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Produced by Terry Knight, Closer To Home is Grand Funk Railroad's third studio album, and was released in 1970. The album reached Gold record status the same year, making it the group's third Gold record in one year. The album's inside artwork shows a live photo of the band performing at Madison Square Garden in February 1970.
Closer To Home was the record that really broke them through to the commercially successful level of Metal masters such as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Rather than rushing headlong into their typical hard, heavy, and overamplified approach, Grand Funk Railroad began expanding their production values.
Most evident is the inclusion of strings, the acoustic opening on the disc's leadoff cut, Sins a Good Man's Brother, as well as the comparatively mellow Mean Mistreater. But the boys had far from gone soft. The majority of Closer To Home is filled with the same straight-ahead rock & roll that had composed their previous efforts.1. Sin's A Good Man's Brother
2. Aimless Lady
3. Nothing Is The Same
4. Mean Mistreater
5. Get It Together
6. I Don't Have To Sing The Blues
7. Hooked On Love
8. I'm Your Captain$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live AlbumLimited Anniversary Edition
Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl
Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve
Live Album is the first live album by American hard rock band Grand Funk Railroad, originally released by Capitol Records on November 16, 1970.LP 1
2. Are You Ready
4. In Need
6. Inside Looking Out
1. Words Of Wisdom
2. Mean Mistreater
3. Mark Say's Alright
5. Into The Sun$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Venomous Rat Regeneration VendorIn April, horror rock mogul ROB ZOMBIE returns with his fifth solo album, and in his words, "It merges the old days of WHITE ZOMBIE with the future of what I am doing now this is the perfect combo of both worlds." Much more than self-serving hyperbole, this is the Devil's truth! 'The Girl Who Loved The Monsters' harkens back to La Sexorcisto, whereas 'Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures' would be right at home on The Sinister Urge. Throughout the 12 songs, pretty much every aspect of Zombie's musical career is touched upon; Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is almost like a Greatest Hits comprised of entirely new material. First single 'Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town' is a fiery, barn-burner of a track highlighting "wasted youth - an angel of odd in her birthday suit." That being said, the award for worst song title of the year goes to 'Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga'. Musically, it's actually quite a good piece, but that title and chorus - what were you thinking Rob? Then there's 'Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)', centered around a tedious, electronic syncopated drum beat. All signs lead to dull and dreary, but when this kicks in, it'll knock you on your ass! 'Theme For The Rat Vendor' is an unexpected 62-second instrumental immersed in middle-eastern sounds. Pulling a decapitated rabbit out of the hat, Zombie and cohorts John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass, and Ginger Fish on drums rock the shit out of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's 'We're An American Band'; talk about a job well done! And if there really is a fallen angel in hell, Zombie will play 'Lucifer Rising' every night on tour. Bound to be a fan-favourite, this makes you move and groove uncontrollably; it's damn near irresistible. 'Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin' ends this illicit affair with the perfect amount of sex, sleaze and violence. Forget the Pied Piper, it's time to embrace, cherish and worship those Venomous Rats!-- Aaron Small1. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
2. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
3. Revelation Revolution
4. Theme For The Rat Vendor
5. Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
6. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
7. Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures
8. White Trash Freaks
9. We're An American Band
10. Lucifer Rising
11. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Les Plus Grands Succes De Chic - Chic's Greatest HitsLes Plus Grands Succès De Chic: Chic's Greatest Hits a.k.a. The Best of Chic is a greatest hits album by American R&B band Chic, originally released on Atlantic Records in late 1979, including the biggest hits from their first three albums Chic (1977), C'est Chic (1978) and RisquÉ (1979).1. Le Freak
2. I Want Your Love
3. Dance, Dance, Dance
4. Everybody Dance
5. My Forbidden Lover
6. Good Times
7. My Feet Keep Dancing$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hustle! Reggae Disco - Kingston, London, New York (Awaiting Repress)Soul Jazz Records' are releasing their long out-of-print album Hustle! Reggae Disco in a new expanded 2017 edition which now features five extra tracks.
This ground-breaking album features non-stop killer reggae versions of original funk and soul classics in a disco style. Reggae disco updates of seminal classics by Anita Ward (Ring My Bell), Chaka Khan (I'm Every Woman), Michael Jackson Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough, Sugarhill Gang (Rappers Delight, here performed by Derrick Laro and Trinity for producer Joe Gibbs) and more, all showing the hidden but inseparable link between the dance floors of New York, Kingston, and London.
New bonus tracks in this collection include Derrick Harriott's funky take on Eddie Drennon's Do It Nice and Easy, the classic disco reggae of Risco Connection's take on McFadden and Whitehead's Ain't No Stopping Us Now, and the London rare groove lovers rock take on Barbara Acklin's soul classic Am I The Same Girl.
Hustle! Reggae Disco has been one of Soul Jazz Records' best-selling releases since its first release 15 years ago (and subsequently featured heavily in the early Grand Theft Auto games!).
This new edition comes complete fully re-mastered and with all original titles plus new tracks.LP 1
1. Ring My Bell - Blood Sisters
2. Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough - Derrick Laro and Trinity
3. Do It Nice & Easy - Chariot Riders
4. Don't Let It Go To Your Head - Black Harmony
1. I'm Every Woman - Latisha
2. In The Rain - Ernest Ranglin
3. Reggae Beat Goes On - Family Choice
4. Ain't No Stopping Us Now - Risco Connection
5. Rappers Delight - Xanadu and Sweet Lady
1. Love Don't Live Here Any More - Sharon Forrester
2. Upside Down - Carol Cool
3. Be Thankful For What You've Got - One Blood
4. Am I The Same Girl - Charmaine Burnette$31.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ice On FireFirst released by Virgin Records in 1977, the ambitious 'Ice On Fire' transformed the Jamaican Roots sound of leading vocal trio, the Mighty Diamonds
into a sophisticated blend of Soul, Funk and Reggae, courtesy of legendary New Orleans based R&B producer, Allen Toussaint. This grand fusion of
styles resulted in one of the most of memorable and compelling albums of the late seventies, with original numbers mixed with impressive covers, of
which 'Country Living' 'Get Out of My Life Woman' and 'Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley' stand-out. Despite receiving mixed reviews at the time of its
original release, the album's considerable merits have been increasingly appreciated by fans and critics, with the LP consistently among the most sought-after in the Virgin's considerable Jamaican music catalogue.1.Country Living
2.You Are Just A Song
3.If I Should Leave You
6.Get Out Of My Life Woman
7.Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
10.Back Weh Mafia
11.Whole Wide World
12.Tracks Of My Tears$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1, is the highly anticipated 5th studio album from Calvin Harris. The ten track album features the previously released singles Slide featuring Frank Ocean & Migos, plus Heatstroke featuring Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande. The album boasts 19 guests artist collaborations including Frank Ocean, Travis Scott, Kehlani, Future, Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry, Big Sean, John Legend, Khalid, Migos, Schoolboy Q, Ariana Grande, Young Thug, D.R.A.M., Nicki Minaj, Lil Yachty, Jessie Reyez, Partynextdoor plus Snoop Dogg.
The Grammy Award-winning record producer, songwriter and DJ Calvin Harris stands as the figurehead for modern music, having broken world records and dominated global charts with his continued hit releases. As one of the most successful artists of all time, he currently has over 5 billion streams across all major streaming services, 5 billion video views, and 10 consecutive platinum singles.1. Slide
2. Cash Out (feat. ScHoolboy Q, PARTYNEXTDOOR & D.R.A.M.)
3. Heatstroke (feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande)
4. Rollin (feat. Future & Khalid)
5. Prayers Up (feat. Travis Scott & A-Trak)
6. Holiday (feat. Snoop Dogg, John Legend & Takeoff)
7. Skrt On Me (feat. Nicki Minaj)
8. Feels (feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean)
9. Faking It (feat. Kehlani & Lil Yachty)
10. Hard to Love (feat. Jessie Reyez)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Apocalypse 91... The Enemy Strikes BlackApocalypse 91 The Enemy Strikes Black is the fourth studio album by American hip hop group Public Enemy. It debuts production team Imperial Grand Ministers of Funk, which consisted of producers Stuart Robertz, Cerwin 'C-Dawg' Depper, Gary G-Wiz, and The JBL.Lost at Birth
Can't Truss It
I Don't Wanna Be Called Yo Niga
How to Kill a Radio Consultant
By the Time I Get to Arizona
1 Million Bottlebags
More News at 11
Shut 'Em Down
A Letter to the New York Post
Get the Fuck Outta Dodge
Bring tha Noize$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bossa Nova and Blues
This Sundazed Mono Edition Reproduces The Original Artwork And Presents The Original 12-Song LP On 180 Gram Vinyl Mastered From The Original Analog Reels And Pressed At Record Technology Inc.
