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Hard Times And Nursery RhymesLegendary Punk Rock Band's 1st Studio Record Since 2004
Group Embraces Gritty, Soulful Currents on Can't-Miss Set
Social Distortion's first new studio record in nearly six years, Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes builds on singer Mike Ness twin footings, one in the haunted American landscapes of Hank Williams and the other in the raw swagger of Exile On Main Streetâ€era Rolling Stones. While these twin pillars have always been behind Social Distortions anthemic songs, on Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes they come roaring to the fore, in one of the hardest rocking, most soulful albums of Ness career.
From opener California (Hustle and Flow), a song with enough attitude to redline a 40 Merc, to the dark rockin cover of Hank Williams' Alone and Forsaken, longtime fans will find the trademark punk roar they love. New fans, too, will be drawn to Ness maturing songwriting and vocals with an eye to his rock and roll legacy. Ness also produced Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (his first time at the production helm).
Cigar-puffing hoodlums, sleazy pimps, staggering winos, down-and-out blue-collar stiffs, on-the-run hustlers, wounded romantics, and spurned lovers are among the crowds that congregate on the street corners of Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes, one of the most consistent, complete, soulful, and tunefully gritty records of Social Distortions career. The set reflects the groups progressive embrace of organ into arrangements. As such, subtle spiritual undercurrents coarse through several tunes.
--Bob Gendron, TONE Audio, Issue 341. Road Zombie
2. California (Hustle and Flow)
3. Gimme The Sweet And Lowdown
4. Diamond In The Rough
5. Machine Gun Blues
7. Far Side Of Nowhere
8. Alone And Forsaken
9. Writing On The Wall
10. Can't Take it with You
11. Still Alive$21.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hard Rock BottomYou wont be bummed! 13 new songs and a hilarious enhanced CD which documents the making of the record. The boys down at the shelter love it and so will you!1: Feels Like Home
2: International You Day
3: Pre-Medicated Murder
4: Dumb Reminders
5: Any Number Can Play
6: Friends Of The Enemy
8: Let Me Down
9: This Is A Rebel Song
12: Insecurity Alert
13: Nailed Shut$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard Rock From The Middle East (Pre-Order)Import
The Devil's Anvil was a 1960s hard rock band based in New York City. They released one album, Hard Rock from the Middle East, in 1967, showcasing a mix of 1960s hard-rock sound with Arab, Greek and Turkish songs and melodies.
The music on the album is often sung in Arabic. Its arrangements walk a tightrope between the modern psychedelia of the day and centuries-old traditional folk modalities and melodies.
Hard Rock from the Middle East was released during escalating tensions between Israel and neighboring Arab countries and the subsequent Arab-Israeli War in 1967. Subsequently, radio stations in the States would not play the album because of its controversial content. Thus making this a hidden gem and highly sought-after album.
Instrumental in the band's formation was producer Felix Pappalardi, vocalist and bassist of the band Mountain, who helped sign them with Columbia Records.
Hard Rock from the Middle East is an album that was ahead of its time, and over five decades, it still is. With its stunning musicianship, songcraft, and skillful weaving of musical traditions into a cohesive musical statement, it endures and is perhaps even more relevant today than when it was first released.1. Wala Dai
2. Nahna Ou Diab
4. Selim Alai
9. Hala Laya
10. Treea Pethya
11. Misirlou$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Rock In A Hard PlaceOriginally released in 1982, Rock In A Hard Place is the only album in Aerosmith history to not include guitarist Joe Perry. The band still created world-class rock as evidenced in the title track as well as Prelude to Joanie, "Lightning Strikes," "Jailbait," "Bitch's Brew," and "Bolivian Ragamuffin.1. Jailbait (2012 Remaster)
2. Lightning Strikes (2012 Remaster)
3. Bitch's Brew (2012 Remaster)
4. Bolivian Ragamuffin (2012 Remaster)
5. Cry Me A River (2012 Remaster)
6. Prelude To Joanie (2012 Remaster)
7. Joanie's Butterfly (2012 Remaster)
8. Rock In A Hard Place (Cheshire Cat) (2012 Remaster)
9. Jig Is Up (2012 Remaster)
10. Push Comes To Shove (2012 Remaster)
$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard DrugsHard Drugs is an indie rock opera that tells a twisted love story by putting emphasis on the songs themselves rather than an elaborate stage production. The final product is a 13-song double LP showcasing an orchestral mix of roots, rock, punk, savvy percussion and heartbreaking harmonies conceived by Jeffry Lee and executed with help from a cache of his talented friends. Collaborators include members of Blood Meridian, Black Mountain, Lightning Dust, Pink Mountaintops, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Limb Lifter, Bughouse, Bend Sinister, Fan Death, The Mohawk Lodge and Bison, among many others.$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
180 Gram Vinyl, Remastered In 24/96 Format
Includes The Original Artwork
It's Hard is the tenth studio album by the English rock band The Who. It is the last Who album to feature their bassist John Entwistle (before his death in 2002) and their drummer Kenney Jones, as well as the last to be released on Warner Bros. Records in the US. It was their last album until 2006's Endless Wire with the last two members of the original 1964 lineup.1. Athena
2. It's Your Turn
3. Cooks County
4. It's Hard
6. Eminence Front
7. I've Known No War
8. One Life's Enough
9. One at a Time
10. Why Did I Fall for That
11. A Man Is a Man
12. Cry If You Want$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Riff HardThin Lips is the new brain heart baby of Chrissy Tashjian (ex-Dangerous Ponies), Kyle Pulley (ex-Dangerous Ponies) and Mikey Tashjian (also of The Superweaks). Their debut EP Divorce Year was released in 2015, giving us a sweet blend of indie rock guitar riffs and punk rock energy. Since the EP's release, the band's joined both indie rock darlings Hop Along and the pop-hook filled Cayetana on tour. Their first full length record is set to be released by Lame-O Records and it will, just as it's tattooed on Chrissy's knuckles, "Riff Hard".1. DEB
2. Never Again
3. No Obituary
4. My Mouth Is Skinned Like An Apple
5. No Obituary
6. What's Wrong
7. I Wonder
8. Andy Weed
10. Breaking Up And Breaking Down$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Muddy Waters needs no introduction. The Chicago-based blues singer has been in the business since the 1940s, influencing the 60s blues rock movement spearheaded by the Rolling Stones.
Recorded eight years after his last album After The Rain, Hard Again is Muddy Waters' massive comeback album of 1977, opening up with the one song that cemented Muddy's place in Rock & Roll heaven: Mannish Boy. Produced by Johnny Winter (whose ecstatic 'Yeah!'s can be heard on Mannish Boy), Hard Again features Muddy's trademark blues sound: rugged, raw and full of energy.1. Mannish Boy
2. Bus Driver
3. I Want To Be Loved
4. Jealous Hearted Man
5. I Can't Be Satisfied
6. Blues Had A Baby And They Named It Rock & Roll (#2)
7. Deep Down In Florida
8. Crosseyed Cat
9. Little Girl$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard AgainThe sorely missed Muddy Waters was one of the blues most important voices. From the late 40's until his passing in 1983, he made a ton of incredible recordings & major contributions to history of blues, folk & of course rock & roll.In 1977, his major fan, friend, & living blues rock legend himself Johnny Winter assembled the ingredients of what would soon be a Grammy Award winning venture with Muddy Waters entitled Hard Again. Friday Music is proud to announce the limited edition 180 Gram Vinyl release of this classic LP, mastered from the original tapes by Joe Reagoso. Features Mannish Boy.1. Mannish Boy (Morganfield, Ellas McDaniel, Mel London)
2. Bus Driver (B. Morganfield, T. Abrahamson)
3. I Want to Be Loved (Willie Dixon)
4. Jealous Hearted Man
5. I Can't Be Satisfied
6. The Blues Had a Baby and They Named It Rock And Roll (#2) (Morganfield, Brownie McGhee)
7. Deep Down in Florida
8. Crosseyed Cat
9. Little Girl
10. Walkin' Through The Park$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
UNIM-MCA-8395xTom Petty And The Heartbreakers
Hard PromisesHard Promises is the fourth album by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, originally released in May, 1981.1. The Waiting
2. A Woman In Love (It's Not Me)
4. Something Big
5. Kings Road
6. Letting You Go
7. A Thing About You
9. The Criminal Kind
10. You Can Still Change Your Mind$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard FeelingsFormed in the suburbs of South Jersey in 2009, Major League got their start the old-fashioned way, through hard work, relentless touring and simple word of mouth. The quintet, made up of Nick Trask (vocals), Brian Joyce (guitar/vocals), Matt Chila (guitar/vocals), Kyle Bell (bass) and Luke Smartnick (drums), released a string of EPs over the last several years and found themselves on worldwide tours with bands like The Swellers, Living With Lions and DayTrader before entering the studio to record their follow-up release, Hard Feelings.
This record means more to us than just an album comprised of our most recent material, says Major League guitarist Brian Joyce. It's a therapeutic release. Lyrically, we've poured ourselves into Hard Feelings with everything from childhood anxiety, to early twenties angst and everything in between. Instrumentally, this album is a product of what we dreamed of writing back in our bedrooms in 1999 learning Blink and NoFx songs.1. Hard Feelings
2. Walk Away
3. Twenty Seven
5. Arrows Crossed
7. Because Heaven Knows
8. Pull Me Out
9. Home Wrecker
10. Final Thoughts$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dylan's 'Hard Rain' is a live album, captured during the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue tour.
It is recorded on 2 dates in May, 1976, during a concert at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado.
It is the follow up of the 1974 live album 'Before The Flood' which is also released by Music on Vinyl.
Oddly enough, the album is named after one of his most famous songs, 'A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall' but that song happens to be missing from the album.
The fact that it poured rain for most of the concert may be the reason for the title.1. Maggie's Farm
2. One Too Many Mornings
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again
4. Oh, Sister
5. Lay, Lady, Lay
1. Shelter From The Storm
2. You'Re A Big Girl Now
3. I Threw It All Away
4. Idiot Wind$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard Rain is a live album by American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan, originally released on September 13, 1976, by Columbia Records. The album was recorded during the second leg of the Rolling Thunder Revue.
The album was partly recorded on May 23, 1976, during a concert at Hughes Stadium in Fort Collins, Colorado; the penultimate show of the tour, the concert was also filmed and later broadcast by NBC as a one-hour television special in September. (Hard Rain's release coincided with this broadcast). Four tracks from the album (I Threw It All Away, Stuck inside of Mobile with the Memphis Blues Again, Oh, Sister, and Lay, Lady, Lay) were recorded on May 16, 1976 in Fort Worth, Texas.1. Maggie's Farm (Remastered)
2. One Too Many Mornings (Remastered)
3. Stuck Inside Of Mobile With The Memphis Blues Again (Remastered)
4. Oh, Sister (Remastered)
5. Lay, Lady, Lay (Remastered)
6. Shelter From The Storm (Remastered)
7. You're A Big Girl Now (Remastered)
8. I Threw It All Away (Remastered)
9. Idiot Wind (Remastered)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hard BelieverHard Believer is the eagerly-awaited new studio album from Fink: Fin Greenall (vocals/guitar), together with Tim Thornton (drums/guitar) and Guy Whittaker (bass). It will be their first release on the R'COUP'D imprint, a label newly created by Greenall with the backing of the Ninja Tune team.
Recorded in seventeen days at Hollywood's legendary Sound Factory studios with producer Billy Bush (Garbage, Beck, Foster the People), Hard Believer is shot through with rawness and controlled aggression; an album replete with calm beginnings seguing into powerfully hypnotic loops and climactic finales. It is a masterful collection of songs from an artist at the peak of his creative powers.
"We wanted to go deeper this time, and be more ambitious with the music," Fin explains, "to move the sound forward without losing touch of where we're from."
Urban, bluesy, and alive, the album presents ten brand new songs, including the mighty "Shakespeare", a tale of young love gone tragically sour as the mood darkens from acoustic to guttural rock; the spiky yet delicate "Looking Too Closely", riding an irresistible piano-and-guitar groove; "Green and the Blue", on which a vulnerable Greenall meditates on the constants in life that see you through tough times; "Two Days Later", a deeply personal lament and one of only two songs on the record that start and remain down-tempo; and the breathtaking "Pilgrim", the latest collaboration with songwriter Blair Mackichan, co-writer of "This Is The Thing" from Fink's 2007 album Distance and Time, and "Honesty" from 2011's Perfect Darkness.
Since making the transition from world-class club DJ and electronic producer, to the first ever singer-songwriter signed to legendary British label Ninja Tune, Greenall has released four critically acclaimed albums, worked in the studio with the likes of John Legend, Ximena Sariñana, Amy Winehouse and Professor Green and enjoyed incredible live success with the hugely popular 18-month Perfect Darkness world tour, which accumulated two live records: 2012's Wheels Turn Beneath My Feet, and 2013's Fink Meets the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. All this and Fink is still a name which - while evoking an impassioned response from many a fellow artist and from the avid fanbase - remains a mystery to a wider majority. This looks set to change...
The term Hard Believer comes from deep-south Americana; it means somebody who is difficult to persuade, who requires proof. In truth, all anyone has to do here is listen to the powerful collection of songs on Hard Believer. The belief will surely follow.1. Hard Believer
2. Green and the Blue
3. White Flag
5. Two Days Later
7. Truth Begins
8. Looking Too Closely
9. Too Late
10. Keep Falling$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DEA-1718xStrand Of Oaks
Hard LoveTim Showalter's latest release as Strand of Oaks, Hard Love, emanates an unabashed, raw, and
manic energy that embodies both the songs and the songwriter behind them. "For me, there
are always two forces at work: the side that's constantly on the hunt for the perfect song, and
the side that's naked in the desert screaming at the moon. It's about finding a place where
neither side is compromised, only elevated."
Drawing from his love of Creation Records, Trojan dub compilations, and Jane's Addiction,
and informed by a particularly wild time at Australia's Boogie Festival, he sought to create a
record that would merge all of these influences while evoking something new and visceral.
These influences coupled with an uninhibited and collaborative studio experience moved an
initial concept for a singularly feel-good record to something more complex and real. As
much as Showalter wants this record to seem like a party, it's more than that. It feels
like living. "You went away you went searching came back tired of looking" is how
Showalter begins the title track, a sentiment that epitomizes Showalter's own mentality in
beginning Hard Love. As the record progresses, so do the themes of dissatisfaction
and frustration with love, family, success, and aging, both in personal experience and
songwriting1. Hard Love
2. Radio Kids
4. Salt Brothers
5. On The Hill
7. Quit It
8. Rest Of It
9. Taking Acid And Talking To My Brother$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Hard Days NightRanked 388/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Pressed on 180g Vinyl
Cut from the original master tapes at Abbey Road Studios!
And for the first time, the North American LP debut in stereo
A Hard Days Night is the 3rd studio album from The Beatles and was accompanied by a film of the same name. This album really showcases the bands Rock and Roll instrumentation and song structure and also spawned some of their most famous songs, A Hard Days Night, with its pulse pounding and recognizable opening chord, to the previously released "Can't Buy Me Love" .
The album is a landmark for the band seeing as how it is the first Beatles record to feature all original songs, some of which ended up on the movie of the same name. With Lennon handling most of the songwriting doing a total of ten out of the thirteen tracks, this is also one of 3 albums to not feature a Ringo Lead song. The album is also considered as opening up the flood gates for more British rockers like the Rolling Stones and The Kinks to sweep there way to the U.S.
A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs themselves, just polishing them up a bit.1. A Hard Day's Night
2. I Should Have Known Better
3. If I Fell
4. I'm Happy Just To Dance With You
5. And I Love Her
6. Tell Me Why
7. Can't Buy Me Love
8. Any Time At All
9. I'll Cry Instead
10. Things We Said Today
12. When I Get Home
13. You Can't Do That
14. I'll Be Back$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hard Stuff
120g Red-Opaque Vinyl
Limited Edition Vinyl Reissue Of The Iconic MC5 Guitartist's First Solo Album, Originally Released In 1995 On Epitaph
Wayne Kramer is a songwriter whose reputation writing music for film and television could very well supplant his legend as one of the world's stellar
guitarists. Wayne was a teenage greaser and leader of the MC5, widely recognized as the prototype for punk rock and heavy metal. In 1969, the MC5
released the incendiary album Kick Out The Jams on Elektra Records. After Elektra dropped them due to "radical antics", they released two albums on
Atlantic: Back In The USA, produced by Bruce Springsteen's manager Jon Landau and the masterpiece High Time. Between world tours, Wayne scored
Gold and The Living Theatre's film production of Paradise Now.
Wayne spent 1976-1978 in Lexington Federal Penitentiary, where he was tutored by fellow inmate Red Rodney, trumpeter for the Charlie Parker Quintet.
It was Red who taught Wayne how to read music and the two formed a prison band. After release, Wayne co- wrote the acclaimed R&B musical The Last
Words of Dutch Schultz with Mick Farren, then joined Don Was' revolutionary acid funk band Was (Not Was) as its original guitarist. Wayne helped define
the band's sound through, of all things, the dance hit "Wheel Me Out". In the 1980s in New York City, Wayne teamed up with infamous Johnny Thunders
for a short-lived, headline grabbing, punk rock group Gang War.
In 1994, Wayne moved to Los Angeles and signed with Epitaph Records. He recorded four records in as many years. He produced the album Full Circle
with provocateur John Sinclair and produced an MC5 retrospective collection for Rhino Records entitled The Big Bang, as well as a hits compilation
Wayne is recognized nearly as often as a vigorous social activist. Along with wife Margaret Saadi Kramer and British singer Billy Bragg, Wayne founded
Jail Guitar Doors USA, a Los Angeles based non-profit organization that provides guitars for prisoner rehabilitation. Known as "the loudest charity on
planet earth," JGD-USA launched at Sing Sing Prison in 2009 and has since intervened in over 50 adult and juvenile facilities. Shepard Fairey donated
the charity's logo and board member Adam McKay's company Funny or Die donated the design of its interactive site. Shira Piven and Adam McKay
directed a short film entitled The Beast & The Angel for PBS as part of their new LifeCasters series. It is a film about Wayne and it is currently in
Wayne's brand new album Lexington entered the national jazz charts at #6 in May, 2014. It is the flagship release for the launch of his label Industrial
Moving forward with the past, Wayne is re-releasing the now infamous The Hard Stuff. The Hard Stuff features members of The Melvins, Clawhammer,
Bad Religion and long-time friend/collaborator, UK anarchist Mick Farren. Released in 1995, this album was the best-selling album of Wayne's solo
career. Nearly 20 years later, Wayne's tunes are finally getting out there again to wow old fans and new fans alike!1. Crack in the Universe
2. Junkie Romance
3. Bad Seed
5. Realm of the Pirate Kings
6. Incident on Stock Island
7. Pillar of Fire
8. Hope for Sale
9. Edge of the Switchblade
10. Sharkskin Suit$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Hard RoadMono Edition
1967s A Hard Road proved to be every bit as powerful and innovative as its predecessor, thanks in large part to Mayalls discovery of Claptons equally brilliant replacement, Peter Green. A one-of-a-kind player with a highly distinctive sound, Green makes his instrumental presence felt throughout A Hard Road, while delivering compelling lead vocals on You Dont Love Me and The Same Way. With sterling support from bassist John McVie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, the material here features such Mayall originals as Hit the Highway, Leaping Christine and the title track, along with standout interpretations of tunes by Freddie King, Elmore James and Willie Cobbs. The legendarily haunting Green-penned instrumental The Supernatural previews the guitarists groundbreaking work with the original incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, which he and fellow Bluesbreaker John McVie would form a few months later.
From the pristine U.K. mono masters, with complete original artwork and photos.1. A Hard Road
2. It's Over
3. You Don't Love Me
4. The Stumble
5. Another Kind Of Love
6. Hit The Highway
7. Leaping Christine
8. Dust My Blues
9. There's Always Work
10. The Same Way
11. The Supernatural
12. Top Of The Hill
13. Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)
14. Living Alone$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Talking Is HardWALK THE MOON first hit public consciousness at large with the 2012 hit single "Anna Sun," an energetic blast of '80s-inspired pop and new wave. Now the Cincinnati-based band returns with their second studio album, Talking is Hard.1. Different Colors
3. Shut Up and Dance
4. Up 2 U
7. Down In The Dumps
8. Work This Body
9. Spend Your $$$
10. We Are The Kids
11. Come Under The Covers
12. Aquaman$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In RockMastered by Joe Reagoso from the Original Warner Bros Tapes at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA
1970 was truly a successful turning point year for hard rock legends Deep Purple. The band changed directions and after recording a series of well received albums in the late '60s, they returned to the studio with a new Mark II band line-up and recorded the epoch game changer Deep Purple In Rock.
This superstar act now featured the much revered line up of the original guitar hero Ritchie Blackmore, keyboard great Jon Lord, power drummer Ian Paice, and new cohorts, the superlative Roger Glover on bass and soon to be superstar vocalist Ian Gillan. Deep Purple and their masterwork Deep Purple In Rock truly paved the way for a lot of the hard rock and metal bands of today with the music contained on this legendary release.
As with their continuing expansion into the Deep Purple catalog, Friday Music announces the first time 180g Audiophile Vinyl release of the original U.S. version of Deep Purple In Rock. This mega hard rock classic comes with all of the great tunes you remember like Speed King, Child In Time, Hard Lovin Man and Living Wreck.
Like their other fine Deep Purple releases, this classic has been mastered by Joe Reagoso (Deep Purple/Yes/Alice Cooper) from the original Warner Bros. tapes at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records in Hollywood, CA.
As another fine feature of this limited edition release, Friday Music has also included the original gatefold LP artwork, not seen since its original Warner Bros. vinyl release in 1970.1. Speed King
3. Child In Time
4. Flight Of The Rat
5. Into The Fire
6. Living Wreck
7. Hard Lovin Man$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
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
2. Hella Good
3. Hey Baby
4. Making Out
5. Underneath It All
7. Don't Let Me Down
1. Start The Fire
3. In My Head
4. Platinum Blonde Life
5. Waiting Room
6. Rock Steady$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-EPI-8615xPedro The Lion
It's Hard To Find A Friend (Pre-Order)Remastered
It's Hard to Find a Friend is the debut full-length album by Pedro the
Lion; a solid indie rock album with plenty of lyrical talent to spare.
After a shifting lineup, Pedro the Lion eventually became a one-man
outfit. That man is David Bazan. A Seattle native, Bazan cut his teeth
playing in hardcore bands before forming Pedro in 1995, taking the
band's name from a character he made up for a possible children's
book. It's Hard to Find a Friend was originally released in 1998.
Under the moniker of Pedro the Lion, Bazan creates melodic pop
in the vein of Bedhead, Hayden, and Sebadoh, with a lyrical focus
on relationships -- with both other people and God. In early 2006,
Bazan retired the Pedro moniker to continue on with solo work under
his own name.
In December of 2017 Bazan announced that Pedro The Lion be reunited
to make a new album and tour the world in 2018.1. Of Up And Coming Monarchs
2. The Longer I Lay Here
3. Big Trucks
4. Suspect Fled The Scene
5. Bad Diary Days
6. The Longest Winter
7. When They Really Get To Know You They Will Run
8. Of Minor Prophets And Their Prostitute Wives
9. The Bells
10. Secret Of The Easy Yoke
11. The Well
12. Promise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Bite Down Hard / Impact TimeColored Vinyl
EXIT CONDITION were one of the finest and first of the UKHC melodic hardcore bands from the Eighties. Now Boss Tuneage gives their back catalogue a more comprehensive overview across three limited vinyl LP reissues and two CD reissues. Bite Down hard/Impact Time is the first of the releases, a 23 track limited edition vinyl LP retrospective taking in the bands recorded output of 1988 and 1989 and features many tracks that have never been released on vinyl before or have been out of print for two decades!. The album contains the original Impact Time demo from 1988 that led to the bands debut Bite Down Hard 7EP released by Pusmort in 1989, plus six tracks recorded in 1988/1989 that appeared on various compilation LPs at the time plus a track, To The Rescue that has remained criminally unreleased to this point. With all tracks being digitally remastered, and the release containing liner notes from drummer Richard Stanier, plus photos and memorabilia from the bands personal collection, this is a must have release for fans of the whole UKHC scene.1. TWISTED TRACKS
2. FAST FORWARD
3. STOP AT NOTHING
4. WHITE COLLAR WITCH
5. SKATE HERO
6. FEAR FOR TOMORROW
8. BITE DOWN HARD
9. DIRECT HIT
10. NEEDLE ON RED
11. 10,000 LIGHTS
12. BITE DOWN HARD
13. BLOOD FROM A STONE
14. NEEDLE ON RED
15. STOP AT NOTHING
16. DIRECT HIT
17. FEAR FOR TOMORROW
18. A NEW BEGINNING
19. TO THE RESCUE
20. DAYS OF WILD SKIES
21. WALK FREE
23. 10,000 LIGHTS$34.99Colored Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
School Of Rock SoundtrackPressed On Red & Yellow Vinyl
The soundtrack that rocks as hard as the highly anticipated, laugh-out-loud hilarious film starring Jack Black and Joan Cusack. Featuring old-school hits from icons like Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, AC/DC, The Doors, and Black Sabbath - and teaching listeners a thing or two with newcomers The Darkness (The greatest rock'n'roll band of the last twenty years--Kerrang!) and two songs from Jack Black and his chorus of students. Rock Enroll...and educate yourself with a collection that plays like a virtual Cliff Notes of major hits.LP 1
1. School of Rock (School of Rock cast)
2. Your Head, Your Mind, Your Brain (vocal excerpt by School of Rock cast)
3. Substitute (The Who)
4. Fight (No Vacancy)
5. Touch Me (The Doors)
6. I Pledge Allegiance To the Band (vocal excerpt by School of Rock cast)
7. Sunshine Of Your Love (Cream)
8. Immigrant Song (Led Zeppelin)
9. Set You Free (The Black Keys)
10. Edge of Seventeen (Stevie Nicks)
11. Heal Me, I'm Heartsick (No Vacancy)
12. Growing On Me (The Darkness)
1. Ballrooms of Mars (T. Rex)
2. Those Who Can't Do... (vocal excerpt by School of Rock cast)
3. My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg) (Anthology version - by Ramones)
4. T.V. Eye (Wylde Ratttz)
5. It's A Long Way To the Top (School of Rock cast)$32.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now