On July 31, Real Gone Music will present two more hidden gems on vinyl. This pairing includes Soul Asylum's Let Your Dim Light Shine, an alt-rock success returning to vinyl for the first time in 25 years, and prog rock outfit Man's Revelation, an ambitious concept album from 1969.
As a follow-up to Soul Asylum's breakthrough Grave Dancers Union, the 1995 effort Let Your Dim Light Shine saw the band under pressure to deliver. Here, they established themselves as a more radio-friendly band - thanks in no small part to the sonic fingerprint of Butch Vig - but they still explored stylistic possibilities that bordered on the experimental. Lyricist Dave Pirner provides more introspection than fans had seen before on their earliest albums and, while not as critically lauded as Grave Dancers Union, Let Your Dim Light Shine is well worth returning to. Real Gone will release the first-ever vinyl reissue of Let Your Dim Light Shine pressed on striking coke bottle clear vinyl with blue swirls and packaged in a sleeve that replicated the original release. This special pressing is limited to just 700 copies, so don't wait.
On the same day, the overlooked 1969 prog-rock epic Revelation by Man will hit shelves on purple vinyl, limited to 1,000 copies. The ambitious concept album attempted to tell the story of mankind, exploring the creation of the universe, birth, love, loneliness, space travel, and - in a move that's still startling 50 years later - sex. Musically, it has all the trademarks of late-'60s psych: swirling organs, a wealth of effects that are more gimmicky than effective, Hendrix-like leads, and plenty of freak-outs. Along the way, you'll hear shades of Deep Purple, early Jethro Tull, Traffic, and even echoes of The Doors. For the upcoming reissue (the first such one in the States) Real Gone has packaged the purple vinyl in a flipback sleeve, echoing the presentation of the original Pye issue.
So whether you're into radio-friendly alt-rock, or rather radio-unfriendly prog, Real Gone will have what you need on July 31. Find more details and order links below!
Soul Asylum, Let Your Dim Light Shine (originally Columbia LP C-57616, 1995 -- reissued Real Gone Music LP 848064010456) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
2. Shut Down
3. To My Own Devices
4. Hopes Up
5. Promises Broken
7. String of Pearls
2. Caged Rat
3. Eyes of a Child
4. Just Like Anyone
5. Tell Me When
6. Nothing to Write Home About
7. I Did My Best
Man, Revelation (originally Pye LP NPL-18275, 1969 -- reissued Real Gone Music LP 848064010753, 2020) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada / Your Local Record Shop)
1. And in the Beginning...
2. Sudden Life
3. Empty Room
4. Puella! Puella! (Woman! Woman!)
1. Blind Man
2. And Castles Rise in Children's Eyes
3. Don't Just Stand There (Come in Out of the Rain)
4. The Missing Pieces
5. The Future Hides Its Face
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