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  • Dazed & Confused: A Stoned-Out Salute to Led Zeppelin Dazed & Confused: A Stoned-Out Salute to Led Zeppelin Quick View

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    Dazed & Confused: A Stoned-Out Salute to Led Zeppelin

    Features brand new, exclusive recordings from D.C.'s Dead Meadow, Mothership, Fireball Ministry, Sienna Root, The Fresh & Onlys and more!


    The new generation of stoner rock troubadours got a whole lotta love for the fearsome UK foursome that launched a thousand bands and sparked a thousand more doobs, the mighty Led Zeppelin!

    1. Whole Lotta Love - Siena Root

    2. The Rover - Fireball Ministry

    3. Heartbreaker - Mothership

    4. We're Gonna Groove - JOY

    5. No Quarter - Dead Meadow

    6. Dazed And Confused - The Cult Of Dom Keller

    7. Communication Breakdown - Lostage

    8. The Ocean - Brutus

    9. Nobody's Fault But Mine - The Machine

    10. Immigrant Song - Electric Eye

    11. In The Light - The Fresh & Onlys

    12. Kashmir - Indian Jewelry

    13. Stairway To Heaven - The Tulips

    14. Thank You - The Black Moods
    Various Artists
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  • Led Zeppelin I Led Zeppelin I Quick View

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    Led Zeppelin I


    Remastered from the Original Master Tapes by Jimmy Page and Pressed at Pallas In Germany


    Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, and I Can't Quit You Baby often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses; Good Times Bad Times and How Many More Times have groovy, bluesy shuffles; Your Time Is Gonna Come is an anthemic hard rocker; Black Mountain Side is pure English folk; and Communication Breakdown is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal.


    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    1. Good Times Bad Times
    2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
    3. You Shook Me
    4. Dazed And Confused
    5. Your Time Is Gonna Come
    6. Black Mountain Side
    7. Communication Breakdown
    8. I Can't Quit You Baby
    9. How Many More Times
    Led Zeppelin
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  • How The West Was Won How The West Was Won Quick View

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    How The West Was Won

    Led Zeppelin continues their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album How The West Was Won, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin's legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, it captures the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of "Dazed And Confused" and a 21-minute medley based around "Whole Lotta Love." The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses Of The Holy, which would be released nine months later.
    Led Zeppelin
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  • Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition) Quick View

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    Led Zeppelin I (Deluxe Edition)


    Deluxe Edition Remastered Vinyl


    Remastered from the Original Master Tapes by Jimmy Page and Pressed at Pallas In Germany


    Features Previously Unreleased October 1969 Concert From Paris, France



    Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, and I Can't Quit You Baby often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses; Good Times Bad Times and How Many More Times have groovy, bluesy shuffles; Your Time Is Gonna Come is an anthemic hard rocker; Black Mountain Side is pure English folk; and Communication Breakdown is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal.


    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. Good Times Bad Times
    2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
    3. You Shook Me
    4. Dazed And Confused
    5. Your Time Is Gonna Come
    6. Black Mountain Side
    7. Communication Breakdown
    8. I Can't Quit You Baby
    9. How Many More Times


    LP 2
    1. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown (Live in Paris, 1969)
    2. You Shook Me (Live in Paris, 1969)
    3. Heartbreaker (Live in Paris, 1969)
    4. Dazed And Confused (Live in Paris, 1969)


    LP 3
    1. White Summer/Black Mountain Side (Live in Paris, 1969)
    2. Moby Dick (Live in Paris, 1969)
    3. I Can't Quit You Baby (Live in Paris, 1969)
    4. How Many More Times (Live in Paris, 1969)

    Led Zeppelin
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  • How The West Was Won (Super Deluxe Edition Box) How The West Was Won (Super Deluxe Edition Box) Quick View

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    How The West Was Won (Super Deluxe Edition Box)

    Remastered Audio On Three CDs And Four 180-Gram Vinyl LPs


    Includes DVD Of Album In Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround And PCM Stereo, Plus Photo Gallery


    A Book Filled With Rare And Previously Unpublished Photos Of The Band At Each Of The Concert Locations, Plus Memorabilia & Ephemera


    High-Quality Print Of The Original Album Cover, The First 30,000 Of Which Will Be Individually Numbered


    Led Zeppelin continues their reissue campaign with a new edition of their celebrated live album How The West Was Won, originally released in 2003, featuring newly remastered audio, which was done under the supervision of Jimmy Page. HOW THE WEST WAS WON highlights the best performances from Led Zeppelin's legendary concerts at the Los Angeles Forum and Long Beach Arena on June 25 and 27, 1972. Melded together and sequenced to replicate a single concert from beginning to end, it captures the band at the height of its formidable powers. Standouts include a 25-plus minute version of "Dazed And Confused" and a 21-minute medley based around "Whole Lotta Love." The performances also capture the band introducing songs from its then-unreleased album Houses Of The Holy, which would be released nine months later.


    Super Deluxe Boxed Set includes: Remastered audio on three CDs and four 180-gram vinyl LPs; DVD of album in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround and PCM Stereo, plus photo gallery; A book filled with rare and previously unpublished photos of the band at each of the concert locations, plus memorabilia and ephemera; High-quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered.

    Led Zeppelin
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 3 CDs + DVD - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Led Zeppelin I (Super Deluxe Edition Box) Led Zeppelin I (Super Deluxe Edition Box) Quick View

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    Led Zeppelin I (Super Deluxe Edition Box)


    Super Deluxe Edition Box


    Remastered from the Original Master Tapes by Jimmy Page and Pressed at Pallas In Germany


    Companion audio on CD in a new sleeve and on 180-gram vinyl (Led Zeppelin features a previously unreleased October 1969 concert from Paris, II & III feature previously unreleased studio outtakes)


    Remastered album on 180-gram vinyl in a sleeve replicating the first pressing


    High-def audio download card of all content at 96kHz/24 bit (Live tracks are 48kHz/24bit)


    Hard bound, 70+ page book filled with rare and previously unseen photos and memorabilia


    High quality print of the original album cover, the first 30,000 of which will be individually numbered


    Led Zeppelin will also include a replica of the band's original Atlantic press kit


    Led Zeppelin had a fully formed, distinctive sound from the outset, as their eponymous debut illustrates. Taking the heavy, distorted electric blues of Jimi Hendrix, Jeff Beck, and Cream to an extreme, Zeppelin created a majestic, powerful brand of guitar rock constructed around simple, memorable riffs and lumbering rhythms. But the key to the group's attack was subtlety: it wasn't just an onslaught of guitar noise, it was shaded and textured, filled with alternating dynamics and tempos. As Led Zeppelin proves, the group was capable of such multi-layered music from the start. Although the extended psychedelic blues of Dazed and Confused, You Shook Me, and I Can't Quit You Baby often gather the most attention, the remainder of the album is a better indication of what would come later. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You shifts from folky verses to pummeling choruses; Good Times Bad Times and How Many More Times have groovy, bluesy shuffles; Your Time Is Gonna Come is an anthemic hard rocker; Black Mountain Side is pure English folk; and Communication Breakdown is a frenzied rocker with a nearly punkish attack. Although the album isn't as varied as some of their later efforts, it nevertheless marked a significant turning point in the evolution of hard rock and heavy metal.


    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music Guide)

    1. Good Times Bad Times
    2. Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
    3. You Shook Me
    4. Dazed And Confused
    5. Your Time Is Gonna Come
    6. Black Mountain Side
    7. Communication Breakdown
    8. I Can't Quit You Baby
    9. How Many More Times


    Live At The Olympia - Paris, France
    October 10, 1969
    1. Good Times Bad Times/Communication Breakdown
    2. I Can't Quit You Baby
    3. Heartbreaker
    4. Dazed And Confused
    5. White Summer/Black Mountain Side
    6. You Shook Me
    7. Moby Dick
    8. How Many More Times

    Led Zeppelin
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 CDs - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Soft Friday Soft Friday Quick View

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    Soft Friday

    Coves, the highly buzzed about 60's infused, indie psych-rock duo comprised of singer Rebekah Wood and multi-instrumentalist John Rigard bring their critically acclaimed debut album, Soft Friday, stateside. Mixed by Brendan Lynch (Primal Scream, Paul Weller), Clash Magazine says of the album, "With those driving, Spector-esque drums and that sweeping grandeur, theirs is a teenage melodrama fuelled by a passion for noise swirling psychedelia with a visceral edge."


    Coves released Soft Friday in the UK to critical acclaim, and quickly won the support of BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe, Huw Stephens, Nick Grimshaw and more, as well as attention from influential press outlets like Q Magazine, Clash, Dazed & Confused, Noisey, The Guardian, and NME who rated the album 9/10 and featured the album as one of its best albums of 2014.

    1. Fall Out Of Love
    2. Honey Bee
    3. Beatings
    4. Last Desire
    5. Let the Sun Go
    6. No Ladder
    7. Cast a Shadow
    8. Fool For Your Face
    9. Bad Kick to the Heart
    10. Wake Up
    Coves
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  • Love Me Love Me Quick View

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    Love Me

    Tomas Barfod released his debut solo album back in 2012, a sophisticated mesh of electronics
    called Salton Sea. Lauded by the likes of Pitchfork, Dazed & Confused and Gorilla vs Bear, the
    acclaim took Barfod slightly by surprise but its success has paved the way for the follow-up, Love
    Me, an album that takes Barfod's spirit of adventurousness and raises the stakes. Utilising a
    supporting cast that includes a string and brass section, and musicians like Here We Go Magic's
    Luke Temple and long-term collaborator Nina K. on vocal duties, it's a multi-layered album that
    effortlessly pushes and pulls dance and electronic music into a myriad different shapes.


    Barfod was first exposed to the indefinable lure of the electronic music scene not by clubbing (that
    came later), or by specific acts, but by a long-forgotten film featuring a section set in a club. "I
    think it was after I watched a bad movie about raves in the 1980s" he laughs. Early musical
    influences ranged from the likes of Goldie, Massive Attack and Portishead, to Goa trance and
    techno, before drifting into house and disco. These influences subsequently manifested
    themselves in the acid disco-inspired club-bangers Tomas released as Tomboy via Gomma records
    and the ambient techno he unleashed on Kompakt.


    He had about ten years of musical experience before he started making his own music, part of
    which came in the shape of his band, WhoMadeWho, who he formed in 2004 alongside two
    fellow Danes, guitarist Jeppe Kjellberg and singer and bassist Tomas Høffding (Barfod plays
    drums and produces).


    These new songs are precise, more defined and ultimately crafted into more fully-formed songs.
    While still keeping his debut's intimate delicacy and beautiful sense of fragility, this follow-up is
    also more audacious, as showcased on the sweeping strings of the lovely "Aftermath". This
    coalescing of the real and the analog is also highlighted by the guest vocalists, who range from
    long-term collaborator Nina Kinert on the lovely electro-squelch of "Pulsing" and the bouncing
    electro-pop of "Busy Baby", and American singer-songwriter Luke Temple on the poignant "Bell
    House". From the start Barfod was acutely aware that in order for these songs to come to life they
    needed to have vocals, even if piecing it all together was like finishing a puzzle. Love Me is many-textured, endlessly rewarding, an organic-sounding electronic album utilizing real heart and soul.

    1. Bell House (feat. Luke Temple)
    2. Pulsing (feat. Nina K.)
    3. Destiny's Child
    4. Busy Baby (feat. Nina K.)
    5. Honey (feat. Sleep Party People)
    6. Aftermath (feat. Nina K.)
    7. Blue Matter (feat. Jeppe Kjellberg)
    8. Waiting For Us (feat. Nina K.)
    9. Mandalay
    10. Sell You (feat. Night Beds)
    11. Lost (feat. Pell)
    Tomas Barfod
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  • Waterfall Waterfall Quick View

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    Waterfall

    It's safe to say since his emergence at the tail end of 2011 Evian Christ, aka Joshua Leary, has had a whirlwind two years. Off the back of his breakthrough mixtape "Kings And Them" which came out on Tri Angle Records in February 2012, the 24 year old, Ellesmere Port, UK native has produced on Kanye West's "Yeezus", collaborated with acclaimed conceptual artist Matthew Barney, released the notably abstract sound-piece Duga-3, performed around the world alongside the likes of Purity Ring, Actress and Four Tet and garnering positive reviews and features in global tastemaker press including Details Magazine, Dazed & Confused, Pitchfork and VIBE amongst many others.


    Most notably, Evian Christ has signed a publishing deal with DONDA, run by Kanye West, where he will continue with his work as a producer.


    His latest EP "Waterfall" finds Evian Christ exhibiting a creative restlessness that continues to make it harder to pigeonhole this young, evolving artist. On "Kings And Them" Evian Christ conjured up a sound that was influenced by hip hop as it much as it was by more ambient forms of music. On "Waterfall" Evian Christ has taken his unique sound into a far noisier and more aggressive territory.


    The lead track from "Waterfall", the hip hop laced 'Salt Carousel' may open the record with the sort of dreamlike serenity that typified the vast majority of Kings, but it's really the quiet before the storm as harsher, more abrasive elements rush in and dominate. On 'Fuck Idol' huge walls of digital distortion clash with code red beats that grow more and more frantic as the track progresses, while the title track is a blast of metallic dancehall dread that mutates multiple times over the space of 4 minutes into something truly epic.


    Having spent the past year experimenting and challenging himself, and in refusing to simply duplicate a sound that garnered him so much attention to begin with and led one of, if the not, the world's biggest hip hop artists to seek him out, "Waterfall" finds Evian Christ growing in confidence as a producer and continuing to elude any sort of easy categorization.
    Recorded partially in his hometown of Ellesmere Port and partially in New York, "Waterfall" was mixed by Noah Rubin (Pusha T, Wu Tang Clan) and mastered by Heba Kedry (The Mars Volta, Liturgy, Fis). Track 2, 'Propeller', contains a sample of 'Nine' by close friend and affiliate producer, Lukid.

    1. Salt Carousel
    2. Fuck Idol

    3. Propeller

    4. Waterfall

    Evian Christ
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  • Six Degrees Feat. Danny Brown (Discontinued) Six Degrees Feat. Danny Brown (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Six Degrees Feat. Danny Brown (Discontinued)


    "They deconstruct the four bar loops, understanding how to work crescendos by stretching out and reshaping the music into their own
    vision" - Huffington Post


    "How the group redefines the genre is through their unconventional influences, youthful vigor and musical experimentation" -
    Hypebeast


    "As self-confessed hip hop heads as well as jazz academics, BADBADNOTGOOD have the audacity to mix the unexpected and pull it off
    with finesse." - Dazed & Confused


    "...even given the fairly proud lineage of wild musical juxtaposition, these kids are making waves." - The Guardian


    Hot off the back of collaborations with DOOM, Danny Brown and Earl Sweatshirt as well as their excellent solo record 'III' BADBADNOTGOOD and Ghostface Killah share their first single - SIX DEGREES (ft. Danny Brown). They previously teamed up with Ghostface Killah on 'Rivers of Blood' - a cut from the OST to RZA's 'The Man with the Iron Fists'. BADBADNOTGOOD are reinvigorating and refreshing what Jazz can and should be via their rejection of technical, textbook jazz in favour of a sound that melds their musical education,
    skills and love of hip-hop and electronic music.

    1. Six Degrees (feat. Danny Brown)
    2. Tone's Rap (instrumental)
    BADBADNOTGOOD & Ghostface Killah
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  • The Panic Sequence EP The Panic Sequence EP Quick View

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    The Panic Sequence EP

    Mixed by Grammy-Award winning engineer Gus Oberg (The Strokes, The Virgins, Drowners, Albert Hammond Jr.) and produced by Nightbox themselves,
    with co-production from Al-P of MSTRKRFT and co-writing from Sebastien Grainger of DFA 1979 on the lead single "Burning," The Panic Sequence EP is
    the next progression for a rising band rooted in charmingly humble beginnings.


    With their self-titled debut EP on Last Gang Records, Nightbox caught the ears of the BBC, which ranked their performance in the top-10 of that year's
    Electric Picnic Festival. Over the next couple years, support slots on both sides of the Atlantic for Ellie Goulding, Cults and DFA 1979 followed, along with
    international tours with LIGHTS, Dragonette, and most recently Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. As did critical praise from UK press NME, Dazed &
    Confused, BBC Radio 1, Canadian media and a slew of top blogs like Neon Gold and Kick Kick Snare.


    Now with The Panic Sequence, Nightbox are ready to step out from the shadow of their influences and leave their own musical imprint on Toronto and the
    wider world. The EP will be released April 22 via Toronto-based label Rare Beef.

    1. Burning
    2. The Panic Sequence
    3. In The Rural
    4. Wonderworlds
    5. Wash

    Nightbox
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  • Black Moon Spell Black Moon Spell Quick View

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    Black Moon Spell

    King Tuff's new record is called Black Moon Spell.


    It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California,
    in the hot winter of 2014.


    No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them
    to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The
    Devil.


    God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars
    and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out.


    There were many strange occurrences during the recording session- Dracula landlords,
    flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed themselves,
    demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc.


    Under the Black Moon Spell you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet
    dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial
    dancing.


    Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire.
    For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be.
    It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs.
    Backwards messages may be found on this record.


    Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered
    its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip
    shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.


    Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet?


    King Tuff would prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because
    its long and crazy and you wouldn't believe him anyway. Also, I am King Tuff.


    Magic Jake, who played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this
    moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of your choice.


    Old Gary, who plays drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this
    moment to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame with
    him.


    Old Gary was out watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played
    drums on the song "Black Moon Spell". Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin voice in his
    spare time.


    Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, "No human
    judgement is of any value here." King Tuff agreed.


    Sub Pop first discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was basically
    a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden near the graveyard,
    and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with silver fangs and baseball bats.


    Punx, Squares, Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters,
    Hobos, Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers, Townies,
    Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this record.


    Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about
    nothing.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69,
    and let yr inner grinagog rear it's wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell and give yr ears what they've been begging for all year;
    a heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.


    ps. the only part of this story that isn't true is the part about the shit hut. I actually
    was living at my parents' house when I was discovered. Love, KT

    1. Black Moon Spell
    2. Sick Mind
    3. Rainbow's Run
    4. Headbanger
    5. Beautiful Thing
    6. I Love You Ugly
    7. Magic Mirror
    8. Madness
    9. Demon From Hell
    10. Black Holes in Stereo
    11. Radiation
    12. Eyes of the Muse
    13. Staircase of Diamonds
    14. Eddie's Song
    King Tuff
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  • What A Way To Die What A Way To Die Quick View

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    What A Way To Die

    The archetype for the '60s-era girl group was etched indelibly into stone, like a commandment: three pretty girls with matching outfits and bouffant hairdos would sing, with musical backing supplied by a bunch of guys standing in the shadows. The Quatro sisters shattered that archetype forever with the Pleasure Seekers, an all-girl teenage rock & roll group who played all the instruments themselves and were fully capable of wiping the stage with any male band that crossed their path.


    The Quatro girls had been brought up in a musically-minded family, nurtured with classical piano and vocal lessons. As Patti recalls, "By 1964, I had been taking guitar lessons, hanging with musicians in the local music scene. We had seen a Beatles concert, and I was quite dazed and focused at the event, watching the audience cry and scream out of control. It was my epiphany moment, and I was determined to start an all-girl band."
    Shortly thereafter, the first lineup of the Pleasure Seekers fell into place with Patti Quatro (lead guitar), Marylou Ball (rhythm guitar), Suzi Quatro (bass), Diane Baker (keyboards), Nan Ball (drums) and vocal duties shared by all. Around the fall of 1965 the girls dared local teen club manager Dave Leone to give them a slot at his popular Hideout Club, claiming they were better than most of the other live bands there. "You're on," responded Leone, "in two weeks. Three songs!"


    The Pleasure Seekers were soon a popular feature at the club, honing their skills alongside the likes of the Rationals, the Amboy Dukes and Bob Seger & the Last Heard. "In the beginning, there was a lot of skepticism," remembers Patti, "especially the first night. The boys crowded the stage, the girlfriends pulled them away with laughter, as if 'Girls playing?! Yeah, right!' It was always satisfying to see them be silenced quickly when we began playing. We grew used to seeing slack jaws open in surprise." Next they were asked by Leone to record and release a single on his Hideout label.


    That March 1966 release is now regarded as the greatest "girl garage" single of the era: "Never Thought You'd Leave Me" b/w "What a Way to Die." "Dave brought lyrics, and we put the songs together quickly," remembers Patti. "We felt very legit in making this record at a small local studio. Nan was the sexy voice on 'Never Thought You'd Leave Me,' and there was lots of laughter as Marylou added the screams on 'What a Way to Die.'" Suzi Quatro remembers the recording as "very important and memorable."


    The Pleasure Seekers were soon in demand in the region, playing teen clubs, parties, colleges and local TV shows. After a series of lineup changes, the band brought in older Quatro sister Arlene (keyboards) and Darline Arnone (drums), the first female drummer sponsored by Slingerland Drums. A short time later, Pami Benford joined-up on guitar and bass (that lineup lasting through most of 1968). "It was a very versatile group," remembers Patti, "with Pami and Suzi sharing bass, and Pami and I sharing lead and rhythm guitars."


    "The gender bias was my hot button," recalls Arlene, "along with confidence in our musical abilities. With women musicians dismissed as a novelty, I delighted in watching the audience go from skepticism/ridicule, to shock/cheers." For Suzi, though, this period was where she learned her craft: "I considered myself a musician, and didn't really think about gender too much." Two tracks recorded in 1967, but unissued at the time, "Elevator Express" and "Gotta Get Away," highlight the band's growing musical maturity since their Hideout debut. "Detroit was the best learning ground in the world for musicians," recalls Suzi, "with an amazing energy and creativity that is in every successful artist that has come out of the city." "We were actually one of the earliest Detroit bands traveling the country," adds Patti. "Everyone wanted this unusual all girl band who rocked an entire Motown revue (changing instruments and singers throughout) and an entire Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour revue, as well as covering English bands, acid rock and everything in between."


    Signing up with Associated Booking Corporation, the group began making the transition from local to national act. Producer Dick Corby caught the Pleasure Seekers at Trude Heller's in New York's Greenwich Village and signed them to a Mercury Records deal in early 1968. To keep rein on their finances in NYC, Patti recalls, "We booked Arthur's nightclub for a month, staying at the infamous rock Gorham Hotel, recording by day-playing by night." Also in residence were the Who, the Blues Magoos and an assortment of other bands. "Hitting NYC as young teens, it was exciting, scary, fun-all emotions churning," she continues. "We felt we had hit the big time, going from the tiny local Hideout session to the huge Mercury professional studio facility, complete with session people adding strings and other elements."


    A single pairing "Good Kind of Hurt" and "Light of Love" was released in April 1968, while a third song, "Locked in Your Love," remained in the can. The group then headed out to the Northwest for a lengthy tour. "The Northwest tour was awesome," remembers Patti. "We were billed with Canned Heat, Boyce & Hart and Merilee Rush, and were held over six weeks to tour with Eric Burdon and the Animals. The Mercury single was out, momentum was surging." Both sides of the single were getting airplay, but ultimately it failed to gain any traction. "Really neither song reflected our own sound," admits Patti. "We rearranged 'Light of Love' for live performance, feeling disconnected to the record, yet realizing we had to play ball with the executives to keep us rolling."


    Ultimately Mercury's vision for the Pleasure Seekers clashed rather sharply with the band's vision. "The suits wanted tits and ass," recalls Darline, "wowing Vegas crowds, playing tinkly tunes in lavish costumes." "In that male-dominated music era, we were strictly a novelty, and a high-risk endeavor," adds Patti. "The record executives felt women musicians would fall in love or get pregnant so were not worth investing the time and money. We had to kick down many doors. We were serious musicians, and in it for the right reasons. In the end, we were not happy with a forced direction that Mercury Records had in mind, and ended up leaving the label to rock our music in our own fashion."


    After a memorable 1968 Far East tour, playing for wounded returning American soldiers from Vietnam, the Pleasure Seekers (with new drummer Nancy Rogers) returned to a Detroit that was now, in Patti's words, "exploding with heavier sounds. That sparked us to change direction with new ideas we had been exploring. Arlene left the band and we brought in our youngest sister Nancy (vocals). With Suzi's Joplinesque vocals combined with Nancy's wailing 'female Robert Plant' style, we enjoyed a harder edged, 'double-punch' effect."


    The last four songs on the album, "White Pig Blues," "Brain Confusion," "Where Have You Gone?" and the atmospheric psychedelic mover "Mr. Power," all date from this 1968-69 period when the Pleasure Seekers were playing the Grande Ballroom alongside the MC5, Alice Cooper, the Stooges, the Amboy Dukes and SRC. With this change in musical direction and the departure of Arlene and Pami, the band forged on as Cradle. Suzi Quatro departed for England in 1971, launching a successful solo career. Patti and Nancy continued with Cradle until 1973 when Patti joined another pioneering female rock group, Fanny.


    The Pleasure Seekers reunited recently in April 2012 (minus Suzi) for a well-received show in their hometown, where they were inducted into Detroit's Hall of Fame. "I think all of us Quatro girls are extremely proud of our pioneering days" reflects Patti. "In a renaissance-era of music, we kicked down doors for women to rock heavy. There were key times in our lives of making decisions that may have turned us towards larger fame, but less happiness-depending on your philosophy of such things. The Pleasure Seekers could have been a Las Vegas show act bringing in buckets of money or on Motown, turned very formulaic girlie-soul. But we stayed true to our goals, and I don't think any of us have any regrets of staying our course and playing the music that moved us. It's all been a thrilling ride with great memories."


    - Mike & Anja Stax (Ugly Things magazine)

    1. Intro By DJ The Lord
    2. Gotta Get Away
    3. Never Thought You'd Leave Me
    4. Light Of Love
    5. Good Kind Of Hurt
    6. What A Way To Die
    7. Elevator Express
    8. Locked In Your Love
    9. White Pig Blues
    10. Brain Confusion
    11. Where Have You Gone
    12. Mr. Power
    The Pleasure Seekers
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