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New For Record Store Day: Chris Bell, Linda Perhacs, John Wesley Harding, Tim Buckley, Nilsson, Blue Oyster Cult, Rascals

by VVN Music

The announcements are coming almost hourly for exclusive releases for Record Store Day 2018 which is set for April 21.

The latest come from Ominvore and Real Gone.

Chris Bell: “I Am the Cosmos” 40th Anniversary 7" gatefold single

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the one, and only, Chris Bell single, the legendary “I Am the Cosmos”/“You and Your Sister.” Originally released on Chris Stamey’s label, Car Records, it was the only solo recording released under Bell’s name in his lifetime. Last year, Omnivore paid tribute to the Big Star co-founder’s work by releasing an expanded and definitive deluxe edition of I Am the Cosmos, as well as collecting his pre-Big Star work in Looking Forward: The Roots of Big Star. At the end of 2017, all tracks on the aforementioned titles were given the deluxe vinyl treatment in The Complete Chris Bell.

Now to wrap up the Chris Bell campaign, this 40th anniversary edition repressing of the original Car Records single is packaged in a gatefold sleeve and includes liner notes excerpted from Car Records founder Stamey’s forthcoming book, A Spy in the House of Loud: New York Songs and Stories (University of Texas Press) detailing the story of how the single came to be. An insert features Stamey’s original Car Records agreement, signed by both Stamey and Bell, and the Car Records press release.

Original copies, if they can be found at all, fetch high collector’s prices. This special repressing for Record Store Day should satisfy fans seeking a copy of this masterwork
  • Side A
    • I Am the Cosmos
  • Side B
    • You and Your Sister

Linda Perhacs: I’m a Harmony 2-LP with four bonus tracks

Until 2014, Linda Perhacs had only issued one album, Parallelograms, in 1970. It immediately fell into obscurity, but gained fans over the ensuing years as artists as disparate as Devendra Banhart, Daft Punk, and death metal group Opeth sang its praises. As the status of Parallelograms continued to rise in the 21st century, Perhacs found her way back to recording thanks to talented fans like Fernando Perdomo, Julia Holter, and Chris Price. In 2014, another fan, Sufjan Stevens, released Linda’s 44-year follow-up to Parallelograms, The Soul of All Natural Things (produced by Perhacs, Chris Price, and Fernando Perdomo), on his label Asthmatic Kitty. Perhacs’ long overdue return to music was joyously welcomed, with MOJO magazine describing the release as “a spectrally hypnotic work of prismatic beauty.”

In 2017, Perhacs joined the Omnivore family with a critically acclaimed new album, I’m a Harmony, produced by Pat Sansone (Wilco/The Autumn Defense) with Perhacs and Perdomo.

For Record Store Day, I’m a Harmony will see new life as a double LP on vinyl with four previously unissued tracks including demos featuring Price and Perdomo, as well as a collaboration with singer/songwriter/producer Augustin. Composer/multi-instrumentalist/producer Holter appears on the original album’s 11 tracks, joining Sansone and John Stirratt (The Autumn Defense/Wilco), Nels Cline and Glenn Kotche (Wilco), Banhart (offering up a spoken word segment on “We Will Live,”) and producer/remixer Mark Pritchard bringing his production talents to bear on “You Wash My Soul in Sound.” Additional contributions from John Pirrucello, James Haggerty, Leddie Garcia, Greg Wiezorek, and singers Michelle Vidal and Durga McBroom grace tracks throughout the project. Half the pressing was autographed by Linda; the autographed copies are randomly inserted into the run.

Hear Linda Perhacs the way the world first discovered her. On vinyl.

  • WINDS OF THE SKY featuring Nels Cline
  • WE WILL LIVE featuring Julia Holter and Devendra Banhart
  • I’M A HARMONY featuring Julia Holter
  • CRAZY LOVE featuring The Autumn Defense
  • TAKE YOUR LOVE TO A HIGHER LEVEL featuring Durga McBroom and Michelle Vidal
  • ECLIPSE OF ALL LOVE featuring Pat Sansone
  • BEAUTIFUL PLAY featuring Julia Holter
  • VISIONS featuring Julia Holter
  • YOU WASH MY SOUL IN SOUND featuring Mark Pritchard
  • SIDE 1
    • WINDS OF THE SKY featuring Nels Cline
    • WE WILL LIVE featuring Julia Holter and Devendra Banhart
    • I’M A HARMONY featuring Julia Holter
  • SIDE 2
    • CRAZY LOVE featuring The Autumn Defense
    • TAKE YOUR LOVE TO A HIGHER LEVEL featuring Durga McBroom and Michelle Vidal
    • ECLIPSE OF ALL LOVE featuring Pat Sansone
  • SIDE 3
    • BEAUTIFUL PLAY featuring Julia Holter
    • VISIONS featuring Julia Holter
    • YOU WASH MY SOUL IN SOUND featuring Mark Pritchard
  • SIDE 4
    • SMILE (I’VE COME TO SEE YOU) featuring Fernando Perdomo*
    • UGLY GIRL Augustin featuring Linda Perhacs*
    • SHE WAS LIKE A BIRD (Unfinished Demo) featuring Chris Price*

John Wesley Harding: Greatest Other People’s Hits, an LP of covers, with appearances by Bruce Springsteen, The Minus Five, Fastball and more

First hitting the scene in the late ’80s, Wesley Stace, professionally known then as the singer-songwriter John Wesley Harding, scored some musical success, especially on the college radio airwaves with songs like “The Person You Are,” “The Devil in Me,” and an unlikely cover of Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.” More than 20 albums and collections later, he tends a multi-faceted career as a novelist, singer-songwriter, festival curator, university professor, and variety show host.
Now, on Record Store Day, he can add singer of “greatest other people’s hits” to his long list of accomplishments, with this fantastic compilation of songs by artists as varied as Bruce Springsteen, George Harrison, Roky Erickson, Madonna, Pete Seeger, and Serge Gainsbourg, among others. The collection features Harding’s renditions of songs by these great composers, as well as performances with the Minus Five, Fastball, Eric Bazilian, The Universal Thump, and Bruce Springsteen.

This title will be expanded and available on CD and Digital in May.
  • SIDE 1
    • WORDS WORDS WORDS with The Minus Five
    • STAR with Fastball
  • SIDE 2
    • BENEDICTUS with Eric Bazilian
    • WAH WAH with The Universal Thump
    • WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY with Bruce Springsteen

TIM BUCKLEY: Live at the Troubadour

Recorded September 3 and 4, 1969 at the famed Troubadour in West Hollywood, these performances reconfirm that nobody, but nobody, in the history of pop music sang like Tim Buckley.

Of course, calling the music that Buckley made “pop” is a misnomer at best; at this point in his career, having long ago left behind the baroque folk of his debut and Goodbye and Hello for the jazzier climes of Blue Afternoon and Lorca with the heady experimentation ofStarsailor in his sights, Buckley, backed by a full band, set his five-and-a-half octave instrument loose on a singular blend of folk, jazz, funk, and even calypso.

Daring, dazzling, challenging, ecstatic…one could run through a thesaurus pretty quickly trying to characterize Buckley’s sound. Suffice it to say that Live at the Troubadour—which, for Buckley collectors, has the distinction of featuring two songs, “Venice Mating Call” and “I Don’t Need It to Rain,” that never came out on a Buckley studio album—is a crucial piece in the discography of one of the most brilliant artists to emerge from the ‘60s.
  • Strange Feelin'
  • Venice Mating Call
  • I Don't Need It to Rain
  • I Had a Talk With Man
  • Gypsy Woman
  • Blue Melody
  • Chase the Blues Away
  • Driftin'
  • Nobody Walkin'


Harry Nilsson and John Lennon named this 1974 album Pussy Cats in reaction to the bad press the pair had received while carousing around Los Angeles with the Hollywood Vampires (Keith Moon, Alice Cooper, Ringo Starr et al.). Of course, their contrition just went so far; underneath the table on the front cover were the children’s letter blocks “D” and “S” flanking a rug, spelling D-RUG-S. And the music, in its own way, was as uncompromising as any either artist had ever made.

Both artists had left commercial considerations far behind; Nilsson was fresh (or not so fresh) from the disappointing reaction to A Little Touch of Schmilsson in the Night, while Lennon, deep into his “Lost Weekend” split with Yoko Ono, had just (barely) survived the nightmarish Rock ‘n’ Roll sessions with Phil Spector.

Predictably, the Pussy Cats sessions were a revolving party featuring such luminaries as Moon, Starr, and Willie (The Lion) Smith (!) as well as super sidemen Jesse Ed Davis, Danny Kortchmar, and Jim Keltner, playing an ostensibly light-hearted mix of oldies and originals.

But underlying the generally genial proceedings was a thinly-disguised layer of desperation and self-loathing, breaking through on the almost punk rock version of “Subterranean Homesick Blues” and the revealing Nilsson originals “Don’t Forget Me” and “All My Life.”

Only adding to the rawness of the recording was the fact that Nilsson blew out his vocal cords halfway through the sessions, a fact he kept from Lennon. The result: an album that in a weird kind of way belongs with Neil Young’s roughly contemporaneous Tonight the Night as a chronicle of wasted ‘70s rock star blues.
  • Many Rivers to Cross
  • Subterranean Homesick Blues
  • Don't Forget Me
  • All My Life
  • Old Forgotten Soldier
  • Save the Last Dance for Me
  • Mucho Mungo/Mt. Elga
  • Loop De Loop
  • Black Sails
  • Rock Around the Clock

BLUE ÖYSTER CULT: Rarities Vol. 2

When we put out our first collection of BÖC rarities for Black Friday back in 2017, the response was so off-the-charts that we HAD to come back with another volume! And it’s not as if anybody had to twist our arm…Blue Öyster Cult makes the final heat for best American band of the ‘70s and ‘80s without even breathing hard.

These guys were complicated, complicated like a great film or book that engages you both emotionally and intellectually; side-by-side in the band were the highbrow and the lowbrow, from the haunting poetry of “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” to the B-Movie swagger of “Godzilla,” all infused with a scent of mystery and more often than not with guitars set to stun.

Capturing all sides of such a polymathic outfit is a tall task, but this double-album set—composed of 18 tracks that have never appeared on LP anywhere—comes pretty damn close, covering the years 1975 to 1988 with a blend of rare live cuts, demos, and album outtakes. It gets off to a rollicking start with a 1975 live take on “Stairway to the Stars,” followed by preproduction demos for Agents of Fortune’s “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Dance the Night Away.”

Up next are no less than four outtakes from Spectres, and a crushing live 1977 performance of “Godzilla.” Five songs from a 8/22/79 show at Berkeley’s Zellerbach Auditorium follow, all of them from the band’s 1979 album Mirrors including the title number, and then a pair of affectionate covers: The Who’s “Substitute” and The Beatles’ “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).”

Some of the rarest tracks on the album are three demos for songs the band submitted for the 1984 comedy film Teachers, and the last track is a spoken word intro from avowed BÖC fan Stephen King for “Astronomy,” a song from the long-gestating Imaginos project.
  • Stairway to the Stars
  • (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  • Dance the Night Away
  • Night Flyer
  • Dial M for Murder
  • Please Hold
  • Be My Baby
  • Godzilla
  • Dr. Music
  • The Vigil
  • The Great Sun Jester
  • In Thee
  • Mirrors
  • Substitute
  • I Want You (She's Sorry)
  • Double Talk
  • Rebel
  • Summa Cum Laude
  • Stephen King Intro

THE RASCALS: The Complete Singles A’s & B’s

Among the (overwhelming) reactions to our 2-CD set compiling The Rascals’ complete singles was the question, why isn’t this out on vinyl? And the only correct answer was: it should be! After all, if there ever was a band deserving of some deluxe vinyl treatment, it would be these guys; with two fantastic singers and songwriters in Felix Cavaliere and Eddie Brigati, an underrated guitarist and songwriter in Gene Cornish, and the great Dino Danelli on drums (plus a pair of studio Svengalis in engineer Tom Dowd and arranger Arif Mardin to rival George Martin), The Rascals were the closest answer America had to The Beatles during the ’60s.

The resemblance wasn’t limited to the composition of their line-up and the profusion of hit releases, either; like the Fab Four, The Rascals were able to author chart-topping singles while simultaneously crafting albums that held together as artistic statements. Now, just over 50 years after they first hit the top of the charts with “Good Lovin’,” Real Gone Music is proud to present the first-ever LP compilation to collect all of the band’s single sides in one place.

At 47 songs strong, The Complete Singles A’s & B’s includes the A and B-side of every single The Rascals ever cut, both their hit Atlantic tracks and their later Columbia 7” releases. Along the way you’ll hear such legendary songs as “I Ain’t Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore,” “Good Lovin’,” “Groovin’” (also here in its Spanish and Italian versions!), “I’ve Been Lonely Too Long,” “A Girl Like You,” “How Can I Be Sure,” “A Beautiful Morning,” “People Got to Be Free,” “See,” and more, the earlier tracks in their original mono single mixes (termed “the money mixes” by Cornish), the later songs in their stereo single mixes (28 of the 47 songs on the collection are mono).

Disc 1
  • I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore
  • Slow Down
  • Good Lovin'
  • Mustang Sally
  • You Better Run
  • Love Is a Beautiful Thing
  • Come On Up
  • What Is the Reason
  • I've Been Lonely Too Long
  • If You Knew
  • Groovin'
  • Sueno
  • A Girl Like You
  • It's Love
  • Groovin'
  • Groovin'
  • How Can I Be Sure
  • I'm So Happy Now
  • It's Wonderful
  • Of Course
  • A Beautiful Morning
  • Rainy Day
  • People Got to Be Free
  • My World
  • A Ray of Hope
  • Any Dance'll Do
Disc 2
  • Heaven
  • Baby I'm Blue
  • See
  • Away Away
  • Carry Me Back
  • Real Thing
  • Hold On
  • I Believe
  • Glory Glory
  • You Don't Know
  • Right On
  • Almost Home
  • Love Me
  • Happy Song
  • Lucky Day
  • Love Letter
  • Brother Tree
  • Saga of New York
  • Hummin' Song
  • Echoes
  • Jungle Walk