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Waiting To Exhale SoundtrackMasterfully Produced And All But One Track Written By Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Featured R&B Divas Old School (Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan) And New School (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige)
Released In Purple Vinyl (Whitney Houston's Favorite Color)
Waiting to Exhale was a phenomenon on so many levels. First, it was a literary phenomenon, as the 1992 novel launched author Terry McMillan to superstardom. Then, when the feature film based on the book was released in 1995, it became a broader cultural phenomenon-a mainstream Hollywood film focusing on the lives of four African-American women was a genuinely revolutionary act at the time. And, finally, it was a musical phenomenon, as its soundtrack seamlessly blended female R&B divas new school (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, etc.) and old school (Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan) in a masterful suite of songs composed and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
Critical and commercial reaction to the soundtrack was over the top; The New York Times deemed the album one of the Top Ten releases of the year, and the record topped the Billboard Pop and R&B charts for five and ten weeks, respectively, spawning the #1 hit singles "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," "Not Gon' Cry," and "Let It Flow." Yet, because the album came out in 1995 at the height of the CD era, Waiting to Exhale never came out on LP in the U.S., and was released in Europe as a low-budget 2-LP set with both records stuffed inside a single album jacket pocket.
Now, Real Gone Music is releasing this landmark '90s R&B album on vinyl in America for the first time in a limited edition (of 1000) gatefold double-LP package sporting a luminous photo of the movie's four principal actors (Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine) on the inside spread and pristine vinyl pressed in purple (Whitney's favorite color).
Gently pulsating and seductive, Waiting to Exhale is Babyface's masterpiece, one of the great make-out records of all time; now you can get that slow jam groove in the grooves!LP 1
1. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
2. Why Does It Hurt So Bad - Whitney Houston
3. Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
4. It Hurts Like Hell - Aretha Franklin
5. Sittin' Up In My Room - Brandy
6. This Is How It Works - TLC
7. Not Gon' Cry - Mary J. Blige
8. My Funny Valentine - Chaka Khan
1. And I Gave My Love To You - Sonja Marie
2. All Night Long - SWV
3. All Night Long - Chante Moore
4. My Love, Sweet Love - Patti LaBelle
5. Kissing You - Faith Evans
6. Love Will Be Waiting At Home - For Real
7. How Could You Call Her Baby - Shanna
8. Count On Me - Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans$35.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Free TCFree TC is Ty Dolla $ign's highly anticipated debut album with features from Kendrick Lamar, Fetty Wap, Future, Rae Sremmurd, YG, Babyface, Wiz Khalifa, E-40 and more. The album follows up his critically-acclaimed Beach House EP, which features two RIAA-Certified Gold singles: Paranoid and Or Nah.LP 1
1. LA (feat. Kendrick Lamar, Brandy & James Fauntleroy)
2. Saved (feat. E-40)
3. Straight Up (feat. Jagged Edge)
4. Solid (feat. Babyface)
5. Horses In The Stable
6. Know Ya (feat. Trey Songz)
7. Credit (feat. Sevyn Streeter)
8. Miracle/Wherever (feat. TC & D-Loc)
1. Guard Down (feat. Kanye West & Diddy)
2. Sitting Pretty (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
3. When I See Ya (feat. Fetty Wap)
4. BlasÉ (feat. Future & Rae Sremmurd)
5. Only Right (feat. YG, Joe Moses & TeeCee4800)
6. Bring It Out Of Me
7. Actress (feat. R. Kelly)
8. Finale (feat. SA-RA & PJ)$27.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vol. 1 - In My LifetimeIn My Lifetime, Vol. 1 is Jay-z's second studio album. The star studded album features guest appearances by Foxy Brown, Babyface, Blackstreet, Teddy Riley, Too $hort, Lil' Kim, and Puff Daddy. A majority of the production is handled by beatmakers from Puff Daddy's Bad Boy label, giving the album a glossier more commercial sound than its predecessor.
In celebration of Def Jam's 30th Anniversary, UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on vinyl for the first time in years.1. Intro/A Million & One Questions/Rhyme No More
2. The City Is Mine (featuring Blackstreet)
3. I Know What Girls Like (featuring Lil' Kim & Puff Daddy)
4. Imaginary Player
5. Streets Is Watching
6. Friend or Foe '98
7. Lucky Me
8. (Always Be My) Sunshine (featuring Foxy Brown & Babyface)
9. Who You Wit II
10. Face Off (featuring Sauce Money)
11. Real Niggaz (featuring Too $hort)
12. Rap Game/Crack Game
13. Where I'm From (featuring Scratches by DJ Premier)
14. You Must Love Me (featuring Kelly Price)$29.99Vinyl LP Reissue - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Can't Take Me HomeGold Colored Vinyl
Can't Take Me Home is the debut album by singer P!nk, originally released in the United States on April 4, 2000 by LaFace Records. It produced three singles-There You Go, Most Girls, and You Make Me Sick, and peaked at number twenty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200. Producers included Kevin She'kspere Briggs, Babyface, Kandi Burruss, Terence Tramp Baby Abney, Daryl Simmons, and Tricky.1. Split Personality
2. Hell Wit Ya
3. Most Girls
4. There You Go
5. You Make Me Sick
6. Let Me Let You Know
7. Love Is Such A Crazy Thing
8. Private Show
9. Can't Take Me Home
10. Stop Falling
11. Do What U Do
13. Is It Love$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Love Makes The WorldImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Includes 4 Page Booklet With Pictures, Lyrics And Liner Notes
First Time On Vinyl
Featuring Guest Appearances By Babyface, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion. Wynton Marsalis And K.D. Lang
Carole King is the most successful female songwriter of the 20th century, having written or co-written 118 pop hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1955 and 1999. She also wrote 61 hits that charted in the UK, making her the most successful female songwriter on the UK singles charts between 1952 and 2005.
Carole King has won four Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for her songwriting. She is the recipient of the 2013 Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song, the first woman to be honored this way.
Love Makes The World by Carole King was officially released in 2001 and is now finally available on vinyl for the first time. The album features a variety of well-known musicians like Babyface, Steven Tyler, Celine Dion, Wynton Marsalis and K.D. Lang.
King's distinctive piano and heartfelt vocals belt out tunes with spare accompaniment. The string quartet on Uncommon Love seems organically relaxed and K.D. Lang remains appropriately low-key throughout the duet.
The yearning of You Will Find Me There recalls the simple poetic honesty of You've Got a Friend both lyrically and musically.
Love Makes the World is the classiest and most consistent collection of songs since the late '70s.1. Love Makes The World
2. You Can Do Anything
3. The Reason
4. I Wasn't Gonna Fall In Love
5. I Don't Know
6. Oh No Not My Baby
7. It Could Have Been Anyone
8. Monday Without You
9. An Uncommon Love
10. You Will Find Me There
11. Safe Again
12. This Time$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vol. 1 - Tha Carter IIIThe smash hit album, Tha Carter III miracuosly sold over a million copies in its first week of release and it truly showcases Lil Waynes tremendous growth as an artist since the release of his last album, the platinum selling Tha Carter II. A fan of many musical genres, Wayne has chosen a whose who of producers here including Kanye West, Swiss Beats, Cool & Dre and David Banner among others. Guest artists include Jay Z, T-pain, Babyface, Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Static (who tragically passed away a few days after making the video), Robin Thicke and the incomparable Betty Wright.
2007 was a breakthrough year for Cash Money/Universal Superstar artist Lil Wayne. Vibe Magazine named him 'The Best Rrapper Alive,' he was crowned MVP at the 2007 BET Awards beating out hip-hop icons such as Jay-Z and Kanye West, snagged the coveted fan-voted Peoples Champ Award and also won 2008's Viewers Choice Award.1. 3 Peat
2. Mr. Carter (Featuring Jay Z)
3. A Milli
4. Got Money (Featuring T Pain)
5. Comfortable (Featuring Babyface)
6. Phone Home
7. Dr. Carter
8. Tie My Hands (Featuring Robin Thicke)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Girl On Fire'Girl On Fire' is about finding your voice, about being unleashed and about trusting your instincts and trusting yourself, says Keys. I can't wait to share it with the world.
Girl On Fire features powerful anthems and intimate ballads, led by Keys' signature soulful voice and personable and relatable lyrics. Keys collaborated with acclaimed and emerging talents, including longtime song writing partner, Krucial, Grammy Award-winner Babyface, renowned writer and vocalist Jeff Bhasaker, critically-acclaimed artist Gary Clarke Jr., up and comers, Pop and Oak, as well as emerging talent from the U.K., Emeli Sande and Jamie XX, among others. The songs on Girl On Fire are anchored by Keys' powerful vocals and trademark piano, but are sonically broadened by heavy drums, electric sounds, reggae and future soul, which gives the album an evolved, modern-day feel while simultaneously sounding like a classic body of timeless music. The album features an inspirational mix of the rich sounds Keys discovered while recording and traveling the world, particularly time she spent in London and Jamaica, layered within her New York City roots.LP1
1. De Novo Adagio
2. Brand New Me
3. When It's All Over
4. Listen To Your Heart
5. New Day
6. Girl On Fire
7. Fire We Make
1. Tears Always Win
2. Not Even The King
3. That's When I Knew
5. One Thing
6. 101$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bury Me In My RingsAs of the Spring of 2010, Blake Sennett, had quit music. Abandoned it completely. No more Rilo Kiley, no more The Elected. The former guitarist and songwriter focused his efforts elsewhere, writing and directing a short film, moving out of his house of 12 years and taking in a rescue dog. Music was a thing of the past, an afterthought.
So why is there a new record by The Elected, titled Bury Me in My Rings. Did Blake struggle in his new endeavors, find failure in the harsh realm of the film industry? Is he making his return to the world of music defeated, tail between his legs, scratching at the back door of his past successes? The answer, one simply finds, is no. It was simply the interest of friend and colleague Jason Cupp that culled Blake from the depths and had him writing again. Jason, the man that mixed The Elected's previous effort, Sun, Sun, Sun, suggested an impromptu recording session. Blake had no material, no songs to explore, but Cupp insisted. Pressure free, no expectations.
The results stand as a singular vision, in what is The Elected's strongest work to date. For longtime listeners, there are new sounds to enjoy, such as the mid '70s Bowie bounce of Go For The Throat, or the calculated Miss You era Stones cum Early Talking Heads groove of Babyface. Signature tones remain, and can be found on the island sunset serenade Trip Round the World, with the melodic slide of the lap steel, the comforting pluck of a ukulele, offering new ears a sense of what's come before.
More than a mere dalliance, this former side project now begs the attention reserved for one's main focus. As the ghosts of Rilo Kiley fade into the ether, Bury Me in My Rings presents the man responsible an opportunity to further himself from the past, and to continue to develop his artistic identity.1. Born To Love You
3. Look At Me Now
5. Go For The Throat
6. This Will Be Worth It
7. Trip Round The World
8. When Im Gone
9. Who Are You
10. Have You Been Cheated
11. See The Light
12. Time Is Coming$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bob Dylan (MONO)The baby-faced Bob Dylan staring out from the cover of his self-titled 1962 debut album would soon become the musical spokesman of a generation. Instant Dylan landmarks like Man Of Constant Sorrow and Highway 51and gutwrenching versions of folk/blues classics like Baby, Let Me Follow You Down and See That My Grave Is Kept Cleanmade the abundant talents of this legend-to-be obvious. Forty years later, the albumnow available in its ultra-rare, original mono mix on High-Definition Vinylstands as a revered monument to the timeless genius of Bob Dylan.1. You're No Good
2. Talkin' New York
3. In My Time Of Dyin'
4. Man Of Constant Sorrow
5. Fixin' To Die
6. Pretty Peggy-O
7. Highway 51
8. Gospel Plow
9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
10. House Of The Risin' Sun
11. Freight Train Blues
12. Song To Woody
13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean$28.99Vinyl MONO LP -Sealed Buy Now
Broken PeopleAmerican music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.
The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.
With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.
North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.
"To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.
Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.
She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.
"I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.
"The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.
"The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.
"We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."
"We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.
As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.
Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.
"Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."
"It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."
"Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."
"We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.
And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.1. Broken People
2. Brother, What Happened?
3. Got It Goin' On
4. Why Don't You Stay
5. Take Me Home
6. Shine On!
7. It Ain't Easy
8. I Need A Man
9. Devil's Teeth
11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now