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Astral WeeksRanked 19/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Kevin Grey at Acoustech and Pressed on 180g RTI vinyl! True Audiophile-Quality!
Van Morrison's 1968 release, Astral Weeks remains not only his masterpiece, but one of the greatest records ever made. The haunting, deeply personal collection of impressionistic folk styled epics was recorded with an all star jazz backing unit that included bassist Richard Davis and drummer Connie May and its absolutely awash in overwhelming emotional beauty. The poetic complexity of the material combined with Morrison's vocal dexterity and passion make it one of those rare albums for which the word timeless is not only appropriate but inescapable.1. Astral Weeks
2. Beside You
3. Sweet Thing
4. Cyprus Avenue
5. The Way Young Lovers Do
6. Madame George
8. Slim Slow Slider$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MoondanceRanked 65/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time.
Remastered From The Original Analog Master Tapes By Kevin Grey At Acoustech Mastering
Van Morrison's 1970's follow up album to Astral Weeks titled Moondance was every bit as brilliant; buoyant and optimistic where Astral Weeks had been dark and anguished, it cracked the Top 40 and generated classic hits.1. And It Stoned Me
3. Crazy Love
5. Into the Mystic
6. Come Running
7. These Dreams of You
8. Brand New Day
10. Glad Tidings$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
All Princes IDenver folk & roll songstress EsmÉ Patterson is releasing her solo album November 20th with Illegal Pete's record label, Greater Than Collective.
Described by Patterson in an interview as raw, All Princes, I is greatly influenced by Van Morrison's Astral Weeks and Feists's Metals. Making appearances on the album are Nathaniel Rateliff, Roger Green (formerly of the Czars), Ben Desoto (Czars, Nathaniel Rateliff, Bare Bones), Genevieve Patterson and Sarah Anderson (Paper Bird), Carrie Beeder, Eric Moon, Mike Fitzmorris, Will Duncan, and many more.1. My Young Man
2. All the Days
4. Broken Jawbone
5. You & Intro
6. You &
7. Fall Asleep, Steal Away
8. Easter Sunday
11. Sun Up 2 Sun Down
12. No Heat
14. Asleep Inside Love
15. Light Of Day$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
His Band And Street Choir (Awaiting Repress)Remastered from the Original Analog Tapes by Kevin Grey at Acoustech and Pressed on 180g RTI vinyl! True Audiophile-Quality!
Van Morrison's second 1970 release, His Band And The Street Choir came on the heels of his legendary albums, Astral Weeks and Moondance and it serves as his ode to the R&B that inspired their success. The tunes here are among the most soulful in Morrison's repertoire and the album is dominated by uptempo swingers such as the joyous opener, Domino along with Call Me Up in Dreamland, Give Me a Kiss and Blue Money. His Band And The Street Choir is another beautiful phase in the development of one of the greatest and most influential singer/songwriters in music history.1. Domino
2. Crazy Face
3. Give Me A Kiss
4. Iï¿½ve Been Working
5. Call Me up In Dreamland
6. Iï¿½ll Be Your Lover, Too
7. Blue Money
8. Virgo Clowns
9. Gypsy Queen
10. Sweet Jannie
11. If I Ever Needed Someone
12. Street Choir$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Blowin' Your MindImport
Blowin' Your Mind, the first album by Van Morrison, is generally regarded as the warming up round to Astral Weeks (1968), a critically acclaimed masterpiece by this Northern Irish blues singer. But Blowin' Your Mind really is a masterpiece in its own right, containing truly epic tracks such as the megahit Brown Eyed Girl, the somewhat funky Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye) and Midnight Special, a traditional with a contemporary groove and infectious bass line.
T.B. Sheets, one of the most real songs about death you'll ever hear, is a 10-minute organ packed blues jam about a dying girlfriend and one of the sweatiest and claustrophobic tunes to come out of the sixties. The latter song has been used to good effect as the sole soundtrack song to the highly recommended Nicholas Cage & Patricia Arquette movie Bringing Out The Dead (1999), and was also covered by John Lee Hooker.1. Brown Eyed Girl
2. He Ain't Give You None
3. T. B. Sheets
4. Spanish Rose
5. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)
6. Ro Ro Rosey
7. Who Drove The Red Sports Car
8. Midnight Special$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Common OneCommon One is the twelfth studio album by Northern Irish singer/songwriter Van Morrison - Originally released in 1980
Easily among Van Morrison's least successful albums, Common One is probably also his least understood. Arriving in the wake of the far more concise, focused Into the Music, this 1980 project found Morrison making a sweeping left turn toward the open-ended, jazz-fueled vamps and spiritual questing of his impressionistic classic, Astral Weeks, 12 years earlier. The LP contains only six songs, several woefully uneven, and fans of his tautly constructed, soul-inflected '70s work could only scratch their heads, yet the heightened horn colorations and pre-industrial imagery of the opener, In Haunts of Ancient Peace, are a signpost to Morrison's thematic preoccupations in the decade to follow. Even more seminal is Summertime in England, which sets sail for the Astral plane and stays largely on course thanks to the horn section of Mark Isham and Pee Wee Ellis, and Morrison's own hallucinatory incantation to his bardic precursors. Without these brave journeys, Morrison's soul-searching '80s trips would have sounded far different. --Sam Sutherland1. Haunts Of Ancient Peace
2. Summertime In England
4. Wild Honey
6. When Heart Is Open$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
"For all their resemblance to deathrock and post-punk
greats of yore, there's nothing mannered or simulacral
about them. They are as real as the lump in your throat
and the salt under your nails, and their sting couldn't
be sweeter." - Pitchfork
Politically speaking, not much has changed about the way Austin's Institute exists
as a band since signing to Sacred Bones. Having members in Glue, Wiccans,
and Back to Back, all fellow stalwarts of the Texas punk scene, helps streamline
the approach for them, as all of their bands operate from the same basic ethos
(i.e. operating outside of the normal cycle of PRs, agents, social networking and
self-promotion). In fact, singer Moses Brown has said they're only comfortable
being on Sacred Bones because he considers the label "a punk label on steroids."
(A note from the label-"Drugs, yes. Steroids, usually no.")
Aligning themselves so closely with punk politics might make some of the
music on Catharsis come as a surprise. Yes, they're still the anarcho punks who
put out gloriously lean Crass and Crisis worship across a demo, a 7-inch, and
last year's Salt EP. But for their boundary-smashing debut long-player, they've
incorporated everything from acoustic guitars to proto-punk psych excursions,
even stretching their songs out to Krautrock lengths when necessary.
Brown's lyrics on Catharsis reflect its title. He said he used the record "as a
vehicle to put things out in the open that I haven't necessarily told anyone. The
songs are about my faults, my insecurities, my existence, my relationships, my
childhood. I'm thoroughly disappointed in myself."
After demoing for several weeks at home in Austin, Institute tracked and mixed
Catharsis in just four days between Christmas and New Year's Eve 2014, in New
York City with Ben Greenberg at Brooklyn's Gary's Electric. "Cheerlessness"
carves out the perfect trine foundation to aspect both the anthemic "Cheaptime
Morals " and the much looser jam "Christian Right" (the latter featuring fellow
Texan Andrew Savage of Parquet Courts). Issues of morality, sexuality and religion
are all interwoven seamlessly throughout the 10 tracks as the band explores
new sonic astral space.1. Perpetual Ebb
2. Admit I'm Shit
3. I Am Living Death
8. Cheaptime Morals
9. No Billowing Wind
10. Christian Right$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Different Arrangement"A study in aching, moaning, human emotions set against robotic rhythms... there's a sense of decay present in every note."- About.com
"[Their] darksider organ drone and Goth vocals charm rather than wear."- Capital NY
"A promising Hardly Art debut."- Seattle Weekly
Black Marble's Weight Against the Door was an auspicious, attention-grabbing debut that made the Brooklyn duo the go-to opening act for today's darkwave greats (Light Asylum, TRUST, the Soft Moon). Now, less than ten months later, bedroom producers Chris Stewart and Ty Kube follow that gritty, surgically-precise EP with A
Different Arrangement, a new full-length that is, as its title suggests, a departure from Weight's calculated
A Different Arrangement surveys a wide variety of sounds, from the radiant, bouncing ebullience of "A Great Design" to the haunted playground-bop of "Limitations" (which juxtaposes sampled rim-drum clacks with layers of sentimental synth melodies and Stewart's resonant, reverb-smeared baritone). The warm, Peter Hook-inspired basslines shapeshift across Arrangement's runtime, and vintage synthesizer arrangements by Kube (formerly of electropop outfit Team Robespierre) are likewise versatile-airy ("MSQ No Extra"), astral ("UK"), and at times so distinctly manipulated and sculpted as to be otherworldly ("Last").
The influence of early synth pioneers like Thomas Leer and Robert Rental is felt across A Different Arrangement's eleven tracks, as are the fingerprints of the record's hard-line do-it-yourself architects.
"All the music we gravitate towards has that quality where you can imagine the space it was created in and the people who made it. Not this handed-down-from-on-high sensibility. A certain handmade feeling is what we're after," Stewart explains. "The music doesn't have to be complex, but it's important to carry some residue of the
process, especially when working with what [can sometimes] be construed as cold-sounding electronics. It's humanizing."
If Weight Against the Door constituted a long, cold night, then A Different Arrangement heralds the moment when the radiator finally sputters to life, flooding the room with heat as the sun rises over a horizon of Brutalist tower blocks. The homemade soundtrack to a still, uncertain dawn, A Different Arrangement is a striking evolution in Black Marble's sound.1. Cruel Summer
2. MSQ No-Extra
3. A Great Design
4. A Different Arrangement
10. Safe Minds
11. Unrelated$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ghost On Ghost (Out Of Stock)Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost. Ghost on Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim.
Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that "pop music hadn't seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens," while Pitchfork said it "more closely resembles the lush, gold-toned singer songwriter records of the late 60s and early 70s-Astral Weeks, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his two previous records. "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says.
Helping achieve Beam's vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost. For the album's cover, Beam, who is also a visual artist, chose an image from the series "Private Views" by noted photographer Barbara Crane.
This LP also includes a bonus CD.1. Caught in the Briars
2. The Desert Babbler
4. Low Light Buddy of Mine
5. Graces for Saints and Ramblers
6. Grass Windows
7. Singers and the Endless Song
8. Sundown (Back in the Briars)
9. Winter Prayers
10. New Mexico's No Breeze
11. Lovers' Revolution
12. Baby Center Stage$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock