HighTone Records

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HighTone Records
Parent company Shout! Factory
Founded 1983 (1983)
Founder Larry Sloven
Bruce Bromberg
Defunct 2008 (2008)
Status Defunct
Distributor(s) Concord Bicycle Music
Genre Rockabilly, western swing, country, blues, gospel
Country of origin U.S.
Location Oakland, California
Official website www.shoutfactory.com

HighTone Records was an American independent record label based in Oakland, California, United States. HighTone specialized in American roots music including, country, rockabilly, western swing, blues and gospel. The label was created by Larry Sloven and Bruce Bromberg in 1983. The label's first release that year was Bad Influence by bluesman Robert Cray.[1] In 1984, the label released Frankie Lee's debut album, The Ladies and the Babies.[2] Some of the label's releases in the late 1980s featured Joe Louis Walker including Cold is the Night and The Gift.

Between 1995 and 2000, the label issued three albums by James Armstrong (Sleeping with a Stranger, Dark Night, and Got It Goin' On).[3] From 1997 to 2005 it reissued much of the High Water Recording Company catalogue of LPs on CD.[4] In 1997, Clara McDaniel recorded her debut album, Unwanted Child, which was released on HighTone.[5]

In September 2006, the label released a five CD boxed set titled American Music: The HighTone Records Story. This release compiled many of the labels's most influential recordings. In 2008, the company sold the catalog to Shout! Factory, which continued to release reissues and compilations.[6] In 2016, Hightone was bought by Concord Bicycle Music[7] from Shout! Factory.

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  1. ^ Sloven, Larry. "HighTone Records". Shout! Factory. Archived from the original on January 26, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  2. ^ Skelly, Richard. "Frankie Lee". Allmusic. Retrieved December 19, 2011.
  3. ^ "Allmusic ((( James Armstrong > Discography > Main Albums )))".
  4. ^ Wirz, Stefan. "Illustrated High Water Recording Company discography". Wirz.de. Retrieved 6 June 2016.
  5. ^ Linda Seida. "Clara McDaniel". AllMusic. Retrieved 2017-03-11.
  6. ^ Gordon, Keith. "HighTone Records Sells Out!". Keith's Blues Blog. About.com:Blues. Retrieved January 11, 2009.
  7. ^ "Concord Bicycle Music Acquires HighTone, Bandit Records Assets". Billboard.com. Retrieved 6 June 2016.

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