Record Store Day Drops 2021 - July
The hard-hitting, melodic heavy metal band Alcatrazz celebrate RSD Drops 2021 with the release of a colored double vinyl edition of their latest studio offering, Born Innocent. The 13-track opus, having previously only been available on CD and digital formats and never on vinyl will be a must-have collectible for anyone who considers themselves a fan of rock (pun intended!)
Their first studio venture since 1986’s Dangerous Game. Alongside the unique vocal prowess and range of star frontman and founding member Graham Bonnet, Born Innocent also features fellow founding members Jimmy Waldo and Gary Shea. And from the classic album art, featuring the mighty rock itself, Born Innocent is a journey into the sort of heavy, melodic and supremely articulated hard rock that is a cornerstone of the likes of Rainbow and the Michael Schenker Group, territory Alcatrazz successfully strode in the ‘80s before going on hiatus.
Born Innocent was produced by Jimmy Waldo with Giles Lavery and mixed and mastered by Andy Haller and features many former stars from Graham's long career. Guest appearances include Chris Impellitteri, who wrote the music and played all guitars on the arpeggio-powered “Born Innocent”, with Bonnet’s vocals soaring to old-school heights, as did Bob Kulick for the majestic “I Am The King”. Virtuoso Japanese guitar maestro Nozomu Wakai similarly wrote and played guitars on the double-kick steel-plated Irish warrior ode “Finn McCool”, while the six-string legend that is Steve Vai wrote “Dirty Like The City”, with Bonnet once again powerfully hitting notes that are beyond the business of most humans.
As fans will immediately hear, Alcatrazz are back doing what only they can do with Born Innocent, delivering quality hard rock with genuine storyteller lyrics, virtuoso performances and an added layer of modern ‘heavy’ that underscores the melodic excellence. Don’t miss out on this piece of rock history.
Born Innocent/Polar Bear/ Finn McCool/We Still Remember/London 1666/Dirty Like the City/I Am the King/Something That I Am Missing/Paper Flags/The Wound Is Open/Body Beautiful/Warth Lane/For Tony
180g 45th Anniversary limited edition vinyl release that fully restores the original lavish album artwork. Stunning new re-master from the original master tapes, cut at Abbey Road studios.
SIDE ONE: 1. Ocean Song 2. Meeting (Garden of Geda) Sound Out The Galleon 3. Dance of Ranyart Olias (To Build The Moorglade) 4. Qoquaq En Transic Naon Transic To 5. Flight of the Moorglade
SIDE TWO: 1. Solid Space 2. Moon Ra, Chords Song Of Search 3. To The Runner
12" picture disc of Bastille's "VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III) for RSD Drops 2021.
SIDE A –
1. Fall Into Your Arms (Bastille Vs. The Gemma Sharples Quartet) [Crossfaded Version]
2. Bite Down (Bastille Vs. HAIM) [Crossfaded Version]
3. bad_news (Bastille Vs. MNEK) [Crossfaded Version]
4. The Driver [Crossfaded Version]
SIDE B –
1. Axe To Grind (Bastille Vs. Tyde Vs. Rationale) [Crossfaded Version]
2. Torn Apart [Extended Mix/Crossfaded Version]
3. Torn Apart, Pt. II (Bastille Vs. GRADES Vs. Lizzo) [Crossfaded Version]
4. Weapon (Bastille Vs. Angel Haze Vs. F*U*G*Z Vs. Braque) [Crossfaded Version]
Vinyl reissue with two newly added bonus tracks, "Soba Violence," and a rare cover of "Light My Fire." 180g Clear Vinyl
SIDE A –
1. Brand New
2. Deal with It
3. Believe Me
4. Nervous Assistant
5. Soba Violence (1999 Remaster) [bonus track]
SIDE B –
1. Square Wave in Unison
2. You Catch a Bad One
3. I Can't Think Straight
4. I Want Some
5. Light My Fire [bonus track]
After the release of the Beat Farmers’ successful 1985 debut album Tales Of The New West, the band did a tour of the UK and Europe and while there recorded a six song EP originally only released in the UK, and never on vinyl in the US. Glad ’N' Greasy features the original members of this alt-country band that was an influence on many bands and artists in the much larger Americana movement that followed. Many consider the six songs on Glad ’N’ Greasy to be the Beat Farmers’ finest hour. The reissue comes in a gatefold jacket with photos and notes written by the band.
Side 1: 1. “Powderfinger” 2. “Death Train” 3. “Beat Generation”
Side 2: 1. “Glad ‘N’ Greasy” 2. “Delayed Reaction” 3. “Big Rock Candy Mountain”
Vinyl: $26.98 Buy
Del Casher may not be a household name, but you’ve undoubtedly heard his music. He was a member of the famous Wrecking Crew, played on Lawrence Welk, recorded Frank Zappa’s first demo, and even backed Elvis Presley on film. His inventions include the Wah-Wah pedal and the Ecco-Fonic, influencing the development of electric guitar playing. In 1978, Casher was impressed by Bill Conti's top selling score for Rocky, and set out to make an album with original compositions of disco and jazz/funk inspired by the film. With a series of tunes written, he gathered some of the top studio players in Hollywood including Billy Preston, Stan Worth, and members of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show band. The working title for this album in the making was called “Music Inspired By Rocky And Other Compositions”. A film company who had acquired the rights to Sylvester Stallone's 1970 debut "The Party At Kitty And Stud's" heard the music and immediately recognized it as the perfect fit for their rebranded “Italian Stallion” film release. Though the score was never released outside of the film, it generated lots of interest in the early 2000’s when the internet became a widespread phenomenon, and fans began recording the audio off of the film themselves. The soundtrack for Italian Stallion stands on its own as a musical masterpiece. Over 40 years later, with the help of ORG Music, Del Casher dug up his original master tapes and assembled a record’s worth of material for the soundtrack’s first ever release. Italian Stallion will make its long overdue debut with a vinyl pressing, exclusively for RSD 2021.
1. Italian Stallion Theme 2. Three Girls In A Whirl 3. Flexing 4. Outside Walk 5. Shower Her With Love 6. Waiting
1. Magic Mirror 2. Leaving For The Party 3. Dance Alone 4. Living The Highlife 5. Circle Dance 6. Cocktails For Two
Fifth studio album released by Shaun and produced by Todd Rundgren including several covers like David Bowie's Rebel Rebel.
Rebel, Rebel / Cool Fire / The Book I Read / Pretending / Shake Me, Wake Me (When It’s Over) / It’s My Life / So Sad About Us / Wasp / Selfless Love / Once Bitten Twice Shy
If Music Could Talk is a 1980 interview album with The Clash - Joe Strummer, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon and Topper Headon – in brief conversation with their trusted management rep/fixer/consigliere Kosmo Vinyl. Originally only available as a promotional LP for US radio ahead of the release of The Clash’s 4th album Sandinista!, If Music Could Talk will be released for the first time as a limited edition double 180g vinyl package with new artwork as part of RSD Drops. The cover art is an homage to Nicaraguan rebel leader Augusto César Sandino – the original Sandinista – done by Kosmo Vinyl, who also supplies the liner notes on the back alongside a rare Pennie Smith band photo. If Music Could Talk features the band talking about and introducing tracks, along with those tracks themselves (using the latest band-approved remasters).
SIDE A – Paul: “Junco Partner”, “One More Time”, “One More Dub”
SIDE B – Mick: “Hitsville U.K.”, “The Magnificent Seven”
SIDE C – Joe: “Washington Bullets”, “The Call Up”, “Police On My Back”
SIDE D – Topper: “Ivan Meets G.I. Joe”, “Somebody Got Murdered”
Double A-sided 7" picture disc featuring live performance audio from a special session they did together in the Leimert Park neighborhood of Los Angeles in the Fall of 2020.
