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Oct192018

New Kids on the Block Merry, Merry Christmas (Limited Green Vinyl Edition) LP

  • By the End of 1989, New Kids on the Block Were the Biggest Act in Pop Music

  • Their 1988 Sophomore Release Hangin’ ToughHad Gone 8x Platinum, Steadily Climbing the Charts to Hit #1 in 1989

  • In That Environment, Any Kind of Christmas Album Would Have Been a Hit

  • But the Group and Its Manager Maurice Starr Produced a Christmas Classic

  • Merry, Merry Christmas Went Top 10 and Double Platinum

  • Featured the Top Ten Hit “This One’s for the Children”

  • Included Other Spirited Originals Highlighted by “Funky, Funky Xmas”

  • NKOTB Also Delivered Admirable Versions of Such Yuletide Favorites as “White Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “The Christmas Song”

  • Now, Real Gone Music Is Giving a Gift to the Legion of NKOTB Fans New and Old, the First-Ever Vinyl Reissue of Merry, Merry Christmas

  • Includes Original Inner Sleeve

  • Christmas Green Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

    Available November 23, 2018 Pre-Order Now! 

    New Kids on the Block: Merry, Merry Christmas (Limited Green Vinyl Edition) LP

    When this album came out in 1989, the New Kids on the Block were so huge that a spoken-word album featuring them reciting “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” probably would have gone platinum. But to the credit of the ‘Boys and their producer Maurice Starr, they didn’t turn in a mere tree ornament with Merry, Merry Christmas; instead, they put together a completely charming entry in the venerable pop music tradition of Christmas music albums (and it went double platinum). Among the original compositions, “This One’s for the Children” was deservedly a Top Ten hit and “Funky, Funky Xmas” was a silly but spirited hoot, while the versions of “White Christmas,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “The Christmas Song” were admirable additions to the Christmas canon. Our green vinyl pressing features the original inner sleeve and is limited to 1000 copies…merry, merry Christmas!

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    Oct192018

    Hanson Snowed In (Limited "Christmas Tree Green" Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Over 20 Years Ago Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson Made a Huge Splash With Their Debut Album Middle of Nowhere and Its Huge Hit “MMMBop”

  • Their Next Album, the 1997 Christmas RecordSnowed In, Was Almost as Big, Ranking as the #1-Selling Christmas Album of 1997, and Selling Over One Million Copies in the U.S. and Two Million Copies Worldwide

  • The Album Featured Holiday Favorites (“White Christmas”; “Silent Night”; “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”) Both Secular and Sacred

  • Also Premiered the Hanson originals “At Christmas,”, “Christmas Time,” and “Everybody Knows the Claus”

  • Now, Real Gone Music Presents the Vinyl Debut of Snowed In

  • New Custom Inner Sleeve

  • “Christmas Tree Green” Vinyl

  • Limited to 1200 Copies

  • With a Label of Their Own, and a Busy Tour Schedule, the Boys (Now Full-Grown Family Men) Have Come a Long Way Since Their Tulsa, OK Days, but This Charming Christmas Album Captures Them Right at the Beginning of Their All-American Success Story

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    Hanson: Snowed In (Limited "Christmas Tree Green" Vinyl Edition) LP

    It was the #1-selling Christmas album of 1997, and has sold over one million copies in the U.S. and two million copies worldwide. So how come Snowed In hasn’t come out on vinyl yet? Beats us…but we have a feeling that this platter ranks at the top of a lot of Christmas vinyl wish lists! This is Isaac, Taylor, and Zac mere months after their worldwide breakthrough album Middle of Nowhere and its huge hit “MMMBop,” and it presents holiday favorites (“White Christmas”; “Silent Night”; “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree”) both secular and sacred, mixed with Hanson originals “At Christmas,”, “Christmas Time,” and “Everybody Knows the Claus.” With a label of their own, and a busy tour schedule, the boys (now full-grown family men) have come a long way since their Tulsa, OK days, but this charming Christmas album captures them right at the beginning of their All-American success story. “Christmas Tree Green” vinyl limited to 1200 copies, with a new, custom inner sleeve!

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    Oct192018

    Lorne Greene & the Cast of Bonanza The Complete Christmas on the Ponderosa CD

  • Airing for 14 Years and 431 Episodes from 1959 to 1973, NBC’s TV Western Bonanza Reached an Estimated 400 Million Viewers in 87 Countries

  • The Success of the Show Led to Tie-Ins Ranging from Action Figures to Comic Books to Steakhouses to a Lake Tahoe Theme Park

  • RCA Joined the Party by Bringing the Cast of Bonanza into the Studio to Record a Couple of Albums That Turned Out to Be Worthy Additions to the Christmas Canon

  • Now, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records Present a Real Yuletide Bonanza with The Complete Christmas on the Ponderosa

  • Includes the Newly Remastered 1963 AlbumChristmas on The Ponderosa Featuring Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright), and Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright) Reprising Their Television Roles for a Merry Family Sing-Along

  • Also Includes the Worldwide CD Debut of Lorne Greene’s 1965 seasonal album Have a Happy Holiday

  • The Collection Also Boasts Both Sides of Greene’s Rare 1966 Single “Must Be Santa” b/w “One Solitary Life”

  • Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese

  • Original Album Art and Added Photos

  • Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Spend Your Christmas at the Ponderosa This Season with Real Gone Music

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    Lorne Greene & the Cast of Bonanza: The Complete Christmas on the Ponderosa CD

    Between 1959 and 1973, viewers tuned in weekly to NBC for the latest episode of Bonanza. The beloved western, following the exploits of the Cartwright family on their Ponderosa ranch, aired for a remarkable 431 episodes and reached an estimated 400 million watchers in 87 countries. Bonanza inspired, well, a merchandising bonanza, with action figures, comic books, lunchboxes, model sets, dinnerware, and even a chain of steakhouses and a Lake Tahoe theme park. The program was so popular that RCA Victor jumped at the chance to bring its cast into the recording studio. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to ring in the holiday season with a true yuletide Bonanza. The Complete Christmas on The Ponderosa brings together the newly-remastered 1963 album Christmas on The Ponderosa—featuring Lorne Greene (Ben Cartwright), Pernell Roberts (Adam Cartwright), Dan Blocker (Hoss Cartwright), and Michael Landon (Little Joe Cartwright) reprising their television roles for a merry family sing-along—plus the worldwide CD premiere of Lorne Greene’s 1965 seasonal album Have a Happy Holiday, along with both sides of Greene’s rare 1966 single “Must Be Santa” b/w “One Solitary Life.” The Complete Christmas on The Ponderosa has been remastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios and features new liner notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese along with album art and photos. This first-of-its-kind release celebrates the festive musical legacy of this true TV classic and its memorable stars. Saddle up this season with the Cartwright family!

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    Oct192018

    The McGuire Season's Greetings from The McGuire Sisters--The Complete Coral Christmas Recordings CD

  • The McGuire Sisters Were the Most Popular Female Vocal Group of the ‘50s

  • Got Their Big Break with Arthur Godfrey on His Talent Scouts Show

  • Signed with the Coral Label in 1952 and Had a Steady String of Hits for the Label Including the Smashes “Sincerely” and “Sugartime”

  • Their Christmas Album Greetings from the McGuire Sisters Was Released in 1958 at the Height of Their Popularity

  • Featured the Two-Sided Hit “He” b/w “If You Believe”

  • Another Highlight Was the Charming Children’s Song “Cactus Christmas Tree”

  • But Somehow Greetings from the McGuire Sisters Has Never Been Released on CD Until Now

  • Real Gone Music’s New Collection Season’s Greetings from the McGuire Sisters—The Complete Coral Christmas RecordingsIncludes That Album Plus the Sisters’ Other Three Christmas-Themed Songs for the Coral Label

  • Features “Be a Santa” from the album

    The McGuire Sisters Sing “Subways Are for Sleeping”

  • Also the Tunes “Peace” from May You Always and “Ave Maria” from In Harmony with Him

  • Produced and Annotated by Tom Pickles

  • A Long-Cherished Christmas Album Bolstered with Bonus Tracks

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    The McGuire: Season's Greetings from The McGuire Sisters--The Complete Coral Christmas Recordings CD

    One of the most popular vocal groups of the ‘50s releases a Christmas album at
    the peak of their popularity...and it never comes out on CD? Well, that’s a headscratcher...one that calls for our resident Real Gone Christmas elves to “comb” through the vaults and set straight! Inspired by The Andrews Sisters and The Dinning Sisters, The McGuire Sisters were the most popular female vocal group of their era, having risen rapidly through the ranks thanks in part to a big break given them by Arthur Godfrey on his Talent Scouts show. Christine, Dottie, and Phyllis McGuire signed with Coral Records in 1952, and it was at Coral that they scored all their big hits, including “Sincerely” and Sugartime.” The hits continued onGreetings from the McGuire Sisters, their 1958 Christmas record for Coral, which featured the two-sided smash “He” b/w “If You Believe” along with such charming fare as the children’s song “Cactus Christmas Tree.” But we didn’t stop there on this reissue! We found three bonus tracks from long out-of-print albums to append to the original album to make this The Complete Coral Christmas Recordings: “Be a Santa” comes from the album The McGuire Sisters Sing “Subways Are for Sleeping,” “Peace” is from May You Always, and “Ave Maria” comes from In Harmony with Him. Tom Pickles produces and annotates our release. The term “long overdue” doesn’t quite capture just how long and how ardently folks have been waiting for this one...it’s a Christmas classic!

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    Friday
    Oct192018

    Rod McKuen New Carols for Christmas--The Rod McKuen Christmas Album CD

    Poet/Singer/Songwriter/Performer Rod McKuen Was One of the True Renaissance Men of the ‘60s and ‘70s

    McKuen Recorded a Number of Albums for Warner Bros., but His Disarmingly Personal Recordings for His Own Stanyan Label Are Among His Most Treasured

    Of Those Stanyan Records, 1971’s New Carols of Christmas—The Rod McKuen Christmas Album Is One of His Gems

    All but One Track Recorded on December 6, 1970 at Chappel Studios in London with Members of the Westminster Symphony Orchestra

    Offers Rod’s Trademark Blend of Poetry, Song, and Beautiful Instrumental Passages on Such Songs as “Bethlehem B.C.”

    Expanded Edition Features a Great Duet Between Rod and Petula Clark on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”

    Other Highlights Include “So My Sheep May Safely Graze,” Which Tells the Story of the Birth of the Good Shepherd; and the Upbeat, Uplifting “Here He Comes Again”

    Writing Partners Include Rod’s Long-Time Collaborator Anita Kerr, Art Podell of The New Christy Minstrels, and Electronic Music Pioneer Mort Garson

    Liner Notes by McKuen Biographer Barry Alfonso

    Rare Period Photos Along with Original Gatefold Art

    Only Briefly Available on CD and Out of Print for Over 20 Years

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    Rod McKuen: New Carols for Christmas--The Rod McKuen Christmas Album. CD

    Originally released in 1971 on Rod McKuen’s own Stanyan label, and available on CD for only a brief time in the mid-‘90s, New Carols of Christmas—The Rod McKuen Christmas Album offers the poet/singer/songwriter’s trademark blend of spoken word and song, with songwriting assistance from Rod’s long-time artistic partner Anita Kerr on three of the tracks (The New Christy Minstrels’ Art Podell and electronic music pioneer Mort Garson are his other collaborators).

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    Friday
    Oct192018

    John Klein A Christmas Sound Spectacular CD

  • Trained by Igor Stravinsky and Nadia Boulanger (teacher to Aaron Copland and Quincy Jones), John Klein Was a Musical Renaissance Man

  • Klein Made a Number of Albums for RCA and Assorted Labels, But His Two Christmas Albums Are Without a Doubt His Most Beloved

  • His First Christmas Album, 1959’s A Christmas Sound Spectacular, Was One of the Most Distinctive Recordings Released by the Famed Living Stereo Imprint

  • It Featured the Largest Instrument in the World, the Carillon Americana, Consisting of 1500 Bronze Cast Bells Ringing in Perfect Tonal Quality

  • The Sound of the Bells, Combined with Klein’s Billy May-Inspired Arrangements, Resulted in an Album So Unique RCA Offered a Money-Back Guarantee to Consumers

  • Real Gone’s Reissue Marks Its First Release on CD in Stereo, the Only Way to Hear This Album

  • Klein’s Other Christmas Album for RCA, 1964’s Let’s Ring the Bells All Around the Christmas Tree, Was Recorded at the 1964 World’s Fair with a Carillon Specially Built for the Occasion

  • Arrangements by Henri Renè, Famous for Scoring Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby”

  • CD Debut, Also in Stereo

  • Liner Notes by R. Steve Harmon Add a Personal Touch to the Package

  • Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Christmas Bells Will Be Ringing this Holiday Season with This Real Gone Release

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    John Klein: A Christmas Sound Spectacular/Let’s Ring the Bells All Around the Christmas Tree. CD

    RCA’s Living Stereo imprint made quite the cottage industry out of releasing Christmas albums in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s, and indeed we at Real Gone Music have taken great pleasure and pride in releasing a lot of them on CD. But of all the Living Stereo Christmas records, the one that is perhaps the most distinctive—and one that remains close to many people’s hearts—is the 1959 album by musical Renaissance man John Klein, A Christmas Sound Spectacular. Trained by Igor Stravinsky and Nadia Boulanger (teacher to both Aaron Copland and Quincy Jones!), Klein brought his formidable talent and skill on this album to the most imposing instrument in the world: the Carillon Americana, the largest of its kind, consisting of 1500 bronze caste bells ringing in perfect tonal quality. In fact, the Carillon Americana was so large that RCA Victor brought all of their recording equipment to the instrument’s home at the Schulmerich Bells’ offices in Sellersville, PA. instead of trying to move it to New York! The sound of the bells, beautifully meshed with Klein’s Billy May-inspired arrangements for accompanying orchestra, resulted in a record so unique that RCA offered a money-back guarantee to any customer who didn’t agree that it was “the most spectacular sound on records.” One suspects they got very few takers; however, this one-of-a-kind holiday classic has never been out on CD except for a small private pressing of the mono version; this marks the stereo CD debut of A Christmas Sound Spectacular, and, trust us, you’re gonna want to hear this in stereo! We’ve paired it with Klein’s other “bells” record, Let’s Ring the Bells All Around the Christmas Tree, which was recorded at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York with a Carillon specially built for the occasion, with arrangements by Henri Renè, who had already won his Christmas bona-fides by scoring Eartha Kitt’s unforgettable “Santa Baby”…another CD debut, also in stereo! Liner notes are by R. Steve Harmon, whose father James Harmon, President and Program Director at the mighty 690 in San Diego, chose to bring A Christmas Sound Spectacular home to play for the family out of all the thousands of Christmas records the radio station received. Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York...Christmas bells will be ringing once again this holiday season with this Real Gone release!

