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Jan132017

The Rascals The Complete Singles A’s & B’s (2-CD Set)

  • Consisting of Two Fantastic Singer- Songwriters in Eddie Brigati and Felix Cavaliere, an Underrated Guitarist and Songwriter in Gene Cornish, and the Inimitable Dino Danelli on Drums, The Rascals Were the Closest Thing America Had to The Beatles

  • Like the Fab Four, The Rascals Made Both Hit Singles and Albums That Worked as Artistic Statements, with Brilliant Production Help from Arif Mardin and Tom Down

  • The Group Scored a Total of 10 Charting Albums and 19 Charting Singles

  • However, a Comprehensive Rascals Singles Collection Has Never Been Compiled, Partly Because the Group Recorded for Both Atlantic and Columbia

  • Now, Just over 50 Years after They Hit the Top of the Charts with “Good Lovin’,” Real Gone Music Presents The Complete Singles A’s & B’s

  • Includes All 47 Single Sides the Group Recorded for the Atlantic and—for the First Time Ever on CD—Columbia Labels

  • Includes Such Classic Tracks as “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’” (Also Here in Its Spanish and Italian Versions), “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “A Girl Like You,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning,” “People Got to Be Free,” “See,” and More

  • Early Tracks Are in Their Original Mono Single Mixes, Later Tracks in Original Stereo Single Mixes (28 of the 47 Tracks Are Mono)

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Ed Osborne’s 4500-Word Essay Includes Exclusive Quotes from Eddie Brigati, Felix Cavaliere, and Gene Cornish

  • Includes Rare European Picture Sleeves and Photos

  • The Definitive, Career-Spanning Collection from the Greatest Blue-Eyed Soul Band of All Time 

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    The Rascals: The Complete Singles A’s & B’s (2-CD Set)

    With two fantastic singers and songwriters in Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, an underrated guitarist and songwriter in Gene Cornish, and the great Dino Danelli on drums (plus a pair of studio Svengalis in engineer Tom Dowd and arranger Arif Mardin to rival George Martin), The Rascals were the closest answer America had to The Beatles during the ’60s. The resemblance wasn’t limited to the composition of their line-up and the profusion of hit releases, either; like the Fab Four, The Rascals were able to author chart-topping singles while simultaneously crafting albums that held together as artistic statements. Witness the fact that The Rascals’ albums have seen numerous reissues by multiple labels; their singles, on the other hand, have eluded a comprehensive collection, in large part because the band had two phases to their career, one with the Atlantic label, the other on Columbia. Now, just over 50 years after they first hit the top of the charts with “Good Lovin’,” Real Gone Music is proud to present the first-ever compilation to collect all of the band’s single sides in one place. At 47 songs strong, The Complete Singles A’s & B’s includes the A and B-side of every single The Rascals ever cut, both their hit Atlantic tracks and—for the first time ever on CD—their later Columbia 7” releases. Along the way you’ll hear such legendary songs as “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’” (also here in its Spanish and Italian versions!), “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “A Girl Like You,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning,” “People Got to Be Free,” “See,” and more, the earlier tracks in their original mono single mixes (termed “the money mixes” by Cornish), the later songs in their stereo single mixes (28 of the 47 songs on the collection are mono). Such a monumental release deserves annotation commensurate with its importance, and for this 2-CD set Ed Osborne has penned a 4500-word essay containing exclusive quotes from Cavaliere, Brigati, and Cornish, punctuated with rare European picture sleeve singles and photos. Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, and featuring a total of 19 charting songs, The Complete Singles A’s & B’s takes its place as the definitive career-spanning collection from America’s greatest blue-eyed soul outfit.

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Soft Machine Live at the Paradiso (Limited “Soft” Purple Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Soft Machine Was One of the First and Greatest Prog-Rock Bands

  • This “Authorized Bootleg” Captures Them Live in March 1969 Performing Material That Was to Come Out on Soft Machine: Volume Two Six Months Later

  • Playing Through 100-Watt Marshall Stacks, the Trio of Drummer/Vocalist Robert Wyatt, Organist Mike Ratledge, and Bassist Hugh Hopper Launch a Sonic Jazz-Rock Assault Every Bit as Abrasive as Miles Davis’ Early-‘70s Electric Bands

  • Termed “Vindaloo for the Ears” by Hugh Hopper in His Liner Notes for the Inner Sleeve

  • First-Ever Vinyl Release of This Legendary Concert

  • “Soft” Purple Vinyl Edition Limited to 1,000 Copies

  • Catnip for Adventurous Listeners

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    Soft Machine: Live at the Paradiso (Limited “Soft” Purple Vinyl Edition) LP

    Soft Machine was one of the first prog-rock bands, but if your vision of prog-rock consists of musicians wreathed in pot smoke airily singing of fairies and wizards, it will be summarily dispelled by this fantastic “authorized bootleg,” which captures the band in March 1969 at the Paradiso in Amsterdam, playing material that was to be released six months later on Soft Machine: Volume Two. The trio of Robert Wyatt on drums and vocals, Mike Ratledge on organ and Hugh Hopper on bass launch what can only be called a high-decibel, jazz-rock sonic assault; “Like vindaloo for the ears” is how Hopper puts it on the accompanying notes on the inner sleeve, adding, “I do remember playing incredibly loud, Mike on fuzz organ and me on fuzz bass, both through hundred-watt Marshall stacks.” Some of the frenzied instrumental passages might recall Miles Davis’ Agharta-era band, but remember, this is a trio making all this racket (in 1969, no less); Soft Machine at this point in time were on a journey all their own. This is the first-ever vinyl release of this notorious concert, and it comes on “soft” purple vinyl limited to 1,000 copies. Anybody interested in just how far out rock got in the late ‘60s will want to give this repeated listens.

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Alice Babs & Duke Ellington Serenade to Sweden. CD

  • Duke Ellington Is Widely Recognized as the Greatest Composer Jazz Has Produced

  • Alice Babs Had a Nation wide Hit in Her Home Country of Sweden at Age 15, and Went On to Appear in 14 Swedish Films from 1938 to 1959

  • Together, These Two Icons Made an Album in 1963, Serenade to Sweden, That Ranks as the Rarest Record in the Ellington Catalog

  • Never Reissued in Any Form

  • Features Cool Jazz Arrangements by Ellington, Some Boasting French Horns, and Some World- Class Scatting by Babs

  • Liner Notes by Scott Yanow

  • Remastered by Aaron Kannowski

  • Essential for Ellington Fans and Long Sought After 

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    Alice Babs & Duke Ellington: Serenade to Sweden. CD

    Real Gone Music is proud to present what is probably the rarest album in the voluminous Duke Ellington discography, his 1963 date with Swedish singer Alice Babs, Serenade to Sweden. That year, Ellington was hired by the Reprise label as an A&R man, free to sign any artist he wanted and to record them. His first choice was Babs, who, in Ellington’s words, was “the most unique artist I know…She sings opera, she sings lieder, she sings what we call jazz and blues, she sings like an instrument, she even yodels, and she can read any and all of it!” For her part, Babs (born Hildur Alice Nilson) had a hit in Sweden when was only 15 (“Swing It Teacher”), and was an iconic figure in her homeland, appearing in 14 Swedish films from 1938 to 1959.

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Jim Kweskin Relax Your Mind CD

  • Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band Were Pivotal Players in the Early-‘60s Folk Revival

  • 1965’s Relax Your Mind Borrowed the Jug Band’s Harp Player Mel Lyman and Washtub Bass Player Fritz Richmond for Kweskin’s First Solo Release

  • The Repertoire Rivals the Breadth of the Jug Band’s Releases, Including Traditional Folk Standards, Blues, Gospel, African Music, and More

  • Features Studio Sessions and Live Tracks Cut at Cambridge’s Club 47

  • New Liner Notes by Richie Unterberger Include Exclusive Quotes from Kweskin

  • Also Includes Lyman’s Stream-of-Conscousness Original Liner Notes

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • First Domestic Release at Retail for This Classic Mid-60s Folk Album 

    The first 25 customers to buy the CD from us get an autographed BOOKLETS from Jim Kweskin. First-come, first-served, only one autographed copy per customers order allowed.

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    Jim Kweskin: Relax Your Mind. CD

    After a couple of albums on Vanguard Records established Jim Kweskin and the Jug Band as a major force in the folk scene, their leader had something different in mind for his first LP without the group. Billed to Jim Kweskin, 1965’s Relax Your Mind gave him the opportunity to, as he puts it in Richie Unterberger’s liner notes, record “music that was a little more meaningful to me personally.” With accompaniment by the Jug Band members Fritz Richmond on washtub bass and Mel Lyman on harmonica, Kweskin delivered a set just as diverse as his records with the full Jug Band, encompassing traditional folk standards, blues, gospel, African music, and more. Mel Lyman’s original, stream-of-consciousness liner notes (also included here) describe an uproarious, impromptu jam session in the Vanguard studios from which much of this record was taken; the rest comes from a live date recorded at Cambridge’s Club 47 a year or two earlier. Remastering by Mike Milchner at SonicVision and copious Kweskin quotes in the notes present this fine folk album—which sees its first domestic release to retail—in its best light.

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Larry Coryell Coryell CD

    Larry Coryell Is One of the Greatest—and Most Underappreciated—Guitarists of All Time 

    His Second Solo Album, 1969’s Coryell, Has Never Come Out on CD

    Features an All-Star Cast of Ron Carter, Bernard Purdie, Albert Stinson, Chuck Rainey, and Jim Pepper

    A Blend of Improvisation (e.g. “The Jam with Albert”) and Arranged Material

    Coryell’s Playing Puts Him Right Up There with Jimi Hendrix and John McLaughlin Among Late-‘60s Jazz-Inflected Guitar Heroes

    Liner Notes by Bill Kopp Include Exclusive Quotes from Larry Coryell

    Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision
     
    The first 50 customers to buy the CD from us get an autographed BOOKLETS from Larry Coryell. First-come, first-served, only one autographed copy per customers order allowed.

     Larry Coryell: Coryell CD

    Larry Coryell is one of the greatest guitarists ever to walk the face of the earth, but he remains somewhat underappreciated—witness the fact that this, his second solo album, has never been released on CD until this Real Gone reissue! 1969’s Coryell offers an intriguing blend of improvised and arranged pieces, with an all-star cast that includes Ron Carter, Bernard Purdie, Albert Stinson (“The Jam with Albert” is perhaps the highlight of the entire album), Chuck Rainey, and Free Spirits bandmate Jim Pepper. Jimi Hendrix is definitely an influence on this jazz-rock gem, but Coryell takes his axe in directions only known to him; at this time, only John McLaughlin (with whom Coryell would shortly cut the one-off Spaces) could rival him in the fusion field. Bill Kopp’s notes include copious quotes from Larry Coryell himself; Mike Milchner’s remastering lets this overlooked album shine.

     

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Various Artists The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition) CD

  • The 1997 cult film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh Featured an All-Star Team from the Worlds of Basketball, Hollywood...and Soul!

  • Accompanying Such Stars on Screen as Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson, Harry Shearer, and More Was an Amazing Soundtrack Produced by Thom Bell (Spinners, Stylistics, Delfonics)

  • Features Such Soul Superstars as The Four Tops, The Spinners, Bell and James, Phyllis Hyman, The Delfonics’ William “Poogie” Hart, and The Sylvers

  • Also Includes Country Legend Loretta Lynn, Ragtime Icon Eubie Blake, and Band Leader Extraordinaire Doc Severinsen

  • Remastered from Original Lorimar Records Tapes by Sean Brennan at Sony’s Battery Studios

  • Bonus Tracks Include a Pair of 12” Mixes of Bell & James’ Infectious Title Track, Plus the Lush “Pisces Theme"

  • Detailed Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Feature Quotes from Thom Bell

  • A Real Gone Music/The Second Disc Records release

  • Nothing but Net for a Worldwide CD Debut! 

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    Various Artists: The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Expanded Edition) CD

    Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records are tipping off 2017 with a slam dunk release! The 1979 cult favorite film The Fish That Saved Pittsburgh featured an all-star team from the worlds of basketball and Hollywood - Julius “Dr. J” Erving, Meadowlark Lemon, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry Tarkanian, Stockard Channing, Jonathan Winters, Flip Wilson, Debbie Allen, Harry Shearer, and more – for its fantastical tale of a struggling Pittsburgh basketball team that beats the odds with a little help from the heavens. The movie’s soundtrack was equally illustrious. Pop-soul maestro Thom Bell, renowned for his work with The Spinners, The Stylistics, The Delfonics, and Johnny Mathis, wrote, produced, arranged, and conducted his very first motion picture score, and the result was a soul symphony incorporating funk, disco, and jazz rhythms, and of course, Bell’s trademark luscious balladry. An A-team of R&B’s finest artists was enlisted to perform Bell’s all-new songs, including The Four Tops, The Spinners, Bell and James, Phyllis Hyman, The Delfonics’ William “Poogie” Hart, and The Sylvers, plus country superstar Loretta Lynn, ragtime legend Eubie Blake, and the one and only Doc Severinsen.

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Lesley Gore Love Me by Name (Expanded Edition) CD

  • Having Filled a Major Gap in the Late, Great Lesley Gore’s Discography with Its Release of Her Motown Album Someplace Else Now, Real Gone Music Now Turns Its Attention to the Other Major Missing Piece of Her Catalog, 1976’s Love Me by Name

  • Recorded for A&M Records

  • The Album Sessions Reunited Lesley with Producer Quincy Jones

  • Featured Such Session Musicians as Herbie Hancock, Toots Thielemans, Harvey Mason, Jim Keltner, Dave Grusin, and the Partridge Family

  • Album’s Tracks Were Written by Gore and Songwriting Partner Ellen Weston

  • The Title Track Was Covered by Dusty Springfield, Patti Austin, and Jennifer Holiday Among Others

  • The Album Offered Disco and Funk Touches, Particularly on “Sometimes,” Which Paired Lesley with the Brothers Johnson

  • Expanded Edition Includes Rare Single Versions of “Immortality” and “Give It to Me Sweet Thing”

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Annotated by Joe Marchese

  • Worldwide CD Debut 

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    Lesley Gore: Love Me by Name (Expanded Edition). CD

    Having filled a major gap in the late, great Lesley Gore’s discography with its release of her Motown album Someplace Else Now, Real Gone Music now turns its attention to the other major missing piece of her catalog, the 1976 album she recorded for A&M Records. Love Me by Name not only reunited Lesley with producer Quincy Jones from her hit-making ‘60s days, but brought her into together with a truly staggering array of talent, including Herbie Hancock, Toots Thielemans, Harvey Mason, Jim Keltner, Dave Grusin and just about every other studio superstar you could name, even the Partridge Family! Love Me by Name features compositions written by Gore and her songwriting partner Ellen Weston, most notably the title track, which was later covered by Dusty Springfield, Patti Austin, and Jennifer Holiday among others.

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Lynn Anderson: The Definitive Collection (2-CD Set)

  • Lynn Anderson is One of the Top Ten Charting Female Country Singers of All Time

  • A Regular on TV in the ‘60s and ‘70s, including The Lawrence Welk Show, The Tonight Show, and Starsky & Hutch

  • She Was Also the First Country Singer to Headline and Sell Out Madison Square Garden

  • The Definitive Collection Is the First Compilation to Do Justice to This Country Music Superstar

  • 40 Tracks, 38 Chart Hits, Both Chart and Columbia Sides

  • Includes Such Classic Tracks as “Rose Garden,” “You’re My Man,” “How Can I Unlove You,” “What a Man, My Man Is,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “Mother, May I” (with Her Mother, Liz Anderson), “That’s a No No,” “Cry,” “Listen to a Country Song,” and “Fool Me”

  • Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Annotated by Joe Marchese

  • The Most Comprehensive Lynn Anderson Collection Ever Assembled 

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    Lynn Anderson: The Definitive Collection (2-CD Set)

    She is one of the Top Ten charting female country singers of all time, the first to win an American Music Award, the first to headline and sell out Madison Square Garden, and was a regular on TV, starring on broadcasts ranging from The Lawrence Welk Show to The Tonight Show to Starsky & Hutch. Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present a collection that finally does justice to the superstar career of Lynn Anderson: 40 tracks, 38 hits, her classic Chart and Columbia sides, lovingly remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios and annotated by Joe Marchese. The Definitive Collection starts with her first hit, “Ride, Ride, Ride,” and continues with every other notable song, including “Rose Garden,” “You’re My Man,” “How Can I Unlove You,” “What a Man, My Man Is,” “Keep Me in Mind,” “Mother, May I” (with her mother, Liz Anderson), “That’s a No No,” “Cry,” “Listen to a Country Song,” “Fool Me,” and many more hits both major and minor. Great, great ‘70s country from an oft-overlooked artist (why isn’t Lynn in the Country Music Hall of Fame?)!

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    Friday
    Dec092016

    Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: Motel Shot (Expanded Edition)

  • Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett Were , Along with Groups Like The Band and The Allman Brothers, at the Center of the Late-‘60s Roots-Rock Revival

  • Motel Shot Was Their Fourth Studio Album and Third for Atco/Atlantic

  • The“And Friends” on Motel Shot Included Bobby Whitlock, Dave Mason, Joe Cocker, Gram Parsons, Duane Allman, and John Hartford

  • The Sessions for This Album Began in the Living Room of Doors Engineer Bruce Botnick as a Prospective Release for the Elektra Label

  • After Delaney & Bonnie Had a Falling Out with Elektra, Atlantic Had Them Record the Material in a Proper Studio

  • Those Later Sessions Became the Commercially Released Motel Shot, Which Was Only Available on CD Briefly in Japan

  • Real Gone Music’s Expanded Edition Includes the Original Album Plus the "Living Room" Sessions

  • Eight Unreleased Tracks

  • Pat Thomas’ Liner Notes Include Candid Quotes from Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, Bruce Botnick and Elektra Label Founder Jac Holzman

  • Mastered by Bill Inglot

  • A Roots-Rock Classic Revealed in Its Full Glory 

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    Delaney & Bonnie and Friends: Motel Shot (Expanded Edition). CD

    Though they never achieved the popular success enjoyed by some of their peers, Delaney & Bonnie Bramlett spearheaded the roots-rock revolution of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s along with The Allman Brothers and The Band, turning away from the exoticism of psychedelia towards music “rooted” in blues, country, and soul. Witness the fact that the “And Friends” that played with the pair included Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Leon Russell, Dave Mason and Bobby Whitlock….out of Delaney and Bonnie’s various aggregations arose Derek and the Dominoes and Joe Cocker’s band for the legendary Mad Dogs and Englishmen tour. And for Motel Shot, the duo’s fourth studio album and their third for Atco/Atlantic, the circle of “friends” included Cocker, Whitlock, and Mason, plus appearances by Duane Allman, Gram Parsons, and John Hartford among others! But for the most part, this is a largely acoustic, charmingly informal affair dipped in gospel and dominated by the Bramletts and Whitlock; the Motel Shot title refers to informal, after hours jam sessions on the road. But there’s a whole lot more to the story (and to this release!). The project began not in a hotel room but in the living room of engineer Bruce Botnick, with November 1970 sessions as a prospective release for Elektra Records. But, after Delaney had a falling out with label head Jac Holzman, the project moved to Atco, who put the “band” into a proper studio to re-record much of the material. Those later sessions comprise the original album, which has heretofore only appeared briefly on CD in Japan; but, after hours of tape research, co-producers Bill Inglot and Pat Thomas uncovered the original “living room” sessions that yielded the eight unreleased tracks on this Expanded Edition CD release – and notably is the first American CD release of the original Motel Shot album as well. Remastered by Inglot, with an essay by Thomas that includes exclusive (and extremely candid) quotes from Bonnie Bramlett, Bobby Whitlock, Bruce Botnick, and Jac Holzman, Motel Shot finally is presented here the way it was originally conceived, and takes its rightful place as one of the great albums of the classic era of the roots rock movement.

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    Friday
    Nov112016

    THE 5TH DIMENSION: The Complete Soul City/Bell Singles 1966-1975 (3-CD Set)

  • Back in 1966, Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson Began Making Beautiful Music Together, and Pop Music Has Never Been the Same

  • Now, 50 Years Later, Real Gone Music Is Proud to Present the Most Comprehensive 5th Dimension Collection Ever Assembled

  • The Complete Soul City/Bell Singles 1966-1975 Presents All the Singles the Group Recorded for the Soul City and Bell Labels, Plus Their First Single (as The Versatiles) for the Bronco Label and Their Lone Single Release for Arista

  • Three Compact Discs and 61 Tracks of Swinging, Soulful Harmonies, Brilliant Arrangements, Groundbreaking Production, and Some of the Best Songwriting to Come Out of the ‘60s and ‘70s

  • Includes 30 Pop and 15 R&B Hits, All in Their Hard-to-Find Mono Single Mixes Including Some Rare Non-LP Sides and Single Edits

