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A Wounded Bird Bonanza (EVEN MORE ADDED 7/30)

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Wounded Bird Records has just opened the floodgates and got a couple of interesting obscurities released or reissued on CD. There’s a couple of notable names here, and at least one that looks to have bonus tracks. Hit the jump to see them all.

The next eight titles are already available, having been released on July 13. Order them at Wounded Bird’s Web site here.

First up, there’s two premiere CD issues from rock band Barnaby Bye. With a clutch of tunes penned by members Billy and Bobby Alessi (who’d have a Top 10 U.K. hit, “Oh Lori,” as Alessi and contributed a song to the Ghostbusters soundtrack under the same name), these two Atlantic LPs are finally satisfying fans and collectors by being available on CD.

Barnaby Bye, Room to Grow (Atlantic SD-7273 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-7273, 2010)

  1. The Day Came On – 3:18
  2. I Feel for You – 2:52
  3. She Was Pleased – 2:55
  4. I Think I’m Gonna Like It – 3:04
  5. Boopa – 3:00
  6. The Way – 0:49
  7. Laneya – 4:00
  8. Jesse Girl – 4:25
  9. Marsha Mamaillia – 3:24
  10. Dreamer – 3:44
  11. Something Good About Nothing – 3:02
  12. I Won’t Step On Your Shoes – 1:14

Barnaby Bye, Touch (Atlantic SD-18104 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-8104, 2010)

  1. Blonde – 2:59
  2. Can’t Live This Way – 3:53
  3. Jamie – 4:14
  4. Damn You Girl – 4:04
  5. Bein’ a Star – 4:35
  6. Tumblin’ Inn – 2:41
  7. Happy Was the Day We Met – 3:08
  8. White Tornado – 6:51
  9. Take Me With You – 3:49
  10. So It Ends This Way – 2:58

Next we have a buried treasure from Rick Springfield. The Aussie heartthrob may be best known for his early ’80s hits like “Jessie’s Girl” and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” – or of course his turn as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital – but Springfield had been pushing on as a musician through the ’70s as well. After two records for Capitol, he cut a disc for Chelsea Records called Wait for Night. It didn’t chart, even when RCA licensed it and reissued it in the wake of the success of “Jessie’s Girl,” but its premiere release on CD closes the gap in Rick’s discography on compact disc.

Rick Springfield, Wait for Night (Chelsea CHS-515, 1976/RCA AFL1-4235, 1982 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-4235, 2010)

  1. Take a Hand – 2:16
  2. Goldfever – 2:58
  3. One Broken Heart – 2:54
  4. Where’s All the Love – 3:24
  5. Archangel – 3:03
  6. Jessica – 3:00
  7. Million Dollar Face – 2:50
  8. Old Gangsters Never Die – 3:06
  9. Treat Me Gently in the Morning – 4:35
  10. Life is a Celebration – 3:04

Moving on to another Aussie musician, Billy Thorpe was a success in his home country in the ’60s as leader of surf-rockers Billy Thorpe and The Aztecs. He would eke out some solo success in the U.S. with two prog-based albums, Children of the Sun and 21st Century Man, the latter of which is receiving its premiere on CD.

Billy Thorpe, 21st Century Man (Elektra 6E-294, 1980 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-294, 2010)

  1. 1991 – 6:51
  2. Solar Dawn – 7:52
  3. We Were Watching You – 5:34
  4. 21st Century Man – 3:55
  5. She’s Alive – 6:25
  6. Rise – 5:34
  7. In My Room – 5:23

Wounded Bird has three releases from The Blasters, a blues/rockabilly/punk outfit from L.A. in the early ’80s. Originally fronted by brothers Phil and Dave Alvin, Dave left and was the guitarist for influential punk band X in the latter part of the ’80s. (The Blasters’ own “Long White Cadillac” later became a Top 40 country hit for Dwight Yoakam.)

The Blasters, The Blasters (Slash SR-109, 1981/Warner Bros. BSK-3680, 1982 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-3680, 2010)

  1. Marie Marie – 2:07
  2. No Other Girl – 2:29
  3. I’m Shakin’ – 2:22
  4. Border Radio – 2:47
  5. American Music – 2:10
  6. So Long Baby Goodbye – 2:24
  7. Hollywood Bed – 3:33
  8. Never No More Blues – 2:47
  9. This is It – 2:15
  10. Highway 61 – 3:00
  11. I Love You So – 2:51
  12. Stop the Clock – 1:56

The Blasters, Non Fiction (Slash/Warner Bros. 9 23818-1, 1983 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-3818, 2010)

  1. Red Rose – 2:32
  2. Barefoot Rock – 2:31
  3. Bus Station – 2:32
  4. One More Dance – 2:28
  5. It Must Be Love – 2:56
  6. Jubilee Train – 3:04
  7. Long White Cadillac – 2:55
  8. Fool’s Paradise – 2:46
  9. Boomtown – 3:37
  10. Leaving – 3:27
  11. Tag Along – 2:58

The Blasters, Hard Line (Slash/Warner Bros. 9 25093-1, 1985 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-5093, 2010)

  1. Trouble Sound – 3:48
  2. Just Another Sunday – 4:15
  3. Hey, Girl – 3:11
  4. Dark Night – 3:51
  5. Little Honey – 3:35
  6. Samson and Delilah – 3:47
  7. Colored Lights – 3:27
  8. Help You Dream – 3:40
  9. Common Man – 3:43
  10. Rock and Roll Will Stand – 2:38

Then there’s Farrenheit, the band formed by Charlie Farren, a member of The Joe Perry Project from 1980 to 1982. Their sole, self-titled album also gets a CD premiere.

Farrenheit, Farrenheit (Warner Bros. 1-25564, 1987 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-5564, 2010)

  1. Lost in Loveland – 3:39
  2. Fool in Love – 3:52
  3. Bad Habit – 4:01
  4. Impossible World – 4:29
  5. Wildness – 3:59
  6. Staying Together – 4:18
  7. New Days – 3:16
  8. Goofy Boy – 3:55
  9. Time Won’t Wait – 3:37
  10. Shine – 4:04
  11. Stand Out – 3:46

The last in the new batch is one of the most notable names: Geddy Lee, vocalist/bassist for Rush, recorded one moderately successful solo disc while Rush were on hiatus in 2000. Wounded Bird reissues it ten years later, after it fell out of print.

Geddy Lee, My Favorite Headache (Atlantic 83384-2, 2000 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-3384, 2010)

  1. My Favorite Headache – 4:45
  2. The Present Tense – 3:25
  3. Window to the World – 3:02
  4. Working at Perfekt – 5:00
  5. Runaway Train – 4:30
  6. The Angels’ Share – 4:33
  7. Moving to Bohemia – 4:25
  8. Home on the Strange – 3:46
  9. Slipping – 5:06
  10. Still – 4:30
  11. Grace to Grace – 4:59

Now, these next releases have a street date of August 10, but only some of them can be ordered so far through Wounded Bird’s Web site. Check Amazon otherwise, for the time being. (NOTE: There are now a few more titles in this list that weren’t in the original post.)

One of many rock one-offs in this batch is Mandala, a Canadian rock outfit best known for being an early band of Domenic Troiano’s before joining with The James Gang and The Guess Who.

Mandala, Soul Crusade (Atlantic SD-8184, 1968 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-8184, 2010)

  1. World of Love – 2:42
  2. One Short Year – 3:02
  3. Love-itis – 2:30
  4. Come On Home – 5:53
  5. Every Single Day – 3:39
  6. Mellow Carmello Palumbo – 3:40
  7. Can’t Hold Out – 2:32
  8. Don’t Make Me Cry – 3:04
  9. Stop Cryin’ on My Shoulder – 2:45
  10. Faith – 5:59

Here’s a CD premiere of a Denver-based psychedelic group called Beast. They only released one LP on Cotillion Records, and it’s here on CD for you.

Beast, Beast (Cotillion SD-9012, 1969 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-9012, 2010)

  1. Prelude for Today – 0:42
  2. Floating (Down by the River) – 3:51
  3. Spaceman – 3:32
  4. Alley Sam (I Feel a Change) – 3:10
  5. Goin’ Downtown – 1:53
  6. Listen – 2:54
  7. Ev’ry Man Hears Different Music – 3:37
  8. Love Like – 2:41
  9. Dear Ruth – 2:05
  10. When We Rise – 2:28
  11. (Strange Places Like) Santo Domingo – 6:35
  12. On My Way – 2:40
  13. Treat Her Right – 1:53
  14. Wow Wow – 0:51
  15. Cannabis Sativa L – 0:16

Next up is Macondo, a Latin rock-fusion band similar to Santana. It too is a CD premiere.

