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Alone TogetherThe Dave Mason/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Begins
Celebrate His 1970 Debut Masterpiece Revisited For The First Time On Limited Edition 180 Gram Marble Vinyl!
Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music
Featuring Hit Tracks Only You Know And I Know, World In Changes, Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave, Look At You, Look At Me
Featuring Dave's Superstar Line Up Of Friends: Leon Russell, Jim Capaldi (Traffic), Bonnie Bramlett, Rita Coolidge, Carl Radle (Derek & The Dominoes), Chris Ethride (Flying Burrito Brothers), Jim Keltner, Larry Knechtel (Bread), John Barbata (CSNY) & Claudia Lennar (Joe Cocker)
Dave Mason's debut smash LP Alone Together will always be revered as one of the finest rock albums ever released in the classic rock era. By 1970, Dave had already racked up a ton of acclaim as co-founder of Traffic with Stevie Winwood, Jim Capaldi and Chris Wood, playing guitar on so many classic albums like Jimi Hendrix's Electric Ladyland and George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, this stellar debut solo release would culminate his musical genius from the sixties into the seventies, delivering one the most loved rock albums of of all time.
Alone Together shows this master musician's skills in the studio, his amazing guitar artistry, stellar vocals and songwriting expertise. Featuring some of his legendary songs like the brilliant opener Only You Know And I Know, his masterworks Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave, World In Changes and the prog-rock champion Look At You, Look At Me co-written with Traffic mate Jim Capaldi, Alone Together truly is the gift of music that just keeps on giving!
Over forty years later, this wonderful album continues to resonate with his ever growing fan base as Dave Mason is currently embarking on a very successful 2017 Alone Together Again concert tour, and Friday Music is proud to be a part of the celebration with this 1970 masterpiece.
As a first installment in our exclusive Dave Mason/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this first time impeccably mastered audiophile Lp is now being revisited for a limited time on the long out of print 1970 marble vinyl.
For a very limited time, we are also enhancing your listening enjoyment with a first time gatefold cover artwork presentation, which features the elements from the original LP sized cover art not seen in years, making this a keepsake for years to come.
Impeccably mastered by Dave Mason's friend and longtime fan Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, Dave Mason's Alone Together will be one of the most anticipated classic rock releases in the audiophile vinyl domain this year.
Dave Mason .Alone Together .Celebrate over 4 Decades of the voice, the songs, the musicianship and the memories .1st Time Audiophile Marble Vinyl .An exclusive .Only from your friends at Friday Music.1. Only You Know And I Know
2. Can't Stop Worrying, Can't Stop Loving
3. Waitin' On You
4. Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave
5. World In Changes
6. Sad And Deep As You
7. Just A Song
8. Look At You Look At Me$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Alone TogetherChet Baker with guest star Bill Evans presents Alone Together. Features exclusive cover by photographer Jean-Pierre Leloir.1. Alone Together
2. How High The Moon
3. It Never Entered My Mind
4. 'Tis Autumn
5. If You Could See Me Now
6. September Song
7. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
8. Time On My Hands
9. You And The Night And The Music
10. Alone Together (1955 Version)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Together AloneTogether Alone is the fourth studio album by the band Crowded House. It was originally released in October 1993 and was their first album to feature multi-instrumentalist Mark Hart as a full band member. Unlike the band's first three albums, which were recorded in the US and Australia and produced by Mitchell Froom, Together Alone was recorded in New Zealand with producer Youth. Seven singles were released from Together Alone, including Distant Sun, which was a top 10 hit in New Zealand and Canada, and Locked Out which reached number 12 on the UK singles chart and number 8 on the US Modern Rock chart, the latter on the strength of the song's inclusion on the soundtrack of the 1994 film Reality Bites.1. Kare Kare
2. In My Command
3. Nails in My Feet
4. Black & White Boy
5. Fingers of Love
6. Pineapple Head
7. Locked Out
8. Private Universe
9. Walking on the Spot
10. Distant Sun
11. Catherine Wheels
12. Skin Feeling
13. Together Alone$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AloneThe Pretenders are set to release their first album in eight years, Alone, via BMG. Recorded in Nashville and originally intended as a solo follow-up to 2014's 'Stockholm', it soon became obvious that those driving guitars, ragged but righteous arrangements, tough yet tender lyrics delivered by the most beautifully distinctive voice of a generation, sounded fantastically familiar. The Pretenders were back. 36 years after their remarkable first album, 'Alone' could be the older, wiser, badder sister to that exhilarating debut.
Chrissie Hynde recorded the album in Nashville with Dan Auerbach, from The Black Keys, who stood as captain, producer and multi-instrumentalist on the record, an album which sees Chrissie at her searingly honest, most incisive best.
