Reissue specialists Real Gone Records are preparing to release the first and fourth albums by Georgia group Sea Level, the late ‘70s rock/blues/funk-fusion ensemble anchored by Chuck Leavell. The self-titled 1977 debut and 1979’s Long Walk on a Short Pier, both originally on Capricorn Records, have long been out of print, and the latter was not officially released in the US until 1999 due to contractual problems with Capricorn amid the label’s bankruptcy. Real Gone will be combining the two albums on a single CD, scheduled to arrive in stores on July 1st.
Aside from Leavell, the original lineup included fellow mid-70s Allman Brothers Band castoffs Jaimoe Johanson (percussion) and Lamar Williams (bass). By the time of Long Walk, Jaimoe and drummer George Weaver had left, and guitarist Davis Causey, saxophonist/keyboardist Randall Bramblett (who took over much of the singing) and drummer Joe English had joined. In 2013, Real Gone released a two-fer CD of the group’s second and third albums, Cats on the Coast and On the Edge. Their fifth and final album, 1980’s Ball Room, was originally released on Arista Records, is out of print and has never been issued on CD in the United States, although a hard-to-find CD of it came out in Japan some eight years ago.