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PromisePromise, the follow-up album of their multi-million selling debut album Diamond Life, was released in 1985 and includes typical Sade songs and hit singles like "The Sweetest Taboo", "Never as Good as the First Time", "Is It a Crime" and "Jezebel".
Promise became the band's first album to top the albums chart in both the United Kingdom and the United States, assisted by an appearance at the Live Aid charity concert and a cameo in the film Absolute Beginners.
Over the years, Promise was certified double platinum in the UK, and quadruple platinum in the US, with Sade herself returning again as the queen of cool.1. Is It A Crime
2. The Sweetest Taboo
3. War Of The Hearts
5. Mr. Wrong
6. Never As Good As The First Time
8. Tar Baby
9. Maureen$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Born AgainThat's right folks, the Dwarves magnum opus is done and set to drop on vinyl and CD, both including a free DVD! 25 years in the making the Dwarves Are Born Again features heroes from throughout the Dwarves saga. Blag the Ripper, HeWhoCanNotBeNamed, Rex Everything, the Fresh Prince of Darkness and a cast of thousands including Vadge Moore and Sgt. Saltpeter from the notorious Blood, Guts and Pussy record return to crush the ears of a desperate public. You get hardcore punk, ear banging pop and everything in between from the long standing masters of all styles. Damaged rock celebrity cameos mix with twisted phone messages and ear splitting noise all delivered with the pomp and circumstance that only the mighty Dwarves can deliver.1. The Dwarves Are Still The Best Band Ever
2. 15 Minutes
3. Stop Me
4. Looking Out For Number One
5. You'll Never Take Us Alive
6. Bang Up
7. We Only Came To Get High
8. I Masturbate Me
9. It's A Wonderful Life of Sin
10. Happy Birthday Suicide
11. Fake ID
12. Working Class Hole
14. Candy Now
15. Do The HeWhoCannotBeNamed
16. Your Girl's Mom
17. Zip Zero
18. The Band That Wouldn't Die$19.99Vinyl LP + DVD - Sealed Buy Now
The MackWhen an act called Sisters Love were offered a cameo in the blaxploitation film The Mack, their manager suggested that Willie Hutch do the soundtrack. It came to be one of the great '70s film scores, including a pair of classic funk tunes, Brothers Gonna Work It Out and the title cut. The results proved to be another soundtrack that far surpassed the quality of its film.
- Ron Wynn (All Music)1. Vampin
2. Theme Of The Mack
3. I Choose You
4. Mack's Stroll/The Getaway (Chase Scene)
6. Mack Man (Got To Get Over)
7. Mother's Theme (Mama)
8. Now That It's All Over
9. Brother's Gonna Work It Out$24.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Hurry Up, We're Dreaming (Out Of Stock)2LP set. New 2011 double album! Epic dream-pop 'n' blissed-out shoegaze from the French phenomenon. Cameo by Zola Jesus. Includes Midnight City.LP 1
2. Midnight City
4. Where The Boats Go
6. Raconte moi une histoire
7. A Train To Pluton
8. Claudia Lewis
9. This Bright Flash
10. When Will You Come Home?
11. Soon, My Friend
1. My Tears Are Becoming A Sea
2. New Map
3. OK Pal
4. Another Wave From You
6. Year One, One UFO
8. Steve McQueen
9. Echoes Of Mine
10. Klaus I love You
11. Outro$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Gang Signs & Prayer2LP set. Finally on vinyl! Debut 2017 album from the UK grime phenomenon. Cameo by Kehlani. Includes Big For Your Boots and Shut Up.LP 1
1. First Things First
3. Bad Boys (feat. Ghetts and J Hus)
4. Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 1
5. Big For Your Boots
6. Velvet / Jenny Francis (Interlude)
7. Mr Skeng
8. Cigarettes & Cush (feat. Kehlani)
1. 21 Gun Salute (feat. Wretch 32) [Interlude]
2. Blinded By Your Grace, Pt. 2 (feat. MNEK)
3. Return Of The Rucksack
4. 100 Bags
5. Don't Cry For Me (feat. Raleigh Ritchie)
6. Crazy Titch (Interlude)
7. Shut Up
8. Lay Me Bare$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Play This Intimately (As If Among Friends)Translucent Red Vinyl
First internationally available new release from Ireland's Pugwash. Features guest appearances from Ray Davies (The Kinks), Heil Hannon (The Divine Comedy), Andy Partridge (XTC) and a cameo from Jeff Lynne (ELO)1. Kicking And Screaming
2. Lucky In Every Way
3. Feed His Heart With Coal
4. Just So You Know
6. The Fool I Had Become
7. You Could Always Cry
8. Hung Myself Out To Dry
9. Silly Love
10. Oh Happy Days
11. All The Way From Love
12. We Are Everywhere$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Eleven ElevenOn Dave Alvin's new album Eleven Eleven, the man who many credit with pioneering what has come to be known as 'roots rock,' revisits the burning, guitar-centered blues-rock that initially defined his career along with his band The Blasters in the late 1970s.
