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1967s Crusade finds John Mayall welcoming another soon-to-be-famous young guitarist18-year-old fretboard phenom Mick Taylor, who would soon become a key member of the Rolling Stonesto the Bluesbreakers fold. With John McVie on bass and Hughie Flint and Keef Hartley sharing drumming duties, Mayall tackles an adventurous 12-song set that encompasses several Mayall originals and Taylors instrumental showcase Snowy Wood, as well as numbers by such notables as Willie Dixon, Eddie Kirkland and Sonny Boy Williamson. Regarded by many fans as the final third of the influential electric-blues trilogy that began with Blues Breakers and A Hard Road, Crusade followed its predecessors into the British Top Ten, while continuing to open young American ears to the timeless power of the blues.
From the pristine U.K. mono masters, with complete original artwork and photos.1. Oh Pretty Woman
2. Stand Back Baby
3. My Time After A While
4. Snowy Wood
5. Man Of Stone
6. Tears In My Eyes
7. Driving Sideways
8. The Death Of J.B. Lenoir
9. I Can't Quit You Baby
11. Me And My Woman
12. Checkin' Up On My Baby$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Queen Of The BreakersQueens of The Breakers is The Barr Brothers finest work yet, a collection of songs from deep within the soul that speak to the raw, elemental power of reflection, forgiveness, loss, family, and growing older. The 11 songs find the band, featuring brothers Brad (guitar) and Andrew Barr (drums), and Sarah PagÉ (harp), further on their thrilling path of exploring the outer limits of folk, blues, rock and Americana made north of the American border.1. Defibrillation (feat. Lucius)
2. Look Before It Changes
3. Song That I Heard
4. Maybe Someday
6. You Would Have to Lose Your Mind
7. Queens of the Breakers
8. It Came to Me
9. Hideous Glorious
10. Hideous Glorious Part 2
11. Ready for War$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bossa Nova and Blues
This Sundazed Mono Edition Reproduces The Original Artwork And Presents The Original 12-Song LP On 180 Gram Vinyl Mastered From The Original Analog Reels And Pressed At Record Technology Inc.
One of the Three Kings of blues guitar along with B.B. and Albert, Texas-born Freddy (Freddie) King influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green in the UK to Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the States. But even his staying up all night playing poker with Grand Funk wasn't enough to prevent his seminal King/Federal albums from staying out of print on vinyl for decades - until Sundazed came to the rescue. The reissue campaign that began with meticulously mastered editions of King classics Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals, and Freddy King Goes Surfin' continues with his rare 1963 offering, Bossa Nova and Blues. In the tradition of his surfing album, which wasn't really surf, Bossa Nova and Blues had no bossa nova - but the advertising was at least half true, and hey, there were two cuts that had "bossa nova" in the title. Though King was best known for blues instrumentals, "Bossa Nova Blues" and "The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist" (dig the dance craze threesome) were actually the only two instrumentals on an album otherwise dedicated to bluesy ballads. But of course, Freddie made it work - churning out bonafide classics like the karmic "Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)" (later covered by John Mayall and the Blues Breakers on A Hard Road, also reissued on Sundazed mono LP), the emotive "The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)," the soulful "It Hurts to Be In Love," and the more uptempo, New Orleans-flavored "You're Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree."1. (I'd Love To) Make Love To You
2. You're Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree
3. Look Ma, I'm Cryin'
4. It Hurts To Be In Love
5. You Walked In
6. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
7. Is My Baby Mad At Me
8. Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)
9. One Hundred Years
10. Bossa Nova Blues
11. The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)
12. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Fleetwood Mac (1968)In 1967 Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie played in the legendary John Mayall & The Blues Breakers, and were given free studio time during which they recorded five songs. Peter Green was so convinced of this band's musical prowess that he formed it on the spot and named it after the drummer & the bass player.
John McVie wasn't convinced & it forced Fleetwood Mac to find a temporary replacement in Bob Burning. After a short while, however, he was as hooked on the Elmore James influenced British Blues that he left John Mayall to take a risk on a group of unknowns. The rest is history.1. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer
2. Merry Go Round
3. Long Grey mare
4. Hellhound On My Trail
5. Shake Your Moneymaker
6. Looking For Somebody
7. No Place To Go
8. My Baby's Good To Me
9. I Loved Another Woman
10. Cold Black Night
11. The World Keep On Turning
12. Got To Move$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From Elvis in Memphis (Speakers Corner)Ranked 190/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
A record by Elvis, produced in Tennessee. What's so special about that? Surely everyone knows that the lorry driver from the Southern State sobbed his early songs into the local radio microphones. But Elvis in Memphis is far more than just one of around 40 albums which the King of Rock' n' Roll produced during the course of 35 years. »This marks what is probably the most impressive comeback in the entire history of pop music«, enthused the normally reticent New York Times.
What had happened? In 1969, after a 14-year meteoric career in show business and movies, and an exemplary PR campaign, Elvis returned to his hometown to record these songs which, in their style, are reminiscent of those recorded in the Fifties for Sun Records. Alongside the lavishly mixed pop and blues numbers (Power Of My Love) and country sound (I'm Movin' On), there is also one of the greatest chart-busters and heart-breakers of a whole generation: In The Ghetto.
There is certainly no room for discussion about the value of this collectors' item - the astronomical price for a good secondhand copy speaks for itself!
- Elvis Presley (vocal, guitar, piano)
- Ronnie Milsap (piano)
- Bobby Emmons (organ)
- Reggie Young (guitar, electric-guitar)
- Tommy Cogbill, Mike Leech (bass)
- Gene Chrisman (drums)
- The Memphis Horns and background vocals
Recording: 1969 by Al Pachucki
Production: Felton Jarvis and Chips Moman
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. Wearin' that Loved Look
2. Only the Strong Survive
3. I'll Hold You in My Heart
4. Long Black Limousine
5. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
6. I'm Movin On
7. Power of My Love
8. Gentle on My Mind
9. After Loving You
10. True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
11. Any Day Now
12. In the Ghetto$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now