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Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles (Box Set)Box Set Features 13 x 7" Singles On Colored Vinyl
Includes Booklet Featuring Previously Unpublished Photos
Freddie Mercury was a man of many talents and many different sides. The songs he wrote for and with Queen filled stadiums around the globe and have rightly gone down in history, but he also embarked on a solo career that took him from the clubs of Munich and New York to the great opera houses of the world.
He was the ultimate showman, but he kept his private life away from the prying eyes of the media; a larger than life rock star who loved disco, classical music and ballet. He was a restless spirit, a true chameleon who reveled in his own contradictions.
All the different sides of this iconic musician can be found on Freddie Mercury: Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles. Fittingly released on Mercury Records for the world outside North America, and on Hollywood Records in North America, this box set brings together all 13 of Freddie's solo singles on individually coloured vinyl.
From his debut solo single I Can Hear Music, released under the name Larry Lurex, through the dance floor-influenced solo anthems of the 80s and up to his collaborations with legendary Spanish opera singer Montserrat CaballÉ including the timeless Barcelona, this is a journey through the career of a unique talent.
Born Farrokh Bulsara on the East African island of Zanzibar on September 5, 1946, the rechristened Freddie Mercury was already a star in his own mind by the time he formed Queen with Brian May and Roger Taylor in 1970. Where his band mates had studied astrophysics, dentistry and electronics at college, Freddie majored in stardom.
His first solo single actually emerged a week before Queen's own debut 7". Released in 1973 and credited to Larry Lurex in a nod to the fashionably flamboyant noms de rock of the glam era, the Beach Boys cover I Can Hear Music and its B-side, Goin' Back, were recorded as a favour towards a musical project by Trident Studios' house engineer Robin Geoffrey Cable, in 1972.
As Queen's career rocketed towards the heavens, Freddie poured his energies into the band. It would be more than a decade before he released his second solo single, the pulsating, electronic Love Kills. Originally released in 1984, Love Kills was a collaboration with famed Italian disco producer Giorgio Moroder for the soundtrack to Moroder's update of the groundbreaking 1927 silent movie Metropolis. A Top 10 UK hit, it found Freddie moving away from Queen's traditional sound, paving the way for what he would do next.
Released in 1985, Freddie's debut solo album, Mr Bad Guy, fully explored the music he had fallen in love with in the dance clubs of Munich and New York. The four hit singles released from that album - I Was Born To Love You, Made In Heaven, Living On My Own and Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow, all of which are included in the Messenger Of The Gods box set - crackled with playfully hedonistic energy, but they also hid a more serious side to Freddie. Here was a man who craved the good times but wanted something deeper as well.
Within two years, he had abandoned the sound of the clubs for the music of the opera house - though not before releasing both the epic single Time, the theme to the lavish stage musical of the same name produced by Dave Clark, and his outrageous (and strangely revealing) Top 5 cover of The Platters' 1965 hit, The Great Pretender.
In 1987, he dived headlong into the world of opera and classical music with the towering single, Barcelona. A duet with legendary Spanish soprano Montserrat CaballÉ, an idol of Freddie's, it came about after the opera star asked him to write a song about her home town.
Barcelona remains one of the most momentous hit singles not just of Freddie's career but in pop history. Not only did it lead to an album of collaborations between these two huge talents, but the title track was also chosen as the official anthem of the 1992 Olympics. That song, together with the two other singles taken from the album, The Golden Boy and How Can I Go On, are all included as part of Messenger Of The Gods with their original B-sides.
In October 1988 Freddie and Montserrat were invited by the King and Queen of Spain to perform Barcelona on the steps of Barcelona's National Palace of Montjuic at the open air La Nit festival which was staged to mark the arrival of the Olympic Flag from Seoul.
But sadly, Freddie would not live to see the fruits of his collaboration with Montserrat CaballÉ showcased at the Barcelona Olympics. He passed away on November 24, 1991, just seven months before the Games took place. The grand opening ceremony was a fitting tribute to a man who thrived on spectacle.
