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Aug062018

L7: Hungry for Stink (Limited Red Vinyl Edition) LP

  • L7 Wasn’t Just the Best All-Female Band of the Late ‘80s and ‘90s, They Were One of the Best Bands, Period

  • Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch, and Dee Plakas Paved the Way for the Grunge and Riot Grrrl Movements with Killer Songs, Crunching Riffs, and Badass Attitude

  • With the Band Back Together and Out on the Road, and a New Documentary Just Released, the Band’s Profile Is at a Peak

  • Real Gone Music’s Release of Their 1994 Album Hungry for Stink Marks the First Vinyl Reissue of This Classic

  • Was Only Briefly Out on Vinyl Before and New Copies Trade for Big Bucks

  • Includes Such Fan Faves as “Fuel My Fire” and “Andres”

  • Also Features “Shirley,” Their Tribute to Drag Racer Shirley Muldowney, and “Questioning My Sanity,” Which Unflinchingly Tackles the Subject of Depression

  • Reissue Features Original Album Art Including Insert with Lyrics

  • Red Vinyl Release

  • Limited to 1200 Copies

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    L7: Hungry for Stink (Limited Red Vinyl Edition) LP

    L7 wasn’t just one of the best all-female bands of the late ‘80s and ‘90s; they were one of the best bands, period, paving the way for the grunge and riot grrrl movements with killer songs, crunching riffs, and badass attitude. And now, with the original line-up of Donita Sparks, Suzi Gardner, Jennifer Finch, and Dee Plakas back together and out on the road, and a new documentary out, it is way past time to reissue their 1994 masterpiece Hungry for Stink for the first time on vinyl. This is the record with such fan favorites as “Fuel My Fire” and “Andres,” along with “Shirley,” their tribute to drag racer Shirley Muldowney, and “Questioning My Sanity,” which unflinchingly tackles the subject of depression, amongother highlights. Our Real Gone reissue includes the lyric sheet that came with the original (and very rare) LP release, and comes in a red vinyl pressing limited to 1200 copies. Must be turned on loud or not at all!

     

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    Monday
    Aug062018

    The Pentangle: Sweet Child (Limited 50th Anniversary Sky Blue Vinyl Edition) (2LP-Set)

    Pentangle Was One of the Most Distinctive and Musically Accomplished Groups to Emerge from the ‘60s

    A Blend of Jazz, British Folk, Rock, Blues, and Even Classical

    Featured the Unbeatable Twin Guitar Attack of Bert Jansch and John Renbourn

    Also the Sublime Rhythm Section of Bassist Danny Thompson and Percussionist Terry Cox

    Capped Off by the Piercingly Clear Vocals of Jacqui McShee

    Sweet Child Was Their Second Album, Released in 1968

    Double Album, Half Live at Royal Festival Hall, Half Recorded at IBC Studios

    Produced by the Great Shel Talmy (Kinks, Who)

    Features Everything from Mingus covers (of “Haitian Fight Song” and “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat”) to Trad Folk (“No More My Lord;” “Bruton Town”) to Pentangle Originals (“In Time;” “In Your Mind,” “A Woman Like You,” and the Title Tune)

    Reissue Sports Original Gatefold Cover Art by Peter Blake, the Artist Who Designed Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

    50th Anniversary Edition

    Sky Blue Vinyl Pressing

    Limited to 700 Copies

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    The Pentangle: Sweet Child (Limited 50th Anniversary Sky Blue Vinyl Edition) (2LP-Set)

    Pentangle is one of those bands that, after you hear them for the first time, you have to turn your friends on to their sound. And what a unique sound it is, too; the interlocking interplay of guitar masters Bert Jansch and John Renbourn, the piercingly beautiful vocals of Jacqui McShee, and the sublimely agile shuffle of bassist Danny Thompson and percussionist Terry Cox create a style that seamlessly straddles jazz, traditional British folk, rock, blues, and even classical. And, perhaps most importantly, it swings! Sweet Child, their second album, is probably their finest hour (and a half); the first disc of this double-LP captures the quintet live at Royal Festival Hall on June 29, 1968, while disc two brings them into IBC studios, all under the magisterial eye of legendary producer Shel Talmy. You'll hear everything from Mingus covers (of "Haitian Fight Song" and "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat") to trad folk ("No More My Lord;" "Bruton Town") to Pentangle originals ("In Time;" "In Your Mind," "A Woman Like You," and the title tune) rendered in their trademark lyrical fashion. For this LP reissue, we have stayed true to the wonderful gatefold art originally created by Peter Blake, the artist who designed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and pressed up a limited edition of 700 copies in sky blue vinyl. A beautiful record that deserves repeated spins …a proud addition, on the 50th anniversary of its release, to our Real Gone Music roster!

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    Monday
    Aug062018

    Various Artists: Even More Dazed and Confused: Music from the Motion Picture LP

  • Richard Linklater’s 1993 film Dazed and Confused Is One of the Best Coming-of-Age Movies Ever Made

  • Beloved by Each Succeeding Generation of High Schoolers for Its Depiction of Age-Old Adolescent Themes Like Rebellion Vs. Conformity, Jocks Vs. Nerds, Etc.

  • Takes Place on the Last Day of the 1976 School Year in Austin, Texas

  • The Film Featured a Soundtrack Precisely Calibrated to Capture that Moment in Rock and Roll Time

  • The Soundtrack Was So Good, in Fact, That It Spawned Not One But Two Releases, of Which Even More Dazed and Confused Is the Second

  • Vinyl Debut

  • Features Tracks by The Edgar Winter Group, Alice Cooper, The Steve Miller Band, Head East, War, Seals and Crofts, Dr. John, ZZ Top, Black Oak Arkansas, Foghat, and Peter Frampton

  • The Perfect ‘70s Rock Mixtape

  • Jacket Features Production Stills

  • Purple with Pink Splatter Vinyl

  • Limited to 1300 Copies

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    Various Artists: Even More Dazed and Confused: Music from the Motion Picture (Limited Purple with Pink Splatter Vinyl Edition) LP

    The subtitle on the album cover reads, “They Found Your Stash... Again,” and we are happy to report that this particular musical stash is seeds and stems free! Richard Linklater’s 1993 coming-of-age film Dazed and Confused captured the age-old adolescent themes of rebellion vs. conformity, jocks vs. nerds, stoners vs. students, and grown-ups vs. grads so perfectly that it remains a touchstone movie for each succeeding generation of high schoolers. But its events unfold at a very specific time and place; namely, the last day of the 1976 school year in Austin, Texas, a moment in rock and roll time which Linklater and his cohorts unerringly capture with a soundtrack that has spawned not one but two releases, of which this is the second. LP debut, pressed on very trippy purple with pink splatter vinyl inside a jacket featuring production stills from the film. Limited to 1300 copies!

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    Monday
    Jul162018

    Monk Higgins Extra Soul Perception CD & LP

  • Monk Higgins Was One of the Great Unsung Sax Session Men of the ‘60s

  • Played on Records by Bobby “Blue” Bland, Barbara Acklin, the 5 Dutones, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band, Alvin Cash, Otis Clay, and Just About Any Soul Artist Who Cut for Chess in the Mid-‘60s

  • Despite His Relative Obscurity, Higgins Is Well Known to Crate Diggers, Having Been Sampled About 250 Times

  • Higgins Cut Solo Records for the Dunhill, United Artists, and Buddah Labels

  • But Without a Doubt the Crown Jewel of His Catalog
    Is Extra Soul Perception, the 1968 Album He Cut for the United Artists Jazz Imprint Solid State

  • Backed by a Crack Band Consisting of Guitarist Arthur Adams and Drummer John Guerin (Probably Best Known for His Work on Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark) Among Other Accomplished Session Cats

  • Extra Soul Perception Features a Mixture of Originals and Covers (“Little Green Apples;” “Canadian Sunset”) Spearheaded by Higgins’ Warm, Earthy Tenor

  • A Soul Jazz Classic Trading For as Much as $90 on the Used Market

  • First-Ever Vinyl Repress Comes in Replica of Original “Unipak” Jacket

  • Translucent Blue Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies

  • CD Includes Liner Notes by Skip Heller

  • A Real Gone Music/Dusty Groove Release

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    Sax session man on records by Bobby “Blue” Bland, Barbara Acklin, the 5 Dutones, Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd St Rhythm Band, Alvin Cash, Otis Clay, and just about any soul artist who cut for Chess in the mid-‘60s, Milt Bland a.k.a. Monk Higgins is not what you would call a household name, but hip hop crate diggers know him well; his catalog’s been sampled about 250 times! Higgins recorded as a bandleader for the Dunhill, United Artists, and Buddah labels, but without a doubt the most hotly sought after album he ever made was Extra Soul Perception, the one-off record he cut in 1968 for the Solid State label, the United Artists jazz imprint started by jazz arranger Manny Albam, producer Sonny Lester, and legendary engineer Phil Ramone. Backed by a crack band consisting of guitarist Arthur Adams and drummer John Guerin (probably best known for his work on Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark) among other accomplished session cats, Higgins’ warm, earthy tenor tackles a mixture of originals and funk-infused covers of songs like “Little Green Apples” and “Canadian Sunset,” deftly threading the needle between commercial and uncompromising throughout. The result: a soul jazz classic that trades for as much as $90 on the used vinyl market. For its first-ever vinyl repress, we have preserved the unusual “unipak” design of the original LP, and have pressed up 1000 copies in limited edition translucent blue vinyl; and for its CD debut, we’ve added liner notes by Skip Heller that place Higgins and this album in the broader context of ‘60s and ‘70s jazz and R&B. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, and released on our co-branded Real Gone Music/Dusty Groove imprint, this is some of the tastiest stuff we’ve ever reissued!

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    Monday
    Jul162018

    Hampton Grease Band Music to Eat (Limited Peach Vinyl Edition). LP

  • Hampton Grease Band’s Music to Eat Is Reputedly the 2nd Worst Selling Album in the History of Columbia Records, Topped Only by a Yoga Instructional Record

  • Yet in the 47 Years Since Its 1971 Release, Music to Eat Has Become One of the Most Cherished Cult Classic Albums in All of Rock, Commanding Huge Sums on the Used Market

  • The Reason for That Is That Music to Eat Is Sui Generis, a True Example of Weird America

  • You’ll Hear Echoes of Such Albums as Trout Mask Replica, Anthem of the Sun, Happy Trails, Hot Rats, andThe Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East

  • But the Dadaist Vocal Theatrics of Col. Bruce Hampton and the Jazz/Prog/Psych Twin Guitar Attack of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling Put Music to Eat in a Category All Its Own

  • Points the Way Forward to the Early-‘90s Jam Bands and Even Jazz-Inflected Punk Bands like The Minutemen

  • Now, Real Gone Music Is Proud to Present the First-Ever Vinyl Reissue of This Stunning One-Off

  • 2-LP Set Comes Complete with Original, Dazzling Gatefold Jacket Art

  • Peach-Colored Vinyl

  • Limited to 1000 Copies

  • R.I.P. Bruce Hampton

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    Hampton Grease Band: Music to Eat (Limited Peach Vinyl Edition). LP

    Why would we reissue a record that is reputed to be the second worst-selling release in the history of Columbia Records? (Legend has it that it was undersold only by a yoga instructional album.) Well, because in the 47-some years since its release, the Hampton Grease Band’s Music to Eat has steadily ascended the list of Greatest Cult Records of All Time so that now it resides at the tippety-top. Indeed, modern-day jam bands genuflect at the sight of the trippy cover art alone (Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit was an early ‘90s fixture in the movement), as the jazz/prog/psych guitar licks of Glenn Phillips and Harold Kelling give such famous duos as Betts/Allman, Verlaine/Lloyd, and Bloomfield/Bishop a run for their money. Add a generous dollop of Pop Art surrealism delivered by Hampton’s Dada-ist, Beefheart-ian roar and you’re left with an album that inhabits a rarefied realm somewhere between Trout Mask Replica, Anthem of the Sun, Hot Rats, Happy Trails, and maybe The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (particularly because the Hampton Grease Band was also from the South but far, far stranger). But what makes this record even more special is the way it points the way forward as well as back. Yes, you can hear echoes of their more famous, improvisationally-minded contemporaries, but the offhand guitar riffs, frenzied instrumental passages, stylistic about-faces, and deadpan vocals bring to mind nothing other than a psychedelicized Minutemen (and David Thomas of Pere Ubu sounds a lot like Col. Bruce).

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    Monday
    Jul162018

    Merry Clayton S/T LP

    Until the Film 20 Feet from Stardom Rolled Around, Merry Clayton Was Most Famous as Mick Jagger’s Vocal Foil on “Gimme Shelter”

    But on Her Own She Recorded a Series of Tough Soul Records for Lou Adler’s Ode Records Label in the Early ‘70s

    Having Already Released Her Solo Debut Gimme Shelter, Real Gone Music Now Turns to Her Self-Titled 1971 Solo Album

    A Lost Soul Classic Featuring Merry’s Passionate Takes on Songs by Neil Young (“Southern Man”), Leon Russell (“A Song for You”), Bill Withers (“Grandma’s Hands”), and James Taylor (“Steamroller”)

    Produced by Lou Adler

    Arrangements by Carole King and Billy Preston First-Ever Vinyl Reissue
     
    Maroon Vinyl Limited to 1200 Copies
    Merry Clayton :Merry Clayton (Limited Maroon Vinyl Edition). LP

    Until the film 20 Feet from Stardom rolledaround, Merry Clayton was most famous as Mick Jagger’s vocal foil on “Gimme  Shelter,” but on her own she recorded a series of tough, soulful albums for the Ode label during the early ‘70s. We already reissued the first one, Gimme Shelter, on vinyl; now we’re coming back with her 1971 self-titled second album, which, like the first, has never seen a vinyl reissue prior to our release. And it’s something of a lost soul classic,
    featuring Merry’s passionate takes on songs by Neil Young (“Southern Man”), Leon Russell (“A Song for You”), Bill Withers (“Grandma’s Hands”), and James Taylor (“Steamroller”), with production by Ode’s own Lou Adler and arrangements by Carole King and Billy Preston. Limited edition (of 1200) in maroon vinyl!

