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Jan272018

Johnny Mathis Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head & Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert CDs

  • His 60-Year Career Still Going Strong, Johnny Mathis Is One of the Greatest Pop Vocalists of All Time 

  • But Most of the Albums He Cut for Columbia During the ‘70s Have Never Appeared on Stand-Alone CDs 

  • Now, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records Are Embarking on a 10-Release Journey Through Johnny’s Classic ‘70s Columbia Catalog 

  • Each Release, Whether a Single-Album Release or a Twofer, Will Come in an Expanded Edition Featuring Rare Tracks 

  • All Will Include Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Drawn from Exclusive Interviews with Johnny Mathis Himself 

  • Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios 

  • Original Album Art 

  • Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head Was Johnny’s First LP of the 1970s 

  • Features Lush Interpretations of Then-Current Pop Hits Like George Harrison’s “Something,” Paul Simon’s “Bridge over Troubled Water,” and the Bacharach-David Title Tune 

  • Produced by Jack Gold with the Orchestras of Ernie Freeman and Al Capps 

  • Expanded Edition Includes Five Bonus Non-LP Singles from Mathis’ Return to Columbia Records 

  • Sings Bacharach and Kaempfert Continued Johnny’s Tradition of Mining the Songbooks of All-Time Great Songwriters 

  • Arranged by Long-Time Kaempfert Collaborator Herbert Rehbein 

  • Complete Double Album with Five Bonus Tracks Including Bert Kaempfert’s “It Makes No Di erence” and Four Bacharach-David Tunes Featuring Their Very First Song with Johnny, “Warm and Tender” 

  • First-Ever CD Release

    Johnny Mathis: Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head. CD

    AVAILABLE March 2, 2018 PRE-ORDER NOW!! 

    Johnny Mathis: Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert CD

    AVAILABLE March 2, 2018 PRE-ORDER NOW!! 

    Johnny Mathis: Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head. CD

    Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to kick off a new series celebrating
    the legendary Johnny Mathis’ classic albums
    of the 1970s and onward with the first-ever expanded CD edition (and standalone U.S.
    CD premiere!) of the artist’s very first LP of the 1970s. Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My
    Head was titled after Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s Academy Award-winning hit from
    the film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
    Kid. On Raindrops, Mathis reinterpreted the popular hits of the day in his signature velvety smooth style, aided and abetted by the lush orchestras of Ernie Freeman and Al Capps, and the production of Columbia Records veteran Jack Gold. In addition
    to Bacharach and David, also represented by Johnny’s hit “Odds and Ends” and “Alfie,” the original album features his renditions of songs by Jimmy Webb (“Honey Come Back”), George Harrison (“Something”), Paul Simon (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”), John Barry (“Midnight Cowboy”), and Rod McKuen (“Jean”)—a true “Who’s Who.” The expanded Raindrops Keep Fallin’ on My Head has been bolstered with ve bonus non-LP singles from Mathis’ return to Columbia Records circa 1968-1970, including Bacharach and David’s “Whoever You Are, I Love You” from their Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Promises, Promises; Bert Kaempfert’s “Night Dreams;” and Gordon Lightfoot’s “Wherefore and Why,” arranged by Harry Nilsson’s frequent collaborator, Perry Botkin, Jr.! The blues they sent to meet you won’t defeat you with this newly-expanded edition of one of Johnny’s most beloved albums!

    1. Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head
    2. Honey Come Back
    3. Watch What Happens
    4. Something
    5. Alfie
    6. Midnight Cowboy
    7. A Man and a Woman
    8. Odds and Ends
    9. Jean
    10. Everybody's Talkin'
    11. Bridge over Troubled Water
    12. Night Dreams
    13. Whoever You Are, I Love You
    14. For All We Know
    15. Wherefore and Why
    16. The Last Time I Saw Her

    Johnny Mathis: Sings the Music of Bacharach & Kaempfert CD

    In a career spanning over 60 years, Johnny Mathis has always had an unerring ear for a song...witness his new, 2017 album featuring his recordings of future standards by Adele, Bruno Mars, and Pharrell Williams. At the dawn of the 1970s, Mathis was celebrating the great songwriters of that day, too, with a double album entitled Johnny Mathis Sings the Music of Bacharach and Kaempfert. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to inaugurate a series of Johnny’s greatest albums of the 1970s and beyond on CD with the first-ever expanded reissue of The Music of Bacharach and Kaempfert. Bert Kaempfert may not have achieved the same name recognition in the U.S. as Burt Bacharach, but Kaempfert’s contributions to the standards songbook are indelible, thanks to such songs as “Danke Schoen,” “Spanish Eyes,” “Strangers in the Night,” and “L-O-V-E,” all of which are sung in Johnny’s inimitably intimate style on this collection. Johnny was joined by German arranger-conductor Herbert Rehbein, a close collaborator of Kaempfert’s, for these very special sessions. Johnny’s relationship with Burt Bacharach dated to the late 1950s with classics including “Heavenly” and “Faithfully.” Soon, Bacharach’s style would de ne the sound of the 1960s, and Johnny was bringing his individual stamp to “This Guy’s in Love with You,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.” All of these songs and more are featured on Mathis’ Bacharach salute. In true Real Gone/ Second Disc style, though, that’s not all! We’ve added ve rare bonus tracks to this already jam-packed double album: Bert Kaempfert’s “It Makes No Difference,” originally issued only in the U.K., and four hits by Burt Bacharach and Hal David including their very rst song with Johnny, “Warm and Tender,” and three more favorites from Johnny’s Global Records period! Mathis + 1 Burt + 1 Bert = Johnny Mathis Sings the Music of Bacharach and Kaempfert, or 26 tracks of musical bliss!

     

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    Saturday
    Jan272018

    Jackie DeShannon Stone Cold Soul--The Complete Capitol Recordings CD

    Author of Such Iconic Anthems as “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” Jackie DeShannon Is One of the Greatest Singer-Songwriters of Her Generation

    After a Decade Spent at Liberty/Imperial Records, Jackie Was Wooed Away by Capitol Records in 1971 

    The Label First Sent Jackie to Memphis’ American Recording Studios to Record Sessions with Producer Chips Moman 

    Backed by a Crack Band of Bobby Emmons and Bobby Woods on Keyboards, Reggie Young on Electric Guitar, Mike Leach on Bass, Johnny Christopher on Acoustic Guitar, and Gene Crisman on Drums, She Recorded a Flavorful Mix That Embraced Her Southern Soul Roots Blended with Country, Gospel, and Pop 

    But Only Two Tracks from Those Memphis Sessions Were Released at the Time, Despite Powerhouse Versions of Such Songs as George Harrison’s “Isn’t It a Pity,” Van Morrison’s “And It Stoned Me,” Emitt Rhodes’ “Live till You Die,” the DeShannon Originals ““West Virginia Mine” and “Now That the Desert Is Blooming,” and More 

    DeShannon Then Returned to Hollywood to Record Her Songs Album, Co-Produced by DeShannon with Eric Malamud and John Palladino 

    Songs Featured Covers of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” (Retitled “Lay, Baby, Lay”) and Hoyt Axton’s “Ease Your Pain” Plus a Shimmering Trio of DeShannon Originals: “Salinas,” “Bad Water,” and a Remake of “West Virginia Mine.” 

    Atlantic Label Head Jerry Wexler Bought Out Jackie’s Capitol Contract Soon Thereafter, Leaving Most of Her Memphis Masters Untouched 

    Now, for the First Time, All of DeShannon’s Capitol Masters Have Been Gathered into One Collection 

    Stone Cold Soul—The Complete Capitol Recordings Presents All 25 Sides DeShannon Recorded for Capitol, Including the Songs Album and All of Her Memphis Material Featuring Five Previously Unreleased Tracks 

    Joe Marchese’s Liner Notes Are Drawn from an Exclusive Interview with Jackie DeShannon 

    Booklet Includes Stunning, Never-Before-Seen Photos of Jackie DeShannon 

    Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision 

    Essential Listening for Any DeShannon Fan or Roots-Rocker

    AVAILABLE March 2, 2018 PRE-ORDER NOW!! 

    Jackie DeShannon: Stone Cold Soul--The Complete Capitol Recordings CD

    After spending the rst full decade  of her recording career at Liberty/ Imperial Records, where she immortalized such iconic anthems as “What the World Needs Now Is Love” and “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon was wooed away to Capitol Records in 1971. Upon landing at her new label, the Kentucky-born DeShannon was dispatched to Memphis’ American Recording Studios, where, with producer Chips Moman and a crack band consisting of Bobby Emmons and Bobby Woods on keyboards, Reggie Young on electric guitar, Mike Leach on Bass, Johnny Christopher on acoustic guitar, and Gene Crisman on drums, she recorded a avorful mix that embraced her Southern soul roots blended with country, gospel, and pop. The wide-ranging repertoire included the DeShannon originals “West Virginia Mine” and “Now That the Desert Is Blooming” along with songs by George Harrison (“Isn’t It a Pity”), Van Morrison (“And It Stoned Me”), Carole King & Gerry Gof n (“Child of Mine”), Emitt Rhodes (“Live till You Die”), Arlo Guthrie (“Gabriel’s Mother’s Highway”), Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn (“Sweet Inspiration”), and others. But those tracks inexplicably remained in the vaults, leapfrogged by the tracks DeShannon cut at Capitol Studios upon returning to California that turned into her Songs album. In fact, of the Memphis tracks, only a single (“Stone Cold Soul”) and a lone track on Songs (“Show Me”) were released at the time. The rest of the Songs album, co-produced by DeShannon with Eric Malamud and John Palladino, featured covers of Bob Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay” (retitled “Lay, Baby, Lay”) and Hoyt Axton’s “Ease Your Pain” plus a shimmering trio of DeShannon originals: “Salinas,” “Bad Water,” and a remake of “West Virginia Mine.”

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    Saturday
    Jan272018

    The Oak Ridge Boys When I Sing for Him--The Complete Columbia Recordings and RCA Singles (2 CD)

    The Oak Ridge Boys Are One of the Most Popular Country Vocal Groups of All Time 

    Their Long Recording History Started in the ‘40s with The Oak Ridge Quartet 

    Though Their Discography Has Been Amply Documented Over the Years, Two Key Periods in Their Career Remain Largely Unavailable 

    The First Was Their 1973-1976 Stint at Columbia Records, Which Marked the First Time the Classic Line-Up of Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban Got Together 

    The Oak Ridge Boys Recorded Three Albums
    for Columbia, The Oak Ridge Boys, Sky High, and Old Fashioned, Down Home, Hand Clappin’, Foot Stompin’, Southern Style, Gospel Quartet Music, None of Which Have Ever Appeared on CD 

    They Also Recorded a Number of Non-LP Singles and Songs Only Found on Compilations for the Label 

    The Oak Ridge Boys Also Recorded Nine Single Sides for RCA from 1990-1993, with Steve Sanders Replacing William Lee Golden 

    Now, Real Gone Music’s New 2-CD Collection 

    When I Sing for Him—The Complete Columbia Recordings and RCA Singles Brings Together All of Their Recordings for Both Columbia and RCA 

    Includes the Grammy-Winning “The Baptism of Jesse Taylor” as Well as Homespun Renditions of Classics by Allen Toussaint, Paul Simon, Larry Gatlin, Kris Kristo erson, Dallas Frazier, and Porter Wagoner 

    Includes a Bonus Johnny Cash Single, “Praise the Lord and Pass the Soup,” That The Oak Ridge Boys Sang On Along with The Carter Family and Marked Their First Chart Entry 

    The RCA Material Features Their Moving Take on The Righteous Brothers’ “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” 

    Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York 

    Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese 

    49 Rare ’n’ Essential Tracks from One of Country’s Most Revered Groups

    AVAILABLE March 2, 2018 PRE-ORDER NOW!! 

    The Oak Ridge Boys: When I Sing for Him--The Complete Columbia Recordings and RCA Singles (2 CD)

    Before “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” catapulted them into the mainstream of commercial pop, The Oak Ridge Boys paid their dues as both recording artists and popular live performers. The band’s history was a long one, with the original Oak Ridge Quartet dating back to the 1940s. But the birth of The Oak Ridge Boys, as we know the group, really took place in 1973 at Columbia Records. That was when Joe Bonsall joined Duane
    Allen, William Lee Golden, and Richard Sterban to complete the foursome that still packs houses today. The Oak Ridge Boys recorded three albums for Columbia between 1973 and 1976, dipping their toes into pop, rock, and mainstream country for the rst time while still embracing their gospel roots. Shockingly, none of these albums have ever been released on CD anywhere in the world—until now! Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are raising the curtain on this lost chapter of Oak Ridge Boys history with a de nitive, new 2-CD anthology. 

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    Saturday
    Jan272018

    Axe Rock 'N' Roll Party--The Complete Atco Recordings CD

    Formed by Ex-Members of Babyface, and Led by Guitarist Bobby Barth (Later of Blackfoot), the Florida Band Axe Put Out a String of Minor Pop-Metal Classics in the Late ’70s and Early ‘80s 

    Inked to MCA in 1979, Axe Really Hit Their Stride When They Brought In Bassist Wayne Haner and Signed to Atco in 1981 

    Their Two Albums for Atco, Offering and Nemesis, O ered an Irresistible Heartland Rock Recipe of Good-Time Boogie Metal and Biker Rock Blended with Southern Rock and ’80 Keyboard Cheese 

    Real Gone Music’s New Collection Rock ’N’ Roll Party— The Complete Atco Recordings Includes Both Albums Plus a Bonus Track, “Midnight” 

    Features Such Great Tunes as “Rock ’N’ Roll Party in the Streets,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and “Heat in the Street” 

    Liner Notes by Scott Schinder


    An American Answer to Judas Priest and Motörhead 

    21 Tracks

    AVAILABLE March 2, 2018 PRE-ORDER NOW!! 

    Axe: Rock 'N' Roll Party--The Complete Atco Recordings. CD

    It really was a rock ‘n’ roll party any time this Florida band came to town! Formed from the
    ashes (whiskers?) of Babyface, this ve-piece led by guitarist Bobby Barth signed with MCA in the late ‘70s for two albums, but really put the pedal to the metal when they brought in Wayne Haner as bassist and inked with Atco in 1981. In fact, the two albums they recorded for the label, Offering and Nemesis, offered good-time boogie metal and biker rock years before folks like Sammy Hagar and Motley Crüe rode the formula to platinum success and excess; throw in a little Southern rock (Barth went on to join Blackfoot) and a chunk of keyboard cheese and you had a greasy recipe tailor-made for heartland success. Unfortunately, Axe also became known for a true rock ‘n’ roll tragedy; guitarist Mike Osborne was killed in a car accident that also seriously injured Barth, and the band broke up soon after. But at their peak, Axe offered a uniquely American answer to period Brit-rockers like Judas Priest and Motörhead with melody to burn. This new collection offers every note Axe recorded for Atco, including the two albums plus a bonus track, “Midnight,” not to mention classic tunes like “Rock ‘N’ Roll Party in the Streets,” “Girls, Girls, Girls,” and “Heat in the Street.”. Scott Schinder’s essay puts Axe in its proper place in the American metal pantheon. Get out your air guitar, er, axe!

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    Saturday
    Jan272018

    Phyllis Dillon One Life to Live (Limited Violet Vinyl Edition) LP

    Phyllis Dillon Was the Biggest Female Star of the Rocksteady Movement in Jamaica

    Her Recordings for Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle Label Are Among the Most Highly Prized Work in the Entire Genre 

    Consisting of Sides Dating from 1968 to 1972, One Life to Live Is Her Sole Album Release 

    Includes the Hits ““Long Time No Nice Time,” “We Belong Together,” and “One Life to Live, One Love to Give” 

    Also Features Fantastic Interpretations of Such Songs as George Harrison’s “Something” and Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” 

    Newly Remastered to Sound Better Than the Album Ever Has Before 

    First-Ever Stateside Reissue

    Violet Vinyl Edition Limited to 700 Copies

    AVAILABLE March 2, 2018 PRE-ORDER NOW!! 

    Phyllis Dillon: One Life to Live (Limited Violet Vinyl Edition) LP

    As the only album ever released by the leading female singer of the entire rocksteady movement, One Life to Live is a crucial document of the era and genre; that it also happens to be a fantastic record is just gravy! Dillon spent her entire career recording for Duke Reid’s Treasure Isle imprint; though One Life to Live was released in 1972, it is something of a compilation, including material recorded through 1968 to 1972. And as
    such, it features a bunch of her solo hits, including “Long Time No Nice Time,”
    “We Belong Together,” and the title tune. But to American ears, her interpretations of such rock warhorses as George Harrison’s “Something” and Stephen Stills’ “Love the One You’re With” may stand out the most; in her light, rocksteady style laced with rock and pop, she truly makes these songs her own. For this rst-ever Stateside vinyl reissue, we have remastered this seminal album to make it sound better than it ever has, and we’re issuing it in a violet vinyl edition limited to 700 copies!

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    Saturday
    Jan272018

    Ken Boothe Freedom Street (Limited Grey “Asphalt” Vinyl Edition) LP

    Ken Boothe Is “Mr. Rock Steady,” Probably the Most Soulful Jamaican Singer of the ‘60s 

    His Mid-‘60s Sides for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One Imprint Are Treasured by Rocksteady Fans 

    Boothe Then Moved to Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s Imprint for the Classic 1970 Album Freedom Street 

    Freedom Street Continued Boothe’s String of Hits with the Songs “Why Baby Why,” “Now I Know,” and the Title Track 

    Newly Remastered to Sound Better Than Any Previous Release 

    First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

    Grey “Asphalt” Vinyl Edition Limited to 700 Copies

    AVAILABLE March 2, 2018 PRE-ORDER NOW!! 

    Ken Boothe: Freedom Street (Limited Grey “Asphalt” Vinyl Edition) LP

    First-ever vinyl reissue of the classic 1970 album from Mr. Rock Steady! Ken Boothe was the most soulful singer of the rocksteady era, often likened to a Jamaican Wilson Pickett, and his mid-‘60s recordings for Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One label were and are among the genre’s most coveted sides. In 1970, he moved to Leslie Kong’s Beverley’s imprint for this album, which continued his string of hits with the songs “Why Baby Why,” “Now I Know,” and the title tune, “Freedom Street.” We’ve remastered this landmark reggae/rocksteady release to make it sound better than it ever has, and pressed it up in a grey “asphalt” vinyl edition limited to 700 copies!

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    Thursday
    Dec282017

    Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman Last of the Mohicans Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Sepia-Toned Vinyl Edition)

    Boasting a Bravura Performance by Daniel Day-Lewis, Michael Mann’s 1992 Epic Retelling of James Fenimore Cooper’s frontier classic The Last of the Mohicans Has Passed into the Classic Movie Pantheon, with Repeated Cable TV Showings 

    But the Movie’s Success Has Been Somewhat Overshadowed by Its Wildly Popular Soundtrack 

    Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman’s Score Is Easily One of the Most Popular Pieces of Film Music from the ‘90s Despite Having Been the Work of Two Different Composers 

    The “Main Title” Has Become as Much a Part of Pop Culture as the Themes to Titanic, Star Wars, and Other Blockbusters 

    Also Includes “I Will Find You” by Clannad 

    Real Gone Music’s First-Ever North American Release of the Soundtrack Comes in Sepia-Toned Vinyl 

    Gatefold Packaging Features Production Stills Limited Edition of 1000

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    Trevor Jones & Randy Edelman: Last of the Mohicans Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Sepia-Toned Vinyl Edition)

    Rare is the soundtrack that as time passes overshadows the film of which it was a part, but that’s what has happened in the years since the 1992 release of The Last of the Mohicans. Not that the film is any slouch; Michael Mann’s epic retelling of James Fenimore Cooper’s frontier tale is a cable TV fixture and more evidence that Daniel Day-Lewis is one of the great actors of our time. But the film’s music has emerged as easily one of the most popular scores of ‘90s cinema, with the “Main Title” in particular having become a part of our popular culture the same way as, say, the signature themes from Titanic, Star Wars, and other blockbusters. What makes it even more extraordinary is that the movie’s score emerged from postproduction turmoil as the work of two different composers, Trevor Jones and Randy Edelman. Jones’ work is more of the traditional orchestral soundtrack ilk, Edelman’s has a more contemporary feel, but somehow it all fits, with the closing credit song “I Will Find You” by Clannad an added bonus. Long a bestselling soundtrack CD, we at Real Gone Music are releasing this revered soundtrack on vinyl for the first time in North America in sepia-toned vinyl limited to 1000 copies, inside a brand-new gatefold festooned with production stills. Guaranteed to get your blood stirring!

