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The Muddy Waters/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!
The Johnny Winter Produced Grammy Award Winning Masterwork
Mastered From The Blue Sky Tapes By Joe Reagoso
First Time Official Audiophile Vinyl & Stunning First Time Gatefold Cover
Featured Musicians: Pine Top Perkins, Johnny Winter, Jimmy Rogers & Big Walter Horton
Muddy Waters (McKinley Morganfield) will always be known as one
of the founding fathers of modern day blues. His legendary style of playing
guitar, his unique vocal prowess and of course his stellar list of classic
Chicago and Mississippi Delta blues tunes have all gone on to influence
generations upon generations of rock and blues performers worldwide.
With almost six decades in the music business, this Mississippi
native was soon being discovered by a whole new legion of rock and roll
fans thanks to his songs being recorded by folks like The Rolling Stones
and Johnny Winter.
As the stars aligned, Johnny Winter would go on to produce and
play on his mentor's masterpiece I'm Ready. Featuring an all-star band
with the likes of the legendary Jimmy Rogers on guitar, Walter Horton on
harmonica, and the masterful Pine Top Perkins on piano, Muddy Waters'
I'm Ready would go on to become one of the his most revered albums
earning him a Grammy Award in 1978.
Kicking things off with one of his finest smash hits I'm Ready,
Muddy continues to rock the house through a treasure trove of 8 more
blues champions which made this one of the most important recordings
of all time. The album features classic gems like his classics Rock Me,
Screamin' and Cryin', and I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man.
Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary bluesman
Muddy Waters. That is why we are so very proud to announce another
installment in The Muddy Waters/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Series with his legendary masterwork I'm Ready.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Muddy Waters, John Lee
Hooker, Johnny Winter), I'm Ready will truly become one of the most
important and historical 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles to be released
in quite some time.
To further celebrate this first time authorized stereophonic audiophile
vinyl LP, we enhance this limited edition masterwork with a stunning
gatefold cover featuring the original artwork and inner sleeve elements not
seen in LP form in years.
Muddy Waters and his great friend Johnny Winter .I'm Ready
.exclusively from your friends at Friday Music
I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man1. I'm Ready
2. 33 Years
3. Who Do You Trust
4. Copper Brown
5. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
7. Rock Me
8. Screamin' And Cryin'
9. Good Morning Little School Girl$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Muddy Waters, the undisputed king of Chicago blues, hit a string of highly successful albums in the late 70s. In between Hard Again and King Bee came in 1978 I'm Ready, a powerful blues record containing new material and classic reworks. Driving blues burners such as Willie Dixon's "I'm Ready" and "Rock Me" are varied by slow jams like "33 Years", "Hoochie Coochie Man" and "Screamin' And Cryin'". Muddy is clearly feeling alright with these song selections. As on Hard Again, Johnny Winter is taking care of the production duties, allowing I'm Ready to be a spontaneous outburst of pure bluesyness, with a lively feel.1. I'm Ready
2. 33 Years
3. Who Do You Trust
4. Copper Brown
5. I'm Your Hoochie Coochie Man
7. Rock Me
8. Screamin' And Cryin'
9. Good Morning Little School Girl$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm Glad I'm Not MeCritically acclaimed indie rockers Born Cages will release their debut studio album, I'm Glad I'm Not Me, via Washington Square/Razor & Tie.
I'm Glad I'm Not Me was recorded at Mission Sound (Metric, Arctic Monkeys, Matt & Kim) in Brooklyn, NY and was produced by Jon Kaplan (Cage The Elephant, Walk The Moon) and co-produced by Born Cages' lead singer Vlad Holiday. On the album, Holiday, bassist/keyboardist Matt Maroulakos and drummer Dave Tantao conjure festival-ready, truly modernist modern rock that is every bit as grand as its song titles would predict: "Bigger Than Me." "I Just Want The Truth, Baby." "Don't Look Back." "Finding Beauty in a Broken World."
I'm Glad I'm Not Me touches on rock, electronic, dance, alternative and everything in between, reaching listeners thought to be quarantined from each other. It's a record celebrating togetherness in fractious times, music that finds commonalities rather than chasms. Throughout, Born Cages play with an urgency that posits their music as something essential. I'm Glad I'm Not Me embraces its punchy hooks, economic arranging and distinct kind of New York City disillusionment; it's the despondency of being told your mere existence in the city is a sign of having "made it" and still feeling alone amongst the millions.
The album is the follow up to their critically acclaimed 2013 EP release, The Sidelines EP. Vice Noisey describes the band's music as a "blend of 80s-influenced synth/guitar work and modern pop-rock sounds," and Blackbook raved, "More than a decade after the riff-heavy heyday of The Strokes, The Vines, The White Stripes, The Hives, and many other bands that put the word "the" before a plural noun, we may be ready for another bout of ripping revivalism Born Cages, certainly makes that argument." The Born Cages Daytrotter Session made the Top 50 of 2014 list.
Lead singer and guitarist Vlad Holiday formed Born Cages in 2011 and the group dove head-first into New York City's eclectic indie rock movement. He is joined by Matt Maroulakos on bass/keyboards and Dave Tantao on drums. The band has shared bills with a bevy of acts such as Hockey, Magic Man, X Ambassadors, Gold Fields, Royal Teeth, Said The Whale, Donald Cumming (of The Virgins), Public Access TV, JD Samson (of Le Tigre) and Har Mar Superstar. They were even handpicked by Guns N' Roses to be the sole support band on two sold out GN'R club shows.1. Rolling Down The Hill
2. Bigger Than Me
3. Don't Look Back
4. Moving On
5. I Just Want The Truth, Baby
6. Give Me A Smile
9. Dirty Money
12. Finding Beauty In A Broken World$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70Compilation And Notes By Alec Palao
An Exclusive New Interview With Sly Stone Himself
In-depth Liner Notes With First-hand Reminiscences Of The Stone Flower Era From Many Of The Participants
Features All Five Stone Flower Produced Singles Plus Ten Previously Unissued Cuts From The Label Archives
All Tracks Newly Remastered From The Original Tapes
In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly's musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone Flower: a pioneering, peculiar, minimal electro-funk sound that unfolded over just four seven-inch singles. Stone Flower's releases were credited to their individual artists, but each had Sly's design and musicianship stamped into the grooves-and the words "Written by Sylvester Stewart/Produced and arranged by Sly Stone" on the sticker.
Set up by Stone's manager David Kapralik with distribution by Atlantic Records, Stone Flower was, predictably, a family affair: the first release was by Little Sister, fronted by Stone's little sister Vaetta Stewart. It was short lived too-the imprint folded in 1971-but its influence was longer lasting. The sound Stone formulated while working on Stone Flower's output would shape the next phase in his own career as a recording artist: it was here he began experimenting with the brand new Maestro Rhythm King drum machine. In conjunction with languid, effected organ and guitar sounds and a distinctly lo-fi soundscape, Sly's productions for Stone Flower would inform the basis of his masterwork There's A Riot Goin' On.
The first 45 came in February 1970: Little Sister's dancefloor-ready "You're The One" hit Number 22 in the charts-the label's highest showing. The follow-up, "Stanga, also by Little Sister, made the wah pedal the star. The third release came from 6IX, a six-piece multi-racial rock group whose sole release, a super-slow version of The Family Stone's "Dynamite, featured only the lead singer and harmonica player from the group. Joe Hicks was the final Stone Flower stablemate; his pulsing, electronic Life And Death In G&A" is one of the bleakest moments Sly Stone ever created on disc (Hicks' prior single for Scepter, "Home Sweet Home," the first released Stone Flower production, is also included).
This long overdue compilation of Sly's Stone Flower era gathers each side of the five 45s plus ten previously unissued cuts from the label archives, all newly remastered from the original tapes. In these grooves you'll find the missing link between the rocky, soulful Sly Stone of Stand! and the dark, drum machine-punctuated, overdubbed sound of There's A Riot Going On. I'm Just Like You: Sly's Stone Flower 1969-70 opens up the mysteries of an obscure but monumental phase in Stone's career.1. You're The One (Parts 1 & 2) - Little Sister
2. Just Like A Baby - Sly
3. Home Sweet Home (Part 2) - Joe Hicks
4. I'm Just Like You
5. Somebody's Watching You (full band version) - Little Sister
6. Life & Death In G & A (Parts 1 & 2) - Joe Hicks
7. Trying To Make You Feel Good
8. Stanga - Little Sister
10. You're The One (early version) - Little Sister
11. Africa - Sly
12. I'm Goin' Home (Part 1) - Joe Hicks
13. Somebody's Watching You - Little Sister
14. You Can, We Can
15. Spirit - Sly
16. I'm Just Like You (full band version)
17. Scared - Sly
18. Dynamite (alternate version)$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Genesis (Awaiting Repress)L.A. rapper Domo Genesis has released his official debut album Genesis. Despite big time appearances from Wiz, Juicy J, Anderson .Paak and more, the former Odd Future rapper manages to put his own personality on center stage for his first attempt at a major label project.
The first single from the album, "Dapper" with Anderson .Paak, showed a new, groovier side of Domo that wasn't always apparent on his previous tapes. In the YouTube description of the video he wrote, "Thanks for the love, its been awhile but im finally ready to give my honest self."
Songs like "Awkward Groove" and "Wanderer" show his vulnerable charm. Coming from the violent explosion that was Odd Future, MCs like Doms and Earl have been adjusting to the aftermath in their own unique ways.
The production is especially lush and enveloping. Tyler produced "Go (Gas)" and perhaps more, but it's more impressive that he's been able to build a nice brand for Odd Future Records with himself, Domo and The Internet.
-Max Weinstein (XXL Mag)1. Awkward Groove
2. One Below
3. Wanderer - Feat. Tay Walker
4. Questions - Feat. Da$h & Kendra Foster
5. My Own - Feat. JMSN
6. Go (Gas) - Feat. Wiz Khalifa, Juicy J & Tyler, The Creator
7. Coming Back - Feat. Mac Miller
8. Faded in the Moment - Feat. Cam O'bi
9. Dapper - Feat. Anderson .Paak
11. All Night - Feat. King Chip
12. Lost and Found$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Built Up From Nothing: Strictly DubSka punk fans get ready for some dub action!
Big D and Side One Dummy release this double LP of 17 dub interpretations of their songs from Strictly Rude, Salem Girls and Fluent in Stroll as well as other previously unreleased songs.1. Dub-D
2. Strictly Rude Dub I (Live Dub)
3. Chin Up Boy Dub
4. Baby Don't Cry
5. Rude Boy Likes A Girl
6. These Dubbed Streets (Rehearsal-Dub)
7. Come Along (Rehearsal-Dub)
8. Oo Ie Ya
9. I'll Be There When You Get Back
10. Ruin You (Instrumental)
11. Relocate The Beat
12. Half Way Home Dub
13. I, I, I, I (Original)
14. Strictly Rude Dub II
15. Strictly Rude Dub III
16. She Knows Her Way Dub-el-Dub
17. Dub-Fin$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Unsung HeroesTitled `Unsung Heroes' and produced by Hiili Hiilesmaa (HIM, Sentenced, Apocalyptica, etc.), this is the hour-plus follow-up to 2009's `From Afar', and sees the Finnish five-piece, founded in 1995, pushing their signature sound to bold new heights of drama and excess. A cinematic experience from first note to last, `Unsung Heroes' takes the listener on a journey of genuine light & shade, with the 16 minute-plus `Passion Proof Power' showing that when it comes to the epic statement, Ensiferum are very much in the front-line, swords at the ready. 'We've tried to push the different aspects of what we do as far as we can,' reflects the band, 'the sonic scope is wider than ever. The folk elements go further down that path and the metallic parts will absolutely rip your face off!' Once again, album art has been supplied by Kristian Wahlin, with featured special guests including members of Apokalyptischen Reiter plus legendary Finnish singer & actor, Vesa-Matti Loiri.1. Symbols
2. In My Sword I Trust
3. Unsung Heroes
4. Burning Leaves
5. Celestial Bond
6. Retribution Shall Be Mine
7. Star Queen (Celestial Bond part II)
9. Last Breath
10. Passion Proof Power$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Seventh SwamphonySeventh Swamphony is the seventh studio album by the Finnish melodic death metal band Kalmah and is their first album with new keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen. The album was recorded at Tico-Tico Studios in Kemi, Finland, and was mixed and mastered by Jens Bogren.
Few would deny that in the late 1990s and very early 2000s, Finnish death metal began shifting it's direction across the board. Although Amorphis themselves never lost any stride, the whole 'depression metal' thing just kinda faded away, to be replaced by something far more aggressive and energetic. Bands such as Children of Bodom, Norther, and Insomnium broke through with a sound that although was still firmly rooted in the brutality of death metal, were not too shy to throw in the occasional thrash and black metal influence to in turn create something new and exciting. With the exception of perhaps the aforementioned Insomnium, Kalmah had always been perhaps the most flat-out extreme and agro, and has steadily upped the ante with every succeeding release.
Right from the get-go, this disc opens up with a synth-hit-infused blasting skank-beat that flows easily into the pit-worthy yet SUPER-catchy chorus. This kind of sets the tone for this whole disc, and you get eight incredibly intense-yet-focus fistpumping/headbanging perfect examples of memorably melodic death metal that oozes every ounce of brutality that it can out of the riffage contained herein. A theme that is echoed in practically every song they've ever done is their effortless use of solemn, slightly-folksy lead guitar melodies on top of the high-energy thrashy rhythms underneath. Songs such as Deadfall and Wolves On The Throne are amazing and true-to-form for this band; heavy on melody and light on respite. The former song also features a glimpse of the ivory-tickling prowess of new keyboardist Veli-Matti Kananen, who in both his melody lines and also in his soloing has an almost youthful whimsy as he jams up and down the board. Once you notice it for the first time, you tend to notice that this may be one of the most keyboard-heavy albums the band has ever done, but that is because this may be the first time since 2002 that the band's keyboardist has had anything meaningful to add to the table in terms of songwriting. Maybe that's a bit drastic, but that's sure what it sounds like here, and that isn't to say that the omnipresent keys drown out the massive wall of guitar and bass. Antti Kokko is still one of underground metal's unknown guitar heroes with how deftly he weaves his melody lines through these tracks, and never mind how ridiculous his solos are. Need a point of reference? He's a straight-faced, serious, no-B.S. version of Alexi Laiho. And his brother Pekka Kokko's voice has never sounded better either, easily crossing from the higher-pitched, black metal-version of Mille Petrozza he always used to do on the older records with the flat-out demonic growl he's wielded since the masterful The Black Waltz album. He even manages to weave in a bit of clean singing for the first time that I can remember hearing on a Kalmah record, and speaking of which...
...remember how in the first paragraph we kind of stated that the melancholic Finnish death metal of yesteryear has been kind of hard to find as of late? Well, Kalmah decided to dish out their own version in fourth track Hollo. After listening to it maybe 10 times now, I've realized that I just need to stop the internal dialogue on whether or not it's a good direction for the band and instead just focus on how amazing the song itself is. For most of the track it really is one of the best pieces of old school Amorphis-worship that I've ever heard, before doing a Viking metal shift about halfway through, complete with calling horns and battle-ready gang vocals. Apart from this tune, the most that Kalmah otherwise deviates from what they know works is the almost-punky opening of Windlake Tale.
A lot of people unfairly write this band off as Bodom clones, and it's really unfortunate when they put out such amazingly dark and heavy records like this that really set them apart. If anything, I feel that this record will continue to appease Kalmah's core fanbase who've stuck it out since the beginning, but with it's perfect mixjob (except for some questionable leveling of the opening melody of Wolves on the Throne) where everything comes through crisp and clear (or as crisp and clear as a band as loud and agro as this likes to get), it can be an easy-to-get-into album for those still uninitiated.
Raise a horn of mead to the swamplords...they did it again!
- ArnoldHablewitz (The Metal Archives)1. Seventh Swamphony
5. Windlake Tale
6. Wolves On a Throne
7. Black Marten's Trace
8. The Trapper$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now