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High Moon Rising: Reissues From Gene Clark and Arthur Lee’s Love Now Available For Pre-Order

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Love - Black BeautyAt long last, High Moon is rising.  Yesterday, on January 2, the long-aborning record label revealed on its Facebook page that pre-orders were being taken for the label’s CD releases of Gene Clark’s Two Sides to Every Story and Love’s Black Beauty. We’ve closely followed the High Moon story here at The Second Disc, from the label’s initial announcements in Spring 2011 through an optimistic status update almost two years ago on January 30, 2012.  Deluxe, 180-gram vinyl LPs arrived for both titles in 2013, but until now, the promised CD releases hadn’t materialized.  Thankfully, these titles look to be worth the wait and are promised to ship this month (January)!  See below for full details on both releases, including complete track listings and further new information in bold.

POST OF 1/30/12: Some of you with long-term memories might recall our happily breaking the news about High Moon Records back in May 2011.  The New York-based independent label had recently held a release party to announce reissues of Love’s 1973 unreleased album Black Beauty and Gene Clark’s 1977 Two Sides to Every Story.  Both inaugural titles were slated to arrive on June 7.  June came and went, as did 2011, with no sign of either of these much-anticipated releases.

So we’re happy to relate the news shared last month by High Moon’s owners George Wallace and J.D. Martignon.  As of December 9, High Moon was “finalizing the artwork for both releases on LP and CD” and offered new hints as to the talented names working on the albums.  Both albums were remastered by multi-Grammy Award nominee Dan Hersch; the lacquers were mastered and cut by Doug Sax, a name likely familiar to all collectors of audiophile vinyl.  The same care is being put into the albums’ booklets.  The essay for Black Beauty was written by Ben Edmonds (Rolling Stone, Mojo), and Edmonds’ notes will be joined by over fifty never-before-seen pictures of Arthur Lee and the band during the sessions, taken by Herbert Worthington (Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours).   As for Clark’s Two Sides, his biographer John Einarson has provided the new essay.  High Moon will include more never-seen photography, this time by Ed Caraeef from the original album photo session.

Both discs will be packaged in hardbound eco-books for the CDs, while the 180-gram LPs will be housed in tip-on jackets with full-color, 11″x 11″ magazine-style inserts.  For much more on High Moon Records, including track listings and discographical info for these two albums, hit the jump for the salient details!

ORIGINAL POST of 5/5/11: Hey, reissue fans!  (That means you!)  It’s time to welcome a new label to the club.  High Moon Records has just been established by owners George Wallace and J.D. Martignon and general manager Craig Hyman to specialize in the sounds of the 1960s and 1970s, and the label has selected two titles to kick things off in a big way.  Both releases were celebrated with an April 29 release party at the Roxy on (where else?) the hallowed Sunset Strip: Love’s 1973 unreleased album Black Beauty, and Gene Clark’s 1977 Two Sides to Every Story.

1973’s Black Beauty was recorded by the only all-black lineup of Arthur Lee’s famed band Love, but thanks to the collapse of Lee’s Buffalo Records label, it never saw the light of day.  Previously available only as a bootleg, High Moon’s first-ever official release of this lost classic will be released on vinyl, digital and CD, with six rare bonus tracks, photographs by Herbert Worthington and a new essay by historian Ben Edmonds.  High Moon’s release is a most welcome addition to the legacy of the psychedelic rock pioneers still best-known for the 1967 Forever Changes.  High Moon describes the upcoming CD as a “TrueSound Audiophile CD” packaged in a hardbound eco-book with a 60-page full-color booklet.  The 180-gram LP is available now, and is “packaged in [a] state-of-the-art tip-on sleeve with 11” x 11” full-color, 28-page book with download card for High Quality MP3s.”  Black Beauty has been remastered for CD by Dan Hersch and for vinyl by Doug Sax.

Former Byrd Gene Clark’s 1977 RSO album Two Sides to Every Story has been available on CD in the past, but currently commands upwards of $150 second-hand!  It followed 1974’s No Other on the Asylum label.  Though now considered by many to be the artist’s masterpiece, No Other was a commercial failure and a most unconventional record.  Two Sides features more traditional songwriting and features Doug Dillard and Emmylou Harris among its guests.  High Moon’s reissue will be released on vinyl and CD and adds bonus tracks, unseen photographs and new liner notes by John Einerson.  Clark’s son Kai regards Two Sides as “a personal diary during this trying time in [Clark’s] life” and now fans of the influential country-rock legend’s balladry can experience it themselves.  The album is released in cooperation with Universal Music Group and Clark’s estate.  The LP release, mastered for vinyl by Doug Sax and available now from High Moon, is “packaged in [a] state-of-the-art tip-on sleeve with 11” x 11” full-color 16-page book.”   The CD, mastered by Dan Hersch, is packaged in a deluxe hardbound eco-book with a 24-page, full-color booklet.  

At the time of this writing, the bonus tracks for the CD release are not on High Moon’s website, and there has been a change in the contents of the LP’s download card.  Originally slated to include the album’s tracks, it will now provide access to “Live 1975 Gene Clark performances featuring fresh takes of Two Sides material performed by the short-lived five-piece Silverados band. Plus songs spanning Gene’s career, from twangy updates of classics to never-before-released originals. Tracks also include a never-aired 1974 Gene Clark interview with legendary L.A. disc jockey B. Mitchel Reed.”  However, this additional material will not be on the CD release.

Wallace and Hyman confirmed to Billboard that future projects include reissues of music from Lotti Golden and Sopwith Camel plus unreleased material from the Ace of Cups, the all-girl San Francisco band.  The New York-based label is also exploring the possibility of releasing Reel to Real, the 1975 Love album recorded for RSO.  Wallace confirmed that High Moon promises “better packaging, more liner notes, more unpublished photographs,” which is music to our ears here at The Second Disc.  He continued to Billboard, “This is a way to beat downloading. There are still people out there looking for aesthetically pleasing packages. Almost anything can be made quasi-commercial if it is contextualized in the right way.”

You can visit the label here and can pre-order titles – due this month, January 2014 – directly from High Moon at the label’s shop!

Love, Black Beauty (recorded 1973, released High Moon Records, 2014)

  1. Good and Evil (Young and Able)
  2. Midnight Sun
  3. Can’t Find It
  4. Walk Right In
  5. Skid
  6. Beep Beep
  7. Stay Away
  8. Lonely Pigs
  9. See Myself in You
  10. Product of the Times
  11. (Title Song from the Motion Picture) Thomasine and Bushrod
  12. Arthur Lee Interview (Steven Rosen, 1974)
  13. Every Time I Look Up, I’m Down (Live – Electric Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland. 5/30/1974)
  14. Nothing (Live – Electric Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland, 5/30/1974)
  15. Keep on Shining (Live – Electric Gardens, Glasgow, Scotland, 5/30/1974)
  16. L.A. Blues – Arthur Lee and Ventilator

Tracks 11-16 are bonus tracks.

Gene Clark, Two Sides to Every Story (RSO RS-1-3011, 1977 – reissued High Moon Records, 2014)

  1. Home Run King
  2. Lonely Saturday
  3. In the Pines
  4. Kansas City Southern
  5. Give My Love to Marie
  6. Sister Moon
  7. Marylou
  8. Hear the Wind
  9. Past Addresses
  10. Silent Crusade

Bonus material TBA.

Written by Joe Marchese

January 3, 2014 at 10:29

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  1. If High Moon has a connection to Stigwood’s RSO catalog for re-issues, I would love to see decently remastered and fully fleshed out (loads of bonus tracks and photos) re-issues of John Stewart’s three RSO albums. This was a turning point in Stewart’s career (his only #1 hit, too….”Gold”) and each of the three albums have a bevvy of incredible songs. Involvement from Buckingham and Nicks should help with the commercial viability of the three. I’m sure John’s wife Buffy and the Stewart Estate could assist in this set of re-issues. Think about it!

    Sean Anglum

    May 5, 2011 at 18:03

  2. A label like High Moon fills an important niche in today’s music industry. Many labels missed the boat by failing to make historic vinyl digitally available. By focusing only on “new” releases and artists, many record companies failed to realize they were sitting on a motherload. The tide is turning; Warners is now combing their warehouses and archives, estimated to be worth a fortune. High Moon’s timing couldn’t be better. I’ve been hoping for reissues by Lotti Golden and Ace of Cups! This is great news.


    May 9, 2011 at 04:53

  3. A Lotti Golden reissue? Wow! High Moon knows what’s its doing. The current offerings (Clark and Lee) sound like a real coup as well.


    May 14, 2011 at 05:10

  4. I was doing a search and came across this piece about High Moon Records. The line-up sounds fantastic! A fan of female ’60-’70’s singers/groups, I’m looking forward to the next batch of reissues like Lotti Golden and Ace of Cups.


    May 15, 2011 at 17:57

  5. Music lovers need more dedicated reissue companies like High Moon. I’m looking forward to Lotti Golden, particularly, her 1969 LP “Motor-Cycle” which is almost impossible to find these days.


    May 20, 2011 at 23:56

    • Great news! I’ve been looking for a copy as well!


      May 22, 2011 at 03:40

  6. Let’s have the Lotti Golden CD–“Motor-Cycle” perhaps?


    October 5, 2011 at 03:34

    • The official email I received this morning says the 2-cd set will not have the downloads that will be available on a card with the LP… This is what it says:

      “At the last minute the Two Sides’ LP DL card was disallowed by Uni Music.”

      “However, as a special treat for LP buyers, the DL card will feature exclusive, rare and unreleased material, that will not be on the Two Sides To Every Story 2-CD set, coming late Spring.”

      “The Download Card tracks will be available at the time of the CD release, so please hold on to your DL cards! We will notify you when they are available.”

      Personally, I’m rather annoyed. No reason the cd couldn’t include the extra tracks – or have the same download card. Instead, we get another merchandising ploy.

      Ed Silverman

      April 3, 2013 at 04:22

  7. I admire High Moon for past work, but the TWO SIDES saga has been a several-year-long clusterphuck of broken promises and deadlines. Originally we were assured a two-disc set was coming; that was over two years ago. The current mess with the LP D/L card only continues the tradition. I love Gene Clark but at this point I think I’m past caring anymore. Color me nonplussed 🙂


    January 3, 2014 at 13:13

  8. Does anyone know the approximate dimensions of the CD eco-book? Their e-mail describes it as “huge” but I don’t know if that refers to the 60 page full-color booklet or the dimensions of the package itself. (I’m not a fan of over-sized CD packages.)


    January 4, 2014 at 11:51

  9. I pre-ordered the Love CD w/o a second thought – the samples I’ve heard are amazing and it’s been such a long wait!

    Jeremy Shatan

    January 6, 2014 at 10:02

    • Seems like it will continue to be a long wait. Amazing how long they have been using the weather as an excuse on their Facebook page.


      February 19, 2014 at 20:53

  10. why can’t high moon announce what is on the 2nd disc of two sides to every story? i ordered it almost 2 weeks ago, so don’t they know what’s on it? why are they still playing hide & seek with fans? very unprofessional.

    jeffrey frajman

    January 18, 2014 at 15:14

  11. After long ago having forgot about this LOVE release, I saw this again on here, thought I don’t wanna miss out on this, and immediately ordered it…watched the money move through PayPal to High Moon, then proceeded to then get the e-mail with The Weather Excuse, delay, etc.!!!


    February 21, 2014 at 13:25

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