The Record Store Day list of releases came out last week and we continue our look through them by focusing today on Real Gone's slate. Their eight releases come from a variety of genres including punk, alternative metal, hip-hop, film score music, rock and one that defies genre descriptions.
We've got the list of Real Gone's titles below, with descriptions coming directly from the label. All of these will be available on April 22, 2023 at participating retailers. Visit recordstoreday.com for a complete list of locations and other information on the event.
The Donnas, Early Singles 1995-1999 (12" Metallic Gold Vinyl, limited to 2,000 copies)
Blessed with a formidable frontwoman in Brett Anderson, a guitar heroine in Allison Robertson, and a pummeling rhythm section in bassist Maya Ford and drummer Torry Castellano, The Donnas were one of the greatest punk bands of the '90s, male or female, and brought a uniquely hedonistic yet feminist viewpoint to the genre. Now, at last, with the full cooperation of the band, Real Gone Music is releasing the first-ever vinyl retrospective of their early days recording for (mostly) the Lookout! Label, featuring 14 non-LP sides. (Real Gone will subsequently be releasing the group's four Lookout! albums.)
Almost all of these songs, from their first single "High School Yum Yum," to their REO Speedwagon cover "Keep On Loving You," haven't been on vinyl since their original release, if at all; rare photos and memorabilia plus track-by-track commentary and liner notes (on the enclosed insert) by all four band members make Early Singles 1995-1999 truly indispensable for Donnas fans. Remastered for LP by Mike Milchner of SonicVision, and pressed on metallic gold vinyl ('cuz these trax should have been gold records!) and limited to 2,000 copies worldwide. This golden version is available only at record stores as part of Record Store Day.
Earshot, Letting Go (12" Deep Cobalt Blue Vinyl, limited to 1,400 copies)
Los Angeles-based alternative metal band Earshot's 2002 debut album Letting Go went Top 100 and scored a Top Ten hit with "Getting Away," and remains a standout among post-Tool metal of the period. But it's never been on vinyl...until now! Our release features a printed inner sleeve and comes in deep cobalt blue vinyl.
Crispin Hellion Glover, The Big Problem ≠ The Solution. The Solution = Let It Be (12" Light Blue with Crimson Splatter Vinyl, limited to 2,000 copies)
What do you get when you team the weirdest actor in Hollywood (one Crispin Hellion Glover) with two of the weirdest guys in pop music (Barnes & Barnes of "Fish Heads" fame)?
Something, well, WEIRD! Like, really freaking strange. Fans of The Residents and King Missile might find something to groove to here, but really this provides a voyeuristic dive into the deep, dark waters of one of the true characters of modern times (Johnny Depp or Keanu Reeves rock and roll crossover this ain't). Glover reads from his books of poetry ("Auto Manipulator" is about exactly what it sounds like it's about) over B&B's demented musical excursions. The result is a true cult classic whose brief 1989 vinyl release remains impossibly scarce and impossibly pricey. Thus this first vinyl reissue (with three tracks never before on vinyl), in light blue with crimson "clowny clown clown" splatter vinyl limited to 2000 copies for Record Store Day! 12" x 18" poster and CD booklet featuring Glover's deeply disturbed comic book scribblings, too! (Don't bother calling the home phone number Crispin put on the back cover, it's disconnected).
David Holmes, Ocean's Twelve - Music from the Motion Picture (12" 2-LP Gold Vinyl, Limited to 2,000 copies)
Since the film was set largely abroad, the soundtrack to Ocean's Twelve lacked some of the old-school Vegas vibe that made its predecessor such a hoot, but that meant more David Holmes, which is always a good thing (and Holmes won a BMI Award for his score just like he did for Ocean's Eleven). Indeed, the abstract, electronica-cum-brass soundscapes created by Holmes went perfectly with the convoluted script; at least the audience could embrace the atmospheric groove even if they couldn't figure out the latest plot twist! And the soundtrack also boasted some well-chosen contributions from international composers, including the great Piero Umiliani. For its first-ever vinyl release, this fantastic score gets a 2-LP release in gold "Faberge Egg" vinyl housed inside a gatefold jacket featuring production stills. Limited to 2,000 copies, exclusive for Record Store Day.
K-Solo, Tell The World My Name (12" Lemon Vinyl, limited to 1400 copies)
Kevin Madison a.k.a. K-Solo a.k.a. the "original rap criminal," was a member of EPMD's "Hit Squad" and legendary antagonist of the Hit Squad's Keith Murray and also of DMX, whom K-Solo had met in prison while serving a three-year sentence. His 1990 debut album, Tell the World My Name, scored three rap hit singles with "Your Mom's in My Business," "Spellbound," and "Fugitive," and featured production from EPMD's Parrish "PMD" Smith. It was a highlight in a year full of legendary rap releases, but it's never been out on vinyl. The Real Gone release features a lemon-colored vinyl pressing.
Medeski, Martin & Wood, It's A Jungle In Here (30th Anniversary Edition) (12" Blue Vinyl, limited to 2500 copies)
The trio of John Medeski, Billy Martin, and Chris Wood did as much to reinvigorate and reimagine jazz as anybody over the last three decades. Now, on the 30th anniversary of its release, Real Gone Music is proud to release the band's classic second album It's a Jungle In Here on vinyl for the very first time. That this record includes covers of tracks by John Coltrane, King Sunny Ade, and a mash-up of Bob Marley with Thelonious Monk speaks volumes about Medeski Martin & Wood's fresh approach to the jazz tradition; but their ability to compose and perform startlingly original material is what really sets them apart. Clearwater blue vinyl pressing limited to 2,500 copies, exclusive to Record Store Day.
The Rockfords, The Rockfords (12" 2-LP Cherry Vinyl, limited to 2500 copies)
The Rockfords could be called a Seattle supergroup, but the band was actually a reunion; Chris Friel and Danny Newcomb of the band Goodness and Rick Friel of Jody Watts were in a band called Shadow with Mike McCready of Pearl Jam during the mid-'80s; in the late '90s they re-formed and added Goodness vocalist Carrie Akre under the name The Rockfords (named after McCready's favorite TV show The Rockford Files). Together, they released one self-titled album for Epic in 2000 that featured production by John Goodmanson (Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) and a vocal turn by Nancy Wilson of Heart on the song "Riverwide;" the record was critically acclaimed but the band went back to their "day jobs" before recording a self-released EP, Waiting, also produced by Goodmanson and released in 2004. Real Gone Music's 2-LP release (in cherry wax) features both the self-titled LP and the EP, both never before on vinyl, in a sweet gatefold package. Limited to 2,500 copies!
Taproot, Welcome (12" Light Blue Vinyl, limited to 1400 copies)
First discovered by Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst--who famously cursed the band out on vocalist Stephen Richards' answering machine when they elected to sign with Atlantic instead of Interscope--Ann Arbor's Taproot really hit their stride with their second album, Welcome, which went to No. 17 on the charts, sold nearly a half million copies, and scored a No. 5 Modern Rock hit with the song "Poem." Despite its success, Welcome has never appeared on LP; RGM's release comes with a printed inner sleeve housing a light blue pressing.