Rockabilly firebrand Wanda Jackson was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and there’s no better way to celebrate the occasion than with this 10″ vinyl collection of the pioneering female rocker’s historic 1958 performances on the seminal Los Angeles-based TV show Town Hall Party.
By the time Leonard Cohen began his recording career in 1967, the iconoclastic Canadian troubadour was already well established as a poet and author. He quickly emerged as one of the era’s most original and influential singer-songwriters, building a large and legendary body of work that continues to inspire artists and listeners alike.
Sundazed Music, along with the members of Moby Grape and their management, regret to announce that Sundazed has discontinued the sale and distribution of the first three Moby Grape titles, Moby Grape, Wow and Grape Jam. The two remaining albums, Moby Grape ’69 and Truly Fine Citizen, will continue to be available from Sundazed.These titles were manufactured under license for Sundazed by Sony BMG Music Entertainment. It was Sony BMG Music Entertainment’s decision to cease production of the first three titles, as a result of a longstanding and ongoing dispute over control of the Moby Grape album catalogue between Sony BMG Music Entertainment and an outside party. As Moby Grape’s fans are well aware, the band’s career has long been dogged by business disputes far beyond the musicians’ control. These issues have contributed to keeping the band’s music out of print for lengthy periods—a situation that Sundazed Music had hoped to redress with its exhaustive Moby Grape reissue series. Sony BMG’s decision comes as a surprise to Moby Grape and Sundazed, to say the least. Both band and label had invested considerable time, energy and attention into reissuing these albums with the respect and loving care that they have always deserved, and were excited to have the opportunity to make this music available once again to old and new fans.We at Sundazed are disappointed to be unable to continue to distribute the first three Moby Grape titles, but we remain honored to have Moby Grape ’69 and Truly Fine Citizen as part of the Sundazed catalogue.
With a still-flourishing music career that has included playing with pop music icons like Linda Ronstadt, Leonard Cohen, Jackson Browne, Sonny & Cher, John Fahey and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, among many others, Chris Darrow got in at the ground floor of the ’60s rock ‘n’ roll explosion. As a charter member of the Kaleidoscope, one of the era’s striking originals, Darrow was in the right place to share stages with just about every giant of the era. The exotic-sounding, southern California-based combo shared stages with Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, Big Brother & the Holding Co. with Janis Joplin, Moby Grape and Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention. Darrow was kind enough to chat at length about those magical times from his southern California home.