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Downhearted BluesAlberta Hunter was born in Memphis, TN in 1895 and made her professional debut at age 16 in Chicago at the gangster haunt Dago Franks. Throughout the 1920s Alberta recorded with all of the top jazz stars of the day, waxing many sides for a variety of top labels. Alberta was in her 80s when her career took it's final act with a contract with Columbia Records and many live appearances both Stateside and in Europe. Alberta was inducted into the Blue Hall of Fame in 2011.
These recordings are from a NYC Club called The Cookery and feature Alberta with Gerald Cook (Piano) and Jimmy Lewis (Bass). The 2LP set also contains a bonus track.1. My Castle's Rockin'
2. Love I Have for You
3. I Got Rhythm
4. Downhearted Blues
5. Time Waits for No One
6. I'm Havin' a Good Time
7. Two-Fisted Double-Jointed Rough and Ready Man
8. Darktown Strutters' Ball
9. Sometimes I'm Happy
10. I've Got a Mind to Ramble
11. Old Fashioned Love
12. You Can't Tell the Difference After Dark
13. Remember My Name
14. When You're Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You)
15. Georgia on My Mind
16. Handy Man
17. Never Knew My Kisses
18. You're Welcome to Come Back Home$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress)
Six LPs, 800 Digital Tracks, Two Definitive Large-Format Books. All Housed In A Polished Aluminum Case Evoking The Era's High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism.
800 Newly-remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 175 Artists
90+ Fully-restored Original 1920s-30s Paramount Ads From Chicago Defender
6 X 180g LPs Pressed On Alabaster-white Label-less Vinyl, Each Side With Its Own Hand-Etched Numeral And Holographic Image
250 Pg. Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Book Featuring Original Paramount Art And The Label's Curious Tale
400 Pg. Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Bios & Portraits And Full Paramount Discography
Polished Aluminum And Stainless Steel Cabinet, Evoking 1930s High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism
First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App Containing All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Sculpted Metal USB Drive
Last November, Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant issued The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), the first installment of the curious tale of America's most important record label. It was called spectacular (New York Times), unprecedented (Rolling Stone), breathtaking (Boing Boing), a cabinet of wonder, indeed (Pitchfork), and the most perfectly realized attempt to combine music and documentation (Fretboard Journal) and damnedest musical objet d'art (Nashville Scene) folks had ever seen.
Third Man-Revenant now presents the final volume in the Paramount story - The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).
As Volume Two begins, Paramount is entitled to a breather - in the previous 5 years it's been home to giants like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Eubie Blake, Fletcher Henderson, Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, Jaybird Coleman, Clarence Williams, and Fats Waller.
But just as it seems the label might be losing steam, it begins a second act that threatens to dwarf its first. In its final 5 year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarks on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted recordings in the history of wax - a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Little Brother Montgomery, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Ramblin' Thomas, Jaydee Short, George Bullet Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Charlie Spand, Jabo Williams, Louise Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, and The Mississippi Sheiks.
Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first and most comprehensive chronicler of what America really sounded like in the 1920s and '30s - on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, Paramount - not some preservationist-minded enterprise like the Library of Congress - inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation's greatest art form.6 LPs feature tracks from the collection.
USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 175 artists across the Paramount family of labels.$469.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Everybody's In Show-Biz
150 Gram Vinyl
Two Inserts: Original Lyric Sheet Plus Second Insert With Bonus Track Info
Contains The Original 2-LP Plus A Third LP With 9 Previously Unreleased Live And Studio Tracks
First released in August 1972, Everybody's In Show-Biz was The Kinks' tenth studio album, arriving within a year of the acclaimed Muswell Hillbillies (the group's debut album for RCA Records). The original double-LP Everybody's In Show-Biz contained a complete studio album (which premiered the all-time Kinks classic Celluloid Heroes among other tracks) and a live disc chronicling The Kinks' Carnegie Hall appearance in March 1972.
The 2016 Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes the original album, produced by Raymond Douglas Davies, in its entirety alongside a full disc's worth of previously unissued studio sessions outtakes (recorded for the album in 1972 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London) and live material (recorded March 2-3, 1972 during The Kinks' triumphant Carnegie Hall concert run).
The new edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes in-depth liner notes penned especially for this release by noted rock scholar David Fricke.
A concept album of sorts, Everybody's In Show-Biz drew its themes and inspirations from the trials, tribulations and triumphs of life as a touring musician. (The raucous Carnegie Hall recordings on the album come from one of the first North American concerts performed by The Kinks after the lift of a four-year ban imposed on the group by the American Federation of Musicians in 1965.) The songs on Everybody's In Show-Biz were initially intended to serve as the soundtrack to The Colossal Shirt, a never-realized feature film about The Kinks on the road.
Life keeps using me, keeps on abusing me, mentally and physically, Davies sings on the album's Maximum Consumption. I gotta stay fit, stay alive, need fuel inside, eat food to survive . Stylistically, Everybody's in Show-Biz finds Davies further exploring his interest in Americana-inspired musical arrangements as heard on Muswell Hillbillies.
Everybody's In Show-Biz showcases the second great classic Kinks line-up: frontman Ray Davies, guitarist Dave Davies, bassist John Dalton, keyboardist John Gosling and drummer Mick Avory, joined by brass and woodwind players Mike Cotton, John Beecham and Alan Holmes (all of whom played on Muswell Hillbillies).
The Carnegie Hall recordings include a variety of Kinks originals in addition to unconventional covers including Mr. Wonderful (from the Sammy Davis Jr.-led musical of the same name), the 1920s popular standard Baby Face (made famous by Al Jolson) and The Banana Boat Song (a calypso-folk perennial popularized by Harry Belafonte).
The new Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes never-before-heard live versions of Sunny Afternoon, Get Back in Line, Complicated Life and the rarely-played Long Tall Shorty as well as alternate versions of Supersonic Rocket Ship, Unreal Reality and the debut release of History, which foreshadowed The Kinks' next concept album, 1973's Preservation Act 1.LP 1
1. Here Comes yet Another Day
2. Maximum Consumption
3. Unreal Reality
4. Hot Potatoes
5. Sitting In My Hotel
7. You Don't Know My Name
8. Supersonic Rocket Ship
9. Look A Little On the Sunny Side
10. Celluloid Heroes
1. Top of the Pops (Live)
3. Mr. Wonderful(Live)
4. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues(Live)
6. Muswell Hillbilly(Live)
8. Banana Boat Song(Live)
9. Skin and Bone(Live)
10. Baby Face(Live)
1. 'Til the End of the Day (Live)
2. You're Looking Fine (Live)
3. Get Back In Line (Live)
4. Have A Cuppa Tea (Live)
5. Sunny Afternoon (Live)
6. Complicated Life (Live)
7. Long Tall Shorty (Live)
9. Supersonic Rocket Ship (Alternate mix)$29.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Studio 4 Acoustic SessionScranton, PA indie punks Tigers Jaw have brought their talents to the studio for an intimate and rewarding experience on their new 12", Studio 4 Acoustic Session. Recorded in front of a live studio audience by Will Yip (Circa Survive, Title Fight), Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins bring listeners into an intimate space with renditions of fan favorite tracks from albums past. The record swells with melodic, acoustic versions of painful stories of heartbreak like "Hum" and "Plane vs. Tank vs. Submarine," and the hard-hitting life lessons found in "Never Saw it Coming," touching on new and old songs alike. Pensive riffs and quiet melodies teeter delicately between their raw alternative sound and their minimalist indie side. With only personal dedications,
poignant harmonies, and soft guitar by the two leads, Studio 4 Acoustic Session exposes Tigers Jaw to their fans in an unparalleled way.1. Hum
2. Distress Signal
4. Nervous Kids
5. Jimmy Piersall
6. Fake Death
7. Safe In Your Skin / Where Am I?
8. Never Saw It Coming
9. Carry You Over
10. Plane Vs. Tank Vs. Submarine
11. I Saw Water
12. Teen Rocket$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Skin & EarthThroughout a year long process, she began secretly working on an unprecedented idea writing and drawing her own comic book based around this alter ego of sorts. And on top of that, just to make things more difficult - an album to coincide with the whole thing.
Thus came Skin&Earth, the Canadian singer's fourth record and her most open and vulnerable to date. In the past, Lights wouldn't write about being angry or Lights wouldn't write a song about fighting or Lights wouldn't write about sex, she says. So En is me in another dimension, and I was able to write about all the things that I never wrote about before.
The album form of Skin&Earth also brings help from some of music's brightest including Corin Roddick of Purity Ring, Big Data and Josh Dun of Twenty One Pilots. Everything that happened on this record was really fun and natural and felt like we were all working towards the same goal, she says. It was this organic mutual fan-ship kind of thing that brought it all together. She continues, This is the most fun I've had doing a record. I've never felt that I understood a record more and I've never felt like I understood a reason for a record more.
