In Memoriam: Stephen Sondheim (1930-2021)

By Joe Marchese | November 27, 2021 | 1 Comment

October 1999: It was a crisp fall afternoon when I first met Stephen Sondheim. Working on a production of his 1965 musical Do I Hear a Waltz? at New Jersey's George Street Playhouse, I was asked to greet the great man at the train station and accompany him back to the theatre. "Mr. Sondheim!" I called […]

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The Second Disc's Picks for Record Store Day Black Friday 2021

By The Second Disc | November 26, 2021 | 1 Comment

From all of us here at Second Disc HQ to all of you, we hope you've enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving in the company of beloved family and friends. (And with plenty of delicious food, too!)  Now, Record Store Day's annual Black Friday event is upon us, so we're spotlighting a dozen of the most eagerly […]

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Release Round-Up: Week of November 26

By The Second Disc | November 26, 2021 | 0 Comments

Welcome to this week's Release Round-Up!  It's a smaller week than usual owing to the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday as well as to Record Store Day's slate of Black Friday releases!  To all those who celebrated Thanksgiving, we hope it was a wonderful one! David Bowie, Brilliant Adventure (1992-2001) (Parlophone) 11CD: Amazon U.S. / Amazon U.K. / Amazon Canada 17LP: Amazon U.S. / Amazon […]

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Ace Records Round-Up: Spotlight on Petula Clark, Norman Whitfield, and "More Motown Girls"

By Joe Marchese | November 24, 2021 | 1 Comment

The soundtrack of director Edgar Wright's recent film Last Night in Soho features two interpretations of Tony Hatch's classic pop hit "Downtown" performed by star Anya Taylor-Joy: one perky and uptempo, one haunting and downbeat.  But the Soho soundtrack isn't the only way to hear "Downtown" as you likely haven't heard it before.  The irresistible […]

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Leader of the Pack: Real Gone's Black Friday RSD Lineup Includes Dusty Springfield, The Shangri-Las, Roy Buchanan, and More

By Randy Fairman | November 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

The Black Friday edition of Record Store Day is happening this Friday, November 26, and Real Gone Music has five titles premiering for the event. These LPs are a happily eclectic lot:  the most comprehensive vinyl overview of 1960s girl group The Shangri-Las, a vinyl version of Dusty Springfield's complete Atlantic singles collection (which Real […]

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