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Eat A PeachAllman Brothers Band Eat a Peach on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
1972 Double LP Split Between Live and Studio Fare
Last Appearance of Fallen Member Duane Allman on an Official Release
Sonic Spectacular: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Mobile Fidelity Edition Captures Grit of Live Tracks and Organic Soul of Studio Cuts
Includes Standout 33-Minute-Plus Epic "Mountain Jam"
Features Complete, Accurate Reproduction of Gatefold Artwork
Tributes to fallen icons don't come any more poignant or illustrative than Eat a Peach. Released in early 1972, slightly more than three months after guitarist Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident, the double album honors the musician via sides he recorded in the studio as well as several live performances that didn't fit on the mammoth At Fillmore East. The Allman Brothers Band, determined to press on, also contributes a trio of songs completed after their soulmate's passing. Its execution is near perfect, its concept timeless.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180 gram 2LP of Eat a Peach joins the unparalleled reissue imprint's other Allman titles in presenting the superlative ensemble's work in the most lifelike, uncompromising fidelity possible. Not only is the punch of the concert fare transmitted with full-range dynamics and realistic spaciousness, but the studio cuts-in particular, the acoustically framed "Melissa" and "Little Martha"-come through with astounding clarity and body, replete with textural richness that affords listeners images of fingers on frets and sticks hitting drum skins.
In all probability, the Allman Brothers Band would've leapt to the fore of music's commercial and critical elite had it not been for Duane's fateful motorcycle accident that altered history and the trajectory of the group's course. A statement of purpose and homage, Eat a Peach extends the guitarist's legacy in the form of three heart-racing live tunes recorded at Fillmore East, none more important than the nearly 34-minute harmonic showcase "Mountain Jam." Begun at the end of "Whipping Post" during the final show of the group's four-gig stand, the tour de force improvisation finds the band at the peak of its telepathic aural and communicative capacities.
Not that the three studio originals with Duane are by any means forgettable. "Blue Sky" epitomizes the gorgeously elegant colors with which the late virtuoso could paint while the heart-stopping sentimental feel of "Little Martha" finds just he and Dickey Betts engaged in spiritual communion. To this extent, the band continues a mellower vibe on the hit "Melissa," a country-rock ballad that taps into a melancholy feel largely courtesy of Gregg Allman's weary vulnerability and Betts' lyrical, slap-back-echoing guitar lines.
Yet nothing here eclipses the direct meaning and steadfast intent of the record-opening "Ain't Wastin' Time No More," a defiant showing of unity and understated anthem with which the band seemed to embrace as a motto. No one knew, however, that fate would again subvert the group's plans even if it could never take away the magic held within Eat a Peach, sonic and lyrical sorcery that extends to the legendary gatefold-artwork mural.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Ain't Wastin' Time No More
2. Les Brers in A Minor
4. Mountain Jam
5. One Way Out
6. Trouble No More
7. Stand Back
8. Blue Sky
9. Little Martha$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
EclipseEclipse, Lewis' third album as Twin Shadow, follows up on the success of 2012's Confess, an international critical smash.
That moment when something pure and constant is broken, where you're filled with vulnerability, that moment is what I live for in art, says George Lewis, Jr., aka Twin Shadow. I've always chased that in my music, and when I find it I try to reign it back right before it falls over the edge.
2012's international critical smash, Confess, was hailed by Pitchfork as Best New Music for its brash lyrics [and] laser-focused songwriting, Uncut called an impeccable sequel to an immaculate debut, and NME dubbed a thrill ride. Stunning performances everywhere from Fallon and Conan to Coachella and Bonnaroo cemented Lewis' status as one of the most charismatic and compelling frontmen in music today, but by the end of touring for Confess, he found himself burned out and in need of solitude.1. Flatliners
2. When The Lights Turn Out
3. To The Top
4. Alone (feat. Lily Elise)
6. Turn Me Up
7. I'm Ready
8. Old Love / New Love (feat. D'Angelo Lacy)
9. Half Life
10. Watch Me Go
11. Locked & Loaded$12.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trident Wolf EclipseThe 6th studio album of Sweden's greatest and most notorious black metal band. A prime example of wild, evil, lawless and relentless satanic black metal. Watain Still untamed, always hungry and more dangerous than ever before.1. Nuclear Alchemy
2. Sacred Damnation
4. Furor Diabolicus
5. A Throne Below
6. Ultra (Pandemoniac)
7. Towards the Sanctuary
8. The Fire of Power$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EclipsingDream Boat is a new musical collective lead by Athens, GA artists Page Campbell and Dan Donahue. For their debut album Eclipsing, the duo have brought together an impressive ensemble of musicians from the Athens scene, including members of Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Elf Power to name a few. "Sea To Sky" is the beautifully ethereal lead single.1. Picture
2. Sea To Sky
6. Be Beautiful
8. Broke Open
10. No Trouble
11. Let Go$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Creative EclipsesLooking through Cave In's expansive career, between their two most towering achievements sits the Creative Eclipses EP where you can see everything change. It's been 20 years since the Boston quartet sliced canyons through multiple scenes, starting as a corrosive hardcore band before releasing some of the most unorthodox and exhilarating songs in extreme music on Until Your Heart Stops. And before the aftershocks could die down, Cave In evolved more radically than anyone could have predicted. While members have forged divergent paths with Old Man Gloom, Mutoid Man, Clouds and Zozobra in the years since, Creative Eclipses was the first signal that a band already celebrated for their innovation could effortlessly push beyond anything they'd tried before. Before Jupiter could transform Cave In into rock saviors, there were these five tracks. Opener "Luminance" is an ascendent, shimmering hymn that bruises the troposphere. The cover of Failure's "Magnified," is taken over with such fervor it feels like something the band hatched themselves, and the acoustic "Burning Down the Billboards" is both a revolutionary and apocalyptic anthem. The two "Sonatas," both ambient tracks, can wholly stand on their own as fascinating immersions into noise. Creative Eclipses is much more than a bridge between the two worlds Cave In has inhabited; it's a captivating example of the sonic rewards that follow the band every time they''ve chosen to obliterate expectations.1. Luminance
2. Sonata McGrath
4. Burning Down the Billboards
5. Sonata Brodsky
6. Luminance (Live)
7. Breath of Water (Demo)
8. Widow's Peak$19.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Twilight Saga- Eclipse: The Score (Discontinued)The Twilight Saga: Eclipse is the third installment of the blockbuster film franchise Twilight, an action-packed, modern day vampire love story. The movie is based on author Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series. Three-time Oscar Winning composer Howard Shore composed the music for the latest film's score, following in the footsteps of Carter Burwell and Alexandre Desplat.
Shore has won three Oscars for his work on The Lord of The Rings Trilogy and received dozens of further accolades for his work. He is also known for his work with Martin Scorsese (The Aviator, The Departed) and David Cronenberg (A History of Violence, Eastern Promises) and several other notable films. With talent like Shore's and a massive fan base, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse The Score is sure to be a hit with not just fans of the film, but the score genre as well.1 Riley 1:532 Compromise/Bella's Theme 2:443 Bella's Truck/Florida 1:504 Victoria 2:185 Imprinting 2:076 The Cullens Plan 2:187 First Kiss 2:008 Rosalie 4:099 Decisions, Decisions... 1:5010 They're Coming Here 4:0111 Jacob Black 2:1312 Jasper 3:5613 Wolf Scent 2:1914 Mountain Peak 5:0215 The Kiss 3:4516 The Battle/Victoria vs. Edward 6:4017 Jane 3:1218 As Easy as Breathing 3:2119 Wedding Plans 6:12$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lawless DarknessWatain have once more created an epic masterpiece, which celebrates the eclipse of the light. Lawless Darkness amalgamates severe blackness with an uncanny knack for eerie melodies and a harsh beauty of the darkest kind, which even attracted Carl McCoy of Fields of the Nephilim to add his vocals in a stunning guest performance.1. Death's Cold Dark
3. Reaping Death
4. Four Thrones
5. Wolves Curse
6. Lawless Darkness (Instrumental)
7. Total Funeral
8. Hymn to Qayin
9. Kiss of Death
10. Waters of Ain$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trouble An' BluesLouisiana-born singer and harmonica blower Sidney Maiden first made his mark in the blues world during the late Forties with Eclipse of the Sun, a number cut in Oakland with guitarist K.C. Douglas. Unlike many other Southern bluesmen who urbanized their styles after relocating to the West Coast, Maiden and Douglas stuck close to their rural roots. Maiden spent much of his career entertaining farm workers around Fresno, while Douglas became a favorite in Bay Area folkmusic circles. This 1961 reunion, recorded in Berkeley by Kenneth S. Goldstein and Chris Strachwitz, reveals that the two men had lost none of their old musical empathy and shows Maiden, in the words of annotator Larry Cohen, worthy of being mentioned along with the select few greats of the mouthharp.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Buy Me an Airplane
2. Sweet Little Woman
3. My Black Name
4. Sidney's Fox Chase
5. San Quentin Blues
6. Tell Me, Somebody
7. Blues An' Trouble
8. Hand-Me-Down Baby
9. Sidney's Worried Life Blues
10. Me and My Chauffeur Blues
11. Coal Black Mare
12. I'm Goin' Back Home$17.50Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Soul Of All Natural Things
Includes Collaborations With Ramona Gonzalez (Nite
Jewel) And Julia Holter
Includes Liner Notes With Song Visualizations From
Linda Perhacs' Parallelograms was created in the heart of
hippy country, LA's Topanga Canyon, by a dental hygienist
who was inspired by nature and by the cultural revolution
going on around her. When Parallelograms was finished, it sounded like a masterpiece, but the label had pressed it so
poorly, sales were non-existent. Obscurity beckoned.
