(2014/Doxy) 12 tracks - Reproduction of the original 1958 ´Sun´ LP album Even as a little boy, Johnny Cash had a feeling he was going to be famous one day. It wasn´t the kind of premonition he could go about telling people. They´d have thought dreams of fame and riches pretty far removed from the Cash´s barely-productive 40-acre cotton farm in Arkansas. Especially sincc Johnny had no idea of how he was going to make his mark. Johnny left the farm to go into the Air Force — and in his travels hc acquired first, a wife — and secondly, a guitar. Assigned to Germany and forced to leave his wife behind, Johnny found a faithful companion in his guitar. The boys in his barracks seemed to like his pickin´ and singin´ — and gradually the plan for a career began to take shape. He would be a singer — a country singer. When he got back from service, Johnny was not so modest about his plans for the future. He let his Memphis friends know he was going to be a singer — a good singer, a famous singer — a singer who would revolutionize country music. No matter how long it took — he was determined! As it happened, Lady Luck inclined her face toward Johnny almost immediately. His releases on the Sun label were instantly acclaimed, and in 1956, one year after Johnny Cad, launched his recording career, he was named the most promising country and western artist of the year in four separate polls. After the success of ´I Walk the Line´ as a simultaneous C & W and popular hit, it was indicated the course Johnny´s career should take. Though always identifying himself as a singer for the country fans — a favorite entertainer on the Grand Ole Opry — Johnny Cash with ´Ballad of a Teen-Age Queen´ came to be a top selling artist in the pop recording field. Almost reluctantly, Johnny evolved a pop-country style in arrangement and instrumentation, evident in such hits as ´Guess Things Happen That Way´ and ´The Ways of a Woman in Love´ to supply the demand for Cash records by fans of both types of music. It is ironic that Johnny Cash caused more of a revolution in pop music than in country music, as was his big aim, by being one of the first C & W artists exposed on national ´general entertainment´ ´TV shows; and the first C & W artist to capture the LP market with one great release (Sun 1220). Johnny Cash — in his voice, looks and demeanor — carries a certain aura of ´specialness´. He is a very dramatic figure — tall, muscular, with blue-black hair. He looks the part of a folk singer — a 20th century wandering minstrel. And his fatalistic style, both in composing and singing, has a quality of monotone, but of ´emotional monotone´ that defies analysis, but which is genuinely powerful. Johnny Cash is one of those persons endowed with an exceptional talent which had to express itself. And being expressed, his talent has been uniquely recognized and applauded by many loyal fans, who will enjoy this reminiscent album of the songs which to date are landmarks in the career of the one and only Johnny Cash. --- Original album liner notes
(2013/SUNDAZED) 15 tracks 1965/66 - Gatefold/Klappcover. vinyl The Lost Pop-Psych Classic Of The ´60´s! The late, great composer/pianist/producer/MENSA member Tandyn Almer first emerged in pop culture consciouness as the writer of the 1966 smash single by The Association, ´´Along Comes Mary.´´ Its seemingly innocuous lyric about a girl became a point of intense scrutiny as rumors of marijuana references wafted through a society fraught with generational conflict. One of those listeners on the far side of the gap, Leonard Bernstein, recognized the song´s musical sophistication and deft wordplay as something noteworthy. Consequently, Bernstein chose Almer as an interview subject for his CBS News documentary Inside Pop: The Rock Revolution, which aired on Tuesday, April 25th, 1967. It was a groundbreaking special, with Almer´s cool media attitude working well to calm the controversial storm surrounding the movement that would soon blossom into the Summer of Love. If this were a Hollywood film script, Almer would have then been catapulted to the upper echelons of pop stardom, rubbing elbows with hottest hitmakers of the day. Instead, while he released one single of his own, ´´Degeneration Gap,´´ and wrote and produced several more pop-psyche gems, Almer´s career path took a much more enigmatic route. He did collaborate with fellow melodic savant Brian Wilson, most notably as the co-writer of ´´Sail On Sailor,´´ and published a songbook of his new compositions. In service of these songs, a 15-track demo LP was recorded and pressed in a small quantity by his publisher, Davon Music, to distribute to potential recording clients. Through the years, word of this LP spread through the collecting world, its legend increasing with each telling and its price increasing with each resale for those lucky enough to find a copy. Included within this demonstration disc is the nasty, buzzing fuzztone and haunting vocals of The Purple Gang´s version of ´´Bring Your Own Self Down,´´ the engaging Pop feel of ´´Find Yourself,´´ the smooth groove of ´´Anything You Want´´ and ´´Victims of Chance´´ (recorded as an instrumental by L.A. jazz combo The Afro Blues Quintet), along with the straight-ahead Folk-Rock of ´´About Where Love Is´´ and ´´Sunset Strip Soliloquy´´ -- the latter about the atmosphere which led to the demonstrations of late ´66. At long last, Sundazed Music has rescued this ´´holy grail´´ album and presents the first-ever commercial release of Along Comes Tandyn. A stunning collection covering a wide stylistic range, it is a resounding confirmation Almer´s harmonic genius. After one listen, you´ll understand why Tandyn was always the smartest guy in the room.
(2013/Purple Pyramid) 7 tracks, recorded live March 29, 1970 at the Old Mill Tavern in Mill Valley, California
(2015/Purple Pyramid) 11 tracks
(2015/Purple Pyramid) 10 tracks
(Capitol) 11 Tracks - The James Bond movie soundtrack reissue of the original 1969 United Artists soundtrack album, composed and conducted by John Barry, featuring Louis Armstrong and Nina!
(2014/Purple Pyramid Records) 14 tracks, Limited Edition
Postal Service,The-Give UpNachdem 2013 zum 10-jährigen Jubiläum die Deluxe Version veröffentlicht wurde, ist »Give Up« nun wieder als einfache LP im Original Format zu haben.Man kann alle Zeit und alles Geld der Welt darauf verwen