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HereFifteen-time Grammy®-winning singer, songwriter and producer, Alicia Keys, releases her new highly-anticipated sixth studio album, HERE, on RCA Records. From the human condition to global politics, HERE offers a keen glimpse of everything that matters most to Keys.1. The Beginning (Interlude)
2. The Gospel
3. Pawn It All
4. Elaine Brown (Interlude)
5. Kill Your Mama
6. She Don't Really Care 1 Luv
7. Elevate (Interlude)
8. Illusion of Bliss
9. Blended Family (What You Do For Love)[feat. A$AP Rocky)
10. Work On It
11. Cocoa Butter (Cross & Pic Interlude)
12. Girl Can't Be Herself
13. You Glow (Interlude)
14. More Than We Know
15. Where Do We Begin Now
16. Holy War$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Element Of FreedomThe Element of Freedom is 12-time Grammy award winner Alicia Keys 4th studio album and it features production from Kerry Krucial Brothers, Jeff Bhasker and Keys herself. Alicia has garnered 11 Billboard Music Awards, 5 American Music Awards, 3 World Music Awards, 3 BET Awards, 14 NAACP Image Awards, 7 Soul Train Awards and was just awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award at the 22nd Annual Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, along with the Humanitarian Award from the BET Awards 2009.1. The Element Of Freedom
2. Love Is Blind
3. Doesn't Mean Anything
4. Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
5. Wait Til They See My Smile
6. That's How Strong My Love Is
7. Unthinkable (I'm Ready)
8. Love Is My Disease
9. Like The Sea
10. Put It In A Love Song
11. This Bed
12. Distance And Time
13. How It Feals To Fly
14. Empire State of Mind (Part II)$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Diary Of Alicia KeysHarlems Nocturne
Medley: If I Was Your Woman/Walk On By
You Dont Know My Name
If I Aint Got You
When You Really Love Someone
Feeling U, Feeling Me
Nobody Not Really$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Songs In A MinorThe 10th Anniversary of the 5x Grammy Winning Album that Launched Alicia Keys' Career!
Appearing On Vinyl for the First Time!
Alicia Keys debut album, Songs in A Minor, made a significant impact upon its 2001 release, catapulting the young singer/songwriter to the front of the neo-soul pack. Critics and audiences were captivated by a 19-year-old singer whose taste and influences ran back further than her years, encompassing everything from Prince to smooth 70s to Billie Holiday. By mixing R&B with a sultry dose of neo-soul, Alicia Keys became an international star.
The original release of Songs in A Minor sold more than 11 million albums worldwide and garnered Keys with her first five, of 14 total, Grammy Awards including Best New Artist, Best Song of the Year for Fallin, and Best R&B Album.LP 1
1. Piano & I
3. How Come You Don't Call Me
6. Rock Wit U
7. A Woman's Worth
8. Jane Doe
2. The Life
3. Mr. Man
4. Never Felt This Way
6. Why Do I Feel So Bad
7. Caged Bird
8. Lovin U$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The College Dropout
Voted Best Album of 2004 by Rolling Stone and the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll!
On the most impressive and game-changing hip-hop debut since the early 90s, Kanye West magically sledgehammers home opinions on taboo topics over beats that are equally daring. The envelope-ripping beats shouldn't come as a surprise, given that he's supplied the soundscapes to monster singles by everyone from Alicia Keys ("You Don't Know My Name") to Talib Kweli ("Get By"). In West's world, rhymes about strippers, God, college life, and urban ills co-exist tidily and never come off as parodic.
With jaw-dropping cameos from Jay-Z, Common, Mos Def, John Legend, and the Harlem Boys Choir, College Dropout is as explosive, provocative, and complex as rap gets.1. Intro
2. We Don't Care
3. Graduation Day
4. All Falls Down
5. I'll Fly Away
7. Jesus Walks
8. Never Let Me Down
9. Get Em High
10. Workout Plan
11. The New Workout Plan
12. Slow Jamz
13. Breathe in Breathe Out
14. School Spirit Skit 1
15. School Spirit Skit 2
16. Lil Jimmy Skit
17. Two Words
18. Through the Wire
19. Family Business
20. Last Call$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
As I Am1. As I Am (Intro)
2. Go Ahead
4. No One
5. Like You'll Never See Me Again
6. Lesson Learned (featuring John Mayer)
7. Wreckless Love
8. The Thing About Love
9. Teenage Love Affair
10. I Need You
11. Where Do We Go From Here
12. Prelude To A Kiss
13. Tell You Something (Nana's Reprise)
14. Sure Looks Good To Me$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
GratefulGrateful is the tenth studio album by American music producer DJ Khaled, set for release via Epic Records. The album features guest appearances from a wide array of artists, including Future, Travis Scott, Rick Ross, Migos, Chance the Rapper, Nicki Minaj, Kodak Black, Alicia Keys, BeyoncÉ, Jay-Z, Justin Bieber, Lil Wayne, Drake, Rihanna, Sizzla, Mavado, Nas, Calvin Harris and Betty Wright, among others.LP 1
1. (Intro) I'm so Grateful (feat. Sizzla)
2. Shining (feat. BeyoncÉ & JAY Z)
3. To the Max (feat. Drake)
4. Wild Thoughts (feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller)
5. I'm the One (feat. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper & Lil Wayne)
6. On Everything (feat. Travis Scott, Rick Ross & Big Sean)
7. It's Secured (feat. Nas & Travis Scott)
8. Interlude (Hallelujah) (Betty Wright)
9. Nobody (feat. Alicia Keys & Nicki Minaj)
10. I Love You so Much (feat. Chance the Rapper)
11. Don't Quit (with Calvin Harris feat. Travis Scott & Jeremih)
1. I Can't Even Lie (feat. Future & Nicki Minaj)
2. Down for Life (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Future, Travis Scott, Rick Ross & Kodak Black)
3. Major Bag Alert (feat. Migos)
4. Good Man (feat. Pusha T & Jadakiss)
5. Billy Ocean (feat. Fat Joe & Raekwon)
6. Pull a Caper (feat. Kodak Black, Gucci Mane & Rick Ross)
7. That Range Rover Came With Steps (feat. Future & Yo Gotti)
8. Iced Out My Arms ( feat. Future, Migos, 21 Savage & T.I.)
9. Whatever (feat. Future, Young Thug, Rick Ross & 2 Chainz)
10. Interlude (Belly)
11. Unchanging Love (Mavado)
12. Asahd Talk (Thank You Asahd) (Asahd Khaled)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Girl On Fire'Girl On Fire' is about finding your voice, about being unleashed and about trusting your instincts and trusting yourself, says Keys. I can't wait to share it with the world.
Girl On Fire features powerful anthems and intimate ballads, led by Keys' signature soulful voice and personable and relatable lyrics. Keys collaborated with acclaimed and emerging talents, including longtime song writing partner, Krucial, Grammy Award-winner Babyface, renowned writer and vocalist Jeff Bhasaker, critically-acclaimed artist Gary Clarke Jr., up and comers, Pop and Oak, as well as emerging talent from the U.K., Emeli Sande and Jamie XX, among others. The songs on Girl On Fire are anchored by Keys' powerful vocals and trademark piano, but are sonically broadened by heavy drums, electric sounds, reggae and future soul, which gives the album an evolved, modern-day feel while simultaneously sounding like a classic body of timeless music. The album features an inspirational mix of the rich sounds Keys discovered while recording and traveling the world, particularly time she spent in London and Jamaica, layered within her New York City roots.LP1
1. De Novo Adagio
2. Brand New Me
3. When It's All Over
4. Listen To Your Heart
5. New Day
6. Girl On Fire
7. Fire We Make
1. Tears Always Win
2. Not Even The King
3. That's When I Knew
5. One Thing
6. 101$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Our Version Of EventsOur Version of Events is the debut album by Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli SandÉ. The album was released on 13 February 2012 by Virgin Records, following SandÉ's winning of the Critic's Choice Award at the BRIT Awards 2012. Though Our Version of Events is her first release, SandÉ has been active in the industry since 2009, most notable appearing on singles by Chipmunk (Diamond Rings) and Wiley (Never Be Your Woman). The album features R&B and soul music. SandÉ began working on the album when she was eleven years old.
SandÉ began working with Alicia Keys for the album, and for Keys' upcoming album. She also expressed interest in working with Nicki Minaj on the album. Naughty Boy was a major collaboration with SandÉ from the day she began creating music professionally. Mike Spencer, Paul Herman and Professor Green also got involved with the production of the album. She wrote every track on the album, saying that the key to a good song when writing is using honesty and raw emotion. Upon the release of the album, SandÉ's vocal ability has been compared to the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, BeyoncÉ and Annie Lennox. Tracey Chapman, Nina Simone, Joni Mitchell and Lauryn Hill are all major influences for her album. Madonna also expressed interest in SandÉ's music.
Heaven was released in August 2011, as the first single from the debut album, the song charted at number-two on the UK Singles Chart and later became an international success, charting within the top-ten in many European countries. SandÉ released Read All About It with Professor Green in November 2011, which resulted in her writing Read All About It (Pt. III). Daddy was released in November 2011, which charted at number twenty-one on the UK Singles Chart, however the single also became an international success. Easier in Bed, a non-album promotional single was released onto iTunes in December 2011. Next to Me was the third single released, which became a global hit. Entering the UK Singles Chart at number-two and the Irish Singles Chart at number-one. My Kind of Love was released as the fourth single from the album in June 2012 and appeared on The Voice UK in order to promote the single. Upon release of the album, the album debuted at number-one on the UK Albums Chart and remained at the top spot for five non-consecutive weeks. the British Phonographic Industry certificated the album 2× Platinum, making it the fastest selling album by a British recording artist since Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream in 2009.
The album also debuted at number-two on the Irish Albums Chart.
A re-release of the album occurred on 22 October 2012 including three new tracks, a remix and a cover of Imagine (originally by John Lennon), replacing SandÉ's version of Abide with Me. Wonder (a song credited as Naughty Boy featuring Emeli SandÉ which is featured on the US version of the album) is the lead single of the re-release. It also serves as the lead single from collaborator Naughty Boy's album, Hotel Cabana. In September 2012, Our Version of Events became the best-selling album of 2012 in the UK overtaking Adele's 21.1. Heaven
2. My Kind Of Love
3. Where I Sleep
6. Daddy (feat. Naughty Boy)
9. Breaking The Law
10. Next To Me
13. Hope$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hamilton MixtapeAtlantic Records has announced the highly-anticipated release of The Hamilton Mixtape, an unprecedented musical companion to the landmark Broadway musical by Tony, GRAMMY® and Emmy Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Executive produced by The Roots' Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tarik "Black Thought" Trotter, The Hamilton Mixtape sees songs from the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical covered and remixed by a remarkable cast of contemporary artists. Superstars contributing to the one of its kind collection include Sia, Usher, Kelly Clarkson, The Roots, Alicia Keys, Nas, Wiz Khalifa, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, Regina Spektor, Ashanti, Ja Rule, Miguel, Queen Latifah, Common, Ben Folds, Andra Day, Jill Scott, Jimmy Fallon & more. The Hamilton Mixtape also includes three previously unreleased HAMILTON demos.LP 1
1. No John Trumbull (Intro) - By The Roots
2. My Shot (feat. Busta Rhymes, Joell Ortiz & Nate Ruess) [Rise Up Remix] - By The Roots
3. Wrote My Way Out - By Nas, Dave East, Lin-Manuel Miranda & Aloe Blacc
4. Wait For It - By Usher
5. An Open Letter (feat. Shockwave) [Interlude] - By Watsky
6. Satisfied (feat. Miguel & Queen Latifah) - By Sia
7. Dear Theodosia (feat. Ben Folds) - By Regina Spektor
8. Valley Forge (Demo) - By Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. It's Quiet Uptown - By Kelly Clarkson
10. That Would Be Enough - By Alicia Keys
11. Immigrants (We Get The Job Done) - By K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC, Residente
1. You'll Be Back - By Jimmy Fallon & The Roots
2. Helpless (feat. Ja Rule) - By Ashanti
3. Take A Break (Interlude) - By !llmind
4. Say Yes To This - By Jill Scott
5. Congratulations - By Dessa
6. Burn - By Andra Day
7. Stay Alive (Interlude) - By J.PERIOD & Stro Elliot
8. Cabinet Battle 3 (Demo) - By Lin-Manuel Miranda
9. Washingtons By Your Side - By Wiz Khalifa
10. History Has Its Eyes On You - By John Legend
11. Who Tells Your Story (feat. Common & Ingrid Michaelson) - By The Roots
12. Dear Theodosia (Reprise) - By Chance The Rapper & Francis and The Lights$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
In ColourJamie xx will release his debut album In Colour on Young
Turks. The eleven track LP includes previous releases "Girl" and "Sleep
Sound" as well as forthcoming single "Loud Places," which features vocals
from Romy Madley Croft.
The release of In Colour comes on the back of an incredible six year
creative period for Jamie xx, which has seen him alternate effortlessly between
his role as founding member and producer of The xx, and creator
of more electronic and club orientated music as Jamie xx. A string
of acclaimed productions in recent years including debut solo single "Far
Nearer," remixes for the likes of Adele, Radiohead and Florence & The
Machine, production work for Drake and Alicia Keys plus We're New
Here - Jamie's seminal reworking of Gil Scott-Heron's final studio album -
hinted at what was to come.
With In Colour - a bold, celebratory, emotional record that features collaborations
with The xx band mates Romy Madley Croft ("Seesaw" and
"Loud Places") and Oliver Sim ("Stranger In A Room"), Young Thug and
Popcaan ("Good Times") and Four Tet ("Seesaw") - Jamie delivers his
definitive artistic statement.1, Gosh
2. Sleep Sound
3. SeeSaw (feat. Romy)
5. Just Saying
6. Stranger In A Room (feat. Oliver Sim)
7. Hold Tight
8. Loud Places (feat. Romy)
9. I Know There's Gonna Be (Good Times) (feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)
10. The Rest Is Noise
11. Girl$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bigger, Better, Faster, More!Bigger, Better, Faster, More! is the only studio album released by Alternative Rock band 4 Non Blondes, released in 1992. The first single was Dear Mr. President, followed up by their biggest smash What's Up?.
4 Non Blondes formed in 1989 by bassist Christa Hillhouse, guitarist Shaunna Hall, drummer Wanda Day, and vocalist and guitarist Linda Perry. Prior to the release of their debut album, Roger Rocha replaced Hall on guitar, and Dawn Richardson replaced Day on drums. They hit the charts in 1993 with What's Up?, their only major hit single. Perry left the band in 1994 to begin a solo career, and the remaining members disbanded shortly after.
Perry has since released solo work, produced and written songs on hit albums by Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Pink, Gwen Stefani, Courtney Love and Kelly Osbourne.1. Train
3. What's Up
4. Pleasantly Blue
5. Morphine & Chocolate
7. Old Mr. Heffer
8. Calling All The People
9. Dear Mr. President
11. No Place Like Home$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shadows & DiamondsBlake has become the secret weapon behind hits from Rick Ross, Rihanna, Nas, Common, Alicia Keys, and Usher
with whom he penned his Grammy®-winning "Climax." SHADOWS AND DIAMONDS includes "I Just Wanna,"
produced by the legendary No I.D. Born in the Dominican Republic and living in Los Angeles, Blake found
inspiration for SHADOWS AND DIAMONDS, when he was forced to find light in the darkest of moments.LP1
1. Shadows & Diamonds
3. The Otherside
4. I Just Wanna...
1. Live Till We Die
2. Bout That Life
3. Drop Dead Beautiful
4. All Black Everything
7. Angel Dust
8. I Just Wanna...$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Careless PeopleHarvest Records will release Charlotte OC's debut album, Careless People.
Throughout Careless People, Charlotte matches the stormy intensity of her music with fearlessly intimate lyrics. Careless People follows her acclaimed breakout EP, Colour My Heart. SPIN praised how Charlotte "channels the bewitching allure of Stevie Nicks and the big-throated finesse of Alicia Keys." NYLON said, It's only a matter of time before you get hooked on this UK singer and songwriter's gorgeous sound.1. Blackout
2. Darkest Hour
3. Medicine Man
7. Running Back to You
9. I Want Your Love
10. Where It Stays
11. In Paris$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Electro De PerfectoAfter releasing 3 albums on Sony/RPM as founder and frontman of the Candy Butchers, Mike Viola has not only moved on to a successful solo career, but has also emerged as a prominent songwriter, producer and session player. He has created music for award-winning films (Get Him To The Greek, Walk Hard, That Thing You Do), written and produced for acclaimed albums (Mandy Moore, Rachael Yamagata, Tim Christensen), and accompanied major artists on-stage as a multi-instrumentalist (They Might Be Giants, Fountains of Wayne, Ivy). His latest solo effort, Electro De Perfecto, is his first new release in 4 years and features legendary sidemen Victor Indrizzo (Sheryl Crow, Alanis Morissette, Beck) and Sean Hurley (John Mayer, Alicia Keys, Miley Cyrus) as his rhythm section.1. Columbus Day Parade
2. Get You Back
3. El Mundo De Perfecto
4. Soundtrack Of My Summer
5. Closet Cutter
6. Field Of Guns N' Roses
7. Me and My Drinking
8. Here's The Rub
9. Inside Out
10. When The Stars Are Against You$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Long Live The AngelsLong Live The Angels is a mesmerizing journey through the triumphs and tragedies of the last four years of Emeli SandÉ's extraordinary life. Exultant in its delivery and bold in its intent, the record is steeped in an unreserved sense of freedom and self-discovery. It will be released on November 11 via Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company.
It's from that feeling of freedom that new single "Hurts" was born, an uplifting track brimming with heart and soul. "This entire album is about me not holding back and not censoring myself, and 'Hurts' is an explosion, it's just real talk," explains SandÉ. A lot has happened to SandÉ in the four years since the resounding success of her critically acclaimed number one record, Our Version Of Events. Not only was it the biggest selling album of 2012 and second biggest selling album of 2013 in the UK, but it was also certified 7x platinum, spent seven non-consecutive weeks at No.1 and exceeded The Beatles' previous record by spending 63 consecutive weeks in the top 10 and selling over 4.6 million copies worldwide.
The multi-instrumentalist initially made her mark as a songwriter in the UK urban scene via acts such as Wiley, Wretch 32 and Chip, later becoming a highly sought-after writer for a wide array of international acts including Alicia Keys, Rihanna, and Katy Perry. As 2013 came to a close, SandÉ was exhausted and unable to ignore the strain it was putting on a number of close relationships, "Sounds a bit dramatic but I just wanted to disappear. I just had this overwhelming sensation and realization everything had to stop," she reflects, "And then slowly it did."
Recorded in New York, L.A, London, and Oxford, Long Live the Angels crackles with energy and a sense of euphoria for both listener and artist. Certain tracks may be slower in spirit, but are dynamic in delivery, "I made sure the production wasn't overworked," Emeli points out, "And I really went for it vocally!" SandÉ's outstanding voice sits at the heart of the record, underscoring the singer's mastery of both technique and form but also her natural intuition as a vocalist. Opening track "Selah", a short poem backed by a choral choir sets the tone, written solely by SandÉ during a time of reflection; it's a powerful and poignant introduction to the album.
Next up is the sensational "Breathing Underwater", which SandÉ describes as "the ultimate journey in rebirth and self-discovery." The super stripped back "Give Me Something" is a wondrous take on keeping the faith despite the odds being stacked against you, and the beautifully melodic Shakes is a piano and strings-led masterpiece. "Garden" harks back to SandÉ's urban roots, written and produced in London with Jay Electronica, who also features on the track. It's a reminder that Emeli's influences are as much R&B and rap as they are singer/songwriter. "Lonely" is a long hard look at love and has the feel of a track made on a summery late sixties afternoon. "Sweet Architect" (Johnny Coffer and Mojam) is the show-stopping centerpiece punctuated by the most remarkable choir.
Towards the close of Long Live the Angels, we witness a jubilant SandÉ experiencing the hopes of new possibilities; "Every Single Little Piece" is a stirring mid-tempo ballad, with a huge chorus and soul-stirring strings and the uplifting "Highs & Lows" is a dedication to her family, her history and her heritage.
Long Live The Angels marks a brand new chapter in SandÉ's life, "I'm proud of my first album and thankful for the experiences it gave me. But I'm so much happier with my new album and with where I am in life."LP 1
2. Breathing Underwater
5. Give Me Something
6. Right Now
2. I'd Rather Not
4. Sweet Architect
6. Every Single Little Piece
7. Highs & Lows
8. Babe$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Broken PeopleAmerican music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.
The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.
With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.
North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.
"To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.
Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.
She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.
"I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.
"The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.
"The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.
"We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."
"We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.
As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.
Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.
"Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."
"It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."
"Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."
"We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.
And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.1. Broken People
2. Brother, What Happened?
3. Got It Goin' On
4. Why Don't You Stay
5. Take Me Home
6. Shine On!
7. It Ain't Easy
8. I Need A Man
9. Devil's Teeth
11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (Out Of Stock)Bill Withers Bill Withers' Greatest Hits on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
Bill Withers' Smooth Soul Voice, Mellow Grooves, and Gospel Accents Inform Beloved Work: Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, and Stephen Stills Among Guest Instrumentalists on Greatest Hits
Essential Bill Withers' Greatest Hits Compilation Includes Ubiquitous Classics Such as Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Lovely Day, Use Me, and Grandma's Hands
Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Pressed at RTI: Roots R&B Has Never Sounded Better on Any Format
Bill Withers created mellow, downhome-style soul for barely more than a decade before retreating from the industry to pursue craftsman interests. Yet over the course of the handful of albums he made for Sussex and CBS, the Appalachian native struck lasting emotional chords in legends ranging from Booker T. Jones to Stephen Stills - not to mention the millions of listeners that fell under the spell of now-standard tracks such as Lean on Me, Use Me, and Ain't No Sunshine. The antithesis of the sweaty R&B shouter that prowled the edge of stages, Withers dealt in calm and vulnerability, qualities that come to fore on the seminal Bill Withers' Greatest Hits.
Pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's vinyl reissue of the 1981 compilation provides a transparent view of Withers' relaxing timbre and the subtle grooves underlining his arrangements. Characteristics ranging from the tension of the guitars, funky bends of the bass, whisper-soft coo of the formal strings, airiness of the backing harmonies, and sharpness of the snare drum emerge with utmost clarity and lifelike presence. Always prized for its naked honesty and pure conviction, Withers' music positively caresses the senses on this LP, the unadulterated production and beautiful soundscapes revealed anew with each listen.
Incredibly, Withers almost never got a shot at recording. After receiving a deal from Sussex while laboring as a toilet-seat manufacturer, he landed in the care of Stax bandleader Booker T. Jones, who gathered most of his fellow MG members - along with Stills and Jim Keltner - to assist in Withers' debut. Two takes from those sessions, the Grammy-winning Ain't No Sunshine and devotional Grandma's Hands, are included here, and showcase the vocalist's incredible breath control, folksy drawl, and restrained phrasing. They also indicate his penchant for converting biographical experience into eminently catchy combinations of pop, gospel, blues, and soul.
Evidence of Withers' crossover appeal is found not only via his chart successes on both the pop and R&B charts, but in the DNA of his best work. There's not one forgettable moment on Greatest Hits. Covered by the likes of Fiona Apple, Mick Jagger, Isaac Hayes, Alicia Keys, and dozens more, Use Me rides a riveting clarinet riff and urban tempo to express the double-edged feelings associated with an edgy relationship. On the loping Who Is He (And What Is He to You?), Withers again splits the bitter and sweet. For the Latin-tinged Lovely Day, Withers holds a single note for 18 seconds and composed a song that's been sampled and rerecorded countless times by artists spanning Diana Ross to R. Kelly. And with Lean on Me, the West Virginian devised a masterpiece that's been for more than four decades part of the classic American songbook, an updated hymn carried to immortality by members of the Charles Wright & 103rd Street Rhythm Band.
A veritable template for British soul contemporaries like Sam Smith and an extension of the timeless fare explored by Van Morrison, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, Bill Withers' Greatest Hits belongs in every music lover's library.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Just the Two of Us
2. Use Me
3. Ain't No Sunshine
4. Lovely Day
5. I Want to Spend the Night
6. Soul Shadows
7. Lean on Me
8. Grandma's Hands
9. Hello Like Before
10. Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock