Collector’s Corner

Concord Music Group

Record Store Day Exclusives: Spring '15


Concord Music Group has once again prepared an assortment of exciting exclusives for Record Store Day. The Spring '15 event takes place on April 18, 2015 at your local record store. Here is a breakdown of what will be released in limited quantities for the vinyl faithful:

Miles Davis—The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 (Prestige)
Miles Davis is one of the most musically influential and most popular artists in the history of jazz, and his legendary Prestige recordings are amongst the all-time classics in the genre. Painstakingly reproduced on 10-inch vinyl with the original LP cover artwork and liner notes included, The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 2 comprises the remaining five of the ten 10" LPs on which Miles Davis appeared as a leader for Prestige Records in 1954.

This limited edition box set, housed in a deluxe linen slipcase, joins its companion piece, The Prestige 10-Inch LP Collection, Vol. 1, which was released for Record Store Day's Black Friday event in November 2014, and comprised the first five 10" albums, from 1951-1954.

George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers—George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers (Rounder)
The debut album by George Thorogood and the Destroyers exploded onto the FM airwaves in 1977, bringing a dose of hard-driving roots reality back to rock radio; his versions of Bo Diddley's "Who Do You Love" and John Lee Hooker's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer," resonated throughout the years. Beginning his career as a solo act, Thorogood soon added drummer Jeff Simon and guitarist Ron Smith, and it was with this ensemble that George initially cut his first record—a sound that was even more raw than the final version of the album.

Now, thirty eight years later, here is the first album by George Thorogood and the Delaware Destroyers (the "Delaware" was later dropped), as it was initially recorded, newly mixed by legendary producer Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Warren Zevon). In this stripped-down setting, the focus and drive of George's performance, which are what have always set him apart in the blues-rock world, are even more apparent. LP includes a previously unreleased version of the Elmore James song "Goodbye Baby."

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band—A Little Something from the Road, Vol. 1 (Concord)
Culling select cuts from an unforgettable show at the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ, this EP features live smokin' versions of classics from the recent Goin' Home project, as well as a couple of extra blues nuggets.

Gregg Allman—Gregg Allman 10" (Rounder)
Gregg Allman returns solo to Macon, Georgia. This stunning picture disc pressed on 10" heavyweight vinyl includes two never-before-heard live recordings as well as a B-side with Allman classics "Melissa" (live), where Gregg is joined by Jackson Browne, as well as "Midnight Rider" (live), which features Gregg, Vince Gill, and Zac Brown.

Brenton Wood—Oogum Boogum (Bicycle Music)
Originally released in 1967, Brenton Wood's Oogum Boogum earned the soulful singer-songwriter quick ascension into pop stardom. Title track "The Oogum Boogum Song" peaked at #19 on the Billboard Charts, and #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts in the Spring of 1967. Second single "Gimme Little Sign," still a mainstay on oldies stations across the world, was the breakout hit, making it to #9 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the UK Singles charts, selling over a million copies. Music from Oogum Boogum has become part of the pop dialogue—appearing in film and TV all over the world, and recognizable to millions. This special edition pressing will be the first time that Oogum Boogum has been available on vinyl since its initial release.

Blackberry Smoke—Wood, Wire, and Roses (Rounder)
Blackberry Smoke headed into the studio to record a few selections from their latest album, Holding All the Roses, acoustically.  The band used some unique techniques as well as a little help from Levi Lowrey to capture this visceral session of original material as well as their take on a Tom Waits' classic "Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards)."

David Shannon

All Allman


During my early childhood my parents had At Fillmore East on heavy rotation around the house, and for years that album signified my touchstone for all things Allman Brothers. I memorized the long jams, the blues guitar, the hippie hillbilly sensibilities and biracial personnel depicted on the gatefold, the different moods set by each side of the double album. Now I'm discovering some of the history of the Allmans -- and Duane in particular -- that preceded that album, as well as a vault's worth of unreleased material, presented on Skydog: The Duane Allman Retrospective, a tasty and comprehensive box set enjoying a re-release by Rounder with beautiful new packaging for the original music and booklet.

The early Allman acts that came before the ABB had an edge that stuck with Duane throughout his short life, an edge inspired by the rough blues and rock influences that he catalyzed so well in his guitar playing and singing. The box set features tunes by the Escorts, the Allmans' first incarnation, which range from hazy instrumentals and surf rock to mesmerizing southern R&B (check out their version of Bobby Blue Bland's "Turn On Your Love Light"). Later outfit the Allman Joys, perhaps known best for the psychedelic rock and bop of "Spoonful" and the blue-eyed soul of "Mister, You're A Better Man Than I," maintains this early edge with a blend of fuzzy, bluesy, and hooky numbers featured on the release.

In addition, the set contains a handful of great tracks by Hour Glass, another early lineup, as well as recordings that span Duane's career as a session player, accompanist, live jammer, and leader of the ABB. A number of rare singles, songs unavailable on any other release, and a 72-page book with essays by Duane's daughter Galadrielle and Rolling Stone scribe Scott Schinder are also included.

Jason Serinus

Woodstock Speaks


One of America's most beloved holiday creations, the Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas, has returned. Now in a deluxe package from Fantasy.

It's housed in a colorful cardboard sleeve that doubles as an easy-to-assemble Christmas house complete with stand-up figures of Charlie Brown, Lucy, Linus, and Snoopy, the 14-track CD includes three delicious tunes ("Greensleeves," "Great Pumpkin Waltz," and "Thanksgiving Theme") that were not part of the original LP issue of the soundtrack to the 1965 animated CBS-TV special, A Charlie Brown Christmas. And thanks to Joe Tarantino's excellent new digital remastering, it also offers sound far superior to that on the original CD issue.

Given that I supplied the whistling "Voice of Woodstock" to the 1980 animated CBS-TV special, She's a Good Skate, Charlie Brown, the fact that the Library of Congress honored the soundtrack to A Charlie Brown Christmas in 2012, when the recording's "cultural, historical or aesthetic significance" led to its preservation in the Library's state-of-the-art Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation, counts for a lot in my book.

The Library has acknowledged that A Charlie Brown Christmas introduced Guaraldi's light and lovable original jazz themes from that TV special, as well as his jazz versions of both traditional and popular Christmas music, to an entirely new audience. It also guaranteed that Charles Schulz' heart-warming Peanuts family would become an indelible part of American folklore. As you listen to this irresistible album, it becomes clear that Guaraldi performed a minor miracle.

David Shannon

Woodie's Radical Box


American Radical Patriot, Rounder’s recent Woody Guthrie compendium, peers deeply into the life and music of the bard of the proletariat, his Oklahoma origins and chronicling of the Dust Bowl migration and the songs he wrote traveling around the country as a performer and developing political activist.

Including five fascinating hours of the 27-year-old Guthrie storytelling and performing for famed musical archivist Alan Lomax at the Library of Congress in 1940, this limited release (only 5,000 copies) is a trove, also featuring a range of Guthrie ephemera such as radio dramas, songs written while working for the Bonneville Power Administration, public service announcements, and a host of other recordings that paint a vivid portrait of the man both as political rabble rouser and loyalist, all told through his own words and songs. This collection comprises six discs, a DVD, a 60-page booklet, a 78-rpm vinyl pressing, unpublished photos and Guthrie artwork, and a free 258-page download (in PDF format).

In terms of impact on American music, you’d be hard-pressed to find a musician as influential as Guthrie. He inspired a generation of songwriters in the '60s to change forever the way Americans listen to music, to understand how it could become a vehicle for protest and defiance and emblemize a social movement. Yet even that great legacy has humble beginnings, which is probably the whole point of Guthrie’s music and which this set celebrates.