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Robert Plant Bowled Me Over

lullaby and...THE CEASELESS ROAR


I’ve had a love affair with Robert Plant for as long as I can remember.  From the first time I heard his voice on a Led Zeppelin record, I’ve been a devoted fan, following his career post-Zep in each and every re-incarnation, whether he’s playing solo, with Jimmy Page or Alison Krauss, or with one of his talented bands, “Strange Sensation,” “Band of Joy,” or “Sensational Space Shifters.”  I’ve seen him play all over Philly:  The Spectrum, The Electric Factory, The Tower, The Mann, and at every Philly show since 1983.  So it was such a huge thrill for me to see him play last night at a pop up concert at the Brooklyn Bowl, a very cool music venue/bar/restaurant/bowling alley in Brooklyn.  With only 850 or so tickets available for sale, this show would put me up close and intimate with Plant like I’d never been before.

The doors opened at 10:30 p.m. and we took our place as close to the stage as possible (3-4 rows of people back.) While we waited for Plant, who was scheduled to come on around midnight, we were treated to an opening dj set by Philly’s own, Questlove, of The Roots.  He spins there every Thursday and seemed comfortable and very approachable in the dj booth.  He got the growing crowd moving with a mix of funky songs until Robert Plant and the “Sensational Space Shifters” took the stage.  The band opened the show with a Howlin’ Wolf cover, “Spoonful,” and they did a killer version of Bukka White’s “Fixin’ to Die.” They played “Rainbow,” “Poor Howard,”” Turn it Up,” (one of my faves) and “Little Maggie,” all off their new album, lullaby and…THE CEASELESS ROAR.  I honestly thought they’d play more songs off the new album (which I love) and I was looking forward to hearing some of the other new stuff live, but there were some “folk” songs (Plant jokingly remarked that they were old enough to be considered folk songs)  that they performed instead.  These songs included “Thank You,” a gorgeous rendition of “Going to California,”  “Black Dog,” “Rock and Roll,” ”Nobody’s Fault but Mine,” and a kick ass version of “Whole Lotta Love/Who Do You Love” as the finale. Plant encouraged audience participation and we did not disappoint!  I feel bad for the people in front of me who had to listen to my constant singing and super loud yays and whoo hoos.

The show featured about 13 songs in all, and overall, it was really a great mix of blues, African rhythms, Celtic/English traditions, and good old rock and roll. The band was true to their name, sensational, and included Billy Fuller, Dave Smith, Liam “Skin” Tyson, John Baggott, and most notably, Juldeh Camara on a single-string fiddle, and Justin Adams, who co-wrote Mighty Rearranger, and really got the crowd in a frenzy with his dizzying guitar playing.

All in all, it was well worth the ride to Brooklyn. Even though the ride home at 2:30 a.m. this morning didn’t leave me much time for sleep, I would definitely do it all over again if I could.  Robert Plant can be my rainbow and bring a song for me anytime!




Queen Rule Again

Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on July 16, 2004.

Queen and Adam Lambert rocked the Wells Fargo Center in Philly on July 16, 2004.

I have seen many, many bands play live over the years but there was always one band that I wished I had seen but hadn’t… until the other night.  The band I’m talking about is Queen.  Queen’s last American tour was in 1982 and I remember when they played the Spectrum.  A friend of mine saw them and loved them.  I always said I’d catch them the next time but unfortunately there wasn’t a next time.

When Queen got together with Paul Rodgers around 2006, I just couldn’t bring myself to go.  It’s difficult to see a band you really like play without all of the original members, but I think it’s even more difficult when the original front man isn’t there.

When I heard Adam Lambert would be touring with Queen, I actually gave some serious thought to going.  I was a big Lambert fan from his days on “American Idol” and thought he certainly had the singing chops to do Queen’s songs justice.  Although, once again, it just didn’t seem right to me that they’d have another lead singer, but when I got a last minute invite from a friend who had an extra ticket, I decided to go.

I am so glad I did!  Although NO ONE could ever take Freddie Mercury‘s place, Adam’s voice was amazing and he really put on one hell of a show.  With costume changes, an audience sing-off, effortless interaction with the band members, and his own unique styling, I think Freddie would’ve been pleased with his performance.  It sure seemed like the audience was pleased and happy to hear all of Queen’s wonderful music live again. Queen’s remaining original members were pretty terrific too! Brian May’s guitar playing was sick! I especially loved his trippy guitar solo and his tribute to Freddie. Then there was Roger Taylor who was totally rockin’ out on the drums.  He gave the younger drummer playing with them a run for his money! Overall, the entire band sounded great and they looked like they were really having a fun time on stage.  They gave the audience a great show over two hours long with just the right mix of hits and lesser known numbers.   I would definitely see them again.

If you went to the show, what did you think and would you see them again?



Record Store Day Re-Cap


Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate Record Store Day with us last Saturday!

Thanks especially to our customers, concert promoters who worked hard to organize the day’s events, Jim Rosin for doing a book signing, and all the bands and performers who generously played at our celebration too!

I hope you found what you were looking for on RSD but if you’re still searching for a title, here’s a list of the RSD releases we still have in stock. These are mostly single copies so if you if’d like one, come in as soon as possible before we sell out.

Adventure Club – Calling All Hereoes

Aerosmith – Draw the Line

Aerosmith – Rocks

Allicara  2743

Joan Baez – Blessed Are

Bastille – Of the Night

Beauregarde – Testify

Bleachers – I Want to Get Better

Hollis Brown – Hollis Brown Gets Loaded

Neko Case & Jason Little – Satellite of Love

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis – West of Memphis

Michael Chapman – Playing Guitar the Easy Way

Eric Church – The Outsiders

The Civil Wars – Live at Eddie’s Attic

Dillinger, Trinity, Wayne Wade, Al Campbell, Junior Tamlin – Five Man Army

Disclosure – Apollo

Ramblin Jack Elliott – Jack ElliottIce-T,

Everly Brothers – Roots

Frightened Rabbit – Live From Criminal Records

Mayer Hawthorne – Wine Glass Woman

Heavens to Betsy – Calculated

Ice -T – Greatest Hits

Rick James – You and I

Waylon & Shooter Jennings – Fenixon

Jimi Hendrix – Live at Monterey

Jimmy Page & The Black Crowes – Live at the Greek

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – She’s on It

Stephen John Kalinich – A World of Peace Must Come

Jorma Kaukonen – QUAH

Kings of Leon – Wait for Me

Kodaline – Coming Up

Ray Lamontagne – Supernova

Henry Mancini – Sountdrack to Pink Panther

Dean Martin – Dream with Dean

Jim McCarty – Frontman

Randy Newman

John Oates – Stone Cold Love

The Orwells – Righteous One


Nina Persson – Sometimes

Pussy Galore – PUSSY GOLD 5000

Rodion G.A. – Misuinea Spatiala Delta (Delta Space Mission)

Bobby Rush – Upstairs at United, Vol. 11

Gil Scott-Heron – Nothing New Slipknot – Vol. 3 The Subliminal Verses

Spanish Gold – Out on the Street

Regina Speckor – You’ve Got Time

Sun Ra – Outer Spaceways Incorporated

Tayla Lynn – Coal Dust

Tears For Fears – Ready Boys & Girls

Whirlwind Heat – Do Rabbits Wonder?

James Williamson, Carolyn Wonderland – Open Up And Bleed

Johnny Winter – Live Bootleg Special Edition

Record Store Day Schedule of Events

Vinyl Revival is proud to be participating in Record Store Day, an international day to celebrate the culture of the independently owned record store, on April 19, 2014.  Vinyl Revival will stock a selection of titles that are Record Store Day exclusive, limited edition and first releases.  As part of the Record Store Day celebration, there will be free entertainment by indie/alternative musicians, a book signing, light refreshments and drinks during store hours from 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Record Store Day Schedule of Events

10 a.m. – Store opens

11 a.m. – Book signing with James Rosin, author of “Philly Pop, Rock, Rhythm & Blues”

11 a.m. –  Performance by Aaron Hug

12 p.m. – Performance by Nina Marie

12:45 p.m. – Performance by Traffic Nightmare

1:30 p.m. – performance by Ghost Gum

2:15 p.m. – Performance by Family Vacation

3:00 p.m. – Performance by Tom Curtis Jr.

3:45 p.m. – Performance by The One2s

4:30 p.m. – Performance by Big Tusk

5:15 p.m. –  Performance by Wild Rompit

6:00 p.m. Performance by DRGN King.

For a complete list of titles being released for 2014 Record Store Day, visit




Super cool lasers from Kings of Leon's concert at the Wells Fargo Center February 19th.

Rock & Roll: Alive and Well

I am very optimistic about the future of rock and roll! For a while, there was a lot of dance/pop music dominating the airways, but there currently seems to be a really strong crop of rock and roll bands out there to that I am really excited about.

Attending the Made in America concert the past two years has introduced me to a number of bands that I am listening to and going to see in concert.  I saw Gary Clark Jr. there for the fist time and just caught him opening for Kings of Leon the other night.  Love him and them!  This year at Made in America, I saw Imagine Dragons and The Gaslight Anthem, two more bands I look forward to seeing in concert again.  Dr. Dog is another favorite of mine and I finally got to see them live again after missing every one of their local shows the past two years.  A couple of bands that I haven’t seen yet but hope to see soon are Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys. There’s so much good stuff out there, it’s hard to name just a few of my faves.