  • Features Such Legendary Recordings as “Up—Up and Away,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All,” and “If I Could Reach You”

  • Features Production by the Great Bones Howe, Vocal Arrangements by Industry Legend Bob Alcivar, and Instrumental Accompaniment by the Famed Wrecking Crew

  • Includes the Songs (e.g. “Up—Up and Away,” “Stoned Soul Picnic”) That Brought the Songwriting Brilliance of Jimmy Webb and Laura Nyro to the Masses

  • Exquisitely Remastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios

  • Liner Notes by Paul Grein Feature Exclusive Quotes from Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo

  • Housed Inside a Beautiful 8-Panel Digipak Festooned with Rare Photos

  • The Summit of Sunshine Pop, and the Definitive 5th Dimension Collection 

    AUTOGRAPHED PROMOTION HAS ENDED

    All four living members (Billy Davis, Jr., Marilyn McCoo, Florence LaRue and Lamonte McLemore) of the 5th Dimension have signed 28 copies of this set. We’re going to take orders until 12:00 pm PST this Monday December 19, 2016 and then select the winners randomly. If you do not receive an autographed version you will get a $5 coupon good for your next order from Real Gone Music!

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    THE 5TH DIMENSION: The Complete Soul City/Bell Singles 1966-1975 (3-CD Set

    A 50th anniversary celebration calls for some champagne…champagne soul, that is! Back in 1966, Billy Davis, Jr., Florence LaRue, Marilyn McCoo, Lamonte McLemore, and Ron Townson first started making beautiful music together, and the world of pop music has never been the same. Now, in 2016, 50 years later, Real Gone Music is proud to present the most comprehensive 5th Dimension collection ever compiled, a 3-CD set containing their complete singles for the Soul City and Bell labels (plus their first single on the Bronco label as The Versatiles and their lone single release for Arista), 61 tracks of swinging, soulful harmonies, brilliant arrangements, groundbreaking production, and some of the best songwriting to come out of the ‘60s and ‘70s. This 3-CD set—which is housed inside a sumptuous, 8-panel digipak mini-album featuring rare photos—not only includes 30 Pop and 15 R&B hits, all in their hard-to-find, mono mixes (only the last four tracks on the set are in stereo), featuring such legendary recordings as “Up—Up and Away,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” “Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “One Less Bell to Answer,” “(Last Night) I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All,” and “If I Could Reach You,” but also some rare, non-LP single sides and single edits, nearly all making their CD debuts here! With production by the great Bones Howe, vocal arrangements by Bob Alcivar, and the instrumental accompaniment of the famed Wrecking Crew, the confluence of talent on these sides is simply staggering.

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    Wednesday
    Oct262016

    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Got a Mind to Give Up Living—Live 1966 (Limited “Butter” Yellow & “Bloom” Blue Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set)

  • Featuring Rock’s First Great Guitar Tandem in Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Were Quite Possibly the Best Live Band Around in 1966

  • Before The Beatles ’Revolver, Before The Byrds’ Fifth Dimension, Their Album East-West Brought Eastern Modalities and Lengthy Improvisations into Blues-Based Rock, Setting the Stage for the Psychedelic Revolution to Come

  • This Legendary Bootleg Captures the Band Right Around the Release of East-West and Includes Material from That Album

  • “Work Song” and “I Got a Mind to Give Up Living” Feature Jaw-Dropping Solos from Mike Bloomfield That Point the Way Towards a Whole New Way of Electric Guitar Playing

  • This Double-LP Release for Black Friday/ Record Store Day Includes Four Unreleased Tracks, Featuring Bloomfield’s Vocal Turn on “If You See My Baby,” Bishop’s Take on Percy Mayfield’s “Danger Zone,” and Bassist Jerome Arnold’s Rollicking Vocals on “In the Midnight Hour” (with Another Fantastic Bloomfield Solo) and “You’re So Fine.”

  • Notes by Chris Morris Include Quotes from the Band’s Elvin Bishop and Mark Naftalin

  • Includes Rare Photos and Memorabilia

  • Mastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Limited Edition of 2000 Copies Pressed in “Butter” Yellow and “Bloom”
    Blue Vinyl Inside a Gorgeous Gatefold Package

  • Amazing Ensemble Playing from One of Rock’s Greatest Groups 

    AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 25, 2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) AT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE

    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Got a Mind to Give Up Living—Live 1966 (Limited “Butter” Yellow & “Bloom” Blue Vinyl Edition) (2-LP Set)

    If the Summer of 1967 was the Summer of Love, the Summer of 1966 set the stage for the musical revolution that was to come. Albums released during the season, like The Beatles’ Revolver and The Byrds’ Fifth Dimension, brilliantly blended the burgeoning influence of Eastern exoticism into the rock music format, and the term “psychedelia” entered the common lexicon to stay.

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    Wednesday
    Oct262016

    Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner & Richard Alpert LP

  • Published in 1964, and Released as an Audio Recording in 1966 on the Broadside Label, The Psychedelic Experience Was the Work of Three Men in the Vanguard of the Budding Psychedelic Revolution in the Mid-‘60s: Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, and Richard Alpert

  • Described by Richard Nixon as “the Most Dangerous Man in America,” Timothy Leary Left his Professorial Position at Harvard to Launch a Lifelong Crusade to Bring Psychedelic Drugs into the Mainstream as a Therapeutic and Consciousness Raising Aid, and Became a Flash Point for the Entire Movement

  • Co-founder of The Green Earth Foundation, Ralph Metzner Has Been Advocating for the Use of Psychedelics for Over 45 years

  • Richard Alpert, Who Adopted the Name Ram Dass in the Late ‘60s, Penned the Seminal Book Be Here Now and Continues to Be a Spiritual Leader and Inspiration for Millions

  • The Psychedelic Experience Took the Themes of Death and Rebirth Presented in the Tibetan Book of the Dead as a Metaphor for the Ego Dissolution Experienced by Users of Psychedelic Drugs

  • The Work Reverberated Through out the Counterculture, Contributing the Lines “Turn Off Your Mind, Relax, and Float Downstream” in John Lennon’s Lyrics to “Tomorrow Never Knows”

  • Real Gone Music’s 50th Anniversary Reissue Presents This Enormously Influential Work on Psychedelic Magenta Splatter Vinyl

  • Black Friday/ Record Store Day Exclusive Limited to 1750 Copies

  • Includes Replic a of Original 4-Page Insert That Came with the Album

  • The First Audio Guide to Taking LSD

  • Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

    AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 25, 2016 (BLACK FRIDAY) AT YOUR LOCAL RECORD STORE

    Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner & Richard Alpert: The Psychedelic Experience (Limited Psychedelic Magenta Splatter Vinyl Edition). LP

    In 1966, society was on the verge of a revolution in consciousness that would shake our culture, our morals, and our values to the core, a revolution mid- wifed by the introduction of psychedelic drugs to a new generation eager to cast away the stifling con- formity of the ‘50s and early ‘60s. In the vanguard of this change were the three men who composed The Psychedelic Experience: Timothy Leary, Ralph Met- zner, and Richard Alpert.

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    Wednesday
    Oct262016

    The Mills Brothers Wonderful Words of Life CD

  • Piqua, Ohio’s The Mills Brothers Remain One of America’s Most Revered and Iconic Vocal Groups

  • The Mills Brothers Recorded over 2000 Songs in a Career That Spanned Seven Decades

  • However, They Recorded Very Few Gospel Tunes

  • Wonderful Words of Life—The Inspirational Recordings Is the First-Ever Full-Length Collection of Their Highly Influential Gospel Sides

  • Among the Tracks Are Peak-Period Performances Taken from the Decca Label’s Early ‘50s Faith Series

  • The Mills Brothers’ Smooth Approach to the Material Marked These Recordings as Some of the First Pop-Gospel Sessions

  • Liner Notes by Davin Seay

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision 

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    The Mills Brothers: Wonderful Words of Life—The Inspirational Recordings. CD

    One of America’s most iconic and beloved vocal groups, Piqua, Ohio’s The Mills Brothers recorded over 2000 songs during a seven-decade career, virtually every tune in the Great American Songbook, but only a tiny sliver of their voluminous discography was devoted to gospel music. Now, Real Gone Music has put together the first-ever compilation of The Mills Brothers’ inspirational sides, recordings that were, in their own way, influential on the entire genre. For The Mills Brothers brought the same creamy harmonies and savvy blend of jazz, blues, and pop to this material that they brought to their secular repertoire, eschewing the impassioned call-and-response style of the black church to create some of the first pop-gospel recordings. Half of this collection hails from a boxed set of four 45 rpm 7” singles that Decca issued in the early ‘50s as part of its Faith Series, so these are peak period performances as well. With liner notes by Davin Seay and remastering by Mike Milchner at SonicVision, Wonderful Words of Life—The Inspirational Recordings is a long-overdue look at a little-known side of one of the first African-American vocal groups to cross over into widespread popular success.

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    Friday
    Oct142016

    Todd Rundgren & Utopia LIve (2LP Set)

    • With Unrivaled Stylistic Sweep, Musicianly Chops, and Depth of Repertoire, Todd Rundgren & Utopia Were a Must-See Concert Draw in the Late ‘70s 

    • This Double-LP Release Captures an August 5, 1978 Date at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco, Right at the Start of a Nationwide Tour 

    • Earlier in the Year, Rundgren Had Assembled an All-Star Band for Residencies at The Bottom Line and The Roxy 

    • Performances from Those Dates Plus an August 23 Utopia Show Supplied the Material for the Live Album Back to the Bars 

    • Live at the Old Waldorf Includes Seven Songs That Did Not Appear on Back to the Bars, Including Four Songs from Oops! Wrong Planet 

    • Also Includes Utopia Backing Rundgren on Songs, Like “Black and White” and “The Last Ride,” from Which They Were Absent on Back to the Bars 

    • Excellent Recording and Fiery Performances Make This the Best of the “Authorized Bootlegs” That Have Surfaced in Recent Years 

    • Gatefold Packaging 

    • Gold Vinyl Release Limited to 1000 Copies 

    • Belongs on the Shelf Right Next to Your Other Rundgren Records from the ‘70s 

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    This limited edition double-LP release once again proves that there were very, very few bands in the late ‘70s that could match the stylistic sweep, musicianly chops, and quality of repertoire wielded by Todd Rundgren & Utopia. This August 5, 1978 set at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco captures the band at the beginning of an extensive U.S. tour, but it had already been a busy year of touring for Todd, as back in May he had assembled an all-star band for residencies at the Bottom Line in New York City and the Roxy in Los Angeles. Performances from those shows that (along with a portion of an August 23 Utopia date from this tour) comprised the release of the double live LP Back to the Bars in December 1978, and fans of that album will find much to treasure here on this well-recorded release taken from the evening’s stereo ¼” master tapes. Here you get a chance to hear Utopia back Todd on songs, like “Black and White” and “The Last Ride” (an epic version!), from which they were absent on Back to the Bars, and Live at the Old Waldorf offers such Utopia favorites as “Trapped,” “Abandon City,” “Back on the Street,” and “Gangrene” from 1977’s Oops! Wrong Planet that did not appear on Bars.

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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    Mantovani Christmas Carols CD

  • Mantovani Basically Invented the Lush, String-Heavy Sound of Easy Listening

  • His Christmas Carols Album Was a Best Seller in Both Its 1953 Mono and 1958 Re-Recorded Stereo Versions

  • The Stereo Version Has Been on CD Only Briefly, and Sells for Huge Amounts Online

  • Real Gone Music’s Reissue Presents the Stereo Version with Liner Notes by Kim Cooper and Added Photos 

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    Mantovani: Christmas Carols. CD

    Mantovani’s Christmas Carols is one of the select Christmas albums (or albums, period) that had two bites of the bestsellling apple in two different incarnations. In its original mono version released in 1953, the album charted in two different years; then, with the advent of stereo technology, Mantovani re-recorded it in stereo in 1958, and THAT version of the album went on to chart four more times! Yet, that later stereo version (and when you think about it, how can you listen to the sweeping sound of Mantovani in anything but stereo?) has only briefly been available on CD (used copies sell for enough dough to keep Santa’s sleigh in gold-plated runners), and the mono version has only been on CD overseas in an inferior-sounding version. So, we are really restoring a perennial holiday favorite here; liner notes by Kim Cooper and vintage photos accompany. Merry Christmas from Real Gone Music!
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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas CD

  • Sammy Kaye Was Probably the Most Popular Sweet Band Leader of All Time

  • His 1957 Album I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas Became a Perennial Christmas Favorite

  • Features the Vocal Group The Kaydets

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Rare Photos from the RCA Vaults

  • Remastered by Mark Wilder at Battery Studios in New York

  • Worldwide CD Debut 

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    Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra: I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas. CD

    Families have sweetly swung and swayed to this 1957 Christmas classic for decades, and now it’s finally coming out on CD for a whole new generation to discover (and older generations to savor)! Sammy Kaye was, of course, probably the most popular “sweet” band leader of all time, and I Want to Wish You a Merry Christmas captures him conducting his orchestra in 1951, 1952, and 1957, as the album was composed of the 1951 8-song EP Christmas Serenade, two single sides from a year later, and the title track plus “The Christmas Song” recorded in 1957 especially for the release of this LP. Some of the songs feature the fondly remembered Kaydets, too…just a great Christmas record! Features notes by Joe Marchese, rare photos from the RCA vaults, and—most importantly—a beautiful remastering job by Mark Wilder at Battery Studio in New York.

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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    Living Guitars & Living Strings The Joy of Christmas/The Sound of Christmas CD

  • The Living Guitars and The Living Strings Were Each Part of the “Living” Family of Ensembles Created by RCA Producer Ethel Gabriel to Capitalize on the Success of RCA’s Living Stereo Series

  • The Living Guitars’ 1969 Album The Joy of Christmas Set Beautiful Guitar Interplay to Bass and Drums for a Groovy Jazz-Meets-Easy Listening Sound

  • The Living Strings’ 1970 Record The Sound of Christmas Added Electric Bass and Voices to the Patented Living Strings Sound

  • Both Albums Are Coveted by Christmas Music Collectors

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York 

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    Living Guitars & Living Strings: The Joy of Christmas/The Sound of Christmas. CD

    Ready for another seasonal stereophonic spectacular? We at Real Gone Music are finally making available another highly coveted pair of holiday releases from the “Living” family of artists! These ensembles were the brainchild of RCA’s groundbreaking producer Ethel Gabriel, who promoted the label’s highly successful Living Stereo series with a series of sumptuous, pristinely recorded albums—each credited to a group with “Living” in its name—aimed at a middle class eager to give their newly acquired stereo systems a workout. Having released two albums by The Living Voices, now we’re turning to the other two big names in the series, The Living Guitars and The Living Strings, for a pair of Christmas classics that will put even 21st century stereos through their paces!

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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    THE ROBERT SHAW CHORALE CHRISTMAS HYMNS AND CAROLS VOL. 1 (EXPANDED EDITION) CD

  • A Fred Waring Protégé, Robert Shaw Led the Most Widely-Known and Respected Choral Organization in the U.S.

  • The Robert Shaw Chorale Made a Number of Charting Albums for RCA, but Their Definitive Recording Will Always Be Christmas Hymns and Carols Vol. 1

  • This Real Gone Reissue Presents the 1957 Re-Recorded Stereo Version of the Album, Which First Charted in 1949 as a Box of Four Mono 78’s

  • The 1957 Release Hit #5 on the Charts, and Charted Three More Times in the ‘60s

  • Expanded Version Includes Two Songs That Appeared on the Mono Version but Were Left Off the Stereo Version, “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (Which Appears in Stereo) and “I Sing of a Maiden”

  • Liner Notes by Gene Sculatti

  • Newly Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York

  • Seamless Medleys, Breathtaking Harmonies, and Beautiful Fidelity Make This Album a Christmas Classic for the Ages 

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    The Robert Shaw Chorale: Christmas Hymns and Carols Vol. One. CD

    Robert Shaw was a Fred Waring protégé who, by the end of his 17-year tenure heading The Robert Shaw Chorale, had fashioned arguably the most widely-known and respected professional choral organization in the United States. The Chorale recorded a number of charting albums, all for RCA Victor, but the one that will always be considered their definitive recording is this Christmas album, presented here in its 1957 re-recorded stereo version (like a lot of popular Christmas albums of the day, Christmas Hymns and Carols had several incarnations, first appearing in the ‘40s as a box of four 78 rpm discs). The album went to #5 on the charts in 1949 and 1957, then hit the charts another three times during the ‘60s; one could argue that, with its seamless medleys and majestic harmonies, it is to this day the gold standard for choral Christmas recordings. Not only does our Real Gone reissue boast a fresh remastering by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York and new liner notes by Gene Sculatti, but we have also added two songs that appeared on the mono version of the album but somehow got left off the stereo: “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” (for which we actually did find a stereo master) and “I Sing of a Maiden.” Merry Christmas!

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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    The Norman Luboff Choir Songs of Christmas/Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir CD

  • The Norman Luboff Choir Was a Mainstay Act on the Columbia and RCA Labels for Close to Two Decades

  • Their Trademark Sound Was Pure, Powerful Vocal Arrangements Tailored to Match the Wide Range of Material

  • Two of Their Greatest Recordings Were the Christmas Albums They Released in 1956 and 1964

  • Songs of Christmas Was Composed of Six Medleys, Several of Which Came from the Earliest (1952) Recordings of the Norman Luboff Choir

  • Songs of Christmas Went to #22 on the charts

  • Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir Took Full Advantage of Stereophonic Sound and Added More Modern Repertoire to Craft a Masterpiece

  • Christmas with...Went to #28 on the Charts

  • Real Gone Music’s Twofer Includes Detailed Liner Notes by Tom Pickles Featuring Quotes from Luboff Scholar Dr. Julie Lane Carter

  • Features Photos from the Sony Vaults

  • Remastered by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in NewYork

  • Two of the Greatest Choral Christmas Records of All Time 

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    The Norman Luboff Choir: Songs of Christmas/Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir. CD

    For holiday music lovers, it doesn’t get any better than this: two of the greatest choral Christmas albums ever recorded, one making its CD debut, the other long out of print, on a single, 75-minute CD! Norman Luboff, was, of course, a mainstay artist on both the Columbia and RCA Victor labels for close to two decades; he and his Choir recorded everything from cowboy to calypso tunes, always with pure, powerful vocal arrangements that brought out the intrinsic flavor of the material. Here we have two of his greatest triumphs: the original mono version (not the later, reprehensible re-processed stereo version) of 1956’s Songs of Christmas, which actually included among its six medleys the earliest (1952) recordings of The Norman Luboff Choir and went to #22 on the charts, and 1964’s Christmas with the Norman Luboff Choir, which brought stereophonic sound and a more modern repertoire to the Luboff sound. The result was what is generally considered to be one of the best Christmas albums ever recorded in any genre, and another charting record for Luboff. Our Real Gone twofer includes detailed liner notes by Tom Pickles that feature quotes from Luboff scholar Dr. Julie Lane Carter, with photos from the Sony vaults and remastering by Mike Piacentini at Battery Studios in New York. Sure to be a Christmas staple on your stereo for years to come.

     

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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    Ray Conniff The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings (2-CD Set)

    • Conniff Notched over 50 Charting Albums During His
    • Ray Conniff Is the Best Selling Arranger/Conductor of All Time Long Career on Columbia Records
    • His Three Christmas Albums—Christmas with Conniff, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, and Here We Come A- Caroling—Hit the Charts a Total of 16 Times
    • Real Gone Music’s New 2-CD Set The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings Includes All Three Albums Plus a Bonus Version of “My Favorite Things”
    • 31 Tracks in All
    • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese
    • Photos from the Columbia Vaults
    • Remastered at Sony’s Battery Studios in New York
    • Three Albums for the Price of One 

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     Ray Conniff: The Complete Columbia Christmas Recordings. (2-CD Set)

    Ray Conniff sold more records than any other arranger/conductor in the history of pop music. So it’s no surprise that his three Christmas albums were smash hits, charting a total of 16 times between them. Leading off was 1959’s Christmas with Conniff, which went to #14 on the charts, the first of five chart appearances; then came 1962’s We Wish You a Merry Christmas, which went to #15 for the first of its eight turns atop the charts; and, finally, 1965’s Here We Come A-Caroling, which also went to #15 atop the Christmas charts for the first of its three appearances. Now, Real Gone Music has put together all three of these albums—plus a bonus track, Conniff’s 1965 version of “My Favorite Things”—into a bargain-priced 2-CD set comprising every Christmas track Ray recorded during his historic run at Columbia Records. The 31-track collection includes photos from the Columbia vaults, new liner notes by Joe Marchese, and a fresh remastering at Sony’s Battery Studios in New York. Some of the most beloved holiday recordings of all time all in one place, presented with panache!

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