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  • Buried Under A World Of Roses Buried Under A World Of Roses Quick View

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    Buried Under A World Of Roses

    Death Of Lovers is a new band featuring current members of Whirr and Nothing, formed from a bond members made while touring together in 2013.


    Although Death Of Lovers carries qualities of members previously applauded efforts, they carry a shimmer and fuzz all their own. Dreary vocals, slow motion melody, and plodding percussion swirl together to create a crushingly depressing atmosphere. Kicking up the dust of their prominent influences (Joy Division, The Cure, etc) as they explore the fractured depths the of their uniquely haunting sound. A beautifully addictive introduction to their greatness to come.

    1. Cold Heaven
    2. Shaken
    3. Buried Under a World of Roses
    4. The Blue of Noon
    Death of Lovers
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  • Death Thy Lover Death Thy Lover Quick View

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    Death Thy Lover

    CANDLEMASS are back to celebrate 30 years of Doom with a brand new
    EP! The special anniversary release named Death Thy Lover features four
    studiotracks with Mats LevÉn on vocals. The band is also happy to announce
    that Mats LevÉn, who's a longtime friend of the band, is now the permanent
    singer for the Swedish Doom Metal Squad.


    Epic riffs meet monumental parts of heavy metal! 3 decades of Epic Doom Metal, 3 decades of CANDLEMASS: Tons
    of Epic Doom Metal awaits, even for the next decades & generations!

    1. Death Thy Lover
    2. Sleeping Giant
    3. Sinister N Sweet
    4. The Goose
    Candlemass
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  • XXX: 30 Years of Girls, Girls, Girls (Awaiting Repress) XXX: 30 Years of Girls, Girls, Girls (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    XXX: 30 Years of Girls, Girls, Girls (Awaiting Repress)

    Limited Edition 30th Anniversary Blue Marble Vinyl

    Girls, Girls, Girls is the fourth studio album by the American heavy metal band Mötley CrÜe, originally released on May 15, 1987.

    The album contains a more blused riffed style than their previous albums. The record contains the hits Wild Side and Girls, Girls, Girls. The record also reflects the band's hard-living lifestyle, and pays homage to their love of riding Harley Motorcycles, drinking whiskey, drug use, life on the Sunset Strip, and spending nights at strip clubs. However, there are darker sides to the album as well, notably Dancing on Glass and Wild Side. The power ballad You're All I Need tells the story of the death of a lover, and the song Nona is a tribute to Nikki Sixx' grandmother, who died during the recording of the album. Pressed on limited edition 30th Anniversary blue marble vinyl.

    1. Wild Side
    2. Girls Girls Girls
    3. Dancing On Glass
    4. Bad Boy Boogie
    5. Nona
    6. Five Years Dead
    7. All In the Name Of...
    8. Sumthin' For Nuthin'
    9. You're All I Need
    10. Jailhouse Rock (live)
    Motley Crue
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  • Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers Quick View

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    Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers

    When Suzanne Vega first discovered the novelist and short story writer Carson McCullers as a teenager, she thought, "If I ever want to play a character at any point in the future, I could play this woman." That time has arrived. On Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Vega inhabits McCullers' extraordinary character and renders the life of a woman who, revolted by the politics and racism of her upbringing in the American South, arrived in New York in her early twenties and became one of the literary lights of the 20th century. In such esteemed books as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) and The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ (1951), McCullers used the South as a lens through which to view the painful, nearly always unrequited, search for love in a world that often punishes individual self-expression and rewards repression and emotional compromise. McCullers battled those limits in her life as well as her work - a personal heroism that makes her, in Vega's view, a figure of great contemporary significance. She was an instinctive rebel whose message of personal freedom resonates profoundly in our own insurgent age, nearly fifty years after her death at the age of fifty in 1967.


    "I feel that McCullers' ideas and thoughts are very modern," Vega says, "and she incarnates them in a way that other authors don't. She tried to live them and paid a price for it. She would refer to herself in a kind of transgender way - she would say things like, 'I was born a man' -- and she probably was bisexual even if she didn't always act on it. She was one of the first females to write about civil rights and the struggles of blacks in the South. Also, she suffered several strokes and was disabled for pretty much the second half of her life. To use today's parlance, her life and work embodied human rights on just about every level - race, gender, trans, queer, disabled, youth."


    The ten songs on Lover, Beloved are part of a two-act play in which Vega and another actress perform the role of McCullers at two historical moments that bookend her career: the first, set in 1941, when The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter propelled her to literary fame, and the second shortly before her death, as she movingly reflects on her life and work. There are also plans to perform it as a one-woman show. Vega wrote the script, and co-wrote eight songs with Duncan Sheik, the singer-songwriter whose keen theatrical sense helped create the Broadway hit show Spring Awakening and the current groundbreaking musical, American Psycho. (Two additional songs, "Carson's Blues" and "The Ballad of Miss Amelia," were co-written by Vega and pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens.) In songs like "New York Is My Destination," "We of Me" and "Lover, Beloved," you can hear the signature cool detachment of Vega's singing and revel in the characteristically incisive observation of her lyrics, many of which deftly draw on McCullers' own writing.


    But the songs' elastic melody lines, loping rhythms, idiosyncratic instrumentation (including clarinet, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, trombone and accordion), and surprising arrangements (by guitarist extraordinaire Gerry Leonard, who also produced the album) are like nothing we've heard from Vega before. "It was great working with Duncan Sheik," Vega says. "All you have to do is give him the barest bones of an idea and then he delivers this fabulous piece of music." For "Annemarie," an aching ballad about an androgynous adventurer with whom both McCullers and her husband fell disastrously in love, Sheik delivered a lovely, simple melody that, Vega says, "practically made me cry. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I wanted something with all that yearning, and I love what he came up with." For "New York Is My Destination," which describes the youthful McCullers' vision of her future as a celebrated novelist, Vega says she wanted "something classic, something that sounded like Rodgers and Hammerstein, something glamorous," and, once again, Sheik delivered a melody that perfectly complemented the heady excitement of Vega's lyrics.


    Overall, Lover, Beloved finds a sound that exists outside of time. It's traditional enough to suit the iconic quality of its subject; clever enough to capture her originality and daring; and contemporary enough to help establish McCullers as an avatar for this century as well as the preceding one. Most of the instrumentation is acoustic, but, in particular, Gerry Leonard's evocative, atmospheric electric guitar playing lifts the music into another, more imaginative realm. That McCullers herself was an accomplished, classically trained pianist - and that the lyricism of her writing reflects that innate musicality - only further enhances the shivery dynamic between words and music on the album.


    In order to realize the theatrical quality of this project, Vega, with Sheik's encouragement and assistance, also handled her vocals in a different way. "Duncan really pushed me out of my comfort zone," Vega says. "I was shocked at how high he wanted me to sing. But he was like, 'No, no - you can hit that.'" Sheik's goal was to achieve a kind of sonic drama in Vega's vocals, "as much drama as he could squeeze out of me," she says. "It works for the character. McCullers is kind of childlike, and you can believe her singing in that naïve, simple way. I'm pushed beyond my limits in both the low notes and the high notes, and also the emotion. I definitely feel as if I was being pushed beyond what I usually do."


    Unquestionably, rendering a character like McCullers in words and in sound represented a serious creative challenge. All the songs on the album attempt to capture the innermost feelings of a writer who was highly ambitious, immensely complicated and fiercely dedicated to her conception of herself and her work. She was simultaneously shy, introverted and wildly provocative, as "Carson's Blues," the album's opening song, announces: "A childish liar/A devilish bitch/I can be innocent and charming/And suddenly switch." "Harper Lee," a song Vega describes as "upbeat and bitchy," chronicles McCullers' sense of her place in the literary pantheon - a spot, in her view, well above the wildly successful author of To Kill a Mockingbird. ("I'd like to kill more than just that mockingbird," she sings.) "Instant of the Hour After" and "We of Me" all explore the loving and loathing, the sexual adventurism and missed emotional connections, that swirled inextricably in McCullers' marriage to a bisexual man who shared her literary ambitions but was never able to realize them. On the title track, Vega limns the dizzying dance of unsatisfied desire at the heart of McCullers' work: "The lover pursues,/The beloved one flees Each one alone/In the land of the heart."


    "12 Mortal Men" indicts the provincialism and brutal racism of Columbus, Georgia, where McCullers grew up. "The Ballad of Miss Emilia" essentially recounts the plot of McCullers' novella, The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ, a saga, like so much of her writing, of failed joinings, loneliness, and proud, if isolated, survival. By the time the album concludes with "Carson's Last Supper," McCullers has abandoned the ideal of erotic desire in favor of a more universal love that could embrace all the various characters in her books and the many people in her life - as well as, perhaps most importantly, the ravaging contradictions within herself that both drove her art and caused so much hardship in her life.


    With Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Suzanne Vega achieves a new peak in her already distinguished career. With these songs and the play they inhabit, she hopes that "a new generation of people will discover Carson McCullers, that they will realize how cool she is and how compellingly her work can speak to them. I want to put her on the stage again so that her spirit lives. Really, no one is excluded from the vision she defined. I'm so excited by the possibilities." In these beautifully transporting songs, many of those rich possibilities have already been realized. - Anthony DeCurtis

    1. Carson's Blues
    2. New York Is My Destination
    3. Instant of the Hour After
    4. We of Me
    5. Annemarie
    6. 12 Mortal Men
    7. Harper Lee
    8. Lover, Beloved
    9. The Ballad of Miss Amelia
    10. Carson's Last Supper
    Suzanne Vega
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  • J Roddy Walston & The Business J Roddy Walston & The Business Quick View

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    J Roddy Walston & The Business

    Not too many bands would move to Baltimore, MD in search of their big break -- as the city's most famous citizen, John Waters, once put it, No one moves here -- and fewer still would consider making the jump to Charm City from Chattanooga, TN. But J. Roddy Walston and the Business are clearly not your average rock & roll band, and after listening to their self-titled second album (and first for Vagrant Records), this trajectory actually makes some sense. The band's music suggests a meeting of the minds between the Deep South and the East Coast -- Walston's raw, twangy vocals and rollicking piano style and Billy C. Gordon's thick guitar lines cut with sharp interjections of slide, could both come straight from a Tennessee roadhouse, but the heavy stomp of Logan Davis' bass and Steve Colmus' drums is all-beef, no-filler hard rock stomp, the stuff of guys who've spent half their life trying to perfect Led Zeppelin's glorious thud and are within spitting distance of catching it. Put these two sides together, have them spend a few hundred nights playing bars where they struggle to be heard over flying beer bottles and shouts for more bourbon, and you could get something a lot like J. Roddy Walston and the Business.


    These ten songs have swagger to spare, but there's little in the way of crowd-pleasing gestures; this band is here to rock but you have to take or leave them on their own terms, and the material is strong enough that plenty of listeners are likely to climb aboard for the ride. Whether they're living on the edge in Brave Man's Death, sharing tales of unsatisfying lovers in Pigs and Pearls, or mixing risky metaphors in Don't Break the Needle, J. Roddy Walston and the Business are a real-deal, roots-conscious hard rock band in an era when such things are believed to have gone the way of the 8-track tape. Picture a band that captures the lean and glorious Southern arrogance of the early Black Crowes and the FTW attitude of Appetite for Destruction-era Guns N' Roses -- all without obviously lifting licks from either act -- and you get one enjoyably butt-kicking surprise of an album.


    - Mark Deming (All Music Guide)

    1. Don't Break The Needle
    2. Full Growing Man
    3. Used To Did
    4. Pies N' Pearls
    5. Brave Man's Death
    6. Don't Get Old
    7. I Don't Wanna Hear It
    8. Uh Oh Rock N' Roll
    9. Caroline
    10. Use Your Language
    J Roddy Walston And The Business
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  • Goodmorning Restrained Goodmorning Restrained Quick View

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    Goodmorning Restrained

    Originally released digitally in 2009 on Sounds Of Zilence, Magna Carta Cartel's [MCC] debut album Goodmorning Restrained has become a classic amongst music lovers who have found their way to this album and band. The album is an 8 track experience of what the band refers to as soundtracks for movies yet unmade or Radio-edited movie themes, for daily life and death. Magna Carta Cartel's music has impressed people all across the world and from all walks of life, and the demand for physical copies of this album have been increasing over the years. Lövely Records now offers the first ever physical formats of this legendary album. The release come with original artwork done by designer/graphic artist and director Claudio Marino.


    What Magna Carta Cartel are up to today few or no one knows. What we do know though, is the fact that they once made this strange, different and beautiful album, and that it's now about time it is being materialised into this world. Magna Carta Cartel is a five piece Swedish rock band, often rumoured to be mysteriously connected to the highly secretive band Ghost. The band themselves describe their music like this: It reminds of Vangelis meeting Tom Petty, trying to reach U2, willing to be Joy Division, feeling like ABBA, longing to be Brian Eno, remembering Jean Michel Jarre, looking at Metallica, sleeping with Mike Oldfield, dancing to Koto, hunting the Beatles, killing Morricone in a duel, snorting to Moroder etc.

    1. That It Is Already Too Late To Leave
    2. This Time
    3. Attending Midnight Screen
    4. Metropolis Flow
    5. Deriving A Distance
    6. Borderline Bordello
    7. So Long
    8. Hotellus Eviction
    Magna Carta Cartel
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  • Cry Is For The Flies Cry Is For The Flies Quick View

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    Cry Is For The Flies

    The garage-punk trio Le Butcherettes are like the brilliant offspring of surrealist Luis Bunuel and intrepid rock icon PJ Harvey. Led by 24-year-old
    vocalist/guitarist/pianist Teri Gender Bender (a recent transplant to L.A. from Guadalajara, Mexico) Le Butcherettes bring a brazen intensity and playful,
    hook-laden simplicity that hacks to pieces all forms of pretension and excess.


    The band's songs and wildly cathartic live shows have often drawn comparisons to Karen-O, Patti Smith, Bikini Kill and many other female-fronted rock
    groups, but there's a theatricality to Le Butcherettes that brings a further reaching sense of mystery and imagery to the band.


    Originally forming as a duo, Le Butcherettes began in 2007 as the brainchild of vocalist/guitarist/keyboardist Teri Gender Bender; a modern feminist who
    cites Sylvia Plath and Malcolm X as major influences. Born to a Mexican stage actress mother and a father who was a fervent lover of the arts, Teri was
    constantly surrounded by creative energy. Following the death of her father, Teri Gender Bender moved back to Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico to begin a
    new and eventful chapter in her life, and with that the first page of Le Butcherettes was written.

    1. Burn The Scab
    2. Demon Stuck In Your Eye
    3. My Child
    4. Your Weakness Gives Me Life
    5. Moment Of Guilt (Henry Rollins)/ The Gold Chair Ate The Fireman
    6. Boulders Love Over Layers Of Rock
    7. Shame, You're All I've Got Ft. Shirley Manson
    8. Normal, You Were
    9. Poet From Nowhere
    10. Crying Out To The Flies
    Le Butcherettes
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  • Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Speakers Corner) Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Mozart - Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (Speakers Corner)

    Mozart wrote the Divertimento No. 1 at the age of six, while A Musical Joke and Eine kleine Nachtmusik were composed shortly before his death.



    From what one hears, apparently only a few music lovers enjoy listening to Eine kleine Nachtmusik. Far too often has it been performed routinely rather than being filled with life. This recording is quite different: living up to his reputation, Karl MÜnchinger proves that this favourite can be imbued with significance.



    The historical roote of the serenade lie in the suite which consists of varied contrasting dance movements. In the spirit of this tradition, MÜnchinger offers a clear and unfussed interpretation which is absolutely credible and has a freshness rarely heard. The ensemble plays both cheerfully and and wittily. In A Musical Joke, Mozart parodies amateurish composers of his own era, and the orchestra quite obviously participates in the fun.
    This LP is distinguished by its musical and tonal balance and is one of DECCA's best sound recordings.





    Musicians:



    • Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra

    • Karl MÜnchinger (conductor)




    Recording: November 1960, Victoria Hall at Geneva by Roy Wallace

    Production: James Walker





    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.


    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • Reads Kaddish - A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem Reads Kaddish - A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem Quick View

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    Reads Kaddish - A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem

    Pressed On Red Colored Vinyl


    Along with Howl, Kaddish stands as one of Allen Ginsberg's most illustrious creations. Always a follower of popular trends in music, Ginsberg had spent parts of 1958 digging into Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" - occasionally doing so while on morphine and methamphetamine. One evening, in this drug-induced state while cranking some Ray, Ginsberg began discussing his mother Naomi with his pal Zev Putterman. Putterman in turn, began reciting the traditional Hebrew "Kaddish" prayer for mourning the dead. Soon after, fueled by Dexedrine, LSD, and caffeine, Allen penned the majority of Kaddish. In early 1959, Kaddish received its debut performance at a poetry reading at Columbia University - in which Allen shared the bill with his lover Peter Orlovsky and fellow beat poet Gregory Corso. Over time, the manuscript was tweaked and adjusted until publication in April 1961 by City Lights. Then, in November 1964, with Orlovsky and Corso in tow, the trio performed several gigs at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, and it was at Brandeis where this recording was made. Released in 1966, Kaddish turned out to be the only record in Atlantic's spoken-word Verbum series; but if label head Jerry Wexler changed his mind about the imprint, he remained a big fan of the work, later telling Los Angeles historian Harvey Kubernik that Kaddish had stirred "the Yiddish currents in my own blood" and inspired "joy and anguish the exaltation that great poetry will bring on." Indeed, Kaddish is an intensely personal and moving work, capturing the complex relationship between Ginsberg, his mother, and his faith, and concluding with a heartrending description of her death. Real Gone Music is very proud to present the first-ever vinyl reissue of this landmark performance, in its original gatefold packaging with an added inner sleeve featuring new liner notes by Pat Thomas and memorabilia provided by the Allen Ginsberg estate over an hour of one of the towering figures in American poetry reading one of his greatest works.

    1. Kaddish Part 1
    2. Kaddish Part 2
    Allen Ginsberg
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  • G Funk Classics Volumes 1 & 2 G Funk Classics Volumes 1 & 2 Quick View

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    G Funk Classics Volumes 1 & 2

    Nate Dogg is one of the greatest singers in hip-hop's history; his ultra-smooth, church-honed voice was the key ingredient in dozens of classic singles throughout the '90s and '00s.


    He apparently never got paid for many of his early Death Row hits, and he finally left the label to release this, his long-awaited debut solo album. Upon dropping independently in 1998, it never got much exposure. Yet years later, it still impresses with 31 tracks absolutely overflowing with Nate's inimitable vocals and top-notch G-funk production from the likes of Daz Dillinger, QD3, and Warren G, among others.


    The lyrics mostly concern ladies, homies, and the streets, with his uncanny ability to bounce between bravado and a sensitive lover-man style showcased throughout. Nate Dogg remains the soul of hip-hop, and his amazing music should live on forever. Highlights here include Because I Got a Girl, She's Strange, Friends, These Days, and Nobody Does It Better.

    LP 1 - Vol. 1: Ghetto Preacher
    1. Hardest Man in Town
    2. Intro to G-Funk (Comm. 1)
    3. G-Funk
    4. First We Pray (featuring Kurupt Tha Kingpin)
    5. My World
    6. Dangerous Crazy
    7. These Days (featuring Daz Dillinger)
    8. Bag O'Weed (featuring Tray Deee)
    9. Dirty Hoe's Draws (featuring Big Chuck)
    10. Scared of Love (featuring Danny 'Butch' Means)
    11. Me & My Homies (featuring Tupac Shakur)
    12. Because I Got a Girl
    13. My Money
    14. Never Leave Me Alone (featuring Snoop Dogg)
    15. Last Prayer (Comm. 2)
    16. Where Are You Going? (featuring Pamela Hale)


    LP 2 - Vol. 2: The Prodigal Son

    1. Dedication
    2. Who's Playin' Games?
    3. I Don't Wanna Hurt No More (featuring Danny 'Butch' Means)
    4. Just Another Day
    5. She's Strange (featuring Barbara Wilson)
    6. Almost in Love
    7. No Matter Where I Go
    8. Stone Cold
    9. Friends - (featuring Warren G and Snoop Dogg)
    10. Puppy Love (featuring Snoop Dogg, Kurupt Tha Kingpin and Daz Dillinger)
    11. It's Goin' Down Tonight (featuring Danny 'Butch' Means/Isaac Reese)
    12. Nobody Does It Better (featuring Warren G)
    13. Sexy Girl (featuring Big Skye)
    14. Dogg Pound Gangstaville (featuring Snoop Dogg/Kurupt Tha Kingpin)
    15. Never Too Late

    Nate Dogg
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  • Microshift Microshift Quick View

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    Microshift

    Forget everything you know about Hookworms. Ok, maybe not everything; the
    urgency and viscera both live and on record that led the Yorkshire-based fivepiece
    to prominence across two blistering full-length LPs-2013's Pearl Mystic
    and 2014 follow-up The Hum-remains. However, as they return with their muchanticipated
    third record Microshift, the title of the record connotates more than
    just the intended nod to the audio plug-in their vocalist MJ regularly uses; it could
    also be an understatement of a three-year narrative that's brought about changing
    circumstances, influences and subsequent evolution.


    Microshift is a record that largely pulls back the dense fug of guitars and Modern
    Lovers-esque blasts of organ that have become Hookworms' hallmark, replaced
    instead by a plethora of electronics and synthesizers. There's far more to Microshift
    than just rock band going electronic however; indeed, the fact it's here at all is a
    relief after a series of setbacks for the band. Striving through the devastation of MJ's
    Suburban Home Studio-not just the rehearsal and recording space of the band, but
    home to the producer's livelihood-as well as relationship breakups, family illness
    and the death of the band's close friend and live sound engineer, it is perhaps no
    surprise that this record is one of both defiance and darkness. With it, Hookworms
    have pulled off a triumph against adversity, a comeback with what they may see as a
    Microshift, but which is in fact a massive step forward.

    1. Negative Space
    2. Static Resistance
    3. Ullswater
    4. The Soft Season
    5. Opener
    6. Each Time We Pass
    7. Boxing Day
    8. Reunion
    9. Shortcomings
    Hookworms
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  • Helen of Troy Helen of Troy Quick View

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    Helen of Troy

    To his chagrin, John Cale's record label released his unfinished demo tapes while he was busy producing Patti Smith's groundbreaking Horses. But to his surprise, the resulting album, Helen of Troy, is considered the most stylistically cohesive of the eclectic Island Trilogy, the trio of albums Cale recorded for Island Records during the course of 1974-75. Featuring Brian Eno's lithe synthesizer, Phil Collins' expert drumming, and Cale's manic streetwise songwriting, Helen of Troy delivers more sophistication than most final cuts, and cuts deeper in its roughness.


    Back on domestic vinyl for the first time in decades, this RTI-pressed edition of Helen of Troy is cut at Mobile Fidelity by in-house engineer Krieg Wunderlich and features stunning sonics. Quiet surfaces, faithful artwork, and the opportunity to hear Cale's engaging fare unfold amidst wide soundstages and black backgrounds-not to mention the moody content within-make this Wax Cathedral LP a must for music aficionados.


    From the celestial opening strains of My Maria, which sounds in places like a hymn, to the teeth-gnashing Sudden Death, Cale shows us heaven, hell, and the life in between. Employing a cocktail of wild experimentation, tonal versatility, and range of emotion, Cale's compositions whip from soaring serenades like I Keep a Close Watch to the unhinged, wild-eyed Leaving It Up to You (pulled from the original release due to its reference to the murder of Sharon Tate) to the soulful, surf-derived China Sea. Eno's synthesizer casts love spells and shadows while Chris Spedding's guitar drills bluesy, ragged holes through every composition. A tormented, sinister cover of the Modern Lovers' Pablo Picasso (Cale produced the Lovers' debut) shows what you get when you replace Jonathan Richman's dreamy smile with Cale's bared teeth.


    Although we'll never know what the one-time Velvet Underground cohort had in mind for the finished product, with its labyrinthine arrangements, theatrical spontaneity, and primal rawness, Helen of Troy is a gem that's better unpolished.

    1. My Maria
    2. Helen of Troy
    3. China Sea
    4. Engine
    5. Save Us
    6. Cable Hogue
    7. I Keep A Close Watch
    8. Pablo Picasso
    9. Leaving It Up to You
    10. Baby What You Want Me to Do
    11. Sudden Death
    John Cale
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  • From Fear To Eternity From Fear To Eternity Quick View

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    From Fear To Eternity

    From Fear To Eternity: The Best of 1990-2010 is a 3LP set spanning 20 years of music following the huge 2010 studio album The Final Frontier, which hit #1 in 28 countries around the world. It also became the band's highest-charting album in the U.S., where Iron Maiden was also awarded their first Grammy for Best Metal Performance for El Dorado, which is also included on this collection.


    Iron Maiden's current phenomenal global success has seen the band not only scale new-found heights aided by their unique method of touring, but has meant their ever-expanding fan base now encompasses a brand new generation of metal lovers. From Fear To Eternity is a chance for these fans to explore the group's rich history, with the highlights of their last eight studio albums distilled into this handy collection, which follows 2009's Somewhere Back In Time, a compilation of their earlier work from 1980-1990.


    Perennial favorites found on this album include songs also featured on Maiden's The Final Frontier World Tour set list, such as Fear of the Dark, The Wicker Man, Blood Brothers, and Dance Of Death alongside recent classics El Dorado and the hauntingly evocative When The Wild Wind Blows. It also includes singles like Holy Smoke and Be Quick or Be Dead together with more progressive thought-provoking album tracks like Afraid To Shoot Strangers and For the Greater Good of God. This 'Best-of' collection charts the musical development of Britain's most successful metal band as they have evolved their sound, producing longer, more complex songs, while gaining huge critical acclaim in the process.

    LP 1

    1. The Wicker Man
    2. Holy Smoke
    3. El Dorado
    4. Paschendale
    5. Different World
    6. Man On The Edge (Live)
    7. The Reincarnation of Benjamin Breeg
    8. Blood Brothers
    9. Rainmaker


    LP 2
    1. Sign of the Cross (Live)
    2. Brave New World
    3. Fear Of The Dark (Live)
    4. Be Quick Or Be Dead
    5. Tailgunner
    6. No More Lies
    7. Coming Home
    8. The Clansman (Live)


    LP 3
    1. For the Greater Good of God
    2. These Colours Don't Run)
    3. Bring Your Daughter... To The Slaughter
    4. Afraid to Shoot Strangers
    5. Dance of Death
    6. When the Wild Wind Blows

    Iron Maiden
    $56.99
    Limited Edition Picture Disc Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    The Hazards of Love

    The Hazards of Love is the follow-up to the The Decemberists 2006 breakthrough, The Crane Wife, voted favorite album of the year by NPR listeners. With their fifth full-length album, the Portland-based quintet of Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen solidifies its standing as one of the most innovative creative forces in music today. In an age when singles rule and the death of the album has been pronounced by many, The Decemberists have fashioned an anomaly: a record that demands to be listened to from start to finish and reveals more with each subsequent play. The 17-song suite, recorded with the bands longtime producer, Tucker Martine, is rooted in ancient language and imagery, yet entirely modern and accessible. The Hazards of Love tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake. Lavender Diamonds Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamonds Shara Worden deliver the lead vocals for the female characters, while My Morning Jackets Jim James, Robyn Hitchcock, and the Spinanes Rebecca Gates appear in supporting roles.
    1. Prelude
    2. The Hazards of Love 1 (The Prettiest Whistles Wont Wrestle the Thistles Undone)
    3. A Bower Scene
    4. Wont Want for Love (Margaret in the Taiga)
    5. The Hazards of Love 2 (Wager All)
    6. The Queens Approach
    7. Isnt It a Lovely Night?
    8. The Wanting Comes in Waves / Repaid
    9. An Interlude
    10. The Rakes Song
    11. The Abduction of Margaret
    12. The Queens Rebuke / The Crossing
    13. Annan Water
    14. Margaret in Captivity
    15. The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
    16. The Wanting Comes in Waves (reprise)
    17. The Hazards of Love 4 (The Drowned)
    The Decemberists
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Sings the Blues (Speakers Corner)

    In both her public and private life, Nina Simone was adamant about one thing, namely, what she simply would not tolerate. She sometimes complained about the miserable erotic prowess of her lovers, while at other times her audience were a target for her tongue. Sometimes she cancelled her performances at short notice and held a tirade against show business as such. In her music, rooted in gospel, she sought a path which took her down a middle course between jazz and pop, thus earning her the title of High Priestess Of Soul (as in the LP title) with her rock fans in the Sixties.



    The present blues album was recorded during what was undisputedly her most productive phase. It is a recording which does not swim with the tide of the times in that it does not employ massive forces or seek the twang of electrification. Instead Nina Simone's wonderfully sleek contralto voice bathes in the gentle timbre of an organ and a pithy, pulsating - but by no means stomping - rhythm. The cool, unemotional number "Sings The Blues" guarantees riveting tension and the authenticity of the genre which is, of course, the be all and end all of music for every black artist. Surely no compilation, no matter how carefully conceived, could possibly mark the diva's 70th birthday in February and sudden death in April 2203 better than this re-release.



    Musicians:



    • Nina Simone (piano, vocal)

    • Rudy Stevenson, Eric Gale (guitar)

    • Ernest Hayes (organ)

    • Bob Bushnell (bass)

    • Bernard Purdie (drums)





    Recording: 1967 by Ray Hall and Mickey Crofford at RCA Victor's Studio B, New York

    Production: Danny Davis




    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. Do I Move You
    2. Day And Night
    3. In The Dark
    4. Real Real
    5. My Man's Gone Now
    6. Backlash Blues
    7. I Want A Little Sugar In My Bowl
    8. Buck
    9. Since I Fell For You
    10. The House Of The Rising Sun
    11. Blues For Mama
    Nina Simone
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Alone (Volume 1)

    First Time On Vinyl On Fat Possum Records


    Liner Notes By Robert Palmer


    This brooding lesson in the Three D's of the blues--despair, death, and desire--is a window into the melancholy soul of Hooker's art. Each of the two discs are separate sets from a '70s solo concert at New York City's Hunter College. And by the time Hooker asks How deep and how low can you git? near the performance's end, we already know. It's not merely the profound darkness of these tales--in which Hooker becomes a killer, a TB victim, an abandoned lover--but the pain with which he suffuses his pinched, red-clay voice. Then there's his guitar, constantly working idiosyncratic variations on his patented boogie; sliding and snapping out replies to the tense lyrics of Jesse James or his improvised lonesome wail Tired of Being Your Doggie. Throughout, Hooker exercises his command of tension and drama.


    - Ted Drozdowski

    1. I Miss You So

    2. Jesse James

    3. Dark Room

    4. I'll Never Get Out Of These Blues Alive

    5. Boogie Chillum
    6. When My First Wife Left Me
    7. Boom Boom
    8. One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer
    John Lee Hooker
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Alone (Volume 2)

    First Time On Vinyl On Fat Possum Records


    Liner Notes By Robert Palmer


    This brooding lesson in the Three D's of the blues--despair, death, and desire--is a window into the melancholy soul of Hooker's art. Each of the two discs are separate sets from a '70s solo concert at New York City's Hunter College. And by the time Hooker asks How deep and how low can you git? near the performance's end, we already know. It's not merely the profound darkness of these tales--in which Hooker becomes a killer, a TB victim, an abandoned lover--but the pain with which he suffuses his pinched, red-clay voice. Then there's his guitar, constantly working idiosyncratic variations on his patented boogie; sliding and snapping out replies to the tense lyrics of Jesse James or his improvised lonesome wail Tired of Being Your Doggie. Throughout, Hooker exercises his command of tension and drama.


    - Ted Drozdowski

    1. Feel Good

    2. Some People

    3. T.B.

    4. Baby, Please Don't Go
    5. Mama Killed A Chicken

    6. Hobo

    7. Tired Of Being Your Doggie

    8. All Night Long

    9. Crawlin' King Snake
    John Lee Hooker
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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