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    Friday
    Oct192018

    Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra The Complete Christmas Albums (2CD-Set)

  • Along with Ray Conniff, Percy Faith, and Mitch Miller, Andre Kostelanetz Was One of the Great Orchestral Conductors/Arrangers Under the Columbia Label Umbrella

  • First Made His Name Bringing Classical Music to the Masses Via CBS Radio

  • ReportedlySoldover52MillionRecordsandSet the World Record for Attendance at a Classical Concert When 250,000 People Showed Up to a 1979 Performance in Central Park

  • In His Discography of Over 100 Releases, Kostelanetz’s Christmas Albums Are Among the Most Treasured

  • Now, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records Present The Complete Christmas Albums, a 2-CD, 42-Track Set

  • Includes the Albums Joy to the World: The Music of Christmas (1959), Wonderland of Christmas (1963), and Wishing You a Merry Christmas(1965), on Which He Was Joined by Vocalist Phyllis Curtin and The St. Kilian Boy Choir

  • Wishing You a Merry Christmas Makes Its CD Debut

  • Also Includes a Host of Holiday Bonuses Featuring His Rare 1950 Single of “White Christmas” and a Performance of The Nutcracker Suite Featuring Peter Ustinov

  • Basically Kostelanetz’s Complete Christmas Recordings (Except He Made Several Recordings of The Nutcracker)

  • Sparklingly Remastered in Original Mono and “360 Sound” Stereo by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios

  • Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese

  • Includes Photos from the Columbia Vaults

  • Beautiful Christmas Music Collection in the Tradition of Real Gone’s Prior Percy Faith, Ray Conniff, and Mitch Miller Compilations

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    Andre Kostelanetz & His Orchestra: The Complete Christmas Albums. (2CD-Set)

     

    Almost forty years after his passing, the name of Andre Kostelanetz is still synonymous with the sound of beautiful music. The Russian-born American conductor gained national attention bringing classical music to the masses first on CBS Radio in the 1930s and then via a series of albums on Columbia Records. A guest conductor of The New York Philharmonic and Washington, DC’s National Symphony, he reportedly sold over 52 million records and set the world record for attendance at a classical concert when 250,000 people showed up to a 1979 performance in Central Park. In his discography of over 100 albums conducting everything from Swan Lake to the hits of Chicago, Kostelanetz’s Christmas albums are among the most treasured. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records invite you to a true wonderland of Christmas with the release of Andre Kostelanetz and His Orchestra’s The Complete Christmas Albums. This comprehensive 2-CD, 42-track set features all three of the legendary conductor’s classic Columbia Christmas LPs – Joy to the World: The Music of Christmas (1959), Wonderland of Christmas (1963), and Wishing You a Merry Christmas (1965), on which he was joined by vocalist Phyllis Curtin and The St. Killian Boychoir – plus a host of holiday bonuses. These include Kostelanetz’s rare 1950 single of “White Christmas,” a complete recording of “The Nutcracker Suite” featuring Peter Ustinov, and additional seasonal favorites from the Kostelanetz catalog. Wishing You a Merry Christmas makes its CD debut here. Along with his fellow “easy listening” kings Percy Faith and Ray Conniff, Kostelanetz defined the sound of the holiday with his Columbia Christmas recordings, and you’ll find them all here (this is really his complete Christmas recordings, except he made several recordings of The Nutcracker, sparklingly remastered in crisp original mono and splendid “360 Sound” stereo by Maria Triana at Sony’s Battery Studios. The Second Disc’s resident Christmas elf Joe Marchese has penned the new liner notes. There’s no doubt the maestro’s yuletide recordings will become a few of your favorite things!

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    Friday
    Oct192018

    Badfinger Wish You Were Here (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Badfinger Are Generally Considered One of if Not the Greatest Power Pop Band of All Time

  • Four Accomplished Singer-Songwriters in Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, and Joey Molland Plus Support from the Beatles Should Have Spelled Superstardom

  • But Management Woes, Band Infighting, and Label Incompetence Held Them Back

  • It All Came to a Head with Their Two Albums for Warner Bros., Where They Headed After Recording Four Albums and Hits Like “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day by Day,” and “Baby Blue” for the Beatles’ Apple Imprint

  • Badfinger and Especially Wish You Were Here Are Generally Considered Their Finest Records, but They Were Recorded in the Midst of Chaos, Resulting in the Break-Up of the Band and Personal Tragedy

  • Now, Real Gone Music and Badfinger Biographer Dan Matovina Present the Ultimate Look at These Two Unjustly Overlooked Albums with Deluxe Expanded Editions

  • Ineptly Released by Warner Bros. at the Same Time as Apple Released Ass, Their Last Album for the Label, and Without Any Discernible Album Title, 1973’s Badfinger Sold Poorly

  • But It Boasted Such Solid Tunes as “Lonely You,” “Shine On,” and “Love Is Easy”

  • Expanded Edition Includes the Unreleased Song “Love My Lady,” Plus Nine More Outtakes from the Album Sessions

  • 1975’s Wish You Were Here Is Recognized as Badfinger’s Masterwork

  • But the Release Was Pulled after Seven Weeks Due to Their Manager Squirreling Away Publishing Advance Money, Prompting a Lawsuit by Warner Bros.’s Publishing Arm

  • An Album Without a Weak Track, Highlighted by Ham’s “Dennis,” Molland’s “Love Time,” and Evans’ “King of the Load”

  • Expanded Edition Includes an Unreleased Song, “Queen of Darkness”

  • Also Features Eight New Alternate Mixes with Unused Vocals and Novel Arrangements

  • Both Albums Remastered by Dan Matovina from Original Tapes for the First Time Since Their Maiden Release on CD

  • Liner Notes by Matovina Include Exclusive Quotes from Chris Thomas, Producer of the Two Albums

  • Brilliant, Essential, and Criminally Underrecognized Work, Fully Unveiled

    Available November 30, 2018 Pre-Order Now! 

    Badfinger: Wish You Were Here (Expanded Edition) CD

    Most folks point to Badfinger as the greatest power pop band of all time. But, with four accomplished songwriters in Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, and Joey Molland, and the creative assistance and imprimatur of The Beatles, Badfinger should have been bigger stars than they were. Their four albums for The Beatles’ Apple label get most of the attention, and understandably so, with hits like “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day by Day,” and “Baby Blue.” But their subsequent two albums for Warner Bros. represent their true creative peak, reached even as the band—and the lives of the members of the band—fell apart. Now, Real Gone Music, together with Badfinger biographer Dan Matovina, is taking a fresh look at Badfinger’s brilliant but ill-fated Warner Bros. albums, Badfinger and Wish You Were Here. Things went from bad to worse for Badfinger as Warner Bros. ended up pulling their second release after seven weeks in the stores due to their manager squirreling away publishing advance money, prompting a lawsuit by the label’s publishing arm. Yet, somehow in the midst of all the chaos, the band delivered its masterpiece. Recorded by Chris Thomas at the Caribou Ranch studio in Colorado and George Martin’s AIR studio in London, 1975’s Wish You Were Here stands as Badfinger’s most cohesive and powerful artistic statement, with stellar contributions by all four of the band’s songwriters. It’s an album without a weak track, so it’s hard to single out any songs, but Ham’s “Dennis,” Molland’s “Love Time,” and Evans’ “King of the Load” might take the honors. For this Expanded Edition (which offers a new remastering of the album for the first time since it was initially released on CD), we’ve unearthed an unreleased song (“Queen of Darkness”), and uncorked eight new remixes that highlight many un-used vocals and novel instrumental arrangements. Matovina’s notes include exclusive quotes from original producer Chris Thomas. The last and best record with the original line-up, now fully unveiled!

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    Oct192018

    Badfinger Badfinger (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Badfinger Are Generally Considered One of if Not the Greatest Power Pop Band of All Time

  • Four Accomplished Singer-Songwriters in Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, and Joey Molland Plus Support from the Beatles Should Have Spelled Superstardom

  • But Management Woes, Band Infighting, and Label Incompetence Held Them Back

  • It All Came to a Head with Their Two Albums for Warner Bros., Where They Headed After Recording Four Albums and Hits Like “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day by Day,” and “Baby Blue” for the Beatles’ Apple Imprint

  • Badfinger and Especially Wish You Were Here Are Generally Considered Their Finest Records, but They Were Recorded in the Midst of Chaos, Resulting in the Break-Up of the Band and Personal Tragedy

  • Now, Real Gone Music and Badfinger Biographer Dan Matovina Present the Ultimate Look at These Two Unjustly Overlooked Albums with Deluxe Expanded Editions

  • Ineptly Released by Warner Bros. at the Same Time as Apple Released Ass, Their Last Album for the Label, and Without Any Discernible Album Title, 1973’s Badfinger Sold Poorly

  • But It Boasted Such Solid Tunes as “Lonely You,” “Shine On,” and “Love Is Easy”

  • Expanded Edition Includes the Unreleased Song “Love My Lady,” Plus Nine More Outtakes from the Album Sessions

  • 1975’s Wish You Were Here Is Recognized as Badfinger’s Masterwork

  • But the Release Was Pulled after Seven Weeks Due to Their Manager Squirreling Away Publishing Advance Money, Prompting a Lawsuit by Warner Bros.’s Publishing Arm

  • An Album Without a Weak Track, Highlighted by Ham’s “Dennis,” Molland’s “Love Time,” and Evans’ “King of the Load”

  • Expanded Edition Includes an Unreleased Song, “Queen of Darkness”

  • Also Features Eight New Alternate Mixes with Unused Vocals and Novel Arrangements

  • Both Albums Remastered by Dan Matovina from Original Tapes for the First Time Since Their Maiden Release on CD

  • Liner Notes by Matovina Include Exclusive Quotes from Chris Thomas, Producer of the Two Albums

  • Brilliant, Essential, and Criminally Underrecognized Work, Fully Unveiled

    Available November 30, 2018 Pre-Order Now! 

    Badfinger: Badfinger (Expanded Edition) CD

    Most folks point to Badfinger as the greatest power pop band of all time. But, with four accomplished songwriters in Tom Evans, Mike Gibbins, Pete Ham, and Joey Molland, and the creative assistance and imprimatur of The Beatles, Badfinger should have been bigger stars than they were. Their four albums for The Beatles’ Apple label get most of the attention, and understandably so, with hits like “Come and Get It,” “No Matter What,” “Day by Day,” and “Baby Blue.” But their subsequent two albums for Warner Bros. represent their true creative peak, reached even as the band—and the lives of the members of the band—fell apart. Now, Real Gone Music, together with Badfinger biographer Dan Matovina, is taking a fresh look at Badfinger’s brilliant but ill-fated Warner Bros. albums, Badfinger and Wish You Were Here. Everything seemed rosy when, upon conclusion of their contract with Apple, Badfinger signed a new deal with Warner Bros. in 1973 for a big advance, but right away things went south as the label rushed the band into the studio and ended up releasing Badfinger at about the same time as Apple released the band’s last record for the label, Ass. Not to mention Warner Bros. rejected the band’s title for the record, For Love or Money, leaving the record without any title at all. Of course, commercial confusion ensued, and Badfinger sold poorly, even though it boasted such solid tunes as “Lonely You,” “Shine On,” and “Love Is Easy.” Our Expanded Edition features the unreleased song “Love My Lady,” plus nine more outtakes from the album sessions; it’s the first time the original album’s been remastered (by Matovina from the original master tapes) since its maiden release on CD, while Matovina’s notes include fresh quotes from original producer Chris Thomas!

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    Oct172018

    Melissa Manchester Mathematics--The MCA Years (2-CD Set)

  • Melissa Manchester Spent Nearly a Decade at Clive Davis’ Arista Records, Where She Established Herself as One of the Finest Singer-Songwriters and Pop Interpreters of the Era

  • But in 1985, She Declared Her Independence from Davis by Signing with MCA and Releasing Mathematics, Which Boldly Re-Invented Her Sound by Embracing New Wave, Dance-Oriented Synthpop, and Hi-NRG Sounds

  • Produced by George Duke, Brock Walsh, Robbie Nevil, and Trevor Veitch Under the Aegis of Executive Producer Quincy Jones

  • Featured All-Star Session Musicians Like Lee Ritenour, Toto’s Steve Lukather, “Maniac” Star Michael Sembello, John Robinson, Jerry Hey, Paulinho DaCosta, and The Waters Family

  • Melissa’s Only Album for MCA, Mathematics Makes Its CD Debut on Disc One of This Collection

  • Disc Two Includes All of the Period Remixes and the B-Side “Full of Yourself”

  • Features Three Unreleased Outtakes: the Never-Before-Heard “Water from the Moon” and “Skin on Skin,” and the Never Commercially Available “Just One Star Beyond,” written by Melissa and Craig Safan for the Sci-Fi Cult Classic The Last Starfighter

  • The Bonus Disc Concludes with CD Debuts of All Three Versions of the Oscar-Nominated “The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye”) from the Soundtrack of The Promise and the Al Jarreau Duet “The Music of Goodbye” from Out of Africa

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Liner Notes from The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese Include Fresh Quotes from Melissa Manchester

  • Long, Long Requested by Melissa’s Fans

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    Melissa Manchester Mathematics--The MCA Years (2-CD Set)

    Melissa Manchester announced her independence from Arista Records when she signed to MCA Records after nearly a decade with Clive Davis’ famous label. At Arista, Manchester had established herself as oneof the finest singer-songwriters of the era as well as a first-class pop interpreter. At MCA, she reinvented herself further by jumping headfirst into the world of dance-oriented synthpop, Hi-NRG, and new wave. 1985’s Mathematics bore the period’s hallmark of multiple big-name producers: George Duke, Brock Walsh, Robbie Nevil, TrevorVeitch, and executive producer Quincy Jones. Mathematics featured the A-list of Los Angeles’ session musicians like John Robinson, Jerry Hey, Paulinho DaCosta, and Lee Ritenour, plus backgrounds from the Waters family and special guests such as Toto’s Steve Lukather and “Maniac” star Michael Sembello. But the real star of the album was Melissa Manchester’s powerful voice in a new setting of infectious, bubbly dance-pop rhythms. Over the years, Mathematics has become one of Melissa’s most beloved albums, and certainly her most in-demand. But it’s never been released on CD...until now. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to present the definitive, 2-CD edition of this classic album. Mathematics: The MCA Years boasts the newly-remastered, full-length original album on Disc One while Disc Two boasts all of the original period remixes, the B-side “So Full of Yourself,” and three outtakes: the never- before-heard “Water from the Moon” and “Skin on Skin,” and the never commercially available “Just One Star Beyond,” written by Melissa and Craig Safan for the sci-fi cult classic The Last Starfighter. And that’s not all. Mathematics: The MCA Years also adds all three versions of the Oscar-nominated “The Promise (I’ll Never Say Goodbye)” from the soundtrack of The Promise for the very first time on CD plus the Al Jarreau duet “The Music of Goodbye” from Out of Africa. This deluxe package has been remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision Mastering. It’s topped off with new liner notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese featuring fresh quotes from Melissa. The ‘80s has never sounded so good!

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    Wednesday
    Oct102018

    2018 BLACK FRIDAY RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES

    AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 23, 2018 AT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE

    Cheap Trick: The Epic Archive Vol. 2 (1980-1983) (Limited Clear Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set)

    Cheap Trick fans positively inhaled our first batch of rarities on vinyl, so we’re back with 16 more lost tracks from Rockford, Illinois’ finest! Except this time, Ken Sharp’s notes feature track-by-track commentary from Bun E. Carlos, Tom Petersson, and Rick Nielsen...this collection is a deep dive into the Cheap Trick hive mind! So let’s jump in...first up are three tracks taken from the 1980 EP Found All the Parts, including a live version of The Beatles’ “Day Tripper” with an instrumental nod to The Yardbirds’ “Shapes of Things.” Then comes the single “Oh Boy,” followed by the demo of “Loser,” which was recorded in 1980 but was written by Nielsen way back in 1976. Two live tracks, “The House Is Rockin’ (with Domestic Problems)” and “Way of the World,” from a New Year’s Eve 1979 show at the L.A. Forum raise the temperature, then come the George Martin-produced single versions of “World’s Greatest Lover” and “Everything Works If You Let It.” Two tracks, “Reach Out” and “I Must Be Dreamin’,” from the Heavy Metal soundtrack and the title song from the Spring Break soundtrack cover the Cheap Trick silver screen legacy, while the demo version of the classic “If You Want My Love” premieres on LP. The “Super New Dance Re-Mix” of “Saturday at Midnight” and “Short Version” of “Dancing the Night Away” also surface for the first time since their original release, as does the last track, the b-side “Get Ready.” Rare photos by long-time band photographer Robert Alford accompany in the gatefold jacket; the set is mastered by the great Vic Anesini at Battery Studios. 2-LP clear vinyl edition limited to 1500 copies, exclusive for Record Store Day/Black Friday...Cheap Trick fans, do not miss this

