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  • Black Coffee (Awaiting Repress) Black Coffee (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Black Coffee (Awaiting Repress)


    180 Gram Red Colored Vinyl


    It's been 4 years since the critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and #1 Billboard Blues album Seesaw was
    released by singer-songwriter Beth Hart and guitar hero Joe Bonamassa. They have reunited for Black Coffee -
    another collection of scorching interpretations of ten soul gems that pair Hart's breathtaking vocals and Joe's
    masterfully expressive playing. Featuring songs made famous by; Ray Charles, Etta James, Lucinda Williams and
    more. 180g red vinyl and contains an exclusive bonus track.

    1. Give it Everything You Got
    2. Damn Your Eyes
    3. Black Coffee
    4. Lullaby Of The Leaves
    5. Why Don't You Do Right
    6. Saved
    7. Sitting On Top Of the World
    8. Joy
    9. Soul On Fire
    10. Come Rain Or Come Shine
    Beth Hart/Joe Bonamassa
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Black Moon Spell

    King Tuff's new record is called Black Moon Spell.


    It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California,
    in the hot winter of 2014.


    No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them
    to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The
    Devil.


    God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars
    and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out.


    There were many strange occurrences during the recording session- Dracula landlords,
    flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed themselves,
    demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc.


    Under the Black Moon Spell you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet
    dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial
    dancing.


    Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire.
    For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be.
    It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs.
    Backwards messages may be found on this record.


    Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered
    its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip
    shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.


    Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet?


    King Tuff would prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because
    its long and crazy and you wouldn't believe him anyway. Also, I am King Tuff.


    Magic Jake, who played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this
    moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of your choice.


    Old Gary, who plays drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this
    moment to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame with
    him.


    Old Gary was out watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played
    drums on the song "Black Moon Spell". Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin voice in his
    spare time.


    Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, "No human
    judgement is of any value here." King Tuff agreed.


    Sub Pop first discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was basically
    a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden near the graveyard,
    and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with silver fangs and baseball bats.


    Punx, Squares, Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters,
    Hobos, Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers, Townies,
    Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this record.


    Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about
    nothing.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69,
    and let yr inner grinagog rear it's wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell and give yr ears what they've been begging for all year;
    a heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.


    ps. the only part of this story that isn't true is the part about the shit hut. I actually
    was living at my parents' house when I was discovered. Love, KT

    1. Black Moon Spell
    2. Sick Mind
    3. Rainbow's Run
    4. Headbanger
    5. Beautiful Thing
    6. I Love You Ugly
    7. Magic Mirror
    8. Madness
    9. Demon From Hell
    10. Black Holes in Stereo
    11. Radiation
    12. Eyes of the Muse
    13. Staircase of Diamonds
    14. Eddie's Song
    King Tuff
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  • Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress) Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress)

    This power trio has famous roots, and they've brought it all together masterfully. First cut The Sun Road starts off like a tune off of David Gilmour's first solo album and then vanishes into a driving, power-chorded surge of soulful rock. Next, Dark Corners is a massive rocker that pulls you under its powerful whirlpool of guitar/bass/drum frenzy. Stevens tortures the guitar into absolute submission without any predictable riffs. Levin looms everywhere, and Bozzio flows in a polyrhythmic jungle. Fine interactive tension and execution everywhere. This goes way beyond King Crimson's Red days.


    Duende opens with flamenco guitar firebursts, and slowly builds into a decent Spanish-flavored piece. Not my favorite, but well done. The title cut, Black Light Syndrome, is obviously a play on Bozzio Levin Stevens. It is a slower-paced dirge and filled to the brim with a variety of well-executed riffs, basslines, and drum tech.
    Falling in Circles is an early Floydscape dotted with Ronnie Montrose leads, a ballad of driving determination and resolve. Floods of Satriani, Wishbone Ash, Alvin Lee, Fripp, Buck Dharma, and even that Duane Allman tone.


    Book of Hours took me right back to Wheels of Fire's Pressed Rat and Warthog, rainy-day dreamy afternoons with a fresh pot of designer coffee. Levin, Bozzio, and Stevens play off of one another precisely as one mind.


    On the last cut, Chaos/Control, you hear that E7 breakdown from Hendrix's Midnight on War Heroes, and then a jazzy boogie in classic Frank Marino style is laid down. Stevens is a guitarist with a wide range of dynamics.


    - John W. Patterson (All Music Guide)

    1. The Sun Road
    2. Dark Corners
    3. Duende
    4. Black Light Syndrome
    5. Falling in Circles
    6. Book of Hours
    7. Chaos / Control
    Bozzio Levin Stevens
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  • Around Midnight Around Midnight Quick View

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    Around Midnight

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    In 1960, pop vocalist Julie London was really cranking out albums for the successful label Liberty Records. The success of her 1955 hit Cry Me a River put Liberty into overdrive and London responded by making some of the strongest records of her career. Her ability to interpret a song was at its strongest in the late '50s and early '60s, as is evidenced on the shimmering Around Midnight. While some of her best recordings were front of small jazz combos, Around Midnight proves that London was just as effective in front of larger orchestras and bands. The drowsy Black Coffee and lazy Lush Life typify the late-night feel of the album, leading right into The Wee Small Hours of the Morning. [Julie...At Home was released in 1996 as a two-fer as Julie...At Home/Around Midnight.]


    - Zac Johnson (All Music Guide)

    1. 'Round Midnight
    2. Lonely In Paris
    3. Misty
    4. Black Coffee
    5. Lush Life
    6. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
    7. Don't Smoke In Bed
    8. You And The Night And The Music
    9. Something Cool
    10. How About Me?
    11. But Not For Me
    12. The Party's Over
    13. A Foggy Day
    Julie London
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The A&M Vinyl Box Set: 1970-1975 The A&M Vinyl Box Set: 1970-1975 Quick View

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    The A&M Vinyl Box Set: 1970-1975

    Seven Albums Pressed On Nine 180-Gram LPs


    Remastered By Kevin Reeves


    Replicated Artwork Including Die-Cut Sleeves And Inners


    Formed by Steve Marriott in 1969, Humble Pie were one of the first super group rock bands to form. The original band line-up featured lead vocalist and guitarist Steve Marriott from the Small Faces, vocalist and guitarist Peter Frampton from The Herd, former Spooky Tooth bassist Greg Ridley and a seventeen-year-old drummer, Jerry Shirley.


    The collective found phenomenal success on both sides of the Atlantic with such songs as Black Coffee, 30 Days in the Hole, I Don't Need No Doctor and Natural Born Bugie.


    This Vinyl box set, compiled in conjunction with Jerry Shirley and Peter Frampton, pulls together the albums the band released between 1970-1975 including;


    Humble Pie (1970)

    Rock On (1971)

    Performance Rockin' The Fillmore (1971) [2LP]

    Smokin' (1972)

    Eat It (1973) [2LP]

    Thunderbox (1974)

    Street Rats (US Version) (1975)


    Each album has been lovingly remastered by Kevin Reeves and appear on heavyweight 180-gram black vinyl with replica artwork from the time including original die-cut sleeves and inners.

    Humble Pie (1970)
    1. Live With Me
    2. Only A Roach
    3. One-Eyed Trouser-Snake Rumba
    4. Earth And Water Song
    5. I'm Ready
    6. Theme From Skint - See You Later Liquidator
    7. Red Light Mamma, Red Hot!
    8. Sucking On The Sweet Vine


    Rock On (1971)
    1. Shine On
    2. Sour Grain
    3. 79th And Sunset
    4. Stone Cold Fever
    5. Rollin' Stone
    6. A Song For Jenny
    7. The Light
    8. Big George
    9. Strange Days
    10. Red Neck Jump


    Performance Rockin' The Fillmore (1971)
    LP 1
    1. Four Day Creep
    2. I'm Ready
    3. Stone Cold Fever
    4. I Walk On Gilded Splinters


    LP 2
    1. Rollin' Stone
    2. Hallelujah (I Love Her So)
    3. I Don't Need No Doctor


    Smokin' (1972)
    1. Hot 'N' Nasty
    2. The Fixer
    3. You're So Good For Me
    4. C'mon Everybody
    5. Old Time Feelin'
    6. 30 Days In The Hole
    7. a. Road Runner
    8. b. Road Runners "G" Jam
    9. I Wonder
    10. Sweet Peace And Time


    Eat It (1973)
    LP 1
    1. Get Down To It
    2. Good Booze And Bad Women
    3. Is It For Love?
    4. Drugstore Cowboy
    5. Black Coffee
    6. I Believe To My Soul
    7. Shut Up And Don't Interrupt Me
    8. That's How Strong My Love Is


    LP 2
    1. Say No More
    2. Oh, Bella (All That's Hers)
    3. Summer Song
    4. Beckton Dumps
    5. Up Our Sleeve
    6. Honky Tonk Women
    7. (I'm A) Road Runner


    Thunderbox (1974)
    1. Thunderbox
    2. Groovin' With Jesus
    3. I Can't Stand The Rain
    4. Anna (Go To Him)
    5. No Way
    6. Rally With Ali
    7. Don't Worry, Be Happy
    8. Ninety-Nine Pounds
    9. Every Single Day
    10. No Money Down
    11. Drift Away
    12. Oh La-De-Da


    Street Rats (US Version) (1975)
    1. Street Rat
    2. Rock And Roll Music
    3. We Can Work It Out
    4. Scored Out
    5. Road Hog
    6. Rain
    7. There 'Tis
    8. Let Me Be Your Lovemaker
    9. Countryman Stomp
    10. Drive My Car
    11. Queens And Nuns

    Humble Pie
    $197.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 9 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • After Hours With Sarah Vaughan (Pure Pleasure) After Hours With Sarah Vaughan (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    After Hours With Sarah Vaughan (Pure Pleasure)

    Sarah Vaughan signed for Columbia in 1949 & her chart successes continued with the charting of Black Coffee in the summer of 1949. During her tenure at Columbia through 1953, Vaughan was steered almost exclusively to commercial pop ballads, a number of which had chart success.


    No matter what she's singing you can't help but notice her amazing control and range. She's able to float effortlessly from the lowest end of the scale to the highest without effort. Her singing is as much second nature as breathing is to most of us.


    Listen to Vaughan wrap her voice around a word and you begin to understand what is meant by the term phrasing. You also realize why you don't hear the term used very often anymore as very few modern singers have this ability. It refers to a singer's ability to associate the lyrics of a song with the music. However, it means more than just being able to carry a tune. It's how you sing the words and music together. To be fair the music of today doesn't really lend itself to that style of singing either. However hearing a singer of the quality of Vaughan you begin to regret its passing. I'm sure there are jazz singers around who have the ability, but we don't hear them on a regular basis.


    Of course it's this ability which allowed her to be equally comfortable with any style of music she wished to sing. On this LP we hear her sail through a series of smoothly orchestrated pop tunes. Even the version of Gershwin's Summertime is given the uptempo treatment. This might have been a collection of rather commercial standards, but she gives them a soulfulness that raises them above the level of just another pop song. She might not be as emotionally raw as Billie Holliday, but that doesn't stop her from being able to imbue even the simplest of songs with the heart necessary to make them soar.


    Musicians:


    • Sarah Vaughan & band


    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. After Hours
    2. Street Of Dreams
    3. You Taught Me To Love Again
    4. You're Mine, You

    5. My Reverie
    6. Summertime
    7. Black Coffee
    8. Thinking Of You
    9. I Cried For You
    10. Perdido
    11. Deep Purple

    12. Just Friends
    Sarah Vaughan
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Shangri-La Dee Da (Discontinued) Shangri-La Dee Da (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Shangri-La Dee Da (Discontinued)

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    Orange Colored Vinyl


    Available On Vinyl For The First Time


    Shangri-La Dee Da is the fifth studio album by American Hard Rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and released in 2001. The album was certified Gold.


    While recording the album, the band also worked on a documentary and coffee table book. Neither was released, however, and limited footage was made available through the band's official website in the form of live performance-based music videos.


    The album's most successful song Days of the Week was only being performed at a handful of dates on the supporting tour for the album. However, the album's second single Hollywood Bitch has become a staple of the band's live set ever since their 2008 reunion. In 2011, the song Black Again was added to STP's setlist, and was performed for the majority of the tour. Bi-Polar Bear was also performed occasionally, after the band reunited in 2008.

    1. Dumb Love
    2. Days Of The Week
    3. Coma
    4. Hollywood Bitch
    5. Wonderful
    6. Black Again
    7. Hello It's Late
    8. Too Cool Queenie
    9. Regeneration
    10. Bi-polar Bear
    11. Transmissions From A Lonely Room
    12. A Song For Sleeping
    13. Long Way Home
    Stone Temple Pilots
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    Shangri-La Dee Da

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    Shangri-La Dee Da is the fifth studio album by American Hard Rock band Stone Temple Pilots. It was produced by Brendan O'Brien and released in 2001. The album was certified Gold.


    While recording the album, the band also worked on a documentary and coffee table book. Neither was released, however, and limited footage was made available through the band's official website in the form of live performance-based music videos.


    The album's most successful song Days of the Week was only being performed at a handful of dates on the supporting tour for the album. However, the album's second single Hollywood Bitch has become a staple of the band's live set ever since their 2008 reunion. In 2011, the song Black Again was added to STP's setlist, and was performed for the majority of the tour. Bi-Polar Bear was also performed occasionally, after the band reunited in 2008.

    1. Dumb Love
    2. Days Of The Week
    3. Coma
    4. Hollywood Bitch
    5. Wonderful
    6. Black Again
    7. Hello It's Late
    8. Too Cool Queenie
    9. Regeneration
    10. Bi-polar Bear
    11. Transmissions From A Lonely Room
    12. A Song For Sleeping
    13. Long Way Home
    Stone Temple Pilots
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Unearthed (Box Set) Unearthed (Box Set) Quick View

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    Unearthed (Box Set)

    9x 180-Gram Vinyl Box Set Featuring 79 Songs


    Features A Pair Of Cloth-bound Books Housed In An LP-Sized Black Cloth Slipcase


    One Book Holds The Nine LPs, While The Other Is A Gorgeous 60-Page Coffee Table Book


    Coffee Table Book Incorporates Sylvie Simmons' Extensive Liner Notes, Drawn From Five Days Of Interviews At Cash's Home In Tennessee, As Well As Cash And Rubin's Comments On Every Song On The Set, Plus A Copious Selection Of Photographs From The Recording Sessions, Including Some Of The Last Photos Ever Taken Of Cash


    Johnny Cash's much-acclaimed box set of primarily unreleased material, Unearthed, is to be reissued as a nine-album vinyl box set. To celebrate the Man in Black's enduring and influential legacy, American Recordings and UMe have reconfigured this monolithic collection for its first-ever vinyl release, spreading Unearthed's 79 songs over nine high-quality 180-gram vinyl LPs while expanding the original box's distinctive packaging for the long-playing format.


    The Unearthed vinyl box features a pair of cloth-bound books housed in an LP-sized black cloth slipcase. One book holds the nine LPs, while the other is a gorgeous 60-page coffee table book that incorporates Sylvie Simmons' extensive liner notes, drawn from five days of interviews at Cash's home in Tennessee, as well as Cash and Rubin's comments on every song on the set, plus a copious selection of photographs from the recording sessions, including some of the last photos ever taken of Cash.


    Unearthed was originally released as a CD box set by producer Rick Rubin's American Recordings in November 2003, two months after the country superstar's passing. An expansive box set of material, most of it previously unreleased, recorded during the artist's graceful twilight years.


    The set was originally planned to celebrate Cash and Rubin's decade of recording together, and the final mixes had been sent to Cash, but he passed away before receiving them. The recordings, which run the stylistic gamut from stark balladry to punchy rockabilly to heartfelt gospel to classic covers, offer a stunning encapsulation of Cash's wide-ranging musical vision, and provide a fitting epitaph for his iconic career.


    In its original CD format, Unearthed was acclaimed as an instant classic. Rolling Stone named it as one of the "100 Best Albums of the 2000s" and declared the set a slice of American culture as monumental, and as enduring, as Mt. Rushmore.


    Unearthed is divided into five thematic sections. Who's Gonna Cry focuses on acoustic solo recordings, and finds Cash revisiting several classic songs from his legendary catalog. Trouble In Mind is oriented towards electric performances, and includes guest appearances by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Carl Perkins and members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, as well as Cash's wife and longtime duet partner June Carter Cash. Redemption Songs is largely acoustic, and features duets with Joe Strummer, Fiona Apple, Nick Cave and Glen Campbell. My Mother's Hymn Book demonstrates Cash's lifelong affinity for gospel music, encompassing 15 time-honored gospel standards. Best of Cash On American offers a memorable 15-song selection of highlights from Cash's first four albums with Rubin.


    In the years since Cash's passing, the artist's legend has grown and his music has gained in power. It's hard to think of a more appropriate and impressive send-off for this one-of-a-kind American original than the massive musical statement that is Unearthed.

    Part 1: Who's Gonna Cry

    LP 1
    1. Long Black Veil
    2. Flesh And Blood
    3. Just The Other Side Of Nowhere
    4. If I Give My Soul
    5. Understand Your Man
    6. Banks Of The Ohio
    7. Two Timin' Woman
    8. The Caretaker
    9. Old Chunk Of Coal
    10. I'm Going To Memphis


    LP 2
    1. Breaking Bread
    2. Waiting For A Train
    3. Casey's Last Ride
    4. No Earthly Good
    5. The Fourth Man In The Fire
    6. Dark As A Dungeon
    7. Book Review
    8. Down There By The Train


    Part 2: Trouble In Mind
    LP 3
    1. Pocahontas
    2. I'm A Drifter
    3. Trouble In Mind
    4. Down The Line
    5. I'm Movin' On
    6. As Long As The Grass Shall Grow
    7. Heart Of Gold
    8. The Running Kind


    LP 4
    1. Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby
    2. Brown Eyed Handsome Man
    3. T For Texas
    4. Devil's Right Hand
    5. I'm A Drifter
    6. Like A Soldier
    7. Drive On
    8. Bird On A Wire


    Part 3: Redemption Songs
    LP 5
    1. A Singer Of Songs
    2. The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore
    3. Redemption Song
    4. Father And Son
    5. Chattanooga Sugar Babe
    6. He Stopped Loving Her Today
    7. Hard Times
    8. Wichita Lineman


    LP 6
    1. Cindy
    2. Big Iron
    3. Salty Dog
    4. Gentle On My Mind
    5. You Are My Sunshine
    6. You'll Never Walk Alone
    7. The Man Comes Around


    Part 4: My Mother's Hymn Book
    LP 7
    1. Where We'll Never Grow Old
    2. I Shall Not Be Moved
    3. I Am A Pilgrim
    4. Do Lord
    5. When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder
    6. If We Never Meet Again This Side Of Heaven
    7. I'll Fly Away
    8. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies
    9. Let The Lower Lights Be Burning
    10. When He Reached Down
    11. In The Sweet By And By
    12. I'm Bound For The Promised Land
    13. In The Garden
    14. Softly And Tenderly
    15. Just As I Am


    Part 5: Best Of Cash On American
    LP 8
    1. Delia's Gone
    2. Bird On A Wire
    3. Thirteen
    4. Rowboat
    5. The One Rose (That's Left In My Heart)
    6. Rusty Cage
    7. Southern Accents
    8. The Mercy Seat


    LP 9
    1. Solitary Man
    2. Wayfaring Stranger
    3. One
    4. I Hung My Head
    5. The Man Comes Around
    6. We'll Meet Again
    7. Hurt

    Johnny Cash
    $259.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 9 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Dynospectrum (20 Year Anniversary Remaster) The Dynospectrum (20 Year Anniversary Remaster) Quick View

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    The Dynospectrum (20 Year Anniversary Remaster)

    Early Rhymesayers Group Project Consisting Of Members Slug (Atmosphere, Felt); I Self Devine (Micranots, Semi.official); Musab (Beyond, Sab The Artist); And Mr. Gene Poole (Phull Surkle), Produced Entirely By Ant (Atmosphere, Brother Ali).


    First Time Ever Available On Vinyl!


    Sourced From The Original Reel-To-Reel Tapes, Mixed Again And Remastered For This Special Anniversary.


    Includes Three Previously Unreleased Bonus Tracks Recorded During The Original Studio Sessions.


    Vinyl Packaging Includes Three LPs Pressed On A Black & Cream Colored Side A/B Effect Vinyl


    Includes An Illustrated 8-Panel Accordion Fold-Out Poster,


    Housed In A Gatefold Jacket


    Includes Original Artwork/Illustrations By Brilliant Visual Artist Aaron Horkey


    As Rhymesayers was transitioning from a local Twin Cities crew, who were known for
    explosive and engaging live shows at coffee shops, raves, and venues around town, into
    a full-fledged independent label, some of the most integral players in the crew decided to
    form a supergroup, and thus began the legend of The Dynospectrum.


    The group's formula was largely centered on the four MCs, Slug of Atmosphere, I Self
    Devine of The Micranots, Beyond (better known as Musab), and Mr. Gene Poole of Phull
    Surkle. Each of them had already made a notable impression on the Twin Cities scene,
    so the idea of them coming together was easy to view as a force to be reckoned with.
    However, an essential element of The Dynospectrum was its production, as Ant (of
    Atmosphere) was digging deep into his explorations of painting sound with dark and
    moody strokes. Yet another signature aspect to this album was its iconic artwork,
    provided courtesy of the Headshots resident artist, Aaron "Abuse" Horkey, who has also
    provided some new work for this special vinyl edition. Horkey's uniquely exquisite graffiti
    stylings give the album a comic book-like essence while maintaining an air of elegance
    and fine art. Lastly, in order to take all this creative energy and shape it into something
    real, label CEO, Siddiq Sayers, acted as the sound engineer at the time for the newly
    formed Rhymesayers studios, and took the lead on distribution and management for the
    project.


    All of this resulted in The Dynospectrum being a landmark release in the Rhymesayers
    catalog, regarded to this day as a cult classic, which makes it long overdue that we finally
    get to see this full release available on vinyl for the very first time. This upcoming special
    vinyl edition, just like our recent Overcast! 20th Anniversary vinyl release, has been
    completely re-mixed from the original reel-to-reel tapes and remastered, complete with
    bonus unreleased material from those same recording sessions. All the original music
    and lyrics have been left completely intact, only enhancing the listening experience, so
    that this breakthrough album sounds better than ever!

    LP 1
    1. You Can Lose Your Mind (Remastered)
    2. Introspectrum (Remastered)
    3. Headphone Static (Remastered)
    4. Permanent On Surfaces (Remastered)
    5. Breath Of Fresh (Remastered)
    6. The Winter Moon (Remastered)
    7. Brief Interlude (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Appearing Live (Remastered)
    2. Southside Myth (Remastered)
    3. Traction (Remastered)
    4. Decompression Chamber (Remastered)
    5. Evidence Of Things Not Seen (Remastered)
    6. Superior Friends (Remastered)
    7. I Wouldn't Want You To Die Uninformed (Remastered)


    LP 3
    1. Tenfold (Remastered)
    2. Anything Is Everything (Remastered)
    3. Armor (Remastered)
    4. Mass Exodus (Bonus Track) [Remastered]
    5. He Who Dies With The Most Toys (Bonus Track) [Remastered]
    6. Obstacles (Bonus Track) [Remastered]

    The Dynospectrum
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    Open Book

    Fred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely revelatory and lyrical pianist. As one of the most expressive voices in modern jazz, Hersch has never been shy about letting listeners glimpse his most intimate thoughts and emotions. In September, however, Hersch's fans will be treated to even deeper, more revealing insights into the story of the renowned pianist when he publishes his much-anticipated memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz. As a companion piece, Hersch decided to present an equally direct and vulnerable glimpse into his private musical thoughts with his 11th solo release, Open Book.

    The seven pieces on Open Book (set for release via Palmetto Records) offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for its profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz. With more than 40 albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch remarkably continues to discover new areas of inspiration and depths of feeling.

    For the last two and a half decades I've been pretty open about who I am, what I like and what I'm dealing with at times, Hersch says. But I've always got to dig deeper, and I thought this might be a chance to make an album that's a window into the kinds of things that I play at home or don't play in public all that much.

    The album arrives during a momentous month for Hersch. On September 12, the esteemed publishers Crown Archetype (Penguin Random House) will release Good Things Happen Slowly, Hersch's bravely confessional memoir. The book covers the pianist's meteoric rise in jazz from his sideman days alongside masters like Art Farmer and Joe Henderson to his gradual recognition as one of the most individualistic and innovative artists of his generation, a ten-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of countless accolades including being named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist as well as the same year's Jazz Journalists Association Pianist of the Year. But it also frankly reveals his story as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician, tracing his path through hedonistic post-Stonewall New York City to the dramatic two-month medically induced coma in 2007 from which he emerged to make some of the most stunning and captivating music of his career.

    Later that month Hersch will reprise his ambitious Leaves of Grass full-evening piece at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, the first time the song cycle has been performed in New York City since 2005. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry will reprise their roles from the original project, which sets the verse of American bard Walt Whitman. The legendary poet's timeless ode to the miracle of nature and openhearted love of all beings seems especially vital in our present socio-political moment.

    The centerpiece of Open Book, and the spark that ignited the album, is the nearly 20-minute improvisation Through the Forest. Unique in Hersch's extensive discography, the stream-of-consciousness gem is a miniature masterpiece of narrative development, a compelling journey through an abstract, glimmering landscape, revealing that in his early 60s Hersch continues to take creative risks and daunting inventive leaps.

    The creation of Through the Forest was as unplanned and spontaneous as the music itself. In Seoul for a pair of solo concerts during a break in a tour of Asia with his esteemed trio, Hersch overslept during an after-breakfast nap and rushed to take the stage at JCC Art Center Concert Hall for his afternoon performance. The titular forest is, in part, a jetlag and coffee-fueled dreamscape through which Hersch wanders, applying his vivid powers of observation to unusual terrain. I was a little groggy, my defenses were down, and rather than fight it I just gave in to it, Hersch recalls. I'd never really done anything of that length in public where I had no agenda and was able to stay in that zone for such an extended period of time. I realized it was something special, something different that might be the core of an album.

    Through the Forest became the leaping-off point for an album intended to be singularly divulgent and reflective. A few months later, Hersch returned to the same hall and recorded the remainder of Open Book alone in the empty venue (with the exception of Benny Golson's classic Whisper Not, taken from a concert during that return engagement).

    The album opens with the stark musings of The Orb, taken from Hersch's autobiographical music-theater piece My Coma Dreams. A love letter to Hersch's longtime partner, AIDS activist Scott Morgan, The Orb is the final dream depicted in the show, and in this solo rendition becomes a nakedly heartfelt outpouring of raw but tender emotion. The mood then takes a turn for the playful and swinging on Whisper Not, a longtime staple of Hersch's repertoire that here becomes a vibrant, virtuoso marathon of thematic exploration.

    The piece also serves as an ideal mirror to the album's other composition from the pen of a jazz icon, Thelonious Monk's Eronel. Hersch has long been recognized as one of the premier interpreters of the Monk songbook, but despite including one of the iconic composer's pieces in every one of his sets for most of his career, Hersch had never tackled this particular tune, co-written by pianist Sadik Hakim. Monk's original stride-inflected lines come in for a dizzying array of variations in Hersch's endlessly imaginative take.

    The music of Brazil has also been a constant in Hersch's career, in particular the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the subject of one of the pianist's earlier solo efforts, 2009's Fred Hersch Plays Jobim. Picture in Black and White is a new addition to that repertoire, majestically transformed from a bossa nova feel to a crystalline hybrid with Chopin's last nocturne. On the other side of Through the Forest in the album's symmetrical structure comes Hersch's own classical-flavored Plainsong, a spare, lyrical piece composed in the bucolic setting of the MacDowell Colony, the inspirational artists' retreat in rural New Hampshire.

    Open Book ends on a meaningful ellipsis, Billy Joel's moving And So It Goes. In title alone it's an apt conclusion, suggesting an embrace of life as lived and hinting at its open-ended continuation. The full lyrics, which Hersch has performed in duo settings with singers including frequent collaborator Kate McGarry, remain unspoken here but obviously deeply felt in every note. I connect with the sentiment of the words, Hersch says, and it felt like a good benediction to the whole album.

    1. The Orb
    2. Whisper Not
    3. Zingaro
    4. Through The Forest
    5. Plainsong
    6. Eronel
    7. And So It Goes
    Fred Hersch
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