One of the Three Kings of blues guitar along with B.B. and Albert, Texas-born Freddy (Freddie) King influenced everyone from Eric Clapton and Peter Green in the UK to Jerry Garcia and Stevie Ray Vaughan in the States. But even his staying up all night playing poker with Grand Funk wasn't enough to prevent his seminal King/Federal albums from staying out of print on vinyl for decades - until Sundazed came to the rescue. The reissue campaign that began with meticulously mastered editions of King classics Let's Hide Away and Dance Away with Freddy King, Freddy King Gives You a Bonanza of Instrumentals, and Freddy King Goes Surfin' continues with his rare 1963 offering, Bossa Nova and Blues. In the tradition of his surfing album, which wasn't really surf, Bossa Nova and Blues had no bossa nova - but the advertising was at least half true, and hey, there were two cuts that had "bossa nova" in the title. Though King was best known for blues instrumentals, "Bossa Nova Blues" and "The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist" (dig the dance craze threesome) were actually the only two instrumentals on an album otherwise dedicated to bluesy ballads. But of course, Freddie made it work - churning out bonafide classics like the karmic "Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)" (later covered by John Mayall and the Blues Breakers on A Hard Road, also reissued on Sundazed mono LP), the emotive "The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)," the soulful "It Hurts to Be In Love," and the more uptempo, New Orleans-flavored "You're Barkin' Up the Wrong Tree."1. (I'd Love To) Make Love To You
2. You're Barkin' Up The Wrong Tree
3. Look Ma, I'm Cryin'
4. It Hurts To Be In Love
5. You Walked In
6. The Bossa Nova Watusi Twist
7. Is My Baby Mad At Me
8. Someday, After A While (You'll Be Sorry)
9. One Hundred Years
10. Bossa Nova Blues
11. The Welfare (Turns Its Back on You)
12. Walk Down That Aisle (Honey Chile)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Steppenwolf Live (Awaiting Repress)In 1970, Steppenwolf hit a major home run with their double live album Steppenwolf Live. The extensive live concert album consisted of their hard rocking 60's hits, popular album tracks, along with artist and fan favorites, performed live during their amazing 1970 tour throughout the United States.
With Friday Music already being a home to other Steppenwolf masterworks like our Slow Flux/Hour Of The Wolf/Skullduggery deluxe cd set, we are very pleased to announce for the first time in North America, the official 180 Gram Audiophile 2 LP Vinyl release of their much revered concert album Steppenwolf Live. Produced by Gabriel Mekler, the 2 Lp masterwork features the stunning original hard rock line up of John Kay, Goldy McJohn, Nick St. Nicholas, Jerry Edmonton and Larry Byrom. Showcasing a plethora of classic Steppenwolf music on four sides of audiophile vinyl, the tracks are simply some of the finest from their classic 60's-early 70's rock era with smash hits like Born To Be Wild, Magic Carpet Ride, Monster, The Pusher and their hit single from the album Hey Lawdy Mama.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Grand Funk Railroad/The Byrds/Johnny Winter), this limited edition Steppenwolf classic release will be presented in the original stunning gatefold cover art, not seen in years here since its first release on Lp.
John Kay and Steppenwolf continue to be one of the world's finest gifts to the classic rock world. Their powerful songs, their live show, the audience, their musicianship and unparalleled artistry are second to none. Steppenwolf Live proves that now and forever.
Get Your Motor Runnin'.....1. Sookie Sookie
2. Don't Step On The Grass
3. Tighten Up Your Wig
5. Draft Resister
6. Power Play
7. Corina, Corina
9. From Here To There Eventually
10. Hey Lawdy Mama
11. Magic Carpet Ride
12. The Pusher
13. Born To Be Wild$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor (Picture Disc)Picture Disc
Horror rock mogul ROB ZOMBIE returns with his fifth solo album, and in his words, "It merges the old days of WHITE ZOMBIE with the future of what I am doing now this is the perfect combo of both worlds." Much more than self-serving hyperbole, this is the Devil's truth! 'The Girl Who Loved The Monsters' harkens back to La Sexorcisto, whereas 'Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures' would be right at home on The Sinister Urge. Throughout the 12 songs, pretty much every aspect of Zombie's musical career is touched upon; Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor is almost like a Greatest Hits comprised of entirely new material. First single 'Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Super Town' is a fiery, barn-burner of a track highlighting "wasted youth - an angel of odd in her birthday suit." That being said, the award for worst song title of the year goes to 'Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga'. Musically, it's actually quite a good piece, but that title and chorus - what were you thinking Rob? Then there's 'Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)', centered around a tedious, electronic syncopated drum beat. All signs lead to dull and dreary, but when this kicks in, it'll knock you on your ass! 'Theme For The Rat Vendor' is an unexpected 62-second instrumental immersed in middle-eastern sounds. Pulling a decapitated rabbit out of the hat, Zombie and cohorts John 5 on guitar, Piggy D on bass, and Ginger Fish on drums rock the shit out of GRAND FUNK RAILROAD's 'We're An American Band'; talk about a job well done! And if there really is a fallen angel in hell, Zombie will play 'Lucifer Rising' every night on tour. Bound to be a fan-favourite, this makes you move and groove uncontrollably; it's damn near irresistible. 'Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin' ends this illicit affair with the perfect amount of sex, sleaze and violence. Forget the Pied Piper, it's time to embrace, cherish and worship those Venomous Rats!-- Aaron Small1. Teenage Nosferatu Pussy
