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First new music from the band in nearly 30 years, includes 11 brand new songs written by the band.
Some of the best music made in the last 60 years has been delivered by musical families. Think about it… The Everly Brothers, The Beach Boys, Bee Gees, The Jackson 5, The Staple Singers, Pointer Sisters, Kings Of Leon, Oasis… and The Cowsills!
Starting in 1965, The Cowsills was composed of six siblings, performing their instruments and singing those glorious harmonies as only families can. Originally starting as a regional act (from Newport, Rhode Island), the group was “founded” by Joda Records owners Danny Sims and reggae/pop singer Johnny Nash (“I Can See Clearly Now”) in the mid-’60s for whom they recorded a handful of singles before turning towards more national recognition when they were signed to MGM Records in 1967. At this point, the group’s mother Barbara and young sister Susan joined the act and they were awarded a Gold record for over one million copies sold of their very first single for MGM, the sublime, “The Rain, The Park & Other Things.” This began a series of chart records that dominated the Top 40 for the next three years. Among the classic Cowsills recordings are “We Can Fly,” “Indian Lake,” “Hair” (from the rock musical Hair), and “Love American Style” (the theme song from the popular ABC-TV show of the same name). The group also recorded and charted with five successful albums during this time period. The band and their story were even the inspiration for the popular 1970s sitcom The Partridge Family. The group was also a prosperous touring attraction up through 1972, spreading their harmonious hope and love to an adoring fan base. They even had their own comic book published in 1968.
As all families do, the group went through a series of changes, disbanding in 1972. But music never left the soul of this tuneful and melodic kin. Over the years, the group, as individuals, continued to make music and even reunited in 1978 and 1993 to make historic records that are woefully out of print.
Now, nearly 30 years after their last recordings as a group, The Cowsills are returning with new music for the new world! Omnivore Recordings is proud to announce the release of Rhythm Of The World. Eleven brand new songs written by the band. The ambassadors of goodwill and love will be on the road through 2023 thrilling fans with their classic hits and soon to be new favorites!
Hand-selected by the band members from their personal music archives, Ladies And Gentelmen. The Bangles! is a 16-track collection of remastered '80s-era rarities, demos, live recordings and more, including The Bangles' debut single and all of the tracks from their self-titled EP-produced by legendary Ramones/Blondie producer Craig Leon-unavailable since its initial release on vinyl in 1982.
Encompassing the very first years of the band's development, from their earliest days as The Bangs to their incarnation as The Bangles, the tracks include performances by The Bangles' founding and current members-Susanna Hoffs, Debbi Peterson, and Vicki Peterson-as well as now-retired bassist Michael Steele, and the band's original bass player Annette Zilinskas.
"We're so pleased to give our fans and music lovers alike the chance to enjoy the early fruits of our labor. Some of these tracks have never seen the light of day," states Bangles drummer/singer Debbi Peterson. "We've wanted to make these songs available to a new audience for a long time," adds singer/guitarist Vicki Peterson. "We've thrown in a couple of live tracks, and even some of the first demos, all lovingly collected and re-mastered, so you no longer have to dig out a cassette player to hear them." Singer/guitarist Susanna Hoffs continues, "I feel a very special connection to our early recordings. The garage of my parents' house was our musical laboratory, and we took all the flavors of our favorite bands and mixed up a concoction of jangly guitars, McCartney-inspired bass parts, grooves powered by punk energy, and harmonies galore! These songs and recordings were our musical manifesto-all that mattered and inspired us, fueled by youthful energy, hope and blind ambition."
New Riders Of The Purple Sage
Previously unissued opening set from the last night of the Grateful Dead’s 1972 European tour.
“The last night of the Grateful Dead’s 1972 European tour was memorable for a host of reasons, and prime amongst them, was the fun fact that the whole extended musical “family” of the Grateful Dead was reunited at the London gig in the Lyceum Ballroom just off the Strand.”
So begins Grateful Dead Tour Manager Sam Cutler’s liners to this piece of exceptional music history. New Riders of the Purple Sage emerged as a band showcasing the songwriting of John Dawson and pedal steel guitar musings of Jerry Garcia, and their original line-up included Garcia and the Dead’s Mickey Hart on drums.
While the Dead’s material from that tour has been issued on their recent Europe ’72 and Lyceum ’72 releases, the New Riders Of The Purple Sage Lyceum ’72 documents the last night of the New Riders appearances with them on those classic dates.
Recorded on a 16-track machine by noted Dead engineers Betty Cantor, Janet Furman, Bob Matthews, Rosie (McGee), and Wizard (the team which also recorded the Dead’s classic Europe ’72 performances), these tapes were mixed by current Grateful Dead engineer Jeffrey Norman and mastered by Grammy®-winner David Glasser to present the ultimate document of this iconic date.
Produced for Release by Rob Bleetstein (NRPS archivist and Sirius/XM producer and host on their Grateful Dead Channel), Lyceum ’72 is available on CD and Digital with packaging containing photos and a thoughtful reminiscence from Sam Cutler, tour manager for The Rolling Stones, the Grateful Dead, and—of course, New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Take a trip back five decades to the end of a tour that lives on, all these years later.
The first live release from Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers, recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon.
While the U.S. might not have caught on to the magic of Jonathan Richman, the U.K. certainly did. Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon, ‘Live’ features Jonathan and the Modern Lovers performing classics from their first two releases to an enthusiastic crowd. (The eight-minute version of “Ice Cream Man” should inform that!)
The set includes the recent Top 5 single “Egyptian Reggae,” as well as tracks from the Modern Lovers’ previously releases and new tracks.
Captured on tape by Beserkley founder Matthew King Kauffman and Kenny Laguna (whose rock pedigree runs from Buddah Records through Joan Jett’s biggest hits), ‘Live’ is a true, time and place document of the magic that is Jonathan Richman. The performer who The Farrelly Brothers chose to include in their classic 1998 film There’s Something About Mary, rather than simple licensing his music.
A pivotal release in Richman’s catalog, ‘Live’ spotlights how captivating a performer he was, and continues to be. His original releases return on CD and LP, with a unique colored yellow vinyl variant available for independent retail His true, Beserkley catalog is available once again. The way Jonathan intended.
I’M A LITTLE ARIPLANE HEY THERE LITTLE INSECT EGYPTIAN REGGAE ICE CREAM MAN I’M A LITTLE DINASAUR MY LITTLE KOOKENHAKEN SOUTH AMERICAN FOLK SONG NEW ENGLAND THE MORNING OF OUR LIVES
The second release from Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers featuring the U.K. Singles Chart Top 5 hit, “Egyptian Reggae.”
While his desire was for his band to be more of an acoustic/harmony based endeavor, Jonathan was blindsided when his true debut was overtaken by a compilation of early recordings. Singles like “Roadrunner” and “Pablo Picasso” were in the forefront—but that did
not deter Jonathan.
After original drummer David Robinson left, (eventually finding success with Hall of Famers, The Cars), Richman hired D. Sharpe, and the band recorded and released the aptly titled Rock ’n’ Roll With The Modern Lovers.
Now, one might wonder how “rock ’n’ roll” and album with songs titled “Ice Cream Man,” “Dodge Veg-O-Matic,” and a version of “Wheels On The Bus” is—but, Greil Marcus called it “the purist Rock and Roll album I’ve heard this year.” And, due to the U.K. fascination with the band’s perceived debut, “Egyptian Reggae” hit #5 on the singles charts!
The date is 1977. Revel in where the “real” Jonathan Richman story started, and how it evolves. The original releases are available on CD and LP, with a unique red colored vinyl variant available for independent retail. His true, Beserkley catalog is available once again. The way Jonathan intended.
Bakersfield Gold: Top 10 Hits 1959-1974
46 Top 10 Hits (including 19 #1's) on double-CD, triple-LP, and Digital Packaging contains new liner notes from Grammyr-nominee Randy Poe Limited Edition Gold Vinyl available for Independent Retail
Buck Owens is a country music icon. As one of the best-selling artists of the 1960s, he accumulated numerous Top 10 hits with 19 of them reaching the #1 top spot on the charts. Now all of Owens' Top Ten hits from 1959-1974 have been compiled on Bakersfield Gold: Top 10 Hits 1959-1974.
Collecting 46 tracks, this release is available as a double-CD, triple-LP, and Digital release. Featuring new liner notes from Grammyr-nominee, Randy Poe (author of Buck `Em: The Autobiography Of Buck Owens), this is the first collection to compile Buck's Top 10 hits on vinyl, with a limited edition gold vinyl version for independent retail.
Bakersfield Gold is the ultimate collection of Owens' biggest hits, with The Buckaroos, Rose Maddox, Buddy Alan, Susan Raye, and more. With its availability across all formats, this is a perfect introductory collection for the new fan, and an incredible ride for those who already love the magic of Bakersfield.
BUCK OWENS - BAKERSFIELD GOLD: TOP 10 HITS 1959-1974
The Left Banke
Soundtrack from Academy Award-Nominated actor Ethan Hawke's 2001 film.
The same year of his Oscarr-nominated performance in Training Day, Ethan Hawke made his full-length film directorial debut with Chelsea Walls (starring Kris Kristofferson, Uma Thurman, Vincent D'Onofrio, Robert Sean Leonard, and more). A fan of Wilco, Hawke approached Jeff Tweedy about scoring the film, and Tweedy agreed.
Around this time, Tweedy had collaborated with musician and producer Jim O'Rourke (Sonic Youth, Stereolab) for a special live performance. As fate would have it, O'Rourke had been working Glenn Kotche, and O'Rourke introducing Tweedy to Kotche would lay the groundwork for the trio's work together on the debut album by their band, Loose Fur. Tweedy also asked Kotche to work with him on an improvised soundtrack to the movie he had agreed to score. The relationships moved past Loose Fur and the Chelsea Walls soundtrack. Wilco was in the process of a creative sea change, the result of which would be the modern-day masterpiece, Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Kotche joined Wilco and O'Rourke mixed Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
The soundtrack to Chelsea Walls featured improvised instrumentals by Tweedy and Kotche, as well as vocal performances from the film's Robert Sean Leonard (whom Hawke met when they both worked on the film Dead Poet's Society), Steve Zahn (Reality Bites, That Thing You Do!), jazz legend "Little" Jimmy Scott, plus contributions from Billy Bragg, and Wilco themselves.
Two decades later, this influential soundtrack returns, not only with two previously unissued bonus tracks, but for the first time as a double-vinyl LP, including an online exclusive colored vinyl variant. (www.omnivorerecordings.com). The bonus tracks include Leonard's performance of Wilco's "Promising" previously only available in the film, and an extended version of Tweedy & Kotche's "Finale." The packaging contains new photos, new and original liners from Hawke, a remembrance from Kotche, and an interview between Tweedy and Grammyr-winning set producer Cheryl Pawelski.
Chelsea Walls is a pivotal piece in the creative development of Tweedy and Wilco as they emerged into one of the most important bands of our time. Critically, it revisits the creative burst that would lead to one of the first true masterpieces of the 21st Century in Yankee Hotel Foxtrot.
JEFF TWEEDY / CHELSEA WALLS
Old Forgotten Altars: The 1960s Demos
The third studio release from Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers features the U.K./European single tracks, “Abdul And Cleopatra,” “Buzz Buzz Buzz” and “Lydia.”
Jonathan Richman’s intended Beserkley catalog is available again. His true releases, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers and Rock ’n’ Roll With The Modern Lovers are back, as originally intended, on CD and LP with exclusive colored variants for Independent retail.
Enter Back In Your Life. While credited to Jonathan and the Modern Lovers (which now included Andy Paley—Brian Wilson, Chris Isaak, NRBQ, John Wesley Harding), the release was Jonathan, accompanied on about half of the material by the Lovers. It followed the ‘Live’ record”
Another musician on the record, and co-producer, was Kenny Laguna, whose work with Buddah Records (The Ohio Express, 1910 Fruitgum Company, The Lemon Pipers,) plus Tommy James & The Shondells, Crazy Elephant, Bow Wow Wow, and Joan Jett. Laguna was a perfect person to put Jonathan’s sound where it needed to go.
Featuring the Richman staples, “Abdul And Cleopatra,” “Affection,” and the title track, Back In Your Life signals the ending of his Beserkley tenure, but with much more to come…
Mountain City Four
One thing is for certain, the group that practically invented “power pop” was abundantly filled with great talent. Three great songwriters in one band was reminiscent of the group’s original label founders, The Beatles. Perhaps the most unheralded of the three in Badfinger was Liverpudlian guitarist Joey Molland. His songwriting talent started to blossom with the group’s finest album, 1971’s Straight Up. Molland contributed five songs to the group’s fourth platter including “I’d Die Babe,” “Sweet Tuesday Morning,” and “Suitcase.” Joey continued to play and write as Badfinger motored through the ’70s recording and touring. Great albums like 1974’s Wish You Were Here were met with record company and personal mismanagement and in 1975, the group’s leader, Pete Ham, tragically passed away. Molland eventually left the group, returned, and left again to start his own solo career.
Joey has played in various groups and under the name “Joey Molland’s Badfinger” since 1983. He has made several solo albums to critical acclaim but nothing could have prepared us for his latest album. Omnivore Recordings is proud to announce the release of Be True To Yourself, a tour de force pop album by Joey Molland, co-written with producer Mark Hudson (producer of Losst And Founnd by Harry Nilsson, also available on Omnivore Recordings). The album is filled with delicious pop hooks and features musical contributions from Joey’s friends (Julian Lennon, Micky Dolenz, Jason Scheff and Steve Holley). The album is filled with delicious pop hooks and features musical contributions from Joey’s friends (Julian Lennon, Micky Dolenz, Jason Scheff and Steve Holley). With front and back cover photography by Julian Lennon, this album is a veritable feast for the eyes and ears! So, sit back and “take it all” in from one of the genre’s progenitors… Be True to Yourself by Joey Molland.
Peter Holsapple & Chris Stamey
Heritage Ii: Demos / Alternate Takes 1971-1976
Archive collection. In 2017, Omnivore Recordings released Heritage: Home Recordings/Demos 1970-1973. And now, due to critical and commercial acclaim we are pleased to announce the release of Heritage II: Demos/Alternate Takes 1971-1976. This collection picks up where the first volume left off, centering mostly on the beginning of the Sir George Martin era. Martin produced seven albums by America and Heritage II focuses in on demos and alternate takes from the Holiday, Hearts, and Hideaway albums from 1974-1976. Hear for the very first time, an unreleased Gerry Beckley song, "Mandy"; demos of songs from Holiday ("What Does It Matter" and "Mad Dog"), outtakes from Hearts ("Simple Life") and alternate mixes from Hideaway ("Amber Cascades" and "Today's The Day"). In addition to these gems, there's a real rarity included herein from 1971, an acoustic instrumental jam by Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell and Dan Peek entitled, "Jameroony" lasting nearly 13 minutes. Unearthed from the band's archives, this track has been rumored for years but only just found recently. An early '70s soft rock fan's dream come true. This collection spotlights a new direction in the band's sound as Sir George Martin takes the reins and leads them to many more platinum albums and hit records.
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Really Really Happy is the album that kicks off the second phase of The Muffs career.” So begins Roy McDonald’s liner notes for the expanded reissue of the band’s fifth album. After eight years and four albums, The Muffs had written, recorded, and toured non-stop. After a break, the group was ready to do it all again, and was approached by friends (and sisters in law) Charlotte Caffey (Go•Go’s) and Anna Waronker (that dog), who had just started their own label – Five Foot Two Records. McDonald, bassist Ronnie Barnett, and singer/guitarist/songwriter Kim Shattuck had a new home, and were ready to do it all again. Really Really Happy arrived in 2004 to rave reviews. Now, nearly two decades later, it returns as an expanded double-CD / Digital release with 22 bonus tracks, including 16 of Kim Shattuck’s original demos for the album. There will also be a very limited edition of the LP available only at indie retail on colored vinyl with a 7” EP containing 6 bonus tracks, with a sleeve hand-stamped by Ronnie.
Across The Barrier Of Sound: Postscript [LP]
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• The final recordings from the last Game Theory line-up featuring Michael Quercio (The Three O’Clock). • LP contains 14 commercially unissued tracks (one previously included on a fan club only release). • CD/Digital adds 10 more previously unissued tracks. • The last recordings made by Game Theory. • Packaging contains photos, liner notes & remembrances from members of Wilco and Guided By Voices Throughout the 1980s, the California based Game Theory was ONE OF THE MOST original (and critically acclaimed) indie-rock bands. Their blend of ’60s and ’70s pop influences such as Todd Rundgren and Big Star coupled with a post-punk energy led to a string of diverse albums—nearly all produced by Mitch Easter of Let’s Active. For the past several years, Omnivore has painstakingly reissued each and every one of their original albums with the addition of a slew of unreleased bonus tracks. Their final album, 1988’s Two Steps From The Middle Ages was reissued in June 2017. That appeared to be the final chapter of their story, or was it? Hardcore Game Theory fans still talk about the band’s final line-up that toured the West Coast, but never released an album. Circa 1989–90, the band was rejuvenated with leader Scott Miller being joined by the legendary Michael Quercio from The Three O’Clock (who had recently broken up). Other interesting line-up changes included longtime Game Theory drummer Gil Ray moving over to guitar and keyboards, while Scott Miller’s former Alternate Learning bandmate (the original template of Game Theory) Jozef Becker, formerly of True West and Thin White Rope, joined as the drummer. Jozef is the brother of Game Theory’s original keyboardist, Nan Becker. Across The Barrier Of Sound: PostScript is the album that might have been at the time. There’s a blend of home and studio and live recordings. Songs that many fans haven’t heard unless they were lucky enough to catch a live show at the time—and some songs which reappeared in significantly different form on the debut album from Scott Miller and Jozef Becker’s post-Game Theory band The Loud Family, Plants And Birds And Rocks And Things. Miller uniquely blended classic pop songwriting with groundbreaking art-rock influences, which is reflected in home recordings of Brian Eno’s “Needle In The Camel’s Eye” and The Nazz’s “Forget All About It”. There’s a feast of Scott Miller penned delights on the 14-song vinyl LP, and the CD includes an additional 10 unissued bonus tracks with Game Theory originals and songs originally recorded by artists such as Big Star and The Three O’Clock. Journey Across The Barrier Of Sound and enjoy this PostScript to a great band’s career, but also as a wonderful album in its own right.
Bash & Pop
Friday Night Is Killing Me: Deluxe [2CD]
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When The Replacements called it quits in 1991, Tommy Stinson missed playing in a band with great chemistry and who all shared the same vision. He recruited then Replacements drummer Steve Foley, Foley’s brother Kevin, and Steve Brantseg to form Bash & Pop. Recording with Producer Don Smith (Cracker, Keith Richards, John Hiatt) and getting help from Heartbreakers Benmont Tench and Mike Campbell, Americana icon Greg Leisz, Wire Train’s Jeff Trott, and more, the band’s debut album, Friday Night Is Killing Me, arrived in January of 1993. The album combined stellar performances and a renewed energy, something many felt the last few Replacements records were missing. In addition to the original 11 track release, an 18 track bonus disc adds rare singles and B-sides, their contribution to the soundtrack of the 1994 film Clerks, and a whopping 15 previously unissued performances. The packaging contains photos and a new essay from Bob Mehr, author of the acclaimed best-seller Trouble Boys: The True Story Of The Replacements. While many are discovering Bash & Pop for the first time on their current tour, and via their new release, the time is right to reintroduce the record that started it all—Friday Night Is Killing Me.
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The Long Ryders
• First worldwide release of classic 1999 live album. • Contains performances of favorites from all four Elektra releases. • Packaging featuring updated artwork and new liner notes from the band’s Murray Attaway “This is what we sounded like, for real. Turn it up.” —Murray Attaway Guadalcanal Diary exploded on the scene in 1985 when the previous year’s Walking In The Shadow Of The Big Man was issued via Elektra Records and spawned the hit “Watusi Rodeo.” Over the next four years, Murray Attaway (vocals, guitar), Jeff Walls (guitar, vocals), Rhett Crowe (bass, vocals), and John Poe (drums, vocals) released three more critically acclaimed albums before calling it a day. The band reconvened for live shows in the late ’90s, and tape was rolling during their two-night stand at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA, January 1998. The following year, At Your Birthday Party was self-released as a thank you to “Guadal fans everywhere.” This 16-track performance finally sees worldwide distribution nearly two decades later, with updated artwork and new liner notes from Attaway. It encompasses everything their fans love about the band—favorites from all 4 Elektra releases, as well as one song which only appears on this collection, plus the hooks and passion that filled venues. At Your Birthday Party shows that the band never lost its drive, and that the songs still resonate to this day. As the originalsliner notes stated, “Your table is ready.” Take a seat. But, you’ll be standing up and dancing soon enough...
The Raspberries are one of rock's most treasured bands, influencing everyone from John Lennon to Bruce Springsteen to Paul Westerberg! Pop Art Live is a dynamic recording of the Raspberries first live show in 30 years, with comprehensive liner notes from Academy Award®-winner and music scribe Cameron Crowe. With memorabilia & ephemera from Raspberries aficionado Bernir Hogya, this 3 LP set on red, yellow and blue vinyl includes perfect renditions of all the hits plus covers of classic songs by the The Beatles, The Who & The Choir. This Rasperries live release includes two bonus songs not on the CD version, and also a download card. The two bonus songs are "Drivin' Around/Crusin' Music" and "I Don't Know What I Want" both recorded at the Raspberries' 2004 New Year's Eve show at the House of Blues in Cleveland, OH.