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Yes - Fragile - 1972

Yes Fragile Record Album 1972 Record Cover
Yes Fragile Record Album 1972 Record Cover
Fragile Yes Album 1972

Atlantic Record Company had a progressive rock band on their hands. This band, named Yes, had a unique blend of music melding both classical instruments with the more traditional rock staples of drums and guitars. That blend is the result of the Fragile album.

The left inside cover has the lyrics to the album. One of the hit songs, Round About was always clouded with incorrect lyrics. Below, is the exact lyrics taken from the album jacket.

I'll be the round about
The words will make you out 'n' out
You change the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley

The music dance and sing
They make the children really ring
I spend the day your way
Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley

In and around the lake
Mountains come out of the sky and they stand there
One mile over we'll be there and we'll see you
Ten true summers we'll be there and laughing too
Twenty four before my love you'll see I'll be there with you

I will remember you
Your silhouette will charge the view
Of distance atmosphere
Call it morning driving thru the sound and even in the valley

Along the drifting cloud the eagle searching down on the land
Catching the swirling wind the sailor sees the rim of the land
The eagles dancing wings create as weather spins out of hand
Go closer hold the land feel partly no more than grains of sand
We stand to lose all time a thousand answers by in our hand
Next to your deeper fears we stand
Surrounded by a millions years

The right inside jacket noted the song titles.
Side One:
1 Roundabout
2 Cans And Brahms
3 We Have heaven
4 South Side Of The Sky

Side Two:
1 Five Per Cent For Nothing
2 Long Distance Runaway
3 The Fish
4 Mood For The Day
5 Heart of the Sunrise

Meet The Band:
John Anderson - Vocals
Bill Bruford - Drums, Percussion
Steve Howe - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Vocals
Chris Squire - Bass Guitars, Vocals
Rick Wakeman - Organ, Grand Piano

The back cover depicts the earth, some sort of ship... It reminds me of the album art of Boston's debut album in 1976. they had a giant space ship hurtling away from an exploding earth. I can only describe the air ship as a whale with sails attached to it.

The album protective sleeve advertises the other artists signed by Atlantic records. Some of the famous bands are the Rolling Stones,...

The flip side protective cover offers even more artists signed by Atlantic. I have a good many of these albums and they will appear in future updates.

Until then, I recommend buying the Yes CD or rescuing the old vinyl album from your basement as I have done. Slap it on the turntable and turn the volume up loud and let the album rock. Enjoy!

Yes Fragile Album Lyrics
Yes Fragile Lyrics

Yes fragile album liner notes
Yes Fragile Liner Notes

Yes fragile Back Record Cover
Yes fragile Back Record Cover

Yes fragile Record Jacket Sleeve
Yes fragile Record Jacket Sleeve

Yes Fragile Jacket Sleeve



Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced 1967

Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced Album Cover
Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced
Jimi Hendrix brought psychedelic rock and roll to the United States in 1967 in his debut album, Are You experienced. Already a star in England, Hendrix, after a few substitute tracks, released the album on Reprise records and it quickly soared up the charts.

As you can see, the album cover has a psychedelic look and feel with the odd angle photo shot of Hendrix and his band in the center of a circle Bright clothing and a colorful back round with a bending effect complete the photograph.

The band was Mitch Mitchell on drums, and Noel Redding on guitar.

The tracks of this album are almost legendary. Any rock and roll countdown of the top 100 albums of all time always has this record in the top 10. And with thousands of great rock albums out there, that is some heavy praise.

Side one is:
Purple Haze
Manic Depression
Hey Joe
Love Or Confusion
May This Be Love
I Don't Live Today

Side two is:
The Wind Cries Mary
Third Stone From The Sun
Foxey Lady
Are You Experienced

Purple Haze, Manic Depression, Hey Joe, The Wind Cries Mary, Fire, Foxey Lady, and Are You Experienced were all hit songs from the album. It was almost unprecedented to have that many hit songs on one album.

Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced Back Cover
Jimi Hendrix Are You Experienced Back Cover
The back cover has a black and white photo of Hendrix and the band with the track titles and a little warning about the album. It states:

Be forewarned. Used to be an experience meant making you a bit older. This one makes you wider. With the assistance of Mitch Mitchell on drums and Noel Redding on guitar. Jimi Hendrix breaks the world into interesting fragments. Then reassembles it. You hear with new ears, after being experienced. Those who've only seen him perform know only part of this experience. They rave about a young man who plays a guitar in more positions than anybody before him. Now, this debut album will put the heads of Hendrix' listeners into some novel positions. Be forewarned.

