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Dire Straits Stretch Out With Extended, Ambitious Arrangements And Moody Atmospherics: Love Over Gold Mesmerizes With Tension, Contrast, Interplay, And Craftsmanship
Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Of Love Over Gold Touts Unsurpassed Spaciousness, Imaging, And Transparency: Mastered From The Original Tapes, Music Emerges With New Details And Tones
Love Over Gold Includes The Epic Telegraph Road And Aching Private Investigations: Heartfelt Narrative Songs Steeped In Patience, Drama, Sadness, And Romance
Love Over Gold is all about contrast, tension, and crafty composition. Dire Straits' fourth album finds the band continuing to evolve by welcoming increasingly bold arrangements and exploring moody variations. Parts edgy and sharp, and part seductive and relaxed, the five lengthy songs on Love Over Gold sprawl out like a long, winding road cutting through a pastoral landscape. The addition of a new rhythm guitarist, Hal Lindes, encourages deeper atmospheric interplay while the presence of engineer Neil Dorfsman - his first appearance in what would be a long string of collaborations with Mark Knopfler - ensures stunning sonic properties that now come to life like never before.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Love Over Gold teems with superb balances, front-to-back soundstages, and crystalline purity. The dead-quiet surfaces and extra-wide grooves bring forward previously obscured details, extra information, and mastering-studio-quality transients. The distinctive textures of a host of instruments - marimbas, acoustic and electric guitars, vibes, synthesizers - further enhance the ambitiousness of the 1982 album.
On this audiophile pressing, everything Knopfler does seemingly turn to gold. Gearheads will hear the unique characteristics afforded by his use of a Mesa Boogie Mark II guitar amplifier (soon again employed on Brothers in Arms) and carefully chosen selection of Schecter Stratocasters, 1937 National steel guitar, and Ovation six- and twelve-string models. Reference-level separation and lifelike imaging place Knopfler and company in your room, while tube-like warmth, spaciousness, and airiness causes the music to breathe anew. This LP will be in your rotation for months.
It doesn't take long to realize Love Over Gold is like no other Dire Straits album - and a staunch proclamation of independence from a band that continued to take longer creative strides with each successive project. Fearlessly extending over metaphoric hills, valleys, and plains for nearly 14-and-a-half minutes, the opening Telegraph Road is a guitar hero's dream and exhilarating showcase for Lindes' give-and-take capabilities. In tandem with keyboardist Alan Clark, Lindes provides the ideal foil for not only Knopfler but the long-time rhythm section of bassist John Illsley and drummer Pick Withers.
Taking its time to arrive at destinations, the quintet paints evocative musical and lyrical portraits steeped in patience, drama, and, often times, sadness. Desolate emotions color the sweeping Telegraph Road and barren Private Investigations, which finds Knopfler in the role of a tired private eye contemplating the emptiness and scars of his profession. Vocally, the Dire Straits leader remains in top form throughout, his whiskey-coated rasp conveying romantic ache, ongoing frustration, and what Rolling Stone beautifully deemed wracking schizophrenia between the heart and the heartless, the loving and the pain.
Called Dire Straits' prog-rock statement, Love Over Gold is a classic that defies labeling and avoids aging.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Telegraph Road
2. Private Investigations
3. Industrial Disease
4. Love Over Gold
5. It Never Rains$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Love Over GoldDire Straits added a new rhythm guitarist expanding its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener Telegraph Road. Mark Knopfler's skilled, tasteful guitar sustains throughout atmospheric, instrumental passages.1. Telegraph Road
2. Private Investigations
3. Industrial Disease
4. Love Over Gold
5. It Never Rains$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Jerry Garcia And David Grisman
Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Contemporary Interest in Roots Music Kick-Started by Stellar Grammy-Nominated 1991 Collaboration
Recording Now As Realistic, Natural, Close-Up, Intimate, and Enveloping as Any Acoustic Record Released: 1st Time-Ever on LP
Garcia and Grisman Put on Virtuosic Performance, Make Way Through Pop Standards, Blues Classics, Folk Staples, Bluegrass Jaunts, and More
Jerry Garcia achieved monumental accomplishments over a prolific career, yet the guitarist never sounded better than on his first official collaboration with longtime friend and fellow instrumental maestro David Grisman. Indeed, contemporary interest in roots music can be directly traced to this stellar Grammy-nominated 1991 collaboration. Putting distinctive rustic spins on pop standards, blues classics, and folk staples, the kindred musical spirits' earnest authenticity and relaxed intimacy are matched only by virtuosic playing and superb production. As realistic, warm, close-up, and immersive as any acoustic album, Mobile Fidelity's reissue raises the bar on the meaning of reference-standard.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP of Garcia/Grisman takes a record forever renowned for breathtaking sonics to another level. Originally released on Grisman's fabled Acoustic Disc label and recorded at his plush studios, the album now sounds even more realistic-with distinctive tones, palpable air, smooth vocals, three-dimensional soundstaging, balanced imaging, and timbral extension that mirror the feeling and experience of hearing live music in a small space.
Unadorned with any post-production tricks or overdubs, Garcia/Grisman breathes with naturalism and presence. You will effortlessly detect the full body of the instruments, witness the woody grain textures, and get lost in the surprisingly velvety qualities of Garcia's lullaby-like singing. Mobile Fidelity's meticulous pressing also marks the first time this delightfully joyous affair has been issued in analog form. You will never hear a better-sounding Americana-styled recording.
Pals since the mid-1960s, Garcia and Grisman bonded over their love for traditional folk and bluegrass. The two teamed up amidst what became a gold rush of top-notch productivity and creativity for Garcia. Partnering with bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist/fiddler Joe Craven, the pair approaches every passage with innate ease, as if either musician could finish the others sentence. The affable chemistry and soothing interplay wash over a selection of songs as notable for their diversity as the way Garcia and "Dawg" turn them into the equivalent of old friends you haven't seen in years.
Exquisite melodies and jewel-shaped notes decorate the simple, convivial structures of tunes that hop, jump, skip, skitter, and bop. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the legendary gypsy-jazz exchanges between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and equally sharp. Swirling with Middle Eastern modality, the closing 16-minute-plus rendition of Grisman's rippling "Arabia"-complete with a section based on a Cuban fold theme-is alone enough worth the price of admission to this sensational session. But there's so much more.
The quartet delves into Celtic themes ("Two Soldiers"), jazz-grass ("Grateful Dawg"), old-world ballads ("Russian Lullaby"), and Appalachian flavors ("Walkin' Boss") with nonpareil skill and soulfulness. Garcia and Grisman's tandem picking throughout epitomize sublime. And for many listeners, the duo's revised version of the Grateful Dead staple "Friend of the Devil" ranks as the finest-ever recorded, the pace patient, the narrative vocals heartfelt, and the synchronous solos tailor-made for the enveloping progression. Better yet, it's all captured in astonishing fidelity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. Grateful Dawg
3. Two Soldiers
4. Friend of the Devil
5. Russian Lullaby
6. Dawg's Waltz
7. Walkin' Boss
8. Rockin' Chair
9. Arabia$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Gold NightsFemale/male duo White Hex (Tara Green and Jimi Kritzler)
released their debut album Heat in 2012 released on Avant!
Records. 2014 sees their return with the follow up full-length,
Gold Nights. The album is the second in a series of three
thematically connected records which is based on a period of
three years. The album's themes include tackling the deaths of
friends over the past few years and somehow staying optimistic
through that loss.