A1 = So Incredible (Live From Leimert Park) and A2 = This Changes Everything (Live From Leimert Park).
If Dave Davies did nothing more than create the slash-and-burn power chords of the Kinks' "You Really Got Me" he'd earn a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As it is, the younger Davies brother has accomplished much more. His first studio album in over 20 years finds Ray's frequently overshadowed sibling reviving that rather charming '70s device, the concept album--the plot here revolving around extraterrestrial visitation and brain implantation. Davies brings the idea of benign aliens a little closer in a collection that recalls some of the best trends of the '60s and '70s. He uses a rock template that harkens back to post-Tommy Who ("The Lie"), Mott the Hoople ("Whose Fooling Who"), and Deep Purple ("It Ain't Over 'Till It's Done"), sounding rather anachronistic as a result. The songs are engaging and show Davies to be a writer of considerable skill and wit, but they're somewhat stuck in the way-back machine.
1. Who's Foolin' Who 2. It Ain't over, 'Till Its Done! 3. The Lie! 4. Let Me Be 5. Displaced Person 6. Rock You, Rock Me 7. Flowers in the Rain 8. Fortis Green 9. Why?!! 10. True Phenomenon 11. Bug 12. De-Bug 13. Life After Life (Transformation)
The science fiction masterpiece has captured the imagination of another generation with news of a new Matrix film. This deluxe 3-LP set is pressed on glitter-infused green vinyl, expanded to 44 tracks and housed in a stunning new art design. Also included are classic film stills and an exclusive new interview with composer Don Davis
1. Logos / Matrix Main Title (0:51)
2. Trinity Infinity (5:57)
3. Neo Con Brio (0:31)
4. Follow The White Rabbit (0:13)
5. Neo On The Edge (3:23)
6. Through The Surveillance Monitor (0:56)
7. Unable To Speak (1:13)
8. Bait And Switch (3:15)
1. Switched For Life (3:36)
2. Switched At Birth (2:41)
3. Switches Brew (2:26)
4. Cold Hearted Switch (1:38)
5. Nascent Nauseous Neo (3:59)
6. A Morpheus Movement (1:38)
7. Bow Whisk Orchestra (1:22)
1. Domo Showdown (1:14)
2. Switch Or Break Show (1:03)
3. Shake, Borrow, Switch (0:37)
4. Switch Works Her Boa (0:56)
5. Bring Me Dinner (0:37)
6. The System (0:36)
7. Freeze Face (1:51)
8. Switch Woks Her Boar (2:06)
9. Cypher Cybernetic (0:57)
10. Ignorance Is Bliss / Cyber Cyphernetic (1:48)
11. See Who? (0:19)
12. Switch Out (2:57)
1 Boon Spoy (1:07)
3. Oracle Cookies (1:29)
4. Threat Mix (6:03)
5. Exit Mr. Hat (2:55)
6. On Your Knees, Switch (4:43)
1. Mix The Art (2:09)
2. Whoa, Switch Brokers (4:00)
3. The Cure (1:34)
4. It’s The Smell (1:56)
5. The Lobby (0:27)
6. No More Spoons (1:01)
7. Dodge This (1:07)
8. Fast Learning (0:44)
9. Ontological Shock (4:16)
1. That’s Gotta Hurt (5:16)
2. Surprise (4:04)
3. He’s The One Alright (6:50)
Sophomore album from legendary bass players Kira Roessler (Black Flag) and Mike Watt (Minute Men, Firehose, Stooges). Pressed on teal vinyl.
1. Down In The Dumps 2. Dream Of San Pedro 3. Imagine That 4. Intese Song For Madonna 5. Til The Blood Ran 6. Sidemouse Advice 7. Excerpts From A Captain's Log 8. To Each His Dulcinea 9. Powerful Hankerin' 10. Little Doll 11. Willow Weep For Me 12. Even The Pain Has Changed 13. Formal Introduction 14. Angel Face Is The Devil's Daughter 15. Number Seven 16. Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Truth? 17. Number Five
This 12” features two reggae remixes each of “Jokerman” and “I And I”, by Doctor Dread. The original versions of both tracks appeared on Dylan’s Infidels album, with Sly & Robbie as the rhythm section. The two “I And I” remixes were previously released on Is It Rolling Bob: A Reggae Tribute To Bob Dylan (2003) ,while the “Jokerman” remixes are newly commissioned and previously unreleased. Doctor Dread has worked with Bob Marley, Black Uhuru, Jimmy Cliff, Inner Circle, Gregory Isaacs, Luciano, Mad Cobra, Freddy McGregor, Sly and Robbie, Steel Pulse, The Wailers and many others.
Side A: 1. “Jokerman [Reggae Remix]” 2. “Jokerman [Instrumental Dub]”
Side B: 1. “I and I [Reggae Remix]” 2. “I and I [Reggae Dub]”
Vinyl: $29.98 Buy
Never before pressed on vinyl, EARTHGANG’s Empire catalog piece Strays With Rabies features Sheeda, Mereba, MO, Meegs, and Dreamville labelmate J.I.D. Featuring the hit song "Missed Calls." Making it abundantly clear that Atlanta's sound doesn't live strictly in the strip clubs, hip-hop duo WowGr8 and Johnny Venus take cues from early Outkast and Goodie Mob, delivering an otherworldly sound that is occasionally trippy and made with the people in mind.
The buzz for EARTHGANG has only increased recently, with the 2019 release of Mirrorland and the Dreamville compilation album Revenge of the Dreamers 3, which they were heavily featured on.
1. ... And on the 8th Day | 2. Momma Told Me (feat. J.I.D.) | 3. Ain't No Take-Backs (feat. Sheeda) | 4. Missed Calls | 5. Diamonds | 6. Liquor Sto' (feat. Marian Mereba) | 7. Masturpiece | 8. New Negro Spiritual | 9. Lady Nectarine (feat. Marian Mereba) | 10. Nigga Wake Up (feat. Mo & Meegs) | 11. A.W.O.L. | 12. Solar Lilly | 13. Punchanella | 14. Simba
The 2011 debut that set the benchmark for the new emerging wave of Technical Death Metal. Like an ethereal journey into the deep cosmos, Fallujah’s The Harvest Wombs is an equally beautiful and terrifying lesson in how melody and brute force can be balanced to perfection. Available for the first time on gatefold vinyl in Deep Green & Black Burst, this ten year anniversary edition is the definitive vinyl version of this amazing album.
01. Alpha Incipient 02. Ritual Of Godflesh 03. Become One. 04. Cerebral Hybridization 05. Prison Of The Mind. 06. The Flame Surreal. 07. Enslaved Eternal Phenomenon. 08. Hallucination. 09. The Harvest Wombs. 10. Assemblage Of Wolves
Vinyl: $7.99 Buy
First time anywhere for a release of these two songs from a December 2020 livestream performance by Robin Pecknold with the Resistance Revival Chorus.
“Can I Believe You” b/w “Wading In Waist-High Water”
This special release combines two key singles from John Fogerty’s 1973 debut solo album The Blue Ridge Rangers on a limited edition Blue vinyl 12” single. The two singles included are the classics “Jambalaya (On The Bayou)” backed with “Hearts Of Stone” Also included are the original B-sides “Workin’ On A Building” and “Somewhere Listening (For My Name)”
Featuring replications of the original artwork from both singles, one on each side.
SIDE A: 1. Jambalaya (On The Bayou) 2. Workin’ On A Building
SIDE B: 1. Hearts Of Stone 2. Somewhere Listening (For My Name)
Oh Me Oh My: Aretha Live In Philly, 1972 is a shining example of the Queen of Soul at her best. The nearly hour-long performance – recorded live at the National Association Of Television & Radio Announcers Convention in Philadelphia, PA, USA, 1972 – features the first live performances of many of Aretha’s landmark hits. The live recording took place shortly after the release of her Grammy™ Award winning studio album Young Gifted and Black and features the album’s two Top 10 (USA) singles, penned by Aretha, “Rock Steady” and “Day Dreaming”. Plus, stunning covers woven into medleys of “I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You) / I Say a Little Prayer”, “Bridge Over Troubled Water / We’ve Only Just Begun” and a glorious rendition of Aretha’s anthem “Respect”. This stunning performance will be made available on vinyl for the first time especially for RSD Drops 2021, pressed on orange & yellow double vinyl. Limited to 10,000 copies worldwide.
A collection of demos, home recordings, and lost songs circa 1965-1971 from Ruthann's personal archive. Includes detailed song notes by Ruthann, unseen photos, and the original version of "Windy." First time on vinyl!
1. Hurried Life
2. That's Alright Silver Bird
3. Sky Is Moving South
4. Looking Glass
5. Between The Lines
6. I'm Askin'
8. Typical Sunday
9. Southern Comfortable
10. Alone At Last
11. Boy Took A Ticket
12. Method Madness
13. Little Girl Lost & Found
14. To Treat A Friend
Scooby Snacks / The Fun Lovin' Criminal (Hot 1997 Rockumental Mix] / King of New York (Jack Dangers Mix] / Scooby Snacks (20 MG Version] / The Grave And The Constant [Stephen Lironi 12" Mix] / Scooby Snacks [Instrumental]
Limited edition orange vinyl 12" to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the band’s classic single from 1996.
Rap superstar Future continued to forge his own trailblazing path in hip-hop with the release of his fourth studio album, EVOL, led by the lone feature “Low Life,” a collaboration with The Weeknd. As a standout in a wave of projects, EVOL further cemented Future as the most dominant voice in rap, reaffirmed his notable influence on the genre as a whole, and takes place as one of the many jewels in the crown of Future’s evolving rap legacy. To commemorate five years of the record, EVOL arrives in limited edition translucent red + black smoke color viny as part of RSD Drops.
Side A: 1. “Ain't No Time” 2. “In Her Mouth” 3. “Maybach” 4. “Xanny Family” 5. “Lil Haiti Baby” 6. “Photo Copied”
Side B: 1. “Seven Rings” 2. “Lie To Me” 3. “Program” 4. “Low Life” 5. “Fly Shit Only”
For RSD Drops 2021, Cleveland Calling PT. 2 is an unreleased radio session recovered from the depths of the Rory Gallagher archives. This recording features Rory and his band playing seven songs live in an empty Cleveland Agora venue for WNCR Radio. This release follows the RSD Drops 2020 release Cleveland Calling (#2 on the Billboard Blues chart) which was an acoustic session also recorded by WNCR during the same 1972 US tour.
Messin' With The Kid
Used To Be
Should've Learnt My Lesson
Pistol Slapper Blues
In Your Town
Bobbie’s journey from country singer-songwriter to blue eyed soul diva stopped off at a hitherto unknown destination along the way. Before she arrived at Muscle Shoals to work her magic with the late great Rick Hall, Bobbie cut a laid back album of classic and contemporary jazz tunes that was abandoned before it had chance to see the light of day. This was a shame, as Bobbie proves herself as adept in this genre as in any other. This self-produced collection first saw the light of day on the Bobbie Gentry boxset, but this lost album deserves to have its own separate release and what better format than vinyl? The set exudes a sophisticated and intimate late-night vibe mostly featuring Bobbie alone with her guitar accompanied by a bass player; occasionally there is a whisper of strings from Jimmie Haskell who famously composed the cello and violin arrangement on Ode to Billie Joe. Gentry fans will find much to love in Bobbie’s short lived but brilliant turn as a jazz singer. The original 8 tracks to be supplemented by the ‘I Didn’t Know’ and ‘Hushabye Mountain’ demos recorded around the same time, this LP also features the previously unreleased Hushabye Mountain [alternate version].
God Bless The Child
Since I Fell For You
Here’s That Rainy Day
I Didn’t Know [demo]
Hushabye Mountain [Demo]
Save Your Love For Me
This Girl’s in Love With You
The Windows of the World
Hushabye Mountain (previously unreleased)
In celebration of the album's 20th anniversary, M-Theory Audio presents the first-ever vinyl release of Determination, from God Forbid. The band was a major player within the New Wave of American Heavy Metal movement of the early '00s. In addition to an appearance on Ozzfest, the group logged many miles on the road touring alongside legacy acts such as Slayer and Anthrax, as well as scene contemporaries such as Lamb of God, Killswitch Engage, and Hatebreed. God Forbid disbanded several years ago, but guitarist Doc Coyle has also remained a prominent member of the heavy metal community through his involvement in the band, Bad Wolves. This new issue of the record will also include an expanded layout with new liner notes from Doc Coyle, and rare photos and memorabilia. The original 2001 release of Determination”was the band's first release through Century Media Records, but M-Theory Audio's new issue will mark the album's first-ever vinyl release, and will also include the bonus track, “Mind Eraser”.
1. Dawn of the Millenia 2. Nothing 3. Broken Promise 4. Divide My Destiny 5. Network 6. Wicked 7. Determination Part 1 8. Determination Part 2 9. Go Your Own Way 10. God's Last Gift 11. A Reflection of the Past 12. Dead Words on Deaf Ears 13. Mind Eraser
Limited Edition 12” Picture Disc—First time on vinyl for these LIVE versions!
Special live release to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Heavy Metal Soundtrack
Side A features a live version of Sammy Hagar’s classic “Heavy Metal” and Side B features a live version of “Little White Lie”
Side A: “Heavy Metal (Live)”
Side B: “Little White Lie (Live)”
In Harmony is the first previously unissued recording of the late trumpet star Roy Hargrove since his passing in 2018. Captured live on January 15, 2006 at Merkin Hall at the Kaufman Music Center in New York City and November 9, 2007 at the Williams Center for the Arts at Lafayette College in Easton, PA, with piano great Mulgrew Miller, In Harmony is an intimate snapshot of two masters performing without a net at the top of their games. The limited-edition 180-gram 2-LP set is being released in cooperation with the Roy Hargrove and Mulgrew Miller Estates and will include an elaborate booklet with rare photos, an essay by acclaimed writer Ted Panken, plus interviews and statements by Sonny Rollins, Christian McBride, Common, Ron Carter, Jon Batiste, Karriem Riggins, Keyon Harold, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chris Botti, Robert Glasper and others. Aida Brandes-Hargrove, President of Roy Hargrove Legacy, said: “Roy’s daughter Kamala and I are excited to collaborate with Resonance and to get this great new album out to Roy’s many fans.” The vinyl edition is mastered by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Record Technology Inc. (RTI).
1 What is This Thing Called Love 9:09
2 This is Always 8:23
3 I Remember Clifford 8:34
1 Triste 8:35
2 Invitation 8:03
3 Con Alma 9:43
1 Never Let Me Go 8:27
2 Just in Time 9:10
3 Fungii Mama 6:56
1 Monk's Dream 5:56
2 Ruby, My Dear 7:56
3 Blues for Mr. Hill 7:35
4 Ow 5:09
Mayer Hawthorne had been talking for a while about releasing a free collection of cover songs for the web, and on May 11, 2011 he did just that via his Twitter account. The collection is called Impressions and Stones Throw has pressed it to wax as part of RSD Drops 2021.
1. Mr. Blue Sky 2. Don’t Turn The Lights On 3. You’ve Got The Makings Of A Lover 4. Fantasy Girl 5. Little Person 6. Work To Do
The debut album from Willie Jones features the singles “Windows Down,” “Bachelorettes on Broadway”, and his latest, “Down For It” featuring T.I. — an updated rendition of the original.
1. Country Soul | 2. Back Porch | 3. Bachelorettes On Broadway | 4. Down for It | 5. American Dream | 6. Right Now | 7. Trainwreck | 8. Drank Too Much | 9. Whole Lotta Love | 10. Actions | 11. Down For It (JD Walker Version) (feat. T.I.) | 12. Down For It (MyGuyMars Remix) (feat. T.I.)
Back To The Old School may have seemed like a crazy title for a hip-hop album released in 1986. In retrospect, Just-Ice clearly saw the movement into a new school of hip-hop as artists like Run DMC and LL Cool J were moving towards mainstream commercial success. The release serves as a punctuation mark at the end of the old school of hip-hop with production by none other than Kurtis Mantronik of acclaimed electronic hip-hop group Mantronix. Long out of print on vinyl, Get On Down marks the 35th anniversary of this landmark with a deluxe splatter color vinyl edition of the LP available only for RSD Drops 2021.
A Side: 1. Cold Gettin' Dumb 2. Love Story 3. Back To The Old School 4. Latoya
B Side: 1. Gangster Of Hip Hop 2. Little Bad Johnny 3. Put the Record Back On 4. Turbo Charged
The second volume of a series started by the RSD Black Friday release of The River Flows Vol. 1, which completely sold out and garnered a lot of positive reviews. This deluxe Vol. 2 package features Jorma Kaukonen and John Hurlbut performing their versions of songs by Bob Dylan, Gram Parsons and more, with an original from John Hurlbut as well.
The deluxe package, designed by Kevin Morgan, features an OBI side spine on a gatefold jacket, an inner sleeve with celebrity pictures from Jorma’s Fur Peace Ranch. The record itself is clear vinyl with five-color splatter.
Photographer: Lincoln Castricone
Executive Producer: Vannessa Kaukonen
Producer: Jorma Kaukonen
Engineered and Mixed: Justin Guip
“Knockin’ on Heaven's Door” (Bob Dylan) | “Hickory Wind” (Gram Parsons) | “A Little Faster” (John Hurlbut) | “Seems Like a Long Time” (Theodore Anderson) |”All Along the Watchtower” (Bob Dylan) |”This Land is Your Land” (Woody Guthrie)
Peggy Lee was in top form in 1955, in every aspect of her career. As a vocalist, she was at her peak. Pete Kelly’s Blues (her best acting role) and Lady And The Tramp (she co-wrote six songs and provided the voices for four characters) were both set to be released. That same year, she recorded 49 selections as radio transcriptions for the World Program Service. These recordings were not released to the public, but used by radio stations with unexpected time to fill. The music is more jazz-oriented than many of her Decca recordings of the time. Lee’s cool but inwardly heated voice is joined by frequent collaborators, pianist Gene DiNovi, guitarist Bill Pitman, Bob Whitlock or Don Prell on bass, drummer Larry Bunker, Ramon “Ray” Rivera on congas, harpist Stella Castellucci, and trumpeter Pete Candoli. This series compiles the best selections from those 1955 recordings, beginning with 14 tunes on this first volume. The recordings were mastered for vinyl at Infrasonic Mastering and pressed at Furnace Record Pressing on color vinyl, Exclusively as part of RSD Drops.
It’s a Good Day / That Old Black Magic / Autumn in NY / I May Be Wrong / I Gotta Right / I Get A Kick / What is This Thing / The Positive / Me / People Will Say We / What Can I Say / Beautiful Morning / Taking A Chance / Bye Bye Blackbird