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Modern Times1. Thunder on the Mountain
2. Spirit on the Water
3. Rollin' and Tumblin'
4. When the Deal Goes Down
5. Someday Baby
6. Workingman's Blues
7. Beyond the Horizon
8. Nettie Moore
9. The Levee's Gonna Break
10. Ain't Talkin'$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Together Through LifeBob Dylan's 46th career release and follow-up to 2006's Modern Times, Together Through Life features 10 new songs from the music legend including the tracks Beyond Here Lies Nothin, Life Is Hard and It's All Good. The album was recorded late last year after Dylan was asked to compose music for the Olivier Dahan film, My Own Love Song and it was produced under his usual pseudonym, Jack Frost.
In an interview on his website Dylan reveals that the record was inspired by the sound of classic 1950s Chess and Sun recordings.
I like the mood of those records, the intensity. The sound is uncluttered. Theres power and suspense. The whole vibration feels like it could be coming from inside your mind. Its alive. Its right there. Kind of sticks in your head like a toothache. The Together Through Life songs have more of a romantic edge than the music on Modern Times. The songs on Modern Times brought my repertoire up to date, and the light was directed in a certain way. You have to have somebody in mind as an audience otherwise theres no point.
There didnt seem to be any general consensus among my listeners. Some people preferred my first period songs. Some, the second. Some, the Christian period. Some, the post Colombian. Some, the Pre-Raphaelite. Some people prefer my songs from the nineties. I see that my audience now doesnt particular care what period the songs are from. They feel style and substance in a more visceral way and let it go at that. Images dont hang anybody up. Like if theres an astrologer with a criminal record in one of my songs its not going to make anybody wonder if the human race is doomed. Images are taken at face value and it kind of freed me up.
This Double 180g Vinyl version also includes a full-length bonus CD.1. I Feel A Change Comin' On
2. It's All Good
3. Shake Shake Mama
4. If You Ever Go To Houston
5. Forgetful Heart
7. This Dream Of You
8. Shake Shake Mama
9. I Feel A Change Comin' On
10. It's All Good$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Tell Tale SignsLimited Edition
Bob Dylans Tell Tale Signs: The Bootleg Series Volume 8 is the 8th installment in the best-selling and critically lauded Bootleg Series which launched in 1991. A treasure-trove of 27 songs spanning 4 Limited Edition 180g LPs, Tell Tale Signs features previously unreleased recordings and alternate versions of tracks from sessions which generated some of Bob Dylans most acclaimed and commercially successful albums from the last two decades, including Time Out Of Mind, Love And Theft, Modern Times and Oh Mercy. This must have Limited Edition 4 LP Box Set comes in 12x12 box with lift off cover and includes a download card, 60 page booklet with photos, essay and credits.
Features include; the previously unreleased songs Dreaming Of You, Red River Shore and Marching To The City from the sessions for the Grammy Award winning album, Time Out Of Mind; recordings created for the motion picture soundtracks of Lucky You (Hucks Tune), Gods & Generals (Cross The Green Mountain) and North Country (an alternate take of Tell Ole Bill); and a selection of outstanding live performances from 1989-2006 including Ring Them Bells from Dylans historic shows at New Yorks Supper Club in 1993,the unreleased Girl From The Greenbriar Shore from 1991 and a consummate rendering of High Water (for Charley Patton) from Niagara Falls in 2003.
Bob Dylan was recently awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation for his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.SIDE A
1. Mississippi (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
2. Most Of The Time (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
3. Dignity (Piano Demo, Oh Mercy)
4. Someday Baby (Alternate version, Modern Times)
1. Red River Shore (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
2. Tell Ol Bill (Alternate version, North Country soundtrack)
3. Born In Time (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
1. Cant Wait (Alternate Version, Time Out Of Mind)
2. Everything Is Broken (Alternate version, Oh Mercy)
3. Dreamin Of You (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
4. Hucks Tune (From Lucky You Soundtrack)
1. Marchin To The City (Unreleased, Time Out Of Mind)
2. High Water (For Charley Patton) (Live, 2003)
3. Mississippi (Unreleased version #2, Time Out of Mind)
1. 32-20 Blues (Unreleased, World Gone Wrong)
2. Series Of Dreams (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
3. God Knows (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
4. Cant Escape From You (Unreleased, December 2005)
1. Dignity (Unreleased, Oh Mercy)
2. Ring Them Bells (Live at The Supper Club, 1993)
3. Cocaine Blues (Live, 1997)
1. Aint Talkin (Alternate version, Modern Times)
2. The Girl On The Greenbriar
3. Shore (Live, 1992)
4. Lonesome Day Blues (Live, 2002)
1. Miss The Mississippi (Unreleased, 1992)
2. The Lonesome River (With Ralph Stanley)
3. Cross the Green Mountain (From Gods and Generals soundtrack)$98.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
TempestBob Dylan's studio album, Tempest, was released in the U.S. in 2012. Featuring ten new and original Bob Dylan songs, the release of Tempest coincides with the 50th Anniversary of the artist's eponymous debut album, which was released by
Columbia in 1962.
