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Hot Rocks 1964-1971 is the first compilation album of Rolling Stones music released by former manager Allen Klein's ABKCO Records (who gained control of the band's Decca/London material in 1970) after the band's departure from Decca and Klein. Released in late 1971, it proved to be The Rolling Stones' biggest-selling release of their career and an enduring and popular retrospective.
After reportedly having been duped by Klein to unknowingly sign over the recording copyrights to all of their material from 1963 to 1970, The Rolling Stones left Decca and formed their own label, Rolling Stones Records, with a new distributor. They recorded Sticky Fingers throughout 1970, releasing it the following spring. Although Klein-and now ABKCO-no longer had The Rolling Stones as clients, their fruitful catalogue was ripe for the picking and, thus, Hot Rocks 1964-1971 was quickly compiled as a double album greatest hits package.
While the album carries most of the band's biggest hits during their first decade, it does drop a few of them in order to include standout tracks such as Play With Fire, Under My Thumb and Gimme Shelter giving listeners a more well-rounded impression of The Rolling Stones' music in this era. Although Brown Sugar and Wild Horses are a part of Sticky Fingers, those two songs are co-owned by the band and Allen Klein because The Rolling Stones recorded the songs while they were still under contract to Decca.LP 1
1. Time Is On My Side
2. Heart Of Stone
3. Play With Fire
4. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
5. As Tears Go By
6. Get Off My Cloud
7. Mother's Little Helper
8. 19th Nervous Breakdown
9. Paint It Black
10. Under My Thumb
11. Ruby Tuesday
12. Let's Spend The Night Together
1. Jumping Jack Flash
2. Street Fighting Man
3. Sympathy For The Devil
4. Honky Tonk Women
5. Gimme Shelter
6. Midnight Rambler (Live)
7. You Can't Always Get What You Want
8. Brown Sugar
9. Wild Horses$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Hot Rock"Sleater-Kinney is America's best rock band" - Greil Marcus, Time (2001)
Sleater-Kinney is an acclaimed, American rock band that formed in
Olympia, Washington in 1994. The band's core lineup consists of Corin
Tucker (vocals and guitar), Carrie Brownstein (guitar and vocals), and
Janet Weiss (drums). Sleater-Kinney were known for their feminist,
left-leaning politics, and were an integral part of the riot grrrl and indie
rock scenes in the Pacific Northwest.
The Hot Rock is the fourth studio album by Sleater-Kinney, originally
released on February 23, 1999 by Kill Rock Stars. It was produced by
Roger Moutenot and recorded at Avast studio in Seattle, Washington in
The Hot Rock reached number 181 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart
and number 12 on the Heatseekers Albums chart, becoming the first
Sleater-Kinney album to enter the charts. The Hot Rock appeared at
number 23 in The Village Voice's "Pazz & Jop" critics' poll for 1999.
Similarly, Spin placed The Hot Rock at number 18 in its list of The Top
20 Albums of 1999. In 2002, Rolling Stone ranked the album at
number 17 on its list of Women in Rock: The 50 Essential Albums.
"The expansive new sound gives Sleater-Kinney room to experiment
with their Husker Du-style storytelling... They've earned the right to keep
reinventing themselves. - Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone
Tucker explores what her voice can do when it's not in overdrive,
stretching vowels like a religious supplicant or spewing prosody like Patti
Smith. At the same time, Brownstein blossoms as a singer herself [...]
braiding lines with Tucker so artfully the result sounds like the voicings
of a single restless mind. [Grade: A] - Will Hermes, Entertainment
The album has been freshly remastered by Greg Calbi for this release.
This reissue coincides with Sub Pop's release of
remastered versions of Sleater-Kinney's six other albums, as well as a
limited-edition, deluxe vinyl box set featuring all seven albums.1. Start Together
2. Hot Rock
3. The End of You
4. Burn, Don't Freeze
5. God Is a Number
6. Banned from the End of the World
7. Don't Talk Like
8. Get Up
9. One Song for You
10. The Size of Our Love
11. Living in Exile
12. Memorize Your Lines
13. A Quarter to Three$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
HotHot is the second studio album by Squirrel Nut Zippers, originally released in 1996.1. Got My Own Thing Now
2. Put A Lid On It
3. Memphis Exorcism
5. It Ain't You
6. Prince Nez
8. Meant To Be
9. Bad Businessman
10. Flight Of The Passing Fancy
11, Blue Angel
12. The Interlocutor$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot SpaceHot Space is the tenth studio album by British rock band Queen. Marking a notable shift in direction from their earlier work, they employed many elements of disco, pop music, R&B and dance music on the album.1. Staying Power
3. Back Chat
4. Body Language
5. Action This Day
6. Put Out The Fire
7. Life Is Real (Song For Lennon)
8. Calling All Girls
9. Las Palabras De Amor (The Words Of Love)
10. Cool Cat
11. Under Pressure$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot WaxWhite/blue swirled vinyl!
Grant Hart's first solo album of the 21st century is one of the best things he has ever done. The former Husker Du drummer and co-songwriter worked with the diverse cast of musicians from Godspeed You Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion on this new LP, Hot Wax, recorded in Montreal and Minneapolis. Grant on some of the some of the songs: the song Narcissus, Narcissus is my first attempt at combining ancient Greek mythology and American rock-a-billy. By merging those influences with an ice cream truck atmosphere I think I have found a style that defines this period of my career. You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water is one of the most organic rock and roll songs that I have ever written. It's style owes a lot to my devotion for patti smith. It was inspired by a comment made by a monk during the selection process to find the next Panchen Lhama, who said of one candidate, he is the reflection of the moon on the water but he is not the moon.You're the Reflection of the Moon on the Water
Charles Hollis Jones
Schoolbuses Are For Children
I Knew All About You Since Then
My Regrets$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot Thoughts'Hot Thoughts', Spoon's 9th album, is the bravest, most sonically inventive work of their career, though keep in mind, Britt Daniel's already overseen a number of other reincarnations. With all due respect to earlier efforts that have made the quintet both critically acclaimed and a commercial contender, preconceptions about this band are about to be obliterated. That's not to say 'Hot Thoughts' doesn't have a requisite supply of infectious earworms but there's a lyrical bent that's as carnal as it's crafty, and a newfound sense of sonic exploration that results in the genre-smasher Spoon have flirted with in the past but not fully consummated.
Produced by Dave Fridmann (Tame Impala, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, MGMT) and back with Matador (third time's the charm) helps position Spoon to mount the highest highs of their already spectacular career.
We are overjoyed to be back in the Spoon business and in time for Daniel's spot in the pantheon of rock's genius songwriters was well established a ways back - with the crackling, incandescent, multi-dimensional backdrop conjured on 'Hot Thoughts', the lines between accessible and experimental become non-factors for once and all. It's pop as high art, delivered with total confidence and focus.1. Hot Thoughts
3. Do I Have To Talk You Into It
4. First Caress
5. Pink Up
6. Can I Sit Next To You
7. I Ain't The One
8. Tear It Down
10. Us$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot RatsBy 1969, after releasing a 'mother lode' of Mothers of Invention classics, leader Frank Zappa was ready to breakthrough other musical barriers that were still holding popular music in a conservative headlock.
Being one if not the first album to be recorded using 16 tracks (twice the number being used at the time on both sides of the Atlantic), Hot Rats became a leading edge in both modern recording technology and the evolution of jazz/rock-fusion. Mostly instrumental, it features six original compositions; three loose jam pieces, the remainder being tight ensemble arrangements. Some of the finest players around come together in varying combinations, all-the-while showcasing Frank Zappa's guitar virtuosity.
Among others, Lowell George of Little Feat-fame lends guitar, jazz violinists extraordinaire Don 'Sugarcane' Harris and Jean-Luc Ponty plus fellow Mother Ian Underwood's keyboard and woodwind work, complete the leader's advanced vision. Last but not least, the legendary Captain Beefheart brings his unique pipes to the infamous Willie The Pimp.
Soon to become a concert staple and fan favorite thereafter, Peaches En Regalia is truly a modern jazz standard, eventually covered by the likes of Phish and The Dixie Dregs. Also included are Son of Mr. Green Genes, Little Umbrellas, The Gumbo Variations and It Must Be A Camel. Mastered and cut directly from the original analog master tape by Bernie Grundman under the supervision of Gail Zappa.1. Peaches en Regalia
2. Willie the Pimp
3. Son of Mr. Green Genes
4. Little Umbrellas
5. The Gumbo Variations
6. It Must Be a Camel$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot RailEl Picador
Ballad of Cable Hogue
Ritual Road Map
Service and Repair
16 Track Scratch
Hot Rail$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot AfternoonInsanely catchy stoner pop love songs!1. It Was A Hot Afternoon
2. Dads Not Home
3. Cryin Tomorrow
4. Labour Of Love
5. I'm So High
6. The Girl At The Bodega
7. True Love Will Find You In The End
8. We Can Call It Whatever
9. Mine Tonight
10. Do You$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One Hot MinuteFollowing-up the band's 1991 masterpiece Blood Sugar Sex Magik and featuring Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro in place of the recently departed John Frusciante, the Red Hot Chili Peppers 1995 album One Hot Minute distinguishes itself immediately from the band's previous and future releases with a more heavy metal guitar dynamic and glimpses of psychedelic rock. Band turmoil and resurfacing drug problems also led to darker lyrical themes as heard on popular singles Warped, My Friends and Aeroplane. Although this incarnation of the band would be short lived, their collective output here doesn't lack in ambition and One Hot Minute finds the band maturing on many musical levels.1. Warped
3. Deep Kick
4. My Friends
5. Coffee Shop
7. One Big Mob
10. One Hot Minute
11. Falling Into Grace
12. Shallow Be Thy Game
13. Transcending$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-BMG-1664xEmerson, Lake And Palmer
In The Hot Seat2017 Remaster
Originally titled 'The Best Seat In The House', 'In The Hot Seat' is ELP's ninth and final studio album. It was released in 1994 following their successful 1992 world tour comeback album 'Black Moon'. The album comprises an interesting mixture of mainstream rock, classic ELP prog, melodic pop and finely crafted ballads. Among the well-produced ten tracks is the excellent 'Hand of Truth' and the deeply moving 'Daddy'. Expertly remastered for the first time by celebrated rock studio engineer Andy Pearce.
The LP is the complete, remastered original album, with original sleeve artwork. Features a foreword on the 140 gram LP format by Greg Lake.
Produced in association with Emerson, Lake & Palmer and management.1. Hand of Truth (2017 Remastered Version)
2. Daddy (2017 Remastered Version)
3. One by One (2017 Remastered Version)
4. Heart On Ice (2017 Remastered Version)
5. Thin Line (2017 Remastered Version)
6. Man in the Long Black Coat (2017 Remastered Version)
7. Change (2017 Remastered Version)
8. Give Me a Reason to Stay (2017 Remastered Version)
9. Gone Too Soon (2017 Remastered Version)
10. Street War (2017 Remastered Version)$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot August NightIn the summer of 1971, Diamond played seven sold-out nights at the famed Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to a rapturous reception. The following August, he returned for ten more sold-out shows, an event forever captured on the multi-platinum Hot August Night, a double-record set that demonstrated once and for all Diamond's growing status as a superstar concert sensation. The original Hot August Night recording from The Greek Theatre concerts was one of Neil Diamond's most successful albums worldwide, living at the #1 spot on the charts for 29 weeks, is one of his more celebrated and acknowledged albums of his career and arguably one of the greatest live albums ever recorded.
The two unforgettable LPs are filled with Neil Diamond favorites such as Solitary Man, Cracklin' Rosie, Sweet Caroline, I Am...I Said and many more.LP 1
2. Crunchy Granola Suite
3. Done Too Soon
5. Solitary Man
6. Cherry Cherry
7. Sweet Caroline
8. Porcupine Pie
9. You're So Sweet
10. Red Red Wine
11. Soggy Pretzels
12. And the Grazz Won't Pay No Mind
14. Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
1. Play me
2. Canta Libre
4. Song Sung Blue
5. Cracklin' Rosie
6. Holly Holy
7. I Am... I Said
8. Walk Off
9. Soolaimon - Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
10. Encore$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Red Hot + Fela
18th In A Series Of Original Albums To Raise Money And Awareness In The Global Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Fela Kuti lives on. Since his death in 1997, he's been transformed from musician's musician with a cult-like following to a worldwide musical icon. The last four years have seen the Broadway hit FELA! win Tony Awards and tour the world, Knitting Factory Records reissue the prolific Nigerian's back catalogue, and now, Red Hot.
Red Hot is an AIDS awareness organization currently partnering with cross-genfre collaborators representing rock, hip-hop, Americana, and classical for a forthcoming album release of Fela Kuti compositions, Red Hot + Fela. The release includes classic Fela anthems like Lady recorded by tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo, and Akua Naru, Zombie recorded by Spoek Mathambo, Cerebral Cortex, and Frown, and Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am recorded by My Morning Jacket, Merrill Garbus (from tUnE-yArDs), and Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes) and Sorrow, Tears & Blood reworked by the Kronos Quartet along with TV On The Radios' Kyp Malone and Tunde Adembimpe.1. Buy Africa - Baloji & L'Orchestre de la Katuba featuring Kuku
2. Lady - tUnE-yArDs, Questlove, Angelique Kidjo + Akua Naru
3. Yellow Fever - Spoek Mathambo + Zaki Ibrahim
4. No Buredi - Nneka, Sinkane, Amayo + Superhuman Happiness
5. Who No Know Go No - Just A Band + Childish Gambino
6. Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am - My Morning Jacket w/ Merrill Garbus + Brittany Howard
7. Sorrow Tears and Blood - TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe, Kronos Quartet + Stuart Bogie
8. ITT - Superhuman Happiness w/ Sahr Ngaujah, Abena Koomson + Rubblebucket
9. Afrodisco Beat 2013 - Tony Allen, M1 + Baloji
10. Gentleman - Just A Band, Bajah + Chance the Rapper
11. Hi Life Time - GendEr Infinity
12. Zombie - Spoek Mathambo + Cerebral Cortex + Frown
13. Go Slow - King$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hot Fuss (US Edition)US Edition Now Available On 180-Gram Vinyl
The Killers match postpunk guitars with a synthesizer overlay that recalls '80s New Wave without burying their sound in nostalgia. On their debut, Hot Fuss, frontman Brandon Flowers plumbs his imagination for tales of murdered lovers ('Jenny Was a Friend of Mine,' 'Midnight Show'), voyeurism ('Mr. Brightside'), and sexual confusion (the single 'Somebody Told Me'). On 180g vinyl.1. Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine
2. Mr. Brightside
3. Smile Like You Mean It
4. Somebody Told Me
5. All These Things That I've Done
6. Andy, You're A Star
7. On Top
8. Glamorous Indie Rock & Roll
9. Believe Me Natalie
10. Midnight Show
11. Everything Will Be Alright$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
White Hot MoonAnn Arbor's Pity Sex built the world of White Hot Moon, their second album, inch-by-inch. The band is using the foundation of 2013's celebrated Feast of Love as the framework for something bigger, stronger, and altogether more monumental. Coming off of tours with Ceremony, Eskimeaux, and Colleen Green-including a run in Australia-the band dove into the studio with Feast of Love producer Will Yip to harness that momentum into an album to showcase Pity Sex's growth. And if White Hot Moon wears its ambition on its sleeve, that's by design: the band looked to wide-screen albums by Yo La Tengo and Sonic Youth for inspiration in finding a bigger sound. That shows: Drake and Greaves spin huge webs of sound, anchored in shoegaze but branching off in a dozen directions, from fuzzed-out power-pop ("Bonhomie") to shimmering balladry ("Dandelion") and back again, while St. Charles and Pierce lock into step subtly counterintuitive rhythms and floor-shaking low-end. The result of this playful but dedicated approach to their craft: wherever you visit White Hot Moon, you'll come away refreshed, revitalized, and ready for Pity Sex to guide you along the rest of the trip.1. A Satisfactory World For Reasonable People
2. Burden You
5. What Might Soothe You
7. Nothing Rips Through Me
8. Orange And Red
10. White Hot Moon
11. Pin A Star
12. Wappen Beggars$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hot SpotAn amalgamation of swampy blues, jazz and rock - all mixed and recorded in a sparse, bloomy and eerie sort of way. This recording is just so damn fine, so airy and warm. And the musician's aboard on this Dennis Hopper film are a who's who, including Miles Davis, John Lee Hooker, Taj Mahal, Roy Rodgers, Earl Palmer and Tim Drummond. This has long been a highly sought after and collectible record among audiophiles. A true demonstration disc.
Originally released in 1990.
Miles Davis, trumpet
Tim Drummond, bass
Bradford Ellis, keyboards
John Lee Hooker, guitar, vocals
Taj Mahal, guitar, vocals
Earl Palmer, drums
Roy Rodgers, slide guitar
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Coming to Town
2. Empty Bank
3. Harry's Philosophy
4. Dolly's Arrival
5. Harry and Dolly
7. Bank Robbery
9. Gloria's Story
10. Harry Sets up Sutton
13. End Credit$54.99Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-SUN-5330xJerry Cole & His Spacemen
Hot Rod Dance PartyLimited Edition
As one of the busiest and most versatile session guitarists of the 60s, Jerry Cole recorded with a litany of legends, including Phil Spector, the Beach Boys and the Byrds. But to those in the know, hes renowned for his own incredible surf and hot rod instrumentals, which he delivered on a series of vintage albums with his band the Spacemen. Coles modernistic recordings, however, sound completely different from other surf-and-drag releases of the period, with expansive arrangements that often featured elements of jazz and exotica, the better to showcase the guitarists inventive, assertive playing.
One of Coles best-loved LPs is this amazing 1964 release, which includes contributions from many of the same L.A.-based musicians who played alongside Cole in the now-legendary session ensemble known as the Wrecking Crew. Coles powerful guitar work powers such turbo-charged numbers as Night Rumble, Border Run, Stinger and Hot Rod Queen, which live up to the albums title and then some!
Sundazed has lovingly remastered this masterful guitar extravaganza from the original analog tapes, carefully reproduced its complete original cover art and pressed it on high-quality 180 gram vinylall the better to keep this party humming!1. Night Rumble
2. Border Run
3. Mr. Wobble Wheels
4. Hot Rod Queen
6. Roadster Run
7. Boss Dance
8. T. Roadster Rock
9. Dancing Mags
10. Driving Little?Deuce
11. Night Drag$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hot Chili MamaBeausoleil has been steadily releasing albums of indigenous Louisiana music since the mid-'70s. Led by the incendiary fiddle playing of founding member Michael Doucet, the group draws on Cajun (a hybrid of American country and traditional French folk songs), zydeco (a hybrid of Cajun and R&B), rock, jazz, and blues. Though each of Beausoleil's releases is supremely roots-conscious, some, such as Hot Chili Mama, represent the spectrum of the group's influences.
Such conventional Cajun material as Le Bons Temps Rouler Waltz and the spicy, danceable title cut, which features standard zydeco percussion such as rubboard, triangle and spoons, alternate with touches of calypso (La Chanson De Cinquante Sous), and even a tongue-in-cheek stab at klezmer gumbo (The Mosquito That Ate Up My Sweetheart in New Iberia Polka). Fertile fiddle and accordion interplay and, of course, French lyrics bring the music's rich history to the fore, while the band's adventurous and vigorous approach makes these songs anything but museum pieces. Hot Chili Mama is one of Beausoleil's best, most representative efforts.1. Acadian Two-Step
2. Les Bons Temps Rouler Waltz
3. Joe Pitre's So Bad
4. Canray's Contredanse
5. La Chanson De Cinquante Sous
6. Je Veux Me Marier
7. Chanson De Sagesse
8. Hot Chili Mama
9. Je Suis Marie Avec Une, Mais En Amour Avec Un Autre
10. The Mosquito That Ate Up My Sweetheart In New Iberia Polka
11. Grand Mallet
13. Oberlin Two-Step$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wet Hot American Summer Soundtrack
15th Anniversary Edition
Original Score & Music From The Cult Classic Film
First Ever Release In Any Format
Set on the last day of camp in the hot summer of 1981, Wet Hot American Summer follows a group of counselors who are each trying to complete their unfinished business before the day ends. The entire summer of pent-up sexual frustrations, unresolved post-traumatic stress, pending separations and of course, the talent show, all weigh heavily on the minds and groins of counselors and campers alike. Created by David Wain and Michael Showalter, Wet Hot American Summer features some of today's biggest stars in their best comedic roles (Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Bradley Cooper, Elizabeth Banks, and more).
A cult classic revered by its dedicated fans, Wet Hot American Summer has a fun and adventurous score composed by Theodore Shapiro and Craig Wedren. From the iconic 80s montage anthem Higher & Higher", to the militaristic pomp of Gene's Address" and Mr. Blue & Chubb Rock's hip hop jam "Summer in America", not to mention appearances by some of everyone's favorite counselors, the Wet Hot American Summer Original Score & Music album perfectly captures the heart and soul of Camp Firewood's zany adventures.
Never before released on any format, the Wet Hot American Summer Original Score & Music, which drops in celebration of the film's 15th anniversary, resonates as a must-have for soundtrack and first-pressing collectors alike. Remastered from the original sources for the best quality sound.
Deluxe gatefold jacket features original artwork by Andy Ristaino (character designer and artist on Adventure Time).1. Dawn
3. Backwards From Three
4. Morning Makeup
5. Capture The Flag
7. Love (Needs A Lot Of Sunlight)
8. Birthplace of Spaghetti
9. Can of Vegetables/Gene's Address
10. Flannel Exchange Program
12. Rapid Rescue
13. Day By Day
14. Soul Of A Woman
15. Mousse You Up
16. Bags Are Packed
17. Wet Hot American Summer
18. American Summer
19. 10AM / Bowlegged and Bilingual
20. Higher and Higher / Wind
21. Summer in America
22. Wet Hot American Dream
23. 10 Years From Today$30.99Vinyl LP - Sealed 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
With His Hot And Blue Guitar
Johnny Cash's Debut Album, and the First Ever LP
Release from Sun Records
Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar is the debut
album from the 'Man in Black', featuring hits like I
Walk The Line and Folsom Prison Blues. Released in
1957, it was the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips'
Sun Records label.1. Rock Island Line
2. (I Heard That) Lonesome Whistle
3. Country Boy
4. If The Good Lord's Willing
5. Cry! Cry! Cry!
6. Remember Me (I'm The one Who Loves You)
7. So Doggone Lonesome
8. I Was There When It Happened
9. I Walk The Line
10. The Wreck Of The Old '97
11. Folsom Prison Blues
12. Doin' My Time$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur RussellMaster Mix' embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell's work. Living in the East Village from the '70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city's various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work "stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art." Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell's music: "It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula." The record features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell's boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as "catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time."1. Jose Gonzalez - "This Is How We Walk On The Moon"
2. Lonnie Holley - "Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun (Interlude)"
3. Robyn - "Tell You"
4. Hot Chip - "Go Bang"
5. Sufjan Stevens - "A Little Lost"
6. Lonnie Holley - "In The Light Of The Miracle (Interlude)"
7. Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Sam Amidon, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - "Keeping Up"
8. Liam Finn, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo - "This Love Is Crying"
9. Rubblebucket & Nitemoves - "Eli"
10. The Revival Hour - "Hiding Your Present from You"
11. Sam Amidon - "Lucky Cloud"
12. Devendra Banhart - "Losing My Taste For The Night Life"
13. Phosphorescent - "You Can Make Me Feel Bad"
14. Blood Orange - "Is It All Over My Face & Tower Of Meaning"
15. Scissor Sisters - "That's Us/Wild Combination"
16. VEGA INTL. - "Arm Around You"
17. Oh Mercy - "Planted A Thought"
18. Lonnie Holley - "Hop On Down (Interlude)"
19. Cults - "Being It"
20. Richard Reed Parry - "Just A Blip"
21. Glen Hansard - "I Couldn't Say It To Your Face"
22. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - "Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart"
23. The Autumn Defense - "Oh Fernanda Why"
24. Alexis Taylor - "Our Last Night Together"
25. Lonnie Holley - "The Deer In The Forest (Interlude)"
26. Redding Hunter - "Close My Eyes"$24.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cold Beer On A Hot NightLimited Edition 140 Gram Vinyl
This recording, captured at the State Theatre, Sydney, Australia in March 1979, features a captivating performance by Tom Waits from a time when the maverick crooner was on the cusp of a major change in the style and substance of his recorded output and his live shows. The material performed here comes largely from what were his most recent three albums at the time, with classics like 'Tom Traubert's Blues' and 'Jitterbug Boy' rubbing shoulders with newer cuts like 'Red Shoes By The Drugstore.'LP 1
1.Romeo Is Bleeding
2.Annie's Back In Town
3.Jitterbug Boy/Better Off Without A Wife
4.I Wish I was In New Orleans
5.Since I Fell For You
6.Red Shoes By The Drugstore
7.Silent Night/Christmas Card >From A Hooker In Minneapolis
8.Do The Hokey Pokey/Pasties And A G-String
2.Closing Credits (Encore)
3.Tom Traubert's Blues
4.Small Change/Big Spender$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Best of Trojan Rock Steady Vol. 11st wave in a series of LP's celebrating the re-launch of Trojan Records in the US. During the long, hot summer of 1966, Jamaica's national sound underwent a dramatic transformation, culminating in the rapid tempo of Ska ultimately supplanted by the slower, more soulful sound of ROCK STEADY. 12 of the most influential records from the original ROCK STEADY era, performed by Desmond Dekker & The Aces, Lee Perry, The Upsetters, & more.1. Rock Steady - Alton Ellis & The Flames
2. 007 (Shanty Town) - Desmond Dekker & The Aces
3. Ba Ba Boom - The Jamaicans
4. Stop That Train - Keith & Tex
5. My Conversation - The Uniques
6. Train To Skaville - The Ethiopians
7. The Tide Is High - The Paragons
8. (I Am) The Upsetter - Lee Perry
9. The Loser - Derrick Harriott
10. Perfidia - Phyllis Dillon
11. Hard To Confess - The Gaylads
12. Return Of Django - The Upsetters$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now