Mascot Records/Condello Comedy Album Plus CD Release party

On Saturday, June 22, Zia Records is proud to celebrate the release of two new CDs of archival Arizona music, "The Mascot Records/Jack Curtis Story," featuring music from producer/songwriter/nightclub owner Jack Curtis’ Mascot label, including Alice Cooper's ‘60s garage band The Spiders, and the "Condello Comedy Album…Plus," a mostly unreleased collection of comedy music and outtakes from the music director of the beloved "Wallace and Ladmo Show, as well as unreleased tracks, demos, and sides cut for Lee Hazlewood’s LHI Records and Takoma Records, the label founded by roots guitarist John Fahey.

Lovingly assembled by Arizona music historian John P. Dixon with help from a host of Phoenix music greats, both collections feature rare garage rock, pop, psychedelic novelty tunes, soul and R&B from Phoenix’s musical past. On June 22, Zia Records (1850 W. Camelback Road, Phoenix, Arizona 85015) will host a listening party for both discs. On hand will be Dixon, Jack Curtis, Mike Condello Jr., Dwayne Witten (Mascot owner, member of Phoenix heavy rock band George Washington Bridge), Floyd Westfall (Floyd & Jerry), producer Tony Bacak, and more special guests to be announced, to sign and discuss the releases. A limited edition psychedelic Condello lithograph will be available exclusively at this event with the purchase of both discs. The event is free to the public and will run from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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More about these releases:

"Condello and Company…Plus” featuring Mike Condello, Last Friday’s Fire, The Scallywags, Condello & Company and More” [SSM 411]

This new limited edition Condello & Company collection includes a mostly unreleased satirical 1968 album from Phoenix guitarist Mike Condello, who in the 1960s was musical director of the Wallace and Ladmo TV kids show. The humor is very much in the "Wallace and Ladmo" vein (the wacky Pebbles favorite “Soggy Cereal” is included; it subsequently came out on an EP by Commodore Condello's Salt River Navy Band), making this release a great companion to the Mike Condello Presents Wallace & Ladmo's Greatest Hits CD that first came out in the 1990s. Condello and his combo recorded under various names during the '60s (Hub Kapp and The Wheels and Commodore Condello are probably the best known to collectors) and rounding out this disc are rare Condello-related 45 tracks by Condello, Last Friday's Fire, The Skallywags, Heckle and Jeckle, The Morgan-Condello Combo and more. Includes a deluxe 24 page booklet, filled with many stories by family and friends, label scans and pictures.

"The Mascot Records/Jack Curtis Story [Mascot Records 1002]"

The Mascot Records/Jack Curtis Story chronicles Phoenix, Arizona songwriter, music producer, concert promoter and club owner Jack Curtis' Mascot Records label, plus several non-Mascot sides that Jack produced. Mascot Records is most notable for being the label that released the FIRST recordings by Spiders, the band that eventually evolved into Alice Cooper. The collection features 32 tracks recorded between 1958 and 1973, including both sides of Spiders' first single (1965) and a Spiders' alternate take of 'Why Don't You Love Me'. This retrospective spans the musical spectrum -- from rockabilly, R&B and teen-idol sounds to garage rock, psychedelia and sunshine pop and includes cuts from Phoenix teen idols Frank Fafara and Jim Boyd, R&B singer Roosevelt Nettles and tracks by some of Arizona's favorite 60s groups - The Playthings, P-Nut Butter, Motion and George Washington Bridge, plus many more; including several unreleased tracks. The CD includes a 24-page booklet containing extensive liner notes written by Dan Nowicki chronicling the ups and downs of Curtis and his teen hot spots Stage 7 and the V.I.P. Club and many rare photos. This is a true labor of love that pays tribute to one of Arizona's most important music promoters and was compiled and produced by noted Arizona music historian, John P. Dixon.