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  • American Beauty American Beauty Quick View

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    American Beauty

    The Most American Folk-Rock Ever Made: Indelible Harmonies, Spare Playing, and Gorgeous Textures Surround Masterfully Crafted Songs

    Close Your Eyes As the Dead Serenade You in Your Room: MoFi Edition of American Beauty Epitomizes Realistic Space, Vocals, Instrumentation, and Ambience

    Ranked #261 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Includes "Truckin'," "Sugar Magnolia," "Friend of the Devil," "Ripple"

    American Beauty is the most perfectly realized, superbly played, and openly natural folk-rock record ever released. They don't make albums like this anymore, but thankfully, Mobile Fidelity's extraordinary 180g 45RPM 2LP set allows you to experience this 1970 masterpiece with unrivaled intimacy, realism, detail, and perspective. The Dead might as well be sitting on a Persian carpet right in your living room.

    The pinnacle of the Dead's studio output, American Beauty lives up to its name-as well as that of the "American Reality" ambigram on the iconic cover. Airy vocal harmonies blow like fresh breezes. Strummed acoustic guitars amicably intermingle with plaintive percussive beats. Warmth, relaxation, and poignancy envelop the performances and create sensations of bliss, peace, and honesty. Songs flower with majestic melodies and emotionally direct lyrics. It's a rare album that invites and makes you feel, restores one's faith, and renews one's appreciation for all life offers.

    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LP at RTI, this deluxe analog set possesses seemingly limitless dynamics, reference-grade presence, and expansive soundstages. The seamless, effortless integration of the group's vocals has always been a high point of American Beauty, and when you hear it here, you'll want every record you own to sound half as good. Every member's distinctive singing resounds with tube-like clarity; the intended expressionism is as plain as day. Instruments, too, resonate in glorious Technicolor. The supple tension of Phil Lesh's bass lines, charismatic timbres of Jerry Garcia's pedal-steel fills, and interwoven dialogue between the pianos and percussion are rendered with lifelike scale and tone.

    Made just months after its companion release, Workingman's Dead, the San Francisco legends' second 1970 masterpiece furthers the former work's close-knit relationship between country and folk while adding extra rock and bluegrass currents. Understated amplified passages, graceful melodies, layered singing, and old-time string flavors-including mandolin work from masterful guest David Grisman-bestow the material with easygoing, comfortable vibes. Again taking advantage of the best songwriting of Robert Hunter's career, the Dead turns in its most collective studio performance, with every individual contributing equally and focusing on nothing but the songs at hand.

    Indeed, Garcia doesn't even indulge in a single guitar solo on the record. A majority of fare lacks any significant instrumental breaks. The Dead recorded the foundations (drums, bass, acoustic guitars) of nearly every track live, which helps explain why American Beauty sounds so powerfully rich and clear. Coupled with the band's personal reflections of the circumstances surrounding them-Bob Weir's parents had died, Garcia's mother and Lesh's father were in the process of passing, Ron "Pigpen" McKernan's health was in decline-these characteristics combined to yield a purity of heart that exceeds that managed by Dead peers (and roots revivalist leaders) The Band and Bob Dylan.

    From Garcia's breathtaking gospel-laden homage to his mother ("Brokedown Palace") to Lesh's healing salve in the form of the groove-based "Box of Rain," from Weir's jaunty and free-wheeling summer escape "Sugar Magnolia" to McKernan's eloquently simple homespun plea "Operator," all the way to the closing autobiographical anthem "Truckin'," American Beauty feels like the warm, spirit-infusing embrace of a loved one after a long journey away. Welcome home.

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    1. Box of Rain
    2. Friend of the Devil
    3. Sugar Magnolia
    4. Operator
    5. Candyman
    6. Ripple
    7. Brokedown Palace
    8. Till the Morning Comes
    9. Attics of My Life
    10. Truckin'
    Grateful Dead
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    American Beauty

    Ranked 258/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Widely regarded as the Grateful Dead's studio masterpiece, 1970's American Beauty is a further refinement of the roots direction the band undertook with Workingman's Dead which was released earlier the same year. Includes some of the Dead's best-known material in Sugar Magnolia, Friend Of The Devil, Ripple, Box of Rain and Truckin.

    1. Box Of Rain
    2. Friend Of The Devil
    3. Sugar Magnolia
    4. Operator
    5. Candyman
    6. Ripple
    7. Brokedown Palace
    8. Till The Morning Comes
    9. Attics Of My Life
    10. Truckin'
    Grateful Dead
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Workingman's Dead Workingman's Dead Quick View

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    Workingman's Dead

    Sublime, Stripped-Down 1970 Americana Classic Steeped in Country, Blues, and Folk

    You've Never Heard This Roots-Based Marvel Sound Better: Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Given Extra-Wide Grooves on 45RPM LP

    Ranked #264 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time: Airy Harmonies, Simple Structures, Concise Arrangements, and Burnished Tones Anchor Songs

    Workingman's Dead defies the erroneous belief that the Grateful Dead never attained brilliance in the recording studio. Forever prized for natural sonics, Workingman's Dead attains audiophile reference status courtesy of this first-ever 45RPM version. As flawless as any rustic album ever released, the 1970 set now brims with soaring harmonies, organic execution, intertwined textures, and uncomplicated structures that furnish the songs a transcendence associated with timeless American music. Colorful, relatable characters seemingly torn from working-class histories and old-time fables inhabit the narratives.

    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180g LPs at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition of this period-defining recording renders the stripped-down fare with immense detail, rich airiness, and reach-out-and-touch-it realism. Longtime Deadheads and newcomers alike will hear significantly more information, experience wider and deeper soundstages, and become swept away by incredible tonal and vocal balances-traits made possible by the format's wider grooves. Instrumental melds and refined accents, such as guest David Nelson's nimble fills on "Cumberland Blues," are part of a larger whole that gives the impression you are witness to the world's coziest campfire session. Frontier tales and refined performances further this feeling.

    The first Grateful Dead album to eschew cosmic jams and complex signatures, Workingman's Dead stakes its existence to great songs, homespun warmth, and bare essentials. Its wistful, relaxed state-immediately apparent via the innocent album-opening invitation "Will you come with me?" on "Uncle John's Band"-owes to the circumstances and conditions surrounding its creation. At the time, the Dead owed a considerable financial debt to Warner Bros. and were hobbled by a recent drug bust and financial scandal. Most significantly, the band was recovering from-and reacting to-the tragic events of the Altamont Music Festival and symbolic end of the peace and love era.

    As such, Workingman's Dead acts as a retreat from chaos and uncertainty, its songs emblems of simpler times and pleas for compassion in the face of hardship. Lyricist Robert Hunter said he aimed to capture the vintage elements of late 1940s country-and-western jukebox singles as well as old blues classics. In that vein, fare such as the Bakersfield-leaning "Cumberland Blues," pastoral ballad "Dire Wolf," and bluesy "Easy Wind" hit the mark. Leader Jerry Garcia's occasional pedal-steel underpinnings arrive as a bonus.

    Of course, aside from the economical concision and thematic consistency, the genius of Workingman's Dead resides in the group's expressive harmonies. Taught by Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Dead produce live "air blends" of multi-part vocal harmonies that provide the foundations of nearly every track. "Uncle John's Band," "High Time," "New Speedway Boogie" (with the iconic refrain "One way or another/This darkness has got to give" referencing the ill wind that greeted the new decade), and the radio favorite "Casey Jones" practically float on the ensemble's communal vocal beds.

    Mobile Fidelity's 45RPM edition renders these invigorating, refreshing, and engaging characteristics in three-dimensional sound that transports you to the event. Recordings don't get more lifelike. Workingman's Dead-an iconic, ageless record that drew countless listeners to the band's unique style because of its accessibility and charm-deserves nothing less. Neither do you.

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    1. Uncle John's Band
    2. High Time
    3. Dire Wolf
    4. New Speedway
    5. Cumberland Blues
    6. Black Peter
    7. Easy Wind
    8. Casey Jones
    Grateful Dead
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly Quick View

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    American Epic: The Best of Lead Belly

    Louisiana delta native Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter is the master of twelve-string blues guitar. His story is one of high-highs and low-lows, from serving stints in prison after killing a man in a fight for a woman's heart, but then eventually earning early release by entertaining his fellow prison-mates and penning a song for the governor, thus cementing his reputation of singing his way out of prison. Folklorists John and Alan Lomax were early supporters that brought Lead Belly to the attention of Ivy Leaguers as well as a European audience. His songs have been widely covered by artists such as Elvis, Nirvana, Johnny Cash, and the Grateful Dead.

    Single LP with single pocket tip-on jacket with soft touch finish.

    1. Mr. Tom Hughes' Town
    2. C. C. Rider
    3. You Can't Lose Me, Charlie
    4. Kansas City Papa
    5. Death Letter Blues, Part 1
    6. Death Letter Blues, Part 2
    7. Fort Worth and Dallas Blues
    8. Bull Cow
    9. Ox Drivin' Blues
    10. Shorty George
    11. You Don't Know My Mind
    12. Matchbox Blues
    13. My Baby Quit Me
    14. Baby Don't You Love Me No More
    Lead Belly
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Reads Kaddish - A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem Reads Kaddish - A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem Quick View

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    Reads Kaddish - A 20th Century American Ecstatic Narrative Poem

    Pressed On Red Colored Vinyl

    Along with Howl, Kaddish stands as one of Allen Ginsberg's most illustrious creations. Always a follower of popular trends in music, Ginsberg had spent parts of 1958 digging into Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman" - occasionally doing so while on morphine and methamphetamine. One evening, in this drug-induced state while cranking some Ray, Ginsberg began discussing his mother Naomi with his pal Zev Putterman. Putterman in turn, began reciting the traditional Hebrew "Kaddish" prayer for mourning the dead. Soon after, fueled by Dexedrine, LSD, and caffeine, Allen penned the majority of Kaddish. In early 1959, Kaddish received its debut performance at a poetry reading at Columbia University - in which Allen shared the bill with his lover Peter Orlovsky and fellow beat poet Gregory Corso. Over time, the manuscript was tweaked and adjusted until publication in April 1961 by City Lights. Then, in November 1964, with Orlovsky and Corso in tow, the trio performed several gigs at Harvard and Brandeis Universities, and it was at Brandeis where this recording was made. Released in 1966, Kaddish turned out to be the only record in Atlantic's spoken-word Verbum series; but if label head Jerry Wexler changed his mind about the imprint, he remained a big fan of the work, later telling Los Angeles historian Harvey Kubernik that Kaddish had stirred "the Yiddish currents in my own blood" and inspired "joy and anguish the exaltation that great poetry will bring on." Indeed, Kaddish is an intensely personal and moving work, capturing the complex relationship between Ginsberg, his mother, and his faith, and concluding with a heartrending description of her death. Real Gone Music is very proud to present the first-ever vinyl reissue of this landmark performance, in its original gatefold packaging with an added inner sleeve featuring new liner notes by Pat Thomas and memorabilia provided by the Allen Ginsberg estate over an hour of one of the towering figures in American poetry reading one of his greatest works.

    1. Kaddish Part 1
    2. Kaddish Part 2
    Allen Ginsberg
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Before The Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order) Before The Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Before The Dead (Box Set) (Pre-Order)

    Limited Edition Of 2500 Sets

    Five 180-Gram LPs Containing Over 3.5 Hours Of Studio & Live Performances Culled From Previously Uncirculated Masters And Newly Discovered Recordings

    Audio Restoration And Mastering By Fred Kevorkian

    Lacquers Cut By Ron Mcmaster At Capitol Studios And Pressed To Vinyl By Quality Record Pressings.

    Produced By Grateful Dead Publicist And Biographer Dennis Mcnally And Brian Miksis.

    Includes A 32-Page Book With Rare Photos, Memorabilia And In-depth Liner Note Essays By Mcnally, Miksis, Acclaimed Bluegrass Scholar Neil V. Rosenberg, Sara Ruppenthal Katz, And Stu Goldstein.

    Round Records will release its most ambitious project to date with the long-awaited Jerry Garcia boxed set Before The Dead. The project features a meticulously researched and curated compilation of recordings the iconic Grateful Dead founder made prior to forming the legendary band. Before The Dead includes never before heard performances, recordings that have never been commercially released and a small selection that have. From intimate live recordings to live studio recordings to field recordings, Before The Dead serves as a historical document in the spirit of renowned releases by Smithsonian Folkways and influential field recordings by Alan Lomax. The music on Before The Dead was selected and co-produced by longtime Grateful Dead publicist/author Dennis McNally and documentarian Brian Miksis. The audio was restored and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.

    The first release from Before The Dead features the Black Mountain Boys (Garcia, Robert Hunter, David Nelson and Eric Thompson) in a rare 1964 live recording of "Rosa Lee McFall". Written by Charlie Monroe, the song would remain with Garcia throughout his career, reinterpreted later on with The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and Garcia/Grisman. This is the first time this track has ever been released.

    The 5-LP boxed set is pressed to 180-gram vinyl in a limited edition of 2,500 pieces and includes a special in-depth 32-page book featuring essays by McNally and Miksis, rare photos and memorabilia along with detailed listening notes and commentary on each track by Dr. Neil V. Rosenberg. Aside from being a renowned musicologist, Rosenberg was part of the Redwood Canyon Ramblers, an influential Bay Area bluegrass ensemble that would inspire a younger generation of players, including Garcia. Each section features a "Tales of the Tape" essay that includes details on how, when and where the music was recorded, how it was found and, in most instances, anecdotes about the particular date, including early interactions with many area musicians before they went on to greater things. Sara Ruppenthal Katz (formerly Sara Garcia, Jerry's first wife) contributes an enlightening essay around the 1963 recording of her duo performance with Garcia at the intimate Pala Alto, CA club Top Of The Tangent (aka The Tangent). Tangent co-founder Stu Goldstein also adds a piece discussing the club's origins and how it became a hot spot for the new folk scene that was developing in the Bay Area.

    Before The Dead sheds light on the earliest period in Jerry Garcia's odyssey going from the young, charismatic, developing multi-instrumentalist coming of age during the early 1960's folk-revival (often sarcastically referred to as The Great Folk Scare) to one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists of the rock 'n roll era. Like many during that time, Garcia's influences were coming from the deep-rooted folk tradition of artists such as Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, The Carter Family, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Stanley Brothers, The Weavers, a young Joan Baez and the Harry Smith Folkways collections to name a few. These influences would resurface prominently in some of Garcia's most important work with the Dead on the 1970 albums Workingman's Dead and American Beauty - regularly cited as foundational in the creation of what is now referred to as Americana.

    From beginning to end, the listener will journey through the musical evolution of Jerry Garcia and how the impact of the folk forbearers gradually permeates his playing and technique. You can hear the earliest origins of Garcia's signature style budding as he had become a student of the music constantly absorbing and endlessly challenging himself. His instrument rarely left his side from dawn to dust. What shines brightly throughout the set is Garcia's outgoing personality and sense of humor, often described as "magnetic", a clear early indicator.

    Throughout this period from 1961 to 1964 were pivotal first-time meetings, (documented in the book) between Garcia and people who would become life-long collaborators and friends. From his revered writing partner and early bandmate Robert Hunter, to mandolin master David Grisman, to each member of the Grateful Dead, to the many artists who would go on to take their own place in music history, including acclaimed instrumentalist Sandy Rothman, David Nelson (co-founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Clarence White, guitarist of the Byrds.

