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Cat Stevens - CollectedImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
High-Quality PVC Protective Sleeve
Includes Liner Notes
Selection Of Classic Pop Songs Includes The Hits Matthew & Son, The First Cut Is The Deepest, Lady D'arbanville, Wild World, Morning Has Broken, His Work As Yusuf Midday (Avoid City After Dark) And Many More
Cat Stevens grew from being a teen idol of the 60s into one of the most influential singer-songwriters of all time. In addition to his vast musical achievements, his lifelong spiritual quest has added intrigue and depth to a groundbreaking career.
Cat, born Steven Demetre Georgiou, achieved early success in the mid-60s with I Love My Dog and Matthew and Son. He is a prolific songwriter writing songs such as Wild World and Lady D'Arbanville and The First Cut Is The Deepest the latter, in particular, would go on to become an international hit on multiple occasions for a variety of artists. Also included is Cat Stevens' version of Morning Has Broken a popular and well known Christian hymn which became one his biggest hits.
The Collected collection by Cat Stevens is a 2LP gatefold album, largely chronological through Stevens' career, ranging from his hits Matthew & Son to Midday (Avoid City After Dark), credited to the singer's latter-day Yusuf Islam identity. Stevens remains one of the few early 70s singer-songwriters specialized in folk and pop-songs, whose oeuvre continues to attract new listeners with every passing generation. This Collected album will only add to their numbers.LP 1
1. Matthew & Son
2. I Love My Dog
3. I'm Gonna Get Me A Gun
4. The First Cut Is The Deepest
5. A Bad Night
6. Peace Train
7. Where Do The Children Play?
8. Hard Headed Woman
9. Wild World
10. Lady D'arbanville
11. Father And Son
13. I Want To Live In A Wigwam
14. Tuesday's Dead
1. Morning Has Broken
4. Can't Keep It In
5. The Hurt
6. Oh Very Young
7. Banapple Gas
8. Two Fine People
9. Another Saturday Night
10. (Remember The Days Of The) Old Schoolyard
11. Child For A Day
12. Yusuf - Midday (Avoid City After Dark)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Zebop!Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Anniversary Limited Edition
1981 was a Winning year for Santana. With the release of their multi-format hit album Zebop!, Carlos Santana and The Santana Band catapulted onto the top ten, the first time in several years, and truly changed the course of their musical history for the next several decades. Thanks in part to the Russ Balard (Argent) penned smash hit single Winning, the band not only maintained their solid following, but also brought in a whole new fan base, which has pledged loyalty to this legendary band since.
Following a similar formula as on their previous gold album Marathon, Zebop! featured smash hit tracks like their powerful rendition of Cat Stevens' Changes and J.J. Cale's The Sensitive Kind. The 12 track powerhouse also featured some of their most revered tunes like Searchin', Brightest Star and a trip back to the Abraxas sound with É Papa RÉ. With the effervescent lead vocals of Alex Ligertwood, the power drumming of Graham Lear, the percussive beat of Armando Pereza, together with the skillful instrumentation of the core band, all fronted by the legendary Carlos Santana, this album truly illustrated a powerful band that hit its stride.
Friday Music is no stranger to the legendary music of Santana, so now it is with much honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of their mega classic Zebop!. As a further installment in our Santana/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this limited edition classic rock masterpiece is now enhanced for the first time with impeccable mastering by Joe Reagoso (Santana/Grateful Dead) and also features a first time stunning gatefold LP cover with the original LP cover elements not seen in decades.
So, it is now time to celebrate with us the first time 180 Gram Audiophile masterwork release of Zebop! by Santana. This masterpiece is now impeccably mastered on audiophile vinyl, with first time gatefold cover art and of course all of the great songs and superlative magic and memories that can only be that of Carlos Santana and The Santana Band.1. Changes
2. É Papa RÉ
3. Primera Invasion
5. Over and Over
7. Tales of Kilimanjaro
8. The Sensitive Kind
9. American Gypsy
10. I Love You Much Too Much
11. Brightest Star
12. Hannibal$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Laughing AppleThe Laughing Apple celebrates the 50th anniversary of the artist's 1967 debut, Matthew and Son, and will come out on Yusuf / Cat Stevens' Cat-O-Log Records imprint, via Decca, the label he worked with back then. It also reunites him with producer Paul Samwell-Smith, who helmed Tea for the Tillerman, Teaser and the Firecat and other releases from his early-Seventies heyday.
Among the old songs that Yusuf / Cat Stevens revived and revamped for The Laughing Apple are Mighty Peace and Mary and the Little Lamb, neither of which ever made it onto an album. Four other songs, including the title track, appeared in their original forms on his 1967 LP New Masters. And You Can Do (Whatever) was originally intended for the Harold and Maude soundtrack but was left unfinished at the time. Many of my earlier recordings were overcooked with big band arrangements, he explains in a press release of his decision to revisit this material. They crowded the song out a lot of times.1. Blackness of the Night
2. See What Love Did to Me
3. The Laughing Apple
4. Olive Hill
6. Mighty Peace
7. Mary and the Little Lamb
8. You Can Do (Whatever)
9. Northern Wind (Death of Billy the Kid)
10. Don't Blame Them
11. I'm So Sleepy$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tell 'Em I'm Gone
First Album In Five Years From The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee
10 Brand-New Recordings, Including 5 New Compositions By Yusuf
Features Collaborations With Rick Rubin, Richard Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tinariwen, And Matt Sweeney
Tell 'Em I'm Gone is the first new Yusuf album since 2009's
acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world,
including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the
album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five
originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell 'Em I'm
Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson,
blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist
Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin.
Each track on Tell 'Em I'm Gone is threaded together by the
themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more
than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. On this album,
Yusuf returns to the roots of his musical inspiration: American
blues and R&B, using these genres to explore the universality
of the desire for freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his
earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.
"What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message
which emerged, lyrically," Yusuf says of the new album.
"It suddenly stared me in the face: the struggle for Freedom!
My God, isn't that what most human beings dream of?
"I hope this record will help revive the spirit of Freedom
and re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days,
when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our
imprisonment," Yusuf says.
Stunning originals like "I Was Raised In Babylon" and "Cat And
The Dog Trap" plus covers of blues-pop standards ("Big Boss
Man," "You Are My Sunshine") and a moving version of Edgar
Winter's "Dying To Live" find Yusuf as strong of voice and as
engaging a performer as ever before.
Having first found fame as a teenage folk singer in 1960s
England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his
intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions
"Wild World," "Peace Train," "Father and Son" and "Morning
Has Broken" remain staples of the folk genre. Following a
conversion to the Islamic faith in 1978, Stevens retired from
the music business to pursue important causes in the
Muslim community; 2006 saw Yusuf's celebrated return to pop
music with the album An Other Cup.1. I Was Raised In Babylon (Yusuf)
2. Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon-Al Smith)
3. Dying To Live (Edgar Winter)
4. You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis-Charles Mitchell, arr. Yusuf)
5. Editing Floor Blues (Yusuf)
6. Cat And The Dog Trap (Yusuf)
7. Gold Digger (Yusuf)
8. The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker-Keith Reid)
9. Tell 'Em I'm Gone (originally "Take This Hammer," arr. Yusuf)
10. Doors (Yusuf)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dark Was The NightThis triple LP contains thirty-one exclusive tracks that will benefit the Red Hot Organization, an international charity dedicated to raising funds and awareness for HIV and AIDS. This is their 20th anniversary and 20th release. Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National produced the album, and John Carlin, the founder of the Red Hot Organization was the executive producer.
The complete list of artists that recorded tracks for this release: Andrew Bird, Antony + Bryce Dessner, Arcade Fire, Beach House, Beirut, Blonde Redhead + Devastations, Bon Iver, Bon Iver & Aaron Dessner, The Books featuring Jose Gonzalez, Buck 65 Remix (featuring Sufjan Stevens and Serengeti), Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues, The Decemberists, Dirty Projectors + David Byrne, Kevin Drew, Feist + Ben Gibbard, Grizzly Bear, Grizzly Bear + Feist, Iron & Wine, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Kronos Quartet, Stuart Murdoch, My Brightest Diamond, My Morning Jacket, The National, The New Pornographers, Conor Oberst & Gillian Welch, Riceboy Sleeps, Dave Sitek, Spoon, Sufjan Stevens, Yeasayer and Yo La Tengo.1. Knotty Pine
2. Cello Song
3. Train Song
4. Brackett, WI
5. Deep Blue Sea
6. So Far Around The Bend
8. Feeling Good
9. Dark Was The Night
10. I Was Young When I Left Home
11. Big Red Machine
14. Service Bell
19. El Caporal
20. Ispiration Information
21. With A Girl Like You
22. Blood Pt. 2
23. Hey, Snow White
24. Gentle Hour
25. Another Saturday
27. Amazing Grace
28. The Giant Of Illinois
30. When The Road Runs Out
31. Love Vs. Porn$29.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
First reissue for this ultra-rare prog/rock LP from 1971 which was only ever released in Italy.
Blue Beard managed just one album and it seems likely that it was a studio project, roping in disparate, available musicians to record songs written in the main by Thurman Binkley and Robert Welch, both of whom also produced the set. Recording in Milan, Blue Beard comprised an Indonesian, Luis Noll (electric bass), a Dutchman, Hank Meerbeek (drums), an Irishman, John Irvine (lead electric guitar), an Indian, Errol Dyer (organ), and an Australian, Little Sammy Gaha (acoustic guitar). Judging by the photos on the rear cover, Binkley and Welch chipped in on keyboards and guitar respectively.
Blue Beard is best known for the single Sly Willy, which was released in 1971 across Europe, and is now sought after as a prime slice of funky rock. Its flipside, Country Man, is a pleasing, mellow affair. Copies of the single, in its various picture sleeves, change hands for between £20 and £40. The album itself only surfaced in Italy and is now a scarce item, commanding three figures. Highlights include the rococo pop of Baby I Need You, the heavily-strummed, gruffly-sung God Save The World (reminiscent of Cat Stevens) and the up-tempo proggy rock of Losing You, penned by John Irvine.
Nothing further is known of Blue Beard and its musicians, but Thurman Binkley appears to have contributed to the 1975 film La grande blonde avec une petite chatte noire (that's assuming there's only one Thurman Binkley out there), while Bob Welch was a member of the by now US-based Fleetwood Mac from the summer of 1971 through to 1975, a stalwart through one of their rockiest phases. Welch next formed trio Paris, before embarking on a successful solo career.$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band (Awaiting Repress)Strut are proud to announce the brand new studio album by one of Ghana's all-time great vocalists, "The Golden Voice Of Africa", Pat Thomas, in conjunction with the Kwashibu Area Band led by multi-instrumentalist Kwame Yeboah (Cat Stevens, Patrice) and saxophonist Ben Abarbanel-Wolff (Ebo Taylor, Poets of Rhythm). Hailing from Kumasi, Thomas had lived with highlife legend King Onyina from a young age before working with Ebo Taylor in two of Ghana's great 1960s highlife big bands, Broadway Dance Band and Stargazers. They would collaborate regularly, Pat contributing vocals to Ebo's solo albums and Ebo arranging horns for Pat's songs. Both would become a mainstay of the '70s and '80s Ghanaian highlife, afrobeat and afro-pop scenes, hitting big with the Ghana Cocoa Board-sponsored Sweet Beans band. Fela Kuti's bandleader, drummer Tony Allen, would record a session with Sweet Beans in Kumasi in 1975 (as yet unreleased). "Highlife was our music," Pat remembers. "People like Ebo and I modernised it, made it more relevant to our day. We took the Kwa music of Kumasi and other local styles and added Western elements." With his distinctive flowing vocal style, sung in Fanti and Ashanti Twi dialect, Pat became established as one of Ghana's biggest musical draws.1. Mewo Akoma
2. Gyae Su
3. Odoo Be Ba
4. Me Ho Asem
5. Oye Asem
6. Odo Adaada
8. Amaehu$27.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
On The Sunday Of Life (Awaiting Repress)Remastered By Steven Wilson
Porcupine Tree's 1991 debut album is an album that stands up as a modern day pop-psych classic.
With acid warped lyrics courtesy of Alan Duffy (the brains behind the late lamented Imaginary Records
label) the album is a surreal delight containing gems such as "Jupiter Island" and "Linton Samuel
Dawson" filled with quirky melodies, effected vocals and trippy backwards guitar work. "Nine Cats",
the undoubted masterpiece of the album, is pure Edward Lear styled psychedelia.
'On The Sunday Of Life' also hints at the direction the band would later take with more progressive
influenced material such as the epic 'Radioactive Toy' still performed live today.LP 1
1. Music for the Head
2. Jupiter Island
3. Third Eye Surfer
4. On the Sunday of Life
5. The Nostalgia Factory
6. Space Transmission
7. Music from a Self-Destructing Turnip
8. Radioactive Toy
9. Nine Cats
3. Linton Samuel Dawson
4. And the Swallows Dance Above the Sun
5. Queen Quotes Crowley
6. No Luck With Rabbits
7. Begonia Seduction Scene
8. This Long Silence
9. It Will Rain for a Million Years$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The New Hovering DogBJ Cole came to prominence in the early 1970s with the country rock outfit, Cochise. His signature pedal steel playing has marked numerous LPs including ones by T Rex, Elton John (Tumbleweed Connection and Madman Across the Water), Cat Stevens, Bjork, The Verve, Depeche Mode, Beck, Elvis Costello, David Gilmour, Emmylou Harris, Pet Shop Boys, Robert Plant, Scott Walker, and the list goes on. The man Sting once described as "the best pedal steel player in the world" is versed in many styles from pop, rock, jazz to experimental. His versatility is perhaps no better showcased than on his first solo album The New Hovering Dog; it combines poetry with orchestration and electronics with a strong cast of musicians from that era. Originally released in 1972 on United Artists, it is now available again on LP after 40 years, remastered and two bonus tracks added.1. The Regal Progression
2. Now You See Them, Now You Don't
3. The Cold Mountain Mariner
4. Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie
5. You're Probably Lost
6. Five Pieces For Steel Guitar & Percussion
7. I Know Now
8. The East Winchley Tango$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In The WildernessStranger Cat is the new project from Cat Martino, Sufjan Stevens' right hand woman for
the Age of Adz tour and record, as well as All Delighted People. Cat was also a recording
and touring member of Sharon Van Etten's band circa Epic. She appeared with The Shins
on SNL and Williamsburg Park, played in Passion Pit at Governor's Ball, and sings on the
Son Lux record Lanterns. She has had the pleasure to support Indians, Night Beds, Rufus
Wainwright, Marissa Nadler, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Patrick Watson.