But in the internet age obscurity can be discreetly transformed into a kind of niche immortality. By 2003, Parallelograms had become a cult album.
And slowly, Perhacs began making music again. In 2010,
she connected with a new generation of LA musicians at tuned to her vision, including Fernando Perdomo and Chris
Price, both accomplished musicians and producers in their
own right. The trio began recording the eclipse song, "River
Of God", and what became a new album's title track, The
Soul Of All Natural Things.1. The Soul of All Natural Things
3. River of God
7. Prisms of Glass
9. When Things Are True Again
10. Song of the Planets$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Maps For SleepFormed in the Fall of 1991 by Brandon Capps (guitar/vocals), Kimber Lanning (drums) and Tim Patterson (bass), Half String created a lush, guitar-driven brand of noise pop. Their sound was an antidote to the desert jangle bar band scene that dominated Tempe, AZ at the time. While the group shared an aesthetic with much of the British shoegaze scene, and occasionally recalled the spirit of early 4AD and Factory Records, they certainly carved out a beautiful noise all their own. During their austere six-year lifespan, Half String inspired an underground music scene in their hometown, and gained a small but loyal following from beyond the desert.
Half Strings first demo was hand delivered to Independent Project Records Bruce Licher during the summer of 1992. Impressed, Licher released the 3-songs as the Eclipse 7 single on his revered post-punk fine art imprint. Matt Kruse joined on second guitar in 1993, adding another layer of texture and intricate melody to the bands broadening sound. This was evident on Oval, Half Strings second single, and the subsequent Tripped Up Breathing EP, both released by IPR in 1994. Patterson left the band that Winter, and was replaced by Dave Rogers, a multi-instrumentalist who added backing vocals.
In 1995, Germanys Pop Goes On! and IPR co-released Eclipse*Oval*Hue as a CD mini-album collecting together the first two singles along with three unreleased tracks. Later that same year, the group recorded their debut album, A Fascination With Heights. Issued by IPR in 1996, this would be Half Strings last release before the band parted amicably the following Summer and the fifth addition to Captured Tracks' recently launched Shoegaze Archives series.1. Eclipse
2. Maps for Sleep
7. Sun Less Sea
10. Quiet Like Seeds
12. Brief As Photographs
13. Landscape Burning
14. Tripped Up Breathing
17. Featherweight$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Faster Than The Speed Of Light (Pre-Order)Celebrating 35 Years Of "Faster Than The Speed Of Night"
First Time 180 Gram Black And Translucent Blue Audiophile Vinyl
First Time Gatefold Cover & 24" x 24" Poster
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso
Pressed At R.T.I.
In 1983, rock songstress Bonnie Tyler delivered one of the most important LPs ever with "Faster Than The Speed Of Night." Her collaboration with producer Jim Steinman would go on to sell millions of albums worldwide as many hits within made this one of the biggest albums of the 80s.
A plethora of greatness is included as the international smash "Total Eclipse Of The Heart" simply stands as one of the most epic tunes of our time. More hits like the amazing "Faster Than The Speed Of Night", her excellent reading of Bryan Adams' "Straight From The Heart" plus the roaring CCR classic "Have You Ever Seen The Rain" truly made this the masterpiece that it is today.
Friday Music is pleased to announce the first time 180 Gram Black & Translucent Blue Swirl audiophile vinyl release of Bonnie Tyler's classic Faster Than The Speed Of Night."
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this legendary LP will be a much-anticipated audiophile vinyl dream for Bonnie Tyler fans everywhere.
For a limited time, we are enhancing your LP with a first time gatefold cover, as well as a 24" x 24" poster of the stellar front cover.1. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?
2. Faster Than The Speed Of Night
3. Getting So Excited
4. Total Eclipse Of The Heart
5. It's A Jungle Out There
6. Going Through The Motions
8. Take Me Back
9. Straight From The Heart$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Burn My Eyes (Awaiting Repress)
180 Gram Gold Colored Vinyl
Limited To 1500
Released to massive European acclaim, Machine Head's full-length debut, Burn My Eyes, successfully bridges the gap between second-generation Bay Area thrash (Testament, Death Angel, etc.) and the modern-day Pantera school of hard knocks. Produced by underground stalwart Colin Richardson, Burn My Eyes is a bone-shattering exercise in brutality that gives Pantera's classic, Vulgar Display of Power, a good run for its money. A veteran of the Bay Area thrash scene, guitarist/vocalist Robb Flynn emerges as Machine Head's anchor. As guitar player of the riff-heavy yet vocally challenged band Vio-Lence, Flynn had already distinguished himself as a riff-making machine on tracks like Serial Killer and Kill on Command. Interestingly, with the release of Burn My Eyes, every effort was made to cover up Flynn's involvement with his ex-bandmates. Looking back at it, it's easy to understand why. Because of the quick word of mouth in the underground metal community, comparisons to his ex-bandmates would have limited the impact of the record, possibly thwarting its merits. If Vio-Lence held promise, Machine Head was a different proposition all together. Anthems like Davidian are monstrous slabs of metal that, by far, eclipse anything Flynn had previously done. Nevertheless, Burn My Eyes is a classic debut and one that helped launch a huge European groundswell for the band that would result in a tour as Slayer's support act. A few months later, the Head would return and headline the very same venues in which they'd opened for Slayer.
- John Franck (All Music Guide)1. Davidian
3. A Thousand Lies
4. None But My Own
5. The Rage to Overcome
6. Death Church
7. A Nation on Fire
8. Blood for Blood
9. I'm Your God Now
10. Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies
11. Block$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Robot (Awaiting Repress)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
5. Don't Let It Show
6. The Voice
8. Day After Day
9. Total Eclipse
10. Genesis Ch. 1 V.32$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Merritone Rock Steady 2: This Music Got Soul 1966-1967 (Awaiting Repress)American rhythm & blues fervor, boosted by a multitude of sound systems playing 78rpm records on increasingly larger sets, gripped Jamaica from the late forties onwards but, towards the end of the decade, the American audience began to move towards a somewhat softer sound. The driving rhythm & blues discs became increasingly hard to find and the more progressive Jamaican sound system operators, realizing that they now needed to make their own music, turned to Kingston's jazz and big band musicians to record one-off custom cut discs. These were not initially intended for commercial release but designed solely for sound system play on acetate or 'dub plates' as they would later be termed. These 'specials' soon began to eclipse the popularity of American rhythm & blues and the demand for their locally produced music proved so great that the sound system operators began to release their music commercially on vinyl and became record producers. Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, Duke Reid 'The Trojan' and Prince Buster, who operated his Voice Of The People Sound System, were among the first to establish themselves in this new role and the nascent Jamaican recording industry now went into overdrive.
In 1954 Ken Khouri had numbered among the first far-sighted entrepreneurs to produce mento records with local musicians (mento is Jamaica's original indigenous music) before progressing to opening Jamaica's first record manufacturing plant. Three years later he moved his operation to Foreshore Road (later renamed Marcus Garvey Drive) where, with the assistance of the inestimable Graeme Goodall, he updated and upgraded his recording studio. The importance of this enterprising move was critical to the development of Jamaican music and its influence both profound and far-reaching.
"It was Ken Khouri's Federal Recording Studio, the womb that gave birth to the talented writers, artists and musicians that gave Jamaica its musical identity." Prince Buster
Federal Records was not only the place for the sound system men to record their music but it was also where they had their records manufactured and, consequently, the company enjoyed a near-total monopoly on recording and record pressing in Kingston. In 1963 Ken Khouri sold his one track board to Clement 'Coxsone' Dodd, who established Studio One, and Ken imported the first stereo equipment to Jamaica and Federal began making stereo records. The following year WIRL (West Indies Records Limited) opened but the competition served to drive the company on to higher heights. Ken Khouri continued to work on his own productions and, in 1966, the seven-inch release of Hopeton Lewis' 'Take It Easy', recorded under the guidance of Trinidadian guitarist Lynn Taitt, ushered in the rock steady era.
These two essential albums showcase a stunning selection of well-known hits, and not so well-known rarities, from the vast Federal catalog. All tracks have been transferred direct from the master tapes and assembled with the invaluable assistance of Ken Khouri's son, Paul Khouri, who generously gave Dub Store unlimited access to the Federal tape vaults. The extensive liner notes feature extracts from extensive interviews with Paul Khouri whose knowledgeable recollections of working on Marcus Garvey Drive, not only as a producer but as an engineer and musician, are illuminating and educational. Both sets present an insight into the birth and growth of Federal Records and the Jamaican recording industry and are essential to an understanding of the real roots of reggae music.1. This Music Got Soul (Hopeton Lewis)
2. Let Me Come On Home (Hopeton Lewis)
3. Walk On By (The Zodiacs)
4. We Gonna Make It (The Termites)
5. Fountain Bliss (The Dynamites)
6. Rock A Shacka (Hopeton Lewis)
7. Don't Cry (Hopeton Lewis)
8. House Upon The Hill (The Royals)
9. Real Gone Sweet (The Tartans)
10. Roling Rolling (The Tartans)
11. I Don't Want Trouble (Hopeton Lewis)
12. Lester Sterling Special (Lester Sterling)
13. If You Don't Love Me (take 1) [The Dynamites]
14. Don't Take That Train (The Tartans)
15. Batman (Early Take) [Lynn Taitt & The Jets]
16. Oh Tell Me Darling (Hopeton Lewis)
17. I'm Ready (The Tartans)
18. Take Me Back (Henry Buckley)
19. Sounds Of Silence (Roland Alphonso)
20. Batman (Early Take Rehearsal) [Lynn Taitt & The Jets]
21. Merritone False Starts 2 (The Federal All Stars)$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
At Carnegie Hall (Pure Pleasure)When Paul Robeson took the stage at Carnegie Hall in May of 1958, it had been 11 years since he had previously concertized freely in the United States. Blacklisted from the entertainment industry at home, and with the State Department unwilling to issue him a passport, he had fallen into eclipse as a singer and actor over the previous eight years. The concert recorded here, one of two at Carnegie Hall in May of 1958, marked his return. The performances on this record would also be his only stereo recordings -- all were, naturally enough, the work of Vanguard Records, the New York-based record company that was also the home to fellow blacklistees The Weavers.
The singing legend is in excellent voice throughout, his rich bass-baritone reveling in performances of a repertory that encompassed Bach, Mussorgsky, Schubert, Dvorák, Beethoven, traditional gospel, Russian and Chinese folk songs, Old Man River from Show Boat, and monologues from Shakespeare and the opera Boris Godunov. With a piano accompaniment by Alan Booth, Robeson ranged across a huge part of his own performing history. The 60-year-old singer, despite the decade of artificially imposed inactivity, still had much of his vocal power intact and all his dramatic instincts, and makes every moment count in his performance, investing immense power in every note and nuance.
Sadly, his Vanguard performances were to be his only work captured on modern recording equipment -- because of the blacklist, everything else predated the arrival of recording tape and the long-playing record. But the performance captured here, and those represented on Vanguard's The Essential Paul Robeson, show a man still capable of moving huge numbers of people with his voice -- and equally important, even at this late date, who had not lost the ability to walk a crowd through a vast and difficult range of repertory; his performances, even after ten years of professional exile, were also learning experiences, and consciousness-raising, which is why reactionaries in the United States were so afraid of him in the first place. And none of it has lost any of its power in the five decades since the actual event.
- Paul Robeson (vocals)
- Alan Booth (piano)
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. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
2. Balm In Gilead
3. Volga Boat Song
4. Monologue From Othello (Shakespeare)
5. O Thou Silent Night (Alexadnrov)
6. Chinese Children's Song
7. My Curly Headed Baby (G.H. Clutsam)
8. Old Man River
9. Going Home (Dvorak, arr. Fisher)
10. Monologue from Boris Godunov (Mussorgsky)
11. The Orphan (Mussorgsky)
12. Christ lag in Todesbanden (J.S. Bach)
13. Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel
14. Lullaby (Franz Schubert)
15. O No John
16. Joe Hill
17. Jacob's Ladder$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Superfuzz Bigmuff EPRock & roll got a badly needed revitalizing overhaul with Seattle's grunge explosion of the late 1980's, and Mudhoney was there to make sure it got done right. Although nearly eclipsed by the success of such bands as Nirvana and Pearl Jam, Mudhoney was arguably the most important grunge band of all. Their Touch Me I'm Sick defined a generation of disenchanted middle-class malcontents bored stiff by the predictable mire that rock & roll had become.
Superfuzz Bigmuff compiles the band's rare early singles in one convenient package. Twelve essential tracks here, and they all rock mightily. If you're old enough you'll want to say that you were there, if you know what you're talking about, folks might believe you. Do yourself a favor and familiarize yourself with the rock & roll revival that was Mudhoney.1. No One Has
2. If I Think
3. In 'N' Out Of Grace
5. Chain That Door
6. Mudride$15.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Magic Windows, Magic NightsThe recording sessions with Guided By Voices producer, Todd Tobias, lasting less than two weeks in the freezing Northeast Ohio cold, showed the band's ability to work at a breakneck pace with pinpoint accuracy and culminated in the fifteen-song monolith release Magic Windows, Magic Night. Blending lo-fi cassette performances, urban NYC field recordings and tape samples with baroque orchestration and Tobias' high-fi analog indie production, Magic Windows, Magic Nights clamors with the noise of a band firing on all cylinders. Five's melodic songwriting often veers from languid to raging, and eclipses the band's 2008 Cassette debut, with tightened Mascis-style guitar melodies and Brian Wilson-style pop concision, while the gunfire drumming of Sustarsic and polytoned sub-frequencies of Shue coalese into a heavy slamming machine. Magic Windows, Magic Nights showcases a band who know the meaning of impermanence and transition, and know how to bridge the gap between oblivion and survival.1. The Stone Statue II
2. Magic Bumrush Heartz
3. Gilding the Lily
4. Cinematic Idea
5. I Miss You So Much, It Hurts So Bad
6. We are the Electric Newspaper Ripoffs
7. Visionary Embolist
8. Smoke & Mirrors
9. The Stone Statue I
10. Monkey in My Chair
11. Vanessa's Theatre of Peace
12. My Kind of Man
13. Pointing Fingers
14. Postmodern Falconry
15. Supernatural Disasters$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts"The sound is absolutely huge, its relentless attention to detail eclipsed only by
the stunning emotional power it conveys." - Vice
Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts is the second
studio album by M83 who were, at the time the duo
Anthony Gonzalez and Nicolas Fromageau. Released in
2004 by Mute, this was the album that initially brought
them to wider acclaim in the US, and was followed
by their first US tour. Key tracks include, "Run Into
Flowers", "America", and "Unrecorded."
M83 has since gone on to release 2011's Grammy-nominated double album, Hurry Up, We're Dreaming
(which contains platinum single, "Midnight City"). M83
scored the soundtrack for the 2013 film, Oblivion (with
Tom Cruise), the soundtrack to French film, You and
the Night (the directorial debut of his brother, Yann
Gonzalez), and most recently contributed the original
track, "I Need You" to the 2014 film, Divergent. M83
is currently considered one of the top electronic music
artists in the world.1. Birds
3. Run Into Flowers
4. In Church
6. On a White Lake, Near a Green Mountain
8. Be Wild
12. Beauties Can Die$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hard Bop (Discontinued)Cut from the Original Analog Mono Master Tapes by Kevin Gray and Robert Pincus & Pressed at RTI
Numbered Limited Edition of Only 2500 Copies
Some of the greatest jazz musicians of all time have passed through Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers: Horace Silver, Hank Mobley, Kenny Dorham, Wayne Shorter and Donald Byrd, among many others. However brief their stay, working with the demanding and full-throttle drummer not only increased their visibility, but also their chops and interpretive capacity. Blakey's ability to drum up the best players in the game may have even eclipsed his superhuman ability to play drums.
Altoist Jackie McLean, trumpeter Bill Hardman, bassist Spanky deBrest, and pianist Sam Dockery join the fold here to along with Blakey deliver whole-bop goodness on five propulsive, fiery tracks. True to its title, this LP bops hard, with a ferocious swing, boundless energy and telepathic communication between players - especially Blakey and Hardman. Considering the rhythmic demands of Blakey's locomotive playing style, this was an incredible achievement.
Impex Records has cut this gorgeous, limited edition (2,500 pressings) 180-gram LP with the original analog mono master tapes and without computer processing of any kind. You hear all the vivacious interplay that occurred on that weekend in 1957 when Blakey and crew forged a bold new vision of muscular, funky jazz. This is music that still resonates over 50 years later. Not to be missed!
This title is not eligible for discount1. Cranky Spanky
2. Stella By Starlight
3. My Heart Stood Still
4. Little Melonae
5. Stanley's Stiff Chickens$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One For The Ride (Discontinued)Blue Colored Vinyl
Waxwing features Rocky Votolato (vocals/guitar) and brother Cody Votolato on guitar (Blood Brothers). Waxwing's follow up to their For Madmen Only debut on Second Nature, once again impeccably produced by the renowned Matt Bayles (Botch, The Blood Brothers), One For The Ride is in parts a more stripped down, sparser affair than the layered, lush For Madmen Only. However, because of it sparseness it achieves a sound just as full and textured as their debut, as if each element of Waxwing is given more room to breathe and grow. While more restrained in its full on rock moments than For Madmen Only, but not abandoning them either, One For The Ride once again harnesses Rocky Votolato's smooth, morose, world-weary vocals, coupling them with Waxwing's effortless ability to mine different facets of rock's landscape, usually in a more restrained and introspective manner. This coupling allows the music to be driven but never eclipsed by Votolato's vocal talents, before musically climaxing with a dynamic rock crescendo or falling fleetingly apart, wherever the music takes them. While often brooding and introspective in its nature, Waxwing's rock laments possess an energy and emotion buoyed by their unwavering commitment to atmosphere and moods, as well as always placing the music first. One For The Ride is another excellent organic rock release from Waxwing. Limited to electric blue/baby blue vinyl.1. All Of My Prophets
2. One For The Ride
3. Kill The Messenger
5. Where Did The Time Go
6. There Will Be A Reckoning
7. Blue Days And Green Nights
8. What These Hands Have Grown$23.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BBC Session 2011 Anno DominiOne month after releasing their fourth studio album, Celestial Lineage, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM recorded two live tracks at the BBC's Maida Vale studios. Southern Lord offers these sessions as a special vinyl release. It seems only fitting that Olympia's earthen black metal expanders, WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM, would add their name to the roster of acts who have recorded at the Maida Vale studios, the place where the sounds of contemporary and outstanding artists throughout the last century of popular music have been documented for the ages.
WOLVES IN THE THRONE ROOM's shadow, cast long and eerie from their campfire of the arcane, eclipses the hordes of black metal clones and drones, hewing raw nuggets of inspired music from rich seams of extreme metal and astral vibrations. "Prayer of Transformation" and "Thuja Magus Imperium" are the two tracks recorded on that day, taken from their lauded album Celestial Vintage and spanning two sides of vinyl and twenty minutes. Entitled BBC Session 2011 Anno Domini, this session is testament to the band's ability to inspire awe with homespun strands of metaphysical ambiance and painstakingly flexed sinews of metal, and is a must for all fans of the band as well as followers of contemporary metal.
- Ear Split Compound1. Prayer of Transformation
2. Thuja Magus Imperium$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It Came From N.Y.C.
Remastered By Guitarist J. Yuenger
Features Original Artwork
Includes 108 Page Book
Years before Beavis and Butt-head headbanged "Thunder
Kiss '65" and "More Human than Human" into the
eternal rock video canon, there was primordial White
Zombie-a quintessential, diabolically loud byproduct
of Manhattan's underground rock scene, born of artschool
rendezvous and squalid apartment circumstance.
It Came from N.Y.C. is the most exhaustive attempt so
far to document the band's wondrously ugly birth. Get
reintroduced to White Zombie as New York noise-rock,
a grotesque creation that clawed and threatened its way to
crossover metal glory.
Numero resurrects White Zombie's
eternally out-of-print early EPs and LPs as It Came From
N.Y.C. Spread across five LPs , all
39 tracks have been remastered by guitarist J. Yuenger
and packaged alongside the original lurid artwork. The
accompanying 108-page book painstakingly documents
White Zombie's punishing progression through
scores of unpublished photos, period discography, a
T-shirtography, and tales from the terrifying early years
that stitch together the sordid story of a band whose true
power eclipsed its mainstream heyday. White Zombie lives.
Don't be afraid.LP 1
1. Gentleman Junkie
2. King of Souls
3. Tales From The ScareCrow Man
4. Cat's Eye Resurrection
5. Black Friday
6. Dead Or Alive
7. Pig Heaven
8. Scarecrow #2
9. Red River Flow
10. Paradise Fireball
11. Slaughter The Grey
2. Fast Jungle
3. Gun Crazy
7. True Crime
2. Shack of Hate
3. Drowning the Colossus
4. Crow III
5. Die Zombie Die
7. Truck on Fire
8. Future Shock
9. Scum Kill
10. Diamond Ass
2. Disaster Blaster
5. Acid Flesh
6. Power Hungry
1. God of Thunder
2. Love Razor
3. Disaster Blaster - 2$99.99Vinyl LP Box Set + Book - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Universal Music Enterprises Continues Its "Respect The Classics" Tribute To Many Of Hip-hop's Finest With The Vinyl Reissue Of Rap Icon Talib Kweli's
Historic Rawkus Records Catalog
After releasing a handful of essential 12s on various Rawkus Records projects in the late '90s, Talib Kweli and DJ Hi-Tek were on the verge of becoming one of hip-hop's best-kept secrets. Yet their original incarnation as a duo expanded into a triumvirate with the inclusion of Mos Def and transformed their eventual manifestation into Black Star, thwarting their initial bid for acclaim. While Kweli's stardom may have been initially eclipsed by his more charismatic cohort, Mos Def, Reflection Eternal houses enough merit to establish Talib as one of this generation's most poetic MCs. Kweli is a rare MC, as his lyricism resounds with a knowledge that transcends his still tender age. He does not aspire to reprogram the masses with this album, just rehabilitate them, as he laments on The Blast: They ask me what I'm writing for/I'm writing to show you what we fighting for. In an effort to celebrate life, Kweli breaks down hip-hop's obsession with death on Good Mourning and Too Late. But it is his varied lyrical content that is most inspiring, effortlessly transitioning from the poignant circle-of-life epic For Women to the rugged Some Kind of Wonderful and Down for the Count, featuring Rah Digga and Xzibit. While the unassuming, largely minimalist grooves that Hi-Tek supplied on Black Star's debut longed for a dramatic flair, he displays a remarkable maturation on Reflection Eternal. In fact, Tek's loping keyboard wails, soulful staccato claps, and shimmering piano loops are often sublime in their arrangement and outcome. Though Kweli and Hi-Tek's debut harbors over-ambitious tendencies, clocking in at over 70 minutes in length, they are a duo that will undoubtedly stain their memory into hip-hop's collective memory with this noteworthy debut. Welcome to the new generation of Native Tongue speaking.
- Matt Conaway (All Music Guide)1. Experience Dedication
2. Move Somethin'
3. Some Kind Of Wonderful
4. The Blast
5. This Means You
6. Too Late
7. Memories Live
8. Africa Dream
9. Down For The Count
10. Name Of The Game
11. Ghetto Afterlife
12. On My Way
13. Love Language
14. Love Speakeasy
15. Soul Rebels
17. Big Del From Da Natti
18. Touch You
19. Good Mourning
20. Expansion Outro
$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The AdversaryTransparent Red Colored Vinyl
IHSAHN was only 13 when he started playing in what developed into one of the world's most influential black metal bands,
EMPEROR. At only 17 he recorded "In the Nightside Eclipse" - voted one of the top metal albums of all time many
times over. Since then IHSAHN has divided his time between the metal & avant-garde worlds in projects like
EMPEROR & THOU SHALT SUFFER and his ongoing solo vessel Ihsahn.1. Invocation
2. Called By The Fire
5. Astera Ton Proinon
6. Panem Et Circenses
7. And He Shall Walk In Empty Places
8. Will You Love Me Now?
9. The Pain Is Still Mine$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now