As The Second Disc enters its fifth year as your go-to destination for classic music news and reviews, we’re excited to share our biggest news yet: a partnership with one of our favorite labels, Real Gone Music, to create Second Disc Records!
Since its founding in 2011, Real Gone has rescued music that might otherwise have languished in a dusty vault or relegated to digital download – music that lives up to the label’s name – in splendidly remastered and generously expanded editions. Real Gone embodies the same “something for everyone” spirit that we’ve always strived to represent here at The Second Disc; indeed, artists from Doris Day to Vanilla Fudge (and everybody in between!) have gotten the Real Gone treatment. One of our earliest features here was Reissue Theory, in which we would imagine how we might bring a vintage title back to life. Now, thanks to our amazing friends at Real Gone, we’re in a position to bring those reissue theories to life on compact disc. With our imprint, we intend to celebrate the artists, songwriters and producers who have shaped the sound of music and the soundtrack of our lives, in every genre and over every decade.
Our initial release slate in March 2015, co-produced by Real Gone Music’s Gordon Anderson and The Second Disc’s Joe Marchese, features a 2-CD complete compendium of the one and only Johnny Mathis’ musical collaborations with songwriter-producer-arranger-conductor and Philadelphia soul legend Thom Bell (The Spinners, The Stylistics, The Delfonics). The Complete Thom Bell Sessions boasts their 1973 classic I’m Coming Home, the 1977 “sequel” Mathis Is… in its worldwide CD debut, and a host of bonus tracks including Mathis and Bell’s 1991 reunion, other Mathis renditions of Bell classics, rare single versions, and previously unreleased instrumental mixes spotlighting Bell’s lush orchestrations!
The Complete Thom Bell Sessions is joined by complete collection of “Fifth Season” Bob Crewe’s recordings for the Elektra label. The Complete Elektra Recordings marks the U.S. CD debuts for two albums, The Bob Crewe Generation’s disco extravaganza Street Talk (1976) and Crewe’s singer-songwriter gem Motivation (1977). We’ve expanded both albums with numerous rare, never-on-CD bonus singles. We promise that these two titles will be just the beginning.
We hope you’ll join us for the ride as we take The Second Disc into the next five years. We want your suggestions as to what albums you’d like to see get the Second Disc Records treatment, and thanks for your support of The Second Disc. Please click on the Second Disc Records tab above for full track listings and more details on both titles coming on March 10 plus a link to send us your suggestions and/or comments!