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Soulful and Seductive: Grateful Dead, Glen Campbell, The Roches, Bill Medley, Maynard Ferguson Kick Off Real Gone 2012

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Are you ready to get gone, Real Gone, with the new kids on the reissue block?  The label founded by Gordon Anderson and Gabby Castellana is following its debut slate (reviews to come!) with an eclectic group of releases for January 2012 that will start the New Year off right!  One batch of titles is due January 24, with the remaining releases arriving the following week.

Few artists have had a career as legendary as that of Glen Campbell, and few have been as brave in the face of tragedy.  Campbell recently revealed an Alzheimer’s diagnosis but committed to remaining on tour in support of his farewell studio album, the justly-acclaimed Ghost on the Canvas.  That album musically and lyrically looked back to Campbell’s past triumphs, and many of them can be revisited on Real Gone’s CD debut of Campbell’s 1975 Live in JapanLike Leon Russell’s live album of the same title (recently revived by the Omnivore label), Campbell’s live set never received a domestic release…until now!  On January 24, Real Gone will reissue the 13-track album in a replica of its lavish original gatefold package.  Campbell’s set includes both his familiar hits (“Galveston,” a medley including “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Honey, Come Back” and “Gentle on My Mind”) and well-chosen cover versions (“The Way We Were,” “Try to Remember,” even “My Way”).  Though budget label collections proliferate of late-era live material from the artist, Live in Japan is a rare CD of live Campbell in his prime and shouldn’t be missed!

Few could have expected Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield to disband The Righteous Brothers after their string of titanic hits in the mid-1960s, but that’s exactly what happened in 1968.  Though Hatfield initially attempted to carry on the Righteous name with another vocalist, Medley took the solo route.  (The original duo would reunite in 1974.)  After the Righteous split, Medley remained at MGM Records, parent of the Brothers’ then-label Verve.  Medley released four albums (one of which was issued in two variations) at MGM and recorded two more that remain unissued to this day.  The first two Medley LPs for MGM, Bill Medley 100% and Soft & Soulful, are arriving on one CD from Real Gone.   Among the blue-eyed soul hits included on these two LPs are “Brown-Eyed Woman” by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (No. 43), “Peace Brother Peace” (No. 48), and the ironically-titled “I Can’t Make It Alone” by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.  “I Can’t Make It Alone” recreates the Spector Wall of Sound with a stunning arrangement and vocal, disproving its own title!  Burt Bacharach enthusiasts will also enjoy Medley’s take on the Bacharach/Bob Hilliard co-write “Any Day Now,” and Medley even takes on the deathless “The Impossible Dream” from Man of La Mancha.

Over on the country side of town, Real Gone is anthologizing the Complete Epic Hits of country-pop crossover artist Jody Miller, best known for “Queen of the House,” her 1965 answer to Roger Miller’s  “King of the Road.” In 1970, Miller switched from Capitol to Epic Records where she teamed with famed producer Billy Sherrill.  A full 25 of their collaborations appear on this 69-minute compilation. You might recognize the Top 10 hits “He’s So Fine,” “There’s a Party Goin’ On,” “Darlin’ You Can Always Come Back Home” and “Good News.” Jody Miller has consulted on this release, and has supplied rare photographs for the booklet.

The favorite sisters of Park Ridge, New Jersey – The Roches! – next receive the Real Gone treatment.  Seductive Reasoning is the 1975 Columbia Records album by sisters Maggie and Terre Roche.  The first release from the Roche family, it was also the sisters’ only LP as a duo; Suzzy Roche joined shortly thereafter.  Seductive Reasoning features the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section and, on one track, production and backing vocals from Paul Simon.  He was returning the Roches’ favor, as the sisters performed on his own Columbia LP There Goes Rhymin’ Simon!   On The Roches’ website, Suzzy writes of this lost classic, “This album was made through 1974-75. The songs are a result of the years before that. It is a perfect document of the time. But beyond that it is an expression that remains vital and relevant today. If you love music you will love this record. If you love poetry you will love this record. It has already done time in music business jail and now it is (re-)released — thank God. Enjoy — it’s a classic!”  Maggie Roche contributes notes and photos from her own archive.

Hit the jump for The Grateful Dead and more!

The first wave of Real Gone titles included reissued volumes of the Grateful Dead’s Dick’s Picks series, curated by the band’s fabled archivist Dick Latvala, and two more are now set for release: the 4-CD Dick’s Picks Vol. 33 — Oakland Coliseum Stadium, Oakland, CA 10/9 & 10/10/76 (originally released in 2004) and 2-CD Dick’s Picks Vol. 32 — Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI 8/7/82 (also from 2004).  Both are due on January 24, 2012. Vol. 33 preserves The Dead opening for The Who as part of Bill Graham’s historic Day on the Green concerts, while Vol. 32 includes two rare tracks once performed by the band as The Warlocks: Jesse Fuller’s “Beat It On Down the Line” and the Memphis Jug Band’s “On the Road Again.”

Real Gone continues its prosperous relationship with ABKCO for two more releases from the Cameo-Parkway vaults.  Both of these titles will arrive on January 31.  The Tymes are still remembered today for the immortal “So Much in Love” as well as their recording of Sherman Edwards’ “Wonderful! Wonderful!” (also a standard for Johnny Mathis.)  Both of those hits can be heard on the first-ever CD release of The Tymes’ So Much in Love debut LP.   So Much in Love is being expanded with two bonus tracks: The B-side of “So Much in Love,” “Roscoe James McLain,” and “Surf City” from the various artists Parkway album Everybody’s Goin’ Surfin’.

The second ABKCO-derived reissue features some of the least-known recordings of a true jazz giant.  Trumpeter Maynard Ferguson followed his tenure at Roulette Records with two albums for Cameo, and both are collected on one new disc.   New Sounds of Maynard Ferguson (1963) offers a catholic line-up of tunes including “Watermelon Man,” “One O’Clock Jump,” “Take the A Train” and even “Danmy Boy,” and is now bolstered by the inclusion of one outtake, the Jerome Kern/Oscar Hammerstein II standard “The Song Is You.” Come Blow Your Horn (1964) was Ferguson’s second album for the label, and features lesser-known material alongside a cover of Fred Fisher’s “Chicago” (“That toddlin’ town…”) and of course, the Sammy Cahn/Jimmy Van Heusen title song, originally written for the same man forever associated with “Chicago”: Frank Sinatra!

Glen Campbell, Bill Medley, Jody Miller, The Roches and The Grateful Dead arrive in stores on January 24.  The Tymes and Maynard Ferguson follow on January 31!  You’ll find track listings and pre-order links, where available, for every title except Jody Miller’s Complete Epic Hits below!  (We should have that one soon!)

Glen Campbell, Live in Japan (Capitol (Japan), 1975 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2012)

  1. Intro/I Believe in Music
  2. Galveston
  3. It’s Only Make Believe
  4. Love Light
  5. I Honestly Love You
  6. Annie’s Song
  7. Song for Y’all
  8. Comin’ Home (To Meet My Brother)
  9. Try to Remember/The Way We Were
  10. Hits Medley: By the Time I Get to Phoenix/Wichita Lineman/Try a Little Kindness/Honey Come Back/Gentle on My Mind
  11. My Way
  12. William Tell Overture
  13. Amazing Grace

Maynard Ferguson, The New Sounds Of Maynard Ferguson/Come Blow Your Horn: The Complete Cameo Recordings (Real Gone Music, 2011)

  1. Take the A Train
  2. Bossa Nova de Funk
  3. Gravy Waltz
  4. Cherokee (Indian Love Song)
  5. I’m Getting Sentimental Over You
  6. One O’Clock Jump
  7. At the Sound of the Trumpet
  8. Maine Bone
  9. Watermelon Man
  10. Danny Boy
  11. The Song is You
  12. Groove
  13. Country Boy
  14. Blues For A Four String Guitar
  15. Whisper Not
  16. We’ve Got A World That Swings
  17. Chicago (That Toddling Town)
  18. Naked City Theme
  19. New Hope
  20. Antony and Cleopatra
  21. Come Blow Your Horn

Tracks 1-10 from The New Sounds of Maynard Ferguson, Cameo LP C-1046, 1963
Track 11 from the sessions for Cameo LP C-1046, 1963, previously unreleased
Tracks 12-21 from Come Blow Your Horn, Cameo LP C-1066, 1964

The Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks Vol. 32: Alpine Valley Music Theatre, 8/7/82 (Grateful Dead Records, 2004 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2012)

CD 1

  1. “The Music Never Stopped” (Bob Weir, John Barlow) – 4:19
  2. “Sugaree” (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 9:51
  3. “The Music Never Stopped” reprise (Weir, Barlow) – 4:00
  4. “Me and My Uncle” (John Phillips) – 3:02
  5. “Big River” (Johnny Cash) – 6:12
  6. “It Must Have Been the Roses” (Hunter) – 5:51
  7. “C.C. Rider” (traditional, arranged by the Grateful Dead) – 7:34
  8. “Ramble On Rose” (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:31
  9. “Beat It On Down the Line” (Jesse Fuller) – 3:11
  10. “On the Road Again” (traditional, arranged by the Grateful Dead) – 3:04
  11. “Althea” (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:56
  12. “Let It Grow” (Weir, Barlow) – 11:39
  13. Encore: “U.S. Blues” (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:16

CD 2

  1. “China Cat Sunflower” (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:42
  2. “I Know You Rider” (traditional, arranged by the Grateful Dead) – 7:43
  3. “Man Smart, Woman Smarter” (Span) – 8:29
  4. “Ship of Fools” (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:39
  5. “Playing in the Band” (Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 11:15
  6. “Drums” (Hart, Bill Kreutzmann) – 5:31
  7. “Space” (Garcia, Phil Lesh, Weir) – 5:31
  8. “The Wheel” (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Hunter) – 5:51
  9. “Playing in the Band” reprise (Weir, Mickey Hart, Hunter) – 4:09
  10. “Morning Dew” (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) – 10:11
  11. “One More Saturday Night” (Weir) – 4:59

The Grateful Dead, Dick’s Picks Vol. 33: Oakland Coliseum Stadium, Oakland, CA 10/9 & 10/10/76 (Grateful Dead Records, 2004 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2012)

CD 1

  1. “Promised Land” (Chuck Berry) – 4:21
  2. “Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo” (Jerry Garcia, Robert Hunter) – 9:19
  3. “Cassidy” (Bob Weir, John Barlow) – 4:28
  4. “Tennessee Jed” (Garcia, Hunter) – 8:57
  5. “Looks Like Rain” (Weir, Barlow) – 8:36
  6. “They Love Each Other” (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:10
  7. “New Minglewood Blues” (traditional, arranged by Bob Weir) – 4:51
  8. “Scarlet Begonias” (Garcia, Hunter) – 12:19
  9. “Lazy Lightnin'” (Weir, Barlow) – 3:18
  10. “Supplication” (Weir, Barlow) – 5:04
  11. “Sugaree” (Garcia, Hunter) – 11:35

CD 2

  1. “St. Stephen” (Garcia, Phil Lesh, Hunter) – 5:57
  2. “Not Fade Away” (Buddy Holly, Norman Petty) – 11:55
  3. “St. Stephen” reprise (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter) – 0:50
  4. “Help on the Way” (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:36
  5. “Slipknot!” (Garcia, Keith Godchaux, Bill Kreutzmann, Lesh, Weir) – 5:23
  6. “Drums” (Mickey Hart, Kreutzmann) – 3:23
  7. “Samson and Delilah” (traditional, arranged by Bob Weir) – 7:17
  8. “Slipknot!” reprise (Garcia, K. Godchaux, Kreutzmann, Lesh, Weir) – 6:48
  9. “Franklin’s Tower” (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Hunter) – 12:43
  10. “One More Saturday Night” (Weir) – 5:27
  11. “U.S. Blues” (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:16

CD 3

  1. “Might as Well” (Garcia, Hunter) – 6:34
  2. “Mama Tried” (Merle Haggard) – 3:17
  3. “Ramble On Rose” (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:10
  4. “Cassidy” (Weir, Barlow) – 4:46
  5. “Deal” (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:18
  6. “El Paso” (Marty Robbins) – 4:53
  7. “Loser” (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:40
  8. “Promised Land” (Berry) – 4:32
  9. “Friend of the Devil” (Garcia, Dawson, Hunter) – 8:34
  10. “Dancing in the Streets” (William “Mickey” Stevenson, Marvin Gaye, Ivy Jo Hunter) – 14:40
  11. “Wharf Rat” (Garcia, Hunter) – 7:54
  12. “Dancing in the Streets” reprise (Stevenson, Gaye, I. Hunter) – 4:19

CD 4

  1. “Samson and Delilah” (traditional, arranged by Bob Weir) – 7:47
  2. “Brown-Eyed Woman” (Garcia, Hunter) – 5:39
  3. “Playing in the Band” (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 10:58
  4. “Drums” (Hart, Kreutzmann) – 2:10
  5. “The Wheel” (Garcia, Kreutzmann, Hunter) – 5:50
  6. “Space” (Garcia, Lesh, Weir) – 4:48
  7. “The Other One” (Weir, Kreutzmann) – 9:25
  8. “Stella Blue” (Garcia, Hunter) – 12:02
  9. “Playing in the Band” reprise (Weir, Hart, Hunter) – 5:50
  10. “Sugar Magnolia” (Weir, Hunter) – 10:13
  11. “Johnny B. Goode” (Berry) – 4:04

Bill Medley, 100%/Soft and Soulful (Real Gone Music, 2012)

  1. Brown Eyed Woman
  2. Let the Good Times Roll
  3. You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me
  4. Run to My Loving Arms
  5. You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You
  6. The Quest (The Impossible Dream)
  7. I Can’t Make It Alone
  8. That’s Life
  9. One Day Girl
  10. Show Me
  11. Goin’ Out of My Head
  12. Who Can I Turn To
  13. Peace Brother Peace
  14. 100 Years
  15. Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye
  16. I’m Gonna Die Me
  17. For Your Precious Love
  18. Softly
  19. When Something is Wrong with My Baby
  20. Any Day Now
  21. Reaching Back
  22. Street of Dirt
  23. Something’s So Wrong
  24. Winter Won’t Come This Year

Tracks 1-12 from 100%, MGM LP SE-4583, 1968
Tracks 13-24 from Soft and Soulful, MGM LP SE-4603, 1969

Maggie and Terre Roche, Seductive Reasoning (Columbia 33232, 1975 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2012)

  1. Underneath the Moon
  2. Down the Dream
  3. Wigglin’ Man
  4. West Virginia
  5. If You Empty Out All Your Pockets You Could Not Make Change
  6. Telephone Bill
  7. Malachy’s
  8. Burden of Proof
  9. The Mountain People
  10. Jill of All Trades

The Tymes, So Much in Love (Parkway LP 7032, 1963 – reissued Real Gone Music, 2012)

  1. Alone
  2. My Summer Love
  3. Wonderful! Wonderful!
  4. That Old Black Magic
  5. Let’s Make Love Tonight
  6. Goodnight My Love
  7. So Much in Love
  8. You Asked Me to Be Yours
  9. The Twelfth of Never
  10. Way Beyond Today
  11. Summer Day
  12. Autumn Leaves
  13. Roscoe James McLain (Bonus Track, from Parkway single P-871, 1963)
  14. Surf City (from Everybody’s Goin’ Surfin’, Parkway LP P-7035, 1963)

Written by Joe Marchese

November 21, 2011 at 09:52

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  1. One slight correction about the (complete) shows featured on Dick’s Picks 32. The Dead did open for The Who the first day.The Dead closed the second day, however, at Pete Townshend’s insistence! Apparently, Pete felt the Dead blew The Who away at the first show and didn’t want to go on after them.

    Pete loved the Dead. Five years later, when they played Rockpalast on German TV, Pete joined them for a couple of songs.

    Anyhow, glad to see these Dick’s Picks getting reissued. Not sure when Rhino phased them out in the first place. The only drawback is that Real Gone seems to be asking outrageously high prices for these reissues. Especially since the Dead kept the DP prices very low in their original form.

    Shaun

    November 21, 2011 at 20:05


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