In addition to Second Disc Records and Real Gone Music's CD collection of Al Stewart singles coming out tomorrow, September 8, Real Gone has five vinyl reissues from the 1980s-2000s from a variety of genres hitting store shelves. We've got all of the details below.
German thrash metal band Paradox was founded in 1986 in Würzburg, Germany by Charly Steinhauer and Axel Blaha. That same year the group recorded a demo which garnered the attention of Roadrunner Records, who signed the band and placed them on their Roadracer imprint. The next year, their debut album, Product of Imagination, hit shelves. Their sophomore album, Heresy, was released in November 1989. It was a full-fledged concept album, commemorating the 13th century Albigensian Crusade that sought to eliminate the heretical Cathar sect. It garnered worldwide attention and became Paradox's best-selling album. However, various personal issues would derail the group and they would not release another album until 2000's Collision Course. A fourth album would not emerge until 2008, but they have released four albums since then, including a sequel to Heresy in 2021.
Real Gone's reissue marks the first time Heresy has appeared on vinyl in the U.S. It includes an inner printed sleeve with lyrics. It comes on dark gray "Inquisitor's Robes" vinyl and is limited to 1,000 copies.
It has been nearly four decades since Canada's Cowboy Junkies came into being. The alternative country/folk band was founded by Alan Anton (bassist) and siblings Michael Timmins (songwriter, guitarist), Peter Timmins (drummer), and Margo Timmins (vocalist). They have brought in a number of guest musicians over the years, including multi-instrumentalist Jeff Bird, who began working with them on their second album. That album, 1988's The Trinity Session, became their breakthrough album. By 1996, they had just signed with Geffen Records after leaving RCA and would release their sixth studio album, Lay It Down. It would take them even more into a straight rock sound and deal with mature themes with songs such as "Come Calling (His Song) and "Come Calling (Her Song)," tackling the onset of Alzheimer's from the perspective of an elderly afflicted couple. After Lay It Down, the band has been prolific with frequent tours and releases. Since 1996, they have released six live albums and 13 studio albums, with Such Ferocious Beauty coming out just this last June. Real Gone's vinyl reissue marks the album's vinyl debut and comes on black vinyl. It includes an inner sleeve with lyrics. [Note that Amazon is not carrying this release until October 8.]
Before Butch Walker produced and/or wrote for such acts as Pink, Fall Out Boy, Avril Lavigne, Weezer, Green Day, Katy Perry, and Taylor Swift, he fronted the power pop trio Marvelous 3. Walker (singer/guitarist) joined with bass guitarist Jayce Fincher and drummer Doug Mitchell to start the group in Atlanta, Georgia in 1997. They released two albums on an independent label, the second being Hey! Album. The band then joined Elektra and rerecorded about 40% of Hey! and released this version in 1999. It became their breakthrough. The lead single "Freak of the Week" hit No. 5 on the Billboard Modern Rocks Tracks chart and No. 23 on the Mainstream Rocks Tracks survey. Marvelous 3 recorded one more album for Elektra but tensions arose and they departed the label in 2001. They performed for the last time that year before splitting up; Walker soon embarked on his successful producing and solo recording career. They reunited in 2018 for a gig and are now working on a new album and have a show in October in Atlanta.
Real Gone's vinyl reissue is the first time the album has come to general music retail on vinyl. It comes on pink vinyl and includes an inner sleeve with lyrics.
Rooney (named after principal Ed Rooney in Ferris Bueller's Day Off) was formed in high school in 1999 by singer-songwriter Robert Schwartzman, who has several celebrity family connections: brother to actor Jason Schwartzman, cousin to actor Nicolas Cage and director Sofia Coppola, and nephew of Francis Ford Coppola. The well-connected band began to perform around their hometown of Los Angeles and independently released a series of EPs. Schwartzman went to college in New York, but still worked and performed with the group and soon quit school to come back. They continued to perform and recorded a demo CD which gained major buzz, attracting several producers, including Jimmy Iovine who would eventually sign them to Geffen in 2002.
Their self-titled debut album was released in May 2003. They joined that year's Lollapalooza tour, but sales were slow until they made a cameo on The O.C. where they played themselves and performed "Sorry," "I'm Shakin'," "Popstars," and "I'm a Terrible Person" from the album. After that, more media exposure followed and sales began to rise. Rooney would record only one more album for Geffen, 2007's Calling The World, before moving on. The group has continued to tour and record with their last full-length album being 2016's Washed Away.
Celebrating the album's 20th anniversary, Real Gone's reissue premieres Rooney on vinyl. It comes on gold vinyl and includes a printed inner sleeve.
Also celebrating its 20th anniversary is the 2003 film A Mighty Wind. Directed by Christopher Guest, with a script by him and Eugene Levy, the mockumentary follows in the comic spirit of Guest's previous movies This Is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, and Best in Show. Many familiar actors from those earlier films are seen in A Mighty Wind including Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Michael McKean, Harry Shearer, Fred Willard, Bob Balaban, Ed Begley Jr., Jennifer Coolidge, John Michael Higgins, Jane Lynch, Paul Dooley, and Parker Posey. This time the subject of the mockumentary revolves around a reunion concert for several fictional folk acts from the 1960s.
As with This Is Spinal Tap, music played a big part in A Mighty Wind. Guest, Shearer, and McKean wrote the majority of the songs for the fictitious bands. The groups include Folksmen McKean and Shearer (playing acoustic versions of the instruments they played in Spinal Tap), Levy and O'Hara as the Ian & Sylvia-esque Mitch & Mickey, and Lynch and Posey as part of the New Christy Minstrels parody The New Main Street Singers. The soundtrack album was rounded out by a couple of songs not in the film, including a folk-style cover of The Rolling Stones' "Start Me Up." The soundtrack came out about a week before the film itself in 2003 and hit No. 20 on Billboard's Top Soundtracks Chart. Real Gone's vinyl reissue is the first time the soundtrack has appeared in the format and comes on forest-green vinyl.
If you would like to give any of these titles a try, we've got the full track listings and ordering links below.
- Search for Perfection
- Crusaders Revenge
- The Burning
- Massacre of the Cathars
- 700 Years On
- Castle in the Wind
- Something More Besides You
- A Common Disaster
- Lay It Down
- Hold On to Me
- Come Calling (His Song)
- Just Want to See
- Lonely Sinking Feeling
- AngeEl Mine
- Bea's Song (River Song Trilogy: Part II)
- Musical Key
- Speaking Confidentially
- Come Calling (Her Song)
- Now I Know
- You're So Yesterday
- Freak of the Week
- Until You See
- Write It on Your Hand
- Let Me Go
- Every Monday
- Indie Queen
- Over Your Head
- Vampires in Love
- Stay Away
- If It Were Up to Me
- I'm a Terrible Person
- I'm Shakin'
- Daisy Duke
- Sorry Sorry
- That Girl Has Love
- Simply Because
- Losing All Control
- Old Joe's Place (The Folksmen)
- Just That Kinda Day (The New Main Street Singers)
- When You're Next to Me (Mitch & Mickey)
- Never Did No Wanderin' (The Folksmen)
- Fare Away (The New Main Street Singers)
- One More Time (Mitch & Mickey)
- Loco Man (The Folksmen)
- The Good Book Song (The New Main Street Singers)
- Skeletons of Quinto (The Folksmen)
- Never Did No Wanderin' (The New Main Street Singers)
- The Ballad of Bobby and June (Mitch & Mickey)
- Blood on the Coal (The Folksmen)
- Main Street Rag (The New Main Street Singers)
- Start Me Up (The Folksmen)
- Potato's in the Paddy Wagon (The New Main Street Singers)
- A Kiss at the End of the Rainbow (Mitch & Mickey)
- A Mighty Wind (The Folksmen, Mitch & Mickey, The New Main Street Singers)