the "steal this disc"/"here it is, the music" comps that ryko put out from 1988-91

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is anyone else familiar with this completely odd assortment of music? i found here it is today for a dollar. having heard the first two steal discs at a friend's house a long time ago, i already knew this would be a bargain at twice the price.

here it is is more or less steal part one but was a joint venture between ryko and tdk (the cd was a premium given away with tdk purchases, and in a weird bit of prescience back in the cassette-only age of mass-market blank media, they gave it the cute subtitle cdk vol. 1).

i can't imagine any major company in 2005 giving away a cd with people as intellectually disruptive as keith levene, frank zappa, the residents, and devo (excepting their biggest hit). bernie krause even has a track here! okay sure there's some adult-alternative boomer snooze too (nanci griffith's lot in life is to be on corporate boomer-snooze compilations, along with token africans like poto duodongo). what i don't get is how, with ryko pushing all this relatively brazen obscurantism (it was 1988, for fuck's sake) on an unsuspecting public, they felt it was important to include the jimi hendrix experience's "fire" (???), and as the last track no less, right after the e-z listening disc version of devo's "jerkin' back and forth." guess they gotta reel the dads in somehow.

1. Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia: Da Birg Song
2. Frank Zappa: G-Spot Tornado (Jazz From Hell version)
3. The Screaming Tribesmen: In His Shoes
4. The Red Clay Ramblers: Home Is Where the Heart Is
5. Mahavishnu John McLaughlin: Something Spiritual
6. The Tannahill Weavers: Lucy Cassidy/The Bletherskate/The Smith of Chilliechassie
7. Poto Doudongo: Bolingo
8. The Residents: Serenade for Missy
9. Keith Levene: Cops Too
10. The Charlie Rouse Band: Cinnamon Flower
11. Bill Frisell & Vernon Reid: Size 10 1/2 Sneaks
12. Bernie Krause: Jungle Shoes
13. Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin: Henry & James
14. Nanci Griffith: Once in a Very Blue Moon
15. Doc & Merle Watson: Hesitation Blues
16. Phil Woods & Chris Swansen: Moose the Mooche
17. Devo: Jerkin' Back & Forth
18. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Fire

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:29 (9 years ago) Permalink

i bet amateurist owns all of these.

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:30 (9 years ago) Permalink

haha no but i do recall the earlier days of ryko with a strange mix of nostalgia and puzzlement.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:41 (9 years ago) Permalink

good answer.

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:42 (9 years ago) Permalink

did they have the hendrix catalog at some point? i thought the first cds of those lps were on rca...?

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:45 (9 years ago) Permalink

also: quick jody i have insomnia what music should i download that will blow my mind?

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

they put out the live at the winterland disc. (xpost)

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:47 (9 years ago) Permalink

also: quick jody i have insomnia what music should i download that will blow my mind?

check yr gmail.

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:51 (9 years ago) Permalink

i can still picture ryko's old website in my head. probably because it didn't change for about five years. didn't ryko/hannibal lose almost all their cash-cow licenses? or maybe they still have the zappa catalog? ryko is odd. jerry boys!

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:54 (9 years ago) Permalink

oh also at the dollar sale i found exuma's rude boy album from 1987. i only know his early '70s stuff and i'm slightly worried this will blow.

i have no idea what's up with ryko these days. after those bowie reissues they went very quiet.

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 06:58 (9 years ago) Permalink

i somehow knew we'd be the only two posters on this thread.

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

Oddly enough, I own every track on that list with the predictable exception of track 2.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:00 (9 years ago) Permalink

even the screaming tribesmen?

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:01 (9 years ago) Permalink

Yep, got it on the Bones and Flowers album which, strictly speaking, Laura bought a very long time ago, but it's still in the colelction.

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

or even the "collection."

Marcello Carlin (nostudium), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:06 (9 years ago) Permalink

silly me for not being aware that another day on earth (which i'll get around to listening to eventually) is on hannibal! that's going to be a cash cow.

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:24 (9 years ago) Permalink

do you know the history behind hannibal and ryko? like when they merged or whatever? hannibal is joe boyd's label right. i have some pre-ryko hannibal vinyl i think.

Amateur(ist) (Amateur(ist)), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:25 (9 years ago) Permalink

joe boyd started hannibal in 1980 but it got absorbed into ryko in the '90s.

http://www.rykodisc.com/RykoInternal/AboutRyko/About_FAQs_01.asp

the urban heat island effect (Jody Beth Rosen), Friday, 15 July 2005 07:28 (9 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...
when i graduated from high school my dad bought me a cd boombox and my brother let me steal lots of CDs from the record store he worked at in the mall. got talk talk, monochrome set, some garage comp called Highs Of The 60's, shriekback, and a bunch of other stuff (I had never really heard CDs before) including the two ryko steal this disc comps. this is the one i played a lot:

Josh White Jr with Robin Batteau: You Won't Let Me Go
2. Johnny Adams: I Feel Like Breaking Up Somebody's Home
3. Frank Zappa: G-Spot Tornado
4. Sugar Minott: Good Thing Going
5. Mahavishnu John McLaughlin: Something Spiritual
6. Old & in the Way: Wild Horses
7. Phil Woods & Chris Swansen: Moose the Mooche
8. George Thorogood & the Destroyers: Madison Blues
9. The Residents: Serenade for Missy
10. The Residents: Hello Skinny
11. Schoolly-D: B-Boy Rhyme & Riddle
12. The Red Clay Ramblers: Home Is Where the Heart Is
13. Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin: Henry & James
14. Guy van Duser & Billy Novick: Jubilee Stomp
15. Devo: Jerkin' Back & Forth
16. Bill Frisell & Vernon Reid: Size 10 1/2 Sneaks
17. Nanci Griffith: Once in a Very Blue Moon
18. Mark O'Connor: Flight Home
19. Richie Havens: If Not for You
20. Doc & Merle Watson: Hesitation Blues
21. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Fire

scott seward, Thursday, 22 March 2007 12:02 (7 years ago) Permalink

i had some rykodisc comp that had mica by mission of burma and a birdsongs of the mesozoic on it.

M@tt He1ges0n, Thursday, 22 March 2007 18:04 (7 years ago) Permalink

4 years pass...

i found the second steal this disc tonight for $1.99.

1 Dweezil Zappa – Electric Hoedown 3:24
2 Jimi Hendrix – Lover Man 3:05
3 Big Guitars From Texas – Ride Of The Ruthless 2:24
4 Beausoleil – It's You I Love 3:33
5 Irma Thomas – Gonna Cry 'Til My Tears Run Dry 3:17
6 Duke Ellington – Happy Anatomy 2:29
7 Marty Willson-Piper – On The Tip Of My Tongue 3:05
8 Steve Kilbey – Atlantis 3:13
9 Birdsongs Of The Mesozoic – Theme From Rocky & Bullwinkle 1:29
10 Poto Doudongo* – Bolingo 6:54
11 Residents, The – The Thing About Them 4:05
12 Mission Of Burma – Mica 3:31
13 Paul Horn – Mantra II/Duality 2:24
14 Howard Wales & Jerry Garcia – Da Birg Song 2:37
15 Touchstone – Jack Haggerty 2:58
16 Nils Lofgren – If I Say It, It's So 2:55
17 Keith Levene – Cops Too 3:09
18 Charlie Rouse Band* – Cinnamon Flower 4:26
19 Jerry Jeff Walker – Driftin' Way Of Life 2:38
20 Michael Urbaniak* – Butterfly 5:55
21 Frank Zappa – Tengo Na Minchia Tanta 3:46

popcorn (get bent), Sunday, 19 February 2012 03:12 (2 years ago) Permalink

this is still a good mix:

10. The Residents: Hello Skinny
11. Schoolly-D: B-Boy Rhyme & Riddle
12. The Red Clay Ramblers: Home Is Where the Heart Is

scott seward, Sunday, 19 February 2012 03:59 (2 years ago) Permalink

Big Guitars From Texas was a road trip perennial during my childhood.

Mike Love Costume Jewelry on Etsy (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 19 February 2012 08:02 (2 years ago) Permalink


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