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  • King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1 Quick View

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    King Of The Delta Blues Singers Vol. 1

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    Remastered Audio


    If one would ever have to start assembling a serious Blues collection, Robert Johnson's King Of The Delta Blues Singers vol. 1 would be the best purchase. The mythical figure that inspired the worldwide Blues revival in the Sixties will forever be credited with inspiring guitar greats like Clapton and Hendrix to pick up a guitar.


    Johnson lived a short but impactful musical tenure in the Thirties. After apparently 'selling his soul at the crossroads', Johnson quickly became the best Country Blues singer in his time, however a tormented one. The devil eventually took his soul at a too young age of 27. The remastered audio of this original 1961 collection of material is simply stunning - Robert Johnson never sounded so alive.

    1. Crossroads Blues
    2. Terraplane Blues
    3. Come On In My Kitchen
    4. Walking Blues
    5. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    6. 32-20 Blues
    7. Kindhearted Woman Blues
    8. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
    9. Preaching Blues
    10. When You Got A Good Friend
    11. Rambling On My Mind
    13. Stones In My Passway
    14. Traveling Riverside Blues
    15. Milkcow's Calf Blues
    16. Me And The Devil Blues
    17. Hellhound On My Trail
    Robert Johnson
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  • Me And Mr. Johnson Me And Mr. Johnson Quick View

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    Me And Mr. Johnson

    On Me And Mr. Johnson, Eric Clapton
    covers 14 of the 29 songs Robert Johnson,
    the most mythic figure of the blues, wrote
    and recorded in his lifetime. For fans of
    deep blues, it doesn't get any better than
    this. After the success of Clapton's first
    two traditional blues albums-1994's Grammy®
    -winning triple-platinum, #1 pop From
    The Cradle, and 2000's Grammy-winning,
    double-platinum, #3-charting Riding With
    The King collaboration with B.B. King-Me
    And Mr. Johnson finds Claptononce
    more at the crossroads of blues and rock.


    BAND:

    Eric Clapton, lead guitar, lead vocals

    Andy Fairweather Low, guitar

    Doyle Bramhall II, guitar

    Billy Preston, keyboards

    Jerry Portnoy, harmonica

    Nathan East, bass

    Steve Gadd, drums


    PRODUCERS:

    Eric Clapton

    Simon Climie

    1. When You Got a Good Friend
    2. Little Queen of Spades
    3. They're Red Hot
    4. Me and the Devil Blues
    5. Traveling Riverside Blues
    6. Last Fair Deal Gone Down
    7. Stop Breakin' Down Blues
    8. Milkcow's Calf Blues
    9. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
    10. Come On In My Kitchen
    11. If I Had Possession Over Judgment Day
    12. Love In Vain
    13. 32-20 Blues
    14. Hell Hound On My Trail
    Eric Clapton
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  • The Best Of Mountain The Best Of Mountain Quick View

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    The Best Of Mountain


    The Mountain 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues On Friday Music!


    The Legendary Greatest Hits ..First Time On Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios.


    Manufactured By R.T.I.


    In 1973, the good folks at Windfall and Columbia Records compiled
    an amazing overview of Mountain's most memorable and fan driven
    favorites simply titled The Best Of Mountain. This collection featured the
    brilliant lead vocals and dangerous guitar work of Leslie West, the sorely
    missed bass guitar, lead vocals and production of Felix Pappalardi (Cream),
    the driving keyboards of Steve Knight and the heavy metal drums of Corky
    Laing.


    This mammoth collection had something for every one of its devoted
    fans as it culled tracks not only from the band's output on Windfall like their
    earth shattering smashes Mississippi Queen and Nantucket Sleighride, but
    it also included the rare LP edit version of Roll Over Beethoven. Therefore,
    a good majority of the hits and definitive Mountain tracks are included on
    this career overview of songs which will forever stand the test of heavy metal
    time.


    Their most familiar songs from Climbing!, Flowers Of Evil and
    Nantucket Sleighride are featured with hard rockers like Never In My Life,
    Don't Look Around and Crossroader. Plus even more Mountain classics are
    included like Tanuta, The Animal Trainer And The Toad and The Boys In The
    Band.


    The hard rocking progressive sound of Mountain is also highlighted
    with massive hits like their definitive interpretation of Jack Bruce & Pete
    Brown's Theme For An Imaginary Western and their stellar tribute to the
    Woodstock nation with the legendary For Yasgur's Farm.


    The music of Mountain has made them one of the most loved bands
    of all time. Even to this day, their concerts are important events worldwide,
    their albums and songs are of legendary proportion, and the undying energy
    between each of its individual members is second to no one.


    Friday Music is honored once again to announce another installment
    to our beloved Mountain/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series
    with the first time HQ vinyl release of The Best Of Mountain. This audiophile
    event is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and features all of the original
    Windfall Records versions of their finest recordings ever.


    For this special 40th Anniversary limited edition release, we are also
    including for the first time in four decades, the original alternate front cover
    LP gatefold artwork not seen in years, which will truly enhance your hours
    of listening enjoyment. And as always, we include a protective vinyl sleeve
    for the fine album cover and poly-lined sleeve for the audiophile vinyl disc to
    help keep your musical investment in mint shape.


    The Best Of Mountain ..Relive your favorite hard rock moments
    once again with Leslie, Felix, Corky and Steve . now an audiophile vinyl
    reality .from your friends at Friday Music.

    1. Never in My Life
    2. Taunta (Sammy's Tune)
    3. Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
    4. Roll Over Beethoven
    5. For Yasgur's Farm
    6. The Animal Trainer and the Toad
    7. Mississippi Queen
    8. King's Chorale
    9. Boys in the Band
    10. Don't Look Around
    11. Theme for an Imaginary Western
    12. Crossroader
    Mountain
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  • Crossroads Crossroads Quick View

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    Crossroads

    The first-ever reissue of the private-press country-rock rarity by Colorado auto body painter, Marine,
    and garage band lifer Kenny Knight-he played in the original `60s Black Flag-Crossroads recalls
    a homebrew American Beauty-era Grateful Dead in its world-weary, low-key mood and indelible
    songwriting. Faded, anxious, melancholy, and beautifully woozy, this out-of-time document belies its
    1980 release date. Produced in collaboration with Numero Group, it features liner notes by writer
    and collector Michael Klausman and Kenny himself.
    1. Does He Hide
    2. One Down
    3. All My Memories
    4. Carry Me Down
    5. Jean
    6. To Be Free
    7. Baby's Back
    8. You Can Tell Me I'm Wrong
    9. Whiskey
    10. America
    Kenny Knight
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  • The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (Box Set) The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (Box Set) Quick View

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    The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads (Box Set)

    Reissue Of Debut Album By Lift To Experience


    Deluxe Box Set Contains 2001 John Peel Session And Original Demo EP From 1997


    Newly Remixed By Matt Pence (Centro-Matic)


    Mute will reissue Lift To Experience's cult classic double album, The Texas-Jerusalem Crossroads. This a brand new mix of the album and has been re-mastered in Texas by Matt Pence in the same studio it was originally recorded in over 15 years ago. Full circle, as God intended! Repackaged with all new artwork and available as a vinyl box set featuring the album plus the original LTE EP which was only ever released in Texas on CDRs and LTE's classic John Peel session which has never been released.

    LP 1
    1. Just As Was Told
    2. Down Came The Angels
    3. Falling From Cloud 9
    4. With Crippled Wings
    5. Waiting To Hit
    6. The Ground So Soft


    LP 2
    1. These Are The Days
    2. When We Shall Touch
    3. Down With The Prophets
    4. To Guard And To Guide You
    5. Into The Storm


    LP 3: Peel Session
    1. Falling From Cloud 9
    2. The Ground So Soft
    3. Just As Was Told
    4. With The World Behind


    LP 4: EP
    1. Falling From Cloud 9
    2. With The World Behind
    3. Arise and Shine
    4. Liftin On Up

    Lift To Experience
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  • Standing At The Crossroads (Pure Pleasure) Standing At The Crossroads (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Standing At The Crossroads (Pure Pleasure)

    This is one of several albums this artist made in the early '70s that stand as a masterpiece of the acoustic country blues genre. Johnny Shines had begun recording in the mid-'60s, the albums done with electric guitar and full-combo backup, one of them reportedly cut after he hadn't picked up an instrument in years. It was as if he reinvented himself in the following decade, playing pristine and flawless acoustic slide guitar pieces complete with shuffling, stuttering, and stimulatingly complicated tempos. The message was that he had been a young sidekick to Robert Johnson and had absorbed everything, although no deal had been made with the Devil. Shines was a steady, dependable, religious, and forthright chap who lived in Tuscaloosa, AL., and held down a steady job as a construction foreman. Mild-mannered and extremely intellectual, he let loose the reserve of emotion when doing a Delta blues number. The magic and heart were in his fingertips as well as in his voice, which sounds stupendous here. The emergence of the Johnson song canon into his repertoire, done with almost Baroque detail, was also something of a revelation. Some of Shines' earlier albums had featured songs that almost seemed made up on the spot. He was good at that, and was rumored to have played whole sets that were completely improvised when working the country juke joints of his home state, but on this album he showed what he could do when sinking his teeth into a bona fide blues classic. Kind Hearted Woman is the musical equivalent of an absolutely perfect chopped-barbecue sandwich with sauce the way they do it in Tuscaloosa, and obviously of much less offense to vegetarians when taken in this form. There were 11 perfect songs chosen by Pete Welding from his set of recording sessions for this project. Once again this great producer has come up with a blues release that is basically a required item for any good collection of this genre.



    Musicians:



    • Johnny Shines (vocal, guitar)




    Recording: November 1970 in Altadena, CA., by Pete Welding



    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Standing At the Crossroads
    2. Milk Cow's Troubles
    3. Death Hearse Blues
    4. Drunken Man's Prayer
    5. Hoo-Doo Snake Doctor Blues
    6. It's A Lowdown Dirty Shame
    7. Your Troubles Can't Be Like Mine
    8. Kind-Hearted Woman
    9. Baby Sister Blues
    10. My Rat
    11. Don't Take A Country Woman
    Johnny Shines
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  • The Montgomery Movement The Montgomery Movement Quick View

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    The Montgomery Movement

    Funk's answer to the Five Blind Boys of Alabama,
    Florida's Montgomery Express stood at the crossroads
    of politically conscious soul and mystically awakened
    dance music. Comprised of two blind musicians in
    their 20s and a teenage rhythm section, their lone LP
    was cut in 1972 for Orlando's Dove label, then reissued
    on Folkways two years later. Although the label usually
    steered clear of soul music and anything remotely
    commercial sounding, Montgomery Express tapped into
    Folkways' Guthrie-cum-Chamber Bros. nerve.


    "My whole life, I heard music in the air, beautiful music.
    I've been involved in supernatural things,spoken with
    spirits. I have heard an orchestra up in the air. I know
    I've heard it." -Paul Montgomery

    1. Montgomery Movement
    2. Who
    3. Steal Away
    4. Precious Wing
    5. Party Fever
    6. I'm Standing by
    7. Gotta Make A Come Back
    8. Left Me With A Memory
    Montgomery Express
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  • Pokey LaFarge Pokey LaFarge Quick View

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    Pokey LaFarge

    Pokey Lafarge and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.


    Summertime is the right time for Pokey's sun-blessed riverboat style, and this June will mark our release of his next full length LP / CD titled simply Pokey LaFarge (produced by Old Crow Medicine Show frontman Ketch Secor). Look out for a single from the album, Central Time, which will be released ahead of the full length in May.

    1. Central Time
    2. The Devil Ain't Lazy
    3. What the Rain Will Bring
    4. Won'tcha Please Don't Do It
    5. One Town at a Time
    6. Kentucky Mae
    7. Bowlegged Woman
    8. City Summer Blues
    9. Day After Day
    10. Let's Get Lost
    11. Close the Door
    12. Home Away From Home
    Pokey LaFarge
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  • Big Mess Big Mess Quick View

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    Big Mess

    Pressed On Mixed Red & Yellow Colored Vinyl


    Recorded in Los Angeles and Seattle with producers Captain Cuts (Grouplove's own Ryan Rabin) and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins), Big Mess features the signature anthemic choruses and infectious hooks that first brought the Los Angeles quintet to prominence through hits like "Tongue Tied," "Colours," and "Ways To Go." No stranger to the worldwide festival circuit, Grouplove has made an album that brilliantly showcases their richly narrated songs with elaborate production.


    We made this album at an important crossroads in our lives, and it was a dream come true to be able to work with Phil Ek up in Seattle and with Ryan down in LA. We're extremely excited for the world to hear it!" offered singer/guitarist Christian Zucconi.

    1. Welcome To Your Life
    2. Do You Love Someone
    3. Standing in the Sun
    4. Enlighten Me
    5. Good Morning
    6. Spinning
    7. Cannonball
    8. Traumatized
    9. Heart of Mine
    10. Don't Stop Making It Happen
    11. Hollywood
    Grouplove
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  • The Navigator The Navigator Quick View

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    The Navigator

    On Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album The Navigator, Alynda Segarra tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. The Navigator is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at its own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.


    The Navigator was produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Devendra Banhart) and recorded at Electric Lady Studios in NYC and Panoramic House in California. The album features percussionists Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Gregory Rogove (Rodrigo Amarante), a trio of Bomba drummers, and Doo Wop singers from New Jersey.

    1. Entrance
    2. Living In The City
    3. Hungry Ghost
    4. Life to Safe
    5. Nothing's Gonna Change Girl
    6. The Navigator
    7. Halfway There
    8. Rican Beach
    9. Fourteen Floors
    10. Settle
    11. Pa'lante
    12. Finale
    Hurray For The Riff Raff
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  • Goliathan Goliathan Quick View

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    Goliathan

    The infamous rock outlaws WEEDEATER return with 'Goliathan', their long-awaited new album. 'Goliathan' is the crossroad where true Southern rock/metal meets raw humor and old religion, and embodies the bands trademark shuffle and swagger rightly. Syrupy slow riffs are buoyed by canyon-deep bass and some of the hardest-hitting drumming since Keith Moon. Full-on bruisers Cain Enabler, Claw of the Sloth, and the aptly-named Bully demonstrate that 'Goliathan' is vintage WEEDEATER and the soon-to-be gold standard of Southern sludge metal.
    1. Processional
    2. Goliathan
    3. Cain Enabler
    4. Bow Down
    5. Battered & Fried
    6. Claw Of The Sloth
    7. Bully
    8. Joseph (All Talk)
    9. Reprise
    10. Benaddiction
    Weedeater
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  • When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog (Awaiting Repress) When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog (Awaiting Repress)

    Call it a curse: Jens Lekman's world is populated by an endless stream of women. There he is, his hair mussed and glasses off-kilter, sitting in the corner of the cafe with his journal once again - and he's being torn in two. Moments ago he fell in love with the redheaded barista who nailed his order - when she scooted that cappuccino across the counter, it was clear that there was a connection. And now, his eye catches the picture of divinity in the shape of the most finely featured brunette he's ever seen...and she's looking his way. But which way to go? It's tragic having to make such choices. Like Fellini's The Man Who Loved Women, Jens Lekman is a man forever at a crossroads between competing inspirations.


    At only 23, Lekman has deservedly been the center of much hype in Scandinavia. Having made a name for himself performing under the name Rocky Dennis, he recently hit #2 on the Swedish National Pop Charts. Most everyone who's heard him believes him to be the next great pop star emerging from the streets of the DIY underground. With an angelic voice and golden ears he seems to be drinking from the same hard waters as The Carpenters, Harry Nilsson, The Magnetic Fields, Runt-era Todd Rundgren, Bill Callahan's Smog, The Modern Lovers, Rufus Wainwright and Belle & Sebastian.

    Side A



    1. Tram #7 To Heaven

    2. Happy Birthday, Dear Friend Lisa    

    3. Do You Remember The Riots?   

    4. You Are The Light (By Which I Travel Into This And That)   

    5. If You Ever Need A Stranger (To Sing At Your Wedding)

    6. Silvia



    Side B



    1. The Cold Swedish Winter

    2. Julie    

    3. Psychogirl        

    4. When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog

    5. A Higher Power


     

    Jens Lekman
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  • The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord Quick View

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    The Covenant, The Sword And The Arm Of The Lord

    Cabaret Voltaire (CV) started out in the mid-70's as industrial noise outfit. There was a brief industrial-disco phase for CV in the the mid-80's, followed by house. At the dawn of a new decade, Cabaret Voltaire, now Stephen Mallinder and Richard H. Kirk (Chris Watson left to take a more scientific curve with experimental/noise group 'The Hafler Trio'), started to ease from techno/bleep into trance/ambient. The results were quite startling and Cabaret Voltaire finally regained the attention they deserved. At the height of the trance/ambient wave, Cabaret Voltaire parted ways. While Mallinder went off to Australia to study, Kirk continues on with solo projects (Richard Kirk, Sandoz, etc).


    1985's Arm of the Lord (reissued as The Covenant, The Sword and the Arm of the Lord) proves that no band could be so productive without a few tricks up its sleeve. Titled after an American neo-Nazi religious zealot organization, the record crossbreeds trademark electro-rhythm attack with odd breaks, varied tempos, the return of eerie found voices, unpolished production and harsh dissonance.The Arm of the Lord finds Cabaret Voltaire at the crossroads between their early experimentalism and all out dance and nascent techno, and certainly much further down that latter road than Red Mecca and 2 X 45 or even Micro-Phonies. But as 'normal' as it sounds, it's much weirder than most eighties pop records with many samples of Charles Manson, movie clips and lots of signature Cab-Volt noise.


    - Fantasmi Macchina

    1. L21st
    2. I Want You
    3. Hells Home
    4. Kickback
    5. The Arm Of The Lord
    6. Warm
    7. Golden Halos
    8. Motion Rotation
    9. Whip Blow
    10. The Web
    Cabaret Voltaire
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  • Something In The Water Something In The Water Quick View

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    Something In The Water

    Pokey Lafarge and his band bring a focus and energy to the American Roots genre with infectious original material that sits at the crossroads of early jazz, country blues and western swing. With his effortless charisma and distinctive charm, Pokey has crafted a genre all his own--and one that extends well beyond the music alone.


    Produced by Jimmy Sutton (best known for his work with JD McPherson), Something in the Water marks a new landmark in Pokey's career. The dozen-song set features a diverse cast of talented players, including Pokey's own longstanding touring combo as well as members of such notable outfits as NRBQ, the Fat Babies, the Modern Sounds, and the Western Elstons. Something in the Water finds Pokey expanding and deepening his musical reach on such new originals as the wry, rollicking title track, the swaggering ragtime workout "Wanna Be Your Man," the infectiously jazzy "Underground," the evocative crooner "Cairo, Illinois," the exotic ballad "Barcelona" and the swinging album-closer "Knocking the Dust off the Rust Belt Tonight," whose witty lyrics underline the album's proudly Midwestern sensibility.

    1. Something in the Water
    2. Wanna Be Your Man
    3. Underground
    4. When Did You Leave Heaven
    5. Cairo, Illinois
    6. Actin' A Fool
    7. All Night Long
    8. Goodbye. Barcelona
    9. Far Away
    10. The Spark
    11. Bad Girl
    12. Knocking the Dust Off the Rust Belt Tonight
    Pokey LaFarge
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  • Offramp Offramp Quick View

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    Offramp

    This 1982 recording by the Pat Metheny Group represented a crossroads for the guitarist, a creative expansion from his original concept in terms of acoustic and electric instrumentation, folksy roots material and modern jazz influences, American and third world sources. Having thus marked out the territory for a decade's worth of experimentation and growth, the Metheny Group cemented its standing on the cutting edge of contemporary jazz with Offramp. Lyle Mays' harmonica-like synth theme, Metheny's soaring, vocalized synth-guitar lead, some rich orchestral touches, and an easygoing blend of backbeat and chord changes made Are You Going with Me? one of Metheny's most enduring arrangements. Still, for every gentle, alluring set piece, such as the tangolike Au Lait or the rural vistas of James, there was a visceral, emotive free-for-all like the title track, where Metheny unleashed wild, wailing synth guitar elisions over a loose, abstract pulse--anticipating the energy of the guitarist's collaboration with free jazz guru Ornette Coleman some four years hence on Song X. --Chip Stern
    1. Barcarole
    2. Are You Going With Me?
    3. Au Lait
    4. Eighteen
    5. Offramp
    6. James
    7. The Bat Part II
    Pat Metheny
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    Old Sock

    Old Sock marks the 21st solo studio album for the guitar legend, and is released on the Bushbranch Records label, a branch of Surfdog. This double LP also includes a download card.


    On the heels of a sold-out Crossroads Guitar Festival and the announcement of a major world tour, Eric Clapton announced the release of his 21st studio album and his first album since 2010. The album, Old Sock produced by Eric Clapton, Doyle Bramhall II, Justin Stanley and Simon Climie, features two original songs Every Little Thing and Gotta Get Over. Old Sock is released on Clapton s Bushbranch label, distributed through a collaboration with Surfdog Records in the USA and Canada.


    The album is a collection of some of Clapton's favorite songs spanning from his childhood to present day that highlights his vast appreciation and knowledge of music. From Leadbelly to J.J. Cale; Peter Tosh to George Gershwin; Hank Snow to Gary Moore and Taj Mahal, this record is a celebration of so many who have inspired Clapton s rich musical life. Clapton has always had a remarkable ability to recognize great songs and a gift for knowing how to uniquely interpret them, as he does on Old Sock. The album explores romantic standards of the 30's, reggae, soul, rock, and includes a stand out playful collaboration with Paul McCartney, to create an experience that is quintessential Clapton.


    Clapton assembled a band for the recordings consisting of longtime collaborators Steve Gadd (drums), Willie Weeks (bass) and Chris Stainton (keyboards) along with some surprise guest additions. JJ Cale joins the song Angel for backing vocals and guitar, Chaka Khan joins as backing vocalist for Get On Over, Steve Winwood on the Hammond B3 Organ on Still Got The Blues, Paul McCartney on bass/vocals on All of Me, Jim Keltner on drums for Our Love is Here To Stay.

    1. Further On Down The Road
    2. Angel
    3. Every Little Thing
    4. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
    5. Born To Lose
    6. Till Your Well Runs Dry
    7. All Of Me
    8. Still Got The Blues
    9. Good Night Irene
    10. Gotta Get Over
    11. Your One And Only Man
    12.Our Love Is Here To Stay
    Eric Clapton
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  • Cope Cope Quick View

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    Cope

    Manchester Orchestra is an American indie rock band from Atlanta, GA, formed in 2004. The group has released serveral EPs and three studio albums:
    'I'm Like a Virgin Losing a Child' (2006), 'Mean Everything to Nothing' (2009) and 'Simple Match' (2011).


    Cope, to me, means getting by. It means letting go, and being OK with being OK, says Manchester Orchestra's Andy Hull. The Atlanta band found itself
    at a crossroads as they approached making their fourth studio album -- in between labels, uncertain of Manchester Orchestra's future for the first time
    since Hull started the band almost a decade ago. He was barely finished with high school back then, and now Hull and his bandmates were transitioning
    into the adult reality that shit happens. They'd learned a bit about letting go themselves.


    So Manchester Orchestra regrouped. They built a studio with their own hands, and spent month after month workshopping new tunes, writing and
    demoing together in a room -- a process that was completely new for them. The change did them good.


    For their previous LP, 2011's 'Simple Math', experimentation had been the goal. Hull conceived an epic, memoiristic concept album that featured
    elaborate arrangements including a string section and children's choir. Their highest charting album to date, 'Simple Math' also earned widespread critical
    acclaim, with American Songwriter noting They've perfected the balance of gorgeous songwriting and rabid musicianship, so we can't wait to see what
    they do next.


    For each of their first three albums, Manchester Orchestra had worked with producers Dan Hannon and Joe Chicarelli in established studios in Nashville
    and Atlanta. But they wanted to try something different this time. The band bought a house in Atlanta where some of them had previously lived as
    roomates, and spent money they'd saved to gut, renovate and soundproof the whole building, turning it into the studio where they would record COPE.
    They eventually did hire John Agnello (Dinosaur, Jr., Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth) to mix COPE.

    1. Top Notch
    2. Choose You
    3. Girl Harbor
    4. The Mansion
    5. The Ocean
    6. Every Stone
    7. All I Really Wanted
    8. Trees
    9. Indentions
    10. See It Again
    11. Cope
    Manchester Orchestra
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    Magnolia Electric Co


    10th Anniversay Deluxe Edition


    Expanded Reissue Of Songs: Ohia's Classic Record Gathering Together One Unreleased Song, Demos And Full-band Song Only
    Previously Available In Japan.


    Includes Rare Photos From The Era In Which It Was Recorded


    The hallmark of Jason Molina's career, Magnolia Electric Co., is both a confluence of all he would create and a line in the
    sand to mark a shift in his songwriting approach. It was the last statement under his iconic Songs: Ohia moniker, and the
    moment before he began making new legends as Magnolia Electric Co. for the next 10 years. Now- here at the end of that
    decade - with Molina gone, his work gathers more weight and meaning. This expanded 10-year anniversary edition of
    Magnolia Electric Co. features one never-before-released track plus many rarities. The full-band studio outtake of fan
    favorite Whip Poor Will is a sweet and spare version that ended up being played far differently on Magnolia Electric Co.'s
    final album Josephine (2009). Also included is the studio version of The Big Game Is Every Night. Previously only available
    on the Japanese version of the album, this opus serves as Molina's thesis statement, its poetry weaving through the 20th
    Century, through art and sporting culture - ultimately questioning what it means to be an American in the autumn of the
    American Era. The edition also gathers Molina's gutting demos for the record, including those two outtakes. Nearly each
    begins with audible sound of the RECORD button being pressed down on the tape player. They are so close and intimate,
    it's hard to look them right in the eyes. But you should.


    With the wailing lap steel of the album opener Farewell Transmission, Jason Molina & Company usher in a new day,
    playing the sort of rock that your cool uncle rolled to back in the '70s. Landing somewhere on the radar sonically between
    Bob Dylan's Desire and Bob Seger's Beautiful Loser, though thematically in-line with Lynyrd Skynyrd's Simple Man, The
    Magnolia Electric Co lies at the crossroads of working class rock, white soul, swamp rock and outlaw country


    While Songs: Ohia's last record Didn't It Rain was a meditation on roots and stability, Magnolia Electric Co. finds itself
    toiling with the wages of change, which is well illustrated in I've Been Riding with the Ghost, a real rig rocker that could
    have easily fit on Time Fades Away, on which Molina sings: See I ain't getting better, I am only getting behind. Standing on
    the crossroad trying to make up my mind. Trying to remember how it got so late. Why every night pain comes from a
    different place. Now something's got to change.


    This thematic preoccupation with change also manifests itself in the rotating cast of lead vocalists. While the entire album
    boasts a doo wop-like line-up with five vocalists on the floor, six of the eight songs have Molina in the tall stool with the
    ever-enchanting Jennie Benford (of Jim & Jennie & the Pinetops, who was also a key player on Didn't It Rain) as primary
    back-up vocalist. But on two songs, new Songs: Ohia players step up to take on lead vocal duties, singing Molina-penned
    songs. Lawrence Peters takes the lead on The Old Black Hen with his fantastic Merle Haggard-esque country croon, while
    Miss Scout Niblett appears from the nether world of the Ohia wardrobe with feathers in her hair and casts her spell on the
    Ohia rig barreling through Peoria Lunch Box Blues.


    Recorded live, in its entirety, at the hands of Steve Albini at his Electrical Audio Studio in Chicago, Illinois, with the same
    core back-up band that played on the Mi Sei Apparaso Come Un Fantasma Italian live album, this is the record where the
    Songs: Ohia fan demographics make a radical shift from the dominant bedroom universe of the world's lonely, sensitive,
    overqualified young white dudes, and finds refuge in the masses by being embraced by the world's truck drivers, sorority
    chicks, and hockey players, alike. Indeed, this is the first Songs: Ohia record with more than one song that could be played
    at a strip joint or monster truck show. Amid the mid-tempo slow jams, there lie some of the most upbeat material that
    Songs: Ohia has recorded to date.

    LP 1
    1. Farewell Transmission
    2. I've Been Riding With The Ghost
    3. Just Be Simple
    4. Almost Was Good Enough
    5. The Old Black Hen
    6. Peoria Lunch Box Blues
    7. John Henry Split My Heart
    8. Hold On Magnolia
    9. The Big Game Is Every Night (Bonus Track)
    10. Whip Poor Will (Bonus Track)


    LP 2
    1. Farewell Transmission (Demo)
    2. I've Been Riding With The Ghost (Demo)
    3. Just Be Simple (Demo)
    4. The Old Black Hen (Demo)
    5. Peoria Lunch Box Blues (Demo)
    6. John Henry Split My Heart (Demo)
    7. Hold On Magnolia (Demo)
    8. The Big Game Is Every Night (Demo)
    9. Whip Poor Will (Demo)

    Songs: Ohia
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  • Blood On The Tracks (Awaiting Repress) Blood On The Tracks (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Blood On The Tracks (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 16/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Dylans Masterpiece Break-Up Album: Sentimental Redemption Arises Amidst Sorrow, Turmoil, Sadness, and Pain


    Presence, Immediacy, Naturalness, Realism in Spades: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Makes Blood on the Tracks Among Most Lifelike-Sounding Albums You'll Ever Hear



    Songs Flow Like Rivers, Acoustic and Electric Elements Merge Like Bezels on a Diamond


    Includes Tangled Up In Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, Idiot Wind, Buckets of Rain


    The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, and The Basement Tapes Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Bob Dylan was at several crossroads in the mid-1970s. Artistically, he was largely written off as being past his prime. Emotionally, he was suffering through a painful divorce from his then-wife Sara Lowndes. Creatively, he appeared at a stalemate, his previous decades unprecedented run of transformational brilliance finished. Then came Blood on the Tracks.


    A start-to-finish cycle that documents a lovers pursuit of, entanglement with, and loss of a woman, the bracingly intimate 1975 effort remains one of the most encompassing break-up albums ever made and ranks as the most personal statement of the Bards career. To hear it is to experience the agony, frustration, trauma, highs, lows, confusion, sadness, and, ultimately, requisite redemption associated with intimate relationships gone astray. Dylan maintains its a work of fiction, but its evident close-vested autobiographical premise is what helps make it universal: Its the icon singing through tears, going out of his mind, battling hallowing emptiness, firing shots across the bow, and accepting culpability. It is, in short, a consummate expression of loves darker sides and the consequences of what happens when dreams unravel.


    As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blood on the Tracks ever producedand the first-ever proper analog reissue. Fantastically presenting both the solo acoustic and band-supported songs with the utmost clarity, dynamics, presence, immediacy, spaciousness, imaging, and balance, this version shines a high-powered light on the fluid vocal phrasing, timbral shifts, functional rhythms, and inward-looking strumming that contribute to every song here serving as a wound-exposing confessional.


    For all the melancholic pain, unresolved questions, shattered memories, wasted times, unrequited dialogs, and weary regret within, Blood on the Tracks remains as daring as it is reflective. Rather than follow for a monotone caustic vibe, Dylans songs burrow into the subconscious for the manners in which they are even-keeled, mellow, and occasionally, even peaceful. Dignity, honor, poignancy, and fairnessall traits uncommon in any situation in which partners dissolve histories, change hearts, and attribute blameinstill the record with equilibrium on par with the consistency of the flowing melodies.


    Throughout, tunes come on and proceed as if they could continue forever, Dylan spinning poetic verses and conversations amidst finely tied knots of acoustic notes, chords, and fills, the deceivingly simple architecture conjuring the intertwined refractions of a bezeled jewel, various angles, colors, and textures conjoining into a gorgeously inseparable whole. Backed by Tony Browns flexible albeit subtle bass, Buddy Cages country-streaked pedal-steel guitar, and Paul Griffins soul-baring organan instrument used to shadow, tuckpoint, and illuminate here as effectively as any time in rock historyDylan pours soulful emotion, open his veins, and bleeds.


    Ranked 16 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and replete with existential thought, piercing directness, raw singing, and majestic arrangements,


    Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Tangled Up in Blue
    2. Simple Twist of Fate
    3. Youre A Big Girl Now
    4. Idiot Wind
    5. Youre Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    6. Meet Me in the Morning
    7. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
    8. If You See Her, Say Hello
    9. Shelter From the Storm
    10. Buckets of Rain
    Bob Dylan
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  • The Doctor Is In   And Out (Pure Pleasure) The Doctor Is In And Out (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Doctor Is In And Out (Pure Pleasure)

    In 1976, Yusef Lateef's as restless a spiritual seeker as there ever was in the field of music, revisited some of his earliest themes in the context of modern sonic frameworks: The Eastern modal and melodic frameworks of his Prestige sides, such as Eastern Sounds, Cry!/Tender, and Other Sounds, brought to bear in much more sophisticated, complex, and grooved-out ways -- after all, it had been 20 years or more. The groove referred to is funk and soul. Funk itself was mutating at the time, so Lateef's interpolation at the crossroads of all ports in the musical journey was not only valid in 1976, but also necessary.


    For this recording, he utilized an absolutely huge group of musicians, bringing them in for this or that part, or a sound, or a particular vamp. Some of those present were Kenny Barron, Ron Carter, Dom Um Romao, Al Foster, Billy Butler, Anthony Jackson, a five-piece brass section, and a synth player. Lateef, as always, was offering evocative glimpses of geographical, psychological, spiritual, and emotional terrain in his compositions, but not in predictable ways. There's the deep minor-key meditation on blues and evolving thematic variations on Hellbound that becomes a Latin funk tune; the airy, contemplative, and skeletal Mystique, which may use a repeating rhythmic phrase but explores every inch of its margins via a string section and Lateef's flute solo; the smooth, urban, bluesy funk of Mississippi Mud; the completely out electronic musique of Technological Homosapien that becomes a series of synth squeals and an erratically tumbling bassline; and the wonderfully warped mariachi variation (sung in white-boy English) that featured the band playing bluesy hard bop over an age-old recorded track on In A Little Spanish Town. It's a weird way to end a record, but then, it's a weird and wonderful


    Musicians:



    • Yusef Lateef (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, flute, oboe)
    • Jack Jeffers (trombone)
    • Joseph Wilder, Leonard Goines (trumpet)
    • Jonathan Dorn (tuba)
    • Billy Butler (guitar)
    • Ron Carter (bass)
    • Kenneth Barron (keyboards)
    • Al Foster (drums)
    • Dom Um Romao (percussion)



    Recording: 1976 at Regent Sound Studios, New York, by Bob Liftin


    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.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. The Improvisers
    2. Hellbound
    3. Mystique
    4. Mississipi Mud
    5. Mushmouth
    6. Technological Homosapien
    7. Street Musicians
    8. In A Little Spanish Town (T'was On A Night Like This)
    Yusef Lateef
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    Tommy

    Ranked 96/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Tommy, The Who's defining, breakthrough concept album - a full-blown rock opera about a deaf, dumb, and blind boy that lauched the band to international superstardom, was originally released in May 1969. The Who were at the career crossroads, they were known mainly as a singles band but this project lauched them as a serious 'albums band' and now has sold over 20 million copies as well as regularly turning up on lists of the most influential albums of all time. Tommy is now available as a new 2 LP Deluxe Vinyl Edition.

    1. Overture
    2. It's A Boy
    3. 1921
    4. Amazing Journey
    5. Sparks
    6. The Hawker (Eyesight To The Blind)
    7. Christmas
    8. Cousin Kevin
    9. The Acid Queen
    10. Underture
    11. Do You Think It's Alright?
    12. Fiddle About
    13. Pinball Wizard
    14. There's A Doctor
    15. Go To The Mirror!
    16. Tommy Can You Hear Me?
    17. Smash The Mirror
    18. Sensation
    19. Miracle Cure
    20. Sally Simpson
    21. I'm Free
    22. Welcome
    23. Tommy's Holiday Camp
    24. We're Not Gonna Take It
    The Who
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  • Live In San Diego (with Special Guest JJ Cale) Live In San Diego (with Special Guest JJ Cale) Quick View

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    Live In San Diego (with Special Guest JJ Cale)

    Eric Clapton's Live in San Diego With Special Guest JJ Cale is a live album from the 2007 tour featuring JJ Cale, Doyle Bramhall II, Robert Cray, Derek Trucks and more. Almost 2 hours of music including previously unreleased versions of Layla, Tell The Truth, Cocaine and Crossroads.


    Recorded at Clapton's March 15, 2007 performance at the iPayOne Center in San Diego, CA, this concert was part of a world tour that was much loved by Clapton fans and featured a stellar band that included guitarists Derek Trucks (now of the Tedeschi Trucks band) and Doyle Bramhall II. The two-hour San Diego concert was a highlight of the tour as it featured JJ Cale as a special guest on five tracks (including "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"), as well as Robert Cray on the final song of the record, "Crossroads."


    After successfully covering several JJ Cale songs over his career, Clapton finally collaborated with Cale in 2006 on the original album Road to Escondido. At the time, Clapton said "This is the realization of what may have been my last ambition, to work with the man whose music has inspired me for as long as I can remember." So it is fitting that one year later, Cale joined Clapton on stage for this special concert where they performed five songs together - underlining the mutual respect the two musicians had for each other.


    The concert features a superb set list from across Eric's career. Notably, it includes songs from Eric's classic Derek and the Dominos album Layla, with Derek Trucks playing many of Duane Allman's original guitar parts.


    Clapton's career, spanning more than 50 years, has resulted in 18 Grammy Awards and the distinct honor of being the only triple inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.


    MUSICIAN CREDITS:

    Eric Clapton: Guitar & Vocals

    JJ Cale: Guitar & Vocals (Tracks 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)

    Doyle Bramhall II: Guitar/Backing Vocals

    Derek Trucks: Slide Guitar

    Willie Weeks: Bass

    Steve Jordan: Drums

    Chris Stainton: Keyboards

    Tim Carmon: Keyboards

    Michelle John: Backing Vocals

    Sharon White: Backing Vocals

    Robert Cray: Guitar & Vocals (Track 16)


    ALBUM CREDITS:

    Produced and mixed by Simon Climie

    Additional engineering by Alan Douglas

    LP 1
    1. Tell The Truth
    2. Key To The Highway
    3. Got To Get Better In A Little While
    4. Little Wing
    5. Anyday
    6. Anyway The Wind Blows


    LP 2
    1. After Midnight
    2. Who Am I Telling You?
    3. Don't Cry Sister
    4. Cocaine
    5. Motherless Children
    6. Little Queen Of Spades


    LP 3
    1. Further On Up The Road
    2. Wonderful Tonight
    3. Layla
    4. Crossroads

    Eric Clapton
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    Impressions

    Following the release of their acclaimed 2012 debut, Everything Touching, Tall Ships were championed by both the BBC and NME, selling out shows across the UK and headlining the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading & Leeds Festival. Their debut earned a wealth of critical praise, with Pitchfork citing its penchant for the more swashbuckling strains of Okkervil River and Modest Mouse, M83's downcast glimmer, and Sigur Ros' misty yawn, and BBC Music claiming, the trio's debut displays dizzying craftsmanship.


    After a patch of personal turmoil and a falling out with their record label, the band found themselves at a crossroads. Where lesser bands might have crumbled under the weight of expectation and adversity, Tall Ships regrouped and retreated to keyboardist Jamie Field's country home to re-adopt a similarly DIY recording process to that which birthed Everything Touching years earlier. As such, Impressions bristles with a fresh intensity: it's a set that feels constantly on a knife edge of unpredictability, capable within a single song of being both disconcertingly tender and universal - easily the most ambitious and anthemic music the band has ever written, marking them out as one of the UK's most promising rock bands but one worn with the battle scars of doubt, fragility and lessons learned the hard way.

    1. Road Not Taken
    2. Will to Life
    3. Petrichor
    4. Home
    5. Lucille
    6. Meditations on Loss
    7. Sea of Blood
    8. Lost & Found
    9. Day By Day
    10. Impressions
    11. Purge
    12. Etching
    Tall Ships
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    Broken People

    American music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.


    The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.


    With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.


    North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.


    "To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.


    Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.


    She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.


    "I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.


    "The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.


    "The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.


    "We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."


    "We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.


    As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.


    Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.


    "Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."


    "It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."


    "Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."


    "We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.


    And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.

    1. Broken People
    2. Brother, What Happened?
    3. Got It Goin' On
    4. Why Don't You Stay
    5. Take Me Home
    6. Shine On!
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. I Need A Man
    9. Devil's Teeth
    10. Train
    11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)
    Muddy Magnolias
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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