In the original liner notes for Chuck Jackson on Tour (1964), Bob King describes Jackson “a man with pent up talent.” Consequently, this LP is the sound of that talent erupting all over the stage of the famed Apollo Theater, the same venue where Jackson had been discovered a few years earlier. Jackson leads the airtight band through raw, sweat-soaked versions of his hits “I Wake Up Crying” and “Any Day Now,” giving the audience their money’s worth and more. He also includes well-chosen covers, like Marvin Gaye’s “Stubborn Kind of Fellow,” Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me” and the King of the Apollo himself, James Brown’s “Please Please Please.” In a true testament to his ability, he makes each of these songs his own, infusing every line with deep emotion. If you only know him from his smoothly-orchestrated studio recordings, Chuck Jackson on Tour will give you an entirely new take on this legendary performer. Working from the original Wand analog reels, Sundazed has mastered this explosive album in the rare true stereo mix for an immersive listening experience. Pressed at R.T.I. on gorgeous 180 gram vinyl, put this platter on the hi-fi and turn it UP!
TRACK LISTING: BILLIE BABY • ANY OTHER WAY • ANY DAY NOW • PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE • STAND BY ME • STUBBORN KIND OF FELLOW • I WAKE UP CRYING • BEG ME • I WILL NEVER TURN MY BACK ON YOU • I DON’T WANT TO CRY • CHUCK’S SOUL BROTHERS TWIST
Growing up in Pittsburgh, Chuck Jackson witnessed first-hand the rise of the city’s vibrant doo wop scene. Joining local heroes the Del Vikings, his smooth, commanding voice took the lead on their 1957 single “Willette.” Going solo in 1959, Jackson was spotted by producer/Wand Records A&R man Luther Dixon while opening for Jackie Wilson at the Apollo Theater. With Dixon, Jackson co-wrote his first hit, “I Don’t Want to Cry.” The track featured a lavish band arrangement, a style Dixon had perfected during his sessions with the Shirelles. Together, Jackson and Dixon carefully crafted I Don’t Want to Cry! (1961), Jackson’s debut LP. A concept album dedicated to songs about crying, it finds Jackson covering mentor Wilson (“Lonely Teardrops”) as well as an early Burt Bacharach–Hal David composition (“I Wake Up Crying”). Audibly in command, Jackson’s vocals blend seamlessly with Dixon’s arrangements, resulting in an astonishingly accomplished album. Working from the original analog reels, Sundazed has mastered this landmark LP in the rare true stereo mix. Pressed at R.T.I. on lush 180 gram vinyl, every string swell, every horn phrase and, most importantly, every vocal performance comes through in “you are there” clarity. No collection is complete without this Brill Building classic!
TRACK LISTING: I DON’T WANT TO CRY • TEARS ON MY PILLOW • WILLOW TREE • IN BETWEEN TEARS • TEAR OF THE YEAR • I CRIED FOR YOU • LONELY TEARDROPS • DON’T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING • SALTY TEARS • I WAKE UP CRYING • A TEAR • A MAN AIN’T SUPPOSED TO CRY
An arresting, singular chanteuse, Lula Reed beat out 50 other contestants in an audition for Sonny Thompson’s band at the Toledo Auditorium. Following her victory, 22-year old Reed trekked down to
Cincinnati with future husband Thompson to record for Sid Nathan’s King Records. These sessions yielded two Billboard Top Ten R&B singles, “Let’s Call It a Day” (#7) and “I’ll Drown in My Tears” (#5). These songs plus ten more smokin’ sides are collected on Blue and Moody (1958), Reed’s one and only solo album. Long out of print, this LP has become a holy grail for blues and R&B enthusiasts, who routinely pay princely sums for the few copies in circulation. Once again, it’s Sundazed to the rescue! Painstakingly mastered from the original analog session tapes and pressed at R.T.I., Sundazed presents this extremely rare LP on pristine 180-gram vinyl.
TRACK LISTING: WATCH DOG • I'LL DROWN IN MY TEARS • GOING BACK TO MEXICO • THREE MEN • SAMPLE MAN • LAST NIGHT • ROCK LOVE • LET'S CALL IT A DAY • BUMP ON A LOG • MY POOR HEART • EVERY SECOND • JEALOUS LOVE
THE LATEST INSTALLMENT IN SUNDAZED’S LANDMARK JIMI HENDRIX SINGLES SERIES!
7" MONO VINYL!!!
The second single by the Jimi Hendrix Experience, “Purple Haze” coupled with “51st Anniversary,” as it was issued in the UK and Europe, showcases the artistry and mystique of Jimi Hendrix. It beckons us into his psychedelic world just as it did in spring 1967, when it hit the Top Five in the UK between the likes of “Somethin’ Stupid” and “A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You” on the charts.
The two sides presented Hendrix’s space-age take on blues and pop, establishing a momentum of influence that shows no sign of ever ending. This edition—the third release in a unique, ongoing series that partners Sundazed with Experience Hendrix—issues these recordings together on a 45 RPM single for the first time ever in the US, and features the original monaural mixes plus a color sleeve with rare photographs of Hendrix in the ascent of his career.