INTRODUCING VAULT #36: CAPTAIN BEEFHEART & HIS MAGIC BAND TROUT MASK REPLICA

I get some cool items in my Gmail from time to time, sharing this package with my readers.

Wishing I had the discretionary income to get this from the Third Man Records Vault.  Hmm, maybe WordPress monetization could solve that itch 😉 Love that marble vinyl.

Imagine being a high school teacher in Pomona, California and that Frank Zappa and the Beef are students in your class. True story about them…

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection

A couple of weeks ago we attended the “It’s Alive” exhibit at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts.

There are 100+ items on display curated from Kirk Hammett of Metallica’s private collection.

Like Kirk, I grew up as an early teen reading everything I could find about horror and sci-fi movies.  The definitive information source in the early 60’s were the Famous Monsters of Filmland and Spacemen magazines which I would buy at the local variety store.

Forrest J. Ackerman(Forry) was our monster movie subject matter authority.  He was Editor for Famous Monsters/Spacemen. He had an extensive memorabilia archive of 36,000+ items at his three Ackermansions. I learned a great deal from his authoritative articles that highlighted rare movie stills from such classics as King Kong, Bride of Frankenstein, and Dracula. His favorite sci-fi movie that he turned me on to was Metropolis by Fritz Lang (1927).

I collect music posters and they adorn many walls in my house. I gained a deeper appreciation for the rare movie posters in Kirk’s collection as an art form. Many of the posters on display were from Universal Pictures.  I never fathomed how many movies Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi had made either individually or in collaboration.

If I had to choose one poster that enchanted me most it was the French movie poster of Frankenstein (1931) with the rare graveyard scene.

I deeply thank Kirk Hammett for sharing his private collection with the public.  I also want to thank Peabody Essex Museum for the fantastic exhibition. It brought back many deep-seated memories seeing the Universal Movie posters, lobby cards and giant green Space Invader from Mars alien.

It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection is on view until November 26.

Albumism

Albumism is one of several new music Web sites to catch my attention. I discovered them, as a result, of a Follow on Twitter.

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Albumism™ is an editorially independent music website dedicated to honoring the album as a vital art form, while connecting with the global community of passionate music fans to celebrate our love affairs with albums past, present and future.

Founded in 2016 and headquartered in Brooklyn, NY, they offer feature articles, tributes, reviews, interviews, news, playlists, streams, and videos, among other forms of content, and always welcome comments, contributions and ideas from our fellow music enthusiasts.

If you are an album fan you are sure to be impressed with their passion and dedication to the album art form and the music it provides our souls.

My favorite article thus far is, “100 Most Dynamic Debut Albums Ever Made“. There is a lot to listen to and appreciate on this Web page. I have been listening to many of these albums on Apple Music and Sonos this past week. Add to your knowledge by looking, clicking and listening to these truly fine works.

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Rick Wakeman – The Phantom of the Opera

For true collectors… 
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The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table – Rick Wakeman

I am excited to hold in my hands an autographed CD edition of Rick Wakeman’s The Myths and Legends of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. I collect autographed CD covers and this is truly a gem for the collection.

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It was sharing of you Rick Wakeman to allow us fans to help support your recording project on Pledge Music.

I can’t wait to have the symphony of sound wash over my senses.

Thank you Rick. I hope I get to hear you play a selection or two of this recording this fall on the Anderson, Rabin and Wakeman tour.

Until then be well and Excalibur Sir.

The Dead Weather – Dodge & Burn

The Dead Weather – Alison Mosshart, Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence

Dodge & Burn, the band’s third LP will be released in September via Third Man Records and will feature eight new songs and four previously released (but now remixed and remastered) tracks.

A limited-edition version of the new album, called “Vault Package #25,” will be released the same week as the standard album release in September. It’ll include the following:

– A limited-edition Dodge & Burn LP on “yellow vinyl with black debris” in a soft-touch embossed sleeve, a Vault-exclusive alternate cover designed by Rob Jones, and a limited-edition bonus poster

– The only physical version of the new Dead Weather 7-inch and single from Dodge & Burn on yellow vinyl with black debris

– A deck of custom Dead Weather playing cards designed by Silent Giants featuring the band members as the King, Queen, Jack, and Joker

Subscribe to the Vault Package #25 here.