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Sweet Blood CallAt the time this album was recorded, the particularly intense blues artist Louisiana Red was a protÉgÉ of the Blue Labor/Labor recording empire, which was actually two guys, Kent Cooper and jazz arranger and composer Heiner Stadler. Cooper's involvement with Red led, as in many cases of blues producers and their clients, to co-authorship on some of the songs recorded. Cooper and Stadler regarded Red as an artist cut from the same cloth as John Lee Hooker or Lightning Hopkins, and of the same quality -- meaning an intense, mood-setter of a bluesman with a sizzling improvisatory style. They were certainly accurate in their appraisal of his talent, and their interest in recording Red led to several classic blues albums. The fine studio sound they got on these solo recordings makes for a superior album, and it was the first Red would record unencumbered by a combo backing him up. Every nuance of his playing is captured, and he is definitely the type of blues player who thrives on solo work. He rarely sticks to a formula bar structure and likes to stretch out his licks as if casting out a line for fish, but he isn't a player who just stays on one chord like Hooker often did. One of Red's original blues, in which he describes how his wife died of cancer, has got to set some kind of a record for misery described in a blues song, meaning it is the saddest of the sad.
- Eugene Chadbourne (AllMusic.com)1. The Whole World
2. Had A Date With Barbara Last Night
3. First Degree
4. Sweetblood Call
5. I Was Out Walking
6. Thirty Dirty Women
7. King Bee
8. Death Of Ealase
9. Who Been Fooling You
10. Going Home
11. Too Poor To Die$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Lowdown Back Porch Blues (Pure Pleasure)Louisiana Red (born Iverson Minter) was a flamboyant guitarist, harmonica player, and vocalist. He lost his parents early in life through multiple tragedies; his mother died of pneumonia a week after his birth, and his father was lynched by the Klu Klux Klan when he was five.
Red began recording for Chess in 1949, then joined the Army. After his discharge, he played with John Lee Hooker in Detroit for almost two years in the late '50s, and continued through the '60s and '70s with recording sessions for a number of labels. Louisiana Red moved to Hanover, Germany in 1981, and maintained a busy recording and performing schedule through the subsequent decades into the new millennium. He died in Germany in 2012 when his thyroid imbalance brought on a stroke.
Recorded in New York with Tommy Tucker, Lowdown Back Porch Blues is Louisiana Red's first album and, in many ways, it's his best. Supported by a bare-bones rhythm section, Red plays a number or traditional tunes and originals. His guitar is nearly as powerful and overwhelming as his vocals, making this a truly compelling listen.
- Louisiana Red (vocal, guitar, harpsichord)
- Karl Lynch (bass)
- Panama Francis (drums)
Recording: 1963 in New York City
Production: Henry Glover
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Red's Dream
2. Working Man Blues
3. I'm Louisiana Red
4. Sweet Aleese
5. Keep Your Hands Off My Woman
6. I'm A Roaming Stranger
7. Ride On Red, Ride On
8. I Wonder Who
9. The Seventh Son
10. Sad News
11. Two Fifty Three
12. Don't Cry$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music Is My BusinessFat Possum Records presents 1999 Blues Hall Of Fame inductee Roosevelt Sykes' piano blues classic, Music Is My Business, reissued on vinyl for the fist time in a decade. Recorded September 17, 1975, it also includes appearances by Johnny Shines & Louisiana Red.1. Music Is My Business
2. Mistake In Life
3. New York Boogie
4. Dream Woman
5. Stop Stoppin' Me
6. Look Out For Yourself
7. Some Right, Some Wrong
8. Take Time Out
9. Hot Pants
10. A Good Woman
11. Just A Smile
12. Leavin' Chicago
13. Funky Side
14. Last Chance
15. Who's That Pretty Woman
16. How Long$17.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Paegan Terrorism Tactics (Awaiting Repress)Louisiana group Acid Bath achieved a good deal of notoriety in the '90s for their musical ability of blending extreme, grindcore-influenced sludge metal and eath growls with a mixture of melancholic goth-style vocals, spoken word, and acoustic guitar passages. Their combination of stoner and doom metal roots with influences from hardcore, black metal and blues-rock created a unique sound that influences many bands today.
Before Acid Bath dismantled in 1997 they created their second and final full-length album Paegan Terrorism Tactics which futher established the band's unique Southern hybrid of metal with a more melodic songwriting approach. The songs are stylistically all over the map, but bound together in part by frontman Dax Riggs' powerful singing and dark lyrics. Remastered on vinyl for the first time!1. Paegan Love Song
2. Bleed Me an Ocean
4. Diab Soule
5. Locust Spawning
6. Old Skin
7. New Death Sensation
8. Venus Blue
9. 13 Fingers
10. New Corpse
11. Dead girl$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
A Haunting CurseIt's 75 degrees and sunny in St. Petersburg, FL but within the pleasant confines of producer Erik Rutan's increasingly popular Mana Studios come the sounds of the apocalypse; tones of the rhythmically sinister and fist-clenchingly metal variety. It is the audible battery of Goatwhore's Metal Blade debut A Haunting Curse. More molten than its gloomier predecessor, the album stays true to the band's original irreverent Bathory-meets-Baal (the god of thunder) in a bullpen sensibility with punkish resolve and those inimitable Louisiana grooves for which the band has become known. Songs like ber oldschool Bloodletting Upon The Cloven Hoof, the opening Wear These Scars Of Testimony and Silence Marked By The Breaking Of Bone are fast, dark and antagonistic, Falgoust's commanding voice and challenging lyrics adding knee-buckling severity to their collective instrumental agility. Rhythms collide with stop-on-a-dime accuracy and Duet's vexing riffs give things a torrential horns-to-the-sky exigency. A Haunting Curse is here to devour. You have been warned.1. Wear These Scars Of Testimony
2. Bloodletting Upon The Cloven Hoof
3. Alchemy Of The Black Sun Cult
4. My Eyes Are The Spears Of Chaos
5. In The Narrow Confines Of Defilement
6. Forever Consumed Oblivion
7. A Haunting Curse
8. Silence Marked By The Breaking Of Bone
9. Diabolical Submergence Of Rebirth
10. Of Ashen Slumber
11. I Avenge Myself$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
You, Whom I Have Always HatedThe Body and Thou are bands with Southern roots that have been pushing the boundaries of heavy metal for over a decade. Both have maintained relentless touring schedules, a dedication to DIY ethics and aesthetics, and a commitment to push their respective brands of extreme music into previously unexplored territories. You, Whom I Have Always Hated is a new collaborative release that showcases both bands' unique abilities to create music that is emotionally effecting and unrelenting.
On You, Whom I Have Always Hated, each band's distinctive elements shine through and combine to create something more visceral than the sum of their parts. While the groups have different approaches to live performance and stylistic nuances, they share general creative ideas and have a history subsumed in themes of alienation, melancholy, and despair. They describe the new collaboration as "a twilight dungeon crawl exploring the winding, ruined halls of Mad King Duro's Castle, best friends at your side, enemies crushed beneath your heels, mysteries solved, and treasures found."
In keeping with Thou's tradition of 90s worship and The Body's knack for ingenuity, the release includes versions of "Terrible Lie" by Nine inch Nails and "Coward" by Vic Chesnutt. The remainder was written collaboratively in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and then further refined on their 2014 tour together. The tour culminated in a performance at the Gilead Metal Fest in July. The Body and Thou plan to reunite in the latter half of 2015 for some more D&D and possibly even some touring.1. Her Strongholds Unvanquishable
2. The Devils of Trust Steal the Souls of the Free
3. Terrible Lie
4. Beyond the Realms of Dream, That Fleeting Shade Under the Corpus of Vanity
5. He Returns to the Place of His Iniquity
6. Lurking Fear$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Riverman's DaughterThe Grahams, the creative union of lifelong romantic partners Alyssa and Doug Graham, combine soulful bluegrass with hints of earthy Americana, adding colors from traditional folk and country blues, into an infectious blend of storytelling that results in songs of love, loss, yearning, and the view from rural American roads less traveled.
While the duo first met in grade school -- a trait shared by previous musical trail-blazers, from Lennon/McCartney to Jagger/Richards - the Grahams' journey together began when they were teenagers in the shadow of New York City. There, Alyssa, the impassioned troubadour, and Doug, the guitarist extraordinaire, shared a mutual love for the music of the Woodstock era and the adventures of the great outdoors. Over the ensuing years many a campfire lit acoustic jam would include the best of roots renegades like Neil Young, The Band, Gram Parsons, Janis and Emmylou along with more than a few Jerry Garcia and Johnny Cash nuggets. Later, spending much of their time in the secluded Adirondack Mountains at the Graham family fold, Alyssa and Doug learned the time-honored craft of songwriting. Here, their ongoing interests in traditional country, mountain bluegrass and folk legends such as The Carter Family and Mississippi John Hurt would blossom. Hoping to share their stories on a wider stage, the couple eventually settled in New York City, where they performed, collaborated and recorded a variety of acclaimed material before adopting The Grahams moniker.
While the duo had written music together before, in the summer of 2012 new writing sessions yielded a different approach. Something magical was happening between Alyssa and Doug. A catalyst was born in the new song Riverman's Daughter, a tale of love, loss, and hardship on the river that showcases Alyssa's bountiful voice. Backed by her own rhythm guitar, along with the strong current of Doug's cascading accompaniment on the six string, and traditional vocal harmonies, the track came in a lightning bolt of inspiration. A vision and calling to write more songs of its kind took hold.
