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  • Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie! Quick View

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    Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!

    Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound!


    Fourteen numbers from the heyday of swing, composed sometime between 1930 and 1945 - played and sung time and time again in ballrooms, or on the radio to advertise biscuits or war bonds, were recorded by Ella in completely new and personal interpretations in 1961. No one should be put off by the rather unfortunate cover. Clap Hands... is absolutely top notch as regards musicality, perfect recording quality, superb accompaniment by a small ensemble, with room for improvisations; it offers a wonderful opportunity to discover something new in these evergreens, despite the occasionally banal lyrics. The songs of this recording conjure up bygone days, with listeners in the 21st century being offered a highly personal homage to one of the most successful periods in the 100-year history of jazz.


    Originally released in 1962.


    Musicians:


    Ella Fitzgerald, vocals

    Herb Ellis, guitar

    Gus Johnson, drums

    Stan Levey, drums

    Lou Levy, piano

    Wilfred Middlebrooks, bass

    Joe Mondragon, bass


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Night In Tunisia
    2. You're My Thrill
    3. My Reverie
    4. Stella My Starlight
    5. 'Round Midnite
    6. Jersey Bounce
    7. Signing Off
    8. Cry Me A River
    9. This Year's Kisses
    10. Good Morning Heartache
    11. (I Was) Born To Be Blue
    12. Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie!
    13. Spring Can Really Hang You Up The Most
    14. Music Goes 'Round And 'Round
    Ella Fitzgerald
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
  • I Am A Bird Now I Am A Bird Now Quick View

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    I Am A Bird Now

    This second full-length features contributions from both Antony's peers (Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart) and heroes (Lou Reed, Boy George). Their involvement reflects both their admiration for Antony and his unique place in the contemporary arts community. Reed asked Antony to perform as part of the small ensemble on Reed's American and European tours, and he gave Antony a solo turn on the Velvet Underground classic Candy Says, an homage to another one of Antony's inspirations, Andy Warhol. In fact, the image adorning the cover of this album is Peter Hujar's striking 1974 photo, Candy Darling On Her Deathbed. Like some unsettling ghost relative of Jeff Buckley and Billie Holiday singing for all the fallen, this is tough, honest, uncompromising beauty and the next great voice in music - Mojo. If a great voice is often said to be an instrument, Antony's is a near orchestra, carrying extremes of emotion, great waves of suffering, tragedy, redemption, and joy - Metro. Look for a full US tour this fall.
    1. Hope There's Someone
    2. My Lady Story
    3. For Today I Am A Boy
    4. Man is the Baby
    5. You Are My Sister
    6. What Can I Do?
    7. Fistfull of Love
    8. Spiralling
    9. Free at Last
    10. Bird Girl
    Antony And The Johnsons
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Sweet Southern Soul (Out Of Stock) Sweet Southern Soul (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Sweet Southern Soul (Out Of Stock)



    This Album Will Get Its First Repress Since The Original Release In 1969


    Sourced From The Original Analog Master Tapes With Lacquers Cut At Sam Phillips Recording Studio In Memphis


    Pressed On 180g Black Vinyl At Record Industry In The Netherlands And Come In A Single Pocket Tip-on Stoughton Sleeve


    Individually Numbered And Strictly Limited Based On Pre-orders


    Issued In Mono For The First Time


    Brooklyn soul singer Lou Johnson was a singer and pianist who actively
    recorded between the years of 1962-1972. As a teen he sang in gospel
    choirs and studied music at Brooklyn College.


    In 1962 Johnson signed with Bigtop Records, run by the Hi ll & Range
    publishing group located in the Brill Building. It was during this tenure that
    Johnson befriended the iconic songwriting team of Burt Bacharach and
    Hal David. They wrote his first three singles, "If I Never Get To Love You,"
    "You Better Let Him Go," and "Reach Out to Me." The first two songs failed
    to connect on the charts but the third reached #74 on the Billboard Hot
    100 in 1963. Unfortunately Bigtop folded just as the song began to climb
    the charts and Johnson's success with the song was hampered.


    He then signed to Big Hill and continued his association with Bacharach/
    David. In 1964, his original version of "Always Something There to Remind
    Me" with backup vocals by Doris Troy, Dee Dee Warwick and Cissy Houston
    reached #49 in the US charts. Lou also recorded original versions of other
    Bacharach/David songs that went on to become bigger hits for artists such
    as Dionne Warwick and Adam Faith.


    Johnson recorded two albums for Atlantic Records, one of which, Sweet
    Southern Soul, is our featured voting title here. Released on Atlantic's
    subsidiary, Cotillion in 1969, it was produced by Jerry Wexler and Tom
    Dowd at Muscle Shoals Studios. Featuring the Muscle Shoals band and
    including songs by Curtis Mayfield, Eddie Hinton and Don Covay, it had all
    the elements of a classic Atlantic soul album of the era but failed to garner
    much attention. His final full length, With You in Mind, was produced by
    Allen Toussaint for Stax's Volt label but it too sunk like a stone. Johnson
    later moved to Los Angeles and became a nightclub entertainer. Sweet
    Southern Soul is a classic crate digger record and would find a welcome
    home in any soul collector's library

    1. Rock Me Baby
    2. It's In the Wind

    3. This Magic Moment

    4. She Thinks I Still Care
    5. Move and Groove Together
    6. Please Stay
    7. I Can't Change
    8. Tears Tears Tears
    9. People in Love
    10. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
    11. Gypsy Woman
    Lou Johnson
    $25.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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