Let’s Hang On! Real Gone Has Four Seasons, Texas Tornados, More in September

We've already told you about the two September releases from Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music - Wilson Pickett's The Complete RCA Studio Recordings and an expanded edition of Ricci Martin's all-star California rock classic Beached - but we know that you're going to be just as excited about the entire action-packed Real Gone slate! For starters, it's a line-up that's always in season - with new deluxe mono mini-sleeve editions of The 4 Seasons' first two albums for the first time ever

Catch a Wave! Second Disc Records Expands Ricci Martin’s All-Star “Beached” Featuring Carl Wilson, Dennis Wilson, Chicago Horns and More

What if key members of The Beach Boys, Chicago, America, and Wings had teamed up to create one of the greatest California rock albums you've never heard?  Well, they actually did!  And on September 11, Second Disc Records, in association with Real Gone Music, will be bringing it to CD in the U.S. for the very first time in a newly-remastered and expanded edition! Singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, author and director Ricci Martin, the sixth child of legendary "King of Cool" Dean Martin

Something Wicked This Way Comes: Second Disc Records Presents Complete Wilson Pickett On RCA

You don't have to wait for the midnight hour - Second Disc Records, in conjunction with Real Gone Music, is ready now to announce its latest release!  We're thrilled to welcome to our label one of the true legends of rhythm and blues, The "Wicked" Wilson Pickett, with the world premiere CD release of Mr. Magic Man: The Complete RCA Studio Recordings.  This new 2-CD set is due in stores on September 4. Between 1964 and 1972, Pickett established himself as one of the greatest soul men of all

Review: “The Sound of Music: Original Soundtrack Recording” on SACD

RCA Victor expected the soundtrack album to 1965's big-screen musical The Sound of Music to be a juggernaut.  The label backed the release with a $100,000.00 promotional campaign, and arranged for tie-ins at locales including the New York World's Fair.  The release was joined on the label's roster by other albums of the already-famous Rodgers and Hammerstein score in styles from jazz (Gary Burton's The Groovy Sound of Music) to "easy listening" (The Living Strings' Music from The Sound of

Take On Me: a-ha’s “Hunting High and Low” Goes Super Deluxe With New Box Set

If you set your Wayback Machine to February 1, 2010, you'll find one of The Second Disc's earliest posts - the inaugural Reissue Theory column, dedicated to imagining a 25th anniversary multi-disc edition of a-ha's 1985 debut studio album Hunting High and Low. Well, good things do come to those who wait, because Warner Bros. and Rhino are finally delivering on such a project with the album's upcoming 30th anniversary box set! With 4 CDs and a DVD, this handily bests the 2010 double-CD edition.

Release Round-Up: Week of July 17

Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up featuring classic rock, soul and jazz box sets and more! Sly and the Family Stone, Live at the Fillmore East: October 4th and 5th, 1968 (Epic/Legacy) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K.) Dance to the music!  On October 4th and 5th, 1968, shortly after the release of the band's third album Life, Sly & The Family Stone took the stage for a two-night, four-show engagement at Bill Graham's Fillmore East in New York City.  Epic Records recorded all four of

Happy in the Morning: Sony Masterworks Reissues Lauren Bacall, Mickey Rooney Musicals and More

Last week, we told you about Masterworks Broadway's search for suggestions of cast albums to reissue on vinyl.  This week, the label has just announced three new releases in their ongoing download/CD-R program. The first up on July 17 (this Friday) is the 1957 television cast of Pinocchio starring Mickey Rooney.  This is not the Disney musical, but a version of the story featuring music by Alec Wilder and lyrics by William Engvick.  It has only been available on CD before by public domain

Satisfy Your Soul: RPM Collects Rare Rock and Soul from Larry’s Rebels and Ronnie Jones

RPM Records, an imprint of the Cherry Red Group, continues to delve deep into the vaults for another pair of rare rock-and-roll releases. Larry's Rebels has long been a beloved band to fans in the group's native New Zealand; with RPM's release of I Feel Good: The Essential Purple Flashes of Larry's Rebels 1965-1969, the rest of the world can get hip to the Rebels, too!  Active for a rough five-year period during which time the band, like so many others, endured personnel changes, Larry's

Bookends: Simon and Garfunkel Reissue “The Concert in Central Park” On CD/DVD, Collect Studio Albums on Vinyl

Legacy Recordings is seeing that the only sound isn't silence with the release this summer of two new projects from Simon and Garfunkel.   In less than a month, on August 7, the label will issue Simon & Garfunkel - The Complete Columbia Albums Collection, a six-album, newly-remastered set featuring each one of the duo's studio albums plus Greatest Hits, all pressed on 180-gram vinyl.  The box will be joined by a new, remastered CD/DVD reissue of The Concert in Central Park, as

Fairport Convention, Vashti Bunyan, Bill Fay Featured On New Underground Folk Box “Dust on the Nettles”

In the spirit of past box sets such as Love, Poetry and Revolution which spotlighted the British underground psychedelic scene circa 1966-1972, Cherry Red's Grapefruit label has just released Dust on the Nettles, a new 3-CD compendium of British underground folk in roughly the same time period (1967-1972). This new mini-box set, subtitled A Journey Through the British Underground Folk Scene, boasts 63 tracks and a running time of nearly four hours.  The emphasis is on the genre sometimes