Based in New York City the Tomorrow label appears to have only released eleven albums, though there may be others. The known
catalog entries start with TVI-132 and end with TVI-142. It'd be interesting to know if TVI-130 and TVI-131 exist.
Regardless, most of the Tomorrow catalog is fairly rare and hard to locate with a couple of these releases commanding rather high
Like other tax loss outfits, Tomorrow's product was all over the musical spectrum, including pop (Joey Dee), rock (Goliath), and
soul (The Exciters). Similarly the quality of material ranges from near-throwaway to quite impressive.
At least part of the Tomorrow catalog is linked to the New York City-based Opal Music which included former New York Rock and
Roll Ensemble members Clifton Nivison and Martin Fulterman (aka Mark Snow) on its mid-1970s payroll. Working for Opal, Nivison
and Fulterman undertook a broad array of assignments, including writing material for other artists, preparing and recording demos,
recording tracks under various aliases, and producing material. Once again frustrated with the lack of recognition, Fulterman quit
Opal in 1974, relocating to Los Angeles where he found work scoring music for television and film. Regardless of whether they had
legal rights to the material, at some point in the mid-1970s Opal management sold the Nivison and Fulterman material held in its
vaults to the Tomorrow label which released some of the results under the "Former Members of the N.Y. Rock Ensemble" LP. More
Nivsion and Fulterman material showed up on the "Shawn Elliot" LP.
Not only was the music suspect, but it turns out that much of the artwork was also purloined from New York-based artist Sonja Eisenberg.
I actually tracked Ms. Eisenberg down and she was kind enough to tell me about her role with Tomorrow:
"I didn't know [my work had been used] until someone sent me a few copies. Never even knew they used it. A friend of mine
once asked me for some transparencies. I gave them to him, at the time probably feeling that they had no value. Forgot all
about it until a gentleman sent me a copy of one of the LPs . Don't even know how he knew where to contact me. Just have
worked almost every day, sometimes 12 hours at a stretch . No one ever promoted my art and I was too ill to do it. Soooooo -- I
get oodles of compliments, which do not pay my rent. But, then you are well aware of this in your own life."
By the way, Ms. Eisenberg's work is fascinating. I'm sure she won't mind it if I provide a link to her website:
Good luck finding copies of Tomorrow releases.
- September 17th 2010: added additional information on the Goliath LP
- December 26 2010: added photo for Hot Ice and link to the review (thanks to Aaron Marsh of Schoolhouse Exchange record store
for the jpg file)
- June 2012: Added email received from Former Members of the N.Y. Rock Ensemble Clif Nivison
July 2012: added review of The Newborn LP
|LP cover||Artist||LP Title||Label||catalog #||Year||Genre||
|To see a brief album description and track listing, be sure to click on the 'Artist' name.|
|Newborn, The||The Newborn||Tomorrow||TVI-132||1977||VG+ cover / VG+ LP||$50.00|
|Goliath||Goliath||Tomorrow||TVI-133||1977||NM cover / NM LP; still in shrink wrap (opened)||$100.00|
|Gibson, Johnny||Johnny Gibson||Tomorrow||TVI 134||1977||NM cover / NM LP; still in shrink wrap||$75.00|
|Dee, Joey||Joey Dee||Tomorrow||TVI 135||1977||VG+ cover / VG+ LP; s mall cut out hole top right corner, someone wrote '10' in black magic marker on top right corner||$15.00|
|Hot Ice||Hot Ice||Tomorrow||TVI-136||1977||VG+ cover / VG+ LP||$150.00|
|Former Members of the N.Y. Rock Ensemble||Former Members of the N.Y. Rock Ensemble||Tomorrow||TVI-137||1977||VG+ cover / VG+ LP||$125.00|
|Elliott, Shawn||Shawn Elliott||Tomorrow||TVI-138||1977||VG+ cover / VG+ LP, cut out notch lower edge||$100.00|
|Ed, Tom||Tom Ed||Tomorrow||TVI-139||1977||NM cover / NM LP; still in shrink||$100.00|
|Michaelo||Michaelo||Tomorrow||TVI 140||1977||VG+ cover / VG+ LP||$250.00|
|Exciters, The||The Exciters||Tomorrow||TVI-141||1977||NM cover / NM LP; still in shrink wrap (opened)||$100.00|
|Maverick||Maverick||Tomorrow||TVI-142||1977||VG+ cover / VG+ LP||$200.00|
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