|Vinyl Viands 2006
||[26 Apr 2007|01:16pm]
An outgrowth of the magnificent The Sound Projector, VV 2006 presents "Dynamite Discs for Denizens of the Deck and Dansette !". Seventy-eight big pages of write-ups of black (and maybe other hues) shiny round things from across the genres and down the decades, the Gill Sans type providing continuity with the parent mag and laid out two columns to the page, sometimes of equal width, sometimes not.
Bo Diddley, free jazz dudes, an old 'seventies Fanny L. P., Sun City Girls, The mighty Move, Gershon Kingsley, the Floyd's Meddle, Walter Marchetti, Springsteen, early Alice Cooper, late Sparks... big names, smaller names, microscopic names, unpronounceable names (Robotobibik had me stumbling at first, and I could have spelt it wrongly too, unable to decipher my own scrawl).
There's a special feature on the Endorphine Record Plant label, and the Polish OBUH imprint's wares are examined too; and approx halfway through Ed trawls through The New Blockaders' boxed sets. Apart from those interludes - and the endpiece, a blues disc discussed - it's A-to-zee all the way, the strictly-alphabetical decision throwing up some nicely strange bedfellows which have all manner of wiggy collaborations springing to mind : wonder how the amiable, unreconstructed Slade might get on if confronted with The Slits ? And as for the dulcet tones of Mr. Frank Sidebottom being given embellishment by Blue Note pianist Horace Silver... I turned two pages together accidentally and pictured tenor player Frank Wright blasting away on TOTP, dressed in teddy boy garb, guesting with Roy Wood and chums on a Wizzard number one.
VV's illustrated with pics of pretty much all the sleeves, plus three full pages of Ed's paintings of vintage Harvest, Vertigo and RCA album labels, for Wizzard, Kraftwerk and Bowie respectively. And roughly in the middle is - joy of joys - a John Bagnall double-pager in which he provides drawings for some 1960s Columbia/CBS inner sleeve blurb. Cosy yesteryearland is a favourite territory of John's, as a subject if not in reality, and he depicts gorgeous old signage, lovely technology (portable, with carrying handle shaped to fit the fingers comfortably), guys with sidies and blazers, older menfolk in cardies and with trouser creases, kiddiewinks with striped sleeveless pullovers and short-back-and-sides-es - and a windowsill giraffe ornament : presumably John's recalling those wooden animals which were de rigueur interior deco in the 'sixties/'seventies and which became charity shop staples.
Unlike that of The Sound Projector, VV's cover is full colour : a silhouette head in profile on the front, VDGG and Sabbath labels like giant sunspec lenses (or perhaps alluding to headphones). On the back is a collage of some thirty sleeves, each rendered lozenge-shaped, and resembling a big six-foot-tall folding screen. Ed's prose is as enjoyably crystal clear, personal, and off-at-tangents as ever, and what else can I say (save for mentioning the other participants : Ari Abramowitz, Harley Richardson, Jennifer Hor, Richard Rees Jones, and Megalo Roberts - RRJ may well ring bells, being a regular correspondent to the Wire letters page) but that this mag's a for-sure shopping list topper. Oh yeah, here's something... I neglected to announce that I'm rather intrigued by those reviewed singles by Hatebeak - a metal band with an African grey parrot vocalist ! Pleased at having my horizons expanded.
Received : 21st April 2007.
Size : A4. 78pp.
Price : £6 plus p.& p.- say £7 all in.(Cheque to "Ed Pinsent".)
Address : BM Bemused, London WC1N 3XX.
Web address : http://www.thesoundprojector.com.