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  • Face Your Fear Face Your Fear Quick View

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    Face Your Fear

    CURTIS HARDING could best be described as a student
    of the gritty, sweat-dripping, hip-swinging blues that
    wafted through the air of the American sixties. The offspring
    of a mother who sang gospel, and a retired veteran,
    he traveled all over the country as a child, singing
    alongside his parents, learning that music was in fact the
    great communicator, and that the key was not just in how
    pretty the notes were, but how if you were honest in what
    you were singing, you could stir a person on the inside.
    This is what Otis Redding knew. What Sam Cooke, and
    Bo Diddley, and B. B. King knew. That somehow there
    was a way to take your experiences, your pain and joy,
    and give them melody, cause them to live and breathe
    and massage the hearts and minds of all those who hear.
    That is what CURTIS HARDING does on his new album,
    Face Your Fear. He figures out how to tap into the old
    soul man of the past without mimicking or bastardizing
    it, but instead evoking the spirit of the true Soul music of
    yesterday, meshed with the realities of now. With a little
    production help from his friends Sam Cohen and Danger
    Mouse, CURTIS HARDING has put together a collection
    of tunes that NME described as "soul-meets-garage pop
    perfection."
    1. Wednesday Morning Atonement
    2. Face Your Fear
    3. On And On
    4. Go As You Are
    5. Till The End
    6. Need Your Love
    7. Dream Girl
    8. Welcome To My World
    9. Ghost Of You
    10. Need My Baby
    11. As I Am
    Curtis Harding
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  • Slim's Shout Slim's Shout Quick View

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    Slim's Shout

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    You wouldn't think that transporting one of Chicago's reigning piano patriarchs to Englewood Cliffs, NJ would produce such a fine album, but this 1960 set cooks from beginning to end. Sunnyland Slim's swinging New York rhythm section has no trouble following his bedrock piano, and the estimable King Curtis peels off diamond-hard tenor sax solos in the great Texas tradition that also mesh seamlessly.

    -All Music Guide

    1. I'm Prison Bound
    2. Slim's Shout
    3. The Devil Is a Busy Man
    4. Brown Skin Woman
    5. Shake It
    6. Everytime I Get To Drinking*
    7. Decoration Day
    8. Baby How Long
    9. Sunnyland Special
    10. Harlem Can't Be Heaven
    11. It's You Baby
    12. Tired of You Clowning*


    *Bonus Tracks

    Sunnyland Slim
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  • Songs Of Anarchy Volume 2 & 3 (Clear Vinyl) Songs Of Anarchy Volume 2 & 3 (Clear Vinyl) Quick View

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    Songs Of Anarchy Volume 2 & 3 (Clear Vinyl)

    180 Gram Clear Vinyl


    Songs of Anarchy Volumes 2 & 3 - Music from Seasons 5-6 features a stunning collection of 25 revered performances from the hard-hitting and award-winning Fox television show. To celebrate one of the most captivating biker drama series ever, Friday Music once again enhances your music pleasure with the first time ever audiophile vinyl release of these stellar soundtrack albums. This limited edition double album combines both Volumes 2 & 3 SOA soundtracks and features a plethora of classic tunes and fan favorites. Jane's Addiction's take of The Rolling Stones' classic Sympathy For The Devil, Leonard Cohen's brilliant Come Healing, of course Curtis Stigers' rocking rendition of CCR's Travelin' Band all add to the excitement of this trail blazing television series that continues to thrill its millions of fans worldwide. As with our previous audiophile vinyl edition SOA Volume 1-4 (FRM-91432), this collection features the Golden Globe® Award winning actress/singer Katey Sagal. Performing with The Forest Rangers, three stellar interpretations include a standout performance of the classic 60's Lulu anthem To Sir With Love and an emotional reading of Jackson Browne's epic For A Dancer. More classic rockers like Herman's Hermits No Milk Today receives a brilliant reading from Joshua James. Plus classic material reimagined from the words and music of Otis Redding, Stevie Wonder & The Rolling Stones truly make this a memorable soundtrack of our times.

    LP 1
    1. Sympathy For The Devil
    2. The Lost Boy
    3. The Passenger
    4. He Got Away
    5. To Sir With Love
    6. Higher Ground
    7. Lights
    8. The Unclouded Day
    9. Coal War
    10. Time
    11. Travelin' Band
    12. Family
    13. No Milk Today


    LP 2
    1. Sitting On Top Of The World
    2. Running Blues
    3. Come Healing
    4. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
    5. Love Is My Religion
    6. As Tears Go By
    7. I See Through You (Free Your Mind)
    8. Day Is Gone
    9. Everyday People
    10. For A Dancer

    Various Artists
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
  • Darling... It's Too Late Darling... It's Too Late Quick View

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    Darling... It's Too Late

    Peaches And Cream Colored Vinyl


    "Oldies werent lo-fi," says Guantanamo Baywatch guitarist and vocalist Jason Powell, even though people have a hard time distinguishing the crackle and pop of worn-out vinyl or the low bandwidth of AM radio from
    the actual production mastery of early rock n roll. With Darling Its Too Late, Guantanamo Baywatch sought to harness and manipulate the sparkling sounds from yesteryear, all while staying true to the tape hiss and
    rough takes of analog recording. "We really wanted a mixtape compilation sound to the record," says Powell, and that approach can be heard in both the songwriting and the production. According to Powell, each individual song was approached with all the amps and the EQs on the recording console zeroed out. That meant that every song was recorded with a new template. The title track and lead single, "Too Late", perfectly captures this new aesthetic. With Burger Records soul singer Curtis Harding contributing
    backing vocals and rounding out the classic Motown ballad vibe of the track, "Too Late" is an enormous departure from the trashy Mummies-esque ruckus of their earlier recordings. Of course, the band hasnt completely abandoned the rowdy surf rock of their previous releases-Powell put the finishing touches on the album back at his Jungle Muscles Studio in Portland to keep that rough-hewn feel intact. But even when he and his bandmates Chevelle Wiseman (bass) and Chris Scott (drums) tread on their familiar territory with songs like "Raunch Stomp" or their cover of Eddie & The Showmens "Mr. Rebel", theres a newfound clarity, punch, and swagger to their sound. Throughout the course of Darling Its Too Late the trio continues to fuck with various subgenres, from the dusty Western twang of "Corey Baums Theme" to the straight-outta-Sun Studios rocker "Do What You Want.

    1. Jungle Bride
    2. Raunch Stomp
    3. Sea of Love
    4. Corey Baum's Theme
    5. Too Late
    6. Mr. Rebel
    7. Beat Has Changed
    8. Shenanigans
    9. Boy Like Me
    10. Do What You Want
    Guantanamo Baywatch
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  • The Opener The Opener Quick View

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    The Opener


    Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    The Opener is trombonist Curtis Fuller's first album for Blue Note and it is a thoroughly impressive affair. Working with a quintet featuring tenor saxophonist Hank Mobley, pianist Bobby Timmons, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Art Taylor, Fuller runs through a set of three standards -- A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening, Here's to My Lady, Soon -- two originals and an Oscar Pettiford-penned calypso. The six songs give Fuller a chance to display his warm, fluid style in all of its variations. A Lovely Way to Spend an Evening illustrates that he can be seductive and lyrical on ballads, while the brassy Hugore and hard-swinging Lizzy's Bounce shows that he can play hard without getting sloppy. His backing musicians are equally impressive; in particular, Mobley's robust playing steals the show. In all, The Opener, along with his three earlier sessions for Prestige and New Jazz, establishes Fuller as one of the most distinctive and original hard bop trombonists of the late '50s.


    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    1. A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening
    2. Hugore
    3. Oscalypso
    4. Here's To My Lady
    5. Lizzy's Bounce
    6. Soon
    Curtis Fuller
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  • Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Quick View

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    Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!

    Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But he also delivered the message of hard bop through thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great humor. All these attributes are applicable to the six titles on this album.


    Musicians:

    Lee Morgan (trumpet)

    Curtis Fuller (trombone)

    Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    Robert H. "Bobby" Timmons (piano)

    Jymie Merritt (bass)

    Art Blakey (drums)


    Recording: June 1961 at Rudy van Gelder's Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., USA by Rudy van Gelder Production: Bob Thiele



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. À la Mode
    2. Invitation
    3. Circus
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. I Hear a Rhapsody
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good to You
    Art Blakey
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!! Quick View

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    Art Blakey!!!!! Jazz Messengers!!!!!

    Import


    Art Blakey discovered and championed young talented musicians such as Clifford Brown, Lou Donaldson, Keith Jarrett and Wynton Marsalis to name but a few. But he also delivered the message of hard bop through thousands of performances at festivals right down to the smallest club. Lively, joyous performances, the very highest technical standards and somnambulistic music-making characterize this recording. Right from the very start it is clear that these jazz ambassadors have a new message for us. The hard-beat recordings win in lyricism thanks to the gentle sound of Curtis Fuller's trombone, something that was often missing in the powerful Blue Note sound. Four jazz evergreens give the musicians the time and opportunity to display their soloistic talents. The real climax, however, is to be found in the harmonic layering of the three winds which lend the themes new appeal. The message was broadcasted many times until the death of Art Blakey, but the history of jazz would have been a great deal poorer without these milestone recordings on the Impulse label. Art Blakey certainly knew how to delight his audience with fire, originality, a wealth of ideas and great humor. All these attributes are applicable to the six titles on this album.


    Musicians:

    Lee Morgan (trumpet)

    Curtis Fuller (trombone)

    Wayne Shorter (tenor saxophone)

    Robert H. "Bobby" Timmons (piano)

    Jymie Merritt (bass)

    Art Blakey (drums)


    Recording: June 1961 at Rudy van Gelder's Recording Studios, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., USA by Rudy van Gelder Production: Bob Thiele

    1. Alamode
    2. Invitation
    3. Circus
    4. You Don't Know What Love Is
    5. I Hear A Rhapsody
    6. Gee Baby, Ain't I Good To You
    Art Blakey
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Songs Of Anarchy: Music From Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 (Awaiting Repress) Songs Of Anarchy: Music From Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Songs Of Anarchy: Music From Sons Of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 (Awaiting Repress)


    The SOA / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!


    Celebrate The New Year With The First Rockin' Volume Of The Critically
    Acclaimed Television Show & Soundtrack On 2 Clear Audiophile Vinyl LPs


    Featuring Performances From Katey Sagal, Anvil, The White Buffalo,
    Curtis Stigers, The Forest Rangers, Lyle Workman & Paul Brady


    Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 features a stunning
    collection of fifteen revered performances, recorded specifically for the hard-hitting and
    award-winning Fox television show. To celebrate this long enduring biker drama series,
    Friday Music enhances your music pleasure with the first time ever audiophile vinyl release
    of this stellar soundtrack album.


    The double album features a plethora of classic tunes and fan favorites. Paul Brady's
    brilliant take of The Rolling Stones' classic Gimme Shelter, Lyle Workman and Bob Thiele
    Jr.'s amazing interpretation of the CCR smash Fortunate Son and of course Curtis Stigers'
    bluesy favorite rendition of Warren Haynes' John The Revelator all add to the excitement of
    this trail blazing television series that continues to thrill its millions of fans worldwide.


    The collection kicks off with the Emmy nominated and ASCAP award-winning series
    theme song This Life sung and written by Curtis Stigers. Golden Globe® Award winning
    actress/singer Katey Sagal along with The Forest Rangers perform four tracks on the
    soundtrack including a standout performance of Son Of A Preacher Man and an emotional
    reading of Leonard Cohen's epic Bird On A Wire. Even Canadian legendary hard rockers
    throw down a brilliant version of The Who's Slip Kid featuring Franky Perez. Plus classic
    material reimagined from the words and music of Neil Young, Bob Dylan, The Animals and
    Billie Holiday truly make this a memorable soundtrack of our times.


    This amazing double album is the first in a deluxe series of a limited edition 180 Gram
    Audiophile Vinyl releases from the Sons Of Anarchy television soundtrack series with Friday
    Music.


    For a very limited time, Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 will
    be presented on a 2 LP clear audiophile vinyl with a stunning gatefold cover featuring the
    SOA logo and original artwork as you will remember from this incredible series created by
    Kurt Sutter.


    Songs of Anarchy: Music from Sons of Anarchy Seasons 1-4 15 tracks of rock & blues
    power on first time audiophile vinyl courtesy of the Sons Of Anarchy and Friday Music.


    Gimme Shelter

    LP 1
    1. This Here (Curtis Stigers And The Forest Rangers)
    2. Son Of A Preacher Man (Katey Sagal And The Forest Rangers)
    3. Forever Young (Audra Mae And The Forest Rangers)
    4. John The Revelator (Curtis Stigers And The Forest Rangers)
    5. Fortunate Son (Lyle Workman & Bob Thiele Jr.)
    6. Slip Kid (Anvil Featuring Franky Perez)
    7. Girl From The North Country (The Lions)
    8. Someday Never Comes (Billy Valentine And The Forest Rangers)


    LP 2
    1. Gimme Shelter (Paul Brady And The Forest Rangers)
    2. Bird On A Wire (Katey Sagal And The Forest Rangers)
    3. Hey Hey, My My (Batteme)
    4. What A Wonderful World (Alison Mosshart And The Forest Rangers)
    5. Los Tiempos Van Cambiando (The Times They Are A-changin') (Franky Perez & Los Guardianes Del Bosque)
    6. Strange Fruit (Katey Sagal Featuring Blake Mills And The Forest Rangers)
    7. House Of The Rising Sun (Season 4 Finale Version) (The White Buffalo And The Forest Rangers)

    Various Artists
    $39.99
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  • Blue Train (Extra Track) Blue Train (Extra Track) Quick View

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    Blue Train (Extra Track)

    Import


    Blue Train is a hard bop jazz album by John Coltrane, released in 1957 on Blue Note Records, catalogue BLP 1577. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, it is Coltrane's second solo album, the only one he recorded for Blue Note as a leader, and the only one he conceived personally for the label. It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA. Arguably one of the most influential titles from Coltrane and one of the greatest Blue Note releases ever.


    John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, bandleader

    Lee Morgan - trumpet

    Curtis Fuller - trombone

    Kenny Drew - piano

    Paul Chambers - double bass

    Philly Joe Jones - drums

    1. Blue Train
    2. Moment's Notice
    3. East Bound (Extra Track)
    4. Locomotion
    5. I'm Old Fashioned
    6. Lazy Bird
    John Coltrane
    $27.99
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  • Blue Train (Mono & Stereo) Blue Train (Mono & Stereo) Quick View

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    Blue Train (Mono & Stereo)

    Import


    LP1 - Mono

    LP2 - Stereo


    This special 2LP Gatefold Edition of the jazz masterpiece features both mono and stereo versions.


    Blue Train is a hard bop jazz album by John Coltrane, released in 1957 on Blue Note Records, catalogue BLP 1577. Recorded at the Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, it is Coltrane's second solo album, the only one he recorded for Blue Note as a leader, and the only one he conceived personally for the label. It has been certified a gold record by the RIAA. Arguably one of the most influential titles from Coltrane and one of the greatest Blue Note releases ever.


    John Coltrane - tenor saxophone, bandleader

    Lee Morgan - trumpet

    Curtis Fuller - trombone

    Kenny Drew - piano

    Paul Chambers - double bass

    Philly Joe Jones - drums

    LP 1 - MONO VERSION
    1. Blue Train
    2. Moment's Notice
    3. Locomotion
    4. I'm Old Fashioned
    5. Lazy Bird


    LP 2 - STEREO VERSION
    1. Blue Train
    2. Moment's Notice
    3. Locomotion
    4. I'm Old Fashioned
    5. Lazy Bird

    John Coltrane
    $37.99
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  • Blue Train Blue Train Quick View

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    Blue Train


    Remastered And Reissued As Part Of The Blue Note 75th Anniversary Vinyl Reissue Campaign


    Recorded at Van Gelder Studio in Hackensack, New Jersey, John Coltrane's Blue Train is a hard bob jazz album released on Blue Note in 1957. Certified
    Gold, Blue Train is Coltrane's second solo album and the only one he recorded for Blue Note as a leader although he was never formally signed to the
    label. Featured on the album are Coltrane on tenor sax with Lee Morgan on trumpet, Curtis Fuller on trombone, Kenny Drew on piano, Paul Chambers on
    bass and Philly Joe Jones on drums. Blue Train will be reissued on vinyl as part of an overall Blue Note 75th anniversary vinyl reissue campaign
    spearheaded by current Blue Note Records President, Don Was.

    1. Blue Train
    2. Moment's Notice
    3. Locomotion
    4. I'm Old Fashioned
    5. Lazy Bird
    John Coltrane
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    Caravan

    Import


    Includes 1 Bonus Track


    By the time that jazz icon/bandleader/percussionist Art Blakey and his Jazz Messengers began recording for Riverside in the fall of 1962, Blakey had already been the spiritual center of the group for nearly 15 years. The unprecedented caliber of performers who had already passed through the revolving-door personnel reads like a who's who of 20th century jazz. On Caravan -- his first of several notable sides for the venerable label -- he is joined by a quintet of concurrent and future all-stars. Likewise, it could be argued that each has never again been presented in such a fresh or inspired setting as on these recordings. In order to establish with any authority just how heavy (even for purveyors of hard bop) the players in this band are, they need only to be named: Curtis Fuller (trombone), Freddie Hubbard (trumpet), Wayne Shorter (tenor sax), Cedar Walton (piano), and Reggie Workman (bass). With Blakey (drums) firmly at the helm, these Jazz Messengers deliver a scintillating synergy that doesn't sacrifice intensity for the sake of cadence. The trademark give-and-take that graces the laid-back and sophisticated pop and jazz standards Skylark and In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning likewise is responsible for the palpable energy brought to the sizeable contributions from Shorter and Hubbard -- which make up half of the album's material. The title and leadoff track liquefies Duke Ellington's original arrangement and ignites it, fueling this extended fiery interpretation. Hubbard's first solo harks back to his own recording of Caravan, which can be heard on the Impulse release Artistry of Freddie Hubbard and was recorded earlier the same year. Coincidentally, that disc also features Curtis Fuller as well as a rare non-Sun Ra-related appearance from John Gilmore (tenor sax). Blow for blow, however, this reading has more than just an edge -- it possesses the entire blade. The melody snakes in and out of Blakey's strident flurry of syncopation. Another highlight is Shorter's interjectory solo, recalling his ability to succeed John Coltrane in Miles Davis' coterie. Among the original compositions, Shorter's upbeat Sweet 'n' Sour stands out as the most cohesive and ensemble-driven, although the singular group dynamic is well applied to the lively This Is for Albert as well. By contrast, Hubbard's Thermo is more angular -- taking full advantage of the musicians' aggressive chops. The 2001 20-bit remaster from Fantasy contains two bonus tracks: take four of Sweet 'n' Sour and take two of Thermo. This release can be considered definitive Blakey, bop, and Jazz Messengers.

    - Lindsay Planer (All Music)

    1. Caravan
    2. Sweet 'n' Sour
    3. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
    4. Sweet 'n' Sour [Alternate Take] *
    5. This Is For Albert
    6. Skylark
    7. Thermo


    *Bonus Track (From The Same Sessions. Not On The Original LP)

    Art Blakey
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  • Truth And Soul Truth And Soul Quick View

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    Truth And Soul

    Import

    180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Includes Insert


    30th Anniversary Of The Legendary Album


    Remastered Audio


    Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. With their hyperactive, self-conscious diversity, goofy sense of humor, and sharp social commentary, the group gained a sizable cult following during the late '80s.


    Truth and Soul is their second album, originally released in 1988. The album features a wide array of genres including punk, ska, reggae, soul, funk, elements of hard rock and blues. Truth and Soul contains a cover version of Curtis Mayfield's Freddie's Dead, originally from the soundtrack to the film Super Fly and it is the first single of the album. Three other tracks were released as singles Ma and Pa, with a video directed by Mike Lipscombe, Change and One Day. The album was awarded four-out-of-five stars in 2004's The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Music critic Tom Moon called the album one of his 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die and Robert Dimery listed it as one of his 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.


    This year we are celebrating the 30th birthday of Truth and Soul. The album is finally available again on vinyl and includes the original insert with lyrics and liner notes.

    1. Freddie's Dead
    2. Ma And Pa
    3. Questions Of Life
    4. Pouring Rain
    5. Deep Inside
    6. Mighty Long Way
    7. Bonin' In The Boneyard
    8. One Day
    9. Subliminal Fascism
    10. Slow Bus Movin' (Howard Beach Party)
    11. Ghetto Soundwave
    12. Change
    Fishbone
    $36.99
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  • To Bonnie From Delaney (Speakers Corner) To Bonnie From Delaney (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    To Bonnie From Delaney (Speakers Corner)

    The married couple and musical duo Delaney & Bonnie ignited critics, fans and famous musical colleagues to veritable bursts of exultation. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones talked matter-of-factly of »convincing white gospel song«, while Eric Clapton regarded the duo as the »best pop band in the world«. Clapton's enthusiasm went so far that he invited the pair to accompany him on a peaceful tour of Europe and was booed by German fans because he stood in the background as a mere accompanist and did not play any solos. The master of the guitar may have had good reasons for staying out of the limelight, if one is to believe the Chicago Daily News, who declared that Delaney & Bonnie were better than Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles together.


    Indeed the combined voices in the arrangements are so closely knit that there is not a millimeter of space between the singer and backing. In Hard Luck And Troubles, a dry cantankerous groove, the vocals cling to a sinewy bass line, crisscrossed by short chords on the organ. Gospel is celebrated spiritually, yet not too much so, in a rocking, rhythmic and dense interplay between the soloist and chorus. And what is more: the great ballad, hovering above a vibrating carpet of sound on the organ (The Love Of My Man) and crisp, firm winds (Alone Together) are included in this exquisite collection of great and even great songs.


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


    Musicians:



    • Delaney Bramlett (guitar, vocals)

    • Bonnie Bramlett (vocals)

    • Duane Allman (guitar)

    • Little Richard (piano)

    • Jim Gordon (keyboard)

    • Tommy McClure (bass)

    • Sammy Creason (drums)

    • Sam Clayton (conga)

    • Alan Estes (conga, percussion)

    • Jerry Jumonville (alto saxophone)

    • King Curtis (tenor saxophone) & The Memphis Horns




    Recording: 1970 at Decca Studios, New York, by Don Casale, and Atlantic South-Criteria Studios, Miami Fl., by Ron Albert & Chuck Kirkpatrick

    Production: Delaney Bramlett, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd





    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Hard Luck And Troubles
    2. God Knows I Love You
    3. Lay Down My Burden
    4. Medley: Come On In My Kitchen / Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean / Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
    5. The Love Of My Man
    6. They Call It Rock & Roll Music
    7. Soul Shake
    8. Miss Ann
    9. Alone Together
    10. Living On The Open Road
    11. Let Me Be Your Man
    12. Free The People
    Delaney & Bonnie & Friends
    $34.99
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