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What’s Cookin’

28 Sep

A big box just arrived with stuff from the Lefty Frizell archives:

For the new edition of the legendary Bear Family box (which will feature 14 additional hours of audio content…!) this has to be checked, catalogued and (most of it) scanned and restored. The new hardcover book will be massive!

Good timing – as we’ve just finished work on two Luther Allison boxes for Ruf Records, and several big sets for Be Records and Bear Family (more later).


The Michigan Box

18 Jun

While the Florida Box is in the works (probably coming this winter) the Michigan Box finally arrived in all its glory:

Michigan Red 1 Michigan Red 2 Michigan Red 3

And it’s also available worldwide via Bear Family!

What’s cookin’…

2 Dec

In case you’re wondering if we’re getting idle – or preparing for the christmas holidays – here’s what’s currently on our minds and screens:

Printers and pressing plants should already be busy with new releases from Waylon Jennings and Marty Stewart on 180g vinyl (coming early 2014 from Bear Family); for some of these we had to “reconstruct” gatefold sleeves from CD booklets (thankfully we had access to the original photographer’s pictures!).

Still adding pages to the encyclopedic Calypso discography: a book that already approaches the 400 pages mark. And while we’re in the groove, why not put together a multi-disc Calypso set? Featuring records like these:

Dec. Calypso 3 Dec. Calypso 2


And following “The Texas Box” is another project called (surprisingly) “The Michigan Box”. This will feature the usual suspects – oddball rockers, garage combos and plain weirdos, from singles released on short-lived labels and Mom’n’Pop “record companies”. And great stories, like the one about Fortune Records (pictured below: the storefront of their Detroit shop and headquarter, just days before it was demolished).

Dec.Fortune Shop



And still on our desk is the box on the Spanish Civil War. This will include a full reprint of a rare movie program created for the premiere of “For Whom The Bell Tolls”. Shown here are pages on Ingrid Bergman and the great Akim Tamiroff.

Dec.Spanish 2 Dec.Spanish 1



And did anybody miss the release of the mighty “Black Europe” box? It’s been reviewed this week in DIE ZEIT and it’s already appeared in an exhibition in Brussels, “Black Imagery In Europe 1890s – 1930s”.

Black Europe Brussels



And finally, coming next:

Dec.Porter Dolly