Fire is one of my all time favorite tunes. Oh how I wished I could play guitar like that on this track. The lyrics of the song have been reported on the Internet many times. They are incorrect however. Below is the actual complete lyrics of the track, Fire. I suggest you get this CD, download the MP3, turn up your stereo as loud as it will go, and then force it up a little more and let Fire rock and roll. You might just see Jesus.

Fire By Jimi Hendrix

Now dig this, baby

You don't care for me
I don'-a care about that
Ya gotta new fool, ha!
I like it like that

I have only one burning desire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire (Repeat 4 times)

Yea baby
Listen here, baby
And stop acting so crazy
You say your mum ain't home,
It ain't my concern,
Just to play with me and you won't get burned

I have only one itching desire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire (Repeat 4 times)

Oh! Move over, Rover
And let Jimi take over
Yeah, you know what I'm talking 'bout
Yeah, get on with it, baby
That's what I'm talking 'bout
Now dig this!
Now listen, baby

You try to gimme your money
You better save it, babe
Save it for your rainy day

I have only one burning desire
Let me stand next to your fire
Let me stand next to your fire
I ain't gonna do you no harm
Yea, you better improve a little baby
I ain't gonna hurt ya baby
Ahh, I ain't done with your old lady
Ahh yes, that's Jimi talk baby
Yea baby.
Woo hoo hoo whoo hoo ouhh...



Sam Kinison - Louder Than Hell 1986

sam kinison louder than hell comedy album
Sam Kinison Louder Than Hell Comedy Album
Sam Kinison, Shock Comedian, Debut Album, Louder Than Hell

You know this kid ain't filming a letter from home with a Betamax?

Come here, see, see, this is sand....Yea......You know what it's going to be in 100 years? ITS GONNA BE SAND!!! You live in a desert. Nothing grows out here. Nothing's gonna grow out here.

This album debuted during the height of comedian Sam Kinisons popularity. he debuted on David Letterman, appeared on Rodney Dangerfield's young comedians show, and countless gigs at halls and shows throughout the country.

His humor was raunchy, loud, to the point, and sexual. His famous line was "I just love women." His act would usually start out with him calm and slowly pacing on stage. Soon his voice would escalate, and then he would begin screaming. It always brought the audience to their feet.

Alas, Sam passed away in 1992, killed by a teenage drunk driver on a highway in Needles, California. His humor is missed.
sam kinison record album art
Sam Kinison Album Art
The back cover had a close up of Kinison in his trademark overcoat and beret cap. A smug smile adorns his face.

Titles on the album are:
Side One:
Big Menu
Sexual Therapy
Side Two:
World Hunger
Letter From Home
Love Song

You lyin whore
You used me
You never loved me
I hope you slide under a gas truck and taste your own blood
Die! Die! I want my records back. I want my records back



Bob Seger - Night Moves 1976

Bob Seger Night Moves
Bob Seger Night Moves 
Strange how the night moves, With Autumn closing in.

The year was 1976, and Bob Seger, one of the hardest working rock and roll men in Detroit had finally broke the top 40 barrier with his "Night Moves" album. During the infancy of the so-called disco era, Night Moves was more than a refreshing change, it was a hard hitting rock album that captured the souls of millions of rabid rock fans searching for salvation disco balls and polyester pants. Night Moves didn't disappoint. The album title track, Night Moves was a slow almost ballad type song of teenage angst experimenting with love, life, and rock and roll.

The back cover displayed the album titles, a photo of the Silver Bullet Band, and instruments played.

Song Titles:
Side One:

Rock and roll never forgets
Night Moves
The fire down below
Side Two:
Sunspot baby
Come to poppa
Ship of fools
Mary Lou

The album jacket is a black and whit photo of the front cover at a farther distance. Seger is standing with his hands in his pockets with a light behind him. The Capital records logo on the bottom right side.

The flip side of the album jacket has the song lyrics. Here are the lyrics to Night Moves, the albums #1 hit.
I was a little too tall
Could've used a few pounds
Tight pants points hardly reknown
She was a black haired beauty with big dark eyes
And points all her own sitting way up high
Way up firm and high
Out past the cornfields where the woods got heavy
Out in the back seat of my 60 Chevy
Workin on mysteries without any clues
Workin on our night moves
Trying to make some front page drive-in news
Workin on our night moves in the summertime
In the sweet summertime
We weren't in love, oh no, far from it
We weren't searching for some pie in the sky summit
We were just young and restless and bored
Living by the sword
And wed steal away every chance we could
To the backroom, the alley, the trusty woods
I used her, she used me
But neither one cared
We were getting our share
Workin on our night moves
Trying to lose the awkward teenage blues
Workin on our night moves
And it was summertime
And oh the wonder
Felt the lightning
And we waited on the thunder
Waited on the thunder
I awoke last night to the sound of thunder
How far off I sat and wondered
Started humming a song from 1962
Ain't it funny how the night moves
When you just don't seem to have as much to lose
Strange how the night moves
With autumn closing in

Bob Seger Night Moves Lyrics
Bob Seger Night Moves Lyrics



Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell 1977

Meatloaf Bat Out Of Hell Record Album
Meatloaf Bat Out Of Hell Record Album
On a hot summer night, would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses?
Will he offer me his mouth? Yes!
Will he offer me his teeth? Yes!
Will he offer me his jaws? Yes!
Will he offer me his hunger? Yes!
Again, will he offer me his hunger? Yes!
And will he starve without me? Yes!
And does he love me? Yes!
On a hot summer night would you offer your throat to the wolf with the red roses? Yes!
I bet you say that to all the boys

Bat Out Of Hell was a rock and roll album released in 1977 by a relatively unknown rocker and songwriter.

The album was a collection of teenage angst songs smartly choreographed to fit together nicely in a tight theme. The Grassy Knoll Institute recommends listening to Bat right away.

Meatloaf, who had a bit part in the cult classic film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, literally burst onto the music scene with his debut album with such classics as the title theme, Bat out Of Hell, Two Out Of Three Ain't Bad, Paradise By The Dashboard Lights, and You took The Words Right Out Of My Mouth. This album only has 7 songs, but all are classic tunes that fit right in the theme. The song lyrics were printed on the inside jacket cover protecting the record.

The back cover has the song titles, Meatloaf in tux and shades, Jim Steinman, who wrote all the songs, and an unidentified woman rumored to be Ellen Foley who sang on the Paradise By the dashboard Light and You Took The Words Right Out of My Mouth tracks.

Bat Out Of Hell Album Lyrics
Bat Out Of Hell Album Lyrics

Bat Out of Hell Record Album Back Cover
Bat Out of Hell Record Album Back Cover



Glass Harp - 1971

Glass Harp Classical Rock Band
Glass Harp Classical Rock Band
Glass Harp. The classical rock band consisting of Phil Keaggy, lead vocal, guitar, (Our neighbor when we were growing up) John Sferra, drums and vocals, and Dan Pecchio, bass, vocals and flute.

Glass Harp was a Youngstown, Ohio band that gained an almost cult status years after the band's initial debut album simple title, Glass Harp. The album got plenty of air time here in Youngstown, but no actual hit single for the rest of the nation to latch onto.

This album does not have an inner jacket, just the protective paper sleeve that fits inside the album. The lyrics of the songs were printed on the album.

The back cover showed the band members, standing against a brick wall, in leaves. The album songs list is also posted. I believe this album will be a collector album some day. It is 35 years old already. Damn, I'm old.

If perhaps Phil or Bobby ever stumble upon this site and read this... If you do, Hello, its Jack and George's little brother, Patrick.

Glass Harp Album Lyrics
Glass Harp Album Lyrics

Phil Keaggy, John Sferra, and Dan Pecchio Glass Harp
Glass Harp Back Cover Record Album



Elvis Presley - Love me Tender - 1956

Elvis Presley Love Me Tender Vinyl
Elvis Presley Love Me Tender Vinyl
The King, Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley, the undisputed king of rock and roll, has had more hit records than any other artist. I found this one, the 1956 release of his number one single, Love Me Tender, piled in a stack of records I inherited from my aunt Libbs and Mary.

Love Me Tender, also the title of Presley's first motion picture, was originally sung on the Ed Sullivan show September 9th, that at the time had a record viewing audience of 54 million people.

This record is not a 33 1/3, or LP, nor is it a 45 RPM, but a 7 inch vinyl single. The flip side song is, Anyway You Want Me.

RCA Victor is the brand label, the one with the little dog looking into the victrolo.

The record touts "New Orthophonic" high fidelity.

I wish I had a record player capable of playing it. Its in OK to good condition. No gouges, a few smudges, but if cleaned, should look and play pretty good.


Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon - 1973

Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Record Album
Pink Floyd Dark Side Of The Moon Record Album
There really is no dark side of the moon

The lunatic is on the grass
The lunatic is on the grass
Remembering games and daisy chains and laughs
Got to keep the loonies on the path.

Those are the beginning lyrics to the ever popular song title "Brain Damage" which happened to be the Grassy Knoll Institutes high school class song. Pretty appropriate song for the 1970's.

The album cover was unique in that there was no title on the front or the back. Just the triangle in the center with the light refracting spectrum against a dull black background. Remember folks, this was 1973, a time way before MTV and music video's. An album title was critical in the sale of records, no, not CD's, records. The title and artwork played a big part in sales.

Pink Floyd abandoned the norm and went for the stand out unique concept. And if you look at sales, it is one of the best selling albums of all time.

The inside jacket continued with the light prism with a heart beat rhythm resonating through.

The inside jacket also had the song lyrics and the only mention of Pink Floyd is the top left of the inside right jacket where it says the album was produced by Pink Floyd. The album was also produced at Abbey Road studio, owned by the Beatles in London, England.

The back cover is simply an upside down triangle with the light prism passing through forming a single white light.

The Grassy Knoll Institute recommends you to break out the old vinyl and take a listen to the Dark Side Of The Moon. Especially if you intend to watch the Wizard Of Oz anytime soon. A hint: At the second roar of the lion roars at the beginning of the movie, start the album. Hard to explain, but very interesting.

Pink Floyd Light Prism
Pink Floyd Light Prism



David Bowie, Aladdin Sane, 1973

David Bowie - Aladdin Sane
And you thought Marilyn Manson was an original. David Bowie at the height of glitter rock in the late 60's and early 70's.

David Bowie brought plenty of sax, sex, and sass to rock and roll. His flamboyant look from his jet red hair to his gender bending make-up style brought attention to him but his music kept people coming back for more.
Favorite tracks on this album are:
The Jean Genie, who lives on his back,
Lets spend the night together, (Written by the Stones)
Aladdin Sane, great music on this one and you get to know the real Bowie in the lyrics.
David Bowie Album Art
The centerfold is quite remarkable. No words, lyrics, no ads. Just a picture of a very thin Bowie in full body make-up. Sort of looks like the Marilyn Manson costume that he sometimes wears.
David Bowie Aladdin Sane Back Cover
The back cover is a silhouette of bowie outlined in red and blue clearly showing off his famous hair. One look and you would guess Bowie.

Addendum: Rest In Peace Ziggy (January 10, 2016)



Vinyl Record Albums Of The Past

These vinyl record albums were rescued from the basement of the secret lair of the Grassy Knoll Institute. These old vinyl albums haven’t seen the light of day in more than a decade. It took me quite awhile to find a turn table (Yes, turn table) with a working needle to play them once again. Enjoy the nostalgia.

Alice Cooper - Billion Dollar Babies 1973
Alice Cooper - Love It To Death (1971)
Beach Boys - Endless Summer (1974)
Beatles - Abbey Road (1969) 
Beatles - Introducing The Beatles1964 
Beatles - Revolver 1966 
Bob Seger - Night Moves (1976) 
Bonzo Dog Band - Beast Of The Bonzo's (1971)
Boston - Debut Album (1976)
Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run (1975) 
Buoys, The - Timothy (1971)
David Bowie - Alladinsane (1973)
ELO - Discovery -1979
Elvis Presley - Love Me Tender (1956)
Four Tops - Live - 1966
Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac 1975 
Glass Harp - Glass Harp (1971)
Heart - Dreamboat Annie (1976)
Jesus Christ Superstar 1970  
Jethro Tull - Aqualung (1971) 
Jim Morrison And The Doors - Morrison Hotel (1970) 
Jimi Hendrix - Are You Experienced  (1967)
Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy 1973
Led Zeppelin - Zoso (1971)
Meatloaf - Bat Out Of Hell (1977)
Peter Frampton - Comes Alive 1976 
Pink Floyd - Dark Side Of The Moon (1973)
President Kennedy Vinyl (1963) 
Prince - 1999 (1982) 
Sam Kinison - Louder Than Hell (1986) 
Steely Dan - Aja 1977
Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks (1971)
U2 - The Unforgettable Fire (1984)
Yes - Fragile - 1972