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The MountainThe Mountain is the eighth studio album by Steve Earle (backed the Del McCoury Band), originally released in 1999.
The songs were written by Earle with musical accompaniment provided by the famous bluegrass band of Del McCoury.
The album was a significant departure from Earle's previous work, being the first wholly bluegrass album he had written. Earle made the album as a tribute to the founder of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe, who had died in 1996.
The album was nominated for a 2000 Grammy Award in the Best Bluegrass Album category (Earle's seventh Grammy nomination). Two tracks from the album were released as singles in the UK: Dixieland (distributed to radio only) and The Mountain (a commercial release).1. Texas Eagle
2. Yours Forever Blue
3. Carrie Brown
4. I'm Still In Love With You
5. The Graveyard Shift
6. Harlan Man
7. The Mountain
8. Outlaw's Honeymoon
9. Connemara Breakdown
10. Leroy's Dustbowl Blues
12. Paddy On The Beat
13. Long, Lonesome Highway Blues
14. Pilgrim$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Foggy Mountain Jamboree180 Gram Audiophile Mono Vinyl Gatefold Package
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
Pressed at RTI!
One of the most important and influential records in the history of American Roots Music. Includes appearances by numerous Foggy Mountain Boys including Chet Atkins & Josh Buck Graves.
Widely regarded as one of bluegrass' most influential recordings, Foggy Mountain Jamboree introduced audiences -- more specifically radio listeners -- to the crystal-clear vocals and peerless musicianship of former Bill Monroe Bluegrass Boys Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. Amassed between 1951 and 1955, the 12 tracks that made the cut served as a veritable blueprint for a genre that had been growing in popularity since the late '40s. While numerous Foggy Mountain Boys appear throughout -- Chet Atkins, Josh Buck Graves -- Flatt's fluid tenor and rhythm guitar work anchored the sessions, Scruggs' machine-gun banjo work provided the steam, and fiddler Chubby Wise, along with mandolin player Curly Seckler, carried the whole thing home without a care in the world. Flint River Special, Earl's Breakdown, and Foggy Mountain Special became part of American culture, celebrating both its trailblazing work ethic and spirituality with equal amounts of grace and hellfire. Foggy Mountain Jamboree is essential listening for anyone with even the most remote interest in bluegrass. - allmusic.com
180 Gram Vinyl
Exhibit Records Audiophile Series
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio!
Pressed at RTI!
Earl Sruggs, banjo
Lester Flatt, guitar1. Flint Hill Special
2. Some Old Day
3. Earl's Breakdown
4. Jimmie Brown, The Newsboy
5. Foggy Mountain Special
6. It Won't Be Long
7. Shuckin' The Corn
8. Blue Ridge Cabin Home
9. Randy Lynn Rag
10. Your Love Is Like A Flower
11. Foggy Mountain Chimes
12. Reunion In Heaven$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
So Long So WrongAvailable for the very first time on vinyl. This is the best AKUS album to date. (AKUS is the band's own acronym for Alison Krauss & Union Station). The best songs, the best playing, the best singing and the best sound! This must have 2-LP set gets more addictive with every play. Call it bluegrass or call it acoustic pop, either way Alison Krauss and Union Station have created an incredible montage of music. As usual, it is Alison's beautiful vocals that gives it that high, lonesome sound.
There are thirteen vocal songs and one instrumental on this two-record set. Krauss is the lead vocalist on eight of the songs and Union Station members share the other lead vocals. The virtuoso musicians comprising the group are Barry Bales (acoustic bass), Ron Block (banjo, guitar), Adam Steffey (mandolin), and Dan Tyminski (guitar). Of course Krauss started her career as a violinist (fiddler to the bluegrass world) and she doesn't leave that instrument out either. Due to the unmatched resolution of the Gain 2 Ultra Analog Cutting System, all the acoustic instruments and voices on the record are reproduced with an exceptional sense of space and clarity.
The tunes are mostly new material and alternate from bluegrass to acoustic pop. The standouts on the album are Alison's numbers: It Doesn't Matter, Looking in the Eyes of Love, and the gospel There is a Reason. These are all quiet, reflective pieces with the haunting, almost angelic quality of Krauss' voice demonstrated to its fullest. The harmony singing on every cut shows off the vocal prowess of the entire ensemble. The title track in particular stands out for its use of harmony and incredible accurate presentation of acoustic instruments. The male vocalists are superb in their own right and each of the band members has the spotlight somewhere on the album. MFSL
This title is not eligible for discount.So Long So Wrong
No Place to Hide
Deeper Than Crying
I Can Let Go Now
The Road Is a Lover
Little Liza Jane
It Doesn't Matter
Find My Way Back to My Heart
I'll Remember You Love in My Prayers
Looking in the Eyes of Love
Pain of a Troubled Life
Blue Trail of Sorrow
There Is a Reason$49.99Gain 2 Ultra Analog 1/2 Speed Mastered 180 Gram Audiophile High Definition Vinyl LP -2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Who's Feeling Young Now?Punch Brothers release their new album, Whos Feeling Young Now?, on vinyl March 20. Completed over three weeks at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the record was produced by Grammy Award winner Jacquire King (Kings of Leon, Tom Waits, Modest Mouse). Whos Feeling Young Now? is the follow-up to 2010s Grammy-nominated Antifogmatic, about which the New York Times said: Punch Brothers have the unplugged lineup of an old-fashioned string band But their music is as radical as new acoustic music can be.
Ten songs from Whos Feeling Young Now? were written by Punch Brothers, with the bands friend Josh Ritter co-writing lyrics on two tunes (Hundred Dollars and New York City). Additionally, the album contains the bands interpretations of Radioheads Kid A and the Swedish group VÄsens Flippen. The vinyl album was pressed on two discs of 140-gram, audiophile-quality vinyl and includes four additional Punch Brotherspenned tunes. Pre-orders include an instant download of the album track Movement and Location and an exclusive set of five custom Punch Brothers paper coasters illustrated by New Yorker cartoonist Matthew Diffee, signed by the band.
Punch Brothers was formed in 2006 by mandolinist/singer Chris Thile with four other virtuosic musicians: fiddler Gabe Witcher, banjo player Noam Pikelny, bassist Paul Kowert, and guitarist Chris Critter Eldridge. Their first Nonesuch record, Punch, was released in 2008 and combined elements of the bands many musical interests, including indie rock, folk, jazz, bluegrass, and classical music. In 2009 they all moved to New York City and began a regular, standing-room-only, residency at the Living Room, trying out new songs as well as inspired covers; these shows ultimately spawned Antifogmatic.
Whos Feeling Young Now? is less evasive than Antifogmatic and Punch, said Thile. And I feel like part of that is us becoming more comfortable with who we are as a band, and me becoming more comfortable with who I am as a singer.LP1
1. Movement and Location
2. This Girl
3. No Concern of Yours
4. Who's Feeling Young Now?
6. Flippen (The Flip)
7. Patchwork Girlfriend
8. Hundred Dollars
1. Soon or Never
2. New York City
3. Kid A
4. Don't Get Married Without Me
5. Roses Blooming in the Dark
7. Knock Me Down
8. Shh, Just Let Me Do This$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-THI-4230xTrampled By Turtles
PalominoIncludes download card.
Palomino is the new release from Northern roots music hybrid Trampled by Turtles and their first through Thirty Tigers/RED. The album features a sound that's a bracing mix of classic American songwriting, bluegrass and folk, all delivered at a breakneck pace.1. Wait So Long
3. It's A War
5. Bloodshot Eyes
6. New Son/Burnt Iron
7. Help You
8. Feet Bones
10. Sounds Like A Movie
11. New Orleasn
12. Again$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Riverman's DaughterThe Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.
While the duo first met in grade school -- a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers, from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards - the Grahams' journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.
While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song Riverman's Daughter, a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa's bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug's cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.
Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage. And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman's Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.
Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman's Daughter was Doug's own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi's angel band, and played by her side until she passed away.
As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn's idea to record both Alyssa and Doug's parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation -- in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album's foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70's country rock flavored Carrying The Torch, the spirited traditional vibe of The Piney River, and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of Revival Time.
Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams' long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.1. Revival Time
2. Riverman's Daughter
3. Carrying the Torch
4. You Made Me Love You
5. Cathedral Pines
6. If You're in New York
7. The Piney River
8. A Good Man
9. Marnie Hawkins
10. Heaven Forbid
11. Lonesome Child
13. Goodbye Babe (B.C.)
14. Lay Down Delilah$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ROU-1988xSteve Martin And Edie Brickell
So FamiliarHighly anticipated follow up to these collaborators' debut album, actor, comedian, both Grammy winners! This bluegrass record was produced by Peter Asher. Many songs from this album will appear in an upcoming Broadway production.
I guess that this is the logical sequel to the first album, but it's also different in a lot of ways, Martin states. It sounds bigger and wider, and it has a lush feeling that I really like. I think that Edie's voice sounds beautiful with these arrangements, and I love the way the banjo sounds with strings. Peter really had a vision for this record, and he really came up with some wonderful things.
What Peter did was so beautiful, agrees Brickell. He has a great musical imagination, and he always surprises us. I'm so impressed by his ability to come up with things that feel grand and intimate at the same time. Peter has a really great ability to create something majestic and incorporate that into a traditional-sounding song.1. So Familiar
2. Always Will
3. Way Back in the Day
4. Won't Go Back
5. I'm By Your Side
6. I Had A Vision
7. I Have You
8. Another Round
9. Mine All Mine
10. Heart of the Dreamer
11. My Baby
12. Heartbreaker$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (Picture Disc)
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is the soundtrack of music from the 2000 American film of the same name, written, directed and produced by the Coen Brothers and starring George Clooney, John Turturro, Tim Blake Nelson and John Goodman.
With the film set in Mississippi during the Great Depression, the soundtrack uses American bluegrass, country and folk music appropriate to the time period. With the exception of a few vintage tracks such as Harry McClintock's 1928 single Big Rock Candy Mountain, most tracks are modern recordings. Produced by T-Bone Burnett.1. Po Lazarus -- James Carter & The Prisoners
2. Big Rock Candy Mountain -- Harry Mcclintock
3. You Are My Sunshine -- Norman Blake
4. Down To The River To Pray -- Alison Krauss
5. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow -- The Soggy Bottom Boys
6. Hard Time Killing Floor Blues -- Chris Thomas King
7. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow -- Norman Blake
8. Keep On The Sunny Side -- The Whites
9. I'll Fly Away -- Alison Krauss And Gillian Welch
10. Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby -- Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, And Gillian Welch
11. In The Highways -- Sarah, Hannah, And Leah Peasall
12. I Am Weary (let Me Rest) -- The Cox Family
13. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow -- John Hartford
14. O Death -- Ralph Stanley
15. In The Jailhouse Now -- The Soggy Bottom Boys
16. I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow -- The Soggy Bottom Boys
17. Indian War Whoop -- John Hartford
18. Lonesome Valley -- Fairfield Four
19. Angel Band -- The Stanley Brothers$39.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass SessionsVinyl Includes 5 Extra Songs Not Available On The CD!
Mention the name Robert Earl Keen, and several descriptive terms spring to mind - Texas singer-songwriter,
career artist, brilliant storyteller, sardonic humorist, poet of the strange and familiar. And now with the release of his latest album, Happy Prisoner, add - bluegrass singer.LP1
1. Hot Corn, Cold Corn
2. 52 Vincent Black Lightning
3. Footprints in the Snow
4. 99 Years For One Dark Day (feat. Peter Rowan)
5. East Virginia Blues
6. Poor Ellen Smith
7. Long Black Veil
8. This World Is Not My Home
9. T For Texas (feat. Lyle Lovett)
1. Peter Rowan Intro
2. Walls Of Time
3. White Dove
4. Old Home Place
5. Twisted Laurel
6. Wayfaring Stranger (feat. Natalie Maines)
7. Little Log Cabin Home On The Hill *
8. Dark As A Dungeon *
9. I'm Troubled, I'm Troubled *
10. 14 Carat Mind *
11. Steam Powered Aeroplane *
* Bonus Tracks Not On The CD$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Emmylou Harris - Live In 1978This release is a compilation comprising two superb broadcasts made by Emmylou Harris during 1978. The first is a major live appearance on the PBS Soundstage, broadcast by Chicago's WXRT in October and featuring Emmylou regulars The Hot Band, bolstered here by Country vocal group, The Whites - Buck, Sharon and Cheryl. The final half-dozen tracks are from a KFAT broadcast from Santa Cruz, California in June. This was an unusual performance as it featured a trio format consisting of Emmylou with bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Ricky Skaggs (by then a Hot Band fixture, having replaced Rodney Crowell at the end of the previous year) and upright bassist Roy Huskey Jr.LP1
1. Two More Bottles Of Wine (Live)
2. Easy From Now On (Live)
3. To Daddy (Live)
4. Luxury Liner (Live)
5. Even Cowgirls Get The Blues (Live)
6. My Songbird (Live)
7. My Window Faces The South (Live)
8. Tumbling Tumbleweeds (Live)
9. Home (Live)
10. Swing Down Sweet Chariot (Live)
11. I Ain't Living Long Like This (Live)
1. The Angels Rejoiced Last Night (Live)
2. Leavin' Louisiana In The Broad Daylight (Live)
3. Hallelujah I'm Ready To Go (Live)
4. Could You Love Me / The Green Rolling Hills (Live)
5. I Believe Jesus Loves Me (Live)
6. If I Needed You (Live)
7. Satan's Jewel Crown (Live)
8. Keep On The Sunny Side (Live)
9. Under The Weepin' Willow (Live)$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-BAN-1919CxTrampled By Turtles
Trouble2007's Trouble is the third full-length release from the Duluth, MN progressive bluegrass quartet Trampled By Turtles. Produced by Rich Mattson and mastered by Dave Gardner, Trouble finds the group challenging tradition with the inclusion of electric instrumentation, drums, violin and cello. Alongside more conventional bluegrass fare like "Valley," "Arming of Infants," Like An Empty House and "Stranger" are pop leaning numbers like Still In Love With You, the foreboding Salvation, and instrumental pieces "Ceiling Slide" "Tap the Kitchen Floor" and "Spoiler." The 11-song set also features guest appearances by violinist/cellist Jesse Greene and Retribution Gospel Choir drummer Eric Pollard.1. Valley
2. Still in Love With You
3. Arming of Infants
5. Ceiling Slide
7. Like an Empty House
8. Tap the Kitchen Floor
9. Never Again
13. Who's Calling?
14. Last Page$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Goat Rodeo SessionsThe last time cellist Yo-Yo Ma teamed with bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers fame) for a classical/bluegrass hybrid, the result was the gold-selling Songs of Joy & Peace. Here, Ma, Meyer, and Thile are joined by fiddler Stuart Duncan in a different kind of string quartet.
The slang phrase goat rodeo, according the Urban Dictionary, is about the most polite term used by aviation people (and others in higher risk situations) to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once if you intend to walk away from it. That may be overstating the case for a group of musicians, most of whom have worked together and succeeded before, but it also carries a rural connotation that is appropriate for music that is, for the most part, closer to bluegrass than classical. The tunes were written by Duncan, Meyer, and Thile, and Ma's role is largely supportive. After the fast pieces Attaboy and Quarter Chicken Dark, Helping Hand is the first slower number, with Thile switching to guitar and Duncan taking over the mandolin for a musical conversation between the two instruments.
Where's My Bow? is a violin/cello/bass trio with Thile sitting out, and it is one of the few tracks that leans more toward the classical side, boasting a big, dramatic finish. The more exotic Here and Heaven finds both Thile and Meyer at times playing the Renaissance instrument the gamba, as Duncan picks up a fretless banjo, all of them backing a vocal duet between Thile and Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still. Meyer moves to piano for the slow, thoughtful Franz and the Eagle, another piece that has more of a classical bent.
The rest of the album is in a progressive bluegrass mode, Less Is Moi mixing several short themes and allowing room for improvisation, and 13:8 taken quickly, with Duncan and Thile interacting briskly. It doesn't really seem as if 100 things had to go right for The Goat Rodeo Sessions to work; it only required four or five talented musicians to play and sing in sympathetic unity, and that they did, making this a satisfying experience for more adventurous classical and bluegrass fans.LP1
2. Quarter Chicken Dark
3. Helping Hand
4. Where's My Bow?
5. Here and Heaven
6. Franzand the Eagle
1. Less is Moi
2. Hill Justice
3. No One But You
5. Goat Rodeo$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Wide Open SpacesNewly Remastered And Pressed On High Resolution 150 Gram Vinyl
Dixie Chicks first came together as a bluegrass quartet in Texas in 1989, later becoming a trio in 1995 when founding members (and sisters) Emily Robison (banjo/dobro) and Martie Maguire (fiddle/mandolin) were joined by 21-year-old Natalie Maines (daughter of guitarist/producer Lloyd Maines) as the group's new lead vocalist and guitarist. By the late 1990s, the classic Dixie Chicks trio lineup struck a stunning balance between the traditional Nashville sound and the contemporary influences of alternative rock and pop.
Dixie Chicks succeeded beyond all expectations: their first album as a trio, Wide Open Spaces, catapulted the group to the top of the country charts and into crossover success. Aided by back-to-back Country No. 1 singles "There's Your Trouble," "Wide Open Spaces" and "You Were Mine," Wide Open Spaces sold more than 12 million copies in the United States--more than all the top country acts of that year combined--and it's still the best-selling country album by a group ever. Wide Open Spaces won the Best Country Album Grammy while There's Your Trouble took home the Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal trophy.1. I Can Love You Better
2. Wide Open Spaces
3. Loving Arms
4. There's Your Troubles
5. You Were Mine
6. Never Say Die
7. Tonight The Heartache's On Me
8. Let 'Er Rip
9. Once You've Loved Somebody
10. I'll Take Care Of You
11. Am I The Only One (Who's Ever Felt This Way)
12. Give It Up Or Let Me Go$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-NEW-1922xSteve Earle & The Del McCoury Band
The MountainAfter several years out of print, Steve Earle's acclaimed 1999 bluegrass album is finally being reissued here on 180g vinyl for the very first time. The 14 song collection features contributions from Emmylou Harris, Iris Dement, Jerry Douglas, Marty Stuart, Gillian Welch, Gene Wooten and John Hartford.1. Texas Eagle
2. Your Forever Blue
3. Carrie Brown
4. I'm Still In Love With You
5. The Graveyard Shift
6. Harlan Man
7. The Mountain
8. Outlaw's Honeymoon
9. Connemara Breakdown
10. Leroy's Dustbowl Blues
12. Paddy On The Beat
13. Long, Lonesome Highway Blues
14. Pilgrim$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blue GiantBlue Giant is the creation of Kevin and Anita Robinson, better known as Portland indie-pop darlings Viva Voce. The Robinson's new band features Chris Funk (The Decemberists), Evan Railton (Swords) and Seth Lorinczi (The Golden Bears). On their self-titled debut, produced by Kevin, Blue Giant combine the traditional sounds of American music, country, bluegrass and folk, with driving, straight-ahead rock n roll. The 12 tracks on the album, all written by Kevin and Anita, showcase that versatility from the classic country feel of "Lonely Girl," to the melodic guitars in "Clean The Clock," to the mellow, deceptively simple "Gone For Good" which features Sleater-Kinney's Corin Tucker.1. Clean the Clock
2. Blue Sunshine
4. Lonely Girl
5. Target Heart
6. When Will the Sun Shine
7. Go On
8. Run Rabbit Run
9. Gone for Good (featuring Corin Tucker)
10. The Game
11. The Void Above the Sky
12. Reasons To Cry$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sara WatkinsSara Watkins self-titled debut, eagerly anticipated by the significant fan base shes built after nearly two decades as fiddle player and vocalist for Grammy Award-winning trio Nickel Creek, boasts an easygoing virtuosity. The youthful Watkins, who joined Nickel Creek when she was barely in her teens, displays formidable skill as a multi- instrumentalist, playing the guitar and ukelele as well as the fiddle, and is just as versatile, and breathtakingly mature, as a singer. Watkins incorporates folk, country, gospel, and pop into her 14-song set, produced by former Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones and recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville. Shes joined by a wide range of old friends and longtime heroes, including alt-country duo Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, and Elvis Costello drummer Pete Thomas; colleagues from the bluegrass world like Tim OBrien, Punch Brothers Chris Eldridge, Ronnie McCoury, and Rayna Gellert; and Nickel Creek band-mates Chris Thile and Sean Watkins.
Watkins mixes eight of her own songs with tunes by such artists as John Hartford, Tom Waits, and Davíd Garza. Her self-penned fiddle numbers are exuberant, foot-stomping instrumentals, while the songs for which she wrote both music and lyrics have a heart-meltingly lovelorn quality. Watkins knows how to channel in her own work the plaintive emotions of classic country and timeless pop. Theres honesty and empathy on tracks like the sweetly soulful My Friend, the brooding Bygones, and rueful album closer, Where Will You Be. She proves to be as astute as Emmylou Harris or Linda Ronstadt in her choice of covers, segueing gracefully from the aforementioned Waits, Garza and Hartford to the lighthearted country-and-western swing of Jimmie Rodgerss Any Old Time, to the world-weariness and spiritual yearning of Norman Blakes Lord Wont You Help Me, to the romantic wistfulness of Jon Brions Same Mistakes.1. All This Time
2. Long Hot Summer Days
3. My Friend
5. Same Mistakes
6. Any Old Time
8. Lord Wont You Help Me
10. Give Me Jesus
12. Too Much
13. Will We Go
14. Where Will You Be$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
WARB-NON-87xThe Black Keys
Attack & ReleaseUntil now, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys took an extreme do-it-yourself approach to record making, hunkering down in a basement studio or setting up equipment in one of the abandoned factories of their native Akron, Ohio. Their modus operandi was more seance than session. With a minimal set of tools, they conjured up a big, swaggering blues-rock sound, seemingly drawn from some distant time and place yet too weirdly original to ever be called retro. As Rolling Stone put it in a review of their 2006 Nonesuch debut, Magic Potion, Pure blues rock of this caliber is really timeless.
For this album, however, the Black Keys decided not to go it alone: Attack and Release is the result of one of the most audacious and eagerly awaited collaborations in alternative rock history. As producer, Auerbach and Carney chose Danger Mouse, the mega-eclectic sonic mastermind behind the Grammy Award-winning Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere and its multi-format hit, Crazy, as well as the music-industry provocateur who created the mother of all mash-ups, The Grey Album. The Black Keys also deigned to work at an established studio, albeit one within driving distance of Akron. Suma Recording, a legendary spot in northeast Ohio renowned for its supply of great vintage gear, provided just the right ambience for the guys. As Carney put it, with genuine affection, Suma smells like a moldy cabin and looks like a haunted house.
On Attack and Release, Danger Mouse is more creative co-conspirator than traditional figure behind the boards. He doesn't radically alter the duo's sound so much as coax out more of its inherent soulfulness, groove and bittersweet emotion. Two versions of Remember When illustrate how the duo can swing easily from smoldering ballad to thrashing rocker. I'm more pleased with the sound of this record than any one we've ever made, says Carney, and Auerbach concurs: We never let it all go like we did for this one, anything was game. It was just fun to make, and that's why I think it's so successful. The band adds more instrumentation to their mix, including piano, organ and moog synthesizer. Danger Mouse fashions subtle special effects, like the ghostly background choir that surfaces on the moody I Got Mine, which sounds as if it were samples from some old Warner Bros. cartoon. The Black Keys also invited in a few special guests: guitarist Marc Ribot and clarinetist-flautist (and Pat's uncle) Ralph Carney, both veterans of Tom Waits' band and players on countless avant-rock/jazz/noise session. Jessica Lea Mayfield a/k/a Chittlin, an impressive 18 year-old bluegrass/country singer from Kent, Ohio, sings alongside a heart-breakingly plaintive Auerbauch on the slow-dance final cut, Things Ain't Like They Used to Be1. All You Ever Wanted
2. I Got Mine
3. Strange Times
4. Psychotic Girl
6. Remember When (Side A)
7. Remember When (Side B)
8. Same Old Thing
9. So He Won't Break
10. Oceans & Streams
11. Things Ain't Like They Used to Be$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Captain And Me (Speakers Corner)
The Doobie Brothers weren't brothers, nor were they called Doobie. The band started life as Pud in 1969 in Chateau LibertÉ, a club in the mountains of California. The group took on the slang name for marihuana cigarettes (doobie) one year later. The Doobies' music, however, never sounded like that of befuddled, half-stoned junkies. Heavy metal hard rock was their thing which made their record company Warner target the bikers of the rocker scene. The idea backfired, though, because the band had far more to offer than explosive hard rock.
The album The Captain And Me is considered to be the group's most concentrated and versatile production since it contrasts aggressive, hard numbers with gentle ones full of melodiousness. The very first number, Natural Thing, shows how winsome vocal folk music and electric guitar riffs can be amalgamated into rock music. Amongst these titles, decidedly angry numbers such as Without You and Evil Woman became real trailblazers. Now and then, an extensive harp solo or nonchalant licks from the acoustic guitar remind one of the pungent bluegrass style emanating from the South. That even the sweet wailing of the steel guitar (South City Midnight Lady) finds room for expression seems quite logical in this well-thought-out musical concept.
- Tom Johnston (guitar, harmonica, synthesizer, vocals)
- Patrick Simmons (guitar, synthesizer, vocals)
- John Hartman (percussion, drums, vocals)
- Tiran Porter (bass, vocals)
- Michael Hossack (drums, conga, percussion)
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Natural Thing
2. Long Train Runnin'
3. China Grove
4. Dark Eyed Cajun Woman
5. Clear As The Driven Snow
6. Without You
7. South City Midnight Lady
8. Evil Woman
10. The Captain And Me$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Keep On Walkin'With an abundance of vocal and instrumental talent, the Grascals follow in the footsteps of artists like Flatt and Scruggs, Jimmy Martin and the Osborne Brothers, bringing the sounds of bluegrass to country audiences. Their stunning debut, Keep On Walkin' blends old and new, classic songs and sparkling originals, polished harmonies and fiery picking into a seamless, soulful take on tradition that will be welcomed by hard core bluegrass fans, classic country devotees and audiences raised on Travis Tritt and Garth Brooks alike.
I am so proud of The Grascals. They are one of the best bluegrass bands Ive ever heard. They are all so very talented as vocalists and instrumentalists. Their new album is one of the greatest albums Ive ever listened to and the fact its their first just tells you how talented they really are. I was very proud to get to sing on Viva Las Vegas with them. They have been opening my shows for a while and people just love em. Dolly Parton1. Leavin's Heavy On My Mind
2. Mourning Dove
3. Me And John And Paul
4. Bevans Lake Crossing
5. Some Things I Want To Sing About
6. Teardrops In My Eyes
7. Where I Come From
8. My Saro Jane
9. Where Corn Don't Grow
10. Sally Goodin'
11. Lonely Street
12. Viva Las Vegas
13. Sweet By And By$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Follow The Music
Alice Gerrard has one of those voices that harkens back to the likes of Sara and Maybelle. She is the real deal with the right stuff and hasn't forgotten
where country music came from.
- Emmylou Harris (June, 2014)
Produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor.
The trailblazing folksinger famously collaborated with Hazel Dickens. Their classic recordings for Folkways and Rounder in the '60's and 70's rank among
the most influential recordings in folk music history, (All Music Guide), and laid the groundwork for many artists, especially female bluegrass and folk
'Follow The Music' features traditional tunes and original songs by Alice, produced by Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor, and features members of
Hiss Golden Messenger and Megafaun.1. Bear Me Away
2. Strange Land
3. Wedding Dress
4. You Take Me For Granted
5. Follow The Music
6. Boll Weevil
7. Love Was The Price
8. Teardrops Falling In The Snow
9. Foolish Lovers Waltz
10. The Vulture
11. Goodbyes$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American BeautyThe Most American Folk-Rock Ever Made: Indelible Harmonies, Spare Playing, and Gorgeous Textures Surround Masterfully Crafted Songs
Close Your Eyes As the Dead Serenade You in Your Room: MoFi Edition of American Beauty Epitomizes Realistic Space, Vocals, Instrumentation, and Ambience
Ranked #261 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Includes "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Ripple"
American Beauty is the most perfectly realized, superbly played, and openly natural folk-rock record ever released. They don't make albums like this anymore, but thankfully, Mobile Fidelity's extraordinary 180g 45RPM 2LP set allows you to experience this 1970 masterpiece with unrivaled intimacy, realism, detail, and perspective. The Dead might as well be sitting on a Persian carpet right in your living room.
The pinnacle of the Dead's studio output, American Beauty lives up to its name-as well as that of the "American Reality" ambigram on the iconic cover. Airy vocal harmonies blow like fresh breezes. Strummed acoustic guitars amicably intermingle with plaintive percussive beats. Warmth, relaxation, and poignancy envelop the performances and create sensations of bliss, peace, and honesty. Songs flower with majestic melodies and emotionally direct lyrics. It's a rare album that invites and makes you feel, restores one's faith, and renews one's appreciation for all life offers.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, this deluxe analog set possesses seemingly limitless dynamics, reference-grade presence, and expansive soundstages. The seamless, effortless integration of the group's vocals has always been a high point of American Beauty, and when you hear it here, you'll want every record you own to sound half as good. Every member's distinctive singing resounds with tube-like clarity; the intended expressionism is as plain as day. Instruments, too, resonate in glorious Technicolor. The supple tension of Phil Lesh's bass lines, charismatic timbres of Jerry Garcia's pedal-steel fills, and interwoven dialogue between the pianos and percussion are rendered with lifelike scale and tone.
Made just months after its companion release, Workingman's Dead, the San Francisco legends' second 1970 masterpiece furthers the former work's close-knit relationship between country and folk while adding extra rock and bluegrass currents. Understated amplified passages, graceful melodies, layered singing, and old-time string flavors-including mandolin work from masterful guest David Grisman-bestow the material with easygoing, comfortable vibes. Again taking advantage of the best songwriting of Robert Hunter's career, the Dead turns in its most collective studio performance, with every individual contributing equally and focusing on nothing but the songs at hand.
Indeed, Garcia doesn't even indulge in a single guitar solo on the record. A majority of fare lacks any significant instrumental breaks. The Dead recorded the foundations (drums, bass, acoustic guitars) of nearly every track live, which helps explain why American Beauty sounds so powerfully rich and clear. Coupled with the band's personal reflections of the circumstances surrounding them-Bob Weir's parents had died, Garcia's mother and Lesh's father were in the process of passing, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's health was in decline-these characteristics combined to yield a purity of heart that exceeds that managed by Dead peers (and roots revivalist leaders) The Band and Bob Dylan.
From Garcia's breathtaking gospel-laden homage to his mother ("Brokedown Palace") to Lesh's healing salve in the form of the groove-based "Box of Rain," from Weir's jaunty and free-wheeling summer escape "Sugar Magnolia" to McKernan's eloquently simple homespun plea "Operator," all the way to the closing autobiographical anthem "Truckin'," American Beauty feels like the warm, spirit-infusing embrace of a loved one after a long journey away. Welcome home.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Box of Rain
2. Friend of the Devil
3. Sugar Magnolia
7. Brokedown Palace
8. Till the Morning Comes
9. Attics of My Life
10. Truckin'$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
God Is Saying This To You...More than a mere odds-n-ends collection, Kurt Vile's latest LP is a compilation of tracks from Overnite KV, a tour-only CDR, along with a handful of extra tracks recorded specifically for this release. Here we find Kurt solo, four-trackin' as usual, and blowing minds with his mix of bluegrass guitar, blazed singer-songwriterisms, and the knowledge of how to balance these contexts out with laidback precision. Psychedelic to its core, these twelve tracks speak to the will of the casual perfectionist, honing his craft with effortless aplomb.1 Untitled
2 My Sympathy
3 Red Apples
4 Beach On the Moon (Recycled Lyrics)
5 Can't Come
6 Overnite KV
8 My Best Friends (Don't Even Pass This)
9 White Riffs
10 Song For John In D
11 Doctor Orgatron
12 Frip Job$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, And Bones (Awaiting Repress)This album title is actually taken from a grocery listand which aisle is bluegrass found on? Seriously though, this here is a great record from the leaders of the streetpunk herd. Thats right, another cow joke. Oi!1: No Pariah
2: Glad Download
3: Hopeless Vows
4: Dead Flowers, Bottles, Bluegrass, And Bones
5: All That I Can Give
6: Sign In A Window
7: Dont Ask Why
9: Letters To Yourself
10: Heaven At Seventeen
11: Leaves Of Fate
12: If You Want Me To
14: Poor Me
15: My Closed Mind
16: Looking For Something To Follow
17: Shadows And Lies$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Letters In The Deep2010 marks the metamorphosis of Cadillac Sky from a critically-acclaimed bluegrass band to a band without boundaries. With Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys at the producer's helm, Letters In The Deep corroborates Cadillac Sky's bluegrass roots, while at the same time departing into the great beyond, schlepping suitcases full of classical influences, rock and pop, on the way to expanding musical frontiers.1. Trapped Under the Ice
2. 3rd Degree
3. Human Cannonball
4. Trash Bag
5. Lee of the Stone: East
6. Ballad of Restored Confidence
8. Break My Heart Again
9. Lee of the Stone: West
11. Kiddie Pool Rag
13. Pitiful Waltz
14. Part of My Heart
15. Lee of the Stone: North
16. Tired Old Phrases
17. The Long Sigh$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now