Friday, February 15, 2013

Kenny Rogers’ 'Gambler' among March vinyl reissues

Four classic albums from Capitol Records Nashville’s catalog will be reissued on 180-gram vinyl on March 12.

Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler, Glen Campbell’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix, Merle Haggard’s Swinging Doors, and Wanda Jackson’s Rockin’ With Wanda! have been mastered for vinyl by Ron McMaster at Capitol Mastering and will be packaged in true-to-original LP sleeves with restored artwork.
Released in 1979, Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler was a pop crossover success, topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart at #1 and reaching #12 on the Billboard 200.  The album’s smash hit ballad, “She Believes In Me,” topped Billboard’s Country and Adult Contemporary Singles charts and peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.  The album’s title track won two GRAMMY Awards:  Best Country Vocal Performance, Male and Best Country Song.  The album is five-times Platinum-certified by the RIAA with U.S. sales totaling more than five million copies.
Released in 1968, Glen Campbell’s By the Time I Get to Phoenix was also a major genre-crossing success, winning the year’s coveted Album of the Year GRAMMY Award and topping Billboard’s Country Albums chart at #1 and reaching #15 on the Billboard 200.  The Platinum-certified album’s title track hit #1 on the Country Singles chart and peaked at #26 on the Hot 100, and the song earned two GRAMMY Awards for Campbell:  Best Vocal Performance, Male and Best Contemporary Solo Vocal Performance, Male. 
Oklahoma native Merle Haggard’s third studio album, Swinging Doors, was released in 1966.  It hit #1 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and Haggard earned the year’s Top Male Vocalist award from the Academy of Country Music. 
Released in 1960, fellow Oklahoman Wanda Jackson’s Rockin’ With Wanda! is still considered to be the finest collection of the Queen of Rockabilly’s signature singles from the mid to late 1950s, including Jackson’s inviting, high-energy take on “Let’s Have a Party,” which peaked at #37 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “I Gotta Know,” which hit #15 on Billboard’s Country Singles chart.
Already announced, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle be Unbroken will also be reissued on 180-gram triple vinyl on March 12.  Remastered by Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering, the new release is the first vinyl reissue of one of Americana’s most influential recordings.
Kenny Rogers:  The Gambler

Side 1
Side 2
1.  The Gambler
1.  She Believes In Me
2.  I Wish I Could Hurt That Way Again
2.  Tennessee Stud
3.  King Of Oak Street
3.  Sleep Tight, Goodnight Man
4.  Making Music For Money
4.  A Little More Like Me (The Crucifixion)
5.  The Hoodooin’ Of Miss Fannie
5.  San Francisco Mabel Joy

6.  Morgana Jones

Side 1
Side 2
1.  By The Time I Get To Phoenix
1.  Hey Little One
2.  Homeward Bound
2.  Bad Seed
3.  Tomorrow Never Comes
3.  I’ll Be Lucky Someday
4.  Cold December (In Your Heart)
4.  You’re Young and You’ll Forget
5.  My Baby’s Gone
5.  Love Is A Lonesome River
6.  Back In The Race

Merle Haggard:  Swinging Doors

Side 1
Side 2
1.  Swinging Doors
1.  The Bottle Let Me Down
2.  If I Could Be Him
2.  No More You And Me
3.  The Longer You Wait
3.  Somebody Else You’ve Known
4.  I’ll Look You Over
4.  High On A Hilltop
5.  I Can’t Stand Me
5.  This Town’s Not Big Enough
6.  That Girl Turned Ripe
6.  Shade Tree (Fix-it Man)

Wanda Jackson:  Rockin’ With Wanda!

Side 1
Side 2
1.  Rock Your Baby
1.  Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad
2.  Fujiyama Mama
2.  Baby Loves Him
3.  You’re The One For Me
3.  Mean Mean Man
4.  Did You Miss Me?
4.  You’ve Turned To A Stranger
5.  Cool Love
5.  Don’a Wan’a
6.  Honey Bop
6.  I Gotta Know

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