Tuesday, 2 May 2017

V.A - Virtue Recording Studio (Tramp)

Brand new on Tramp... Out May 5th in all good stores

Frank Virtue built his first studio, Virtue Recording Lab, in the basement of his Philadelphia home at 8500 Fayette Street. It was here that his trio The Virtues recorded their hit arrangement “Guitar Boogie Shuffle”. The tune reached No.3 on the U.S. Billboard Chart and sold over 2 million copies worldwide. Soon after, Virtue disbanded the group and devoted himself to studio work full time. In 1962 he used the revenue from “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” to finance the opening of Virtue Recording Studios at 1618 North Broad Street.

In the late 1960’s the studio was home to Dyno Dynamic Productions, who released smash records like Eddie Holman’s “Hey There Lonely Girl” and the Volcano’s “Boogaloo Down Broadway”. Virtue Recording Studio offered a package deal allowing artists to pay a flat fee of $300-$500 for the recording of two songs. What resulted were some of the most prized garage and soul 45s, sought after for their unusual, low fidelity sound.

This release includes music legitimately licensed on CD/digital for the first time. Unseen photographs and detailed liner notes can be found in the 12-page CD booklet and the vinyl LP.

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