Sundazed Records

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Sundazed Music, Inc.
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Founded 1989
Founder Bob and Mary Irwin
Genre 1960s, garage rock, surf music, psychedelic rock
Country of origin United States
Location Coxsackie, New York
Official website sundazed.com

Sundazed Music, Inc. is an American independent record label based in Coxsackie, in the Catskills of New York. It specializes in obscure and rare recordings from the 1950s to the 1970s. In 2000, Sundazed had a staff of 15 and two mixing studios, including a vintage audio equipment collection.

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Label founders Bob Irwin and his wife Mary started the label in 1989. Irwin's skill at restoring old vinyl records for the (then new) CD format, attracted the attention of major labels, who increasingly solicited him to help them re-issue material from their back catalogs. He helped Sony Music release their archival Legacy Records label. Later, his restoration work included early material by the likes of Bob Dylan, Nancy Sinatra, and The Byrds. Irwin also worked at Arista for a time, as well.

The first Sundazed releases were 1960s recordings by The Knickerbockers and The Five Americans, and reflected Irwin's personal preference for garage rock and surf music. Later releases included the albums of The Turtles, The Challengers, Liverpool Five, and Jan and Dean's long-lost album Save for a Rainy Day. The company reissued the complete catalog of LPs by New Orleans funk pioneers The Meters on vinyl and CD. The label later ventured into country music, including extensive reissues of Capitol Records albums by Buck Owens and other acts including Jimmy Bryant. Sundazed also issued vintage jazz guitar albums through their Euphoria label.

Sundazed also reissued the Columbia Moby Grape albums, but were immediately forced to withdraw the first three albums due to legal disputes. They also reissued Oar by Skip Spence, and released the long-lost Columbia sessions by the group Love.

In 2009, they signed Morly Grey to reissue The Only Truth.[1]

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