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CtrlPressed On 2x 150-Gram Translucent Green Colored Vinyl
SZA's new album, Ctrl, is set for release on vinyl via RCA Records.
Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad, Ctrl has been revered for its raw and honest lyrics and garnered praise from celebrities (Calvin Harris, Diddy, Issa Rae, Bella Hadid, Olivia O'Brien), influencers (Karen Civil, Scottie Beam), fans and critics alike.
Noisey describes Ctrl as "14 tracks of the dreamy R&B lusciousness that we've come to know and love the New Jersey singer-songwriter for." NPR calls Ctrl "a resolutely confident and skillful R&B album that explores the notions of control and honesty," while The Shade Room proclaims, "'Ctrl' is actuals! Imagine 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' tailored for our generation."
One of the redefining voices of today's contemporary music era, SZA entered the music scene in 2012 with her first critically acclaimed EP, See.SZA.Run. Following that, she released S in 2013 and Z in 2014, both to rave reviews. In 2013, SZA signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, being the first female artist to join the label. SZA wrote and performed on Rihanna's Anti single "Consideration" in 2016 and helped write Nicki Minaj and Beyonce's "Feelin Myself" in 2014.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Maplewood, NJ as Solána Rowe, SZA grew up listening to classic and avant-garde jazz, alternative, and rap. She renamed herself finding inspiration within the Supreme Alphabet: the 'S' stands for savior or sovereign, the 'Z' for zig-zag, and the 'A' for Allah.LP 1
2. Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott)
3. Doves In The Wind (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
4. Drew Barrymore
6. The Weekend
7. Go Gina
8. Garden (Say It Like Dat)
1. Broken Clocks
3. Wavy (Interlude) (feat. James Fauntleroy)
4. Normal Girl
5. Pretty Little Birds (feat. Isaiah Rashad)
6. 20 Something$23.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The ArchAndroidWondaland Arts Society/Bad Boy recording artist Janelle Monáe has announced the release of her eagerly awaited debut album, The ArchAndroid. The star-studded featured cast includes the legendary Big Boi of OutKast, renowned poet Saul Williams, psychedelic dance-punk troupe Of Montreal, punk prophets Deep Cotton, and the Wondaland Arch Orchestra.
The album was recorded at Wondaland Studios in Atlanta, but written all over the world, including but not limited to Moscow, Prague, Istanbul, Berlin, Amsterdam, New York, and the Palace of the Dogs. The ArchAndroid was inspired not only by the energy of these places, but by such revolutionary musicians and artistic visionaries as Salvador Dalí, Walt Disney, OutKast, Stevie Wonder, Octavia Butler, David Bowie, Andy Warhol and John Williams. The album was Executive Produced by Nate Wonder, Chuck Lightning, Janelle Monáe, and Sean Diddy Combs, with Co-Executive Production from Big Boi of OutKast.1. Suite II Overture
2. Dance or Die
4. Locked Inside
5. Sir Greendown
6. Cold War
8. Neon Gumbo
9. Oh, Maker
10. Come Alive
11. Mushrooms & Roses
12. Suite III Overture
13. Neon Valley Street
14. Make The Bus
17. Say You'll Go
18. BaBopBye Ya$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Diddy Wah DiddyJukeboxes everywhere can rejoice, now that Sundazed is on the scene with red hot relief for those hopelessly worn to bits copies of Epic 5-10001 (better known as Diddy Wah Diddy/Once Before, perhaps the most potent of all singles by the always authoritative Remains). Mid-sixties Brit-influenced Americana never sounded so good. ON RED VINYL!!!1. Diddy Wah Diddy
2. Once Before$9.997 Colored Vinyl Single LP - Sealed Buy Now
Diddy Wah DiddyDouble 7 Set
In the high desert of California, they were referred to simply as "Beefheart."
Don Van Vliet acquired the habit of singing along to vintage blues records while hanging with high school chum Frank Zappa. Founder Alex Snouffer formed the Magic Band in late 1964. And, by early 1965, the powerful and charismatic local blues combo had made quite a name for itself locally as "the band" for local dances at the fairgrounds. By late '65 the inclusion of master guitarist Rich Hepner explosively changed the group's chemistry; dances morphed to concerts - with the dancers choosing to sit on the floor, captivated by this white blues band that seemed to transform Exposition Hall into a spellbinding Louisiana swamp.
In early 1966, the band signed with A&M Records. Producer David Gates (of Bread fame) was assigned production duties, and the first result - a cover of Bo Diddley's "Diddy Wah Diddy" - stunned everyone. Famed Del Rio, Texas DJ "Wolfman Jack" introduced it by saying "OK everybody on the highway, you'd better pull over, cause here comes Captain Beefheart with 'Diddy Wah Diddy.'"
Ill-fated times intervened with the coincidental cover of "Diddy" by an East Coast group - The Remains - which was releases almost simultaneously on the Epic Records label. Confusion and chaos reigned, and the songs dropped from the charts quickly. Founder Snouffer reflected: That's a record label's, personal manager's, and band's nightmare." Undaunted, Gates penned a follow-up to "Diddy," entitled "Moonchild." The band arranged it themselves - interpreting Dave's guitar/voice demo. Gates reaction: "Boy, it wasn't supposed to happen like this!"
Van Vliet had also penned his first recorded compositions - "Who Do You Think You're Fooling" for the B-side of "Diddy" and "Frying Pan" for the B-side of "Moonchild." Van Vliet went on in later years through many incarnations of Magic Bands to create the most avante-garde rock music ever recorded, but the roots of these early pieces echo throughout all the later works.
-John French, Lancaster, CA1. Diddy Wah Diddy
2. Who Do You Think You're Fooling
4. Frying Pan$15.997 Vinyl Single - 2 Singles Sealed Buy Now
REDI-SUN-5451xManfred Mann's Earth Band
The Manfred Mann AlbumManfred Mann's 1964 U.S. debut The Manfred Mann Album is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of the British Invasion, and it's easy to hear why. With the catchy smash single Do Wah Diddy Diddy alongside powerful readings of classics by Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf and Ike and Tina Turner, it's a transcendent meeting of pop infectiousness and R&B grit that sets the stage for the musical achievements that the band would soon begin to rack up.1. Do Wah Diddy Diddy
2. Don't Ask Me What I Say
3. Sack O' Woe
4. What You Gonna Do?
5. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
6. Smokestack Lightning
7. Got My Mojo Working
8. It's Gonna Work Out Fine
9. Down The Road Apiece
10. Untie Me
11. Bring It To Jerome
12. Without You$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Introducing The SonicsThe Sonics, fronted by Gerry Roslie's banshee vocals, blow-torched the mists of Seattle in 1966 like the fiery exhaust from a jumbo-jet. With their trademark scorched-earth guitar sounds, they created a mind-numbing assortment of Sonics' classics: You Got Your Head On Backwards, Like No Other Man, Psycho, The Witch and simultaneously reinvented garage rock powerhouses like I'm A Man, Diddy Wah Diddy and much more. This heavy-duty BeatRocket vinyl edition of the group's 1966 Jerden album adds 4 rare bonus cuts to the original killer disc. No one has done it this raw ever since!1. The Witch
2. You Got Your Head On Backwards
3. I'm A Man
4. On The Road Again
6. Love Lights
7. I'm Going Home
8. High Time
9. I'm A Rolling Stone
10. Like No Other Man
11. Maintaining My
12. Bama Lama Bama Loo
13. Leave My Kitten Alone
14. Dirty Old Man
15. Diddy Wah Diddy$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MVDR-LIL-3814x2 Live Crew
Greatest Hits: Volume 2 (Awaiting Repress)While 2 Live Crew are certainly associated with a moment in time, Luke and company's body of work is surprisingly deep. More a re-examination of their entire career than a bookend to its first part, GREATEST HITS Volume 2 contains both the Miami bass troupe's top 40 hits, the signature track Me So Horny, and the biography of its aftermath Banned in the U.S. A. This collection digs further into the 2 Live Crew catalog, which includes minor hits such as the Manfred Mann sampling Do Wah Diddy and the Clinton Scandal reworking of the act's biggest hit, Bill So Horny, a true timepiece.LP 1
2. Bill So Horny
3. Me So Horny
4. Do Wah Diddy
5. Pretty Woman
6. C'mon Babe (Doo Doo Brown Version)
7. Hoochie Mama
8. Shake a Lil' Somethin'
9. 2 Live Party
1. Banned in the U.S.A.
2. Sex, I Like It, I Love It
3. We Want Some Pussy (Live in Berlin Extended Mix)[Live]
4. Baby Baby Please Just a Little More Head
5. Who's Fucking Who
6. Get It Girl (Extended Mix)
7. Fuck Shop$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Rough Guide To Blind BlakeLovingly Remastered Using Pioneering Restoration Techniques
Famous for his 'piano-sounding' guitar, Blind Blake was one of the greatest blues guitarists that ever lived. A true pioneer of 'finger-style' guitar, he was also a zealous musical experimenter who re-defined the limitations of the guitar. Enjoy his six-string wizardry on such re-mastered classics as 'West Coast Blues', 'He's In The Jailhouse Now' and 'Diddie Wah Diddie'.1. Blind Arthur''s Breakdown (1929)
2. He's In The Jailhouse Now (1927)
3. Police Dog Blues (1929)
4. Diddie Wah Diddie (1929)
5. You Gonna Quit Me Blues (1927)
6. West Coast Blues (1926)
7. Come On Boys Let's Do That Messin' Around (1926)
8. I Was Afraid Of That: Part 2 (1929)
9. Southern Rag (1927)
10. Hey Hey Daddy Blues (1927)
11. That Will Never Happen No More (1927)
12. Too Tight Blues No. 2 (1929)$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-JacFirst Ever Collection Of Parker's Classic Singles
Pressed On Yellow Vinyl
Ru-Jac Records, one of the nation's first African-American owned record labels, was formed in Baltimore in the early 1960s by Rufus Mitchell, who booked East Coast entertainment venues including Carr's Beach, a segregated summer resort near Annapolis. Ru-Jac was active into the 1970s and featured R&B, soul, funk, jazz and even rock acts. The most frequently recorded Ru-Jac artist was Winfield Parker.
Parker cut 17 recordings for Ru-Jac, the 45s of which have fetched top dollar on the collectors market, as people have hungered for this vintage sound. When Omnivore Recordings acquired Ru-Jac in 2015, even more recordings were discovered. The original singles, along with six previously unissued tracks, are finally available as Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac. Omnivore Recordings will release the collection March 25, 2016, on CD and digital. The LP will be available June 10, first limited-edition pressing on orange vinyl.
From "My Love" to "I Love You Just The Same" to the collection's title track, "Mr. Clean," this compilation presents Parker at his most soulful, along with alternate takes, demos, backing tracks and songs unheard since they were first laid to tape over five decades ago. With mastering and restoration from Grammy® Award-winner Michael Graves, they sound better than ever.
In 2013, the Global Entertainment Media Association honored Winfield with a Golden Mic Honor, alongside contemporaries like Gamble & Huff, the Three Degrees, Barbara Mason, and others. He is celebrating 58 years in the music business in 2016, and the material on Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac showcases the root of that legendary career, paving the way for a new generation of appreciation, re-examination, and soul.
The Winfield Parker release is the first to be realized out of Omnivore's acquisition of Ru-Jac Records and its publishing assets. Omnivore Recordings' Cheryl Pawelski says, "Omnivore is so pleased to have acquired Ru-Jac Records and its accompanying publishing entities, Diddy Bop and Ru-Jac. Authentic East Coast '60s soul is impossible to resist, and we're looking forward to the first release, Winfield Parker's Mr. Clean: Winfield Parker At Ru-Jac with more to follow. By the end of the year we're hoping to have at least one additional artist collection available, as well as a label overview. The Ru-Jac story centers around its founder, Rufus Mitchell, a promoter of live shows in the Baltimore area, including one of the first African American-controlled beaches, Carr's Beach. The 45s that spun out of Ru-Jac offer a tantalizing, never-before told, audio history of a time and place that we can't wait for everyone to hear."1. My Love For You - Little Winfield Parker
2. One Of These Mornings - Little Winfield Parker
3. When I'm Alone
4. Rockin' In The Barnyard
5. I Love You Just The Same (Version 1) - Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
6. My Love - Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
7. Go Away Playgirl
9. Sweet Little Girl - Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
10. What Do You Say? - Winfield Parker with The Shyndells Band
11. She's So Pretty
12. Oh My Love
13. I Love You Just The Same (Version 2)
14. A Fallen Star
15. Mr. Clean (Part 1)
16. Mr. Clean (Part 2)
17. Funkey Party$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bo DiddleyFrom The Original Chess/Checker Masters In Glorious Mono
Faithful Reproduction Of The Original Artwork
Music historians have wasted so many perfectly good words trying to explain the significance of Bo Diddley. "Bo Diddley liberated the blues from the 12-bar form and melded it to an insistent, infectious rhumba beat," they bleat. "Diddley was the progenitor of all that was to come in the evolution of rock and roll," blah blah blah blah.
Listen: Why is eating a plateful of ribs and dripping all over your hands and clothes fun? BECAUSE IT JUST IS. Why is walking around with cotton candy in one hand and a blue, helium-filled balloon on a string in the other fun? BECAUSE IT JUST IS. Bo Diddley is fun BECAUSE HE JUST IS. Bo Diddley (the album) was rock and roll's Big Bang, dripping with sinew and grease and humor and understated swagger. The simplest ingredients - a guitar, a drum, and some maracas - were packed in a gunny sack and slung over the shoulder of some smiling guy with a slick process and a wild plaid jacket, who took it and ran headfirst into oncoming traffic. Reckless, yet crazy cool. He made it sound easy. Geniuses can do that.
No doctoral thesis will explain Bo Diddley, the man or "Bo Diddley," the album. You won't find the answer in some scholarly article called "The Epistomological Roots of 'Diddy Wah Diddy' or something like that, in your dog-eared copy of the Journal of the American Institute of Ethnomusicology.
Bo Diddley just is.
Bo Diddley. (the album) is not an option, it's mandatory. We'll be imposing fines on anyone who thinks otherwise, so best to pick up a copy if for no other reason than to avoid a big hassle later on. We're not kidding.1. Bo Diddley
2. I'm A Man
3. Bring It To Jerome
4. Before You Accuse Me
5. Hey! Bo Diddley
6. Dearest Darlin'
7. Hush Your Mouth
8. Say Bossman
9. Diddley Daddy
10. Diddy Wah Diddy
11. Who Do You Love
12. Pretty Thing$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Don't Be S.A.F.E2013 album from the Trinidad/American rapper discovered through various YouTube postings. The 'All Gold Everything' rapper has been in high demand since dropping his Don't Be S.A.F.E mixtape. Not only receiving recognition from fans and critics alike for his New Atlanta sound, many have taken to James' unique trendsetting style. At just 25 years old, James has formed an impressive following with his Gold Gang movement, catching the attention of music heavyweights such as Andre 3000, Diddy, Rihanna, Rick Ross and ultimately, Def Jam Recordings.1. Tonk For The Money
2. Females Welcomed (Feat. Reija Lee)
3. Gold On My MacBook
4. Team Vacation (Feat. Spook, Coop & Snake)
5. One More Molly
6. All Gold Everything
7. Sneaky Vs Selfish
8. Madden on GameCube (Feat. Juke)
9. Givin No F*cks
10.$outh$ide (Feat. Forte Bowie)$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
St. ElsewhereGnarls Barkley is the highly anticipated collaboration from Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo. Danger Mouse is one of the most important artist/producers in music today. 'Demon Days' sold over 5 million worldwide and Dangerdoom's 'The Mouse And The Mask' sold over 100,000 units. Accolades include GQ's 'Men Of The Year' honor; Spin's 'Eccentric Genius Of The Year', NME's 'Hottest Hip-Hop Producer In The World', Entertainment Weekly's 'Album Of The Year', Grammy nomination for Producer Of The Year, and more. Cee-Lo is a Grammy-nominated, founding member of Goodie Mob. He wrote and produced the Pussycat Dolls #1 smash hit 'Don't Cha', and his two solo albums for Arista scanned over 500,000 units combined. He also wrote hit singles for Ludacris, Common, P Diddy, Trick Daddy, and others. 'Goodie Mob' has sold over two million albums worldwide. 'Crazy', from this release, is all over UK's Radio One.1. Go-Go Gadget Gospel
3. St. Elsewhere
4. Gone Daddy Gone
5. Smiley Faces
6. The Boogie Monster
7. Feng Shui
8. Just a Thought
10. Who Cares?
13. Storm Coming
14. The Last Time$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MVDR-LIL-2214x2 Live Crew
Greatest HitsUncle Luke and company have made a career out of Miami bass/electro that's as raw, funky, and unforgivingly sexually explicit as humanly possible. This collection takes the highlights from four of their earliest and most controversial records and puts them together for a very convenient and near-accurate survey of their classic and most recognizable hits. Completists will note the glaring absence of such 2 Live staples as Do Wah Diddy, One and One, and Banned in the USA, but this shouldn't deter anyone other than the cult followers. This is still by far the most comprehensive collection of their work on the market and is the ideal place to start filling freaky needs.
- Rob Theakston (AllMusic.com)LP 1
1. We Want Some Pussy
2. Throw The 'D'
3. Check It Out Ya'll
4. Move Somethin'
6. Me So Horny
7. C'mon Babe
8. If You Believe In Having Sex
1. Pop That Pussy
2. Some Hot Head
3. The Pussy Caper
4. The 2 Live Crew Mega Mix
5. Boyz With Da Bass
6. The Splak Shop
7. We Like To Chill$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Top Of The WorldSlightly Stoopid's Top of the World continues the onward and upward trend within the band members' musicianship, while bringing the purity and energy of their live shows into the studio for recording sessions. Top of the World is most comparatively aligned with Slightly Stoopid's 2005 studio release of Closer to the Sun, except now the addition and solidification of both trumpet and saxophone are more profound. This is certainly not a step backwards, if anything, Slightly Stoopid enhanced their sound ten fold from their most successful album of all time.
Top of the World contains everything a music enthusiast will adore long after the first spin of the album. Whether the listener adores the hip-hop beats of the album's title track, the uplifting horns on "Don't Stop", the pure roots-reggae style of "Work", or the soulful cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire," Top of the World has all the necessary qualities of an instant classic.
To take the album to another level, Slightly Stoopid invited a whole host of musical studs in their own right with Barrington Levy on "Ur Love", "Ska Diddy" featuring Angelo Moore of Fishbone, "Just Thinkin" featuring Chali 2na, "Mona June" featuring Angela Hunte, "Hiphoppablues" with G. Love, and the legendary Jamaican singer and songwriter Don Carlos on "Marijuana".
The band name Slightly Stoopid doesn't initially give off the sense of soothing melodies, full-brained lyricism and heartfelt tracks from beginning to end, but that is exactly what Top of the World portrays to the listener. Slightly Stoopid's seventh studio album is the band's most complete and all encompassing sound ever tracked, and they recorded it organically in their own studio on their own time.
If you are looking for a 21-track album that will keep the sense of feel good summer vibes alive long into the fall and winter seasons, then Top of the World is the ideal remedy to bring the sound of Ocean Beach, California right to your side. -- Reviewed By: Kris Siuta1. Top Of The World
2. Don't Stop
3. Devils Door
4. Serious Man
5. Way You Move
6. Drink Professionally
7. Ur Love (feat. Barrington Levy)
8. We Don't Wanna Go
9. Ska Diddy (feat. Angelo Moore)
10. Just Thinking (feat. Chali 2na)
11. Deal With Rhythm
12. Pon Da Horizon
14. Mona June (feat. Angela)
15. Rhythm Streets
16. Hiphoppablues (feat. G Love)
17. New Day
18. Underneath The Pressure
19. Marijuana (feat. Don Carlos)
20. I'm On Fire
21. Intro To Organics (feat. Don Papaila)$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
VoicesVoices on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
1980 Set First of Duo's Record-Breaking Trilogy of Smash Albums
Includes Kiss on My List, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin', You Make My Dreams, and Everytime You Go Away
Self-Produced Album Marks Pair's Transition Towards Fusion of Sleek Pop, Melodic New Wave, and Blue-Eyed Soul
Divine Sonics: Spacious, Polished Production Shines on Mobile Fidelity Reissue, Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Daryl Hall has inferred that if Voices failed to catch fire, it would have likely signaled the end of he and John Oates' recording career together. Suffice it to say that the 1980 effort not only caught on-it established a production and songwriting template that would help largely define the decade. The album also propelled Hall and Oates into the mainstream and turned them into superstars, placing them at the top of the charts for a multi-year run during which the duo proved superior singers, master songwriters, and visionary producers.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's reissue at last affords this pop classic an expansive, engaging, dynamic reach absent from all prior editions. Self-produced, the record's sonics were key to its success. As evidenced by the greater information and finer details found in this analog edition's grooves, the polished, sleek, and open sound works hand-in-hand with the arrangements. Hall and Oates' knack for stylish tones, instrumental placement, and edgy accents has never been clearer-literally or figuratively. This LP is nothing short of a game-changer.
By the dawn of the 1980s, Hall and Oates had already released more than a half-dozen albums and attached themselves to a folk-pop model they gradually took in blue-eyed soul directions. Hints of a pop/new wave/R&B amalgamation initially appear on 1979's X-Static, but only fully come into play with confidence, conviction, and commercial flair on Voices. Arriving upon a near-flawless fusion of dance grooves, soft rock rhythms, smooth vocals, romantic sentiments, catchy beats, and spotless hooks, the collaborators simultaneously crossed over into multiple markets and eradicated stylistic boundaries.
Rightly recognized for its four hit singles-the irresistible "Kiss on My List," building "You Make My Dreams," cover of the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling," and original rendition of the poignant "Every Time You Go Away," which Paul Young took to the top of the charts years later-Voices towers as both an 80s masterpiece and all-time pop classic.
Independent of the ubiquitous fare, the record holds up courtesy of the deep-album cuts. There isn't a weak note or false move to be found. Hall and Oates paint "United State" with uptempo assertiveness; "Big Kids" passes as first-rate new-wave rock; "Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear the Voices)" pays loving tribute to the duo's doo-wop influences; "Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)" oozes emotional rawness. Their stage set, Hall and Oates would further advance their craft on Private Eyes and H20, also available from Mobile Fidelity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. How Does It Feel to Be Back
2. Big Kids
3. United State
4. Hard to Be In Love With You
5. Kiss on My List
6. Gotta Lotta Nerve (Perfect Perfect)
7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
8. You Make My Dreams
9. Everytime You Go Away
11. Diddy Doo Wop (I Hear Voices)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Coming Tide (Out of Stock)Listening to Luke Winslow-King's third full-length album is like taking a stroll through the artist's adopted home of New Orleans; his Bloodshot label debut is the sound of community, emotional duality,spiritualism, and lived-on-the-streets-not-stored-in-abottle historical preservation. It is the sound of rickety wooden porches on humid summer days, the grimy streets of New Orleans' neighborhoods beyond the French Quarter, the celebration and solemnity of centuries old churches and gathering places, and the anything-is-possible attitudes of smoky music halls and folk clubs.
Recorded at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans, The Coming Tide brings together Winslow-King's formal music education with a street-busking resilience, a proficiency on bottleneck slide guitar, the featured vocals (and washboard playing) of Esther Rose, and a cast of A-plus local players. The result is a vibrant amalgam of early 20th century jazz, Delta blues, American folksong, and Southern gospel.
Just as the Crescent City's famous parades and joyous second lines are known as "jazz funerals without the body," The Coming Tide asserts that while life's issues
can be dire, there's always a reason to find the silver lining. When Winslow-King and Esther Rose harmonize like tag-team town criers on the title track, it's easy to be transported in time and place. "You better come inside for the coming tide," sung amid a scurrying hi-hat/tomtom shuffle, buoyant upright bass, and languid brass line, settles the nerves and sends the crowd back home to make amends before the shit hits the fan.
Without blatantly narrating each scene in a way that other songwriters might, The Coming Tide naturally gives the listener a cinematic feeling of distinct atmospheres,
moods and the people that come with them. Rose clickclacks the washboard on "Movin On (Towards Better Days)" while an animated trombone-trumpet conversation brings to life the scandalous, noisy cabaret. "Staying in Town," a gently waltzing love story between two once-ramblers, plays like a two-minute diddy between cornmeal ads on Saturday evening AM radio. "You & Me" is a crinkled black & white snapshot of nights dancing cheek-to-cheek at the juke joint.
Later Winslow-King turns up the Texas heat on Blind Willie Johnson's "Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning" and flashes his nearly vocal, rubber band bendy bottleneck slide guitar skill. The album-closer is a pleasantly unexpected, stylistically dark take on Rudy Clark's "I've Got My Mind Set On You" that leaves you wanting more.1. The Coming Tide
2. Moving On (Towards Better Days)
3. Let 'em Talk
4. Staying In Town
5. Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning
6. You Don't Know Better Than Me
7. I've Got the Blues for Rampart Street
8. You & Me
9. I Know She'll Do Right By Me
10. Ella Speed
11. I've Got My Mind Set On You$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock