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three new Break releases did come out meanwhile resp arrived brandnew on our shores. After one year in the making, the London Dri CD was finally released in October. The mastering process took quiet a while, but good things come to those who wait....So here we are. Not only with the CD, but also with a limited 100 copy vinyl version of the London Dri recordings with exactly the same tracks than the CD. The LP is available only through our Break-A-Way mailorder. So if you want to order a copy, contact me under:
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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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Really good news is the fact that our planned release of the Raunch 45 of “I Say You’re Wrong” b/w “A Little While Back” did expand meanwhile to a one-sided five track 12" mini LP incl. the group's contribution to the Ren-Vell's "Battle Of The Bands" compilation in 1967 as well as two unreleased 1967 recordings of "Hey Joe" annd "Tobacco Road". And if you think you heard versions of these two tracks often enough, we can assure you, YOU DID NOT!!! These two recordings are the most outstanding cover versions I heard in ages. Expected release date is January 15th.
Around the same time we hope for the already announced 7" by Chicagos's TRAVEL AGENCY and their sole 1967 45 “Jailbait” b/w “Hard Times”. It comes with PS and a little bandstory.
And finally, we started work on the long awaited collection of rarities from Chicagos famous REMBRANDT RECORDS. The album has cool garage and psych 45s and unreleased recordings by the Nite-Owls, Nickel Bag, Nuchez, The Lemon Drops, Circus and more. We calculate March 2015 as a serious release date. There is more in the planning, some exciting stuff. We hope to have more news soon...
See you again in early 2015 or hear from you when you mail or call me.
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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.