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  1. Martha Washington

    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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    The thing I miss most about the days of vinyl albums is 'Liner Notes'.
    Sure, cd's have liner notes. The BEST liner notes, full of knowledge and information and previously unpublished photographs.

    Too bad I can't read them.

    Oh, how I long for the days, sitting in front of my speakers, hitting myself in the face with my album covers.
    Remember how cool liner notes were before they were scholarly and you needed a microscope to read them?
    some of them were GREAT. This is a thread just for them (well, you know, and anything else somebody may happen to write)
     
  2. Martha Washington

    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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    "This is your Captain Speaking, You're Captain is DEAD." - Hawkwind, "In Search of Space"
     
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    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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    "Phil + Ronnie" - inner groove, Beatles 'Let It Be' vinyl.
     
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    surely the wonderfulest liner notes ever written:
    (from 'bringing it all back home' by bob dylan)

    i'm standing there watching the parade/
    feeling combination of sleepy john estes.
    jayne mansfield. humphry bogart/morti-
    mer snerd. murph the surf and so forth/
    erotic hitchhiker wearing japanese
    blanket. gets my attention by asking didn't
    he see me at this hootenanny down in
    puerto vallarta, mexico/i say no you must
    be mistaken. i happen to be one of the
    Supremes/then he rips off his blanket
    an' suddenly becomes a middle-aged druggist.
    up for district attorney. he starts scream-
    ing at me you're the one. you're the one
    that's been causing all them riots over in
    vietnam. immediately turns t' a bunch of
    people an' says if elected, he'll have me
    electrocuted publicly on the next fourth
    of july. i look around an' all these people
    he's talking to are carrying blowtorches/
    needless t' say, i split fast go back t' the
    nice quiet country. am standing there writing
    WHAAT? on my favorite wall when who should
    pass by in a jet plane but my recording
    engineer "i'm here t' pick up you and your
    lastest works of art. do you need any help
    with anything?''

    (pause)

    my songs're written with the kettledrum
    in mind/a touch of any anxious color. un-
    mentionable. obvious. an' people perhaps
    like a soft brazilian singer . . . i have
    given up at making any attempt at perfection/
    the fact that the white house is filled with
    leaders that've never been t' the apollo
    theater amazes me. why allen ginsberg was
    not chosen t' read poetry at the inauguration
    boggles my mind/if someone thinks norman
    mailer is more important than hank williams
    that's fine. i have no arguments an' i
    never drink milk. i would rather model har-
    monica holders than discuss aztec anthropology/
    english literature. or history of the united
    nations. i accept chaos. I am not sure whether
    it accepts me. i know there're some people terrified
    of the bomb. but there are other people terrified
    t' be seen carrying a modern screen magazine.
    experience teaches that silence terrifies people
    the most . . . i am convinced that all souls have
    some superior t' deal with/like the school
    system, an invisible circle of which no one
    can think without consulting someone/in the
    face of this, responsibility/security, success
    mean absolutely nothing. . . i would not want
    t' be bach. mozart. tolstoy. joe hill. gertrude
    stein or james dean/they are all dead. the
    Great books've been written. the Great sayings
    have all been said/I am about t' sketch You
    a picture of what goes on around here some-
    times. though I don't understand too well
    myself what's really happening. i do know
    that we're all gonna die someday an' that no
    death has ever stopped the world. my poems
    are written in a rhythm of unpoetic distortion/
    divided by pierced ears. false eyelashes/sub-
    tracted by people constantly torturing each
    other. with a melodic purring line of descriptive
    hollowness -- seen at times through dark sunglasses
    an' other forms of psychic explosion. a song is
    anything that can walk by itself/i am called
    a songwriter. a poem is a naked person . . . some
    people say that i am a poet

    (end of pause)

    an' so i answer my recording engineer
    "yes. well i could use some help in getting
    this wall in the plane"

    -- By Bob Dylan
     
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    Holy cow, Angshu, that was lots of readin', but I muttled through. Dylan is cool. Like him lots. Saw him in some weird movie the other day, about an old music star that was gonna do a benefit show in some war torn Latin country, sound familiar?

    Martha, liner notes, what are those?(ha ha). I remember the days when I used to put on the album, lay on the floor, and start readin' and lookin' at all the cool stuff on the album and on the album sleeve inside the cover(that was before the days of "reading" glasses, uhg!!). But I suppose those days are over, huh?!? Still got about 75 or so of my old 60's and 70's albums. Made the mistake of selling a bunch of them years ago. Oh well, it's onward and upward, right?!?
     
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    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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    yeah, I finally gave ALL my vinyl the heave-ho.
    nice to see people get excited about it when I did.
    I sort of liked that weird Dylan movie. Sounds like "Masked and Anonymous"
    I had a leg up on fellow concertgoers when we went to see him last month because of that movie.

    That's pretty much the sort of thing he does live nowadays, I guess.
     
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    Martha Washington eat it! it's GOOD for you

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    Jefferson Airplane's 'Bark' LP came in a brown paper bag.
    Inside the album were liner notes listing what you could do with the bag.
    yes, you probably guessed my favorite one!
     
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    Music Wench Rock and Roll Grandma

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    LOL I remember that one! It was most awesome.

    I do miss liner notes...
     

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