Cat retreated from Brooklyn, NY to winter in the Sierra Foothills to write and record
songs emerging from loops using her voice, synths, and percussion. With her pedal chain
and gear in a small cottage she explored the gamut from ethereal to turbulence. Simple
melodies or beats became powerful walls of sound melting through snowstorms, howling
winds and stark silence nestled inside gargantuan oaks and the infinite starry dome.
Joined by Sven Britt for a week, each of them traded making beats, or melodic parts on
casios, synths, guitars, branches and spoons, while the other recorded. Often a cat would
come to the door to listen, meowing to be let in. When it appeared daily they called it
Stranger Cat, and observed its alien supernatural powers, as she'd heard tell of the
Foothills' long history of UFO sightings and ghost haunts. One day they let Stranger Cat
in. The plump feline ate all the kitty food and left.
Out of this adventure was born In The Wilderness, the duo's debut full-length out on Joyful Noise Recordings1. Empty Little Word
3. I Lost It
4. Fig Tree
5. In The Wilderness
6. Remember Me
7. Unzip Your Skin
8. Ecstatic Energy
10. I Promise$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tea for the Tillerman (Out Of Stock)Cat Stevens' highly regarded 1970 release, Tea for the Tillerman came only seven months after the start of his comeback with Mona Bone Jakon and its arrangements, performances and songs are all enveloped in a confident grace and beauty. Stevens was able to pull off a rare feat with Tea for the Tillerman in that he was able to achieve pop accessibility without having to sacrifice artistic relevance. The album is also noteworthy for having four of its songs Where Do the Children Play?, On the Road to Find Out, Tea for the Tillerman and Miles from Nowhere featured in Hal Ashby and Colin Higgins' 1971 black comedy Harold and Maude.1. Where Do The Children Play?
2. Hard Headed Woman
3. Wild World
4. Sad Lisa
5. Miles From Nowhere
6. But I Might Die Tonight
7. Longer Boats
8. Into White
9. On The Road To Find Out
10. Father And Son
11. Tea For The Tillerman$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Ghost On Ghost (Out Of Stock)Iron and Wine makes its Nonesuch Records debut with Ghost on Ghost. Ghost on Ghost is the fifth release from singer-songwriter Sam Beam, using the pen name Iron and Wine. The album was produced by Beam's longtime associate Brian Deck (Modest Mouse, Califone, Fruit Bats) and follows 2011's Kiss Each Other Clean, which debuted at #2 on the Billboard chart to critical acclaim.
Rolling Stone said of Kiss Each Other Clean that "pop music hadn't seen anything like it since the heyday of Cat Stevens," while Pitchfork said it "more closely resembles the lush, gold-toned singer songwriter records of the late 60s and early 70s-Astral Weeks, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road."
For Ghost on Ghost, Beam sought to move from what he called the "anxious tension" of his two previous records. "This record felt like a reward to myself after the way I went about making the last few," he says.
Helping achieve Beam's vision was a group of stellar musicians including Rob Burger, Steve Bernstein, Brian Blade, Curtis Fowlkes, Tony Garnier, Marika Hughes, Briggan Kraus, Maxim Moston, Tony Scherr, Doug Wieselman, Kenny Wolleson, and Anja Wood. Burger (Tin Hat Trio) has worked with Beam intermittently through the years and handled arrangements for strings and horns on Ghost on Ghost. For the album's cover, Beam, who is also a visual artist, chose an image from the series "Private Views" by noted photographer Barbara Crane.
This LP also includes a bonus CD.1. Caught in the Briars
2. The Desert Babbler
4. Low Light Buddy of Mine
5. Graces for Saints and Ramblers
6. Grass Windows
7. Singers and the Endless Song
8. Sundown (Back in the Briars)
9. Winter Prayers
10. New Mexico's No Breeze
11. Lovers' Revolution
12. Baby Center Stage$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock