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My PrescriptionWomack returned to American in 1969 to cut My Prescription, also produced by Moman, at a time that the venue was becoming exceptionally hot with visits from the likes of Elvis, Dusty Springfield, Neil Diamond and others. Womack's sophomore album may however well be one of the most demonstrative showcases of studio and session crew, incandescent on a finely-honed program of classy and soulful performances, with the singer in full control. Tracks like 'How I Miss You Baby,' 'Arkansas State Prison' and 'I Can't Take It Like A Man' stand as some of Womack's greatest moments, and taken as a whole, My Prescription stands not only the man's first truly great solo album, but also a timeless slice of sophisticated southern soul-making.1. How I Miss You Baby
2. More Than I Can Stand
3. It's Gonna Rain
4. Everyone's Gone To The Moon
5. I Can't Take It Like A Man
6. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
7. Arkansas State Prison
8. I'm Gonna Forget About You
9. Don't Look Back
10. Tried And Convicted
11. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
12. Thank You$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Home Is Where The Heart IsBobby Womack's move to Columbia Records heralded a shift from the earthy deep Soul sensibility of his previous records to a slicker, more sophisticated approach in step with the changing sound of contemporary R&B.
The transition not only proves seamless, but in fact Home Is Where the Heart Is (1976) may very well be Womack's most compelling LP in some time. Recorded in both Muscle Shoals and Los Angeles, its disparate parts fit together like a well-oiled machine.
Womack's wonderfully gruff vocals adapt well to the warmth and elegance of songs like How Long, Something for My Head and One More Chance on Love and he performs with unprecedented passion and focus.1. Home Is Where The Heart Is
2. A Little Bit Salty
3. Standing In The Safety Zone
4. One More Chance On Love
5. How Long (has This Been Goin' On)
6. I Could Never Be Satisfied
7. Something For My Head
8. A Change Is Gonna Come
9. We've Only Just Begun$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Womack LiveIn 1970 Womack and manager Ed Wright decided to capitalize on his new-found solo visibility by capturing an in-person performance at a Los Angeles nightclub. The Womack Live was the result, a compelling, cathartic session where, as the original liner notes attest, Womack held church, agonizing, pleading, exhorting and testifying to a crowd fully in rapture to him. As well as extended jams on album material like 'How I Miss You Baby,' the playlist featured killer versions of 'Something' and 'Everybody's Talkin'' and some outrageous stage patter. All in all, it's an incredible recital capturing Bobby Womack in his prime, and even comes with an uncredited appearance from Percy Mayfield.1. Let It Out
3. Oh How I Miss You Baby
4. California Dreamin'
6. Everybody's Talkin'
8. Laughing And Clowning
9. To Live The Past
10. I'm A Midnight Mover
11. The Preacher
12. More Than I Can Stand$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Bravest Man In The UniverseThe Bravest Man In The Universe is Bobby Womack's first album of original material since 1994's Resurrection. Co-produced by Damon Albarn (Gorillaz, Blur) and Richard Russell, the album was recorded at Albarn's 'Studio 13' in West London and New York's Manhattan Center between October and December 2011. The album features guest vocalist Lana Del Rey on the song, Dayglo Reflection.1. The Bravest Man In The Universe
2. Please Forgive My Heart
3. Deep River
4. Dayglo Reflection
5. Sweet Baby Mine
7. If There Wasn?t Something There
8. Love Is Gonna Lift You Up
9. Nothin? Can Save Ya
10. Jubilee$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fly Me To The Moon1968's Fly Me To The Moon was Womack's first solo long-player, after a decade of forging a singular path as R&B morphed into soul music, first with the Sam Cooke-sponsored Valentinos, and subsequently as a songwriter and guitarist for the likes of Wilson Pickett. Indeed, the album features Womack's version of Pickett's 'Midnight Mover,' along with very groovy interpretations of 'California Dreamin'' (a small hit at the time),' 'Moonlight In Vermont,' and the title cut. But it is the singers own superlative material - 'What Is This,' 'Somebody Special,' 'Take Me' - that shines best on this fantastic debut, produced by the estimable Chips Moman at his American Studios facility in Memphis, utilizing one of the finest session crews in southern soul.1. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
2. Baby! You Oughta Think It Over
3. I'm A Midnight Mover
4. What Is This
5. Somebody Special
6. Take Me
7. Moonlight In Vermont
8. Love, The Time Is Now
9. I'm In Love
10. California Dreamin'
11. No Money In My Pocket
12. Lillie Mae$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IbeyiIbeyi (pronounced ee-bey-ee) means "twins" in the language of the Yoruban culture
of Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz. The album of the same name, produced by
XL Recordings boss Richard Russell, is the story of two sisters: their relationship,
their origins, their shared history and their musical chemistry.