The full band joining Chrissie and Dan on the album features Johnny Cash's former bass player Dave Roe and country rocker Kenny Vaughan on guitar plus sundry members of Dan Auerbach's side project The Arcs: Richard Swift, drums, Leon Michels, keyboards and Russ Pahl providing sly curlicues of pedal steel. The album was mixed by Tchad Blake (Arctic Monkeys, Peter Gabriel, Elvis Costello). Duane Eddy also features on the punchy 'Never Be Together'.
Of the new album Chrissie Hynde said the following: "This record is what I love the most - real people playing real music. I sang and recorded every vocal in a 48 hour period - 48 hours to sing them, 40 years of preparation!"1. Alone
2. Roadie Man
3. Gotta Wait
4. Never Be Together
5. Let's Get Lost
6. Chord Lord
7. Blue Eyed Sky
8. The Man You Are
9. One More Day
10. I Hate Myself
11. Death Is Not Enough$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Urban SolitudeAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time!
First Pressing Of 1500 Numbered Copies On White Vinyl
6-Page Booklet Included
The follow-up album to Together Alone was released in 1999. It featured the singles R U Kiddin' Me, The Dark and Michel and peaked at number #1 in the Dutch Album Top 100 chart.1. In The Sand
3. R U Kiddin' Me
4. Tom Waits
5. Urban Solitude
6. U Being U
8. The Dark
9. My Best Wasn't Good Enough
10. It Wasn't Me
12. Body Brain
13. My Friend$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ray Charles & Betty CarterOne track - Baby, It's Cold Outside - will make this one easily worth the price of admission!
Whoa! Now we're getting into the big leagues. Ray Charles, cut from the original three-track tapes, pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings. Yowsa! And not just any Ray Charles title, mind you. Ray Charles and Betty Carter! Analogue Productions has reissued a whole lot of classics - a whole lot - but there aren't many of 'em that are a much bigger deal than this.
This is such a romantic album. Such a warm album. Such a rich album. And, ooh, the sound! Turn the lights down. Grab that special someone. Drop the needle. And as our Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions owner would say, If nothing happens, don't blame the record!
Originally released in 1961 on ABC-Paramount, Ray Charles and Betty Carter features startling dynamics, with Marty Paich's arrangements showcasing both punchy brass and lush strings. The showstopper, Baby, It's Cold Outside, topped the R&B charts upon its release. And jazz singer Betty Carter's vocal prowess shines on Cocktails For Two and Alone Together. Ray Charles has never sounded more romantic.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
2. You and I
3. Intro: Goodbye
4. People Will Say We're In Love
5. Cocktails For Two
6. Side By Side
7. Baby, It's Cold Outside
9. For All We Know
10. Takes Two To Tango
11. Alone Together
12. Just You, Just Me$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Quiet KennyPart of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.
All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom
Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock
Quiet Kenny is yet another reminder of what a trumpet giant Kenny Dorham was. Whether limning ballads such as My Ideal, Alone Together, I Had the Craziest Dream, and Old Folks, or investigating the timelessness and intricacies of the blues (his originals in this set with Blue in their titles), the former Charlie Parker cohort and ex-Jazz Messenger exhibits his subtle swing, personal sound, and finely-honed harmonic sense. Along the way these reflections and connections with Bird, Coleman Hawkins, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Harry James, and Louis Armstrong make for a rich legacy. With Tommy Flanagan, Paul Chambers and Arthur Taylor
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Lotus Blossom
2. My Ideal
3. Blue Friday
4. Alone Togeather
5. Blue Spring Shuffle
6. I Had The Craziest Dream
7. Old Folks
8. Mack the Knife$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take Ten (Speakers Corner)
No, not Take Five but Take Ten is the title of this LP and its very first number. Certainly this should be taken as a hint that it was not Dave Brubeck but Paul Desmond who was the composer of this 'million seller'. At the recording session, the guitarist Jim Hall was more than a substitute for the piano - he contributed to the quartet a whole new sound colouring which was tinged with the influences of bossa nova.
The numbers are all easy-going and airy, the melodic lines and sound are filled with transparency. All the while one is curious as to the clear part-writing, and the wealth of ideas emanating from the soloists. This does not only apply to the old favourites Alone Together, Nancy and The One I Love, all three of them arrangements made ad hoc in the studio and which demonstrate how familiar the musicians were with one another, how they listened to one another, answered, and kept the dialogue flowing. The atmosphere is relaxed, and this conveys itself to the listener even after almost half a century.
RCA's recording and reproduction technology was ahead of its time. The music of these South-American-sounding gems comes out of the loudspeakers with brilliance, clarity and - at last - without the frustrating crackle of a second-hand LP.
- Paul Desmond (alto saxophone)
- Jim Hall (guitar)
- Gene Cherico, Gene Wright (bass)
- Connie Kay (drums)
Recording: 1963 in Webster Hall, New York, by Ray Hall
Production: George Avakian
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Take Ten
2. El Prince
3. Alone Together
5. Theme from ''Black Orpheus''
6. Nancy (With the Laughing Face)
7. Samba de Orfeu
8. The One I Love (Belongs to Somebody Else)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
InriFrom dark and primitive origins comes this highly refined and directed musical statement, both aesthetically and musically wrought from the primal polarities of angst, rendered into simple but effective fast, furious, and cryptic black metal.
Similar in many ways to Sodom or Massacra, this music features floating highspeed riffs from which pseudopods of dogmatic rhythm emerge to stamp out their defiant message. The last seconds of the title track, Fuck you...fuck you!...fuck you, Jesus Christ exemplify the paradox of this album: raw punkness contrasting with the need for ideology.
Guitar seems haphazard, solos in the afterthought tradition of Bathory and early Burzum, but delivers the rapid trembling hand rhythm of soaring metallic riffs and melodies.
Underneath bangs a primitive and ill-programmed mechanistic beat which might be dubbed Rudiments of Rhythmic Awareness for Context and left to the abyss. How are these riffs? Simple fluid note wraparounds racing toward a tonal note...some center...some context...or maybe simply giving up. They fit in a narrow compositional sense of lucidity in this entity, alone, and work together for the power of its unique countenance.
At their core musicians inspired by punk music, Sarcofago blend with their hardcore the moron-rock destructiveness and theatrical pro-Satan anti-life program of heavy metal black metal bands, creating an over-the-top image imbued in the anti-aesthetic style of resistance and hatred to all which would accept it, protecting virus of dark spiritual nature to recipient human listeners. Variations of few elements project ideas: some profound, some careless, some inspired, some vapid.
- American Nihilist Underground Society1. Satanic Lust<
2. Desecration Of Virgin
5. Christ's Death
7. Ready To Fuck
9. The Last Slaughter$29.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Limited Edition Of 1000 Copies On Wine Colored Vinyl
Mastered By Bob Weston At Chicago Mastering Service
Prinzhorn Dance School are still recognizably the same spiky Brighton-based duo whose ultra-rigorous debut cut through the excess of 2008 like a scimitar through bacon fat. But with their trademark stripped-down intensity now winningly off-set by moments of unabashed tenderness, their third album Home Economics continues and even accelerates the move away from austerity and into human warmth begun by its acclaimed 2011 predecessor Clay Class. All the best six-track albums - The Fall's Slates, Orange Juice's Texas Fever - know exactly what they want to say and how they intend to say it. Home Economics shares that infectious sense of urgency. There's not an inch of spare meat on it - from Reign's snatched moment of optimism, through Battlefield's restorative meeting of minds with an urban fox on a drunken walk home in the early hours, to Let Me Go's concluding tribute to "a love that won't rewind and will not be deleted". Spindly yet sensuous, together and alone, exquisitely sad but somehow full of hope, Prinzhorn Dance School knit together disparate and even opposite fragments into an utterly satisfying whole.1. Reign
6. Let Me Go$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One True VineComing off the huge success of her first collaboration with Wilco frontman
Jeff Tweedy - the Grammy winning You Are Not Alone - Mavis Staples
wanted to make their second album together both a continuation of the
joyous spirit of the first, and an evolution. With new song offerings from
Alan Sparhawk of Low, Nick Lowe, and three new Tweedy originals, One True
Vine is at once a darker and more uplifting album, anchored by reinventions
of two 70s classics - Funkadelic's "Can You Get to That?" and the Staples
Singer's "I Like the Things About Me." Tweedy and Staples have constructed
a dense narrative arc, that starts with the literal soulsearching of Sparhawk's
"One Holy Ghost" and Tweedy's "Jesus Wept," and then breaks wide open
with Nick Lowe'ssoaring "Far Celestial Shores," a song he wrote for Mavis
after touring together with Wilco. After that,the album builds to full tent
revival mode, as the dark night of the soul passes and joy arrives in the form
of Mavis' glorious voice. Closing out with Tweedy's rapturoustitle track,
One True Vine truly builds on the promise of You Are Not Alone, and will
delight the myriad fans discovering Mavis for the first time though her
Grammy wins and performances, her White House performance in the
tribute to Memphis Soul, and the glorious second act of this American icon.1. Holy Ghost
2. Every Step
3. Can You Get To That
4. Jesus Wept
5. Far Celestial Shores
6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today
7. Sow Good Seeds
8. I Like The Things About Me
9. Woke Up This Morning (With Jesus On My Mind)
10. One True Vine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Strange PeaceSince releasing their self-titled debut record in 2012, which The New
Yorker called, "One of the year's best albums a punishing, noisy,
exhilarating thing," the Toronto-based 3-piece METZ have garnered
international acclaim as one of the most electrifying and forceful live acts,
touring widely and extensively, playing hundreds of shows each year around
Now, Alex Edkins (guitar, vocals), along with Hayden Menzies (drums), and
Chris Slorach (bass) are set to unleash their highly-anticipated third
full-length album, Strange Peace, an emphatic but artful hammer swing to
the status quo.
The best punk isn't an assault as much as it's a challenge - to what's
normal, to what's comfortable, or simply to what's expected. Teetering on
the edge of perpetual implosion," NPR wrote in their glowing review of
METZ's 2015 second album, II.
Strange Peace was recorded in Chicago, live off the floor to tape with Steve
Albini. The result is a distinct artistic maturation into new and alarming
territory, frantically pushing past where the band has gone before, while
capturing the notorious intensity of their live show. The trio continued to
assemble the album (including home recordings, additional
instrumentation) in their hometown, adding the finishing touches with
longtime collaborator, engineer and mixer, Graham Walsh.
Strange Peace isn't merely a collection of eleven uninhibited and urgent
songs. It's also a kind of sonic venting, a truculent social commentary that
bludgeons and provokes, excites and unsettles. With all the pleasurable
tension and anxiety of a fever dream, Strange Peace is equal parts
challenging and accessible. It is this implausible balancing act, moving
from one end of the musical spectrum to the other, that only a band of
METZ's power and capacity can maintain: discordant and melodic,
powerful and controlled, meticulous and instinctive, subtle and complex,
precise and reckless, wholehearted and merciless, brutal and optimistic,
terrifying and fun.
"Their whiplash of distortion is made with precision, a contained chaos.
But you would never talk about them like that. Because METZ are not
something you study or analyze," wrote Liisa Ladouceur in Exclaim! "They
are something you feel: a transfer of energy, pure and simple." In other
words: to feel something, fiercely and intensely, but together, not alone.1. Mess of Wires
2. Drained Lake
5. Lost in the Blank City
6. Mr. Plague
8. Common Trash
9. Escalator Teeth
10. Dig a Hole
11. Raw Materials$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poets Were My HeroesMorning Glory is made up of the stuff that the gritty, punk-crust motherland of New York's infamous Lower East Side has been known to spawn. This group of punkers and squatters had very humble beginnings indeed. Already in various other New York punk bands, Morning Glory first became the spark of an idea when Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim, INDK) took time off from touring and started to write some tunes in his NYC apartment.
In 2001, with nothing but a drum machine and an 8-track reel-to-reel, Ezra wrote and recorded the songs that would become Morning Glory's first LP, This Is No Time ta Sleep. Though it was self-recorded, home-released and had no touring support, it still managed to create a small but ubiquitous underground buzz. With a virtuosic range of musical elements such as ska, punk, metal, and even some rhyming, its catchy, anthemic sing-alongs showcased Ezra's flourishing writing talents. And while his lyrics stayed true to the caustic political edge of his other bands, the overall message remained more optimistic and leaned towards the humanistic, personal side of life.
In 2002, Ezra finally assembled a live band, handpicking musicians from the local NYC punk scene, including members of Nausea, World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stockyard Stoics. This lineup recorded the EP, The Whole World is Watching, released on Blacknoise Records in 2003. While the years that followed were spent recording and touring with Leftöver Crack, Morning Glory took a back seat.
But after these long years of touring, Ezra finally decided to give Morning Glory the attention it deserved in 2010 and began writing songs for what was to become the epic new album, Poets Were My Heroes. In the summer of 2011, Ezra and the band (with longtime members Early Gates, "Metal" Chris and Lucky Strano alongside new guitarist Adam Schrager) hit the studio with a barrage of new material. Picture the sonic kaleidoscope of punk noise meeting strings, horns, choirs, pianos and organs over a web of distorted guitars and marching, single kick pedal drums.
These are the sounds that make up Poets Were My Heroes, Morning Glory's Fat Wreck Chords debut and first full-length album recorded with a live band. Re-enlisting producer Jesse Cannon (The Menzingers, Saves the Day), a wealth of material was recorded, with only the very strongest songs being chosen to make up the album. It is both grand and elaborate, with each song evoking a different mood and style, challenging the musicianship of even the most dexterous players, while still maintaining its punk-inspired simplicity.
While the band itself has described themselves as "somewhere between Oasis and The Clash," they continue to break rules and write music that is true only to themselves, adhering to no genres, creeds or political factions. The sing-along choruses give the band a broader appeal than the standard politi-kill punk acts, but the key message is more subversive: "Think for yourself, decide for yourself, make up your own mind and love your friends. Only you know what is right for you. Together we are what we can't be alone." It's this unity in diversity that makes the band special and not just another punk outfit. Double vinyl includes digital download of full album.1. Everything's A Song (To Me)
2. Shelter From The Spoon
3. Poets Were My Heroes
4. March Of The Asylum
5. Quemar Las Fronteras
6. Divide By
7. Orphan's Holiday
10. Life's A Long Revenge
11. Another Way (Outside The Walls Of Eden)
12. Born To December$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SpellsThe Pharmacy's sound is hard to nail down: having been together for over a decade, the band has released countless singles, EPs, and full-lengths that range from basement power punk to lo-fi, psych-tinged garage rock. Due out August 12th on Old Flame Records, much of Spells was written in a cabin in Big Sur, informed by the rocky beaches and the fog rolling in from the Pacific. It was recorded in the basement of a used car museum in downtown Tacoma, with every track laid down live by Kyle Brunette, producer of Night Beats' S/T and Sonic Bloom LPs. Picking up where Stoned & Alone left off, Spells feels even more stripped-down and vulnerable, as if the members of The Pharmacy have allowed listeners an exclusive sneak peek into their collective brain.1. Dead Friend
2. Coat Tails
3. Anna Bella
5. Masten Lake Lagoon
7. Lizard Queen
8. Peeling Back
9. All My Reminders Of When
10. Strange$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ValtariYou can forgive Sigur Rós for being hazy on the details of the recording of their sixth album Valtari. It's either the album they always wanted to make, or the album they almost didn't make, depending on how you look at it.
In 2011, the band started the painstaking forensic task of piecing together a cohesive and magical work from disparate constituent parts. If this sounds unromantic, the results are anything but. Something alchemical occurs when the four members of Sigur Rós are in the room together, and even if Valtari is more a "studio based" album than any of its predecessors (which usually start life as rehearsal room jams), the long hours of experimentation and unsentimental editing have yielded incredibly persuasive results.
In English Valtari translates as "steamroller" and there is something right about the title in terms of the process of its creation. The last three tracks of Valtari are like one long slow gorgeous fade out, as the listener, having been softened up by the slightly more "songy" start to the album, is left with the subtly shifting, deep introspective beauty of the last 24 minutes.
After that, penultimate track, Valtari is like the far heart of the album; eight minutes that feel like being alone in row boat on a chill day, small irregular waves lapping the wooden hull as a dense fog bank rolls in and ice slowly encases every surface. Below the fathomless green, deep endures. Gatefold 2LP with MP3 coupon.1. Ég anda
2. Ekki múkk
8. Fjögur píanó$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SuchnessSuchness is the debut LP from We Are Loud Whispers, a dreamy duo featuring Sonya
Westcott (Arthur & Yu) and Ayumu Haitani (4 Bonjour's Parties). Seattleite Westcott met
Haitani-who lives in Saitama on the island of Honshu-when Arthur & Yu toured Japan in
2007. The two have not seen each other since and are separated by the world's largest
body of water, but that was no deterrent to forming a band together. Assembled over email,
Suchness transcended geographical and language barriers-and traditional ideas of what a
"band" is-in its making.
Haitani would write and record instrumentals, upload them, and send to Westcott. As she
listened thousands of miles away, she would pen lyrics to his orchestration, meditations on
feeling alone even when partnered, wanting to control the uncontrollable, and on the power
and promise of reaching for someone's hand. The song titles themselves tell a story:
"Starcrossed," "This Time," "I Hate to Say Goodbye." After writing lyrics, Westcott would
record a vocal track, upload, hit send, and wait for these starcrossed halves to meet and
become complete-a process reminiscent of The Postal Service's Give Up (fitting since
Jimmy Tamborello sings on track "Glossolalia").
Despite the modern magic required to realize Suchness, and its intricacy of its electronic
orchestration and parade of horns, timpani, loops and effects, the record breathes with an
organic ease. The layers of complexity never sound cluttered, melding together in Zen
simplicity. Westcott's airy whisper floats above heartbeat percussion, evoking the emotive
electro of Lali Puna and Notwist.1. Orange Blossom
2. This Time
3. You Surround
4. Western Town
7. Modern World
9. I Hate Goodbyes
10. My Love Song$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Local Customs: Lone Star LowlandsThe second in Numeros series of peeks into the world of regional studios hones in on Mickey Rouses Lowland operation out of Beaumont, Texas. Long after the Boppers plane crashed and the Winter brothers (Johnny and Edgar) and Janis Joplin split, Texas Golden Triangle was home to a vibrant scene of musicians, songwriters, and entrepreneurs just trying to make it in Houston, let alone the world.
From the ashes of a vibrant garage and stage band scene, the Lowland studio and its clientele were formed. Holed up in a rundown strip mall, groups like Mourning Sun, Insight Out, Sage, Sassy, Mother Lion, Hope, Circus, and Boot Hill tracked out hundreds of demos, most of which were put on the shelf and left to bake in the South East Texas heat. Until now.
Over the last two years, Numero has painstakingly gone through every tape in the studios archives, selecting the best of the best (28 for this 2xLP) for this peerless compilation. The songs themselves run the gamut; southern boogie rock, CSNY clones, British blues thunder, garage-psych hangovers, Morricone-esque supper club instrumentals, yacht rock, and what can only be described as Bobby McPherin fronting the Velvet Underground, are threaded together in the way only a tightly-knit scene can be. Forget bringing these treasures back to life, Numeros giving them the life they never had.1. Lowlands Studio Band - Trash One
2. Insight Out - Live My Life Today
3. Mother Lion - Simple House
4. Sassy - She's My Daughter
5. Bobby Welch - Yellow River
6. Insight Out - It Makes You Feel So Bad
7. Linda Crowe - I Still Remember
8. Circus - Love Of The Morning
9. Mourning Sun - Where's Love Gone Today
10. Mother Lion - I'm The Fool
11. Sage - I Found My Music
12. Bobby Welch - Benshaw Glenn
13. Hope - Tomorrow
14. Next Exit - Take A Look At Your Friends
15. Circus - Give Me Time
16. Boot Hill - No Control
17. D.O.A. - Lady Tell Me Why
18. Sage - Everyday Is Saturday
19. Hope - Dream Away
20. Mourning Sun - Let's Take A Walk In The Woods
21. Roy Briggs & Alton Tew - You Know I Love You
22. Donald Thomas - Calling Me Home (demo)
23. Lowland Studio Band - Lizard
24. Unknown - Unknown
25. Bobby Welch - Laughing Girl
26. Sage - Let Me Listen
27. Insight Out - My Loneliness
28. Boot Hill - Groundhog Day$31.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Marvin Gaye 1961 - 1965 (On Sale)Universal Music will release Marvin Gaye's first seven studio albums in a new vinyl box set titled 1961-1965.
The collection kicks off with the soul legend's Motown debut The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961) which is full of jazz/pop standards from the like of Irving Berlin and Cole Porter, while the second album, That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1962) moves into R&B with Gaye co-writing many tracks including the song that launched Paul Young's career, Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home).
When I'm Alone I Cry (1964) is a product of Gaye's early battles with Berry Gordy over direction, with the singer again reluctant to embrace a soul/R&B sound and instead focusing on being a jazz vocalist. Together (1964) with Mary Wells was Gaye's first top 40 album in the US pop charts and the collection of show tunes and standards did provide a couple of top 20 singles. Hello Broadway was a third album in that year and a switch back to soul/R&B for How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You (1965) gave Marvin Gaye his first really big hit single, thanks to the Holland-Dozier-Holland penned title track. This vinyl box is completed by Gaye's Tribute To Nat King Cole which was released in November 1965 just nine months after Cole's death.
Marvin Gaye expert Harry Weinger has overseen this set which sees many of these early records back in print on vinyl for the first time in quite a while.
This title is not eligible for further discount.Albums included:
The Soulful Moods of Marvin Gaye (1961)
That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (1963)
When I'm Alone I Cry (1964)
Hello Broadway (1964)
Together - Marvin Gaye and Mary Wells (1964)
How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You (1965)
A Tribute to the Great Nat "King" Cole (1965)$174.99 $109.99 Save $65.00 (37%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 7 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dino ValenteFirst Ever Vinyl Re-Issue Of The 1968 Psych Classic By Dino Valente
First Time Commercially Available In MONO
Recorded Under The Supervision Of Bob Johnston (Dylan, Cohen, Cash)
Original Liner Notes By Ralph Gleason
What was going on in 1968 when Dino Valente recorded this album? Well, he had already written 'Get Together' for the Youngbloods, been in and out of jail a couple of times, and put in time as lead vocalist for San Francisco's Quicksilver Messenger Service. While bouncing around Manhattan's East Village, Valente then teamed up with famed Dylan producer Bob Johnston to record his only solo effort. This album typifies the hippie-folk-troubadour syndrome with strumming, reverb-laden 12-string guitar and romantic odes of passion and heartbreak. Valente's pliant warble practically floats alone on these strange songs. While this music is folkish in nature, Valente's vocals display an offbeat, almost jazzy inflection reminiscent of the late Tim Buckley. - Mitch Myers1. Time
2. Something New
3. My Friend
4. Listen To Me
5. Me And My Uncle
7. Children Of The Sun
8. New Wind Blowing
9. Everything Is Gonna Be OK
10. Test$17.99Vinyl LP Reissue Mono - Sealed Buy Now
A Dotted LineThe Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek-Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals)-officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described indefinite hiatus with a new album, A Dotted Line, in 2014. The band then tours the US in support of the Eric Valentine-produced album this spring and summer, with shows in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Nashville, and Los Angeles, as well as at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Newport Folk Festival.
As Nickel Creek's 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile's apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips' Where Is Love Now and Mother Mother's Hayloft. There they worked with Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had produced Nickel Creek's previous album, Why Should the Fire Die?.
We were excited every day to be there, Sara Watkins says. Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it's really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other's really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get. Sean Watkins continues: It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature. There's a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we're doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place, concurs Thile. We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism.1. Rest of My Life
4. Christmas Eve
6. 21st of May
7. Love of Mine
8. Elephant in the Corn
9. You Don't Know What's Going On
10. Where is Love Now$22.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Dagger BeachDagger Beachwas Recorded at Tiny Telephone on 2 Analog Tape Without the Use of Computers.
The Vinyl Release Will be Issued as a QRP 200 Gram Audiophile Limited Pressing.
While it's true I did endure a terrible break-up at the beginning of writing this record, this is not a break
up record. Dagger Beach is a put-me-the-fuck-back-together record.
The break up came in late 2011, after endless months of White Wilderness touring. I returned home to an
empty house, and, as that's pretty unbearable when you're not quite right in the head, I decided to set out
walking. I hiked the Lost Coast (36 miles of off-the-grid splendor in Southern Humboldt County), I hiked
the entire 150-mile trail system of Pt. Reyes, I hiked for days, deep, deep in the woods, usually alone.
As I walked and walked, listening to records on repeat, I started obsessing about music again. Three
records found their way into my psyche and inspired much of this new record: Joanna Newsom's Have
One On Me, Silver Jews' The Natural Bridge, and Radiohead's King Of Limbs. I don't think you'll find
traces of these records in Dagger Beach, but their spirit and fearlessness deeply affected me. (Hence the
shout-out on the record to one of my lifelong heroes, David Berman.)
The first two reminded me how crucial great lyrics can be, how your experience of a record can evolve
and change as you slowly decode complex and thoughtful writing. King Of Limbsshowed me how
powerful linear songwriting can be, when subtle changes in form and repeating motifs slowly shift into
something else entirely (just try to follow Morning Mr. Magpie on headphones). There are many songs
on Dagger Beach that take this approach: Damage Control and Gaslight were both written to drum
patterns played by Jason Slota, my long-time partner. Jason played drums alone, without music, and I
adapted to his structures and rhythms. Doing this keeps me from relying on my usual tricks and
structures and forces me into brand new territory.
This strange experience, the endless hiking and backcountry camping off the grid, it completely changed
the songwriting process for me. I edited lyrics while walking, I worked out songs in my head. It didn't
come easy: the first time I camped alone (I was deep inside the million-acre Mendocino National Forest) I
freaked out, ended my trip early, and wrote Raw Wood the next day. By the end of 2012, I could stay out
for a week on my own.
As the experience changed me, it changed the record. Dagger Beach is looser, weirder, and more free
because of itRaw Wood
Song for Dana Lok
How the West Was Won
Song for David Berman
Song for the Landlords of Tiny
Sleep it Off
North Coast Rep
Interlude #2$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
An Anthology Of Dead EndsBACK IN PRINT! A good day for Botch consisted of utterly laying to waste everything in their path and having a grand ol' time while doing so. The same is true of their recordings, huge monstrous concoctions of metal, noise, indie rock guitar trickery, full of depth and minute secrets which slowly secreted themselves with successive listens. There is no question that part of what made Botch so great is their ability as players, but more important, and even more impressive perhaps, was the way they fit the pieces together - odd time signatures, seemingly impossible riffs made to sound easy, the occasional melodic passages, and devastating anthemic movements that managed to inspire hordes while simultaneously escaping the redundant simplicity of the conventional hardcore sing along.
Botch has continued to tour both the US as well as the European continent and have seen many new bands emerge, building upon the tracks they themselves helped to create. Bands like Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, and many others have continued to push the envelope of technical ferocity and awe inspiring performances in the live setting, but still Botch stand alone - proving themselves to be ultimately one of the most entertaining, challenging, and unique entities to have ever existed with in the hardcore realm and beyond it.
This tremendous 6 track EP is a fitting testament to their will and intent, cementing their legacy as one of the untouchable greats, destined to influence the coming generations. We are more than sad to see them go, but as shown from the opening notes of "Spaim", they absolutely refuse to go down quietly and we can all rest assured that the echoes of this explosion will shake us for years to come.1. Spaim
6. Micaragua$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wembley or Bust (Box Set) (Pre-Order)3x 180-Gram Vinyl Box Set
Wembley or Bust is a special release commemorating the June 24th, 2017 performance by Jeff Lynne's ELO at the famed Wembley Stadium in London, England. The Wembley or Bust album is available in a 3 LP vinyl package and serves as a soundtrack for Paul Dugdale's concert film of the same name.
In Wembley or Bust, we see Jeff and his remarkable musical ensemble filling Wembley Stadium with one of the greatest rock & roll spectacles of all time, complete with bells, whistles and spaceships in front of a 60,000 capacity crowd. As Jeff says himself 'It's the best time I ever had in music... It is beyond anything I could have imagined'. More popular than ever, Jeff Lynne's ELO have always been known for their epic live shows and with a distinct style that seamlessly and innovatively blends rock, pop and classical music.
The Wembley or Bust audio and film includes performances of many of the most beloved songs of our lifetime, from vintage ELO classics like Mr. Blue Sky, Livin' Thing and Evil Woman to Do Ya from his days with The Move, Handle With Care which he recorded with the Traveling Wilburys, right through When I Was A Boy from his latest ELO masterpiece, Alone In The Universe.
Jeff Lynne is widely regarded as one of the greatest record producers in music history. In addition to his storied career in ELO, Lynne was a co-founder and member of The Travelling Wilburys together with Bob Dylan, Roy Orbison, George Harrison and Tom Petty as well as a producer and collaborator with some of the biggest names in music including The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Joe Walsh, and most recently, Bryan Adams.1. Standin' In The Rain
2. Evil Woman
3. All Over The World
5. Livin' Thing
6. Do Ya
7. When I Was A Boy
8. Handle With Care
9. Last Train to London
12. Can't Get It Out Of My Head
13. 10538 Overture
15. Ma-Ma-Ma Belle
16. Shine A Little Love
17. Wild West Hero
18. Sweet Talkin' Woman
19. Telephone Line
20. Turn To Stone
21. Don't Bring Me Down
22. Mr. Blue Sky
23. Roll Over Beethoven$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 3 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
The Child Of Lov180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl
For Fans of: Gnarls Barkley, Beck, J Dilla, Gorillaz, Danger Mouse
There's something about Cole Williams's voice that conjures pictures in the mind.
Not only through the intense and compelling vocals of his recordings, either.
There's a catch to it, a rugged rasp weathered beyond his years, that shows that his
singing style - rich in the cadences of funk, blues and soul. Spend any time with
them, and it's abundantly clear that Cole - or if you prefer, The Child Of Lov - is a
true modern soul man.
This much we know: Cole has lived in London, Paris and Amsterdam where he's
currently based. He has, for various reasons, spent a good deal of time alone with
music. His first inspirations were his mother's Stevie Wonder albums. By the age
of 13 he was listening to hip hop and neo-soul, and began to try and make his own
beats on his computer, and initially to rap. At 14, he began to teach himself guitar
and piano, and became obsessed with the off-kilter hip hop beats of J Dilla and
especially Madlib, the master of the thickly-layered psychedelic groove. Inspired
by the combination of unorthodox musicality with hip hop attitude, as he picked
out his own melodies and slowly developed his instrumental skills; it all came
So here we are: from those years' worth of self-disciplined musical study and
practice recordings, then a period of adjusting to their exposure to the world, have
come the tracks that became The Child Of Lov album. They're layered with all
the intensity and dedication that Cole has put into his listening and learning, and
with his passion for the influences. Check out "Give Me" - the peculiar stutter of
his abstract hip hop heroes Madlib and Dilla is there, but so is his first inspiration
Stevie Wonder as well as brilliantly discordant hints of Prince and even Tom Waits
in full junkyard prophet mode. Listen to the powerfully defiant "Fly" and wonder
that the powerful, gospel-infused voice is that of a young man, and not a soul
veteran beaten but unbowed by life's tribulations and soak up the mournful opener
"Call Me Up" - the sort of track you'd always hoped Sly Stone might pull himself
together and make one day1. Call Me Up
3. One Day [feat. Damon Albarn]
4. Living The Circle
5. Give Me
6. Go With The Wind
7. Owl [feat. DOOM]
10. Give It To The People$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now