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UNIM-IMP-4609xCharlie Watts & The Danish Radio Big Band
Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big BandBefore Charlie Watts became the best-known drummer on the planet with The Greatest rock 'n' Roll Band in the World he lived for a few months in Denmark. According to English trumpeter and flugelhorn player, Gerard Presencer, who is also a member of the Danish Radio Big Band, it was something he only found out about by chance when he and Charlie talked on the telephone in 2009
"I landed a job with Danish Radio Big Band in 2009. A week or two after arriving in Copenhagen I got a call from Charlie. Later the idea dawned upon me for a return to his Jazz days over here after nearly 50 years. I spoke with my boss at the Danish Radio Big Band and went about putting this live project together. We agreed upon a week in Copenhagen in October 2010."
They rehearsed for 4 days, then played a concert on the fifth day at the newly opened Danish Radio Concert Hall in Copenhagen. This concert was recorded for broadcast by Danish National Radio. Charlie and his long-time bassist Dave Green went to record shops and strolled around the city, with no need for security guards. Charlie made it clear that he did not want to be placed on a big riser above the band, as he found that this did not help the musicians to bond.
In choosing the material, it was important to focus on the groove. According to Prescencer, "Having Dave Green on bass as special guest was an essential ingredient, as these two boyhood friends (next door neighbours growing up in Wembley, North London) have unspoken psychic connections that bassists and drummers, so there are times on this recording where their abundant empathy makes the rest of the band comfortable enough to really play out and take chances."
The album includes seven tracks, including two Mick and Keith compositions, 'Paint it Black' and 'You Can't Always Get What You Want', both arranged by Prescencer and another one, 'Faction' that is based on another Stones' classic. There are also two by Charlie himself, both written with fellow drummer Jim Keltner.
A day or two after the broadcast Prescencer began to think that the concert was so good it deserved to be heard more widely. "The Danish Radio needed very little convincing to hand over the recordings to me to work on, as well as Søren Frost our regular drummer and rhythm section consultant from the big band and the brilliant recording engineer, Lars C. Bruun. So, after several years work on this, we have produced this collection of music from our gig."
Charlie Watts meets the Danish Radio Big Band is the kind of album that many jazz fans had probably given up hope of hearing. In the glory days of big band jazz and arrangers like Oliver Nelson coming up with brilliant music, albums like this were, if not commonplace, at least more readily available. The truth is there is nothing commonplace about this album, it is a sheer delight.
Anyone who knows Charlie, knows how much he loves jazz. A few years ago when he and I were looking at a photo of the Stones playing in the 1960s he pointed at a particular cymbal and said, "I've still got that cymbal, but I don't use it on Stones' gigs, it's too good for them. I just use it on my jazz gigs." There's no doubt, that's the cymbal you hear on the first part of the 'Elvin Suite'.
Charlie Watts is one of the great ambassadors for jazz and every jazz lover will relish this record, and the fact that Charlie is involved may bring jazz to the attention of some that are not sure if they like jazz. Listen to this and you know you do.1. Elvin Suite - Part 1
2. Elvin Suite - Part 2
3. Faction (AKA Satisfaction)
4. I Should Care
5. You Can't Always Get What You Want
6. Paint It Black
7. Molasses$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Big Band And Quartet In Concert (Speakers Corner)Thelonious Monk could walk from his flat to New York's famous Philharmonic Hall on the corner of 64th Street and Broadway when he made his very first appearance there with his Big Band in December 1963. And the other musicians could get there on the underground: Phil Woods, Steve Lacy, Thad Jones - all of them were members of Monk's closest circle of collaborators. It is no wonder then that the well-known themes were highly agreeable and harmonious. I Mean You, Four In One and Epistrophy resounded through the auditorium, the audience was thrilled, Thelonious laughed and danced and a short while later fans could listen to parts of the concert on a recording released by Columbia Records. In a break for a smoke, Monk sat himself down at the piano and played Darkness On The Delta - nocturnal atmosphere pure.
Does it bear the patina of times long past? Absolutely not! Thelonious Monk is as red-hot as he ever was.
- Thelonious Monk (piano)
- Charlie Rouse (tenor saxophone)
- Steve Lacy (soprano saxophone)
- Phil Woods (alto saxophone, clarinet)
- Gene Allen (bassoon, clarinet)
- Eddie Bert (trombone)
- Thad Jones (cornet)
- Nick Travis (trumpet)
- Butch Warren (bass)
- Frank Dunlop (drums)
Recording: December 1963 at Lincoln Center, Philharmonic Hall, New York
Production: Teo Macero
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. I Mean You
3. (When It's) Darkness On The Delta
4. Oska T.
5. Played Twice
6. Four In One
7. Epistrophy$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blues In OrbitImport
Duke Ellington is seen by many as one of the frontrunners of Jazz and as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance and many feel that because of him, Jazz gained recognition as a art form.
Many of his instrumental songs have become Jazz standards, and his distinctive style remains a shining beacon in music. Thanks to a stellar performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 there was a renewed interest in his music and his orchestra, and they performed all over the world.
Blues In Orbit was mostly recorded during one after-midnight session after they had returned from a run of shows in Europe. It presents a Big Band in full swing; there is true synergy at work here that could only come from a group of musicians that expect - and get - the best from each other. Free flowing improvisations and straightforward arrangements show a band that is kicking back, relaxing, and doing it nice 'n' easy.1. Three J's Blues
3. Pie Eye's Blues
4. Sweet and Pungent
5. C Jam Blues
6. In a Mellow Tone
7. Blues in Blueprint
8. The Swingers Get the Blues Too
9. The Swinger's Jump
10. Blues in Orbit
11. Villes Ville is the Place, Man$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Classic Big Band Christmas AlbumThe Classic Big Band Christmas Album features your favorite holiday songs as performed by Benny Goodman, Peggy Lee, Glenn Miller, Spike Jones, Sammy Kaye and more!1. Winter Weather (Mono Recording) - Peggy Lee & Benny Goodman
2. (Don't Wait Till) The Night Before Christmas (78rpm Version) - Eddy Duchin and His Orchestra
3. It's Winter Again - Isham Jones & His Orchestra feat. Frank Sylvano
4. A Wonderful Winter (78rpm Version) - Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra
5. Winter Wonderland (78rpm Version) - Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
6. Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow! (78rpm Version) - Woody Herman & His Orchestra
7. Snowfall - Claude Thornhill & His Orchestra
8. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm - Red Norvo & His Orchestra
9. Jingle Bells - Glenn Miller & his Orchestra
10. Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (78rpm Version) - Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra
11. Hello, Mr. Kringle (78rpm Version) - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
12. White Christmas (78rpm Version) - Harry James & His Orchestra feat. Marion Morgan
13. The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On an Open Fire) - Les Brown & His Orchestra
14. I Want You for Christmas - Russ Morgan & His Orchestra
15. All I Want for Christmas (Is My Two Front Teeth) - Spike Jones & His City Slickers
16. Little Jack Frost Get Lost (78rpm Version) - Frankie Carle with Marjorie Hughes
17. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve? - Charlie Spivak & His Orchestra
18. Auld Lang Syne (78rpm Version) - Vaughn Monroe and His Orchestra$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big Band Bossa NovaImport
A byproduct of the bossa nova fad that followed the success of Desafinado (and preceded the famous recording Getz/Gilberto), this set finds Quincy Jones utilizing and exploiting bossa nova rhythms in his arrangements for a big band. The personnel includes flÜgelhornist Clark Terry, altoist Phil Woods, pianist Lalo Schifrin, guitarist Jim Hall, and (on Soul Bossa Nova) the remarkable Rahsaan Roland Kirk. However, since the selections are all quite brief, and some of the charts are a bit cheesy and inappropriate for the gentle rhythms, this disc (although pleasant enough) is of lesser interest.
-All Music Guide1. Soul Bossa Nova
2. Boogie Bossa Nova
4. Manha De Carnival
5. Se E Tarde Me Perdoa
6. On The Street
7. Una Nota Samba
8. Lalo Bossa Nova
10. Chega De Saudade (No More Blues)
11. A Taste of Honey*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Doug Sahm And Band
Limited Edition Of 1000 Copies
Pressed On Gold Vinyl
Produced By Jerry Wexler & Arif Mardin
Doug Sahm's first solo record was something of a coming out party, a big budget affair that let the world know what the insiders already knew: that Doug Sahm was a quintessentially American musical visionary. After The Sir Douglas Quintet concluded its contract with Smash/Mercury, Jerry Wexler convinced Sahm to sign with Atlantic and brought him to New York for the sessions that were to become Doug Sahm and Band. To call the personnel that Wexler and co-producer Arif Mardin assembled for the album star-studded is a severe understatement: among the musicians on this 1972 release were Dr. John, David Fathead Newman, David Bromberg, and Flaco JimÉnez (the first in a series of collaborations with Doug); Sir Doug stalwarts Augie Meyers, Jack Barber, and George Rains; and, of course, Bob Dylan, who contributes a hitherto-unheard song (Wallflower).
