Ep083: Black Sabbath Manager & Birmingham Legend Jim 'Big Bear' Simpson

Ep083: Black Sabbath Manager & Birmingham Legend Jim 'Big Bear' Simpson

Jim 'Big Bear' Simpson is a Birmingham legend, living a life in service of music; from his Jazz & Blues roots to his record label to becoming the 1st manager of Black Sabbath, taking them from the gritty pubs of Birmingham to having a #1 record album 'Paranoid', Jim always gives it his all. Now he's putting on the 33rd Annual Birmingham & Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival; The man never stops and aren't we lucky!

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Ep082: Will Sergeant of Echo & The Bunnymen

Ep082: Will Sergeant of Echo & The Bunnymen

Will Sergeant has had an incredible life and career, not only founding and being visionary for the brilliant band Echo & The Bunnymen, but also enjoying his time as a solo artist, painter and record collector. Today Will has an in-depth interview on his life, the origin story of Echo & the Bunnymen, tales from his travels and times w the likes of David Bowie, Joy Division, Led Zeppelin and of course his vinyl record hobby. 

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Ep081: The Solid State of Jonathan Coulton

Ep081: The Solid State of Jonathan Coulton

Jonathan Coulton is scary talented. He wouldn't admit that, he's too much of a nice guy. So nice that he never corrected me on mispronouncing his name for a full hour. This week we talk to Jonathan about his incredible career, creativity, his methods and his new LP 'Solid State' which is (hurray!) on vinyl! Plus we play a track from the new LP.

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Ep080: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 2

Ep080: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 2

Greg Brooks has a dream job; managing the Queen archive and helping guide the legacy of one of the world's most beloved rock bands. Today we interview him on The Vinyl Guide and hear about the items from the band's personal collections, the most valuable and memorable items in the archive, the future plans for the archive and more. This is part 2 of a 2 part series.

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Ep079: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 1

Ep079: The Queen Archive w Greg Brooks Pt 1

Greg Brooks has a dream job; managing the Queen archive and helping guide the legacy of one of the world's most beloved rock bands. Today we interview him on The Vinyl Guide and hear how he landed the role, items in the archive, handwritten memos and personal items he's unexpectedly found and more. This is part 1 of a 2 part series.

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Ep078: A Band Called Death & Record Mystery Pack

Ep078: A Band Called Death & Record Mystery Pack

Death from Detroit cut just one record in 1976 and was forgotten about until their rediscovery in 2009 and the tornado of success and opportunities afterward. We caught up with the band just before their set at the Coachella Festival to talk past, present and future, and share a new song "Cease Fire" available on 45 at DeathFromDetroit.com. Plus we receive a "Record Mystery Pack" from Creme Tangerine Records in Costa Mesa, California.

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Ep077: Brant Bjork - Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Beyond

Ep077: Brant Bjork - Kyuss, Fu Manchu and Beyond

Brant Bjork was a teenager playing desert parties in Southern California when his band Kyuss exploded onto the scene. After several landmark LPs, they disbanded and Brant wandered the desert to find his unique space. Today he joins us to share that journey, his scars, his wisdom and a track from his new LP "Tao of the Devil", available from BrantBjork.net. Plus we talk RSD2017 and the new Robert Johnson Centennial Edition improvements.

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Ep076: Steve Hackett from Genesis to The Night Siren

Ep076: Steve Hackett from Genesis to The Night Siren

Steve Hackett placed an ad in a local paper and was hired into Genesis, who then went on to make music history. This progressive rock legend joins us on The Vinyl Guide to tell tales of the day, share perspective on the world of now and play a track from his new album "The Night Siren", available at HackettSongs.com.

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Ep075: The Death & Burial of Robert Johnson

Ep075: The Death & Burial of Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson's death is surrounded with speculation and mystery however blues historian Gayle Dean Wardlow shares the facts around this part of music history. Plus we play a track from the Hayes McMullan album "Everyday Seem Like Murder Here" from Light In The Attic Records.

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Ep074: Delta Blues Historian Gayle Dean Wardlow

Ep074: Delta Blues Historian Gayle Dean Wardlow

Gayle Dean Wardlow started a record collection in the 1960s by knocking on doors in the deep south but soon he was also collecting stories and facts about the blues musicians he loved, including Charlie Patton, Son House, Robert Johnson, Willie Brown & more. Today we talk to Mr Wardlow about these musicians and their wild stories plus we discuss a rarely known bluesman Hayes McMullan who's material has just only just been released.

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Ep073: CJ Ramone - American Beauty

Ep073: CJ Ramone - American Beauty

CJ Ramone grew up tough, joined the Ramones and got a a whole lot tougher. CJ shares memories of the band, his time with Joey and Johnny and brings us up to speed with his new album 'American Beauty', complete with a new track for The Vinyl Guide audience.

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Ep070: Blue Note Recording Artist Larry Ridley

Ep070: Blue Note Recording Artist Larry Ridley

Larry Ridley has played with some of the biggest names in music; John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Thelonious Monk, Lee Morgan, Dizzy Gillespie, the list goes on and on. Larry sits down with us today to talk about his history, what is was like recording w Rudy Van Gelder & the Blue Note team, playing in NYC clubs in the 50s & 60s and his friend Lee Morgan, the subject of a new film "I Called Him Morgan", out this week.

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Ep069: Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet

Ep069: Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet

Okay, I'm a bit stunned today; my musical hero is on the show. Dave Wyndorf of Monster Magnet has a long chat with us on his youth, the records that inspired him, the records he made, thoughts on the record industry and the future is for Monster Magnet. It's a deep one folks, Dave is a guy with a considered opinion on everything, so enjoy this discussion with the Space Lord himself!

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Ep067: Buzz Osborne of Melvins, Fantômas & Crystal Fairy

Ep067: Buzz Osborne of Melvins, Fantômas & Crystal Fairy

This week Buzz Osborne aka King Buzzo, most notably from The Melvins, talks about his early days, the records that inspired him, the collectible Melvins vinyl, how to make it in the music business and his new project Crystal Fairy, featuring Teri Gender Bender from Le Butcherettes on vocals and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez from The Mars Volta and At The Drive In, alongside himself and Dale Crover. It's an interview as only Buzz will give, full of sardonicism and entertaining as can be. Plus we share a track from Crystal Fairy, which can be picked up at Ipecac.com. Do it up!

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Ep066: Off the Rails with Rudy Sarzo

Ep066: Off the Rails with Rudy Sarzo

Rudy Sarzo is living the American and Rock & Roll dream; he fled Communist Cuba, resettled into the United States and got his big break playing with Ozzy Osbourne, a referral from his friend and guitar legend Randy Rhoads. Rudy talks about this time of his life, his friendship with Ozzy and Randy, the good times, the tragic times and how he moved forward. Plus we talk with record collector Mike Vague on a recent Beatles discovery from their early years!

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Ep065: The Amazing World of Steve Poltz

Ep065: The Amazing World of Steve Poltz

Steve Poltz grew up in Southern California, met Elvis, Sinatra & Liberace, learned guitar, wrote a #1 hit and continues to put in the work to hone his craft and grow as an artist. It hasn't always been easy but it sure looks like a lot of fun and today Steve tells his story, shares his songwriting process and plays a song just for the Vinyl Guide audience. Plus a record nerd news update, all in today's episode!

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Ep064: Angelo Moore of Fishbone

Ep064: Angelo Moore of Fishbone

Yes! Angelo Moore of Fishbone joins us to discuss his career, his records, their live show, his industry peers, his positive outlook, optimism and side projects including Brand New Step, Project N-fidelikah and more. It's a very honest interview from a guy who's seen it all and influenced many of the greats in your record collection. Listen in and enjoy!

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