Monday, October 27, 2014

Record Odyssey morphs into Sunday Barbeque

Collage by Steve Escandon © 2014

When I plunged into the world of blogging some four years ago, I immediately bit off more than I could chew. Along with my primary blog Piedmont Avenue, I launched Record Odyssey.  My vague concept was for Record Odyssey to be an exploration of my personal music collection. Predictably, work and other responsibilities subsumed my momentum and Record Odyssey languished for years with scant new posts.

However, over the past few months, my cohost Steve Escandon and I have been developing the Sunday Barbeque music podcast, produced by the legendary Poo-Bah Record shop and music label, based in Pasadena, California. 

This new venture is a realization and expansion -- in a different form -- of my initial concept for Record Odyssey. 

Therefore, I'm officially announcing the transfiguration of the Record Odyssey blog into the Sunday Barbeque music podcast which is accessible through our new Facebook page. 

This blog will no longer be updated, but it will remain up for a while longer.

Thanks for stopping by, and please check out Sunday Barbeque! So far we have recorded three shows that are sure to delight adventurous music fans.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Podcast Debut

Collage © 2014 Steve Escandon

Holy cow, it's been ages since this blog has been updated!

The truth is, Record Odyssey has been chronically neglected since its inception.

Record Odyssey was launched simultaneously with my primary blog, Piedmont Avenue. Too much too soon.  Rather than a lively compendium of photos and facts regarding my music collection, it has languished as a haphazard scrapyard of posts; nevertheless, it has generated a steady -- if modest -- stream of traffic.

Recently I was invited by Pooh-Bah Records to create a podcast, which goes by the name of Sunday Barbeque, based on my personal music collection. I've teamed up with my long time friend, Steve Escandon, who adds his equally stellar, diverse and eccentric amalgam of sounds to the mix.

So please check out our debut and tell us what you think.

Here's the link to Mixcloud.

If the response is favorable; Record Odyssey will be revivified, retooled and renamed. Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Sleazy Compilations

Compilations were ostensibly a form of promoting a record label's artists. Sometimes they had  discernible themes, but as often they seemed arbitrarily thrown together. Throughout the 60's and 70's most of these anthologies maintained a level of sleaziness congruent with the "anything for a buck" music industry cliche. Often, they lacked basic information other than performer and title of the piece. The text, if any was usually embarrassingly turgid and irrelevant. The art and design usually embodied the shameless, tawdry lack of care put into the project.

It's difficult to believe that these often abysmal albums  sold well. Masterpieces and vapid ephemera sometimes cheek to jowl. 

Uncharacteristically appealing artwork for this Ellington compilation.

The back is a glorified advertisement for other RCA products.

Quintessential sleaze -- in glorious mono for your listening pleasure. 

"It's the Super Stars. And the Poets. It's the innovators and the Underground. It's the Loners and the Lovers. And it's more. Much more..." Text from Rock Machine, CBS England.

Contemporary British Isle folk music -- almost. Steeleye Span recorded a novelty version of the Buddy Holly song, which is included here and which provides the incongruous title for this motley collection which is an insult to all involved. 

Note: The left side of the front photo wrapped around to the rear  providing an interesting image for the back of the album; A camera fashioned from a large Lipton Tea container. "Rave On!"