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The Best Of John Doe: This FarJohn Doe is much more likely to look ahead to what's next, rather than fixate on the past -- even a past as storied and influential as his own. Part scrapbook, part roadmap, The Best of John Doe: This Far -- available May 20, 2014 via Yep Roc -- guides listeners through Doe's solo catalog. Compiled by Doe himself, the generous track listing (24 songs on download and double vinyl, 21 on CD) encompasses nearly a quarter century, highlighting songs from from nine records on six different labels. Sequenced non-chronologically, The Best of John Doe: This Far was compiled with four vinyl sides in mind. There was no formula: These are simply Doe's favorite moments, including in concert staples, pivotal collaborations, personal milestones, and even a pair of unreleased reexaminations of songs from his past.1. Telephone By The Bed
2. A Step Outside
3. The Golden State
4. Catch Me
5. Take 52
6. Highway 5
8. Love Knows
9. Never Enough
10. Poor Girl
11. Forever For You
13. Twin Brother
14. 7 Holes
15. Worried Brow
16. Faraway (From the North Country)
17. A Grain Of Salt
18. Beat-Up World
19. Dying To Get Home
20. Tragedy By Definition$22.99Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDI-YEP-9212xJohn Doe and the Sadies
Country Club (Awaiting Repress)In true honky tonk style Country Club is the bastard child of a drunken promise. A post show hang-out between X and the Knitters' John Doe and The Sadies produced the idea to join forces to make an album of country songs. Timeless sounds abound on Country Club driven by Does gorgeously rough-hewn vocals, the dueling thousand pound chops of the guitar-wielding Good brothers and The Sadies world class rhythm section of Mike Belitsky and Sean Dean. Classic tunes by Merle Haggard and Waylon Jennings stand along side corkers by Tammy Wynette and Roger Miller, all of them getting unique treatments by Doe and The Sadies. The album also features four originals; three from The Sadies and one courtesy of the timeless pairing of John Doe and Exene Cervenka. On Country Club John Doe and The Sadies find the perfect blend of the reverent and the experimental resulting in a slightly psychedelic brew that just might pass for straight if you're not lookin'.1. Stop the World and Let Me Off
2. Husbands and Wives
3. 'Til I Get It Right
4. It Just Dawned on Me
5. (Now and Then) There's a Fool Such as I
6. The Night Life
7. The Sudbury Nickel
8. Before I Wake
9. I Still Miss Someone
10. The Cold Hard Facts of Life
11. Take These Chains from My Heart
12. Help Me Make It Through the Night
13. Are the Good Times Really Over for Good
14. Detroit City
15. Pink Mountain Rag$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The WesternerJohn Doe's The Westerner will be released via Cool Rock Records/Thirty Tigers. Throughout his career, Doe has garnered worldwide acclaim: NPR Music describes his work as "one of the warmest, most welcome voices in pop music. There's a beseeching quality to his singing that draws you in with curiosity," while American Songwriter praises, " a winning platter of '60s inspired rock with a singer-songwriter twist." Doe calls The Westerner his "psychedelic soul record from the Arizona desert."
The album features ten new tracks from Doe with guest appearances from Chan Marshall of Cat Power, Debbie Harry of Blondie, Cindy Wasserman of Dead Rock West and Tom Brosseau. The Westerner was produced by Howe Gelb (Neko Case, M. Ward), Dave Way(Fiona Apple) and Doe. The album's artwork was designed by Shepard Fairey and Aaron Huey to support Native American rights via a campaign called Protect The Sacred, with additional photography by Jim Herrington.1. Get On Board
3. A Little Help
4. My Darling, Blue Skies
5. Go Baby Go
6. Alone In Arizona
7. Sweet Reward
8. Drink of Water
9. The Other Shoe
10. Rising Sun$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
John Hiatt - CollectedImport
Limited First Pressing Of 1500 Individually Numbered Copies On Green Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
High-Quality Pvc Protective Sleeve
4 Page Booklet With Liner Notes And Photos
Selection Of Songs, Includes She Said The Same Things To Me, Memphis In The Meantime, Have A Little Faith In Me, Dust Down A Country Road And Many More
John Hiatt, who the Los Angeles Times calls one of rock's most astute singer-songwriters of the last 40 years, has built a steady body of work, which more than earns to be captured on this Collected album.
Hiatt, a master lyricist, and satirical storyteller, weaves hidden plot twists into fictional tales ranging in topics including redemption, relationships, growing older and surrendering, on his terms. His tracks are musically rooted in acoustic blues, accentuated by Hiatt's soulful, gritty voice, which mirrors the gravity of his reflective lyrics.
Many of his songs are commercially successful covered by other artists (Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, B.B. King, Bonnie Raitt, Iggy Pop, Three Dog Night, the Neville Brothers, and many more have covered Hiatt songs and gone places with them) but that doesn't mean he doesn't have a voice. He does, and while he sings fine, his real voice is in the songs themselves, which are frequently brilliant. A fine example is Have A Little Faith In Me one of his signature songs, which was sung and written by John Hiatt following his sobriety from drugs and alcohol.
This Collected 2LP captures his many highlights, think Memphis In The Meantime, Georgie Rae, and features tracks from his early days up to his critically successful days in the 80s and 90s and beyond.LP 1
1. Something Happens
2. Riding With The King
3. Girl On A String
4. The Love That Harms
5. She Said The Same Things To Me
6. Thing Called Love
7. Lipstick Sunset
8. Memphis In The Meantime
9. Learning How To Love You
10. Have A Little Faith In Me
11. Thank You Girl
12. Tip Of My Tongue
13. Georgie Rae
1. Slow Turning
2. Drive South
3. Already Loved
4. Child Of The Wild Blue Yonder
5. Real Fine Love
6. Bring Back Your Love To Me
7. Buffalo River Home
8. Perfectly Good Guitar
9. Cross My Fingers
10. Something Wild
11. Dust Down A Country Road
12. Cry Love$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live From Austin, TX (John Hiatt)One could argue (at least I will) that John Hiatt was at a peak in his career when he took the Austin City Limits stage on December 14, 1993. His musical journey began in the 70's with an angry rocker image which gradually gave way to a mellower, more introspective country-folk-rock style. But labels don't do justice to his unusual imagery and evocative lyrics. He's never been afraid of tackling personal and social issues, and he does so with grace and style, but he's also perfectly capable of turning up the volume and giving younger rockers a run for their money.
This show originally aired on the heels of his highly-acclaimed album, PERFECTLY GOOD GUITAR, which The Los Angeles Times called "the most boldly rocking record in more than a decade." He is joined here by lead guitarist Michael Ward from School of Fish and bassist Davey Faragher and drummer Michael Urbano, both from Cracker. As always, Hiatt demonstrates his knack for turning terse phrases and creating musical stories that make him a rare "songwriter's songwriter."
- Terry Lickona (Producer Austin City Limits)LP 1
1. Icy Blue Heart (Live)
2. Loving A Hurricane (Live)
3. When You Hold Me Tight (Live)
4. Your Dad Did (Live)
5. Straight Outta Time (Live)
6. Memphis In The Meantime (Live)
7. Something Wild (Live)
1. Have A Little Faith In Me (Live)
2. Buffalo River Home (Live)
3. Thing Called Love (Live)
4. Angel (Live)
5. Tennessee Plates (Live)
6. Slow Turning (Live)
7. Perfectly Good Guitar (Live)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
KeeperJohn Doe is one of modern music's most authentic and enduring songwriters. A keystone of the legendary LA punk rock band X, the Chicago Tribune called him, punk rock's golden throat. While touring with X over the last 30 years, Doe also cultivated his own career as a solo artist, diving head-first into alt-country, folk and gut-wrenching rock 'n' roll.
His latest record is Keeper, the glass-half-full counterpart to 2007's emotionally damaged A Year in the Wilderness. Keeper was recorded over six months with hit-making producer/mixer Dave Way and features performances from legends and friends alike. Patty Griffin, Don Was, Smokey Hormel and Steve Berlin take star turns along with great performances from Cindy Wasserman and Jill Sobule.
Doe says of the process, Pieces of sadness exists in everything but it doesn't have to be the only thing. I finally figured out how to write a love song where the people actually get loved. This is a record by a veteran artist who has come back from the brink with his arms full of fast and beautiful songs.1. Don't Forget How Much I Love You
2. Never Enough
3. Little Tiger
4. Giant Step Backward
5. Walking Out the Door
8. Handsome Devil
9. Jump Into My Arms
10. Lucky Penny
11. Cottage in the 'Dale
12. Painting the Town Blue$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gypsum StringsTheir second release springs from 1960's West coast legends like The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros., The Charlatans, and Moby Grape, adding elements of X, Neu, The Feelies, Mercury Rev, and Fairport Convention. Cutting through the dense arrangements are powerhouse harmonies. Rachel Cox emerges as the Blue Ridge amalgam of Sandy Denny and Linda Ronstadt while Pat Sullivan's gravelly baritone anchors it all in Johnny Cash and John Doe territory. The sextet's trademark killer songwriting chops are in evidence as Gypsum Strings boasts some beautiful ballads that temper the heaviness of other tracks. Look for them on tour in the spring.1.Confidence Man
2.Having Fun Again
4.Living in Sin in the U.S.A.
6.Bury Your Burden
7.If I Was in el Dorado
8.Nite Lights, Dark Days
9.Spanish Fandango$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Deepest LakeThe Deepest Lake finds Dengue Fever expanding their trademark psych/surf/Cambodian pop sound with African percussion, vocals that would make Exene and John Doe proud, sweeping melodies and extended psychedelic jams of songs that often time out after five or six minutes. The band made a conscious decision to head into the studio looking to expand their sound while also following their instincts to explore jams that came out of demos recorded in their home studio where the album was produced entirely by the band themselves. The result is sound that showcases their musically adventurous side while still remaining faithful to the bands otherworldly sound.1. Tokay
2. No Sudden Moves
3. Rom Say Sok
4. Ghost Voice
5. Deepest Lake on the Planet
6. Cardboard Castles
7. Vacant Lot
8. Still Waters$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Locked DownStoried musician and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Dr. John (aka Mac Rebennack) releases Locked Down, a startling album that marks a significant departure from his recent efforts. The new album, produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, is Dr. John's first for Nonesuch Records.
Its an entirely new approach for the iconic Dr. John, featuring as it does his collaboration with Auerbach and a band of young musicians Auerbach hand-picked to make Locked Down at his studio Easy Eye Sound in Nashville. It was way cool cutting this record with Dan and the crew he put together for it, says Rebennack. It's reel HIP.
For his part, Auerbach says about the collaboration: Mac inspired me every single day we were in the studio together: musically, spiritually, cosmically, something special seemed to be happening and everyone involved could sense it. For my money, Mac's one of the greatest who ever was and who ever will be, I'm so honored to have had this opportunity to work with him.
Auerbach, a long-time fan of the influential musician, dubbed the Night Tripper in the late 60s, visited Dr. John late in 2010 in his hometown of New Orleans, announcing his ambition to produce the best record you've made in a long time. Rebennack replied that he had done his research, his children had told him good things about The Black Keys, and the conversation led to an agreement to collaborate on the 2011 Bonnaroo Jam being curated by Auerbach.
That performance, called by New York Times critic Ben Ratliff in his best-of-the-year list deep and oozy, close-to-the-vest, low-frequency funk, confirmed that something unusual was taking place and led to September recording sessions in Nashville. Dr. John returned to Nashville at Thanksgiving to complete the vocals and Locked Down was mixed by Auerbach and completed in early 2012.1. Locked Down
3. Big Shot
4. Ice Age
6. Kingdom of Izzness
7. You Lie
9. My Children, My Angels
10. God's So Good$18.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-SUN-0411xJohn Cage with David Tudor
Variations IVPressed On Clear Vinyl
Anything can happen and often does. This is John Cage. A seminal example of indeterminate music from an icon on experimental sounds.
It could be argued that there is no more controversial figure in music history as avant-garde electronic composer John Cage. Perhaps best known for his composition 4'33, which consisted of Cage sitting at a piano for four-plus minutes of total silence, Cage was both loved and loathed in the 60s and 70s as a leading light in avant-garde music and as an entertainingly weird guy who used radios, televisions, live dancers and his own Adam's apple as instruments in his live performances. Cage's music blurred the line between music, performance art and visual art in a way that no other composer has before or since.
Cage's performances were often wild one-of-a-kind happenings, and the shows that make up the recording of Variations IV are no different. The fourth in a series of concerts that stretched the boundaries of what music was, IV was designed for a group of performers playing literally anything they could get their hands on. They were also encouraged, if they got bored playing, to do other activities in addition to the music. The score consisted of two circles and seven points on a transparent sheet, to be interpreted however the performers saw fit. The end result: a wild album of music-concrete that should sound familiar to fans of the Beatles' Revolution 9 -- no question Cage's composition influenced Lennon and Ono's experiments.
Modern Harmonic brings you this gorgeous reissue of Cage's masterpiece, pressed on clear vinyl and wrapped in restored artwork that captures the unique and strange beauty of this headphone classic. Join the avant-garde!1. Introduction
2. Excerpts - 7pm to 8pm
3. Excerpts - 8pm to 9pm
4. Excerpts - 9pm to 10pm
5. Excerpts - 10pm to 11pm$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Deviant ChordColored Vinyl: Transparent Turquoise With Black Swirls
FOR JAG PANZER, TEAM SPIRIT IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN ANYTHING ELSE. WITHOUT TEAM SPIRIT, GUITARIST MARK BRIODY WOULD NO LONGER SEE ANY REASON FOR CONTINUING THE BAND.
We're like a family, we've all known each other for many years, he says and looks back at the years between 2011 and 2013 when Jag Panzer were on the brink of calling it a day. Two band members quit and there was little interest in hiring new people and starting over. Introducing new musicians would have been tough, so we decided to disband. But then the American power metal act's strong fan base made itself heard, causing the spark to be rekindled. Briody: We had a lot of interest in our early albums, so my band mates soon noticed that people were still listening to Jag Panzer, that the audience was still there. We started talking on the phone more and more. Some excellent gig offers arrived so we decided we should get back together. What a stroke of good fortune, after all now the public can look forward to an accomplished comeback album. The Deviant Chord is a veritable metal manifesto and consists of ten awesome songs featuring all those typical Jag Panzer strengths that the band's fans have come to appreciate.
Together with band members John Tetley (bass), Harry 'The Tyrant' Conklin (vocals), Rikard Stjernquist (drums) and Joey Tafolla (lead guitar), who has returned to the fold, Briody has recorded an album that impresses in every respect and that benefits from the outstanding qualities of all five band members. John does our 'quality control', meaning that he makes sure every song wedo is the best it can be. Harry is a musical genius. He's been singing since we were kids, he's very skilled in vocal arrangements and vocal recording techniques. This skill makes him a very big contributor in the songwriting. Rikard is all about drumming. He's been drumming since he was a small child and has never stopped. He grew up living all around the world and he has always been in a band. Joey is the classic lead player in every sense of the world. He has amazing skill on the guitar plus an outstanding stage presence. His playing makes every song better.LP 1
1. Born of the Flame
2. Far Beyond All Fear
3. The Deviant Chord
5. Foggy Dew
1. Divine Intervention
2. Long Awaited Kiss
3. Salacious Behavior
4. Fire Of Our Spirit
5. Dare$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RedThe long awaited follow up from the irrepressible Norwegian duo sees both '80s and modern day influences intertwined to create a landmark release. Red is a thoroughly unashamed love letter from Fredrik and musical partner Ketil Mosnes' to the influences that made Datarock what they are today. DEVO, Yellow Magic Orchestra, Haruki Murakami, Don Delillo's White Noise, Scott Walker and the works of John Hughes and Peter Greenaway are all referenced. The duo does a fine balancing act here of sounding both modern and retro, and altogether funny. Highlights include the album's centerpiece and single The Pretender and Amarillion among others.
1. The Blog
2. Give It Up
3. True Stories
6. Do It Your Way
7. In The Red
8. Fear Of Death
10. The Pretender
11. Back In The Seventies
12. Not Me
13. New Days Dawn$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bless The WeatherBless the Weather is a 1971 album by John Martyn and marks his return as a solo artist having released two albums with his wife Beverley Martyn. When it was released it garnered his best reviews to date, and remains a firm favorite among fans, featuring such standards as Head and Heart and the title track. The album is predominantly acoustic, although it does feature Martyn's first real 'echoplex' track in Glistening Glyndebourne.1. Go Easy
2. Bless the Weather
3. Sugar Lump
4. Walk to the Water
5. Just Now
6. Head and Heart
7. Let the Good Things Come
8. Back Down the River
9. Glistening Glyndebourne
10. Singin' in the Rain$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-PAR-0148xJames Elkington & Nathan Salsburg
AmbsaceThe second album of astonishing duets by guitarists James Elkington (who has toured and/or recorded with Jeff Tweedy, Richard Thompson, and Steve Gunn, among others) and Nathan Salsburg (an accomplished soloist deemed by NPR "one of those names we'll all associate with American folk guitar") is a sublime suite of nimble, filigreed compositions by two singular stylists. Belying its title-"ambsace" is the lowest throw of dice; snake eyes-the record thrives on a gentle empathy and generosity of spirit, sitting sneakily protean original compositions alongside gorgeous arrangements of songs by Duke Ellington and The Smiths at the same big hand-hewn table. "Their playing and guitar tones are so complementary, so perfectly wed that I wouldn't hesitate to put the duo up there with some of the very best acoustic guitar partnerships: Stefan Grossman and John Renbourn come immediately to mind, as does the work of Richard Crandell and Bill Bartels." - Work & Worry1. Up of Stairs
2. Invention #4
3. Dim Recollection
4. The Narrowing of Grey Park
5. The Unhaunted Williams
7. Reel Around the Fountain
8. Great Big God of Hands
9. Fleurette Africaine
10. Bee's Thing
11. Rough Purr
12. Stern and Earnest
13. Slow Train$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bye Bye BlackbirdOriginally recorded in 1962, these are two European concert performances with John Coltrane's classic quartet-pianist McCoy Tyner, bassist Jimmy
Garrison and drummer Elvin Jones backed up the great saxophonist. With a brief yet incredibly strong playlist, Bye Bye Blackbird allows listeners to hear
Coltrane delving deep inside two pieces: Bye Bye Blackbird and Traneing In. In these extended versions, the horn player does everything possible with
chord structures, and then moves into the impossible, resulting in some of the most powerful Coltrane tenor saxophone on record.1. Bye Bye Blackbird [Take 2]
2. Traneing In$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-FOR-7510xThe Slasher Film Festival Strategy
Wet Leather (Awaiting Repress)Originally issued as a limited cassette on Mirror Universe Tapes, Wet Leather is fully realized with 6 bonus tracks and expanded artwork. The Slasher Film Festival Strategy has recorded countless releases over the last 17 years. Think of Wet Leather as the score to an unrealized film that channels b-movies, slasher films, horror, and of course John Carpenter. Aquarius Records speaks highly of SFFS. This guy does it way better than most. The synth sounds are thick and gristly, the melodies sinister and ominous, the tracks laced with skeletal drum machines, and sweeping epic backdrops, as far as Carpenter / Goblin worship goes, it doesn't get much better than this. For fans of Brad Fidel, John Carpenter, Death Waltz Recording Company, Boards of Canada, Sinking Body.1. Lost Time
2. Forced Entry
3. The Other Self
4. The Stalker
5. Shadow Lurker
6. Reflection of the Blade
8. Call of the Night
9. Wet Leather
10. The Hunt
11. Blackest Black
12. The Chase
14. Plastic Bags
15. Heart of Darkness
16. No One Will Ever Love You$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-FOR-9835xJohn Mayall And The Bluesbreakers
Live In '67 (Awaiting Repress)In 1967, before there was a Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood were John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The four musicians were only together for three months, which makes it even more remarkable that a staunch fan from Holland was able to sneak a one channel reel to reel tape recorder into five London clubs and capture this exciting glimpse into music history. For almost fifty years these tapes have remained unheard until John recently got them and began restoring them with the technical assistance of Eric Corne of Forty Below Records. Corne adds ''While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are.''1. All Your Love
2. Brand New Start
3. Double Trouble
5. Have You Ever Loved a Woman
6. Looking Back
7. So Many Roads
8. Hi Heel Sneakers
9. I Can't Quit You Baby
10. The Stumble
11. Some Day After Awhile
13. Stormy Monday$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
REDD-FOR-2064xJohn Mayall And The Bluesbreakers
Live In 1967 Volume 2In 1967, before there was a Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood were John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. The four musicians were only together for three months, which makes it even more remarkable that a staunch fan from Holland was able to sneak a one channel reel to reel tape recorder into five London clubs and capture this exciting glimpse into music history. For almost fifty years these tapes have remained unheard until John recently got them and began restoring them with the technical assistance of Eric Corne of Forty Below Records. Corne adds "While the source recording was very rough and the final result is certainly not hi-fidelity, it does succeed in allowing us to hear how spectacular these performances are.1. Tears In My Eyes
2. Your Funeral and My Trial
3. So Many Roads
4. Bye Bye Bird
5. Please Don't Tell
6. Sweet Little Angel
7. Talk to Your Daughter
8. Bad Boy
9. Stormy Monday
11. Ridin' On the L&N
12. Chicago Line
13. Double Trouble$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
BalladsBefore this ballad album was released, John Coltrane's critics and jazz fans classed him as an 'avant-gardist', a modernist, an angry, wild young man who made his tenor saxophone scream out. Tongues wagged that free jazz could be made by just anyone who hung a horn around his neck.
These eight ballads made people stop and listen with real pleasure. "Have you heard him? He can blow the notes properly, the pianist knows all the harmonies, and the drummer does far more than just bash!" These words were to be heard and read everywhere, in the specialist magazines, and in the jazz clubs from New York to Tokyo. All the themes are taken from the American Songbook, from musicals, and well-known numbers performed by Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis, Ella Fitzgerald and Peggy Lee among others. All of them have been performed time and time again and although the musicians played the themes for the very first time at the recording session, their interpretation was well structured while at the same time fresh and intense. With the exception of just one number, all the titles were a complete success at the very first take; but that is not merely that which underlines the high musical standard of the quartet. Fans and critics alike have continued to hold this early Impulse production in high esteem to this very day, which is certainly due to the producer Bob Thiele. But a great part of the album's success is also due to the excellent work of the recording engineer Rudy Van Gelder, who has captured the intimate atmosphere with his microphones.
- John Coltrane (tenor saxophone)
- McCoy Tyner (piano)
- Jimmy Garrison (bass)
- Elvin Jones (drums)
Recording: December 1961, September and November 1962 at Englewood Cliffs, NJ, by Rudy Van Gelder
Production: Bob Thiele1. Say It (Over And Over Again)
2. You Don't Know What Love Is
3. Too Young To Go Steady
4. All Or Nothing At All
5. I Wish I Knew
6. What's New
7. It's Easy To Remember$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shifty Adventures In Nookie WoodShifty Adventures in Nookie Wood is a title to set tongues wagging and minds wondering, but for an album that seems born of a return to John's youth it seems safely apt in its mischievousness.
After nearly 50 years of making music it's still freshly evident that Cale draws from a make believe world first imagined by his young self. Track title 'Mothra' pays homage to the Japanese monster from Godzilla movies. As a boy practicing scales in grey skied Welsh valleys such fantastical flights of fancy must have been reassuring of the path that was potentially about to unfold for him. Lyrics reveal even more explicitly earlier incarnations of Cale and in the same song we relive an encounter with a local bully, You see me running, you see me climb, reading my books and always trying, laughing and teasing and I love to play, dreaming my dreams are never far away.
Elsewhere Cale's doing what he does best, guiding listeners through the places, politics, and people of the day. A wide range of human experience is reflected and often it's for the listener to dig deeper to find what's being documented. Sometimes however part of the tapestry is pulled soberingly into focus; when listening to 'Scotland Yard' while the Leveson enquiry plays out, it's all too easy to recognize the guilty.
As a producer Cale has reached a new plateau on this record. At the albums most maximal, it feels like looking at a collection of precious stones. Myriads of differently coloured and textured surfaces carefully placed together, each finding their own space to beckon the ear. It's a blend of chaos and beauty in equal measure and a testament to the exploratory spirit at work, which ensures that as always, there's something new to the ears here.1. I Wanna Talk 2 U
2. Scotland Yard
4. Face To The Sky
5. Nookie Wood
6. December Rains
8. Vampire Cafe
10. Living With You
11. Midnight Feast
12. Sandman (Flying Dutchman)$26.99150 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Giant Steps (Mono Remaster)Mono Remaster
History will undoubtedly enshrine this disc as a watershed the likes of which may never truly be appreciated. Giant Steps bore the double-edged sword of furthering the cause of the music as well as delivering it to an increasingly mainstream audience.
Although this was John Coltrane's debut for Atlantic, he was concurrently performing and recording with Miles Davis. Within the space of less than three weeks, Coltrane would complete his work with Davis and company on another genre-defining disc, Kind of Blue, before commencing his efforts on this one.
Coltrane (tenor sax) is flanked by essentially two different trios. Recording commenced in early May of 1959 with a pair of sessions that featured Tommy Flanagan (piano) and Art Taylor (drums), as well as Paul Chambers -- who was the only band member other than Coltrane to have performed on every date. When recording resumed in December of that year, Wynton Kelly (piano) and Jimmy Cobb (drums) were instated -- replicating the lineup featured on Kind of Blue, sans Miles Davis of course.
At the heart of these recordings, however, is the laser-beam focus of Coltrane's tenor solos. All seven pieces issued on the original Giant Steps are likewise Coltrane compositions. He was, in essence, beginning to rewrite the jazz canon with material that would be centered on solos -- the 180-degree antithesis of the art form up to that point. These arrangements would create a place for the solo to become infinitely more compelling. This would culminate in a frenetic performance style that noted jazz journalist Ira Gitler accurately dubbed sheets of sound. Coltrane's polytonal torrents extricate the amicable and otherwise cordial solos that had begun decaying the very exigency of the genre -- turning it into the equivalent of easy listening.
He wastes no time as the disc's title track immediately indicates a progression from which there would be no looking back. Line upon line of highly cerebral improvisation snake between the melody and solos, practically fusing the two. The resolute intensity of Countdown does more to modernize jazz in 141 seconds than many artists do in their entire careers. Tellingly, the contrasting and ultimately pastoral Naima was the last tune to be recorded, and is the only track on the original long-player to feature the Kind of Blue quartet. What is lost in tempo is more than recouped in intrinsic melodic beauty.
- Lindsay Planer (AllMusic.com)1. Giant Steps (Mono Version)
2. Cousin Mary (Mono Version)
3. Countdown (Mono Version)
4. Spiral (Mono Version)
5. Syeeda's Song Flute (Mono Version)
6. Naima (Mono Version)
7. Mr. P.C. (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
A Crow Left Of The Murder...Double gatefold sets presented on 180-gram audiophile vinyl.
At the beginning of their career, Incubus was rightly lumped in with the legions of post-Korn alt metal/rap-rock bands swarming America in the latter days of the 20th century. But by their third album, 1999's Make Yourself, they had separated from the pack, as indicated by the presence of producer Scott Litt, best-known for his work with R.E.M. It signaled that the band was serious, and they began expanding their rap-metal template on that album and its follow-up, 2001's Morning View, completing their transition from juvenelia to maturity with 2003's Crow Left of the Murder. Switching from Litt to producer Brendan O'Brien, a man who has been with Pearl Jam longer than any of their drummers, Incubus has opted for a clean, crisp yet heavy sound which allows them to aggressively switch from crunching metallic riffs to jazzy prog interludes. It's an expansive musical vision charged with some righteous anger; although vocalist Brandon Boyd doesn't write explicit protests, there sure are enough allusions to social turbulence to make this the first politically aware alt metal album in many a year. This maturation is even more evident in the music, how the band actually swings on Zee Deveel, or how guitarist Michael Einzinger's jazz-influenced solos seem both carefully constructed and casually tossed off, or how Boyd's voice shifts from song to song (or during a song, as on the opening Megalomaniac, which sounds like a bizarre blend of Mr. Mister's Richard Page and John Lydon). All this maturation does mean that Incubus may shed some older fans, since the naked ambitions on this record are far removed from the earnest, angst-ridden earlier records, but so be it -- A Crow Left of the Murder... is far more interesting than any of their other records, or their peers'. At times, they may stretch themselves a little too far here, but the ambition is admirable and the achievements are tangible -- a real breakthrough for the band.
2. A Crow Left of the Murder
4. Talk Show on Mute
5. Beware! Criminal
6. Sick Sad Little World
8. Southern Girl
10. Zee Deveel
11. Made for TV Movie
12. Smile Lines
13. Here in My Room
14. Leech$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Winterland Ballroom - December 1, 1973Packaged with rare photos and detailed liner notes by rock historian Dave Thompson!
A very special night in the career of San Francisco's legendary psychedelic jam band captured for posterity on this exquisitely packaged double LP gatefold vinyl!
Though longtime QMS guitarist John Cipollina had left the band by this time, he joins the band on stage (as does recently dismissed bassist Dave Freiberg) for a rousing reunion and leads
them through fiery renditions of QMS classics!1. Losing Hand
2. Play My Guitar
4. What About Me?
5. The Hat
6. Who Do You Love?
7. Jam 1
8. Jam 2$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Bright MississippiThrough his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He has collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the Meters, the Pointer Sisters and Labelle and released acclaimed albums of his own. The 70 year-old pianist, already a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, was the recipient, on the recent Grammy Awards telecast, of the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustee Award, honoring a lifetime in the studio, both behind the scenes and in front of the mic.
On The Bright Mississippi, his Nonesuch debut, Toussaint continues to break new ground with his first jazz-oriented set, displaying the same effortless swing and relaxed charm he brought to his classic rock and roll sides. He salutes Big Easy stars of a previous generation, the jazz greats who, in the early 20th century, built the genre from the ground up and turned the ears of the world to New Orleans. Backed by an all-star combo that sounds like a group of old friends, Toussaint reinterprets classic jazz and blues tunes popularized or written by such New Orleans greats as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Joe King Oliver, as well as pieces composed by fellow travelers Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. He accedes the producers chair to trusted friend Joe Henry, who sat behind the board for Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, Nonesuch Records best-selling 2005 benefit release aiding hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Henry also produced The River In Reverse, Toussaint's 2006 post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello.
Henry assembled a decidedly non-traditional band of backing players for The Bright Mississippi, assuring a fresh take on such venerable tunes as West End Blues, St. James Infirmary, and Dear Old Southland. Joining Toussaint for four days of sessions at Manhattans Avatar Studio were guitarist Marc Ribot (Costello, Tom Waits), bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang), clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant /Alison Krauss, Sam Phillips). Nonesuch label-mates Brad Mehldau (piano) and Joshua Redman (saxophone) stopped by for one tune each.It was wonderful, says Toussaint of these convivial sessions.
Everything is live, of course. This isn't the kind of assembly line music where somebody put the wheels on here and somebody put the top on there. Everything got done at the same time, so everybody fed on each other, their personality and tonality.LP 1
1. Egyptian Fantasy
2. A Dear Old Southland
3. St. James Infirmary
4. Singin the Blues
5. Winin Boy Blues
6. West End Blues
1. Blue Drag
2. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
3. Bright Mississippi
4. Day Dream
5. Long, Long Journey
6. Solitude$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now