Real Gone Music has another packed slate coming out this Friday, August 5. In addition to the Second Disc Records/RGM release of Michael Nesmith's Different Drum: The Lost RCA Victor Recordings as a 2-LP set, Real Gone is releasing another six vinyl titles. Here is a look at four of them, ranging from British psychedelia to jazz to soundtracks. We'll have Part Two tomorrow!
First up is a vinyl anthology from British psych group Tintern Abbey. During their existence back in the late 1960s, the band only released one single. But they recorded more material which lay in the vaults for decades. Last year, Cherry Red imprint Grapefruit Records debuted their complete recordings on CD. Real Gone is anthologizing 24 of those tracks on a new 2-LP set entitled Beeside: The Anthology. Here is how we described the band last year for the Grapefruit reissue:
Don Smith, David MacTavish (later of Big Bertha and Velvet Opera), John Dalton, and Stuart Mackay released just one single in eighteen months of existence. 1967's "Beeside" b/w "Vacuum Cleaner" - both sides written by MacTavish and produced by Jonathan Webber for Decca's contemporary pop-rock arm Deram Records - has fetched over $1,200.00 on the Discogs Marketplace, a testament to both its rarity and its haunting, hashish-inspired psych-rock sound.
The acid-influenced "Beeside," featuring producer Webber on Mellotron, was selected as the A-side for the irony ("Beeside" - B-side!) but "Vacuum Cleaner" was the more hard-hitting track with pyrotechnic guitar from Don Smith. The same week the single was released in November '67, the band was already at work on a follow-up 45 to feature the ethereal ode "Tanya" and the impressionistic "Snowman," the latter with more Mellotron, backward tape, spoken whispers, and spacey effects. But despite the obvious strength of the latter track, the band members abandoned it.
Don Smith left the group in December. David Gilmour was courted to replace him but the band found the future Pink Floyd legend's style "too spiky," per Mackay. Instead, Paul Brett was brought on to fill the lead guitar role for Tintern's busy live schedule. With Brett firmly ensconced, the band returned to the studio. "How Do I Feel Today?" b/w "Do What You Must" was earmarked for single release but the A-side never progressed from the demo stage. John Dalton then left the ranks, replaced by Gilmour's former Bullitt bandmate John "Willie" Wilson. An acetate was recorded with Wilson, but Deram would drop the group before long. Tintern persevered for a while, with Paul Brett joining Elmer Gantry's Velvet Opera and that band's Colin Forster filling his role in Tintern. But by February 1969, the group was no more.
Real Gone's new set comes on purple vinyl and the package includes a 4-page insert with an essay featuring quotes from the band and unpublished photos. Only the two sides of the original single have ever appeared on vinyl before. The rest of the tracks make their vinyl debut here. The 2-LP set is limited to 1,500 copies.
Next up is jazz vocalist Andy Bey's first solo album, 1974's Experience and Judgment. The four-octave baritone formed a trio with his siblings when he was just 17 and the group recorded three albums between 1961 and 1967, when they broke up. Bey then sang with Dee Dee Bridgewater on a Stanley Clarke album before getting signed to Atlantic.
Experience and Judgment was his only album for the label. The spiritual soul album consisted of 12 songs, half written by Bey himself. Five others were written or co-written with the album's producer, William S. "Bill" Fischer, who also plays keyboards on the LP. The final song is a cover of Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield's "Rosemary Blue." After leaving Atlantic, Bey continues providing vocals for artists such as Horace Silver and also did some theater work. He returned to solo recording with 1991's As Time Goes By on Jazzette. He has released eight albums since then with his last being 2014's Pages From An Imaginary Life. He was named the 2003 Jazz Vocalist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist's Association. Real Gone's new vinyl reissue comes on "Sea Blue" vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies.
Moving into the 1980s brings us to Real Gone's vinyl reissue of the soundtrack to Field of Dreams. The 1989 fantasy film was written and directed by Phil Alden Robinson, based upon the book Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella. The movie stars Kevin Costner as Ray Kinsella, who builds a baseball field on his farm which attracts the ghosts of baseball legends, including "Shoeless" Joe Jackson and other players involved in the infamous Black Sox Scandal. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards and added to the National Film Registry in 2017. The actual field from the film in Dyersville, Iowa was kept operating as a tourist attraction. Beginning in 2019, Major League Baseball built am 8,000-seat field connected to the original and announced they would hold an annual "Field of Dreams" game there. This year's match-up is between the Chicago Cubs and Cincinnati Reds and is scheduled for August 11.
The score for Field of Dreams was composed by James Horner. Leonard Bernstein was initially approached, but was overbooked and costly. Horner was unsure if he could take the job due to scheduling conflicts but watched a rough cut of the film and decided to jump in. He based the feel of his music around a temp score which had been created for studio executives when no composer was attached; his affecting score was later nominated for an Academy Award.
The score album was released back in 1989 on CD, cassette and vinyl, and La-La Land Records released an expanded version of the score back in January. Real Gone's new vinyl reissue preserves the original soundtrack album and is the first vinyl reissue of the album. It comes on "Cornfield Green" vinyl.
We then jump ahead twelve years for another soundtrack, this time to the film Serendipity. The romantic comedy stars John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale as a pair who let fate decide if they are going to end up together. The film garnered decent reviews and was the first of director Peter Chelsom's films to turn a profit at the box office.
The soundtrack album is a various artists affair with classic to contemporary artists (from Louis Armstrong and Nick Drake to John Mayer - who contributed a song from his then-recent debut studio release Room for Squares). Cuts such as Shawn Colvin's "When You Know" and Brian Whitman's cover of Bacharach and David's "(There's) Always Something There to Remind Me" were recorded for the film and soundtrack album, respectively. One track of Alan Silvestri's score is also included.
Real Gone's vinyl reissue marks the first time that the Serendipity soundtrack has appeared on the format. It is in fact the first reissue of any kind for the album. Real Gone has added an inner sleeve with production photos and it comes on "Skating Rink White" vinyl.
If you would like to give any of these titles due this Friday, August 5, a try, we've got the full track listings and preorder links below.
- Vacuum Cleaner
- Bodmin Blow
- My Prayer (Early Version)
- Let the Wind Blow
- Busy Bee
- Do What You Must
- Mrs, Daisy (Polydor Version)
- Blue Pants
- People Can't See (Acetate Version)
- How Do I Feel Today? (Decca Acetate Version)
- Magic Horsemen
- My Zoo
- My House
- Life Goes By
- Reaching for Nothing
- Strange Dame
- Snowman (Master 2)
- Celestial Blues
- I Know This Love Can't Be Wrong
- You Should've Seen the Way
- Tune Up
- Rosemary Blue
- Being Uptight
- A Place Where Love Is
- Trust Us to Find the Way
- The Power of My Mind
- The Cornfield
- Deciding to Build the Field
- Shoeless Joe
- The Timeless Street
- Old Ball Players
- The Drive Home
- Field of Dreams
- The Library
- "Moonlight" Graham
- Night Mists
- Doc's Memories
- The Place Where Dreams Come True
- End Credits
Various Artists, Serendipity (Music From the Miramax Motion Picture) (Originally released on Sony Music Soundtrax/Columbia CD CK 61583, 2001 - reissued Real Gone Music, 2022) (Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada)
- Never a Day - Wood
- Moonlight Kiss - Bap Kennedy
- anuary Rain - David Gray
- Waiting in Vain - Annie Lennox
- The Distance - evan and jaron
- Like Lovers Do - Heather Nova
- When You Know - Shawn Colvin
- Northern Sky - Nick Drake
- Cool Yule - Louis Armstrong
- This Year - Chantal Kreviazuk
- (There's) Always Something There to Remind Me - Brian Whitman
- 83 - John Mayer
- Fast Forward - Alan Silvestri