Messenger Of The Gods is completed by two posthumous singles, In My Defence and Living On My Own (No More Brothers Radio Mix), the latter of which became Freddie's first solo number 1 and was the biggest selling European single of the year in 1993.
Had he lived, it is anyone's guess where this most restless and protean of singer's muses would have taken him. But Messenger Of The Gods - The Singles is a towering legacy, a collection of songs which will never lose their stature of classics and will live on forever.Disc 1 - Blue Colored Vinyl
(a) I Can Hear Music - Larry Lurex (1973)
(b) Goin' Back - Larry Lurex
Disc 2 - Orange Colored Vinyl
(a) Love Kills (1984)
Disc 3 - Yellow Colored Vinyl
(a) I Was Born To Love You (1985)
(b) Stop All The Fighting
Disc 4 - Red Colored Vinyl
(a) Made In Heaven [Single Remix] (1985)
(b) She Blows Hot And Cold
Disc 5 - White Colored Vinyl
(a) Living On My Own [Single Edit] (1985)
(b) My Love Is Dangerous
Disc 6 - Red Colored Vinyl
(a) Love Me Like There's No Tomorrow (1985)
(b) Let's Turn It On
Disc 7 - Cyan Colored Vinyl
(a) Time (1986)
(b) Time [Instrumental]
Disc 8 - Orange Colored Vinyl
(a) The Great Pretender (1987)
(b) Exercises In Free Love [Freddie's Vocal]
Disc 9 - Clear Colored Vinyl
(a) Barcelona [Single Version] (1987)
(b) Exercises In Free Love [Montserrat's Vocal]
Disc 10 - Gold Colored Vinyl
(a) The Golden Boy [Single Edit] (1988)
(b) The Fallen Priest [B-Side Edit]
Disc 11 - Green Colored Vinyl
(a) How Can I Go On [Single Version] (1989)
(b) Overture Piccante
Disc 12 - Neon Pink Colored Vinyl
(a) In My Defence (1992)
(b) Love Kills [Wolf Euro Mix]
Disc 13 - Yellow Colored Vinyl
(a) Living On My Own [No More Brothers Radio Mix] (1993)
(b) Living On My Own [Julian Raymond Album Mix]$139.997 Inch Colored Vinyl Box Set - 13 Singles Sealed Buy Now
Forever TodayWith their optimistic sing along anthems and their massive line up, I'm From Barcelona has proved that, sometimes, less is not more. The biggest band in Sweden returns with an album that embraces all that went before and everything they hope to achieve. Forever Today is about the ups and downs of twenty-something people sharing a small space and a big dream.
Forever Today was recorded over 2 sessions: Something happens when we come together, says front man and bandleader Emanuel Lundgren, we wanted to capture that energy on tape so we decided to record the entire new album live in the studio.
Forever Today follows 2008's Who Killed Harry Houdini?, I'm From Barcelona's sophomore album which saw streaks of melancholy mixed into it's colorful pop songs.1. Charlie Parker
2. Get In Line
4. Always Spring
5. Can See Miles
6. Come On
7. Skipping A Beat
8. Dr. Landy
9. Game Is On
10. Forever Today$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His FriendsColdplay is set to release their highly-anticipated fourth studio album entitled Viva La Vida or Death And All His Friends. The album is comprised of 10 brand new tracks, recorded in London, Barcelona and New York with producers Brian Eno and Markus Dravs. Viva la Vida takes its name from a painting by Frida Kahlo, the acclaimed 20th century Mexican artist. The album's artwork features the classic painting Liberty Leading the People by French painter Eugène Delacroix, commemorating the July Revolution of 1830.
Notes on the sessions state that the lyrics are much more abstract, much more visual than before, and that the music is less straight-forward, more oblique.1. Life In Technicolor
2. Cemeteries Of London
5. Lovers In Japan/Reign Of Love
7. Viva La Vida
8. Violet Hill
9. Strawberry Swing
10. Death And All His Friends$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FertileThe key is their powerful and adventurous sound, which is geometrical yet visceral: so intense that there is no need for words. Both the concept of 'fertile' as 'life-giving' and the revolutionary impuls-es of the Arab Spring and the Indignants protests in Barcelona provided inspiration for this latest work from STEARICA, Examples of this fertility are also seen in the artistic collaborations with the musicians who contributed in different ways to the gestation of the album: fellow travellers of the independent international underground, including Scott McCloud of Girls Against Boys, who provid-ed the vocals for 'AMREEKA', Ryan Patterson of Coliseum (vocals on 'NUR') and groundbreaking saxophonist Colin Stetson (brass orchestration on 'SH H M T').1. Delta
9. Shah Mat$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Great ReunionOriginally released as a second volume of recordings by Roulette Records from a 1961 summit between two jazz icons, after hearing this collaboration you'll wish they had recorded ten volumes. And wit the musical talent and knowledge between them, they could have!
Using Armstrong's regulars plus Ellington at the piano (who performs exceptionally well, comping understatedly behind the vocals), the duo romps through seven of the Duke's most famous and popular compositions. And when Satchmo decides to blow, he leaves the Dixie clich? at home and shapes his solos perfectly into the tasteful arrangements.
With Trummy Young on trombone and Barney Bigard on clarinet plus a rhythm section of Mort Herbert on bass and Danny Barcelona on drums, these recordings are a once-in-a-lifetime dream summit meeting that thank God producer Bob Thiele was brilliantly astute enough to arrange and capture on tape.1. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
3. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
4. I'm Beginning To See The Light
5. Just Squeeze Me
6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) and Azalea$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Staying At Tamara's (Pre-Order)Staying At Tamara's is the highly anticipated sophomore album from George Ezra. This collection was written, created and inspired by George's travels, including spells on the Isle of Skye; at a pig farm in Norfolk; in a former cornflour shed in Kent; a converted cow shed in north Wales; and in an Airbnb in Barcelona owned by the Tamara of the album's title. The result is a finger-snapping, brass-blaring, wind-in-the-hair album that shines with positivity and encouragement, alongside moments of more subdued reflection.
The first single from Staying At Tamara's is the uninhibited, feel-good song 'Paradise.' George explains that "'Paradise' started life as a melody that I couldn't get out of my head Months later I set to writing a song highlighting the undeniable feeling of meeting somebody new and falling for them. We often find ourselves second guessing feelings that we have and trying to work out what it is that they might mean. But with love there is no uncertainty, it is what it is and I liken it to paradise." The new album also includes the previously released track "Don't Matter Now."
Staying At Tamara's comes three years after George's debut album Wanted On Voyage, that featured the worldwide smash "Budapest," a Platinum US single. The Wanted On Voyage album is certified Gold in the US, and 4x Platinum in the UK.1. pretty shining people
2. don't matter now
3. get away
6. all my love
8. hold my girl
9. saviour (feat. first aid kit)
10. only a human
11. the beautiful dream$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Dad CountryNashville songwriter Jonny Fritz's work ethic and boldness have paid off in spades. It's been a big year for Jonny with opening stints for Alabama Shakes, Deer Tick, Dawes, Shooter Jennings and kudos from CMT and Rolling Stone, among many others. He signed his deal this week (he actually signed the deal with gravy at Nashville landmark Arnold's Country Kitchen), and his third full-length album, Dad Country, is set for release on April 16, 2013.
Produced by Jonny and Dawes' Taylor Goldsmith, recorded at Jackson Browne's Los Angeles studio and finished up in Music City, USA; this breakthrough album balances Jonny's trademark earthy humor and unfiltered worldview with some of his darkest material to date. Co-producer Goldsmith says, "Funny as they can be at moments, his songs access realities and experiences that we're all familiar with but sometimes fail to consider the depths of."
While immersing himself in the music world, Jonny began running marathons from Philadelphia to Barcelona and pounding out his signature leather works - the dog collars and guitar straps - seen all over Nashville and half the musical universe. He found himself in NYC for year trying to save a relationship, and its slow, painful unraveling (and demise) inspired Dad Country's bleakest, heartrending tracks, including "All We Do Is Complain" and "Have You Ever Wanted to Die."
These days, life has never been better for Jonny Fritz. He's back in Nashville again and putting down roots- and has even gone and bought himself a house. "It just keeps getting better. Now, the band is getting paid, I'm getting paid, everybody's happy, and we're packing 'em in when we play."
"This is the dream life. I couldn't really ask for anything else."1. Goodbye Summer
2. All We Do Is Complain
3. Holy Water
4. Social Climbers
5. Ain't It Your Birthday
6. Shut Up
7. Wrong Crowd
8. Have You Ever Wanted to Die
9. Fever Dreams
10. Trash Day
11. Suck In Your Gut
12. Instrumental$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Electric TrimLee Ranaldo has announced details of a brand new album, Electric Trim.
Electric Trim was recorded in New York City and Barcelona in collaboration with producer RaÜl Refree Fernandez and extends the work of Ranaldo's Solo canon, the most recent being his 2013 album, Last Night On Earth.Through his collaboration with Fernandez, Ranaldo moves into some rich new sonic territories and production techniques, experimenting with electronic beats and samples alongside live players.
Ranaldo is a co-founder of Sonic Youth, a visual artist, producer and writer. In addition to Fernandez, he worked with several special guests on Electric Trim, including Sharon Van Etten who sings on six of the tracks and duets on Last Looks and Kid Millions (aka Man Forever) as well as longtime friend and collaborator Nels Cline (Wilco). In addition, the album features Ranaldo's band The Dust (fellow Sonic Youth member Steve Shelley, guitarist Alann Licht, and bassist Tim Luntzel).
Ranaldo collaborated with award-winning New York author Jonathan Lethem (Motherless Brooklyn / The Fortress of Solitude) for lyrics on six of the songs. The American artist Richard Prince, who previously painted the sleeve for Sonic Youth's 2004 album Sonic Nurse, created the artwork for the album.
The nine-track album marks a return to the Mute family for Ranaldo, who says: I'm so excited about this record, it represents new developments and directions for me and I can't wait to hit the road and play this music live. I'm also so pleased to partner with Mute for this release - it's like a homecoming of sorts as Sonic Youth's early records were released on Blast First / Mute. To me, Mute has always been a true artist's label,concentrating first and foremost on the music.LP 1
1. Moroccan Mountains
2. Uncle Skeleton
3. Let's Start Again
4. Last Looks (feat. Sharon Van Etten)
5. Circular (Right as Rain)
1. Electric Trim
3. Thrown Over The Wall
4. New Thing$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
I Hate MusicI Hate Music is Majesty's dark twin. It's similarly aggressive, often moreso, and every bit as energetic. It reflects the joys of a life spent immersed in music (Me & You & Jackie Mittoo, Trees of Barcelona), but there's a dark
undercurrent as well. That title isn't tongue-in-cheek, but it's really more a question than a statement: When you're 20, lazy co-workers and romantic missteps number among your biggest worries; two decades later, life's bigger questions knock
louder and louder, demanding answers.1. Overflows
2. Me & You & Jackie Mittoo
4. Staying Home
5. Low F
6. Trees of Barcelona
7. Breaking Down
8. Out of the Sun
9. Your Theme
11. What Can We Do$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Circo SoledadLess than a year after releasing the acoustic album Apague la Luz y Escuche, Ricardo Arjona is dropping a new album titled Circo Soledad,
Along with the release of the LP, the Guatemalan singer/songwriter will embark on a world tour, with which he'll return to Europe after eight years making stops in London, Paris and Barcelona.
Arjona recorded Circo Soledad in different countries, including England, Colombia and his native Guatemala. "I never recorded in a country pretending that that place would become the main character in the song. If this production took me to many countries, studios and allowed me to work with some of the most important musicians around the world, it was simply because the song needed it," Arjona said in a statement.1. Circo Soledad (Intro)
3. El Que Olvida
5. Remiendo Al Corazón
6. Porque Puedo
7. Hasta Que la Muerte Los Separe
9. Sixto PÉrez
10. El Cielo a Mi Favor
11. Dime Tú
13. No Preguntes Cómo Estoy
14. Circo Soledad$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Visions of DuneA rare synth classic lovingly reissued, Visions of Dune is French electronic pioneer Bernard Szajner's 1979 concept album based around Frank Herbert's cult Dune Trilogy. Remastered from the original tapes and complimented with a new sleeve reimagined by acclaimed Barcelona-based designer Arnau Pi (Young Turks, DJ Kicks), the reissue also Includes two lost pieces from the original sessions left off because EMI considered them to be "too futuristic"! Fittingly, the release of this alternative soundtrack to Dune coincides with the cinema release of award-winning documentary Jodorowsky's Dune about the failed attempt to adapt the book in the mid-70s by the Chilean director. Often described as the "French Brian Eno", and like his British counterpart he has a parallel career as a successful visual artist. Before he started recording music Z established himself as the mastermind behind innovative lighting production for Gong, Magma, Oliver Messiasen, Stomu Yamashta and The Who. Later he became a pioneer in laser technology and robotics. Bernard has recently returned to making music after a long absence, inspired by the praise of musicians he has inspired such as Detroit techno icon Carl Craig, who cites Szajner's music as being in his "all time top ten".1. Dune
3. Thufir Hawat
5. Bene Gesserit
6. Shaï Hulud
10. Gom Jabbar
12. Kwizatz Haderach$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
III (Awaiting Repress)Föllakzoid began seven years ago as a trance experience between childhood
friends Diego, Juan Pablo, and Domingo from Santiago, Chile. Heavily informed
by the heritage of the ancient music of the Andes, the band has learned to integrate
this influence with contemporary sounds of their times, creating a rich yet
For III, the band wanted to expand their sound while building an atmosphere
with mainly monochords and reiteration. After recording and mixing the album
on their own at their studio at BYM Records, they partnered with German electronic
maestro Atom TM to flesh out the album's synth parts. Most of the sounds
he provided were atonal electronic sounds, aiming for concrete frequencies and
sampled organic glitches. (The Korg synthesizer Atom TM plays on this record
was used by Kraftwerk on a tour during the '80s and given to him by Florian
III is a four-part minimal sound voyage in which you can hear Föllakzoid's musical
language developing into something more upbeat, obscure, and sharp, yet
even simpler in terms of elements. During the past year, the band played more
than 80 gigs, including at Primavera Sound Festival (both Porto and Barcelona),
ATP Festival in the UK, Musique Volantes in Lyon, and Lollapalooza Chile. The
shows for III, including a confirmed set at Austin Psych Fest in May, should
spread the band's fog-enshrouded gospel to an even wider audience.1. Electric
4. Feuerzeug$19.99Vinyl EP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Something In The WaterPokey Lafarge and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.
Produced by Jimmy Sutton (best known for his work with JD McPherson), Something in the Water marks a new landmark in Pokey's career. The dozen-song set features a diverse cast of talented players, including Pokey's own longstanding touring combo as well as members of such notable outfits as NRBQ, the Fat Babies, the Modern Sounds, and the Western Elstons. Something in the Water finds Pokey expanding and deepening his musical reach on such new originals as the wry, rollicking title track, the swaggering ragtime workout "Wanna Be Your Man," the infectiously jazzy "Underground," the evocative crooner "Cairo, Illinois," the exotic ballad "Barcelona" and the swinging album-closer "Knocking the Dust off the Rust Belt Tonight," whose witty lyrics underline the album's proudly Midwestern sensibility.1. Something in the Water
2. Wanna Be Your Man
4. When Did You Leave Heaven
5. Cairo, Illinois
6. Actin' A Fool
7. All Night Long
8. Goodbye. Barcelona
9. Far Away
10. The Spark
11. Bad Girl
12. Knocking the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gentle Ben (45 RPM)That Rich, Humid, Giant Sax Tone Blooms Like On Few Other Webster Recordings
Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio
200-Gram Gatefold 45 RPM Double LP Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
...Webster's trademark sensual sound is on full display and, of course, he's backed by Montoliu, an outstanding Spanish piano veteran who accompanied all the great jazz artists passing through Europe...This is one of the first releases by Analogue Productions pressed at their new in-house pressing plant Quality Record Pressings, and the record bears a close resemblance in appearance to records from Pallas - beautiful looking and perfectly quiet...The superb 200-gram LP comes in a rice paper sleeve and jacket of heavy cardboard...Highest Recommendation. Recording = 10/10; Music = 8.5/10 - Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 81
This recording was made 10 months before Ben Webster's death in 1972. Webster, who had left the United States in 1965 to settle in Europe - first in Copenhagen and then in Amsterdam - was visiting fellow musician and friend Tete Montoliu in Barcelona. Webster and pianist Montoliu went back a ways, having played together regularly in Webster's Copenhagen days. In fact, Montoliu cited Webster and Don Byas as his two chief musical influences. Webster and Montoliu understood each other deeply, and their comfort with on another is palpable in this recording. Their accompaniment of one another is seamless. On board with these two is Montoliu's regular working trio-mates, Eric Peter on bass and Peer Wyboris on drums.
There's no shortage of Webster's trademark breathy, fat tenor tone here. In fact, given the sparse arrangement, that rich, humid, giant sax blooms like on few other recordings. Highlights include Ben's Blues, Sweet Georgia Brown, The Man I Love and Don't Blame Me.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. Ben's Blues
2. The Man I Love
3. My Nephew Bent
4. How Long This Has Been Going On
1. Sweet Georgia Brown
2. Don't Blame Me
3. Did You Call
4. Barcelona Shout$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
PlanetarioFrom their humble start, file-sharing musical ideas and producing their first album in separate countries during the dawn of the internet, Novalima is now a live musical force revered worldwide for breaking boundaries and uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations. They have created an inspiring movement and revolutionized the music scene in their native Peru by bridging a longstanding divide between the mainstream and the minority Afro-Peruvian community, who have struggled against discrimination and cultural dissolution for generations. Over the last two years, Novalima created their newest offering, Planetario to be released June 16th on Wonderwheel Recordings. The album's name signals Novalima's musical growth and international connections - much of the album was recorded on tour when they collaborated with top local and international musicians. There is a strong connection to Colombia created through a remarkable recording session in Bogota organized by members of La-33 including Sidestepper vocalist Eka Muñoz, Pernett and La Mamba Negra. The album also has offerings from global artists such as Marc de Clive Lowe (UK/NZ), Panko from Ojos de Brujo (Spain), and Kumar (Cuban rapper based in Barcelona). The album's debut single, "Como Yo" (to be released May 19th on digital single and 7" vinyl) honors the legendary Peruvian percussionist and longtime band member Mangue Vasquez who passed away in 2014. Not one for sentimentality, Mangue implored his friends to celebrate his life with song and dance when he passed rather than shed any tears. The life affirming lyrics are underscored by rolling percussion, twinkling synths, and a celebratory sing-song chant chorus: Gozen la vida como yo - Enjoy life, like I do. Novalima has garnered worldwide critical acclaim from mainstream (NPR, UK Guardian, Wall Street Journal, La Presse, Metro, Billboard) and underground media (Giant Step, Remezcla, Nat Geo) alike, delivered legendary performances around the world at festivals such as Roskilde, WOMAD, Pirineos Sur, NYC Central Park, Montreal Jazz Festival and Chicago's Millennium Park, earned a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Alternative Album, and were featured in cult filmmaker Robert Rodriguez's hit Mexploitation movie Machete. For their upcoming year of international touring Novalima has designed a brand new live show that will debut in Lima at the Grand Teatro National on May 28th as part of the country's celebration of 100 years of Afro-Peruvian culture. Novalima''s international tour begins in North America this June.1. Como Yo
2. Bete Kele (Nosotros Somos)
6. Mi Canto
7. San Antonio
9. Copa de Manana
10. Hoy Dia
11. Quebranto$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We MoveWritten in constant transition - and recorded between Toronto, Dublin and London - 'We Move' is James Vincent McMorrow's most expansive, generous and ambitious record to date. There is, on the other hand, something more stripped-back - vulnerable, even - surfacing for the first time: far from the dense, protective imagery at the heart of 'Post Tropical', 'We Move' is ultimately a record open in its portrait of anxiety and social unease. For McMorrow, it's about celebrating mental fragility - and how we move forward in life - rather than "people listening to my songs and believing that I'm out in the forest all day long, thinking about trees. Because I'm actually at home, trying to convince myself to go out and get milk."
The first steps to 'We Move' took place in 2014, when James - having been asked to write for different artists' projects - started sketching out ideas for others on tour (and subsequently stopped over-analysing his own work). Intent on doing the opposite of everything he'd done thus far, McMorrow then came off the road, but kept exploring: first through Barcelona, then Canada, and stopping in Los Angeles for six particularly fish-out-of-water months, where the songs for the album crystallised. He returned to Dublin determined not to just produce another album himself, but to work with people who could articulate the unique world he heard in his head ("I grew up wanting to write songs like Neil Young but produce them like The Neptunes"). And so James reached out to a few key co-producers he'd met whilst travelling, who formed the backbone of 'We Move': namely, Nineteen85 (Drake, DVSN), Two Inch Punch (Sam Smith, Years & Years), and Frank Dukes (Kanye West, Rihanna). Mixing took place largely in Miami with one of McMorrow's all-time heroes, Jimmy Douglass - known for his work from Donny Hathaway through to Timbaland - who finessed the record's warm, vintage yet forward-thinking feel.
The result is an album about movement - geographically, mentally, emotionally - which remains focused on finding your place in that future. First track 'Rising Water' is starkly-produced and skyscraper-sized in its sense of catharsis ("I never once was sad for what I've done"): 'Evil', meanwhile, questions whether you might in fact be a bad person, because you don't see life the way other people do (its tone is celebratory rather than ominous, however). Heavier still is 'I Lie Awake Every Night', which sees James address for the first time the eating disorder he has battled since he was a child ("it's about lying in hospital when I was a kid, thinking I shouldn't be there, and trying to reconcile those two things"). 'We Move' reacts against McMorrow's instincts to obscure ideas such as this, and ultimately embraces a shared, collective awkwardness, and the idea that maybe we're all putting on a brave face in some way.
Beginning with Rising Water, 'We Move' continues a remarkable journey for the Dublin-born singer and songwriter, whose early work offered little clue as to the sounds and situations that would follow. It's a remarkably assured collection, informed by this idea that you might not have to listen to others when they tell you how they think life is supposed to go; and that as you grow up, you lose things along the way. Rather, 'We Move' suggests it's possible to keep what you want to keep, and lose what you want to lose.1. Rising Water
2. I Lie Awake Every Night
3. Last Story
4. One Thousand Times
6. Get Low
7. Killer Whales
8. Seek Another
10. Lost Angles$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Together For The First Time (Out Of Stock)Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were (and are) two of the main stems of jazz. Any way you look at it, just about everything that's ever happened in this music leads directly -- or indirectly -- back to them. Both men were born on the cusp of the 19th and 20th centuries, and each became established as a leader during the middle '20s. Although their paths had crossed from time to time over the years, nobody in the entertainment industry had ever managed to get Armstrong and Ellington into a recording studio to make an album together.
On April 3, 1961, producer Bob Thiele achieved what should be regarded as one of his greatest accomplishments; he organized and supervised a seven-and-a-half-hour session at RCA Victor's Studio One on East 24th Street in Manhattan, using a sextet combining Duke Ellington with Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars. This group included ex-Ellington clarinetist Barney Bigard, ex-Jimmie Lunceford swing-to-bop trombonist Trummy Young, bassist Mort Herbert, and drummer Danny Barcelona. A second session took place during the afternoon of the following day. The music resulting from Thiele's inspired experiment is outstanding and utterly essential. That means everybody ought to hear this album at least once, and many will want to hear it again and again all the way through, for this is one of the most intriguing confluences in all of recorded jazz. - All Music Guide1. Together for the First Time: Duke's Place
2. I'm Just a Lucky So and So
3. Cotton Tail
4. Mood Indigo
5. Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me
6. The Beautiful American
7. Black and Tan Fantasy
8. Drop Me Off in Harlem
9. The Mooce
10. In a Mellowtone$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock