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The HeatAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time
Features 3 Sides Of Music And A Digitally Sketched Design On The Fourth Side
The Heat is the second studio album by the American rock band Needtobreathe, originally released in 2007 by Atlantic Records and now available for the first time on vinyl.
The album reached No. 164 on Billboard's Top 200 and No. 2 on the Top Heatseekers charts. The first single from the album, Signature of Divine (Yahweh), reached No. 1 on R&R's Christian contemporary hit radio chart, and was the No. 14 most played song in 2007 on the same radio format. Washed by the Water was the sixth most-played song on R&R magazine's Christian CHR chart for 2008. The Heat was GMA Dove Award-nominated for Rock/Contemporary Album of the Year, as well as Rock/Contemporary Song of the Year for the song Signature of Divine (Yahweh).LP 1
1. Spare The Time
5. We Could Run Away
6. Streets Of Gold
7. More Time
8. Signature Of Divine (Yahweh)
9. Looks Like Love
10. The Heat
1. Nothing Left To Lose
2. Moving On
3. Washed By The Water
4. Second Chances$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Casting CrownsCasting Crowns is the first studio album by the American Christian rock band Casting Crowns. Produced by Mark A. Miller and Steven Curtis Chapman, the album was originally released on October 30, 2003, by Beach Street Records. It incorporates a pop rock and rock sound, with the main instruments used in the album being guitar, keyboard and violin. Casting Crowns received positive reviews from music critics, many of whom praised the album's lyrics and production quality. It was nominated for Pop/Contemporary Album of the Year at the 35th GMA Dove Awards, while its singles were nominated for and received various awards.1. What If His People Prayed
2. If We Are the Body
3. Voice of Truth
4. Who Am I
5. American Dream
6. Here I Go Again
7. Praise You with the Dance
9. Life of Praise
10. Your Love Is Extravagant$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Motion: The RemixesThe all new In Motion: The Remixes from Amy Grant features a collection of hits remixed by well known remix engineers and DJs. With hits like "Baby
Baby," "Every Heartbeat," and "That's What Love Is For" this remix album brings a new sound to the songs that have defined Amy's career.
As a teenager nearly 30 years ago, Amy Grant began embracing fans with a heartfelt singer-songwriter style mixing elements of pop, folk and country. As
Contemporary Christian music's first major crossover success, she has earned three multi-platinum albums, six other platinum albums and four more gold
albums. She's scored 10 Top 40 pop singles and 17 Top 40 Adult Contemporary tracks as well as a string of Contemporary Christian chart-toppers while
winning six Grammy® Awards and numerous Dove Awards. Her latest studio album How Mercy Looks From Here released May 14, 2013 and debuted at
#12 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart.1. That's What Love Is For (Amy Grant Featuring Chris Cox) Radio Edit
2. Stay For Awhile (Amy Grant Featuring Tony Moran and Warren Rigg) Radio Mix
3. You're Not Alone (Amy Grant Featuring Guy Scheiman) Radio Edit
4. Every Heartbeat (Amy Grant Featuring Moto Blanco) Radio Edit
5. Better Than A Hallelujah (Amy Grant Featuring Mark Picchiotti) Gospel Radio Edit
6. Love Will Find A Way (Amy Grant Featuring Ralphi Rosario) Big Room Radio Edit
7. Baby, Baby (Amy Grant Featuring Dave Aude) Radio Edit
8. Say Once More (Amy Grant Featuring Hex Hector) Radio Edit$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Displacement (Awaiting Repress)Cascading keyboards, unnerving guitars, off-kilter rhythms, and the grotesque lyricism of THE PHANTOM LIMBS forge a grandiose monument on the verge of collapse like a gothic cathedral built on quicksand.
Their unsettling ilk of carny death rock & punk draws comparisons to The Screamers and Christian Death or contemporaries like the Subtonix, but don't expect today's glut of punks-with-keyboards playing 80s redux! THE PHANTOM LIMBS have carved out a lonesome place for themselves, finding inspiration in Kurt Weill rather than Duran Duran & Culture Club.
Produced by Dan Rathbun of Sleepytime Gorilla Museum.1. Active Verbs
2. Castanets Cookie
3. Wrenches And Spoons
5. From A Distance
7. Ear To The Ground
8. Turtle Doves$7.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-MAC-1516xChristian McBride Big Band
Bringin' It (Awaiting Repress)Iconic bassist Christian McBride has been doing what the title of his upcoming big band album implores for years: Bringin' It. This highly anticipated release, which follows the Christian McBride Big Band's 2011 Grammy® Award-winning debut, The Good Feeling, puts his status and skills as an all-around entertainer on full display. With a list of growing accolades including his recent appointment as Artistic Director at the Newport Jazz Festival, hosting shows on SiriusXM ("The Lowdown: Conversations with Christian") and NPR ("Jazz Night in America," as well as frequent online contributions to various programs including "All Things Considered"), speaking engagements, and occasional DJ performances under the alias DJ Brother Mister, he's more than just a bandleader: Christian McBride is transcending that title to something more complete.
If it is true that jazz is a sponge for musicians to absorb and then squeeze out what they hear to produce their own sound, McBride has been "bringin' it" for quite a long time. From his amazing quintet, Inside Straight, to his avant-garde leaning quartet, New Jawn, the contemporary sound of his fusion group, A Christian McBride Situation, to the critically acclaimed music he's made with his trio, the bassist has always disseminated his own unique 360-degree view of jazz.
While the music played by the Christian McBride Big Band is on the cutting edge of 21st century large ensemble music, the orchestra's presentation, like its sound, respects the past while looking forward. Danny Ray, the legendary stage announcer for James Brown, travels with the group to give the leader an old-school intro before playing his thoroughly modern music. "I love having the show aspect of it as well, with Danny Ray there, and being able to create somewhat of a show while also having Melissa there as our vocalist."
That would be Melissa Walker, who graces Bringin' It on two tracks: "Upside Down," originally done by Brazilian superstar Djavan, and the unlikely slick arrangement of "Mr. Bojangles." In addition to maintaining a career in jazz, Walker is also the co-founder of Jazz House Kids, the award winning jazz education center and she's Mrs. Christian McBride.
Only two tracks on this 11-song set were not arranged by the leader: the "Upside Down" arrangement was contributed by Norman Simmons, while "Optimism" is from the person he's known the longest in his band, trombonist Steve Davis. Davis has the distinction of being the very last Jazz Messenger that Art Blakey hired before he died in 1990.
"I saw that last Jazz Messengers band that Steve was in," McBride remembers. "Blakey was a huge influence on me and because of that, Steve and I share the same compositional and arranging DNA. You see, even though I've been influenced by every great big band and every great arranger I've ever heard, three of my greatest influences - not just as composers but also as improvisers - are Freddie Hubbard, Wayne Shorter and Cedar Walton. I mean before, after and during the period when they were with Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers."
McBride played bass for Freddie Hubbard's quintet for nearly three years starting when he was 18. One of the songs he loved to play with the legendary trumpeter was "Thermo." A few years ago he brought this arrangement to a gig with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. When the four trumpeters had to work hard to go over the riffs in the tune, McBride felt a certain pride. "I just thought that Freddie was somewhere up in heaven laughing," says McBride.
Perennial poll-topping arranger Maria Schneider has also been an influence on McBride. He cites times when he'd just bug her for hours, peppering her with questions, particularly on a recent trip to Europe. He honors her with his rendition of "I Thought About You." "She has an arrangement of 'Giant Steps' where she arranged the melody over a D pedal so I said let me try something like that," McBride recounts. "That's where that came from. She really gave me a lot of information and has been a great influence on me."
Another aspect that has helped the bassist find his voice as an arranger is the fact that, except for drummer Quincy Phillips, this is the exact same band that recorded with him six years ago. "These guys know my sound. They know my style. They know what my compositional and arranging DNA is. I've been able to keep the exact same unit, so like Duke Ellington used to do, I can write for my guys because I know their sound and style.
"As for my originals, they all have been recorded with my small groups," he continues on about the tracks "Gettin' To It," "Youthful Bliss," and "Used'ta Could." "As an arranger I'm still in the early stages of my development so it seems to me the best way to really make my hopeful ascension into a better arranger is to obviously take a song I've already written and try to add to that and make it a worthy large ensemble song."
While the Wes Montgomery smoker "Full House" isn't a McBride original, it is part of his development as an arranger - it's a big band chart he first created for guitarist Russell Malone at Jazz Aspen in 2009. He says he's tweaked it since then for his go-to guitarist Rodney Jones. For the McCoy Tyner classic "Sahara," the bassist channeled his 20+ years of playing with the legendary Chick Corea, for which McBride won two of his five Grammys. Another one of his Grammys came from a co-op project with Tyner. "I always thought of Chick, in his early years, as being a branch from the tree of McCoy Tyner, if you will," he commented.
McBride's work ethic is evident in the challenge he set for himself on the steamy old ballad "In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning." "I decided to torture myself by writing that arrangement in the key of B. To me that's a very pretty key, but it is a very hard key for a double bass because I get to play no open strings," McBride explains. "When I play it live, every bass player in the house comes to me and says, 'is that in B? Why do you do that?' Maybe it's because I'm crazy, but I really wanted to do something difficult and keep myself on my toes."
Planning to keep this group simmering while he simultaneously resurrects his Inside Straight band and introduces his new trio, Tip City, McBride is most excited to embrace the golden age of big bands while they continue bringin' it with more gigs and their first European tour. "With my big band I try to combine all of my journeys and goals as a musician and then try to put it in a wrapper of show business," the five-time Grammy® Award-winner comments. "I really think in that sense I'm following something of a big band tradition."1. Gettin' To It
3. Youthful Bliss
4. I Thought About You
6. Upside Down
7. Full House
8. Mr. Bojangles
9. Used 'ta Could
10. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
11. Optimism$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Wonder (Awaiting Repress)There's a certain humility and attitude of reverence that has long been giving birth to the undeniable excellence of Hillsong UNITED's music, and this has never been more evident than it is in the band's brand new album: Wonder. Filled with pulsing tempo, bright tones and colorful melodies, Wonder is a departure sonically from the band's contemplative 2015 release, Empires. Following a theme of awe and 'wonder,' the new album finds Hillsong UNITED more amazed by the awesomeness of grace than by their storied career and on-going list of accolades. The RIAA multi-platinum artists have been named Billboard's Christian Artist of the Year (2015 & 2016), received the American Music Award for Favorite Artist: Contemporary Inspirational (2016), and is the most followed Christian artist across all social media platforms with a collective total audience of over 9.1M.
Teeming with the lyrical imagery and vocal prowess that fans have come to expect from UNITED, Wonder is sure to be an instant classic. Featuring songs 'Future Marches In,' 'So Will I' and the energetic title track 'Wonder' fans are sure to be listening to this album for years to come.1. Wonder
2. Shadow Step
3. Future Marches In
4. So Will I (100 Billion X)
5. Splinters and Stones
6. Glimmer In The Dust
7. Greatest Of These
8. Shape Of Your Heart
9. Not Today
11. Rain \ Reign
12. Water To Wine$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Judee SillJudee Sill's debut album (as well as the debut of the Asylum label) heralded a major new talent in the airy, contemporary folk world of the early '70s. The album employed the production skills of Sill's ex-husband Bob Harris, as well as ex-Turtle and ex-Leaves Jimmy Pons, and Graham Nash (on the album's sole single, 'Jesus Was s Crossmaker'). Judee Sill featured all original compositions, many of which relied on Sill's own brand of cosmological Christian imagery to make their point. By turns spare and lavishly orchestrated, there is still a cohesive feel to all of the album; her lyrics are exceptionally poetic and her voice is smooth enough to give every song a shimmery feel. The essence of the music is folk, the execution pop: the songs feel like a comfort blanket, a statement of hope from a troubled soul.1. Jesus Was a Crossmaker$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm Not There (Bob Dylan)Import
I'm Not There is a meta-biographical film re-imaging the life of Bob Dylan as portrayed by six different actors - Marcus Carl Franklin, Ben Whishaw, Heath Ledger, Christian Bale, Richard Gere, and Cate Blanchett - in six different phases of the artists life and career.
The 4LP I'm Not There set features songs from and inspired by this film. The new interpretations of Bob Dylan songs are performed by an eclectic cavalcade of acclaimed and celebrated contemporary musicians including Eddie Vedder (Pearl Jam), Sonic Youth, Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Jack Johnson, Sufjan Stevens, Mark Lanegan and many others!
Many of the album's performances include backing from The Million Dollar Bashers, an ensemble created especially for 'Im Not There' by Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo, featuring Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley, Television guitarist Tom Verlaine, Wilco bassist Nels Cline, guitarist Smokey Hormel, keyboardist John Medeski and long-time Bob Dylan band bassist Tony Garnier. Other tracks on the album feature the alternative-country band Calexico backing up artists.
I'm Not There includes two versions of the enigmatic title track, a new interpretation performed by Sonic Youth and the original Bob Dylan recording, a rare often-bootlegged outtake from The Basement Tapes sessions which has been unavailable on any official release for a long time.LP1
1. Eddie Vedder & Million Dollar Bashers, The - All Along The Watchtower
2. Sonic Youth - I'm Not There
3. Jim James & Calexico - Goin' To Acapulco
4. Richie Havens - Tombstone Blues
5. Stephen Malkmus & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Ballad Of A Thin Man
6. Cat Power - Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
7. John Doe - Pressing On
8. Yo La Tengo - Fourth Time Around
1. Iron & Whine & Calexico - Dark Eyes
2. Karen O & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Highway 61 Revisited
3. Roger Mcguinn & Calexico - One More Cup Of Coffee
4. Mason Jennings - The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll
5. Los Lobos - Billy 1
6. Jeff Tweedy - Simple Twist Of Fate
7. Mark Lanegan - Man In The Long Black Coat
8. Willie Nelson & Calexico - Señor (Tales Of Yankee Power)
1. Mira Billotte - As I Went Out One Morning
2. Stephen Malkmus & Lee Ranaldo - Can't Leave Her Behind
3. Sufjan Stevens - Ring Them Bells
4. Charlotte Gainsbourg & Calexico - Just Like A Woman
5. Jack Johnson - Mama You've Been On My Mind / A Fraction Of Last Thoughts On Woody Guthrie
6. Yo La Tengo - I Wanna Be Your Lover
7. Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova - You Ain't Goin' Nowhere
8. Hold Steady, The - Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window?
9. Ramblin' Jack Elliot - Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues
10. Black Keys, The - The Wicked Messenger
1. Tom Verlaine & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Cold Irons Bound
2. Mason Jennings - The Times They Are A Changin'
3. Stephen Malkmus & Million Dollar Bashers, The - Maggie's Farm
4. Marcus Carl Franklin - When The Ship Comes In
5. Bob Forrest - Moonshiner
6. John Doe - I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
7. Antony & The Johnsons - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
8. Bob Dylan With Band, The - I'm Not There$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Awe OweDrawing from a rich variety of influences from the cradle to his crate digging years, Roberto C. Lange as Helado Negro cites influences such as Funkadelic, DJ Premiere, South American 60's pop, Arthur Russell, Ecuadorean ballad singer Julio Jaramillo, and the production style of Adrian Sherwoods in the early ON-U Sound releases. But when asked about his contemporaries, Lange references all the players on the album, adding the names of visual artists David Ellis and Christian Marclay, two artists who use elements of DJ culture in their work. This is apropos when listening to the record.1. Venceremos
2. Espuma Negra
3. Dos Sue?os
5. I Wish
7. Time Aparts
9. Ver a Ver
11. Deja$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One-Sided, Bloodred 180 Gram 12 Vinyl LP Limited To 666 Copies
Technicolor Skull is an experiment in light and sound, exploring the psychic impact of a magick ritual in the context of an improvised performance. With Brian Butler on guitar and electronic instruments, and Kenneth Anger on theremin, their collaboration is a performance contained inside a ritual of unknown origin, tapping into occult stories that extend musical language into initiation. Hidden messages escape through gesture and light, manifesting as a one-time-only event.
Technicolor Skull performed their first West Coast appearance at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles on November 19, 2011, as part of the opening reception for Kenneth Anger: ICONS. This exhibition will showcase the films, books, and artwork of one of the most original and enigmatic filmmakers of post-war American cinema.
Kenneth Anger was born in Santa Monica, California. His most iconic works include the classic Fireworks (1947), Eaux D'Artifice (1953), Rabbit?s Moon (1950-1973), Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954-66), Scorpio Rising (1964), Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969) and Lucifer Rising (1970-81). His work has been featured at the Whitney Biennial 2006, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Centre, New York in 2009 and the Athens Biennial 2009. He lives and works in Los Angeles. Brian Butler is an artist and musician living in Los Angeles. He has been included in: Projections curated By Aaron Rose at Roberts & Tilton, Los Angeles; Bright Morning Star curated by Natxo Checa at Galeria ZÉ dos Bois, Lisbon, Portugal; Onedreamrush at Today's Art Museum, Beijing; and The 2nd Athens Biennale. His films have screened at the Tate Modern and the Cannes Film Festival. As a musician, he has recorded and or performed music with artists such as VON LMO, Rozz Williams (Christian Death), and Moving Units.1. Technicolor Skull$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In Flight (Pure Pleasure)Simply one of the greatest guitarists in jazz history, George Benson is an amazingly versatile musician, whose adept skills find him crossing easily between straight-ahead jazz, smooth jazz, and contemporary R&B. Blessed with supreme taste, a beautiful, rounded guitar tone, terrific speed, a marvelous sense of logic in building solos, and, always, an unquenchable urge to swing, Benson's inspirations may have been Charlie Christian and Wes Montgomery, but his style is completely his own. Not only can he play lead brilliantly, he is also one of the best rhythm guitarists around, supportive to soloists and a dangerous swinger, particularly in a soul-jazz format.
Yet Benson can also sing in a lush, soulful tenor with mannerisms similar to those of Stevie Wonder and Donny Hathaway, and it is his voice that has proven more marketable to the public than his guitar. Benson is the guitar-playing equivalent of Nat King Cole - a fantastic pianist whose smooth way with a pop vocal eventually eclipsed his instrumental prowess in the marketplace - but unlike Cole, Benson has been granted enough time after his fling with the pop charts to reaffirm his jazz guitar credentials, which he still does at his concerts.
In the wake of This Masquerade, the balance of power shifted for the first time toward George Benson's suddenly marketable voice; four of the six tracks on In Flight are vocals. By this time, Benson was tailoring his tenor toward soulful pitch-bending à la Stevie Wonder on tunes as diverse as Nature Boy and The World Is a Ghetto, and the unison scatting with the guitar that caught fire with the public on Masquerade is now pulled out whenever possible. Benson's backing band from Breezin', still set in its funk mode, is intact, and Claus Ogerman again contributes gentle orchestral cushions. The two instrumentals, particularly Donny Hathaway's Valdez in the Country, prove that Benson remained a brilliantly inventive melodist on guitar, in full possession of his powers. Yet there is every indication here that Benson was set upon becoming primarily a pop star.
- Richard S. Ginell (AllMusic)
- George Benson (vocal, guitar)
- Jorge Dalto (clavinet, piano)
- Ronnie Foster (electric piano, synthesizer)
- Phil Upchruch (guitar, bass)
- Stanley Banks(bass)
- Harvey Mason (drums)
- Ralph MacDonald (percussion)
Recording: 1977 at Capitol Studios, Hollywood, by Al Schmitt
Production: Tommy Lipuma
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Nature Boy
2. The Wind And I
3. The World Is A Ghetto
4. Gonna Love You More
5. Valdez In The Country
6. Everything Must Change$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now