Alyssa and Doug had an idea: What if they put their city lives on hold and, armed with just guitars and backpacks, traveled the 2,500 miles of highways and byways of the Mississippi River from Minnesota to Louisiana. Light out for the territory, so to speak, like Huck and Jim. There, the duo could follow the Great River Road (GRR) that parallels the waterway, meet the people, and hear first-hand where European folk music, brought to these shores generations ago, took root alongside rhythms and chants from Africa, and how these polarizing sounds formed the backbone of our 20th Century American musical heritage. And so The Grahams did just that, and in the process created their debut album, Riverman's Daughter. Along the way The Grahams played gigs at the various gin and juke joints that dotted the GRR, and met a colorful cast of characters and genuine music makers with whom the duo shared and exchanged stories through the common bond of song.
Eventually Alyssa and Doug ended up intentionally isolated on an old houseboat in rural Louisiana where the Mississippi spills into the Atchafalaya swamp. There, The Grahams prolifically stockpiled songs, enjoyed the simplicity of living off the grid, and for a spell, invited onboard friends and musicians including their longtime collaborator Bryan McCann, a wordsmith who aids with lyrical inspiration. Yet perhaps the biggest inspiration on Riverman's Daughter was Doug's own mother, Gigi, the matriarch of the Graham family clan, and a true fan of the duo who had been diagnosed with cancer earlier that year. As her condition worsened, the Grahams packed up their guitars and newly minted collection of songs to become Gigi's angel band, and played by her side until she passed away.
As recording of the new album began, The Grahams found a true kindred spirit in Grammy-winning producer Malcolm Burn, who brought a magical touch and inspired ideas into the studio. It was Burn's idea to record both Alyssa and Doug's parts live to tape without the assistance of headphones or isolation -- in the way they were written. This process gives the album a natural aura that harkens back to an era when this practice was commonplace. Along the same lines, The Grahams chose to record the album in Nashville, the longtime epicenter of country music. While the album's foundation is simple and acoustic, The Grahams are backed on a few tracks by stellar accompaniment including the Grammy-nominated North Mississippi Allstars. Along with the title song the album is highlighted by the 70's country rock flavored Carrying The Torch, the spirited traditional vibe of The Piney River, and the riveting upbeat barn dance playfulness of Revival Time.
Ultimately, the album is a winning culmination of The Grahams' long journey into the heart of America, the inspiration they derived from immersion into classic American music, and the natural and honest talent they have for bringing forth a modern musical idiom steeped in tradition.1. Revival Time
2. Riverman's Daughter
3. Carrying the Torch
4. You Made Me Love You
5. Cathedral Pines
6. If You're in New York
7. The Piney River
8. A Good Man
9. Marnie Hawkins
10. Heaven Forbid
11. Lonesome Child
13. Goodbye Babe (B.C.)
14. Lay Down Delilah$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The WildernessPonykiller is an up and coming band formed in New Orleans circa 2008. Their sound embodies an aural amalgam composed of progressive psychedelic rock and hardcore elements coated with a glossy pop sheen. The musical product is the synthesis of individual players in the group, who hail from California and Louisiana.
Lead singer/rhythm guitarist Collin Yeo amplifies his haunting melodic lyrics with a spacey surf atmosphere. Lead guitarist Ben Deffendall juxtaposes Yeo's sound with etherial vibe and pointed metal edge. Tim Nolan combines classic jazz drumming with bombastic movment and grooves in an eclectic rhythm experience. Trevor Darling straddles the boundaries created by the cast around him as he steadily reinforces cadence while venturing out on speculative bass tangents.
Produced by Philip H. Anselmo (Pantera), the album weaves warm organic tones with a live aesthetic, creating a polished sound with spontaneous interludes. From the pop sensibility of Some Sunny Girl to the hyptonic psychedelia that is Head Hunters, The Wilderness presents a wide array of refreshing sounds and styles.1. I-5
4. Another Toxic Year
6. Night Time
7. Magnet River
8. It's All Over (But The Bleeding)
9. Some Sunny Girl
11. Into The Drink
12. Headhunters$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Uniquely YoursA decade before he was topping the country charts, Joe Stampley fronted one of the deep souths most legendary and rockin 60s combos, the Uniques. Once signed to Shreveport, Louisiana-based Paula Records, the Uniques made waves nationally on their very first release, Not Too Long Ago. That pop classic (faithfully/recently covered by Nick Lowe) is just one of many highlights of their 66 debut LP, Uniquely Yours. According to the master tape, this record was originally going to be tagged The Uniques in Action; a shelved album title that could not have been more apt.
Finally reissued (and in fabulous mono, to boot), this is southern rock n soul at its finest; a real mÉlange of styles that swings wildly from deep-fried garage rock, frenzied frat-beat, infectious Stampley-penned pop, and gorgeously soulful ballads. From Presley and Gene Vincent to any Justice label 60s garage band worth mentioning, southerners have always littered their LPs with this latter fare. But when it comes to delivering a soulful ballad, Joe Stampley is up there with the very best of em. Uniquely Yours includes the groups all-time biggest regional hit, a cover of Art Nevilles All These Things (in its original mix, unadorned by string overdubs) and a Georgia (On My Mind) that simply blows away all other white boy soul renditions. But make no mistake, this is a largely uptempo set marked by the ferocious punk pace of You Aint Tuff, updated rockabilly funkiness of Fast Way of Living, blistering guitar workouts like Strange, plus some of the best damned covers ever waxed. For a positively unique album experience, Sundazed includes the classy period sleeve design from the original Paula release.1. You Ain't Tuff
2. From Heaven To a Heartbreak
3. Midnight Hour
4. All These Things
5. Not Too Long Ago
6. Fast Way of Living
7. Treat Her Right
8. Georgia On My Mind
10. Never Been In Love Before
11. Don't Be a Fool
12. House of the Rising Sun$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Marquise Knox (Out Of Stock)One of the most exciting young blues players to emerge in quite some time, Marquise Knox embodies the soul and essence of a seasoned veteran, with a command of guitar, harmonica, vocals, songwriting and showmanship that belie his 18 years of age.
From St. Louis, Knox grew up listening to B.B. King, Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Albert King, and, despite the neighborhood influences of his peers, has yet to stray from deep-rooted traditional blues. He's already performed with legends like Henry Townsend, Honeyboy Edwards, Robert Lockwood Jr., Bob Margolin, Willie Big Eyes Smith, Louisiana Red, Lazy Lester and Sam Lay.
And he's an original. The original songs recorded here were written by Knox literally within a day of this recording.
Knox has performed on the past three Blues Masters at the Crossroads bills. As the youngest performer on lineups chock full of legends, he's still prevailed as one of each year's most obvious favorites.
Now 18 years old, this is a kid who somehow has decided to become a dead-serious bluesman of the old-school variety. Marquise Knox is a certified throwback.1. High Class Woman
2. Tend To Yo Business
3. Through The Pain
4. You Better Pray
5. Last Letter Home
6. Mr. Charlie$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP D2D -Sealed Direct to Disc (D2D) Temporarily out of stock
Swampblood (Out Of Stock)Th' Legendary Shack*Shakers southern gothic epic has its latest chapter. With Swampblood the Colonel JD Wilkes takes the muddled influence of his new home in western Kentucky, pours it through the funnel of eerie south Louisiana bayou culture, and shakes it up 'til it explodes with the thick swamp blues of Slim Harpo. With this new offering the band plays with a heavy but accessible chug, like the sound of a pirogue's plodding diesel outboard moving past the fire-breathing refineries of Port Sulfur.
Though treading new ground, Swampblood holds true to the Shackshakers' signature aesthetic, resting on the dark fringes of American culture, more interested in the sinister nuances behind a frequently Rockwellian facade. Musically, straight swamp blues swirls with rockabilly, minor key polkas, and industrial rock all draped over Bo Diddly's primal thumping heartbeat.Dawn
Old Spur Line
Cheat The Hangman
Born Again Again
Down And Out
He Ain't Right
Preachin' At Traffic
When I Die
Bright And Sunny South$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Gogo Juice (Out Of Stock)"Nothing short of amazing" - Relix Magazine
"He's the world's best-kept secret" - Bonnie Raitt
"[Jon Cleary's] genre-bending style is steeped in early traditional New Orleans R&B, soul and funk. " - LA Times
GoGo Juice is the new album from one of New Orleans' premier musical ambassadors, Jon Cleary. Made in collaboration with multi-Grammy winning producer John Porter (B.B. King, Keb Mo, Ryan Adams, Los Lonely Boys) each of the carefully crafted songs is a delicate balance of the smooth and the rough; instantly memorable hooks over a set of sophisticated and soulful arrangements. The tracks were recorded over several days deep in the bayou country of Louisiana and subsequently honed in his studio in the old Bywater neighborhood of New Orleans. A blend of musical intelligence with direct, accessible pop simplicity that draws from tradition and yet is distinctively separate from it, these songs represent the many aspects of Cleary's musical personality as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter.1. Pump It Up
3. Brother I'm Hungry
4. Get'cha GoGo Juice
5. Beg Steal or Borrow
6. Step Into My Life
7. Bringing Back the Home
9. Love On One Condition$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock