Ringo Booklet

RingoRINGO VOTED 2ND MOST POPULAR LIVING EX-BEATLE FOR FIRST TIME                                         Controversial Thrifty Vinyl Poll Once Again Includes Pete Best

(Columbus, Ohio) – With the recent release of the well-received Ringo 2012 and the upcoming All-Starr Band tour of the Pacific Rim, cited as reasons for the high Ringo turnout, Ringo Starr has been voted undisputed second favorite living ex-Beatle for the first time ever in 42 years of post-Fabs polling by Thrify Vinyl.
The Most Popular Living Ex-Beatle Polls conducted by Thrifty Vinyl for the years following George Harrison’s death in 2003 saw unusually large write-in support from those still faithful to sacked Pete Best. These were busy times for Best with the nascent Beatle drummer’s Record Fair and Beatles Convention tour culminating in stunning performances at BeatleFests 2005 and 2006 where Best talked at length about his brief stint with the band during its early days and subsequent years-long and painfully deep bitterness.SAM_1395

Perhaps inevitably, questions have arisen some about what constitutes a “living ex-Beatle” with the more doctrinaire refusing to recognise any poll results featuring Best.SAM_1398

“If Ringo ain’t in it, it ain’t the Beatles,” Columbus welder Geoff Seabrook, 28, says flatly. “What next, Stu Sutcliffe? Do we make members of the Quarrymen eligible for the poll? Where does it end?”SAM_1396

But Reynoldsburg substitute teacher Hazel Whist, 36 , believes the Best results are legitimate. “The band began trading under name ‘Beatles’ when Pete Best was in them. That’s an indisputable fact.”SAM_1400

“And he was crucial in developing their early style,” Whist points out. “I personally think Stu Sutcliffe should be included for the same reasons, even allowing that his musical contribution was considerably less vital than Pete Best.”SAM_1399

In related news, Ringo Starr has also received first prize in the ninth posthumous Yassir Arafat Look-A-Like Contest.


Editor’s note: The second time Ringo has been featured in these pages. The crucial difference being that I bought the booklet that accompanied the album as a standalone at a Hythe Bootfair since my other copy was in bad shape due to water damage. Klaus Voorman is responsible for the line art.

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The Kinks – Kwyet Kinks EP (NEP 24221) (1965)

Divergent Agendas, Outside Protest Leads To Factionalism 

“As much as anything, it was the fierce pro-American stance of those asking God to save Donald Duck that led the Society’s demise.” Raymond Douglass Davies, Chairman VGPS.

(Muswell Hill, London) – And so began the last-ever Village Green Preservation Society press conference.

There are many others in Davies’ camp who believe that, as a quintessentially American icon, Donald Duck is a symbol of the kind of mass-market homogeneity irreconcilable with the stated aims of the parent group.

“Donald Duck, and all who support him, would have a Disney® Store pedalling its Disney® brand trinkets in every medium and large village in England,” said Davies incredulously. “What kind of Orwellean cum dystopian nightmare of a place is that?”

While Davies’ comments regarding the origin of the inter-Society conflict may be debated, there can be no doubt that once the contentiousness started, it spread quickly to the half a dozen factions formally under the VGPS umbrella.

However, many believe that it was Davies’ own hard-line dogma led to the schism.

As Barry Sitzer of The Sherlock Holmes English Speaking Vernacular explained, “If we were debating, say, 19th Century crime fiction and it’s need to be saved, he would always interrupt, saying, ‘Yes, but how will it affect the preservation needs of the Village Green?’”

“Okay, fair enough, preserving the Village Green is the society’s de facto raison d’être,” Sitzer agreed, “but I think the Society should have been a big enough tent to hold everybody.”

The protest organisation has itself been the target of protest groups, only to end up holding the unpleasant end of the publicity stick. Two years ago the offices of the Office Block Persecution Affinity were picketed for three months by the Office Block Workers Society until the OBPA were forced to move to an undisclosed location believed to be near Willesden Green.

Nor was this the only incident of its kind.

The Custard Pie Appreciation Consortium and The Skyscraper Condemnation Affiliate were both asked to terminate warehouse leases after nervous landlords decided the risk of property damage by protesters representing the Concerned Citizens Against Custard Pie and the Tall Buildings Of the World Approval Conglomerate, respectively, was too great.

Davies, however, was unbowed, urging all people to continue preserving Desperate Dan, variety, Dracula, china cups, virginity, as well as the George Cross “and all those who were awarded ‘em.”

“God Save the Village Green!” he concluded.SAM_1393

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Elvis Presley – Elvis Country (LSP 4460) (1971)

One In The Eye For King Supporters Laboring Under Tomato, Fruit/Vegetable Misapprehension

(Loma Linda, CA) – It was pointed out today to 50,000,000 Elvis fans that, contrary to received smart-assed wisdom, the tomato is actually a vegetable, and not a fruit after all.

Talking exclusively to Thrifty Vinyl, Professor Jason Frith said, “Fifty million Elvis fans, like most wise-acres, will tell you that the tomato is a fruit since a ‘fruit’ is a plant with fleshy material covering a seed or seeds. And yet, from a horticultural perspective, the tomato is a vegetable because, unlike all other so-called fruit (with the sole exception of the strawberry), it does not grow on annual, woody plants.”

“In addition,” the Harvard-educated scientist told us, “an 1893 United States Supreme Court ruling declared the tomato a vegetable and therefore subject to import taxes.”

But speaking on behalf of 50,000,000 Elvis fans, the Graceland Foundation’s James Newell called the Supreme Court decision “arbitrary and illogical”, arguing that the 19th century justices were “kow-towing to special interests who wanted the tomato classified a vegetable simply to protect U.S. crop development and prices.”

“And just because people put tomatoes on their salad, doesn’t make it a vegetable,” claimed Newell. “Botanically speaking, it’s still a fruit.”

50,000,000 Elvis fans have also recently been proved wrong about Elvis’s invention of Rock & Roll, with dozens of artists, Ike Turner, Little Richard, “Big” Arthur Crudup and Chuck Berry to name but a few, performing music that any reasonable person would call “rock and roll” prior to the recording of Presley’s first single, “That’s Alright, Mama” in 1954.


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Summit Meeting (33SX 1419) (1961); Louis Armstrong – His Greatest Years Volume 1 (PMC 1140); Johnny Hodges – Not So Dukish (CLP 1487) (1961); The Best of the Modern Jazz Quartet (SL 10141)

SAM_1382I was cycling home from varnishing the floor at the rental property and decided to travel the back route in order to stop by the Lord Whisky Cafe for a quick browse. So far, so pointless Facebook update. Things started poorly; I was looking at albums I’d passed on a dozen times over the past four years. I was about to amscray when I espied a new box of records hidden in the corner. LouisStraightaway, I picked up these ex-Library* jazz discs. Summit Meeting is, I believe, an early 60s Vee-Jay Records jazz sampler. It is uniformally excellent. I already own the tracks from the Armstrong anthology on the beautiful 4-CD Columbia/Legacy The Complete Hot Fives and Hot Sevens Recordings, but couldn’t resist having a few on vinyl.
Not So Dukish, as in Ellington, I have yet to listen to, and so can’t comment. Looks nice, no? Finally, the MJQ compilation comes from that Thrifty Vinyl favourite’s earlier Prestige years (1952-1956), prior to their triumphs at Atlantic and finds the foursome in sombre mood. A good day’s work, then.SAM_1384*The Command Library, H. Qrs. Eastern Command, Cavalry Barracks, Hounslow, MX, Tel: HOU 2371 Ext. 245, to be precise.

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Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised (NL86994)

You Wanna Revolution?


The BBC regrets to announce a change in this week’s scheduled programming. Due to technical difficulties, tonight’s Revolution will not be televised. Instead, BBC One will broadcast an Only Fools and Horses marathon, featuring the top five episodes as voted for by readers of the Radio Times. The BBC is sorry for any inconvenience and hopes to bring you the Revolution next week at its regularly scheduled time.


Editor’s note: I thrifted this over a year ago and, despite owning and liking a few GS-H tracks scattered across various compilations, never found the right time to listen to it. Until now.

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