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  • Scratching The Surface (Pure Pleasure) Scratching The Surface (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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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.



    Musicians:



    • 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.



    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
    The Groundhogs
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Day Of Reckoning (Picture Disc) Day Of Reckoning (Picture Disc) Quick View

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    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
    6. Madman
    7. Wartime
    Pentagram
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    Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
  • iFi Audio Groundhog iFi Audio Groundhog Quick View

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    iFi Audio Groundhog


    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Does your audio system suffer from an annoying hum, buzz or hiss?


    When you touched your device, did the hum/buzz noise increase? Well, in most cases, this is likely to be caused by a missing Ground/Earth connection that normally shields your system from such interference and drains away the noise.


    Electrical safety and EMC Legislation require certain ways of designing AC power systems. This legislation does not consider audio systems and is mandatory. It can lead to the irritating issue of hum, buzz, hiss and general interference in certain systems where:


    • The system includes at least one AC mains powered device or has an AC mains charger attached and it has no Ground/Earth at all
    • The audio system has at least two AC mains powered devices which leads to more than one, multiple Ground/Earth connections.

    At iFi, we know how annoying unwanted noise can be. No-one enjoys a tedious listening experience.


    If you have identified that you have a Missing/No Earth, then the Groundhog is for you. Its sole objective is to put the Ground/Earth back into your system and banish those unwanted, audio pests. No predicting the weather with this hog!


    All you need to do use a standard IEC power cable to connect the Groundhog to your audio system. The Groundhog then adds back the missing Ground/Earth connection to dissipate noise.


    Our Groundhog is multi-talented as it includes a variety of connections to suit just about any audio system:


    • RCA base cable - for any audio system with an unused RCA socket.
    • USB converter - for a computer audio system. Just connect to a spare USB port.
    • Spade converter - for power supplies with a DC barrel connector.
    • 3.5mm Y-converter - for portable devices with an unused 3.5mm connection.

    As a result of connecting the Groundhog and adding back the Ground/Earth you will get increased resolution, a full-bodied mid-range, tighter bass and improved musicality and neutrality.


    To put it simply, a much richer and fulfilling listening experience. No more annoying hum, buzz or hiss


    iFi Audio
    $49.00
    Ground Loop Isolator for Audio Systems Buy Now
  • Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em Quick View

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    Check 'Em Before You Wreck 'Em

    The 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!
    8. Bulletproof
    9. The Thicker The Better
    10. Late Night Mornings
    Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Fain Fain Quick View

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    Fain

    Recorded 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
    All Returns
    When the Fire is Dead in the Grate
    Athol
    Hesperus
    Answer
    Thief
    NRR
    Wolf People
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  • Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Soundtrack Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Soundtrack Quick View

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    Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me Soundtrack

    Honored 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
    Glen Campbell & The Band Perry
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  • Day Of Reckoning (Out Of Stock) Day Of Reckoning (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    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
    6. Madman
    7. Wartime
    Pentagram
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
  • Relentless (Out Of Stock) Relentless (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    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
    5. Relentless
    6. Run My Course
    7. Sinister
    8. The Deist
    9. You're Lost I'm Free
    10. Dying World
    11. 20 Buck Spin
    Pentagram
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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