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During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Midwestern area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.
After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.
Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.
In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.
A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).
Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.
The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.
The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.
During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.
The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.
Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."
The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."
The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.
In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.
In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."
Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."
In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.
Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."LP 1
1. Shining Star
2. That's The Way Of The World
4. Can't Hide Love
5. Got To Get You Into My Life
6. Sing A Song
8. Serpentine Fire
1. Kalimba Story
2. Mighty Mighty
4. Saturday Nite
5. Let's Groove
6. Boogie Wonderland ( with The Emotions)
7. After The Love Has Gone
8. Getaway$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
History: America's Greatest Hits (Awaiting Repress)The legendary rock superstars America burst onto the rock music scene in the early-'70s with their much revered classic self-titled debut featuring A Horse With No Name which forever changed the fortunes of this very popular rock trio.
After many successful albums and top charting pop and album rock singles, Warner Bros. honored this legendary act with their first best of collection History: Americas Greatest Hits. Produced by the legendary George Martin (The Beatles), this 1976 platter was filled with a generous helping of their most popular hit singles and album tracks from many smash albums like Homecoming, Hearts and Holiday.
The 12-track masterpiece is loaded with original hit tracks like A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Tin Man, Sister Golden Hair, I Need You and even more classics like Daisy Jane and Lonely People.
Being one of the most popular albums in their career, History: Americas Greatest Hits went on to collect multi-platinum accolades since its 1976 release. The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has not been available for decades, that is until now!
Friday Music presents for the very first time on audiophile vinyl, History: Americas Greatest Hits. Mastered impeccably from the original Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso (America/Doobie Brothers/Yes), this amazing rock classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl domain. Original vinyl mixes of their classic hit singles and solid album tracks like Sandman, Woman Tonight and Only In Your Heart truly resonate with the listener.
To enhance your limited edition LP, Friday Music has also included a poly bag for the much acclaimed Phil Hartmann (Saturday Night Live) album cover artwork and a poly lined sleeve for the vinyl LP.1. A Horse With No Name
2. I Need You
4. Ventura Highway
5. Dont Cross The River
6. Only In Your Heart
7. Muskrat Love
8. Tin Man
9. Lonely People
10. Sister Golden Hair
11. Daisy Jane
12. Woman Tonight$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
American Hustle SoundtrackLike Goodfellas and Boogie Nights before it, American Hustle's music celebrates the epic feel of '70s pop, rock, and disco and uses it to give its story extra heft. David O. Russell's tale of con men, Feds, and the mob has a lighter touch than either of those two movies, however, and this is reflected in the soundtrack's song choices. More than a few of these tracks are by Electric Light Orchestra as well as Jeff Lynne on his own, and the whimsical yet driving sound of 10538 Orchestra, Long Black Road, and Stream of Stars lends a tongue-in-cheek tone supported by Tom Jones' Delilah and Chris Stills' Live to Live. The album touches on some of the decade's definitive songs (Elton John's Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, Wings' Live and Let Die, Donna Summer's I Feel Love) but never sounds like a prepackaged hits-of-the-'70s collection, due in large part to unique choices like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' gritty version of Don't Leave Me This Way and Mayssa Karaa's otherworldly Arabic interpretation of Jefferson Airplane's White Rabbit, which is so striking that it's one of the finest songs on an album packed with big names. A nuanced and playful soundtrack, American Hustle works well as a companion piece to the movie that spawned it and on its own.
- Heather Phares (All Music Guide)LP1
1. Jeep's Blues - Duke Ellington
2. Goodbye Yellow Brick Road (Album Version) - Elton John
3. White Rabbit (Arabic Version) - Mayssa Karaa
4. 10538 Overture - Jeff Lynne
5. Live and Let Die - Wings
6. How Can You Mend a Broken Heart - Bee Gees
7. I Feel Love - Donna Summer
8. Don't Leave Me This Way - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
9. Delilah - Tom Jones
1. I've Got Your Number - Jack Jones
2. Long Black Road - Jeff Lynne
3. A Horse with No Name (Album Version) - America
4. Stream of Stars - Jeff Lynne
5. Live to Live - Chris Stills
6. Irving Montage - Danny Elfman$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Greatest Hit SinglesBest known for his classic Shaft soundtrack and role on South Park, Isaac Hayes has one of the deepest and impressive discographies in modern music. This singles collection focuses on his heyday, kicking off with Hot Buttered Soul-era tracks such as Walk On By and By The Time I Get To Phoenix.
One of the best-available Isaac Hayes compilation, Greatest Hit Singles bypasses a couple of his later disco hits, but the result is a more unified sound that helps illustrate why Hayes was so important to the development of '70s soul...for a more concentrated dose of Hayes at his best, Greatest Hit Singles is hard to beat. - Steve Huey, allmusic.com1. By The Time I Get To Phoenix
2. Walk On By
3. I Stand Accused
4. The Look Of Love
5. Never Can Say Goodbye
6. Theme From shaft
7. Do Your Thing
8. Let's Stay Together
9. Ain't That Loving You
10. Theme From the Men
11. I Don't Want To Be Right
12. Joy$21.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Al Green Greatest HitsRanked 52/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Al Green was the first great soul singer of the '70s and arguably the last great Southern soul singer. With his seductive singles for Hi Records in the early '70s, Green bridged the gap between deep soul and smooth Philadelphia soul. He incorporated elements of gospel, interjecting his performances with wild moans and wails, but his records were stylish, boasting immaculate productions that rolled along with a tight beat, sexy backing vocals, and lush strings. The distinctive Hi Records sound that the vocalist and producer Willie Mitchell developed made Al Green the most popular and influential soul singer of the early '70s. Greatest Hits epitomizes that trademark sound with 10 of the R&B legends' all-time classics.1. Tired Of Being Alone
2. Call Me (Come Back Home)
3. I'm Still In Love With You
4. Here I Am (Come And Take Me)
5. Love And Happiness
6. Let's Stay Together
7. I Can't Get Next To You
8. You Ought To Be With Me
9. Look What You Done For Me
10. Let's Get Married$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hello, I'm Johnny Cash (Discontinued)Import
The energy that Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Three captured on the legendary Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison record can probably never be duplicated. That being said, Hello, I'm Johnny Cash comes very close. This forgotten album is arguably one of the five best albums in the Cash discography. It is fueled by superb original Cash songs and well executed covers. It contains "See Ruby Fall" (co-written with Roy Orbison) and one of his best '70s hits, "Blistered." The lean, minimalist instrumentation of the Tennessee Three ensures the album with great rhythm, leaving Johnny Cash's voice as affective as ever. The album itself reached No. 1 on the country charts and No. 6 on the pop charts.Side A
2. The Devil To Pay
3. 'Cause I Love You
4. See Ruby Fall
5. Route # 1, Box 144
6. Sing A Traveling Song
1. If I Were A Carpenter
2. To Beat The Devil
4. Wrinkled, Crinkled, Wadded Dollar Bill
5. I've Got A Thing About Trains
6. Jesus Was A Carpenter$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bad CompanyBad Company's self-titled 1974 release stands as one of the most important and accomplished debut hard rock albums of the '70s. With a string of hits that included Can't Get Enough, Bad Company, Ready For Love and Movin' On, the album became an international smash and layed the groundwork for popular 70's and 80's FM radio.
1. Can't Get Enough
2. Rock Steady
3. Ready for Love
4. Don't Let Me Down
5. Bad Company
6. Way I Choose
7. Movin' On
8. Seagull$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bad Company (Deluxe)Deluxe Edition
Bad Company's self-titled 1974 release stands as one of the most important and accomplished debut hard rock albums of the '70s. With a string of hits that included Can't Get Enough, Bad Company, Ready For Love and Movin' On, the album became an international smash and layed the groundwork for popular 70's and 80's FM radio.LP1
1. Can't Get Enough (Remastered Version)
2. Rock Steady (Remastered Version)
3. Ready For Love (Remastered Version)
4. Don't Let Me Down (Remastered Version)
5. Bad Company (Remastered Version)
6. The Way I Choose (Remastered Version)
7. Movin' On (Remastered Version)
8. Seagull (Remastered Version)
1. Superstar Woman (Long Version)
2. Little Miss Fortune (B-Side Of Can't Get Enough)
3. Easy On My Soul (B-Side Of Movin' On)
4. Bad Company (LMS Studio Reel 2-73 Session)
5. Can't Get Enough (Take 1)
6. The Way I Choose (Demo Reel 1)
7. Little Miss Fortune (Demo Reel 1)
8. Bad Company (LMS Studio Reel 8-73 Session)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of Wilson Pickett Volume 2
The Anniversary Release Of His Second Stunning Greatest Hits Album
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Original LP Cover Presentation
Wilson Pickett was truly one of the finest r&b and pop recording acts of all time. Forever associated with his sophisticated soul and rock vocal prowess, the legendary artist continues to garner both new and old fans alike with his amazing output of top charting hits and fine albums recorded over the years.
After years of huge hit singles and amazing albums with Atlantic Records, the label awarded the superstar once again with a terrific greatest hits collection simply titled "The Best Of The Wilson Pickett Volume II." Featuring more of his later 60's and early 70's hits like the smash Gamble and Huff groover "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You", the funk filled "Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9", and of course his powerful interpretation of The Beatles "Hey Jude, this Lp was worth its' weight in gold!
The multi-platinum superstar continues this awesome collection with more classics like his soulful renditions of Steppenwolf's "Born To Be Wild", The Vanilla Fudge/ Supremes smash " You Keep Me Hangin' On" and The Archies pop classic "Sugar, Sugar", of which all became huge hit records for this sorely missed artist.
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the "Wicked" Wilson Pickett, that is why we are so very honored to announce our second installment in The Wilson Pickett/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with his masterpiece "The Best Of The Wilson Pickett Volume II."
The long out of print original Atlantic Records classic is now mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Earth, Wind & Fire/ The Spinners) and pressed for a very limited time on stellar 180 Gram Audiophile vinyl. This first time anniversary release will also be presented with the original rare Lp cover elements.
Wilson Pickett .The Best Of The Wilson Pickett Volume II" ..Impeccable first time audiophile "funk" vinyl .From Your Friends at Friday Music!1. Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You
2. Sugar Sugar
3. Get Me Back On Time, Engine Number 9
4. I'm A Midnight Mover
5. A Man And A Half
6. Born To Be Wild
7. She's Lookin' Good
8. I'm In Love
9. Hey Joe
10. Cole, Cooke & Redding
11. Hey Jude
12. You Keep Me Hangin' On
13. I Found A True Love$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The AnswerLimited Edition 140 Gram Vinyl
Sweet are forever associated with that tremendous run of worldwide hit singles in the 70's (no less than 13 UK Top 20 hit singles) but their popularity remains as they tour all over Europe where they still to this day enjoy headline status at festivals.
The Answer was recorded in 1992 in Hanover, Germany and showcases how tight a rock band the group had become. This album has long been out of print with copies currently changing hands at collector prices. This must have edition has been remastered with three bonus tracks.LP 1
1. Do As I Say
2. X-Ray Specs
3. Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again
4. Stand Up
5. Nouveau Rock Star
8. Marshall Stack
9. Red Tape
10. When Friends Fall Out
1. Is It True
2. Dangerous Game
3. I Don't Want To Say Goodnight
4. Crudely Mott
5. Marshall Stack (alt. ending)
6. Do As I Say (single mix)
7. Stand Up (hard rock version)$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
As Time Goes By: The Very Best Of Little FeatAs Time Goes By: The Very Best of Little Feat is an extraordinary collection that contains almost every essential Little Feat song from their 70s heyday with Lowell George, plus the two hits (Let It Roll, Hate to Lose Your Lovin') from their late-80s comeback. Most of the band's albums are worth hearing, but this is a great introduction for the curious and -- since it features Dixie Chicken, Willin', Two Trains, Fat Man in the Bathtub, Sailin' Shoes, Oh Atlanta and All That You Dream in one place -- it's a great summation of the group's achievements, and George's songwriting talent in particular.
-Stephen Thomas Erlewine (allmusic.com)1. Dixie Chicken
3. Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
5. Sailin' Shoes
6. Spanish Moon
7. Feats Don't Fail Me Now
8. All That You Dream
9. Long Distance Love
10. Mercenary Territory
11. Old Folks Boogie
12. 20 Million Things$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wings GreatestOriginally released in 1978, Wings Greatest, was the first-ever compilation of Paul McCartney's post-Beatles hits, featuring four classics that had previously been unavailable on any McCartney album: Another Day, Junior's Farm, Hi, Hi, Hi and Mull of Kintyre." The penultimate Wings album release, Wings Greatest was naturally a worldwide hit, and the soundtrack to the 70s for a generation. As part of its 2018 edition reissue, it will be available as a 180-gram vinyl LP.1. Another Day
2. Silly Love Songs
3. Live and Let Die
4. Junior's Farm
5. With a Little Luck
6. Band on the Run
7. Uncle Albert/Admiral Halsey
8. Hi, Hi, Hi
9. Let 'Em In
10. My Love
12. Mull of Kintyre$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Reality Fills FantasyImport
Hailing from The Hagues blossoming 60s rock scene, Earth & Fire was already a well-known Prog-group in
The Netherlands before they scored an international hit with Weekend. A move towards mainstream 70s
pop with their new producer (and singer Jerney Kaagmans delectable blue leather catsuit) catapulted the
album Reality Fills Fantasy to the top of the album charts. Both the single and the album went platinum in
1979 and were voted single and album of the year by the Dutch public. A good example of Nederbeat,
Reality Fills Fantasy is a classic, and will be released on Vinyl for the first time in over 30 years!
