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Take A PictureTake a Picture blends Margo's infectious and highly intelligent songcraft with her absolutely unique voice - equal parts girl group innocence and seductive torch. One of the most endearing and delicious soft rock records from its era, here's an impeccable Sundazed vinyl reissue of this '68 masterpiece, direct from the original masters.
Margo Guryan is the most original songwriter that I've ever produced, and also something of an enigma. Underneath it all, she's a schooled composer, but she writes moving pop songs. She writes from her heart, but also from her head.
- John Hill, album producer
When Margo heard God Only Knows for the first time, she dropped everything. Steeped in learnings of jazz and composition, Margo was shaping her musical self in 1966, and Pet Sounds was just what she wanted to hear. Inspired, and working in the glow of Brians masterpiece, Margo began work on Take A Picture. Its a beautiful lost gem. I love this album dearly. The first thing to notice is Margos voice, a unique upper register whisper. But when it starts off you say whoa, what is this? as Sunday Morning sounds like a garage funk band with studio musician talents. The albums production is wonderful in that it is so expert, but never showy. This is one of the most laid back albums Ive heard. Another sunday morning staple....Its jazz, slightly psych pop, with all the ornaments of the Pet Sounds orchestra. A brilliant record...
-The Rising Storm1. Sunday Morning
3. Love Songs
5. Don't Go Away
6. Take a Picture
7. What Can I Give You?
8. Think of Rain
9. Can You Tell
10. Someone I Know
11. Love$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
EONE-VIN-0729xDead Can Dance
Spleen & Ideal (Discontinued)SPLEEN AND IDEAL is a profoundly different sounding record than its self-titled predecessor. It seems to have been recorded in a completely different time, perhaps by the 14th century ancestors of Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, if they had access to electric guitars and synthesizers. The tracks are all stately, muted affairs that actually managed to evoke the images that their titles suggest--the best example of this is the brittle, gorgeous "Circumradiant Dawn," which sounds like a hymn written to accompany Earth's very first sunrise. Among the standouts here are "De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)," where Lisa Gerrard's voice soars above the haunting, sustained chords of the music; "Ascension," with its moody trombones and a cavernous echo so deep you can feel the space around you expanding and contracting; and "Avatar," which makes traditional rock & roll instrumentation sound astonishingly alien. SPLEEN AND IDEAL really hits its peak, however, with "Enigma of the Absolute." Brendan Perry's soft, deep voice resonates around each syllable, accompanied by sawed violins, a muted bass drum thumping in the background, and an exceptionally bright-sounding hurdy-gurdy. If you buy only one Dead Can Dance record, it ought to be this one.
1.De Profundis (Out of the Depths of Sorrow)
4.Cardinal Sin, The
6.Enigma of the Absolute
8.Indoctrination (A Design For Living)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Enigma4 previously unreleased performances from the Blue Note vault recorded 1952-1953 presented on a standard black 10'' disc in the same style as Miles' Blue Note 10'' disc from the early 1950's.1. Enigma Alternate (Take 1)
2. Kelo Alternate (Take 1)
3. Chance It Alternate (Take 3)
4. Chance It Alternate (Take 4)$13.9910 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tubular Bells IIITubular Bells III is a record quite similar to Mike Oldfield's second update of the original classic, recorded just six years prior. The production methods are a bit more polished and the tone is more serious, but the music remains dreamy, somewhat overevocative new age-with-a-beat music, quite similar to Enigma -- thanks to the Eastern textures of vocalist Amar on three tracks. There are a few occasional moments of levity, however, including the raging guitar stormer Outcast and a remake of Oldfield's early-'80s hit Man in the Rain.
- John Bush (All Music Guide)1. The Source of Secrets
2. The Watchful Eye
3. Jewel In the Crown
5. Serpent Dream
6. The Inner Child
7. Man In the Rain
8. The Top of The Morning
11. Far Above the Clouds$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Look What The Cat Dragged InThe Poison / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins
Stunning New 180 Gram Audiophile 30th Anniversary Limited Edition Vinyl Release Of Their Multi Gold And Platinum Debut Album!
Featuring Hard Rock Anthems I Want Action Talk Dirty To Me I Won't Forget You & Cry Tough
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso (Alice Cooper/David Bowie) At Friday Music Studios, Huntington Beach, CA From The Capitol Records Tapes
Stellar Gatefold Cover Artwork With Lyrics And Rare Photos From The Long Out Of Print Vinyl Release
2017 marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut of the multi-platinum smash Look What The Cat Dragged In from Harrisburg Pennsylvania's hard rocker Poison. Fronted by the driving lead vocals of Bret Michaels, the multi-talented Bobby Dahl on bass, the powerful drums of Rikki Rockett and the guitar chops of C.C. DeVille, Look What The Cat Dragged In proved to be worth its weight in gold and platinum sales.
Featuring three mega hits with I Want Action, Talk Dirty To Me and the power ballad I Won't Forget You, this album is known as one of the first hard rock/metal albums to bridge the old school with the new & is still considered one of the strongest hard rock debuts ever.
Friday Music is very proud to announce the Poison 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl series beginning with their stellar smash debut Look What The Cat Dragged In.
Mastered impeccably from the Enigma Records/Capitol Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios in Huntington Beach, CA, this 180 Gram limited edition release also is packaged in an exclusive gatefold collector's cover featuring the original artwork and lyrics.
This will be one of the most anticipated heavy rock revisits to ever grace a turntable this year!
Poison....Look What The Cat Dragged In....A hard rock heavy metal classic...Stunning new 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl....Stellar gatefold cover artwork.....An exclusive from your friends at Friday Music!1. Cry Tough
2. I Want Action
3. I Won't Forget You
4. Play Dirty
5. Look What The Cat Dragged In
6. Talk Dirty To Me
7. Want Some, Need Some
8. Blame It On You
9. # 1 Bad Boy
10. Let Me Go To The Show$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
God Curse UsImport
For years, if not decades, Heavy Metal's heaviest sub-genre known as Doom Metal has been something enigma, yet also generally ignored by the metal masses. Its flames kept fanning by a mere handful of cave-dwelling enthusiasts that fully understood its emotional depth and beauty.
With this in mind, it was almost inconceivable to imagine that it would become as widely acknowledged and appreciated as it is today. Since recent times the term Doom Metal is used almost as commonly as any other form of metal and whilst many trends have come and gone, Doom never went away.
Now that it is a more commonly accepted genre, it has typically led to an abundance bandwagon jumpers coming to the funeral. Using as much copy and paste occult paraphernalia possible can't disguise the fact that they're not genuinely into the art, or in fact particularly that great.
Witchsorrow are a prime example of a band unaffected by this Johnny-come-lately approach and play their pure and epic non-pretentious brand of Doom Metal straight from the heart. If their self-titled 2010 debut suggested that, God Curse Us All confirms it.1. Aurora Atra
2. God Curse Us All
3. Masters of Nothing
4. Ab Antiquo
6. Breaking the Lore
7. Den of Serpents$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tides End"Tides End" is the second Minks album, but you could say it's a world away from the first. Moving out of New York City to try and cure a bout of writer's block, frontman/songwriter Sonny Kilfoyle wound up in the East End of Long Island. Surrounded by water on three sides, it's the same place that drew Warhol, Pollock, de Kooning, Steinbeck and more to escape the constant barrage of information of the urban landscape.
The result is not just a romantic trip into isolation, but a melodic and warm experience to immerse yourself in. It's a pop record, with all the hooks and harmonies you'd expect from that, delivered with experience, depth and hope.
The escapist mentality of the location directly and literally affected "Tides End," as the LP is named for a beachfront estate Sonny had wandered upon one day while out for a drive. Occupied by one family for generations, who after financial decline, are now forced to sell all they own. The experience of seeing old East Coast wealth, surrounded by beautiful Rococo paintings yet no modern appliances was the initial spark to record the LP. Kilfoyle
himself purchased a portrait "Margot," which inspired and named one of the LP's catchiest tracks.Visions of sipping gin and lemonade's on the dunes with their future in peril could be something clearly reflected in the choruses of "Everything's Fine" and "Playboys of the Western World." Themes of affluence, decadence and eventual decay in spite of the outside world are everywhere, even by the skull and shells amidst an explosion of color in the Everest Hall painting that graces the cover. This is "Tides End," indeed.
Armed with a new arsenal of material, Sonny connected with producer and engineer, Mark Verbos, who had moved to New York from Berlin after a prolific career in techno and electronic music. The entire album was recorded at Mark's studio, a former electric room in the base of the Brooklyn side of the Williamsburg Bridge. "It was actually a very uninspiring and uncreative but it forced us to use our imagination and find new ways to work together,"says Kilfoyle. So when they encountered a creative impasse they would consult The KLF's
"manual" or Verbos would choose a card from Brian Eno's "Oblique Strategies." To clear the cobwebs of influence, the producer chose to only allow Sonny to listen to Seal, Simply Red, Enigma, and early Chicago house music during the recording process. This helped build texture and depth in a recording that blended ambiance and immediacy to the established foundation of all the of Minks' previous work.1. Romans
2. Everything's Fine
4. Playboys of the Western World
6. Painted Indian
7. Hold Me Now
8. Doomed and Cool
9. Ark of Life
10. Tides End$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ISONPressed On Colored Vinyl
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl With Gatefold Sleeve
Brand New Album Featuring The Hit Singles Human And Marilyn Monroe
Number 1 In Us Electronic iTunes Chart And Top 5 In Electronic Charts Around The Globe
ISON is the debut album of Iranian-born Dutch artist Sevdaliza. After releasing her latest Edison nominated visual masterpiece HUMAN, and her acclaimed short film The Formula, next to worldly known 3D experiences for That Other Girl and Marilyn Monroe, Sevdaliza is defining art with her mystical audio-visual experiences.
So far Sevdaliza already amassed millions of plays on Youtube and Spotify. She recently collaborated with A$AP Ferg and was also featured on Parisian producer STWO's latest single Haunted.
As much as ISON is about the human experience, it is mostly about Sevdaliza returning to her spirit guided by past lives. By following her intuition, her unconscious guided her on a path which one present form might never reproduce. All the knowledge that is not of the senses, not of the intellect, not of the heart but is the property that belongs to the deepest aspect of your being. ISON is an experience of that being.
Sevdaliza's melancholic visceral voice floats over beds of thumping trip hop dubs, married with classical harmonies and cutting strings setting an enigma. Rhythmic tensions build slowly into chaotic climaxes. ISON has been described as genre-bending, drawing on various genres.
Her writing, influenced by intuition and experiences in past lives, has a philosophical questioning character; subjects like spirit diversification and perception of emotion are strongly present. Divine energies blend harmonically within. Sevdaliza plays with the simulation of lives that can hardly be distinguished from truth. Creating a reality where everything is possible. To Sevdaliza, expression comes forward in designing every detail in sound and imagery.
The moving artwork of ISON was sculptured by the incredible Sarah Sitkin.LP 1
3. Marilyn Monroe
5. Amandine Insensible
1. Loves Way
3. Do You Feel Real
4. The Language Of Limbo
7. When I Reside
8. Angel$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-REF-0812xMichael Stern & The Kansas City Symphony
Elgar & Vaughan Williams/Enigma Variations, Wasps & GreensleevesGrammy®-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson has captured this colorful, beloved English music in brilliant HD sound. The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on RR, Britten s Orchestra, received a Grammy® for Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere, although the title is now unfortunately out of print.
This release again features Michael Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN and, in addition to RR, has recorded for Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque, and Naxos. Producer David Frost won Grammy® Awards in 2005, 2009, and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy®-winning titles.Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
2. Entra'acte, molto moderato
3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
4. Entr'acte, andante
5. Ballet and Final Tableau
6. Fantasia on Greensleeves
Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
7-20. Variations on an Original Theme Enigma, Op. 36$49.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Open Up And Say AhhOpen Up and Say... Ahh! is the second studio album by American glam metal band Poison, originally released in 1988 through Enigma Records. It proved to be the band's most successful release, and spawned four hit singles: Nothin' but a Good Time, Fallen Angel, Your Mama Don't Dance (a Loggins and Messina cover) and their only #1 single to date, Every Rose Has Its Thorn. The album peaked at #2 on the US Billboard 200.1. Love On The Rocks
2. Nothin' But A Good Time
3. Back To The Rocking Horse
4. Good Love
5. Tearin' Down The Walls
6. Look But You Can't Touch
7. Fallen Angel
8. Every Rose Has Its Thorn
9. Your Mama Don't Dance
10. Bad To Be Good$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-SUN-5142xVince Martin & Fred Neil
Tear Down The WallsThe rumbling baritone of Fred Neil and Vince Martins earthy tenor... Its a vocal blend every bit as impressive as the great duos in music history: the Everly Brothers and Simon & Garfunkel with a Greenwich Village twist, of course. Put Neil and Martin, a pair of New York City folkie legends-in-the-making, into a recording studio with a young, pre-Spoonful John Sebastian on harmonica and Felix Pappalardi (later to produce Cream and the Youngbloods) on guitarron (an acoustic Mexican bass guitar) and magic is inevitable. This, of course, is Fred Neil in 1964, well before he just walked away from the folk scene and split for Florida and premature retirement in 1971, to remain an enigma until his recent death. Every recording by this compelling, monstrously talented singer/songwriter should be cherished like spun gold. From the original Elektra Records stereo master, Tear Down the Walls is one of Neils first studio sessions and is undeniably also one of his best.1. I Know You Rider
2. Red Flowers
3. Tear Down the Walls
4. Weary Blues
5. Toy Balloon
7. Morning Dew
8. I'm a Drifter
9. Linin' Track
10. Wild Child in a World of Trouble
11. Dade County Jail
12. I Got 'Em
13. Lonesome Valley$24.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Axioma Ethica OdiniLimited Edition Grey Vinyl
Axioma Ethica Odini may seem at first listen like an unexpected step, but when the ever-changing yet distinct growth in their sound is taken into account, this is an organic progression. Enslaved are deeply rooted in the Norwegian black metal sound but have grown over the past decade into an almost unclassifiable and increasingly popular band without shirking their roots or trying to please anyone but themselves. It is in this deep sense of individuality that they shine as a cohesive group who constantly stun and delight fans with music that challenges and soothes at any given moment.
Their homeland has always influenced their sound and lyrics and Axioma is no different. They constantly redefine the Norwegian experience by giving nod to their Viking forefathers while simultaneously linking to the present and the unforeseeable and exciting future. Indefinable and grandiose, honest and unearthly, dark and beautiful, Enslaved are an enigma that their swiftly expanding fanbase have grown to love and respect.1. Ethica Odini
4. The Beacon
8. Night Sight
9. Lightening$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Quazarz vs. The Jealous MachinesQuazarz vs. the Jealous Machines is one of two new albums by interstellar hip-hop enigma Shabazz Palaces, aka Ishmael Butler (who, in another galaxy, performs in Digable Planets) and Tendai Maraire. Quazarz vs. the Jealous Machines, and its companion, Quazarz: Born On a Gangster Star, were both produced by Knife Knights (i.b e.b.) and mixed by Blood.
Quazarz came to the Earth from somewhere else, a musical ambassador from his place to ours. Somehow, through fire or through fury, the Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces caught wind of the tale, and it is through his prism that we hear the story.
The beach was there, and Atlaantiis, and chemical alterations and cell memories and Andre Norton, Richard K. Morgan, and always Octavia Butler. There were killings and there were votes, and brutality in both. There was sound and there were other worlds, and there was a vastness so participation sometimes came only at the edges. And the Palaceer coasted down with the alien notion, like Quazarz, and so became.
On Quazarz when they look at this place they see the inhabitants, the humans, but they don't assess as we do. And so Quazarz was sent to meet a cat with vibration, a creative and courageous, caring, compassionate dude that stood out. The dude was a drug dealer, but that was neither here nor there, until his dealings squashed the rendezvous, leaving our alien alone to figure out what this place is really all about.
Coming from a simpler, more essential, innocent place, the hero could not make heads nor tails of most advancements. From an aerial view, he saw that a good percentage of earthly vibrations were on very small squares and it became his belief that this world was very disposable and the spans short. His opinion was not of anything good nor bad but simply the truth. The machines-he noted-though at the behest of their master's voice, are scorned, and jealous as all hell.
And so the tale is told while surfing on the board of Shabazz Palaces, with its sturdy base angled for takeoff on a new trajectory. There is new blood and space and room to be different and have different assets and different art and different ways to talk and also open up some space inside to do something new. There are pages and there are drawings, and color and faces and inked dialogues written in ancient futuristic hieroglyph. There are scales and there is melody and there are Sunny days and there is Darkness, but that-it should be noted-to the Palaceer is not a lack of illumination or brightness. Maybe it is dark, but in it is always optimism and joy, a bright darkness and a full, hopeful one as well.1. Welcome to Quazarz
2. Gorgeous Sleeper Cell
3. Self-Made Follownaire
6. Julian's Dream (ode to a bad)
7. 30 Clip Extension
8. Love in the time of Kanye
9. Sabonim in the Saab on 'em
10. The SS Quintessence
11. Late night phone calls
12. Quazarz on 23rd$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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An intrepid musical enigma. - BBC
Directed by Josh C. Waller and starring Rachel Nichols, Cory Monteith
and Mike Vogel, McCanick tells the story of a narcotics detective on
the hunt for a seemingly harmless young criminal who know the truth
about the cop's past. The film takes place over the course of 24 hours.
The music is composed by acclaimed Icelandic
composer Jóhann Jóhannsson who recently scored Denis
Villeneuve's Prisoners. The score is beautiful, elegant and haunting
and does not fit the traditional definition of film music. Jóhann
Jóhannsson belongs to this generation of modern composers such as
Max Richter, Clint Mansell, and Cliff Martinez who combine classical
orchestration with electronic music. Famous for his melancholic solo
albums, Jóhann Jóhannsson has created with McManick a score that
stands on its own and plays out as a full on artist record
complementing an already rich and beautiful repertoire.1. Morning Workout
4. Chase - Subway
5. By The River
6. Chase - Apartment To Subway
10. This Is Eugene Mccanick
11. It's Not Your Fault
12. Simon's Theme
13. Mccanick$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CellsFour years and four EPs on, Keating is still something of an enigma. He doesn't prey on fame, he does very few interviews and he isn't part of a DJ crew: he has always preferred to let his music speak for itself. He's been in no hurry to release a record either - until now, that is. Keating has found a home on Different Recordings, which counts club crusaders like Tiga, Felix Da Housecat and Vitalic among its roster, and is finally ready to present his mission statement: Cells.
An album is such a personal manifesto, he says, of why he has waited until now to release Cells, and, in some ways, I didn't feel as if I'd earned that. I hadn't got their full attention yet. He should, however, give himself more credit. Since Mars, Keating has released another chart-nudging single, I Think I Like It, remixed with everyone from Hot Chip and Gossip to Calvin Harris and Sway, produced three memorable mixes for Radio 1 and appeared on huge party bills with the biggest names in dance music. He has also started a label, Blood Music, and has hosted its showcases at Social Club in Paris and London's Fabric. And he has just dropped a new EP, Yes/No, to ready fans for his debut long-player. The world, as it happens, is bloodthirstily waiting: Cells is one of the most anticipated dance albums of 2012.
It's a daring one at that. Cells is an 11-track distillation of Keating's surreal vision, an electronic masterpiece skewered by his love of the macabre, the uncanny and the sinister. He has trapped his signature breed of savage, Godzilla-strength basslines and laser-blazing four-to-the-floor inside his very own suspense thriller.1. Yes / No
3. Phantom Power
4. End of Days
5. All In The Blink
6. Let It Go
7. Another World
9. Soft Machine
11. Contact$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Human CeremonyIncluded in top 45 most anticipated albums of 2016 from Rolling Stone
Sunflower Bean find magic within friction. The New York trio's full-length debut album, Human Ceremony [Fat Possum Records], emerges at the intersection of dreamy modern psychedelica and urgent fuzzed-out bliss. That push-and-pull colors the aural tapestry of these three musicians-Jacob Faber [drums], Julia Cumming [vocals/bass], and Nick Kivlen [vocals/guitars].
"Everything comes from a conflicting interest," affirms Nick. "We love dream pop, but we also really love rock 'n' roll. It's those two spectrums."
"You're allowed to obsess over Black Sabbath as well as The Cure," adds Julia. "It'd be boring if everything was just one way or the other."
That diversity defined the group's approach since Nick and Jacob started jamming back in high school. They would hole up in Jacob's Long Island basement for hours on end, channeling this vast cadre of influences. Julia's addition would only expand that creative palette further in 2013.
Through constant gigging around New York, Sunflower Bean sprouted into a sonic enigma, boasting a fiery musical call-and-response that serves as a centerpiece, giving the music what Jacob refers to as a "lyrical aspect" between the guitars, drums, and bass.
They transferred this multi-headed energy into their 2015 Independent EP, Show Me Your Seven Secrets. At the same time, this distinct alchemy enchanted ever-growing audiences live. By the time, they entered the studio for Human Ceremony, Sunflower Bean had a lively aural cauldron from which to draw.
They took the summer of 2015 off and retreated to Jacob's basement to write together. Taking the ideas out of the basement, they hit a Brooklyn studio with producer Matt Molnar [Friends] and tracked eleven tunes in just seven days. Whereas the EP was recorded after Sunflower Bean played 100 shows in one year, Human Ceremony showed the band's studio side with richer soundscapes, overdubs, and music that had yet to be debuted live.
On the lead track "Easier Said," Julia's delicate vocals glide over a lilting clean guitar that spirals off into a vibrant hum.
Sunflower Bean's spell is cast on Human Ceremony.
"When you're in a band, you always dream about the first record," Julia concludes. "It's that moment where you explore everything that's been inspiring you."1. Human Ceremony
2. Come On
4. Easier Said
5. This Kind of Feeling
6. I Was Home
7. Creation Myth
8. Wall Watcher
9. I Want You To Give Me Enough Time
10. Oh, I Just Don't Know
11. Space Exploration Disaster$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Nashville SkylineRelaxed 1969 Album Soothes With Country Sounds and Amicable Simplicity
Hyper-Detailed 45RPM Version Allows You to Experience Dylan's All-Time Cleanest Vocal Performances Like Never Before: Soft, Smooth Croon a Dramatic Change from His Past
Songs Reflect Rustic Charm, Cozy Retreat, Idyllic Satisfaction
Includes Duet With Johnny Cash, Plus Lay Lady Lay and Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
For an artist whose career is flush with enigma, myth, and disguise, Nashville Skyline still surprises more than almost any other Bob Dylan move more four decades after its original release. Distinguished from every other Dylan album by virtue of the smooth vocal performances and simple ease, the 1969 record witnesses the icon's full-on foray into country and trailblazing of the country-rock movement that followed. Cozy, charming, and warm, the rustic set remains for many hardcore fans the Bard's most enjoyable effort. And most inimitable. The result of quitting smoking, Dylan's voice is in pristine shape, nearly unidentifiable from the nasal wheeze and folk accents displayed on prior records.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 45RPM analog version zeroes in on the shocking purity and never-again-replicated croon of Dylan's vocals. Enhanced, too, are the images associated with the calmly strummed and picked acoustic guitars and decay connected to the fading notes. The dimensions and ambience of the Columbia studio translate via subtle echoes and natural blend of instruments melding with one another, akin to honey integrating with tea. Providing comparably soothing effects, relaxing vibes pour forth from this reissue, which affords this masterpiece the fidelity it's always deserved. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.
"Is it rolling, Bob?," Dylan famously queries producer Bob Johnson at the beginning of "To Be Alone With You," indicating the laissez-faire feelings that surrounded the sessions and helped yield the laidback, convivial music defining the album-arguably the most unique in the artist's vast catalog. While he dipped his toes into country waters on the preceding John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline throws its collective arms around the style in bear-hug fashion and drops any obvious folk references. Everything from the songs' moods to the amicable arrangements reacts against the era's turmoil and popular sounds.
This beautiful and beautifully executed effort might stand as Dylan's most effective protest ever, even if many missed the point upon original release. Advocating peace, love, and old-world allure without calling attention to any characteristic in an overly forward manner, Dylan frames the songs as ballads, rags, lullabies, and gentle honky-tonk dances. He adheres to expeditious brevity, keeping the arrangements tight and free of any filler, thus allowing the melodies to immediately work their magic and place hummable memories inside listeners' heads.
Indeed, if any Dylan masterpiece is overlooked, it's Nashville Skyline. In addition to his superb singing and infallible songs, Dylan enjoys backing from a crackerjack assembly of Nashville session musicians including Charlie Daniels, Marshall Grant, W.S. Holland, Charlie McCoy, Ken Buttrey, and Norman Blake. Country pros, and their respective performances, don't come any better.
As much as on any of his records, Dylan resides in a good place, mentally and emotionally. The idyllic, warmhearted environs of Nashville Skyline stand apart now just as they did in the late 1960s. The sincerity conveyed on the inviting "Lay Lady Lay," relief sighed on the romantic "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," and unlimited promise expressed on the jittery "To Be Alone With You" parallel the lessons-learned yearning and genuine desire found on "One More Night," bracing "I Threw It All Away," and eternal "Girl From the North Country," performed to perfection with Johnny Cash.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Girl From the North Country
2. Nashville Skyline Rag
3. To Be Alone With You
4. I Threw It All Away
5. Peggy Day
6. Lay Lady Lay
7. One More Night
8. Tell Me That It Isn't True
9. Country Pie
10. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
E.S.P.Numbered, Limited Edition
Pressed At RTI
A landmark recording and masterful symphony of performance, composition, and execution, Miles Davis' E.S.P. established the template jazz would follow for the following decade. The 1965 record splits the gap between accessible hard-bop and the cutting-edge approach Davis increasingly pursued into the 1970s. Adventurous, sophisticated, and yet altogether cohesive, E.S.P. stands out not only due to its elastic compositions but via its chemistry, interplay, and feeling attained by the instrumentalists. The first album Davis' classic second quintet made together, it's also very arguably the group's best. Never before has the effort been experienced in such transformational sound.
Pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of E.S.P. treats each phrase and every note as sacred communication. This meticulously restored audiophile version renders the music's dynamics, pitch, colors, and textures with lifelike realism and proper scale. Reference-caliber separation, wall-to-wall soundstages, and distinct images magnify the intensity and beauty of Davis and Co.'s creations. Whether it's the distinctive snap of Tony Williams' drum sticks against the snare head, air moving through Davis' trumpet, acoustic thrum of Ron Carter's bass, or upper register of Herbie Hancock's piano, the sound is better than you'd even hear in the most intimate jazz clubs. Prepare to be swayed on every level.
For many, E.S.P. looms among the decade's best albums if only because of the significance of Davis' lineup. While Hancock, Williams, and Carter are holdovers that began playing with one another on 1963's Seven Steps to Heaven, Wayne Shorter functions as the secret weapon and key addition responsible for this ensemble hitting a new peak. Indeed, the saxophonist helped pen two of the seven compositions here - notably, E.S.P. is entirely comprised originals and clocked in as one of the longest-running jazz LPs issued at the time - and, more importantly, grants Davis the confidence and leeway necessary for the eruption of enigma, steadiness, and tension.
As he did with John Coltrane year earlier, Davis hangs back and picks his moments to solo, with Shorter stepping up to supply the churn. Their bandmates respond in kind, itching to take off into new stratospheres all the while keeping their improvisations grounded and connected to the piece at hand. Guided by Davis' visions and inspired by current boundary-pushing works by the likes of Ornette Coleman, Cecil Taylor, and Coltrane, the magnificent results spark with variation, harmony, emotion, energy, and brilliant movement.
Interlocking lines drive Little One, alternating rhythms pulse through the funky Eighty-One, melodies soar on the balladic Iris, the aptly titled Mood broods over minor-key structures, and Agitation - goosed by a two-minute percussive introduction by Williams - delivers on its promise. No record - and no group of musicians - have ever balanced coherent themes and exploratory playing in better fashion than Davis' quintet on E.S.P. It's the avant-garde record even jazz traditionalists love, and essential on every level.
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