Rolling Reissues 2012

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Couple of things I'm excited about --

Trypes reish on Acute. Don't know the release date. Dan?
Doug Jerebine is Jesse Harper on Drag City. Got a promo of this. Hendrix-y acetate from late 60s. Pretty rad.
Michael Chapman - Rainmaker. Sweet record, don't know if it has extra tracks or what. On light in the attic.

what else?

tylerw, Monday, 9 January 2012 18:39 (five years ago) Permalink

VOD95: JOHN BENDER Memories of mindless mechanical monologues 1976-85 7LP-finelinen-Book/Folder

yeah baby

sleeve, Monday, 9 January 2012 18:51 (five years ago) Permalink

Alex Chilton - Free Again: The 1970 Sessions

Out today!

Who wants to see the great Pavarotti sit on a pie? (jer.fairall), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 06:15 (five years ago) Permalink

More Harpers Bizarre expanded reissues on Now Sounds.
Cheap but nicely-remastered Public Image Ltd CDs.
The Outsiders / The Sound reissues on CD.
John Hartford "Aereo-Plain" deluxe reissue (I hear.)
Andreas Dorau's first two albums on CD w/ bonus tracks.

I'm excited about the Trypes, but probably won't buy it if it's not on CD or available loselessly for a reasonable price - $14-$15 bucks is way too high. I've bought nearly all the Acute CDs new for $11-$12, for instance, and they've been pretty well packaged. But it seems silly to pay 25% more than a CD and not receive anything but sound files, even if they are lossless.

crustaceanrebel, Tuesday, 10 January 2012 07:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Doug Jerebine is Jesse Harper on Drag City.

Ha! Cool. I think the Kissing Spell version of this has been out of print for over a decade now.

The Outsiders / The Sound reissues on CD.


the box cutter killer from the calcutta gutter (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 10 January 2012 10:15 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah I still haven't gotten the Disco Zombies and Happy Refugees cuz $14USD for FLAC is a bit steep. Don't see what's so difficult about selling directly for a more reasonable price, or doing Bandcamp.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, that's the same as me. I have all the Acute releases up to those two. Dan mentioned Bandcamp before either of the two got released, but I don't know what happened. Acute is a label I like to support, but there's only so many $$$ and, well, you know how it goes!

crustaceanrebel, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 00:42 (five years ago) Permalink

I still want to know how VOD nailed the John Bender set. I emailed him but never got a response. Also didn't offer a multiple volume box set though.

I'll look into getting the Acute releases out there losslessly and cheaper. It hasn't really been on our radar. I think I had only mentioned bandcamp before I realized Boomkat offered lossless files, so I figured we were set with that. Hadn't really thought about how much it costs and haven't heard any complaints till now.

As far as packaging is concerned. The iTunes download comes with a complete PDF of the booklet (16 pages for Happy Refugees, 12 for Disco Zombies). The PDF also comes with the download card as a bonus. It's frustrating if other retailers don't include bonus files like this. However, somebody from Germany emailed me last week who likes to buy from Amazon, I told him to send me a screenshot of the receipt and I sent him the PDF. Not suggesting that makes it worth as much as nice physical packaging, but if you do end up buying from Boomkat or Amazon and need the liner notes, let me know. Any idea if Bandcamp's downloads can include something like a PDF?

I was frustrated that ILX was down when Happy Refugees came out and I wasn't able to promote it properly here! It's actually sold really really well and gotten some nice buzz, but the press response has been relatively quiet. Disco Zombies was a bit better but not much. I don't know if it's because we sent out fewer promos or mostly relied on digital promos, or they got lost in year end shuffles...or people don't rate them as important enough. Anyway, it's not too late!

Meanwhile Happy Refugees even came to NY a few weeks ago for a little adventure, playing with the likes of Crystal Stilts and Regal Degal, appearing on WFMU, etc. More info here:

Trypes may still take a while, I'm trying to do something unique with the artwork and it's a bit of a hassle. It's really gonna blow people away though. First the reissue of the already released stuff...people who haven't heard that stuff are in for a treat. Then there's an entire side of the earlier stuff that's really cool and raw, then as a bonus with the download a whole other set of unreleased/unrecorded later songs recorded at rehearsal sessions at maxwells. Like you can hear the radio on in the background before they go into these epic lo-fi psychedelic numbers with Toni and Brenda singing harmony. Really great.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

re: bandcamp:

"Bonus Download Items: Upload PDF liner note booklets, videos, alternate art... pretty much whatever goodies you like, and we'll include them in the downloaded album's zip file."

dan selzer, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:29 (five years ago) Permalink

The problems with Boomkat is they raise the price from £6.99 for MP3 to £8.99 for FLAC, which seems senseless to me. That may be a reasonable price in the U.K., but with exchange rates the way they are, $14 USD is a bit prohibitive for many people who are used to getting a CD for that kind of price range.

Dan it would be fantastic if you did Bandcamp or some cheaper alternative. I will definitely buy all the latest releases as soon as you do! Also, while I don't care so much whether I get new releases in CD or flac, I prefer to buy CDs of special reissues for the liner notes, and to have something to keep and collect on my shelf. What was the thinking behind not doing CDs at all?

Look forward to the Trypes!

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 16:39 (five years ago) Permalink

It's a few things...sales of CDs dropping, combined with looking at the future. I actually spent a few years trying to move to just doing digital releases. I believe(d) that to be the wave of the future, but nobody was interested. While there are certainly people still buying CDs, I felt like taking a sort of stand and being able to focus on putting together a good virtual package, and for the people who want physical product, so many of them are turning to vinyl, especially for the kind of stuff we're releasing, that it seemed to make sense to go that route. We'd love to be able to make stuff as accessible as possible, but at the same time the demand for lossless files, seems really small while the demand for CDs is really falling off. For what it's worth we did pretty well with our last CD, better than the 4 or so before it, but not enough to inspire much confidence.

dan selzer, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Not sure what the sales numbers are, but I'd think lossless is growing in popularity, especially when it's offered at non-jacked up prices.

Captain Beefheart - Bat Chain Puller (Barfkoswill) 76 [Jan 15]

The End Records are reissuing a big batch of stuff by Spiritual Beggars, Witchery, Lost Horizon, Hardcore Superstar and Firebird on Jan. 31.

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 11 January 2012 21:07 (five years ago) Permalink

came out late last year but the Lion Productions reissue of the folk-psych classic "Refuge" by Heaven & Earth is a thing of absolute beauty and wonder

back in gloom (electricsound), Thursday, 12 January 2012 07:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Curious about these (just reissued on Mississippi):

questino (seandalai), Thursday, 12 January 2012 16:01 (five years ago) Permalink

I actually spent a few years trying to move to just doing digital releases. I believe(d) that to be the wave of the future, but nobody was interested. While there are certainly people still buying CDs, I felt like taking a sort of stand and being able to focus on putting together a good virtual package, and for the people who want physical product, so many of them are turning to vinyl, especially for the kind of stuff we're releasing, that it seemed to make sense to go that route. We'd love to be able to make stuff as accessible as possible, but at the same time the demand for lossless files, seems really small while the demand for CDs is really falling off. For what it's worth we did pretty well with our last CD, better than the 4 or so before it, but not enough to inspire much confidence.

The demand for lossless files is small largely due to the continued existence of CDs. Should CDs disappear (or become rare enough that one can't rely on them happening), the demand for lossless files will really explode. (I should note that I've had access to research studies about this.) Some companies, like Rhino, have released stuff in lossless formats for which there is a demand, but (currently) no CD. Tim Buckley's "Starsailor" is a great example. The CD has been out of print and goes for big bucks. An MP3 version of the album is available most places (Amazon, iTunes, etc) - but made available a lossless version for $10.49 (still 50% more than the MP3 version) and it's done quite well. That's occurring more and more.

I understand issuing new stuff on vinyl and MP3 these days, but I think you're losing sales by not having at least *some* form of digital lossless format available. I'd prefer CD myself, but I know sales / distribution are tough and getting tougher. Lossless is going to happen sooner than you think. I hope it happens with the Trypes!

crustaceanrebel, Friday, 13 January 2012 00:48 (five years ago) Permalink

As mentioned, our releases are available lossless from Boomkat. It's just the price that's an issue.

dan selzer, Friday, 13 January 2012 00:57 (five years ago) Permalink

stan hubbs 'crystal' now up on the digital sites. p groovy stoned 70s rock. unfortunately the vinyl reish is long gone..

mazzy deathstarr (electricsound), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 01:27 (five years ago) Permalink

Reissues of first four Small Faces records -- THREE-disc deluxe editions -- coming May 7:

Also in the works is a 6 or 7 disc box. Supposedly, these will be the first/only Small Faces CDs mastered from the original tapes.

Let A Man Come In And Do The Cop Porn (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Tuesday, 24 January 2012 19:50 (five years ago) Permalink

golden-pavilion has reissued the first Time Wasters record!

JacobSanders, Monday, 30 January 2012 05:43 (five years ago) Permalink

Todd Rundgren 'Disco Jets' coming in March!

Jeff W, Friday, 10 February 2012 16:58 (five years ago) Permalink

OK. Exploring bandcamp and it may work out. But if you really love it, please send them an email and tell them to allow queing up of multiple uploads at once asap, because uploading 15 to 20 WAV files 2 at a time is pretty tedious!

dan selzer, Saturday, 11 February 2012 22:32 (five years ago) Permalink

^can sympathise

are you ready for a little spittle? (electricsound), Saturday, 11 February 2012 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Tronics Love Backed By Force LP reissue out. Technically on Valentine's day, though it seems to have hit Other Music early. Both cd and LP, though I don't know if there are more of one or the other. But I think the vinyl has a download code.

Michael Train, Sunday, 12 February 2012 00:12 (five years ago) Permalink

And, I should add, on What's Your Rupture. Sounding a little richer than on this clip, but you get the idea. "Shark Fucks" 7" out too.

Michael Train, Sunday, 12 February 2012 01:11 (five years ago) Permalink

I take it back. Ixnay on the andcampBay. Issues with exclusive licensing and this and and that.

I think our releases, as FLAC on Boomkat, come out to 14 dollars, which isn't that bad. If you purchase it, send me a screenshot and I'll forward you the liner note PDF.

dan selzer, Monday, 13 February 2012 06:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Cotton Mather's 90s power pop masterpiece Kontiki gets deluxe 2CD reissue!

I Fucked Up (jer.fairall), Thursday, 16 February 2012 22:04 (five years ago) Permalink

On Jan 31, Sundazed came out with a mono version of Blue Cheer's Vincebus Eruptum sourced from the original Philips Records reels. Has anyone heard it?

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 22 February 2012 13:24 (five years ago) Permalink

I bought it. Some slight differences - a few more vocal bits that were cut out on the stereo version, I think, especially in "Rock Me Baby." Overall it's a little more "cramped" sounding and you don't get that super stereo FREAKOUT sound on some of the guitar solos, but it's definitely worth hearing if you're a die hard fan of the album.

Will the waveform be unbroken? (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 22 February 2012 13:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Check out what Volcanic Tongue has to say about Happy Refugees...

dan selzer, Monday, 27 February 2012 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

got my Drywater and Eddie Callahan reissues on time-lag today. so beautifully done.

gobbie billespie (electricsound), Friday, 2 March 2012 01:22 (five years ago) Permalink

I really love this Wendy Rene re-issue on Light in the Attic, but there's something going on with the vocals on several of the tracks, where they sound super in-the-red or compressed (or something that someone with knowledge of this kind of thing might be able to identify). I suppose it's native to the recordings, though I feel like some of the YouTube clips of these songs from other sources don't have it as much. Has anyone else heard this record?

Walter Galt, Friday, 9 March 2012 12:49 (five years ago) Permalink

I have 2 Wendy Rene 45's and her vocals sound insanely in the red., but in a good way. That collections looks great, exciting to see they dug up more of her!

JacobSanders, Friday, 9 March 2012 17:29 (five years ago) Permalink

from what i've heard of wendy rene, she was definitely peaking the mics, but i haven't heard the new reissue. want to get it though, she's great.

tylerw, Friday, 9 March 2012 17:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Haven't heard anything by her but Barbecue which was on one of the Northern Soul collections probably The In Crowd. Pretty good track.

Stevolende, Friday, 9 March 2012 17:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Yall know about the live Trypes on Tyler's site, right? Live Janis w Big Brother streaming here,get it while you can; ditto Feedtime (haven't had time to check either yet)

dow, Wednesday, 14 March 2012 00:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Spectrum Spools doing a vinyl reissue of Franco Falsini's "Cold Nose" (aka "Naso Freddo") LP, seventies electronic soundtrack to a movie about cocaine or something.

benernienie taumaupin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 03:59 (five years ago) Permalink

UNWUCHT records?

i deliberated for too long on the Krypton Ten reissue, and i'm now doing the same about the Sixteen Impossible Things 12" by Bill Direen. anyone heard it? seems pricey.

bulge renaissance (+ +), Wednesday, 14 March 2012 14:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Is that on any of the Flying Nun Bilders compilations?

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, looks like all those reissues were on the FN collections that came out in the 90s. I've got them, Bill's a Kiwi Robert Pollard, brilliance mixed with failed experiments. Good stuff!

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Thursday, 15 March 2012 02:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Just got the Vacuum single from silt breeze. Early Direen with Stapleton.

dan selzer, Thursday, 15 March 2012 03:03 (five years ago) Permalink

feedtime - The Aberrant Years. Can't believe I almost forgot about this, as I've been looking for these albums for over 20 years. Aussie avant postpunk minimalists who were consistent as The Ramones or Motorhead, but also uniquely out of step with most bands in 1985-89 aside from maybe the Melvins. I picked it up at Reckless last weekend, four CDs for $17.99. Now THAT'S a real damn good value.

Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 20 March 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

My wallet cries in joy and pain for these upcoming INA-GRM reissues

Spectrist, Friday, 23 March 2012 16:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh MAN. Going to have to buy those. Buy them so hard.

benernienie taumaupin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 24 March 2012 08:06 (five years ago) Permalink

Reissues I've liked so far this year:

Feedtime – The Aberrant Years (Sub Pop)
(Various) – Giant Single: Profile Records Rap Anthology (Profile/Legacy)
Bleeding Hearts – What Happened? (Aztec Music)
Fela Kuti – Live In Detroit 1986 (Knitting Factory)
(Various) – Personal Space: Electronic Soul 1974-1984 (Chocolate Industries)
(Various) – Tension: Spanish Experimental Underground 1980-1985 (Munster)
Eric Gradman – Man & Machine (Aztec Music)
(Various) – Listen, Whitey!: The Sounds Of Black Power 1967-1974 (Light In the Attic)

xhuxk, Saturday, 24 March 2012 12:49 (five years ago) Permalink

thank you staubgold!

nerve_pylon, Saturday, 24 March 2012 15:45 (five years ago) Permalink

(Various) – Tension: Spanish Experimental Underground 1980-1985 (Munster)

Yeah, I was really curious about this none - xhuxk, did you review it? Can I find samples anywhere?

benernienie taumaupin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 25 March 2012 03:10 (five years ago) Permalink

this one, not none, obviously.

benernienie taumaupin (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 25 March 2012 03:10 (five years ago) Permalink

Is there a decent source out there for new/upcoming VINYL reissues?

I Fucked Up (jer.fairall), Sunday, 25 March 2012 04:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Is there a decent source out there for new/upcoming VINYL reissues?


dan selzer, Sunday, 25 March 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

oh man, those GRM reissues on emego. just take my money now and get it over with!

original bgm, Sunday, 25 March 2012 19:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Anyone heard this? A good time or needless crate-scraping?

A decade in the making, Soul Cal is the definitive survey of America’s best, independent, 70s soul-ensembles. Profiled within this album and book are the bands that transitioned from funk to disco; the bands that kept up the backbeat as rhythm moved to the backseat. Against the odds, they left recorded artifacts for we at Now-Again to dig out, dust off and restore. Collected here for the first time are the musical dreams of dozens, dreams that were deferred but were never discarded.

James Bond Jor (seandalai), Friday, 30 March 2012 04:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Dio - Holy Diver [2CD] 83
Dio - The Last In Line [2CD] 84
Dio - Sacred Heart [2CD] 85

Funny, the press release wrote this about Sacred Heart: This was to become a much-loved DIO album, and contained the tracks "Rock N' Roll Children" and "Hungry For Heaven". The stage show that was to accompany this album was hailed as a spectacle, involving a mechanized dragon as well as lasers. Ronnie and his band were to refer to the dragon as Denzil. This was the last studio album to be released by DIO that included guitarist Vivian Campbell.

Much loved! I always thought it was supposed to be a big, fat dud. But I'm always open for a few more good Dio choons.

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 6 April 2012 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Superior Viaduct did a Black Humour reissue (kinda Flipper meets Factrix maybe?) and they put out a Noh Mercy LP (female drum/voice and occasionally synth/guitar duo) and I like both. Upcoming reissues of Factrix's album, Factrix/Cazazza and a couple of Tuxedomoon EPs.

Oxnard Cohen (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 7 April 2012 03:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Just seen that there's a french 4cd set of Catherine Ribeiros + Alpes coming out in May.

Stevolende, Sunday, 8 April 2012 10:32 (five years ago) Permalink


Oxnard Cohen (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 8 April 2012 11:22 (five years ago) Permalink

Music for Neighbors by the Trypes is available for pre-order now. Out next tuesday. Information on the Acute website.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

of course that should be:

dan selzer, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 14:55 (five years ago) Permalink

great work, dan! so good.

tylerw, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

These are all out 5/22


All of that plus the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks, Volume 29 too.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Real Gone Music enters its first Spring with a potpourri of reissues that are definitely not garden variety, with releases ranging from hardcore punk to power pop to Motor City rock ’n’ roll, doo-wop and Summer of Love fixtures the Grateful Dead, all due in late May. The only album by seminal Los Angeles punkers The Germs, (GI), will be reissued alongside the Dūrocs’ self-titled album, Jerry Reed’s The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground, I’m Not Me by Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo, plus twofers from Terry Knight & the Pack (Terry Knight & the Pack/Reflections), Chubby Checker (It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist Again), The Orlons (The Wah-Watusi/South Street) and Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups, Vol. 1. And if that’s not enough to put in one’s pipe and smoke, the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks series continues with the six-CD set Dick’s Picks Vol. 29—5/19/77 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA 5/21/77 Lakeland Civic Center Arena Lakeland, FL.

Named after a breed of hog known for being great producers with oversized ears and genitalia, the Dūrocs were the brainchild of Scott Mathews and Ron Nagle. Mathews had played at the Fillmore with Elvin Bishop at the age of 15, formed a band (Ice) with future Journey lead singer Steve Perry, and, with the guidance of music industry legends Jack Nitszche and David Rubinson, was one of the music industry’s most sought-after session men and producers. Nagle, meanwhile, had been the main singer-songwriter and keyboard player in the Mystery Trend and had released a cult classic solo album produced by Nitszche, Bad Rice. Together, the two wrote songs for platinum-certified artists and in 1979 released their own LP, which received a five-star rating in Rolling Stone and scored some European hits. For the first time, with Mathews’ and Nagle’s cooperation, the legendary album will be reissued on CD with no fewer than eight unreleased “bone us” tracks, complete with liner notes by Gene Sculatti. In addition, Real Gone will manufacture a 500-unit, limited-edition vinyl pressing in an appropriately porcine shade of pink with the original track listing and album packaging intact. Power pop fans will agree it’s time to bring home the bacon.

Produced by Joan Jett, The Germs’ (GI) is a seminal album not just in West Coast punk, but in punk rock, period, wellspring of the Darby Crash legend and start of the illustrious career of Pat Smear (Nirvana, Foo Fighters). Astonishingly, this album (originally issued on Slash Records) has been out of print on CD for years. The Real Gone reissue places the platter inside a four-panel wallet featuring the original album graphics (including lyrics) with additional photos by noted punk scene photographer Jenny Lens and new liner notes by Richie Unterberger featuring fresh quotes from drummer Don Bolles.

Real Gone Music will issue two classic late-’60s albums from Jerry Reed for the first time in CD: The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground. The titles of these, his first two records, tell the tale: Jerry was an unbelievably good guitarist and singer, and songwriter can be added to the list — at least Elvis thought so, as he covered both “Guitar Man” and “U.S. Male” from Unbelievable (and hired Jerry to play guitar on both). Jerry returned the favor by writing an Elvis tribute song (“Tupelo Mississippi Flash”) on 1968’s Nashville Underground, which lives up to its title by presenting a revelatory blend of country, rock ’n’ roll, folk, blue-eyed soul and even progressive pop. Though Reed was a protégé of Chet Atkins, his eclectic taste and irrepressible personality — later on full display in the Smokey and the Bandit films — ensured that this record busted out of the countrypolitan mold that held sway in Nashville at the time. Both of these albums are must-listens for any alt-country and roots music fan. Chris Morris contributes notes that place the two albums in context of Jerry’s incredible (and, to this day, underappreciated) career.

Terry Knight and the Pack hailed from the same fertile, late-’60s Michigan soil that spawned the MC5, the Stooges, the Frost, the Amboy Dukes, SRC, Bob Seger and the Last Heard and other likeminded outfits. And these two fuzz-laced albums, Terry Knight & the Pack/Reflections, originally released on the Cameo Parkway subsidiary Lucky Eleven, definitely fit right into that Midwestern mold — in fact, the band did notch several regional hits (“I [Who Have Nothing],” “You’re a Better Man Than I,” both collected here) but never quite broke through nationally. However, they remain famous among rock fans for one very important fact: this is the band where Mark Farner and Don Brewer of Grand Funk Railroad got their start (and Knight went on to manage the band). Jeff Tamarkin’s liner notes chronicle the saga. Released by Real Gone Music and ABKCO Music & Records.

Though I’m Not Me, the 1983 album by Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo is commonly thought of as a Mick Fleetwood solo record, it really was the product of a band, and a helluva band at that. Aside from the drummer — who lays down the primal, bedrock rhythms for which he is famous — the denizens of this Zoo include Billy Burnette and Steve Ross on guitar and vocals, session bass player supreme Roger Hawkins and, on background vocals, none other than Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham (the band got its start backing Buckingham on a Saturday Night Live appearance). Though produced by Richard Dashut, producer of Rumors and Tusk, I’m Not Me was almost the anti-Tusk, a low-key affair showcasing the considerable singing and songwriting talents of Burnette, Ross and Hawkins. Given the talent assembled and the fact that it scored a hit in “I Want You Back,” it’s odd that this engaging, infectious album has never been out on CD. The Real Gone reissue includes notes by Scott Schinder.

Also on deck are two albums from the height of the Chubby Checker twist phenomenon: It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist Again. Chubby flat-out ruled the charts in 1960 and 1961; the title cut of It’s Pony Time went to #1, his only #1 hit besides “The Twist,” while Let’s Twist Again, his fourth album, went to #11, shortly to be followed by three Top Ten albums in a row. Jim Ritz’s liner notes document the Chubby Checker phenomenon; the two albums appear here straight from the original tapes in radio-ready, primed-to-party mono, just like they were originally released. The twofer is another “twist” in the Real Gone Music/ABKCO Music & Records partnership.

Discovered by high school classmate Len Barry, The Orlons (Shirley Brickley, Marlena Davis, Rosetta Hightower and Stephen Caldwell) were probably Cameo Parkway’s most popular vocal group and certainly the label’s top girl group. This twofer presents their only two charting albums, their 1962 debut The Wah-Watusi and 1963’s South Street — each featuring Top Five title tracks — in their original, pristine mono, with notes by Gene Sculatti that include great quotes from band member Caldwell (he of that ultra-low “frog” voice). More classic, early Philly soul from Real Gone Music and ABKCO Music & Records.

The Philadelphia-based Cameo Parkway label was one of America’s great independent labels for vocal groups, home to big stars like the Dovells, Tymes and Orlons. But right alongside the big names and big hits in the label’s vaults lie untold doo-wop treasures waiting to be discovered, and that’s what this 24-track collection, Remember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups, Vol. 1 really delivers. While the big names are represented, with the Dovells and Tymes each contributing one track unreleased until this collection, it’s the lesser lights on this collection that will shine the brightest for doo-wop and vocal group collectors, and with a full 23 out of the 24 tracks new to CD, and all but three from the original tapes, even the casual vocal group fan will find much to savor. Ed Osborne’s liner notes illuminate the street corners from which these artists hailed. ABKCO’s chief engineer Teri Landi produced the reissue.

Finally, Real Gone Music will issue the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks Vol. 29—5/19/77 Fox Theatre Atlanta, GA 5/21/77 Lakeland Civic Center Arena Lakeland, FL. Start talking tours to any Deadhead you know and just say “Spring ’77”— chances are a big smile will steal across their face. That’s because of all the road trips in the Dead’s long history, arguably the one that saw the most consistently high level of playing was the spring ’77 tour the band undertook in support of its forthcoming Terrapin Station album. And that’s why, out of the 36 volumes in the Dick’s Picks series, only one, this one, is a six-CD set (there isn’t even a five-CD set). Inside are two complete shows minus one encore (from the Florida show), plus unlisted bonus tracks from a 10/11/77 show in Norman, Okla., all impeccably recorded by Betty Cantor-Jackson. Highest among the many highlights from the Fox Theatre show are the version of “Sugaree” and the incredible segue from “Playing in the Band” to “Uncle John’s Band” (also don’t miss the unbilled, primal version of “Not Fade Away”). But the Lakeland show just may take the cake — two medleys, a breathtaking “Scarlet Begonias/Fire on the Mountain” and a jaw-dropping “Estimated Prophet/He’s Gone/Drums/The Other One/Comes a Time/St. Stephen/Not Fade Away/St. Stephen/One More Saturday Night,” are the icing. This package, never previously available in stores, comes with original slip-cased packaging and in HDCD sound.

About Real Gone Music
Real Gone Music, formed and helmed by industry vets Gordon Anderson and Gabby Castellana, aims to establish itself as the most eclectic and prolific catalog and reissue label in the country. The label has announced distribution through by Razor & Tie. Anderson and Castellana each started businesses in 1993 — Collectors’ Choice Music and Hep Cat Records & Distribution, respectively — that became two of the most important outlets for buyers and sellers of vintage music recordings. Now, 18 years later, they have joined forces to launch Real Gone Music, a reissue label dedicated to serving both the collector community and the casual music fan with a robust release schedule combining big-name artists with esoteric cult favorites. Real Gone Music is a music company dedicated to combing the vaults for sounds that aren’t just gone — they’re REAL gone!

Street date May 22:
Dūrocs: Dūrocs (CD and Limited-Edition Pink Colored-Vinyl LP)
The Germs: (GI)
Jerry Reed: The Unbelievable Guitar and Voice of Jerry Reed/Nashville Underground
Mick Fleetwood’s Zoo: I’m Not Me
Terry Knight & the Pack: Terry Knight & the Pack/Reflections
Chubby Checker: Terry Knight & the Pack/Reflections
The Orlons: The Wah-Watusi/South Street
Various Artists: Remember Me Baby: Cameo Parkway Vocal Groups, Vol. 1

dow, Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:35 (five years ago) Permalink

Named after a breed of hog known for being great producers with oversized ears and genitalia
Named after a breed of hog known for being great producers with oversized ears and genitalia
Named after a breed of hog known for being great producers with oversized ears and genitalia
Named after a breed of hog known for being great producers with oversized ears and genitalia
Named after a breed of hog known for being great producers with oversized ears and genitalia

aluminum rivets must not be proud of their plastic bosses (Jon Lewis), Tuesday, 17 April 2012 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Looks like all the Talk Talk albums were reissued in the UK Apr 16. But no bonus tracks? And hey, looky here:

My Bloody Valentine - EPs 1988-1991 (Sony UK) May 7
My Bloody Valentine - Isn't Anything [Reissue, 1988] (Sony UK) May 7
My Bloody Valentine - Loveless [2CD Reissue, 1991] (Sony UK) May 7

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 26 April 2012 23:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Terry Knight & the Pack/Reflections
The Orlons: The Wah-Watusi/South Street
Chubby Checker It’s Pony Time/Let’s Twist Again

These were all just reissued on Collector's Choice 2 years ago (I have copies of all those) -- Did that label fold?

received a five-star rating in Rolling Stone

I'm skeptical about this. But I do remember the Durocs LP being reviewed in Creem at the time.

xhuxk, Friday, 27 April 2012 00:54 (five years ago) Permalink

From what I gather, Collector's Choice the label folded after Anderson left. Real Gone has been redoing some CC titles alongside regular reissues.

Raymond Dubious Davies (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 27 April 2012 02:57 (five years ago) Permalink

uncle tupelo - still feel gone, march 16-20 1992, no depression
stereolab - transient random noise bursts with announcements, mars audiac quintet

omar little, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 05:21 (five years ago) Permalink


omar little, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 05:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Out today:
Thin Lizzy - Nightlife (Universal, 74) [2CD]
Thin Lizzy - Fighting (Universal, 75) [2CD]

Sugar - Copper Blue (Edsel, 92) [3CD] May 28
Sugar - Beaster (Edsel, 93) [2CD] May 28
Sugar - File Under Easy Listening (Edsel, 94) [3CD] May 28

Fastnbulbous, Wednesday, 2 May 2012 05:23 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Out on May 22. Love this band.

The Monochrome Set - Strange Boutique (Water, 80)
The Monochrome Set - Love Zombies (Water, 81)
The Small Faces (Hip-O, 66) [2CD] May 29
The Small Faces - From The Beginning (Hip-O, 67) [2CD] May 29
The Small Faces - Ogdens Nut Gone Flake (Hip-O, 68) [2CD] May 29

Fastnbulbous, Sunday, 27 May 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

The Small Faces reissues are already out as imports. Ogdens' is three discs: mono, stereo, and outtakes. I've been listening to nothing else over the last week or so, and they're all brilliant. Mono Ogdens' is revelatory.

Supposedly, Autumn Stone and a 5-disc box (with no overlap from these reissues, so say Jones and MacLagan) are due in the fall.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Sunday, 27 May 2012 15:40 (five years ago) Permalink

Lion records is releasing Michael Angelo "S/T" (Guinn Album) + "Sorcerer's Dream" + "Nuts": 2xCD set!!

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 08:37 (five years ago) Permalink

I've never heard the latter 2, any good?

They're also finally doing the Rotomagus collection!

strictly shitty piano rock underground (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 08:46 (five years ago) Permalink

I've never heard them either, don't even know what 'Nuts' is. 'Sorcerer's Dream' was a unissued record that Void releases awhile ago. I'd like a decent copy of the first record, but my pockets aren't that deep for this record yet. I would buy this though. The Heaven & Earth reissue from last year looked nice.

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 09:00 (five years ago) Permalink

Should I know who Rotomagus is?

JacobSanders, Tuesday, 5 June 2012 09:02 (five years ago) Permalink

French heavy freak-rock band, they were on that "Tetes Lourdes" compilation of "Proto Metal de Francais" that came out a while abck.

strictly shitty piano rock underground (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 09:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Agh where is T2 Boomland on 180g deluxe double vinyl?

Lil' Kim Philby (Call the Cops), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 11:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Good question. I feel like there's a ton of already reissued but out of print psych stuff that could stand good reissues right now but no one seems to want to do it.

strictly shitty piano rock underground (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 5 June 2012 12:04 (five years ago) Permalink

I just discovered that BGO have the 3 SRC lps being reissued in one package on June 25th
I assume that means that they're getting remastered nicely. BGO tends to get decent sound I think.

I think the 1st 2 of these are considered classic, certainly the 1st one which seems to concentrate more on sustain than the impactful dunt of most other Detroit rock. They've been thought of as anglophile and certainly seem more proggy on at least the 2nd lp than most other US bands.
Don't think the 3rd lp is quite as well looked upon though.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to hopefully getting a new decent version of these lps. I've got the first one in its One Way incarnation from about 20 years ago.

Not sure if anything crucial is missing. I think there were a number of outtakes released some time ago. A full lp's worth on a One Way cd plus some bonus tracks on another release.
There were also a couple of live sets circulated a while ago, I think one from '69 featuring Gary Quackenbush before he left and another one from I think '71 when he'd returned before the band morphed into Blue Scepter.

Gary Quackenbush seems to still be playing since a couple of live sets by him have appeared on torrent sites over the last couple of years. One about a month ago.


Stevolende, Saturday, 9 June 2012 20:10 (five years ago) Permalink

i like the third SRC album better in some ways but yeah it's not as prog-influenced as the predecessors

(REAL NAME) (m coleman), Sunday, 10 June 2012 12:36 (five years ago) Permalink

"Morning Mood" isn't on there, which is quite nice. Never realized that wasn't on the first album. (It was a bonus track on a CD version of it.)

timellison, Sunday, 10 June 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

does anyone like this UV PØP - No Songs Tomorrow reissue on sacred bones?

carly rae (flopson), Friday, 15 June 2012 19:38 (five years ago) Permalink

ken oath i do!! really great record

relatively joan rivers (electricsound), Saturday, 16 June 2012 00:11 (five years ago) Permalink


carly rae (flopson), Saturday, 16 June 2012 18:11 (five years ago) Permalink

H'mmm seems promising, if you're ready to dig some more Cali sunshine polish and principles: another lady from the canyon, spinning the detailed tale of one "Jethro," presumably not The Beverly Hillbillies J (not "laidback," as this sheet claims)


The musical journeys of Carol Kleyn continue with the reissue of Takin' the Time, her eclectic, second album, originally released in 1980. Eight years after writing her first songs and dropping out of college to pursue her passion as a street musician, Carol was still following the love, making music and magic as she roamed free up and down the California coastline. The harp that Bobby Brown gave her back in 1971 was still her main axe whenever she played, and the primary instrument she used on her debut album Love Has Made Me Stronger. That record had been self-produced, and Carol sold copies wherever she played, but for the production of Takin' the Time, Bobby Brown stepped into the producer's role. He had already produced two incredible albums for himself (The Enlightening Beam of Axonda and Bobby Brown Live) and, in the studio, he succeeded in marrying his sound to Carol's, producing a sleek, light vibe that conveyed all the hope and joy that Carol's songs held within themselves. As Carol's music danced with a band, for the first time, on the first half of the album, the other half embraced the more familiar solo setting, that her audience knew and loved. These were smooth sounds for a new decade that included concerns about the environment and an ever-present prayer for peace.

Takin' the Time was recorded for Carol's own label, Turtledove Records, and was followed three years later by Return of the Silkie - but that's a story for yet another time - and another reissue from the singular discography of Carol Kleyn. For now, it's time to let Takin' the Time take you away, like a sun-filled afternoon, on a summer's day, dancing ever so lightly on a polished LP . . . accompanied by the golden photos and Carol's own recollections of those laid-back, California days.

Drag City Records will reissue Takin' the Time on August 21st. Listen to Carol Kleyn's "Jethro" off Takin' the Time, and read Carol's story about it below.


"In 1976, I was stepping into an elevator in the United Artists Records building on Sunset Blvd. with my dog, Mom, at my side, wearing a POCO t-shirt and carrying my harp when a man standing inside the elevator started talking to me and soon asked if I'd like to come up to his office and play him some songs. His name was Artie Mogull and he was then President of United Artists Records . . . soon to become CEO and owner of United Artists . . . who'd signed greats like Bob Dylan and discovered Laura Nyro. After I played a few songs for him, he asked me to go home, write a new song and come back the next day to play it for him. I wasn't sure I could write anything that fast, under that kind of pressure, but ended up writing 'Jethro' that night (which I decided was more upbeat than most of my other songs). I came back the next day and played it for him and for a producer he'd invited to be there: Milt Okun. (Milt produced artists like John Denver, Peter Paul and Mary and Laura Nyro) Afterwards, Milt gave me a positive nod, along with his phone number and I, of course, hoped for that break, but somehow, I was never able to reach him and the connection was lost.

After this album was recorded, in 1980, I often wished they could hear it again, with the drums and that electric guitar . . . "

Takin' the Time tracklisting:

01. Takin' The Time

02. Jethro

03. She Lost Her Crown

04. Sailor Take Me

05. Could Be Heaven

06. Tides and Crazy Moons

07. Missy Robin

08. Intermission

09. How Long Till Forever

10. Prayer

dow, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:17 (five years ago) Permalink

i liked Love Has Made Me Stronger. extremely hippie dippie, but nice nonetheless.

tylerw, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:22 (five years ago) Permalink

The Enlightening Beam of Axonda rings a distant bell--anybody heard it?

dow, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

She's got a nice rippling skill set.

dow, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

The Enlightening Beam's cover. I wanna hear it!

dow, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:38 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh it's a total classic

Trip Maker, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:41 (five years ago) Permalink

I see that Til Tuesday's Voives Carry has recently been reissued/remastered. It's ther worst album, but this still makes me kinda happy.

to welcome jer.fairall, pie is served. (jer.fairall), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 18:45 (five years ago) Permalink

Enlightening Beam of Axonda is great

dmr, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 19:26 (five years ago) Permalink

is that getting reissued anytime soon? Think I came across it mentioned in the same places as These Trails, not sure if that's any guide to it though.
But if it was, might it not be something they'd be interested in doing.
Looks like Akarma did it in 2004 but it's getting high prices on Amazon etc market places.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 20:46 (five years ago) Permalink

They = Drag City who reissued These Trails and the above mentioned Bobby Brown produced lp.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 20:47 (five years ago) Permalink

Enlightening Beam of Axonda is, IMO, MUCH MUCH better than his two other LPs. Though some people disagree with me violently on that.

one dis leads to another (ian), Tuesday, 26 June 2012 21:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Somebody please describe it, enlighten meee

dow, Tuesday, 26 June 2012 22:28 (five years ago) Permalink

On September 17th, Strut release the second album in the FAC. DANCE series, bringing together sought after 12" versions and rarities from Manchester's revered Factory Records imprint. Despite a reputation for austere post-punk, the label's first decade produced a slew of landmark dance records, primarily brought to the label by Rob Gretton, who valued tunes and beats over Situationist theory and laboratory experiments in popular art. Conversely, founder Tony Wilson disparaged pure dance music as lacking intellectual rigour. As a result, this second collection of early Factory dance sides occupies a compelling middle ground.

Revisiting the peerless studio work of Martin Hannett, Be Music (the collective pseudonym of New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook) and ACR drummer Donald Johnson, among others, FAC. DANCE 02 fleshes out Factory's varied early forays into dance territory, widening the spectrum yet further from Volume One. The early version of A Certain Ratio's angular funk classic "The Fox" from the band's debut album To Each... rubs shoulders with Cheba Fadela's Algerian rai blast, "N'Sel Fik"; Kalima's uplifting dancefloor jazz also features, along with a sprawling electro dub of 52nd Street's UK boogie classic "Can't Afford"; we spotlight Dutch electronic band Minny Pops with the motorik "Blue Roses" alongside the heavy dub and reggae stylings of The Wake, X-O-Dus and ACR alter ego Sir Horatio; the Manchester / New York axis is also revisited once again with two potent post-punk funk blasts from E.S.G., the first US band to appear on Factory.

FAC. DANCE 02 is released in conjunction with Factory Records Ltd. The CD and LP packages feature detailed track notes by Factory biographer James Nice, together with rare photos. The digital version of the album features five tracks not featured on the physical formats.

CD 1

2. ESG - MOODY 2.46
7. X-O-DUS - SOCIETY 4.20
11. FADELA - N'SEL FIK 7.06

CD 2

1. 52nd STREET - CAN'T AFFORD (Unorganised mix) 10.02
2. NYAM NYAM - FATE 8.06
4. ESG - YOU'RE NO GOOD 3.09
6. QUANDO QUANGO - GO EXCITING (12" mix) 5.57
9. THE WAKE - HOST 7.57
11. SECTION 25 - SAKURA 3.58

dow, Saturday, 30 June 2012 20:56 (five years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

From Maggie Vail:

Introducing Bikini Kill Records

Hello all,

I have some very exciting news to share with you this morning from Bikini Kill:

"As our 25th anniversary approaches, Bikini Kill has decided to start our own record label called Bikini Kill Records. The Bikini Kill back catalog is currently available digitally as of July 17, 2012 via, eMusic & iTunes. The Frumpies and Casual Dots are also up for sale now. We are working towards reissuing the physical Bikini Kill records one at a time. There are brand new Bikini Kill T Shirts available from at this time with more merch to come in the near future.

Bikini Kill's Self-Titled EP will come out in the fall of 2012 to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of its original release. We also plan to re-release our original demo tape, which contains songs that were previously unavailable and/or hard to find on vinyl & CD. We are currently going through our archive, which include photographs, practice tapes, live recordings, unreleased songs, films, video, writing, interviews, zines and flyers that we intend to feature on future releases and document on our website. Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive news about our progress."

dow, Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:26 (five years ago) Permalink

from the archive BK is starting at (they welcome contributions like this)

dow, Thursday, 19 July 2012 00:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Anybody heard this? I'm not usually into fusion, but maybe--?
Previously unavailable on CD, Hermann Szobel’s “Szobel” was originally released by Arista Records in 1976. Over the years the album has established a worldwide cult following and the mysterious Mr. Szobel has become a bit of an enigma. Szobel was a 17-year virtuoso pianist who arrived from Austria with aspirations to become a star in the world of jazz. He also happened to be the nephew of rock impresario Bill Graham. Originally intended for release on Arista’s Freedom jazz imprint, the decision was made by Clive Davis to release the debut album on Arista proper in order to give it a chance at a broader appeal. An extraordinary band was assembled to record Szobel’s highly complex music: Michael Visceglia on bass, Bob Goldman on drums, Dave Samuels on percussion including marimba and vibraphone, and Vadim Vyadro on tenor sax, clarinet, and flute.Szobel was highly influenced by Martial Solal and Frank Zappa. His compositions are rooted in jazz, rock and Western classical composition. They are extremely complex and the recording sessions were quite laborious. While he gives space to all of the musicians, his phenomenal technique as a pianist is clearly displayed. In the September 6, 1976 issue of Downbeat the review said that Szobel had "a conception and technique far in advance of most musicians twice his age." Upon its release the album did not sell well and Szobel’s behavior became more and more eccentric. In the middle of recording a second (still unreleased) album, rumor has it that he suffered a mental breakdown. He disappeared from the music world forever. Since then rumors have swirled and a mythology has been created. Unconfirmed reports have Mr. Szobel currently living in Austria. “Szobel” has now been mastered for CD release by audiophile engineer Bob Katz. Extensive liner notes by bassist Michael Visceglia unlock some of the mysteries of Hermann Szobel.
Hermann Szobel
The Lasers Edge
17 July 2012

dow, Friday, 20 July 2012 19:41 (five years ago) Permalink

ha, i have this -- i asked my brother in law to play me his most obscure record and he brought it out. it's cool! kinda zappa fusion 70s jazz.

tylerw, Friday, 20 July 2012 19:48 (five years ago) Permalink

What the heck, I'll check it out. Never heard much piano-centric fusion. thanks for the tip.

dow, Friday, 20 July 2012 19:58 (five years ago) Permalink

my brother in law says that he bought it because someone told him it was actually zappa under a psuedonym. which doesn't seem to be true, but kind of funny.

tylerw, Friday, 20 July 2012 20:04 (five years ago) Permalink

Maybe Frank wanted to try his hand at the pianner?

dow, Friday, 20 July 2012 20:08 (five years ago) Permalink

so, Willie Lowery, leader of Plant And See and Lumbee, the latter named for his North Carolina Indian tribe. Couple of whole tracks as sep streams, which I haven't checked yet, but really appealing excerpts in this featurette, with bobbing bass lines (Plant And See's bass player was Latin), reminds me of Jerry Ragavoy songs from the same era, with some of what might've attracted Joplin to "Piece of my Heart", for inst. It's all groovy!

dow, Saturday, 21 July 2012 19:29 (five years ago) Permalink

I got the Plant and See reissue. It kind of reminded me of Smith and bands like that. But better, especially on the more rocking tunes.

Also, Don Cherry's Organic Music Society reissue is out dudes.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 22 July 2012 11:02 (five years ago) Permalink

"Relativity Suite" kind of reminds me of both Arthur Russell and Alemu Aga.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 22 July 2012 11:07 (five years ago) Permalink

Where did you find Plant And See?

dow, Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:37 (five years ago) Permalink

you can order Plant and See from Light In The Attic

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 22 July 2012 14:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Thanks--they've got a contest for free copies of the Searching For Sugar Man soundtrack, wonder how that is? Think I've read about Cold Fact.

dow, Sunday, 22 July 2012 15:10 (five years ago) Permalink

I got a promo download link for that Szobel thing but haven't listened to it. Tried the Don Cherry album, didn't like it much at all. My favorite thing of his is Eternal Rhythm.

