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May112017

TRUE ROMANCE Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Pillow Feather White & Blood Red Splatter Vinyl Edition) (LP)

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

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

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

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

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

Though the Soundtrack Is a Perennial Favorite on CD, and Seems Tailor- Made for Vinyl Release, It Has Never Appeared on LP Outside of a South Korean Release of Dubious Origin

For Its First Legitimate Release on Vinyl, Real Gone Music Presents The True Romance Soundtrack Inside a Gatefold Album Jacket Featuring Commissioned, Custom Artwork by Rafał Wechterowicz.

This Artwork Is Exclusive to This Album’s Initial Manufacturing Run and Will Never Be Reprinted

Real Gone Music’s Release Comes in Pillow Feather White with Blood Red Splatter Vinyl

Limited to 2000 Copies 

AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

   True Romance: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack  (Limited Pillow Feather White & Blood Red Splatter Vinyl Edition) (LP)

Though it was directed by Tony Scott, the 1993 film True Romance displayed all the signature themes and images of its writer, Quentin Tarantino, from its grisly violence to its B-movie homages to its gleeful amorality. And the same could be said of the soundtrack; alongside composer Hans Zimmer’s riff on Carl Orff (which itself was an homage to another violent road movie, Badlands), True Romance offered a playlist that smacked of Tarantino in its embrace of rockabilly (Charlie Sexton, Chris Isaak), grunge (Soundgarden), honky-tonk (Shelby Lynne), and romantic machismo (Robert Palmer’s take on [Love Is] The Tender Trap).Vinyl would seem a natural for such a “warped” soundtrack; yet, outside of a very limited South Korean edition of dubious origin, the soundtrack to True Romance has never made it to LP. So how does a reissue label rectify this grievous oversight? With a bang! Real Gone Music and Wargod are proud to announce the first-ever legitimate release of the True Romance soundtrack on vinyl, housed inside a gatefold album jacket featuring commissioned, custom artwork by Rafał Wechterowicz. This artwork is exclusive to this album’s initial manufacturing run and will never be reprinted. What’s more, our release of True Romance comes in pillow feather white with blood red splatter vinyl limited to 2000 copies! Consider this our own homage to one of the greatest cult classic films of all time…don’t miss out on this limited edition.

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May112017

TIM BUCKLEY Sefronia & Look at the Fool LPs

  • Of all the Great ‘60s& ‘70s Singer-Songwriters, Tim Buckley May Have Been the Most Talented

  • As a Singer, Buckley Was Unmatched, with Amazing Vocal and Emotional Range

  • As a Songwriter, Buckley Was Never Satisfied with the Status Quo, Going from Fragile Folk-Rock to Avant-Garde Jazz to Blue-Eyed Soul in the Course of His Short Eight-Year Career

  • Buckley’s Legend Has Continued to Grow, as Fans Constantly Discover New Facets of His Career

  • The Last Two Albums He Recorded During His Lifetime, Sefronia and Look at the Fool, Are Among His Most Controversial

  • Both Albums Mark a Stylistic Turn to R&B Out of Keeping with His Previous Releases

  • But Buckley Reveals Himself to Be Quite the Blue-Eyed Soul Singer on These Two Records, Which Deserved a Wider Audience Than They Got

  • Real Gone’s Vinyl Reissue of These Two Albums Features a Brand-New Remastering by Bill Inglot from the Original Master Tapes, a Significant Sonic Upgrade from What Has Been Available Previously

  • First Viny lIssue Since the Late ‘80s

  • Each Record Comes in Two Versions

  • An Audiophile 180-Gram Black Vinyl Edition Limited to 400 Copies

  • A Colored Vinyl Edition (Salmon Pink for Sefronia, Crimson for Look at the Fool) Limited to 300 Copies

  • Two Records Over due for Reappraisal 

    AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON!

    Tim Buckley: Sefronia (Limited Salmon Pink Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    Tim Buckley: Sefronia (Limited 180-Gram Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    1. Dolphins
    1. Quicksand
    2. Honey Man
    2. I Know I'd Recognize Your Face
    3. Because of You
    3. Stone in Love
    4. Peanut Man
    4. Sefronia--After Asklepiades, After Kafka
    5. Martha
    5. Sefronia--The King's Chain
    6. Sally Go 'Round the Roses

    Tim Buckley: Look at the Fool (Limited Crimson Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    Tim Buckley: Look at the Fool (Limited 180-Gram Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    1. Ain't It Peculiar
    1. Look at the Fool
    2. Bring It On Up
    2. Who Could Deny You
    3. Helpless
    3. Mexicali Voodoo
    4. Down in the Street
    4. Freeway Blues
    5. Tijuana Moon
    5. Wanda Lou

    The list of ‘60s and ‘70s singer-songwriters is long and full of legends; but perhaps the most talented of that very talented bunch was Tim Buckley. Certainly when it came to singing Buckley was at the very top; his range was unmatched, capable of covering several octaves and acres of emotion in one breath, from sweet, tenor tenderness to hoarse, cracking anguish. And his songwriting showed a similar wide range; in the course of eight short years Buckley went from baroque, psychedelic folk rock to jazzy, even avant-garde ravings to blue-eyed soul. This extreme eclecticism, of course, worked against Buckley commercially; by the time his fans caught up to his latest stylistic change he was off on another. But it’s also one of the reasons why his reputation has steadily grown in the years since his untimely death in 1975; countless listeners only familiar with his early Elektra albums have found themselves floored by his later output. Which is where we find ourselves with 1973’s Sefronia, one of the most controversial albums of his career. Long-time fans decried this record as a sellout, and indeed its soft ‘70s funk feel is jarring to those used to his more adventurous work.

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    May112017

    Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club (Limited Blue & Yellow Starburst Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    • Tom Tom Club Was Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth of Talking Heads

    • Their 1982 Self-Titled Debut Was Made in Barbados After the Intense Album Sessions for Remain in Light

    • Features Adrian Below and Steven Stanley from the Remain in Light Band

    • Though It Was Made as Something of a Lark, Tom Tom Club’s Mix of Downtown Alternative and Hip Hop Aesthetics Became Enormously Influential

    • Includes the Hit Singles “Wordy Rappinghood” and “Genius of Love”

    • Blue and Yellow Starburst Vinyl Edition Limited to 700 Copies 

    • AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON!

      Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club (Limited Blue & Yellow Starburst Vinyl Edition) (LP)

      The Talking Heads spawned a number of worthy side projects and spinoffs—David Byrne & Brian Eno’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Jerry Harrison’s The Red and the Black—but none were as funky, danceable, and flat-out fun as Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth’s Tom Tom Club. Conceived as something of a larkish break from the grandly realized intellectual and artistic pretensions of the Heads’ Remain in Light record, the duo’s self-titled 1981 debut was recorded in Barbados with Weymouth’s sisters and Adrian Belew and Steven Stanley from the Remain in Light band, and not only spawned a couple of hit singles in “Genius of Love” and “Wordy Rappinghood” but also became, in its own way, enormously influential. This was the sound of downtown New York talking, listening, and rapping to the burgeoning hip hop movement, a hybrid heard in a whole host of acts in the ‘80s and ‘90s, from Madonna to Mariah Carey to the Beastie Boys and beyond. Weymouth and Frantz went on to record several more albums under the Tom Tom Club moniker, but this remains the classic; Real Gone Music is proud to offer Tom Tom Club in a blue and yellow starburst vinyl edition limited to 700 copies. Fun, natural fun!

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    May112017

    EDDY ARNOLD When It’s Round-Up Time in Heaven—The Great Gospel Recordings CD

  • Eddy Arnold Was the Best-Selling Country Artist of the ‘40s, the #2 Best-Selling Country Artist of the ‘50s, and the #5 Best-Selling Country Artist of the ‘60s

  • But Aside from the Hits, Eddy Was Also a Best-Selling Gospel Artist

  • His First Non-45 Release Was a Box of Three Seven-Inches Called Eddy Arnold’s Sacred Songs, and He Recorded a Number of Religious-Themed Records for RCA

  • When It’s Round-Up Time in Heaven—The Great Gospel Recordings Takes Its 20 Tracks from Two of Eddy’s Best Inspirational Albums: 1954’s When It’s Round-Up Time in Heaven and 1963’s Faithfully Yours

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York 

    AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON!

    Eddy Arnold: When It’s Round-Up Time in Heaven—The Great Gospel Recordings CD

    Eddy Arnold is no stranger to our Real Gone roster; we’ve put out his hits (Complete Original #1 Hits), his only session with Lee Hazlewood and his last session with Chet Atkins (Each Road I Take—The 1970 Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions) and his holiday sides (The Complete RCA Victor Christmas Recordings). But there remains one aspect of his remarkable career that we have yet to address: his inspirational recordings. And it’s an important one; his first non-45 release was a box (Eddy Arnold’s Sacred Songs) containing three seven inches of spirituals, and he recorded a number of religious-themed records for RCA. We’ve snagged two of the best for this 20-track compilation: 1954’s When It’s Round-Up Time in Heaven and 1963’s Faithfully Yours. These two beautifully-recorded albums have been remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, and come with notes by Joe Marchese examining the role religion played in Eddy’s life and in his art. Sure to uplift your soul!

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    May112017

    LAURA NYRO A Little Magic, A Little Kindness—The Complete Mono Albums Collection (2-CD Set)

  • Laura Nyro Was One of the Great Singer-Songwriters of Her Generation

  • She Penned Such Classic as “Stoney End,” “And When I Die,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Eli’s Comin’,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Sweet Blindness,” and “Blowin’ Away,” All of Which Came from the Two Albums That Make Up This Two-CD Collection

  • A Little Magic, A Little Kindness—The Complete Mono Albums Collection Brings the Extremely Rare Mono Versions of Nyro's First Two Classic Albums to CD for the First Time

  • More Than a New Discovery Came Out Initially on Verve Folkways, and Was Later Re-Sequenced and Re-Titled as The First Songs by Columbia

  • More Than a New Discovery Appears Here in the Hard-to-Find Sequence and Mix from the Very First Edition of the Album

  • The Mono Mix of Her Second Album, Eli and the Thirteenth Confession, Is Very Rare and Preferred by Many Nyro Devotees

  • Bonus Tracks Include the Bones Howe-Produced“Pop” Version of “Save the Country,” and CD Debuts of the Verve Censored Single Version of “Stoney End” and the Single Mix of “Eli’s Coming’”

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Rare Photos from the Columbia Label Archives

  • Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York

  • A Real Gone Music/The Second Disc Release 

    AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON!

    Laura Nyro: A Little Magic, A Little Kindness—The Complete Mono Albums Collection (2-CD Set)

    Can you surry?  Can you picnic?  Laura Nyro, to use her own fanciful word, surried onto the scene 50 years ago with the release of her debut album More Than a New Discovery.  Its title was certainly apt. Throughout the course of her life, Nyro wrote and introduced some of the most beloved popular songs of all time with her singular fusion of pop, jazz, R&B, soul, Broadway, and folk sounds.  Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are proud to celebrate the golden anniversary of Laura Nyro’s debut with a landmark 2-CD collection.  A Little Magic, A Little Kindness: The Complete Mono Albums Collection features, for the very first time on CD, both of Nyro’s original mono albums newly-remastered by Vic Anesini at Sony’s Battery Studios from the original master tapes.  More Than a New Discovery, originally released on Verve Folkways in 1967, premiered the songs that Barbra Streisand, Blood Sweat and Tears, and The 5th Dimension would all take up the charts, including “Stoney End,” “And When I Die,” “Blowin’ Away,” and perhaps the most famous song Nyro ever wrote, “Wedding Bell Blues.”  This special edition restores the original album sequence and mono mix from the very first version of the album. 

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    May112017

    THE COMPLETE LOMA SINGLES Vol. 1 (2-CD Set)

  • Though It Had Few Hits and Only Released About 100 Singles and a Half-Dozen Albums in the Four Years (1964-1968) of Its Existence, the Loma Records Label Has Become One of the Most Collectible Imprints Among ‘60s R&B and Soul Fans

  • Now, Real Gone Music Is Embarking on a Four-Volume Project to Release ALL of the Label’s Singles

  • Artists Appearing on This First Volume Include The Olympics, The Apollas, Ike & Tina Turner, Smiley Lewis, Little Jerry Williams (a.k.a. Swamp Dogg), Billy Storm, and More

  • Producers/Arrangers Include James Brown, Jerry Ragavoy, and Gene Page

  • Features The Olympics’ Original Version of “Good Lovin’,” Which The Young Rascals Made Famous

  • Over Half of the 50 Tracks on This Two-CD Set Have Never Appeared on CD

  • Co-Produced and Annotated by Alec Palao

  • Includes Rare Photos

  • All But One Single Is Taken from Original Tape Sources

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Big, Big News for ‘60s Soul and R&B Collectors 

    AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON!

    THE COMPLETE LOMA SINGLES: Vol. 1 (2-CD Set)

    It didn’t have any hits to speak of. Its roster of artists was obscure to say the least. And it only released about 100 singles and a half dozen albums in the four short years (1964-1968) of its existence. But in the five decades that have passed since Loma Records existed as a little-known imprint of Warner Brothers Records, it has become a highly-coveted label—maybe the most coveted label—among ‘60s soul and R&B collectors. Why has Loma has become such a hot property? Well, it has not been well anthologized in the digital age—witness the fact that over half of the tracks on this 50-song set have never appeared on CD, and nothing piques collector interest like scarcity. But there is a deeper story here. While Loma was started by WB chief Mike Maitland as a purely commercial venture designed to accommodate the flood of recordings being made by artists and producers off roster, label head Bob Krasnow—veteran of such hallowed indie labels as Del-Fi, Autumn, and King—recognized that Warner’s holdings were severely lacking in soul and R&B, and brought a certain focus to Loma’s “throw it at the wall and see if it sticks” approach. Which, given the times, was not a bad approach at all. The post-Beatles rising tide of pop music really did lift all boats, prompting an incredible outburst of creativity in the recording industry across all genres. That’s why, alongside the hitless wonders on these 50 tracks, you will find legends like Gene Page, Jerry Ragavoy, and James Brown producing and arranging.

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    May112017

    KEELY SMITH Little Girl Blue, Little Girl New (Expanded Edition) CD

  • In the Early ‘60s, Las Vegas Superstar and Former Louis Prima Foil Keely Smith Struck Out on Her Own, Launching Her Own Keely Records Imprint in Concert with Friend and Mentor Frank Sinatra’s
    Reprise Label

  • Little Girl Blue, Little Girl New Was Her First Record for Reprise, a Concept Album Jointly Supervised by Keely and Sinatra Himself, Who Assembled the Same Creative Team from Their Capitol Years

  • The Entire Package Was Fashioned as Two Distinct Records, from the Song Choices to the Album Artwork Itself, Which Featured Two Different Front Covers

  • Side One, “Little Girl Blue,” Offered Such Lovelorn Fare as “Willow Weep for Me,” While Side Two, “Little Girl New,” Was All Upbeat, Characterized by Its Closing Tune, “Blue Skies”

  • Arranged and Conducted by the Legendary Nelson Riddle

  • First-Ever Reissue

  • Expanded Edition Includes the Non-LP Sides from Her First Reprise Single, “When You Cry” b/w “Going Through the Motions” Mixed to Stereo for the First Time Ever

  • New Liner Notes

  • Rare Photos

  • Remastered from Original Tape Sources by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • The Second (Following The Intimate Keely Smith) in Real Gone Music’s Keely Smith Reprise Reissue Campaign 

    AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON!

    Keely Smith: Little Girl Blue, Little Girl New (Expanded Edition) CD

    You can’t get any more popular in American entertainment than Keely Smith was in the early ‘60s. Having blown the doors out in Las Vegas, winning a Grammy, having hit after hit and lighting up television screens playing straight “man” to husband Louis Prima, she’d navigated the tricky waters of a professional and personal divorce, striking out on her own and starting her own record label, Keely Records, in partnership with close friend and mentor Frank Sinatra, under the auspices of his Reprise label. A groundbreaking businesswoman, as well as recording artist, Keely recorded 5 classic albums for Reprise.

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    May112017

    DUSTY SPRINGFIELD The Complete Philadelphia Sessions – A Brand New Me (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Dusty Springfield’s Late ‘60s/Early ‘70s Period at Atlantic Records Ranks as One of the Most Fertile Periods for Any R&B Singer of the Era

  • Having Issued Collections of Her Lost 1971 Jeff Barry-Produced Sessions (Faithful) and Her Entire 1970-1971 U.K. Sessions (Come for a Dream), Real Gone Music Now Turns Its Focus to Her Brand New Me Album

  • The Complete Philadelphia Sessions—A Brand New Me (Expanded Edition) Brings Together for the First Time Ever All of the Historic Recordings Made by Dusty at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with Gamble-Huff Productions for Atlantic Records

  • The 17 Tracks Include the Complete Brand New Me Album in Its Original Sequence

  • Also Includes the Single “I Wanna Be a Free Girl,” Outtakes Not Released Until the ‘90s on Various Compilations, and an Unreleased Track, “Sweet Charlie”

  • All Tracks Are Newly Remixed by from the Original Multi-Track Masters by Sigma Sound Veteran Tom Moulton Under the Supervision of Legendary Gamble-Huff Producer/Writer
    Thom Bell, Who Worked on the
    Brand New Me Album and Follow-Up Sessions with Dusty

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Rare Photos from Dusty’s Own Private Collection

  • Put This Together with Real Gone’s Other Dusty Collections for the Full Picture of Her Post-Dusty in Memphis Output on Atlantic 

    AVAILABLE JULY 7, 2017 PRE-ORDER COMING SOON!

    Dusty Springfield:The Complete Philadelphia Sessions – A Brand New Me (Expanded Edition) CD

    Having issued collections of her lost 1971 Jeff Barry-produced sessions (Faithful) and her entire 1970-1971 U.K. sessions (Come for a Dream), we have made chronicling the hallowed early ‘70s period of Dusty Springfield’s career something of a mission here at Real Gone Music. And we have saved what just might be the best for last—this collection brings together, for the first time ever, all of the historic recordings made by Dusty at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia with Gamble-Huff Productions for Atlantic Records. The 17 selections cover the ten 1969 recordings issued on Springfield's 1970 album A Brand New Me— including the hit title song—plus 7 additional tracks from 1970 including the single "I Wanna Be a Free Girl," outtakes not issued until the 1990s on various compilations, and a previously unreleased track, “Sweet Charlie .”

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    Apr132017

    SHIRLEY WALKER & JOHN CARPENTER Escape from L.A.—Music from the Motion Picture Score (Limited Test Tube Clear with Plutoxin Virus Green Splatter Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set)

  • John Carpenter Is One of the Most Accomplished Film Directors Alive, a Master of Horror and Science Fiction with Such Works as Halloween and Starman to His Credit

  • He Is Also an Innovative Film Score Composer Whose Use of Synthesizers to Create Suspense and Dread in His Films Has Influenced Countless Musicians Within the Film World and Without

  • The Score Carpenter and Shirley Walker Composed for Escape from L.A.—the 1996 sequel to Escape from New York—Features the Creeping Tension So Loved by Carpenter Fans with a Little Rock and Roll Edge

  • First-Ever Vinyl Release

  • Includes a Whole Album’s Worth of Additional Material Not Presented on Original CD Release

  • Double-LP Set Comes Inside a Newly Designed Gatefold Jacket Featuring Production Stills

  • Limited Edition of 1500 in Test Tube Clear with Plutoxin Virus Green Splatter Vinyl

  • Another Cult Soundtrack from Real Gone Music 

     AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Limited Test Tube Clear with Plutoxin Virus Green Splatter Vinyl Edition Limited to 1500 $34.98 Plus S/H

    Limited Milk White and Black Eyepatch Vinyl Edition (Webstore Exclusive) Limited to 200 $41.98 Plus S/H

    Bundle of BOTH VERSIONS $69.98 Plus S/H

    Shirley Walker & John Carpenter: Escape from L.A.—Music from the Motion Picture Score  (2-LP Set)

    John Carpenter wasn’t just a sci-fi and horror master, one of the best and most innovative directors of his generation—he was also a highly accomplished soundtrack composer whose pioneering use of synthesizers to create suspense and dread in his film scores influenced musicians both within the film world and without. And the score he composed—along with Shirley Walker—for his 1996 dystopic sequel Escape from L.A. offered the creeping, atmospheric tension that Carpenter fans crave; although, as this film was set in L.A. and featured plenty of dark humor, Carpenter and Walker threw in a bit of rock ‘n’ roll as well. The original soundtrack release included a mere 16 tracks and came out on CD exclusively; now, Real Gone Music not only has added another 16 tracks to the release, but is also bringing it to vinyl for the very first time! And not just any vinyl; do you remember how in the film Snake Plisskin is infected with the plutoxin virus that will prove fatal within ten hours unless he retrieves the “Sword of Damocles” super weapon and receives the antidote? Well, our limited edition (of 1500) double-LP is being pressed on test tube clear with plutoxin virus green splatter vinyl…just make sure you don’t let the vinyl scratch your skin! Brand new gatefold artwork featuring stills from the film production completes the package.

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    Apr132017

    RY COODER: Paris, Texas—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Translucent Blue Vinyl Edition) (LP)

  • Ry Cooder’s Soundtrack to Wim Wenders’ 1984 Film Paris Texas Is One of the Most Acclaimed and Beloved Works of His Sparkling Career

  • Not Country, Not Bluegrass, Not Ambient, but Somewhere in Between, His Score Mirrors the Existential Journey of Harry Dean Stanton’s Travis Henderson as He Wanders Through the Empty Texas Prairie

  • Features Multi-Instrumentalists David Lindley and Jim Dickinson in Addition to Cooder

  • Profoundly Sad but Leavened with Whimsy, Cooder’s Score Captures That Ineffable High, Lonesome Sound Better Than Any Recording in Recent Memory

  • Reissued in Translucent Blue Vinyl

  • Limited Edition of 900

     AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Ry Cooder: Paris, Texas—Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Translucent Blue Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    Seldom has any artist captured that ineffable “high, lonesome sound” quite as beautifully as Ry Cooder did on his landmark soundtrack to Wim Wenders’ film Paris, Texas. Not quite blues, not quite bluegrass, not quite ambient, Cooder’s haunting, evocative score mirrors the existential journey of Harry Dean Stanton’s Travis Henderson as he wanders through the empty Texas prairie landscape in pursuit of his irretrievable past. With the able help of multi-instrumentalists David Lindley and Jim Dickinson, Cooder crafts a soundscape (much of it based on Blind Willie Johnson’s “Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground”) that is profoundly sad yet leavened with bits of humor and whimsy. Real Gone Music is proud to present this classic soundtrack in a translucent blue vinyl edition limited to 900 copies.

     

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    Apr132017

    MERRY CLAYTON Gimme Shelter (Limited Opaque White Vinyl Edition) (LP)

  • Merry Clayton Is One of the Greatest Backup Vocalists of All Time

  • Starred in the Academy Award-Winning Documentary 20 Feet from Stardom

  • Sang for Everybody from Bobby Darin to Ray Charles to
    Joe Cocker to Linda Ronstadt to Neil Young to Lynyrd Skynyrd (on “Sweet Home Alabama”).

  • Her Stunning Duet with Mick Jagger on the Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” Led to a Contract with Lou Adler’s Ode Records

  • Her 1970 Debut Solo Album for Ode Featured Her Hit Solo Recording of “Gimme Shelter” Plus Passionate, Powerful Renditions of Such Songs as James Cleveland’s “Here Come Those Heartaches Again,” The Doors’ “Tell All the People,” James Taylor’s “Country Road,” and Paul Simon’s “Bridge over Troubled Water”

  • Produced by Lou Adler, Arranged by Gene Page, and Featuring Billy Preston on Keyboards

  • Real Gone Music’s First-Ever Vinyl Reissue of This Classic Soul Record Comes in Opaque White Vinyl

  • Limited Edition of 900 

    AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Merry Clayton: Gimme Shelter (Limited Opaque White Vinyl Edition) (LP)

    As the Academy Award-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom made abundantly clear, Merry Clayton is one of the greatest and most distinguished female backup singers in rock and soul history, having sung with everybody from Bobby Darin to Ray Charles to Joe Cocker to Linda Ronstadt to Neil Young to Lynyrd Skynyrd (on “Sweet Home Alabama”). But her most famous vocal turn, of course, was her 1969 duet (“It’s just a shot away!”) with Mick Jagger on “Gimme Shelter.” The notoriety she gained from that led to a recording contract with Lou Adler’s Ode label, and to this 1970 debut solo record, which took its title from the Stones track and featured Merry’s own hit solo version of the song. But don’t stop there—produced by Adler, arranged by the great Gene Page, and featuring Billy Preston on keyboards, this album is an overlooked soul classic, with Merry’s indomitable voice taking songs like James Cleveland’s “Here Come Those Heartaches Again,” The Doors’ “Tell All the People,” and James Taylor’s “Country Roads” to dizzying heights (she also turns “Bridge over Troubled Water” into the sanctified gospel hymn it truly is). First-ever vinyl reissue, in limited edition (of 900) opaque white vinyl!

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    Apr132017

    GRATEFUL DEAD Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 5—Boston Music Hall 6/9/76 (3-CD Set)

  • The Grateful Dead Remain an American Phenomenon That Spans Decades and Generations

  • Having Released All 36 Volumes of the Band’s Groundbreaking Dick’s Picks Series of Live Recordings, Real Gone Music Now Brings Another Series of Grateful Dead Concert Performances to Music Retail for the First Time

  • Road Trips Was the Successor to Dick’s Picks and Was Only Sold Through the Dead’s Own Website

  • The First Volumes Assembled Tracks from Various Concerts on a Single Tour, While Later Volumes Presented Single Shows

  • Just Like the Label Did with Dick’s Picks, Real Gone Music Will Release the Last Volumes in the Road Trips Series First

  • The Original Designer of the Series, Steve Vance, Has Converted the Original Wallet Packaging to Customer-Friendly Triple-CD Jewel Cases

  • Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 5 Presents the Dead at the Beginning of Their Summer 1976 “Comeback Tour,” Fresh from a 20-Month Hiatus

  • This June 9, 1976 Show at Boston Music Hall Was Only the Third Show of the Tour and the First of a Four-Night Run

  • Captures the Band Truly Hitting Its Stride, with Exceptional Vocal Contributions by Jerry Garcia

  • Includes the Only Encore Performance of “Franklin’s Tower”

  • Also Features a Brilliant “Crazy Fingers” and a Long and Tight “St. Stephen”

  • Bonus Material from the Last Night of the Boston Run Includes a Rare Version of “Mission in the Rain”

  • One of the Greatest Shows from Perhaps the Dead’s Most Underrated Year of Touring

  • RELEASE TIMED TO COINCIDE WITH THE PREMIERE OF THE GRATEFUL DEAD DOCUMENTARY LONG STRANGE TRIP ON AMAZON PRIME

  • LONG OUT OF PRINT AND NEVER BEFORE AVAILABLE IN STORES 

    AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Grateful Dead:Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 5—Boston Music Hall 6/9/76 (3-CD Set)

    It was our great honor at Real Gone Music to issue all 36 volumes of Dick’s Picks, the Grateful Dead’s landmark live concert series; over the four and a half years it took us to release all three dozen titles, we sometimes felt like we were on the greatest Dead tour ever, every single show a classic! Well, our diligence in releasing Dick’s Picks has had a “Ripple” effect, for now the band is entrusting us with releasing its subsequent live concert series, Road Trips! Unlike Dick’s Picks, which saw about two-thirds of its titles go to regular retail in their original incarnations, NONE of the entries in the Road Trips series were offered to retail outlets outside of the Dead’s own website. Since it worked so well with Dick’s Picks, we are reissuing the last titles first, and we have enlisted the series’ original designer, Steve Vance, to convert the original wallet packaging to customer-friendly triple-CD jewel cases. This volume, the last entry in the Road Trips series, revisits June 1976, when the Dead ended its 20-month hiatus from touring with two shows at the Paramount in Oregon, then headed to Boston and the acoustically friendly confines of its Music Hall for a four-night run. This show is from the first night and was hence the third show on the "comeback tour."

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    Apr132017

    RITA COOLIDGE Beautiful Evening—Live in Japan (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Effortlessly Blending Pop, Country, Blues, Soul, Gospel,and Rock, Grammy-Winning Rita Coolidge Is One of the Great Female Singer-Songwriters of Our Time

  • However, Much of Her Classic Repertoire for the A&M Label Remains Unavailable on CD

  • Beautiful Evening Is a Live Album from 1980 That Was Only Released in Asia and Australia

  • Worldwide CD Debut and First-Ever American Release of Any Kind

  • Features a Crack Band of Booker T. Jones, Michael Warren, Salvatore Guglielmi, Mike Utley, Richard Adelman, Phyllis Battell and Carlena Williams

  • Killer Set List Includes “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” “I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love,” a Solo Version of Her Then-Current Hit Duet with Glen Campbell, “Somethin’ ‘Bout You, Baby I Like,” Her Smash Version of the Chiffons’ “One Fine Day,” “Fever,” and “Fool That I Am.”

  • Expanded Edition Offers Five Other Tracks Issued on Japanese Singles and Albums That Never Saw a Stateside Release

  • Both Releases Offer Liner Notes by Joe Marchese That Include Exclusive Quotes from Rita Coolidge

  • Added Photos 

    YOU MUST BUY BOTH both Beautiful Evening and Full Moon  ON THE SAME ORDER TO GET A SIGNED BOOKLET OF Beautiful Evening. 

    Pre-Order Now! And you will get a signed Booklet by Rita Coolidge. Limited to the first 100 orders. First-come, first-served and only one autographed copy per customer order allowed

    AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Rita Coolidge: Beautiful Evening—Live in Japan (Expanded Edition) CD

    Effortlessly blending pop, country, blues, soul, gospel, and rock, Grammy-winning Rita Coolidge is one of the great female singer-songwriters of our time, but crucial parts of her recorded legacy have remained fallow in the CD era. Now, Real Gone Music is releasing Beautiful Evening—Live in Japan, an extremely rare 1980 concert album that was originally released on LP only in Japan, Hong Kong and Australia. This record captures Rita Coolidge at the height of her powers and international popularity, with a crack band featuring Booker T. Jones, Michael Warren, Salvatore Guglielmi, Mike Utley, Richard Adelman, Phyllis Battell and Carlena Williams. The set list is just killer, with big hits from throughout her career, like “(Your Love Has Lifted Me) Higher and Higher,” “I’d Rather Leave While I’m in Love,” a solo version of her then-current hit duet with Glen Campbell, “Somethin’ ‘Bout You, Baby I Like,” her smash version of the Chiffons’ “One Fine Day,” “Fever,” and “Fool That I Am.” And for an “encore,” we have rounded up five studio tracks issued on various Japanese singles and albums that have never before surfaced in the U.S. Worldwide CD debut and first U.S. release of any kind, featuring notes by Joe Marchese with quotes from “The Delta Lady” herself!

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    Apr132017

    KRIS KRISTOFFERSON & RITA COOLIDGE Full Moon (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Full Moon, the Duets Album Rita Coolidge and Kris Kristofferson Cut Right After Getting Married in 1973, Has Never Been on CD in America and Was Only Out Briefly in Japan

  • Went to #1 on the Country Charts, #26 on the Pop Charts, and Garnered a Gold Record

  • Produced by Rita’s Producer David Anderle, Full Moon Showcased Her Dreamy Voice to Great Advantage

  • Features the Hits “A Song I’d Like to Sing”and “Loving Arms”

  • “From the Bottle to the Bottom ”Won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or a Group

  • Real Gone Music’s Expanded Edition Includes Six Unreleased Tracks, Among Them a Kris & Rita Duet from the Album Sessions

  • Both Releases Offer Liner Notes by JoeMarchese That Include Exclusive Quotes from Rita Coolidge

  • Added Photos 

    AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge:Full Moon (Expanded Edition). CD

    It is mighty, mighty hard to believe, but this famed duets album—which went to #1 on the country charts and #26 on the pop charts and garnered a Gold Record—has never been issued on CD outside of Japan, and even there only in the late ‘90s on a limited run. This was a love album par excellence, as the two stars had just gotten married weeks prior to the record’s release in 1973; interestingly, though Kris Kristofferson, fresh from recording his country chart-topper “Why Me,” was the bigger star at the time, Full Moon really played to Rita Coolidge’s strengths, as it was produced by her long-time producer David Anderle and set its songs in a higher key more suited to her dreamy vocals. The album scored a huge hit with Kristofferson’s “A Song I’d Like to Sing,” and followed that up with a smash version of Tom Jans’ “Loving Arms;” the duo’s rendition of Kristofferson’s “From the Bottle to the Bottom” also won a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group. In short, Full Moon was and is a stone-cold classic; and our Real Gone Expanded Edition not only features notes by Joe Marchese featuring quotes from Rita Coolidge herself, but also adds a no less than six unreleased tracks from the A&M vaults including a Kris & Rita duet from the album sessions and five more Rita solo recordings from the period! Cornerstone ‘70s pop-country.

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    Apr132017

    JESSE ED DAVIS Red Dirt Boogie—The Atco Recordings 1970-1972 CD

  • Native American Jesse Ed Davis Was One of Rock and Roll’s Greatest Session Guitarists

  • The List of Artists Davis Backed Is Staggering: Conway Twitty, Taj Mahal, Leon Russell, George Harrison, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, Gene Clark, Leonard Cohen, and Jackson Browne to Name a Few

  • Davis Was Signed to Atco in 1970, Right Before He Gained His Greatest Notoriety by Backing George Harrison and Playing “Watching the River Flow” with Leon Russell at the Concert for Bangla Dash

  • Davis Recorded Two Albums for Atco, Jesse Ed Davis and Ululu, Both Roots Rock Classics and Both Out of Print for Years

  • Red Dirt Boogie—The Atco Recordings 1970-1972 Includes 17 Tracks Taken from the Two Albums

  • Also Features Two Unreleased Alternate Takes

  • Liner Notes By Pat Thomas

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Photos from the Atco Vaults

  • Release Coincides with Davis’ Appearance in the New Documentary Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World, Which Explores the Forgotten Role That Native American Musicians Have Played in American Popular Music 

    AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Jesse Ed Davis: Red Dirt Boogie—The Atco Recordings 1970-1972. CD

    Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Native American guitarist Jesse Ed Davis was the “go-to” sideman for a remarkable group of musicians. Starting in the mid-‘Sixties, he toured with Conway Twitty, then become a key part of Taj Mahal’s band, playing on several albums and tours including an appearance on The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus and his historic pairing with Leon Russell to play on Bob Dylan’s “Watching the River Flow” at the Concert for Bangla Desh (after which he accompanied George Harrison). By now, he’d caught the eye of ATCO Records, which released his debut LP Jesse Davis in 1971 featuring Russell, Eric Clapton, Gram Parsons, Merry Clayton, Ben Sidran, John Simon (producer of The Band), Alan White (of Yes), and many others including Delaney Bramlett behind the mixing desk. A year later, Atco released Ululu containing some of the same all-stars, plus Duck Dunn, Jim Keltner, and Dr. John – and a version of George Harrison’s “Sue Me, Sue You Blues” before even George recorded it. Next up, Jesse become John Lennon’s guitarist on Walls and Bridges and Rock n Roll, plus Harrison’s Extra Texture and Ringo Starr’s Goodnight Vienna.

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    Apr132017

    LARRY CORYELL At the Village Gate CD

  • The Late, Great Jazz-Rock Guitarist Larry Coryell Passed Away Unexpectedly in February 2017 at the Age of 73

  • Coryell Was a Guitar Giant, Right Up with Occasional Band Mate John McLaughlin in the Greatest Fusion Axemen of All Time Discussion

  • At the Village Gate Is a Favorite Among Coryell Fans

  • Showcases Coryell in a Power Trio with Drummer Harry Wilkinson and Bassist Mervin Bronson

  • The Most Hendrix-Like of All of Coryell’s Albums, Featuring Funk/Jazz/Rock Material Much Like Jimi’s Band of Gypsys

  • First-Ever U.S. Release of the Album on CD

  • Liner Notes by Bill Kopp Feature an Interview with Drummer Harry Wilkinson

  • Added Photos

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • One of the Greatest Guitarists of All Time at His Fiery Best 

    AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Larry Coryell: At the Village Gate. CD

    Larry Coryell unexpectedly passed away earlier this year right after our Real Gone reissue of his second solo album, Coryell, and with the renewed attention given to his monumental recorded legacy, we decided to move up our long-in-the-works domestic CD debut of his album At the Village Gate in order to expose this classic record to the largest audience possible. This is the recording where Larry really went axe-to-axe with Jimi Hendrix, who had passed away four months prior to the January 1971 gigs that formed the basis of this release; perhaps in response, Coryell formed his own power trio of his own composed of himself, drummer Harry Wilkinson and bassist Mervin Bronson to play material that stylistically wasn’t too far removed from the funk/jazz/rock of Jimi’s Band of Gypsys. The result was a fan favorite that somehow has never been issued on CD in the U.S. (and came out overseas over a decade ago on a couple of lightly-distributed labels of suspect provenance). Coryell’s Gibson 400 has seldom sounded as slashing as it does here, while Wilkinson’s playing (aptly described as “busy” by Downbeat) is a cross between Mitch Mitchell, Tony Williams, and Buddy Miles; Bronson keeps things rooted when Coryell heads for the stratosphere.

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    Apr132017

    DORIS DAY: Day Time on the Radio—Lost Radio Duets from The Doris Day Show (1952-1953) CD

  • A Top-Grossing Movie Star and Charting Recording Artist, Doris Day Was a Multimedia Superstar in the ‘50s and ‘60s

  • One Little-Known Facet of Her Glittering Career Is Her Stint as a Radio Host in 1952 and 1953

  • The Doris Day Show Aired 60 Broadcasts from March1952 to May 1953, and Was Recorded in Front of a Live Hollywood Audience and Preserved on 16-Inch Transcription Discs

  • Each Show Presented an Intimate Gathering of Famous Friends Filled with Laughter and Music, as Doris Joined Her Guests at the Piano for Renditions of Songs That She Often Had Never Recorded

  • Day Time on the Radio—Lost Radio Duets from the Doris Day Show (1952-1953) Includes 32 Rare Performances Featuring 27 Duets and Five Solo Performances

  • Duet Partners Include Day’s Favorite Leading Man Gordon MacRae, Plus Singers Tony Martin, Howard Keel, and Smilin’ Jack Smith

  • Also Features Movie Stars Kirk Douglas, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan, and Broderick Crawford

  • A Mixture of Traditional, Great American Songbook, and Broadway Fare

  • Hidden Bonus Tracks Feature the Opening “It’s Magic” and Closing “Love to Be with You” Radio Themes Sans Announcer

  • Detailed Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Rare Photos

  • The First Authorized Release of Doris ’Long-Lost Radio Performances, and a Major Addition to Her Discography 

    AVAILABLE JUNE 2, 2017 PRE-ORDER NOW!

    Doris Day: Day Time on the Radio—Lost Radio Duets from The Doris Day Show (1952-1953). CD

    One couldn’t imagine a better opening number for the radio program The Doris Day Show than “It’s Magic,” for each week between March 1952 and May 1953, the versatile song stylist and beloved motion picture star cast a spell over listeners worldwide with an intimate gathering of famous friends filled with music and laughter. Over the course of five dozen broadcasts of The Doris Day Show—recorded in Hollywood in front of a live audience and happily preserved on 16-inch transcription discs—Doris joined her special guests at the piano for performances of songs she often had never commercially recorded. This is a largely unknown and scarcely documented facet of Doris’ career, and Day Time on the Radio brings to light no less than 32 rarities including 27 duets and five solo performances. Among her notable foils are frequent leading man Gordon MacRae, who starred in five pictures with Doris; here the two of them sing a total of four duets, highlighted by their medley of “Cuddle Up a Little Closer”/”Till We Meet Again.” Movie stars Kirk Douglas, George Murphy, Ronald Reagan (!), and Broderick Crawford all prove willing and able duet partners, while the more musically-inclined Tony Martin, Howard Keel, Smilin’ Jack Smith, and Frank Loesser lend their formidable talents to a mix of traditional and Broadway-inspired fare.

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    Apr122017

    2017 Record Store Day Releases

    AVAILABLE APRIL 22, 2017 AT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE

    Cheap Trick: The Epic Archive Vol. 1 (Limited Yellow Vinyl Edition). LP

    If a group’s made up of two genuine rock star types, a Huntz Hall lookalike with a guitar fetish, and a guy who looks like an accountant, which one d’ya think would keep track of its recording archive? Don’t worry, it’s not a “trick” question—it is indeed the bespectacled Bun E. Carlos, the drummer for the original line-up of Cheap Trick, who has not only commented on every track (as faithfully transcribed by Ken Sharp) but provided much of the source material for this collection of rarities from the band’s early days, 18 tracks (all making their vinyl debut) that reconfirm that the singular blend of classic rock, power pop, and glam—and inspired visual style— wielded by this outfit of Rockford, Illinois places them among the first rank of American rock ‘n’ roll bands. First up are three 1975 demos (of “Come On, Come On,” “Southern Girls,” and “Taxman, Mr. Thief”) they cut at Ardent Studios in 1975 prior to signing a record deal, followed by early, 1976-1977 studio takes (produced by Jack Douglas) of “You’re All Talk” and “I Want You to Want Me,” an outtake, “Lookout,” from their debut record, and an alternate (and nasty) version of “I Dig Go-Go Girls.” On deck are an instrumental version of “Oh Boy” (the B-side to “I Want You to Want Me”) and live versions of “You’re All Talk” and “Goodnight” from a 1977 stand at the Whiskey, and a pair of alternate takes from the Heaven Tonight album, “Stiff Competition” and “Surrender.” Also inside are five rarities from the band’s famed Japanese tours, including the single version of “Ain’t That a Shame,” the promo-only release “Lookout,” and three tracks from the outof- print Budokan II album, “Stiff Competition,” “How Are You,” and “On Top of the World.” The “no strings” version of “Dream Police” rounds out the collection in fine style. Compiled by producer Tim Smith, remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York, and featuring unseen photos by Robert Alford inside and outside the gatefold jacket, this special Record Store Day exclusive double-LP comes in bright yellow vinyl limited to 2200 copies! But wait…we have one more “trick” up our sleeve. A photo signed by all four founding Cheap Trick members Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, Tom Petersson, and Robin Zander has been randomly inserted inside 100 out of the 2200 copies manufactured…we at Real Gone Music wish all RSD customers the best of luck!

    The Meters: The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 (Limited Red, Yellow & Green Vinyl Edition). (3-LP Set)

    How would you like to hear a new side—or should we say sides—of the world’s greatest funk band? This 3-LP, 40-track collection presents the A and B-side of every single that organist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter, Jr., and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste cut for the Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. label, virtually their entire singles output (all but two co-produced by the late, great Allen Toussaint) save for a few odds ‘n’ ends issued mostly overseas. That means that you not only get every hit along with its hard-to-find B-side but also the rare single mixes, including the especially rare original mono single mixes of the 1968-1971 Josie sides, very few of which have appeared on vinyl since their original 45 release (the first three LP sides are all mono; the last three, featuring the later Reprise and Warner Bros. singles, presents all stereo single mixes). These songs represent the mother lode of New Orleans funk, classic tracks like “Sophisticated Cissy,” “Cissy Strut,” “Look-Ka Py Py,” “Chicken Strut,” “Hand Clapping Song,” “Hey Pocky A-Way,” and more. And, with liner notes by Bill Dahl featuring quotes from Nocentelli, Neville, and Porter, this 3- LP set offers the best vinyl retrospective to date of this enormously influential band. And how’s the sound? Well, after extensive and exhaustive tape research, we were able to come up with original tape sources for all but five of these single sides, and the remastering—by Mike Milchner at SonicVision—is tight. Limited to 1000 copies in red, yellow and green vinyl…another must-have Record Store Day exclusive from Real Gone Music!

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    Mar102017

    CHEAP TRICK The Epic Archive Vol. 1 (1975-1979) CD

  • Wielding a Signature Blend of Classic Rock, Power Pop, and Glam, Rockford, Illinois’ Cheap Trick Belong in the First Rank of American Rock ’N’ Roll Bands

  • Original Drummer Bun E. Carlos Has Long Been the Group’s Resident Archivist

  • Now, Real Gone Music Presents an 18-Track CD of Cheap Trick Rarities, Many Provided by Bun E. Carlos Himself

  • Bun E. Comments on Each Track in the Liner Notes, as told to Ken Sharp

  • Includes Three Demos Cut at Ardent Studios Prior to Signing a Record Deal

  • Also Includes Four Early Tracks Produced by Jack Douglas, the Instrumental
    “Oh Boy” B-Side, and Two 1977 Live Performances from the Whisky

  • Features Two Alternate Takes from the Heaven Tonight Sessions

  • Five Rare Live Recordings from Cheap Trick’s Legendary Japanese Tours

  • The “No Strings ”Version of “Dream Police” Rounds Out the Set

  • Includes Rare Photos by Robert Alford

  • Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York

  • A Worthy Addition to August Cheap Trick Discography 

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    CHEAP TRICK: The Epic Archive Vol. 1 (1975-1979). CD

    If a group’s made up of two genuine rock star types, a Huntz Hall lookalike with a guitar fetish, and a guy who looks like an accountant, which one d’ya think would keep track of its recording archive? Don’t worry, it’s not a “trick” question—it is indeed the bespectacled Bun E. Carlos, the drummer for the original line-up of Cheap Trick, who has not only commented on every song (as told to Ken Sharp) but provided much of the source material for this collection of rarities from the band’s early days, 18 tracks that reconfirm that the singular blend of classic rock, power pop, and glam—and inspired visual style—wielded by this outfit of Rockford, Illinois places them among the first rank of American rock ‘n’ roll bands. First up are three 1975 demos (of “Come On, Come On,” “Southern Girls,” and “Taxman, Mr. Thief”) they cut at Ardent Studios in 1975 prior to signing a record deal, followed by early, 1976-1977 studio takes (produced by Jack Douglas) of “You’re All Talk” and “I Want You to Want Me,” an outtake, “Lookout,” from their debut record, and an alternate (and nasty) version of “I Dig Go-Go Girls.” On deck are an instrumental version of “Oh Boy” (the B-side to “I Want You to Want Me”) and live versions of “You’re All Talk” and “Goodnight” from a 1977 stand at the Whisky, and a pair of alternate takes from the Heaven Tonight album, “Stiff Competition” and “Surrender.” Also inside are five rarities from the band’s famed Japanese tours, including the single version of “Ain’t That a Shame,” the promo-only release “Lookout,” and three tracks from the out-of-print Budokan II album, “Stiff Competition,” “How Are You,” and “On Top of the World.” The “no strings” version of “Dream Police” rounds out the collection in fine style. Compiled by producer Tim Smith, remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York, and featuring photos by Robert Alford, The Epic Archive Vol. 1 (1975-1979) takes its place as a key release in the august Cheap Trick discography

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    Mar102017

    MARC JONSON Years (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Marc Jonson’s Debut Album Years Is One of the Rarest and Most Treasured Albums in the Voluminous Vanguard Vaults

  • Never Reissued on Vinyl or CD or Even Bootlegged

  • A Lost Psych/Folk Baroque Pop Masterpiece Reminiscent of Tim Buckley’s Goodbye and Hello,
    Phil Ochs’ Pleasures of the Harbor, and Bill Fay’s Self-Titled First Album, with the Intimate Touch of Big Star

  • Expanded Reissue Includes Four Bonus Tracks Featuring a Non-LP Single Side and Single Mixes

  • Produced for Reissue by Pat Thomas

  • Liner Notes by Steve Simels Feature a Detailed Interview with Marc Jonson

  • Remastered from Original Tapes by John Baldwin 

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    MARC JONSON: Years (Expanded Edition). CD

    The Vanguard Records label is known for some obscure gems, but Marc Jonson's 1972 debut album Years, just might be the rarest—and the fairest—of them all! Not only has it never been reissued on vinyl or CD or even bootlegged, but this lost psych folk/baroque pop masterpiece marked quite a departure for a label known for its traditional folk, blues, and roots music. Comparisons have been made to Tim Buckley's Goodbye & Hello, Phil Ochs' Pleasures of the Harbor, Bill Fay's first album as well as other obscure Popsike legends such as Bobb Trimble, John Pantry, and David Stoughton…throw in a touch of the intimate vibe of Big Star and you’ll have an idea of the coolness that awaits those who discover (or rediscover) this cult classic. As Jonson remarks in the liner notes, "I used left over harpsichords from classical sessions the night before. I hired string players and a string arranger. I even met a street player named Steven Gardner who played the recorder!"  Produced for reissue by Pat Thomas, this expanded reissue of Years sports many rare vintage photos, a detailed interview with Marc Jonson by Steve Simels , an ace remastering job (from the original tapes) by John Baldwin , and four bonus tracks featuring plus a non-LP single and several 7 inch single mixes, all never before on CD!

     

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