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The Red Rippers: Over There ... and Over Here (PoB-005)

The Red Rippers: Over There … and Over Here (PoB-005)

Paradise of Bachelors presents the first-ever reissue of the previously obscure 1983 LP by the Red Rippers. Written and recorded by Navy pilot Ed Bankston, the album’s nine battle-scarred country-boogie/psych dispatches chronicle the experiences of Bankston and his fellow vets during the Vietnam War and back home. (ON SALE)

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Hiss Golden Messenger and Elephant Micah:  Hiss Golden Messenger Plays Elephant Micah Plays Hiss Golden Messenger (PoB-004)

Hiss Golden Messenger and Elephant Micah: Hiss Golden Messenger Plays Elephant Micah Plays Hiss Golden Messenger (PoB-004)

Paradise of Bachelors is pleased to announce the first-ever recorded collaboration between Hiss Golden Messenger and Elephant Micah, featuring two of their generation’s most compelling songwriters and lyricists. (ON SALE)

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Plant and See:  Plant and See (PoB-003)

Plant and See: Plant and See (PoB-003)

Paradise of Bachelors is honored to celebrate the life and music of influential American Indian (Lumbee) songwriter, singer, and guitarist Willie French Lowery (1944-2012) with the first-ever reissue of the sole eponymous album by his interracial North Carolina swamp-psych band Plant and See.

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Hiss Golden Messenger:  Poor Moon (PoB-002)

Hiss Golden Messenger: Poor Moon (PoB-002)

Composed and arranged by Head Messenger M.C. Taylor at his home in the rural Piedmont mill town of Pittsboro and recorded with longtime collaborator Scott Hirsch in New York, California and North Carolina, Poor Moon offers a moving culmination of the spiritually-charged song cycle commenced the critically acclaimed Bad Debt album.

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Various Artists:  Said I Had a Vision: Songs and Labels of David Lee (PoB-001)

Various Artists: Said I Had a Vision: Songs and Labels of David Lee (PoB-001)

Paradise of Bachelors is proud to release the first-ever anthology of the eclectic, excellent, and highly collectable music of David Lee. Over the course of three decades beginning in the late 1950s, this unheralded songwriter, musician, producer, and entrepreneur released fourteen 45s and two LPs on his Impel, Washington Sound, and SCOP labels, run out of his Washington Sound record shop in Shelby, North Carolina.

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Elephant Micah: Louder Than Thou (PoBDistro-02)

Elephant Micah: Louder Than Thou (PoBDistro-02)

Louder Than Thou is the 2012 album from underground folk mainstays Elephant Micah, a rotating-member band headed up by one Joseph O’Connell. Bridging the minimalist rock and sonic experimentation of early work, this is their clearest statement yet, nodding to ‘70s songwriter-ism while simultaneously recasting the genre through textural play and ensemble improvisation.

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Various Artists: Tobacco A-Go-Go: North Carolina Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Sixties, Vol. 1 (PoBDistro-01)

Various Artists: Tobacco A-Go-Go: North Carolina Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Sixties, Vol. 1 (PoBDistro-01)

We are delighted to announce our exclusive distribution of Tobacco A-Go-Go: North Carolina Rock ‘n’ Roll in the Sixties, the groundbreaking and speaker-shaking compilation LP of rare 1960s garage, psych, and soul 45s with an Old North State lineage, originally issued in 1984 on the local Blue Mold label.

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Veterans Day, Over There ... and Over Here: Stream "Body Bag" by the Red Rippers.

Veterans Day, Over There … and Over Here: Stream “Body Bag” by the Red Rippers.

In honor of Veterans Day–officially today, but observed tomorrow–we’re sharing a stream of the Red Rippers album track “Body Bag,” a devastating song about the disjunction between a “jungle-bound grunt’s” aspirations to aviation and the brutal occasion for him finally getting “his ride” on high.

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Announcing Over There ... and Over Here by the Red Rippers.

Announcing Over There … and Over Here by the Red Rippers.

Paradise of Bachelors is proud to present the first-ever reissue of the previously obscure 1983 LP by the Red Rippers, entitled Over There … and Over Here.

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In Search of Chance.

The Bachelors have just returned from a fruitful fieldwork visit to Nashville, Music City, USA, where we had the honor and privilege of spending several days with our friend Chance Martin (aka Alamo Jones, General Chance, the Stoned Ranger, and the Voice in Black), the mastermind, impresario, and visionary songwriter, bandleader, and singer behind the brilliant, unheralded countrydelic 1981 LP In Search, credited simply to Chance and released on his own Macho imprint.

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Autumnal Tidings.

Autumnal Tidings.

Fall has landed here in North Carolina, and fittingly, Durham’s own Hiss Golden Messenger is on the turntable. Nearly a year ago–on the Day of the Dead, to be exact–we released HGM’s excellent Poor Moon album, and this fall we’re working hard to help prepare their superb follow-up LP, entitled Haw.

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"I'm a soldier of fortune, a hell-for-leather mercenary man..."

“I’m a soldier of fortune, a hell-for-leather mercenary man…”

Soldier of Fortune magazine ad, 1983. Research, design, and remastering are all done, and PoB-05 is coming this Winter. Gird thy loins for the Red Rippers.

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