Real Gone Music, the label founded by Gordon Anderson and Gabby Castellana, has announced its debut slate for November, and it’s no surprise that the founders of Collectors’ Choice Music and Hep Cat Records, respectively, are launching their new venture with a broadly eclectic line-up of releases crossing all genre lines.
With distribution from Razor and Tie, Real Gone’s slate includes releases from The Grateful Dead, a contingent of sixties girls, legendary garage group ? and the Mysterians, and a trio of holiday releases to make your Christmas a bit brighter.
On November 8, three previously-reported singles collections from Shelby Flint, Connie Stevens and Joanie Sommers are joined by a delightfully unexpected release all the way from Hooterville! Come one and come all, and we'll take that Cannonball to the junction, Petticoat Junction, with the original Imperial Records singles from The Girls of Petticoat Junction! Featuring Linda Kaye Henning, Lori Saunders and Meredith MacRae, this collection marks these rare singles' very first time on CD. Every track is making its first appearance in stereo, and previously unreleased cuts have been appended. Look for songs by Jimmy Webb, Neil Sedaka and more!
The following week, come hear Uncle John’s Band for three volumes of the long-running Dick’s Picks series, from the archives of the Grateful Dead! Named for Dick Latvala, the official tape archivist for the Dead until 1999, these three volumes of Dick’s Picks will be available at retail from Real Gone, and spotlight gigs from Rochester, New York (1977); San Diego, California (1971); and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (1972).
The Dead is joined by another band whose career could be summed up as a long, strange trip! ? (that’s Question Mark to you!) and the Mysterians hit it big with the chart-topping “96 Tears” in 1966. Real Gone brings the band’s 96 Tears album as well as its 1967 follow-up, Action!, to 180-gram vinyl. These two LPs are available thanks to Real Gone’s relationship with ABKCO, successor to the original Cameo-Parkway label. The Cameo-Parkway vaults have also been opened for Cameo-Parkway Holiday Hits, a compilation originally announced for Collectors’ Choice Music. The 18-track comp boasts 13 new-to-CD cuts from the Philadelphia label’s roster, including Bobby Rydell and Chubby Checker, Bobby the Poet, The Rudolph Statler Orchestra, the Lonesome Travelers and even Bob Seger and the Last Heard!
On November 22, two more Christmas-themed titles will arrive, following in Collectors' Choice's grand tradition of bringing rare holiday music to compact disc. Composer/arranger David Rose (“The Stripper”) is represented with 1968’s The David Rose Christmas Album from the vaults of Capitol Records, and beloved vocalist Ed Ames ("My Cup Runneth Over") is the recipient of a two-fer bringing his 1967 Christmas with Ed Ames and 1970 Christmas is the Warmest Time of Year to CD, both originally released on RCA Victor.
Are you excited yet? Hit the jump for the complete schedule!
Shelby Flint: The Complete Valiant Singles CD
Connie Stevens: The Complete Warner Bros. Singles 2-CD SET
Joanie Sommers: The Complete Warner Bros. Singles 2-CD SET
The Girls from Petticoat Junction CD
Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 34—Rochester, NY 11/5/77 3-CD set
Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 35—San Diego, CA 8/7/71, Chicago, IL 8/24/71 4-CD set
Grateful Dead: Dick’s Picks Vol. 36—The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA 9/21/72 4-CD set
? and the Mysterians: 96 Tears 180-gram LP
? and the Mysterians: Action 180-gram LP
Cameo Parkway: Holiday Hits CD
David Rose: The David Rose Christmas Album CD
Ed Ames: Christmas with Ed Ames/Christmas Is the Warmest Time of the Year CD