Saturday, August 23, 2008

BOB DYLAN Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs

'Twas in another lifetime...
I don't think we have ever taken preorders this far upfront but this is a pretty special item and a very special price. This latest entry in the Bob Dylan Bootleg Series is scheduled to be released October 7. However, if you preorder at the website before September 10 you will get the sale price of $124.99 for the DELUXE 3 CD version. (We will not charge your card until we actually ship.) This is scheduled to be a limited pressing and we want anyone on our list who wants one to be assured of getting one. Preordering at this time will secure you a copy to be shipped the day we take delivery.

2 CD set with 27 songs PLUS 60 page booklet with rare photos, essay, credits.
Exclusive bonus CD with 12 extra tracks. 150 page, 8" x 8" hardcover book of Bob's singles artwork.
All packaged in a hardcover solid slipcase. LISTEN ORDER


Disc: 1
1. Mississippi 6:04 (Unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
2. Most of the Time 3:46 (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
3. Dignity 2:09 (Piano demo, Oh Mercy)
4. Someday Baby 5:56 (Alternate version, Modern Times)
5. Red River Shore 7:36 (Unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
6. Tell Ol' Bill 5:31 (Alternate version, North Country soundtrack)
7. Born in Time 4:10 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
8. Can't Wait 5:45 (Alternate version, Time Out of Mind)
9. Everything is Broken 3:27 (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
10. Dreamin' of You 6:23 (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
11. Huck's Tune 4:09 (From Lucky You soundtrack)
12. Marchin' to the City 6:36 (Unreleased, Time Out of Mind)
13. High Water (For Charley Patton) 6:40 (Live, August 23, 2003, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada)

Disc: 2
1. Mississippi 6:24 (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
2. 32-20 Blues 4:22 (Unreleased, World Gone Wrong)
3. Series of Dreams 6:27 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
4. God Knows 3:12 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
5. Can't Escape from You 5:22 (Unreleased, December 2005)
6. Dignity 5:25 (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
7. Ring Them Bells 4:59 (Live at The Supper Club, November 17, 1993, New York, NY)
8. Cocaine Blues 5:30 (Live, August 24, 1997, Vienna, VA)
9. Ain't Talkin' 6:13 (Alternate version, Modern Times)
10. The Girl on the Greenbriar Shore 2:51 (Live, June 30, 1992,Dunkerque, France)
11. Lonesome Day Blues 7:37 (Live, February 1, 2002, Sunrise, FL)
12. Miss the Mississippi 3:20 (Unreleased, 1992)
13. The Lonesome River 3:04 (With Ralph Stanley, from the album Clinch Mountain Country)
14. 'Cross the Green Mountain 8:15 (From Gods and Generals Soundtrack)

Disc: 3
1. Duncan & Brady 3:47 (Unreleased, 1992)
2. Cold Irons Bound 5:57 (Live at Bonnaroo, 2004)
3. Mississippi 6:24 (Unreleased version #3, Time Out of Mind)
4. Most of the Time 5:10 (Alternate version #2, Oh Mercy)
5. Ring Them Bells 3:18 (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
6. Things Have Changed 5:32 (Live, June 15, 2000, Portland, OR)
7. Red River Shore 7:08 (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
8. Born in Time 4:19 (Unreleased version #2, Oh Mercy)
9. Tryin' to Get to Heaven 5:10 (Live, October 5, 2000, London, England)
10. Marchin' to the City 3:39 (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
11. Can't Wait 7:24 (Alternate version #2, Time Out of Mind)
12. Mary and the Soldier 4:23 (Unreleased, World Gone Wrong)
"All my powers of expression and thoughts so sublime
Could never do you justice in reason or rhyme
Only one thing I did wrong
Stayed in Mississippi a day too long"

Monday, August 18, 2008

Stock Tips

We just learned that a couple of releases scheduled for this week will not be on time. First, Todd Snider's "Peace Queer" has been pulled from release for the time being with no hard date announced yet. We are canceling all credit card orders for the Snider, check and Paypal orders will be back ordered for the time being. We will re-solicit this when we get more information.

The other delayed release is Chris Knight's Heart of Stone CD. It has been bumped two weeks to September 2nd release date. We will ship those as soon as possible. If you have a large order we may ship the bulk of it now and the Knight will come along later.

On the other side of the coin we have received a few new items for our 'Hard To Find' category. For various reasons these are those CDs that will never make it to your local store and you either get them at the artists' shows or at Village Records.

We have a new seven song CD from Jim Henry, 'King Of Hearts', continuing in the back and forth series with Tracy Grammer. They are now even with two apiece. Check out his cover of Richard Thompson's "1952 Vincent Black Lightning".

Also, the MIA Sammy Walker emerges from twelve years without a new release with 'Misfit Scarecrow'. Check it out.

We finally took delivery on the latest from Hans Theessink and it is worth the wait. This time he teams up with Terry Evans (of Ry Cooder fame) and the results are phenomenal as expected. A semi-acoustic set of covers that includes an aching soulful take on "Dark End Of The Street." The CD is called 'Visions'. We're offering this great import at domestic prices.

Operators are standing by...

Friday, August 15, 2008

Jerry Wexler : RIP

Legendary producer dies at 91

There is no way, no matter what the size of your music collection is that you don't own a CD, album or a single without this man's name on it. Many recordings while not bearing his name, carry his indelible stamp if an artist ever worked with him. Music has lost a vital link in the chain that cannot be replaced or welded back in place, it is simply gone.

There will be many tributes and commentaries on his life and work the rest of the year. I urge you to take the time and acquaint yourself with this man's incredible contributions to music that we take for granted every day. After doing that you can ask yourself, who working today will leave a footprint even close to the one that he's left.

This news release covers the basics, check out a few more in the days and weeks to come or run your own searches.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Hightone Records Is Back

As many of you know the Hightone Records catalog has been hard to come by in the last few years. But today we are happy to announce that we have most of their great titles back and at new lower prices on top of it. What an incredible roster!! Dave Alvin, Joe Ely, Buddy Miller, and of course, Tom Russell, among many others.
So be frustrated no longer and see what you are missing and missing out on.
Browse HIGHTONE RECORDS at Village Records

Irma Thomas: Stepping Out From The Shadow Of The Rolling Stones


Blues legend Irma Thomas tells Helen Brown how she is winning over a new generation
"So there we were, in a hotel in Austin, Texas, watching the footage of hurricane Katrina on CNN," recalls Irma Thomas.

Irma Thomas: "The secret's in the story of the song"
"And the reporter says: 'We are concerned about the whereabouts of Fats Domino and Irma Thomas.' Well, I knew where I was. But I could see why they were concerned: I'd just seen the helicopter fly over my house and it was under water."
Thomas, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans", lost almost everything....

Friday, August 8, 2008

Dog & Pony Show (A Letter From Dave Alvin)

Dave Alvin, John Doe, Peter Case, Big Sandy and more perform at the Dog & Pony Show benefit festival, Aug 30, 31 and Sept 1

Dear friends, fans and everyone else:

I’d like to let you know about a 3 day benefit called the
Dog & Pony Show that some close friends and I have put together for this coming Labor Day weekend, Aug 30, 31 and Sept 1.

The past year has been very hard health wise for many members of the California music scene. Four friends/musicians of ours (western soul singer Chris Gaffney, superb guitarist Duane Jarvis, blues diva Candye Kane, psycho-billy hot-rodder Drac Conley) were all diagnosed with different forms of cancer and need our help to deal the expense of their various treatments. Instead of putting on four different benefits, I thought it might make more sense to do one BIG one featuring many of the bands and musicians that have played with Chris, Duane, Candye and Drac through the years. Thus, the Dog And Pony Show was born.

Seeing how my late friend (and spiritual advisor), Chris Gaffney, always referred our gigs together as “dog and pony shows,” I thought that his descriptive phrase would be a perfect name for the benefit (though he never did tell me which one of us was the dog and which one was the pony).

Sadly, as many of you may know, Chris passed away recently but the good news is that Duane, Candye and Drac are doing fine and hanging tough through this rough time. Without going into a long dissertation on the state of health care in our country, I would like to point out that they still need financial help with their treatments and recoveries. All the money we raise at the Dog And Pony Show will be going directly to them (or in Chris’s case, to his survivors) to cover their medical expenses.

If you are in California this Labor Day weekend, or even remotely nearby, I’d like to personally invite you to come to the shows. There will be great music, drinks, dancing, barbeque, some memories, some laughs, a couple of tears and a roomful of love. I’ll see you there.

Dave Alvin