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    Monday
    Jun182018

    Ben Folds Five The Complete Sessions at West 54th CD & 2-LP

  • In 1997, PBS Began Airing Sessions at West 54th, a Program Dedicated to Broadcasting Performances by the Hottest and Hippest Artists in Pop Music

  • One of the First Acts PBS Filmed Was Ben Folds Five, Then Riding High with Their Second Album, Whatever and Ever Amen

  • The Complete Sessions at West 54th Presents the Complete Performance by Ben Folds Five at Sony Music Studios

  • 15 Songs (Only Three Aired on the Original Broadcast)

  • Includes Three Songs from Their Self-Titled Debut and Nine Songs (Featuring the Hit Single “Battle of Who Could Care Less”) from Whatever and Ever Amen

  • Also Features Three Songs That Were Unreleased at the Time, Including “Emaline,” “Theme from ‘Dr. Pyser’,” and Their Radically Reimagined Cover of Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly”

  • Flawless Fidelity and Intense Performances Make This a Major Addition to the Ben Folds Five Catalog

  • Liner Notes by Bill Kopp Feature Quotes from Ben Folds (e.g. “That Gig Was Pretty Special”)

  • Available in Double-LP Gatefold Set Pressed in Blue Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies

  • Also Available on CD

  • THE FIRST LIVE ALBUM FROM THE “VINTAGE” YEARS OF BEN FOLDS FIVE

    Ben Folds Five: The Complete Sessions at West 54th CD

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    In 1997, PBS began airing Sessions at West 54th, a program far removed from the live music fare aimed at the older set that one usually finds on the network.
    Instead, Sessions at West 54th brought the hottest and hippest acts to New York to perform live in front of a studio audience. And one of the first acts asked
    to appear was Ben Folds Five. Which was a very big deal to the leader of the band. “I viewed it as an equal to a classic BBC live music television show,” says Ben Folds. “I walked into it thinking, ‘This is the one I leave [behind],’ because it felt like some kind of a time capsule gig.”

    Now, we at Real Gone Music are thrilled to present the complete performance by Ben Folds Five as recorded at Sony Music Studios. This 2-LP/CD release represents the first live album to be released in either format from the “vintage” years of the trio (consisting of Folds, drummer Darren Jessee and bassist Robert Sledge). Among the 15 tunes are three from the group’s self-titled debut, nine from their then-current release Whatever and Ever Amen featuring their hit “Battle of Who Could Care Less,” and three songs that had not been released at the time (“Emaline,” “Theme from ‘Dr. Pyser’,” and their radically reimagined cover of Flaming Lips’ “She Don’t Use Jelly”). Folds and crew were always a great live band—they even recorded their studio albums in a largely live setting—but this performance crackles with palpable intensity, brought home by this recording’s flawless fidelity. But don’t take our word for it—as Folds says in Bill Kopp’s liner notes that accompany the release, “That gig was pretty special.” Available on CD  or in a gatefold blue vinyl double-LP limited to 1000 copies!

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    Monday
    Jun182018

    Willie Nelson Things to Remember CD & 2-LP

  • Willie Nelson Is a Country Music Legend and One of America’s All-Time Greatest Singer-Songwriters

  • But in 1960 When Willie Moved to Nashville with His Wife and Kids, He Was Struggling to Make a Living

  • There He Met Songwriter Hank Cochran, Who Was

    Signed to Pamper Music, a Publishing Company Owned by Country Star Ray Price, Fiddle Player Hal Smith, and a Baker Named Claude Caviness

  • Cochran Got Willie Signed to Pamper by Pledging Willie Part of His Weekly Draw

  • Willie Repaid His Trust by Buckling Down and Pumping Out Nearly a Song a Day for Pamper

  • Cochran and He Would Then Call a Session with A-List Musicians Who Were in Between Major Label Studio Work

  • The Recordings Willie and These Musicians Made Formed the Basis of Willie’s Career and Changed the Course of Country Music Itself

  • Among the Songs They Tackled Were Some of His Most Famous and Enduring (“Crazy,” “Funny (How Time Slips Away),” “Night Life,” “Pretty Paper,” “Half a Man,” “Hello Walls,” and “Healing Hands of Time”)

  • The Pamper Demos Are the First Recordings of These Legendary Tunes

  • But These Beyond-Historic Sides Have Never Been Carefully and Comprehensively Collected, Instead Turning Up Mostly on Random Budget Packages with Little Documentation

  • Things to Remember—The Pamper Demos
    Brings Together These 28 Songs for the First Time, Featuring Several Songs That Have Hitherto Eluded Compilation

  • Liner Notes by Grammy-Winning Writer Colin Escott

  • Photos from Bear Family Label Founder

    Richard Weize’s Personal Collection

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision for

    Fidelity Far Superior to Prior Incarnations

  • Available on a 2-LP Set Pressed on Red Vinyl Limited to 1000 Copies

  • Gatefold LP Jacket

  • Also Available on CD

  • The First Blossoming of One of the Truly Singular Talents in American Music

    Willie Nelson: Things to Remember The Pamper Demos CD

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    For the series of sessions that laid the foundation for Willie Nelson’s career and thus changed the course of modern country music, these recordings have been treated pretty cavalierly over the years. But first, a little history…Willie Nelson was a struggling songwriter, hungry for work and maybe even just plain hungry, when he moved to Nashville in late 1960 with his wife and kids and met Hank Cochran, who was a writer for Pamper Music. Pamper, which was owned by country star Ray Price, fiddle player Hal Smith, and a baker (!) from Pico Rivera, California named Claude Caviness, was the hottest publishing company in town, thanks to writers like Cochran and Harlan Howard and songs like “Heartaches by the Number” and “I Fall to Pieces.” At first, Willie wasn’t going to sign with Pamper because Hal Smith wouldn’t give Willie the draw he needed, but Cochran told Smith to front Willie fifty bucks a week from his own draw. So Willie, determined to reward Cochran’s trust, got to work. “I was writing to prove I could write,” he said. “To get the money and feel like I was earning it.” He would end most work days with a new song, and then he and Cochran would call a session with A-team musicians who didn’t have major label studio work that day. The result: a body of work that just may well represent the most fertile creative period ever to issue from a country songwriter.

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    Monday
    Jun182018

    Chicago Music from the Motion Picture (Limited Black & Gold Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Director Rob Marshall’s 2002 film ChicagoWas the Rare Hollywood Production That Got a Broadway Musical Right

  • Won Six Academy Awards Including
    Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (for Catherine Zeta-Jones)

  • The Soundtrack Was Similarly Decorated, Winning a Grammy and Hitting #2 on the Charts

  • Despite All the Plaudits, This Release Marks the Soundtrack’s First Appearance on Vinyl

  • Includes All the Songs in the Film and a Few That Were Not

  • Magnificent Kander-Ebb Songs Sung by the Killer Cast of Zeta-Jones,
    Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Christine Baranski, and More

  • Also Includes Score by Danny Elfman

  • 2-LP Set

  • Gatefold Jacket Features Credits and Stills from the Film

  • Limited Edition Black & Gold Vinyl

  • Limited to 1500 Copies

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    Chicago: Music from the Motion Picture (Limited Black & Gold Vinyl Edition) LP

    Hey, vinyl lovers—you had it comin’! Director Rob Marshall’s2002 film Chicago was the rare Hollywood production that got a Broadway musical right, winning six Academy Awards including Best Picture and a Best Supporting Actress nod for Catherine Zeta-Jones. And its soundtrack album was similarly decorated, winning a Grammy and reaching #2 on the charts. So why did it take this long to come out on LP? Beats us...but we promise you that you’re gonna have a heckuva good time spinning thosemagnificent Kander & Ebb songs on limited edition (of 1500) black & goldvinyl! Includes all the tunes that were in the film and a couple that weren’t, featuring that killer cast of Zeta-Jones, Renée Zellweger, Richard Gere, John C. Reilly, Queen Latifah, Christine Baranski, and more, plus Danny Elfman’s score and all that jazz. Gatefold jacket features credits and stills from the film. A must!

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    Monday
    Jun182018

    Bobby Darin Go Ahead and Back Up--The Lost Motown Masters CD

  • The Legendary Bobby Darin Is One of the Most Versatile Singers in Pop Music History

  • Darin Went from Rock-and-Roll Teen Idol to Sophisticated Swinger to Socially Conscious Folkie During His All-Too-Brief Career

  • His Last Stop Was the Fabled Label Motown Records, Where He Spent the Last Three Years of His Life, from 1970 to 1973

  • Motown Only Released One Album and a Handful of Singles During Darin’s Lifetime

  • A Posthumous Live Album and a Few Studio Recordings Subsequently Surfaced, but Darin’s Output for Motown Always Seemed Mysteriously Scant

  • Now, Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records Present the Darin Discovery to End All Darin Discoveries

  • Go Ahead and Back Up—The Lost Motown Masters Includes 24 Never-Before-Released Recordings Directly from the Motown Vaults, Their Existence Largely Unknown to Even Darin’s Most Ardent Collectors and Biographers

  • Features a Lost Album Produced by Bobby in the Raw, Stripped-Down Style of His Stage Shows of the Period

  • Bobby Also Returns to Standards (e.g. “Mona Lisa”) as Only He Could Sing Them

  • Includes Another Album’s Worth of Songs Written and/or Produced by Motown’s Cream of the Crop

  • Smokey Robinson Co-Wrote “Cindy” and Shares the Mic with Bobby

  • Also Includes Songs/Productions by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson, The Corporation (Berry Gordy, Fonce Mizell, Freddie Perren and Deke Richards), Jerry Marcellino and Mel Larson, and Mike Randall

  • All Songs Mastered from Original Motown Tapes by Kevin Reeves

  • Co-Produced and Annotated by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese, Producer of Bobby Darin’sAnother Song on My Mind: The Motown Years, and Andrew Skurow, Co-Producer of Diana Ross & The Supremes’ Expanded Editions

  • 24-Page Booklet Includes Comprehensive Liner Notes and Rare, Never-Before-Published Period Photos

  • Startling New Directions and Knockout Performances and Productions from Bobby Darin, All Previously Unheard!

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    Bobby Darin: Go Ahead and Back Up--The Lost Motown Masters CD

    Bobby Darin joined Motown Records in 1970, inaugurating the final phase in a remarkable career that saw him transform from a rock-and-roll teen idol to a sophisticated swinger to a socially conscious folkie. Yet before his tragic death at the age of 37 in 1973, Darin only released one album and a handful of singles for Berry Gordy’s legendary label. A few posthumous recordings followed in 1974 and a live album in 1987, but the story stayed the same: that despite the best efforts of all, Darin’s music for Motown never lived up to the great potential of the pairing. Now, more than 45 years after the artist’s passing, the truth can be revealed. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records’ Go Ahead and Back Up: The Lost Motown Masters lifts the curtain on the final years of Bobby Darin’s life with 24 never-before-released recordings directly from the Motown vaults, their existence largely unknown to even Darin’s most ardent collectors and biographers. These include a lost album produced by Bobby in the raw, stripped-down style of his stage shows of the period; a return to standards as only Bobby could have recorded; and an album’s worth of stunning, surprising tracks written and produced by Motown’s cream of the crop.

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    Monday
    Jun182018

    The Statler Brothers Sing the Classics. CD

  • Nine Time Winners of the Country Music Association’s Vocal Group of the Year Award, and Country Music Hall of Fame Members,

    The Statler Brothers Are One of America’s Most Beloved Vocal Groups

  • Combining Country, Gospel, R&B and Pop (and a Little Bit of Comedy), They Transcended Stylistic Categories and Came Up with a Sound All Their Own

  • Oddly, One of Their Most Beloved Albums Never Went to Retail at All

  • In the ‘90s, the Mail-Order Outfit Heartland Music Created a Collection Called The Statler Brothers Sing the Classics for a Direct Response TV Campaign

  • Consisting of Favorite Pop Songs from the
    ‘40s Through the ‘60s, It Featured Performances Recorded by the Group Especially for the Project

  • The Album Was a Huge Success, Selling Hundreds of Thousands of Copies

  • But, Like Most DRTV Releases, It Was Only in Print for a Short While

  • Since Then It Has Been Probably the Most- Requested Album in the Statlers’ Voluminous Back Catalog

  • Now, Real Gone Music Is Bringing The Statler Brothers Sing the Classics to Retail for the First Time in a New, Improved Package

  • 2-CD Set Slimmed Down to a Less Expensive Single CD

  • Revamped, Updated Cover and Package Art

  • Liner Notes by Johnny Cash Scholar John M. Alexander Featuring Quotes from the Statlers’ Own Don Reid (e.g. “We Never Had More Fun Making an Album Than We Did Making This One”)

  • Starts Appropriately with “Memories Are Made of This” and Winds Up with “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight”

  • Eagerly Awaited by Both the Group’s Fans and the Group Itself!