The twins' roots are reflected in the polyglot nature of the lyrics - in English,
French and Yoruban - and music which combines ritual chants with synths and
samplers, jazz vocals with the spellbinding mystery of Björk and Fever Ray, the
traditional with the modern. This uniquely cosmopolitan sound is the perfect
vehicle for their intimately personal stories. According to them, "This album is
about love and family and people who are gone."
Lisa-Kainde and Naomi (the eldest by two minutes) were born in Paris, where
they still live, but spent their first two years in Cuba. Their father was Miguel
"Anga" Diaz, the member of the Buena Vista Social Club, who was acclaimed as
the greatest conga player.
Record producer and XL Recordings boss Richard Russell first encountered
Ibeyi when he saw them performing "Mama Says" on a 2013 YouTube video. He
soon invited them to meet him - a serious offer from someone who in recent
years has produced albums by Gil Scott-Heron I'm New Here and Bobby Womack
The Bravest Man In The Universe (co-produced with Damon Albarn), as well
Albarn's own acclaimed 2014 solo album Everyday Robots.
The album is a subtle melange of diverse influences: not just Lisa-Kainde's soul
and jazz leanings and Naomi's up-to-the-minute beatmaking but the bloodlines
of France, Cuba and Africa, including the use of Yoruban chants they first heard in
the Santeria ceremonies. The tense, dramatic "Oya," the lead track on their debut
EP, addresses the deity (or "Orisha") of change and destruction while "River"
honours Oshun, the Orisha of love, rivers and fertility. Yoruban culture travelled
from Nigeria and Benin to Cuba and Brazil with the slave ships centuries ago but
is little-known in Europe.1. Eleggua (Intro)
5. Think Of You
6. Behind The Curtain
7. Stranger / Lover
8. Mama Says
12. Ibeyi (Outro)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fargo Season 2 SoundtrackThe score to the second chapter of Fargo features music by Emmy nominated composer Jeff Russo, and the song soundtrack contains music from the pivotal moments of the limited series featuring artists like Tweedy, Bobby Womack, Fleetwood Mac, The Chieftains feat. Bon Iver a.o.
Jeff Russo has become a prominent composer, songwriter and arranger in the film and television industry. About his work on the series, the composer said: Writing for Fargo has allowed me to push the envelope creatively. It's a composer's dream job to be tasked with creating themes, motifs and melodies for such interesting and deep characters with such incredible stories.
The Various Artists soundtrack (compiled by Maggie Phillips) features music from pivotal moments of the series and iconic artists such as Billy Thorpe and Bobby Womack. The soundtrack also includes striking covers such as I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow by the Coen Brothers (performed by Blitzen Trapper) or Emmylou Harris' Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby, performed by score composer Jeff Russo and director Noah Hawley.LP 1
1. Fargo Main Theme (Sioux Falls)
2. Year 2 Murder Theme
3. Rye's Theme
4. Death by Typewriter
5. Dodd's Theme
6. Ed Burns Clothes
7. Gerhardt Bed
8. Hanzee Funk
9. Hanzee Kills Floyd
11. Lights in the Sky
12. Massacre at Sioux Falls
13. No Answer
14. Peggy and Ed
15. Peggy Stabs Hanzee
16. Peggy Watching Movie
18. Remembering The Movie
19. Simone and Charlie
20. Simone's Harp
1. Herman's Malt / Symphony No.2
2. Skip Sprang
3. To Gerhardt's
4. Attack on Gerhardts
5. Whistle Open
6. Dodd's Shakedown
7. Karl Arrives
8. Bemidji,MN (Fargo Series Main Theme)
9. Fleetwood Mac - Oh Well (Live)
10. Billy Thorpe - Children Of The Sun
11. Noah Hawley & Jeff Russo - Didn't Leave Nobody But The Baby
12. Bobbie Gentry - Reunion
13. Burl Ives - One Hour Ahead of the Posse
1. Yamasuki - Yama Yama
2. The Chieftains Feat. Bon Iver - Down in the Willow Garden
3. The Dramatics - Whatcha See is Whatcha Get
4. Tweedy - Let's Find Each Other Tonight
5. Blitzen Trapper - I Am A Man Of Constant Sorrow
6. White Denim - Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)
7. Lisa Hannigan - Danny Boy
8. Shakey Graves - O Death
9. Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show - Sylvia's Mother
10. Bobby Womack - California Dreamin'$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Plastic BeachWe rejoin the band as Murdoc the bass player is gathering musicians and collaborators to create the new album. The new Gorillaz empire is set on a strange floating island deep in the South Pacific at the furthest point from any land mass on the planet. Introducing Plastic Beach, an island made entirely of plastic, debris and the washed up remnants of humanity. Amongst the collection of historical remains and discarded rubble, Murdoc finds a book detailing the history of Man right up to the present day, except the last chapter The End of Days has been torn out, the future is missing. Time to get the band together, finish this album and have fun while the sun still shines. To complete the task, Murdoc has assembled some other musicians to join the band at Plastic Beach, these select people would join him on his floating Hellfire Club, as musicians, players and contributors in this wonky, damaged Plastic opera. Mos Def, Bobby Womack, The Horrors, Lou Reed, Little Dragon, rappers Kano and Bashy, Mark. E. Smith, Syrian orchestras, global musicians and more were subpoena-ed to collaborate on this visionary Gorillaz record.1. Orchestral Intro
2. Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach
3. White Flag
4. Rhinestone Eyes
6. Superfast Jellyfish
7. Empire Ants
8. Glitter Freeze
9. Some Kind Of Nature
10. On Melancholy Hill
13. Plastic Beach
14. To Binge
15. Cloud Of Unknowing
16. Pirate Jet$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mercury Rising'Mercury Rising' is the third studio album to be released by Rae & Christian. The duo weave together exceptional musicianship paired with a British song writing sensibility and the finest elements of studio production. 'Mercury Rising' was created at producer/musician Steve Christian's studio in Yorkshire with additional recording at songwriter/vocalist/DJ Mark Rae's London base. In London a song writing bond was formed with Ed Harcourt and Gita Langley who make excellent contributions with vocals, songs, strings and keys. Sam Genders of Diagrams threads a story of redemption lost on the Ubahn on '1975', Kate Rogers is on imperious form and rising star Jake Emlyn unravels a whole new level of microphone skills on 'Favourite Game'. The international guests include the one-and-only Jazzy Jeff and Australia's Agent 86 dealing out world class scratch treatments on 'Check The Technique' (Tony D's vocals taken from a session recorded at the birth of Grand Central Records), Brooklyn rapper Masta Ace and Mark Foster of Foster The People, a collaboration born from Mark's L.A. excursion.
'Mercury Rising' is the first new material in many years from R&C. Their 1998 Mercury Music Prize nominated debut 'Northern Sulphuric Soul' (Vitally fresh and timelessly classic deserving a place alongside Massive Attack's Blue Lines" Uncut) and 2002's 'Sleepwalking' (Another triumph, brimming with soulful, languid grooves, deft samples and well-chosen guest singers" Q Magazine) were both released on their Grand Central Records label (Aim, Riton, Boca 45, Only Child), a defining imprint of the late 90s soul/funk/hip-hop/beats scene. Guest vocalists over the two albums included Bobby Womack, Texas, The Congos, The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers and Jeru The Damaja.1. Happy - Featuring Mark Foster
2. Check the Technique - Featuring Tony D, Jazzy Jeff, Agent 86
3. 1975 - Featuring Diagrams
4. Still Here - Featuring Gita Langley
6. Dancr - Featuring Mel Uye Parker
7. The Ballad of Roza Shanina - Featuring Ed Harcourt
8. Still life Freefall - Featuring Kate Rogers
9. A2B - Featuring Mystro, Masta Ace and Pete Simpson
10. Favourite Game - featuring Jake Emlyn
12. Mercury Rising$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Cost Of LivingFor The Revelations, their latest offering, The Cost Of Living (Decision/Sony RED), is a labor of love years in the making. Since they first came on the scene in 2008 with their Deep Soul EP(Decision), Brooklyn, NY's The Revelations have represented a twenty-first-century take on classic soul-one which shows reverence for the masters, but with a uniquely modern sensibility-a sound The New York Times' Jon Pareles calls "revivalism without poses or quotation marks".
