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Moment Of TruthReleased four years after its previous album, Hard to Earn, this album could be perceived as a comeback, with a
newer, updated style of the group's already-established jazz-tinged hip-hop. The album is the group's most
commercially successful album to date. The lead single, You Know My Steez, became the duo's second Billboard
Hot 100 appearance in 1997. Continuing with it's Respect The Classics campaign UMe will be reissuing this classic album back on vinyl for the first time in 15 years.1. You Know My Steez
2. Robbin Hood Theory
5. Above the Clouds
6. JFK 2 LAX
7. Itz a Set Up
8. Moment of Truth
9. B.I. vs. Friendship
10. The Militia
11. The Rep Grows Bigga
12. What I'm Here 4
13. She Knowz What She Wantz
14. New York Strait Talk
15. My Advice 2 You
16. Make 'Em Pay
17. The Mall
19. Next Time
20. In Memory Of$39.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hard To EarnOriginally released in March of 1994, Hard to Earn is the fourth album from the legendary hip-hop duo Gang Starr. It includes the hit singles Mass Appeal,
DWYCK and Code of the Streets and features guest appearances by Group Home, Jeru The Damaja, and Big Shug. It peaked at #25 on the Top 200
album chart and #2 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop album chart. 2014 marks the 20th anniversary of this true hip-hop classic.LP 1
1. Intro (The First Step)
3. Code of the Streets
5. Tonz 'o' Gunz
6. The Planet
7. Aiiight Chill...
8. Speak Ya Clout
1. Words From the Nutcracker
2. Mass Appeal
3. Blowin' up the Spot
4. Suckas Need Bodyguards
5. Now You're Mine
6. Mostly Tha Voice
8. Comin' for Datazz$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The OwnerzThe Ownerz is the sixth and final studio album by the hip-hop duo Gang Starr, recorded two years before the duo
broke up. It was well-received critically and boasts four singles, Skills, Rite Where U Stand, Nice Girl, Wrong
Place, and Same Team, No Games. Continuing with the Respect The Classics campaign, UMe will be reissuing
this classic album back on vinyl for the first time in over 10 years!LP1
1. Intro (HG, Goo, Panch)
2. Put Up Or Shut Up
3. Werdz From The Ghetto Child
5. Rite Where U Stand
7. Deadly Habitz
8. Nice Girl, Wrong Place
1. Peace Of Mine
2. Who Got Gunz
3. Capture (Militia Pt. 3)
5. Riot Akt
7. Same Team, No Games
1. In This Life...
2. The Ownerz
4. Eulogy$39.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
What's Going On (Pure Pleasure)In 2006, exactly a year after Katrina, in the aftermath of a vicious natural disaster that displayed the incompetence of the Crescent City's infrastructure, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the Federal Government, they addressed the tragedy in the only way they know how, by re-creating the same kind of bewilderment and anger that Marvin Gaye felt and witnessed in 1971 by issuing their own take on Gaye's classic album What's Goin' On. This is a question that is proved all the more poignant given the efforts of an entire region trying not only to rebuild homes and businesses, but trying to preserve a culture as this recording was released. The Dirty Dozen recruit a number of vocalists to help out on the hinge tunes. The samples of New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin's voice in the aftermath of the hurricane usher in the brass slip-sliding along the dark funky overtones of Gaye's signature tune. Guitarists Doug Bossi and Ben Keeler dig into the groove, as does drummer Terence Higgins and keyboardist/producer Anthony Marinelli, as Chuck D raps the refrain in the context of modern history, the disaster, and the ineptitude and even hostility of a government who wages war and ignores domestic problems. It's a news report from the front lines as the horns cut the melody, the harmony, and the deep, steamy funk groove. What's Happening Brother, closes the funk from the inside, turning the groove back in on itself not only playing the rage, but echoing it in the grain of Bettye LaVette's vocal, which dares to spit out the truth with questions and observations in the pain of a first person narrative. The airy arrangement of Flyin' High (In the Friendly Sky) is nearly mournful, nostalgic for a more innocent time, but is all the more poignant for that longing. The deep tribal drums Mardi Gras Indian-style, with the skronky saxophones, tight guitar groove, and screaming narrative in Save The Children give way to the smoothness of Gaye's melody. It's a bewildered tune, sad with undercurrents of rage. Ivan Neville's arrangement for God Is Love is a stunner, full of deeply imaginative hues and colors and gospel grooves. G. Love helps out on Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology), where the musicality in Gaye's vocal disappears but is supercharged in the horn charts, and Love's vocal sounds confused, displaced, out of time against the instruments. Right On is both militant and celebratory. It's got the funk, but it's also got gospel, rock, and deep soul blaring from the trombones and the repetitive riff in the rest of the brass section. Guru from Gang Starr cuts out from the moody, spectral introduction of Inner City Blues, when Higgins drums play counter to Kirk Joseph's deep blues sousaphone on the bassline. Frustration is everywhere and the horns point fingers to this truth which Guru lays out: that today is the same and perhaps even more so than it was in Gaye's time. The desolation in Gaye's lyric isn't lost but it is fleshed out over the chart so that they are merely the ghosts from the past preaching and exhorting in this new generation. Never has party music sounded so poignant, so utterly damning and hopeful and unbowed. This is the next step in the Homecoming that was a funeral for a friend; this is the aftermath, the sound of angry resurrection coming out with the sun, one where the revolution may be televised but bursts out of the edges in the screen and makes itself known by the medium understood by the people who have to live its realization. With killer grooves that take no prisoners, What's Goin' On is the most fitting tribute yet to Gaye, because not only does it prove the timelessness of the music itself, it echoes that what is indeed goin' on (Gaye's dedication to Detroit as its decline became a reality with no onlookers interested in doing anything) is even more true today than it was in 1971.
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. What's Going On feat. Chuck D
2. What's Happening Brother feat. Bettye Lavette
3. Flying High (In the Friendly Skies)
4. Save the Children
5. God is Love feat. Ivan Neville
6. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
7. Right On
8. Wholy Holy
9. Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HomebrewFirst Pressing Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Transparent Green Vinyl
4-Page Booklet Included
Homebrew is the second studio album by Neneh Cherry. The album features several different genres, including between Jazz, Funk and Trip Hop. Hip Hop legends Gang Starr co-wrote and produced Soul Sassy and I Ain't Gone Under Yet. Geoff Barrow wrote and produced Somedays.
Trout features a guitar riff sampled from Steppenwolf's version of The Pusher, and the drum track by John Bonham from When The Levee Breaks.Buddy X was allegedly inspired by Lenny Kravitz. It was remixed by Notorious B.I.G and the Dream Team. The track Move With Me later appeared on the soundtrack of the 1993 film Sliver.
Everything on this record is a gem. Cherry triumphs with a seamless and unorthodox blend of Hip Hop, R&B, Dance music, and Pop, and on Money Love and Trout, the presence of R.E.M.'s Michael Stipe brings Rock to the eclectic mix.1. Sassy (Featuring Guru From Gangstarr)
2. Money Love (Featuring J$ From 'Trout' On Guitar)
3. Move With Me
4. I Ain't Gone Under Yet
6. Buddy X
8. Trout ( Featuring Michael Stipe)
9. Peace In Mind
10. Red Paint$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Return Of The Boom Bap1993's Return of the Boom Bap is the debut solo album from former Boogie Down Productions leader and rap pioneer KRS-One. Enlisting outside producers here such as Gang Starr's DJ Premier and Kid Cupri gives the music the weight to contend with KRS-One's cutting and socially conscious lyrics, making for a hard-hitting and thrilling ride in hip-hop history.1. KRS-One Attacks
2. Outta Here
3. Black Cop
4. Mortal Thought
5. I Can't Wake Up
6. Slap Them Up
7. Sound Of Da Police
8. Mad Crew
9. Uh Oh
10. Brown Skin Woman
11. Return Of The Boom Bap
12. P Is Still Free
13. Stop Frontin'
14. Higher Level$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
PRhyme InstrumentalsPRhyme, released in December 2014, was a collabo album with DJ Premier and Royce Da 5'9". The album marked the first time that DJ Premier has been part of a group since being ½ of the legendary Gang Starr. All 9 DJ Premier tracks are presented here as instrumentals on vinyl. Sleeve is a blue variant of the original album cover.1. PRhyme (Instrumental)
2. Dat Sound Good (Instrumental)
3. U Looz (Instrumental)
4. You Should Know (Instrumental)
5. Courtesy (Instrumental)
6. Wishin' (Instrumental)
7. To Me, To You (Instrumental)
8. Underground Kings (Instrumental)
9. Microphone Preem (Instrumental)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Analog ManGrammy Award winning rock and roll legend Joe Walsh returns with the Fantasy Records/Concord release Analog Man, his first solo album in two decades! Analog Man is both modern and timelessly soulful, packed with Walsh's beloved wit, charm and chops, all encompassed by an incredibly raw and intimate sound.
Features Walsh's amusing take on the 21st century in the title track and Lucky That Way which boasts a guest appearance by Ringo Starr. The 10-track album was co-produced by Jeff Lynne with Tommy Lee James co-writing some of the songs. It's been 20 years and I have a lot to say, said Walsh. These songs come from the heart.
Walsh, best known for his powerful guitar lick, joined the Eagles in 1976 and is credited for bringing a harder rock sound to the band with the acclaimed Hotel California, The Long Run and Eagles Live. A singer/songwriter and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, Walsh has entertained for more than four decades, not only as a solo artist, but as a part of admired acts like The James Gang and Barnstorm. Fitting to a true Analog Man, the release is pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl with a download card.1. Analog Man
2. Wrecking Ball
3. Lucky That Way
4. Spanish Dancer
5. Band Played On
7. One Day At A Time
8. Hi-Roller Baby
9. Funk 50
10. India$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
93 Til Infinity (Out Of Stock)One of hip-hop's great lost masterpieces, 93 'Til Infinity is the best single album to come out of Oakland's Hieroglyphics camp, and ranks as a seminal early classic of the West Coast underground. The Souls of Mischief weren't even out of their teens when they completely redefined the art of lyrical technique for the West Coast, along with fellow standard-bearers Freestyle Fellowship, the Pharcyde, and Hiero founder Del tha Funkee Homosapien. The Souls come off as four brash young MCs who are too smart for their own good, yet they're so full of youthful exuberance that it's impossible to dislike them for it. They're also excellent storytellers, punctuating their tales with a wry wit and clever asides; still, they're able to take on the grittier subjects of violence and death with a worldliness beyond their years.
The production -- all by various core Hieroglyphics members -- is just as good as the raps, driven by complex beats, unpredictable basslines, and samples drawn from spacy fusion records and East Coast jazz-rap crews. Main Source and Gang Starr both provide track foundations here, and it's possible to hear the intricately constructed loops of the former and the lean attack of the latter (circa Step in the Arena) in the record's overall style. A better comparison, though, would be to the effortless flow and telepathic trade-offs of A Tribe Called Quest. In fact, 93 'Til Infinity seems to actively aspire to the fluidity of the best Tribe albums; tracks often segue directly into one another without pause -- and the transitions are seamless. Although the title cut is an underappreciated classic, 93 'Til Infinity makes its greatest impression through its stunning consistency, not individual highlights. Put it all together, and you've got one of the most slept-on records of the '90s.
- Steve Huey (All Music Guide)
1. Let 'Em Know
2. Live and Let Live
3. That's When Ya Lost
4. A Name I Call Myself
6. What A Way To Go Out1. 93 'Til Infinity2. Limitations feat. Casual
3. Anything Can Happen
4. Make Your Mind Up
5. Batting Practice
6. Tell Me Who Profits
7. Outro$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock