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It seems that the Cherry Red family of labels’ slogan should be “expect the unexpected.” Each label is run by a different team, resulting in an extremely diverse array of offerings. Steve Stanley’s Now Sounds celebrates, but isn’t strictly limited to, the musical era of 1964-1972. Past reissues have encompassed such styles as harmony and sunshine pop (Roger Nichols and the Small Circle of Friends, The Association), folk (Janis Ian), light psychedelia (Colours), “Bacharock” (The Golden Gate) and the sunkissed sounds of the West Coast (Mark Eric). Now Sounds has just announced two upcoming reissues that continue its mission of presenting long-lost LPs for a new generation.

Due on June 8 is Dion DiMucci’s 1969 LP Wonder Where I’m Bound. This album is a rare example of a vault collection being artfully assembled into a unique product of its own. Essentially a collection of studio outtakes – all dating no later than 1965 – excavated by the label in the wake of Dion’s 1968 “comeback” on the Laurie label with “Abraham, Martin and John,” Wonder Where I’m Bound features production on some tracks by Tom Wilson (of Simon & Garfunkel and Velvet Underground fame) and reveals the singer to have been an early proponent of what would become known as folk-rock. Its title track is a cover of a Tom Paxton composition, with orchestration added by renowned producer Jimmy Wisner to echo the sound of “Abraham, Martin and John.” Bob Dylan’s songs make their compulsory appearance via “It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue” and the lesser-known “Farewell.” DiMucci foreshadows his later blues explorations (such as 2006’s Bronx in Blue on Razor & Tie 79301 82960-2 and 2007’s Son of Skip James on Verve Forecast B0010173-2) with Woody Guthrie’s “900 Miles” and even references his own doo-wop roots with a reworking of “A Sunday Kind of Love.” Anthologies have covered Dion’s Columbia era before, but 4 tracks make their CD debut here, as does the album in its complete, original sequence.  While there are no bonus tracks, one can typically count on Now Sounds for lavishly annotated and illustrated liner notes.

While Dion is practically synonymous with the street corners of New York City, Now Sounds turns to the West Coast for its July 6 reissue of the self-titled album Jamme, originally released in 1970 on John Phillips’ short-lived Warlock Records label. Don and Keith Adey formed the duo, and were joined on the LP by session vets Larry Knechtel on bass and Jim Gordon on percussion. Phillips himself produced in his home studio (with such luminaries as George Harrison and Keith Richards reportedly in attendance), and with this release, another chapter of The Mamas and The Papas story is unearthed. Now Sounds have secured no fewer than 6 unreleased tracks to bolster the LP’s 10 songs, and have also added both sides of a mono 45, bringing the grand total to 18 songs. Harmonies are of course on display, and the label likens the album’s sound to that of artists as different as Badfinger, Emmit Rhodes, Buffalo Springfield, The Bee Gees and even Big Star. For Mamas and the Papas fans and those interested in the further musical explorations of Phillips, this looks like a must-have release. The booklet features unreleased photos and new liner notes by Mamas and the Papas historians Jeffrey A. Greenberg and Chris Campion with full cooperation of Jamme. This disc also should be a fine complement to Varese Vintage’s ongoing “Papa John Phillips Presents” series, the latest title of which is Many Mamas, Many Papas (Varese 067016), slated for June 29 release and comprising 2 discs of primarily-unreleased recordings from a latter-day incarnation of the fabled group.

Check out Amazon pre-order listings here and here, and read the track listings after the jump!

Dion – Wonder Where I’m Bound (Now Sounds CRNOW17, 2010)

  1. I Can’t Help But Wonder Where I’m Bound
  2. It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue
  3. A Sunday Kind of Love
  4. Knowing I Won’t Go Back There
  5. 900 Miles
  6. Now
  7. Southern Train
  8. The Seventh Son
  9. Farewell
  10. Wake Up Baby
  11. Baby Please Don’t Go

Originally released as Columbia 9773, 1969

Jamme – Jamme (Now Sounds CRNOW18, 2010)

  1. Poor Widow
  2. She Sits There
  3. Jan
  4. Strawberry Jam Man
  5. Richman
  6. My Old Lady
  7. Changes
  8. Empty Feeling
  9. Scarborough Rose
  10. Matthew O’Grady
  11. Thanks to the Man in the Rabbit Hat
  12. Changes (Alternate Take)
  13. Strawberry Jam (Alternate Take)
  14. Empty Feelings (Instrumental)
  15. What Makes the World Go Round (Demo)
  16. That Girl Has Got a Hold on Me (Demo)
  17. She Sits There (Mono)
  18. Poor Widow (Mono)

Tracks 1-10 from Jamme (Dunhill/Warlock LP 50072, 1970)
Tracks 11-16 previously unreleased
Tracks 17-18 from Dunhill single 4231, 1970

Written by Joe Marchese

May 24, 2010 at 11:39

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  1. Hi Joe,
    thanks for such a fantastic site.

    I have just read your review of the Jamme release. I have actually bought the album and on the most informative, enclosed booklet, Jamme was never a duo, in fact Jamme was a four piece band, consisting of Paul Downing,(who got the band together) Timmy Smyser, Don Adey and Terry Rae. I believe the cover of the CD should have portrayed that fact, instead of the three missing band members photos being superimposed at the bottom of the original released photo. But, being second time around, I suppose something had to remain of the original, even if I disagree.

    After forty years the truth is finally out and
    Don has admitted, first paragraph, page fifteen, of the accompanying booklet,that Kieth didn’t write anything, only played base on one recording and sang harmony on a couple of songs, yet took full credit.
    It is my opinion that keith never was, nor will he ever be, a member of Jamme.

    Listening to the CD the quality is superb. It has been beautifully produced by Papa John Philips, The four lads had song writing skills and musical ability way beyond their years. I love the tongue-in cheek “Strawberry Jam Man” and the beautiful “Love Makes The World Go Round” which should be dedicated to anyone who has ever been in love. Just put headphones on and drift away to 1968 East Coast Music. Brilliant Stuff. Highly recommended.

    Finally, after forty years, the truth is finally out and credit is given where it should be given.

    Thanks Joe

    Lorna

    Lorna

    July 15, 2010 at 03:48

    • Hello there Loma you are correct in the fact I am not a member of The jamme i was used as a way to finish
      the album the band was brocken up and the album unfinished I played bass on three cuts and sang vocals where needed to finish it I composed thanks to the man in the rabbit hat with Don although so how he forgot to mention it however if I had not agreed to help Philips and don there would never of been a Jamme album realest ,I had my own things going on and i regret ever agreeing to any of it the other people who played on the album to finish it were not a Jamme members ether it was just half finished when we agreed The truth is John Philips and Lue Addler would of been sued by ABC if it didn,t get released and they made a lot of money as for me well I didn,t take credit they gave it to me but i’ll just take credit for what i did do ,Keith Adey

      Keith Adey

      February 5, 2013 at 01:28

  2. As a collector of Dunhill records, I have several copies of the original album 50072 in its first and second pressings, and I must admit that the Jamme album was one of the very best to appear on Dunhill. I´ve been playing it for many years and the sound is fresh and exciting or to say really timeless, and I never get tired of it. My favorite tracks are Strawberry jam man and Richman. Here in Sweden it´s even today still possible to find copies of Dunhill 50072 in garage sales to ashamed low bargain prices. Unfortunately I´ve been unable to find a copy of the reissue.

    Henrick Persson

    October 19, 2013 at 06:30


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