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Jan142016

Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album (Limited Purple Vinyl Gatefold Edition) (2-LP Set)

--Waiting to Exhale Made Author Terry McMillan a Literary Superstar, and, When Brought to the Screen, Was One of the First Movies to Feature African-American Women in Leading Roles

--Its Soundtrack Took the Music Industry by Storm, Topping the Billboard Pop and R&B Charts for Five and Ten Weeks, Respectively

--Masterfully Produced and All but One Track Written by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds

--Featured R&B Divas Old School (Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan) and New School (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige)

--Includes the #1 Hit Singles “Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” “Not Gon’ Cry,” and “Let It Flow”

--Originally Released on Vinyl Only Overseas in an Inferior Package That Jammed Both Records Inside a Single Album Jacket Pocket

--Real Gone Music’s Limited Edition (of 1000) Package Puts This Landmark Album Out on Vinyl in the U.S. for the First Time with Gatefold Packaging Featuring a Luminous Photo of the Movie’s Four Female Leads

--Released in Purple Vinyl (Whitney Houston’s Favorite Color)

--One of the Great Make-Out Records of All Time, the Peak of ‘90s R&B

AVAILABLE March 11, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON

Waiting to Exhale: Original Soundtrack Album (Limited Purple Vinyl Gatefold Edition) (2-LP Set)

Waiting to Exhale was a phenomenon on so many levels. First, it was a literary phenomenon, as the 1992 novel launched author Terry McMillan to superstardom. Then, when the feature film based on the book was released in 1995, it became a broader cultural phenomenon a mainstream Hollywood film focusing on the lives of four African-American women was a genuinely revolutionary act at the time. And, finally, it was a musical phenomenon, as its soundtrack seamlessly blended female R&B divas new (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, etc.) and old (Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan) in a masterful suite of songs composed and produced by Kenneth Babyface Edmonds.

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Thursday
Jan142016

Mickey Gilley: The Definitive Hits Collection (2-CD Set)

--Co-Owner of the Famous Gilley’s Nightclub Featured in Urban Cowboy, Cousin to Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, and with Over 45 Chart Hits to His Credit, Mickey Gilley Is a Country Music Legend

--The Definitive Hits Collection Is by Far the Most Comprehensive Collection Devoted to Mickey Gilley’s Career, 39 Tracks Featuring 36 Chart Hits

--Includes All but Five Hits He Notched During the Prime of His Career for the Playboy and Epic Labels

--Features Such Huge Hits as “Room Full of Roses,” “City Lights,” “She’s Pulling Me Back Again,” “Stand by Me” (Featured in the Film Urban Cowboy), “You Don’t Know Me,” “True Love Ways,” and “Paradise Tonight,” His Hit Duet with Charly McClain

--Liner Notes by Chris Morris Feature an Exclusive Interview with Mickey Gilley

--Remastered by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios

--The Final Word on a Legendary Country Music Career

AVAILABLE March 11, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON

Mickey Gilley: The Definitive Hits Collection (2-CD Set)

Long-time co-owner of the famous Gilley’s nightclub that was featured in Urban Cowboy, cousin to both Jerry Lee Lewis and Jimmy Swaggart, and country music superstar with over 45 chart hits to his credit (and a licensed commercial airplane pilot to boot!), Mickey Gilley is a larger than life figure if there ever was one. Yet, to date, there has never been a comprehensive collection that covered his entire career, which saw him adopt honky-tonk, countrypolitan, and “crossover” country-pop styles with equal success over three decades.

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Thursday
Jan142016

Dave Mason: The Columbia Years—The Definitive Anthology (2—CD Set)

--After Co-Founding Traffic, Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Dave Mason Went On to Have a Very Successful Solo Career That Saw Him Release Seven Straight Top 100 Charting Albums for the Columbia Label

--The Columbia Years—The Definitive Anthology Pulls 30 Tracks from All Seven Albums Mason Recorded for Columbia, Including It’s Like You Never Left, Dave Mason, Split Coconut, Certified Live, Let It Flow, Mariposa De Oro, and Old Crest on a New Wave

--Includes Such Chart Hits and FM Radio Favorites as “We Just Disagree,” “All Along the Watchtower,” “So High (Rock Me Baby and Roll Me Away),” “Let It Go, Let It Flow,” “Save Me,” and “Head Keeper”

--Also Features Smokin’ Live Versions of Early Career Highlights as “Feelin’ Alright,” “Pearly Queen,” and “Only You Know and I Know”

--Liner Notes by Bill Kopp Are Drawn from an Exclusive Interview with Dave Mason

--Remastered by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios

--The Most Comprehensive Collection Ever Compiled of Mason’s Underappreciated Solo Career

AVAILABLE March 11, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON

Dave Mason: The Columbia Years—The Definitive Anthology (2—CD Set)

After British singer-songwriter-guitarist Dave Mason left Traffic, the band he co-founded, he embarked on a successful session and solo career that saw him notch seven straight Top 100 charting albums for the Columbia label between 1973 and 1980.

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Thursday
Jan142016

BOBBY DARIN ANOTHER SONG ON MY MIND—THE MOTOWN YEARS (2-CD Set)

  • Bobby Darin Is One of the All-Time Great Pop Vocalists, and Perhaps the Most Versatile Male Vocalist Ever

  • In the Early ‘70s, Darin Signed with Berry Gordy’s Renowned Motown Records, Where He Reinvented Himself Again, Tackling Hitsville-Style R&B and Soul Along with Original Songs and Contemporary Hits

  • Darin Released Just One Studio Album and Several Singles on Motown Before His Untimely Death in December 1973; Virtually None of This Material Has Been Released on Compact Disc

  • Another Song on My Mind—The Motown Years Includes the 1972 Bobby Darin Album, Which Has Never Been Released on CD Anywhere in the World

  • Also Includes the Original, Never-on-CD Mix of Darin 1936-1973, the Posthumous Collection Produced by Bob Crewe, Plus Every One of Darin’s Motown Singles and the Remixed Tracks from the Short-Lived CD Reissue of Darin 1936-1973

  • 38 Tracks in All

  • Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese

  • Remastered by Mike Milcher at SonicVision

  • A Rousing Celebration of Bobby Darin’s 80th Birthday

  • A Real Gone Music/The Second Disc Release 

    AVAILABLE March 11, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON

    Bobby Darin was so much more than just Mack the Knife. In just 37 years, the singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and entrepreneur raced against the clock to conquer records, film, and television as he successfully transitioned from rock-and-roll teen idol to tuxedoed swinger and then to denim-clad folk troubadour.

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    Thursday
    Jan142016

    HERBIE MANN: Live at the Whisky 1969—The Unreleased Masters (2-CD Set)  

    While Jazz Flautist Herbie Mann Is Often Remembered as a Pop-Jazz Player, He Was Actually a Pioneer in Popularizing World Music and Even Prog-Rock with Recordings Released on His Own Embryo Imprint

    In the Late ‘60s, He Was Fronting One of the Most Progressive and Electrifying Bands in the World: Guitarist Sonny Sharrock, Miroslav Vitous on Electric & Upright Bass, Saxophonist Steve Marcus, Drummer Bruno Carr, and Vibraphonist Roy Ayers

    This Sextet Cut the Dynamic Live at the Whisky A Go Go Album in 1969, Drawn from a Four-Night Run at the Legendary Nightclub on Sunset Strip

    Though the Band’s Repertoire Was Quite Varied on These Dates, Just Two Side-Long Tracks, “Ooh Baby” and “Philly Dog,” Surfaced on the Atlantic Records Release

    Now, Producer Pat Thomas Has Unearthed the Multi-Track Tapes for All Four Dates, and Composed a Two-CD Set Consisting of All Unreleased Material

    Features the Appearance of Linda Sharrock on Songs That First Appeared in Studio Versions on Sonny Sharrock’s Landmark Black Woman Album

    Also Includes Songs by Donovan (a 23-Minute “Tangier”), Tim Hardin, Aretha Franklin, Miles Davis and Simon & Garfunkel, Plus a Sizzling, 21-Minute Take of “Ooh Baby”

    Liner Notes by Pat Thomas Feature Previously Unpublished Photos of the Band Taken by the Author

    For Fans of Fusion, Prog, and Jazz-Funk

    One of the Year’s Biggest Jazz Finds

    AVAILABLE March 11, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON


    HERBIE MANN: Live at the Whisky 1969—The Unreleased Masters (2-CD Set)   

    While jazz flautist Herbie Mann is often remembered as a pop-jazz player, he was actually a pioneer in popularizing world music and even prog-rock with recordings released on his own Embryo imprint (as part of Atlantic Records). And in the late ‘60s, he was fronting one of the most progressive and electrifying bands in the world: guitarist Sonny Sharrock, Miroslav Vitous on electric & upright bass, saxophonist Steve Marcus, drummer Bruno Carr, and vibraphonist Roy Ayers. Together, the sextet cut the dynamic Live at the Whisky A Go Go album in 1969, drawn from a four night run at the legendary nightclub on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip. Though the band’s repertoire was quite varied on these dates, just two side-long tracks, “Ooh Baby” and “Philly Dog,” surfaced on the Atlantic Records release.

     

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    Thursday
    Jan142016

    MARGARET WHITING: The Complete London Recordings (2-CD Set)

    --Unlike Most of Her Pop Standard-Singing Peers, Margaret Whiting Continued to Score Hits into the Rock and Roll-Dominated ‘60s

    --Her ‘60s Recordings for the London Label Were Hard to Find for Many Years

    --2-CD Set Includes the Albums Wheel of Hurt, Maggie Isn’t Margaret Anymore, and Pop Country

    --Also Includes 13 Non-LP Single Sides and Four Other Rarities

    --Seven Chart Hits Highlighted by “The Wheel of Hurt” and “Only Love Can Break a Heart”

    --Notes by Will Friedwald

    --Includes Photos Supplied by the Whiting Family Archives

    --Albums Remastered from Original Stereo Master Tapes by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

    AVAILABLE March 4, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON

    MARGARET WHITING: The Complete London Recordings (2-CD Set)

     Together with Peggy Lee, Margaret Whiting was the only female vocalist to have hits in the ‘40s, ‘50s and even in the late ‘60s, when the rock and roll sound sidetracked the career of most of her peers. But unlike Peggy, Margaret’s ‘60s recordings—made with producer Arnold Goland and released on the London label—remained tough to find for years.

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    Thursday
    Jan142016

    THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH: The Complete I.R.S. Albums Collection (3-CD Set)

    --The Lords of the New Church Were Punk’s Supergroup: Stiv Bators of the Dead Boys, Brian James of the Damned, Dave Tregugna of Sham 69 and Nick Turner of the Barracudas

    --Their First Three Albums, All Recorded for the I.R.S Label, Are Considered to Be Post-Punk Classics

    --New 3-CD Set Includes All Three Albums

    --All Three Albums Feature Liner Notes by Scott Schinder

    --Added Photos

    AVAILABLE March 4, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON

    THE LORDS OF THE NEW CHURCH: The Complete I.R.S. Albums Collection (3-CD Set)

    Phrases don’t get much more oxymoronic than “punk supergroup,” but The Lords of the New Church had a pedigree no punk band could match. Lead singer Stiv Bators had spearheaded the Dead Boys, one of America’s preeminent young, loud, and snotty outfits, while guitarist Brian James was the guitarist for the Damned, who, along with the Sex Pistols and the Clash, were in the first wave and first rank of Britain’s punk groups.

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    Thursday
    Jan142016

    O’JAYS: Back Stabbers (Limited 180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition) LP

    --Back Stabbers Is Considered to Be the Pinnacle of the Philly Sound as Perfected by Legendary Producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff

    --The Album Made the O’Jays and Gamble & Huff National Superstars

    --Includes the Hits “Love Train,” “Time to Get Down,” “Back Stabbers,” and “992 Arguments”

    --A Soul Classic Through and Through, Including the Great Album Tracks “(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky” and “Who Am I”

    --Lacquer Cutting by Kevin Gray

    --Original Album Art

    --180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition Limited to 700 Copies

    AVAILABLE March 4, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON

    O’JAYS: Back Stabbers (Limited 180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition). LP

    Deemed by many the pinnacle of the Philly Sound as perfected by legendary producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, 1972’s Back Stabbers scored no less than two Top Five Pop and three Top Five R&B smashes with the songs “Love Train,” “Time to Get Down,” and the title tune (plus another Top 20 R&B hit with “992 Arguments”). But it’s more than the hits that make this album a soul classic; honed by a decade of woodshedding, the vocal arrangements of O’Jays Eddie Levert, William Powell and Walter Williams are simply sublime, and, when married to Gamble & Huff’s polished backing tracks, they render such album tracks as “(They Call Me) Mr. Lucky” and “Who Am I” every bit as potent as the better-known songs.

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    Tuesday
    Dec292015

    Autographed Mamas and the Papas 2-CD Set

    AUTOGRAPHED PROMOTION HAS ENDED.


    Should auld acquaintance be forgot? Heck no! At Real Gone, we remember our musical friends 24/7/365. But this year, we’re making sure your New Year’s celebration is even a little brighter than usual.

    You see, this coming January 8 marks the 50th anniversary to the day that “California Dreamin’,” the first hit by the new West Coast outfit The Mamas and The Papas, hit the charts. And to mark the occasion, we are releasing The Mamas and the Papas: The Complete Singles—The 50th Anniversary Collection, a two-CD, 53-track set that includes for the first time ever the A and B side of every single the group released, all in their impossible-to-find-on-CD original U.S. mono single mixes. But this one-of-a-kind collection—which is remastered by Aaron Kannowski, the engineer responsible for our other acclaimed collections of singles by fellow Dunhill label acts The Grass Roots and Steppenwolf—doesn’t stop with The Mamas and the Papas’ singles. It also includes the solo single sides that group members Mama Cass Elliot, Denny Doherty and John Phillips cut for the Dunhill and ABC labels, again in their rare, original single mixes.  Many of the solo singles and B-sides have never been on CD, let alone in their single mixes; plus, over the course of listening to this set (which clocks in at over 150 minutes), you’ll hear such legendary songs as “Monday, Monday,” “California Dreamin’,” “Creeque Alley,” “I Saw Her Again,” “Words of Love,” “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” “Glad to Be Unhappy,” “Dedicated to the One I Love,” and “It’s Getting Better” exactly as folks heard them over the radio back in those halcyon days.

    But wait—it gets even better! Not only did Mama Michelle Phillips give an extended interview to liner note writer and co-producer Ed Osborne, but she has also autographed 64 copies of the set’s booklet! Now, since it’s the holidays and a lot of people are out of the office and away from their email, and since we have so few autographed copies (selling for a super low price of $26.98 to boot!), we figured it wouldn’t be fair to sell these on a first-come, first-served basis. So, we are going to take all of the orders for The Mamas and the Papas that we receive between now and 10 am PT Monday January 4 and randomly select 64 lucky customers to receive the autographs. And what about the other folks who order the set but don’t get the autographs? Well, first of all, they'll get The Complete Singles—The 50Th Anniversary Collection for a price well below what they'd pay for it most anywhere else. But on top of that, we will email those folks a coupon code for $5 off on their next purchase! So, everyone's a winner in this scenario...and everyone is just going to fall in love with this collection…it’s one of our Real Gonest! REMEMBER, ORDER BEFORE 10 AM “MONDAY MONDAY!”  

    Monday
    Dec142015

    ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY’S The Holy Mountain Original Soundtrack (Limited Blue Vinyl Edition)

    --While Chilean-Born Alejandro Jodorowsky Is Recognized as One of the Most Original Visual Stylists in the History of Cinema, His Soundtracks Are Also Among the Most Striking and Innovative Scores Ever Composed

    --Now, Real Gone Music in Association with ABKCO Music & Records, Inc. Is Re-Releasing the Original Soundtrack to Jodorowsky’s 1973 Masterpiece The Holy Mountain on Limited Edition Blue Vinyl

    --Composers Include Jodorowsky, Studio Musician Ron Frangipane and Jazz Legend Don Cherry

    --The Wide-Ranging Score Includes Everything from Hard Rock to Lush Orchestral Romanticism to Noir-ish Jazz and Beyond

    --Features Liner Notes by New York Times Contributor Eric Benson Featuring Exclusive Quotes from Jodorowsky Along with Copious Production Stills

    --2-LP Set Comes in Gatefold Jacket

    --Produced for Release by Grammy-Winning Producer Teri Landi and Mick Gochanour

    --Mastered by Joe Yannece

    --Lacquer Cutting by Carl Rowatti at Trutone Mastering

    --Limited Edition of 500 Copies

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    ALEJANDRO JODOROWSKY’S THE HOLY MOUNTAIN: Original Soundtrack (Limited Blue Vinyl Edition). LP

     One of the ironies of the career of Chilean-born filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky is that while he is best known as a visual stylist, his most avid and loyal champions have often been musicians. When Jodorowsky arrived in New York from Mexico City in 1970 carrying a copy of the then-unreleased El Topo, it was the jazz producer Alan Douglas who bought the distribution rights to the film. When Jodorowsky and Douglas were looking for a venue in which to screen El Topo, it was John Lennon and Yoko Ono who asked for it to run at midnight following their short-film festival at New York’s Elgin Cinema. After six months of sold-out midnight screenings at the Elgin, it was Lennon’s manager, Allen Klein (ABKCO’s founder), who bought the rights to El Topo and agreed to produce its follow-up, The Holy Mountain. And when Jodorowsky wanted, in his words, “another kind of music—something that wasn't entertainment, something that wasn't a show, something that went to the soul, something profound,” for the soundtrack to The Holy Mountain, forward came jazz legend Don Cherry and crack studio musician (and one-time Archie) Ron Frangipane to share composing and (along with Jodorowsky) conducting duties. And, boy, did they deliver—the score to The Holy Mountain is every bit as hallucinatory as the fantastic visual imagery in the film itself. The deep, primordial chants that begin the movie, “Trance Mutation,” give way to an almost jaunty percussion-and-plucked-strings melody, “Pissed and Passed Out.” On the next track, “Violence of the Lambs,” a single flute is slowly joined by a set of mournful strings while, onscreen, Gestapo-like soldiers in gas masks parade with bloody lamb carcasses on sticks. “Drink It,” an upbeat sitar folk melody, follows, briefly accompanying the main protagonist The Thief’s ill-considered decision to guzzle tequila (or sleeping potion).

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    Monday
    Dec142015

    CHARLES BUKOWSKI Reads His Poetry Reads His Poetry (LIMITED YELLOW BEER VINYL EDITION)

    --Quintessential Bukowski, Taken from a September 14, 1972 Poetry Reading

    --Features Observations and Vignettes Drawn from Life’s Darker Side

    --Original Album Art from 1980 Takoma Pressing

    --“Yellow Beer” Vinyl Pressing Limited to 400 Copies

    --EXPLICIT MATERIAL

     AVAILABLE  FEBRUARY 12, 2016 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    CHARLES BUKOWSKI: Reads His Poetry (Limited Yellow Beer Vinyl Edition). LP

    “This is Charles Bukowski. Well, let me just sit here and drink beer.” Thus begins the September 14, 1972 poetry reading from which this 1980 release on John Fahey’s Takoma label is drawn. This is quintessential Bukowski, from the rude ‘n’ crude drawing that adorns the front cover to the belches that punctuate the poems. As for the work itself, it’s not really what you’d commonly conceive of as poetry, but rather observations and vignettes drawn from life’s darker side, focusing on perversions, poverty, drunkenness, gambling, and bodily functions.

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    Monday
    Dec142015

    BARBARA MANDRELL This Time I Almost Made It

    --A Member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and One of Only Two Women to Win Two Entertainer of the Year Awards from the Country Music Association, Barbara Mandrell Is One of the Most Decorated Performers in Country Music History

    --Before She Enjoyed Her Almost Unparalleled String of Success for ABC/Dot/MCA, Barbara Made a Series of Fine Country-Soul Recordings for Columbia Under the Guidance of Producer Billy Sherrill

    --This Collection Marks the CD Debut of Her 1974 Album This Time I Almost Made It, Featuring the Hit Title Track and “Wonder When My Baby’s Coming Home”

    --Also Includes Nine Bonus Tracks Highlighted by the Rare Non-LP Side “Son of a Gun,” the Compilation Track “Scarlet Water,” and Seven Unreleased Recordings

    --Only Two of the 20 Tracks Have Appeared on CD Before

    --Remastered by Vic Anesini and Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios

    --Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Feature Fresh Quotes from Barbara Mandrell

    --Rare Period Photos

    AVAILABLE  FEBRUARY 12, 2016 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    BARBARA MANDRELL: This Time I Almost Made It—The Lost Columbia Masters. CD

    Stardom is a funny thing. Sometimes a talented performer can labor for years turning out recordings of such a high quality that chart success seems a foregone conclusion. Then, a change of label, or producer, or public taste, and boom! Superstardom. Such was the trajectory of Barbara Mandrell’s career.

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    Monday
    Dec142015

    CIRCLE JERKS VI

    The first 50 customers to buy the CD from us get an autographed BOOKLET OR TRAYCARD from Keith Morris. First-come, first-served, only one autographed copy per customers order allowed.

    • Formed by Redd Kross Guitarist Greg Hetson and Black Flag Vocalist Keith Morris, the Circle Jerks Were One of Hardcore Punk’s Funniest—and Best—Groups
    • 1987’s VI Was Actually Their Fifth Album

    • The Album Boasted Sharp Songwriting, Slower Tempos and Better Production Values Than Their Previous Efforts

    • Deemed by the Band One of the Best—If Not the Best—Circle Jerks Record

    • Liner Notes by Tony Rettman Include Revealing Quotes from Hetson and Morris

    • Includes Lyrics and Photos

    • Remastered at Sony’s Battery Studios

    • Long Out of Print 

      AVAILABLE  FEBRUARY 5, 2016 PRE-ORDER NOW!


      CIRCLE JERKS: VI. CD

       The joke (jerk?) is on you—this was actually the Circle Jerks’ 5th album! But then, there were always enough jokes to go around with this hardcore outfit formed by former Redd Kross guitarist

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    Monday
    Dec142015

    RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS FEATURING RICKY SKAGGS & KEITH WHITLEY: The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus! (2-CD Set)

    —88 Year-Old Ralph Stanley Is a National Treasure, and Has Been Playing Bluegrass Music for 70 Years

    —One of His Greatest Bands Formed in the Early ‘70s, When Stanley Ran Across Future Superstars Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley Playing Stanley Brothers Tunes in a Bar

    —Joining Stanley, Skaggs and Whitley are Roy Lee Centers on Banjo and Vocals, Curly Ray Cline on Fiddle, and Jack Cooke on Bass

    —This 2-CD Collection Brings Together for the First Time All Three Albums Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys Cut with Skaggs and Whitley, Including Both Albums They Cut for the Jessup Label

    —Liner Notes by Grammy-Winning Writer Colin Escott

    —Rare Photos from the Period

    —Remastered by Mike Milchner of SonicVision

    —34 Tracks of High, Lonesome Music

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    RALPH STANLEY & THE CLINCH MOUNTAIN BOYS FEATURING RICKY SKAGGS & KEITH WHITLEY: The Complete Jessup Recordings Plus! (2-CD Set)

     Back in the rock and roll-dominated early ‘70s, not many people were paying attention to the sound of traditional bluegrass as practiced by one of its greatest artists, Ralph Stanley, and his band The Clinch Mountain Boys. But there were two very notable exceptions. Due to a flat tire, Stanley and the Boys were late for a gig in Fort Gay, West Virginia when the club owner spotted two kids with instruments in the crowd and invited them on stage to fill the time. As Ralph tells it, “I walked in and these two boys were singing the Stanley Brothers’ music better than the Stanley Brothers. I began naming some more of our old songs and I couldn’t mention one they couldn’t sing. They said the Stanley Brothers had always been their favorites and you could tell by hearing them that we had. They said they would like to record an album of our songs, as a tribute…” Well, those two boys were, of course, Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley, and the album—initially titled Tribute to the Stanley Brothers by Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs, but later changed to Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys Featuring Keith Whitley and Ricky Skaggs after they officially joined Ralph’s outfit—was recorded in January 1971 with The Clinch Mountain Boys backing up the duo.

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    Monday
    Dec142015

    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 2—Columbus, Ohio 10/31/71

    Dick’s Picks Vol. 2 Is the Only Single CD in the entire Dick’s Picks Series, but It Is One of the Most Cherished

    —Halloween 1971 Concert Features the Dreamiest, Spookiest, and, Ultimately, Most Ecstatic “Dark Star” Ever Recorded

    —Also Features the Last Live Version of “St. Stephen” Played until 1976

    —Out of Print for Years and an Essential Part of Any Grateful Dead Collection

    AVAILABLE  FEBRUARY 5, 2016 PRE-ORDER NOW!


    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 2—Columbus, Ohio 10/31/71

    The Grateful Dead’s Halloween 1971 performance is almost enough to make one believe in spirits. For that night—captured on this, the only single CD release in the entire Dick’s Picks series—the group played the most ethereal, dreamy, and, yes, spooky version of “Dark Star” ever recorded; it’s almost as if Jerry Garcia was communing with his ancestors  (and maybe John Coltrane) for the first seven minutes of his beautifully structured, contemplative and yearning solo. Then, after the vocal verse, Garcia, rhythm guitarist Bob Weir and bassist Phil Lesh take turns suggesting a new improvisational theme before the band telepathically picks up on a two-note theme  and Garcia launches into some of the most ecstatic guitar playing ever captured on tape anywhere (labeled by some the “Tighten Up” jam after the Archie Bell & the Drells song; others hear an embryonic “Eyes of the World”). The rest of the disc is more than fine, with a spirited “Sugar Magnolia,” a rare, early-‘70s performance of “St. Stephen” (the final live version until 1976) and a great “Not Fade Away”/”Goin’ Down the Road Feeling Bad” closer rounding out the 59-minute program. But really, the “Dark Star” is worth the price of this single CD release alone. Out of print for years!

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    Monday
    Dec142015

    Doug Sahm and Band (LIMITED GOLD VINYL EDITION) LP

    —Doug Sahm Was the Genuine Texas Groover, an American Musical Visionary Who Embraced Rock, Country, Pop and Tejano Influences in Creating a Sound All His Own

    Doug Sahm and Band Was His First Solo Record

    —Features a Stunning Cast of Musicians, Including Dr. John, David “Fathead” Newman, David Bromberg, Flaco Jimeñez, Augie Meyers, Jack Barber, and George Rains Among Others

    —Also Features Bob Dylan, Who Contributes a Hitherto-Unheard Song (“Wallflower”)

    —Produced by Jerry Wexler and Arif Mardin

    —Includes the Anthemic “(Is Anybody Going to) San Antone” and the Revelatory Willie Nelson Cover “Me and Paul”

    —Doug Sahm’s Only Charting Album

    —Pressed on Gold Vinyl

    —Limited Edition of 1000 Copies

    AVAILABLE  FEBRUARY 5, 2016 PRE-ORDER NOW!


    DOUG SAHM: Doug Sahm and Band (Limited Gold Vinyl Edition). LP

     Doug Sahm’s first solo record was something of a coming out party, a big budget affair that let the world know what the insiders already knew: that Doug Sahm was a quintessentially American musical visionary. After The Sir Douglas Quintet concluded its contract with Smash/Mercury, Jerry Wexler convinced Sahm to sign with Atlantic and brought him to New York for the sessions that were to become Doug Sahm and Band.

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    Monday
    Dec142015

    MARTY ROBBINS GUNFIGHTER BALLADS AND TRAIL SONGS (LIMITED 180-GRAM BLACK VINYL EDITION)

    —Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Is Probably the Single Greatest Postwar Album of Western Music

    —Includes Such Classic Western Tunes as “Big Iron,” “Cool Water,” “The Master’s Call,” “Billy the Kid,” and “Strawberry Roan”

    —Also Includes the Rare Long Version of the Hit “El Paso”

    —The Original Mono Version of This Album Has Been Unavailable for Close to 55 Years

    —Remastered by Vic Anesini at Sony’s Battery Studios

    —Lacquer Cutting by Kevin Gray

    —Comes with Original, Iconic, “Quick Draw” Cover Art

    —180-Gram Black Vinyl Pressing

    —Limited to 600 Copies

     AVAILABLE  FEBRUARY 5, 2016 PRE-ORDER NOW!


    MARTY ROBBINS: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (Limited 180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition). LP

    Real Gone Music is proud to present, for the first time in close to 55 years, the original mono version of what most folks consider to be the single greatest postwar album of Western music, Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. Everything about this album is iconic, from its “quick draw” cover art to the songs it contains—“Big Iron,” “Cool Water,” “The Master’s Call,” “Billy the Kid,” “The Strawberry Roan,” and, of course, “El Paso” (here in its rare, full-length version)— that have come to define the Western genre. And the music has never sounded better than it does here: our limited edition (of 600 copies) 180-gram black vinyl pressing was remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York with lacquer cutting by Kevin Gray. Comes complete with the amazing original album art, too…it’s the first vinyl reissue in the “modern” era of this classic record.

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    The Red Bird Girls Very First Time in True Stereo 1964-1966 (Jewel Case Version)

    —Founded by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and run by George Goldner, Red Bird Was the Ultimate Girl Group Label

    The Red Bird Girls—Very First Time in True Stereo Features 20 Stereo Debuts Taken Straight from the Original Red Bird Master Tapes

    —Features a Newly Discovered Track Written by Ellie Greenwich

    —Also Includes an Early Version of “The Boy from New York City” by The Ad Libs a.k.a. The Cheerio’s and “Go Now” by Bessie Banks

    —Remastered by Ron Furmanek

    —16-Page Booklet Packed with Photos

    —Liner Notes Include Interviews with Janis Siegel, Evie Sands, Brooks Arthur and Other Notables

    —Now Available in a Lower-Priced, Jewel Case Edition

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    VARIOUS ARTISTS: The Red Bird Girls—Very First Time in True Stereo (Jewel Case Version). CD

    20 tracks discovered deep in the vaults of the Red Bird label, every one of which makes its true stereo debut on this collection! Founded in 1964 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and run by George Goldner, Red Bird is considered to this day as the girl group label of the ‘60s, and this collection—produced by long-time archivist and engineer Ron Furmanek together with Ash Wells and annotated by James Moniz—features the biggest stars on the label roster, and sources its first-time stereo mixes straight from the original master tapes.

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    Dec142015

    THE IDES OF MARCH VEHICLE (EXPANDED SLIPCASE EDITION)

  • Along with Blood, Sweat & Tears and Chicago, The Ides of March Were One of the Great, Progressive “Horn Bands” of the Late ‘60s & Early ‘70s

  • Vehicle Is Their Most Popular Album

  • Title Song Went to #2 on the Charts

  • Expanded Edition Includes Four Single Bonus Sides

  • Richie Unterberger’s Notes Includes Quotes from Jim Peterik and Larry Millas

  • Now Available in Lower-Priced Version with Upgraded Slipcase Packaging 

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    THE IDES OF MARCH: Vehicle (Expanded Slipcase Edition). CD

     With our release of well-received titles by Blood, Sweat & Tears and Tower of Power, we at Real Gone have become something of a home for the great “horn bands” of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, and our reissue of The Ides of March’s classic Vehicle album on the 50th brings another one into the fold. “The Ides” began in a basement in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn on October 16th, 1964, and have stayed together ever since; only the Rolling Stones really rival them for longevity. And this album, Vehicle, was their commercial high-water mark; its title track went to #2 and the album to #55 on the 1970 charts. It’s a happy collision (no pun intended) of the band’s garage-y British pop influences and the more progressive sounds of Chicago and BS&T that were sweeping through FM radio at the time; our Expanded Edition features four single bonus tracks and notes by Richie Unterberger featuring quotes from the band’s Jim Peterik and Larry Millas. Now out in a lower-priced version with upgraded slipcase packaging!

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    20% OFF SALE TO THE ENTIRE WEBSITE STORE!

     

     Two weeks ago we kicked off our annual Christmas sale by offering 20% on our unparalleled selection of Christmas titles. Well, all that Christmas music must have put a little holiday spirit into us, because we've decided to extend our 20% off sale to the entire website! That's right-EVERYTHING in our website store is now 20% off! But you only have one week to take advantage of the sale; we're ending the sale 10 a.m. PST Friday, December 18. Get your Christmas shopping done for your friends and family right now (and don't forget about a little something for yourself)! Please note for our domestic customers if you are ordering to receive in time for Christmas we recommend First Class Mail not Media Mail.