     

    Roy Buchanan: Live at Town Hall 1974 (Limited "Telecaster Blonde" Vinyl Edition) (3-LP Set)


    Roy Buchanan is the guitarist’s guitar hero. Singularly uninterested in rock stardom and the trappings of fame that go with it, Buchanan never achieved the popularity of his six-string peers; yet his unfathomable technique and ferocious Telecaster tone put him near the top of any serious listing of the greatest guitarists of all time. Stories abound about the regard with which other musicians held Roy (and the indifference with which he greeted their esteem); for example, legend has it he turned down the Rolling Stones for the job Mick Taylor got, and blew off playing with John Lennon, while Jeff Beck dedicated “’Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers” from Blow by Blow to him. These days, his ability to create the sounds he did without the use of any effects, often from his patented “pinch harmonic” method of playing, continue to astound players
    both casual and professional. Buchanan recorded a number of commendable studio albums, but on stage was where the magic happened; that’s why most listeners deem the 1974
    Live Stock album to be his best. But the tracks on that album, like most live records, were cherry- picked from several different shows, in this case both sets Roy played at New York City’s Town Hall on November 27, 1974. In fact, of the 21 songs Roy played that night, only six came out on Live Stock, and one other, a version of Neil Young’s “Down by the River,” came out on a subsequent compilation. That leaves 14 unreleased performances—and now, Real Gone Music presents Live at Town Hall 1974, a 3-LP set that captures both shows in their entirety, drawn from the original multitrack tapes recorded that night by The Record Plant Mobile Studio. Several things strike you as you listen to these two shows. First, this was a good band, perhaps Roy’s best, with Malcolm Lukens on keyboards, John Harrison on bass, Ronnie “Byrd” Foster on drums, and Billy Price on lead vocals when Roy didn’t take a turn. Second, the six tracks originally selected for Live Stock were the “safe” tracks, showing the band attheir most succinct. It’s no accident that all but one came from the first show; during the second show,the band—perhaps spurred on by some refreshment during intermission—positively swaggers as Roydeals one lightning lead after another, even having fun with a faulty patch cord on the first song of the second set. For this monumental release, we’ve made every effort to put you right in the front row; both our liner note writer (Buchanan biographer Phil Carson) and photographer (Charles R. Cohen) were there that night, and have the stories and shots to prove it. Mixed and mastered by Tom Lewis at Studio 1093 in Athens, Georgia, and produced by Bill Levenson, this one’s a major addition to the Buchanan discography and further proof that nobody, but nobody, played guitar like Roy Buchanan. Limited 3-LP “Telecaster
    Blonde” Vinyl Edition limited to 1000 copies, exclusive for Record Store Day/Black Friday!

    The Mamas and the Papas: The Complete Singles (Limited Green Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set)


    With the debut of their first hit, “California Dreamin’,” on the charts, The Mamas and The Papas proclaimed themselves to be a potent new force in the burgeoning West Coast folk-rock movement, announcing to the world that something special and beautiful was happening in California. Real Gone Music celebrates the group’s very special legacy by releasing The Mamas and The Papas: The Complete Singles, a two-LP, 31-track set that brings together on vinyl for the first time since their original 45 rpm release the A and B side of every single the group released, all in their impossible-to-find mono single mixes. Remastered by Aaron Kannowski, the engineer responsible for Real Gone’s acclaimed collections of singles by fellow Dunhill label acts The Grass Roots and Steppenwolf, the set includes notes by Co-Producer Ed Osborne that feature quotes drawn from extended interviews with Mama Michelle Phillips and Dunhill label head and producer Lou Adler, while the package also includes a number of rarely-seen images of this eminently photographable band. Many of the single mixes haven’t been available on vinyl since their original release; over the course of listening to this set you’re going to 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. Due to the unfortunate situation with the Dunhill single master tape reels (supposedly thrown out at the behest of one of the label’s owners), Mamas and Papas fans had despaired of ever hearing the group’s original singles on LP. Now, after countless hours spent tracking down sources, Real Gone Music is proud to release the most significant vinyl addition to The Mamas and The Papas discography in years. Green vinyl edition limited to 1000 copies, exclusively for Record Store!Day! Black Friday!

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    Wednesday
    Sep262018

    Grateful Dead Dick's Picks 34 (6-LP Set)

  • Real Gone Music Has Reissued the Never-Before- at-Retail Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks and Road Trips Series on CD to Great Acclaim

  • Now, the Label Is Reissuing the Grateful Dead on Vinyl for the First Time

  • Dick’s Picks Vol. 34—Rochester, NY 11/5/1977 Was the Best Selling Volume in the Dick’s Picks Series During Real Gone’s CD Reissue Campaign

  • Hailing from the Legendary Year of 1977, the Concert Features One of the Great Performances of “The Other One”

  • Also Includes Bonus Highlights from a 11/2/77 Show in Toronto Including a Killer Medley of “Estimated Prophet”/ "St. Stephen”/”Truckin’”/”Around and Around”

  • Tracks Resequenced from CD Release So That Bonus Tracks Are at the End of the Set, Providing a Seamless Grateful Dead Concert Experience

  • Vinyl Debut

  • 6-LP Set in a Hardshell Box

  • 180-Gram Black Vinyl

  • Mastered from the original tapes by David Glasser at Airshow Mastering, Who Has Mastered Many Dead Projects Including Last Year’s Long Strange Trip Documentary

  • Lacquer Cutting by John Golden at Golden Mastering, Who Has Worked with Everybody from Jonathan Wilson to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings to Soundgarden

  • Test Pressings Approved by Glasser, Grateful Dead Audiovisual Archivist David Lemieux, and Real Gone’s Gordon Anderson

  • Includes an LP-Sized, 4-Page, Full-Color Insert Offering Photos and Trippy Graphics from the Original Package

  • Hand-Numbered

  • Limited Edition of 1500 Copies

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    Grateful Dead Dick's Picks 34 (6-LP Set)

    If the saga of the Grateful Dead is a long strange trip, then we’ve definitely been along for part of the ride! First, we brought you the entire Dick’s Picks series of live concerts on CD, all 36 volumes of it, many of them never before available at retail. Then we began putting out the Road Trips series, none of which has ever been in stores before. But now, dear Deadheads and Real Goners, the time has come to take the next step in our evolution as a key source for rare Grateful Dead recordings. It’s time to cross…the vinyl frontier. And we are hoping you will cross it with us, because we aren’t even offering this release to retail until you have had a chance—at a special low price—to snag all 1500 hand-numbered, limited editions of our new 6-LP set, Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 34—Rochester, NY 11/5/77!

    That’s right…we are finally putting Dick’s Picks on vinyl, and, boy, have we picked the right one. How do we know? You told us! This was by far the best-selling volume on CD from our reissue campaign. And no wonder, it’s from that magical year of 1977, with fiery performances of “Big River,” “Jack Straw,” “Deal,” and “Eyes of the World” powered by a particularly lively Phil Lesh. But for many the highlight will be one of the truly great performances of “The Other One” in the Grateful Dead catalog, 12 minutes of surging intensity and building crescendos. This Pick also included highlights from a 11/2/77 Toronto show, including a great medley of “Estimated Prophet”/”St. Stephen”/”Truckin’”/”Around and Around” (we’ve reconfigured the track listing to put all the bonus tracks at the end of the set for a seamless concert experience). Definitely a great place to begin our journey into the realm of Grateful Dead vinyl!