誤訳侮辱, Sunday, 22 July 2012 22:26 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh yeah. Eternal Rhythm is currently on YouTube

dow, Sunday, 22 July 2012 23:16 (five years ago) Permalink



The son of a prominent Nicaraguan politician, Alfonso Noel Lovo was a choice target for the Sandinista rebels who hijacked his homeward flight from Miami in December of 1971, ultimately putting several rounds through the talented musician's torso and hand. After several years, and as many surgeries, he would break new ground on this psychedelic swirl of Latin jazz and pan-American funk with his musical partner, percussionist Jose "Chepito" Areas of Santana fame. Never commercially available, La Gigantona has lived its forty years lost in the grooves of a single acetate. Imagine a Nicaraguan take on Herbie Hancock's Afro-jazz masterpiece Mwandishi with some of the most penetrating, left-field guitar you've never heard.
Born in 1951 in León, Nicaragua, Lovo's talents were discovered at the age of five, when he played "O Holy Night" note for note on his brand new accordion. He matured on the bellowed instrument at Catholic school functions, and picked up guitar at age eight after watching the family gardener serenade a gaggle of females with Elvis songs. Some years later, a basketball game would pit his high school against that of Jose "Chepito" Areas, a drummer of growing repute in the Nicaraguan music scene. The nuns decided an impromptu concert would be great half-time entertainment, pairing Chepito and Lovo for the first time. Recognizing music as a passion, not a profession, Lovo left for Atlanta, Georgia to attend college in the late '60s. Chepito had already fled to San Francisco, where he'd used his charisma, perspective, and timbale skills to transform a young Carlos Santana from blues guy to Latin rock icon. In 1973, while studying at Louisiana State University, Lovo traveled to nearby Loyola University to catch a Santana concert, and reintroduce himself to the group's celebrated percussionist. The two would foster a famous friendship, together routing Santana and company through Nicaragua to play a concert benefiting victims of the devastating earthquake of the previous year. After graduating from college in 1975, Lovo headed back
to Nicaragua to work for his family's businesses, which at the time included tractor dealerships, livestock, and real estate. One of the main things on his agenda would be to record an album with Nicaragua's most accomplished players. He intended to make Chepito a part of that.
The Creation of La Gigantona
Named after a yearly procession honoring the Nicaraguan folk legend La Gigantona, Lovo's record of the same name is anything but traditional. Experimental sessions were rendered over a month at Audio Ocho, a state of the art facility in downtown Managua. At the hand of engineer Roman Cerpas, La Gigantona was subjected to near-constant manipulation. Waves of tape loop crash over the album in quantities that would make Lee Perry blush. Most of the final tracks were the results of the relaxed jam sessions made possible by infinite studio time with skilled performers. Musicians were enlisted from across the country, originating in psychedelic rock bands, jazz combos, and even
the national orchestra, providing a rich and diverse cross section of Nicaragua's mid-'70s music scene. Subjected to mounting political unrest, Managua proved an inhospitable place to oversee a private pressing of your psychedelic jazz masterpiece, and La Gigantona's original intended release suffered accordingly.
Fortunately, in 2010, Lovo's unique project washed upon the shores of the Numero Group, who immediately recognized the recording's beauty and historical significance. Moving backwards from their modern-day meeting, Numero searched tirelessly for collaborators and bystanders, photos and ephemera relating to the furious fit of creativity Lovo committed to magnetic tape on the brink of a national coup. With extensive liner notes and never-before-seen photos, La Gigantona escapes the clutches of civil unrest, seeing the proper debut it deserves.
Available on LP & CD October 23, 2012

dow, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 17:15 (five years ago) Permalink

I used to work at that building at the far right of the Szobel picture with the gold dome on it.

One Way Ticket on the 1277 Express (Bill Magill), Wednesday, 25 July 2012 17:21 (five years ago) Permalink

Where was that?

dow, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 17:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Tompkins Square Releases First Book/CD Project, 'He Is My Story : The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes' August 28th, 2012
Book by Michael Corcoran. 78 transfers by Christopher King. Design by Susan Archie.

A singer sits at the piano and loses all inhibitions while in complete control of the instrument: Little Richard, Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis. Although church singer Arizona Dranes doesn't come close to the stature of those icons, she set the mold for rockin' singer/ pianists in 1926 with six "test records" that have stood the test of time.

Until now, very little has been correctly reported about Dranes other than the facts that she was blind, from Texas, had a piercing Pentecostal voice and was the first recording artist to play piano in the secular styles of the day, while singing words of deep praise.

Michael Corcoran, former music critic and columnist for the Austin American-Statesman, has spent years unearthing revelatory details on the life of the mysterious woman behind the music. The book includes a CD containing all 16 of Arizona Dranes' recorded tracks, expertly remastered from the original OKeh label 78 RPM records by Grammy-winning producer Christopher King.

The book will also be available digitally (without the music) as an eBook on August 28th.

TSQ 2677. UPC : 894807002677. ISBN 978-0-615-61615-5. Available August 28th, 2012 via INgrooves/Fontana (US), Cargo (Europe) and FUSE (Australia).

dow, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 21:55 (five years ago) Permalink

Legendary Queen of Metal, DORO PESCH, will release Under My Skin - A Fine Selection Of Doro Classics in North America via AFM Records next month. Set for release on August 14, 2012, the mammoth career-spanning retrospective — which already enteredthe German charts at #53 upon its first week of release overseas — includes more than 30 tracks spread across two CDs. Compiled in close collaboration between AFM and DORO herself, the gorgeous package offers an abundance of DORO staples as well as rare B-side singles and hand-written liner notes. Under My Skin… is also available in a limited wooden fanbox edition (1000 copies; import only) which includes a two-CD digipak, flag, patch, bracelet, a postcard and a certificate of authenticity.

In related news, DORO was recently added to the third annual 70000 Tons Of Metal lineup. The original heavy metal cruise takes place in January 2013 and features 40 metal bands and 2,000 fans from all over the world seafaring the Caribbean on a luxury cruise ship for a 5-day/4-night ocean adventure. Sporting the biggest open air stage to sail the open seas, the world’s biggest floating heavy metal festival will include: Ensiferum, Lacuna Coil, Nile, In Flames, Immolation and more! For more info, go to THIS LOCATION.

DORO was recently featured in Decibel Magazine’s August 2012 special “Women In Metal” issue. In an interview conducted by J. Bennett, DORO discusses her new Raise Your Fist record, reminisces about quitting her job in 1986 to tour with Judas Priest, what her one-year stint in a hospital years ago taught her, and the nexus of attitude and being dignified.

dow, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:30 (five years ago) Permalink

listening to that arizona dranes thing right now -- pretty nice! great voice.

tylerw, Wednesday, 25 July 2012 22:34 (five years ago) Permalink

If anyone's into UK psych-folk (heavier on the psych, really), the Axe "Live & Studio" album is being reissued under it's original title ("Axe Music") with a new band name for some reason, Crystalline. LP+CD in one package, really beautiful female vocals over cool psych jams.

That La Gigantona thing sounds pretty interesting.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 26 July 2012 03:57 (five years ago) Permalink

Massive Zappa reissue campaign starting in next few days.
Blurb I read mentioned remastering but not exactly what. So, since this is coming from the Zappa estate is it going to be the Zappa tampered ones?

Just found out that the Zappa Threesome box sets have rising prices online. Still need the 2 early 70s Bitchesbrew influenced sets.

Stevolende, Sunday, 29 July 2012 11:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Zappa estate has already reissued some unfuckedwith stuff (Greasy Love Songs was all the original recordings remastered, instead of the bastardized Rueben tracks from the 80s) so hopefully that continues.

EZ Snappin, Sunday, 29 July 2012 11:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Edsel are supposed to be reissuing the 1st 5 Steve Miller band lps at the end of August. Heard they have linernotes based on interviews by Joel Selvin.
I think its about time since the last cds I'm aware of for Sailor at least date back to '90. Would love a decent sounding copy of that

Stevolende, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 09:55 (five years ago) Permalink

The Dicks reissues are out now on Alternative Tentacles and they sound pretty good to me (lack of master tapes for 'Kill from the Heart' notwithstanding).

wronger than 100 geir posts (MacDara), Tuesday, 31 July 2012 13:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh fuck yeah, finally. Although I notice they haven't included the Live At Raul's Club LP - which is odd cos didn't T&G reissue the Big Boys side of that on the Skinny Elvis CD? I have the 2x7" sort of reissue of that but it's missing a lot of tracks (it has 3 songs each from the LP plus 1 unreleased track from each band).

Colonel Poo, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 14:12 (five years ago) Permalink

From RockBeat Records, via Conqueroo. Always meant to check the Moving Sidewalks:
July 31, 2012
See note beneath contact information.


RockBeat also readying Moving Sidewalks, Dickie Goodman
and music from the hit TV series Dallas, all for September 25 release

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Surf Age Nuggets, a four-disc box set chronicling the history of surf music, will headline an ambitious quartet of reissues coming on September 25, 2012 on RockBeat Records, a unit of S’more Entertainment. Other reissues arriving on that date include an self-titled two-CD set by Texas garage band the Moving Sidewalks on CD and vinyl LP, Dickie Goodman’s Long Live the King, and Dallas: The Music Story.

Surf Age Nuggets traces the ethos and attitude of surf music from 1959 through its demise in 1966. From long boards and short hair to short boards and long hair, the collection celebrates the lesser-known purveyors of the sound. Included in Surf Era Nuggets are such bands as Dick Dale & the Del-Tones, Bobby Fuller, the Velvetones, the Shan-Tones, the Valiants, the Ramrods, the Surf Teens, the Royal Coachmen and dozens of others.

All 100 tracks are instrumentals and many are indeed obscure. There were a number of indie labels willing to cash in on the surfing movement and there was no shortage of bands ready to take the money and play. This compilation accurately reflects the first time that music, sport and teenage lifestyle came together and confirms the attitude that surfing has always been a “rebel sport.”

Surf music was perfect for everyone with its twangy mixture of basic, pure-yet-raw ’50s rock & roll, minus the teen-idol baggage. Suddenly, surfing and surf music were front and center, featured in comic books, advertising, movies and television series such as Batman, Mr. Ed and The Flintstones. The sound became pervasive and songs like Link Wray’s “Jack the Ripper” and “Rumble” perfectly capture the essence of surf music. To this day, his music is the centerpiece for television (“The Sopranos”) and films such as Pulp Fiction, Independence Day and Desperado.

RockBeat A&R VP James Austin compiled and annotated Surf Age Nuggets. The set contains four discs and a large book in a hard-bound box.

The Moving Sidewalks: The Moving Sidewalks

Texas has been a flashpoint for some of America’s most exciting artists for well over a century. During the 1960s, Houston, Texas was on fire. Dubbed Space City, as the United States government built the huge NASA space center just outside the city limits, Houston had an electric vibrancy no other metropolis in America could match. With bands like the Sir Douglas Quintet (formed by hipsters Doug Sahm and Augie Meyers), the Outcasts, the Sparkles, Zachary Thax, Mouse & the Traps and of course the 13th Floor Elevators, Houston also became a hotbed of great rock.

Billy Gibbons, known for four decades as the thundering guitarist and frontman in ZZ Top, had been influenced by the blues at a very young age, and acquired an affinity for those primal sounds from all that swirled around him in Houston. By junior high, Gibbons had a working combo called the Coachmen and was performing all over the city. As he became more experienced, he started experimenting with his sound. In time, personnel shifted and the band was re-named the Moving Sidewalks.

RockBeat’s two-CD/two-LP release The Moving Sidewalks contains the psychedelic blues-rock band’s original album Flash in its entirety plus a second album featuring alternate tracks and previously unreleased songs. The group’s music stands up to this day, and in many ways sounds as new now as when it was recorded. And while moving sidewalks may not have been the wave of the future, the Moving Sidewalks surely were.

The Moving Sidewalks release features a deluxe 56-page book. The two discs are packaged in mini LP sleeves within the box.

Dickie Goodman: Long Live the King

Dickie Goodman is the Grammy-winning King of Novelty, noted by Billboard and Guinness World Records for recording the most charted novelty/comedy hits (17) of all time. He has even more listed under various pseudonyms such as John & Ernest and Spencer & Spencer.

Some of Goodman’s most famous records are “The Flying Saucer (Part 1)” (#3 on Billboard), “Mr. Jaws” (#4 on Billboard), “The Flying Saucer” (#3 on Billboard and Grammy winner), “Mr. President,” “Batman & His Grandmother” and “Hey ET.” These songs appear among 27 included in RockBeat Records’ compilation Long Live the King.

Goodman’s records have been called many things: parody, satire, samples, cut-ins or mash-ups. He took bits and pieces of popular songs and used the tiny sound bites to fill in as answers to questions he posed in his records. But what kind of questions did he ask? That depended upon what the most popular current event of the day was and also who the most notable public figures were at the time. He might pretend to be a news reporter conducting an interview of a presidential candidate or the star of a current hit movie.

Goodman’s records were always timely when first released, and their universal appeal has turned them into audio time capsules, summarizing the most talked about events, and music, of an era. Also included on this collection is a new Dickie & Jon Goodman track, the timely “Election 2012.”

Dallas: The Music Story

Dallas: The Music Story is a collection of songs based and inspired by the characters, relationships and events from the original Lorimar television series.

Originally released in 1985 on vinyl, this re-mastered CD contains the eponymous opening and closing theme and features three of the actors from the show: Steve Kanaly (Ray Krebbs), veteran musical star Howard Keel (Clayton Farlow) and Jenilee Harrison (Jenna Ewing), displaying their varying degrees of vocal prowess. The rest of the CD features performances by such notable country artists such as Crystal Gale, Karen Brooks and Johnny Lee, who was immortalized in the legendary Waltons song “My Husband Beats Me.”

The LP has been unavailable for more than a decade and will be available for the first time on CD.

dow, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 17:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Cerebrum's Eagle Death is out today on Shadoks (forcedexposure should have it). Uncut version of the single edit is bold and sad, as befits its title, and kind of a scrambling boogie, complicated but def groove appeal--so prog boogie, could imagine this long-gone Spanish combo opening for the original line-up of Traffic, and Amboy Dukes too, winning over impatient foggy audiences. As w Traffic, vocalist can be a bit mystically tedious, but unlike Traffic, he's not the first among equals, to put it politely (or contending to be re, Winwood and Mason)--more about the overall effect, esp w vividly recorded drums and bass (some of this sounds lifted directly from vinyl, but only adds to crispness, fuzz, and bits sliding into and out of degrees of stereo and maybe mono dimensions too--analog *times* digital, hell yeah). Aside from the 1970 singles, five tracks are live 1969 demos, from the Studio of Spanish National Radio. Covers are deft: "One Kind Favor", "Amphetamine Annie", "Murder In My Heart For The Judge" (Moby Grape as an inspiration for early live Los Lobos?), "You Don't Love Me." So good to hear familiar stuff stretched and snapped into customized shape, with the original virtues re-vitalized, that's what I love about international rock, funk etc from 60s-70s especially. Mind you, I'm not an expert in any of it, but disappointed often enough to notice differences in quality.

dow, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 18:20 (five years ago) Permalink

Damn, thought that statement including the Moving Sidewalks set was talking about a release fir The Conqueroo. Do wish somebody would collect whatever there is around of their surviving material and compile it. Been missing my From The Vulcan Gas Co set since i lost the vinyl.
Might have thought the reissuing of 13th Floor Elevators material a couple of years back might trigger some interest in getting their work back out.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 18:25 (five years ago) Permalink

bold and sad, as befits its title Eagle Death!

dow, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 18:33 (five years ago) Permalink

what the heck

dow, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 18:35 (five years ago) Permalink

also on CD

dow, Tuesday, 31 July 2012 18:36 (five years ago) Permalink

So looking forward to that Cerebrum album (gonna have to be on CD because Shadoks vinyl pricing is bullshit). Been listening to those first four tracks for years now, it'll be nice to actually OWN it.

Oh hey guys SYPH's fourth album is being reissued on vinyl by Made In Germany, I think it was recorded around the same time as "On The Way to the Peak of Normal" and it's got a very weird, mysterious CAN vibe.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

They're also doing Agitation Free's "Malesch" on LP.

Amoeba, Fish, Monkey, Shame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Wednesday, 1 August 2012 03:18 (five years ago) Permalink

All if this is around in one legit/boot form or another, but might be good to have it w possibly better sound, sequence etc

Deluxe four-CD box set, due September 25th, contains vintage photos, extensive liner notes and memorabilia

Double vinyl LP reissue of the very first Saunders/Garcia album
Live at Keystone due to be released concurrently

BERKELEY, Calif. — Keystone Companions/The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, recorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973 at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The Fantasy Records lavish four-disc set, scheduled for September 25, 2012 release on the heels of the 70th anniversary of Garcia’s birth, includes seven previously unreleased tracks, a special booklet featuring vintage photos; liner notes by Grateful Dead expert David Gans; and a poster, coaster, button, and “scratchbook” (replicating the design of the original album’s promotional matchbooks).

The sterling band featured Saunders on keyboards; Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan’s “Positively 4th Street.” The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, Lightnin’ Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.

San Francisco-born keyboardist Merl Saunders had been writing and performing in New York before returning to the West Coast. Producer Nick Gravenites offered him studio work that included playing with guitarist Jerry Garcia, already at the helm of one of the world’s most popular rock bands, the Grateful Dead. “Garcia reminded me of [jazz guitarist] Eric Gale,” Saunders recollected, “Anything he played was very musical. He knew how to do a rhythm on any kind of tune — gospel, blues, jazz. I was amazed.”

Saunders also helped Garcia expand his harmonic knowledge and even showed him some Art Tatum runs. “He taught me music,” Garcia said of his friend.

By December 1970, a weekly jam session featuring Saunders, Garcia, Kahn, and Vitt had become a weekly gig at San Francisco’s Matrix. Of course Garcia was already a major figure in the musical counterculture as lead guitarist for the Dead, so he kept this new band low-key — so much that it never really had a name (although it was referred to as The Group at times.) As Garcia said, “I couldn’t take the pressure of being a double celebrity. It’s a drag just being it once.” (That didn’t stop the itinerant Garcia from having a third band as well, Old and In the Way, with David Grisman, Peter Rowan, and Vassar Clements.)

Live at Keystone, originally released as a double LP, was recorded by Grateful Dead associates Betty Cantor and Rex Jackson; all four artists are credited as producers. Additional material was released as Live at Keystone, Volumes 1 & 2 in 1988. Keystone Companions/The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings assembles the original recordings and presents them, remastered, in the order in which the songs were performed at those two shows. The repertoire spans blues, rockabilly, jazz, funk, Broadway, Motown, two Bob Dylan songs, and Jimmy Cliff’s immortal “The Harder They Come.” Some songs appear twice, providing the opportunity to hear how the band kept it loose and fresh.

As Gans notes, “This music is as exciting and satisfying 40 years later as it was on the day it was made.”

On the collection’s September 25 street date, Fantasy Records will also reissue, on multi-color double vinyl LP, the first Saunders/Garcia album Live at Keystone.

dow, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:49 (five years ago) Permalink

The first of five(!) Boris Midney reissue packages due from Harmless at end of August:

Jeff W, Wednesday, 1 August 2012 17:57 (five years ago) Permalink's got a sampler stream, and a clip of Weir talking about this leg of the tour

And now for something a little different. This year's box set - Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 - offers six complete shows from the epic spring '90 tour, one concert from each city the band played, personally selected by Dead vaultmeister and archival release producer David Lemieux. The sizzling six are: 3/16/90 Capital Centre (Landover , MD), 3/19/90 Hartford Civic Center, 3/22/90 Copps Coliseum (Hamilton, Ontario), 3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY), 3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum (Uniondale, NY) and 4/2/90 The Omni (Atlanta, GA).

In his "Producer's Note" in the beautiful book that is part of the box, Lemieux, who attended the first 10 shows on the tour, states, "To my ears this was the last tour that was consistently great, where every show is excellent, not a dud in the bunch." And Grateful Dead historian Dennis McNally's comprehensive and informative insider's essay in the box is titled "The Last Great Dead Tour." These guys know what they're talking about!

Besides the discs themselves, Grateful Dead: Spring 1990 has much to offer, including: a gorgeous 60-page hardcover book containing copious color photos by Jim Anderson and Michael Laurentus, unique artwork by Brooklyn-based fine artist Wes Lang, fascinating business letters and communications related to the tour, a detailed historical essay by Dennis McNally, a Producer's Note by David Lemieux and individual show descriptions by Blair Jackson; a reproduction of the Dead's 1990 tour program (printed and sold later in '90, for the fall and Europe '90 tours); tickets and backstage passes of all six shows; a band publicity photo from 1990 by Ken Friedman; Dennis McNally's tour laminate; and reproductions of the colored 8x10 sheets GDTS sent out with hotel, food and other information for each city on the tour.

With recordings made by longtime Grateful Dead recordist and producer John Cutler, mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD, you just know it's gonna sound great - and it does!

That's the straight-to-your-in-box skinny, you can get ALL the details of this exclusive here.

This box is limited to just 9,000 numbered copies - please note, this is the only time these shows will ever be officially available on CD . There will not be an All Music Edition and single shows will not be available physically. Due to ship out August 31st, we anticipate that this extraordinary set will sell-out, so order your copy today!

(If you're looking for more of a bite-sized taste of '90, Spring 1990: So Glad You Made It, a 2-CD set featuring a handful of favorites, will be in stores on September 18th. You can also pre-order it here.)


We welcome you to listen to a mighty fine selection from 3/16/90, Capital Center, Landover, MD here.

Wes Lang
We've been enamored with fine artist Wes Lang's hand-drawn work ever since we came across his contemporary interpretations of the Dead's classic iconography and we hope you will be too.

Get to know Wes in an exclusive interview with Blair Jackson.

In conjunction with our limited-edition Spring 1990 box, we proudly present the Grateful Dead X Wes Lang collection. In the official Spring 1990 boutique, you'll find limited-edition hoodies, t-shirts, stickers and more. These items are one-run only, so get them while you can! Explore the store here*.

