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Kinks Face To Face'
Face To FaceIn celebration of the 50th Anniversary of The Kinks. Black vinyl reissue of the 4th LP from The Kinks. Originally released in 1966, reached #135 US & #12 UK Album Charts. Includes "Sunny Afternoon" (#14 US / #1 UK)1. Party Line
2. Rosie Won't You Please Come Home
4. Too Much on My Mind
5. Session Man
6. Rainy Day in June
7. House in the Country
8. Holiday in Waikiki
9. Most Exclusive Residence for Sale
11. Little Miss Queen of Darkness
12. You're Lookin' Fine
13. Sunday Afternoon
14. I'll Remember$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Everybody's In Show-Biz
150 Gram Vinyl
Two Inserts: Original Lyric Sheet Plus Second Insert With Bonus Track Info
Contains The Original 2-LP Plus A Third LP With 9 Previously Unreleased Live And Studio Tracks
First released in August 1972, Everybody's In Show-Biz was The Kinks' tenth studio album, arriving within a year of the acclaimed Muswell Hillbillies (the group's debut album for RCA Records). The original double-LP Everybody's In Show-Biz contained a complete studio album (which premiered the all-time Kinks classic Celluloid Heroes among other tracks) and a live disc chronicling The Kinks' Carnegie Hall appearance in March 1972.
The 2016 Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes the original album, produced by Raymond Douglas Davies, in its entirety alongside a full disc's worth of previously unissued studio sessions outtakes (recorded for the album in 1972 at Morgan Studios, Willesden, London) and live material (recorded March 2-3, 1972 during The Kinks' triumphant Carnegie Hall concert run).
The new edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes in-depth liner notes penned especially for this release by noted rock scholar David Fricke.
A concept album of sorts, Everybody's In Show-Biz drew its themes and inspirations from the trials, tribulations and triumphs of life as a touring musician. (The raucous Carnegie Hall recordings on the album come from one of the first North American concerts performed by The Kinks after the lift of a four-year ban imposed on the group by the American Federation of Musicians in 1965.) The songs on Everybody's In Show-Biz were initially intended to serve as the soundtrack to The Colossal Shirt, a never-realized feature film about The Kinks on the road.
Life keeps using me, keeps on abusing me, mentally and physically, Davies sings on the album's Maximum Consumption. I gotta stay fit, stay alive, need fuel inside, eat food to survive . Stylistically, Everybody's in Show-Biz finds Davies further exploring his interest in Americana-inspired musical arrangements as heard on Muswell Hillbillies.
Everybody's In Show-Biz showcases the second great classic Kinks line-up: frontman Ray Davies, guitarist Dave Davies, bassist John Dalton, keyboardist John Gosling and drummer Mick Avory, joined by brass and woodwind players Mike Cotton, John Beecham and Alan Holmes (all of whom played on Muswell Hillbillies).
The Carnegie Hall recordings include a variety of Kinks originals in addition to unconventional covers including Mr. Wonderful (from the Sammy Davis Jr.-led musical of the same name), the 1920s popular standard Baby Face (made famous by Al Jolson) and The Banana Boat Song (a calypso-folk perennial popularized by Harry Belafonte).
The new Legacy Edition of Everybody's In Show-Biz includes never-before-heard live versions of Sunny Afternoon, Get Back in Line, Complicated Life and the rarely-played Long Tall Shorty as well as alternate versions of Supersonic Rocket Ship, Unreal Reality and the debut release of History, which foreshadowed The Kinks' next concept album, 1973's Preservation Act 1.LP 1
1. Here Comes yet Another Day
2. Maximum Consumption
3. Unreal Reality
4. Hot Potatoes
5. Sitting In My Hotel
7. You Don't Know My Name
8. Supersonic Rocket Ship
9. Look A Little On the Sunny Side
10. Celluloid Heroes
1. Top of the Pops (Live)
3. Mr. Wonderful(Live)
4. Acute Schizophrenia Paranoia Blues(Live)
6. Muswell Hillbilly(Live)
8. Banana Boat Song(Live)
9. Skin and Bone(Live)
10. Baby Face(Live)
1. 'Til the End of the Day (Live)
2. You're Looking Fine (Live)
3. Get Back In Line (Live)
4. Have A Cuppa Tea (Live)
5. Sunny Afternoon (Live)
6. Complicated Life (Live)
7. Long Tall Shorty (Live)
9. Supersonic Rocket Ship (Alternate mix)$29.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nobody KnowsThe last time I came across the Len Price 3 was in 2010 and this album give me about as much pleasure as that last one did - lots.
If you were to define a 'London' sound of the sixties then this is it. There are echoes of The Kinks and The Who as well as later London bands like Madness but they are a quintessentially original outfit and there is nothing here that sniffs of copying.
Their spare beat laden pop is wonderfully edgy, especially on the Farfisa laden 'Swing Like A Monkey' but the best of them is on tracks that echo the songs and the bands of the sixties, telling stories of grandparents and odd acquaintances. 'My Grandad Jim' - rocky garage punk telling a story of an old soldier seen through the eyes of a teenager. The gonzoid guitar break is worth the price of the album on its own. Or then there is 'Vultures' with its stomping Beatle-esque stomp and a very Kinks meets Small Faces sound: the horn break is magic.
They can do the sad stuff too on tracks like 'Lonely': wistful and with harmonies that they heard on the West Coast it would make a great single.
'Preying Mantis' is a stunning piece of garage punk, spare and harsh, the sound is pure beat era but the theme is as modern as tomorrow or as old as last week.
'Medway Sun' is a real gem. Bucolic and wistful, definitely should be the pick for a single and definitely a theme for a forgotten part of the country.
Final track 'The London Institute' has just about everything - redolent of youth and reminiscence and with a Who-like sound that sticks in the mind and takes you back to listen again and again.
Every track has an identity and seems to reference a different element of the sixties sound but every track is also a tiny gem of music that can be held up to the light and marvelled at in its own right.
The Len Price 3 are a truly fine band and deserve a greater audience - check them out and enjoy!
- Andy Snipper (Music-News)1. Nobody Knows
2. Swing Like A Monkey
3. My Grandad Jim
5. Preying Mantis
7. Words Won't Come
8. Wigmore Sisters
9. Billy Manson
10. Couldn't Get Much Worse
11. Medway Sun
12. Nobody Knows (reprise)
13. The London Institute$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
High FidelityOriginal soundtrack to the film High Fidelity (15th Anniversary).
Gen X rock buffs can revel in nostalgia with the High Fidelity soundtrack. The film centers on the romantic escapades of record-store owner and ex-club DJ Rob Gordon (John Cusack) and his full-time obsession with music. Since High Fidelity has as much to do with vinyl addiction as it does with the difficulties of love, great care has been taken with its selection of tracks, a solidly eccentric collection of heartache-heavy pop gems ranging from obscure '60s bands and groundbreaking artists like the Velvet Underground and Bob Dylan, to Stevie Wonder and Stereolab. As in the film, there's a method to the compilers' elitist rock-geek madness. Even co-star Jack Black's schlocky blue-eyed cover of Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On doesn't seem out of place.
The inspired screeches of acid-fried '60s singer-songwriter Roky Erickson's You're Gonna Miss Me set the pace for the musing, hangdog tone of the album. Besides the joyous licks of the Kinks' Everybody's Gonna Be Happy and Royal Trux's hybrid of hip-hip, techno, and aggressive rock on Inside Game, the bulk of the set is composed of moody folk-rock tunes like Dylan's exquisite Most of the Time and the Velvets' Oh! Sweet Nuthin. Other noteworthy tracks include Love's Always See Your Face, the Beta Band's Dry the Rain, Elvis Costello's wistful Shipbuilding, the stinging irony of Smog's Cold Blooded Old Times, and Stevie Wonder's soulful optimism on I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever). It's a fine, complementary batch of tunes that not only enhances the film's mood but is integral to its theme, and, as High Fidelity's Rob Gordon would agree, it'll go down as one of the top five soundtracks [originally] released in 2000. - Derrick Mathis (AllMusic)LP 1
1. You're Gonna Miss Me - The 13th Floor Elevators
2. Everybody's Gonna Be Happy - The Kinks
3. I'm Wrong about Everything - John Wesley Harding
4. Oh! Sweet Nuthin' - The Velvet Underground
5. Always See Your Face - Love
6. Most Of The Time - Bob Dylan
7. Fallen For You - Sheila Nicholls
8. Dry The Rain - The Beta Band
1. Shipbuilding - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
2. Cold Blooded Old Times - Smog
3. Let's Get It On - Jack Black
4. Lo Boob Oscillator - Stereolab
5. Inside Game - Royal Trux
6. Who Loves The Sun - The Velvet Underground
7. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever) - Stevie Wonder$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Black Beauty28-page, full-color book (11" x 11")
Extensive essay by Ben Edmonds (Creem, Rolling Stone, Mojo) featuring all-new interviews
Abundant, never-before-seen photographs by Herbert Worthington (Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)
Brilliantly mastered by multi-GRAMMY® nominee Dan Hersch (Paul Simon, Kinks, Cars,The Band)
Mastered for vinyl by multi-GRAMMY® winner Doug Sax (The Who, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd)
Black Beauty, the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee's legendary psychedelic rock band Love, is available on 180-gram vinyl LP. Recorded in 1973 for the ambitious new label Buffalo Records,
the album remained unreleased when the company folded. Finally, after 39 years High Moon Records is honored to fulfill Arthur Lee's wish that Black Beauty be heard by music fans worldwide. Black Beauty is making its first-ever official release
in any format, anywhere! With unparalelled sound and state-of-the-art packaging, critics are hailing Black Beauty as an instant classic. Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an unreleased,
full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical
genius. Black Beauty is the missing link in a catalog that includes Forever Changes, the classic 1967 Love album the New York Times called "one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time. With Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing 70's-rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting - topped off by his most distinctive, snarling, soulful vocals ever. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the
album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee's fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.
It's tempting to play what-if with Love's lost labor, Black Beauty, which was recorded in 1973 but shelved for nearly four decades. What if Buffalo Records hadn't gone out of business just prior to the album's release? What if Black Beauty had actually hit stores? What if it hadn't languished in limbo until years after Arthur Lee's death? Would it have stopped Love's slide into obscurity? Would it have signaled a comeback for the man who masterminded Forever Changes, still one of the most complex and compelling artifacts of 1960s Los Angeles? Would his life and career have played out any differently? Would we think of him today as something other than a cult artist, inspired as well as damned by his era?
It's difficult to imagine any answers to those questions, but it says a lot about Lee that the album even raises these what-ifs and coulda-beens. The very qualities that made him such a fascinating voice-- restlessness, excitability, paranoia, perfectionism, single-mindedness-- may have doomed any commercial prospects more than his notorious fear of travel ever did. After recording Forever Changes, he fired the band and hired new musicians to take their places. Every subsequent album featured a different line-up, although the changes seem based more on personality than on musical direction or ability. Never stagnant, Love was in constant flux, always in a state of development but never quite arriving. So the operative question becomes: Was this the version of Love that Lee had been working toward?
For Black Beauty-- which is finally seeing release via High Moon Records, although the reissue has been delayed for two years-- Lee assembled guitarist Melvan Whittington, bass player Robert Rozelle, and drummer Joe Blocker. This may be the hardiest and most muscular of Love's post-Changes rosters, with remarkable force and range. With crisp production by Paul Rothchild, best known for his work with the Doors, Love build from a potent blues rock foundation not dissimilar to that of Jimi Hendrix, but without the distracting shamanistic persona and guitar pyrotechnics. "Walk Right In" struts into country rock territory, rewriting Cannon's Jug Stompers 1929 hit into a plea for empathy, and "Beep Beep" attempts a sort of pop reggae, albeit not entirely convincingly.
On the whole, this particular line-up sounds perfectly rough and unrehearsed, generating a tense energy on "Skid" and "Stay Away" even as they suggest a band still figuring out exactly what they can do together. It's a strong album, but it's not another Forever Changes, whose accomplishments in retrospect were unrepeatable, or even another Four Sail. On the other hand, Lee wasn't aiming to craft something in that vein. Still, especially considering the professional setbacks he had faced in the years leading up to Black Beauty-- which includes being dropped by Elektra and shuffling through a series of independent labels-- Lee sounds engaged and invigorated, forgoing the bitterness that had rankled the band for a slightly more hopeful outlook. On stand-out "Can't Find It", he sings, "Every time I cry my heart out, and every time I play the fool, but there's gotta be something in this lonely world for me." The confession is all the more bittersweet for being capped with the line, "but I can't find it without you." It's ostensibly a love song, but could just as easily be addressed to his audience. His creative satisfaction relies on having a listener to complete the circuit, which makes this album's long shelf life all the sadder.
-Stephen M. Deusner (Pitchfork, May 15, 2013)1. Young & Able
2. Midnight Sun
3. Can't Find It
4. Walk Right In
6. Beep Beep
7. Stay Away
8. Lonely Pigs
9. See Myself In You
10. Product Of The Times$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now