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  • Picking Up The Pieces Picking Up The Pieces Quick View

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    Picking Up The Pieces

    Picking Up The Pieces is a bookend to Jewel's Pieces of You debut album which has sold more than 12 million
    copies. Features an incredible duet sung with Dolly Parton.
    1. Love Used To Be
    2. A Boy Needs A Bike
    3. Everything Breaks
    4. Family Tree
    5. It Doesn't Hurt Right Now
    6. His Pleasure Is My Pain
    7. Here When Gone
    8. The Shape Of You
    9. Plain Jane
    10. Pretty Faced Fool
    11. Nicotine Love
    12. Carnivore
    13. My Fathers Daughter
    14. Mercy
    Jewel
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Fade Away

    Fade Away is the first release on Bethany Cosentino's Jewel City label. It sets Best Coast off on a new burst of independence and creativity.
    And it reflects the increased confidence that Cosentino and her band mate, multi-instrumentalist Bobb Bruno, gained in the three surreal years since
    their break-through album Crazy For You. Celebrated as darlings of the lo-fi, it lead to defiantly hi-fi events like performing with childhood idols,
    Green Day and No Doubt, dueting with Kendrick Lamar and Iggy Pop, having Drew Barrymore direct their Chloe Moretz-starring video, creating a new
    collection for Urban Outfitters, and working with the widescreen producer Jon Brion, who's overseen master-pieces by Kanye West and Fiona Apple on an album that made Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine's Top Albums of 2012.


    Best Coast has taken the best elements of their previous records and combined them with more guitar, more conviction, and a louder more energized feel than ever before. They took complete ownership of their sound and their direction with a determined focus on who they are and who they want to be.


    "It's kind of like if you took Crazy For You and The Only Place and created a baby out of them -- that's what Fade Away is. It's not super lo-fi and DIY sounding, but it's not too produced either."

    - Best Coast's Bethany Cosentino

    1. This Lonely Morning
    2. I Wanna Know
    3. Who Have I Become
    4. Fear of My Identity
    5. Fade Away
    6. Baby I'm Crying
    7. I Don't Know How
    Best Coast
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    Detour

    Cyndi Lauper's celebrated musical journey takes an unexpected southern turn on DETOUR, her 11th studio album, which finds the Grammy®, Emmy® and Tony®-winning singer-songwriter putting her signature spin on a dozen classic country songs.


    DETOUR showcases Lauper's unmistakable voice on country classics from the '40s, '50s and '60s and features guest appearances from county music stars Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, and Willie Nelson. Lauper recorded the album in Nashville alongside a band comprised of the city's top session players.


    The album is Lauper's first for Sire Records (Rhino) and is executive produced by legendary Sire founder, Seymour Stein.


    Lauper says recording a country album is something she's dreamed about for many years. Growing up, she recalls listening to singers like Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, and Wanda Jackson in her Aunt Gracie's kitchen. When I was a really young kid, country music was pop music, so this is what we grew up listening to. These songs are part of some of my earliest memories so it has been an absolute thrill to revisit them.


    Lauper sounds right at home from the start, beginning with the album opener, Funnel Of Love, a track Wanda Jackson, the Queen of Rockabilly, recorded in 1960. Another highlight is the rollicking take on Heartaches By The Number, a country standard previously covered by everyone from George Jones to Waylon Jennings to Dwight Yoakum. DETOUR also features stunning covers of two classic Pasty Cline songs, Walkin' After Midnight and her #1 smash, I Fall To Pieces. Lauper says, I spent a lot of time in my room singing with Patsy. I had to sing a Patsy Cline song - or two - because her voice was like one of my girlfriends. That's how close I felt to her.


    For the album, Lauper duets with several special guests, including country music royalty: Emmylou Harris (on the title track), Willie Nelson (Night Life, a song he wrote over 50 years ago), Vince Gill (Loretta Lynn and Conway Twitty's You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly) and Alison Krauss (Dolly Parton's Hard Candy Christmas. Jewel also makes an appearance on DETOUR, showcasing her prodigious yodeling skills on I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart, which was the first country song by a woman to sell one million copies.

    1. Funnel Of Love
    2. Detour - Featuring Emmylou Harris
    3. Misty Blue
    4. Walkin' After Midnight
    5. Heartaches By The Numbe
    6. The End Of The World
    7. Night Life - Featuring Willie Nelson
    8. Begging To You
    9. You're The Reason Our Kids Are Ugly - Featuring Vince Gill
    10. I Fall To Pieces
    11. I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart - Featuring Jewel
    12. Hard Candy Christmas - Featuring Alison Krauss
    Cyndi Lauper
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Respighi - Birds - Brazilian Impressions (Speakers Corner)

    It was Respighis fascination with ancient dances and songs that inspired him to write his bird suite. His great love for such music makes itself felt in every single movement of this work. While Respighi imbued each of the bird portraits with his very own sound colouring typical of his time, there is an original masterpiece by a Renaissance or Baroque composer lurking in the background.



    The marchlike 'Intrada', based on a piece by Bernardo Pasquini (1637-1710), is further refined by a gradual building-up of the instrumental apparatus and comes to a final climax full of pomp and glory in which the brass are given prominence.



    Ornithological elements are easily identified in the movements which follow: the doves cooing and billing is are underlined by a sighing, rhythmic base; the hen is heard clucking with a characteristic motif, and the song of the nightingale is brought to us by the flute over a mysterious murmuring on the low strings. The cuckoo is then heard, followed by a repeat of the initial theme, thus bringing to perfect completion 'Gli Ucelli' ('The Birds'), a colourful bird show which knows no rival in modern music.



    The 'Impressioni brasiliano' ('Brazilian Impressions') is also a seldom heard jewel in both the concert hall and on record. Although the three-movement work has a subtle rhythm which runs throughout the work, it is far removed from the well-known 'Europeanised' samba adaptations which are so often heard. The suite is remarkable for its tender, impressionistic colouring which demands to be heard time and time again.




    Recording: July 1957 in Watford Town Hall, London, by C.R. Fine

    Production: Wilma Cozart and Harold Lawrence




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Antal Dorati with London Symphony Orchestra
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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