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    In The Lonely Hour

    Sam Smith is the 21 year old winner of this year's Brits Critics Choice award as well as the winner of the BBC Sound of 2014 poll. He is the first and only
    male winner of both honors. Named the Artist to watch for 2014, Most Anticipated album of the year in USA Today, LA Times, CNN, Teen Vogue,
    Huffington Post, Shazam and more.


    Initially known for his feature on "La La La" by Naughty Boy and Disclosure's "Latch", Smith performed "Stay With Me" and "Lay Me Down" on Saturday
    Night Live 3/29 to an overwhelming response from media and the TV audiences around the country.


    In The Lonely Hour is Smith's debut studio album.

    1. Money On My Mind
    2. Good Thing
    3. Stay With Me
    4. Leave Your Lover
    5. I'm Not The Only One
    6. I've Told You Now
    7. Like I Can
    8. Life Support
    9. Not In That Way
    10. Lay Me Down
    Sam Smith
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    In The Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition) (Awaiting Repress)

    Sam Smith has just announced that he is re-releasing his award-winning (and chart-topping) debut album In The Lonely Hour as the new, double-LP set In The Lonely Hour: The Drowning Shadows Edition -- a move that he calls his final bow before his second album.


    The release's second LP will be filled with one-off tracks and covers, as well as a brand-new song called Drowning Shadows. Produced by frequent Smith collaborators Jimmy Napes and Steve Fitzmaurice, Drowning Shadows is a stripped back, heart-wrenching ballad per the press release (would you expect anything less?).


    Also included are covers of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, as well as Smith's collaborations with Mary J. Blige, Disclosure, and more.


    --Natalie Weiner, billboard

    LP1
    1. Money On My Mind
    2. Good Thing
    3. Stay With Me
    4. Leave Your Lover
    5. I'm Not The Only One
    6. I've Told You Now
    7. Like I Can
    8. Life Support
    9. Not In That Way
    10. Lay Me Down
    11. Restart
    12. Latch (Acoustic)
    13. La La La
    14. Make It To Me


    LP2
    1. Drowning Shadows
    2. Love Is A Losing Game
    3. Nirvana
    4. How Will I Know?
    5. Omen (Acoustic) feat. Disclosure
    6. Latch feat. Disclosure (Live from Madison Square Garden, New York)
    7. Stay With Me Feat. Mary J Blige
    8. I'm Not The Only One Feat. A$AP Rocky
    9. Lay Me Down Feat. John Legend

    Sam Smith
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    The Thrill Of It All (Special Edition)

    Special Edition Contains 4 Additional Bonus Tracks


    Following an incredible success with his debut album In The Lonely Hour - including four GRAMMY Awards, both an Academy Award & Golden Globe, three Brit Awards, and amassing over 8 billion streams to date - Sam Smith is back with his upcoming sophomore record The Thrill Of It All (all info embargoed until 10.6). His first single off the upcoming record "Too Good At Goodbyes" debuted #1 on multiple global charts.

    LP 1
    1. Too Good At Goodbyes
    2. Say It First
    3. One Last Song
    4. Midnight Train
    5. Burning
    6. HIM
    7. Baby, You Make Me Crazy


    LP 2
    1. No Peace (feat. YEBBA)
    2. Palace
    3. Pray
    4. Nothing Left For You
    5. The Thrill Of It All
    6. Scars
    7. One Day At A Time

    Sam Smith
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  • Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale) Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale)

    Ranked 1/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    50th Anniversary Reissue


    CD Features The New 'Sgt. Pepper' Stereo Mix, Complete With The Original U.K. Album's "Edit For LP End" Run-Out Groove


    It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles' John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music's most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release 'Sgt. Pepper' Anniversary Edition.


    "It's crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art," says Paul McCartney.


    "'Sgt. Pepper' seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it," Ringo Starr recalls.


    The Anniversary Edition includes Martin's new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.


    The album's vibrant artwork, including its extravagant Pop Art cover which finds The Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band.


    "We hope you will enjoy the show"


    Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, 'Sgt. Pepper' first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal's request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as "Sgt. Pepper." The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul's mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band -- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles' creative wellspring for 'Sgt. Pepper' also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster ("Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal ("Good Morning Good Morning"), a picture drawn by John's young son, Julian ("Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"), a teen runaway reported in the news ("She's Leaving Home'), and Hindu teachings ("Within You Without You").


    "Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song"


    Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, The Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve "the impossible," as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, "We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape." The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road's Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967.


    "I read the news today oh boy"


    Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. 'Sgt. Pepper' won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected 'Sgt. Pepper' for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 'Sgt. Pepper' tops Rolling Stone magazine's definitive list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix
    1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    2. With A Little Help From My Friends
    3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    4. Getting Better
    5. Fixing A Hole
    6. She's Leaving Home

    7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

    8. Within You Without You

    9. When I'm Sixty-Four
    10. Lovely Rita
    11. Good Morning Good Morning

    12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
    13. A Day In The Life
    The Beatles
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  • Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) (Compact Disc) Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) (Compact Disc) Quick View

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    Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) (Compact Disc)

    Please Note: This Box Set Does Not Contain Vinyl



    50th Anniversary Reissue


    'Sgt. Pepper' Presented with New Mixes in Stereo and 5.1 Surround Audio; Expanded with Previously Unreleased Session Recordings, Video Features & Special Packaging


    Previously Unreleased 1992 Documentary Film, 'The Making of Sgt. Pepper,' Restored for Anniversary Edition's Super Deluxe Boxed Set


    Ranked 1/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles' John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music's most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release a lavishly presented 'Sgt. Pepper' Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Box Set (4 CD/1 DVD/1 Blu-ray). The album is newly mixed by Giles Martin and Sam Okell in stereo and 5.1 surround audio and expanded with early takes from the studio sessions, including no fewer than 34 previously unreleased recordings.


    "It's crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art," says Paul McCartney in his newly-penned introduction for the 'Sgt. Pepper' Anniversary Edition.


    "'Sgt. Pepper' seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it," Ringo Starr recalls in the Anniversary Edition's book.


    The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane," were among the first songs recorded during the 'Sgt. Pepper' sessions, which began in November 1966. Rather than being held for inclusion on the album, the two songs were released as a double A-sided single in February 1967. Amidst intense media speculation about the band's next move, the single bridged what was then considered a long gap between the Revolver album, released in August 1966, and 'Sgt. Pepper,' which followed 10 months later.


    This is the first time Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been remixed and presented with additional session recordings, and it is the first Beatles album to be remixed and expanded since the 2003 release of Let It Be Naked. To create the new stereo and 5.1 surround audio mixes for 'Sgt. Pepper,' producer Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell worked with an expert team of engineers and audio restoration specialists at Abbey Road Studios in London. All of the Anniversary Edition releases include Martin's new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.


    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition includes:


    • CD 1: New stereo album mix
    • CDs 2 & 3:

      - 33 additional recordings from the studio sessions, most previously unreleased and mixed for the first time from the four-track session tapes, sequenced in chronological order of their recording dates

      - A new stereo mix of "Penny Lane" and the 2015 stereo mix of "Strawberry Fields Forever"
    • CD 4:

      - Direct transfers of the album's original mono mix and the "Strawberry Fields Forever" and "Penny Lane" singles

      - Capitol Records' U.S. promotional mono single mix of "Penny Lane"

      - Previously unreleased early mono mixes of "She's Leaving Home," "A Day In The Life," and "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" (a mix thought to have been erased from a tape in 1967, but discovered during archive research for the anniversary edition)
    • Discs 5 & 6 (Blu-ray and DVD):

      - New 5.1 surround audio mixes of the album and "Penny Lane" by Giles Martin and Sam Okell, plus their 2015 5.1 surround mix of "Strawberry Fields Forever"

      - High resolution audio versions of the new stereo mixes of the album and "Penny Lane" and of the 2015 stereo mix of "Strawberry Fields Forever"

      - Video features: 4K restored original promotional films for "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Penny Lane," and "A Day In The Life;" plus The Making of Sgt. Pepper, a restored, previously unreleased documentary film (broadcast in 1992), featuring insightful interviews with McCartney, Harrison, and Starr, and in-studio footage introduced by George Martin.


    "A splendid time is guaranteed for all"


    The album's vibrant artwork, including its extravagant Pop Art cover which finds The Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band. The original artwork is showcased across the suite of Anniversary Edition releases, including the album's pull-out sheet of 'Sgt. Pepper' cutouts. Housed in a 12-inch by 12-inch box with lenticular artwork and two bonus posters, the six-disc Super Deluxe set is presented with a 144-page hardcover book. The book includes new introductions by Paul McCartney and Giles Martin, and chapters covering comprehensive song-by-song details and recording information, the design of the cover, the album's musical innovations and its historical context by Beatles historian, author and radio producer Kevin Howlett; composer and musicologist Howard Goodall; music producer and writer Joe Boyd; and journalists Ed Vulliamy and Jeff Slate, illustrated with rare photographs, reproductions of handwritten lyrics, Abbey Road Studios documentation, and original 'Sgt. Pepper' print ads.


    - "We hope you will enjoy the show"


    Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, 'Sgt. Pepper' first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal's request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as "Sgt. Pepper." The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul's mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band -- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles' creative wellspring for 'Sgt. Pepper' also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster ("Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal ("Good Morning Good Morning"), a picture drawn by John's young son, Julian ("Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"), a teen runaway reported in the news ("She's Leaving Home'), and Hindu teachings ("Within You Without You").


    "Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song"


    Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, The Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve "the impossible," as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, "We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape." The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road's Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967.


    "I read the news today oh boy"


    Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. 'Sgt. Pepper' won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected 'Sgt. Pepper' for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 'Sgt. Pepper' tops Rolling Stone magazine's definitive list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

    CD 1: 'Sgt. Pepper' 2017 Stereo Mix
    1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    2. With A Little Help From My Friends
    3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    4. Getting Better
    5. Fixing A Hole

    6. She's Leaving Home

    7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!
    8. Within You Without You

    9. When I'm Sixty-Four
    10. Lovely Rita
    11. Good Morning Good Morning

    12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)

    13. A Day In The Life


    CD 2: Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates
    1. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 1]
    2. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 4]
    3. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 7]
    4. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 26]
    5. Strawberry Fields Forever [Stereo Mix - 2015]
    6. When I'm Sixty-Four [Take 2]
    7. Penny Lane [Take 6 - Instrumental]
    8. Penny Lane [Vocal Overdubs And Speech]
    9. Penny Lane [Stereo Mix - 2017]

    10. A Day In The Life [Take 1]
    11. A Day In The Life [Take 2]
    12. A Day In The Life [Orchestra Overdub]

    13. A Day In The Life (Hummed Last Chord) [Takes 8, 9, 10 and 11]

    14. A Day In The Life (The Last Chord)
    15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 1 - Instrumental]

    16. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9 And Speech]

    17. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 1 - Instrumental, Breakdown]

    18. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]


    CD 3: Complete early takes from the sessions, sequenced in chronological order of their first recording dates
    1. Fixing A Hole [Take 1]
    2. Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]
    3. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Speech From Before Take 1; Take 4 And Speech At End]
    4. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 7]

    5. Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]
    6. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1 And Speech At The End]

    7. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Speech, False Start And Take 5]

    8. Getting Better [Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End]
    9. Getting Better [Take 12]
    10. Within You Without You [Take 1 - Indian Instruments Only]
    11. Within You Without You [George Coaching The Musicians]
    12. She's Leaving Home [Take 1 - Instrumental]
    13. She's Leaving Home [Take 6 - Instrumental]
    14. With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 - Instrumental]
    15. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Speech And Take 8]


    CD 4: 'Sgt. Pepper' and bonus tracks in Mono
    (Tracks 1-13: 2017 Direct Transfer of 'Sgt. Pepper' Original Mono Mix)
    14. Strawberry Fields Forever [Original Mono Mix]
    15. Penny Lane [Original Mono Mix]
    16. A Day In The Life [Unreleased First Mono Mix]
    17. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Unreleased Mono Mix - No. 11]
    18. She's Leaving Home [Unreleased First Mono Mix]
    19. Penny Lane [Capitol Records U.S. Promo Single - Mono Mix]


    DISCS 5 & 6 (Blu-ray & DVD)
    Audio Features (both discs):
    - New 5.1 Surround Audio mixes of 'Sgt. Pepper' album and "Penny Lane," plus 2015 5.1 Surround mix of "Strawberry Fields Forever" (Blu-ray: DTS HD Master Audio 5.1, Dolby True HD 5.1 / DVD: DTS Dolby Digital 5.1)
    - High Resolution Audio versions of 2017 'Sgt. Pepper' stereo mix and 2017 "Penny Lane" stereo mix, plus 2015 "Strawberry Fields Forever" hi res stereo mix (Blu-ray: LPCM Stereo 96KHz/24bit / DVD: LPCM Stereo)
    Video Features (both discs):
    - The Making of Sgt. Pepper [restored 1992 documentary film, previously unreleased]
    - Promotional Films: "A Day In The Life;" "Strawberry Fields Forever;" "Penny Lane" [4K restored]

    The Beatles
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  • Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale) Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band (Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (Compact Disc) (On Sale)

    Ranked 1/500 On Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time!


    50th Anniversary Reissue


    Expanded 2xCD & Digital Package Features The New Stereo Album Mix On The First CD And Adds A Second CD Of 18 Tracks, Including Previously Unreleased Complete Takes Of The Album's 13 Songs, Newly Mixed In Stereo And Sequenced In The Same Order As The Album


    The Second CD Also Includes A New Stereo Mix And A Previously Unreleased Instrumental Take Of "Penny Lane" And The 2015 Stereo Mix And Two Previously Unreleased Complete Takes Of "Strawberry Fields Forever."


    It was 50 years ago this June 1st when The Beatles' John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr astonished and delighted the world, ushering in the Summer of Love with Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a groundbreaking masterwork that became popular music's most universally acclaimed album. To salute the occasion, The Beatles will release 'Sgt. Pepper' Anniversary Edition.


    "It's crazy to think that 50 years later we are looking back on this project with such fondness and a little bit of amazement at how four guys, a great producer and his engineers could make such a lasting piece of art," says Paul McCartney.


    "'Sgt. Pepper' seemed to capture the mood of that year, and it also allowed a lot of other people to kick off from there and to really go for it," Ringo Starr recalls.


    The Anniversary Edition includes Martin's new stereo mix of the album, which was sourced directly from the original four-track session tapes and guided by the original, Beatles-preferred mono mix produced by his father, George Martin.


    This expanded 2xCD package features the new stereo album mix on the first CD and adds a second CD with previously unreleased complete takes of the album's 13 songs, newly mixed in stereo and sequenced in the same order as the album. Additionally, the second CD includes a new stereo mix and a previously unreleased instrumental take of "Penny Lane" and the 2015 stereo mix and two previously unreleased complete takes of "Strawberry Fields Forever."


    The album's vibrant artwork, including its extravagant Pop Art cover which finds The Beatles surrounded by a crowd of heroes in a 3D collage, was created by Peter Blake and Jann Haworth in collaboration with the band.


    "We hope you will enjoy the show"


    Just as many ideas are sparked by chance, 'Sgt. Pepper' first sprang from a conversation between Paul and Beatles roadie Mal Evans on an airplane, when Mal's request to pass the salt and pepper was misheard by Paul as "Sgt. Pepper." The concept of who such a figure could be took root in Paul's mind, blooming with the imagination of The Beatles as an Edwardian era military band -- "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The Beatles' creative wellspring for 'Sgt. Pepper' also flowed from such myriad sources as The Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album, a Victorian circus poster ("Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!"), a TV commercial for breakfast cereal ("Good Morning Good Morning"), a picture drawn by John's young son, Julian ("Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"), a teen runaway reported in the news ("She's Leaving Home'), and Hindu teachings ("Within You Without You").


    "Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song"


    Using the standard four-track tape recording equipment of the day, The Beatles collaborated with producer George Martin to achieve "the impossible," as they dubbed it, to go as far out as they could with arrangements and new technology to realize their collective vision for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. As George Martin described it, "We were into another kind of art form where you were putting something down on tape that could only be done on tape." The Beatles clocked more than 400 hours in Abbey Road's Studio 2 to record the album, wrapping sessions in April 1967.


    "I read the news today oh boy"


    Upon its release on June 1, 1967, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band initially spent 148 weeks in the British chart, including a total of 27 weeks at number one. During its first U.S. chart run, the album held the number one spot for 15 of the 88 weeks it appeared in the Top 200. 'Sgt. Pepper' won four GRAMMY Awards®, including Album of the Year, and it remains one of the most influential and bestselling albums of all time. In 2003, the U.S. Library of Congress selected 'Sgt. Pepper' for the National Recording Registry, recognizing the album as "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." 'Sgt. Pepper' tops Rolling Stone magazine's definitive list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."


    This title is not eligible for further discount.

    CD 1: Sgt. Pepper 2017 Stereo Mix
    1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    2. With A Little Help From My Friends
    3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    4. Getting Better
    5. Fixing A Hole
    6. She's Leaving Home

    7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!

    8. Within You Without You

    9. When I'm Sixty-Four
    10. Lovely Rita
    11. Good Morning Good Morning

    12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
    13. A Day In The Life


    CD 2: Complete Early Takes From The Sessions In The Same Sequence + Various Versions Of "Strawberry Fields Forever" And "Penny Lane"
    1. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band [Take 9]
    2. With A Little Help From My Friends [Take 1 - False Start And Take 2 - Instrumental]

    3. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds [Take 1]
    4. Getting Better [Take 1 - Instrumental And Speech At The End]
    5. Fixing A Hole [Speech And Take 3]
    6. She's Leaving Home [Take 1 - Instrumental]
    7. Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite! [Take 4]
    8. Within You Without You [Take 1 - Indian Instruments]
    9. When I'm Sixty-Four [Take 2]
    10. Lovely Rita [Speech And Take 9]

    11. Good Morning Good Morning [Take 8]

    12. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise) [Take 8]

    13. A Day In The Life [Take 1 With Hummed Last Chord]
    14. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 7]
    15. Strawberry Fields Forever [Take 26]
    16. Strawberry Fields Forever [Stereo Mix - 2015]

    17. Penny Lane [Take 6 - Instrumental]

    18. Penny Lane [Stereo Mix - 2017]

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    In The Wee Small Hours (Awaiting Repress)

    Expanding on the concept of Songs for Young Lovers!, In the Wee Small Hours was a collection of ballads arranged by Nelson Riddle. The first 12 album recorded by Sinatra, Wee Small Hours was more focused and concentrated than his two earlier concept records. It's a blue, melancholy album, built around a spare rhythm section featuring a rhythm guitar, celesta, and Bill Miller's piano, with gently aching strings added every once and a while. Within that melancholy mood is one of Sinatra's most jazz-oriented performances -- he restructures the melody and Miller's playing is bold throughout the record. Where Songs for Young Lovers! emphasized the romantic aspects of the songs, Sinatra sounds like a lonely, broken man on In the Wee Small Hours. Beginning with the newly written title song, the singer goes through a series of standards that are lonely and desolate. In many ways, the album is a personal reflection of the heartbreak of his doomed love affair with actress Ava Gardner, and the standards that he sings form their own story when collected together. Sinatra's voice had deepened and worn to the point where his delivery seems ravished and heartfelt, as if he were living the songs.

    - Stephen Thomas Erlewine (All Music)
    1. In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
    2. Mood Indigo
    3. Glad to Be Unhappy
    4. I Get Along Without You Very Well
    5. Deep in a Dream
    6. I See Your Face Before Me
    7. Can't We Be Friends?
    8. When Your Lover Has Gone
    9. What Is This Thing Called Love?
    10. Last Night When We Were Young
    11. I'll Be Around
    12. Ill Wind
    13. It Never Entered My Mind
    14. Dancing on the Ceiling
    15. I'll Never Be the Same
    16. This Love of Mine
    Frank Sinatra
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    Black Hours

    Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music -
    inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album
    brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a
    loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators
    including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson
    (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most
    passionate, personal and free.


    The video for the first single "Alexandra," which was directed by SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award
    winning director Tristan Patterson. The track was co-written by Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam
    Batmanglij, the latter producing and mixing the track.


    In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one
    booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of
    acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord,
    piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass,
    and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying
    Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on
    several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser's first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum
    stool for a pair of songs.


    Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, "the oldest private studio in
    the world", where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before
    appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave.

    1. 5 AM
    2. The Silent Orchestra
    3. Alexandra
    4. 11 O'Clock Friday Night
    5. St Mary's County
    6. Self Pity
    7. I Retired
    8. I Don't Need Anyone
    9. Bless Your Heart
    10. The Smallest Splinter
    Hamilton Leithauser
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    Black Hours (Deluxe Edition)


    Includes Bonus 4 Track EP


    Hamilton Leithauser announces his debut solo album Black Hours via Ribbon Music -
    inaugurating a new chapter in an already remarkable career from The Walkmen front man. The album
    brings Leithauser full circle and then some, from lonely midwinter piano-and-vocals sessions, to a
    loud, live Rock n Roll group and back again. Featuring Leithauser with a slew of talented collaborators
    including Rostam Batmanglij (Vampire Weekend), Paul Maroon (The Walkmen), Morgan Henderson
    (Fleet Foxes) and Richard Swift (The Shins/solo), the album showcases Leithauser at his most
    passionate, personal and free.


    The video for the first single "Alexandra," which was directed by SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury award
    winning director Tristan Patterson. The track was co-written by Hamilton Leithauser and Rostam
    Batmanglij, the latter producing and mixing the track.


    In its orchestrated rhythms, dynamic vocals, and generous production, Black Hours speaks from one
    booming voice. The instrumentation provides muscle and texture: Maroon covering a wide range of
    acoustic and electric guitars as well as grand piano; Batmanglij switching between guitar, harpsichord,
    piano, bass and harmonica; Morgan Henderson from Fleet Foxes takes the marimba and upright bass,
    and Richard Swift lays down impressive drums on seven tracks (Henderson & Swift will be accompanying
    Leithauser on a full U.S. tour). Amber Coffman from the Dirty Projectors provides backing vocals on
    several numbers and even Hugh McIntosh of Leithauser's first band, the Recoys, returns to the drum
    stool for a pair of songs.


    Principal recording was done in August 2013 at Vox Studios in Los Angeles, "the oldest private studio in
    the world", where Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby, Johnny Mercer, and countless others cut demos before
    appearing on air at NBC studios, just across Melrose Ave.

    LP 1
    1. 5 AM
    2. The Silent Orchestra
    3. Alexandra
    4. 11 O'Clock Friday Night
    5. St Mary's County
    6. Self Pity
    7. I Retired
    8. I Don't Need Anyone
    9. Bless Your Heart
    10. The Smallest Splinter


    Bonus EP
    1. Waltz [Deluxe Edition]
    2. In Our Time (I'll Always Love You) [Deluxe Edition]
    3. Utrecht [Deluxe Edition]
    4. I'll Never Love Again [Deluxe Edition]

    Hamilton Leithauser
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    Adding Up The Wasted Hours

    Adding Up the Wasted Hours, the band's fourth album, was announced in August of 2013. Released through Trans/Chop Shop Records on October 15, the new 11-track record was recorded by Chris Walla.


    Chris Walla, guitarist and producer for Grammy-nominated rock band Death Cab for Cutie, made The Lonely Forest his first signing when he launched his
    label Trans. The band started a national fall headline tour, beginning in Wenatchee, WA and closing at the Neptune Theater in Seattle, WA. It was also promoted by the lead single Warm/Happy, which Van Deusen described as ...a self-assuring song.

    1. Pull the Pin and Forget
    2. Lovric's
    3. Fire-Breather
    4. Left Hand Man
    5. Neon Never Changes
    6. Last Time (I Said Your Name)
    7. Adding Up the Wasted Hours
    8. Soundings In Fathoms
    9. Lavender Dress
    10. Warm/Happy
    11. Stars Like Dust
    The Lonely Forest
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    The Thrill Of It All

    Following an incredible success with his debut album In The Lonely Hour - including four GRAMMY Awards, both an Academy Award & Golden Globe, three Brit Awards, and amassing over 8 billion streams to date - Sam Smith is back with his upcoming sophomore record The Thrill Of It All (all info embargoed until 10.6). His first single off the upcoming record "Too Good At Goodbyes" debuted #1 on multiple global charts.
    1. Too Good At Goodbyes
    2. Say It First
    3. One Last Song
    4. Midnight Train
    5. Burning
    6. HIM
    7. Baby, You Make Me Crazy
    8. No Peace (feat. YEBBA)
    9. Palace
    10. Pray
    Sam Smith
    $21.99
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    Point Of No Return

    Point of No Return on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram Stereo LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Memories of You: Sinatra Waves Farewell to Capitol on Elegantly Dressed Standards Set from 1961


    Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 180 Gram LP Captures Gracefulness of Ornate Orchestrations


    Sinatra Reunited With Arranger Axel Stordahl, Collaborator That Spearheaded the Voice's Rise in the 1940s


    Thematic Songs Address Goodbyes With Profound Sense of Sadness, Longing


    Nobody says goodbye like Frank Sinatra. For his final album with Capitol, Ol' Blue Eyes elected to croon an unforgettable selection of farewell songs marked with longing, sadness, and poignancy. To make the occasion even more special, he teamed with arranger Axel Stordahl, the virtuoso that helped launch Sinatra's star at Columbia during the 1940s. The results amount to one of the finest send-off statements in history.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180 gram stereo LP presents the songs as they should be experienced: In rich, lush, front-to-back sound in which the strings soar and literally inhale and exhale. Sinatra's singing, as good as it's ever been during his career, comes across with unfettered transparency and tonal purity. Such is the fidelity, the music turns into aural poetry, rendering completely fluid and tube-amp warm the rushes of strings, words, and structures.


    Sinatra fans continually debate which of the artist's albums rank as his best, but there's no doubting the status attached to Point of No Return. Unquestionably the most overlooked effort in the Chairman's Capitol catalog, it defies common expectation that it was made haphazardly to simply fulfill a contractual obligation. Sinatra's presence alone guarantees that isn't the case, yet Stordahl's involvement ensures this 1961 set is something very special indeed.


    The chemistry between the old collaborators is immediately evident. Sinatra inhabits every phrase, feeling, and expression conveyed on the dozen standards, achieving an intimate connection with Stordahl's instrumental accents. Akin to the downbeat moods he casts on the immortal In the Wee Small Hours and Only the Lonely, the vocalist keeps calm and cool, yearning and reflecting as if he's strolling a barren downtown after midnight, a man left alone with his thoughts and memories. Somber, wistful, meditative, teary-eyed sentimental-Sinatra paints each song with the emotions they need, nothing more and nothing less.


    From regal ("These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)") to nostalgic ("I'll Be Seeing You"), relaxed ("September Song") to dramatic ("When the World Was Young"), Stordahl's treatments blush with natural ease and instinct, setting up Sinatra for countless moments of sublime beauty. Vocal pop aficionados, you don't want to miss this classic.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. (Ah, the Apple Trees) When the World Was Young
    2. I'll Remember April
    3. September Song
    4. A Million Years Ago
    5. I'll See You Again
    6. There Will Never Be Another You
    7. Somewhere Along the Way
    8. It's a Blue World
    9. These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
    10. As Time Goes By
    11. I'll Be Seeing You
    12. Memories of You
    Frank Sinatra
    $34.99
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  • Taxi Driver Taxi Driver Quick View

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    Taxi Driver

    Import

    'You talkin' to ME?!?': undeniably one of the most famous quotes from movie history from one of its most memorable characters. Travis Bickle, the frustrated Vietnam veteran in Taxi Driver; the lonely nut obsessed with sex and violence who takes a job as a cabbie to battle his insomnia. Robert De Niro's legendary performance ensured that this Scorcese classic ended up on many a 'best movie of all time' lists. It was also Bernard Herrmann's last ever soundtrack. Hitchcock's favorite composer died just a few hours after completing the score. Like no other he composed a dark and threatening atmosphere that drags you into Bickle's twisted mind.

    1. Theme From Taxi Driver
    2. I Work The Whole City
    3. Betsy In A White Dress
    4. The Days Do Not End
    5. Reprise: Theme From Taxi Driver
    6. Diary Of A Taxi Driver Voice - Robert De Niro
    7. Theme From Taxi Driver
    8. The .44 Magnum Is A Monster
    9. Sport And Iris
    10. God's Lonely Man (End Title)
    Bernard Herrmann
    $32.99
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    Desperate Ground

    180 Gram Vinyl LP


    Vinyl LP pressed at RTI


    Desperate Ground, the new LP from The Thermals, is exactly what the title implies. A
    dangerous path. A crucial moment. A split second in time when you must stand and defend,
    kill or be killed. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
    No problem!


    The Thermals' sixth LP and first for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground, is a true scrappy and
    scratchy return-to-form for The Thermals, with all the raw power and unhinged adolescent
    energy that made their early LP's so insanely enjoyable. Lyrically, the album is a brash and
    irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death.


    A dark and yet joyous affair, Desperate Ground tells the (murky) tale of a lone rogue in the
    night. One man, one path, one sword. An unceasing urge to destroy. A never-ending battle
    against the forces of nature.  A destiny impossible to avoid. All told, Desperate Ground is a
    loud, violent thrill ride, a punk LP as bloody action film. It's The Wipers meets "Die Hard" and
    "Excalibur".


    Desperate Ground was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken,
    NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed mixing just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged
    New Jersey. Desperate Ground indeed.

    1 Born To Kill
    2 You Will Be Free
    3 The Sunset
    4 I Go Alone
    5 The Sword By My Side
    6 You Will Find Me
    7 Faces Stay With Me
    8 The Howl Of The Winds
    9 Where I Stand
    10 Our Love Survives
    Thermals
    $17.99
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  • Pearl Pearl Quick View

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    Pearl


    1971's Pearl Showcases Janis Joplin at Her Peak: Chart-Topping Record Includes Hits Me and Bobby McGee, Mercedes Benz, and Get It While You Can


    Mastered From the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM Pressing is Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of Masterpiece Ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time


    Joplin Displays Balance of Impeccable Timing, Devastating Vulnerability, and Raw Emotion: Full Tilt Boogie Band, Producer Paul Rothchild Complete Album Steeped in Soul and Loaded With Spirit


    Janis Joplin wouldn't be denied on Pearl. The powerhouse vocalist had kicked her addictions, teamed with a stupendous band, and partnered with a producer that knew how to best showcase her voice on record. She came to the sessions with an armload of astonishing songs, and a burst of creative energy that mirrored her rejuvenated emotional state and undeniable spirit. You can hear it on every note of the 1971 record. Ranked #135 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list, Pearl sold more than four million copies and stands as the first female rock superstar's definitive studio work. Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP presents the lasting artwork like never before.


    Mastered from the original master tapes, cut at 45RPM, and pressed on dead-quiet vinyl at RTI, the iconic audiophile label's analog reissue takes Joplin and Co.'s stupendous performances to newly transcendent levels. Boasting a fidelity that further magnifies the singer's passion and producer Paul A. Rothchild's clear production, this pressing benefits from increased spaciousness, dynamics, and openness afforded by the wider grooves. Joplin's husky, strong, and penetrating singing has never sounded so vibrant or made deeper connections. Warm, organic, and free of any artificial ceilings, this version lets you step into Sunset Sound Recorders with the performers, such is the degree of realism and authenticity. Indeed, few, if any words, describe Joplin better than authentic, and her spirit comes to life on this 2LP set in positively transcendent fashion. Like its headliner, this pressing leaves it all on the floor.


    While Joplin's electrifying vocal prowess is universally lauded - she's recognized as the greatest white female blues singer the world has ever seen - her mix of compassion, confidence, and charm play as large a role in attracting listeners and keeping them ensnared more than four decades after her tragic death. And on Pearl, she burrows into deeper stylistic veins, teasing out sides of her persona and craft she'd never previously displayed. Her signature desperation, sadness, and vulnerability remain - the harrowing, lonely wail that begins her soul-ravishing take on Jerry Ragovoy's Cry Baby, underlined with a Wall of Sound-like piano accompaniment, could only come from a person severely scarred by loss and disappointment - yet Joplin also reveals a sense of humor and beatnik innocence that helped propel the album to the top of the charts for nine straight weeks.


    Playfully introduced as a song of great social and political import, the acapella Mercedes Benz reflects Joplin's throaty timbre as well as her enhanced, sunnier mood. Similarly, her definitive read of Kris Kristofferson's Me and Bobby McGee signals a laidback demeanor and a move into country strains, with the delivery as natural, carefree, and loving as any in the rock canon. As she does throughout the record, Joplin invests her all in the narrative so that there's no line between the performer and the song. She makes everything on Pearl feel autobiographical, and by extension, gut-wrenchingly honest, and devastatingly intimate. Joplin achieved these feats often during her brief career, yet there are differences on Pearl, chiefly among them her balance of impeccable timing and raw emotion. Heart-aching anthems such as A Woman Left Lonely offer both grit and control, subtlety and attack, resulting in cathartic releases distinguished with originality, personality, and instinctual passion.


    Pearl remains Joplin's finest hour, with credit also owed to the Full Tilt Boogie Band - the only group she ever considered to be her own - as well as the Doors alum that sat behind the boards. Joplin and Rothchild both admitted to sharing a common bond and understanding, with the latter inheriting the role of teacher and Joplin, a willing student ready to discover how she could use her voice in new, more expressive ways. The fruits of the pair's labors fill Pearl, be it the guardedly optimistic Get It While You Can or assertive, fleet-footed Move Over.


    Experienced in the new light brought to fore by this definitive Mobile Fidelity analog edition, Joplin's swan song is no longer about a masterpiece that its creator never lived to see finished. Rather, it's about a once-in-a-lifetime vocalist realizing mammoth potential and wringing passion out of every note. It's not a tragedy, but a triumph. Get it while you can.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Move Over
    2. Cry Baby
    3. A Woman Left Lonely
    4. Half Moon
    5. Buried Alive In The Blues
    6. My Baby
    7. Me And Bobby McGee
    8. Mercedes Benz
    9. Trust Me
    10. Get It While You Can
    Janis Joplin
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers Quick View

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    Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers

    When Suzanne Vega first discovered the novelist and short story writer Carson McCullers as a teenager, she thought, "If I ever want to play a character at any point in the future, I could play this woman." That time has arrived. On Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Vega inhabits McCullers' extraordinary character and renders the life of a woman who, revolted by the politics and racism of her upbringing in the American South, arrived in New York in her early twenties and became one of the literary lights of the 20th century. In such esteemed books as The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1940), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1941) and The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ (1951), McCullers used the South as a lens through which to view the painful, nearly always unrequited, search for love in a world that often punishes individual self-expression and rewards repression and emotional compromise. McCullers battled those limits in her life as well as her work - a personal heroism that makes her, in Vega's view, a figure of great contemporary significance. She was an instinctive rebel whose message of personal freedom resonates profoundly in our own insurgent age, nearly fifty years after her death at the age of fifty in 1967.


    "I feel that McCullers' ideas and thoughts are very modern," Vega says, "and she incarnates them in a way that other authors don't. She tried to live them and paid a price for it. She would refer to herself in a kind of transgender way - she would say things like, 'I was born a man' -- and she probably was bisexual even if she didn't always act on it. She was one of the first females to write about civil rights and the struggles of blacks in the South. Also, she suffered several strokes and was disabled for pretty much the second half of her life. To use today's parlance, her life and work embodied human rights on just about every level - race, gender, trans, queer, disabled, youth."


    The ten songs on Lover, Beloved are part of a two-act play in which Vega and another actress perform the role of McCullers at two historical moments that bookend her career: the first, set in 1941, when The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter propelled her to literary fame, and the second shortly before her death, as she movingly reflects on her life and work. There are also plans to perform it as a one-woman show. Vega wrote the script, and co-wrote eight songs with Duncan Sheik, the singer-songwriter whose keen theatrical sense helped create the Broadway hit show Spring Awakening and the current groundbreaking musical, American Psycho. (Two additional songs, "Carson's Blues" and "The Ballad of Miss Amelia," were co-written by Vega and pianist/composer Michael Jefry Stevens.) In songs like "New York Is My Destination," "We of Me" and "Lover, Beloved," you can hear the signature cool detachment of Vega's singing and revel in the characteristically incisive observation of her lyrics, many of which deftly draw on McCullers' own writing.


    But the songs' elastic melody lines, loping rhythms, idiosyncratic instrumentation (including clarinet, harmonium, banjo, ukulele, trombone and accordion), and surprising arrangements (by guitarist extraordinaire Gerry Leonard, who also produced the album) are like nothing we've heard from Vega before. "It was great working with Duncan Sheik," Vega says. "All you have to do is give him the barest bones of an idea and then he delivers this fabulous piece of music." For "Annemarie," an aching ballad about an androgynous adventurer with whom both McCullers and her husband fell disastrously in love, Sheik delivered a lovely, simple melody that, Vega says, "practically made me cry. I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. I wanted something with all that yearning, and I love what he came up with." For "New York Is My Destination," which describes the youthful McCullers' vision of her future as a celebrated novelist, Vega says she wanted "something classic, something that sounded like Rodgers and Hammerstein, something glamorous," and, once again, Sheik delivered a melody that perfectly complemented the heady excitement of Vega's lyrics.


    Overall, Lover, Beloved finds a sound that exists outside of time. It's traditional enough to suit the iconic quality of its subject; clever enough to capture her originality and daring; and contemporary enough to help establish McCullers as an avatar for this century as well as the preceding one. Most of the instrumentation is acoustic, but, in particular, Gerry Leonard's evocative, atmospheric electric guitar playing lifts the music into another, more imaginative realm. That McCullers herself was an accomplished, classically trained pianist - and that the lyricism of her writing reflects that innate musicality - only further enhances the shivery dynamic between words and music on the album.


    In order to realize the theatrical quality of this project, Vega, with Sheik's encouragement and assistance, also handled her vocals in a different way. "Duncan really pushed me out of my comfort zone," Vega says. "I was shocked at how high he wanted me to sing. But he was like, 'No, no - you can hit that.'" Sheik's goal was to achieve a kind of sonic drama in Vega's vocals, "as much drama as he could squeeze out of me," she says. "It works for the character. McCullers is kind of childlike, and you can believe her singing in that naïve, simple way. I'm pushed beyond my limits in both the low notes and the high notes, and also the emotion. I definitely feel as if I was being pushed beyond what I usually do."


    Unquestionably, rendering a character like McCullers in words and in sound represented a serious creative challenge. All the songs on the album attempt to capture the innermost feelings of a writer who was highly ambitious, immensely complicated and fiercely dedicated to her conception of herself and her work. She was simultaneously shy, introverted and wildly provocative, as "Carson's Blues," the album's opening song, announces: "A childish liar/A devilish bitch/I can be innocent and charming/And suddenly switch." "Harper Lee," a song Vega describes as "upbeat and bitchy," chronicles McCullers' sense of her place in the literary pantheon - a spot, in her view, well above the wildly successful author of To Kill a Mockingbird. ("I'd like to kill more than just that mockingbird," she sings.) "Instant of the Hour After" and "We of Me" all explore the loving and loathing, the sexual adventurism and missed emotional connections, that swirled inextricably in McCullers' marriage to a bisexual man who shared her literary ambitions but was never able to realize them. On the title track, Vega limns the dizzying dance of unsatisfied desire at the heart of McCullers' work: "The lover pursues,/The beloved one flees Each one alone/In the land of the heart."


    "12 Mortal Men" indicts the provincialism and brutal racism of Columbus, Georgia, where McCullers grew up. "The Ballad of Miss Emilia" essentially recounts the plot of McCullers' novella, The Ballad of the Sad CafÉ, a saga, like so much of her writing, of failed joinings, loneliness, and proud, if isolated, survival. By the time the album concludes with "Carson's Last Supper," McCullers has abandoned the ideal of erotic desire in favor of a more universal love that could embrace all the various characters in her books and the many people in her life - as well as, perhaps most importantly, the ravaging contradictions within herself that both drove her art and caused so much hardship in her life.


    With Lover, Beloved: Songs From An Evening With Carson McCullers, Suzanne Vega achieves a new peak in her already distinguished career. With these songs and the play they inhabit, she hopes that "a new generation of people will discover Carson McCullers, that they will realize how cool she is and how compellingly her work can speak to them. I want to put her on the stage again so that her spirit lives. Really, no one is excluded from the vision she defined. I'm so excited by the possibilities." In these beautifully transporting songs, many of those rich possibilities have already been realized. - Anthony DeCurtis

    1. Carson's Blues
    2. New York Is My Destination
    3. Instant of the Hour After
    4. We of Me
    5. Annemarie
    6. 12 Mortal Men
    7. Harper Lee
    8. Lover, Beloved
    9. The Ballad of Miss Amelia
    10. Carson's Last Supper
    Suzanne Vega
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    Pagan Day

    Official Reissue Of The 1984 Classic

    Legendary Conceptual Audiovisual Group Formed By Throbbing Gristle Co-Founder Genesis P-Orridge & Alternative TV's Alex Fergusson

    Collection Of Early Demos And Sketches By P-Orridge & Fergusson

    Vinyl Has Been Out Of Print Since 1986

    Includes The Bonus Track "Farewell"

    Shortly before Christmas 1984, the core songwriters, Genesis P-Orridge and Alex Fergusson, of underground arts collective Psychic TV, quietly released a limited edition record containing sketches and ideas for songs. Some songs would become later fully-realized arrangements, some abandoned and others were justcovered in praise of their creator. The record, in recognition of its seasonal release,was simply titled A Pagan Day and would capture the intimate songwriting sessions that were prevalent during a crucial time in the band's career.

    In classic Psychic TV fashion, rumors and myths surround the album's creation.Most have suggested that it was recorded in a single session over a cup of coffee on a lone 4-track cassette recorder above an old YMCA building in London,though later revealed that the recordings were from various sessions over the course of a couple years prior to the record's release. After quickly pressing the songs to vinyl, the record was originally only available through Rough Trade fora few hours on December 23, 1984, and pressed on picture discs, which adorned a photo of P-Orridge's first born, Caresse, in exactly 999 copies. The pressing sold out immediately that day which caused Temple Records, their "in-house label", to later release a standard reissue version in 1986.

    What makes the songs, or rather versions of songs, so unique is the primitive and fragile nature of the arrangements while the flimsy, immediate vocal delivery makes the album sit unknowingly between demo and fully realized album."Baby's Gone Away" and "New Sexuality" are just a couple examples of songs tha tfans of Psychic TV became intimately familiar with from live experiences, buton A Pagan Day, they are released in their infantile stages with no full band, just Alex & Genesis finding their way through the songs with an acoustic guitar, drum machine and organ. "Cold Steel" shows a true peek behind the curtain, sung effortlessly by Fergusson and would then later become the classic standard "The Orchids." Most notable is the band's cover of Pearls Before Swine's "Translucent Carriages" of which P-Orridge accords special praise to Tom Rapp, the song's original author and icon to both P-Orridge and Fergusson.

    1. Cadaques
    2. We Kiss
    3. Opium
    4. Cold Steel
    5. L.A.
    6. Iceland
    7. Farewell (Bonus Track)
    8. Translucent Carriages
    9. Paris
    10. Baby's Gone Away
    11. Alice
    12. New Sexuality
    Psychic TV
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    Dancing at the Blue Lagoon

    On their last album, Bigfoot, Cayucas debuted in a way that defied their namesake, the sleepy seaside town
    of Cayucos, CA. They grew from bedroom strumming to a band that toured the world and whose songs
    raced across the radio. But as Zach Yudin and his twin brother and bandmate, Ben, went in to create what
    would become their new album, what it all came back to was something more personal. While they now call
    Los Angeles home, they drew from the nostalgia of their childhood growing up in Davis, CA; the nostalgia
    in their music that is as much about a place they've never been (that maybe no one's been to) as any actual
    experience. It was a freedom to imagine, to explore ideas. And it was that wandering imagination and
    a punchy California dream that eventually grew to become Dancing at the Blue Lagoon.


    While their sun-drenched, jangly, sometimes melancholic sound is quintessentially Californian, the album
    very much their California. It's the sound of kids from the suburbs who fantasize in Technicolor, whose view
    of the Golden State is its own form of idealism. You can hear it loud and clear in the easygoing confidence
    throughout on the crisp, backbeat-driven "Hella" or as "Moony Eyed Walrus" takes surf guitar into
    fragmented, unpredictable places. The impossibly catchy and heartbreaking "Backstroke" is a Murakamiinspired detective story, neo-noir that is equal parts stylization and gut-level emotion.


    That said, Dancing at the Blue Lagoon is all about a band testing its comfort zone and asking us to do the
    same. "Big Winter Jacket" is a world away from sun-kissed pop, with acoustic guitars that build
    into something grand and expansive. The after-hours piano ballad "Ditches," like much of Dancing at the
    Blue Lagoon, takes pop conventions and digs into them. Like the Beach Boys of Sunflower or Surf's Up,
    it reminds us that sadness and uncertainty are never far from the surface, even in Cayucas's most carefree
    moments. It casts some like the title track "Dancing at the Blue Lagoon"-a lilting tropical fantasia-in
    an entirely different light.


    As the primary songwriter, Zach depends on this kind of versatility. "I write on a song-by-song basis," he
    says. It's been that way ever since he started taking music more seriously in college. Zach and Ben would
    "create bands that were more like a musical idea," record a few songs, and then move on. Cayucas grew out
    of this period of experimentation.


    The real core of the record is the almost harrowing "Blue Lagoon (Theme Song)." Accompanied by a lone
    guitar, Zach's performance is emotionally raw and technically precise, the kind of statement that
    gives Dancing at the Blue Lagoon real substance. Like a great actor whose art rings true because of an honest, human streak, Cayucas has taken sound we thought we knew and turned in into something personal and complex.

    1. Big Winter Jacket
    2. Moony Eyed Walrus
    3. Hella
    4. Champion
    5. Ditches
    6. Dancing at the Blue Lagoon
    7. Backstroke
    8. A Shadow in the Dark
    9. Blue Lagoon (Theme Song)
    Cayucas
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    International (Awaiting Repress)

    To put it bluntly, Lust For Youth's International is unrecognizable as a Lust For
    Youth record on first listen. Hannes Norrvide's previous solo albums under the
    Lust for Youth moniker have been described as "dark, cold, atonal, tormented,
    lonely, and lower than lo-fi." The approach on International has shifted dramatically. Writing as a three-piece now, with longtime live collaborator Loke Rahbek
    and new band member Malthe Fisher, who produces and plays guitar, LFY have
    entered a completely new territory. The result is stunning. International is a
    buoyant synth masterpiece in the vein of early Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys
    and New Order. Norrvide's work has always had pop sensibilities buried deep
    in the reverb, but the hooks are front and center on International, and there is
    nothing lo-fi about it.


    That is not to say the record is without substance. There are still some deeply
    introspective moments as well, notably the instrumental passages "Ultras" and
    "Basorexia," which evoke the morning-after loneliness that a lot of earlier LFY
    work has explored. According to Rahbek, "the record sort of happened by
    chance. Hannes and I had talked about recording some stuff together for the
    fun of it, and Malthe offered to help us record. Initially, we were just going to do
    a song or two, but within a few weeks it was obvious that it was a combination
    that worked. The period was strange, terrible things happened in everyone's life
    outside of the studio, so as a result many hours were spent in the studio, like a
    safe zone."


    "As the title indicates," Rahbek adds, "the record deals with the rootless, sometimes almost inhuman, nature of traveling and touring. Hotel rooms and
    strangers' beds, drugs and clubs, and the impossibility of living a regular life." It
    may be an irregular life, but nothing could suit them better. International is Norrvide's magnum opus, and with Fisher's production and Rahbek's co-writing
    skills, the potential this band has always shown has been fully realized.

    1. Epoetin Alfa
    2. Illume
    3. Ultras
    4. New Boys
    5. Lungomare
    6. Armida
    7. After Touch
    8. Basorexia
    9. Running
    10. International
    Lust For Youth
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