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  • Workingman's Dead (Awaiting Repress) Workingman's Dead (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Workingman's Dead (Awaiting Repress)

    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
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • The Bobby Darin Story - Greatest Hits The Bobby Darin Story - Greatest Hits Quick View

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    The Bobby Darin Story - Greatest Hits

    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl Of Bobby Darin's Greatest Hits


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Rare Stereophonic Atlantic Records Tapes


    Features The Rare Early Alternate White Cover Artwork From 1961


    The legendary Bobby Darin was truly an entertainer of iconic stature. At a very young age he learned how to play a plethora of instruments. This rudimentary love of music followed him closely throughout his early career where he teamed up with future superstar Don Kirshner (The Monkees/Kansas) and began their publishing and writing partnership in New York City at the Brill Building. In the late 50's he ultimately cut his first #1 hit single Splish Splash, soon following it up with other huge sides like the phenomenal Mack The Knife for Atlantic Records, kick-starting the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar, troubadour and entertainer career unlike the world has ever known.


    In 1961 after many chart topping pop albums and a bevy of hit singles and awards, more fame followed as the brass at Atlantic Records honored their young superstar Bobby Darin with his first hits collection, the top ten charter The Bobby Darin Story . The album was a blockbuster at retail, making this a crossover hit with both pop and jazz audiences, proving once again that his career was of historic merit.


    Filled with more hits than a jukebox, the amazing album cooks with smashes like Dream Lover, his early Decca Records hit Early In The Morning, the smooth sounds of Beyond The Sea, plus more hits like the rockin' Lazy River and Plain Jane which truly makes this Lp a treasure trove of Bobby Darin classics.


    In total, the album showcases 12 important recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics for all time. In honor of the Man, the Music and the Legend, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the Atlantic Records classic greatest hits collection The Bobby Darin Story


    As a first installment in our exciting Bobby Darin 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its rare stereophonic glory. Mastered impeccably from the Atlantic Records stereo tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, The Bobby Darin Story will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for his fans everywhere!


    For this exclusive presentation, we are also including the super rare white cover version artwork not seen in decades A history making album from a historic legend, a first time audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music Stay tuned for more Bobby Darin original Atlantic Records audiophile vinyl and remastered compact disc recordings from Friday Music.

    1. Splish Splash
    2. Early In The Morning
    3. Queen Of The Hop
    4. Plain Jane
    5. Dream Lover
    6. Mack The Knife
    7. Beyond The Sea
    8. Clementine
    9. Bill Bailey
    10. Artificial Flowers
    11. Somebody To Love
    12. Lazy River
    Bobby Darin
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  • 20 All-Time Greatest Hits! 20 All-Time Greatest Hits! Quick View

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    20 All-Time Greatest Hits!

    20 All-Time Greatest Hits! contains 20 of his most famous recordings, including I Got You (I Feel Good), Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1 & Say It
    Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), Pt. 1 . In 2003, it was ranked on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. This classic album is
    presented for the first time on vinyl.
    LP 1
    1. I Got You (I Feel Good)
    2. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
    3. I Got The Feelin'
    4. Mother Popcorn
    5. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
    6. Make It Funky
    7. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
    8. Think
    9. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World
    10. Try Me
    11. Night Train


    LP 2
    1. Cold Sweat
    2. Get On The Good Foot
    3. Papa Don't Take No Mess
    4. The Payback
    5. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud
    6. Super Bad
    7. Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)
    8. Get Up Offa That Thing
    9. Please, Please, Please

    James Brown
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  • Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly Quick View

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    Evolution: The Best of Iron Butterfly

    Friday Music is now releasing this LP as a 1st time 180 Gram Audiophile, mastered by Joe Reagoso & Kevin Gray.


    Founded by keyboardist/vocalist Doug Ingle in 1966, Iron Butterfly hit the charts and soon became one of the key biker bands and west coast hard rockers alongside entities like Steppenwolf, Grateful Dead and The Doors. A year later, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" became a massive smash hit single & LP garnering the band multi-platinum success, making it one of the most important songs of our time. In 1971, Atco awarded their stellar hard rock champions with a greatest hits album "Evolution."

    1. Iron Butterfly Theme
    2. Possession
    3. Unconscious Power
    4. Flowers and Beads
    5. Termination
    6. In-A-Gadda_Da-Vida
    7. Soul Experience
    8. Stone Believer
    9. Belda-Beast
    10. Easy Rider
    11. Slower Than Guns
    Iron Butterfly
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  • Iron Butterfly Live Iron Butterfly Live Quick View

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    Iron Butterfly Live


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Release


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music And Capitol Mastering, Hollywood, CA


    Features The 1970 Concert Classic 19 Minute Version Of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida


    Iron Butterfly is truly an amazing success story in the record business. For over forty years, this band remained a significant force in the classic rock world with their original mix of rock, metal and classic leanings, solidifying them as one of the true purveyors of the progressive rock movement. Founded by the multi-talented keyboardist/vocalist Doug Ingle in San Diego in 1966, the band hit the charts immediately and soon became one of the key favorite biker bands and west coast hard rockers alongside entities like Steppenwolf, Grateful Dead and The Doors.


    Their live performances were challenging, loud, exciting and definitely original, which brought them huge popularity in a very short period of time. 1968 changed everything as In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida became a massive smash garnering Iron Butterfly major success globally. This tune displayed the first example of a driving hard rock jam and lyric, with classical, organic and tribal rhythms, making it one of the most important songs of our time. Featuring Doug Ingle's keyboard and vocal expertise, Lee Dorman's power bass, guitar shredder Erik Brann, and Ron Bushy's primitive drum beat, this amazing stage shows will forever be associated with the acid rock era, which paved the way for heavy metal bands into the seventies and beyond.


    ATCO Records knew the power of their live performances,therefore the quartet was awarded with another smash Lp, the concert recording masterwork chart topper Iron Butterfly Live. The 1970 smash contained 6 smokin' selections from their first three hit albums. Hard rock is abounding like the 19 minute workout on In-A Gadda-Da-Vida and other killer jams like Soul Experience, Are You Happy and Filled With Fear.


    This masterpiece has been out of print on vinyl for many decades that is until now! Friday Music is very proud to offer another installment in our Iron Butterfly 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with their classic 1970 smash album Iron Butterfly Live .


    Impeccably mastered from the original Atco tapes by Joe Reagoso (Grateful Dead/Yes/Deep Purple) at Friday Music Studios, this limited edition 180 Gram LP is also presented in the original album cover layout, featuring the original photos and artwork elements not seen in years.


    We believe this is the definitive sounding version of this monumental recording and will be one of the more anticipated audiophile releases of 2016. Iron Butterfly Live Their greatest hits in concert First Time 180 Gram Vinyl From your friends at Friday Music In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida !!!


    1. In The Time Of Our Lives
    2. Filled With Fear
    3. Soul Experience
    4. You Can't Win
    5. Are You Happy
    6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
    Iron Butterfly
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  • Quicksilver Anthology (Awaiting Repress) Quicksilver Anthology (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Quicksilver Anthology (Awaiting Repress)

    Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the Original Capitol Records Tapes w/ Ron McMaster


    Along with fellow superstars Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller Band and The Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service were one of the first Bay Area rock acts that helped usher in the progressive rock/acid rock movement during the height of the Summer Of Love in San Francisco. With its core line-up of David Freiberg, Dino Valenti, Greg Elmore, Gary Duncan, Nicky Hopkins and John Cipollina, this amazing band truly delivered many fine recordings during their successful reign at Capitol Records.


    Anthems of the era still resonate today with society issues and world problems as Quicksilver foretold with their classic signature tunes like Fresh Air, What About Me, Hope and Pride Of Man. With the superstar talents that made up this band over the years, it was not uncommon to hear radio stations play entire sides of their revolutionary albums during the dawn of FM and underground radio.


    Capitol Records awarded Quicksilver and their huge fan base with a very extensive and amazing Greatest Hits package called Anthology back in 1973. Right from the start you get a healthy three track serving from their first monster release Quicksilver Messenger Service, along with more solid tunes from other fine albums like Happy Trails, Shady Grove, Just For Love, What About Me and others classics.


    Out of print for many years, Friday Music has announced the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of their classic Capitol Records release Quicksilvers Anthology on Friday Music. This amazing album features 16 of their most important songs from their legendary albums from 1967 through 1973. From the early acid rock sounds of Dinos Song and the 12 minute epic The Fool, to later day hits like the aforementioned Fresh Air, What About Me and Just For Love, this album truly shows the relevance and importance of this sorely missed iconic band.


    Mastered impeccably from the original Capitol Records tapes by Joe Reagoso and Ron McMaster, this super limited edition album also boasts the original gatefold cover album art, including the silver on black embossed Quicksilver logo. The two HQ vinyl LPs are also protected by poly lined sleeves, as well as a poly bag to help keep the album cover and albums in great condition.

    LP 1

    1. Pride of Man (1967) [from Quicksilver Messenger Service]
    2. Dino's Song (1967) [from Quicksilver Messenger Service]
    3. The Fool (1967) [from Quicksilver Messenger Service]
    4. Bears (1968) [45 RPM only single release]
    5. Mona (1969) [from Happy Trails]
    6. Edward, the Mad Shirt Grinder (1969) [from Shady Grove]


    LP 2
    1. Three or Four Feet from Home (1969) [from Shady Grove]
    2. Fresh Air (1970) [from Just For Love]
    3. Just for Love (1970) [from Just For Love]
    4. Spindrifter (1970) [from What About Me]
    5. Local Color (1970) [from What About Me]
    6. What About Me (1970) [from What About Me]
    7. Don't Cry My Lady Love (1971) [from Quicksilver]
    8. Hope (1971) [from Quicksilver]
    9. Fire Brothers (1971) [from Quicksilver]
    10. I Found Love (1971) [from Quicksilver]

    Quicksilver Messenger Service
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  • The Live Anthology (Sold Out) The Live Anthology (Sold Out) Quick View

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    The Live Anthology (Sold Out)

    This one is a must. Decades in the making and culled from hundreds of hours of live concert recordings covering every era of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tours, The Live Anthology spans 1978-2007 and represents the best tracks as personally chosen by producers Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, and Ryan Ulyate. The Live Anthology comes on the heels of two sold out tours, the Grammy-winning documentary Runnin Down A Dream (directed by Peter Bogdanovich), and a headline performance at the Super Bowl XLII halftime show. Now, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, one of rock and rolls greatest touring bands, mark their unparalleled string of successes with the release of this landmark collection of live recordings that is unlike anything previously available. This is the bands story told through the music alone.


    The producers made no fixes or overdubs, letting the newly-mixed original recordings showcase the invention, spontaneity, craft, and the musicianship that has made Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers among the most celebrated live performers of their time. Along with powerful interpretations of their own classic hits and originals, The Live Anthology features the band tackling some of their best-loved cover material, from classics to obscure beauties to unexpected adaptations including the theme from Goldfinger, the Zombies I Want You Back Again, the Grateful Deads Friend of the Devil, early Fleetwood Macs Oh Well, Booker T. and the MGs Green Onions, James Browns Good, Good Lovin and many more. Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers travel wide, paying their musical debts through song and showing just how confidently the band moves across genres and over time.


    The Live Anthology features artwork and packaging by renowned contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. All 51 tracks were mastered specifically from the original live performance recordings and pressed onto 7 x 140g audiophile-quality vinyl LPs. An accompanying deluxe book with liner notes offering personal perspective on the band and their music by Tom Petty, Warren Zanes, Bill Flanagan, Robert Hilburn, Joel Selvin, Austin Scaggs, and Phil Sutcliffe rounds out this once-in-a-lifetime set.


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    Ladies And Gentlemen...
    Nightwatchman
    Even The Losers
    Here Comes My Girl
    I Need To Know
    A Thing About You
    I'm In Love
    I'm A Man
    Straight Into Darkness
    Breakdown
    Something In The Air
    I Just Want To Make Love To You
    Drivin' Down To Georgia
    Lost Without You
    Refugee
    Diddy Wah Diddy
    I Want You Back Again
    Wildflowers
    Friend Of The Devil
    A Woman In Love [It's Not Me]
    It's Good To Be King
    Angel Dream [No. 2]
    Learning To Fly
    Like A Diamond
    Mary Jane's Last Dance
    Jammin' Me
    The Wild One, Forever
    Mystic Eyes
    Green Onions
    Louisiana Rain
    Melinda
    Goldfinger
    Surrender
    Dreamville
    Spike
    Any Way You Want It
    American Girl
    Runnin' Down A Dream
    Oh Well
    Crawling Back To You
    My Life/Your World
    I Won't Back Down
    Square One
    The Waiting
    Have Love Will Travel
    Free Fallin'
    Southern Accents
    Don't Come Around Here No More
    Good, Good Lovin'
    Century City
    Alright For Now
    Tom Petty
    $149.99
    140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 7 LPs Sealed
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  • Crying Crying Quick View

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    Crying

    Double LP Cut At 45 RPM


    Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Tape


    200-Gram LPs Plated And Pressed By Quality Record Pressings


    Old-Style Tip-On Heavyweight Gatefold Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    "Crying" No. 69 On Rolling Stone's List Of 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time


    The second Roy Orbison issued by the Monument label,
    Crying was originally released in 1962 and became Orbison's
    chart breakthrough, reaching No. 21 on the Billboard chart
    and No. 17 in the U.K. The album name comes from the 1961
    hit song of the same name that in 2002 was honored with a
    Grammy Hall of Fame Award.


    By 1962, Roy Orbison had established himself as one the
    leading lights out of Nashville. Still, it wasn't until he met
    songwriting partner Joe Melson that things began to fall into
    place for Roy. He moved to Monument Records in 1960 -
    the focus in the studio was centered around exploiting the
    quality and range of his voice. Soon Orbison and Melson
    penned the hits "Only The Lonely" and "Running Scared."
    Orbison had arrived.


    The focus on this Analogue Productions reissue of Crying
    was extracting the absolute highest-quality sound from the
    original analog tape. Mastered by Bernie Grundman at 45
    RPM, the four sides of dead-silent 200-gram vinyl pressed
    at Quality Record Pressings provide reduced distortion and
    High-frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your
    stereo cartridge track more accurately. The heavyweight
    gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing cradles the
    LPs in style.


    The Orbison-Melson penned title track zoomed to No. 2
    on the Billboard charts. "Crying" is a slow-burning lament,
    allowing Roy's voice to come shining through, accompanied
    by strings, soulful vocals, and a dynamically great vocal
    hook. Hear the Analogue Productions difference how great
    this familiar tune and its album namesake can sound.


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    LP 1
    1. Crying
    2. The Great Pretender
    3. Love Hurts
    4. She Wears My Ring
    5. Wedding Day
    6. Summersong


    LP 2
    1. Dance
    2. Lana
    3. Loneliness
    4. Let's Make A Memory
    5. Nite Life
    6. Running Scared

    Roy Orbison
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    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Golden Butter: The Best Of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Golden Butter: The Best Of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band Quick View

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    Golden Butter: The Best Of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band


    The First Time Audiophile Vinyl 40th Anniversary Presentation Of Their Legendary Elektra Recordings


    Mastered Impeccably From The Original Elektra Records Tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & At Capitol Records With Ron McMaster


    Features The Original Gatefold Cover Album Art & Essay by Tony Glover


    Along with fellow superstars Jefferson Airplane, Steve Miller Band and The Grateful Dead, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band was one of the first powerhouse rock acts of the sixties. With their phenomenal brand of Chicago blues music unlike any band before or after them, they helped to usher in the progressive underground rock movement.


    With its core line-up of Paul Butterfield (harmonica/lead vocalist), Mike Bloomfield (guitar), Elvin Bishop (guitar), Sam Lay(drums), Mark Nataflin (keyboards) and Jerome Arnold (bass), this amazing band truly delivered many legendary blues and rock recordings during their successful reign at Elektra Records.


    Blues masterpieces of the era still resonate today as Paul Butterfield and Co. foretold with their classic signature tunes like Born In Chicago, Look Over Yonders Wall, Mellow Down Easy and the mammoth blues prog-rocker East West. With the superstar talents that made up this band over the years, it was not uncommon to hear radio stations play entire sides of their revolutionary albums during the dawn of FM and underground radio.


    Later albums would reveal even further extensions of the blues rock genre with classic renditions like Marvin Gaye's One More Heartache, Michael Nesmith's Mary Mary, plus more of their own prolific standards like Last Hope's Gone, Morning Blues and of course their Woodstock 1969 anthem Love March.


    Elektra awarded The Paul Butterfield Blues Band and their huge fan base with a very extensive and amazing "Greatest Hits" package called Golden Butter back in 1972. Right from the start you get a healthy serving from their first monster release The Paul Butterfield Blues along with more solid tunes from other fine albums like East West, The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw, In My Own Dream, Live and Keep On Movin'.


    Out of print on vinyl for many years, it is with great pride and honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band classic Golden Butter - The Best Of The Paul Butterfield Blues Band on Friday Music.


    As a first installment in the Paul Butterfield/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, this amazing album features 18 of their most important songs from their legendary albums from1965 through 1973. From the early blues rock sounds of Shake Your Money-Maker and the lengthy live epic Driftin' and Driftin' to later day album radio favorites like Blind Leading the Blind, One More Mile and the pivotal Willie Dixon favorite Spoonful, this album truly shows the relevance and importance of this sorely missed iconic band.


    Mastered impeccably from the original Elektra Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records with Ron McMaster, this super limited edition album also boasts the original gatefold cover album art and wonderful essay by Tony Glover, not seen in years!


    The two HQ vinyl LP's are also protected by polylined sleeves as well as a polybag to help keep the album cover and albums in great condition for your blues collection.


    The Paul Butterfield Band Golden Butter First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Sounding blusier than ever Nothin' But Some Of The Finest Blues Ever From Chicago exclusively from your friends at Friday Music! In My Own Dream

    LP 1
    1. Born In Chicago
    2. Shake Your Money-Maker
    3. Mellow Down Easy
    4. Our Love Is Drifting
    5. Mystery Train
    6. Look Over Yonders Wall
    7. East-West
    8. Walkin' Blues
    9. Get Out of My Life, Woman
    10. Mary, Mary


    LP 2
    1. Spoonful
    2. One More Mile
    3. One More Heartache
    4. Last Hope's Gone
    5. In My Own Dream
    6. Love March
    7. Driftin' and Driftin'
    8. Blind Leading the Blind

    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
  • Marathon (Awaiting Repress) Marathon (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Marathon (Awaiting Repress)


    The Santana Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!


    The Original 1979 Rock Fusion Classic Marathon Album!


    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl + Gatefold Cover Presentation!


    Mastered By Joe Reagoso - Pressed At R.T.I.


    The legendary Santana set the music world on fire back in the late
    sixties out of San Francisco with their hypnotic blend of Latin-fused rock,
    jazz and soul, augmented with brilliant and skillful musicianship of their
    leader and guitarist Carlos Santana. Bursting on the scene initially with
    the worldwide smash hit single Evil Ways (Santana's Greatest Hits Friday
    Music #33050), this first offering would prove to become the huge catalyst
    for things to come.


    Throughout the remainder of the late seventies and beyond, Carlos
    Santana would take the band to the top of all the popular music charts as
    the 1979 classic rocker Marathon would go on to yield a plethora of hit
    tracks at all formats of radio.


    No stone is left unturned, as this masterpiece is loaded with hit after hit
    with smashes like You Know That I Love You, the powerful Hard Times, the
    soulful Summer Lady and of course their stellar rock hit All I Ever Wanted,
    all featuring the righteous guitar of the legendary Carlos Santana as well as
    being the first Santana LP to feature the stellar vocals of longtime front man
    Alex Ligertwood and keyboard legend Alan Pasqua.


    As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career catalog,
    Santana's Marathon included some significant album tracks too like the
    rocking masterpiece Lightning In The Sky and the powerful medley of Stand
    Up/Running. The fantastic work also includes the wonderful title track
    instrumental Marathon featuring the all-star percussive line-up of Graham
    Lear, Armando Pereza and Raul Rekow. All in all, Marathon took the fans
    by storm, forever retaining the title superstars to the Santana franchise.
    Friday Music is pleased to announce for the very first time on
    audiophile vinyl Marathon by Santana. Mastered impeccably by Joe
    Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this amazing classic truly shines in the
    audiophile vinyl domain. Pressed at R.T.I., this brilliant masterwork truly
    resonates as you remember from years ago.


    To enhance your limited anniversary edition album experience, this
    first time audiophile vinyl release is also for a very short time being offered
    in a first time gatefold cover presentation, featuring the original album cover
    design, plus the inner sleeve artwork now displayed beautifully inside the
    gatefold cover.


    Welcome back and celebrate the music of Santana with their amazing
    Marathon ... an audiophile first time vinyl release, only from your friends
    at Friday Music.


    All I Ever Wanted .

    1. Marathon
    2. Lightning In The Sky
    3. Aqua Marine
    4. You Know That I Love You
    5. All I Ever Wanted
    6. Stand Up/Runnin
    7. Summer Lady
    8. Love
    9. Stay (Beside Me)
    10. Hard Times
    Santana
    $29.99
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    The Best Of Spirit


    The Mountain 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues On Friday Music!
    The Legendary Greatest Hits ..first Time On Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios.


    Manufactured By R.T.I.


    In 1974, the good folks at Epic Records compiled an amazing
    overview of Spirit's most memorable and fan driven favorites simply
    titled The Best Of Spirit. This collection featured the brilliant and sorely
    missed vocals and guitar work of Randy California, the rockin' lead
    vocals of Jay Ferguson, the driving bass and vocals of Mark Andes,
    the powerful drums of the late great Ed Cassidy, plus the keyboard
    wizardry of the late John Locke.


    This mammoth collection had something for everybody as it culled
    tracks not only from the four superior albums on Ode and Epic Records,
    but it also included the rare hit 45 single 1984. Therefore, a good
    majority of the hits and definitive Spirit tracks are included on this career
    compendium of songs which will forever stand the test of time.
    Their most familiar songs from The Twelve Dreams Of Dr.


    Sardonicus and The Family That Plays Together are featured with tracks
    like Nature's Way, I Got A Line On You, Morning Will Come and
    Animal Zoo. Plus even more Spirit classics are included like Fresh
    Garbage, Uncle Jack and Dark Eyed Woman.


    The legendary L.A. sound of Spirit is also highlighted with massive
    smash hits like Mr. Skin and more rockers like Prelude: Nothing To Hide
    and Mechanical World.


    The music of Spirit has made them one of the most loved bands of
    all time. Their concerts were trendsetting events, their albums and songs
    were of legendary proportion, and the cosmic energy between each
    individual member is of unequalled dimension.


    Friday Music is honored once again to be the torchbearer for
    some of the finest music ever recorded, and it is with much honor to
    announce the first time audiophile vinyl release of The Best Of Spirit.
    This audiophile event is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and
    features all of the original versions of their finest recordings ever.
    For this special 40th Anniversary limited edition release, we are
    also including for the first time, the original LP artwork elements not seen
    in years, now in a gatefold format, which will truly enhance your hours
    of listening enjoyment. And as always, we include a protective vinyl
    sleeve for the fine album cover and poly-lined sleeve for the audiophile
    vinyl disc to help keep your musical investment in mint shape.
    Stay tuned to Friday Music as we will be releasing more of Spirit's
    classic recordings on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl and compact disc in
    the very near future.


    The Best Of Spirit ..Relive your favorite moments once again with
    these incredible songs from your favorite band . now an audiophile
    vinyl reality .from your friends at Friday Music.

    1. 1984
    2. Mechanical World
    3. Nature's Way
    4. Animal Zoo
    5. Fresh Garbage
    6. I Got A Line On You
    7. Prelude-Nothin' To Hide
    8. Uncle Jack
    9. Morning Will Come
    10. Dark Eyed Woman
    11. Mr. Skin
    Spirit
    $29.99
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    Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5


    The Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    Celebrate The 30th Anniversary Of Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5!


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early
    fifties, and as a struggling young truck driver, Elvis cut some demos as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he
    had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar
    unlike the world has ever known.


    The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed the legend to a
    long-term deal, and his first RCA single Heartbreak Hotel forever etched "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name. He would eventually become the most successful solo artist of all time!


    From the remainder of the 1960's into the late 1970's, Elvis Presley would release many more hit albums, smash singles and movies
    before his untimely passing in 1977. Ever proving that he was indeed on top of his game, RCA Victor awarded their superstar artist and his fans
    with the King's fifth greatest hits collection Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5.


    Featuring a treasure trove of his most familiar top charting hit singles Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 went on to achieve gold status and
    become one of his most memorable titles in his huge arsenal of masterful rock and roll albums.


    Thanks to his finest rock smashes like Burning Love, Moody Blue, In the Ghetto and his landmark Memphis session groover Suspicious
    Minds, this collection of Elvis Presley's biggest hits were just what the fans were screaming for, and the entire album was built around the
    framework of his rocking trademark sound. The 1984 album also was another blockbuster for The King truly proving once again that his career
    was unlike any other in music history.


    Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 also included some of his finest ballads like Kentucky Rain and his monumental NBC TV Comeback Special
    smash If I Can Dream. In total, the album showcases ten important Elvis Presley hit recordings which have truly gone on to become definitive
    classics by any measure of popular music.


    In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time
    limited 30th Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5.


    As another installment in our exciting Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this
    masterwork in all its stereophonic glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., Elvis' Gold
    Records Volume 5 will be a much anticipated first time audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!


    For a limited time only, we are also including a rare first time gatefold artwork presentation including the original 1984 artwork elements
    and rare picture sleeve art in the inside gatefold . As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined sleeve
    to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape.


    Elvis Presley's Elvis' Gold Records Volume 5 A history making rock album from an historic legend, an original stereophonic first time
    audiophile dream release first time gatefold cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music Stay
    tuned for more Elvis Presley original RCA Record audiophile recordings from Friday Music. If I Can Dream

    1. Suspicious Minds
    2. Kentucky Rain
    3. In the Ghetto
    4. Clean Up Your Own Backyard
    5. If I Can Dream
    6. Burning Love
    7. If You Talk In Your Sleep
    8. For the Heart
    9. Moody Blue
    10. Way Down
    Elvis Presley
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    Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 (Awaiting Repress)


    The Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    Celebrate The 55th Anniversary Of 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong!


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation!!!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.


    Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early fifties, and
    as a struggling young truck driver, Elvis cut some demos as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he had only paid a few
    dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar unlike the world has ever known.


    The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed the legend to a long-term
    deal, and his first RCA single Heartbreak Hotel forever etched "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name. He would eventually become the
    most successful solo artist of all time!


    For the remainder of the 1950's, Elvis Presley would release several more hit albums, smash singles and movies before spending time in the
    Army. Ever proving that he was indeed on top of his game, RCA Victor awarded their superstar artist and his fans with the King's second greatest hits
    collection Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2, also known as 50,000,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong.


    Featuring a treasure trove of his most familiar top charting hit singles Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 went on to become one of his most
    memorable titles in his huge arsenal of masterful rock and roll albums, as well as one of the most copied album covers of all time.


    Thanks to his finest rock smashes like Wear My Ring Around Your Neck, A Fool Such As I, I Got Stung and A Big Hunk O' Love, this collection of
    Elvis Presley's biggest hits were just what the fans were screaming for, and the entire album was built around the framework of his rocking trademark
    sound. The 1959 album also was another blockbuster for The King as it topped the upper rungs of the pop charts, making this one of his biggest
    albums of his career as well as one of his most revered. Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 truly proved once again that his career was unlike any other in
    music history.


    Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 also included some of his finest ballads like Don't, My Wish Came True and the soulful Doncha' Think It's Time,
    plus more top rock and roll hits like I Need Your Love Tonight, and I Beg of You. In total, the album showcases ten important Elvis Presley hit recordings
    which have truly gone on to become definitive classics by any measure of popular music.


    In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time limited
    55th Anniversary Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 - 50,000 Elvis Fans Can't Be Wrong
    by Elvis Presley.


    As another installment in our exciting Elvis Presley 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this masterwork in all its high
    fidelity glory. Mastered impeccably from by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 will be a
    much anticipated first time audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!


    For a limited time only, we are also including a rare first time gatefold artwork presentation including the original 1959 artwork elements and
    rare picture sleeve art in the inside gatefold . As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined sleeve to help keep
    your Elvis vinyl in mint shape.


    Elvis Presley's Elvis' Gold Records Volume 2 A history making rock album from an historic legend, an original monophonic first time audphile dream release first time gatefold cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music

    1. I Need Your Love Tonight
    2. Don't
    3. Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
    4. My Wish Came True
    5. I Got Stung
    6. One Night
    7. A Big Hunk O' Love
    8. I Beg of You
    9. (Now And Then There's)
    10 Fool Such As I
    11. Doncha' Think It's Time
    Elvis Presley
    $31.99
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    The Best Of Mountain


    The Mountain 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues On Friday Music!


    The Legendary Greatest Hits ..First Time On Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios.


    Manufactured By R.T.I.


    In 1973, the good folks at Windfall and Columbia Records compiled
    an amazing overview of Mountain's most memorable and fan driven
    favorites simply titled The Best Of Mountain. This collection featured the
    brilliant lead vocals and dangerous guitar work of Leslie West, the sorely
    missed bass guitar, lead vocals and production of Felix Pappalardi (Cream),
    the driving keyboards of Steve Knight and the heavy metal drums of Corky
    Laing.


    This mammoth collection had something for every one of its devoted
    fans as it culled tracks not only from the band's output on Windfall like their
    earth shattering smashes Mississippi Queen and Nantucket Sleighride, but
    it also included the rare LP edit version of Roll Over Beethoven. Therefore,
    a good majority of the hits and definitive Mountain tracks are included on
    this career overview of songs which will forever stand the test of heavy metal
    time.


    Their most familiar songs from Climbing!, Flowers Of Evil and
    Nantucket Sleighride are featured with hard rockers like Never In My Life,
    Don't Look Around and Crossroader. Plus even more Mountain classics are
    included like Tanuta, The Animal Trainer And The Toad and The Boys In The
    Band.


    The hard rocking progressive sound of Mountain is also highlighted
    with massive hits like their definitive interpretation of Jack Bruce & Pete
    Brown's Theme For An Imaginary Western and their stellar tribute to the
    Woodstock nation with the legendary For Yasgur's Farm.


    The music of Mountain has made them one of the most loved bands
    of all time. Even to this day, their concerts are important events worldwide,
    their albums and songs are of legendary proportion, and the undying energy
    between each of its individual members is second to no one.


    Friday Music is honored once again to announce another installment
    to our beloved Mountain/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series
    with the first time HQ vinyl release of The Best Of Mountain. This audiophile
    event is mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and features all of the original
    Windfall Records versions of their finest recordings ever.


    For this special 40th Anniversary limited edition release, we are also
    including for the first time in four decades, the original alternate front cover
    LP gatefold artwork not seen in years, which will truly enhance your hours
    of listening enjoyment. And as always, we include a protective vinyl sleeve
    for the fine album cover and poly-lined sleeve for the audiophile vinyl disc to
    help keep your musical investment in mint shape.


    The Best Of Mountain ..Relive your favorite hard rock moments
    once again with Leslie, Felix, Corky and Steve . now an audiophile vinyl
    reality .from your friends at Friday Music.

    1. Never in My Life
    2. Taunta (Sammy's Tune)
    3. Nantucket Sleighride (To Owen Coffin)
    4. Roll Over Beethoven
    5. For Yasgur's Farm
    6. The Animal Trainer and the Toad
    7. Mississippi Queen
    8. King's Chorale
    9. Boys in the Band
    10. Don't Look Around
    11. Theme for an Imaginary Western
    12. Crossroader
    Mountain
    $29.99
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  • Pearl Pearl Quick View

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    Pearl


    1971's Pearl Showcases Janis Joplin at Her Peak: Chart-Topping Record Includes Hits Me and Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz, and Get It While You Can


    Mastered From the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM Pressing is Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of Masterpiece Ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time


    Joplin Displays Balance of Impeccable Timing, Devastating Vulnerability, and Raw Emotion: Full Tilt Boogie Band, Producer Paul Rothchild Complete Album Steeped in Soul and Loaded With Spirit


    Janis Joplin wouldn't be denied on Pearl. The powerhouse vocalist had kicked her addictions, teamed with a stupendous band, and partnered with a producer that knew how to best showcase her voice on record. She came to the sessions with an armload of astonishing songs, and a burst of creative energy that mirrored her rejuvenated emotional state and undeniable spirit. You can hear it on every note of the 1971 record. Ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Pearl sold more than four million copies and stands as the first female rock superstar's definitive studio work. Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP presents the lasting artwork like never before.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, cut at 45RPM, and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl at RTI, the iconic audiophile label's analog reissue takes Joplin and Co.'s stupendous performances to newly transcendent levels. Boasting a fidelity that further magnifies the singer's passion and producer Paul A. Rothchild's clear production, this pressing benefits from increased spaciousness, dynamics, and openness afforded by the wider grooves. Joplin's husky, strong, and penetrating singing has never sounded so vibrant or made deeper connections. Warm, organic, and free of any artificial ceilings, this version lets you step into Sunset Sound Recorders with the performers, such is the degree of realism and authenticity. Indeed, few, if any words, describe Joplin better than authentic, and her spirit comes to life on this 2LP set in positively transcendent fashion. Like its headliner, this pressing leaves it all on the floor.


    While Joplin's electrifying vocal prowess is universally lauded - she's recognized as the greatest white female blues singer the world has ever seen - her mix of compassion, confidence, and charm play as large a role in attracting listeners and keeping them ensnared more than four decades after her tragic death. And on Pearl, she burrows into deeper stylistic veins, teasing out sides of her persona and craft she'd never previously displayed. Her signature desperation, sadness, and vulnerability remain - the harrowing, lonely wail that begins her soul-ravishing take on Jerry Ragovoy's Cry Baby, underlined with a Wall of Sound-like piano accompaniment, could only come from a person severely scarred by loss and disappointment - yet Joplin also reveals a sense of humor and beatnik innocence that helped propel the album to the top of the charts for nine straight weeks.


    Playfully introduced as a song of great social and political import, the acapella Mercedes Benz reflects Joplin's throaty timbre as well as her enhanced, sunnier mood. Similarly, her definitive read of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee signals a laidback demeanor and a move into country strains, with the delivery as natural, carefree, and loving as any in the rock canon. As she does throughout the record, Joplin invests her all in the narrative so that there's no line between the performer and the song. She makes everything on Pearl feel autobiographical, and by extension, gut-wrenchingly honest, and devastatingly intimate. Joplin achieved these feats often during her brief career, yet there are differences on Pearl, chiefly among them her balance of impeccable timing and raw emotion. Heart-aching anthems such as A Woman Left Lonely offer both grit and control, subtlety and attack, resulting in cathartic releases distinguished with originality, personality, and instinctual passion.


    Pearl remains Joplin's finest hour, with credit also owed to the Full Tilt Boogie Band - the only group she ever considered to be her own - as well as the Doors alum that sat behind the boards. Joplin and Rothchild both admitted to sharing a common bond and understanding, with the latter inheriting the role of teacher and Joplin, a willing student ready to discover how she could use her voice in new, more expressive ways. The fruits of the pair's labors fill Pearl, be it the guardedly optimistic Get It While You Can or assertive, fleet-footed Move Over.


    Experienced in the new light brought to fore by this definitive Mobile Fidelity analog edition, Joplin's swan song is no longer about a masterpiece that its creator never lived to see finished. Rather, it's about a once-in-a-lifetime vocalist realizing mammoth potential and wringing passion out of every note. It's not a tragedy, but a triumph. Get it while you can.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Move Over
    2. Cry Baby
    3. A Woman Left Lonely
    4. Half Moon
    5. Buried Alive In The Blues
    6. My Baby
    7. Me And Bobby McGee
    8. Mercedes Benz
    9. Trust Me
    10. Get It While You Can
    Janis Joplin
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Rock Steady


    Ranked 316/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    They say you can never go home again.


    Yet, on their new Interscope Records release and fifth album, Rock Steady, No Doubt has embarked on a globe-spanning musical adventure that proves, once and for all, that home is where the heart is.


    At the heart of the quartet's fifteen-year musical journey is a sound, a style and a sensibility that celebrates their enduring bond with millions of fans worldwide: the sheer pleasure of pure pop - danceable, hummable, instantly accessible songs that have become indispensable additions to the soundtrack of our life and times. And now with Rock Steady, that soundtrack signals a return to some of the key creative elements that have made No Doubt one of today's most popular and enduring bands. Simply put, No Doubt is ready to party.


    "It's the hardest thing in the world just to be simple, to let the music and the words speak for what you're feeling and, hopefully, to share that feeling. And the feeling we all shared on this album turned out to be pretty simple, too: we were in a good mood."


    So says vocalist, lyricist and glorious gamine Gwen Stefani on the inspiration that ignited the dozen deliriously entertaining new tracks comprising Rock Steady. With all-original material penned by Gwen and No Doubt's dynamic songwriting duo of Tony Kanal and Tom Dumont and a roster of producers that pretty much covers the cutting edge of the studio art, Rock Steady, recorded in such far flung locations as London and Los Angeles, San Francisco and Jamaica, is without question the most eclectic, wide-ranging and stylistically diverse offering in the band's extraordinary career. It is also a loving tribute to the musical roots that have nourished No Doubt from their very inception.


    "We were on tour pretty much all of last year," explains drummer Adrian Young, "and whenever we had some down time, we found ourselves listening to lots of dancehall. It was kind of like getting back to where we once belonged." Dancehall, the exuberant evolution of reggae, ska and calypso currently rocking the clubs and studios of Jamaica, proved a potent point of departure for the group when they convened in early 2001 to begin work on a new album. "We were part of the whole ska revival back when we first got together," continues Adrian. "The fact is, we had to work hard to prove we had a wider range, and I guess we did that. Because this time around we didn't feel like we had anything to prove. The whole point was to follow the music, wherever it led."


    "Following the music" would lead the quartet to a variety of exotic locales as they indulged their instincts and experimented with sounds and settings that would capture the sensational new music beginning to emerge. "This album was less about technique and more about attitude," asserts Tony. "We took it one day at a time and it became a very spontaneous process. Tom had set up a studio at his place in L.A. and we'd meet there just to try out different ideas. Whereas before we'd write everything with a guitar or bass, this time we started with just beats and grooves and keyboards and built from there. After a week or two of songwriting, Gwen had a trip planned to London. Since we were having such a good time we just packed up and followed her over there. We knew we were onto something."


    "It felt like starting over," is Tom's assessment. "We had spent two years working on Return Of Saturn because we felt it was important to prove we could do a record that had depth and substance. Once we got that out of our system it was time to have some fun."


    Return Of Saturn, the group's smash 2000 release, did indeed establish No Doubt's ability to fashion songs of substance as well as style. It also conclusively demonstrated that the group's 1995 breakthrough release, Tragic Kingdom was more than a flash in the pan, although it was a distinctly dazzling flash that elevated the group to world class status with a solid string of hit singles. "We'd already done most of what we'd set out to accomplish," continues Tom. "We wanted try something fresh."


    Something fresh and, as it turned out, something tried and true. "With all the dancehall we'd been listening to it was only natural that some of that rhythm would seep into our new songs," Gwen adds. "We ended up going to Jamaica without really knowing exactly what we'd find when we got there. That was the whole plan from the beginning not to have a plan."


    What No Doubt found in the lush musical environs of the island was a creative collaboration with some of Jamaica's most revered producers including the legendary team of Sly & Robbie who sat behind the board for the album's debut single "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All," a tune written by Gwen with Eurthymics mainstay Dave Stewart during the group's London sojourn. They would also go on record with the fast rising dancehall duo of Steely & Clevie, who worked their magic for the incendiary selection, "Start The Fire." Remarks Tom, "Going to Jamaica and working with the great artists there had always been a dream of ours. Having that opportunity is one the best things about having some success. It's more important than any amount of fame or fortune."


    As the spring of 2001 turned to summer the pace of recording stepped up, along with the group's increasingly bold ventures into new creative territory. In Los Angeles they added hip-hop to the mix with the streetwise sensibilities of The Neptunes, co-writers on the album's opening track, the scorching "Hella Good." Next they huddled with high-profile mixmaster Nellee Hooper on Rock Steady's title track as well as such standout selections as "In My Head," "Running," "Detective" and the above mentioned "Hella Good." Along the way they logged time with William Orbit for "Making Out," Ric Ocasek on "Platinum Blonde Life" and "Don't Let Me Down," and the inimitable Prince who co-produced and provided backing vocals on the drop dead gorgeous "Waiting Room."


    But mixing and matching songs and producers was only part of the creative evolution that took place with Rock Steady. Says Tony, "Our attitude from the beginning was that we'd do whatever it took to make the music work. We've always been a very self-contained unit. This time we wanted to open it up, to find out what other people could bring to the party."


    "The whole album was an exercise in spontaneity," adds Gwen, "and that challenged me to write more directly from my thoughts and feelings. I threw away my thesaurus and put aside my influences, everyone from Joni Mitchell to Sylvia Plath. I wanted to write songs about how it felt to be alive right now and that feeling, despite everything that going on in the world, is optimistic and full of hope. This is a time to affirm what's good and positive in our lives and if we can convey even a small part of the fun and excitement we had making this music, then we've done what we set out to do."


    Hot on the heels of Rock Steady's release comes news of an extensive touring schedule that includes select dates with U2 as well as an extensive itinerary of international headlining dates. "We're primarily a live band," comments Tony. "That's how we started and that's how we maintain contact with our fans. Over the past couple of years, as the No Doubt machine got bigger, it's been more difficult to maintain that connection. But this time around,we're determined to stay true to the spirit of the music. It's about having a good time, about dancing in aisles and singing along. We all need that and it's what this tour is going to be about."


    "After fifteen years together you naturally create all kinds of rules about how things should be," concludes Gwen. "There comes a time when you've got to throw the rules out and start all over again. That's what keeps it fun and interesting. For us that time has come."


    It's a sentiment that gets to the heart of the brilliant music on Rock Steady, an album that finds No Doubt comfortable at home with the risks and rewards of true originality. It's also proof positive that, when No Doubt throws a party, everyone's invited.

    LP1
    1. Intro
    2. Hella Good
    3. Hey Baby
    4. Making Out
    5. Underneath It All

    6. Detective
    7. Don't Let Me Down


    LP2
    1. Start The Fire
    2. Running
    3. In My Head
    4. Platinum Blonde Life
    5. Waiting Room
    6. Rock Steady

    No Doubt
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    Mystery Girl Expanded

    Everyone involved with Mystery Girl sensed the magic in Roy Orbison, who, in 1988, was enjoying a full creative renaissance and resurgence of popularity. One of Roy's classic recordings, "In Dreams," memorably lip-synched into a hurricane lamp by Dean Stockwell, had served as a key thematic element in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet," igniting a renewed interest in the Big O.


    In a series of bold aesthetic moves, Orbison directly addressed his legacy, first with Class of '55 (a 1986 reunion album with fellow Sun Records alumni Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins) and then, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits, where Orbison recut many of his biggest songs, using 1980s technology to produce results often surpassing his original recordings.


    At this same time, Roy Orbison became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, the roots rock supergroup also featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. It was during work with the Wilburys that the vision for Mystery Girl, a new Roy Orbison album made of original songs from a variety of writers-including Roy Orbison, Diane Warren, Elvis Costello, Wesley Orbison and U2s Bono and the Edge (among others)-began taking shape.


    "When he sang it, it was absolutely magnificent," said Jeff Lynne, who would produce tracks for Mystery Girl. "His voice, I had never heard a voice like that live, you know, in the studio, ever . He had this wonderful spirit, almost like a kid in many ways.


    He was just a happy guy. I love him . One of the proudest things I've ever done is to have become his friend. I'd look at him and just go, 'Wow, it's him. The Big O.'"


    Roy's core group of musicians on the original Mystery Girl recordings included Jeff Lynne (guitar, piano, bass, backing vocals), Tom Petty (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar, bass, mandolin), Jim Keltner (drums), Howie Epstein (bass, backing vocals), and Benmont Tench (piano, organ, cheap strings). Contributing artists on the album include Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison, Jr., Al Kooper, George Harrison, Bono, T Bone Burnett, Steve Cropper, The Memphis Horns, and more.


    "I was just taken by how amazing this guy was. Just sitting, singing softly, sitting on the sofa with an acoustic guitar, his voice was unbelievable." remembers Tom Petty. "The music will live on, you know; it's very timeless music."


    Mike Campbell added, "Any time I hear one of Roy's songs, wherever I am, I just stop and listen to it and he's there, you know. His artistry and his voice and his spirit and the depth of his soul is so unique and it just connects with you in such a deep way . He just had a way of getting into your heart."


    "He was a real innovator, truly a great singer," said Bono. "The real rebels to me always had manners. Elvis, you know, and Roy, Roy was a true gentleman. And that's a scary thing in a man, do you know what I mean? A man that's so sure in himself that he can be polite."


    The legendary guitarist Steve Cropper confided that, "I've only met basically three, maybe three-and-a-half, of what I call 'light bulbs' in my life. And what I mean by 'light bulbs' is they're the brightest one in the room and when they walk in the door every head turns. Every head. Not just a few, not some people still talking in the corner. It's like everyone stops what they are doing. Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Roy Orbison. And I saw that happen to Bill Clinton. So, there you go and I've never seen that happen to anybody else, ever."

    LP1
    1. You Got It
    2. In the Real World
    3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
    4. A Love So Beautiful
    5. California Blue
    6. She's a Mystery to Me
    7. The Comedians
    8. The Only One
    9. Windsurfer
    10. Careless Heart


    LP2
    1. The Way Is Love
    2. She's a Mystery to Me (Studio Demo)
    3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (Studio Demo)
    4. The Only One (Studio Demo)
    5. The Comedians (Studio Demo)
    6. In the Real World (Studio Demo)
    7. California Blue (Studio Demo)
    8. Windsurfer (Work-Tape Demo)
    9. You Are My Love (Work-Tape Demo)

    Roy Orbison
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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