LP1 - Side A
1 People Come, People Go (11:10)
2 Fire of Love (3:53)
3 Weekend (3:33)
4 Can't Live without You Anymore (4:26)
LP1 - Side B
1 Where Were You (4:28)
2 Season of the Falling Leaves (3:23)
3 Answer Me (5:16)
4 People Come, People Go Reprise - Third Movement (0:48)$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boomtown Gems (Discontinued)Apache is just looking for a good time. With songs like Sugar Glidin' and Russian Roulette, the boys are here to party!
Signed amidst broken limbs, before Birdman even heard one note, Apache now brings forth their first diamond-- Boomtown Gems. Described as Kiss meets The Ramones meets The New York Dolls, the albums sways and moves to the groove of that '70s glam/punk thing. The songs are rock n' roll club hits with elements of '70s pop, glam, and rock, and feature some serious stadium drums. One after the next, they hit like a White Hammer. Boomtown Gems was recorded and produced at Screaming Viking Studios with Matthew Johnson and Apache, and mixed at New And Improved Recordings with Eli Crews.
Featuring members of The Cuts, Parchman Farm, Ghenghis Khan, and others, Apache is simply a band of four dudes. One guitar. One bass. One drummer. One singer. The big guy sings falsetto, while the surfer bro behind the kit bangs out beats heavy enough to ride any wave. The guitar player is some sorta reincarnation of Jimi Hendrix meeting Kurt Cobain in a dark club in New York City. And the frontman, leading the charge...he is simply known as Apache.
Just when it seems that no one can really effectively duplicate the early-'70s glam sound, along comes Apache from San Francisco with a ramrodding, yet slovenly swing that booms and crushes those notions into a fine powder. --Victim of Time
If the Zeroes had been into The Quick but also quietly listened to a good bit of Alice Cooper, they would have likely sounded like this... --Douchemaster RecordsBoyz Life
The Real Shit
Charlie (Hot Shot)
Ride Apache Ride
[untitled]$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Listen To My Song: The Music City SessionsBorn and bred in Berkeley, California, Darondo (given name William Daron Pulliam) first played professionally at the age of 18 in The Witnesses, a blue-eyed soul troupe resident at East Bay teen club the Lucky 13 in the 60s, but it wasnt until the early 70s that the singer-guitarist hit his stride.
When Darondo signed with Ray Dobards Music City label in August of 1973, he brought along a superb stash of self-penned tunes, arranged by musical mentor John Al Tanner, and all cut in two marathon all-night sessions. Even with overdubbed strings, horns and keyboards, the results were righteously funky; Memphis-tinged, for sure, but equal in its conveyance of the urgent street vibe of the East Bay.
The album offers the complete sessions while the special vinyl edition approximates the album that Darondo should have issued in 1974, but Ray Dobards notorious parsimony and hubris meant singer and label parted company far too quickly, leaving only the Music City 45 of Didnt I as evidence of their brief association.
In interviews Darondo often references the lost Music City album. And with good reason: he was at the top of his game, focused, creative, and moving exceptionally fast to use a cherished phrase, cuttin up! Thus, Listen To My Song: The Music City Sessions provides some closure as well as indisputable evidence, should you need it, that Darondo is one of the greats.1. I Don't Understand It
2. I'm Gonna Love You
3. Didn't I
4. Luscious Lady
5. Saving My Love
6. Gimme Some
7. Get Up Off Your Butt
8. I'm Lonely
9. Do You Really Love Me
10. Listen To My Song$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Steppenwolf LiveIn 1970, Steppenwolf hit a major home run with their double live album Steppenwolf Live. The extensive live concert album consisted of their hard rocking 60's hits, popular album tracks, along with artist and fan favorites, performed live during their amazing 1970 tour throughout the United States.