After The Blasters, Alvin explored the path of American folk music, a road that led to classic albums and Grammy wins (for his album Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land), establishing him as one of America's most distinguished songwriters and California's de facto roots music ambassador.
Fast forward to Eleven Eleven and Dave is ready to raise the stakes again, calling on some Blasters including his brother Phil, with whom he duets for the first time ever on record. The inaugurals continue with Dave writing all the songs while on the road touring, a first for the seasoned performer.
The new method clearly sparked new ideas for Alvin, with the blistering guitar runs and Bo Diddley beat of Run Conejo Run sidling up alongside the gentle finger-picking of the tremolo-soaked No Worries Mija.
Eleven Eleven also features Harlan County Line, the song featured, along with an Alvin cameo as himself, in FX original series Justified and his highest and fastest-selling digital single ever.1. Harlan County Line
2. Johnny Ace Is Dead
3. Black Rose Of Texas
4. Gary, Indiana 1959
5. Run Conejo Run
6. No Worries Mija
7. What's Up With Your Brother?
8. Murrietta's Head
10. Dirty Nightgown
11. Two Lucky Bums$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
All Are SavedNever settling down for a second, Fred Thomas has spent the last decade and a half flying just beneath the radar of most listeners, but amassing a dedicated grassroots collection of friends and admirers.
"All Are Saved" is technically the eighth Fred Thomas solo album, and possibly the best yet.
The result of over a year of recording, refinement and long-labored sonic sculpting, these eleven tracks are the culmination of everything Fred Thomas has done before while being a decidedly bold move into brand new territory. Heavy, poetic lyrics are more spoken than sung, recalling the urgency and straightforwardness
of cult bands like The Van Pelt or Life Without Buildings, while each song builds on a patchwork of grainy samples, dreamlike guitar figures and deftly produced clashes of organic instrumentation
and vintage synth textures.
Fred's dabblings in melancholic chamber pop (Saturday Looks Good To Me), ambient electronics (City Center), jangly but angular guitar playing (Failed Flowers) experimental production and jaw-droppingly confessional lyricism are all distilled into one unflinching statement. These are the raw nerves of the friendliest guy
at the party, spilling out shamelessly naked feelings. The album features mixing assistance on many songs from Drew Vandenburg (of Montreal, Deerhunter), and several guest spots from friends in bands like People Get Ready, Radiator Hospital, Known Moons and even a guest backing vocal cameo from Andrew W.K.1. Every Song Sung To A Dog
2. When They Built The Schools
4. Cops Don't Care Pt. II
5. Monster Movie
6. Bad Blood
7. Unfading Flower
8. Bed Bugs
9. Expo '87
10. Thesis (Lear)
11. Doggie$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In GlendaleFor the last decade, Tim Heidecker (along with his comedy partner Eric Wareheim) has proven to be one of our cult-comedy greats with his Adult Swim series Tim & Eric's Awesome Show, Great Job! and Tim & Eric's Bedtime Stories. He's starred in indie films and played sold out stand-up sets around the world.
But who is Tim Heidecker? Is he a real man with all the regular feels? Well, yes, of course he is. He resides on a hill in Glendale, CA, up to his armpits in diapers, bills, his mortgage, in the workaday life of a writer. It's this pedestrian side of his life from which Heidecker pulls the fodder for the aptly titled In Glendale, his first earnest collection of songwriting under his full name.
In Glendale shows Heidecker shifting deftly from the mundane to the idiosyncratic; from the sentimental to the caustic; from the earnest to the humorous. His knack for crafting catchy tunes amid curious subject matter pops up in spades across In Glendale. Ghost In My Bed is a lovely little number about cutting off someone's head, sticking it in a plastic bag and burying it beneath the Hollywood sign.
After an album's worth of songs about Hollywood murder fantasies, diaper changes and even a cameo from director David Gordon Green, you're left desperately trying to wipe the smile off your face.1. In Glendale
2. Cleaning Up The Dog Shit
3. Work From Home
4. Ghost In My Bed
5. Good Looking Babies
6. When The Cash Runs Out
7. I Dare You To Watch Me Sleep
8. Central Air
9. I Saw Nicolas Cage
10. Ocean's Too Cold$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Amazing Nina Simone (Colored Vinyl)
Lavender & Pink Colored Vinyl
Limited To 1000
This is Simone's 2nd recording released in 1959. She does not play much piano (just cameos on two songs) and is backed by a subtle orchestra arranged by Bob Mersey. Lavender and pink vinyl reissue. Original artwork.1. Blue Prelude
2. Children Go Where I Send You
3. Tomorrow (We Will Meet Once More)
4. Stompin' At The Savoy
5. It Might As Well Be Spring
6. You've Been Gone Too Long
7. That's Him Over There
8. Chilly Winds Don't Blow
9. Theme From Middle of the Night
10. Can't Get Out Of This Mood
11. Willow Weep For Me
12. Solitaire$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DisomusRevered as one of the groups that pioneered the aggressive and abrasive mixture of death metal and hardcore that permeates the modern heavy music landscape, the South Carolina-based THROUGH THE EYES OF THE DEAD triumphantly return with Disomus, the group's long-awaited fourth full-length. Featuring vocal cameos from original singer Anthony Gunnels and Nate Johnson.1. Hate the Living Master
4. Of Mortals, We Once Were
5. The Binding Nightmare Hex
6. Stygian Maelstrom
9. Till Solace, She'll Haunt
10. Dismal$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-UNI-1510xGuns N' Roses
Use Your Illusion IPart one of Guns N' Roses' ambitious third album stays closer to the band's bluesy hard-rock roots and it is largely considered the better of the two part release. Use Your Illusion I scored three Top 40 hits with the Wings cover Live and Let Die, the piano-driven, Elton John-flavored epic November Rain and the hard-edged ballad Don't Cry. Celebrity cameos include a then unknown Shannon Hoon, Hanoi Rocks' Mike Monroe and Alice Cooper, who makes a particularly sinister contribution to The Garden.1. Right Next Door to Hell
2. Dust N' Bones
3. Live and Let Die
4. Don't Cry - (original)
5. Perfect Crime
6. You Ain't the First
7. Bad Obsession
8. Back Off Bitch
9. Double Talkin' Jive
10. November Rain
11. The Garden
12. Garden of Eden
13. Don't Damn Me
14. Bad Apples
15. Dead Horse
16. Coma$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Use Your Illusion IImport
Part one of Guns N' Roses' ambitious third album stays closer to the band's bluesy hard-rock roots and it is largely considered the better of the two part release. Use Your Illusion I scored three Top 40 hits with the Wings cover Live and Let Die, the piano-driven, Elton John-flavored epic November Rain and the hard-edged ballad Don't Cry. Celebrity cameos include a then unknown Shannon Hoon, Hanoi Rocks' Mike Monroe and Alice Cooper, who makes a particularly sinister contribution to The Garden.1. Right Next Door to Hell
2. Dust N' Bones
3. Live and Let Die
4. Don't Cry - (original)
5. Perfect Crime
6. You Ain't the First
7. Bad Obsession
8. Back Off Bitch
9. Double Talkin' Jive
10. November Rain
11. The Garden
12. Garden of Eden
13. Don't Damn Me
14. Bad Apples
15. Dead Horse
16. Coma$52.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Street SongsThe late Rick James was as notorious for his wild lifestyle as he was for his music, mixing pop, rock, R&B and sleazy funk. Street Songs, his 1981 album for Motown features his most enduring hit, Super Freak, sampled most famously on MC Hammers Grammy Award winning U Can't Touch This, as well as by Jay-Z on the track Kingdome Come. Boasting cameos by Stevie Wonder on harmonica and The Temptations on backing vocals (who included Ricks uncle, Melvin Frank), the album is loosely a concept piece about ladies of the night. Other highlights include Give It to Me Baby, Fire and Desire (a duet with Teena Marie) and Ghetto Life.1. Give It To Me Baby
2. Ghetto Life
3. Make Love To Me
4. Mr. Policeman
5. Super Freak
6. Fire And Desire
7. Call Me
8. Below The Funk (Pass The J)$19.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Vapor Trails2013's celebration of Rush continues with the highly anticipated release of a remixed version of the band 2002's album VAPOR TRAILS. In 2009, two tracks from VAPOR TRAILS (One Little Victory and Earthshine) were remixed for the Retrospective III collection, setting fans into a frenzy in anticipation of a possible remixed version of the entire album being released one day. Four years later, that day is finally approaching.