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    The Statler Brothers: Sing the Classics. CD 

    Did you know one of the most beloved albums in the Statler Brothers catalog never even went to retail? Consisting of the Statlers’ renditions of classic pop songs from the ‘40s through the ‘60s, and featuring performances recorded especially for the project, The Statler Brothers Sing the Classics was a collection created by mail order outfit Heartland Music back in the ‘90s for a direct response TV campaign. And what a wildly successful TV campaign it was…Heartland ended up selling hundreds of thousands of copies. But, like most TV packages, the lifespan of Sing the Classics was short, and the album soon went out of print, prompting the group’s fanbase (and, for that matter, the group itself) to put it at the top of their reissue wish list for over two decades. Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present The Statler Brothers Sing the Classics in a new set that takes the same 24 tracks of the old, 2-CD version but fits them on to a single, less expensive CD, with new, updated cover art, added photos, and new liner notes by noted Johnny Cash scholar Dr. John M. Alexander featuring quotes from the Statlers’ own Don Reid. Starting with “Memories Are Made of This” and winding up with “Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight,” this collection captures the Statlers at their warm, intimate best, with a track listing to die for. Indeed, one of Don’s quotes perfectly sums up the vibe of this collection: “These were songs we grew up with. They helped make us and our style. We never had more fun making an album than we did making this one.” A great listen!

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    Wednesday
    May302018

    Johnny Mathis You've Got a Friend (Expanded Edition) CD

    • Real Gone Music Continues Its Reissue Campaign of Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s Albums for Columbia with Three Albums Offering Johnny’s Flawless Interpretations of Contemporary Hits of the Day

    • The First Release Is a Twofer Featuring the Albums Close to You and Love Story Plus Three Bonus Tracks

    • Mathis Teamed with Long-Time Producer Jack Gold and Ace Arranger Ernie Freeman for Close to You

    • Johnny Returned to the Songbooks of Burt Bacharach
      and Hal David (the Title Song), The Beatles (“The Long and Winding Road”), and Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Wave”) While Also Reinterpreting Hits by Ray Stevens, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Even Columbia Label-Mate Santana

    • Includes the Academy Award-Nominated Movie Theme “Pieces of Dreams”

    • Love Story Was Produced by Gold with Arrangements by Perry Botkin, Jr., a Frequent Collaborator of Harry Nilsson

    • Johnny Brought His Silken Sound to Rare Tunes by Bacharach and David (the Top 40 AC Chart Entry “Ten Times Forever More”) and Carole King and Gerry Goffin (“I Was There”) as Well as His Friend Henry Mancini (“Loss of Love”) and Paul Williams and Roger Nichols (“We’ve Only Just Begun”)

    • Bonus Tracks Include Outtake Recordings of Bodie Chandler’s “Caroline” and a “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” Medley, Plus the B-side of “Pieces of Dreams,” Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s “Darling Lili.”

    • Johnny Mathis Teamed with Superstar Producer Richard Perry (Nilsson Schmilsson, Ringo, Barbra Streisand’s Stoney End) for 1971’s You’ve Got a Friend

    • Fusing Pop and Soul, Mathis and Perry Tackled Favorites from James Taylor (“Long Ago and Far Away”), The Beatles (“We Can Work It Out”), The Jackson 5 (“Never Can Say Goodbye”), and Gordon Lightfoot (“If You Could Read My Mind”), Along with Two Tracks from Carole King’s Tapestry

    • Expanded Edition Features Eight Bonus Tracks Including Fresh Versions of The Four Tops’ Motown Perennial “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers,” and the Classic “I Only Have Eyes for You,” Plus a Host of Rare Singles

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

    • Rare Photos

    • Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese Include Exclusive Quotes from Johnny Mathis Himself

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      Johnny Mathis: You've Got a Friend (Expanded Edition) CD

      What happens when you pair a classic pop vocalist with a superstar rock producer, and both are at the top of their game? The result is pure magic, or in this case, Mathis magic! Johnny Mathis teamed with Richard Perry (Nilsson Schmilsson, Ringo, Barbra Streisand’s Stoney End) for 1971’s You’ve Got a Friend, and now that classic album is making its U.S. standalone CD premiere in a deluxe, expanded edition from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records! Blending the Perry sessions with recordings produced by Mathis himself, You’ve Got a Friend offers a spectacular array of then-recent hits rendered as only Johnny could. Fusing pop and soul, Mathis and Perry tackled favorites from James Taylor (“Long Ago and Far Away”), The Beatles (“We Can Work It Out”), The Jackson 5 (“Never Can Say Goodbye”), and Gordon Lightfoot (“If You Could Read My Mind”). Carole King’s warmhearted title track is one of two Tapestry cuts smoothly sung here by Johnny, along with the chart-topping “It’s Too Late.” Mathis’ rich tapestry of contemporary music has grown larger thanks to this edition’s whopping eight bonus tracks. Session outtakes include fresh versions of The Four Tops’ Motown perennial “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers,” and the classic “I Only Have Eyes for You” (which Johnny would re-record for his 1976 album of the same name). The set is then rounded out with a host of rare singles like Jimmy Webb’s “Evie,” John Barry and Don Black’s “This Way Mary” from Mary, Queen of Scots, and the single version of Jacques Brel’s “If We Only Have Love.” This beloved Friend is sounding better than ever, as Mike Piacentini at Sony’s Battery Studios has remastered everything. The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese has penned the liner notes featuring new quotes from Johnny Mathis.

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    May302018

    Johnny Mathis Close to You/Love Story (Expanded Edition) CD

    • Real Gone Music Continues Its Reissue Campaign of Johnny Mathis’ Classic ‘70s Albums for Columbia with Three Albums Offering Johnny’s Flawless Interpretations of Contemporary Hits of the Day

    • The First Release Is a Twofer Featuring the Albums Close to You and Love Story Plus Three Bonus Tracks

    • Mathis Teamed with Long-Time Producer Jack Gold and Ace Arranger Ernie Freeman for Close to You

    • Johnny Returned to the Songbooks of Burt Bacharach
      and Hal David (the Title Song), The Beatles (“The Long and Winding Road”), and Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Wave”) While Also Reinterpreting Hits by Ray Stevens, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and Even Columbia Label-Mate Santana

    • Includes the Academy Award-Nominated Movie Theme “Pieces of Dreams”

    • Love Story Was Produced by Gold with Arrangements by Perry Botkin, Jr., a Frequent Collaborator of Harry Nilsson

    • Johnny Brought His Silken Sound to Rare Tunes by Bacharach and David (the Top 40 AC Chart Entry “Ten Times Forever More”) and Carole King and Gerry Goffin (“I Was There”) as Well as His Friend Henry Mancini (“Loss of Love”) and Paul Williams and Roger Nichols (“We’ve Only Just Begun”)

    • Bonus Tracks Include Outtake Recordings of Bodie Chandler’s “Caroline” and a “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” Medley, Plus the B-side of “Pieces of Dreams,” Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s “Darling Lili.”

    • Johnny Mathis Teamed with Superstar Producer Richard Perry (Nilsson Schmilsson, Ringo, Barbra Streisand’s Stoney End) for 1971’s You’ve Got a Friend

    • Fusing Pop and Soul, Mathis and Perry Tackled Favorites from James Taylor (“Long Ago and Far Away”), The Beatles (“We Can Work It Out”), The Jackson 5 (“Never Can Say Goodbye”), and Gordon Lightfoot (“If You Could Read My Mind”), Along with Two Tracks from Carole King’s Tapestry

    • Expanded Edition Features Eight Bonus Tracks Including Fresh Versions of The Four Tops’ Motown Perennial “Reach Out (I’ll Be There),” The Beatles’ “Golden Slumbers,” and the Classic “I Only Have Eyes for You,” Plus a Host of Rare Singles

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

    • Rare Photos

    • Liner Notes by The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese Include Exclusive Quotes from Johnny Mathis Himself

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      Johnny Mathis Close to You/Love Story (Expanded Edition) CD

      Johnny Mathis kicked off the 1970s with a series of albums that found the Voice of Romance reinventing the day’s chart hits in inimitably lush fashion. Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are continuing the journey through the legendary singer’s 1970s catalog with an expanded, two-for-one compact disc release of the classic studio albums Close to You and Love Story. Johnny teamed with longtime producer Jack Gold and top arranger Ernie Freeman in 1970 for Close to You, on which he returned to the songbooks of Burt Bacharach and Hal David (the title song), The Beatles (“The Long and Winding Road”), and Antonio Carlos Jobim (“Wave”) while also reinterpreting hits by Ray Stevens, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and even Columbia labelmate Santana! This deliciously eclectic album yielded the Academy Award- nominated movie theme “Pieces of Dreams,” a top 10 AC hit for Mathis. It was followed in early 1971 by Love Story, produced by Gold with arrangements by Perry Botkin, Jr., a frequent collaborator of Harry Nilsson. In addition to the romantic “(Where Do I Begin) Love Story,” Johnny brought his silken sound to rare tunes by Bacharach and David (the top 40 AC chart entry “Ten Times Forever More”) andCarole King and Gerry Goffin (“I Was There”) as well as his friend Henry Mancini(“Loss of Love”) and Paul Williams and Roger Nichols (“We’ve Only Just Begun”). This expanded two-for-one release adds three bonus tracks: outtake recordings of Bodie Chandler’s “Caroline” and a “Goin’ Out of My Head/Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” medley, plus the B-side of “Pieces of Dreams,” Mancini and Johnny Mercer’s “Darling Lili.” Johnny at his zenith!

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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Alan Silvestri Predator Original Motion Picture Soundtrack 

    • Though Derided as Derivative When It Came Out,Predator Has Only Grown in Reputation as One of the Great Action/Sci-Fi Films, and Marked the Full Flowering of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a Genuine Movie Star

    • The Soundtrack by Alan Silvestri (Romancing the Stone; Back to the Future) Has Also Become a Cult Favorite, Sparking No Less Than Three Limited-Edition CD Releases

    • Silvestri’s Score Is Every Bit as Brutal and Hard-Hitting as the Film Itself, Employing a Full Orchestra, Deft Electronic Touches, and Bruising Percussion

    • Among the Highlights Are the Eerie, Descending Strings as the Predator Descends to Earth, the Propulsive Military March That Introduces the Commando Team, and the Simple Trumpet Fanfare in “He’s My Friend” Lamenting the Loss of a Fallen Comrade

    • Sound Is Taken from Intrada’s 2012 Complete and Definitive Edition of the Score

    • Real Gone Music’s Vinyl Release Features Custom Front Cover Art by Rafał Wechterowicz Depicting the Predator in All Its Gory Glory

    • Gatefold Double-LP Set Also Includes Production Stills

    • Blood Red & “Predator Dreads” Blue Splatter Vinyl Release

    • Limited to 1000 Copies

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      Predator: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Blood Red & “Predator Dreads” Blue Splatter Vinyl Edition) Limited to 1000 copies

    • SOLD OUT Predator: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Limited Glow in the Dark Vinyl Edition) Limited to 181 copies Webstore Exclusive SOLD OUT

      Alan Silvestri’s masterful score to the 1987 film Predator has been one of the most sought-after action film soundtracks of all time, sparking no less than three limited-edition CD releases that all successively sold out in short order (as did our first vinyl pressing). And it’s little wonder; fresh from back-to-back triumphs with Romancing the Stone and Back to the Future, Silvestri employs a full orchestra, occasional, deft electronic touches, and—most of all—bruising percussion to fashion a score every bit as muscular and hard-hitting as the film itself. Among the truly inspired touches are the eerie, descending strings as the Predator descends to earth, the propulsive military march that introduces the commando team, and the simple trumpet fanfare in “He’s My Friend” that laments the loss of a fallen comrade. Real Gone is proud to present Alan Silvestri’s score to Predator in a double-LP set featuring custom front cover art by Rafał Wechterowicz that captures the Predator in all its ugly mother******ness, with additional stills from the production decorating the gatefold package. The sound to our release is taken from Intrada’s 2012 complete and definitive edition of the score, and it comes on blood red and “Predator Dreads” blue splatter vinyl limited to 1000 copies. Get it before it disappears into the jungle! 

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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Grateful Dead Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 2 (3CD-Set)

    The Road Trips Series Continues the Grateful Dead Tradition of Curated Live Shows Originally Released on Their Own Label Never Before Available at Retail

    Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 2—April Fools’ ’88 Hails from the Well-Regarded but Seldom-Recorded Year of 1988 The First Authorized Physical Release of a Complete Concert from the Year

    3-CD Set Includes the Complete April 1, 1988 show at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (a.k.a. The Meadowlands), Plus Over Half of the Show from the Preceding Night

    Features Great and Unusual Cover Versions, Such as the Second and Final Performance of Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man” and a Medley of “Dear
    Mr. Fantasy”/”Hey Jude”/”All Along the Watchtower” with a “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” Encore

    Includes the Rarely Performed “To Lay Me Down” Two Sublime Medleys Open the Second Set: “China Cat Sunflower”/”I Know You Rider” and “Estimated Prophet”/”Eyes of the World”

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    Grateful Dead: Road Trips Vol. 4 No. 2 (3CD-Set)

    Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD Sound Big Full-Color Book with Notes and Photos Hailing from the well-regarded but seldom-recorded year of 1988 (this Road Trip marked the first physical release of any complete shows from that year), this 3-CD set offers all of the Dead’s April 1, 1988 show at the Brendan Byrne Arena in East Rutherford, NJ (a.k.a. The Meadowlands), plus over half of the show from the preceding night. The Dead were, of course, one of the great cover bands of all time, and here you get some real corkers, like the second and final performance of Dylan’s “Ballad of a Thin Man” on April 1 and a medley of “Dear Mr. Fantasy”/”Hey Jude”/”All Along the Watchtower” on March 31 (followed by a “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door” encore)! April 1 also features the very rarely performed “To Lay Me Down,” but for many, the pair of medleys opening the second set, “China Cat Sunflower”/”I Know You Rider” and “Estimated Prophet”/”Eyes of the World,” will prove the highlight of the night, as Bob Weir in particular takes flight during “Estimated” and the band lifts off right after him. Big, full-color booklet, mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD sound.

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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Keely Smith Sings the John Lennon-Paul McCartney Songbook CD

  • Real Gone Music Continues Its Deep Dive in to the Late, Great Keely Smith’s Reprise Album Catalog with Its Long-Awaited Reissue of 1964’s Sings The John Lennon-Paul McCartney Songbook

  • The Album Was the First of Its Kind, a Respected Pop Singer Tackling Beatles Songs

  • Keely Risked Ridicule by Being Too Hip for Her Peers and Too Square for the Smart Set Digging the Merseybeat Sound

  • Instead, She Scored a Big Hit Album in the U.K.

  • Arranged by Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter, the Album Alternately Seduces and Swings

  • Produced by Keely’s Soon-to-Be Husband Jimmy Bowen

  • Liner Notes by Steve Hochman

  • Rare Photos

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

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    Keely Smith: Sings the John Lennon-Paul McCartney Songbook CD

    Lots of pop vocalists have tackled the vaunted SONGS Lennon-McCartney songbook, but this 1964 release from the late, great Keely Smith was the first album by an artist of her ilk devoted to the lads from Liverpool. And perhaps the best one, too...with sparkling arrangements by Ernie Freeman and Benny Carter, and production from Keely’s soon-to-be husband Jimmy Bowen, the record alternately seduces and swings, and Keely’s voice—with its bluesy phrasing and lilt patented on The Strip—is the perfect instrument to interpret these Fab tunes. But there’s more to the story here. Sure, “groups” like The Chipmunks and The Hollyridge Strings released Beatles cover albums in 1964, but a pop singer? Of Keely’s stature and pedigree? Not a chance. Keely risked ridicule from both the traditionalist and rock and roll camps by crossing over the great pop music divide to record these songs. Many of her peers were still openly dismissive of the Mop Tops; and the new generation digging the Merseybeat sound were likely to see her as square. It was just another courageous, nervy move in a career full of ‘em; and Keely’s reward was asmash album in the U.K. For the first-ever reissue of this classic record, we’ve addedliner notes by Steve Hochman along with rare photos. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision...truly a Fabulous release!

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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Michelle Phillips Victim of Romance (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Michelle Phillips Rarely Sang Lead in The Mamas and The Papas, but When She Did, She Scored a Big Hit with “Dedicated to the One I Love”

  • Some Ten Years Later, in the Middle of a Successful Acting Career, Michelle Went Back into the Studio to Record Victim of Romancewith Legendary Producer Jack Nitzsche (Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, and Many Others)

  • Her Sole Solo Album, Victim of RomanceBlended the Classic Phil Spector Sound with a Modern ‘70s Sensibility on Such Catchy Tunes as “Moon” Martin’s “Aching Kind,” the Bee Gees’ “Baby As You Turn Away,” and Her Own Song “There She Goes”

  • Long Out of Print

  • Real Gone Music’s New Expanded Edition Features Three Originally Unissued Outtakes to Comprise the Complete Michelle Phillips-Jack Nitzsche Output

  • Joe Marchese’s Liner Notes Feature Exclusive Quotes from Michelle Phillips

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

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    Michelle Phillips: Victim of Romance (Expanded Edition) CD

    During the 1960s as an original member of The Mamas & The Papas, the lovely Michelle Phillips enjoyed singing lead vocal on that supergroup’s smash rendition of “Dedicated to The One I Love.” That performance planted a seed that took root some ten years later. But first, after the group permanently disbanded in 1971, Michelle continued her pursuit as an actress, appearing in such films as Dillinger and Valentino before going on to television series fame in the 1980s-90s on Knot’s Landing.

    In 1976, however, Michelle took a brief break from her rising acting career to return to the recording studio as a solo performer following a pair of singles produced by her ex-husband and Mamas & Papas leader John Philips and A&M Records co-owner Jerry Moss. Working with legendary producer-arranger Jack Nitzsche (Neil Young, The Rolling Stones, and many others), Michelle enjoyed collaborating on an album that evoked the Phil Spector sound which Nitzsche helped to invent while also creating a modern ‘70s pop sound with such catchy tunes as “Aching Kind” and “Victim of Romance” (both penned by John “Moon” Martin”) plus a Bee Gees cover (“Baby As You Turn Away”) and original compositions by Michelle (“There She Goes”) as well as John Phillips (“Trashy Rumors”). A potent remake of Doris Troy’s “With One Look” predates the Linda Ronstadt hit while “Where’s Mine?” displays the wink of humor often present in Michelle’s musical performances.

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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Cowboy Boyer & Talton (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Led by Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton, Cowboy Quietly Put Out Four Great Albums for the Capricorn Label During the ‘70s

  • All Four of Them Languished Out of Print for Years Until Real Gone Music Began Reissuing Them Several Years Ago

  • Boyer & Talton and Cowboy Are The Last Two Records Cowboy Recorded for Capricorn

  • CD Debut for Both Releases

  • Appropriate Timing for Release with the Recent Passings of Producer Johnny Sandlin and Band Co-Founder Scott Boyer

  • Liner Notes by Scott Schinder Featuring Exclusive Quotes from Tommy Talton

  • Photos from Talton’s Private Archive

  • Both Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Boyer & Talton Boasted a Great Band of Capricorn Regular Bill Stewart on Drums, Future Charlie Daniels Band Bassist Charlie Hayward, Allman Brothers Band Members Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe on Keyboards and Percussion, Respectively, and Saxophonists Randall Bramblett and David Brown

  • Also Featured a Cameo from Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band

  • Produced by Johnny Sandlin

  • Most of the Band Backed Gregg Allman on the Laid BackAlbum, and Went on Tour with Him

  • Expanded Edition Features the Two Tracks on theGregg Allman on Tour Album That Highlighted Cowboy, “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Can You Go?”

  • Cowboy’s 1977 Self-Titled Album Brought A Whole New Band into the Studio: Arch Pearson on Bass,
    Chip Condon on Keyboards, and Chip Miller on Drums

  • Also a New Producer in Capricorn Engineer Sam Whiteside

  • New, Pop-Savvy, Country-Rock Sound but Still Great Songwriting from Boyer and Talton

  • Standout Tracks “Takin’ It All the Way,” “Pat’s Song,” “Everybody Knows Your Name” and the Latin-tinged “Straight into Love” Make Cowboy a Worthy Last Hurrah for One of the Best-Kept Secrets of the ‘70s

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    Cowboy: Boyer & Talton (Expanded Edition) CD

    Having released their first two records to great acclaim, and with the recent passing of producer Johnny Sandlin and the even more recent passing of Scott Boyer himself, it seemed like a good time to circle back to the last two Cowboy records for Capricorn, which, like our first two reissues, feature liner notes by Scott Schinder featuring great quotes from Tommy Talton and pictures from Tommy’s private archive. As the title indicates, this 1974 album—produced, like the first two, by Capricorn mainstay Johnny Sandlin—found the group down to its creative core of Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton. But their new back-up band wasn’t half bad: Capricorn regular Bill Stewart on drums, future Charlie Daniels Band bassist Charlie Hayward, Allman Brothers Band members Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe on keyboards and percussion, respectively, and saxophonists Randall Bramblett and David Brown, the latter a former member of Boyer's old Florida combo the 31st of February, which also included Duane and Gregg Allman as well as future Allmans drummer Butch Trucks (plus a cameo from Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band)! Most of this same aggregation backed Gregg Allman on Laid Back, and indeed went on tour with him, which we’ve documented with the two bonus tracks that featured Cowboy from The Gregg Allman on Tour album, “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Can You Go?” As for Boyer & Talton, it remains one of Tommy Talton’s favorite Cowboy albums (and one of their fans’ favorites, too), though he modestly points to a Boyer song, “Everyone Has a Chance to Feel,” as a particular standout. But you won’t go wrong with any track on this album…masterful, melodic American music. CD debut, remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision!

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    Tuesday
    May012018

    Cowboy Cowboy CD

  • Led by Scott Boyer and Tommy Talton, Cowboy Quietly Put Out Four Great Albums for the Capricorn Label During the ‘70s
  • All Four of Them Languished Out of Print for Years Until Real Gone Music Began Reissuing Them Several Years Ago

  • Boyer & Talton and Cowboy Are The Last Two Records Cowboy Recorded for Capricorn

  • CD Debut for Both Releases

  • Appropriate Timing for Release with the Recent Passings of Producer Johnny Sandlin and Band Co-Founder Scott Boyer

  • Liner Notes by Scott Schinder Featuring Exclusive Quotes from Tommy Talton

  • Photos from Talton’s Private Archive

  • Both Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Boyer & Talton Boasted a Great Band of Capricorn Regular Bill Stewart on Drums, Future Charlie Daniels Band Bassist Charlie Hayward, Allman Brothers Band Members Chuck Leavell and Jaimoe on Keyboards and Percussion, Respectively, and Saxophonists Randall Bramblett and David Brown

  • Also Featured a Cameo from Toy Caldwell of The Marshall Tucker Band

  • Produced by Johnny Sandlin

  • Most of the Band Backed Gregg Allman on the Laid BackAlbum, and Went on Tour with Him

  • Expanded Edition Features the Two Tracks on theGregg Allman on Tour Album That Highlighted Cowboy, “Time Will Take Us” and “Where Can You Go?”

  • Cowboy’s 1977 Self-Titled Album Brought A Whole New Band into the Studio: Arch Pearson on Bass,
    Chip Condon on Keyboards, and Chip Miller on Drums

  • Also a New Producer in Capricorn Engineer Sam Whiteside

  • New, Pop-Savvy, Country-Rock Sound but Still Great Songwriting from Boyer and Talton

  • Standout Tracks “Takin’ It All the Way,” “Pat’s Song,” “Everybody Knows Your Name” and the Latin-tinged “Straight into Love” Make Cowboy a Worthy Last Hurrah for One of the Best-Kept Secrets of the ‘70s

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    Cowboy: Cowboy CD

    Having released the first two Cowboy albums to great acclaim, and with the recent passing of producer Johnny Sandlin and the even more recent passing of Scott Boyer himself, it seemed like a good time to circle back to the last two Cowboy records for Capricorn, which, like our first two reissues, feature liner notes by Scott Schinder featuring great quotes from Tommy Talton and pictures from Tommy’s private archive. Talton and Scott Boyer just kept cranking out one great tune after another on their 1977 self-titled album, their last for Capricorn and the last made under their name until 2011. In the producer’s chair this time was Capricorn house engineer Sam Whiteside, while the band featured Arch Pearson on bass, Chip Condon on keyboards, and Chip Miller on drums. The band’s sound shifted to a more pop-savvy, country-rock sound, but Boyer and Talton's wry, thoughtful songwriting continued to ring true, and such numbers as "Takin' It All the Way," "Pat's Song," "Everybody Knows Your Name" and the Latin-tinged "Straight into Love" demonstrated that the new Cowboy lineup was adept at navigating the novel stylistic wrinkles. Shortly thereafter, the band folded, fittingly, at just about the same time the Capricorn label did, but Cowboy remains a worthy last hurrah. CD debut, remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision!

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    Monday
    Apr162018

    Cheap Trick The Epic Archive Vol. 2. CD

    • Blending Glam and Power Pop with a Visual Style All Their Own, Rockford, IL’s Cheap Trick Were and Still Are One of the Shining Lights in American Rock and Roll

    • Real Gone Music’s First Volume of the Band’s Rare Epic Recordings Was Hailed by Their Fans, So Now Comes Volume 2, Covering the Prime Years of 1980-1983

    • 16 Tracks Including a Bunch of CD Debuts

    • Begins with Three Tracks from the 1980 EP Found All the Parts

    • Includes Singles “Oh Boy,” “World’s Greatest Lover,” “Everything Works If You Let It,” and the b-side “Get Ready”

    • Rare Live Performances of “The House Is Rockin’ (with Domestic Problems)” and “Way of the World”

    • Demos of “Loser” and “If You Want My Love”

    • Alternate Mixes/Versions of “Saturday at Midnight” and “Dancing the Night Away”

    • Soundtrack Songs Including “Reach Out” and “I Must Be Dreamin’” from Heavy Metal and the title song from Spring Break

    • Ken Sharp’s Liner Notes Feature Track-by-Track Quotes and Quips from Bun E. Carlos, Rick Nielsen, and Tom Petersson

    • Rare Photos by Long-Time Band Photographer Robert Alford

    • Mastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York

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     Cheap Trick: The Epic Archive Vol. 2. CD

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

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