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The Holiday spirit has us feeling like spreading the love here at Third Man Records… Spreading the love in the form of extra Paramount goodies! We are offering an Exclusive Holiday Paramount Bundle, which includes a few coveted extras for those whose wonder extends even beyond the Cabinet-of-Wonder!
Beyond The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 1, the first bundle extra comes in the form of Third Man's first 78 RPM record, TMR237 "Battle Royale," a duel of sermons between Sister Ernia Mae Cunningham and Reverend H. C. Gatewood, D.D.I.M.R.A. Packaged in vintage, of-the-era card stock sleeves and achieving that proper dull luster that a record in the 1920's would have had, this 78 leaves us unable to decide which fiery "sermon with singing" tips the scale to win the battle, but we look forward to hearing your opinion.
We are also pleased to include Swan Keepsakes from the New York Public Library Paramount Records event held in November, hand-letterpressed by Bryce McCloud at Isle of Printing in Nashville (also responsible for the gorgeous white birch LP folio within the Cabinet-of-Wonder), and a Paramount T-Shirt of your choice (out of the 4 available options).
The first 20 bundles ordered will arrive with a very special extra addition: aParamount Records Shadowbox. This laser cut standing card is a non-distributed promotional item for the Paramount stem, and will look fantastic in anyone's parlor or record room.
This bundle is available now only while supplies last…
For those of you who haven't yet tumbled into the Paramount rabbit hole, here's some great information coming from Time Magazine and from David Fricke's 5 star review in Mojo Magazine, both available in print now.
Jack White and "I'm Shakin'" have been nominated for Grammys for "Best Rock Performance" and "Best Music Video." Winners will be announced at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards which will be broadcast live on CBS at 8pm ET/PT on January 26th, 2014. Purchase the vinyl 7" for "I'm Shakin'" at thirdmanstore.com or the digital version via iTunes.
Hot off the presses at United, our next trio of Sun Records reissues is ready to make its way onto your turntable. This is the second installment of our ongoing partnership with Sun, (the first including The Prisonaires, Johnny Cash, and Rufus Thomas), with each release remaining faithful to its original issue. We've replicated the classic logo and label design and coupled it with a custom sleeve that employs the rooster that Sun founder Sam Phillips regretted losing when the label stopped pressing 78's and moved exclusively to 45's. One of the first releases to be pressed as a 45 by Sun during this transition is the first 7" included in this set, D.A. Hunt's "Lonesome Old Jail" b/w "Greyhound Blues."
Daniel Augusta Hunt, better known as Junior Hunt, was born in Munford, AL in 1929. On or around March 11th, 1953, Hunt recorded these two songs at 706 Union Avenue in Memphis and they were released in June of that year. For over 50 years, these songs were believed to only exist in 78 rpm form, until a copy pressed as a 45 rpm 7” single turned up in Minnesota. This only known copy was sold on eBay in 2010 for $10,323. This marks the first legitimate release of Hunt's material on a 7" record, and both songs are outstanding examples of the heartbreaking, desolate nature of the solo bluesman accompanying himself on guitar and borrow heavily from the template set by Lightnin' Hopkins. Hunt was arrested in Memphis in 1958 for stealing a saxophone and died in May 1962 in Phoenix, AZ.
Most likely recorded in June of 1956, "Rockhouse" is a prime example of quintessential, undiluted rockabilly. While Roy and the Teen Kings' stint with Sun would be brief, the sheer power unleashed on these tracks is palpable. Most folks are only familiar with Orbison's perfected pop orchestrations recorded for Monument Records in the '60s, but his roots were firmly planted in the dusty West Texas sound, were influenced heavily by Buddy Holly and Elvis Presley, and remain equally important as the work of both.
Like the Golden Gate Bridge, hot dogs, Wrigley Field, Converse All-Stars, and Jack Daniels, "Great Balls of Fire" is of the uppermost echelon of cultural exports America has ever produced. If you don't already know this, it's okay…you can buy this single now and no one will be the wiser. The Killer at his finest.
Available today. Purchase all three as a bundle, or individually on our Sun Records Reissue page. The limited edition SUN RAY™ versions of these singles will be available at a future date with location TBA.
Learn more about this series here.
Allow us to take a quick break from the usual new release and events news for a moment of retrospection this afternoon.
A good friend and charter member of the Third Man family, Larry "Cowboy" Morrison, passed away unexpectedly this past weekend. Cowboy has been with us from the beginning here in Nashville. He was our master carpenter, and together with the Sound Construction crew helped build Third Man. He's been an integral part of our lives. He helped build and sculpt our buildings with his bare hands. Fans have witnessed him all over the things we do from his extraordinary appearance in the Dead Weather "Cut Like a Buffalo" video to his distinctive Texas drawl as the outgoing message on our telephone. His large and friendly smile was omnipresent in our office, and we are so much going to miss his stories and laughter as a part of our daily routine.
He was a Stetson-wearing storyteller and a true Texan with a heart of gold. He loved and respected Third Man, and we loved him and respected him right back. His hard work and craftsmanship at the Third Man headquarters will be with us always as a daily reminder. We're going to miss the man himself as well as his large, gracious smile and hearty laugh. He was an absolutely unforgettable gentleman, full of character, and today we raise a glass to his memory and those who he has sadly left behind. We Love ya, Cowboy!
ARE WE THE FIRST RECORD LABEL TO RELEASE AN EFFECTS PEDAL?…..PROBABLY
Perhaps the most exciting thing the musician in your life could find in his or her stocking this year is the Bumble Buzz Guitar Pedal, a buzz pedal made by Union Tube and Transistor and modeled after the pedal they made for Jack White to use while recording "I'm Shakin'." Hand-produced with painstaking attention to detail, this pedal will arrive to its lucky recipient housed in a gorgeous wooden box (which includes custom bandana) and ready to crank out some stinging sounds.
Our Vault members have the opportunity to purchase a Vault-exclusive Bumble Buzz guitar pedal in Third Man's signature yellow hue and designed by Rob Jones, which also includes a pretty fly lapel pin. Limited quantities here too, folks. Bee there or bee square.
As you know, Jack Johnson Live at Third Man Records will be available in your local Record Store Day-celebrating indie shop and at Third Man headquarters in Nashville. Additionally, The Gories’ The Shaw Tapes will be available for purchase online and in stores. We will have 100 limited edition blue vinyl exclusive versions of the Gories release for sale in our store as well as the latest three Sun Records 7" reissues on black vinyl, available here, in-person first.
We also have a whole slew of brand new merchandise to debut as well as many other items that will be reduced to a very NICE PRICE! Here’s a sneak peek of the goods … we have a feeling you might want to draft a new letter to the North Pole once you’ve taken a gander…
First and foremost, young Third Man fans will be excited to flaunt their fandom in the coziest of sweatshirts and the sportiest of baseball shirts specially sized for them. For those too young to have fully explored their taste in music, have no fear – you can impose your own excellent musical tastes upon them with the new White Stripes "I Think I Smell A Mouse" onesie.
Look out for a new White Stripes t-shirt, a Third Man lapel pin, a new 45 box, and the Third Man Stereoptic-Eye with a viewing reel showing you the ins and outs of TMR's HQ … in the third dimension! We're also pleased to offer you a solution to your iPhone's meager sonic output with a custom silicone amplifier that increases your phone's volume by 13 dB and your aural happiness tenfold.
Black Friday will begin in our Nashville storefront and online at 10am CST Friday, November 29th. You will find all the Black Friday specials and new merchandise at thirdmanstore.com/black-friday. Sale prices online will last through Monday, December 2nd. And don’t forget to pick up some of our tasty new Bang Candy creations in our Nashville store!
"The best garage band in America since the '60s. Very primitive…they made people with Les Pauls and Marshall amps look like idiots." - Jack White
The Gories began in the cultural vacuum of Detroit in 1986. With humble beginnings at a community concert series through a tumultuous end on their 1992 European tour, this is a band whose influence has far outstretched the ground they covered. Rooted in the primal, primitive underpinnings of 50's rhythm and blues and unhinged 60s garage punk, the sound they came to was wholly their own. Over two years in the making, Third Man collectively feels like a bunch of teenage fanboys with the release of The Shaw Tapes: Live in Detroit 5/27/88. Recorded at a house party in a converted store front, the band captured here is at the height of its powers. Featuring covers of classics by the likes of John Lee Hooker, the Stooges and Willie Dixon, as well as a bevy of their oft-imitated originals, Live in Detroit 5/27/88 is the Gories' first live album, their fourth full-length and their first widespread release since 1992. While band members Mick Collins and Dan Kroha would go on to wider recognition in the Dirtbombs and Demolition Dolls Rods respectively, the Gories should be viewed in the same influential context as the Velvet Underground and the Cramps. While they may have barely sold any records, the folks that saw and heard these bands were inspired to create. It's high time the Gories get their due and there's no better evidence than this explosive live recording from 25 years ago. We are so pleased to share this record with you today.