FEATURING MICK RONSON AND TRACKS UNAVAILABLE FOR 40 YEARS
Roger C. Reale’s 1978/1979 group Rue Morgue featured guitarists G.E. Smith (Daryl Hall & John Oates, Bob Dylan, Saturday Night Live Band), Mick Ronson (David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter) and Jimmy McAllister (Mick Ronson Band, Sparks), alongside drummer Hilly Michaels (Mick Ronson Band, Sparks, Ian Hunter)
The band’s discography has been remastered from the original master tapes and is set for release on October 18 via Rave On Records
Today, Rave On Records reveals details of a comprehensive reissue campaign from Roger C. Reale and Rue Morgue, including an unreleased album featuring guitar legend Mick Ronson. During the studio group’s 1978-1979 existence, a stellar lineup of rock sidemen recorded as Rue Morgue, including guitarists G.E. Smith (Daryl Hall & John Oates, Bob Dylan, Saturday Night Live Band), Mick Ronson (David Bowie, Bob Dylan, Ian Hunter) and Jimmy McAllister (The Beckies, Mick Ronson Band, Sparks), alongside drummer Hilly Michaels (Mick Ronson Band, Sparks, Ian Hunter). Reale served as the group’s primary songwriter, vocalist, and bassist.
Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue — The Collection CD/DL (Rave On TGP-1015)
The Collection features Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue’s discography, with all 24 remastered tracks making their CD debut on October 18. Tracks 1-12 comprise the band’s 1978 U.S. debut album Radioactive (originally issued on indie label Big Sound), as well as an additional pair of tracks (“Close Inspection” and a cover of Fontella Bass’ 1965 Billboard #1 R&B chart topper “Rescue Me”) which appeared on the subsequent UK release of Radioactive by Decca/London Records. The band lineup features Reale (lead vocals, bass), G.E Smith (guitar), Hilly Michaels (drums, vocals), and Jimmy McAllister (guitar, track 10). Tracks 13-24 comprise the Reptiles In Motion album (details below). All 24 tracks were produced by Trod Nossel Studios owner/CEO Thomas “Doc” Cavalier and recorded and mixed by house engineer Richard Robinson. Compilation produced in 2019 by Richard Brukner.
Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue — Reptiles In Motion LP (Rave On TGP-1014)
Recorded in 1979, the previously unreleased Reptiles In Motion was meant to be Roger C. Reale & Rue Morgue’s second album. The band includes Reale (lead vocals, bass), Mick Ronson (guitar), Jimmy McAllister (guitar, vocals), and Hilly Michaels (drums, vocals).Reptiles In Motion will be released October 18.
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Note: For a limited time, orders placed for the Reptiles In Motion vinyl LP on Bandcamp will include an original, sealed 1978 copy of the U.S. pressing of the Radioactive LP.