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Trompe Le Monde
The Pixies Trompe Le Monde On Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP From Mobile Fidelity
Pixies Swan Song Sparks With Electrically Charged Hooks, Outer-Space Atmospherics, And Eminent Tunefulness
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes: Restoration Turns 1991 Album Into A Sonic Blockbuster
Frank Black-led Set Includes Contagious Cover Of The Jesus And Mary Chain's "Head On"
The Pixies verged on commercial breakthrough when the now-iconic band released Trompe le Monde in September 1991. A sea change in popular music tastes that the band helped initiate began to sweep the world. And the Boston quartet seemed prepared to lead the way, with this, its eminently tuneful fourth record, jam-packed with crafty hooks, prickly tones, catchy elements, outer-space atmospherics, electrically charged energy, and delightfully quirky lyrics.
As it stands, Trompe le Monde takes its place as one of the finest swan songs ever recorded. If the Pixies wouldn't have broken up right after its release, there's no telling what would've happened. All that you need to know is that the 15-track effort is as hard rocking and brilliantly innovative as any of the group's creations. That's no small feat.
Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180g LP presents the ensemble's abrasively melodic landmark in a fidelity it's never enjoyed in any prior version. Featuring lusher keyboards and moodier soundscapes than its predecessors, but also reclaiming the nasty guitar edginess and swooning distortion of the group's earliest efforts, Trompe de la Monde finally comes across as the Pixies intended: A sonic bridge between college-rock's influential cruder-textured albums and the polished professionalism that distinguished alt-rock classics.
In other words, Mobile Fidelity's version presents it as the perfect-sounding album: Replete with grit, rawness, and character, but mixed in with radio-friendly smoothness and virtuosic professionalism. Awash with incredible timbres and tonalities, myriad new details rise to the surface. Listen to the counterpoint melodies and layered vocals on "Letter to Memphis"; the trash-compactor feedback and thumping bass during the whipsawing "Planet of Sound"; the "Spyhunter"-like pace and limitless depth now present on "Subbacultcha." Dynamics, contrasts, low-end frequencies, and imaging are all significantly enhanced. Compared to the original CD, Trompe le Monde emerges as a new album-a sonic wonderland that's not far removed from that of Nirvana's celebrated blockbuster Nevermind.
Musically, the Pixies were never better. On par with the groundbreaking Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Trompe le Monde explodes with hyper riffs, jerks to stop-start progressions, elates with cheerful emotions, and bangs on to giddy surf-fused arrangements. With Kim Deal absent from the songwriting process, vocalist/guitarist Frank Black takes the reigns and doesn't disappoint. Tales about sea monkeys ("Palace of the Brine"), aliens ("Planet of Sound"), and love ("The Sad Punk") bop alongside memorable jabs at hipster pretensions ("Subbacultcha") and inflated egos ("U-Mass"). A contagious cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" will have you hitting "repeat." Power pop, wanderlust punk, theatrical glam rock, reconfigured reverb-laden country-all here, all encouraging repeat listens.
Nearly lost due amidst the alternative trend that it played such a key role in spawning, Trompe le Monde gets new life courtesy of this extremely punchy, greatly balanced Mobile Fidelity issue. If you missed it the first time, don't make that mistake again. Essential with a capital "E," and the perfect way to close Mobile Fidelity's Pixies catalog restoration series.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Trompe le Monde
2. Planet of Sound
3. Alec Eiffel
4. The Sad Punk
5. Head On
7. Palace of the Brine
8. Letter to Memphis
9. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons
10. Space (I Believe In)
12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
13. Lovely Day
14. Motorway to Roswell
15. The Navajo Know$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World SoundtrackOn Red Vinyl!
The soundtracks to movies adapted from comic books are often marketing free-for-alls; promoting bands takes precedence over choosing songs that make sense for the film. However, nothing could be further from the truth for Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's music. Since so much of the comic revolves around the bands that the characters play in, the film was already somewhat protected from having a bunch of random songs crammed into its soundtrack, but the film's creative team ensured that the music was done right. Director Edgar Wright's other films (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, etc.) boast soundtracks that brim with personality onscreen and play more like mixtapes than albums in their own right; that feeling continues here with picks like Beachwood Sparks' By Your Side, T. Rex's Teenage Dream, and Frank Black's I Heard Ramona Sing.
The musicians who bring the comic's bands to life are just as cleverly chosen. Beck revisited his slacker-punk roots with the songs he wrote for Scott's band Sex Bob-Omb; though they're performed by Michael Cera and the other actors in the film, Threshold, Summertime, and Garbage Truck still have Beck's gloriously messy early-`90s vibe to them. Later, he contributes Ramona, a dreamy ballad that sounds more like his 2000s work. Meanwhile, Broken Social Scene are Crash and the Boys, the rival band whose I'm So Sad, So Very Very Sad lasts a whopping five seconds. Every part of the soundtrack shows how much care went into it, from choosing artists like Broken Social Scene and Metric to nod to the story's Canadian setting, to the 8-bit version of Threshold that reflects Pilgrim's immersion in video games. The sweetest detail may be the song that started it all: Scott Pilgrim, by the Canadian all-female band Plumtree from their 1997 album Predicts the Future, holds within it all the breathless true love and crunchy guitar goodness that sparked the comic.
Somehow, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World's music remains true not just to the comic, but to the work of everyone involved in the story at every stage, with plenty of fun and heart to boot. ~ Heather PharesEntertainment Weekly (p.75) - 'Garbage Truck' is the keeper, with a fuzz-punk groove that's no laughing matter.1. We Are Sex Bob-Omb - Sex Bomb-Omb
2. Scott Pilgrim - Plumtree
3. I Heard Ramona Sing - Frank Black
4. By Your Side - Beachwood Sparks
5. O Katrina! - Black Lips
6. I'm so Sad, so Very, Very, Sad - Crash and the Boys
7. We Hate You Please Die - Crash and the Boys
8. Garbage Truck - Sex Bomb-Omb
9. Teenage Dream - T. Rex
10. Sleazy Bed Track - The Bluetones
11. It's Getting Boring by the Sea - Blood Red Shoes
12. Black Sheep - Metric
13. Threshold - Sex Bomb-Omb
14. Anthems for a Seventeen Year Old Girl - Broken Social Scene
15. Under My Thumb - The Rolling Stones
16. Ramona [Acoustic Version] - Beck
17. Ramona - Beck
18. Summertime - Sex Bomb-Omb
19. Threshold (8-Bit) - Brian Lebarton$19.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress)This power trio has famous roots, and they've brought it all together masterfully. First cut The Sun Road starts off like a tune off of David Gilmour's first solo album and then vanishes into a driving, power-chorded surge of soulful rock. Next, Dark Corners is a massive rocker that pulls you under its powerful whirlpool of guitar/bass/drum frenzy. Stevens tortures the guitar into absolute submission without any predictable riffs. Levin looms everywhere, and Bozzio flows in a polyrhythmic jungle. Fine interactive tension and execution everywhere. This goes way beyond King Crimson's Red days.
Duende opens with flamenco guitar firebursts, and slowly builds into a decent Spanish-flavored piece. Not my favorite, but well done. The title cut, Black Light Syndrome, is obviously a play on Bozzio Levin Stevens. It is a slower-paced dirge and filled to the brim with a variety of well-executed riffs, basslines, and drum tech.
Falling in Circles is an early Floydscape dotted with Ronnie Montrose leads, a ballad of driving determination and resolve. Floods of Satriani, Wishbone Ash, Alvin Lee, Fripp, Buck Dharma, and even that Duane Allman tone.
Book of Hours took me right back to Wheels of Fire's Pressed Rat and Warthog, rainy-day dreamy afternoons with a fresh pot of designer coffee. Levin, Bozzio, and Stevens play off of one another precisely as one mind.
On the last cut, Chaos/Control, you hear that E7 breakdown from Hendrix's Midnight on War Heroes, and then a jazzy boogie in classic Frank Marino style is laid down. Stevens is a guitarist with a wide range of dynamics.
- John W. Patterson (All Music Guide)1. The Sun Road
2. Dark Corners
4. Black Light Syndrome
5. Falling in Circles
6. Book of Hours
7. Chaos / Control$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Walk The Line180 Gram Translucent Gold Vinyl
Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered In Stellar Monophonic Sound By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering
Features 2 Rare Photos From The Columbia Archives In The Gatefold Art
In 1964 after an amazing run of chart topping albums and a treasure trove of smash country and pop songs, Johnny Cash put together one of his finest albums from the era with his masterpiece "I Walk The Line."
Produced by the great Don Law with Frank Jones, the "Man In Black" revisits heartfelt renditions of his earlier hits like "Hey Porter" and "Give My Love To Rose", while also offering a half dozen new tunes. New top charters like "Bad News" and "Understand Your Man" would quickly propel this album into the number one spot, as "I Walk The Line" would truly become one of the biggest selling albums of his stellar career.
Johnny Cash continues his amazing trek of great interpretations with Flatt and Scruggs' "Troublesome Waters" as well as Gene Autry's classic "Goodbye Little Darlin' Goodbye."
In honor of The Man, the Music, the Legend, The Man In Black, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Gold Vinyl release of the Johnny Cash classic "I Walk The Line."
As another fine limited edition installment in our exciting Johnny Cash 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its true audiophile glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., "I Walk The Line" will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Johnny Cash fans everywhere.
For this exclusive presentation, we are also including the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the original LP cover elements as well as a two rare photos of the legend in the inside gatefold art from the Columbia Records vaults.
Johnny Cash . "I Walk The Line" .A history making rock n country album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release . first time gatefold cover ..is now an audiophile Gold vinyl dream come true .From your friends at Friday Music .Stay tuned for more Johnny Cash original Columbia Records audiophile recordings from Friday Music.
"I Walk The Line .."
Featured Musicians: The Carter Family, Norman Blake, Bob Johnston, Jack Clement and Marshall Grant1. I Walk The Line
2. Bad News
3. Folsom Prison Blues
4. Give My Love To Rose
5. Hey Porter
6. I Still Miss Someone
7. Understand Your Man
8. Wreck Of The Old '97
9. Still In Town
10. Big River
11. Goodbye, Little Darlin' Goodbye
12. Troublesome Waters$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
BossanovaOriginally released in 1990, Bossanova was the Pixies' third full-length and second collaboration with independent English producer Gil Norton. The album was a noted departure from their unpredictable signature sound and it's considered their first thematic project. Leader Black Francis' (Frank Thompson) songwriting reveals his twisted interpretation of surf music combined with his fascination of aliens and UFOs. The end result is Bossanova, a surf-space rock album that found the Pixies reaching new heights. Pressed on Audiophile Quality 180g Vinyl!1. Cecilia Ann
2. Rock Music
5. Is She Weird
7. All Over The World
8. Dig For Fire
9. Down To The Well
10. The Happening
11. Blown Away
12. Hang Wire
13. Stormy Weather
14. Havalina$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FrankFrank is the extraordinary debut album of Amy Winehouse, a winner of the Ivor Novello award for songwriting
excellence, a nominee for the prestigious Mercury Music Prize and a multi-platinum success in the UK and across
Europe. Now available on vinyl for the very first time, the album features the singles 'Stronger Than Me,' 'You Sent Me Flying' and 'F-Me Pumps'. The bulk of the album was produced by Salaam Remi, who would go on to produce half of Back To Black.1. Intro / Stronger Than Me
2. You Sent Me Flying / Cherry
3. Know You Now
4. Fuck Me Pumps
5. I Heard Love Is Blind
6. Moody's Mood For Love / Teo Licks
7. (There Is) No Greater Love
8. In My Bed
9. Take The Box
10. October Song
11. What Is It About Men
12. Amy Amy Amy / Outro$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Back To BlackAmy Winehouse's second album, Back to Black, is one of the finest soul albums, British or otherwise, to come out in this decade. Frank, her first album, was a sparse and stripped-down affair; Back to Black, meanwhile, is neither of these things. This time around, Winehouse takes inspiration from some of the classic 1960s girl groups like the Supremes and the Shangri-Las, a sound particularly suited to her textured vocal delivery, while adding a contemporary songwriting sensibility. With the help of producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, Rehab becomes a gospel-tinged stomp, while the title track (and album highlight) is a heartbreaking musical tribute to Phil Spector, with an echoey bass drum, rhythmic piano, chimes, saxophone, and close harmonies.
Best of all, though, is the fact that Back to Black is unabashedly grown-up in both style and content. Winehouse's lyrics deal with relationships from an adult perspective, and are honest, direct and, often, complicated. On You Know I'm No Good, she's unapologetic about her unfaithfulness. But she can also be witty, as on Me & Mrs Jones, when she berates a boyfriend.
2. You Know I'm No Good
3. Me & Mr Jones
4. Just Friends
5. Back To Black
6. Love Is A Losing Game
1. Tears Dry On Their Own
2. Wake Up Alone
3. Some Unholy War
4. He Can Only Hold Her$19.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Back To Black (Import Cover)Import
Limited edition vinyl LP pressing of the uber-successful album from this UK vocalist. 'Back To Black' is the second album from London-based chanteuse Amy Winehouse. Although her 2003 debut was a success, her rowdy offstage behavior became the focus of tabloids and critics instead of the music. Because of this, Winehouse stepped out of the spotlight and concentrated on putting the focus back on her music. Three years later, her sophomore release has surprised critics and excited her fanbase. Combining a strong, Jazzy vocal style with often frank lyrical content recounting tales of love and loss, Winehouse is a truly talented songwriter with a good ear for melody, making this album an essential purchase. Includes the single 'Rehab'. Island.1. Rehab
2. You Know Im No Good
3. Me & Mr Jones
4. Just Friends
5. Back To Black
6. Love Is A Losing Game
7. Tears Dry On Their Own
8. Wake Up Alone
9. Some Unholy War
10. He Can Only Hold Her
11. Addicted$37.99Vinyl LP Buy Now
Sleep Is For The Week10th Anniversary Reissue
Side D Features Frank Turner Logo Etching (No Music)
10th Anniversary reissue of the Frank Turner debut album - Sleep Is For the Week. The Double LP features the original 13 tracks & 6 bonus demos. Side D will be etched with the Frank Turner logo. Standard weight, black vinyl.LP 1
1. The Real Damage
2. Vital Signs
3. Romantic Fatigue
4. A Decent Cup Of Tea
5. Father's Day
6. Worse Things Happen At Sea
7. My Kingdom For A Horse
8. Back In The Day
9. Once We Were Anarchists
10. Wisdom Teeth
11. The Ladies Of London Town
12. Must Try Harder
13. The Ballad Of Me And My Friends
LP 2 (No Music On Side 2)
1. Romantic Fatigue (demo)
2. The Real Damage (demo)
3. Wisdom Teeth (demo)
4. Sunshine State (demo)
5. This Town Ain't Big Enough For The One Of Me (demo)
6. Longing For The Day (demo)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Pete YornWith ten years and five studio albums under his belt, Pete Yorn is a stalwart in the singer/songwriter world. Originally receiving acclaim for his work scoring a Farrelly Brothers film (Me, Myself and Irene), Yorn quickly began garnering much deserved attention for his efforts as a songwriter outside of his work on film. Having tasted success, Yorn released his first full-length, musicforthemorningafter in 2001, which went gold and had Rolling Stone hailing him one of Ten To Watch in 2001.
Fast forward through nearly a decade and multiple musical ventures to 2010 to find Pete Yorn releasing his sixth studio album on Vagrant Records. The 11-song collection was produced by Frank Black (The Pixies) and is comprised of raw tracks, born of shattered nerves and shifting dreams yet edged with hope.
Recorded on the spur-of-the-moment in the summer of 2008, Yorns forthcoming album is a self-titled piece with a plain black cover. While in the midst of tracking Back & Forth, Yorn received an email from Frank Black suggesting they record some songs. After hopping a plane to Salem, OR, Black and Yorn set up an impromptu studio where they created the album in a mere five days. The result is Yorns most introspective work to date, as the self-titled album explores relationships, ambivalence and our natural fear of the future and unknown.1. Precious Stone
2. Rock Crowd
3. Velcro Shoes
4. Paradise Cove I
6. The Chase
7. Sans Fear
9. Stronger than
10. Future Life
11. Wheels$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ready To Die
Ranked 133/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Ready to Die is the debut album of American rapper The Notorious B.I.G., released September 13, 1994 on Bad Boy Records. The first release on the label, it features production by record producer and Bad Boy founder Sean Puffy Combs, Easy Mo Bee, Chucky Thompson, DJ Premier, and Lord Finesse, among others. Recording sessions for the album took place during 1993 to 1994 at The Hit Factory and D&D Studios in New York City. The partly autobiographical album tells the story of The Notorious B.I.G.'s experiences as a young criminal, referring to himself as the black Frank White. Ready to Die is his only studio album released during his lifetime; B.I.G. was murdered days prior to the release of his second album Life After Death (1997).1. Intro
2. Things Done Changed
3. Gimme the Loot
4. Machine Gun Funk
6. Ready to Die
7. One More Chance
8. Fuck Me (interlude)
9. The What
11. Everyday Struggle
12. Me & My Bitch
13. Big Poppa
15. Friend of Mine
17. Suicidal Thoughts$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Swingin' Affair!A Swingin' Affair is the 12th studio album by Frank Sinatra, originally released in 1957, peaking at #2 on the Pop
Album Chart. Arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, it contains the signature Sinatra classics "Night And Day,"
"I Won't Dance," "From This Moment On," "Nice Work If You Can Get It" and many more! UMe is pleased to reissue
this 60th Anniversary edition on 180g black vinyl.1. Night and Day (Cole Porter)
2. I Wish I Were in Love Again (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart)
3. I Got Plenty o' Nuttin' (DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
4. I Guess I'll Have to Change My Plan (Arthur Schwartz, Howard Dietz)
5. Nice Work If You Can Get It (G. Gershwin, I. Gershwin)
6. Stars Fell on Alabama (Frank Perkins, Mitchell Parish)
7. No One Ever Tells You (Hub Atwood, Carroll Coates)
8. I Won't Dance (Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Oscar Hammerstein II, Otto Harbach, Dorothy Fields)
9. The Lonesome Road (Nat Shilkret, Gene Austin)
10. At Long Last Love (Porter)
11. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To (Porter)
12. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (Duke Ellington, Paul Francis Webster)
13. From This Moment On (Porter)
14. If I Had You (Jimmy Campbell, Reginald Connelly, Ted Shapiro)
15. Oh! Look at Me Now (Joe Bushkin, John DeVries)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Burnt Weeny Sandwich (Awaiting Repress)Mastered & Cut Directly From The Analog Tape Master By Bernie Grundman
Burnt Weeny Sandwich receives a 180-gram audiophile repressing on black vinyl via Zappa Records/UMe. Supervised by the ZFT, the record was specially mastered for this release by Bernie Grundman with all analog production and cut directly from the 1970 ¼: stereo safety master tape in 2018. Unavailable on vinyl for more than three decades, the LP will include the original album's black and white poster, which has never been reproduced in any of the album's CD editions.1. WPLJ
2. Igor's Boogie, Phase One
3. Overture to a Holiday in Berlin
4. Theme from Burnt Weeny Sandwich
5. Igor's Boogie, Phase Two
6. Holiday In Berlin, Full Blown
7. Aybe Sea
8. Little House I Used To Live In
9. Valarie$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Trouble Is A Lonesome TownTHRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE is a revolving music collective devoted to paying homage to the
underdog records of years past. The debut album revisits Lee Hazlewood's 1963 lost classic Trouble
Is A Lonesome Town and features Pete Yorn, Frank Black (Pixies), Isaac Brock (Modest Mouse),
Courtney Taylor-Taylor (The Dandy Warhols), Eddie Argos (Art Brut), the late Larry Norman and more.
In 1963, Lee Hazlewood released his debut album Trouble is a Lonesome Town to little fanfare. It
was a collection of solo acoustic songs stitched together with a narrative that described life in a
fictional small town inhabited by outlaws, thieves, and down-and-out laborers. The album was hokey,
but hip. Corny, but cool. It evoked a bygone era of pastoral American towns and their sometimes seedy underbellies, somewhat like a darker version of the Andy Griffith Show or a more sinister
Prairie Home Companion. More importantly, it was a fully realized concept album that predated
the trend that is so common in today' s music world. Hazlewood had originally intended the songs
as demos for his publisher, in hopes that other artists might someday record them. A half century
later, the music collective known as THRIFTSTORE MASTERPIECE has done exactly that.
Producer I band leader Charles Normal explains I first came across the record around the turn of the
millennium while living in Oslo, Norway. I found it in a secondhand junk shop and it struck a nostalgic
note somewhere within me. It made me homesick for the panoply of Americana I had experienced
while slumming it in the Southwestern border towns and California desert whistle stops I drifted
through when I first started playing music on the road. The record didn't leave my turntable for
months. Years later, I started to envision the record as a more orchestrated statement and began
recording the basic tracks in my studio.
My brother, singer Larry Norman, lent his voice to a couple of the tracks, but when he passed away
from a heart attack in 2008 I fell into a deep funk and put the project on the back burner. I couldn't
bring myself to harmonize with his vocals ... it was just too emotional to deal with. It wasn't until much
later, prompted in part by Isaac Brock, that I dusted off the tapes and hard drives and began to finish
it. I went through my address book and started calling friends who happened to be in possession of
great voices to see if they were interested in joining in.1. Long Black Train - featuring Frank Black
2. Ugly Brown -featuring Larry Norman
3. Son Of A Gun- featuring Frank Black
4. We All Make The Flowers Grow- featuring Kristin Blix
5. Run Boy Run - featuring Frank Black
6. Six Feet Of Chain- featuring Pete Yorn
7. The Railroad- featuring Isaac Brock
8. Look At That Woman - featuring Courtney Taylor-Taylor
9. Peculiar Guy- featuring Eddie Argos
1 0. Trouble Is A Lonesome Town - featuring Larry Norman$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
African American singer and guitar player who got his start playing on the streets of Memphis around the turn of the century. His enormous repertoire of early folk, blues, old time country and popular music, along with his influence on local musicians has made many point to him as the true father of Memphis blues. He began touring the South with a black face Medicine Show comedian in the 1910s where it is said he met and influenced Jimmie Rodgers, among others. He then moved to Tennessee where he began playing with musician Dan Sane with whom he made his first recordings as the Beale Street Sheiks for Paramount in 1927. Throughout this period Stokes recorded a number of sides for Paramount and Victor until his old time style began to lose popularity with the record buying public.1. Downtown Blues
2. Bedtime Blues
3. Whats the Matter Blues
4. Mistreatin Blues
5. It Wont Be Long Now
6. Nehi Mamma Blues
7. I Got Mine
8. Stomp That Thing
9. 'Taint Nobodys Business If I Do
10. Take Me Back
11. How Long
12. South Memphis Blues
13. Bunker Hill Blues
14. Right Now Blues
15. Shiney Town Blues
16. Frank Stokes' Dream
17. Memphis Rounders Blues$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Zoot AlluresMastered & Cut Directly From The Analog Tape Master By Bernie Grundman
Zoot Allures features two of Zappa's signature guitar pieces, ("Black Napkins" & "Zoot Allures"). The album became a fan favorite since its release in 1976. Originally conceived as a double-disc, Frank re-edited it to a single record after pressure from his record company. This 180-gram re-issue was mastered and cut directly from the analog tape master by Bernie Grundman in 2017.1. Wind Up Workin' In A Gas Station
2. Black Napkins
3. The Torture Never Stops
4. Ms. Pinky
5. Find Her Finer
6. Friendly Little Finger
7. Wonderful Wino
8. Zoot Allures
9. Disco Boy$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Optimist2017's The Optimist is Anathema's first album since 2014's spellbinding Distant Satellites and contains the band's darkest, most challenging and unexpected material.
Recorded in Winter 2016 at Attica Studio in Donegal and Castle of Doom Studios in Glasgow with producer Tony Doogan (Mogwai, Belle & Sebastian, Super Furry Animals) at the helm. Doogan's influence is instantly tangible as for the first time in years Anathema recorded as a live band for an album, capturing an energy normally only present on stage. A technique that should be welcomed by fans aware of the band's supreme live power - previously captured on the celebrated concert film, Universal.
Double 180g black vinyl presented in a gatefold cover.
Mastered by Frank Arkwright at Abbey Road Studios.LP 1
1. 32.63N 117.14W
2. Leaving It Behind
3. Endless Ways
4. The Optimist
5. San Francisco
2. Can't Let Go
3. Close Your Eyes
5. Back To The Start$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Awaiting Repress)Following her tragic passing in July, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of Frank and Back To Black. It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.
The 12 track collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions, and has been compiled by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amys family, management and record label Island Records. Lioness : Hidden Treasures proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman and serves as a reminder of Amys extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.1. Our Day Will Come (Reggae Version) (recorded 2002)
2. Between the Cheats (recorded 2008)
3. Tears Dry (recorded 2005)
4. Wake Up Alone (Demo) (recorded 2006)
5. Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?
6. Valerie (Slow Version) (recorded 2006)
7. Like Smoke (featuring Nas) (recorded 2008)
8. The Girl from Ipanema (recorded 2002)
9. Halftime (recorded 2002)
10. Best Friends (recorded 2003)
11. Body and Soul (with Tony Bennett)
12. A Song for You (recorded 2009)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Holy Ground (Pure Pleasure)
Irish singer Mary Black is well known for deftly combining her Celtic roots with contemporary folk. On this release, she offers another strong set of songs, as she interprets songs from American folk favorite John Gorka (Treasure Island) and connects with Anglo-folk tradition on the lovely One Way Donkey Ride (written by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention fame). The acoustic instrumentation feature a rich blend of guitars, fiddles, saxophones, and accordions that add a timeless feel to most of her songs. The highlight of the album is Loving Time, an emotional story of star-crossed lovers told with a bittersweet aching that few artists could deliver so poignantly. While a few songs towards the end of the album suffer from middle-of-the-road, adult easy listening arrangements, Mary Black's voice remains an incredibly expressive instrument that makes this another solid effort.
- Mary Black (vocal)
- Dave Early (drums, conga, percussion)
- Garvan Gallagher (bass)
- Frank (vocals, violin, whistle)
- Declan Sinnott (guitar, mandolin)
- Pat Crowley (keyboards, accordian)
- Carl Geraghty (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)
- Mel Mercier (percussion)
- Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (additional vocals)
Production: Declan Sinnott
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. Summer Sent You
2. Flesh and Blood
3. The Loving Time
4. Golden Thread
5. The Holy Ground (Trad)
6. Treasure Island
7. The Holy Ground
8. One Way Donkey Ride
10. Lay Down Your Burden
11. Paper Friends
12. Poison Words$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
IconsMore than two years after the lauded announcement of their reunion, None More Black have ended the seemingly interminable wait for new material with the promised full-length Icons. Constructed on a backbone of punk rock learned in former bands (Kid Dynamite, Kill Your Idols, New Mexican Disaster Squad), the songs on Icons flourish into something much more dramatic. The gruff intonations and captivating melodies that have become Jason Shevchuk's hallmark are complemented by a complex layering of ambitious instrumentation, which, when brought together, achieve a nearly indescribable result. One moment the listener is thrust into a maelstrom of heavy guitars and frenzied rhythms, and the very next is pacified by a reflective reprieve. All of this is accented with innovative backing vocals and thoughtful, yet frank, lyrics. Icons is truly unique in its arrangement and execution and it will obliterate the expectations of fans and critics alike.1. Mr. Artistic
3. Cupcake Wednesday
4. Here Comes Devereux
5. Im Warning You With Peace & Love
6. When Mickey Died
7. Iron Mouth Act
8. Sinatra After Dark
10. Gary Page One In Pink
11. Budapest Gambit$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Exultation!Part of the ultimate audiophile Prestige stereo reissues from Analogue Productions - 25 of the most collectible, rarest, most audiophile-sounding Rudy Van Gelder recordings ever made. All cut at 33 1/3.
All mastered from the original analog master tapes by mastering maestro Kevin Gray. 200-gram LPs pressed at Acoustic Sounds' state-of-the-art pressing plant, Quality Record Pressings, plated by Gary Salstrom
Deep groove label pressings, tip-on jackets on thick cardboard stock
Intensity marked everything that Booker Ervin played. In his harmonic concept, slashing attack, and broad Texas sound, Ervin demanded attention and constantly built improvisations of searing drama and epic sweep. His primary legacy is a series of albums recorded for Prestige in the 1960s, of which this was his first, a riveting quintet recital where the alto saxophone of Frank Strozier supplies an urgent complement and the rhythm section is piloted by Horace Parlan, Ervin's longtime compatriot from their days together in the Charles Mingus Jazz Workshop and in a cooperative quartet that worked at Minton's Playhouse. In addition to four inspiring originals by Ervin and drummer Walter Perkins, the session features an eloquent reading of Fats Waller's immortal Black and Blue and an exploration of the show tune Just in Time. Both the latter and No Land's Man are included in two versions, the shorter of which were cut for release as a 45 single.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Mooche Mooche
2. Black and Blue
3. Tune In$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mermaid Avenue Vol. IIho knew that after the undeniable, sometimes shimmering, sometimes rustic magic of Mermaid Avenue that there was enough quality material for a second volume? By setting their own music to Woody Guthrie's lyrics, Billy Bragg and Wilco once again offer a 50-minute testament to Guthrie's long, dynamic shadow. This sophomore meeting is as balanced between the up-tempo and the down-tempo as was the first Mermaid. Jeff Tweedy's rasp gives all the Wilco-driven tunes a certain grit, and the songs Bragg takes on have a luminescent, frank earnestness that intensifies the delivery of Guthrie's lyrical social critiques. Hot Rod Hotel, with Bragg on the mic, melds the two approaches best, and Secret of the Sea is the CD's poppiest centerpiece--aptly aimed at radio airplay like the first Mermaid's California Stars. Natalie Merchant's playful I Was Born is brief but sweet, just as bluesman Corey Harris's Against the Law is an uplift, with his passionate vocal wail mirroring the political gist of Guthrie's words. The moody closers Black Wind Blowing and Someday, Some Morning, Sometime end Volume 2 with a pair of sweetly sad gems, one a Bragg-sung folk blues that mourns the loss of cotton crops in the American dustbowl era, the other a Tweedy-sung paean to lost love. At the dawn of a new millennium, with labor and the distribution of wealth as pressing historical issues that disrupt every International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization soiree, the time is right for Woody. --Andrew BartlettLP 1
1. Airline To Heaven
2. My Flying Saucer
3. Feed Of Man
4. Hot Rod Hotel
5. I Was Born
6. Secrets Of The Sea
7. Stetson Kennedy
8. Remember The Mountain Bed
9. Blood Of The Lamb
10. Against The Law
11. All You Fascists
12. Joe DiMaggio Done It Again
13. Meanest Man
14. Black Wind Blowing
15. Someday, Some Morning, Sometime$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Sopranos Soundtrack (Colored Vinyl)Red with Black Smoke Colored Vinyl
Available On Vinyl For The First Time Ever! Mastered For Vinyl And Lacquers Created By Kevin Gray, Pressed On 180 Gram Limited Edition Vinyl.
Imagine an album that could contain tracks by Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and Elvis Costello, as well as Frank Sinatra, Cream, and Van Morrison. That's part of the lineup on this various-artists sampler of music used in the television series The Sopranos, music that dates from each of the last five decades of the 20th century, from Bo Diddley's 1950s hit ''I'm a Man'' to Eurythmics' ''I've Tried Everything'' from their 1999 reunion album, Peace. Familiar songs like Sinatra's ''It Was a Very Good Year'' are given a new flavor by being sequenced between very different yet oddly complementary songs. The most interesting moments, however, come with the less familiar material -- cast member ''Little Steven'' Van Zandt and the Disciples of Soul's ''Inside of Me,'' Elvis Costello & the Attractions' live take on ''Complicated Shadows,'' Wyclef Jean's rap over Sly & the Family Stone's ''Family Affair'' on ''Blood Is Thicker Than Water,'' which refers specifically to the mafia family story line of the show. The result sounds like an hour with the radio station of your dreams, which is what this kind of album aspires to be. ~ AllMusic Review by William RuhlmanLP1
1. A3 - Woke Up This Morning
2. R.L. Burnside - It's Bad You Know
3. Frank Sinatra - It Was A Very Good Year
4. Bob Dylan - Gotta Serve Somebody
5. Little Steven & The Disciples Of Soul - Inside Of Me
6. Cream - I Feel Free
7. Them Featuring Van Morrison - Mystic Eyes
1. Bruce Springsteen - State Trooper
2. Bo Diddley - I'm A Man
3. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Complicated Shadows
4. Nick Lowe - The Beast In Me
5. Los Lobos - Viking
6. Wyclef Jean - Blood Is Thicker Than Water
7. Eurythmics - I've Tried Everything$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Sefronia (180 Gram)180 Gram Black Vinyl
Limited To 400 Copies
Newly Remastered From The Original Master Tapes By Bill Inglot
The list of '60s and '70s singer-songwriters is long and full of legends; but perhaps the most talented of that very talented bunch was Tim Buckley. Certainly when it came to singing Buckley was at the very top; his range was unmatched, capable of covering several octaves and acres of emotion in one breath, from sweet, tenor tenderness to hoarse, cracking anguish. And his songwriting showed a similar wide range; in the course of eight short years Buckley went from baroque, psychedelic folk rock to jazzy, even avant-garde ravings to blue-eyed soul.
This extreme eclecticism, of course, worked against Buckley commercially; by the time his fans caught up to his latest stylistic change he was off on another. But it's also one of the reasons why his reputation has steadily grown in the years since his untimely death in 1975; countless listeners only familiar with his early Elektra albums have found themselves floored by his later output. Which is where we find ourselves with 1973's Sefronia, one of the most controversial albums of his career. Long-time fans decried this record as a sellout, and indeed its soft '70s funk feel is jarring to those used to his more adventurous work. But Buckley proves himself to be one helluva R&B singer on this album, which deserved a much larger audience than it got (by this time Buckley was on Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen's label DiscReet).
Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present both Sefronia on vinyl for the first time since the late '80s, in a version newly remastered from the original master tapes by Bill Inglot. This release marks a significant upgrade in sound from what's heretofore been available, and to celebrate, we're offering a limited edition of 400 copies in audiophile 180-gram black vinyl. It's high time this album was reappraised; this vinyl release displays it at its very best!1. Dolphins
2. Honey Man
3. Because of You
4. Peanut Man
7. I Know I'd Recognize Your Face
8. Stone in Love
9. Sefronia--After Asklepiades, After Kafka
10. Sefronia--The King's Chain
11. Sally Go 'Round the Roses$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now