Mascot Records, Mike Condello Celebrated with New Albums, Record Release Party

Even the most ardent music fans have a skewered impression of Phoenix's early rock musical landscape. It starts with Sanford Clark and Marty Robbins, then you cross a whole spread of barren desert 'til you get to Lee Hazlewood and Duane Eddy, and then nothing until the early rumblings of Waylon Jennings and Alice Cooper.

Local music historian John P. Dixon has worked tirelessly to fill in the blank terrain, and two new releases continue that labor of love. The first one, The Mascot Records/Jack Curtis Story, collects nearly all the A-sides that local music impresario Curtis issued on his homegrown label between 1961 and 1968, plus a bunch of other rarities -- including an alternate take of "Why Don't You Love Me" by the Spiders, Alice Cooper's earliest recorded incarnation.

A CD-release party for both albums is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, at Zia Records on the corner of Camelback and 19th Avenue. Special guests include Jack Curtis, Frank Fafara, Mikie, Tony Castle, P-Nut Butter, and John P. Dixon.