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Gene Clark With The Gosdin BrothersOn this, the first solo album by an ex-Byrd, Gene Clark doesn't fly too far from the nest -- Byrds' Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke make up the rhythm section, while the Gosdin Brothers chime in with sweet harmony vocals. Add guitarists Glen Campbell, Jerry Cole and future Byrd Clarence White, and some beautiful orchestration by Leon Russell to Clark's melancholy melodies and the result is a forward-looking country-rock primer that sounded like nothing else in '67 and continues to astound and inspire today. With 3 bonus tracks and liner notes courtesy Sid Griffin.1. Echoes
2. Think I'm Gonna Feel Better
3. Tried So Hard
4. Is Yours Is Mine
5. Keep On Pushin'
6. I Found You
7. So You Say You Lost Your Baby
8. Elevator Operator
9. The Same One
10. Couldn't Believe Her
11. Needing Someone
12. The French Girl
13. Only Colombe
14. So You Say You Lost Your Baby (acoustic demo)$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blind, Crippled And CrazyGrammy® Award winner and Americana legend, Delbert McClinton returns to
where he began his recording career over 40 years ago, a duets record with
Glen Clark. Delbert & Glen released 2 albums in the early 70s. The two remained
friends and now have reunited for Blind, Crippled & Crazy. Produced by Gary
Nicholson, Delbert and Glen, the new album delivers all the swampy blues, soul
and honky tonk sounds with lyrics and harmonies full of wisdom and wit.1 Been Around A Long Time
2 Whoever Said It Was Easy
3 Oughta No
4 World Of Hurt
5 More And More, Less And Less
6 Just When I Need You The Most
7 Somebody To Love You
8 Sure Feels Good
9 Tell My Mama
10 Peace In The Valley
11 Good As I Feel Today
12 If I Could Be Your Lover$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Four Legendary Country Artists In One Super-group: Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings And Kris Kristofferson
Featuring The Hit-Singles Highwayman And Desperados Waiting For A Train
The Highwaymen were a country music super-group composed of four of the biggest outlaw country artists: Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson. The band was active as a group between 1985 and 1995.
In 1984, Glen Campbell first played the song Highwayman for Johnny Cash. The four were all together in Switzerland doing a television special and decided that they should do a project together. While the four were recording their first album, Marty Stuart again played the song for Cash, saying it would be perfect for them-four verses, four souls, and four of them.
Campbell then played the song and the quartet had the name for their new super-group The Highwaymen, the name of their first album, Highwayman, and the name of their first single. The four thought it was a perfect name for them because they were always on the road and all four had the image of being outlaws in country music.
Both the album and the single eventually reached the top spot on the country music charts.
Their remake of Guy Clark's Desperados Waiting for a Train reached the Top 20. (Clark is frequently referred to as The Fifth Highwayman.)
The four original members starred together in the 1986 film Stagecoach.1. Highwayman
2. The Last Cowboy Song
3. Jim, I Wore A Tie Today
4. Big River
5. Committed To Parkview
6. Desperados Waiting For A Train
7. Deportee (Plane Wreck At Los Gatos)
8. Welfare Line
9. Against The Wind
10. The Twentieth Century Is Almost Over$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Borboletta (Speakers Corner)
After some hot live performances and subversive jaunts made in the aftershock of Woodstock, Santana and his band entered the calm atmosphere of the recording studio to make their sixth album. Taking a look at the blue butterfly on the LP cover, it wasn't surprising that purist Santana fans scented that the music in this particular garden would be more gentle and cultivated than the previous hard-rock sound. But one thing after another: in attune with semi natural sounds, the 'Canto De Los Flores' swings along to dabbed figures on the Rhodes piano and waves of multi-cultural drumming.
The drama continues with Life Is Anew - a powerfully arranged ballad, followed by a highly emotional rock number (Give And Take). This takes us to where Santana feels most at home - Promise Of A Fisherman with its velvety, wonderfully expansive guitar sound. By now, at the latest, the listener joins the sensitive outdoorsman on his chase after the butterfly named Boborletta with a wealth of gorgeous sounds. Don't hesitate to capture this rare specimen for your collection!
- Carlos Santana (guitar, percussion)
- Tom Coster (keyboard)
- Leon Patillo (organ, electric piano, vocals)
- Stanley Clarke (bass)
- Michael Shrieve, Leon „Ndugu" Chancler (drums)
- Airto Moreira, Flora Purim (percussion)
- Jose Chepito Areas, Armando Peraza (percussion, conga)
Recording: 1974 by Glen Kolotkin
Production: Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve & Tom Coster
About Speakers Corner
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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Spring Manifestations
2. Canto de los Flores
3. Life Is Anew
4. Give and Take
5. One with the Sun
7. Practice What You Preach
9. Here and Now
10. Flor de Canela
11. Promise of a Fisherman
12. Borboletta$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thom Chacon (Out Of Stock)Thom Chacon could well be the subject for one of his own evocative songs. On his self-titled sophomore album on the Pie label, the Durango, CO, singer-songwriter takes on the "American Dream" in no uncertain terms. Recorded at producer Perry Margouleff's famed Pie Studios in Glen Cove, N.Y., with Bob Dylan's rhythm section of drummer George Receli and bassist Tony Garnier, Thom Chacon offers a series of compelling narratives that focus on the forgotten members of society.
Singer/songwriter Thom Chacon delivers hardscrapple tales in a voice well-suited to the task that will immediately remind you of what's his name? Maybe John Prine, or John Mellencamp, or Steve Earle or Bruce or Guy Clark or?
But after a spell you'll just hear Chacon. His storytelling is as direct as his vocals. His melodies are serviceable and well-drawn, but not yet instantly memorable. It took a few plays to hear past the obvious influences but after that, this album makes for a consistently entertaining spin.
If you're looking for allegory look elsewhere because Chacon's words are to be taken literally. His stories are of the wrongly convicted, the hunted illegal, the wanted, the indebted living the American Dream worth more dead cause baby I owe, the hooked on alcohol (etc.). If you're looking for happy tunes, you've come to the wrong place, not that Chacon's characters complain. They are mostly defiant, heroic and stoic.
The action mostly takes place on the Southwestern American border and the parched-throated Chacon sounds as if he's not had water in days. He's playing guitar and harmonica recorded live in the studio and backed by, among others, Dylan's rhythm section of drummer George Recile and bassist Tony Garnier who keep the proceedings moving smoothly, yet turbulently throughout.
The live-in-the-studio production by Perry Margouleff engineered by William Wittman at Margouleff's Pie Studio was recorded and mixed in our favored analog domain and mastered that way by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound so can you guess how this LP pressed at Quality Record Pressings sounds?
I'll put it to you this way: if Ain't Gonna Take Us Alive, with its 12 string electric doesn't deliver the chills on your stereo, your stereo needs work.
The sound is immediate, unprocessed, three-dimensional and as deep and honest as Chacon's songwriting and singing. The dynamics and instrumental textures are as good as you will hear on a record-or live for that matter. The bass line erupts in a way you may have thought was extinct on modern recordings. Why can't everything sound this good?
- Michael Fremer, Analog Planet1. Innocent Man
2. American Dream
3. Juarez, Mexico
4. A Life Beyond Here
5. Chasing The Pain
7. Ain't Gonna Take Us Alive
8. Big River
10. No More Trouble
11. Bus Drivin' Blues
12. Grant County Side$19.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock