We've already you filled you in on one of Real Gone Music's releases for Record Store Day 2022- that would be Darlene Love's The Many Sides of Love: The Complete Recordings Plus! from RGM and Second Disc Records - but the Real Gone team has another five eye- and ear-opening titles arriving for RSD on Saturday, April 23 at indie record stores everywhere.
First up is Voyage: A Journey Into Discoid Funk from Shadows drummer Brian Bennett. He began drumming for The Shadows in 1961, and save for a handful of periods, he's been with the band ever since. Yet his work with the band only encompasses one aspect of his career. A composer, producer, and pianist as well as a drummer, Bennett has maintained a solo career since 1967 as well as prolifically creating library music (one-size-fits-all music not written for a specific project but intended for use on television and film). One of his albums, Counterpoint in Rhythm, even provided the soundtrack for Pixar's first animated film, the groundbreaking short Luxo, Jr., in 1986. In his solo works, Bennett often ventured far from The Shadows' rock and roll. 1978's DJM Records release Voyage: A Journey Into Discoid Funk is no exception. The sci-fi-themed LP capitalized on the "space disco" movement but was notable for the flawless musicianship behind its breaks which have been sampled by hip-hop heavy hitters including Kanye West and Nas. Cherry Red reissued it on CD in 2021, and now Real Gone is bringing the rare LP back to vinyl for the first time outside of Australia! This edition, replicating the original's gatefold packaging, is pressed on blue with black swirl vinyl and is limited to 4,500 copies.
Real Gone is returning to the catalogue of Voivod with another two vinyl reissues from the Canadian metal heroes. 1989's Nothingface moved the band away from their early thrash sound to a more expansive, prog-rock sound; if the change in direction wasn't already clear, their cover of Pink Floyd's "Astronomy Domine" would have driven it home. RGM's pink with blue swirl edition has been remastered for vinyl by Peter Moore and is limited to 6,000 copies. 1991's Angel Rat is next up, having previously been released on vinyl in Europe only. Produced by Terry Brown (Rush), Angel Rat continued in the progressive style with heavy psychedelic overtones on such cuts as the title track and "Golem." This deep purple with lime "monster" green swirl vinyl edition has also been remastered by Peter Moore and is limited to 6,000 copies.
From outer space to the decidedly earthier realm of 1980s Los Angeles, Real Gone travels to the Paisley Underground with Explosions in the Glass Palace, the 1984 EP from Rain Parade. The EP found the then-four-piece band thriving after the departure of guitarist/vocalist/founding member David Roback with this mini-set of dark, psychedelic musical dramas. Explosions in the Glass Palace has been expanded with "Sad Eyes Kill," a track previously available only on flexidisc. This release is the first-ever reissue on vinyl and the first pressing on colored vinyl (in this case, magenta). It features liner notes by band associate Pat Thomas and remastering by band engineer Jim Hill, and is limited to just 2,000 copies.
Last but not least, Real Gone serves up Native Son from The Judybats. The Knoxville alt-rock band debuted in 1991 on the Sire label with Native Son, a top ten entry on the Modern Rock chart. College radio embraced the group featuring Jeff Heiskell, Ed Winters, Terry Casper, Peggy Hambright, Timothy Stutz, and Johnny Sughrue, and Native Son spun off a top ten single with its title track. The LP, produced by Richard Gottehrer (The Strangeloves, Blondie, Richard Hell) and Jeffrey Lesser (Rupert Holmes, Barbra Streisand, Loudon Wainwright), also featured a cover of Roky Erickson's "She Lives (In a Time of Her Own)" which was included on a 1990 Erickson tribute album as well as on Sire's fifth Just Say Yes sampler disc. Real Gone's reissue marks the album's vinyl debut. It includes a printed inner sleeve with lyrics and is pressed on olive green vinyl. It's limited to only 1,600 copies.
Look for all of these titles from Real Gone Music on Saturday, April 23 as part of the annual Record Store Day event!