High Moon Records is a New York City-based reissue label, specializing in unearthing exceptional, rare, previously unreleased, and out-of-print material on CD, vinyl, digital, DVD, and books from the '60s, '70s and beyond.
Vinyl Buyers! Redeem your Black Beauty Download here!
Dear Gene Clarkophiles,
At the last minute the Two Sides To Every Story's LP Download card was disallowed by Uni Music.
However, as a special treat for you, who bought the LP, the Download card will feature exclusive, rare and unreleased material, that will not be on the Two Sides 2-CD set, coming this Spring.
These tracks will be available at the time of the CD release, so please hold on to your DL cards!
We will notify you when they are available.
Thank you for your patience, and enjoy the album.
High Moon Records is thrilled to announce the release of Love's Black Beauty!
Love’s never-before-released Black Beauty LP on 180-gram, audiophile vinyl is now on sale in our store.
This is a limited edition 1st pressing of 5,000 LPs, individually numbered in silver letter-press. These are initially being made available only on our website exclusively to you, the big-time Arthur Lee/Love fans, who have been contacting us throughout our journey to make this incredible music ready for release – many were encouraging, some disparaging, and all inquiring WHEN?! Believe us, we have been feeling your pain – as various delays and setbacks endemic to launching an ambitious reissue record label befell us – we found ourselves asking the very same question!
Arthur Lee often expressed his desire that Black Beauty (the album he recorded in 1973, but has remained frustratingly unreleased for 38 years) be made officially available for all to hear.
The fact that the three musicians Arthur chose to record the album with him — Robert Rozelle, Melvan Whittington and Joe Blocker — were not only talented and highly-intuitive players, but also close friends, allowed him to create, perhaps, the most open and emotionally expressive album in his highly-acclaimed catalog. Black Beauty runs the musical gamut from heavy, raw rock and roll, to the bluesy and soulful sounds Arthur heard as boy in Memphis, from folk-rock to sublimely melodic, plaintive balladry. It is essentially a paradigm of all the disparate sounds and styles of music Arthur had been brilliantly synthesizing to create his own one-of-a-kind music over the previous 10 years. In addition, Black Beauty showcased new directions for Arthur Lee's sonic palette, adding funk and reggae to the mix, pointing the way to his musical future. Finally, after 38 years, High Moon Records is beyond thrilled to fulfill Arthur Lee's wish that Black Beauty be released! It did take us a bit longer than we expected, but we feel that we have created a release that Arthur himself would be proud of.
We are delighted to present the album to you in the stunning sonic fidelity that this phenomenal work is meant to be heard. Take a listen to Black Beauty, delve into Ben Edmonds’ revelatory essay, and explore the wealth of Herbert Worthington’s previously-unseen photographs. We hope you will find the experience to be worth the additional wait.
The December 2012 issue of Mojo Magazine gave Black Beauty a glowing review: “Black Beauty is as eclectic and eccentric as any of Love’s best. Remastering engineer Dan Hersch did a sterling job transferring it. The result is remarkable, sounding rich and full.” *Read the entire review at our press page.
Gene Clark’s Two Sides To Every Story, has unfortunately been slightly delayed. The pressing plant was initially unable to deliver a clean test pressing of Dan Hersch’s breathtaking mastering work (if you’ve heard the album, be prepared for a revelatory listening experience!). All other elements have been ready for some time. As of this writing, the source of the issue at the pressing plant has been found and a clean sounding test pressing has been delivered. We have been performing quality control, back and forth, at the Mastering Lab, Record Technologies Incorporated (audiophile plating), and URP.
Two Sides To Every Story, will go into production in January, and we should be able to get it to you by early February, weather permitting.
We are now taking pre-orders for the Two Sides To Every Story LP on 180-gram, audiophile vinyl in our store.
High Moon Records thanks all of you, from the bottom-of-our-hearts, for your patience, and for bearing with us during this, our initial foray into putting out music that we are passionate about; music we feel needs to be heard. We are honored to be launching our label with two of our musical heroes, Arthur Lee and Gene Clark, and it has been our goal from the beginning to release their music with an integrity and attention-to-detail befitting these two legends. We will stop at nothing to ensure that the genius of their music resounds throughout the world.
George Baer Wallace & J.D. Martignon