Authorized & Certified VPI Dealer

A World of Vinyl

Site Search
Menu Free shipping on domestic orders over $49.99! - We ship worldwide!
10% Off Vinyl - 20% Off Vinyl Orders 100+
Home > Products for: '

Chicago Box Set

'
  • 1
Results per page:
  • The Chicago Years (Box Set) The Chicago Years (Box Set) Quick View

    $199.99
    Buy Now
    x

    The Chicago Years (Box Set)

    6-LP Box Set Showcasing Solti's Years With The Chicago Symphony Orchestra


    Sir Georg Solti was one of the twentieth century's most brilliant conductors and a leading figure of musical culture in Europe and the US. Solti's remarkable partnership with the CSO began in 1954, when Solti first led the Orchestra at the Ravinia Festival. Solti served as Music Director for 22 years and Music Director Laureate for a further 7 years until his passing and is credited with greatly extending and building the Orchestra's reputation worldwide. He is the winner of 33 Grammys

    Sir Georg Solti
    $199.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set Quick View

    $469.99
    Buy Now
    x

    The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set


    * 800 Newly-Remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 172 Artists


    * 200+ Fully-Restored Original 1920s Ads And Images


    * 6x 180g Vinyl LPs Pressed On Burled Chestnut Colored Vinyl W/ Hand-Engraved, Blind-embossed Gold-Leaf Labels, Housed In A Laser-Etched White Birch LP Folio


    * 250 Page Deluxe Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Art Book


    * 360 Page Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Portraits And Full Paramount Discography


    * Handcrafted Quarter-Sawn Oak Cabinet With Lush Sage Velvet Upholstery And Custom-forged Metal Hardware


    * First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App, Allowing User Mgmt Of All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Custom-Designed USB Drive


    How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof? The answer lies in 'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,' an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White's Third Man Records and John Fahey's Revenant Records.


    'Volume One,' which covers the label's improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19. The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and 'Volume 2' will be released in November 2014.


    Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. Over its lifetime, the label would become a "race records" powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration.


    By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable "other" (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas). Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.


    The 'Rise and Fall' wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.

    6 LPs feature 87 tracks from the collection.


    USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 172 artists across the Paramount family of labels, including the earliest recordings of:
    King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Blind Blake, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Alberta Hunter, Papa Charlie Jackson, Ethel Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny and Baby Dodds, Bo Weavil Jackson, Jimmy O'Bryant, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Tiny Parham, Jimmy Blythe, and Jaybird Coleman.

    Various Artists
    $469.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Kill 'Em All (Deluxe Box Set) Kill 'Em All (Deluxe Box Set) Quick View

    $149.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Kill 'Em All (Deluxe Box Set)

    Limited To 30,000


    Kill 'Em All Remastered On 180 Gram Vinyl


    Double LP Featuring A Previously Unreleased Live Set At Espace Balard - Paris, France, 1984


    Jump In The Fire Picture Disc


    5 CDs Including Kill 'Em All Remastered, An Unreleased Interview, Rough Mixes, And Previously Unreleased Live Sets


    Live DVD Featuring A Previously Unreleased Live Set From Chicago In 1983


    64 Page Book Including Essays, Never-Before-Seen Photos, Various Ephemera


    Metallica Patch


    Deluxe numbered box set of Kill 'Em All including four vinyl records, five CDs, one DVD, a hardcover book including never before seen photos and a patch.


    The LPs include a newly remastered 180 Gram pressing of Kill 'Em All, a previously unreleased double LP - Live at Espace Balard, Paris, France - February 9th, 1984, and a Jump In The Fire picture disc.


    The CDs include a remastered Kill 'Em All, an unreleased 1984 Metal Forces interview with Bernard Doe (complete with radio IDs from Lars, James, and Cliff), a CD of previously unreleased rough mixes from Lars' vaults, and two full live shows from Middletown, NY in 1984 and Palo Alto, CA in 1983.


    Additionally, the box set contains a DVD of a previously unreleased live set from Chicago in 1983, a 62 page hardcover book featuring new essays and never-before-seen photos, as well as a Metallica patch.


    Metallica's debut album--originally released in 1983--is a masterpiece of thrash metal, and as good a marker as any for the debut of the genre. Fusing the rapid-fire attack of bands like Motorhead with a guitar style reminiscent of such British heavy metal bands as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, Metallica essentially created a new kind of metal. Several of the songs from this 1983 album have since become classics, including Seek & Destroy, The Four Horsemen, and Jump in the Fire. Essential for any heavy metal fan.

    LP 1: Kill 'Em All (Remastered) 180 Gram
    1. Hit The Lights
    2. The Four Horsemen
    3. Motorbreath
    4. Jump In The Fire
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    6. Whiplash
    7. Phantom Lord
    8. No Remorse
    9. Seek & Destroy
    10. Metal Militia


    LP 2: Live At Espace Balard, Paris, France - February 9th, 1984 *Previously unreleased
    1. The Ecstasy of Gold
    2. Hit The Lights (Live)
    3. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    4. Jump In The Fire (Live)
    5. Phantom Lord (Live)
    6. No Remorse (Live)
    7. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    8. Motorbreath (Live)
    9. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    10. Whiplash (Live)
    11. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    12. Metal Militia (Live)


    LP 3: Jump In The Fire Picture Disc
    1. Jump In The Fire
    2. Seek & Destroy ("Live" at The Automatt)
    3. Phantom Lord ("Live" at The Automatt)


    CD 1: Kill 'Em All (Remastered)
    1. Hit The Lights
    2. The Four Horsemen
    3. Motorbreath
    4. Jump In The Fire
    5. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    6. Whiplash
    7. Phantom Lord
    8. No Remorse
    9. Seek & Destroy
    10. Metal Militia


    CD 2: Bernard Doe Interview + Radio IDs *Previously unreleased
    1. Metal Forces Interview with Lars, January 1984
    2. Radio IDs with Lars, James and Cliff from 1984


    CD 3: Rough Mixes From Lars' Vault, Bootleg Tracks & Whiplash Remix EP
    1. Motorbreath (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    2. Hit The Lights (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    3. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    4. Seek & Destroy (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    5. Phantom Lord (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    6. Whiplash (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    7. The Four Horsemen (Rough Mix) *Previously unreleased
    8. Seek & Destroy (NOT Live from The Automatt) *Previously unreleased
    9. Phantom Lord (NOT Live from The Automatt) *Previously unreleased
    10. Jump In The Fire
    11. Whiplash (Special Neckbrace Remix)
    12. Seek & Destroy ("Live" at The Automatt)
    13. Phantom Lord ("Live" at The Automatt)


    CD 4: Live At J Bees Rock III, Middletown, NY - January 20th, 1984 *Previously unreleased
    1. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    2. Jump In The Fire (Live)
    3. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    4. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    5. Phantom Lord (Live)
    6. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    7. Whiplash (Live)


    CD 5: Live At The Keystone, Palo Alto, CA - OCTOBER 31ST, 1983 *Previously unreleased
    1. Hit The Lights (Live)
    2. The Four Horsemen (Live)
    3. Jump In The Fire (Live)
    4. Fight Fire With Fire (Live)
    5. Ride The Lightning (Live)
    6. Phantom Lord (Live)
    7. When Hell Freezes Over (Live)
    8. Seek & Destroy (Live)
    9. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth (Live)
    10. Whiplash (Live)
    11. Creeping Death (Live)
    12. Guitar Solo (Live)
    13. Metal Militia (Live)


    DVD: Metallica Live At The Metro, Chicago, IL - August 12th, 1983 *Previously unreleased
    1. Hit The Lights
    2. The Four Horsemen
    3. Jump In The Fire
    4. Phantom Lord
    5. No Remorse
    6. (Anesthesia) - Pulling Teeth
    7. Whiplash
    8. Seek & Destroy
    9. Guitar Solo
    10. Metal Militia

    Metallica
    $149.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + 5 CDs + DVD - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Live In Cuba (Box Set) Live In Cuba (Box Set) Quick View

    $39.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Live In Cuba (Box Set)

    Playing Afro-Cuban repertoire, jazz classics and contemporary works, the JALC Orchestra may have done more for American-Cuban relations in a single week than all the political rhetoric generated from both sides of the Straits of Florida for the past 60-plus years. - The Chicago Tribune


    Supercharged... A suave delight." - The New York Times


    Mr. Marsalis and company strike just the right mood, choose just the right set and play just the right amount to an adoring audience while maintaining the artistic high ground here. The band gave the Havana audience a lot of love over those three nights, and the crowd returned the favor. It's all evident on Live In Cuba. - DownBeat


    From bebop to bolero and beyond, LIVE IN CUBA captures nine-time Grammy Award-winning Wynton Marsalis and the world-renowned Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis's first-and only-performances in Cuba. Explore the profound connections between American jazz and Afro-Cuban music on this deluxe vinyl box set featuring four LPs and a gorgeous booklet.


    Recorded in front of clamorous, sold-out crowds over three nights at Havana's Mella Theatre in October 2010, LIVE IN CUBA finds the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis performing Ellington standards, Afro-Cuban numbers, and distinctly modern compositions from band members. LIVE IN CUBA is a document of two nations' indelible cultural connections and of an emotional reunion between long-lost musical cousins.

    Wynton Marsalis
    $39.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Broadcast Collection (Box Set) The Broadcast Collection (Box Set) Quick View

    $99.99
    Buy Now
    x

    The Broadcast Collection (Box Set)

    Limited Edition 140 Gram Clear Vinyl Box Set


    This deluxe triple LP release features three rare live recordings by legendary grunge superstars PEARL JAM. Disc one Jamming In the Windy City, was Recorded At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago, 28th March 1992. Disc two Jamming Down South, was Recorded At The Fox Theatre, Atlanta, 3rd April 1994. And disc three Jamming On The Home Turf, was recorded for 'Self Pollution Radio' In Seattle, WA, 8th January 1995. Each recording demonstrates the band at the absolute peak of their illustrious career with energetic live versions of many fan favorites.

    LP 1: Jamming In The Windy City - Recorded At The Cabaret Metro, Chicago - March 28th, 1992
    1. Release
    2. Even Flow
    3. Once
    4. State Of Love And Trust
    5. Alive
    6. Black
    7. Deep
    8. Jeremy
    9. Why Go Home
    10. Porch
    11. Garden


    LP 2: Jamming Down South - Recorded At The Fox Theatre, Atlanta - April 3rd, 1994
    1. Dissident
    2. Better Man
    3. Daughter
    4. Rearview Mirror
    5. Elderly Woman Behind The Counter
    6. Even Flow
    7. Jeremy
    8. Black
    9. Porch
    10. Alive


    LP 3: Jamming On The Home Turf - Self Pollution Radio' Recorded In Seattle, WA - January 8th, 1995
    1. Spin The Black Circle
    2. Satan's Bed
    3. Corduroy
    4. Not For You
    5. Immortality
    6. Last Exit
    7. Blood
    8. Tremor Christ
    9. Porch
    10. Indifference

    Pearl Jam
    $99.99
    Colored Vinyl LP Box Set - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

    $99.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Chicago/The Blues/Today! (Pure Pleasure) (Awaiting Repress)

    In early 1966, blues history was made with the issuance of a three-volume set of new recordings produced by blues historian Samuel Charters. This series was known as Chicago/The Blues/Today! and the release sent shock waves through the world of rock & roll. Every artist on the three volumes had recorded before (some, like Otis Rush and Junior Wells, had actually seen small hits on the R&B charts), but these recordings were largely their introduction to a newer -- and predominately white -- album-oriented audience. These recordings have stayed in print and have been reasonably good sellers over the years since their original release, all coming out on compact disc. This new packaging puts all three volumes together, but with no bonus tracks, as no extras were recorded for these sessions.



    A plus in the new packaging, is that it features a nice booklet with detailed, updated notes from Charters, a nice appreciation from Ed Ward, and absolutely eye-boggling session photos taken by Charters' wife, Ann. Even if you still have the original vinyl or CDs, this is one of the times when it would be best to spend the dough and add this one to your collection, because blues records seldom come as important, innovative, or just plain pleasurable to listen to as this set. File under 'essential'.




    Musicians:



    • J.B. Hutto

    • Junior Wells

    • Otis Spann

    • Otis Rush

    • Jimmy Cotton

    • Johnny Shines Blues Band

    • Johnny Young's South Side Blues Band

    • Homesick James

    • and Big Walter Horton's Blues Harp Band with Memphis Charlie Musselwhite




    Recording: 1965 at RCA Studios, Chicago

    Production: Samuel Chartersdeutsch



    Format: 3LPs 33rpm / Box, booklet



    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.



    LP1
    1. Help Me (A Tribute to Sonny Boy Williamson)
    2. It Hurts Me Too
    3. Messin' with the Kid
    4. Vietcong Blues
    5. All Night Long
    6. Going Ahead
    7. Please Help
    8. Too Much Alcohol
    9. Married Woman Blues
    10. That's the Truth
    11. Marie
    12. Burning Fire
    13. S P Blues
    14. Sometimes I Wonder
    15. Spann's Stomp


    LP2
    1. Cotton Crop Blues
    2. The Blues Keep Falling
    3. Love Me or Leave
    4. Rocket 88
    5. West Helena Blues
    6. Everything's Gonna Turn Out Allright
    7. It's a Mean Old World
    8. I Can't Quit You Baby
    9. Rock
    10. It's My Own Fault
    11. Dust my Broom
    12. Somebody Been Talkin'
    13. Set a Date
    14. So Mean to Me


    LP3
    1. One More Time
    2. Kid Man Blues
    3. My Black Mare
    4. Stealin' Back
    5. I Got Mine In Time
    6. Tighten Up On It
    7. Dynaflow Blues
    8. Black Spider Blues
    9. Layin' Down My Shoes and Clothes
    10. If I Get Lucky
    11. Rockin' My Boogie
    12. Mr. Boweevil
    13. Hey Hey

    Various Artists
    $99.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Royal Albert Hall Royal Albert Hall Quick View

    $37.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Royal Albert Hall

    In May 2014 EELS embarked on an ambitious fifty-three show world tour. Starting in Phoenix, Arizona and crossing The United States and Canada before rolling through mainland Europe and Great Britain, the band performed spine-tingling shows at New York's Apollo, Chicago's Vic Theater, Los Angeles' Orpheum Theater, The Montreux Jazz Festival and The Amsterdam Concert Hall among many others. On the night of June 30th EELS returned to London's legendary Royal Albert Hall for the first time in nine years to play a stunning show that was filmed and recorded.


    In sharp contrast to the previous EELS tour that found the band in track suits playing high octane electric rock & roll, this EELS show was a gentlemen's EELS concert, as EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E, puts it. Filmed by nine cameras in the gorgeously-lit Royal Albert Hall, the new film and album find the EELS dapperly dressed in suits and ties, and all five band members stretching their musical capabilities past new boundaries, playing songs from 2014's critically-acclaimed THE CAUTIONARY TALES OF MARK OLIVER EVERETT for the first time along with songs spanning the EELS' 19 year career. When they played Royal Albert Hall in 2005 they were accompanied by a string section. This time there are only the five core members of the band on stage throughout the concert, splitting their time between guitar, piano, pedal steel guitar, trumpet, upright and bowed bass, melodica, vibraphone, timpani, drums, concert chimes and glockenspiel. And the results are stunning.


    The film features the band backstage preparing for the big night and captures the entire show from start to finish, as it happened, including Everett kissing the spot where John Lennon once stood on the stage, making his way to hug fans all the way around Albert Hall's massive floor, returning for several encores, as well as a surprise phantom encore where Everett's dream of playing the massive Albert Hall pipe organ for some spooky EELS classics finally comes true.


    Perhaps as a result of this fantastic show, EELS were quickly invited back for a second 2014 London show and Everett, once heavily-bearded and mistakenly suspected by London police to be a terrorist (while taking a break from press interviews in Hyde Park), was made an honorary citizen of London in a ceremony granting him Freedom of the City.

    1. Where I'm At
    2. When You Wish Upon a Star
    3. The Morning
    4. Parallels
    5. Addressing the Royal Audience
    6. Mansions of Los Feliz
    7. My Timing Is Off
    8. A Line in the Dirt
    9. Where I'm From
    10. It's a Motherf**ker
    11. Lockdown Hurricane
    12. A Daisy Through Concrete
    13. Introducing the Band
    14. Grace Kelly Blues
    15. Fresh Feeling
    16. I Like Birds
    17. My Beloved Monster
    18. Gentlemen's Choice
    19. Mistakes of My Youth/Wonderful, Glorious
    20. Where I'm Going
    21. I Like the Way This Is Going
    22. Blinking Lights (For Me)
    23. Last Stop: This Town
    24. The Beginning
    25. Can't Help Falling in Love
    26. Turn On Your Radio
    27. Flyswatter
    28. The Sound of Fear
    Eels
    $37.99
    Vinyl LP + DVD Box Set - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Star Wars Star Wars Quick View

    $21.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Star Wars

    Star Wars is the Grammy-award winning band's ninth studio album and its first since 2011's The Whole Love.


    The new album was recorded at the band's Chicago loft and features 11 original Wilco-penned tunes. Wilco is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary, and its label dBpm has recently released two anniversary-related collections: Alpha Mike Foxtrot, a box set of rarities and What's Your 20?, a compilation of studio tracks from the band's first eight albums.


    "We've been feeling very fortunate lately being reminded of how long we've been able to do this," Tweedy said. "We believe one of the primary reasons for our good fortune has been our audiences reaction to our impulse to be heard and our habit of erring on the side of that desire to override financial ambition. Not that we don't enjoy getting paid. We do. But this is a recommitment to the idea that music is more important to our lives. Art is more worthy of our striving. And fun is more sustaining than cash. It's not intended to be a comment on the music business, just one band's wish to give our fans a jolt of joy: a fun surprise. In that spirit we hope you will accept this gift and if not, well, maybe next time."

    1. EKG
    2. More
    3. Random Name Generator
    4. The Joke Explained
    5. You Satellite
    6. Taste the Ceiling
    7. Pickled Ginger
    8. Where Do I Begin
    9. Cold Slope
    10. King Of You
    11. Magnetized
    Wilco
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • GNV FLA (Awaiting Repress) GNV FLA (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

    $39.99
    Buy Now
    x

    GNV FLA (Awaiting Repress)

    Limited Edition 7 Box Set


    This GNV FLA 7 Box Set is a companion piece to Less Than Jake's recently released seventh album. Consisting of live, acoustic or demo versions of the album tracks as well as B-side culled from the studio and stage, these three 7 singles offer exlusive content not available anywhere else. Included in the box will also be the full GNV FLA CD album, a poster of the band and a DVD of in-studio footage arranged and edited by LTJ trombonist Louis Buddy Schaub from the GNV FLA recording sessions and live performances from concerts and in-stores.


    With their ninth album GNV FLA, named in honor of their hometown of Gainesville, Florida, Less Than Jake reverts back to the roots of what has made them ska-punk icons. Musically, GNV FLA is a return to form and it revisits the traditional Less Than Jake trademark sound of horn driven, bouncy ska grooves. Produced by Matt Allison (Rise Against, Alkaline Trio, The Falcon) at Atlas Studios in Chicago. The record is due out on the band's own Sleep It Off Records and it's their first non-major label album since 2000's Borders and Boundaries.

    1. City Of Gainesville
    2. The State Of Florida
    3. Does the Lion City Still Roar?
    4. Summon Monsters
    5. Abandon Ship
    6. Handshake Meets Pokerface
    7. Settling Son
    8. Malachi Richter's Liquor's Quicker
    9. Golden Age Of My Negative Ways
    10. The Space They Can't Touch
    11. Conviction Notice
    12. This One's Gonna Leave A Bruise
    13. The Life Of The Party Has Left The Building
    14. Devil In My DNA
    Less Than Jake
    $39.99
    Limited Edition 7 Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Light: On The South Side (Awaiting Repress) Light: On The South Side (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

    $76.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Light: On The South Side (Awaiting Repress)

    2 LPs and 132-page book!


    Between 1975-1977, Chicago's South Side night clubs were a little lighter. Photographer Michael Abramson hit Perv's House, Pepper's Hideout, The High Chaparral, The Patio Lounge, and The Showcase Lounge, not to capture the artists on stage, instead popping off a half dozen rolls every night on the crowd. Light: On The South Side gathers for the first time over 100 of these images, as Numero Group shines its own strobe on yet another dark corner of the past. The 132-page hard back book features photos, an ephemera section, and an essay by Nick Hornby.


    Housed in a gorgeous slipcase with the 12x12 book is Pepper's Jukebox, a seventeen track compilation of the kind of funky Chicago blues heard from the stage and the Wurlitzer. The deluxe 2LP set is packaged in a sharp gatefold jacket with two inner sleeves crammed to the gills with label scans and stories. All in all, it's the classiest Numero record ever made, spotted easily from across the room with its near 2 spine.


    Light: On the South Side is undoubtedly Numeros most extravagant and audaciously packaged seta dazzling collection that should receive an automatic Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package. Housed in a slipcase box, the compilations 2-LP gatefold vinyl and 132-page hardbound 12x12 book offer the ultimate immersion into Chicagos African-American South Side nightclubs and the sounds, sights, personalities, and smells that filled them on a nightly basis. The gorgeous collection is a prerequisite for any fan of blues, R&B, and soul (and by natural extension, rock and pop)and anyone curious to glimpse a bygone era of life-after-dark celebrations staged by urbanites that lived for evenings on the dance floor, in front of the Wurlitzer, and in leather booths surrounded by the opposite sex, booze, and cigarettes. -Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 25

    1. Arlean Brown - I'm A Streaker Baby
    2. Bobby Rush - Bowlegged Woman
    3. Ricky Allen - No Better Time Than Now
    4. Little Mac Simmons - The Same One
    5. Lady Margo - This Is My Prayer
    6. Andrew Brown - You Made Me Suffer
    7. Artie White - Gimmie Some Of Yours
    8. Lucille Span - Women's Lib
    9. Hugh Hawkins - Bring It Down Front
    10. Slim Willis Band - I Sayed That
    11. Little Ed - It's A Dream
    12. Syl Johnson - Is It Because I'm Black
    13. Walter 'Butterball' Davis - Baby Watcha' Doing
    14. Willie Williams - Detroit Blues
    15. Little Mack - Goose Walk
    16. Detroit Jr. - Young Blood
    17. Willie Davis - I Learned My Lesson
    18. James Kind - California Lady
    Various Artists
    $76.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Mermaid Avenue Vol. III Mermaid Avenue Vol. III Quick View

    $29.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Mermaid Avenue Vol. III

    When American folk legend Woody Guthrie died in 1967, at the age of 55, among his stored belongings were thousands of complete song lyrics for which he had not written out music or made recordings. Many of them had been written in the 1940s and '50s, in the Guthrie family home on Mermaid Avenue in Coney Island, Brooklyn. The lyrics remained in boxes for decades, but once his daughter Nora found them in the 1990s, she knew they had to be shared. She approached English singer-songwriter and activist Billy Bragg to select some to set to music. The Chicago rock band Wilco came aboard soon after, with Jeff Tweedy writing music-along with his late bandmate Jay Bennett on some songs-and the band recording with both Tweedy and Bragg on vocals. Natalie Merchant joined the group to sing a duet with Bragg and two solo songs, and guitarist/singer Corey Harris, who wrote two songs and co-wrote one, performed on many tracks.


    In 1998, the first batch of songs was released to critical acclaim as Mermaid Avenue, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Folk Album. This second volume followed in 2000. This third volume, released in conjunction with Mermaid Avenue: The Complete Sessions.

    LP 1
    1. Bugeye Jim
    2. When the Roses Bloom Again
    3. Gotta Work
    4. My Thirty Thousand
    5. Ought to Be Satisfied Now
    6. Listening to the Wind That Blows
    7. Go Down to the Water
    8. Chain of Broken Hearts


    LP 2
    9. Jailcell Blues
    10. Don't You Marry
    11. Give Me a Nail
    12. The Jolly Banker
    13. Union Prayer
    14. Be Kind to the Boy on the Road
    15. Ain'ta Gonna Grieve
    16. Tea Bag Blues
    17. I'm Out to Get

    Billy Bragg & Wilco
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Gratitude Gratitude Quick View

    $44.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Gratitude

    180 Gram Translucent Blue Colored Vinyl With Gatefold Cover


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso


    Manufactured At R.T.I.


    During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Mid-western area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.


    After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.


    Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.


    In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.


    A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).


    Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.


    The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.


    The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.


    During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.


    The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.


    Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."


    The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."


    The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.


    In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.


    In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."


    Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."


    In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.


    Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."

    LP 1
    1. Introduction

    2. Africano/ Power Medley

    3. Yearnin' Learnin'

    4. Devotion

    5. Sun Goddess
    6. Reasons

    7. Sing A Message To You


    LP 2
    1. Shining Star

    2. New World Symphony
    3. Sunshine

    4. Singasong

    5. Gratitude

    6. Celebrate

    7. Can't Hide Love

    Earth, Wind & Fire
    $44.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
  • Greatest Hits (Awaiting Repress) Greatest Hits (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

    $42.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Greatest Hits (Awaiting Repress)

    180 Gram Translucent Gold Colored Vinyl With Gatefold Cover


    During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Midwestern area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.


    After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.


    Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.


    In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.


    A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).


    Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.


    The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.


    The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.


    During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.


    The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.


    Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."


    The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."


    The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.


    In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.


    In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."


    Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."


    In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.


    Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."

    LP 1
    1. Shining Star

    2. That's The Way Of The World
    3. September

    4. Can't Hide Love

    5. Got To Get You Into My Life
    6. Sing A Song

    7. Gratitude

    8. Serpentine Fire

    9. Fantasy


    LP 2
    1. Kalimba Story
    2. Mighty Mighty

    3. Reasons

    4. Saturday Nite

    5. Let's Groove

    6. Boogie Wonderland ( with The Emotions)
    7. After The Love Has Gone

    8. Getaway

    Earth, Wind & Fire
    $42.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Kicking The Television: Live In Chicago (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Kicking The Television: Live In Chicago (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

    $74.99
    x

    Kicking The Television: Live In Chicago (Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    Recorded over four nights in May at The Vic Theatre in Chicago, we finally get a live Wilco album. 'It's really the best it's ever felt,' said Jeff Tweedy, 'I would say at this point, I don't think I've ever been in a band that's felt this connected and unified with this collective vision.' To document that collective vision that band called upon veteran mixing engineer Jim Scott (Tom Petty, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews, Johnny Cash) to capture the energy, excitement, clarity and musicality that has earned Wilco continued praise for their live shows around the world. Bolstered by experimental guitarist Nels Cline and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone, Wilco can now move effortlessly from soaring rock anthems like 'Shot in the Arm' to dynamic dazzlers like 'Hummingbird' and 'Muzzle of Bees.' There is a welcoming delicacy that adds beauty to Jeff Tweedy's songs and the late-night ballads. One of America's greatest bands has never sounded better.
    1. Misunderstood
    2. Company in My Back
    3. The Late Greats
    4. Hell Is Chrome
    5. Handshake Drugs
    6. I Am Trying to Break Your Heart
    7. Shot in the Arm
    8. At Least That's What You Said
    9. Wishful Thinking
    10. Jesus, Etc.
    11. I'm the Man Who Loves You
    12. Kicking Television
    13. Via Chicago
    14. Hummingbird
    15. Muzzle of Bees
    16. One by One
    17. Airline to Heaven
    18. Radio Cure
    19. Ashes of American Flags
    20. Heavy Metal Drummer
    21. Poor Places
    22. Spiders (Kidsmoke)
    23. Comment
    24. Another Man's Done Gone (previously unreleased)
    25. How to Fight Loneliness (previously unreleased)
    26. Theologians (previously unreleased)

    27. Kamera (previously unreleased))
    28. Just a Kid (previously unreleased)
    29. Outtasite (Outta Mind) (previously unreleased)
    30. I'm a Wheel (previously unreleased)
    Wilco
    $74.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Box Set Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Africa: 50 Years Of Music (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Africa: 50 Years Of Music (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

    $159.99
    x

    Africa: 50 Years Of Music (Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    Includes 30-Page Book


    When the 18-CD boxed set entitled Africa: 50 Years of Music was released last year, the acclaim was loud, hearty and near-unanimous. Monumental, declared the New York Times. Incredible, exclaimed The Nation. National Public Radio described it as a delightful and dizzying panorama and Pitchfork recommended it as an invaluable addition to anyones music library. The Chicago Reader found it the most important compilation of African pop ever assembled. Rolling Stone gave it 4½ stars and the 25th annual fRoots Critics Poll named it Best Compilation of the Year.


    Now comes the vinyl edition: 5 LPs enclosed in a deluxe box with a lavishly illustrated 32-page book, featuring historic recordings by E.T. Mensah, Salif Keita, Orchestre Baobab, Mulatu Astatke, Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, Ali Farka TourÉ, Africando, Konono No. 1 and 22 other great African artists.

    LP 1

    1. ET Mensah - Ghana Freedom (1956) - Ghana
    2. Geraldo Pino heavy heavy heavy (1970) Sierra Leone
    3. Prince Nico Mbarga Sweet Mother (1976) - Nigeria
    4. Orchestra Baobab Jin Ma Jin Ma (1978) Senegal
    5. Africando, Yay Boy (1994) - Senegal
    6. Mamadou Barry, NNiyo (2009) Guinea


    LP 2
    1. Salif Keita, Mandjou (1978) - Mali
    2. Ismael Lô, Tadieu Bone (1984) - Senegal
    3. Ali Farka TourÉ, Dofana (1992) - Mali
    4. Amadou & Mariam, Baara, (1998) - Mali
    5. Rokia TraorÉ, Mbifo (2003) - Mali


    LP 3
    1. Letta Mbulu, Welele (1968) South Africa
    2. Stella Chiwese, Paite Rima (2002) - Zimbabwe
    3. The Four Brothers, Makorokoto (1988) - Zimbabwe
    4. Super Mama Djombo - Dissan Na M'Bera Guinea Bissau
    5. Thomas Mapfumo, Shumba (2006) - Zimbabwe
    6. Hip Hop Pantsula, O Mang (2004) - Bostwana


    LP 4
    1. Bonga, Mulemba Xangola (2000) Angola
    2. Luis Morais, Boas Festas (1967) Cape Verde

    3. Tony Von, NHoca (69-75) Angola
    4. Artur Nunes, Kisua Ki Ngui Fua (69-75) Angola
    5. Alemayehu Eshete, Feqer Feqer New (1969) - Ethiopia
    6. Mulatu Astatqe, Yegelle Tezeta (1972) Ethiopia
    7. Slim Ali & The Hodi Boys, Sweet Mother (1977) Kenya

    8. Poly Rythmo, SÉmassa ZÉro + ZÉro (1983) - Benin


    LP 5
    1. Andre Mari Tala, Hot Koki (1975) - Cameroun
    2. Francis Bebey, la Condition Masculine (1976) - Cameroun

    3. Bebe Manga, Ami O (1981) - Cameroun
    4. Maitre Gazonga, Jaloux Saboteurs (1984) - Tchad
    5. Konono n°1, Paradiso (2004) Republic of Congo

    Various Artists
    $159.99
    Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Temporarily out of stock
  • 1
Go to top