthem Records, he decided to combine Stevenson and Keldie with the members of The Instaband as his musicians for his first solo.


1-3 Zambando


Following two weeks of pre-production with Terry Brown a disastrous and very drunken performance by B.B and us at The Edge in Toronto was apparently witnessed by a label rep and the brakes were quickly put on the recordings with Gabor's backing band. Though the various members were asked to sign publishing contracts for the material they co-wrote with Gabor (Stevenson writing the lyrics to "Metropolitan Life"; Armstrong writing the lyrics to "Soviet Jewelry"; Keldie co-writing "Moscow Drug Club"), the band itself was fired from the recording sessions.


1-4 Don’t Put Me On Hold


From this fiasco was born the united Extras who signed with Ready Records and released "Bit Parts" featuring soon-to-be famous producer David Bendeth. The album spawned two hit singles: the hilarious condom conundrum "Circular Impression" and "Jealous Girl" (The Extras and BB Gabor would eventually reconcile and Gabor would record "Jealous Girl" on his sophomore album).


1-5 Sporting Life


The group released the unspectacular 'The Road To Zambando' in 1982 and in 1983 they released a 5 song EP called 'The Watcher' which featured the departure of Armstrong and the addition of Pat Rush (guitar) and Paul Daiter (bass). The record spawned the single of the title track.


2-1 Mega Media Myth


It was in 1984 on their fourth outing, 'Extrapolis', that the band drew any real success. The album featured the single "Can't Stand Still" which was a catchy song and had a very entertaining video -- the second animated Canadian video ever (Klaatu's "Routine Day" being the first).


2-2 Never Had A Headache


The album hit #66 on CSCR's Top LP's of 1984 and they won a CFNY-FM U-Know Award for the video to "I Can't Stand Still".


2-3 High Tech Promises


The band struggled until the demise of Ready Records and the members embarked on other musical projects. In 1990 Leon Stevenson joined forces with guitarist Wally Matas to form Industrial Artz.


2-4 Seeing You Again


The band reunited in 2003 to record new material which would supplement a CD re-issue of the first album. The new project, released in 2004 is called 'Ripe'.


2-5 Sentimental Fool


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And here is the CFNY staple, Circular Impression


Here is Elvis’ Chimp for your delectation



The first album and other tracks are available on CD at the Extras’ Website. This is a very worthy album to purchase and I suggest you do so.

The Extras’ Website is here:
http://www.theextras.ca/

That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Bobby Lance – First Peace

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I know almost nothing about this album. I don’t know where I bought it and I don’t know when I transferred it. Probably about 10 years ago. There is very little on the web about it, other than it was recorded in 1971 on the Cotillion label and there is speculation that Duane Allman played on track 4. That’s it. I hope you enjoy it.

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Bobby Lance – First Peace (1971)

1-1 Somebody Tell Me


1-2 Somewhere in Between



1-3 One Turn You’re In One Turn You’re Out


1-4 More Than Enough Rain


1-5 I May Not Have Enough Time


1-6 It Can’t Be Turned Around



2-1 Brother’s Keeper


2-2 Trouble is a Sometime’s Thing

2-3 Cole Wind Howling in My Heart


2-4 Shake Down Blues


2-5 Walkin’ On a Highway


That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.

My Vinyl Attic – Bill King – Goodbye Superdad

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This is Radio Vickers in the new Radio Vickers format. These are just songs I’m listening to at the moment. It might be a Finnish Thrash Metal song, a pop song or some piece of jazz. And you can listen along. I also have three bands, there videos are scatter hither and yon around my site. If you could give one or two of them and eye and an ear, I’d be ever so grateful.

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Well, I’ve been transferring my digital transfers back onto my computer from CD’s that I made about 10 years ago. Some of these albums, I don’t even remember transferring in the first place. Mostly, they’re in much better shape that I remember them being. Or perhaps my hearing has deteriorated so much in the past decade, that they just sound better because I can no longer hear the imperfections. They have to come off the CD’s been storing them on because most of my recordable CD’s from even five years ago, don’t play anymore. The info on the data discs I made is not accessible. If anyone else out there has stuff on recordable CD’s, I’d advise them to back it up now.

I think I picked this album up somewhere in L.A. Perhaps Record Surplus on Pico. Inside my copy, there was an actual note typed and signed by Bill King. I’m very attached to it. This album alas, was not in good shape. I think I tried to de-click it and gave up. Distortion and pops and clicks too numerous to even contemplate removing. Now, thanks to the de-clicking program I have, I found out that most of the distortion was being caused by too many clicks, too close together. This new system removed probably ten’s of thousands of vinyl imperfections. This record still isn’t flawless but I think it sounds pretty darned good. And, the music is damn nice. There are some wonderful tunes here. Even beyond Superdad, which I’ve always had a weak spot for, there are some terrific tunes. I am so appreciative to my de-clicking program for giving me back this album.

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Bill King – Goodbye Superdad

The really pertinent information about Bill King was cheekily stolen from here:

While growing up in Jefferson, Indiana, King he devoted much of his time as a youth to studies with W.C. Handy’s former pianist Eva Smith, the Louisville Academy of music’s Don Murray, and Indiana University saxophonist/educator Jamey Aebersold.


1-1 Goodbye Superdad


As a teenager he had won sixteen first place awards in classical piano and clarinet competitions. In 1963 he won a scholarship to Oscar Peterson’s Advanced School of Contemporary Music and in 1964 another scholarship to Berklee School of Music in Boston, Massachusetts.


1-2 Wheel of Good Fortune



By 1966, King had relocated to New York and began performing with local community orchestras and big bands. He was a member of The Shadows in 1966 when they hit the Billboard Top 50 with 'Moanin’. This led to work encounters with The Shangri-Las, Dick and Dee Dee, Freddy Cannon, The Dovells, and Ronnie Dove.


1-3 Give Me Love


He opened for The Beach Boys on three occasions, and appeared with the Dick Clark Caravan of Stars. By 1968, King had left his house piano gig at Louis Jordan's club in Greenwich Village and relocated to Los Angeles where he became Linda Ronstadt’s Music Director and pianist alongside the late Andrew Gold. A year later, he joined Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues Band.


1-4 Lady Be Good to Me



King relocated to Toronto for the first time in 1969, signing a recording contract with Capitol Records who would release two albums over the next few years (‘Goodbye Superdad’ and ‘Dixie Peach’) with King as leader. The song "Goodbye Superdad" was the first of many charting singles hits for him which peaked at No. 39 on in June 1973.


1-5 Seems Like Everything’s Right


He returned to Los Angeles in 1976 as Music Director for vocalist Martha Reeves. While on a European tour with Reeves, he was persuaded to join The Pointer Sisters and spent the next year touring Japan and the USA as their Music Director. He moved back to Toronto permanently in the late ‘70s to form the rock group Kearney, King, and McBride who re-christened themselves China for their self-titled album on Epic Records


2-1 Buckle My Blues


Mark Sutherland approached King about doing an experimental poetry project set to music in 1985. The result was a cassette and an LP under the name The BarKING Boys & Yes Girls.


2-2 Son of June (interesting Radio Vickers trivia: I am literally the son of June)


In 1987, he focused on more jazz oriented pursuits, establishing a publishing and record company - Night Passage Records - to release recordings of the Bill King Quartet and Quintet respectively. He also started a syndicated radio show called 'The Jazz Report' which ran from 1989 through 1991.


2-3 Songs of Yesterday


With partner Greg Sutherland they founded ‘The Jazz Report‘ Magazine and began the Radioland Record label in 1992, signing a major manufacturing and distribution deal with Verve/Polygram Canada a year later.


2-4 Prelude No. 4 in E Minor


In the '90s he created the The Jazz Report All-Stars which showcased some of Toronto's top drawer jazz musicians. King now runs the Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and his photo collection can be seen on the walls Toronto's Rex Hotel.


2-5 Canada (Bill King’s homage to the country that saved him from the Vietnam war)


That’s all for today. This is Radio Vickers signing off.

NOW! If you could watch a couple of our humble videos, we would love you to death.

Death of The Author Brigade – I Am Your Waitress – A song for the working masses. Especially the working masses employed in the catering business.


Death of the Author Brigade – The Boy Next Door – A 60’s tinged classic.


Death of the Author Brigade – Simple Song – Kat will break your heart.


Don’t Tell Betsy – The beginning and end of all Zombie love songs.


Don’t Tell Betsy – On My Mind – A Stonsey-sexy rocker.