2. Revelation Revolution
3. Theme For The Rat Vendor
4. Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga
5. Rock And Roll (In A Black Hole)
6. Behold, The Pretty Filthy Creatures!
7. White Trash Freaks
8. We're An American Band
9. Lucifer Rising
10. The Girl Who Loved The Monsters
11. Dead City Radio And The New Gods Of Supertown
12. Trade In Your Guns For A Coffin$35.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Being ThereIncludes Full Length CD
LP Cut from Original Masters and Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
Outtasite! Stunning 1996 Double Album Has Been Long Out-of-Print with Originals Fetching Hundreds of Dollars on eBay! Do Not Miss Out This Time!
Also Available: 180-gram LP Versions of Wilco's A.M. and Summerteeth CUT FROM ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES and Pressed at Pallas! Unbelievable Sound!
Motivated by leader Jeff Tweedys desire to improve on his bands debut A.M. and informed by numerous life circumstancesthe birth of his first child, a recent marriage, a new mortgage, and a decision to quit smoking potBeing There begins a cycle of creativity and ambition in Wilcos career that has yet to let up. Far more mature and advanced than anything Tweedy and Co. had done before, the eclectic double album finds the group moving beyond straightforward country-rock and embracing a gambit of styles that encompass power-pop, romantic balladry, barroom-brawling rock, and immersive psychedelia. A journey that is ultimately about finding solace in rock n roll, Being There is a seminal record in every sense. The album has only bettered with the passage of time.
Jay Bennett, a guitarist and multi-instrumentalist who joined the band before the recording sessions, is also largely responsible for the artistic growth. His keen pop sensibilities and keyboard playing expand Wilcos core rootsy sound, while Tweedy pushes himself as a songwriter. Introspective, surreal, and personal, tunes such as the explosive Misunderstood and meditative Hotel Arizona signal the arrival of a singular talent coming to terms with his own anxiety, restlessness, and dreams. And the band is up to the challenge. In addition to blending myriad sounds, Wilco gets more comfortable with the studio and adorns several arrangements with horns, strings, and hand claps.
To preserve the musics spontaneous feel and accentuate the dynamic contrasts, Wilco practiced, rehearsed, and recorded one song a day. Nothing is overthought or overly polished. The production reflects these decisions. Sonics are warm, organic, loose, and noticeably real. Its no wonder that Tweedy successfully convinced Reprise to release Being There as a double album and sell it for the price of a single disc. To help make it happen, he personally volunteered to take a decreased royalty rate in exchange for the unconventional pricing and resultant revenue losses. Tweedys gamble paid off. And how.
Now, hear this absorbing double album in the highest-possible fidelity for the first time ever! Mastered from the original tapes and pressed at Germanys legendary Pallas facilities, this 180-gram 2-LP version of Being Here is guaranteed to beat every other available version. (Plus, it comes with a CD of the complete album: You can't lose.) But dont delay! Wilcos Reprise LPs have been fetching hundreds of dollars on EBay for years. Get yours from Music Direct today!
Wilco have not made your standard rock & roll road album. Tweedy's songs use the one-nighter clichÉs of Grand Funk Railroad's We're an American Band as a means of exploring deeper issues, particularly faith and commitment and how those qualities are tested by geographical and emotional distances. Being There is an album of parallel journeys that frequently overlap, a tour of the heart that becomes a search for renewal. -Greg Kot, Rolling Stone, October 19961. Misunderstood
2. Far, Far Away
4. Outtasite (Outta Mind)
5. Forget The Flowers
6. Red-Eyed And Blue
7. I Got You (At The End Of The Century)
8. What's The World Got In Store (LP Version)
9. Hotel Arizona
10. Say You Miss Me
11. Sunken Treasure
12. Someday Soon
13. Outta Mind (Outta Sight)
14. Someone Else's Song
16. (Was I) In Your Dreams
17. Why Would You Wanna Live
18. The Lonely 1
19. Dreamer In My Dreams$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Howard TateSinger Howard Tate cracked the R&B Top 20 three times in the late 1960s, left music and endured hardship and anonymity for nearly 30 years and beginning in the early 2000s returned to his rightful place as one of America's most revered soul performers.
