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History: America's Greatest HitsThe legendary rock superstars America burst onto the rock music scene in the early-'70s with their much revered classic self-titled debut featuring A Horse With No Name which forever changed the fortunes of this very popular rock trio.
After many successful albums and top charting pop and album rock singles, Warner Bros. honored this legendary act with their first best of collection History: Americas Greatest Hits. Produced by the legendary George Martin (The Beatles), this 1976 platter was filled with a generous helping of their most popular hit singles and album tracks from many smash albums like Homecoming, Hearts and Holiday.
The 12-track masterpiece is loaded with original hit tracks like A Horse With No Name, Ventura Highway, Tin Man, Sister Golden Hair, I Need You and even more classics like Daisy Jane and Lonely People.
Being one of the most popular albums in their career, History: Americas Greatest Hits went on to collect multi-platinum accolades since its 1976 release. The original vinyl version of this masterpiece has not been available for decades, that is until now!
Friday Music presents for the very first time on audiophile vinyl, History: Americas Greatest Hits. Mastered impeccably from the original Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso (America/Doobie Brothers/Yes), this amazing rock classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl domain. Original vinyl mixes of their classic hit singles and solid album tracks like Sandman, Woman Tonight and Only In Your Heart truly resonate with the listener.
To enhance your limited edition LP, Friday Music has also included a poly bag for the much acclaimed Phil Hartmann (Saturday Night Live) album cover artwork and a poly lined sleeve for the vinyl LP.1. A Horse With No Name
2. I Need You
4. Ventura Highway
5. Dont Cross The River
6. Only In Your Heart
7. Muskrat Love
8. Tin Man
9. Lonely People
10. Sister Golden Hair
11. Daisy Jane
12. Woman Tonight$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Topographic Drama - Live Across AmericaIn the Summer of 2016, YES embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album 'Drama' in its entirety - for the first time ever - plus sides one and four from YES' 1973 double-album 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'.
Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers - who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year - with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available as a Triple-LP. The release features detailed cover art designed by the band's longtime collaborator Roger Dean.
The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.
TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band's tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include 'Machine Messiah', 'Tempus Fugit' and the album's only single 'Into The Lens'.
After 'Drama', the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: 'And You And I' from 1972's 'Close To The Edge' (UK Platinum) and 'Heart Of The Sunrise' from 1971's 'Fragile' (UK Platinum).
Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (1973). Howe's exceptional guitar work on 'The Revealing Science Of God' and White's propulsive drumming on 'Ritual' have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: 'Roundabout' from 'Fragile' (1971) and 'Starship Trooper' from 'The Yes Album' (1971).
Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.LP 1
1. Machine Messiah
2. White Car
3. Does It Really Happen?
4. Into The Lens
5. Run Through The Light
6. Tempus Fugit
1. And You And I
2. Heart Of The Sunrise
3. The Revealing Science Of God
4. Leaves Of Green
3. Starship Trooper$59.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The LadderThe Ladder is a synthesis of the best traits of the experimental Fragile era and the pop-oriented 90125 era. Producer Bruce Fairbairn completed The Ladder shortly before his death in 1999, and unlike some of his work with Bon Jovi, Aerosmith, Kiss, and others, he didn't overproduce it. Vocalist Jon Anderson, lead guitarist Steve Howe, and bass guitarist Chris Squire all have fine moments, and drummer Alan White is consistent. The roles of keyboardist Igor Khoroshev and, in particular, guitarist Billy Sherwood are less clear. It occasionally seems the purpose of Khoroshev's keyboards is providing a variety of sonic textures instead of functioning as a lead instrument. Sherwood's second guitar tends to flesh out the sound. Homeworld (The Ladder) is a tight band performance, but the supple vocals/acoustic guitar/piano coda is the best part. Howe's bouncy acoustic guitar drives Lightning Strikes, yet the biggest surprise is the addition of a horn section. The energetic Face to Face is the strongest track, and Squire lets loose with a sputtering bassline. If Only You Knew is a sweet, straightforward love song Anderson wrote for his wife. The Messenger has a smooth, funky feel -- a remarkable feat considering prog rock is usually considered the whitest rock genre. New Language is the best long song on The Ladder, thanks to a clever arrangement giving all six members an opportunity to demonstrate their talents.1. Homeworld (The Ladder)
2. It Will Be A Good Day (The River)
3. Lightning Strikes
4. Can I?
5. Face To Face
6. If Only You Knew
7. To Be Alive (Hep Yadda)
9. The Messenger
10. New Language
11. Nine Voices (Longwalker)$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Yes2017 Remastered Version
'Yes' was produced by Brian Higgins and his production team Xenomania. The record debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart upon release and was nominated for Best Electronic/Dance Album at the 2010 Grammy Awards. Johnny Marr also appears on 'Yes', his guitar work featuring on several tracks including the single, 'Did you see me coming?'. The album's lead single and UK Top 20 hit, 'Love Etc.', became PSB's ninth number one hit on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs chart in the USA, breaking the record for most chart-topping singles by a duo or group on the Billboard Dance Chart.1. Love Etc. (2017 Remastered Version)
2. All Over the World (2017 Remastered Version)
3. Beautiful People (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Did You See Me Coming? (2017 Remastered Version)
5. Vulnerable (2017 Remastered Version)
6. More Than a Dream (2017 Remastered Version)
7. Building a Wall (2017 Remastered Version)
8. King of Rome (2017 Remastered Version)
9. Pandemonium (2017 Remastered Version)
10. The Way It Used to Be (2017 Remastered Version)
11. Legacy (2017 Remastered Version)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-BAR-1117xDeath Cab For Cutie
We Have The Facts And We're Voting Yes
Newly Reissued 180 Gram Version
Like the also-great Idaho or Wheat, to file Death Cab for Cutie under the mellow-pop umbrella that shelters tranquil chamber outfits such as Red House Painters, Low, or (post-dance-pop) Talk Talk would do them a gross, miscalculated service. While they're no strangers to the tickling knelling of guitars searching out the extra space found in laggard tempos, that predilection only encompasses a fourth of Death Cab for Cutie's output (like on Title Track and Little Fury Bugs). Heck, they're not even remotely quiet for half of We Have the Facts and We're Voting Yes -- the best and brightest LP of their three fine albums to date. Ben Gibbard has turned into a sublime composer, using melodies sparingly but with splendid tunefulness, as all four players marinate his writing with delicately plucked, picked, and pulled arpeggios, ringing chords, and non-obvious atmosphere building. Verily, the slow, broody stuff is but a change of pace; it's when the volume doubles (if only occasionally crashes), when the band shows potency, that We Have the Facts starts flying, soaring with exigency beyond even the threatening storm clouds from the last flight plan, 1998's Something About Airplanes. Lowell, MA and Company Calls are perfect examples: drummer Nathan Good actually gets to punish his snare and toms, the other three dig in with him, and the words indie pop suddenly sounds fresh and alive, with real aggressive, post-dream pop guitar popscapes. Loud and soft, or most of all both, and plenty of points in between, DCFC write and record finished songs that emote, that do more than merely fill a slot in a form in a preconceived genre. In short, they're superb. And getting greater.
- Jack Rabid (All Music)1. Title Track
2. The Employment Pages
3. For What Reason
4. Lowell, MA
6. Little Fury Bugs
7. Company Calls
8. Company Calls Epilogue
9. No Joy in Mudville
10. Scientist Studies$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Open Your EyesIn 1997 Rick Wakeman had left YES and was replaced by Billy Sherwood. YES was planning a tour and decided to record a new album to promote while they were on the road. Chris Squire and Billy Sherwood had been working on a project together. Jon Anderson became interested and the music became a full-fledged YES project. The result was Open Your Eyes, one of the best, and perhaps the most sophisticated of the YES albums - a selection of catchy tunes and interesting themes. Now on 180 gram vinyl for the very first time! Double album in gatefold cover. A world premiere!1. New State of Mind
2. Open Your Eyes
3. Universal Garden
4. No Way We Can Lose
5. Fortune Seller
6. Man in the Moon
8. From the Balcony
9. Love Shine
10. Somehow, Someday
11. The Solution$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MagnificationFor the very first time the YES classic Magnification from 2001 is now on vinyl! 3 LP sides to guarantee the best possible sound. The vinyl is 180
gram heavy-weight and the album comes in gatefold sleeve. This album features film composer Larry Groupe and a full orchestra!LP1
2. Spirit Of Survival
3. Don't Go
4. Give Love Each Day
5. Can't You Imagine
6. We Agree
7. Soft As A Dove
2. In The Presence Of...
3. Time Is Time$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
FragileFragile is the fourth studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, originally released in 1971 on Atlantic Records. It is their first album recorded with keyboardist Rick Wakeman in the band's line-up after Tony Kaye was fired for having a lack of interest in learning more electronic keyboards. Formed of nine tracks, four are group performances while the remaining five are solo features written by each member. Its cover was designed by Roger Dean, who would design their future band logo, stage sets, and many of their future album covers.
Fragile received a positive reception upon its release and was a commercial and critical success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Roundabout was released as a single in the US which reached No. 13 and is one of the band's best known songs. The album is certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over 2 million copies.1. Roundabout
2. Cans And Brahms
3. We Have Heaven
4. South Side Of The Sky
5. Five Per Cent For Nothing
6. Long Distance Runaround
7. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
8. Mood For A Day
9. Heart Of The Sunrise$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
At Best CuckoldEmbarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there's no denying Avi Buffalo's own bar was set quite high with 2010's celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not, there's nothing in this tale about The Second Album-a.k.a. At Best Cuckold, due September 8th in Europe and September 9th in North America on Sub
Pop-that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age.
Ah, yes, age-much was made of it when Avi Buffalo's first album hit, and for good reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic.
The creation of At Best Cuckold turned out to be a three-year journey; a stretch of time that resembles its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twentysomething and traversing the interpersonal wilds which accompany that age, Avi kept playing music, collaborated with and produced several friends (including Kevin Litrow's N.O.W. project and
Douglas James Sweeney's Arjuna Genome), and even started DJing. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks-with that, the band headed into the studio on New Year's Day.
