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  • The Early Motown EPs Vinyl Box Set The Early Motown EPs Vinyl Box Set Quick View

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    The Early Motown EPs Vinyl Box Set

    Together for the first time as a vinyl collection - Motown's first 7 EPs. Super rare and super collectable, this vinyl set is a must for any Motown fan. Strictly limited and individually numbered. Motown EPs came in glossy photo covers with some carrying pictures of the artists and for most this was the first glimpse of newly found idols. Artists featured on these EPs were an early Motown hall of fame - The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and The Supremes to name a few.
    1. Shop Around [Regional Version] - The Miracles
    2. Who's Lovin' You - The Miracles
    3. Ain't It Baby - The Miracles
    4. The Only One I Love - The Miracles
    5. Heatwave - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    6. A Love She Can Count On - The Miracles
    7. Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
    8. My Daddy Knows Best - The Marvelettes
    9. I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues Pt. 1 - Stevie Wonder
    10. I Call It Pretty Music But The Old People Call It The Blues Pt. 2 - Stevie Wonder
    11. Work Out Stevie, Work Out - Stevie Wonder
    12. Monkey Talk - Stevie Wonder
    13. I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying - The Miracles
    14. Love Me All The Way - Kim Weston
    15. A Breathtaking Guy - The Supremes
    16. As Long As I Know He's Mine - The Marvelettes
    17. Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye
    18. Too Hurt To Cry, Too Much In Love To Say Goodbye - The Darnells
    19. Leaving Here - Eddie Holland
    20. Quicksand - Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
    Various Artists
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    A Tribute To The Great Nat King Cole

    Early in his career Motown legend Marvin Gaye had wanted to be a crooner and his primary idol in this field was Nat
    King Cole. So it's only natural that he would pay tribute to him on this covers album midway through his early 60's
    success. This album features the favorites, "Unforgettable," "It's Only A Paper Moon," "Mona Lisa," and many more.
    1. Nature Boy
    2. Ramblin' Rose
    3. Too Young
    4. Pretend
    5. Straighten Up And Fly Right
    6. Mona Lisa
    7. Unforgettable
    8. To The Ends Of The Earth
    9. Sweet Lorraine
    10. It's Only A Paper Moon
    11. Send For Me
    12. Calypso Blues
    Marvin Gaye
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    The Jazz Soul Of Little Stevie

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    Detroit, Michigan's own Stevland Hardaway Morris - known to the world as Stevie Wonder - burst onto the scene in 1962 with this, his debut album, after being discovered by Ronnie White of The Miracles. Though it did not produce a hit, The Jazz Soul of Little Stevie showcases the immense songwriting and instrumental chops of the then 12 year old Wonder. Wonder plays keyboards, harmonica, and percussion here and the album includes the original studio version of Fingertips, whose live version (Fingertips Pt. 2) would become his first major national hit a year later. Own a piece of early Motown history with this glorious LP reissue of the debut LP from the legendary Stevie Wonder.

    1. Fingertips
    2. Square
    3. Soul Bongo
    4. Manhattan At Six
    5. Paulsby
    6. Some Other Time
    7. Wondering
    8. Session Number 112
    9. Bam
    Stevie Wonder
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    Fool's Gold

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    My greatest hope is that it ends up becoming the soundtrack to some perfect romance, or at the very least a great cocktail party," says Jill Barber of her new album, 'Fool's Gold. Jill - aka "Canada's sweetheart" - is a two-time Juno Award nominee and Montreal Jazz Fest headliner whose last album hit #1 on the iTunes Jazz charts, and landed her a national segment with NPR. She has collaborated with Josh Ritter, Ron Sexsmith, and Kris Kristofferson has called her a "damn good songwriter." She also published a children's book, entitled 'Music is for Everyone,' this May. 'Fool's Gold' explores every nook of Jill's musical history: sultry torch songs, Hank Williams-inspired ballads, an homage to the golden era of the Brill Building, Motown and beyond. Lead single "Broken For Good" ventures into the early days of Motown with its strong backbeat, horns, a driving bass line and immediate pop appeal. She channels Patsy Cline on "The Careless One," a bittersweet Western, full of resignation and sorrow. As Jill puts it, "It hurts me to sing it, just a little. But that's how I know it is a keeper." The record was produced in Toronto by longtime collaborators and bandmates Les Cooper and Drew Jurecka.

    1. Broken For Good
    2. The Least That She Deserves
    3. Let's Call It Love
    4. The Careless One
    5. If Only In My Mind
    6. To The Last
    7. Lucky In Love
    8. Darlin' It Was You
    9. Only You
    10. If You're Going To Break My Heart
    Jill Barber
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  • The Singles The Singles Quick View

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    The Singles


    Yellow & Blue Colored Vinyl


    Oh my gosh - the Jaxx are back.. Re- leased for the first time on vinyl, Base- ment Jaxx - The Singles, span every- thing from the proto punk garage of
    early hit Flylife to the Motown monster
    that is Good Luck, taking in worldwide
    smashes like Red Alert, Where's Your
    Head At, Rendez Vu and Romeo.
    Where most 'greatest hits' albums fall
    down at least once there can be no
    argument that this collection delivers
    the bangers and nothing but.


    Basement Jaxx - The Singles is both
    a timely reminder of just how much
    the Jaxx have turned dance music in- side out and the nonchalant ease with
    which they continue to drop new ever
    more exciting sub-cultural car crashes
    on airwaves and dancefloors around
    the world.

    1. Red Alert (Jaxx Radio Mix)
    2. Good Luck (feat. Lisa Kekaula)
    3. Romeo (Radio Edit)
    4. Oh My Gosh
    5. Bingo Bango (Radio Mix)
    6. Where's Your Heat At (Radio Edit)
    7. Rendez-Vu (Radio Edit)
    8. Jump 'N Shout (feat. Slarta John) (Radio Edit)
    9. Lucky Star (Radio Edit)
    10. Plug It In (Radio Edit)
    11. U Don't Know Me
    12. Do Your Thing
    13. Jus 1 Kiss (Radio Edit)
    14. Flylife
    15. Samba Magic
    Basement Jaxx
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    This Old Heart Of Mine

    This Old Heart of Mine is the fourth album released by The Isley Brothers in 1966, on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album, their first with the seminal Detroit-based music label, yielded the Isleys' biggest hit in their early period with the title track. Other charted singles including Take Some Time Out for Love and I Guess I'll Always Love You. The album's cover was not controversial at the time, but was criticized years later by activists because it did not depict the three African American brothers, instead using a picture of two white teenage lovers on a beach. Defenders say this was/is totally irrelevant since it was an artistic choice only. The Isley Brothers are today considered another one of the seminal Detroit groups of their era.

    1. Nowhere To Run
    2. Stop! In The Name Of Love
    3. This Old Heart Of Mie (Is Weak For You)
    4. Take Some Time Out For Love
    5. I Guess I'll Always Love You
    6. Who Could Ever Doubt My Love
    7. Put Yourself In My Place
    8. I Hear A Symphony
    9. Just Ain't Enough Love
    10. There's No Love Left
    11. Seek And You Shall Find
    Isley Brothers
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    Sons Of Soul

    Sons of Soul is the 1993 third studio album by American R&B group Tony! Toni! TonÉ! The band originally recorded for the album at several studios in California, including Westlake Recording Studios and Paradise Recording Studio. When they became jaded with the various people frequenting those studios, Tony! Toni! TonÉ! moved their sessions to Caribbean Sound Basin in Trinidad, where they ultimately wrote and recorded most of the album.


    Sons of Soul was produced entirely by the group, who worked with various session musicians and utilized both vintage and contemporary recording equipment. They intended to pay homage to their musical influences-classic soul artists of the 1960s and 1970s-and incorporated live instrumentation, funk, and hip-hop elements such as samples and scratches. Lead singer and bassist Raphael Wiggins handled most of the songwriting, which featured quirky, flirtatious lyrics.


    Sons of Soul was originally released by Wing Records and Mercury Records on June 22, 1993, to widespread critical acclaim. The record's commercial success included a 43-week chart run on the Billboard 200 and a double platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales of at least two million copies. With its success, Tony! Toni! TonÉ! became one of the most popular R&B acts during the genre's commercial resurgence in the early 1990s. However, after an ill-fated tour, the band went on hiatus and pursued individual projects before reuniting in 1995.