Tate was born in Macon, Georgia, in 1939 and moved with his family to Philadelphia as a young boy. In his teens, he joined a north Philadelphia gospel group, the Gainors, that also featured to-be star Garnet Mimms. The group recorded in the early 1960s for Mercury Records and Cameo Records before Tate left to become the featured singer of organist Bill Doggett's group.
In the mid-'60s, Mimms urged producer Jerry Ragovoy to check out Tate, and from 1966 to 1969 Tate and Ragovoy recorded about 10 singles, the first for the Utopia label, the rest for Verve. Ain't Nobody Home (1966), Look At Granny Run Run (1966) and Stop (1967), all written or co-written by Ragovoy, each charted R&B Top 20. But to rock audiences, Tate was best known as the original performer of Get It While You Can, which became one of Janis Joplin's signature tunes. Tate's debut album, Get It While You Can, was released in 1966 to tremendous acclaim. Rolling Stone called the album a spectacular showcase of suave, muscular good-powered singing, heavily influenced by Sam Cooke, with a joyous, shrieking falsetto that became Tate's trademark.
Tate recorded a few more singles for Lloyd Price's label, Turntable, before reuniting briefly with Ragovoy for sessions on Atlantic. After one more single on Epic in 1974, Tate all but vanished. Despite his success, he was unhappy with how the music business was treating him, never having seen any royalties.
Tate sold securities in the New Jersey and Philadelphia areas into the 1980s when he succumbed to substance abuse and endured a very tumultuous period of homelessness and personal loss. He turned his life around and began work as a minister and counselor in the early 1990s. Then in 2001, a musician Tate had toured with back in the 1960s saw him in a supermarket and within hours Tate's old producer, Jerry Ragovoy, was calling, resulting in a return to the studio for the Grammy-nominated Rediscovered. He followed up with Howard Tate Live in 2006, A Portrait Of Howard - with guests Lou Reed, Carla Bley and Larry Goldings - in 2007 and Blue Day in 2008.
Music luminaries have recognized and celebrated Tate's trademark voice throughout the years, with Elvis Costello calling him the missing link between Jackie Wilson and Al Green. Among the well-known musicians that have covered songs originally recorded by Tate are Joplin (Get It While You Can), Jimi Hendrix (Stop), Hugh Masekela (Stop), B.B. King (Ain't Nobody Home), Ry Cooder (Look At Granny Run Run) and Grand Funk Railroad (Look At Granny Run Run).
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Look At Granny Run Run
2. Sweet Sixteen
3. Louisiana 1927
4. Ill Be Home
5. Dear Lord
6. Aint Nobody Home$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Buy Now
The 20th Century Records Singles (1973-1979)
The Love Unlimited Orchestra can be seen as the bold gesture of Barry White's grand vision of love. The
Orchestra's singles between 1973 and 1979 are a joyous complement to White's work as a solo artist, and as the
producer behind Love Unlimited. Featuring all 14 of Love Unlimited Orchestra's US 7" singles released between
1973-1979, as well as the 12" Single Disco versions of a further 7 tracks, this 3 LP edition is the first compilation to
pull together all the group's A- and B-sides.LP 1
1. Love's Theme
2. Sweet Moments
3. Rhapsody In White
4. Barry's Theme
5. Theme From Together Brothers
6. Find The Man Bros.
7. Baby Blues
8. What A Groove
9. Satin Soul
10. Just Living It Up
11. Always Thinking Of You
12. Forever In Love
13. Only You Can Make Me Blue
1. Midnight Groove
2. It's Only What I Feel
3. My Sweet Summer Suite
4. Theme From King Kong (Pt. I)
5. Theme From King Kong (Pt. II)
6. Brazilian Love Song
7. Hey Look At Me, I'm In Love$49.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lift Your SpiritAloe Blacc's affecting voice, perceptive lyrics, and dapper sartorial flair are already familiar to music lovers around the world. The soulful singer-songwriter
co-wrote and provided vocals for Swedish DJ Avicii's international hit single "Wake Me Up," which hit No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on
Billboard's Hot Dance Club Songs and Dance/Electronic Songs charts, as well as in over 100 countries around the world, including the U.K., where it
became the fastest-selling single of 2013.
It is the latest global hit that Blacc has been involved with. In 2010, his international Top 10, platinum-selling single "I Need A Dollar" surged across the
world, ringing out from the streets of Paris to the soul clubs of London, combining social consciousness with irresistible pop. Throughout 2011, Blacc and
his touring band, The Grand Scheme, hit the road in support of Blacc's second solo album and international breakthrough Good Things; turning in
memorable sets at iconic festivals like Montreux Jazz in Switzerland and Glastonbury in the UK. Blacc performed "I Need A Dollar" on the French TV
programs Taratata and Le Grand Journal, as well as the influential British music show Later with Jools Holland; spurring the track to become the de
facto anthem to the post-Great Recession recovery. Blacc has cast an eye toward expanding his phenomenal European success to America. It's where
the California native was born and raised, and where he has been a voice on the indie hip-hop scene since high school. It's also where most people know
"I Need A Dollar" as the theme to the HBO series How To Make it In America.
This year Blacc made his first major-label debut via XIX Recordings/Interscope Records in September with the release of his EP, entitled "Wake Me Up".
Blacc has also been in the studio working on his upcoming album, Lift Your Spirit, with such songwriters and producers as Pharrell, DJ Khalil and Harold
Lilly, among others.1. The Man
2. Love is the Answer
3. Wake Me Up
4. Here Today
5. Can You Do This
7. The Hand Is Quicker
8. Ticking Bomb
9. Red Velvet Seat
10. Owe It All$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mecca & The Soul BrotherMecca And The Soul Brother from 1992 is considered by fans and critics as one of the finest hip hop albums of the early 90s. Songs like Lots of Lovin, They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.), Anger In The Nation and It It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right have everything; funky basslines, solid production, convincing lyrics and lots of soul. Producer Pete Rock built his beats from obscure R&B, funk and jazz records and CL Smooth added his sometimes philosophical raps.
Guest rappers on the album include Grand Puba (of Brand Nubian), Heavy D, Rob-O, Grap & Dida, and it reached #7 in the US R&B/Hip-hop charts and #43 in the US album charts.
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth stopped working together in 1995 after finishing their follow-up album The Main Ingredient. Rumor has it that the duo will be reuniting for a brand new album.LP 1
1. Return Of The Mecca
2. For Pete's Sake
3. Ghettos Of The Mind
4. Lots Of Lovin
5. Act Like You Know
6. Straighten It Out
7. Soul Brother #1
8. Wig Out
9. Anger In The Nation
10. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)
1. On And On
2. It's Like That
3. Can't Front On Me
4. The Creator (Remix) Bonus Track
5. Mecca And The Soul Brother (Remix) Bonus Track
6. The Basement (Featuring Heavy D., Rob-o, Grap & Dida)
7. If It Ain't Rough, It Ain't Right
8. Skinz (Featuring Grand Puba)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mercury Rising'Mercury Rising' is the third studio album to be released by Rae & Christian. The duo weave together exceptional musicianship paired with a British song writing sensibility and the finest elements of studio production. 'Mercury Rising' was created at producer/musician Steve Christian's studio in Yorkshire with additional recording at songwriter/vocalist/DJ Mark Rae's London base. In London a song writing bond was formed with Ed Harcourt and Gita Langley who make excellent contributions with vocals, songs, strings and keys. Sam Genders of Diagrams threads a story of redemption lost on the Ubahn on '1975', Kate Rogers is on imperious form and rising star Jake Emlyn unravels a whole new level of microphone skills on 'Favourite Game'. The international guests include the one-and-only Jazzy Jeff and Australia's Agent 86 dealing out world class scratch treatments on 'Check The Technique' (Tony D's vocals taken from a session recorded at the birth of Grand Central Records), Brooklyn rapper Masta Ace and Mark Foster of Foster The People, a collaboration born from Mark's L.A. excursion.
'Mercury Rising' is the first new material in many years from R&C. Their 1998 Mercury Music Prize nominated debut 'Northern Sulphuric Soul' (Vitally fresh and timelessly classic deserving a place alongside Massive Attack's Blue Lines" Uncut) and 2002's 'Sleepwalking' (Another triumph, brimming with soulful, languid grooves, deft samples and well-chosen guest singers" Q Magazine) were both released on their Grand Central Records label (Aim, Riton, Boca 45, Only Child), a defining imprint of the late 90s soul/funk/hip-hop/beats scene. Guest vocalists over the two albums included Bobby Womack, Texas, The Congos, The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers and Jeru The Damaja.1. Happy - Featuring Mark Foster
2. Check the Technique - Featuring Tony D, Jazzy Jeff, Agent 86
3. 1975 - Featuring Diagrams
4. Still Here - Featuring Gita Langley
6. Dancr - Featuring Mel Uye Parker
7. The Ballad of Roza Shanina - Featuring Ed Harcourt
8. Still life Freefall - Featuring Kate Rogers
9. A2B - Featuring Mystro, Masta Ace and Pete Simpson
10. Favourite Game - featuring Jake Emlyn
12. Mercury Rising$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Warm BlanketWarm Blanket is the third album from Mississippi songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Dent May. Recorded in solitude in a reportedly haunted Victorian house by the bay in St. Augustine, Florida, the album arrives just barely a year after the release of his previous LP Do Things.
Dent's most ambitious undertaking yet, Warm Blanket is another kaleidoscopic odyssey through the restless musical mind of a DIY pop auteur. He played almost all of the instruments on the album, making use of the house's antique grand piano and recruiting Florida locals to ll in on horns, strings, and pedal steel guitar.
The result is an album of existential pop, psychedelic funk, and melancholy soul with soaring arrangements ripped from the pages of classic American songwriting. Lyrically, Dent investigates life's timeless mysteries, touching on youth, mortality, alienation, and unrequited love with startling honesty and humor.
A delightful mix of organic textures, analog synth squiggles, inventive vocal melodies, and sincere wordplay, Warm Blanket is a bold step forward for an artist who shows no signs of slowing
down.1. Turn Up The Speakers
2. Let Them Talk
3. Born Too Late
5. Corner Piece
6. Do I Cross Your Mind?
7. It Takes A Long Time
8. I'm Ready To Be Old
10. Found A Friend
11. Summer Is Over$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PoliticoNacional Records is excited to announce the vinyl release of Mexican Institute of Sound's (M.I.S.) critically acclaimed,
DJ-favorite albums 'Politico,' 'Pinata,' 'Mejico Maxico and 'Soy Sauce.'
Politico, the fifth full-length album by Mexican Institute of Sound (producer and songwriter Camilo Lara) is an album that almost wasn't. In 2011, an enormous amount of the explosive C4 was discovered next door to Lara's residence -- it was set to be detonated; by whom and for what purpose was never determined. In a recent interview, Lara said that he didn't deliberately set out to go into politics, but that politics had come to his house. These 13 songs, composed and assembled by Lara, address the chaos, destruction, tragedy, and violence that have become all-too-familiar elements in Mexican lives. Politico is a statement in the same way that the Clash's Sandinista! or the Sex Pistols' Never Mind the Bollocks were, but it isn't nostalgic. Nor is it sonically similar to either. Longtime fans of MIS may have some initial issues because there are vocals on almost every tune. But not only do they not they detract from the set's appeal, their urgent expressions add to it. While the topical nature of these songs is undeniable, it doesn't mean this isn't a fun record. Quite the opposite. Lara isn't didactic in his lyrics; these are personal observations, and in that way, carry more weight than slogans. His unique compositional style makes them musically irresistible, and compelling. He uses Mexico's and Latin America's folk forms -- cumbias, descargas, sons, corridos, mariachis, bandas, rancheras, cha-chas, rhumbas, pachangas, and more -- and hard welds them to slamming beats, layered melodies, and infectious keyboard grooves, all via a staggering yet organic-sounding mÉlange of samples from rock & roll, hip-hop, funk, house, disco, techno, etc. Check the wild marimba samples that introduce the melody to Tipo Raro, which originally appeared in the film Made in Mexico. Lara retains the melody throughout, but busts it from its context; he runs head-on into multi-tracked Farfisa organs, a deeply distressed beat, four-on-the-floor loops, rapping, and a brittle bassline that fires directly from the center. Especulando is a driving, funky electro jam. Es-Toy uses accordion and darkly tinged double trombones (à la Willie Colón), a pulsing organ, and chanted vocals. Despite its skittering dance beat and its mariachi horns, Más is pure, frenetic punk rock. Politico is easily the most sophisticated record in the MIS catalog. This is political music without apology; it's also frenzied dance party music that's virtually peerless. - Thom Jurek (All Music Guide)
M.I.S. tours the world performing at major festivals like Coachella and Lollapalooza, with a wide range of
high-profile television and videogame uses, including HBO 'Entourage' & 'East Bound & Down,' as well as
'Californication' and videogames like EA Sports' 'FIFA' and the new 'Grand Theft Auto V', for which he curated
one of the radio stations 'East Los FM.'
The sound of old Mexican cumbias, boleros and mariachi tunes scrambled with samples, effects and beats.
- NEW YORK TIMES
Camilo Lara works the electro-dance scene like the James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] of Latin America.
Think Hot Chip visiting the Buena Vista Social Club; think traditional samples with bells and beats; think a
sweaty indie-dance party. - CMJ1. Politico
7. Ceci n est Pas Une Automate
8. Se Baila Así
9. My Buddy @julps
10. Tipo Raro
11. Ritmo Internacional
12. Cumbia Meguro
13. El Jefe$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
2-LP Set On 180-gram Vinyl Includes Remastered Original Studio Album, Plus Unreleased Live Performances
Extra 180-Gram Vinyl LP Of Live Performances By The Miles Davis Octet Of The Nice Jazz Festival Of 1986, Available For The First Time On Vinyl
Packaging Is A Replica Of The Original Vinyl Album, Including Stickers, LP Labels, Irving Penn's Beautiful And Iconic Photographs
30 Years ago, Miles Davis made waves in the music world when he left Columbia Records to sign recording and publishing contracts with Warner Bros. and Warner Chappell in 1985. With a new label to call home, Davis immediately started working on the album, which originally had the working title, Perfect Way, named after a song by new wave pop band Scritti Politti that he was covering on the album. The album was later renamed Tutu by producer Tommy LiPuma, taken from news headlines of the day referencing the well-known South African archbishop and anti-apartheid leader, Desmond Tutu.
Rhino celebrates one of jazz music's most revered and innovative talents with a 2-LP deluxe edition set on 180-gram vinyl of Miles Davis' TUTU, released to coincide with the 30th Anniversary of Davis signing with Warner. The deluxe edition includes a remastered LP of the original album and a bonus LP of live performances at the Nice Festival held in 1986, packaged with the original artwork featuring photographs by the legendary Irving Penn.
TUTU pushed Davis back into center stage, winning him two Grammy® awards, when even the most reverent seemed to admit that his best music lay in the past. Tutu stands as an important part of the Davis legacy, and a testament to a prolific artist whose boundless creativity continuously redefined a genre throughout his legendary career.
As Davis recalled, Tutu "started with some music that George Duke, the piano player sent to me." Davis' affection for the initial track - eventually titled "Backyard Ritual" and filled with synthesizer sounds and electronic beats - revealed the trumpeter's willingness to consider music written by others, and the use of cutting-edge electronics.
Producer Tommy LiPuma recruited composer and studio musician Marcus Miller to collaborate on the project, who at 27, had already made a name for himself in jazz, R&B and popular music, playing funk, rock, bebop and hip hop. Davis later praised him as being "so hip and into the music that he even walks in tempo . . . in the studio we make a great team."
"Technology was kind of exploding and I thought it would be interesting to hear Davis making his way through this new world," said Miller. Performing on the album were George Duke, Adam Holzman and Bernard Wright, percussionists Paulinho Da Costa and Steve Reid, drummer Omar Hakim and violinist Michael Urbaniak all contributed tracks; keyboardist Jason Miles played a significant role as well, programming the synthesizers and helping push the tracks to a level of sonic detail that could compete with contemporary recordings.
Tutu would feature a variety of tunes that offered a mix of flavors and mood. Besides the title track, four were composed by Miller - "Splatch," "Portia," "Don't Lose Your Mind" and "Full Nelson" (the last a tribute to another South African leader, Nelson Mandela). "Tomaas" - named by Davis for LiPuma - was co-written by Davis and Miller, based on ideas Davis had previously recorded. The selections were rounded out by one cover - "Perfect Way," which Davis had initially chosen to be the album's title track.
By that summer, Davis' group was touring Europe. With a four-night run approaching at the Grande Parade du Jazz festival in Nice, France, the decision was made to record the group at its prime. It was a wise choice. Warner Bros. hired a mobile recording truck and all four concerts were taped. "Everybody in the band knew we were being recorded so we were on our game," remembers his nephew, drummer Vince Wilburn. "Miles had an uncanny knack for knowing not only what to record but when and where. Every night was more beautiful than the one before: wonderful weather, captive audiences and the band was on fire."
"At the time, there wasn't anything that jumped out at me," LiPuma admits. "Believe me, if I thought there had been, I would've put an album out. But having spent some time with the music, it's brilliant - and I think it's an important recording." Like the best live recordings, these tracks are both historic and timeless - filled with a spirit and snap that can still be felt today, yet cannot be repeated.LP 1
5. Backyard Ritual
6. Perfect Way
7. Don't Lose Your Mind
8. Full Nelson
LP 2 - Live from Nice Festival, France, July 1986
2. Human Nature
3. Carnival Time
5. New Blues$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now