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    Against The Grain

    Against the Grain is the fifth album (and seventh release overall) by punk rock band Bad Religion released on November 23, 1990.
    Like Bad Religion's previous two albums, Suffer and No Control, and subsequent album, Generator, Against the Grain is considered by many to be the band's greatest album, and it contains many songs that are constantly cited as the band's best, including Faith Alone, 21st Century (Digital Boy), Anesthesia, Against the Grain, God Song and Modern Man. Other favorites are Get Off, Flat Earth Society and Walk Away, but are rarely played live. Walk Away has never been played live once. Despite no promotion by radio and television, Against The Grain managed to sell over 100,000 copies
    1. Modern Man
    2. Turn on the Light
    3. Get Off
    4. Blenderhead
    5. Positive Aspect of Negative Thinking
    6. Anesthesia
    7. Flat Earth Society
    8. Faith Alone
    9. Entropy
    10. Against the Grain
    11. Operation Rescue
    12. God Song
    13. 21st Century Digital Boy
    14. Misery and Famine
    15. Unacceptable
    16. Quality or Quantity
    17. Walk Away
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    Pale Folklore

    Seminal progressive black metal band Agalloch has announced the re-issue of their first three albums Pale Folklore, The Mantle, and Ashes Against The Grain. All three albums feature new layouts and album photographs, plus The Mantle and Ashes Against The Grain have been re-mastered for vinyl by Colin Marston. Says lead guitarist Don Anderson, We cannot underestimate the importance of these three albums in the development of our sound and our history. In hindsight I am most proud of the fact that neither of these albums pigeonholed us. It is the radical difference of each album that allows us to continue to experiment with our music and lyrical themes today. These three albums constitute a significant chapter in our history and I am excited to finally see a proper and official vinyl release of each one of them.
    LP 1
    1. She Painted Fire Across The Skyline (Part 1)
    2. She Painted Fire Across The Skyline (Part 2)
    3. She Painted Fire Across The Skyline (Part 3)
    4. The Misshapen Steed


    LP 2
    1. Hallways Of Enchanted Ebony
    2. Dead Winter Days
    3. As Embers Dress The Sky
    4. The Melancholy Spirit

    Agalloch
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    Calling Card

    Remastered from the Original ¼ inch tape on 180 Gram Vinyl

    With Printed Inner Sleeve and Original Restored Album Artwork!


    One year after releasing Against The Grain, Gallagher hit back with Calling Card, a balanced record with his quality brand of driving blues rock, mixed with some folk and country influences. Produced by Deep Purple's Roger Glover, Calling Card showcases a very strong and diverse set of songs which wound up to become concert staples for Gallagher. Incendiary riffs, groovy organ hooks and intense vocals make Calling Card one of Gallagher's best efforts.

    1. Do You Read Me
    2. Country Mile
    3. Moonchild
    4. Calling Card
    5. I'll Admit You're Gone
    6. Secret Agent
    7. Jackknife Beat
    8. Edged In Blue
    9. Barley And Grape Rag
    Rory Gallagher
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    Walk Through Exits Only

    Walk Through Exits Only is the career-first solo album from Philip Anselmo, legendary frontman of Pantera and Down.


    Produced by Philip Anselmo and Michael Thompson, and recorded over the past couple of years at his New Orleans studio, Nodferatu's Lair, with his band The Illegals - Marzi Montazeri/guitar, and drummer Jose Manuel Blue Gonzales, Walk Through Exits Only is abrasive, aggressive, anthemic and 100% Anselmo. The album's eight songs are as unstrained as it gets, from Battalion of Zero to Usurper's Bastard Rant, to the album's title track that goes against the grain and right through the exits. Brash, brutal guitars cut through punishing percussion as Anselmo screams with uncompromising ferocity and uncontainable fire.


    It wasn't about doing a paint-by-numbers thrash or heavy metal record, Anselmo explained about the project. It's an angry album that only I could do. I don't see anybody else out there screaming about the same shit I'm screaming about. On this album, there isn't any wordplay, there isn't any hidden message, it's all right there in front of you.


