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Tuesday
Aug142012

SHOES

 

First 50 customers to order this CD from us will get a autographed copy by all three Shoes-Gary Klebe, Jeff Murphy and John Murphy! First come first serve and only one autographed copy per customers order allowed. AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular versions of the CD's are still available.  

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First-Ever Career-Spanning Retrospective of the Power Pop Legends, Celebrating 35 Years of Recordings

Includes 21 Tracks Taken from All Eight of Their Studio Albums, from 1977's DIY Classic Black Vinyl Shoes to 2012's Critically-Lauded Ignition

Liner Notes Includes Exclusive Quotes from the Band and Photos from Their Private Archive

Released to Coincide with a New Biography of the Band, Boys Don't Lie—A History of Shoes

SHOES: 35 Years—the Definitive Shoes Collection 1977-2012. CD

Improbably hailing from the dry town of Zion, Illinois on the banks of Lake Michigan—where not even bikinis were permitted—Shoes were formed, like a lot of rock bands, by three kids who were just looking for something to do. The difference? Very few bands—none actually come to mind—write and perform perfectly crafted power pop songs for 35 years and counting.

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Tuesday
Aug142012

DAVID CASSIDY

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First-Ever American Release in any Format of the Sole ‘80s Release from the former Partridge Family Teen Idol

• Features the European Smash Hits “She Knows All About Boys” and “The Last Kiss” (Featuring George Michael on Vocals)

Production and Songwriting Work by Alan Tarney (a-ha, Squeeze, Leo Sayer, Matthew Sweet)

New Liner Notes by Mike Ragogna

DAVID CASSIDY: Romance. CD

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Tuesday
Aug142012

JOHN ZACHERLE

First 50 customers to order this CD from us will get a autographed copy by John Zacherle himself! First-come, first-served and only one autographed copy per customer’s order allowed. AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular version is still available. 

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Just in Time for Halloween, Two Classic Cameo Parkway Albums from the Cool Ghoul Himself!

Features the Top Ten Hit, “Dinner with Drac” Includes Four Non-LP Bonus Tracks

New Liner Notes by John Sebastian of the Lovin’ Spoonful

Original, Hilarious Album Art Included

JOHN ZACHERLE: Monster Mash/Scary Tales. CD

Straight from the crypts, er, vaults of Cameo Parkway comes this fiendish find, a gruesome twosome of vintage albums from the Cool Ghoul himself, the original TV horror host, Zacherle! The first of these albums hit #44 on the charts, as it boasts Zach’s Top Ten hit, “Dinner With Drac” (plus, as a bonus, its flipside, “Dinner with Drac Pt. 2”), but his sleeve notes are worth the price of admission alone—and these albums come to you in original “moan-o.” None other than Zach acolyte (Zacholyte?) John Sebastian chips in with new notes, too.

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Saturday
Jul282012

GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS

  • 45 Tracks, the Most Comprehensive Gary Lewis & the Playboys Collection Ever Compiled

  • All Original Mono Singles Mixes, Most Never Before on CD

  • Features Rare B-Sides and a Promo-Only Track, "Way Way Out"

  • Liner Notes Feature Interviews with Bones Howe, Snuff Garrett,
    Hal Blaine, Jim Keltner and Gary Lewis Himself 

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GARY LEWIS & THE PLAYBOYS: The Complete Liberty Singles (2-CD Set)

The definitive Gary Lewis & the Playboys collection is back!

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Saturday
Jul282012

GRATEFUL DEAD: Dick’s Picks Vol. 28

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

Dick's Picks 28 Is  Considered One of the Stand-Out Volumes in the Series 

“Dick” was Dick Latvala, the official tape archivist for the Grateful Dead until 1999, whose inspiration and encyclopedic knowledge of the band’s vaults spawned the fabled Dick’s Picks series of live Dead concert recordings. Comprised of 36 volumes, Dick’s Picks follows the band on its long, strange trip through a multitude of eras, tours and venues, featuring handpicked shows that display the band at its visionary, improvisational height. Now, Real Gone Music is finally bringing this unparalleled cache of Dead concert brilliance to record stores—many of these volumes have never been available at music retail, and the others have been unavailable for close to a decade!

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GRATEFUL DEAD:  Dick’s Picks Vol. 28—2/26/73 Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE 2/28/73 Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT (4-CD Set)

These two 1973 concerts take place about two weeks after the Dead added a large number of new, jazzy numbers to their repertoire, one of which (“Eyes of the World”) plays a central role in both shows excerpted here (though these are not complete shows, only one song, “Deal,” that was played either of these nights does not appear here in at least in one version). As usual, it’s the medleys that hold the most jaw-dropping feats of improvisational derring-do; the first night’s “Dark Star/Eyes of the World/Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” is seamlessly sublime (or is that sublimely seamless?), while the second night’s “Truckin’/The Other One/Eyes of the World/”Morning Dew” covers a prodigious amount of terrain, from raucous to frenzied to lilting to lyrical in the space of nearly one glorious hour. Also noted with pleasure is the appearance of “Box of Rain,” which the Dead performed live sparingly. Presented in HDCD sound—never before available in stores!

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Saturday
Jul282012

Johnny Mathis

AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular versions of the CD's are still available.

Johnny Mathis Autographs!

One signed booklet or tray card from either Johnny Mathis release to the first 70 customers who buy both releases from us on the same order (anybody who has already ordered both from us on the same order will get a signed piece of artwork from one of the titles).  Only one autograph allowed per customer.

  • Johnny Mathis' Classic Mercury Albums on CD for the First Time Ever

  • Remastered from the Original Tapes by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios in NYC

  • Liner Notes by Jim Ritz Feature an Exclusive Interview with Johnny Mathis

  • Love Is Everything Includes an Entire Album of Unreleased Broadway-Themed Material as Bonus Tracks 

Johnny Mathis’s mid-‘60s sides for the Mercury label have long been overlooked, even though they rank among the most commercially and artistically successful recordings of his career. Why? Well, for one thing, Johnny has been a flagship artist for Columbia Records for so long that folks have just plain forgotten that he spent three years apart from the label. But more importantly, those recordings, most notably the ten LPs he cut for Mercury, have been out of print during the entire compact disc era, as only Johnny’s Christmas album has ever come out on CD and a few assorted songs on a now-deleted double-CD package issued by Columbia 15 years ago.

Now, by special arrangement with Sony Music, the artist and his management, Real Gone Music is proudly issuing these essential albums (everything but the Christmas album, which remains in print) on compact disc for the first time, nearly 50 years after Johnny’s first release on Mercury. Each release consists of two albums, each newly remastered at Battery Studios in New York, complete with original art and comprehensive liner notes featuring an exclusive interview of Johnny by pop vocal expert James Ritz (who counts these Mercury albums as his favorite Mathis recordings, by the way). And our first wave of releases includes an unreleased album of Broadway-themed songs recorded by Johnny in 1964-1965!

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JOHNNY MATHIS: Tender Is the Night/Wonderful World of Make-Believe. CD

Johnny’s first two “secular” albums for Mercury (his first release for the label was Sounds of Christmas) both hit the charts in 1964, with Tender Is the Night going all the way up to #12. Both albums feature Johnny’s dreamy takes on stage and film songs, and Tender boasts arrangements by the great Don Costa.

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Saturday
Jul282012

DAVID CASSIDY

  • David Cassidy's Solo Album Catalog Has Largely Been Unavailable for Decades

  • Cassidy Live Has Never Been on CD, Gettin' It in the Street Only on CD in Japan

  • Gettin' It in the Street Never Received a Proper U.S. Release on Vinyl, So Extra-Collectible

  • New Remastering by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC

  • Liner Notes by '70s Pop Expert Lisa Sutton 

If the late ‘50s/early ‘60s were the first Golden Age for rock ‘n’ roll teen idols, the early-to-mid-‘70s were definitely the second. And, just like it did the first time around with such stars as Ricky Nelson and Paul Petersen, television played a huge role in launching the careers of many ‘70s heartthrobs. Teen idols like Bobby Sherman, Donny Osmond and Leif Garrett received tremendous exposure on TV, which led to more record sales, which led to more exposure, and so on. But perhaps the king of them all (or, more appropriately, prince) was David Cassidy, eldest son of television’s Partridge Family. Cassidy’s star was so bright, in fact, that he was one of the very few ‘70s teen idols (Osmond is the only other one that comes to mind) that was able to achieve a successful, long-lived solo career after the initial burst of teen hype—in fact, it was Cassidy’s desire to tackle more mature musical material that in part led to the end of the show. Despite their commercial success, however, those solo recordings have remained largely unavailable, with only Cassidy’s first two albums seeing release on compact disc in this country. Now, Real Gone Music is delving into David’s rich catalog with a series of releases featuring liner notes by ‘70s pop expert Lisa Sutton and new remastering by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC—and we’re starting with the two most collectible titles!

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DAVID CASSIDY: Cassidy Live! CD

Recorded in Britain during his 1974 world tour, this live album provides eloquent testimony both to the kind of hysteria David Cassidy concerts generated and to his global appeal.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

SANFORD AND TOWNSEND

  • Features the Huge Hit "Smoke from a Distant Fire"

  • CD Debut for Nail Me to the Wall

  • Liner Notes by Gene Sculatti Feature an Interview with John Townsend 

First 35 customers to order the CD from us will get a booklet signed by Ed Sanford and Johnny Townsend ! First come first serve. AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular version is still available. 

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SANFORD AND TOWNSEND: Smoke from a Distant Fire/Nail Me to the Wall. CD

Is there any song that sums up the late ’70s music scene like “Smoke from a Distant Fire?” It had that blue-eyed soul, high-gloss L.A. production sound of the Doobie Brothers, Kenny Loggins and other superstars of the era, with the kind of hook only real pros could create.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

20/20

• Classic L.A. Power Pop from the Late '70s, Finally Back in Print

• Includes Two Single-Only Sides Never Before on CD

• Liner Notes and Photos Added

• Newly Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios 

AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular versions of the CD's are still available.

First 35 customers to order the CD from us will get a booklet signed by founding band members Steve Allen and Ron Flynt! First come first serve.

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20/20: 20/20/Look Out! CD

Steve Allen and Ron Flynt followed the power pop path blazed by fellow Tulsa natives Phil Seymour and Dwight Twilley when they moved in 1977 to Los Angeles, where they formed (with Mike Gallo) what has universally become one of the most highly-regarded power pop/new wave outfits of the era, 20/20. How highly-regarded?

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Tuesday
Jul172012

CHARLES BUKOWSKI

  • Quintessential Bukowski, Back on Vinyl Where It Belongs

  • Original Album Art from 1980 Takoma Pressing

  • Pressed at Bill Smith Custom Records

  • EXPLICIT MATERIAL 

This item is currently sold out and unavailable to order but we will be offering it again later this year. Stay tuned.

CHARLES BUKOWSKI: Reads His Poetry. LP

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Tuesday
Jul172012

CLOVER

• CD Debut for Their Two Fantasy Albums

• Clover Backed Up Elvis Costello on My Aim Is True and Became Huey Lewis & the News

• Liner Notes by Original Band Member Alex Call

• Photos and Memorabilia Added 

First 35 customers to order the CD from us will get a booklet signed by Alex Call! First come first serve. AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular version of the CD is still available.

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CLOVER: Clover/Fourty Niner. CD

Clover is one of the most famous bands you have never heard of. They were the backing band on Elvis Costello’s My Aim Is True and a later incarnation of the group morphed into Huey Lewis & the News.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

JACKIE GLEASON

  • One of the Most Popular Easy Listening Records of All Time

  • First-Ever CD Reissue of Full- Length, 16-Track LP Version

  • Original, Iconic Artwork Intact

  • Features Bobby Hackett on Trumpet 

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JACKIE GLEASON: Music for Lovers Only. CD

Probably the most popular, iconic mood music album ever made, Jackie Gleason’s Music for Lovers Only set the stage for untold imitators to come with its evocative album artwork and lush, sweeping soundscapes.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

JIMMY GRIFFIN

• CD Debut for the Future Bread Star's 1963 Reprise Album

• Produced by Jimmy Bowen, Arranged by Jack Nitzsche

• Features "Wrecking Crew" of Leon Russell, Glen Campbell, Hal Blaine et al.

• Includes Griffin's Non-LP Singles for Reprise as Bonus Tracks

• Liner Notes and Photos 

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JIMMY GRIFFIN: Summer Holiday CD

Bread fans might know him better as James Griffin, but back in 1963 Jimmy Griffin was one of the up-and-comers on the artist roster of Frank Sinatra’s Reprise label.

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Tuesday
Jul172012

AUGUST: JOHNNY MATHIS’ MERCURY YEARS, DAVID CASSIDY, AND MORE GRATEFUL DEAD DICK’S PICKS

REAL GONE’S AUGUST HEATS UP WITH REISSUES

FROM JOHNNY MATHIS’ MERCURY YEARS, DAVID CASSIDY,

AND MORE GRATEFUL DEAD DICK’S PICKS 

Gary Lewis & the Playboys’ The Complete Liberty Singles returns to print

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — The summer dog days bring a diverse selection of Real Gone Music reissues, ideal for vacation listening. On August 28, 2012, the label will release six titles including Johnny Mathis’ Tender Is the Night/Wonderful World of Make-Believe and Broadway, an entire unreleased album from his underrated Mercury Records catalog paired with his Love Is Everything LP; David Cassidy’s Cassidy Live!, and Gettin’ It in the Street; Gary Lewis & the Playboys’ The Complete Liberty Singles; and a four-CD Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks selection, Dick’s Picks Vol. 28—2/26/73 Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE 2/28/73 Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT.

Johnny Mathis’ mid-’60s sides for the Mercury label have long been overlooked, though they rank among the most commercially and artistically successful recordings of his career. Why? Well, for one thing, Johnny has been a flagship artist for Columbia Records for so long that folks tend to forget that he spent three years apart from the label. But more importantly, those recordings, most notably the ten LPs he cut for Mercury, have been out of print during the entire compact disc era, as only Johnny’s Christmas album has ever come out on CD. Now, by special arrangement with Sony Music, the artist and his management, Real Gone Music will issue these essential albums (everything but the Christmas album, which remains in print) on compact disc for the first time — nearly 50 years after Johnny’s first release on Mercury. Each release consists of two albums, each newly remastered at Battery Studios in New York, complete with original art and comprehensive liner notes featuring an exclusive interview of Johnny by pop vocal expert James Ritz (who counts these Mercury albums as his favorite Mathis recordings, by the way). And our first wave of releases includes a never-before-released album of Broadway-themed songs recorded by Johnny in 1964-1965, paired with his charting album from 1965, Love Is Everything, while our other twofer, Tender Is the Night/Wonderful World of Make-Believe, features Johnny’s first two “secular” albums for Mercury (his first release for the label was Sounds of Christmas). Both albums hit the charts in 1964, with Tender Is the Night reaching #12, and both albums feature Johnny’s dreamy takes on stage and film songs, with arrangements on Tender by the great Don Costa.  

The all-time king of teen idols was arguably David Cassidy, eldest son of television’s Partridge Family. Cassidy’s star was so bright, in fact, that he was one of the very few ’70s teen idols who was able to achieve a successful, long-lived solo career after the initial burst of teen hype — in fact, it was Cassidy’s desire to tackle more mature musical material that in part led to the end of the show. Despite their commercial success, however, those solo recordings have remained largely unavailable, with only Cassidy’s first two albums reissued on compact disc in this country. Real Gone Music is delving into Cassidy’s rich catalog with a series of releases featuring liner notes by ’70s pop expert Mike Ragogna and new remastering by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC, and begins with Cassidy’s most collectible titles. Recorded in Britain during his 1974 world tour, the live album Cassidy Live! provides eloquent testimony both to the kind of hysteria David Cassidy concerts generated and to his global appeal. Despite that global appeal, however, the album has never appeared on CD anywhere in the world. Featuring tunes by Oscar Hammerstein & Richard Rodgers, Leon Russell and Stephen Stills, it confirms that Cassidy had bigger things in mind than teen idol-dom. Meanwhile, Cassidy’s 1976 album Gettin’ It in the Street never saw a proper release in the U.S. even though it featured songwriting from Brian Wilson, guitar work by Mick Ronson and co-production by America’s Gerry Beckley. This overlooked gem from the Cassidy catalog has only been on CD in Japan.

The definitive Gary Lewis & the Playboys two-CD, 45-track The Complete Liberty Singles anthology came and went in a heartbeat a few years ago; the critical and commercial response was so good (and continues to be — used copies sell for megabucks online) that Real Gone Music decided to reissue it. It’s still the ideal way to explore the recordings of one of the great singles bands of the ’60s, featuring the A- and B-side of every single they issued on the Liberty label. Many of these original mono singles mixes and most of the B-sides were completely unavailable until this collection came along — these after all are the mixes fans heard cracklin’ from their radio back in the day. The annotation by Ed Osborne features interviews with producers Bones Howe and Snuff Garrett, drummers Hal Blaine and Jim Keltner, singer (and Gary’s “ghost” voice) Ron Hicklin and even Lewis himself. 

Dick Latvala was the official tape archivist for the Grateful Dead until 1999. His inspiration and encyclopedic knowledge of the band’s vaults spawned the fabled Dick’s Picks series of live Dead concert recordings. Comprising 36 volumes, Dick’s Picks follows the band on its long, strange trip through a multitude of eras, tours and venues, featuring handpicked shows that display the band at its visionary, improvisational height. Dick’s Picks Vol. 28—2/26/73 Pershing Municipal Auditorium, Lincoln, NE 2/28/73 Salt Palace, Salt Lake City, UT (four-CD set) features two 1973 concerts that took place shortly after the Dead added a large number of new, jazzy numbers to its repertoire. One such song, “Eyes of the World,” plays a central role in both shows excerpted here. As usual, the medleys hold the most jaw-dropping feats of improvisational derring-do: the first night’s “Dark Star/Eyes of the World/Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” is seamlessly sublime (or is that sublimely seamless?), while the second night’s “Truckin’/The Other One/Eyes of the World/Morning Dew” covers a prodigious amount of terrain, from raucous to frenzied to lilting to lyrical in the space of nearly one glorious hour. Also noted with pleasure is the appearance of “Box of Rain,” which the Dead performed live sparingly. This collection is presented in HDCD sound — never before available in stores.

Tuesday
Jul032012

AUTOGRAPHED ELECTRIC PRUNES CD

First 50 customers to order the The Electric Prunes: Complete Reprise Singles CD from us will get a booklet signed by James Lowe! First come first serve. 

Wednesday
Jun202012

AUTOGRAPHED TOKENS CD AND NEW CHRISTY MINSTRELS CD

First 35 customers to order the THE TOKENS: It’s A Happening World. CD from us will get a booklet signed by Token brothers Phil and Mitch Margo! First come first serve.

First 20 customers to order the The New Christy Minstrels: A Retrospective 1962-1970 CD from us will get a booklet signed by Randy Sparks! First come first serve. Update: the autograph copies are now sold out but this CD is still available and highly recommended Order Now!

 


Friday
Jun152012

July: 20/20, Clover, Charles Bukowski, Jackie Gleason.

 
REAL GONE MUSIC’S JULY RELEASES:
POWERPOP BY 20/20, COUNTRY-PSYCH FROM CLOVER,
BEAT POETRY WITH CHARLES BUKOWSKI
AND SMOKE AND FIRE FROM SANFORD & TOWNSEND
 
Rounding out an eclectic month’s releases are Jackie Gleason 
 and Bread’s Jimmy Griffin.
You probably realize by now that Real Gone Music possesses a degree of clairvoyance when it comes to picking albums that are ripe for rediscovery. At the same time, the label has already established itself as the most eclectic reissue label on the planet. But their next round of releases are wide-ranging even for this outfit— everything from the Tulsa new wave of 20/20 (20/20 and Look Out!) to the explicit spoken beat poetry of Charles Bukowski (Reads His Poetry), from the Bay Area Creedence-esque country-rock of Clover (Clover/Fourty Niner) to the lush mood music of Jackie Gleason (Music for Lovers Only). From “square” to squalid, pop standards to power pop, Real Gone goes there on July 31.

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Wednesday
Jun132012

AUTOGRAPHED GERMS CD BY PAT SMEAR!

Germs guitarist Pat Smear--now, of course, with the Foo Fighters--has signed 15 booklets of our deluxe reissue of the punk rock classic Germs: (GI). They're free with your purchase of the album from our shop for the next 15 customers that order from us. Better hurry on this one! First come first serve. Limit one per customer/order.  AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular version is still available.


Tuesday
Jun052012

AUTOGRAPHED B.J. THOMAS COMPLETE SCEPTER SINGLES

Coming June 19 is not only the most comprehensive B.J. Thomas collection ever compiled, but the first to include the original singles mixes (38 mono, six stereo) that we all heard on the radio back in the day. But it gets even better—B.J. himself is so pleased with this project that he has consented to autograph 50 booklets for us, which we will send free to the first 50 customers to order The Complete Scepter Singles from us! Update: the autograph copies are now sold out but this 2-CD set is still available and highly recommended

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Tuesday
Jun052012

Germs (GI) CD out today