Visions 50th Anniversary Reissue
The spectacular remastered digital reissue of Sonobeat's second rock single release
Sonobeat's second 45 RPM rock single release, Visions by Lavender Hill Express, released a week before Christmas in 1967
Sonobeat's second 45 RPM rock single (1967)
Fifty years ago, just a week before Christmas Day in 1967, Austin, Texas-based Sonobeat Records releases its second 45 RPM stereo rock single, Visions backed with Trying To Live A Life, by Lavender Hill Express. At the time, Sonobeat isn't even eight months old, having officially launched in May 1967.
Formed when two of Austin's hottest rock bands break up in mid-1967, Lavender Hill Express rapidly becomes one of Austin's most sought-after party and club bands. The quintet consists of two former members of The Wig, Rusty Wier (drums) and Jess Yaryan (bass guitar), and two former members of the Babycakes, Layton DePenning (guitars) and Leonard Arnold (guitars), who are joined in founding Lavender Hill Express by Johnny Schwertner (keyboards), formerly of another hot Austin band, The Reasons Why. Notably, all five band members sing lead and harmony. Layton, Rusty, Leonard, and Johnny compose original songs for the band. In addition to Visions, Lavender Hill Express will record two more Sonobeat singles, both during 1968. Lavender Hill Express' first Sonobeat single features original songs written by Layton (Visions) and Johnny (Trying To Life A Life).
For its 50th anniversary digital reissue, we’ve had Visions remastered by Colin Leonard at SING Mastering in Atlanta, Georgia, who also remastered our 50th anniversary reissue of the Sweetarts' A Picture of Me, the single that launched Sonobeat Records in September 1967. Colin’s impressive mastering credits include albums and singles by Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Icona Pop, Mastodon, Indigo Girls, and Gucci Mane. Visions and Trying To Life A Life are now available on the world’s leading download and streaming platforms: in addition to iTunes and Apple Music (available the week of December 18th), both sides of the remastered single are available (or shortly will be available) on 24-7, 7digital, 8tracks, Akazoo, Amazon Music, Anghami, AWA, Deezer, Google Music Store, iMusica, Inprodicon, Kdigital, kkbox, Kuack, Line Music, MediaNet, Napster, Pandora, Saavn, Slacker Radio, Spotify, Tidal, Yandex, and YouTube Music. Visions is Sonobeat Historical Archives’ second Mastered for iTunes digital reissue, encoded directly from a high resolution 88.2kHz/24bit transfer from Sonobeat’s original analog session master tape. Mastered for iTunes is Apple’s premium music delivery format. The original single's flip side, Trying To Live A Life, is also freshly remastered for the 2017 reissue. Both are spectacular tribures to a '60s Austin band that set the table for SXSWSouth By Southwest, also known as "SXSW" or "South By" and whose name is inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock thriller North By Northwest, begins in 1987 as an Austin-based music festival and since has expanded to cover feature films and interactive media. SXSW pretty much takes over Austin during The University of Texas spring break every March., Austin City Limits, and outlaw country.