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Air Twenty Year'
TwentyearsTwenty years after their international debut, the French multi-platinum selling band Air, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, will release their first anthology Twentyears. Available as a 2LP on 180 gram vinyl containing 16 tracks selected by the band.LP 1
1. La femme d'argent
2. Cherry Blossom Girl
3. Kelly Watch the Stars
4. Playground Love (with Gordon Tracks)
5. Sexy Boy
7. All I Need
8. Alpha Beta Gaga (Edit 91)
1. Moon Fever
2. Don't Be Light (Edit)
3. How Does It Make You
4. Surfing on a Rocket
5. Alone in Kyoto
8. Le soleil est près de moi$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Dynospectrum (20 Year Anniversary Remaster)Early Rhymesayers Group Project Consisting Of Members Slug (Atmosphere, Felt); I Self Devine (Micranots, Semi.official); Musab (Beyond, Sab The Artist); And Mr. Gene Poole (Phull Surkle), Produced Entirely By Ant (Atmosphere, Brother Ali).
First Time Ever Available On Vinyl!
Sourced From The Original Reel-To-Reel Tapes, Mixed Again And Remastered For This Special Anniversary.
Includes Three Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks Recorded During The Original Studio Sessions.
Vinyl Packaging Includes Three LPs Pressed On A Black & Cream Colored Side A/B Effect Vinyl
Includes An Illustrated 8-Panel Accordion Fold-Out Poster,
Housed In A Gatefold Jacket
Includes Original Artwork/Illustrations By Brilliant Visual Artist Aaron Horkey
As Rhymesayers was transitioning from a local Twin Cities crew, who were known for
explosive and engaging live shows at coffee shops, raves, and venues around town, into
a full-fledged independent label, some of the most integral players in the crew decided to
form a supergroup, and thus began the legend of The Dynospectrum.
The group's formula was largely centered on the four MCs, Slug of Atmosphere, I Self
Devine of The Micranots, Beyond (better known as Musab), and Mr. Gene Poole of Phull
Surkle. Each of them had already made a notable impression on the Twin Cities scene,
so the idea of them coming together was easy to view as a force to be reckoned with.
However, an essential element of The Dynospectrum was its production, as Ant (of
Atmosphere) was digging deep into his explorations of painting sound with dark and
moody strokes. Yet another signature aspect to this album was its iconic artwork,
provided courtesy of the Headshots resident artist, Aaron "Abuse" Horkey, who has also
provided some new work for this special vinyl edition. Horkey's uniquely exquisite graffiti
stylings give the album a comic book-like essence while maintaining an air of elegance
and fine art. Lastly, in order to take all this creative energy and shape it into something
real, label CEO, Siddiq Sayers, acted as the sound engineer at the time for the newly
formed Rhymesayers studios, and took the lead on distribution and management for the
All of this resulted in The Dynospectrum being a landmark release in the Rhymesayers
catalog, regarded to this day as a cult classic, which makes it long overdue that we finally
get to see this full release available on vinyl for the very first time. This upcoming special
vinyl edition, just like our recent Overcast! 20th Anniversary vinyl release, has been
completely re-mixed from the original reel-to-reel tapes and remastered, complete with
bonus unreleased material from those same recording sessions. All the original music
and lyrics have been left completely intact, only enhancing the listening experience, so
that this breakthrough album sounds better than ever!LP 1
1. You Can Lose Your Mind (Remastered)
2. Introspectrum (Remastered)
3. Headphone Static (Remastered)
4. Permanent On Surfaces (Remastered)
5. Breath Of Fresh (Remastered)
6. The Winter Moon (Remastered)
7. Brief Interlude (Remastered)
1. Appearing Live (Remastered)
2. Southside Myth (Remastered)
3. Traction (Remastered)
4. Decompression Chamber (Remastered)
5. Evidence Of Things Not Seen (Remastered)
6. Superior Friends (Remastered)
7. I Wouldn't Want You To Die Uninformed (Remastered)
1. Tenfold (Remastered)
2. Anything Is Everything (Remastered)
3. Armor (Remastered)
4. Mass Exodus (Bonus Track) [Remastered]
5. He Who Dies With The Most Toys (Bonus Track) [Remastered]
6. Obstacles (Bonus Track) [Remastered]$34.99Colored Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
1,000 YearsThe new record began with the same surprise turn that started Corin Tucker's career back in 1991, ended Sleater-Kinney's 11-year year run in 2006 and inspired the punk-feminist rocker to redefine herself as a stay-at-home mom. It was early 2009, and Tucker was performing at a benefit show in her hometown of Portland, OR airing out a couple of new songs. Another benefit, and another pair of unheard tunes, followed a few weeks later. The reaction from friends, fans and perfect strangers was unanimous. Cue the wrenching rhythms and hard-angle melodies, the slashing guitars and wildly passionate vocals of 1,000 Years. Only now the hard edges come nestled in lush weaves of acoustic guitars, keyboards,interlocking percussion, even cellos and violins, which places 1,000 Years deep into Tucker's creative headwaters, another addition to her 20-year catalog of restless songs for restless spirits.1. 1,000 Years
2. Half a World Away
3. It's Always Summer
4. Handed Love
8. Pulling Pieces
9. Thrift Store Coats
10. Big Goodbye
11. Miles Away$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Ghosts Of Highway 20We've all heard about the iconic vibe of Route 66, the neon lights on Broadway and the ocean air of the Pacific Coast Highway. But there are untold stories emanating from countless blue highways across the land - like Interstate 20, which cuts a 1500-mile swath from South Carolina to Texas, and cuts deep into the spirit of those who've spent their lives traversing it.
Lucinda Williams is one of those people, and with the expansive, enveloping The Ghosts of Highway 20, she brings those stories to life - and gives listeners a remarkably vivid look at how the highway has been a literal and figurative backdrop throughout her entire life. The intensely involving 14-song collection may be the most deeply felt, deeply affecting work of Lucinda Williams' illustrious 35-plus-year career, a career that has been established on a foundation of remarkably personal songs.1. Dust
2. House of Earth
3. I Know All About It
4. Place in My Heart
5. Death Came
6. Doors of Heaven
7. Louisiana Story
8. The Ghosts of Highway 20
9. Bitter Memory
11. Can't Close the Door on Love
12. If My Love Could Kill
13. If There's a Heaven
14. Faith and Grace$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
We All Raise Our Voices To The Air: Live Songs 04.11-08.11For a band that made a name for themselves as one of the preeminent live acts of the past 10 years, it was a bit shocking that they had never released any sort of live album. So, following the amazing success of their chart-topping double Grammy-nominated 2011 album The King Is Dead, Portland's favorite sons and daughters set to work creating the ultimate Decemberists' live document.
We All Raise Our Voices to the Air: (Live Songs 04.11-08.11) was recorded at numerous shows during their sold out 2011 North American tour. The 20-song set compiles tracks from all phases of the band's illustrious career and appeals to both hardcore fans as well as those fans who just recently were exposed to the magic of The Decemberists including not only their radio hits like Down by the Water, Calamity Song and This is Why We Fight, but also live show favorites and some special gems.1. The Infanta
2. Calamity Song
3. Rise To Me
4. The Soldiering Life
5. We Both Go Down Together
6. The Bagmans Gambit
7. Down By The Water
8. Leslie Ann Levine
9. The Rakes Song
10. The Crane Wife 1, 2, and 3
12. Billy Liar
13. Grace Cathedral Hill
14. All Arise!
15. Rox In The Box
16. June Hymn
17. Draculas Daughter > O Valencia!
18. This Is Why We Fight
19. The Mariners Revenge Song
20. I Was Meant For The Stage$39.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rise Or Die Trying (Awaiting Repress)Worcester, Massachusetts. 8 pm. Those who have their hearts set on a Sunday night bingo game or knitting circle at the Quinsigamond Village Community Center will walk away sorely disappointed. Instead, nearly 600 kids spanning all ages and tastes have excitedly packed themselves into the tiny venue. The room is plunged into darkness and the wild shouting echoes in the air; this is the moment they've been waiting for. The first strains of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" filter through the speakers as Four Year Strong take their hometown stage, fully prepared to shred faces, blow minds, and take no prisoners.
Alan Day (Vocals/Guitar), Dan O'Conner (Vocals/Guitar), Joe Weiss (Bass), Josh Lyford (Synth), and Jake Massucco (Drums) are Four Year Strong. At first, this may not raise eyebrows or drop jaws, but it is only a matter of time. Bringing a unique blend of brutal breakdowns and soaring choruses, Four Year Strong have cut their teeth into the Worcester hardcore scene and thirst for more. Their music incites a riot like nothing seen before, leaving live crowds and CD listeners alike simultaneously blown away, and fired up.
Their influences range from Lifetime to Saves the Day, Gorilla Biscuits to New Found Glory. "We just play exactly what we want to hear," describes Dan, explaining their combination of hardcore and pop-punk. Sharing an average age of 20 years old and with a do-it-yourself determination, Four Year Strong do not pretend to be anyone but themselves. The band does not sugarcoat their image, avoiding the pretty-boy front that smothers the scene. Behind the numerous tattoos and grizzly beards, Four Year Strong are the kind of guys you would want to bring home to Mom and Dad. The band does not bother with egos or attitude, determined to connect with every fan on a personal level.
Their debut full-length, Rise or Die Trying, premieres on I Surrender Records. Already, the album has generated an excited buzz across the web, featured on websites like Absolutepunk.net and FriendsorEnemies.com to print magazines Rolling Stone and Alternative Press. The band has nearly 1 Million plays on Myspace with nothing more than a taste of what Rise or Die Trying will bring. Unrelenting spirit, gut-wrenchingly good music, and no flashy gimmicks, Four Year Strong are building themselves to the top with an indestructible foundation.
Four Year Strong combine equal parts melody and mayhem; however, their true talent lies in the ability to use these parts to create one exciting, infectious whole. "We wanted to put out a great record and not just a bunch of great songs." They fully embrace their album title, Rise or Die Trying, and Four Year Strong refuse to stop until they've taken the world by storm.
Brace yourself, let's start the takeover.1. The Takeover
2. Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated
3. Abandon Ship Or Abandon All Hope
4. Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die
5. Wrecked 'Em? Damn Near Killed 'EM
7. Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Hell
8. Bada Bing! Wit' A Pipe!
9. Beatdown In The Key Of Happy
10. If He's Here, Who's Running Hell?
11. MANIAC (R.O.D.)$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Manley Headphone Amplifier (Pre-Order)
Manley Laboratories have been designing and manufacturing professional and hi-fidelity audio equipment for the last twenty five years. Headphone listening has become more and more popular in recent years. To meet this new demand Manley have combined its professional and domestic engineering skills to develop a new and exciting groundbreaking product, The Manley Headphone Amplifier.
Headphone listening is not new to us, we have developed headphone mixers for the professional industry and our Neo-Classic 300B preamplifier was designed with the serious headphone listener in-mind, which now has quite a cult following. The new Manley Headphone Amplifier addresses absolutely every possible feature the headphone user could desire.
This feature rich product has no less than twelve independent controls designed for maximum performance and maximum control. We design and manufacture our own output transformers and this is where this product excels. The Manley Headphone Amplifier utilizes hand-wound air gapped dual mode output transformers. The user can configure the unit for all triode Push-Pull mode or Single-Ended mode. The transformer can be configured to drive three types of headphone loads, covering a range from 12 to 600 ohms.