Recorded after shows in Paris, Berlin, New York and Melbourne,
Gold Nights explores Italo disco, minimalist techno and the more
primitive end of 1980's German underground. They embrace their
love of high fashion, 1980's New York vogue techno and the
mutant explorations of Whitehouse, Arthur Russell, Craig Leon
and Gianni Rossi. Gold Nights retains certain elements of their
beloved debut, but moves in a more sophisticated direction as a
result of White Hex's vision and with the help of producer Alex
Akers (Forces-Siberia Records).1. Only A Game
5. In The Night
6. United Colours of KL
7. Burberry Congo
8. Battleground$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Aretha Franklin/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
Celebrate 4 Decades Of The Queen Of Soul's Greatest Hits!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - #1 R&B Album In 1969!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Atlantic Records Tapes
Aretha Franklin will be forever known as The Queen Of Soul and one of the original classic soul pioneers like Ray
Charles, Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett who had a knack of mastering funk grooves drenched in gospel, soul, rock
Aretha Franklin created some of the greatest sides ever for Atlantic, where she spent almost two decades creating
some of the most masterful and beautiful soul music ever waxed.
In 1969, Aretha was honored with her first greatest hits collection by our good friends at Atlantic Records simply
titled Aretha's Gold. This stunning array of her biggest #1's and other smash hit singles, most of them featuring Duane
Allman, Arif Mardin, Jerry Wexler, Tom Dowd, Roger Hawkins, Spooner Oldham and Jimmy Johnson, dominated the top
of the soul and pop charts for over a year. Her songs and soulful delivery on these hits truly illustrate how important her
force was then and still is today, over four decades since!
Aretha was important in bridging all types of rhythm and blues music to a much wider audience, churning out not
only soul smashes but pop masterpieces. Most of her biggest hits have been covered by many artists over the years as
well. Jam packed with the original Atlantic recordings of solid senders like her classics Chain of Fools, See Saw, Baby, I
Love You and of course Respect, Aretha's Gold is virtually an encyclopedia of SOUL!
Even more soul and pop classics abound as you'll hear her scream and shout with the best of the blues with Dr.
Feelgood, one of her most beautiful ballads with (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman, and her soulful touch on Burt
Bacharach's classic I Say a Little Prayer. This #1 charting 1969 LP hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades...
that is until now!
Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of
Aretha's Gold. Mastered from the original Atlantic Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol
Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. We have also
included the original artwork elements by Haig Adishian, the classic photo of Aretha Franklin by James J. Kreigsman, as
well as the original back cover studio session photo collage not seen in LP cover form in years!
The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent original pioneering soul albums from Ray
Charles, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett and others, we feel this stunning Aretha Franklin 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl will
be a much anticipated and welcomed release to all the soul, funk and rock audiophile vinyl fans. R-E-S-P-E-C-T.1. I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)
2. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
4. Dr. Feelgood
5. Baby, I Love You
6. (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman
7. Chain of Fools
8. Since You've Been Gone (Sweet Sweet Baby)
9. Ain't No Way
11. You Send Me
12. The House That Jack Built
13. I Say a Little Prayer
14. See Saw$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
ADAD-SAD-0717xThe Rural Alberta Advantage
Mended With Gold
LP Pressed On Opaque Gray Vinyl
In 2006 singer-songwriter Nils Edenloff, percussionist Paul Banwatt, and multi-instrumentalist Amy Cole came
together to release their debut self-titled EP as The Rural Alberta Advantage. The ensuing years have brought
two full-length albums (2008's Hometowns and 2011's Departing), widespread critical praise (SPIN, The New
York Times, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, NPR, among others), two Juno Award Nominations (Best New Group,
Video of the Year), a Long List Nomination for the Polaris Music Prize, and a hard-earned reputation as one of
the most impressive live bands you'll ever see. It was through all of this that The RAA's latest album, Mended
With Gold, took shape.
The twelve songs found on the album have been filtered through these experiences and achievements,
pushing them to heights previously unreached by the band. While maintaining the heartfelt lyrics, fetching
melodies, and explosive percussion that won the band a loyal following worldwide, Mended With Gold makes
it clear that The RAA have reached the next level. From the first moments of album opener "Our Love" it
becomes unmistakable that these collective experiences has helped the band compose the most fully-realized work of their career.
While the sonics have now evolved, the plaintive lyrics and creative arrangements that helped define the
band have remained. Standout tracks "Terrified, On The Rocks, Runners in the Night, and Vulcan, AB
confront ideas of love, loss, and heartbreak through the pain of going through such experiences and the
person that comes out on the other side of it.
The ideas and moods created in these songs tie back to the album title Mended With Gold, embracing the idea
that the breakage and repair of an object becomes part of its unique history and ultimately makes it more
valuable instead of a blemish to disguise. The Rural Alberta Advantage have taken all of their successes,
losses, adventures, and heartbreaks over the past few years, and forged them together into an unforgettably
powerful work of beauty.1. Our Love
2. This City
3. On the Rocks
5. Runners in the Night
6. To Be Scared
8. All We've Ever Known
9. The Build
10. Vulcan, AB
11. Not Love or Death
12. On the Run$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Love ChristmasSparkling performances of traditional and original Christmas songs by Tommy James, plus a special appearance by the original Shondells! In his illustrious career, Tommy has had 23 Gold singles, 9 Gold and Platinum albums, and has sold over 100 million records! During 1968-69 Tommy James & The Shondells sold more single records (45s) then any artist in the world, including the Beatles!1. I Love Christmas
2. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
3. Winter Wonderland
4. Silent Night
5. The Christmas Song (feat. "The Singing Toys")
6. Born on the First Day of Christmas
7. Little Drummer Boy
8. Jingle Bell Rock
9. It's Christmas Again (with original Shondells Mike Vale, Eddie Grey & Ron Rosman)
10. Matthew 1:18 (The Birth of Jesus)
11. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Love That RemainsSavoir Adore has spent the past year working on the follow up to 2013's critically acclaimed Our Nature that
featured stand-out track "Dreamers," which currently boasts over 4.7 streams on Spotify and 2.7 million YouTube
The new album, The Love That Remains, was self-produced with mixing by Claudius Mittendorfer (Big Data,
Neon Indian, Weezer) and finds the band at its most mature, honest and ambitious. Now led solely by principal
songwriter/vocalist Paul Hammer, the album tackles themes of love, loss and the often-inescapable darkness of
The band has already shared anthemic single "Giants," which Neon Gold declared "has all the hallmarks of an
early summer anthem to get the alt radio airwaves buzzing." The track premiered on WNYC's Soundcheck and
was featured in NPR's coveted The Austin 100 SXSW preview, and received over 100,000 Spotify plays in its
first weekend.1. Lovers Wake
3. Mountains (Love Won't Burn My Heart)
4. Paradise Gold
8. Crowded Streets
9. Other Worlds
10. Beautiful Silence
11. Night Song$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human MindBen Lee began making music professionally at 14 years old with his teenage punk band, Noise Addict. Some time after that, he began making solo albums which were more acoustically-driven. He has released 11 albums over the years, side projects, music for TV, movies, commercials, as well as produced other artists. Guest features on the album include Grant Lee Phillips and Sara Watkins.1. What's Good Is Good
2. The Enemy Within
3. Cosmic Science
4. Bigger Than Me
5. Land of Criminals
6. Two Questions
8. Simple Gospel
9. Rebel Eagle$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lovely Creatures - The Best of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds (1984-2014)Formed following the breakup of The Birthday Party in 1982, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have released sixteen studio albums, starting with From Her To Eternity in 1984. Their most recent album Skeleton Tree was released in September 2016. The band was started by frontman Nick Cave with multi-instrumentalist Mick Harvey and guitarist Blixa Bargeld.
