Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Honeybus - Recital Promo Lp - What the??!!

I was looking on Popsike.com and found a copy of Honeybus' unreleased 1973 album Recital that sold a couple of years ago for 466 GBP. I knew this album existed as promo copies but I assumed it was some blank sleeve and white label test pressing kind of thing... Wow.

Unfortunately, there isn't a track list on the auction. The Honeybus website has a tracklist:

1. For You
2. Be Thou By My Side
3. Julie In My Heart
4. Big Ship
5. Cross Channel Ferry
6. The Lady's Not For Burning
7. She's A Lady
8. Little Lovely One
9. Lute Girl
10. Writing's On The Wall
11. Baroque 'n' Roll Star
12. Lovely Vanessa
13. I Can't Say It, But I Can Sing It

Aside from tracks 7 & 10, you can pretty much piece it together from tracks on the CDs She Flies Like A Bird - The Anthology and Old Masters, Hidden Treasures.

Sunday, July 05, 2009

The Wayback Machine

I've been purging loads of old bookmarks lately and I came across many sites that don't exist anymore that I used to look at all the time. In my early days of online record research (c.1997-2001), these were sites that filled many gaps and led me to many great discoveries. Those days are now 10 years gone and with Geocities and AOL Hometown shutting down, I'm thankful for the Wayback Machine at the Internet Archive.

Here are a few old favorites that were thankfully archived by the Wayback Machine:

Fuzz, Acid & Flowers/Tapestry of Delights @ Borderline Books
The granddaddy of internet research sites for me...

The Impossible Discographies
Great obscure artist & label discographies.

Niche Pop
A Japanese site with an interesting selection of obscure album reviews. I used to cut a paste the reviews into Babelfish...

Funk 45
I had wanted to make a pop45 website that mirrored the user-created content of this site. I never figured it out.

The Glam Rock Bear
One of only a handful of sites that gave obscure glam the time of day pre-Velvet Tinmine. Others included Pop45 (duh), 70's Invasion, Impossible DIscographies and... I think I'm forgetting something...

John Book's Thrift Store Adventures
Cool record digging stories.

I'm sure there are at least a half-dozen more. I'll post them as I dig them up.

Anyone else have some old sites you remember fondly?