The enthusiast can also vary the Feedback from 0dB to 10dB, maintaining a ruler-flat frequency response across the audio band, demonstrating how stable the design is. For increased transparency and accuracy we have incorporated a Precision Stepped Relay Volume control with perfect channel balance. A balance control is also available for extra sensitivity. The Manley Headphone Amplifier operates fully symmetrical, enabling it to drive balanced headphones through its XLR output. Also available is the standard non-balanced "Jack" plug or TRS connection. Another very useful feature is a preamplifier output, which routes your first input through the system when not in use, no need for unplugging sources! The Manley Headphone amplifier can also be used as a stand-alone transformer coupled preamplifier, so it can be partnered with any power amplifier if so desired.
With the advent of expensive and high technology headphones it was important for the Manley design team to think about protection. So the Manley Headphone Amplifier features a user defined headphone overload protection system. The user dials this in so precious headphones are never overdriven. For maximum performance and the lowest noise floor, The Manley Headphone Amplifier incorporates a very high-tech switching audiophile power supply. The high-tension and low-tension rails are all fully regulated offering super low impedance for a fast and dynamic response.
The Manley Headphone Amplifier also incorporates a tone control circuit what? for an audiophile product!! Yes! With the expertise gleaned from building professional studio equipment, we have incorporated the best possible solution for a tone control. It is completely switchable, so for the real purist it is completely out of the circuit, but if you need that slight adjustment for a hard digital recording the feature is there.
The Manley Headphone Amplifier is a very unusual design. Zia Faruqi, who is responsible for running the engineering team and industrial design at Manley Laboratories, developed its concept. "I wanted a design that would reflect the use of this piece of equipment. Its shape was inspired by a head, a piece that you could rest your headphones on, a piece that you want to indulge yourself in" Mitch Margolis who worked on the Steelhead and our 300B amplifiers worked with our head engineer Humberto Rodriguez to finalize its design. Available in three different colors for today's lifestyle choices. Champagne & White, Titanium & Bronze and Copper & Black.$2,950.00Headphone Amplifier PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Backspace UnwindBackspace Unwind is the long awaited new LAMB album. The sixth album of the electronic music duo contains 10 new songs written by Andy Barlow & Lou Rhodes with 4 featuring string arrangements by Tom Trapp, who also conducted the string section for the recording session at Air Lyndhurst Studios in London.
'Making this album has been a journey of discovery in so many ways', says Lou. 'After making music together over a period of almost 20 years (with a 5 year hiatus to take a breath) it's reassuring that new routes and approaches seem to abound. Over those years I think we've learnt that this journey needs no map; in fact tearing that map up, at every twist and turn, has become our regular gleeful practice.'
The LP version of Backspace Unwind contains a bonus track that's not available elsewhere (''As Satellites Go By'' Piano Version*).1. In Binary
2. We Fall In Love
3. As Satellites Go By
4. Backspace Unwind
5. Nobody Else
6. Shines Like This
7. What Makes Us Human
8. Seven Sails
9. Doves & Ravens
10. Only Our Skin
11. As Satellites Go By (Piano Version)*
*Vinyl Only Bonus Track$33.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Diamond HeadPressed On Limited Edition 140 Gram Clear Vinyl
Includes Bonus One-Sided 7-Inch
First New Material In 8 Years
Influential and iconic heavy metal band, Diamond Head, release their first album of new material in eight years. Entitled Diamond Head, the album features an exciting new talent in singer Rasmus Bom Andersen. In 2014 Diamond Head invited London based, Danish-born Ras to join the band. Together they completed a European tour, which included appearances at Hard Rock Hell and Head Bangers Open Air in Germany. In general the album lyrics focus on political and environmental themes, specifically warning that our world is in many ways leaning towards self-destruction. The opening and closing songs encapsulate these themes, while the body of the album explores subtopics in more depth, along with songs dealing with lighter subjects that aren't so heavy on the heart.1. Bones
2. Shout At The Devil
3. Set My Soul On Fire
4. See You Rise
5. All The Reasons You Live
6. Wizard Sleeve
7. Our Time Is Now
9. Blood On My Hands
*Bonus One-Sided 7-Inch Single
1. Diamonds$37.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 7 - Sealed Buy Now
Anthropos''Woke up at dawn and felt a presence, nature spirits, observing me. Looked out through the window. Black shape. I went to the nearby forest and the journey had begun.Without a direct way, I went through the woods and crossed mountains. Suddenly elated by light, I was under the raven's wings. Numb. Awakened by a thud and the silhouettes of the three. Embrace. The circle was complete.'' -- Mother of God
Born in 2008 and raised on rock in Morgårdshammar, Sweden, the four-piece Mother of God cast off a lot of the retro '70s mentality of their countrymen in favor of a more modern approach.Well, 20 years more modern, anyway. Mother of God no doubt have some appreciation for the finer things in '70s rock - there are beards to prove it - but musically they incorporate influences from grunge and the heavy grooves of the early '90s. Bands like Soundgarden and Alice in Chains mesh their downtrodden grunge melodies alongside classic inspiration drawn from Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin.
These might sound like familiar elements - at least the names ring out - but Mother of God bring their own emotional spin to their Small Stone debut, Anthropos, and never quite cooperate with what you think they'll do next. The band has released two prior EPs - 2011's Forging a New Path and their debut - and they recorded and mixed Anthropos in BorlÄnge with Erik Nerback, Chris Goosman mastered, and Sanna Albenius, Robin Gnista and Alexander von Wieding provided art and layout design.
In addition to festival appearances at Getaway Rock, Wacken Open Air in Germany and Peace & Love, Mother of God have shared the stage with YOB, Dozer, Graveyard, Imperial State Electric and more, and they'll look to continue their live domination in Scandinavia and beyond in support of Anthropos, shoving their eclectic sound and undeniable hooks right in the faces of everyone who thinks they know what heavy rock should sound like.1. 2 3 0
3. The Forest
4. Aim For The Sun
6. To Live
9. Something From Below
10. R. McCord
11. Lucy$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Custom Printed PVC Plastic Case
Double Metallic Silver Vinyl
Full Color Custom Printed Sleeves
8-Page LP Lyric Booklet
Minneapolis is known for many things - pretty lakes, the Mall of America, lutefisk. But 17 years ago, hip-hop act
Atmosphere transformed the city into something else entirely: a nexus from which underground rap spiraled-out
to the masses. And thanks to the duo's indefatigable touring habits, Top 20-charting albums, and their galvanizing artist-owned label Rhymesayers (MF Doom, Aesop Rock), they're still pushing the boundaries of what indie
rap can mean.
It's with that overachieving-underdog spirit that MC Sean "Slug" Daley and producer Anthony "Ant" Davis have
named Atmosphere's eighth studio album Southsiders (out May 6), a shout-out to their native neighborhood.
Because, says Slug, "We have spent the majority of our career - God, we can call it a career! - repping the
south side of Minneapolis pretty hard."
While Southsiders is a celebration of the group's fortitude, it is also a deeply introspective, and sometimes
conflicted, work. "It's a natural progression from the last record, The Family Sign, which was about growing my
family," says Slug, now a father to three, who finds himself contemplating mortality. "I'm starting to think, 'What is
post-family man? What am I supposed to rap about now?' I'm sticking to my roots, rapping about what I'm
doing, what I think about. This record is - much like the other ones - a very detailed look at my life."
The album captures everything from a blazing, anthemic takedown in "Southsiders," to the ebb-and-flow of loss
in the sauntering "Arthur's Song," to emotional abandon in the rousing "Kanye West." The latter - and its
mantra, "put your hands in the air like you really do care" - is a high-five to the rapper whose emotional
reactions are often misperceived as not caring. Says Slug, "I wanted to write a song about loving something so
much that you submit to the moment.1. Camera Thief
2. Arthur's Song
3. The World Might Not Live Through The Night
4. Star Shaped Heart
5. I Love You Like A Brother
8. Mrs. Interpret
10. Kanye West
11. We Ain't Gonna Die Today
12. My Lady Got Two Men
14. January On Lake Street
15. Let Me Know That You Know What You Want Now$26.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Audio Desk Systeme's Vinyl Cleaning Machine Pro (On Sale)
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.
...The most effective, easy-to-use record-cleaning machine I've ever tried.
- Michael Fremer, Stereophile, June 2012
Cleaning Time: 5 minutes
Size: 13w x 8 d x 10.7 h (33cm w x 20cm d x 27cm h)
Weight: 12lbs (5.5kg)
Cleaning Solution: 4.5 liters (1.2 gal) of distilled water added to 20ml of cleaning concentrate.
The Vinyl Cleaner PRO is the next generation, upgraded version of the award-winning ultrasonic LP cleaning system. Incorporating five years of evolutionary enhancements in addition to important upgrades to internal component parts, the Vinyl Cleaner PRO offers better features and performance, and also promises better reliability.
Features of the new Vinyl Cleaner PRO include better, quieter drying, a new premium motor, an upgraded pump with ceramic bearings, and improvements to the electronic control system including a dry-only option.
The Audio Desk Systeme Vinyl Cleaner Pro is the latest version of the first and only record cleaning machine that incorporates an ultrasonic cleaning cycle in addition to a more conventional mechanical cleaning via bi-directional rotating microfiber cleaning drums, and the result is the cleanest LP's ever. Unlike other record cleaners the ultrasonic Vinyl Cleaner bursts millions of microscopic bubbles off the surface of the record all the way to the bottom of the groove, where no fiber is fine enough to reach. And among LP cleaners the Audio Desk System Vinyl Cleaner is unique in using filtered air for drying, rather than one of the static-inducing suction systems employed by other record cleaning machines.
This vinyl record cleaner is fully automatic - just put the LP in the slot, push the button, and come back in 6 minutes (or tomorrow!) for a thoroughly cleaned and dried LP (both sides). Whole new layers of inner detail and air are revealed in the recordings, and of course most surface noise is eliminated.
Comes with 2 vials of a proprietary cleaning fluid developed specifically for this machine. A container of the fluid concentrate plus a gallon of distilled water cleans 150 new LP's, or 100 used LP's.
Records are precious. Not only are they arguably the best-sounding medium for reproduced music, but they often constitute irreplaceable collections. Even with careful handling contamination cannot be avoided in the long term. It is also well known that residual compounds from the LP pressing process obscure inner detail unless removed by cleaning even new records.
Reiner Glass of Audiodesksysteme has developed a professional quality, easy to use record washing machine he call the Vinyl Cleaner. The Vinyl Cleaner is fully automatic. The record is placed perpendicularly from above into the equipment opening and the red activation button is pressed. When the green LED shines, the clean LP can be removed. During the cleaning process rotary cleaning barrels made from a microfiber material move in opposite directions while a unique ultrasonic system carefully and thoroughly removes even the finest contaminants from the grooves. In use the cleaning solution is thoroughly filtered to avoid recontamination of the LP. Two high performance fans guarantee effective drying with quiet operation.
Technical: How can sound clean?
Ultrasonic is sound generated above the human audible level.
A physical effect called cavitation results from the generation of ultrasonic frequencies in a liquid. In this cavitation process ultrasonic compression waves are created by an ultrasonic transducer. When the amplitude of this soundwave increases to a level where the surface tension of the liquid is broken, the fluid will tear apart leaving behind millions of microscopic vacuum bubbles. These vacuum bubbles then rapidly compress or implode creating millions of tiny liquid jets small enough to clean inside the smallest grooves of an LP. This process, also called microagitation, displaces any contaminants on the surface of the LP.$4,499.00 $3,999.00 Save $500.00 (11%)Cleaning Machine - 4 Colors Available Buy Now
Klipsch Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones
Hear The Air
X20i is the most revealing in-ear headphone Klipsch has ever created. High frequencies are reproduced with extreme accuracy and bass is clear, full, and warm. Breaking down the limitations of the capabilities in the class, X20i brings a new standard to headphone acoustics. Powered by a true two-way dual armature design, the high-horsepower KG-926T woofer is paired to a high resolution KG-125B super tweeter. This brings about a palpable sound character and makes X20i the broadest bandwidth in-ear headphone available from Klipsch.
High Resolution Super Tweeter
Placing X20i into a class of its own, the KG-125B super tweeter provides a truly transparent sound. With high-frequency performance designed to take advantage of superb lossless recordings, this headphone provides hi-hats and cymbals with true-to-life realism.
Surgical-Grade Stainless Steel
Injection-molded surgical-grade stainless steel is the main material used in the X20i chassis. Featuring a reverse hood scoop, X20i is one of the smallest and most durable two-way headphones available today.
Super-Slim Ear Tips
X20i features the most comfortable ear tip ever designed by Klipsch. Pre-installed, the most popular ear tip has been redesigned into a super slim form. After extensive research, surveys lead to the conclusion that ear canals are even narrower than previously thought. The super slim ear tip responds to that by using an even narrower and more tapered design, allowing people who have never found in-ear monitors to be comfortable to wear them without issue. However, since all ears are unique, included with the product are five additional sizes to pick from.
Another impressive feature of X20i is the ability to swap cables. Screw-type coaxial SSMCX connectors for both left and right sides allow for swapping cables or using custom balanced cables. Roughly 35% smaller than industry-standard MMCX connectors, X20i has all the advantages of interchangeable cables without the bulk.
Advanced Three-Button Mic And Remote
Enjoy easy control of your iPhone, iPad, or iPod while listening to music, watching movies and answering phone calls.
Featuring a stainless black finish, each comes with genuine leather carrying case, tie bar, five different sized ear tips and a one-year warranty.
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.$549.00Reference X20i In-Ear Headphones Buy Now
Chicken Skin Music
Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness
The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.
Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.
Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.
Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.
Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Bourgeois Blues
2. I Got Mine
3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
4. He'll Have to Go
5. Smack Dab in the Middle
6. Stand by Me
7. Yellow Roses
9. Goodnight Irene$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At River PlateRed Colored Vinyl
AC/DC will release AC/DC Live At River Plate, their first live album in 20 years, on Monday November 19th. AC/DC Live At River Plate was recorded in Buenos Aires in December 2009 when nearly 200,000
fans (over 3 sold-out nights) thunderously welcomed AC/DC back after a 13-year absence from Argentina. AC/DC Live At River Plate captures the legendary grandeur, excitement and energy that AC/DC's live performances are renowned for.
This ultimate live recording chronicles one of the largest shows from their massively successful Black Ice World Tour (where they performed to over 5 million fans in 108 cities in over 28 countries). The 19 tracks on AC/DC Live At River Plate span AC/DC's extensive repertoire, including old and new
classics like "Back In Black," "Thunderstruck," "You Shook Me All Night Long" and "Rock N Roll Train"
(see below for full track listing). AC/DC Live At River Plate will be available as a special 3 disc red vinyl package featuring multiple covers and a special 24-page booklet.
Released in 2011, the AC/DC Live at River Plate DVD detailed the fan excitement of AC/DC's arrival in
Argentina and documented the construction of their massive stage production. The DVD debuted at #1
in 17 countries and cemented the fact that fans just cannot get enough of AC/DC. Clips of "Thunderstruck" and "Shoot To Thrill" from AC/DC Live At River Plate have garnered 14 million and 22 million views respectively on YouTube. To date AC/DC's videos have over 72 million views online, with an average 600,000 views per week.1. Rock N Roll Train
2. Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be
3. Back In Black
4. Big Jack
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap
6. Shot Down In Flames
8. Black Ice
9. The Jack
10. Hells Bells
11. Shoot To Thrill
12. War Machine
13. Dog Eat Dog
14. You Shook Me All Night Long
16. Whole Lotta Rosie
17. Let There Be Rock
18. Highway To Hell
19. For Those About To Rock (We Salute You)$48.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Josh GrobanThe extraordinary voice of 20-year-old Josh Groban is an inspiring force. Not only did it move Grammy-Award winning producer David Foster to bring Josh into the studio to produce his magnificent debut album, it also moved Ally McBeal creator/executive producer David E. Kelley to bring Josh on the show's season finale to perform You're Still You. After an overwhelming reaction from viewers, Josh was brought back to sing To Where You Are on this year's Christmas episode. The day after the show aired, Josh Groban became the number-one selling album at Amazon.com, while his website was flooded with thousands of e-mails and even marriage proposals from adoring fans. All it takes is one listen to fall in love with the voice of Josh Groban.
Certified Platinum by the RIAA. (5/02)LP 1
1. Alla Luce Del Sole
2. Gira Con Me Questa Notte
3. You're Still You
4. Cinema Paradiso (Se)
5. To Where You Are
7. Canto Alla Vita (feat. The Corrs)
8. Let Me Fall (from Cirque du Soleil)
9. Vincent (Starry, Starry Night)
1. Un Amore Per Sempre
2. Home To Stay
3. Jesu, Joy Of Man's Desiring (feat. Lili Haydn)
4. The Prayer (With Charlotte Church)
Side D Etching$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Montgomery MovementFunk's answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama,
Florida's Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads
of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened
dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in
their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP
was cut in 1972 for Orlando's Dove label, then reissued
on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually
steered clear of soul music and anything remotely
commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into
Folkways' Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve.
"My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music.
I've been involved in supernatural things,spoken with
spirits. I have heard an orchestra up in the air. I know
I've heard it." -Paul Montgomery1. Montgomery Movement
3. Steal Away
4. Precious Wing
5. Party Fever
6. I'm Standing by
7. Gotta Make A Come Back
8. Left Me With A Memory$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Split Series #23
'[Gately] veers towards the fringes of pop before dancing away into weirdo ambience and
more solemn computer music climes." - FACT
"Hewing to a crooked axis of air-tumbling house drums and buoyant bass, Tlaotlon sparks
off all manner of corkscrewing pings, synth stabs and scrambled electronics in a psychoactive manner belying his participation with wayward acts such as Finnish psych troupe,
Kemialliset YstÄvÄt. " - Boomkat
Another high quality, album-length release, the twenty-third - and penultimate - issue in
FatCat's long-running and highy-acclaimed Split 12" Series features two emerging artists,
each working in markedly di erent ways to forge bold new territory for modern electronic
music. As usual, this record will be released on 12" vinyl in the Split Series' trademark
hand-drilled and numbered packaging, pressed in a limited edition of 700 copies for the
A hugely exciting new talent, Katie Gately is a Brooklyn-born, LA-based artist with an
academic background in lm sound production and editing. Having only recently stepped
out from her regular job as a sound designer in the lm industry, Katie has crafted a set of
brilliantly intricate and ambitious sound pieces that exist in a borderzone between electro -
acoustic composition, eld recording and deconstructed pop bringing to mind the
widescreen scope of Scott Walker or Julia Holter and the precise playful abstraction of
Matmos and Holly Herndon.
Katie's o ering for this split 12" is a staggeringly bold and ambitious composition. A
restlessly playful, hyper-intricate, 15-minute sprawl of a track, 'Pivot' shifts around
constantly - feeling its way into being through a spartan, alien space of treated vocals
and gestural sound-slashes set starkly against negative space. At the core of the track
lies a song and recognisable lyrics, pitch-shifted and time-stretched, chopped and
layered into choirs, switching its gender, rendering it into pure malleable texture, her
heavily manipulated voice seeps throughout the track.
Tlaotlon is the solo alias of Melbourne-based New Zealander Jeremy Coughbrough, who
has released a clutch of records in the past few years on labels like Dungeon Taxis, Epic
Sweep, Trensmat and 1080p. Messy, maximalist and psychedelic, Tlaotlon pro ers a kind
of squelchy, hyper-colourful, dislocated modern electronica that might nd roots in older
models like Phthalocyanine or Autechre but sharing commonalities with current producers
like Patten, Sculpture, Dalglish, Astral Social Club and others.
Starting out from a series of vivid, striking little loops, the resulting tracks rapidly grow,
swelling into a densely-layered web of multiplying rhythms and synthetic textures to forge
a kind of hypermodern Baroque: synthetic, slippery, endlessly playful, dense and psychedelic. Any traces of a club backbone are swiftly disoriented into a messy, mutant swirl, a
joyful, dense tangle of rhythms and timbres. Car alarms, chipmunk vocals, space-jazz
synth bleed, clattering debris-beats, and pitch-bent slashes all coalesce in a churning
torrent of sound material.1. Katie Gately - Pivot
2. Tlaotlon - MYRIADE
3. Tlaotlon - ASCENSIS
4. Tlaotlon - ODYS
5. Tlaotlon - SIADE$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NightbringersAny band that has earned an army of devout followers through dropping seven killer full-lengths - and touring their collective ass off for sixteen years - could perhaps be forgiven for thinking they could take it easy as they wade into their eighth release. But that's just not The Black Dahlia Murder's style, and Nightbringers is testament to that. Having released their most accomplished, aggressive, and emotionally diverse music to date in the form of 2015's Abysmal, the Michigan quintet have once more pushed themselves to new heights, and the 34 minutes of searing melodic death metal that comprises Nightbringers is riveting listening. "I always feel a responsibility to the people who support this band when we start making a new record," asserts vocalist Trevor Strnad. "The pressure that comes from people being excited to hear what you come up with next can be intimidating, but it's so exciting that those people love you so much for just doing what you do. It makes you want to honor what you've done in the past, but also excite them with where you go next, and that definitely drove us on Nightbringers. When we started writing I honestly didn't know we had this album in us, and I feel really proud of it. It's a great moment for us."
Rather than meticulously plan things out or stick rigidly to any kind of template, when it comes to writing The Black Dahlia Murder prefer to let things happen organically. In the hands of guitarist Brian Eschbach - who co-founded the band with Strnad in 2001 - and new recruit Brandon Ellis (Cannabis Corpse/ex-Arsis) Nightbringers is rich with dynamic riffs that are at once fresh and classic TBDM, resulting in a collection that shifts through many moods and effortlessly incorporates various elements of extreme metal. With guitarist Ryan Knight having amicably stepped down in 2016, the addition of twenty-four-year-old Ellis to the band's ranks has helped usher in an exciting new era. "He's very professional for his age, I think he's skilled far beyond his years, and his live energy is exceptional. When Max (Lavelle, bass) joined the band he challenged a lot of us on stage to raise our personal bar, and Brandon's pushed that even further," states Strnad. "Brandon coming into the band and writing a bunch of songs was an awesome surprise too. He really took the reins, and this record is also the most involved that Alan (Cassidy drums) has been too. The way that we were doing the demos and bouncing things back and forth he had a lot of room to do what he wanted to do, and I think it's definitely a more colorful album for that. I also think as we get older the emotional content goes up. I think we better realize how to grip the listener. Personally, I try to write lyrics that are going to match each part, and kind of ramp up those feelings that we're putting across." Strnad's statements are vividly borne out by every moment of Nightbringers. For fans attending 2017's Summer Slaughter tour, the first taste of of the record came with the inclusion of the title track in their set, which has an undeniable immediacy to it, rich with hooks and boasting a "circusy, evil and playful" air. By contrast, "Catacomb Hecatomb" is suffused with tragedy, the mournful tone of its slower passages deeply affecting. This too is dramatically different to "As Good As Dead", which has some swagger to it that Strnad likens to Megadeth, or "Matriarch", described by Eschbach as a "wild, neoclassical romp" and stands as one of the most cutthroat and all out aggressive tracks in the quintet's arsenal. Upon first hearing the latter, Strnad was intent on matching its visceral intensity. "I felt inspired to write very violent lyrics to it. It's told from the perspective of a woman who is trying to have a child and not having any luck, and she goes kind of crazy and stalks this other woman who is due to have a child. She finds her moment to take it from her, cutting it right out of her stomach." While Strnad explores a variety of themes and ideas with his lyrics, they are united by the album's title, which embraces a tenet that has been central to The Black Dahlia Murder's output since the very beginning. "A lot of archaic ideas that are still upheld - such as marriage and monogamy - came from Christianity, whether people want to acknowledge it or not, and to me, death metal has always been bucking that. It's 'being-the-villain music', because we're the enemy of Christianity, the enemy of all that is good and traditional. Death metal is for free thinkers, it's for showing people the path to inner strength and operating on your own will, instead of being told what to do and living in fear, and songs like the title track and "Kings Of The Nightworld" are about leading a legion of awakened minds into battle." Following this theme also motivated Strnad to forge into ever-darker territory, even when this meant tearing things up and starting over. "I felt I needed to rise to the occasion to make as much of the blood and guts and heinousness as possible, and there was actually a couple of points where I rewrote some songs. I just didn't feel like they were dark enough, or violent enough, so I was really trying to ramp up the monstrous aspects of things, and definitely trying in different ways to take down tradition."
Rather than decamp to a single studio, the members split off when it came time to start laying down the songs - all well versed in how to get the best out of their individual performances. With former bassist Ryan Williams once again assisting, the drums were tracked at The Pipe Yard in Plymouth, Michigan and rhythm guitars in the band's practice space in Warren, Michigan [was bass tracked there too?]. Ellis then recorded his many blistering solos in his home studio, while Strnad headed to Full Force Studios on Long Island, with Joe Cincotta (Suffocation, Internal Bleeding) overseeing his sessions. For the unique and haunting cover art they turned to Kristian Wåhlin, aka Necrolord, who has designed seminal artwork for the likes of At The Gates, Bathory, Emperor and also TBDM's 2007 release, Nocturnal. "I think he's the most prominent artist when it comes to classic releases in the melodic death metal genre, and kind of bringing things full circle with it being the ten-year anniversary of Nocturnal felt right. By now people probably wouldn't have expected us to go back to him, so it's kind of a surprise, but at the same time it's a very classic cover too." With the band celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the aforementioned album by playing it in its entirety on Summer Slaughter, it has given them a moment to reflect not only on the road that has led them to here but also that which lies ahead. "When I think back to when we started the band I feel very proud of everything we've done, and I also see a lot of improvement over the years," says Strnad. "In the early songs I can hear us as kids, and then segueing into our adulthood as musicians and writers, but sixteen years in I still feel young as a band. I feel like we have a shit ton left to do, and I think we're sitting pretty with the best lineup we've ever had. I also think Nightbringers could be our finest hour yet. I feel very strongly that it will affect people, I want to get all of these songs in people's ears, and I want them to check out everything we've got on this record. There's so much variety and so many great ideas, and I think that this could take us to another place."1. Widowmaker
2. Of God and Serpent, of Spectre and Snake
6. Kings of the Nightworld
7. Catacomb Hecatomb
8. As Good as Dead
9. The Lonely Deceased$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music IS180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Brand New Album And His First Solo Album In 18 Years
Featuring Change In The Air, Thankful, What Do You Want?, In Line, And Rambler
Music IS marks the first solo album from Bill Frisell since the release of Ghost Town, 18 years ago. The focus of the album is on the telling of musical stories from Frisell's original and inimitable perspective: some of the interpretations being naked, exposed and truly solo, while others are more orchestrated through overdubbed layering and the use of his unparalleled approach to looping. The pieces on Music IS range from his earliest jazz records from the mid-'80s to excerpts from recent multi-disciplinary collaborations. Recorded in August of 2017 at Tucker Martine's Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, all of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell. Recorded in August of 2017 at Tucker Martine's Flora Recording and Playback studio in Portland, Oregon and produced by longtime collaborator Lee Townsend, all of the compositions on Music IS were written by Frisell. The end result is Bill Frisell at his most distilled and fully realized. The album debuted at #1 on the US Jazz Albums Charts.
Frisell has done so much. He's on well over 250 records, with over 40 of those as a leader. Frisell's mantra, or motto so to speak, is, Music is Good - a statement said to him by his dear friend and great banjo player Danny Barnes. That is something that I can say is always true. It's so perfect. Everything I need to know is that phrase, 'Music is Good.' I almost called the album that, but then I thought that might be too literal. It's good to leave it open.LP 1
1. Pretty Stars
2. Winslow Homer
3. Change In The Air
4. What Do You Want?
6. Ron Carter
7. Think About It
8. In Line
2. The Pioneers
3. Monica Jane
4. Miss You
5. Go Happy Lucky
6. Kentucky Derby
7. Made To Shine
8. Rambler (Alternate Version)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Indie rock band the Damnwells, will be releasing a new, self-titled album featuring the original four band members which is the first album since 2006 to include the original band lineup. (The original members of the Damnwells are Alex Dezen [lead vocals, guitar, piano], David Chernis [lead guitar], Ted Hudson [bass], and Steven Terry [drums/percussion].) Since 2006, Dezen continued to make Damnwells records with a cast of talented musicians to fill in the blanks. But for the forthcoming self-titled album, he and his former comrades decided to "get the band back together" for real and joined producer Salim Nourallah (Old 97s) in the studio to capture the magic. They recorded at the intimate Tree Fort Studios in Austin, TX, where they sought, as Dezen says, to "capture as much live as possible." "What this record represents is four guys, 15 years, a few defeats, and a ton of tiny victories," says Dezen. "What this record means to me is more than what you hear carved into the wax. This is about coming together. It's about brotherhood. It's about making music together. We have never been more excited to share anything with the fans." Dezen and Hudson met at Bard College in 1996 and played in a string of college bands together before they both moved to Brooklyn in 2000. There they met Terry (who was fresh off a stint playing with Ryan Adams' former band, Whiskeytown) and started jamming together. The trio began playing shows at now-defunct clubs throughout Brooklyn and the Lower East Side of Manhattan, sometimes with various guitar players and sometimes as a three-piece. At the end of 2000, Chernis joined them and they christened themselves the Damnwells. The band released its first EP ("PMR") in 2001, then signed to Epic Records and released "Bastards of the Beat" in 2003. The follow-up, "Air Stereo" (which was the last album featuring the original line-up), was recorded for release on Epic but was instead picked up and released by Rounder Records in 2006. "Golden Days," the single from "Air Stereo," was a top 20 Triple A charting song and was also the name of a documentary film about the band released in 2007. Over the years, the Damnwells toured relentlessly, sharing stages with The Fray, the Dixie Chicks, Old 97s, Cheap Trick, and Bob Dylan, to name a few. The Damnwells release "One Last Century" (2009), featured Hudson and Dezen and was given away for free via Paste magazine's website. It was followed by the fan-funded record, "No One Listens to the Band Anymore," which came out in 2011.1. Money And Shiny Things
3. The Girl That's Not In Love With You
5. Wreck You
6. She Goes Down
7. Heavy Heart
8. Kill Me
9. This Ship Of Ours
10. Too Old To Die Young
11. None Of These Things$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180g LP Audiophile Pressing Includes Art Print Poster
Avec le soleil sortant de sa bouche began in MontrÉal in 2011, with bassist,
singer and composer Jean-Sebastien Truchy seeking a new live ensemble to
fuel his desired return to the highly structured afro-kraut trance rock that was
a stock-in-trade of his previous group, the pseudo-legendary Fly Pan Am (one
of Constellation's earliest bands, active from 1998-2005).
Avec le soleil initially formed with Truchy joined by guitarist/engineer
Sebastien Fournier and drummer Nasir Hasan; a rotating cast of additional
players contributed to the group for live shows throughout 2012-2013, and the
band gained a local reputation for irresistible and levitational live sets
combining a contemporary/avant-garde sensibility with infectiously angular,
rubbery grooves. Guitarist Eric Gingras (Pas Chic Chic) emerged as a fourth
core member during this period.
Avec le soleil has by now careened towards mastery of a highly original,
deeply satisfying, giddy and heady avant-funk. Anchored by the excellent bass
and drum work of Truchy and Hasan, the group's music is woven with crisp
stuttering guitar and keyboard lines and a dynamic palette of electronic
interventions. The pair of exquisite and exhilarating 20-minute pieces
featured on Zubberdust! are the culmination of the group's first two years of
conceptual and somatic development.
This is (mostly) instrumental rock that exuberantly succeeds in blending a
primitivist, hypnotic energy with cerebral pleasures, seeding an addictive trail
of sonic brain-candy throughout the mixes. The band wholly embodies and
channels its inimitable square grooves, while teasing out the innumerable joys
of repetition via micro-deployments of ever-shifting electronic overlays -
along with the occasional full-stop and 180 degree turn. Truchy's wordless
lead vocals (and his choral arrangement on "Face à l'instant") add compelling
textural and melodic counterpoints while lending the music an especially
timeless, deterritorialised and emotive dimension.
Radwan Moumneh's recording and production skills are on fine display; the
album's sonic bedrock conveys all the assertiveness of the rhythm section's
punk/hardcore roots, upon which a miasma of detailed intertwining elements
circulate with clarity and cohesion. Zubberdust! comes in waves and pushes
some serious air, while maintaining a meticulously upfront soundstage as the
music moves supplely back and forth between simplicity/minimalism and
We're thrilled to be releasing the debut album by Avec le soleil sortant de sa
bouche, sure to be a treat for Fly Pan Am fans (we know you're out there!) and
for any aficionados of revitalizing work being done in the no wave/krautrock/
avant-funk axis.1. Face à l'instant Part 1
2. Face à l'instant Part 2
3. Face à l'instant Part 3
4. Face à l'instant Part 4
5. DÉja, hier....
6. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 1
7. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 2
8. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 3
9. Super pastiche fantastique / New Sun Part 4
10. À partir de dorÉnavant$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live From Austin, TX (Waylon Jennings)On-the-air since 1976, Austin City Limits has featured more than 500 different regional and internationally acclaimed artists on its stage, presenting the best of America's music from country, blues and folk to rock 'n' roll, bluegrass and zydeco.
Recorded on April 1, 1989 this performance by Waylon Jennings was no April Fools joke. This was the "new" Waylon, both personally and professionally. He had kicked a 20-year drug habit, split with RCA and signed a new deal with MCA Records.
He discovered a passion for songwriting, teamed with legendary producer Jimmy Bowen, and produced some of the best work of his 30-year-plus career. This ACL live set best captures the raw edge and driving urgency that pushed country music way past its Nashville boundaries starting in the mid-1970's.
Includes Waylon's definitive takes on Rodney Crowell's Ain't Living Long Like This, Elvis Presley's Suspicious Minds with wife Jessi Colter and Kris Kristoferson's Me and Bobby McGee along with his own classics Bob Wills Is Still the King and Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way.1. I'm A Ramblin' Man
2. Rainy Day Woman
4. I May Be Used (But Baby I Ain't Used Up)
6. Me and Bobby McGee
7. Trouble Man
8. Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys
9. Good Ol' Boys (Theme From Dukes of Hazzard)
10. Bob Wills Is Still The King
11. Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way
12. Suspicious Minds
13. Honky Tony Angels
14. Good Hearted Woman
15. I've Always Been Crazy
16. Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics of Love)
17. I Ain't Living Long Like This$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Gratitude180 Gram Translucent Blue Colored Vinyl With Gatefold Cover
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso
Manufactured At R.T.I.
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 Mid-western 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
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