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Here They Come! Complete Paul Revere & The Raiders Catalogue Now Available Digitally

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Country Wine Plus

Back to work today? Take your mind off the daily grind and enjoy a great soundtrack, with this week’s surprise premiere digital release of the entire Columbia Records discography of Paul Revere & The Raiders.

Previously only officially represented through several compilations, including the band’s entry in Legacy Recordings’ Essential series and 2010’s triple-disc Complete Columbia Singles (originally released on the Collector’s Choice label), fans can now stream and download the baker’s dozen of LPs the group cut for Columbia, from 1965’s Here They Come! to 1972’s Country Wine, featuring hits like “Kicks,” “Hungry,” “Him or Me – What’s It Gonna Be?” and “Indian Reservation.”

As an added bonus, several of the discs feature bonus cuts – notably Country Wine…Plus, the band’s final Columbia album expanded with a host of non-LP material and released on the Raven label in 2011 – and the group’s double-disc rarities compilation Mojo Workout, released in 2000 on Sundazed Records, also makes its digital debut. With this much killer ’60s garage rock, it would be fairly accurate to say that kicks are not nearly as hard to find as they previously were.

We’ve had some intermittent trouble tracking down links for every title, but below we’ve collated all that we can gather of these albums on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify for your listening pleasure!

Here They Come! (Columbia CS 9107, 1965) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Just Like Us! (Columbia CS 9251, 1966) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Midnight Ride (Columbia CS 9308, 1966) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

The Spirit of ’67 (Columbia CS 9395, 1966) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Revolution! (Columbia CS 9521, 1967) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

A Christmas Present…and Past (Columbia CS 9555, 1967) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Goin’ to Memphis (Columbia CS 9605, 1968) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Something Happening (Columbia CS 9665, 1968) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Hard ‘N’ Heavy (with Marshmallow) (Columbia CS 9753, 1969) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Alias Pink Puzz (Columbia CS 9905, 1969) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Collage (Columbia CS 9964, 1970) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Indian Reservation (Columbia C 30768, 1971) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Country Wine…Plus (Columbia KC 31196, 1972) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Mojo Workout (SMSP 11097, 2000) (iTunes / Amazon / Spotify)

Written by Mike Duquette

January 2, 2014 at 14:41

The Year in Reissues: The 2012 Gold Bonus Disc Awards

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Gold CDWow!  Was it just over a year ago when a rather dubious report began circulating (that, shockingly, was picked up by many otherwise-reputable publications) that proclaimed the death of the CD was secretly scheduled by the major labels for 2012?  Well, 2012 has come and (almost) gone, and it might have been the most super-sized year in recent memory for reissues, deluxe and otherwise, from labels new and old.  Here at the Second Disc, we consider our annual Gold Bonus Disc Awards a companion piece to Mike’s own round-up over at Popdose, and we endeavor to recognize as many of the year’s most amazing reissues as possible – over 80 worthy, unique titles.  We also hope to celebrate those labels, producers and artists who have raised the bar for great music throughout 2012. As we’re literally deluged with news around these parts, these ladies and gentlemen prove, week after week, the strength and health of the catalogue corner of the music world.  We dedicate The Gold Bonus Disc Awards to them, and to you, the readers.  After all, your interest is ultimately what keeps great music of the past alive and well.

With that in mind, don’t forget to share your own thoughts and comments below. What made your must-have list in 2012? Without further ado, let’s celebrate 2012′s best of the best. Welcome to the Gold Bonus Disc Awards!

Which releases take home the gold this year? Hit the jump below to find out! Read the rest of this entry »

Release Round-Up: Week of March 6

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Mark Lindsay, The Complete Columbia Singles (Real Gone)

Joe calls this collection of the Paul Revere and The Raiders frontman’s solo single sides “one of (Real Gone’s) finest and most consistently enjoyable releases to date.” If that doesn’t get your catalogue muscles moving, it may be time to check your pulse!

Clannad, TimelessThe Essential Clannad (RCA/Legacy)

Alternately given both titles (the package has the latter while the sticker atop the disc has the former), this double-disc overview of one of Ireland’s favorite rock bands features a heap of Celtic tradition alongside guest vocals by Bono, Bruce Hornsby and Steve Perry.

Fats Domino, The Imperial Singles Volume 5: 1962-1964 (Ace)

The fifth and final volume from Ace of Fats’ Imperial single sides.

’til tuesday, Voices Carry: Expanded Edition (Hot Shot Records)

Boston-based ’80s rockers – best known as the first spotlight for lead singer/songwriter Aimee Mann’s talents – see their first, most successful album reissued by new Cherry Red imprint Hot Shot, with three single mixes as bonus tracks.

Rick Nelson, The Complete Epic Recordings (Real Gone)

Another victory for Real Gone: all of Rick Nelson’s late ’70s solo material for Epic Records, much of it released for the first time on CD, in the U.S. or both!

Todd Rundgren, Back to the BarsHermit of Mink Hollow/Healing/The Ever-Popular Tortured Artist Effect ; Utopia, Todd Rundgren’s Utopia/Another Live Adventures in Utopia/Deface the Music/Swing to the Right ; Roger Powell, Air Pocket / M. Frog, M. Frog (Edsel)

A whole lot of Todd Rundgren reissues.

David Sylvian, A Victim of Stars 1982-2012 (EMI)

Released last week in the U.K. and available on our shores now, this two-disc set collects the best of the Japan frontman’s solo work, with one new track.

Written by Mike Duquette

March 6, 2012 at 08:27

Review: Mark Lindsay, “The Complete Columbia Singles”

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There’ll be joy and there’ll be laughter/Something big is what I’m after now…

As frontman, songwriter and saxophonist of Paul Revere and the Raiders, Mark Lindsay had experienced his fair share of joy and laughter, but as 1969 rolled around, the band behind such garage-pop anthems as “Kicks,” “Just like Me” and “Hungry” was beginning to fracture.  Jack Gold, head of A&R at Columbia Records, however, saw something big in Mark Lindsay’s future.  According to the singer, Gold had stumbled on him in the studio goofing around with Johnny Mathis’ “Chances Are” and felt the time was right to launch Lindsay on a solo career as an adult vocalist.  But Lindsay balked at Gold’s suggestions of material, covers of then-contemporary songs that Columbia proffered to a stable of singers including Mathis, Andy Williams and Robert Goulet.  Lindsay envisioned ballad-oriented original songs as his calling card, and Gold agreed.  The fruits of their labors at 45 RPM have been compiled by Real Gone Music as Mark Lindsay’s The Complete Columbia Singles (RGM-0027, 2012), a companion to 2010’s same-titled collection for Paul Revere and the Raiders on the now-defunct Collectors’ Choice label.

Although Real Gone is still a new kid on the block, this collection ranks hands-down as one of its finest and most consistently enjoyable releases to date.  There’s a palpable joy in rediscovering these long-unheard sides from a talented singer who took on a very different vocal character for his solo recordings.  Gone is the snarling punk of many Raiders records, but Lindsay even reinvents himself track by track here,  adapting to the unique sound demanded by composers like Jerry Fuller, Burt Bacharach and Jimmy Webb.  The Complete Columbia Singles makes for pure pop gold.

Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe” was initially planned to feature on Lindsay’s first solo single, but the April 9, 1969 recording was shelved, and two Jimmy Webb songs recorded the same day were instead selected to launch Lindsay’s solo career.  In retrospect, “Reason to Believe” was probably a bit over-arranged, but you can hear it for yourself; the recording makes its debut here.  As for the Webb songs, “First Hymn from Grand Terrace” b/w “The Old Man at the Fair” couldn’t get past No. 81 on the pop charts, but that’s no reflection on their quality.  Al Capps arranged Jerry Fuller’s production in a suitably baroque style, and Webb was at his most impressionistic.  On “First Hymn,” Lindsay sings, “There was a hill we climbed and a nursery rhyme went flying across the waving grass/Like silver bells against the curtain that the sky had made/And so, we played.”  But the songs’ lack of a traditional verse/chorus structure might have impeded their chances at chart success.  Neither song has been much heralded over the years, either.  Richard Harris recorded “First Hymn” as a segment of the 9+-minute “Hymns from the Grand Terrace” suite on his The Yard Goes On Forever LP, while folk singer Judy Mayhan recorded the only cover of “Old Man” to this writer’s knowledge.

Mark Lindsay’s second single was just the ticket, however.  Kenny Young’s song “Arizona” still sounds like a hit today, with its big hook, spot-on vocal and forceful production by Fuller of an arrangement by Brill Building stalwart Artie Butler.  Lindsay was rewarded with a Top 10 hit, although following it up wasn’t easy.  J. Kelly’s song “Miss America” was the first attempt to replicate the success of “Arizona,” though Butler and Fuller took a page from the Webb playbook with the song’s prominent horns and string orchestration.  Lindsay considered the song “preachy,” however, so his next single hewed much closer to “Arizona.”  And “Silver Bird,” also by Kenny Young, may have been too close for comfort, with a similar-sounding brass arrangement and anthemic chorus.  Still, it reached a respectable No. 25 and was even adapted for a Yamaha motorcycle commercial!

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Written by Joe Marchese

March 5, 2012 at 15:27

Rick Nelson, Mark Lindsay, McGough and McGear (with Hendrix and McCartney!) Are Real Gone In February

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With another month comes another slate of rare music on both CD and vinyl from one of the real up-and-comers in the reissue biz, Real Gone Music!  The label’s February centerpieces just might be Rick Nelson’s The Complete Epic Recordings and Mark Lindsay’s The Complete Columbia Singles, but those two releases are being joined by titles from Sean (T.S.) Bonniwell, McGough and McGear, Eddie Hazel and the girls of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller’s Red Bird label on CD, plus Hank Thompson on vinyl!  The titles will arrive in two waves, on February 21 and February 28.

The Complete Columbia Singles of Mark Lindsay follows a similar 2010 Collectors’ Choice Music release for Paul Revere and the Raiders, the band with which Lindsay made his name as both lead vocalist and saxophonist!  Lindsay’s solo collection will include every A- and B-side released on Columbia (including the smash hit “Arizona”), plus a previously unissued rendition of Tim Hardin’s “Reason to Believe,” originally planned as the flip of the singer’s debut single.  The first five tracks are in mono, and the balance in stereo, and the songs are presented in chronological order.  Ed Osborne contributes new liner notes, drawing on interviews with Lindsay, songwriter Jerry Fuller, arranger Artie Butler and singer Tom Bahler.  The Complete Columbia Singles arrives February 28.

On the complete albums front, Real Gone is also compiling Rick Nelson’s Epic Records period.  Although Nelson recorded three albums’ worth of material at Epic, only one LP was released during the singer’s lifetime, 1977’s Intakes.  Musical renaissance man Al Kooper produced the intended follow-up, Back to Vienna, but the album collected dust on the Epic shelf, while Rockabilly Renaissance – a commercial prospect if there ever was one, with Nelson returning to his musical roots – was posthumously overdubbed.  Although the original albums have all seen the light of day in the compact disc age, The Complete Epic Recordings, due out February 28, will mark the American debut of 11 of its 41 tracks.  James Ritz has produced and written the liner notes, while Rockabilly Renaissance was restored to its original format by Bear Family’s Richard Weize.

With Paul McCartney releasing his latest studio album, Kisses on the Bottom, in time for Valentine’s Day in February, it might also be a good month to spread the love to Macca’s younger brother Mike, a.k.a. Mike McGear.  Roger McGough and Mike McGear were two-thirds of the Scaffold, the comedy/rock band remembered for U.K. No. 4 hit “Thank U Very Much” and chart-topper “Lily the Pink.”   The duo’s eponymous 1967 album on the Parlophone label welcomed a “Who’s Who” of rock royalty: John Mayall, Spencer Davis, Paul Samwell-Smith, Graham Nash, brother Paul, and even Jimi Hendrix, whose searing guitar lights up two tracks!  McGough & McGear makes its long-overdue American CD debut, with new liner notes by Richie Unterberger, on February 21.

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Written by Joe Marchese

January 6, 2012 at 15:20