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UNIM-ISL-0179xJohn Mayall And The Bluesbreakers
A Sense Of PlaceBrand new limited edition batch for the Back To Black range. Exact reproductions of original LP artwork to retain authenticity, but now on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl.
A Sense of Place represents Mayall's full-fledged return to major-label record-making, from a well-known producer, to the introduction of such cover
material as Wilbert Harrison's Let's Work Together and J.J. Cale's Sensitive Kind. The result was Mayall's first chart appearance in 15 years.1. I Want To Go
2. Congo Square
3. Send Me Down To Vicksburg
4. Without Her
5. Sensitive Kind
6. Jacksboro Highway
7. Let's Work Together
8. I Can't Complain
9. Black Cat Moan
11. All My Life$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed 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
John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers: Live 1969LP1
1. Parchman Farm
2. Don't Waste My Time
3. Sleeping By Her Side
4. Room To Move
5. Saw Mill Gulch Road
6. Can't Sleep This Night
7. Thoughts About Roxanne
1. I'm Gonna Fight For You JB
2. I'm Gonna Fight For You JB
4. Can't Sleep This Night
5. So Hard To Share
6. Don't Waste My Time$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ToughThe overall tone of this album is gritty and urban, current and strong; a study in the struggle of the current state of the world, the difficulties with human relationships, the pitfalls of temptations and, finally, the promise of hope because the stories in these 11 songs are told from a voice of strength.
In the 44 years since his first record release and at almost 76 years old, this is John Mayalls 57th official album. Produced by John Mayall himself, this album is also the debut of his new band lineup, making this is a new start with fresh new blood.
About the band: The players make up John Mayalls new touring band, consisting of his latest guitar phenomenon from Texas, Rocky Athas; a blues rhythm section from Chicago of Greg Rzab on bass guitar and Jay Davenport on drums; Tom Canning on organ and piano; and, of course, John Mayall on keyboards, organ, harmonica, guitar and vocals.1. Nothing To Do With Love
2. Just What You're Looking For
3. Playing With A Losing Hand
4. An Eye For An Eye
5. How Far Down
6. Train To My Heart
7. Slow Train To Nowhere
8. Number's Down
9. That Good Old Rockin' Blues
10. Tough Times Ahead
11. The Sum of Something$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Peter Green's Fleetwood MacIn 1967 Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie played in the legendary John Mayall & The Blues Brakers, and were given free studio time during which they recorded five songs. Peter Green was so convinced of this band´s musical prowess that he formed it on the spot and named it after the drummer & the bass player.
John McVie, however, wasn't convinced yet, and it forced Fleetwood Mac to find a temporary replacement in Bob Burning. After a short while, however, he was as hooked on the Elmore James influenced British Blues that he left John Mayall to take a risk on a group of unknowns.
The rest is history.
'Fleetwood Mac', the self-titled debut album, was released in 1968, and was one of the highlights of the late British Blues movement, climbing to the #4 slot in the UK album charts without producing one single, and managing to stay in the charts for 37 weeks.
It was a traditional blues album true to form, but one that also showcased Peter Green's budding singing and songwriting skills; 'I Loved A Woman' has a hint of the Latin Blues fusion he would perfect in 'Black Magic Woman' a year later, while 'Looking For Somebody' balanced humour and vulnerability that would come to characterize their style.
This sought-after record is back out on vinyl for the first time in almost 35 years!1. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer
2. Merry Go Round
3. Long Grey Mare
4. Hellhound On My Trail
5. Shake Your Moneymaker
6. Looking For Somebody
7. No Place To Go
8. My Baby's Good to Me
9. I Loved Another Woman
10. Cold Black Night
11. The World Keep On Turning
12. Got To Move$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live From Nowhere In ParticularLive from Nowhere in Particular is the 2008 album from Joe Bonamassa, an US blues guitarist/singer. Guitar One Magazine has stated that 'he just might be the best guitarist of his generation.' His blues-rock style is similar to that of Stevie Ray Vaughan's. In an interview in 'Guitarist' magazine (issue 265), Joe Bonamassa cited the three albums that had the biggest influence on his playing: John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton (the 'Beano Album'), Rory Gallagher's 'Irish Tour' and 'Goodbye' by Cream.1. Bridge To Better Days
2. Walk In My Shadows
3. So Many Roads
4. India/Mountain Time
5. Another Kinda Love
6. Ball Peen Hammer
7. Sloe Gin
8. One Of These Days
9. If Heartaches Were Nickels
10. Django/ Just Got Paid
11. Woke Up Dreaming
12. High Water Everywhere
13. Asking Around For You
14. A New Day Yesterday/ Starship Trooper/ Wurm$35.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Find A Way To Care (Out Of Stock)For over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, "The Godfather of British Blues." In 2013, John signed with producer Eric Corne's label, Forty Below Records, and has since been experiencing a true artistic and career renaissance.
This revival continues with the release of a brilliant new studio album titled "Find a Way to Care," produced by John and Eric at famed House of Blues Studios in Encino, California. About the new album, Corne says, I really wanted to feature John's keyboard playing on this record. He's truly one of the most lyrical, economical and underrated keyboardists around. We also wanted to change things up a bit after the success of A
Special Life and the addition of a horn section on several tracks was a really fun way to do that. As good as the last album was, I think this one is even better.
On the new album, John adds harmonica on two songs, as well as a classic guitar track reminiscent of Hubert Sumlin or Muddy Waters on the latter's legendary Long Distance Call. He is joined by his killer touring band: Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums).
The release of "Find a Way to Care" comes on the heels of Mayall's internationally acclaimed, A Special Life" in 2014. I'd easily put this one among Mayall's best efforts - and that includes 'Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton,' 'A Hard Road' and 'Blues from Laurel Canyon!'"Mother in Law Blues
The River's Invitation
Ain't No Guarantees
I Feel So Bad
Find a Way to Care
Long Distance Call
I Want All My Money Back
Ropes and Chains
Long Summer Days
Drifting Blues$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Truckin' With Albert Collins
The Albert Collins/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins!
His Groundbreaking, Earth Shattering Debut, Early 60's Texas Blues Masterpiece!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Presentation • Anniversary Edition
Texan Albert Collins was absolutely one of the most prolific and rhythmic pioneers on the American blues scene
ever. Recording his first 45's in the early sixties and rapidly becoming one of the most in demand bluesmen of his
time, Collins was truly an American legend on the worldwide blues circuit.
While recording a plethora of singles on cool blues labels like Kangaroo, Tracie and Hall-Way from 1962 to 1965,
TCF Records released Albert's first album The Cool Sounds Of Albert Collins a/k/a Truckin' With Albert Collins from a
bunch of these wonderful single sessions. The album quickly faded into obscurity until a chance meeting with Canned
Heat. The band convinced the man to make a move to California and the rest is rock and blues history.
Upon his arrival on the L.A. rock and blues market, he soon became one of the country's leading blues guitarist
with a ton of devotees like his fans Canned Heat, John Mayall, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Robert Cray whom were all
diggin' what the bluesman was laying down.
Blue Thumb Records soon re-released his stunning first album Truckin' With Albert Collins, and now thousands
of blues fans the world over were soon discovering the classic early sixties album which boasted his hit blues singles
like Frosty, Tremble and Frost Bite.
The dozen gems that make up this jumping blues event would go on to become some of his most famous tunes
including Frosty which was covered by numerous rock and blues artists over the years, plus even more terrific blues
rockers like of Sno-Cone II, Icy Blue and the rockin' Don't Lose Your Cool.
Friday Music is no stranger to the best in blues music, and it is with much honor to announce the first time 180
Gram Audiophile Vinyl Anniversary release of Albert Collins' debut masterpiece Truckin' With Albert Collins.
Impeccably mastered by Joe "Bluesman" Reagoso (John Lee Hooker/Canned Heat/Johnny Winter) from the
original Blue Thumb Records tapes, Albert Collins' classic Truckin' With Albert Collins will truly be one of the most
anticipated blues releases of this holiday season.
To make your limited edition listening experience all the more entertaining, we are also including the very rare
gatefold album cover graphics for the first time in four decades, including the stunning essay by the legendary Pete
Welding which will truly enhance the wonderful blues within by the late great and sorely missed Albert Collins.
2. Hot 'n Cold
6. Dyin' Flu
7. Don't Lose Your Cool
9. Kool Aide
10. Shiver 'n Shake
11. Icy Blue
12. Sno-Cone II$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
REDD-FRI-2006xT. Bone Walker
T. Bone BluesT-Bone Walker's masterpiece T-Bone Blues on Atlantic Records is often cited as not only one of his finest achievements, but also one of the blues genre's most important crowned jewels. This 1959 classic showcases the late blues master's legendary handling of the electric guitar and his unequalled ability to powerfully sing some of the most revered classics in modern blues history.
This definitive classic recording features this multi-talented artist's finest tunes like T-Bone Shuffle, Papa Ain't Salty No More and of course the iconic Stormy Monday Blues. Over the years, many acclaimed artists have gone back to this album for inspiration. Classic blues rockers like Eric Clapton, Johnny Winter, B.B. King, John Mayall, The Allman Brothers, Boz Scaggs and Doug Sahm have all interpreted several songs from this classic album. Out of print for over forty years in the vinyl format, Friday Music is thrilled to announce the first time 180g gram audiophile vinyl release of T-Bone Walker's landmark masterpiece T-Bone Blues.
Impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso (T-Bone Walker/Muddy Waters/Johnny Winter/Boz Scaggs) from the original Atlantic Records monophonic tapes, this audiophile LP truly excites the listener, as each note bent and every vocal laid down by T-Bone Walker are truly captured in this historic recording.
Friday Music has corrected the original running order of this wonderful blues release, the first time since 1959, as well as used the original artwork elements and the stunning liner notes written by the late Ralph J. Gleason. As always, Friday Music includes a poly bag for the album cover and a poly line sleeve to protect your 180g vinyl album.1. Two Bones and a Pick
2. Mean Old World
3. T-Bone Shuffle
4. Stormy Monday Blues (Call It Stormy Monday)
5. Blues For Marili
6. T-Bone Blues
7. Shufflin' the Blues
9. Play On Little Girl
10. Blues Rock
11. Papa Ain't Salty$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Fleetwood Mac (1968)In 1967 Peter Green, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie played in the legendary John Mayall & The Blues Breakers, and were given free studio time during which they recorded five songs. Peter Green was so convinced of this band's musical prowess that he formed it on the spot and named it after the drummer & the bass player.
John McVie wasn't convinced & it forced Fleetwood Mac to find a temporary replacement in Bob Burning. After a short while, however, he was as hooked on the Elmore James influenced British Blues that he left John Mayall to take a risk on a group of unknowns. The rest is history.1. My Heart Beat Like A Hammer
2. Merry Go Round
3. Long Grey mare
4. Hellhound On My Trail
5. Shake Your Moneymaker
6. Looking For Somebody
7. No Place To Go
8. My Baby's Good To Me
9. I Loved Another Woman
10. Cold Black Night
11. The World Keep On Turning
12. Got To Move$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fresh CreamBy the time Cream formed in 1966, Eric Clapton was already fairly well known, having already performed and recorded with the Yardbirds and John Mayalls Bluesbreakers. However, it was in Cream that Clapton became a global superstar. Breaking free of the traditional rock & roll song structure for a more improvisational / jazz influenced take, the bands long jams gave birth to a whole new approach to rock music. When their debut album Fresh Cream was released in 1966 it immediately became the standard by which all other bands of the era were judged.1. N.S.U.
2. SLeepy Time Time
4. Sweet Wine
6. Cat's Squirrel
7. Four Until Late
8. Rollin' and Tumblin'
9. I'm So Glad
10. Toad$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Brilliant 1970 blues rock LP from future Canned Heat / John Mayall's Bluesbreakers guitarist Harvey Mandel! Specially re-mastered for vinyl, pressed on 180 gram colored vinyl and packaged in a limited edition silver foil album cover.1. Righteous
2. Jive Samba
3. Love Of Life
5. Just A Hair More
6. Summer Sequence
7. Short's Stuff
9. Campus Blues$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We're All In This TogetherWe're All In This Together features Walter with a different guest on each track, including artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Sonny Landreth, Robben Ford, Warren Haynes, Eric Gales, Joe Louis Walker, John Mayall and Joe Bonamassa. Gonna Hurt Like Hell (feat. Kenny Wayne Shepherd) Ain't Goin' Back (feat. Sonny Landreth) The Other Side Of The Pillow (feat. Charlie Musselwhite) She Listens To The Blackbird Sing (feat. Mike Zito) Mr. Davis (feat. Robben Ford) The Sky Is Crying (feat. Warren Haynes) Somebody Goin' Down (feat. Eric Gales) She Steals My Heart Away (feat. Edgar Winter) Crash And Burn (feat. Joe Louis Walker) Too Much To Carry (feat. John Nemeth) Do You Still See Me At All (feat. Jon Trout) Got Nothin' Left (feat. Randy Bachman) Blues For Jimmy T. (feat John Mayall) We're All In This Together (feat. Joe Bonamassa).LP 1
1. Marie's Introduction
2. Play The Guitar
3. Help Me
4. I'm Back
5. Say Goodbye To The Blues
6. Almost Gone
2. Tomorrow Seems So Far Away
3. Playin' Hideaway
4. Haunted By The Night
5. Fly Away
6. Please Take Me Home
1. Rock Me Baby
2. Marie's Mood
3. Serve Me Right To Suffer
4. Love That We Once Knew$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Snake PitHarvey Mandel played with Canned Heat, John Mayall and the Rolling Stones, and released solo albums on the Phillips and Janus labels in the 70s. Considered one of the most innovative and influential blues-rock guitarists, he has played on stage in the past few years with Bob Dylan and Gregg Allman. Snake Pit was recorded at Fantasy Studios with musicians who have played with Ryley Walker and Sun Kil Moon.1. Snake Pit
2. Space Monkeys
4. Baby Batter
7. Before Six
8. Ode to B.B.$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
King BeeKing Bee is the final release by Blues legend Muddy Waters (born in 1913 as McKinley Morganfield), originally released in 1981 and produced by Johnny Winter. Due to Waters' failing health, the LP was recorded in only three days in May of 1980. The LP includes newly recorded Muddy Waters classics, such as I'm A King Bee, Champagne & Reefer, Sad Sad Day and (My Eyes) Keep Me In Trouble. Around the time of the album's release, Waters hit the road with a new band as much as his slowly declining health allowed him to.
By the end of 1981, he was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to have part of his lung removed. Still, in 1982 a new tour was booked but an increasing number of performances had to be canceled. And after having made a surprise appearance at an Eric Clapton concert in Miami that Summer, Waters found out the cancer had returned as he was coughing blood. Sadly, his body wasn't strong enough for another operation. On April 30, 1983 McKinley Morganfield died of a heart attack. Five years later he was posthumously inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Amongst his admirers are Buddy Guy, The Rolling Stones, Rory Gallagher, John Mayall and Steve Winwood.1. I'm A King Bee
2. Too Young To Know
3. Mean Old Frisco Blues
4. Forever Lonely
5. I Feel Like Going Home
6. Champagne & Reefer
7. Sad Sad Day
8. (My Eyes) Keep Me In Trouble
9. Deep Down In Florida #2
10. No Escape From The Blues$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Deep Trout - 25th Anniversary EditionTo celebrate 25 years as a solo artist, Provogue Records is releasing 10 original albums from Walter Trout on vinyl.
The 25th Anniversary Series is very limited high quality vinyl releases of some of the best Walter Trout catalogue released in special packaging. Each release is very limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide and produced on high quality 180g vinyl and a maximum of 20 minutes per side. These are a must for Walter's fans and collectors of vinyl alike. Most have never been available on vinyl. Once they are gone, they are gone! They will be released regularly throughout 2014 as part of a campaign honoring this special anniversary milestone year.
The albums getting this special treatment are No More Fish Jokes, Transition, Prisoner Of A Dream, Deep Trout, Face The Music Live, Positively Beal Street, Breakin' The Rules, Life In The Jungle, The Outsider and Unspoiled by Progress.
With five decades as a guitarist and songwriter under his belt including being a member of Canned Heat and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, 1989 was the year he stepped into the spotlight and has gone on to release 22 solo albums in the last 25 years. Still constantly touring, gathering new fans and respected as one of the world's finest rock/blues guitarist there is no stopping Walter as he prepares for a busy year ahead. This will include a brand new album, more live shows and his official biography. Currently being written by Henry Yates and will lift the lid on Walter's hell raising life on the road, and guaranteed to be a page turner of epic proportions.
A lesser artist might rest on such laurels. As Walter Trout powers into his quarter decade as a solo star, there's no whiff of the ennui or creative autopilot that hobbles the later output of most veterans. On the contrary, there's a sense of growing momentum, perhaps even of a little surprise. "It's hard to believe I'm still alive, to be honest," he smiles. "I should have been dead by 30, with the life I was leading. But I still have a career, and at 62, I'm still climbing the ladder, which keeps it exciting, instead of trying to rekindle past glories. I feel like I play with more fire than when I was 25. I'm still reaching, y'know ?"LP1
1. Put It Right Back
2. The Love That We Once Knew
3. How Much Do You Want
4. Sweet As A Flower
5. Victor The Cajun
6. Kill The Monkey
7. Earrings On The Table
8. Fast Moving Traffic
9. Motivation Of Love
1. Love In Vain
2. If You Just Try
3. Tribute To Muddy Waters
4. Life In The Jungle (Acoustic)
5. Big Chain
6. So Sad To Be Lonely$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ACSO-APO-1145xJimmie Lee Robinson
All My LifeWith All My Life, his second APO Records release, Jimmie Lee is aiming for goose bumps and tears. And if you've got appreciation for acoustic, front porch blues, you'll have a tough time escaping his spell.
No doubt Jimmie Lee Robinson offers a delightful taste of traditional blues. His work through the years with such stalwarts as Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Freddie King, Elmore James and Jimmy Reed have made their impressions on the man called The Lonely Traveler just as he has been credited with inspiring them.
On All My Life you'll hear standby classics like a haunting, slowed-down version of Muddy Waters' Forty Days and Forty Nights with eerie harmonica accompaniment by Madison Slim. And Jimmie Lee even covers a non-blues favorite with What a Wonderful World. His live version of that song at a 1999 concert in Blue Heaven Studios - the converted church that is home to APO Records - brought tears to scores of the 400 in attendance.
But All My Life is also packed with Jimmie Lee originals like the title track, which was once covered by John Mayall, where Jimmie Lee pleads with the woman of his dreams to return all the respect and love he's paid to her. That track is also a perfect showcase for the classic Jimmie Lee growling vocals and the spurs jangling from his boots as the only percussion.
Unlike his first APO release, Remember Me, an almost entirely-solo effort, Jimmie Lee is joined on most of the All My Life tracks by APO artist and noted-guitarist Jimmy D. Lane and journeyman harp player Madison Slim, whose knack for acoustic blues is highlighted on this release.
Jimmie Lee has gained national attention for his protest of the destruction of Chicago's famed Maxwell Street, said to be the birthplace of Chicago blues and the neighborhood where Jimmie Lee grew up. He fasted for 81 straight days, shunning solid food as if it was the wrecking ball he so badly wants to stop. His efforts were even documented on the front page of the New York Times.1. Forty Days and Forty Nights
2. I'll Be Around
3. Love My Baby
4. The Sun Is Shining
5. Driftin' Blues
6. The Girl I Love
8. All My Life
9. I'm Ready
10. What A Wonderful World
11. Too Late
12. If I Get Lucky$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Never Say Die!Never Say Die! is the eighth studio album by British heavy metal band Black Sabbath, released in September 1978. It was the final Black Sabbath studio album to feature vocalist Ozzy Osbourne prior to his departure from the band in 1979.
At the time of the recording of Never Say Die! the members of Black Sabbath were all heavily involved in drug and alcohol abuse. Prior to the recording of the album, vocalist Osbourne quit the band and was briefly replaced by former Savoy Brown and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Dave Walker. Some songs were written with Walker, and the new group even performed an early version of Junior's Eyes with different lyrics on the BBC programme, Look Hear. Osbourne eventually rejoined the band, refusing to sing any of the songs written with Walker. These particular songs were rewritten, including Junior's Eyes, rewritten to be about the then-recent death of Osbourne's father.
We had a few internal problems, Osbourne admitted to Sounds. My father was dying, so that put us out for over three months with the funeral and everything. I left the band for three months before we got back together to record it.
The album was recorded at Sounds Interchange Studios in Toronto. We went to Toronto to record it, and that's when the problems started said Tony Iommi. Why Toronto? Because of the tax, really. The studio was booked through brochures because people thought it might be a good one. We got there and it had a dead sound - totally wrong. We couldn't get a real live sound. So what we had to do was rip the carpet up and try to make it as live as we could. They were okay about it, but it took time to get it exactly right. There were no other studios available. Closing track Swinging The Chain features lead vocals from drummer Bill Ward, necessitated by Osbourne's frequent absences from the studio and inability to perform due to substance abuse.
It's a combination of what we've all been through in the last ten years, said Osbourne. It's a very varied album. Like, we started out playing in blues clubs, because British blues - like John Mayall and early Fleetwood Mac - was the thing at the time. We were into a twelve-bar trip and early Ten Years After-style stuff. So it's part of that sort of trip. Then there's the heavy thing and the rock thing. It's not just steamhammer headbanging stuff all the way through We got rid of all our inner frustrations: what each of us individually wanted to put down over the years but couldn't because of the pressures of work. So we put a lot of painstaking hours into developing this album.1. Never Say Die
2. Johnny Blade
3. Junior's Eyes
4. A Hard Road
5. Shock Wave
6. Air Dance
7. Over To You
9. Swinging The Chain$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Light That Never DiesOn his second album A Light That Never Dies which will be released in North America via Forty Below Records, KaiL Baxley has returned with a hard hitting, lush and beautifully haunting collection of songs. Co-produced with Producer/Engineer Eric Corne whose recording credits include Lucinda Williams, Glen Campbell, Kim Deal and John Mayall, the album was recorded over the last year in three different cities.
"We used a lot of really old gear on this one to capture that warm analog sound and preserve its truth," says KaiL about the album. "I'm proud of what Eric and I got out of the studio and I'm eager to get out on the road and share it with people."
Hailing from the small backwater town of Willison-Elko - a town so small that most people in South Carolina don't even know where it is, much less the rest of the world. It's only claim to fame is soul legend James Brown, with whom Baxley shared an unlikely friendship as a child. Perhaps this was one of the leading influences in Baxley's soul-drenched music or perhaps it was the similar circumstances in which they were raised that fuels such deep emotion in an individual.
Abandoned by both his mother and father as a small child Baxley was raised by his grandfather Woody until age 12. When he passed away, KaiL bounced from one living situation to another, rarely living in one place for more than a year at a time. It was in this constant migration that he found escape in a pair of old RCA headphones.
"It wasn't all bad really," he recalls. "I got to know quite a bit of music from all different genres during that time period. I'd stay with my uncle for a while and pick up some Van Morrison; my auntie gave me the Stones;friends parents turned me on to gospel. Then I discovered hiphop and it was all over. I was hooked."
This is the very apparent source of inspiration in KaiL Baxley's genre-bending music that also blends blues, indie rock, soul, gospel, and syncopated hiphop-style beats into a most exquisite and easily drinkable cocktail of sound - a sound that he has dubbed "Soul Swagger".
KaiL's debut effort, Heatstroke/The Wind and the War, was presented as a double EP which displayed the yin and yang of his musical range. A surprise nominee for NPR's Album Of The Year, it received critical acclaim, including a debut at SXSW, where Baxley was tapped as, "One of NPR's top new artists" by All Songs Considered.
"His voice falls somewhere between Joe Cocker and Bill Withers with a husky authority. The guy is a whiz-bang folkie-turned-soul-rocker and has a voice which can make you dance or which melts butter, depending upon the tune."
- Frank Gutch Jr. / Segarini1. Light That Never Dies
2. Mr. Downtown
3. Tell the Falling Sun
4. The Ballad of Johnny Steel
5. Morning Light
6. Better FeelN' Better Days
8. Still Wonder (Interlude)
9. Troubled Souls
10. Chasing James Dean
11. Mirrors of Paradise$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Instant ReplayThe Monkees have been one of the world's most enduring rock and pop acts of all time. Since their beginnings in 1966, their television show, multiplatinum albums, hit singles and concert tours truly made The Monkees one of the most colossal stories in the music business. In 1969, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith and Micky Dolenz went back to the studio as a trio this time and recorded the classic Instant Replay album. Noted for their hit single Tear Drop City, this masterwork also found The Monkees reuniting with the production team of Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart for several of the tracks as well as previous team Monkees writers like Carole King and Neil Sedaka, and highly touted producers like Bones Howe (The Association/Tom Waits) and Shorty Rogers and resulted in some of the finest collaborations ever with this superstar act. Instant Replay also offered the first look at Michael Nesmith's experimental and groundbreaking recording sessions in Nashville as well as solid compositions from all three Monkees.
Opening up with the pop rocker Through The Looking Glass, Micky Dolenz is on top of his game vocally with a brilliant background of horns, Bobby Hart on piano and guitar work by legends Keith Allison (Paul Revere & The Raiders) and Gerry McGee (The Ventures/John Mayall). A major fan favorite, this classic was performed at many of the reunion concerts over the years. The late great Davy Jones belts out another Boyce and Hart classic with the haunting ballad Don't Listen To Linda. The tune truly resonated with the fans back then and continues to be one of the more appreciated classics in his long list of time tested Monkees favorites. Carole King and Gerry Goffin's I Won't Be The Same Without Her features a strong vocal performance by Michael Nesmith and the stunning guitar work of both Monkees' Peter Tork and Glen Campbell. A real summer time feeling song, this track would be a nice bridge to Micky Dolenz's orchestral masterpiece Just A Game.
It is no secret that Nesmith was a fan of country music, but also lauded as one of the first pioneers of the country rock genre, not only with his contributions to the earlier Monkees' recordings as far back as Papa Gene's Blues, even for other noted artists like Linda Ronstadt for whom he penned her first smash single Different Drum. For the Instant Replay album, Nesmith ventured to Nashville's RCA Studios and cut Don't Wait For Me, the first released tune from his now famous Nashville sessions. With the fusion of country studio players and the voice and guitar of Michael Nesmith, The Monkees again were on the forefront of this new genre and would continue with this groundbreaking sound ever more so into future classics like The Monkees Present.
As the '60s would come to a close, Davy Jones would also contribute his major impact on the generation with his truly hip and psychedelic masterpiece You And I. Noted for its hard rock opening to side two, the track also features the stunning lead guitar textures of Neil Young who recently departed with The Buffalo Springfield. More favorites like Nesmith's While I Cry is one of the artist's finest compositions of the era. With Mike's beautiful acoustic guitar work and help from friends like Harry Nilsson, this ballad would truly become one of the more enduring songs from this 1969 classic Monkees album.
Neil Sedaka and Carol Bayer Sager contribute one of the classiest Monkees ballads ever with The Girl I Left Behind Me. Once again, the late great Davy Jones provides a superstar vocal second to none, with a soulful orchestra fill and band setting featuring the production and skillful piano work of Neil Sedaka, while Micky Dolenz would close out the album with his classic Shorty Blackwell. The whimsical tale of Micky's cat and a nod to his friends The Beatles' A Day In The Life, Shorty Blackwell would take almost a year to record and feature a bevy of the original wrecking crew of Hollywood musicians like drummer Jim Gordon (Eric Clapton/Traffic), Tommy Tedesco on guitar and even his sister Coco Dolenz on vocals. This track along with the other eleven tunes make this one of the more enduring and loved albums in the superior catalog of Monkees classics.
Friday Music is once again very honored to announce the continuation of The Monkees Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series with the re-release of their 1969 masterwork Instant Replay. Mastered by Joe Reagoso (The Monkees/Elvis Presley/Brian Wilson) from the original Colgems Records tapes at Friday Music Studios, this first time audiophile vinyl release is also for a very short time being offered in limited edition red vinyl as well as a first time gatefold cover presentation.1. Through The Looking Glass
2. Don't Listen To Linda
3. I Won't Be The Same Without Her
4. Just A Game
5. Me Without You
6. Don't Wait For Me
7. You And I
8. While I Cry
9. Tear Drop City
10. The Girl I Left Behind Me
11. A Man Without A Dream
12. Shorty Blackwell$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
A Hard Road (Out Of Stock)Mono Edition
1967s A Hard Road proved to be every bit as powerful and innovative as its predecessor, thanks in large part to Mayalls discovery of Claptons equally brilliant replacement, Peter Green. A one-of-a-kind player with a highly distinctive sound, Green makes his instrumental presence felt throughout A Hard Road, while delivering compelling lead vocals on You Dont Love Me and The Same Way. With sterling support from bassist John McVie and drummer Aynsley Dunbar, the material here features such Mayall originals as Hit the Highway, Leaping Christine and the title track, along with standout interpretations of tunes by Freddie King, Elmore James and Willie Cobbs. The legendarily haunting Green-penned instrumental The Supernatural previews the guitarists groundbreaking work with the original incarnation of Fleetwood Mac, which he and fellow Bluesbreaker John McVie would form a few months later.
From the pristine U.K. mono masters, with complete original artwork and photos.1. A Hard Road
2. It's Over
3. You Don't Love Me
4. The Stumble
5. Another Kind Of Love
6. Hit The Highway
7. Leaping Christine
8. Dust My Blues
9. There's Always Work
10. The Same Way
11. The Supernatural
12. Top Of The Hill
13. Someday After A While (You'll Be Sorry)
14. Living Alone$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
The Pious Bird of Good Omen (Speakers Corner) (Out Of Stock)
After the break-up of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers in the summer of 1967, the time seemed ripe for Peter Green, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood to take their leave from raw British rock 'n' roll. The newly established band Fleetwood Mac first turned to black blues, and their art of playing was so similar to that of other groups that the magazine Eye criticised them for their »almost ridiculous mimicry«. However, their choice of performance style took them in the right direction and in 1969, the year in which The Pious Bird Of Good Omen appeared, they landed at the top end of the pop charts, even ahead of The Beatles and Stevie Wonder.
Of course, in the cover version of Little Willie John's Need Your Love So Bad, which is treated with a velvety string sound, and other bluesy songs, the American influence still makes itself heard, but not without success! The highly individual sound of the group comes best through in the now legendary numbers such as the weightless, gliding Albatross and Black Magic Woman with its Latin and blues elements. Judged the best British blues ever to be played (allmusic.com), one can now sit back and enjoy this great album.
- Peter Green (guitar, vocal)
- Jeremy Spencer (guitar, piano, vocal)
- Danny Kirwan (guitar)
- Eddie Boyd (piano, vocal)
- Big Walter Horton (harmonica)
- John McVie (bass)
- Mick Fleetwood (drums)
Recorded between September 1967 and October 1968 by Mike Ross
Production: Mike Vernon
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Need Your Love So Bad
2. Comin' Home
3. Rambling Pony
4. The Big Boat
5. I Believe My Time Ain't Long
6. The Sun Is Shining
8. Black Magic Woman
9. Just The Blues
10. Jigsaw Puzzle Blues
11. Looking For Somebody
12. Stop Messin' Round$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Live In '67 (Out Of Stock)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 Temporarily out of stock
A Special Life (Out Of Stock)As 2013 came to a close and with his 80th birthday mere weeks away, the godfather of British blues quietly entered a North Hollywood Studio with his band, special guest C.J. Chenier and
co-producer/engineer Eric Corne. He walked out with one of the finest and most personal records of his career, A Special Life.
This new album serves as further testament to John's boundless talent, vitality and ever-dynamic
personality. Along with his accomplished band, he goes back to his roots with an eclectic album
centered in the blues but with diversions into rock and Americana. There are three new songs penned by John and one from band members Greg Rzab and Rocky Athas, as well as blues favorites from some of the greats, including Albert King and Jimmy Rogers. C.J. Chenier came to join the party on a couple of tracks (including one written by his father), adding an exciting extra dimension with his vocals and accordion.
This is John's first studio album in five years, a span during which the band's chemistry has grown tremendously. It is an instant classic and a must have for any blues/roots music enthusiast!1. Why Did You Go Last Night
2. Speak Of The Devil
3. That's All Right
4. World Gone Crazy
5. Floodin' In California
6. Big Town Playboy
7. A Special Life
8. I Just Got To Know
10. Like A Fool
11. Just A Memory$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock