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Lost TapesFollowing Lambert's Mercury KX debut Sweet Apocalypse, the label releases Lambert's catalog on vinyl:
Stay in the Dark, Lost Tapes and Lambert.1.Hedi On The Bike
6.In The Woods
17.Cut$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
LambertFollowing Lambert's Mercury KX debut Sweet Apocalypse, the label releases Lambert's catalog on vinyl:
Stay in the Dark, Lost Tapes and Lambert.1.Finally
16.Hope Delays A Lot
20.Tanner$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Weight Of These WingsThe Weight of These Wings is the sixth studio album by American country music artist Miranda Lambert, set for release via RCA Records Nashville.LP 1
1. Runnin' Just in Case
2. Highway Vagabond
3. Ugly Lights
4. You Wouldn't Know Me
1. We Should Be Friends
2. Pink Sunglasses
3. Getaway Driver
1. Smoking Jacket
2. Pushin' Time
3. Covered Wagon
4. Use My Heart
1. Tin Man
2. Good Ol' Days
3. Things That Break
4. For the Birds
3. To Learn Her
4. Keeper of the Flame
1. Bad Boy
2. Six Degrees of Separation
3. Dear Old Sun
4. I've Got Wheels$37.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Stay In The DarkFollowing Lambert's Mercury KX debut Sweet Apocalypse, the label releases Lambert's catalog on vinyl:
Stay in the Dark, Lost Tapes and Lambert.1.Talk!
4.Stay In The Dark
9.Money & Love
11.The Sick System
12.The Ship$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Original HighMulti-platinum-selling, singer/songwriter Adam Lambert will release his highly anticipated third studio album THE ORIGINAL HIGH on June 16th, 2015 through Warner Bros. Records. Recorded in Stockholm, Sweden and Los Angeles, California with Max Martin and Shellback as executive producers (Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Pink, etc.), THE ORIGINAL HIGH displays a fresh sound for Lambert, and includes collaborations with Tove Lo and Brian May from Queen.1. Ghost Town
2. The Original High
3. Another Lonely Night
5. There I Said It
6. Rumors (feat. Tove Lo)
7. Evil In The Night
8. Lucy (feat. Brian May)v
9. Things I Didn't Say
10. The Light
11. Heavy Fire$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heart On My SleeveBefore Mary Lambert achieved "quasi-stardom" (as she puts it in her typical self-deprecating way) for writing and singing the hook on Macklemore & Ryan
Lewis' marriage equality anthem "Same Love," the Seattle native was an aspiring singer-songwriter who also worked as a brunch waitress and bartender.
After years of struggling both financially and personally, Lambert suddenly found herself signed to Capitol Records, releasing an EP (Welcome To The
Age of My Body), nominated for two Grammy Awards (for "Song of the Year" and "Album of The Year"), and making history performing on the Grammy
telecast with Macklemore, Lewis, and Madonna, while Queen Latifah memorably married 33 couples. "I like to describe Heart On My Sleeve as a pop
album with a conscience," Lambert says about her debut full-length album. "So I made a list of goals" to: 1. Have fun. 2. Create something catchy. 3.
Create something that positively impacts the world. 4. Stay true to yourself. 5. Make money. "Is that okay to say?" she asks.
