REVISED 10/25/09! THANKS TO ALL CONTRIBUTORS!
I’m a geek, and a resourceful geek. I have an excel spreadsheet with a huge list of my musical ‘needs’, both upcoming releases, bands I need to check out, albums that I need to either buy or complete, and songs that I need to get my hands on. Thanks to some recent reading material I have exploded my ‘needs’ to cover a whole host of rock-and-roll history. I have mostly kept up with the demand, thanks to the Hennepin County Public Library system, a Polish web site where I can buy tracks for .09 each (I use this service for already wealthy bands for the most part), Amazon, iTunes and eMusic, plus some google searching where I can stumble across mp3 and rar files (for stuff totally out of print digitally), I’ve assembled quite a collection.
But still, there are those songs and bands that are elusive. I have basically no CDs in the house, so I am loath to buy even a used CD just to rip a few tracks and sell back. So while there may be CDs available, the following is a list of items that I have not been able to locate legitimately on the web (at least in stores that will sell to folks in the US of A).
Can you help a tune geek out? Can ya?
- Shellac – Early singles plus the first couple of albums aren’t digital. I especially would like the early 45’s.
- The 77’s – The 77’s. I found a great live CD, but want the studio. The album was released in the mid-80’s on Island.
- Bad Religion – Into The Unknown. Was this ever released on CD?
- Dust – Dust and Hard Attack. I have located a lot of proto-metal 70’s band, but not this one. The future Marky Ramone was the drummer.
- El Chicano – El Chicano. Back in the 70’s, my sister had some tapes that I purloined and this was one of them. It had the hit “Tell Her She’s Lovely”, which was much anthologized, but the rest of the album was great,too. Especially “Enchanted Forest.”
- Scruffy The Cat – High Octane Revival. I found their first LP on the ‘net, but I can’t seem to get a good feed of their EP.
- Artists United Against Aparthied – Sun City.
- Beastie Boys – Rock Hard. (The whole EP would be groovy).
- Big Black – Il Duce and In My House. 45s only.
- Cheetah – Bang Bang. Scuzzy chick-led hard rock band from the early 80’s. You can get the ringtone.
- Crow – Evil Woman.
- Denise LaSalle – Trapped By A Thing Called Love. I found remakes but not the original.
- DFX2 – Maureen.
- Dion – Daddy Rollin’. B-side to “Abraham, Martin & John”.
- The Gants – Crackin’ Up.
- The Gap Band – Oops Upside Your Head.
- The Gentrys – Keep On Dancin’. All I have found are remakes.
- Howard Tate – Ain’t Nobody Home.
- The Jarmels – A Little Bit Of Soap.
- Jim Stafford – Wildwood Weed and I Got Stoned And I Missed It. There is no earthly reason why these tracks aren’t online while the other hits are, unless someone is anti-pot. Geez.
- Leon Payne – Psycho. I don’t know who did the original. I do know Elvis Costello did a great cover. Did Payne do it first? Any country music historians out there?
- Mel Tillis – Send Me Down To Tuscon. I have found a live version. Don’t know if that’s the only one.
- Otis Clay – Trying To Live My Life Without You.
- The Parliaments – Testify. Yes, this is Clinton’s first group. You can buy a used reissue of their singles for big bucks.
- The Trade Winds – New York’s A Lonely Town.
- The Trampps – Hold Back The Night.
This list will be updated, especially if I find more ‘remakes’ of tunes that I buy unwittingly. Thanks for what you can do, and I can help you out too!