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May292019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Black and White “Cabaret Smoke” Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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Wednesday
May292019

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

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

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

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

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

  • CollaboratedwithLemmyofHawkwindand Motörhead and Wayne Kramer of the MC5

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

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

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

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

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

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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

     

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    Monday
    May062019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Artwork

  • In Stereo

  • Green Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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    Monday
    May062019

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

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

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

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

  • Natural Feelings Was His First Album as a Bandleader

  • Recorded Right About the Time He Was Recording Bitches Brew

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

  • Also Features Airto’s Wife, Vocalist Flora Purim

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

  • First Vinyl Reissue in Over 45 Years

  • Original, Wild Hieronymus Bosch Album Art

  • 180-Gram Black Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 500 Copies

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

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

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Limited Edition of 1500, Sure to Sell Out Fast

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

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

     

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gatefold Package Includes a Plethora of Production Stills

  • Blue “Galaxy” Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1400 Copies!

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

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

    Cleopatra Jones Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Vinyl LP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • First Domestic Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Artwork

  • Pressed in Red & Blue Starburst Vinyl

  • Limited to 700 Copies!

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

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

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    Dorothy Ashby and Frank Wess In a Minor Groove Vinyl LP

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • First Domestic Vinyl Reissue

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

  • Original Album Art

  • Neon Green Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

    Nitro O.F.R. LP

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Album Lives Up to Its Title and Its Genesis

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

  • Cosmetic Stylings No “Hair Metal” Band Can Touch

  • The Album Charted, Peaking at #140

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Album Art Including Lyric Inner Sleeve

  • Red & Yellow “Explosion” Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 700 Copies

  • Keep Flammable Materials Away When Spinning!

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

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

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    Tuesday
    Apr022019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Thursday
    Mar072019

    2019 RECORD STORE DAY RELEASES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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    Thursday
    Mar072019

    Ben Folds Live at Myspace CD & 2-LP Set

    • Now, Real Gone Music Once Again Provides
      the Ben Folds Fanbase with a Hotly Anticipated CD and LP Debut of a Long-Lost Live Concert

    • Ben Folds: Live at My Space Presents the 2006 Concert that the Social Media Giant Myspace Produced for Its First-Ever Webcast

    • Features Folds and Band (Bassist Jared Reynolds and Drummer Lindsay Jamieson) Performing Songs from His Third and
      Latest Solo Album, 
      Supersunnyspeedgraphic, as Well as Several Songs from His Previous Band, Ben Folds Five

    • Recorded in a Custom Set Built into Folds’ Home Studio in Tennessee, the Concert Boasts Pristine Sound Despite the Live Setting

    • Highlights Include the Audience Singalong on “Army” and Folds’ Radically Different Cover Version of Dr. Dre’s “Bitches Ain’t Shit”

    • Also Includes as Bonus Tracks Five Songs from Folds’ 2005 Performances for theiTunes Originals Series

    • The Bonus Tracks Comprise What Is Practically a Greatest Hits Encore, Featuring the Smash “Brick”

    • Both CD and Gatefold LP Package Include Notes by Bill Kopp Offering Exclusive Quotes from Ben Folds

    • Both Packages Include Photos from the Myspace Gig

    • 2-LP Set Comes in White Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies

    • An Essential Addition to the Ben Folds Canon

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      Remember Myspace? It was the precursor to Facebook, and, for its time, almost as ubiquitous online. By August 2006, Myspace had over a hundred million member accounts, and, in October of that year, it decided to launch its first-ever webcast. The artist chosen for this epochal event? Ben Folds. The hour-long program featured Folds in front of a small audience housed in a custom set built right in Folds’ home studio in Tennessee, performing songs from his third and latest solo album, Supersunnyspeedgraphic, as well as a couple of tunes from his previous group, Ben Folds Five. As the first concert offered in real-time by the social networking site, Folds and his band (bassist Jared Reynolds and drummer Lindsay Jamieson) were arguably positioning themselves on the leading edge of entertainment-meets-technology. “Well, it felt like someone was,” Folds says today with a chuckle, “But I didn't think it was me. My fans and people around me were always really computer savvy, and there was a lot of hyping of [the event].” Now—just like it did with its release of Ben Folds Five: The Complete Sessions at West 54th—Real Gone Music is bringing this superlative show to CD and LP for the first time with its release of Ben Folds: Live at Myspace, a single CD/double vinyl package featuring all 12 songs from Folds’ Myspace performance along with five bonus tracks from the digital-only iTunes Originals series. Featuring pictures from the Myspace gig and liner notes by Bill Kopp offering Ben Folds’ reminiscences about the concert, this is as close as you can get to being there, and the studio-quality sound may just convince you that you are there if you just shut your eyes. We’ve also created custom gatefold jacket art for the vinyl release, which is being pressed in white vinyl limited to 1000 copies. Though Folds was focused on showcasing his newer material, he happily performed fan favorites in the all-requests Live at Myspace set. The highlight among these is the audience singalong on “Army,” a song originally released on 1999's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. Long-time Folds fans know that the crowd stepping in for the studio album version’s brass section is a concert staple, and the Myspace audience does not disappoint with its call-and-response verve. Another highlight of Live at Myspace is a cover of hip-hop giant Dr. Dre's “Bitches Ain't Shit.” Possibly taking advantage of the fact that webcasts aren't subject to the same rules imposed upon American radio stations by the FCC, Folds and his band mates sink their collective teeth into the rap classic from Dre's 1992 debut album, The Chronic, radically transforming the track—just as Folds had done with the Flaming Lips' “She Don't Use Jelly”—into something wholly unlike its original version. And, the bonus iTunes Originals performances from 2005 are practically a greatest hits encore, featuring the much loved song “Brick.” Another long-awaited addition to the Ben Folds canon!

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    Mar072019

    Revenge of the Nerds Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited "Pocket Protector Brown" Vinyl Release) LP

  • Revenge of the Nerds Was the Animal House of the ‘80s, a Rite of Passage for Every High Schooler and College-Bound Student Who Wasn’t Head Cheerleader or Captain of the Football Team

  • Its Classic, Underdog, Nerd-Gets-Girl Story Was Irresistible and Presaged the Rise of the Techie Generation

  • Though Some of the Movie’s Stereotypes Seem Out of Date, One Thing Has Remained Timeless: Its New Wave Soundtrack

  • Among the Sought-After Tracks are “One Foot in Front of the Other” by Bone Generation, “Are You Ready for the Sex Girls” by Gleaming Spires, and “Right Time for Love” by Pat Robinson & Jill Michaels

  • Also Includes Two Tracks by The Rubinoos

  • First-Time Vinyl Reissue

  • “Pocket Protector Brown” Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies!

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    Revenge of the Nerds: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited "Pocket Protector Brown" Vinyl Release) LP

    NERDS! Unless you were head cheerleader or captain of the football team, watching this film was a rite of passage (and indeed, sweet revenge) for any ‘80s high schooler or college matriculator; in fact, Revenge of the Nerds was such a classic that it spawned three sequels. But none of them compare to the 1984 original, which substituted the socially challenged “I.T. guy” for the slobs of Animal House in its classic underdog story complete with nerd gets girl happy ending. Along the way it offers something to offend just about everyone, especially in today’s “woke” climate, but one thing about the movie has stood the test of time: its killer new wave soundtrack! “One Foot in Front of the Other” by Bone Symphony—produced by Giorgio Moroder protégé Richie Zito—might be the highlight, but “Are You Ready for the Sex Girls” by Gleaming Spires and “Right Time for Love” by Pat Robinson & Jill Michaels have their share of devotees. And any soundtrack with two tracks by The Rubinoos is just fine in our book! For its maiden vinyl reissue, we at Real Gone Music have pressed up 1000 copies in limited edition “pocket protector brown” vinyl…gentlemen, start your turntables (and your slide rules)!

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    Tuesday
    Jan082019

    Gordon Lightfoot The Complete Singles 1970-1980 (2-CD Set)

    • Nobody Sounds Like Gordon Lightfoot

    • Neither Pop Nor Rock Nor Country Nor Folk, His Music Is Unvarnished and Direct, and Completely Uncompromising

    • Both Marvelous Interpreter of Other Writers’ Material and a Sublime Songwriter in His Own Right, He Is Deservedly a Legend and an Icon in His Native Canada

    • Lightfoot Never Set Out to Be a Popular Artist

    • But, When He Moved from United Artists to Reprise and Began Working with Producer Lenny Waronker, the Hits Soon Followed

    • Starting with “If You Could Read My Mind,” Lightfoot Reeled Off 13 Chart Singles and Four Top Ten Entries during the ‘70s as Well as a Host of Adult Contemporary and Country Chart Appearances

    • Now, Real Gone Music Has Compiled the A and B-Sides of All the Singles Lightfoot Recorded with Waronker (and Joe Wissert) for Reprise and Warner Bros.

    • 34 Sides in All Featuring Hard-to-Find B-Sides

    • Debut CD Appearance of the Single Versions of “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “Rainy Day People”

    • Also First Time on CD for Six Mono Single Versions

    • Careful Curation of Single Versions

    • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

    • Additional Mastering and Tape Vetting by Aaron Kannowski

    • Annotated by Folk Rock Expert Richie Unterberger

    • The Complete Singles 1970-1980 Represents a Key Piece of the Lightfoot Canon

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      Gordon Lightfoot: The Complete Singles 1970-1980 (2-CD Set)

      Gordon Lightfoot is a genre unto himself. Neither pop nor folk nor country nor rock, his music is unvarnished, direct, a statement from one heart to another (as Lightfoot has stated, “I like to keep things simple. I don’t like to make them complicated”). And this uncompromising stance has not only made him a legend (particularly in his native Canada, where he is a full-fledged icon), but also, somewhat paradoxically, brought him huge commercial success (which, ironically, has in turn caused some to discount his prodigious songwriting talent). For Gordon Lightfoot never set out to be a “popular” singer-songwriter. When he signed with Warner Bros. and began working with producer Lenny Waronker, Lightfoot thought of himself as an album artist, and, indeed, the Lightfoot-Waronker songwriter-producer partnership (with a brief period with Joe Wissert as producer) yielded nine charting albums—and that’s not even counting the compilations—highlighted by a #1 slot for 1974’s Sundown. But, starting with 1970’s “If You Could Read My Mind,” Lightfoot also reeled off 13 Pop chart singles including 4 Top Tenners during the ‘70s, as well as a host of Adult Contemporary and Country chart appearances, which is again testimony to his ability to transcend musical styles. Now, Real Gone Music has for the first time ever compiled the A and B-sides of ALL the singles Lightfoot recorded with Waronker and Wissert for the Reprise and Warner Bros. labels, 34 sides in all featuring all the hits and hard-to-find B-sides. Lightfoot collectors will find much to feast on here; the single versions of “Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald” and “Rainy Day People” make their CD debuts, as well as six other songs that appear in their mono single versions on CD for the first time (many of the early ‘70s singles were issued in both mono and stereo, sometimes one format for promo and another for commercial, “stock” 45s; we have used the “stock” version in all cases and gone with the one for which we had the best sources in those cases where commercial 45s were released in both stereo and mono). And, for the more casual Lightfoot fan, this 2-CD set provides an ideal, in-depth overview of the artist’s “classic” period, peppered with one memorable tune after another. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, with additional mastering and tape vetting by Aaron Kannowski, and annotated by folk rock guru Richie Unterberger, The Complete Singles 1970-1980 represents a key addition to Gordon Lightfoot canon and is just a wonderful listen from start to finish.

       

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    Tuesday
    Jan082019

    John Hartford Backroads, Rivers & Memories CD

  • John Hartford’s Legend and Influence Extend Way Beyond “Gentle on My Mind” and His Appearances as the Banjo-Playing Sidekick on The Glen Campbell Good Time Hour

  • Hartford Was an Indispensable Sideman on Such Seminal Albums as The Byrds’Sweetheart of the Rodeo, James Taylor’sMud Slide Slim, and Many Others

  • On His Own He Singlehandedly Created the “Newgrass” Genre with His Beloved 1971 Release, Aereo Plain

  • Now, Real Gone Music Presents Backroads, Rivers & Memories—The Rare & Unreleased John Hartford, a Collection of 27 Tracks Licensed Directly from the John Hartford Estate

  • 19 Previously Unreleased Tracks

  • Features Five Hartford Songs Never Heard Before in Any Version

  • Includes 16 Unreleased Songwriting Demos Dating from 1965 to 1969

  • Three Unreleased Radio Performances from 1964

  • Eight Ultra-Rare Early Singles with the Ozark Mountain Trio

  • Includes Previously Unheard Versions of Such Hartford Favorites as “This Eve of Parting” (from the recent indie hit filmLady Bird), the iconic “Gentle on My Mind,” and a Brief Recording of the First Rehearsal of the Bluegrass Classic “Steam Powered Aereo Plain.”

  • Compiled and Annotated by Musician and Hartford Scholar Skip Heller

  • Mastered by Kevin Chubirka at Haven

  • Photos from the Hartford Family’s Private Archive

  • Destined to Be One of the Year’s Most Talked-About Bluegrass Releases

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    John Hartford: Backroads, Rivers & Memories--The Rare & Unreleased John Hartford. CD

    If all John Hartford had done was to write “Gentle on My Mind”, his legend would be sealed as a songwriting giant. But his talent as a singer and instrumentalist catapulted him to fame not only as the banjo-playing sidekick on the Glen Campbell Good Time Hour TV show of the late sixties, but also as an in-demand studio sideman (the Byrds’ fabled Sweetheart of the Rodeo, James Taylor’s Mud Slide Slim, and countless others). In the midst of this, he formed the band that made Aereo Plain, the 1971 record that defined newgrass before theprogressive new style had a name. Or any other practitioners. That bold, singular approach was actually years in the making. Starting his professional life as a St Louis banjo player obsessed with Flatt & Scruggs’ history-making bluegrass, John Hartford seemed at the outset to have set out on a conventional country music path, complete with a white cowboy hat, pickin’ and singin’ on the radio, and pressing up singles of his bluegrass group, inching slowly and inevitably towards Nashville. Along the way, he picked up some newinfluences, including Bob Dylan and Roger Miller. And he recordedevery step, every song of his musical sojourn.

    Backroads, Rivers & Memories collects 27 recordings, 19 of which have never been released, the other 8 being his ultra-rare early singles with the Ozark Mountain Trio. Licensed directly from the John Hartford estate, the set features three live radio cuts from 1964, and 16 beautifully rendered 1965-1969 songwriter demos, including 5 Hartford newly-uncovered originals never heard before. Fanfavorites include “This Eve of Parting” (from the recent indie hit filmLady Bird), the iconic “Gentle on My Mind”, and a brief recording ofthe first rehearsal of the bluegrass classic “Steam Powered AereoPlain.”

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    Tuesday
    Jan082019

    Gun Gun (Limited "Red Devil" Vinyl Edition) LP

    British Hard Rock Group The Gun Was the Starting Point for the Careers of Adrian and Paul Gurvitz, Who Went On to Found Three Man Army and The Baker Gurvitz Army Among Many Other Projects

    • Their 1968 Self-Titled Debut Album Drew Attention for Its Bold Blend of Psychedelia, Hard Rock, Mod, and Prog-Rock Sounds

    • Featured the Song “Race with the Devil,” Which Has Been Covered by Everybody from Judas Priest to Girlschool to Black Oak Arkansas

    • Gun Also Marked the Album Illustration Debut of Roger Dean, Whose Artwork for Yes Became Emblematic of the Band