    Such a stellar performance deserves a great package with great sound. For this Real Gone release, we’ve enlisted David Glasser at Airshow Mastering to remaster the set from the original tapes for vinyl. David’s had a long association with the Dead; he mastered the soundtrack to last year’s Long Strange Trip documentary among many other projects. For lacquer cutting, we turned to John Golden at Golden Mastering. John has worked with artists as far-ranging as Jonathan Wilson, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, and Soundgarden among many others, and he is our go-to engineer for lacquer cutting. The test pressings were approved by David Glasser, the Grateful Dead’s resident audiovisual archivist David Lemieux, and Gordon Anderson from Real Gone. We’ve pressed the set up on 180-gram vinyl for maximum fidelity, too. And we even scrapped the first pressing because it wasn’t up to our quality standards.

    As for the packaging, we’ve placed all six LPs inside a hardshell box adorned with the original front cover and a custom back cover featuring a great shot of Jerry Garcia from the show. Inside, you’ll find a 4-page, LP-sized, full-color insert offering photos from the original package along with the original trippy graphics. And, as we mentioned before, each of these limited-edition sets is hand-numbered all the way up to 1500. This set will not be repressed once we run out of the 1500 limited edition copies.

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    Saturday
    Sep222018

    Johnny Mathis The First Time Ever/Song Sung Blue CD

  • Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records Continue Their Survey of Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s Albums for Columbia with Two More Must-Have Releases for Mathis Fans

  • Both Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Joe Marchese’s Liner Notes Feature Exclusive Quotes from Johnny Mathis About Each Album

  • The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)/Song Sung BluePresents Both Albums Johnny Released in 1972 in a 2-CD Set

  • Both Albums Produced by Jerry Fuller (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Knickerbockers, Mark Lindsay)

  • The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) Featured Classics Introduced by The Stylistics (“Betcha by Golly Wow”), America (“I Need You”), and The 5th Dimension (“(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”) as Well as Beloved Themes from The Godfather, Summer of ’42, Brian’s Song, and Kotch

  • Song Sung Blue Celebrated Neil Diamond’s Hits Along with Favorites by Gilbert O’Sullivan (“Alone Again Naturally”), Carpenters (“Goodbye to Love”) and The Bee Gees (“Run to Me”)

  • Bonus Tracks on the Twofer Include the Single of Henry Mancini’s “Sometimes” and the Outtakes “Remember the Good” and “Morning Has Broken”

  • Standalone CD Debut for Both Albums

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    Johnny Mathis: The First Time Ever/Song Sung Blue CD

    Records are proud to continue their journey through the catalog of the legendary Voice of Romance, Johnny Mathis, with an expanded 2-CD release comprising both of the artist’s classic albums originally released in 1972: The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) andSong Sung Blue. These teamed Mathis with renowned producer Jerry Fuller (Gary Puckett and The Union Gap, The Knickerbockers, Mark Lindsay) for the first time on a selection of the seventies’ most timeless pop melodies, all in the velvety-smooth Mathis style. The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) had not only Mathis’ rendition of the hit popularized by Roberta Flack but also classics introduced by The Stylistics (“Betcha by Golly Wow”), America (“I Need You”), and The 5th Dimension (“(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All”) as well as beloved themes from The Godfather, Summer of ’42, Brian’s Song, and Kotch. Neil Diamond’s hits were celebrated on Song Sung Blue, along with favorites by Gilbert O’Sullivan (“Alone Again Naturally”), Carpenters (“Goodbye to Love”) and The Bee Gees (“Run to Me”). Mathis also delivered a honeyed tribute to Nat “King” Cole with “Too Young” and returned to the songbook of Burt Bacharach and Hal David with a top 20 AC hit (“Make It Easy on Yourself”). Three bonus tracks have been added: the single of Henry Mancini’s “Sometimes” and the outtakes “Remember the Good” and “Morning Has Broken.” First-ever standalone CD debuts for both albums!

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    Saturday
    Sep222018

    Johnny Mathis Me and Mrs. Jones CD

  • Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records Continue Their Survey of Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s Albums for Columbia with Two More Must-Have Releases for Mathis Fans

  • Both Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Joe Marchese’s Liner Notes Feature Exclusive Quotes from Johnny Mathis About Each Album

  • Both Albums Produced by Jerry Fuller (Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, The Knickerbockers, Mark Lindsay) Released in 1973, Me and Mrs. Jones Also Was Produced by Jerry Fuller

  • Marvelously Eclectic with the Best of Broadway (“Corner of the Sky” from Pippin), Hollywood (Smokey Robinson and Michel Legrand’s “Happy” from Lady Sings the Blues) and the pop scene (Harry Nilsson’s “Remember,” David Gates’ “Sweet Surrender”)

  • Also Featured the AC Hit Single “Soul and Inspiration”/”Just Once in My Life” with Johnny Tackling Righteous Brothers Classics

  • Bonus Tracks Include the B-Side “I,” the Outtake “Pieces of April,” and Both Sides of the Single “Take Good Care of Her” b/w “Walking Tall”

  • Standalone CD Debut

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    Johnny Mathis: Me and Mrs. Jones CD

    Johnny Mathis began 1973 with one of his most eclectic albums of the decade. Me and Mrs. Jones, produced by Jerry Fuller (Ricky Nelson, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell), found the singer exploring a variety of styles and genres. It’s now coming to standalone CD for the very first time from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records in a new expanded edition. In addition to the title track from Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philly soul hit factory, Me and Mrs. Jones finds Mathis singing the best of Broadway (“Corner of the Sky” from Pippin), Hollywood (Smokey Robinson and Michel Legrand’s “Happy” from Lady Sings the Blues) and the pop scene (Harry Nilsson’s “Remember,” David Gates’ “Sweet Surrender”). The album’s AC hit single, “Soul and Inspiration/Just Once in My Life,” brought together two of The Righteous Brothers’ most memorable songs in one dynamic medley. This expanded edition boasts four bonus tracks: the B-side of the medley, Jerry Fuller and D’Arneill Pershing’s “I,” plus the outtake “Pieces of April,” and both sides of the single “Take Good Care of Her” b/w “Walking Tall” from the movie of the same name. Joe Marchese’s new liner notes feature fresh quotes from Johnny Mathis and Jerry Fuller, and everything has been remastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios. Me and Mrs. Jones continues Real Gone and Second Disc’s ongoing series dedicated to bringing Mathis’ lost seventies and eighties classics back into print in deluxe, expanded CD editions.

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    Saturday
    Sep222018

    Joe Simon Step by Step--The Complete Pop Hits (2-CD Set)

    Over a Career Spanning Five Decades, Joe Simon Has Established Himself as One of the Premiere Voices in R&B

    “The Mouth of the South” Has Racked Up 35 Pop and 50 R&B Hits

    But Because Simon’s Hits Were Evenly Spread Between Two Different Labels, There Has Never Been a Definitive Collection of His Work

    Step by Step—The Complete Pop Hits Presents All 35 Songs to Reach the Billboard Pop Hits

    Includes His First Hit, “My Adorable One,” Released by Vee Jay in 1964

    Features His 18 Hits for the Sound Stage 7 Label Alongside His 16 Hits for the Spring Label

    Just About Every R&B Genre Is Represented Including Gospel, Doo Wop, Country-Soul, Philly Soul, Blaxploitation, and Disco, All Sung with Simon’s Trademark Conviction and Passion

    Among the Songs Are Simon’s Grammy-Winning Version of “The Chokin’ Kind,” the Gamble & Huff-Produced “Drowning in The Sea of Love” and “The Power of Love,” “Theme from Cleopatra Jones,” the Title Song for the Warner Brothers Smash 1973 Film, and Fan Favorites “Misty Blue,” “Your Time to Cry,” and “Step by Step”

    Also Includes the Top Ten Smash “Get Down, Get Down (on the Floor)”

    Produced with the Full Cooperation of Joe Simon and His Management

    Liner Notes by Noted Author and Grammy- Nominated Producer Mitchell Cohen Includes Quotes from Simon

    Added Photos

    Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

    A Timely, Definitive, and Long-Overdue Look at One of the Great Voices in Soul

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    Joe Simon Step by Step--The Complete Pop Hits (2-CD Set)

    Joe Simon is one of the premiere R&B voices of all time. Over a career spanning
    five decades, “The Mouth of the South” has racked up 35 Billboard pop hits and 50 R&B hits, exploring an encyclopedia of R&B genres ranging from gospel to doo wop, country-soul, the ’70s sound of Philadelphia, Blaxploitation, disco, and a subsequent return to Simon’s spiritual side. But, because his hits were evenly split between two different labels, there has never been a definitive compilation...until now. Step by Step—The Complete Pop Hits presents all 35 of Simon’s pop smashes, including his maiden chart success, “My Adorable One,” released by Vee Jay in 1964, then his 18 hits for the Sound Stage 7 and 16 hits for the Spring labels. Among the tracks are such gems as Simon’s Grammy winning version of “The Chokin’ Kind,” the Gamble & Huff-produced “Drowning in The Sea of Love” and “The Power of Love,” “Theme from Cleopatra Jones,” the title song that he wrote and produced for the Warner Brothers smash 1973 film, fan favorites “Misty Blue,” “Your Time to Cry,” and the title track, and his Top Ten smash “Get Down, Get Down (on the Floor).” Released by Real Gone Music with the full cooperation and input of Joe Simon and his management, the 2-CD collection is remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, and includes liner notes by noted author, and Grammy-nominated producer Mitchell Cohen featuring copious quotes from the artist himself plus photos. With a new Joe Simon documentary,Looking Back, From the Chicken Coop to the Top of the Charts, just released, Step by Step—The Complete Pop Hits is a timely and long-overdue portrait of a man who sang every song with nothing less than complete conviction and immersion... it’s without a doubt one of the year’s most momentous soul collections.

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    Saturday
    Sep222018

    The Four Tops The Complete ABC/Dunhill Singles (2-CD Set)

  • With 47 Pop and 52 R&B hits Spanning Nearly 25 Years of Recordings, The Four Tops Are One of the Greatest Vocal Groups of All Time

  • They Dominated the Charts While at Motown, but When the Label Moved to Los Angeles in 1972, The Four Tops Stayed in Detroit and Signed with ABC/Dunhill

  • There They Scored a Series of Hits, Many of Them with the Production Team of Steve Barri, Dennis Lambert, and Brian Potter

  • Still with the Original Line-Up of Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Lawrence Payton, and Lead Singer Levi Stubbs

  • Among the Hits Were the Top Ten Pop Hits “Keeper of the Castle” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got)”

  • Also the Top Ten R&B Hits “Are You Man Enough,” “Sweet Understanding Love,” “One Chain Don’t Make No Prison,” “Midnight Flower,” and “Catfish”

  • However, Because Label President Jay Lasker Threw Out the Single Tapes, Many of These Songs Have Never Been Available Digitally

  • Now, Real Gone Music Presents The Complete ABC-Dunhill Singles, a 2-CD Set That Offers the Definitive Look at the Missing Chapter in the Career of One of Pop and Soul Music’s Greatest Vocal Groups

  • Of the 33 Songs on This Collection, 27 Have Never Been on CD in Their Original Single Versions and 13 Have Never Been on CD at All

  • Remastered by Aaron Kannowski, Who Remastered Real Gone’s Previous Dunhill Singles Collections of The Mamas and The Papas, The Grass Roots, and Steppenwolf, and Searched the Globe for the Best Sources

  • Liner Notes by Ed Osborne Feature Quotes from Producers Steve Barri and Dennis Lambert

  • Seldom Seen Photos Included

  • Long in the Works and Well Worth the Wait!

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    The Four Tops The Complete ABC/Dunhill Singles (2-CD Set)

    With 47 Pop hits and 52 R&B hits to their credit spanning nearly 25 years of recordings, The Four Tops are one of the greatest vocal groups in the history of pop music, hands down. But a big chunk of their hits, the ones they recorded for the ABC/Dunhill label, have been almost entirely unavailable in the CD era. This 2-CD collection from Real Gone Music answers the prayers of soul fans worldwide by presenting, for the first time ever on CD, all 33 rare single sides that the Tops recorded for the ABC/Dunhill label from 1972 through 1978. Just how rare are these tracks? We’ll get into that in a sec; but first, a little history. Though The Four Tops (Renaldo “Obie” Benson, Abdul “Duke” Fakir, Lawrence Payton, and lead singer Levi Stubbs) had dominated the charts with their classic recordings for Motown in the ‘60s, when the label decided in 1972 to move to Los Angeles, the group, like many of their celebrated label-mates, felt it was time for a change. They thus signed with ABC Records’ Dunhill imprint and hooked up with producer Steve Barri (The Grass Roots) and songwriters Dennis Lambert and Brian Potter, who re-created their classic Motown sound on Top Ten hits like “Keeper of the Castle” and “Ain’t No Woman (Like the One I’ve Got).” In all, The Tops recorded 17 A-sides (including a Spanish-language version of “Keeper of the Castle”) for ABC/Dunhill during their six years on the label, notching a total of 11 Billboard Pop hits and 15 R&B hits, but those original hit singles(and their even rarer B-sides) have been almost impossible to find on CD. Why? Well,in a sad tale we’ve told before on our previous Dunhill singles collections featuring The Mamas and The Papas, Steppenwolf, and The Grass Roots, legend has it that label head Jay Lasker threw out the tapes, deeming them worthless. A few singles—those identical to the album versions—have leaked out on CD, but here is the breakdown: of the 33 tracks (the seven earliest mono, the rest stereo), 27 have never been available on CD in their correct single versions, and 13 songs have never appeared on CD in any version! Like on our previous collections, the “Dunhill dream reissue team” of engineer Aaron Kannowski, liner note writer/A&R man Ed Osborne, and co-producer Gordon Anderson is at the helm for this release; Osborne’s notes (which are always a fun, informative read) feature quotes from original writers/co-producers Steve Barri and Dennis Lambert, with great photos to boot. Special notice must also be given to Aaron Kannowski, who once again went to the ends of the earth to track down sources for this collection. It’s the missing chapter in the career of one of the greatest vocal groups of all time...a very, very proud addition to our Real Gone Music roster and a Four Tops collection you’re gonna want to spin again and again!

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    Saturday
    Sep222018

    THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: Original Soundtrack LP

    • Co-written by John Russo, who was George Romero’s writing partner, 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead Was the Punk Rock Sequel to Night of the Living Dead

    • Was the First Film to Feature Brain-Eating Zombies

    • The Amazing Soundtrack Included Songs by The Cramps, 45 Grave, The Damned, T.S.O.L., The Flesh Eaters, The Jet Black Berries, and More Notorious Punk and Death Rock Acts

    • Original Cover and Label Art

    • Bone White with Green Zombie Blood Vinyl

    • The Perfect Punk Rock Halloween Soundtrack!

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      THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: Original Soundtrack. LP

      There are zombies…and then there are brain-eating zombies! And Return of the Living Dead was the film where brain-eating zombies got their first lease on, er, life. Co-written by John Russo, who was George Romero’s writing partner on Night of the Living Dead, this 1985 quasi-sequel introduced more “splatstick” humor to the horror formula as well as the indelible image of ghouls groaning “Braainsss” as they shuffle along. All set to a KILLER score featuring the greatest punk and death rock bands of the era, including The Cramps, 45 Grave, The Flesh Eaters, The Damned, Roky Erickson, The Jet Black Berries, T.S.O.L. and SSQ. This vinyl reissue of this classic soundtrack is just so Real Gone: limited edition bone white with green zombie blood vinyl!Braainsss!

    • SONGS:

      Side One

      1. Surfin’ Dead The Cramps

      2. Partytime (Zombie Version) 45 Grave

      3. Nothing for You T.S.O.L.

      4. Eyes Without a Face The Flesh Eaters

      5. Burn the Flames Roky Erickson

      Side Two 

      1. Dead Beat Dance The Damned

      2. Take a Walk Tall Boys

      3. Love Under Will The Jet Black Berries

      4. Tonight (We’ll Make Love Until We Die) SSQ

      5. Trash’s Theme SSQ

    Monday
    Aug062018

    The Munsters The Munsters CD & LP

  • Conceived in Response to the Success of The Addams Family, The Munsters Became a Huge Hit for CBS-TV in 1964

  • Decca Records Decided to Cash In with a Munsters-Themed Album

  • They Hired Veteran Producers Joe Hooven and Hal Winn to Record the Album

  • Hooven and Winn in Turn Hired the Wrecking Crew to Play on the Album, Most Notably Glen Campbell and Leon Russell

  • Also Hired a Vocal Group Named The Go Go’s, Who Made One Surf-Styled Record for RCA, Also in 1964

  • Plenty of Lighthearted Monster and Munster References, All Set to a Light Surf Beat

  • The Album Is One of the Most Collectible Records Out There, Routinely Commanding Triple Digit Sums

  • Never Reissued in Any Format

  • Remastered by Aaron Kannowski

  • Real Gone Music’s CD Debut Sports Liner Notes by Bill Kopp Detailing the Horrifying History Behind The Munsters Album

  • Also Features Added Photos

  • First-Ever LP Reissue Comes in “Herman” Green Vinyl

  • Limited Edition of 800 Copies

  • Just in Time for Halloween!

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    Did you know Herman, Grandpa, Lily, Marilyn and Eddie Munster doubled as a rock and roll band?! Well, despite the subhead on the album proclaiming them as “The Newest Teen-Age Singing Group,” they didn’t...but that didn’t stop the label execs at Decca Records from trying to cash in on the new CBS hit TV show! Veteran producers Joe Hooven and Hal Winn had the good sense to hire the Wrecking Crew (most notably Glen Campbell and Leon Russell) to play this surf-tinged set of songs, and brought in The Go-Go’s (nope, not those Go-Go’s, they were just out of diapers... this was a male vocal trio that cut one LP for RCA back in 1964, the same year this record came out) to sing the lyrics to such gems as “You Created a Monster” and “Make It Go Away.” The whole thing is a hoot, and a highly collectible hoot at that—original copies of this album command “monstrous” sums! Aaron Kannowski remastered our reissue, and for its CD debut, we’ve added ghoulish photos and liner notes by Bill Kopp that reveal the frightening facts behind the recording of this record. Even better, for its first-ever vinyl reissue,we’ve pressed up a limited edition of 800 copies in “Herman” green vinyl...get ready to do the Munster creep this Halloween and beyond!

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    True Romance Motion Picture Soundtrack Vinyl LP

  • True Romance Is One of the Great Action Flicks of the ‘90s and a Stone-Cold Cult Classic

  • Though Directed by Tony Scott, the Film Bore All the Earmarks of Its Writer, Quentin Tarantino, from Its Grisly Violence to Its B-Movie Homages to Its Gleeful Amorality

  • Tarantino’s Influence Carried Over to the Soundtrack, Which Careened from Rockabilly to Grunge to Honky-Tonk to Romantic Machismo

  • Features Such Artists as Charlie Sexton, Chris Isaak, Soundgarden, Shelby Lynne, and Robert Palmer

  • Composer Hans Zimmer Also Paid Homage to Another Violent Road Movie, Badlands,with His Carl Orff-Inspired Contribution

  • For Its 25th Anniversary Release, Real Gone Music Presents the True Romance Soundtrack Inside a Custom Jacket Sporting Production Stills from the Film

  • Real Gone Music’s Release Comes in Clear with White Splatter Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1700 Copies

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    True Romance Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Clear with White Splatter Vinyl Edition) Limited to 1700 copies 

    True Romance Motion Picture Soundtrack Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Pink with Black Splatter "Alabama's Pants" Vinyl Edition) Limited to 200 copies Webstore Exclusive 

    ***SOLD OUT**** True Romance Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Red with Blue, Orange & Green Splatter "Clarence's Hawaiian Shirt" Vinyl Edition) Limited to 100 copies Webstore Exclusive 


    Though it was directed by Tony Scott, the 1993 film True Romance displayed all the signature themes and images of its writer, Quentin Tarantino, from its grisly violence to its B-movie homages to its gleeful amorality. And the same could be said of the soundtrack; alongside composer Hans Zimmer’s riff on Carl Orff (which itself was an homage to another violent road movie, Badlands), True Romance offered a playlist that smacked of Tarantino in its embrace of rockabilly (Charlie Sexton, Chris Isaak), grunge (Soundgarden), honky-tonk (Shelby Lynne), and romantic machismo (Robert Palmer’s take on “[Love Is] The Tender Trap”).Vinyl would seem a natural for such a “warped” soundtrack; and, for this 25th Anniversary reissue, we’ve crafted a custom jacket sporting production stills from the film. What’s more, this release of True Romance comes in clear with white splatter vinyl limited to 1700 copies! Consider this a homage to one of the greatest cult classic films of all time...don’t miss out on this limited edition. PLEASE NOTE: For the True Romance believers, Real Gone Music is also pressing up two super limited 25thanniversary vinyl editions exclusive to its website: a pink with black splatter “Alabama’s Pants” vinyl edition limited to 200 copies, and an orange, blue, and green “Clarence’s Hawaiian Shirt” vinyl edition limited to 100 copies

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    Aug062018

    Grateful Dead: Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 1--Big Rock Pow-Wow '69 (3CD-Set)

  • Having Reissued All of the Dicks Picks Series, Real Gone Music Continues Its Long Strange Trip with the Grateful Dead by Releasing the Road Trips Series of Live Recordings

  • Unlike Dick’s Picks, None of the Volumes in the Road Trips Series Ever Went to Retail

  • Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 1—Big Rock Pow-Wow ’69 Features Two Complete Shows from the Seminole Indian Reservation in Florida Held on May 23 and 24, 1969

  • Three Months After Live Dead and a Month After the Midwest Shows Immortalized on Dick’s Picks Vol. 26

  • With Owsley (Bear) Stanley and Timothy Leary in Attendance, Spirits Were High

  • Pristinely Recorded by Bear Himself

  • The Band Is on Fire, Particularly Jerry Garcia and Pigpen (on Two Half-Hour Renditions of “Turn On Your Lovelight”)

  • Features the Classic Period “Dark Star”/“St. Stephen”/“The Eleven”/“Turn on Your Lovelight” Sequence

  • A Rare Rendition of “He Was a Friend of Mine”

  • Also Includes “St. Stephen” Coming Out of “Drums” for the Only Time During Its 1968-1971 Incarnation

  • 16-Page 4-Color Booklet Includes Notes by Blair Jackson

  • Also a Reminiscence from Tom Constanten

  • NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE AT RETAIL

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    As Live Dead so eloquently attests, the Grateful Dead just might have been the best live band in the world during the year of 1969, so any release of material from that period is a (Dead) head turner. This release captures two complete
    concerts held at the Seminole Indian reservation in Florida on May 23 and
    24, 1969, three months after Live Dead and a month after the Midwest shows immortalized on Dick’s Picks Vol. 26. With both Bear (who recorded this show in his usual meticulous fashion) and Timothy Leary in attendance, it’s safe to say that there was something in the air at both shows; Jerry Garcia’s riffage is about as raw as it ever got, and the trademark period sequence of “Dark Star”/”St. Stephen”/”The Eleven”/”Turn on Your Lovelight” is particularly charged, with a nearly half-hour “Lovelight” shining very brightly indeed. Show two starts with another half-hour but very different “Lovelight,” as Pigpen slowly turns up the heat, followed by the rare “He Was a Friend of Mine,” “Alligator,” and another “St. Stephen” (flying out of “Drums” for the only time during its 1968-1971 incarnation) among other treats. Great graphics, too, with notes by Blair Jackson and a reminiscence by Tom Constanten. Never before available at retail!

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