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  • Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes Quick View

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    Presenting The Fabulous Ronettes

    Originally released in time for 1964's Christmas season, the Ronettes' one and only Philles LP is considered by many to be the crown jewel of the label's catalog, representing the ultimate expression of Phil Spector's girl-group ideal.


    Fronted by the impossibly charismatic Veronica Bennett, aka Ronnie Spector, the Ronettes combined girlish innocence and playful sexiness in a manner that struck a responsive chord with listeners in the '60s, and continues to do so five decades later. With Phil's surging Wall of Sound arrangements meeting their match in the kittenish vocals of Ronnie and her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley, it's not hard to understand why the Ronettes effortlessly held their own with the British Invasion acts that otherwise dominated the pop scene in 1964.


    Although the Ronettes are principally known as a singles act, Presenting the Fabulous Ronettes featuring Veronica is a remarkably consistent and cohesive set that collects all of the trio's early hits, including such enduring pop masterpieces as Be My Baby, Baby (I Love You), Walking In The Rain, Do I Love You?, (The Best Part Of) Breaking Up, You Baby and the Ronettes' original version of Chapel of Love (which predates the Dixie Cups' hit version). It's hard to imagine a more consistent collection of perfect pop bliss, or a more excellent expression of girl group greatness!

    1. Walking In The Rain
    2. Do I Love You?
    3. So Young
    4. (The Best Part Of) Breakin' Up
    5. I Wonder
    6. What'd I Say
    7. Be My Baby
    8. You Baby
    9. Baby, I Love You
    10. How Does It Feel?
    11. When I Saw You
    12. Chapel Of Love
    The Ronettes
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    Peter, Paul & Mary: In Concert


    Peter, Paul & Mary In Concert Reissue From Analogue Productions!


    200-Gram Pressing By Quality Record Pressings!


    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio


    Gatefold Jacket


    This double album originally released in 1964 opens with a then-new Bob Dylan song, The Times They Are A' Changin', and closes with the best-known song ever written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hayes, If I Had a Hammer. That seems to sum up Peter, Paul & Mary, but In Concert offers a lot more than that, writes All Music Guide.


    The surprises include vignettes in blues and gospel, and, most notably, the group's humorous digressions. Peter, Paul & Mary spared few opportunities for a good laugh on stage, beginning with the introduction to A' Soalin', which shows off a lightheartedness that was an essential part of who they were, even as it leads into an exquisitely sung round-like piece that should have found its way into the repertory of Steeleye Span. Blue gives the trio a chance to play around with rock & roll, from doo wop to British Invasion, through the song Old Blue (satirizing folk music purists at the same time), and Paul Stookey adds his own sound effect embellishments to Woody Guthrie's Car-Car. The solo spots are also worthwhile, particularly Peter Yarrow's introspective version of Le Deserteur, followed by his dazzling, rousing sing-along on Oh, Rock My Soul; and Mary Travers' rendition of Single Girl, a low-key proto-feminist song. The group's rendition of It's Raining achieves an exquisite mix of gossamer textured harmonizing and thematic innocence, and their rendition of the Reverend Gary Davis' If I Had My Way is a bracing re-interpretation for three interwoven voices. Finally, the version of If I Had a Hammer that closes this album is superior to their hit single of the same song. Mastered by Kevin Gray, 200-gram pressing by Quality Record Pressings, gatefold jacket.


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    1. The Times They Are-A-Changin'
    2. A 'Soalin'
    3. 500 Miles
    4. Blue
    5. 3 Ravens
    6. One Kind Favor
    7. Blowin' In The Wind
    8. Car-Car
    9. Puff (The Magic Dragon)
    10. Jesus Met The Woman
    11. Le Deserteur
    12. Oh, Rock My Soul
    13. Paultalk
    14. Single Girl
    15. There Is A Ship
    16. It's Raining
    17. If I Had My Way
    18. If I Had A Hammer
    Peter, Paul, & Mary
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    Songs For Beginners

    Singer/songwriter and Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Graham Nash first rose to fame with British Invasion hit-makers The Hollies. He went on to co-found the legendary rock supergroups Crosby, Stills & Nash and CSN&Y, and remains active with both configurations. Throughout it all, Nash has also pursued an acclaimed solo career, beginning with the 1971 gem Songs For Beginners. Guest performers on the eleven-song set include Rita Coolidge, David Crosby, Jerry Garcia, Bobby Keys, Phil Lesh, David Lindley and Dave Mason among others. Features the classic tracks Military Madness, Simple Man, I Used To Be King and We Can Change The World.
    1. Military Madness
    2. Better Days
    3. Wounded Bird
    4. I Used To Be A King
    5. Be Yourself
    6. Simple Man
    7. Man In The Mirror
    8. Theres Only One
    9. Sleep Song
    10. Chicago
    11. We Can Change The World
    Graham Nash
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    Fifth Dimension

    The Byrds were one of the earliest groups who could combine the best of two worlds.

    They caught on to the energy of the British Invasion and combined it with the lyricism & musical elements of the contemporary folk movement.



    Along the way they pioneered Psychedelic and Country Rock, always keeping things recognizable with their vocal harmonies accompanied by their jangly guitars.


    On their third album 'Fifth Dimension' from 1966 they started showing a more LSD-tinged side of themselves with the Psychedelic Rock of songs such as 'Eight Miles High' and 'I See You' and a preference for the Indian raga.


    One of their most pioneering albums!

    1 5 D (Fifth Dimension)
    2 Wild Mountain Thyme

    3 Mr. Spaceman
    4 I See You
    5 What's Happening?!?!
    6 I Come And Stand At Every Door


    1 Eight Miles High
    2 Hey Joe (Where You Gonna Go)

    3 Captain Soul
    4 John Riley
    5 2-4-2 Fox Trot (The Lear Jet Song)

    The Byrds
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    The Double Cross

    Following their most critically-acclaimed albums to date, SPIN called Never Hear the End of It, the best British Invasion best-of you've never heard, and Pitchfork called Parallel Play almost flawless, Canadian pop iconoclasts Sloan are ready to celebrate. Their recent albums would be reason enough but 2011 marks the 20th Anniversary of the band, and how better to honor such an occasion than a brand new prolific album with power pop gems.


    Sloan delivers just that with their 10th album The Double Cross, a titular shout-out to the band's 20th (or XX) anniversary. The album kicks off as awesome as universal healthcare with Follow the Leader and the sure-fire sync license riffage of Unkind. Raise your glasses to 20 years of Sloan!


    1. Follow the Leader

    2. The Answer Was You
    3. Unkind
    4. Shadow of Love
    5. She's Slowin' Down Again
    6. Green Gardens, Cold Montreal
    7. It's Plain To See
    8. Your Daddy Will Do
    9. I've Gotta Know
    10. Beverley Terrace
    11. Traces
    12. Laying So Low

    Sloan
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    Lies

    Out of print in its original LP format for nearly half a century, this vintage '60s gem has been sourced from the original mono tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with complete original cover art.


    The Lies LP, recorded in Hollywood with songwriting contributions from the likes of Glen Campbell, Jim Seals and Jerry Fuller, surrounds its iconic title hit with an eclectic assortment of tunes, including the catchy melodic gems "I Can Do It Better" and "Just One Girl, the widescreen pop experiment "I Believe in Her" and distinctive renditions of the durable standards "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Harlem Nocturne."


    Although they ironically rode the faux-English sound of "Lies" to chart success, the Knickerbockers were actually seasoned live performers who were adept at whipping Garden State crowds into a frenzy long before the British Invasion hit U.S. shores. The quartet's prowess as a high-energy live act is apparent on these two vintage LPs, originally released on Gene Autry's fabled Challenge label. Both albums brilliantly reflect the band's distinctive blend of Beatlesque jangle, garage grit and frat-rock adrenaline.


    1. Lies
    2. I Can Do It Better
    3. Can't You See I'm Tryin'
    4. Please Don't Fight It
    5. Just One Girl
    6. I Believe in Her
    7. Wishful Thinking
    8. You'll Never Walk Alone
    9. Your Kind of Lovin'
    10. Harlem Nocturne
    The Knickerbockers
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    Bus Stop

    No rest for the Hollies in 1966! Hot on the heels of Beat Group!, Bus Stop rolled into U.S. record shops, right on schedule. Written by Gouldman, the title track became the bands first Top Ten U.S. single, peaking at #5, and featuring their bell-tone harmonies to perfection. In addition to the sparkling single, the album is packed with their renditions of contemporary hits like Simon and Garfunkel's I Am A Rock, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' Mickey's Monkey' and the Fred Neil/Roy Orbison chestnut Candy Man. Self-penned songs We're Through, Don't Run and Hide and You Know He Did also shine brightly and prove there was no danger of covering up the band members writing skills. With this disc, the Hollies put the rock world on notice that they were the British Invasions most beat-filled battalion!


    Out of print for decades, this classic album is FINALLY available again. Sourced from the aurally awesome original U.K. mono master, this LP is pressed on pristine 180-gram vinyl per your turntables request. Get in the queue!


    Perhaps the most undervalued band of the original British Invasion, The Hollies hits are well known in the U.S. but their early albums are almost impossible to find! Taking their name from Buddy Holly and modeling their harmonies on the Everly Brothers, the Hollies gathered these American musical ingredients and whipped them into a wholly-UKnique concoction. Forging their sound to the east of their Liverpool brothers-in-beat, this Manchester quintet had it all: the soaring vocals of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks; Hicks cascading, arpeggio-laden licks on guitar and a hard-hitting rhythm section driven by drummer extraordinaire Bobby Elliot. On top of that, their keen ears for top quality songs, written by the premier songsmiths of the day like teenage wunderkind Graham Gouldman, Chip Wild Thing Taylor and the stellar in-house writing team of Clarke/Hicks/Nash, ensured that their albums were extraordinary from start to finish. In short, they were a band that exuded greatness on all fronts. Now, as that greatness has been acknowledged by their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sundazed Music is proud to present meticulously restored vinyl editions of the rare U.S. mono versions of the Hollies third and fourth Imperial label albums, from 1966.

    1. Bus Stop

    2. Candy Man
    3. Baby Thats All
    4. I Am A Rock
    5. Sweet Little Sixteen
    6. Were Through
    7. Dont Run And Hide
    8. Oriental Sadness
    9. Mickeys Monkey
    10. Little Lover
    11. You Know He Did
    12. Whatcha Gonna Do Bout It

    The Hollies
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  • Turn! Turn! Turn! (MONO) Turn! Turn! Turn! (MONO) Quick View

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    Turn! Turn! Turn! (MONO)

    The Byrds' second album of 1965 led off with the heroic Los Angeles quintet's second chart-topping single, Turn! Turn! Turn!, the song that placed them squarely on top of the mountain of a U.S. rock scene, feverishly bubbling away in answer to '64's British Invasion. The alchemical number, with lyrics straight out of the Bible's book of Ecclesiastes, was a perfect fit for a growing hippie counter-culture about to turn the world upside down. It Won't Be Long married chiming guitars to thrilling Byrds harmonies, while Lay Down Your Weary Tune and He Was A Friend Of Mine, the latter dedicated to recently assassinated President John F. Kennedy, were shining beacons of folk-rock at its very best. The Times They Are A-Changing is the perfect Dylan-penned anthem for a hip new generation, and Satisfied Mind emits just a sniff of country-rock yet-to-come.


    Unavailable for over 40 years, we're proud to present the first ever reissue of this monumental recording in its original, highly-sought-after mono incarnation, cut directly from the original Columbia Recordings analog mono masters, with perfect artwork restoration and meticulously faithful mastering.

    1. Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season)
    2. It Won't Be Wrong
    3. Set You Free This Time
    4. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
    5. He Was A Friend Of Mine
    6. The World Turns All Around Her
    7. Satisfied Mind
    8. If You're Gone
    9. The Times They Are A-Changin'
    10. Wait And See
    11. Oh! Susannah
    The Byrds
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  • Jerk And Twine Time Jerk And Twine Time Quick View

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    Jerk And Twine Time

    Out of print in its original LP format for nearly half a century, this vintage '60s gem has been sourced from the original mono tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with complete original cover art.

    Jerk and Twine Time emphasizes the raw immediacy of the Knickerbockers' origins as a live band. Beyond the dance-craze anthem "Jerk Town" and the venerable R&B instrumental "Twine Time," the set offers a memorable mix of the British Invasion, R&B and Motown covers that dominated the band's live repertoire at the time, with memorable renditions of the Zombies' "She's Not There" and the Kinks anthems "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night." They also tear into the Kingsmen's garage novelty "The Jolly Green Giant," the Motown standard "Money (That's What I Want)" and the R&B classics "Land of 1000 Dances" and "The 'In' Crowd."


    Although the Knickerbockers hailed from Bergenfield, New Jersey, anyone listening to the radio in early 1966 would have sworn that they were from Liverpool. That's when the band's overpoweringly infectious signature tune "Lies" stormed the AM airwaves, convincing many stateside listeners that they were hearing a fab new Beatles single.


    1. You Really Got Me
    2. All Day and All of the Night
    3. Money
    4. The Jolly Green Giant
    5. Twine Time
    6. Land of 1000 Dances
    7. The "In" Crowd
    8. The Jerk
    9. Jerk Town
    10. She's Not There
    The Knickerbockers
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    Breakthrough

    High-Flyin' Surf Rock From Southern California on 180 Gram Vinyl!


    drian Lloyd and his backing band The Sunsets were still teenagers when they recorded this highly-prized slab of pure California surf-rock. Long desired amongst collectors both for its brand of high-energy, drum-driven rock 'n' roll and for the crazy swirly vinyl it was pressed on, Breakthrough is a prime example of a genre that still excites fans of early '60s music. Featuring the should-have-been-a-hit title track and many other almost-classics, Adrian Lloyd's high flyin' slab is an essential part of any surf-rock collection.


    Now Sundazed brings this long-out-of-print album to you the way you want it -- pressed on swirly colored vinyl, with brand new liner notes by John Blair, author of The Illustrated Discography of Surf Music, 1961-1965, and featuring an abundance of great bonus tracks including the hard to find single "She Treats Me Better Than You" and the killer unreleased tracks "Drums In Orbit" and "On Moonlight Bay." Plus, the CD brings you even more treats, including the highly-desired single "Lorna" and the unreleased track "Mersey Girl," written to cash in on the British Invasion. This Sundazed issue of Breakthrough is destined to be just as sought after by collectors!

    1. Breakthrough

    2. Donna
    3. Slippin'
    4. I Don't need You No More
    5. Nothing But Drums, Part 1
    6. Nothing But Drums, Part 2
    7. Cherry Pie
    8. She Treats Me Better Than You
    9. Wipe Out
    10. Boss
    11. Surfer Joe
    12. Pipeline
    13. Stomping Time
    14. Justine
    15. On Moonlight Bay (previously unissued)
    16. Drums In Orbit (previously unissued)
    Adrian And The Sunsets
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  • Duets Duets Quick View

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    Duets

    60th Anniversary Certified Limited Edition Numbered And Autographed Vinyl LP

    13 Never-Before-Released LIVE Recordings!


    In the years immediately prior to the British Invasion, only one performer rivaled the chart dominance of Elvis Presley, and that was Pat Boone. With his trademark white buck shoes, perfectly combed hair and gleaming smile, Boone was the very essence of wholesome American values, and at a time when the rise of Rock 'n Roll was viewed as a sign of the Apocalypse, he made the music appear safe and non-threatening, earning some 38 Top 40 hits in the process. In 1957 Pat Boone began hosting his own ABC television series, The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom. The half-hour variety show aired from October 3, 1957 to June 23, 1960 and featured the young star [at the time the youngest person to host their own network variety program] and a host of top-name guest stars. In all, there were 115 episodes.


    In this special collection of never-before-released LIVE recordings, Pat has hand picked 13 memorable performances that pay tribute to some of the best music and entertainers of that time.

    1. Pat Boone & Ella Fitzgerald: I Wish I Were In Love Again
    2. Pat Boone & Ella Fitzgerald: It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
    3. Pat Boone & Count Basie: I've Heard That Song Before
    4. Pat Boone & Nat 'King' Cole: Nature Boy/Poison Ivy
    5. Pat Boone & The Kingston Trio: Tom Dooley
    6. Pat Boone & Anna Maria Alberghetti: You're the Cream In My Coffee/The Coffee Song
    7. Pat Boone & Connie Francis: My Happiness
    8. Pat Boone & Jo Stafford: Folk Medley
    9. Pat Boone & George Shearing: Stranger In Paradise
    10. Pat & Shirley Boone and the Boone Girls: Rock-A-Bye
    11. Pat Boone & Andy Williams: Tenderly
    12. Pat Boone & Roy Rogers: Cowboy Medley
    13. Pat & Shirley Boone: May The Good Lord Bless and Keep You
    Pat Boone
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    Howlin

    Does Jagwar Ma make rock music or dance music? It's genuinely tough to tell. A duo from Sydney, Australia, Jagwar Ma combines rock 'n' roll signifiers (electric guitars, psychedelic vocals) with pristine dance-music production. The band's full-length debut, Howlin (out June 11), references The Stone Roses one minute and space disco the next, and neither approach feels the least bit forced.


    Guitars and drum machines don't make for uncharted territory in 2013, obviously, but it's important to note that Jagwar Ma isn't a dance-rock band. This is the 1960s British Invasion re-imagined with today's digital audio software, which has some comparing Jagwar Ma to the Manchester, England, scene of the late 1980s, when rock bands took cues from the country's burgeoning rave culture.


    The electronic impetus in this case is Jagwar Ma producer (and partial namesake) Jono Ma, who recorded much of Howlin with singer Gabriel Winterfield in a barn in northern France. Ma sounds like a producer coming into his own after years of collaborating; he has an impeccable feel for when Winterfield's anthemic delivery should give way to an 808 drum machine. The hybridization peaks in Uncertainty, one of the year's best songs so far.


    Those barn recordings eventually made their way to Ewan Pearson, one of the premier British remixers of the past decade; he put the finishing touches on most of these songs. It's unclear how much he added to the mix, but his sharp production style is all over this album.


    Of course, just because you can mix rock and dance music, that doesn't necessarily mean you should. But Howlin largely nails that sweet spot between singing along to a song and losing yourself in it.


    - Otis Hart (NPR Music)

    1. What Love
    2. Uncertainty
    3. The Throw
    4. That Loneliness
    5. Come Save Me
    6. Four
    7. Let Her Go
    8. Man I Need
    9. Exercise
    10. Did You Have To
    11. Backwards Berlin
    Jagwar Ma
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  • Pain In My Heart Pain In My Heart Quick View

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    Pain In My Heart

    This album works on so many different levels, that it's essential listening for at least three categories of buyer -- fans of Otis Redding and Stax Records (natch), and more general soul listeners, and also anyone serious about their devotion to the work of the Rolling Stones and any other British invasion bands that covered American soul. Pain In My Heart was practically a road map to Mick Jagger and any number of other would-be white soul shouters in the UK, not just on the title track but also numbers like the hard rocking Hey Hey Baby. For someone only 22 years old at the time of these sessions, and just two years past his first 45 rpm record, Redding exudes astonishing power, energy and boldness, though it's all packaged with greater restraint than his subsequent records did. This was the only LP that Redding recorded during the lifetime of his idol, Sam Cooke, and his version of You Send Me is the least stylized of any of his renditions of Cooke's songs -- later on, after Cooke's death, he would throw more of himself into it. The very fact that he was covering Cooke's soul classic shows an essential difference between Redding's and Cooke's early LPs; as Redding was on a soul label, no one tried to make him into a pop singer as that'd done at RCA with Cooke -- thus, he was running on all cylinders right out of the starting gate, though he wouldn't get really interesting or show his full depth until two albums later. But even covering Rufus Thomas's The Dog, Richard Berry's Louie Louie, Little Richard's Lucille, or Ben E. King's Stand By Me, he's already doing 70% of what we came to expect from Otis Redding in the years ahead -- his writing, apart from Security, These Arms Of Mine and That's What My Heart Needs, was still somewhat less than memorable, but this is still a first-rate debut.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Pain In My Heart
    2. The Dog
    3. Stand By Me
    4. Heh Heh Baby
    5. You Send Me
    6. I Need Your Lovin'
    7. These Arms Of Mine
    8. Louie Louie
    9. Something Is Worrying Me
    10. Security
    11. That's What My Heart Needs
    12. Lucille
    Otis Redding
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    Soul Sick

    There are artists who can command attention. They lean into their songs with an irresistible edge and total emotional connection and stay there. Sallie Ford is one of those artists. On her upcoming new album Soul Sick, out via Vanguard Records, Ford creates music that draws on all of her influences but still comes out her own. From the album's opening line "I woke up feeling sour on the sweetest summer day," the 11 tracks on the album chronicle Ford's journey through anxiety, insecurity, and depression.


    "This is a 'confessional' album. It's about struggling with my issues - some that I've overcome and some that I still carry around. I felt confused, down about life and unsure of myself," states Ford. "On these new songs, it felt good to write on one theme and from one place. All in all, Soul Sick has taught me a lot about myself and helped me to heal."


    That healing is captured throughout the music played on the album. With Mike Coykendall (M. Ward and She & Him) at the helm, it's laced with nostalgic feeling and produced to enhance that essence. "I asked Mike to produce, Ford says. "He loves old rock & roll and always records on tape, but he's also an experimenter, exploring new things with his music.


    Soul Sick finds Ford further mining, updating and perfecting her vintage influences to stand alongside her uncompromising and confessional lyricism. On her first themed album, her doo-wop harmonies, slippery British invasion keyboards, and crunchy, fuzzed-out guitars back Ford's distinctive howl and surround her at-once intimate and confrontational musings on love, depression, and fear.

    1. Record On Repeat
    2. Screw Up
    3. Loneliness Is Power
    4. Get Out
    5. Failure
    6. Middle Child
    7. Never Gonna Please
    8. Romanticized Catastrophe
    9. Hurts So Bad
    10. Unraveling
    11. Rapid Eyes
    Sallie Ford
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    Hear! Here!

    Hear! Here!, the Hollies second American album, was issued stateside in 1965 by Imperial Records. Its a reworkedand, for many listeners, improvedvariation on the original British LP known simply as Hollies, with the U.S. version adding the hits Look Through Any Window (the Hollies first American Top 40 single) and Im Alive. Hear! Here! finds the band members original compositions beginning to dominate the Hollies repertoire, with their songwriting skills shining on such standout tracks as Put Yourself in My Place, So Lonely and Ive Been Wrong. Elsewhere on the album, the groups interpretive skills shine through on Curtis Mayfields You Must Believe Me, Roy Orbisons Down the Line and Lloyd Prices Lawdy Miss Clawdy.


    Of all the English bands who achieved international success during the first wave of the British Invasion, none combined youthful rock n roll energy with musical sophistication more compellingly than the Hollies. The Manchester quintet effortlessly combined the effervescent, Everly Brothers-inspired vocal harmonies of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks with a muscular rhythm section driven by the brilliant drummer Bobby Elliott, creating one of their eras most beloved and enduring musical catalogs.


    As was standard practice with British acts at the time, the Hollies early albums reached American shores in very different form than the versions that were released overseas, with alternate track listings and different cover art than their U.K. and European counterparts. Although these unique variants are the form in which millions of American fans first experienced these historic albums, they have been out of print for decades, and have long been obtainable only at inflated collectors prices.

    1. I'm Alive
    2. The Very Last Day
    3. You Must Believe Me
    4. Put Yourself in My Place
    5. Down the Line
    6. That's My Desire
    7. Look Through Any Window
    8. Lawdy Miss Clawdy
    9. When I Come Home to You
    10. So Lonely
    11. I've Been Wrong
    12. Too Many People
    The Hollies
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    Here I Go Again

    Released in America in 1964 by Imperial Records, Here I Go Again was the Hollies U.S. debut, and is rated by many fans as superior to its British counterpart, Stay with the Hollies. Here I Go Again offers an accurate representation of the Hollies early repertoire, comprised largely of distinctive covers of American R&B and rock n roll classics. In addition to the ultra-catchy title tune and their hit covers of Maurice Williams Stay and Doris Troys Just One Look, the album finds the Hollies applying their trademark style to such iconic numbers as Chuck Berrys Memphis, Little Richards Lucille and Arthur Alexanders You Better Move On.


    Of all the English bands who achieved international success during the first wave of the British Invasion, none combined youthful rock n roll energy with musical sophistication more compellingly than the Hollies. The Manchester quintet effortlessly combined the effervescent, Everly Brothers-inspired vocal harmonies of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks with a muscular rhythm section driven by the brilliant drummer Bobby Elliott, creating one of their eras most beloved and enduring musical catalogs.


    As was standard practice with British acts at the time, the Hollies early albums reached American shores in very different form than the versions that were released overseas, with alternate track listings and different cover art than their U.K. and European counterparts. Although these unique variants are the form in which millions of American fans first experienced these historic albums, they have been out of print for decades, and have long been obtainable only at inflated collectors prices.

    1. Here I Go Again
    2. Stay
    3. Memphis
    4. Lucille
    5. You Better Move On
    6. Talkin' 'Bout You
    7. Just One Look
    8. Keep Off That Friend of Mine
    9. Rockin' Robin
    10. Do You Love Me?
    11. What Kind of Girl Are You?
    12. It's Only Make Believe
    The Hollies
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    Barefoot Adventure

    One of the most stubborn myths of revisionist musical history is this: the early '60s were the Dark Ages of American pop, a sad and embarrassing era of prefab teen idols and silly dance crazes that was put out of its misery by the British Invasion.


    In reality, strange and wonderful things were happening with American music in the months before The Beatles met Ed Sullivan, creative big bangs that continued to evolve for decades to come.


    In Detroit, Berry Gordy was defining the Motown Sound, while Stax and James Brown were inventing soul music. At 1650 Broadway, the Aldon table of songwriters was bringing sophistication to teen pop, while The Four Seasons reinvented group harmony. And in California, where Americas youth culture was being born, a trio of songwritersBrian Wilson, Roger Christian and Gary Usherwere drawing up the blueprints for the West Coast sound.


    This collection explores Gary Ushers tenure as co-architect of the happiest pop music ever written, a guileless celebration of sun, surf and cars thats become an enduring symbol of the American dream.


    Barefoot Adventure does more than simply collect a bunch of songs that sound great on the car radio and mean exactly what they say (take that, psychedelic music!). Its also a remarkable glimpse of the process, of a struggling songwriter angling for a break, sometimes tapdancing in tangents, oblivious to the bullseye he was hitting on the way
    to forging an important new sound.


    So heres the whole story, 36 terrific tracks, including exclusive Sundazed interviews with Usher himself, with an illuminating essay and track commentary by author and Usher-biographer Stephen McParland. Its musical scholarship thats perfect for parties!


    Were not sure if this is history masquerading as fun, or vice-versa, but were definitely sure that its fun. Which, in the end, is all that matters.


    SIDE ONE:



    1. R.P.M. (The Four Speeds)

    2. My Little Surfin' Woodie (The Sunsets)*

    3. Barefoot Adventure (The Four Speeds)*

    4. Four On the Floor (The Four Speeds)

    5. Cheater Slicks (The Four Speeds)

    6. C.C. Cinder (The Sunsets)

    7. The Chug-A-Lug (The Sunsets)

    8. Gary Usher Interview Part 1*

    9. My Little Beach Bunny (The Sunsets)


    SIDE TWO:



    1. Playmate of the Year (The Sunsets)

    2. Lonely Surfer Boy (The Sunsets)

    3. Soul Stompin'*

    4. Nifty '50*

    5. Power Shift

    6. Mag Wheels

    7. Gary Usher Iinterview Part 2*

    8. My Sting Ray (The Four Speeds)

    9. 426 Super Stock (The Competitors)


    SIDE THREE:



    1. Wax, Board, and Woodie*

    2. Draggin' Deuce*

    3. '54 Corvette*

    4. My Little Surfin' Woodie (The Sunsets)

    5. Gary Usher Interview Part 3*

    6. R.P.M.*

    7. Barefoot Adventure (The Four Speeds)

    8. Cactus Juice*

    9. Coney Island Wild Child*


    SIDE FOUR:



    1. Sugar & Spice*

    2. Twins*

    3. Milky Way

    4. Quicksand*

    5. Gary Usher interview Part 4*

    6. You Made A Believer Out Of Me

    (with The Honeys)*

    7. Waiting For The Day (with The Honeys)*

    8. Tied Down*

    9. Harder & Harder*



    * previously unissued

    Gary Usher
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    The Raspberries Best

    Go All the Way: The Absolute Finest Singles from the 1970s Power-Pop Mavens


    Vocalist Eric Carmen and Co. Deliver One Punchy Chord and Contagious Melody After Another


    Britpop, Psychedelia, Pop, and Arena Rock Blends Drive Hits Such as "Go All the Way" and "I Wanna Be With You"


    Mellifluously Airy Harmonies: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    Red Colored Vinyl


    The matching Mod suits, trim haircuts, and youthful appearance weren't just for play. The Raspberries' looks extended to their irresistibly catchy and refreshingly concise music, a blend of bouncy Britpop, lazy-day psychedelia, mellifluous pop, and crunch arena rock that stands apart from the epic pomposity of most of the early 70s' commercial trends and continues to linger as some of the most expertly crafted sounds ever created. Over the course of four albums, the singles-minded group cut their share of memorable sides. They're all here on this 1976 compilation. And now, they possess a fidelity that even the original LPs lacked.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's internationally renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP extracts more information from the grooves, extending the spaces between instruments and breathing newfound life into the swirling vocal harmonies. The group's trademark singing is airier, the highs free of constraints, and the string-laden accents enriched with natural decay. Improved, too, are the quartet's amplifier-driven chords and frisky drumming, aspects that possess a palpable crunch typical of British Invasion acts.


    Adept at both gorgeous devotional ballads and upbeat, fist-pumping rockers, the Raspberries claim a multifaceted talent in leader Eric Carmen, a crooner whose capacity to turn on a dime from a sweet falsetto to searing cry infuses the band's tunes with emotional exuberance and bittersweet weight. He lends sentimental grace to epic piano weepers such as "Don't Want to Say Goodbye" and amiable snarl to carefree numbers like "I Wanna Be With You." However, the Raspberries' greatest asset relates to their harmonic prowess.


    Multi-part group vocals on bounding, surf-referencing fare ("Drivin' Around") and catchy, summery material ("Tonight") recall both the Beach Boys and Beatles. Yet the Raspberries bring a unique edge and R&B-etched rhythm to tunes that stand as proto power-pop staples. Thematically, the ensemble keeps lyrics as simple and memorable as its hooks, with a majority of songs speaking to the pleasures of romance and love. Breezy, fun, and indelible, it's music that never goes out of style.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Go All the Way
    2. Tonight
    3. Ecstasy
    4. I Wanna Be With You
    5. I Can Remember
    6. Overnight Sensation
    7. Let's Pretend
    8. Drivin' Around
    9. Starting Over
    10. Don't Want to Say Goodbye
    The Raspberries
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    Beat Group

    Originally released in the U.S. in 1966, Beat Group! was the American cousin to the Hollies' British LP Would You Believe?. However, identical cousins they were not: Beat Group! boasts substantially altered musical content and completely different cover art. Led by the snap-jangle-pop of the smash single, I Cant Let Go, the album is a thrilling combination of originals and R&B covers ripped from their riotous live sets. Highlights include commanding versions of Buddy Holly's Take Your Time, Sam and Dave's I Take What I Want and the Otis Redding/O.V. Wright classic That's How Strong My Love Is. Original songs Hard Hard Year, Oriental Sadness and Fifi the Flea, along with Mersey Beat staples A Taste of Honey and Mr. Moonlight round out the disc.


    Out of print for decades, this classic album is FINALLY available again. Sourced from the aurally awesome original U.K. mono master, this LP is pressed on pristine 180-gram vinyl per your turntables request. Get in the queue!


    Perhaps the most undervalued band of the original British Invasion, The Hollies hits are well known in the U.S. but their early albums are almost impossible to find! Taking their name from Buddy Holly and modeling their harmonies on the Everly Brothers, the Hollies gathered these American musical ingredients and whipped them into a wholly-UKnique concoction. Forging their sound to the east of their Liverpool brothers-in-beat, this Manchester quintet had it all: the soaring vocals of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks; Hicks cascading, arpeggio-laden licks on guitar and a hard-hitting rhythm section driven by drummer extraordinaire Bobby Elliot. On top of that, their keen ears for top quality songs, written by the premier songsmiths of the day like teenage wunderkind Graham Gouldman, Chip Wild Thing Taylor and the stellar in-house writing team of Clarke/Hicks/Nash, ensured that their albums were extraordinary from start to finish. In short, they were a band that exuded greatness on all fronts. Now, as that greatness has been acknowledged by their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sundazed Music is proud to present meticulously restored vinyl editions of the rare U.S. mono versions of the Hollies third and fourth Imperial label albums, from 1966.

    1. I Cant Let Go

    2. Thats How Strong My Love Is
    3. Running Through The Night
    4. Oriental Sadness (Shell Never Trust In Anybody No More)
    5. A Taste Of Honey
    6. Mr. Moonlight
    7. Dont You Even Care (Whats Gonna Happen To Me?)
    8. Hard Hard Year
    9. Take Your Time
    10. Fifi The Flea
    11. I Take What I Want

    The Hollies
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  • Daydream Daydream Quick View

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    Daydream

    180 Gram R.T.I. Vinyl Pressing


    From the Original Kama Sutra Mono Masters


    Greenwich Village, 1964: While the folk boom is still in progress, other musics began seeping into the corners and clubs of lower Manhattan. Rock, once down for the count, came back with a vengeance, largely thanks to a klatch of young British bands. Roots music, especially blues, grew rapidly in popularity as folk enthusiasts expanded their horizons. In this intoxicating milieu, John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone united to form the Lovin' Spoonful. Originally a jug band with folk roots, they readily incorporated the sounds they heard all around them. Combining British Invasion jangle with the blues' growl and folk's attention to lyrical detail, they forged a sound completely their own. Accomplished musicians all, they had two secret weapons: the guitar virtuosity of Zal Yanovsky and the rising songwriting talent of John Sebastian. The first Spoonful single, "Do You Believe in Magic," took AM radio by storm in June of that year, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featuring an irrepressible melody, a chiming autoharp and Yanovsky's tasteful fills, it was an audacious debut. Their inaugural Kama Sutra LP, also titled Do You Believe in Magic, followed in November 1965. Containing three other Sebastian originals and one song credited to the band, the balance of the LP contained traditional blues covers and songs by contemporary writers. Reaching #32 on the Billboard Top 200, it established the band as one of country's brightest new talents. By the release of their second album, Daydream, in March 1966, the band's songwriting chops had fully blossomed, particularly Sebastian's, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs. The album's first single, "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" reached #10 on the Hot 100 and married a signature Yanovsky riff with a galloping piano part to form an indelible hook. The title track, a mid-tempo reverie with an ace whistling solo, did even better, soaring to #2. Skipping ahead a few decades, the album cut "Butchie's Tune" was used to great effect in season five of Mad Men. The band soon returned with Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. Consciously working in different styles, the band essayed country ("Nashville Cats"), folk balladry ("Rain on the Roof") and psych- tinged rock ("Summer in the City"), among other sounds. This time, all the songs were originals and it was the last full album recorded by the original quartet. It stands as a triumphant ending to one of the most exciting chapters in the American rock story of the 1960s, a perfect encapsulation of a time when it seemed anything was possible in music. Sourced from the original Kama Sutra mono masters, these masterpieces are pressed at RTI on 180gm vinyl.

    1. Daydream
    2. There She Is
    3. It's Not Time Now
    4. Warm Baby
    5. Day Blues
    6. Let The Boy Rock N Roll
    7. Jug Band Music
    8. Didn't Want To Have To Do It
    9. You Didn't Have To Be So Nice
    10. Bald Headed Lena
    11. Butchie's Tune
    12. Big Noise From Speonk
    Lovin' Spoonful
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    Do You Believe In Magic

    180 Gram R.T.I. Vinyl Pressing


    From the Original Kama Sutra Mono Masters


    Greenwich Village, 1964: While the folk boom is still in progress, other musics began seeping into the corners and clubs of lower Manhattan. Rock, once down for the count, came back with a vengeance, largely thanks to a klatch of young British bands. Roots music, especially blues, grew rapidly in popularity as folk enthusiasts expanded their horizons. In this intoxicating milieu, John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone united to form the Lovin' Spoonful. Originally a jug band with folk roots, they readily incorporated the sounds they heard all around them. Combining British Invasion jangle with the blues' growl and folk's attention to lyrical detail, they forged a sound completely their own. Accomplished musicians all, they had two secret weapons: the guitar virtuosity of Zal Yanovsky and the rising songwriting talent of John Sebastian.


    The first Spoonful single, "Do You Believe in Magic," took AM radio by storm in June of that year, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featuring an irrepressible melody, a chiming autoharp and Yanovsky's tasteful fills, it was an audacious debut. Their inaugural Kama Sutra LP, also titled Do You Believe in Magic, followed in November 1965. Containing three other Sebastian originals and one song credited to the band, the balance of the LP contained traditional blues covers and songs by contemporary writers. Reaching #32 on the Billboard Top 200, it established the band as one of country's brightest new talents.


    By the release of their second album, Daydream, in March 1966, the band's songwriting chops had fully blossomed, particularly Sebastian's, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs. The album's first single, "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" reached #10 on the Hot 100 and married a signature Yanovsky riff with a galloping piano part to form an indelible hook. The title track, a mid-tempo reverie with an ace whistling solo, did even better, soaring to #2. Skipping ahead a few decades, the album cut "Butchie's Tune" was used to great effect in season five of Mad Men.


    The band soon returned with Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. Consciously working in different styles, the band essayed country ("Nashville Cats"), folk balladry ("Rain on the Roof") and psych- tinged rock ("Summer in the City"), among other sounds. This time, all the songs were originals and it was the last full album recorded by the original quartet. It stands as a triumphant ending to one of the most exciting chapters in the American rock story of the 1960s, a perfect encapsulation of a time when it seemed anything was possible in music. Sourced from the original Kama Sutra mono masters, these masterpieces are pressed at RTI on 180gm vinyl.

    1. Do You Believe In Magic
    2. Blues In The Bottle
    3. Sportin Life
    4. My Gal
    5. You Baby
    6. Fishin Blues
    7. Did You Ever Have To Make Up Your Mind
    8. Wild About My Lovin
    9. Other Side Of This Life
    10. Younger Girl
    11. On The Road Again
    12. Night Owl Blues
    Lovin' Spoonful
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  • Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful Quick View

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    Hums Of The Lovin' Spoonful

    180 Gram R.T.I. Vinyl Pressing


    From the Original Kama Sutra Mono Masters


    Greenwich Village, 1964: While the folk boom is still in progress, other musics began seeping into the corners and clubs of lower Manhattan. Rock, once down for the count, came back with a vengeance, largely thanks to a klatch of young British bands. Roots music, especially blues, grew rapidly in popularity as folk enthusiasts expanded their horizons. In this intoxicating milieu, John Sebastian, Zal Yanovsky, Joe Butler and Steve Boone united to form the Lovin' Spoonful. Originally a jug band with folk roots, they readily incorporated the sounds they heard all around them. Combining British Invasion jangle with the blues' growl and folk's attention to lyrical detail, they forged a sound completely their own. Accomplished musicians all, they had two secret weapons: the guitar virtuosity of Zal Yanovsky and the rising songwriting talent of John Sebastian.


    The first Spoonful single, "Do You Believe in Magic," took AM radio by storm in June of that year, reaching #9 on the Billboard Hot 100. Featuring an irrepressible melody, a chiming autoharp and Yanovsky's tasteful fills, it was an audacious debut. Their inaugural Kama Sutra LP, also titled Do You Believe in Magic, followed in November 1965. Containing three other Sebastian originals and one song credited to the band, the balance of the LP contained traditional blues covers and songs by contemporary writers. Reaching #32 on the Billboard Top 200, it established the band as one of country's brightest new talents.


    By the release of their second album, Daydream, in March 1966, the band's songwriting chops had fully blossomed, particularly Sebastian's, who wrote or co-wrote all but one of the songs. The album's first single, "You Didn't Have to Be So Nice" reached #10 on the Hot 100 and married a signature Yanovsky riff with a galloping piano part to form an indelible hook. The title track, a mid-tempo reverie with an ace whistling solo, did even better, soaring to #2. Skipping ahead a few decades, the album cut "Butchie's Tune" was used to great effect in season five of Mad Men.


    The band soon returned with Hums of the Lovin' Spoonful. Consciously working in different styles, the band essayed country ("Nashville Cats"), folk balladry ("Rain on the Roof") and psych- tinged rock ("Summer in the City"), among other sounds. This time, all the songs were originals and it was the last full album recorded by the original quartet. It stands as a triumphant ending to one of the most exciting chapters in the American rock story of the 1960s, a perfect encapsulation of a time when it seemed anything was possible in music. Sourced from the original Kama Sutra mono masters, these masterpieces are pressed at RTI on 180gm vinyl.

    1. Lovin You
    2. Bes' Friends
    3. Voodoo In My Basement
    4. Darlin' Companion
    5. Henry Thomas
    6. Full Measure
    7. Rain On The Roof
    8. Coconut Grove
    9. Nashville Cats
    10. Four Eyes
    11. Summer In The City
    Lovin' Spoonful
    $28.99
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    Is That All There Is? (Pure Pleasure)

    When Peggy Lee became well-known in the 1940s, swing and jazz-influenced pop dominated the musical landscape. In the 1960s, however, it was a whole new world in popular music. The British Invasion and Motown - not big bands - were mainstream, and to the Baby Boomer youths of the 1960s, Lee was part of 'our parents' music'. But the singer had a major hit with 1969's Is That All There Is?, one of the best-selling albums of her career. While this isn't a rock album per se - Lee's foundation was still jazz-influenced pop - it acknowledges pop-rock tastes of the 1960s without being unfaithful to her history. Everything on this LP is a gem, and that includes a moody remake of Lee's 1940s hit Don't Smoke in Bed as well as classic arrangements of George Harrison's Something, Neil Diamond's Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show, Leiber & Stoller's I'm a Woman, and Randy Newman's Love Story. The LP's centerpiece, however, is Newman's hit arrangement of Leiber & Stoller's title song, which was covered by P.J. Harvey in the 1990s. Influenced by German cabaret, this half-spoken, half-sung treasure is as hauntingly soulful as it is maudlin. The song's outlook is far from optimistic; essentially, it's saying that we might as well grab our moments of pleasure and enjoyment where we can find them because ultimately, life is nothing more than a meaningless series of disappointments. But there's nothing disappointing about Is That All There Is?, an LP that is most certainly among Lee's finest accomplishments.



    Musicians:



    • Peggy Lee (vocal), and orchestra





    Recording: November 1962, January / February / April / October 1969 at Capitol Tower, Hollywood, CA

    Production: Lieber & Stoller / Phil Wright / David Cavanaugh




    About Pure Pleasure



    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Is That All There Is?
    2. Love Story
    3. Me and My Shadow
    4. My Old Flame
    5. I'm a Woman
    6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show

    7. Something
    8. Whistle for Happiness

    9. Johnny (Linda)
    10. Don't Smoke in Bed
    Peggy Lee
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    Pretenders

    Pretenders One of the Most Essential Debuts Ever Released: No-Nonsense 1980 Set Ranked 155th Greatest Album of All Time by Rolling Stone


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Added Extension, Sharper Imaging, Multi-Dimensional Soundstaging on MoFi 180g LP Place Pretenders on a Small Stage in Your Room


    Pretenders' Self-Titled Record Moves Fast With Biting Hooks, Soulful Melodies, and Guitar-Charged Toughness: Includes Brass In Pocket, Precious, and Tattooed Love Boys


    The milieu the Pretenders create on their groundbreaking debut didn't exist when the album came out in early 1980. Such is the magnitude of originality, creativity, and nerve the band captured on a record that captivated each side of the Atlantic and both upended and advanced tradition. The no-nonsense set also announced the arrival of the inimitable Chrissie Hynde, one of the greatest singer-songwriters in rock history, gender be damned. Equally significant, the album remains just one of two studio efforts featuring the original members before tragedy ended the lives of guitarist James Honeyman-Scott and bassist Pete Farndon.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's 180g LP of Pretenders grants the influential music newfound clarity, punch, dynamics, and perspective that enhance the realism and attack of everything from Hynde's vocal snarl to the band's myriad textures. Originally recorded live in the studio at high volume levels by producer Chris Thomas, the record on this vinyl edition boasts added extension, sharper imaging, multi-dimensional soundstaging, and a crispness that practically places the Pretenders onstage in your room. Replete with detail and nuance-particularly, Hynde's singing and Honeyman-Scott's terrific array of hovering chords, colorful palettes, and inventive effects-this is a record that rewards repeat listening and full-bloom playback.


    Cited by Rolling Stone as the 155th Greatest Album of All Time, Pretenders took shape via the vision of the Ohio-born Hynde and chemistry she achieved with three Brits circling the same punk orbit-one that saw the frontwoman work with the Sex Pistols and briefly embark on a serious music-criticism career. Indeed, while Hynde is the unquestionable leader of the gang, the Pretenders are the sum of their total parts, displaying rapport and interaction that never came together more convincingly, naturally, or emotionally as it does on their debut. Honeyman-Scott's ringing arpeggio tones seamlessly combine with Hynde's no-muss sass, sensuality, and soulfulness. Similarly, the rhythm section contributes considerable thump and classically styled explosiveness. Together, the four sound like no other band.


    Such distinctiveness helps explain why Pretenders remains as contemporary now as it did 30-odd years ago.Schooled in the era's raw, unfiltered English punk yet equally versed in rockabilly, new-wave pop, and British Invasion rock, the band orchestrates songs that overflow with keen hooks, sexual swagger, and ear-catching melodies. Courtesy of the aggressive guitars and leather-tough cool, Pretendersmoves fast, Hynde's assertive deliveries and take-notice lyrics jolting the senses with a lethal mix of sophistication, toughness, tenderness, rebelliousness, and romance.


    With Honeyman-Scott playing the Richards to her Jagger, Hynde operates on pure instinct. She throws down the gauntlet on the corrugated pulse of Precious, proves she can hang with even the roughest boys on the energetic bounce of Tattooed Love Boys, and, on the smash hit Brass In Pocket, spouts self-aggrandizing claims that she would back up for decades to come. Yet Hynde and the Pretenders' appeal goes much deeper than brazenness. Akin to her guitarist's unconventional phasing and treated effects, the singer never abides by rules or stereotypes as she balances the gutsiness and attitude with sensitivity (Lovers of Today), compassion (the jangling Stop Your Stopping), and vulnerability (Kid).


    Pretenders is not only one of the most impressive album debuts in history, it's one of the most essential records, independent of genre or timing, ever made. Hear this energetic music in the finest-possible fidelity it's ever enjoyed.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Precious
    2. The Phone Call
    3. Up the Neck
    4. Tattooed Love Boys
    5. Space Invader
    6. The Wait
    7. Stop Your Sobbing
    8. Kid
    9. Private Life
    10.Brass In Pocket
    11.Lovers of Today
    12.Mystery Achievement
    Pretenders
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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