We've already told you about Real Gone Music's pair of Christmas albums coming out this Friday, November 11: a vinyl version of Lea Michele's Christmas in the City and an expanded CD reissue of Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme's That Holiday Feeling! featuring liner notes by our very own Joe Marchese. (Unfortunately, the expanded CD reissue of B.J. Thomas' Christmas Is Coming Home has been canceled for this year due to an unforeseen issue relating to the bonus material. Hopefully it will be released next year). Read more about both holiday titles here.
Real Gone also has some non-holiday offerings this month on vinyl including a pair of jazz reissues from Pat Martino and Herb Ellis and Remo Palmier, a ska album from the 2000s from Less Than Jake, and one of the first examples of outlaw country from Steve Young. The first three are coming out on November 11 with the two Christmas reissues.
Kicking off the list is Pat Martino's Baiyina (The Clear Evidence) from 1968. (It actually has another subtitle: A Psychedelic Excursion Through The Magical Mysteries Of The Koran as well). The jazz guitarist got started young and was playing professionally around New York City by age 15. He worked with musicians such as Lloyd Price, Willis Jackson, and Eric Kloss, among others. Martino signed with Prestige and released his first album for the label in 1967, playing mostly in a bop style.
Baiyina was the guitarist's fourth album for Prestige. For this LP, Martino began to explore more diverse musical styles by including sitars and featuring drones and unusual time signatures. The style is similar to that of Coltrane and Ravi Shankar. Martino composed all of the tracks and is joined by bassist Richard Davis, drummer Charlie Persip, and, making his recording debut, Gregory Herbert on alto sax and flute. Martino left Prestige after just one more album and appeared on several more labels over the course of his career including longer stints at Muse, Blue Note and HighNote. In 1980, a surgery to save his life left him amnesia with no remembrance of his career or how to play the guitar. Re-learning the instrument, he would continue to record and a reader's poll in DownBeat magazine in 2004 named him "Guitarist of the Year." Martino retired in 2018 before passing away last year at 77.
Real Gone's vinyl release of Baiyina is the album's first reissue in over 30 years. It comes on orange vinyl. There is also a pink and red marble edition, limited to 100 copies, which is available exclusively from Real Gone's website.
Jumping ahead a decade to 1978 brings us to Windflower by Herb Ellis and Remo Palmier. Both jazz guitarists got their start in the 1940s. Ellis was a sideman in the Glen Cray and Jimmy Dorsey Orchestras before joining the Oscar Peterson Trio in the 1950s for a memorable run. He soon became a leader in his own right and made recordings with such talents as Charlie Byrd, Andre Previn, and Barney Kessel. Palmier performed with Coleman Hawkins, Charlie Parker, and Dizzy Gillespie in his early days. In 1945, he began his association with The Arthur Godfrey Show, which lasted 27 years. During this time, he recorded very little. Palmier returned to recording in the early 1970s and joined his friend Ellis at the Concord Jazz Festival in 1977. Ellis was signed to Concord Jazz at the time and the pair decided to record an album.
Windflower features the duo joined by George Duvivier on bass and Ron Traxler on drums. The album features covers of nine songs including "The Night Has a Thousand Eyes," "Danny Boy", and Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Triste." Palmier would record his only solo album the next year, also for Concord Jazz. He continued to record and perform sporadically before passing away in 2002. Ellis continued with Concord Jazz for more than a decade before moving on to other labels. His last album was released in 2003 and he passed away in 2010.
Real Gone's new edition of Windflower is the first ever vinyl reissue of the album. (It got CD reissues in 1992 and 2002). The vinyl is colored emerald green. A 100-copy limited edition on yellow and orange vinyl is available exclusively from Real Gone's website.
The next vinyl reissue on Real Gone's slate is of album released nearly 30 years later in 2006: Less Than Jake's In With The Out Crowd. The ska band was formed in Gainesville, Florida in 1992. They made their major label debut with Losing Streak on Capitol in 1996. Anthem, released in 2003, on Sire was the band's biggest hit, climbing to No. 45 on the U.S. charts.
In With The Out Crowd was Less Than Jake's sixth album. The lineup then consisted of Chris DeMakes (guitar and vocals), Roger Lima (bass and vocals), Buddy Schaub (trombone), Peter Wasilewski (saxophone, vocals) and Vinnie Fiorello (drums). Released on Sire in May 2006, the album peaked at No. 78 in the U.S. and No. 55 in the U.K. Two of the singles off the album, "Overrated (Everything Is)" and "The Rest of My Life," topped the U.K. Rock chart. Less Than Jake has been prolifically recording and touring since 2006. Their last album was 2020's Silver Linings on Pure Noise.
In With The Out Crowd was released on CD back in 2006. The band also self-released a vinyl version at the time. Real Gone's new reissue is the first time a vinyl version will hit regular store shelves. Released with cooperation from the group, this release has been remastered for vinyl by Roger Lima. The package features a gatefold and it comes on purple "grape" vinyl.
Real Gone's sole release on November 18 is a reissue of Steve Young's debut album Rock, Salt and Nails from 1969. Born in 1942, Young began writing and performing before he was out of high school. In the 1960s, he worked with Van Dyke Parks and was a member of Stone Country, who recorded for RCA. He then was signed as a solo artist to A&M. Young is joined on Rock, Salt and Nails by Gram Parsons, Gene Clark, James Burton, Chris Ethridge, and Bernie Leadon. The album is one of the first examples of the "outlaw country" genre. A mix of covers and originals, Rock includes versions of Otis Redding's "That's How Strong My Love Is" and Young's own "Seven Bridges Road," later covered by Eagles. Young continued to write, perform and record for nearly the next forty years. He died in 2016.
Real Gone's new vinyl version is the first vinyl reissue of the album since 1986. It comes on "natural rock salt" vinyl.
If you would like to give any of these titles a try, we've got the full track listings and preorder links below. The Martino, Ellis/Palmier, and Less Than Jake reissues are out November 11 while the Steve Young reissue hits store shelves on November 18.
- That Holiday Feeling
- White Christmas
- Winter Wonderland
- The Christmas Song
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town
- Sleigh Ride
- Let Me Be the First to Wish You Merry Christmas
- Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!
- What Are You Doing New Year's Eve
- That Ol' Christmas Spirit
- Happy Holiday
- The First Noel (Steve) (previously unreleased)
- Baby It's Cold Outside (Steve and Eydie) (from We Got Us, ABC-Paramount ABCS-300, 1960)
- Go Tell It on the Mountain (Steve) (from Christmastime in Carol and Song/Christmas in New York Vol. 3, RCA PRS 288/289, 1969)
- My Favorite Things (Eydie) (from Sings the Great Songs from The Sound of Music and Other Broadway Hits, Columbia CS 9100, 1964)
- White Christmas (Steve) (from Eydie & Steve Sing the Golden Hits, ABC-Paramount ABCS-311, 1960)
- It Came upon a Midnight Clear (Eydie) (from Christmastime in Carol and Song/Christmas in New York Vol. 3, RCA PRS 288/289, 1969)
- Hurry Home for Christmas (Steve and Eydie) (from Christmastime in Carol and Song/Christmas in New York Vol. 3, RCA PRS 288/289, 1969)
- 'Twas the Night Before Christmas (Steve) (from Great Songs of Christmas Album Seven, Columbia Special Products CSP CSS 547, 1967)
- It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
- Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
- Christmas in New York
- I'll Be Home for Christmas (featuring Jonathan Groff)
- Do You Want to Build a Snowman?
- Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
- Silent Night
- White Christmas (featuring Darren Criss)
- Silver Bells
- Angels We Have Heard on High (featuring Cynthia Erivo)
- O Holy Night
- Where Love's a Grown Up God
- Distant Land
- The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
- My Foolish Heart
- Close Your Eyes
- Danny Boy
- Groove Merchant
- Soundtrack of My Life
- A Still Life Franchise
- Overrated (Everything Is)
- Fall Apart
- In-Dependence Day
- Don't Fall Asleep on the Subway
- Landmines and Landslides
- The Rest of My Life
- Mostly Memories
- Let Her Go
- Hopeless Case
- Shock the World
Steve Young, Rock, Salt and Nails (Originally released on A&M Records LP 4177, 1969 - reissued Real Gone Music, 2022)
- That's How Strong My Love Is
- Rock, Salt and Nails
- I'm a One Woman Man
- Gonna Find Me a Bluebird
- Love in My Time
- Seven Bridges Road
- Kenny's Song
- Holler in the Swamp
- My Sweet Love Ain't Around