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  • Arise (Expanded Edition) Arise (Expanded Edition) Quick View

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    Arise (Expanded Edition)


    Arise is Sepultura's 4th studio album, originally released in 1991. It was recorded in Florida with producer Scott Burns. The artwork is an illustration by Michael Whelan, who the band also worked with on Chaos A.D. This expanded edition is newly remastered and includes a bonus LP of unreleased demos, mixes and live tracks.
    LP 1
    1. Arise (Remastered)
    2. Dead Embryonic Cells (Remastered)
    3. Desperate Cry (Remastered)
    4. Murder (Remastered)
    5. Subtraction (Remastered)
    6. Altered State (Remastered)
    7. Under Siege (Regnum Irae) [Remastered]
    8. Meaningless Movements (Remastered)
    9. Infected Voice (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Arise (Live In Barcelona 1991)
    2. Dead Embryonic Cells (Live in Barcelona 1991)
    3. Desperate Cry (Live in Barcelona 1991)
    4. Murder (Arise Writing Sessions, August 1989)
    5. Murder (Basic Track)
    6. Altered State (Basic Track)
    7. Under Siege (from Regnum Irae) [Basic Track]
    8. Meaningless Movements (Arise Writing Sessions, March 1990)
    9. Infected Voice (Arise Writing Sessions, March 1990)
    10. Orgasmatron (Studio Version) [Remastered]

    Sepultura
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  • Arise! (Awaiting Repress) Arise! (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Arise! (Awaiting Repress)

    Remastered


    The iconic and seminal Amebix album remastered and with sensational brand new design. Album has been out of print for some time and has been a constant seller even 30 years after its recording. New liner notes by The Baron and unseen photos.

    1. The Moor
    2. Axeman
    3. Fear Of God
    4. Largactyl
    5. Drink And Be Merry
    6. Spoils Of Victory
    7. Arise!
    8. Slave
    9. The Darkest Hour
    Amebix
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    The Avenger (Discontinued)

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    Transparent Red Vinyl Reissue


    The Avenger is the second full-length studio album by the Swedish melodic death metal band Amon Amarth, released by Metal Blade Records on September 2, 1999. It was also released as a digipak version, containing a bonus track Thor Arise, a re-recording of the title track from their first demo, Thor Arise included here on the vinyl re-issue.

    Side A:


    1. Bleed for Ancient Gods
    2. The Last with Pagan Blood
    3. North Sea Storm
    4. Avenger


    Side B:


    5. God, his Son and Holy Whore
    6. Metalwrath
    7. Legend of a Banished Man
    8. Thor Arise


    Side C:


    9. Bleed for Ancient Gods (live)
    10. The Last Pagan Blood (live)
    11. North Sea Storm (live)
    12. Avenger (live)


    Side D:


    13. God , his Son and Holy Whore (live)
    14. Metalwrath (live)
    15. Legend of a Banished Man (live)

    Amon Amarth
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  • Charisma V2 MM Cartridge Charisma V2 MM Cartridge Quick View

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    Charisma V2 MM Cartridge



    As Clearaudio continue to advance standards in our range of moving coil (MC) cartridges, we felt it was equally time to turn our attention to the moving magnet (MM) range and to make a new statement.


    From the concept V2 to the Maestro V2, our MM cartridges have long been at the forefront of the moving magnet field and have proved popular among music lovers for their distinctive high quality.


    The Charisma V2 is the new flagship of the Clearaudio MM cartridge range.


    Only the finest materials qualified for inclusion, including the same diamond-coated Boron cantilever found in our world-leading Goldfinger Statement MC cartridge.


    The use of highly efficient magnets gives the dynamic Charisma V2 an almost record-breaking output, easily enough to amply drive less sensitive phono stages. The double-polished diamond stylus is mounted on the cantilever with matchless precision, ensuring excellent frequency response and the highest channel separation.


    The cartridge body is made from the finest ebony wood and is set with a precious metal-bearing inlay.


    The result? A quality of sound that, until now, seemed unachievable from MM cartridges. Utterly charismatic.

    Clearaudio Cartridges
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  • Music For The Soul / Crush Music For The Soul / Crush Quick View

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    Music For The Soul / Crush

    Jesse Mac Cormack's First Two EPs Compiled On One LP


    Packaged In An Embossed All-White Cover


    For the last three years, singer-songwriter, musician and producer Jesse Mac Cormack has collaborated with many artists on the Montreal music scene, including Emilie & Ogden, Melanie Boulay and Rosie Valland. His first EP, Music For The Soul (2014), delivers a very personal acoustic sound, while his second EP, CRUSH (2014), is encompassed by electric guitar and full band. His pristine and heartfelt vocals and lyrics arise from his personal journeys and a soothing, warm influence emerges in his surroundings. His music is painfully healing.

    1. Where We Meet
    2. A Way
    3. Story Board
    4. Ensemble
    5. Ask For It
    6. No Other
    7. Too Far Into
    8. He Knows
    Jesse Mac Cormack
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  • Snakes & Ladders Snakes & Ladders Quick View

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    Snakes & Ladders

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    Snakes and Ladders is the fourth album by Gerry Rafferty. It was released in 1980, following the success of his previous two albums, City to City and Night Owl. The album charted at No. 15 in the UK and reached No. 61 in the US Album Charts.


    The song The Garden Of England was recorded at Beatles producer George Martin's AIR studio in Montserrat. All the songs were original Rafferty compositions, though one - Johnny's Song - was a remake of a song which had been previously released by his former band Stealer's Wheel, and another - Didn't I - was a remake of a song from Rafferty's 1971 album Can I Have My Money Back.


    The memorable melodies, moving allegories, and genuine lyrical warmth that Rafferty is revered for arise in some more tracks, like in the beauty of Bring It All Home or in the mystique of Look At The Moon. Royal Mile was released as a single in the U.K.

    1. The Royal Mile
    2. I Was A Boy Scout
    3. Welcome To Hollywood
    4. Wastin' Away
    5. Look At The Moon
    6. Bring It All Home
    7. The Garden Of England
    8. Johnny's Song
    9. Didn't I
    10. Syncopatin' Sandy
    11. Cafe Le Cabotin
    12. Don't Close The Door
    Gerry Rafferty
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Sin And Doom Vol. II The Sin And Doom Vol. II Quick View

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    The Sin And Doom Vol. II


    Pressed On 180-Gram Colored Vinyl


    Now Impending Doom arise once again from where they began, their own alpha and omega as a band, crafting the sixth album as punishing, focused, bottom-heavy, and musically blood-soaked as the earliest efforts that first won them notice before any notions of commerce beckoned them toward the more commonplace career path of the metal music industry. They've worked with top-tier genre producers in the past, including Zeuss (Rob Zombie, Hatebreed, Queensrÿche) and Will Putney (Every Time I Die, The Amity Affliction, Thy Art Is Murder), but for album number six, they've returned to the grassroots and hands-on way they engineered and produced their earliest recordings, cloaking it in grimy sonic mysteries anew. Christopher Eck, who produced their first album, oversaw the proceedings once again. This is musical blunt force trauma, from a personal place of desperate salvation and resolve. No competition, no compromise, no careerism. Impending Doom are renewed, purer than ever, united in their collective vision to create the heaviest metal missives imaginable.

    1. The Wretched And Godless
    2. Burn
    3. War Music
    4. Evil
    5. Paved With Bodies
    6. The Serpents Tongue
    7. Unbroken
    8. Devil's Den
    9. Everything's Fake
    10. Run For Your Life (She Calls)
    Impending Doom
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    Eve

    Import

    For the most part, 1979's Eve is somewhat overlooked as being one of the Alan Parsons Project's finest work, when in fact it involves some of this group's most intricate songs. The album's concept deals with the female's overpowering effect on man. Each song touches on her ability to dissect the male ego, especially through sexual means, originating with Eve's tempting Adam in the beginning of time.


    Not only does this idea gain strength as the album progresses, but a musical battle of the sexes begins to arise through each song. The gorgeous "You Won't Be There" spotlights man's insecurity. Sung by Dave Townsend, its melodramatic feel sets a perfect tone. The classically enhanced "Winding Me Up" follows suit, based on a woman's ability to dominate her mate and opening up with sound of a wind-up doll being cranked. Other gems include the bitter but forceful "Damned If I Do" sung by Lenny Zakatek, and the dominating fury of "Lucifer," a powerful instrumental. Even the loutish "You Lie Down with Dogs" bears wit with its gender inclined mud-slinging.


    The female vocalists, Lesley Duncan and Clare Torry do a splendid job of representing the females point of view throughout the album. Not only does Eve solidify its main idea, but the songs are highly entertaining with catchy rhythms and intelligent lyrics. Musically, the tempo appealingly switches back and forth from slow to quick, as does the temperament of the album. Somehow, Eve is dismissed as one of this band's greatest efforts, when in fact it's one of their finest marriages of both concept and music.

    1. Lucifer
    2. You Lie Down With Dogs
    3. I'd Rather Be A Man
    4. You Won't Be There
    5. Winding Me Up
    6. Damned If I Do
    7. Don't Hold Back
    8. Secret Garden
    9. If I Could Change Your Mind
    Alan Parsons Project
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  • Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising Quick View

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    Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising

    Pressed On Opaque Pink Vinyl

    Southern California's Dayseeker has revealed key details about their new album and Spinefarm Records debut, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising.

    Frontman Rory Rodriguez told AP:

    This song is not only the start of our album, but it's also written for our dear friend who was a victim of sexual assault. This is a huge issue that we wanted to write about, not only to bring to light the trauma a person goes through when this happens but to hopefully offer solace to those same people as well.

    Regarding the album, Rodriguez furthered:

    This album is our proudest work to date. From beginning to end, you will hear a full concept album following the journey of a man who has fallen into a deep coma and his long journey to escape the mental prison he finds himself in.

    The album operates off an intricate concept: A man avenges the unspeakable crimes committed against his wife only to be bludgeoned into a coma. Locked in a vegetative state, changes erupt throughout his world, spanning the dissolution of his marriage and the death of his estranged mother. While his hospital bed doubles as a front row seat to the chaos, questions arise

    Is any of this happening? Is it real? What does it mean?

    Some of the answers may or may not be encoded within the 12 tracks comprising Dayseeker's 2017 conceptual third full-length album, Dreaming Is Sinking /// Waking Is Rising. Maintaining an inimitable and infectious intensity, the music represents a marked evolution for the Orange County group.

    1. Dreaming Is Sinking
    2. Vultures
    3. Cold, Dark Winter
    4. Abandon
    5. Sleep In The Sea Pt. II
    6. Six Feet Under
    7. Hanging By A Thread
    8. Desolate
    9. Carved From Stone
    10. Come Hell Or High Water
    11. Counterpart
    12. Waking Is Rising
    Dayseeker
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  • Foreigner (Awaiting Repress) Foreigner (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Foreigner (Awaiting Repress)

    Blockbuster 1977 Debut Packed With Anthemic Classic Rock Hits and Heroic Guitar Riffs



    Feels Like the First Time: You've Never Heard Foreigner Sound So Immediate, Detailed, Warm, and Dynamic in Analog



    System-Testing Sonics: Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes



    Blissful feelings arise at the mere mention of 70s arena rock. It gives listeners the permission to have fun, sing along to aircraft-hangar-size choruses, play air guitar solos, forget about any troubles, recall the experience of a first kiss, and quite simply, rock out. Few albums better instill these pleasures than Foreigners 1977 self-titled debut album, a five-times platinum blockbuster chock full of salacious riffs, soaring vocals, edgy beats, and lyrics that practically demand to be shouted. And while the record has always boasted clean, immediate production, never before has it exploded with the dynamic intensity and rich transparency now made possible on Mobile Fidelitys dynamic 180g LP. This is what rock n roll dreams are made of.



    Spearheaded by guitar hero Mick Jones, fresh off success with Spooky Tooth, Foreigner rallied around a talented collective pulled from the U.S. and U.K. Joining up with former King Crimson instrumentalist Ian McDonald and drummer Dennis Elliott, as well as keyboardist Al Greenwood and bassist Ed Gagliardi, Jones completed the puzzle with the addition of extraordinary singer Lou Gramm, whose vocal timbre and limitless pipes remain one of the most instantly identifiable combinations in music. Before long, two eternal radio classicsFeels Like the First Time and Cold As Ice, composed on a miniature piano and inspired by Hollywood star Joan Crawfordwere in the bag. Eight more tunes, each as solid as those that came before, followed, and Foreigner quickly became an overnight rock sensation.



    In contrast to much of the eras angrier fare and crudely produced music, Foreigner stood out by way of its clean, muscular, professional production. Still, Mobile Fidelity believed that underneath the surfaces, an even fresher, bigger-sounding record loomed. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, MoFis 180g LP presents the sextets roof-raising anthems and scintillating blend of guitars, synths, and Gramms soulful vocals across a wider, deeper soundstage than ever before imagined. Instrumental separation, tonal balance, and imaging are absolutely superb. Better still, the songs come across with an assertive liveliness that adds to their enjoyment, structure, and melodic character. The accessory flutes, saxophones, and synthesizer solos have never sounded so enmeshed within the overall sonic fabric.



    Get ready to hear your new favorite 70s rock album and push the limits of your systems dynamics.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Feels Like the First Time
    2. Cold as Ice
    3. Starrider
    4. Headknocker
    5. The Damage Is Done
    6. Long, Long Way from Home
    7. Woman Oh Woman
    8. At War with the World
    9. Fool for You Anyway
    10. I Need You
    Foreigner
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  • Belafonte At Carnegie Hall (Speakers Corner) Belafonte At Carnegie Hall (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Belafonte At Carnegie Hall (Speakers Corner)

    To perform in Carnegie Hall must surely be the greatest ambition of every artist, regardless of his or her style of music. But it also presents an enormous challenge, because on such an evening 'good' isn't good enough. The artist is not merely expected to perform to his or her usual high standard - the evening must be exceptional. Harry Belafonte, the charismatic and highly experienced performer, certainly managed to fulfil such expectations, as is testified to by the present double album, which has retained its place as a best-seller at the top of the charts over many years.
    This performance contains three acts, as it were: Afro-American moods, Caribbean songs and excursions into music of the world. Belafonte is in top form and celebrates an exciting, sparkling festival of song, including spontaneous comic interludes, which arise from direct interaction with his enthralled and enthusiastic audience. He is brilliantly supported by Bob Corman and his 47-man orchestra, an ensemble which is reduced to a small combo when the maestro raises his husky voice. It goes without saying that all the favourites are there such as Jamaica Farewell, Day-O and Mama Look A Boo Boo, making this Carnegie Hall event one of the most mesmerizing live performances of all time, which captures the essence of the performer in his prime (All Music Guide). With this double album you too can sit in the audience and enjoy this great event.



    Musicians:



    • Harry Belafonte (vocal)

    • Millard Thomas, Raphael Boguslav (guitar)

    • Norman Keenan (bass)

    • Danny Barrajanos (percussion)

    • & orchestra conducted by Robert Corman




    Recording: April 1959 live at Carnegie Hall, New York, by Bob Simpson

    Production: Bob Bollard





    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.

    1. Introduction/Darlin'
    2. Sylvie
    3. Cotton Fields
    4. John Henry
    5. The Marching Saints
    6. The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)
    7. Jamaica Farewell
    8. Mama Look a Boo Boo
    9. Come Back Liza
    10. Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
    11. Hava Nagila (Traditional)
    12. Danny Boy
    13. Cucurrucucu Paloma
    14. Shenandoah
    15. Matilda
    Harry Belafonte
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    Savages (Discontinued)

    Max Cavalera is the walking embodiment of creative energy, of all of the diverse layers of urgency that are possible from that select few whose artistic output defines genres. Mystic shaman, protest singer, revolutionary hero, everyday metalhead, furious consumer of heavy music of all shades, husband, father, leader, songwriter Cavalera reigns as the adoptive tribal chief of a generation of fans, stretching from the roughest slums of South America to the coldest confines of Russia. Anywhere that people are disenfranchised, the songs of SOULFLY serve as their anthems.


    Armed with Cavalera's four-stringed guitars, unmistakable growl and instantly recognizable riffage, the muddy tones and constant rhythmic bounce of SOULFLY has retained its gritty edge while pushing the boundaries of what's possible in metal. »Savages« represents a career-defining moment, solidifying the lineup with longtime lead guitarist Marc Rizzo (who has been in SOULFLY almost as long as Max was in SEPULTURA), bassist Tony Campos (Static X, Ministry, Prong) and Max's 21 year-old Zyon, who splits his time between drumming in LODY KONG and now SOULFLY.


    "All of the things that make SOULFLY killer are combined in Savages," Max declares.


    »Savages« melds the most brutal, the heaviest and overall the most vibrant components that made up each record in SOULFLY's diverse catalog. By Max's own account, »Savages« is possessed of the tribal groove of the first two SOULFLY albums, particularly in songs like 'Bloodshed', 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla' and 'Master of Savagery'. But there's also the thrash metal that was found on DARK AGES and OMEN; whereas the CAVALERA CONSPIRACY records contain short, punky bursts, the new SOULFLY record gets into the epic length territory of early METALLICA. The death metal vibe of SOULFLY's »Enslaved« emerges in songs like 'Fallen' and 'Cannibal Holocaust'.


    "I really like the name »Savages«. I like single words that sound powerful, like 'Primitive', 'Roots', 'Arise'," Max explains. "It's about the human condition right now. We have the Internet and we're working on missions to Mars, but we are still decapitating each other and blowing up marathons. We're still savages. Even with technology and how far we've come in the world, our spirit is still that of a savage."


    A trailblazing pioneer and musician with millions of albums sold who nevertheless retains boundless street cred due to his grimy, raw and undeniable authenticity; Max Cavalera is one of the most prolific artists the realm of heavy music has ever known. There's CAVALERA CONSPIRACY, which reunited Max with his brother and former bandmate, Igor Cavalera. There was the brutal attack of NAILBOMB, Max's collaboration with Alex Newport from FUDGE TUNNEL, which included members of DEAD KENNEDYS, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY, BIOHAZARD and NEUROSIS on-stage. There's his forthcoming band with members of THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, MASTODON and THE MARS VOLTA. Of course, there's Max's unassailable work as SEPULTURA's founder, leading the Brazilian band from their badass lo-fi beginnings, through their era of sophisticated thrash classics, up through the cultural landmark that is 'Roots'.


    SOULFLY began almost instantaneously after his departure from the band he founded. The eponymously titled debut »Soulfly« sold over 500,000 copies in the United States alone, further expanding upon the tribal foundation of 'Roots' with percussive instrumentation, forays into esoteric sounds and multiple guest performers. Across the seven albums and never-ending tours that followed, Max worked with a who's-who of the heavy music scene as band mates, guest musicians and touring members, including guys from SLIPKNOT, SLAYER, MEGADETH, DEFTONES, RADIOHEAD, STONE SOUR, CYPRESS HILL, MACHINE HEAD, DEVILDRIVER, FEAR FACTORY, MORBID ANGEL, THROWDOWN, S.O.D., SKINDRED, BORKNAGAR, WILL HAVEN and CATTLE DECAPITATION, among others.


    In addition to Max's own self-production, a number of important producers have lent their skills to SOULFLY, including »Roots« producer Ross Robinson (KORN, AT THE DRIVE-IN), Toby Wright (Ozzy Osbourne, SLAYER), Andy Sneap (MEGADETH, KILLSWITCH ENGAGE), ex-SOULFLY guitarist Logan Mader (FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH, GORJIA) and Zeuss (HATEBREED, SUICIDE SILENCE) and Terry Date (PANTERA, DEFTONES).


    Cavalera asked Date, who had mixed for SOULFLY in the past, to produce the new album. Once studio time with the legendary producer was on the calendar, Max kicked into high gear with the material. Max and Zyon worked on the songs that would comprise »Savages« at home. "Zyon came up to me and said, 'Give me a shot. I'll play on the record for you. I won't let you down," explains the elder Cavalera. "I went into a room with him to jam and it felt great. So I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!"


    Generally on a SOULFLY album, the drummers would learn the songs in the studio, based on demo recordings from Max. This time, Max had the luxury of working out the songs at home with Zyon. "We jammed every single day for a month. He knew 90% of the material already when we got into the studio. It reminded me of recording the old Sepultura stuff, like Arise and Chaos A.D., Igor knew exactly what he was going to do before we went into the studio. This was very similar."


    Cavalera says he must've written at least 1,000 riffs specifically for »Savages«. "The killer riff is what hooks the whole song together," he says. "For me the writing process is about finding the most killer riffs possible. It's a battle; sometimes I struggle with the guitar for hours. You have to throw it down on the floor and take a break. Come back a few hours later. 'Let's try this again, motherfucker!' Grab it again and go to battle, go to war with the guitar until you get the right riffs."


    Max points to BLACK SABBATH's 'Symptom of the Universe' as one of the penultimate riffs of all time, citing SABBATH's Tony Iommi and METALLICA frontman James Hetfield as among the riff-masters he most admires. "I think of riff making as an art-form. I take it really seriously. I think it deserves more attention. It has such value."


    Speaking of riffs, Rizzo came into the band a decade ago and his love of thrash metal, death metal and collaborative spirit has energized Max ever since. "When Marc entered Soulfly, it was a drastic change. He's the guitar player I've been looking for my whole life. Andreas [Kisser] and I really clicked when we worked together. I never had that again after that. We had other guys that were cool, but it was never 100% there. When Marc came in, I found it! We've developed a great bond since." Rizzo particularly shines on the opening track on Savages, 'Bloodshed.' "There's stuff all over the song - clean guitars, feedback - he just makes the song better."


    Campos has a lengthy resume in the world of metal and Max says they bonded over their shared Latino heritage, among other things. "I had this idea about this guy Vargas, a Venezuelan cannibal, they call him 'El Comegente.' He's the Hannibal Lecter of the Andes. We both read about it. Tony sings some of it in Spanish and I sing in Portuguese. He's a great bass player too, fucking amazing. Killer bass tones, distortion, all balls-out metal. He keeps this shit real heavy, great tone. It's great recording with guys who know what they're doing. I don't have to ask if they know."


    Max acknowledges the inherent risk in putting a 21 year-old behind the kit for such an important record, but it was a risk he absolutely wanted to take. "To have my son drumming on the album, that's killer. I like risks. I like to start shit up and see what happens. Even if I fail, at least I knew I tried. Rather than knowing I didn't try at all. To me, that's the bigger failure. It took a little bit of courage to put my son on it. I came to the studio and told Terry there was a young drummer who doesn't play to a click. Terry knew what to do and Zyon did great. The drums sound amazing."


    Like all things Max Cavalera, does SOULFLY's »Savages is a family affair. Not only does it mark Zyon's recorded debut with the band, but one of Max's other kids throws down some vocals in the opening track, 'Bloodshed'. "My son Igor has a killer punk rock voice that reminds me of the old CORROSION OF CONFORMITY days," Max says. "The chorus has this old punk style riff, almost like a MISFITS type riff. His voice is killer."


    Like every SOULFLY album, »Savages« contains an impressive guest list comprised of veterans and up-and-comers. CLUTCH's Neil Fallon turns up on 'Ayatollah of Rock 'N' Rolla', the title of which was inspired by Mel Gibson's classic Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior movie. Jamie Hanks from I DECLARE WAR brought his high and low deathcore vocals to 'Fallen', a death metal oriented song Max says is in the vein of CANNIBAL CORPSE.


    Mitch Harris from NAPALM DEATH contributed vocals to 'K.C.S.' Harris has been around the Cavaleras long enough that there are videos of him changing Zyon's diapers when SOULFLY's new drummer was just one month old. "Mitch came to the studio just to hang out during a day off from tour," Max explains. "I'm like, 'You ready to sing some shit on this record?' I put him on the spot. He's like, 'Right now?' I said, 'Fuck yeah, let's do it!' There was one point where we were recording together where he did a scream and I saw his eyeball popping out of his face like a cartoon. I was like, 'Dude that was the most metal thing I've seen in a long time.'"


    Even as Max continues to consume new music from band like NINE INCH NAILS, MAN MUST DIE, TRIGGER THE BLOODSHED and I DECLARE WAR, even as he revisits seminal material from METALLICA, SLAYER, C.O.C. and the like, and indulges his penchant for world music, and gets his hands in his other projects and collaborations, it all adds up to a singular, distinct, straightforward and riff-heavy machine known as SOULFLY.

    LP 1
    1. Bloodshed

    2. Cannibal Holocaust
    3. Fallen

    4. Ayatollah Of Rock 'N' Rolla

    5. Master Of Savagery

    6. Spiral


    LP 2
    1. This Is Violence

    2. K.C.S.

    3. El Comegente

    4. Soulfliktion

    5. Fuck Reality (Bonus Track)

    6. Soulfly IX (Bonus Track)

    Soulfly
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    Hail To The Thief

    45 RPM


    Radiohead's 2003 release Hail To The Thief borrows equally from OK Computer's epic progressive rock and Kid A's skittering electronic theatrics while using eloquent metaphors and complicated arrangements to express the uncertainty, fear and anger arising from the 2000 U.S. presidential election and a post-9/11 world. The occasional hard-grooving funk rhythm and crazed rock guitar riff keeps even the airiest sentiments well anchored though, making Hail To The Thief as well balanced as it is progressive.

    1. 2+2=5
    2. Sit Down. Stand Up
    3. Sail To The Moon
    4. Backdrifts
    5. Go To Sleep
    6. Where I End And You Begin
    7. We Suck Young Blood
    8. The Gloaming
    9. There There
    10. I Will
    11. A Punchup At A Wedding
    12. Myxomatosis
    13. Scatterbrain
    14. A Wolf At The Door
    Radiohead
    $26.99
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  • AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC 2 VERSIONS AVAILABLE AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC Quick View

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    AudioQuest DragonFly USB DAC


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    DragonFly Black & DragonFly Red


    AudioQuest is truly pleased to introduce two dramatic
    steps forward-two new DragonFlys with unprecedented
    audio quality and even higher performance-to-cost ratios-and,
    drum roll, they work with Apple and Android™ phones!
    Yes, that last point is a biggie. From the day that the original
    DragonFly came out, we got requests for a DragonFly-quality
    DAC to use with smartphones. Finally, thanks to newly
    available parts, power draw is now well within what any
    phone will authorize.


    We've been busy for years making this new generation of
    DragonFlys possible. AudioQuest worked alongside Microchip
    Technology to develop a new high-performance, full-speed
    USB microcontroller (a DAC's input processor) that delivers
    improved signal-to-noise ratio and significantly lower power
    consumption. Drawing 77% less current than the DragonFly
    v1.2's microcontroller, the new Microchip MX microcontroller
    enables true compatibility with Apple and Android smartphones
    and tablets. For use with Apple iOS devices, Apple's
    Lightning-to-USB Camera Adaptor is required; for use with
    Android devices, a Made for Android (OTG) adaptor, such as
    our DragonTail USB Adaptor For Android Devices, is required.
    We hesitate to brag about specific electronic parts in the
    DragonFlys because the implementation of those parts is
    as crucial as their quality. Please don't make the mistake of
    thinking that DACs with the same microcontroller or primary
    processor all sound alike! Depending on the circuit design,
    control of noise, power supply regulation, quality of the many
    passive parts, etc., a supposedly "lesser" DAC chip can easily
    outperform a "better" DAC chip in a different DAC.


    Also, as with cameras and their previous race to have more
    pixels than the other guy, playing the numbers game can
    distract and deceive. While the DAC chips in both the Black
    and Red DragonFlys have great capability, we have chosen
    to limit DragonFly Red and Black processing to 24-bit/96kHz.
    This makes using the DragonFlys as simple as it's always been,
    fully compatible with PCs, etc., without having to download
    and install new drivers. Though maybe more importantly,
    faster processing can mean more noise, so while playing
    24/192 files with some of the best component DACs does offer
    sonic advantages, many DACs actually sound better when
    the computer down-samples a 24/192 file to 24/96 before
    sending the data to the DAC. Our point is that AudioQuest
    plays a music-quality game first and foremost. DragonFlys
    are designed to be the-best-they-can-be Emotional Transportation
    for your music, whether Spotify, YouTube videos, Tidal,
    ripped CDs, or state-of-the-art Hi-Res files.


    Back to bragging about our internals: The new DragonFly
    models also incorporate improved 32-bit ESS Sabre DAC
    chips-the 9010 in Black and the higher-performance 9016
    in Red-both of which employ minimum-phase filtering for
    naturally detailed, more authentic sound. While DragonFly
    Black uses the same high-quality headphone amp and analog
    volume control found in the DragonFly 1.2, DragonFly Red
    includes the latest ESS headphone amp and a bit-perfect
    digital volume control that resides on the 9016 DAC chip
    itself-a sophisticated implementation that ensures maximum
    fidelity, dynamic contrast, and signal-to-noise ratio.


    Those of you who remember how we bragged about the
    DragonFly v1.0 and v1.2 having an analog volume control
    might now be going "huh?" Good question! It's a matter of
    capabilities. The earlier DragonFlys and the Black feature
    an analog volume control because that's a better-sounding
    approach than most digital volume controls, which cut off
    bits in order to reduce the volume. However, when a digital
    volume control, as in the new DragonFly Red, doesn't
    compromise the signal, doesn't reduce finesse and subtlety
    and low-level detail, then a bit-perfect digital volume control
    is superior. Once more, it's not about a particular part or
    sample rate or buzz word-it's about honoring the quality of
    the resulting sound above all else.


    DragonFly Black outputs 1.2 volts-enough power to capably
    drive all preamplifier input circuits and all reasonably
    efficient headphones. Meanwhile, with its higher 2.1-volt
    output, DragonFly Red is compatible with an even wider
    range of headphones, including power-hungry, low-efficiency
    models. For reference, DragonFly 1.0 and 1.2 featured
    1.8-volt output.


    The difference in maximum output between DF Black and DF
    Red is essentially irrelevant with our NightHawk headphones,
    as they can be easily driven by either model, but Red's
    higher output is an important advantage with some of the
    more inefficient headphones on the market. However, the
    difference in sound quality between the two new models
    is always meaningful, and is important whether feeding
    headphones or the Aux input of an audio system. At the same
    volume, Red has much more "torque," "grip," and "muscle"
    than Black. Red simply sounds cleaner and clearer overall,
    enabling a larger soundstage with each instrument or voice
    more nearly in its own space.


    And, more good news: The new DragonFlys are software
    upgradeable through complimentary Windows and OS X
    desktop applications. As new developments arise in music
    player applications, streaming protocols, or other associated
    software, DragonFly users will be able to incorporate those
    updates into their existing devices.


    DragonFly Black for only $99, with better sound than any
    previous DragonFly for less money than any previous
    DragonFly, and DragonFly Red with much better sound at
    only $199-and both compatible with phones-how much
    good news can you stand?!


    AudioQuest
    $99.95
    USB DAC + Preamp + Headphone Amp (2 Versions Available)
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  • Live At The Bootleggers Live At The Bootleggers Quick View

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    Live At The Bootleggers

    Live at the Bootleggers captures a moment in time, and a place in history when community was created around the buying and drinking of illegal liquor moonshine white lightening. It was recorded live at a bootlegger's homebase in Fayette County, Tennessee in 1971 at the behest of Lattie Murrell, whom Bengt Olsson and Bill Barth had tracked down to document. Besides Murrell, Barth and William Floyd Davis, the contributors to this record just happened to be spellin' with the same bootlegger that evening; they are unknown voices, arising with glory from the soak of moonshine, and then fading back into obscurity.
    1. When A Gal Cross The Bottom - Lattie Murrell
    2. Spoonful - Lattie Murrell
    3. Good Morning Little Schoolgirl - Lattie Murrell
    4. Howlin' In The Moonlight - Lattie Murrell
    5. Blues For Mattie Mae - Lattie Murrell
    6. Lookin' Down The Road - William Floyd Davis

    7. The Capt'n - William Floyd Davis
    8. Why Did I Have To Leave Cairo - William Floyd Davis
    9. Catfish Blues - Lattie Murrell
    10. Rock Me Baby - Bootlegger with Bill Barth
    11. Getting That Stuff - Bootlegger
    12. Bottle Up And Go - Bootlegger Quartet with Bill Barth
    13. He's Callin' Me - Bootlegger Quartet
    14. Cummins Prison Farm - Bootlegger
    Various Artists
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    Funkadelic

    The 1970 self titled debut from Detroit's nastiest, most shredding funk-rock group. Arising from the ashes of George Clinton's Plainfield, New Jersey-led R&B group, The Parliments, Funkadelic formed in the late '60s and, in addition to Clinton, included the blazing guitar of Eddie Hazel, organist Mickey Atkins, rhythm guitarist Tawl Ross and drummer Tiki Fulwood. Though firmly rooted in funk and soul, Funkadelic incorporated a dark psychedelic element, influenced by Hendrix and Sly Stone, to create a sound that was unparalleled at the time and since. Sampled by everyone from DJ Shadow to Ice Cube, De La Soul and the Beastie Boys, Funkadelic still sounds fresh today and is the first solid example of George Clinton's eccentric genius.
    1. Mommy, What's a Funkadelic?
    2. I'll Bet You
    3. Music For My Mother
    4. I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody's Got a Thing

    5. Good Old Music
    6. Qualify and Satisfy

    7. What is Soul
    Funkadelic
    $21.99
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    Popular Problems (Awaiting Repress)

    In Popular Problems, his thrilling new studio album,
    Leonard Cohen gets down into the avenues of our dreams
    and sets a new tone and speed of hope and despair, grief
    and joy. Cohen here is an astonished lover rocking to the
    human condition as "the soul unfolds in the chambers of
    its longing." His legendary basso resonates as never before
    with a presence and urgency that arises from the very
    depths of the heart. The clarity and strength of these nine
    hypnotic songs will have us singing them over and over.


    In collaboration with co-writer Patrick Leonard, Popular Problems is a masterpiece
    from the ever-fresh imagination of a musical legend whose songs continue to captivate
    new listeners and devoted fans.


    Popular Problems is Cohen's 13th studio album.


    Popular Problems was produced by Patrick Leonard, mastered at Marcussen Mastering
    and was recorded and mixed by Jesse E. String with additional mixing by Bill Bottrell.

    1. Slow
    2. Almost Like The Blues
    3. Samson In New Orleans
    4. A Street
    5. Did I Ever Love You
    6. My Oh My
    7. Nevermind
    8. Born In Chains
    9. You Got Me Singing
    Leonard Cohen
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  • Nico (Awaiting Stock) Nico (Awaiting Stock) Quick View

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    Nico (Awaiting Stock)

    Never Before Available On Vinyl


    Over 200,000 Copies Sold


    Includes Alternate Mix Of Top 20 Single "No Rain" As Well As Cover Songs Of John Lennon And Steppenwolf


    Limited Edition Audiophile Pressing


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio And


    Pressed And Plated At QRP


    Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl


    Housed In A Stoughton Deluxe Gatefold Old Style Tip-On Jacket


    Nico is the third studio album by American rock band Blind Melon, originally released in 1996 by Capitol Records. The album was released after lead singer Shannon Hoon's cocaine overdose that resulted in his death in 1995. The album was named for his daughter, Nico Blue, and the proceeds arising from album sales were placed in a college trust for her. It features unreleased tracks, recordings started by Hoon and finished by the band, unreleased versions of previous songs (No Rain and St. Andrew's Hall) and the cover songs The Pusher (Steppenwolf) and John Sinclair (John Lennon).

    1. The Pusher
    2. Hell
    3. Soup

    4. No Rain (Ripped Away Version)
    5. Soul One

    6. John Sinclair

    7. All That I Need

    8. Glitch

    9. Life Ain't So Shitty
    10. Swallowed

    11. Pull

    12. St. Andrew's Hall
    13. Letters From A Porcupine
    Blind Melon
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    Come To Life

    Cities Aviv first garnered attention in 2011 with his debut release Digital Lows, in which he created a lush soundscape by casting an array of musical influences, along with the rich heritage of Memphis rap, into the alchemical cauldron and set it to boil. Digital Lows attempted to shine light into the murky depths of interconnected living in the material plane, and explore the detritus of a technological life, while also lyrically conveying the growing pains of the new self. 2012's Black Pleasure, sonically challenged listeners, as the rich tones of Digital Lows began to deconstruct into a blown-out and gritty resonance, transporting listeners to a separate reality where the lines of pleasure and pain are entangled and debauch is the natural order. Amid this chaos, Aviv pummeled listeners with an appeal to assess their own realities, habits, and processes, and asserts that "Life is Real," a seemingly simple statement, yet a fact that is often taken for granted. His third album Come to Life sees Aviv come full circle- finding a balance amid the turbulence of burgeoning adulthood in the URL and IRL, and arising from the transformative flames as a harbinger of the new paradigm. Aviv's street gospel stylings affix themselves in union with the eternal essence, and exist outside of the confines of trend, genre, or time-signature, flowing organically within the digital corridor. While his work will forever remain personal, Come to Life is also universal, and petitions listeners to reclaim their individualities, their dreams, and their true desires. Cities Aviv is Wilbert Gavin. Life is real. Come to Life.
    1. Intro
    2. Fool
    3. Head
    4. URL IRL
    5. Dissolve
    6. CTL1 (feat. Abdu Ali)
    7. Perpetuate The Real
    8. Realms
    9. (Self 100) Know Who You Are
    10. Interlude
    11. (View 180) Picture Me Gone
    12. Still (feat. Bizzarh)
    13. Worlds Of Pressure
    14. Don't Ever Look Back
    Cities Aviv
    $15.99
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    Dust Bowl Ballads

    Import

    180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Includes Insert With Liner Notes, Background Story, And Exclusive Pictures


    This Is The Album That Inspired Dylan, Cash, And Springsteen


    Woodrow Guthrie was an American singer-songwriter who is regarded as one of the most significant figures in American folk music; his songs have inspired several generations both politically and musically.


    Dust Bowl Ballads was the most successful album Woody Guthrie made. Not only did it gain him public acclaim, but these songs and performances possess extraordinary unity. That unity comes from Guthrie discovering within himself the voice of one man who arises out of a mass of people who have been dislocated from their homes and much of what is familiar. It comes from telling a tale that travels from the first great dust storm that covered the southwest in darkness and terror to the very gates of a Garden of Eden, a paradise for you and for me.


    Songs like 'The Great Dust Storm and Dust Bowl Blues are exact descriptions of what happened when a massive drought occurred in the middle of the Great Depression, uprooting millions of humans from lives and livelihoods they had thought eternal.


    Woody Guthrie became the voice of his people and in a way that remains intelligible many years later. He set a standard to which many of today's best songwriters still aspire. Like Dylan, Springsteen, and KRS-One, he gave his listeners stories and characters that help them better understand themselves. So these songs are not only historical; they are history itself, history being that which links present to future.

    1. The Great Dust Storm (Dust Storm Disaster)
    2. I Ain't Got No Home
    3. Talking Dust Bowl Blues
    4. Vigilante Man
    5. Dust Can't Kill Me
    6. Pretty Boy Floyd
    7. Dust Pneumonia Blues

    8. Blowin' Down The Road (I Ain't Going To Be Treated This Way)
    9. Tom Joad - Part 1
    10. Tom Joad - Part 2
    11. Dust Bowl Refugee
    12. Do Re Mi
    13. Dust Bowl Blues
    14. Dusty Old Dust (So Long It's Been Good To Know Yuh)
    Woody Guthrie
    $37.99
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    Blood On The Tracks (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 16/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Dylans Masterpiece Break-Up Album: Sentimental Redemption Arises Amidst Sorrow, Turmoil, Sadness, and Pain


    Presence, Immediacy, Naturalness, Realism in Spades: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Makes Blood on the Tracks Among Most Lifelike-Sounding Albums You'll Ever Hear



    Songs Flow Like Rivers, Acoustic and Electric Elements Merge Like Bezels on a Diamond


    Includes Tangled Up In Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, Idiot Wind, Buckets of Rain


    The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, and The Basement Tapes Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Bob Dylan was at several crossroads in the mid-1970s. Artistically, he was largely written off as being past his prime. Emotionally, he was suffering through a painful divorce from his then-wife Sara Lowndes. Creatively, he appeared at a stalemate, his previous decades unprecedented run of transformational brilliance finished. Then came Blood on the Tracks.


    A start-to-finish cycle that documents a lovers pursuit of, entanglement with, and loss of a woman, the bracingly intimate 1975 effort remains one of the most encompassing break-up albums ever made and ranks as the most personal statement of the Bards career. To hear it is to experience the agony, frustration, trauma, highs, lows, confusion, sadness, and, ultimately, requisite redemption associated with intimate relationships gone astray. Dylan maintains its a work of fiction, but its evident close-vested autobiographical premise is what helps make it universal: Its the icon singing through tears, going out of his mind, battling hallowing emptiness, firing shots across the bow, and accepting culpability. It is, in short, a consummate expression of loves darker sides and the consequences of what happens when dreams unravel.


    As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blood on the Tracks ever producedand the first-ever proper analog reissue. Fantastically presenting both the solo acoustic and band-supported songs with the utmost clarity, dynamics, presence, immediacy, spaciousness, imaging, and balance, this version shines a high-powered light on the fluid vocal phrasing, timbral shifts, functional rhythms, and inward-looking strumming that contribute to every song here serving as a wound-exposing confessional.


    For all the melancholic pain, unresolved questions, shattered memories, wasted times, unrequited dialogs, and weary regret within, Blood on the Tracks remains as daring as it is reflective. Rather than follow for a monotone caustic vibe, Dylans songs burrow into the subconscious for the manners in which they are even-keeled, mellow, and occasionally, even peaceful. Dignity, honor, poignancy, and fairnessall traits uncommon in any situation in which partners dissolve histories, change hearts, and attribute blameinstill the record with equilibrium on par with the consistency of the flowing melodies.


    Throughout, tunes come on and proceed as if they could continue forever, Dylan spinning poetic verses and conversations amidst finely tied knots of acoustic notes, chords, and fills, the deceivingly simple architecture conjuring the intertwined refractions of a bezeled jewel, various angles, colors, and textures conjoining into a gorgeously inseparable whole. Backed by Tony Browns flexible albeit subtle bass, Buddy Cages country-streaked pedal-steel guitar, and Paul Griffins soul-baring organan instrument used to shadow, tuckpoint, and illuminate here as effectively as any time in rock historyDylan pours soulful emotion, open his veins, and bleeds.


    Ranked 16 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and replete with existential thought, piercing directness, raw singing, and majestic arrangements,


    Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Tangled Up in Blue
    2. Simple Twist of Fate
    3. Youre A Big Girl Now
    4. Idiot Wind
    5. Youre Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    6. Meet Me in the Morning
    7. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
    8. If You See Her, Say Hello
    9. Shelter From the Storm
    10. Buckets of Rain
    Bob Dylan
    $34.99
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    The Nylon Curtain

    The Nylon Curtain on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Legendary Singer-Songwriter Channels John Lennon on Musically Ambitious and Socially Poignant Baby Boomer-Themed Set


    Mobile Fidelity Edition Broadens Expanse of Orchestral Arrangements, Sweep of Melodic Breadth, and Microdynamic Reach


    Multi-Platinum 1982 Song Cycle Includes "Allentown," "Laura," "Pressure," "Goodnight Saigon"


    Having triumphantly asserted himself as a take-no-mess singer-songwriter on 1980's hard-rocking Glass Houses, Billy Joel continues to push his creative impulses on The Nylon Curtain, a fascinating song cycle that pays tribute to John Lennon and stands as the most ambitious project of his career. Enriched by sweeping orchestral arrangements and socially conscious lyrics, the 1982 set addresses unemployment, war, and realities of the Reagan era with exacting precision. Insightful and clever, the album's Baby Boomer-themed narratives continue to resonate.


    A requisite piece of Mobile Fidelity's Billy Joel catalog restoration series, The Nylon Curtain is mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI. The myriad nuances amidst Phil Ramone's crisp production assume greater tonality, texture, and detail. What was a very good-sounding album is now an audiophile-caliber favorite, with transparency, clarity, and microdynamics enhancing the poignant connection between Joel's expressiveness and the listener's emotions. The Nylon Curtain is now an even more personal experience, a brilliant distillation of sadness, loss, hope, and anger.


    Harnessing concerns, obsessions, reflections, and feelings that consumed a majority of the Baby Boomer generation near the beginning of the Reagan Era, Joel delves into job loss ("Allentown"), wartime fallout ("Goodbye Saigon"), and, of course, romantic longing ("She's Right on Time"). Rather than take a long-view perspective, Joel gets up and close to the issues, infusing the fare with a mix of sadness, frustration, cautious optimism, and moodiness that he wears on his sleeve. Joel's melodies, too, ricochet with unmistakably personal sentiment, as he constructs arrangements in tribute to Lennon, whose ghost arises on pieces like "Scandinavian Skies" and "Laura."


    Pop culture author Chuck Klosterman addresses the Beatles link and The Nylon Curtain's timeless appeal in Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs, writing: "'Laura' and 'Where's the Orchestra' really are as good as what's on The White Album. This is because the first song says things so directly that its words shouldn't make sense to anyone else (and yet they do), while the latter is so metaphorically vague that anybody should be able to understand what he's implying."


    But relate and understand audiences do: The Nylon Curtain remains a pop marvel, introspective juggernaut, and finally, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity, a sonic landmark. Joel's anguish, regrets, sorrow, and worries transcend both tastes and time. Somewhat underappreciated upon its original release, the 55-minute effort is now regarded as a conceptual masterpiece.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Allentown
    2. Laura
    3. Pressure
    4. Goodnight Saigon
    5. She's Right on Time
    6. A Room of Our Own
    7. Surprises
    8. Scandinavian Skies
    9. Where's the Orchestra
    Billy Joel
    $49.99
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  • Mysterious Traveller (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Mysterious Traveller (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Mysterious Traveller (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    In Weather Report's fourth album the mysterious multi-instrumentalist Joe Zawinul travels once again through his virtually endless sound universe. And once again the question arises as to whether he will manage to leave his genetic fingerprint - without resorting to routine - on all the newly created sounds. The magic word here is naturalness, which makes its way safely and surely through the electronic backdrop.



    Nubian Sundance, performed with two drummers and a percussionist, twists and turns in an apparently disoriented, meditative fashion through a mix of sizzling sound and colours, leading up to the final live applause that brings this dance to a close and making it a real experience for all. Following the translucent, will-o'-the-wisp-like American Tango is Cucumber Slumber with its compact funky sound created by a cool mix of saxophone and the sucking sound of a synthesizer. The two protagonists Zawinul and Shorter seem to be on a par with one another in the dazzling title piece where the lyrical saxophone part is supported by thunderous piano chords. Warm, dreamy harmonies are heard for a short while, only to be hacked apart in Blackthorn Rose - this is no orbital music floating around in your head but sheer tension, which makes you clutch your seat until landing. Back on earth the mysterious traveller was received with open arms with the readers of Down Beat magazine voting the LP 'Album of the Year 1974'.



    Musicians:



    • Joe Zawinul (keyboards, percussion, vocals, guitar)

    • Wayne Shorter (saxophone, piano)

    • Miroslav Vitous, Alphonso Johnson (bass)

    • Ray Barretto, Dom Um Romão (percussion)

    • Skip Hadden, Ishmael Wilburn (drums)




    Recording: 1974 at Devonshire Sound, North Hollywood, USA, by Ron Malo

    Production: Josef Zawinul and Wayne Shorter





    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.

    1. Nubian Sundance
    2. American Tango
    3. Cucumber Slumber
    4. Mysterious Traveler
    5. Blackthorn Rose
    6. Scarlet Woman
    7. Jungle Book
    Weather Report
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Chubbed Up


    Compilation From Electronic Punk-hop Duo From Nottingham


    Sleaford Mods started out sometime during 2006 whilst Jason Williamson was living in Nottingham. Born out of part frustration and part accident, it quickly
    found its feet as an aggressive verbal onslaught on all that is contrived and connected to the day-to-day hammer of low paid employment and domestic
    situations arising from that trap. After a year of working ideas out in both the studio and in live performances, Williamson moved south and took the cause
    to London for a couple of years and trod the boards there for a couple of years, before returning to Nottingham in 2009.


    Soon after that return he met Andrew Fearn and the Sleaford Mods became a duo. Fearn's first work was on the production of "Wank" - the Mods' fifth album. Soon after that started stalking the stage and studio with Williamson. Andrew's involvement meant that Jason was now able to stop creating
    the samples and loops that littered the early recordings and concentrate on the lyrics, whilst Andrew created numerous tunes for Jason to vent his spleen
    over.


    Just after the release of "Wank" the duo were invited to play a three day festival curated by Nottingham's Rammel Club. During that weekend a working
    relationship with Nottingham's abstract-punk Harbinger Sound label was formed. A relationship which - a year later - resulted in the release of the
    "Austerity Dogs" vinyl album. This release would be followed by numerous shows around the UK and Europe, including further festival appearances. As
    word- of-mouth praise for the album slowly spread out and onto the record-buying publics' radar, "Austerity Dogs" soon sold out of its intial run of 300
    copies and has gone one to, as of today, a fourth pressing of the vinyl edition was also released. Rave reviews would start to appear in
    magazines as diverse as The Wire and Uncut, along with interviews being published both on paper and on-line, both here and abroad. The album
    featured, and topped, many writers polls for the best records of 2013.


    Somewhere between punk, hiphop and spoken word lie UK duo Sleaford Mods. (They are neither mods, nor from Sleaford. They're from Nottingham.)
    Jason Williamson spews a tapestry of bile over low-tech, muscular backing by Andrew Fearn, the result is somewhere between The Fall, McClusky,
    Happy Mondays and John Cooper Clark. The pair have been making music for eight years now but really started to get attention with last year's terrific
    Austerity Dogs and look to go even wider with the just released Divide and Exit. On it Sleaford Mods are in full rebellion mode. Williamson hold equal
    contempt for the rich, conservatives, liberals, phonies in general, idiots, jolly fuckers, etc all via a nonstop torrent of brilliantly, hilariously profane lyrics.
    Ipecac Recordings will be introducing the coolest thing to come out of the UK in a long time. With the release of a compilation from
    Sleaford Mods titled CHUBBED UP+. Sleaford Mods are a stripped down, political, electronic punk-hop band from working class Nottingham. This stuff is
    real and it is spot on!

    1. Committee
    2. Jobseeker
    3. 14 Day Court
    4. Black Monday
    5. Jolly Fucker
    6. Tweet Tweet Tweet
    7. Bambi
    8. Routine Dean
    9. Scenery
    10. Pubic Hair Ltd
    11. Bring Out The Cannons
    12. Fear Of Anarchy
    Sleaford Mods
    $15.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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