Peter Cetera’s Glory Of Love

I was going to consider this a duplicate, but the album cover is two different colors so I’m rolling with it. I assume my dad bought one and later had the other gifted at a later date.

Peter Paul Cetera (born September 13, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter, bassist and producer best known for being an original member of the rock band Chicago, before launching a successful solo career.

His song, “Glory of Love” is a 1986 Billboard Hot 100 #1 hit song that was featured in the 1986 film The Karate Kid, Part II. It was Cetera’s first hit single and was included on his 1986 album, Solitude/Solitaire (which was released to coincide with the theatrical release of The Karate Kid, Part II.)


Side One

Glory of Love

Side Two

On the Line


Side One

Glory of Love

Side Two

On the Line

Mr. Richard’s Reviews: Puff – Peter, Paul, and Mary

Puff – Peter, Paul, and Mary (written by Yarrow and Lipton)

I’ve always really liked the sound produced by Peter, Paul, and Mary, however their lyrics and personal lives now sour my opinion of their overall music. This song in particular is a great example of this. They arranged and recorded this track masterfully for 1963, paying off in its popularity. I just have no idea what this song is about other than a creepy children’s sing-along.

The freak folk movement that still prevails today is an amazing departure from acts like Peter, Paul, and Mary of the sixties. Unlike traditional folk music, Devendra Barnhart, Modest Mouse, Vetiver and other musicians use a similar format to the structure of this track in order to deviate into a world of bizarre words strung together that at least tell a story or challenge the listener’s vocabulary.

I definitely respect Peter, Paul, and Mary for introducing us to resonating harmonies and simple chord progressions used properly for a popular subculture’s music. While I’m glad we have this hit in our catalogue, I’m not going to be craving much of it unfortunately. I do love that we have their cover of John Denver’s “Leaving On an Airplane” as I think they perform it better, but they had matured some in the five years between releasing the two singles.

- Mr. Richard

Check out the original post HERE.

DMX’s Born Loser

Who doesn’t remember DMX’s peak in the hip hop world? I was in middle school and even my dad didn’t mind his beats (he was pickier when it came to rap and hip hop). I still put DMX on at work because a manager once said he started the day that way because if you could handle DMX yelling at you first thing, you could handle the customers…

Earl Simmons (born December 18, 1970), better known by his stage names DMX and Dark Man X, is an American rapper and actor.

In 1999, DMX released his best-selling album …And Then There Was X, which featured the hit single “Party Up (Up in Here)”. He has acted in films such as Belly, Romeo Must Die, Exit Wounds, Cradle 2 The Grave, and Last Hour. In 2006, he starred in the reality television series DMX: Soul of a Man, which was primarily aired on the BET cable television network. In 2003, DMX published a book of his memoirs entitled, E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX. DMX has sold over 30 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling hip-hop artists of all time.


Born Loser


Side One

Radio Edit

Side Two

Dr Cuess Mix

Getz / Gilberto

Getz/Gilberto is a 1964 jazz-bossa nova album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist João Gilberto, featuring composer and pianist Antônio Carlos Jobim. Its release helped fuel the bossa nova craze in the United States and internationally.

The album brought together Stan Getz, who had already performed the genre on his LP Jazz Samba, João Gilberto (one of the creators of the style), and Jobim, a celebrated Brazilian composer (and also one of the main creators of the genre), who wrote most of the songs in the album. It became one of the best-selling jazz albums of all time, and turned Astrud Gilberto, who sang on the tracks “The Girl from Ipanema” and “Corcovado”, into an internationally celebrated musician. The painting on the cover is by Olga Albizu.



Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto feat. Antonio Carlos Jobim

Side One

The Girl from Ipanema
P’ra Machucar Meu Coracao

Side Two

Corcov Ado
So Danco Samba
O Grande Amor
Vivo Sohando

Purple Rain

Since Purple Rain is the title track from the movie of the same name, let’s take a few to focus on the movie itself before launching into info on the song. If you haven’t caught the movie, it’s been playing on VH1 a lot lately so check out your listings!

This disc is also a fun, appropriate purple color that I now associate with Prince!!

Purple Rain is a 1984 American rock musical drama film directed by Albert Magnoli and written by Magnoli and William Blinn. In it, Prince makes his film debut, which was developed to showcase his particular talents. The film grossed more than $80 million at the box office and became a cult classic. It is the only feature film starring Prince that he did not direct.

The film won an Academy Award for Best Original Song Score, currently the last film to receive the award. On the other hand, it was nominated for two Razzie Awards, including Worst New Star for Apollonia Kotero and Worst Original Song for “Sex Shooter”.

“Purple Rain” was released as the third single from the soundtrack album. The song is a combination of rock, pop, gospel, and orchestral music. It reached #2 in the U.S. for two weeks and it is widely considered one of Prince’s signature songs.

The song opens with a lone guitar quickly followed by live drumming and a prominent organ, evoking images of church gospel music. Three verses are followed by a chorus, with a building emotional delivery. In the context of the film, each verse ties into a different strained relationship Prince’s character has and his desire to reconcile. The first verse is dedicated to his father, then his ex-girlfriend (played by Apollonia), and then his band mates. After the final chorus, a guitar solo takes over the song. The song ends with a piano solo and orchestral strings. Prince’s vocal range spans from the low note of F3 to the high note of A5.

I never meant to cause you any sorrow
I never meant to cause you any pain
I only wanted to one time to see you laughing
I only wanted to see you
Laughing in the purple rain

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Bathing in the purple rain

I never wanted to be your weekend lover
I only wanted to be some kind of friend
Baby, I could never steal you from another
It’s such a shame our friendship had to end

Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
Purple rain, purple rain
I only wanted to see you
Underneath the purple rain


Side One

Purple Rain

Side Two


A Peek Inside The Music Room Part Two

The clean up and finishing of the record room took a bit longer than I hoped but I should have known better since I do procrastinate a bit. There was a lot to do, and I documented each step so check it out!


Mr. Richard painted all the new crates we picked up. This meant all of the albums needed to be taken down and stored until the paint dried. Daria helped us out which is unusual, seeing as she normally avoids the camera like it’s going to attack her. Unless she’s eating cheese or trying for the bacon, then she’s so distracted she doesn’t care.

While everything was being put away again, it was the opportunity I needed to make sure everything was alphabetized. I had never organized the various artist albums so those all needed to be done and sometimes, albums get moved a little to the left, a little to the right so it was good to double check everything again. There were also stacks upon stacks in the living room that needed to be put away! Did you check out the videos on Instagram and Facebook that I posted while organizing? If not, hop on over to my social media pages. The videos are time lapsed so they’re really quite interesting.

Below is a collage of the room right before we started putting in the finishing touches. We had to run out and get a few more crates so everything would fit so it seemed like the right time to snap a few pictures to show how far I had come. Just about every 12″ was put away and our new curtains were also on the way. Of course they came on a day when  Mr. Richard and I were both out. That almost never happens!


After the new crates were in place, the 12″ disc section was done (aside from stuff that’s in the living room in the to-be-catalogued pile) but there was still some work to do. The 7″ discs are still being cataloged so there’s some piles that didn’t fit where they should have. I tried to shelf as many of these piles but it’s hard to do since I can only catalog about 50 every two weeks. Anybody want to help me out? I have such a specific process, the roomie can’t even really figure it out!


As the weeks went on, I did get more put away and finalized some of the décor choices. The top right is a collage down the left wall of the room, the top pictures being the first shelving unit you see when you walk in. As you walk down that side of the room, you reach the second shelf for singles. As you can see, a ton of the piles are put away on the shelves and the curtains made it up!


Across from that wall is our daybed. Without my day job and the employee discount, I wouldn’t have been able to outfit the bed with all the pillows. It makes it super cozy and the large one is great for pulling onto the floor to sit on while you thumb through the crates. As much as I have a distain for having to help customers, the employee discount makes it worth it!


With all the different pillows, texture on the curtains and records themselves, the room has turned into this really comfortable, homey slightly bohemian place. You’ve see the yellow submarine decal before, but I managed to set out some books and hang the record frames too. Obviously, there’s still some work to do and I’m excited to set out some of our art on the shelves, but I’m really happy with the progress.