Ultimately for Lights, the most important takeaway from the story of Skin&Earth is of a young woman entranced by a spirit that she and she alone must overcome. This is based on internal, emotional stress and turmoil - stuff that I've dealt with and stuff that a lot of people have dealt with. I've always believed that all those battles can be fought and you come out of this stronger. And that was the foundation of the story, she says. At the end of the day, if nothing else, I want people, especially young women, to see in this character a little bit of themselves - see that an ordinary person can do amazing things and fight battles nobody else can see, and there's no shame in that. In fact, there's a lot of beauty in it.1. Intro
3. Until the Light
4. Savage (feat. Josh Dun)
5. New Fears
7. We Were Here
12. Magnetic Field
13. Fight Club
14. Almost Had Me$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
'N Sync (Awaiting Repress)Import
Limited First Pressing Of 2,000 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Blue Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
'N SYNC is the self-titled debut studio album by American boy band 'N SYNC (also written as N SYNC and NSYNC), originally released in 1997. 'N SYNC consisted of Justin Timberlake, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick, Joey Fatone, and Lance Bass.
Singles I Want You Back, Tearin' Up My Heart, Here We Go and For the Girl Who Has Everything became huge chart-busters and the album eventually sold over 15 million copies worldwide.
Although 'N SYNC announced the start of a temporary hiatus in early 2002, the band has not recorded new material since then. Justin Timberlake went on to become a very successful solo artist with several multi-platinum albums. In 2007, Lance Bass confirmed that the group had definitely broken up. They have sold over 70 million albums, becoming the eighth-best-selling boy band in history.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary, 'N Sync is now available on vinyl for the first time. The limited edition package includes a 4 page booklet with liner notes, lyrics and pics as well as an exclusive poster. To top it off, the first 2.000 individually numbered copies are pressed on blue vinyl. Strictly limited!1. Tearin' Up My Heart
2. You Got It
4. Crazy For You
6. For The Girl Who Has Everything
7. I Need Love
8. Giddy Up
9. Here We Go
10. Best Of My Life
11. More Than A Feeling
12. I Want You Back
13. Together Again
14. Forever Young$47.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-BMG-3335xThe Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Jazz Age (Awaiting Repress)If there was ever a musical icon and a decade destined to come together it is Bryan Ferry and the Roaring Twenties. The artist as creative powerhouse with a dazzling career of endless surprise, delight and innovation, and the decade - a time of modernity, decadence and bright young things - all driven on by the thrill of it all.
So what better way to celebrate and mark the 40th year anniversary of Ferry's incredible career as a singer and songwriter, than by rearranging his own compositions and have them performed in a 1920's style by his very own Jazz Orchestra? It began as an idea, fueled by Ferry's fascination of that time between the wars known as The Jazz Age. He decided the songs were to be all completely instrumental reinterpretations. A lot of the music I listen to nowadays is instrumental, he explains and I wanted to let my songs have a different life, a life without words.
He put together his very own jazz orchestra comprised of many of the great British jazz players from his past tribute to the 1930's, the album As Time Goes By - including his long-term musical director Colin Good, with whom Ferry worked closely on these new arrangements. The 13 songs have been chosen from 11 albums, from his very first release Roxy Music (1972) to his recent solo record Olympia (2010)1. Do The Strand
2. Love Is The Drug
3. Don't Stop The Dance
4. Just Like You
6. The Bogus Man
7. Slave To Love
8. This Is Tomorrow
9. The Only Face
10. I Thought
11. Reason Or Rhyme
12. Virginia Plain
13. This Island Earth$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags (Awaiting Repress)Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style 12-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. An evening's sonic evocations of pre-WWII Blues covers an extensive selection of material recorded in the 1920's and 30's. Playing the 12 string guitar, Todd brings to life an era composed of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Willie McTell and Leadbelly, among others. Todd's history playing the Blues reaches over 25 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn't in his hands.
He first heard the Country Blues at the age of twelve, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one-the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre aiming solely to interpret the sounds of the masters. Todd has performed across the U.S, both as a solo musician and alongside his former country blues string band, The Staving Chain. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia.1. Savannah Mama
2. Kill It Kid
3. Rising River Blues
5. Sweet Mary Blues
6. Cherry Ball Blues
7. My Money Never Runs Out
8. Train That Carried My Girl From Town$9.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Smart FleshIncludes CD
With its dreamy, rustic take on the idea of Americana, the Low Anthem's Smart Flesh builds on the promise of the group's universally praised 2008 Nonesuch Records debut, Oh My God, Charlie Darwin. As the Washington Post has put it, The Low Anthem isn't the first bunch of indie rockers to experiment with older string-band instruments and echoes of the songs of pre-1940 rural America. But no one has done it better than this Rhode Island trio... That's because very few bands have paid so much attention to detail, or to beauty.
To record Charlie Darwin, the three original band members-Jocie Adams, Ben Knox Miller, and Jeff Prystowskytook over a Block Island cabin in the dead of winter. To record Smart Flesh, the group now expanded to a quartet with the addition of drummer Mat Davidson-found a former pasta factory in Central Falls, Rhode Island, a cavernous loft space that became crucial to the shape of the album. Says vocalist Miller, We knew right away when we stepped into the factory that the space was really the main instrument for the whole record. The resonance was chilling. We were able to experiment with new recording techniques to capture the sound at different distances. Mics 100-200 feet away caught the sound barreling across the room. Additional tracks were recorded in a garage that had previously been home to a reptile breeder, another unconventional studio space that the quartet dubbed the gator pit.
The group self-produced Smart Flesh, bringing in Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk, M. Ward) to mix the Pasta Sauce sessions and Jesse Lauter (Elvis Perkins, April Smith) to engineer. Instrumentation included jaw harp, musical saw, stylophone, oversized drum kits, and three antique pump organs that the band had found and restored. The exquisitely crafted, achingly spare arrangements at times recall the early recordings of Leonard Cohen, and Miller's voice, on a track like Burn, displays a similarly gruff yet plaintive timbre. The deeply melancholic mood the group favors, starting with a spellbindingly slow-motion rendering of George Carter's 1920's era Ghost Woman Blues, will appeal to fans of the backwoods musings of Bon Iver or the lovelorn southern balladry of the Avett Brothers, with whom The Low Anthem has toured.1. Ghost Woman Blues
2. Apothecary Love
3. Boeing 737
4. Love And Altar
5. Matter Of Time
8. Hey, All You Hippies!
9. I'll Take Out Your Ashes
10. Golden Cattle
11. Smart Flesh$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FrogtownAnthony Wilson, best known as a jazz guitarist, has released an organic, occasionally 'noir-ish'-sounding album on which he sets up and sings within cinematic musical landscapes, proving himself to be an equally compelling story teller. Frogtown is an area of Los Angeles, whose official name is Elysian Valley. People live there but other than a lush stretch of the L.A. riverbed, there's not much there, which is how the people like it. The same can't be said of this record, which will have you wondering from where came this Anthony Wilson? ... the album's sound and the deftly drawn arrangements (for some reason uncredited) perfectly compliment Wilson's dreamy, rural intentions (producer Joe Harley gets a 'audio consultation' credit). The sound achieves a rare level of transparency, delicacy and three-dimensionality in today's hard-edged audio world. Bernie Grundman cut lacquers from what I assume were high resolution files. I doubt you'll ask yourself 'why buy the vinyl?' after your first listen. - Music = 10/11; Sound = 10/11 - Michael Fremer, AnalogPlanet.com.
Frogtown, a new album of original instrumental and vocal songs, is guitarist Anthony Wilson's widest-ranging work to date, and his debut as a vocalist. Wilson enlisted Grammy-winning producer/bassist Mike Elizondo (Gary Clark Jr., Kimbra, Ry Cooder), a longtime friend and musical colleague, to help him realize this collection of layered and personal sonic stories.
Featuring a cast of renowned musicians - drummers Jim Keltner and Matt Chamberlain, violinist Petra Haden, and keyboardists Patrick Warren and Josh Nelson - each song on Frogtown evokes a distinct feeling and landscape, and takes the listener someplace new. Virtuosic guitar and ensemble work, well-made songs and detailed arrangements, and intimate vocals are the driving forces of the album.
An album highlight is the song Your Footprints - written by Wilson with songwriter Dan Wilson (Adele, Taylor Swift, Semisonic) - featuring a special guest appearance from iconic jazz saxophonist Charles Lloyd. The collaboration with Lloyd alludes to Wilson's deep jazz roots, and evokes memories of his father, the late, great composer/bandleader Gerald Wilson. Other songs summon varied musical influences - FM radio of the 1970's, Ry Cooder's diverse body of work, children's rhymes, guitar styles from the 1920's to the present day.
Frogtown travels into, through, and beyond genres; the album's melodies and lyrics guide the listener through tender and complex emotional landscapes. Anthony Wilson steps confidently into the center of the frame for this musical and personal portrait.1. She Won't Look Back
3. Your Footprints
4. Occhi di Bambola
5. Silver and Flint
6. Our Affair
7. The Cares of a Family Man
10. The Geranium
11. Shabby Bird
12. I Saw It Through The Skylight
13. Downtown Abbey$40.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
AmoreWhile creating the perfect track listing for Bocelli's first-ever album of popular songs, Bocelli and his producers
searched the musical eras from the 1920s to the 1980s for songs in Italian, Spanish and French. Bocelli also added some of his favorite international pop songs. They are collected here and include special guests Stevie Wonder, Kenny G and Christina Aguilera. A 180 gram 2LP set in a gatefold package with printed inner sleeves!1. Amapola
2. Besame Mucho
3. Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves)
4. Mi Manchi
5. Somos Novios (It's Impossible)
6. Solamente Una Vez
8. Pero Te Extrano
9. Canzoni Stonate
11. Cuando Me Enamoro
12. Can't Help Falling In Love
13. Because We Believe
14. Ama Credi E Vai (Because We Believe)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-RHI-278xJools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra
Sirens Of SongA purveyor and survivor of Britpop (with band Squeeze), solo artist, author, and television presenter, Jools Holland is prominent as one of British music's most recognized and trustworthy.
A couple of years back, Holland's talent for composition was refreshed with 2012's The Golden Age Of Song, a star-studded effort. Holland must have had the itch to repeat that highly successful and pleasant experience, only this time around he's kept it between him and the ladies. What emerges is 14 tracks of originals and reworked gems starring some of the best female voices in the business.
What Holland nails here are his choices of leading ladies for each track, which offer so much in the way of delightfully surprising and sublime covers. Jamaican songstress Ruby Turner sasses up Ray Charles' Jumpin' In The Morning, our own pop princess Kylie Minogue puts her pout to The Clash's Should I Stay Or Should I Go, and Emeli SandÉ admirably takes on 1920s standard Love Me Or Leave Me. Among the standouts, though, are Louise Marshall's A Vow, a poem by one of Holland's favourite English poets, Wendy Cope; Joss Stone's soulful attack in Letting Me Down; and the playful ska in Monkey Man, brought to life by the late, great Amy Winehouse.
Holland's orchestra never falters, nor do the man's fingers on the ivories, and running throughout is a vibrant sense of celebration for not only these skilfull lasses but for the sheer act of making music with many different talents.
-Carley Hall (The Music)1. Jumping In the Morning - By Jools Holland & Ruby Turner
2. Letting Me Down - By Jools Holland & Joss Stone
3. Love Me Or Leave Me - By Jools Holland & Emeli SandÉ
4. A Vow - By Jools Holland & Louise Marshall
5. Monkey Man - By Jools Holland & Amy Winehouse
6. Should I Stay Or should I Go - By Jools Holland & Kylie Minogue
7. Sweet Bitter Love - By Jools Holland & Mabel Ray
8. See-Line Woman - By Jools Holland & Laura Mvula
9. Lost Mind - By Jools Holland & Rumer
10. Top To Bottom Boogie - By Jools Holland & Imelda May
11. Night & Day - By Jools Holland & KT Tunstall
12. I Wish - By Jools Holland & Melanie C
13. I Still Went Wrong - By Jools Holland & Ruby Turner
14. Ain't Misbehavin' - By Jools Holland & Eartha Kitt$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-RAZ-9213xDee Dee Bridgewater
Dee Dee's FeathersVocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater's 2015 effort, Dee Dee's Feathers, is a vibrant jazz showcase that pays homage to the history of New Orleans and marks the tenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. A collaboration between Bridgewater, New Orleans trumpeter Irvin Mayfield, and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO), the album finds Bridgewater combining her love of New Orleans' musical past with the Crescent City's vibrant present.
Recorded at Esplanade Studios, a historic 1920s church turned music studio in heart of the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans, Dee Dee's Feathers has a lush, organic sound. Bridgewater is backed here by Mayfield and his band, featuring guitarist/banjo player Don Vappie, drummer Adonis Rose, pianist Victor Atkins, and bassist Khari Allen Lee. Also featured on the album are several guests, including such New Orleans icons as keyboardist Dr. John and percussionist Bill Summers.
These are warm, largely acoustic arrangements that breathe with the energy of a live performance. Cuts like the second-line, Mardi Gras-themed Big Chief, and the similarly percussion-heavy title track sound pleasingly like in-studio jams. In contrast, standards like the romantic What a Wonderful World and the languid Come Sunday, are lush, symphonic big-band productions that juxtapose Bridgewater's crackling, resonant voice against shimmering string and horn sections.
Throughout all of Dee Dee's Feathers is Mayfield's burnished, puckered trumpet, adding a soulful counterpoint to Bridgewater's urbane vocals. Bridgewater has built a career out of combining her love of the tradition with her desire to push the boundaries of jazz style, and Dee Dee's Feathers is no exception.1. One Fine Thing
2. What a Wonderful World
3. Big Chief
4. Saint James Infirmary
5. Dee Dee's Feathers
6. New Orleans
7. Treme Song / Do Whatcha Wanna
8. Come Sunday
9. Congo Square
10. C'est ici que je t'aime
11. Do You Know What it Means
12. Whoopin' Blues$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Is That All There Is?Peggy Lee was 49 years old when Capitol Records released Is That All There Is? in 1969. It was her 42nd album, and it had been over 10 years since the singer born Norma Deloris Egstrom, in 1920, had last graced the US Top 40 with her presence; her sultry take on Little Willie John's 'Fever' scaled the upper echelons of the American hit parade in 1958.
But Lee, a country girl with Scandinavian ancestry who hailed from the plains of North Dakota, had more in the tank. The haunting and idiosyncratic 'Is That All There Is?' (inspired by a short story called Disillusionment from German writer Thomas Mann) captured the public imagination when it was released as a single in the States and started climbing the pop charts, where it peaked at No.11. Such was the song's impact that it won Lee a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance in 1970. Its success was a surprise to Capitol, who thought the song was too odd and esoteric to be a hit.
The song opens Lee's album of the same name and, even today, remains a profoundly potent piece of music. It has the ability to simultaneously provoke conflicting emotions, eliciting both laughter and pathos. Combining a spoken narrative with a plaintive refrain sung over a jaunty rhythm, it evokes the Berlin cabaret scene of the 1920s and the spirit of German composer Kurt Weill. The song was penned and produced by noted hitmakers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it's unlike anything else they wrote: a philosophical rumination that questions the meaning of things.
Arranged and conducted by a young Randy Newman, 'Is That All There Is?' is beautifully delivered by Lee in plangent tones, mixing a droll, ironic humour with a poignant reflection on the absurdity and, indeed, disappointments of life. Despite the song's somber mood and theme of disillusionment, the chorus is gloriously carefree: "Let's keep dancing/Let's break out the booze and have a ball," Lee sings, and she sounds like she means it. (Understandably, the song - which was originally written for, and turned down by, Marlene Dietrich - has inspired many covers over the years, including notable versions by Tony Bennett and PJ Harvey with John Parish.)
Though it was the undoubted cornerstone of Lee's 1969 album, there was much more to enjoy besides the title song. Another Leiber and Stoller composition, 'Whistle For Happiness', is stylistically similar to 'Is That All There Is?' while their 'I'm A Woman' is a swaggering, sassy blues that was first cut by Lee on her 1963 album of the same name and was a minor US chart hit at the time.
Peggy Lee Is Love Story Single Label - 300Elsewhere, Lee deconstructs the Al Jolson-associated 'Me And My Shadow' and imbues it with a languorous sensuality, while the Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet 'Something Stupid' is reconfigured into a breezy bossa nova. Another highlight is her take on Randy Newman's 'Love Story (You And Me)', the opening cut on the singer-songwriter's 1968 debut album for Reprise, which is arranged and conducted by the composer himself. Newman's 'Johnny (Linda)' is also included and has an arrangement that recalls the vaudevillian quirkiness of the album's title track.
Lee also embraced the rock music zeitgeist by tackling The Beatles' George Harrison-penned 'Something' and Neil Diamond's gospel-flavoured 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show', though she does them in her own inimitable way.
Is That All There Is? dared to be different and showed that, though Peggy Lee was often typecast as a stereotypical jazz chanteuse, she was a much more versatile performer than had hitherto been revealed. Though its title song is an ode to coping with disappointment, that particular emotion is the last thing that you feel when listening to this classic album, which is a life-affirming delight from beginning to end.1. Is That All There Is?
2. Love Story
3. Me And My Shadow
4. My Old Flame
5. I'm A Woman
6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
8. Whistle For Happiness
9. Johnny (Linda)
10. Don't Smoke In Bed$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set
* 800 Newly-Remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 172 Artists
* 200+ Fully-Restored Original 1920s Ads And Images
* 6x 180g Vinyl LPs Pressed On Burled Chestnut Colored Vinyl W/ Hand-Engraved, Blind-embossed Gold-Leaf Labels, Housed In A Laser-Etched White Birch LP Folio
* 250 Page Deluxe Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Art Book
* 360 Page Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Portraits And Full Paramount Discography
* Handcrafted Quarter-Sawn Oak Cabinet With Lush Sage Velvet Upholstery And Custom-forged Metal Hardware
* First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App, Allowing User Mgmt Of All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Custom-Designed USB Drive
How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof? The answer lies in 'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,' an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White's Third Man Records and John Fahey's Revenant Records.
