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  • The Ladder The Ladder Quick View

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    The Ladder

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    The 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)
    8. Finally
    9. The Messenger
    10. New Language
    11. Nine Voices (Longwalker)
    Yes
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  • 2112 (40th Anniversary) 2112 (40th Anniversary) Quick View

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    2112 (40th Anniversary)

    40th Anniversary Edition


    3x 200 Gram Vinyl (Including Original Album With 2015 Abbey Road Remaster)


    Bonus Tracks With Live Archive Outtakes From Massey Hall 1976 & Newly Recorded Covers By Dave Grohl,

    Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains, & Jacob Moon


    Includes Starman Turntable Mat


    Red Star + Circuit Board Vinyl Image Etching On Side Six


    Features New Artwork By Hugh Syme


    Liner Notes By Rob Bowman




    The 40th Anniversary edition of Rush's classic 1976 LP, 2112. Pressed 3x 200 Gram Vinyl (Including Original Album With 2015 Abbey Road Remaster) with bonus tracks including live archive outtakes from Massey Hall, 1976 & newly recorded covers by Dave Grohl,
    Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains, & Jacob Moon. Includes Starman turntable mat and Red Star + Circuit Board vinyl image etching on side six. Featuring new artwork by Hugh Syme & liner notes by Rob Bowman.

    LP 1: Original Album
    1. Overture
    2. The Temples Of Syrinx
    3. Discovery
    4. Presentation
    5. Oracle: The Dream
    6. Soliloquy
    7. Grand Finale
    8. A Passage To Bangkok
    9. The Twilight Zone
    10. Lessons
    11. Tears
    12. Something For Nothing


    LP 2: Covers & Bonus Tracks
    1. Solar Federation
    2. Overture (Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins & Nick Raskulinecz)
    3. A Passage To Bangkok (Billy Talent)
    4. The Twilight Zone (Steven Wilson)
    5. Tears (Alice In Chains)
    6. Something For Nothing (Jacob Moon)
    7. 2112 (Live At Massey Hall 1976 Outtake)


    LP 3: More Bonus Tracks (Red Star + Circuit Board Vinyl Image Etching on Side Six)
    1. Something For Nothing (Live At Massey Hall 1976 Outtake)
    2. The Twilight Zone (Live 1977 Contraband)
    3. 2112 Radio Ad

    Rush
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  • Turnstiles (Awaiting Repress) Turnstiles (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Turnstiles (Awaiting Repress)

    By 1976, Billy Joel had proven his merit as an auteur of California-based singer-songwriter pop-rock. On Turnstiles, the legend focuses his attention on more ambitious matters: Making an album whose scope and range dwarf that of his previous work, and shot his star into the stratosphere. Encompassing everything from urgent rock to soft pop and saloon fare, Turnstiles is a classic of major proportions.



    Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original master tapes to present Joels encompassing music the way it was always intended to be experienced: Intimate, detailed, expressive, warm. The records widescreen sonics are at last properly cinematic, flush with colors, textures, and atmosphere.



    Progressing away from sensitivity, Joel casts his eye towards broader horizons. For him, that meant moving from the West Coast back to his native New York and embracing the citys doo-wop, Broadway, and R&B heritage. Joels diversity comes through in a spectacle of memorable tunes, including the infectious All You Wanna Do Is Dance, acerbic Angry Young Man, and gorgeous Ive Loved These Days.



    Still, no song better illustrates the allureand breadthof Turnstiles more than Say Goodbye to Hollywood, bathed in the sort of fabulous Phil Spector sound, huge drum echoes, and Brill Building orchestral sweep that Joel grew up on. Similarly, the sprawling ballad New York State of Mind clearly states the singers vision and mood. On the definitive track, Joel luxuriates in full string accompaniment and soulful saxophone playing that gives the pop standard its foundation. Not for nothing did Joel insist on keeping his touring band for the album, a decision that resulted in the firing of the records original producer.



    Supported by talents such as arranger Kenny Ascher, guitarist James Herb Smith, and percussionist Mingo Lewis, Joel succeeds in wrapping his head around a rich swath of American pop music, stopping by way of New Orleans, Kansas City, Memphis, Chicago, and other cities on his way from California back to the Garden State. While lacking the fame of the subsequent The Stranger and 52nd Street, Turnstiles is in every way their equal.



    Finally, the delicate nuances of Joels phrasing, pregnant pauses, and introspective emotion can be experienced in three-dimensional fidelity. In addition, the spectrum of the orchestras power and finesse, ravishing poignancy of the lyrics, and bittersweet qualities of the melodies bloom with unforced immediacy. The previous veiled sonic character and stultifying dryness have been corrected, presenting Joel and his crack band with illuminating precision and feeling.



    Turnstiles has never sounded betterand it never will.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Say Goodbye to Hollywood
    2. Summer, Highland Falls
    3. All You Wanna Do Is Dance
    4. New York State of Mind
    5. James
    6. Prelude/Angry Young Man
    7. I've Loved These Days

    8. Miami 2017 (Seen the Lights Go Out on Broadway)
    Billy Joel
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  • Furiosity (Awaiting Repress) Furiosity (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Furiosity (Awaiting Repress)

    Hamilton riff-rockers, and recent JUNO nominees Monster Truck have announced details behind their long-awaited debut album, Furiosity, due for release May 28, 2013 via Dine Alone Records.


    Furiosity, was produced by JUNO-nominated Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Three Days Grace, Cancer Bats) at Vespa Studios in Toronto and Echo Mountain Studios in Asheville, North Carolina.


    The album will include a bonus track "Win / Lose" on both the digital and vinyl versions.

    1 Old Train
    2 The Lion

    3 Power of the People

    4 Sweet Mountain River

    5 Psychics
    6 Oh Lord
    7 For The Sun

    8 Boogie
    9 Undercover Love

    10 The Giant

    11 Call It The Spade

    12 My Love Is True
    Monster Truck
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  • Fire Music Fire Music Quick View

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    Fire Music

    Danko Jones has announced the release of FIRE MUSIC via Bad Taste Records/MRI. The new album is loaded with some of the most incendiary, fierce, and downright pissed-off songs the band has ever committed to tape. In the past, Danko Jones' repertoire has frequently exhibited a physical and emotional release for those times when love is unkind, but with these songs the trio exhibits what happens when therapy doesn't work. Song to song, the listener experiences Danko's pent-up agitation that has been left to stew, getting expelled into pure, merciless, violent rock 'n' roll fury. The repertoire unleashes a torrent of Misfits-worthy shout along hooks, as Jones crosses into a realm where whatever belief he ever had in love and romance has disintegrated into the darkest depths of a blackened soul.


    Danko Jones' composition "Gonna Be A Fight Tonight" has been selected as the official theme song for WWE's Royal Rumble Pay-Per-View Event, taking place on January 25, 2015 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA. One of WWE's pinnacle annual events, this year it is especially buzzing in anticipation of its main event "Triple Threat Match" featuring WWE Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar versus John Cena versus Seth Rollins.


    With the new album, co-founders Danko Jones and John JC Calabrese welcome new drummer Rich Knox, formerly of southern fried Toronto rockers Flash Lightning. FIRE MUSIC was produced and mixed by Juno Award winning producer Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Monster Truck, Metric), and the cover / packaging was designed by Grammy Award winner Gail Marowitz.

    1. Wild Woman
    2. The Twisting Knife
    3. Gonna Be A Fight Tonight
    4. Body Bags
    5. Live Forever
    6. Do You Wanna Rock
    7. Getting Into Drugs
    8. Watch You Slide
    9. I Will Break Your Heart
    10. Piranha
    11. She Ain't Coming Home
    Danko Jones
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  • Ponder The Mystery Ponder The Mystery Quick View

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    Ponder The Mystery

    "Quite possibly the most creative thing I have ever done." - William Shatner


    The Captain of sci-fi is back with his first foray into Prog Rock - a momentous concept album focusing on such rich and timeless themes as aging, depression, love and beauty!


    Shatner penned all of the lyrics for the album, and his deft and poetic wordplay is sure to delight all of his fans!


    Producer extraordinaire and Prog Rock icon Billy Sherwood brings a whole host of incredibly talented musicians aong for the ride including Steve Vai, Rick Wakeman, Hawkwind's Simon House and Nik Turner, Tangerine Dream's Edgar Froese, jazz great Al Di Meola, country superstar Vince Gill, and others!

    LP1
    1. Red Shift
    2. Where It's Gone...I Don't Know feat. Mick Jones
    3. Manhunt feat. Simon House
    4. Ponder The Mystery feat. Steve Vai
    5. So Am I feat. Al Di Meola
    6. Change feat. Rick Wakeman
    7. Sunset feat. Joel Vandroogenbroeck
    8. Twilight feat. Edgar Winter


    LP2
    1. Rhythm Of The Night feat. Nik Turner
    2. Imagine Things feat. Vince Gill
    3. Do You See? feat. Edgar Froese
    4. Deep Down feat. Robby Krieger
    5. I'm Alright, I Think feat. Dave Koz
    6. Where Does Time Go? feat. George Duke
    7. Alive feat. Zoot Horn Rollo

    William Shatner
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  • Exile On Main Street Exile On Main Street Quick View

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    Exile On Main Street

    Ranked 7/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Upon its original 1972 release more than three decades ago, Exile on Main Street innovatively wove varying musical genres, instruments and even artists into a compelling rhythmic masterpiece. The 18-track double-album was recorded in various stages at multiple locations, including Olympic Studios in London, Keith Richards' mansion Nellcote in France, and in Los Angeles where the literal 'Main Street' influenced the album title. These atypical circumstances surrounding the recording process greatly affected the album's outcome which was highly reflective and influenced by the socio-political turbulence that marked the late `60s and early `70s.


    The Stones nixed the influences of a flower-child era and directed their creative process with the edgier, excessive, more is more approach of the `70s. Exile reveals a sprawling mix of genres with undertones of blues, country, R&B and gospel mixed with lyrics that fervently demand for release and liberation.


    The album pulled together an electric array of talent including Dr. John, the late Billy Preston, and pianist Nicky Hopkins. Guitarist Mick Taylor, who replaced Brian Jones in the band shortly before Jones died in 1969, is a magnificent blues player who brought an intensity and elegance to these epic tracks. At times, these musicians and others lived on the recording studio premises with the band creating an extremely open and creative collaboration for the album.




    1. Rocks Off

    2. Rip This Joint

    3. Shake Your Hips

    4. Casino Boogie

    5. Tumbling Dice

    6. Sweet Virginia

    7. Torn And Frayed

    8. Sweet Black Angel

    9. Loving Cup

    10. Happy

    11. Turd On The Run

    12. Ventilator Blues

    13. I Just Want To See His Face

    14. Let It Loose

    15. All Down The Line

    16. Stop Breaking Down

    17. Shine A Light

    18. Soul Survivor
    The Rolling Stones
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  • The Road To Escondido The Road To Escondido Quick View

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    The Road To Escondido


    The 2-LP Set Is Pressed At R.T.I. On 180-gram High-Performance Vinyl


    After years of admiring each other's
    musical masterworks, guitar great J.J.
    Cale and three-time Rock and Roll Hall
    of Famer, 16-time Grammy®winner Eric
    Claptonhave teamed up for the first
    time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The resulting hybrid sound defies being labeled,
    but instead finds influence across the
    spectrum of blues, rock, country and
    folk. The songs are warm and rich, with
    deep flowing rhythms, yet use an economy of words to express much.


    In a true collaboration,
    Cale (whose songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"
    Clapton had previously covered) and Clapton jointly
    produced and recorded the album, each playing and
    singing on the tracks. Cale wrote 11 of the songs,
    Clapton wrote "Three Little Girls," John Mayer
    wrote "Hard To Thrill" and the duo cover the blues
    classic "Sporting Life Blues." Among the numerous
    guest artists are Mayer, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks,
    Doyle Bramhall II, Albert Lee, and the late Billy
    Preston, who donated his classic keyboard talents
    throughout the album.

    LP 1
    1. Danger
    2. Heads In Georgia
    3. Missing Person
    4. When This War Is Over
    5. Sporting Life Blues
    6. Dead End Road
    7. It's Easy


    LP 2
    1. Hard To Thrill
    2. Anyway The Wind Blows
    3. Three Little Girls
    4. Don't Cry Sister
    5. Last Will And Testament
    6. Who Am I Telling You?
    7. Ride The River

    J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton
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  • Fortitude Fortitude Quick View

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    Fortitude

    Denver's Ian Cooke released his second album, Fortitude, in January of 2012, with the help of The Greater Than Collective.



    Produced by Ian O'Dougherty and mixed by Bob Ferbache, (Slim Cessna's Auto Club, Wovenhand), Fortitude showcases the wide array of musical proficiency that Cooke possesses as he switches from playful to dark and sincere at the flick of a cello bow. Splicing in elements of indie, classical, progressive rock, and more, the album builds on the foundation laid down by his previous album, The Fall I Fell, and expands it with stronger writing and loftier concepts.



    Cooke's talent coupled with his diligent work ethic has earned him several accolades, including features in SPIN, a Daytrotter session, a #1 ranking in the 2009 Denver Post Music Poll and "Best Singer Songwriter," "Best album," and "Best Avant-Garde" nods by Westword. Cooke was also featured alongside Billy Bragg, M. Ward, Owen Pallet, and more on a Joanna Newsom tribute.



    He has toured in the US and Australia playing with The Dresden Dolls, Crooked Fingers, Built to Spill, The Decemberists, The Flaming Lips, Blonde Redhead, Devotchka, Rasputina, Wovenhand, Pedro the Lion and many more. With packaging as engaging as the music it contains, Fortitude is a direct copy of nothing, a truly original and unique endeavor.

    1. A Reasonable Life
    2. The Towering Prince
    3. Fortitude
    4. Cassowary & Fruit Bat

    5. Rover

    6. The Kingdom

    7. Bones

    8. American Girl

    9. Havoc

    10. Scaffolding
    Ian Cooke
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  • Lady In Satin Lady In Satin Quick View

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    Lady In Satin

    Billie Holiday is undeniably one of the most influential singers of the twentieth century. As the first vocalist to cite instruments and especially the horns of Louis Armstrong and Lester Young as her main inspiration, she was one of the most relentlessly individual singers of the jazz age, transforming silly Tin Pan Alley songs into jazz standards. But her biography also reads as one of the saddest tales of the modern age. Her talents came at a cost; the price seemed to be a predilection for bad men and an addiction to drugs.


    Lady In Satin is the last major recording of Billie Holiday that was released during her lifetime, and it is also the most controversial. Ray Ellis' seem like a harsh contrast to Holiday's broken and fragile voice. Ellis himself was, at first, disappointed by the quality of the recording. It was only after listening more closely that he realized the beauty of these sessions and understood why Billie ranked this album as her favorite. More than any of her other recordings, Lady In Satin calls for an emotional rather than a musical listening.

    1. I'm A Fool to Want You
    2. For Heaven's Sake
    3. You Don't Know What Love Is
    4. I Get Along Without You Very Well
    5. For All We Know (Album Version)
    6. Violets for Your Furs
    7. You've Changed
    8. It's Easy to Remember
    9. But Beautiful
    10. Glad to Be Unhappy
    11. I'll Be Around
    Billie Holiday
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  • The Best Of Tommy James And The Shondells The Best Of Tommy James And The Shondells Quick View

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    The Best Of Tommy James And The Shondells

    First Time Audiophile Vinyl Release of Their 1970 Greatest hits Album!


    Mastered from the Original Roulette Record Tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music And Capitol Records.


    Tommy James & The Shondells set the music world on fire in the sixties and beyond with their superstar brand of classic rock and pop music. Led by multi-talented singer/songwriter Tommy James, The Shondells' proved to become a huge catalyst for rock/pop music and went on to sell multiple millions of records and have their songs covered by many rock and pop acts including Billy Idol and Joan Jett. Now available for the first time on audiophile 180 Gram vinyl Mastered impeccably from the original Roulette Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Records.

    Side 1
    1. Ball Of Fire
    2. Crystal Blue Persuasion
    3. Mony, Mony
    4. (Baby, Baby) I Can't Take It No More
    5. Hanky Panky


    Side 2
    1. Crimson And Clover
    2. Sweet Cherry Wine
    3. Sugar On Sunday
    4. Mirage
    5. I Think We're Alone Now

    Tommy James & The Shondells
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  • Missing In Action Missing In Action Quick View

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    Missing In Action

    The first new Missing Persons studio album in over 25 years featuring the unmistakable voice of '80s new wave icon, influential lead singer Dale Bozzio.


    Such memorable hits as "Words," "Destination Unknown," and "Walking In L.A." made Missing Persons a household name in the '80s and a staple of early MTV thanks in part to the cutting edge fashion statements of Bozzio, which inspired the likes of Madonna, Gwen Stefani, Lady GaGa, and others.


    Written and produced by the multi-talented Billy Sherwood (William Shatner / Prog Collective) who worked closely with Bozzio to create an album that can stand alongside the rest of the Missing Persons catalog while bringing a modern twist that fans will appreciate.

    1. Do Or Die
    2. Hello, Hello
    3. Walk Into The Sun
    4. Covert Operation
    5. The More We Love
    6. Crisis In Overdrive
    7. All The Way
    8. If I Gave You My Mind
    9. Siren Song
    10. The Speed Of Light
    Missing Persons Featuring Dale Bozzio
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  • Oceana Oceana Quick View

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    Oceana

    Recognized by many as the premiere rock keyboardist of his generation, Derek Sherinian has performed for millions via Black Country Communion (of which he is a current member alongside Glenn Hughes, Jason Bonham, Joe Bonamassa), Dream Theater, Alice Cooper, Buddy Miles and as an off-stage performer accompanying KISS. He also enjoyed tenures with Billy Idol, Yngwie Malmsteen and many others.


    Favoring a guitar heavy rock based approach to fusion ala one of his musical heroes Jeff Beck, his newest release, Oceana once again displays the power and energy Sherinian creates in the studio, setting him apart from most jazz fusion ensembles in the process. He displays the rare combination of being a musical chameleon, while maintaining his signature style in no matter what genre he is playing in. With Oceana, the stage is set for Sherinians inspiration to be propelled in to the mainstream.


    Sherinian has carved out a niche for himself in the progressive metal scene. He has attracted the best players on Earth to his solo album sessions, some of whom include luminaries Al DiMeola, Steve Lukather, Yngwie Malmsteen, Slash, John Petrucci, John Sykes and Zakk Wylde. With Oceana, again an assemblage of some of the most talented players to ever strap on a guitar join Sherinian in the studio.


    Steve Lukather once again collaborated with the keyboardist for the tracks Mulholland, Euphoria and Seven Sins. Former Planet X guitarist and fusion legend Tony MacAlpine laid down performances for Five Elements and Mercury 7. The one and only Steve Stevens is featured on Ghost Runner and the title track Oceana. Black Country Communion band mate Joe Bonamassa makes an appearance as well on I Heard That, while Doug Aldrich performs on El Camino Diablo. Simon Phillips performs all drums on Oceana, while Jimmy Johnson laid down the bass on all tracks outside of Ghost Runner and the title track which features Tony Franklin.


    The 1970s saw the creation of keyboard legends, when titans including Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Jon Lord were superstars. It was a time when talent on the keys was not only appreciated, but celebrated in popular music. With Oceana, perhaps a rebirth is upon the precipice of change for the Santa Cruz-raised, Berklee School of Music educated Sherinian to witness a new dawn where keyboardists once again are heroes. Inevitably, it is only a matter of time before Sherinian is recognized as the premiere rock keyboardist of this generation.

    1. Five Elements
    2. Mercury 7
    3. Mulholland
    4. Euphoria
    5. Ghost Runner
    6. El Camino Diablo
    7. I Heard That
    8. Seven Sins
    9. Oceana
    Derek Sherinian
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  • Band of Brothers Band of Brothers Quick View

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    Band of Brothers

    IN A CELEBRATED CAREER
    that's extended over a half century,
    Willie Nelson is immediately recognizable as one of our nation's most
    celebrated singer-songwriters. After almost two decades, he's putting both of
    those unique talents together with an
    all-new album of predominantly original
    material, titled, Band Of Brothers.


    Willie Nelson's musical gifts ring as
    true as ever, and they're brilliantly
    captured on this brand new album. 14
    new recordings, nine of which feature
    new music and lyrics written by Willie,
    comprise in one of his most personal
    albums in years. The man who penned
    elegant country standards from "Crazy"
    to "Funny How Time Slips Away" is
    in rare form with deeply introspective
    tracks including "The Wall" and "Send
    Me A Picture." Elsewhere, songs like
    the rollicking "Wives And Girlfriends"
    and "Used To Her" prove his continued
    gift for wit and wisdom when it comes
    to affairs of the heart. Willie also
    delivers signature interpretations of
    Vince Gill's "Whenever You Come
    Around", Billy Joe Shaver's "The Git
    Go" (a duet with Jamey Johnson)
    and Billy Anderson's aptly-titled
    "Songwriter". Buddy Cannon returns
    as producer and co-writer, having
    collaborated with Willie on all four of
    his albums for Legacy.


    Band Of Brothers comes hot on
    the heels of a whirlwind of activity
    surrounding the legendary performer,
    already a Lifetime Achievement
    Grammy Award winner, a Kennedy
    Center honoree and one of the rst
    recipients of a lifetime achievement
    award from the National Academy
    of Popular Music. Nelson, whose
    association with the Sony Music family
    goes back to his 1964 signing to RCA
    Records and an extraordinary stint with
    Columbia Records from 1975 to 1993,
    signed to Legacy Recordings in 2012,
    releasing the acclaimed Heroes that
    same year, followed by Let's Face The
    Music And Dance (2013), a collection
    of pop, jazz and country standards.
    To All The Girls..., a collection of new
    duets with eighteen female duet
    partners, was released in October
    2013, becoming Nelson's first Top 10
    placement on the pop charts in over
    30 years. Having turned 80 last year,
    Willie shows no signs of slowdown,
    continuing to tour and record at the
    pace of a man half his age.

    1. Bring It On
    2. Guitar In The Corner
    3. The Wall
    4. Whenever You Come Around
    5. Wives And Girlfriends
    6. I Thought I Left You
    7. Send Me A Picture
    8. Used To Her
    9. The Git Go (with Jamey Johnson)
    10. Band Of Brothers
    11. Hard To Be An Outlaw
    12. Crazy Like Me
    13. The Songwriter
    14. I've Got A Lot Of Traveling To Do
    Willie Nelson
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    Choice of Weapon (Awaiting Repress)

    The Cult's newest album Choice of Weapon is the follow up to the critically-acclaimed 2007 release Born Into This which Mojo magazine called "a wholehearted, utopian and irrefutably exciting record." Long-time Cult collaborator and producer Bob Rock (Metallica, Bush), who produced one of the band's most successful albums in the platinum-certified Sonic Temple, put the finishing touches on the foundations that were laid by co-producer Chris Goss (Queens of the Stone Age, U.N.K.L.E., Masters of Reality).


