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In The Court Of The Crimson King (200 Gram)Import
Recorded over a period of 10 days in August 1969 and released on October 10th of the same year, In The Court of the Crimson King stands as one of the defining albums of British rock music and one of the finest debut albums of all time. Described at the time as an uncanny masterpiece by Pete Townshend, the album has achieved legendary status over the years. It is the only studio document of an extraordinary year in the life of King Crimson; a year that began with the group's first rehearsals on January 13th, included a residency at the Marquee Club, a concert in Hyde Park with The Rolling Stones, the recording and release of the album and ended with the dissolution of the lineup at the close of Crimson's 1st American tour in December.
One of the most anticipated and frequently requested high quality vinyl reissues finally returns to the 12 format! Featuring the Original 1969 Stereo Mix, newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp and pressed on 200 Gram Super-Heavyweight Vinyl. Complete with the original iconic gatefold sleeve, In The Court of the Crimson King has been unavailable on vinyl for 20 years!!!
Pressed on 200 Gram Super-Heavyweight Vinyl
Newly Cut from the Original Studio Masters approved by Robert Fripp
Featuring the Original 1969 Stereo Mix
Original Iconic Gatefold Jacket1. 21st Century Schizoid Man (including Mirrors)
2. I Talk To The Wind
3. Epitaph (including March For No Reason and Tomorrow And Tomorrow)
4. Moonchild (including The Dream and The Illusion)
5. The Court Of The Crimson King (including The Return Of The Fire Witch and The Dance Of The Puppets)$32.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At The OrpheumImport
200g super-heavyweight vinyl version limited to a single pressing.
Released to coincide with the 46th anniversary of King Crimson's formation in January 1969, Live At The Orpheum comprises performances from the band's critically acclaimed, sold-out 2014 US tour.
41 minutes of live material from the new seven piece King Crimson line-up, including classics such as Starless, Sailor's Tale and The Letters.
King Crimson has performed, recorded and released material in its own inimitable manner for the past 46 years. As the band enters its 47th year of operation in 2015, the occasion is marked with the first release culled from the band's Autumn 2014 US tour.
Comprised of 41 minutes of material by the newest incarnation of the band fronted by the line-up's formidable three drummer setup, Live At The Orpheum has been mixed from 24bit multi-track performances recorded at the band's two concerts at the Los Angeles venue. Featuring a mixture of new and old King Crimson material - some being performed live for the first time - the album makes an ideal
recorded debut for the septet.
For those who travelled from all over the world to see the US shows, it's an opportunity to relive the power, precision and sheer musicality of the concerts. For those who couldn't attend but wanted to, it's an opportunity to hear why the concerts generated such excitement.
Recorded Sept. 30th, October 1st at The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles
Front Line: Mixed & Engineered by Gavin Harrison
Back Line: Mixed by Jakko Jakszyk & Robert Fripp
Production Engineer: Jakko Jakszyk
Live Recording Engineer: Mark Vreeken1. Walk On: Monk Morph Chamber Music
2. One More Red Nightmare
3. Banshee Legs Bell Hassle
4. The ConstruKction of Light
5. The Letters
6. Sailor's Tale
7. Starless$32.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Spoonful Of TimeThe first ever covers album from Prog Rock legends, Nektar, finds the band joined by an incredible gathering of musical heroes from a wide variety of genres!
A psychedelic head trip through classic rock radio with artful twists on The Doors' "Riders On The Storm," Pink Floyd's "Wish You Were Here," Rush's "Sprit Of Radio," Roxy Music's "Out Of The Blue" and more!
Features performances by members of Yes, King Crimson, Symphony X, Opeth, Marillion, Asia, The Moody Blues, Dream Theater, Tangerine Dream, and more!LP1
2. Spirit Of The Radio
3. Fly Like An Eagle
4. Wish You Were Here
5. For The Love Of Money
6. Can't Find My Way Home
7. 2000 Light Years From Home
1. Riders On The Storm
2. Blinded By The Light
3. Out Of The Blue
4. Old Man
5. Dream Weaver
6. I'm Not In Love
7. Africa$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Tales From Topographic OceansTales from Topographic Oceans is the sixth studio album from the English rock band Yes, originally released as a double album on 7 December 1973 by Atlantic Records.
Yes is among the longest lasting and most successful of the '70s progressive rock groups, proving to be one of the lasting success stories from that musical genre. The band, founded in 1968, overcame a generational shift in its audience and the departure of its most visible members at key points in its history to reach the end of the century as the definitive progressive rock band. Where rivals such as Emerson, Lake & Palmer withered away commercially after the mid-'70s, and Genesis and King Crimson altered their sounds so radically as to become unrecognizable to their original fans, Yes retained the same sound, and performed much of the same repertoire that they were doing in 1971, and for their trouble, found themselves being taken seriously a quarter of a century later. Their audience remained huge because they had always attracted younger listeners drawn to their mix of daunting virtuosity, cosmic (often mystical) lyrics, complex musical textures, and powerful yet delicate lead vocals.1. The Revealing Science Of God
2. The Remembering
3. The Ancient
4. Ritual$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Brain Salad SurgeryBrain Salad Surgery is the fourth studio album by progressive rock band Emerson, Lake & Palmer, originally released in 1973 and the first under their Manticore Records imprint. It fuses rock and classical themes. Greg Lake wrote the lyrics for the album with the assistance (on two tracks, Karn Evil 9: 3rd Impression and Benny the Bouncer) of former King Crimson bandmate (and, beginning with this album, frequent ELP collaborator) Peter Sinfield. This was the first Emerson, Lake & Palmer album to have no songwriting contributions from Carl Palmer. The cover art is by H. R. Giger.1. Jerusalem
3. Still....You Turn Me On
4. Benny The Bouncer
5. Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression - Part 1)
6. Karn Evil 9 (1st Impression - Part 2)
7. Karn Evil 9 (2nd Impression)
8. Karn Evil 9 (3rd Impression)$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays Prog Rock ClassicsThe ambitious new project from one of the world's leading orchestras recording fully orchestrated progressive rock masterpieces with guest appearances by members of iconic prog rock bands!
Features scintillating symphonic versions of Pink Floyd's "Comfortably Numb" with Alan Parsons Project multi-instrumentalist Ian Bairnson, King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man" featuring King Crimson and Porcupine Tree drummer Gavin Harrison, Gentle Giant's "Think Of Me With Kindness" featuring Yes and Moody Blues
keyboardist Patrick Moraz and many more!1. ELP Suite: Tarkus / From The Beginning / Tarkus (Reprise)
2. Comfortably Numb feat. Ian Bairnson
3. Thick As A Brick feat. Richard Harvey
4. 21st Century Schizoid Man feat. Gavin Harrison and Guthrie Govan
5. Focus II feat. Thijs Van Leer
6. Nights In White Satin feat. Mark Feltham
7. Think Of Me With Kindness feat. Patrick Moraz
8. Roundabout feat. Jimmy Greenspoon$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
DGM & Panegyric are proud to present the third in a series of King Crimson high quality vinyl reissues with the September release of "Lizard". The album's return to the 12" vinyl format is newly cut from masters approved by Robert Fripp. Manufactured on 200 gram super-heavyweight vinyl & housed in a reprint of the original beautiful gatefold sleeve, this edition also contains bonus MP3 codes giving access to a download of a transfer of an original 1970 pressing.
"Lizard" - King Crimson's third studio album & second recording of 1970, was, like its predecessor "In the Wake of Poseidon", the product of a studio band. It was also the first Crimson album for which Robert Fripp provided all of the music. Remarkably self-contained & sounding somewhat atypical for a King Crimson album - even by the standards of a band that rarely sounded similar from album to album, "Lizard" is an often overlooked & under-appreciated gem from their early years. Certainly at the time of release, anyone expecting an extension of the soundscapes introduced & explored on the band's earlier two albums was in for a surprise.
"Lizard" featured a lighter, more delicate sound than the earlier albums - an approach perhaps necessitated by an extended instrumental lineup. The expanded range of instruments allowed for intricately interwoven instrumental passages - with Fripp's guitar & Tippett's piano pleasingly to the fore - and this combination, along with the prominence afforded to Mel Collins & the guest players on the album's main title suite, led some to believe that Fripp was guiding Crimson towards the world of jazz & away from rock altogether. But such claims were misguided. Crimson was, as ever, seeking to expand the vocabulary of rock music & "Lizard" was, in some ways, the band's most ambitious album to date.
As this lineup never toured, very little of the material was performed live & "Lizard" remained a product of the studio environment & the musicians who performed on it. "Lizard" remains a fascinating, intriguing album - an album only a band called King Crimson could make - even if it was a very different King Crimson to that which had gone before or would come after. The album's reputation has undergone a serious re-evaluation in recent years, due in no small part to the overwhelmingly positive nature of the reception given to Steven Wilson & Robert Fripp's 2009 CD/DVD-A edition. As a result the album has never been as popular in its 42 years' history.1. Cirkus (Including: Entry Of The Chameleons)
2. Indoor Games
3. Happy Family
4. Lady Of The Dancing Water
I. Prince Rupert Awakes
II. Bolero - The Peacocks Tale
III. The Battle Of Glass Tears (Including Dawn Song/Last Skirmish/Prince Rupert's Lament)
IV. Big Top$42.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Prog CollectiveThe biggest super group of Progressive Rock players
ever assembled and one of the most talked about releases of 2012 finally arrives on vinyl!
Features performances by John Wetton (Asia), Tony
Levin (King Crimson), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Geoff Downes (Yes/Asia), Alan Parsons (Alan Parsons Project), Chris Squire (Yes), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Gary Green (Gentle Giant), Annie Haslam (Renaissance), Steve Hillage (Gong), John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), Tony Kaye (Yes), Colin Moulding (xTC) and more!LP1
1. The Laws of Nature
2. Over Again
3. The Technical Divide
4. Social Circles
5. Buried Beneath
6. Follow the Signs
1. Check Point Karma
2. The Laws of Nature (Instrumental)
3. The Technical Divide (Instrumental)
4. Social Circles (Instrumental)
5. Check Point Karma (Instrumental)
6. Over Again (Single Edit)
7. BONUS TRACK: Let the World Revolve$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Lime And Limpid GreenThe Claypool Lennon Delirium covers Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Who, and Travellin Flower Band on this four-song live EP.1. Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd)
2. Boris The Spider (The Who)
3. The Court of the Crimson King (King Crimson)
4. Satori (Travellin Flower Band)$19.9910 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
As Robert Fripp had done with King Crimson's first live LP, Earthbound (1972), USA is a single-disc concert package documenting the quartet during its 1974 swing through North America. As with its predecessor, USA was also issued as a sonic cenotaph of the concurrently defunct Krim. So insistent that the band would not be resurrected, Fripp concluded the LP's liner notes at the time with another three-letter epitaph: R.I.P. The 1973/1974 King Crimson included the collective efforts of Fripp (guitar/mellotron), David Cross (violin), John Wetton (bass/vocals), and Bill Bruford (drums/percussion). USA also includes notable violin overdubs by Eddie Jobson on the tracks Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2 and 21st Century Schizoid Man, as well as electric piano addendums to Lament. The opening drone re-creates the typical performance prelude, lifted directly from the Fripp and Brian Eno sonic sculpture No Pussyfooting (1973). The brusque juxtaposition of the ethereal opening to the aggressive Larks' Tongues in Aspic, Pt. 2 jolts the audience into the rips and snorts found during this tautly rendered instrumental. The readings of Lament and Exiles demonstrate this band's overwhelming sonic sensibilities. They are able to contrast and incorporate thick, viscous melodies and rhythms with alternately underlying sensitive, as well as ultimately beautiful, musical responses.1. Walk on.. No Pussyfooting
2. Larks Tongues In Aspic: Part II
5. Asbury Park
6. Easy Money
7. 21st Century Schizoid Man
9. Starless$37.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Magic Is A ChildA special deluxe reissue of the 1977 album from Prog masters Nektar, featuring a young Brooke Shields as cover model.
Bonus tracks feature alternate mixes including one with King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp PLUS a full audio disc of a never-before-heard recording of the band's 1977 show in New York!1. Away From Asgard
2. Magic Is A Child
3. Eerie Lackawanna
4. Midnite Lite
5. Love To Share (Keep Your Worries Behind You)
6. Train From Nowhere
8. On The Run (The Trucker)
9. Spread Your Wings$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-EVI-3604xThank You Scientist
Maps Of Non-Existent PlacesClaudio Sanchez has officially launched his record label Evil Ink Records and his first signing is New Jersey's young experimental progressive rock septet
Thank You Scientist. The newly formed label, distributed by INgrooves, will be releasing a fully remixed and remastered version of the band's 2012 debut
full-length record, Maps of Non-Existent Places, in time for their run with Coheed and Cambria's "Neverender:IKSSE3 Tour."
Claudio Sanchez knows a little bit about progressive music. His career has spanned 12 years and 7 albums, likely encompassing the longest concept
album arc in the history of rock and roll. Now, in effort to further support and promote his beloved complex genre, he has launched a label dedicated to
sharing a wealth of future talent with the first signing being the extremely talented seven-piece band Thank You Scientist.
For the uninitiated, Thank You Scientist was forged from the music program at Montclair State University in New Jersey when guitarist Tom Monda met
saxophonist Ellis Jasenovic and trumpeter Andrew Digrius. The three bonded over their love for Frank Zappa, Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Beatles and
Harry Nilsson. Those influences would become the seeds for what Thank You Scientist would evolve into today.
With the addition of vocalist Salvatore Marrano, bassist Greg Colacino, drummer Odin Alvarez and violinist Ben Karas, Thank You Scientist's lineup of
virtuoso musicians was complete. The band would go on to self-release an EP, The Perils of Time Travel, in 2011 followed by their debut full-length, Maps
of Non-Existent Places, in 2012, which caught the ear of Sanchez, a fellow purveyor of progressive stylings, and led to his signing of the band.
To pinpoint Thank You Scientist's sound would be inconceivable. On Maps of Non-Existent Places they hold a virtual master class on musicianship,
fusing elements of progressive rock with jazz fusion, classical, metal, psychedelic and pop for a head spinning, mind-blowing listening experience. The
seven-piece band, who collectively play some 20 instruments, boasts a hyper-composed sound which is indebted to their experience and formal training
in both classical and jazz idioms.
A Frank Zappa for the indie generation? Incubus jamming with the Mahavishnu Orchestra? Mr. Bungle and Steely Dan joining forces to fight Godzilla?
King Crimson and the Brecker Brothers serenading you at your bedside? It all seems so strange on paper, yet it's sure to satisfy your ears in the best of
2. A Salesman's Guide to Non-Existence
3. Feed the Horses
4. Blood On the Radio
6. Suspicious Waveforms
8. Concrete Swan Dive
9. In the Company of Worms
10. My Famed Disappearing Act$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
London '81Colored Vinyl
Vocalist/guitarist from the legendary prog rock bands King Crimson and Emerson, Lake & Palmer launched a solo career in 1981 and embarked on a spectacular worldwide tour captured on this historic live album and made available on vinyl for the very first time! Includes performances of songs from Lake's self-titled solo debut album plus phenomenal live versions of ELP's "Lucky Man," King Crimson's "21st Century Schizoid Man," and a guest appearance by guitar virtuoso Gary Moore!1. Fanfare For The Common Man
1. Karn Evil 9
2. Nuclear Attack
3. The Lie
4. Retribution Drive
5. Lucky Man
6. Parisienne Walkways
7. You've Really Got A Hold On Me
8. Love You Too Much
9. 21st Century Schizoid Man
10. The Court Of The Crimson King
11. C'est La Vie$25.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Beauty And The Beast (Picture Disc)7 Vinyl Picture Disc
Originally released in the UK on 6th January, 1978 'BEAUTY AND THE BEAST' was the 2nd single to be taken from the album "HEROES",which was recorded at the legendary Hansa Studios in Berlin. King Crimson's Robert Fripp plays on the track and has claimed that the lead guitar used on 'Beauty And The Beast' was his first take having arrived directly at Hansa Studios from New York.
The AA of the 7" picture disc is a previously unreleased live version of the "HEROES"album track 'BLACKOUT'recorded on the 16th May, 1978 at the Deutschlandhalle, Berlin during the ISOLAR II tour.1. Beauty and the Beast (2017 Remastered Version)
2. Blackout (Live)$14.997 Vinyl Single Picture Disc Buy Now
Another Green World (Awaiting Repress)From November 1975, 'Another Green World' represents the bridge between Brian's ground-breaking pop career and his early experiments with ambient music. This time around he was ably assisted in the studio by Robert Fripp from King Crimson, Phil Collins and Percy Jones from Brand X and, on viola, The Velvet Underground's John Cale. The album features 5 vocal and 9 instrumental songs including the title track which will be known to many as the theme to the BBC arts programme, 'Arena'.1. Sky Saw
2. Over Fire Island
3. St. Elmo's Fire
4. In Dark Trees
5. The Big Ship
6. I'll Come Running (To Tie Your Shoes)
7. Another Green World
8. Sombre Reptiles
9. Little Fishes
10. Golden Hours
12. Zawinul / Lava
13. Everything Merges With The Night
14. Spirits Drifting$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Selling England By The Pound
180g Audiophile Vinyl
Half Speed Mastering
2008 Mixes By Nick Davis & Genesis
Pressed At Pallas GmbH
When this album was originally released in 1973 (the same year as the famed Live set), Genesis had become one of the fastest-rising groups on the pop scene. The band's blend of classical instincts, theatrical presentation, as well as whimsically complex and daring arrangements established them as leaders of the British progressive rock movement, along with fellow giants Yes, ELP, Pink Floyd, King Crimson, and Jethro Tull. After returning to the studio, these talented musicians continued to labor and experiment. The result of their effort is Selling England by the Pound, considered by some to equal their masterpiece, Lamb Lies Down on Broadway. It was truly a group effort and is still widely-acknowledged as one of the great albums from the 1970s! And in what was perhaps a foreshadowing of things to come, drummer Phil Collins made his vocal debut here on the song, More Fool Me.1. Dancing With The Moonlit Night
2. I Know What I Like (In Your Wardrobe)
3. Firth Of Fifth
4. More Fool Me
5. The Battle Of Epping Forest
6. After The Ordeal
7. The Cinema Show
8. Aisle Of Plenty$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The World Became The WorldImport
Premiata Forneria Marconi, better known in English speaking countries as P.F.M., were arguably the finest Italian Progressive rock band of the 1970s and certainly one of the most well known. A successful act in their home land, they came to international attention when they signed to Emerson, Lake and Palmer's label MANTICORE in 1973. They recorded the album The World Became The World in 1974. With English lyrics, some penned by ELP and King Crimson lyricist Pete Sinfield, this edition of PFMs second album for Manticore has been re-mastered from the analogue tapes. Includes lyrics and fully restored artwork.1. The Mountain
2. Just Look Away
3. The World Became The World
4. Four Holes In The Ground
5. Is My Face On Straight
6. Have Your Cake And Beat It$39.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MVDR-ROC-4529xEmerson, Lake & Palmer
Once Upon A Time In South AmericaA superb collection of later day live Emerson, Lake and Palmer concert performances, recorded in South America at Estadio Chile, Santiago, Chile April 1, 1993, at Obra Stadium, Buenas Aires, Argentina, April 5, 1993 and the Metropolitan Theater, Rio de Janiero, Brazil, August 16, 1997. This collection covers some of the best known hits of Emerson, Lake and Palmer, The Nice and King Crimson and is especially poignant with the recent passing of Keith Emerson and Greg Lake.
Good enough to crank it up to 10, these tracks on this LP compilation are complete, as performed in concert by ELP and you're hearing them exactly how the songs were performed on stage.LP 1
1. Introductory Fanfare
3. Knife Edge
4. Lucky Man
6. Medley: Fanfare For the Common Man, America, Rondo
1. Paper Blood
2. Black Moon
3. Creole Dance
4. Instrumental Jam
5. From the Beginning
6. Karn Evil 9 1st Impression
7. Pictures At An Exhibition
8. 21st Century Schizoid Man$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ForestelevisionLesbian are a peculiar band, and not just in name alone. This Seattle-based four piece is one of the more eclectic acts to grace progressive metal, touting influences based in doom metal, 70s prog rock, black metal, and grunge. Combining all these seemingly disparate elements together may seem like an absurd task, but when psychedelics are involved, anything is possible. The group's latest effort explores these sounds and more in the course of a single forty minute track, Forestelevision.
Forestelevision is as suitable a title as any considering the structure and content that lies within. Lesbian shuffle through genres and moods as if flipping through channels while doped out on cough syrup. ADD applied to metal has allowed for the creation of some very off-the-wall music, but few approach this attention deficit as slowly evolving as Lesbian. At a whopping 44 minutes, Forestelevision crawls and plods along throughout a myriad of vignettes and experimentation in a way that is as challenging as it is awe-inspiring. Typically, spoiler alerts don't apply to music. However, given the nature of Forestelevision, the surprises that may lie around the corner upon first listen can make for an exhilarating experience. Going in blind yields the best results, but for those in need of more convincing may read on.
The album first opens to trudging doom metal riffs with vocals bringing to mind the likes of a young Ihsahn before giving way to riffing not out of place on a King Crimson record. These motifs continue to grow and change form through solos and synth leads in epic fashion. It isn't until halfway through Forestelevision when the band picks up considerable speed and begins to sound like something in the realm of post-blackened thrash before bottoming out again in a breakdown not unheard of from death metal greats Suffocation.
And this is just the tamer side of the group. Things get downright bizarre in the album's second climactic half. Following a barrage of math rock, sludge, and oddball soundtrack work that would expect to hear in an episode of Scooby-Doo, the band pulls off a shockingly convincing King Diamond impression almost out of nowhere, falsetto screams and power metal galloping riffs included. The band closes the show in an explosive crescendo of tremolo picked power chords and blasts of cymbals. Even with the considerable length, the fact that the band were able to make such a strange transformation from bleak doom to triumphant classic metal feel so natural is deserving of praise.
As excessive or self-indulgent as Forestelevision may seem, the ideas explored within are often captivating and epic as much as they are crushing and brutal. This is a culmination of all the insanity found throughout rock and metal condensed into a single epic track, and on more than one occasion can elicit a mouthing of "what the fuck am I listening to?" Those with enough patience to sit through Forestelevision will be left confused and disoriented, but compelled enough to go back for a second helping.1. Forestelevision$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Fusion SyndicateFrom the producer of The Prog Collective comes a new supergroup of unparalleled musical virtuosos who cut loose on this jazz-rock fusion album.
Features performances by members of the biggest names in fusion including Mahavishnu Orchestra, Yellowjackets, Brand X, Soft Machine, and Spyro Gyra plus Yes, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Tool, Porcupine Tree, Hawkwind and more.1. Random Acts Of Science - Rick Wakeman (Yes), Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Nik Turner (Hawkwind), Jimmy Haslip (Yellowjackets / Alan Holdsworth)
2. Stone Cold Infusion - Steve Stevens, Jordan Rudess (Dream Theater / Liquid Tension Experiment), Mel Collins (King Crimson), Colin Edwin (Porcupine Tree), Billy Cobham (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
3. Molecular Breakdown - Jay Beckenstein (Spyro Gyra), Billy Sheehan (Steve Vai), Gavin Harrison (Porcupine Tree), David Sancious (The E Street Band)
4. Particle Accelerations - Larry Coryell, Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater / Black Country Communion), Eric Marienthal (Chick Corea Elektric Band), Chester Thompson (Genesis / Brand X)
5. At The Edge Of The Middle - Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), Jim Beard (Mahavishnu Orchestra), Randy Brecker (Blood, Sweat & Tears), Percy Jones (Soft Machine / Brand X)
6. Atom Smashing - John Etheridge (Soft Machine), Tony Kaye (Yes), Chad Wackerman (Frank Zappa)
7. In The Spirit Of - Steve Hillage (Gong), Scott Kinsey (Tribal Tech), Theo Travis (Steven Wilson Band), Justin Chancellor (Tool), Asaf Sirkis (The Orient House Ensemble)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Black Light Syndrome (Awaiting Repress)This power trio has famous roots, and they've brought it all together masterfully. First cut The Sun Road starts off like a tune off of David Gilmour's first solo album and then vanishes into a driving, power-chorded surge of soulful rock. Next, Dark Corners is a massive rocker that pulls you under its powerful whirlpool of guitar/bass/drum frenzy. Stevens tortures the guitar into absolute submission without any predictable riffs. Levin looms everywhere, and Bozzio flows in a polyrhythmic jungle. Fine interactive tension and execution everywhere. This goes way beyond King Crimson's Red days.
Duende opens with flamenco guitar firebursts, and slowly builds into a decent Spanish-flavored piece. Not my favorite, but well done. The title cut, Black Light Syndrome, is obviously a play on Bozzio Levin Stevens. It is a slower-paced dirge and filled to the brim with a variety of well-executed riffs, basslines, and drum tech.
Falling in Circles is an early Floydscape dotted with Ronnie Montrose leads, a ballad of driving determination and resolve. Floods of Satriani, Wishbone Ash, Alvin Lee, Fripp, Buck Dharma, and even that Duane Allman tone.
Book of Hours took me right back to Wheels of Fire's Pressed Rat and Warthog, rainy-day dreamy afternoons with a fresh pot of designer coffee. Levin, Bozzio, and Stevens play off of one another precisely as one mind.
On the last cut, Chaos/Control, you hear that E7 breakdown from Hendrix's Midnight on War Heroes, and then a jazzy boogie in classic Frank Marino style is laid down. Stevens is a guitarist with a wide range of dynamics.
- John W. Patterson (All Music Guide)1. The Sun Road
2. Dark Corners
4. Black Light Syndrome
5. Falling in Circles
6. Book of Hours
7. Chaos / Control$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
GenerationJoyrides atop a walloping disco beat and furious percussive guitars, headed somewhere between the Rapture, Chic, and Talking Heads, but with a cartoonish giddiness that takes me back to the heyday of Junior Senior and Scissor Sisters. - Stereogum
Rising stars - DJ Mag
On their full-length 2014 debut Voyage, L.A duo De Lux learned how to
take their influences and create a sound all their own-a beyond-their-years
synthesis of post-punk, disco, funk and of course synthesizer wizardry,
drawing inspiration from the same combination of agitation and exhilaration
that helped LCD Soundsystem and Talking Heads deliver some of the most
danceable social commentary ever. And now that they've found their sound,
De Lux are creating a story to go with it on their new album Generation: "All
of these things that they put us through," sings co-founder and multi-instrumentalist
Sean Guerin, "I'm writing it down / I'm writing it down."
They first started writing Generation in the kind of uncommitted
instances that happen so rarely once a new band puts out its first album. Once
Voyage was released, De Lux found themselves playing and interviewing and
touring and remixing-"All fun!" says Sean-but they had to fight to find time
to write. A random Instagram of work-in-progress song "It's A Combination"
was the tipping point, when Sean and co-founder Isaac Franco realized they'd
been rough-drafting for a year: "Let's finish it now," they decided, and that's
the exact moment when Generation officially started.
They returned to the L.A. practice space where they wrote and recorded
Voyage, this time with new instruments-like the little-known but sought-after
synthesizer guitar beloved of King Crimson's Adrian Belew-and new inspirations,
chief among them punk peformance artist Karen Finley, whose 1987
debut album Sean discovered at a Seattle record store simply because it
looked promising. Her infamously uncensored lyrics made him realize there
was more he could sing about, too: "You admire the ambition behind her
saying whatever she wants," he says.
So if Generation is a darker album than Voyage-and it's inherited plenty
of the modern urban anxiety of David Byrne-that's because it's a fearlessly
honest and candid album, too. In fact, call it a millennial documentary. In
Generation's eleven songs, De Lux chart the distance between childhood and
adulthood, nostalgia and aspiration and dream and reality, all with unflinching
autobiographical detail. (And with a secret nod to the Pokemon theme, too.)
Says Sean: "When I write lyrics, I try and be as specific as possible. We think
about if someone listens to us in 30 years: 'Oh, that's what was going on at
The result is a sort of Less Than Zero for the post-Social Network era.
Think of it as a nighttime freeway drive that starts with the propulsive "L.A.
Threshold" and rides the borderline between feel-good rhythm and artfully
sophisticated sentiment. "There's dark moments, but it's still fun," explains
Sean. "The first album was just more innocent." There's new space in De Lux's
sense of rhythm and groove, says Isaac, for Sean to say what he needs to say:
"The song gives him the freedom to be himself."
And so Generation is an album about high highs, low lows and the vast
space in between. "Center of L.U.B" is a roller-skate jam that starts with a
Can-style guitar riff before spinning into an examination of one utility company
employee's ennui-you knew this wasn't going to be a love song,
right?-while "It's A Combination" is a brooding Italo disco track and
unexpected piano piece "Conditions" is like Harry Nilsson or John Lennon
suddenly transplanted to Rough Trade Records. Then there's the alternately
hilarious and harrowing "Oh Man The Future"-a satirical reading on the shape
of things to come, propelled by a bass-and-drum rhythm right off one of ESG's
first EPs-to the desolate-yet-funky "When Your Life Feels Like A Loss," where
De Lux dissect just what happens when "you think you're special/no, you're
not special/you're just an average guy."
In other words, Generation isn't a departure. This is De Lux going
deeper, not farther away, and the result is surely the most anthropologically
daring dancefloor album of the year. That might seem difficult to pull off, but
that's why they did it, explains Sean: "At some point we realized creativity is
just limitless," he says. "You can do anything. There might be certain people
who think, 'Oh, you can't do that.' That's when you say, 'Well-I'm doing it!'"1. LA Threshold
3. Living In An Open Place
4. Center of L.U.B.
5. Simba Simba Simba
6. No One Really Cares Who You Are
7. Oh Man The Future
9. When Your Life Feels Like A Loss
10. It's A Combination
11. Someday Now$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Foreigner (Awaiting Repress)Blockbuster 1977 Debut Packed With Anthemic Classic Rock Hits and Heroic Guitar Riffs
Feels Like the First Time: You've Never Heard Foreigner Sound So Immediate, Detailed, Warm, and Dynamic in Analog
System-Testing Sonics: Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Master Tapes
Blissful feelings arise at the mere mention of 70s arena rock. It gives listeners the permission to have fun, sing along to aircraft-hangar-size choruses, play air guitar solos, forget about any troubles, recall the experience of a first kiss, and quite simply, rock out. Few albums better instill these pleasures than Foreigners 1977 self-titled debut album, a five-times platinum blockbuster chock full of salacious riffs, soaring vocals, edgy beats, and lyrics that practically demand to be shouted. And while the record has always boasted clean, immediate production, never before has it exploded with the dynamic intensity and rich transparency now made possible on Mobile Fidelitys dynamic 180g LP. This is what rock n roll dreams are made of.
Spearheaded by guitar hero Mick Jones, fresh off success with Spooky Tooth, Foreigner rallied around a talented collective pulled from the U.S. and U.K. Joining up with former King Crimson instrumentalist Ian McDonald and drummer Dennis Elliott, as well as keyboardist Al Greenwood and bassist Ed Gagliardi, Jones completed the puzzle with the addition of extraordinary singer Lou Gramm, whose vocal timbre and limitless pipes remain one of the most instantly identifiable combinations in music. Before long, two eternal radio classicsFeels Like the First Time and Cold As Ice, composed on a miniature piano and inspired by Hollywood star Joan Crawfordwere in the bag. Eight more tunes, each as solid as those that came before, followed, and Foreigner quickly became an overnight rock sensation.
In contrast to much of the eras angrier fare and crudely produced music, Foreigner stood out by way of its clean, muscular, professional production. Still, Mobile Fidelity believed that underneath the surfaces, an even fresher, bigger-sounding record loomed. Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, MoFis 180g LP presents the sextets roof-raising anthems and scintillating blend of guitars, synths, and Gramms soulful vocals across a wider, deeper soundstage than ever before imagined. Instrumental separation, tonal balance, and imaging are absolutely superb. Better still, the songs come across with an assertive liveliness that adds to their enjoyment, structure, and melodic character. The accessory flutes, saxophones, and synthesizer solos have never sounded so enmeshed within the overall sonic fabric.
Get ready to hear your new favorite 70s rock album and push the limits of your systems dynamics.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Feels Like the First Time
2. Cold as Ice
5. The Damage Is Done
6. Long, Long Way from Home
7. Woman Oh Woman
8. At War with the World
9. Fool for You Anyway
10. I Need You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
WARB-WAR-6837xStardeath And White Dwarfs
The BirthAfter traversing the galaxy as the road crew for fellow Oklahomans The Flaming Lips, a strange yet melodically intoxicating band has emerged, the psych/prog/experimental pop quartet Stardeath And White Dwarfs. One-half stoners with nothing to do but roll joints on their King Crimson record sleeves and one-half confetti launchers/space bubble technicians, Stardeath And White Dwarfs debut their own free-floating circus with their first full-length album, The Birth. A mind-trip of emotion and mood, recalling everything from upper dance freak-outs to downer Floyd-esque anthems, The Birth celebrates a love of all things psychedelic. This standard-weight black-vinyl release is housed in a single-pocket jacket with a digital download card for the full album.
Stardeath And White DWarfs independently released the six song EP, Thats Cool, in 2005, followed by the 7 single in the U.K., Toast & Marmalade For Tea/Chemical, on Half Machine Records in 2008. The band has toured with Deerhoof, British Sea Power, Band Of Horses, Starlight Mints and The Flaming Lips.
1. The Sea Is On Fire
2. New Heat
3. Keep Score
4. The Birth
5. Those Who Are From The Sun Return To The Sun
6. I Can't Get Away
7. The Age Of The Freak
8. Country Ballad
9. The March
10. Smoking Pot Makes Me Not Want To Kill Myself$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now