Who’s your  favorite “new” band?




Lightning Bolt by Peal Jam is now available.

Pearl Jam Tuesday in Philly

Pearl Jam played their second Philly show on Tuesday and boy was it a fabulous!  I always catch them when they’re in town and I was lucky to get a seat last night. Even though I sat behind the stage, Eddie would turn to us every now and then and even sang a song directly to the bunch of us in the back.  The guys brought their usual high energy and their mighty musical talent playing a great mix of stuff off their new album, Lightening Bolt (which we have in-store), a lot of deep tracks and a variety of their bigger hits.

The band treated concert-goers with a few of their ballads but it’s their heavy, loud style and sound that I love best. There were some songs I didn’t know but that’s one of the things I love about Pearl Jam.  They’ll play songs that their hardcore fans will know and the rest of us will want to check out again. I found myself looking at the set list this morning and going though my Pearl Jam to see which albums had the songs I didn’t know. Another thing I love about the band is they never play the same set twice.  If they’re in Philly two nights, you’ll see a different show each time.

Time after time, and year after year, I never tire of seeing this band live.  They completely energize me and I continue to look forward to each new release they put out.

Did you go to the show?  What’d you think of it?

The Who and Lennon are available on vinyl.

It’s My Birthday Two

Today we remember the life and music of two of rock & roll’s greatest, John Lennon and John Entwistle, both born on October 9th.
John Lennon, founding member of The Beatles, would have been 73 years old.  Although his voice was silenced at the young age of 40, he’s left a legacy of music and peace that still resonates today. His musical career began in the 1950’s in Liverpool England where he formed a skiffle band called The Quarreymen.  This band would later evolve into The Beatles.   The Beatles, as you might already know, took the world by storm in the 1960’s.  Lennon and McCartney became one of the most influential and innovative songwriting teams of all time, Lennon’s solo work raised our social consciousness and the rest is history.
I had the most amazing trip to Liverpool this past summer.  While there, I went to the house where Lennon lived with his Aunt Mimi, went to Strawberry Fields and saw the open space where John used to run and play, visited the Casbah Coffee Club where John’s name is still inscribed on the wall, and hung out at the Cavern Club where The Beatles played to a packed house.  It was such a moving experience to see the places John wrote and sang about in his songs and I highly recommend a trip to Liverpool for every Beatles’ fan.
Although I never had the honor of seeing Lennon live, I did have the  pleasure of seeing Entwistle perform live on several occasions with his band, The Who.  It was something I never thought would happen especially after the band announced their farewell tour in 1982.  I was a young teenager and I begged my parents to let me go to JFK Stadium to see the band who I thought I’d never ever get to see again.  They said I couldn’t go and I was crushed!  Luckily for me, there were more gigs after the ’82 farewell tour and I was fortunate to see Entwistle play.  His bass playing really added an extra umph to the band which contributed to their heavy sound. It was a sad day when I heard the news that John passed.  I actually had tickets to see The Who when he died.  I’m glad for the shows where I did get to see him play.
Today, I celebrate their musical legacies and hope to turn a new generation of music lovers onto them by continuing to sell their music…on vinyl.

We’re Now A Record Store Day Record Store

We are super excited to announce that Vinyl Revival is now a participating Record Store Day record store!  This designation means that we will sell the special  Record Store Day releases in our store on Record Store Day and on Black Friday.

Record Store Day is a celebration of music by independent record stores held on the third Saturday of April that  features special releases, live performances, etc.  We are so happy to be included in this group of indie retailers who truly care about keeping the spirit of the record store alive in the digital age.  We plan on making our first Record Store Day a huge celebration for all of our customers and our community!

Art Plus Music Equals A Great Weekend

This is a really busy weekend for us.  In addition to the start of our First Friday Flicks, Independent Film Screening Series in association with FirstGlance Films tonight, we will be out at the Lansdowne Arts Festival at the Twentieth Century Club, Saturday and Sunday, September 7th and 8th from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and we’ll be at the iRadioPhilly tent on the field near the corner of Eagle and Darby roads in the center of Havertown at the Haverford Music Festival from 7 – 9:30 p.m. Saturday night.  We’ll be giving out lots of prizes and a few surprises, so stop by and say hello.

Art and music makes for a perfect weekend, don’t you think?

Stones Saturday

Bridges of Babylon and a Goat's Head

Bridges of Babylon and a Goat’s Head

Where are my fellow Stones fans?  You might want to stop by this weekend since I just got a number of collectible Stones items in stock.  I have autographed copies of the out-of-print Stones book, Love You Live, by Marilou Regan plus several framed collectible Stones concert posters.

We’re planning a HUGE Stones event for the first Friday of December so stop back or visit our Facebook page for more information as it becomes available.

Stones lithographs