It is a testament to Sahm's boundless talent that all of these stellar musicians wanted to play with him; it's even more of a testament that despite all of the formidable artists in the room, and despite the fact that Sahm only wrote three of the album's 12 tunes, Doug Sahm and Band never sounds like anything but a Doug Sahm record. And a hell of a good one, too, highlighted by the anthemic (Is Anybody Going to) San Antone and the brilliant Willie Nelson cover Me and Paul. This turned out to be Doug's only charting solo album, but he was never about the money. What mattered to Doug was the groove, and this record has it in every one of 'em. Real Gone Music is proud to present the first-ever vinyl reissue of this classic record, limited to 1000 gold vinyl copies. A must for your American music collection.1. (Is Anybody Going To) San Antone
2. It's Gonna Be Easy
3. Your Friends
4. Poison Love
6. Dealer's Blues
7. Faded Love
8. Blues Stay Away from Me
9. Papa Ain't Salty
10. Me and Paul
11. Don't Turn Around
12. I Get Off$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big Band & Quartet In ConcertPreviously Out of Press for Over Two Decades
Mastered from Original Analog Tapes by Grammy
Award Winner Bernie Grundman
Pressed on 180 gram Audiophile-Grade
Vinyl at Pallas in Germany
As Scott Yanow puts it in his five-star review for
AllMusic, "This is one of pianist-composer Thelonious
Monk's greatest recordings and represents a high point
in his career... essential for all jazz collections." Big
Band and Quartet in Concert, Monk's fifth album for
Columbia records, was recorded live at Lincoln Center,
Philharmonic Hall in New York City on December 30,
1963. The album is coming back to vinyl for the first
time in over two decades with this double LP 180gram
reissue, which was mastered from original analog tapes
by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas in Germany
for a true audiophile experience.1. I Mean You
3. (When It's) Darkness On The Delta
4. Oska T.
5. Played Twice
6. Four In One
7. Epistrophy$45.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDI-TRU-8000xHot 8 Brass Band
On The SpotNew Orleans' Grammy-nominated Hot 8 Brass Band release their fifth LP, 'On The Spot'. In true Hot 8 style, this album pairs hard-hitting, heart-on-sleeve sentiment with party-fuelling beats, hooks and grooves; raw funk and charismatic hip hop vocals mix with Big Easy jazz elegance. Expect unshakable horn riffs and bubbling bass as the record transports you right into the center of an electrifying Hot 8 party crowdLP 1
1. 8 Kickin' It Live (Edit)
2. Get it How You Live
3. On The Spot
4. St. James Infirmary
5. Annie Mae
6. Working Together
1. That Girl
2. Keepin' It Funky
3. Bottom Of The Bucket (Edit)
4. Can't Nobody Get Down
5. Sweetest Taboo$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Sands: Before Frank (Awaiting Repress)Swinging Hard and Heavy With Orchestral Support, Live Big-Band Album Recorded During the Count's Warm-Up Sets for Sinatra in Early 1966 in Vegas
Incredible Sound: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Reissue Improves Upon Renowned Dynamics, Presence, Crispness, and Balances
Long Out-of-Print, Seminal Classic is Perfect Complement to Sinatra's Live at the Sands
Count Basie and Frank Sinatra had the perfect arrangement at the Sands. Before the Chairman hit the stage in Vegas, Count Basie and his big band warmed up the already enthusiastic crowd with a brief set of their own. A dynamite entertainer, the legendary leader causes hearts to race, hips to shake, and fingers to snap with high-energy readings of his trademark swing music, taken to feverish heights by both his first-rate orchestra and the incredibly swank setting. Fortunately, the finest of Basie and Co.'s introductory performances from the historic 1966 dates have been preserved here and serve as a seminal complement to Sinatra's iconic Live at the Sands.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version of Live at the Sands (Before Frank) gives you a dead-center, eighth-row seat at the famed Sin City club. You'll just need to supply your own table and cocktail. Renowned for its sonic clarity, transparency, crispness, and punch, the record is now tremendously enhanced, with improved tonality, a deeper soundstage, correct balances, and lifelike presence. Each horn occupies its own space, and Basie's transfixing piano-a focal point throughout-resonates with gorgeous detail and impeccable pacing. The collective's energy almost demands to be measured with an SPL meter.
Captured in late January and early February 1966, Live at the Sands (Before Frank) contains most of Basie's signature pieces delivered with an enthusiasm, style, and brassiness that exceed that gracing nearly any of the Count's studio efforts. His band is stacked to the nines, with tenor saxophonist Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, saxophonist/flautist Eric Dixon, and drummer "Sonny" Payne among the prized cast. The Sands dates marked the first time in years that these players, as well as trombonist Al Grey, gathered onstage together.
Encouraged by Basie, the instrumentalists engage in a series of call-and-response passages and standout solos, not the least of which is Davis' turn on a white-hot "Jumpin' at the Woodside" and he and Dixon's exchanges on "This Could Be the Start of Something Big." No slouch, Basie approaches "Makin' Whoopee" with graceful playfulness, and oversees the assortment of uptempo swing numbers and mellow ballads with astute melodicism. A sublime version of the Don Gibson country standard "I Can't Stop Loving You," arranged by Quincy Jones, can almost be considered a bonus.
No, it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. And Basie and his mates have plenty of it on this superb outing. Big-band jazz seldom enjoyed such levels of rhythmic precision, expert charts, or unfettered joy. Unbelievably, this gem has been out of print for years, with original copies both on vinyl and CD commanding steep prices. Mobile Fidelity's reissue restores not only the sonics but the record's place in jazz history.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Introduction
3. I Can't Stop Loving You
4. I Needs to Be Bee'd With
5. Flight of the Foo Birds
6. Satin Doll
7. Makin' Whoopee!
8. Corner Pocket
9. One O'Clock Jump
10. Hello Little Girl
11. Whirly Bird
12. Blues for Ilene
13. This Could Be the Start of Something Big
14. Jumpin' at the Woodside$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Big BoatPressed On Clear/Cloudy Vinyl
PHISH has announced the release of its new studio album, Big Boat, via the band's own JEMP Records. Recorded in Nashville, New York and the band's home state of Vermont, Big Boat features 13 new songs contributed by all four members of the band - Trey Anastasio, Jon Fishman, Mike Gordon and Page McConnell.1. Friends
2. Breath and Burning
4. Blaze On
5. Tide Turns
6. Things People Do
7. Waking Up Dead
8. Running Out of Time
9. No Men in No Man's Land
10. Miss You
11. I Always Wanted it This Way
13. Petrichor$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Big WorldListening to San Francisco East Bay s Happy Diving it s hard to believe that they ve only been together since 2013. A year ago, friends Matt Berry, Samuelito Cruz, Mikey Rivera, and Matt Yankovitz decided to form a band after previous projects fell apart. Since then they ve released a self-titled EP in late 2013 that fans of Tony Molina, Connecticut s Ovlov and early Weezer can appreciate. Their debut full-length, Big World, out worldwide on October 21, 2014, was recorded over a whirlwind two days at The Atomic Garden in East Palo, CA, with the help of producer Jack Shirley (Deafhaven, Joyce Manor, Whirr). Big World sees the band channeling the energy first displayed on their Self-Titled EP, as well as their deafening and vivacious live shows, into ten concise, sludgy pop songs. We recommend you listen to this album while road tripping across the country, but if you don t have the time to pack up your cares and get away, Big World fits perfectly into a 30 minute lunch break.1. Small World
2. Space Ooze
3. Weird Dream
4. Big World
5. Sad Planet
6. Mikey's Rules
8. Always Noon
10. 10$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big MessPressed On Mixed Red & Yellow Colored Vinyl
Recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain Cuts (Grouplove's own Ryan Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins), Big Mess features the signature anthemic choruses and infectious hooks that first brought the Los Angeles quintet to prominence through hits like "Tongue Tied," "Colours," and "Ways To Go." No stranger to the worldwide festival circuit, Grouplove has made an album that brilliantly showcases their richly narrated songs with elaborate production.
We made this album at an important crossroads in our lives, and it was a dream come true to be able to work with Phil Ek up in Seattle and with Ryan down in LA. We're extremely excited for the world to hear it!" offered singer/guitarist Christian Zucconi.1. Welcome To Your Life
2. Do You Love Someone
3. Standing in the Sun
4. Enlighten Me
5. Good Morning
9. Heart of Mine
10. Don't Stop Making It Happen
11. Hollywood$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big TalkRecorded at The Killers Battle Born studios in Las Vegas with producer Joe Chicharelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket), and mixed in London by star mixer Alan Moulder (U2, The Killers, Foo Fighters), Big Talk sees the Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci step out from behind the kit. As a member of one of the biggest bands of the past ten years, Vannucci has collaborated on many Killers songs, so it will come as no surprise to find that Vannucci has a way with a genius hook of his own. But Vannucci is more: a true multi-instrumentalist, superb vocalist, who has produced what is sure to be the rock soundtrack to the summer.1. Katzenjammer
3. Under Water
4. The Next One Living
6. No Whiskey
7. Girl At Sunrise
8. White Dove
9. Living In Pictures
10. Hunting Season
11. A Fine Time To Need Me
12. Big Eye$21.9945 RPM Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Big O180 Gram Vinyl Includes Fully Restored Original Artwork
The Big O was originally released in 1970, but only outside the United States. This album includes fan favorite
'Penny Arcade' and features Roy Orbison's touring band The Art Movement. This re-issue is fully remixed and
remastered to return the audio to its original glory.1. Break My Mind
2. Help Me, Rhonda
3. Only You
4. Go, Go, Go (Down The Line)
6. When I Stop Dreaming
7. Loving Touch
8. Land Of A Thousand Dances
9. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)
10. She Won't Hang Her Love Out (On The Line)
11. Casting My Spell On You
12. Penny Arcade$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big ThingBig Thing is the fifth album by Duran Duran, released worldwide in 1988, an reissued on 180gm vinyl from Rhino
Duran Duran personified new wave for much of the mainstream audience. Their reputation was built through music videos, which accentuated their fashion-model looks and glamorous sense of style. Each video the group made was distinctive, incorporating a number of cinematic styles to showcase the band as either part of the jet-setting elite (Rio) or as worldly adventurers (Hungry Like the Wolf). Between 1982 and 1984, they rocketed from underground British post-punk sensations to teen idols.
