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  • The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set Quick View

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    The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set


    * 800 Newly-Remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 172 Artists


    * 200+ Fully-Restored Original 1920s Ads And Images


    * 6x 180g Vinyl LPs Pressed On Burled Chestnut Colored Vinyl W/ Hand-Engraved, Blind-embossed Gold-Leaf Labels, Housed In A Laser-Etched White Birch LP Folio


    * 250 Page Deluxe Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Art Book


    * 360 Page Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Portraits And Full Paramount Discography


    * Handcrafted Quarter-Sawn Oak Cabinet With Lush Sage Velvet Upholstery And Custom-forged Metal Hardware


    * First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App, Allowing User Mgmt Of All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Custom-Designed USB Drive


    How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof? The answer lies in 'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,' an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White's Third Man Records and John Fahey's Revenant Records.


    'Volume One,' which covers the label's improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19. The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and 'Volume 2' will be released in November 2014.


    Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. Over its lifetime, the label would become a "race records" powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration.


    By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable "other" (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas). Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.


    The 'Rise and Fall' wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.

    6 LPs feature 87 tracks from the collection.


    USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 172 artists across the Paramount family of labels, including the earliest recordings of:
    King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Blind Blake, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Alberta Hunter, Papa Charlie Jackson, Ethel Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny and Baby Dodds, Bo Weavil Jackson, Jimmy O'Bryant, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Tiny Parham, Jimmy Blythe, and Jaybird Coleman.

    Various Artists
    $469.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress) Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress)


    Six LPs, 800 Digital Tracks, Two Definitive Large-Format Books. All Housed In A Polished Aluminum Case Evoking The Era's High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism.


    800 Newly-remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 175 Artists


    90+ Fully-restored Original 1920s-30s Paramount Ads From Chicago Defender


    6 X 180g LPs Pressed On Alabaster-white Label-less Vinyl, Each Side With Its Own Hand-Etched Numeral And Holographic Image


    250 Pg. Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Book Featuring Original Paramount Art And The Label's Curious Tale


    400 Pg. Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Bios & Portraits And Full Paramount Discography


    Polished Aluminum And Stainless Steel Cabinet, Evoking 1930s High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism


    First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App Containing All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Sculpted Metal USB Drive


    Last November, Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant issued The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), the first installment of the curious tale of America's most important record label. It was called spectacular (New York Times), unprecedented (Rolling Stone), breathtaking (Boing Boing), a cabinet of wonder, indeed (Pitchfork), and the most perfectly realized attempt to combine music and documentation (Fretboard Journal) and damnedest musical objet d'art (Nashville Scene) folks had ever seen.


    Third Man-Revenant now presents the final volume in the Paramount story - The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).


    As Volume Two begins, Paramount is entitled to a breather - in the previous 5 years it's been home to giants like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Eubie Blake, Fletcher Henderson, Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, Jaybird Coleman, Clarence Williams, and Fats Waller.


    But just as it seems the label might be losing steam, it begins a second act that threatens to dwarf its first. In its final 5 year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarks on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted recordings in the history of wax - a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Little Brother Montgomery, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Ramblin' Thomas, Jaydee Short, George Bullet Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Charlie Spand, Jabo Williams, Louise Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, and The Mississippi Sheiks.


    Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first and most comprehensive chronicler of what America really sounded like in the 1920s and '30s - on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, Paramount - not some preservationist-minded enterprise like the Library of Congress - inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation's greatest art form.

    6 LPs feature tracks from the collection.


    USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 175 artists across the Paramount family of labels.

    Various Artists
    $469.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Rough Guide To Gospel Blues Rough Guide To Gospel Blues Quick View

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    Rough Guide To Gospel Blues

    The huge musical influence of the church has meant that gospel music and the blues have long been intertwined. From the true guitar evangelists such as Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis to blues legends Blind Lemon Jefferson and Skip James, these recordings illustrate how the line separating the Lord's song and 'devil's music' was very thin.
    1. I Am The Light - Reverend Gary Davis
    2. I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole - Blind Willie Johnson
    3. The Promise True And Grand - Bukka White
    4. Your Enemy Cannot Harm You - Rev. Edward W. Clayborn
    5. Scandalous And A Shame - Blind Joe Taggart & Josh White
    6. Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane - Mother McCollum
    7. I Got Religion, I'm So Glad - Blind Willie & Kate McTell
    8. Be Ready When He Comes - Skip James
    9. Let Me Ride - Memphis Minnie
    10. When The Saints Go Marching In - Barbecue Bob
    11. On Revival Day - Bessie Smith
    12. All I Want Is That Pure Religion - Blind Lemon Jefferson
    Various Artists
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Lightnin' Hopkins (Pre-Order) Lightnin' Hopkins (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Lightnin' Hopkins (Pre-Order)

    Remastered From Original LP Master Tapes From 1959


    Housed In A Tip-On Jacket


    Featuring Original Liner Notes.


    Texas bluesman Samuel "Lightnin'" Hopkins' musical
    career was reignited by this 1959 release. With the
    aid of a little gin and a borrowed acoustic guitar,
    musicologist Sam Charters recorded Hopkins in his
    tiny apartment in Houston, Texas. The result is nine
    tracks of pure country blues and Hopkins' reminiscences
    of his time performing with Blind Lemon Jefferson.

    1. Penitentiary Blues
    2. Bad Luck and Trouble
    3. Come Go Home with Me
    4. Trouble Stay 'Way from My Door
    5. See That My Grave is Kept Clean
    6. Goin' Back to Florida
    7. Reminiscences of Blind Lemon
    8. Fan It
    9. Tell Me, Baby
    10. She's Mine
    Lightnin' Hopkins
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  • Live At Keystone Live At Keystone Quick View

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    Live At Keystone

    Recorded live on July 10 and 11, 1973, at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, this recording beautifully captures the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist Jerry Garcia. The sterling band featured Saunders on keyboards; Garcia, guitar and vocals; John Kahn, bass; and Bill Vitt, drums. Virtuoso David Grisman added mandolin to Bob Dylan's Positively 4th Street. The mix of songs ranged from Saunders originals to covers of songs by Jimmy Cliff, Junior Parker, Holland-Dozier-Holland, Rodgers & Hart, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arthur Big Boy Crudup, Lightnin' Hopkins, Don Nix and Dan Penn and Dylan.
    LP 1
    1. Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
    2. Positively 4th Street
    3. The Harder They Come
    4. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
    5. Space
    6. It's No Use


    LP 2
    1. That's All Right, Mama
    2. My Funny Valentine
    3. Someday Baby
    4. Like A Road

    Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia
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  • Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags (Awaiting Repress) Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Detroit Twelve String Blues & Rags (Awaiting Repress)

    Todd Albright is a Country Blues, finger-style 12-string guitar player and singer living in Detroit, Michigan. An evening's sonic evocations of pre-WWII Blues covers an extensive selection of material recorded in the 1920's and 30's. Playing the 12 string guitar, Todd brings to life an era composed of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Sylvester Weaver, Blind Willie McTell and Leadbelly, among others. Todd's history playing the Blues reaches over 25 years, though he does not remember a time that a guitar wasn't in his hands.


    He first heard the Country Blues at the age of twelve, thanks to a gifted John Lee Hooker record from his sister. The experience was a profound one-the Blues felt right, and he immediately became a self-taught student of the genre aiming solely to interpret the sounds of the masters. Todd has performed across the U.S, both as a solo musician and alongside his former country blues string band, The Staving Chain. Throughout the years, Todd has enjoyed sharing the stage with notable musicians and friends such as Dakota Dave Hull, Roy Book Binder, Charlie Parr, and Paul Geremia.

    1. Savannah Mama
    2. Kill It Kid
    3. Rising River Blues
    4. Delia
    5. Sweet Mary Blues
    6. Cherry Ball Blues
    7. My Money Never Runs Out
    8. Train That Carried My Girl From Town
    Todd Albright
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  • The First Born Is Dead The First Born Is Dead Quick View

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    The First Born Is Dead

    The blues had long been a potent undercurrent in the Birthday Party's music, so it wasn't all that surprising that Nick Cave embraced the sound and feeling of rural blues on his second album with the Bad Seeds, The Firstborn Is Dead. What was startling was how well Cave and his bandmates -- Barry Adamson, Mick Harvey, and Blixa Bargeld -- were able to absorb and honor the influences of artists like Skip James and Charley Patton while creating a sound that was unmistakably their own. The moody obsessions of rural blues -- trains, floods, imprisonment, sin, fear, and death -- seemed made to order for Cave, and he was able to tap into the doomy iconography of this music with potent emotional force; on Tupelo, he makes a sweeping and disturbing epic of the rain-swept night when Elvis Presley was born, and Knocking on Joe is a tale of life on the work gang that communicates the pain of the spirit as clearly as the ache of the body. Also, the blues helped transform Cave's music as well as his lyrics; the brutal sonic pummel of the Birthday Party here gave way to a more subtle and dynamic approach that still made effective use of dissonance and bare-wired electric guitar noise while proving the balance of loud and soft only made each side deeper and more resonant. (The stark, barely there guitar and drums of Blind Lemon Jefferson are as startling and malignantly fascinating as anything in the Birthday Party's catalog.) The Firstborn Is Dead proved Nick Cave's musical palate was significantly broader than his debut album suggested and pointed to a path (channeling the sounds and emotions of American roots music) he would return to on many of his albums that followed.

    - Mark Deming (All Music)
    1. Tupelo
    2. Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree
    3. Train Long Suffering
    4. Black Crow King
    5. Knockin' On Joe
    6. Wanted Man
    7. Blind Lemon Jefferson
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
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  • Bob Dylan Bob Dylan Quick View

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    Bob Dylan

    Bob Dylan on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Understated 1962 Debut Launched Immeasurably Influential Career


    Album Stands as Clearest Connection to Dylan's Purist Folk Roots


    Ghosts of Woody Guthrie and Blues Legends Appear Throughout Recording of Originals and Covers


    Transparent to the Source: Hyper-Detailed 45RPM Pressing Brings the Simple Sounds of Dylan's Voice, Acoustic Guitar, and Harmonica into Lifelike Perspective


    Bob Dylan's self-titled 1962 debut is as understated of an entrance as any significant musician as ever made. Already well-versed in American roots music, Dylan simultaneously pays homage to tradition and extends it by putting his own stamp on classic material that metaphorically functions as the soil of our contemporary songs and styles. Free of ego, and performed with masterful conviction, Bob Dylan ranks with the debut efforts of similar artistic giants Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 180 gram 45RPM 2LP analog version brings the contents of this seminal release as closest as they've ever come to master tape-quality. Transparent to the source, the simple sounds of Dylan's voice, acoustic guitar, and harmonica take on lifelike perspective and dimensions-the "husk and bark" to which Robert Shelton referred in his now-legendary New York Times review of a Dylan appearance at Gerde's Folk City. MoFi has made possible an inexpensive time-traveling trip back to the Greenwich Village coffeehouses and folk clubs in which Dylan cut his teeth, albeit in much better fidelity and without any annoying background noise. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.


    Much has been made of the commercial indifference that greeted the album upon its low-key release. Yet focusing on sales figures and the reaction of a public not yet hip to Dylan's name or music is to miss the forest for the trees. Distinguished from the era's other folk efforts by way of the determination, brazenness, and lived-through-this worldliness Dylan approaches the material and sings the songs, Dylan lays the groundwork for the path he'd soon trailblaze and everyone else would follow.


    By nodding to Woody Guthrie at the same time he completely re-imagines a sobering tune such as Blind Lemon Jefferson's "See That My Grave Is Kept Clean," Dylan straddles the past and future. He also displays, with challenging authority and savant-like expertise, the ability to handle weighty topics such as death, sorrow, and lamentation with the vaudeville flair, bluesy mannerisms, and poignant command of an artist three times his age.


    As Dylan scholar and pop-culture critic Greil Marcus observed in 2010, "Everybody knew Joan Baez and the Kingston Trio; if you knew Bob Dylan, you knew something other people didn't, something that soon enough everybody had to know. Within a year, an album could put an adjective in front of the singer's name as if it were already common coin." It all starts here.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. You're No Good
    2. Talkin' New York
    3. In My Time of Dyin'
    4. Man of Constant Sorrow
    5. Fixin' to Die
    6. Pretty Peggy-O
    7. Highway 51
    8. Gospel Plow
    9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
    10. House of the Risin' Sun
    11. Freight Train Blues
    12. Song to Woody
    13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
    Bob Dylan
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Bob Dylan (Mono) Bob Dylan (Mono) Quick View

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    Bob Dylan (Mono)

    Bob Dylan On Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram Mono 45RPM 2LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Understated 1962 Debut Launched Immeasurably Influential Career


    Album Stands as Clearest Connection to Dylan's Purist Folk Roots


    Ghosts of Woody Guthrie and Blues Legends Appear Throughout Recording of Originals and Covers


    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Strictly Limited To 3,000 Copies


    Mobile Fidelity Mono 45RPM 2LP Features Unparalleled Directness And Sound Dylan, Producers Originally Intended


    Made when mono was still king, Bob Dylan's self-titled 1962 debut is as understated of an entrance as any significant musician as ever made. Already well-versed in American roots music, Dylan simultaneously pays homage to tradition and extends it by putting his own stamp on classic material that metaphorically functions as the soil of our contemporary songs and styles. Free of ego, and performed with masterful conviction, Bob Dylan ranks with the debut efforts of similar artistic giants Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3,000 copies, Mobile Fidelity's restored 180g mono 45RPM 2LP analog version brings the contents of this seminal release as closest as they've ever come to master tape-quality in the original mono configuration. Transparent to the source, the simple sounds of Dylan's voice, acoustic guitar, and harmonica take on lifelike perspective and directness-the husk and bark to which Robert Shelton referred in his now-legendary New York Times review of a Dylan appearance at Gerde's Folk City. MoFi has made possible an inexpensive time-traveling trip back to the Greenwich Village coffeehouses and folk clubs in which Dylan cut his teeth, albeit in much better fidelity and without any annoying background chatter. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.


    As the preferred mix at the time of the recording, the mono version presents Dylan as he and his producers originally intended. Since the separation of the stereo versions isn't as sharp, the mono edition places Dylan's vocals in the heart of the musical action and as one with the accompaniment. It paints listeners an incredibly accurate portrait of the attention-getting, concrete mass of sound that features no artificial panning and straight-ahead immersion into the music. This is how almost everyone first heard this timeless album-making the mono mix all the more historically valuable and truthful.


    Much has been made of the commercial indifference that greeted the album upon its low-key release. Yet focusing on sales figures and the reaction of a public not yet hip to Dylan's name or music is to miss the forest for the trees. Distinguished from the era's other folk efforts by way of the determination, brazenness, and lived-through-this worldliness Dylan approaches the material and sings the songs, Dylan lays the groundwork for the path he'd soon trailblaze and everyone else would follow.


    By nodding to Woody Guthrie at the same time he completely re-imagines a sobering tune such as Blind Lemon Jefferson's See That My Grave Is Kept Clean, Dylan straddles the past and future. He also displays, with challenging authority and savant-like expertise, the ability to handle weighty topics such as death, sorrow, and lamentation with the vaudeville flair, bluesy mannerisms, and poignant command of an artist three times his age.


    As Dylan scholar and pop-culture critic Greil Marcus observed in 2010, Everybody knew Joan Baez and the Kingston Trio; if you knew Bob Dylan, you knew something other people didn't, something that soon enough everybody had to know. Within a year, an album could put an adjective in front of the singer's name as if it were already common coin. It all starts here.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. You're No Good
    2. Talkin' New York
    3. In My Time of Dyin'
    4. Man of Constant Sorrow
    5. Fixin' to Die
    6. Pretty Peggy-O
    7. Highway 51
    8. Gospel Plow
    9. Baby, Let Me Follow You Down
    10. House of the Risin' Sun
    11. Freight Train Blues
    12. Song to Woody
    13. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
    Bob Dylan
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Black Snake Moan (Out of Stock) Black Snake Moan (Out of Stock) Quick View

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    Black Snake Moan (Out of Stock)


    180 Gram Blue Vinyl Albums From Original Blues Artists


    Remastered with printed inner bags and sleevenotes


    Sixteen historic recordings from the 1920's and the 1930's by the first country blues superstar. Includes Hot Dog, Easy Rider Blues and Black Snake Moan

    1. Hot Dogs
    2. Teddy Bear Blues
    3. Bad Luck Blues
    4. Broke and Hungry
    5. Black Snake Moan
    6. Sunshine Special
    7. Matchbox Blues
    8. He Arose from the Dead
    9. Rising High Water Blues
    10. Easy Rider Blues
    11. Rabbit Foot Blues
    12. Lonesome House Blues
    13. Jack O'Diamond Blues
    14. Stocking Feet Blues
    15. Right of Way Blues
    16. See That My Grave Is Kept Clean
    Blind Lemon Jefferson
    $28.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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