You know it’s our goal is to bring you great music. Sometimes, it’s records/artists you know, sometimes it’s music from artists you didn’t know existed and sometimes it’s a new discovery altogether. Or other times, we’re giving a fantastic record a second chance. March has quite a few of those, with The Cold Of The Morning from Sid Selvidge, Worlds Around The Sun by Bayeté (Todd Cochran), and now Where’s Your Love Been from Sandra Rhodes, three albums from over 40 years ago, which never had a chance to truly find a wide audience. We’d like to correct that.
Sandra’s career began early, and she experienced success as a songwriter, as well as a backing vocalist, performing on Al Green’s classic Hi Records sides. Where’s Your Love Been was released in 1972, and it never had a chance to find its fan base. That will change on March 18.
We’re starting off the year with some incredible releases, let’s jump right in:
Lone Justice This Is Lone Justice: The Vaught Tapes, 1983
CD/Digital/LP (first pressing on translucent red vinyl)
Iain Matthews The Art Of Obscurity (first US release in 15 years!)
The Dream Syndicate The Day Before Wine And Roses
Camper Van Beethoven Our Beloved Revolutionary Sweetheart
Camper Van Beethoven Key Lime Pie
Bob Mould Workbook 25
Sid Selvidge The Cold Of The Morning
CD/Digital/LP (first pressing on translucent blue vinyl)
Check out artist pages for more details. More to come soon!
Omnivore Recordings is proud to be involved in Iain Matthews’ first U.S. release in fifteen years, The Art Of Obscurity! More than that, we’re expanding our horizons, in working with Iain and Pledge Music, and making it even more special. We ask that you visit Iain’s Pledge Music site to find pieces of his storied legacy, available in limited numbers, as a way to welcome him back, not only into the U.S. marketplace, but into your music collection. There are a number of one-of-a-kind collectables, including his prototype, mahogany guitar used on tour in the late 1980s. While we are honored to work with this legend, there is nothing better than Iain offering his fans personalized memorabilia from his extensive archives. The old meets the new. That’s Omnivore. And, that’s Iain Matthews.
This year, Record Store Day Back to Black Friday is on November 29, so you can walk off the feast from the day before by heading to your local record store. We’ll have three releases, all on vinyl: Townes Van Zandt’s Sunshine Boy: The Unheard Studio Sessions & Demos 1971-1972 (3-LP limited first run, clear vinyl boxed set), Gene Clark’s Here Tonight: The White Light Demos (1-LP limited first run, orange vinyl) and a 10″, holiday picture disc from Ernie Kovacs, A Percy Dovetonsils Chrithmath (featuring six holiday poems from Percy, five previously unissued from the 1952 Kovacs Unlimited television shows)!
When Steve Marriott left the Small Faces (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2012) to launch a new band in 1968, expectations were high. Marriott teamed with 18-year-old guitarist Peter Frampton, already a U.K. star through his work with The Herd, along with bassist Greg Ridley from Spooky Tooth, and 17-year-old drummer Jerry Shirley, who Steve Marriott had used as a session player for Andrew Loog Oldham’s Immediate Record Label. Humble Pie recorded four albums and several singles before achieving its U.S. breakthrough with 1971’s double-live set Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore.
Drawn from four shows played over two consecutive nights at Bill Graham’s legendary Fillmore East, Performance captured a red-hot band firing on all cylinders, distilling the crowd-pleasing heavy blues-rock style that had come to dominate the Brit foursome’s repertoire, and which would help to lay the foundation for the sound that would soon become known as heavy metal. Performance caught on in a big way with American listeners, hitting #21 on the U.S. album chart and becoming the Pie’s first Gold album.
Now, for the first time, Omnivore Recordings has gathered all four shows from Humble Pie’s historic Fillmore East stand in this lovingly packaged four-CD box set. No editing or resequencing took place — just the four sets exactly as they were played on May 28 and 29, 1971. The seven tracks that comprised the original album are joined here by 15 previously unissued performances — including the never-before-heard complete first set from May 28.
“My God, it just took my breath away,” Shirley said of hearing the new mixes by engineer Ashley Shepherd. “You feel like you’re sitting in the Fillmore East, five or six rows back. In the quiet bits, you could hear a pin drop, and in the loud bits, you can almost feel the room shaking. And all four shows caught Steve at the absolute zenith of his powers. It’s astonishing. I’m only sorry that he, Greg, and Dee aren’t around to enjoy it with the rest of us.”
Frampton also praises the vastly improved audio quality, and was especially happy to revisit the material that wasn’t used on the original LP. “It’s like a breath of fresh air after listening to one particular version,” he says. “The beauty of it is that you get three other completely different performances of most of the songs. And it’s great to hear Steve’s banter from all of the shows. We’ve lived with [imitates Marriott] ‘It’s really been a gas!’ for 40-odd years, and now there’s more.”
The deluxe compilation was produced by Frampton and Shirley with A&R coordination from Bill Levenson and Cheryl Pawelski containing detailed liner notes by Tim Cohan. The original engineer was multi-Grammy Award winner Eddie Kramer.
You may not need no doctor, but you do need Humble Pie’s Performance: Rockin’ the Fillmore — The Complete Recordings.
We’ve got so many new releases coming in the fall, it’s time to start sharing. Lots of folks have been asking about the Old 97′s & Waylon Jennings sold out Record Store Day double 7″. So we’re issuing it as a CD & Digital E.P., adding two more Old 97′s demos and letting it loose back out into the world! One of the added demos is a cover of the Magnetic Fields song, “Born On A Train!”
Also on the way is the original soundtrack to the motion picture, CBGB. The movie and giant music festival in NYC will be hitting in early October and our soundtrack will be right in the middle of the whole mess. The CD and double LP (first pressing on translucent pink vinyl) features tracks from bands that inspired the New York punk scene like The Velvet Underground, MC5, and The Stooges to the bands that grew out of the legendary scene like Talking Heads, Television, Blondie, and Dead Boys.
We now have Stereo copies of the wonderful album Heartbreak by Bert Jansch available for now in our shop. Still on clear vinyl just like the Mono copies. Or get the CD with the bonus disc Live At McCabe’s Guitar Shop! Either way, this record needs to be a part of your life!