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Roger C. Reale and Rue Morgue

Hilly Michaels Roger C. Reale G.E. Smith

The original line-up featured Hilly Michaels on drums and vocals, Roger on lead vocals and bass, and G.E. Smith on guitar. They released one LP in 1978.

RadioActive (US LP)

Roger C. Reale & Rue Morge - Radioactive1978 / Big Sound - 028

The mastering of this LP was done by Bob Ludwig. Trod Nossel Studios still has some copies of this release for sale. You can also find it available on eBay on a fairly regular basis. There is also a Japanese release that features the same cover art and track listing with the same mix, with a Japanese label and OBI.

LP Liner Notes

Roger C. Reale is somewhat of an enigma (e-nig'ma), n. a riddle.

He is not a way of life nor has he captured the imagination of teenagers everywhere - he is not sought after and no one knows whether he has his fingers on the basic premis of "pop" music - he has no major chart successes to his credit nor has he smashed any attendance records.

He leads a "Walter Mitty existence", but in reality and not in fantasy - only those who are close to his artistry know anything of his dual existence.

Now, at a time when there is an abundance of "labels" such as new wave, punk, southern rock, hard rock (& most recently) power pop being bandied around, Big Sound, via "RadioActive", welcomes you into both of the worlds of Roger C. Reale......the world of Rock & Roll.

Doc Cavalier

A1. High Society (Reale) - 3:14
A2. Dear Dad # (Berry) - 1:36
A3. Stop and Go (Reale) - 3:27
A4. Pain Killer (Reale) - 2:34
A5. Kill Me * (Reale) - 1:09
B1. Reach for the Sky (Reale) - 2:08
B2. Madonna's Last Stand (Reale) - 2:01
B3. Please Believe Me (Reale) - 2:14
B4. Inside Outside (Reale) - 1:55
B5. I Can't Control Myself (Presley) - 4:22

# - Michael Cavadini (of the B. Willie Smith band) plays piano on this track.

* - This track is included on these compilations:


RadioActive (UK LP)

Roger C. Reale & Rue Morge - Radioactive (UK Release)1978 / London - SHY 8528

A1. High Society (Reale) - 3:14
A2. Dear Dad (Berry) - 1:36
A3. Stop and Go (Reale) - 3:27
A4. Pain Killer (Reale) - 2:34
A5. Rescue Me # (Miner/Smith) - 2:40
A6. Kill Me (Reale) - 1:09
B1. Reach for the Sky (Reale) - 2:08
B2. Madonna's Last Stand (Reale) - 2:01
B3. Please Believe Me (Reale) - 2:14
B4. Close Inspection # * (Reale) - 1:51
B5. Inside Outside (Reale) - 1:55
B6. I Can't Control Myself (Presley) - 4:22

# - Bonus tracks on UK release only
* - Features Jimmy McAllister on guitar, not G.E. Smith


"Stop and Go" (UK 45rpm)

Roger C. Reale & Rue Morge - 'Stop and Go' 45rpm (UK Release)1978 / London - HLU 10566

A. Stop and Go (Reale) - 3:27
B. Dear Dad (Berry) - 1:36


Unreleased Recordings

1979

Following the release of "Radioactive" G.E. Smith went out on tour with Dan Hartman who was touring in support of his big hit, "Instant Replay". He was replaced with Jimmy McAllister (Sparks, Beckies, Michael Brown). This new line-up played one gig at Hurrah's in NYC shortly after the release of the LP.

There was some recording done at Trod Nossel Studios for a second LP with the new line-up, and Hilly brought in Mick Ronson to add some additional guitar, but those recordings were never released. The working title for the second Rue Morgue LP was "Reptiles In Motion." These are some of the songs that were recorded:

  Radioactive (Reale)
  She's Older Now * (previously titled "Charlene") (Reale)
  Make It Be Over * (Reale)
  You're So Good To Me (Beach Boys)
  Aggravation Place (The Jook)

* - Features Mick Ronson on guitar


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