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  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor

    Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti

    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.3 in D Minor
    1. I Allegro Ma Non Troppo
    2. II Intermezzo: Adagio
    3. III Finale: Alla Breve
    Byron Janis, London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Doráti
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    Uptown Top Ranking

    Byron Lee and the Dragonaires are a Jamaican ska, calypso and soca band. The band played a crucial pioneering role in bringing Caribbean music to the world.
    Byron Lee & The Dragonaires
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  • Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; 2 Preludes Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; 2 Preludes Quick View

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    Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2; 2 Preludes

    Newly presented on 180g heavyweight vinyl, Decca are proud to present an iconic Mercury Living Presence album
    from the analogue era back on vinyl. Presented with original artwork and pressed at Optimal GmbH, each release
    has been carefully mastered from the original Decca analogue tapes at Abbey Road Studios.


    This LP includes Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto with soloist Byron Janis and the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra
    conducted by Antal Doráti.

    1. Moderato
    2. Adagio sostenuto
    3. Allegro scherzando
    4. Prelude in E Flat Major, Op. 23, No.6
    5. PrÉlude in C sharp minor, Op.3, No.2
    Byron Janis / Minneapolis Symphony / Antal Dorati
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  • Little Death Shaker Little Death Shaker Quick View

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    Little Death Shaker

    Stripped of all noise influences and focusing on straight-up songs, Little Death Shaker is a record evocative of late nights and dusty parking lots, long drives and boozy hookups. This is the work of a dude who's spent his youth and young manhood on tour and it comes through in both the music and the lyrics. Where Castanets' lyrics gave us Ray Carver-ian fragments and it's-what-you-leave-out-that-counts minimalism, here we see Raposa back from the battleground with stories to tell.



    This is the most lyric-heavy Raposa's been and it's also the most playful and humorous, and you get the feeling some of these songs would be the ones that would go down best near 2am at some weird sports bar dive in southeast Alabama/Iowa/Mississippi. (We can just see some big biker dude/fallen NASCAR star/Gary Busey lookalike sitting back-to-bar, Bud in hand, having a good-natured laugh over the punchline from Some of My Friends or the WTF premise of the Dan Reeder penned You'll Never Surf Again.)



    The record begins with fighting spirit. Allegiance comes on with a punch of electric guitar and Raposa singing I woke up feeling/bold as shit. It's his rowdiest and most confident song to date, a real knockabout that'll take you by surprise if you're used to Castanets. Up next the title track verges on Queen (Flash Gordon soundtrack?) and Some of My Friends is a barnburner with the ghosts old Sun Studios players holding court.



    Highlights are many. The dark-as-Skoal interstate roller Whippoorwill, the slowly ramping Some Kind of Fool, which rolls easy and pretty with backup vocals from Matthew Houck of Phosphorescent before building to a shitkicking rock 'n' roll peak where we find Raposa delivering some of his best and most racy lyrics, singing the very un-indie-rock, I could spend this good money wherever I care to/taste all the honies that I choose /lay myself down beside anyone's flower/all alive in the morning with the dew. It's a song about libertine freedom and heartbreak ignored and taking the bull by the horns and being, well, kind of a bastard.



    More highlights: Castanets collaborator Talia Gordon taking main vocals on You're Not Standing Like You Used To (Kate Wolf); the after-afterhours minor chord jam Stateline, Little Death Shaker's most ruckus track of all, a late-night spent trapped in the stripclub/rig cab/country bar/tour van/your own damn head. At 10 minutes it's a tale of drugs and wayward love, a real red-lit kind of aloneness, backed by a legit live crawl, with high and ghostly organ and distorted vocals crackling like a bad CB connection.



    With Meridian, Raposa and Houck bring back the vibe of Some Kind of Fool and take it on a humid trip through the deepest South, gators in the water, snakes in the sand, a stormhead looming over the sun-dappled river. When Raposa sings oh honey here comes the storm you can just FEEL the weather breaking.



    One of this record's real charms is you can close your eyes and see these 13 tracks played live; you can see the drummer leaning over his kit with his brushes (and sunglasses on?), the backup singers standing around the mic, beers in hand, eyes closed, swaying side to side, the lights crisscrossing the stage. Meridian is no different. You can see this band. You can see these people playing together, and in a world of records that bands can't duplicate live, it's crazy-refreshing!



    The album's closer, Allegiance 2, brings backlongtime Castanets collaborator Bridgit Jacobsen (nÉe Decook) for a hushed and barely-there apology. Oh lord be kind to me/after all these devils I have kissed. As a prayer, a shrug, and an exhausted offering, it's a fitting way to end an album so concerned with sin and vice. It's also a fitting end-introduction to this new band. So meet Raymond Byron and the White Freighters and their record Little Death Shaker. Here's to the new!

    1. Allegiance

    2. Little Death Shaker

    3. Some of My Friends

    4. Turnpike/Bedsheet

    5. You'll Never Surf Again

    6. Don't That Lake Just Shine

    7. Whippoorwill

    8. A Little More Credit

    9. Some Kind of Fool

    10. You're Not Standing Like You Used To

    11. Stateline

    12. Meridian, MS

    13. Allegiance 2
    Raymond Byron And The White Freighter
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  • Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner) Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Liszt: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2 (Speakers Corner)

    Liszt's Piano Concertos occupy a special position in the genre for several reasons. Firstly they mirror the amazing keyboard virtuosity of the composer, and secondly they point the way to modern music through their daring harmonies and free treatment of traditional compositional forms. Any pianist who tackles the mighty E flat major Concerto, which was premiered by Liszt himself under the baton of Berlioz in 1855, soon realises that he has taken on a mammoth task. Instead of an over-dimensional, weighty performance, Byron Janis and the Moscow Philharmonic present a compact reading of this tightly-knit composition. Janis, a pupil of Horowitz, displays his bravura in the appropriate places, but also knows how to use his technical prowess - perfected in his early years - to produce finely-chiselled keyboard poetry, freeing the work from its often-cited bulkiness. This is particularly effective in the intoxicating Finale, where the pianist's brilliance amalgamates with triumphal orchestral playing.



    In the Second Concerto, too, it is clear that great care has been taken with the score. Beginning with the elegiac entry, via the pulsating Agitato up to the expressive melodic playing, Byron Janis and Gennadi Rozhdestvensky fill this visionary symphonic poem with wonderful timbral colouring which is brought to a climax in the sparkling Finale. When music from the New German School sounds like it does here by means of Russian hands, then it certainly deserves a place in our Russian Edition.



    Recording: June 1962 in Bolshoi Hall of the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow, Russia,

    by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz / Production: Wilma Cozart



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    Byron Janis
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner) Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Rachmaninoff - Concerto No. 2 (Speakers Corner)

    The Second Piano Concerto represents Rachmaninoff's escape from a crisis lasting several years during which he experienced one catastrophe after another. At the suggestion of his psychiatrist, who had prophesied that he would write wonderful music, he turned once again to the work - and it brought him his greatest success to that date. Although the piano writing demands enormous technical dexterity, the composer was apparently not solely aiming at producing a virtuosic showpiece, since the piano part clings snugly to the orchestra like an accompaniment for long stretches, although it does triumph powerfully here and there for good measure.



    Once again, Byron Janis - whose brilliant interpretations of Rachmaninoff's repertory have influenced whole generations of pianists - has made a benchmark recording in which he alagamates tremendous energy with great tranquility. He revels in the late-Romantic ecstatic harmonies, dazzles us with his transparent presentation of the internal structures, and displays great vigour in the weighty themes. The emotional middle movement is also glorious in that Janis enjoys to the full the interplay of passion and reverie with expansive chords and dark-hued tonalities.




    Recording: April 1960 at the Northrop Memorial Auditorium, Minnesota, USA, by C.R. Fine and Robert Eberenz

    Production: Wilma Cozart-Fine and Harold Lawrence




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor, Opus 18
    Two Preludes For Piano Solo
    E Flat Major, Opus 23, No. 6
    C Sharp Minor, Opus 3, No. 2
    Byron Janis and Minneapolis Symphony
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  • World Citizen World Citizen Quick View

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    World Citizen

    World Citizen is the new album from legendary British reggae group Black Slate, with original core members Desmond Mahoney and Elroy Bailey joined by new members Jessie Braide and Horace Burke, and produced by Byron Mitchell. They are joined by additional musicians and vocalists, including Sarah Tobias, Jackie Davies, Joy Mack, Patrick Anthony, Cliff Charles, and Delroy Pinnock.
    1. World Citizenship
    2. When I Think About It
    3. Living in the Footsteps
    4. Roots Love
    5. Postcode Gangster
    6. It's a Shame
    7. Mozart in Trenchtown
    8. Rasta Children
    9. Step Right Back
    10. Feel Like a Man
    11. Calling Jah
    12. Wisdom
    13. World Citizenship (Instrumental)
    Black Slate
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  • The Rest Of Our Life The Rest Of Our Life Quick View

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    The Rest Of Our Life

    Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, GRAMMY®-winning superstars, are set to release The Rest of Our Life, their first album together, via Sony Music Nashville. Teaming with two of Nashville's most accomplished producers, Hill and McGraw produced nine of the new album's 11 songs with Byron Gallimore and two tracks with Dann Huff.
    1. The Rest Of Our Life
    2. Telluride
    3. The Bed We Made
    4. Cowboy Lullaby
    5. Break First
    6. Love Me To Lie
    7. Sleeping In The Stars
    8. Damn Good At Holdin' On
    9. Devil Calling Me Back
    10. Speak To A Girl
    11. Roll The Dice
    Tim McGraw & Faith Hill
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  • Various Positions Various Positions Quick View

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    Various Positions

    Recorded with vocalist Jennifer Warnes, Various Positions (originally released in the U.S. in February of 1985 by independent label Passport Records) is a stunning return to form for the 'Lord Byron of Rock n Roll.' Cryptic and raw, Various Positions is an eclectic set ranging from the Gainsbourg-esque pop ballad of Dance Me To The End Of Love to the all-time classic Hallelujah.
    1. Dance Me to the End of Love (Album Version)
    2. Coming Back to You
    3. The Law (Album Version)
    4. Night Comes On
    5. Hallelujah
    6. The Captain (Album Version)
    7. Hunter's Lullaby (Album Version)
    8. Heart with No Companion
    9. If It Be Your Will
    Leonard Cohen
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  • The Speed Of Twisted Thought The Speed Of Twisted Thought Quick View

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    The Speed Of Twisted Thought

    From one of the first bands signed by Touch And Go come these early recordings for the first time in the LP format, re-released and repackaged, in honor of the label's 25th anniversary. Includes the highly sought after singles Vengeance and In This Town, along with Jan's Room, the Process Of Elimination compilation track, Jan's Room demos, and live tracks from a 1981 tour. Liner notes by Byron Coley, Henry Rollins, Tesco Vee, and Tim Tonooka.
    1.Vengeance
    2.In This Town
    3.Cos the Elite
    4.Truth Right Now
    5.Signals
    6.Off to War
    7.No Idols
    8.Candy Store
    9.Famous
    10.Vengeance
    11.Celebre
    12.Rat Patrol
    13.Cos the Elite - (live)
    14.Letter, The - (live)
    15.Famous - (live)
    16.Off to War - (live)
    17.In This Town - (live)
    18.Rat Patrol - (live)
    19.Statement - (live)
    20.Candy Store - (live)
    21.You - (live)
    22.Teenage Drugs - (live)
    23.Waiting for Eviction - (live)
    24.Media Blitz - (live)
    The Fix
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  • Real Nighttime Real Nighttime Quick View

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    Real Nighttime

    30th Anniversary Reissue of Game
    Theory's Classic Second Full-Length


    Omnivore Recordings' re-introduction of the Game Theory catalog
    continues with the 30th Anniversary reissue of Real Nighttime.
    This is their first in a long line of albums produced by Mitch Easter
    (R.E.M., Let's Active)


    Real Nighttime stands as a fan favorite, and as a truly classic release. Packaging
    includes rare photos and an interview with Mitch Easter and
    series co-producer Pat Thomas, as well as notes from Byron
    Coley (Spin, Forced Exposure) and a remembrance from Carl
    Newman of The New Pornographers.


    The sun has risen once again on the Game Theory catalog.
    Now it's time to prepare for the Real Nighttime.

    1. Here Comes Everybody
    2. 24
    3. Waltz The Halls Always
    4. I Mean It This Time
    5. Friend Of The Family
    6. If And When It Falls Apart
    7. Curse Of The Frontier Land
    8. Rayon Drive
    9. She'll Be A Verb
    10. Real Nighttime
    11. You Can't Have Me
    12. I Turned Her Away
    Game Theory
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  • Snow Snow Quick View

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    Snow

    Pressed On 2x 180 Gram 45 RPM White Vinyl

    The Sydney-born siblings produced and largely engineered Snow themselves, in Angus's cottage studio, Belafonte, in the Byron Bay hinterland. It was quite magical because Angus and I have never spent that much time together, just the two of us, says Julia. The last phase of writing and recording was just eight weeks of him and me and the quiet of the land. It was a beautiful time. Since they began in 2006, Angus & Julia Stone have amassed multi-platinum sales and numerous ARIA awards at home, and won a fanbase of millions over tours of the UK, Europe & North America.

    LP 1
    1. Snow
    2. Oakwood
    3. Chateau
    4. Cellar Door
    5. Sleep Alone
    6. Make It Out Alive


    LP 2
    1. Who Do You Think You Are
    2. Nothing Else
    3. My House Your House
    4. Bloodhound
    5. Baudelaire
    6. Sylvester Stallone

    Angus & Julia Stone
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  • Ark Ark Quick View

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    Ark

    Byron Bay's In Hearts Wake have been changing minds and lives since 2012, and with fourth album Ark, they are looking to inspire change like never before. Musically, this album pays homage to the past as much as it signals a bright new future for conscious heavy music; as a statement, Ark simultaneously lives within the lineage of Australian hardcore and lights the way forward beyond Southern skies.

    Ark is both a dynamic breath of fresh air for the metalcore genre as a whole and a treatise on one of the world's great impending issues. Today, in some parts of the world, water is already more expensive than oil, a trend that is spreading. In Hearts Wake - comprising frontman Jake Taylor, guitarists Ben Nairne and Eaven Dall, bassist Kyle Erich and drummer Conor Ward - are bringing this distressing issue to the world's attention.

    1. Ark
    2. Passage
    3. Nomad
    4. Frequency
    5. Warcry
    6. Waterborne
    7. Arrow
    8. Flow
    9. Overthrow
    10. Elemental
    11. Totality
    12. Now
    In Hearts Wake
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  • Joey DeFrancesco Plays Sinatra His Way Joey DeFrancesco Plays Sinatra His Way Quick View

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    Joey DeFrancesco Plays Sinatra His Way

    It is tempting to play up the Italian Connection on Joey's
    newest record. With Joey's previous nod toward the Goodfellas it would be easy to claim that Frank Sinatra is the natural next step. But the simple fact of the matter is that this is tribute of one master
    of American Music to another. Perhaps no other singer in history defined the American Popular Songbook as Frank Sinatra and it is only natural that Joey DeFrancesco - so instrumental in defining
    the new B-3 sound - would turn to wealth of exceptional material from the Sinatra discography. Great music is great music and Joey knows it and has surrounded himself with great sidemen. The great Houston Person on tenor sax is on hand as is groove master guitarist Melvin Sparks and Joey's drummer of choice, Byron Landham. Together they swing through six tunes recorded by Sinatra and, while far from mimicking the original arrangements, they pay tribute to the legacy of Sinatra, refracted
    through the prism of their own talent and imagination.
    1. I Get A Kick Out of You
    2. Teach Me Tonight
    3. What's New
    4. Witchcraft
    5. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
    6. Angel Eyes
    Joey DeFrancesco
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  • Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko Quick View

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    Blues: The Dark Paintings of Mark Rothko


    Pressed On Pristine 150 Gram Vinyl By Quality Record Pressing In An Edition Of 800


    "Blues: The 'Dark Paintings' of Mark Rothko" is one of Loren Connors'
    most cherished and sought after albums. Originally released in a handmade
    edition of around 300 copies on Connors' own St. Joan label in
    January 1990 under the name Guitar Roberts -- this album has been
    unavailable in any form until now.


    At the time of its release, Connors was still an inscrutable guitarist
    whose matchless and alien rendering of the blues was just gaining recognition
    despite more than two dozen solo and collaborative releases
    since 1978. Connors' classic, song-based "In Pittsburgh" had only been
    available for three months when "Blues" welcomed the new decade. It
    would be the first of four solo albums issued by Connors that year and
    distilled the blues form into bleak, minimalist lines and tone; a compound
    of influences spanning Louisiana guitarist Robert Pete Johnson
    to painter Mark Rothko.


    For this reissue, the audio has been restored to Connors' specifications
    of how these seven instrumentals were originally intended to sound.
    Cover art is an untitled 1969 Rothko work -- one of the paintings that
    influenced Connors to record this album. The original LP art and liner
    notes are replicated as a full-color inner sleeve. New liner notes by music
    historian Byron Coley chart Connors development and Rothko's effect
    on the music. Pressed on pristine 150 gram vinyl by Quality Record
    Pressing in an edition of 800.

    1. Blues No. 1
    2. Blues No. 2
    3. Blues No. 3
    4. Blues No. 4
    5. Blues No. 5
    6. Blues No. 6
    7. Blues No. 7
    Loren Connors
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  • The Babe Rainbow (Aus) The Babe Rainbow (Aus) Quick View

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    The Babe Rainbow (Aus)

    Australia's The Babe Rainbow are happy to announce they have signed to 30th Century Records, the label spearheaded by Danger Mouse. The band are set to release their debut self-titled album.

    Recorded in magicland Byron Bay where the band is based, and produced by Stu Mackenzie of King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, The Babe Rainbow's first LP is a think piece, stories from the dreamtime, all the colors of the rainbow. As with the album's teaser track Losing Something (Is Finding Something Else) and Peace Blossom Boogy, expect timeless swirling sound and endless good vibes, cool cat vibes, and similar whirly-birding up and on.

    The seeds of The Babe Rainbow were sown when Jack Cool-Breeze and Angus Darling The Hothouse Flower started a song writing partnership in middle school, but the band didn't fully-bloom until late in 2015 when, travelling through France, the duo met Venezuelan pianist Lu-Lu-Felix Domingo and became a trio. The band has previously released a self-titled EP featuring the single Secret Enchanted Broccoli Forest.

    1. Losing Something
    2. Peace Blossom Boogy
    3. Monky Disco
    4. Johny Says Stay Cool
    5. Sunflower Sutra
    6. Fall in Love
    7. Superstition Shadow Walk
    8. Blue Hour
    9. Survival Into the 21st Century
    10. Charms Travel
    11. Cosmic Now
    12. Half a Kiss
    The Babe Rainbow (Aus)
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  • Two Sides To Every Story Two Sides To Every Story Quick View

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    Two Sides To Every Story

    Two Sides To Every Story, the criminally long out-of-print solo album from founding Byrds member, Gene Clark, finally returns to vinyl. 35 years after its initial 1977 release on RSO, High Moon Records re-mastered, 180-gram audiophile vinyl LP is presented in stunningly rich and crisp audio fidelity that will shed new light on this underrated, beautifully-crafted Gene Clark classic. The album was produced by Thomas Jefferson Kaye, producer of Clark's masterpiece, No Other, and features an all-star cast of musical co-conspirators: singer Emmylou Harris, banjo-virtuoso Douglas Dillard (The Byrds, Dillard & Clark), Country violin legend Byron Berline, guitarist Jeff Skunk Baxter (Doobie Brothers, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell), and pedal-steel ace Al Perkins (Flying Burrito Brothers, Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones). Gene Clark served as The Byrds chief songwriter in the mid-sixties, penning some of their most essential songs, including Feel a Whole Lot Better, Eight Miles High and You Showed Me.


    Clark's inimitable songwriting and singing continue to inspire and influenced countless artists. Among them: Robert Plant and Alison Krauss (who recorded TWO of his compositions on their 2010 Grammy® winning Album Of The Year, Raising Sand ), Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention, REM, Tom Petty, Yo La Tengo, the Flamin' Groovies, Teenage Fanclub, and Wilco.

    1. Home Run King
    2. Lonely Saturday
    3. In The Pines
    4. Kansas City Southern
    5. Give My Love To Marie
    6. Sister Moon
    7. Marylou
    8. Hear The Wind
    9. Past Addresses
    10. Silent Crusade
    Gene Clark
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  • Demons And Wizards Demons And Wizards Quick View

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    Demons And Wizards

    Reissue of the classic 4th album from Uriah Heep. Originally released in 1972, the album reached #23 on the US Album Charts and is certified GOLD by the RIAA. Includes the classic singles "The Wizard" & "Easy Livin


    Magic spells, time-traveling futurists, sword-bearing horse riders, mountain-residing sorcerers, possessed journeyman, ominous warnings: Demons and Wizards lives up to its name as a collection of fantasy-based narratives rooted in dreamy, gothic-minded arrangements.


    Universally recognized as the finest effort of Uriah Heep's four-decade-plus career, the 1972 LP perseveres as a prog-rock landmark that influenced countless of bands ranging from Metallica to Styx to Blind Guardian. The first album on which founding members Mick Box, Ken Hensley, and David Byron are joined by staple drummer Lee Kerslake, the Top 30-charting Demons and Wizards captivates and charms by way of taut songwriting and instrumental execution.


    Rather than function as the primary attraction, and be susceptible to mockery, make-believe lyrical themes augment a formidable assembly of folk-derived melodies, sharp medleys, and powerful hooks. Acoustic guitars weave webs of finite textures through which crackling, church-like organ passages and space-conscious bass lines maneuver, allowing songs to come across with an ethereal and powerful feel.


    Glowing with old-fashioned tube-amp warmth, concise fare like "The Wizard," "Traveler In Time," and the hit "Easy Livin'" touches upon punchy garage-rock basics while epics such as "Circle of Hands" and closing "Paradise/The Spell"-a multi-part sonic excursion whose choral grace and spiritual glide evoke distant lands, misty cloud forests, and peaceful eternities-cling to a complex sensitivity underscored by deft piano notes. It's no wonder Uriah Heep would spend its lifespan trying to again capture such balance.

    1. Wizard
    2. Traveller In Time
    3. Easy Livin'
    4. Poet's Justice
    5. Circle Of Hands
    6. Rainbow Demon
    7. All My Life
    8. Paradise/The Spell
    Uriah Heep
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    The Magician's Birthday

    Reissue of their 5th studio album, originally released in 1972. Album reached #31 on the US Album Charts and is RIAA-Certified GOLD. Includes the singles "Blind Eye" and "Sweet Lorraine.



    Loosely based on a story by Ken Hensley, The Magician's Birthday continues Uriah Heep's adventurous immersion into fantasy worlds at a time when similarly sci-fi pop-culture releases such as Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons were still years away. Influential in concept, appearance, and sound, the 1972 record remains a thematic bookend to Demons and Wizards, released the same year and, akin to this set, recognized as the group's high-water mark.


    Both records resonate with a newfound vitality in a 21st century engrossed in a resurgence in comic-book superheroes and gothic tales. Pursuing a more streamlined, cleaner sound that scales back harder arrangements and accentuates prog-rock and blues elements, the British band accentuates texture and hooks throughout. Uriah Heep attains a dynamic balance between brief, punchy fare (Spider Woman) and spooky, cosmic piano balladry (Echoes in the Dark), with guitarist Mick Box supplying versatile leads and underlying narratives with exceptional tonal shadings.


    Space-rock synthesizers and subtle xylophones help in further setting the moods. The Magician's Birthday skirts the parody that befell many albums that copied its formula by way of fine-tuned songwriting, David Byron's passionate singing, and cohesive playing. Groups ranging from Iron Maiden to Emerson Lake and Palmer drew from its example. Boasting arguably the strongest production of Uriah Heep's career, the record exudes early 70s warmth and organic sonics.


    As soon as your turntable's needle hits the grooves, an era renowned for wood-encased receivers, tube amplifiers, and vintage instruments will emerge in front of your eyes. Whether it's the whirring organ and eerie frequency effects on the crunchy FM radio favorite Sweet Lorraine or the ringing bells on the epic multi-part title track, The Magician's Birthday pulls you into its spell with ethereal power and supernatural charm.

    1. Sunrise
    2. Spider Woman
    3. Blind Eye
    4. Echoes In The Dark
    5. Rain
    6. Sweet Lorraine
    7. Tales
    8. The Magician's Birthday
    Uriah Heep
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    Boy King

    Wild Beasts have announced their new album Boy King, their most direct and vital collection to date.

    Where 2014's Present Tense album found Wild Beasts in reflective mood, absorbing a fascination with
    online culture and electronic music, Boy King has them, as Tom Fleming puts it, "back to being pissed
    off". The quartet's ever-present knack for sensual melody via Hayden Thorpe and Fleming's dueting
    vocals, Ben Little's sinuous guitar groove and Chris Talbot's potent rhythm section carries in Boy King an
    aggressive, snarling and priapic beast that delves into the darker side of masculinity and Thorpe's own
    psyche. As Hayden himself says, "After five records there had to be an element of 'what the fuck?'".


    A newfound creative friction between Thorpe and Fleming proved key to unleashing the unique pop
    sensibility of Boy King - Fleming's more visceral experimentation unlocking new dimensions in Thorpe's
    own writing. After spending a whole year finessing this new found impetus in East London, the band
    emerged with a collection of songs ready to take to Dallas, TX and producer John Congleton (St.
    Vincent, Swans, The War on Drugs). Both Thorpe and Fleming credit that trip to Dallas with teasing out
    the raw power of Boy King.


    The raw pop of Boy King's songs are the perfect foil to Thorpe's libidinous lyricism: "it became apparent
    that that guitar almost became the character within the songs, that phallic character, the all-conquering
    male," he says. "I'm letting my inner Byron fully out, I thought I'd tucked him away, but he came
    screaming back like the Incredible Hulk." Here lies Boy King's greatest success. Between the slide of
    prowling aggression and interior darkness, there are glorious, gorgeous moments. It's yet another
    incomparable Wild Beasts record; a visceral, sensual and jolting body of work that acts as a remarkable
    soundtrack to the early 21st century male malaise.

    1. Big Cat
    2. Tough Guy
    3. Alpha Female
    4. Get My Bang
    5. Celestial Creatures
    6. 2BU
    7. He The Colossus
    8. Ponytail
    9. Eat Your Heart Out Adonis
    10. Dreamliner
    Wild Beasts
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    Roadmaster

    By 1972, singer/songwriter Gene Clark had settled into a new life in Mendocino far from the intrusive media glare and fan adulation that still surrounded someone of his stature as a former member of the Byrds. However, he still owed A&M Records one more album. Gathering together the cream of the Los Angeles country-rock fraternity including innovative guitarist Clarence White, Chris Ethridge on bass, ex-Byrd and Burrito Brother Michael Clarke on drums, pedal steel guitarist extraordinaire Sneaky Pete, Byron Berline on fiddle and pianist Spooner Oldham, Gene set about recording an album of pure country rock unfettered by any commercial dictates.


    Although the Spring of 1972 recording sessions were ultimately abandoned, Gene left eight precious songs in the vaults. Full Circle Song (later recorded by the reunited Byrds and a bona fide country-rock classic) and Shooting Star reveal a deep, introspective soul-searching. I Remember the Railroad and In a Misty Morning reflect a longing for the simpler days of his youth. The sessions also produced spirited versions of Flatt & Scruggs' Rough and Rocky, the country standard I Really Don't Want To Know, Freddie Weller's rollicking Roadmaster and a reinterpretation of his standout Byrds song, She Don't Care About Time.


    Gene's manager Jim Dickson took these eight tracks and paired them with three additional unreleased recordings to assemble Roadmaster. The unreleased tracks chronicled two previous attempts at a Byrds reunion (One In A Hundred and She's the Kind of Girl) as well as the stunning Here Tonight, with Gene backed by The Flying Burrito Brothers. Originally a 1973 European-only release, imported copies of Roadmaster soon found their way to North America as fans came to recognize the brilliance in the ill-fated sessions. The album itself I was proud of, acknowledged Gene years later. I was proud of the writing and proud of the bunch of people who played on it.


    This legendary recording makes its Sundazed debut on wondrous high-definition vinyl. It has been painstakingly mastered from the original A&M session tapes and is packaged with new album artwork. Add this recording to your collection and bear full witness to Gene Clark's panoramic musical vision.

    1. She's the Kind of Girl
    2. One In a Hundred
    3. Here Tonight
    4. Full Circle Song
    5. In A Misty Morning
    6. Rough and Rocky
    7. Roadmaster
    8. I Really Don't Want To Know
    9. I Remember the Railroad
    10. She Don't Care About Time
    11. Shooting Star
    Gene Clark
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    Blue Light 'Til Dawn (Pure Pleasure)

    Cassandra Wilson started out as a jazz singer, doing gigs with several innovative bands (including Brooklyn's experimental M-Base collective) and at the same time recording typical jazz-singer let-me-entertain-you stuff - Night and Day and Blue Skies and shooby dooby dooby. Eventually the Mississippi-born New York-based vocalist, who reigned among the elite jazz singers of the 1980s, became restless, and began to look beyond torch songs for inspiration.




    Musicians:



    • Cassandra Wilson (vocal)

    • Don Byron (clarinet)

    • Olu Dara (cornet)

    • Brandon Ross, Chris Whitley (guitar)

    • Charlie Burnham (violin, mandocello)

    • Kenny Davis, Lonnie Plaxico (bass)

    • Tony Cedras (accordion)

    • Lance Carter, Bill McClellan (drums, percussion)



    Format: 2 LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve



    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.



    1. You Don't Know What Love Is
    2. Come On In My Kitchen
    3. Tell Me You'll Wait For Me
    4. Children of the Night
    5. Hellhound On My Trail
    6. Black Crow
    7. Sankofa
    8. Estrellas
    9. Redbone
    10. Tupelo Honey
    11. Blue Light 'Til Dawn
    12. I Can't Stand The Rain
    Cassandra Wilson
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    James Bond: Dr. No Soundtrack

    The Dr. No Soundtrack to Ian Fleming's 007 James Bond film of the same name was originally issued in 1963, although the film was released in June 1962.


    Dr. No is the original soundtrack for the first James Bond film of the same name.
    Composer Monty Norman was selected by producer Albert R. Broccoli after Broccoli backed a musical of Norman's Belle or The Ballad of Dr. Crippen written by Wolf Mankowitz, a frequent collaborator with Norman and an original screenwriter for Dr. No. Norman accompanied the producers and film crew to Jamaica.


    The original James Bond Theme was written by Norman. John Barry, who would later go on to compose the music for eleven Bond films, arranged the theme, but was uncredited - except for the credit of his orchestra playing the final piece. It has occasionally been suggested that Barry, not Norman, composed the theme. This argument has been the subject of two court cases, the most recent in 2001.Some portions of the theme are, however, based on music Norman composed for a stage musical several years previously.


    The soundtrack album of Dr. No was not originally issued to coincide with the film's initial release in October 1962. However, in addition to his fee for orchestrating the James Bond Theme, Barry was allowed to perform a different orchestration of the theme on Columbia Records. This became a top ten hit in the U.K. The soundtrack album came out after the U.S. release of Dr. No in June 1963 with American single recordings of The James Bond Theme by Al Caiola and Leroy Holmes on United Artists Records and Si Zentner on Liberty Records. In addition to Barry's orchestration of the James Bond Theme several of the album's tracks were performed by Byron Lee and the Dragonaires who appear in the film performing Jump Up. The song Under the Mango Tree was performed by an uncredited Diana Coupland, Norman's wife at the time, backed by Ernest Ranglin on guitar. Ranglin also played on several other tracks. Other musicians to record for the soundtrack included Carlos Malcolm. None of the Eric Rogers-orchestrated tracks appear on the soundtrack album.

    1. James Bond Theme
    2. Kingston Calypso
    3. Jamaican Rock
    4. Jump Up
    5. Audio Bongo
    6. Under the Mango Tree
    7. Twisting With james
    8. Jamaica Jazz
    9. Under the Mango Tree
    10. Jump Up
    11. Dr. No's Fantasy
    12. Kingston Calypso
    13. The Island Speaks
    14. Underneath the Mango Tree
    15. The Boy's Chase
    16. Dr. No's Theme
    17. The James Bond Theme
    18. Love At Last
    John Barry
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    The Magician's Birthday


    Influential 1972 Record Delves into Moody Fantasy Worlds, Thematically Bookends British Band's Demons and Wizards


    Organic Production and Tonal Shadings Exude Revered Early 70s Hi-Fi Sound: Reissue Faithfully Replicates Original Gatefold Sleeve and Pressed on Colored Vinyl


    Loosely based on a story by Ken Hensley, The Magician's Birthday continues Uriah Heep's adventurous immersion into fantasy worlds at a time when similarly sci-fi pop-culture releases such as Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons were still years away. Influential in concept, appearance, and sound, the 1972 record remains a thematic bookend to Demons and Wizards, released the same year and, akin to this set, recognized as the group's high-water mark. Both records resonate with a newfound vitality in a 21st century engrossed in a resurgence in comic-book superheroes and gothic tales.


    Pursuing a more streamlined, cleaner sound that scales back harder arrangements and accentuates prog-rock and blues elements, the British band accentuates texture and hooks throughout. Uriah Heep attains a dynamic balance between brief, punchy fare (Spider Woman) and spooky, cosmic piano balladry (Echoes in the Dark), with guitarist Mick Box supplying versatile leads and underlying narratives with exceptional tonal shadings. Space-rock synthesizers and subtle xylophones help in further setting the moods. The Magician's Birthday skirts the parody that befell many albums that copied its formula by way of fine-tuned songwriting, David Byron's passionate singing, and cohesive playing. Groups ranging from Iron Maiden to Emerson Lake and Palmer drew from its example.


    Boasting arguably the strongest production of Uriah Heep's career, the record exudes early 70s warmth and organic sonics. As soon as your turntable's needle hits the grooves, an era renowned for wood-encased receivers, tube amplifiers, and vintage instruments will emerge in front of your eyes. Whether it's the whirring organ and eerie frequency effects on the crunchy FM radio favorite Sweet Lorraine or the ringing bells on the epic multi-part title track, The Magician's Birthday pulls you into its spell with ethereal power and supernatural charm.


    Complete with a faithful replication of the original gatefold sleeve, and replete with dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral reissue is pressed at RTI, America's best record plant. Better still, it's on colored vinyl, to boot!

    1. Sunrise
    2. Spider Woman
    3. Blind Eye
    4. Echoes in the Dark
    5. Rain
    6. Sweet Lorraine
    7. Tales
    8. The Magician's Birthday
    Uriah Heep
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