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Tuesday
Mar202012

Autographed Tubes Twofer, Rick Springfield, Clint Eastwood and Frankie Avalon

To quote one of the artists we're releasing March 26, do you feel lucky? Well, you should, because we're going to go ahead and make your day! That's right-it's time for one of our patented, exclusive, autographed releases from one of the luminaries on the Real Gone roster. No, it's not from Clint Eastwood-the Real Gone release schedule waits for no man! Instead, we have 50 autographed booklets from none other than Mr. Prairie Prince, drummer for the Tubes and raconteur extraordinaire, who lends some marvelous quotes to our reissue of the band's second and third albums, Young and Rich and Now. Both of these classic records have been out of print on CD for years (in fact, Now has never been on CD in this country), and we've compiled them both on to a 2-CD set with new liner notes by Gene Sculatti and original album art-plus an autographed booklet to the first 50 customers who order from us (those of you who have already ordered will receive a booklet, too). "Cathy's Clone"... "Don't Touch Me There"... "Slipped My Disco"...one essential Tubes tune after another awaits!

After that double-barreled blast of prime '70s FM rock we do indeed have a two-fisted combination of Clint, featuring his one-and-only vocal album, Rawhide's Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites, available both on CD and, for the first time since its original release, on 180-gram vinyl. This album captures Clint right at the beginning of his career, fresh from his success on the TV series Rawhide, and suggests that he could have had a career as a country crooner if the silver screen had not beckoned. We've added both sides of his 1962 single, Rowdy b/w Cowboy Wedding Song, to the CD release of this 1963 stereo album.

Clint's not the only screen idol on tap this month-Rick Springfield set ladies' hearts a-flutter in the early '80s with his role as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital. But way before that, back in 1972 to be exact, Rick was causing teenage hearts to swoon with his hit "Speak to the Sky" and his debut album, Beginnings. Only trouble was, Rick was a serious songwriter with the lyrical and melodic chops to prove it, while his label (Capitol) was intent on marketing him as a Tiger Beat teen pinup.  Which explains why this album has NEVER been reissued on CD-if you're at all a Rick Springfield or '70s singer-songwriter fan, you have to check this one out. Comes with original gatefold art (and yes, it's very pinup-y)!

Rick didn't quite make it as a teen idol. But our last artist in this release practically defines the term. Frankie Avalon scored big both on record and on screen with Annette Funicello, in a series of pictures that immortalized the bronzed teen beach culture of Southern California. And the recordings we've collected on Muscle Beach Party-the United Artists Sessions feature his biggest songs from those classic movies recorded in stereo-and out on CD for the first time! Plus, rare singles and even songs from his movie with Bob Hope, I'll Take Sweden. It's an essential, 20-track look at a long-overlooked stage of Frankie's career.

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We'll be back soon with some special treats from the Easter bunny-till then, hop to it and pick up these Real Gone releases!

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Wednesday
Mar072012

APRIL/EARLY MAY REISSUES FROM REAL GONE MUSIC

APRIL/EARLY MAY REISSUES FROM REAL GONE MUSIC INCLUDE LITTLE WILLIE JOHN, COWBOY COPAS, THE AD LIBS, MEL McDANIEL AND EDDIE RABBITT

Also due are two more Grateful Dead Dicks Picks sets, Volumes 30 & 31.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Real Gone Music will issue Little Willie John’s Complete Hit Singles A’s and B’s, a definitive compilation of the influential R&B singer’s King Records sides as well as King-Starday label mate Cowboy Copas’ Complete Hit Singles A’s & B’s, featuring 30 of the country legends’ sides from 1946-63, both slated for April 17, 2012 street date. On May 1, doo-woppers the Ab Libs will be celebrated on The Complete Blue Cat Recordings. And two country hit-makers from the ’70s and ’70s, Mel McDaniel and Eddie Rabbit, will be reissued — McDaniel with Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On — His Original Capitol Hits, and Rabbitt with 13 Original #1 Hits. Finally, Real Gone continues its acclaimed Grateful Dead Dick’s Picks reissues with Volume 30 and Volume 31.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Little Willie John

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• Most Comprehensive Collection Ever Compiled for This R&B/Soul Legend

• Includes Every Hit, Highlighted by the Classic "Fever"