Written within the past year (with lyrics by Lambert and music co-written by Lambert, co-producers Eric Rosse and Benny Cassette, and songwriter
MoZella), Heart On My Sleeve is an honest depiction of where Lambert is now. "I can only write about the experiences I've had. I signed to a major label. I
went through a break-up. I figured out how to be an independent person. I have been terrifyingly honest to the public about traumatic events in my life. I
met the woman of my dreams. I have been on the road nonstop, away from those I love, but with the opportunity to sing about gay rights to hundreds of
thousands of people. This album is inspired by the depth of all of that love, and the journey that it takes to get there." "Heart On My Sleeve" is a dusky
love song that Lambert chose as the title track because she felt it summed up how she approached writing the lyrics on the album. "I've always lived my
life completely open, both to getting hurt, but also to love," she says. Lambert also spells out her mission on the album's first single, "Secrets," which - set
to a buoyant pop melody and hand-claps - is meant to encourage vulnerability.1. Secrets
2. So Far Away
3. Rib Cage ft. K Flay, Angel Haze
4. Dear One
5. When You Sleep
6. Chasing the Moon
7. Jessie's Girl
9. Heart on My Sleeve
10. Wounded Animal
11. Sum of Our Parts$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lackluster MeThe reissue of Lackluster Me, specially remastered by Joe Lambert to capture a previously unheard crispness and dynamic range, marks the first time it has appeared on vinyl.1. Lackluster Me
3. You Should Have Told Me
4. Foreign Film
5. Flowers for Sylvia
6. I Still Cry
7. Sycamore Leaves
9. Butt Out
10. This, That & The Other
11. Hey Luchie
13. If You Tell$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Greatest Hits: God's Favorite BandThe collection chronicles the sonic journey of one of the most essential and dynamic rock bands in recent history. The playlist includes 20 hits spanning the band's prolific 31 years as a band, plus a brand new song called Back In The USA and a new duet with award-winning Country Music superstar Miranda Lambert on Ordinary World.1. 2000 Light Years Away
3. Welcome To Paradise
4. Basket Case
5. When I Come Around
7. Brain Stew
8. Hitchin' a Ride
9. Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)
12. American Idiot
13. Boulevard of Broken Dreams
15. Wake Me Up When September Ends
16. Know Your Enemy
17. 21 Guns
18. Oh Love
19. Bang Bang
20. Still Breathing
21. Ordinary World (feat Miranda Lambert)
22. Back In The USA$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hell On Heels"The music of the Pistol Annies is the three of us truly being ourselves-not only in our songwriting and storytelling, but also in the way we perform as a team. We wanted to make music that people talk about but might not want to admit and it's the kind of raw and honest country music that deserves to be on vinyl," said Miranda.
The trio was born during a songwriting session with Lambert, a.k.a. "Lonestar Annie" and Monroe, a.k.a "Hipppie Annie." While writing and sharing stories, Monroe decided that Lambert and Presley, a.k.a "Holler Annie," needed to meet, and a midnight phone call with the three of them launched the group. The three of them wrote and co-wrote every song on the album and were joined by Pistol Andy, a.k.a Blake Shelton, on the song "Family Feud."1. Hell On Heels
2. Lemon Drop
4. Bad Example
5. Housewife's Prayer
6. Takin' Pills
7. Boys From The South
8. The Hunter's Wife
9. Trailer For Rent
10. Family Feud$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wayfaring Strangers: Guitar SoliTrack listing:
1 Beginning Dana Westover
2 Raga In 'd' Ted Lucas
3 Sailors Dream Scott Witte
4 Flight George Cromarty
5 Diagonal Richard Crandell
6 Baba Dream Songs Daniel Hecht
7 The Delta Freeze Jim Ohlschmidt
8 No More School Stephen Cohen
9 Untitled William Eaton
10 Strawberry Man Mark Lang
11 Quidate Quierda Tom Smith
12 Charleytown Dan Lambert
13 Warm River Brad Chequer
14 One Forty Eight Dwayne Cannan$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Club Album Live From Yellow LoungeIn May of 2015, violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter gave a truly unique concert: rather than standing on stage in one of the world's renowned well-tempered grand concert halls, she spent two evenings playing in a tiny graffiti-scrawled nightclub in Berlin. Recorded in front of a standing-room only audience, this new 2-LP release includes popular works by Bach, Copland, Gershwin, Tchaikovsky, Vivaldi and many more. Mutter is joined by Mahan Esfahani, Lambert Orkis and the Mutter VirtuosiLP1
1. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Concerto In G Minor, RV 315, The Summer - Presto
2. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
3. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Andante con moto e poco rubato
4. Gershwin - Three Preludes - Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
5. Tchaikovsky - Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42 - MÉlodie
6. Brahms - Hungarian Dance No.1 In G Minor, WoO 1
7. Debussy - Children's Corner, L. 113 - Golliwogg's Cakewalk (Arranged by Jascha Heifetz)
8. Debussy - Suite bergamasque, L. 75 - Clair de lune (Arranged by Alexandre Rolens)
1. Copland - Rodoe - Hoe Down
2. Bach - Ava Maria
3. Benjamin - Jamaican Rumba
4. Vivaldi - The Four Seasons - Concerto In F Minor, RV 297, The Winter - Allegro non molto
5. Williams - Schindler's List - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Theme
6. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Vivace
7. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Largo ma non tanto
8. Bach - Double Concerto For 2 Violins, Strings, And Continuo In D Minor, BWV 1043 - Allegro
9. Schubert - 12 Bagatelles, Op. 13 - L'Abeille$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
TrueLoaded with sick beats and sonic explorations, Sweden's top EDM DJ kills on his 2013 debut album True. With hot dance floor grooves, Avicii (ak.a Tom Bergling) explodes with EDM fun. Going for a truly global sound, Avicii picks up several bluegrass rifs. More straight-up electronic fare is sure to move your rump. This album peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 chart in both 2014 and 2015. It's biggest hits have been Hey Brother, Wake Me Up, Addicted to You and You Make Me. Former American Idol contestant Adam Lambert makes an appearance on Lay Me Down. Produced by Aloe Blacc.1.Wake Me Up
2.You Make Me
4.Addicted To You
7.Shame On Me
8.Lay Me Down
9.Hope There's Someone
10.Heart Upon My Sleeve$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FuseFuse is the eighth studio album by New Zealand-born Australian country music singer Keith Urban. It was originally released on September 10th, 2013 via Capitol Nashville. The album includes features from Miranda Lambert and Eric Church and has spawned six singles, four of which have topped the newly introduced Billboard Country Airplay chart, making it his first album to produce four chart-topping singles.
Upon release, the album debuted atop both the Billboard 200 and Billboard Top Country Albums charts, making this Urban's fourth (non-consecutive) number one album on the latter. It received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who complimented the more diverse musical styles explored on the songs.1. Somewhere in My Car
2. Even the Stars Fall 4 U
3. Cop Car
5. Good Thing
6. We Were Us
7. Love's Poster Child
8. She's My 11
9. Come Back to Me
10. Red Camaro
11. Little Bit of Everything
12. Raise 'Em Up
13. Heart Like Mine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Hottest New Group In Jazz (Pure Pleasure)The premier jazz vocal act of all time, Lambert, Hendricks & Ross revolutionized vocal music during the late '50s and early '60s by turning away from the increasingly crossover slant of the pop world to embrace the sheer musicianship inherent in vocal jazz. Applying the concepts of bop harmonies to swinging vocal music, the trio transformed dozens of instrumental jazz classics into their own songs, taking scat solos and trading off licks and riffs in precisely the same fashion as their favorite improvising musicians. Vocal arranger Dave Lambert wrote dense clusters of vocal lines for each voice that, while only distantly related, came together splendidly. Jon Hendricks wrote clever, witty lyrics to jazz standards like Summertime, Moanin', and Twisted, and Annie Ross proved to be one of the strongest, most dexterous female voices in the history of jazz vocals. Together Lambert, Hendricks & Ross paved the way for vocal groups like Manhattan Transfer while earning respect from vocalists and jazz musicians alike.
- Dave Lambert (vocals)
- Joe Hendricks (vocals)
- Annie Ross (vocals)
- Harry Edison (trumpet)
- Gildo Mahones (piano)
- Ike Isaacs (bass)
- Jimmy Wormworth (drums)
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. Charleston Alley
7. Gimme That Wine
10. Everybody's Boppin'$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Same Trailer Different ParkKacey Musgraves is a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from Golden, Texas. She's written songs for Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert and most recently she co-wrote the song Undermine that appeared in the second episode of the ABC drama, Nashville. Kacey wrote or co-wrote every track on her debut album, Same Trailer Different Park, which was co-produced by Kacey, Shane McAnally and Luke Laird. The album features her current top 15 hit single Merry Go 'Round, which has already been heavily praised by Billboard, NPR, Washington Post, NY Post and Rolling Stone.
The making of this record was such a fun and meaningful time for me, said Musgraves. As a writer, singer and producer I learned so much throughout the whole process. I am proud and excited to present a project alongside Shane McAnally and Luke Laird that came from a very real and inspired place in my brain and heart.1. Silver Lining
2. My House
3. Merry Go 'Round
5. Blowin' Smoke
6. I Miss You
7. Stepp Off
8. Back On The Map
9. Keep It To Yourself
11. Follow Your Arrow
12. It Is What It Is$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
It Goes Like This2013 album from the Country singer/songwriter and son of Rhett Akins. The Valdosta, GA, native spent his high school years dabbling in songwriting and playing in a band with friends. Thomas Rhett signed his first publishing deal with EMI while still a student at Lipscomb University in Nashville, and shortly thereafter, signed a record deal with The Valory Music Co.
The talented singer has scored two Top 15 hits - the poignant 'Beer With Jesus' and 'Something To Do With My Hands.' The album also features 'It Goes Like This.' As a gifted songwriter, he has penned two Jason Aldean hits. homas Rhett has previously been on the road with Toby Keith, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Brantley Gilbert, among others.1. Whatcha Got In That Cup
2. Something To Do With My Hands
3. Get Me Some Of That
4. Call Me Up
5. It Goes Like This
6. Make Me Wanna
7. Front Porch Junkies (Remix)
8. In A Minute
9. Take You Home
10. Sorry For Partyin'
11. All-American Middle Class White Boy
12. Beer With Jesus$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Who: Live At The Fillmore East 1968Universal Music will issue The Who Live at the Fillmore East 1968, a set of unreleased recordings from the second of two nights played at Bill Graham's legendary, but short-lived, venue in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.
The Who's manager Kit Lambert had recorded both the 5th and 6th of April shows of '68 with a view to issuing as The Who's fourth album after Sell Out. That never happened, but 50 years later sound engineer Bob Pridden (who was there in 1968) has restored and mixed songs from the 6 April show for this new archival release.
The setlist features extended versions of My Generation (33 minutes!), A Quick One , Shakin' All Over and many other Who classics. This will be issued as a gatefold triple vinyl set.LP 1
1. Summertime Blues
2. Fortune Teller
4. Little Billy
5. I Can't Explain
6. Happy Jack
1. I'm A Boy
2. A Quick One
3. My Way
4. C'mon Everybody
5. Shakin' All Over
6. Boris The Spider
1. My Generation (Part 1)
2. My Generation (Part 2)$49.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Shine On Rainy DayOut on Low Country Sounds/Elektra Records, Shine On Rainy Day was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, etc.) and recorded live over four days in Nashville.
Of the music and working with producer (and cousin) Dave Cobb, Brent comments, "It's not as good as it's going to get. But if it's the last thing that I ever do, if I died the day after it came out, then thank God I was able to record it because the songs and the production, it was everything I wanted to say. Finally."
Dave adds, "I wanted to work with Brent for very selfish reasons. When he lifts a pen and opens his mouth, it sounds like home. I did his record because he's part of the fabric of South Georgia and the soundtrack to my family. Pure rural country soul filled music."
Already receiving notice, Brent was recently featured on WXPN's World CafÉ (listen to the full session here), while Rolling Stone featured him as one of their "30 Must-See Acts" at CMA Fest 2016, asserting, "Live, he's every bit the charming raconteur, setting up catchy rural anthems that have the loose and earthy feel of a front porch sing-along."
Additionally, earlier this year, Brent was featured on Dave's widely praised Southern Family compilation-contributing the song "Down Home" and writing the standout "Sweet By & By," which was recorded by Miranda Lambert. Of "Down Home," Wide Open Country declares, " one of the most earnest and accurate retellings of everyday life in rural Georgia. The mixture of Cobb's charming southern drawl, brilliant storytelling and flawless production melds into a track that is impossible to resist."
Born in Ellaville, GA (population 1,609), Brent moved to Nashville in 2008 and has since found widespread success as a writer with songs recorded by Lambert ("Old Shit"), Kenny Chesney ("Don't It"), Luke Bryan ("Tailgate Blues"), David Nail ("Grandpa's Farm"), Kellie Pickler ("Rockaway") and Eli Young Band ("Go Outside and Dance") among others.1. Solving Problems
2. South Of Atlanta
3. The World
4. Diggin' Holes
5. Country Bound
6. Traveling Poor Boy
7. Shine On Rainy Day
8. Let The Rain Come Down
9. Down In The Gulley
10. Black Crow$17.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Roger Taylor: Best
First Ever Best-Of Collection From Queen Drummer
Yellow Colored Vinyl
In 2001 Roger Taylor was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of
Fame with Queen, and is acknowledged as one of the most influential
drummers in popular music. In addition to founding and wielding
the sticks with one of the world's best-selling groups, as well as
collaborating with Robert Plant, Genesis, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Foo
Fighters, and Gary Numan among others, Roger Taylor has also had a
brilliant and long career as a songwriter and solo artist.
Hot on the heels of the Queen + Adam Lambert tour, Omnivore
Recordings is proud to release the first-ever best of Roger Taylor's solo
material-simply titled, Roger Taylor : Best.
With Queen, he wrote or co-wrote hits like "Radio Ga Ga" and
"Under Pressure," but on his own he's delivered, to date, five critically
acclaimed solo albums. Roger Taylor : Best draws from those releases
with 18 tracks-from his first single, "I Wanna Testify" (recorded
during Queen's News Of The World album sessions) through his latest
album, Fun On Earth from 2013. In between are key cuts from Fun
In Space (1981), Strange Frontier (1984), Happiness? (1994), and
Electric Fire (1998) providing a select survey of Roger's solo work for
new and old fans alike!
The double LP has tracks appearing on vinyl for the
first time. Roger Taylor: Best presents an overview of a rock legend's
work in front of the stage, the listeners-and the world.1. Future Management (You Don't Need Nobody Else)
2. I Wanna Testify
3. Let's Get Crazy
4. Magic Is Loose
5. Strange Frontier
6. Man On Fire
7. Beautiful Dreams
8. Nazis 1994
9. Foreign Sand (With Yoshiki)
10. Everybody Hurts Sometime
13. Where Are You Now?
14. A Nation Of Haircuts
16. No More Fun
17. The Unblinking Eye (Everything Is Broken) (Single Version)
18. Sunny Day$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
In Spite Of OurselvesPressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Gatefold Matte Inner Sleeve
Two time Grammy-award winner, John Prine, is a singer songwriter who, from his eponymously titled first LP release in 1971, has continued to write and perform songs that have become central to our American musical heritage. Classics like, 'Angel from Montgomery', 'Sam Stone,' 'Paradise,' and 'Hello in There' speak to the everyday experience of ordinary people with a simple honesty, and an extraordinary ability to get right through to the heart of the listener.
Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," John Prine is a rare talent whose writing is greatly admired by his peers. Performers who have recorded from his extensive catalog, include Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, the Everly Brothers, John Denver, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon, Ben Harper, Joan Baez, George Strait, Old Crow Medicine Show, Norah Jones, Bette Midler, Miranda Lambert and many others.