    1. If I Had No Loot
    2. What Goes Around Comes Around
    3. My Ex-Girlfriend
    4. Tell Me Mama
    5. Leavin'
    6. Slow Wine
    7. (Lay Your Head On My) Pillow
    8. I Couldn't Keep It To Myself
    9. Gangsta Groove
    10. Tonyies! In The Wrong Key
    11. Dance Hall
    12. Times Square 2:30 A.M. (Segue)
    13. Fun
    14. Anniversary
    15. Castleers
    Tony Toni Tone
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    Hello Broadway

    Marvin Gaye had a penchant for wanting to record soft, sentimental ballads and Hello Broadway is one of several
    compilations of sessions recorded in the early- to mid-'60s that finds Gaye's smooth, seductive voice covering a
    wide range of standards from Broadway musicals.
    1. Hello Broadway
    2. People
    3. The Party's Over
    4. On The Street Where You Live
    5. What Kind Of Fool Am I
    6. My Kind Of Town
    7. The Days Of Wine And Roses
    8. This Is The Life
    9. My Way
    10. Hello Dolly
    11. Walk On The Wild Side
    Marvin Gaye
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  • Meet The Supremes Meet The Supremes Quick View

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    Meet The Supremes

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    The debut album by Diana Ross' Supremes originally came out in late 1962, right after Motown's boss Berry Gordy signed them and changed their name (the group was previously referred to as 'The Primettes') and immediately before Barbara Martin left the band (which cost her being cut from the legendary 3 on the barstools cover, and the loss of any royalties from the album). Mainly a collection of their early singles, Meet The Supremes features pure soul gems like I Want A Guy, Buttered Popcorn, (He's) Seventeen and many more little classics recorded by this quartet of seventeen year-olds who, although still far from the international star status they would soon achieve, helped pave the road to the definition of the classic Motown Sound. A must-have in any soul music collection!

    1. Your Heart Belongs To Me
    2. Who's Loving You
    3. Baby Don't Go
    4. Buttered Popcorn
    5. I Want A Guy
    6. You Bring Back Memories
    7. The Boy That Got Away
    8. Play A Sad Song
    9. Never Again
    10. (He's) Seventeen
    The Supremes
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    Meet The Supremes

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    The debut album by Diana Ross' Supremes originally came out in late 1962, right after Motown's boss Berry Gordy signed them and changed their name (the group was previously referred to as 'The Primettes') and immediately before Barbara Martin left the band (which cost her being cut from the legendary 3 on the barstools cover, and the loss of any royalties from the album). Mainly a collection of their early singles, Meet The Supremes features pure soul gems like I Want A Guy, Buttered Popcorn, (He's) Seventeen and many more little classics recorded by this quartet of seventeen year-olds who, although still far from the international star status they would soon achieve, helped pave the road to the definition of the classic Motown Sound. A must-have in any soul music collection!

    1. Your Heart Belongs To Me
    2. Who's Lovin' You
    3. Baby Don't Go
    4. Buttered Popcorn
    5. I Want A Guy
    6. My Heart Can't Take It No More
    7. Let Me Go The Right Way
    8. You Bring Back Memories
    9. Time Changes Things
    10. Play A Sad Song
    11. Never Again
    12. (He's) Seventeen
    13. Pretty Baby
    14. Tears Of Sorrow
    The Supremes
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    At Last!

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    Ranked 116/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Etta James' debut album, At Last!, originally released in 1961 on Chess subsidiary label, Argo. The album's title track "At Last" and "All I Could Do Was Cry" (co-written by future Motown mogul Berry Gordy) both went to #2 on the R&B charts, while the album itself has gone down in history as one of the great classic albums of early R&B. The 4 bonus tracks are taken from two 1960 singles featuring doo-wop idol Harvey Fuqua of the Moonglows (best known for their 1955 hit "Sincerely"). 180g vinyl pressing with bonus CD.

    1. Anything To Say You're Mine
    2. My Dearest Darling
    2. Trust In Me
    4. Sunday Kind Of Love
    5. Tough Mary
    6. My Heart Cries (bonus track)
    7. Spoonful (bonus track)
    8. I Just Want To Make Love To You
    9. At Last
    10. All I Could Do Was Cry
    11. Stormy Weather
    12. Girl Of My Dreams
    13. It's A Crying Shame (bonus track)
    14. If I Can't Have You (bonus track)
    Etta James
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  • Jerk And Twine Time Jerk And Twine Time Quick View

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    Jerk And Twine Time

    Out of print in its original LP format for nearly half a century, this vintage '60s gem has been sourced from the original mono tapes and pressed on 180 gram vinyl, with complete original cover art.

    Jerk and Twine Time emphasizes the raw immediacy of the Knickerbockers' origins as a live band. Beyond the dance-craze anthem "Jerk Town" and the venerable R&B instrumental "Twine Time," the set offers a memorable mix of the British Invasion, R&B and Motown covers that dominated the band's live repertoire at the time, with memorable renditions of the Zombies' "She's Not There" and the Kinks anthems "You Really Got Me" and "All Day and All of the Night." They also tear into the Kingsmen's garage novelty "The Jolly Green Giant," the Motown standard "Money (That's What I Want)" and the R&B classics "Land of 1000 Dances" and "The 'In' Crowd."


    Although the Knickerbockers hailed from Bergenfield, New Jersey, anyone listening to the radio in early 1966 would have sworn that they were from Liverpool. That's when the band's overpoweringly infectious signature tune "Lies" stormed the AM airwaves, convincing many stateside listeners that they were hearing a fab new Beatles single.


    1. You Really Got Me
    2. All Day and All of the Night
    3. Money
    4. The Jolly Green Giant
    5. Twine Time
    6. Land of 1000 Dances
    7. The "In" Crowd
    8. The Jerk
    9. Jerk Town
    10. She's Not There
    The Knickerbockers
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  • Heat Wave (Awaiting Repress) Heat Wave (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Heat Wave (Awaiting Repress)

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    Born in Eufaula, Alabama, in 1941, the 3rd of 11 children, Martha Reeves moved with her family to the Motor City - Detroit, Michigan - when she was less than a year old. Like so many other R&B and soul singers of the era, she was raised on gospel and started singing in the church, but before long the secular interests of doo-wop and R&B won out and by the age of 18 she had joined her first vocal group, The Fascinations. In 1960 she joined the group that would eventually become Martha & The Vandellas (named after Martha's childhood street, Van Dyke, and her singing idol, Della Reese). After filling in on backup vocals for Marvin Gaye's classic "Stubborn Kind Of Fellow", the group signed their own recording contract with Motown's Gordy label. By the following year, they were having massive chart success with this album's title track, "Heat Wave", and "Quicksand" (both of which were written by the new songwriting trio of Holland-Dozier-Holland). Compiling many of those early hit singles in 1963, Heat Wave is a quintessential piece of the Motown Sound that every record collection needs.

    1. Heatwave
    2. Then He Kissed Me
    3. Hey There Lonely Boy
    4. More
    5. Danke Schoen
    6. If I Had A Hammer

    7. Hello Stranger
    8. Just One Look
    9. Wait Till My Bobby Gets Home
    10. My Boyfriend's Back
    11. Mockingbird
    12. Quicksand
    Martha and the Vandellas
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  • Speak & Spell Speak & Spell Quick View

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    Speak & Spell

    From the beginning of their career Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of remix culture; creating their own classic extended mixes back in the early 80s and over the years amassing a collection of remixers of their songs that pretty much charts the history of cutting edge dance music.


    Though probably nobody fully appreciated it at the time -- perhaps least of all the band! -- Depeche Mode's debut is at once both a conservative, functional pop record and a groundbreaking release. While various synth pioneers had come before -- Gary Numan, early Human League, late-'70s Euro-disco, and above all Kraftwerk all had clear influence on Speak & Spell -- Depeche became the undisputed founder of straight-up synth pop with the album's 11 songs, light, hooky, and danceable numbers about love, life, and clubs. For all the claims about dated '80s sounds from rock purists, it should be noted that the basic guitar/bass/drums lineup of rock is almost 25 years older than the catchy keyboard lines and electronic drums making the music here. That such a sound would eventually become ubiquitous during the Reagan years, spawning lots of crud along the way, means the band should no more be held to blame for that than Motown and the Beatles for inspiring lots of bad stuff in the '60s. Credit for the album's success has to go to main songwriter Vince Clarke, who would extend and arguably perfect the synth pop formula with Yazoo and Erasure; the classic early singles New Life, Dreaming of Me, and Just Can't Get Enough, along with numbers ranging from the slyly homoerotic Pretty Boy to the moody thumper Photographic, keep everything moving throughout. David Gahan undersings about half the album, and Martin Gore's two numbers lack the distinctiveness of his later work, but Speak & Spell remains an undiluted joy.


    - Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)

    1. New Life

    2. Puppets

    3. Dreaming Of Me

    4. Boys Say Go!

    5. Nodisco

    6. What's Your Name?

    7. Photographic

    8. Tora! Tora! Tora!

    9. Big Muff

    10. Any Second Now (Voices)

    11. Just Can't Get Enough
    Depeche Mode
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    Love The Future

    With their debut album Love the Future, the Harvard duo of D.A. Wallach and Maxwell Drummey, have boldy produced an album that is poised to break barriers and set new standards. The glorious She Loves Everybody mixes sensibilities equally drawing on Motown and power-pop. Beneath the Veil throws country twists into hip-hop aesthetics. Neal has echoes of swing, hip-hop and rock with a guitar break paying tribute to Les Paul.


    The band has already been lauded by the press with features such as Spin's Who's Next `08 and Rolling Stone's Artists To Watch. And take it from no less than Pharrell Williams, who signed the unclassifiable duo to his Star Trak/Interscope label after an early copy of the album, recorded by the two largely in a dorm basement studio while they were students at Harvard, was passed from them to his engineer, Drew Coleman.


    It's been a long time since I've heard a project teeming with this sort of musicality and originality, says Williams, the phenomenal artist/producer/trailblazer of Neptunes, N.E.R.D. and various other projects. You're going to watch history unfold with these guys. I feel it in my gut. That works for Wallach and Drummey, who trace an aesthetic lineage from Beethoven to Brian Wilson, from Les Paul to Prince to, well, Pharrell Williams. They see walls coming down with a new generation inspired by innovative artists like Gnarls Barkley and OutKast.

    1. Introduction
    2. C'mon (On My Own)
    3. Bebe Buell
    4. String Interlude
    5. The Jimmy Choos
    6. Time To Unwind
    7. Fingers
    8. Country Interlude
    9. Beneath The Veil
    10. Neal
    11. Not Over You
    12. She Loves Everybody
    13. Sleep
    Chester French
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    The Shiny Toy Guns (STG) are a four piece alternative, electronic, dance and punk-rock band formed in Los Angeles, CA in 2003. Born in the indie/electro scenes of the early 2000s, STG released their first album, We Are Pilots, in 2006 via Universla Motown Republic with acclaimed success, selling over 300K plus albums and garnering a Grammy nomination on the strength of the three mainstream alt-rock singles, Le Disko, You Are The One, and Rainy Monday.


    Although the band enjoyed the above success and notoriety from their first album campaign, internationaly, the band developed communication breakdowns between the primary songwriters (Jeremy and Chad) and their female singer, Carah Faye. Frustrations grew and during the recording and writing process of STG's second album, Carah and the band dramatically parted ways.


    The band then enlisted Sisely Treasure to take Carah's place for Season of Poison. The abum's first single Ricochet! climbed to #17 on the ALT chart. In 2009, the band released the Pete Schilling cover Major Tom, which was a single from the band's remix album, Girls Le Disko, and was featured in a 2010 Lincoln MKZ commercial.


    STG's new album III marks the return of Carah Faye as their lead singer and the return to their pioneering synth-pop and DIY ethic, with a collection of exuberant, intensely personal songs about life, love, loss and redemption. Highlights include Waiting Alone, Somewhere To Hide, Speaking Japanese and the Fleetwood Mac inspired Fading Listening. Gatefold double 180g vinyl from Five Seven Music.

    1. Somewhere To Hide
    2. Waiting Alone
    3. Carrie
    4. If I Lost You
    5. Speaking Japanese
    6. Mercy
    7. Wait 4 Me
    8. Fading Listening
    9. The Sun
    10. E V A Y
    11. Take Me Back To Where I Was
    Shiny Toy Guns
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  • Betty Davis (Awaiting Repress) Betty Davis (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Betty Davis (Awaiting Repress)

    One can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can't be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.


    There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago - we live in an age that's been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn't get sexy with their "Lady Marmalade" for another year while Millie Jackson wasn't "Feelin' Bitchy" until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty's fierce style wasn't completely out of Ike's shadow until later in the decade.


    Ms. Davis's unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song "Uptown" for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late '60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix - personally inspiring the classic album 'Bitches Brew.'


    But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty's career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn't fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.


    In 1973, Davis would finally kick off her cosmic career with an amazingly progressive hard funk and sweet soul self-titled debut. Davis showcased her fiercely unique talent and features such gems as "If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up" and "Game Is My Middle Name." The album Betty Davis was recorded with Sly & The Family Stone's rhythm section, sharply produced by Sly Stone drummer Greg Errico, and featured backing vocals from Sylvester and the Pointer Sisters.

    1. If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
    2. Walkin Up The Road
    3. Anti Love Song
    4. Your Man My Man
    5. Ooh Yeah
    6. Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes
    7. Game Is My Middle Name
    8. In The Meantime
    Betty Davis
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    Barefoot Adventure

    One of the most stubborn myths of revisionist musical history is this: the early '60s were the Dark Ages of American pop, a sad and embarrassing era of prefab teen idols and silly dance crazes that was put out of its misery by the British Invasion.


    In reality, strange and wonderful things were happening with American music in the months before The Beatles met Ed Sullivan, creative big bangs that continued to evolve for decades to come.


    In Detroit, Berry Gordy was defining the Motown Sound, while Stax and James Brown were inventing soul music. At 1650 Broadway, the Aldon table of songwriters was bringing sophistication to teen pop, while The Four Seasons reinvented group harmony. And in California, where Americas youth culture was being born, a trio of songwritersBrian Wilson, Roger Christian and Gary Usherwere drawing up the blueprints for the West Coast sound.


    This collection explores Gary Ushers tenure as co-architect of the happiest pop music ever written, a guileless celebration of sun, surf and cars thats become an enduring symbol of the American dream.


    Barefoot Adventure does more than simply collect a bunch of songs that sound great on the car radio and mean exactly what they say (take that, psychedelic music!). Its also a remarkable glimpse of the process, of a struggling songwriter angling for a break, sometimes tapdancing in tangents, oblivious to the bullseye he was hitting on the way
    to forging an important new sound.


    So heres the whole story, 36 terrific tracks, including exclusive Sundazed interviews with Usher himself, with an illuminating essay and track commentary by author and Usher-biographer Stephen McParland. Its musical scholarship thats perfect for parties!


    Were not sure if this is history masquerading as fun, or vice-versa, but were definitely sure that its fun. Which, in the end, is all that matters.


    SIDE ONE:



    1. R.P.M. (The Four Speeds)

    2. My Little Surfin' Woodie (The Sunsets)*

    3. Barefoot Adventure (The Four Speeds)*

    4. Four On the Floor (The Four Speeds)

    5. Cheater Slicks (The Four Speeds)

    6. C.C. Cinder (The Sunsets)

    7. The Chug-A-Lug (The Sunsets)

    8. Gary Usher Interview Part 1*

    9. My Little Beach Bunny (The Sunsets)


    SIDE TWO:



    1. Playmate of the Year (The Sunsets)

    2. Lonely Surfer Boy (The Sunsets)

    3. Soul Stompin'*

    4. Nifty '50*

    5. Power Shift

    6. Mag Wheels

    7. Gary Usher Iinterview Part 2*

    8. My Sting Ray (The Four Speeds)

    9. 426 Super Stock (The Competitors)


    SIDE THREE:



    1. Wax, Board, and Woodie*

    2. Draggin' Deuce*

    3. '54 Corvette*

    4. My Little Surfin' Woodie (The Sunsets)

    5. Gary Usher Interview Part 3*

    6. R.P.M.*

    7. Barefoot Adventure (The Four Speeds)

    8. Cactus Juice*

    9. Coney Island Wild Child*


    SIDE FOUR:



    1. Sugar & Spice*

    2. Twins*

    3. Milky Way

    4. Quicksand*

    5. Gary Usher interview Part 4*

    6. You Made A Believer Out Of Me

    (with The Honeys)*

    7. Waiting For The Day (with The Honeys)*

    8. Tied Down*

    9. Harder & Harder*



    * previously unissued

    Gary Usher
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    "Oldies werent lo-fi," says Guantanamo Baywatch guitarist and vocalist Jason Powell, even though people have a hard time distinguishing the crackle and pop of worn-out vinyl or the low bandwidth of AM radio from
    the actual production mastery of early rock n roll. With Darling Its Too Late, Guantanamo Baywatch sought to harness and manipulate the sparkling sounds from yesteryear, all while staying true to the tape hiss and
    rough takes of analog recording. "We really wanted a mixtape compilation sound to the record," says Powell, and that approach can be heard in both the songwriting and the production. According to Powell, each individual song was approached with all the amps and the EQs on the recording console zeroed out. That meant that every song was recorded with a new template. The title track and lead single, "Too Late", perfectly captures this new aesthetic. With Burger Records soul singer Curtis Harding contributing
    backing vocals and rounding out the classic Motown ballad vibe of the track, "Too Late" is an enormous departure from the trashy Mummies-esque ruckus of their earlier recordings. Of course, the band hasnt completely abandoned the rowdy surf rock of their previous releases-Powell put the finishing touches on the album back at his Jungle Muscles Studio in Portland to keep that rough-hewn feel intact. But even when he and his bandmates Chevelle Wiseman (bass) and Chris Scott (drums) tread on their familiar territory with songs like "Raunch Stomp" or their cover of Eddie & The Showmens "Mr. Rebel", theres a newfound clarity, punch, and swagger to their sound. Throughout the course of Darling Its Too Late the trio continues to fuck with various subgenres, from the dusty Western twang of "Corey Baums Theme" to the straight-outta-Sun Studios rocker "Do What You Want.

    1. Jungle Bride
    2. Raunch Stomp
    3. Sea of Love
    4. Corey Baum's Theme
    5. Too Late
    6. Mr. Rebel
    7. Beat Has Changed
    8. Shenanigans
    9. Boy Like Me
    10. Do What You Want
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    Nothing gold can stay. Even as he tried to capture it in verse, Robert Frost appreciated the ephemeral nature of beauty. And so does Grant Olsen. Yet a nod to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet is only one of the reasons the Seattle-based songwriter, best known as half of the duo Arthur & Yu, christened his new project Gold Leaves. An autumnal character imbues these nine originals. Just as foliage buds, changes color, and eventually falls from the branches every season, so too do themes of birth, death and regeneration permeate The Ornament.


    Like most creative types, Olsen's muse is always in transition. The album went through myriad permutations between inception and completion. Although he began work on it nearly four years ago, he scrapped the bulk of those early efforts after a bag containing his laptop and notebooks was stolen. The theft seemed a sign. Perhaps he was writing a second Arthur & Yu album? No. In the space of composing and refining The Ornament, Olsen had married, traveled through Central and South America, seen the birth of new family members, and watched a dear one pass. This transitional period was coupled with observations of his nation in flux, all of which informs the universe of this record. While he hoped to open these subjects up in a manner that would permit a broad range of listeners to relate to the sentiments, he recognized that their inciting intimacy precluded turning these songs into Arthur & Yu tunes.


    Although he wrote all the songs, calling Gold Leaves a solo project is a misnomer. Olsen had a great deal of help making The Ornament. Jason Quever of Papercuts was by his side through most of the recording process, serving as co-producer, engineer, and multiinstrumentalist. Quever helped guide editorial choices, keeping scratch vocals when Olsen wanted to go back into the vocal booth and try again, and laid down the four-in-the-morning cello part that haunts Hanging Window. With a resume that encompasses tutelage under Motown veterans and credits with Beach House and Brightblack Morning Light, Ben McConnell was an ideal percussionist to anchor Olsen's amorphous musical ideas. Thao Ngyuen (Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, Thao & Mirah), Amy Blaschke, and members of the Moondoggies all contributed backing vocals.

    1. The Silver Lining

    2. The Ornament
    3. Endless Dope
    4. Hanging Window
    5. Cruel & Kind
    6. Honeymoon
    7. Hard Feelings
    8. The Companion

    9. Futures
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    A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president's ambassador, not the current one's).


    Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious 'The Same Star', which marries Belle and Sebastian's melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). "We'd met Leo in February of 2016, and I'd say that meeting and the recording of 'I'll Be Your Pilot' were the first tangible steps of this EP project," Martin says. "We didn't have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I'd got to a point with 'The Same Star' where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked 'Leo' coming up. It's not a song we'd laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob's [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart's willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn't just the same three chords over and over and over."


    There's one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. "We'd made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You're Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months," Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band's career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.

    1. Poor Boy
    2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
    3. Too Many Tears
    4. There Is An Everlasting Song
    5. Best Friend
    Belle And Sebastian
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    Box Set Features All Three 5-Song 12 EPs In One Convenient Package


    A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president's ambassador, not the current one's).


    Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious 'The Same Star', which marries Belle and Sebastian's melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). "We'd met Leo in February of 2016, and I'd say that meeting and the recording of 'I'll Be Your Pilot' were the first tangible steps of this EP project," Martin says. "We didn't have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I'd got to a point with 'The Same Star' where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked 'Leo' coming up. It's not a song we'd laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob's [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart's willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn't just the same three chords over and over and over."


    There's one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. "We'd made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You're Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months," Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band's career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.

    EP 1
    1. Sweet Dew Lee
    2. We Were Beautiful
    3. Fickle Season
    4. The Girl Doesn't Get It
    5. Everything Is Now


    EP 2
    1. Show Me The Sun
    2. Same Star
    3. I'll Be Your Pilot
    4. Cornflakes
    5. A Plague On All Other Boy


    EP 3
    1. Poor Boy
    2. Everything Is Now (Part Two)
    3. Too Many Tears
    4. There Is An Everlasting Song
    5. Best Friend

    Belle And Sebastian
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    How To Solve Our Human Problems (Part 2)

    A new Belle and Sebastian release is always something to cheer. So three new releases leads to the inevitable conclusion: three cheers! Here is the latest installment in a career that has always pursued a singular and delightful vision of what pop represents and what it can achieve, a career that has seen them triumph against the odds to win a Brit award, be one of the first bands to curate their own festival, and play at the official London residence of the US ambassador (the last president's ambassador, not the current one's).


    Murdoch, as ever, is not the only writer. Sarah Martin (violin/vocals) brought in the delicious 'The Same Star', which marries Belle and Sebastian's melodiousness to a pounding Motown backbeat, and was produced by Leo Abrahams (Ghostpoet, Wild Beasts, Regina Spektor). "We'd met Leo in February of 2016, and I'd say that meeting and the recording of 'I'll Be Your Pilot' were the first tangible steps of this EP project," Martin says. "We didn't have a stack of songs to play him, but we liked him and he became a part of the plan from that point - and when I'd got to a point with 'The Same Star' where it just needed to be recorded, I thought it could benefit from having a producer to steer things, and fortunately we had a slot in the diary marked 'Leo' coming up. It's not a song we'd laboured over playing for months - it fell together quite quickly thanks in large part to Bob's [Bobby Kildea, guitarist] enthusiasm and Stuart's willingness to dismember an old song and repurpose the break, so that it wasn't just the same three chords over and over and over."


    There's one big reason why 15 songs are coming out on three EPs, rather than one album. "We'd made a couple of LPs, Tigermilk and If You're Feeling Sinister, within the space of six months," Murdoch says, remembering the early days of the band's career, and how that fed into their decision-making this time.

    1. Show Me The Sun
    2. The Same Star
    3. I'll Be Your Pilot
    4. Cornflakes
    5. A Plague On Other Boys
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    Is That All There Is? (Pure Pleasure)

    When Peggy Lee became well-known in the 1940s, swing and jazz-influenced pop dominated the musical landscape. In the 1960s, however, it was a whole new world in popular music. The British Invasion and Motown - not big bands - were mainstream, and to the Baby Boomer youths of the 1960s, Lee was part of 'our parents' music'. But the singer had a major hit with 1969's Is That All There Is?, one of the best-selling albums of her career. While this isn't a rock album per se - Lee's foundation was still jazz-influenced pop - it acknowledges pop-rock tastes of the 1960s without being unfaithful to her history. Everything on this LP is a gem, and that includes a moody remake of Lee's 1940s hit Don't Smoke in Bed as well as classic arrangements of George Harrison's Something, Neil Diamond's Brother Love's Traveling Salvation Show, Leiber & Stoller's I'm a Woman, and Randy Newman's Love Story. The LP's centerpiece, however, is Newman's hit arrangement of Leiber & Stoller's title song, which was covered by P.J. Harvey in the 1990s. Influenced by German cabaret, this half-spoken, half-sung treasure is as hauntingly soulful as it is maudlin. The song's outlook is far from optimistic; essentially, it's saying that we might as well grab our moments of pleasure and enjoyment where we can find them because ultimately, life is nothing more than a meaningless series of disappointments. But there's nothing disappointing about Is That All There Is?, an LP that is most certainly among Lee's finest accomplishments.



    Musicians:



    • Peggy Lee (vocal), and orchestra





    Recording: November 1962, January / February / April / October 1969 at Capitol Tower, Hollywood, CA

    Production: Lieber & Stoller / Phil Wright / David Cavanaugh




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Is That All There Is?
    2. Love Story
    3. Me and My Shadow
    4. My Old Flame
    5. I'm a Woman
    6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show

    7. Something
    8. Whistle for Happiness

    9. Johnny (Linda)
    10. Don't Smoke in Bed
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