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    American Epic: The Best of Blues

    Early geniuses of Delta Blues - Robert Johnson, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, Son House, Charley Patton and many more have been painstakingly remastered using a mix of analog and digital technology for a hybrid sound that is simultaneously contemporary, immediate but still completely true-to-form.


    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Cross Road Blues by Robert Johnson
    2. On the Road Again by Memphis Jug Band
    3. Louis Collins by Mississippi John Hurt
    4. Sittin' On Top of the World by Mississippi Sheiks
    5. 'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do (Part 1) by Frank Stokes
    6. Down the Dirt Road Blues by Charley Patton
    7. My Black Mama (Parts 1 & 2) by Son House
    8. Walk Right In by Cannon's Jug Stompers
    9. The Panama Limited by Bukka White
    10. Last Kind Words Blues by Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas
    11. Cottonfield Blues (Part 2) by Garfield Akers
    12. Tallahatchie River Blues by Mattie Delaney
    13. Mama 'Tain't Long fo' Day by Blind Willie McTell
    14. Future Blues by Willie Brown
    15. Cool Drink of Water Blues by Tommy Johnson
    16. Cypress Grove Blues by Skip James
    17. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground by Blind Willie Johnson
    Various Artists
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly Quick View

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    American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly

    Louisiana delta native Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter is the master of twelve-string blues guitar. His story is one of high-highs and low-lows, from serving stints in prison after killing a man in a fight for a woman's heart, but then eventually earning early release by entertaining his fellow prison-mates and penning a song for the governor, thus cementing his reputation of singing his way out of prison. Folklorists John and Alan Lomax were early supporters that brought Lead Belly to the attention of Ivy Leaguers as well as a European audience. His songs have been widely covered by artists such as Elvis, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, and the Grateful Dead.


    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Mr. Tom Hughes' Town
    2. C. C. Rider
    3. You Can't Lose Me, Charlie
    4. Kansas City Papa
    5. Death Letter Blues, Part 1
    6. Death Letter Blues, Part 2
    7. Fort Worth and Dallas Blues
    8. Bull Cow
    9. Ox Drivin' Blues
    10. Shorty George
    11. You Don't Know My Mind
    12. Matchbox Blues
    13. My Baby Quit Me
    14. Baby Don't You Love Me No More
    Lead Belly
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  • American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt Quick View

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    American Epic: The Best of Mississippi John Hurt

    Blues fingerpicking guitarist, singer and sharecropper Mississippi John Hurt was born in the heart of Mississippi Hill Country, along the veiny tributaries of the great American river. His moving renditions of "Frankie" and "Spike Driver Blues" were included in Harry Smith's American Anthology of Folk Music in 1952 and were vitally influential on the Greenwich Village folk music revival of the 1960s as well as John Fahey's development of the American Primitive Guitar genre.


    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Frankie
    2. Ain't No Tellin'
    3. Spike Driver Blues
    4. Avalon Blues
    5. Louis Collins
    6. Candy Man Blues
    7. Stack O' Lee Blues
    8. Praying On The Old Camp Ground
    9. Blue Harvest Blues
    10. Got the Blues Can't be Satisfied
    11. Big Leg Blues
    12. Nobody's Dirty Business
    13. Blessed Be The Name
    Mississippi John Hurt
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  • American Epic: The Best of Memphis Jug Band American Epic: The Best of Memphis Jug Band Quick View

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    American Epic: The Best of Memphis Jug Band

    The Memphis Jug Band, most active from 1926 into the 1950s, revolved around guitarist, harmonica player and singer Will Shade and featured a wide variety of instrumentation including harmonica, kazoo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, piano, washboard and, of course, jug. They recorded more songs than any pre-war jug band and as a result, were key in developing the jug band tradition and format.


    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Stealin' Stealin'
    2. On the Road Again
    3. Cocaine Habit Blues
    4. Lindberg Hop
    5. Newport News Blues
    6. K.C. Moan
    7. He's In The Jailhouse Now
    8. Sometimes I Think I Love You
    9. Fourth Street Mess Around
    10. You May Leave, But This Will Bring You Back
    11. What's The Matter
    12. Aunt Caroline Dyer Blues
    13. Memphis Shakedown
    14. Whitewash Station Blues
    15.Insane Crazy Blues
    Memphis Jug Band
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  • American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson Quick View

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    American Epic: The Best of Blind Willie Johnson

    Texas slide guitarist and gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson recorded only 30 songs over the course of his life as a preacher and street performer. Even so, the savvy combination of his gritty and powerful "chest voice" singing style coupled with his mastery of slide guitar (some report he regularly used a knife as a slide) has given him a notably influential legacy, specifically with later bluesmen Howlin' Wolf and Robert Johnson. His tune "Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground" was selected for Carl Sagan's Voyager probe Golden Record, the Library of Congress as well as the National Recording Registry.


    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. John the Revelator
    2. It's Nobody's Fault But Mine
    3. If I Had My Way, I'd Tear the Building Down
    4. God Moves on the Water
    5. The Soul of a Man
    6. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
    7. Church, I'm Fully Saved Today
    8. Let Your Light Shine on Me
    9. Mother's Children Have a Hard Time
    10. Lord, I Just Can't Keep from Crying
    11. Trouble Will Soon Be Over
    12. Jesus Make Up My Dying Bed
    13. Bye and Bye I'M Goin' to See the King
    14. Praise God I'm Satisfied
    15. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
    16. Dark Was the Night, Cold Was the Ground
    Blind Willie Johnson
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Keb' Mo' Keb' Mo' Quick View

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    Keb' Mo'

    Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity


    1994 Self-Titled Major-Label Debut a Folk-Blues Classic


    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Gorgeous Vocal Inflections, Astonishing Acoustic Guitar Lines Possess Incredible Detail


    Pure Blues: National Steel Guitar Playing, Raw Harmonica Solos, Soulful Strumming Infuse Originals and Pair of Covers


    In an age where most contemporary bluesmen strive to mimic the past and pattern their music after the greats, Keb' Mo' is content to be himself. Original, charismatic, and immensely gifted, the guitarist/vocalist (born Kevin Moore) brings country blues in the late 20th century on his stunning self-titled Epic debut, which quickly climbed the charts and turned the former backing instrumentalist into a household name. Replete with gritty textures, close-up vocals, and resplendent acoustics, Mobile Fidelitys scintillating analog version of this 1994 set finally possesses the fidelity that brings Mos Delta strains out of the backwoods and onto a lively back porch.


    Half-speed mastered from the original tapes, this numbered limited-edition 180g LP represents the very first time that Mos watershed album has been given a much-needed sonic facelift. Gone are the hazes that obscured his singing, artificial ceilings that blunted the highs, and digital fog that interfered with the multitude of illuminating tones, details, and notes. Whats revealed is startling intimacy and soothing emotion, Mos gorgeous vocal timbres and inflections given equal space with his guitar, harmonica, and pace. Finally, a great-sounding contemporary blues record that does not resort to derivative recycling and bland revivalism.


    The son of Southern parents, Mo' channels his heritage via a batch of superb folksy songs that relax, refresh, and regale. While hes since traveled in a more commercialized pop-oriented direction, Mos initial salvo is nothing but raw, pure blues played with unbridled passion, tremendous conviction, and what is best deemed the essence of heart and soul. Keb' Mo' engages with a compelling mix of tradition and modernity, the headliner refraining from any attempt at assuming an artificial personality and instead basing his reputation on quality songs. As such, Mos material resonates with deep, mellow vibes and extraordinary National steel guitar work, which complements his fluid, acoustic finger-picking and soulful strumming.


    Mo' occasionally teams with an ensemble. But this record is mostly all about the basics: guitar, voice, and harmonica. Tunes such as Victims of Comfort and Angelina testify on behalf of his phenomenal country-blues songwriting; his covers of Robert Johnsons Come On In My Kitchen and Kindhearted Woman Blues speak to his reverence for the past. Shuffles, ballads, dance songsMo nails them all.


    You owe it to yourself to hear this master musician in the finest possible sound. Every movement on the guitar fretboard, every breath Mo' takes before exhaling words, every crisp and gutsy pluck of the strings they have never possessed more dynamics, detail, or life. Imaging and soundstaging are incredible.


    Keb' Mo' remains one of the finest blues albums made in the post-Stevie Ray Vaughan era. Don't miss this American gem that so many have since tried to copy.


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    1. Every Morning
    2. Tell Everybody I Know
    3. Love Blues
    4. Victims of Comfort
    5. Angelina
    6. Anybody Seen My Girl?
    7. She Just Wants to Dance
    8. Am I Wrong?
    9. Come on in My Kitchen
    10. Dirty, Low Down and Bad
    11. Don't Try to Explain
    12. Kindhearted Woman Blues
    13. City Boy
    Keb' Mo'
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  • Lincoln Soundtrack Lincoln Soundtrack Quick View

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    Lincoln Soundtrack

    Import

    First Pressing Of 750 Numbered Copies On Union Blue Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter

    180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl

    PVC Protective Sleeve

    Gatefold Sleeve

    Includes 8-Page Booklet

    OST Of The Multiple Award Winning 2012 Movie By Steven Spielberg

    Music Composed By Multiple Award Winner John Williams

    First Time On Vinyl!

    Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln. The movie covers the final four months of Lincoln's life, focusing on the President's efforts in January 1865 to have the Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution passed by the United States House of Representatives.

    Lincoln received widespread critical acclaim, with major praise directed to the acting. The film was nominated for seven Golden Globe Awards including Best Motion Picture - Drama, Best Director for Spielberg and winning Best Actor (Motion Picture - Drama) for Day-Lewis. At the 85th Academy Awards, the film was nominated for twelve Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director; it won for Best Production Design and Best Actor for Day-Lewis.

    John Williams composed and conducted the score. The score was recorded by the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Chicago Symphony Chorus.

    Lincoln is now finally available on vinyl for the first time. The first pressing of 750 copies is pressed on Union Blue vinyl.

    LP 1
    1. The People's House
    2. The Purpose Of The Amendment
    3. Getting Out The Vote
    4. The American Process
    5. The Blue And Grey
    6. "With Malice Toward None"
    7. Call To Muster, And Battle Cry Of Freedom
    8. The Southern Delegation, And The Dream
    9. Father And Son
    10. The Race To The House


    LP 2
    1. Equality Under The Law
    2. Freedom's Call
    3. Elegy
    4. Remembering Willie
    5. Appomattox, April 9, 1865
    6. The Petersen House, And Finale
    7. "With Malice Toward None" (Piano Solo)

    John Williams
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  • Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits Quick View

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    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits

    Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Five-Times Platinum Collection of Dylan's World-Changing Singles Spanning 1963 Through 1966


    Experience These Precedent-Setting Songs in the Best Fidelity Possible: Wider Grooves Translate into More Information, Detail


    Includes Anthems Such as Blowin' in the Wind, The Times They Are A-Changin', Like A Rolling Stone, and Mr. Tambourine Man


    Ten songs that ultimately changed the world. Ten songs pulled from precedent-establishing albums recorded between 1963 and 1966. More than five-million copies sold. In every way, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is a fundamental collection for every music lover, and the perfect choice for those seeking an introduction into the legend's vast career. For this is a collection so prized, even the cover photo won a Grammy.


    Mastered from the original master tapes on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 45RPM analog version offers listeners of all stripes to hear some of the world's most important music ever recorded in supreme fidelity. While the tracks stem from several different albums, on this release, they share more in common than Bob Dylan-they share rich, sonic traits steeped in astounding dynamics, great balances, tremendous soundstaging, and realistic imaging. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.


    Greatest-hits volumes are often hit-and-miss propositions not because of what they contain, but because of what's missing. Filtering the top selections from the six formative, life-altering albums Dylan made between 1963 and 1966 is an arbitrary process but one performed impeccably on this set. Home to his biggest chart successes as well as his most influential songs, Bob Dylan's Greatest Hits is a veritable template for any aspiring singer-songwriter, an American history lesson, and a seminal release for anyone new to his work-as well as for audiences that find some of his deeper cuts an acquired taste.


    Every signature facet of Dylan is represented, and done so authoritatively. Serious, protest folk anthems ("Blowin' in the Wind," "The Times Are A-Changin'") sit alongside defiant rock statements ("Positively Fourth Street"), landscape-changing epics ("Like a Rolling Stone"), beautiful blues-inspired odes ("I Want You"), and surrealist dreamscapes ("Subterranean Homesick Blues"). Infused with literary poetry, impassioned emotion, and career-making performances, this material doubles as a definitive account of American culture and society, and functions as a soundtrack to the era's social movements.


    Gathered in one place, it's no wonder the songs here gave Dylan what remains the biggest-selling album of his career. Accept nothing less than the best version in existence.


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    1. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35
    2. Blowin' In The Wind
    3. The Times They Are A-Changin'
    4. It Ain't Me, Babe
    5. Like A Rolling Stone
    6. Mr. Tambourine Man
    7. Subterranean Homesick Blues
    8. I Want You
    9. Positively 4th Street
    10. Just Like A Woman
    Bob Dylan
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  • Broken People Broken People Quick View

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    Broken People

    American 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
    10. Train
    11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)
    Muddy Magnolias
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