Macondo, Macondo (Atlantic SD-7234, 1972 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-7234, 2010)

  1. Do It to Me – 2:50
  2. Why – 3:15
  3. Sneaking in the Back Door – 3:15
  4. Wishes – 5:00
  5. Can’t Make Love Alone – 3:59
  6. Cayuco – 5:10
  7. Battery – 3:34
  8. Never Thought I’d See You Gone – 3:36
  9. Almendra – 3:42
  10. Get It On Girl – 3:55

There’s two Pete Seeger releases coming up: a vintage 1974 compilation and a 1979 album, both appearing on CD for the first time.

Pete Seeger, The World of Pete Seeger (Columbia KG-31949, 1974 – reissued Wounded Bird, 2010)

  1. We Shall Overcome
  2. Where Have All the Flowers Gone
  3. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)
  4. Little Boxes
  5. Who Killed Davey Moore?
  6. A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall
  7. This Land is Your Land
  8. The Bells of Rhymney
  9. Masters of War
  10. If I Had a Hammer
  11. Coal Creek March
  12. Barbara Allen
  13. Guantanamera
  14. Both Sides Now
  15. Last Train to Nuremberg
  16. The Sinking of the Ruben James
  17. Last Night I Had the Strangest Dream
  18. East Virginia
  19. Hobo’s Lullaby
  20. My Rainbow Race

Pete Seeger, Circles and Seasons (Warner Bros. BSK-3329 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-3329, 2010)

  1. Garbage
  2. Sailing Down My Golden River
  3. Mexican Blues
  4. The Photographers
  5. I’m Gonna Be an Engineer
  6. Seneca Canoe Song
  7. Maple Syrup Time
  8. Viva La Quince Brigada
  9. As the Sun Rose
  10. Sour Cream
  11. Tarantella
  12. Garden Song
  13. Harry Simms
  14. Allelulia/Joy Upon This Earth

Mike Finnigan was a session keyboardist who recorded with a who’s who of musicians in the ’60s and ’70s (Jimi Hendrix, Michael McDonald, Cher and Ringo Starr to name a few). His 1976 album for Warner Bros. (BSK-9244) is getting a CD issue – but no track list could be found at present.

There’s a straight reissue of a record by Dutch guitarist virtuoso Jan Akkerman. Best known in the U.S. for his work with Focus (and the resultant Top 10 hit “Hocus Pocus”), Akkerman has gotten some reissues from Wounded Bird in the past, and 3 – only previously issued in Europe – is the latest of his records to get such treatment.

Jan Akkerman, 3 (Atlantic K-50664, 1979 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-193, 1979)

  1. Stingray (Get Up with That) – 6:07
  2. Wait and See – 5:10
  3. She’s So Divine – 4:01
  4. Funk Me – 6:12
  5. This is the One – 6:19
  6. Nightprayer – 6:02
  7. Time Out of Mind – 1:21

R&B/pop musician Stevie Woods may not be a household name, but some of the session guys he jammed with on his three Cotillion LPs are: Toto’s Steve Lukather, Jerry Hey, Ray Parker, Jr., and Bill Champlin of Chicago all contributed. Here are all three back in print.

Stevie Woods, Take Me to Your Heaven (Cotillion SD-5229, 1981 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-5229, 2010)

  1. Fly Away – 4:03
  2. Just Can’t Win ‘Em All – 4:08
  3. Take Me to Your Heaven – 3:59
  4. Steal the Night – 3:45
  5. Through the Years – 4:24
  6. I Wanna Be Close to You – 4:37
  7. Read Between the Lines – 3:51
  8. Throw a Little Bit of Love My Way – 4:25
  9. Gotcha – 4:59

Stevie Woods, The Woman in My Life (Cotillion 90015-1, 1982 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-915, 2010)

  1. The Woman in My Life – 3:27
  2. Love You Back to Sleep – 4:14
  3. The Other Way Around – 3:52
  4. In Way Over My Heart – 3:43
  5. Never Gonna Let You Go – 4:51
  6. Ladies of the 80’s – 4:06
  7. Into the Light – 4:02
  8. When Love Goes Right – 4:06
  9. Can’t Keep It Lit – 3:45
  10. One Love to Live – 3:58

Stevie Woods, Attitude (Cotillion 90123-1, 1983 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-9123, 2010)

  1. Heart (Stop Beating in Time) – 4:42
  2. Outrageous – 4:09
  3. You Blow Me Away – 4:16
  4. A Love So Right – 4:22
  5. Make Up, Break Up – 3:35
  6. Ain’t That Peculiar – 3:32
  7. Outside Myself – 4:01
  8. State of Our Affair – 3:31
  9. Loving You – 3:47

Here’s an obscurity for the ages: Nine Ways to Win, a New Wave outfit produced by David Ferguson, a promoter/producer who provided an independent support for acts like Public Image Ltd. and Butthole Surfers.

Nine Ways to Win, Nine Ways to Win (Duke 90117-1, 1983 – reissued Wounded Bird, 2010)

  1. Close to You – 3:45
  2. Painting Over Cracks – 4:33
  3. Second Cross on the Hill – 4:34
  4. Ashes and Diamonds – 4:33
  5. Breaking Bread – 4:00
  6. Lights All Over the World – 4:56
  7. Waltz – 4:18
  8. All Sit Down – 3:58
  9. High-Wire – 3:43
  10. Time for Keys – 4:29

Finally, there’s one that has no track listing whatsoever just yet: a double-disc set for mid-’80s dance-rockers Until December. The 415 Sessions is going to compile the band’s sole self-titled LP, plus remixes and B-sides. Should be fun stuff; when we get a track list, it’ll go up here.

And a last title in the batch for September 7: a reissue of the only released LP by Quill, the first band to play after the rain stopped on the second day of Woodstock. It’s not yet available for pre-order at the Wounded Bird Web site.

Quill, Quill (Cotillion SD-9017, 1970 – reissued Wounded Bird WOU-9017, 2010)

  1. Thumbnail Screwdriver – 5:30
  2. The Tube Exuding – 3:50
  3. They Live the Life – 9:23
  4. BBY – 4:40
  5. Yellow Butterfly – 4:15
  6. Too Late – 3:40
  7. Shrieking Finally – 7:28

Written by Mike Duquette

July 30, 2010 at 12:50

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  1. Wounded Bird has always been a bit of a mystery to me. Are they affiliated with the Warner Music Group? It seems that without fail the titles they license were originally released on a Warner label. What is the packaging like on their titles–is it as bare bones as is suggested by (typical) lack of bonus tracks on their reissues? Then there’s the matter of their prices being too high to answer these questions myself.

    Bronfman Sr.

    July 29, 2010 at 18:39

    • No, they are independent. The guy running it used to be with One Way Records. He generally only licenses from Rhino/WB and Sony. Rhino charges a premium for bonus tracks (or, raises the required minimums) as they consider those to be a “compilation,” so Wounded generally only does straight reissues or 2-fers of Rhino stuff. However, Sony does not have the same restrictions, so their Sony-licensed titles are ripe with bonus tracks.

      Surly

      August 1, 2010 at 11:10

      • Quoting:

        How much per track and what’s the minimum # of tracks
        that have to be used to qualify??

        I see the pattern that reissue labels (in general), when they do single CD’s from Rhino Handmade box sets, they aren’t allowed to use extra songs.

        Bill

        Bill Janowski

        September 15, 2010 at 16:00

  2. “Farrenheit” was first released on CD back in 1987.

    Galley

    July 29, 2010 at 18:40

  3. Ah, finally, The Blasters stuff is being reissued. About time! I remember first hearing those guys in high school, just a few years after these albums came out. Classic. I’ll be picking those up for sure.

    Thanks, Mike… I wouldn’t have known about this if it weren’t for you!

    Shaun

    July 29, 2010 at 21:44

  4. Way too obscure for my taste…

    RoyalScam

    July 30, 2010 at 09:43

  5. Finally! I’ve been waiting years for Stevie Woods’ ‘Take Me To Your Heaven’ to be reissued on CD. “Just Can’t Win ‘Em All” is a great “yacht rock” classic.

    Kym

    July 31, 2010 at 00:46

  6. […] 1973 album. But thanks to Wounded Bird (as if the label hadn’t announced a big enough bonanza for reissue fans already!), fans of rock and roll’s golden age have another chance to enjoy […]


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