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    Long Way Down

    Long Way Down is the debut studio album by British singer-songwriter Tom Odell, winner of the 2013 BRIT Critics' Choice Award.
    1. Grow Old with Me
    2. Hold Me
    3. Another Love
    4. I Know
    5. Sense
    6. Can't Pretend
    7. Till I Lost
    8. Supposed to Be
    9. Long Way Down
    10. Sirens
    Tom Odell
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Down the Way Down the Way Quick View

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    Down the Way

    2-LP Gatefold Package Featuring 3 Additional Tracks

    " a sweet and savory blend to warm the soul." - MOJO

    "Brother Angus' acoustic guitar wraps sister Julia's whispery trill with an unhurried,
    disarmingly simple melody that will propel you off the couch and into the sun."
    - Marie Claire "Need To Download"

    "If A Book Like This compounded the prospects of their future, consider Down The Way
    the fulfilling realization of all expectations." - Filter

    " the musical equivalent of a walk on the beach at twilight." - Nylon

    "The pair melt in to one another to create a spectral and lush backdrop" - Clash Magazine (UK)

    "Very possibly the worlds' favourite Australian indie-folk brother and sister duo"
    - Evening Standard (London UK)

    Australian brother/sister duo, Angus & Julia Stone's sophomore album Down The Way was released to critical
    acclaim, charted at #1 in Australia, and features the stand-out track "Big Jet Plane."

    Originally available on vinyl only in limited quantities in North America, the 2-LP Gatefold package featuring 3
    additional tracks is being reissued timed with the duo's 2014 album release and October tour.

    Down The Way highlights the endless talents of this brother and sister as musicians, songwriters and producers.
    The self-produced album was recorded between England, New York and Australia--from an old sawmill on the
    riverbanks of Fowey, Cornwall to a studio in Brooklyn, to a water tank in Coolangatta to the streets of London and
    back to Queens. Down The Way is comprised of tracks that sail across the different realms of musical themes,
    from folksy charm to epic orchestral grandeur, all the while emphasizing the pair's beautifully subtle harmonies

    LP 1
    1. Hold On
    2. Black Crow
    3. For You
    4. Big Jet Plane
    5. Santa Monica Dream
    6. Yellow Brick Road
    7. And The Boys

    LP 2
    1. On The Road
    2. Walk It Off
    3. Hush
    4. Draw Your Swords
    5. I'm Not Yours
    6. The Devil's Tears
    7. Old Friend
    8. Little Bird
    9. Take You Away

    Angus & Julia Stone
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  • Way Down In The Jungle Room Way Down In The Jungle Room Quick View

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    Way Down In The Jungle Room

    RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Way Down In The Jungle Room, a definitive new 2-LP collection of Elvis Presley's last studio recordings.

    Way Down In The Jungle Room is an essential and welcome addition for every fan's library. In the mid-1970s, Elvis, the King of Rock 'n' Roll, became another kind of pioneer as one of the world's first major recording artists to create fully-realized professional level records in the intimacy of his own home studio.

    With original recordings executive-produced by Elvis Presley with producer Felton Jarvis (who'd helmed most of Elvis' records from 1966-1977), Way Down In The Jungle Room features rare outtakes laid down during two mythic sessions (February 2-8, 1976 and October 28-30, 1976) in Graceland's den -- known as the Jungle Room -- which was converted into a professional caliber recording studio for the purpose of capturing these indelible performances. The outtakes have been newly mixed by Grammy Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang at Sam Phillips Recording in Memphis, Tennessee.

    For these sessions, Elvis was backed by many members of his longtime touring band including: James Burton (guitar), Ronnie Tutt (drums), David Briggs (keyboards), Glenn D. Hardin (keyboards), Jerry Scheff (bass), Norbert Putnam (bass) and J.D. Sumner & the Stamps (vocals).

    In 1976, when the tracks for Way Down In The Jungle Room were cut, Elvis Presley had been an RCA Records recording artist for 20 years, inventing the sound and attitude that defined the very essence of rock 'n' roll. That same year, RCA released The Sun Sessions, the label's first official collection of the electrifying 1954-1955 Elvis recordings that launched his career while transforming the world.

    Having entered his 40s, Elvis Presley was evolving as an artist and, rather than bask in the nostalgia of his 1950s watershed recordings, was looking for new ways to express himself musically. Needing to create new sounds for a new era, Elvis Presley--who'd been charting on Country and Adult Contemporary stations -- decided to convert the Hawaiian-themed Jungle Room (a relaxation den in his fabled Graceland mansion in Memphis, Tennessee) into an informal home studio, where he could lay down tracks the way he wanted, outside the budget and scheduling pressures of the professional studios he'd worked in previously. With the help of RCA's mobile recording truck and longtime producer Felton Jarvis and engineer Mike Moran at the board, Elvis tackled a far-ranging mix of country and pop covers (Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, I'll Never Fall in Love Again, Danny Boy, Solitaire) and late-period classics of his catalog, such as Moody Blue and Way Down.

    The Outtakes was mixed for this collection at the Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis and includes both outtakes and in-the-studio dialog, providing a fly-on-the-wall experience of what the sessions were like. With the exception of She Thinks I Still Care, the performances have been sequenced in the order they were recorded.

    Way Down In The Jungle Room with also be available on 150g 12 vinyl in a 2LP gatefold sleeve.

    LP 1
    1. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall - take 1
    2. She Thinks I Still Care - take 10
    3. The Last Farewell - take 2
    4. Solitaire - take 7
    5. I'll Never Fall In Love Again - take 5
    6. Moody Blue - take 1
    7. For The Heart - take 1
    8. Hurt - take 3
    9. Danny Boy - take 9

    LP 2
    1. Never Again - take 9
    2. Love Coming Down - take 3
    3. Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain - take 4
    4. She Thinks I Still Care - (alternate version) take 2
    5. It's Easy For You - take 1
    6. Way Down - take 2
    7. Pledging My Love - take 3
    8. For The Heart - take 4

    Elvis Presley
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  • All The Ways You Let Me Down All The Ways You Let Me Down Quick View

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    All The Ways You Let Me Down

    Candy Heart's highly anticipated follow up to their critically acclaimed Violently Happy Records debut, The Best Ways To Disappear. All The Ways You
    Let Me Down was produced by Chad Gilbert (New Found Glory, A Day To Remember) and features the bands mix of catchy 90's influenced punk rock.
    1. I Miss You
    2. The Dreams Not Dead
    3. The One To Get Me Out
    4. All The Ways You Let Me Down
    5. Michigan
    6. Coffee With My Friends
    7. Fool's Gold
    8. Somethings Missing
    9. Brooklyn Bridge
    10. Playing With Fire
    11. Top Of Out Lungs
    Candy Hearts
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    Locked Down

    Storied musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) releases Locked Down, a startling album that marks a significant departure from his recent efforts. The new album, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, is Dr. John's first for Nonesuch Records.

    Its an entirely new approach for the iconic Dr. John, featuring as it does his collaboration with Auerbach and a band of young musicians Auerbach hand-picked to make Locked Down at his studio Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. It was way cool cutting this record with Dan and the crew he put together for it, says Rebennack. It's reel HIP.

    For his part, Auerbach says about the collaboration: Mac inspired me every single day we were in the studio together: musically, spiritually, cosmically, something special seemed to be happening and everyone involved could sense it. For my money, Mac's one of the greatest who ever was and who ever will be, I'm so honored to have had this opportunity to work with him.

    Auerbach, a long-time fan of the influential musician, dubbed the Night Tripper in the late 60s, visited Dr. John late in 2010 in his hometown of New Orleans, announcing his ambition to produce the best record you've made in a long time. Rebennack replied that he had done his research, his children had told him good things about The Black Keys, and the conversation led to an agreement to collaborate on the 2011 Bonnaroo Jam being curated by Auerbach.

    That performance, called by New York Times critic Ben Ratliff in his best-of-the-year list deep and oozy, close-to-the-vest, low-frequency funk, confirmed that something unusual was taking place and led to September recording sessions in Nashville. Dr. John returned to Nashville at Thanksgiving to complete the vocals and Locked Down was mixed by Auerbach and completed in early 2012.

    1. Locked Down
    2. Revolution
    3. Big Shot
    4. Ice Age
    5. Getaway
    6. Kingdom of Izzness
    7. You Lie
    8. Eleggua
    9. My Children, My Angels
    10. God's So Good
    Dr. John
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    Everybody Down

    There's a strong, vibrant formal tradition in hip hop: the story rhyme. Rather than the bragging and boasting of many raps, in a story rhyme the MC presents a narrative-- a street update of Ovid or Homer if you want to get hifalutin about it. Traced back by some to The Message by Melle Mel, few would dispute that it reached some sort of a peak with Slick Rick's first album, and was carried forward by the likes of Biggie and Eminem. It also had a profound influence on rap in the UK, with artists like Roots Manuva using the form to represent themselves and their city in a myriad of new ways.
    1. Marshall Law
    2. The Truth
    3. Lonely Daze
    4. Chicken
    5. The Beigeness
    6. Theme From Becky
    7. Stink
    8. The Heist
    9. To The Victor The Spoils
    10. Circles
    11. A Hammer
    12. Happy End
    Kate Tempest
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  • Over There That Way Over There That Way Quick View

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    Over There That Way

    Heliotropes combine sludgy metal guitar tones, introspective shoegaze
    interludes, psychedelic drone, and atmospheric harmonies to create a sound
    that's as equally hard to pin down as it is alluring, earning them the title of
    Village Voice's Best Garage Band Of 2014.

    Heliotropes is comprised of founding member/songwriter/vocalist Jessica
    Numsuwankijkul, along with a rotating cast of collaborators, including
    drummer Cici Harrison, bassist Richard Thomas, and guitarist Ricci Swift,
    who are all featured on the band's upcoming album.

    The band's first recorded offering came with 2012's Ribbons 7", followed the
    next year by their debut LP entitled A Constant Sea, which was named by
    Mother Jones as one of the 10 Best Albums Of 2013. Since then, the band
    has performed on the road with Esben And The Witch and toured nationally
    with stops at South By Southwest, Firefly and Culture Collide, sharing the
    stage with a far-reaching variety of bands including Thurston Moore, The
    Geto Boys, Matt and Kim, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, The Black Angels and
    The Raveonettes.

    1. Normandy
    2. Wherever Live
    3. War Isn't Over
    4. Easy
    5. Over There That Way
    6. Dardanelles Part I
    7. Dardanelles Part II
    8. My Only Friend
    9. I Can't Remember
    10. Goodnight Soldier
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    Everybody's Coming Down

    Call it a soundtrack to Man's 21st century existential angst, Everybody's Coming Down poses cosmic queries, contemplates regrets, questions self-worth, and examines the possibility of living in the moment, when memories are all that we truly take with us. And in some ways, that's the sweet spot front man and lyricist Tim Kasher inhabits: trying to make sense of this world of ours, and how and why we navigate it the way we do.

    Everybody's Coming Down moves in a new direction musically and, in contrast to The Good Life's earlier releases, is very much a rock record. It is also the first that truly embodies the band as a whole, more so than any previous album. In blending elements of drummer Roger L. Lewis's love of classic rock, multi-instrumentalist Ryan Fox's chaotic approach to melody, Stefanie Drootin-Senseney's propulsive, tuneful bass parts and colorful vocal arrangements, and Kasher's deft, complementary song writing, the band sparked a vibrant evolution in sound. The gentler, folk-driven pop/rock for which the band is beloved remains (sonic sister album bookends "7 In The Morning" and "Midnight Is Upon Us;" "The Troubadour's Green Room"), but it is now mixed amongst guitars lines that unspool in a blaze across songs that hit harder and more viscerally ("Everybody," "Holy Shit"), as well as moments of distorted psychedelia and moody ambience ("Flotsam Locked Into A Groove," "Diving Bell," "How Small We Are").

    Kasher began writing songs for a new album in October 2013, and the quartet - balancing their busy lives and multiple projects - reconvened from July to December 2014 to finish writing what became Everybody's Coming Down. With the help of Ben Brodin in Omaha's ARC Studios, The Good Life started recording in January of this year and finished the album in their respective homes. The band then turned to John Congleton (St. Vincent, Baroness, Angel Olsen, Cloud Nothings) to mix the album at his Elmwood Recording in Dallas, TX, looking to his experienced hand and uninhibited style to maintain and further realize the album's untempered, vital sound.

    And vital it is: Everybody's Coming Down might not crack the ever-elusive code to our universal wonderings, but it'll make you think, illuminate a new or alternative perspective, perhaps salve a lonely ache of isolation. Because we are, ultimately, all in this together - forever coming down.

    1. 7 in the Morning
    2. Everybody
    3. The Troubadour's Green Room
    4. Holy Shit
    5. Flotsam Locked Into a Groove
    6. Forever Coming Down
    7. Happy Hour
    8. Diving Bell
    9. Skeleton Song
    10. How Small We Are
    11. Ad Nausea
    12. Midnight Is Upon Us
    The Good Life
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    Upside Down Mountain

    Though only 34, Conor Oberst has been a recording artist for more than two decades, starting with raw, acoustic guitar-based bedroom tracks he cut as a young teenager and initially released on cassette. After his early Omaha-based band Commander Venus broke up, Oberst recast himself as Bright Eyes, an umbrella name for Oberst, producer-keyboardist Mike Mogis and multi-instrumentalist/arranger Nathaniel Wolcott, and a shifting group of collaborators. By the time he released Lifted or The Story is in the Soil, Keep Your Ear to the Ground on Saddle Creek, the label he helped found with friends in Omaha, Oberst was a word-of-mouth success, with an avid young audience that helped to sell out his tours. The critics soon followed. Rolling Stone called him "a true American original: the ghost of Walt Whitman setting up shop in the wraith-white, rail-thin frame of an acoustic-strumming Nebraska Cure fan." The 2005 simultaneous release of two markedly different Bright Eyes albums-the more singer-songwriter-oriented I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and the darker, computerized Digital Ash in a Digital Urn-displayed the breadth of his talent. Time Magazine listed I'm Wide Awake among its top 10 albums of the year. Since then, Bright Eyes has continued to evolve, its lineup morphing with each successive tour. While supporting his 2007 Cassadaga album, Oberst took over New York City's Town Hall for a week of sold-out shows, with his large, string-augmented ensemble outfitted spectacularly in white suits. He's also recorded and toured with Mogis, Jim James, and M. Ward as Monsters of Folk as well as with his own Mystic Valley Band. For the first leg of his summer 2014 tour, he's bringing along Wilson's other pals, the Southern Californian quartet Dawes as his support act and backing band.

    "I feel lucky that I have been able to do this for as longs as I have," declares Oberst. "I've seen so many talented friends come and go, for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes they stop making music because they can't pay the bills or they lose the passion for it. At this point it is my life. I don't know another way to live. There is something fundamental in myself; I have to be this way. It completes what I am."

    Upside Down Mountain features many other friends of Oberst's, including producer Jonathan Wilson, engineer Andy LeMaster, bassist Macey Taylor, multi-instrumentalist Blake Mills, and the Swedish sibling folk-rock vocal duo First Aid Kit. What started as exploratory demos with producer-musician Jonathan Wilson at his Fivestar Studios in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, in a home Wilson rents from Oberst, became the first de facto album sessions. Returning to his native Omaha, Nebraska, Oberst kept rolling with the help of frequent collaborator, engineer, and friend Andy LeMaster at his own ARC Studios. Even more tracking followed in Omaha last November and December. Then Oberst and Wilson moved south to Blackbird Studio in Nashville.

    "This is a return to an earlier way I wrote," Oberst says of the songs on Upside Down Mountain. "It's more intimate or personal, if you will. Even if all my songs come from the same place, you make different aesthetic decisions along the way. For me, language is a huge part of why I make music. I'm not the greatest guitar player or piano player-I'm not the greatest singer, either-but I feel if I can come up with melodies I like that are fused with poetry I'm proud of, then that's what I bring to the table. That's why I'm able to do this."

    1. Time Forgot
    2. Zigzagging Toward the Light
    3. Hundreds of Ways
    4. Artifact #1
    5. Lonely at the Top
    6. Enola Gay
    7. Double Life
    8. Kick
    9. Night at Lake Unknown
    10. You Are Your Mother's Child
    11. Governor's Ball
    12. Desert Island Questionnaire
    13. Common Knowledge
    Conor Oberst
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    All Shook Down


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    All Shook Down is the seventh and final studio album by the band The Replacements, released in 1990. The band, hailing from Minneapolis, started out in 1979, and are considered pioneers of Alternative Rock, influencing a variety of acts along the way. Their influences ranged from The Rolling Stones, The Faces, Slade, Lou Reed and The Beatles to Punk rock bands such as The Ramones, Johnny Thunders, Dead Boys and The Clash.

    At the time All Shook Down was released, the band consisted of guitarist and vocalist Paul Westerberg, bass guitarist Tommy Stinson and drummer Chris Mars, added by lead guitarist Slim Dunlap. This album was originally intended to be Westerberg's solo artist debut. As a result, numerous session and side musicians including The Velvet Underground's John Cale performed on All Shook Down's
    13 songs, supplemented by the three other band members.

    Merry Go Round was the band's most successful Modern Rock Tracks single, reaching #1 for four non-consecutive weeks. The album also received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album.

    1. Merry Go Round
    2. One Wink at a Time
    3. Nobody
    4. Bent Out of Shape
    5. Sadly Beautiful
    6. Someone Take the Wheel
    7. When It Began
    8. All Shook Down
    9. Attitude
    10. Happy Town
    11. Torture
    12. My Little Problem
    13. The Last
    The Replacements
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    I Learned The Hard Way

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. I Learned The Hardway is their fourth full-length release on Brooklyn's independent Daptone Records and it marks a bold step forward for a band who almost single handedly stewarded today's return of soul music to its more traditional sound.

    Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records' House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon's raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness and melodic command set her fi rmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fi xture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in The Game Gets Old at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style Mama Don't Like My Man at the tail, the Dap-Kings groove seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the Daptone Sound at its fi nest.

    1. The Game Gets Old

    2. I Learned the Hard Way

    3. Better Things

    4. Give It Back

    5. Money
    6. The Reason

    7. Window Shopping

    8. She Ain't a Child No More

    9. I'll Still Be True
    10. Without a Heart

    11. If You Call

    12. Mama Don't Like My Man
    Sharon Jones
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    What A Way To Die

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    - Mike & Anja Stax (Ugly Things magazine)

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

    33 1/3 RPM Mono Mixes Created Under Brian Wilson's Supervision

    Audio Production - Mark Linett

    For Brother Records - Elliott Lott

    Mastered By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio, Most From The Original Master Tapes Or Best Sources Available

    Lacquer Plating By Gary Salstrom And 200-Gram Vinyl Pressing By Quality Record Pressings

    To meet the standards of Analogue Productions, our Beach Boys album reissues had a mission to achieve: Present the band's music the way that Brian Wilson - famed co-founder, songwriter and arranger - intended. Mono mixes created under Wilson's supervision were how the surf rockin' California crew rose to fame! And we've got 'em!

    For the early part of the Beach Boys career, all of their singles were mixed and mastered and released only in the mono format - they didn't release a single in stereo until 1968. In those days, hits were made on AM radio in mono. And the mono of those times worked well for Wilson, who suffers from partial deafness. Still, apart from Surfin' Safari, which was mono only, the Beach Boys did turn in stereo masters on all of their early albums up until 1965. The Beach Boys Today! was the first LP for which they only delivered a mono master.

    The stereo editions of Surfin' USA, Surfer Girl, Little Deuce Coupe, Shut Down Vol. 2, All Summer Long, Beach Boys Christmas Album and Beach Boys Concert were all mixed in stereo by their own preferred engineer, Chuck Britz, ostensibly under the group's supervision.

    Brian may or may not have been present for those mixing sessions - evidence suggests that he trusted Chuck's skills enough to let him prepare those mixes on his own - but the group held onto their multitrack tapes and delivered stereo masters to Capitol, rather than allowing Capitol to prepare their own stereo versions. Later, when Brian was only delivering mono masters, Capitol would prepare the Duophonic pseudo stereo editions for the stereo market, says Alan Boyd, producer and Beach Boys' archivist.

    All of the newer stereo mixes on these remastered albums (The Beach Boys Today!, Summer Days (And Summer Nights!!), The Beach Boys' Party, Pet Sounds and Smiley Smile) were all done by Mark Linett on behalf of the Beach Boys.

    Still, bottom line, the mono mixes were where Brian Wilson paid intense attention, and the dedication paid off!

    We've taken 10 of the most classic, best-sounding Beach Boy titles ever and restored them to their mono glory!

    But there's no disputing that the close harmonies and one-of-a-kind rhythms of hits like "Surfer Girl," "In My Room," "Little Deuce Coupe" and more lend themselves naturally to stereo. So we've got your 2-channel needs covered with prime stereo mix versions as well.

    Mastered by Kevin Gray, most from the original master tapes, and plated and pressed by Quality Record Pressings, the finest LP pressing facility in the world, these are awesome recordings to experience. And the look of each album befits its sonic superiority! Presented in old school Stoughton tip-on jackets, these time honored favorites shine brighter than the originals!

    The first Shut Down was a hugely successful Capitol Records Various Artists compilation LP that had included a pair of Beach Boys tracks. Whereas their previous album Little Deuce Coupe had been a full-on car themed concept album, the Beach Boys' Shut Down Volume 2 was pretty much evenly split between songs with car themes and various high school and summertime-themed tunes. The album sought to further the Beach Boys beyond its ironic sea-and-sun fetish (none but Dennis Wilson ever surfed) into the burgeoning hot-rod subculture. ... the high points remain nothing short of spectacular, including the Mike Love-propelled 'Fun, Fun, Fun,' Wilson's knowing nod to Phil Spector, 'Don't Worry Baby,' and the (hit) 'The Warmth of the Sun.' -

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    1. Fun, Fun, Fun
    2. Don't Worry Baby
    3. In The Parkin' Lot
    4. "Cassius" Love Vs "Sonny" Wilson
    5. The Warmth Of The Sun
    6. This Car Is Mine
    7. Why Do Fools Fall In Love
    8. Pom, Pom Play Girl
    9. Keep An Eye On Summer
    10. Shut Down, Part II
    11. Louie, Louie
    12. Denny's Drums
    Beach Boys
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
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    The Way We Move, the new album from acclaimed musician Langhorne Slim will see its release on Ramseur Records. The album follows-up his critically acclaimed 2009 release Be Set Free which Paste says, perfectly captures the lyrical simplicity of bygone times with straightforward lines. In celebration of the release, Langhorne Slim & The Law will continue to tour throughout 2012.

    The 14-track album was produced by Kenny Siegal and Langhorne Slim & The Law at Old Soul Studios in Catskill, NY. Langhorne's band, The Law, consists of David Moore (piano/keyboards/banjos/electric guitar/vocals), Jeffrey Ratner (bass/background vocals) and Malachi DeLorenzo (drums/percussion/background vocals).

    Of the new album, Langhorne comments, My goal for this record was to create something that we could stand by and be proud of for the rest of our lives. To make music that is real, raw and beautiful. Langhorne Slim began his musical career in Brooklyn in 2004. His previous releases include Electric Love Letter EP (2004), When The Sun's Gone Down (2005), Engine EP (2006), Langhorne Slim (2008) and his latest, Be Set Free (2009). White vinyl configuration with CD insert.

    Leadbelly's gift for storytelling and Dylan's ability to captivate a crowd. - New Yorker

    1. The Way We Move
    2. Badluck
    3. Fire
    4. Salvation
    5. On the Attack
    6. Someday
    7. Great Divide
    8. Just A Dream
    9. Song For Sid
    10. Found My Heart
    11. Wild Soul
    12. Two Crooked Hearts
    13. Coffee Cups
    14. Past Lives
    Langhorne Slim
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    The Way It Is (Awaiting Repress)

    Mastered For This Recording By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio

    180g Vinyl Pressed at RTI

    Packaged In Gatefold Jacket

    Liner Notes Contain All Lyrics

    ''Hornsby's Smashing Debut...An iconic musical Americana...A Perfect Album!''

    Bruce Hornsby and the Range made a spectacular musical debut.''The Way It Is'' is a poignant, soulful, and powerful album with a flawless tracklist, beautiful melodies, feel-good rock numbers, phenomenal ballads, and socially conscious tunes such as the title track. There isn't a minute of ''The Way It Is'' that suggests it's a debut album. The album was an instant classic, one of the most complete and cherished recordings of the 1980s that went on to win the 1986 Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Not since Elton John and Billy Joel came along, had a piano player made such a major impact on the pop/rock music scene.

    Perhaps it shouldn't be a surprise that the music is so accomplished, Hornsby was already a consummate musician and songwriter when he made it. The record presented a unique, fresh sound, distinguished by Hornsby's remarkable, whimsical piano playing. ''The Way It Is'' was unlike anything else on the radio at the time, a combination of pop, rock, folk, jazz, classical, bluegrass and country music. The band incorporates a wide range of instruments in the songs to support this mix - mandolin, guitar, violin, piano, and even harmonica. The songwriting is fantastic, Hornsby paints vivid portraits of life in the mountain ranges, winding rivers, jagged coasts, towering forests, and stretching farmlands of his beloved Virginia. He maintains a hopeful outlook for love and happiness even during tough times both emotionally and economically. Fellow musician Huey Lewis is featured on the album, lending his harmonica and vocal talents to the track, ''Down the Road Tonight''. Lewis also helped produce the song, along with the track, ''The Long Race'' and ''The River Runs Low''.

    1. On The Western Skyline
    2. Every Little Kiss
    3. Mandolin Rain
    4. The Long Race
    5. The Way It Is
    6. Down The Road Tonight
    7. The Wild Frontier
    8. The River Runs Low
    9.The Red Plains
    Bruce Hornsby & The Range
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    Hasten Down The Wind (Awaiting Repress)

    Make Haste! Grab the Limited-Edition 180g LP of this Classic Now!

    Did any musician have more talent at their beckon call during the 70s than Linda Ronstadt? Absolutely not. Part of her impeccable string of mid-1970s albums that defined California's soft-rock scene, the Grammy-winning Hasten Down the Wind is Ronstadt at her best and that's saying something. Consider the watertight repertoire: The Warren Zevon title track. Patsy Cline's (by way of Willie Nelson) 'Crazy.' Buddy Holly's 'That'll Be the Day.' Nelson's 'Down So Low.' Karla Bonoff's 'If He's Ever Near.' Ry Cooder's 'The Tattler.'

    And then, there's the supporting cast, which includes Eagles legend Don Henley on drums and harmony vocals, folk-rock legend Peter Asher on guitar, session drumming master Russ Kunkel, and multi-instrumentalist sensation Andrew Gold playing just about everything with strings or skins. Couple this with the thematically revealing cover in a nod to the escapism of fantasy romance novels, the singer stands on a beach before an ocean and a running horse, her exposing dress a sign of the lovesick vulnerability that colors the songs and Hasten Down the Wind is the complete package of sensuality, passion, and poignancy.

    Now, due to Mobile Fidelity's trademark sonic restoration, the album finally has the exquisite sound it has always deserved. Listeners can now literally feel Ronstadt's deep-seeded emotions. Even better, her covers of affecting ballads and midtempo country-rock numbers intentionally revolve around vocal-heavy arrangements. It's no wonder that the album, which topped the country charts, also yielded two Top 20 hits and resulted in the artist's first platinum-record award.

    But make haste! Quantities are limited, and, unlike Ronstadt's timeless interpretations, this will not be around forever.

    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Lose Again
    2. The Tattler
    3. If He's Ever Near
    4. That'll Be The Day
    5. Lo Siento Mi Vida
    6. Hasten Down the Wind
    7. Rivers of Babylon
    8. Give One Heart
    9. Try Me Again
    10. Crazy
    11. Down So Low
    12. Someone To Lay Down Beside Me
    Linda Ronstadt
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    Kurt Vile does his own myth making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b'lieve I'm goin' down... is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history ("valley of ashes") of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie , and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling. In Kurt's words, "I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it's on my couch -- not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable." It's a weird, accepting, mature record, acknowledging the inherent immaturity of being a person whether father, husband , partner, adult, musician, not perfect, but compelling for its understanding that's life though so sad to say - Kim Gordon
    1. Pretty Pimpin
    2. I M An Outlaw
    3. Dust Bunnies
    4. That S Life Tho (Almost Hate To Say)
    5. Wheelhouse
    6. Life Like This
    7. All In A Daze Work
    8. Lost My Head There
    9. Stand Inside
    10. Bad Omens
    11. Kidding Around
    12. Wild Imagination
    Kurt Vile
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    Amongst hip-hop fans, Boogie Down Productions' first two albums - Criminal Minded (1987) and By All Means Necessary (1988) - both loom very large. And for good reason: they both captured one of the late 1980s' most important and influential crews at their highest powers of lyricism and musical invention.

    That being said, too many people sleep on BDP's third LP, Ghetto Music. Released in 1989, when the hip-hop world was truly beginning to explode and reach new heights of sales and exposure around the world, the album is arguably as powerful as the group's first two.

    As on By All Means Necessary, in the wake of the tragic death of original founder, producer and DJ Scott LaRock, KRS-One pushed along mightily on the production side, with help from his extended crew. Musically the sound created on albums 2 & 3 was funky, catchy, and continually innovative, giving him the perfect backdrop to build his "Edutainment" syllabus.

    Lyrically there was never a question about KRS' power, and on Ghetto Music he continues to impress, teach and ask important questions. Clear cases in point are two of the album's singles, "You Must Learn" and "Why Is That?" but he gets even deeper on lesser-jocked tracks like the anti-police thought-piece "Who Protects Us From You" (still sadly relevant in 2017), "Ghetto Music" and "World Peace."

    Still as strong and entertaining today as it was almost three decades ago, this new reissue is a perfect way for younger fans to embrace one of the most underrated hip-hop platters of the era.

    1. The Style You Haven't Done Yet
    2. Why Is That?
    3. The Blueprint
    4. Jack Of Spades
    5. Jah Rulez
    6. Breath Control

    7. Who Protects Us From You?
    8. You Must Learn
    9. Hip Hop Rules
    10. Bo! Bo! Bo!
    11. Gimme, Dat, (Woy)
    12. Ghetto Music
    13. World Peace
    Boogie Down Productions
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    Thao and the Get Down Stay Down are an awesome example of a great band making their success the old-fashioned way: by earning it. With only a locally-released full-length in her hometown of Richmond, VA under her belt, Thao put together an impressive backing band and began touring the US and Europe non-stop in 2007. When her debut full-length, We Brave Bee Stings And All was released on KRS in January 2008 she continued touring, building her fanbase with an exciting, electric live show. Massive acclaim in the press and word of mouth propelled sales until she became the best-selling KRS artist of 2008 and the second-fastest selling artist in KRS history.
    01 The Clap
    02 Cool Yourself
    03 When We Swam
    04 Know Better Learn Faster
    05 Body
    06 The Give
    07 Good Bye Good Luck
    08 Trouble Was For
    09 Oh. No.
    10 Fixed It!
    11 Burn You Up
    12 But What of the Strangers
    13 Easy
    Thao With The Get Down Stay Down
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    Not much is talked about of Rock N' Roll legend Chuck Berry's work during the 1970s. (Unless you
    count his novelty hit "My Ding-A-Ling.) Though he would remain a prevalent live fixture for much of the
    decade, his studio work slowed to a crawl. It was during this time that Berry returned to Chess
    Records from his previous association with Mercury, to release the overlooked San Francisco Dues
    in 1971. The album remained obscure and largely unnoticed, but remains a fascinating glimpse into
    Berry's musical mind, and is now looked upon by critics as a forgotten great.

    The album showcases a different side of Chuck Berry. His signature blend of pioneering rock n' roll
    music would give way to a more somber and contemporary (For the 1970s) sound. Berry's more
    serious side is on display on yearning tracks like Oh Louisiana, and fragile numbers like My Dream
    (Poem) which features Berry on piano. The album paints a solemn, never-before-seen portrait of
    Berry, and still finds room for traditionally rocking tracks like Viva Rock & Roll and the title track
    San Francisco Dues.
    Though San Francisco Dues has received newfound retrospective acclaim from critics, it has never
    been reissued on compact disc. Now in 2013, Get On Down is glad to change that, reissuing the
    oft-forgotten Chuck Berry gem on vinyl, painstakingly re-mastered and re-created with the same level
    of care and detail that have come to define the Boston label's reissues. A bygone classic from one of
    rock n' roll's great trailblazers.

    1. Oh Louisiana
    2. Let's Do Our Thing Together
    3. Your Lick
    4. Festival
    5. Bound To Lose
    6. Bordeaux In My Pirough
    7. San Francisco Dues
    8. Viva Rock and Roll
    9. My Dream (Poem)
    10. Lonely School Days
    Chuck Berry
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    Get On Down proudly presents another top-notch vinyl reissue, from their long-running series of collaborations with James Brown's famed 70s funk label People Records.

    As the 1970s wore on, the classic funk sounds that had defined James Brown's backing band, The J.B.'s, gave way to the rise of disco music. Fred Wesley and his collective of musicians couldn't resist the chance to make their mark, releasing Hustle With Speed in 1975, with Charles Bobbit and Don Love producing, and the godfather himself, James Brown co-writing and providing arrangements. Hustle With Speed didn't cross over like the band had hoped it would, but it was nonetheless remarkable album, featuring The J.B.'s signature funky style married with disco to exciting effect. All the while there's still plenty to be had for the funk die-hard, from the brass blow-out jam Here We Come, Here We Go, Here We Are, to the trombone-heavy All Aboard The Funky Soul Train, to the powerhouse opening salvo that is (It's Not The Express) It's The JBs Monaurail.

    Songs from Hustle With Speed would take on lives of their own decades after the album's release, through sampled appearances in tracks by Jay-Z, Nas, Eric B. & Rakim, Ultramagnetic MCs, EPMD, and many more.

    1. (It's Not The Express) It's The J.B.'s Monaurail!
    2. Here We Come, Here We Go, Here We Are
    3. All Aboard The Funky Soul Train
    4. Transmograpfication
    5. Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself And You Be Yours
    6. Taurus, Aries, & Leo
    7. Things & Do
    The J.B.'s
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    Funky Kingston

    Reissued In A Lovingly Re-printed Version Of The Original LP Sleeve

    Ranked 378/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Toots & The Maytals' long and storied musical career spans all the way back to the dawn of ska. The
    group are not only key figures in the development reggae, they were among the first to utilize the word
    in a song title which lead to the popularization of the very term reggae. Among the numerous musical
    accomplishments of Frederick Toots Hibbert and his group was the song Pressure Drop, which was
    released initially in 1970, but received widespread acclaim for its appearance in the soundtrack to the film
    Harder They Come. It's since been covered by The Clash, The Specials, The Selecter, Robert Palmer, and
    numerous others, has been rated by Rolling Stone as one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and is
    credited with helping introduce reggae music to the world.

    Though originally released in 1970, the US wouldn't get to experience Pressure Drop until 1975, when
    it was released on the US version of their album Funky Kingston, easily considered one of the strongest
    albums in Toots & The Maytals' catalog, not to mention one of the greatest in reggae history. Upon its
    release in the States it received massive critical applause (Even warming the cold, icy heart of Robert
    Christgau) for its infectious melodies and rhythms on tracks like Sailing On, Time Tough, and the
    eponymous title track, quirky Jamaica-infused covers of tracks by John Denver and Ike Turner, and of
    course the influential Pressure Drop.

    Reissued in a lovingly re-printed version of the original LP sleeve, Get On Down now presents a superb
    reissue of a legendary piece of music history.

    1. Time Tough
    2. In The Dark
    3. Funky Kingston
    4. Love Is Gonna Let Me Down
    5. Louie Louie
    6. Pomp And Price
    7. Got To Be There
    8. Country Road
    9. Pressure Drop
    10. Sailing On
    Toots And The Maytals
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    Much anticipated sophomore album from alternative/electronic artist Robert DeLong. Album was preceded by the 'Long Way Down' EP who's titular track will be featured on the album as well as one other track from the EP titled 'Acid Rain.' The albums lead single 'Don't Wait Up' was released accompanied by a music video.
    1. In the Cards
    2. Long Way Down
    3. Jealousy
    4. Don't Wait Up
    5. Possessed
    6. Sellin' U Somethin
    7. Born To Break (feat. MNDR)
    8. Acid Rain
    9. Future's Right Here
    10. Pass Out
    11. That's What We Call Love
    Robert Delong
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    Too many people sleep on Tougher Than Leather, Run-DMC's fourth album. But hear us out as we plead the case for this amazing LP.

    By 1988 there was a lot more competition in the rap game - Public Enemy, Boogie Down Productions, Eric B. & Rakim, Ice-T and many more had given Hollis, Queens' prodigal sons lots of competition. But Joe, Darryl, and Jay were still at the top of their game, and hip-hop fans should never let this classic - chiefly produced by their Queens neighbor, DJ and multi-instrumentalist Davy D[MX] - get lost in their crates.

    For starters, the album's first single, "Run's House" b/w "Beats To The Rhyme" is arguably the most powerful one-two punch of the trio's career, showing contenders to the rap throne that they could still destroy a beat, tag-teaming with power at any speed. Not to be lost in the shuffle, fans were also reminded on both sides that Jam-Master Jay remained one of the world's best DJs, flexing the pinnacle of what would be called "turntablism" a decade later. Both songs show a musical telepathy between all three that has rarely been equaled.

    The second single, "Mary, Mary," driven by an infectious Monkees sample, took a different approach, shrewdly ensuring that pop fans who jumped on the Raising Hell bandwagon had something to chew on. But, like "Walk This Way," the song wasn't just bubblegum - there was an edge to it, and the lyrical gymnastics were very real. It wasn't selling out, it was allowing fans to buy in. "Papa Crazy," driven in concept and by a sample from the Temptations' "Papa Was A Rolling Stone," followed a similar pop-leaning path.

    Overall, the lyrical content on the album was a step up from the group's first three LPs. It's easy to infer, looking back, that they were feeling the heat from their younger competitors in the rap game. The genre was changing fast, and they were up to the challenge. On cuts like "Radio Station," they bring substance to the grooves, by attacking Black Radio for its continual denigration of rap. "Tougher Than Leather" reminds the world that they were still the Kings of Rock, with hard guitars to drive the point home. And "They Call Us Run-DMC" and "Soul To Rock And Roll" both bring things back to their early days, with sure-fire park jam rhymes and killer cuts.

    Tougher Than Leather, which went platinum up against a lot of competition, perfectly bookends the '80s output of one of the decade's most important groups. It encompasses the full range of the trio's capabilities and reminds us that Run-DMC should never be forgotten as both pioneers and party-rockers. And so, we say, long live Joe, Darryl, and Jay!

    1. Run's House
    2. Mary, Mary
    3. They Call Us Run DMC
    4. Beats To The Rhyme
    5. Radio Station
    6. Papa Crazy
    7. Tougher Than Leather
    8. I'm Not Going Out Like That
    9. How'd Ya Do It Dee
    10. Miss Elaine
    11. Soul To Rock And Roll
    12. Ragtime
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