    The record was written by Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy, recorded in New York City, Los Angeles, the California high desert, and the band's Witch Mountain studios in the Hollywood Hills between July and December of 2011. The new release features founding members Astbury on vocals and Duffy on guitars, with drummer John Tempesta and bassist Chris Wyse. "We have had the opportunity to work with two of the most influential and talented producers in the world today," said Astbury. "They pushed us beyond our comfort zone, and helped us craft Choice of Weapon.'"


    The album is aimed at the heart of The Cult's loyal following. It reflects the current discontent and destruction of our eco systems, the search for individual meaning against a tide of rampant materialism, narcissism and disconnected lives. "We went deeper, we worked a bit harder on this record. We have great fans and they deserve our best," added Duffy, "and I feel this is one of our best records, maybe the best."

    1. Honey from a Knife
    2. Elemental Light
    3. The Wolf
    4. Life > Death
    5. For The Animals
    6. Amnesia
    7. Wilderness Now
    8. Lucifer
    9. A Pale Horse
    10. This Night In The City Forever
    The Cult
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    Something Special

    The three years spent on MGM Records between 1966 and 1968 were golden ones for Lee Hazlewood. He spent them working with his muse, Suzi Jane Hokom, writing a still-unreleased book, The Quiet Revenge of Elmo Furback, competing with Phil Spector from their respective studios, and coming up with the formula for the boy/girl" songs for which he'd become famous. In fact, the unflattering portrait on the cover of Something Special did little to hint at how hip this late-flowering talent (he was in his late 30s when "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" made him a star songwriter) had become.


    The common strand on the MGM trilogy is one of the unexpected happening. They were an ill fit for a major label-experimental, difficult to pigeonhole, and unpredictable. Those descriptors apply nowhere more aptly than Something Special. Where 1966's The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood and 1967's Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause And Cure had employed an arranger, Billy Strange, and a full orchestra, Something Special stripped things back and brought in a flavor of jazz and blues, complete with gravelly-voiced scatting courtesy of collaborator Don Randi. This sat alongside tracks like "Little War" and "Hands," the kind of late night, acoustic balladeering Hazlewood would later seize for his career-highlight LP, Requiem For An Almost Lady. The sound was that of a stripped-down nightclub jazz/blues/folk combo, fully rejecting the psychedelic music going on all over the world.


    The album made clear that forging a career as a serious star was not at the top of Hazlewood's agenda, and at the third opportunity, he'd let the listener in on the joke. Tellingly, Hokom recalls Hazlewood saying the MGM albums were his "expensive demos. I'm sure that MGM thought that they would be successful." Little chance of that with Something Special -it was originally released only in Germany. The same year, Hazlewood founded the LHI imprint, and began building his own empire, one we've been lovingly archiving for the past few years. We now present this missing link in the story, three albums that generated some of Hazlewood's best-and most varied-work.

    1. Shades
    2. This Town
    3. Child
    4. Stone Cold Blues
    5. Little War
    6. Them Girls
    7. Fort Worth
    8. Hands
    9. Mannford, Oklahoma
    10. Summer Night
    11. Moochie Ladeux*
    12. The Lone Ranger Ain t My Friend Anymore*
    Lee Hazlewood
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Go To Heaven

    Limited Edition Grateful Dead Authorized Release of their Legendary Go To Heaven on 180 Gram Vinyl


    Mastered for Vinyl from the Original Arista Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with Kevin Gray


    The iconic Grateful Dead recorded their brilliant rock classic Go To Heaven for Arista Records in 1980. Featuring the stellar line-up of Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Billy Kreutzman, Mickey Hart and Brent Mydland, Go To Heaven was a very successful achievement for the much loved band, whose legacy continues to grow and attract new legions of fans every day.


    Filled with nine compositions from Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Billy Kreutzman and Brent Mydland along with friends Robert Hunter and John Barlow, the Grateful Dead's Go To Heaven offers a stunning view of a very popular band's experimentation and wizardry in the studio setting. Produced by Gary Lyons, this masterpiece reached the upper rungs of the album charts that year, as the band trekked across the globe with their monumental concert tour which have made them the legends they are to this day. The original vinyl album has been out of print for over the past three decades, making this a highly collectable recording in their massive catalog. That is, until now.


    Brilliant tunes like the opening hit single Alabama Getaway and the rockin' Don't Ease Me In feature the warm and familiar voice and guitar of the late great Jerry Garcia. These two tunes were solid rock radio hits and gave the listener just a taste of the brilliant sounds they would be rockin' to from this classic album. The great Bob Weir delivers three of his most revered Dead classics with the funk rocker Feel Like A Stranger, the jazz rock vibe of Lost Sailor and his stellar Saint Of Circumstance. The multi-talented Brent Mydland contributes several more Dead classics like his Far From Me and the fan favorite Easy To Love You, making this one of the more intriguing albums in their arsenal of fine recordings.


    The Grateful Dead's Go To Heaven 180 Gram Audiophile album will be packaged in a poly bag to preserve the rich details of the legendary cover art as well as a poly lined inner sleeve to protect your vinyl purchase for years of enjoyment.

    1. Alabama Getaway
    2. Far From Me
    3. Althea
    4. Feel Like A Stranger
    5. Lost Sailor
    6. Saint Of Circumstance
    7. Antwerp's Placebo
    8. Easy To Love You
    9. Don't Ease Me In
    Grateful Dead
    $34.99
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    Thanks I'll Eat It Here


    The Lowell George & Little Feat 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!


    Lowell George's Final Masterpiece + 1 Bonus Track Not On Original Vinyl


    Featuring Bonnie Raitt, Billy Payne, Richie Hayward, Fred Tackett, Nicky Hopkins, David Foster & More


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Warner Bros. Tapes


    For an artist who first gained success as a songwriter and moved on to a stunning career with his band of
    renown Little Feat, the late great Lowell George continually proved to be a major force on the music scene for his short
    time on earth. His music transcended all genres of music styles, fusing rock, R&B and folk landscapes with thought
    provoking and stellar lyrical content during his successful reign on the album and radio charts.


    After reaching very successful heights with Little Feat, Lowell decided it was time to record a solo album with
    1979's Thanks I'll Eat It Here.


    Thanks I'll Eat It Here finds Lowell George groovin' back to the earlier boogie and New Orleans rock and R&B
    feel found on his earlier Little Feat albums. Released a very short time before his untimely death, the album included
    his brilliant 20 Million Things, a funk infused Little Feat revisit with Two Trains, plus several inspiring collaborations
    with notable friends like Van Dyke Parks and Little Feat's Fred Tackett, as well as significant cover versions like Allen
    Toussaint's What Do You Want the Girl to Do, which the late artist truly made his own.


    The all-star recording sessions included some of the finest talents and close friends like Bonnie Raitt, John David
    Souther, John Phillips, Jim Keltner, Nicky Hopkins (Quicksilver, Rolling Stones) David Foster, Floyd Sneed and Jimmy
    Greenspoon (Three Dog Night), David Paich and Jeff Porcaro (Toto), and of course a handful of the original Little Feat
    alumni like Richie Hayward, Fred Tackett and Billy Payne.


    Out-of-print on viny for several decades now, Friday Music is very honored to offer Lowell George's first and only
    solo album Thanks I'll Eat It Here/The Deluxe Edition. For this special occasion, we are including the rare original CD
    only release of Heartaches featuring a stellar duet with Valerie Carter.


    In addition to the newly impeccably mastered original recording, we are also enclosing the original LP sized
    artwork elements in a first time rare gatefold cover featuring Neon Park's stunning front cover, as well as liner notes
    from Lowell George to enhance this wonderful and classic self-produced album.


    Mastered impeccably from the original Warner Bros. tapes by Joe Reagoso (Warren Zevon/Boz Scaggs/Elvis
    Presley), this amazing rock classic truly shines once again.


    The legacy of Lowell George continues with his 1979 classic recording Thanks I'll Eat It Here/The Deluxe
    Edition finally available once again on an impeccably mastered LP only from your friends at Friday Music.

    1. What Do You Want the Girl to Do
    2. Honest Man
    3. Two Trains
    4. I Can't Stand the Rain
    5. Cheek to Cheek
    6. Easy Money
    7. 20 Million Things
    8. Find a River
    9. Himmler's Ring
    10. Heartaches
    Lowell George
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    Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure)

    One of Rosemary Clooney's best records, and one of Duke's more accessible offerings, combined on one LP. The recorded output of the 1950's didn't get much more satisfying than this. Duke's music was always very sophisticated and this time it's even more obvious with a presence of such a talented singer as Rosemary Clooney. The songs are marvelous and she sounds young, fresh and sexy (ladylike sexy). In Blue Rose, not only are Clooney's vocals outstanding, but the arrangements are some of the prettiest of jazz.



    The band swings simply and sweetly, though still thoroughly in the Duke style. As if to make the point that the band is the 'other' star of this recording, there's one instrumental here - Passion Flower (Johnny Hodges on sax never sounded more sure of himself). Its inclusion in the program, without a vocal from Clooney, is at first bizarre - but seems to make sense within the context of the album.



    The fascinating album notes explain why and how separate tracks for Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington's orchestra had to be laid down. One would never realize that singer and orchestra were not together. They are totally in sync. This is not big, belting jazz; this is sophisticated, late night, intimate singing and playing. This is one of the most memorable pairings of a 'popular' singer with a jazz giant; ranking with the first Sinatra-Basie album and the Coltrane-Hartman session.




    Musicians:



    • Rosemary Clooney (vocal)

    • Duke Ellington (piano, arranger)

    • Billy Strayhorn (arranger)

    • Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone)

    • Clark Terry, Cat Anderson (trumpet)

    • Gordon Jackson (trombone)

    • Jimmy Woode (bass)

    • Sam Woodyard (drums)




    Recording: January and February 1956




    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.


    1. Hey Baby
    2. Sophisticated Lady

    3. Me and You
    4. Passion Flower
    5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
    6. Grievin
    7. Blue Rose
    8. Im Checkin OutGoombye

    9. I Got It Bad
    10. Mood Indigo
    Rosemary Clooney & Duke Ellington
    $34.99
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    Starry Starry Night (Pure Pleasure)

    Paul Clarvis is one of the UK's most respected and talented percussionists and has played with everyone from Mick Jagger and Nina Simone to Herbie Hancock and Andy Sheppard. As one of the most requested session musicians, he has played on numerous film soundtracks including Star Wars, Thunderbirds, The Constant Gardener, The Passion, Troy, King Arthur, Kingdom Of Heaven, The Bourne Ultimatum, Lord Of The Rings, Batman, Spy Games, Captain Corellis Mandolin, Shakespeare in Love, James Bond, Billy Elliot, Notting Hill, and many others. He co-leads his own band Orquestra Mahatma which specialises in improvisations on folk tunes from all over the world, and also leads an improvising trio For All the Saints with Stan Sultzmann and Tony Hymas. Starry Starry Night finds him teamed up with pianist Liam Noble, best known for his quirky, individual compositions and improvisations. Liam has also worked with Stan Sultzmann, as well as many other artists including Ingrid Laubrock, Anita Wardell, Harry Beckett, Christine Tobin, Chris Bisco and with cult minimalist composer Moondog, where he and Paul Clarvis first met.



    Musicians:



    • Paul Clarvis (drums)

    • Liam Noble (piano)



    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.



    1. Mood Indigo
    2. Shadow Of Your Smile
    3. Dear Someone
    4. Maple Leaf Rag
    5. Vincent
    6. Poor Butterfly
    7. Whispering
    8. So Long, Frank Lloyd Wright
    9. Embraceable You
    10. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans
    11. Paris
    Paul Clarvis And Liam Noble
    $34.99
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    A Fiendish Threat (Awaiting Repress)

    The king of Hellbilly, Mr. Hank3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases. Hank3 will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4x4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project "3".


    Recording in his own home and releasing music on his own label, the Megaforce distributed Hank3 Records, allowed Williams complete creative control during the four month period it took to make both records.


    Besides living the songs subject matter first, Hank3 sang and played both guitar and drums on the records. As if pulling triple duty wasn't enough, he engineered, produced, mixed and mastered all the tunes as well. Not bad for someone who in his own words is dyslexic and has ADD, according to Hank3 "my mind is all over the place". But even a man talented and driven enough to do (count 'em) seven jobs at once has his limits, so Hank3 has once again assembled a top-notch ensemble of pickers and pluckers for Brothers Of The 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat.


    The required stand-up bass holds the low end down at the deft hands of Zach Shedd, with David McElfresh and Billy Contreras whipping razor sharp bows across the fiddle. Daniel Mason handles banjo, with a special guest appearance on Possum In A Tree by former National Old-Time Banjo Champion Leroy Troy working his banjo in the old school clawhammer style, while Andy Gibson wrings the sweetest of notes out his stand up steel guitar. Finally, long-time collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Johnny Hiland rips his chicken pickin' guitar to feathers and shreds.


    With the release of Brothers of the 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat, Williams is ready to hit the road, and when he hits the road, he hits it much harder than most. Hank3 shows are legendary for their length and intensity, averaging three hours a night, starting with a country set and ending with whatever his latest musical experiment happens to be. For this touring cycle, fans will get to taste the hardcore punk horror rock of A Fiendish Threat, a rippingly fast blast of sounds reminiscent of The Misfits, Minor Threat, 7 Seconds, The Ramones and other punk rock greats that are as much a part of Hank 3's musical identity as his country roots. But A Fiendish Threat, like all of the man's musical output, is anything but a formulaic, by-the-numbers rehash of what has been previously done by others. Stand up bass, fiddle, and banjo are not exactly standard instruments in punk rock, but they are on this record, riding beneath 3's howling distorted vocals. Perhaps this is the birth of rebelcore punk? Whatever you want to call it, Williams has left his own touch on the genre, even utilizing a bizarrely beautiful Hula-music-on-acid sounding Hawaiian guitar at times. Some of the songs can make the listener feel like someone dropped LSD in their cheap draft beer at a CBGB matinee show headlined by a ghoulish Hawaiian punk band. A Fiendish Threat is yet another of Williams already numerous signature sounds, and he's excited to put it in front of the audience for the first time. You know when you do a new record, you just want to play it for all your friends. That's what I'm excited for with this punk record, I get use a voice that doesn't get used that often, and pay respects to some of my influences at the same time. Doing this record made feel like I was growing stronger- it took some of the years off me, to tell you the truth. Playing it makes me feel young again, he laughs, How long I will be able to pull it off all depends on the voice, man."


    With these dual releases, Brothers Of The 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat added to his already huge and varied arsenal of music, Hank3 will be raising all sorts of hell on stage while the fans raise their glasses in the audience once again, and you can bet your last dollar a damn good time will be had by all. The man goes full throttle all the time, every time, as anyone who has ever been to one of his innumerable shows will attest.


    Listen to Brothers of the 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat, go to a show, and find out for yourself. Just remember the next day, after a few aspirins, a dinner at your own table, and a sleep in your own bed, that Hank3 will be down the road doing his thing again, and for that rebel, "doing the best I can" means something a little different than it does for the average man.

    1. Can I Rip U
    2. Different From the Rest
    3. There's Another Road
    4. Broke Jaw
    5. Watchin U Suffer
    6. Breakin Free
    7. Face Down
    8. New Identity
    9. Feel the Sting
    10. Fight My Way
    11. Full On
    12. Your Floor
    13. A Fiendish Threat
    Hank3
    $24.99
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    Brothers Of The 4x4

    The king of Hellbilly, Mr. Hank3 himself, is pleased to announce a triple-threat of new releases. Hank3 will release a brand new DOUBLE country album, entitled Brothers of the 4x4, and a single punk album, entitled A Fiendish Threat, with his new project "3".


    Recording in his own home and releasing music on his own label, the Megaforce distributed Hank3 Records, allowed Williams complete creative control during the four month period it took to make both records.


    Besides living the songs subject matter first, Hank3 sang and played both guitar and drums on the records. As if pulling triple duty wasn't enough, he engineered, produced, mixed and mastered all the tunes as well. Not bad for someone who in his own words is dyslexic and has ADD, according to Hank3 "my mind is all over the place". But even a man talented and driven enough to do (count 'em) seven jobs at once has his limits, so Hank3 has once again assembled a top-notch ensemble of pickers and pluckers for Brothers Of The 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat.


    The required stand-up bass holds the low end down at the deft hands of Zach Shedd, with David McElfresh and Billy Contreras whipping razor sharp bows across the fiddle. Daniel Mason handles banjo, with a special guest appearance on Possum In A Tree by former National Old-Time Banjo Champion Leroy Troy working his banjo in the old school clawhammer style, while Andy Gibson wrings the sweetest of notes out his stand up steel guitar. Finally, long-time collaborator and fellow multi-instrumentalist extraordinaire Johnny Hiland rips his chicken pickin' guitar to feathers and shreds.


    Hank3's latest country record is just that- country, and the realness of it shines throughout the record like moonlight hitting a mason jar of corn liquor- it ain't always the smoothest, and it doesn't come wrapped in a fancy package, but it's 100% pure whoop-ass in a bottle that gets the job done quicker and better and reminds you of where you originally came from once you figure out what just hit you. On Outdoor Plan he sings of fishing and hunting as a way of life, and it's a fact that more than one deer and turkey has met its maker at the end of Hank3's gun's barrel. The title track, Brothers of the 4x4 celebrates the wide open full throttle love of off roadin' and rootin' in a four wheel drive - the cover of the record shows Williams mud bogging in a custom 4x4, and it's not some redneck rental - that's his ride. And because life ain't always happy, when the heartbreak and hard times cracks through the sonic celebration on songs like Loners 4 Life and Ain't Broken Down, it's because Hank3 is well acquainted with the darker side of life, and not as some tourist. The album is a rich and gritty sounding mixture of sadness, pride, hope- in other words, it's a great country record.


    With the release of Brothers of the 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat, Williams is ready to hit the road, and when he hits the road, he hits it much harder than most. Hank3 shows are legendary for their length and intensity, averaging three hours a night, starting with a country set and ending with whatever his latest musical experiment happens to be.


    With these dual releases, Brothers Of The 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat added to his already huge and varied arsenal of music, Hank3 will be raising all sorts of hell on stage while the fans raise their glasses in the audience once again, and you can bet your last dollar a damn good time will be had by all. The man goes full throttle all the time, every time, as anyone who has ever been to one of his innumerable shows will attest.


    Listen to Brothers of the 4x4 and A Fiendish Threat, go to a show, and find out for yourself. Just remember the next day, after a few aspirins, a dinner at your own table, and a sleep in your own bed, that Hank3 will be down the road doing his thing again, and for that rebel, "doing the best I can" means something a little different than it does for the average man.

    1. Nearly Gone
    2. Hurtin' For Certin
    3. Brothers of the 4├Ś4
    4. Farthest Away
    5. Held Up
    6. Outdoor Plan
    7. Deep Scars
    8. Lookey Yonder Commin
    9. Ain't Broken Down
    10. Overdrive
    11. Loners 4 Life
    12. Dreadfull Drive
    13. Getting Dim
    14. Possum in a Tree
    15. Broken Boogie
    16. Toothpickin
    Hank3
    $24.99
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    Western Suite (Pure Pleasure)

    In late 1957, jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and iconoclast Jimmy Giuffre broke up the original Jimmy Giuffre 3 with Ralph Pena and Jim Hall. In early 1958, for a recording session, he formed a new trio without a rhythm section. For the album Trav'lin' Light, his new trio included Hall on guitar and the underrated trombone giant Bob Brookmeyer.


    For a year, they gigged together up and down the West Coast and played summer festivals, recorded, and even played clubs in New York. They became a trio of adventurous musicians for whom form was not an obstacle to creativity. As the year wound down, Giuffre wanted to document the trio once more, sensing its life was coming to an end. He composed the four-movement Western Suite with the trio's strengths in mind, as a way of documenting how they had come together as a band during that year.


    The piece itself stands as a crowning achievement in a career that included discovering the talents of Steve Swallow and Paul Bley and making the truly revolutionary recording Free Fall for Columbia three years later. The roots of that thinking lie in this set. Jim Hall's playing was dark, funky, ambiguous, sounding like drums and voices all at the same time -- particularly in the fourth movement. Brookmeyer became the pace setter. His lines were played as stage settings for the other two players to dialogue and narrate against. Giuffre, ever the storyteller, advanced the improvisation angle and wrote his score so that each player had to stand on his own as part of the group; there were no comfort zones.


    ithout a rhythm section, notions of interval, extensions, interludes, and so on were out the window. He himself played some of his most restrained yet adventurous solos in the confines of this trio and within the form of this suite. It swung like West Coast jazz, but felt as ambitious as Copland's Billy The Kid. The record is filled out with two other tunes, one of Eddie Durham's, Topsy, and the final moment of mastery this band ever recorded, the already classic Blue Monk. The easy stroll of the front line with Brookmeyer's trombone strutting New Orleans' style is in sharp contrast to Giuffre's clarinet playing. Which carries the bluesy melody through three harmonic changes before he solos and then plays three more. Hall keeps it all on track, and somehow the piece sounds very natural this way, though unlike Monk, there are no edges here -- everything is rounded off. This is as solid as any of the earlier or later Jimmy Giuffre 3 records, and two notches above Trav'lin' Light in that it reveals a fully developed sense of the responsibilities, possibilities, and freedoms of reinventing jazz for the trio.


    Musicians:



    • Jimmy Giuffre (clarinet, tenor saxophone, bassoon)

    • Jim Hall (guitar)

    • Bob Brookmeyer (trombone)




    Recording: 1958 by Heinz Kubicka, Herb Kaplan, and Tom Dowd
    Production: Nesuhi Ertegun




    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.



    1. Pony Express
    2. Apaches
    3. Saturday Night Dance
    4. Big Pow Wow
    5. Topsy
    6. Blue Monk
    Jimmy Giuffre
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    Shangri La

    Barely a year after his debut, in November 2013 Jake Bugg returns with its bar-raising follow-up, Shangri La. The album shares a title with the Malibu studio where it was made, once the 70s haven of Bob Dylan and The Band, now the creative hib of legendary producer Rick Rubin, the recording Titan whose jawdropping c.v. spans from Def Jam and Johnny Cash to Adele and Kanye West.


    Rubin's assembled wrecking crew of Shangri La session regulars includes guitarist Matt Sweeney (Bonnie `Prince' Billy, Neil Diamond, Endless Boogie), bassist Jason Lader (The Mars Volta), and drummers Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers) and Pete Thomas (Elvis Costello). Yet for all its stellar cast and production kudos, the real star of Shangri La is, unquestionably, Bugg himself.


    Asked to compare Shangri La with its predecessor, Bugg concludes: 'My first album felt like a list of songs, whereas this one feels like a whole entity with something to say. Or if my first album was the colour of grey reality, this one's the colour of the sun'. The colour of our planet's nearest star. Or maybe the sound of a new star intensifying their musical colours. Listening to his second album, you dare to wonder where a talent like Jake Bugg could find themselves in ten years' time. His prediction: 'Up front for England'.

    1. There's A Beast And We All Feed It
    2. Slumville Sunrise
    3. What Doesn't Kill You
    4. Me And You
    5. Messed Up Kids
    6. A Song About Love
    7. All Your Reasons
    8. Kingpin
    9. Kitchen Table
    10. Pine Trees
    11. Simple Pleasures
    12. Storm Passes Away
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