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Kickin' Child
 
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Price: $15.00
Artist: Dion
 
 
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Dion DiMucci (Dion and The Belmonts) first suggested that producer Tom Wilson add an electric band to Dylan’s version of “House of the Rising Sun.” Dylan loved the idea, allegedly moving him to plug in and add a band on one side of 1965’s “Bringing it all Back Home”. The same approach was used by Wilson on Simon & Garfunkel’s initially all-acoustic “Sound of Silence”, and between the two, it seems Dion’s idea helped formulate the electric approach to folk that remains a crucial turning point in music history. He had an album ready for release at Columbia in 1965, but it never made it out of the gate until now! Recorded fifty-two years ago, it is as atom-smashing now as it was when Dion rolled tape with producer Tom Wilson at Columbia Studios in '65. These sessions were the bridge between Dion’s pop/doo-wop late ’50s/early ’60s hits and his stirring, still moving, topical “Abraham, Martin and John” classic from 1968. The record is a prime example of how he predated the electric folk boom of the ’60s that Dylan, the Byrds et al. took to the bank, with worldwide legendary acclaim. Why was this album pulled from release and shelved? For that story, you'll have to consult Scott Kempner's illuminating liner notes here. Dion would be back on the Laurie label again a few years later, but this Columbia recording captures the doo-wop icon in a mid-'60s folk-rock state of mind, doing Bob Dylan's "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue," "Farewell" and "Baby I'm in the Mood for You" plus Tom Paxton's "I Can't Help but Wonder Where I'm Bound" and the original songs "Kickin' Child" (co-written with Buddy Lucas and released as a single in '65), "Now" (featuring Al Kooper), "My Love," "Wake Up Baby," "Knowing I Won't Go Back There" and more (several of these songs were released on prior outtakes collections and retrospectives, some with different orchestrations). This is the first time that all these tracks are being issued together as the originally intended Dion album. “The songs are inescapably Dylan influenced (not surprisingly, three Dylan covers are included), with 10 written or co-composed by Dion. Dated? Sure, but also brimming with the drive and melodic inspiration so prominent in other Wilson-produced recordings of the period, in particular ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’ Dion, who reportedly was heavily into heroin around this time (he kicked it in ‘68), sounds in terrific form, singing with the determination and sensitivity that songs such as Dylan’s ‘Farewell’ require. His bluesy approach to originals like ‘You Move Me Babe’ dovetails beautifully with the chiming folk style favored for these recordings. And why a track as brilliant as ‘My Love’ wasn’t a hit single in the ‘California Dreaming’ era remains a mystery. Chalk it up to the right place/wrong time issues that have dogged Dion for decades. Sonically, these remasters are full of life and a youthful, vibrant crispness that make you wonder why it took 50 years for the bulk of them to make an appearance. The version of Dylan’s ‘It’s All Over Now Baby Blue’ (also recorded in ‘65) is stunning and shimmering. And even if the title track is a little too Dylan sounding, Dion has every right to recreate a style he was reportedly at the crossroads of inspiring.” – AmericanSongwriter.com GREAT!!

 
Beatlesque Station
Price: $9.00
Artist: Alan Bernhoft
Description:

Alan's fifth collection of Beatlesque style songs is another well-done homage that’s dedicated to the love and peace inspired around the world by who els ... read more »

Closer To A Ghost
Price: $12.00
Artist: A View Of Earth From The Moon
Description:

A View of Earth from the Moon’s debut s an unashamed mashup of noisy 90’s Britpop, uninhibited garagey rudeness, and anthemic melodies that take the listener to a place where loudness is ... read more »

Tuscumbia
Price: $12.00
Artist: Belle Adair
Description:

The breezy jangle of “Get Away,” the opening track off Belle Adair’s striking new album might not be the first thing you’ ... read more »

Before Your Summer Fades
Price: $12.00
Artist: Blank Pages
Description:

Can power pop be thought-provoking while celebrating the giddy excitement of a classic three-minute single at the same time? read more »

NoHo Calling
Price: $10.00
Artist: Brady Harris Band
Description:

Hailing from North Hollywood (NoHo), CA, the Brady Harris Band is a rootsy-Beatlesque quartet big on harmonies, chord changes and the occasional female cover version (Go-Go ... read more »

From The Jam Live!
Price: $19.00
Artist: Bruce Foxton & Russell Hastings
Description:

Live release recorded in 2017 from Bruce Foxton (The Jam) and Russell Hastings, both of whom perform the hits of British mod icons The Jam. < ... read more »

The Joy Of Pop
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dana Countryman
Description:

Dana's fourth release (his last being the terrific “Girlsville” collection) delivers 14 perfectly realized melodic gems with the help of Klaatu's Dee Long, Dana's wife Tricia, and Matt Tyson. read more »

Cross The Water
Price: $17.00
Artist: Daniel McGeever
Description:

Hailing from Edinburgh, Scotland, Daniel McGeever is perhaps best known as the guitarist/vocalist of the pop band The Wellgreen.read more »

Buddha Pesto Manifesto
Price: $10.00
Artist: Dave Caruso
Description:

The follow up to 2014’s read more »

Across The Multiverse
Price: $14.00
Artist: Dent May
Description:

WOW!!  Mississippi-born, L.A.-based read more »

Denny Isle Drive
Price: $16.00
Artist: Edward Penfold
Description:

Edward Penfold returns with the follow up to 2016’s “Caulkhead”.  A long list of collaborators were called upon ... read more »

Serious Poke
Price: $14.00
Artist: Fred Abbott
Description:

Fred Abbottread more »

Fresh Ice
Price: $16.00
Artist: Freewheel
Description: 70’s Guitar Rock Alert!!  Powerful guitar riffs, round refrains, a powerful and personal voice and a dynamic and forceful rhythm base are some of the virtues that Fr ... read more »

Crushing On What Might Be
Price: $15.00
Artist: Hemock Pop
Description: As a veteran of more traditional "rock" bands, Ira Merrill always wanted to make a cohesive "pop" album. So, he holed up with a Macbook Pro, pilfered microphones and preamps from frien ... read more »

Unto The Earth
Price: $17.00
Artist: Last Of The Easy Riders
Description:

From high in the Rocky Mountains, Last of the Easy Riders descend with “Unto The Earth”, it's new psych-infused country-rock long-p ... read more »

Pick Your Poison, Pick Your Blues
Price: $12.00
Artist: Latvian Radio
Description:

Brand new release – their sixth!  Latvian Radio has created their own brand of critically acclaimed indie-power pop; since the release of th ... read more »

Picasso On A Log
Price: $6.00
Artist: Magpie
Description:

BRAND NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  WOW!!  ... read more »

Exposure & Response
Price: $11.00
Artist: Mo Troper
Description:

On his sophomore effort, which begins with the bombastic “Rock and Roll Will Change The World,” it’s hard to tell whether Mo Troper is hopelessly nostalgic for an era he nev ... read more »

Once & Future Band
Price: $15.00
Artist: Once & Future Band
Description:

The eponymous debut of a group founded by multi-role players read more »

Pretty, But Killing Me
Price: $12.00
Artist: Pacific Radio
Description:

Pacific Radio’s sound is an infectious mix of energetic garage rock. read more »

Songs Of Our Times
Price: $16.00
Artist: Paul Messis
Description:

VINYL-ONLY RELEASE (COMES WITH DOWNLOAD CARD).  read more »

Smellicopter 2
Price: $6.00
Artist: Scott Brookman
Description:

Scott explains the premise behind his latest offering - “At some point I realized that the pre-legendary ‘Smellicopter’ was going to be som ... read more »

Shindig! Magazine - Issue #77
Price: $13.00
Artist: Shindig! Magazine - Issue #77
Description:

DUE SOON –- ACCEPTING ORDERS NOW!!  Stax:read more »

Overaging Underachievers
Price: $16.00
Artist: Smart Patrol
Description:

Here comes the debut-album by just maybe thee best power pop band that’s ever seen the light of day in Germany!!!  The band may be pretty new, but the names might jus ... read more »

After Hours
Price: $15.00
Artist: Sufis
Description:

Sufis are an Anglo-Indian/American band based on the writing partnership of Calvin Laporte and Evan Smith. During a chance meeting at ... read more »

T-T-T-Technicolour Melodies
Price: $12.00
Artist: Super 8
Description:

UK-based singer/songwriter Paul Ryan performs, records, and produces original homegrown “Trippy Toons!” under “band” name ... read more »

Real Pop
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Boolevards
Description: WOW!! In 2006 The Boolevards started recording 50 of the best pure pop songs they had written over the years. Using some of the classic instruments of the great Merseybeat era (6 and 12 string Rickenbacker guitars with some acoustic guitar in for flavoring) and utilizing classic Mersey recording styles (double tracked voc ... read more »

More Real Pop
Price: $8.00
Artist: The Boolevards
Description: The Boolevards remind us a lot of the indie pop bands from the late 70's/early 80's who only released 7" singles that specialized in catchy, 60's-influenced, jangly, slightly ragged garage pop! Their very cool followup (and again accurately advertised on the sleeve as containing "17 MORE real pop songs, "MORE teenage angst ... read more »

Seven Seasons
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Brass Buttons
Description:

We somehow missed this ... read more »

Close Counts
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Brixton Riot
Description: While not the most dangerous-sounding act on the planet, New Jersey’s read more »

Sail Me Home St. Clair
Price: $14.00
Artist: The Carousels
Description:

NEW RELEASE ON THE KOOL KAT LABEL!  Previously a 2017 vinyl-only ... read more »

Artifact: The Unreleased Album
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Choir
Description:

The Cleveland rock ‘n’ rollers made their first splash with a 1966 single (“It’s Cold Outside”) on the Canadian-American label which earned them na ... read more »

Joie De Vivre
Price: $6.00
Artist: The Condors
Description:

This six-song mini album is a tribute to Condors' leader Pat DiPuccio's former band, Blow-Up. read more »

Coming On Strong: The Best Of The Deejays
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Deejays
Description:

AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 2.  ... read more »

The Best Of The Dirty Truckers
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Dirty Truckers
Description:

The Dirty Truckers got together back in 1999 when song writer Tom Baker chose to pursue a decidedly American rock n' roots direction. Drawing ... read more »

Whatever It Takes
Price: $14.00
Artist: The James Hunter Six
Description:

We’ve always a soft spot for melodic soul/r&b of the 60’s.   ... read more »

Live In Berlin
Price: $18.00
Artist: The Jetz
Description:

The Jetz (prior to re-configuring as power poppers The Pencils) celebrate their 40th anniversary with the release of this read more »

Empire Of Mars
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Laissez Fairs
Description:

Remember The Steppes?  John Fallon (from The Steppes) is in this sometimes raw ... read more »

Songs From Another Time
Price: $16.00
Artist: The Lemon Clocks
Description:

If psychedelic rock served with a heaping side dish of power pop and 60’s-influenced garage rock makes your heart flutter, then the Lemon Clo ... read more »

Evolution: From Woody’s Truck Stop To Nazz 1966-1968
Price: $15.00
Artist: The Nazz
Description:

Woody's Truck Stop came together in Philadelphia, in late May 1966. As young teens, drummer Bob Radeloff and guitarist Alan Miller had been a ... read more »

Blood
Price: $11.00
Artist: The Roseline
Description:

Slow burn songs stand front and center on “Blood”, the latest from read more »

Something Or Other
Price: $17.00
Artist: The Someloves
Description:

WAREHOUSE FIND – DUE IN MY MID-MARCH!  read more »

The End
Price: $12.00
Artist: The Yancys
Description:

CRACKER ALERT!  Big ups go out to Chris Church for hipping us to The Yancys, whose read more »

Ready Set A Go-Go
Price: $12.00
Artist: Tommy Sistak
Description:

Tommy’s latest (third) effort strongly adheres to the “don’t fix it if it ain’t broken” philosophy, and closely fol ... read more »

Twelve String High Vol. 2
Price: $17.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description: WOW!!  The explosive second volume of what we hope becomes a long-running series features 24 tracks of 12-string electric guitar mastery from these international artists (some of who ... read more »

Beat Scene '65
Price: $16.00
Artist: Various Artists
Description:

Located in Cambridge, England, The Alley R&B Club has been bringing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to the scooter-riding citizens of the fenlands since 20 ... read more »

All Done With Rock ‘N’ Roll
Price: $6.00
Artist: Watts
Description:

Watts is most definitely not all done with rock n' roll.read more »

Inner City Dream
Price: $19.00
Artist: Wesley Fuller
Description:

Coming a year on from the brash debut EP, “Melvista”, Wesley’s sophomore effort features twelve tracks of swirling psych, jangly pop and punchy, crunchy glam that show off his broadening sonic palette and his p ... read more »