    Before The Dead showcases Garcia in various ensembles and configurations starting with the rarest piece in the entire collection, the earliest known recording of Garcia captured at his girlfriend's 16th birthday party in 1961 alongside future Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Outside of a short clip used in the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, this recording has never been released, circulated or heard. Other highlights include the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers' 1962 gig in San Carlos, CA, and the Hart Valley Drifters' 1962 recording at Stanford's KZSU Radio Studio A (Garcia's first-known studio recording, released in 2017 for the first time). Arguably Garcia's best and most beloved bluegrass band of that early period, The Black Mountain Boys are prominently featured via three separate occasions in 1963 and 1964, while a 1964 performance by Garcia's Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys rounds out Before The Dead. See a full list of dates, performances and players below.

    Despite Jerry Garcia's deep love for folk and bluegrass traditions, his time fully immersed in it was coming to a close. Encounters with one of his heroes, Bill Monroe, whose band he almost auditioned for (and Rothman went on to join), might have sent him deeper in that direction, but it was not to be. (Note: Garcia even used to tape Monroe's shows, a possible foreshadowing of allowing fans to tape Grateful Dead shows later). By the end of 1964, The Beatles had become a household name, The Rolling Stones hit hard with their version of the blues and civil rights had become an important part of the social and political landscape. New influences and inspirations would impact Garcia's direction as he went on to form The Warlocks, who would go on to become The Grateful Dead. However, the foundation in tradition was solidified during those early years and would resurface regularly throughout the remainder of his life in a multitude of ways, including the Dead, The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, Old and In The Way, Garcia/Grisman and so much more.

    LP 1
    Bob and Jerry
    May 26, 1961
    Brigid Meier's Sixteenth Birthday Party
    Menlo Park, California

    1. Santy Anno
    2. I Got A Home In That Rock
    3. Oh, Mary Don't You Weep
    4. All My Trials
    5. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
    6. Blow The Candles Out
    7. Rake And A Rambling Boy
    8. Trouble In Mind
    Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, and Robert Hunter
    July 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    1. Brown's Ferry Blues
    2. Jesse James
    Jerry Garcia and Unknown Musician
    Summer or Fall 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    3. Down In The Willow Garden
    4. Long Lonesome Road
    5. Railroad Bill
    6. The Wagoner's Lad
    7. Katie Cruel

    LP 2
    Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers
    June 11, 1962
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Peninsula Jewish Community Center
    San Carlos, California

    1. Cannonball Blues
    2. Little Birdie
    3. Sally Goodin
    4. Hold That Woodpile Down
    5. Legend Of The Johnson Boys
    6. Shady Grove
    7. Sweet Sunny South
    8. Man Of Constant Sorrow
    Hart Valley Drifters
    Fall 1962
    KZSU Radio Studio A, Stanford University
    Stanford, California

    1. Band Introductions
    2. Roving Gambler
    3. Ground Speed
    4. Pig In A Pen
    5. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    6. Flint Hill Special
    7. Nine Pound Hammer
    8. Handsome Molly
    9. Clinch Mountain Backstep

    LP 3
    1. Think Of What You've Done
    2. Cripple Creek
    3. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
    4. Billy Grimes, The Rover
    5. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    6. Run Mountain
    7. Sugar Baby
    8. Sitting On Top Of The World
    The Wildwood Boys
    February 23, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
    2. Jerry's Breakdown
    3. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    4. Mule Skinner Blues
    5. Saturday Night Shuffle
    6. Pike County Breakdown
    7. The Little Sparrow
    8. We Shall Not Be Moved

    LP 4
    Jerry and Sara
    May 4, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Deep Elem Blues
    2. Will The Weaver
    3. I Truly Understand
    4. Long Black Veil
    5. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home Never Was A Married Man
    6. Foggy Mountain Top
    Black Mountain Boys
    Fall 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Barefoot Nellie
    2. She's More To Be Pitied
    3. Noah's Breakdown
    4. Who Will Sing For Me?
    Black Mountain Boys
    January 10, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    5. Salt Creek
    6. Monroe's Hornpipe (Jody's Hornpipe)
    7. Rosa Lee Mcfall
    8. John Hardy/closing Theme
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California
    9. Katie Kline
    10. Walkin' The Dog

    LP 5
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    2. Love And Wealth
    3. Sourwood Mountain
    4. If I Lose
    5. Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home)
    6. Stoney Creek
    7. Salty Dog Blues
    8. Love Please Come Home
    9. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
    10. Darlin' Allalee
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. In The Pines
    2. Raw Hide
    3. Black Mountain Rag
    4. True Life Blues
    5. Medley: Devil's Dream-Sailor's Hornpipe
    Black Mountain Boys
    Spring 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    6. Drink Up And Go Home
    Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys
    Summer 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    7. These Men Of God
    8. Roll On Buddy
    9. Goodbye Old Pal
    10. Back Up And Push

    Jerry Garcia
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Workingman's Dead Workingman's Dead Quick View

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    Workingman's Dead

    Ranked 262/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    The Grateful Dead's first seminal release of 1970 finds the band in an uncharacteristic acoustic setting paying homage to their country, blues and folk roots. Featuring concise songs and tighter arrangements, the timeless Workingman's Dead exhibits the band's true essence as American songwriters of the highest order and that their restless ambition existed in the studio as much as it did in concert. Workingman's Dead introduced such all-time Dead classics as Uncle John's Band and Casey Jones among others.

    1. Uncle John's Band
    2. High Time
    3. Dire Wolf
    4. New Speedway Boogie
    5. Cumberland Blues
    6. Black Peter
    7. Easy Wind
    8. Casey Jones

    Grateful Dead
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A. Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A. Quick View

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    Dead Man's Town: A Tribute To Springsteen's Born In The U.S.A.

    2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Bruce Springsteen's 'Born In The U.S.A.'
    Although it would become his biggest selling album with seven top 10 singles
    on the Billboard Hot 100, Luther Dickinson of North Mississippi Allstars
    says "any of those songs could be played with acoustic guitar alone and
    still be great." Taking this idea as its premise, 'Dead Man's Town: A Tribute to
    Born in the U.S.A' strips the album's twelve indelible originals to the core, with
    contributions from Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires, Low, Nicole Atkins, Justin
    Townes Earle, Blitzen Trapper, Joe Pug, Trampled by Turtles, and more. Rolling Stone premiered Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires' Dave Cobb-produced
    cover of "Born In The U.S.A," saying these artists are "reimagining 'Born in
    the U.S.A.'... with a reduced approach more influenced by that of the acoustic

    Isbell says of his cover, ""Born In The U.S.A." is one of my favorites
    because so many people have seemingly misunderstood the lyrical content
    and the song's overall tone. When you listen to the demo, the dark, minor key
    arrangement makes it clear that this is not strictly a song of celebration.
    We wanted to stay true to that version." Amanda Shires adds, "I love that
    the song paints a picture of struggle in the face of the American dream, and
    the irony in the chorus is delivered with such force that it nearly
    transcends irony altogether."

    1. Born In The U.S.A. - Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires
    2. Cover Me - The Apache Relay
    3. Darlington Country - Quaker City Nighthawks
    4. Working On The Highway - Blitzen Trapper
    5. Downbound Train - Joe Pug
    6. I'm On Fire - Low
    7. No Surrender - Holly Williams
    8. Bobby Jean - Ryan Culwell
    9. I'm Goin' Down - Trampled By Turtles
    10. Glory Days - Justin Townes Earle
    11. Dancing In The Dark - Nicole Atkins
    12. My Hometown - North Mississippi Allstars
    Various Artists
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    The first-ever reissue of the private-press country-rock rarity by Colorado auto body painter, Marine,
    and garage band lifer Kenny Knight-he played in the original `60s Black Flag-Crossroads recalls
    a homebrew American Beauty-era Grateful Dead in its world-weary, low-key mood and indelible
    songwriting. Faded, anxious, melancholy, and beautifully woozy, this out-of-time document belies its
    1980 release date. Produced in collaboration with Numero Group, it features liner notes by writer
    and collector Michael Klausman and Kenny himself.
    1. Does He Hide
    2. One Down
    3. All My Memories
    4. Carry Me Down
    5. Jean
    6. To Be Free
    7. Baby's Back
    8. You Can Tell Me I'm Wrong
    9. Whiskey
    10. America
    Kenny Knight
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  • Europe '72 (Awaiting Repress) Europe '72 (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Europe '72 (Awaiting Repress)

    Nearly 40 years ago, the Grateful Dead released Europe '72, a triple live album documenting its historic trek across Europe that became not only one of the band's best-selling releases, but also set the gold standard for live Dead.

    The Grateful Deads first tour outside of North America took them to all sorts of historic and unusual venues in England, Denmark, West Germany, France, Holland and even Luxembourg. Many members of the Dead family came along on what was really an extended working vacation that was designed to both expose the Dead to new audiences and also reward the band for their unlikely conquest of America during the preceding two years. As a hedge against the costs of the nearly two-month trip, the Deads label, Warner Bros., paid for the band to lug around a 16-track recorder to capture the entire tour.

    This was a band at the top of its game, still ascending in the wake of three straight hit albums: Workingmans Dead, American Beauty and the live Grateful Dead (Skull & Roses). It had been a year since the lineup had gone to its single-drummer configuration, six months since Keith Godchaux had been broken in as the groups exceptional pianist, and this marked the first tour to feature Donna Godchaux as a member of the touring band. This would also be Pigpen's final tour with the band.

    There was a ton of new, unreleased material that came into the repertoire in the fall of 71 (after Skull & Roses was out) and during the spring of 72, including Tennessee Jed, Jack Straw, Hes Gone, Ramble on Rose, One More Saturday Night and Mr. Charlie. All those future classics were interspersed with songs from the aforementioned hit albums such as Cumberland Blues and Sugar Magnolia, as well as spectacular versions of Truckin and I Know You Rider.

    1. Cumberland Blues (Live in England 1972 Version)
    2. He's Gone (Live in Amsterdam 1972 Version)
    3. One More Saturday Night (Live in England 1972 Version)
    4, Jack Straw (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
    5. You Win Again (Live in England 1972 Version)
    6. China Cat Sunflower (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
    7. I Know You Rider (Live in Paris 1972 Version)

    1. Brown-Eyed Woman (Live in Denmark 1972 Version)
    2. Hurts Me Too (Live in London 1972 Version)
    3. Ramble On Rose (Live in England 1972 Version)
    4. Sugar Magnolia (Live in Paris 1972 Version)
    5. Mr. Charlie (Live in England 1972 Version)
    6. Tennessee Jed (Live in Paris 1972 Version)

    1. Truckin' (Live in London 1972 Version)
    2. Epilogue (Live in England 1972 Version)
    3. Prelude (Live in England 1972 Version)
    4. Morning Dew (Live in England 1972 Version)

    Grateful Dead
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  • One From The Vault One From The Vault Quick View

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    One From The Vault

    Back In Print On Vinyl After 22 Years On 3xLP

    First Ever American LP Release

    Newly Re-Mastered By Joe Gastwirt

    Lacquers Cut By Kevin Gray

    For a legacy filled with legendary performances, the Grateful Dead Live at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco on August 13th 1975 stands out. The band only played 4 shows during that entire year! (Remarkable for a band that toured non-stop for decades) and at their August 13th show, they rolled multi-track tape (which allowed for the band decades later to properly mix the show).

    Because the Great American Music Hall holds less than 1,000 people (another unique thing about this show), it was an invitation only performance in which the band debuted their recent studio album Blues For Allah in a live setting.

    Although One From The Vault has been available on CD nearly continuously since 1991, the vinyl version was only available for less than a year (and in Europe only) in the early 1990's. This deluxe vinyl reissue marks the first time this legendary show has been available anywhere in over 20 years and the first time in America.

    Rolling Stone magazine has described One From The Vaultas:

    ''The closest the Dead came in the Seventies to the band's trippy, late-Sixties peak, and the performance indulged the group's jazzy, free-form impulses even further. ''Help on the Way,'' ''Franklin's Tower'' and ''The Music Never Stopped'' cohere into a twenty-minute song cycle. ''King Solomon's Marbles,'' a tumbling, polyrhythmic instrumental by bassist Phil Lesh, crackles with energy. Inventive percussion duets by Mickey Hart and Bill Kreutzmann are appended to ''Eyes of the World,'' as well as to the pretty, elliptical ''Crazy Fingers.'' The crowning touch is ''Blues for Allah,'' which runs 21 minutes and explores inner space with a meditative intensity barely hinted at on the studio version.''

    1. Introduction
    2. Help on the Way
    3. Franklin's Tower
    4. The Music Never Stopped
    5. It Must Have Been the Roses
    6. Eyes of the World / Drums
    7. King Solomon's Marbles
    8. Around & Around
    9. Sugaree
    10. Big River
    11. Crazy Fingers / Drums
    12. The Other One
    13. Sage and Spirit
    14. Goin' Down the Road Feeling Bad
    15. U.S. Blues
    16. Blues for Allah
    Grateful Dead
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    Knives & Teeth

    Tom Hamilton is best known as one of the founding members of the highly successful electro-rock band, Brothers Past, an endeavor that infused the song structures of The Grateful Dead into the experimental music of Aphex Twin and Squarepusher (a sort of "Pink Floyd with laptops," as Hamilton calls it). When the strictures of band life became creatively stifling, Hamilton decided in 2007 to form American Babies. A loosely-organized operation wherein Hamilton is the sole constant member, American Babies have released three sets over the course of six years: their self-titled debut, which won them numerous festival appearances as well supporting gigs with Sheryl Crow, Derek Trucks and The National; a 2010 EP called Weight of the World; and, in 2011, their second long player, Flawed Logic.

    Knives & Teeth is the powerful new American Babies album fromThe Royal Potato Family. The 10 songs range from uplifting to heartbreaking as Hamilton considers the secrets of childhood, the impending doubts of adulthood and the weight of strained friendships, all set to a soundtrack with the brashness of The Replacements, the sonic intensity of David Bowie and the acoustic majesty of Led Zeppelin.

    When asked to describe his new record, Knives & Teeth, Hamilton's answer is short and compact but, like his lyrics, is loaded with deeper meaning: "It's a 40-minute existential breakdown."

    1. When I Build My Fortune
    2. Cold Blooded
    3. Old Fashioned
    4. Bullseye Blues
    5. This Thing Ain't Goin' Nowheres
    6. Goddamn
    7. They Sing "Old Time Religion"
    8. Running In Place
    9. Fire Sale
    10. Telephone
    American Babies
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  • Pint Of Blood Pint Of Blood Quick View

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    Pint Of Blood

    Includes Free CD of this entire album!

    Jolie Holland's new Anti-album Pint of Blood finds Jolie returning to the simple, pared-down approach that made early albums like Escondida fan favorites. With her band The Grand Chandeliers, Jolie works through ten songs with a loose, live-in-the-studio feel that recalls the vibe of classic '70s album's from Neil Young to the Grateful Dead. Featuring her simplest, most elegant songs in a long while, Pint of Blood is a classic setting for the vocals the Village Voice called sultry and sweet, despairing and lonely.

    An artist who transcends genres and demographics, her audience spans from 20-something fans of Devandra Barnhardt and Sufjan Stevens to NPR listeners embracing a spiritual descendant of classic American music, Jolie Holland will once again surprise and delight her fans with Pint of Blood. Co-produced with Shahzad Ismaily (Lou Reed, Tom Waits).

    1. All Those Girls

    2. Remember
    3. Tender Mirror
    4. Gold and Yellow
    5. June
    6. Wreckage
    7. Little Birds
    8. The Devil's Sake
    9. Honey Girl
    10. Rex's Blues
    Jolie Holland
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    Blue Mountain

    Bob Weir's First Album In 10 Years And First Album Of New Material In Over 30 Years

    Written With Josh Ritter, Recorded With Members Of The National And Produced By Josh Kaufman

    Before he co-founded the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir spent a summer working and living on a ranch in Wyoming, sparking a lifelong fascination with the stories and songs of the American West. Blue Mountain, Weir's first solo album in over 10 years, brings his musical journey full circle. Working with producer Josh Kaufman, acclaimed songwriter Josh Ritter, guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf, Blue Mountain is a moody, highly textured modern interpretation of Weir's unforgettable experience. Available as a stunning, high-quality 2LP set in a deluxe gatefold package.

    LP 1
    1. Only A River
    2. Cottonwood Lullaby
    3. Gonesville
    4. Lay My Lily Down
    5. Gallop On The Run
    6. Whatever Happened To Rose

    LP 2
    1. Ghost Towns
    2. Darkest Hour
    3. Ki-Yi Bossie
    4. Storm Country
    5. Blue Mountain
    6. One More River To Cross

    Bob Weir
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    Chrome Cactus

    "A guitar-grinding, drum-smashing desert-crawler,"

    "Presents a desert crawl and barrage of collages that carry
    across a free play of images and symbols set in sequence
    to the sounds"

    In Chrome Cactus, The Young have created
    a HUGE sounding, timeless rock album that
    reinforces and revitalizes everything that is
    great about American Rock Music in 2014.

    Taking influence from early ZZ Top, Link Wray,
    Lungfish, Dead Moon - Chrome Cactus is a ball
    of power and controlled feedback disguised as
    ten of the catchiest songs you'll hear this year.
    Chrome Cactus is a far darker version of Austin's
    The Young than ever before. The breezy
    optimism of their earlier albums has been
    switched out for sinister, creeping dread in both
    the lyrics and music.

    The rhythm section of drummer Ryan Maloney
    and new bassist Lucas Wedow drive a heavy
    foundation for guitarists Hans Zimmerman
    and Kyle Edwards, who have reached dizzying
    new heights. Expertly produced by fellow
    sonic assassin Tim Green (Nation of Ulysses,
    The Fucking Champs),    Chrome Cactus is the
    moment where Zimmerman's vocal delivery
    is perfectly matched with the skillful, intuitive
    interplay, which at this point is now fully realized.

    1. Metal Flake
    2. Cry Of Tin
    3. Chrome Jamb
    4. Moondog First Quarter

    5. Apaches Throat
    6. Mercy
    7. Ramona Cruz
    8. Dressed In Black
    9. Slow Death
    10. Blow The Scum Away
    The Young
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  • Music From Big Pink Music From Big Pink Quick View

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    Music From Big Pink

    Ranked 34/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

    Take a Load Off with the Very Best-Sounding Analog Big Pink Ever Pressed

    Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Pressed at RTI

    Includes The Weight, I Shall Be Released, This Wheel's On Fire

    Youve likely heard the story. Now hear the results of one of the most famous sessions in history with a clarity and warmth never thought possible.

    In late 1965 and early 1966, Bob Dylan shattered the boundaries between folk and rock music on a controversial tour that found the generation spokesman plugging in and shocking purist audiences that reviled in horror at the sight of their hero playing electric with a bunch of ragtag Canadian mates. Then known as the Hawks, the Band was that backing group, serving Dylan not only on the road but, playing with him after his motorcycle accident, on his seminal Basement Tapes collection.

    Recorded in 1968 and ranked #34 on Rolling Stones 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, The Bands Music From Big Pink stems from the same localea pink farmhouse in upstate Woodstock, New Yorkas the Basement Tapes and is just as rustic, timeless, and mysterious as Dylans celebrated work. A debut for the ages, the album features two songs co-written with DylanThis Wheels on Fire, Tears of Rageas well as whats universally recognized as the definitive version of Dylans I Shall Be Released. More famously, it also includes The Weight, a standard covered by everyone from the Grateful Dead to Weezer to Aretha Franklin. But the power of this set doesnt lie in one song but the entire album.

    A groundbreaking statement, Music From Big Pink lays bare the magnetism of the American South, Appalachian traditions, and country-rock innovations. That guitarist Robbie Robertson, pianist Garth Hudson, bassist Rick Danko, drummer/vocalist Levon Helm, and organist Richard Manuel are all household names only adds to the proof of this must-have records everlasting appeal. This is the majesty of what Greil Marcus called the old, weird America.

    Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's analog version practically gives you a spot on the floor at Big Pink as the sessions went down. Curl up, close your eyes, and listen as the music's sublimely organic sounds appear with full-range dynamics, life-size imaging, and tremendous soundstaging. This is one of the reasons why you have a turntable. Prepare for your system, and your ears, to glow.

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    1. Tears Of Rage
    2. To Kingdom Come
    3. In A Station
    4. Caledonia Mission
    5. The Weight
    6. We Can Talk
    7. Long Black Veil
    8. Chest Fever
    9. Lonesome Suzie
    10. This Wheel's On Fire
    11. I Shall Be Released
    The Band
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  • Shady Grove Shady Grove Quick View

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    Shady Grove

    A Natural, Acoustic Portrait of American Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Standards by Two Virtuosos: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's Shady Grove Filled with Endearing Joy and Spirited Playing

    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 2LP Set Sounds Incredibly Realistic, Features Deluxe Booklet in Gatefold Jacket

    Jerry Garcia began recording with longtime friend David Grisman at the beginning of the last decade of his life, the refreshing excursions marking a full-circle return to the roots fare the white-bearded virtuoso originally performed before co-founding the Grateful Dead. Garcia's dalliances with Grisman also served another equally important purpose given they provided a much-needed outlet from the demanding pressures, schedules, and business affairs associated with his main band. The endearing joy, contagious enthusiasm, and free-spirited playing on Shady Grove attest to the collection serving as not only the finest musical snapshot of Garcia's final years, but among the best of his storied career.

    Mastered from the original master tapes, available on vinyl for the first time, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP set presents the 1996 collection in exquisite sound. Originally recorded at Dawg Studios between August 1990 and June 1993, Shady Grove bowed as the first release of Grisman-Garcia collaborations in the wake of the iconic guitarist's August 1995 death - and remains, by way of its genre-specific organization, a passionate albeit naturally relaxed portrait of folk, country, and bluegrass standards that provide the foundation of American songbook. To experience it all in such brilliant fidelity is to pull up a chair at the sessions themselves and enjoy a transparent view into lasting tradition and instrumental virtuosity.

    Entirely unplugged, the material emerges in three-dimensional detail on this very special audiophile pressing, the wooden tones and organic textures unfolding with wondrous openness, ease, and realism. Nothing is forced, brittle, or exaggerated. What you hear is on par with the acoustics you'd encounter at a world-class hall. Garcia and Grisman's clean, rustic picking on guitar, banjo, mandola, and mandolin harbors a rare intimacy mirrored by an equally uncommon chemistry evident by the seamless interplay.

    These traits remain in tact even when the soul mates are occasionally joined by pals such as Jim Kerwin (acoustic bass) and Joe Craven (fiddle and percussion). Garcia's singing, replete with the slight, graceful, dignified shakiness that forever defined his deliveries, comes across with utmost purity and transparency. Emotions and eagerness pour over every note. At the end of several tracks, Garcia and company exchange remarks and laughter - all indicative of the camaraderie, looseness, and spirit that carries through each tune here.

    Mobile Fidelity's audiophile edition of Shady Grove also features the kind of deluxe packaging only the best physical media can provide. Sixteen 12-inch x 12-inch pages bound to the gatefold jacket provide extraordinary insight into the songs, atmosphere, and history. Images of artifacts and telling photos serve as a visual guide. New Lost City Ramblers member John Cohen pens extensive liner notes that reveal the lasting importance and timelessness of the tunes herein. Among his observations:

    Jerry and David's performances of these traditional folk songs and ballads reconnect us all - folk singers, Deadheads, university students, hillbillies, country and western musicians - with the America [poet Kenneth] Rexroth wrote about; that [Carl] Sandburg wrote about; that the cynicism of American wars and politics, culture wars and culture politics just couldn't destroy.

    Indeed, the versions of barn-dance tunes (Shady Grove), jug-band standards (Stealin', also performed in the early days of the Grateful Dead), Delta ballads (Louis Collins), Civil War era fare (The Sweet Sunny South), and campfire songs (Down in the Valley) here astound with depth, soulfulness, and warmth. Deadheads will also find Garcia and Grisman putting a spin on two more tracks - Casey Jones and Jackaroo - long part of the iconic group's repertoire. In countless ways, Shady Grove is not to be missed, particularly on this unsurpassed pressing.

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    1. Shady Grove
    2. Stealin'
    3. Off to Sea Once More
    4. The Sweet Sunny South
    5. Louis Collins
    6. Fair Ellender
    7. Jackaroo
    8. The Ballad of Casey Jones
    9. Dreadful Wind and Rain
    10. I Truly Understand
    11. The Handsome Cabin Boy
    12. Whiskey in the Jar
    13. Down in the Valley
    14. Hesitation Blues
    Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
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    Harlem Street Singer

    Reverend Gary Davis, also Blind Gary Davis was a blind African American blues and gospel singer and guitarist, who was also proficient on the banjo guitar and harmonica. His finger-picking guitar style influenced many other artists .
    1. Samson And Delilah
    2. Let Us Get Together Right Down Here
    3. I Belong To The Band
    4. Pure Religion
    5. Great Change Since I Been Born
    6. Death Don't Have No Mercy
    7. Twelve Gates To The City
    8. Goin' To Sit Down On The Banks Of The River
    9. Tryin' To Get Home
    10. Lo, I Be With You Always
    11. I Am The Light Of This World
    12. Lord, I Feel Just Like Goin' On
    Blind Gary Davis
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    Broken People

    American music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.

    The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.

    With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.

    North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.

    "To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.

    Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.

    She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.

    "I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.

    "The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.

    "The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.

    "We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."

    "We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.

    As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.

    Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.

    "Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."

    "It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."

    "Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."

    "We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.

    And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.

    1. Broken People
    2. Brother, What Happened?
    3. Got It Goin' On
    4. Why Don't You Stay
    5. Take Me Home
    6. Shine On!
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. I Need A Man
    9. Devil's Teeth
    10. Train
    11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)
    Muddy Magnolias
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    Babel follows the 2009 release of Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More. It is produced by Markus Dravs.

    Fantastic 4 Star review from American Songwriter!

    There are some guitar sounds so indelibly stuck into our collective pop-consciousness that even those who can't tell a minor from a major chord can identify the band or player from just a few riffs -a dreamy John Lennon lick, the cosmic climb of Joe Perry, Slash's slash, Nirvana's fuzzy-barre rips, the post-punk fury of Sonic Youth. Now, the chugging, kinetic strum of Mumford & Sons is slowly creeping onto this revered list - not born out of extreme skill or virtuosity but by sheer branding, note for note. And it's how the band's second album, Babel, opens on the title track: with that same very strum, born somewhere between English mountain folk and an old time Appalachia. You can nearly hear the sweat flying off Marcus Mumford, his Martin instrument hiked high on his chest, every time he and banjo player Winston Marshall attack their strings.

    So it's no coincidence, it seems, that the band's highly anticipated sophomore record begins exactly where we might expect, and the rest of LP that follows proves that this isn't an attempt to smash any expectations with a sudden progression of their style. For those devotees looking for the Mumfords to evolve drastically, well, you're out of luck. But who would that audience be, anyway? The band is no doubt polarizing: old time and bluegrass faithfuls wouldn't be caught dead with a copy of Sigh No More, and their most ardent followers are more likely to have an iPod stocked with Coldplay and John Mayer than Bill Monroe or Doc Watson. Even pop addicts can't deny the catchy craft of "Little Lion Man" or "The Cave." No one is looking for their Kid A. Thus Babel's not a new sentence in the book of Mumford & Sons - it's what happens after an ellipses. And in many ways, that suits them just fine. It will most definitely suit their fans.

    Marcus Mumford has always been a bit of a melancholy fellow, and even a marriage to pixie-haired starlet Carey Mulligan, sold-out shows and Grammy nominations haven't shaken the teary introspection from this set of songs. Obviously, Babel deals in a lot of religious imagery and lyrics - with all the success and opportunities to indulge, it seems the boys have taken a moment to ask a few questions of their maker. "This cup of yours tastes holy/but a brush with the devil can clear your mind," Mumford sings on the second track "Whispers in the Dark." It's an anthem call with a firm statement: "I'm a cad but I'm not a I'm not a fraud / I set out to serve the lord." Maybe the trials and tribulations of being simultaneously loved and harangued have worn on the Mumford's, but at least they can prove to themselves, their audience or even their lord that this stuff comes from the heart.

    The album's single, "I Will Wait," is an easy crowd-pleaser moment with an arena-ready hushed chorus, set to those furious strings. The lyric and melody could easily be a Fray song if you removed the plucking banjo -and that's the amazing thing about Mumford & Sons. Purists aside, there's no one else that can get an audience from ages eight to eighty screaming along to a bunch of acoustic instruments or urge a kid to choose guitar lessons over computer games. Every time they perform - live or on Babel - they do it with sheer fervor, as if it's both their first and last time.

    While the band is mostly known for their "Americana" sound, they also pull references from their side of the pond: from both classic British countryside folk and Celtic punk bands like The Pogues. Those influences run a little more clear on Babel - "Ghosts That We Knew" and "Reminder" are both soft, melancholy stunners born out of grassy hills and cockney-tinged tales told in wood-paneled bars. And "Broken Crown" is the boys at their angriest yet: "I'll never be your chosen one," Mumford sings lightly before launching into an all-out war over minstrel plucks. It's a force of a song, and not your firmest pick nor hard-earned callous could weather that storm.

    Babel has some other unexpected moments, too, like on "Hopeless Wanderer," which begins with keys instead of strum, and "Lover of the Light" is a sunnier moment, perhaps a nod to the singer's recent vows ("to have and to hold," Mumford howls on the track). And the album's closer, "Not Without Haste," is a beautiful lullaby meant more for singing a restless man to sleep than a still-innocent child.

    There's also a continuation of the Mumford's love of literary references, with the boys even copping recently to ripping a line from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall - this is the band, after all, that was able to loop Macbeth's fateful cry of "stars, hide your fires" into their rollicking song "Roll Away Your Stone." So while the album title, Babel, is most likely a biblical reference, it's hard not to think of Jorge Louis Borges' short story, The Library of Babel. In it Borges imagines a universe composed of an endless library that contains every book in every possible permutation, and, therefore, nothing at all. This excess causes great despair for people of the library as they try to search for meaning in all of it. They fret. They come up empty.

    Babel may not hold all the answers, and it may not be some exotic transformation of their original formula - it's a safe bet to say that nothing from the Mumford & Sons may ever be. In The Library of Babel, the final realization that everything repeats itself is the universe's saving grace. And in Babel, you could say the same. Though there may not be endless possibilities, there's comfort - elegance, even - in that familiar, now nearly iconic rip of those strings, strummed in the way only those boys from West London can strum. It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.

    1. Babel
    2. Whispers In The Dark
    3. I Will Wait
    4. Holland Road
    5. Ghosts That We Knew
    6. Lover Of The Light
    7. Lovers' Eyes
    8. Reminder
    9. Hopeless Wanderer
    10. Broken Crown
    11. Below My Feet
    12. Not With Haste
    Mumford And Sons
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    News Of The World (40th Anniversary Box Set)

    Pure Analogue Re-Cut Of The Original Vinyl LP, Direct From The Unmastered Analogue Master Mix Tapes

    Presented In A Facsimile Original Sleeve

    Three Posters And A 60-page Book Of Images

    Original Album On CD, Plus Two Further CDs Of Recently Unearthed Out-Takes And Rarities From The Band's Archives

    Brand New One-Hour DVD Documentary, Queen : The American Dream

    A special box set of Queen's landmark 1977 album News of the World is set for release, marking the 40th anniversary of the original release.

    Originally launched in October 1977, News of the World is one of Queen's biggest selling albums of all time. It opens with two of the band's most indestructible worldwide hits, the Brian May-penned We Will Rock You and Freddie Mercury's We Are The Champions, monumental stadium anthems which remain a staple of major sporting events all around the world to this day. With songs written by all four band members, NOTW, Queen's sixth album, set a new standard in stylistic diversity, from Roger Taylor's proto-punk blast of Sheer Heart Attack to the salacious funk-rock groove workout Get Down Make Love, to the fragrant tropical calypso-pop Who Needs You. News of the World also features the hit Spread Your Wings, the epic rock saga It's Late and Freddie's wistfully romantic My Melancholy Blues.

    The new package includes the original album on CD, plus two further CDs of recently unearthed out-takes and rarities from the band's archives, one of which is a newly created 'alternative' version of the whole album - Raw Sessions.

    For many Queen devotees, this Raw Sessions CD will be the most intriguing component of the new release. Mined deep from long-vaulted studio multi-track tapes, this extraordinary parallel album brings to light never-before-heard alternative versions of each of the album's 11 tracks. Every lead vocal is different, as are most of the lead guitar parts and a great many other instrumental details. Here we experience We Are The Champions anew, with many unfamiliar vocal and instrumental elements, and for the first time at its full-recorded length rather than the edited 1977 album cut. Here also is the chance to discover peak era Freddie Mercury vocals on a track that nobody outside Queen's inner circle has heard him sing before at all - Brian May's All Dead, All Dead. The original album version features May himself on vocals. Roger Taylor's Sheer Heart Attack can be heard with its original long-lost guitar intro and uncut ending. Taylor's other song, Fight From The Inside, is more remarkable in that we hear his demo vocal worked on in his home studio in preparation for the next sessions, 'homework' that all of the band members would regularly carry out. As a point of note, Taylor plays all instruments on these two recordings, except for some lead guitar. In this age of digital leaks and obsessive fan culture, there is already great excitement that these recordings are, in 2017, truly New to the World.

    The third CD in the package, Bonus Tracks, features a feast of previously released but hard-to-find versions of News of the World tracks recorded in concert, for radio shows, or in alternate mixes. Included is the band's entire five-song final live session recorded for BBC Radio in October 1977, seven live performances of NOTW songs, plus rare backing tracks and instrumentals of the Queen classics We Will Rock You, We Are The Champions, Spread Your Wings, Get Down, Make Love and Fight From The Inside. Also on this third disc is the seldom-heard US radio edit of It's Late, making its belated CD debut, and the rowdy stomper Feelings Feelings, which was recorded during the original NOTW sessions but not included on the final album.

    Another outstanding feature of this weighty 40th anniversary box is another first - a pure analogue re-cut of the original vinyl LP, direct from the unmastered analogue master mix tapes. This exceptional album collector's piece is presented in a facsimile original sleeve. There is also a rich selection of NOTW related memorabilia including three posters and a 60-page book of images, mostly previously unseen.

    The package is completed with a brand new one-hour DVD documentary, Queen : The American Dream, created from backstage material filmed during Queen's 1977 USA News of the World tour. In November that year, Queen embarked on another headlining US tour. The highly respected British radio and TV presenter Bob Harris, complete with full film crew, followed their journey as part of a proposed documentary that has remained incomplete and unreleased - until now. The crew had unlimited access to the band on and off stage, in the recording studio and during rehearsals. This one-hour documentary includes superb live footage of Queen at the Houston Summit in December. We also see moments from the birth of We Will Rock You and We Are The Champions, songs that would both earn a place in the Grammy Hall of Fame. Queen : The American Dream is a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight into a young British band at a creative peak, defying the odds as they take the USA by storm.

    For casual fans and Queen connoisseurs alike, the new NOTW package, with its feast of extra material, is manna from Heaven - a bumper haul of buried treasure from a world-beating band in its prime.

    VINYL LP: The Original News of the World Album - new Pure Analogue Cut
    1. We Will Rock You (May)
    2. We Are The Champions (Mercury)
    3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor)
    4. All Dead, All Dead (May)
    5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon)
    6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor)
    7. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury)
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May)
    9. Who Needs You (Deacon)
    10. It's Late (May)
    11. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury)

    CD 1: The Original Album (Bob Ludwig 2011 master)
    1. We Will Rock You (May)
    2. We Are The Champions (Mercury)
    3. Sheer Heart Attack (Taylor)
    4. All Dead, All Dead (May)
    5. Spread Your Wings (Deacon)
    6. Fight From The Inside (Taylor)
    7. Get Down, Make Love (Mercury)
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (May)
    9. Who Needs You (Deacon)
    10. It's Late (May)
    11. My Melancholy Blues (Mercury)

    1. We Will Rock You (Alternative Version)
    2. We Are The Champions (Alternative Version)
    3. Sheer Heart Attack (Original Rough Mix)
    4. All Dead, All Dead (Original Rough Mix)
    5. Spread Your Wings (Alternative Take)
    6. Fight From The Inside (Demo Vocal Version)
    7. Get Down, Make Love (Early Take)
    8. Sleeping On The Sidewalk (Live in the USA, 1977)
    9. Who Needs You (Acoustic Take)
    10. It's Late (Alternative Version)
    11. My Melancholy Blues (Original Rough Mix)


    1. Feelings Feelings (Take 10, July 1977)
    2. We Will Rock You (BBC Session)
    3. We Will Rock You (Fast) (BBC Session)

    4. Spread Your Wings (BBC Session)
    5. It's Late (BBC Session)
    6. My Melancholy Blues (BBC Session)
    7. We Will Rock You (Backing Track)
    8. We Are The Champions (Backing Track)
    9. Spread Your Wings (Instrumental)
    10. Fight From The Inside (Instrumental)
    11. Get Down, Make Love (Instrumental)
    12. It's Late (USA Radio Edit 1978)
    13. Sheer Heart Attack (Live in Paris 1979)
    14. We Will Rock You (Live in Tokyo 1982)
    15. My Melancholy Blues (Live in Houston 1977)
    16. Get Down, Make Love (Live in Montreal 1981)
    17. Spread Your Wings (Live in Europe 1979)
    18. We Will Rock You (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)
    19. We Are The Champions (Live at the MK Bowl 1982)


    Vinyl LP + 3 CD + DVD Box Set - Sealed Buy Now
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    Drunk Is The New Sober/Stupid Is The New Dumb

    Drunk Is The New Sober and Stupid Is The New Dumb are the twin subtitles of Drunk & Stupid, Dots Will Echo's debut album on Asthmatic Kitty, but those aren't just arch witticisms, they encapsulate the apparent contradictions that power the New Jersey duo's music. The warmly weird world created by multi-instrumentalist Nick Berry and drummer Kurt Biroc seems simultaneously sacred and profane, edgy and accessible, sad and transcendently silly. What else would you expect from a group that describes itself as "dour moralizers and drunken assholes" and identifies its key influences as "A little bit The Incredible String Band, a little bit AC/DC?"

    "I can see the carnival lights from here," sings Berry in a half-crazed, half-elated tone at the beginning of the opening track, "I Like It," sounding like either a psychotic infatuated with his own attractive fantasy world or a genius inventor marveling at the luminous landscape he's created. It's up to the listener to decide which, but either way it's 100% Dots Will Echo.

    Everything on Drunk & Stupid was played by Berry and Biroc, with the basic tracks recorded in a single marathon, three-day session. "I meant this to be a very raw recording, capturing the way we sound live," says Berry, who plays everything from guitars and keyboards to Autoharp, glockenspiel, and Andean charango over the course of the album, as he and Biroc build their own beautifully ramshackle universe from the ground up before your very ears.

    "A poorly played violin can sound better than a well played piano," says Berry half-jokingly of the organic, offhand feel of the tracks. From the first moment, Drunk & Stupid makes the listener a fly on the wall for a day in the life of Dots Will Echo, with snatches of goofy studio chatter interspersed between tunes. The bit that leads into the crooked campfire singalong "I'm a Monkey" is particularly telling, as Berry spontaneously announces, "I want to try a song I dreamt the other night," Biroc disapprovingly asks, "In the studio?" and Berry blithely counters, "Yeah, why not?"

    In fact, Berry dreams a large percentage of his songs. "Some are stupid, but I let 'em fly anyway," he says self-deprecatingly, "but the really stupid ones, nobody's ever gonna hear." By the time they enter our waking world, Berry's tunes bear trace elements of psychedelia, power pop, field-recording folk, DIY post-punk, and tantalizingly trashy garage rock (the duo does in fact rehearse in Biroc's garage). "What You Tryin' To Do," for instance, comes off like Sister Lovers-era Big Star recording for Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, while the giddy blastoff of "Rocket Girl" evokes early XTC covered by Guided By Voices, and the fragile, almost-ominous beauty of the hushed, acoustic ballad "Gates of Eden" feels like the greatest song Neil Young never wrote for Galaxie 500.

    The black humor that inhabits an impressive amount of real estate in the Dots Will Echo neighborhood isn't the whistling-through-the-graveyard variety, but rather the kind that finds all of creation to be a bit of a knee-slapper. Like the great writers in every medium, Berry finds the human dilemma a source of endless hilarity, even though you can always hear the big, gently bruised heart beating at the core of every song on Drunk & Stupid. Berry sounds like an amphetamine-fueled tour guide as he walks us through a field of mankind's folly on "Seven Deadly Sins," his loopy lyrics punctuated by Captain Beefheart-esque bursts of six-string cubism.

    Even when things get apocalyptic, as on the minimalist stomp of the cautionary "Shitstorm," Berry exhibits so much obvious glee in announcing the impending arrival of the titular phenomenon that you can't help singing "there's a shitstorm coming" right along with him and bobbing your head randomly to the track's triumphantly spastic anti-groove. The deceptively mellow-sounding anthem of global dystopia "History's Grave" was written in early 2008, but Berry notes, "Since then many of the events mentioned or alluded to have come to pass. This made me feel a little bit like a character in a Stephen King novel."

    At the same time, Drunk & Stupid sports songs like "Be a Friend" and "So Deep the Night," lambent, low-key ballads that balance between bittersweet and unabashedly sentimental without ever turning mawkish. On these tracks, the Lennon-like undertone in Berry's voice rises to the top of the mix, tapping into an almost spiritual vibe and making for some of the most undeniably poignant moments on the album.

    Berry and Biroc, who also work together at the same day job (the drummer is Berry's boss), have been making music together since 2004, hashing out their ideas in Biroc's garage and documenting them in Berry's basement studio. Along the way, they've made unofficial micro-pressings of their work, mostly for passing around to friends and admirers in an ad hoc fashion, but Drunk & Stupid represents the first time the duo's freewheeling work has ever been properly presented to the public at large as a full-on album. With all the material the prolific pair has been stockpiling, they had a huge tally of tunes to haul along with them for this project, and hearing it is a little like stumbling for the first time into a lost world with a long legacy of its own rituals, relics, regalia, and history. But once you wander in, you can't imagine how you ever existed without it.

    Originally meant to be two separate discs (the vinyl version is a double LP with download codes for bonus tracks), Drunk & Stupid is a wild ride that clocks in at just under 80 minutes and boasts 19 songs overflowing with insanely catchy melodies, endearingly off-kilter arrangements, and a strangely satisfying blend of the divine and the absurd." As Berry says, "We try to allow for the will of the universe to have a large part in our music. There must be something sacred in mistakes. This is our explanation for being fuck-ups."

    1. Untitled
    2. I Like It
    3. Untitled II
    4. I'm a Monkey
    5. Shitstorm
    6. Be a Friend
    7. Whatcha Tryin to Do
    8. Rocket Girls
    9. Caroline
    10. Run Away Anna
    11. History's Grave
    12. Sweet Sweet Sanity
    13. Anime
    14. Who Left You Here
    15. The Future
    16. Untitled III
    17. Peace in Your Life
    18. Our Little Part of the World
    19. Untitled IV
    20. Gates of Eden
    21. Visions of Light
    22. Seven Deadly Sins
    23. So Deep the Night
    Dots Will Echo
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Pressed On 180-Gram Blue Colored Vinyl

    Limited To 500 Copies

    Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve

    Includes 12 x 12 Art Print

    Me And That Man will release its debut album Songs Of Love And Death on March 24 through Cooking Vinyl. The duo is fronted by Behemoth founder, songwriter/singer Nergal . The album puts away any pre-conceived ideas about what heavy music 'should' be, with the release of this side project. The duo draws heavily on blues, country and folk to make music as dark as if it was being screamed over shredding guitars. Me And That Man pairs Nergal with British/Polish rock musician John Porter.

    Fans of everything from Nick Cave, Danzig, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash's American Recordings, through to the grim, frontier polemic of Wovenhand will find countless mesmerizing moments on the album.

    1. My Church Is Black
    2. Nightride
    3. On The Road
    4. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die
    5. Better The Devil I Know
    6. Of Sirens, Vampires And Lovers
    7. Magdalene
    8. Love & Death
    9. One Day
    10. Shaman Blues
    11. Voodoo Queen
    12. Get Outta This Place
    13. Ain't Much Loving
    Me And That Man
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Songs Of Love And Death (White Vinyl)

    Pressed On 180-Gram White Colored Vinyl

    Limited To 500 Copies

    Housed In A Gatefold Sleeve

    Includes 12 x 12 Art Print

    Me And That Man will release its debut album Songs Of Love And Death on March 24 through Cooking Vinyl. The duo is fronted by Behemoth founder, songwriter/singer Nergal . The album puts away any pre-conceived ideas about what heavy music 'should' be, with the release of this side project. The duo draws heavily on blues, country and folk to make music as dark as if it was being screamed over shredding guitars. Me And That Man pairs Nergal with British/Polish rock musician John Porter.

    Fans of everything from Nick Cave, Danzig, Leonard Cohen, and Johnny Cash's American Recordings, through to the grim, frontier polemic of Wovenhand will find countless mesmerizing moments on the album.

    1. My Church Is Black
    2. Nightride
    3. On The Road
    4. Cross My Heart And Hope To Die
    5. Better The Devil I Know
    6. Of Sirens, Vampires And Lovers
    7. Magdalene
    8. Love & Death
    9. One Day
    10. Shaman Blues
    11. Voodoo Queen
    12. Get Outta This Place
    13. Ain't Much Loving
    Me And That Man
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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