    • Real Gone Music’s Reissue Preserves Dean’s Startling Original Album Art

    • Unavailable on Vinyl for About 30 Years

    • Pressed in “Red Devil” Vinyl

    • Limited to 1000 Copies


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    Gun Gun (Limited "Red Devil" Vinyl Edition) LP

    This 1968 release wasn’t just the debut album for the British band The Gun; it also marked the debut of a number of notable artists and their creations. First of all, this was the first album recorded by the Gurvitz brothers, bassist/vocalist Paul and guitarist/vocalist Adrian; they went on to form Three Man Army (with Buddy Miles among other drummers) and then The Baker Gurvitz Army with Ginger Baker of Cream among many other projects. Gun also introduced the song “Race with the Devil,” which scored the band its only hit and was covered by everybody from Judas Priest to Girlschool to Black Oak Arkansas. And, finally, take a gander at that incredible front cover artwork…yes, that is the maiden album illustration of one Roger Dean, whose otherworldly creations graced the covers of many a Yes album cover (Yes vocalist Jon Anderson was for a short time a Gun member, in fact). Armed with such a collection of talent, and a dazzling stylistic breadth that ranged from psychedelic to hard rock to mod to Procol Harum-esque prog, it’s little wonder that Gun has seen multiple reissues, but it’s been about 30 years since it’s been available on vinyl. Our limited edition (of 1000) “red devil” vinyl pressing presents the original artwork intact. A classic of ‘60s British rock!

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    Friday
    Jan042019

    Timothy Leary Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out—The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Red, Blue & Green "Kaleidoscope" Vinyl Edition) LP

    Labeled “The Most Dangerous Man in America” by Richard Nixon, Timothy Leary Was One of the Most Intriguing and Enigmatic Figures to Emerge from the ‘60s

    One Part Psychologist, One Part Psychonaut, and One Part Huckster, Leary Capitalized on Media Coverage to Become the Spokesperson of the Counterculture’s Experimentation with Drugs and Especially LSD

    His 1967 Mercury Album Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out—The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Was Released Under Typically Hazy Circumstances

    The Record Was the Soundtrack to a Film Nobody Ever Saw, and One Which to This Day Remains Subject to Speculation

    It Appears that Leary, His Partner Rosemary Woodruff Leary, and Fellow Psychedelic Adventurer Ralph Metzner Made a Film Chronicling a Metzner’s Experience of an LSD Trip

    Leary Acts as Guide and Rosemary Leary the Divine Presence as Metzner Journeys Through His Body, Through His Memory, and All the Way Back to His Evolutionary Cellular Origins

    But, Unlike the Album by the Same Name That Leary Released a Year Earlier on The ESP-Disk label, Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

    Is No Mere Spoken-Word Record

    Leary’s Rap Is Accompanied by a Mesmerizing East-West Blend of Guitar, Tabla, and the Rarely-Heard Veena, an Indian Instrument Akin to a Sitar or a Sarod

    Music, Voice, and Sound/Studio Effects Combine to Create a Musique-Concrete Effect

    Trippy and Disorienting, the Record and Its Song Titles Are Designed to Mimic the Trajectory of an Acid Trip

    It’s Also a Time Trip Back to the Heady Days of the Summer of Love

    Pressed in Red, Blue & Green “Kaleidoscope” Vinyl

    Limited to 1600 Copies!

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    Timothy Leary: Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out—The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Red, Blue & Green "Kaleidoscope" Vinyl Edition) LP

    One part psychologist, one part psychonaut, and one part huckster, Dr. Timothy Leary was one of the most fascinating and enigmatic figures to emerge from the ‘60s, and the fact that he released a soundtrack to a film that nobody ever saw fits right in with his modus operandi. Indeed, mass confusion reigns as to the origin of the tracks found on Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out. First of all, Leary had released an album by the same name a year earlier on the ESP-Disk label; that one was a spoken word record offering Leary’s thoughts on LSD, philosophy, and religion. Then, in 1967, Mercury Records released this record, ostensibly a soundtrack recording, but to what? Latter day sources differ as to this question; IMDB claims the soundtrack hails from five short films (including footage of the San Francisco Be-In and Andy Warhol’s Plastic Inevitable, and an early Nam June Paik film featuring The Beatles), but then how could there be one soundtrack to five separate and distinct films? Other authorities provide a more plausible answer—Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out was a film that Leary, his partner Rosemary Woodruff Leary, and long-time psychedelic traveling companion Ralph Metzner made that was so far out (even for 1967), that it received little theatrical release if any at all. In it, Leary guides Metzner on a trip through his body, through his memory, and all the way back to his evolutionary cellular origins, while Rosemary is the divine connection echoing Leary’s calming words. But, unlike its eponymous predecessor, this is no mere spoken-word record; alternating with and accompanying Leary’s rap is a mesmerizing East-West blend featuring guitar, tabla, and the rarely-heard veena, an Indian instrument akin to a sitar or a sarod, while odd use of reverb and sound effects create a musique concrete effect blending voice and music. Trippy? You bet. Even the song titles chart the course of an acid trip. It’s also a bit of a time machine back to the heady days of the Summer of Love; and for this limited edition vinyl reissue, we’ve pressed up 1600 copies in red, blue & green “kaleidoscope” vinyl. Turn on and tune in with the guy Richard Nixon called "The most dangerous man in America!"

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    Friday
    Jan042019

    Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane Mahoney's Last Stand--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Green Vinyl Edition) LP

  • The soundtrack to Mahoney’s Last StandIs One of the Rarest Entries in the Respective Discographies of Faces Members Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Never Before Reissued on LP

  • Green Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 700 Copies!

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    Ron Wood & Ronnie Lane: Mahoney's Last Stand--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Green Vinyl Edition) LP

    What do two Faces do when their lead singer (bon vivant Rod Stewart) doesn’t show up for the Ooh La La recording sessions? They work on a soundtrack for an obscure film by actor and friend Alexis Kanner (most famous for his guest roles on the late-‘60s TV series The Prisoner), and draft the uppermost rank of British rock royalty to play on it! Indeed, given the pedigree of the personnel on this project, it is rather stunning how obscure this 1976 album from Faces members Ron Wood and Ronnie Lane remains, having only been issued on CD abroad and for a brief time at that (and never reissued on LP); one suspects it has much to do with the flop of the film (which appears to have only been screened at the Canadian Film Festival), and the fact that the original LP was released four years after it was recorded in 1972. Just listen to the roll call of session men on Mahoney’s Last Stand, which was produced by Glyn Johns, himself a British rock and roll noble of good standing and fresh from producing Paul McCartney and Wings’ Red Rose Speedway when he worked on this album: Pete Townshend (guitar and “special electronic effects”), Blind Faith and Family member Rick Grech, fellow Faces Ian McLagan and Kenney Jones, soon-to-be fellow (for Wood) Rolling Stones habitués Ian Stewart, Bobby Keys, and Jim Price, Micky Waller (Wood’s fellow member in the Jeff Beck Group of the late ‘60s), and Grease Band member Bruce Rowland to name but a few. As for the music, much of it has a rustic, rural feel in keeping with the film’s setting, which follows the misadventures of a recluse who rents a ramshackle farm in the Canadian countryside, with some nods (“Woody’s Thing”) towards the blues-rock Wood would explore with Keith Richards in the Stones. But without a doubt thehighlight is Lane’s “Just for a Moment,’ which is here in both vocal and instrumental versions; it’s a prime example of the wistful roots- rock that made Lane’s post-Faces solo career so compelling. For the first-ever vinyl reissue of this overlooked gem, we’ve pressed up 700 copies in green vinyl...better hurry, though, cuz they will in deed last “just for a moment.”

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    Friday
    Jan042019

    Joe Bataan Afrofilipino (Limited Opaque Yellow Vinyl Edition)

  • Joe Bataan is an American Treasure, and His Career Embodies the Indomitable Spirit of the American Dream

  • Born 1942 to African-American and Filipino Parents in Spanish Harlem

  • Leader of a Street Gang and Incarcerated for Car Theft

  • Emerged from Prison to Create His Unique Blend of Boogaloo, Doo Wop, and Soul

  • Signed by Fania Records, Where He Had a Very Successful Eight-Album Run

  • Then Co-Founded Salsoul Records, as Well as Inventing the Name (Salsa Plus Soul = Salsoul)

  • Recorded Three Albums for Salsoul, of Which Afrofilipino Was the First

  • Afrofilipino Added Disco and Funk to the Salsa and Soul Mix

  • Recorded on Both Ends of the Country, so an “East Coast Side” and a “West Coast Side”

  • Featured the Very Best Session Musicians Including Richard Tee, John Faddis, Cornell Dupree, Randy Brecker, and David Sanborn

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Newly Remastered for Vinyl by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Opaque Yellow Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies!

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    Joe Bataan: Afrofilipino (Limited Opaque Yellow Vinyl Edition)

    Joe Bataan’s career offers a true All-American success story. Born on November 15, 1942 to African-American and Filipino parents in Spanish Harlem, Bataan briefly led a street gang and spent time in a correctional facility on a stolen car charge before emerging in the mid ‘60s to author his own unique blend of boogaloo, doo wop, and soul. Bataan’s sound caught the ears of Fania Records, who signed him for a string of eight successful albums before Bataan left to co-found the Salsoul label—he also came up with the name, a combination of salsa and soul—where he recorded three albums, of which this 1975 record was the first. You’ll hear a little disco and funk mixed in with the salsa and soul on this release, whose “East Coast Side” and “West Coast Side” were recorded on opposite sides of the country. But no matter where Bataan laid down the tracks, he made sure to get the best musicians—playing on Afrofilipino is a veritable Who’s Who of session cats including Richard Tee, John Faddis, Cornell Dupree, Randy Brecker, and David Sanborn. For the first-ever vinyl reissue of this classic Latin R&B album, we've given it a brand-new remastering (by Mike Milchner at SonicVision), and pressed up 1000 copies in opaque yellow vinyl…hip-shakin’ stuff!

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    Ken Boothe Black, Gold & Green (Limited Black & Green Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Ken Boothe Is One of the Greatest Singers to Come Out of Jamaica

  • His Gritty Vocals Brought the Sound of Memphis Soul to the Kingston Rock Steady and Reggae Sound

  • Boothe Began His Solo Career on the Legendary Clement “Coxsone” Dodd’s Studio One Label, then Worked with Leslie Kong on His Beverley’s Records Label

  • But in 1973, Boothe Made a Major Career Shift and Signed with the Trojan Records Label

  • Black, Gold & Green Is the First Record Boothe Cut with Trojan

  • It Was Also the First Record He Made with Producer Lloyd Charmers

  • Features Much Darker and More Politically Aware Material Than That Offered by Boothe’s Previous Albums

  • Highlights Include “Out of Love,” “Missing You,” and a Great Cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine”

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Remastered for Vinyl by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Pressed in Black & Green Vinyl

  • Limited to 700 Copies!

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    Ken Boothe: Black, Gold & Green (Limited Black & Green Vinyl Edition) LP

    Ken Boothe had left his “Mr. Rock Steady” days far behind him by the time he recorded this 1973 album, his first with producer Lloyd Charmers and his first for the legendary Trojan label. Black, Gold & Green took Boothe in a much darker and more politically aware direction, and featured some of the best and most passionate soul singing of his career, particularly on “Out of Love,” “Missing You,” and his fantastic cover of Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” This is Memphis-meets-Kingston reggae soul at its very best, and for its first-ever vinyl reissue, we’ve had Mike Milchner at SonicVision remaster the album, and pressed it up in black and green vinyl limited to 700 copies. Essential!

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