1987 was a very good year for rock music, but not necessarily so if your band was on Island Records. The juggernaut that was U2 and The Joshua Tree ate up massive bandwidth, and that caused many of the other artists, some just debuting that year, to fend for themselves. Robert Vaughn & The Shadows’ Love and War appeared in this landscape and – not surprisingly – disappeared from it just as efficiently.

Not that there wasn’t some excitement surrounding it. The band promoted the record on the storied American Bandstand with Dick Clark, but that alone wasn’t going to cut it. In fact, Island only put the album out on vinyl and cassette, skipping the then-rising CD format altogether.

Indie label Alternative Records finally has the ability to correct that, and has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. This campaign is limited to CD, as both the vinyl LP and cassette are readily available. The actual content will come from the original master tapes which the label as described as being in excellent shape. That said, what was sonically common in 1986/87 is different from today’s expectations, so attention will be paid to those in the process of remastering.

The campaign offers two variations of Love and War: a single CD version that presents the record for the first time in digital; and a 2-CD set that offers a second disc of goodies once relegated to the vaults. This is an opportunity for all those who missed Robert Vaughn & the Shadows the first time around to reconnect in a new way.

The Love and War campaign is on now at Indiegogo. Click here to learn more.

By Dw Dunphy

Dw. Dunphy is a writer, artist, and musician. He has contributed many articles that can be found in the MusicTAP's archives. He also writes for New Jersey Stage, Popdose.com, Ultimate Classic Rock, Diffuser FM, and Looper. His interview archive is available at https://dwdunphyinterviews.wordpress.com/

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