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Of Ghosts, Panthers and Ronettes: Legacy Unveils Record Store Day 2014 Slate

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Ghostbusters 30th Ecto Green VinylToday’s the day!  This morning, Los Angeles’ vinyl mecca Amoeba Music hosted the “Official List Launch” for Record Store Day, with simultaneous unveilings of the extensive RSD ’14 line-up occurring in Nashville and across the pond in London.  We’ve already filled you in on some of the exciting titles arriving on Saturday, April 19 from many of our favorite labels (Real Gone Music, Omnivore Recordings) and artists alike (Creedence Clearwater Revival, Devo, Neil Young, R.E.M. ), and there’s plenty more news on the way!  Among those slates revealed today was that of Legacy Recordings.  An eclectic variety of vinyl goodies will be arriving on 33 and 45 RPM from some of RSD’s heaviest hitters.

For those ready to get back in the saddle at their local record store, Legacy is obliging with vintage albums – a number of which are making their vinyl debut – from 311, Aerosmith, MGMT and Outkast.  The Allman Brothers Band’s recent Play All Night: Live at the Beacon Theatre 1992 gets a double-vinyl highlights release, and The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s Live at Monterey makes its Legacy LP premiere.  If you’re less about leather pants and more about a natty suit, the label is extending an invitation to Dream with Dean via the late Mr. Martin’s 1964 album.  Legacy now has the Rat Packer’s Reprise recordings, and this elegant album is one of the most choice titles from that catalogue.  Dream features his original recording of “Everybody Loves Somebody” plus perennials like “Fools Rush In,” “Blue Moon” and “Smile.”  And even the bumbling Inspector Jacques Clouseau would likely be able to spot the new pink vinyl reissue of Henry Mancini’s original album recording of his sublimely sinuous music from The Pink Panther.

Eric Carmen - Brand New YearOn the singles front, Legacy follows up this year’s Playlist: The Very Best of Ronnie Spector with a replica 45 of “Say Goodbye to Hollywood” b/w “Baby Please Don’t Go,” on which the former Ronette is backed by none other than Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.   Eric Carmen’s new “Brand New Day” also arrives on vinyl in an alternate mix supporting The Essential Eric Carmen, and post-punk band The The’s 1983 track “Giant” gets the 12-inch single treatment with a new remix!

Last, but certainly not least, we’re posing the question: Who you gonna call?  In Legacy’s case, the label called our very own Mike Duquette!  Mike wasn’t afraid of no ghost, and has co-produced a one-of-a-kind collectible for Legacy that just might keep you up at night with excitement!  To commemorate the 30th anniversary of Ivan Reitman’s blockbuster Ghostbusters, Legacy will offer a 10-inch vinyl EP with four versions of Ray Parker Jr.’s chart-topping, Academy Award-nominated hit “Ghostbusters,” including the original 12-inch and dub remixes.  As if that’s not enough, it’s going to be pressed on special, glow-in-the-dark Ecto Green vinyl!  It’s the next best thing to a visit from Slimer or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man – and a heck of a lot less trouble to clean up after!  This project has been a labor of love for Mike and the team at Legacy, and we’re thrilled to finally be able to share the news with you.

Mark your calendar now for Saturday, April 19 – and rev up your Ecto One to be first on line at your local independent record retailer.  After the jump, we have full specs on all of these limited edition releases from Legacy Recordings! Read the rest of this entry »

Five Sundazed Singles to Rock Your Record Store Day

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It’s like NFL draft day for music geeks*!

Today’s the big announcement of the full Record Store Day 2014 exclusives list, to kick off with a press conference at Los Angeles’ Amoeba Music later today. While we’re positive there are some great surprises in store, a number of our favorite labels have already spilled the beans on their spreads for April 19. Sundazed Music, purveyors of great vintage rock on CD and vinyl, have five 45 RPM singles releasing on the big day, including big hits and rare rockin’ sides from Link Wray, The Standells, Ray Lanham and more!

First up, guitar master Wray’s third single for Epic Records, “Slinky” b/w “Rendezvous,” features the six-string innovator in full-on badass mode on one side, all stinging riffs and hot solos, while exploring a more nuanced (but no less swagger-heavy) sound on the other. Sundazed faithfully reproduces the single’s original labels and ultra-rare picture sleeve for your collecting pleasure.

The Standells foresaw punk rock a good two decades ahead of schedule with the raucous Top 20 hit “Dirty Water.” Sundazed’s new single features an unearthed live concert version of this classic, recorded at the University of Michigan in 1966 (where the group was opening for The Beach Boys). It’s backed with a previously unheard 1963 instrumental, “Twitchin'” and the single features new liner notes by band member Larry Tamblyn.

Speaking of The Beach Boys, Hawthorne, California’s favorite sons were something of an inspiration for the next singles act, The Sunrays, in more ways than one. The band’s manager was none other than Murry Wilson, father to Brian, Dennis and Carl. After The Beach Boys fired Wilson as manager, he took on this teenage act; while none of their singles ever became more than regional hits, the two tracks making their vinyl debut here – “Our Leader,” a paean to the band’s manager, and “Won’t You Tell Me,” a Murry-penned track featuring contributions from Dennis Wilson and the legendary Wrecking Crew – are interesting curios in the ever-sprawling story of The Beach Boys and their endless summer. Band member Rick Henn supplies liner notes for the single.

Sundazed then turns its attention to The Litter, a Minneapolis garage rock group on the Scotty Records label. Two of their fuzzed-out sides, “Action Woman” and a cover of The Who’s “A Legal Matter,” are pressed on blue vinyl with a replica Scotty label; the new picture sleeve (featuring a rarely-seen photo of the band) features liner notes from Mike Markesich, author of the book Teen Beat Mayhem!

Finally, Sundazed releases four recordings from acclaimed guitarist Ray Lanham. Recorded in 1959 and released only for the first time on this red-vinyl EP, this set features three standards (“My Adobe Hacienda,” “Song of India,” “Carnival in Paris”) and an original, “Lanham Boogie.”

All titles will be available in limited quantities at fine participating indie retailers on Record Store Day, April 19!

Sundazed RSD 14

* Speculative – writer does not understand sports

Written by Mike Duquette

March 20, 2014 at 12:42