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To Pimp A ButterflyTo Pimp a Butterfly is the third studio album by American rapper Kendrick Lamar. The album was recorded in studios throughout the United States, with executive production from Dr. Dre and Anthony Top Dawg Tiffith. Boi-1da, Flying Lotus, Terrace Martin, Pharrell Williams, Knxwledge, Sounwave, Thundercat and several other hip hop producers also contributed. The album is influenced by aspects of funk, jazz and spoken word.1. Wesley's Theory
2. For Free?
3. King Kunta
5. These Walls
8. For Sale?
10. Hood Politics
11. How Much A Dollar Cost
12. Complexion (A Zulu Love)
13. The Blacker The Berry
14. You Ain't Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
16. Mortal Man$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Butterfly (Picture Disc)Picture Disc Edition
Butterfly is the sixth studio album by American singer and songwriter Mariah Carey, originally released on September 16, 1997, by Columbia Records. The album contained both hip-hop and urban adult contemporary sounds, as well as some softer and more contemporary melodies. Throughout the project, Carey worked with Walter Afanasieff, with whom she had written and produced most of the material from her previous albums. She also worked with many famed hip-hop producers and rappers, such as Sean Puffy Combs, Q-Tip, Missy Elliott and the Trackmasters. With the latter acts producing most of the album, Butterfly deviated from the contemporary sound of Carey's older work and was hailed as a defining album of the 1990s and of pop and R&B music.1. Honey (Album Version)
2. Butterfly (Album Version)
3. My All
4. The Roof (Album Version)
5. Fourth of July
6. Breakdown (feat. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone)
7. Babydoll (Album Version)
8. Close My Eyes (Album Version)
9. Whenever You Call (Album Version)
10. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) (Album Version)
11. The Beautiful Ones (feat. Dru Hill) [Album Version]
12. Outside (Album Version)$29.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Limited Edition Of 1,000 Individually Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Solid Gold Colored Vinyl
Steve Walsh is known for his work as the frontman of the progressive rock band Kansas, from which he retired in 2014. On his new solo album Black Butterfly the influences from his past are brought together in some compact rock songs. Steve wrote the 14 songs of the album together with the Swedish musician Tommy Denander and the Christian rocker Jerome Mazza takes the lead vocals on three songs. The music goes from the sounds of Kansas (The Piper) to the beats of Warsaw and the political news on Billy Carbone Dead. Black Butterfly is a wonderful return to Walsh' studio work.
Whoever speaks out the name of Steve Walsh will directly think about the massive worldwide success of the American rock band Kansas. He was the lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on their well-received albums Leftoverture and Point of Know Return as well as on their single hits Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind. Their progressive songs were interspersed with rock ballads and attracted a massive following.LP 1
1. Born In Fire (Duet With Jerome Mazza)
2. The Piper
3. Grace And Nature
4. Dear Kolinda
5. Winds Of War
6. Tanglewood Tree
1. Now Until Forever
3. Nothing But Nothing
4. Hell Or High Water
5. Mercy On Me
6. Billy Carborne Is Dead
7. Born In Fire No Duet Different Version
8. Voices In The Night$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-HEL-4313xThe Nerve Agents
Butterfly Collection1. The Poisoning
3. War Against!
4. The Vice of Mrs. Grossly
5. Madam Butterfly
6. Princess Jasmine of Tinseltown
7. What Then?
8. The Legend of H. Gane Ciro
9. But I Might Die Tonight
10. Metal Pig
11. New Jersey
12. So, Very Avoidable
13. Oh, Ghost of Mine
15. The Cross$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Iron Butterfly Live
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music And Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA
Features The 1970 Concert Classic 19 Minute Version Of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
Iron Butterfly is truly an amazing success story in the record business. For over forty years, this band remained a significant force in the classic rock world with their original mix of rock, metal and classic leanings, solidifying them as one of the true purveyors of the progressive rock movement. Founded by the multi-talented keyboardist/vocalist Doug Ingle in San Diego in 1966, the band hit the charts immediately and soon became one of the key favorite biker bands and west coast hard rockers alongside entities like Steppenwolf, Grateful Dead and The Doors.
Their live performances were challenging, loud, exciting and definitely original, which brought them huge popularity in a very short period of time. 1968 changed everything as In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida became a massive smash garnering Iron Butterfly major success globally. This tune displayed the first example of a driving hard rock jam and lyric, with classical, organic and tribal rhythms, making it one of the most important songs of our time. Featuring Doug Ingle's keyboard and vocal expertise, Lee Dorman's power bass, guitar shredder Erik Brann, and Ron Bushy's primitive drum beat, this amazing stage shows will forever be associated with the acid rock era, which paved the way for heavy metal bands into the seventies and beyond.
ATCO Records knew the power of their live performances,therefore the quartet was awarded with another smash Lp, the concert recording masterwork chart topper Iron Butterfly Live. The 1970 smash contained 6 smokin' selections from their first three hit albums. Hard rock is abounding like the 19 minute workout on In-A Gadda-Da-Vida and other killer jams like Soul Experience, Are You Happy and Filled With Fear.
This masterpiece has been out of print on vinyl for many decades that is until now! Friday Music is very proud to offer another installment in our Iron Butterfly 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their classic 1970 smash album Iron Butterfly Live .
Impeccably mastered from the original Atco tapes by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead/Yes/Deep Purple) at Friday Music Studios, this limited edition 180 Gram LP is also presented in the original album cover layout, featuring the original photos and artwork elements not seen in years.
We believe this is the definitive sounding version of this monumental recording and will be one of the more anticipated audiophile releases of 2016. Iron Butterfly Live Their greatest hits in concert First Time 180 Gram Vinyl From your friends at Friday Music In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida !!!1. In The Time Of Our Lives
2. Filled With Fear
3. Soul Experience
4. You Can't Win
5. Are You Happy
6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Butterfly (Mono & Stereo)Double LP Package Includes Both Mono & Stereo Versions
The final Hollies album before Graham Nash would take flight, BUTTERFLY shows the British quintet soaring to new heights. Recorded at Abbey Road studios, the 1967 set features a dozen strong originals - including "Dear Eloise," "Postcard" and the title track - that occasionally venture into psychedelia. The adventurous arrangements are the perfect complement to the matchless harmonies of Nash, Allan Clarke and Tony Hicks.LP 1
1. Dear Eloise (Mono)
2. Away Away Away (Mono)
3. Maker (Mono)
4. Pegasus (Mono)
5. Would You Believe (Mono)
6. Wishyouawish (Mono)
7. Postcard (Mono)
8. Charlie And Fred (Mono)
9. Try It (Mono)
10. Elevated Observations (Mono)
11. Step Inside (Mono)
12. Butterfly (Mono)
1. Dear Eloise (Stereo)
2. Away Away Away (Stereo)
3. Maker (Stereo)
4. Pegasus (Stereo)
5. Would You Believe (Stereo)
6. Wishyouawish (Stereo)
7. Postcard (Stereo)
8. Charlie And Fred (Stereo)
9. Try It (Stereo)
10. Elevated Observations? (Stereo)
11. Step Inside (Stereo)
12. Butterfly (Stereo)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Dog And ButterflyThe Heart / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Gold Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Includes Full Color Insert Art
Features The Hard Rock Smashes Straight On Cook With Fire & Nada One
Mastered By Joe Reagoso & Nancy Wilson From Heart At Capitol Studios, Hollywood, CA
Manufactured At R.T.I.
Ann and Nancy Wilson have been continually hammering out some of the greatest rock recordings over the last several decades. Their staying power is second to none, and their status as one of classic rock's premier icon acts is legendary.
After a major explosion with their releases Little Queen in 1977, Heart bounced back to the top of the charts again in 1978 with their astounding hard rocker Dog And Butterfly. This platinum smash contained some of their most successful hit singles and rock tracks like the rocker Straight On, the live from Memphis Lp opener Cook With Fire and the acoustic rock prog-rock classic Nada One.
It is with much respect and honor to announce the Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of this incredible masterwork. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Nancy Wilson at Capitol Records, Dog And Butterfly is truly a classic masterpiece now impeccably revisited in the audiophile domain.
For this limited edition release, we are manufacturing it on 180 Gram Translucent Gold Audiophile Vinyl, and to further enhance your listening hours, we are also including the long out of print gatefold cover art, which includes all of the original graphics as you remember them, plus a full color insert poster.
Heart- Dog And Butterfly from your friends at Friday Music 180 Gram WHITE Audiophile Vinyl Straight On !!!!!1. Cook With Fire
2. High Time
4. Straight On
5. Dog And Butterfly
6. Lighter Touch
7. Nada One
8. Mistral Wind$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Moonlight ButterflyIn January of 2011 Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, John McEntire, and Eric Claridge reconvened at Chicago's Soma Electronic Music Studios to record their latest release The Moonlight Butterfly.
This 33 minute mini-album finds the band delivering much more long form and cinematic pieces. The new songs lean upon the band's more experimental tendencies, taking time to stretch the forms and in someways the new material relates to the way the band re-interprets some of their songs live.
With the band making a shorter than usual record they were allowed to take more chances and ended up with a release that leans a bit more towards the instrumental. Rather than having the vocals be the sole focal point the shifts in emphasis to other instruments facilitated a more open approach.1. Covers
3. The Moonlight Butterfly
4. Up on the North Shore
5. Inn Keeping
6. Monday$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Misery Is A ButterflyThe band's gently mournful economy of style is adorned by a cinematic breadth of instrumentation and by arrangements of rich depth. Misery... is a creative leap forward from their last album, Melody Of Certain Damaged Lemons.1. Elephant Woman
4. Doll Is Mine
5. Misery Is A Butterfly
6. Falling Man
8. Maddening Cloud
9. Magic Mountain
10. Pink Love
11. Equus$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Chinese Butterfly (Awaiting Repress)Collaborative album between Chick Corea & Steve Gadd band.1. Chick's Chums
3. Like I Was Sayin'
4. A Spanish Song
5. Chinese Butterfly
6. Return To Forever
7. Wake-Up Call
8. Gadd-zooks$39.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Evolution: The Best of Iron ButterflyFriday Music is now releasing this LP as a 1st time 180 Gram Audiophile, mastered by Joe Reagoso & Kevin Gray.
Founded by keyboardist/vocalist Doug Ingle in 1966, Iron Butterfly hit the charts and soon became one of the key biker bands and west coast hard rockers alongside entities like Steppenwolf, Grateful Dead and The Doors. A year later, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" became a massive smash hit single & LP garnering the band multi-platinum success, making it one of the most important songs of our time. In 1971, Atco awarded their stellar hard rock champions with a greatest hits album "Evolution."1. Iron Butterfly Theme
3. Unconscious Power
4. Flowers and Beads
7. Soul Experience
8. Stone Believer
10. Easy Rider
11. Slower Than Guns$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Righteous & The Butterfly (Awaiting Repress)Mushroomhead, the influential industrial metal band from Cleveland, OH, will release its eighth studio album The Righteous & The Butterfly via Megaforce Records. Recorded in Cleveland, the band self produced the record with longtime co-producer Bill Korecky. The album consists of 14 tracks, ranging from songs about survival and balance.1. Our Apologies
2. How Many Times
3. Devils Be Damned
5. Portraits of the Poor
7. This Cold Reign
8. We Are The Truth
9. Son of 7
10. For Your Pleasure
11. Worlds Collide
12. Graveyard Du Jour
13. Out Of My Mind
14. Rumor Has It$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Live in Copenhagen 1971Limited edition 2LP vinyl of the vintage live album that includes the band in their final performance with then
up-and-coming prog act Yes, who jump onstage for a live farewell jam session at the close of the show!LP1
1. Best Years Of Our Life
2. Soldier In Our Town
3. Stone Believer
4. Easy Rider (Let The Wind Pay The Way)
5. Butterfly Bleu
2. Goodbye Jam (With Members Of Yes)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DirtyDirty finds Sonic Youth revisiting the territory the band mapped out on Sister -- merging the propulsive structures of rock (both punk and otherwise) with the gorgeous chaos of their approach to the electric guitar -- and it shows how much better they'd gotten at it in the past five years, from the curiously beautiful Wish Fulfillment and Theresa's Sound World to the brutal Drunken Butterfly and Purr. Dirty was also Sonic Youth's most overtly political album, railing against the abuses of the Reagan/Bush era on Youth Against Fascism, Swimsuit Issue, and Chapel Hill, a surprising move from a band so often in love with cryptic irony.1. 100%
2. Swimsuit Issue
3. Theresa's Sound World
4. Drunken Butterfly
6. Wish Fulfillment
7. Sugar Kane
8. Orange Rolls, Angel's Spit
9. Youth Against Fascism
10. Nic Fit
11. On the Strip
12. Chapel Hill
16. CrÉme Brûlèe$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Aeroplane Flies High (Deluxe Edition)All 5 Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness singles remastered and on vinyl for the very first time
33 songs in all
"The Aeroplane Flies High is a trip, and perhaps fittingly for Billy Corgan, it was an exciting, exhausting and scary one that reveals a lot about the Smashing Pumpkins at this point in their musical journey." - David Wild
As part of the continuing series of re-issues of THE SMASHING PUMPKINS' acclaimed catalog via Virgin/UME, the iconic alternative band is set to
release a fully remastered box set, of their platinum-selling 1996 release THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH. The original THE AEROPLANE FLIES HIGH
was a five-disc box set that featured expanded versions of singles from their acclaimed 1995 double album MELLON COLLIE & THE INFINITE
SADNESS including "Bullet With Butterfly Wings," "1979," "Zero" "Tonight" and "Thirty-Three." MELLON COLLIE achieved Diamond certification by the
RIAA for sales of 10,000,000 discs and digital equivalent per disc (5 million copies of the double album).LP1
1. Bullet With Butterfly Wings
2. ...Said Sadly
3. You're All I've Got Tonight
4. Clones (We're All)
5. A Night Like This
6. Destination Unknown
3. The Boy
6. Set the Ray to Jerry
3. Mouths of Babes
4. Tribute To Johnny
5. Marquis In Spades
7. Pastichio Medley (Early Fade version)
1. Tonight, Tonight
2. Meladori Magpie
3. Rotten Apples
4. Jupiter's Lament
5. Medellia of The Gray Skies
7. Tonite Reprise
2. The Last Song
3. The Aeroplane Flies High (Turn Left, Looks Right)
5. The Bells
6. My Blue Heaven$195.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mellon Collie And The Infinite SadnessRanked 487/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Housed In 12x12 Rigid Slipcase With 2 Books, 48 Page Bound Book And 28 Page Saddle Stitch Book Containing Personal Notes, New Collage Artwork, Lyrics And More!
The Smashing Pumpkins' career-defining 1995 double album Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness has earned Diamond certification by the RIAA for sales of 10,000,000 discs and digital equivalent per disc (5 million copies of the double album). This news comes in the midst of EMI Music's extensive reissue campaign honoring the legacy of the iconic alternative band. It continues December 3 in North America and December 4 internationally with the Pumpkins' fourth album Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness receiving the fully remastered treatment for the first time. This follows last year's acclaimed reissues of the band's groundbreaking first two albums, Gish (1991) and Siamese Dream (1993), as well as this past summer's Pisces Iscariot (1994), the band's third album.
Originally released October 24, 1995, Mellon Collie & The Infinite Sadness would debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and was certified 9x platinum by the RIAA. It yielded major hits like ''Bullet With Butterfly Wings''-the band's unlikely first Top 40 hit-the exquisite ''1979'' and epic ''Tonight, Tonight'' as well as a thoroughly inspired series of videos. Produced by BILLY CORGAN, Flood and Alan Moulder, the album would also earn a Grammy Award (1996 Best Hard Rock Performance for ''Bullet With Butterfly Wings'') as well as seven nominations. Beyond the more obvious hits, though, Mellon Collie is a song cycle of unusual depth and considerable range. It is a collection of stunningly beautiful moments when everything lined up--a moment in time that's still here to be treasured.1. Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
2. Tonight, Tonight
5. Here Is No Why
6. Bullet with Butterfly Wings
7. To Forgive
8. F*ck You (An Ode to No One)
10. Cupid de Locke
13. Porcelina of the Vast Oceans
14. Take Me Down
15. Where the Boys Fear to Tread
18. In the Arms of Sleep
20. Tales of a Scorched Earth
21. Thru the Eyes of Ruby
24. We Only Come Out at Night
26. Lily (My One and Only)
27. By Starlight
28. Farewell and Goodnight$99.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vol. 2 (Mono)Blue Note Reissue
As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008
J.J. Johnson shared the front line with his tenor master for an exceptional session that features a unique reworking of Poor Butterfly and a great original Why Don't I. Horace Silver is the pianist, but Thelonious Monk replaces him on Reflections and both pianists alternate throughout a stunning version of Misterioso.
This title is not eligible for discount.Why Don't I
You Stepped Out of a Dream
Poor Butterfly$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Technicians of the SacredTechnicians of the Sacred is the first allnew Ozric Tentacles album since 2011's Paper Monkeys (and their first double album since their classic Erpland release of 1990), and comprises eleven tracks, with over ninety minutes of music. Tracks such as Switchback, Rubbing Shoulders With the Infinite and Butterfly Garden are brilliant examples of the Ozrics musical art; pulsating rhythms and blissedout tunefulness present and correct.
The band are to undertake a twentyfour date European tour in late April and May 2015, including twelve UK shows to promote the muchanticipated release of Technicians of the Sacred, with further gigs in the USA to follow.
Ozric Tentacles first came together at the Stonehenge Free Festival in 1983, and built an audience through selling privately produced cassettes of their music. Their talent for hypnotic, mantralike grooves found kindred spirits in the British rave scene of the late 1980s, uniting the seemingly disparate 'New Age' hippie and Rave audiences. Despite the lack of a hit single, media notoriety or the usual music business hype, much less majorlabel backing, their 1993 album Jurassic Shift was a UK top twenty album, and their hardcore audience is both dedicated and loyal to the band's unique sound. At the core of the band's music is an exploration of electronic musical textures and compulsive, danceable grooves interlaced with strong melodies and multiethnic musical references.LP1
1. The High Pass
2. Butterfly Garden
3. Far Memory
4. Changa Masala
2. The Unusual Village
3. Smiling Potion
4. Rubbing Shoulders With The Absolute
5. Zenlike Creature$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Volume 2A Blue Note essential, Sonny Rollins' Volume 2 is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign -
featuring 100 titles. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Album features performances
recorded in 1960.
Outside of Paul Chambers, who was employed as Miles Davis's bassist at this time, all of the other players on these April 1957 RVG Hackensack dates were leaders of their own renowned groups; a reflection of the respect they all shared for the date leader, Sonny Rollins. Besides Chambers, with J.J. Johnson on trombone, Art Blakey behind the drums and alternating pianists Thelonious Monk and Horace Silver, who both play on the now-famous version of Misterioso, the words All-Star seem almost demeaning to this conclave.
The resulting recordings burst forth with confidence and enthusiasm, capturing a fire and passion usually found only with uninhibited live dates and not the constraints of a recording studio. Exceptional versions of Poor Butterfly and You Stepped Out Of a Dream elevate this record to monumental status.1. Why Don't I?
2. Wail March
5. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
6. Poor Butterfly$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Carved In SandImport
Limited 1.000 Numbered Copies On Red Coloured 180 Gram Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
The Mission is an English gothic rock band from the UK formed in 1986.
Initially known as The Sisterhood, the band was started by front man Wayne Hussey and bassist Craig Adams (both from The Sisters of Mercy). Aside from Hussey, the line-up has changed several times during the years and the band has been on hiatus twice.
Having sold over 4 million albums, the band reformed to celebrate 25 years of The Mission. Hussey, Hinkler and Adams reunited in 2011 to kick start a new chapter of the band and continue to tour the world & release new material.
Carved in Sand is the third regular studio album by The Mission, originally released in 1990. It reached #7 in the UK Albums Chart, making it the second of two top ten albums and overall best-selling album in the band's career. Four singles were released from the album: Butterfly on a Wheel, Deliverance, Into the Blue, Hands Across the Ocean/Amelia.
The band had invited members of its fan club to help select the tracks for the album.
The album saw the return of Tim Palmer as producer. The album was recorded at Jacobs studios and mixed at Swanyard studios.
2. Into The Blue
3. Butterfly On A Wheel
4. Sea Of Love
6. Grapes Of Wrath
8. Paradise (Will Shine Like The Moon)
9. Hungry As The Hunter
10. Lovely$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pinkerton (Awaiting Repress)Pinkerton on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
1996 Sophomore Album Cited on Countless Best-of Decade Lists
Includes El Scorcho, Pink Triangle, Tired of Sex, and The Good Life
Loosely Related to Puccini's Madame Butterfly, Confessional Album Lays Bare Frustration, Confusion, Awkwardness, and Loneliness Amidst Power-Pop Settings
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Experience the Album's Edgier Feel as Originally Intended
Few records claim as bizarre a history as Weezer's Pinkerton. Upon release in 1996, the band's sophomore effort failed to meet sales expectations, lacked a hit single, and drew primarily negative reviews from the press. Then, via word of mouth and reevaluation, the Little Album That Could began to build a reputation as an initially misunderstood masterwork-a bold, brave, and exposed creation that happened to have hyper-contagious hooks to accompany the confessional lyrics. Today, it's cited on virtually every Best Albums of the 1990s list in existence.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version of the effort Rolling Stone awarded a full five-star review upon revisiting it eight years later brings the band's live-in-the-studio vocals and darker, raw feel to the surface like never before. Leader Rivers Cuomo's decision to record group choruses around three microphones rather than capture them separately finally can be experienced as originally intended, with the immediate vibe paying off in the form of more engaging, edgier results that parallel the songs' personal emotions and frustrated themes. Guitars, which scrape and push, augmenting the trials and tribulations documented in the narratives, are finally rendered in proper perspective.
Comprised of nonfiction tunes largely based on Cuomo's dissatisfaction with rock-star life, and written by the singer/guitarist as he attended school at Harvard University, Pinkerton confronts disappointment, loneliness, isolation, awkwardness, and cruel romantic irony with a universal perspective to which anybody can relate. Cuomo selected the character Lieutenant Pinkerton from Puccini's Madame Butterfly as a touchstone, believing the persona symbolic of the tormented protagonists in his songs-and recognizing similar struggles to come to terms with identity.
Weezer's aims on Pinkerton have connected with many that identify with its narratives and adore its surfeit of melodies. Surpassing cult-classic status and conquering fickle tastes, the record ranks in Guitar World's "Top 100 Guitar Albums of All-Time"; Spin's "100 Best Albums From 1985 to 2005"; Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s"; and Rolling Stone's Hall of Fame.
For all the malaise, Pinkerton also contains beloved wit and humor. Shyness and hands-in-pocket diffidence inform "El Scorcho"; incongruity and surprise surround the simultaneously funny and sad "Pink Triangle"; tedium and desire collide on the cynical "Tired of Sex." Psychosexual confusion, unrequited passion, and good intentions elicit unintended sympathies, a trait that remains one of the record's brilliant turns.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Tired of Sex
3. No Other One
4. Why Bother?
5. Across the Sea
6. The Good Life
7. El Scorcho
8. Pink Triangle
9. Falling for You
10. Butterfly$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Nessun Dorma - The Puccini AlbumAfter years of singing Giacomo Puccini's heroes on stage to vast critical and audience acclaim, "the world's greatest tenor"(The Daily Telegraph), Jonas Kaufmann, finally records an album entirely devoted to the world's most-loved opera composer. The new album, Nessun dorma is a selection of Puccini's stupendous tenor arias drawn from his greatest opera's including Tosca, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly and La fanciulla del West. Spanning the breadth of Puccini's output from the early operas Le Villi and Edgar, the album culminates in the mighty aria "Nessun dorma" from his final opera Turandot. Jonas Kaufmann is joined on this album by Maestro Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and soprano Kristine Opolais. Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album is also available on 180-gram vinyl and on CD as a Deluxe Edition with a bonus DVD that includes an EPK plus excerpts from upcoming DVD releases Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West.
Munich-born singer, Jonas Kaufmann, is without a doubt at the absolute top echelon of the operatic world. He is in extreme demand with the world's most influential conductors, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance wherever he performs. In 2011, he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. He has been awarded "Singer of the Year" by many prestigious journals including ECHO Klassic and Musical America. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. In October of 2011 he performed the first solo recital to be given at the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994LP1
1. Manon Lescaut, Atto I: Donna non vidi mai
2. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Oh, sarò la più bella!... Tu, tu, amore? Tu?
3. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Ah! Manon mi tradisce
4. Manon Lescaut, Atto III:Presto! In fila!... Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son!
5. Le Villi, Atto II: Ei giunge!... Torna ai felici dì
6. Edgar, Atto II: Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo
7. La Bohème Atto I: O soave fanciulla
1. Tosca, Atto I: Recondita armonia
2. Madama Butterfly, Atto III: Addio, fiorito asil
3. La Fanciulla del West, Atto II: Una parola sola!... Or son sei mesi
4. La Fanciulla del West, Atto III: Risparmiate lo scherno... Ch'ella mi creda libero
5. La Rondine, Atto I: Parigi! È la città dei desideri
6. Il Tabarro: Hai ben ragione
7. Gianni Schicchi: Avete torto!... Firenze e come un albero fiorito
8. Turandot, Atto I: Non piangere, Liù!
9. Turandot, Atto III: Nessun dorma$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-TEM-6117xExplosions In The Sky
The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead PlaceExplosions in the Sky's second effort takes a more studied, even lush approach to the literate chaos of their 2001 debut. But put on your sad sack thinking cap now, because Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is a contemplative and heady rush of masterful melancholia. Its six songs are multi-minute, slow motion workouts of gentle electric guitar plucks and subtle/sudden washes of percussion ù they're still instrumental, but as lyrical as anything in the indie rock universe. 'Only Moment We Were Alone' turns on a simple, melancholy guitar figure, the drums shifting from insistent catch-up mode to a studied march built to introduce the next layered crescendo. Explosions in the Sky doesn't shift as suddenly or jarringly on Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place; the quartet has applied more structural predictability this time out, but is still quick about setting the sad butterflies in your stomach to fluttering. 'Memorial' is the album's meditative heart. It begins so quietly, reduced to brittle landscapes of tone. Lightly chiming guitars drift in, like the echoes of church bells off in narrow city streets. Then, like each of the album's movements, it surges forward in a rush, like the overtures of Sonic Youth separated, dried, and ultimately lengthened in the blistering Texas sun. The final blast of distortion and staccato drumming is Earth at full bittersweet bluster. 'Your Hand in Mine' ends things as they began, with a pair of determined guitars picking out a melody that's both pretty and pretty damn heartbreaking.First Breath After Coma
The Only Moment We Were Alone
Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean
Your Hand In Mine$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pacific DaydreamLos Angeles, CA's Weezer will release their eleventh album, Pacific Daydream, via Crush Music/Atlantic Records. Produced by Butch Walker, Pacific Daydream is the follow up to the critically acclaimed album Weezer (The White Album), which was nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Album at the end of last year.
Following the release of Weezer (The White Album), the band began working on what they called "The Black Album," but as they worked, they found the songs they were writing felt more like reveries from a beach at the end of the world. Instead of forcing a different direction, they began an entirely new album; Pacific Daydream was born. Frontman Rivers Cuomo brings this decision back to a Chinese proverb he says inspired the design behind the entire record:
Once upon a time, I, Chuang Chou, dreamt I was a butterfly, fluttering hither and thither, to all intents and purposes a butterfly. I was conscious only of my happiness as a butterfly, unaware that I was Chou. Soon I awaked, and there I was, veritably myself again. Now I do not know whether I was then a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man.
Pacific Daydream - an album full of the melodic mastery and craftsmanship for which Weezer are known - is a record that navigates the uncertainty between reality and dreams, blurring the line between the listener knowing if they are daydreaming the world of the album, or if the world of the album is daydreaming them. It's a record about finding the grey area between the black and the white, about escaping the everyday into the fantasy of what may be just down the line, but also maybe isn't. It's an album that sounds like the Beach Boys and The Clash fell in love by the ocean and had one hell of an amazing baby. It's Weezer doing all the things they do best and then some.1. Mexican Fender
2. Beach Boys
3. Feels Like Summer
4. Happy Hour
5. Weekend Woman
6. QB Blitz
7. Sweet Mary
8. Get Right
9. La Mancha Screwjob
10. Any Friend of Diane's$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now