• Rare B-Sides Include Some of Little Willie John's Most Rockin' Recordings

• Extensive Annotation by R&B Expert Bill Dahl

• Photos from the King Label Archives • Freshly Remastered

Little Willie John: Complete Hit Singles A's & B's. 2CD Set

Diminutive in size but gigantic in stature, Little Willie John was a genuine architect of soul. Along with Clyde McPhatter, Ray Charles, and Sam Cooke, the visionary singer stood at the forefront of fusing gospel intensity to rhythm and blues tradition. And had he not died inside a Walla Walla prison at the age of 30, his name would likely be etched in the same soul Pantheon as his peers.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Cowboy Copas

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• Most Comprehensive Cowboy Copas Collection Ever Compiled

• Includes Every Hit Featuring "Alabam," "Filipino Baby" and "Signed, Sealed and Delivered"

• Rare B-Sides Included

• Notes by GrammyTM-Winning Writer Colin Escott

• Photos from the King-Starday Label Archives

• Freshly Remastered

Cowboy Copas: Complete Hit Singles A's & B's. 2CD Set

To many, Lloyd Estel “Cowboy” Copas is just a footnote to the Patsy Cline legend, having perished in the same plane crash that claimed her life and that of Hawkshaw Hawkins; but what many folks don’t realize is that Cope had 14 hits during his lifetime while Patsy had but nine.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

The Ad-Libs

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The Ad-Libs: The Complete Blue Cat Recordings. CD

On the heels of Real Gone’s well-received Red Bird Girls: Very First Time in True Stereo 1964-1966 comes another incredible find for doo wop and girl group fans: the first-ever legitimate album devoted to the classic Blue Cat recordings by the legendary vocal group The Ad-Libs, featuring 24 tracks taken by producers Ron Furmanek and Ash Wells straight from the original master session tapes (again, another first) including five unreleased songs and nine unreleased alternate versions

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Mel McDaniel

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• First-Ever Full-Length CD Compilation for This '70s & '80s Country Star

• 21 Original Capitol Hits

• Includes Such Chart-Toppers as "Louisiana Saturday Night," "Big Ole Brew" and "Baby's Got Her Blue Jeans On"

• Liner Notes and Photos

Mel McDaniel: Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On—His Original Capitol Hits. CD

This late country legend scored a string of 41 chartmakers during the ‘70s and ‘80s, but there’s never been a hits collection issued that’s worthy of the name…’til now! Here are 21 original Capitol sides from Mel McDaniel, including such good-time anthems as Louisiana Saturday Night; Big Ole Brew (Mel would rather drink his beer than cry in it); Let It Roll (Let It Rock); Stand Up, and, of course, one of the great girl watching songs of all time, Baby’s Got Her Blue Jeans On.

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Eddie Rabbitt

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• 13 #1 Hits from One of Country's Biggest Crossover Stars

• Includes Such Smashes as "Drivin' My Life Away," "Every Which Way but Loose," "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Someone Could Lose a Heart Tonight"

• Features Eddie's smash duet with Juice Newton, "Both to Each Other (Friend and Lovers)"

• Liner Notes and Photos

Eddie Rabbitt: 13 Original #1 Hits. CD

We’ve really pulled a (groan) Rabbitt out of our hat on this one—a lucky 13 #1 hits from one of the biggest pop and country music stars of the ‘70s and ‘80s!

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Wednesday
Mar072012

Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 30

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Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 30—Academy of Music, New York City, NY 3/25 & 3/28/72 (4-CD Set)

That this 4-CD set kicks off with five tracks featuring blues legend Bo Diddley (taken from a 3/25/72 benefit for the Hell’s Angels) ought to be enough to get those Dead collector synapses firing.  That the last three discs present a complete show from March 28, 1972 that’s very Europe ’72 in its set list (with lots of early appearances of songs that ended up on that album) but with that extra edge that playing in New York always seemed to inspire in the band, all recorded by Dead sound whiz Betty Cantor-Jackson, explains why this Dick’s Picks volume met with almost universal acclaim upon its original release. Brought to you in HDCD sound, and making its debut in record stores. Double bonus: the Dead’s lone renditions of  How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You) and Are You Lonely for Me!

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Thursday
Feb232012

Mark Lindsay CD signed by Mark Lindsay himself!

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First 100 customers to order the Mark Lindsay CD from us will get a booklet signed by Mark Lindsay himself!

First come first serve and only one copy per order allowed. AUTOGRAPHED COPIES ARE NOW SOLD OUT but the regular version is still available. 

 

Mark Lindsay: The Complete Columbia Singles. 

• First-Ever Collection of Mark Lindsay's Columbia Singles

• Most Singles Mixes Never Before on CD

• Includes an Unreleased Track, a Version of Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe"

• Photos from Mark's Private Collection

• Produced and Annotated by Ed Osborne, with quotes from Mark Lindsay

• Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in NYC

After a spectacularly successful stint as the lead singer and saxophonist for Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mark Lindsay commenced a solo career for Columbia that cemented his reputation and legacy as one of the truly great pop-rock singers of the ‘60s and ‘70s.

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Thursday
Feb232012

Hank Thompson LP Test Pressing

Hank Thompson: Songs For Rounders. LP Test Pressing

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Only 6 copies available. This is extremely rare and will be a collector’s item! First come first serve and only one copy per order allowed.

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Thursday
Feb232012

Hank Thompson


Hank Thompson: Songs For Rounders. LP

• A Landmark Country Album Released in Its Original Format

• One of the Most Notorious Album Covers in All of Popular Music

• Includes 11" x 11" Full-Color Insert with Original Front Cover Album Art

• Liner Notes by Grammy®-Winning Writer Colin Escott

• Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in NYC

• Lacquer Cutting by Peter Black at FM Mastering

• Pressed on 160-Gram Vinyl at Bill Smith Custom Records

• Top-Quality Jacket Printing

The late ‘50s. A time of crushing conformity. Of well-manicured lawns, white picket fences, and men in grey flannel suits.

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Thursday
Feb232012

Rick Nelson


 

Rick Nelson: The Complete Epic Recordings. 2 CD Set. 

• First-Ever Comprehensive Collection of Rick Nelson's Epic Recordings

• American Debut of 11 Tracks

• American CD Debut of 12 Tracks

• Produced and Annotated by Rick Nelson Expert James Ritz

• Posthumous Overdubs of Memphis Sessions Removed under Richard Weize's Supervision

Rick Nelson’s short, late-‘70s tenure at the Epic label was an exceptionally creative and productive period for him, but you wouldn’t know it by what has been released, especially in this country. He recorded three albums’ worth of material, but only one, 1977’s Intakes, was released during his lifetime; the tracks he laid down the next year met a much less kind fate.

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Thursday
Feb162012

MARCH 2012 REISSUES

REAL GONE MUSIC MARCH 2012 REISSUES INCLUDE B.J. THOMAS’ THE COMPLETE SCEPTER SINGLES, DAVID AXELROD, RICK SPRINGFIELD, FRANKIE AVALON, WISHBONE ASH AND THE TUBES. 

 Also, Clint Eastwood’s Cowboy Favorites to be reissued on vinyl for first time.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Real Gone Music, the reissue label that has won many critical kudos in its initial months of operation, has announced its March 2012 releases. Featured are B.J. Thomas’ The Complete Scepter Singles, Frankie Avalon’s Muscle Beach Party: The United Artists Sessions, The Tubes’ Young & Rich/Now, Rick Springfield’s Beginnings..., David Axelrod’s Messiah, Wishbone Ash’s Live Dates II and Clint Eastwood’s Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites.

From his 1966 recording of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” through his 1972 double-sided hit single “That’s What Friends Are For”/”Happier Than the Morning Sun,” B.J. Thomas enjoyed a string of hits rivaled by few artists of that time. And the fact that he did this on an indie label, Scepter, makes the achievement even more impressive. Various compilations of Thomas’ Scepter sides have come and gone. But Real Gone’s 44-track anthology is the first to offer A- and B-sides of every one of the artists’ Scepter singles, including his 19 hits. Many of the B-sides never appeared on albums. DJ/journalist Michael Ragogna wrote the notes, which feature quotes from Thomas.

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Wednesday
Feb152012

B.J. Thomas

B.J. Thomas: Complete Scepter Singles 2CD-Set ORDER NOW!

• 46 Tracks–the Most Comprehensive B.J. Thomas Collection Ever Assembled!

• Includes All 19 of His Scepter Hits, Including "Raindrops Keep Fallin' on My Head" and "Hooked on a Feeling"

• Features 11 Rare, Non-LP Single Sides

• Notes by Mike Ragogna Include Quotes from B.J. Himself

From his 1966 recording of Hank Williams’ “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” through his 1972 double-sided hit single “That’s What Friends Are For”/Happier Than the Morning Sun,” B.J. Thomas enjoyed a string of hits rivaled by few artists of the era, and the fact that he did it for an independent label, Scepter, makes his achievement even more impressive.

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Clint Eastwood

CLINT EASTWOOD: Rawhide’s Clint Eastwood Sings Cowboy Favorites

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Hollywood Legend Clint Eastwood's Only Vocal Album

Reissued on Vinyl for the First Time Ever

Vinyl Mastered by Joe Yannece

Lacquer Cutting by Carl Rowatti at TruTone Mastering

180-Gram Vinyl Pressing

CD Includes Bonus Single Tracks "Rowdy"/"Cowboy Wedding Song"

Clint Eastwood? That Clint Eastwood? Well, sure…Clint has demonstrated a deep love and aptitude for music as both an actor and a director (e.g. Play Misty for Me; Bird) during his entire career, and here you catch him right at the beginning of it, fresh from his success on the TV series Rawhide, crooning (and quite competently so) a collection of country & western favorites!

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Wednesday
Feb152012

David Axelrod

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• First Reissue of Cult Composer/ Arranger/Producer David Axelrod's 1971 Rock Version of Handel's Messiah

• Conducted by Jazz Legend Cannonball Adderley

• Original "Unifold" Art Included with New Liner Notes

Having already set a Catholic Mass to psychedelic guitar in 1967 with the Electric Prunes album Mass in F Minor, in 1971 legendary arranger/producer David Axelrod went for Baroque and set Georg Friedrich Handel’s signature work Messiah to contemporary instrumentation as well. But he didn’t do it alone—frequent collaborator Julian “Cannonball” Adderley conducted the orchestra (the two were next to team on the cult classic concept albums Soul Zodiac and Soul of the Bible).

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Frankie Avalon

Frankie Avalon: Muscle Beach Party—the United Artists Sessions CD ORDER NOW!

• Frankie Avalon's Complete United Artists Sessions—a Hitherto-Neglected Period of the Teen Idol's Career

• Features Songs from the Smash Films Beach Party and Muscle Beach Party

• Includes Rare United Artists Single Sides

• Also Includes Frankie's Songs from the movie I'll Take Sweden Starring Bob Hope

• Notes by Tom Pickles and Added Photos

Frankie’s late-‘50s/early-‘60s recordings practically define an era in pop music.   But while there have been countless reissues of his much-loved Chancellor hits, his later recordings have had sand kicked in their face when it comes to the CD era...including many performances that offer solid evidence of Frankie's blossoming maturity as a vocalist. 

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Rick Springfield

Rick Springfield: Beginnings… ORDER NOW!

• Rick Springfield's Long-Lost Debut Solo Album, on CD for the First Time

• Includes the Hits "Speak to the Sky" and "What Would the Children Think"

• Features Original Gatefold Art • New Liner Notes and Photos

You would think that the debut solo album—sporting two hits, no less!—from one of the ‘80s’ biggest heartthrobs would have been reissued long ago, but this 1972 Capitol release was indeed the “beginnings” of a series of misadventures in the music business that were to plague Rick Springfield until he broke through in the early ‘80s with “Jessie’s Girl” and General Hospital.

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Wednesday
Feb152012

Wishbone Ash

One of our most popular releases to date has been Wishbone Ash’s Live Dates II, and no wonder—it’s one of the best and best-sounding live albums of the ‘80s. And the man behind much of that sound was also the man behind the Gibson Flying V, Mr. Andy Powell, one of the group’s two original guitarists and one of the truly great blues-rock axemen (Rolling Stone voted him among the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time). Now, Andy has put down his axe and picked up his pen to sign 50 CD booklets, which we are offering to the first 50 customers to buy Live Dates II from us. You’d have to be “F.U.B.B.” to pass this deal up!

Wishbone Ash: Live Dates II CD ORDER NOW!

• Classic Live Album Never Before Released in the U.S. In Any Format

• Includes the Bonus Material That Only Appeared on First 25,000 Copies Pressed

• Features Original Gatefold Art and New Liner Notes by Scott Schinder

• The Definitive Document of the Andy Powell-Laurie Wisefield- Martin Turner-Steve Upton Line-Up

• 79 Minutes of Twin-Guitar Magic

When band has not one, not two, but three releases entitled Live Dates, it’s a pretty good bet that the band in question is pretty good in concert.

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Tuesday
Jan242012

McGOUGH & McGEAR

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McGough & McGear: McGough & McGear. CD ORDER NOW!

• The Legendary 1967 Collaboration Between Roger McGough and Mike McGear (a.k.a. McCartney)

• Features Appearances by Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix, Graham Nash, John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Paul Samwell- Smith and more

• Liner Notes Feature Exclusive Quotes from Roger McGough and Mike McCartney

• Mastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in NYC

Roger McGough and Mike McGear were members of The Scaffold, a British music/poetry/comedy act that scored several hits (most notably “Thank U Very Much,” “Lily the Pink” and “Liverpool Lou”) on the British charts during the ‘60s and ‘70s, when they recorded this album in 1967.

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