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    Thursday
    Dec282017

    Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane Mahoney’s Last Stand CD

    The Soundtrack to Mahoney’s Last Stand Is One of the Rarest Entries in the Respective Discographies of Faces Members Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane 

    Recorded in 1972 by Wood and Lane While Waiting Around for Rod Stewart to Show Up to the Ooh La La Recording Sessions, the Album Was Not Released Until 1976 

    Its Obscurity Can Also Be Attributed to the Fact That Actor- Director Alexis Kanner’s Film Never Saw a Proper Theatrical Release 

    But the Recording Sessions Attracted the Cream of British Rock Royalty, Including Pete Townshend, Blind Faith and Family member Rick Grech, Fellow Faces Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, Soon-to-Be Fellow (for Wood) Rolling Stones Habitués Ian Stewart, Bobby Keys, and Jim Price, Micky Waller (Wood’s Fellow Member in the Jeff Beck Group of the Late ‘60s), and Grease Band Member Bruce Rowland 

    Much of the Music Has a Rustic, Rural Feel in Keeping with the Film’s Setting 

    Also Includes Some Blues-Rock Riffage (e.g. “Woody’s Thing”) Like What Wood Would Explore with Keith Richards in the Stones 

    Highlight of the Album is Lane’s “Just for a Moment,” Which Is a Prime Example of the Wistful, Yearning Roots-Rock That Made His Solo Work So Captivating 

    Liner Notes by Richie Unterberger 

    Never Before Released on CD in the U.S., and Only Briefly Available on CD Abroad

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    Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane: Mahoney’s Last Stand CD

    What do two Faces do when their lead singer (bon vivant Rod Stewart) doesn’t show up for the Ooh La La recording sessions? They work on a soundtrack for an obscure film by actor and friend Alexis Kanner (most famous for his guest roles on the late-‘60s TV series The Prisoner), and draft the uppermost rank of British rock royalty to play on it! Indeed, given the pedigree of the personnel on this project, it is rather stunning how obscure this 1976 album from Faces members Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane remains, having only been issued on CD abroad and for a brief time at that; one suspects it has much to do with the flop of the film (which appears to have only been screened at the Canadian Film Festival), and the fact that the original LP was released four years after it was recorded in 1972. Just listen to the roll call of session men on Mahoney’s Last Stand, which was produced by Glyn Johns, himself a British rock and roll noble of good standing and fresh from producing Paul McCartney and Wings’ Red Rose Speedway when he worked on this album: Pete Townshend (guitar and “special electronic effects”), Blind Faith and Family member Rick Grech, fellow Faces Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, soon-to-be fellow (for Wood) Rolling Stones habitués Ian Stewart, Bobby Keys, and Jim Price, Micky Waller (Wood’s fellow member in the Jeff Beck Group of the late ‘60s), and Grease Band member Bruce Rowland to name but a few. As for the music, much of it has a rustic, rural feel in keeping with the film’s setting, which follows the misadventures of a recluse who rents a ramshackle farm in the Canadian countryside, with some nods (“Woody’s Thing”) towards the blues-rock Wood would explore with Keith Richards in the Stones. But without a doubt the highlight is Lane’s “Just for a Moment,’ which is here in both vocal and instrumental versions; it’s a prime example of the wistful roots-rock that made Lane’s post-Faces solo career so compelling. Richie Unterberger’s liner notes examine this little-known detour in the careers of two British rock legends…fascinating for Faces and Stones fans!

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    Thursday
    Dec282017

    Grateful Dead Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3--Denver '73 (3 CD)

  • Real Gone Music Continues Its Long, Strange Trip Through Grateful Dead Concert Recordings with Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3—Denver ‘73 

  • 3-CD Set Never Before Available at Retail 

  • Captures the Complete 11/21/73 Show at
    the Denver Coliseum, Another Great Night on the Legendary Fall 1973 Tour in One of the Dead’s Favorite Cities

  • Also Includes Bonus Material from the Night Before 

  • Recorded by Kidd Candelario and Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD Sound 

  • Highlighted by the Unprecedented, 62-Minute Medley of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”/”Playing in the Band”/ ”El Paso”/”Playing in the Band”/”Wharf Rat”/”Playing in the Band”/”Morning Dew” 

  • 16-Page Full-Color Booklet Features Liner Notes by Blair Jackson

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    Grateful Dead: Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 3--Denver '73 (3 CD-Set)

    Denver was always one of the Dead’s favorite stops, and the pair of shows they played there on the hallowed Fall 1973 tour were a high time indeed. This 3-CD set—which has never before been released at retail—offers the complete November 21, 1973 show along with some choice excerpts from the night before, all beautifully recorded by Kidd Candelario and mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD sound. Appropriately enough for the setting, the first set is laced with cowboy tunes like “Jack Straw,” “Mexicali Blues,” and “Big River” (a particularly good rendition), but the real revelation is the second set, which launches into an unprecedented and seamless 62-minute medley of “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo”/”Playing in the Band”/”El Paso”/”Playing in the Band”/”Wharf Rat”/”Playing in the Band” (three times!)/”Morning Dew.” Wow! The November 20 material at the end of disc three is quite worthy as well, highlighted by an adventurous “The Other One.” The 16-page full-color booklet features notes by Blair Jackson. A keeper!

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    Wednesday
    Dec132017

    X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents (Limited Test Tube Clear with Blue Splatter Vinyl Version) LP

    • The One and Only LP Release from X-Ray Spex and Its Irrepressible Frontwoman Poly Styrene, Germfree Adolescents Is One of the Signature Albums of the Early (1978) British Punk Movement

    • Deemed by Everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau to Spin to Mojo as One of the Greatest Punk Albums Ever Made

    • Real Gone’s Vinyl Reissue Reproduces the Inner Lyric Sheet Offering Poly’s Brilliant Observations About the Plastic, Corporate Nature of Modern Society

    • Test Tube Yellow with Blue-Green Splatter Vinyl

    • LIMITED TO 1200 COPIES! 

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    •  X-Ray Spex: Germfree Adolescents (Limited Yellow with Blue-Green Splatter Vinyl Version). LP

      Real Gone Music is proud to present Germfree Adolescents, one of the signature albums of the early (1978) British punk movement, in the format (vinyl!) it belongs and in a color mix (

      yellow with blue-green splatter! 