The current line-up of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds is: Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, Martyn Casey, Jim Sclavunos, Thomas Wydler Conway Savage and George Vjestica. One of the most critically acclaimed acts working today, the band are known for their pioneering, bold and vital output. They have sold over 1 million albums in the UK to date, with 3 Silver and 5 Gold Albums. Globally Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' albums have charted 72 times in the Top 40, including 28 times in the Top 5, reaching No. 1 six times. The band's influence has been profound and far-reaching with major artists, as diverse as Johnny Cash, Metallica, and The Arctic Monkeys, covering their work.
Lovely Creatures is the first Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds best of album in 18 years. This collection will see one of the world's most respected & remarkable recording & live bands showcase their 30 year long career to date. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have been hands on all aspects of the release.
The LP version consists of three black heavyweight vinyl in triple gatefold sleeve printed 4 colour on 350gsm board with matt machine varnish and 3 x inner sleeves, printed 4/0 on 180gsm board with matt machine varnish.LP 1
4. From Her To Eternity
5. The Weeping Song
6. Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
7. People Ain't No Good
1. Higgs Boson Blues
2. Straight To You
3. Where The Wild Rose Grow
4. Into My Arms
5. Love Letter
6. Red Right Hand
7. The Mercy Seat
1. O Children
2. The Ship Song
3. Stranger Than Kindness
4. Jubilee Street
5. Nature Boy
6. We No Who U R
7. Stagger Lee$39.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Journey Man"In my music," says Goldie, "is everything I've learned, everyone I've met, everything I've experienced." And it's been an incredible trip. The maverick innovator - who rewrote the future of the jungle scene with landmark releases that still sound like they were kidnapped from tomorrow - has a unique story to tell. From children's homes in the West Midlands through stints in New York and Miami as one of the UK's most celebrated exponents of graffiti art to rubbing shoulders with an exceptional list of musical collaborators including David Bowie, Noel Gallagher and KRS-One, Goldie has defiantly, definitively, done it his own way. "I'm an alchemist," he likes to insist. "I practice the dark arts of messing with the form of something solid."
Though marriage and his passion for bikram yoga have, he says, proved a calming influence, these days he's just as full of inspired, out-there ideas as he was back in 1993 when he did his first cover interview for the rave magazine Generator. "My music is about fallout," he said then, "about the damage that has been done to the system." Today, in the office of one of his London-based contacts, the ideas are still sparking. "Drum'n'bass has done to electronic music what graffiti has done to the art world," he muses, before launching into a rapid-fire synthesis of art history, dancefloor evolution and his own hyperactive brand of self-actualization, which loosely translates as: "Why do something ordinary when you can do something extraordinary?"
It sums up the reason why, in 1994, music critic Simon Reynolds famously observed: "Goldie revolutionized jungle not once but three times. First, there was Terminator (pioneering the use of time stretching), then Angel (fusing Diane Charlemagne's live vocal with David Byrne/Brian Eno samples to prove that hardcore could be more conventionally musical), now there's Timeless, a 22-minute hardcore symphony." Each of these were moments that shaped the musical fabric of the decade and beyond, presaging Goldie's transition from the underground rave scene into the world of bona fide A- list superstars.
But it didn't start out like that. The boy who would become Goldie was born Clifford Price on 19 September 1965, just as The Rolling Stones hit the top of the charts with Satisfaction. His dad Clement, originally from Jamaica, had been plying his trade as a foundryman in Leeds. His mum Margaret, who had been born in Glasgow, was a popular singer in the pubs and clubs of the West Midlands. Barely more than a toddler, Goldie was just three when she placed him into foster care (though she kept his younger brother Melvin). He still remembers, he says, the day the social workers came to take him away.
Over the next 15 years, he bounced between a series of foster homes and local government institutions around the Walsall area. His eclectic musical taste was forged, he reckons, in those same local authority homes listening to the sonic tangle of other teenagers' record collections. "In one room," he says, "a kid would be playing Steel Pulse while through the wall someone else had a Japan record on and another guy would be spinning Human League." On rare visits to see his dad, he'd lie sprawled over the living room couch, listening to Jazz FM, marveling at the lavishly-tooled '80s productions of Miles Davis, Pat Metheny, David Sanborn and Michael Franks, adding further layers to his complex musicography.
Already developing the irresistible urge to excel that has marked his inimitable musical career, Goldie's first love was roller-hockey. He earned a place as goalkeeper in England's national squad before the lure of music overtook the lure of sport. After discovering electro and hip hop, he grew his hair - the "goldilocks" that won him his nickname - and joined a breakdance crew called the B-Boys in nearby Wolverhampton. He also discovered graffiti. "They called me 'the spray can king of the Midlands'," he says proudly. His talent was undeniable, bringing him to the attention not only of Britain's Arts Council but to Dick Fontaine, producer of a Channel 4 TV documentary on graffiti. Fontaine's 1987 film Bombin' captured a visit to the UK by New York artist Brim Fuentes. Brim met Goldie and his B-Boys crew in Wolverhampton's Heathtown before heading a dozen miles away to Birmingham's Handsworth, where the producer filmed the aftermath of rioting that had left four dead, 35 injured and dozens of stores burned out. Several months later, Fontaine reversed the process and took Goldie to New York, introducing him to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa. For Goldie, on his first trip abroad, never mind his first trip over the Atlantic, the Big Apple was love at first sight. Back in Britain, he begged, borrowed and saved until he had enough to fund a return trip to the Bronx.
"I started painting the trains and getting involved on the streets," he says, remembering his total immersion in what was still, at that point, an emerging culture. Art and music as symbiotic technologies. Rubbing shoulders with the Big Apple's best graffiti artists, his own distinctive style was accelerated and enriched. A move to Miami followed. He worked in the flea markets, he says, "painting trucks for drug dealers" and developing a sideline in gold jewelry that included the distinctive grills that became a trademark on his return to the UK. The magical properties of shaping, working and bending precious metals to his will - as close to alchemy as the modern world gets - became an analogue for the way he prefers to operate in the studio, chasing quicksilver dreams, mercury-fast rivulets of imagination into impossibly lush, breakbeat concertos. Back in Britain, Goldie found himself seduced by the sweetheart of the rave. Though it took him eight attempts to get entry into the club, at London's Rage in 1991 he marveled at the alternate sonic worlds being forged by Fabio and Grooverider behind the decks. "It really flipped me out," he remembers. Soon he found himself in the orbit of Dego McFarlane and Mark Clair. Their label Reinforced was in the vanguard of breakbeat, issuing astonishing records that stripped out boundaries and limits while setting the tone for the scene's sense of adventure. At first, he helped out doing artwork and a bit of A&R. But soon he was in Reinforced's Internal Affairs studio watching intently as Mark and Dego recorded tracks like Cookin' Up Ya Brain and Journey From The Light. "I was watching what they could do," says Goldie, "trying to gauge the possibilities of the technology." Soon he was getting involved. "I remember one session we did that lasted over three days," he says, "just experimenting, pushing the technology to its limits. We'd come up with mad ideas and then try to create them. We were sampling from ourselves and then resampling, twisting sounds around and pushing them into all sorts of places."
What followed was a series of inspired break-driven releases such as Killa Muffin, Dark Rider and Menace. Then Terminator, with its writhing drum loop, dropped and suddenly Goldie's name was on everyone's lips. He followed up with the equally revolutionary Angel, tilting the axis towards the lush, trippy textures that made 1995's debut album Timeless the drum'n'bass scene's first platinum album. Incredibly, given what was happening elsewhere in the scene at the time, the recording of the album's epic title track began as far back as 1993, when most other producers were still focused on the original sonic tropes of hardcore rave.
Timeless was a masterpiece - of production, of songwriting, of sonic perfection and breakbeat futurism. Even today, it still sounds as astonishingly new and inspired as it did back on those early pre-release cassettes circulated by London Records in the early months of 1995 when Goldie was still living on the 18th floor of a North London tower block.
By then, Goldie had already set up his own record label - Metalheadz - with his friends the DJ duo Kemistry and Storm. Along with studio collaborator, Rob Playford's Moving Shadow and LTJ Bukem's Looking Good imprint, Metalheadz helped to define drum'n'bass as a distinct musical format with singles by J Majik, Asylum and Goldie himself. Still bursting with energy, he then launched a legendary club night, Metalheadz Sunday Sessions, at London's Blue Note. The scene's best producers - among them revolutionary artists like Photek, Source Direct, Peshay and Dillinja - would compete to have their latest recordings debuted at the club and the scene's faithful came from far and wide to hear the best tunes before anyone else. "Those nights at the Blue Note were magical," he recalls. "It was an underground phenomenon that became an institution." David Bowie, who was making the drum'n'bass-influenced album Earthling at the time, fell in love with the place. "I remember popping out to take a break from all the madness inside the club," says Goldie. "He was outside having a cigarette, a bit of a breather. We chatted for a bit, looked at each other, grinned and then plunged back into it all. It was just that kind of place."
Goldie is one of only a handful of artists ever to co-write with Bowie - on the track Truth from the drum'n'bass pioneer's second album Saturnz Return. Released in 1998, the album also saw his vision become more expansive (the opening track, Mother, clocked in at just over an hour). The album's collaborative approach included guest spots from rap legend KRS-One, Sex Pistols manager and all-around provocateur Malcolm McLaren, super-producer Trevor Horn and Oasis main man Noel Gallagher (on the single Temper Temper).
Fuelled by the limitless creativity that has been the hallmark of his career to date, Goldie next turned to acting. He reunited with Bowie in Andrew Goth's 1999 thriller Everybody Loves Sunshine then took the part of Bullion in the 1999 James Bond movie The World Is Not Enough. Other box office smashes - including Guy Ritchie's crime heist caper Snatch - followed before he joined the cast of BBC1 soap opera EastEnders, playing the gangster Angel Hudson.
A series of blockbuster TV appearances - on shows such as Maestro (where he learned to conduct an orchestra), Classic Goldie (which saw him perform his own orchestral composition at the Royal Albert Hall in the summer of 2009) and Goldie's Band: By Royal Appointment.
The orchestral training proved useful. In 2014, he translated his original vision for Timeless into the stunning Timeless (Sine Tempore). Performed live with the Heritage Orchestra at the Wilderness Festival to suitably rapturous acclaim, the performance was repeated the following year as part of the Meltdown Festival at London's Royal Festival Hall. In between, he found time to unveil Fragments Of Gold, a piece inspired by medieval chants that he performed live in Glasgow Cathedral.
Drum'n'bass, of course, has remained a consistent passion, both through his Metalheadz label and his releases under the Rufige Kru moniker (2007's Malice In Wonderland and 2009's Memoirs Of An Afterlife). "Technologically," he says, "breakbeat has managed to surpass all other forms of music to date. There isn't a recording engineer alive who can tell me there's any other form of music that is more complex than the music we make." Goldie has also recently announced he will be releasing a brand new double album 'The Journey Man' this year. The album comprises two parts, 16 brand new tracks in total, all written and produced by Goldie. It also features a host of collaborators handpicked by Goldie to help realize his vision for the album.
"I often look at music not so much as a producer but like a director. You're drawing together engineers, performers and arrangers to create something special, something magical. It's like alchemy. The notes, the music, the lyrics, they're all in my head and each element has to be communicated and brought to life to create the finished track. I'm always inspired by great movie directors - people like Stanley Kubrick and PT Anderson - and, if you think about it, it's quite a similar approach. They start off with a vision and then they use that vision to deploy the actors and the cameramen and the editors in order to create the finished film."
Collaborators on 'The Journey Man' album include vocalist and songwriter Natalie Duncan, who was discovered when chosen in the three-part BBC series 'Goldie's Band By Royal Appointment' and later provided the vocals for Goldie's 2012 single 'Freedom'. Other featured vocalists on the album include Terri Walker, Tyler Lee Daly, Natalie Williams, JosÉ James, Naomi Pryor as well as Goldie's wife, Mika Wassenaar Price.
'The Journey Man' will be released through Cooking Vinyl and Goldie's own record label, Metalheadz.
Goldie's love affair with painting has remained consistent too and he continues to exhibit visual work that's just as dazzling as his sonic output. Beginning with Night Writers, the 1986 exhibition at Wolverhampton's art gallery that introduced Goldie and his Supreme Graffiti Team to the British Arts Council, his shows have defined a unique aesthetic that's all his own. And through them all, from 1987's Rockin' The City in Birmingham (where he exhibited alongside Massive Attack's Robert Del Naja) and the 1988 Crucial Creators exhibition in Walsall to more recent gallery events like 2007's Love Over Gold and 2012's Athleticizm collection (including portraits of London Olympics stars such as Victoria Pendleton, Tom Daley and Jessica Ennis), runs a consistent thread of energy, experimentalism and boundary-pushing. His 2013 collection, Lost Tribes, an innovative series of pieces fusing Goldie's style with the artistic expression of the ancient peoples of Africa, Asia and America was, he says, "my most important breakthrough".
And for the kid who lay awake, gazing at the stars, through the window of a children's home, growing up has brought some surprises. In 2012, he was selected as one of the BBC's New Elizabethans, 60 people - ranging from David Hockney to Roald Dahl, David Bowie and Tim Berners-Lee - who have helped shape British culture during the reign of Elizabeth II. Four years later, he was awarded the MBE in the Queen's New Year Honours. It's acceptance, of course, on a grand scale. But at heart, he's still the gatecrasher, amped-up on ideas, buzzing on nothing but love, hope and the certainty that, while his way might not be the easy way, it's very definitely the path of a true artist.
- Tim Barr, 2017LP 1
1. Horizons (feat. Terri Walker & Swindle)
5. The Mirrored River
1. I Adore You (w/ Ulterior Motive)
2. I Think of You
3. Truth (feat. Jose James)
1. Tu Viens Avec Moi?
2. The Ballad Celeste
3. This Is Not A Love Song
4. The River Mirrored (feat. Terri Walker)
6. Tomorrow's Not Today
7. Run Run Run$35.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Little Queen (Colored Vinyl)Pressed On 180 Gram Translucent Gold Vinyl
First Time With Gatefold Cover Art
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.
Ann and Nancy Wilson have been continually hammering out some of the greatest rock recordings over the last several decades. Their staying power is second to none, and their status as one of classic rock's premier icon acts is legendary.
After a major explosion with their first release Dreamboat Annie in 1976, Heart bounced back to the top of the charts again a year later with their astounding second album Little Queen. This multi-platinum 1977 smash contained their most successful seventies hit singles and rock tracks like the guitar blazing Barracuda, the shouter Kick It Out and the acoustic rock power ballad Love Alive. Note for note, song for song, Heart's Little Queen is recognized as one of the classiest, hippest and equally creative musical affairs ever waxed and continues to be one of their most loved albums in their very long and captivating catalog.
It is with much excitiment to announce the Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Gold Vinyl release of this incredible masterwork. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso and manufactured at RTI, Little Queen is truly a classic masterpiece now impeccably revisited in the audiophile domain.
For this limited edition Gold Vinyl summer tour release, we are also including a the rare Friday Music gatefold cover, which includes all of the original lyrics and graphics as you remember them. It's just another special extra to go along with the aural excitement that this HQ vinyl release delivers. Heart- Little Queen from your friends at Friday Music 180 Gram GOLD Audiophile Vinyl KICK IT OUT!!!!!1. Barracuda
2. Love Alive
3. Sylvan Song
4. Dream of the Archer
5. Kick It Out
6. Little Queen
7. Treat Me Well
8. Say Hello
9. Cry to Me
10. Go on Cry$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Hymns Of The 49th ParallelOver the last twenty years, k.d. lang has lent her superb voice to an astonishing range of material, from Nashville standards to Tin Pan Alley torch songs, from cow punk tunes to sultry, adult pop- most recently her Grammy-winning gold album with Tony Bennett, Wonderful world.
With Hymns of the 49th Parallel, the Alberta native brings it all back home, metaphorically speaking, exploring the work of her favorite Canadian-born songwriters: Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bruce Cockburn, Ron Sexsmith and Jane Siberry. On this lovingly assembled disc she juxtaposes classics from iconic artists who were her inspirations with equally brillant material from contemporary performers who reamin her fellow travelers.1. After the Gold Rush
4. A Case of You
5. The Valley
7. One Day I Walk
10. Bird on a Wire
11. Love Is Everything$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Age Ain't Nothing But A NumberAge Ain't Nothing but a Number is the debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah, originally released under Jive and Blackground Records on May 24, 1994, in the United States.
After being signed by her uncle Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah was introduced to recording artist and producer R. Kelly. He became her mentor, as well as the lead songwriter and producer of the album. The duo recorded the album at the Chicago Recording Company in Chicago, Illinois. The album featured two hit singles, including the top ten charting Back & Forth and At Your Best (You Are Love); both singles were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). One additional single followed in the US: Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. Two more singles were released internationally after Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Down with the Clique and The Thing I Like.
Aaliyah was credited for redefining R&B by blending her voice with Kelly's new jack swing. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies in the United States. The album was certified Gold in Canada by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and Gold in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) to date. The album has sold over six million copies worldwide.LP 1
2. Throw Your Hands Up
3. Back & Forth
4. Age Ain't Nothing But A Number
5. Down with the Clique
6. At Your Best (You Are Love)
7. No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do
1. I'm So Into You
2. Street Thing
3. Young Nation
4. Old School
5. I'm Down
6. The Thing I Like
7. Back & Forth (Mr. Lee & R. Kelly's Remix)$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Wildcat! Wildcat!The self-titled debut EP from acclaimed LA-based band Wildcat! Wildcat! is released by Downtown Records. The band garnered critical praise for their previously released sold-out limited addition 7 on the taste-making label Neon Gold Records, including early support from BBC Radio 1 in the U.K. TIME raves, I love the staccato electronic rock, I love the frantic opening measures, I love the fleeting falsetto in the background, while Metro furthers they're the best overall new band.
The new EP was written and produced by the band in their home studios over the course of the last year and a half. Of the songs Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums) notes, Some came quicker than others but all of them provided us the time to try out different processes of collaboration and understand how and why we make the kind of music that we make together.
Wildcat! Wildcat! is Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Carmichael. The trio played together in various incarnations before officially forming Wildcat! Wildcat! in 2012. The band has toured extensively including SXSW, a sold out west coast headlining run and major U.S. support slots with Alt-J and Portugal. The Man.1. The Chief
2. Garden Grays
3. Mr. Quiche
4. Please & Thank You$5.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
ContrabandGolden Earring have been together since 1961 and the current line-up includes two founding members George Kooymans (vocals and guitar) and Rinus Gerritsen (bass, keyboard) along with Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute and saxophone) a member since 1968 and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums) a member since 1970.
They have had over 40 hits and 30 albums, many achieving either gold or platinum status in their home country, The Netherlands.
They are best known for their 1973 hit single 'Radar Love' and their 1982 single 'Twilight Zone'.
The album 'Contraband' was originally released in 1976.
It's the first album that features the former Cuby and the Blizzards blues guitarist Eelco Gelling which makes it a very guitar orientated album.
The tour that follows leads them to London where their first live album (MOVLP048) was recorded.LP 1
3 Con Man
1 Mad Love's Commin'
2 Fightin' Windmills
3 Faded Jeans
4 Time's Up$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
50 Years Anniversary Album
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Gold Foiled Front Sleeve
8-Page Booklet With Exclusive Photos
Recently, Holland's finest and longest standing Rock band Golden Earring celebrated their 50th anniversary, and it calls for a celebration! Formed as The Tornados in 1961, renamed The Golden Earrings and then shortened to Golden Earring, the band churned out hit after hit as early as their first single Please Go from 1965. The current line-up has been constant since 1970.
The band did extremely well across the ocean with their massive hit Radar Love, which has become a staple on Rock radio ever since. But folks are advised to delve deeper into the band's catalogue; songs on this never-before released on vinyl triple LP compilation include evergreens like Another 45 Miles, She Flies On Strange Wings, Long Blond Animal, Twilight Zone, When The Lady Smiles, Going To The Run, Burning Stuntman and many more.
In all, Golden Earring has released over 25 studio albums, 8 live albums and countless compilations, of which 50 Years Anniversary is without a doubt the most complete. This 3LP compilation contains an 8-page booklet with exclusive photos, its sleeve boasts a gold foil finish and its audio is specially mastered for vinyl.LP 1
1. Please Go
2. That Day
3. If You Leave Me
4. Daddy Buy Me A Girl
5. In My House
6. Sound Of The Screaming Day
7. Just A Little Bit Of Peace In My Heart
8. Where Will I Be
9. Another 45 Miles
10. Back Home
11. Holy Holy Life
12. She Flies On Strange Wings
13. Buddy Joe
1. Radar Love
2. Instant Poetry
3. Kill Me (Ce Soir)
6. Weekend Love
7. Long Blond Animal
8. Twilight Zone
9. The Devil Made Me Do It
10. When The Lady Smiles
1. Clear Night, Moonlight
2. Something Heavy Going Down
3. Quiet Eyes
4. My Killer, My Shadow
5. Turn The World Around
6. Going To The Run
7. Temporary Madness
8. I Can't Sleep Without You
9. Hold Me Now
10. Burning Stuntman
11. Paradise In Distress
12. Still Got The Keys Of My Old Chevrolet$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Time Capsules IITime Capsules II is the debut album from Brad Oberhofer, recorded in Brooklyn in late 2011 with legendary producer Steve Lillywhite (U2, The Rolling Stones, Morrissey, Talking Heads). Drawing on influences ranging from Brian Wilson to Descartes, the 21 year old is fixated on the idea of making philosophically minded, energetic melodies.
Emotion is what drives the psychedelic, catchy pop-rock tunes crafted by the effervescent Brad Oberhofer. After moving to Brooklyn from his hometown of Tacoma, WA to attend New York University, Brad quickly immersed himself in the indie rock community forming the four-piece which is now, quite simply, Oberhofer.
Catching the attention of Glassnote Records, the band officially joined the labels' roster over the summer of 2011. Armed with a belief that you spend your entire life searching for the socially aware version of the five year old "you," he tries to inject each song with the innocence felt by that same kid, sitting on the couch of his parents house playing the broken guitar he spent months teaching himself how to play.
Referring to his songwriting as a time capsule of exactly how I'm feeling at a particular moment, each song on his forthcoming debut, Time Capsules II, is a clear, unrestrained look inside the head of Brad Oberhofer. Gold is a reflection on two magical weeks spent with a first love that inadvertently initiated his musical endeavors. Away Frm U" is a nostalgic yet upbeat ode to saying goodbye to that love. Like most of the brilliant debut, the stand-out I Could Go shows that above all, his heart is on his sleeve in both his words and everything he creates, a trademark that suits his search for sincerity well.1. Heart
3. Away Frm U
4. I Could Go
5. Yr Face
7. Cruisin' FDR
10. Homebro$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tower Of Power
Announcing The Tower Of Power/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series!
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl Presentation Of Their 1973 Smash LP
Featuring The Legendary What Is Hip?
Mastered From The Original Warner Bros. Tapes By Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso
In 1973, superstar R&B/funk veterans Tower of Power hit the top of their game with their self-titled
smash Tower of Power. Featuring the classic line-up of the Lenny Williams on lead vocals, the TOP horns:
Emilio Castillo, Lenny Pickett, Stephen Kupka, Mic Gillette & Greg Adams, plus the stunning funk masters
Dave Garabaldi (drums), Rocco Prestia (bass), Chester Thompson (keys/vocals), Bruce Conte (guitar) and
Brent Byars on congas, these Bay Area superstars continue to make albums and play stages all over the
world now for over four decades. Featuring a ton of smash hits produced and written by the band, the Tower
of Power album has become one of their most loved works in their stunning gold and platinum career.
With superlative chart topping pop and R&B classics like the beautiful So Very Hard to Go, the soul
power of Get Yo' Feet Back on the Ground, plus one of the definitive funk anthems of all time What Is Hip?,
the Tower of Power album would go on to become one of the best-selling albums in their extensive catalog.
Dig deeper into the San Francisco grooves and there you find even more platinum plus treasures
like the masterful This Time It's Real, the powerful Soul Vaccination, plus the tender ballads Will I Ever
Find a Love and Just Another Day, making Tower of Power one of the finest overviews ever of this stellar
Therefore it is with much excitement to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release
of the legendary Tower of Power masterpiece Tower of Power. Mastered impeccably by Joe "Philly Soul"
Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering, this stunning LP was long overdue for an audiophile
In addition to all the great hits within, this limited edition anniversary collection includes the very hip
original LP artwork, not seen in years in the LP cover format, truly enhancing this album's re-release and forever honoring the act and their five star masterwork achievement. We believe this wonderful new audiophile
release of Tower of Power will become one of the most anticipated classic soul releases of the summer!
What Is Hip?1. What Is Hip?
2. Clever Girl
3. This Time It's Real
4. Will I Ever Find a Love?
5. Get Yo' Feet Back on the Ground
6. So Very Hard to Go
7. Soul Vaccination
8. Both Sorry Over Nothin'
9. Clean Slate
10. Just Another Day$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
N.E.W.SGolden Earring have been together since 1961 and the current line-up includes two founding members George Kooymans (vocals and guitar) and Rinus Gerritsen (bass, keyboard) along with Barry Hay (vocals, guitar, flute and saxophone) a member since 1968 and Cesar Zuiderwijk (drums) a member since 1970.
They have had over 40 hits and 30 albums, many achieving either gold or platinum status in their home country, The Netherlands.
They are best known for their 1973 hit single 'Radar Love' and their 1982 single 'Twilight Zone'.
In 1984 the band released the album N.E.W.S. (North, East, West, South).
It features the song 'When The Lady Smiles' which became an international hit in 1984, reaching #3 in Canada and becoming the band's fifth number one hit in their native country.
The music video of the song, made by film maker Dick Maas (Amsterdamned) was banned from MTV, because of nudity.
Music on vinyl brings you this album, including a bonustrack which was never before released on vinyl.Side A:
1. Clear Nite Moonlight
2. When The Lady Smiles
3. Enough is Enough
4. Fist In Glove
5. Orwell's Year (BONUSTRACK)
2. I'll Make It All Up To You
3. Mission Impossible
4. It's Over Now$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
First Time On LP In North America.
First Album In The Merge Records 25th Anniversary Reissue
Nixon was released in early 2000. It was Lambchop's fifth LP, and the first
record of any kind that the band had released in over a year, after a
half-decade in which scarcely three months went by without some kind of
new Lambchop music. Starting with the swell of horns in the middle of
album opener "The Old Gold Shoe," Nixon glides easily from one unexpected
grace note to the next, peppering in funk, R&B, gospel, country, vintage
folk-and integrating them all, not presenting them discretely. Lambchop has
always taken its Nashville origins seriously, making use of the wide variety of
talented musicians who live and work in Music City.
Nixon drew Lambchop's usual raft of mixed reviews and modest sales
stateside-though the positive reviews were more positive than ever, as many
critics put the album on their year-end best-of lists, and fans who'd long loved
the band felt more comfortable evangelizing to newcomers about such an
accessible, tuneful record. Over the years, as Lambchop has continued to
experiment, making more albums that are just as conceptual and well
executed, Nixon has grown in stature as a sort of origin point.
Yet as much as it was the kickoff to a new chapter in Lambchop's story, Nixon
was also an ending of sorts, at least as far as Wagner is concerned. On the
records that have followed, he's tended to work with fewer personnel on any
given track, moving away from Nixon's bigger sound. "Nixon might've been
the peak of the 14-person Lambchop," he says. It was also the last Lambchop
album to be recorded almost entirely with the old analog methods, which is
something that Wagner marvels at now, given how complex these songs were
to assemble.1. The Old Gold Shoe
3. You Masculine You
4. Up With People
5. Nashville Parent
6. What Else Could It Be?
7. The Distance From Her to There
8. The Book I Haven't Read
9. The Petrified Florist
10. The Butcher Boy$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gratitude180 Gram Translucent Blue Colored Vinyl With Gatefold Cover
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso
Manufactured At R.T.I.
During the 1970s, a new brand of pop music was born - one that was steeped in African and African-American styles - particularly jazz and R&B but appealed to a broader cross-section of the listening public. As founder and leader of the band Earth, Wind & Fire, Maurice White not only embraced but also helped bring about this evolution of pop, which bridged the gap that has often separated the musical tastes of black and white America. It certainly was successful, as EWF combined high-caliber musicianship, wide-ranging musical genre eclecticism, and '70s multicultural spiritualism. "I wanted to do something that hadn't been done before," Maurice explains. "Although we were basically jazz musicians, we played soul, funk, gospel, blues, jazz, rock and dance music which somehow ended up becoming pop. We were coming out of a decade of experimentation, mind expansion and cosmic awareness. I wanted our music to convey messages of universal love and harmony without force-feeding listeners' spiritual content."Maurice was born December 19, 1941, in Memphis, TN. He was immersed in a rich musical culture that spanned the boundaries between jazz, gospel, R&B, blues and early rock. All of these styles played a role in the development of Maurice's musical identity. At age six, he began singing in his church's gospel choir but soon his interest turned to percussion. He began working gigs as a drummer while still in high school. His first professional performance was with Booker T. Jones, who eventually achieved stardom as Booker T and the MGs.After graduating high school, Maurice moved to the Windy City to continue his musical education at the prestigious Chicago Conservatory Of Music. He continued picking up drumming jobs on the side, which eventually lead to a steady spot as a studio percussionist with the legendary Chicago label, Chess Records. At Chess, Maurice had the privilege of playing with such greats as Etta James, Fontella Bass, Billy Stewart, Willie Dixon, Sonny Stitt and Ramsey Lewis, whose trio he joined in 1967. He spent nearly three years as part of the Ramsey Lewis Trio. "Ramsey helped shape my musical vision beyond just the music," Maurice explains. "I learned about performance and staging." Maurice also learned about the African thumb piano, or Kalimba, an instrument whose sound would become central to much of his work over the years.In 1969, Maurice left the Ramsey Lewis Trio and joined two friends in Chicago, Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead, as a songwriting team composing songs and commercials in the Chicago area. The three friends got a recording contract with Capitol and called themselves the "Salty Peppers," and had a marginal hit in the Mid-western area called "La La Time." That band featured Maurice on vocals, percussion and Kalimba along with keyboardists/vocalists Wade Flemons and Don Whitehead.
After relocating to Los Angeles and signing a new contract with Warner Bros., Maurice simultaneously made what may have been the smartest move of his young career. He changed the band's name to Earth, Wind & Fire (after the three elements in his astrological chart). The new name also captured Maurice's spiritual approach to music - one that transcended categories and appealed to multiple artistic principals, including composition, musicianship, production, and performance. In addition to White, Flemons and Whitehead, Maurice recruited Michael Beal on guitar, Leslie Drayton, Chester Washington and Alex Thomas on horns, Sherry Scott on vocals, percussionist Phillard Williams and his younger brother Verdine on bass.
Earth, Wind & Fire recorded two albums for Warner Brothers: the self-titled 1970 album Earth, Wind And Fire and the 1971 album The Need Of Love. A single from this album, "I Think About Lovin' You," provided EWF with their first Top 40 R&B hit. Also in 1971, the group performed the soundtrack to the Melvin Van Peebles film 'Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song'.
In 1972, White dissolved the line-up (except he and brother Verdine White) and added Jessica Cleaves (vocals - formerly of the R&B group The Friends of Distinction), Ronnie Laws (flute, saxophone), Roland Bautista (guitar), Larry Dunn (keyboard), Ralph Johnson (percussion) and Philip Bailey (vocals, formerly of Friends & Love). Maurice became disillusioned with Warner Brothers, which had signed the group primarily as a jazz act. Maurice, in contrast, was more interested in combining elements of jazz, rock, and soul into an evolving form of fusion, a truly universal sound.
A performance at New York's Rockefeller Center introduced EWF to Clive Davis, then President of Columbia Records. Davis loved what he saw and bought their contract from Warner Bros. With Columbia Records, debuting with the 1972 album Last Days And Time, the group slowly began to build a reputation for innovative recordings and exciting, live shows, complete with feats of magic (floating pianos, spinning drum kits, vanishing artists) engineered by Doug Henning and his then-unknown assistant David Copperfield. Their first gold album, Head To The Sky, peaked at number 27 pop in the summer of 1973, yielding a smooth tangy cover of "Evil" and the title track single. The first platinum EWF album, Open Our Eyes, whose title track was a remake of the classic originally recorded by Savoy Records group the Gospel Clefs, included "Mighty Mighty" (number four R&B) and "Kalimba Story" (number six R&B).
Maurice once again shared a label roster with Ramsey Lewis, whose Columbia debut Sun Goddess, was issued in December 1974. The radio-aired title track was released as a single under the name Ramsey Lewis and Earth, Wind & Fire. It went to number 20 R&B in early 1975. The Sun Goddess album went gold, hitting number 12 pop in early 1975. Maurice had also played on Lewis' other high-charting album, Wade In The Water; the title track single peaked at number three R&B in the summer of 1966.
The inspiration for "Shining Star" (one of EW&F's most beloved singles) was gleaned from thoughts Maurice had during a walk under the star-filled skies that surrounded the mountains around Caribou Ranch, CO a popular recording site and retreat during the '70s. The track was originally included in the 'That's The Way Of The World' movie that starred Harvey Keitel and was produced by Sig Shore (Superfly). "Shining Star" glittered at number one R&B for two weeks and hit number one pop in early 1975. It was included on their 1975 multi-platinum album That's The Way Of The World that held the number one pop spot for three weeks in Spring 1975 and earned them their first Grammy Award. The title track single made it to number five R&B in summer of 1975. It also yielded the classic ballad "Reasons," an extremely popular radio-aired album track.
The multi-platinum album Gratitude held the number one pop album spot for three weeks in late 1975. On the album was "Singasong" (gold, number one R&B for two weeks, number five pop), the Skip Scarborough ballad "Can't Hide Love" (number 11 R&B), and the popular radio-aired album tracks "Celebrate," "Gratitude," and the live version of "Reasons." In 1976, Maurice decided he wanted to record a spiritual album. The multi-platinum album Spirit parked at number two pop for two weeks in fall of 1976 and boasted the gold, number one R&B single "Getaway" and "Saturday Nite." Spirit is remembered as one of EWF's best albums and sadly for also being the last project of Producer Charles Stepney. He died May 17, 1976, in Chicago, IL, at the age of 45. Charles was a former Chess Records arranger/producer/session musician/multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and Maurice's main collaborator on his EWF projects. The multi-platinum album All 'N All peaked at number three pop in late 1977, won three Grammy's, and had arrangements by Chicago soul mainstay Tom Tom Washington and Eumir Deodato. The singles were "Serpentine Fire" (number one R&B for seven weeks) and "Fantasy." The group's horn section, the legendary Phenix Horns (Don Myrick on saxophone, Louis Satterfield on trombone, Rahmlee Michael Davis and Michael Harris on trumpets) became an integral part of the Earth, Wind & Fire sound.
During this time, Maurice produced several artists such as The Emotions (1976's Flowers and 1977's Rejoice which included the number one R&B/pop hit "Best Of My Love") and Deniece Williams (1976's This Is Niecy which included the Top Ten R&B hit "Free"). In the late seventies, in association with Columbia Records, Maurice also launched a record label, ARC.
The multi-platinum greatest-hits set The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. I included a cover of the Beatles' "Got To Get You Into My Life" went to number one R&B and number nine pop in Summer 1978. The group performed the song in the 1978 Bee Gees/Peter Frampton movie 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'. Another single, "September," made it to number one R&B, number eight pop in early 1978. On the flip side was the enchanting popular radio-aired album track "Love's Holiday" from All 'N All.
Their live performances were stellar as well. Sellout crowds were spellbound by the band's bombastic performances. Their performances blasted a cosmic wave of peace, love and other happy vibrations to audiences using a combination of eye-popping costumes, lights, pyrotechnics and plain old good music. Sometimes they even threw in magic illusions. Earth, Wind & Fire's message was one of universal harmony, in both musical and cultural senses. "We live in a negative society," Maurice told Newsweek. "Most people can't see beauty and love. I see our music as medicine."
The multi-platinum album I Am hit number three pop in Summer 1979 on the strength of the million-selling single "Boogie Wonderland" with The Emotions (number two R&B for four weeks, number six pop) and the phenomenal gold ballad "After The Love Has Gone," written by David Foster, Jay Graydon and Bill Champlin that stayed at number two R&B/pop for two weeks. Their Faces album peaked at number ten pop in late 1980 and was boosted to gold by the singles "Let Me Talk" (number eight R&B), "You" (number ten R&B), and "And Love Goes On."
The million-selling funked-up "Let's Groove," co-written by The Emotions' Wanda Vaughn and her husband Wayne Vaughn, was the track that re-energized EWF's career, parking at number one R&B for eight weeks and number three pop, causing their Raise! album to go platinum (hitting number five pop in late 1981). Their next gold album Powerlight made it to number 12 pop in spring 1983 and included the Top Ten R&B single and Grammy-nominated "Fall In Love With Me." Their 1983 Electric Universe album stalled at number 40 pop, breaking the band's string of gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums.
In 1983, Maurice decided he and the band needed a break. During this hiatus, Maurice recorded his self-titled solo album Maurice White and produced various artists including Neal Diamond, Barbra Streisand and Jennifer Holliday. Reuniting with the band in 1987, EWF released the album Touch The World and scored yet another number one R&B single, "System of Survival" and embarked on a corresponding nine-month world tour. This was followed by the 1988 release The Best Of Earth, Wind & Fire Vol. II.
In 1990 the group released the album Heritage. Two years later, Earth, Wind & Fire released The Eternal Dance; a 55-track boxed set retrospective of the band's entire history. The appearance of such a project after a prolonged period of relative inactivity signaled to many listeners that the band was calling it quits but that did not turn out to be case. In 1993, EWF released the album, Millennium that included the Grammy-nominated "Sunday Morning" and "Spend The Night."
Earth, Wind & Fire kept recording and in 1996 released Avatar and Greatest Hits Live; followed by 1997's In The Name Of Love; 2002's That's The Way Of The World: Alive In '75; Live In Rio which was recorded during their 1979 "I Am World Tour;" 2003's The Promise, which included the Grammy-nominated "Hold Me" and 2005's Illumination, which included the Grammy-nominated "Show Me The Way."
In 2000, the nine-piece '70s edition of Earth, Wind & Fire reunited for one night only in honor of their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. In 2001, Eagle Rock Entertainment released the documentary 'Earth, Wind & Fire: Shining Stars', which contains rarely seen historic video footage along with in-depth interviews with the band members.
Even though Maurice is no longer a part of the touring group, he remains the band's heart and soul from behind the scenes as composer and producer. Maurice reflects, "I wanted to create a library of music that would stand the test of time. 'Cosmic Consciousness' is the key component of our work. Expanding awareness and uplifting spirits is so important in this day. People are looking for more. I hope our music can give them some encouragement and peace."LP 1
2. Africano/ Power Medley
3. Yearnin' Learnin'
5. Sun Goddess
7. Sing A Message To You
1. Shining Star
2. New World Symphony
7. Can't Hide Love$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
REDD-FIV-5214xThe Dirty Heads
Swim TeamMusic thrives on freedom. Without boundaries or blueprints, songs not only come to life, but last for a very long time to come.
Dirty Heads' sixth full-length offering, SWIM TEAM [Five Seven Music], finds the group at its most free. The Orange County, CA quintet-Jared "Dirty J" Watson [co-lead vocals], Dustin "Duddy B" Bushnell [co-lead vocals, guitar], Jon Olazabal [percussion], Matt Ochoa [drums], and David Foral [bass]-traffic between alternative, hip-hop, reggae, and rock with the same spirit and spark that's powered them since the beginning.
As a result, the hooks naturally became bigger, the experimentation got bolder, and the smoke blazed brighter
"We've put in so much hard work over the years that we have the freedom to do whatever we want now," affirms Jared. "Making the new record, I re-fell in love with everything about being in this band: writing music, playing shows, having fun, and where we're at. We spent every day not only working on songs, but laughing our asses off. What other people said didn't matter. The rules of being a proper songwriter and all of that bullshit didn't matter. If something felt good, we left it in there. It was so cool to get back to that feeling. Creating music was completely free. It was just fucking fun!"
For the better part of 15 years, Dirty Heads have quietly worked towards this point. In 2008, they emerged with the fan favorite full-length debut, Any Point In A Storm. Signature single "Lay Me Down" achieved an RIAA gold certification and clinched #1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart for 11 weeks-a record run for that year. 2014 saw Sound of Change debut at #8 on the Billboard Top 200, garner acclaim from the likes of Esquire, and vault "My Sweet Summer" to the top of Alternative Radio. Most recently, 2016's self-titled Dirty Heads went Top 15 on the Top 200 and spawned the smash "That's All I Need," which racked up over 10.5 million Spotify streams and counting. Noisey summed up the album best as, "Killer." Simultaneously, they remain one of the world's most engaging and exhilarating live acts, selling out sheds coast to coast.
During early 2017, the group started writing songs with no expectations or plans and soon found themselves working on what would become SWIM TEAM. That boundless environment immediately fostered inspiration.
"We had some time off, and we were like, 'We might as well get in the studio and see what happens'," recalls Duddy. "In doing that, we were able to come up with some really good ideas. We didn't have any pressure to put out new music. It's a lot more ambient and simple. We went heavier on the hip-hop, which I love. After the first song, we agreed to just finish a record. We were all inspired."
In order to capture those moments, Dirty Heads handpicked a team of collaborators-Jonas Jeberg [Demi Lovato, Juicy J, Jason Derulo], "Lay Me Down" partner-in-crime Rome [Enrique Iglesias] of Sublime with Rome, Blueprint [Jay-Z, Kanye West, Timbaland, Eminem, Nas, Prodigy], Oren Yoel [Miley Cyrus, Kanye West], HEAVY [Andrew McMahon], and The Score-and recorded between Los Angeles and Orange County.
"On the last album, it was like a mad speed dating rush with a bunch of producers to see who worked best," says Jared. "We had never done that before, and it was cool. It was a different vibe, studio, and guy every day. There are only a few producers on SWIM TEAM. The only new guys were HEAVY, and we hit it off immediately. We were molding and mutating what Dirty Heads are but with something new. We wanted to create songs we hadn't heard before."
That brings us to the first single "Vacation." Produced by Jeberg, "Vacation" sways from bright sun-soaked piano and booming horns into an unshakable and hashtaggable chant, "Hey, I'm on vacation every single day cuz I love my occupation. Hey, I'm on vacation, if you don't like your life then you should go and change it."
"We spent eight years in a van, worked hard, and now we're here," says Duddy. "It's almost like a vacation now."
"I want 'Vacation' to speak to people out there who have paid their dues and love their jobs," adds Jared. "For those who don't enjoy what they do every day, it sends a message that, 'It's not too late to do something else.' If you're not happy, life is way too fucking short to hang around and do things you don't love. We're blessed to do something we're passionate about. We hope you feel the same!"
Working with HEAVY, the emotional "Celebrate" volleys from vulnerable verses into confessional raps and a heart-wrenching refrain about being away from home. It's a classic pop ballad Dirty Heads-style with the power to resonate amongst listeners everywhere.
"It strikes a chord for those of us who travel a lot and leave friends and families at home," explains Duddy. "We miss so much on the road. We're humans. We have wives. We have kids. We're happy to do what we love, but at the same time we miss our loved ones."
Then there's "High Tea," which tows the line between 1940s-inspired crooning and grimy East Coast rhyme gymnastics like The Ink Spots guesting on Paul's Boutique.
"That's my favorite song we've ever written," beams Jared. "The melody was super catchy, and there's an old school guitar part. We juxtapose those mellow, airy, and ethereal elements with hard-hitting hip-hop. We were drinking these weed kombuchas at the time," he laughs.
In the end, SWIM TEAM represents Dirty Heads at their most dynamic, diverse, and definitive.
"When you hear it, I just want you to walk away thinking, 'Damn, that sounds like Dirty Heads'," concludes Duddy.
Jared leaves off, "I want you to feel the same way I did making it. Join this weird, odd, and wonderful secret society we've created over the past fifteen years. You're part of it now. Welcome to the team."1. Staloney
2. High Tea
3. Mad At It
6. Diamonds And Pearls
7. Get Somewhere
8. So Glad You Made It
9. God Damn Liar
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Crown Of Creation180 Gram Translucent Orange Marble Vinyl
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Featured In First Time Gatefold Cover With 12 x 24 Rare Poster Of Brumus
New Liner Notes From Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady
When you listen to this album, you just don't get 'peace and love man'... Jack Casady
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Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Jefferson Airplane/Hot Tuna/Grateful Dead), this first time audiophile vinyl release will become one of the more important albums in your classic rock collection. To enhance your Airplane listening pleasure, the Lp will be pressed for a short time on TRANSLUCENT ORANGE MARBLE vinyl at RTI, featuring new liner notes from Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady in a first time gatefold cover, as well as including the rare 12 x 24 poster of Brumus and photo insert, which truly make this an even more rewarding event for the fans.1. Lather
2. In Time
4. Star Track
5. Share a Little Joke
6. Chushingura (Instrumental)
7. If You Feel
8. Crown of Creation
9. Ice Cream Phoenix
10. Greasy Heart
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