With his career spanning more than 40 years Prine continues to perform at sold out shows all over the US, Canada, and Europe. Among the many awards and accolades John has received in recent times include is his 2003 induction into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting and was honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser. Prine has become for many, not just a well loved and appreciated songwriter, but a bonafide American treasure.1. (We're Not) The Jet Set - (ft. Iris DeMent)
2. So Sad (To Watch Good Love Go Bad) - (ft. Connie Smith)
3. Wedding Bells / Let's Turn Back The Years - (ft. Lucinda Williams)
4. When Two Worlds Collide - (ft. Trisha Yearwood)
5. Milwaukee Here I Come - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
6. I Know One - (ft. Emmylou Harris)
7. It's A Cheating Situation - (ft. Dolores Keane)
8. Back Street Affair - (ft. Patty Loveless)
9. Loose Talk - (ft. Connie Smith)
10. Let's Invite Them Over - (ft. Iris DeMent)
11. 'Til A Tear Becomes A Rose - (ft. Fiona Prine)
12. In A Town This Size - (ft. Dolores Keane)
13. We Could - (ft. Iris DeMent)
14. We Must Have Been Out of Our Minds - (ft. Melba Montgomery)
15. In Spite of Ourselves - (ft. Iris DeMent)
16. Dear John (I Sent Your Saddle Home)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Heist (Deluxe Box Set)
Gold Embossed Gator Skin Deluxe Box Set
180-Gram Double Vinyl
Custom Gator Skin Textured LP Dust Sleeves
Nineteen 12" x 12" Song Artwork Inserts
Art By 13 Unique Collaborators / Visual Artists
When Macklemore declares his music is David Bowie meets Kanye sh*t, it's a bit of an oversell on the Bowie side, but then again, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring are also honored as influences during Ten Thousand Hours, the biographical highlight that opens the Seattle rapper's vibrant sophomore release.
These arty name-drops threaten to paint the album as more obscure than it is, but even as glitch electronica and Mad Rad member Buffalo Madonna strange up the breakup number Thin Line, The Heist comes off as instant, alive, and oh so welcoming. Chalk it up to Macklemore's playful and open lyrics (When I was in the third grade/I thought I was gay/Because I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight) or the album's not so secret weapon, Ryan Lewis, the producer who earns his co-billing with a George Martin or Dave Fridmann-sized sense of purpose and an Internet kid's sense of utilizing anything and/or everything. For the music industry takeover Jimmy Iovine with Ab-Soul as guest, Lewis' production is a mix of G-Unit gangster music and a Houston hip-hop trunk rumbler, while the pro-gay marriage highlight Same Love with Mary Lambert is supported by full-bodied piano and the sound of a bittersweet marching band, all of it familiar yet twisted through a laptop with hypnotic loops and catchy hooks coming out. Gold (feeling like 500,000 sold) is joyous and bright mini-electro that feeds the positive side of the soul, while Can't Hold Us comes with an irresistible bounce, both tracks being light, lovely, and in contrast to the numbers that deal with Macklemore's addiction issues and other obstacles.
These two talented young bucks can't be contained, and hearing them offer one memorable, meaty number after another makes for an exciting listen, but this is unfiltered freshness released on Macklemore's own label, so the concepts of restraint and focus take a slight hit, leaving the is-he-Eminem, is-he-Childish Gambino, or is-he-Grieves question with no clear winner. Here, he's a mix of all of the above with some distinctive qualities, and with Lewis putting that kaleidoscope style underneath, The Heist winds up a rich combination of fresh and familiar.
- David Jeffries (All Music Guide)1. Ten Thousand Hours
2. Can't Hold Us
3. Thrift Shop
4. Thin Line
5. Same Love
6. Make the Money
7. Neon Cathedral
9. White Walls
10. Jimmy Iovine
12. A Wake
14. Starting Over
15. Cowboy Boots
17. My Oh My
18. Victory Lap$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (Awaiting Repress)Lee Ann Womack, one of the most distinctive and decorated vocalists in modern music, will make her debut for ATO Records with the release of 'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,' an album that mixes the country, soul, gospel and blues of her native East Texas, into an audacious, sharp-edged work of art. Produced by Womack's husband and fellow Texan Frank Liddell (fresh off a 2017 ACM Album of the Year win for Miranda Lambert's 'The Weight of These Wings'), and featuring songs mostly co-written by Womack, 'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone,' is her most personal album to date, marking the culmination of a journey that began with her 2005 CMA Album of the Year 'There's More Where That Came From' toward an authentic American music that celebrates her roots and adds to the canon.
'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone' features fourteen new songs, recorded with Womack's core band of top shelf musicians including bassist Glenn Worf, songwriters and guitarists Wright, Payne and Ethan Ballinger, and drummer Jerry Roe. The album was mostly recorded at the legendary SugarHill Studios in Houston, TX. Formerly known as Gold Star and open since 1941, SugarHill is one of the oldest continuously run studios in the country and home to seminal early recordings by many artists who had a formative influence on Womack, including George Jones, Willie Nelson and Lightnin' Hopkins. Among the album's three cover songs, Womack recorded a haunting version of George Jones' Take the Devil Out of Me standing on the same gold star linoleum floor where he cut the 1959 original.
I wanted to get out of Nashville, and tap the deep music and vibe of East Texas, says Womack. I wanted to make sure this record had a lot of soul in it, because real country music has soul. I wanted to remind people of that.
'The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone' follows Womack's acclaimed 2014 album 'The Way I'm Livin',' which SPIN deemed the best of her career to date. Highlights from that career include performances for presidents and other world leaders, duets partners ranging from George Strait to John Legend, a Grammy, five Academy of Country Music awards, and six Country Music Association awards including Female Vocalist of the Year, Album of the Year, and two Singles of the Year.1. All The Trouble
2. The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone
3. He Called Me Baby
5. End of the End of the World
6. Bottom of the Barrel
7. Shine On Rainy Day
8. Mama Lost Her Smile
10. Long Black Veil
11. Someone Else's Heartache
13. Talking Behind Your Back
14. Take The Devil Out Of Me$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Like A RoseAshley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, presents her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose. Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she's the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.
Like a Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life-attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country-she's not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family-to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
One of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011 with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit "Heart Like Mine" Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio "a remarkably democratic supergroup" while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its "expertly executed tunes."
Despite her list of previous accomplishments, everything she's done so far feels like it's been pointing the way toward Like a Rose. With songs that run the gamut from feel-good to controversial to contemplative, the album, produced by country music titan Vince Gill, offers the full range of Ashley Monroe's songwriting and performing skills. To maintain the honesty of Ashley's songs, Gill and the singer chose to record the album the way most of the greatest albums ever were made: sans gimmickry. "We just got the band in a circle and started playing the songs," Ashley says, "and once we felt like we had a feel for it, I'd do my vocal live-I never went back in to do a second vocal. Everyone put everything we had into the songs. There was a buzz in the room. We all had fun-it felt like a big old family, the way records used to be made."
Some of the songs were newly written for the album; others date back several years and felt right to revisit. The semi-autobiographical title track, one of the uncontestable highlights of the set, was co-written about six years ago with another totem of the American song-crafting community, Texan legend Guy Clark.
One song that is bound to raise some eyebrows refers to the same favored flower of the title tune, but in a much different sense: "Weed Instead of Roses" tells of a woman's desire to get a gift she actually desires from her beau, not just something that smells good.
"You Got Me" was co-written by Monroe and Karen Fairchild. Says Ashley, "It's about an addiction to something-one thing or another, whether you're stuck in a bad relationship or alcohol or whatever it is-and you try to hide it and fight it but you're kind of saying, 'Alright, you got me.'
On a more light-hearted note is "Monroe Suede," based on "a slick character that tries to get away all the time." Another is the self-explanatory "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)," a duet featuring Lambert's husband, CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton. "Morning After" confronts that uneasy feeling that often follows a too-good time and "She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind," written with Jon Randall Stewart, comes straight from one of Ashley's many journals. "Two Weeks Late" was suggested by singer-songwriter Shane McAnally, who co-wrote it with Monroe. "He came in and said, 'I heard this phrase at the ATM: I'm a dollar short and two weeks late.' That was another one that just fell out. I grabbed the guitar and we started writing it up.
"Used," another standout, is an update of a song that appeared on Monroe's Satisfied album. "It came to me when I was about 17 and my manager at the time had just bought me this old 1950s Gibson guitar," she says. It came into my mind that things are worth more used, and I thought about my mom, who had lost my dad when she was 38. I was thinking, she had two kids, she's been through a lot, and, bless her heart, it's all gonna be worth it. Vince and I worked up this new version, which made it fresh for me."
And fresh it all is. Like a Rose avoids the trappings of too much contemporary music by sticking to the basics: memorable songs, incredible musicians, a superb voice, all of it captured honestly and without frills. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and you'll find it smells pretty darn sweet.1. Like A Rose
2. Two Weeks Late
4. Weed Instead of Roses
5. You Got Me
6. The Morning After
7. Monroe Suede
8. She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind
9. You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter) ft. Blake Shelton$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Off The Beaten Path (Deluxe)Justin Moore s always had a thing about doing it his way. Call it stubborn redneck mettle, a well-developed case of who I am or just the fierce commitment to blaze a trail inherent to people from his home of Poyen, Arkansas. It doesn t mat ter why, just that the blazing sense of off the beaten path drives his album of the same name.
There s a strong vein of tenderness and decency holding Moore s kind of country together. Look no further than Rhett Atkins/Ben Hayslip/Ross Copperman-written Point At You, the lead single, that acknowledges every wild hair Moore has, but hits the bottom line of his goodness via the woman who became his bride.
Get loud, get rowdy, but get home and emerge solid family men dedicated to some basic ideals that have defined this country. One need look no further than The Warren Brothers/Lance Miller/Austin Cunningham-penned opener Old Back In The New School to understand Moore is all about the things that last, the wild times and the enduring values making for a way of life worth living.
It s that kind of edge that draws a singer like Miranda Lambert to duet on the somber heartbreaker Old Habits. A little bit rowdy, a little bit sentimental, a whole lotta roughneck, Moore has dented the country radio charts with three #1s in the anything but big city Small Town USA, the sentimental family embracing If Heaven Weren t So Far Away and the fidelity pledge Til My Last Day, in addition to the Top 10 mission declaration Backwoods.
But the hits don t really tell the whole story. This is the man whose first single a digital only release was I Could Kick Your Ass, who flexed his sense of humor with the new guy mocking Bait A Hook and unapologetically throw down How I Got To Be This Way. And long before booty country became a touchstone, Moore dropped the swaggering Back That Thing Up.
Indeed, Booty Country is full force on OFF THE BEATEN PATH. He has the Kim Kardashian and J-Lo invoking I d Want It To Be Yours co-written with Stover and Brandon Kinney and the slip into the night guitar grinder Off The Beaten Path that slithers through the Patron and the moonlight.Good ole boys doing what they re good at. Moore has built a career eschewing the path most taken, building a fanbase of people just like him.
Take a certain amount of swagger, add some hard-rocking guitars and add Country Radio, a howler that celebrates the ultimate lube for escaping the boredom and expectations. There s the same kind of bulked up, bearing down picture of pride of Lettin the Night Roll, pure freedom and the will to be alive.
Two strong hands, a back that can shoulder anything, this is working man s post-modern American and that respect is what binds him to his woman in That s How I Know You Love Me. Ultimately, she refuses to make him change, and takes what s there for what it is, loving him for all its busted glory.
To believe in values that last, to embrace what is enough and know it s more than plenty, that is the greatest truth for a man like Moore, who sees no reason to leave the place he grew up. Beyond the hits, the gold-certified albums and the momentum of a career hitting its stride, OFF THE BEATEN PATH is a collection of classic postcards that make up the ascending This Kind of Town and the driving chugger One Dirt Road.
You don t have to take it from Moore, though. No less than the great Charlie Daniels, a man who s hung tough for hardcore old school values is featured on For Some Ol Redneck Reason, a pledge of allegiance to living true to principles and never giving into convention. This is one of the truest event moments as Moore dials it back, unfurling the map of his heart and soul.1. Old Back In The New School
3. Lettin' The Night Roll
4. Old Habits
5. Point At You
7. I'd Want It To Be Yours
8. This Kind Of Town
9. Dirt Road Kid
10. Country Radio
11. That's How I Know You Love Me
12. One Dirt Road
13. Off The Beaten Path
14. Field Fulla Hillbillies
15. Big Ass Headache
16. For Some Ol' Redneck Reason$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now