      !) it demands. The one and only LP release from X Ray Spex and its irrepressible frontwoman Poly Styrene has been deemed by everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau to Spin to Mojo as one of the greatest punk albums ever made, and for this reissue, we’ve done it right; besides the colored vinyl, we’ve reproduced the inner lyric sheet, where you can read Poly’s brilliant observations about the plastic, corporate nature of modern society. All of which she sings in a passionate yowl all her own (with Lora Logic among others backing on saxophone); this is not only one of the most penetratingly observant punk records, it’s also one of the most passionate, and, surprisingly enough, catchy. Check out “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo” and “Germ Free Adolescents” if it’s hooks you’re after; if it’s righteous anger and a noisy racket you’re seeking, every track will do ya. Limited edition of 1200!

       

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    Wednesday
    Dec132017

    Dionne Warwick Odds & Ends--Scepter Records Rarities CD

    Dionne Warwick’s ‘60s Recordings for the Scepter Label (Many Written by the Legendary Team of Hal David and Burt Bacharach) Remain Right at the Pinnacle of ‘60s Pop

    With a Total of 40 Chart Hits, Dionne’s Run at Scepter Is the Most Successful of Any Female Artist on an Independent Label During the ‘60s 

    But All That Success Led the Scepter Label to Be Bought and Sold Twice Before Dionne Bought Her Tapes Back, Leaving Her Recordings in Disarray 

    Now, Real Gone Music Is Bringing Order to the Pop Universe with a 25-Track Collection of Dionne Warwick Rarities from the Scepter Vaults 

    9 Unreleased Tracks Out of 25 Total 

    Almost All Tracks Make CD Debut 

    Includes Rare Alternate Versions of Hits Like “Don’t Make Me Over,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” 

    Includes Stereo Single Versions of Songs Like “He’s Moving On” and “Amanda” 

    Also Features Foreign-Language Single Versions of Such Hits as “A House Is Not a Home” and “Walk On By” and Long-Lost Songs Like “Monday, Monday” and “Our Ages or Our Hearts” 

    Released with Cooperation of the Legendary Dionne Warwick Herself, Who Sat Down for an Interview with Liner Note Writer Joe Marchese 

    Also Includes Rare Photos Remastered by Ted Carfrae 

    Some of the Greatest—and Rarest—Vocal Pop of the ‘60s 

    With a total of 40 Pop chart hits

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     Dionne Warwick: Odds & Ends--Scepter Records Rarities CD

    Dionne Warwick’s recordings for the Scepter label rank as arguably the most successful run of any artist—and certainly of any female artist—for an independent label during the 1960s. But all that success had a downside for her considerable legacy: Scepter became a hot property for acquisition, and as a result the label’s holdings were bought and sold several times before Dionne herself arranged to buy her own masters back. By that time, though, the Scepter tapes had been scattered in disarray, thus leaving a lot of material in limbo and causing compilers to throw up their hands. Well, where other reissue labels fear to tread Real Gone Music goes full speed ahead! Odds & Ends—Scepter Records Rarities offers 25 hard-to-find tracks (plus some bonus promo spots) from the Scepter vaults, including rare alternate versions (of hits like “Don’t Make Me Over,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Do You Know the Way to San Jose”), stereo singles (“He’s Moving On;” “Amanda”), foreign language singles (“A House Is Not a Home” in Italian and French; “Walk On By” in German and Italian), and just plain lost tracks (like “Our Ages or Our Hearts” and “Monday, Monday”). Many of the selections are previously unissued and most are making their CD debut. What’s more, this one’s released with the full cooperation of the legendary lady, Dionne herself, who sat down for an interview with liner note writer Joe Marchese, and includes rare photos. Remastered by Ted Carfrae, Odds & Ends— Scepter Records Rarities is a stone solid must for any Dionne fan, and of course any Bacharach-David fan as well...this is some of the greatest—and rarest—vocal pop music of the ‘60s!

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    Wednesday
    Dec132017

    Denny Doherty Of All the Things—The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters. CD

    Though Perhaps the Least Recognized Member of The Mamas and The Papas, Denny Doherty Arguably Had the Best Voice in the Group

    But His Solo Career Never Got the Attention It Deserved

    For Example, His 1971 Solo Album Watcha Gonna Do Was Only Reissued in Japan in 2002, and Commands Huge Figures Online

    Now, Real Gone Music Not Only Presents the First Domestic CD Reissue of Watcha Gonna Do, but Also Adds Six Bonus Tracks to Create a New Collection, Of All the Things—The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters

    Includes an Unreleased Track (“Shadows on My Wall”) from the Album Sessions, a Non-LP Single Side (“To Claudia on Thursday,” with Supporting Vocals by Spanky McFarlane), and Four Unreleased Songs Recorded in 1972

    Features Such Sidemen as Barry McGuire, Buddy Emmons, Russ Kunkel, “Fast” Eddy Fischer, and Eric “The Doctor” Hord

    Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Offer Quotes from Eddy Fischer, Denny’s Daughters, Producer Bill Szymczyk, Mama Michelle Phillips, and Others

    Unseen Period Photos
    Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision Long-Lost, Classic Roots Rock 

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    Denny Doherty: Of All the Things—The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters. CD

    Almost to the day we released our The Mamas and The Papas: Complete Singles—50th Anniversary Collection back in January 2016, fans of the group (and they are legion!) started asking us about reissuing Papa Denny Doherty’s criminally overlooked 1971 solo album on the ABC/Dunhill label, Watcha Gonna Do. This record came out on CD only in Japan back in 2002, and commands hundreds of dollars online, so a straight reissue would have worked just fine. But that’s not how we do things at Real Gone Music…and so we aren’t stopping with the album. We’re adding six bonus tracks, five of ‘em previously unreleased, to fashion a brand-new compilation, Of All the Things—The Complete ABC/Dunhill Masters! Arranged by Jimmie Haskell, produced by Bill Szymczyk, and featuring songs written by Denny with his first wife Linda Woodward with such session players as Barry McGuire, Buddy Emmons, Russ Kunkel, “Fast” Eddy Fischer, and Eric “The Doctor” Hord, Watcha Gonna Do is truly a lost gem of early ‘70s roots rock, sort of The Mamas and Papas meeting The Band and The Eagles (Szymczyk went on to produce all of The Eagles albums). The bonus tracks include the rare single of the non-LP track “To Claudia on Thursday”—with additional vocals supplied by Spanky McFarlane of Spanky & Our Gang—plus five other tracks unearthed from both album session tapes and follow-up recordings left in the vaults. Joe Marchese provides liner notes featuring quotes and reminiscences from Eddy Fischer, Denny’s daughters, Bill Szymczyk, Michelle Phillips, and others. Artwork includes previously unpublished period photographs. Remastered by Mike Milchner/Sonic Vision, this release is a must for any fan of The Mamas and The Papas and of that gorgeous Doherty tenor!

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    Friday
    Nov102017

    Sleepless in Seattle Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Blue Vinyl Edition). LP

    One of the Trio of Classic Romantic Comedies Written/ Directed by the Late Nora Ephron and Starring

    Meg Ryan, Sleepless in Seattle Is Perhaps the Most Romantic Movie of Its Generation 

    Its Soundtrack, Which Ephron Helped Put Together, Was a Big Reason Why the Movie Was So Effective and Such a Big Hit

    The Movie’s Array of Songs Appealed to Hearts of Every Vintage and Tastes of Every Stripe
    Featured Artists Old (Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Gene Autry), New (Céline Dion, Harry Connick, Jr.) and Somewhere in Between (Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Tammy Wynette)
    Also Singlehandedly Launched a Revival of Interest in Jimmy Durante, Whose “As Time Goes By” and “Make Someone Happy” Were Featured over the Beginning and End Credits, Respectively

    First-Ever LP Release

    Blue Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies

    The Plot Hinged on Meg Ryan Falling in Love with Tom Hanks After Hearing Him on a Christmas Eve Radio Talk Show...Maybe This Release Will Spark (or Re-Kindle) Some Holiday Romance of Its Own!

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    Sleepless in Seattle: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Blue Vinyl Edition). LP

    One of the great trio of romantic comedies starring Meg Ryan that were written and/or directed by the late Nora Ephron (When Harry Met Sally and You’ve Got Mail being the other two), 1993’s Sleepless in Seattle was arguably the most romantic movie of its generation, and its soundtrack was a big reason why. With artists old (Louis Armstrong, Nat “King” Cole, Gene Autry), new (Céline Dion, Harry Connick, Jr.) and somewhere in between (Carly Simon, Joe Cocker, Tammy Wynette), the movie’s array of songs (many chosen by Ephron herself) appealed to hearts of every vintage and tastes of every stripe, and the tunes themselves represented the best that the Brill Building and Nashville had to offer. Indeed, the film re-introduced a whole new generation to the unique charms of Jimmy Durante with his renditions of “As Time Goes By” and “Make Someone Happy” over the opening and closing credits, respectively, resulting in a boomlet of enthusiasm for the work of the ol’ Schnozzola. The music was so powerful, in fact, and so integrated with the screenplay that it helped gloss over the incredibility of the film’s premise, which, as you might recall, had Meg Ryan falling in love with Tom Hanks, a stranger she had never met, merely from hearing him being interviewed on a radio talk show on Christmas Eve. But such fantasies are what movies are made for, especially romantic comedies, and for this first-ever U.S. release of the soundtrack to Sleepless in Seattle on LP, we at Real Gone Music have tried to capture some of that “stardust” with a blue vinyl edition limited to 1000 copies. Just in time for Christmas, too…maybe this release will spark (or re-kindle) some holiday romances of its own!

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    Friday
    Nov102017

    Henry Mancini Mommie Dearest--Music from the Motion Picture (Limited White Vinyl Edition). LP

    Christina Crawford’s Controversial Memoir About the Abuse She Suffered at the Hands of Her Mother Joan Crawford Spawned an Even More Controversial Movie 

    Starring Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest Was Loved and Loathed for Its Over-the-Top Characters and Dramatic Situations 

    But Henry Mancini’s Score for the Film, Which Paid Tribute to the Classic Soundtracks of ‘40s and ‘50s Hollywood Dramas by Such Composers as Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, and Elmer Bernstein, Won Universal Praise 

    It Was a Model of Restraint, Balancing Passion and Pathos While Commenting and Adding Texture to the Extreme Emotions Being Displayed on Screen 

    Mancini’s Characteristic Command of Melody and Orchestral Color Are on Full Display, Especially on the Track “No More Pain” 

    First-Ever LP Release

    Gatefold LP Jacket Features Production Stills 

    Limited Edition of 1200 in Spotless White Vinyl

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    Henry Mancini Mommie Dearest--Music from the Motion Picture (Limited White Vinyl Edition). LP

    Christina Crawford’s controversial memoir about the abuse she suffered at the hands of mother Joan Crawford spawned an even more controversial movie starring Faye Dunaway as the Hollywood diva. Panned by many, Mommie Dearest won (?) an award for the worst movie of the ‘90s, and to this day is loved/loathed for being an over-the-top camp cult classic. But one aspect of the movie was universally hailed: Henry Mancini’s elegant score. Fashioned to re-create the classic film themes from ‘40s and ‘50s dramas by such composers as Bernard Herrmann, Alex North, and Elmer Bernstein, Mancini’s work is a model of restraint, balancing passion and pathos while commenting and adding texture to the emotional extremes being displayed on screen. As always, Mancini’s command of orchestral color is masterful, and while none of the melodies here are quite as scene-stealing as, say, his work on Days of Wine and Roses among his darker-themed movies, he does save quite a punch for last with the penultimate “No More Pain” track. For this, the FIRST-EVER VINYL RELEASE of this classic score, Real Gone Music has designed a gorgeous gatefold cover featuring production stills. Limited edition of 1200 in very, very clean white vinyl!

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    Friday
    Nov102017

    Jimmy Webb Angel Heart (35th Anniversary Expanded Edition) CD

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    Jimmy Webb; Angel Heart (35th Anniversary Expanded Edition). CD

    Composer of evergreen hits including as “Galveston,” “Wichita Lineman,” MacArthur Park", and “Up, Up and Away,” Jimmy Webb is  one of the greatest songwriters of his generation

    Angel Heart, a Webb solo recording-- 35 years later-- finally receives the attention it deserves

    Along with Webb, co-producers Matt McCauley and Fred Mollin produced Angel Heart for the 20th Century Fox Label in 1978.  They assembled an unbelievable cast of session musicians including David Foster, Lee Sklar, Dean Parks, Bob Glaub, and Jeff Porcaro, David Paich, and Steve Lukather of Toto.Angel Heart was recorded at Sunset Sound with a young Mark Linett (soon to become the Beach Boys’ preferred engineer) at the controls.

    But label issues forced Webb to foot the bill for the recording himself - he believed in the project that much. Everybody from Michael McDonald to Graham Nash to Daryl Hall to Kenny Loggins volunteered to sing on Angel Heart. 

    Angel Heart was released in 1982 by Lorimar Records, with no marketing and distribution. Now, 35 years later, Real Gone Music presents this long-lost Webb classic the way it should have been.

    Remastered by Mark Linett from the original tapes

    Includes six unreleased bonus tracks featuring three songs from the original album sessions and three demos including "Adios" which would become an indelible part of American music as sung by Linda Ronstadt and Glen Campbell. 

    Liner notes by original co-producer Fred Mollin

    Scores of previously unseen photos from the recording sessions

    Angel Heart is a  major find and an essential, overlooked part of the Jimmy Webb catalog

    "Listening to this album 35 years later, I am more proud than ever of the results," says Webb.  "Besides the collection of songs, the musicians and singers that took part in the creation of Angel Heart continue to be revered as some of the best in the business.  Angel Heart is a snapshot of Los Angeles studio album production at its ultimate moment."

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    Friday
    Nov102017

    Debby Boone You Light Up My Life 40th Anniversary Edition CD

    Debby Boone You Light Up My Life 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition. CD

    One of the Seminal Soft-Rock Albums of the ‘70s, Debby Boone’s You Light Up My Life Went to #6 on the 1977 Album Charts, and Its Title Tune Broke a Record by Staying at #1 for 10 Weeks

    But, Unbelievably, You Light Up My Life Has Never Been Reissued in Any Form, Physical or Digital 

    Real Gone Music’s 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition Presents This Long-Lost Album on CD for the First Time 

    Features the Hits “You Light Up My Life,” “Baby I’m Yours,” “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes,” and “Hasta Mañana” 

    Includes 13 Bonus Tracks Featuring Non-LP Rarities like “He’s a Rebel,” the B-side to “You Light Up My Life,” and a Pair of Collectible Motown Singles by The Boone Girls 

    Also Presents Six Unreleased Tracks Highlighted by Sunshine Pop Remakes of Classic ‘60s Pop Tunes Like “You Don’t Own Me” and “Popsicles and Icicles” 

    Original Recordings Produced by Mike Curb, Bob Gaudio, Michael Lloyd, Fred Werner, Joe Brooks, and Don Costa 

    Remastered by Ted Carfrae 

    Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Based on a New Interview with Debby Boone 

    Rare Photos Decorate a Gorgeous Digipak That Will Light Up the Life of Any Fan of ‘70s Pop

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    Debby Boone You Light Up My Life 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition. CD

    Folks, you are probably not going to believe it when we tell you this, but Debby Boone’s You Light Up My Life platinum-selling original album has never been reissued in any form, physical or digital! That a #6 charting album from 1977, one with an iconic song that went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart—as well as Top 10 Country—and stayed there for a record-setting ten weeks, has been unavailable for decades is almost inconceivable when even the most obscure albums have been reissued on CD and everything seems to be available online even if you can’t find a physical copy. But no, it really is true…and now, with Debby’s help, we at Real Gone Music are going to make up for lost time in the 40th anniversary of its original release. To start, you get the original album remastered digitally (by Ted Carfrae) for the first time ever, featuring the #1 hit “You Light Up My Life” as well as the Adult Contemporary hits “Baby I’m Yours,” “When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes” and “Hasta Manana” (the latter two performed by Debby with her sisters). Then, for this Deluxe Expanded CD Edition, we’ve added no less than 13 bonus tracks: non-LP rarities like “He’s a Rebel,” the B-side to “You Light Up My Life,” a pair of collectible Motown singles by The Boone Girls and six unreleased recordings featuring charming remakes of classic ‘60s pop favorites from “You Don’t Own Me” to “Popsicles and Icicles.” With production work by Mike Curb, Bob Gaudio, Michael Lloyd, Fred Werner, Joe Brooks and Don Costa, these long-lost sides are seminal ‘70s soft rock, and to place them in proper context, writer Joe Marchese has conducted an extensive interview with Debby for the liner notes. Throw in rare photos and this set truly will light up the life of any pop music lover…still can’t believe this one went four decades without a reissue!

      1. You Light Up My Life
      2. A Rock and Roll Song
      3. Micol's Theme
      4. It's Just a Matter of Time
      5. Hey Everybody
      6. When I Look at You (My Love)
      7. From Me to You
      8. Baby I'm Yours
      9. When the Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes
      10. The End of the World
      11. Your Love Broke Through
      12. Hasta Mañana
      13. He's a Rebel
      14. My Guy
      15. Please Mr. Postman
      16. Friend
      17. You Don't Own Me
      18. Till
      19. Put Your Head on My Shoulder
      20. Popsicles and Icicles
      21. Laugh While I Cry
      22. See If It Comes Out Love
      23. God Bless the Beasts & Children
      24. Anthem-Revelation
      25. Curiosity Killed the Cat
    Saturday
    Sep232017

    Cliff Martinez Contagion Original Motion Picture Soundtrack LP

    Stretching over Some Ten Projects (e.g. Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Traffic, Solaris), the Collaboration Between Ex-Red Hot Chili Peppers Drummer Cliff Martinez and Film Director Steven Soderbergh Has Been One of the Most Fruitful in Cinema History

    But Perhaps the Greatest Martinez-Soderbergh Soundtrack Is the One to 2011’s Contagion 

    Because Soderbergh Re-Cut the Film Three Times, Martinez Ended Up Incorporating Orchestral and Electronic Elements into a Rhythmic, Propulsive Score 

    The Most Chilling, Chill-Out Electronica You’ve Ever Heard, Simultaneously Hypnotic and Horrifying 

    First-Ever Vinyl Release Comes in a Gatefold Cover Featuring Production Stills 

    Yellow & Red “Biohazard” Vinyl Edition

    Limited to 1200 Copies

    Sure to Make You Schedule a Flu Shot This Fall

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    Cliff Martinez: Contagion--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Gold & Red "Biohazard" Vinyl Edition). LP

    Former Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Cliff Martinez’s long-standing collaboration with director Steven Soderbergh ranks right up there with some of the other great composer-director teams in film history, like Bernard Herrmann-Alfred Hitchcock and Ennio Morricone-Sergio Leone, and his 2011 score for the disaster blockbuster Contagion is among his best work. Oddly, it owes some of its uniqueness to the fact that Soderbergh radically recut the film three different times, causing Martinez to adjust the score on the fly, first starting with a more conventional score indebted to thrillers like Marathon Man and The French Connection, then moving in a more dream-like, Tangerine Dream direction, before settling on a sound that incorporated orchestral and electronic timbres into highly propulsive and rhythmic framework. It’s like the most chilling “chill-out” electronica you’ve ever heard, simultaneously hypnotic and horrifying…and for its first-ever vinyl release, we at Real Gone Music have fashioned a gatefold album cover featuring film production stills housing a limited Yellow and red “biohazard” starburst vinyl edition limited to 1200 copies. Between the look of the package and the disquieting music, this one’s guaranteed to get you to sign up for a flu shot.

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    Saturday
    Sep232017

    The Supremes The Ultimate Merry Christmas (2 CD-Set)

    Led by the Legendary Diana Ross, The Supremes Are the #1 Girl Group of All Time

    Their 1965 Christmas Album, Merry Christmas, Hit the Christmas Charts Four Times and Yielded Two Charting Singles, “Children’s Christmas Song” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me” 

    Also Featured Jimmy Webb’s First-Ever Recorded Song, “My Christmas Tree,” and the Christmas Radio Staple “My Favorite Things” 

    In 2015, to Celebrate Its 50th Anniversary, Merry Christmas Was Expanded as a Digital-Only Release with Nine Previously Unreleased Tracks 

    Now, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records, in Conjunction with Motown/Universal Music Group, Have Cooked Up a Christmas Feast So Elaborate It Can Only Be Called The Ultimate Merry Christmas 

    50 Tracks on Two CDs
    16 Previously Unreleased Tracks 

    21 Other Tracks New to CD Including the Complete Original Mono Mix of the Album 

    Also Includes the Album’s Original Stereo
    Mix and a New, Never-Before-Heard 2017
    Mix Premiering Previously Unheard Vocals and Instrumentation 

    Other Unreleased Tracks Include a Duet on “Silent Night” Between Diana Ross and Florence Ballard, and Diana/Mary Wilson Duet on “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” 

    Curated and Produced by Andy Skurow and George Solomon, the Team Behind Motown’s Long-Running Series of Supremes and Diana Ross Expanded Editions 

    Newly Remastered and (on the Bonus Tracks) Remixed by Kevin Reeves 

    Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Include Commentary from Jimmy Webb 

    Numerous Photos and Memorabilia 

    The Ultimate Christmas Gift from the Greatest Girl Group of All Time, and the Christmas Release of the Year for Collectors

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    The Supremes: The Ultimate Merry Christmas (2 CD-Set)

    Diana Ross, Mary Wilson, and Florence Ballard—a.k.a. The Supremes—ushered in 1965 with the electrifying, era-defining “Stop! In the Name of Love,” their fourth of five consecutive, record-breaking, chart-topping singles. In that year alone, the undisputed queens of Motown released five sizzling LPs, including their only holiday album: the instant classic Merry Christmas. Produced by Detroit legend Harvey Fuqua with arrangements by the great Gene Page, H.B. Barnum, and Ernie Freeman, Merry Christmas was filled with joyful delights. In addition to The Supremes’ inimitable versions of yuletide favorites, it introduced Jimmy Webb’s first-ever recorded song (“My Christmas Tree”) and yielded a pair of charting singles (the Motown originals “Children’s Christmas Song” and “Twinkle Twinkle Little Me”) plus a yearly Christmas radio staple (“My Favorite Things”). This salute to the season quickly became a chart mainstay and all-time perennial. In 2015, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, Merry Christmas was expanded as a digital-only release with nine previously unreleased bonus tracks. Now, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records, in conjunction with Motown/Universal Music Group, are proud to present a Christmas feast that is so bountiful, it could only be called The Ultimate Merry Christmas.

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    Saturday
    Sep232017

    Fred Waring Twas the Night Before Christmas/Christmas Time CD

    Though He Is Largely Forgotten Now, Fred Waring Was One of 20th Century Pop Music’s True Innovators 

    His Firsts Ranged from Putting a Vocalist in Front of an Orchestra to Creating Weekly Musical Spectaculars for Television 

    But Probably His Most Enduring Breakthrough Was Bringing the Choral Sound to Pop Music, Which Band Alumni Like Robert Shaw and Harry Simeone Helped to Cement as His Legacy 

    Waring’s Band Had over 50 Chart Hits, but His Most Beloved Recordings Are Probably the Two Christmas Albums He Released in 1955 for the Decca Label, ’Twas the Night Before Christmas and Christmas Time 

    The Two 12” Long-Players Reflected Over a Decade of Performing and Recording Christmas Music, as Waring and the Pennsylvanians Had Recorded Seasonal Repertoire in the Early ‘40s for the
    78 RPM Format, Then Later for 10” 33 1/3rd RPM Releases 

    The Band Also Recorded and Re-Recorded New Tracks in the Mid-‘50s for These Two Releases 

    Ranked by the Christmas Music Website The Yule Log as the #5 and #6 Christmas Albums of All Time, Neither Album Has EVER Been Released on CD 

    Detailed Liner Notes by Tom Pickles 

    Original Album Art Featuring the Famous Norman Rockwell Cover Art on ’Twas the Night Before Christmas 

    Remastered by Mike Milchner

    Two All-Time Christmas Classics on One CD, Long Requested

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    Fred Waring and the Pennsylvanians: Twas the Night Before Christmas/Christmas Time. CD

    If there was ever a pair of Christmas albums crying for the twofer treatment, it would be these two 1955 Decca-label albums from Fred Waring and his band, The Pennsylvanians. Waring doesn’t get his due these days, but the man was one of 20th century pop music’s foremost innovators; as Virginia Morley Waring wrote in her biography of her husband, "Fred Waring was the first to have a singing band, the first to use megaphones, to feature vocalists with an orchestra, to combine an orchestra with a glee club, to originate the show choir concept, to make a full length musical talking picture, and the first to present weekly musical spectaculars on television.” Top it off with the fact that he launched the careers of Robert Shaw and Harry Simeone—and still found time to invent the Waring blender!—and it’s no exaggeration to say that Fred Waring introduced the sound of a choir to pop music.

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    Saturday
    Sep232017

    The Ames Brothers There'll Always Be a Christmas CD

    Made Up of Ed, Vic, Gene, and Joe Ames, The Ames Brothers Had a Unique Vocal Group Sound Composed of Four Bass-Baritones and No Tenors 

    Recorded 50 Chart Hits Including Three Number Ones and Six More Top Tens 

    Their 1957 Album There’ll Always Be a Christmas Became an Instant Christmas Classic 

    Arranged by Sid Ramin 

    Features Both Upbeat Seasonal Standards Like “Silver Bells” and “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” and Sacred Songs Like “What Child Is This” and “O Holy Night” 

    CD Debut of Original Mono Version of Album (Previous CD Reissue Offered Rechanneled Stereo) 

    Expanded Edition Adds the Comic “I Got a Cold for Christmas” and the Jaunty “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” 

    Joe Marchese’s Liner Notes Feature an Interview with the Lone Surviving Ames Brother, Actor-Singer Ed Ames 

    Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York 

    Rare Photos 

    Another Real Gone Music/The Second Disc Records Christmas Find

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    The Ames Brothers: There'll Always Be a Christmas--60th Anniversary Deluxe Mono Edition. CD

    On their 1957 album of the same name, The Ames Brothers proclaimed in song, “There’ll Always Be a Christmas” – and as it turns out, Ed, Vic, Gene, and Joe Ames had created a joyful Christmas album for all time. Now, their classic holiday perennial is coming to CD in its original mono mix for the very first time on Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records’ There’ll Always Be a Christmas: 60th Anniversary Deluxe Mono Edition. Between 1948 and 1960, The Ames Brothers notched a remarkable fifty entries on the Billboard charts, including three Number Ones and a further six Top Ten hits, and became one of America’s most beloved singing groups. Their distinctive sound – consisting of four bass-baritones and no tenor voices – can be heard at its most robust on There’ll Always Be a Christmas. Supported by the lush orchestra of Sid Ramin, the quartet delivered fresh renditions of both upbeat Christmas standards like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and “Silver Bells” and sacred songs such as “What Child is This?” and “O Holy Night.” This 60th anniversary reissue adds two bonus tracks to further showcase the enormous versatility of the group.

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