20/20, Clover, Charles Bukowski Reissues Coming in July (Recap)
On Friday 20/20, Clover, Charles Bukowski Reissues Coming in July was a top story. Here is the recap: Real Gone Music have set a July 31st release date for Powerpop by 20/20, Country-Psych from Clover, Beat Poetry with Charles Bukowski and Smoke And Fire From Sanford & Townsend. conqueroo sent over these details:
Steve Allen and Ron Flynt followed the power pop path blazed by fellow Tulsa natives Phil Seymour and Dwight Twilley when they moved in 1977 to Los Angeles, where they formed (with Mike Gallo) what has universally become one of the most highly regarded power pop/new wave outfits of the era, 20/20. How highly regarded? The long out-of-print CD reissue of their two albums (20/20 and Look Out!) on the Portrait label sells for over $50 — and that's for a used copy. Real Gone Music has gone two better with the addition of a pair of non-LP single sides, "Child's Play" and "People in Your Life," which have never been on CD. So in effect, this twofer presents 20/20's complete Portrait recordings. New liner notes featuring interviews with the band members, photos and a fresh remastering by Maria Triana at Battery Studios add to this collection's 20/20 "vision."
Clover is one of the most famous bands you have never heard of. They were the backing band on Elvis Costello's My Aim Is True and a later incarnation of the group morphed into Huey Lewis & the News. Among the founding members, John McFee became a Doobie Brother, Alex Call wrote hits for Lewis and many other artists (including Tommy Tutone's "867-5309/Jenny") and bassist Dr. John Ciambotti played on sessions for everybody from John Prine to Lucinda Williams. Given that pedigree, it's rather astonishing that their first two records (Clover and Fourty Niner), cut for Fantasy in 1970 and '71, respectively, have never been reissued. It's no accident they were on Fantasy, either; not only did Clover hail from the Bay Area (Mill Valley), but they had a rootsy, early alt-country sound not unlike their more famous label-mate, Creedence Clearwater Revival. Alex Call himself supplies the liner notes to this overdue reissue, with added photos. - more on this story
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