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    Oldies Albums That Have Not Seen A CD/Digital Release

    I have been compiling a list of albums to the best of my knowledge that have never seen a CD or digital release. Anything official not including Jasmine records or any other label that has produced albums from vinyl. Basically anything from the 50's through to 1979 that was pop, R&B and Country. I know most of us here might not be into country but I have noticed a lot of Decca albums have never seen a CD/Digital release nor has many ABC and Mercury albums. I dont want to include Best Of's or Greatest Hits albums. If albums have been compiled into a box set I dont want to include those either. I am now aware that Bear Family has released all those early George Jones albums in a box set. Here is what I have so far:



    Bobby Vinton


    Blue on Blue [[reissued as Blue Velvet after the success of the hit of the same name) 1963


    The Grass Roots


    Alotta' Mileage 1973
    The GRass Roots 1975


    Diana Ross & The Supremes With The Temptations


    G.I.T. On Broadway 1969


    Loretta Lynn


    Loretta Lynn Sings 1963
    Before I'm Over You 1964
    .Songs from My Heart....1965
    Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be [[with Ernest Tubb) 1965
    Hymns 1965
    Singin' Again [[with Ernest Tubb) 1967
    Singin' with Feelin' 1967
    Who Says God Is Dead! 1968
    If We Put Our Heads Together [[with Ernest Tubb) 1969
    Woman of the World/To Make a Man 1969
    Wings Upon Your Horns 1970
    I Wanna Be Free 1971
    You're Lookin' at Country 1971
    One's on the Way 1972
    God Bless America Again 1972
    Here I Am Again 1972
    We Only Make Believe [[With Conway Twitty) 1971
    Lead Me On [[With Conway Twitty) 1972


    Conway Twitty


    Country 1967
    Here's Conway Twitty & His Lonely Blue Boys 1968
    You Can't Take the Country Out of Conway 1969
    Fifteen Years Ago 1970
    How Much More Can She Stand 1971
    I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving 1971


    Aretha Franklin


    With Everything I Feel in Me 1974
    You 1975
    Sweet Passion 1977
    Almighty Fire 1978
    La Diva 1979


    Gene McDaniels


    In Times Like These 1960
    Gene McDaniels Sings Movie Memories 1962
    The Wonderful World of Gene McDaniels 1963
    Spanish Lace 1963


    Tommy Roe


    Ballads and Beat 1965
    Sweet Pea 1966
    Dizzy 1969
    We Can Make Music 1970
    Beginnings 1971


    Brenda Lee


    Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits 1965
    The Versatile Brenda Lee 1965
    Too Many Rivers 1965


    Brook Benton


    It's Just A Matter Of Time 1959
    Endlessly 1959
    I Love You in So Many Ways 1960
    Golden Hits 1961
    The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other Great Hits 1961
    If You Believe 1962
    Golden Hits, Volume 2 1962
    Best Ballads of Broadway 1963
    Born to Sing the Blues 1964
    Laura [[What's He Got That I Ain't Got) 1964


    Sonny James


    The Minute You're Gone 1963
    You're the Only World I Know 1964
    I'll Keep Holding On [[Just to Your Love) 1965
    Behind the Tear 1965
    True Love's a Blessing 1965
    Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall 1966


    Skeeter Davis


    Blueberry Hill 1965


    The O'Kaysions


    Girl Watcher 1968


    White Plains


    My Baby Loves Lovin 1970


    Steve Alaimo


    Steve Alaimo 1963


    The Animals


    Animalism 1966


    Tennessee Ernie Ford


    Hymns at Home 1961
    Mississippi Showboat 1962
    I Love to Tell the Story 1962
    Book of Favorite Hymns 1962
    Long, Long Ago 1963
    We Gather Together 1963


    The Miracles


    Don't Cha Love It 1975


    Martha & The Vandellas


    Martha and the Vandellas Live! 1967


    George Jones


    Grand Ole Opry's New Star 1956
    George Jones Singing 14 Top Country Song Favorites 1957
    Country Church Time 1959
    George Jones Sings White Lightning and Other Favorites 1959
    Salutes Hank Williams 1960
    Sings Country and Western Hits 1961
    Sings from the Heart 1962
    The Fabulous Country Music Sound 1962


    Della Reese


    One More Time! Recorded Live At The Playboy Club 1966
    I Like It Like Dat! 1966
    Della Reese Live 1966
    Della On Strings Of Blue 1967
    I Gotta Be Me...This Trip Out 1968


    The Tams


    Hey Girl Don't Bother Me! 1964
    Presenting 1964
    Time For The Tams 1966
    A Little More Soul 1968
    A Portrait Of The Tams 1969


    Lou Rawls


    Carryin' On! 1966
    That's Lou 1967
    Merry Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho! 1967
    Too Much! 1967
    You're Good For Me 1968
    Feelin' Good 1968
    Your Good Thing 1969
    The Way It Was, The Way It Is 1969
    Bring It On Home....And Other Sam Cooke Hits 1970
    You've Made Me So Very Happy 1970


    Lynn Anderson


    Ride, Ride, Ride 1967
    Big Girls Don't Cry 1968
    At Home With Lynn 1969
    Songs That Made Country Girls Famous 1969
    Uptown Country Girl 1970
    No Love at All 1970
    I'm Alright 1970


    The Crew Cuts


    The Crew Cuts On The Campus 1954
    Crew Cut Capers 1954
    The Crewcuts Go Long Hair 1955
    Rock And Roll Bash 1956
    Music Ala Carte 1956
    The Crew-Cuts Sing 1959
    Surprise Package 1958
    You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby! 1960
    Sing Out 1961
    High School Favorites 1962
    The Great New Sound Of The Crew-Cuts 1963

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    Millie Jackson Live in Tokyo

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    Jerry Butler's The Sagittarius Movement and The Spice of Life!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    Jerry Butler's The Sagittarius Movement and The Spice of Life!
    We are still working on this pair of gems!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reese View Post
    Millie Jackson Live in Tokyo
    Not aware of this recording?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aarondillon2011@gmail.com View Post
    I have been compiling a list of albums to the best of my knowledge that have never seen a CD or digital release. Anything official not including Jasmine records or any other label that has produced albums from vinyl. Basically anything from the 50's through to 1979 that was pop, R&B and Country. I know most of us here might not be into country but I have noticed a lot of Decca albums have never seen a CD/Digital release nor has many ABC and Mercury albums. I dont want to include Best Of's or Greatest Hits albums. If albums have been compiled into a box set I dont want to include those either. I am now aware that Bear Family has released all those early George Jones albums in a box set. Here is what I have so far:



    Bobby Vinton


    Blue on Blue [[reissued as Blue Velvet after the success of the hit of the same name) 1963


    The Grass Roots


    Alotta' Mileage 1973
    The GRass Roots 1975


    Diana Ross & The Supremes With The Temptations


    G.I.T. On Broadway 1969


    Loretta Lynn


    Loretta Lynn Sings 1963
    Before I'm Over You 1964
    .Songs from My Heart....1965
    Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be [[with Ernest Tubb) 1965
    Hymns 1965
    Singin' Again [[with Ernest Tubb) 1967
    Singin' with Feelin' 1967
    Who Says God Is Dead! 1968
    If We Put Our Heads Together [[with Ernest Tubb) 1969
    Woman of the World/To Make a Man 1969
    Wings Upon Your Horns 1970
    I Wanna Be Free 1971
    You're Lookin' at Country 1971
    One's on the Way 1972
    God Bless America Again 1972
    Here I Am Again 1972
    We Only Make Believe [[With Conway Twitty) 1971
    Lead Me On [[With Conway Twitty) 1972


    Conway Twitty


    Country 1967
    Here's Conway Twitty & His Lonely Blue Boys 1968
    You Can't Take the Country Out of Conway 1969
    Fifteen Years Ago 1970
    How Much More Can She Stand 1971
    I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving 1971


    Aretha Franklin


    With Everything I Feel in Me 1974
    You 1975
    Sweet Passion 1977
    Almighty Fire 1978
    La Diva 1979


    Gene McDaniels


    In Times Like These 1960
    Gene McDaniels Sings Movie Memories 1962
    The Wonderful World of Gene McDaniels 1963
    Spanish Lace 1963


    Tommy Roe


    Ballads and Beat 1965
    Sweet Pea 1966
    Dizzy 1969
    We Can Make Music 1970
    Beginnings 1971


    Brenda Lee


    Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits 1965
    The Versatile Brenda Lee 1965
    Too Many Rivers 1965


    Brook Benton


    It's Just A Matter Of Time 1959
    Endlessly 1959
    I Love You in So Many Ways 1960
    Golden Hits 1961
    The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other Great Hits 1961
    If You Believe 1962
    Golden Hits, Volume 2 1962
    Best Ballads of Broadway 1963
    Born to Sing the Blues 1964
    Laura [[What's He Got That I Ain't Got) 1964


    Sonny James


    The Minute You're Gone 1963
    You're the Only World I Know 1964
    I'll Keep Holding On [[Just to Your Love) 1965
    Behind the Tear 1965
    True Love's a Blessing 1965
    Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall 1966


    Skeeter Davis


    Blueberry Hill 1965


    The O'Kaysions


    Girl Watcher 1968


    White Plains


    My Baby Loves Lovin 1970


    Steve Alaimo


    Steve Alaimo 1963


    The Animals


    Animalism 1966


    Tennessee Ernie Ford


    Hymns at Home 1961
    Mississippi Showboat 1962
    I Love to Tell the Story 1962
    Book of Favorite Hymns 1962
    Long, Long Ago 1963
    We Gather Together 1963


    The Miracles


    Don't Cha Love It 1975


    Martha & The Vandellas


    Martha and the Vandellas Live! 1967


    George Jones


    Grand Ole Opry's New Star 1956
    George Jones Singing 14 Top Country Song Favorites 1957
    Country Church Time 1959
    George Jones Sings White Lightning and Other Favorites 1959
    Salutes Hank Williams 1960
    Sings Country and Western Hits 1961
    Sings from the Heart 1962
    The Fabulous Country Music Sound 1962


    Della Reese


    One More Time! Recorded Live At The Playboy Club 1966
    I Like It Like Dat! 1966
    Della Reese Live 1966
    Della On Strings Of Blue 1967
    I Gotta Be Me...This Trip Out 1968


    The Tams


    Hey Girl Don't Bother Me! 1964
    Presenting 1964
    Time For The Tams 1966
    A Little More Soul 1968
    A Portrait Of The Tams 1969


    Lou Rawls


    Carryin' On! 1966
    That's Lou 1967
    Merry Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho! 1967
    Too Much! 1967
    You're Good For Me 1968
    Feelin' Good 1968
    Your Good Thing 1969
    The Way It Was, The Way It Is 1969
    Bring It On Home....And Other Sam Cooke Hits 1970
    You've Made Me So Very Happy 1970


    Lynn Anderson


    Ride, Ride, Ride 1967
    Big Girls Don't Cry 1968
    At Home With Lynn 1969
    Songs That Made Country Girls Famous 1969
    Uptown Country Girl 1970
    No Love at All 1970
    I'm Alright 1970


    The Crew Cuts


    The Crew Cuts On The Campus 1954
    Crew Cut Capers 1954
    The Crewcuts Go Long Hair 1955
    Rock And Roll Bash 1956
    Music Ala Carte 1956
    The Crew-Cuts Sing 1959
    Surprise Package 1958
    You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby! 1960
    Sing Out 1961
    High School Favorites 1962
    The Great New Sound Of The Crew-Cuts 1963
    We have previously discussed the reasons for the Aretha Atlantic albums. They may eventually appear.

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    Cher:

    Stars [[1975)
    I’d Rather Believe in You [[1976)
    Cherished [[1977)
    Two the Hard Way [[1977) - with Gregg Allman

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    Cher:

    Stars [[1975)
    I’d Rather Believe in You [[1976)
    Cherished [[1977)
    Two the Hard Way [[1977) - with Gregg Allman
    YES!! As you probably know there was a rumored Stars cd several years ago but our girl had it looked into and wisely shut it down - 'twas a black-market kinda thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    Not aware of this recording?
    I believe Millie's Tokyo album was only released over there. It is on the Polydor label and from what I can read, it came out in 1976.

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    I would love to see some of the END albums rereleased on CDs. To the best of my knowledge none have ever been.

    Some great examples are:

    END 301 Chantels
    END 302 Rock and Roll Jamboree [Little Anthony & Imperials; Chantels; Dubs;
    Ronnie Baxter; Jo-Ann Campbell; Eddie Platt & Orchestra; Buddy Lucas
    and the Gone All Stars.
    END 303 The Imperials featuring Little Anthony
    END 304 Flamingo Serenade
    END 305 Battle of the Groups, Vol. 1: Flamingos; Isley Bros; Imperials; Dubs.
    END 309 Battle of the Groups, Vol. 2: Imperials; Flamingos; Chantels; Dubs.

    These are all GREAT albums which were very popular at the time they were released. Most of them were released on the END label and nearly all rereleased on the Roulette label after they absorbed the END label.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    YES!! As you probably know there was a rumored Stars cd several years ago but our girl had it looked into and wisely shut it down - 'twas a black-market kinda thing.
    Lol yes I seem to remember that as well! Cher doesn't seem to speak favourably of these albums that she did for Warner. There have been some bootlegs out there on CD, both individual disc versions and a threefer set.

    A few more to add to the list...

    Kim Weston:

    For the First Time [[1966)
    Johnny Nash & Kim Weston [[1969)
    Big Brass Four Poster [[1970)

    It seems that her This Is America LP is now available digitally.

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    How could I forget...

    Mary Wilson [[1979)

    As much as many tend to talk-down this album, this one is very much on my wishlist

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    All the Hodges, James and Smith albums in one package would be nice but I believe someone on here said that has been discussed but may never happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    We are still working on this pair of gems!
    And I retain my high hopes! Jerry Butler is WAYYY overlooked.

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    Zulema [[1972)

    There is an RCA anthology but no content from her eponymous solo debut in Sussex Records


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    Freda Payne:

    Out of Payne Comes Love [[1975)
    Hot [[1979)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guy View Post
    Zulema [[1972)

    There is an RCA anthology but no content from her eponymous solo debut in Sussex Records


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    Great one!! So glad you brought up this wonderful Sussex lp. I still have my gate-fold lp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    All the Hodges, James and Smith albums in one package would be nice but I believe someone on here said that has been discussed but may never happen.
    That would have been me.
    Don't give up hope but it is proving to be quite a challenge and maybe not financially viable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    How could I forget...

    Mary Wilson [[1979)

    As much as many tend to talk-down this album, this one is very much on my wishlist
    It is unlikely to happen. The rights to this album were obtained back in 2015 but the company in question decided against releasing it. Another company considered it back in 2017 but they too did not proceed any further.
    Companies will rarely take a chance on an album that is likely to sell less than 2000 copies worldwide. This particular album is not renowned for it's quality, and it is hard to imagine anyone other than a few hundred fanatical fans purchasing it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    It is unlikely to happen. The rights to this album were obtained back in 2015 but the company in question decided against releasing it. Another company considered it back in 2017 but they too did not proceed any further.
    Companies will rarely take a chance on an album that is likely to sell less than 2000 copies worldwide. This particular album is not renowned for it's quality, and it is hard to imagine anyone other than a few hundred fanatical fans purchasing it.
    Interesting; I've always wondered what the general break-point was for the number of copies sold needed to green-light a re-issue project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    Interesting; I've always wondered what the general break-point was for the number of copies sold needed to green-light a re-issue project.
    Many releases from the last few years failed to reach the 1000 mark worldwide. Record companies are not interested in such low figures. These releases barely end up breaking even. This is why i implore fans to try and support the products that do get released. They are becoming less frequent as sales continue to under perform.
    There is a reasonable roster of releases on the schedule for next year, but whether they ever see the light of day is not guaranteed in these uncertain times.
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    Interesting for me to reflect that in the sixties
    on occasions, I frequently bought a vinyl album or single that had overall sales of less than 100 UK wide. I guess the record companies would take a chance and balance the losses against the big big winners. Nowadays we are a minority and diminishing audience like steam train enthusiasts or morris dancers. The numbers simply are not there and there has to be both a break even/ profit likelihood and a very good understanding of the potential buying community. I believe that a restricted issue of an Ivy Jo compilation and of a Wiilie Hutch / Originals/ RicTic anthology would sell out. Limit the numbered releases, make it clear limitedcedition and they will sell out. By the way every year record companies release current stuff and doesn't begin to recover their outlay, and they are gambling it might break through. With us, they are pushing on sn open door!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    This particular album is not renowned for it's quality, and it is hard to imagine anyone other than a few hundred fanatical fans purchasing it.
    I still remain hopeful If Ethel Merman's disco album can get a CD release, then perhaps anything is possible!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    It is unlikely to happen. The rights to this album were obtained back in 2015 but the company in question decided against releasing it. Another company considered it back in 2017 but they too did not proceed any further.
    Companies will rarely take a chance on an album that is likely to sell less than 2000 copies worldwide. This particular album is not renowned for it's quality, and it is hard to imagine anyone other than a few hundred fanatical fans purchasing it.

    Why not put it up on streaming/download?

    Sony have been doing that recently. Take Bobby Lester's self titled solo album from 1970, for example.


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    Lulu's 1978/1979 effort "Don't Take Love for Granted" deserves a CD/digital release from the master tapes.

    Rita Jean Bodine's two 20th Century albums also deserve a release. Both were produced by a woman, Carol Carmichael, which of course remains a rare occurrence.

    "Dynamite"


    "That's the Kind of Love I've Got for You"


    "I've Been So Long"
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    Quote Originally Posted by aarondillon2011@gmail.com View Post
    I have been compiling a list of albums to the best of my knowledge that have never seen a CD or digital release. Anything official not including Jasmine records or any other label that has produced albums from vinyl. Basically anything from the 50's through to 1979 that was pop, R&B and Country. I know most of us here might not be into country but I have noticed a lot of Decca albums have never seen a CD/Digital release nor has many ABC and Mercury albums. I dont want to include Best Of's or Greatest Hits albums. If albums have been compiled into a box set I dont want to include those either. I am now aware that Bear Family has released all those early George Jones albums in a box set. Here is what I have so far:



    Bobby Vinton


    Blue on Blue [[reissued as Blue Velvet after the success of the hit of the same name) 1963


    The Grass Roots


    Alotta' Mileage 1973
    The GRass Roots 1975


    Diana Ross & The Supremes With The Temptations


    G.I.T. On Broadway 1969


    Loretta Lynn


    Loretta Lynn Sings 1963
    Before I'm Over You 1964
    .Songs from My Heart....1965
    Mr. and Mrs. Used to Be [[with Ernest Tubb) 1965
    Hymns 1965
    Singin' Again [[with Ernest Tubb) 1967
    Singin' with Feelin' 1967
    Who Says God Is Dead! 1968
    If We Put Our Heads Together [[with Ernest Tubb) 1969
    Woman of the World/To Make a Man 1969
    Wings Upon Your Horns 1970
    I Wanna Be Free 1971
    You're Lookin' at Country 1971
    One's on the Way 1972
    God Bless America Again 1972
    Here I Am Again 1972
    We Only Make Believe [[With Conway Twitty) 1971
    Lead Me On [[With Conway Twitty) 1972


    Conway Twitty


    Country 1967
    Here's Conway Twitty & His Lonely Blue Boys 1968
    You Can't Take the Country Out of Conway 1969
    Fifteen Years Ago 1970
    How Much More Can She Stand 1971
    I Wonder What She'll Think About Me Leaving 1971


    Aretha Franklin


    With Everything I Feel in Me 1974
    You 1975
    Sweet Passion 1977
    Almighty Fire 1978
    La Diva 1979


    Gene McDaniels


    In Times Like These 1960
    Gene McDaniels Sings Movie Memories 1962
    The Wonderful World of Gene McDaniels 1963
    Spanish Lace 1963


    Tommy Roe


    Ballads and Beat 1965
    Sweet Pea 1966
    Dizzy 1969
    We Can Make Music 1970
    Beginnings 1971


    Brenda Lee


    Brenda Lee Sings Top Teen Hits 1965
    The Versatile Brenda Lee 1965
    Too Many Rivers 1965


    Brook Benton


    It's Just A Matter Of Time 1959
    Endlessly 1959
    I Love You in So Many Ways 1960
    Golden Hits 1961
    The Boll Weevil Song and 11 Other Great Hits 1961
    If You Believe 1962
    Golden Hits, Volume 2 1962
    Best Ballads of Broadway 1963
    Born to Sing the Blues 1964
    Laura [[What's He Got That I Ain't Got) 1964


    Sonny James


    The Minute You're Gone 1963
    You're the Only World I Know 1964
    I'll Keep Holding On [[Just to Your Love) 1965
    Behind the Tear 1965
    True Love's a Blessing 1965
    Till the Last Leaf Shall Fall 1966


    Skeeter Davis


    Blueberry Hill 1965


    The O'Kaysions


    Girl Watcher 1968


    White Plains


    My Baby Loves Lovin 1970


    Steve Alaimo


    Steve Alaimo 1963


    The Animals


    Animalism 1966


    Tennessee Ernie Ford


    Hymns at Home 1961
    Mississippi Showboat 1962
    I Love to Tell the Story 1962
    Book of Favorite Hymns 1962
    Long, Long Ago 1963
    We Gather Together 1963


    The Miracles


    Don't Cha Love It 1975


    Martha & The Vandellas


    Martha and the Vandellas Live! 1967


    George Jones


    Grand Ole Opry's New Star 1956
    George Jones Singing 14 Top Country Song Favorites 1957
    Country Church Time 1959
    George Jones Sings White Lightning and Other Favorites 1959
    Salutes Hank Williams 1960
    Sings Country and Western Hits 1961
    Sings from the Heart 1962
    The Fabulous Country Music Sound 1962


    Della Reese


    One More Time! Recorded Live At The Playboy Club 1966
    I Like It Like Dat! 1966
    Della Reese Live 1966
    Della On Strings Of Blue 1967
    I Gotta Be Me...This Trip Out 1968


    The Tams


    Hey Girl Don't Bother Me! 1964
    Presenting 1964
    Time For The Tams 1966
    A Little More Soul 1968
    A Portrait Of The Tams 1969


    Lou Rawls


    Carryin' On! 1966
    That's Lou 1967
    Merry Christmas. Ho! Ho! Ho! 1967
    Too Much! 1967
    You're Good For Me 1968
    Feelin' Good 1968
    Your Good Thing 1969
    The Way It Was, The Way It Is 1969
    Bring It On Home....And Other Sam Cooke Hits 1970
    You've Made Me So Very Happy 1970


    Lynn Anderson


    Ride, Ride, Ride 1967
    Big Girls Don't Cry 1968
    At Home With Lynn 1969
    Songs That Made Country Girls Famous 1969
    Uptown Country Girl 1970
    No Love at All 1970
    I'm Alright 1970


    The Crew Cuts


    The Crew Cuts On The Campus 1954
    Crew Cut Capers 1954
    The Crewcuts Go Long Hair 1955
    Rock And Roll Bash 1956
    Music Ala Carte 1956
    The Crew-Cuts Sing 1959
    Surprise Package 1958
    You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby! 1960
    Sing Out 1961
    High School Favorites 1962
    The Great New Sound Of The Crew-Cuts 1963
    Interesting list, Aaron.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallworld View Post
    Why not put it up on streaming/download?

    Sony have been doing that recently. Take Bobby Lester's self titled solo album from 1970, for example.

