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Scratching The Surface (Pure Pleasure)The Groundhogs' debut album is a long way from the 'classic' sound of the better-known 'Thank Christ for the Bomb/Split/Who Will Save the World?' trilogy. Indeed, the mellow classic blues through which the band pursues its nine tracks offer the unsuspecting listener little more than a direct blast from the peak of the British blues boom past. Early Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, and Savoy Brown all haunted precisely the same corridors as Scratching The Surface, with only the occasional burst of fuzzed Tony McPhee guitar to distinguish the sonics from the rest of the pack. That said, Scratching The Surface ranks among the finest albums to emerge out of that entire period, a moody shuffle that includes an epic recounting of the Chicago classic Still a Fool and which matches five solid McPhee originals with a pair of blistering contributions from outgoing harmonica whiz Steve Rye. In fact, his Early in the Morning and You Don't Love Me might well be the album's best numbers, a discrepancy that puts one in mind of another of the blues boom's hottest acts, Jethro Tull, and just how much they changed once a founding member (Mick Abrahams) departed. Again, if you arrive at Scratching The Surface in search of a fresh Cherry Red or Status People, you'll probably be disappointed. But if you want to hear the blues sluicing straight out of the Southern England Delta, there are precious few better introductions.
- Tony McPhee (guitar, vocal)
- Steve Rye (harmonica, vocal)
- Pete Cruikshank (bass)
- Ken Pustelnik (drums)
Recording: October 1968 at the Marquee Studios, London, by Gery Collins
Production: Mike Batt
About Pure Pleasure
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Rocking Chair
2. Early In The Morning
3. Waking Blues
4. Married Men
5. No More Doggin'
6. Man Trouble
7. Come Back Baby
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Still A Fool$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blues ObituaryOriginally released in 1969, Blues Obituary is the second album by 60s British blues-rock legends The Groundhogs. Out of print for decades and never before reissued domestically, this cult classic has been meticulously restored, using Sundazeds usual exacting standards.
Blues Obituary finds the group beginning to stretch beyond traditional blues forms, as demonstrated on the seven-minute epic Light Was the Day. Beyond its memorable cover art, Blues Obituary marks the Groundhogs first effort as a power trio, the format in which the band would do its most acclaimed and popular work.1. Rocking Chair
2. Early in the Morning
3. Walking Blues
4. Married Men
5. No More Doggin'
6. Man Trouble
7. Come Back Baby
8. You Don't Love Me
9. Still a Fool$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Day Of Reckoning (Picture Disc)30th Anniversary Picture Disc Release Of The Classic 1987 Album Of Influential Doom From The US Heavy Metal Legends
Starting life in the early 1970s, US band Pentagram is one of the most enduring and influential underground bands in Heavy Metal history. Influenced by British bands The Groundhogs & Black Sabbath, their own unique take on Doom Metal has subsequently influenced everyone from Paradise Lost to Cathedral.
Peaceville signed the band in the mid-1990s and released the 3 classic albums, Relentless, Day Of Reckoning & Be Forewarned. 'Day Of Reckoning' is regarded by many fans and critics as these progenitors of Doom's finest hour.1. Day Of Reckoning
2. Evil Seed
3. Broken Vows
4. When The Screams Come
5. Burning Savior
7. Wartime$29.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'EmThe Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell are the last of a dying breed of Grease Rock Bastard musicians who somehow, despite and in spite of the last 3 decades trying their best to kill off balls out, non-bullshit rock'n'roll music, somehow, against all the fucking odds, still exist, surviving on a steady diet of God sent gigs, hire vans, broken down amps, split drum skins, greasy spoon fry ups, patched up jeans, roll-ups, cheap leather jackets, booze, weed and bathtub speed.
Spare them your sympathy - no-one made the silly bastards do it. They just NEED to!! Right??
Facts to face - the Shovell are named after a 17th century English naval commander; Bill Darlington plays drums, Louis Comfort-Wiggett plays bass and Johnny Gorilla plays guitar and sings, they have been together as a band since 2008.
Their debut 2011 Rise Above 7, Return To Zero'/'Day After Day, sold out instantly and now commands £100 plus a copy; their 2012 debut long-player DON'T HEAR IT FEAR IT received unilateral rave reviews and was described pretty accurately by one scribe as 'the aural equivalent of stumbling into an 18 year-old male's bedsit in 1973 - the kind of greasy hard-rock thrills rarely heard in this climate of blind nostalgia and misjudged authenticity. It's hard 'n' heavy, without the marshmallow; it's old-fashioned yet so NOW that it hurts!''
They've toured and played with the likes of Orange Goblin, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Incredible Hog, Gentlemans Pistols, Graveyard, Gonga and countless more, toured Europe and had chief Groundhog Tony McPhee playing on their first LP!
On their new LP CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK 'EM the Shovell somehow carry on the lineage of the truly golden age of British heavy rock whose dog shit stained road was paved by the likes of Budgie, Sabbath, early Motorhead, Quo, Lizzy, The Groundhogs, Stray etc. Chuck in a healthy chunk of U.S. and Aussie proto metallurgists Sir Lord Baltimore, Dust, Bang, The Litter and Buffalo, as well as a healthy Vertigo 'Swirl' of dew picked mushrooms bad trip psych.
The Shovell thinks the world could do with another slice of no-nonsense re-gressive proto-rock 'n'metal - one that you don't need a Degree in doom-rock or a Masters in metal to appreciate - just a love of when music was F U N !!!!
Remember kids - CHECK 'EM BEFORE YOU WRECK 'EM!!!1. Do It Now
2. 2 Tonne F*ckboot
3. Captain Merryweather
4. Running From Home
5. Happiness Begins
6. Shaker Your Head
7. Don't Hear It ... Fear It!
9. The Thicker The Better
10. Late Night Mornings$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sonic Prayer Jam LiveColored Vinyl
Limited color vinyl re-issue of Earthless' previous Live-Sonic Prayer Jam 10 release, this new LP version includes two bonus tracks. San Diego based Earthless includes Mario Rubacalba on drums (Hot Snakes, Rocket From the Crypt, & Clikitat Ikatowi), guitarist Isiah Mitchell (Nebula), & bassist Mike Eginton (Electric Nazarene). On this release, Earthless are shown in their most natural, and best form, as a live band. They play thundering, 20 minute, partially improvised, dynamic songs, with ultra-long effected psychedelic leads and relentlessly pounding drum parts, all tied together with a distorted wall of bass. Influenced by the likes of Sleep, Hawkwind, Hendrix, The Groundhogs, and Amon Duul II. Earthless have played with bands such as Blue cheer, High on fire, Iron Butterfly, Mountain, Acid Mothers Temple, Om & Saviours. Earthless have another release on Tee Pee (2007's Rhythms from a Cosmic Sky) and will be touring in 2012.1. Sonic Prayer Jam
2. Cherry Red (Groundhogs)$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FainRecorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales, Fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It's an honest and natural album that allows its stories, its melodies, its themes and structures to breathe. The album draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they've done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they've made their own, the influences are vast - British rock bands like Groundhogs, Dark, Mighty Baby and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout Fain, along with the 60s revival folk of Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, and Trees. Additionally they have looked towards Scandinavian's rich psychedelic tradition both new and old - you can hear the likes of Mecki Mark Men, Mikael Ramel and contemporaries Dungen. You can even hear the band's teenage forays into Hip-Hop in the drums of 'Thief' and 'Athol'.
It rained constantly throughout the recording process and the house was so packed with gear and recording equipment the band were forced to sleep in tents and caravans parked outside. Whilst performing, they could look out into the vast countryside and catch sight of buzzards, hares, curlews and hundreds upon hundreds of crows and gulls. The fire was on permanently, overnight and throughout the day. A serene experience that informs every track on the album. It was mixed and finished in the equally rainy London, with additional performances from Olivia Chaney on piano and backing vocals, plus Nic Kearey and Rachel Davies of Stick in the Wheel and Various (XL). Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) recorded backing vocals in Vancouver remotely for All Returns.
As evidenced by the first single All Returns, Fain is more lyrically focused than anything they've previously recorded.. The song tells the story of a dream Jack Sharp (guitars/vocals) had during which an acquaintance had looked into his eyes and seen into his soul whilst calmly describing his faults and inner demons, a truly cathartic experience. However, says Sharp, his life is largely too banal for material and he largely draws upon snapshots of history to furnish him with the ideas for lyrics. Stand out track Thief is taken from various stories of highwaymen that had been made famous by broadsheet ballads and plays - the likes of Charles Peace, William Nevison, Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. He delivers this story in first person, almost as if he is playing the part of a complete degenerate with little or no conscience or morals. As Sharp says, It's like a form of tourism. You can visit but not live in the mind of an appalling human being.Empty Vessels
When the Fire is Dead in the Grate
NRR$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me SoundtrackHonored in 2012 with the GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award, Country Music Hall of Fame member Glen Campbell has recorded his last song.
I'm Not Gonna Miss You was written by Campbell and Julian Raymond specifically for a new documentary titled GLEN CAMPBELL: I LL BE ME. Produced by Raymond, the song was recorded in the Los Angeles-based Sunset Sound Factory and East West Recording Studios.
With a mere handful of piano chords, then a swell of harmonies, I m Not Gonna Miss You opens into the poignant, yet clear-eyed revelation of the things Alzheimer s steals. Almost lumbering through the melody, Campbell s weathered tenor confesses the painful truths of what is lost, the cost and the reality that it will all be lost to him, the man who can t remember. Pedal steel weeps, strings bathe the melody that rises against drums and an electric guitar that mirrors the unbreakable passage of life and time.
GLEN CAMPBELL: I LL BE ME is an epic human drama that intimately showcases the man and his music throughout Campbell s struggle with Alzheimer s. Chronicling the story of love, laughter, resilience and power of song, this film shows how against all odds, America s greatest country star would not give up. Directed and produced by James Keach (producer of Walk The Line) and produced by Trevor Albert (Groundhog Day).
Big Machine Records will proudly release a soundtrack for the film that also features The Band Perry, who previously paid tribute to Campbell during the 2012 GRAMMY Awards. The project also features Campbell s daughter Ashley who performs an original song.
We are so honored to not only release Glen Campbell s final recording, but to be associated with such a profound film that will help raise awareness of those suffering from Alzheimer s and spotlight the important role of those who care for them, remarked Big Machine Label Group President & CEO Scott Borchetta who serves as the project s Executive Producer with Keach.
Additionally, several of today s biggest musical stars appear in the film to pay tribute to the legend including Bruce Springsteen, Bill Clinton, The Edge (from U2), Paul McCartney, Jay Leno, Vince Gill, Jimmy Webb, Taylor Swift, Blake Shelton, Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Steve Martin, Chad Smith, and The Band Perry.1. I'm Not Gonna Miss You - Glen Campbell and The Wrecking Crew
2. Gentle on My Mind (Documentary Version) - The Band Perry
3. Remembering - Ashley Campbell
4. All I Need Is You - Glen Campbell
5. The Long Walk Home - Glen Campbell
6. Wichita Lineman (Live from Ryman Auditorium) - Glen Campbell
7. A Better Place (Live from Ryman Auditorium) - Glen Campbell
8. Gentle on My Mind (Single Version) - The Band Perry
9. Home Again - Ashley Campbell
10. I'm Not Gonna Miss You (Single Version) - Glen Campbell$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Day Of Reckoning (Out Of Stock)Starting life in the early 1970s, US band Pentagram are one of the most enduring and influential underground bands in Heavy Metal history. Influenced by British bands The Groundhogs & Black Sabbath, their own unique take on Doom Metal has subsequently influenced everyone from Paradise Lost to Cathedral.
Peaceville signed the band in the mid 1990's and released the 3 classic albums, Relentless, Day Of Reckoning & Be Forewarned. 'Day Of Reckoning' is regarded by many fans and critics as these
progenitors of Doom's finest hour.
'If producing top quality doom records was an Olympic sport, Pentagram would be weighed down by gold medals.' - (Kerrang!)1. Day Of Reckoning
2. Evil Seed
3. Broken Vows
4. When The Screams Come
5. Burning Savior
7. Wartime$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Relentless (Out Of Stock)Starting life in the early 1970s, US band Pentagram are one of the most enduring underground bands in
heavy metal history. Influenced by British bands The Groundhogs and Black Sabbath, their own take on
Doom Metal has subsequently influenced everyone from Paradise Lost to Cathedral.
The band continue to tour and impress to this day, and though the band line-up has changed many times over the years, enigmatic vocalist Bobby Liebling remains at the helm, with Pentagram now widely-regarded as a true cult band with a fan-base transcending whole generations.
"Relentless" was the band's debut album, and was originally self-released in 1985 as 'Pentagram' - later to be renamed & released by Peaceville in 1993, after a long search for a suitable record label.1. Death Row
2. All Your Sins
3. Sign Of The Wolf (Pentagram)
4. The Ghoul
6. Run My Course
8. The Deist
9. You're Lost I'm Free
10. Dying World
11. 20 Buck Spin$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock