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Resonance Live In Basel Switzerland Volume 1
Limited Edition Double 140-Gram Red Vinyl Pressing Of 2010 Live Album
Volume 1 of 2. Recorded live in Basel, Switzerland on May 4, 2010, Resonance features the original line-up of the legendary prog rock supergroup Asia in concert during their Omega tour. This is an older but no less adept Asia -- grounded by vocalist/bassist John Wetton's still powerful vocal chops -- performing a cross-section of their ambitious songs that mix a hard rock intensity and classical virtuosity with a catchy, melodic songcraft. The band's 2010 studio album, Omega, was the second to feature the original line-up of Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Carl Palmer since the group shifted personnel in 1983. As such, Resonance features a mix of newer songs off Omega, as well as the band's previous 2008 reunion album, Phoenix.LP 1
1. I Believe
2. Only Time Will Tell
3. Holy War
4. Never Again
1. Through My Veins
2. Dont Cry
3. Alls A Chord
4. The Valley Of Rocks
5. The Smile Has Left Your Eyes
6. Open Your Eyes$35.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Resonance Live In Basel Switzerland Volume 2
Limited Edition Double 180-Gram White Vinyl Pressing Of 2010 Live Album
Volume 2 of 2. Recorded live in Basel, Switzerland on May 4, 2010, Resonance features the original line-up of the legendary prog rock supergroup Asia in concert during their Omega tour. This is an older but no less adept Asia -- grounded by vocalist/bassist John Wetton's still powerful vocal chops -- performing a cross-section of their ambitious songs that mix a hard rock intensity and classical virtuosity with a catchy, melodic songcraft. The band's 2010 studio album, Omega, was the second to feature the original line-up of Wetton, guitarist Steve Howe, keyboardist Geoff Downes, and drummer Carl Palmer since the group shifted personnel in 1983. As such, Resonance features a mix of newer songs off Omega, as well as the band's previous 2008 reunion album, Phoenix.LP 1
1. Finger On The Trigger
2. Time Again
3. An Extraordinary Life
4. End Of The World
1. The Heat Goes On (inc. drum solo)
2. Sole Survivor
4. Heat Of The Moment$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DramaDrama is the tenth studio album from the English rock band Yes, released on 18 August 1980 on Atlantic Records. It is their only album to feature Trevor Horn in the band's line-up as lead vocalist, following the departure of Jon Anderson and Rick Wakeman in March 1980 after unsuccessful recording sessions in Paris and London for a new album. Horn was joined by Geoffrey Downes, his partner in the new wave band The Buggles. Drama was recorded in a short amount of time as a tour was already booked prior to the change in personnel. It marked a departure in the band's musical direction with songs more accessible and aggressive that featured the use of modern keyboards and a vocoder.
Drama was released to a mostly positive critical reception, with most welcoming the band's new sound. The album peaked at No. 2 in the UK and No. 18 in the US, their lowest charting album there since 1971 which fell short of reaching Gold certification by the RIAA. Into the Lens was released as the album's sole single. Yes toured the album with a 1980 tour of North America and the UK, and were met with some negative reactions during the latter leg over the new line-up change. They disbanded at its conclusion; Horn ventured into producing, Howe and Downes co-formed Asia, and Squire and White formed Cinema with Trevor Rabin which led to a reformed Yes in 1983.1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
The Prog CollectiveThe biggest super group of Progressive Rock players
ever assembled and one of the most talked about releases of 2012 finally arrives on vinyl!
Features performances by John Wetton (Asia), Tony
Levin (King Crimson), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project), Chris Squire (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Steve Hillage (Gong), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Tony Kaye (Yes), Colin Moulding (xTC) and more!LP1
1. The Laws of Nature
2. Over Again
3. The Technical Divide
4. Social Circles
5. Buried Beneath
6. Follow the Signs
1. Check Point Karma
2. The Laws of Nature (Instrumental)
3. The Technical Divide (Instrumental)
4. Social Circles (Instrumental)
5. Check Point Karma (Instrumental)
6. Over Again (Single Edit)
7. BONUS TRACK: Let the World Revolve$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Who Are You: An All-Star Tribute to the WhoStars of Progressive Rock, Classic Rock, Punk Rock, and Country gather together to pay tribute to one of the most successful and influential bands of all-time, The Who.
Featuring performances by Iggy Pop, The Raveonettes, Sweet, Todd Rundgren, and Gretchen Wilson plus members of The Kinks, Asia, Def Leppard, Judas Priest, Deep Purple, Dream Theater, Cream, King Crimson, MC5, Herman's Hermits, Yes, The Vibrators, The Damned, and more.
Brilliant cover versions of the band's best loved anthems including "Baba O'Riley," "My Generation," "Who Are You," "Won't Get Fooled Again" and lots more.LP1
1. Eminence Front - John Wetton (Asia), K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater)
2. Baba O'Riley - Nektar, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
3. I Can See For Miles - Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Wayne Kramer (MC5)
4. Love Reign O'er Me - Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Huw Lloyd-Langton (Hawkwind), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
5. My Generation - Knox (The Vibrators), Dave Davies (The Kinks)
6. The Kids Are Alright - The Raveonettes
7. Won't Get Fooled Again - Sweet
8. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere - Todd Rundgren, Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
1. I Can't Explain - Iggy Pop
2. Behind Blue Eyes - Pat Travers
3. Magic Bus - Peter Noone (Herman s Hermits), Peter Banks (Yes), Ginger Baker (Cream)
4. Who Are You - Gretchen Wilson, Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
5. Pinball Wizard - Terry Reid, Mike Pinera (Blues Image), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
6. Squeeze Box - John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), David Cross (King Crimson)
7. Bargain - 38 Special, Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash), Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
8. The Seeker - Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Leslie West (Mountain)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Spoonful Of TimeThe first ever covers album from Prog Rock legends, Nektar, finds the band joined by an incredible gathering of musical heroes from a wide variety of genres!
A psychedelic head trip through classic rock radio with artful twists on The Doors' "Riders On The Storm," Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," Rush's "Sprit Of Radio," Roxy Music's "Out Of The Blue" and more!
Features performances by members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream, and more!LP1
2. Spirit Of The Radio
3. Fly Like An Eagle
4. Wish You Were Here
5. For The Love Of Money
6. Can't Find My Way Home
7. 2000 Light Years From Home
1. Riders On The Storm
2. Blinded By The Light
3. Out Of The Blue
4. Old Man
5. Dream Weaver
6. I'm Not In Love
7. Africa$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dream Your Life AwayJames Keogh, otherwise known as Vance Joy, is a folk/pop artist from Melbourne, Australia. Vance Joy's love of music was inspired by his mother's aptitude at literature and his father's fondness of singing. His parents' vast, eclectic record collection only served to heighten his partiality to it. After completing a university degree in law, he decided to take a year's break to focus on making music. He travelled to India and South-East Asia with a collection of songs rattling around in his head. When he came home, they all fell into place. Like the unforced orchestration of his songs, Vance Joy's recent success has developed organically.1. Winds of Change
2. Mess Is Mine
3. Wasted Time
5. Who Am I
6. From Afar
7. We All Die Trying To Get It Right
9. Red Eye
10. First Time
11. All I Ever Wanted
12. Best That I Can
13. My Kind of Man$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fourteen Inches of FistScreaming guitars, brutal, primal drumming and a twisted, wailing saxophone cutting through it all.. The whole thing is done with a sense of humour and is a joy to behold. Atomic Suplex have toured Europe and Asia sharing the stage with such luminaries as The Hives, Guitar Wolf, Fat White Family, Buzzcocks, and many more.. Every song is a one to two minute burst of distorted guitars, insane vocals, the occasional bit of sax. And, you know what? It's brilliant. If you want some raw, visceral rock'n'roll thrills this band comes highly recommended.1. One Man Party
2. 14 Inches Of Fist
3. Set It On Fire
4. Wild Love
5. Firing Line
7. Two Girls
8. J.D. Attack
9. Ass Tecnica
10. No Pain No Gain
11. You've Got Some
14. Chicken Rich
15. White Shoes$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Camino Del Sol1982, Brussels: The former au pair for Rick Wakeman of Yes and two of her teenage friends are at the doorstep of Les Disques Du Crepuscule to make an album with Gilles Martin. They managed to make a contemporary bossanova record that provides the missing link between Antonio Carlos Jobim and Kraftwerk. AntenaÆs album would be issued and promptly forgotten, with Isabelle Antena moving toward jazz in Asia and the others returning to France. Twenty years later, it was findable only as a VG+LP. Intrigued by the striking coverÆs patio furniture at rest in the south of France, Numero Group scooped up Camino Del Sol immediately, giving it the distinction as the second record in their library.1. Camino del Sol
2. To Climb the Cliff
3. Silly Things
6. Bye Bye Papaye
7. No?lle ? Hawa?
8. Les Demoiselles De Rochefort (la Chanson Des Jumelles)
9. Spiral Staircase
11. The Boy from Ipanema
12. Seaside Weekend
14. Ingenuous$31.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Radio RetaliationLP reissue of Thievery Corporation's classic fifth studio album which has scanned 118k RTD
Thievery Corporation once again raises the bar with their incendiary fifth independent studio album Radio Retaliation. Along with longtime microphone co-conspirators like Sleepy Wonder, Lou Lou, and Notch the outernational DJ and production duo are joined by a new cast of musical collaborators including
Nigeria's afro-beat heir Femi Kuti, Brazilian star vocalist and guitarist Seu Jorge, Indian sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, Slovakian chanteuse and
violinist Jana Andevska, and Washington DC's own godfather of go-go Chuck Brown. With an uncompromising socio-political agenda and richly layered
production touching upon the eclectic sounds of Jamaica, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Radio Retaliation is one of Thievery
Corporation's broadest and most progressive albums.1. Sound The Alarm
3. Radio Retaliation
5. Hare Krsna
6. El Pueblo Unido
7. (The Forgotten People)
8. 33 Degree
9. Beautiful Drug
10. Le Femme Parallel
11. Retaliation Suite
12. The Numbers Game
13. The Shining Path
14. Blasting Through the City
15. Sweet Tides$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
VoicesWormrot caught the attention of Earache Records in 2010 after a series of underground releases in their home territory of Singapore that were hyped heavily online. Earache Records, the spiritual home of grindcore with genre pioneering bands like Napalm Death, signed Wormrot and released the pulverising debut album 'Abuse' in 2010. The 23 track record was triumphantly received by grindcore fans and the alternate music press with rave reviews in Powerplay, Decibel, Kerrang, MetalHammer and many more. The hardworking trio relentlessly toured the USA, Europe and their home continent Asia garnering a notorious live reputation. The second album 'Dirge' was released hot-on-the-heels of the debut in 2011 and confirmed Wormrot as one of the leading names in the genre.
Wormrot return in 2016 with the hugely anticipated third full length album 'Voices'1. Blockhead Fuck Off
2. Hollow Roots
3. Exit Fear
4. God's In His Heaven
5. Oblivious Mess
6. Descending Into The Unknown
7. Dead Wrong
8. Fallen into Disuse
9 The 1st World Syndrome
10. Shallow Standards
11. Fake Moral Machine
12. Forced Siege
13. Take Aim
14. Still Irrelevant
15. Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Grind
16. Compassion Is Dead
17. Buried The Sun
19. The Face Of Disgrace
20. Outworn$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Die On My RideTengger Cavalry, meaning the army of the sky god, is the vision of Nature G., who started the project in 2010 and has released several independent recordings to date. In 2015 Nature moved from Beijing to New York City assembling a band of like-minded individuals to further his crusade and has since toured North America twice headlining tours playing to thousands in attendance.
Tengger Cavalry blends the nomadic music traditions and warrior spirit of Central Asia with heavy metal, creating their unique Mongolian Folk Metal. Nature performs multiple Mongolian nomadic instruments including the Morin Khuur, an ancient fiddle, and others native to the region. He sings using the ancient Mongolian tradition of Khoomei, also known as throat singing. Tengger Cavalry has become known as one of the most unique, innovative and exciting bands connecting with fans all over the world.
Die On My Ride is the fifth full-length album and first-ever vinyl release by these pioneers of Mongolian Folk Metal.1. Snow
2. Die On My Ride
3. Independence Day
4. To The Sky
9. The Frontline
10. The Choice of My Mind
11. Me Against Me$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Half Of Where You LiveHalf Of Where You Live is the second album by Berlin based electronic musician Gold Panda. The follow up to
his award winning Lucky Shiner released in 2010, his
new album is a distillation of that which that made his
previous work both loved and acclaimed, and also
displays an evolution of his sounds, stylings and
Half Of Where You Live is the culmination of three years
of touring and intermittent experimentation in his selfbuilt studio, the time between records was well-spent;
each track is informed by the experiences of his trips
through Asia and beyond. Shows and weeks away
forming personal experiences that ultimately became
the thematic basis for each track on the album.
Available as a double LP and CD, the record's aesthetic
is as nally crafted a piece of art as the music within -
created with Ghostly International artistic collaborators
Andy Gilmore and Michael Cina.
2013 sees a full worldwide touring itinerary that has
already begun with shows in Australia and New
Zealand, running through Japan, and then Europe and
the US before worldwide festivals this summer.1. Gold Panda: An Iceberg Hurtled Northward Through Clouds
2. Melchior & Pronsato: Puerto Rican Girls
3. Bok Bok: Charisma Theme
4. Drexciya: Andreaen Sand Dunes
5. Muslimgauze: Uzi Mahmood 8
6. Pawel: Coke
7. Ramadanman: Revenue (Untold Remix)
8. SND: Palo Alto
9. Zomby: Godzilla
10. Closer Musik: Maria
11. Gold Panda: Back Home
12. Christopher Rau: Do Little
13. Jan Jelinek: If's, And's and But's
14. Nao Tokui: Monolith
15. Sigha: Shake
16. Opiate: Amstel
17. 2562: Dinosaur
18. Matthewdavid: Like You Mean It
19. Brainiac: The Turnover
20. LV & Untold: Beacon
21. Austictici: Headed Heated Dust on a Sunlit Window
22. Giuseppe Ielasi: 2$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Not That KindAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time!
6-Page Insert Included!
Raised in a musical family Anastacia first developed a career as a dancer, appearing in video clips and on MTV shows. Her debut album Not That Kind was released in 2000 and immediately struck a nerve in Europe, Asia and Australia, before hitting it big in the US.
Her striking looks and most of all her remarkable vocals had her searing up the charts, helped by hit singles such as I'm Outta Love, Cowboys & Kisses and the title song. Teaming up with some of the most successful songwriters of the time, her expressive alto voice had that rough edge needed for an identity of her own in blasting Pop/Rock/Soul tracks that did well both at home and on the dance floor.
Influenced more by Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner than contemporaries Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera she appealed to an adult crowd, eventually turning her into the World's Best Selling New Female Pop Artist at the 2001 World Music Awards.1. Not That Kind
2. I'm Outta Love
3. Cowboys & Kisses
4. Who's Gonna Stop The Rain
5. Love Is Alive
6. I Ask Of You
7. Wishing Well
8. Made For Lovin' You
9. Black Roses
10. Yo Trippin'
11. One More Chance
12. Same Old Story$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-HYP-3687xFatima Al Qadiri
AsiatischFatima Al Qadiri is a multidisciplinary artist and musician from Kuwait. In just a few years, she has quickly built a reputation as a conceptual artist, exploring themes informed both by her own background and global pop culture, through a number of highly acclaimed EPs, multimedia projects and writings. She is also a founding member of the production team Future Brown. Fatima's debut album is called 'Asiatisch', and as the track titles suggest, the record provides a simulated road trip through an imagined China. Musically, the album is an homage to that quietly influential sub-strain of grime, often loosely termed 'sinogrime' due to its preoccupation with Asian motifs and melodies, pioneered by the likes of Wiley and Jammer at the beginning of the 2000s in East London. 'Asiatisch' is a provocation which asks more questions than it answers. The title is the German word for Asian. Unlike its title, however, the music on 'Asiatisch' revolves around the fantasies of East Asia as refracted through pulpy Western pop culture, in particular Hollywood, literary fiction, music, cartoons and advertising. Fatima asks what is meant by the term 'Asian' in a digital age of viral interchange and the hi-speed trading of cultural bytes; the concept of 'shanzhai' proves pivotal, a term whose meaning stems from a wild, out of control zone of banditry, but which has come to be used to refer to the Chinese counterfeiting of Western brands and goods. While this 'sinogrime' has had many copyists over the last few years, 'Asiatisch' is really the first record that attempts to articulate this weird complex of sonic interchanges between the West and China. With the exception of the opening track, 'Shanzhai', a haunting cover of 'Nothing Compares To You' with nonsensical Mandarin lyrics, and the shimmering 'Loading Beijing', 'Wudang' and 'Jade Stairs' which sample and distort classical Chinese poetry staging an epic confrontation between China's ancient soul and the onslaught of the industrial factory machine, most of the tracks blend mallets, bells, gongs, flutes, steel drums and choral atmospherics with the searing synth-brass and the skittering drums of grime, playing melodies that are inflected as much by classic R&B as to synthetic versions of traditional Chinese music. On 'Dragon Tattoo' for example, stereotypical iconography of imagined China is slotted into a threatening, robotic R&B format. The carefree pirating of Western brands blurs into a soft-synth pirating of Chinese musical signs. 'Asiatisch' is wrapped in pristine artwork by Babak Radboy from Shanzhai Biennial, and the music was given a 3D sheen by in demand mixer Lexxx. Proclaiming both its love of both ancient and imagined China, 'Asiatisch' is a rare album that is both icily beautiful and conceptually layered.1. Shanzhai (for Shanzhan Biennial) ft. Helen Feng
4. Loading Beijing
5. Hainan Island
7. Dragon Tattoo
8. Forbidden City
9. Shanghai Freeway
10. Jade Stairs$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Prokofiev: Classical Symphony (Speakers Corner)Thankfully musical genres have been spared from being described with new buzz words such as 'Kleinkunst' which could be translated as 'Small Arts'. But music in small forms - maybe set down on just a few pages of manuscript paper - certainly exists. Prokofiev's miniature, the Symphonie classique, combines several superlatives as regards both its musical notes and form: it is only 15 minutes long, contains a wealth of melodic ideas, and is the most performed of all Prokofiev's symphonies.
This four-movement composition employs traditional forms such as the sonata form in the outer movements and the pre-Classical dances menuet and gavotte. The work's carefree esprit, serenade-like humour, and courtly elegance is delightful throughout and culminates in a high-spirited 'sturm und drang' Finale.
On the B side is Glinka's Kamarinskaya Fantasia, only eight minutes long but captivating with its extremely closely-knit compositional style, and his Overture to A Life for the Tsar - a showpiece whose leitmotifs are truly forward-looking. Alongside these classical-romantic musical gems, Borodin's In The Steppes of Central Asia acts as an ideal programmatic amalgamation of the Orient and the Occident, and fits perfectly into this choice of repertoire.
Recording: February and March 1961 at Victoria Hall, Geneva (Switzerland), by Roy Wallace
Production: Michael Bremner
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. Classical Symphony In D Major, Op. 25
2. Kamarinskaya - Fantasy
3. In The Steppes Of Central Asia
4. A Life For The Czar (Ivan Susanin) - Overture$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Open BookFred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely revelatory and lyrical pianist. As one of the most expressive voices in modern jazz, Hersch has never been shy about letting listeners glimpse his most intimate thoughts and emotions. In September, however, Hersch's fans will be treated to even deeper, more revealing insights into the story of the renowned pianist when he publishes his much-anticipated memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz. As a companion piece, Hersch decided to present an equally direct and vulnerable glimpse into his private musical thoughts with his 11th solo release, Open Book.
The seven pieces on Open Book (set for release via Palmetto Records) offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for its profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz. With more than 40 albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch remarkably continues to discover new areas of inspiration and depths of feeling.
For the last two and a half decades I've been pretty open about who I am, what I like and what I'm dealing with at times, Hersch says. But I've always got to dig deeper, and I thought this might be a chance to make an album that's a window into the kinds of things that I play at home or don't play in public all that much.
The album arrives during a momentous month for Hersch. On September 12, the esteemed publishers Crown Archetype (Penguin Random House) will release Good Things Happen Slowly, Hersch's bravely confessional memoir. The book covers the pianist's meteoric rise in jazz from his sideman days alongside masters like Art Farmer and Joe Henderson to his gradual recognition as one of the most individualistic and innovative artists of his generation, a ten-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of countless accolades including being named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist as well as the same year's Jazz Journalists Association Pianist of the Year. But it also frankly reveals his story as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician, tracing his path through hedonistic post-Stonewall New York City to the dramatic two-month medically induced coma in 2007 from which he emerged to make some of the most stunning and captivating music of his career.
Later that month Hersch will reprise his ambitious Leaves of Grass full-evening piece at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, the first time the song cycle has been performed in New York City since 2005. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry will reprise their roles from the original project, which sets the verse of American bard Walt Whitman. The legendary poet's timeless ode to the miracle of nature and openhearted love of all beings seems especially vital in our present socio-political moment.
The centerpiece of Open Book, and the spark that ignited the album, is the nearly 20-minute improvisation Through the Forest. Unique in Hersch's extensive discography, the stream-of-consciousness gem is a miniature masterpiece of narrative development, a compelling journey through an abstract, glimmering landscape, revealing that in his early 60s Hersch continues to take creative risks and daunting inventive leaps.
The creation of Through the Forest was as unplanned and spontaneous as the music itself. In Seoul for a pair of solo concerts during a break in a tour of Asia with his esteemed trio, Hersch overslept during an after-breakfast nap and rushed to take the stage at JCC Art Center Concert Hall for his afternoon performance. The titular forest is, in part, a jetlag and coffee-fueled dreamscape through which Hersch wanders, applying his vivid powers of observation to unusual terrain. I was a little groggy, my defenses were down, and rather than fight it I just gave in to it, Hersch recalls. I'd never really done anything of that length in public where I had no agenda and was able to stay in that zone for such an extended period of time. I realized it was something special, something different that might be the core of an album.
Through the Forest became the leaping-off point for an album intended to be singularly divulgent and reflective. A few months later, Hersch returned to the same hall and recorded the remainder of Open Book alone in the empty venue (with the exception of Benny Golson's classic Whisper Not, taken from a concert during that return engagement).
The album opens with the stark musings of The Orb, taken from Hersch's autobiographical music-theater piece My Coma Dreams. A love letter to Hersch's longtime partner, AIDS activist Scott Morgan, The Orb is the final dream depicted in the show, and in this solo rendition becomes a nakedly heartfelt outpouring of raw but tender emotion. The mood then takes a turn for the playful and swinging on Whisper Not, a longtime staple of Hersch's repertoire that here becomes a vibrant, virtuoso marathon of thematic exploration.
The piece also serves as an ideal mirror to the album's other composition from the pen of a jazz icon, Thelonious Monk's Eronel. Hersch has long been recognized as one of the premier interpreters of the Monk songbook, but despite including one of the iconic composer's pieces in every one of his sets for most of his career, Hersch had never tackled this particular tune, co-written by pianist Sadik Hakim. Monk's original stride-inflected lines come in for a dizzying array of variations in Hersch's endlessly imaginative take.
The music of Brazil has also been a constant in Hersch's career, in particular the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the subject of one of the pianist's earlier solo efforts, 2009's Fred Hersch Plays Jobim. Picture in Black and White is a new addition to that repertoire, majestically transformed from a bossa nova feel to a crystalline hybrid with Chopin's last nocturne. On the other side of Through the Forest in the album's symmetrical structure comes Hersch's own classical-flavored Plainsong, a spare, lyrical piece composed in the bucolic setting of the MacDowell Colony, the inspirational artists' retreat in rural New Hampshire.
Open Book ends on a meaningful ellipsis, Billy Joel's moving And So It Goes. In title alone it's an apt conclusion, suggesting an embrace of life as lived and hinting at its open-ended continuation. The full lyrics, which Hersch has performed in duo settings with singers including frequent collaborator Kate McGarry, remain unspoken here but obviously deeply felt in every note. I connect with the sentiment of the words, Hersch says, and it felt like a good benediction to the whole album.1. The Orb
2. Whisper Not
4. Through The Forest
7. And So It Goes$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Journey Man"In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."
Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"
It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.
But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.
Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.
Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.
"I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."
What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.
Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.
By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."
Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).
Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.
A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.
The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.
Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.
"I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."
Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.
'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.
Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".
And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.
- Tim Barr, 2017LP 1
1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
5. The Mirrored River
1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
2. I Think of You
3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
2. The Ballad Celeste
3. This Is Not A Love Song
4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
6. Tomorrow's Not Today
7. Run Run Run$35.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon (Limited Edition)Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
A gorgeous, limited edition clear vinyl pressing of the brilliant tribute to Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece! Features performances by Adrian Belew (King Crimson), Robby Krieger (The Doors), Colin Moulding (XTC), Tommy Shaw (Styx), Rick Wakeman (Yes), John Wetton (Asia), award-winning actor Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange) and many more!1. Speak To Me / Breathe
2. On The Run
4. The Great Gig In The Sky
6. Us And Them
7. Any Colour You Like
8. Brain Damage
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EpilogueThe Prog Rock supergroup whose debut became the surprise hit of 2012 returns with a brand new album featuring an even more impressive lineup of stellar musicians and artists lending their talents to this incredible project! Features performances by mindblowing musicians Steve Stevens, Rick Wakeman, Steve Morse, Peter Banks (in his final appearance) as well as Captain Kirk himself William Shatner,
PLUS members of Yes, Dream theater, Nektar Asia, gong and more!1. Are We To Believe?
2. What Can Be Done?
3. Adding Fuel To The Fire
4. Tomorrow Becomes Today
5. Shining Diamonds
6. In Our Time
7. Memory Tracks
8. Just Another Day
9. Epilogue$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bach: Goldberg VariationsAlexandre Tharaud is a French pianist of truly international stature, well established in France, with a growing profile in the UK, North America and Asia. He is known for his varied repertoire choices, elegant style of playing, and popularity with conductors and orchestras. This release of what is arguably JS Bach's masterpiece for the keyboard has the potential to be a landmark in his recording output.1. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: I. Aria
2. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: II. Variation 1 a 1 clav.
3. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: III. Variation 2 a 1 clav
4. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IV. Variation 3 - Canone all Unisuono a 1 clav
5. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: V. Variation 4 a 1 clav
6. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VI. Variation 5 a 1 o vero 2 clav
7. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VII. Variation 6 Canone alla seconda a 1 clav
8. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: VIII. Variation 7 a 1 o vero 2 clav
9. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: IX. Variation 8 a 2 clav
10. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: X. Variation 9 Canone alla terza a 2 clav
11. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XI. Variation 10 Fughetta a 1 clav
12. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XII. Variation 11 a 2 clav
13. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIII. Variation 12 Canone alla quarta
14. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XIV. Variation 13 a 2 clav
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27. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXVII. Variation 26 a 2 clav
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32. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: XXXII. Aria da Capo e fine$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ethiopia Super KrarEthiopia Super Krar is the debut album by London-based Ethiopian band, The Krar Collective. The group is steadily making waves at festivals and venues in the UK, headed by the trio: Temesegen Zeleke (a former pupil of the Ethio-jazz veteran Mulatu Astatke) on krar, Robel Tesfaye on traditional Ethiopian kebero drums, and singer-dancer Genet Assefa.
Inspired by the rich cultural diversity of Ethiopia, a land steeped in history of 80 different language and ethnic groups, The Krar Collective is, of course, all about the krar - a six-stringed harp-like instrument, tuned to a pentatonic scale that is characteristic of Ethiopian and Eritrean music. The krar is often played by singer-poets called azmari, similar to the west African griot, the Italian cantautore or British bard. The lyre itself is an ancient instrument that originated in the Nile River and spread across north and eastern Africa, Europe and Asia. Today the krar is used both as an acoustic, bass and electric instrument, and paired up to compliment the electric guitar.
Ethiopia Super Krar is rooted in tradition but remains undisputedly fresh. The tracks were recorded to tape on an original 1960s 24-track reel-to-reel machine, which lends a live quality to the recording. Zeleke describes their sound as "Ethiopian traditional music with a rocky edge. Someone called us 'the White Stripes of Ethiopia' cos we just have drums and six strings".
Rhythmically hypnotic, melodic, bluesy and upbeat, the Krar Collective have got us all shaking our shoulders to the ancient sounds of the krar.1. Guragigna
6. Mr Astatke
10. Ende Eyerusalem$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
KarjajuntOn 24 February 1999, three men held a meeting at the borders of the PÄÄskÜla bog in Estonia, in the singer and guitar player Markus's basement, one of
whom could play a little bit of guitar, another who knew how to play a little bit of drums, and a third who had come up with a sufficiently ancient-sounding
name that would be just right for a heavy metal band - 'Metsatöll' (the name Metsatöll is an ancient Estonian euphemism for wolf). Jump 14 years, over
500 performances and 70,000 sold records later and we get to 2013 - the year KARJAJUHT was brought to life in the studio.
2013 took off to a flying start - Metsatöll gave two gigs for the soldiers of Estonia, USA, UK and Denmark in Afghanistan, at the Helman province.
Followed by a trip to Southern Asia, the band went on a European tour with Korpiklaani (FIN) - 40 shows were given in 15 countries. And from June to
October, the band recorded its new album KARJAJUHT at Roundsound studio, performed at festivals and in November set out on a 32 show tour in North
America with Finntroll (FIN) and Blackguard (CAN). Altogether, the band played 107 concerts in 2013.
Markus - vocals, guitars
Lauri - vocals, torupill, flutes, kannel, Ängipill, mouth harp, goathorn, acoustic guitars
Kuriraivo - bass, stump instrument, stink drum, vocals
Atso - drums, vocals1. KÜlmking
2. Lööme Mesti
3. See On See Maa
4. Must Hunt
5. Terasest Taotud Tee
7. Tôrrede Kôhtudes
8. Metslase Veri
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LingeringSleep Party People is the brainchild of Brian Batz, a Danish multi-instrumentalist with a boundless imagination. The one-man home recording project took shape in 2008 when Batz began experimenting with an old battered piano in his apartment. Coupled with a strange electronic alteration of his recorded voice, he created eerie, hypnotic sounds and haunting melodies forming the basis of Sleep Party People's self-titled debut album (2010).
With the release of 2012's 'We Were Drifting On A Sad Song' and 2014's 'Floating', Sleep Party People began touring as a five-piece band, gaining the attention of fans worldwide. Without the support of a U.S. label, the band was able to harness a groundswell of attention from far reaches of the globe. Throughout Asia, Eastern Europe, South America, and even parts of the Middle East it's not unusual for SPP shows to draw thousands of spectators.
In 2017, Sleep Party People will release their first album on Joyful Noise, titled 'Lingering'. Written, recorded, produced, and performed by Batz, the new album develops beyond the band's more overtly post-rock efforts. With 'Lingering', Batz has found a voice as a unique songwriter and has captured a singular warmth within his densely layered, futuristically choreographed instrumentation.1. Figures
2. The Missing Steps
3. Fainting Spell
4. Salix And His Soil
5. Lingering Eyes
6. Dissensions (feat. Luster)
8. The Sound Of His Daughter
9. The Sun Will Open Its Core
10. We Are There Together (feat. Beth Hirsch)
11. Odd Forms
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