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  • Point Of Know Return (Pre-Order) Point Of Know Return (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Point Of Know Return (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: July 6, 2018*


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of The Quadruple Platinum Point Of Know Return


    The Kansas Masterpiece Now On Gold Swirl Audiophile Vinyl


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso -Friday Music Studios


    Features The Original Lineup: Steve Walsh-Kerry Livgren-Phil Ehart- Robbie Steinhardt-dave Hope-Rich Williams


    Features Smash Hits Dust In The Wind, Closet Chronicles, Portrait (He Knew), & Point Of Know Return


    In 1977, superstars Kansas delivered one of the biggest multi-platinum albums in their extensive catalog with the mega classic Point Of Know Return. Featuring the stunning title track and the hugely successful hit single Dust In The Wind, both remained at the top positions of the rock and pop sales charts for the better part of 1977 and 1978, further cementing this bands importance to both pop and mainstream audiences worldwide.


    Featuring the original line-up of Steve Walsh, Phil Ehart, Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Rich Williams and Dave Hope, Point Of Know Return included more incredible Kansas champions like Portrait (He Knew), Closet Chronicles and the great Lp closer Hopelessly Human.


    Celebrating 4 decades of this classic Kansas album, Friday Music is very pleased to announce another installment in our Kansas 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl series with Point Of Know Return - 180 Gram Gold Swirl Vinyl-Anniversary Edition.


    Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music and pressed at RTI , this amazing prog-rock multi-platinum masterpiece will be a wonderful addition to your audiophile Kansas vinyl collection. Complete with a limited edition gatefold cover, featuring the LP artwork elements, lyrics and of course the ve star mastering you would expect from Friday Music, we believe this stunning new audiophile release of Point Of Know Return will become one of the most anticipated classic rock vinyl revisits of the year!

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    1. Point of Know Return
    2. Paradox
    3. The Spider
    4. Portrait (He Knew)
    5. Closet Chronicles
    6. Lightning's Hand
    7. Dust in the Wind
    8. Sparks of the Tempest
    9. Nobody's Home
    10. Hopelessly Human
    Kansas
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • Leftoverture Live & Beyond Leftoverture Live & Beyond Quick View

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    Leftoverture Live & Beyond

    'Leftoverture Live & Beyond' features the entire 'Leftoverture' album from 1976 played in its entirety by the dynamic new Kansas lineup, as wells as several songs from 2016's 'The Prelude Implicit' and various deep tracks from the band's '70s era. Produced by Jeff Glixman, the album was recorded in 12 different US cities, and contains absolutely no overdubs!
    LP 1
    1. Icarus II
    2. Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
    3. Point Of Know Return
    4. Paradox
    5. Journey from Mariabronn
    6. Lamplight Symphony


    LP 2
    1. Dust in the Wind
    2. Rhythm in the Spirit
    3. The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
    4. Section 60


    LP 3
    1. Carry On Wayward Son
    2. The Wall
    3. What's on My Mind
    4. Miracles Out of Nowhere
    5. Opus Insert
    6. Questions of My Childhood


    LP 4
    1. Cheyenne Anthem
    2. Magnum Opus
    3. Portrait (He Knew)


    CD 1
    1. Icarus II
    2. Icarus (Borne on Wings of Steel)
    3. Point Of Know Return
    4. Paradox
    5. Journey from Mariabronn
    6. Lamplight Symphony
    7. Dust in the Wind
    8. Rhythm in the Spirit
    9. The Voyage of Eight Eighteen
    10. Section 60


    CD 2
    1. Carry On Wayward Son
    2. The Wall
    3. What's on My Mind
    4. Miracles Out of Nowhere
    5. Opus Insert
    6. Questions of My Childhood
    7. Cheyenne Anthem
    8. Magnum Opus
    9. Portrait (He Knew)

    Kansas
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  • Kansas Kansas Quick View

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    Kansas


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of Kansas With Their Smash Debut Album LP From 1974


    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering- Pressed At R.T.I.


    In 1974, superstars Kansas delivered one of the finest progressive rock albums of the classic
    rock era with their debut and self titled smash Kansas. Featuring the stunning line-up of Steve
    Walsh on keys and lead vocals, Phil Ehart on drums, Kerry Livgren playing the lead guitar, Robby
    Steinhardt on violin and lead vocals and Dave Hope on bass, the Kansas album would soon become
    the catalyst to take these rock giants to stages all over the world.


    Their first appearance on Don Kirshner's Rock Concert blew the album and the band wide
    open, as radio stations were getting calls to play their music and retail stores began to sell tons of
    albums. With hard rockers like Can I Tell You, and the brilliant interpretation of J.J. Cale's Bringing
    It Back, the Kansas album could do no wrong.


    Dig deeper into the grooves, and there you find prog rock champions like the beautiful
    Lonely Wind, the artistry of The Pilgrimage and of course the album closer anthem Death Of Mother
    Nature Suite. These tunes and the aformetioned rockers would become the heart and soul of the
    band and bring them future superstar acclaim afforded to only a few.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Kansas. Therefore it is with much
    excitement to announce another installment in the Kansas/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
    Series with their legendary debut masterpiece Kansas. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at
    Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue
    for the audiophile vinyl domain.


    In honor of Kansas 40th Year Anniversary, we are offering for a very limited time a first
    time gatefold cover, featuring the original graphics, lyrics and of course the five star mastering you
    would expect from Friday Music. We believe this masterful new audiophile release of Kansas will
    become one of the most anticipated prog-rock releases of the new year!

    1. Can I Tell You
    2. Bringing It Back
    3. Lonely Wind
    4. Belexes
    5. Journey From Mariabraun
    6. The Pilgrimage
    7. Apercu
    8. Death Of Mother Nature Suite
    Kansas
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • The Best Of Kansas (Red Vinyl) The Best Of Kansas (Red Vinyl) Quick View

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    The Best Of Kansas (Red Vinyl)


    180 Gram Translucent Red Colored Vinyl


    In 1984, superstars Kansas were rewarded by their label Kirshner Records with
    their first greatest hits album simply titled The Best Of Kansas. Featuring the classic
    line-up of Steve Walsh on keys and lead vocals, Phil Ehart on drums, Kerry Livgren
    playing the lead guitar, Robby Steinhardt on violin and lead vocals, Dave Hope
    on bass, plus vocals from John Elefante, The Best Of Kansas album has become
    one of their most loved works in their stunning four decades.


    With hard rock Kansas standards like Carry On Wayward Son and Point Of
    Know Return and the brilliant prog-rock classics Dust In The Wind and The Wall,
    The Best Of Kansas album would go on to become one of the best-selling greatest
    hits albums of all time. The long out of print original version of this greatest hits
    masterpiece also includes the appearance of 1984's Perfect Lover


    Dig deeper into the grooves and there you find even more prog-rock champions
    like the masterful Song For America and the powerful rocker Fight Fire With Fire,
    and the power ballad Hold On, making The Best Of Kansas the multi-platinum
    smash it is and will forever be!

    1. Carry On Wayward Son
    2. Point Of Know Return
    3. Fight Fire With Fire
    4. Dust In The Wind
    5. Song For America
    6. Perfect Lover
    7. Hold On
    8. No One Together
    9. Play The Game Tonight
    10. The Wall
    Kansas
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  • Point of Know Return Point of Know Return Quick View

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    Point of Know Return

    Import

    Back in 1977, the LP Point Of Know Return marked the commercial peak of Kansas. The Progressive Rock band had experienced tremendous success with their previous release (1976's Leftoverture) and were no longer starving for a hit, yet the sessions for their fifth album were tense. Steve Walsh briefly left the group in the middle of these sessions. Nevertheless, the LP turned out an even bigger success for the band than its predecessor. It would be their highest charting record and with four million copies sold, it was certified Quadruple Platinum by the RIAA.


    The tour to support the album brought them to huge venues such as New York's Madison Square Garden and the LA Forum, with the tour book including an essay written by Rolling Stone contributor Cameron Crowe. The band became a staple on FM radio at this point, and during this period was one of the most popular rock acts in the country. "Dust In The Wind" became the hit single off of the album.

    1. Point of Know Return
    2. Paradox
    3. The Spider
    4. Portrait (He Knew)
    5. Closet Chronicles
    6. Lightning's Hand
    7. Dust In The Wind
    8. Sparks Of The Tempest
    9. Nobody's Home
    10. Hopelessly Human
    Kansas
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  • Leftoverture Leftoverture Quick View

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    Leftoverture

    In 1976, Kansas delivered the biggest multi-platinum album in their extensive catalog with the amazing Leftoverture. Featuring the ultimate rock anthem Carry On Wayward Son, this stunning album remained at the top of the charts for the better part of 1976 through 1977. Featuring the signature line up of Steve Walsh, Kerry Livgren, Phil Ehart, Richard Williams, Dave Hope and Robbie Steinhardt, this album continues to be played on rock and classic rock radio stations worldwide!


    Friday Music now releases the legendary recording as a part of their Kansas 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series. Mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music with Kevin Gray at AcousTech and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP reaches new sonic depths in the audiophile medium. For this special occasion, Leftoverture will be packaged in an extremely limited edition gatefold cover, complete with a poly bag for the cover and a poly sleeve to protect the vinyl LP.

    1. Carry On Wayward Son
    2. The Wall
    3. What's On My Mind
    4. Miracles Out Of Nowhere
    5. Opus Insert
    6. Questions Of My Childhood
    7. Cheyenne Anthem
    8. Magnum Opus
    Kansas
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  • Song For America Song For America Quick View

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    Song For America


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of Kansas With Their Stellar Second LP From 1975


    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering - Pressed At R.T.I.


    In 1975 superstars Kansas delivered one of the finest
    albums in their time honored and much loved classic rock catalog
    with their second smash Song For America. Featuring the classic lineup of Steve Walsh on keys and lead vocals, Phil Ehart on drums, Kerry
    Livgren playing lead guitar, Robby Steinhardt on violin and lead
    vocals and Dave Hope on bass, the Song For America album has
    become one of their most loved works in their stunning four decades.


    With hard rockers like Down The Road and Lamplight
    Symphony and the brilliant prog-rock classic title track Song For
    America, the Song For America album would be the grand follow-up
    masterwork to their smash debut LP Kansas which would soon carry them into their arena rock classics Leftoverture and Point Of Know Return.


    Dig deeper into the grooves and there you find even more
    prog-rock champions like the masterful Lonely Street and the powerful
    anthem album 12 minute closer Incomudro - Hymn to the Atman,
    making their second album Song For America the homerun it is and
    will forever be!


    Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of
    Kansas. Therefore it is with much excitement to announce another
    installment in the Kansas/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
    Series with their legendary masterpiece Song For America. Mastered
    impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol
    Mastering and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue for
    the audiophile vinyl domain.


    In honor of Kansas 40th Year Anniversary, we are offering
    for a very limited time a first time gatefold cover, featuring the original
    graphics, lyrics and of course the five star mastering you would expect
    from Friday Music. We believe this wonderful new audiophile release
    of Song For America will become one of the most anticipated prog-rock releases of the New Year!

    1. Down The Road
    2. Song For America
    3. Lamplight Symphony
    4. Lonely Street
    5. The Devil Game
    6. Incomudro - Hymn To The Atman
    Kansas
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    Masque

    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering


    Pressed At R.T.I.


    In 1975, superstars Kansas delivered one of the finest albums in their time honored and much loved classic rock catalog with their third smash Masque. Featuring the classic line-up of Steve Walsh on keys and lead vocals, Phil Ehart on drums, Kerry Livgren playing the lead guitar, Robby Steinhardt on violin and lead vocals and Dave Hope on bass, the Masque album has become one of their most loved works in their stunning four decades.


    With hard rockers like Two Cents Worth and It Takes A Woman's Love and the brilliant progrock classic The Pinnacle, the Masque album would be the transitional masterwork which would soon
    carry them into their arena rock classics Leftoverture and Point Of Know
    Return.


    Dig deeper into the grooves and there you find even more prog-rock champions like the
    masterful Icarus and the powerful rocker Mysteries and Mayhem, making their third album Masquethe home run it is and will forever be!


    Friday Music is no stranger to the stunning recordings of Kansas. Therefore it is with much
    excitement to announce another installment in the Kansas/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
    Series with their legendary masterpiece Masque. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday
    Music Studios and Capitol Mastering and pressed at RTI, this stunning LP was long overdue for the
    audiophile vinyl domain.


    In honor of Kansas 40th Year Anniversary, we are offering for a very limited time a first
    time gatefold cover, featuring the original graphics, lyrics and of course the five star mastering you would expect from Friday Music. We believe this wonderful new audiophile release of Masque will become one of the most anticipated prog-rock releases of the New Year!

    1. It Takes A Woman's Love (To Make A Man)
    2. Two Cents Worth
    3. Icarus (Borne On Wings Of Steel)
    4. All The World
    5. Child Of Innocence
    6. It's You
    7. Mysteries And Mayhem
    8. The Pinnacle
    Kansas
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Max's Kansas City 1976: Extended Version Max's Kansas City 1976: Extended Version Quick View

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    Max's Kansas City 1976: Extended Version

    40th Anniversary Issue Of The Pioneering Punk Club 'Max's 1976' Comp, Plus Bonus Max's Album And The Background Story


    In 1976 the New York City club 'Max's Kansas City' entered a new musical phase, with the underground movement that became PuNk developing within its walls. Resident DJ Wayne County wrote a song for the club cataloguing the new bands that regularly played there: New York Dolls, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Television, Blondie, Iggy Pop, the Heartbreakers and many more. The single was issued as a taster for the 40th anniversary of 'Max's Kansas City 1976' compilation album, now due for a much-extended reissuedon double-vinyl.


    Alongside Wayne County it features Suicide, Cherry Vanilla, The Fast, Harry Toledo and more; now expanded with 20 more unsung underground heroes including The Offs, The Senders and The Stilettos, plus the Heartbreakers, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Nico, Gang War and Sid Vicious, including various previously unreleased recordings and rarities. Over the years the Max's Kansas City club has become ever more legendary.

    1. Wayne County & the Backstreet Boys - Max's Kansas City
    2. The Fast Boys - Boys Will Be Boys
    3. Harry Toledo - Knots
    4. Cherry Vanilla - Shake Your Ashes
    5. Wayne County& the Backstreet Boys - Cream In My Jeans
    6. The Fast - Wow Pow Bash Crash
    7. Wayne County & The Backstreet Boys - Flip Your Wig
    8. John Collins Band - The Man In Me
    9. Suicide - Rocket USA
    10. The Fast - Kids Just Wanna Dance
    11. Philip Rambow - Night Out
    12. Suicide - Ghost Rider
    13. New York Dolls - Bad Girl
    14. The Stilettos - Pink Stilettos
    15. Knots - Heartbreaker
    16. The Senders - 6th Street
    17. Jimi Lalumia & the Psychotic Frogs - Death to Disco
    18. The Brats - First Rock Star On The Moon
    19. The Offs - You Fascinate Me
    20. VON LMO - This Is Pop Rock
    21. The Terrorists - Riis Park
    22. Nico - Saeta
    23. Iggy Pop - Rock Action
    24. Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers - MIA (previously unreleased version)
    25. Sid Vicious - Take A Chance (previously unreleased version)
    Various Artists
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    On Stage

    The album was recorded live over several German and Japanese dates in late 1976 during the Rising world tour. Many of the tracks were spliced together from different dates by producer Martin Birch, and the running order was changed to more easily fit four sides of vinyl. The recording features the customary introduction to a Rainbow show - the classic quote from the The Wizard of Oz, Toto: I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. We must be over the rainbow! with the last word repeated as an echo, then the actual band plays a musical phrase from the song Somewhere Over the Rainbow before breaking into Kill the King.
    LP1
    1. Over The Rainbow (Intro) - Kill The King
    2. Medley : Man On The Silver Mountain
    3. Catch The Rainbow


    LP2
    4. Mistreated
    5. Sixteenth Century Greensleeves
    6. Still I'm Sad

    Rainbow
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  • Two For The Show Two For The Show Quick View

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    Two For The Show

    Clear Vinyl


    Freaks of Nature - the album that saved Kansas. After a seven-year dry spell of no new material, they hit with this thunderbolt in 1995! The bands 12th studio album. Amazing and refreshing, Freaks of Nature tantalizes all the senses, mainly due to the intensity of the music and the seriousness of the lyrics. All of its songs are strong, effective and fascinating. The darkness of this album is balanced by the pure emotion of the music. The frankness and honesty of the lyrics are a testament to the growth and healing that Steve Walsh was going through at the time. Ragsdale's intensity pulls the whole thing together.

    LP 1
    1. Song for America
    2. Point of Know Return
    3. Paradox
    4. Icarus-Borne on Wings of Steel
    5. Portrait (He Knew)
    6. Carry on Wayward Son
    7. Journey from Mariabronn
    8. Dust in the Wind
    9. Lonely Wind
    10. Mysteries and Mayhem
    11. Excerpt from Lamplight Symphony
    12. The Wall
    13. Magnum Opus


    LP 2
    1. Hopelessly Human
    2. Child of Innocence
    3. Belexes
    4. Cheyenne Anthem
    5. Lonely Street
    6. Miracles out of Nowhere
    7. Drum Solo/The Spider
    8. Closet Chronicles
    9. Down the Road
    10. Sparks of the Tempest

    Kansas
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  • Max's Kansas City (Discontinued) Max's Kansas City (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Max's Kansas City (Discontinued)

    In the summer of '70, The Velvet Underground was the house band, and their nightly gigs, propelled by Lou Reed's mesmerizing vocals, are the stuff of legend. Documented on a cassette player by one of the Velvet's entourage.


    Capturing one of Reed's last-some say final-performances with the band before going solo. It both immortalizes a precise moment in pop culture history, and also spotlights one of rock's most influential bands at the peak of their extraordinary powers.

    1. I'm Waiting For The Man
    2. Sweet Jane
    3. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
    4. Beginning To See The Light
    5. I'll Be Your Mirror
    6. Pale Blue Eyes
    7. Sunday Morning
    8. New Age
    9. Femme Fatale
    10. After Hours
    Velvet Underground
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  • Live At Max's Kansas City Live At Max's Kansas City Quick View

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    Live At Max's Kansas City

    There's a certain amount of disagreement among Velvet Underground scholars regarding whether or not
    this album, recorded by Andy Warhol associate and longtime fan Brigid Polk on a portable cassette recorder on
    August 23, 1970, does in fact document Lou Reed's final appearance with the VU. Historical merit seems to be more
    the issue than high fidelity.
    LP 1
    1. I'm Waiting For The Man
    (Live at Max's Kansas
    City) [2015 Remastered]
    2. White Light White Heat
    (Live at Max's Kansas
    City) [2015 Remastered]
    3. I'm Set Free (Live at
    Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]
    4. Sweet Jane (Live at
    Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]
    5. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
    (Live at Max's Kansas)
    [2015 Remastered]
    6. New Age (Live at Max's
    Kansas City) [2015
    Remastered]
    7. Beginning To See The
    Light (Live at Max's
    Kansas City) [2015
    Remastered]
    8. I'll Be Your Mirror (Live
    at Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]


    LP 2
    1. Pale Blue Eyes (Live at
    Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]
    2. Candy Says (Live at
    Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]
    3. Sunday Morning (Live at
    Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]
    4. After Hours (Live at
    Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]
    5. Femme Fatale (Live at
    Max's Kansas City)
    (2015 Remastered)
    6. Some Kinda Love (Live
    at Max's Kansas City)
    [2015 Remastered]
    7. Lonesome Cowboy Bill
    (Version 2 Live at Max's
    Kansas City) [2015
    Remastered]

    Velvet Underground
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  • Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure) Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Kansas City Suite: The Music Of Benny Carter (Pure Pleasure)

    A session from 1960 with Basie and his Orchestra on absolute top form. It's hardly surprising when you see the line up of star players and also the fact that every single selection was written by Benny Carter.



    The Kansas City that Count Basie found himself in had become the hard core of vital new jazz. It was a place where the musicians who expressed this new jazz could, from night through morning, and on again the next night, sit in on numerous jam sessions.It was a place where musicians like Walter Page, Benny Moten, Lester Young, Ben Webster, Andy Kirk, Coleman Hawkins and many more, could be found working, experimenting and living their music. This was Count Basie's Kansas City, and this is the Kansas City that Benny Carter has dedicated this music to. He has written an original modern jazz suite that is flavored with the elements of Kansas City stomp jazz, and tailored for the big brash sound of the Basie band of today. To Benny Carter, the different streets and places in Kansas City, where so many of these jazz greats lived and worked, and where so much of jazz history was written, evokes a mood, a rememberance of things past. He has, for this reason, titled the selections of this suite after these very same streets and places. The Kansas City of the '20s and 30s is now a legend, and the music that saw it's beginnings there has since developed and moved into the mainstream of today's jazz. It has reached its full maturity and greatness in the music of Benny Carter, and through the dynamic force of the great Basie band!




    Musicians:



    • Sonny Cohn (trumpet)

    • Thad Jones (trumpet)

    • Henry Coker (trombone)

    • Benny Powell (trombone)

    • Marshall Royal (alto saxophone,clarinet)

    • Billy Mitcheel (tenor saxophone, clarinet)

    • Charles Fowlkes (bassoon, bass clarinet, flute)

    • Count Basie (piano)

    • Freddie Green (guitar)

    • Eddie Jones (bass)

    • Sonny Payne (drums)




    Recording: September 1960 at United Recorders, Los Angeles, by Wally Heider

    Production: Teddy Reig



    About Pure Pleasure



    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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Vine Street Rumble
    2. Katy-Do
    3. Miss Missouri
    4. Jackson County Jubilee
    5. Sunset Glow
    6. The Wiggle Walk
    7. Meetin' Time
    8. Paseo Promenade
    9. Blue Five Jive
    10. Rompin' At The Reno
    Count Basie And His Orchestra
    $34.99
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  • Dawn of the Dead: Live At Max's Kansas City Dawn of the Dead: Live At Max's Kansas City Quick View

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    Dawn of the Dead: Live At Max's Kansas City

    A rare live gem from the driving force behind legendary NY punk bands the New York Dolls and the Heartbreakers issued on a highly collectible 12" picture vinyl courtesy of Cleopatra Records. Featuring Thunders' takes on such iconic cuts as (I'm Not) Your Stepping Stone, These Boots Are Made For Walking, Like A Rolling Stone and (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man among others.
    1. Intro: Ask Me No Questions/The Wizard
    2. Pipeline
    3. (I'm Not) Your Stepping Stone
    4. Great Big Kiss
    5. The 10 Commandments Of Love
    6. These Boots Are Made For Walking
    7. Like A Rolling Stone
    8. Endless Party
    9. Pills
    10. (I'm Your) Hoochie Coochie Man
    11. Personality Crisis
    Johnny Thunders
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    Sings The Big Ones For Young Lovers

    A marvelous collection of love songs sung wonderfully by Sammy Davis Jr. Restored artwork & 180 gram vinyl.


    This album is a marvellous collection of love songs interpreted beautifully by the world's greatest living entertainer, Sammy Davis, Jr. Sam's voice is made for these compositions, a truly wonderful album which reflects a fabulous combination of genius songwriting and a unique singing voice. Beautifully restored cover art and audio-grade 180 gram vinyl. Contains Kansas City and Blue Velvet.

    1. Kansas City
    2. Don't Shut Me Out
    3. Deep Purple
    4. Walk Right In
    5. I Left My Heart in San Francisco
    6. Choose
    7. Days of Wine and Roses
    8. Blue Velvet
    9. Not For Me
    10. I Wanna Be Around
    11. It's All in the Game
    12. Fools Rush In
    Sammy Davis Jr.
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    Colored Vinyl


    Natives of Westfield, Massachusetts, Within The Ruins is armed with a unique take on blending tech and metal together; writing music that sets their band apart from numerous other metal bands. The quintet has mastered their technique of bringing breakdowns, riffs, tempo and a dash of personality together in order to form one cohesive entity.


    They describe their sound as "loud, energetic, interesting and fresh" and cite bands like Metallica and As I Lay Dying as their early influences.


    Their 2011 EP, Omen, issued on Victory Records, follows that to a T with two new originals to go along with a cover of Metallica's "Fight Fire With Fire" and Kansas' "Carry On Wayward Son." Colored vinyl pressing from Victory Records!


     

    1. Controller

    2. Infamy

    3. Carry On Wayward Son (Kansas Cover)

    4. Fight Fire With Fire (Metallica Cover)
    Within The Ruins
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    Elgar & Vaughan Williams/Enigma Variations, Wasps & Greensleeves

    Grammy®-winning engineer Keith O. Johnson has captured this colorful, beloved English music in brilliant HD sound. The Kansas City Symphony garnered tremendous critical acclaim for their first project on Reference Recordings, incidental music for The Tempest by Sullivan and Sibelius. Their second release on RR, Britten s Orchestra, received a Grammy® for Best Surround Sound for both the engineer and producer, as well as rave reviews everywhere, although the title is now unfortunately out of print.


    This release again features Michael Stern, the son of famed violinist Isaac Stern. He is also the founder of the Iris Chamber Orchestra in Memphis, TN and, in addition to RR, has recorded for Sony, Hyperion, Denon, Arabesque, and Naxos. Producer David Frost won Grammy® Awards in 2005, 2009, and 2011 for Classical Producer of the Year. He has produced a large roster of stars and Grammy®-winning titles.

    Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958) - The Wasps - Aristophanic Suite
    1. Overture
    2. Entra'acte, molto moderato
    3. March Past of the Kitchen Utensils
    4. Entr'acte, andante
    5. Ballet and Final Tableau
    6. Fantasia on Greensleeves


    Sir Edward Elgar (1857-1934)
    7-20. Variations on an Original Theme Enigma, Op. 36

    Michael Stern & The Kansas City Symphony
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    The Grinding Wheel (Yellow And Black Vinyl)

    Pressed On Yellow And Black Vinyl

    Armed with pioneering pure metal proposals like Death Rider, The Beast Within, and Raise The Dead already in 1982, New Jersey's Overkill were a rock-solid part of the first clutch of bands forging in fire this music known as thrash metal. Along with Metallica, Exodus, Slayer and cross-town doppelgangers Anthrax, D.D. Verni and Bobby Blitz Ellsworth were helping to create a new form of metal that is still as vibrant today as when the band's first album, Feel the Fire was issued by Jonny Zazula's Megaforce Records back in the spring of '85.

    Witness Overkill's 18th album of blistering yet precise and thought-provoking thrash magic, The Grinding Wheel, a record on which thrash's ultimate team of five machined parts shows up and executes to perfection with a little punk thrown in for bad measure.

    But a life dedicated to metal can be a grind, hence the title of this sparks-a-flyin' record. It just makes sense for us, reflects D.D. If you've been making metal for almost 40 years like we have, it can be a grind. But we also liked the old school metal idea of referencing Grinder, the Judas Priest song, which suits the album because it has classic metal parts on it as well as the thrash parts. There's a blue collar feel to that title too, and that's how we approach Overkill. The guitar case is basically a lunchbox and we go to work.

    One of the principles-if not characteristics-of the band is that it's been grinding through for long, long periods of time, seconds Blitz. Decades to this point. And not necessarily with huge gains with regards to popularity, but for sure, with huge gains in as much as we can earn a living while doing the kind of music that we want. And so the idea of grinding it out over the decades became a device for writing the album, whether it would be riffs or lyrics.

    Despite, as D.D. says, the album's classic metal references (such as Black Sabbath in Come Heavy and Iron Maiden in The Long Road and the epic and cinematic title track), when the band gets up a full head of thrash steam, they bring to the party a trademark punk aesthetic, forged from trips on the train to CBGB and Max's Kansas City to witness original punk legends such as The Damned and The Dead Boys.

    Punk is huge for Overkill, confirms Verni. And it's something we very specifically brought back to the band in a sort of second wave, beginning with Ironbound in 2010 and then The Electric Age and White Devil Armory. I know from my end, it came from talking to the band and talking to fans. We had some of those metal records in the middle of our career where I wasn't paying enough attention to the punk rock vibe of the band. But just before we started writing Ironbound, I was very specific about getting back into that mentality, picking up on that energy again. You're not going to hear any Green Day or Ramones in us, but the energy and the attitude of punk mixed with the New York vibe that's what Overkill is, compared to other bands. You don't hear any of that in Megadeth; you don't hear any of that in Slayer. It's more specific to what we brought to the thrash world.

    Central to that premise is the incendiary Let's All Go to Hades which is sure to become a pit favourite. This one was a hell of a lot of fun, says Blitz. You know, I've always written abstractly. I'm not the guy who says, 'I'm going to crush your skull into dust.' I like writing more so from an abstract point of view, putting a slew of thoughts together that create one idea, like a puzzle more than a specific black or white. And when I looked at all these lyrics when I was done, I said, oh my God, I'm 57 and I finally matured (laughs). Oh, this is gross! (laughs). But I do like tongue-in-cheek songs like 'Hades,' where it says, sort of let's all go to the Bataclan, you know, stand arm in arm and sing 'Killed by Death.' I kind of tied in not long ago events, specifically what happened in Paris, with losing Lemmy. After that, I'm on a train from Paris to Istanbul on the Orient express, which actually existed (laughs)-it actually went from Paris to Istanbul. So that one is mapped out a bit more.

    Adds D.D., It's not a 'smash your face into the wall' kind of song. It got a little bit of fun in it. I know any time you talk to the really heavy thrash guys, they go, 'Oh, no, no, no-no fun allowed. It's got to be heavy and brutal every second.' But that song definitely has a bit of fun in it. And we've done that before, with things like 'Old School' and 'Fuck You.' We're not afraid to do a bit of that sometimes.

    Another favorite lyric of Blitz', which is set to a non-nonsense old school thrash track, is Our Finest Hour. It's about the recognition of sameness, explains Ellsworth. I think people are comfortable when they recognize themselves in someone else. And 'Our Finest Hour' is kind of a detailed journey through that concept. It's like, 'Come on over here; I recognize you.' I've always been a firm believer in the fact that it's great to accomplish things on your own, but people are always stronger as a group-that's the basic outline of that tune.

    At the other end of the spectrum from punk is a song like The Long Road. D.D. readily agrees that there was a Maiden influence as part of this one's crafting. Oh yeah, for sure. The opening, along with a little section in there with the vocals, definitely feels like New Wave of British Heavy Metal.

    More evident in the band's panoramic classic metal passages, but even articulated here on Our Finest Hour, is another storied Overkill trademark, the definition one gets in the band's bass parts. Combine this with the Mensa-like percussive wizardry of Ron Lipnicki (laid bare for all to hear at headphone levels through the smack of his gravity-defying double bass work), and The Grinding Wheel emerges as a record with a remarkable rhythm section foundation from which to rise.

    I've had that kind of sound now for a long time, says Verni. There are a lot of bass players that say, 'I want to feel the bass.' And it's like, I just couldn't give a shit about feeling the bass. To me that's low-end. Guitars have low-end, kick drums have low-end, bass has low-end-I want to hear the bass, not feel it. So from a long time ago, that's what I would be doing on my EQ. I would be tweaking and turning knobs until not only could I feel it, but I can hear it separate from the guitars. And as a result, the bass just got more and more aggressive. I'm not a finesse player at all, on a bass. I bang the shit out of it, and I kind of do that to get away from the guitars and give it its own identity, its own sound, its own thing, so the bass has its own personality, not just serving as a foundation for the guitars.

    This affects the writing as well, says Blitz. Don't forget, D.D. is a guitarist. He's been playing guitar probably more so than bass in his spare time since the late '80s. This is a guy who has two-and-a-half decades of six strings under his belt. So we get more of a unique perspective; it gives this band its unique qualities when it comes to songwriting. Because it's a guy holding six strings who's got plenty of experience playing those six strings, but thinking from the other perspective. So you get a punchier thing; you don't get a lot of fluff. When you compare Overkill to some of our contemporaries, there you get a guitar player writing guitar-based songs. D.D. is writing, first and foremost, from a rhythm perspective, and that's what drives the songs. Add Dave Linsk to the picture, once there's a ten-note riff written, then you have the best of both worlds.

    Which brings us back to the aforementioned machine-like efficiency of the five guys that comprise Overkill, this idea that there are no weak links within this particular classic five-piece with two guitars lineup of metal warriors.

    That's the strength of the band, explains Blitz. Dave is really the one that holds the guitar reigns in this band. He's a writer at his core. You know, he's one of these guys who brushes his teeth and hears a rhythm the way the bristles are hitting the enamel (laughs). He's that dude. 'Oh wait a second, I have another idea.' He has an idea a minute, and if that's the case, some of them are going to be great. So he holds the reins. When it comes to Derek, he's more the opinionated thought later on. And so when it runs through the machine, being D.D. and myself, then Dave, Derek comes in and can change that song. It's always kind of good to have, let's say, a chief and some Indians. And it depends who's wearing the chief hat at any particular time. But I think at the end of the day, when you're looking for a clean perspective, it goes through Derek-that's usually what his contribution is, more of a finalization.

    And Ron? He's one-of-a-kind, says Verni. He's a great drummer. I've worked with him for a bunch of records now. This is our fifth record together and so I really understand how he plays at this point. Working with him in the studio is just a pleasure, because he's so right on it.

    After heaping all manner of praise on legendary producer Andy Sneap (brought on only for mix given Verni's proven acumen at the task), D.D. further clarifies the reason Overkill can be at the top of their game 18 records into their distinguished run.

    I have a studio and I did most of it at my place; I've been doing it that way for a while now. And now the group of guys we have in the band has been pretty consistent for a while. So we have a nice mix; everybody kind of knows their role, and is good at their role. Everybody brings a little something to the party. And I think that's why these last couple of records people ask, 'How is it that your records get better after 25 years?' And I think part of it is that everybody has a role in the band, everybody is comfortable with their role, and they're really good at the part they have. So the records actually get better. It's like having a team, instead of having a whole bunch of chiefs and no Indians.

    But a proven people's band like Overkill-a more personable bunch you'll never meet-fully recognizes that part of the band's success in being able to survive and thrive with the grind is due to the allegiance of the band's considerable worldwide fan base.

    For sure, says Blitz. One of the things with regard to grind, with regard to four decades of Overkill, it's good to be here, but it's obviously earned, not just by us but by the people that support this in general. The fact is that it's not just us grinding it out. I mean, maybe it is when it comes to the studio and writing and recording songs, from that selfish perspective. But the reason something exists for decades is based on group effort. Like we had talked about earlier with 'Our Finest Hour,' people are stronger together. In that light, this band is, let's say, not just our project, but it's a project by and for all those who hold it dear.

    1. Mean, Green, Killing Machine
    2. Goddamn Trouble
    3. Our Finest Hour
    4. Shine On
    5. The Long Road
    6. Let's All Go To Hades
    7. Come Heavy
    8. Red, White And Blue
    9. The Wheel
    10. The Grinding Wheel
    11. Emerald
    Overkill
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    Black Butterfly


    Limited Edition Of 1,000 Individually Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Solid Gold Colored Vinyl


    Steve Walsh is known for his work as the frontman of the progressive rock band Kansas, from which he retired in 2014. On his new solo album Black Butterfly the influences from his past are brought together in some compact rock songs. Steve wrote the 14 songs of the album together with the Swedish musician Tommy Denander and the Christian rocker Jerome Mazza takes the lead vocals on three songs. The music goes from the sounds of Kansas (The Piper) to the beats of Warsaw and the political news on Billy Carbone Dead. Black Butterfly is a wonderful return to Walsh' studio work.


    Whoever speaks out the name of Steve Walsh will directly think about the massive worldwide success of the American rock band Kansas. He was the lead vocalist and multi-instrumentalist on their well-received albums Leftoverture and Point of Know Return as well as on their single hits Carry On Wayward Son and Dust in the Wind. Their progressive songs were interspersed with rock ballads and attracted a massive following.

    LP 1
    1. Born In Fire (Duet With Jerome Mazza)
    2. The Piper
    3. Grace And Nature
    4. Dear Kolinda
    5. Winds Of War
    6. Tanglewood Tree


    LP 2
    1. Now Until Forever
    2. Warsaw
    3. Nothing But Nothing
    4. Hell Or High Water
    5. Mercy On Me
    6. Billy Carborne Is Dead
    7. Born In Fire No Duet Different Version
    8. Voices In The Night

    Steve Walsh
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    Moondog

    Moondogs debut release, originally on the Prestige label, came out in 1956, long after hed become a legendary New York City street performer. The blind Kansas native showcases his talent for the minimal and avant-garde here, with compositions driven by percussion and Japanese-inspired melodies, complimented by street sounds, recitations, and animal noises. Bizarre even for todays standards, its a wonder this was released over a half-century ago. A brilliant debut.
    1. Caribea
    2. Lullaby
    3. Tree trail
    4. Death, when you come to me
    5. Big cat
    6. Frog bog
    7. To a sea horse
    8. Dance rehearsal
    9. Surf session
    10. Trees against the sky
    11. Tap dance
    12. Oo debut
    13. Drum suite
    14. Street scene
    Moondog
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    Live At The Googolplex (Picture Disc)

    Live At The Googolplex is the first in a series of three Clutch picture disc releases in 2017. Recorded in Chicago, IL (tracks 1-4, 12 & 13); Montreal, Quebec (tracks 5, 6, 10 & 11); Kansas City, KS (tracks 7-9) and Columbus, OH (tracks 14 & 15) on the tour dates of February 19 & 21, March 1 & 2 in 2002 on the System Of A Down US tour.
    1. Who Wants to Rock?
    2. Pure Rock Fury
    3. Sea of Destruction
    4. Immortal
    5. Careful with That Mic...
    6. Impetus
    7. El Jefe
    8. Rock and Roll Outlaw
    9. 12 oz Epilogue
    10. Big News I
    11. Big News II
    12. Brazenhead
    13. The Soapmakers
    14. Escape from the Prison Planet
    15. Rats
    Clutch
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    Harvest

    The smooth, deep groans of lunar gravity. Salt-soaked ropes swing against hollow masts. An orange helium balloon floats above the city's amber glow. Patrick is only mildy drunk, and enjoying a cigarette when she walks past. He stops her to share his joy that this purring orb is actually the harvest moon. Kansas City's Andrew Plante presents four tracks of focused guitar work on this 45rpm, 12 vinyl release. The mysterious songs mine deeper into the caves he first explored on his Sonic Meditations cassette releases. Limited to 250 copies on glass colored vinyl.
    1. The Moon to Guide by Day
    2. Earthshine
    3. Unbroken Communion
    4. Damnation is a Lie
    Andrew Plante
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    Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label

    In 1969, after three years as Soul Sister #1 to James Brown's touring entourage, Marva Whitney came home to Kansas City, putting Ellis Taylor's Forte label back at full fighting strength. She'd calmed aching crowds the day after MLK's death, and she'd lived the life, despite its rigors-to pour out her pain and exuberance on Forte sides including "I've Lived The Life" and "Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear," which made national rounds in 1972.


    By then, Forte had already done more than deliver Marvelous Marva to market. Taylor worked overtime at KPRS to bring the world The Rayons, who'd stroll their girl group harmonies past Chicago's RCA studios on "Baby Be Good." In '68, The Four Darlings sauntered in with smoky-voiced soul operatics on the demanding "Give Me Love." Progressing in the middle '70s, Everyday People got "Super Black" on Forte's pine-green label. Still powering forward some 13 years on, Forte redawned with the 1980s, essaying disco funk with Sharon Revoal's "Reaching for Our Star."


    Numero 047 Eccentric Soul: The Forte Label charts Kansas City yeoman's work, the Carpets and the Derbys, dapper clothiers mysteriously murdered, and marriages made and broken. In 28 LP tracks, plus a trove of promo headshots and every-hued label scans
    detailing all iterations of Forte's logo in print, this 16th Eccentric Soul sojourn hands over vivid floor shakers and lost dance craze records alike-though what moves "The Hen" required remains anyone's guess.

    LP1
    1. Gene Williams - Don't Let Your Love Fade Away
    2. Lee Harris - I'm Gonna Get Your Thing
    3. Tear Drops - I'm Gonna Get You
    4. Louis Chachere - The Hen Part 1
    5. The Fantasticks - Cry Night And Day
    6. Marva W Taylor - I've Lived The Life
    7. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Mini Mini Afro Twist
    8.Tony Ashley & the Delicates - I'll Never Be Satisfied
    9. The Rayons - You Confuse Me Baby
    10. The Four Darlings - Baby Your Love Is Amazing
    11. Lee Harris - Lookin' Good
    12. Marva Whitney - Daddy Don't Know About Sugar Bear
    13: Gene Williams - Whatever You Do (Do It Good)
    14. Everyday People - Is It Really That Bad


    LP2
    1. The Rayons - Baby Be Good
    2. Tony Ashley & the Delicates - All Along I've Loved You
    3. Lee Harris - I've Got To Have Somebody's Love
    4. Everyday People - Super Black
    5. James Whitney - With Fun In My Life
    6. Sharon Revoal - Reaching For Our Star
    7. Marva W Taylor - Nothing I'd Rather Be (Than Your Weakness)
    8. Four Darlings - Give Me Love
    9. Unknown Artist - Dearest Lover
    10. Fantasticks - Live And Let Live
    11. Fabulous Rhythm Makers - Ya Gotta Be Doing It
    12. Lee Harris - Skate Boogaloo and Karate Too
    13. Tear Drops - Don't Fade Away
    14. Marva Whitney & Ellis "Gripey" Taylor - We Need More (But Somebody Gotta Sacrifice)

    Eccentric Soul
    $31.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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