We continue our look at the releases for the upcoming Record Store Day events on June 12 and July 17. This time we’re focusing on our friends at Real Gone Music. The RGM label will offer an eclectic array of releases, focused on music from the 1990s and 2000s, over both RSD Drops. Visit RecordStoreDay.com for a list of participating retailers and more information on these two Drops.
First up are the releases for June 12:
Devo’s Gerald V. Casale AKA Jihad Jerry and The Evildoers, Mine Is Not a Holy War (LP) – 1,350 Units
Devo co-founder Gerald Casale released this side-project in 2006 featuring himself and the other members of Devo under a different name. The album’s material is in a hard blues style and includes originals, a cover song, and some obscure Devo material. The original CD is long out of print and now is making its vinyl debut in a special gatefold-and-inner-sleeve package featuring newly created cover artwork by acclaimed woodcut artist Tomo77 and lyrics. The new LP edition also includes a bonus track “I’m Gonna Pay You Back,” featuring Oingo Boingo’s lead guitarist Steve Bartek.
Gruntruck, Push (2-LP) – 2,500 Units
Grunge metal brand Gruntruck formed in Seattle in 1989. The group was brought together by two former members of Skin Yard, vocalist Ben McMillan and drummer Norman Scott. The initial line-up was rounded out by lead guitarist Tommy Niemeyer from The Accüsed and bassist Tim Paul, previously of Final Warning. That group is who is heard on this album from 1992, their second full-length effort. Previously released on vinyl only in Europe and Brazil, it is now making its U.S. vinyl debut housed inside a gatefold jacket and comes in clear with opaque red and yellow swirl vinyl. Two bonus tracks have been added which were recorded a little before the album: “Crucifunkin'” and “Flesh Fever,” making their vinyl debuts.
L7, The Beauty Process–Triple Platinum (25th Anniversary Platinum Vinyl Edition) (LP) – 2,300 Units
L7 got their start in Los Angeles in 1985 after Donita Sparks and Suzi Gardner met the year prior. The duo began performing around the LA area and soon brought on additional members. The long-lasting lineup of the punk band consisted of Gardner (vocals, guitar), Sparks (vocals, guitar), Dee Plakas (drums, vocals), and Jennifer Finch (bass, vocals). Their biggest album came in 1992 with Bricks Are Heavy. Two albums after that, The Beauty Process – Triple Platinum hit stores in 1996. It was the band’s heaviest-sounding album to date and also saw a transition in the group as Finch left during the recording sessions. Real Gone’s RSD release marks its first appearance in LP format and it features platinum vinyl and a printed inner sleeve.
Love Spit Love, Trysome Eatone (LP) – 2,000 Units
When The Psychedelic Furs went on an extended hiatus in 1992, lead singer Richard Butler decided to collaborate on some songs with guitarist Richard Fortus for a solo project. The solo project soon morphed into a new band, Love Spit Love, with drummer Frank Ferrer and bassist Tim Butler (Richard’s brother and Furs bandmate) eventually joining. (Another bassist, Lonnie Hillyer, joined during live performances). Their self-titled debut album came out in 1994 and in 1995 they recorded a version of The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now” for the soundtrack to The Craft. That song may have gained them their most notoriety when it became the theme song to the television show Charmed. Love Spit Love released their second and last album in 1997 – Trysome Eatone. After a tour for the album, the band went idle and went on an indefinite (which looks permanent) hiatus when The Psychedelic Furs came back in 2000. This new RSD release marks the album’s debut on vinyl and features a printed inner sleeve and white with black swirl vinyl.
Various Artists, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (Music from the Motion Picture) (20th Anniversary Golden Triangle Vinyl Edition) (2-LP) – 1,850 Units
The film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. The Angelina Jolie-starring adaptation of the popular video game franchise was a box office hit and would spawn a sequel. The various-artists soundtrack to the film is also marking it anniversary this year. The fourteen track album featured a wide array of artists including the Chemical Brothers, Outkast, Missy Elliott, Fatboy Slim, Moby, and Groove Armada, among others. U2 also contributed a new mix of their 2000 hit “Elevation” and Nine Inch Nails provided a new song: “Deep,” which was released as a promo single but not otherwise available on a NIN studio album. This 2-LP release is the album’s debut on vinyl features a gatefold with production still and comes in metallic “golden triangle” vinyl.
VAST, Music For People (LP) – 2,000 Units
VAST stands for Visual Audio Sensory Theater. The creations of multi-instrumentalist Jon Crosby, they are described as an alternative band, but it’s hard to truly pigeonhole their sound. It features ambient electro-rock but also has acoustic instruments and has featured a wide array of musical elements. Music For People, released in 2000, was the group’s second for Elektra. The label wanted a more commercially-oriented effort than their debut and so this album is more focused toward rock. The single “Free” gained exposure on MTV. The RSD release marks the album’s vinyl debut and comes in serpentine green vinyl with a printed inner sleeve.
Steve Wynn, Dekād–Rare & Unreleased Recordings 1995-2005 (2-LP) – 1,000 Units
Last year, Real Gone released a large 11-disc, 166-track boxset (including 57 unreleased tracks), Decade, devoted to Steve Wynn’s discography. When Paisley Underground group The Dream Syndicate broke up in 1989, original member Wynn embarked on a solo career, with the box covering a ten-year period of said career. For this RSD release, Real Gone has culled twenty-four rare and unreleased tracks from the box into a 2-LP set. The album features four thematically-organized sides, including a side of unreleased uptempo band recordings, another side of collaborations with such folks as Chris Cacavas of Green on Red, Richard Lloyd of Television, Barbara Manning, Steve’s wife Linda Pitmon, and the Fleshtones, another side of unreleased home demos, and a whole side of unreleased outtakes and demos from Wynn’s My Midnight album. Linda Pitman has penned liner notes for the release. It comes in a gatefold and features clear pink vinyl.
Next are Real Gone’s pair of albums for July 17:
Tad, Inhaler (LP) – 3,000 Units
Tad Doyle formed the band Tad in Seattle in early 1988 and was one of the earliest groups of the grunge movement. Among the first signings to the independent Sub Pop Records label, they would release three albums there, but not without some controversy and lawsuits over material and cover images. Major label Warner then came calling via their Giant Records imprint. Their debut for the company, Inhaler, came in 1993. It would prove to be their only album for Giant. The effort didn’t set sales on fire and the label got skittish and dropped the band when a promotional poster featuring an image of Bill Clinton smoking marijuana began to circulate. Tad would go on and even eventually join another Warner imprint, Elektra, in 1995. But that too was short-lived and the group would disband in 1999, only coming together for a brief reunion 2013. This vinyl version of Inhaler marks its return to the format after a brief initial release in 1993 alongside the CD. It comes in tan, black and red “Mutt Mix” swirl vinyl.
Various Artists, Ocean’s Eleven — Music From The Motion Picture (LP) – 1,800 Units
Another film marking its 20th anniversary this year is Ocean’s Eleven, the Steven Soderbergh-helmed remake of the 1960 Rat Pack vehicle about a complicated heist in Las Vegas. The film was an ensemble piece starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Don Cheadle, Andy García, Bernie Mac, and Julia Roberts, among others. The fifth highest-grossing film of 2001, it would lead to two sequels and a spinoff. For the soundtrack, David Holmes’ electronica jazz-funk score was featured alongside artists hearkening back to the 1960s origins of the film series including Percy Faith, Perry Como, Arthur Lyman, Elvis Presley, and Quincy Jones. This RSD release is the album’s debut on vinyl and features a printed inner sleeve with production photos and comes on cornetto, red and black “roulette wheel” vinyl.
If you’re interested in any of these albums, head to your local record store participating in Record Store Day on June 12 and July 17.