Vapor Trails was an album made under difficult and emotional circumstances - sort of like Rush learning how to be Rush again - and as a result, mistakes were made that we have longed to correct. David Bottrill's remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this deserving body of our work, says Geddy Lee.
Every song has been given a new life, from the fire of 'One Little Victory,' 'Secret Touch,' and 'Ceiling Unlimited' to the melodic musicality of 'Sweet Miracle' and 'How It Is' these songs have been redeemed. Thank you David!
Recently, a career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature praised the band for its continuing artistic vitality, noting that It's true that Rush doesn't mean today what it did in '76 or even '96. It may mean more. Rush's enduring pop culture relevance is perhaps best evidenced by a pair of high profile appearances - a rare national television performance and interview on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report in 2008 (the band's first TV appearance since 1975), and a pivotal role in the story line of the 2009 hit comedy, I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, where the band also made a memorable cameo in the film.
Beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1974, their extraordinary body of work - which includes such formidable works as 1976's 2112, 1981's Moving Pictures, 1996's Test for Echo, 2002's Vapor Trails and the latest studio album Snakes & Arrows, made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its initial release in 2007, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album's success marked Rush's highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group's eleventh top ten album in the U.S. Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush's sales statistics place Rush third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.LP 1
1. One Little Victory
2. Ceiling Unlimited
3. Ghost Rider
4. Peaceable Kingdom
5. The Stars Look Down
6. How It Is
7. Vapor Trail
1. Secret Touch
3. Sweet Miracle
5. Freeze - Part IV of fear
6. Out Of The Cradle$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pipes Of PeacePerhaps it isn't surprising that McCartney's grip on the pop charts started to slip with Pipes of Peace, since it was released after his 40th birthday -- and most rockers do not mature particularly gracefully. Although it's rather fascinating that the album didn't reach the Top Ten, despite a blockbuster duet with Michael Jackson in Say Say Say, Pipes of Peace bewilders in other ways, particularly in its allusions to Tug of War. It often seems as if this album was constructed as a deliberate mirror image of its predecessor; it is also produced by George Martin, also contains two duets with an African-American superstar (Jackson here, Stevie Wonder there), also acknowledges an old bandmate (a Lennon tribute there, a Ringo cameo here), and even contains Tug of Peace, a deliberate answer song to its predecessor. If only it were nearly as adventurous as Tug of War! Instead of dabbling in all his myriad musical personas, McCartney settles back into a soft rock groove, tempered somewhat by a desire to be contemporary (which means a heavy reliance on drum machines and synthesizers). Instead of sounding modern, McCartney winds up sounding like an aging rocker desperately trying to keep up with the time, but that in turn means that Pipes of Peace can often reveal what the early '80s were like for aging rockers -- he does embrace technology, but he winds up with immaculate productions that are decidedly of their time. Still, at its best, Pipes of Peace is ingratiating soft rock. In particular, the first side is close to irresistible, with the title track being a mid-tempo mini-epic, Say Say Say being fine pop-funk, So Bad being so sickly sweet that it's alluring, The Man being an effervescent Jackson duet, and The Other Me scoring with its square dance beats and winning McCartney vocal. Not enough to add up to a latter-day triumph from McCartney, but it still contains better songs than its blockbuster mid-'70s counterparts, and even if it's a little lightweight, it has more flair in its craft and more style in its sound than other McCartney albums, which is enough to make it a minor musical success, despite its disappointing chart performance.1. Pieces Of Peace
2. Say Say Say
3. The Other Me
4. Keep Under Cover
5. So Bad
6. The Man
7. Sweetest Little Show
8. Average Person
9. Hey Hey
10. Tug Of Peace
11. Through Our Love
12. Average Person
13. Keep Under Cover
14. Sweetest Little Show
15. It's Not On
16. Simple As That
17. Say Say Say
18. Ode To A Koala Bear
19. Twice In A Lifetime
20. Christian Bop$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The College Dropout
Voted Best Album of 2004 by Rolling Stone and the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll!
On the most impressive and game-changing hip-hop debut since the early 90s, Kanye West magically sledgehammers home opinions on taboo topics over beats that are equally daring. The envelope-ripping beats shouldn't come as a surprise, given that he's supplied the soundscapes to monster singles by everyone from Alicia Keys ("You Don't Know My Name") to Talib Kweli ("Get By"). In West's world, rhymes about strippers, God, college life, and urban ills co-exist tidily and never come off as parodic.
With jaw-dropping cameos from Jay-Z, Common, Mos Def, John Legend, and the Harlem Boys Choir, College Dropout is as explosive, provocative, and complex as rap gets.1. Intro
2. We Don't Care
3. Graduation Day
4. All Falls Down
5. I'll Fly Away
7. Jesus Walks
8. Never Let Me Down
9. Get Em High
10. Workout Plan
11. The New Workout Plan
12. Slow Jamz
13. Breathe in Breathe Out
14. School Spirit Skit 1
15. School Spirit Skit 2
16. Lil Jimmy Skit
17. Two Words
18. Through the Wire
19. Family Business
20. Last Call$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Between The Times And The TidesBetween The Times And The Tides is the first proper, song-oriented studio album from Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo. Recorded with longstanding Sonic Youth producer John Agnello, the album is a shimmering and melodic tapestry of rock sounds.
Ranaldos trademark alternate-tuning guitar work is at the forefront here, but it is amplified by brilliant leadwork from Wilcos Nels Cline on every track. The all-star lineup also includes Sonic Youths Steve Shelley on drums, Alan Licht on guitar, and John Medeski on keyboards. There are also cameos from original Sonic Youth drummer Bob Bert and producer and instrumentalist Jim ORourke.
Between The Times and The Tides is equal parts smart, confident and loose in a manner that recalls some of Matador's favorite rock n' roll projects yet sounds like a fantastic new band that was apparently being assembled right under our noses. With lyrics plumbing Ranaldos childhood and adolescence, its a fascinatingly approachable song collection from one of rocks greatest guitarists. Includes MP3 coupon.1. Waiting On A Dream
2. Off The Wall
3. Xtina As I Knew Her
5. Hammer Blows
6. Fire Island (phases)
7. Lost (plane t Nice)
10. Tomorrow Never Comes$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Clockwork AngelsRush's Clockwork Angels is the renowned trio's first new collection of original material in over five years and their first studio release via Anthem/Roadrunner Records.
The recording of Clockwork Angels began in April 2010 with Grammy Award-winning producer Nick Raskulinecz - who also collaborated with the band on their last studio album, 2007's Snakes & Arrows. Rush co-produced both records. The first two songs, "Caravan" and "BU2B," were completed during that first session at Nashville's Blackbird studios and performed nightly during the wildly successful Time Machine Tour, which ran from June 2010 to June 2011. Work on Clockwork Angels resumed in the fall of 2011 at Revolution Recording in Toronto after the tour's finale, with additional strings (arranged by David Campbell) recorded at Hollywood's Ocean Way Studios in early 2012.
Lyrically, Clockwork Angels chronicles a young man's quest across a lavish and colorful world of steampunk and alchemy as he attempts to follow his dreams. The story features lost cities, pirates, anarchists, an exotic carnival, and a rigid Watchmaker who imposes precision on every aspect of daily life. The novelization of Clockwork Angels is being written by science fiction writer Kevin J. Anderson in collaboration with Rush drummer and lyricist Neil Peart.
Rush - Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, and Neil Peart - is without question one of the most inventive and compelling groups in rock history, equally famed for both its virtuoso musicianship and provocative songwriting.
Recently, a career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature praised the band for its continuing artistic vitality, noting that It's true that Rush doesn't mean today what it did in '76 or even '96. It may mean more. Rush's enduring pop culture relevance is perhaps best evidenced by a pair of high profile appearances - a rare national television performance and interview on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report in 2008 (the band's first TV appearance since 1975), and a pivotal role in the storyline of the 2009 hit comedy, I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, where the band also made a memorable cameo in the film.
Beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1974, their extraordinary body of work - which includes such formidable works as 1976's 2112, 1981's Moving Pictures, 1996's Test for Echo, 2002's Vapor Trails and the latest studio album Snakes & Arrows, made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its initial release in 2007, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album's success marked Rush's highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group's eleventh top ten album in the U.S. Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush's sales statistics place RUSH third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.1. Caravan
3. Clockwork Angels
4. The Anarchist
6. Halo Effect
7. Seven Cities of Gold
8. The Wreckers
9. Headlong Flight
11. Wish Them Well
12. The Garden$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pete Townshend's Classic QuadropheniaAs a leading icon of the British music revolution of the 1960s, Pete Townshend made his name by creating the power chord, smashing guitars onstage, and penning anthems of teenage rebellion like My Generation.
Now, at almost 70 years old and half a century after he penned the archetypal rock lyric Hope I die before I get old , Townshend has created a classical version of one of The Who s landmark albums Quadrophenia for a symphony orchestra, opera singer and choir.
The new symphonised version of Quadrophenia, an album originally released by The Who in 1973, was orchestrated by Rachel Fuller, a professional composer, orchestrator and singer-songwriter in her own right and also the partner of Pete Townshend.
It will be released by the Deutsche Grammophon label, internationally renowned for its repertoire of classical and opera music, and launched next summer with a world premiere concert at the Royal Albert Hall, performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and London Oriana Choir.
The project is the latest chapter in Townshend s lifelong mission to break the three-minute mould of the traditional pop song and take rock music to a higher artistic level. In the 1960s he defined the concept of the rock opera with Tommy, taking it a stage further with Quadrophenia.
Conceived and written by Townshend in 1973, Quadrophenia went on to become a feature film and a theatre production, and was performed in its entirety on The Who s most recent live tour. For the last three years Townshend has worked closely with Rachel Fuller on brand-new arrangements for orchestra, soloists and choir.
Recorded with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in October 2014 at London s legendary Air Studios, the new incarnation of this classic rock opera is conducted by Robert Ziegler and features popular British tenor Alfie Boe on vocals, with Townshend himself on electric guitar and performing cameo vocal roles. Townshend will reprise his roles at the live world premiere at the Royal Albert Hall in London on 5 July 2015, alongside the RPO, Ziegler, Boe and other star guests.
The rock superstar began work on the project as part of his plan to leave a legacy of all his work arranged for orchestra as sheet music, for future generations to enjoy. Townshend hopes the new work will go on to become a regular part of the orchestral repertoire and boost attendance at classical concerts.
A lot of major symphony orchestras are in trouble because their audience is getting old and the younger audiences prefer softer stuff, such as film soundtrack music, he explains. I think that Quadrophenia would reinvigorate their audiences and bring in people who might not otherwise go to see a symphony orchestra perform without lights and fireworks and a movie screen.
Rachel Fuller, who was born in the year Quadrophenia was first released, admits she had never heard The Who s album until several years after she first met Townshend in a London recording studio, while he was rehearsing for The Who s 1996 tour of that album and she was working with Ute Lemper.
I loved it as soon as I heard it about ten years ago, she says. For me it's been an act of love to orchestrate it for Pete. It's also been a joy to work on because it is very orchestral by nature, even as a rock album, so it was very easy to arrange for an orchestra. And I've remained really faithful to the original tracks because he's the composer and I want to honour his work.1. I Am The Sea
2. The Real Me
4. Cut My Hair
5. The Punk And The Godfather
6. I'm One
7. The Dirty Jobs
8. Helpless Dancer
9. Is It In My Head?
10. I've Had Enough
12. Sea And Sand
14. Bell Boy
15. Doctor Jimmy
16. The Rock
17. Love Reign O'er Me$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fever Dream180 Gram Vinyl In A Wide Spine Gatefold Package
Four-Panel Printed Fold-Out Poster
I am proud to announce that my new solo album Fever Dream - the follow-up to Hendra - will be released globally on my label Unmade Road through Caroline International.
Fever Dream was self-produced at London's famous RAK Studio 2, and mastered by the legendary Bob Ludwig in Maine. We kept Hendra's sonic template of open-tuned folk-jazz and distorted string-bent rock, and went for a new grainy intensity. Bernard Butler joins me again. Bruno Ellingham engineered and mixed. We just did most of it live. Small room, small band. A harder edge. Instruments spilling into each other. Martin Ditcham on drums. New recruit Rex Horan on double bass. And I've sprinkled guest vocal cameos from Boston's dream-folk singer-songwriter Marissa Nadler and Hiss Golden Messenger's M.C. Taylor.
-Ben Watt1. Gradually
2. Fever Dream
3. Between Two Fires
4. Winter's Eve
5. Women's Company
6. Faces Of My Friends
7. Running With The Front Runners
8. Never Goes Away
9. Bricks And Wood
10. New Year Of Grace (feat. Marissa Nadler)$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
180 gram, 45 RPM Mono 2LP + Poster
Daniel Romano refuses to be confined to narrow classification - in fact, out of necessity he created his own genre: Mosey Music. With the release of Daniel's fifth solo record Mosey on New West Records, we get a fresh new vista into the mind of the prolific singer-songwriter, the masterful lyricist and the multi-instrumentalist. His most ambitious affair to date, Mosey will undoubtedly catch many by surprise. New sonic territories are mapped, genres are splintered, conventional rules discarded. Imagine Rolling Thunder Revue era Bob Dylan conspiring with Lee Hazlewood, Tom Waits and Peter Green. You'll hear heavy swells of fuzzed out electric guitar, horns, and keys delivered with a fire and fury that demands your close attention. There are even some surprise guest cameos to boot.1. Valerie Leon
2. I Had To Hide Your Poem In A Song
3. Toulouse (feat. Rachel McAdams)
4. Hunger Is a Dream You Die In
5. Mr. E. Me
6. One Hundred Regrets Avenue
7. I'm Alone Now
8. Sorrow (For Leonard And William)
9. (Gone Is) All But A Quarry Of Stone
10. Maybe Remember Me
11. The Collector
12. Dead Medium$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM Mono - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Sirens Of The DitchFor the past six years, Jason Isbell was one of three frontmen for the critically acclaimed Drive-By Truckers and although fans may have been shocked by his departure from the band in April of 2011, once you hear this, his solo debut Sirens Of The Ditch (which was co-produced by Isbell and Patterson Hood) it will only confirm that Isbell by no means is putting his feet up. Musicians joining Isbell on the album include Shonna Tucker (bass) and Brad Morgan (drums) with cameos from Patterson Hood, his father David Hood, Spooner Oldham, John Neff and more.
Recorded over the past four years at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals (Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman, Otis Redding), Sirens Of The Ditch is a diverse collection of songs that incorporates elements of rock, blues and soul music into a heartfelt mix of songs that favor piano and pedal steel over buzzing guitars, although theres a fair share of overdriven amps here as well. A lot of old soul musicians came through here in the late 60s and 70s and helped define the Muscle Shoals sound, the lifelong Alabamian explains, so that influence was always in my environment, but on this record I really tried to capture that.1. Brand New Kind Of Actress
2. Down In A Hole
4. Chicago Promenade
5. Dress Blues
7. Hurricanes and Hand Grenades
8. In A Razor Town
9. Shotgun Wedding
10. The Magician
11. The Devil Is My Running Mate$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Summer SkinSummer Skin, the new album from Amy Cook is set for release on Roothouse Records/Thirty Tigers. The 12-songs on Summer Skin feature an all-star band, special cameos and Cook's strongest songwriting and recording to date. Cook successfully achieves the perfect balance between intelligent, thoughtful singer/songwriter and strong rock chick. Rolling Stone desribes Cook as "a brassier, dusty Deborah Harry."
Summer Skin represents a new plateau for Cook as an artist. "This is the happiest I've ever been with anything I've ever recorded," says Cook, "I was working with people who really were able to get into my mind and help me let go of my expectations, instead of worrying 'is this gonna rock hard enough or be rootsy enough or be smart enough.'"
Those people begin with producer Craig Street, whose long list of credits includes Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Joe Henry and K.D. Lang. Then comes an all-star band, featuring David Garza (guitar), Me'Shell N'Degeocello (bass), Chris Bruce (guitar) and Jonathan Wilson (drums).
Cook had a few other friends make some special contributions to Summer Skin. Robert Plant sings harmony with Cook on the beautiful "It's Gonna Rain," and joins Patty Griffin on the moody "Airplane Driver." Ben Kweller co-wrote and sings back up on the catchy rocker "Getting To You."1. Waiting 4 the World 2 End
2. Sun Setting Backwards
3. It's Gonna Rain (with Robert Plant)
4. Summer Skin
5. Getting to You (with Ben Kweller)
6. Airplane Driver
8. Hello, Bunny
9. Who's Gonna Break Your Fall
11. When I Wake Up$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now