    That would be a decision for the record company if they were approached by one of the reissue labels but they don't seem too keen at the moment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    We are still working on this pair of gems!
    It would be nice to have the The Sagittarius Movement & The Spice Of Life back in print [[so keep workin' on them). Jerry Butler also has a few other LPs from his peak years at Mercury Records that have yet to see a reissue:

    The Soul Goes On [1968]
    You And Me [1970]
    One & One [with Gene Chandler-1970]
    Jerry Butler Sings Assorted Sounds With The Aid Of Assorted Friends And Relatives [1971]
    Power Of Love [1973]
    The Love We Have, The Love We Had [with Brenda Lee Eager-1973]
    Sweet Sixteen [1974]



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    The Intruders "When We Get Married." The album that featured Bobby Star in place of Little Sonny.

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    Let the music play - Shannon
    Josephine Superstar - Phyllicia Allen
    The flag - Rick James
    Jackie Jackson - Jackie Jackson
    Mary Wilson - Mary Wilson

    There are a few others which may have been released, and I've not been able to locate. Such as:
    You are beautiful - The Stylistics
    Say you love me - Jennifer Holiday
    Jermaine - Jermaine Jackson [[his first LP) [[be good to have a box set containing all his Motown output in the way that Marvin Gaye's records have been released)

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordy_hunk View Post
    Let the music play - Shannon
    Josephine Superstar - Phyllicia Allen
    Jackie Jackson - Jackie Jackson
    Jackie Jackson's solo debut is digitally available now, but only as a download, as is Let the Music Play. And I'm with you on Josephine Superstar!

    If no one's mentioned them, I nominate Diahann Carroll's and Leslie Uggams' Motown releases.
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    Luther - Luther
    Luther - This Close To You

    Luther did get a brief release on Apple Music as Rejoice by Luther Vandross but this sounded like a needle drop

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    sansradio:

    I Second That Emotion about Diahann and Leslie!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon.millar View Post
    Luther - Luther
    Luther - This Close To You

    Luther did get a brief release on Apple Music as Rejoice by Luther Vandross but this sounded like a needle drop
    Yes, please! And I had no idea about the short-lived needledrop Apple release...hell, I'd'a' taken it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by daviddesper View Post
    sansradio:

    I Second That Emotion about Diahann and Leslie!!!
    Right on! And in that vein, I wonder if Lola Falana has anything in the Motown vaults.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon.millar View Post
    Luther - Luther
    Luther - This Close To You

    Luther did get a brief release on Apple Music as Rejoice by Luther Vandross but this sounded like a needle drop
    I vaguely recall reading that Luther bought the masters to those albums and didn't want them released on cd.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simon.millar View Post
    Luther - Luther
    Luther - This Close To You

    Luther did get a brief release on Apple Music as Rejoice by Luther Vandross but this sounded like a needle drop
    Several companies have tried to release this pair of albums. Luther blocked any plans to reissue them, and left strict instructions to his estate that they should remain unreleased in the event of his passing.
    I am not sure who is in charge of his estate these days, but unless they relent it remains unlikely we shall see them gain an official release.
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    Yes very familiar with the story about Luther buying back the masters from Cotillion / Atlantic.

    In the 80's, before The Internet created a relatively accessible global marketplace, these albums were extremely difficult to track down in the UK. Now of course generally always available on Ebay or Discogs.

    The recent Bowie's releases of the 1974 US Tour [[Cracked Actor & I'm Only Dancing) make interesting listening; as you can really hear Luther's backing vocals...

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    Did Luther buy the masters back before he became a solo success? I'm surprised Warner made that mistake.

    Incidentally, Discogs shows that Shannon's "Let the Music Play" album has been released on CD multiple times. The most easily found version is probably the Unidisc [[Canada) release.
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    Quote Originally Posted by smallworld View Post
    Did Luther buy the masters back before he became a solo success? I'm surprised Warner made that mistake.

    Incidentally, Discogs shows that Shannon's "Let the Music Play" album has been released on CD multiple times. The most easily found version is probably the Unidisc [[Canada) release.
    He bought back the masters sometime in the 80's from what i recall.. Believe it or not but he did not think his vocals were strong enough on that pair of albums. He did grow vocally. I will concede that, but he was no slouch back in the 70's.
    Personally i don't think these albums are as strong as his better work for Epic, but there were a few gems on each album for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    He bought back the masters sometime in the 80's from what i recall.. Believe it or not but he did not think his vocals were strong enough on that pair of albums. He did grow vocally. I will concede that, but he was no slouch back in the 70's.
    Personally i don't think these albums are as strong as his better work for Epic, but there were a few gems on each album for sure.
    Interesting. Do you know who was behind Ceilidh Productions?

    https://www.discogs.com/artist/2726775

    As for Mary Wilson's "Red Hot," Universal don't need a reissue label to put the album on streaming. They put Tata Vega's final two Motown albums up on download/streaming back in 2014. Vega did have the success of "Twenty Feet From Stardom" to give the project a push, of course.

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    Here's the artwork they even knocked up!

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    Not sure where this release came from, I notice some track times are different...

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    Quote Originally Posted by smallworld View Post
    Interesting. Do you know who was behind Ceilidh Productions?

    https://www.discogs.com/artist/2726775

    As for Mary Wilson's "Red Hot," Universal don't need a reissue label to put the album on streaming. They put Tata Vega's final two Motown albums up on download/streaming back in 2014. Vega did have the success of "Twenty Feet From Stardom" to give the project a push, of course.
    No i don't. Just had a look at it.
    As regards Red Hot Universal seemingly have no interest in releasing it digitally or otherwise. If they show no interest in releasing Supremes albums then Mary has not got a hope in hell, but other more worthy albums [[in my opinion) are at various stages along the conveyor belt. Look out for official announcements in the run up to Christmas.

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    Ceilidh Productions was founded by David Krevat. The story of the coming together of Luther Vandross and David Krevat is on the Krevatenergyinnovations.com website.

    CEILIDH TRIBUTE
    In the early 1970s, Lee’s Uncle, [[Lee is the founder of Krevat Energy Innovations) David Krevat, was in a bar considering what to do with his life. He had hoped to become a partner of a famous framer in NYC, since he ran the business and framed many masterpieces, some still hanging in the Museum of Modern Art.

    As he contemplated life, an incredible singer was belting out one soul masterpiece after another. My uncle approached him, became his agent, incorporated as Ceilidh Productions, and was able to get Luther Vandross his first record deal.

    In 2018, Lee and Kathy asked their daughters for a name for the new venture. They came up with KaLee, which was soon dismissed. But the next day, Lee passed a ship while walking along the harbor, “KayLee H.” Hegarty is Kathy’s maiden name.



    Lee sent it to Kathy, who reconsidered the name, and remembered his uncle’s company. He checked with his parents, who sent him a picture of his uncle’s customer engraved guitar, and Ceilidh was briefly reborn.

    Just before launching the Ceilidh website, Lee was convinced, by pretty much everyone, to use a name more easily pronounced and spelled – his own last name – Krevat.

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    A couple more that haven't been released digitally in the U.S. [AFAIK]:

    Bustin' Loose soundtrack - Roberta Flack
    Love Explosion - Tina Turner

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluebrock View Post
    As regards Red Hot Universal seemingly have no interest in releasing it digitally or otherwise. If they show no interest in releasing Supremes albums then Mary has not got a hope in hell
    That is not entirely true. I won't say anything more than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sansradio View Post
    A couple more that haven't been released digitally in the U.S. [AFAIK]:

    Bustin' Loose soundtrack - Roberta Flack
    Love Explosion - Tina Turner
    Was Tina's 'Rough' released on cd?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeaceNHarmony View Post
    Was Tina's 'Rough' released on cd?
    Yes but only in certain areas, I believe. I have a European issue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carlo View Post
    That is not entirely true. I won't say anything more than that.
    Fair enough. Maybe you know something that i do not. I won't say anything more than that.

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