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  • LeRoy Hutson
    The Curtom Years
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    The Curtom Years
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    The Curtom Years
    Album Details
    • If voted to win, this would be the first anthology of Hutson’s ground-breaking Curtom recordings released on vinyl in the US in over 30 years.   
    • Would include a bonus LP of unreleased studio recordings from 1977/1979
    • Would be pressed on 2-180g records, remixed and remastered and come in deluxe packaging.
    • Would be limited and individually numbered based on pre-orders

    Biography

    LeRoy Hutson is an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter, arranger, producer and instrumentalist, best known as former lead singer of The Impressions. As a teenager, Hutson formed the Nu-Tones, a four-man vocal group in NJ, who won many talent shows. In 1968, Hutson recorded with Deborah Rollins as part of the vocal duo, Sugar & Spice, for Kapp Records. They recorded several singles with some success. Hutson entered Howard University to study dentistry and was room-mates with Donny Hathaway. Hathaway left college early to become Curtis Mayfield’s musical director. Hutson then decided to switch majors to music theory and composition. It is through his connection to Hathaway, that Hutson eventually came to replace Curtis in the Impressions. At Howard, Hutson joined the Mayfield Singers, a group put together by Curtis. He also collaborated with Donny Hathaway on “The Ghetto,” giving Donny his first hit record in 1970. In 1971, only three months out of college, Hutson was asked to replace Curtis Mayfield as lead singer of the Impressions. He stayed with the group for two and a half years and recorded two albums before amicably leaving to pursue a solo career. The first Impressions single to feature him as lead vocalist is “Love Me,” released June 1971 on Curtom Records. In 1973, Hutson wrote, produced and arranged his first solo release, “Love Oh Love,” featuring the single, “So In Love With You.” Between 1973 and 1992 Hutson recorded eight albums and charted with thirteen singles in the U.S. Because of this he developed a cult following on the soul scene. After his debut, Hutson went on to release, “The Man,” “Hutson,” “Feel The Spirit,” “Hutson II,” “Closer To The Source,” and “Unforgettable.” In 2010 Hutson made a comeback to European stages, performing at the Suncebeat Festival in Croatia, at Vintage at Goodwood Festival and Indigo2 in London. He was backed by the British group, The Third Degree. As of 2017, Hutson’s work is licensed outside of North America by British independent label, Acid Jazz Records. Acid Jazz A&R man, Dean Rudland, assisted with sourcing the material for this potentially ground-breaking new collection that will include never before heard masters from 1977 and 1979 if voted to win. In the late 1970s and 80s, Hutson also lent his musicality to production work with fellow Curtom artists Linda Clifford, Arnold Blair and the Natural Four. As a writer/producer, he has worked for Roberta Flack, The Natural Four, Linda Clifford, Voices of East Harlem, Arnold Blair and the Next Movement. On TV he has appeared on the Midnight Special and Soul Train.

    Track Listing
    Track Sides: 
    Side A: Curtom Studio Tracks 1972-1973
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 So In Love With You
    Track Duration: 
    2:58 (1972)
    Track Title: 
    2 As Long As There’s Love Around
    Track Duration: 
    3:12 (1972)
    Track Title: 
    3 When You Smile
    Track Duration: 
    4:18 (1973)
    Track Title: 
    4 Love Oh Love
    Track Duration: 
    3:48 (1973)
    Track Title: 
    5 Time Brings On A Change
    Track Duration: 
    4:39 (1973)
    Track Title: 
    6 I’m In Love With You Girl
    Track Duration: 
    2:40 (1973)
    Track Sides: 
    Side B: Curtom Studio Tracks 1974-1976
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 Ella Weez
    Track Duration: 
    3:00 (1974)
    Track Title: 
    2 Could This Be Love
    Track Duration: 
    3:03 (1974)
    Track Title: 
    3 Lucky Fellow
    Track Duration: 
    5:03 (1975)
    Track Title: 
    4 I Think I’m Falling In Love
    Track Duration: 
    3:37 (single version) (1976)
    Track Title: 
    5 Love The Feeling
    Track Duration: 
    2:53 (1976)
    Track Title: 
    6 I Do, I Do (Want To Make Love To You)
    Track Duration: 
    3:26 (1976)
    Track Sides: 
    Side C: (1977 unreleased masters)
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 Wisdom of My Life
    Track Duration: 
    5:50 (4/27/77)
    Track Title: 
    2 Trust My Heart
    Track Duration: 
    3:53 (4/20/77)
    Track Title: 
    3 You Can Be A Winner
    Track Duration: 
    5:14 (9/6/77)
    Track Title: 
    4 Thank You
    Track Duration: 
    6:25 (4/27/77)
    Track Sides: 
    Side D: (1979 unreleased masters)
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 Can’t Help Feeling This Way
    Track Duration: 
    5:22 (7/23/79)
    Track Title: 
    2 All I Need
    Track Duration: 
    4:06 (2/26/79)
    Track Title: 
    3 Desert Sand
    Track Duration: 
    4:25 (2/28/79)
    Track Title: 
    4 Don’t Leave
    Track Duration: 
    5:21 (2/28/79)
  • Freedy Johnston
    Never Home
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    Never Home
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    Never Home
    Album Details
    • If voted to win, this would be the first worldwide release on vinyl.   
    • Would be pressed on 180g vinyl and come in deluxe packaging.
    • Would be limited and individually numbered based on pre-orders

    Biography

    Frederic John Fatzer, known by his performing name of Freedy Johnston is a New York based singer-songwriter originally from Kansas. His songs are often about troubled loners and cover topics like heartbreak, alienation, and disappointment. Known for his song craft, he has been described as a “songwriter’s songwriter.” When he was 16 he bought his first guitar from a mail-order catalog and at 17 had a friend drive him 35 miles to the nearest record store to buy an Elvis Costello album he heard about. He went to the University Of Kansas, where he immersed himself in the new wave scene. He moved to NYC in 1985 and supported himself as an office worker at an architecture firm as well as in the restaurant industry, prior to pursuing music full time. Freedy was the nickname his mom gave him and Johnston was his mother’s maiden name. After a few years in New York, he was signed by Bar/None Records, who debuted two of his songs on a sampler called Time For A Change, released in 1989. His first full length on Bar/None, The Trouble Tree, was issued in 1990 to favorable reviews but was not commercially successful. Johnston sold some of his family’s farmland to finance the recording of his second album, Can You Fly. The album, released in 1992, was selected by the New York Times as one of the best albums of the year. He followed this up with his 1994 major label debut, This Perfect World, released on Elektra Records and produced by Butch Vig of Garbage. The album received positive reviews and led to Rolling Stone naming Johnston “songwriter of the year.” Other publications, including the New York Times, Spin, and Musician Magazine gave the album high marks as well. The album featured the single, “Bad Reputation,” which reached 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and is one of his best known songs. He released his next three albums on Elektra: Never Home (produced by Danny Kortchmar), Blue Days Black Nights (produced by T-Bone Burnett) and Right Between The Promises. Johnston’s songs appear on the soundtrack albums for Kingpin (1996), Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead (1995), Heavy (1995), and Kicking and Screaming (1995). If voted to win, Run Out Groove will issue his critically-acclaimed, second full length album, Never Home, on vinyl for the first time.

     

    Track Listing
    Track Sides: 
    Side A
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 On The Way Out
    Track Duration: 
    2:48
    Track Title: 
    2 I’m Not Hypnotized
    Track Duration: 
    3:14
    Track Title: 
    3 Western Sky
    Track Duration: 
    4:29
    Track Title: 
    4 One More Thing To Break
    Track Duration: 
    3:42
    Track Title: 
    5 He Wasn’t Murdered
    Track Duration: 
    3:11
    Track Title: 
    6 You Get Me Lost
    Track Duration: 
    4:31
    Track Sides: 
    Side B
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 Hotel Seventeen
    Track Duration: 
    3:36
    Track Title: 
    2 Gone To See The Fire
    Track Duration: 
    3:12
    Track Title: 
    3 Seventies Girl
    Track Duration: 
    4:05
    Track Title: 
    4 If It’s True
    Track Duration: 
    4:00
    Track Title: 
    5 Something’s Out There
    Track Duration: 
    3:31
  • Hot Hot Heat
    Elevator
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    Elevator
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    Elevator
    Album Details
    • If voted to win, it would be the first vinyl reissue in 15 years.  
    • Would include a bonus 2nd LP of non-album acoustic, demo and remix tracks.
    • Would be pressed on 180g red-colored vinyl and come in deluxe packaging.
    • Would be limited and individually numbered based on pre-orders

    Biography

    Hot Hot Heat was a Canadian indie rock band from Victoria British Columbia, formed in 1999. Dustin Hawthorne and Steve Bays had been in many different bands together since 1995 and met Paul Hawley in 1998. Hawley took over drums from Bays, who was the only one who could play the Juno 6 keyboard and Hawthorne played bass. Matthew Marnik, a friend of the band, sang vocals. The band’s original sound can be considered electro-punk. They soon changed direction to a more melodic, pop-influenced style, losing Marnik and adding guitarist Dante DeCaro. Influenced by the new wave sound of bands XTC, The Clash, and Elvis Costello, the new line up with Steve Bays on vocals released a series of 7” singles and toured Canada and the American Pacific Northwest. Their touring exposure attracted interest from Sub-Pop, who signed them in 2001. By the time they signed their sound had mutated from hardcore to dance-punk and stood at the forefront of a movement that would explode on the indie rock scene within another year. Their first full length release, Make Up The Breakdown was produced by Nirvana and Soundgarden producer, Jack Endino. The album quickly found critical acclaim and two of its singles, “Bandages,” and “Talk to Me, Dance With Me,” received regular airplay on MTV and radio, including influential LA station, KROQ-FM, on whose charts both reached No. 1. In 2002, the band signed with Warner Brothers. In 2004, Make Up The Breakdown won “favorite album” at the Canadian Independent Music Awards. Guitarist DeCarlo announced his departure but stayed on to complete their next album, Elevator. The album was the band’s major label debut. In April 2005, Dante handed guitar duties over to replacement Luke Paquin when the band started their 2005 tour. In June, Elevator appeared in the top ten of the !earshot Campus and Community Radio chart. On tour they opened for Weezer and Foo Fighters on the “Foozer Tour.” The band went on to record another album for Warner and two more for indie labels Dangerbird and Kaw-Liga in 2010 and 2016. They announced that their 10-track self-titled album for Kaw-Liga in 2016 would be their final as a band.

    Track Listing
    Track Sides: 
    Side A
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 Introduction
    Track Duration: 
    0:17
    Track Title: 
    2 Running Out Of Time
    Track Duration: 
    2:45
    Track Title: 
    3 Goodnight Goodnight
    Track Duration: 
    2:10
    Track Title: 
    4 Ladies and Gentlemen
    Track Duration: 
    2:55
    Track Title: 
    5 You Owe Me An IOU
    Track Duration: 
    3:04
    Track Title: 
    6 No Jokes – Fact
    Track Duration: 
    0:39
    Track Title: 
    7 Jingle Jangle
    Track Duration: 
    3:55
    Track Sides: 
    Side B
    List of tracks: 
    Track Title: 
    1 Pickin’ It Up
    Track Duration: 
    2:34
    Track Title: 
    2 Island Of the Honest Man
    Track Duration: 
    3:02
    Track Title: 
    3 Middle Of Nowhere
    Track Duration: 
    4:01
    Track Title: 
    4 Dirty Mouth
    Track Duration: 
    2:44
    Track Title: 
    5 Soldier In A Box
    Track Duration: 
    3:06
    Track Title: 
    6 Untitled
    Track Duration: 
    0:04
    Track Title: 
    7 Shame On You
    Track Duration: 
    2:46
    Track Title: 
    8 Elevator
    Track Duration: 
    3:48