    On Walk Through Exits Only and over his entire career, Anselmo hasn't just paved his own path, he's bulldozed it with his bare hands.

    1. Music Media Is My Whore
    2. Battalion Of Zero
    3. Betrayed
    4. Usurper Bastard's Rant
    5. Walk Through Exits Only
    6. Bedroom Destroyer
    7. Bedridden
    8. Irrelevant Walls And Computer Screens
    Philip H. Anselmo
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    True Brew

    Swedish skate-punk quartet Millencolin return with their first album in seven years, True Brew. Titled
    to reflect the tight bonds and egalitarian politics that have kept the original band lineup in place for
    over 20 years, True Brewis a return to the punk roots that inspired the band's formation. "Since we
    started the band we have tried with every new record to explore new ground," vocalist/bassist Nikola
    Sarcevic offers. "If the other albums were going further away from where we once were, this one is
    digging deeper right down in the core of the kind of punk rock the once got us started." Don't call it
    a throwback, though. While True Brew musically draws upon some of Millencolin's earliest influences
    like Bad Religion and NOFX through galloping drums and fast, technical riffing, the album lyrically
    tackles modern sociopolitical issues in ways the band never have before. Take standout track "Sense
    & Sensibility," which Sarcevic wrote about the growing problem of nationalist and racist political
    parties in his native Sweden but could be applied to just about anywhere in the Western world. At
    the opposite end of the spectrum, the album's title track is the kind of positive jam fans have come
    to expect from Millencolin over the years with a message that is universal. "It´s about the struggle of
    finding freedom and control over your life and trying to live the life you want, no matter if it might be
    a bit against the grain," Sarcevic explains. "The message is to follow your heart and be true to yourself
    rather than taking the road recommended by others.
    1. Egocentric Man
    2. Chameleon
    3. Autopilot Mode
    4. Bring Me Home
    5. Sense & Sensibility
    6. True Brew
    7. Perfection Is Boring
    8. Wall Of Doubt
    9. Something I Would Die For
    10. Silent Suicide
    11. Man Of 1000 Tics
    12. Mr. Fake Believe
    13. Believe In John
    Millencolin
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    KIN

    1st full length release from the Atlanta-based sisters.


    We have a very colorful family history," explains lead singer/guitarist Rebecca, 23, who also plays mandolin and violin. "There were a lot of creative, hot-headed, and intelligent branches that went against the grain in our family tree. Our paternal grandfather suffered from schizophrenia, while our great,
    great, great, great grandfather, Larkin Poe, was a Civil War wagon driver turned historian and a distant cousin to Edgar Allen Poe. Growing up with their
    crazy stories definitely shaded our perception of normal. As artists, I think some of those innate eccentricities, passed down from generation to
    generation, have been even further exaggerated in us!" Megan, 25, who contributes lapsteel and dobro to the line-up, chimes in, "As sisters, we just
    wanted to pick a band name that had familial significance, so we decided to tip a nod to our ancestors and take on the name Larkin Poe."


    The Atlanta-based sisters celebrate that unique genealogy and their own eccentricities with their debut full-length album, Kin, on RH Music, produced by
    Chris Seefried (Fitz and the Tantrums, Lana Del Rey) in Los Angeles and Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Rita Ora) in Atlanta.


    After years of being fiercely independent (i.e., they self-released five EPs and toured for three years without label support), they decided to sign with RH
    Music. We signed with RH Music because they believe in our authenticity. They understand that we make music for no other reason than our need to
    make music and want to support that need, explains Megan. They see our passion! Others are clearly taking note of this passion as well, including Elvis
    Costello and Kristian Bush (of Sugarland). Both legends have taken the sisters out on the road to serve both as opening bands and backing bands; with
    Elvis Costello calling them gifted instrumentalists, while Bush praises the poetry they make with their strings, words, and voices.


    With years of domestic and international touring under their belts, and a large and loyal fan base already in place, the sisters want their fans to know that
    Kin is truly their coming of age project. This is by far the most genuine piece of work we've ever released as a band, says Rebecca. It's our story,
    written in our way, played and sung by us. We call it roots-rock'n'soul. It's our whole heart and soul mashed up into a musical form.

    1. Jailbreak
    2. Don't
    3. Stubborn Love
    4. Dandelion
    5. Crown Of Fire
    6. Elephant
    7. High Horse
    8. Sugar High
    9. Jesse
    10. Banks Of Allatoona
    11. We Intertwine
    12. Overachiever
    Larkin Poe
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    Emperor Of Sand

    Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. Emperor of Sand is like the grim reaper, says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, 'How much time is left?'


    We're reflecting on mortality, adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.


    Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.

    LP 1
    1. Sultan's Curse
    2. Show Yourself
    3. Precious Stones
    4. Steambreather
    5. Roots Remain
    6. Word to the Wise


    LP 2
    1. Ancient Kingdom
    2. Clandestiny
    3. Andromeda
    4. Scorpion Breath
    5. Jaguar God

    Mastodon
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    Emperor Of Sand (Pink Vinyl)

    Pressed On Pink Colored Vinyl


    Emperor Of Sand finds Mastodon returning to a deeply imaginative and complex conceptual storyline that ponders the nature of time. Threading together the myth of a man sentenced to death in a majestically malevolent desert, the band conjures the grains of a musical and lyrical odyssey slipping quickly through a cosmic hourglass. Emperor of Sand is like the grim reaper, says drummer/vocalist Brann Dailor. Sand represents time. If you or anyone you know has ever received a terminal diagnosis, the first thought is about time. Invariably, you ask, 'How much time is left?'


    We're reflecting on mortality, adds bassist/vocalist Troy Sanders. To that end, the album ties into our entire discography. It's 17 years in the making, but it's also a direct reaction to the last two years. We tend to draw inspiration from very real things in our lives.


    Emperor Of Sand was recorded at The Quarry Recording Studio in Kennesaw, just outside Mastodon's hometown of Atlanta, with producer Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam, Neil Young, AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine), who first worked with Mastodon on their seminal 2009 album Crack The Skye.

    LP 1
    1. Sultan's Curse
    2. Show Yourself
    3. Precious Stones
    4. Steambreather
    5. Roots Remain
    6. Word to the Wise


    LP 2
    1. Ancient Kingdom
    2. Clandestiny
    3. Andromeda
    4. Scorpion Breath
    5. Jaguar God

    Mastodon
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    Insides

    Like many others, Ghostly became enamored with Fort Romeau's idea of slow
    listening, the concept of enriching relationships with music through careful
    attention and focus. His understated take on deep, groove-friendly house started
    pushing this practice three years ago, when the producer's debut LP, Kingdoms,
    appeared via 100% Silk. The native Londoner, born Mike Greene, has evolved
    considerably since then, finessing his sound over the course of three breezy 12s,
    one EP, and lengthy DJ sets at some of the best clubs in Europe-not the least of
    which were Berlin's famed Panorama Bar, London hotspot Plastic People, and
    Robert Johnson in Frankfurt. Those years Greene spent immersed in his craft and
    new inspirations have generously informed the eight stunning productions which
    comprise Insides, Fort Romeau's long-awaited sophomore album.


    Playing in those clubs definitely had an affect on how I approach composition and
    pacing, Greene shares. I want to allow things to breathe and develop gradually
    over longer track lengths, rather than cram everything into four or five minutes. His
    patient methods are a central component to the billowy house music on Insides,
    though this isn't an indulgent album of gratuitous buildups and tiresome
    breakdowns. Each production is pointed and purposeful, as the artist crafts every
    second of analog electronics with rich detail, nuance, and refinement.


    Throughout Insides, Fort Romeau guides us down misty corridors lined with supple
    synth pads, quietly thumping kicks, and elastic low-end sequences reinforced by an
    emotive confidence. Thick dancefloor cuts like All I Want and Folle are built on
    such satisfying elements-sounds so full-bodied, you'd swear they're knocking
    against your bones. This, too, is by design. I wanted to make sure all the songs
    have a tangible quality, says Greene of his LP's physicality, to make texture and
    grain become as important a part of the vocabulary as timbre and pitch. This was
    accomplished with an arsenal of machines, including his Moog Voyager, Yamaha
    DX7, Roland Juno-6, and Korg 770, a vintage synth he describes as having so much
    presence and vitality, it almost feels like it's alive. Equally important to the weighty
    presence of his music is meticulous post-production. The record was mixed on an
    analog desk and mastered to tape, Fort Romeau elaborates. These processes are
    as much a part of the sound as the synths and sample sources themselves.


    There is also a deep stylistic eclecticism to Insides, and coming from Greene, this
    was galvanized by deep cuts he discovered while digging to find music for his
    extensive DJ sets. Old kosmiche, disco, and early electronic records are among the
    strongest influences, and Fort Romeau used them as an impetus for creation. It's
    those strange and wonderful tracks that you find on the b-side of an old record that
    sparked my desire to make something new, he shares, but it's very important for
    me never to feel like I'm making a pastiche. Indeed, the sleek expanse of Lately
    and the title track's jacking grooves take cues from buoyantly cosmic dance music.
    And yet it's the personality of a young artist coming into his own that makes Insides
    such a graceful collection of house music, one that only further enriches the soul
    over time.

    1. New Wave
    2. Folle
    3. All I Want
    4. Insides
    5. Not A Word
    6. IKB
    7. Lately
    8. Cloche
    Fort Romeau
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  • AudioQuest Water Interconnect Cable MULTIPLE LENGTHS AVAILABLE AudioQuest Water Interconnect Cable Quick View

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    AudioQuest Water Interconnect Cable


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    Water-refreshing, soothing, cleansing water-covers more than 70% of our planet's surface and is the only substance in nature to appear naturally in all three common states of matter: solid, liquid, and gas. We know water as the nuclei of comets in space; as vapor in the soft clouds of our blue sky; as the crystals that form the many intricate patterns of snowflakes; as vast glaciers atop our planet's most tempting and challenging mountains; as brilliant, white icebergs drifting freely in artic oceans; as freshwater rivers that course through our land; as aquifers in the soil beneath our feet. On the molecular level, water can form large numbers of hydrogen bonds, giving rise to an unusually high surface tension and extreme capillary force, which, in turn, allows water to move upward through narrow tubes against the force of gravity-a life-giving property relied upon by all vascular plants, including our greatest trees: aspens, oaks, and redwoods.


    Fascinatingly, the boiling point of water is highly dependent upon the barometric pressure of its environment: Water at the top of K2, for instance, will boil at a temperature different than that of water taken from the Mackenzie River, while the ocean's deepest waters, near geothermal vents, can reach temperatures of hundreds of degrees and yet remain liquid. According to Aristotle, among the classical elements, water held a special place between wind and earth, being both cold like earth and wet like wind, but stood distinctly at odds with fire. And people born under the astrological signs of Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are thought to have dominant water personalities: nurturing, sympathetic, and imaginative. Today, of course, we cherish water for all that it is, and know it best as the one thing that quenches our thirst when all else fails.


    SOLID PERFECT-SURFACE COPPER+ (PSC+) CONDUCTORS: Solid conductors prevent both strand-to-strand contacts and magnetic interaction, major sources of distortion. Surface quality is critical because a conductor can be considered as a rail-guide for both the electric fields within a conductor, and for the magnetic fields outside the conductor. The astonishingly smooth and pure surface of all AudioQuest's Perfect-Surface metals nearly eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to all other premium coppers. The extreme purity of PSC+ further minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist within any metal conductor.


    DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #S 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1): Creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This dramatically reduces dielectric induced smearing of the signal, letting sound emerge from a "black" background.


    CARBON-BASED 6-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION SYSTEM (NDS): Shields-the-shield, reducing RFI contamination of the equipment ground plane.


    POLYETHYLENE AIR-TUBE INSULATION: Almost no contact between conductors and insulation further reduces smearing and preserves dynamics.


    TRIPLE-BALANCED GEOMETRY: Proper ground-reference conductor prevents using the shield as an inferior ground-reference conductor.


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  • AudioQuest Earth Interconnect Cable MULTIPLE LENGTHS AVAILABLE AudioQuest Earth Interconnect Cable Quick View

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    AudioQuest Earth Interconnect Cable


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    Consider this simple fact: Even the smallest flowers crack concrete. It's enough to make one wonder what might happen if the Earth were freed from humankind's influence and simply left to its own devices-to regenerate, blossom, and grow wild. What wonders might spring from its soil? Scientists speculate that it would take only a century or two to wipe away the plants, crops, and animal species so carefully fashioned by humankind's industrious hand. In a few thousand years, the world might look exactly as it did before humanity came along: a wilderness. Take, for instance, New York City, considered by many the greatest city on Earth. Without humankind's interference, the repeated thawing and freezing of spring and winter would, within a decade, shatter the city's cement skin, allowing water to seep deep into the fertile ground below. Cracks would widen, deepen, and provide the soil from which exotic plant species, such as New York's prolific Chinese ailanthus tree, would grow. Within as little as five years, ailanthus roots would heave up the sidewalks and course through the sewers, while native Virginia creeper and poison ivy would adorn the city's skyscrapers. Within two decades, the water-soaked steel columns that support the street above the city's vast subway tunnels would give way, quickly transforming Lexington Avenue into a mighty river. Coyotes would find shelter in Central Park, to be soon followed by deer, bears, and wolves. Large oak trees would cover the land, while hawks and falcons would soar through the skies.


    But let's not forget: We are also a product of Earth's rich soil, sharing even the most majestic creature's ability to strengthen, diversify, and cultivate the land; to create a world fit for work and play, where we can share happiness and nurture life. Indeed, Earth is a reservoir of such life, a treasure chest overflowing with the elements-the rocks, metals, clay, and other ingredients-with which we build our villages and cities, our most modest shelters and most breathtaking monuments: the skyscrapers that part the highest clouds, tunnels that connect the farthest lands, and bridges that cross the widest rivers. That the smallest flower can display as much strength as the tallest skyscraper is not an indictment against humanity. Instead, it is a testament to humankind's vast potential: to engineer a beauty rivaled only by Earth's natural magnificence.


    SOLID PERFECT-SURFACE COPPER+ (PSC+) CONDUCTORS: Solid conductors prevent both strand-to-strand contacts and magnetic interaction, major sources of distortion. Surface quality is critical because a conductor can be considered as a rail-guide for both the electric fields within a conductor, and for the magnetic fields outside the conductor. The astonishingly smooth and pure surface of all AudioQuest's Perfect-Surface metals nearly eliminates harshness and greatly increases clarity compared to all other premium coppers. The extreme purity of PSC+ further minimizes distortion caused by grain boundaries, which exist within any metal conductor.


    DIELECTRIC-BIAS SYSTEM (DBS, US Pat #S 7,126,055 & 7,872,195 B1): Creates a strong, stable electrostatic field which saturates and polarizes (organizes) the molecules of the insulation. This dramatically reduces dielectric induced smearing of the signal, letting sound emerge from a "black" background.


    CARBON-BASED 6-LAYER NOISE-DISSIPATION (NDS): Shields-the-shield, reducing RFI contamination of the equipment ground plane.


    FEP AIR-TUBES (FEP IS A NOTABLY INERT FLUORO-POLYMER): Almost no contact between conductors and insulation reduces smearing and preserves dynamics.


    TRIPLE-BALANCED GEOMETRY: Proper ground-reference conductor prevents using the shield as an inferior ground-reference conductor.


    COLD-WELDED, HANGING-SILVER PLATING DIRECTLY OVER HIGH-PURITY RED COPPER PLUGS.



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  • What's Going On (Pure Pleasure) What's Going On (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    What's Going On (Pure Pleasure)

    In 2006, exactly a year after Katrina, in the aftermath of a vicious natural disaster that displayed the incompetence of the Crescent City's infrastructure, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Government, they addressed the tragedy in the only way they know how, by re-creating the same kind of bewilderment and anger that Marvin Gaye felt and witnessed in 1971 by issuing their own take on Gaye's classic album What's Goin' On. This is a question that is proved all the more poignant given the efforts of an entire region trying not only to rebuild homes and businesses, but trying to preserve a culture as this recording was released. The Dirty Dozen recruit a number of vocalists to help out on the hinge tunes. The samples of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's voice in the aftermath of the hurricane usher in the brass slip-sliding along the dark funky overtones of Gaye's signature tune. Guitarists Doug Bossi and Ben Keeler dig into the groove, as does drummer Terence Higgins and keyboardist/producer Anthony Marinelli, as Chuck D raps the refrain in the context of modern history, the disaster, and the ineptitude and even hostility of a government who wages war and ignores domestic problems. It's a news report from the front lines as the horns cut the melody, the harmony, and the deep, steamy funk groove. What's Happening Brother, closes the funk from the inside, turning the groove back in on itself not only playing the rage, but echoing it in the grain of Bettye LaVette's vocal, which dares to spit out the truth with questions and observations in the pain of a first person narrative. The airy arrangement of Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) is nearly mournful, nostalgic for a more innocent time, but is all the more poignant for that longing. The deep tribal drums Mardi Gras Indian-style, with the skronky saxophones, tight guitar groove, and screaming narrative in Save The Children give way to the smoothness of Gaye's melody. It's a bewildered tune, sad with undercurrents of rage. Ivan Neville's arrangement for God Is Love is a stunner, full of deeply imaginative hues and colors and gospel grooves. G. Love helps out on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), where the musicality in Gaye's vocal disappears but is supercharged in the horn charts, and Love's vocal sounds confused, displaced, out of time against the instruments. Right On is both militant and celebratory. It's got the funk, but it's also got gospel, rock, and deep soul blaring from the trombones and the repetitive riff in the rest of the brass section. Guru from Gang Starr cuts out from the moody, spectral introduction of Inner City Blues, when Higgins drums play counter to Kirk Joseph's deep blues sousaphone on the bassline. Frustration is everywhere and the horns point fingers to this truth which Guru lays out: that today is the same and perhaps even more so than it was in Gaye's time. The desolation in Gaye's lyric isn't lost but it is fleshed out over the chart so that they are merely the ghosts from the past preaching and exhorting in this new generation. Never has party music sounded so poignant, so utterly damning and hopeful and unbowed. This is the next step in the Homecoming that was a funeral for a friend; this is the aftermath, the sound of angry resurrection coming out with the sun, one where the revolution may be televised but bursts out of the edges in the screen and makes itself known by the medium understood by the people who have to live its realization. With killer grooves that take no prisoners, What's Goin' On is the most fitting tribute yet to Gaye, because not only does it prove the timelessness of the music itself, it echoes that what is indeed goin' on (Gaye's dedication to Detroit as its decline became a reality with no onlookers interested in doing anything) is even more true today than it was in 1971.



    About Pure Pleasure



    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. What's Going On feat. Chuck D
    2. What's Happening Brother feat. Bettye Lavette
    3. Flying High (In the Friendly Skies)
    4. Save the Children
    5. God is Love feat. Ivan Neville
    6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
    7. Right On
    8. Wholy Holy
    9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)
    The Dirty Dozen Brass Band
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