'Volume One,' which covers the label's improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19. The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and 'Volume 2' will be released in November 2014.
Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. Over its lifetime, the label would become a "race records" powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration.
By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable "other" (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas). Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.
The 'Rise and Fall' wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.6 LPs feature 87 tracks from the collection.
USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 172 artists across the Paramount family of labels, including the earliest recordings of:
King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Blind Blake, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Alberta Hunter, Papa Charlie Jackson, Ethel Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny and Baby Dodds, Bo Weavil Jackson, Jimmy O'Bryant, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Tiny Parham, Jimmy Blythe, and Jaybird Coleman.$469.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ravel - Bolero (Speakers Corner)
Among the innumerable recordings of Maurice Ravel's BolÉro, the present one made by DECCA with the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande under Ernest Ansermet is of particular note. The impressive mounting crescendo over an ostinato bass, leading through the work from the very first bar right up to the last note, goes hand in hand with ever increasing intensity and excitement and hardly permits the listener to draw a breath. As in the BolÉro, Ravel's La Valse, a choreographed poem for orchestra composed in 1920, is based on a single rhythmic idea, the Viennese waltz, which lends the work increasing impetus throughout the course of the music.
Although Arthur Honegger's Pacific 231, composed in 1923 and dedicated to Ernest Ansermet, is more modern and has a more complex structure, here too a great arc of tension determines the progress of the music until shortly before the end. The orchestra accelerates in tempo and then decelerates - due to the motivic writing - towards the end thus evoking the sound of a locomotive: the Pacific 231 namely.
The great success of the first performance of Paul Dukas's L'Apprenti sorcier (The Sorcerer's Apprentice) in 1897, a scherzo composed in 1895 and based on a ballad by Goethe, certainly comes as no surprise when one listens to this recording by the OSR under Ansermet. The composition is filled with a wealth of surprising moments which are presented here with exactitude and subtlety in even the tiniest detail.
- Orchestre de la Suisse Romande
- Ernest Ansermet (conductor)
Recording: February 1963 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
Production: Michael Brenner
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Bolero (Ravel)
2. Pacific 231 (Honegger)
3. The Sorcerer's Apprentice (Dukas)
4. La Valse (Ravel)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Maria Taylor has been beguiling listeners since 1997, from her start in Little Red Rocket as a teenager to her time spent as half of the acclaimed duo Azure Ray to her career as a solo artist. Shes released a trio of varied, accomplished, and successful solo albums over six years; 2005s 11:11, 2007s Lynn Teeter Flower, 2009s LadyLuck and in 2010, after a six-year hiatus from Azure Ray, she reunited with Orenda Fink for the bands fourth album, Drawing Down The Moon.
Taylors journey has carried her from hometown Birmingham, AL, to Athens, GA, to Omaha, NE, and to Los Angeles, CA, and on tours all over the world. Guided by an indomitable inner compass, her instincts called her home to Birmingham in early 2010. She packed her things in LA and drove southeasterly, unsure exactly why but heading back to her family and to the South, which has always greatly influenced her music.
It was surprising to Taylor then, that after buying her first house and settling in, she was unable to write any songs for an entire year. Concerned, but busy with touring and promotion around Azure Rays new album, she carried on. Then last December during a month-long break, she finally wrote a song, the ruminative and haunting Happenstance, and the floodgates opened. Taylor hid away in her bedroom for two weeks, writing and demo-ing the nine songs that now make up her lush fourth LP Overlook.
With a distinct, raw sound in mind, Taylor self-produced for the first time and called upon friend and neighbor Lester Nuby III (Verbena, Vulture Whale) to engineer Overlook. She sought to capture the sound of the South, of Alabama and its music scene, enlisting a host of local musicians to flesh out the album and lend their personalities to the songs. These contributions proved invaluable: Browan Lollar (Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit) handled lead guitar on all tracks, while adding acoustic and lap steel throughout; brother Macey (The Mystic Valley Band, A.A. Bondy) played bass on the entire record, adding banjo, organ, and keys; and Nuby provided his formidable drumming skills on two tracks, while Taylor herself played the remaining drum parts. Sister Kate played and sang on a couple of songs, including Matador, and dad Macey, Sr. played mandolin and sang on Bad Idea?, which was recorded completely live after only a few practices, simply seven of her close friends standing in a circle, making music. The sessions ran loose and easy, with family and friends often stopping in and spending time as she recorded. Taylor even hired LA-based but Birmingham-native Daniel Farris to mix the album, and her friend, local artist Margarette Simmons, designed Overlooks artwork.
In addition to tracking many songs live, Taylor kept a number of her own demo tracks (drum, guitar, keyboard) recorded in her bedroom straight to her computer without a microphone, in the final songs; the result maintains the unguarded honesty captured in the first moments of creation.
Much of Overlook is about the searching and uncertainties that come with growing up and growing older. The songs vary in sound from alluringly bold and immediate, and softer contemplation. Masterplan is the taut, simmering intro to the albums richness, all thundering drums, jangly guitar, and soaring keys, as Taylors evocative vocals haunt like a warning bell. Matador then shifts gears to a sultry, lusciously modern take on 60s pop strut unlike anything shes written before. Relationship gone-sour tale In A Bad Way follows later in the album and shares a similarly seductive, but looser, groove. The old-time shuffle of Bad Idea? could have been heard in a 1920s speakeasy, while the sunny guitars of This Could Take A Lifetime belie the dark and longing ache found within the songs bedrock. All through Overlook, Taylors voice is illuminating, drawing listeners in with its warm and resolute yet vulnerable grace.1. Masterplan
4. Like It Does
5. Bad Idea?
6. Idle Mind
7. In A Bad Way
8. This Could Take a Lifetime
9. Along for the Ride$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Snake Moan (Out of Stock)
180 Gram Blue Vinyl Albums From Original Blues Artists
Remastered with printed inner bags and sleevenotes
Sixteen historic recordings from the 1920's and the 1930's by the first country blues superstar. Includes Hot Dog, Easy Rider Blues and Black Snake Moan1. Hot Dogs
2. Teddy Bear Blues
3. Bad Luck Blues
4. Broke and Hungry
5. Black Snake Moan
6. Sunshine Special
7. Matchbox Blues
8. He Arose from the Dead
9. Rising High Water Blues
10. Easy Rider Blues
11. Rabbit Foot Blues
12. Lonesome House Blues
13. Jack O'Diamond Blues
14. Stocking Feet Blues
15. Right of Way Blues
16. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Lightnin' (Out Of Stock)Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.
All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom
Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock
"Recorded for Prestige's Bluesville subsidiary in 1960, Lightnin' is among the rewarding acoustic dates Lightnin' Hopkins delivered in the early '60s. The session has an informal, relaxed quality, and this approach serves a 48-year-old Hopkins impressively well on both originals like 'Thinkin' 'Bout an Old Friend' and the familiar 'Katie Mae' and enjoyable interpretations of Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee's 'Back to New Orleans' and Arthur 'Big Boy' Crudup's 'Mean Old Frisco.' Hopkins' only accompaniment consists of bassist Leonard Gaskin and drummer Belton Evans, both of whom play in an understated fashion and do their part to make this intimate setting successful. From the remorseful 'Come Back Baby' to more lighthearted, fun numbers like 'You Better Watch Yourself' and 'Automobile Blues,' Lightnin' is a lot like being in a small club with Hopkins as he shares his experiences, insights and humor with you." - All Music Guide
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Automobile Blues
2. You Better Watch Yourself
3. Mean Old Frisco
4. Shinin' Moon
5. Come Back Baby
6. Thinkin' 'Bout An Old Friend
7. The Walkin' Blues
8. Back To New Orleans
9. Katie Mae
10. Down There Baby$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Goin' Home (Out Of Stock)Archie Shepp's two duet albums with pianist Horace Parlan on SteepleChase (the other one is 1980's Trouble in Mind) both find the innovative avant-garde tenor in relaxed and melodic form, respectfully interpreting music of the 1920s and before. Goin' Home features Shepp (who doubles on soprano) and Parlan playing tasteful versions of nine ancient black folk melodies including Swing Low, Sweet Chariot, Nobody Knows the Troubles I've Seen and Deep River. Those listeners only familiar with Shepp's earlier Fire Music will find these compelling performances to be a revelation. - All Music Guide1. Deep River
2. My Lord What A Morning
3. Amazing Grace
4. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
5. Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
6. Goin' Home
7. Nobody Knows The Troubles I've Seen
8. Go Down Moses
9. Steal Away To Jesus$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock