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MercyMercy is Active Child's full length follow up to his critically acclaimed 2011 debut, You Are All I See. It showcases Pat Grossi's incredible vocals through his most mature song writing to date.1. 1999
2. These Arms
3. Never Far Away
6. Midnight Swim
10. Too Late$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).
Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.
The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.
Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.
Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.
The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.
- Linda Seida (All Music Guide)LP 1 - Toni:
1. Can't We Be Friends
2. I Could Write A Book
3. Gone With The Wind
4. Singin' In The Rain
5. Love For Sale
6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
7. A Foggy Day
8. You Don't Know Love Is
9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
10. Little Girl Blue
11. You Took Advantage Of Me
12. Like Someone In Love
LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
1. Lady Lonely
2. In The Dark Of The Night
3. He Was A Man
4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
5. The Lack Of Love
6. Blue It Grows
7. I Love The Blues
8. You Taught Me How To Cry
9. The Velvet Hammer
10. The Other Woman
11. Nobody Home But The Blues
12. Busy Blues
13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
14. River Weep$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Once In A Long, Long WhileOnce In A Long, Long While is Low Roar's third studio album, produced once again by Andrew Schepps (Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers). The band has previously toured North America with the likes of Hozier, Active Child and headlined their own shows in 300-500 capacity venues.LP 1
1. Don't Be So Serious
2. Bones (feat. Jófriður)
3. St. Eriksplan
4. Give Me An Answer
5. Waiting (10 Years)
6. Without You
1. Once In A Long, Long While
2. Crawl Back
6. I Won't Be Long$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hanging GardensClassixx have been intent on their debut Hanging Gardens, whittling the LP down from hundreds of sessions to a svelte 12 songs. At once beaming, breezy and wistful, Hanging Gardens features a variety of coastal summer anthems, from haunting collaborations with Active Child and Super humanoids singer Sarah Chernoff, to the gleefully catchy Nancy Whang-featuring All You're Waiting For, French Touch inspired gem Holding On and sublime chords of Dominoes. Playing a wide array of instruments on Hanging Gardens, Classixx' full-length debut features impossibly sunny grooves, blithe melodies bred by the coast, coaxed out by the surf, expertly crafted for road trips, pool parties and dance clubs.1. Hanging Gardens
2. All You're Waiting For
3. Holding On
4. Rhythm Santa Clara
6. A Fax From The Beach
7. Long Lost
8. A Stranger Love
9. I'll Get You
11. Jozi's Fire
12. Borderline$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
"Madi Diaz Writes The Most Danceable Break Up Record Ever" - LA Weekly
"We have to say, this change does her good" - Refinery29
"With infectious structure and an addicting nature, Phantom should quickly find
its way into an already powerfully, lady-driven indie pop movement, ready to kick
down the doors of every local scene" - High Voltage
Indie-pop siren, Madi Diaz's new album Phantom is an open-faced and undeniably honest chronicle of falling
down, getting back up, and heading to the horizon.
Phantom was recorded in Madi's newly adopted home of Los Angeles, produced by Nick Ruth (Mikky Ekko,
Active Child) and mixed by John O'Mahony (Coldplay, Metric, Oh Land) at NYC's famed Electric Lady Studios.
The album's 11 tracks expand upon Madi's brand of sophisticated indie pop songs, providing a soundtrack
for adventurous escapades on sweaty dance floors with old friends or late night introspective drives under a
canopy of stars. Underneath the effervescent pop, her lyrics reveal an emotional through line.1. Tomorrow
2. Stay Together
4. Dancing In The Dark
5. The First Time
6. Ghost Rider
7. The Other Side
10. White Lightning
11. Ashes$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Surf's Up33 1/3 RPM Stereo Only
Stereo Mixes Produced By Mark Linett And Alan Boyd / Mixed By Mark Linett
Audio Production - Mark Linett
For Brother Records - Elliott Lott
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available
Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!
A musical legacy that began in Hawthorne, California and went on to conquer the world. Analogue Productions presents the ultimate pressings of 14 essential Beach Boys albums! Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!
Worth noting on Surf's Up is Stephen Desper's engineering work - the entire album was mixed to a center channel quad matrix that he was developing at the time.
Surf's Up hit the Top 30 on its first release, reaching No. 29 on the Billboard LP charts - the highest chart placement the group had had since 1967. At the time of its release, Surf's Up was hailed by many as a comeback for The Beach Boys, who were beginning to attract raves for their live performances, including highly acclaimed sets at New York's legendary Carnegie Hall.
Carl Wilson makes solid contributions on Surf's Up with Long Promised Road and Feel Flows, and the album also features stellar tracks by Al Jardine and Mike Love, as well as Bruce Johnston's most enduring composition, the gently nostalgic Disney Girls (1957), but the album's twin jewels are both from Brian Wilson - Til I Die and the title track - one of the centerpieces of the then-unreleased Smile (cowritten by lyricist Van Dyke Parks and here given that album's Child Is Father to the Man as a glorious coda.)
Surf's Up track A Day in the Life of a Tree is the first in a series of Brian's songs that close the album. It's simultaneously one of Brian Wilson's most deeply touching and unusual compositions; he is the narrator and object of the song (though not the vocalist; co-writer Jack Rieley lends a hand), lamenting his long life amid the pollution and grime of a city park while the somber tones of a pipe organ build atmosphere. Til I Die, isn't the love song the title suggests; it's a haunting, fatalistic piece of pop surrealism that appeared to signal Brian's retirement from active life.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Don't Go Near The Water
2. Long Promised Road
3. Take A Load Off Your Feet
4. Disney Girls
5. Student Demonstration Time
6. Feel Flows
7. Lookin' At Tomorrow (A Welfare Song)
8. A Day In The Life Of A Tree
9. 'Til I Die
10. Surf's Up$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now