SIERRA UPDATE: GENE CLARK THE LOST STUDIO SESSIONS1964-1982
We're celebrating Gene Clark's birthday in style!
I have been waiting for months to have the pleasure of making the following
announcement. On Thursday, November 17, 2016, on what would have been Gene
Clark's 72nd birthday, Sierra Records is proud to announce that we will begin
shipping our long-anticipated release, The Lost Studio Sessions
To those of you that might have been waiting until now, the current prices
at the Sierra website will remain in effect ONLY until November 28, 2016 (the
official commercial release date of the album). After that date, remaining
copies of the ULTIMATE LIMITED EDITION, the single hybrid SACD/CD and the 2-LP
audiophile vinyl set will increase as follows:
Ultimate Limited Edition: $94.98
Hybrid SACD: $34.98
2 LP vinyl set: $45.98
(plus shipping and handling)
As an extra bonus, all the 2 LP vinyl records are being pressed on 200 gram
vinyl, not 180 gram as originally advertised, as soon as they are sold out, the
2 LP set will revert back to 180 gram vinyl. Hurry now and place your order to
take advantage of the lower prices before we sell out of the first production
Lastly on this topic, please be
advised that any current listings that you may see on Amazon other online
websites for The Lost Studio Sessions as an "import"
emanate from Sierra's distributor in Japan, to whom we will be supplying product
in a few weeks after December 1. The physical copies being offered on Amazon
and other sites are identical to the ones currently being sold through Sierra
directly. Sierra's North America distributor, Alliance Entertainment Corp, will
be offering the album as well to it's hundreds of retailers after December 1.
This month also marks the 45th Anniversary of this company I founded back
in 1971. I had just returned to California after spending the last part of the
summer living with and traveling up and down the Eastern seaboard with Doc and
Merle Watson. With encouragement from people like Doc and Clarence White I
started the mail order company, with advertisements placed in Bluegrass Unlimited and Muleskinner News magazines. It has been a
rewarding journey and a unique opportunity to share the music I love with all of
you. But rest assured we're only getting warmed up! Lots more surprises on the
RIP Leon Russell 1942-2016
We at Sierra Records were saddened to learn of the death of Leon Russell, a
pivotal figure in rock music during the 1960s and 1970s. An extraordinary
musician/singer/songwriter/arranger, Leon’s arrangements on two of the songs
from Gene Clark's sessions in early 1967 appear on the new album ("Back Street
Mirror"/"Don't Let It Fall Through"), and stand as ample reminders of -- and
tributes to -- his musical genius.
Finally, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone for your
patience and understanding through the challenges we have faced during the
making of this album. In the end I'm sure you will agree that it was indeed
worth the wait.
JOHN YORK is one of a small handful of musicians
alive today who was one a member of the legendary 60s folk-rock band, The Byrds.
But, he’s also played and toured with Sir Douglas Quintet, the Mamas and the
Papas and Johnny Rivers. He has most recently recorded and toured with Barry
McGuire along with his own band known as The Jangle Brothers featuring Chad
Watson and Billy Darnell. Seeing York in concert is not only bringing classic
folk-rock songs alive, but making them urgent and relevant to today.
The new Starbyrd CD
“Stardust” will be out on Nov. 7th.
The album features 12 brand new original songs rich in the
jingle jangle sound of the 12-string Rickenbacker guitar.
The release of the
album is scheduled for November 7th, 2016.
Extract from the liner notes written by "Jangle On" columnist
“Stardust is the title of the latest offering of
original tunes from the ever prolific German singer/songwriter Horst-Peter
Schmidt. Also quite appropriately, Stardust continues to carry the folk-rock
torch from its 60s origins to the present. The majority of the songs on Stardust
are mid-tempo tunes that feature Schmidt’s chiming Rickenbacker 370RM – with the
snap, crackle and pop that only this guitar’s internal compressor can generate.
Starbyrd music continues to be linked to influential folk-rock predecessors like
the Byrds and Roger McGuinn, as well as other 60s artists.[…]”
Sierra Records will officially
release Gene Clark-The Lost Studio Sessions 1964-1982 on November 17,
2016, on what would have been Gene Clark's 72nd birthday. The album will be
released on audiophile hybrid SACD (SACD 7001-playable on standard CD players as
well) and 2 LP vinyl (SHF 1002) in the highest possible audio
quality available today. On November 1, 2016, Sierra Records will also
celebrate it's 45th Anniversary!
All pre-release, advance orders
received will be shipped prior to that date. Further updates with more
specific shipping details will be announced through our newsletter and social
There will be a price increase
for any NEW orders after the shipping date as follows:
Ultimate Limited Edition:
2 LP vinyl set:
shipping and handling)
All current orders and those
placed up through the actually shipping date will not be affected by this price
increase, those prices will only take effect on NEW orders once the shipping
The current pricing is still
valid until that time at the Sierra Records website:
In the meantime, here are few
pictures below of the work in progress, the actual copper masters for the vinyl
pressing and the test pressings from those masters.
I do appreciate the Gene Clark
fans' passion for his music.
I understand your possible
concern but please know that as soon as there are any updates, I will
communicate that to everyone that has ordered. Again, please stick with us; your
patience will be rewarded when you hear the finished product.
On the heals of next month's release of
our highly anticipated album, "Gene Clark-The Lost Studio Sessions
1964-1982", we are extending through this upcoming holiday
weekend (here in the USA) the various sales and offers that would have ended on
August 31, 2016.
The 4 song bonus CD and the additional 2
song extra CD of Gene Clark will be still be available through Monday,
September 6, 2016 when purchase either with the "Ultimate Limited Edition
(with DVD interview), the hybrid SACD/CD or the 2 LP vinyl set. These
bonus CDs will now be shipped with the full order this coming month. After
September 6, 2016, only the 4 song bonus CD will be included with the
"Ultimate Limited Edition".
Also ending after September 6, 2016 for
those who have already purchased either the hybrid SACD/CD an or the 2 LP vinyl
set only, the UPGRADE to the numbered "Ultimate Limited Edition" of
only 1000. If you already purchased the "ULE" you don't need
to upgrade. It is only for those who already just purchased either the
hybrid SACD/CD or the 2 LP vinyl set alone. But it goes away after
September 6, 2016.
Also in previously newsletters, we
mentioned that once the full album is shipped, no matter the format, there
would be a price increase but with no specifics. Here are now will be the
new pricing thereafter:
Remember, the album is actually two full
albums worth of never before released Gene Clark music that also includes
extensive booklets (full color 36 pages with the hybrid SACD/CD and full size,
color 12 pages with the 2LP vinyl set). If you order now, you will
save considerably from these new prices. Your last chance at the lower
prices. Just click on this link:
Lastly, our sale of Clarence White
related releases has also been extended through September 6, 2016. After
that, it will be back to regular pricing though still lower than most other
outlets. Just click on this link:
YORK is a former member of the
legendary Byrds, and currently touring with Barry McGuire & P.F. Sloan. He
has played with The Mamas and the Papas, Dr. John, Johnny Rivers, Rick Danko,
Richard Manuel, The Sir Douglas Quintet, Nicky Hopkins, and Blues
legend Lightnin' Hopkins. Joining him on stage are BILLY
DARNELL, who played guitar for the Gene Clark Byrds, The Everly Brothers,
Dr. John, Doug Kershaw, and Roger McGuinn, and CHAD WATSON, amazing bass
player for Janis Ian, Delaney Bramlett, Charlie Rich, Freddy Fender and
countless other artists.