The new album, produced by Jack Frost, is the 35th studio set from Bob Dylan, and follows 2009's worldwide best-seller, Together Through Life. Bob
Dylan's four previous studio albums have been universally hailed as among the best of his storied career, achieving new levels of commercial success and critical acclaim for the artist. The Platinum-selling Time Out Of Mind from 1997 earned multiple Grammy Awards, including Album Of The Year, while "Love and Theft" continued Dylan's Platinum streak and earned several Grammy nominations and a statue for Best Contemporary Folk album.
Modern Times, released in 2006, became one of the artist's most popular albums, selling more than 2.5 million copies worldwide and earning Dylan two
more Grammys. Together Through Life became the artist's rst album to debut at #1 in both the U.S. and the UK, as well as in ve other countries, on its way to surpassing sales of one million copies.
Those four releases fell within a 12-year creative span that also included the recording of an Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning composition, "Things
Have Changed," from the lm Wonder Boys, in 2001; a worldwide bestselling memoir, Chronicles Vol. 1, which spent 19 weeks on the New York Times Best Seller List, in 2004, and a Martin Scorsese-directed documentary, No Direction Home, in 2005. Bob Dylan also released his rst collection of holiday standards, Christmas In The Heart, in 2009, with all of the artist's royalties from that album being donated to hunger charities around the world.
This year, Bob Dylan was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the country's highest civilian honor. He was awarded a special Pulitzer Prize in 2008 for "his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power." He was also the recipient of the French Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1990, Sweden's Polar Music Award in 2000 and several Doctorates including the
University of St. Andrews and Princeton University as well as numerous other honors.1. Duquesne Whistle
2. Soon After Midnight
3. Narrow Way
4. Long And Wasted Years
5. Pay In Blood
6. Scarlet Town
7. Early Roman Kings
8. Tin Angel
10. Roll On John$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Basement Tapes Raw: The Bootleg Series Vol. 11
Special Deluxe LP-Set On 180-gram Vinyl
Featuring 3 LPs Of 38 Highlights From Dylan's Legendary 1967 Sessions With The Band
Compiled From Meticulously Restored Original Tapes
Includes Exclusive 12x12'' Booklet With Extensive Liner Notes And Rare Photographs
Also Includes All The Tracks On 2 CDs
Compiled from meticulously restored original tapes - many found only recently - this three-LP set includes 38 highlights of Dylan's legendary 1967 recording sessions with members of his touring ensemble who would later achieve their own fame as The Band.
Among Bob Dylan's many cultural milestones, the legendary Basement Tapes have long fascinated and enticed successive generations of musicians, fans and cultural critics alike. Having transformed music and culture during the early 1960s, Dylan reached unparalleled heights across 1965 and 1966 through the release of three historic albums, the groundbreaking watershed single ''Like A Rolling Stone,'' a controversial and legendary 'electric' performance at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival and wildly polarizing tours of the United States, Europe and the United Kingdom. Dylan's mercurial rise and prodigious outpouring of work during that decade came to an abrupt halt in July 1966 when he was reported to have been in a serious motorcycle accident in upstate New York.
Recovering from his injuries and away from the public eye for the first time in years, Dylan ensconced himself, along with Robbie Robertson, Rick Danko, Richard Manuel, Garth Hudson and, later, Levon Helm, in the basement of a small house, dubbed ''Big Pink'' by the group, in West Saugerties, New York. This collective, which would come to be known as Bob Dylan and The Band, recorded more than a hundred songs over the next several months including traditional covers, wry and humorous ditties, off-the cuff performances and, most important, dozens of newly-written Bob Dylan songs, including future classics ''I Shall Be Released,'' ''The Mighty Quinn,'' ''This Wheel's On Fire'' and ''You Ain't Going Nowhere.''
When rumors and rare acetates of some of these recordings began surfacing, it created a curiosity strong enough to fuel an entirely new segment of the music business: the bootleg record. In 1969, an album mysteriously titled Great White Wonder began showing up in record shops around the country, and Dylan's music from the summer of 1967 began seeping into the fabric of popular culture, penetrating the souls of music lovers everywhere. With each passing year, more and more fans sought out this rare contraband, desperate to hear this new music from the legendary Bob Dylan.
The actual recordings, however, remained commercially unavailable until 1975, when Columbia Records released a scant 16 of them on The Basement Tapes album (that album also included eight new songs by The Band, without Dylan).
A critical and popular success, The Basement Tapes went Top 10 in the US and UK, with John Rockwell, of The New York Times, calling it ''one of the greatest albums in the history of American popular music,'' Paul Nelson, in Rolling Stone, praising the tracks as ''the hardest, toughest, sweetest, saddest, funniest, wisest songs I know'' and the Washington Post noting that ''...Dylan has to rank as the single greatest artist modern American pop music has produced.'' Robert Christgau gave the album an A+ rating in the Village Voice, where it topped the annual Pazz & Jop Critics Poll.
(Lead vocals are sung by Bob Dylan. Harmony and instrumentation are unknown because all involved were multi-instrumentalists and vocalists, and no records remain.)LP 1
1. Open the Door, Homer (Restored version)
2. Odds and Ends (Alternate version)
3. Million Dollar Bash (Alternate version)
4. One Too Many Mornings (Unreleased)
5. I Don't Hurt Anymore (Unreleased) (written by Donald I Robertson and Walter E Rollins)
6. Ain't No More Cane (Alternate version) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
7. Crash on the Levee (Restored version)
8. Tears of Rage (Without overdubs) (written by Bob Dylan and Richard Manuel)
9. Dress it up, Better Have it All (Unreleased)
10. I'm Not There (Previously released)
11. Johnny Todd (Unreleased) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
12. Too Much of Nothing (Alternate version)
1. Quinn the Eskimo (Restored version)
2. Get Your Rocks Off (Unreleased)
3. Santa-Fe (Previously released)
4. Silent Weekend (Unreleased)
5. Clothes Line Saga (Restored version)
6. Please, Mrs. Henry (Restored version)
7. I Shall be Released (Restored version)
8. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Alternate version)
9. Lo and Behold! (Alternate version)
10. Minstrel Boy (Previously released)
11. Tiny Montgomery (Without overdubs)
12. All You Have to do is Dream (Unreleased)
13. Goin' to Acapulco (Without overdubs)
14. 900 Miles from My Home (Unreleased) (Traditional, arranged by Bob Dylan)
1. One for the Road (Unreleased)
2. I'm Alright (Unreleased)
3. Blowin' in the Wind (Unreleased)
4. Apple Suckling Tree (Restored version)
5. Nothing Was Delivered (Restored version)
6. Folsom Prison Blues (Unreleased) (written by Johnny Cash)
7. This Wheel's on Fire (Without overdubs) (written by Bob Dylan and Rick Danko)
8. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread (Restored version)
9. Don't Ya Tell Henry (Alternate version)
10. Baby, Won't You be My Baby (Unreleased)
11. Sign on the Cross (Unreleased)
12. You Ain't Goin' Nowhere (Without overdubs)$99.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 CD - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Basement TapesRanked 291/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Recorded in Basement of Big Pink with The Band: Modern Americana Starts Here
Audiophile Sound at Last: Sonic Subtleties, Loose Interplay, Organic Spirit, Warm Textures Presented Like Never Before on Definitive Mobile Fidelity Reissue
Dylan at His Most Humorous, Unguarded, Loose: Folk Tales, Weird Narratives, Rock Ballads, Inside Jokes, Allusions Pepper Alchemic Material
Includes This Wheels on Fire, You Aint Goin Nowhere, Tears of Rage, Million Dollar Bash, Yazoo Street Scandal
The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, and Blood on the Tracks Also Available from Mobile Fidelity
Basements have long been associated with raw, off-the-cuff rock n roll, the damp and dark spaces serving as the woodshedding venues for countless bands. Yet no basement is more famous, and none yielded music as familiarly weird, wholesomely American, joyously loose, and identifiably humorous as that in the upstate New York house dubbed Big Pink the location where, during the summer and early fall of 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band played a vivid tapestry of covers, originals, and traditionals that signaled the advent of Americana. Once again, the Bard changed the world.
As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of The Basement Tapes ever produced and the first-ever analog reissue. Inimitable, the particulars of The Basement Tapes especially, the gather-round-in-a-huddle assembly of the instrumentalists, home-made character, domestic vibe, and low-volume nature of the recordings come to fore here in a manner that takes the listener down the stairs at 2188 Stoll Road and brings the images of Dylan, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, and Co. to life.
Fresh off experiencing a motorcycle accident and the wrath of audiences hostile to his embrace of amplified music, Dylan elected to retreat to the comforts of rural and family life. He soon began collaborating with members of the Band in his house, ultimately moving the sessions to Big Pink. Informal, peaceful, relaxed, open-minded: The collaborations blanket country stomps, roots hootenannies, forgotten spirituals, earthy originals, chaotic marches, dreamscapes, dance tunes, folk laments, catch-as-you-can improvisations. On The Basement Tapes, mythical ghosts and dead legends reappear, reveling in the absurdity, comedy, mystery, aura, and alchemy.
In Invisible Republic, his scintillating book about the sessions, cultural critic Greil Marcus states: At a time when the country was tearing itself apart in a war at home over a war abroad, the music was funny and comforting; it was also strange, and somehow incomplete. Out of some odd displacement of art and time, the music seemed both transparent and inexplicable when it was first heard, and it still does. Indeed, The Basement Tapes appear to emanate from an indefinable chasm between modern and ancient, self-evident and mysterious, shapeless and fully formed, abstract and concrete, histories unwritten and chronicled. But every note chimes with freenessa liberating fun, humble simplicity, and bond-creating camaraderie felt in every hoot, holler, laugh, and false start.
The Basement Tapes capacity to remain so gloriously honest and timeless performances that genuinely could've been made today, ten years from now, or back in the 1930's helps account for their emotional resonance and unsurpassed reputation as a snapshot of how unencumbered American music, and art with deep historical roots and connective cultural tissues, is supposed to sound.
Mobile Fidelity's reissue squares away the late-night bleariness, jovial atmosphere, low-ceiling dimensions, and ensemble-based perspective of the sessions, allowing the listener to become Hamlet, the dog who slept nearby Dylan, Robertson, and Co. as it all went down. This is not to be missed.
Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Odds and Ends
2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)
3. Million Dollar Bash
4. Yazoo Street Scandal
5. Goin to Acapulco
6. Katies Been Gone
7. Lo and Behold
8. Bessie Smith
9. Clothes Line Saga
10. Apple Suckling Tree
11. Please Mrs. Henry
12. Tears of Rage
13. Too Much of Nothing
14. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread
15. Aint No More Cane
16. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
17. Ruben Remus
18. Tiny Montgomery
19. You Aint Goin Nowhere
20. Dont Ya Tell Henry
21. Nothing Was Delivered
22. Open the Door, Homer
23. Long Distance Operator
24. This Wheels on Fire$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Big DreamIncludes David Lynch & Lykke Li 7 Vinyl Single with hand-etched b-side by David Lynch
Legendary multimedia artist David Lynch returns this summer with the follow-up to Crazy Clown Time, his acclaimed 2011 solo debut.
The new album sees Lynch returning to primary songwriting and performance duties, writing 11 out of the album's 12 tracks. Also included in the lineup is Lynch's signature take on the Bob Dylan folk classic The Ballad of Hollis Brown, and a bonus track contribution featuring acclaimed Swedish musician Lykke Li.
Describing his style of music as modern blues, Lynch says, most of the songs start out as a type of blues jam and then we go sideways from there.1. The Big Dream
2. Star Dream Girl
3. Last Call
4. Cold Wind Blowin
5. The Ballad of Hollis Brown (Bob Dylan cover)
6. Wishin' Well
7. Say It
8. We Rolled Together
9. Sun Can't Be Seen No More
10. I Want You
11. The Line It Curves
12. Are You Sure
13. I'm Waiting Here [ft. Lykke Li] (bonus track)$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 7 Vinyl Single - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Flesh And Machine
LP Contains CD Of Full Album
Daniel Lanois is one of the most influential record producers
of the modern era: the man who brought Bob Dylan back;
longtime collaborator with Brian Eno, soundsculpting a series
of mammoth releases for U2; and producer of breakthrough
late-career albums by Willie Nelson and Emmylou Harris. But
before all that, Daniel Lanois was an experimental musician, recording his unique guitar voicings for groundbreaking albums
with guys like Brian Eno and Jon Hassell, along the way helping
to invent a genre called ambient music. What is lost in the
wild success of his production career is Lanois' musical life at
the edge, which is where Flesh and Machine, his new album
on ANTI-, comes full circle.
A wildly ambitious, diverse exploration of modern sonics, Flesh and Machine careens from the
huge guitar skronk of "The End" to the haunted landscapes of
"Iceland." But perhaps for the first time, Lanois' new album
highlights the strange parallel evolution that has taken place in Daniel's music; alongside
the developments in IDM that launched from the same 70s avante-intrumental roots as Eno
and company, Lanois' music has developed a rhythmic complexity heard in the most adventurous music by Autechre or Matmos. Only for Lanois, nothing is digital. Dense, visceral
music that combines the primitive stomach-pounding volume of rock with the heartbreaking
found sonics of early electronic music, Flesh and Machine reminds us that we are bodies in a
mechanized world, and that in the midst of our digital noise we must not forget to breathe.1. Rocco
2. The End
3. Sioux Lookout
4. Tamboura Jah
5. Two Bushas
6. Space Love
8. My First Love
11. Forest City$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Wayfaring Strangers: Lonesome HeroesThe standard route for popular music, songwriter to publisher to label to artist, survived the '60s only to be overrun by a generation of folkies agog at giants strumming in the rearview. They were inspired by iconoclasts from Charley Patton to Woody Guthrie, artists entirely reliant on one guitar, one voice, and ones own words. But our heroes were not the agrarian luddites of yesterfolk. They cheered when Dylan plugged in and were rapt when Lennon and McCartney modernized songcraft, making the studio process justas important to song creation as setting the chords and words down.
The resultant work wasnt as readily reduced to words on paper as the Broadside pages that preceded them, success relied heavily on the way these songs were captured and transmitted: the sound of the room, the turn of a phrase, the odd way a piano got miced, or the way a guitar fell perfectly out of tune. As long as the end result was somber, dark, and meditative, it didnt matter if it was a conscious choice or a happily unhappy accident.
Each of our lonesome heroes began his journey from a wildly divergent place. Some of the stops may been similar, but each was made in different ways at different times for different reasons. All these travelers somehow found their ultimate destination on this disc. From artists who never played one professional gig to those that never stopped playing professionally, whose only shared experience is a journey set upon with no known end, sharing their thoughts, emotions and dreams with a lonely few along the way.
Wayfaring Stranger: Lonesome Heroes is the male singer/songwriter companion to Numero 008, Wayfaring Strangers: Ladies From The Canyon and Numero 018, Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar Soli.
Features 17 rare tracks by folk unknowns Jim Schoenfeld, Jim Ransom, Richard Smyrnios, Tucker Zimmermann, Kieran White, Les Moore, Rob Carr, Jack Hardy, George Cromarty, Jay Bolotin, Tony Trosley, Roger Lewis, Tim Ward, David Kaufmann, John Villemonte, Bob Brown and Robb Kunkel.
This deluxe 2LP gatefold set also includes 40 page booklet with extensive photo gallery, essay, artist bios and complete lyric sheet.$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Steve Jobs SoundtrackImport
Gatefold Sleeve / Insert / Printed Innersleeves
PVC Protective Sleeve
Also Featuring Songs By Bob Dylan, The Libertines & The Maccabees
Composer Daniel Pemberton follows up his movie score for The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with not one but three different scores for Steve Jobs, the new Danny Boyle film starring Michael Fassbender as Apple's controversial visionary leader.
"There is not one side of music that could reflect Jobs' personality. There is a classical side to him, a rebellious side to him, a technical side to him, a soft side to him, and a cold side to him", Pemberton explains. The movie is therefore divided into three acts, each with a different musical theme.
The first act "Vision" is set in 1984 when Steve Jobs had his vision of what personal computing could bring to the world. Then there is "Revenge" in 1988 when he sets up this company pretty much to get revenge on the people he thought had betrayed him at Apple. Finally, "Wisdom" is the climax with his own personal realization of what his goals in life have been and what has been slightly misguided.
Pemberton wanted to have a sound that captured the times so for the first act he used synthesizers from the early '80s. The third act is performed on a Mac computer using Logic - modern technology which wouldn't be available weren't it for Apple. For Act II, he used "the oldest computer that still exists, which is the orchestra. You give them information which is notation and they interpret that in a way better than any piece of technology has managed to beat.LP 1
1. The Musicians Play Their Instruments
2. It's Not Working
3. Child (Father)
4. Jack It Up
5. The Circus Of Machines I (Overture)
6. Russian Roulette
7. It's An Abstract
8. I Wrote Ticket To Ride
9. Change The World
10. The Skylab Plan
11. Don't Look Back Into The Sun (The Libertines)
12. Life Out Of Balance
13. The Nature Of People
1. ... I Play The Orchestra
2. The Circus Of Machines II (Allegro)
4. Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 (Bob Dylan)
5. 1998. The New Mac.
6. Father (Child)
8. Grew Up At Midnight (The Maccabees)
9. Shelter from the Storm (Bob Dylan)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
PolicyWill Butler has been a member of the band Arcade Fire for over 10 years.
This is his first release under his own name.
Policy is American music-in the tradition of the Violent Femmes, The
Breeders, The Modern Lovers, Bob Dylan, Smokey Robinson, The Magnetic
Fields, Ghostface Killah. And John Lennon (I know, but it counts).
Music where the holy fool runs afoul of the casual world.
Policy was recorded in one week in Jimi Hendrix's old living room
(upstairs at Electric Lady Studios). Jeremy Gara played drums; other
musicians contributed woodwinds and backing vocals. Most everything else
was played by Will.
The song structures are traditional; the arrangements are clean. The music is
experimental only in that it attacks consistency as a requirement for sincerity.
The songs are angry, loving, joking, tired, honest, idiotic. They clash against
each other but also fit and work together-as if a blind watchmaker made a
Frankenstein watch that came alive and told extremely accurate time while
having conflicting feelings about its creator. No, about creation itself. But
then the watch makes friends with a talking rat, and they go on hilarious
adventures until it turns out that the rat was dead the whole time. With a
really good credits song-I mean, the whole soundtrack is excellent. You
should check it out.
Blues Musician1. Take My Side
3. Finish What I Started
4. Son of God
5. Something's Coming
6. What I Want
7. Sing to Me
8. Witness$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
On The Scene '73Import
Previously unreleased live broadcast of intimate Tom Waits performance featuring incredible rarities - plus interviews with the man himself.
Securing his first proper record deal with David Geffen's Asylum label in 1972, Tom Waits would go on to release seven records with the label in as many years. The first of these, Closing Time, was released in March 73 and comprised the most unique collection of original compositions that American critics and consumers had witnessed since the 1960s heyday of Beatles, Beach Boys and Bob Dylan. Informed by the wordsmiths of the beat generation, the blues howlers of a former age, the smooth jazz vocals of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, and the country flavoured ballads that Ray Charles had turned to in the early 1960s, Waits developed a cult following with his portrayals of modern American domesticity and love sought and lost. On the 12th August 1973 Waits was to be found performing an in-house set for the renowned L.A. radio series Folk Scene, broadcast weekly by KPFK FM, Tom's performances were augmented with interviews that provide a fascinating insight into his career at this time. Included too on this LP are five additional tracks from a performance Tom made in Santa Monica a few months later on 10th November 1973. Also the subject of an FM broadcast, two further cuts from The Heart of Saturday Night are complimented by a triumvirate of Waits rarities that have seldom been heard before or since.LP1
1. Virginia Avenue
3. San Diego Seranade
5. Ol 55
7. Semi Suite
9. Fumblin With The Blues
13. Depot, Depot
15. I Hope I Dont Fall In Love With You
17. (Looking For) The Heart Of Saturday Night
19. Ice Cream Man
21. Big Joe And Phantom 309
23. Fridays Blues
24. Shiver Me Timbers
25. Diamonds On My Windshield
26. Getting Drunk On The Bottle
27. Tijuana (with Jack Tempchi)$37.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Home AgainFew records make such an instant impression as Home Again, the debut album by Michael Kiwanuka, winner of the prestigious BBC Sound of 2012 prize. Immersing the listener in a sound that is both modern and at the same time as familiar as the classics, it manages to strike the balance between being contemporary and somehow utterly timeless. For Kiwanuka, key musical touchstones include Marvin Gaye, Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Shuggie Otis, Roberta Flack's First Take, Bill Withers' Live At Carnegie Hall and D'Angelo's modern soul landmark Voodoo.
Born in Muswell Hill to Ugandan ÉmigrÉ parents, Kiwanuka was brought up in a home from which music was largely absent, with his first introduction to rock (Nirvana, Radiohead) arriving at the same time as he began to hang with the skater kids in the north London suburb during his early teenage years. Later coming across a soul compilation album given away with a music monthly, he was enthralled by the sound of Otis Redding's studio talkback discussions with his engineer while recording an outtake version of (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay. From this point on, he resolved to make music that sounded raw and authentic.
Though deeply into soul and jazz, he found real inspiration in the cross-pollination of the two styles with folk in the music of Bill Withers. "Bill Withers was very rootsy and earthy," he points out, "but people branded him as a soul singer. To me, he was a folk artist. So that encouraged me to keep going, 'cause I didn't know where I would fit in as a black guy with an acoustic guitar."
While performing on the acoustic circuit around London, Kiwanuka quickly attracted interest and made connections, not least with his current manager who in turn garnered the attention of Communion Records, the label that in 2011 released the singer's first two acclaimed EPs, Tell Me A Tale and I'm Getting Ready. Both of these EPs, as with Home Again, were produced by Paul Butler (The Bees) in his vintage equipment-stuffed basement studio at his house in Ventnor on the Isle Of Wight. Together the pair played almost every instrument to be heard on the album, with Butler's remarkably intimate, detailed productions adorned with everything from flute to brass to sitar to aching strings, perfectly matching Kiwanuka's visions for his songs.
"The way we made the record was very modern," the singer points out. "There was loads of editing. We manipulated it to get exactly what we wanted." From the opening bars of the stirring Tell Me A Tale, it is instantly clear that Home Again is a very special album. While its more upbeat characteristics are embodied in the Prince Buster-like loping of the lovelorn but irresistibly catchy Bones and the rolling soul groove of I'll Get Along, elsewhere it proves itself to be a record of real stripped-down beauty.
In I Won't Lie, with its gospel-infused echoes of The Staples Singers, Kiwanuka offers something akin to a modern spiritual, while in Rest he turns in a tender love lullaby and in Always Waiting, he blends classical elements with the confessional intimacy of Roberta Flack. It is with the title track of Home Again, however, that Michael Kiwanuka feels the record's sounds and themes are ultimately encapsulated. "That's the song that really for me ties everything together," he says. "It's one of the earliest songs I wrote for the album and even though I progressed and changed stuff in the studio, it was the one I could never throw away. Like a lot of them, it's a hopeful song. I use home as the metaphor for contentment and peace within."
Other parts of the record, on the other hand, find Kiwanuka struggling for peace of mind and using his songs as a form of self-empowerment, not least in the soulful I'm Getting Ready, the darker, unburdening Any Day Will Do Fine and the self-explanatory Worry Walks Beside Me. "It can really paralyze you, if you worry too much," the singer admits. "I do tend to overthink things. All of these songs are me talking to myself, really. Trying to encourage myself to believe."1. Tell Me A Tale
3. I'll Get Along
4. Home Again
5. I'm Getting Ready
7. Always Waiting
8. I Won't Be Long
9. Any Day Will Do Fine
10. Worry Walks Beside Me
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