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  • Dub Side Of The Mule Dub Side Of The Mule Quick View

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    Dub Side Of The Mule

    Recorded during Mule's fabled New Year Eve 2006 performance at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, Dub Side of the Mule features three-plus hours of Mule standards and covers, including a 1-hour reggae/R&B set featuring Toots Hibbert, the legendary founder of Toots & The Maytals. The album also includes special appearances by Gregg Allman & Friends and John Popper (from Blues Traveler). All 34 tracks have been remixed and mastered.
    LP1
    1. I'm A Ram
    2. 54-46 Was My Number
    3. Hard To Handle
    4. True Love Is Hard To Find
    5. Pressure Drop
    6. Let Down
    7. I've Got Dreams To Remember


    LP2
    1. Reggae Got Soul
    2. Hard Road
    3. Happy New Year??
    4. Turn On Your Love Light
    5. Reggae Soulshine

    Gov't Mule
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  • Studio One Dub Volume 2 Studio One Dub Volume 2 Quick View

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    Studio One Dub Volume 2

    Studio One Dub 2 is a second collection bringing together some of the finest dubs from the legendary Studio One Records, Kingston, Jamaica. Dub music was the creation of a generation of brilliant recording studio engineers in Jamaica. But although Clement Coxsone Dodd's Studio One is hailed as the greatest of the Jamaican recording labels, and although many talented engineers worked the board at Dodd's Brentford Road studio over the years (including Sylvan Morris, Syd Bucknor, Overton Scientist Brown and Dodd himself), Studio One was never typically known as a centre for dub. This is because for many fans the studio's commercial and stylistic heyday was in the 1960s, prior to the rise of dub as a distinct sub-genre of Jamaican music in the 1970s. By the 1970s, however, dub music was the rage in Jamaica's sound systems. Always the pioneer - and since Sylvan Morris had left the Studio One operation around 1972 - Coxsone supervised the dubs till leaving Jamaica at the end of the decade. This meant that for the most part, for example, the twelve Studio One dub albums released during the 1970s were mixed by Dodd himself, using the moniker Dub Specialist. Throughout the decade, the mixes became more sophisticated and atmospheric. Along with the first volume of Studio One Dub, the cuts here demonstrate that Studio One's contribution to the innovative musical form of dub was substantial, and go straight to the head of listeners who feel that the only centres for dub were studios such as King Tubby's, Lee Perry's Black Ark, Channel One, or Joe Gibbs's. The tracks on this compilation are taken from this period in the 1970s when dub was the cutting-edge of Jamaican music studio production. Most of them are the dub-version flip-sides of rare Jamaican 45s, and none have appeared on CD before. Michael E. Veal, author of Dub: Soundscapes and Shattered Songs in Jamaican Reggae (Wesleyan University Press, 2007).
    LP1
    1. Sound Dimension - I'll Be Around

    2. Soundstorm - Dub Rock

    3. Albert And The Gladiators - Watch Out Version

    4. Brentford Reggae Band - Moses Version

    5. Brentford Disco Set - Peace Version
    6. Brentford Disco Set - Natty Ting A Ling PT.2

    7. Marcia Griffiths - Feel Like Jumping PT.2

    8. Drum Bago And The Rebel Group - Reggae Version

    9. St. Ct. And The Gladiators Band - Soul Locks


    LP2
    1. Freddie And Sound Dimension - How Could You Version
    2. Sound Dimension Band - Run Run Version

    3. Holt And Sound Dimension - Any Where Version

    4. Alton And Sound Vendors - Live And Dub
    5. Freddie Mckay - Drunken Sailor Version
    6. Ital Sound - Welding

    7. Dub Specialist - Dar Es Salaam

    8. Dub Specialist - Always Dubbing

    9. Dub Specialist - Mojo Papa

    Various Artists
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  • Built Up From Nothing: Strictly Dub Built Up From Nothing: Strictly Dub Quick View

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    Built Up From Nothing: Strictly Dub

    Ska punk fans get ready for some dub action!


    Big D and Side One Dummy release this double LP of 17 dub interpretations of their songs from Strictly Rude, Salem Girls and Fluent in Stroll as well as other previously unreleased songs.


    1. Dub-D
    2. Strictly Rude Dub I (Live Dub)
    3. Chin Up Boy Dub
    4. Baby Don't Cry
    5. Rude Boy Likes A Girl
    6. These Dubbed Streets (Rehearsal-Dub)
    7. Come Along (Rehearsal-Dub)
    8. Oo Ie Ya
    9. I'll Be There When You Get Back
    10. Ruin You (Instrumental)
    11. Relocate The Beat

    12. Half Way Home Dub
    13. I, I, I, I (Original)
    14. Strictly Rude Dub II

    15. Strictly Rude Dub III

    16. She Knows Her Way Dub-el-Dub
    17. Dub-Fin
    Big D And The Kids Table
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  • Bright Side Of Life Bright Side Of Life Quick View

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    Bright Side Of Life

    Santa Barbara, California-based foursome Rebelution play a jamband-tinged blend of reggae and rock that, on the strength of just two self-releases (an EP and a full-length debut, 2007's COURAGE TO GROW), has managed to garner a devoted fan following, not to mention iTunes pick for Best Reggae Album of 2007. The band's follow-up, THE BRIGHT SIDE OF LIFE, builds on a solid foundation of dub-inflected drums and bass, augmented by keyboardist Rory Carey's bright, percussive vamps on B3 organ and guitarist Eric Rachmany's bluesy Santana-esque blasts, particularly on the horn-driven positivity anthem, The Bright Side of Life.
    1. Bright Side Of Life

    2. More Than Ever

    3. Outta Control

    4. From The Window

    5. Suffering

    6. Too Rude

    7. Dubzilla

    8. Bump

    9. Lazy Afternoon

    10. Moonlight

    11. Change The System

    12. Wake Up Call
    Rebelution
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  • Dubber Side Of The Moon Dubber Side Of The Moon Quick View

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    Dubber Side Of The Moon

    Dubber Side Of The Moon features the complete sequence of Dub Side of the Moon remixed by a handpicked list of cutting edge and legendary producers. Since its release in 2003, Dub Side of the Moon has been a phenomenon, spending 7 years on the Billboard charts, selling over 200,000 copies worldwide and kicking off the still-growing-strong recording and touring career of the Easy Star All-Stars.


    The band has now put its music into the hands of Groove Corporation, 10 Ft. Ganja Plant, Mad Professor, Adrian Sherwood, Dubphonic, Liquid Agents, Dubmatix, Dreadzone, Victor Rice, Kalbata, Scientist, Michael G, Border Crossing and J. Viewz and the results are a futuristic foray deeper into the unchartered territory traveled by the original release.

    1. Speak To Me / Breathe (In The Air) (Dubmatix Remix)
    2. On The Run (10 Ft. Ganja Plant Remix)
    3. Time (Groove Corporation Remix)
    4. The Great Gig In The Sky (Dubphonic Remix)
    5. Money (The Alchemist Remix)
    6. Us And Them (Dreadzone Remix)
    7. Any Colour You Like (Kalbata Remix)
    8. Brain Damage (Adrian Sherwood & Jazzwad Remix)
    9. Eclipse (Victor Rice Remix)
    10. Step It Pon The Rastaman Scene (Border Crossing Remix)
    11. Money (Mad Professor Remix)
    12. Time Version (Michael G Easy Star All-Stars Remix)
    13. On The Run (J. Viewz Remix)
    Easy Star All Stars
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  • Another Side Of Bob Dylan Another Side Of Bob Dylan Quick View

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    Another Side Of Bob Dylan

    Dylans Second 1964 Album Expands Songwriting Themes and Adds Levity


    Wider Grooves, Superior Sound: Mobile Fidelitys 45RPM Edition The Last Word in Analog Fidelity


    Recorded in One Day: Whimsical Feel, Surrealist Lyrics, On-the-Fly Fluidness Grace the Bards Loosest 1960s Effort


    Includes I Shall Be Free No. 10, It Aint Me Babe, My Back Pages, Chimes of Freedom


    The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, Blood on the Tracks, and The Basement Tapes Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    The ever-evasive Bob Dylan never explicitly stated exactly what represented the another side of himself referenced in the title to his second 1964 record. Yet the whimsical moods, hallucinogenic prose, humorous angles, transparent mistakes, and noncommittal themes give a pretty clear idea at what the Bard hinted as he emerged from being labeled as a reluctant generation spokesperson and folk savior after releasing two highly intellectual, socially pioneering sets replete with protest songs. Dylan needed to take a breath, step back from the drama, and reevaluate his surroundings. Another Side of Bob Dylan is all that and more.


    As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on 45RPM LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog stereo edition of Another Side of Bob Dylan ever produced. Be there as the Minnesota native spends the evening of June 9, 1964 in Columbias Studio A and, displaying an openness hed never before revealed in a formal environment, lays down the songs that compromise his fourth album.


    Featuring minimal editing, Another Side of Bob Dylan is naked, truthful, and whimsical. Mobile Fidelitys reissue illuminates the artists conditionhe laughs in the midst of songs, experiences a few false starts, hits a couple of bum notes, occasionally sings as if hes stumbling down a Manhattan sidewalk after having one too many at a smoky pub, prizes rawness over perfectionwith microscopic accuracy. Indeed, Dylans slightly woozy and completely playful state related to his having downed a handful of bottles of Beaujolais during the sessions.


    The uninhibited joie de vive is discernable in the rattling piano lines on Black Crow Blues, seemingly subconscious ramble of the hysterical folk rhyming of Motorpsycho Nightmare, bluesy dream sequencing throughout I Dont Believe You, and intentionally out-of-tune yodeling during All I Really Want to Do. On a majority of the prized set, Dylan lets his guard down, but does so in clever manners that speak to his surrealist imagination and biting wit. He possesses the rare ability to make planned strategies appear spontaneous, to challenge audiences with stinting wordplay and minimalist melodies that provide a deceptive false security.


    And so the apparently autobiographical and self-aware My Back Pages, one of the earliest examples of Dylans immersion into symbolist prose and abstract metaphor, remains controversial for its on-the-surface denouncement of his earlier condemnations of social institutions and injustices. Peeled back, the tune is a brilliant releasean essential escape hatch for Dylan to both relieve himself of unneeded pressures and distance himself from pundits. As an indelible piece of art, it succeeds in masquerading obvious meaning while simultaneously forcing listeners to question their own actions. Quintessential Dylan.


    As is the trifecta of relationship-themed compositions that closes the record, as well as the eternal Chimes of Freedom, the standard that journalist Paul Williams dubbed Dylans Sermon on the Mount. Its inseparable conjunction of apocalyptic imagery, personal emotion, allusive lyricism, balladic alliteration, and inclusive sympathy signaled that, having already eviscerated the rules associated with pop and folk music, Dylan had just begun his assault on our consciousness, making Another Side of Bob Dylan that much more mysterious, unequivocal, and requisite.


    Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. All I Really Want to Do
    2. Black Crow Blues
    3. Spanish Harlem Incident
    4. Chimes of Freedom
    5. I Shall Be Free, No. 10
    6. To Ramona
    7. Motorpsycho Nightmare
    8. My Back Pages
    9. I Dont Believe You
    10. Ballad in Plain D
    11. It Aint Me Babe
    Bob Dylan
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Another Side Of Bob Dylan (Mono) (Pre-Order) Another Side Of Bob Dylan (Mono) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Another Side Of Bob Dylan (Mono) (Pre-Order)

    Dylan's Second 1964 Album Expands Songwriting Themes and Adds Levity


    Mono 2LP Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Strictly Limited to 3,000 Copies, Vinyl Delivers Whimsical Feel, Surrealist Lyrics, On-the-Fly Fluidness in Sound Dylan Intended


    Includes I Shall Be Free No. 10, It Ain't Me Babe, My Back Pages, Chimes of Freedom


    The ever-evasive Bob Dylan never explicitly stated exactly what represented the another side of himself referenced in the title to his second 1964 record. Yet the whimsical moods, hallucinogenic prose, humorous angles, transparent mistakes, and noncommittal themes give a pretty clear idea at what the Bard hinted as he emerged from being labeled as a reluctant generation spokesperson and folk savior after releasing two highly intellectual, socially pioneering sets replete with protest songs. Dylan needed to take a breath, step back from the drama, and reevaluate his surroundings. Experienced in mono, Another Side of Bob Dylan is all that and more.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3,000 copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set illuminates Dylan's emotional condition - he laughs in the midst of songs, experiences a few false starts, hits a couple of bum notes, occasionally sings as if he's stumbling down a Manhattan sidewalk after having one too many at a smoky pub, prizes rawness over perfection - with microscopic accuracy and unparalleled directness. The preferred mix at the time of the recording, the mono version presents Dylan as he and his producers originally intended. Since the separation of the stereo versions isn't as sharp, this mono edition places Dylan's vocals in the heart of the musical action and as one with the accompaniment. It paints listeners an incredibly accurate portrait of the attention-getting, concrete mass of sound that features no artificial panning and straight-ahead immersion into the music. This is how almost everyone first heard this timeless album - making the mono mix all the more historically valuable and truthful.


    The uninhibited joie de vive is discernible in the rattling piano lines on Black Crow Blues, seemingly subconscious ramble of the hysterical folk rhyming of Motorpsycho Nightmare, bluesy dream sequencing throughout I Don't Believe You, and intentionally out-of-tune yodeling during All I Really Want to Do. On a majority of the prized set, Dylan lets his guard down, but does so in clever manners that speak to his surrealist imagination and biting wit. He possesses the rare ability to make planned strategies appear spontaneous, to challenge audiences with stinting wordplay and minimalist melodies that provide a deceptive false security.


    And so the apparently autobiographical and self-aware My Back Pages, one of the earliest examples of Dylan's immersion into symbolist prose and abstract metaphor, remains controversial for its on-the-surface denouncement of his earlier condemnations of social institutions and injustices. Peeled back, the tune is a brilliant release - an essential escape hatch for Dylan to both relieve himself of unneeded pressures and distance himself from pundits. As an indelible piece of art, it succeeds in masquerading obvious meaning while simultaneously forcing listeners to question their own actions.


    As is the trifecta of relationship-themed compositions that closes the record, as well as the eternal Chimes of Freedom, the standard that journalist Paul Williams dubbed Dylan's Sermon on the Mount. Its inseparable conjunction of apocalyptic imagery, personal emotion, allusive lyricism, balladic alliteration, and inclusive sympathy signaled that, having already eviscerated the rules associated with pop and folk music, Dylan had just begun his assault on our consciousness, making Another Side of Bob Dylan that much more mysterious, unequivocal, and requisite.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. All I Really Want to Do
    2. Black Crow Blues
    3. Spanish Harlem Incident
    4. Chimes of Freedom
    5. I Shall Be Free, No. 10
    6. To Ramona
    7. Motorpsycho Nightmare
    8. My Back Pages
    9. I Dont Believe You
    10. Ballad in Plain D
    11. It Aint Me Babe
    Bob Dylan
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Peace Of Mind (Dub) Peace Of Mind (Dub) Quick View

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    Peace Of Mind (Dub)

    In early-2012, the Santa Barbara, CA-based band Rebelution released Peace of Mind through their own label 87 Music in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs. Peace of Mind was released as a multi-length triple album which included the original Peace Of Mind album along with the Peace of Mind: Acoustic and Peace of Mind: Dub versions.


    Marking the highest chart debut of Rebelution's career, Peace of Mind debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 Reggae and #1 Independent albums as well as #4 on the iTunes overall album chart. The band previously had four top 10 albums on the Reggae chart and their 2009 release Bright Side of Life debuted at #54 on the Top 200 and #1 Reggae.


    Peace of Mind marks the first time Rebelution has expanded beyond their usual self-production enlisting producers Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), Amp Live (Zion-I), Yeti Beats (Kool Keith, George Clinton), Keith Armstrong and Errol Brown (Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Bob Marley). The album builds upon the band's signature style while venturing into new musical genres from the lush strings incorporated into the gentle "Route Around" to the driving guitar and synths throughout "Lady In White."


    Rebelution has developed into a front-runner for grassroots, independent and tour driven music groups. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals/ guitar), Rory Carey (keyboards), Wesley Finley (drums), and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college, while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution's future were planted creating inspiring and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.


    Each of the three versions of Peace Of Mind are now being offered individually on vinyl pressings with a digital download card. Here you have the heralded 12-track dub version of the critically acclaimed masterpiece.

    1. Sky is the Limit (Dub)
    2. Comfort Zone (Dub)
    3. Good Vibes (Dub)
    4. Route Around (Dub)
    5. Meant to Be (Dub)
    6. Life on the Line (Dub)
    7. Closer I Get (Dub)
    8. Lady in White (Dub)
    9. So High (Dub)
    10. Day By Day (Dub)
    11. Calling Me Out (Dub)
    12. Honeypot (Dub)
    Rebelution
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  • Easy Star's Thrillah Easy Star's Thrillah Quick View

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    Easy Star's Thrillah

    Following up on the hugely successful reggae tribute albums of Dub Side of the Moon (2003), Radiodread (2006) and Easy Star's Lonely Hearts Dub Band (2009) comes the reggae adaptation of the greatest selling record of all time - Michael Jackson's Thriller. The album, titled Easy Star's Thrillah will be released August 28, 2012 (a day before the 53rd anniversary of Jackson's birth). Easy Star's Thrillah brings back several of the reggae stars from previous albums, such as vocalists Michael Rose (Black Uhuru), Steel Pulse, Luciano, Mojo Morgan (Morgan Heritage), alongside the diverse playing of guests Yossi Fine (David Bowie, Lou Reed, Stanley Jordan), Joe Tomino (Dub Trio/Matisyahu), Andy Farag (Umphrey's McGee), and horn tracks courtesy of Israel's highly-acclaimed funk/hip-hop band Hadag Nachash. The album will be preceded by the July 10th digital release of the Billie Jean EP, which includes two album tracks, along with non-album remixes and a dub version.


    In selecting Thriller, Easy Star Records co-founder Lem Oppenheimer says, We've always tackled the greats - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Radiohead - but while we wanted to take on another huge album, we also wanted to blaze new trails. In Thriller we found those new trails in a number of firsts for the series: the first album by an American artist, the first non-concept album, the first R&B/soul record, as well as the first release from the 80s.


    For me, I was most excited for Thriller, says producer/arranger/guitarist Michael Goldwasser. I was always more of an R&B/soul and reggae kid growing up and I have an intense personal connection to Michael Jackson's music. As usual, the process initially involved Goldwasser spending a few months on arranging the songs. Writing the arrangements for this album was a cool challenge. I didn't have to try to make non-dance music into dance music as on our previous albums because the original Thriller is so danceable already, but I needed to find ways to make each song groove in a different way from the original version. I didn't want any of the arrangements to be obvious in that regard. In the end, Goldwasser's arrangements are some of the most interesting in his career.


    Now that the hard work in the studio is done, the band is looking forward to bringing this music on the road, adding some dance/pop songs to their already varied sets. The band's live show, which was nominated for a UK Festy Award in 2009, already features tracks from the band's previous three tribute albums, along with original material. An extensive fall tour of the US and UK is already set up (US dates listed below), with more to come over the next year. As the original Thriller album comes up on its 30-year anniversary in November, what better way to celebrate this timeless album than to catch the Easy Star All-Stars perform their reggae-infused versions of this pop masterpiece.

    1. Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

    2. Baby Be Mine

    3. Girl Is Mine

    4. Thriller

    5. Beat It

    6. Billie Jean
    7. Human Nature

    8. P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)

    9. Lady In My Life

    10. Dub It
    11. Close to Midnight
    Easy Star All-Stars
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  • Second Edition Second Edition Quick View

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    Second Edition

    The second album from John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols group is widely considered to be their magnum opus. Combining such diverse influences as krautrock, dub, post-punk, and the avant-garde, Second Edition is four sides of harsh and uncompromising, yet danceable, music. While not the immediate influence and sensation that Never Mind The Bullocks was, this record is certainly John Lydon's finest artistic achievement.
    1. Albatross
    2. Memories
    3. Swan Lake
    4. Poptones
    5. Careering
    6. Socialist
    7. Graveyard
    8. The Suit
    9. Bad Baby
    10. No Birds
    11. Chant
    12. Radio 4
    Public Image L.T.D.
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    Second Edition

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    The second album from John Lydon's post-Sex Pistols group is widely considered to be their magnum opus. Combining such diverse influences as krautrock, dub, post-punk, and the avant-garde, Second Edition is four sides of harsh and uncompromising, yet danceable, music. While not the immediate influence and sensation that Never Mind The Bullocks was, this record is certainly John Lydon's finest artistic achievement. Originally released in the UK as Metal Box this is the first vinyl reissue of the US version of the album with its different running order. Clear vinyl double LP in a deluxe gatefold package.

    LP1
    1. Albatross
    2. Memories
    3. Swan Lake
    4. Poptones
    5. Careering


    LP2
    1. Socialist
    2. Graveyard
    3. The Suit
    4. Bad Baby
    5. No Birds
    6. Chant
    7. Radio 4

    Public Image L.T.D.
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  • Hard Love Hard Love Quick View

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    Hard Love

    Tim Showalter's latest release as Strand of Oaks, Hard Love, emanates an unabashed, raw, and
    manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. "For me, there
    are always two forces at work: the side that's constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and
    the side that's naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It's about finding a place where
    neither side is compromised, only elevated."


    Drawing from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane's Addiction,
    and informed by a particularly wild time at Australia's Boogie Festival, he sought to create a
    record that would merge all of these influences while evoking something new and visceral.
    These influences coupled with an uninhibited and collaborative studio experience moved an
    initial concept for a singularly feel-good record to something more complex and real. As
    much as Showalter wants this record to seem like a party, it's more than that. It feels
    like living. "You went away you went searching came back tired of looking" is how
    Showalter begins the title track, a sentiment that epitomizes Showalter's own mentality in
    beginning Hard Love. As the record progresses, so do the themes of dissatisfaction
    and frustration with love, family, success, and aging, both in personal experience and
    songwriting

    1. Hard Love
    2. Radio Kids
    3. Everything
    4. Salt Brothers
    5. On The Hill
    6. Cry
    7. Quit It
    8. Rest Of It
    9. Taking Acid And Talking To My Brother
    Strand Of Oaks
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    Micro-Phonies

    Following neatly after The Crackdown's aggressive art/funk/electro combination, Micro-Phonies shows the duo taking that combination to a stronger level. Having invented the shadowy, murkier side of industrial/noise experimentation, here Cabaret Voltaire make their equally justified claim at fully kickstarting the beat-heavy crunch such labels as Wax Trax! would pursue shortly thereafter. DAF and the On-U Sound collective deserve as much notice for this, but the Cabs' relatively higher profile in the English/American cultural scheme made them the harbingers as much as anyone. Flood's sympathetic co-production with the band is another feather in his cap, and the album sounds just as strong today as it did upon its release. Micro-Phonies' most noted tracks are the appropriately funky, horn-heavy James Brown, and the gripping Sensoria, which makes for a brilliant album closer, with nervous-tension synth signals and a spare but compelling guitar line over another strong beat combination. Subtler moments abound as well -- there's a nice combination of the Cabs' initially understated approach and the greater opportunities available to them in the album's recording. The Operative is an unheralded highlight of the release, Mallinder's low-key speak/singing sidling alongside the crisp but not overpowering rhythm, controlled funk bass and guitar and touches of dub melodica sneaking through the mix. Other hints of the dub influences that the band has always embraced crop up on songs like (unsurprisingly) Digital Rasta. Throughout the album, Mallinder submerges his vocals into the music rather than calling overt attention to them, the reverse of what a lot of later industrial acts would do (often to their detriment). It's a sharp continuation of the Cabs' similar practice from many earlier numbers, here used in a newer musical style.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Do Right
    2. The Operative
    3. Digital Rasta
    4. Spies in the Wires
    5. Theme From Earthshaker
    6. James Brown
    7. Slammer
    8. Blue Heat
    9. Sensoria
    Cabaret Voltaire
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    Sandinista!


    Three 180 Gram Vinyl LPs With Poster


    Newly Remastered By The Clash From Original Tapes To Audiophile Quality


    All Artwork Recreated From Original Release Including Exclusive Poster


    Ranked 404/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Sandinista! is the fourth studio album by the punk rock band The Clash. It was released in 1980 as a triple album containing 36 tracks, with 6 songs on each side. Anticipating the "world music" trend of the 1980s, it features reggae, jazz, mock gospel, rockabilly, folk, dub, rhythm and blues, calypso, and rap.


    For the first time, the band's traditional songwriting credits of Strummer/Jones were replaced by a generic credit to "The Clash",and the band cut the album royalties, in order to release the 3-LP at a low price. The title comes from the Nicaraguan left-wing guerrilla organization, the Sandinistas, and its catalogue number, 'FSLN1', refers to the acronym for Frente Sandinista de Liberación Nacional.


    Sandinista! was voted the best album of the year in The Village Voice's Pazz & Jop critics poll, and it was ranked number 404 on Rolling Stone magazine's 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all timeThe album was recorded over most of 1980, in London, Manchester, Jamaica and New York. It was produced by the band (which essentially meant Mick Jones and Joe Strummer), recorded and mixed by Bill Price, and engineered by Jeremy "Jerry" Green (Wessex Sound Studios), J. P. Nicholson (Electric Lady Studios), Lancelot "Maxie" McKenzie (Channel One Studios), and Bill Price (Pluto + Power Station Studios). Dub versions for some of the songs and toasting was done by Mikey Dread, who had first hooked up with the band for their 1980 single "Bankrobber". With Sandinista! the band reached beyond punk and reggae into dub, rhythm and blues, calypso, gospel and other genres.


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    LP 1
    1. The Magnificent Seven
    2. Hitsville U.K.
    3. Junco Partner
    4. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe
    5. The Leader
    6. Something About England
    7. Rebel Waltz
    8. Look Here
    9. The Crooked Beat
    10. Somebody Got Murdered
    11. One More Time
    12. One More Dub


    LP 2
    1. Lightning Strikes (Not Once but Twice)
    2. Up in Heaven (Not Only Here)
    3. Corner Soul
    4. Let's Go Crazy
    5. If Music Could Talk
    6. The Sound of Sinners
    7. Police on my Back
    8. Midnight Log
    9. The Equaliser
    10. The Call Up
    11. Washington Bullets
    12. Broadway


    LP 3
    1. Lose this Skin
    2. Charlie don't Surf
    3. Mensforth Hill
    4. Junkie Slip
    5. Kingston Advice
    6. The Street Parade
    7. Version City
    8. Living in Fame
    9. Silicone on Sapphire
    10. Version Pardner
    11. Career Opportunities
    12. Sherperds Delight

    The Clash
    $39.99
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  • EP No. 1 EP No. 1 Quick View

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    EP No. 1

    EP No. 1 marks the first collaboration between Jared Followill (Kings of Leon) and Nick Brown (Mona). Followill and Brown began recording as Smoke & Jackal earlier this year, fueled by multiple bottles of red wine and a shared fascination with timbre, rhythm, and aural adventure. They set to work at Brown's Nashville home studio and before the first evening was through, the duo had crafted both No Tell and the stunning psychedelic slow jam, Fall Around. The two musicians immediately understood they had created something special, an evocative and original melding of oceanic rock with bottomless grooves and hypnotic dub textures. Just over one week later, EP1 was complete. Defined by Followill's liquid bass lines and Brown's soaring and expressive vocals, songs like Road Side and the closing Safe Face are both ingenious and accessible, their surprising soundscapes counterpointed by indelible melodies and haunting hooks. Smoke & Jackal's EP1 is the sound of two talented friends allowing their music to freely go places no one could have anticipated.


    1. Fall Around
    2. No Tell
    3. You're Lost
    4. Road Side
    5. Ok Ok
    6. Save Face
    Smoke & Jackal
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  • Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar Quick View

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    Topp Stemning På Lokal Bar

    Discovered by former tourmates (and now labelmates) Of Montreal, Casiokids generate the kind of addictive melodies that inevitably transform any audience into a joyous, dancing mass.


    Featuring the first Norwegian-language pop music ever to be released in the U.S., Topp stemning på lokal bar (loosely translated to Great vibe at local bar) contains the type of distinctive vocal harmonies and danceable pop hooks that translate flawlessly no matter where you're from. Spanning the widths and breadths of bass heavy pop, synthy dub and darker percussive club moments, Casiokids makes its music felt as much as heard.


    The songs on Topp stemning på lokal bar were previously distributed in Europe via Moshi Moshi, both as part of the label's renowned Singles Club and as a series of double A-sided 7s. For this debut US release, all eight tracks have been re-mastered.

    1. Grønt lys i alle ledd
    2. Fot i hose
    3. Verdens største land
    4. Finn bikkjen!
    5. Min siste dag
    6. En ville hest
    7. Gomurmamma
    8. Togens hule
    9. Verdens største land (Velferd Remix)
    10. Fot i hose (Captain Credible Mix)
    11. Det snurrer (By Familjen, Casiokids remake)
    12. Verdens største land (Captain Credible's Orchestral Stab Mix)
    13. Fot i hose (Axemax & Big P Remix)
    14. Hun er min venstre hånd (By James Yuill, Casiokids translation)
    15. Fot i hose (Lo-Fi-Fnk Extension)
    16. Verdens største land (Axemax & Big P Remix)
    Casiokids
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    Peace Of Mind (Acoustic)

    In early-2012, the Santa Barbara, CA-based band Rebelution released Peace of Mind through their own label 87 Music in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs. Peace of Mind was released as a multi-length triple album which included the original Peace Of Mind album along with the Peace of Mind: Acoustic and Peace of Mind: Dub versions.


    Marking the highest chart debut of Rebelution's career, Peace of Mind debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 Reggae and #1 Independent albums as well as #4 on the iTunes overall album chart. The band previously had four top 10 albums on the Reggae chart and their 2009 release Bright Side of Life debuted at #54 on the Top 200 and #1 Reggae.


    Peace of Mind marks the first time Rebelution has expanded beyond their usual self-production enlisting producers Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), Amp Live (Zion-I), Yeti Beats (Kool Keith, George Clinton), Keith Armstrong and Errol Brown (Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Bob Marley). The album builds upon the band's signature style while venturing into new musical genres from the lush strings incorporated into the gentle "Route Around" to the driving guitar and synths throughout "Lady In White."


    Rebelution has developed into a front-runner for grassroots, independent and tour driven music groups. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals/ guitar), Rory Carey (keyboards), Wesley Finley (drums), and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college, while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution's future were planted creating inspiring and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.


    Each of the three versions of Peace Of Mind are now being offered individually on vinyl pressings with a digital download card. Here you have the dynamic 12-track acoustic version of the critically acclaimed masterpiece.

    1. Sky is the Limit (Acoustic)
    2. Comfort Zone (Acoustic)
    3. Good Vibes (Acoustic)
    4. Route Around (Acoustic)
    5. Meant to Be (Acoustic)
    6. Life on the Line (Acoustic)
    7. Closer I Get (Acoustic)
    8. Lady in White (Acoustic)
    9. So High (Acoustic)
    10. Day By Day (Acoustic)
    11. Calling Me Out (Acoustic)
    12. Honeypot (Acoustic)
    Rebelution
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    Peace Of Mind

    In early-2012, the Santa Barbara, CA-based band Rebelution released Peace of Mind through their own label 87 Music in partnership with Controlled Substance Sound Labs. Peace of Mind was released as a multi-length triple album which included the original Peace Of Mind album along with the Peace of Mind: Acoustic and Peace of Mind: Dub versions.


    Marking the highest chart debut of Rebelution's career, Peace of Mind debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200, #1 Reggae and #1 Independent albums as well as #4 on the iTunes overall album chart. The band previously had four top 10 albums on the Reggae chart and their 2009 release Bright Side of Life debuted at #54 on the Top 200 and #1 Reggae.


    Peace of Mind marks the first time Rebelution has expanded beyond their usual self-production enlisting producers Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star All-Stars), Amp Live (Zion-I), Yeti Beats (Kool Keith, George Clinton), Keith Armstrong and Errol Brown (Stephen, Ziggy, Damian, Bob Marley). The album builds upon the band's signature style while venturing into new musical genres from the lush strings incorporated into the gentle "Route Around" to the driving guitar and synths throughout "Lady In White."


    Rebelution has developed into a front-runner for grassroots, independent and tour driven music groups. Originally formed in 2004, members Eric Rachmany (vocals/ guitar), Rory Carey (keyboards), Wesley Finley (drums), and Marley D. Williams (bass) met in college, while residing in Isla Vista, a popular beachside community in Santa Barbara. It was there that the seeds to Rebelution's future were planted creating inspiring and engaging music that would leave their listeners with the sense that they have the power to make this world a better place.


    Each of the three versions of Peace Of Mind are now being offered individually on vinyl pressings with a digital download card. Here you have the original 12-track version of the critically acclaimed masterpiece. Includes guest appearances by the likes of Lutan Fyah, Jacob Hemphill of SOJA, John Popper and Zumbi of Zion I.

    1. Sky is the Limit
    2. Comfort Zone
    3. Good Vibes (Feat. Lutan Fyah)
    4. Route Around
    5. Meant to Be (Feat. Jacob Hemphill of SOJA)
    6. Life on the Line
    7. Closer I Get (Feat. John Popper)
    8. Lady in White
    9. So High (Feat. Zumbi of Zion I)
    10. Day By Day
    11. Calling Me Out
    12. Honeypot
    Rebelution
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    O

    O is the first new Oval album in nearly a decade, a striking 70-track (double-LP) and the follow up to May's Oh EP, by electronic pioneer Markus Popp. Popp is often credited as the creator of what was later dubbed the glitch or clicks & cuts style. Popp's mid-'90s albums Systemisch and 94Diskont took the world of electronic music and turned it on its head. He went on to create sound sculptures that were exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. Now this genre defining artist is emphasizing the musician that was hiding behind the technician. The result is a celebration in delicacy and detail: handcrafted polyrhythmic phrases, riffs and structures, bristling with tiny resonances. Named for a new beginning, O is just that: fresh and new.


    2xLP version comes in a gatefold jacket and features the 20 tracks from CD1 spread out over Sides A-C. Side D features 6 vinyl-only tracks. Also included is a download coupon for all vinyl tracks plus the 50 tracks from CD2 for 76 tracks total.

    1. Panorama
    2. Ah!
    3. Shhh
    4. Glossy
    5. Stop Motion
    6. Sky
    7. Beige
    8. Brahms Mania
    9. Cinematic
    10. Cry
    11. Cottage
    12. I Heart Musik
    13. Salamanca
    14. Dolo
    15. Dricas
    16. Cyprus
    17. Vessel
    18. Dynamo
    19. Finis
    20. Emocor
    21. Citybike
    22. Oslo
    23. ij
    24. Rivo
    25. Pomp
    26. Blinky
    27. Parallax
    28. Koral
    29. Kolor
    30. Auto Matic
    31. Dream Over
    32. Pastell
    33. Magnify
    34. Drift
    35. Allover
    36. Derby
    37. Flax
    38. Bergen Best
    39. Matinee
    40. Kukicha
    41. 6 AM
    42. Flamingo
    43. Rivo II
    44. Goodbye
    45. Fontan
    46. Co-Echo
    47. Stop Motion II
    48. Vitesse
    49. September
    50. Voila

    51. Vegas Top
    52. Expo
    53. Lonely
    54. Java
    55. Klack
    56. Project Evergreen
    57. Rainyday
    58. Big City Nights
    59. Rosammie
    60. Gallo
    61. May Tea
    62. Chronograph
    63. Jank
    64. Breezy
    65. Press
    66. Form Faktor
    67. Terminal
    68. Karo
    69. Swiss Summer
    70. Happyend
    Oval
    $22.99
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    Death Certificate

    If Ice Cube's debut was a shocking attack that proved the N.W.A legacy would be stronger divided, his sophomore effort was a new kind of superstar pulling off the miraculous, a follow-up that equals its classic predecessor and tops it in some people's books. With a million copies of Death Certificate preordered, Cube was no longer the rock critics' darling. A million people listening was dangerous, especially since he was now slithering his influence into the suburbs. If the black rage didn't get you, the misogyny of I'm gonna do my thing, with your daughter probably would. Here, one of rap's greatest storytellers is able to draw hatred in under a minute with the short and direct Black Korea, an angry protest song concerning Korean grocers that got him dubbed racist and Ice KKKube by some. The track is an extreme representation of how a much sharper and cutting this album is when compared with his debut, and even though the intro announces the full-length is divided into a Death Side and Life Side, both are equally bleak. With the CD format, the two sides are indistinguishable and run over the listener with fast tales of drug dealing, drive-by shootings, and women who go from Ms. Thing to Ms. Gonorrhea. This would be numbing if it weren't for the rapper's amazing lyrics, ground-shaking delivery, and insight like when A Bird in the Hand deals with the irony of selling crap to buy diapers (Gotta serve you food that might give you cancer/Cuz my son doesn't take no for answer). A bit of sweet relief comes with the brightness of the great single Steady Mobbin' and with the nostalgia and slow tempo of Doing Dumb Shit. True to the Game (Ain't that a bitch/They hate to see a young nigga rich) is arguably the quintessential Cube track and if all this weren't enough already, the N.W.A diss No Vaseline hangs off the album like a crowd-pleasing, Brick-sampling encore. Although next year's Predator would be a bigger hit, Death Certificate brings to a close the man's trilogy of perfect albums that began with N.W.A's Compton and explodes into a supernova right here.

    - David Jeffries (All Music)
    1. The Funeral

    2. The Wrong Nigga to Fuck Wit
    3. My Summer Vacation
    4. Steady Mobbin'
    5. Robin Lench
    6. Givin' Up the Nappy Dug Out
    7. Look Who's Burnin'
    8. A Bird in the Hand
    9. Man's Best Friend
    10. Alive on Arrival
    11. Death
    12. The Birth
    13. I Wanna Kill Sam
    14. Horny Lil' Devil
    15. Black Korea
    16. True to the Game
    17. Color Blind
    18. Doing Dumb Shit

    19. Us
    20. No Vaseline
    Ice Cube
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  • Hitchhiker Hitchhiker Quick View

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    Hitchhiker

    Neil Young will release a new studio album - which he originally recorded in 1976. The disc, dubbed Hitchhiker, is set for release via Reprise Records.


    The 10-track acoustic album was recorded live in the studio August 11, 1976, at Indigo Studios in Malibu, California. It contains some of Young's best-loved songs plus two previously unreleased tracks.


    The original session was produced by Young's longtime studio collaborator David Brings with new post production by John Hanlon, who has worked with Young since 1990 and produced his most recent works, including Peace Trail, Earth, The Monsanto Years, etc.


    As these songs were recorded in a single session, the resultant performances are breathtaking and passionate. The simplicity of a single voice and guitar captured here are as pure and powerful as the creator intended with only Young and Briggs in the room at the time of recording.


    Many of the songs would not appear on vinyl until years later. The title track, for example, did not officially appear until 2010's Le Noise and naturally sounds worlds apart from the original. The version herein of "Captain Kennedy" has certain raw spontaneity compared to the slightly gentler version that would eventually surface on Hawks & Doves in 1980.


    Perhaps the most noticeable jewels in the crown of Hitchhiker are the two previously unreleased tracks that have remained in the vaults since 1976: "Hawaii" a soaring ballad and unlike anything else Young had recorded at the time. Side one closes out with "Give Me Strength," which would be occasionally performed live in the mid-Seventies but now available here for the first time and may well be considered one of Young's best long lost gems.

    1. Pocahontas
    2. Powderfinger
    3. Captain Kennedy
    4. Hawaii
    5. Give Me Strength
    6. Ride My Llama
    7. Hitchhiker
    8. Campaigner
    9. Human Highway
    10. The Old Country Waltz
    Neil Young
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    The Basement Tapes

    Ranked 291/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Recorded in Basement of Big Pink with The Band: Modern Americana Starts Here


    Audiophile Sound at Last: Sonic Subtleties, Loose Interplay, Organic Spirit, Warm Textures Presented Like Never Before on Definitive Mobile Fidelity Reissue


    Dylan at His Most Humorous, Unguarded, Loose: Folk Tales, Weird Narratives, Rock Ballads, Inside Jokes, Allusions Pepper Alchemic Material


    Includes This Wheels on Fire, You Aint Goin Nowhere, Tears of Rage, Million Dollar Bash, Yazoo Street Scandal


    The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, and Blood on the Tracks Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Basements have long been associated with raw, off-the-cuff rock n roll, the damp and dark spaces serving as the woodshedding venues for countless bands. Yet no basement is more famous, and none yielded music as familiarly weird, wholesomely American, joyously loose, and identifiably humorous as that in the upstate New York house dubbed Big Pink the location where, during the summer and early fall of 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band played a vivid tapestry of covers, originals, and traditionals that signaled the advent of Americana. Once again, the Bard changed the world.


    As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of The Basement Tapes ever produced and the first-ever analog reissue. Inimitable, the particulars of The Basement Tapes especially, the gather-round-in-a-huddle assembly of the instrumentalists, home-made character, domestic vibe, and low-volume nature of the recordings come to fore here in a manner that takes the listener down the stairs at 2188 Stoll Road and brings the images of Dylan, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, and Co. to life.


    Fresh off experiencing a motorcycle accident and the wrath of audiences hostile to his embrace of amplified music, Dylan elected to retreat to the comforts of rural and family life. He soon began collaborating with members of the Band in his house, ultimately moving the sessions to Big Pink. Informal, peaceful, relaxed, open-minded: The collaborations blanket country stomps, roots hootenannies, forgotten spirituals, earthy originals, chaotic marches, dreamscapes, dance tunes, folk laments, catch-as-you-can improvisations. On The Basement Tapes, mythical ghosts and dead legends reappear, reveling in the absurdity, comedy, mystery, aura, and alchemy.


    In Invisible Republic, his scintillating book about the sessions, cultural critic Greil Marcus states: At a time when the country was tearing itself apart in a war at home over a war abroad, the music was funny and comforting; it was also strange, and somehow incomplete. Out of some odd displacement of art and time, the music seemed both transparent and inexplicable when it was first heard, and it still does. Indeed, The Basement Tapes appear to emanate from an indefinable chasm between modern and ancient, self-evident and mysterious, shapeless and fully formed, abstract and concrete, histories unwritten and chronicled. But every note chimes with freenessa liberating fun, humble simplicity, and bond-creating camaraderie felt in every hoot, holler, laugh, and false start.


    The Basement Tapes capacity to remain so gloriously honest and timeless performances that genuinely could've been made today, ten years from now, or back in the 1930's helps account for their emotional resonance and unsurpassed reputation as a snapshot of how unencumbered American music, and art with deep historical roots and connective cultural tissues, is supposed to sound.


    Mobile Fidelity's reissue squares away the late-night bleariness, jovial atmosphere, low-ceiling dimensions, and ensemble-based perspective of the sessions, allowing the listener to become Hamlet, the dog who slept nearby Dylan, Robertson, and Co. as it all went down. This is not to be missed.


    Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Odds and Ends
    2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)
    3. Million Dollar Bash
    4. Yazoo Street Scandal
    5. Goin to Acapulco
    6. Katies Been Gone
    7. Lo and Behold
    8. Bessie Smith
    9. Clothes Line Saga
    10. Apple Suckling Tree
    11. Please Mrs. Henry
    12. Tears of Rage
    13. Too Much of Nothing
    14. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread
    15. Aint No More Cane
    16. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
    17. Ruben Remus
    18. Tiny Montgomery
    19. You Aint Goin Nowhere
    20. Dont Ya Tell Henry
    21. Nothing Was Delivered
    22. Open the Door, Homer
    23. Long Distance Operator
    24. This Wheels on Fire
    Bob Dylan and the Band
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    I Robot

    Alan Parsons Project I Robot on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Perfectionism, Innovation, Complexities, and Reference-Grade Production Make Alan Parsons Project's Conceptual I Robot a Timeless Classic: Sci-Fi Arrangements Steeped In Drama and Moodiness


    More Music, More Information, More Detail, More Nuance, More Everything: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set the Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of 1977 Audiophile Standard


    A Demonstration Disc for the Ages: Immaculate Highs and Lows, Supreme Spaciousness, See-Through Transparency, 3D Imaging, Wider Grooves on System-Testing Pressing


    Audiophiles needn't any introduction to the Alan Parsons Project's I Robot. Engineered by Parsons after he performed the same duties on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the 1977 record reigns as a disc whose taut bass, crisp highs, clean production, and seemingly limitless dynamic range are matched only by the sensational prog-rock fare helmed by the keyboardist. Not surprisingly, it's been issued myriad times. Can it be improved? Relish Mobile Fidelity's stupendous-sounding 180g 45RPM 2LP set and the question becomes irrelevant.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, and afforded the luxurious groove space of a 45RPM LP, I Robot comes to life like never before on this numbered limited-edition reissue. Boasting immaculate highs and lows, generous spaciousness, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio with Parsons and creative partner Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road, this super-clean edition has been lovingly restored by Mobile Fidelity engineers with the intention of demonstrating the full-range capabilities of the world's best stereo systems. Put simply, there's more music, more information, more detail, more nuance, more everything.


    Savor reference-grade soundstages, immersive smoothness, sought-after instrumental separation, three-dimensional imaging, and consummate tonal balances. Able to be played back at high volumes without compromise or fatigue, the analog masterwork is a demonstration record for the ages - the likes of which are no longer being made. Longtime fans can finally rest assured knowing they don't have to pony up hundreds of dollars for older pressings - including three prior Mobile Fidelity versions on LP and CD. This is the very reason you own and invest in high-end audio gear.


    Inspired by and loosely based around the Isaac Asimov stories of the same name, I Robot delves into themes of artificial intelligence and technological dominance that make the record increasingly relevant in the 21st century. Indeed, Parsons' pinnacle creation dovetailed with the ascendency of Star Wars, which itself is experiencing a rebirth in an age of self-driving cars, smart devices, and mindless automation. Lyrically, songs such as The Voice call into question human behavior - and their relationship to increasing robotic supremacy - in everyday life. Sonically, Parsons reflects the associated paranoia, dichotomy, and transformation via shifting sci-fi arrangements steeped in drama and moodiness.


    I Robot's absorbing tunes also continue to fascinate due to their perfectionism and innovation. Borrowing from Pink Floyd's strategies, Parsons utilizes a looped sequence on the title track to create new downbeats. Some Other Time employs two different lead vocalists and yet gives the illusion only one is involved. Captivating strings, a piccolo trumpet, and bona fide pipe organ grace Don't Let It Show. The origins of Nucleus stem from a unique analog keyboard concoction dubbed the Projectron, devised by Parsons and electronic engineer Keith Johnson. Andrew Powell's orchestral and choral arrangements top it all off, with Total Eclipse arriving as an aptly frightening track that presages the climactic Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32.


    Does man or machine win in the end? Decide with Parsons as you get lost in Mobile Fidelity's definitive pressing.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I Robot
    2. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
    3. Some Other Time
    4. Breakdown
    5. Don't Let It Show
    6. The Voice
    7. Nucleus
    8. Day After Day
    9. Total Eclipse
    10. Genesis Ch. 1 V.32
    Alan Parsons Project
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    Copper Blue / Beaster

    This 2LP vinyl reissue of Sugar's classic albums Copper Blue (1992) and Beaster (1993) from Merge features both albums with a coupon included for full download of the records, B-sides and a complete 1992 live show. Gatefold vinyl with printed Euro sleeves.


    Through both his solo work and as a frontman for the legendary HÜsker DÜ, Bob Mould pioneered a signature wall of guitar sound and unmistakable vocal style that has imprinted a defining influence on more than one generation. In the three decades encompassing his career thus far, however, Mould saw his greatest success during his stint as lead singer, guitarist and songwriter for iconic early '90s trio Sugar.


    Sugar's 1992 debut album Copper Blue sold over 250,000 units upon its original release and received overwhelming praise. Rolling Stone christened it "thunderous"; Vogue dubbed it "smashing." NME would ultimately name it their 1992 Album of the Year. Currently, Mould has been commemorating Copper Blue's 20th anniversary by playing the record in its entirety with his current band of Jason Narducy (bass) and Jon Wurster (drums).


    Recorded and mixed during the same intense sessions that produced Copper Blue, the Beaster EP was originally released in April 1993. Notably darker in tone than the widescreen power-pop of Copper Blue, Beaster nevertheless boasts some of Mould's most powerful songwriting.


    "When word went around that Bob Mould had a new band, not only a 'band' band (as opposed to hired band to play his solo albums on tour) but also a trio, of course anyone raised from teenhood on punk rock and HÜsker DÜ in particular (like myself) went into high expectation mode. Copper Blue turned out to be a distillation of Bob's pop mode and roaring guitar mode into one tightly wound explosion of sound. There was space enough for the songs to breathe, but a driving urgency & energy in the rhythm section of Barbe & Travis that gives the whole album a barely-harnessed feel. Sonically, on songs like "The Act We Act" (Copper Blue), "JC Auto" (Beaster) & "Gee Angel" (F.U.E.L.) Sugar took HÜsker DÜ's aesthetic widescreen, the center held steady by Bob's focused songwriting. It's kind of incredible what Sugar did within such a small discography; there's no wasted space and the flow of great songs is a surprising, exciting listen 20 years later."- Mac McCaughan of Superchunk & Merge

    LP1 - Copper Blue
    1. The Act We Act
    2. A Good Idea
    3. Changes
    4. Helpless
    5. Hoover Dam
    6. The Slim
    7. If I Can't Change Your Mind
    8. Fortune Teller
    9. Slick
    10. Man on the Moon


    LP2 - Beaster
    1. Come Around
    2. Tilted
    3. Judas Cradle
    4. JC Auto
    5. Feeling Better
    6. Walking Away

    Sugar
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