On The Cost Of Living, Rell Gaddis assumes the lead vocal duties previously provided by Tre Williams. This is by no means Rell's debut with The Revelations, however. Rell has been part of the group's writing team from their onset, and performed with the band for years, even contributing lead vocals to "It's Too Late" from their 2009 album The Bleeding Edge (Decision). Since being signed to Jay-Z's Roc-a-fella Records back in 1997, Rell has had a prolific singing and writing career, creating his own records, as well as penning and lending vocals to songs featuring artists Usher (Rell wrote Usher's #1 RnB Hit Here I Stand), Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, and many more.
This workman-like mentality is pervasive throughout the band as well. The Revelations feature Wes Mingus on guitar, Gintas Janusonis on drums, and newcomer Ben Zwerin on bass. Each accomplished performing and session musicians in their own right, The Revelations have combined to provide music for icons such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Lee "Scratch" Perry, as well as soul royalty Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, Benny Latimore, and Swamp Dogg.
The distinctive blues/rock/soul sound of The Cost Of Living was recorded at soul mecca Royal Studios in Memphis, TN, produced by Bob Perry with Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, as well as The Revelations themselves. For this project, the band is joined by Stax and Hi Records session legends Bobby Manuel (guitar), Lester Snell (keyboards), and Charles Hodges (organ). Lyrically, The Cost Of Living weaves tales of perseverance despite hardship. From the opening track, "Mama", about a single mother scrounging to raise her children, to the jaded optimism of "It's Ok", the pragmatism of "Money Makes The World Go 'Round", and the heart-broken disillusionment of the soul classic "Got To Use My Imagination", The Revelations continue their tradition of presenting blues topics with soul music's urgency.
The Revelations' engaging and energetic live performances continue to win over audiences from Brooklyn to the Mississippi Delta to California and beyond, creating fans such as A-listers B.B. King, Bobby Womack and Stevie Wonder in the process. This is new, true soul music with a sharp, modern edge.
Rell Gaddis - Lead Vocals
Wes Mingus - Guitar and Vocals
Ben Zwerin - Bass
Gintas Janusonis - Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Bobby Manuel - Guitar
Charles Hodges - Organ
Lester Snell - Piano and Keyboards
Meah Pace & Halley Hiatt - Background Vocals
The Royal Horns
Produced by Bob Perry, Lawrence Boo Mitchell and The Revelations
Recorded at Royal Studios, Memphis TN
Mixed and Mastered by Arnold Mischkulnig1. Mama
2. Why When Love Is Gone
4. It's Okay
5. Money Makes The World Go 'Round
6. The Game of Love
7. This Time
8. Got To Use My Imagination$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Paradise & Lunch
Desert Island-Worthy Paradise and Lunch Will Renew Your Faith in Music: Diverse 1974 Ry Cooder Set Comes on Like a Secret History of Song, Features Exquisite Interplay and Inspirational Harmonies
Paradise and Lunch Mastered on 180g Vinyl from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity LP Graced With Organic Sound
Ry Cooder's exceptional Paradise and Lunch takes a popular precept - music as the common denominator across all languages and styles - to extremes few artists have envisioned let alone fulfilled. Considered by many diehards to be the California native's finest hour, the 1974 set unfurls with rarified levels of joyousness, ingenuity, and sophistication. A prime contender for any Desert Island list and an album that repeatedly restores your faith in the inimitable effects experienced upon listening to special performances, Paradise and Lunch is an eternal musicians' musician record - an adventurous, ambitious, soulful leap down roads well-traveled and paths less known.
Such eclecticism, virtuosity, and ebullience resonate with unmatched verve on Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP reissue. Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, this vinyl LP boasts dead-quiet surfaces, superb transient response, front-to-back soundstaging, and an organic immediacy that heightens the enjoyment, character, and craft of the arrangements. Cooder's inspired guitar playing sounds tremendously lifelike, replete with proper scale, full-bodied tones, and a sense of decay that presents the trail ends of each note. Horns pop with three-dimensional detail and brassy colors. Akin to the contributions of all the all-star participants, Jim Keltner's percussion benefits from added stability and depth. Paradise and Lunch has never been more transparent.
On the surface a collection of seemingly disparate jazz, blues, spiritual, and roots songs, the diversified album comes across as a secret history of music. It remains a paragon of seamless convergence in which sonic DNA differences reveal shared traits and quilt a fabric united by feeling, reinvention, and elation. Beginning with a recast rendition of a traditional folk number, Tamp 'Em Up Solid, believed to be a close descendant of the group-vocal tune sung by field hands when they stacked bales of cotton, and ending with a stirring stripped-down cover of Arthur Blake's Ditty Wah Ditty - a show-stealing duet sent up with just an acoustic guitar and jazz icon Earl Fatha Hines' spritely walking-the-line piano riffs - Paradise and Lunch charms with exquisite interplay, inspirational harmonies, and innate flair.
At no point do the experimentations sound forced, artificial, or retro. Cooder transforms what initially appear to be obscurities into coherent, approachable songs that could have been recorded yesterday - or decades ago. In his world, a marvelous reggae-spiced and R&B-driven rendition of Bobby Womack's It's All Over Now coexists with a sanctified, harmony-based march through the gospel hymn Jesus on the Mainline anchored by restrained Dixieland accents and tolling bells. Another standard, albeit more modern, Burt Bacharach's Mexican Divorce strolls across dusty plains via gently clopping beats, shimmering Spanish motifs, and sympathetic support vocals.
Cooder also turns up the electricity a smidge for his idea of Bobby Miller's If Walls Could Talk, a melodic snapshot of doo-wop shot through with reverb-drenched grooves. He rains funky vibes, chicken-scratch slide guitar, and churchgoing lessons down on a top-to-bottom remake of Blind Willie McTell's Married Man's a Fool, the revision evocative of the imagination, proficiency, and blending that help make Paradise and Lunch an absolute must-own album - and now, an audiophile choice for those wished-for Desert Island trips.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Tamp 'Em Up Solid
3. Married Man's a Fool
4. Jesus on the Mainline
5. It's All Over Now
6. Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin' Good
7. If Walls Could Talk
8. Mexican Divorce
9. Ditty Wah Ditty$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Across 110th Street (40th Anniversary Edition) (Out of Stock)One of the few surviving links to the pre-Soul/R&B era, Bobby Womack - who was originally discovered as a teenager singing Gospel music by the late Sam Cooke - nowadays enjoys full-blown "Living Legend" status. Blessed with one of the warmest, most readily-identifiable voices in Soul music, he carved out his reputation with a series of classic albums and singles in the early 70s, re-emerging again in the 80s with his career masterpieces, The Poet and The Poet II, the latter achieving platinum status in Europe alone.
This unique package concentrates on the early 70s, and is built around the iconic, award-winning original soundtrack to Across 110th Street (1972), the critically-acclaimed - albeit violent, bloodthirsty and deeply disturbing - Blaxploitation movie which starred Anthony Quinn, Yaphet Kotto and Anthony Franciosa. Perhaps Womack's most celebrated album, this compelling OST remains the most important soundtrack of the genre, the powerful title song later featuring heavily in both Quentin Tarantino's 1997 homage to Blaxploitation, Jackie Brown, and Ridley Scott's 2007 opus, American Gangster.
Womack has enjoyed a long, rich career and still retains a strong cult status in the UK and Europe. He continues to record and tour sporadically and after battling ill-health in recent years, a new album is scheduled for release in June. The album is co-produced by Damon Albarn and Richard Russell, who also produced Gil Scott Heron's acclaimed final album.1. Across 110th Street
2. Harlem Clavinette (instrumental)
3. If You Don't Want My Love
4. Hang On In There (instrumental)
6. Harlem Love Theme (instrumental)
7. Across 110th Street (instrumental)
8. Do It Right
9. Hang On In There
10. If You Don't Want My Love (instrumental)
11. Across 110th Street (part 2)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock