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Eleven ElevenOn Dave Alvin's new album Eleven Eleven, the man who many credit with pioneering what has come to be known as 'roots rock,' revisits the burning, guitar-centered blues-rock that initially defined his career along with his band The Blasters in the late 1970s.
After The Blasters, Alvin explored the path of American folk music, a road that led to classic albums and Grammy wins (for his album Public Domain: Songs from the Wild Land), establishing him as one of America's most distinguished songwriters and California's de facto roots music ambassador.
Fast forward to Eleven Eleven and Dave is ready to raise the stakes again, calling on some Blasters including his brother Phil, with whom he duets for the first time ever on record. The inaugurals continue with Dave writing all the songs while on the road touring, a first for the seasoned performer.
The new method clearly sparked new ideas for Alvin, with the blistering guitar runs and Bo Diddley beat of Run Conejo Run sidling up alongside the gentle finger-picking of the tremolo-soaked No Worries Mija.
Eleven Eleven also features Harlan County Line, the song featured, along with an Alvin cameo as himself, in FX original series Justified and his highest and fastest-selling digital single ever.1. Harlan County Line
2. Johnny Ace Is Dead
3. Black Rose Of Texas
4. Gary, Indiana 1959
5. Run Conejo Run
6. No Worries Mija
7. What's Up With Your Brother?
8. Murrietta's Head
10. Dirty Nightgown
11. Two Lucky Bums$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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Salvation Town, the surprising and powerful solo debut by Jonny Two Bags,
guitarist for the Southern California punk rock institution Social Distortion,
defies expectations at every turn. Produced by David Kalish, noted for his long
association with Rickie Lee Jones, at his Redstar Studio in Los Angeles, the
album features 10 striking original songs written by Jonny Two Bags, a.k.a.
A diverse array of talent that spans the musical spectrum
was enlisted for the recording. Jackson Browne shares vocals with Wickersham
on "Then You Stand Alone," while David Lindley, whose guitar work graced
several of Browne's classic '70s albums, contributes to four tracks. Los Lobos'
multi-instrumentalist David Hidalgo and his sons David Jr. and Vincent join in
on "Wayward Cain" and super-sideman Greg Leisz (Lucinda Williams, Eric
Clapton, k.d. lang, Dave Alvin) also appears on guitar. The drum chair is filled
by Pete Thomas, a mainstay of Elvis Costello's bands. Wickersham's colleagues in Social Distortion, keyboardist Danny McGough
and bassist Brent Harding, join on a few tracks while Austin accordion luminary Joel Guzman and bassist/punk kingpin Zander
Schloss (Weirdos, Circle Jerks, Thelonious Monster) round out the lineup.1. One Foot In The Gutter
3. Then You Stand Alone
4. Clay Wheels
5. Forlorn Walls
6. Wayward Cain
8. Hope Dies Hard
9. Alone Tonight
10. The Way It Goes$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ashgrove180 Gram vinyl version of Dave Alvin's first release on North Carolina based Yep Roc Records.1. Ashgrove
2. Rio Grande
3. Black Sky
4. Nine Volt Heart
5. Out of Control
6. Everett Ruess
7. Sinful Daughter
8. The Man in the Bed
9. Black Haired Girl
10. Somewhere in Time$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure)
Best known for that ditty about camels, Maria Muldaur has since established herself as one of the finest folk/country/jazz/blues/gospel interpreters ever to have a Top Five single. After 26 years and 24 solo albums, Muldaur -- inspired by a trip to Memphis' Beale Street -- digs deep into her roots and pays tribute to the classic blues women of the '20s and '30s. Aided by the similarly inclined Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, Muldaur breezes through 14 tunes from icons Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie, as well as obscurities from the Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Blind Willie Johnson. Keeping the unplugged accompaniment stripped way down to a single guitar or piano and occasional bass, Muldaur has room to maneuver her evocative vocals that shift from gritty groans to a high-pitched edgy trill. Far from a dry history lesson, these songs are performed with the strength and tenacity of the women who originally sang them. Whether spinning saucy, double entendre lyrics in Me And My Chauffeur Blues (»the way you ride so easy, I can't turn you down«) or longing for her Southern home after moving north during the Depression in Bessie Smith's Far Away Blues, the singer remains invigorated and inspired throughout. By returning to her late-'60s Jim Kweskin Jug Band coffeehouse days, Maria Muldaur has discovered her middle-aged oasis with Richland Woman Blues. And there's not a camel in sight.
- Maria Muldaur (vocal)
- Alvin Youngblood Hart (guitar, vocal)
- Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian (guitar)
- David Wilkie (mandocello)
- Dave Mathews (piano)
- Roly Salley (bass)
- Angela Strehli, Tracy Nelson (vocal)
Recording: 2001 by John Jacob
Production: John Jacob & Maria Muldaur
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. The One To Sing The Blues
2. I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)
3. No Voices In The Sky
4. Going To Brazil
6. Love Me Forever
7. Angel City
8. Make My Day
10. Shut You Down
11. 1916$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hip Hug-HerBooker T. & The MG's smoked the charts once again in 1967 with the fabulously slinky Hip Hug-Her -just like they'd never left. As house band for Memphis' Stax Records, backing Otis Redding, Sam & Dave and Wilson Pickett, the MG's had written the book on instrumental soul music, and the Hip Hug-Her album impeccably testifies to the greatness of Booker T. Jones, Steve Cropper, Duck Dunn and Alvin Jackson. MG's versions of the Young Rascals' Groovin' and Bobby Hebb's Sunny were so downright in-the-groove, they became big hits themselves all over again. Another lip-smackingly delicious exact reproduction from Sundazed, on 180-gram vinyl, from the absolute vintage analog tapes!1. Hip Hug-Her
3. Get Ready
5. Double Or Nothing
6. Carnaby St.
7. Slim Jenkinsï¿½ Joint
10. Bookerï¿½s Notion
11. Sunny$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Blasters Live 1986The Only Blasters Release Currently Available On Vinyl
"..arguably the finest american Roots-Rock band to emerge in the 1980's." - All Music Guide.
Recorded live in February 1986 at the Coach house, San Juan Capistrano California. Featuring Dave and Phil Alvin, Bill Bateman and John Bazz.1. Trouble Bound
2. Jubilee Train
3. Mystery Train
4. Just Antother Sunday
5. I Don't want To
6. Crazy Baby
7. I'm Shakin'
8. Border Radio
9. American Music
10. Long white Cadillac
11. Marie Marie$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-YEP-8411xDave Alvin & Phil Alvin
Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing The Songs of Big Bill BroonzyWe argue sometimes, but we never argue about Big Bill Broonzy, says Dave Alvin when explaining why he and brother Phil, who havent made an album together in almost 30 years, were inspired to record Common Ground: Dave Alvin + Phil Alvin Play and Sing the Songs of Big Bill Broonzy set for June 3 release on Yep Roc. The Alvin brothers, who founded seminal early LA punk roots band The Blasters in 1979, have shared a fascination with Broonzy since childhood. After an illness nearly took Phils life in 2012, they resolved to return to the studio and pay tribute to the blues legend. Common Ground includes 12 songs that capture a 30-year cross section of Broonzys canon, performed by the Alvins in their signature style of rollicking roots and stomping country blues.1. All By Myself
2. I Feel So Good
3. How Do You Want It Done?
4. Southern Flood Blues
5. Big Bill Blues
6. Key to the Highway
8. Just a Dream
9. You've Changed
10. Stuff They Call Money
11. Truckin' Little Woman
12. Saturday Night Rub$22.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
West Of The WestDave Alvin's home state of California has produced countless songwriters of varying musical genres. In an homage to some of those greats, West Of The West showcases Dave Alvin performing some of his favorites. Featuring songs by Merle Haggard, Tom Waits, John Fogerty, Jerry Garcia, Brian Wilson and more, the album also includes his original work "Between The Cracks" co-written with California native Tom Russell and bonus track "Boss" previously unavailable with this release.1. California Bloodlines
2. Redneck Friend
3. Kern River
4. Blind Love
5. Here in California
6. I Am Bewildered
7. Sonora's Death Row
8. Down on the Riverbed
9. Between the Cracks
10. Don't Look Now
11. Tramps and Hawkers
13. Surfer Girl$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Exactly Like This200 Gram Double LP Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings
Understanding the importance of restraint to the blues, he skirts the predictable with fresh imagery in lyrics and his music is barb-wire sharp. - Down Beat Magazine
Doug MacLeod is a unique, powerful guitarist with a rich and soulful voice, singing original songs based on his own life and experiences. This is Genuine Original Acoustic Music at its very best.
His new album Exactly Like This is his third release with Reference Recordings. It's MacLeod at his very best, in a richly detailed recording by Grammy-winning engineer Keith Johnson, made at Skywalker Sound in Marin County, California.
In live performance, Doug MacLeod assures his audience This song is going to go exactly like this. It's presented just for them, not a repeat of any performance he's ever given or will ever give. He records the same way, each of his original songs are offered with a fresh voice. Exactly Like This contains 11 new MacLeod originals reflecting and paying tribute to some of his diverse musical influences: Louis Jordan, Wes Montgomery, Jerry Reed, Tony Joe White, John Lee Hooker, and even a little Duke Ellington. In his previous 19 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves.
His songs have been covered by many artists including Albert King, Albert Collins, Joe Louis Walker and Eva Cassidy. He has co-written songs with Dave Alvin and Coco Montoya. MacLeod's songs have been featured in many TV movies and the hit show In the Heat of the Night. Two of his songs are on Grammy-nominated albums by Albert King and Albert Collins.
Doug MacLeod isn't just a blues guy, he's a singer/songwriter/storyteller and serious guitarist. He is one of the few modern artists doing all original material and traveling the country like a troubadour. Just Doug, headed down the road in his Honda, baseball on the radio, Siri by his side and a trunk full of music!LP1
1. Rock It Till the Crows Come Home
2. Too Many Misses For Me
3. Find Your Right Mind
4. Ain't It Rough?
5. Serious Doin' Woman
1. Ridge Runner
2. New Morning Road
5. Heavens The Only Place
6. You Got It Good (And That Ain't Bad)$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lost Time"Lost time is not found again." This ancient idiom is at the heart of brothers Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin's long, tumultuous relationship. However, in Dave's own words, "Some-times Fate, or God or the Universe, gives you a rare chance to prove an old saying is wrong."
The brothers' new album, appropriately titled Lost Time, does just that. Over Lost Time's twelve tracks, Dave and Phil pay homage to a number of artists and songs that had an early, formative influence, in Dave's words "the masters of the Blues, the most transcendental form of American music." Everyone from Lead Belly to James Brown is represented, but the figure who looms largest on the album, and in the brothers' own musical journey, is Big Joe Turner.1. Mister Kicks
2. World's In a Bad Condition
3. Cherry Red Blues
4. Rattlesnakin' Daddy
5. Hide and Seek
6. Papas On The House Top
7. In New Orleans (Rising Sun Blues)
8. Please Please Please
9. Sit Down Baby
10. Wee Baby Blues
11. Feeling Happy
12. If You See My Savior$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New Rides Of The Furious SwampridersTHE FURIOUS SWAMPRIDERS is the name of an international cooperation of Independent artists. Different songs, maybe off-key and chiselled, with dirt and edges. No matter if acoustic guitar or synthesizer, if folk, punk, rockabilly, electro or minimal beat. Here's part 4 of the series: The Perc Presents New Rides of THE FURIOUS SWAMPRIDERS. With M. Walking On The Water, The Walkabouts, 16 Horsepower, Lydia Lunch & Dave Alvin, Deborah Harry & Chris Stein, Nick Cave and Jeffrey Lee Pierce,The Raymen, Wovenhand, The Dad Horse Experience, Johnny Dowd (with Brian Wilson), and The Perc himself.1. Wovenhand - The Treshingfloor
2. Deborah Harry - Lucky Jim
3. The Rayment - When Death's Black Train Is Coming To Town
4. M.Walking On The Water - Enjoy The Silence
5. Dad Horse Experience, The - Kingdom It Will Come
6. Sixteen Horsepower* - De-Railed
7. The Perc - Sleeping Dog
8. Lydia Lunch, Dave Alvin, The JLP Session Project - Walkin' Down The Street
9. Kirschbaum Weishoff Trio - Heartbreak Hotel
10. The Walkabouts - Soul Thief
11. Velvetone With The Fat Honks - The River
12. Golden Kanine - Law Of A Probable Outcome
13. Johnny Dowd - Constant Waiting
14. Harry Payuta - Take You Home$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Porcupine MeatNaming one's album after a song titled "Porcupine Meat" may seem a little unusual - unless, of course, you're Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled "Chicken Heads." He elaborates on his recent composition: "If a lady won't treat me right, but she doesn't want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest." Hence the lyric, "too fat to eat, too lean to throw away."
Porcupine Meat is Rush's debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. The album is due out September 16, 2016.
Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as ten Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.
Make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20-year-old, on the road for more than 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title King of the Chitlin' Circuit. Rush has traveled the globe including Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.
Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil's music. "My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn't tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light."
Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. "I didn't know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy," he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush's band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.
During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King, and sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Rush finally scored a hit with "Chicken Heads." More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Label.
Rush relocated one final time, to Jackson, Miss. in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like "Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can't Take It)," "What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too," and" I Ain't Studdin' You" became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.
Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. "I outgrew myself," he says. "I need someone to help in doing the things I can't do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can't be everywhere at once."
Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records' longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. "He is the most vital bluesman of his generation," says Billington. He continues, "There are many people who still don't know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin' Circuit - fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock."
Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush's older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, "We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby."
The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.
For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb' Mo', and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.
Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as "Dress Too Short," "I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around," "Me, Myself And I," "Nighttime Gardener," "It's Your Move," and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. "Funk O' De Funk" delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While "Got Me Accused" is inspired by events from Rush's own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children's musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, "Catfish Stew" and "Snake In The Grass."
Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn't try to be anything that he is not. "I just try to record good music and stories," he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.1. I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
2. Porcupine Meat
3. Got Me Accused
4. Snake in the Grass
5. Funk O' De Funk
6. Me, Myself and I (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
7. Catfish Stew
8. It's Your Move (feat. Dave Alvin)
9. Nighttime Gardener (feat. Keb Mo)
10. I Think Your Dress Is Too Short
11. Standing on Shaky Ground
12. I'm Tired (Tangle Eye Mix)$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Stranger In My Land (Out of Stock)Roger Knox, aka the Koori King of Country or Black Elvis as he's known in his homeland, is an Aboriginal Australian Country & Western singer with a honeyed bear hug of a voice. Bloodshot artist Jon Langford (Mekons, Waco Brothers) met Knox on a visit to Australia several years ago. When he heard of Roger and the potentially-soon to- be-lost subculture of this utterly unique cultural collision, Langford knew he had to be involved. Stranger In My Land is a collection of songs originally written by Aborigine artists who were Knox's peers and predecessors; some tunes previously recorded but difficult to find as well as several unrecorded, handed-down folk songs. Stranger In My Land features guest performances from Bonnie Prince Billy, Kelly Hogan, Dave Alvin (X, Blasters), Sally Timms and Jon Langford (Mekons), The Sadies, Andre Williams, and perhaps the last known recording from Charlie Louvin of the Louvin Brothers.1. The Land Where The Crow Flies Backwards
2. Stranger In My Country
3. Blue Gums Calling Me Back Home
4. Took The Children Away
5. Arafura Pearl
6. Brisbane Blacks
7. Wayward Dreams
8. Scobie's Dream
9. Ticket To Nowhere
10. Warrior In Chains
11. Streets of Tamworth
12. Home In The Valley$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
All In One Day (Out Of Stock)Reminiscent of the great Rickie Lee Jones, the fresh voice and stream of consciousness story telling of Lorna Hunt grabbed Classic's attention in 1998 and the results on this 2LP set surely show you why. Recorded live to 2-track analog at the ambient Lompoc Theater by Paul duGre (Leo Kottke, Dave Alvin, Los Lobos), Lornas voice and guitar is backed by Danny Frankel on percussion, Greg Liesz and pedal steel, electric guitar, mandolin and weisnborn, Dave Jackson an accordion and Dave Pilch on bass. Features photography by legendary lens man William Claxton. Available on Classic Records Clarity SV-P II 200g vinyl.
Clarity Vinyl represents the ultimate in vinyl formulations because it is comprised of over 90% percentage of the highest quality co-polymer available - a key component in vinyl pellets used for manufacturing vinyl records. Further, Clarity Vinyl has no carbon black additive, common in vinyl formulas for LPs. Carbon Black contains trace metals that become magnetized and cause electrical distortions in cartridges during playback that smears the sound. By taking out the Carbon Black, Classic Records is able to dramatically reduce the electrical distortions and thus bring more Clarity to the playback process, providing a more realistic musical experience to the listener and LP enthusiast.1. Long Hard Road
2. Crazy Mary
3. All in One Day
4. Trying Not to Blink
5. Piece of My Heart
6. Powdered Diamonds
7. Wintertime Cowboy
8. Cut Glass Flowers
9. Don't Forget Me
10. Whipping Post
11. How Long
13. She Rises
14. Anyonelike You$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Clarity Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock