Archive for the ‘Jukeboxes’ Category

Jukebox Long-Play – 10 Songs to Get Your Money’s Worth!

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

We’ve all been in a bar with a jukebox and decided we’d like to make everyone listen to our music for a change, you take the walk up there, make your selection under the disapproving eyes of the locals then sit back and enjoy your music, prepared to defend your musical tastes against any nay-sayers. Then what happens? The tracks end before you know it, and you’ve only got beer money left.

Sound familiar? Well today we’ve rounded up 10 of the longest songs we could find to help you really make the jukebox earn its pocket change! Let’s take a look…

10. Daft Punk – Too Long (10:01)

Although some may say this song was rather aptly titled, this 2001 electro number from French duo Daft Punk may share some of their famous repetitive song elements, but varies just enough to make the 10 minutes seem like good value for money.

Bonus – if the jukebox has video the manga style video is well worth a watch.

9. The Doors – When the Music’s Over (12:30)

The doors are well known for some pretty psychedelic songs, and “when the music’s over” doesn’t disappoint. Jim Morrison’s singing and lyrics as well as the excellent guitar work make you want to actually listen all over again, even after the 12 minutes is over.

Bonus – keeps the classic rock ‘snobs’ in the bar happy & great for kicking out time (“when the music’s over – turn out the lights”).

8. Massive Attack – Protection (7:17)

Perhaps not one for a lively Friday night – still there is no doubt that Protection is a hugely popular song that just seems to sooth you through all seven minutes of it.

Bonus – makes you look all ‘deep’ in front of any single ladies in the bar.

7. Oasis – All Around The World (9:38)

Swarthy Mancunian rockers Oasis are well known for their love of all things Beatles, and with All Around The World they took a good stab at imitating their Liverpudlian idols. Still they pretty much hit the mark, with the near ten minutes of indie heaven pleasing even the harshest of Oasis critics.

Bonus – you can do a Liam Gallagher swagger on the way to the bar.

6. Guns ‘n’ Roses – November Rain (9:08)

One of the most symphonic of all GNR’s songs, with pianos and a signature orchestral string arrangement. Featuring a great guitar solo by the one and only Slash, this song has gotta keep any bar happy for over nine minutes!

Bonus – Slash solo impressions.

5. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen (7:08)

Although not the longest song on this list, Bohemian Rhapsody definitely deserves a mention in this list, mostly down to the fact that with the varying compositional elements of the song, it actually feels a lot longer than it is, and not in a bad way, more of a “we’ve been on a journey” way.

Bonus – the most likely to get a sing-a-long going.

4. Metallica – Master Of Puppets (8:41)

If the bar you’re in has more of a heavy metal element to it – and if it does you don’t need me to tell you what to look out for! – then if you’re looking for a good value juke selection then look no further than Metallica’s Master of Puppets. Nearly 9 minutes of metal’s finest!

Bonus – stay on the right side of some rather large, tattooed, bikers.

3. Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (8:03)

One of the most famous ‘long’ songs of all time might not be quite as long as you might remember, but it’s still more than long enough to get you some awesome jukebox value for money.

Bonus – it’s over 40 years old and still sounds great!

2. Stone Roses – Fools Gold (9:55)

The Stone Roses have recently reformed – with many citing money as one of the reasons for their sudden hatchet-burial. Still perhaps if they had invested in playing some longer jukebox songs (like the 9:55 fools gold) they wouldn’t have needed to. Ok maybe not.

Bonus – time to break out that mancunian swagger again!

1. Led Zeppelin – Stairway to Heaven (8:21)

Well there was only really going to be one winner here, one of Zeppelin’s most anthemic songs gives nearly 9 minutes of pure rock and roll perfection. Considering you’d be paying the same to listen to this as a 3 minute pop song we recommend you request stairway twice.

Bonus – it’s stairway to heaven.

So that’s it! Request all of these songs and you’ll be looking at over an hour and a half of musical awesomeness. Depending on how much your bar charges for a turn on the jukebox, on average you’d still be looking at less than the price of a beer for an hour and a half of your own music – bargain!

Oh and don’t forget you can always check out our great range of jukeboxes if you don’t want to have to put in any money at all :-)

Mini Jukebox Videos – Now on Ricatec Models!

Monday, August 6th, 2012
Mini Jukeboxes

From left to right : The RR700 and the RR1000

Here at Liberty Games we think it’s important that everyone gets to see our products in their full glory, that’s why we have our own dedicated in-house video production department, who spend their days getting up close and personal with our products showing them in action in HD video for all to see.

We’re especially excited to show off their work today as we’ve just put live some videos of some of our range of mini replica jukeboxes!

When we’ve spoken to our customers they have told us one of the things they love the most about jukeboxes is the look – the classic retro styling, the colour changing, the bubble tubes – oh and we amazing sound! The one thing a lot of people didn’t like however was the price – most full size jukeboxes aren’t cheap (but neither should they be given the amount of time and effort that goes into hand building them with the finest components!).

That’s why our mini jukebox range has been so popular – and none more so than our Ricatec jukeboxes!

Two of the leading models – the RR700 bar top and RR1000 multimedia free standing jukebox – have just been given the all star treatment by our video department and these are now available on the product pages for you to see them in all their glory.

Both of these Jukeboxes come with a CD player, FM/AM radio and MP3 player (iPod / iPhone / smart phone etc.) input so you can enjoy your favorite songs no matter where they are stored. They also have all the styling of a full priced jukebox, and of course the colour changing feature! All we can say is go check out the videos and see how great they look for yourself!

Of course if you have any questions at all about the RR700, the RR1000 or any of our range of mini jukeboxes the please give on of our jukebox specialists a call free on 0800 612 8180.

Products Featured in this Blog Post:

Jukeboxes New in the Showroom – Ricatech!

Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

The RR700 smiling politely for the cameras before our video team stole her away!

If there’s one thing the showroom here at Liberty Games head office isn’t it’s quiet! We’ve always got cool new products either passing through or taking up permanent residency, and today was no different! So today it was the turn of some awesome looking (and great value) miniature jukeboxes.

Ricatech have been in the replica jukebox business for many years, and are well known throughout the world, so we here at Liberty Games thought we’d give some of their products a place to show themselves off in all their glory!

On the right you can see the first model we’ve gotten to take a look at – the RR700 CD, Radio & MP3 Player.

This groovy little juke is the perfect size to sit on on a bar top, or pretty much any flat space. With it’s cool colour changing effects and punching-above-its-weight sound system this jukebox is perfect for anyone who fancies the look and feel of a jukebox but doesn’t have the space (or the funds).

So if you’re in the market for one of these little beauties why not come and take a look at out games room showroom, or if you’re a little too far away then don’t worry the Liberty Games video production department were all over this, so we’ll keep you posted when they are finished with their editing!

In the meantime if you have any questions about the RR700 or indeed any of our other range of miniature jukeboxes then just give one of our fully trained sales advisers a call free on 0800 612 8180.

 

Rock-Ola Jukebox Title Cards to Download

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Rock-Ola Jukeboxes LogoOk for you Jukebox fans out there here is an answer to a question we get quite a lot – Where can I get some blank title cards for my Rock-Ola Jukebox ? Answer – Right Here!

For the CD playing models of Rock-Ola jukeboxes the title cards are as much a part of the awe and image of the product as the bubble tubes or the rotating disc selector. They let you and your friends and family flip through your selection of music in the way that only a jukebox can.

Every Rock-Ola is supplied with a number of blank title cards for you to fill out with the titles from your own CDs. However these require that you hand-write on them or are a bit of a master with your printer to feed them through, or you may simply have run out!

Well here is the answer, a blank Microsoft Word document set up for you to type over and print out to give your title cards that professional look. Then simply cut them out and they’ll fit perfectly in your title card display and you’re set!

So for all of you who are looking for these, here they are:

(right click-on the icon and select “Save Target As” – then select where on your computer you would like to save the file)

For those of you who need a bit more automation in your life, you can also take things one step further. There is a program called JukeCD (link takes you to JukeCD’s website) which for around £35 (at the time of writing) will allow Windows based PCs to insert their CDs into their PC where the software will detect the CD, and download the track listing and album art for you, then create the perfect title card ready for you to print out! How easy is that?

As always if you have any questions about our great range of Jukeboxes or how you can load your music collection into them, please give one of our fully trained sales advisers a call free on 0800 612 8180.

Please note Liberty Games cannot be responsible for the content of external links

The History of Rock-Ola Jukeboxes

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Rock-Ola Bubbler JukeboxFor those of you who enjoyed our previous post on the history of Wurlitzer jukeboxes, today we take another step back in time and look at the fascinating history behind the legendary Rock-Ola jukeboxes…

When David Cullen Rockola relocated from Canada to Chicago in the early 1920’s he was actually in his early twenties. Seduced by the sound of the city and driven by the desire to succeed, even at that bright and inventive age, he could never have imagined the important part he would play in society as we know it today. Why? Well, simply because he provided the pop-culture people of this planet with the relished and revered Rock-Ola jukebox.

Although the Windy City has been the home of many notable historical figures and events, both good and bad, Mr. Rockola was one of the more significant and overlooked goodies of the 20th century. This future giant of the jukebox realm had the smart sense to know opportunity when he saw or heard it and he began honing his business skills when he started working as a hotel bellboy at the young age of 14. After that, he worked in a few different positions and places prior to moving to the Midwestern Mecca.

Once he arrived in Chicago, David immediately immersed himself into learning the slot machine scene of the gaming industry where he worked at one point or another for all three of the top manufacturers, which were Mills, Jennings, and Watling. He started out making the front panels of the in demand money making devices and before long, in true entrepreneurial style, he opened his own company in 1926. Initially making and selling vending machines he soon began offering weighing scales for good measure and therefore briefly became the Rockola Scale Company.

Blessed with modest success, he was always looking for the next big thing and so when the pinball craze hit the nation in 1930, he chose to challenge the capable competition and though despite his best designs and efforts, he unfortunately almost went bankrupt while playing in that game. As it goes, a few of the games that he invented and had a hard time selling back then are now much more appreciated and sought after, as they are considered among the most innovative and collectable of antique gaming nostalgia.

Bouncing back, in 1934 he had the sound mind and timeliness to obtain a patent on a mechanism that could pick out a music record from a stack of them, then play it and put it back in place. The eventually led to the creation of his famous masterpiece, which is the Rock-Ola Jukebox, finally his product had become a formidable contender in the market.
In fact, to this day, Rock-Ola is arguably the most recognized brand in the world, as these jukeboxes have untiringly entertained millions of people in many, many places.

During his life of ups and downs, Rockola always rolled with the punches as he encountered brushes with the law and the mob. He and his jukeboxes also rolled with the changes while constantly evolving to endure fierce rivalry from his chief competitors. He was above all things a proficient pioneer in people pleasing products, from pinball games and shuffleboard, to coin operated machines that offered music and more.

His company also heroically helped the cause during WWII by halting regular plant operations for nearly 2 years in order to make 3,500 carbine rifles a day for the U.S. military. Following the Allied victory, the jukebox went back into full production and never stopped, even when he later sold the biz to the Antique Apparatus Company in 1992. Although David passed away just a year later at the fulfilling age of 96, his light will forever shine anytime anyone anywhere rocks out around a Rock-Ola!

As always if you would like to know more about our range of Rock-Ola Jukeboxes or any of our other great jukebox range please give one of our experienced sales advisers a call free on 0800 612 8180.

Sections Features in this Blog Post:

The History of Wurlitzer Jukeboxes

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Although it may sound like a dizzying ride at a German amusement park or maybe the nickname for a tasty bratwurst with everything on it, it’s not! It’s a jukebox, and in the whole wide wonderful world of jukeboxes, there have been just a few big names through the years that have lit up uncountable dance floors like electric fire. In fact, some brands have become so popular that many people are accustomed to calling these music boxes by the name of their makers and one of the most famous of course, is Wurlitzer.

When it comes to good looks and great sound, it is difficult to find a jukebox that is comparable to this authentic American classic. Yes, there are other brands that are surely worth mentioning though the Wurlitzer was once the undisputed champion of the jukes and this piece of fine machinery still remains a much sought after slice of nostalgia. In regards to iconic Americana, the Wurlitzer is definitely ranked high up there with the vintage 1957 Chevy and Joltin’ Joe DiMaggio.

The Rudolph Wurlitzer Company began in 1853 as a manufacturer and dealer of musical instruments. Although often credited with creating the jukebox as we know it, that did not even happen until 81 years later in 1934 and it was not their first and only claim to fame. As they originally had modest success specializing in producing string, woodwind, and brass instruments they initially gained global recognition when they turned their tuneful attention towards making innovative organs and extraordinary pianos of all types in the early 1900′s.

This Cincinnati based family company was first managed by Franz Rudolph Wurlitzer and then appropriately maintained by his three sons until its relocation to the more musically motivated city of Chicago in 1941, nearly a century after opening. Wurlitzer continued to drive the jumpin’ jukebox revolution of the 1940′s, 50′s and 60′s, making many of the most memorable and marvelous models to date.

The unique style of the Wurlitzer jukebox cannot be mistaken, with their inviting multicolored mood lighting and signature rounded tops. Some of them actually resemble a time machine, which in a way is what they really are, when loaded with reminiscent old recordings. Unfortunately, as all good things must pass, production ceased in 1974 and the company closed in the 1980’s when it was bought by the well known Baldwin Piano Company. The good news is that there were so many made, they can still be found.

Nowadays, many multimedia maniacs get their entertainment “fix” via their digital devices which can kind of take the fun out of things. Especially considering that they are the only ones tuned in to their micro screen and wireless headphones as they are tuning out everything and everyone else in their immediate vicinity. Whatever happened to good old fashioned fun? Try this, get together with your friends at a local bar or residence to harmoniously hang out around a Wurlitzer, now that’s FUN!

New range of Touchscreen Jukeboxes!

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

New Touchscreen JukeboxesAs one of the top retailers in the UK for Jukeboxes we always like to keep our range bang up to date and feature the latest technology. Well these three new beauties new to Liberty Games do just that!

These three great digital touchscreen Jukeboxes are all exceptional value for money solutions for providing reliable digital music to almost any environment.

Designed with more commercial premises in mind they are capable of linking up to three of the hottest jukebox music technologies around at the moment, Milestones in Music, Milestones in Music AV and RPS 10000. Each offers music provision as well as profiling and high reliability. This ensures your customers always get to listen to the music they want when they want!

But if you want one of these for youe home don’t let us put you off! We have supplied a number of commercial jukeboxes to home environments before giving a real commercial-quality feel to people’s games rooms. We can help you out with arranging your subscription with the music providers.

The downside for the home is that you have to be subscribed to a music provider for these jukeboxes to function, but this may be cheaper than you think.

As for features, this is where these jukeboxes really stand out. With simple to use interfaces on a large 19″ touch screen, programmable BGM timers, variable price of play, on screen advertising, happy hours, microphone input, aux inputs and comprehensive data management systems they really do tick all the boxes.

And as for adding your music don’t worry, no expensive broadband connections are required as music and videos can be uploaded via CD.

As always if you have any questions about these or any of our other jukebox range please give one of our jukebox specialists a call on 0800 612 8180.

Products features in this blog post:

Rock-Ola Bubbler Jukebox – New Video!

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Black JudeboxWhen we got our two latest Rock-Ola’s into the showroom a couple of weeks ago we promised you all some video of them in action, and true to form the Liberty Games video production department have done us proud and produced a video showing off the first, the black bubbler, in all its glory!

Its great to show these amazing classic Jukeboxes off on video as one of the most common comments we get when people see them in the flesh for the first time is that the pictures really don’t do them justice.

It must be something about the silky smooth CD selection, or the cool glow of the bubble tubes that means they really do have to be seen to be believed.

Hopefully with new video you’ll be able to get a better sense of what great products these Rock-Ola jukeboxes really are.

With a 100 CD mechanism, 350 Watts RMS (+ pre-amp out for additional amplifiers), deluxe remote control, iPod docking option and of course the looks the black nostalgic bubbler certainly ticks all the boxes.

If the video wets your appetite don’t forget you can some and see (and of course hear) these jukeboxes in our games room showroom!

And as always if you have any further questions don’t hesitate to call one of our jukebox specialists on 0800 612 8180.

Products featured in this blog post:

Video:

New Rock-Ola Jukeboxes in our showroom!

Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Rock-Ola Jukeboxes

Left: Rock-Ola Bubbler, Right: Rock-Ola Harley Davidson Music Centre

We’ve just taken delivery of a couple of really cool looking Rock-Ola jukeboxes in our showroom, and we’re all so excited we thought we’d share a quick picture with you!

We’ve snapped them before they have even been fully un-packed and plugged in, so we’re looking forward to annoying the neighbours a bit later on!

The Rock-Ola Bubbler and Rock-Ola Harley Davidson aren’t just for neighbour-annoying though, as at more modest volumes the sound is still exceptionally clear and crisp, and when all the lighting and bubble tubes are on they really are a piece of art.

We’ve tasked the video production department with showing these babys in all their glory so stay tuned for some great vids of these guys.

Of course if you can’t wait why not head on down to our London/Surrey based games room showroom to check them (and lots of other cools games room gear) out!

Jukebox Focus : Rock-Ola Nostalgic Music Centre

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010
rock-ola jukebox

The Rock-Ola Nostalgic Music Centre Digital Jukebox

Here at Liberty Games we’ve been selling Jukeboxes for many years now, and certainly over the past 2 or 3 years we’ve really seen the pace of technology deployed increase. Wheras ten or fifteen years ago a computer-based jukebox with a large touchscreen may have been the fevered dreams of a mad-man today there are many jukeboxes out there that can easily connect you your ipod and play music from there or store music themselves.

Our current favourite of the current crop though would probably have to be the Rock-Ola Nostalgic Music Centre Mark 3 Digital Jukebox. This great jukebox not only really looks the part, with all the cool styling we’ve come to expect from Rock-Ola, including the colour changing tubes, the bubble tubes and the authentic wood-look, but this model takes the classic jukebox and kicks it straight into the 21st century!

It does that though its generous 19″ touch screen and built in music center software. The touch screen is responsive without being over-responsive, and is a good enough size so you don’t have to squint to read. However the real gem here is in the software. We’ve seen a few pieces of music centre software but the Rock-Ola’s is probably the easiest to use we’ve seen. Like all music centres it can retrieve title and cover art from the internet, but the Rock-Ola goes a step beyond and if there is trouble finding the particular data related to your music, it will sample the music and upload it to special music comparison servers where the musical tones are compared against a vast database and the true artist data is returned! Very impressive.

Not only that but the software is also able to import music from cd, hard drive, ipod and network locations with the correct configuration. Not only that but with the network connection activated there is a really cool iphone/ipod touch app to remote control your Rock-Ola! Alternativley the Rock-Ola has an inbuily web-server which allows you to control all of the jukeboxes functions from any web browser (network configuration allowing).

However all these advanced functions don’t make the jukebox any harder to use with easy drag-and-drop functionality for creating your own unique playlists and simple touch controls for starting and stopping music and controling volume etc.

Marry all of that with 160gb of storage, a 5-band graphic equaliser and truly thumping speakers (2 x 3 inch tweeter, 2 x 6.5 inch Full Range, 1 x 10 inch dual voice coil and 1 x Subwoofer) and you really do have the full package.

As always if you have any further questions about the Rock-Ola or jukeboxes in particular please don’t hesitate to contact one of our Jukebox specialists on 0800 612 8180.