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Jul292019

Janie Fricke It Ain’t Easy—The Complete Hits (2-CD Set)

Janie Fricke Paid Her Dues on the Way to Becoming One of the Biggest Country Singers of the ‘80s

Her First Break Was Singing Commercial Jingles for Companies Like Red Lobster

Then She Headed for Nashville, Where She Sang Back-Up for Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, Eddie Rabbitt, and Others

But It Was a Line She Sang (“Shut Out the Light and Lead Me...”) in Johnny Duncan’s hit “Stranger” That Proved to Be Her Breakthrough

Signed to Columbia in 1977

But Chart Success Was Slow to Come Until Producer Billy Sherrill Re-Cast Her as a Ballad Singer

The Result Was Absolute Chart Domination

Janie Scored Six #1 Hits (“Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me Baby,” “It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy,” “Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen),” “Let’s Stop Talkin’ About It,” and “Your Heart’s Not in It”) in the Space of Two Short Years (1982-1983)

Won Two Country Music Association Awards for Female Vocalist of the Year in a Row

Now, Real Gone Music Is Proud to Present All of Janie Fricke’s Hits in One Place for the First Time

The Two-CD Set It Ain’t Easy—The Complete HitsPresents All 38 Chart Hits Spanning the Years 1977 to 1989 Plus a Few Extras

41 Songs in All

Liner Notes Written by Janie Fricke Herself

Previously Unseen Photos

The Definitive Career Collection

AVAILABLE  AUGUST 09, 2019 PRE-ORDER NOW!

Janie Fricke It Ain’t Easy—The Complete Hits (2-CD Set)

Born on a farm in Indiana, Janie Fricke came up in the music business the old-fashioned, dues-payin way. First came commercial jingles (Red Lobster for the seafood lover in you was hers), then a move to Nashville, where she became an in-demand background vocalist for the likes of Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Lynn Anderson, Tanya Tucker, Conway Twitty, and Eddie Rabbitt. But it was a line she sang (Shut out the light and lead me) in Johnny Duncans hit Stranger that proved to be her breakthrough, leading to her signing a recording contract with Columbia in 1977. But still, chart success was slow in coming, until producer Billy Sherrill, recognizing Janies uncanny ability to wring every possible emotion out of a lyric, recast her as a ballad singer. The result was absolute chart domination, as Janie scored six number one hits (Dont Worry Bout Me Baby, It Aint Easy Bein Easy, Heartache (Looking for a Place to Happen, Lets Stop Talkin About It, and Your Hearts Not in It) in the space of two short years (1982-1983), landing two Country Music Association awards for Female Vocalist of the Year in the process. Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present all of Janie Frickes chart hits in one place. The two-CD set It Aint EasyThe Complete Hits presents 41 songs spanning the years 1977 to 1989, including not just her solo smashes but her chart-topping duets with Charlie Rich (On My Knees), Merle Haggard (A Place to Fall Apart and her later hits under the name Janie Frickie (adopted because she got tired of folks mispronouncing her last name). And, as a special treat, Janie herself penned the liner notes, which are accompanied by previously unseen photos. A long-overdue, comprehensive look at a true country great (whos still out there wowing audiences today)!

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Monday
Jul292019

The Strangeloves I Want Candy (Limited Candy Apple Red Vinyl Edition) LP

  • The Strangeloves Tried to Cash In on the British Invasion by Billing Themselves as Giles, Miles, and Niles Strange, Three Sheep Farmers from Down Under

  • But They Really Were Three Budding Music Moguls from Brooklyn, Namely Richard Gottehrer, Jerry Goldstein, and Bob Feldman

  • Gottehrer Went On to Co-Found Sire Records and The Orchard, While Goldstein Produced Sly & the Family Stone and War Among the Band Members’ Many Industry Achievements

  • The Trio Had Already Written and Produced The Angels’ “My Boyfriend’s Back” Before Recording Their One and Only Album

  • Released in 1965 on Bert Berns’ Bang Label

  • Hilariously Presented the Trio in Caveman Gear on the Front Cover

  • Featured the Big Hit “I Want Candy,” Later Covered by Bow Wow Wow

  • Other Hits Included “Cara-Lin” and “Night Time”

  • Also Premiered Their Song “Hang On Sloopy” Before They Gave It to Their Discovery The McCoys Who Took It to Number One

  • Reissued on Vinyl for the First Time in 30 Years

  • Candy Apple Red Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

    AVAILABLE  AUGUST 09, 2019 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    The Strangeloves: I Want Candy (Limited Candy Apple Red Vinyl Edition) LP

    What do three budding music moguls from Brooklyn do when all the music business is obsessed with the British Invasion? Easy they pretend they grew up in Australia (on a sheep farm, no less)! But, as it turns out, Richard Gottehrer, Jerry Goldstein, and Bob Feldman (a.k.a Giles, Miles, and Niles Strange) didnt need any gimmicks to succeed in the music business. They had already written and produced The Angels hit My Boyfriends Back when they launched the Strangeloves; Gottehrer went on to co-found Sire Records and The Orchard, while Goldstein produced Sly & the Family Stone and War among the band members many industry achievements. But for their one and only album, Giles, Miles, and Niles Strange they were, adorned in caveman gear on the front cover of this 1965 release on Bert Berns Bang label. I Want Candy (later, of course, covered by Bow Wow Wow) was the big hit, but Cara-Lin and Night Time also scraped the Top 40, and the trio also premiered their song Hang On Sloopy before they gave it to their discovery The McCoys who took it to number one. In short, this is a one-off slice of classic 60s pop-rock, reissued for the first time in over 30 years on vinyl (candy apple red vinyl, to be exact). Limited edition of 1000!

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    Monday
    Jul292019

    Jefferson Airplane Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (Limited 50th Anniversary "New Dawn" Blue Vinyl Edition)

  • Jefferson Airplane Was Not Only of the Headliners at Woodstock but Also Was One of the First Acts to Sign On, Thereby Prompting Other Artists to Participate in the Festival

  • But Their Premiere Slot Closing Saturday Night’s Schedule Was Delayed Till Sunday Morning by the Incessant Rain and the Crush of Unticketed Festival-Goers

  • The Band Stayed Up All Night High on Acid Ready to Take the Stage

  • So the Chances of a Quality Performance in the Midst of Festival-Wide Burn-Out Seemed Remote

  • Nevertheless, the Airplane (with Guest Pianist Nicky Hopkins in Tow) Delivered a Scorching, Two-Hour Set That Defied the Elements and the Circumstances

  • The Adventuresome (and Surprisingly Tight) Performance Not Only Included Tried-and-True Hits Like “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” but Also Premiered Songs from the Volunteers Album That Was Still Three Months Away from Being Released

  • Highlights Include a 21-Minute (!) “Wooden Ships” and a Couple of Jorma Kaukonen Blues Showcases, “Uncle Sam Blues” and “Come Back Baby”

  • The Only Part of the Crew That Wasn’t Up to Snuff Was the Contingent Filming the Proceedings, Which Explains Why the Airplane Was Left Out of the Woodstock Film and Why Their Performance Isn’t More Widely Known

  • Only One Song (“Volunteers”) Appeared on the Chart- Topping Woodstock 3-LP Album Release

  • Now, on the 50th Anniversary of the Most Famous Rock Festival of All Time, Real Gone Music Proudly Presents, for the First Time on Vinyl, Jefferson Airplane’s Complete Woodstock Performance

  • The 3-LP Set Comes Inside a Gorgeous, Double-Gatefold Jacket Sporting Photos of the Band at Woodstock, Most Taken by Legendary Lensman Henry Diltz

  • Liner Notes by Folk-Rock Guru Richie Unterberger

  • Pressed in “New Dawn” Blue Vinyl to Commemorate Grace Slick’s Opening Words (“It’s a New Dawn!”) When the Band Took the Stage

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

  • Definitive Proof That the Airplane’s Set Ranks Right Up There with Those of Jimi, Sly, and Santana as a Woodstock Festival Highlight

    AVAILABLE  AUGUST 09, 2019 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Jefferson Airplane: Woodstock Sunday August 17, 1969 (Limited 50th Anniversary "New Dawn" Blue Vinyl Edition)

    At the muddy miracle that was Woodstock, the most miraculous performance just might have been Jefferson Airplane’s. The band had been one of the first to sign on for the festival, theirimprimatur prompting many other acts to hop on board, and their stature had landed them a coveted headlining slot closing Saturday night’s schedule. But, as the torrential downpours and the unexpected crush of half a million people kept on delaying their set, the chances of putting on anything approaching a quality performance seemed to diminish. According to Paul Kantner, “We were supposed to go on at 10:30 at night and we’d been up and down about four or five times on acid that night, getting ready to go on, and then everything was delayed for whatever reasons. So, we didn’t get on until like 7:00 the next morning and everybody was pretty much burned out.”

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

    LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES Cosmic Funk (Limited Gold Vinyl Edition) LP

    Keyboardist and Composer Lonnie Liston Smith Is One of the Most Distinguished Alumni of Miles Davis’ Hallowed Fusion Bands

    In Five Albums Spanning Four Years, Smith and His Band The Cosmic Echoes Stretched Davis’ Stylistic Breakthrough to Encompass the Post-Bop Modal and Spiritual Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, and Even Smooth Jazz and Quiet Storm Genres

    No Matter What the Style, Smith Imbued Everything

    He Recorded with Integrity, Vision, and His Unique Spacy Sensibility

    His First Two Records for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Label Remain Landmarks in “Post-Fusion” Jazz, and Have Proven Hugely Influential (e.g. Kamasi Washington)

    Both Produced by Former John Coltrane and Impulse! Label Producer Thiele (A Love Supreme)

    1974’s Cosmic Funk Moved in a Funkier Direction Somewhere Between Soul Jazz, Spiritual Jazz, Fusion, and Post-Bop

    Featured the Smooth Vocal Stylings of Smith’s Brother Donald on Several Tunes, Most Notably John Coltrane’s “Naima”

    Original Gatefold Album Art

    Gold Vinyl Pressing Limited to 1000 Copies

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      Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes: Cosmic Funk (Limited Gold Vinyl Edition) LP

      Nestled somewhere between the soul jazz, spiritual jazz, fusion, and post-bop subgenres, 1974’s Cosmic Funk headed, as the title indicates, in a funkier direction, with Lonnie Liston Smith’s brother Donald contributing smooth vocal stylings to John Coltrane’s “Naima” among other tunes. A transitional work but a fascinating one, with surehanded production once again from Bob Thiele. We’ve pressed up 1000 copies in limited edition gold vinyl inside the original gatefold album art…another “post-fusion” masterwork from the Lonnie Liston Smith and the Cosmic Echoes!

       

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

    LONNIE LISTON SMITH AND THE COSMIC ECHOES Astral Traveling (Limited Blue “Eternity” Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Keyboardist and Composer Lonnie Liston Smith Is One of the Most Distinguished Alumni of Miles Davis’ Hallowed Fusion Bands

  • In Five Albums Spanning Four Years, Smith and His Band The Cosmic Echoes Stretched Davis’ Stylistic Breakthrough to Encompass the Post-Bop Modal and Spiritual Jazz, Funk, Rock, Pop, and Even Smooth Jazz and Quiet Storm Genres

  • No Matter What the Style, Smith Imbued Everything
    He Recorded with Integrity, Vision, and His Unique Spacy Sensibility

  • His First Two Records for Bob Thiele’s Flying Dutchman Label Remain Landmarks in “Post-Fusion” Jazz, and Have Proven Hugely Influential (e.g. Kamasi Washington)

  • Both Produced by Former John Coltrane and Impulse! Label Producer Thiele (A Love Supreme)

  • 1973’s Astral Traveling Was Smith’s Debut as a Bandleader

  • Featured a Killer Band of Cecil McBee on Bass, George Barron on Sax, James Mtume and Sonny Morgan on Percussion, David Lee, Jr. on Drums, Badal Roy on Tabla, Geeta Vashi on Tamboura, and Joe Beck on Guitar

  • Included a Version of “Let Us Go into the House of the Lord,” Which Smith First Adapted for Pharaoh Sanders’ 1970 Album Summun Bukmun Umyun

  • First Vinyl Pressing Since the Late ‘70s

  • Original Gatefold Album Art

  • Blue “Eternity” Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies

    AVAILABLE  AUGUST 02, 2019 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes: Astral Traveling (Limited Blue “Eternity” Vinyl Edition) LP

    For his 1973 debut album as a bandleader, Lonnie Liston Smith assembled a killer band of Cecil McBee on bass, George Barron on sax, James Mtume and Sonny Morgan on percussion, David Lee, Jr. on drums, Badal Roy on table, Geeta Vashi on tamboura, and Joe Beck on guitar. Such a multifaceted ensemble was perfectly suited to explore the spiritual jazz that Smith had encountered while playing with Pharoah Sanders  (“Let Us Go into the House of the Lord” appears here and on Sanders’ 1970 album Summun Bukmun Umyunwhich featured Smith), all presided over by Flying Dutchman label owner and former John Coltrane producer Bob Thiele. For its first vinyl pressing since the late ‘70s, we’ve re-created the original gatefold artwork with Nat Hentoff’s liner notes, and pressed up 1000 copies in limited edition blue “eternity” vinyl. One of the great jazz albums of its era!

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

    Screamin’ Jay Hawkins The Bizarre Years (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Screamin’ Jay Hawkins Was the Wildest of all R&B Wild Men

  • Jay’s Legend Begins on September 12, 1956, When, After Reputedly Being Plied with Bottles of Cheap Swiss Colony Wine, He Cut the Single Most Insane Slab of Vinyl Ever Released, “I Put a Spell on You”

  • The Song Became an Underground Hit, and Launched a Career of on-Stage Lunacy Spanning Three-Plus Decades

  • This 10-Track Compilation Captures the Best Tracks That Hawkins Cut in the Early ‘90s for the Oh-So-Appropriately-Named Bizarre Records, the Label Founded by Frank Zappa and His Manager Herb Cohen

  • Among the Highlights Are His Two Tom Waits Covers, “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and “Heart Attack and Vine”

  • Also of Note Are His First-Time-on-Vinyl Disquisition on Oral Hygiene, “Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze,” and His Lustful Ode to the Twin Peaks Star, “Sherilyn Fenn”

  • Very Bad Language Contained Herein!

  • Liner Notes by Chris Morris

  • Pressed on Lurid Purple Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

    AVAILABLE  AUGUST 02, 2019 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Screamin’ Jay Hawkins: The Bizarre Years (Limited Purple Vinyl Edition) LP

    You can have your Big Jay McNeely, Wynonie Harris, even your Little Richard…cuz when it comes to R&B wildmen, we’ll see you and raise you with Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, the craziest SOB ever to grab a microphone. Jay’s legend begins on September 12, 1956, when, after reputedly being plied with bottles of cheap Swiss Colony wine by A&R man Arnold Maxin, he and the band cut what is probably the single most insane slab of vinyl ever released, “I Put a Spell on You.” The song became an underground hit, and launched a career spanning three-plus decades during which, in the indelible words of liner note writer Chris Morris, “Hawkins materialized on stages around the world as a shrieking, tail-dragging hoodoo creature. Rising like one of the undead from a coffin, his hair sculpted in a towering conk, his noise pierced by a pointed bone, he shook a stick topped by a skull (nicknamed Henry) in his audiences’ faces, declaiming his wacked-out songs…in a molten baritone punctuated by throat-rending howls, profound groans, jibbering wails, and guttural howls.” This 10-track compilation captures the best tracks that Hawkins cut in the early ‘90s for Bizarre Records (could a label have a more perfect name for Screamin’ Jay?), the imprint originally founded by Frank Zappa and his business partner/manager Herb Cohen. Among the highlights are his two Tom Waits covers, “Whistling Past the Graveyard” and “Heart Attack and Vine,” Jay’s first-time-on-vinyl disquisition on oral hygiene, “Shut Your Mouth When You Sneeze,” and his lustful ode to the Twin Peaks star, “Sherilyn Fenn,” (Parental Advisory, y’all!). Pressed in lurid purple vinyl limited to 1000 copies, with the aforementioned notes by Mr. Morris. Bizarre indeed!

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

    RICHARD THOMPSON: Across a Crowded Room—Live at Barrymore’s 1985 (2-CD Set)

    • Richard Thompson Is One of the Greatest Guitarists of His Generation

    • Over the Course of His 50-Plus Year Career, He Has Played with Some of the Finest Rock and Folk Musicians Alive, Starting with His First Band, Fairport Convention, and Beyond

    • But of All the Outfits Thompson Has Led During His Solo Career, the Line-Up He Took on the Road in 1985 to Support His Across a Crowded Room Album Was Perhaps His Finest

    • While the Album’s Sessions Had Featured Fairport Convention Stalwarts Simon Nicol and Dave Mattacks, for the Tour Thompson Enlisted the Considerable Talents of Any Trouble Leader Clive Gregson and His Creative Partner Christine Collister

    • Their Haunting Harmonies and Occasional Songwriting Contributions Fleshed Out the Band’s Sound

    • Meanwhile, the Rhythm Section Boasted Another British Folk-Rock Legend in Former Fotheringay/Pentangle/Cat Stevens Drummer Gerry Conway, Along with a Long-Time Thompson Collaborator, Bassist Rory McFarlane

    • By All Accounts, the Tour’s Live Shows Lived Up to the Potent Line-Up

    • Fortunately, One Show, at Barrymore’s in Ottawa, Canada on April 10, 1985, Was Captured for Posterity in Studio- Quality Sound Originally for an 18-Song Laserdisc Release

    • Now, for Its Premiere on Compact Disc, Real Gone Music Presents All 20 Songs from the Evening’s Set

    • 2-CD Set

    • Includes Such Fiery Numbers and Fan Favorites as “Wall Of Death,” “Fire In The Engine Room,” “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight,” and “Withered And Died”

    • Thompson’s Guitar Work Is Nothing Short of Breathtaking, Particularly on “Shoot Out The Lights” and “Tear-Stained Letter”

    • Mastered by Tom Lewis at Studio 1093 in Athens, GA

    • Liner Notes by Scott Schinder

    • Period Photos

    • Produced by Bill Levenson

    • An Essential Addition to the Richard Thompson Discography

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      Richard Thompson: Across a Crowded Room—Live at Barrymore’s 1985 (2-CD Set)

      As one of the greatest guitarists of his generation, Richard Thompson has played with some of the world’s most accomplished rock and folk musicians, starting, of course, with his first band, Fairport Convention. But of all the outfits Thompson has led during his sterling, post-Fairport, solo career, perhaps the finest was the unit he took out on the road with him for his 1985 tour supporting his then-current studio release (and first for the Polydor label), Across A Crowded Room. While the album’s recording sessions had featured Fairport Convention stalwarts Simon Nicol and Dave Mattacks on rhythm guitar and drums, respectively, for the tour Thompson enlisted the considerable talents of Any Trouble leader Clive Gregson and his creative partner Christine Collister, whose haunting harmonies (and occasional songwriting contributions) beautifully fleshed out the band’s live sound. And the rhythm section boasted a member of British folk-rock royalty in the person of former Fotheringay/Pentangle/Cat Stevens drummer Gerry Conway, along with a long-time Thompson collaborator, bassist Rory McFarlane. Fortunately, the tour’s live shows lived up to the promise of its potent line-up; even more fortunately, one of the shows (at Barrymore’s, Ottawa, Canada, April 10, 1985) was captured for posterity in studio-quality sound originally for an 18-song laserdisc release. Now, for its premiere on compact disc, we’ve included all 20 songs from the evening’s set, which included such fiery numbers and fan favorites as “Wall Of Death,” “Fire In The Engine Room,” “I Want To See The Bright Lights Tonight,” and “Withered and Died,” the latter a particularly heartbreaking rendition. And, of course, Thompson’s guitar work is nothing short of breathtaking, particularly on “Shoot Out The Lights” and “Tear-Stained Letter.” Mastered by Tom Lewis at Studio 1093 in Athens, GA, and produced by Bill Levenson, with liner notes by Scott Schinder and period photos, Across a Crowded Room—Live at Barrymore’s 1985 is an essential addition to the Richard Thompson discography and offers enduring testimony as to the kind of magic the man can conjure on stage.

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

    JOHNNY MATHIS: The Heart of a Woman/Feelings (Expanded Edition) (2-CD Set)

  • Real Gone Music Continues Its Romp Through Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s Columbia Albums with a Pair of Twofers

  • Both Releases Feature Liner Notes by Joe Marchese That Include Fresh Quotes from Johnny Mathis and Producer Jerry Fuller

  • Both Releases Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios

  • 1973’s Killing Me Softly with Her Song and 1975’s When Will I See You Again Appear on a Single CD

  • Killing Me Softly with Her Song Was Johnny’s Final Full- Length Album Collaboration with Songwriter-Producer Jerry Fuller

  • Premiered Fuller’s “Show and Tell,” a Top 40 AC Hit for Johnny and Later a Chart-Topping Pop Hit for Al Wilson

  • Eclectic Line-Up Also Boasts Classic Songs from Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble, Don McLean, Stevie Wonder, David Gates, and Joe Raposo

  • When Will I See You Again Took Its Title from Gamble
    and Leon Huff’s Hit for Philadelphia’s Three Degrees, and Featured Another Tribute to the Philly Sound with Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s Beautiful “You’re as Right as Rain”

  • Also Included Songs by Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, Marvin Hamlisch, and Paul Williams Among Others

  • 1974’s The Heart of a Woman and 1975’s Feelings Appear on a 2-CD Set

  • Expanded Edition Boasts Nine Bonus Tracks

  • For The Heart of a Woman, Johnny Teamed with Motown’s Legendary Producer Johnny Bristol and Arranger Paul Rise for a Set Filled with Bristol Originals

  • The Album Also Features a Sensual Cover of Roberta Flack’s chart-topper “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and a Surprising Rendition of “Wendy” from the Blaxploitation Film Three the Hard Way

  • Feelings, Produced by Jack Gold, Notably Introduced Mathis’ Evocative Version of Albert Hammond and Hal David’s “99 Miles from L.A.,” a Song Which the Vocalist Still Performs in Concert Today

  • Bonus Tracks Include Two Tracks Produced by Composer Roger Nichols and a Rare Session Reuniting Johnny with Producer-Songwriter Jerry Fuller

  • Two Essential Releases for Mathis Fans

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    Johnny Mathis: The Heart of a Woman/Feelings (Expanded Edition) (2-CD Set)

    During the 1974 holiday season, Johnny Mathis could be heard at cosmetics counters nationwide. His song “The Heart of a Woman” was the theme for Helena Rubinstein’s Courant perfume and the title track of his latest LP. Now, The Heart of a Woman is finally coming to standalone CD in a deluxe, double-disc expanded edition from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records, paired with 1975’s Feelings. The Heart of a Woman was more than a perfume tie-in, however. Johnny teamed with Motown’s legendary producer Johnny Bristol and arranger Paul Rise—plus session players like Dennis Coffey and Ray Parker, Jr.—for a set filled with Bristol originals which would inspire subsequent recordings from artists such as Boz Scaggs and Tom Jones. In addition to the title tune by Broadway’s Charles Strouse and Lee Adams (Bye Bye Birdie), the album also features a sensual cover of the Roberta Flack chart-topper “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and perhaps surprisingly, Johnny’s rendition of “Wendy” from the blaxploitation film Three the Hard Way! Feelings, produced by Jack Gold, notably introduced Mathis’ evocative version of Albert Hammond and Hal David’s “99 Miles from L.A.,” a song which the vocalist still performs in concert today. It also boasts David and Henry Mancini’s “The Greatest Gift” from The Return of the Pink Panther, and smooth interpretations of the standout ballad “What Did for Love” from A Chorus Line, Melissa Manchester’s enchanting “Midnight Blue,” and Neil Sedaka’s “Solitaire.” Nine fascinating period bonus tracks are included on this 2-CD set including two tracks produced by composer Roger Nichols and a rare session reuniting Johnny with producer-songwriter Jerry Fuller. Joe Marchese’s new liner notes draw on interviews with Mathis and Fuller, and Mike Piacentini has remastered at Sony’s Battery Studios. This set of amorous favorites from The Voice of Romance promises to go straight to the Heart.

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

    JOHNNY MATHIS: KILLING ME SOFTLY WITH HER SONG/ WHEN WILL I SEE YOU AGAIN CD

  • Real Gone Music Continues Its Romp Through Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s Columbia Albums with a Pair of Twofers

  • Both Releases Feature Liner Notes by Joe Marchese That Include Fresh Quotes from Johnny Mathis and Producer Jerry Fuller

  • Both Releases Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios

  • 1973’s Killing Me Softly with Her Song and 1975’s When Will I See You Again Appear on a Single CD

  • Killing Me Softly with Her Song Was Johnny’s Final Full- Length Album Collaboration with Songwriter-Producer Jerry Fuller

  • Premiered Fuller’s “Show and Tell,” a Top 40 AC Hit for Johnny and Later a Chart-Topping Pop Hit for Al Wilson

  • Eclectic Line-Up Also Boasts Classic Songs from Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble, Don McLean, Stevie Wonder, David Gates, and Joe Raposo

  • When Will I See You Again Took Its Title from Gamble
    and Leon Huff’s Hit for Philadelphia’s Three Degrees, and Featured Another Tribute to the Philly Sound with Thom Bell and Linda Creed’s Beautiful “You’re as Right as Rain”

  • Also Included Songs by Barry Manilow, Neil Sedaka, Marvin Hamlisch, and Paul Williams Among Others

  • 1974’s The Heart of a Woman and 1975’s Feelings Appear on a 2-CD Set

  • Expanded Edition Boasts Nine Bonus Tracks

  • For The Heart of a Woman, Johnny Teamed with Motown’s Legendary Producer Johnny Bristol and Arranger Paul Rise for a Set Filled with Bristol Originals

  • The Album Also Features a Sensual Cover of Roberta Flack’s chart-topper “Feel Like Makin’ Love” and a Surprising Rendition of “Wendy” from the Blaxploitation Film Three the Hard Way

  • Feelings, Produced by Jack Gold, Notably Introduced Mathis’ Evocative Version of Albert Hammond and Hal David’s “99 Miles from L.A.,” a Song Which the Vocalist Still Performs in Concert Today

  • Bonus Tracks Include Two Tracks Produced by Composer Roger Nichols and a Rare Session Reuniting Johnny with Producer-Songwriter Jerry Fuller

  • Two Essential Releases for Mathis Fans

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    Johnny Mathis: Killing Me Softly with Her Song/When Will I See You Again. CD

    Order Now And you will get a signed booklet by Johnny Mathis. Limited to the first 100 orders. First-come, first-served and only one autographed copy per customer order allowed. 

    As Johnny Mathis plays to packed houses across the country on his acclaimed The Voice of Romance Tour, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records continue their series of deluxe reissues from the superstar artist with a new two-for-one CD debuting two albums on standalone CD. 1973’s Killing Me Softly with Her Song and 1975’s When Will I See You Again both spotlight Mathis’ silky interpretations of the day’s greatest hits. Killing Me Softly with Her Song was his final full-length album collaboration with songwriter-producer Jerry Fuller (Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, The Knickerbockers) and premiered Fuller’s “Show and Tell,” a top 40 AC hit for Johnny which singer Al Wilson subsequently took to the top of the U.S. Pop chart. It also boasts classic songs from Thom Bell, Kenny Gamble, and Linda Creed (The Stylistics’ “Break Up to Make Up”), Don McLean (“And I Love You So”), Stevie Wonder (“You Are the Sunshine of My Life”), David Gates (“Aubrey”), and Joe Raposo (Carpenters’ “Sing”) – adding up to one of Johnny’s most eclectic long-players. 1975’s When Will I See You Again took its title from Gamble and Leon Huff’s hit for Philadelphia’s Three Degrees, and featured another tribute to the Philly sound with Bell and Creed’s beautiful “You’re as Right as Rain.” Johnny brought Mathis magic to the Barry Manilow smash “Mandy,” Neil Sedaka’s buoyant “Laughter in the Rain,” Marvin Hamlisch’s Oscar-winning “The Way We Were,” The Sherman Brothers’ “The Things I Might Have Been,” and three tracks from the pen of Paul Williams. This two-for-one disc boasts liner notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese with fresh quotes from Johnny Mathis and Jerry Fuller. Mike Piacentini has remastered at Sony’s Battery Studios. It all adds up to a release that’s right as rain.

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    Wednesday
    May292019

    KLAUS NOMI: KLAUS NOMI (LIMITED “CABARET SMOKE” VINYL EDITION) LP

    • German Countertenor Klaus Nomi Was a Fixture in the Late-‘70s NYC East Village Performance Art Scene

    • His Big Coming-Out Party Was When He Performed Alongside David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979

    • Out-Aliened “The Man Who Fell to Earth” with His Plucked and Arched, Elsa Lanchester-Like Eyebrows, Pronounced Widow’s Peak, and Whiteface Make-Up (Plus a Pink Poodle Doll)

    • His Appearance with Bowie Got Nomi a Record Deal with RCA

    • Nomi Adopted the Oversized Plastic Tux That Bowie Wore on SNL to Augment His Already Distinctive Image

    • His 1981 Debut Self-Titled Album Is Generally Considered His Crowning Artistic Achievement

    • Displays His Jaw-Dropping Vocal Range and Uncompromising Artistic Vision

    • Features His Signature “The Nomi Song,” as Well as Just-Plain-Weird Cover Versions of Lou Christie’s “Lightning Strikes” and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist”

    • Also Classical Fare Like Henry Purcell’s “The Cold Song” and Saint-Säens’ Aria to Samson and Delilah

    • The Avant-Garde Stylings Precluded Commercial Success but Ensured Cult Classic Status for the Record

    • Real Gone Music’s Reissue Includes the Original Album Art Including the Inner Sleeve

    • Black and White “Cabaret Smoke” Vinyl Pressing

    • Limited to 1000 Copies

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      Klaus Nomi: Klaus Nomi (Limited "Cabaret Smoke" Vinyl Edition) LP 

      Klaus Nomi was a fixture in the late-‘70s NYC East Village performance art scene, but his big coming-out party was when he performed alongside David Bowie on Saturday Night Live in 1979. It wasn’t easy to out-alien The Man Who Fell to Earth, but Nomi’s demented harlequin act complete with plucked, Elsa Lanchester-like eyebrows, whiteface and widow’s peak—not to mention a pink poodle doll pal —pulled it off (Nomi often claimed he was from outer space). That got Nomi signed to RCA, where he recorded two studio albums (and adopted the oversized plastic tux that Bowie wore when he sang “The Man Who Sold the World” ON SNL) before succumbing to AIDS in 1983 at the age of 39, one of the first celebrities to die from the disease. This is his 1981 debut record, generally regarded as his crowning achievement; it includes his signature “The Nomi Song,” as well as just-plain-weird cover versions of Lou Christie’s “Lightning Strikes” and Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” that display the German countertenor’s incredible vocal range and uncompromising artistic vision (with an assist from Nomi's original musical director Kristian Hoffman of the band Mumps). Throw in some startling performances of classical repertoire like Henry Purcell’s “The Cold Song” and Saint-Saëns’ aria to Samson and Delilah and you have a record destined to crash and burn commercially but to live on in cult classic-dom forever. Real Gone Music’s reissue features the original album art and inner sleeve; the vinyl comes in a “cabaret smoke” vinyl pressing limited to 1000 copies.

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    Wednesday
    May292019

    The Deviants The Deviants #3 (Limited Black & White “Nun’s Habit” Vinyl Edition) LP

  • The Deviants Were the Closest Thing the ‘60s British Rock Scene Had to the Mothers of Invention, with a Stooges-Like Fondness for Fuzz Guitar

  • Taking the Frank Zappa Role of Lyricist/ Vocalist/Provocateur Was Mick Farren, One of the Most Charismatic Figures to Emerge from the UK Underground

  • Farren Was Author of 23 Novels and 11 Works of Non-Fiction, All of Them Redolent of His Unique Sensibility

  • His 1976 Article in the New Musical Express, “The Titanic Sails at Dawn,” Presaged the Rise of Punk Rock

  • CollaboratedwithLemmyofHawkwindand Motörhead and Wayne Kramer of the MC5

  • The Deviants #3 Was, as the Title Indicates, His Third and Last Album with the Band, Which Then Split from Farren to Form The Pink Fairies

  • Despite the Strains in the Band and Farren’s Later Panning of Its Quality, It’s Regarded in Some Quarters as a Masterpiece

  • Captured the Dark Side of the End of the ‘60s with Such Songs as “Billy the Monster” and “The People’s Suite”

  • Real Gone Music’s Reissue Features the Rare Gatefold Art That Appeared in the U.S. Release on the Sire Label

  • Black and White “Nun’s Habit” Vinyl Pressing to Match the Disturbing Cover Art

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

  • Farren Collapsed on Stage in 2013... R.I.P. Mick Farren

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    The Deviants: The Deviants #3 (Limited Black & White “Nun’s Habit” Vinyl Edition) LP

    The Deviants were the closest thing the ‘60s British rock scene had to The Mothers of Invention, with a Stooges-like fondness for fuzz guitar freakouts thrown in. And playing the Frank Zappa role as lyricist, singer, and provocateur was Mick Farren, one of the most intriguing figures to emerge from the UK underground. Farren actually had a much longer and distinguished career as a writer than he did as a musician…he penned a total of 23 novels and 11 works of non-fiction, all of them redolent of his unique sensibility (his 1976 article “The Titanic Sails at Dawn” for New Musical Express predicted the rise of punk rock). And on the music side, he never did anything that wasn’t extreme, collaborating with Lemmy of Hawkwind and Motörhead and Wayne Kramer of the MC5 among others residing on the cutting and bleeding edge of rock and roll. 1969’s Deviants III was the third and last record he cut with his band The Deviants (the other members went on to form Pink Fairies); despite the strains in the band and Farren’s later panning of its quality, it’s regarded in some quarters as a masterpiece, capturing the dark side of the end of the ‘60s with such songs as “Billy the Monster” and “The People’s Suite.” Our reissue features the rare gatefold art that came out on the Sire label in the States, with a black and white “nun’s habit” vinyl pressing limited to 1000 copies. Farren collapsed while playing on stage with a re-formed (but not reformed!) version of The Deviants in 2013 and died soon thereafter…a fitting way for the unrepentant radical to go. R.I.P. Mick Farren.

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    Monday
    May062019

    Norma Tanega Walkin' My Cat Named Dog (Limited Green Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Norma Tanega Was Discovered While Singing at a Summer Camp in the Catskills by Producer Herb Bernstein

  • Bernstein Brought Her to the Attention of Four Seasons Songwriter Bob Crewe, Who Signed Her to His New Voice Label

  • Success Was Almost Instantaneous for Tanega, as the Title Track to Her 1966 AlbumWalkin’ My Cat Named Dog Went to #22
    on the Charts

  • But the Folk-Pop Sheen of That Album Obscured the Fact That Her Material Was Not Standard Top 40 Fare

  • Tanega’s Voice Was Unconventional, and Her Songs Were Very Personal and Idiosyncratic, Employing Unusual Structures and Meters

  • In Fact, on Her American Tour to Support the Album, Her Back-Up Band The Outsiders Couldn’t Get the Hang of Her Songs, Forcing Her to Employ Session Musicians

  • Then, on Her Subsequent British Tour, She Met Dusty Springfield, and Her Life Changed Completely

  • Springfield and Tanega Began an Artistic and Romantic Partnership That Prompted Tanega to Move to London for Five Years

  • After the Pair Split Up, Tanega Moved to California, and Shifted to Playing Percussion in More Experimental Settings, Following the Eccentric Muse That Makes Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog Such an Entrancing Listen

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Artwork

  • In Stereo

  • Green Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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    Norma Tanega: Walkin' My Cat Named Dog (Limited Green Vinyl Edition) LP

    Now, here’s a cult classic album long overdue for a vinyl reissue! Norma Tanega was discovered while singing to Catskill summer campers by producer Herb Bernstein, who brought her to Four Seasons songwriter Bob Crewe. Crewe signed her to his New Voice label, and success was instantaneous: the title song to Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog went to #22 on the charts. But, despite the album’s folk-pop trappings, Norma Tanega was not an artist destined to stay at the top of the charts for long; her voice was unconventional, and her songs were too idiosyncratic, not sticking to typical song structure or even meter (for example, “No Stranger Am I” is set to a 5/4 time signature). In fact, Tanega’s songs were so unusual that she had to hire session musicians to play them on the North American tour she took to support the album instead of her erstwhile back-up band The Outsiders! Upon returning, she then embarked on a British tour that was to change her life forever; there she met Dusty Springfield, and the two embarked on an artistic and romantic relationship that prompted Tanega to move to London for five years. After the pair broke up, Tanega wound up moving to California and shifted to playing percussion in more experimental settings, following the wayward muse that makes Walkin’ My Cat Named Dog such an entrancing and unique listening experience. Real Gone Music is proud to reissue this album just like it originally came out in 1966, in stereo with the original album artwork. Just one difference: this is a green vinyl pressing limited to 1000 copies!

     

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    Monday
    May062019

    Airto Natural Feelings (Limited 180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Airto Moreira Is One of Jazz’s Most Distinguished Percussionists

  • Appeared on the First Albums by Both Weather Report and Return to Forever After Working with Miles Davis on Bitches Brew

  • Airto Also Has Played with Everybody from the Grateful Dead’s Mickey Hart to Cannonball Adderley to Keith Jarrett to Paul Desmond

  • Natural Feelings Was His First Album as a Bandleader

  • Recorded Right About the Time He Was Recording Bitches Brew

  • Reflects the Fact He Had One Foot in the New York Jazz Scene and One Foot in His Native Brazil, with Bassist Ron Carter Joining Airto’s Countrymen Sivuca and Hermeto Pascoal

  • Also Features Airto’s Wife, Vocalist Flora Purim

  • The Music Is a Fascinating Blend of Jazz, Funk, Fusion, and Brazilian Styles

  • First Vinyl Reissue in Over 45 Years

  • Original, Wild Hieronymus Bosch Album Art

  • 180-Gram Black Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 500 Copies

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    Airto: Natural Feelings (Limited 180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition) LP

    First vinyl reissue in over 45 years for a long-lost, pivotal jazz fusion record! This album, originally released in 1970 on the thinly-distributed Skye label, marks Airto's debut as a bandleader and captures the percussionist right at the time he recorded Bitches Brew with Miles Davis, and right before he joined Weather Report for their first album. Indeed, the line-up on this album reflects the fact that Airto had one foot in the NYC jazz scene and one foot in his native Brazil, as bassist Ron Carter joins Airto's countrymen Sivuca and Hermeto Pascoal, along with Airto's wife Flora Purim. The music's a fascinating blend of jazz-funk-fusion and Brazilian tropes, here presented on 180-gram black vinyl, housed inside the original wild, Hieronymus Bosch album art. Limited to 500 copies!

     

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    Thomas Newman: American Beauty--Original Motion Picture Score Vinyl LP

  • With 14 Academy Award Nominations, Seven Grammy Awards, and an Emmy to His Credit, Thomas Newman (Son of Alfred, Brother of David, Cousin of Randy) Is One of Hollywood’s Most Decorated Composers

  • His Academy Award-Nominated Scores Include Classics Like The Shawshank Redemption, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Road to Perdition

  • But Probably His Most Distinctive Score (Also Nominated for an Academy Award) Is the One He Composed for Sam Mendes’ 1999 Best Picture Winner American Beauty

  • Newman Made the Bold Choice of Composing a Score Almost Entirely with Percussion Instruments

  • The Consequential Lack of Melodic Resolution in the Score Echoed and Amplified What Newman Termed the “Moral Ambiguity” in the Script

  • The Result Was a Haunting and Wholly Original Soundtrack That Is Instantly Recognizable to Anyone Who Has Seen the Film

  • Real Gone Music Is Very Proud to Present this Brilliant Work on Vinyl for the First Time

  • For This Momentous Release, RGM Commissioned Illustrator Matt Ryan Tobin to Create Limited-Edition Gatefold Artwork

  • Tobin’s Art Captures the Creepy, Voyeuristic Element of the Film (as Expressed Through the Video Camera Lens of Wes Bentley’s Character Ricky Fitts) While Preserving the Dark “Beauty” of the Drama

  • Red and Black Haze Vinyl Pressing Echoes Tobin’s Illustration, Like a Crimson Rose Emerging from the Night

  • Limited Edition of 1500, Sure to Sell Out Fast

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    Thomas Newman: American Beauty--Original Motion Picture Score (Limited Red & Black "Haze" Vinyl Edition) LP

    With 14 Academy Award nominations, seven Grammy awards, and an Emmy to his credit, Thomas Newman has a track record second to none among modern screen composers (and even among his family, which is saying a lot considering he is son to Alfred, brother to David, and cousin to Randy Newman)! But among all his Academy Award-nominated scores—to classics like The Shawshank Redemption, Wall-E, Finding Nemo, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Road to Perdition—his score to the 1999 Academy Award-winning Best Picture American Beauty (the first of his many collaborations with director Sam Mendes) remains his most distinctive. That’s because Newman made the bold choice of composing a score almost entirely with percussion instruments, brilliantly intuiting that the lack of melodic resolution in the film’s themes would echo and amplify what he termed the “moral ambiguity” of the script. The result was a haunting and wholly original film score that is instantly recognizable to anyone who has seen the picture. Real Gone Music is very, very proud to present this work of genius on vinyl for the very first time…and for this momentous release, we’ve commissioned limited-edition, gatefold artwork by illustrator Matt Ryan Tobin that captures the creepy, voyeuristic element of the film (as expressed through the video camera lens of Wes Bentley’s character Ricky Fitts) while preserving the dark “beauty” of the drama. And, our red and black haze vinyl pressing echoes Tobin’s illustration, like a crimson rose emerging from the night. Limited to 1500 copies and sure to go fast!

     

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    David Newman Galaxy Quest--Music from the Motion Picture Vinyl LP

  • David Newman (Son of Alfred, Brother of Thomas, Cousin of Randy) Is Hollywood’s Go-To Composer for Comedy

  • His Credits Include Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, Other People’s Money, The Mighty Ducks, The Nutty Professor, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Heathers, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas, Ice Age, and Girls Trip

  • But Perhaps His Best-Loved Score of All Is the One He Composed for the 1999 Sci-Fi Action/Comedy Galaxy Quest

  • Starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell, the
    Cult Classic Blended Comedy with Moments of Genuine Drama and Action-Filled Suspense

  • Newman’s Score Deftly Balanced Chuckles and Chills with Swelling Choral Passages and Stirring Themes

  • Real Gone Music Is Proud to Release Newman’s Score to Galaxy Quest for the First Time on Vinyl

  • Features the Extended Version of the Score That Appeared on CD in 2012

  • Gatefold Package Includes a Plethora of Production Stills

  • Blue “Galaxy” Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1400 Copies!

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    David Newman: Galaxy Quest--Music from the Motion Picture (Limited Blue "Galaxy" Vinyl Edition) LP

    With famous screen composers for a father (Alfred Newman) and a brother (Thomas Newman)— not to mention his cousin Randy Newman!—David Newman has had quite the family tradition to uphold. But uphold it he has... and in his own uproarious way. Name your favorite comedy of the last 2-3 decades and chances are David Newman’s name is unspooling in the credits. Throw Momma from the Train, The War of the Roses, Other People’s Money, The Mighty Ducks, The Nutty Professor, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Heathers, The Freshman, Honeymoon in Vegas, Ice Age, Girls Trip...all his. But perhaps his best-loved score of all is the one hecomposed for the 1999 sci-fi action/comedy Galaxy Quest starring Tim Allen, Sigourney Weaver, Alan Rickman, and Sam Rockwell.While the film was definitely a comedy, it also moments of genuine drama and action-filled suspense (which in part explains why Galaxy Quest is such a cult classic), and Newman deftly balances both sides with a score full of big choral passages and stirring themes. For its maiden voyage on vinyl, we’ve taken the extended version of the Galaxy Quest score that first appeared on CD in 2012, housed it inside a gatefold jacket boasting copious production stills, and pressed it up in blue “galaxy” vinyl...limited to 1400 copies!
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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    Cleopatra Jones Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vinyl LP

  • The 1973 Feature Cleopatra Jones Was One of the Great Blaxploitation Films of the ‘70s

  • Introduced the Six-Foot-Two Tamara Dobson as the Title Character, a Taller, Hipper, Blacker James Bond

  • She Breaks Up an L.A. Drug Syndicate, Fighting Crooked Cops and Drug Lord Shelley Winters Along the Way

  • All Set to the Musical Stylings of a Soul- Funk-Jazz Dream Team

  • On Vocals Are the Two Biggest Stars from the Spring Label, Joe Simon and Millie Jackson

  • On the Instrumental Side is Jazz Trombone Giant J. J. Johnson, with Help from the Underrated Carl Brandt (Mod Squad)

  • Together They Fashion the Kind of Symphonic Funk That Has Made ‘70s Blaxploitation Soundtracks Such Sample-Ready Ear Candy in Today’s Music Scene

  • Simon’s Performance of the Title Theme Went to #3 on the R&B Charts and #18 on the Pop Charts

  • First Domestic Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Artwork

  • Pressed in Red & Blue Starburst Vinyl

  • Limited to 700 Copies!

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    Cleopatra Jones: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Red & Blue Starburst Vinyl Edition). LP

    One of the great Blaxploitationfilm scores of the ‘70s, finally back on vinyl where it belongs! This 1973 feature introduced one of the great characters in the whole genre, starring the indomitable, six-foot-two Tamara Dobson as Cleopatra Jones, a taller, hipper, and blacker James Bond. In this film, she thwarts a lesbian L.A. drug lord as played by Shelley Winters, all accompanied by the musical efforts of what is pretty much a ‘70s soul/jazz/funk dream team. On vocals, you had the leading male and female lights of the Spring label, the great Joe Simon (performing the hit title theme) and Millie Jackson . And on the instrumental side, jazz trombone giant J. J. Johnson (in collaboration with the underrated Carl Brandt of Mod Squad score fame). The result: a prime example of the symphonic funk that became the siren song for Blaxploitation soundtracks throughout the ‘70s. For its first domestic vinyl reissue, we’ve pressed up just 700 copies in red and blue starburst vinyl, with original artwork intact...oh so tasty!

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    Dorothy Ashby and Frank Wess In a Minor Groove Vinyl LP

  • Dorothy Ashby Was Probably the Greatest and Certainly the Most Swinging Jazz Harpist of All Time

  • Re-Purposed an Instrument Known for Ethereal Glissandos into a Fully Versatile Cog in a Jazz Combo, Capable of Melodic Flights and Rhythmic Drive

  • But Her Gender and Exotic Choice of Instrument Held Her Back in the Hidebound Jazz World of the Late ‘50s/Early ‘60s

  • Those Very Same Attributes Have Made Her One of the Most Collectible Jazz Artists Today

  • Sampled and Celebrated by Modern-Day Hip Hop and World Music Artists (e.g. Jurassic Five, Bonobo) Alike

  • In a Minor Groove Is One of Two Albums She Made in 1958 with Flautist/Saxophonist Frank Wess

  • Features Ashby’s Fellow Cleveland Native Herman Wright on Bass and the Great Roy Haynes on Drums

  • Ashby and Wess Weave Mesmerizing Melodic Threads Through Standards Like “Alone Together” and “Yesterdays.”

  • “Bohemia After Dark” Displays Ashby’s Astonishing Ability to Play the Harp as a Rhythm Instrument

  • First Domestic Vinyl Reissue

  • Taken from Original Mono Tapes, not the Re-Channeled and Reshuffled Tracks That Showed Up on Prestige’s Later Repackaging Called Dorothy Ashby Plays for Beautiful People

  • Original Album Art

  • Neon Green Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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    Dorothy Ashby and Frank Wess: In a Minor Groove (Limited Neon Green Vinyl Edition) LP

    Dorothy Ashby was probably the greatest—and certainly the most swinging—jazz harpist of all time, re-purposing an instrument best known for ethereal glissandos into a fully versatile voice in combo settings, capable of providing both instrumental embroidery and rhythmic drive. But she was always fighting an uphill battle in terms of garnering critical and commercial success; both her gender and the exoticism of her instrument often prevented her from being taken seriously among the hidebound environs of late ‘50s and ‘60s jazz. But it is that very uniqueness of her sound and station in the jazz world that has made her one of the most collectible musicians of her era, as her music has been sampled and celebrated by modern-day hip hop and world music artists (e.g. Jurassic Five, Bonobo) alike. In a Minor Groove is one of two albums she made in 1958 with flautist/saxophonist Frank Wess, and it is a marvel; backed by fellow Detroit native Herman Wright on bass and the great Roy Haynes on drums, she and Wess weave mesmerizing melodic threads through standards like “Alone Together” and “Yesterdays.” But perhaps the most amazing track is “Bohemia After Dark,” which displays Ashby’suncanny ability to turn her harp into a rhythm guitar! For this first-ever domestic vinyl reissue of In a Minor Groove, we are using the original mono sources—not the re-channeled stereo and jumbled track listing that showed up on Prestige’s later repackaging called Dorothy Ashby Plays for Beautiful People—and pressing up a limited edition of 1000 in neon green vinyl! Original album art with Ira Gitler’s sleeve notes, too.

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    Nitro O.F.R. LP

  • Nitro Was Lead Singer Jim Gillette, Guitarist Michael Angelo Batio, Bassist T. J. Racer, and Drummer Bobby Rock

  • Legend Has It the Rampage Label Signed Them After Seeing Gillette Break Three Wine Glasses with His Superhuman Pipes

  • Batio’s Trademark Instrument Was the “Crossed Sword” Quadruple Axe

  • Gillette and Batio Recruited Rock by Telling Him That They “Wanted to Record the Most Over-the-Top, in-Your-Face Metal Record Ever.”

  • The Result Was O. F. R., Which Stands for Out-F******-Rageous

  • The Album Lives Up to Its Title and Its Genesis

  • Pummeling Double Toms, Lightning Guitar Leads, and Vocals at Octaves No Man Should Be Able to Reach

  • Cosmetic Stylings No “Hair Metal” Band Can Touch

  • The Album Charted, Peaking at #140

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Album Art Including Lyric Inner Sleeve

  • Red & Yellow “Explosion” Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 700 Copies

  • Keep Flammable Materials Away When Spinning!

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    Nitro: O. F. R. (Limited Red & Yellow "Explosion" Vinyl Edition) LP

    Nitro was the kind of band that sparked a lot of legends. Like the one that Rampage Records signed them after lead singer Jim Gillette shattered three wine glasses with his voice. Or the one that Gillette and guitarist Michael Angelo Batio (he of the “crossed sword” quadruple axe) recruited drummer Bobby Rock by telling him at a beach party that they "wanted to record the most over-the-top, in-your-face metal record ever." That they succeeded in this pursuit is beyond any doubt. 1989’s O.F.R. (we could tell you what the album title stands for, but then we’d have to kill you, or at least slap a Parental Advisory sticker on you) is a frenetic assault of double floor toms, lightning guitar licks and notes sung so superhumanly high that various parts of one’s anatomy clench instinctively at the sound. And the length of Nitro’s tresses puts all other “hair metal” posers to shame…just check out the band photos on the back cover, which we have faithfully re-created, along with the printed inner sleeve, on the first-ever vinyl reissue of this charting album. Red and yellow “Explosion” vinyl pressing, limited to 700 copies…we can’t promise your stereo won’t combust!

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    Cheap Trick The Epic Archive Vol. 3 (1984-1992) CD

  • After Releasing Two Packages of Cheap Trick Rarities on LP for Record Store Day and Black Friday to Great Acclaim (and Great Sales), Real Gone Music Is Back with Its Third and Final Compilation of Hard-to-Find Epic Label Nuggets

  • Threads the Needle Between Being a Hits Anthology and Catnip for the Serious Cheap Trick Collector

  • Includes the Single Version of the Band’s Lone #1 Hit, “The Flame,” Plus Rare Single Versions of “It’s Only Love,” “Tonight It’s You,” and “Don’t Be Cruel”

  • Features Soundtrack-Only Performances Like “Mighty Wings” from Top Gun, “Money (That’s What I Want)” from Caddyshack II, “You Want It” from Say Anything, “I Will Survive” fromGladiator, and an A Cappella Intro to the Theme Song from the 1984 Movie Up the Creek

  • Also Presents Alternate Versions/Mixes of “Little Sister,” “She’s Got Motion,” “Can’t Stop Fallin’ into Love,” “How About You” and “All We Need Is a Dream”

  • Other Rarities include a Greatest Hits-Only Cover of The Beatles’ “Magical Mystery Tour” and “Big Bang” from the Japanese Version of the Busted Album

  • Liner Notes Feature Track-by-Track Commentary from Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, and Robin Zander Via Interviews with Longtime Band Biographer Ken Sharp and Epic ArchiveProducer Timothy J. Smith

  • As with Previous Epic Archive Releases, Vol. 3 Includes Photos from Band Photographer Robert Alford

  • Says Bun E. Carlos, “It really is a nice package!”

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    Cheap Trick: The Epic Archive Vol. 3 (1984-1992). CD

    Our third—and final—package of Cheap Trick Epic rarities just might be the best yet! At least their legendary drummer Bun E. Carlos thinks so—“It really is a nice package!” he exclaims in the liner notes. Indeed, The Epic Archive Vol. 3 pulls off the unlikely feat of being simultaneously something of a greatest hits collection and also sonic catnip for deep Cheap Trick collectors. On the hits side, you get the single version of the band’s lone #1 hit, “The Flame,” plus rare single versions of “It’s Only Love,” “Tonight It’s You,” and “Don’t Be Cruel” (labeled as the “Big New Mix”). Then come the soundtrack-only songs, which have never appeared on a Cheap Trick studio album before and come from some big-time films: “Mighty Wings” from Top Gun, “Money (That’s What I Want)” from Caddyshack II, “You Want It” from Say Anything, and “I Will Survive” from Gladiator. Alternate mixes of “Little Sister,” “She’s Got Motion,” and “Can’t Stop Fallin’ into Love” and alternate versions of “How About You” and “All We Need Is a Dream” will quicken the pulse of collectors, as will “Big Bang” from the Japanese version of the Busted album. The whole thing starts with an a cappella intro to the theme song from the 1984 movie Up the Creek, and we also found room for one of the great lost Beatles covers of all time, the band’s version of “Magical Mystery Tour” that only appeared on their Greatest Hits release! The liner notes feature track-by-track commentary from Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, and Robin Zander via interviews with longtime band biographer Ken Sharp and Timothy J. Smith, the Epic Archive series compilation producer; once again, band lensman Robert Alford has contributed photos. Mastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York…the thrilling conclusion to an Epic journey for Cheap Trick fans!

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    Thursday
    Mar072019

    2019 RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES

    Cheap Trick: The Epic Archive Vol. 3 (1984-1992) (Limited 2-LP "Flame Red" Vinyl Edition) (Record Store Day Exclusive)

    Our third—and final—package of Cheap Trick Epic rarities just might be the best yet! At least their legendary drummer Bun E. Carlos thinks so—“It really is a nice package!” he exclaims in the liner notes. Indeed, The Epic Archive Vol. 3 pulls off the unlikely feat of being simultaneously something of a greatest hits collection and also sonic catnip for deep Cheap Trick collectors. On the hits side, you get the single version of the band’s lone #1 hit, “The Flame,” plus rare single versions of “It’s Only Love,” “Tonight It’s You,” and “Don’t Be Cruel” (labeled as the “Big New Mix”). Then come the soundtrack-only songs, which have never appeared on a Cheap Trick studio album before and come from some big-time films: “Mighty Wings” from Top Gun, “Money (That’s What I Want)” from Caddyshack II, “You Want It” from Say Anything, and “I Will Survive” from Gladiator. Alternate mixes of “Little Sister,” “She’s Got Motion,” and “Can’t Stop Fallin’ into Love” and alternate versions of “How About You” and “All We Need Is a Dream” will quicken the pulse of collectors, as will “Big Bang” from the Japanese version of the Busted album. The whole thing starts with an a cappella intro to the theme song from the 1984 movie Up the Creek, and we also found room for one of the great lost Beatles covers of all time, the band’s version of “Magical Mystery Tour” that only appeared on their Greatest Hits release! The liner notes feature track-by-track commentary from Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, and Robin Zander via interviews with longtime band biographer Ken Sharp and Timothy J. Smith, the Epic Archive series compilation producer; once again, band lensman Robert Alford has contributed photos to our beautiful gatefold package. This 2-LP “Flame Red” vinyl release is exclusive to Record Store Day, and, remember, aside from the soundtrack songs, none of this material has ever been on a full- length LP. Limited to 2000 copies, don’t miss out!

    Badfinger : So Fine--The Warner Bros. Rarities (Limited 2-LP Red Vinyl Edition) (Record Store Day Exclusive)

    Most folks point to Badfinger as the greatest power pop band of all time. But, with four accomplished songwriters in Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, and Joey Molland, and the creative assistance and imprimatur of The Beatles, Badfinger should have been bigger stars than they were. Their four albums for The Beatles’ Apple label get most of the attention, and understandably so, with hits like “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day by Day,” and “Baby Blue.” But their subsequent two albums for Warner Bros. represent their true creative peak, reached even as the band—and the lives of the members of the band—fell apart.

    In late 2018, Real Gone Music, together with Badfinger biographer Dan Matovina, took a fresh look at Badfinger’s brilliant but ill-fated Warner Bros. albums, Badfinger and Wish You Were Here. Not only did the two CD releases offer the first new remastering of the original albums since their maiden release on CD, but they also each boasted an extra album’s worth of unreleased bonus material featuring alternate mixes and newly-discovered songs. The releases caused a flurry of fresh interest in the band, and a furor among Badfinger fans, who to this day rank as some of the most passionate in all of rock and roll.

    Now, exclusively for Record Store Day, Real Gone Music is bringing the previously unreleased material that premiered on its Badfinger CD releases to vinyl for the first time. Each disc on the 2-LP set, So Fine—The Warner Bros. Rarities, presents the alternate versions of the songs on each album in the order they originally appeared, followed by one previously unreleased song (in the case of Badfinger, “Love My Lady;” in the case of Wish You Were Here, “Queen of Darkness”). Along with piquant quotes from producer Chris Thomas, Matovina’s liner notes include for the first time track-by-track breakdowns of the differences between the alternate and original mixes. The package also includes rare photos—like the one on the cover—and its lacquers were cut by John Golden at Golden Mastering. We are pressing just 2000 of this one-of-a-kind release in red vinyl; the result, like the title says, will be So Fine for Badfinger fans!

    The Basketball Diaries--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited 2-LP "Basketball Orange" Vinyl Edition) (Record Store Day Exclusive)

    High school basketball star, junkie, street poet sensation, rock star…Jim Carroll packed a lot of life into the 60 years he spent on this planet. The 1995 film The Basketball Diaries—based on his 1978 memoir—captures him at the beginning of his odyssey, juggling private school, poetry, hoops ‘n’ heroin, a timeless antihero set-up if there ever was one. That allowed the filmmakers to bring the movie into the present, and to assemble a soundtrack of all-star alternative rock stars with only one nod (The Doors’ “Riders on the Storm”) to the period of Carroll’s actual youth. The result: one of the best alternative soundtracks of the ‘90s with some off-the-beaten-path finds. For example: not only do you get Carroll’s rendition of “Catholic Boy” with Pearl Jam, but you get his classic “People Who Died” with The Jim Carroll Band, a song from an album that’s currently in contractual limbo and unlikely to be reissued any time soon. There are also Carroll’s own spoken word pieces with accompaniment by composer (and ex-SPV leader) Graeme Revell to lend a little Lower East Side grit to a soundtrack featuring such heavyweights as PJ Harvey, The Cult, and Soundgarden. But perhaps the real dark horse track is Massive Internal Complications’ “Strawberry Wine,” which has built up quite a following over the years and isn’t up digitally except for excerpts of the film on Youtube.

    Now, in what would have been Jim Carroll’s 70th birthday year, Real Gone Music takes great pride in releasing the original soundtrack to The Basketball Diaries for the first time ever on vinyl, exclusively for Record Store Day. The package features a newly-created gatefold jacket housing two LPs pressed in “basketball orange” vinyl. Limited to 2000 copies, this release puts this seminal alternative rock soundtrack where it belongs: on wax.

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