|B1||Try & See It Through||4:58|
|B3a||I'd Rather Be Blind||3:50|
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For DJ Use Only - Not For Sale
- Rights Society: BMI
|Stonewall (LP, Album, Repress, Unofficial Release)||Not On Label||XX1||1992|
|Stonewall (LP, Reissue, Unofficial Release)||Kismet (2)||KSMT4004.2||Europe||2010|
|Stonewall (CD, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release)||Kismet (2)||KISCD4004||UK||2010|
|Stonewall (LP, Album, Reissue, Unofficial Release, 180 g)||Kismet (2)||KISLP4004||UK||2012|
|Stonewall (LP, Album, Reissue)||Permanent Records (2)||PERM 060||US||2019|
- Here's a write up/notes from the "unofficial" Italian import CD: https://www.discogs.com/release/2943859-Stonewall-Stoner
Originally released as LP " Stonewall " in 1976 [Tiger Lily Records TL 14013]
According to Stonewall's drummer Anthony Assalti ( excerpts from an interview given to www.psychedelicbabymag.com ) :
Who were the members of the band?
OK, the lead guitarist Bob Dimonte lived in the same neighborhood as I. He played in his band called the VIPs. We soon met and became great friends. As the music scene started changing and smoking grass and doing acid became more popular, my friends and I started letting our hair grow. We were different than the Greasers with their slicked-back hair. So the separation began. Greasers against Hippies. There were a lot of places to jam and meet other musicians. Eventually, Bob and I hooked up with Ray Dieneman who played bass guitar. We were now a power rock trio. We needed a lead singer. I don’t remember who introduced us to Bruce Rapp, but he became our lead vocalist.
What’s the story behind making your album?
Someone, I forgot who hook us up with Jimmy Goldstein the owner of a recording studio in Manhattan. He liked what he heard and offered us free recording time after hours. We would carpool into the city every night. Sometimes Bob would drive and sometimes I would drive. We would get to the studio around 8 or 9 PM. Our singer, Bruce always had a supply of Hashish. We would arrive totally shitfaced and smoke some more with Jimmy the owner of the recording studio. We would then go to our instruments and start to play. We all came up with the ideas for the music. Jimmy also participated. He played all the keyboard parts on the recordings on a killer Hammond B3 with the Leslie cabinet.
Where did you record your album?
The album was recorded in a studio owned by Jimmy Goldstein. The studio was located in Manhattan, NYC. around 57th street and 3rd avenue. If I remember correctly it was our crooked manager that hooked us up with Jimmy Goldstein. We spent about 6 months in the studio experimenting with different riffs and sounds. I remember our lead guitarist Bob Dimonte using an echo chamber and a violin bow. We all had a say in the arrangements and what songs we would record.
Tiger Lily released your album in 1976. What’s the story behind the label and how did they get in contact with you?
Tiger Lily NEVER got in touch with the band! We were told by Jimmy Goldstein that no one was interested in our music and we were NEVER offered any kind of a contract, record deal, or money. Stonewall didn’t make a penny on the album. After the disappointing news the band known as Stonewall broke up and we went our separate ways. Someone, I don’t know who took our recordings to Tiger Lily. Tiger Lily records had known connections to the mob. They released our album STONEWALL without our knowledge or permission. The album was released in Europe and used as a tax right off to protect a larger record label that Tiger Lily was connected with. Many years later after I had gotten married and moved to Florida I started receiving phone calls from Germany and Switzerland. One guy said he was a collector of rare rock albums and it was he that told me he had a copy of the Stonewall record. I was flabbergasted and in shock! The other guy said he owned a recording studio and wanted to know if I had any more recordings that were not on the album. He wanted to release another Stonewall album. I had started my own business here in Florida. I was now married and had children. I was still playing the drums, but only on the weekends and just for fun. My first priority was my family and my business. A career in music was no longer in my plan. It’s kind of sad. We were 4 young guys that were ripped off and never got the recognition I believe we deserved. "
All information ( band members, recording studio, license, album title ) on Akarma CD reissue are completely made up and obviously fake.
Consequently, this CD reissue is a bootleg.
CD reissue comes in vinyl replica version designed for the occasion and without any reference to the original edition.
- Liner notes from the South Side CD digipak: https://www.discogs.com/release/15369798-Stonewall-Stonewall
Stonewall was the house band of a recording studio owned by James (Jimmy) Goldstein, based in Long Island during the late '60s.
Goldstein was also a part-time member of the band, occasionally playing keyboards on their sessions. He was a performer of his own, using the stage name of "Jay James". Under that alias he recorded the album Good Times & Bad Times that was released on the Tiger Lily label (same as Stonewall).
Stonewall's drummer Tony (Anthony) Assalti was the drummer on this rather weak country album by Goldstein. However, Assalti was never aware of the Stonewall album being released, and apparently became upset after learning about the Tiger Lily release in recent years. He still plays drums with drums, and is involved with the biker scene. He's not interested in the Stonewall recordings these days.
On the other hand, the guitar player Ray Dieneman was a good friend of Jimmy Goldstein. Dieneman was not aware of the Stonewall album until he saw a copy in Goldstein's house in New York during a visit. Ray never owned a copy of the album, but was more amused than angry about the Tiger Lily release. It appears that Dieneman is the only band member to know about the Stonewall record being released at all.
According to Ray D, Stonewall broke up at the end of 1969, which would place the recordings heard on the album (which wasn't released until the mid-1970s) sometime in the late 1960s. The other two Stonewall band members -- vocalist Bruce Rapp and bass player Robert Demonte -- have not yet been tracked down. Jimmy Goldstein, who produced, engineered and played keyboards on the Stonewall album passed away in 2009. The album was recorded at Jimmy Goldstein's Tower Sound Studios (see also Tower Sound), in the Ed Sullivan building in NYC. According to Dieneman, the band didn't record any other music on the album, so basically the entire LP on Tiger Lily is all of their music.
- What’s with the $40 sell history, was mint too. Is this a joke? Can I have it for that?
- This is probably the rarest and most sought after of all the Tax Scam releases, usually trading hands in dangerous, dimly lit back alleys on the very rare occasions it is offered for sale! Seriously though, this is one of the very few records that matches
extreme rarity with an equal measure of musical quality. A ferociously heavy hard psych masterpiece that would undoubtedly be a classic if anybody had been fortunate enough to hear it back when it was trickled out ('released' would be an exaggeration) in minute numbers back in 1976.
Even by the murky standards of Tax Scam releases, this record is truly an enigma, and little is known about the band today despite years of research by leading Sourcerers. There is no doubt about the music though!
It was sold on eBay in 2014 for $ 14,100 (€ 12,610)...