In 1981, Duran Duran became the leaders of the new romantic movement, and media sensations in the British music and mainstream press. The group's popularity increased through its cutting-edge music videos, especially the bizarre, racy clip for Girls on Film. the single became the group's first Top Ten hit, setting the stage for the fall release of its eponymous debut album. Duran Duran reached number three upon its release and stayed in the charts for 118 weeks.LP1
1. Big Thing
2. I Don't Want Your Love
3. All She Wants Is
4. Too Late Marlen
5. Drug (It's Just A State Of Mind)
6. Do You Believe In Shame?
8. Interlude One
10. Flute Interlude
11. The Edge of America
12. Lake Shore Driving
1. I Don't Want Your Love (Big Mix)
2. All She Wants Is (Eurohouse Mix)
3. All She Wants Is (US Master)
4. Big Thing (12 Mix)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Band PerryDaddy rocked us to sleep with the Rolling Stones; Mama woke us up with Loretta Lynn. So we get it honest. - Kimberly Perry
Inheriting a cross-pollinated love of country and rock & roll from their parents, The Band Perry - siblings Kimberly, Reid, and Neil Perry - say that they bleed the bright red blood of American music. The three have always felt the drive to perform and create music, sweating out the summers in Mobile, Alabama playing in any dusty roadhouse or church that would have them. Kimberly strapped on her first Gibson - and fronted her first high school band - at age 15, employing Reid, then 10, and Neil, only 8, as her roadies. Changing guitar strings and polishing cymbals for their big sister lost its charm after awhile, so the brothers formed their own band, opening for Kimberly's band.
My bass and I've been attached at the hip since I was 10 years old, says Reid. While most of my friends were playing little league, I was sitting in my room learning Rolling Stones' and Beatles' bass lines. It's really all I've ever known. Even as the three worked in different bands, the siblings would spend nights at home playing together: I remember sitting out on our front porch singing old Hank Williams and Bobbie Gentry songs in three-part harmony, hoping to channel the spirits of old country through musical sÉance while fighting off the southern Alabama mosquitoes, says Kimberly. We always knew we'd take the stage together - all we were waiting on was the right moment. That moment came in July of 2005, when - after years of writing together - the siblings decided to join forces as one band. The Band Perry was then invited by the Coca-Cola Bottling Company to open all of the dates on their New Faces Of Country Tour that year.
In the summer of 2008, after spending a few years on the road honing their sound, TBP met longtime Garth Brooks manager Bob Doyle. Partnering with Bob and Josh Pegram, The Band Perry spent the fall and winter of 2008 writing in Nashville and collecting songs for their first country recording session.
The three of us bring different strengths into the writing room, Neil points out. Kimberly carries in a bag of melodies and lyrics, Reid always has some really great musical ideas in his back pocket, and I bring in a sense of humor and some thread that ties it all together.
The new recordings caught the ears of Scott Borchetta and Jimmy Harnen, the CEO and President of Republic Nashville, signing to the new label in the summer of 2009.
When talking about The Band Perry, each member of the trio stresses how much family figures into the mix: Reid, Neil and I share genes and a musical pedigree, Kimberly explains. We read the same classics and cook from the same recipes. With all of our likenesses though, I believe it's our distinctions that stir up the magic when we create. When the three of us sit down to write songs together, we pull from all of our individual perspectives and happenstances to create the most interesting song concoctions.
There's a tightness between the three of us that goes way beyond even best friends, Neil adds. Family vocal harmonies can't be fabricated. And, besides - the three of us know that through the thick and thin of life and the music business, we're watching after each other.
Blood runs thick. The music business can be hard, but the three of us are committed not only to our lives in music, but to living them together, Reid says. I think the security of knowing that about each other allows us to be uninhibited when we create. It's a democracy. It's a safe haven.
We've walked a long way to find your ears, Kimberly Perry finishes with a grin. So play us long and play us loud. The Band Perry is here, and we just have so darn much to say.1. You Lie
2. Hip To My Heart
3. If I Die Young
4. All Your Life
5. Miss You Being Gone
6. Double Heart
7. Postcard From Paris
8. Walk Me Down The Middle
10. Quittin' You
11. Lasso$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music From Big PinkRanked 34/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
The Band's 1968 debut, Music From Big Pink was released at the height of the psychedelic revolution and its earthy and more roots oriented sound turned the music world on its ear. Considered to be the group's most democratic effort before Robbie Robertson would emerge as the ensemble's leader, the 11 song set features songs from Robertson, bassist Rick Danko, pianist Richard Manuel and Bob Dylan. The album is arguably the purest distillation of the Band and in many ways, their preeminent recording. Music From Big Pink's rustic beauty and fresh blend of country, rock, folk and classical R&B made it an instant homespun classic and a crowning achievement. Includes one of the Band's best known originals in The Weight.1. Tears of Rage
2. To Kingdom Come
3. In a Station
4. Caledonia Mission
5. The Weight
6. We Can Talk
7. Long Black Veil
8. Chest Fever
9. Lonesome Suzie
10. This Wheel's On Fire
11. I Shall Be Released$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CITH-4MEN-1018xIncredible String Band
The Big HugeWee Tam and The Big Huge were originally released in 1968 as both a double LP in the UK, and individually as two separate albums in the US. They mark a creative high point for the band that is only matched by their other 1968 masterpiece, The Hangmans Beautiful Daughter.
Produced, as always, by the legendary Joe Boyd, these albums feature some of the bands best, and most accessible song writing. While Hangmans and The 5000 Spirits may have been considered more revolutionary at the time, Wee Tam and The Big Huge have aged considerably better and many considered them to be the bands finest work. Reissued here in their original US form as individual LPs on 180g vinyl with a deluxe tip-on jacket.1. Maya
2. Greatest Friend
3. The Son Of Noah's Brother
4. Lordly Nightshade
5. The Mountain Of God
6. Cousin Caterpillar
7. The Iron Stone
8. Douglas Traherne Harding
9. The Circle Is Unbroken$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big Choice (Awaiting Repress)Remastered
Includes Bonus Tracks From The Original Recording Session
Big Choice is the second full-length album by the California punk band Face to Face. Originally released on Victory Music in 1995, it was re-released by A&M Records later that year. This remastered reissue via Fat Wreck Chords presents the original album along with bonus tracks from the original recording session.1. Struggle
2. I Know You Well
5. You Lied
7. Big Choice
8. It's Not Over
14. I Used to Think*
15. Not Enough*
*Bonus tracks$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
ADAD-CON-9717xLand Of Kush
The Big Mango"Sam Shalabi has raised the bar for modern psychedelic music by composing this epic suite for his 20-piece Land of Kush orchestra. Utilizing African, Middle Eastern, Indian, jazz, rock, and folkloric sources, The Big Mango weaves a seamless montage of styles in a transcendent way that is rarely, if ever, achieved. A singular cohesive statement built around four key tracks written for four different female vocalists it will demand your attention from start to finish." - Alan Bishop (Sun City Girls/Sublime Frequencies)
Osama (Sam) Shalabi moved to Cairo in 2011, settling in an apartment one block from Tahrir Square, in the midst of Egypt's 'Arab Spring'. Shalabi describes The Big Mango, his new and phenomenal work for his Land Of Kush big band, as "a love letter to Cairo"
framed by "the beautiful,surreal madness of the city as joyous, horrific, historical events were
unfolding". The music was also inspired by time spent in Dakar, where in Senegal's music scene Sam experienced parallels to another of his central aesthetic and political touchstones, Brazilian Tropicalia, in the sense of a "positivity, complexity and radicalism in art that was also
playful and joyous and wasn't necessarily part of a 'revolution' but seemed to be a form of innate radicalism". In tandem with the relative openness of Dakar's Islamic society - with the much more prominent role and presence of women in public and private life and the relaxed physicality and sensuality of the culture in general - Senegalese music offered a powerful counterpoint and feeling of promise for Egypt's own future. "The Big Mango" is one of the many nicknames for Cairo, but for Shalabi it also evokes the succour and sensuality of southern hemispheric music more generally, in this relation to broader socio-political movements.
MontrÉal remains Shalabi's home base and the city to which he briefly returned towards the end of 2012 to reconvene the troupe of players that have helped him realize his large-scale works under the Land Of Kush moniker. Working through The Big Mango score with
these local musicians culminated in two ecstatic live performances and a recording session at MontrÉal's Hotel2Tango studio. This third album by Land Of Kush is arguably the group's most focused and immediately satisfying.
For Shalabi, gender and Arab culture has been a central theme, one he took up explicitly on the previous Kush album Monogamy (2011), and which similarly drives The Big Mango, where once again a series of female vocalists drawn from MontrÉal's indie rock community anchor the work and convey what in most of the North African Arab world remains a
profoundly unrealized though burgeoning spirit of gender equality, participation, expression and liberation. This promise is at the heart of Shalabi's "love letter".
The Big Mango opens with a bubbling Fauvist stew of balafon, flute, electronics and vocalizations which abruptly segue into solo piano and saxophone improvisations - an introductory set of musical mating calls that invoke the album's deeper conceptual and formal preoccupations. The libidinal energy of rock n' roll is then re-situated in a heterodox Middle Eastern context as the album's centerpiece songs unfold: "The Pit", "Mobil Nil",
"Drift Beguine" and "The Big Mango" each marked by propulsive female vocal performances from Ariel Engle, Katie Moore, Elizabeth Anka Vajagic and Molly Sweeney respectively.
Underpinning each of these singers is some of Land Of Kush's s most melodically and rhythmically compelling music, conjuring a post-modern psychedelia that is truly sui generis. The band delivers the grooves and soloists unleash excursions more fluidly than ever; for many of these players, it's the third time around embracing Shalabi's music, getting inside the spirit of the score, and following his conduction. In combination with the peaking intensity and electricity of Sam's compositional vision, The Big Mango coheres,sparkles and soars: a distillation of the sonic trajectory Land Of Kush has been charting for the past six years.1. Faint Praise
2. Second Skin
3. The Pit (Part 1)
4. The Pit (Part 2)
5. Sharm El Bango
6. Mobil Nil
7. St Stefano
8. Drift Beguine
9. The Big Mango$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big Red & BarbacoaRed Vinyl
Big Red and Barbacoa is the second album by South Texas' Hacienda, and like its predecessor Loud Is The Night (Alive 2008), it has been produced at the Akron Analog Studio by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys.
Recorded on the tail end of a year of playing at clubs and festivals across North America, Australia, and Europe, opening for Dan Auerbach and Dr. Dog, this new album brings heavier grooves and flavor to the '60s harmonies sound the band is known for. The result is a blend of Tex-Mex roots rock, retro-pop and R&B that can only be described as South Texas Soul. Big Red and Barbacoa captures the attitude of a band ready to throw pretension to the roadside and play rock'n'roll the way it was intended.1. Who's Heart Are You Breaking
2. Younger Days
3. I Keep Waiting
4. Hound Dog
6. Big Red
7. You're My Girl
9. As You Like It
10. Go to Get Back Home
11. Mama's Cookin
12. Barbacoa$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Big To-DoATO Records is pleased to commence its relationship with the The Drive-By Truckers beginning with the incomparable rock band's label debut, The Big To-Do. The album is the band's 10th in their thirteen-year career and it features 13 new DBT tracks produced by their long time collaborator, David Barbe (Sugar, Bettye LaVette). Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley continue to handle chief songwriting duties here while bassist Shonna Tucker also contributes two originals. Brad Morgan (drums), John Neff (guitar/pedal steel), and Jay Gonzalez (keyboards) round out the current lineup.
The Big To-Do was recorded in three concentrated sessions during the first part of 2009: ten days in January, five days in March, ten days in May. That added up to 25 songs, a dozen of which sequenced into The Big To-Do. We had it mixed, mastered, and completely done, and Cooley wrote the best song that just needed to be on it, Patterson says with his raspy chuckle. This happens a lot with the Truckers, and it's always a good sign. So we went back in and recorded, mixed, and mastered 'Birthday Boy' pretty much in one fell swoop. Thirteen songs, then.
The balance of the remaining tracks, plus five more they've cut in the interim, will make up the Truckers' next album, which Patterson projects as a quieter affair.
This is, in large part, possible because the Truckers have such a long-standing relationship with David Barbe (ex-Sugar, etc.) and the Athens, GA, studio he calls Chase Park Transduction, which long ago Patterson helped to build so as to earn the right to record there.
It's gotten to where, that day of set-up time to get sounds and levels and all of that takes us about two hours, Patterson says. We can pretty much walk in the door, and we know exactly where to put everything to get that sound, so that's just one less thing to have to think about. I wanted to eliminate the distractions. That clarity of purpose translates into a delicious assortment of Trucker songs themed loosely around crime and (self-) punishment. The Wig He Made Her Wear, Patterson says, is both a true story (as seen on Court TV) and the closest he's come to making the movie he started out to make a decade or more back. The Fourth Night of My Drinking will speak for itself, and This Fucking Job (paired thematically with Cooley's wry Get Downtown) is arguably the most political song the Truckers have made since Living Bubba. Which leaves the deceptive, airy simplicity of Shonna Tucker's You Got Another and (It's Gonna Be) I Told You So to reckon with. We always knew she had that in her, Patterson says, delighted with the emergence of another strong songwriter in the band. It was never a secret. She was writing songs all along. But watching it come out has been a really amazing thing to behold.
Off the road, incidentally, didn't mean out of work. First off, there was the matter of cutting an instrumental album with the legendary Booker T, having previously served as the backing band to the equally legendary soul singer, Bettye Lavette. Potato Hole turned out all right, got a Grammy nod, and Neil Young added his touches separately even though it's pretty much a Truckers effort. But it's what they learned making Potato Hole that counts most. I think doing the Booker album really, really paid off a lot on the musical end of this record, even though stylistically it might not sound anything like that record, says Patterson, and then tells the story.
We made that record in four days, and that included the first day when it was, 'Booker, it's wonderful to meet you!' Maybe the third song we tracked just wasn't going the way he wanted it to go. We weren't quite understanding what he wanted. We were playing it right, but it wasn't right. All the sudden he just stopped the session. He gathered us around, and he told us a story about a Thanksgiving dinner, and the way it smelt in the house, he'd been on the road a long time, and they were all in - cousins and aunts he hadn't seen in several years. He said, 'It's just a day where nothing happens, but it's all really good.'
And we sat down and we played it, and we nailed it. It was like a revelation. We're a lyric-driven band, and our songs generally paint scenes and tell stories based on scenes. He instinctively knew that was how we operated. And I think it taught us a lot about how we operated. Going in and making this record, I could tell a real difference in the way the songs hold up musically. We put a little more care into that side of it than I think we ever did before because of what we learned from him.
...an absorbing hunk of smart, crunchy, guitar-driven music shot through with the bands vivid narratives, balanced storytelling, barroom punch, and Southern accents. Its a set that portrays desperate people trying to survive in these ever more desperate times, with the Truckers joyous pride and spirited attitude warding off any bitter aftertaste. Several songs are sad, and at times depressing, but the moods always point up. As it is for Bruce Springsteen, this blue-collar band not only believes in but preaches rock as salvation, and their iron-clad conviction suggests they wont have it any other way. --Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 271. Daddy Learned to Fly
2. The Fourth Night of My Drinking
3. Birthday Boy
4. Drag the Lake Charlie
5. The Wig He Made Her Wear
6. You Got Another
7. This Fucking Job
8. Get Downtown
9. After the Scene Dies
10. (It's Gonna Be) I Told You So
11. Santa Fe
12. The Flying Wallendas
13. Eyes Like Glue
14. Girls Who Smoke (vinyl only bonus track)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Big BluesSourced from the Original King Mono Master Tapes
Pressed on 180-Gram Vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI)
Standing well over six feet and weighing in at around 250 pounds, it's no surprise that Albert King earned the nickname "The Velvet Bulldozer." Standing on stage with his Gibson Flying V, named Lucy, King cut an imposing visual figure. After a few abortive recording attempts, King scored a #14 R&B single on King Records with "Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong" in 1961. The song captured the distinctive call-and-response style between King's voice and guitar, a direct extension of his gospel roots and it was included on his debut album, The Big Blues. Backed by a razor sharp band, which included Ike Turner on piano, King showed an authoritative command of ballads, rumbas and mid-tempo shuffles. It was a sound honed in countless club gigs, a "vivid sound" as the LP jacket rightly proclaimed. To restore this sound to its royal splendor, Sundazed sourced this reissue from the original King mono master tapes. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Record Technology, Inc. (RTI) in Camarillo, CA, this resurrected LP boasts breathtaking sound. Nothing less would have been worthy of one of the most important albums in the blues pantheon. All hail King Albert!1. Let's Have a Natural Ball
2. What Can I Do to Change Your Mind?
3. I Get Evil
4. Had You Told It Like It Was (It Wouldn't Be Like It Is)
5. This Morning
6. I Walked All Night Long
7. Don't Throw Your Love on Me So Strong
8. Travelin' to California
9. I've Made Nights By Myself
10. This Funny Feeling
11. Ooh-Ee Baby
12. Dyna Flow$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
The Big Come Up2002 was a hell of a year for The Black Keys, the minimalist two-man blues-rock outfit from Akron, Ohio. They released their debut album The Big Come-Up on the tiny Alive label that year and garnered barely-contained raves in Rolling Stone, Spin, The Village Voice and MOJO. One listen to The Big Come Up, a startling raw slab of juke-joint blues, validates the band's rapid ascent from playing for no money on the bottom of the bill at Cleveland's Beachland Tavern to selling out blistering headline dates and being invited to open for the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and elder Ohio statesmen Guided By Voices. Their vintage concoction of Dan Auerbach's genuinely fine, powerful blues vocals and busy reverb soaked guitar riffing mixed with Patrick Carney's earthy drumming is what makes The Big Come Up a cool and raunchy electric blues record with a vigor and imagination that's way fresher than any standard bar band blues-rockers with slicker execution and pencient for blues cliches. Now right at home here on Vinyl LP!1. Busted
2. Do The Rump
3. I'll Be Your Man
5. Breaks, The
6. Run Me Down
7. Leavin' Trunk
8. Heavy Soul
9. She Said, She Said
10. Them Eyes
12. Brooklyn Bound
13. 240 Years Before Your Time$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now