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    From the same  label that released the much lauded Mickey Newbury –American Trilogy 4CD set , Saint Cecilia Knows now brings us the collected recordings of legendary lost 1970s New York City Band, JACK RUBY. Seen and heard by just a precious few, Jack Ruby made only five studio recordings and played an equal number of gigs between 1973 and 1977. None of their music was ever released and, until now, they have existed solely as a word-of-mouth legend among peers.

    They have been variously described as “the Velvet Underground in a car crash” and the “art-punk Steely Dan”. Formed in 1973 by vocalist Robin Hall, guitarist Chris Gray, multi-instrumentalist Randy Cohen, classically-trained viola player Boris (also known as Boris Policeband), and later joined by bassist George Scott (James Chance and the Contortions/8-Eyed Spy/John Cale) and new vocalist Stephen Barth, the first incarnation of Jack Ruby demoed two tracks in a Times Square recording studio in 1974; including their signature tune, the nihilistic proto-punk “Hit and Run”—sounding like some unholy blend of Raw Power-era Stooges, Velvet Underground and J.G. Ballard’s Crash. 

    They recorded three more tracks as a demo for Epic Records through Sly Stone’s A&R, Stephen Paley, but a record deal evaded them. In 1976, Hall and Gray reactivated Jack Ruby as a short-lived live-performing unit with George Scott on bass, that disbanded for good after a riotous show in October 1977 at Max’s Kansas City. “Hit and Run” is a two-disc set of everything Jack Ruby recorded between 1973 and 1977 (across four incarnations of the band) that should see them acknowledged as one of the most radical and brilliantly original groups to emerge from the 1970s New York City music scene.

    Remastered from recently-discovered master tapes, the first disc collects all five of the band’s studio recordings, which although forty years old still sound thrillingly-urgent and modern, alongside a 1977 cassette of a band rehearsal, and a 2013 remix by producer Don Fleming. Disc two contains another side to Jack Ruby; a series of largely-electronic, avant-garde pieces from 1972 and 1974, some of the earliest extant recordings made on a Serge synthesizer.  What Jack Ruby left is a remarkable legacy of recorded music—hidden for decades, now-revealed—constituting a previously-unheard secret history of the New York City music scene of the early 1970s. 

    “Jack Ruby may be the most influential punk band from New York City that no one ever knew about.”  Thurston Moore.

    “Jack Ruby occupy a place right between early seventies street rock, post Roxy/Hawkwind synthesis and the future sound of Punk and No Wave.”  Jon Savage. Deluxe 2-CD package, original cover art by Japanese artist Ken Hamaguchi. 

    Liner notes by Thurston Moore and Jon Savage, plus extensive band history. 

    Remastered from recently-discovered master tapes. 

    Exclusive remix by producer Don Fleming (Sonic Youth/Hole/Dinosaur Jr).

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  • Mickey Newbury 'An American Trilogy' - Cargo Records UK

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    Mickey Newbury 'An American Trilogy'

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    Mickey Newbury 'An American Trilogy'

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     “Mickey Newbury's commitment to the power of song is imperative to me” Will Oldham

    “One of the best singers I have ever heard in any kind of music… his voice blows my mind” Steve Earle

    "I learned more about songwriting from him than any other writer” Kris Kristofferson

    “Mickey Newbury is a poet” Johnny Cash

    An American Trilogy collects three seminal early albums by hugely-influential songwriter and performer Mickey Newbury—Looks Like Rain, ‘Frisco Mabel Joy and Heaven Help The Child—as part of a 4 CD box set produced in association with the Newbury estate. The fourth CD includes a hoard of never-before-heard songs, alternate versions and demos from the same period.  Imagine the artistry of Hank Williams, the voice of Roy Orbison and the intensity and intimacy of Townes Van Zandt all combined in one man—that’s Mickey Newbury.

    The name may not be familiar but the songs, the performers they are associated with and the feelings they evoke, surely will be: ‘An American Trilogy’ (Elvis Presley), ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ (Kenny Rogers and the First Edition), ‘She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye’ (Jerry Lee Lewis), ‘Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings’ (Tom Jones)—just a few of the timeless compositions in the Newbury catalogue. As the ultimate songwriter’s songwriter and the unsung hero of American popular music, Mickey Newbury’s influence is immeasurable. His early success as a songwriter in Nashville and his selfless and relentless championing of others paved the way for Kris Kristofferson, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark and David Allen Coe.

    Joanna Newsom recently cited the inspiration of Mickey Newbury (alongside Kris Kristofferson and Sandy Denny) as a songwriter with “the ability to compose a lyrical line that is so perfect, so distilled and clean and pure”. Newbury songs have, to date, been recorded over 1300 times by more than 1000 performers including Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, the Box Tops, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Nick Cave. He is the only songwriter ever to have number one hits (with different songs) in the pop, country, R&B and easy listening charts within the space of one year (three of those songs were in the charts simultaneously). But Mickey Newbury himself was by far the best interpreter of his own songs.

    Between 1969 through to his death in 2002, he recorded and released 20 albums that have been described as “one of the most brilliantly original and important bodies of work of any contemporary popular artist”. Recorded between 1969 and 1973 at a home studio in Madison, Tennessee, called Cinderella Sound—in reality, a converted 2-car garage adjacent to the house of guitarist and engineer Wayne Moss—the albums that constitute An American Trilogy are regarded as key works in Mickey’s canon as a recording artist.

    He was backed on these records by Area Code 615, a group that included the cream of Nashville studio musicians—Charlie McCoy, Norbert Putnam, Jerry Kennedy, Kenneth Buttrey, Weldon Myrick and Wayne Moss—much the same crew who had just backed Bob Dylan on Blonde on Blonde, John Wesley Harding and Nashville Skyline. Mickey’s admiration of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band and Pet Sounds helped shape his vision for these albums as cohesive works of art.

    They were the product of relentlessly experimental recording sessions driven, in part, by Mickey’s desire to realise the sounds he had in his head despite the limited resources at his disposal. A visionary album in the vein of Love’s Forever Changes and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Looks Like Rain immerses the listener into a vividly-painted emotional landscape of heartbreak, madness and despair tracked by the sound of wind chimes and rain. Mickey followed this masterpiece with another, 1970’s ‘Frisco Mabel Joy—recently voted number 6 in an Uncut reader’s poll of the 50 greatest ‘lost’ albums. Here he broadened the palette, incorporating the sound of the Nash Philharmonic, an ‘orchestra’ consisting of electric and steel guitars, to produce what Mojo described as “an hallucinatory suite of sad, soulful songs”.

    The cycle of Cinderella Sound albums ended in 1973 with a third epic, Heaven Help The Child, by which time Mickey’s increasing confidence in the studio was clear and he had definitively laid out his stall as a recording artist.  Mickey himself thought of these albums as one piece—conceptually, thematically, musically and lyrically. “[They] all tie together in my head,” he said. “Some of the songs refer to the same situation, just looking at it from a four-year difference in time." And Peter Blackstock, the editor of No Depression magazine, has said of these records: “There may be no more fully realized cyclical trinity of albums in American popular music.” Once you’ve heard them you’ll understand why.

    The albums, originally released on Mercury Records and Elektra, are being reissued through a new London and Berlin-based reissue label, Saint Cecilia Knows, in association with the Newbury family label, Mountain Retreat. Grammy winning engineer Steve Rosenthal and mastering engineer Jessica Thompson have restored the original analog master tapes— believed for many years to have been destroyed in a fire but recently re-discovered in the Elektra records vault—and created stunning new remasters of each album specifically for this release, making this the first ever CD issue of these landmark albums using the original tapes. The set will be released in a custom-made and hand-printed box produced in association with Grammy winning designer Susan Archie (who designed the Albert Ayler Holy Ghost and Charlie Patton Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues box sets). It includes an additional CD of previously-unheard and unreleased songs, rarities, alternate versions and a 1970 radio session recorded for Los Angeles DJ Skip Weshner.

    The booklet features rare photos from the Newbury family archives and extensive liner notes, including new interviews with the original musicians who played on the albums, friends and acquaintances such as Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Larry Jon Wilson, Jac Holzman and David Allen Coe, as well as original texts about Mickey Newbury exclusive to this release by Kenny Rogers, Will Oldham and writer Ben Fong-Torres. An American Trilogy provides a rich and compelling introduction to Mickey Newbury, one of the most extraordinary and unique artists in American popular music.

    Looks Like Rain'

    1. Write A Song A Song/Angeline
    2. She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
    3. I Don't Think Much About Her No More
    4. T. Total Tommy
    5. 33rd Of August / When The Baby In My Lady Gets The Blues
    6. San Francisco Mable Joy
    7. Looks Like Baby's Gone

    'Frisco Mabel Joy'
    1. An American Trilogy
    2. How Many Times (Must The Piper Be Paid For His Song)
    3. Interlude
    4. The Future's Not What It Used To Be
    5. Mobile Blue
    6. Frisco Depot
    7. You're Not My Same Sweet Baby
    8. Interlude
    9. Remember The Good
    10. Swiss Cottage Place
    11. How I Love Them Old Songs

    'Heaven Help The Child'
    1. Heaven Help The Child
    2. Good Morning Dear
    3. Sunshine
    4. Sweet Memories
    5. Why You Been Gone So Long
    6. Cortelia Clark
    7. Song For Susan
    8. San Francisco Mabel Joy

    'Better Days'
    1. If You Want Me To I'll Go
    2. Sunshine
    3. Sad Satin Rhyme
    4. Why You Been Gone So Long
    5. I Don't Wanna Rock
    6. Let Me Stay Awhile
    7. Flower Man
    8. Good Morning Dear
    9. On Top Of Old Smokey
    10. Interlude: How Many Times (Must The Piper Be Paid For His Song)
    11. Better Days
    12. How I Love Them Old Songs
    13. I Don't Wanna Rock
    14. I Don't Want Me No Big City Woman
    15. You're Not My Same Sweet Baby

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  • Mickey Newbury 'Better Days' - Cargo Records UK

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    Mickey Newbury 'Better Days'

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    Vinyl Editions Of The American Trilogy Box Set 

    “Mickey Newbury's commitment to the power of song is imperative to me” Will Oldham

    “One of the best singers I have ever heard in any kind of music… his voice blows my mind” Steve Earle

    "I learned more about songwriting from him than any other writer” Kris Kristofferson.

    Newbury songs have been recorded by performers like Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, the Box Tops, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Nick Cave.

    ‘An American Trilogy’ (Elvis Presley), ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ (Kenny Rogers and the First Edition), ‘She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye’ (Jerry Lee Lewis), ‘Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings’ (Tom Jones)—just some of the timeless compositions in the Newbury catalogue.

    But Mickey himself was by far the best interpreter of his own songs. Recorded between 1969 and 1973 at a home studio in Madison, Tennessee, called Cinderella Sound—in reality, a converted 2-car garage owned by guitarist and engineer Wayne Moss— and backed by the same musicians who played on Dylan’s late 60s Nashville recordings, the albums that constitute An American Trilogy are regarded as key works in Mickey’s canon as a recording artist.

    A visionary album in the vein of Love’s Forever Changes and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Looks Like Rain immerses the listener into a vividly-painted emotional landscape of heartbreak, madness and despair. Mickey followed this masterpiece with another, 1970’s ‘Frisco Mabel Joy—recently voted number 6 in an Uncut reader’s poll of the 50 greatest ‘lost’ albums and described by Mojo as “an hallucinatory suite of sad, soulful songs”. The cycle of Cinderella Sound albums ended in 1973 with a third epic, Heaven Help The Child.

    Peter Blackstock, the editor of No Depression magazine, has said of these records: “There may be no more fully realized cyclical trinity of albums in American popular music.” Once you’ve heard them you’ll understand why.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:

    1. If You Want Me To I'll Go
    2. Sunshine
    3. Sad Satin Rhyme
    4. Why You Been Gone So Long
    5. I Don't Wanna Rock
    6. Let Me Stay Awhile
    7. Flower Man
    8. Good Morning Dear

    Side B:
    1. On Top Of Old Smokey
    2. Interlude: How Many Times (Must The Piper Be Paid For His Song)
    3. Better Days
    4. How I Love Them Old Songs
    5. I Don't Wanna Rock
    6. I Don't Want Me No Big City Woman
    7. You're Not My Same Sweet Baby

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  • Mickey Newbury 'Heaven Help The Child' - Cargo Records UK

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    Mickey Newbury 'Heaven Help The Child'

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    Mickey Newbury 'Heaven Help The Child'

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    Vinyl Editions Of The American Trilogy Box Set 

    “Mickey Newbury's commitment to the power of song is imperative to me” Will Oldham

    “One of the best singers I have ever heard in any kind of music… his voice blows my mind” Steve Earle

    "I learned more about songwriting from him than any other writer” Kris Kristofferson.


    Newbury songs have been recorded by performers like Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, the Box Tops, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Nick Cave.

    ‘An American Trilogy’ (Elvis Presley), ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ (Kenny Rogers and the First Edition), ‘She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye’ (Jerry Lee Lewis), ‘Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings’ (Tom Jones)—just some of the timeless compositions in the Newbury catalogue.

    But Mickey himself was by far the best interpreter of his own songs. Recorded between 1969 and 1973 at a home studio in Madison, Tennessee, called Cinderella Sound—in reality, a converted 2-car garage owned by guitarist and engineer Wayne Moss— and backed by the same musicians who played on Dylan’s late 60s Nashville recordings, the albums that constitute An American Trilogy are regarded as key works in Mickey’s canon as a recording artist.

    A visionary album in the vein of Love’s Forever Changes and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Looks Like Rain immerses the listener into a vividly-painted emotional landscape of heartbreak, madness and despair. Mickey followed this masterpiece with another, 1970’s ‘Frisco Mabel Joy—recently voted number 6 in an Uncut reader’s poll of the 50 greatest ‘lost’ albums and described by Mojo as “an hallucinatory suite of sad, soulful songs”. The cycle of Cinderella Sound albums ended in 1973 with a third epic, Heaven Help The Child.

    Peter Blackstock, the editor of No Depression magazine, has said of these records: “There may be no more fully realized cyclical trinity of albums in American popular music.” Once you’ve heard them you’ll understand why.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:

    1. Heaven Help The Child
    2. Good Morning Dear
    3. Sunshine
    4. Sweet Memories

    Side B:
    1. Why You Been Gone So Long
    2. Cortelia Clark
    3. Song For Susan
    4. San Francisco Mabel

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  • Mickey Newbury 'Looks Like Rain' - Cargo Records UK

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    Vinyl Editions Of The American Trilogy Box Set 

    “Mickey Newbury's commitment to the power of song is imperative to me” Will Oldham

    “One of the best singers I have ever heard in any kind of music… his voice blows my mind” Steve Earle

    "I learned more about songwriting from him than any other writer” Kris Kristofferson.

    Newbury songs have been recorded by performers like Johnny Cash, Scott Walker, Ray Charles, Joan Baez, Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, the Box Tops, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Nick Cave.

    ‘An American Trilogy’ (Elvis Presley), ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)’ (Kenny Rogers and the First Edition), ‘She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye’ (Jerry Lee Lewis), ‘Funny, Familiar, Forgotten Feelings’ (Tom Jones)—just some of the timeless compositions in the Newbury catalogue.

    But Mickey himself was by far the best interpreter of his own songs. Recorded between 1969 and 1973 at a home studio in Madison, Tennessee, called Cinderella Sound—in reality, a converted 2-car garage owned by guitarist and engineer Wayne Moss— and backed by the same musicians who played on Dylan’s late 60s Nashville recordings, the albums that constitute An American Trilogy are regarded as key works in Mickey’s canon as a recording artist.

    A visionary album in the vein of Love’s Forever Changes and Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, Looks Like Rain immerses the listener into a vividly-painted emotional landscape of heartbreak, madness and despair. Mickey followed this masterpiece with another, 1970’s ‘Frisco Mabel Joy—recently voted number 6 in an Uncut reader’s poll of the 50 greatest ‘lost’ albums and described by Mojo as “an hallucinatory suite of sad, soulful songs”. The cycle of Cinderella Sound albums ended in 1973 with a third epic, Heaven Help The Child.

    Peter Blackstock, the editor of No Depression magazine, has said of these records: “There may be no more fully realized cyclical trinity of albums in American popular music.” Once you’ve heard them you’ll understand why.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. Write A Song A Song / Angeline
    2. She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye
    3. I Don't Think Much About Her No More
    4. T. Total Tommy

    Side B:
    1. 33rd Of August / When The Baby In My Lady Gets The Blues
    2. San Francisco Mable Joy
    3. Looks Like Baby's Gone

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  • Scott Fagan 'South Atlantic Blues' - Cargo Records UK

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    Scott Fagan 'South Atlantic Blues'

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    Scott Fagan 'South Atlantic Blues'

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    This vinyl comes in a limited edition of 1000 copies, hand-numbered on 180-gram vinyl, with cover art that reproduces Jasper John’s 1970 lithograph, ‘Scott Fagan Record’.

    Includes a Download Card.


    Originally released on Atco in 1968, Scott Fagan’s bewitching debut is a genuine lost classic – a mystical, mythical, deeply-soulful folk-rock masterpiece. This reissue has been remastered from the original tapes and released by Saint Cecilia Knows in association with Fagan’s label lil'fish records. 

    In 1969, artist Jasper John came across South Atlantic Blues in a cut-out bin, bought the record and used it as the inspiration for three artworks that are in museums and galleries such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and MOMA, the Walker Art Center and the National Gallery in Washington D.C.

    Tracklisting:
    Side A:
    1. In My Head
    2. Nickels and Dimes
    3. Crying
    4. The Carnival Is Ended
    5. South Atlantic Blues

    Side B:
    1. Nothing But Love
    2. Tenement Hall
    3. In Your Hands
    4. Crystal Ball
    5. Madame-Moiselle

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