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May252016

REAL GONE MUSIC PARTNERS WITH ADA

NEW YORK, NY – May 23, 2016:  ADA, the independent distribution and services arm of Warner Music Group (WMG), today announced a global partnership with Real Gone Music. Real Gone Music is now being physically distributed in the U.S. and digitally worldwide by ADA. ADA also offers a full-range of additional services including digital & sales strategy, retail marketing, radio promotion, publicity, synch licensing, and marketing.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining the ADA family,” said Gordon Anderson, Co-President of Real Gone Music. “Just take one look at their label roster and you will know we are in good company indeed. We think that with the support of ADA’s fantastic distribution team we can dig even deeper into the vaults to find the kinds of rare treasures that music collectors and consumers want.”

“Real Gone Music has a treasure trove of classic hits and never before released material. I’m thrilled they chose ADA as their partner to distribute their music across the country, and across the globe,” said Eliah Seton, President of ADA Worldwide. “We look forward to working with the label not just on distribution, but on a range of services, to connect their music with their fans.”

Real Gone Music, formed and helmed by industry vets Gordon Anderson and Gabby Castellana, is an eclectic and prolific catalog and reissue label. Anderson and Castellana each started businesses in 1993 — Collectors’ Choice Music and Hep Cat Records & Distribution, respectively — that became two of the most important outlets for buyers and sellers of vintage music recordings. They joined forces in 2011 to launch Real Gone Music, which serves both the collector community and the casual music fan with a robust release schedule combining big-name artists with esoteric cult favorites. Among the label’s most notable releases are complete singles collections on CD from The Mamas and the Papas and The Grass Roots, deluxe LP releases from Question Mark and the Mysterians, a previously unreleased live show from Tower of Power, the complete Christmas recordings of Johnny Mathis, and all 36 volumes of the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks series of live performances. Real Gone’s future release schedule is similarly eclectic, with unreleased live sets from The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Fairport Convention, a limited color vinyl pressing of X Ray Spex’s classic Germfree Adolescents album, and singles collections from Wilson Pickett and Sonny and Cher on tap. Real Gone Music is dedicated to combing the vaults for sounds that aren’t just gone — they’re REAL gone.


About ADA
 
ADA is a worldwide service organization committed to independent artist and label development. As part of Warner Music Group, ADA gives the indie community access to an unparalleled global distribution system and a dedicated team that provides a complete spectrum of marketing, merchandising, promotion, and music licensing services.  ADA was created in 1993 to focus on the independent music business, where some of the most successful artists and record labels have built their initial followings. ADA marries the effectiveness and convenience of a major label with the marketing sensibilities of an independent. ADA’s partners include Alligator, Bar None, Beggars Group, Comedy Central, Domino, Dualtone, Epitaph, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Matador, Merge, Mute, Nettwerk, New West, Real World, Rise, Secretly Canadian, Smithsonian Folkways, Sumerian, Sub Pop, Tommy Boy, Vice, and many others.

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Friday
May202016

Clint Eastwood Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites (Limited “Tobacco Brown” Vinyl Edition). LP

  • Clint Eastwood Has Always Displayed a Deep Love and Aptitude for Music Throughout His Career as an Actor and Director (e.g. Play Misty for Me; Bird)

  • This 1962 Album Captures Him Right at the Beginning of His Career, Fresh from His Success on the TV Series Rawhide

  • He Croons a Collection of Country-Western Favorites Including “Along the Santa Fe Trail” and “Tumbling Tumbleweeds”

  • Real Gone Music and ABKCO Music and Records Salute the Iconic Image of Clint Eastwood with a Limited Edition Brown Vinyl Pressing of Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites

  • Limited to 400 Copies 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    Clint Eastwood: Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites (Limited “Tobacco Brown” Vinyl Edition). LP

    Clint Eastwood? That Clint Eastwood? Well, sure…Clint has demonstrated a deep love and aptitude for music as both an actor and a director (e.g. Play Misty for Me; Bird) during his entire career, and here you catch him right at the beginning of it, fresh from his success on the TV series Rawhide, crooning (and quite competently so) a collection of country & western favorites! And since Clint was often seen in those days clutching a cheroot between his teeth, we've pressed up 400 copies of the LP in tobacco brown vinyl! A little-known side of one of Hollywood’s biggest icons, courtesy of Real Gone Music and ABKCO Music and Records!

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    Friday
    May202016

    Question Mark and The Mysterians: Action (Limited Yellow Vinyl Edition)

  • Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan, Question Mark and the Mysterians Were the Garage Band’s Garage Band

  • Featuring the Inimitable Vocal and Visual Stylings of Question Mark Himself

  • Action Was Their Second Album, from 1967

  • Featured the Hits “Girl (You Captivate Me)”and “Can’t Get Enough of You Baby”

  • Mastered at 45 RPM for Maximum Sonic Impact

  • Yellow Vinyl Edition Limited to 385 Copies 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    Question Mark and The Mysterians: Action (Limited Yellow Vinyl Edition). LP

    Hailing from Saginaw, Michigan, Question Mark and The Mysterians will forever be anointed as the garage band’s garage band, with all the bona-fides collectors of ‘60s cool cherish—the name, derived from a Japanese horror film; the sound, an insistent, three chord beat powered by that unmistakable Vox organ tone; and, of course, the sunglasses-shod Question Mark himself, who claims to have been born on Mars and lived among the dinosaurs in a past life. By exclusive arrangement with ABKCO Music, we at Real Gone Music are releasing their 1967 album Action in limited edition yellow vinyl; this one didn’t see any chart “action,” but did notch a couple of hits with "Girl (You Captivate Me)" and "Can’t Get Enough of You Baby." Mastered at 45 rpm for maximum sonic effect!

     

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    Friday
    May202016

    Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain: Original Soundtrack (Limited White Vinyl Edition). LP

  • Holy Mountain, Alexandro Jodorowsky’s second film, went even further in its exploration of the surreal than its predecessor, El Topo

  • Cult Classic Soundtrack Was Composed by Jazz Legend Don Cherry, Studio Musician Ron Frangipane, and Jodorowsky

  • Gatefold Double-LP Edition Features Liner Notes from New York Times Contributor Eric Benson

  • Mastered from Original Tapes by Joe Yannece

  • LacquerCuttingbyCarlRowattiatTrutone Mastering

  • White Vinyl Edition Limited to 372 Copies 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    One of the ironies of the career of Chilean-born filmmaker Alexandro Jodorowsky is that while he is best known as a visual stylist, his most avid and loyal champions have often been musicians. When Jodorowsky arrived in New York from Mexico City in 1970 carrying a copy of the then-unreleased El Topo, it was the jazz producer Alan Douglas who bought the distribution rights to the film. When Jodorowsky and Douglas were looking for a venue in which to screen El Topo, it was John Lennon and Yoko Ono who asked for it to run at midnight following their short-film festival at New York’s Elgin Cinema. After six months of sold-out midnight screenings at the Elgin, it was Lennon’s manager, Allen Klein (ABKCO’s founder), who bought the rights to El Topo and agreed to produce its follow-up, The Holy Mountain. And when Jodorowsky wanted, in his words, “another kind of music—something that wasn't entertainment, something that wasn't a show, something that went to the soul, something profound,” for the soundtrack to The Holy Mountain, forward came jazz legend Don Cherry and crack studio musician (and one-time Archie) Ron Frangipane to share composing and (along with Jodorowsky) conducting duties. And, boy, did they deliver—the score to The Holy Mountain is every bit as hallucinatory as the fantastic visual imagery in the film itself. The deep, primordial chants that begin the movie, “Trance Mutation,” give way to an almost jaunty percussion-and-plucked-strings melody, “Pissed and Passed Out.”

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    Friday
    May202016

    El Topo Soundtrack Album (Limited “Coke Bottle” Clear Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Alexandro Jodorowsky’s 1970 Debut Film El Topo Shocked Critics and Enthralled Everybody from John Lennon to Peter Gabriel

  • The Soundtrack Ranges from Tibetan Buddhist Thighbone Trumpets to Sentimental Chamber Orchestra Pieces

  • Real Gone Music and ABKCO Music & Records’ Reissue of the LP Release Replicates the Original Gatefold Packaging and the Four-Page Booklet Boasting Some of the Film’s Hallucinogenic Imagery

  • Lacquer Cutting from Original16-TrackAnalog Tapes by Carl Rowatti at Trutone Mastering

  • Limited Edition of 330 Copies in “Coke Bottle” Clear Vinyl 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 


    El Topo: Soundtrack Album (Limited “Coke Bottle” Clear Vinyl Edition). LP

    Championed by everybody from John Lennon to Peter Gabriel—and decried by “Establishment” critics ranging from Vincent Canby to Gene Siskel—El Topo remains one of the controversial movies ever made. Director Alexandro Jodorowsky’s bizarre, blood-soaked blend of spaghetti Western, druggy surrealism, Christian allegory, Zen Buddhist themes and avant-garde sensibilities gave rise to the entire “Midnight Movie” counterculture phenomenon of the early ‘70s and forever changed the way adventurous audiences viewed film. Or, for that matter, heard film; for no soundtrack, before or since, has embraced so many styles in its pursuit of spiritual and artistic goals. Atonal, Tibetan Buddhist thighbone trumpets clash with beautiful, even sentimental, chamber orchestra pieces alongside pan flute rhapsodies, brass bands and parlor jazz; that Jodorowsky himself composed the score—after, no doubt, intently studying the work of Morricone--is almost as impressive an artistic achievement as the film itself. Now, Real Gone Music, in partnership with ABKCO Music & Records, is issuing this one-of-a-kind soundtrack album on LP in a limited edition "Coke Bottle" clear vinyl edition. What’s more, the vinyl reissue replicates the gatefold packaging of the original LP and include the four-page booklet boasting some of the film’s hallucinogenic imagery that came with the original release. Produced for reissue by ABKCO’s in-house Engineer Teri Landi and Mick Gochanour, with lacquer cutting by Carl Rowatti at Trutone Mastering from the original 16-track analog tapes, Real Gone/ABKCO’s release of El Topo on LP fully captures Jodorowsky’s singular sonic vision.

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    Friday
    May202016

    Patty Duke The Complete Album Collection (2-CD Set)

  • With Critically and Popularly Acclaimed Roles in The Miracle Worker and The Patty Duke Show, Patty Duke Was America’s Most Popular Teenager in the Early and Mid-‘60s

  • Her Fame on Screen Resulted in a Recording Contract with United Artists, Where She Recorded Four Albums

  • The Complete Album Collection Includes All Four Albums (Don’t Just Stand There, Patty, Patty Duke Sings Songs from Valley of the Dolls, and Patty Duke Sings Folk Songs)

  • Patty Duke Sings Folk Songs Was Never Commercially Released

  • Also Includes Bonus Tracks

  • 48 Tracks in All

  • Mastered from Original Tapes

  • Liner Notes Include Quotes from Patty Duke Herself

  • A Timely Tribute to the Late, Great Legend 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    Patty Duke: The Complete Album Collection (2-CD Set)

    There was a lot of competition in the mid-‘60s for the title of America’s Most Popular Teenager, but a convincing case can be made that Patty Duke was IT. In 1962, at the age of 16, she became the youngest actress ever to win an Academy Award for her portrayal of Helen Keller in the film The Miracle Worker, a role she originated on Broadway. Then, in 1963, she was given her own series, The Patty Duke Show, in which she played two different leading roles of “identical cousins” (an ironic circumstance given Patty’s bouts of manic depression and her later championing of the cause). Like so many teen stars before and after her, stardom on television quickly translated into a recording contract and appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show, Shindig! and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, resulting in four albums for United Artists, all of which we are reissuing with bonus tracks. Don’t Just Stand There and Patty came out in 1965 and 1966, respectively; besides the first album’s Top Ten title track, they included the hits “Say Something Funny” and “Whenever She Holds You” (we’ve included another hit, “Funny Little Butterflies,” as a bonus track). 1967’s Sings Songs from Valley of the Dolls was a darker, more mature album as befitting her controversial role in the film Valley of the Dolls; we’ve paired that album with the never-before released album of folk songs she recorded with United Artists in 1968. All four albums are taken from the original master tapes; they feature additional photos and liner notes with quotes from Patty Duke herself. Long-lost music from one of the truly iconic figures in ‘60s pop culture

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    Friday
    May202016

    Sea Level Sea Level/Long Walk on a Short Pier

  • With an Initial Band Line-Up Including Three Members of the Allman Brothers Band (Keyboardist Chuck Leavell, Percussionist Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson, and bassist Lamar Williams), Sea Level Was the Prototypical Jam Band, Offering a Tasty Fusion of Jazz, Blues, and Rock

  • This Twofer Presents Their Self-Titled Debutand Long Walk on a Short Pier, Their Last Album for the Capricorn Label

  • Long Walk on a Short Pier Was Not Released for 20 Years Due to a Contractual Dispute

  • Both Albums Are Long Out of Print and Sell for Big $ Online

  • Scott Schinder’s Liner Notes Feature Exclusive Quotes from Band Leader Chuck Leavell 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    Sea Level: Sea Level/Long Walk on a Short Pier. CD

    Having put out Sea Level’s second and third albums, we’re now polishing off their Capricorn album catalog by releasing the first and last albums on a single CD! Sea Level had begun as a Allman Brothers spinoff, with three members of the mid-‘70s ABB (keyboardist Chuck Leavell, percussionist Jai Johanny “Jaimoe” Johanson and bassist Lamar Williams) leading their proto-jam band mixture of jazz, blues, and rock on the debut record, which was highlighted by such instrumentals as “The Rain in Spain” and “Tidal Wave” as well as the Leavell organ showcase “Grand Larceny.” And though the band had changed quite a bit between the first and fourth record—Jaimoe and drummer George Weaver had left, and guitarist Davis Causey, saxophonist/keyboardist Randall Bramblett, and drummer Joe English had joined—the band maintained its superb “level” of musicianship, even though Long Walk on a Short Pier didn’t come out in the U.S. for 20 years due to contractual problems with Capricorn. Both albums have been out of print on CD for over a decade and command huge prices on the reselllers’ market; they appear here with notes by Scott Schinder featuring exclusive quotes from Chuck Leavell himself!

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    Friday
    May202016

    Survivor The Definitive Collection (2-CD Set)

  • After Leading the Chicago-Based Band The Ides of March (“Vehicle”), Jim Peterik Founded Survivor Along with Guitarist Frankie Sullivan in 1978

  • After a Couple of Releases for the Scotti Brothers Label, the Band Struck Gold When Sly Stallone Tapped Them to Record the Theme for Rocky III

  • The Resulting Track, “Eye of the Tiger,” Became One of the Biggest Hits of the ‘80s, Going to #1 and Taking the Album of the Same Name to #2 on the Charts

  • The Definitive Collection Is by Far the Most Comprehensive Collection Ever of This Legendary Windy City Band

  • 35 Tracks Including Key Songs from the Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison Lead Vocalist Eras

  • Includes All but Two of the Band’s Hits, Highlighted by “Eye of the Tiger,” “Poor Man’s Son,” “American Heartbeat,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You,” “The Search Is Over,” “Burning Heart”

    (from Rocky IV), “Is This Love,” and More

  • Bill Kopp’s Liner Notes Include Exclusive Quotes from Jim Peterik

  • Added Photos and Album Art 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    Survivor: The Definitive Collection (2-CD Set)

    After leading The Ides of March (“Vehicle”) and recording a solo album for Epic in 1976 (whose liner notes termed him “a survivor,” thus inspiring the band name), vocalist-guitarist-keyboardist Jim Peterik formed Survivor in 1978 along with guitarist Frankie Sullivan. After recording a couple of moderately successful albums for the Scotti Brothers label, the band struck gold when Sly Stallone tapped them to record the theme song for Rocky III. “Eye of the Tiger” went to #1, took the album of the same name to #2, and cemented Survivor’s place in rock history. Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present the most comprehensive collection ever devoted to this Windy City legend, a 2-CD set offering 35 tracks taken from the peak 1978-1988 years, featuring key tracks from both the Dave Bickler and Jimi Jamison lead vocalist eras. All but two of the band’s hits are here, including such indelible tracks as, of course, “Eye of the Tiger,” “Poor Man’s Son,” “American Heartbeat,” “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High on You,” “The Search Is Over,” “Burning Heart” (from Rocky IV), “Is This Love,” and more. Liner note writer Bill Kopp sat down for a nice, long interview with Jim Peterik, and we’ve included photos and album art. The definitive collection indeed…get your ‘80s groove on!

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    Friday
    May202016

    The Delfonics 40 Classic Soul Sides (2-CD Set)

  • The Delfonics Were One of the First and Greatest Philly Soul Vocal Groups

  • 40 Classic Soul Sides Is by Far the Largest Delfonics Collection Ever

  • Includes All but Six Tracks from Their Four Classic Philly Groove Albums Plus Three Non-LP Sides

  • Masterful Soul Crafted by Producer-Songwriter Thom Bell and Songwriter-Lead Vocalist William Hart

  • Includes Such Career Touchstones as “La-La Means I Love You,” “You Got Yours and I’ll Get Mine,” “(Didn’t I) Blow Your Mind This Time,” “Trying to Make a Fool of Me,” “I’m Sorry,” “Break Your Promise,” and More

  • Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Include Quotes from Thom Bell, William Hart, and Philadelphia Sound Sideman Extraordinaire Bobby Eli

  • The Definitive Delfonics! 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    The Delfonics: 40 Classic Soul Sides (2-CD Set)

    Hey Philly Soul fans—we are going to blow your minds this time! Here is (by far) the biggest anthology ever afforded the trio that pioneered the Philadelphia Sound, The Delfonics, featuring 40 sweetly soulful tracks, most of ‘em recorded under the watchful eye of the great Thom Bell and featuring the potent songwriting team of Bell and lead singer William Hart. In fact, this collection is so comprehensive that it’s missing only six tracks from the group’s four classic Philly Groove studio albums, and has thrown on three non-LP sides to boot! Every key track is here, including “La-La Means I Love You,” “You Got Yours and I’ll Get Mine,” “(Didn’t I) Blow Your Mind This Time,” “Trying to Make a Fool of Me,” “I’m Sorry,” “Break Your Promise,” “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love), and more, all beautifully remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York. And for an extra special treat, Joe Marchese’s notes include exclusive quotes from Thom Bell, William Hart, and legendary Philly Soul sideman Bobby Eli. Undeniably definitive Delfonics!

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    Friday
    May202016

    Eddy Arnold Each Road I Take—The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions

  • With 147 Chart Hits to His Name, Eddy Arnold Is One of Country Music’s Largest Legends

  • Each Road I Take—The Lee Hazlewood & ChetAtkins Sessions Captures Him in 1970, When His Career Was at a Crossroads

  • Includes the Album Love and Guitars, the Last Record He Would Cut with Chet Atkins

  • Also Includes the Only Album Arnold Cut with Famed Producer Lee Hazlewood (e.g. Nancy Sinatra), Standing Alone

  • Both Albums Have Never Been on CD

  • Love and Guitars Is a Largely Acoustic Record Featuring Guitar Work from Jerry Reed, Harold Bradley and Even Atkins Hmself

  • Standing Alone Features the Legendary Wrecking Crew

  • Both Albums Offer Songs by a Remarkably Wide Range of Songwriters

  • Also Includes Four Rare Single Sides

  • Features Two Unreleased Tracks from the Lee Hazlewood Sessions

  • 27 Tracks in All

  • Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese with Added Photos

  • A Real Gone Music/The Second Disc Production 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 


    Eddy Arnold: Each Road I Take—The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions. CD

    The countrypolitan crooner Richard Edward Arnold – better known as Eddy Arnold – scored 147 U.S. chart hits between 1945 and 2008, sold over 85 million records, and earned inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry. Yet, in 1970, the superstar known as “The Tennessee Plowboy” found himself at a crossroads. That year, he released two remarkable albums ending one chapter in his career and beginning another. Love and Guitars would be his final full-length collaboration with Nashville-based producer and legendary guitar man Chet Atkins, with whom he had first worked in 1950. Standing Alone marked his first and only project with hip maverick Lee Hazlewood – a pairing which inspired some of the finest vocals Arnold ever committed to record.

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    Friday
    May202016

    Brook Benton: Rainy Night in Georgia—The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s (2-CD Set)

  • Brook Benton Was One of the All-Time Great Soul Balladeers

  • But His Last Great Body of Work, the Jimmy Bowen-Produced Sides He Cut for Reprise and the Arif Mardin-Produced Sides He Cut for Cotillion, Remains Largely Unavailable

  • Rainy Night in Georgia—The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s Includes Both Sides of Every Single He Cut for the Two Labels

  • 31 Tracks in All, 28 from Original Tape Sources

  • 30 of 31 Tracks Are Presented in Their Original Mono Single Mixes; “My Way” Appears in Its Rare Stereo Single Mix

  • Benton’s Staggering Stylistic Versatility Is on Full Display, Ranging from Pop Standards to Gospel to Southern-Dipped Soul Featuring the Dixie Flyers

  • Includes Such Key Tracks as “Rainy Night in Georgia,” “Shoes,” “Nothing Can Take the Place of You,” and “Don’t it Make You Want to Go Home”

  • Liner Notes by Gene Sculatti

  • Added Photos

  • Belongs Right Next to Benton’s Fabled Mercury Material 

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    Brook Benton: Rainy Night in Georgia—The Complete Reprise & Cotillion Singles A’s & B’s (2-CD Set)

    He’s one of the all-time great soul balladeers, with 58 pop and 38 R&B hits to his credit, and his beautiful baritone is one of the most recognizable voices in all of pop and soul music, but Brook Benton has never had any kind of collection devoted to his last great body of work, the Jimmy Bowen-produced sides he recorded for Reprise and the Arif Mardin-produced material he recorded for Cotillion during the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Now, in true Real Gone fashion, we’ve put together a two-CD package that includes the A and B-side of every single side Benton recorded for the two labels, all but one (see below) in their original mono single mixes and, after an exhaustive vault search, all but three from original tape sources.

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    Friday
    May202016

    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 27

    • The Legendary Series of Peak Live Shows, Carefully Culled Straight from the Band's Vaults

    • Dick's Picks 27 Is the Only Volume to Feature the Final Line-Up of the Band

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 27—Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA 12/16/92 (3-CD Set)

    This is the only Dick’s Picks volume to feature the final Dead line-up, with Vince Welnick assuming all keyboard duties after the departure of Bruce Hornsby, and, fittingly enough, it provides quite the showcase for the ex-Tubes keyboardist’s vocal chops on the unexpected covers of the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows!” Those are two of the four bonus songs taken from the next night’s show at the same venue; the rest of this 3-CD set presents the complete 12/16/92 Oakland show, which offers among its treasures a rare (albeit abbreviated), ‘90s reading of “Dark Star,” a great, Pigpen-tribute rendition of “Good Lovin’,” Bob Weir’s fine reading of Willie Dixon’s “The Same Thing” and a marvelously exploratory “Playing in the Band/Drums/Space” segment. One of the best ‘90s Dead shows, presented in HDCD sound—never before available in stores!

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    Friday
    May202016

    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 29

    • Two Shows Taken from the Scintillating Spring '77 Tour in Support of Forthcoming Terrapin Station Album

    • Includes Hidden Bonus Tracks from October'77

    • Largest Dick's Picks Volume in the Series at 6 CDs

    • Recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 


    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 29—5/19/77 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA 5/21/77 Lakeland Civic Center Arena Lakeland, FL (6-CD Set)

    Start talking tours to any Deadhead you know and just say “Spring ‘77”—chances are a big smile will steal across his or her face. That’s because of all the road trips in the Dead’s long history, arguably the one that saw the most consistently high level of playing was the Spring ’77 tour the band undertook in support of its forthcoming Terrapin Station album. And that’s why, out of the 36 volumes in the Dick’s Picks series, only one, this one, is a 6-CD set (there isn’t even a 5-CD set)! Inside are two complete shows minus one encore (from the Florida show), plus some equally fantastic, unlisted bonus tracks from a 10/11/77 show in Norman, Oklahoma, all impeccably recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson. Highest among the many highlights from the Fox Theatre show are the version of Sugaree and the incredible segue from Playing in the Band to Uncle John’s Band (also don’t miss the unbilled, primal version of Not Fade Away). But the Lakeland show just may take the cake—two medleys, a breathtaking Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain and a jaw-dropping Estimated Prophet/He’s Gone/Drums/The Other One/Comes a Time/St. Stephen/Not Fade Away/St. Stephen/One More Saturday Night, are the icing. Comes with original slipcased packaging—never before available in stores!

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    Friday
    May202016

    The Electric Prunes

    • First-Ever Legitimate Collection of Their Wondrously Adventuresome Singles

    • Presented in Original Mono Mixes, Which Were Markedly Different from Album Versions

    • Liner Notes Include Track Commentary by Band Members

    • Photos of Band and Singles Included

    • Features "I Had Too Much to Dream (Last Night)" and "Get Me to the World on Time"

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    THE ELECTRIC PRUNES: The Complete Reprise Singles. CD

    Though the Electric Prunes were responsible for some of the boldest and most experimental pop of the late ‘60s, they always were, more than just about any band of their ilk, a singles-oriented act, at least in their earliest incarnation. In fact, according to vocalist James Lowe, the engineers at American Recording, where many of their early singles were recorded, used to transmit the single mixes to a radio in a car parked outside the studio to make sure the songs sounded good in the medium through which most people would hear them. As a result, the Prunes singles were punchier than their album counterparts, and were, above all, mono—yet to date, no legitimate collection has ever compiled these singles, many of which have never been on CD in their original mix. Now, for the first time, Real Gone Music has assembled all 23 of their original single sides for Reprise, which span several band line-ups and several legendary producers (Dave Hassinger, David Axelrod) with very different visions, yet remain of remarkably consistent high quality.  Richie Unterberger’s notes include track commentary from the band and shots of the original singles themselves. Special bonus: the band’s demonstration of the Vox Wah-Wah Pedal!

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    Friday
    May202016

    The Tubes

     Two Charting Albums from One of the Most Original and Provocative Acts of the '70s

    • Now Issued on CD for the First Time in the U.S.

    • New Liner Notes by Gene Sculatti Feature Fresh Quotes from Drummer Prairie Prince

    • Includes Such Tubes Classics as "Don't Touch Me There," "Slipped My Disco," "God-Bird-Change," and "Cathy's Clone"

    • Original Inner-Sleeve Art Included

    AVAILABLE July 1, 2016 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON! 

    The Tubes: Young & Rich/Now (2-CD Set)

    The fact that these two albums, their second and third releases, have been out of print for years—and Now never even issued on CD in this country—is eloquent testimony to the fact that the Tubes are one of the most underrated bands of the ‘70s (though not underrated by all—used CD copies of these albums go for staggering figures online). This was a band that blended disparate strands of Album-Oriented Rock into a vision all their own. Salacious Zappa-like satire? Check. Over the top theatricality a la Alice Cooper? Check. BOC-like hard rock? Check. Even avant-garde, Beefheart-ian atonality cropped up in unexpected places. Yet underneath all the pomp and circumstance this San Francisco group was still just a bar band, and it was these radically different stylistic directions that held back these records from widespread commercial success even as they rewarded those listeners that hung on for the ride. Whether live, with the various personas adopted by Fee Waybill, or in the studio, the Tubes approached each song as a conceptual art piece; such songs as  “Don’t Touch Me There,” “Slipped My Disco,” “Cathy’s Clone” and “God-Bird-Change” attest that they damn well pulled it off. One CD wasn’t enough to hold these records; we’ve given them each their own disc, and added liner notes by Gene Sculatti drawn from a new interview with drummer Prairie Prince along with the original inner-sleeve art. Essential ‘70s artifacts whose vision remains vital and relevant.

     

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    Apr202016

    Sam Samudio Sam, Hard and Heavy. CD

    • After Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs Folded in the Late ‘60s, Lead Singer and Front Man Domingo “Sam” Samudio Recorded This Collector’s Dream of a Solo Album in 1971 for Atlantic Records

    • Produced by the Legendary Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd

    • Includes Such Hallowed Sidemen as Duane Allman, The Sweet Inspirations, The Memphis Horns, and The Dixie Flyers Led by Jim Dickinson

    • A Little Hard Rock, a Little Tex-Mex, a Little Blues, and Always Rockin’

    • Won a Grammy for Samudio’s Hilarious, Stream-of- Consciousness Liner Notes, Reproduced Here

    • Also Includes Additional Liner notes by Richie Unterberger 

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    SAM SAMUDIO: Sam, Hard and Heavy CD

    After the late-‘60s collapse of Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, the band’s front man and lead singer Domingo “Sam” Samudio signed a solo deal with Atlantic and recorded this 1971 slice of collector nirvana. Why nirvana? Well, aside from Sam’s estimable vocal and songwriting contributions, the album boasted contributions from, oh, about a half-dozen different flat-out legends, including producers Tom Dowd and Jerry Wexler and sidemen the Dixie Flyers (led by Jim Dickinson), the Memphis Horns, the Sweet Inspirations, and some session guitarist named Duane Allman! Sam’s born-to-be-wild pose on the front cover tips you off to the sound; this album updated the Pharoahs’ frat-boy garage raunch with a nod towards hard rock (“Relativity” and “Don’t Put Me On”), while also harkening back to his Tex-Mex (“Don’t Put Me On”) and blues (“Key to the Highway”) roots. Little wonder, then, that vinyl copies of this record—which makes its CD debut here—fetch a pretty penny when and if you can find it. The album also won a Grammy for Sam’s hilarious, stream-of-consciousness liner notes (“Thank the monkey”), which we’ve reproduced here along with new notes by Richie Unterberger. We’ve also added a bonus single side, Sam’s version of “Me and Bobby McGee” featuring Duane Allman on dobro--don’t miss this one!

     

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    Apr202016

    MAYNARD FERGUSON: THE NEW SOUNDS OF MAYNARD FERGUSON/ COME BLOW YOUR HORN—THE COMPLETE CAMEO RECORDINGS. CD

     

    • Both Records Maynard Ferguson Recorded for the Cameo Label in 1963

    • Two of the Most Collectible Albums in the Maynard Ferguson Catalog on One CD, Recorded Between His Stints for the Roulette and Mainstream Labels

    • Features His Great Roulette Band of Lanny Morgan, Willie Maiden, Frank Vicari, Mike Abene, Ronnie Cuber and Arranger Don Sebesky

    • Includes a Bonus Track from the New Sounds Sessions

    • Remastered Straight from the Original Tapes

    • New Liner Notes

    • Maynard’s Complete Cameo Recordings 

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    Maynard Ferguson: The New Sounds of Maynard Ferguson/Come Blow Your Horn—the Complete Cameo Recordings. CD

    Released through Real Gone by arrangement with ABKCO Records, this twofer features two of the most collectible albums in the entire Maynard Ferguson catalog, the two records he recorded in 1963 for the Cameo label in between his stints at the Roulette and Mainstream labels. Maynard still has his great Roulette band of Lanny Morgan, Willie Maiden, Frank Vicari, Mike Abene, Ronnie Cuber and master arranger Don Sebesky et al. with him on these recordings. Sourced from the original master tapes, this marks the first time these rare gems will be legitimately released on CD. Both albums feature driving big band arrangements of both standards and originals, and we have unearthed an unreleased bonus track from the New Sounds sessions, a take on the classic The Song Is You, exclusively for this reissue. Remastered straight from the original tapes with new liner notes—Maynard’s complete Cameo recordings!

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    Apr202016

    Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks 25

     

    • The Legendary Series of Peak Live Shows, Carefully Culled Straight from the Band's Vaults
    • Dick's Picks 25 Was Recorded by Owsley "Bear" Stanley and Betty Cantor-Jackson, Offering Some of the Best Fidelity in the Series

    • Features a Rare Cover of "Werewolves of London"

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    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks 25—May 10, 1978 New Haven, CT May 11, 1978 Springfield, MA (4-CD Set) 

    This pair of Grateful Dead shows, taken from an extended East Coast run in the Spring of 1978, not only were among the best of the year, but—with the loving touch of Bear and Betty Cantor-Jackson at the controls—rank as one of the most beautifully recorded entries in the Dick’s Picks series. Both concerts—which appear here minus just two and three songs, respectively—find the group in exceptionally lyrical form on ballads like “Loser,” “Stella Blue,” “Looks Like Rain” and “They Love Each Other.” Also not to be missed is a superlative, slowed-down version of “Friend of the Devil” and the rare performance of Warren Zevon’s “Werewolves of London” as an encore (the band only played it about a dozen times live). Full of diamonds for Deadheads.

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    Apr202016

    GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 31

    • The Legendary Series of Grateful Dead Live Recordings, Originally Unavailable in Stores

    • Dick’s Picks Vol. 31 Presents the Wall of Sound Tour at Its Zenith

    • Includes Two Epic Versions of “Playing in the Band”

    • Features Highlights from Three Consecutive Nights of Shows

    • Dick’s Picks Vol. 25 Was Recorded by Bear and Betty Cantor-Jackson and Is Among the Highest-Fidelity Volumes in the Series

    • Features Exceptionally Lyrical Performances of “Loser,” “Stella Blue,” “Looks Like Rain,” and “They Love Each Other”

    • Also Includes a Great, Slowed-Down Version of “Friend of the Devil” and a Rare Performance of “Werewolves in London”

    • Two Complete Shows Less Five Songs 

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    Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 31—8/4-5 Philadelphia Civic Center, Philadelphia, PA 8/6/74, Roosevelt Stadium, Jersey City, NJ (4-CD Set)

    This Dick’s Picks volume captures the Dead right in the thick of the legendary 1974 Wall of Sound tour and only two months away from leaving the road for a year-and-a-half hiatus. The Wall of Sound was, of course, the massive sound system designed by Owsley “Bear” Stanley that was so meticulously constructed that, for example, each string of Phil Lesh’s bass had its own speaker (and was so daunting to transport and assemble that it was dismantled after the tour). The result was a crystal-clear sound that to this day stirs controversy among the band’s fans. It certainly complemented and even encouraged the band’s continued move away from the country-rock of Workingman’s Dead towards a jazz fusion sound best expressed by the two epic versions of Playing in the Band found here. As opposed to most Dick’s Picks collections, this four-disc set offers highlights from three consecutive nights of shows rather than presenting shows in their entirety; the result is that each disc stands on its own as a musical statement. Highly rated by aficionados, and possibly the best Wall of Sound set of shows available, in HDCD sound to boot. Never before available in stores. 

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    Apr202016

    LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III LOUDON WAINWRIGHT III/ALBUM II The Atlantic Recordings. CD

  • Perhaps No Singer-Songwriter Has Ever Bared His or Her Soul Quite Like Loudon Wainwright III

  • His First Two Albums, Cut for Atlanticin1970and1971, Respectively, Tackled Such Subjects as Lust, Suicide, and Fear of Parenthood Head On

  • Belying Their Serious Subject Matter, They Are Also Among the Funniest Singer-Songwriter Records Ever Made

  • Both Records Appear on The Atlantic Recordings Along with a Bonus Track

  • Originally Released as a Limited Edition That Sold Out Immediately

  • Back in Print by Popular Demand

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    Loudon Wainwright III: Loudon Wainwright III/Album II—The Atlantic Recordings. CD

    No singer-songwriter has ever stared at himself in the mirror with quite the intense honesty displayed by Loudon Wainwright III throughout his career, but his first two albums, cut for Atlantic in 1970 and 1971, respectively, really bare the soul to a degree perhaps only rivaled by John Lennon’s first solo album with the Plastic Ono Band. Lust, suicidal feelings, fear of parenthood; all are grist for Loudon’s songwriting mill—with such fearless introspection, little wonder he later became an acclaimed actor. But if this all sounds like a tedious wallow, it’s not, for Wainwright is also probably the funniest singer-songwriter ever (Sample rhyming couplet: “And a baby can spot your shtick/All the coochy coochy coo is a lot of poo poo when you spread it on that thick”). This Real Gone release finally brings to retail the original limited edition Rhino Handmade set that was only available online, and then only for a heartbeat before it sold out, complete with bonus track (“Drinking Song”). These 24 tracks represent Loudon’s complete Atlantic recordings…indispensable stuff!

     

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