With Friday Music already being a home to other Steppenwolf masterworks like our Slow Flux/Hour Of The Wolf/Skullduggery deluxe cd set, we are very pleased to announce for the first time in North America, the official 180 Gram Audiophile 2 LP Vinyl release of their much revered concert album Steppenwolf Live. Produced by Gabriel Mekler, the 2 Lp masterwork features the stunning original hard rock line up of John Kay, Goldy McJohn, Nick St. Nicholas, Jerry Edmonton and Larry Byrom. Showcasing a plethora of classic Steppenwolf music on four sides of audiophile vinyl, the tracks are simply some of the finest from their classic 60's-early 70's rock era with smash hits like Born To Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, Monster, The Pusher and their hit single from the album Hey Lawdy Mama.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Grand Funk Railroad/The Byrds/Johnny Winter), this limited edition Steppenwolf classic release will be presented in the original stunning gatefold cover art, not seen in years here since its first release on Lp.
John Kay and Steppenwolf continue to be one of the world's finest gifts to the classic rock world. Their powerful songs, their live show, the audience, their musicianship and unparalleled artistry are second to none. Steppenwolf Live proves that now and forever.
Get Your Motor Runnin'.....1. Sookie Sookie
2. Don't Step On The Grass
3. Tighten Up Your Wig
5. Draft Resister
6. Power Play
7. Corina, Corina
9. From Here To There Eventually
10. Hey Lawdy Mama
11. Magic Carpet Ride
12. The Pusher
13. Born To Be Wild$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
HimselfGilbert O'Sullivan is a superstar who topped both
the UK & US charts in the '70s with a string of hit
singles and is still a well-loved and respected
figurehead of the songwriting community.
With three Ivor Novello Awards including
"Songwriter Of The Year" in 1973, 16 worldwide Top
40 albums and 6 number one singles, the depth
and quality of his continuing legacy is well known.
In the US, Gilbert O'Sullivan scored 5 Top 30 hits,
including the 1972 #1 classic, "Alone Again
(Naturally)". Himself-a rich tapestry of devastatingly
poignant songwriting-was first released in
1971 and reached #9 on the US Album Charts.
As part of the Gilbert O'Sullivan 50 year anniversary
celebrations this seminal album is re-issued on vinyl
for the first time with meticulous attention to detail,
recreating the original album art. To celebrate the
re-issue Gilbert himself has hand written two letters
thanking the lucky owner for purchasing his album
and drawing on the lyrics from the "Outro" song on
the album (fans will understand the theme here
with Gilbert singing/thanking the fan via this album
track for buying the record), these have been
randomly inserted. In addition, a further 25 copies
of the gatefold vinyl have been signed and
randomly inserted into the production run.1. Intro
2. January Git
4. Permissive Twit
6. Independent Air
7. Nothing Rhymed
8. Too Much Attention
9. Susan Van Heusen
10. If I Don't Get You (Back Again)
11. Thunder and Lightning
12. Houdini Said
13. Doing the Best I Can
14. Outro$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One For The RoadDouble 180 Gram Pink Vinyl
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso (The Kinks) At Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering
Pressed At R.T.I.
Presented In Original Stunning Gatefold Cover & Features 12 X 24 Double Sided Concert Tour Poster
The Kinks "One For The Road" is an extensive live overview of their greatest hits, popular album tracks, along with artist and fan favorites, performed live during their amazing sell out 1980 tour throughout the USA and Switzerland.
Friday Music being a home to many of The Kinks masterworks like Sleepwalker, Misfits, and Low Budget, we are very honored to announce for the first time anywhere the 180 Gram Audiophile 2 LP Pink Vinyl release of their much revered concert album "One For The Road."
Featuring a plethora of classic Kinks music on four sides of audiophile vinyl, the songs are simply some of his finest from their classic 60's and 70's rock era with smash hits like "You Really Got Me", "Catch Me I'm Falling", "Superman", "Lola" and "All The Day, All Of The Night."
More great live smash hits further the stellar collection with favorites like "Low Budget", "Stop Your Sobbing" and "Victoria."
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (The Kinks) at Friday Music and Capitol Mastering, this limited edition Kinks classic release will be presented in the original stunning gatefold cover art, along with a 12" X 24" double sided poster featuring unique live performance shots from this great concert tour.
For a very limited time, each LP will be pressed by R.T.I. on beautiful pink vinyl, making our Friday Music audiophile edition of "One For The Road" a highly collectible Kinks title.
The Kinks (Ray Davies, Dave Davies, Mick Avory and Jim Rodford) are one of the world's finest gifts to all forms of popular culture, music, film and art. Their powerful songs, their live show, the audience, their musicianship and unparalleled artistry are second to none. "One For The Road" proves that now and forever.LP 1
2. The Hard Way
3. Catch Me Now I'm Falling
4. Where Have All The Good Times Gone
5. Intro : Lola
8. All Day And All Of The Night
9. 20th Century Man
11. Prince Of The Punks
12. Stop Your Sobbing
1. Low Budget
3. (Wish I Could Fly Like) Superman
4. National Health
5. 'Till The End Of The Day
6. Celluloid Heroes
7. You Really Got Me
9. David Watts$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
You Get What You Play For
Their Mega Platinum 1977 Live Album.... Now On 180 Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl!
Features The Original Line Up Delivering On Smash Hits Riding The Storm Out Keep Pushing Golden Country & 157 Riverside Avenue
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso & Pressed At R.T.I.
Features Original Gatefold Cover & 12 X 24 Color Poster Insert
In 1977, REO Speedwagon hit a major home run with their double live album "You Get What You Play For. The extensive live concert album consisted of their hard rock era hits, popular album tracks, along with artist and fan favorites, performed live during their amazing 1977 tour throughout the United States.
Friday Music being a home to many of REO Speedwagon masterworks like Hi Infidelity and The Hits, we are very honored to announce for the first time anywhere the 180 Gram Audiophile 2 LP Translucent Blue Vinyl release of their much revered concert album "You Get What You Play For."
The 2 Lp masterpiece features the stunning hard rock line up of Kevin Cronin, Gary Richrath, Neal Doughty, Alan Gratzer and Greg Philbin (Boston) Showcasing a plethora of classic REO Speedwagon music on four sides of audiophile vinyl, the tracks are simply some of the finest from their classic 70's rock era with smash hits like "Ridin' The Storm Out", "Golden Country", "Lay Me Down", "157 Riverside Avenue" and "Keep Pushin'."
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (REO Speedwagon/ Foreigner/Chicago), this limited edition REO classic release will be presented in the original stunning gatefold cover art, along with a 12" X 24" poster of this classic superstar act.
For a very limited time, each LP will be pressed by R.T.I. on beautiful translucent blue vinyl, making our Friday Music audiophile edition of "You Get What You Play For" a highly collectable REO Speedwagon title.
REO Speedwagon continue to be one of the world's finest gifts to the classic rock world. Their powerful songs, their live show, the audience, their musicianship and unparalleled artistry are second to none. "You Get What You Play For" proves that now and forever.
Ridin' The Storm Out.....LP 1
1. Like You Do
2. Lay Me Down
3. Any Kind Of Love
4. Being Kind (Can Hurt Someone Sometimes)
5. Keep Pushin'
6. (Only A) Summer Love
7. Son Of A Poor Man
8. (I Believe) Our Time Is Gonna Come
1. Flying Turkey Trot
2. Gary's Guitar Solo
3. 157 Riverside Ave.
4. Ridin' The Storm Out
5. Music Man
6. Little Queenie
7. Golden Country$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975 Box Set180 Gram Colored Vinyl Deluxe 4 LP Box Set + Memorabillia!
Deluxe box set containing four 180 gram colored vinyl LPs (Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed And Blue and Slade In Flame) reproduced in their original sleeves and remastered for optimum sound, four double-sided picture sleeve 7 singles covering the key hits released outside of those albums, reproduction of an original vinyl flexidisc 7 and a two CD anthology of the audio on the four vinyl LPs. Also includes a 10 annual style hardback book featuring reviews, features and memorabilia from each of the key years and a reproduction of George Tremlett's excellent 1975 book The Slade Story including period interviews. All of the above come housed in a limited 12 x 12 box set package.
Slade are one of Britain's most popular and enduring bands, standing shoulder to shoulder next to the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who as an immovable part of Britain's rock firmament, and they've been lavishly praised by the likes of Messrs Lennon & McCartney and Mick Jagger, chaps who know a good tune when they hear one.
Described as the missing link between the Beatles and Oasis (the latter having covered 'Cum On Feel The Noize'), Slade are never far from British ears and hearts, having created some of the most beloved, indelible songs in the history of popular music.
When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975 pays homage to their phenomenal run of hit singles and albums in the early 70s, when they seemingly could do no wrong.Slayed?
1. How D'You Ride
2. The Whole World's Goin' Crazee
3. Look At Last Nite
4. I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen
5. Move Over
6. Gudbuy T'Jane
7. Gudbuy Gudbuy
8. Mama Weer All Crazee Now
9. I Don' Mind
10. Let The Good Times Roll
11. Feel So Fine
1. Hear Me Calling
2. In Like A Shot From My Gun
3. Darling Be Home Soon
4. Know Who You Are
5. Keep On Rocking
6. Get Down With It
7. Born To Be Wild
Old New Borrowed And Blue
1. Just Want A Little Bit
2. When The Lights Are Out
3. My Town
4. Find Yourself A Rainbow
5. Miles Out To Sea
6. We're Really Gonna Raise The Roof
7. Do We Still Do It
8. How Can It Be
9. Don't Blame Me
10. My Friend Stan
13. Good Time Gals
Slade In Flame
1. How Does It Feel
2. Them Kinda Monkeys Can't Swing
3. So Far So Good
4. Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)
5. O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
6. Far Far Away
7. This Girl
9. Heaven Knows
10. Standin' On The Corner
4 Double A Side Picture Sleeve Singles
1. Coz I Love You / Look Wot You Dun
2. Take Me Bak 'Ome / Cum On Feel The Noize
3. Skweeze Me Pleeze Me / Merry Xmas Everybody
4. The Bangin' Man / Thanks For The Memory$182.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + 2 CDs - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Magician's BirthdayReissue of their 5th studio album, originally released in 1972. Album reached #31 on the US Album Charts and is RIAA-Certified GOLD. Includes the singles "Blind Eye" and "Sweet Lorraine.
Loosely based on a story by Ken Hensley, The Magician's Birthday continues Uriah Heep's adventurous immersion into fantasy worlds at a time when similarly sci-fi pop-culture releases such as Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons were still years away. Influential in concept, appearance, and sound, the 1972 record remains a thematic bookend to Demons and Wizards, released the same year and, akin to this set, recognized as the group's high-water mark.
Both records resonate with a newfound vitality in a 21st century engrossed in a resurgence in comic-book superheroes and gothic tales. Pursuing a more streamlined, cleaner sound that scales back harder arrangements and accentuates prog-rock and blues elements, the British band accentuates texture and hooks throughout. Uriah Heep attains a dynamic balance between brief, punchy fare (Spider Woman) and spooky, cosmic piano balladry (Echoes in the Dark), with guitarist Mick Box supplying versatile leads and underlying narratives with exceptional tonal shadings.
Space-rock synthesizers and subtle xylophones help in further setting the moods. The Magician's Birthday skirts the parody that befell many albums that copied its formula by way of fine-tuned songwriting, David Byron's passionate singing, and cohesive playing. Groups ranging from Iron Maiden to Emerson Lake and Palmer drew from its example. Boasting arguably the strongest production of Uriah Heep's career, the record exudes early 70s warmth and organic sonics.
As soon as your turntable's needle hits the grooves, an era renowned for wood-encased receivers, tube amplifiers, and vintage instruments will emerge in front of your eyes. Whether it's the whirring organ and eerie frequency effects on the crunchy FM radio favorite Sweet Lorraine or the ringing bells on the epic multi-part title track, The Magician's Birthday pulls you into its spell with ethereal power and supernatural charm.1. Sunrise
2. Spider Woman
3. Blind Eye
4. Echoes In The Dark
6. Sweet Lorraine
8. The Magician's Birthday$22.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Texas Oil Patch SongsPressed On Petro-Blue Colored Vinyl
Drillin' & Drivin' Rig Ringers!
Country singer and disc jockey Slim Willet's ode to tool-pushin'! Texas Oil Patch Songs was issued in 1959 by the artist on his own Winston label, and now is an impossibly-rare LP to dig up-and this Modern Harmonic edition is faithful to the original, including all twelve tracks, liner notes, and restored artwork! And on petro-blue vinyl!
Ahh the "Concept Album" Critics write of Sinatra's In The Wee Small Hours or of groundbreaking 60's rock opera opuses but while the big studios set the scene for rainy night walks or drug-fueled psychedelic trips, a Great Lost Treasure from the Great Texas Oil Fields lay buried deep in the bargain bins of Saint Peters' Holy Blood Of The Christ Thrift Store! For sure, Slim Willet's mighty collection of blue collar, well-digging classics stood little chance to begin with - only a few hundred were pressed - and, well, oil songs never really caught on in the way the similar trucking-songs boom would several years later. Maybe had Slim put this out during the great Gas Station/Truck Stop 8-Track Market of the 70's this could have been a hit album. But, with Slim's passing in 1966, it was never to be.
Slim Willet (born Winston Lee Moore) was certainly a Big Fish in a Small Pond in the Independent Country Music World of the late 40s & early 50s. He's best known for penning "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes," a hit song for Ray Price, Skeets McDonald and Perry Como, all. Slim worked for many years with Bill McCall at 4-Star, made a stack of records as a singer, started his own Winston label, managed Dean Beard and various other hillbilly and rockabilly artists, but never really hit the big time. His greatest masterpiece, 1959's Texas Oil Patch Songs, was never fully appreciated until now. For all the tool pushers, roughnecks, derrick men & chain hands, THIS is your soundtrack."
- G-Minus Mark1. Rig Moving Man
2. Toolpusher (on a Rotary Rig)
3. Oil Patch Girls
4. El Paso Gas
5. Off Shore Drillin' Rig
6. Boom Town Man
7. Smell That Sweet Perfume
8. Johnny Don't Drill Any More
9. Drill Bit Honky Tonk
10. Morning Tower
11. Haywire Jones
12. Roughneck$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Magician's Birthday
Influential 1972 Record Delves into Moody Fantasy Worlds, Thematically Bookends British Band's Demons and Wizards
Organic Production and Tonal Shadings Exude Revered Early 70s Hi-Fi Sound: Reissue Faithfully Replicates Original Gatefold Sleeve and Pressed on Colored Vinyl
Loosely based on a story by Ken Hensley, The Magician's Birthday continues Uriah Heep's adventurous immersion into fantasy worlds at a time when similarly sci-fi pop-culture releases such as Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons were still years away. Influential in concept, appearance, and sound, the 1972 record remains a thematic bookend to Demons and Wizards, released the same year and, akin to this set, recognized as the group's high-water mark. Both records resonate with a newfound vitality in a 21st century engrossed in a resurgence in comic-book superheroes and gothic tales.
Pursuing a more streamlined, cleaner sound that scales back harder arrangements and accentuates prog-rock and blues elements, the British band accentuates texture and hooks throughout. Uriah Heep attains a dynamic balance between brief, punchy fare (Spider Woman) and spooky, cosmic piano balladry (Echoes in the Dark), with guitarist Mick Box supplying versatile leads and underlying narratives with exceptional tonal shadings. Space-rock synthesizers and subtle xylophones help in further setting the moods. The Magician's Birthday skirts the parody that befell many albums that copied its formula by way of fine-tuned songwriting, David Byron's passionate singing, and cohesive playing. Groups ranging from Iron Maiden to Emerson Lake and Palmer drew from its example.
Boasting arguably the strongest production of Uriah Heep's career, the record exudes early 70s warmth and organic sonics. As soon as your turntable's needle hits the grooves, an era renowned for wood-encased receivers, tube amplifiers, and vintage instruments will emerge in front of your eyes. Whether it's the whirring organ and eerie frequency effects on the crunchy FM radio favorite Sweet Lorraine or the ringing bells on the epic multi-part title track, The Magician's Birthday pulls you into its spell with ethereal power and supernatural charm.
Complete with a faithful replication of the original gatefold sleeve, and replete with dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral reissue is pressed at RTI, America's best record plant. Better still, it's on colored vinyl, to boot!1. Sunrise
2. Spider Woman
3. Blind Eye
4. Echoes in the Dark
6. Sweet Lorraine
8. The Magician's Birthday$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Awaiting Repress)Strut are proud to announce the brand new studio album by one of Ghana's all-time great vocalists, "The Golden Voice Of Africa", Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instrumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm). Hailing from Kumasi, Thomas had lived with highlife legend King Onyina from a young age before working with Ebo Taylor in two of Ghana's great 1960s highlife big bands, Broadway Dance Band and Stargazers. They would collaborate regularly, Pat contributing vocals to Ebo's solo albums and Ebo arranging horns for Pat's songs. Both would become a mainstay of the '70s and '80s Ghanaian highlife, afrobeat and afro-pop scenes, hitting big with the Ghana Cocoa Board-sponsored Sweet Beans band. Fela Kuti's bandleader, drummer Tony Allen, would record a session with Sweet Beans in Kumasi in 1975 (as yet unreleased). "Highlife was our music," Pat remembers. "People like Ebo and I modernised it, made it more relevant to our day. We took the Kwa music of Kumasi and other local styles and added Western elements." With his distinctive flowing vocal style, sung in Fanti and Ashanti Twi dialect, Pat became established as one of Ghana's biggest musical draws.1. Mewo Akoma
2. Gyae Su
3. Odoo Be Ba
4. Me Ho Asem
5. Oye Asem
6. Odo Adaada
8. Amaehu$27.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now