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Oct022019

Coven Blood on the Snow (Red & White Blood on the Snow Vinyl Edition) LP

Coven’s Third Album, Blood on the Snow, Released in 1974 on the Buddah Label After Their Worldwide Hit “One Tin Soldier,” Took a Lighter Approach to the Occult

While the Gatefold Art Featured a Violin-Playing Devil on the Cover and Another Weird Satanic Ritual on the Inner Spread, the Lyrical Concerns Were Not Nearly as Dark

Features a More Polished Sound Courtesy of Legendary Producer Shel Talmy (Who, Kinks)

The Band Shows Impressive Range, from Punk-Ish, Stooge-Like Riffs on “Don’t Call Me” to Fleetwood Mac-Esque Melodic Turns on “This Song’s for All You Children” and “Lady-O”

Lead Singer Dawson Reaffirms Her Status as One of the Most Underappreciated Vocalists of Her Era

In the End, the Band Was Too Talented and Complex an Outfit for Buddah to Promote Properly, and Thus Blood on the Snow Was the Last Coven Album for 40 Years

First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

Features Original Gatefold Album Art and Inner Sleeve with Lyrics

“Blood on the Snow” Vinyl Pressing

Limited to 1200 Copies

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Coven: Blood on the Snow (Red & White  Blood on the Snow  Vinyl Edition) LP 

We caused a stir of supernatural proportions last year when we reissued Coven's 1969 debut album Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls, complete with nude sacrificial centerfold and instructions for a Black Mass. And Blood on the Snow, which displays a violin-playing devil on the cover and pictures of some sort of weird occult ritual on the gatefold spread, promises more of the same. But, in the sure hands of Who producer Shel Talmy, this 1974 release on the Buddah label presents a much milder, even, dare we say, benevolent version of the band that launched the whole genre of Satanic rock. Part of this was no doubt due to Coven's having gotten a taste of mass chart success in the early part of the decade with their version of 'One Tin Soldier' that was featured in the Billy Jack movie. And, while true unbeliever and lead singer Jinx Dawson'one of the most unjustly neglected vocalists of her era'is still around, guitarist Christopher Neilsen brings a lighter songwriting touch to the material, former guitarist Jim Donlinger having left to further pursue his interest in the macabre with the band H.P. Lovecraft. That's not to say that Blood on the Snow is a pop record; 'Don't Call Me' almost sounds like Raw Power Stooges, their cover of Alan O'Day's 'Easy Evil' is the toughest ever recorded, and the title song simply blazes. But only 'Blue, Blue Ships,' with its melancholy take on mortality, would qualify as a song about the occult, and numbers like 'This Song's for All You Children' and 'Lady-O' wouldn't be out of place on a Fleetwood Mac or Jefferson Starship album, thanks in part to Talmy's orchestral production touches. In short, this was a band far more talented and versatile than Buddah knew how to handle; hence this was the last Coven album to emerge for 40 years. But it's a hotly pursued one at that; and for its first-ever LP reissue, we've pressed up a white and red 'Blood on the Snow' vinyl edition limited to 1200 copies, housed inside a gatefold jacket with an inner sleeve featuring lyrics!

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Wednesday
Oct022019

Love Actually Soundtrack (2-LP Set)

  • Richard Curtis’ 2003 film Love Actually Remains One of the Best Romantic Comedies of the Last 20 Years

  • Ten Interlocking Love Stories Captured the Complexity of Modern Romance in Bittersweet, Poignant Fashion

  • Love Actually Continues to Be a Fixture on Cable TV and Even in Revival Theaters

  • Amazing Cast Included Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Billy Bob Thornton, Andrew Lincoln & Rowan Atkinson

  • But, as Director Curtis Attests in the Personal Note That Accompanies the Package, the Soundtrack Played Every Bit as Big a Role as the Actors

  • Features Songs by The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Dido, Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell, The Pointer Sisters, and Otis Redding Among Others

  • Gatefold Jacket Featuring Stills from the Film

  • Limited Red & White “Candy Cane” Vinyl Pressing

  • A Christmas Time Essential!

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  • Love Actually--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited 2-LP Red & White Edition)

    Ten interlocking love stories, one big (mostly) happy ending'Love Actually is one of the best romantic comedies of the last two decades, capturing, in poignant, bittersweet fashion, all of the complexity of modern love. One reason why Richard Curtis' 2003 film succeeded with critics and audiences alike (and still plays on cable and even in theaters all the time!) was its incredible cast: Hugh Grant, Emma Thompson, Keira Knightley, Colin Firth, Liam Neeson, Laura Linney, Billy Bob Thornton, Andrew Lincoln, Rowan Atkinson'the list goes on. But another very important reason was its score; as Curtis writes in the personal note we've included in the package, 'Without its music, Love Actually wouldn't work at all. I know'because I saw the film without the music, and 1t's a shocker.' Indeed, the high wattage star power of the actors in Love Actually is matched by its musical artists: The Beach Boys, Maroon 5, Kelly Clarkson, Norah Jones, Dido, Eva Cassidy, Joni Mitchell, The Pointer Sisters, and more (plus a bonus Christmas-themed track from Otis Redding)! The result: a listening experience every bit as satisfying (and romantic) as the film. For this holiday vinyl release, we've pressed up red and white 'candy cane' platters and put 'em inside a comely gatefold jacket. A must for the movie's many fans and a Christmastime essential!

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Wednesday
Oct022019

Coven Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls (Limited Hellfire Vinyl Edition)

  • Coven Was the First Band to Introduce Occult and Satanic Themes into Rock Music

  • The First Track on Their Debut Album, Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls, Was Called “Black Sabbath,” and the Last Track Was a Full-Fledged Black Mass, the Only Recording of Its Kind

  • Double-Gatefold Artwork Displayed Lead Singer Jinx Dawson Splayed Naked Across a Ritualistic Altar Surrounded by Hooded Band Mates

  • Also Included Full Text for a Black Mass

  • Released in 1969 at the Height of Hysteria About Satanism Whipped Up by the Manson Killings, the Album Was Withdrawn by the Dunwich Label After a Photo Surfaced of Charles Manson Carrying a Copy

  • Real Gone’s Reissue Faithfully Reproduces the Original Packaging

  • Limited Hellfire Vinyl Pressing

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    Coven: Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls (Limited Hellfire Vinyl Edition) LP

    We've reissued a lot of 'cult' albums at Real Gone Music. But of all the releases we've put out, this is the cult-iest of them all. That's because it's actually an occult album, the first record to bring Satanic themes to rock music. The upside down crosses, the 'devil's horns' hand's signs that are commonplace with metal bands both past and present'they all started here. Coven even had a bassist named Oz Osborne'and the first track on the album was entitled 'Black Sabbath,' for, er, heaven's sake! So there's no question that this 1969 album dealt with the devil first. But perhaps a little history is in order' Formed in the mid-'60s by then-teenaged vocalist 'Jinx' Dawson, drummer Steve Ross, and the aforementioned Mr. Osborne in the mid-'60s, Coven began attracting attention while opening for bands like Alice Cooper, the MC5, and The Yardbirds both for its dark psychedelic sound and for its wholehearted, unrepentant embrace of sex and Satan. During each performance, Dawson'whose vocals are somewhat reminiscent of Grace Slick with a snarl'would extend her fingers in the now-familiar devil's horns gesture while a roadie would be hung on an upside-down cross. The band caught the eye of Chicago-based producer Bill Traut, who had formed a label named Dunwich (natch'catch the H.P. Lovecraft reference?). Traut brought songwriter Jim Donlinger on board to contribute material, and ushered Coven into the studio to record Witchcraft. The result was a truly one-of-a-kind record. While subsequent bands exploited demonic imagery and occult themes for commercial success and sensationalism, Coven were true (un)believers. Thus, the last track on the album, 'Satanic Mass,' is a full Black Mass, the only recording of its kind, while the double-gatefold album jacket'which we have faithfully reproduced'not only displays a picture of a naked Dawson splayed across a ritualistic altar surrounded by hooded members of the band and its associates, but also includes the full text of a Black Mass along with lyrics to the unabashedly Satan-worshipping songs. In the end, Witchcraft was a little too far ahead of its time; coming out in 1969, at the height of hysteria about Satanism whipped up by the Manson Family murders, the album generated a firestorm of reaction, which turned into an inferno when Manson himself was photographed holding a copy of the record. The album was recalled, Dunwich withdrew support, and the band bounced around a couple of other labels before going on hiatus in 1976. But Coven remains a crucial, if underrecognized, influence on hard rock and heavy metal. Now, at last, Witchcraft Destroys Minds and Reaps Souls is reincarnated in a limited 'hellfire' vinyl pressing. Whether approached as a cultural artifact, a totemic fetish, a camp classic, or just really cool music, it will cast a spell on you.

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    Wednesday
    Oct022019

    The Munsters The Munsters (Limited Ghastly Gray Vinyl Edition)

    • Conceived in response to the Success of The Addams FamilyThe Munsters Became a Huge Hit for CBS-TV in 1964

    • Decca Records Decided to Capitalize with a Munsters- Themed Album

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

    • Hooven and Winn in Turn Hired the Wrecking Crew for the Sessions, Featuring Glen Campbell and Leon Russell

    • They 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

    • One of the Most Collectible Records Out There, Commanding Triple Digit Sums Online

    • Remastered by Aaron Kannowski

    • Reissued in Ghastly Gray Vinyl

    • Limited to 1000 Copies

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      The Munsters: The Munsters (Limited Ghastly Gray Vinyl Edition)

      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 this vinyl reissue, we've pressed up a limited edition of 1000 copies in ghoulish gray vinyl'get ready to do the Munster creep this Halloween and beyond!

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    Wednesday
    Oct022019

    Milton Delugg and His Orchestra Music for Monsters LP

  • In 1964, Commercial TV Saw No Less Than Three Comedy Series (The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Bewitched) Featuring Supernatural/Horror Themes Make Their Network Premieres

  • So Some A&R Guy in the Marketing Dept. at Epic Had the Bright Idea of Hastily Assembling a Disposable Album of TV Themes to Cash In on the Craze

  • But the Guy They Hired for the Job, Composer/Bandleader Milton Delugg, Had Different Ideas

  • Delugg Had Already Produced Buddy Holly’s 1958 Single “Rave On” and Composed “Hooray for Santa Claus,” the Catchy Theme Song to the Grade Z Film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

  • Soon, He Was to Become Musical Director for Chuck Barris’s Various Game Shows, Most Notably The Gong Show Leading His “Band with a Thug”

  • So, Delugg Was the Perfect Man to Turn Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends into Something Wild, Wonderful, and Collectible

  • His Versions of the Five TV Themes Included on the Album Are Unfailingly Inventive, Like the Great, Duane Eddy-Style Guitar Line on “The Munsters Theme”

  • But His Seven Originals Are Maybe Even Better

  • “Theme for Frankenstein” Sounds Like It Inspired Neal Hefti’s “Batman Theme,” “Ghost Meets Ghoul” Is an Affectionate Knock-Off of Henry Mancini’s “Pink Panther Theme,” and “Theme for a Mummy” Brings a Little Samba Beat to the “Inter-tainment”

  • The Result Is a Record That Commands Big Sums Online and Has
    a Special Place in the Hearts of Both TV Fans and Collectors of ‘60s Kitsch

  • First-Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Original Album Art Featuring a Great Illustration from Mad

    Magazine’s Jack Davis

  • Pressed in “Ghoulish Green” Vinyl at 45 R.P.M.

  • Limited to 900 copies

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    Milton Delugg and His Orchestra: Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends (Limited Ghoulish Green 45 R.P.M. Vinyl Edition)

    You see it over and over in the annals of record collecting. Some marketing whiz in the front office has an idea to cash in on a fad by releasing 'product' as quickly as possible. But the artist(s) hired for the project decide not to phone it in, and take things in a direction all their own. The result: a weirdly wonderful collision of the commercial and creative prized by crate diggers across the globe. Such an album is Milton Delugg & His Orchestra's Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends. Recorded in 1964, at a time when commercial TV saw no less than three comedy series (The Munsters, The Addams Family, and Bewitched) featuring supernatural/horror themes make their network premieres, this album' which, last time we looked, commands some very tidy sums online' made sure to touch all its TV bases by including the themes to all three shows mentioned above, plus The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and The Outer Limits. But, in the hands of one Milton Delugg and His Orchestra, this album takes an unexpected turn from the disposable to the delightful. That's because Delugg was literally made for this job; he composed 'Hooray for Santa Claus,' the catchy theme song to the Grade Z film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, the same year this album was made before becoming Musical Director for Chuck Barris's various game shows, most notably The Gong Show leading his 'Band with a Thug.' And, to top it all off, he produced Buddy Holly's 1958 single 'Rave On!' You'll hear all of those influences here and more, not just on Delugg's versions of TV themes''The Munsters Theme' sports a great, Duane Eddy-style guitar line'but on the seven originals he penned for the project. Thus, 'Theme for Frankenstein' sounds like it inspired Neal Hefti's 'Batman Theme' two years later, 'Ghost Meets Ghoul' is an affectionate knock-off of Henry Mancini's 'Pink Panther Theme,' and 'Theme for a Mummy' brings a little samba beat to the 'inter-tainment.' Sporting a fantastic cover illustration by Mad Magazine's Jack Davis, and mastered at 45 r.p.m. for maximum sonic thrills and chills, Music for Monsters, Munsters, Mummies & Other TV Fiends is a great listen not just at Halloween but any time of year' but since it is Halloween, we pressed up a limited edition of 900 copies in Ghoulish Green vinyl!

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    Friday
    Aug232019

    The Archies The Definitive Archies--Greatest Hits & More! (Limited Opaque Blue Vinyl Edition) LP

    • Just Like The Monkees, The Archies Were the Brainchild of Don Kirshner, and Just Like The Monkees, The Archies Were the Result of a Remarkable Collection of Talent 
    • Producer Was Jeff Barry, Co-Songwriter of Such Phil Spector Classics as “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Be My Baby,” and Producer of The Shangri-Las (“Leader of the Pack”) and The Monkees 
    • Songwriter Was Barry Discovery Andy Kim (“Rock Me Gently”), with Whom Barry Penned The Archies’ Biggest Hit, “Sugar, Sugar” 
    • Behind the Mic Was the Great Ron Dante, Whose First Chart Hit, Ironically, Was The Detergents’ “Leader of the Laundromat,” a Parody Version of “Leader of the Pack” 
    • With That Firepower Behind the Scenes, It’s No Surprise that The Archies Scored Seven Chart Hits in Quick Succession 
    • The Definitive Archies—Greatest Hits & More! Is the First Vinyl Compilation in Over 30 Years 
    • 14 Tracks Including Six of the Group’s Seven Chart Hits, Featuring Their Other Top Ten Hit, “Jingle Jangle” 
    • Unlike Recent Unauthorized Releases on LP of the Group’s Original Albums, These Tracks Are Not Taken from Vinyl Disc-Dub Sources 
    • Extensive Sleeve Notes by Ed Osborne
    • Opaque Blue Vinyl Pressing 
    • Limited to 1000 Copies 

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    The Archies: The Definitive Archies--Greatest Hits & More! (Limited Opaque Blue Vinyl Edition) LP

    The first vinyl compilation in 30 years from everybody’s favorite back-of-the-cereal-box band! And, unlike recent (and decidedly unauthorized) reissues of The Archies’ albums, this release is not a disc dub! Brainchild of Don Kirshner, the man behind The Monkees, The Archies, for all of their “manufactured” image, were actually the result of a remarkable collection of talent. Holding down production duties was Jeff Barry, whose songwriting collaborations with then-wife Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector had yielded such classics as “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Be My Baby,” and whose previous production credits included The Shangri-Las (“Leader of the Pack”) and The Monkees. Aiding Barry on the songwriting side was Barry discovery Andy Kim (“Rock Me Gently”), with whom Barry penned The Archies’ biggest hit, “Sugar, Sugar.” And at the mic was the great Ron Dante, whose first chart hit, ironically, was The Detergents’ “Leader of the Laundromat,” which was a parody version of “Leader of the Pack!” With such a surehanded production and songwriting team in tow, The Archies rattled off seven chart hits in quick succession, and you’ll find six of ‘em (featuring their other Top Ten hit, “Jingle Jangle”) here, in a 14-track compilation pressed in opaque blue vinyl limited to 1000 copies! Extensive sleeve notes by Ed Osborne accompany. While The Archies practically define the term “bubblegum,” this stuff rocks a lot harder than you might think...power pop fans, dismiss at your own peril!

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    Friday
    Aug232019

    The Rain Parade Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (Limited Red & Yellow Starburst Vinyl Edition) LP

  • The Rain Parade Was One of the Leading Lights of the Fabled L.A. Paisley Underground Movement of the Early ‘80s

  • Their 1983 Release Emergency Third Rail Power Trip Is Easily One of the Greatest Albums to Come Out of the Scene

  • The Only Release to Feature the Original Rain Parade Line-Up of Multi-Instrumentalist Will Glenn, Drummer Eddie Kalwa, Bassist Steven Roback, and Guitarists David Roback (Later of Mazzy Star) and Matt Piucci

  • Emergency Third Rail Power Trip Is the Rare Album That Wears Its Influences on Its Sleeve and Then Transcends Them

  • You’ll Hear Echoes of Pink Floyd, Byrds, Love, Buffalo Springfield, All Infused with a Deliciously Dark Psychedelic Sensibility

  • First-Ever U.S. LP Reissue and First LP Reissue in Over 30 Years

  • Original Album Art

  • Red & Yellow Starburst Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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    The Rain Parade: Emergency Third Rail Power Trip (Limited Red & Yellow Starburst Vinyl Edition) LP

    Though there are a number of worthy contenders'Dream Syndicate's The Days of Wine and Roses, The Bangles' All Over the Place, Green on Red's Gas Food Lodging among them'The Rain Parade's 1983 release Emergency 3rd Rail Power Trip places at worst in a tie for first among the greatest albums to emerge from the early '80s L.A. Paisley Underground scene. That's because the band'and the album'were probably the most transparent in their influences and probably the most successful in transcending them. Here was the jangle-rock of the Byrds married with the soft, downbeat vocal harmonies of early Pink Floyd, infused with a Love-like delicacy, peppered with a Buffalo Springfield twin lead guitar attack'yet the dark lyrical themes and droning melodies made listening to Rain Parade a singular experience, like being on an acid trip teetering on the knife edge between pure nirvana and colossal bummer. Which, for true fans of psychedelia, was an awfully sweet spot to be. Emergency 3rd Rail Power Trip was the band's debut album, and the only one to feature the original line-up of multi-instrumentalist Will Glenn, drummer Eddie Kalwa, bassist Steven Roback, and guitarists David Roback (later of Mazzy Star) and Matt Piucci; it hasn't been reissued on LP for over thirty years, and never in the U.S. We have pressed up 1000 in red & yellow starburst vinyl with original artwork intact'this record's ready to blow your your mind all over again.

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    Friday
    Aug232019

    The Vulcans Star Trek (Limited Deep Space Maroon Vinyl Edition) LP

  • The Vulcans’ Star Trek Is One of the Oddest and Most Sought-After Albums in the Voluminous Vaults of the Legendary Trojan Label

  • Brainchild of the Producer Team of Joe Sinclair, Webster Shrowder and Des Bryan, Who Wanted to Create an Easy Listening Reggae Album Akin to Switched-On Bach

  • But the Result Turned Out a Lot Weirder Than They Had Planned

  • The Producers Turned Classic Reggae Instrumentals from the Trojan Vaults Over to Keyboardist Ken Elliot, Formerly of the Prog-Rock Band Second Hand

  • Elliot Proceeded to Lay Down Utterly Warped Synthesizer Lines over Them Using the ARP-2600

  • The Result Was a Bizarre Combination of Electronic Music and Reggae, Like a B-movie Soundtrack Listened To on Laughing Gas

  • Original Artwork

  • “Deep Space Maroon” Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

  • First-Ever LP Reissue of This 1972 Release That Boldly Dubbed Where No Album Had Dubbed Before

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    The Vulcans: Star Trek (Limited Deep Space Maroon Vinyl Edition) LP

    Now for one of the oddest'and most sought-after'albums in the voluminous Trojan label catalog! In 1972, the production team of Joe Sinclair, Webster Shrowder and Des Bryan placed classic Trojan instrumental riddims in the hands of prog-rocker Ken Elliot (formerly of the group Second Hand), who proceeded to lay down utterly twisted ARP-2600 synthesizer lines over them. The intent (we think) was to cash in on the strong, early '70s easy listening market a la Switched On Bach, but the result, like so many like-minded commercial concept albums, turned out to be several parsecs weirder than the original intent. The combination of electronic music and reggae walks the tightrope between cheesy and cosmic, like a B-movie soundtrack listened to on laughing gas, and if a few tracks fall into the merely comical, don't worry, cuz the next track is gonna boldly dub where no track has dubbed before. In short, a one-off, stone cold classic, here reissued on LP for the first time ever in 'Deep Space Maroon' vinyl limited to 1000 copies!

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    Friday
    Aug232019

    The Departed--Music from the Motion Picture (Limited Kelly Green Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Determining Which of Director Martin Scorsese’s Films Is the Best Provides Endless Fodder for Debate

  • But There Is No Debate That Scorsese Has a Giant-Sized Music Obsession That He Has Pursued and Explored Through His Filmmaking

  • Many of His Films, Like The Last Waltz and the Recent Release Rolling Thunder Revue: A
    Bob Dylan Story
    , Have Taken On Music as Their Subject Matter

  • Others, Like Goodfellas, Have Almost Seemed Like Music Mix-Tapes Where It’s Hard to Tell Which Came First, the Film Imagery or the Choice of Song

  • That’s Because Nobody Cuts Film to a Great Rock and Roll Tune Like Scorsese and His Long-Time Editor Thelma Schoonmaker

  • But of All His Dramatic Films, His Lone Best Picture Winner, The Departed, Is the One Arguably Most Propelled and Defined by Its Soundtrack

  • Highlights Include Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” and a Version of “Comfortably Numb” Featuring Roger Waters, Van Morrison, and The Band

  • Now, Real Gone Music Brings the Soundtrack to The Departed to Vinyl for the First Time

  • Packaging Includes an Album Jacket and Printed Inner Sleeve Featuring Production Stills

  • Kelly Green Vinyl Pressing to Honor the Film’s Boston Irish Roots

  • Limited to 1100 Copies

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    The Departed--Music from the Motion Picture (Limited Kelly Green Vinyl Edition) LP

    Arguing about which of Martin Scorsese’s pictures is his best is fodder for an all-night bull session, but of one thing there can be no doubt: the guy
    is obsessed with music. Many of his greatest films have either been about music (e.g. The Last Waltz or the recent Dylan Rolling Thunder “documentary”) or have featured a veritable mixtape for a soundtrack; in fact, sometimes it’s hard to tell which came first, the montage accompanying the music, or his desire to have a particular song appear in a movie come hell or high water. That’s because nobody, but nobody, cuts film to a great rock and roll tune like Scorsese (and his legendary editor Thelma Schoonmaker); and of all his dramatic films, it’s his lone Best Picture winner, The Departed, that arguably is propelled the most by its soundtrack. The Dropkick Murphys’ “I’m Shipping Up to Boston” during Leonardo DiCaprio’s stint in jail is the real scene-stealer, but the version of “Comfortably Numb” during his love scene with Vera Farmiga is another highlight, albeit a controversial one (folks either love it or hate it). The rest of the soundtrack lives up to those two selections...it’s safe to say The Departed wouldn’t have gotten its Best Picture nod without Scorsese’s canny music choices. We’re bringing it to vinyl for the first time inside a jacket and printed inner sleeve, and pressing up 1100 copies in a limited kelly green edition to honor the film’s Boston Irish roots!

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    Friday
    Aug232019

    Cher & Christina Aguilera Burlesque--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Hot Pink Vinyl Edition) LP

  • The 2010 film Burlesque Was Greeted with Mixed Reviews When It Came Out, Though It Is Now Regarded as a Cult Camp Classic

  • But the Soundtrack to the Film Starring Cher and Christina Aguilera Met with No Such Criticism

  • The Soundtrack Album Went Top 20 on the Charts

  • Nominated for Grammy

  • Cher’s Performance of “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” Won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song

  • Aguilera Won Wide Acclaim for Her First Starring Role in a Film

  • Her Sassy and Brassy Takes on Two Etta James Tunes and Marlene Dietrich’s “Guy What Takes His Time” Were Reminiscent of Her #1 Album from 2006, Back to Basics

  • Worldwide LP Debut

  • Gatefold Album Jacket Featuring Sensational Production Stills

  • Limited Hot Pink Vinyl Pressing

  • Release Will Spice Up the Record Collections of Cher and Christina Aguilera Fans

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    Cher & Christina Aguilera: Burlesque--Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Hot Pink Vinyl Edition) LP

    Cher and Christina Aguilera, together? On the same soundtrack? Who cares that the Burlesque film garnered mixed reviews at best (though a lot of folks now regard the 2010 feature as a camp classic)? The soundtrack had no such difficulties; the album release went Top 20 on the charts, won a Grammy nomination, and Cher’s performance of “You Haven’t Seen the Last of Me” won a Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song. Aguilera’s star turn was something of a coming-out party, too; not only did she enjoy critical acclaim for her first leading role in a film, but her musical contributions—featuring a couple of Etta James songs and a cover of Marlene Dietrich’s “A Guy What Takes His Time’’—were sassy, jazzy, and brassy, not unlike her work on her #1 album from 2006, Back to Basics. In short, this one’s a must for fans of either artist, and for its LP debut, we at Real Gone Music have created a limited hot pink vinyl edition housed inside a gatefold cover boasting some sensational production stills!

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    Friday
    Aug232019

    Keely Smith You're Breaking My Heart (Expanded Edition) CD

  • During the Early ‘60s, the Late, Great Keely Smith Reigned with Louis Prima as Half of Las Vegas’ Royal Couple

  • But She Split from Prima and Carved Out Her Own Solo Career

  • Her Peak Solo Work Came for Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Label, Where She Negotiated a Deal Allowing Her to Retain Control of Her Masters

  • With the Cooperation of the Keely Smith Estate, Real Gone Music Is Finally Reissuing Keely’s Classic Reprise Recordings After More Than 50 Years of Being Out of Print

  • 1965’s You’re Breaking My Heart Came on the Heels of Her UK Smash Sings the Lennon-McCartney Songbook

  • Recorded in London and Released Only in Britain, It Remains Her Rarest Reprise Album

  • CD Debut

  • A Long Lost Gem Featuring Renditions of Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Neal Hefti’s “Sunday Mornin’”

  • Expanded Edition Includes a Rare Treasure, Her Unreleased Demo of Tony Hatch’s Classic Song “Call Me”

  • Notes by Steve Hochman with Vintage Pictures

  • Remastered from Original Tape Sources by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • A Missing Piece of the Keely Smith Discography

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    Keely Smith: You're Breaking My Heart (Expanded Edition) CD

    After the huge success of 1964's Sings the Lennon-McCartney Songbook in the UK, Keely went to London to record the sessions that became 1965's You're Breaking My Heart. Since it only came out in the U.K., it's easily the rarest of Keely's Reprise albums and a real gem, featuring renditions of Willie Nelson and Patsy Cline's 'Crazy' and Neal Hefti's 'Sunday Mornin.'' And for this Expanded Edition, we have excavated a genuine treasure, a demo version of Tony Hatch's classic song 'Call Me!' Remastered from original tape sources by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, and featuring liner notes by Steve Hochman with vintage photos, this debut CD release of You're Breaking My Heart restores a key missing piece of the Keely Smith discography!

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    Friday
    Aug232019

    Johnny Mathis Different Kinda Different  CD

  • Real Gone Music Continues Its Joyful Romp Through Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s (and ‘80s) Columbia Records Catalog with Two More Releases Featuring Expanded Editions of Three Albums

  • Both Releases Feature Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese Based on Exclusive Interviews with Johnny Mathis

  • Both Releases Mastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios in New York

  • I Only Have Eyes for You/Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Presents 1976 and 1977 Albums Both Produced by Frequent Mathis Collaborator Jack Gold

  • Both Albums Featured Arrangements by Gene Page, Whose Lush, Orchestral Work Graced Barry White’s Records

  • I Only Have Eyes for You Introduced Longtime Mathis Concert Favorite “Yellow Roses on Her Gown” and the Christmas Perennial “When a Child Is Born”

  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Found Mathis Saluting His Columbia Records Labelmate Barbra Streisand with the Romantic “Evergreen”

  • Bonus Tracks Include “Experience” and a Version of Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic”

  • Liner Notes Feature Quotes from Songwriter Harriet Schock (“Ooh, What We Do”)

  • Different Kinda Different Kicked Off the ‘80s with Another Jack Gold Production Arranged by Gene Page

  • Features Two Sizzling Pop-Soul Duets with Singer Paulette McWilliams, “Different Kinda Different” and “I’d Do It All for You”

  • Expanded Edition Includes a Whopping Nine Bonus Tracks

  • Bonus Track Highlights Include Johnny’s Velvety Rendition of Lionel Richie’s “Three Times a Lady” and the New Songs Recorded for Mathis’ 1981 Retrospective The First 25 Years–The Silver Anniversary Album

  • Liner Notes Include Quotes from Paulette McWilliams

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    Johnny Mathis: Different Kinda Different. CD

    Johnny Mathis ushered in the 1980s with one of his most romantic and sensual albums in his extensive discography. Different Kinda Different, his first album of the decade, teamed Mathis with producer Jack Gold and arranger Gene Page for a set that lived up to its title as it spotlighted numerous new songs as only The Voice of Romance could deliver them. Two sizzling pop-soul duets with singer Paulette McWilliams, 'Different Kinda Different' and 'I'd Do It All for You,' are at the heart of an eclectic album that also features tunes by Sammy Cahn, Teddy Randazzo, and Steve Dorff, plus a pair of classic standards ('Deep Purple,' 'Temptation'), the timeless disco anthem 'I Will Survive,' and the haunting film theme 'With You I'm Born Again.' Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records' definitive Expanded Edition of Different Kinda Different features nearly an entire album's worth of bonus tracks'nine in total. These include a brace of exciting session outtakes such as Johnny's velvety rendition of Lionel Richie's 'Three Times a Lady' and the new songs recorded for Mathis' 1981 retrospective The First 25 Years'The Silver Anniversary Album. Everything has been remastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony's Battery Studios, and the deluxe booklet features new liner notes by The Second Disc's Joe Marchese drawing upon brand-new interviews with Johnny Mathis and Paulette McWilliams.

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    Johnny Mathis I Only Have Eyes for You/Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me. CD

  • Real Gone Music Continues Its Joyful Romp Through Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s (and ‘80s) Columbia Records Catalog with Two More Releases Featuring Expanded Editions of Three Albums

  • Both Releases Feature Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese Based on Exclusive Interviews with Johnny Mathis

  • Both Releases Mastered by Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios in New York

  • I Only Have Eyes for You/Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Presents 1976 and 1977 Albums Both Produced by Frequent Mathis Collaborator Jack Gold

  • Both Albums Featured Arrangements by Gene Page, Whose Lush, Orchestral Work Graced Barry White’s Records

  • I Only Have Eyes for You Introduced Longtime Mathis Concert Favorite “Yellow Roses on Her Gown” and the Christmas Perennial “When a Child Is Born”

  • Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me Found Mathis Saluting His Columbia Records Labelmate Barbra Streisand with the Romantic “Evergreen”

  • Bonus Tracks Include “Experience” and a Version of Stevie Wonder’s “If It’s Magic”

  • Liner Notes Feature Quotes from Songwriter Harriet Schock (“Ooh, What We Do”)

  • Different Kinda Different Kicked Off the ‘80s with Another Jack Gold Production Arranged by Gene Page

  • Features Two Sizzling Pop-Soul Duets with Singer Paulette McWilliams, “Different Kinda Different” and “I’d Do It All for You”

  • Expanded Edition Includes a Whopping Nine Bonus Tracks

  • Bonus Track Highlights Include Johnny’s Velvety Rendition of Lionel Richie’s “Three Times a Lady” and the New Songs Recorded for Mathis’ 1981 Retrospective The First 25 Years–The Silver Anniversary Album

  • Liner Notes Include Quotes from Paulette McWilliams

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    Johnny Mathis I Only Have Eyes for You/Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me. CD

    Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records continue their ongoing celebration of Johnny Mathis’ legendary catalog with a new expanded two-for-one CD–and this one’s even more packed with signature Mathis songs than usual! 1976’s I Only Have Eyes for You and 1977’s Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me both reunited Mathis with a pair of his favorite collaborators, producer Jack Gold and arranger Gene Page, for silky renditions of the day’s pop smashes as only Mathis could deliver them. Page brought the same style of lush orchestration he perfected with Barry White to these sets featuring songs by the top songwriters of the day including Neil Sedaka (“The Hungry Years”), Alan O’Day (“Do Me Wrong, But Do Me”), Stephen Sondheim (“Send in the Clowns”), Marvin Hamlisch (“One”), and the team of Michael Masserand Gerry Goffin (“Do You Know Where You’re Going To,” “I Always Knew I Had Itin Me”). I Only Have Eyes for You introduced the artist’s longtime concert favorite“Yellow Roses on Her Gown” and the Christmas perennial “When a Child Is Born”as well as acclaimed singer-songwriter Harriet Schock’s “Ooh, What We Do.” Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me found Mathis saluting his Columbia Records labelmate Barbra Streisand with the romantic “Evergreen,” breathing new life into the vintage standard “All the Things You Are,” and giving a classy spin to the Annie anthem“Tomorrow.” Two outtakes, “Experience” and Stevie Wonder’s spellbinding “If It’sMagic,” round out the deluxe package. Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios has remastered both albums, and The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese has penned new liner notes based on fresh interviews with Harriet Schock and, of course, Johnny Mathis.

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    Jul292019

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

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

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

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

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

    Signed to Columbia in 1977

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

    The Result Was Absolute Chart Domination

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

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

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

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

    41 Songs in All

    Liner Notes Written by Janie Fricke Herself

    Previously Unseen Photos

    The Definitive Career Collection

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

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

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    Jul292019

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

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

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

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

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

  • Released in 1965 on Bert Berns’ Bang Label

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

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

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

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

  • Reissued on Vinyl for the First Time in 30 Years

  • Candy Apple Red Pressing

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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    Jul292019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Liner Notes by Folk-Rock Guru Richie Unterberger

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

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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

     

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    Jun292019

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

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

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

    No Matter What the Style, Smith Imbued Everything

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

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

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

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

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

    Original Gatefold Album Art

    Gold Vinyl Pressing Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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    Jun292019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • First Vinyl Pressing Since the Late ‘70s

  • Original Gatefold Album Art

  • Blue “Eternity” Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Very Bad Language Contained Herein!

  • Liner Notes by Chris Morris

  • Pressed on Lurid Purple Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

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

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

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    Saturday
    Jun292019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • 2-CD Set

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

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

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

    • Liner Notes by Scott Schinder

    • Period Photos

    • Produced by Bill Levenson

    • An Essential Addition to the Richard Thompson Discography

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

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

       

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