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Axxa / AbraxasAxxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside
Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young
age ("I got into punk in the third grade") are easily evident in his debut release. Going full
circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an
early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has
honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities, 'Elevators, The 'Dead, Olivia Tremor
Control) into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop.
The tracks on the record were written and demo'ed around the time Ben was in college
(and shortly after) in Athens, GA where he was studying psychology, religion and sociology...
as well as developing a fascination with analog synth that made it's way into his mix of
influences. Meanwhile, he started the RTA Collective, which featured his cassette and CDR
releases along with his visual art. This combination arrived in a package to the Captured
Tracks office in the form of a demo that stood out amongst the hundreds of others with it's
charged DiY silkscreen imagery and poppy fuzz psych music.
The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Rear House Recording) to record and produce
what would become Axxa/Abraxas debut. It's the artistic culmination of prodigious young
songwriter putting it all together in an erudite way despite his tendency to write lyrics which
are"...generally directed at myself, often criticizing my shortcomings..." No matter how he
criticizes himself, one need only listen to the record to see he's quite confident in his music.1. Ryan Michalak (Is Coming to Town)
2. Going Forth
3. I Almost Fell
4. Beyond The Wind
5. Same Signs
6. So Far Away
7. Ride Into the Night
8. Painted Blue
9. On The Run
10. All That's Passed$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lotus (Awaiting Repress)
40th Anniversary Limited Edition
First-Time North American Release on Vinyl
Stunning 3 LP 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Original Japanese Tri-Fold LP Cover
First Time Psychedelic Artwork Insert Enclosed
Pressed at R.T.I.
On July 3rd and 4th, 1973, Carlos Santana and The Santana Band played two very incredible
shows for thousands of their delighted fans in Osaka, Japan. Cleverly capturing this
historic event for a soon to be released live album Lotus , the executives at Sony Music Japan,
known for their masterful audiophile skills, ran tape and the rest is now classic rock history.
Initially released in Japan , the monumental 3 LP set Lotus would become one of the most
celebrated live albums of the band's career. With the extensive two hour performance of nonstop
hits and deep album track masterpieces, Lotus was also known for its extensive tri-fold LP
cover and beautifully detailed artwork elements all the way down to each personalized record
label. This album would soon become one of the most expensive imported albums at the time,
as collectors and Santana fans in the states would pay serious dollars to get this incredible
Featuring a cross section of Santana hits like Black Magic Woman , Oye Como Va,
Waiting, and Every Step Of The Way, plus the exotic rhythms and jams on workouts like
Batuka , Mantra and the beautifully orchestrated instrumental Samba Pa Ti, Carlos Santana's
guitar was explosive as ever as witnessed by the cheers and shouts from the jubilant audience.
The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has been out of circulation for decades
- that is until now ..Friday Music continues our exclusive Santana 180 Gram Audiophile
Vinyl Series with the groundbreaking first time North American release of the deluxe 3 LP 180
Gram LP 1974 smash Lotus. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios
and pressed at R.T.I., this super limited first time North American 180 Gram masterwork is
truly one of the finest live albums to ever be released, and we are very excited to offer you this
authorized 180 Gram LP today.
Along with the legendary Carlos Santana on guitar and vocal, he is joined with original
Santana band mates Michel Shrieve on his dynamic drums, Doug Rauch on his prolific
bass, Jose Areas on hard hitting percussion, plus the brilliant jazz and funk superstar Leon
Thomas on vocals, the celebrated Latin percussionist Armando Perez, and the stellar keyboard
work of long time Santana associate Tom Coster.
As an added bonus, the original trifold cover art and the special psychedelic insert artwork
are now restored to their full glory which will further enhance your listening experience
with deep tracks from hit albums like Abraxas, Welcome, Caravanserai and Santana 1 and 3.
Let's all celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the classic mega rocker Lotus by Santana.
Authentic, Authorized, and Absolutely Live Santana as only you would expect from your
friends at Friday Music!LP 1
1. Going Home
2. A -1 Funk
3. E Very Step Of The Way
4. Bla Ck Magic Woman
5. Gypsy Queen
6. Oye Como Va
7. Your S Is The Light
8. Batu Ka
9. Xibaba (she-ba-ba)
1. Stone Flower (Introduction)
2. Waitin G
3. A Stillos De Arena Part 1 (Sand Castle)
4. Free Angela (Bayete)
5. Samba De Sausalito
7. Kyoto (Drum Solo)
8. Castillos De Arena Part 2 (Sand Castle)
9. Se A Cabo
1. Samba Pa Ti
2. Mr Udo
3. Tou Ssaint L'Overture
4. In Cident At Neshabur$56.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
SantanaNumbered, Limited Edition
Deluxe 45RPM Version Features Extra-Wide Grooves: Richest, Most Dynamic and Realistic Sound of Any Version
Lyrical, Splendorous, Rapturous, Psychedelic, and Bluesy Debut Set a New Musical Standard: Experience This Paradigm the Way the Artist Intended
Ranked #149 on Rolling Stone's List of the Greatest Albums of All Time
Santana's self-titled debut album announces the arrival of a new Guitar God. Made during the legendary bandleader's most fruitful and creative period, the classic 1969 set functions as an accessible entry point into the tangy worlds of Latin music by way of an intoxicating blend of Afro-Cuban percussion, jazzy tempos, exotic leads, bluesy riffs, and psychedelic accents. Befitting such a classic, Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM 2LP version of this epic work presents the music in the richest, most dynamic and realistic sound it's ever enjoyed.
Improving upon the label's critically acclaimed 180g LP pressing, this deluxe 45RPM set is mastered from the original master tapes and overflows with the information, textures, and colors afforded by wider grooves. The result: Spacious, airy, and you-are-there sonics that trump all prior versions. In addition to correcting the imaging, Mobile Fidelity's collectable version captures the full tonal range of Santana's guitar and nuances of his distinctive touch. It all brings you closer to the music and enhances your emotional connection to this stellar album.
Indeed, separation between Carlos Santana's fluid fills, spicy solos, and broiling grooves and pianist Gregg Rolie's soulful Hammond organ runs allows the music to come alive with a newfound freshness and radiance. Songs simmer, with each passage bursting forth with vibrant color. Just like the equally essential follow-up Abraxas, Santana also lays claim to one of the biggest (and unfortunate) production gaffes in music history. Until Mobile Fidelity fixed the error with its 180g LP and 24K Gold releases, Santana had never been heard correctly.
For nearly four decades, copies were produced with the left and right channels reversed, meaning that everything was placed in a backwards manner. This even extended to compilations on which individual songs from Santana were included. Rest assured that, in addition to boasting reference audiophile sonics, this 180g 45RPM 2LP set gets all the specifications exactly right. And with a record of this magnitude, you want everything to be perfect.
Bound by natural chemistry and earthy spirituality, the record's innovative synthesis of myriad styles goes beyond anything that came before-as well as nearly everything that's followed. Playing with the finest band that the iconic guitarist ever had, Santana doesn't water down any exotic roots or simply incorporate mainstream Western styles into a Latin framework. This is a true hybrid, responsible for opening up borders, transcending cultural divides, and, most importantly, exhilarating the senses.
Released weeks before the band blew minds at Woodstock, the groundbreaking record stands alongside Miles Davis' Bitches Brew and Jeff Beck's Beck-Ola as a pillar of rock fusion. Featuring the Top Ten radio smash "Evil Ways" and jam favorite "Soul Sacrifice," it hasn't aged a day. Hear like never before why Rolling Stone says Santana is #149 on its list of the Greatest Albums of All Time.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Waiting
2. Evil Ways
3. Shades Of Time
8. You Just Don't Care
9. Soul Sacrifice$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Zebop!Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Anniversary Limited Edition
1981 was a Winning year for Santana. With the release of their multi-format hit album Zebop!, Carlos Santana and The Santana Band catapulted onto the top ten, the first time in several years, and truly changed the course of their musical history for the next several decades. Thanks in part to the Russ Balard (Argent) penned smash hit single Winning, the band not only maintained their solid following, but also brought in a whole new fan base, which has pledged loyalty to this legendary band since.
Following a similar formula as on their previous gold album Marathon, Zebop! featured smash hit tracks like their powerful rendition of Cat Stevens' Changes and J.J. Cale's The Sensitive Kind. The 12 track powerhouse also featured some of their most revered tunes like Searchin', Brightest Star and a trip back to the Abraxas sound with É Papa RÉ. With the effervescent lead vocals of Alex Ligertwood, the power drumming of Graham Lear, the percussive beat of Armando Pereza, together with the skillful instrumentation of the core band, all fronted by the legendary Carlos Santana, this album truly illustrated a powerful band that hit its stride.
Friday Music is no stranger to the legendary music of Santana, so now it is with much honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of their mega classic Zebop!. As a further installment in our Santana/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this limited edition classic rock masterpiece is now enhanced for the first time with impeccable mastering by Joe Reagoso (Santana/Grateful Dead) and also features a first time stunning gatefold LP cover with the original LP cover elements not seen in decades.
So, it is now time to celebrate with us the first time 180 Gram Audiophile masterwork release of Zebop! by Santana. This masterpiece is now impeccably mastered on audiophile vinyl, with first time gatefold cover art and of course all of the great songs and superlative magic and memories that can only be that of Carlos Santana and The Santana Band.1. Changes
2. É Papa RÉ
3. Primera Invasion
5. Over and Over
7. Tales of Kilimanjaro
8. The Sensitive Kind
9. American Gypsy
10. I Love You Much Too Much
11. Brightest Star
12. Hannibal$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Santana III (Awaiting Repress)Santana III on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label
Last Santana Album Recorded With Famed Woodstock Band
With Guitar Virtuoso Neal Schon in Fold, Santana Makes Musical Magic That Truly Spans the Globe years Before "World Music" Became a Genre
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI: LP Breathes With Sumptuous Warmth
The final Santana album recorded with the leader's famed Woodstock lineup, one of the most capable and explosive bands ever assembled, Santana III (commonly referred to as The Third Album) is a beacon of Latin-tinged rock, melodic creativity, and cohesive interplay. The record also marks the debut of young guitar virtuoso Neal Schon, who functions as the ideal foil to Santana, whose playing on this 1971 set rivals that of the finest in his career. If not for arriving after the monumental Abraxas, it is likely Santana III would be mentioned in the same breath as groundbreaking psychedelic classics such as Bitches Brew. It's that good.
Embracing the concept that all of the members should share their musical ideas, Santana added two crucial components to his band: Schon, discovered at the age of 15 playing in a Palo Alto club, and Thomas "Coke" Escovedo, who during the sessions temporarily replaced ill percussionist Chepito Areas, and whose percussive assistance helped define the album's feel. With Schon in the fold, Santana strives for the unknown, and yet, manages to stave off the numbing excesses that define much of the period's output.
From the opening "Batuka," peppered with Schon's stirring guitar lines, to the sensitive "Everything Is Coming Our Way," infused with a mesmerizing Hammond organ underpinning that supports Santana's vocal pathos, the record teams with inventiveness. Involving albeit accessible concoctions of funk, jazz, rock, blues, and soul run throughout the set. Spanish-styled flavors infuse a majority of the material, ranging from the salsa piano on "Guarjira" to the distinctive "No One to Depend On," a lively take on the cha-cha-cha.
A globe-spanning armada of percussive instruments-timbales, congas, drums, vibes, tambourines, and more-as well as the existence of a three-person percussion team that fits in harmoniously with Santana, Schon, and company makes Santana III a masterful accomplishment in musical chemistry and the exploration of true world craft.
The Silver Label LP of Santana III breathes with sumptuous warmth and you-are-there realism. The tension of Schon's guitar lines, the album's open sound, and extensive use of studio echoes (check the presence of the backward echo on "No One to Depend On") fill the soundstage, replete with the kind of depth and dynamics one expects from a first-rate audiophile recording.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Batuka
2. No One to Depend On
4. Toussaint L'Overture
5. Everybody's Everything
7. Jungle Strut
8. Everything's Coming Our Way
9. Para los Rumberos$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Mind Control (their third full-length album) is set for release in April 2013, following their two debut London sell-out concerts at The Garage. Within it's blood soaked grooves you will hear shocking tales of bizarre desert ceremonies, religious brainwashing and drug inspired mass slaughter!
Imagine the original Alice Cooper band jamming in a cell with early Black Sabbath and the Stooges, whilst sitting on murder charges and you may get a glimpse into their fuzzed up world of exploding tube amps and cymbal smashing mayhem. However, this enticing act of musical manipulation is merely the icing upon a very sick cake. Mind Control is a concept album with a theme that makes the acts and intentions of the likes of Charles Manson and Jim Jones seem like petty crimes. What makes Mind Control scarier than most albums is that it doesnt seem as sinister on the surface as it really is deep down within the core of its black acid-drenched world of pain and torture.
The infectious energy surges and pulverizing grooves of Mind Crawler, tell the tale of a man on a mission who has fled from Mount Abraxas after mercilessly murdering all the members of his cult. He rides his motorcycle through the gates of hell and hijacks the weak minds of yet more foolish disciples to join him in his desert hideaway. This is when the real fun and terror truly commences...
There was no escaping the chained-to-the brain hooks and melodies of first single from the album, Poison Apple, but this was merely a trailer for the real hellish delights now to be bestowed upon the earth. Recorded at the legendary Chapel Studios over an autumnal full moon using the finest western electrical technology, engineer Jim Spencer (Bert Jansch, Robert Wyatt) has perfectly captured the bands live sound of saturated fuzz, mind-bending riffs and 60's vocal harmonies. A wider range of influences can be heard from both music and cinema, but their founding principle of presenting light and darkness still remains. Simple and ragged in all its low life glory, Mind Control is the ultimate expose of killer cult madness and mind manipulation.1. Mt. Abraxas
2. Mind Crawler
3. Poison Apple
4. Desert Ceremony
5. Evil Love
6. Death Valley Blues
7. Follow the Leader
8. Valley of the Dolls
9. Devils Work$42.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now