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  • Oh, Good Grief! (Pre-Order) Oh, Good Grief! (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Oh, Good Grief! (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: July 6, 2018*

    50th Anniversary Vinyl Edition Of The Classic


    Includes Original Art With A Tip-On Jacket


    Mastered By Kevin Gray And Pressed At RTI


    Pressed On Translucent Red Vinyl


    Many people got to know Vince Guaraldi through his 1963 Grammy®-winning song, "Cast Your Fate To The Wind," or via the group Sounds Orchestral's Top-10 cover of it two years later. Lee Mendelson heard Guaraldi's version when working on a Peanuts documentary, and contacted Guaraldi, asking him to score the upcoming Peanuts Christmas special. It was a match made in television and musical history. With songs like "Linus And Lucy," the special was a hit and for over five decades not a holiday season goes by without an airing of the television classic. So potent and successful was the Peanuts/Guaraldi combination that Guaraldi went on to score 18 Peanuts projects.


    In 1968, Vince made a label switch from his long-time home, Fantasy Records, to his new label, Warner Bros. Records. For his inaugural album, he decided to re-interpret his Peanuts classics on Oh, Good Grief! In addition to the instantly recognizable Guaraldi sound of piano, bass, and drums, this time he added electric guitar and electric harpsichord to the mix. The record was a smash hit.


    Now, for its 50th anniversary, Omnivore Recordings is proud to present the album the way the world first heard it-as stated on the original album's back cover, "on shiny black vinyl." Well, actually, this special pressing is "on shiny red vinyl!" Mastered by Kevin Gray and pressed at RTI, this timeless album has never sounded better.


    Join Charlie Brown and his friends on this classic release, once again on vinyl - Oh, Good Grief!

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. Linus and Lucy
    2. You're In Love Charlie Brown
    3. Peppermint Patty
    4. Great Pumpkin Waltz
    5. It's Your Dog, Charlie Brown
    6. Oh, Good Grief!
    7. Red Baron
    8. Rain, Rain Go Away
    Vince Guaraldi
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    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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    Good Grief

    From collaborating with the likes of Tweedy and David Byrne, to becoming such a part of the Newport Folk Festival family that they were asked to back up Roger Waters during this year's incredible headlining performance, the last two years have been the best in the Lucius' career. Now, the Brooklyn band is prepping to keep the good times going with the release of their latest LP, Good Grief.


    Arriving via Mom + Pop Music, Good Grief was produced by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Weezer) and Bob Ezrin, along with the band themselves. The 11 tracks see the singer-songwriter duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig exploring the emotions of "loneliness, sadness and exhaustion alongside excitement, fulfillment and some of the most joyful moments in our lives" that they experienced while touring behind their last record. "Whenever one of us had an idea or a feeling," Wolfe said in a press release, "the other was already a witness to it and could help navigate through it - for the two of us, this usually came in song form."


    - Ben Kaye (Consequence Of Sound)

    1. Madness
    2. Something About You
    3. What We Have (to Change)
    4. My Heart Got Caught on Your Sleeve
    5. Almost Makes Me Wish for Rain
    6. Gone Insane
    7. Truce
    8. Almighty Gosh
    9. Born Again Teen
    10. Better Look Back
    11. Dusty Trails
    Lucius
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Wild World

    At first glance the striking artwork for Bastille's hugely anticipated second album, 'Wild World', may prompt a number of questions. Who are the two individuals balanced precariously above a cityscape? Why are they there? What will happen next? But Dan Smith's own interpretation of the image is one that runs through many of the songs on Wild World, "To me, the image isn't about what's just happened or what happens next," he begins. "It's not about how they got there or how they get down. It's about sharing a moment - two friends existing in that split second in that exact space, two people framed in the vast context of this huge mad metropolis that we've all built. They're there out of choice."


    The London four-piece release their hugely anticipated second album, 'Wild World' in 2016. The album follows the band's global four million selling, multi-platinum debut, Bad Blood.


    The announcement follows a fever pitch build spearheaded by infectious new single 'Good Grief', which received an incredible reaction across media and charted as last week's highest new entry as well as achieving the most week-one streams ever for an alternative single. The surreal video for the track clocked up over half a million views in just 48 hours and the band's recent triumphant Glastonbury set drew one of the largest crowds of the weekend and was hailed by the NME as "A masterclass in how to win Glastonbury."
    Wild World retains the vivid, rich, filmic song-writing of its predecessor but pushes the band's distinctive sound in exciting new directions. Lyrically, too, it's a leap forward, "If our first album was about growing up and the anxieties surrounding it" Dan explains, "Our second is about trying to make sense of the world around you, both as you see it and as it's presented to you through the media. It's also about asking questions of the world and of the people in it. We wanted the album to be a bit disorientating - at times extroverted and introverted, light and dark."


    Written by Dan Smith and co-produced with Bastille fifth member Mark Crew, Wild World was recorded in the same tiny, South London windowless basement studio where the band recorded its predecessor. It's a collection of fourteen songs (nineteen on the deluxe edition) that sees Bastille at their boldest and most daring. Anthemic yet thought-provoking tracks include the fiery, string-laden, 'The Currents', a poignant and timely song that was written about, "Specific public figures on both sides of the Atlantic, and how it can be hard to believe they can think certain thoughts, let alone say them out loud or get on a podium and broadcast them." As well as the bombastic 'Send Them Off!' which boasts the attitude of a classic hip hop song set against the lyrical narrative and insecurities that are part of Bastille's own DNA, whilst referencing both The Exorcist and Othello. The track exemplifies Dan's belief in shuffle culture and the end of rigid genre boundaries. There's also the pensive, stripped back Depeche Mode-esque sound bed for the band's beautiful album trailer, 'Two Evils' which was recorded in one take; As well as the irresistible and rousing 'Snakes' and the guitar heavy 'Blame', which Dan describes as, "Our first foray into big guitar riffs, in a fictional standoff between two gangsters."


    But at the heart of it all, there's a sense of escapism that runs through Wild World and a fascination with the human condition and the relationships we all forge, fight over and sometimes forget. "The world can seem a fucked up place," Dan concludes. "But people - well, people can be amazing. The relationships you choose to have in your life are the main solace. They're the things that make life awesome."

    1. Good Grief
    2. The Currents
    3. An Act of Kindness
    4. Warmth
    5. Glory
    6. Power
    7. Two Evils
    8. Send Them Off!
    9. Lethargy
    10. Four Walls (The Ballad of Perry Smith)
    11. Blame
    12. Fake It
    13. Snakes
    14. Winter of Our Youth
    Bastille
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    Unvarnished

    Unvarnished is the 14th studio album by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts released on the Blackheart Records label.


    Joan Jett has been through some dark times over the last 10 years - so many that she refers to it as her 'decade of death.' But she's channeled that grief into a new album, 'Unvarnished,' that contains some of her most personal work.


    I wrote a lot about what teenagers write about: love, sex and partying and having a good time. As you grow up, things change, she explained. You have responsibilities and realize you've got to do stuff. I suppose you could run from that, but you've got to be there for your family and your friends.


    Jett's 'decade of death' included the loss of both parents, which - as one might expect - proved difficult to cope with. They made it possible for me to do this. They encouraged me. They got me the guitar, she recalled. My father, who hated rock & roll, put up with it. He didn't come down on me to stop it. So losing my parents was big, and I think it translated to the music in songs like 'Fragile,' which is about life being fragile, love being fragile, how easy it is to break hearts.


    Those themes carry over into other songs on 'Unvarnished,' as Jett went on to explain. 'Hard to Grow Up' is about responsibility and realizing that I've got to do this, she continued. The song 'Make It Back' is about Hurricane Sandy and people's attitudes. You don't see a lot of press about it as I go around the country. It was very devastating. My town is still beat up. People were really crushed. It gave me a sense of what it's like to be in a war zone.


    It wasn't just personal or communal tragedies that stood between Jett and new material, either. I convinced myself I had writer's block, she explained. It was 'Reality Mentality' that was the song that took me a long time to write. I used to think that songs just came to me. They didn't - you had to sit down and work at it. Just be patient, write a couple of lines, leave it, come back to it and stuff will pop out. And all of a sudden, stuff started coming, and I realized: You don't have writer's block. Your expectations were wrong.


    What it all adds up to, in Jett's opinion, is a record that should resonate with fans. The songs have a serious tone, but they're relatable, she concluded. They're songs about stuff everybody goes through.

    1. Any Weather (606 Version)
    2. TMI
    3. Soulmates To Strangers
    4. Make It Back
    5. Hard To Grow Up
    6. Fragile
    7. Reality Mentality
    8. Bad As We Can Be
    9. Different
    10. Everybody Needs A Hero
    Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Speakers Corner) Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (Speakers Corner)

    Beethoven had just finished writing his symphonies when - in 1830 - a young Frenchman created a sensation with his completely novel and exuberant orchestral music. Based on classical music form, Berlioz composed his »massive instrumental composition« as a five-movement musical drama. Such a stroke of genius, in which the ego and grief thereof are described, had never been heard before in the French Romantic period.


    Berlioz employs a very large orchestra with a big timpani section, four bassoons and military brass to present the young artist - an autobiographically motivated character - who dreams his way through the various episodes, hallucinating and frenzied. Here it is clear that it is Berlioz' declared intention to express the artist's visions radically and unmistakably in music - beginning with the ever-recurring delusional 'idÉe fixe' via a terrifying opium intoxication and ending up with the nightmare of his own burial.


    Of the many high-quality, often highly impassioned performances, this particular one by Dimitri Mitropoulos is certainly a benchmark recording. The great conductor makes the rhythms pulsate; he skilfully mixes the wealth of sound colouring, and blends the orchestral instruments so subtly that one notices previously unheard details with every listening.


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

    Musicians:



    • Hector Berlioz (composer)
    • The New York Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Dimitri Mitropoulos



    Recording: February 1957 in New York




    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. I - Reveries; Passions
    2. II - Un Bal
    3. III - ScÉne Aux Champs
    4. IV - Marche Au Supplice
    5. V Songe D'Une Nuit Du Sabbat
    Hector Berlioz
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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