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happy 2015 and welcome to a new year and the just arrived one-sided RAUNCH LP on Break-A-Way. After the last year was pretty exciting and brought a couple of sensational Break-A-Way release, it seems that the years end releases did top anything. So I take the chance to say THANK YOU to everybody being involved, lending a helping hand or two, and in particular to those who mailed and phoned to say how much they enjoyed the LIBERTY BELL and the LONDON DRI. There is a handful of the LONDON DRI limited vinyl edition left. So if you haven't ordered yet, order now, or let go forever.
To start off the new year, the one-sided RAUNCH LP did arrive and is available.
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The rare record section on this site is now deleted. As soon as time permits, we´ll update the section with more assorted rarities.
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Our next two releases are 7"ers from Chicagos TRAVEL AGENCY and their sole 1967 45 “Jailbait” b/w “Hard Times” plus a collection of rarities from Chicagos famous psychedelic label REMBRANDT RECORDS. Planned release date is March/April 2015. If anything goes well…
STAX MAN JOE ARNOLD
Other news is that we received a surprise mail from Saxophone Player JOE ARNOLD. Joe was a member of Memphis Instro band "LESABRES" in the early 60s. The LeSabres also were Laddie "Guilloteen" Hutchersons first band and their three local 45's were part of our Guilloteens DoCD release from a while ago. After leaving the LeSabres, Joe joined the famous MARKEYS. Here are a few links:
Listen and watch the MARKEYS playing "LAST NIGHT"
Joe also was a member of the 1967 STAX EUROPEAN TOUR and played Sax on many, many hit records that came out on Stax, Fame and Atlantic Records
There is an interview on the BLUES JUNCTION (California) web page, in July, 2013 with David Mac. It tells Joe´s story and it is titled "Out Of The Shadows"
Joe is not only an ouststanding and experienced musician, but also a 100% nice guy and has a lot to tell. He has a number of new recordings that he wants to release. So if you know or run a label that is interested or just want to say hello, contact Joe via his site:
More enjoyable Joe Arnold sound samples in our links section
THE ABSTRACTS AGAIN
Don Sucher of the Abstracts sent a couple of photos of the band that were found only after the release was out. Many of these pictures are too cool to be lost nowhere. So here they are for your pleasure - watch a young band with high hopes, big plans and a great sound.
very early Polaroid
Abstracts as Beatles
The Abstracts at Gilbert's Hotel
Abstracts on stage
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NEWS- June 2009
It´s not only good news that reached us during the last months. Bill Lynn, drummer of the Ringers, died in Colombia (more details below), Mike „Muff“ Comfort, long time drummer for the Fifth Order died in Florida after a longer illness and also Allan Mattson, organist of the Trenchmen passed away in early 2009.
Thanxs to everyone who passes informations and pictures. Special thanxs goes to Paul Steger, brother of Fifth Order Rhythm Guitar player Gary Steger for sending a couple so far unseen photos. Also thanxs to Tom Fallon for a cool shot by the Fifth Order in particular and his ongoing support of the Break-A-Way label in general.
Wolfgang Voelkel, Break-A-Way Records
NICE ADDITIONS TO OUR GREAT SELLING
LP / CD RELEASE
Surprisingly we did receive a nice mail from Paul Steger, brother of Fifth Order member Gary Steger. Paul sent a very nice picture of the band taken in 1966 showing from left to right: Jim, Gary, Jeff Johnson, Muff, and Billy on top laying down. It is the one of the first Fifth Order photos shot before Gary left the band and Jeff Fenholt took his place.
Also from Gary we did recieve the below business card by pre Fifth Order Band The Elektras as well as a picture of the very first 45 by the Fifth Order on Counterpart. Thanxs very much for all that – it´s more than appreciated.
Another cool shot by the Fifth Order was sent by Tom Fallon from Ohio, who helped a lot to put out the LP/CD release. The shot is from the Marion, Ohio 1967 yearbook and shows the band playing at their prom dance! Thanxs Tom!
SAD RINGERS NEWS
Early 2008 sad news reached us about Bill Lynn, who had played drums for Elvis Presley and the Ringers from 1964-1969. Aged 73, Bill died on January 5, 2006 in Villa de Leyva, Colombia, a scenic town 200 kilometres north of Bogota, after suffering from a lung problem. In Bogota, Bill owned a bar called “Legends and Superstars“, featuring Elvis memorabilia. The "drummatic" Bill Lynn was born in Bogota but grew up in the United States.
Cristina Alarcon, a friend of Lynn's, and the culture and tourism secretary for the department of Boyaca said: "He had a strong flu, which got worse in the early morning, and he died. The towns people are very sad because Bill was one of those people who would come and stay. He had become one of Villa de Leyva's attractions."
Bill visited the home of Break-A-Way Records several times during the past few years. I had the pleasure of spending several evenings with him, and had a good time talking about Elvis, the Ringers, the '60s and Bill's life as a musician. I saw Bill in 2002 in a show in Basel, Switzerland shortly after 9/11. Due to the difficult situation following this, most of the musicians for the show were not able to leave the United States in time for the concert. Bill saved the show with his professionalism and perfect showmanship. He was a great drummer and a great guy.
Thanks, Bill – Rest In Peace
ALLAN MATTSON OF THE TRENCHMEN DIED
Mike Barnes a friend and co-worker of Allan Mattson, organist of the Trenchmen informs, that Allan passed away in early 2009. The Trenchmen / Lost Souls release, was done in co-operation with Jim Mackey. By the time the 10“ came out, Allan Mattsons whereabouts were unknown. Hopefully, he heard about the release and had the possibility to enjoy his old music again. Thanxs for letting us know Mike.