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Sep202016

The Ventures The Ventures’ Christmas Album (Deluxe Expanded Mono & Stereo Edition) CD

The first 120 customers to buy the CD from us get an autographed BOOKLET from Don Wilson. First-come, first-served, only one autographed copy per customers order allowed.

  • The Ventures Are the Greatest Instrumental Rock and Roll Group of All Time, and The Ventures’ Christmas Album Is the Greatest Instrumental Rock And Roll Christmas Album of All Time
  • Perennial Favorite Has Been Out of Print for Years
  • Features Wildly Inventive Arrangements That Morph from Hits of the Day into Christmas Favorites
  • Real Gone Music’s Deluxe Expanded Edition Includes Both the Mono and Stereo Versions of the Album
  • The Mono Version Has Never Been on CD
  • Bill Kopp’s Liner Notes Include Quotes from Original Ventures Rhythm Guitarist Don Wilson
  • Also Incudes a Testimonial from Danny Amis a.k.a. Daddy-O Grande of Los Straitjackets
  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision
  • Added Photos
  • A Key Christmas Release This Holiday Season...and Every Holiday Season!

 

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The Ventures: The Ventures’ Christmas Album (Deluxe Expanded Mono & Stereo Edition). CD

There are some albums that should NEVER go out of print. And by the beard of St. Nick, the greatest instrumental rock ‘n’ roll Christmas record of all time is one of them! 1965’s The Ventures’ Christmas Album was and is an absolute marvel, setting the group’s trademark Mosrite guitar twang loose on wildly inventive arrangements that start out with then-current hit melodies and then morph into Christmas chestnuts. So, for instance, “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” opens with “Wooly Bully,” “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” opens with “I Feel Fine,” and “Frosty the Snowman” opens with “Tequila” (Frosty is evidently feeling no pain)! But we at Real Gone Music aren’t content with merely copying previous reissues of this essential holiday platter; we’re including both the stereo version and, for the first time ever on CD, mono version of this album on a single disc, so you can hear it the way most people have heard it in the “modern” era and also hear it the way most people heard it when it first came out! What’s more, liner note writer Bill Kopp tracked down original Ventures rhythm guitarist Don Wilson for quotes (and got a testimonial from Danny Amis a.k.a. Daddy-O Grande of Los Straitjackets). Thrown in some vintage photos and you have a package everybody’s going to want to spin the entire holiday season!

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Tuesday
Sep202016

Mitch Miller and The Gang Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch! (Expanded Edition) CD

  • In His Role as Producer at Columbia Records, Mitch Miller Had an Incalculable Impact on American Pop Culture, Fostering the Careers of Doris Day, Johnny Mathis, Tony Bennett, and Many Others

  • He Also Was a Popular Recording Artist in His Own Right, Releasing a Series of Chart Albums Mostly Credited to Mitch Miller & The Gang

  • His 1958 Album Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch Was One of the Best Selling Christmas Albums of All Time, Hitting #1 upon Release and Going Top Ten for Three Straight Years After That

  • However, That Album Has Never Seen a Complete, Authorized Reissue Anywhere in the World

  • Real Gone Music & The Second Disc’s Expanded Edition Not Only Includes the Complete, Original Album with Original Art but Also Features Eight Rare Bonus Tracks

  • Many of the Bonus Tracks Make Their CD Debut, Including “Must Be Santa,” a Favorite of Bob Dylan

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Rare Photos from the Columbia Vaults

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York 

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    Mitch Miller and The Gang: Christmas Sing-Along with Mitch! (Expanded Edition). CD

    Are you ready to sing along with Mitch? Between 1961 and 1964, Mitch Miller invited television audiences to “follow the bouncing ball” as he conducted his cheerful chorus on musical favorites of every kind. Miller’s television show was an offshoot of his hit series of Columbia “Sing Along” LPs, which were just one of the avenues by which Miller practically defined popular tastes in the ‘50s and early ‘60s. At Columbia Records, the onetime child prodigy and trained oboe player nurtured the careers of Johnny Mathis, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and Doris Day, and established the role of the producer in pop music. His reach even extended to young children, as he spearheaded the Golden Records label. In 1958, Mitch Miller & The Gang released one of their most enduring albums: the original Christmas Sing Along with Mitch, featuring rousing renditions of beloved carols including “Silent Night,” “Deck the Halls,” “The First Noel” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear.” Surprisingly, this classic LP—which went to #1 on the charts and hit the Top Ten for three straight years after that—has never seen a complete, authorized reissue on CD anywhere in the world. Now, this family sing-along gem is finally arriving on CD in a deluxe, expanded reissue sporting the original, classic cover art from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records! And that’s not all.
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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    Eddy Arnold The Complete RCA Victor Christmas Recordings CD

  • Eddy Arnold Is One of Country Music’s Most Legendary Figures

  • The Tennessee Plowboy Notched 147 Chart Hits in a Career Spanning over 60 Years

  • During His Long Tenure, Arnold Recorded Two Dozen Seasonal Favorites for RCA Victor

  • The Complete RCA Victor Recordings Collects All 24 Christmas-Themed Sides Plus Two Spoken Word Greetings

  • Includes the Classic 1962 Album Christmas with Eddy Arnold Produced by Chet Atkins

  • Also Features 11 Other Rare Single Sides, Most Never Before on CD in the U.S. or Never on CD at All

  • Among the Songs are Arnold’s Own “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S” and “Santa in Shanty Town”

  • Other Tunes Include Holiday Classics Like “Jingle Bell Rock” and “White Christmas”

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Rare Photos from the Sony Vaults

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios

  • The Perfect Companion to Real Gone’s The Complete #1 Hits and Every Road I Take—The Lee Hazlewood & Chet Atkins Sessions 1970 Releases

  • A Real Gone Music/The Second Disc Release 

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    Eddy Arnold:The Complete RCA Victor Christmas Recordings CD

    “Music for the holiday – sung with taste and authority!” That’s how RCA Victor described the 1962 release Christmas with Eddy Arnold, the superstar entertainer’s first holiday album. Whether the style was country or pop, Eddy Arnold always sang with taste and authority – as well as tremendous warmth and a big heart. Between 1945 and 2008, “The Tennessee Plowboy” notched 147 U.S. chart hits, sold over 85 million records, and earned inductions into the Country Music Hall of Fame and The Grand Ole Opry. The music of Christmas was near and dear to Arnold’s heart, and between 1949 and 1967, he recorded two dozen holiday favorites for the RCA Victor label. Now, every one of those seasonal sides has been collected by Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records on The Complete RCA Victor Christmas Recordings, including the complete Christmas with Eddy Arnold album produced by Chet Atkins and featuring Nashville’s finest musicians.

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    Tuesday
    Sep202016

    Jack Jones The Jack Jones Christmas Album CD

  • Jack Jones Has Been One of America’s Premier Vocalists for Over Six Decades

  • One of the Highlights of His Tremendous Career Was His 1964 Release The Jack Jones Christmas Album

  • Includes Lush Renditions of Christmas Favorites like “White Christmas” and “I’ll Be Home for Christmas”

  • Also Features More Contemporary Fare Like Frank Sinatra’s “Mistletoe and Holly” and “My Favorite Things” from Mary Poppins

  • Arranged and Conducted by Marty Manning

  • Liner Notes by Joe Marchese

  • Added Photos

  • Remastered from Original Tape Sources by Mike Milchner

  • A Real Gone Music/Second Disc Records release

  • Worldwide CD Debut 

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    Jack Jones: The Jack Jones Christmas Album. CD

    For more than six decades, Jack Jones has been recognized as one of America’s premier vocalists. Frank Sinatra called him “one of the major singers of our time,” while Paul Williams noted, “He doesn’t perform a song; he lives it.” Williams would know, as one of the writers of Jones’ immortal theme to The Love Boat. But “The Love Boat” and beloved hits like “Wives and Lovers” and “Lollipops and Roses” merely scratch the surface of Jones’ remarkable career. One of the crown jewels of his impressive discography is 1964’s The Jack Jones Christmas Album. On the Kapp Records release—arranged and conducted by the great Marty Manning—Jones wrapped his velvet pipes around some of the most cherished Christmas favorites of all time. Lush renditions of “White Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)” are among the most beautiful ever recorded, while Jones’ renditions of “Sleigh Ride,” “My Favorite Things,” and Frank Sinatra’s “Mistletoe and Holly” truly swing.

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    KEELY SMITH The Intimate Keely Smith (EXPANDED EDITION) CD

  • Keely Smith Was One of the World’s Most Popular Female Entertainers in the Early ‘60s

  • Her Act Playing Straight “Man” to Husband Louis Prima Was the Hottest Ticket on the Las Vegas Strip
    and Also Propelled Her to Television Stardom

  • However, Smith Divorced Prima and Started Her Own Record Label, Keely Records, in Partnership with
    Close Friend Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Label

  • Wise to the Ways of Show Business, Smith Retained the Rights to the Five Albums She Recorded for Reprise

  • Those Albums Have Never Legitimately Come Out on CD

  • Now, Real Gone Music, in Concert with Keely and Her Family, Are Going to Reissue on CD All of Keely’s Reprise Albums in Expanded Editions Featuring Rare Bonus Tracks

  • Liner Notes by Steve Hochman

  • Remastering by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • The Intimate Keely Smith Is a Sexy, Swinging Affair and the Quintessential Album from Her Reprise Period

  • Produced by Husband-to-Be Jimmy Bowen

  • Expanded Edition Includes a Duet with Frank Sinatra, “Twin Soliloquies,” from The Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Presents South Pacific Album

  • Also Includes the Rare Non-LP Single of the King-Goffin-Spector Track
    “No One Ever Tells You,” Arranged by Jack Nitzsche 

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    Keely Smith: The Intimate Keely Smith (Expanded Edition). CD

    You can’t get any more popular in American entertainment than Keely Smith was in the early ‘60s. Having blown the doors out in Las Vegas, winning a Grammy, having hit after hit and lighting up television screens playing straight “man” to husband Louis Prima, she’d navigated the tricky waters of a professional and personal divorce, striking out on her own and starting her own record label, Keely Records, in partnership with close friend and mentor Frank Sinatra, under the auspices of his Reprise label. A groundbreaking businesswoman, as well as recording artist, Keely recorded 5 classic albums for Reprise. Because she’d seen enough show business shenanigans to last a lifetime, a generation before it became standard practice to do so, she retained the rights to her masters. Those albums have NEVER come out legitimately on CD anywhere in the world. Now, Real Gone Music, in concert with Keely & her family, is very proud to announce that the label is going to answer the pleas of pop fans worldwide and release ALL of Keely’s Reprise albums on CD for the first time in deluxe packages featuring bonus tracks, rare photos, and new liner notes by Steve Hochman. Produced by Keely’s husband-to-be & Reprise hitmaker Jimmy Bowen, 1964’s The Intimate Keely Smith is, as the steamy cover and saucy title suggest, a sexy, swinging affair and the quintessential Keely Smith recording from her Reprise period. A concept album, the project was the long form representation of her legendary “mood spot” concert segment, a staple of Keely’s live shows. Key album tracks include a rendition of Sinatra’s “Time After Time” and a version of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child”…this album presents Keely really taking wing as an artist. And the bonus tracks? Well, Keely’s strong rapport and long history with Frank Sinatra are well known. As one of the foundational artists at Reprise, which was at full creative flower, Keely was part of some really great projects outside of her own releases. With the blessing of Frank Sinatra Enterprises, we’ve included her duet with Frank, “Twin Soliloquies,” from the The Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Presents South Pacific album, plus rare the non-LP single of the King-Goffin-Spector track “No One Ever Tells You,” arranged by Jack Nitszche and also produced by Bowen.

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: Original Soundtrack LP

  • Co-written by John Russo, who was George Romero’s writing partner, 1985’s The Return of the Living Dead Was the Punk Rock Sequel to Night of the Living Dead

  • Was the First Film to Feature Brain-Eating Zombies

  • The Amazing Soundtrack Included Songs by The Cramps, 45 Grave, The Damned, T.S.O.L., The Flesh Eaters, The Jet Black Berries, and More Notorious Punk and Death Rock Acts

  • Original Cover and Label Art

    Limited Grey “Brainsss” Vinyl Version 720 Copies

    Limited Black & Red Starburst Vinyl Version 720 Copies (Indie Record Store Exclusive)

    Limited Orange & Green Starburst Vinyl Version 720 Copies (FYE/Transworld Store Exclusive)

    Limited Glow in the Dark Vinyl Version 500 Copies (Real Gone Music Website Exclusive)

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  • THE RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD: Original Soundtrack. LP

    There are zombies…and then there are brain-eating zombies! And Return of the Living Dead was the film where brain-eating zombies got their first lease on, er, life. Co-written by John Russo, who was George Romero’s writing partner on Night of the Living Dead, this 1985 quasi-sequel introduced more “splatstick” humor to the horror formula as well as the indelible image of ghouls groaning “Braainsss” as they shuffle along. All set to a KILLER score featuring the greatest punk and death rock bands of the era, including The Cramps, 45 Grave, The Flesh Eaters, The Damned, Roky Erickson, The Jet Black Berries, T.S.O.L. and SSQ. 

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    EVELYN “Champagne” KING The Complete RCA Hits and More! (2CD Set)

  • The first 50 customers to buy the CD from us get an autographed BOOKLET OR TRAYCARD from Evelyn “Champagne” King. First-come, first-served, only one autographed copy per customers order allowed.

    Evelyn “Champagne” King Ranks Right Up There with Donna Summer and Patti LaBelle in the Disco Diva Pantheon

  • The Complete RCA Hits and More! Is the First Comprehensive Domestic Collection of Her work

  • Offers All 24 Hits She Scored for the Label

  • 26 Tracks in All

  • Includes Rare 12”, Alternate Mix,and Remix Versions of Such Hits as “Shame,” “I Don’t Know If It’s Right,” “I’m in Love,” “Love Come Down,” “Your Personal Touch,” “High Horse” and “Shake Down”

  • Liner Notes by David Nathan Include Exclusive Quotes from Evelyn “Champagne” King

  • Also Includes Photos from the RCA Vault and 12” Sleeve and Album Art

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York 

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    Evelyn “Champagne” King: The Complete RCA Hits and More! (2CD Set)

    Evelyn “Champagne” King ranks right up there with Donna Summer and Patti LaBelle at the top of the disco diva pantheon, but there has never been a domestically released collection to do her glittering career justice. Which is a real “shame”…but The Complete RCA Hits and More! not only offers, like the title says, all 24 hits she scored on the R&B and Pop charts for the RCA label, but also presents them in the 12”, alternate mix, and remix versions that really got the dance floor shaking back in the day! So you get the 12” mixes of big hits like “Shame,” “I Don’t Know If It’s Right,” “I’m in Love,” and “Love Come Down,” the “Dance Mix” of “Your Personal Touch,” remixes of “High Horse” and “Shake Down,” and so on. Soul expert David Nathan contributes liner notes with exclusive quotes from Evelyn, and we’ve added photos from the RCA vaults and 12” single and album art. All 26 tracks are remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York…Break out the bubbly, cuz the definitive Evelyn “Champagne” King collection is finally here!

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    EDDIE MONEY THE COMPLETE HITS AND MORE! (2CD Set)

    After Dropping Out of the New York Police Academy to Chase His Rock ’N’ Roll Dreams, Eddie Money Burst on the Scene in the Late-‘70s with a Series of Blue Collar Hits in the Mold of Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, Bruce Springsteen

    • Money Was Also a Mainstay of the Early MTV Era, Narrating Several Humorous Videos That Cemented His Stardom

    • His Late-‘80s Comeback Was Spearheaded by His Duet with Ronnie Spector on “Take Me Home Tonight”/“Be My Baby”

    • The Complete Hits and More! Includes Every Chart Entry, Featuring “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” “Think I’m in Love,” “Shakin’,” “Take Me Home Tonight”/”Be My Baby,” “I Wanna Go Back,” “Walk on Water,” and “Peace in Our Time.”

    • Liner Notes by Bill Kopp

    • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York

    • Photos and Album Art Included

    • 2-CD Set, 35 Tracks 

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      Eddie Money: The Complete Hits and More!. 2 CD Set. 

      After famously dropping out of the New York Police Academy to pursue his rock and roll dreams, Eddie Money burst on to the scene in the late ‘70s with a series of sweaty, blue collar hits in the mold of Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, and Bruce Springsteen, then capitalized on the MTV era by narrating a series of funny videos that cemented his image as a rock and roll Everyman, albeit one with a sneaky good songwriting touch and a powerful blue-eyed soul set of pipes. The lifestyle got the best of him during the mid-‘80s, but he made a remarkable comeback in the late ‘80s and continues on the circuit to this day offering his trademark mix of no-nonsense rock ‘n’ roll and regular guy stage persona. The Complete Hits and More is by far the biggest Eddie Money collection ever, offering, like the title says, all 24 chart hits plus tracks drawn from 10 different albums and some rare live tracks drawn from the promo-only Livin’ It Up EP (which debuts on CD here in its entirety), featuring “Two Tickets to Paradise,” “Baby Hold On,” “Think I’m in Love,” “Shakin’,” his comeback duet with Ronnie Spector, “Take Me Home Tonight”/”Be My Baby,” “I Wanna Go Back,” “Walk on Water,” and “Peace in Our Time.” Bill Kopp supplies the liner notes, with added photos and album art. 35 tracks remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios…two CDs to paradise for Eddie Money fans!

       

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    Percy Faith The Definitive Collection (2CD Set)

  • By introducing string sections to soften and sweeten the Brass-Dominated Pop Music of the ‘40s, Percy Faith Basically invented the easy Listening Genre

  • As Part of Mitch Miller’s stable of conductor/Arrangers at columbia, Faith and His Orchestra Backed everybody from Doris Day to Tony Bennett to Johnny Mathis

  • Faith Also Had a Very successful Recording career of His Own, notching a series of Top-charting Hits and Popular soundtrack Themes

  • The Definitive collection Offers 32 Tracks spanning 22 Years of Recording

  • Includes the #1 Hits “Delicado,” “where is Your Heart (from ‘Moulin Rouge’),” and “The Theme from ‘A summer Place’”

  • Also Features His soundtrack Themes to the films Tammy Tell Me True, The Oscar, and The Love Goddesses, and the TV series The Virginian

  • Faith’s Tremendously Popular Adaptations of Latin classics Like “How insensitive (insensataez)” and “Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil)” Are Also included

  • Liner notes by Joe Marchese

  • includes Photos from the Columbia Vaults and some of the Great cover Art from Faith’s Releases

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery studios in new York

  • The Most comprehensive Percy Faith collection ever

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    Percy Faith: The Definitive Collection (2CD Set)

    It’s not too much of a stretch to say that Percy Faith invented easy listening music; along with Mantovani, he pioneered the use of string sections to soften and sweeten the brass-dominated sound that dominated popular music during the ‘40s. Faith was also one of Mitch Miller’s main men at Columbia Records, where he provided arrangements for everybody from Doris Day to Tony Bennett to Johnny Mathis, and he composed some of the most memorable soundtrack themes of all time. Now, Real Gone pays tribute to one of the great arrangers and composers in pop music history with a 32-track set spanning 22 years of recordings, including hit singles, tracks drawn from a total of 20 different albums, and a number of his most revered compositions for the screen. Among the highlights: the #1 hits “Delicado,” “Where Is Your Heart (from ‘Moulin Rouge’),” and “The Theme from ‘A Summer Place;’” his soundtrack themes to the films Tammy Tell Me True, The Oscar, and The Love Goddesses, and the TV series The Virginian; and some of his signature adaptations of Latin music like “How Insensitive (Insensataez)” and “Brazil (Aquarela Do Brasil).”

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    John Hammond Mirrors CD

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

    The first 50 customers to buy the CD from us get an autographed BOOKLET OR TRAYCARD from John Hammond. First-come, first-served, only one autographed copy per customers order allowed.


    John Hammond Was and Is One of the Great Bluesman of His Generation

  • His 1967 Album Mirrors Devoted One Side to Electric Blues and One Side to Solo Acoustic Blues

  • Playing on the Electric Side Were Such Luminariesas Band Members Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson, Mike Bloomfield, and Charley Musselwhite

  • The Album Marks Early Appearances of Songs That Were to Become Staples in Other Bands’ Repertoire, Such as “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Grateful Dead), “Statesboro Blues” (Allman Brothers), and “Keys to the Highway” (Derek & the Dominos)

  • Includes Tremendous Versions of the Robert Johnson Tunes “Travelling Riverside,” “Stones in My Passway,” and “Walking Blues”

  • Liner Notes by Richie Unterberger Feature Exclusive Quotes from John Hammond Himself

  • Remastered by Joe Tarantino

  • CD Debut for the Only ‘60s Vanguard Album by Hammond Yet to Be Released in the Format 

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    John Hammond: Mirrors. CD

    The cleverly-conceived cover shot tips you off to the fact that this 1967 record—comprised of outtakes from sessions for his John Hammond, Big City Blues, So Many Roads, and Country Blues albums—displays two different sides of the great white bluesman John Hammond, one electric, one acoustic. The electric side features a backing band for the ages, consisting of Band members Levon Helm and Robbie Robertson plus Mike Bloomfield (on piano!) and Charley Musselwhite, while the acoustic side is just Hammond on guitar. There is little doubt that members of blues-rock bands both current and future listened carefully to this record; “Death Don’t Have No Mercy” (Grateful Dead), “Statesboro Blues” (Allman Brothers), and “Keys to the Highway” (Derek & the Dominos) all appear here, and indeed Hammond was friends with Eric Clapton and Duane Allman as well as with the members of The Band that play on the album. More importantly, however, Hammond lays a convincing claim to being one of his generation’s greatest bluesmen, especially with his takes on the Robert Johnson tunes “Travelling Riverside,” “Stones in My Passway,” and “Walking Blues.” This is the only Hammond album recorded for Vanguard in the ‘60s yet to be released on CD, and our Real Gone reissue includes notes by Richie Unterberger with exclusive quotes from John Hammond himself. A long-lost classic!

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    Sandy Bull Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo CD

  • Multi-Instrumentalist Sandy Bul lWas One of the Most Intriguing and Enigmatic Figures of the ‘60s Folk Movement

  • With His Release of Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo in 1963, Bull in Effect Invented World Music

  • Swirling within Fantasias Are Elements of Folk, Jazz, Blues, Classical, Gospel, Rock ’N’ Roll, and Raga

  • The 23-Minute Track “Blend” Featuring Jazz Drummer Billy Higgins Is Easily One of the Most Adventurous Recordings of the Early ‘60s

  • Also Includes Interpretations of Works by Carl Orff and William Byrd

  • Notes by Richie Unterberger

  • Remastered by Joe Tarantino

  • CD Debut for One of the Great Lost Treasures of ‘60s Folk 

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    Sandy Bull: Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo. CD

    Multi-instrumentalist Sandy Bull’s debut, Fantasias for Guitar and Banjo, was for all intents and purposes the beginning of the “world music” movement. And if that seems like a bold claim, keep in mind that while many classical composers had borrowed folk motifs throughout the centuries, the mélange of folk, jazz, blues, classical, gospel, and even rock ‘n’ roll that this record offered—back in 1963!—was simply unprecedented. It all comes together on the album’s first track, a 21 minute and 51 second stylistic odyssey appropriately entitled “Blend.” Backed by jazz drummer Billy Higgins, Bull improvises in a fashion akin to jazz, but his guitar style displays elements of folk, and the droning quality and raga-like climax echo aspects of Middle Eastern and Indian music. The rest of the album is no less peripatetic, offering interpretations of German composer Carl Orff, English Renaissance composer William Byrd, a Southern mountain tune, and a gospel song. Nowadays, of course, this kind of stylistic leapfrogging is commonplace; but Bull was so far ahead of his time in 1963 that the record predictably did not sell well, though it did attract an avid cult following and gained praise from the New York Times and Down Beat. Now, Real Gone Music takes great pleasure in bringing this groundbreaking recording back into print for the first time ever on CD, with notes by Richie Unterberger supplementing Nat Hentoff's original notes and remastering by Joe Tarantino. One of the great lost treasures of the ‘60s, ripe to be rediscovered.
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    Monday
    Aug222016

    Eden Atwood I’m Glad There Is You—The Best of the Concord Years CD

  • Daughter of Composer/Arranger Hub Atwood and Granddaughter of Novelist A.B. Guthrie, Eden Atwood Is One of Her Generation’s Most Talented and Dynamic Jazz Singers, an Expert at Interpreting the Great American Songbook with Acute Lyrical Sensitivity

  • Her Talent Was So Evident That She Was Signed at the Age of 23 to Concord Records After Being Discovered by Pianist Marian McPartland

  • I’m Glad There Is You—The Best of the Concord Years Is the First Compilation of Her Concord Recordings

  • Includes 14 Selections Drawn from Her Albums No One Ever Tells You, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, There Again, and A Night in the Life

  • Includes Disarmingly Honest, Track-by-Track Annotation by Eden Atwood Herself 

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    Eden Atwood: I’m Glad There Is You—The Best of the Concord Years. CD

    Signed to Concord Records at the ripe old age of 23 after being discovered by Marian McPartland, singer Eden Atwood came from some fine bloodlines; her father Hub Atwood was a composer and arranger for Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole among others, and her grandfather was noted novelist A.B. Guthrie, Jr. (The Big Sky; The Way West)! Little wonder, then, that Eden was a precocious artist indeed; not only was she one of the few singers of his generation to tackle the American standard songbook in the jazz idiom, but even in these early recordings she displayed a sensitivity for the lyrical material well beyond her years. Real Gone is proud to present the first-ever compilation of Eden’s Concord years, 14 tracks taken from all four of the albums (No One Ever Tells You, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, There Again, and A Night in the Life) she recorded for Concord, with disarmingly honest, track-by-track liner notes written by the artist herself.

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    Monday
    Aug222016

    Mahalia Jackson Sings The Great Television Performances CD

  • Mahalia Jackson Is the Queen of Gospel Song, an Icon Who Transcended Her Genre to Become a Household Name Worldwide

  • In 1961, After Appearing at President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Ball, She Videotaped a Series of 58 Performances Aired on TV as Mahalia Jackson Sings

  • Producing the Performances Was Irving Townsend, Producer of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue Among Many Other Landmark Recordings

  • Townsend Rounded Up the Crème de la Crème of Jazz Musicians to Back Jackson, Including Drummer Shelly Manne, Bassist Red Mitchell, and Guitarist Barney Kessel

  • Jackson’s Long-Time Accompanist Mildred Falls Served as Musical Director

  • Mahalia Jackson Sings—The Great Television Performances Collects 16 of These Long-Lost Performances, Which Have Never Appeared in Any Audio Format

  • Songs Range from Old Favorites Like “I Asked the Lord” and “Didn’t It Rain” to Lesser-Known Gospel Gems Like “God Will Take Care of You” and “Highway Up to Heaven”

  • Also Includes Songs That Fall Outside of the Gospel Canon, Like “You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “I Believe”

  • Liner Notes by Davin Seay

  • Engineered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • Some of Mahalia Jackson’s Rarest and Greatest Recordings 

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    Mahalia Jackson: Sings The Great Television Performances CD

    Mahalia Jackson was the greatest gospel singer that ever lived, a transformative figure who transcended the genre to become a household name both here and abroad. But, ironically, out of her voluminous catalog of recordings for labels like Decca, Apollo, and, of course, Columbia, the performances that perhaps exposed the most people to her majestic artistry have remained unavailable for over half a century, never issued in any physical audio format…until now! A little background…in 1961, Mahalia, fresh from her triumphant performance at John F. Kennedy’s inaugural ball, hooked up with Irving Townsend (producer of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue among many other landmark albums) to film 58 performances of no more than five minutes’ duration to be aired as program “filler” on Sunday mornings.

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    Saturday
    Jul162016

    X-Ray Spex Germfree Adolescents (Limited Shocking Pink Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Germfree Adolescents, the Only Album Release from X-Ray Spex, Is One of the Most Influential Punk Rock Albums Ever Made

  • Ranked as One of the Greatest Punk Rock Records by Everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau to Mojo to Spin

  • Features Penetrating Lyrics and Passionate Vocals from Frontwoman Poly Styrene

  • Also Features Lora Logic on Saxophone

  • Key Tracks Include “The Day the World Turned Dayglo” and “Germ Free Adolescents"

  • First Ever Vinyl Reissue

  • Includes Faithful Reproduction of Original Inner Lyric Sleeve

  • Shocking Pink Vinyl Pressing

  • Limited Edition of 900 

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    X-Ray Spex: Germfree Adolescents (Limited Shocking Pink Vinyl Edition) LP

    Real Gone Music is proud to present Germfree Adolescents, one of the signature albums of the early (1978) British punk movement, in the format (vinyl!) and color (shocking pink!) it belongs. The one and only LP release from X-Ray Spex and its irrepressible frontwoman Poly Styrene has been deemed by everybody from Greil Marcus to Robert Christgau to Spin to Mojo as one of the greatest punk albums ever made, yet, somehow, this is its first vinyl reissue (and you can tell because prices for the used vinyl are insane)! And we’ve done it right; besides the colored vinyl, we’ve reproduced the inner lyric sheet, where you can read Poly’s brilliant observations about the plastic, corporate nature of modern society. All of which she sings in a passionate yowl all her own (with Lora Logic among others backing on saxophone); this is not only one of the most penetratingly observant punk records, it’s also one of the most passionate, and, surprisingly enough, catchy. Check out “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo” and “Germ Free Adolescents” if it’s hooks you’re after; if it’s righteous anger and a noisy racket you’re seeking, every track will do ya. Limited edition of 900! 

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    Jul162016

    ROBERT GOULET The Definitive Collection 2CD Set

  • Winner of a Grammy, a Tony, and an Emmy Award During His Six-Decade Career, Robert Goulet Was One of the Great Talents of His Generation

  • His Distinctive Baritone Carved Out a Successful Recording Career for Him at Columbia Records, Which This 36-Track Collection Covers In Depth

  • Includes Singles, Album Tracks, and Performances
    Drawn from Movie Soundtrack and Broadway Cast Album

  • Leads Off with His Breakthrough Performance of “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot

  • Also Includes Such Career Highlights as “My Love Forgive Me (Amore scusami),” “The Happy Time,” “The Impossible Dream,” “The Daydreamer,” “Mon Amour...mon amour,” “The Girl That I Marry,” and “She Touched Me”

  • Remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York

  • Liner Notes by Goulet Expert Joe Marchese

  • Features Rare Photos from the Sony Vaults and Album Art 

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    Robert Goulet: The Definitive Collection (2-CD Set)

    How else to lead off a Robert Goulet compilation than with his breakthrough performance of “If Ever I Would Leave You” from Camelot? But that song was only the beginning for our fair Sir Lancelot; indeed, Robert Goulet was truly one of the singular talents of his generation, owner of one of the truly great baritone voices and winner of Grammy, Tony, and Emmy awards during a nonpareil career spanning six decades. This 36-track collection contains all of the highlights from his prime recording years at the Columbia label, including singles, album tracks, and performances drawn from movie soundtrack and Broadway cast albums: “My Love Forgive Me (Amore scusami),” “The Happy Time” (the title track to the Kander and Ebb musical that brought him a Tony Award), “The Impossible Dream,” “The Daydreamer,” “Mon Amour…mon amour,” “The Girl That I Marry,” “She Touched Me,” and many more. Flawlessly remastered by Maria Triana at Battery Studios in New York, and annotated by Goulet aficionado Joe Marchese with rare pictures and album art drawn from the Columbia vaults, this truly is the best-sounding, best-looking, and, yes, definitive collection that Robert Goulet fans have been waiting for.

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    Jul162016

    PORTER WAGONER The Definitive Collection 2CD Set

  • No One Sang Country Songs Quite So Heart- Rending as The Thin Man from the West Plains, Porter Wagoner

  • The Definitive Collection Includes 40 Songs on Two CDs Including 27 Chart Hits and All of His Top Ten Solo Smashes

  • Features Such Hits as “ A Satisfied Mind,”“Misery Loves Company,” “Skid Row Joe,” “The Cold Hard Facts of Life,” and “The Carroll County Incident,”

  • Also Includes Key Tracks from Such Legendary Concept Albums as Confessions of a Broken Man, Soul of a Convict and Other Great Prison Songs, and The Bottom of the Bottle

  • Liner Notes by Grammy-Winning Writer Colin Escott

  • Remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York

  • Country Music Never Got Harder...or Better 

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    Porter Wagoner: The Definitive Collection (2-CD Set)

    No one, but no one, painted a picture in song of despair and desolation like the Thin Man from the West Plains, Porter Wagoner. Forget the Nudie suit and the pompadour; Waylon Jennings once said that Wagoner couldn’t go pop with a mouthful of firecrackers, and these 40 songs prove it. Sure, the hits—27 of ‘em in all and every Top Ten solo smash—are here, like “A Satisfied Mind,” “Misery Loves Company,” “Skid Row Joe,” “The Cold Hard Facts of Life,” and “The Carroll County Incident,” but what elevates this collection above a mere best-of are the tracks lifted from Wagoner’s starkly compelling concept albums (complete with their amazing album art, some of which we’ve included here) like Confessions of a Broken Man, Soul of a Convict and Other Great Prison Songs, and The Bottom of the Bottle. Grammy-winning writer Colin Escott contributes notes to the package, which is newly remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York. Country music never got harder than this…this ain’t cry-in-your-beer country, it’s more like punch-in-the-gut poetry. Essential!

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    Jul162016

    THE METERS A MESSAGE FROM-THE COMPLETE JOSIE, REPRISE & WARNER BROS. SINGLES 1968-1977 2CD Set

  • The Meters—Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste, Art and (Later) Cyril Neville, Leo Nocentelli, and George Porter, Jr.—Were Arguably the World’s Greatest Funk Band During the Late ‘60s and ‘70s

  • Their Recordings for the Josie, Reprise and Warner Bros. Labels Laid the Foundation for New Orleans Funk

  • Now, Real Gone Music Presents, for the First Time Ever, a Collection of Their Classic, Groundbreaking Singles for All Three Labels

  • Includes Rare Mono Single Mixes for the Josie Sides and Stereo Single Mixes for the Reprise and Warner Bros. Sides

  • All but Five Tracks from Original Tape Sources

  • Features Such Legendary Tracks as “Sophisticated Cissy,” “Cissy Strut,” “Look- Ka Py Py,” “Chicken Strut,” “Hand Clapping Song,” and “Hey Pocky A-Way”

  • All but Two Tracks Co-Produced by the Late, Legendary Allen Toussaint

  • Liner Notes by Bill Dahl Include Quotes from Nocentelli, Art Neville, and Porter

  • Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • 40 Soulful and Ever-So-Funky Sides

  • The Best Meters Retrospective to Date 

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    The Meters: A Message from The Meters—The Complete Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. Singles 1968-1977 (2-CD Set)

    How would you like to hear a new side—or should we say sides—of the world’s greatest funk band? This 40-track set presents the A and B-side of every single that organist Art Neville, guitarist Leo Nocentelli, bassist George Porter, Jr., and drummer Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste cut for the Josie, Reprise & Warner Bros. label, virtually their entire singles output save for a few odds ‘n’ ends issued mostly overseas. That means that you not only get every hit along with its hard-to-find B-side but also the rare single mixes, including the especially rare original mono single mixes of the 1968-1971 Josie sides, very few of which have appeared on CD (the first CD is all mono; the second, featuring the later Reprise and Warner Bros. singles, presents all stereo single mixes). These songs represent the mother lode of New Orleans funk, classic tracks like “Sophisticated Cissy,” “Cissy Strut,” “Look-Ka Py Py,” “Chicken Strut,” “Hand Clapping Song,” “Hey Pocky A-Way,” and more, all but two co-produced by the late, legendary Allen Toussaint.

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    Jul162016

    The Isley Brothers Groove with You…Live! CD

  • Groove with You... Live Is the Great Lost Isley Brothers Album

  • In 1980, Ronald, Rudolph, O’Kelly, Ernie and Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper Decided to Follow in the Footsteps of The Commodores, Parliament, and Earth Wind & Fire and Record a Live Album

  • Rather Than Bring a Mobile Truck to a Concert Venue, However, The Isley Brothers Chose to Cut Groove with You...Live! at Bearsville Sound Studio in Woodstock, New York

  • The Result Was a Double Live Album with All the Fire of a Live Performance but with the Fidelity of a Studio Album

  • The Band Overdubbed Audience Reaction and an Enthusiastic Intro by “Gorgeous” George Odell

  • However, The T-Neck Label Chose to Shelve the Record in Favor of Another Studio Album

  • The Album Only Saw Release in Limited Fashion on Vinyl for 2015 Record Store Day

  • CD Debut

  • Features Hits Like “Take Me to the Next Phase,” “Summer Breeze,” “Livin’ in the Life,” and

    “That Lady”

  • Remastered by Mark Wilder and Chris LeMonde

  • New Liner Notes by Joe Marchese Featuring Quotes from Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper

  • A Real Gone Music/The Second Disc Release 

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    The Isley Brothers: Groove with You…Live! CD

    “The Great Lost Isley Brothers Album” is coming to CD from Real Gone Music and Second Disc Records! In 1980, Ronald, Rudolph, O’Kelly, Ernie and Marvin Isley and Chris Jasper were riding high with their electrifying fusion of rock, funk and soul. After having transformed in 1973 from a three-man vocal group to a self-contained six-man band, The Isleys cranked out hit after hit: original powerhouses like “That Lady,” “Fight the Power,” and “For the Love of You,” and dramatic covers of pop songs introduced by Seals and Crofts, Carole King, and Todd Rundgren. “Don’t Say Goodnight (It’s Time for Love)” had given the Isleys their longest stay atop the R&B charts since 1969’s “It’s Your Thing,” and savoring its success, they decided to follow in the footsteps of The Commodores, Parliament, and Earth Wind & Fire to record a live album. Rather than bring a mobile truck to a concert venue, however, The Isley Brothers chose to cut Groove with You…Live! at Bearsville Sound Studio in Woodstock, New York. The resulting recordings had all of the incendiary thrills of a live performance, but with pristine studio fidelity. The band overdubbed an audience’s frenzied reception and the energetic introduction of MC “Gorgeous” George Odell to create an in-studio live album as captivating as the real thing. It was presented to CBS for release on the band’s T-Neck imprint, but the label opted to wait for an original studio record. Groove with You…Live! was shelved. Fast forward to 2015, and the Bearsville sessions were remixed, sans crowd ambiance, for inclusion as one disc of a massive Isleys CD box set. Later that year, Groove with You…Live! was restored and released in its originally-intended “live” version on limited edition vinyl. Now, this sizzling, swooning and immersive double-album document of The Isleys at the peak of their powers comes to CD for the very first time as The Isley Brothers originally intended it! Featuring classic hits like “Take Me to the Next Phase,” “Summer Breeze,” and “Livin’ in the Life,” Groove with You…Live! has been remastered by Mark Wilder and Chris Le Monde and features new liner notes from The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese with quotes from Ernie Isley and Chris Jasper. This must-have for fans of R&B, soul, funk and rock will, without a doubt, make you want to shout!

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    Jul162016

    DIONNE WARWICK SONGS THE WARNER BROS. RECORDINGS CD

  • Dionne Warwick Signed to Warner Bros. in 1971 and Brought Her Long-Time Songwriting and Production Team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David with Her

  • During Her Five Years on the Label, She Also Worked with Such Legends as Ashford & Simpson, Thom Bell, Jerry Ragavoy, and Holland-Dozier-Holland

  • Despite Their High Quality, Dionne’s Warner Bros. Recordings Have Been Largely Neglected

  • This 2-CD Set Offers Both Her Complete Singles for Warner Bros. and a Collection of Sides That Did Not Appear on LP or on Singles

  • Liner Notes by Paul Howes

  • The Missing Chapter in the Dionne Warwick Story 

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    Dionne Warwick: The Warner Bros. Recordings (2-CD Set)

    When Dionne Warwick signed to the Warner Bros. label in 1971 (bringing her legendary songwriting and production team of Burt Bacharach and Hal David with her), success seemed preordained for probably the greatest pop-soul singer of all time. However, like so many other ‘60s superstars, Dionne fell prey to the changing tastes of the ‘70s marketplace and exited the label five years later sans her production team or any major chart hits. Subsequent anthologies have, understandably, focused on the Scepter label hits she recorded with Bacharach and David during the ‘60s and the more contemporary smashes she recorded for Arista with during the in the late ‘70s and ‘80s, while roundly ignoring her Warner Bros. sides.

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    Jun152016

    Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (Limited Magenta Vinyl Edition) LP

  • Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs Is Probably the Single Greatest Postwar Album of Western Music

  • Includes Such Classic Western Tunes as “Big Iron,” “Cool Water,” “The Master’s Call,” “Billy the Kid,” and “Strawberry Roan”

  • Also Includes the Rare Long Version of “ El Paso”

  • The Original Mono Version of This Album Has Been Unavailable for Close to 55 Years

  • Remastered by Vic Anesini at Sony’s Battery Studios

  • Lacquer Cutting by Kevin Gray

  • Comes with Original, Iconic, “Quick Draw” Cover Art

  • Magenta Vinyl Edition Limited to 500 Copies! 

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    Marty Robbins: Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (Limited Magenta Vinyl Edition). LP

    Real Gone Music is proud to present the original mono version of what most folks consider to be the single greatest postwar album of Western music, Marty Robbins’ Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs. Everything about this album is iconic, from its “quick draw” cover art to the songs it contains—“Big Iron,” “Cool Water,” “The Master’s Call,” “Billy the Kid,” “The Strawberry Roan,” and, of course, “El Paso” (here in its rare, full-length version)— that have come to define the Western genre. And the music has never sounded better than it does here: our limited edition (of 500 copies) magenta vinyl pressing was remastered by Vic Anesini at Battery Studios in New York with lacquer cutting by Kevin Gray. Comes complete with the amazing original album art, too…a classic album now even more collectible than before!

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