watch out 50th anniversary reissue

The spectacular remastered digital reissue of Lavender Hill Express' classic 1968 rock single
Sonobeat's fifth stereo 45 RPM rock single, Watch Out by Lavender Hill Express, released in June 1968, and packaged in a two-color picture sleeve
Sonobeat's fifth stereo 45 RPM rock single (1968)

Fifty years ago, in June 1968, Austin, Texas-based Sonobeat Records releases its fifth 45 RPM stereo rock single, Watch Out by Lavender Hill Express. The preceding year, Sonobeat's first single by Lavender Hill Express, Visions, has been a Central Texas smash hit, so a second Sonobeat single release by the Austin supergroup is inevitable. Sonobeat tries a couple of exotic sonic effects in its recording of Watch Out, including "flanging" the basic instrumental track before lead guitar and vocal overdubs are added – this gives the backing track the distinctive swooshing sound – and a live echo on drummer Rusty Wier's snare punctuation, courtesy of the massive acoustics of Vulcan Gas Company, the venue where Sonobeat records the instrumental backing tracks for the single.

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. Watch Out is the hard driving rocker by drummer Rusty Wier, who will become a founding father, along with other members of Lavender Hill Express, of Austin's progressive country movement in the early 1970s and will enjoy a solid solo career as a singer/songwriter.

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For Watch Out's 50th anniversary digital reissue, we’ve turned again to Colin Leonard at SING Mastering in Atlanta, Georgia, to provide this spectacular remaster using his patented SING mastering technology (and damn good ears). Colin also remastered our 50th anniversary reissues of the Sweetarts' A Picture of Me, the single that launched Sonobeat Records in September 1967, and Sonobeat's second rock single, Lavender Hill Express' Visions. Colin’s impressive mastering credits include albums and singles by Alessia Cara, Justin Bieber, Jay-Z, Icona Pop, Mastodon, Indigo Girls, and Gucci Mane. Watch Out is now available on the world’s leading download and streaming platforms: in addition to iTunes and Apple Music, the remastered single is available on 24-7, 7digital, 8tracks, Akazoo, Amazon MP3, 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. Watch Out is Sonobeat Historical Archives’ third Mastered for iTunes digital reissue, encoded directly from a high resolution 88.2kHz/24bit transfer made from Sonobeat’s original analog session master tape. Mastered for iTunes is Apple’s premium music delivery format.

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Digital download cover art for the 50th anniversary (1968-2018) digital reissue of Lavender Hill Express' Watch Out
photo courtesy Layton DePenning
Lavender Hill Express drummer Rusty Wier (composer of Watch Out)
photo courtesy Layton DePenning