Spring 1990
Take home this stellar Wes Lang Indian Skull 16x20 poster (only 500 made!) with your box and save $20. Learn more here.
*All Spring 1990 purchases will be processed through the Spring 1990 boutique at If you wish to purchase a non-Spring 1990 product, you may do so separately at

What's Inside

60 page Hardcover Smyth-Sewn book featuring essays by Dennis McNally, David Lemieux, and Blair Jackson and photos by Jim Anderson & Michael Laurentus
25th Anniversary Tour Program
Official Band Letters
6 Ticket Stubs
6 Cloth Sticker Backstage Passes
1 Tour Laminate
Official 1990 Band publicity shot
6 complete shows on 18 discs
3/16/90 Capital Center, Landover, MD
3/19/90 Civic Center, Hartford, CT
3/22/90 Copps Coliseum, Hamilton, ON, Canada
3/26/90 Knickerbocker Arena, Albany, NY
3/30/90 Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY
4/2/90 The Omni, Atlanta, GA

Recorded by long-time Grateful Dead audio engineer John Cutler
Mastered by Jeffrey Norman in HDCD
Original art by Wes Lang
Individually Numbered, Limited Edition of 9,000
Fun Facts
-80 unique songs are included the box

-50 songs were only played once during these six shows

-24 songs were only played twice during these six shows

-This box features the last live performances of "Death Don't Have No Mercy," "Built To Last," and "Believe It Or Not"

When David suggested I do the liner notes for this box, my first reaction was of uncertainty. For me, as I would guess for all who traveled with the band, the '90s were not an entirely happy memory - first Brent, then Jerry's decline, and finally the tour from hell and what followed. Not so good. Then I listened to this box...and my jaw dropped. This is the Dead playing as well as they ever did, with energy, sophistication, and even joy. Whew!
Dennis McNally
The band stormed into the '90s like they were on a mission to prove that after 25 years together, they still had the fire burning in them, that they were "built to last." Night after night in the spring of '90 their high-energy assault left their sold-out crowds happy and exhausted-what a feeling!
- Dennis McNally
Working on these Spring 90s shows has been a complete pleasure..the band is playing great and John Cutler has captured it all, with powerful and revealing mixes.this is big stuff .
- Jeffrey Norman
In the glorious arc of the Dead's 30-year career, the Spring 1990 tour was one of the all-time highest peaks, fully equal to the golden ages of Fillmore '70 or Europe '72. All the pieces just came together - impassioned vocals, the Brent/Jerry mind-meld, the MIDI expansion of the band's sonic vocabulary, and a bunch of new tunes and choice revivals - with the X factor in full mind-bending effect. It was a great time to be a Deadhead.
- Steve Silberman
"Without hesitation, when anyone asks me are what the best tours in Grateful Dead history, I mention Spring '90 amongst Europe '72, Fall '73, and Spring '77. The music was consistently great every night of the tour, and the tour included some of the best shows in Grateful Dead history. A truly epic three week span in the Grateful Dead's career.
- David Lemieux

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2012 00:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Paul Ngozi, The Ghetto QDK Media, via forcedexposure)7/31--from 1976, "zamrock," Zambian trad elements and language x heavy 70s rock. Kind of a proto-metal Marley fan? Well, title track incl observations of booze abuse in ghetto life's implosion, "Help Me" scared of a man at the door: "He looks like a hippie..He looks like a bushman..." Neighbors eventually to the rescue, and what they do to the stranger is left to the music's implications, but here's where the album's demo tendencies are a bit frustrating (no actual demos here, apparently). "Who Will Know" (when God comes) might be another suspect figure, judging by tension, good, Suicide: "No matter what your Mama does--thou shall not commit it!" Fuzz tones and thin though sometimes fluid picking coat and brush big bass, crisp minimal drums, riff cycles, not too familiar and good little tempo shifts on "Ulesi Tileke", my fave so far of the more Zambian tracks (still rocking). The top end gets a richer, fuller sound on "Can't You Hear Me"; "Jesus Christ" is the fastest and heaviest, could imagine early Sabs doing this. Rec also to fans of the James Gang and some of Wino's more recent, stripped down stuff. But they prob were better live, or could have been. I'd def start with xpost Cerebrum for a more fully realized album, actual demos and all.

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2012 22:21 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2012 22:24 (five years ago) Permalink

Press sheet advises "You will love this if you liked The Witch and Amanaz" Apparently Chrissy Zabby Tembo & Ngozi Family is "famous among collectors."

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2012 22:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Ngozi's "Bamayo" on The Ghetto LP is worth the price of admission alone (and yes, I mean the nonsensical $35-40 that everyone's charging). The Chrissy Zebby Tembo LP is very fine; the Ngozi Family 45,000 Volts LP is even larger.

Michael Train, Thursday, 2 August 2012 23:20 (five years ago) Permalink

thanks, will check those out.

dow, Thursday, 2 August 2012 23:30 (five years ago) Permalink

It's pretty sweet, worth $16. The Zebby Tembo and '45,000 Volts' definitely even better--worth the $25 you'll pay.

Soundslike, Friday, 3 August 2012 01:03 (five years ago) Permalink

Oh, cool, thanks--they've done a reasonably priced cd. I was willing to pay for "Bamayo," but now I can point my friends at something sensible.

Michael Train, Friday, 3 August 2012 02:30 (five years ago) Permalink

Aug. 3, 2012, SAN FRANCISCO - ISIS and Ipecac Recordings issue Temporal, a retrospective collection of unreleased rarities, remixes and videos, on Nov. 6.

Temporal spans the groundbreaking band's entire discography with inclusions from Mosquito Control to the band's final full-length album, Wavering Radiant. "It was fun and also very nostalgic collecting material for this release," commented Aaron Harris. "I hear our catalogue differently now that I'm not living with these songs day to day. This is a special collection of outtakes, demos, unreleased tracks and videos; some of which I think we even forgot about." More details including a complete track listing will be released soon.

Decibel Magazine profile one of ISIS' landmark albums, Oceanic, in the magazine's September issue ( The 7-page interview with all five band members (Jeff Caxide, Mike Gallagher, Aaron Harris, Clifford Meyer and Aaron Turner) speaks to the "sea change" that Oceanic was for heavy music. Albert Mudrian, Editor-in-Chief for Decibel, explains: "ISIS may have left a massive void in heavy music's body when they sailed away for good a couple of years ago, but the ripples of Oceanic continue to cause waves a decade after its release."

Harris, Caxide and Meyer recently partnered with Chino Moreno (Deftones) to form Palms. The band's debut album will be out in early 2013 via Ipecac. Turner's Old Man Gloom released No in late June and he will be touring Japan this September with Mamiffer. Gallagher continues on with his solo project MGR as well as scoring films, most recently 22nd of May.

dow, Friday, 3 August 2012 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

The Pin Group

dan selzer, Friday, 3 August 2012 19:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Yeah, I'll wait for a review of that Pin Group reissue. All they did was add live tracks to the previous release. They'd have to be killer for me to care.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 3 August 2012 21:09 (five years ago) Permalink

another from Forced Exposure:

VA: Zendooni CD (PHS 001CD) : OUT 08/07/2012 Subtitled: Funk, Psychedelia and Pop from the Iranian Pre-Revolution Generation. Zendooni celebrates a time when pop artists in Iran ruled the country. During the '70s, before the Revolution, Occidental and Middle East mannerisms collided and the result was a new kind of Iranian pop which incorporated different genres and arrangements to its Persian roots. Touches of funk, jazz, Latin, bossa, progressive/psychedelic sounds and Morricone/Blaxploitation-styled soundtracks can be heard on this collection, culled from miraculously survived vinyl and cassettes. A surreal voyage back to the golden age of Persian pop. A vibrant time when female singers like Nooshafarin, Azita, Pouran and Ramesh appeared in colorful teen mags dressed in full hippie fashion. Pharaway Sounds is proud to present for the first time to Western ears amazing examples of Persian psych-prog like "Safar" by Hassan Shamaizadeh and "Vi Bafa" by Kambiz; Persian funk by Azita, Nooshafarin, Emad Raam, Pooneh; Bollywood-styled sounds by Ahmad Wali & Hangama and much more. Remastered sound with a color booklet and one bonus track.

dow, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 02:55 (five years ago) Permalink

ROYAL BAND DE THIES: Kadior Demb CD (TBCD 016CD) : OUT 09/11/2012
Teranga Beat proudly presents Royal Band De Thiès in their first-ever and entirely unreleased 1979 recording. Singers and composers James Gadiaga and Secka Will guide you through the sweet melodies, wicked rhythms and vocal traditions of Senegalese music, in a fabulous performance that combines mbalax with Afro-jazz. While many bands in the world claimed the title of "pacesetters," none can stand next to Royal Band De Thiès. The 9-member band with its dynamite percussion and horn sections will twist you like a tornado! Tracks like "Hommage à Mbaye Fall" will take you on a musical journey to the cultural crossroads of Senegal, West Africa's meeting point of European, Latin American and African musical traditions. This real-time, two-microphone recording gives the impression that the group is playing live in front of you, making it hard to believe it dates back 33 years ago. The liner notes of the CD booklet include more interesting details, outlining James' and Secka's musical careers along with the past and present of the band.

dow, Tuesday, 7 August 2012 03:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Monster Numero 10th Anniversary Eccentric Soul Box:

Synopsis: 45 7" singles from the dustiest corners of the United States, replicated down to the tiniest detail. Housed in a custom Numero-patterned 45 box, replete with metal hardware and handle. Clothbound hardback book with a word count of almost 50,000, covering the bizarre histories of each group, the early history of Numero, plus an absurdly detailed series of indices.

Background: Back in early 2003, when Numero was still in an embryonic state, the labels' inaugural release was envisioned as a 10-disc, 20-artist pile of peculiar soul 45s, packaged in a cardboard clamshell mailer. It was cobbled together from what, at the time, seemed like a unique selection of singles: off-key vocalists and over-the-top guitar soloists, one-piece string sections and piecemeal brass lines, each of them ostensibly helmed by a savant mad-scientist producer working in jury-rigged, barely functional studio conditions. Its working title was Eccentric Soul.

The imagined box of ten 45s was scrapped, replaced by Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, the project that became Numero 001. From the wreckage of the original set, Altyrone Deno Brown turned out to be a bedrock voice, a central story, and the cover image on 003, Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label; the Dynamic Tints brightened one small corner of Twinight's Lunar Rotation; and Lady Margo's "This Is My Prayer" later found a home inside Pepper's Jukebox, the double LP that accompanied Michael Abramson's photography in 2009's Light: On The South Side hardcover book.

All 14 volumes of Eccentric Soul that pre-date this Omnibus sketch a given skein of connective tissue, but fully fleshed out here are the colorful strands linking any given record to untold others: untimely deaths, racial injustice, kid groups dimmed of charm by oncoming adulthood, military base installment, the bitter duty of Vietnam, the state of Alaska, tantalizing flirtations with fame. All of it is evidence that the darkened corners of the music business looked much the same in the pale light of Fresno, California, or Owensboro, Kentucky, or Benton Harbor, Michigan: record labels run by wannabe gangsters, managers with sticky fingers, radio promotion men funneling payola into disc jockey pet projects, marching bands turning into stage bands, youth centers turned into soul schools, and master tapes lost to fire, storm, and flood. Most of these 45s appear austere and simple at a glance, but every crude, hand-drawn logo, every missing or misspelled bit of crucial information, every malapropism-laden band name belies a deep well of unique history. PVC footholds in an uphill battle against badly stacked odds, these were records willed into existence through pure determination.

Omnibus Vol. 1 is an attempt at laying bare a tangled mess of loose ends that Numero (and cohorts) have been tripping over for years. Too disconnected and isolated from one another for expansion into full-length CD or LP projects, we've bound together 90 songs and 45 stories, cross-referencing each town and year of issue, and gathering it all into a compact and elegant monument to America's soul diaspora.

dow, Thursday, 9 August 2012 00:12 (five years ago) Permalink

I don't even wanna know how much this'll cost.

to welcome jer.fairall, pie is served. (jer.fairall), Thursday, 9 August 2012 03:56 (five years ago) Permalink

They're also "releasing" a single from this each day for the next two weeks, dunno if this means you can actually buy them sep., but that's certainly what it should mean. As usual, will be clips etc on Still got 45 subscription series etc:
Shoes LP reissues (and first issues)
After we got talking with Jeff Murphy from Shoes about including them on Buttons: From Champaign To Chicago, it occurred to us that we were standing on the precipice of a great catalog. The band has done a great job of keeping their albums in print on CD since the early 1990s, but their vinyl was woefully difficult to track down. One In Versailles and Black Vinyl Shoes had both been issued in editions of 500 a few years back, but at $50 a pop, only the cult was being serviced. In an attempt at reintroducing this great pop band to a whole new audience, we are thrilled to announce an LP reissue campaign that begins with Versailles and revisits Black Vinyl, but adds the never issued on wax Bazooka and an entire album of demos that would become their landmark LP Present Tense.

Each LP will of course be packaged to Numero’s highest standard, including reprints of the stickers, lyric sheets, and even iron-ons that accompanied the original issues. We’re working closely with the band to remaster the LPs from the original master tapes, a marked improvement over the DAT conversions that past reissues of their catalog have been subject to.

Shoes should be dropping in two pairs in November 2012. Try on a pair here.

The 700 Club

In September we'll be rolling out a line of 2x7" singles in the hard rock/garage/psych vein. Each will be packaged in a gorgeous tip-on gatefold sleeve, with our typical too-informative liner notes and photographs. The first 45 will be a replica of a previously issued single, while the second pocket will hold two unissued sides. The first three are:

701 Pretty: Mustache In Your Face+3

Twisted Kansas City garage psych produced by Michael Quint from the Electric Prunes and recorded in an actual cave.

702 Wicked Lester: You Are Doomed+3

Over the top Cleveland riff rockers with a serious Kiss fetish. Recorded by Thomas Boddie, who must've been scratching his head.

703 Cave Dwellers: Run Around+3

This 1965 Chicago Sun-Times quote says it all: “If a boy looking like that came calling on my daughter, I’d kick him out of the house.”

Circuit Rider

A few years ago, a mysterious LP appeared, only for sale from a limited number of retail outlets, most of the pressing being sold at the WFMU Record Fair in 2009. Some people recognized that it emanated from the Numero camp (even appearing on some lists as a Numero release), but no information was ever provided, and no official credit was ever taken. The LP, simply known as Circuit Rider, was living out its arcane origins. The sticker offered little, if any, info: “This is the ultimate burnout biker psych masterpiece. Finally repressed directly from tapes to flawlessly restore the cigarette burns, Harley fumes, and cocaine hangovers of the original ride, this is a 40 minute recipe for a complete mental breakdown. Included on the Acid Archives list of Top Ten LPs Most Likely To Be Owned By A Serial Killer, Circuit Rider is lost on the same journey as Kenneth Higney, Nicodemus & Matchez, YaHoWa, Boa, Heitkotter, Dave Lamb & Gye Whiz, Raven, Fraction, and The Doors’ LA Woman.”

We are pleased to be putting this replica LP back into print as the opening salvo in our mysterious "Jr." imprint. Available in our webstore now, or in finer record shops everywhere at the end of September.

NUM003 Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP

Our post-nascent number two in the Eccentric Soul series, Bandit gets epic as we further dissect the improbable world of Chicago’s Arrow Brown and his near-cult of musicians, singers, pimps, questionable child stars and unverified child brides. Since its original issue nearly 8 years ago, we’ve unearthed more story, more photographs and yes, more music. An extra album's worth of music, in fact, accompanied by a 12″ by 12″ 52 page bound book containing a 20,000 word essay and dozens of unseen photographs and ephemera. A final, definitive edition of one of Chicago’s most eccentric soul producers. Available end of 2012.

NUM048.5 Medusa S/T LP

While it teetered from the cliff of Sabbath to the canyon of prog, Medusa’s self-titled debut LP never saw the inside of a record bin. Regulars on Chicago’s ’75 to ’78 rock club scene, this multi-gendered, semi-coven brought their dark vision on weeknights to dirt-bag pleasure palaces like Tuts and The Hanger. Housed in a black velour LP jacket with the truly amazing Medusa logo embossed in red and gold, Medusa finally gets a proper debut, bringing back acid-tinged, classic-rock riffs to Numero fans in search of blood. Available end of 2012.

And still to come… Eccentric Soul 45 subscription series, Lewis Connection LP, Eccentric Soul: The Cash Label, Good God! Title TBA, Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label, Ladies From The Canyon 2LP, Fern Jones 2LP, and something so massive that to tack it on here at the end of this message would be merciless. We've committed enough vengeance upon your wallet already today.

dow, Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:17 (five years ago) Permalink

Love the Shoes but who the hell is paying $50 for Black Vinyl Shoes, the original vinyl is really not that rare. Nice to see the 1st 2 more readily available though.

Colonel Poo, Thursday, 9 August 2012 20:25 (five years ago) Permalink

speaking of the Shoes:


Meanwhile, David Cassidy romances, Zacherle scares,
and Dick picks yet more Grateful Dead rarities.

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Real Gone Music’s early fall releases, due out October 2, 2012, are highlighted by Dion’s The Complete Laurie Singles, featuring the multi-decade superstar’s most famous and influential solo recordings (both A and B sides), and 35 Years: The Definitive Shoes Collection 1977-2012, a 21-song chronicle of both indie and major label recordings by Midwest power-pop legends Shoes.

If that weren’t enough, Real Gone Music also resurrects David Cassidy’s 1985 Romance album, and anticipates Halloween with a twofer (Monster Mash/Scary Tales) from the Cameo-Parkway catalog of the cool ghoul, John Zacherle. Finally, the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks series continues with Dick’s Picks Vol. 27—Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA 12/16/92, the only volume of the Dick’s Picks series to feature the final Dead line-up featuring Vince Welnick on keyboard.

Dion DiMucci’s original Laurie singles, the very tracks that established him as a superstar solo act during the ’60s, have never been collected in one place. Real Gone Music’s 36-track The Complete Laurie Singles collection features all the single sides, both A and B, that Dion recorded for Laurie in their original mono single mixes, including the early singles that sparked his solo success, the sides that Laurie released after Dion signed with Columbia in 1962 (Dion was the first rock ’n’ roll artist to sign with that hallowed label), and, finally, the radically different and progressive singles from his triumphant return to the Laurie label, beginning with “Abraham, Martin and John” in 1968. It would be hard to find the original mono single mixes of any of these songs except for the big hits, and some of these songs (e.g. the later singles and the B-sides) aren’t on CD at all. Remastered from the original tapes at Capitol Studios by Kevin Bartley with assistance from Andrew Sandoval, and featuring liner notes by compilation producer Ed Osborne that include vintage photos of Dion, shots of the original singles and exclusive quotes from Dion himself, this two-CD set is a must for any Dion fan or collector, and encapsulates the Laurie years of this legendary artist like no other release. Highlights include such chart-top hits as “The Wanderer,” “Little Diane,” “Love Came to Me,” “Sandy,” “Lonely Teenager,” “Lovers Who Wander” and of course “Abraham, Martin & John.” (Dion is still making credible music today as the solid new blues album titled Tank Full of Blues attests.)

Improbably hailing from the dry, church-dominated town of Zion, Ill. on the banks of Lake Michigan, Shoes were formed, like a lot of rock bands, by three kids who were just looking for something to do. The difference? Very few bands — none actually come to mind — write and perform perfectly crafted power pop songs for 35 years and counting. Indeed, Gary Klebe and brothers John and Jeff Murphy reign as deans of the entire power pop scene. And now, concurrent with the release of Ignition, their first new studio album in 18 years, and Boys Don’t Lie: A History of Shoes, a behind-the-scenes biography detailing their odyssey through the musical industry, Shoes and Real Gone Music have teamed to release the first-ever career-spanning retrospective of the band. 35 Years—The Definitive Shoes Collection includes 21 tracks chosen by Shoes from the eight studio albums that saw an official release, starting with the DIY masterpiece of 1977, Black Vinyl Shoes, through the three albums (Present Tense, Tongue Twister and Boomerang) released on Elektra, the three albums (Silhouette, Stolen Wishes and Propeller) the band self-released in the ’80s and ’90s, and culminating in a newly-released track, “Say It Like You Mean It,” from Ignition. Included are classic Shoe-tunes like “Tomorrow Night,” “Too Late,” “She Satisfies,” “In My Arms Again” and “Feel the Way That I Do.” The liner notes by Stephen "Spaz" Schnee feature fresh, exclusive interviews with the band and pictures from their private archives. Whether you’re a long-time fan or new to Shoes’ sublime power pop pleasures, 35 Years—the Definitive Shoes Collection 1977-2012 is essential.

Straight from the crypts, er, vaults of Cameo Parkway comes this fiendish find, a gruesome twosome of vintage albums, Monster Mash/Scary Tales, from the Cool Ghoul himself, the original TV horror host, Zacherle. The first of these albums hit #44 on the charts, as it boasts Zach’s Top Ten hit “Dinner With Drac” (plus, as one of four bonus tracks, its flipside, “Dinner with Drac Pt. 2”). His sleeve notes alone are worth the price of admission — and these albums come to you in original “moan-o.” None other than Zach acolyte (Zacholyte?) John Sebastian chips in with new notes, too. The albums are back in print in America following a long absence, just in time for Halloween.

The Romance album, David Cassidy’s first and only for Arista, was withheld from the American market upon its original release in 1985. Which, one suspects, may have sparked some second guessing in the label’s corporate suites after it scored a Top 10 hit in the U.K. with “The Last Kiss,” which featured George Michael on vocals. “She Knows All About Boys” was a European smash as well, while the album itself went to #20 on the British charts. Romance is also notable for being the only ’80s release from the former Partridge Family teen idol, and for the production and songwriting work of Alan Tarney (a-ha, Squeeze, Leo Sayer, Matthew Sweet). Nevertheless, this reissue marks the first time Romance has been released in any form in the U.S. Mike Ragogna’s liner notes place this long-lost recording in context of Cassidy’s one-of-a-kind career.

“Dick” was Dick Latvala, the official tape archivist for the Grateful Dead until 1999, whose inspiration and encyclopedic knowledge of the band’s vaults spawned the fabled Dick’s Picks series of live Dead concert recordings. The 36-volume Dick’s Picks follows the band on its long, strange trip through a multitude of eras, tours and venues, featuring handpicked shows that display the band at its visionary, improvisational height. Dick’s Picks Vol. 27—Oakland Coliseum Arena, Oakland, CA 12/16/92 is the only Dick’s Picks volume to feature the final Dead line-up, with Vince Welnick assuming all keyboard duties after the departure of Bruce Hornsby, and, fittingly enough, it provides quite the showcase for the ex-Tubes keyboardist’s vocal chops on the unexpected covers of the Who’s “Baba O’Riley” and the Beatles’ “Tomorrow Never Knows.” Those are two of the four bonus songs taken from the next night’s show at the same venue; the rest of this 3-CD set presents the complete 12/16/92 Oakland show, which offers among its treasures a rare (albeit abbreviated), ‘90s reading of “Dark Star,” a great, Pigpen-tribute rendition of “Good Lovin’,” Bob Weir’s reading of Willie Dixon’s “The Same Thing” and a marvelously exploratory “Playing in the Band/Drums/Space” segment. The set preserves one of the best ’90s Dead shows, presented in HDCD sound.

dow, Thursday, 16 August 2012 13:35 (five years ago) Permalink

701 Pretty: Mustache In Your Face+3

Aaaagghhhh yessssssssssssssssssss.

These 2x7" things, do you have to subscribe or some bullshit? Text block hurting my head right now.

reckless driving, abuse of small dogs, thirst for fame (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 17 August 2012 04:36 (five years ago) Permalink

Circuit Rider is an awesome record fwiw, I have the 2009 reissue mentioned in that blurb

dmr, Friday, 17 August 2012 14:58 (five years ago) Permalink

I think you can get at least some of those individually, check Seems like I would like Circuit Rider. Here's a couple things coming up from VP, had forgotten about the weird Manley-Marley-Seaga convergence, those were tense times, to say the least.

Barrington Levy 'Reggae Anthology: Sweet Reggae Music'
(17 North Parade, 2CD/DVD Anthology)
Barrington Levy has solidified himself as one of the most versatile and influential Jamaican reggae-dancehall vocalists of all time. The living legend has recorded a massive catalog of music in roots, lover's rock and dancehall styles over the past thirty years. This 2-CD / DVD anthology highlights his work between 1979 and 1984 including classics with producer Henry 'Junjo' Lawes and a variety of nuggets from the period. Drawing a broad spectrum of fans beyond traditional reggae enthusiasts, this truly distinctive artist tours non-stop and still rocks major festivals, clubs and dancehalls across the globe.

Marcia Griffiths 'Marcia & Friends' (2CD Best of Duet Set, VP)
In tribute to the first lady of reggae, Penthouse productions presents the double CD collection 'Marcia and Friends' with many of Griffiths' greatest duets. The best-of-collection features 38 combination tracks with some of reggae’s top artists. Over the years, Marcia Griffiths has had chart-topping hits in wide a range of styles (doo-wop covers, rock steady, roots reggae and 80s funk. As one of the I-Threes (Bob Marley’s iconic backing trio) to her work with legendary Studio One producer Coxonne Dodd and then to a major crossover hit, “Electric Boogie,” that continues to prompt the electric slide globally, no other female vocalist has a legacy quite like Marcia Griffiths.


'Reggae Golden Jubilee: The Origins of Jamaican Music'
(VP, 4-disc box collection selected by Edward Seaga)
In November, VP will unleash 'Reggae Golden Jubilee: The Origins of Jamaican Music,' one of the genre’s most expansive 4-disc box sets to date. Former Jamaican Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, chose 100 of Jamaica's most significant hits over the last 50 years from legends including Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Jimmy Cliff, Toots and The Maytals, Sean Paul, Shaggy and many more. Music and politics have been intertwined in Jamaica throughout history. The indelible memory of Bob Marley joining the hands of political rivals Michael Manley of People’s National Party and Edward Seaga of Jamaican Labour Party amidst a political civil war at the 1978 One Love Peace Concert in Kingston, will forever be etched into the memories of Jamaicans. As a genuine fan and historian of Jamaican music, Edward Seaga tells his unique perspective and role in the industry in extensive liner notes of this special commemorative collection.The 64-page deluxe package, adorned with iconic photographs and imagery from Jamaica’s first fifty years, also includes a preface from VP Records' President Christopher Chin and foreword from radio personality Dermot Hussey and music historian and journalist John Masouri.

“In the course of development, Jamaican popular music demonstrated a triumph of creativity by borrowing nothing to build something.”
- Edward Seaga, Former Jamaica Prime Minister

“…my family and I have witnessed the evolution of Jamaican music and its impact around the world. This rich music is not only the foundation of my family’s business but on a personal level became the soundtrack of life memories.”
- Christopher Chin, VP Records CEO

dow, Friday, 17 August 2012 23:33 (five years ago) Permalink

Never heard much of Strummer and the Mescaleros, how were they? Saw an unusually good doc on Strummer recently, by Julian Temple.

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros Release Re-Issues and Rarities

Record Honors Legendary Singer’s 60th Anniversary

To celebrate the extraordinary life and career of musician Joe Strummer, Hellcat Records proudly announces the digital release of Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, The Hellcat Years. The album comes out on August 21st, which would have been the iconic artist’s 60th birthday. In addition to the digital release, Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go and Streetcore, will be re-issued on September 25th.

Fans are invited to stream the rare and previously unheard live recording of "Johnny Appleseed" courtesy of Rolling Stone by going here:

A comprehensive collection of recorded music, hard to find b-sides and never before heard impassioned live performances, the compilation highlights three superb albums; Rock Art and the X-Ray Style, Global A Go-Go and Streetcore, all recorded between 1999 and Strummer’s untimely death in 2002. It was during this period that Strummer wrote, recorded and toured with the band he dubbed “The Mescaleros.” These records capture the one time Clash front man amidst an undeniable creative resurgence. In a review of Streetcore, UK newspaper The Guardian called the record Strummer’s “best work since the Clash's London Calling.”

Joe Strummer and The Mescaleros, The Hellcat Years also features three rare live tracks documenting the celebratory 2002 reunion of Strummer and Clash band mate Mick Jones at a benefit concert for the Fire Brigades Union in London. Backed by an overjoyed Mescaleros, the two legends roar through exhilarating versions of Clash classics Bank Robber, White Riot and London’s Burning.

Track Listing
Tony Adams - 6:33
Sandpaper Blues - 4:27
X-ray Style - 4:34
Techno D-day - 4:08
The Road To Rock'n'roll - 3:59
Nitcomb - 4:31
Diggin' The New - 3:08
Forbidden City - 4:47
Yalla Yalla - 6:57
Willesden To Cricklewood - 6:46
Johnny Appleseed - 4:04
Cool 'N' Out - 4:22
Global A GO-GO - 5:55
Bhindi Bhagee - 5:47
Gamma Ray - 6:58
Mega Bottle Ride - 3:33
Shaktar Donetsk - 5:57
Mondo Bongo - 6:15
Bummed Out City - 5:33
At The Border, Guy - 7:09
Minstrel Boy - 17:49
Coma Girl - 3:50
Get Down Moses - 5:05
Long Shadow - 3:34
Arms Aloft - 3:47
Ramshackle Day Parade - 4:03
Redemption Song - 3:28
All In A Day - 4:56
Burnin' Streets - 4:32
Midnight Jam - 5:50
Silver And Gold - 2:39
Time and The Tide (B-side of Yalla Yalla) - 4:05
The X-Ray Style (live summer 99) (B-side to Yalla Yalla) - 4:32
Yalla Yalla (Norro’s King Dub) (7:01) (B-side to Yalla Yalla) - 7:00
The Harder They Come (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) - 3:26
Rudi, A Message To You (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) - 5:04
Blitzkreig Bop (live) (B-side of Coma Girl) - 3:25
Yalla Yalla (live) (B-side to Coma Girl) - 6:56
Armagideon Time (B-side to Redemption Song) - 4:30
Pressure Drop (B-side to Redemption Song) - 4:30
Junco Partner (from Hellcat Give Em The Boot IV compilation) - 4:19
Shaktar Donetsk (Acton Concert) - 5:43
Bhindee Bhagee (Acton Concert) - 6:12
Rudy Can’t Fail (Acton Concert) - 4:39
Tony Adams (Acton Concert) - 7:24
White Man In Hammersmith Palais (Acton Concert) - 5:18
Mega Bottle Ride (Acton Concert) - 3:47
Get Down Moses (Acton Concert) - 4:18
Police and Thieves (Acton Concert) - 6:02
Cool 'n' Out (Acton Concert) - 3:38
Police On My Back (Acton Concert) - 4:49
Johnny Appleseed (Acton Concert) - 4:37
Coma Girl (Acton Concert) - 4:27
I Fought The Law (Acton Concert) - 4:00
Bank Robber (encore w/ Mick Jones) (Acton Concert) - 9:08
White Riot (encore w/ Mick Jones) (Acton Concert) - 2:25
London’s Burning (encore w/ Mick Jones) (Acton Concert) - 2:33

For more information:

dow, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:21 (five years ago) Permalink

i just got an email about this, never heard of it, but sounds intriguing

Tompkins Square Reissues Lost Americana Gem from 1973 on September 18th - Bill Wilson "Ever Changing Minstrel"
Produced by Bob Johnston (Dylan, Cohen, Cash) and released on Columbia Records in 1973. Features "Blonde on Blonde" session crew.

Indiana's Bill Wilson drove to Nashville and knocked on producer Bob Johnston's kitchen door in 1973. Bob let him in to play a few songs, liked it, and rounded up his crew that played on Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde". They recorded 'Ever Changing Minstrel' that night, and it was released on Columbia Records in 1973. The album is now reissued with rare photographs, notes by reissue producer and Tompkins Square label owner Josh Rosenthal, and remastered from the original tapes.

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Fac. Dance 02 Due In September

STREAM: Thick Pigeon - "Babcock + Wilcox" -
Cover art for FAC. DANCE 02

On September 17th, Strut will release the second album in the FAC. DANCE series, bringing together sought after 12" versions and rarities from Manchester's revered Factory Records imprint. Featured on the compilation is a song by seminal post-punk band Thick Pigeon. Check out a rare cut from the group on, or over at SoundCloud.

Despite a reputation for austere post-punk, Factory Record's first decade produced a slew of landmark dance records, primarily brought to the label by Rob Gretton, who valued tunes and beats over Situationist theory and laboratory experiments in popular art. Conversely, founder Tony Wilson disparaged pure dance music as lacking intellectual rigour. As a result, this second collection of early Factory dance sides occupies a compelling middle ground.

Revisiting the peerless studio work of Martin Hannett, Be Music (the collective pseudonym of New Order members Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris and Peter Hook) and ACR drummer Donald Johnson, among others, FAC. DANCE 02 fleshes out Factory's varied early forays into dance territory, widening the spectrum yet further from Volume One. The early version of A Certain Ratio's angular funk classic "The Fox" from the band's debut album To Each... rubs shoulders with Cheba Fadela's Algerian rai blast, "N'Sel Fik"; Kalima's uplifting dancefloor jazz also features, along with a sprawling electro dub of 52nd Street's UK boogie classic "Can't Afford"; we spotlight Dutch electronic band Minny Pops with the motorik "Blue Roses" alongside the heavy dub and reggae stylings of The Wake, X-O-Dus and ACR alter ego Sir Horatio; the Manchester / New York axis is also revisited once again with two potent post-punk funk blasts from E.S.G., the first US band to appear on Factory.

FAC. DANCE 02 is released in conjunction with Factory Records Ltd. The CD and LP packages feature detailed track notes by Factory biographer James Nice, together with rare photos. The digital version of the album features five tracks not featured on the physical formats.

CD 1

2. ESG - MOODY 2.46
7. X-O-DUS - SOCIETY 4.20
11. FADELA - N'SEL FIK 7.06

CD 2

1. 52nd STREET - CAN'T AFFORD (Unorganised mix) 10.02
2. NYAM NYAM - FATE 8.06
4. ESG - YOU'RE NO GOOD 3.09
6. QUANDO QUANGO - GO EXCITING (12" mix) 5.57
9. THE WAKE - HOST 7.57
11. SECTION 25 - SAKURA 3.58

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dow, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:37 (five years ago) Permalink

sounds cool!
listening to the bill wilson thing now. pretty cool, if not mindblowing. the kinda thing i assume jacob sanders and ian already know all about...

tylerw, Tuesday, 21 August 2012 21:42 (five years ago) Permalink

The Flatlanders Original Recordings

& DVD With New Interviews And Performances

Available August 28th, 2012 via New West Records

Exclusive Video Premiere Today At

Album Stream & In Depth Interview With

The Band At KUT.ORG

Los Angeles, CA - August 22, 2012 - The Odessa Tapes, the first recordings from the legendary Flatlanders (comprised of the nucleus of Joe Ely, Jimmie Dale Gilmore and Butch Hancock), is already receiving critical acclaim beginning with a four star review in Mojo Magazine. Thought lost for nearly four decades, The Odessa Tapes, available August 28th from New West Records, features pristine recordings that capture without any polish the special blend of country, folk, roots and cosmic energy The Flatlanders pioneered. A DVD featuring a candid new interview with The Flatlanders discussing the myths of the early days of their career and booklet with unreleased archival photos will round out this deluxe package. Limited edition 180-gram vinyl will also be available for the audio portion of the release. A clip of the DVD can be seen at while the album is streaming at KUT.Org. An in depth interview with the band is also available to hear at
The Odessa Tapes features 14 songs, recorded on reel-to-reel tape, four of which were previously unreleased. The record is rounded out by original versions of the 10 songs that were eventually re-recorded for All American Music the subsequent album which was a limited release available only on 8-track in late 1972.
The Flatlanders, who are reintroducing these songs into their sets, will continue to tour throughout the fall in support of the release.


1. I Know You

2. Number Sixteen +

3. Shadow Of The Moon +

4. Dallas

5. Down In My Hometown

6. Stars In My Life

7. I Think Too Much Of You +

8. Bhagavan Decreed

9. Tonight I Think I'm Gonna Go Downtown

10. You've Never Seen Me Cry

11. One Road More

12. Story Of You +

13. Rose From The Mountain

14. The Heart You Left Behind

+ previously unreleased song

Fri, Sept 28 Lubbock, TX Cactus Theater

Tues, Oct 9 Seattle, WA Benaroya Symphony Hall

Wed, Oct 10 Portland, OR Aladdin Theater

Sat, Jan 19 Austin, TX Paramount Theater

*additional dates to be added, visit

dow, Thursday, 23 August 2012 00:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Good blog post by Sasha Frere-Jones on the Rodriquez phenomenon (for lack of a better word: saga rolling into a **thing** in time)

dow, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 17:29 (five years ago) Permalink

Holy crap, I just listened to both discs of xpost Fac.Dance 02 at a single sitting, and it was a sitting in office chair, not a dancing on the floor, not ideal considering how long some of these are and how detailed they all are. But they tranced me out/in and brought me back through the land of 1,000 associations, $20 Koss PortaPro headphones, and mp3s crammed about as full as possible with well-defined presence of bass, percussion, voices, guitars, stereo depth etc. 80s as hell, but not the monotonous blare I associate with radio-aimed sounds of that decade. There might be more for the club though, and still lote of catnip for current DJs, seems like. Accessible, fairly familiar elements taken in idiosyncratic directions, though not nearly so many New Order/Gang of Four/Adrian Sherwood-related sounds per se as I'd halfway expected. Helps to have ESG, Fadela, Biting Tongues' non-avant, non-wannabee brass workout, Kalima tapping the cosmic pop potential of, say, Linda Sharrock, Pharaoh Snanders and maybe early Earth Wind And Fire, Durruti Column like a deft edit of Can, Quando Quango in there with Poly Styrene and Rip Rig & Panic--but scary wake of Joy D., don't worry. Like The Wake's "Host", in which a piercing synthesized beauty is contained in pulsing shadows, natch, but begins to suggest a buzzsaw, without losing the purity of its pitch. The Royal Family and the Poor lecture about the freedom and fraternity consumption in a chamber of rending, reaming, haiirline guitar strings, an apocalyptic but (I don't think) fascist groove thing. The order of tracks in the promos is diff from list above, but seems almost perfect. Haven't heard the digital-only bonuses.

dow, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 21:19 (five years ago) Permalink

scary wake of Joy D. *too*, freedom and fraternity *of* consumption.

dow, Wednesday, 29 August 2012 21:22 (five years ago) Permalink

of Montreal - Daughter of Cloud
On Oct. 23rd, of Montreal will release their rarities collection, Daughter of Cloud, which compiles 17 of Montreal recordings ranging from the Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? era to the present. Ten of the album's songs are previously unreleased, while the other seven were originally issued on limited edition, rare or out-print CDs and 7"s.

It will be available on CD, 180 gram cyan colored 2xLP and digital formats. It will also be released as a limited edition of 200 hand numbered purple cassettes by Joyful Noise Recordings.

The band will also hit the road later this fall starting off with the Filter Culture Collide Festival in Los Angeles on October 6th and ending December 15th @ Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC.

dow, Thursday, 6 September 2012 00:44 (five years ago) Permalink

One of of Montreal's Daughter of Cloud rarities, "Sails, Hermaphroditic":|+Harouki+Zombi+7%22+Announcement&utm_campaign=of+Montreal+DOC&utm_medium=email

dow, Thursday, 6 September 2012 00:47 (five years ago) Permalink

CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s Eye For An Eye To Be Reissued November 6

Candlelight Records today confirms November 6 as the North American release date of CORROSION OF CONFORMITY’s Eye For An Eye. This special reissue has been remastered/packaged and includes the EP Six Songs With Mike Singing. Both titles have been out of print for years. It follows the successful release of the band’s self-titled album earlier this year. A deluxe digibook edition of the album, limited to 1000 for North America, will be available at limited retailers and via Candlelight’s official webstore. The digibook version includes extended liner notes and a rare pictorial gallery.
Twenty-six songs showcase the early sonic years of the North Carolina-based band. Far more punk than their later recordings, the album found an immediate fanbase. Amazon customers over the years have called the album an “undisputed classic,” while noting it is “for the true skaters of the mid-to-late-‘80s,” and “brings me back to a good time of hardcore/punk.” Guitarist Woody Weatherman comments, “We were just kids when we wrote and recorded these tunes.” Vocalist/bassist Mike Dean notes, “Making that album was our dream and we worked hard to make it happen because it was the vehicle to allow us to go out and play two hundred shows a year, like the bands we looked up to – Black Flag, Bad Brains, D.O.A.”
Originally released in 1984, Eye for An Eye featured the original lineup of Weatherman, Dean, drummer Reed Mullin, and vocalist Eric Eycke. Reissued to incorporate the 1989 EP by Mike Dean (who left the band between 1987-1992), Eye for An Eye is raw in sound but focused on message. The years that followed would see the band rise to worldwide popularity with breakthrough and Billboard-charting releases Blind and Deliverance.
Formed in Raleigh in 1982, CORROSION OF CONFORMITY quickly transformed heavy music. Politically charged and socially aware, the band has influenced countless others and today remains humble about their accomplishments. With over 1.1 million albums sold in the United States, the band continues to find new fans via nonstop touring.
“We had a lot of fun doing it and it’s great to have this album officially back out there again,” says Weatherman. “I had basically written this off as being our sloppy beginner's effort but listening to it now, I really hear a few songs that hold up well,” adds Dean.
Eye For An Eye Track Listing:
01. Tell Me

02. Minds Are Controlled

03. Indifferent

04. Broken Will

05. Rabid Dogs

06. L.S.

07. Rednekkk

08. Coexist

09. Excluded

10. Dark Thoughts

11. Poison Planet

12. What?

13. Negative Outlook

14. Positive Outlook

15. No Drunk

16. College Town

17. Not Safe

18. Eye For An Eye

19. Nothing’s Gonna Change

20. Green Manalishi

21. Eye For An Eye*

22. Center of the World*

23. Citizen*

24. Not For Me*

25. What ?*

26. Negative Outlook*

*Six Songs With Mike Singing

dow, Sunday, 9 September 2012 14:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Typical, I finally found a copy of this on CD recently but it was quite expensive.

Colonel Poo, Sunday, 9 September 2012 15:21 (five years ago) Permalink


Also, Christmas stocking stuffers from Percy Faith, Doris Day
and a Perry Como collection produced by Richard Carpenter

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Real Gone Music is hitting the election season with a slate of releases designed to appeal to every party. The mind-bending soundtrack from the movie El Topo will return as a deluxe CD and 180-gram LP on October 30. Northern soul legend Barbara Lewis’ Atlantic years are collected on The Complete Atlantic Singles. Lower East Side habitué and John Lennon crony David Peel’s Have a Marijuana makes its U.S. CD album reissue debut. On the other end of town (and political spectrum), SSgt. Barry Sadler’s Ballads of the Green Berets album finds new life on compact disc, while Real Gone continues its acclaimed reissue of Johnny Mathis’ Mercury material with a pair of twofers coupling This Is Love and Olé and The Sweetheart Tree and The Shadow of Your Smile. And just in time for Christmas, Real Gone Music offers Percy Faith’s The Complete Music of Christmas, Doris Day’s The Complete Christmas Collection, and Perry Como’s Complete RCA Christmas Collection.

Championed by everybody from John Lennon to Peter Gabriel, though decried by critics, El Topo remains one of the controversial movies ever made. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s bizarre, blood-soaked blend of spaghetti Western, druggy surrealism, Christian allegory, Zen Buddhist themes and avant-garde sensibilities gave rise to the entire “Midnight Movie” counterculture phenomenon of the early ’70s and forever changed the way adventurous audiences viewed film. Or, for that matter, heard film, for no soundtrack, before or since, has embraced so many styles in its pursuit of spiritual and artistic goals. Atonal, Tibetan Buddhist thighbone trumpets clash with beautiful, even sentimental, chamber orchestra pieces alongside pan flute rhapsodies, brass bands and parlor jazz; that Jodorowsky himself composed the score is nearly as impressive an artistic achievement as the film itself. Real Gone Music, in partnership with ABKCO Music & Records, will issue this one-of-a-kind soundtrack album on LP and as a stand-alone CD for the first time since the original 1971 Apple Records release. All design elements of the original packaging — including a four-page booklet boasting some of the film’s hallucinogenic imagery — will be reproduced on the LP reissue and incorporated into the design of the CD booklet. Out October 30, 2012.

With her purring passionate voice and arrangements both spare and sumptuous, Barbara Lewis recorded some of the best soul-pop of the 1960s. Though best remembered for her hits “Hello Stranger” (which she wrote, along with a number of her early singles), “Baby I'm Yours” and “Make Me Your Baby,” she recorded a wealth of fine material for Atlantic Records throughout the 1960s that remains beloved among devotees of both the Beach Music and Northern Soul scenes, with such esteemed producers as Bert Berns, Arif Mardin and Artie Butler behind the board. The two-CD collection The Complete Atlantic Singles is the most comprehensive anthology of her Atlantic recordings ever assembled (and the only one available), featuring the A-sides and B-sides of all 17 singles she issued for the label, many of which have never appeared on CD. Richie Unterberger’s notes feature exclusive quotes from Barbara Lewis herself. A soul essential, available November 6.

Spawned by the same anarcho-street-folk-punk movement that gave rise to such colorful personalities as the Fugs and Holy Modal Rounders, David Peel has been singing songs and politically agitating on the streets of lower New York for more than 45 years (he recently was a fixture at the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations). This album marked his debut; recorded with his band David Peel & the Lower East Side on the streets of New York for Elektra in 1968, it scraped the lower reaches of the charts in 1969 and brought Peel no small measure of notoriety, which culminated with his being signed to Apple Records and produced by John Lennon (the infamous The Pope Smokes Dope) in the early ’70s. Have a Marijuana took no prisoners then and doesn’t now; such songs as “Up Against the Wall,” “I Like Marijuana” and “Here Comes a Cop” may embody for some the worst excesses of the hippie movement while reminding others of the enduring struggle for social justice and personal freedom. Or they might just provoke a guffaw or two—or maybe a Yippie. Have a Marijuana makes its domestic stand-alone CD debut on October 30, with original album art and new liner notes featuring quotes from Peel himself.

Real Gone Music continues its reissue campaign featuring CD debuts of Johnny Mathis’ classic Mercury albums with a pair of single-CD twofers streeting November 6. 1964’s This Is Love was one of the last and greatest of the romantic ballad albums Johnny Mathis had been recording throughout his career to that point, with three tracks (“Poinciana,” “The Touch of Your Lips” and “The End of a Love Affair”) paying tribute to another all-time great romantic balladeer and early role model, Nat “King” Cole. 1965’s Olé, meanwhile, marked a daring artistic turn for the artist, as it presented Latin songs sung in their native languages of Spanish and Portuguese (including two from the film Black Orpheus) with authentic, stripped-down accompaniment. Mathis’ next two albums were among his most successful with Mercury: The Sweetheart Tree boasted the Academy Award-nominated title track penned by Mathis and Henry Mancini for the film The Great Race, and The Shadow of Your Smile was, with the exception of his Christmas record, the most popular of the albums Johnny recorded for Mercury, reaching #9 on the charts. Highlights include the singer’s first forays into Beatle-mania (“Michelle” and “Yesterday”) and three songs from the hit Broadway musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. Both albums hail from 1965.

You know a Christmas album is classic when it gets re-recorded in stereo five years after its initial release, when that re-recording hits the charts a full five years after its initial release, and when the record company goes to the trouble of giving a subsequent Christmas album the same name a full seven years after its initial release under a different title. There’s only one Christmas album (or one album, period) that fits all these criteria: Percy Faith’s 1954 masterpiece, The Music of Christmas. Majestic and sumptuous, this recording brought the arranging, orchestrating and conducting prowess of the young maestro to bear on some of the most beloved hymns and carols of all time. Yet the original mono recording of this holiday essential — and its iconic cover art — has never been issued on a legitimate CD until now. (The 1959 stereo re-recording, which charted in 1964, has never gone out of print). Disc Two presents the original stereo version of the 1958 release Hallelujah! together with its original cover art; a Christmas classic in its own right, it shows what holiday magic Percy Faith could wield in the stereophonic realm. That album was re-named The Music of Christmas Volume 2 in 1965; Real Gone Music offers both The Music of Christmas and Hallelujah! as The Complete Music of Christmas, a two-CD set featuring new remastering by Maria Triana that just leaps out of the stereo. Street date is November 13.

Given the international success of her 2011 album My Heart, ’tis the season to re-release Doris Day’s The Complete Christmas Collection, a 22-track collection containing Doris’ complete, holiday-themed recordings, plus some real rarities. The first 12 tracks hail from her beloved 1964 release The Doris Day Christmas Album — issued in its entirety here for the first time in the U.S. — followed by two hard-to-find tracks she recorded with Frank DeVol in 1959 and five non-LP Columbia singles. But the next two songs are even rarer — unreleased prior to this collection, in fact — “Silent Night” and “Christmas Greeting from Doris” hail from her early-’50s radio show and her late-’60s CBS-TV show, respectively. The set winds up with an emotionally charged reading of “Let No Walls Divide” taken from the all-star Christmas album We Wish You the Merriest that Columbia released in 1961 to promote stars like Johnny Cash, Aretha Franklin and Andre Previn as well as Doris. Release date is October 30.

A roaring fire, something warm to wear (probably a cardigan) and the crooning call of Perry Como — such has been the comforting recipe for countless Christmas celebrations across generations. And now here’s a collection to pass down through those generations: all of the holiday-themed recordings Perry made for RCA over 36 years taken from the original tapes, with notes by longtime admirer (and co-producer of this compilation) Richard Carpenter. The first eight tracks hail from the original 78-rpm album Perry Como Sings Merry Christmas (1946), followed by six non-album singles. Next up is the 1953 album Around the Christmas Tree, plus, as a bonus, two spoken-word radio introductions from Perry. That’s disc one; disc two leads off with three more singles, then the 1959 stereo album Season’s Greetings From Perry Como, which hit the Pop album charts for four straight years and the Christmas album charts for six more years after that! And disc three offers two single sides, then the chart-topping 1968 release The Perry Como Christmas Album, a rare album outtake (“Some Children See Him”) and another single before fittingly winding up with Perry’s final holiday recording from 1982, the appropriately-titled “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Forever.” Only 1,000 copies of this 53-track collection were made in 2010 before it went out of print, now fetching $400 online for a new copy (don’t worry, this Real Gone Music reissue sells for a lot less than that). The three-CD set Complete RCA Christmas Collection, slated for October 30 release, is destined to become an enduring Christmas classic.

Depending upon your age, political persuasion and/or aesthetic sensibility, the 1966 album SSgt. Barry Sadler’s Ballads of the Green Berets could be viewed as a courageous, patriotic rejoinder to the antiwar fervor then sweeping the nation, or as a jingoistic, war-mongering screed, or as an unintentionally hilarious camp classic. Through any filter, though, it’s a genuine ’60s artifact, proof positive that Richard Nixon’s “Silent Majority” really did exist back in the ’60s, as it sold two million copies in five weeks and the title track reached #1 and #2 in the pop and country charts, respectively. The Real Gone reissue, to be released October 30, includes the original artwork, new liner notes and a bonus track, SSgt. Sadler’s hit follow-up single, “The ‘A’-Team.”

Street date October 30, 2012:
El Topo Soundtrack (LP & CD)
David Peel & the Lower East Side: Have a Marijuana
Perry Como: Complete RCA Christmas Collection
Doris Day: The Complete Christmas Collection
SSgt. Barry Sadler: Ballads of the Green Berets

Street date November 6, 2012:
Barbara Lewis: The Complete Atlantic Singles
Johnny Mathis: This Is Love/Olé
Johnny Mathis: The Sweetheart Tree/The Shadow of Your Smile

Street date November 13, 2012:
Percy Faith: The Complete Music of Christmas
About Real Gone Music
Real Gone Music, formed and helmed by industry vets Gordon Anderson and Gabby Castellana, is an eclectic and prolific catalog and reissue label with distribution through Razor & Tie. Anderson and Castellana each started businesses in 1993 — Collectors’ Choice Music and Hep Cat Records & Distribution, respectively — that became two of the most important outlets for buyers and sellers of vintage music recordings. They joined forces in 2011 to launch Real Gone Music, which serves both the collector community and the casual music fan with a robust release schedule combining big-name artists with esoteric cult favorites. Real Gone Music is dedicated to combing the vaults for sounds that aren’t just gone — they’re REAL gone.

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dow, Friday, 21 September 2012 14:01 (five years ago) Permalink

Viva Tim Maia! Luaka Bop Throws Worldwide Party for Brazilian Superstar's 70th Birthday

Tim Maia
After a decade of legal wrangling, 'Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia,' the latest installment in Luaka Bop's World Psychedelic Classics series, is out Oct 2, and the entire album is now streaming exclusively via Slate

Had he not died of a heart attack onstage in 1998, Maia would turn 70 tomorrow, September 28. Luaka Bop is celebrating with a worldwide birthday celebration spanning four continents over 24 hours, featuring tribute shows, DJ sets and live performances, and more. Click the image at the right to zoom in on Tim's birthday party map and go here for more information on the events:

Rolling Stone recently called his music a "soul grenade." In an early review SPIN noted that Maia is sometimes called "the Brazilian Sly Stone" adding that "actually undersells his uniqueness."

Tim Maia on the Web:


dow, Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:04 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:06 (five years ago) Permalink

This shows all the bday party events

dow, Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:07 (five years ago) Permalink


i guess i'd just rather listen to canned heat? (ian), Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:54 (five years ago) Permalink

makes me think of the estate sale i was at a few weeks ago that had a beaten up seven-inch of the ballad of davy crocket -- for $10! isn't that like the biggest selling seven inch of all time or something?
anyway, reissues -- this looks good:

tylerw, Thursday, 27 September 2012 15:59 (five years ago) Permalink

I thought "Ballad of the Green Berets" would be top on some people's lists to just steal. I mean, it's fun for mix tapes but who would go out of their way. Just rip that thing from YouTube.

โตเกียวเหมียวเหมียว aka Italo Night at Some Gay Club (Mount Cleaners), Thursday, 27 September 2012 17:11 (five years ago) Permalink

Hadn't heard about the vinyl/cd package of the Birthday Party's Junkyard before this week.
sound is based on a 2000 Henry Rollins remaster so presumably means that Infinite Zero/2:13:61 or somwebody had reissued the lp back then.

I've been wondering about Birthday Party remasters for a while so interested to hear about this. Not sure exactly when it came out offhand was it last day of August?

Stevolende, Thursday, 27 September 2012 17:19 (five years ago) Permalink

September 28, 2012

Super Deluxe Box Set – Released on November 19th on Universal Records

“Better stop dreaming of the quiet life -
Cos it's the one we'll never know”

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Jam’s final studio album and to mark the 30th anniversary of the bands’ startling split, Universal will release a super-deluxe box set of THE GIFT on November 19, 2012.

“I was very proud of it - I thought it was another advance on what we'd done before.” Paul Weller - 2012

Surprisingly this was the band’s only No. 1 album in the UK and marked the departure from the classic Jam sound to a more soul-influenced style, ushering in Weller’s ideas for the Style Council. THE GIFT includes the classic UK No. 1 single “Town Called Malice” plus other highlights “Running On The Spot” and “Carnation.”

THE GIFT, released in March 1982 was The Jam’s final studio album, in which Weller strove to bring as close to perfection as was humanly possible. Plenty of its songs number among The Jam’s best. It is also a fascinating glimpse of its time: of musical currents that were swirling around London and beyond. THE GIFT’s energy was not just focused on the state of society: it had a lot to say about where music was going, what had happened to the righteous fires lit by punk, and how to remain relevant and vital when music was taking some very wrong turns indeed. The challenge it answered was simple enough: if blaring guitars and rock poses had run out of road, what could embody the kind of passion that The Jam were all about? The answer lay in the soul music that had bled into their collective identity from the start, and a push to make it less of an influence, than a key part of who they were.

Looking back, some of The Jam’s associates have speculated about what lay behind Weller’s frantic drive to put everything he could into THE GIFT: increasingly of the belief that the group should break-up, Weller was simply trying ensure that their last album should be their best.

Since the breakup of The Jam, Paul Weller’s career has thrived and evolved. From his days fronting The Style Council to this year’s critically acclaimed new solo album SONIK KICKS, the reissue of THE GIFT can almost be viewed as the jumping off point for Weller’s long and illustrious career.

Full details of the track listing, artwork, added extras and bonuses of the 4-disc box set listed below which includes a “Live At Wembley 1982” CD and a compilation DVD of videos, Top Of The Pop appearances and other Jam nuggets.

The Jam – The Gift: 30th Anniversary (‘The Gift and beyond…’)

A ‘Super-Deluxe’ box set edition of The Gift album + last few singles (Great Depression, The Bitterest Pill, Beat Surrender)


‘Gift-box’ ‘super-deluxe’ edition contents:

Four discs, in individual wallets

1. Disc 1 – original album re-mastered
+ 10 singles/b-sides from the period, up to the split.

2. Disc 2 – bonus tracks
15 demos & alternate tracks, 13 previously unreleased, re-mastered

3. Disc 3 – Live at Wembley December 1982
23 tracks, complete concert from the last ever Jam tour (previously unreleased), re-mastered

4. Disc 4 – DVD compilation

Promo clips (Town Called Malice / Precious / The Bitterest Pill)
Trans-Global Unity Express tour – live tracks from Birmingham show:

1. Town Called Malice
2. Carnation
3. Precious
4. Ghosts
5. Move On Up
6. Private Hell
7. Pretty Green
8. “Trans-Global Express”
9. The Gift

Danish TV special (DR) The band play the Gift album live in small studio with audience (previously unseen officially)
Top Of The Pops – 1982 - Town Called Malice / Precious


Outer box in original striped bag style cover – ‘The Jam – A Gift’!

Hardback 72-page, full-colour book – including period and fan’s memorabilia, magazine cuttings (NME etc.), reviews, photos, new interviews (with Paul Weller and producer Peter Wilson)

Forward by Paul Weller and new essay by John Harris

Set of postcard prints

Replica 1982 tour programme


Also available as…

2-disc deluxe digi-pak format
Deluxe digital version

Limited Edition 10” Vinyl of Danish TV Concert recorded 23/4/82


Super-deluxe box tracklisting:

Disc One - Original album / Singles & B-Sides
1. Happy Together
2. Ghosts
3. Precious
4. Just Who Is The 5 O’clock Hero
5. “Trans-Global Express”
6. Running On The Spot
7. Circus
8. The Planner’s Dream Goes Wrong
9. Carnation
10. Town Called Malice
11. The Gift

12. Precious (12”)
13. The Great Depression
14. The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)
15. Pity Poor Alfie / Fever
16. Pity Poor Alfie (swing version)
17. Beat Surrender
18. Shopping
19. Move On Up
20. Stoned Out Of My Mind
21. War
Disc Two – Demos & alternate tracks
Skirt (demo) #
Get Yourself Together (demo) Originally released on ‘Extras’
Ghosts (instrumental demo) #
Just Who Is The 5 O’clock Hero (demo) #
Running On The Spot (demo) #
The Planner’s Dream Goes Wrong (demo) #
Carnation (instrumental demo) #
Precious (demo) Originally released on ‘Direction, Reaction, Creation’
The Bitterest Pill (demo) #
Alfie (demo ‘2’) #
We’ve Only Started (‘old version’) #
Only Started (instrumental demo) #
Shopping (AKA ‘Paul’s demo’) #
Beat Surrender (demo) #
Solid Bond In Your Heart (demo) #
# Previously unreleased
Disc Three - Live at Wembley (Dec. 3rd 1982)
1. Start!
2. It’s Too Bad
3. Beat Surrender
4. Away From The Numbers
5. Ghosts
6. In The Crowd
7. Boy About Town
8. So Sad About Us
9. All Mod Cons
10. To Be Someone
11. Smithers-Jones
12. That’s Entertainment
13. The Great Depression
14. Precious
15. Move On Up
16. Circus
17. Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
18. David Watts
19. Mr Clean
20. Town Called Malice
21. But I’m Different Now
22. “Trans-Global Express”
23. In The City
Disc 4 – DVD
Part 1 – Trans-Global Unity Express
Live video from Birmingham March 1982
Part 2 – The promo videos
1. Town Called Malice
2. Precious
3. The Bitterest Pill
Part 3 - Danish TV special
The Jam play songs from the Gift album. Recorded live in Studio 3,
TV-Byen, Copenhagen April 19 1982, broadcast April 23 1982.

Running On The Spot
Happy Together
In The Crowd
Town Called Malice
Pity Poor Alfie / Fever
Just Who Is The 5 O’clock Hero
The Gift
Move On Up
Trans-Global Express
Part 4 – Top Of The Pops
Recorded February 18 1982
1. Precious
2. Town Called Malice

dow, Friday, 28 September 2012 17:41 (five years ago) Permalink

Not saying this doesn't sound cool, but ANOTHER Jam reissue/box set/etc?!

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Friday, 28 September 2012 17:50 (five years ago) Permalink

Yep. So the original Bat Chain Puller did finally ship in Feb, courtesy the Zappa site? Only seen a couple reviews, a rave from David Fricke, a confusing description in Pitchfork (describing versions from Shiny Beast, or is that a typo) Interesting point though: if more conventional original version had come out, and if it had been more commercially sucessful, "it might have taken the edge off the man", and we wouldn't have gotten the incisive final three albums, as we know them. Anyway, anybody heard the 2012 legit BCP? Thoughts?

dow, Friday, 28 September 2012 18:49 (five years ago) Permalink

'Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard : Hard Time, Good Time & End Time Music : 1923-1936' Available as a 3LP/3CD box set November 6th, 2012


Work, play, pray - the lifecycle of the rural America that created our greatest generation of country music, 1923 to 1936. These volumes survey songs of labor and occupation, hardship and loss; dance tunes, comic numbers, and novelties that provided distraction and fun; and the hymns and sacred pieces that reached beyond the raw material of daily existence for something enduring. Work Hard, Play Hard, Pray Hard features 19 previously un-reissued sides and is largely drawn from the collection of the late Don Wahle of Louisville, Kentucky. A hillbilly 78 collector for many years, his records were hours away from the dump when producer Nathan Salsburg recovered them. Compiled and annotated by Salsburg with accompanying essays by Sarah Bryan (editor of the Old Time Herald), Amanda Petrusich (New York Times; author of It Still Moves), and John Jeremiah Sullivan (Southern editor of the Paris Review; author of Blood Horses and the essay collection Pulphead).

Work Hard:
Side A 1. Earl McCoy, Alfred Meng, and Clem Garner: John Henry the Steel Drivin' Man (1930) * 2. David McCarn: Poor Man, Rich Man (Cotton Mill Colic No. 2) (1930) 3. Allen Brothers: I've Got the Chain Store Blues (1930) * 4. Fiddlin' John Carson: The Farmer Is the Man Who Feeds Them All (1923) 5. Oscar Ford: The Farmer's Dream (1930) * 6. Earl Johnson: When the Roses Bloom Again for the Bootlegger (1930) * Side B 1. Harry "Mac" McClintock: Jerry, Go Ile that Car (1928) 2. & 3. Red Gay & Jack Wellman: Flat Wheel Train Blues, parts 1 & 2 (1930) * 4. Pierre La Dieu: Driving Saw Logs on the Plover (1928) * 5. Darby & Tarlton: All Bound Down in Texas (1929) 6. Buell Kazee: Poor Boy Long Ways from Home (1928) * 7. Georgia Crackers: Diamond Joe (1927)
Play Hard:
Side A 1. Gid Tanner and band: Work Don't Bother Me (1930) 2. North Carolina Hawaiians: Soldier's Joy (1928) * 3. Bill Chitwood and His Georgia Mountaineers: Fourth of July at the Country Fair (1927) * 4. Warren Caplinger's Cumberland Mountain Entertainers: McDonald's Farm (1928) * 5. Carolina Ramblers String Band: Barnyard Frolic (1932) * 6. Cherokee Ramblers: Home Brew Rag (1935) * 7. Herschel Brown and His Boys: Corn-Shucking Party In Georgia (1928) Side B 1. Charlie Wilson & His Hayloft Gang: The Beer Party (1933) * 2. Aiken County String Band: Charleston Rag (1927) * 3. Whit Gaydon: Tennessee Coon Hunt (1929) * 4. Hack String Band: Too Tight Rag (1929) 5. Allen Brothers: Cheat 'Em (1928) 6. Oscar Ford: Hide Away (1927) 7. Tennessee Ramblers: The Preacher Got Drunk and Laid Down His Bible (1928)
Pray Hard:
Side A 1. Gid Tanner: You've Got to Stop Drinking Shine (1930) * 2. Happy Four: Climbing the Golden Stairs (1927) * 3. McDonald Quartette: Oh Declare His Glory (1927) * 4. Dixon Brothers: Easter Day (1936) 5. Georgia Yellow Hammers: I'm S-A-V-E-D (1927) 6. Corley Family: Way to Glory Land (1929) * 7. Fields Ward and the Grayson County Railsplitters: You Must Be A Lover of the Lord (1929) 8. Sid Harkreader & Grady Moore: The Gambler's Dying Words (1927) Side B 1. Kentucky Holiness Singers: I'm On My Way (1930) * 2. Snowball & Sunshine: Leave It There (1931) * 3. Alfred G. Karnes: Where We'll Never Grow Old (1927) 4. Ernest Phipps and His Holiness Singers: If the Light Has Gone Out of Your Soul (1928) 5. Taylor-Griggs Louisiana Melody Makers: When the Moon Drips Away Into the Blood (1928) * 6. Red Brush Singers: Beyond the Starry Plane (1928) * 7. Elder G. P. Harris: My Christian Friends In Bonds of Love (c. 1933)

* First issue since 78-rpm release.

Available Nov 6, 2012
3CD Set : TSQ 2776 / 3 LP Set : TSQ 2783
Distributed by INgrooves/Fontana in the US, Cargo UK for Europe, FUSE for Australia

dow, Monday, 1 October 2012 18:26 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 1 October 2012 18:28 (five years ago) Permalink

from Numero: Alfonso Lovo's La Gigantona (The Gigantic Lady) with friends incl Chepito Areas of Santana

dow, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:14 (five years ago) Permalink

La Gigantona is of the Latin cosmos, reviewed here:

dow, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:18 (five years ago) Permalink

hey you guys keep up with reissues can one of u alert me (via remote electrocution of penis) when this thing gets reissued on vinyl:

flopson, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 16:22 (five years ago) Permalink


Track Listing
1) Double Dare Ya
2) Liar
3) Carnival
4) Suck My Left One
5) Feels Blind
6) Thurston Hearts The Who
Bikini Kill Records, the label formed in 2012 by feminist punk band Bikini Kill, is excited to announce its first release on November 20th, 2012: a 20th anniversary reissue of the band's debut 12" EP. The vinyl reissue will include a new fanzine in the form of a 34" x 21" poster featuring interviews with Ian MacKaye (Minor Threat, Fugazi) and Molly Neuman (Bratmobile), liner notes by Layla Gibbon (Skinned Teen, MRR), excerpts from the band's zines (Bikini Kill #1 and #2, Jigsaw #4), and photos from bandmembers' personal archives.

The self-titled EP, originally released in the fall of 1992, comprises four songs recorded by Ian MacKaye at Inner Ear Studios; one song from the band's 1991 demo cassette, record by Pat Maley (Yo-Yo Studios); and one song recorded during Bikini Kill's live performance April 4th, 1992, at Washington, D.C.'s Sanctuary Theater.

This EP marks the beginning of a larger campaign to release the complete Bikini Kill catalog, including previously unreleased material, on vinyl and CD, in addition to the digital downloads that are available now at
Bikini Kill are available for interviews.

dow, Wednesday, 3 October 2012 19:13 (five years ago) Permalink

news from

Streaming Soundcloud previews from the forthcoming Analog Africa compilation, Diablos Del Ritmo - The Colombian Melting Pot 1960 - 1985

Bajo El Trupillo Guajiro - Sexteto Manaure
Busca la Careta - Andrés Landero
Lumbalú - Calixto Ochoa y Los Papaupas
Schallcarri - Grupo Abharca

Released 11/20/2012 on double CD and 2 x Double LP
After half a decade in which seven expeditions were made to Barranquilla, Analog Africa is honored to present “Diablos del Ritmo”, an anthology of - and tribute to - the immense sound of 1970s Colombia. Thousands of records were collected and boiled down to a colorfully diverse selection of 32 tracks (available on Double CD, 2 x Double LP and digital format), Split between Afrobeat, Afrofunk, Psychedelia-inspired rhythms on Part 1 and an array of danceable tropical rhythms on Part 2.

Diablos Del Ritmo release details:

There are a number of theories as to how, in the mid-20th century, African music made its way to Colombia's vibrant port city of Barranquilla, today's mecca of Caribbean tropical music. Some maintain that a man named "Boquebaba" remains responsible. Others claim that seafaring traders and merchants imported the first sizeable amount of African vinyl. An absolute certainty is that in March 2007 Analog Africa-founder Samy Ben Redjeb arrived in Barranquilla, by some still considered the "Golden Gate of Colombia". After half a decade in which seven expeditions were made to Barranquilla, Analog Africa is honored to present Diablos del Ritmo, an anthology of -- and tribute to -- the immense sound of 1970s Colombia. Thousands of records were collected, boiling down to a colorfully-diverse selection of 32 tracks split between Afrobeat, Afrofunk and psychedelia-inspired rhythms on Part 1 and an array of danceable tropical rhythms on Part 2. Colombian music in general, especially the music from the Caribbean coast, is heavily influenced by the drums, percussion and chanting of African rhythms. Music from big players of the day -- from Nigeria, The Congo, The Ivory Coast and Cuba -- entered Barranquilla constantly. Afrobeat, terapia and lumbalú clashed effortlessly with the tropical sounds of puya, porro, gaita, cumbiamba, mapelé and chandé to create a rich amalgam of irresistible dance music while traditional styles were refined by an elite cadre of accordion players that included Alejandro Duran, Alfredo Gutierrez, Calixto Ochoa, Anibal Velasquez and Andres Landero. The heights Afro-Colombian music had reached by the early '80s was nothing short of exceptional. But, none of it could have been possible without two vital engines. One was the Picó sound systems -- roaming street clubs dedicated to mobilizing and spreading the rawest music of Africa, the Caribbean and the rest of the transatlantic black world. The second were forwarding-thinking producers. Discos Tropical, Felito Records and Machuca, amongst several other key players, governed and diversified the psychedelic and coastal music scene of Colombia. Alongside an all-encompassing 60-page booklet including 40 vintage photographs, 24 interviews and documented first-hand knowledge, the deep cuts of Analog Africa's 12th compilation will instantly transport any listener to Colombia's thriving Caribbean coast to indulge in the succulent belly of tropical music's untold historic tales.

dow, Thursday, 4 October 2012 20:52 (five years ago) Permalink

Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72
comes to DVD on November 20

An intimate look at the dynamic Ike and Tina Turner at their creative peak...
From the lens of legendary rock photographer BOB GRUEN

By combining soul music with an explosive stage show, complete with the high energy dance choreography of Tina Turner and the Ikettes, and an ingredient sorely missed in today's soul - gritty rock n' roll - Ike & Tina Turner gained a reputation as one of the great live acts of all-time. In the early 70's, legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen and his wife Nadya toured with Ike & Tina, filming them performing, on the road, and behind the scenes. Now for the first time ever this footage is available to the public... This is a look inside a hardworking band as well as an iconic couple

With portable video recorders not as prominent during that era as they are nowadays, no one has seen scenes like this. But with the release of Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72, fans are finally treated to a must-see behind-the-scenes view of the band, at the peak of their powers. Similar to an earlier DVD set, The New York Dolls: All Dolled Up, the Gruens toured with Ike & Tina and documented everything in black and white (and some color as well). Now, 40 years later, fans get to experience what it was like to be with one of the most popular touring/recording bands of this time period.

In addition to simply awesome renditions of several Ike & Tina classics, we also get a glimpse of the group at work in the recording studio, Tina and the Ikettes practicing their dance routines (and primping their wigs!), and goofing around on airplanes and in airports. We even get to see inside Ike & Tina's house and the couple's funky retro '70s home décor, as Tina cooks dinner for her kids.

A lot has been written about Ike and Tina's relationship over the years (mostly in the negative light). But for many years, they were able to coexist together in the public eye, and in the process, created some of the most exciting and gripping soul/rock music ever recorded. Now with Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72, we have a more than worthy visual accompaniment to their classic sounds.

"The film Whats Love Got To Do With It? shows why Ike and Tina Turner broke up," says Gruen. "Ike & Tina: On The Road: 1971-72 shows why Ike and Tina were together for twenty years before that."

Track Listing
River Deep, Mountain High
Pick Me Up (Take Me Where Your Home Is)
Oh Devil
Gulf Coast Blues
Shake A Tail Feather
There Was A Time
Heard It Through the Grapevine
A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knockin' Every Day)
Under The Weather
I've Been Loving You Too Long
Walking the Dog
You've Got to Get That Feeling
Try a Little Tenderness
Proud Mary
I Smell Trouble
Instrumental Theme Song
I Want to Take You Higher

dow, Tuesday, 9 October 2012 17:05 (five years ago) Permalink

Update on Numero Omnibus box:


Yesterday (Wednesday) two massive trucks showed up at Numero HQ. Inside were 14 pallets of books and boxes for our gigantic Eccentric Soul: Omnibus 45x45 box set. Three harrowing hours of bucket-brigade style box moving later, we are finally ready to begin collating and shipping this beast of a project out the door early next week. Still haven't pulled the trigger? Fear not, there's still time! Just not much.

As only 1500 copies of Omnibus were manufactured, the pressing is technically already sold out. However, mailorder customers have always held a spot in our hearts, and we like to reward that direct support with special offers, bonus material, and other crap we make up on the spot. Buying Omnibus from our website today almost guarantees you the bonus pre-order only 46th 45. We say almost because we have very few left. Once we rip through those 500, the plates go into the vault and you'll have to fight bare-knuckle in the secondary market for a copy to complete your Numero run. Or, you could just pre-order the damn thing.

To be clear. We are sending copies to the finest retailers the world over, however, most shops will get only two copies. Do you want to fight bare-knuckle at the record store with your arch nemesis for a box of limited edition singles? (If this does happen, please video tape and send us a copy). I mean, look at that thing! Is it not beautiful? Could you not see it boiling the blood of Frankie and Johnny?

Perhaps you've not heard of Omnibus. We'll explain: Back in early 2003, when Numero was still in an embryonic state, our inaugural release was envisioned as a 10-record, 20-artist pile of peculiar soul 45s, packaged in a cardboard clamshell mailer. It was cobbled together from what, at the time, seemed like a unique selection of singles: off-key vocalists and over-the-top guitar soloists, one-piece string sections and piecemeal brass lines, each of them ostensibly helmed by a savant mad-scientist producer working in jury-rigged, barely functional studio conditions. Its working title was Eccentric Soul.

The imagined box of ten 45s was scrapped, replaced by Eccentric Soul: The Capsoul Label, the project that became Numero 001. From the wreckage of the original set, Altyrone Deno Brown turned out to be a bedrock voice, a central story, and the cover image on 003, Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label; the Dynamic Tints brightened one small corner of Twinight’s Lunar Rotation; and Lady Margo’s “This Is My Prayer” later found a home inside Pepper’s Jukebox, the double LP that accompanied Michael Abramson’s photography in 2009’s Light: On The South Side hardcover book.

All 14 volumes of Eccentric Soul that pre-date this Omnibus sketch a given skein of connective tissue, but fully fleshed out here are the colorful strands linking any given record to untold others: untimely deaths, racial injustice, kid groups dimmed of charm by oncoming adulthood, military base installment, the bitter duty of Vietnam, the state of Alaska, tantalizing flirtations with fame. All of it is evidence that the darkened corners of the music business looked much the same in the pale light of Fresno, California, or Owensboro, Kentucky, or Benton Harbor, Michigan: record labels run by wannabe gangsters, managers with sticky fingers, radio promotion men funneling payola into disc jockey pet projects, marching bands turning into stage bands, youth centers turned into soul schools, and master tapes lost to fire, storm, and flood. Most of these 45s appear austere and simple at a glance, but every crude, hand-drawn logo, every missing or misspelled bit of crucial information, every malapropism-laden band name belies a deep well of unique history. PVC footholds in an uphill battle against badly stacked odds, these were records willed into existence through pure determination.

Omnibus Vol. 1 is an attempt at laying bare a tangled mess of loose ends that Numero (and cohorts) have been tripping over for years. Too disconnected and isolated from one another for expansion into full-length CD or LP projects, we’ve bound together 90 songs and 45 stories, cross-referencing each town and year of issue, and gathering it all into a compact and elegant monument to America’s soul diaspora.

And the package itself? It's only 45 7” singles from the dustiest corners of the United States, replicated down to the tiniest detail. Housed in a custom Numero-patterned 45 box, replete with metal hardware and handle in 19 different color combinations. Clothbound hardback book with a word count of almost 50,000, covering the bizarre histories of each group, the early history of Numero, plus an absurdly detailed series of indices.

Still not convinced? Watch this video

Isn't that a gorgeous case? Want to order it separately? You can. We also made some rad little spindles for the spindly challenged. Is it the lack of a track listing that's holding you back? Do you need sound clips? Fine, go here:

13th Amendment "Hard To Be In Love" b/w "The Stretch"
Aggregation "A Child Is Born" b/w "Can You Feel It"
Black Fur "When We Get Together Soon" b/w "Feel The Shock"
Black Soul Express "Party Time" b/w "When I Left You"
Crystal's Image "A Friend" b/w "Crystal's Image (Cold Crush Theme)"
Darker Shades LTD "Trackin' Down Jody" b/w "Part 2"
Deep Heat "Do It Again" b/w "She's A Junkie (Who's The Blame)"
Directory "Feel It In Your Bones" b/w "World And Creation"
Duracha "Jody Is Gone" b/w "Ghet-To Funk"
Elements of Peace "Together" b/w "Part II"
Energettics "You Make Me Nothing" b/w "Rainy Days And Monday"
Everyday People "(Loose Booty) Is A Real Thing" b/w "Get Next To You"
Family Connection "This Time" b/w "Lost Her Love"
Flack & Company "Disco-TNT" b/w "Been Loving You So Long (Don't Want To Stop)"
Free Mind "Just Jammin'" b/w "After We’re Gone (The World Keeps On Turnin’)"
Hifadelics "Hifidelics Groove" b/w "Quiptown"
Hot Snow "Four Times The Love" b/w "Me & You"
Inbassador "Everyday" b/w "Everybody's Doing It"
Intentions "Dig It (Shovel)" b/w "Blowing With The Wind"
Curtis Indications Liggins "Funky Monkey Right On" b/w "What It Is?"
Majestees "Take Back All Those Things" b/w "Let Her Go"
Mixed Breed "Gotta Get Home" b/w "Wise"
Morning After "Hey Girl" b/w "Disco-Tick"
Now "Land Of Now" b/w "Lovin' You Is Easy"
Procedures "Magic Mirror" b/w "Give Me One More Chance"
Prophets of Peace "The Max" b/w "You Can Be"
Rokk "Patience" b/w "Don't Be No Fool"
Sag War Fare "Don't Be So Jive" b/w "Girl You Better Change"
Sky's The Limit "Don't Be Afraid" b/w "Part 2"
Soul Walkers "Can I Say It Again" b/w "Stay Ahead"
Pat Stallworth "Questions" b/w "Part 2"
Stone Creations "Hands On A Golden Key" b/w "The 'It' Song"
Super Soul Movement "Bad Bad Bad" b/w "Part 2"
Suspicious Can Openers "Fever In Your Hot Pants" b/w "Tuesday In The Rain"
Techniques "Get Technified" b/w "When You're Away"
Third Generation "Mother Nature" b/w "Love Is Gonna Rain Down On Me"
Three Days Ahead "Face It Man" b/w "Rolling Love Part 2"
Tickled Pink "Reach Out (And Give Me Your Hand)" b/w "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Trinikas "Black Is Beautiful" b/w "Remember Me"
Trust "Funk Power" b/w "Explosion"
Two Plus Two "I'm Sure" b/w "Look Around"
Union "Strike" b/w "Come Over To My House For Lunch"
Volumes "I've Never Been So In Love" b/w "I'm Gonna Miss You"
Walter & the Admerations "Life Of Tears" b/w "Man Oh Man (What Have I Done)"
Clifton White "The Grade A" b/w "Ain't No Love"

And with that, we're out of enticements. We'll let peer pressure and and the natural anxiety that comes with collecting do the rest.

Get Omnibus.


dow, Friday, 12 October 2012 14:14 (five years ago) Permalink

Pagan Altar - Judgement Of The Dead (Cruz Del Sur, 1982)
Sex Pistols - Never Mind The Bollocks (Comm Mktg, 1977) [2CD]

Fastnbulbous, Friday, 12 October 2012 18:32 (five years ago) Permalink

Is this an actual remastered version of Never Mind, finally?

this is the dream of avril and chad (jer.fairall), Friday, 12 October 2012 22:42 (five years ago) Permalink

from Riot Act Media (so a little giddy)


This double LP is an expanded edition of a CD of the same name. That disc—originally issued by Glitterhouse in 2000—collected Califone’s first two EPs (on Perishable and Road Cone), plus two new songs. Four more songs – unreleased outtakes from the final Red Red Meat recording sessions—have been added here, to this new and expanded version. It’s all you need when it comes to the genesis of this well-regarded Chicago-based group. Califone started as the solo project of singer/ guitarist Tim Rutili in the late 1990s, after the dissolution of his band Red Red Meat. Soon enough, Red Red Meat members Ben Massarella and Tim Hurley joined the group, who recorded with RRM’s Brian Deck as well as at their own space and with Warren Defever in Livonia, MI.

These songs appear to fall apart and come back together again while you are listening to them. The first song on their first EP, the sleepwalking “On The Steeple W/ The Shakes (XMas Tigers),” sounds like a blues-rock anthem that got dosed at the Christmas party. Rutili says that the song was “made with a drum machine that I stole from my four-year-old son and a brown air organ from the thrift store. We were trying to make our own version of dub music.” Naturally it is followed immediately by a gorgeous, largely acoustic folk-pop number, “Silvermine Pictures.” Rutili and company were superb at giving you what you didn’t expect. Remember, Sub Pop had expected RRM to be the next Pearl Jam based on the success of their first record for them… and their last album was a Christmas-themed banjo-prog record released in late February of 1997.

“On the first two Califone EPs, we were definitely trying to allow some deep change and possibility into what we were doing, and the door was always wide open to accidental music and automatic writing,” Rutili explains. “We built a lot of this music on accidents and chance occurrences. Some of the songs are really good; some of it sounds like an expedition that got lost in the woods. I was still playing with toy drum machines, cheap or borrowed synths and a cassette 4track, trying to make songs out of all these insane sounds.”

This music is catchy and kind of weird. It’s aged as well as any of your favorites from the 1990s, from the Lily’s ‘Better Can’t Make Your Life Better’ to Bell Biv Devoe’s “Poison”—which is to say, awesomely.

• The first time this collection has been available on vinyl
• Double LP with deluxe tip-on gatefold jacket with all new artwork
• Side D contains 4 previously unreleased songs
• Includes code for digital download of the entire record





dow, Monday, 15 October 2012 14:49 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 15 October 2012 16:44 (five years ago) Permalink

Yes, from Drag City (yall know about the reissue of Accelerator from that Royal Trux thread rat?)
Speaking of reissues! We're not just back at you with the forward-singing music of Royal Trux on this fine date, we're also here with something barely-remembered from 1990! To have the album Its Cosy Inside by Woo brought to our attention by the weirdos at Yoga has been odd for us, since we recall scouring the bins back in those days and being fond of Independent Project, the label that originally released this record! We must have been high! (no comment - ed.) Ore maybe we were just distracted trying to keep the "Demolition Plot J-9" 7" in print. Whatever, the reason, who cares? This is the beauty of recorded music and the glory of the object - twenty-two years after the release of this record, we're talking about it again. And it sounds very in tune with today's vogue for kraut-inflected, post new-wave ambient music. Woo's muse is realized on It's Cosy Inside via guitars, electronic percussion, clarinet, bass, treatments, voices and violin. Mark and Clive Ives seemed to enjoy working in miniature - there are sixteen pieces on the album, varied in nature, but all of which ripple rhythmically through the speakers. Sometimes the beat is a pulse, sometimes it has a crisp accent. The classic flavors of exotica are filtered and modulated into something newer in the process, something that predicts the moves of Stereolab and High Llamas, but something that sits very comfortably next to Blues Control as well! So, also new on October 9th: something borrowed, something Woo. It's Cosy Inside - get in there!
Also Woo-related on this day is a 7" single that serves as an appeteaser for anyone who is turned on by the description of It's Cosy Inside but isn't sure they want to buy it and they don't know how to pluck it like an apple from the ripe young internet - a split single with a Woo song that didn't make it onto the album and a Nite Jewel piece that doffs her eponymously-encrusted cap in the direction of the Woo sound. Buy that and make up your mind about the album later! Or buy both and ask your local shopkeep for a discount. Woo, we'd like to be there when that deal goes down.

dow, Monday, 15 October 2012 16:47 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 15 October 2012 16:54 (five years ago) Permalink

Drag City re thee above image:
So yeah - Tony Caro and John. Their lone album All On the First Day has been blowing up the brains of the private press crew for the past decade and more. What can we say? People love their folk music hybrids. In the 90s, if some old record had "Sally Free and Easy" on it, you had to have it! While Tony Caro and John weren't quite that pure of a traddy folk outfit, they have that angle. There's an early Incredible String Band-quality to the singing, but the they were firmly folk-rocky with sweet sexy guitar leads (that burned as often as they twinkled) and odd electronic keyboard touches, all of it captured in a primitive, home-recorded process that allow the trippy elements to shine though in uncompromising sheets of mono sound. Blue Clouds projects slides mostly from the years following All On the First Day's "release" (they made 100 copies and spray-painted jackets and sold them at shows): recordings of a more accomplished quality but retaining their wide-eyed essence. The song "Forever and Ever" has an straight-up pop-rock appeal! Plus, there's an outtake from All On the First Day, and a 1974 live rendition of "There Are No Greater Heroes," but Blue Clouds charts the road beyond for Tony Caro and John - and provides a second, distinctive listen from the fantastic three!

dow, Monday, 15 October 2012 16:56 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 15 October 2012 16:58 (five years ago) Permalink

And Mad Music is definitely like, mad! Like most of the records brought to us by Yoga Records, the music of Mad Music Inc has a distinctly outsider quality to it, as if made by folks who couldn't or wouldn't fit in to the world as it was, so they didn't! At the same time, these albums from such varied types as Dwarr, Jeff Eubank, Social Climbers, Matthew Young and yeah, Woo are all examples of places and times that while gone, have left traces in the new generations - all of whom will be thrilled to experience a straight taste of those odd DNA strands that exist within them. Wait, what are we talking about here? Music baby - Mad Music Inc. And that's just about all we have to say on the topic - because the story of Mad Music Inc is that there isn't a story. Ah, thank god - I was gonna go blind if I had to read one more set of liner notes telling me why this record that no one ever heard actually changed the world (note to self: idea for a sci-fi story?)! All there is to say is that the record showed up in racks around the Boston area in 1977, elaborately packaged with random inserts and no other information. The music revolves around a nicely-reverbed piano, but over the course of the title-less first side, sounds come and go, briefly making their play: guitar, harp, flutes, gong, wah-wah, cymbals, sitar, wordless female vocals and tabla, massed vocals and a saxophone and kick drum, finally giving way to a transcendent moment of pure synthetic/progressive art-disco. Side two comes down easy from these heights - primarily spent in a shimmery solo piano wilderness with a bit of flute etc coming in for a bit), the open space of which is dreamy. The artists who made this and purpose for releasing remain unknown. And really, should that ever matter (of course! - discography-scouring ed.)? Get Mad - Mad Music, that is.

dow, Monday, 15 October 2012 16:59 (five years ago) Permalink

Well this looks like a good idea, and approved by Toussaint. From Ace, out Nov. 6 (in the States, anyway)
2. HERCULES - Boz Scaggs
3. WHAT IS SUCCESS - Bonnie Raitt
4. OCCAPELLA - Lee Dorsey
5. LET'S LIVE - Aaron Neville
7. RIDE YOUR PONY - The Meters
8. SOUL SISTER - Allen Toussaint
10. GET OUT OF MY LIFE WOMAN - Solomon Burke
11. SWEET TOUCH OF LOVE - Irma Thomas
12. SHOORAH - Frankie Miller
13. YES WE CAN CAN - The Pointer Sisters
14. FORTUNE TELLER - Benny Spellman
21. TAMPIN' - The Rhine Oaks
22. A CERTAIN GIRL - Warren Zevon
23. HOLY COW - Lee Dorsey
24. SOUTHERN NIGHTS - Glen Campbell

dow, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:25 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:26 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:28 (five years ago) Permalink

Also out Nov. 6: import box, as pictured above--a dollar a song, no track listings yet:
Due to the phenomenal and totally unprecedented demand for Island's complete Sandy Denny Box Set, released in November 2010, Universal Music is issuing a limited edition four CD version. The original box set has become one of the most collectible box sets of all time, changing hands for between œ1000 - œ1500 but now, for fans that missed out, this new four disc edition will include many of the original 19 discs highlight. It will be limited to 3500 copies worldwide and boasts 75 of the cream of the rarities, demos and outtakes from the box set, including 17 demos taken from Sandy's home recording tapes. Among these is the first known recording of Who Knows Where The Time Goes', a home demo recorded in 1967, plus demos and alternate version of many Fairport and Fotheringay classics as well as outtakes and demos from her solo albums.

dow, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:32 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:34 (five years ago) Permalink

Tony Caro and John had a fav track on one of the Love, Peace and Poetry comps IIRC.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 October 2012 15:36 (five years ago) Permalink

How was it? Also wondering about this:

Out Nov. 13--is it good?
1. Entierro Del Primer Juguete (Burial of the First Toy)
2. Bajo Tierra (Under the Earth)
3. La Catedral De Los Puercos (The Pigs Monastery)
4. Los Mendigos Sangrados (The Holy Beggars)
5. La Muerte Es Un Nacimiento (Death Is Birth)
6. Curios Mexicano (Mexican Curios)
7. El Agua Viva (Living Water)
8. Vals Fantasma
9. El Alma Nace en la Sangre (The Soul Born in the Blood)
10. Topo Triste
11. Los Dioses De Azucar (The Sugar Gods)
12. Las Flores Nacen En El Barro (Flowers Born in the Mud)
13. El Infierno De Los Angeles Prostitutos (The Hell of the Prostituted Angels)
14. Marcha De Los Ojos En El Triangulos (March of the Eyes in the Triangles)
15. La Miel Del Dolor (The Pain of the Honey)
16. 300 Conejos (300 Rabbits)
17. Conocimiento A Traves De La Musica (Knowledge Through Music)
18. La Primera Flor Despues Del Diluvio (The First Flower after the Flood)
Championed by everybody from John Lennon to Peter Gabriel and decried by "Establishment" critics ranging from Vincent Canby to Gene Siskel El Topo remains one of the controversial movies ever made. Director Alejandro Jodorowsky's bizarre, blood-soaked blend of spaghetti Western, druggy surrealism, Christian allegory, Zen Buddhist themes and avant-garde sensibilities gave rise to the entire "Midnight Movie" counterculture phenomenon of the early '70s and forever changed the way adventurous audiences viewed film. Or, for that matter, heard film; for no soundtrack, before or since, has embraced so many styles in its pursuit of spiritual and artistic goals. Atonal, Tibetan Buddhist thighbone trumpets clash with beautiful, even sentimental, chamber orchestra pieces alongside pan flute rhapsodies, brass bands and parlor jazz; that Jodorowsky himself composed the score after, no doubt, intently studying the work of Morricone--is almost as impressive an artistic achievement as the film itself.

dow, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:37 (five years ago) Permalink

Almost bought It's Cosy Inside yesterday but put it down when I came across Accelerator. Maybe I will go back for it today cuz it really is lovely.

Trip Maker, Monday, 22 October 2012 15:39 (five years ago) Permalink

El Topo soundtrack is good, but I got it as part of the Jodorowsky boxed set that came out a couple of years ago.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 October 2012 16:13 (five years ago) Permalink

"There Are No Greater Heroes" is the song and yes it (and the comp in general) are quite good.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Monday, 22 October 2012 16:23 (five years ago) Permalink

dow, Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:28 (five years ago) Permalink


Available on limited edition vinyl and as a two-CD set combining the original
with a previously unissued 14-track live show from 1981

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Omnivore Recordings will release a newly remastered 30th Anniversary limited edition LP and two-CD set of the long lost, out-of-print, landmark 1981 album Heartbreak, by seminal Scottish folk guitarist, singer, and composer Bert Jansch on November 6. The first pressing of the LP will be issued on 1,500 pieces of clear vinyl (with subsequent pressings on black vinyl), while the two-CD collection includes the original Heartbreak album in its entirety along with 14 previously unreleased tracks recorded during an intimate live show in June 1981 at the storied venue inside McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Calif.

Set for release just days after what would have been Jansch’s 69th birthday (November 3), this is a collector’s must-have, featuring extras including special photos and liner notes by legendary English folk musician Ralph McTell and the album’s original producers.

Recorded in June 1981 (and released in 1982), Heartbreak was produced by two enthusiastic fans, Rick and John Chelew. This was the first time in the studio for Rick and his brother John (producer of the pivotal John Hiatt album Bring the Family, three Grammy award-winning albums for The Blind Boys of Alabama, and many others). They borrowed money from their mother to finance the sessions and to pay enlisted musicians like renowned guitarist Albert Lee (Eric Clapton, Emmylou Harris, The Everly Brothers, Bill Wyman) and noted singer/songwriter Jennifer Warnes to accompany Bert in the small Silverlake Studio where the album was recorded. During the sessions, Bert played a few live solo shows around California, including the legendary folk club McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. Fortunately, Rick and John had the foresight to document these concerts, and now the 30th Anniversary Edition of Heartbreak has been further enhanced by a previously unreleased, complete live show from McCabe's Guitar Shop.

Bert Jansch was one of the most important and central figures in folk music, both for his solo recordings and his work with influential British folk group, Pentangle. Born in Scotland, he was steeped in American blues and jazz, North African music, and folk early in his career, and by the beginning of the ’60s he was playing the British folk clubs, extending his musical education. Artists like Martin Carthy and Anne Briggs turned him on to songs in the British folk tradition.

By the mid-’60s Jansch had set up residence in London where he began and playing live shows, and began making the studio recordings that would come to influence a generation of songwriters, singers, and guitar players. Classic artists like Jimmy Page, Neil Young, Paul Simon, Donovan, Elton John, and Nick Drake, all the way up to present artists like Fleet Foxes and Devendra Banhart, have acknowledged Jansch as a major influence and innovator of acoustic guitar playing.
By his second album, Jansch was collaborating with John Renbourn, another seminal British folk guitar giant. Together in 1967, they formed Pentangle, one of the most important British folk groups of the ’60s. Bert Jansch is listed as one of Rolling Stone magazine’s “Top 100 Guitar Players of All Time.”
According to McTell on his liner notes, “Around this time, Bert was in a very dark place. . . Heartbreak marked an opening up in Bert’s approach to his work, and from here on, although times were often difficult, Bert began to sort out his life through his music.”

Jansch died on October 5, 2011.

About Omnivore Recordings:
Founded in 2010 by longtime, highly respected industry veterans Cheryl Pawelski, Greg Allen, Dutch Cramblitt, and Brad Rosenberger, Omnivore Recordings preserves the legacies and music created by historical, heritage, and catalog artists while also releasing previously unissued, newly found “lost” recordings and making them available for music-loving audiences to discover. Omnivore Recordings is distributed by EMI.

dow, Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:30 (five years ago) Permalink

John (producer of the pivotal John Hiatt album Bring the Family)

lol (but still excited for this and thanks for posting!)

seasonal hugs (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Thursday, 25 October 2012 19:31 (five years ago) Permalink

Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns - Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns
CD (Out Now), LP (Pre-order)

Spring of 1974 witnessed the birth of psychedelic power trio Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns. "In Korean, yupjun literally means a brass coin," Shin explains. "However, during that time it was used as slang to describe a sense of unpleasantness and dislike. Since I was so unpleasant and dissatisfied [in my career], I told myself, 'Ok, fine, I am just a yupjun,' and named my band with a rebellious attitude." He began by renting a room at Seoul's Tower Hotel to serve as a creative base for the group. After six months of preparation, the group cut ten powerful songs filled with monster grooves, fuzz guitar, emotive singing, and top-notch songwriting. The album was pressed up as a broadcast-only promotional vinyl to test radio response; the response wasn't what anyone expected, and the record label refused to release the album. The band re-recorded the album, but it is this, the original ten track version, that has become legendary—with good reason. An astounding record, and one that we are privileged to bring to the rest of the world for the first time.

Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns - Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns (LIONCD664 / LIONLP123) pre-order now at
- Companion to much-heralded Light in the Attic label compilation, Shin Joong Hyun Beautiful Rivers and Mountains
- Rare photos, lyrics and great stories about Shin Joong Hyun and his continuing place of prominence in the Korean music scene.
- 180 gram vinyl version comes in a deluxe old-style jacket, with OBI, and has a full color insert with liner notes and rare photos
- Deluxe mini-LP sleeve CD version has a 20-page booklet with rare photos

I hate Tig Notaro so much I gave Louis C.K. a dollar (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 26 October 2012 06:16 (five years ago) Permalink

Also, Death Waltz is doing the Halloween II and III soundtracks on vinyl.

I hate Tig Notaro so much I gave Louis C.K. a dollar (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 26 October 2012 06:16 (five years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...



With insurance money from a recently overturned Buick Century, brothers Andre and Pierre Lewis went on a recording tear through the Twin Cities in 1978, cutting a half-dozen songs in as many studios. Combining the astro-sexuality of Parliament with the sophisticated flammability of Earth, Wind & Fire, the Lewis Connection's misspelled debut captures the Minneapolis Sound's founding fathers at the paradigm-shifting confluence of funk, jazz, and pop for which the Land of 10,000 Lakes is famed.

Notorious child prodigies and party animals, the Lewis Connection's self-titled debut was smoked and snorted by frenzied audiences, with few copies rising to the surface in the intervening decades. Over thirty years later, the seedy masterpieces of Pierre and Andre Lewis remain a freaky hallmark in the canon of Midwestern funk.
Recently declared "one of the country's leading reissue labels" by New York Magazine and heralded as "the world's greatest reissue label" by SPIN, The Lewis Connection LP (out February 12th) is the first entry in Numero Group's ongoing excavation of the deep trenches of the Twin Cities' musical history and subhistory.

dow, Saturday, 17 November 2012 00:18 (five years ago) Permalink

Harry Nilsson's The Point: The Definitive Collector's Edition

out now via MVD Entertainment Group
The animated classic returns to DVD with over

25 minutes of bonus features!

Directed by Academy Award-winner Fred Wolf, "The Point" tells the story of Oblio, a round-headed boy living in the land of "Point," where everything and everybody has one. Oblio, along with his trusty dog, Arrow, is banished to the Pointless Forest. The tale is narrated by Ringo Starr and includes songs written and sung by Grammy Award-winner Harry Nilsson. The definitive collector's edition.

Track Listing
Me And My Arrow
Everything's Got 'Em
Poli High
Think About Your Troubles
Life Line
P.O.V. Waltz
Are You Sleeping?

Bonus Materials
Includes Four Never-Before-Seen Bonus Featurettes:
Who Is Harry Nilsson?
Pitching The Point
Making The Point
Legacy Of The Point


"Finally, a new generation of kids can float away on the entrancing cartoon creation of Harry Nilsson (1941-94), the American singer-songwriter who counted the Beatles among his admirers. The Point is a prime example of mass-culture outreach by a countercultural artist (dig the psychedelic number ''P.O.V. Waltz''). B+"
- Ken Tucker, Entertainment Weekly

"Never has nonconformity been celebrated with such charm."
-Jeff Miers, Buffalo News

Hi Res Cover Art:">
Format: DVD
UPC: 760137536796
Street Date: 11/20/12
PreBook Date: 10/16/12
Genre: Animation (not Anime/Manga)
Run Time: 74 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Year of Production: 1971
Director: Fred Wolf
Producers: Fred Wolf, Jerry Good, Larry Gordon, Harry Nilsson

dow, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:24 (five years ago) Permalink

promotional excerpt from The Point

dow, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:35 (five years ago) Permalink

i give up

dow, Tuesday, 20 November 2012 22:39 (five years ago) Permalink

Some of Numero's 2013 releases, but offers kick in nowsville:
Subject: Numero's Class of 2013

(Seasons) Greetings Numerophiles!
Another year in the books and we are no wiser, wealthier, or healthier. Such is the life of running "the world's greatest reissue label" (Spin Magazine said it, but who can disagree?)—a title we aim to hold onto in 2013 by upping the ante from custom 45 boxes and gold embossed velvet to four alternate LP covers and a playable board game. 2013 marks our tenth year in business, a headboard notch we'll scratch in elaborate fashion over the coming year. We hope you can join us on this journey.
Announcing: The 2013 Numero Subscription line:
We're very aware that the last two titles of 2012 Vinyl Subscriptions have yet to ship. If we had it our way, both Medusa: First Step Beyond LP and Eccentric Soul: The Bandit Label 3LP would be in our warehouse and awaiting placement in a custom mailer. But alas, delays at the manufacturer have made these impossible to ship before the 10th of January. Oddly enough, however, the first three subscription items for 2013 are already in house and will be on your doorstep before the menorah is stowed for 2014. Part One is a mixed bag of soul, garage, hard rock, funk, and gospel, split across ten LPs and six 45s. As always we'll be offering a bonus 45 and a 15% discount on our entire catalog. On deck:
NUM701 Pretty: Mustache In Your Face+3 2x7"
Recorded in an actual cave in western Missouri, the quartet formerly known as the Fabulous Four emerged from the depths in 1969 with an album’s worth of wasted psychedelia. Helmed by the Electric Prunes’ Michael Quint, the session produced one promo-only 45, bearing the truly un-pretty Squeakie label—a madman’s face in red-on-white, howling out of the spindle hole. The songs blend backwards guitar lines, Flamenco runs, triple tracked vocals, heavy distortion, handclaps, key vamps, a Stones rip, and extremely absurd lyrical content. “Mustache In Your Face” and its flip have been paired with two other magical numbers, their five business card story, and stuffed into a cherry gatefold sleeve.
NUM702 Wicked Lester: You Are Doomed+3 2x7"
No, not the first incarnation of Kiss, just three wasted kids from Cleveland, Ohio, infatuated with the new wave of british heavy metal. Kick-started in Cleveland in 1979, girls, drugs, sports, and jock rivalry fueled Wicked Lester’s aggressive “fuck the draft” sound. Minted at Boddie in 1981, Wicked Lester’s lone single paired “Here Comes My Girlfriend” with the lovesick, late-Pink Floyd moves of “Say Your Prayers,” recorded on the same ominous day that John Hinckley Jr. shot President Ronald Reagan. We’ve added two unreleased tracks, thrown all four sides into a beautiful gatefold 7” sleeve, and added a couple thousand words about their near-meaningless existence.
NUM703 Cave Dwellers: Run Around+3 2x7"
Recorded in 1967 at Chicago’s Universal Studios and laboriously laden with Buckinghams-style horns and strings, the Cave Dwellers thought they’d locked their first hit down. Given just a few minutes to produce a b-side, the quintet unleashed their primitive and theretofore-unheard power. “Run Around” ended up a punk precursor that took contemporary rock to its tough, angry, and logical conclusions, scorching past anything the radio ran in its day. Intending only to tear off something fast and easy, the Dwellers had achieved one of Chicago garage rock’s most ferocious moments. That original Jim-Ko single has been reproduced alongside two previously unissued rockers and housed in a glorious gatefold sleeve with copious notes and quotes from a confused newsman about the “longhair” invasion.
NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label 2LP
Born out of the largesse created from Rene & Rene's Hot 100 Tejano tornado "Angelito," Dynamic Records was but one of half a dozen labels run by San Antonio music and real estate mogul Abe Epstein. His flag ship group, the Commands, took their AFB circuit-honed chops up to the middle of the charts in 1966 with "No Time For You," paving the way for 20 other soulful singles over Dynamic's impressive two and a half year run. Epstein's open door policy led to a diverse cross section of the population converging inside his studio on General McMullan Drive, as whites, blacks, and Latinos were swapped in and out of groups as needed. That melting pot mentality is well represented by the Tonettes, Little Jr. Jesse & the Tear Drops, Don & the Doves, Willie Cooper & the Webs, Bobby Blackmon & his Soul Express, and Doc & Sal. Compiled here are 28 of Dynamic's most intriguing sides, representing the first layer of a treasure trove of San Antonio soul we'll be unleashing over the coming year.
CT-102 Mickey & the Soul Generation: Complete Recordings 3LP
For the tenth anniversary of DJ Shadow's Cali-Tex records' reissue of Mickey & the Soul Generation's complete works, Numero has gone back to the scene of the crime and re-canvased for new leads. Expanded liner notes, a previously unissued ballad, and the first ever vinyl issue of the second CD's contents are included here, alongside half a dozen previously unpublished photographs of this multi-ethnic funk combo from San Antonio, Texas.
NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns 2LP
The third entry into our Good God! series abandons funk altogether, instead focusing on the esoteric moments found buried deep on private-issue LPs from the the Me Decade. Featuring four unique album covers pulled straight from the pages of the Century stock jacket catalog, Apocryphal Hymns examines a world buried deep on side 2, those lost moments of experimental praise and devotion recorded as an after thought for a listener who needed no turntable.
N44004 King Bullard Version LP
The fourth release in our trad LP-only Numerophon line gathers highlights from James Bullard's BOS label. BOS got its start inside Lester Johnson and Bill Branch's Way Out concern, running the gospel wing of Cleveland's largest black-owned record company, and picking up a ton of Way Out's soulful flavor in the process. This single LP features 14 songs, with liner notes by noted gospel historian John Glassburner.
NUM047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label 2LP
A king's ransom of soul and funk from the City of Fountains (Kansas City for the uninformed), all produced under the watchful eye of TV producer Ellis Taylor. Though the label's star was James Brown Revue castaway Marva Whitney, Taylor's 15-year yield included singles by the likes of the Fantastiks, Gene Williams, Lee Harris, the Rayons, the Four Darlings, Everyday People, Sharon Revoal, Louis Chachere, Tony Ashley, the Fabulous Rhythm Makers, and Marva's brother James Whitney.
The compact disc edition of our 2013 subscription surfs the above edges, but is a bit... well... more compact, and cheaper. Our plan is to issue only six titles in our main line next year, though to be fair, one of them is an elaborate double disc. We're not quite sure what the final disc of 2013 is going to be, but it will be either an entry into our Buttons or Local Customs series. Of course all six will meet or exceed our standard for packaging, notes, research, and over all quality, plus you get the 15% discount and the bonus 45.For $120 you'll recieve:
NUM043 Eccentric Soul: The Dynamic Label CD
NUM040 Good God! Apocryphal Hymns CD
NUM047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label CD
NUM048 Title TBA CD
Hair, Hobbits, and Hard Rock. Let these 15 hard rock blasterpieces from the private '70s soundtrack to your next D&D or Magic the Gathering night. Dungeon map and 20 sided die included.
NUM050 Title TBA 2CD+Book
In the late 1970s, a peculiar sound was bubbling up from the land of 10,000 lakes. Not known for its abundance of soul nor a sizable African American population, Minneapolis still harbored a tight-knit community of musicians who, between 1976 and 1984, manipulated the dance music of their coastal contemporaries into a brightly lit, multicolored, energetic fusion, taking R&B's innate danceability and giving it a glam-rock sheen. The most shakeable moments have been compiled onto two discs, with a hardback book packed with photos and stories from this vibrant scene. Lesser royalty? Perhaps. But the blood here runs purple.
Finally, we're officially launching our 45 subscription. The Eccentric Soul 45 subscription guarantees two 45s every other month, delivered directly to your door. Content will be a mix of previously unissued material and straight-up rare-as-all-get-out 45s from the soul diaspora. All singles are housed in a glorious duotone sleeve and slide perfectly into the Numero 45 box for easy storage. We're even tossing in the subscriber-only bonus 45 from the CD and LP subscriptions. The first three singles are as follows:
ES-030 Signs Of The Time "Hurts So Bad" b/w "I Think Of You"
ES-031 Notations "That Girl" b/w "I'm For Real"
ES-032 James Dockery "My Faith In You Is All Gone" b/w "Giving You The Love You Need"
Let's recap:
2013 Vinyl Subscription (Part 1): $150
2013 CD Subscription: $120
2013 Eccentric Soul 45 Subscription: $75
International subscriptions will ship in blocks of two to keep prices low.
Your patronage, as always, is appreciated. We couldn't do this without you.
Until 2013,
The Numero Group

dow, Tuesday, 27 November 2012 19:10 (four years ago) Permalink

NUM048 and NUM050 need to be mine!

you only write about... pleassssure (Jon Lewis), Wednesday, 28 November 2012 16:57 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

New Captured Tracks sublabel Body Double just reissued the Blissed Out Fatalists album, which I had never heard of but is kind of amazing. Like really early Jesus & Mary Chain with a little bit more noise and some surprising worship of the Fall on side 2. Really good.

flared bass (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 29 December 2012 05:14 (four years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

I forgot to post my reissues list!

1. Sleep – Dopesmoker (Southern Lord, 1995)
2. Can – The Lost Tapes (Mute, 1968-77)
3. Tim Maia – World Psychedelic Classics 4 – Nobody Can Live Forever – The Existential Soul Of Tim Maia (Luaka Bop, 1971-78)
4. Various – Diablos Del Ritmo: The Colombian Melting Pot 1960 – 1985 (Analog Africa)
5. Aztec Camera – High Land, Hard Rain (Edsel, 1983)
6. The Blue Nile – A Walk Across The Rooftops (EMI, 1984)
7. Sex Pistols – Never Mind The Bollocks (Universal, 1977)
8. Laurie Spiegel – The Expanding Universe (Unseen Worlds, 1980)
9. Bill Withers – The Complete Sussex and Columbia Albums (Sony/Legacy)
10. Manilla Road – Crystal Logic (Shadow Kingdom, 1983)
11. The House Of Love [3CD] (Cherry Red, 1988)
12. The Monochrome Set – Love Zombies (Water, 1980)
13. Simple Minds – X5 [6CD] (Virgin Catalogue, 1979-1982)
14. The English Beat – I Just Can’t Stop It [3CD] (Edsel, 1980)
15. Candy McKenzie – Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Presents Candy McKenzie (Trojan, 1977)
16. The Blue Nile – Hats (EMI, 1989)
17. The Ruts D.C. – Animal Now (Virgin/Westworld, 1981)
18. Bleeding Hearts – What Happened? (Aztec, 1977)
19. Lee Scratch Perry – Disco Devil: The Jamaican Discomixes (Trojan, 1977-79)
20. Blissed Out Fatalists – Blissed Out Fatalists (Body Double Ltd., 1987)
21. Bessie Smith – The Complete Columbia Recordings (Columbia/Sony Legacy, 1923-32)
22. Pagan Altar – Judgement Of The Dead (Cruz Del Sur, 1982)
23. Thin Lizzy – Night Life (Universal, 1974)
24. Codeine – When I See The Sun Box Set (Numero, 1990-93)
25. feedtime – The Aberrant Years (Sub Pop, 1982-89)
26. The Cleaners From Venus – Volume One CD Box Set (Captured Tracks)
27. The Jam – The Gift (Polydor, 1982)
28. Thin Lizzy – Fighting (Universal, 1975)
29. Duke Ellington – The Complete Columbia Studio Albums Collection 1951-1958 (Columbia/Sony Legacy)
30. My Bloody Valentine – EPs 1988-1991 (Sony)
31. The English Beat – Wha’ppen (Edsel, 1981)
32. The English Beat – Special Beat Service (Edsel, 1982)
33. Barrington Levy – Sweet Reggae Music 1979-84 (17 North Parade)
34. Etta James – Queen Of Soul (Kent, 1964)
35. Atomic Forest – Obsession ’77 (Now Again, 1981)
36. Francis Bebey – African Electronic Music 1975-1982 (Born Bad)
37. Kiki Gyan – 24 Hours In A Disco (Soundway)
38. Avengers – The Original Pink Album (Water, 1979)
39. Lives Of Angels – Elevator to Eden (Dark Entries, 1983)
40. Bedemon – Symphony Of Shadows (Svart)
41. The Trypes – Music For Neighbors (Acute, 1986)
42. Dio – Holy Diver (Universal, 1983)
43. Shin Joong Hyun & Yup Juns (Lion, 1974)
44. Blue Cheer – Vincebus Eruptum (Mono) (Sundazed, 1968)
45. Manilla Road – Open The Gates (Shadow Kingdom, 1985)
46. Manilla Road – The Deluge (Shadow Kingdom, 1986)
47. Various – Fac. Dance 02 (Factory/Strut)
48. Betty Wright – Explosion! (Action/Soul Brother, 1976)
49. Captain Beefheart – Bat Chain Puller (Barfkoswill, 1976)
50. The Monochrome Set – Strange Boutique (Water, 1980)
51. Leslie Winer – Leslie Winer &c. (Wormhole)
52. Marcia Griffiths – Marcia & Friends (VP)
53. Tronics – Love Backed by Force (What’s Your Rupture?, 1981)
54. Michael Chapman – Rainmaker (Light in the Attic, 1969)
55. Lee Hazelwood – The LHI Years: Singles Nudes & Backsides 1968-71 (Light in the Attic)
56. Lee Hazelwood – A House Safe for Tigers (Light in the Attic, 1975)
57. Franco Falsini – Cold Nose (Spectrum Spools)
58. Sensations’ Fix – Music Is Painting in the Air 1974-1977 (RVNG Intl)
59. Rodriguez – Searching for Sugarman OST (Light in the Attic)
60. Bert Jansch – Heartbreak (Omnivore, 1982)
61. Dio – The Last In Line (Universal, 1984)
62. Spiritual Beggars – Mantra III (The End, 1998)
63. Various – Rolling With The Punches: The Allen Toussaint Songbook (Ace)
64. Sugar – Copper Blue (Edsel, 1992)
65. My Bloody Valentine – Loveless (Sony, 1991)
66. My Bloody Valentine – Isn’t Anything (Sony, 1988)

Fastnbulbous, Thursday, 7 February 2013 18:06 (four years ago) Permalink

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