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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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – Clouds – Watercolour Days

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For the real music lovers out there, I have a private email list. I send these emails out once a day. They contain great New Music, Videos, Opinion and a link to new Radio Vickers blog posts. The people on the list are all blind-copied so there are no privacy issues. If you'd like to be added to the list and receive these private postings, just drop me a line at radiovickers@yahoo.com and it shall be done.

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 in. 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 I've 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 have no idea where I got this album. Lost to the mists of time, I’m afraid. It could have been E-bay or it could have been one of the great record stores we used to have in here in L.A. Unfortunately, most of them are gone now. Moby Disc, Aaron’s, Phi Beta are just beautiful memories now. This could have been purchased at Record Surplus, which that god is still with us.
In fairness, I should state that I have a weakness for late sixties/early seventies prog rock and this certainly falls into that category. That being said, there is some very enjoyable music here. It is tuneful and doesn’t get too self indulgent, which can happen when a bunch of very talented musicians get together and decide to see how far out they can get. That does not happen here. It gets a Radio Vickers two thumbs up.

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Clouds

Vital Clouds information stolen from Wikipedia:

Clouds were a 1960s Scottish rock band that disbanded in October 1971. The band consisted of Ian Ellis (bass and lead vocals), Harry Hughes (drums) and Billy Ritchie (keyboards).


1-1 Watercolour Day


In early 1964, Ian Ellis and Harry Hughes were playing in a band called The Premiers. The band itself consisted of Bill Lawrence (bass guitar), ‘Shammy’ Lafferty (rhythm guitar), Derek Stark (Lead guitar), Harry Hughes (drums) and Ian Ellis (vocals). It was decided that an organ would help the sound of the band, and Billy Ritchie joined.


1-2 Cold Sweat


Cyril Stapleton took the band to London to record some demos, but nothing came of that, and Derek Stark, Bill Lawrence, and James Lafferty decided to leave. It seemed that Ritchie joining the band had prompted more changes than had been intended. Ian Ellis decided that he would take up the position of bass guitarist as well as lead vocalist. The group decided to move in a new musical direction, and changed their name from The Premiers to 1-2-3.


1-3 Lighthouse


1-2-3 had a much different sound from the previous band, or from almost any other band at that time. After achieving little success in Scotland, the band moved to London, England where they hoped that their original music would catch on, but early audiences were confused by the lack of a guitarist.


1-4 Long Time


The band were given a now-legendary headlining residency performing at the Marquee Club, attended by future prog icons such as Rick Wakeman and Keith Emerson.[3] That an unknown band was chosen to headline at the Marquee was unusual, as they hadn't first performed the customary support spots. At the time, they were described as "a unique group...who have created an entirely new sound in pop group music". The same publication referred to "the truly exciting nature of 1-2-3.". Tamla motown was the order of the day, but this band offered up a potent mix of blues, classics, pop, and scat-jazz, wrapped in arrangements that defied categorisation. Their set consisted of original songs and standards, but these latter pieces were studiously reshaped to become, in essence, new. It anticipated the techniques later used by America's Vanilla Fudge, but where the US group slowed their creations down for melodramatic emphasis, 1-2-3 were more concerned with swing, and used the pieces as stepping stones to self-expression, rather than a means in themselves.Yet they balanced this esoteric desire with a conspicuous focus on melody. There was nothing remotely like it around.


2-1 Mind Of a Child


During the time the group performed at the club during 1967, they were signed by NEMS management company and Brian Epstein of The Beatles fame. This event was heralded in the national press, complete with photograph and accompanying article.
Among the Marquee audience was future superstar David Bowie, who said, when interviewed by Record Mirror in 1967, that they were "three thistle and haggis voiced bairns [who] had the audacity to face a mob of self-opinionated hippies with a brand of unique pop music which, because of its intolerance of mediocrity, floated, as would a Hogarth cartoon in Beano". Later, in 1994, speaking about the 1-2-3 treatment of his own song ("I Dig Everything"), Bowie said that "the song was radically altered, yet retained its heart and soul". He said he regarded Billy Ritchie as "a genius".


2-2 I Know Better Than You


The death of Brian Epstein, founder of NEMS, left the band in the care of Robert Stigwood, his successor. But Stigwood had just signed The Bee Gees, fellow Australians, and was preoccupied with making them a success. This brought an end to the management relationship shortly afterwards. After parting company with NEMS, the band kept busy playing in the local London club circuit. At a club in Ilford, east London, the band were seen by Terry Ellis who quickly signed them to his new agency, and re-named the band Clouds.


2-3 Leavin’


Originally known as the Ellis-Wright agency, the organisation grew and became Chrysalis. Clouds had also risen in prominence, playing many major tours, and appearing at the Royal Albert Hall and many of the headlining concert venues in the world, including the Fillmore East in New York. The band released a number of albums during this period. The recordings were generally very well received by the critics, with respectable sales. Concert reviews were also favourable. A Billboard magazine review of a 1970 concert at the Arragon ballroom, Chicago, began by saying 'This band will be a giant.'


2-4 Get Off My Farm


But despite some initial success for the band, Chrysalis increasingly focused its attention on Jethro Tull, and the momentum that began with 1-2-3 was lost. Though the later incarnation, Clouds, was still interesting, invention was now part of the mainstream, and the group disbanded in October 1971, unable to find a niche in an overcrowded progressive rock scene. As years passed however, it was the band's earlier incarnation as 1-2-3 that became the subject of a critical reappraisal. Ritchie, the organist, was credited as being the first of his kind, standing and taking a lead role, paving the way for others, such as Keith Emerson and Rick Wakeman. With accolades from the likes of David Bowie and others, the band's distinctive guitar-less, organ-driven sound is now viewed as a definitive precursor to the progressive rock movement.


2-5 I Am The Melody


Cloud’s Wiki page is here:

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

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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 – Butler

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For the real music lovers out there, I have a private email list. I send these emails out once a day. They contain great New Music, Videos, Opinion and a link to new Radio Vickers blog posts. The people on the list are all blind-copied so there are no privacy issues. If you'd like to be added to the list and receive these private postings, just drop me a line at radiovickers@yahoo.com and it shall be done.

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 in. 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 I've 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 sure I got the Butler album from my dealer in Hamilton. It took me forever to find out any information about these guys. I didn’t have a track list and “Butler” is a pretty generic name for a band. I persevered though, and found out some vital Butler. I also had to listen to quite a bit of the album again to get a song title, to aid me in my search. There are some pretty good songs on this sucker. It’s not all great, but there are some tunes well worth listening to. There’s a little of that 80’s keyboards in here but not enough to make you want to tear your hair out.

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Butler

This album was recorded in 1981 for the Vertigo Label.

1-1 Down and Out


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1-2 Without Me


The band is named after the guitarist, vocals Paul Butler.

1-3 The Prisoner


Other members of the band are:
Peter Fredette – Bass/Lead vocalist
Steve Hollingsworth – Drums
John Findlay – Keyboards
Derek O’Neil – Guitar


1-4 Media Man


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1-5 All Caught Up


Paul Butler was in the East Coast band Pepper Tree

1-6 Now


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2-1 Just Say No


Peter Fredette worked with Kim Mitchell, Pat Travers, Gowan and Ian Thomas

2-2 Welcome to My World


The formed in 1976 and toured with Max Webster and Rush.


2-3 I’m Alive


2-4 Into My Life



2-5 I Can’t Hit It


2-6 Endgame


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

If you'd like to be added to the Radio Vickers private email list, write me at radiovickers@yahoo.com

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.

Monday, March 5, 2012

My Vinyl Attic – The Seven

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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 in. 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 I've 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 have no idea who these guys are. I can’t get to the vinyl that I recorded this off. If anyone out there has any information on them, I’d be oh-so-grateful if you could pass it along to me. I like the band. It’s one of those early 70’s rock fusion groups with a big horn presence. While they aren’t If or Chicago or Lighthouse, this is a very enjoyable album and well worth your time to give it a listen. I just wish I knew more. I do not. If you do, please enlighten me.

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The Seven

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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.


Andy kim, radio Vickers, amour, baron Longfellow, 1980, Canadian, sugar sugar, the archies, prisoner by design, in the night machine, I’m gonna need a miracle tonight

My Vinyl Attic – Brussel Sprout

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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 in. 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 I've 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 album from my dealer in Hamilton. I had never heard of this band. (and that is a shame) The cover of the album looks shitty. It looks exactly like one of those crappy albums that gets put out by some crappy band and you wonder what the record company was thinking. That isn’t the case here. Although, everything isn’t stellar. There are some nice country/rock cuts. There are certainly slices of Poco and the Eagles and bands of that ilk in this recording. High in the Rockies and Blessing In Disguise are especially nice cuts.

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Brussel Sprout

Brussel Sprout info stolen from this great site:

Tom Treece (lead vocals, rhythm guitar)
Roger Manning (vocals, harp)
Don Perrish (vocals, lead guitar)
Ken Lush (keyboards, flute)
Jeff Benjamin (bass)
Denny Moses (drums, vocals, congas, fiddle)
John Vass (guitar, drums, vocals)


1-1 High In the Rockies


Allen Park, Michigan school chums Perrish and Lush were in a band called Old Friend and began jamming with ex-members of Custer's Last Band Manning, Treece and Vass in 1972. They got together with Denny Mosese on a farm in Monroe, Michigan, where most of the members were from, and started making home demos. They performed one gig as The Amazing Vibrasonics and then changed their name to Brussel Sprout following the departure of their bass player. Benjamin was added at the point of the name change.


1-2 Turn My Life Around


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1-2 Dance She Said


While playing a gig in Essex, Ontario near Windsor, they were noticed by a booking agent who lined up gigs for them in Niagara Falls and Toronto allowing the band to temporarily relocate to Jordan, Ontario. A show at the El Macombo in Toronto brought them to the attention of Hilly Leopold of Eastern Sound Studio's A440 Productions. Gordon Lightfoot was recording the album 'Summertime Dream' while the band was there and they soon met him.


1-4 Used To Feel So Satisfied

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1-5 Blessing In Disguise


Brussel Sprout signed a production deal with A440 and recorded three demo songs. Hilly Leopold decided to pursue a recording deal and after getting them signed to MCA, produced their self-titled album in 1975. To test the waters "Dance She Said" was released to radio as Canadian content as the production and recordings were done in Canada. The all-American group qualified as Canadian on the radio charts. With the release of the album in 1976, the second single, "High In The Rockies" followed. Alas, fame and fortune eluded them, the band split up and the members returned to the US.


2-1 Tryin’ To Get Next To You


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2-2 One More Time


Perrish lives in Michigan, owns and operates construction company and continues to write and play music; Lush lives in Nashville, has continued to play music professionally and has toured with several bands; Manning lives in Michigan, teaches 5th grade and continues to write and play music; Treece lives in Michigan, worked as general manager at radio station in Monroe, Michigan and now works at radio station in Toledo, Ohio; Vass lives in Michigan, and plays in Christian band; Benjamin lives in Los Angelese and served as Controller of the 1984 L.A. Summer Olympic Organizing Committee, is Treasurer and on the Board of Directors of the Live Aid Foundation, is Director of Sony Music’s video game division, Sony Imagesoft, in Los Angeles, and manages singer/songwriter Kenny Rankin.




2-3 In the Long Run


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2-4 Follow Me Down


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2-5 Feeling Right Down Home


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.


Andy kim, radio Vickers, amour, baron Longfellow, 1980, Canadian, sugar sugar, the archies, prisoner by design, in the night machine, I’m gonna need a miracle tonight