At Best Cuckold was recorded at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice (whose Bowie tribute Avi contributed to), and engineered by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney). Avi then built on the "clean and tight" recordings from Tiny Telephone with analog and digital overdubs, and completed the
record with Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn. The result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Classic-sounding melodies are delivered with a modern sensibility, creating an album that's equal parts timely and timeless. Well-placed piano, sax, clarinet, French horn, and cornet further enhance the proceedings with a glorious orch-pop sheen.
At the ripe old age of 23, Avi Buffalo is ready to take on the world (again), armed with all of the experience he's compiled over the past few years. And he's made sure the second time around will be just as memorable as the first.1. So What
2. Memories of You
3. Can't Be Too Responsible
4. Two Cherished Understandings
5. Overwhelmed with Pride
6. Found Blind
7. She Is Seventeen
8. Think It's Gonna Happen Again
9. Oxygen Tank
10. Won't Be Around No More$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King Of The WavesIts been nearly five years since Little Barrie has released new material, but King of the Waves definitively proves that its been absolutely worth the wait. Since 2007, the band has dedicated themselves to honing their musical reputations, doing everything from appearing live with Primal Scream to collaborations with the likes of Morrissey and Mark Ronson.
Guitarist/frontman Barrie Cadogan and bassist/vocalist Lewis Wharton are joined on the album by the new addition of drummer/vocalist Virgil Howe, son of renowned Yes guitarist Steve Howe. The resulting sound produced by the band is as intensely electrifying as one might expect from such a dynamic and in-demand group of individuals. It calls to mind an old school Detroit rock n roll showdown between Link Wray and The Creation, with the MC5 and Motowns best in attendance to cheer both sides, and the omnipresent threat of a killer wave lurking just overhead.
Longtime friend and collaborator Edwyn Collins co-produced the album with Little Barrie, and sings backing vocals on the track Money In Paper. Engineer Sebastian Lewsley also returns on King of the Waves, recorded at Collins West Heath Studios in north London. Available on 180g vinyl in gatefold jacket.1. Surf Hell
2. How Come
3. Does The Halo Rust
4. Precious Pressure
5. King Of The Waves
6. Now We're Nowhere
7. Dream To Live
8. Tip It Over
9. I Can't Wait
10. New Diamond Love
11. Money In Paper$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In ConflictWe are pleased to announce the new album from Owen Pallett, In Conflict, to be released
on May 13th in North America. In Conflict was written and produced by Pallett, recorded
with the core rhythm section of Robbie Gordon and Matt Smith, and features contributions
from Brian Eno and The Czech FILMharmonic Orchestra, amongst others.
In Conflict is full of love songs- more specifically, songs about liminal states and our loved
ones locked in battle with them. "The record is meant to approach 'insanity' in a positive
way," Owen says- emphasis on the ironizing scare quotes around singular notions of
insanity. "Depression, addiction, gender trouble, and the creative state are presented as
positive, loveable, empathetic ways of being. Not preferable, per se, but all as equal, valid
positions that we experience, which makeus human."
Pallett was recently nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Score, alongside
Arcade Fire, for their work on Spike Jonze's Her. Pallett has served as a versatile
collaborator to many projects in both pop and art establishments - The National, The
Mountain Goats, Grizzly Bear, Snow Patrol, and yes even, Taylor Swift - where he is
equally beloved for his accessibility; for the way his art reflects & resonates with Mainstream
Pop Culture; for the emotionally cathartic outlet his music provides.1. I Am Not Afraid
2. In Conflict
3. On A Path
4. Song For Five & Six
5. The Secret Seven
7. The Passions
8. The Sky Behind The Flag
10. The Riverbed
11. Infernal Fantasy$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling
Features A B-Side Etching Of Their Signature Triangular Logo
Includes A 32 Page Photo Booklet
"Punk rock revelations like Perfect Pussy don't come along often enough. They've got it all:
great riot-feminist name, excellently miserable hometown (Syracuse, New York), ragingly
chaotic live shows and a noise-assault donnybrook of a debut EP that's right up there with
Yeezus among 2013's freshest headaches." - Rolling Stone
"This band is going to be part of your life for the foreseeable future." - Pitchfork
Just over a year after playing their first show as a band, Perfect Pussy have
quickly made a name for themselves as one of the most intense bands in the
indie rock and hardcore punk communities, both live and on record. Their fast
rise to success all stemmed from this 4 track demo EP, originally released as
a cassette only. Simply title tracks such as "I" and "IV" garnered praise from
everyone to Rolling Stone and Pitchfork, to NPR and the New York Times,
landing the on countless year end lists.
Since the release of this 4 song wonder the band have toured the US
countless times over, done a full tour of Europe and played festivals such as
Pitchfork, Pitchfork Paris and Iceland airwaves. Their full length LP 'Say Yes to
Love' received Pitchfork's Best New Music and is looking to join 'I Have Lost
All Desire For Feeling' as a year end chart topper.
To celebrate a banner year for Perfect Pussy, Captured Tracks are pleased
to make "I Have Lost All Desire For Feeling" widely available and for the first
time on vinyl. The 12" LP features music on the A-side and an etching
of their signature triangular logo on the B-side. Along with the LP comes a
32 page photo booklet documenting the band's year on the road.1. I
4. IV$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Konitz Meets Mulligan (Pure Pleasure)O.K., so it's mono. And, for much of the recording, Mulligan's quartet seems simply to be backing Konitz. But hang on, this is a marvelous little gem. Mulligan on the bariton, Konitz on alto, and - yes - Chet Baker on trumpet. How can you pass this up?
But this is more than an artifact. This is jazz at its spontaneous and inventive best. Konitz, freed from Stan Kenton, has all sorts of new ideas about these old standards. And, for many of the cuts, as Lee explores the possibilities, you can hear Mulligan purring far in the background (mono, remember), and, every once in a while, moving to the foreground to make a few statements of his own. These two jazz minds talk to each other, tease each other,support and - in a gentle way - challenge each other.
And, of course, in a few cuts, Baker's sweet trumpet announces itself and joins the two sax players in their explorations. The now-unheralded but extremely deft Carson Smith takes on most of the bass responsibilities, and provides - along with Larry Bunker on drums - a solid stage for Baker, Mulligan, and Konitz to swing on.
Mulligan, Konitz, and Baker, of course, went their separate ways, Konitz and Mulligan to long and brilliant careers, Baker to a briefer, tragic, but still shining career. This, then, was a moment in time, and is now your chance to catch these giants sharing a stage, playing for and with one another, showing admiration and affection for each other's talents and ideas.
Mono - so what? This is a treasure from the vaults of Pacific Jazz.
- Lee Konitz (alto saxophone)
- Gerry Mulligan (bassoon)
- Chet Baker (trumpet)
- Carson Smith (bass)
- Joe Mandragon (bass)
- Larry Bunker (drums)
Recording: January 1953 at The Haig, Los Angeles, by Richard Bock
Production: Richard Bock
About Pure Pleasure
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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.Side One
1. I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me
3. Almost Like Being In Love
5. Oh, Lady Be Good
6. Bernie's Tune
7. Oh, Lady Be Good (alternative version)
1. Too Marvelous For Words
2. Lover Man
3. I'll Remember April
4. These Foolish Things
5. All The Things You Are$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coma EclipticGrandiose, dynamic, heavy, melodic, technically challenging: these are all words that fall equally short when trying to describe Between the Buried and Me's sonic offerings. When tasked with explaining the band's previous effort, The Parallax II: Future Sequence, Decibel Magazine claimed that the album offers more substance than most bands put forth in entire careers and Metal Hammer simply stated that it was utterly captivating. Where does a burgeoning progressive act go from there? The answer is found in their seventh full-length album, Coma Ecliptic. Spanning just over an hour, the album stands as a significant step in the evolution for the group as a whole, as well as the individual musicians: vocalist / keyboardist Tommy Rogers, guitarists Paul Waggoner and Dustie Waring, bassist Dan Briggs, and drummer Blake Richardson.
Tommy Rogers posits: Coma Ecliptic is a new life for BTBAM. Throughout the process we worked harder than we ever have and really pushed the BTBAM sound to a new identity. In a world of repetition, I'm very proud to be a part of something that is extremely rewarding, as well as frightening. When you don't push yourself you will never know what the outcome is. The outcome is Coma Ecliptic.
What is Coma Ecliptic? It can be interpreted as a modern rock opera, and another ambitious concept album from a band that has completely mastered that format. Dan Briggs comments: Spending the last year immersed in a world of Quadrophenia, Operation Mindcrime, The Wall- as well as Sondheim and Lloyd Webber musicals, Stravinsky and Mussorgsky symphonic suites; writing an over the top, dramatic and forward thinking rock opera was the most natural thing to do. The story follows the wanderings of an unidentified man, stuck in a coma, as he journeys through his past lives. Each song is its own episode in a modern day, sort of The Twilight Zone-esque fashion. The unidentified man enters each world and is offered a choice: stay, or move on to the next in search of something better, something more perfect. The man does find his ideal life, but then is offered the ultimate choice of life or death. He chooses life and wakes up to his own actual reality. It's at that moment he realizes that he had been in a coma - everything that happened had been dreams and false memories. After awakening, we find the man outside finally experiencing reality, and he sees what he has been missing: the world is beautiful, the air is fresh, and the people appear to be happy, and then he falls over dead. The take away from this is to make the best of your life. People are constantly searching for something better without taking the time to appreciate the things they have. What we need may already be here, and is hopefully real. We may all be in a coma in another life.
Musically, Coma Ecliptic boasts a series of emotive peaks and valleys that drive the narrative along with the lyrics. Tracks such as Memory Palace, while sounding wholly unique, clearly have a distinct BTBAM flavor to which fans have grown so attached. The Coma Machine brings to mind prog in the most classic sense; think YES and King Crimson passages with the added layer of modern metal heaviness. Dim Ignition highlights Rogers' continuing development as a keyboardist, but don't fret, there's still plenty of speed, technically challenging guitar, bass, and drum runs, and quirkiness throughout. What makes these parts work is the interplay of the heavy and technical with the simpler, almost cinematic, soft passages; that is the power of Coma Ecliptic. The listening experience is a journey, and when Life in Velvet brings the album to a sudden, triumphant end, fans will surely be reaching for the replay button. But what does the band think? Rogers adds: If you asked me what this record sounds like, I would tell you BTBAM. With every listen I still find new exciting moments that each member has put into these songs. After all these years we still push each other to try new things and push our individual skills to the next level. It is an absolute thrill to write with such an inspiring group of people. Briggs continues: Writing with a focus on storytelling and just crushing melodic themes set the tone early on before we were even in the rehearsal room together. Put your velvet capes on and get ready for a journey!1. Node
2. The Coma Machine
3. Dim Ignition
4. Famine Wolf
5. King Redeem / Queen Serene
6. Turn on the Darkness
7. The Ectopic Stroll
8. Rapid Calm
9. Memory Palace
10. Option Oblivion
11. Life in Velvet$33.99Vinyl 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
Live At The Jazz MillPressed On Red Vinyl
Unearthed tape from a jazz icon. Thanks to a 21-year-old with a tape machine, we can all experience the majesty of guitar legend Barney Kessel at his 1954 best!
Even if you don't know Barney Kessel, you know Barney Kessel -- as a first-string member of the group of LA session musicians nicknamed The Wrecking Crew, Kessel's guitar is heard on just about every LA-based hit you'd care to name from the 60s, including songs by the Monkees and The Beach Boys' legendary Smile LP. And that's Kessel's playing on the famous fight music from the Star Trek TV series. He was regarded as the very best of the session guitarists by just about everyone around, and guitarists everywhere site him as an influence.
But before he played rock and roll, Kessel was a jazz pioneer -- as one of the leading lights of the hard-bop movement, his jazz guitar was legendary, and he was ranked the No. 1 guitarist in Down Beat and Playboy for numerous years. He played with Sonny Rollins and Oscar Peterson (and Chico Marx -- yes, that Chico Marx!) as well as leading his own super-tight group. On albums such as The Poll Winners, Kessel defined the bop style with a jazz power trio, creating a body of work that made him a legend.
Live At The Jazz Mill is a unique artifact -- recorded on a tape recorder by young jazz fan Jack Miller, this live recording catches Barney Kessel in the middle of his run at the Jazz Mill with a great four-piece band. The collection, gleaned from a couple of nights' best recordings, features Kessel's spirited take on such Songbook classics as Get Happy and Stardust, not to mention the Gershwin great Embraceable You. It's pressed on red vinyl and wrapped in a sleeve which captures the unique vibe of jazz graphics of the 1950s. Get with Barney Kessel, and get with a true pioneer of the jazz form!1. Strike Up The Band
2. How About You
3. Get Happy
5. Seven Come Eleven
6. Rose Room
7. Somebody Loves Me
8. Embraceable You$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MASSIVE ADDICTIVEGothenburg's finest, AMARANTHE, have completed their third strike. As per the band's custom, "MASSIVE ADDICTIVE" was tracked at Hansen Studios
in Ribe, Denmark with the sound sorcerer Jacob Hansen (Volbeat, Epica etc.) at the helm.
"MASSIVE ADDICTIVE" features some of the best Amaranthe material to date. In addition to the divine duality of pulsating beats and melodic pop
choruses both of which we're accustomed to hear from them, rejuvenated Amaranthe now caters to us further advanced dynamics, a cornucopia of
celestial choruses and of course, sheer melodic bliss. Best known for their danceable upbeat anthems, the band surely has a handful of instant
Amaranthe classics on "MASSIVE ADDICTIVE" such as Trinity and the most contagious chorus of the album, Digital World.
Although already in possession of winning receipt, Amaranthe won't settle for resting on their laurels. Not to tread water, the band has taken to update
their sound so now you'll hear contemporary influences never used before in Amaranthe's songs before such as breakdowns, dubstep, voice studders
and delays. But that's not to say that Amaranthe has forgotten where their fortes lie - as always, song is king.
But it's the whole that has improved. Olof's surgical riffs and soaring solos, Morten's sturdy rhythmic backbone, Johan's booming low-frequency assault,
Elize's ever more emotive singing, Jake's melodic vocal outpour and the new screamer Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson all put together combine for an
entirely new spectrum of nuances. Yes, they've always been ear candy, but now with their MASSIVE updated sound, Amaranthe is more ADDICTIVE
than ever.1. Dynamite
2. Drop Dead Cynical
4. MASSIVE ADDICTIVE
5. Digital World
8. Over And Done
9. Danger Zone
11. An Ordinary Abnormality
12. Exhale$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Catchy hooks and sweet vocal harmonies backed by a wall of thick fuzzy guitars and hard hitting drums with an added sprinkling of analog synth sounds, combined they result in a truly unique sound. Stoner rock, psychedelia, space rock or maybe it's just best described as Mangoo.
Hailing from Turku, Finland, Mangoo have been busting out the fuzz since 2005 when they released their untitled debut EP. Countless beers, shows and drummers later in 2009 the first full-length, Neolithic (7:45 Records), was released. Since then the line-up has remained unchanged with Pickles playing guitar and singing, Mattarn with some more guitar, Igor bringing the bass, Teemu pounding away at the drums and Nicke playing keys and just generating weird noises... oh, and everybody singing along and having a good time.
2012 will see the release of the bands second album and Small Stone debut, entitled Neverland. Like the debut it was recorded and produced by the band itself and displays growth to a more dynamic and even more varied sound. Neverland delivers the heavy, the mellow, the jams and the hooks. If you believe Benny Grotto, who mixed the album, it's a really cool band from Finland [...] who sorta sound like a cross between QOTSA, Rush, Yes, and the Foo Fighters. It's like, weird, proggy stoner rock, but with keyboards and gigantic pop hooks.LP1
4. Diamond in the rough
6. Lose yourself
8. You, Robot
2. Painted Black
6. Humiliation Express$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Robin Trower Live!
The Robin Trower/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues
Celebrating His Legendary Live Album
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Release!
Mastered From The Original Chrysalis Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso
Whenever Robin Trower releases an album, it's always a musical event.
As the fourth in a stunning flow of multifaceted career defining albums, the
legendary British guitarist (co-founder of Procol Harum) unleashed one of the
most popular albums in his ever enduring catalog with 1976's Robin Trower
Recorded absolutely live in Stockholm, this masterwork unites the guitar
hero with his powerful team of world class musicians, the late great James
Dewar on simmering lead vocals & bass and the powerful drum work of Bill
Lordan. The brilliant guitar shredder and his amazing band truly throw down
some of his classiest and hardest drivin,g best known repertoire for this Robin
Trower, produced by Geoff Emerick (Pink Floyd/ Beatles).
The album begins with his best known rocker, Too Rolling Stoned. The tune
finds Robin Trower and James Dewar dueling on some very solid power riffs,
making this the ultimate opening track for the listener.
The soulful, hypnotic vibe of Daydream has the tremendous voicing of
Robin's guitar with Bill Lordan's fine percussive elements and James' signature
vocal work throughout.
Always an astute bluesman, Robin Trower's interpretation of B.B.King's
classic Rock Me Baby retains a solid groove which allows the progressive
guitarist to power away with some very intricate fret work, making this album the
classic that it is.
Hard rock fusion continues with more classics like his powerful soul infused
Lady Love, the spellbinding I Can't Wait Much Longer, and the tour de force,
ultimate Trower smash, Little Bit Of Sympathy. He truly rewards his fans with one
of the finest albums in his gold and platinum career.
It is with great honor that we announce the first-time, limited Anniversary
Edition, 180 Gram Audiophile release of Robin Trower's classic, Robin Trower
Live! As a continuation of our highly regarded Robin Trower/Friday Music
180 Gram Audiophile Series, this fine recording is mastered from the original
Chrysalis Records' tapes by Joe Reagoso (Robin Trower, Jeff Beck, Deep Purple,
Yes) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA.
Also for this rare anniversary edition, we will be presenting the original
LP cover artwork, not seen in decades, featuring all of the art elements you
remember from this incredible 1976 career album for Robin Trower.
Robin Trower ..Robin Trower Live! A 180 Gram Audiophile Dream
Release ..exclusively from your friends at Friday Music.
Too Rolling Stoned!!!1. Too Rolling Stoned
3. Rock Me Baby
4. Lady Love
5. I Can't Wait Much Longer
7. Little Bit Of Sympathy$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
CongratsA cyborg dance party for a broken future that's closer
than you think - Pitchfork
Off Your Face Euphoria - The Line of Best Fit
hypnotic, electronic climax-rock - SPIN
scuzzy, funk-fuelled energy - FACT Mag
Holy Fuck took the world by surprise around 2005 because there was
just nothing like them-a hardcore thrift-store found-object punk
band with a relentless commitment to rhythm and a sense for
atmosphere better matched to a close encounter of the third kind
than a simple rock concert. Think EinstÜrzende Neubauten re-inspired
by Fela Kuti with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech and every
channel on the mixer set to max power. It was the best ride out there
while it lasted, up to and including their 2010 full-length Latin,
recorded largely in too-brief breaks while on the road. That album
cemented Holy Fuck's sound and reputation for unapologetic
instrumental noise but at the end of yet another insane touring cycle,
it was time to take a break which turned into a hiatus which turned
into a chance to explore other projects and production work. (Like the
bands Lids, Dusted and Etiquette, or production for Metz, Alvvays and
They'd been moving faster than they'd ever expected, especially after
a 2007 sophomore release that came close to securing Canada's
prestigious Juno and Polaris Music Prize. (Not to mention festival slots
at All Tomorrow's Parties, Glastonbury, Coachella and more-plus Lou
Reed said they were the best band he'd seen at SXSW.) The strategy
was just to stay busy, says founder and noisemaster Brian Borcherdt,
but soon they started to feel like Indiana Jones running from that
boulder: "He had to step aside and let things settle!"
But there's nothing Indiana Jones does better than the shock reveal, is
there? And so in 2016 Holy Fuck suddenly announced the release of
Congrats, a surprise full-length two years in the making that is by any
scientific measure their holiest fuckiest release ever: "When you're
sitting still in a van and staring out the windows, you start to dream
about all the other things you want to do," says Borcherdt. "This album
is exactly what we couldn't do then."
Checking into a "proper" studio, rather than the barn in rural Ontario
where most of Holy Fuck's records were made, Congrats was
recorded by the same lineup that recorded Latin: Borcherdt, Graham
Walsh, Matt "Punchy" McQuaid, and Matt Schulz. As they worked, they
discovered that Congrats was a process of refining things, Walsh
says-both physically and philosophically. Their ad hoc arsenal of
low-budget hi-tech toys has been streamlined down to what he calls
the nervous system of the band: "What gets run through our system is
the seed of the idea for our music, and the system is what we play. This
record is almost a beginning-the first stage of a new way for us."
So consider those previous albums prelude to Holy Fuck's true
breakthrough, and recognize Congrats as the moment when Holy
Fuck take the chaos and craziness (and charm) that have always been
at the heart of their band and not so much control it as concentrate it.
Now they're heavier, wilder, leaner, sharper, more daring and more
unpredictable than ever before, on fire with the power of inspired
outsiders like Suicide, Silver Apples, Can, Mission of Burma or the
Monks or even Sun Ra, says Borcherdt, whose pursuit of his own kind
of musical purity is exactly what Holy Fuck are after. Yes, it took them
a few years, which in 2016 is supposed to be the career suicide, but
they took that time to take chances. "We were told we did everything
wrong," Borcherdt says now, laughing-but really Congrats is the
sound of a band doing absolutely everything right.1. Chimes Broken
2. Tom Tom
4. Xed Eyes
5. Neon Dad
6. House Of Glass
10. Crapture$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Love SwingsNumbered Limited Edition
1961 Album of Standards Established Darin As A Sophisticated Singer
Concept Effort Divided Into Halves That Explore the Emotional Gamut of Romance: One Side Upbeat, the Other Heartbreaking
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI (Best Record Plant in America): Darins Voice, Torrie Zitos Orchestral Arrangements Set Up Shop In Your Listening Room
Bobby Darin didnt want to be simply known as the singer that scored the novelty hit Splish Splash. Determined to be recognized as a top-tier vocalist on par with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, the Bronx native set out to put an authoritative stamp on pop standards. And did just that with Love Swings. Divided into two conceptual halves, the 1961 masterpiece is the singers defining statement, a splendidly effective and smartly performed record that addresses the wild emotional fluctuations associated with romance and finds Darin nailing every note.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents Darins buoyant album with all the brassiness, boldness, and lushness any fan of vocal pop music would ever want. His voice is transparent and immediate, the diversified instrumental arrangements are placed in sharp relief, the songs replete with airiness, warmth, and the sough-after breath of life. The sound is so good that this somewhat-forgotten LP should now finally gain the recognition its long deserved.
Yes, love swings, but like a pendulum: back and forth, state the records liner notes, explaining the concept behind a set that is split into two thematically connected halves. On the first side, Darin delves into the giddy feelings and incredible happiness associated with romances first bloom. Infatuation, devotion, and gaiety take hold, Darin conveying every ounce of joy and pleasure tied to gliding, uptempo staples such as Rodgers and Harts I Didnt Know What Time It Was and the lounge-bound sway of Long Ago (And Far Away). Darins voice, and his ebullient support band (conducted by Torrie Zito), epitomize glee, delight, and bliss.
On the flip side, Darin, ever the realist and proving himself capable of sophisticated material, probes loves disillusions and heartache with incredible panache. The pace slows, the mood darkens, and the lights dim. Zitos orchestrations embrace denser, more poignant tones, and Darin delivers sad, aching tunes like In Love In Vain and Something to Remember You By with stunning realism and haunting impact. Its as cohesive of a vocal performance as youll hear from the era, a journey that takes you from the highs to the lows, and everything in between.
Yes, the human voice is the most difficult element to accurately reproduce on record. Yet Mobile Fidelitys Silver Label LP does wonders with this Darin classic, opening up the highs, clearing out a previously foggy midrange, and, as importantly, restoring to print in analog a vocal tour de force. Unavailable on vinyl for eons, Love Swings demands to be heard on this sumptuously remastered LP, which runs circles around its digital brethren.
About Silver Series: New from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, the MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series will feature an eclectic mix of recordings. This series is mastered and cut on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed mastering system. Vinyl will be pressed at RTI on audiophile-grade standard vinyl and will be numbered limited-editions. Future releases will continue to stretch stylistic boundaries, as the MoFi Silver Label continues to explore music from many different genres. Expand your musical horizons with the Silver Label!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Long Ago and Far Away
2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
3. How About You
4. The More I See You
5. It Had To Be You
6. No Greater Love
7. In Love Vain
8. Just Friends
9. Something To Remember You By
11. Spring Is Here
12. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Step (45 RPM)200-Gram Vinyl Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
All-Analog Mastering By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Tapes
Deluxe Tip-On Gatefold Jacket From Stoughton Printing
On 1989's In Step, Vaughan found his own songwriting voice, blending blues, soul, and rock in unique ways, and writing with startling emotional honesty. Yes, there are a few covers, all well chosen, but the heart of the album rests in the songs he cowrote with Doyle Bramhall, the man who penned the Soul to Soul highlight "Change It." Fueled by a desire to make up for lost time and delight in his reawakened commitment to life and sobriety, Vaughan turned in what many consider his greatest artistic statement, an album ensconced in sweat, soul, determination, and not an ounce of filler.
"Travis Walk" offers a heady rush of flat-picking, "The House is Rockin'" is full-tilt roots-boogie, "Let Me Love You Baby" and "Leave My Girl Alone" are sweet blues epiphanies, and the nine-minute instrumental "Riviera Paradise" is a truly soulful mix of blues and jazz. By now, just a year before his untimely death, Vaughan had also tamed his bawling voice into a rich instrument. In short, this 1989 session is Vaughan at his artistic peak.
In Step remains one of the five greatest blues records of the past quarter century. There's not a link in this chain that wasn't absolute first-rate. The absolute best that money can buy. We're passionate about the blues AND Stevie Ray and the passion shows up here in spades.
This title is not eligible for discount.LP 1
1. The House Is Rockin'
4. Let Me Love You Baby
5. Leave My Girl Alone
6. Travis Walk
1. Wall Of Denial
3. Love Me Darlin'
4. Riviera Paradise$54.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
"I really felt like I was witnessing history... in a couple of years we'll be talking about,
'Man, I saw him at this intimate little show." - NPR
"Grand and transcendent... the layers of beautiful sound, homage to Japanese culture,
and use of violin make 151a a dreamy, pocket-sized symphony, perfect for anyone
needing a lift." - BUST
"Sumptuous orchestral brilliance... It's a stunningly good record, not merely chirpy,
zany, and whimsical-but also packed full of harmonious, heart-stopping beauty. If you
can imagine ELO's very best moments combined with Andrew Bird and a bit of weird
Bjork introspection-well, even that doesn't really do it justice. Apart from Pet Sounds,
perhaps, I can't think of a record that's as singly captivating in its sonic beauty." - THE PORTLAND MERCURY
"Kishi Bashi's music sounds surprisingly basic and natural. He's got such a great way
of thinking about production and melody that I've yet to hear a bad song from him." -
YOU AIN'T NO PICASO
"The music is off-kilter, particularly the opening chants and swirl of guitar and drums.
The middle section, though, takes a more even-keeled approach to pop, balancing the
looped whistles with peaceful, yet evocative vocals."
- CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
"A weightless, cartwheeling, electro-pop romp that's all zz and no fuss" - SPIN
Violinist, singer, and composer Kishi Bashi is slated to release his new album on
April 29, 2014. The album entitled "Lighght" (pronounced "Light") continues and
expands the sound of his critically acclaimed debut, "151a" - which earned Kishi Bashi
the *title* of "Best New Artist" by NPR. Since the profoundly successful release of
"151a" two years ago, Kishi Bashi has toured relentlessly, captivating audiences across
the globe with his loop-based live show, and fostering a groundswell of devotees.
"151a" was crafted over a four-year period while Kishi Bashi was touring and recording with Regina Spektor, Sondre Lerche, and of Montreal (where he was a full-time
member and co-producer). In late 2012, after the success of "151a", Kishi Bashi
decided to focus solely on his own music and began composing the new material
which has become "Lighght".
"Lighght" takes its title from the one-word poem by minimalist poet Aram Saroyan.
As Kishi Bashi explains, "The poem's blatant assault on literary convention and
classical form was attractive to me." It is apparent that such an approach informed
the new album, which has both broadened and redened his classical foundations.
"Though I have studied classical composition, I prefer to take an unconventional path when it comes to creating and thinking about music," says Kishi Bashi.
Though violin remains his primary instrument and songwriting muse, Kishi Bashi has
expanded his palette to include more diverse and nuanced instrumentation. Bright
and soaring avant-pop songs are prevalent, as are Eastern-tinged arrangements,
gentle ballads, Philip Glass inspired improvisations, and more than a few moments
that irt with 70s prog (in the tradition of ELO or Yes).
If this sounds jarringly kaleidoscopic, that's because it is. But it works. Listen and see.1. DÉbut - Impromptu
2. Philosophize In It! Chemicalize With It!
3. The Ballad of Mr. Steak
4. Carry on Phenomenon
5. Bittersweet Genesis for Him AND Her
6. Impromptu no 1
8. Once Upon a Lucid Dream (In Afrikaans)
9. Hahaha Pt. 1
10. Hahaha Pt. 2
11. In Fantasia$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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