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"Touring is when you go out and you stay out," said the 67-year-old singer, who'd flown in earlier that day on a charter flight from his home in New York. "You miss your family; it goes on and on and on and on. Now I play and then I go home. It's a pussycat schedule. I know what touring is, and this ain't it."

Sessions Records was a label that sold records through radio and television advertisements. They were the record label arm of Audio Research, Incorporated, located in the greater Chicago area. Early albums had an address of Hillside, Illinois, followed by Lombard, Illinois, Lisle, Illinois, and Downer's Grove, Illinois. By the late 1980s, Sessions had moved to 5050 List Drive in Colorado Springs, Colorado. President of Sessions Records, and listed on some discs as the reissue producer, was John Werling.

Sessions usually had two or three record sets pressed by the Special Products divisions of the major labels (Columbia, RCA, Warner Brothers, MCA), so the quality of the vinyl was excellent. Although most of the contents of the albums was standard reissue fare, occasionally they would come up with a rare stereo find such as the stereo version of "You'll Lose a Good Thing" by Barbara Lynn on For Ladies Only .

In addition to reissuing oldies albums, the early 1980s brought a series of albums by the Smurfs, usually reissues of Canadian albums, as well as the reissue of the Canadian Raccoons on Ice , narrated by Rich Little.

Sessions had their own series, the ARI-1000 series (ARI derived from Audio Research, Inc.), but many albums just used the numbers of the Special Products companies that pressed them.

Sessions began issuing CDs in the late 1980s. By about 1993, they discontinued issuing albums.


Early Sessions labels had the logo on top without other graphics. Labels were printed in various colors, . red, black, light blue, yellow. A Canadian Sessions label is yellow with the same design (far left). The ARI-5000 series used a label with a blue field on the bottom, and a sunburst graphic on top. By the 1980s, the Sessions label was brown, with the label name in yellow across the middle of the label. Later in the 1980s, a grey label with the label name in red above the center hole was used. Sessions albums pressed by Capitol Special Markets in the 1970s used the usual tan CSM label. In the 1980s, the Capitol Special Markets label shifted to a yellow design with the Capitol Tower in the background. Sessions albums pressed by Columbia Special Products used the usual CSP red label. RCA Special Products pressings of Sessions albums before 1974 used the tan RCA label. In 1974, the RCA Special Products label switched to blue, and by 1977, to black. Warner Special Products pressings of Sessions albums had the usual Warner Special Products label scheme. Disc 1 in a set had a red band around the edge of the label, disc 2 a yellow band, disc 3 a blue band, disc 4 a green band, disc 5 a purple band, etc.

We would appreciate any additions or corrections to this discography. Just send them to us via e-mail . Both Sides Now Publications is an information web page. We are not a catalog, nor can we provide the records listed below. We have no association with Sessions Records. Should you be interested in acquiring albums listed in this discography (all of which are out of print), we suggest you see our Frequently Asked Questions page and follow the instructions found there. This story and discography are copyright 2008, 2010 by Mike Callahan.

3-24-08-I-44 History
With a passion for local area racing and a downward swing in the local area racing,Lebanon Businessman and racefan Bill Willard decided it was time to set the pace for local racing and with some land he owned right off of Historic Rt 66 and I-44 began the building of the then state of the art I-44 Speedway.
During the late part of 1982 and the winter of 1983,land was cleared,dirt was put down and the foundation for a 3/8ths mile clay oval was formed.
Bill constructed a dirttrack that was both fan and driver taking many notes from his travels to many different tracks,Bill would take shorttrack racing to a new level constructing pits on the outside of the track,a self service quick moving concession area,a parking lot to where the fans had strong lighting to find there cars afterwards and a picture perfect setting with hillsides to be able to view of An Ozark setting.
After over 3 weeks of having to delay the opening,it was in May the track opened before an estimated crowd of 5,000 with MonettSpeedway promoter Randy Monneyham leading the opening season with the track featuring LateModels,Sportsman and StreetStocks.
Fans were treated to an asphalt sloped hillside with long benched-back seats and plenty of leg room for all.
The Speedway also held it\’s first special event in the fall with a 2 day format and drivers from over 5 states competing for a 5,000 to win young hotshoe named Billy Moyer outran the local track kingpin Ken Essary and area hotsohe Larry Phillips to grab the victory and special events were a popular term with the fans.
In 1985-The term high-banks became the term as Bill who felt the need to do something different with the track to attract new crowds and drivers took the corners from a semi-banked 8 degrees to the over 20 degrees providing consistant 3 wide also brought a new class to the Speedway as the IMCA Modified division was introduce to the new High-Banks also broght in a talented field in StreetStock Racing as 2 young guns named Rex McCroskey and Bill Frye fought for the title and a driver named Mike Wallace became a regular racer at I- season also saw the first of what was known as a sanctioned event as the NDRA made the visit to I-44 before a crowd estimated of close to 5700 plus with Willy Kraft nipping Larry Phillips for the win in the tracks first ever 100 lap feature.
During 1986-Bill trimmed down the High-Banks and Randy Mooneyham from Sentient Funding, Inc returned as promoter as the track offered strong weekly shows and several sanctioned and independent specials with the USAC LateModels and NCRA LateModels competing.
The Speedway continued strong with Open LateModels,Sportsman,StreetStocks and Modifieds on the weekly shows as the reputation was if you could win at I-44 you could win most anywhere and special events always brought large crowds and talented drivers.
In 1988-The World Of Outlaw LateModels raced before the 3rd largest crowd at I-44 up to that time.
Bill was always a man of vision and was seeing the trend that winter of 1988 and 1989,he laid asphalt down and put back the high-banks at over 20 degrees and brought the Nascar Weekly Racing Series to the area.
While a young driver named Kirk Shaw won the track title,it was veteran Larry Phillips who brought attention to I-44 as he won the Nascar National Championship.
In 1990-The track made the LateModels put on what was called-Stockcar Bodies and Mike Wallace won the Mid-America Regional Championship as drivers competed hard to finish in the top 10 of the would gather a Busch Series Ride later that season at Martisville and climbed to finish 6th in the -also saw the USAC SprintCars compete with names like Rich Volger,Bettenhauser,Steve Butler and others track also hosted some 100 lap specials with Nascar Drivers Ted Musgrave,Rick Carrelli,Rich Bickle and others compete.
The 1990 season was also the opening of tier parking or what we call\”The WildSide\”where tailgating became very popular.
1991-would see the independent specials go by the wayside as the ARTGO Series competed with NASCAR\’S Ken Schrader competing before a packed house as the car count continued to grow.
It was in 1992 that Bill redesigned the banking of I-44 to make it where the drivers would just run on the top of the track and changed it to a progessive banking-this provided plenty of 2-3 wide racing.
In 1993-Nascar\’s Race of Champions came to the speedway before the largest crowd ever as over 7,000 people were in attendance to see Rusty Walace,Ken Schrader,Kenny Wallace,Harry Gant,Micheal Waltrip,and Rick Wilson compete in a 20 lap exhibition race along with an autograph session.
The Speedway continued as an Asphalt track with drivers such as Tony Stewart,Johnny Parsons,Matt Kenseth,Steve Carlson,Tony Roper and other top named drivers would leave there tire tracks on the I-44 Asphalt
Larry Phillips captured 5 Nascar National Titles with 3 coming from I-44.
1997-Jamie McMurray captured the LateModel title and would later moved on to the Nascar ranks while Carl Edwards was making his name at I-44 in 2002 in the BabyGrand Division-this lead to the St Louis Nascar Truck team of the Mittler Bros to give Carl a shot.
Bill Willard passed away on May 27,2002 at the age of 71.
In the winter of 2004,Randy Mooneyham took back over control of the High-banks and brough dirt back over the circuits such as the MARS Series,ASCS Sprints,WOW 360 Sprints,USMTS Modifieds and the World of Outlaw LateModels have competed on the High- the track sanctions the LateModel through the UMP sanction and the Modified through USRA out of allows drivers to compete for national championships with drivers all over the United States.
Billed as the fastest 3/8ths mile oval,it was in 2006 that Billy Moyer would blister the old Asphalt record during the World of Outlaw old track record was set at and Moyer turned the oval at .
For the Silver Anniversay season-I-44 will provide an action packed schedule featuring the World Of Outlaw LateModels,WOW 360 Sprints,USMTS Modifieds,THe DLRA and MARS LateModel Series along with the MRSA LateModels.


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