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Artist: RFD
Title: Lead Me Home
Format: CD
Label: Riverman
Country: Korea
Price: $18.00
"This is the first-ever authorized reissue of this 1971 Christian classic, now remastered in a 24-bit remaster. Housed in an exact reproduction paper sleeve. Pretty intensely amazing songs of devotion couched in lazy, laid-back, skillfully-crafted pop/country/psych tuneage, chock full of harmonies and vibes so mellow, you wont know whether theyre singing about God or really good weed. "The RFD stands for Russ, Fred, and Dan and heres the deal -- these guys (and girl) put out a record in 1971 that went onto become universally-hailed by the thousand or so people in the world with an opinion on the matter as one of the five or ten best Christian records of all time. Now if youre like me, the initial thought of good Christian music seems like more than a joke than anything else. But then you hear artists like The Search Party or Marj Snyder or The RFD and you realize that these people are the real deal. Good Jesus music doesnt preach or even really announce itself as Christian music, at all. You have to listen real close to hear a message, and if you do hear it, youre free to ignore it and go on with your sinful existence. Good Christian, or Xian as we call it in the record biz, is good music whether you get it or not, no matter what you may believe. It usually has a beauty and a purity you can hear in secular records like Linda Perhacs or Wendy and Bonnie. But usually, as with these albums, theres also a darkness there, lingering and undenied, feeding the music with added complexity and gravity. This isnt glassy-eyed Jesus freak music, and the best records are by real people living real lives full of pain as well as joy and love. I wont lie and say its anywhere as rich as the secular field, but there are some gems to be found and The RFD most definitely are one of them." -Douglas McGowan, Yoga Records

Artist: RYAN, COLLIE
Title: The Rainbow Records
Format: Triple CD
Label: Riverman
Country: Korea
Price: $29.00
"Yoga Records, in association with Riverman Music, is proud to present this 3xCD box set, the first-ever CD reissue of these breathtaking obscure folk gems by Texas Collie Ryan. Collie Ryan privately-pressed three albums in 1973, The Giving Tree, Indian Harvest, and Takin Your Turn Round The Corner Of Day. These records were funded in part by Collies friends at the New Age Farms carrot and fresh juice company in Lompoc, California, and shortly after their recording, Collie devoted her life to nature and moved completely off the grid. Collies mesmerizing sound remained largely a secret until "Cricket," one of the tracks from Indian Harvest, surfaced on Numero Groups stellar Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies From The Canyon compilation in 2006. Collies cosmic music is almost solely based around her high, bird-like voice and nylon guitar picking, and her lyrics reflect her lifelong study of theosophy and naturalist living. Even today, Collie lives largely outside of what would be considered "regular" society, residing in a converted 1930s school bus in the middle of a Texas desert and painting mandalas on hub cabs, while continuing to produce her very special and personal music. This 3CD box set, entitled The Rainbow Records, features a new painting by Collie, fantastic liner notes by partner-in-crime Tommie Zook, and never-before-seen photographs. The tracks have been completely remastered from the original master tapes in a 24-bit remaster, and are housed in a paper sleeve and slipcase. A sun-kissed bevy of quirky, circular, acoustic guitar-picked metaphysical song cycles, topped by Collies unfailingly sweet, clear trill. Surely, Ryan belongs alongside such queens of the folk pantheon as Vashti Bunyan, Linda Perhacs, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Joni Mitchell, Sibelle Baier, Ruthann Friedman, etc. This is a haunting collection that simply should not be missed." -Yoga.
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