19 August 2005
How true this is:
[W]e all love the internet for its ability to misdirect us to accidental discoveries that end up being more interesting than the stuff we were originally trying to find, don't we?
It probably doesn't make your research more efficient, but it surely makes your research more fun.
Which essay, I mention in passing, was written by, um, me.
Posted at 9:35 AM to Almost Yogurt
, Tongue and Groove
Today it's all gospel or collections of country and western artists who don't make the hit parade any more, but remember when actual rock and roll records (compilations) were advertised on TV? K-Tel was seen a bit declasse -- but then, so was Atco, compared to its big sister Atlantic.
The story goes that one of the sticking points when Atlantic was trying to sign Led Zeppelin was the band's insistence that they not be put on Atco.
I suppose this has something to do with Atco's alleged positioning as Atlantic's "white" label, though it wasn't ever intended as such.
I've read that story, too. Funny: I'm pretty sure that Atco was Cream's label.
It was. Iron Butterfly, also.
Interestingly, Bobby Darin left Atco for Capitol; when he came back some years later, they put him on Atlantic.
And Atco had R&B acts: the Coasters and Arthur Conley come immediately to mind.