A NEW 45 rpm Vinyl Record?
What the heck is this all about?
PRETTY CRAZY ISN’T IT?
Who even has a record player or turntable to play it? Well, as amazing as it seems, there actually has been a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl records lately.
Did you know that last year more vinyl records were sold than CDs? Why, I don’t know. Some people actually have record players. And, some folks claim to like the sound better.
But, let me tell you my story. Over 60 years ago, my buddy Burt Schneider and I started a record company in high school. We recorded various rock groups from Catalina High in Tucson, AZ. All were done at the famous studio in Phoenix, Audio Recorders of Arizona. At the controls was the future Grammy Award winning engineer Jack Miller. Later on in his career he would record the likes of The Monkees and Henry Mancini. Also, he did the Rolling Stones classic, Satisfaction. You may have heard of it.
All our records were 45 rpm vinyl records, the hot medium of the day in 1959. They were played on the radio and people bought them. But, it just didn’t end in 1959. Since that time even though our records were featured on compilation albums and CD’s all over the world as examples of early American rock n’ roll, mostly they were forgotten.
Then, 40 years later, up pops the internet and our records are all over the place...YouTube, Spotify, Apple iTunes, Amazon, and all the rest. Unbelievable. Not bad from a bunch of 17-year-old kids 60 years ago.
NOW ABOUT THIS RECORD: One of our most popular groups was Pete Ronstadt and the Nightbeats. (Do I need to say that Linda Ronstadt is Pete’s little sister?) During our final session in August, 1959, the group recorded a current hit of the day, Sea of Love. Unlike the other songs by the group, it was never pressed or released.
I decided to release this never heard version of “Sea of Love” as a special 60 Year Commemorative Edition. It’s exactly as it sounded back in 1959 and taken off the actual tape that was recorded then.
In addition, on the flip side of the record, I added strings to the original version, created by Skye van Dureen. So, side A is exactly as recorded. Side B has strings added.
The original idea for the strings came from Dan Kruse who produced a documentary about our company, entitled ZOOM. It won many awards at film festivals and you can watch it on YouTube.com.
SO HERE IT IS! I had exactly 300 copies of “Sea of Love” pressed for posterity’s sake and to raise money for one of my favorite causes, the Tucson charity Youth On Their Own. 100% OF ALL MONEY COLLECTED GOES DIRECTLY TO THEIR ORGANIZATION.
It’s just something I wanted to do. 1959 was a great year and those exciting things all of us did should be remembered. Now, you can be a part of it!
Thanks, and rock on!
How can you get a copy of this limited edition collector's record?
It is available in a full color sleeve as shown above with 100% of all money collected going directly to Youth On Their Own, a Tucson organization that supports the high school graduation and continued success of youth experiencing homelessness. (I do not even touch a cent of the money that I could accidentally pilfer for a dinner for Renee and me.)