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Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Speakers Corner)Donovan Philip Leitch may well share a proletarian origin with several of the folk bards of his time. But comparisons with the top dog Dylan have worn thin and are not worth the effort since Donovan never was neither vocally nor thematically brusque - and moreover he created his own standards. He quickly converted the pacifist message of The Universal Soldier into positive thoughts and his poetry was concerned with history, sagas, myths and magic. »Lord, kiss me once more, fill me with song« he prays in Wear Your Love Like Heaven, and if this makes you sentimental then you are on the right wavelength. However, the »seller of hope« (Donovan on Donovan) triggers off a few psychedelic nerve tracts: whether it be a personal experience in echo form (Sun) or the sprechgesang and whistling of a vocal group (Little Boy In Corduroy) - light, gentle but perceptibly formed. That Donovan set far more than cheerful texts to the guitar is proven by the use of sawing stationary sound of the organ, low-register string passages and subtle rhythms, which raises his song repertoire miles above routine. A nice 'folksy guy' who merely loves the sun, moon and stars just cannot exist in times of war.
This Speakers Corner production was manufactured 100% analogously, with the use of the analogue mastertape and analogue mastering. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
- Donovan (vocals, guitar)
- Mike O'Neil (organ,piano, harpsichord,)
- Eric Leese (guitar)
- Harold McNair (flute)
- Mike Carr (vibraphone)
- Jack Bruce, Cliff Barton (bass)
- Keith Webb (drums)
- Candy John Carr (conga, bongo)
Recording: October 1967 at CBS Studios London by Michael Ross Trevor
Production: Ashley Kozak
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 emphasize 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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
2. Mad John's Escape
3. Skip-A-Long Sam
5. There Was a Time
6. Oh Gosh
7. Little Boy in Corduroy
8. Under the Greenwood Tree
9. The Land of Doesn't Have to Be
10. Someone Singing$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wear Your Love Like HeavenDonovan's 1967 release Wear Your Love Like Heaven is one of his brightest and most upbeat albums. Also released as the first half of the landmark two-CD box set A Gift from a Flower to a Garden, it finds Donovan in mostly electric mode, and taking an increasingly active production role that he would maintain for the rest of his career. In addition to the dreamy title hit, the enchanting set features such beloved Donovan standards as Mad John's Escape, Oh Gosh, Skip-A-Long Sam and the Shakespeare-inspired Under the Greenwood Tree. In addition to its pristine original mono mix, this definitive LP edition boasts one of Donovan's most memorable cover designs, featuring a haunting infrared photograph of the artist by noted photographer Karl Ferris.1. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
2. Mad John's Escape
3. Skip-A-Long Sam
5. There Was a Time
6. Oh Gosh
7. Little Boy in Corduroy
8. Under the Greenwood Tree
9. The Land of Doesn't Have to Be
10. Someone Singing$28.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Donovan's Greatest HitsDonovan's Greatest Hits is the first greatest hits album from Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan. It was originally released in January 1969, on Epic Records.1. Epistle To Dippy
2. Sunshine Superman
3. There Is a Mountain
4. Jennifer Juniper
5. Wear Your Love Like Heaven
6. Season of the Witch
7. Mellow Yellow
9. Hurdy Gurdy Man
10. Catch The Wind
11. Lalena$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-1530xBloomfield / Kooper / Stills
Super SessionSuper Session (1968) was conceived by Al Kooper and features the work of guitarists Mike Bloomfield and Stephen Stills. Kooper and Bloomfield had previously worked together on the sessions for the ground-breaking classic Highway 61 Revisited by Bob Dylan. For Super Session, Kooper recruited keyboardist Barry Goldberg and bassist Harvey Brooks, both members of the Electric Flag, along with well-known session drummer "Fast" Eddie Hoh.
On the second day of recording, with the tapes ready to roll, Bloomfield did not show up. Kooper hastily called upon Stephen Stills, also in the process of leaving his band Buffalo Springfield. Regrouping behind Stills, Kooper's session men cut mostly vocal tracks, including "It Takes A Lot to Laugh, It Takes A Train to Cry" from Highway 61 and a lengthy and atmospheric take of "Season of the Witch" by Donovan.
The album peaked at #12 on the Billboard 200, and has been certified a Gold record. The success of this record opened the door for the "supergroup" concept of the late 1960s and 1970s - Blind Faith, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and the like.1. Albert's Shuffle
3. Man's Temptation
4. His Holy Modal Majesty
6. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry
7. Season Of The Witch
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Harvey's Tune$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-1284xThe Walker Brothers
Take It Easy With The Walker BrothersContains 4 Bonus Tracks
Featuring The Hit Make It Easy On Yourself
Take It Easy with the Walker Brothers is the debut album by American Pop group the Walker Brothers, also commonly known as Take It Easy. It was released in 1965 and reached number three on the UK Albums Chart. The album received good reviews from the majority of critics.
The album contains the group's first major hit single Make It Easy on Yourself. The sleeve notes were written by Brian Mulligan, the then press officer for Philips Records, with photography by Terence Donovan.1. Make It Easy On Yourself
2. There Goes My Baby
3. First Love Never Dies
4. Dancing In The Street
5. Lonely Winds
6. The Girl I Lost In The Rain
7. Land Of 1,000 Dances
8. You're All Around Me
9. Love Minus Zero
10. I Don't Want To Hear It Anymore
11. Here Comes The Night
12. Tell The Truth
1. Love Her
2. The Seventh Dawn
3. But I Do
4. My Ship Is Coming In$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Donovan Of TrashThe Donovan Of Trash is a truly punk record; a DIY, lo-fi milestone containing some of Wreck-less Eric's finest songs, a fact sadly overlooked at the time of its original release in 1993 by fans and critics unable to get beyond the harsh, weird and often dissonant sound to discover the beauty within. This Fire Records reissue, remastered and repackaged under Eric's direc-tion will do much to rectify this lamentable oversight. More fractured and frenetic than his pre-ceding album, Le Beat Group Électrique, The Donovan Of Trash makes Eric's earlier, suppos-edly punk/new wave recordings sound positively middle of the road by comparison. He used the same recording equipment as on Le Beat Group Électrique - a Teac 1/4 four track tape recorder and an ancient WEM Audiomaster five channel mixing desk plus a variety of two track tape machines and discarded studio junk rescued from recording suite refurbishments during the 1980s.1. Birthday Blues
2. Duvet Fever
3. Joe Meek
4. The Consolation Prize
5. Semi-Porno Satuette
7. The Nerd/Turkey Song
9. Harry's Flat
10. Haunted House
11. If It Makes You Happy
12. Paris In June$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gazing With Tranquility: A Tribute To DonovanThe Flaming Lips, Sharon Van Etten, Lissie, Hamilton Leithauser [The Walkmen], Brett Dennen, and others perform fifteen Donovan classics including Sunshine Superman, Season of the Witch, Mellow Yellow.
Donovan (born Donovan Philips Leitch is a Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist. He developed an eclectic and distinctive style that blended folk, jazz, pop, psychedelia, and world music (notably calypso).1. Mixd Up Kidz - Atlantis
2. Apollo Cobra - Barabajagal (Love is Hot)
3. Maudlin - Epistle to Dippy
4. Colony House - Sunshine Superman
5. Hamilton Leithauser - To Susan On the West Coast Waiting
6. Jillian Rae - Superlungs My Supergirl
7. Ivan & Alyosha - Catch the Wind
8. Sharon Van Etten - Teen Angel
9. Brett Dennen - Colours
10. Lissie - Happiness Runs
11. Little Man - There is a Mountain
12. Astronautalis - Season of the Witch
13. Savannah Smith - Lalena
14. Verskotzi - Mellow Yellow
15. The Flaming Lips - Atlantis$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live 1969This 1969 live recording from Mount Carmel High School in Houston represents the final stage appearance by the original lineup of Texas garage combo Fever Tree. With two strong studio LPs for UNI Records behind them, the group began to fragment from internal struggles. Consequently, the label asked for one more album. The group complied and the results are contained in this previously unreleased concert recording, presented here in 180 gram vinyl.
Sharpening their chops on the Gulf Coast circuit, followed by a high-profile opening night gig at Hollywoods legendary Kaleidoscope, Fever Tree developed a keen sense of musical drama and dynamics. This versatility is in sharp display on the concerts rendition of their underground radio hit San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native). For the rest, Live 1969 focuses on groovers, a perfect set-up for the gliding fuzztones of lead guitarist Michael Knust, the sonic organ of Rob Landes, the thick rhythms provided by E.E. Bud Wolfe III on bass and John Tuttle on drums ,and the dynamic, driving lead vocals of Dennis Keller.
Dont Come Crying to Me Girl, a song originally found on the bands second album, levitates the band beyond any earthly confines. Elsewhere, the set moves between a soaring cover of Donovans Hey Gyp, their own power pop Grand Candy Young Sweet and a whirlng psych take on Wilson Picketts Ninety-Nine and One Half (Wont Do). Playing as if their lives depended on it, Live 1969 captures a band at the height of its powers, forever preserved on this final audio testament.1. Grand Candy Young Sweet
2. Ninety-Nine and One Half (Wont Do)
3. Dont Come Crying to Me Girl
4. Hey Gyp
5. San Francisco Girls (Return of the Native)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Donovan BlancJoseph Black and Raymond Schwab spent the years of 2011-2013 as full-blown pop junkies
in a group called Honeydrum. Seeking ephemeral moments of truth and self-relevance, the
two spent day after day on the third floor of a run-down building in a hole of a city in New
Jersey, churning out what would become Honeydrum's nine EPs. These releases stand as sonic
manifestations of the two hook addicts' pop addled brainwaves buried deep in blurry mires
of fizz and fuzz.
As with all growth both physical and metaphysical, the inevitable mutation of their vision was
governed by evolutionary laws beholden to no man; atop a cloud of rich vocal harmony,
polished guitar arrangements, driving rhythmic momentum, angular meter and key changes,
and breathy Mellotron passages, Donovan Blanc, a post-human entity began to appear.
Incubated by the warm winds of spring and with a newfound focus and clarity, early versions of songs such as "Minha Menina" and "Girlfriend", rife with brown tones and muted
sunshine, served as the foundation for Donovan Blanc's debut self-titled LP on Captured
Donovan Blanc is the realization of a purified version of the duo's work, fit for consumption by disciples of technicolor baroque and singer-songwriter pop music. The record's aim
isn't to evoke nostalgia, but rather to re-contextualize the familiar and foreign to create new
moments; some that are bold and exuberant, and others that are reserved and melancholic.
Donovan Blanc delivers a glimpse of the lush textures and vivid colors of pop's golden age
through a modern lens.1. Girlfriend
2. Hungry A Long Time
3. Shy Boy
4. Without A Thing To Doubt
5. Is It Natural
6. Oh Donna
8. Can't Wait To Me et You
9. Minha Menina
10. When You Believed Me
11. That Summer Ago
12. Traci Won't Wait$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How To Treat The Ones You LoveNew Orleans' Donovan Wolfington play emotionally driven indie-punk and if you're into Sorority Noise, Nai Harvest and You Blew It! then these guys are right up your street$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ING-5448xLeopold And His Fiction
Darling DestroyerLeopold And His Fiction deliver soul-drenched, bare-bones rock 'n' roll that shakes with the power of '73-era Stooges seducing with the R&B of Motown. The album was produced by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, Jet) and Vance Powell (Jack White, Arctic Monkeys). Their songs have syncs in the series' Sons Of Anarchy, Ray Donovan and Chevron/Texaco commercials.1. Cowboy
2. It's How I Feel (Free)
3. I'm Caving In
4. Waves (Golden)
7. Better Off Alone
8. Who Am I
10. If You Gotta Go, Go Now
11. BOY (hidden track)$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Solace180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Soft Touch Outer Sleeve
Including The Hit Singles The Path Of Thorns (Terms) And Into The Fire
Featuring Bonus Track Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Donovan Cover)Including The Hit Singles The Path Of Thorns (Terms) And Into The Fire
Featuring Bonus Track Wear Your Love Like Heaven (Donovan Cover)
Solace is the second studio album by Canadian singer-songwriter and Grammy Award winning Sarah McLachlan. Known for her emotional ballads and mezzo-soprano vocal range, Sarah McLachlan has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Originally released in 1991, Solace was the album that first made Sarah a star in Canada, spawning the hit singles The Path of Thorns (Terms) and Into the Fire and being certified double platinum for sales of 200,000 copies in Canada. Solace also marked the beginning of her partnership with Pierre Marchand. Marchand and McLachlan have been collaborators ever since, with Marchand producing many of McLachlan's albums and occasionally co-writing songs.
The album received favorable reviews internationally and was a good step towards Sarah's commercial breakthrough outside of Canada, which came with her third full album, Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.
The album includes the bonus track Wear Your Love Like Heaven, an amazing cover of the classic Donovan song.1. Drawn To The Rhythm
2. Into The Fire
3. The Path Of Thorns (Terms)
4. I Will Not Forget You
6. Back Door Man
11. Wear Your Love Like Heaven$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Unchained SpiritPersonnel includes: Buju Banton, Gramps, LMS, Beres Hammond, Luciano, Stephen Marley, Rancid, Wayne Wonder. Producers include: Donovan Germain, Mark Myrie, Tyrone Downie, Stephen Marsden, Tony Kelly. The once controversial Buju Banton, vilified for his anti-homosexual sentiments on his early single Boom Bye Bye and for his typically violent and slack dancehall, artistically turned the corner in 1995 with the release of the conscious and wistful Til Shiloh. The follow-up in 1998, Inna Heights, was equally spiritual and devoid of negativity. The third installment in this awakening is Unchained Spirit, released in September of 2000: a vital and rhythmic mix of homegrown Jamaican philosophy, biblical harmonizing, and just plain eerie dancehall. Banton sets the album off with a slow chant of Psalm 23, giving the album a spiritual center with which the rest radiates.1. Intro
2. 23rd Psalm - (Patois, featuring Gramps Of Morgan Heritage)
3. We'll Be Alright - (featuring Luciano)
4. Pull It Up - (Patois, featuring Beres Hammond)
5. Guns and Bombs
6. Better Must Come - (Patois)
7. Sudan - (Patois)
8. Life is a Journey - (Patois)
10. Mighty Dread - (Patois)
11. Law and Order - (Patois)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-ROY-3888xRobert Walter's 20Th Congress
Get Thy BearingsRobert Walter performs all his own stunts. For 20 years, the San Diego native has been pulling drawbars and pushing the limits of the Hammond B3 organ. As a founding member of the Greyboy Allstars, he helped usher in the funk-jazz renaissance of the early '90s and has continued to keep one hand comping chords in the instrument's funky past, while the other explores ever-new melodic terrain. On June 25, his long-standing project, Robert Walter's 20th Congress, returns with, Get Thy Bearings, via The Royal Potato Family. It was a recent move from New Orleans to Los Angeles that jump-started the 20th Congress who hadn't recorded a studio album in ten years. The nine-track effort presents Walter's organ, piano, Rhodes and synthesizer driving an all-star line-up rounded out by guitarist/bassist Elgin Park, drummer Aaron Redfield, sax players Karl Denson and Cochemea Gastelum, and percussionist Chuck Prada.
Get Thy Bearings is drenched in the vintage old school soul, funk and jazz vibe of Walter's heroes like Big John Patton, but it also reflects his recent work scoring films. There's a conceptual depth to the songwriting that draws on elements of narrative and character development, lending a cinematic color to the proceedings. The tracks range from the Sly Stone-style soul vamp of Little Business to the heavy gospel of Crux. Dog Party might as well be the theme song to a cartoon of the same name, while Don't Chin the Dog shifts from delicate shuffle to horn-drenched boogaloo. Things get eerie on Up From the Skies, a Jimi Hendrix cover rendered nearly unrecognizable in washes of electric Miles. Similarly, the album's title track is a shrewd reworking of the 1968 Donovan tune Walter first discovered on compilation of sample-friendly breakbeats, full of fuzz guitar and a mercurial organ solo.1. Hunk
2. Little Business
3. Get Thy Bearings
5. Dog Party
6. Inversion Layer
8. Don't Chin The Dog
9. Up From The Skies$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
NOW That's What I Call HalloweenPressed On 2x 180-Gram Orange & Purple Vinyl
NOW That's What I Call Music!, the world's best-selling multi-artist album series, is pleased to announce the upcoming release of NOW Halloween!, the NOW brand's spooktacular first foray into the tricks and treats of Halloween-themed rock and pop music, ranging from TV (True Blood) and movie themes (Halloween, The Exorcist, Beetlejuice) to novelty smashes (Monster Mash, Werewolves of London) to radio perennials (Season of the Witch, Don't Fear the Reaper, I Put a Spell on You).
NOW Halloween! showcases 18 Halloween-themed classic hits from a variety of artists including director John Carpenter's Theme from Halloween, Rob Zombie's Dragula, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus' O Fortuna, Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells/Theme from The Exorcist, Blue Oyster Cult's (Don't Fear) The Reaper, INXS's Devil Inside, Jace Everett's Bad Things/Theme from True Blood, Warren Zevon's Werewolves of London, The Specials' Ghost Town, Oingo Boingo's Dead Man's Party, Bobby Boris Pickett and the Crypt-Keepers' Monster Mash, The Citizens of Halloween's This is Halloween, Donovan's Season of the Witch, Nina Simone's I Put A Spell On You, Danny Elfman's Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title, Run-D.M.C.'s Ghostbusters, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince's A Nightmare On My Street and Rockwell's Somebody's Watching Me.
The premium content--by the original artists--selected for NOW Halloween! has never been available on one collection until the release of this special anthology.
NOW That's What I Call Music! debuted in the U.S. in 1998, following 15 years of multi-platinum international success. The series has generated sales exceeding 250 million albums worldwide, including more than 96 million in the U.S. alone. All 55 previous releases in NOW's numeric U.S. series have reached Billboard's Top 10, and 19 volumes have reached No. 1.LP 1
1. John Carpenter - Halloween Theme
2. Rob Zombie - Dragula
3. Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - O Fortuna
4. Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells (Theme From The Exorcist)
5. Blue Oyster Cult - (Don't Fear) The Reaper
6. INXS - Devil Inside
7. Jace Everett - Bad Things (Theme from True Blood)
8. Warren Zevon - Werewolves of London
9. The Specials - Ghost Town
10. Oingo Boingo - Dead Man's Party
1. Bobby Boris Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers - Monster Mash
2. The Citizens of Halloween - This is Halloween
3. Donovan - Season Of The Witch
4. Nina Simone - I Put A Spell On You
5. Danny Elfman - Beetlejuice: Main Title/End Title
6. RUN-D.M.C. - Ghostbusters
7. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - A Nightmare On My Street
8. Rockwell - Somebody's Watching Me$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
AnchorsFeaturing Special Guest Sheryl Crow On Little Bit Of Rust
"I hit a wall," says Will Hoge. "I was doing the best touring of my career and I had a great, steady gig writing songs, but I was falling out of love with being in a band. I had to figure out what was next."
For Hoge, what came next was a quest to reclaim the joy and the magic that had drawn him to music in the first place. He let his band go and hit the road for roughly a year of solo shows, crisscrossing the country by himself with just a guitar and a keyboard. He felt rejuvenated by the freedom and began writing material that reenergized him, that made him feel like a kid falling in love with rock and roll all over again. Those songs ignited a dormant flame somewhere deep within his soul, and now they form the bulk of Anchors, his strongest and most nuanced album to date.
Recorded with an all-star band comprised of drummer Jerry Roe (Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Darius Rucker), bassist Dominic Davis (Jack White, Wanda Jackson), and guitarists Brad Rice (Son Volt, Ryan Adams) and Thom Donovan (Lapush, Ruby Amanfu), the album is a prime showcase for Hoge's soaring, gritty vocals, as well as his remarkable gift for crafting complex characters with real emotional depth and plainspoken profundity. Over the course of eleven tracks (including one with special guest Sheryl Crow), Hoge weaves elements of vintage country, literate folk, and heartland rock into a passionate, genre-busting masterpiece, one that offers an unflinching portrait of the messy challenges of adulthood and the ways in which we persevere (or don't) through hard times.
Beginning with the release of his acclaimed 2001 debut, Carousel, Hoge established himself as a masterful songwriter and performer as well as a critical favorite, with Rolling Stone comparing him to Bob Seger and John Mellencamp and NPR praising his "sharp, smart, passionate rock 'n' roll that seems to exist out of time." He built up a loyal fanbase the old fashioned way, maintaining a steady studio output and a relentless touring schedule of more than 200 shows a year, including bills with the likes of My Morning Jacket, the Black Crowes, and Drive-By Truckers, in addition to festival slots from Bonnaroo to Austin City Limits. In 2012, the Eli Young Band hit #1 on the Billboard Country chart with their Platinum-selling recording of Hoge's song "Even If It Breaks Your Heart," earning Hoge nominations for CMA, ACM, and GRAMMY Awards. Soon he was performing everywhere from the Grand Ole Opry to The Late Show with David Letterman, his music was soundtracking a high-profile Chevy truck campaign, and he'd signed a major publishing deal.
When the inspiration ran dry, though, Hoge took a gamble on himself and walked away from it all in order to pursue the kind of art that truly moved him, to make something that mattered. If Anchors is any indication, it was a safe bet indeed.1. The Reckoning
2. This Grand Charade
3. Little Bit of Rust (feat. Sheryl Crow)
4. Cold Night in Santa Fe
5. Baby's Eyes
6. This Ain't An Original Sin
7. Through Missing You
9. Angels Wings
11. Young As We Will Ever Be$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In The Magic HourAoife (pronounced EEE-fah) O'Donovan's debut solo album, Fossils, was released to critical acclaim and ended up on many "Best of 2013" lists from outlets like NPR Music, American Songwriter, New York Magazine and No Depression, among others. Aoife appeared on A Prairie Home Companion, NPR's Weekend Edition, SiriusXM The Coffee House and The Village. President Obama even exposed himself as a fan by including the track "Red and White and Blue and Gold" on his first official Spotify playlist in the summer of 2015. Since it's release, Fossils has sold more than 22,000 copies worldwide, and Aoife is poised to break through with her new album, In The Magic Hour.The songwriting process for In The Magic Hour coincided with the death of Aoife's grandfather, at age 93. She remembers him as a "gentle soul" in the small Irish village of Clonakilty where he lived. The lyrics on In the Magic Hour are infused with a sense of loss and mortality's dark certainty.
But the album is just as much an ode to Aoife's joyful childhood visits to Ireland. Aunts, uncles, grandparents and flocks of cousins would gather at the Clonakilty seaside to swim in the chilly ocean and sing together in the lingering Irish summer twilight. Aoife had not yet performed many of the songs live before arranging and recording them over the course of three sessions in Tucker Martine's (The Decemberists, Neko Case), studio in Portland, OR. "The whole recording process was really Tucker [Martine] and me taking these songs and building them from the ground up," Aoife says. The result is deliberate but not over-done, the freshness of the material intact. While In The Magic Hour rekindles the creative partnership with Grammy-nominated producer Martine, the album also highlights the fruits of Aoife's various career collaborations. Composer Gabriel Kahane, New York's string quartet Brooklyn Rider and musician Chris Thile all lend musical and vocal support, as well as I'm With Her band members Sara Watkins and Sarah Jarosz, plus many more.1. Stanley Park
2. Magic Hour
3. Porch Light
6. Donal Óg
7. The King of All Birds
8. Not The Leaving
9. Detour Sign
10. Jupiter$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-WOR-1515xRed City Radio
Red City RadioRed City Radio is an American punk-rock band from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, formed in 2007. The band's lineup consists of Garrett Dale, Ryan Donovan, Jonathan Knight and Dallas Tidwell.1. Whatcha Got?
2. Rest Easy
4. Tw0 Out Of Three Ain't Rad
6. Let Me In
7. Pretend Kings
8. I Should Have Known
9. In The Meantime
10. ... I'll Catch A Ride$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Last SummerEleanor Friedberger is known for her work in Chicagos the Fiery Furnaces, a band she created with her brother Matthew at the turn of the millennium. Together they won a number of awards, sold out shows the world over and recorded nine albums. That experience, combined with the fact that the Fiery Furnaces arent breaking up, inspired her to make her first solo record, Last Summer.
In the music, you will hear the casual confrontation of the most emotionally direct Fiery Furnaces songs, plus a lot of snap, crackle and pop. In fact, in these songs made of memories, you will hear the future. Sparks, Donovan, Procol Harum, Kath Bloom, Lô Borges and Todd Rundgren too. Friedbergers phrasing is as good as anyones; even better, when the lines over and most other singers would leave it right there, shell throw in an unnecessary extra syllable.1. My Mistakes
2. Inn of the Seventh Ray
4. Scenes from Bensonhurst
5. Roosevelt Island
6. Glitter Gold Year
7. One-Month Marathon
8. I Wont Fall Apart on You Tonight
9. Owls Head Park
10. Early Earthquake$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thanks For ListeningThanks for Listening is a collection of new studio recordings, produced by Thomas Bartlett, of ten songs originally written as Songs of the Week on A Prairie Home Companion. Thile manned almost all of the stringed instruments on the album and is joined by guest singers Sarah Jarosz, Gaby Moreno, and Aoife O'Donovan. Right now, with how easy it is to be the talker on social media, how hard it is to maintain focus or give something enough attention to appreciate it, we're in a place where listening is a precious commodity, says Thile. Thanks for Listening is a celebration of people who haven't switched off, despite being given every reason to do so.1. I Made This for You
2. Feedback Loop
3. Elephant in the Room
4. Douglas Fir
5. Thank You, New York
6. Stanley Ann
7. Modern Friendship
10. Thanks for Listening$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Personal RecordAt a time when most female singer-songwriters perform as alter
egos, Eleanor Friedberger is simply, refreshingly herself. And
that's just the way her fans like it. Having spent the last decade
fronting the indie-rock institution The Fiery Furnaces (currently
on hiatus) with her brother Matthew, in 2011 she emerged as a
formidable solo artist with Last Summer, a thoughtfully crafted
tale of memory and place couched in the organic pop of her
'70s idols. Instantly, Friedberger established herself as a modernday heir to the tradition of Donovan, Todd Rundgren, Ronnie
Lane, and their ilk: warm, nuanced, timeless songs.
No gimmicks necessary.
The title of Friedberger's sophomore album is Personal Record,
and it is, in a sense. Personal, that is. But not personal in the way
of, say, a coming-of-age record, or a diary about the past, which
Last Summer was. Many of the songs seem to be about love, or
love lost, but whether any of the experience is hers or someone
else's, she isn't saying. "It's not as specific a narrative this time,"
she says. "There's a universality to it." So incisive are the lyrics,
in fact, that Friedberger's bassist incorrectly assumed that two of
the songs were about him. "I loved that," she says. "I want him
to feel like the songs are about him. I want you to feel like the
songs are about you."1. I Don't Want to Bother You
2. When I Knew
3. I'll Never Be Happy Again
4. Stare at the Sun
5. Echo or Encore
6. My Own World
7. Tomorrow Tomorrow
8. You'll Never Know Me
9. I Am the Past
10. She's a Mirror
11. Other Boys
12. Singing Time$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
My Friend FishJoseph Campbell describes a shaman as person, male or female, who has an
overwhelming psychological experience that turns him totally inward. It's a kind of
schizophrenic crack-up. The whole unconscious opens up, and the shaman falls
into it. We'll never know the whole truth about what happened when (Foxyen
drummer and former Disney child actor) Shaun Fleming moved from the West
Coast suburbs to New York, but whatever it was fractured his psyche, opened it up,
and gave birth to Diane Coffee.
In 2013, after joining the band Foxygen, Shaun Fleming left the green and golden
fields of his hometown of Agoura Hills, CA to become the third roommate in a 700
square-foot, pre-war, closet-free Manhattan apartment. He was welcomed to The
Big Apple by a nasty flu virus that drained the last bit of California sunshine out of
the skinny, Macaulay Culken-looking 26-year-old's body. As he recovered, cabin
fever supplanted the flu, and his relentless creative drive took over. Low on funds
and bored out of his gourd, he spent the next two weeks alone in his bedroom
writing and recording what would become the debut Diane Coffee LP My Friend
Despite his limited means (using a pseudo drum kit consisting of a snare, one
broken cymbal, and a metal pot, recording parts with an iPhone's voice memo app,
playing a detuned guitar rather than a real bass, etc) My Friend Fish sounds fully
realized and remarkably polished. From a Donovan-esque song about Sriracha,
to experiments with distortion and garage-rock, to songs like All The Young Girls
in which he gleefully channels Tom Jones with sex-bomb confidence, on My Friend
Fish Fleming's spell-casting powers are in full effect, inspiring panty-tossing glee.
After you finish listening, you'll wonder as you stretch out in bed and enjoy a
cigarette, Who is Fish?1. Hymn
2. Never Lonely
3. Tale Of A Dead Dog
4. WWWoman Is A Sin
5. New Years
6. All The Young Girls
7. When It's Known
8. That Stupid Girl Who Runs A Lot
9. Eat Your Love (With Sriracha)
10. Green$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lily-OLily-O, a new album of reimagined folk songs by Vermont-born singer/fiddler/banjoist/guitarist Sam Amidon will be released by Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by Valgeir Sigurðsson (Björk, Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Feist) and features the innovative jazz guitarist and composer Bill Frisell, along with Amidon's other frequent collaborators, bassist Shahzad Ismaily and drummer Chris Vatalaro.
Frisell has been a hero of Amidon's since the young Vermont native first heard the guitarist play at the Village Vanguard during a teenage visit to New York City. The two musicians stayed in touch and had their first live collaboration in 2011; not long after, Amidon began contemplating a return to Iceland to make a third album at Sigurðsson's Greenhouse Studios. He eventually invited Frisell to join him and Sigurðsson, along with Ismaily and Vatalaro, to record what became Lily-O.
"I decided to put us all in a room together in Reykjavik for a few days," Amidon said. "I knew if I got Bill together with those guys they would get into a deep situation. I imagined that we would do something weird and fiddle-based, but when we got in there it just felt great to sing the songs I had gathered. Recording took about four days. I'd teach them the basic structure of the song; we'd do a few takes, and move on to a new one. There's maybe one or two overdubs but otherwise you're hearing what we played."
Lily-O's ten songs are mostly traditional folk songs gathered from disparate sources and refashioned in Amidon's signature way. The interplay between the four musicians is informed by their backgrounds in improvised music and the spontaneous nature of the sessions. As always, the central element is Amidon's voice, which, in his deceptively understated manner, tells tales of adventure, love, violence and redemption.
Lily-O follows four albums by Amidon including his 2013 Nonesuch debut, Bright Sunny South. 2010's I See The Sign and 2008's All Is Well were made for the Icelandic label Bedroom Community and featured orchestral arrangements by composer Nico Muhly. Along the way Amidon has performed worldwide in myriad contexts, collaborating with musicians such as Muhly, Thomas Bartlett/Doveman, Beth Orton and Glen Hansard. He has appeared as a guest artist on recent albums by Tune-Yards, Aoife O'Donovan and the Blind Boys of Alabama.1. Walkin' Boss
2. Down The Line
3. Blue Mountains
4. Pat Do This, Pat Do That
6. Groundhog Variations
7. Won't Turn Back
8. Maid Lamenting
9. Your Lone Journey
10. Devotion$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Goat Rodeo SessionsThe last time cellist Yo-Yo Ma teamed with bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile (of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers fame) for a classical/bluegrass hybrid, the result was the gold-selling Songs of Joy & Peace. Here, Ma, Meyer, and Thile are joined by fiddler Stuart Duncan in a different kind of string quartet.
The slang phrase goat rodeo, according the Urban Dictionary, is about the most polite term used by aviation people (and others in higher risk situations) to describe a scenario that requires about 100 things to go right at once if you intend to walk away from it. That may be overstating the case for a group of musicians, most of whom have worked together and succeeded before, but it also carries a rural connotation that is appropriate for music that is, for the most part, closer to bluegrass than classical. The tunes were written by Duncan, Meyer, and Thile, and Ma's role is largely supportive. After the fast pieces Attaboy and Quarter Chicken Dark, Helping Hand is the first slower number, with Thile switching to guitar and Duncan taking over the mandolin for a musical conversation between the two instruments.
Where's My Bow? is a violin/cello/bass trio with Thile sitting out, and it is one of the few tracks that leans more toward the classical side, boasting a big, dramatic finish. The more exotic Here and Heaven finds both Thile and Meyer at times playing the Renaissance instrument the gamba, as Duncan picks up a fretless banjo, all of them backing a vocal duet between Thile and Aoife O'Donovan of Crooked Still. Meyer moves to piano for the slow, thoughtful Franz and the Eagle, another piece that has more of a classical bent.
The rest of the album is in a progressive bluegrass mode, Less Is Moi mixing several short themes and allowing room for improvisation, and 13:8 taken quickly, with Duncan and Thile interacting briskly. It doesn't really seem as if 100 things had to go right for The Goat Rodeo Sessions to work; it only required four or five talented musicians to play and sing in sympathetic unity, and that they did, making this a satisfying experience for more adventurous classical and bluegrass fans.LP1
2. Quarter Chicken Dark
3. Helping Hand
4. Where's My Bow?
5. Here and Heaven
6. Franzand the Eagle
1. Less is Moi
2. Hill Justice
3. No One But You
5. Goat Rodeo$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now