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  • Magical Mystery Tour Magical Mystery Tour Quick View

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    Magical Mystery Tour

    Sourced From the Original Master Tapes


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios


    Pressed on 180 gram vinyl


    Containing some fantastic material from The Beatles' hippy heyday, including the lovely Fool on the Hill (with an endearingly amateurish tin-whistle solo), the delicately woven tapestry of Strawberry Fields Forever, the glorious anthem All You Need is Love and mad, surrealist epic I Am the Walrus, in which Lennon takes the concept of lyrical and musical nonsense and just explodes it all over the speakers. For an album of bits and bobs, there is genius in these grooves.


    A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs themselves, just polishing them up a bit.


    1. Magical Mystery Tour
    2. Fool on the Hill
    3. Flying
    4. Blue Jay Way
    5. Your Mother Should Know
    6. I Am the Walrus
    7. Hello Goodbye
    8. Strawberry Fields Forever
    9. Penny Lane
    10. Baby You're a Rich Man

    11. All You Need Is Love
    The Beatles
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  • Magical Mystery Tour (Collector's Box) Magical Mystery Tour (Collector's Box) Quick View

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    Magical Mystery Tour (Collector's Box)

    Deluxe Box Set With, DVD, Blu-Ray, Book and Double 7" 45RPM Vinyl.


    The Beatles Classic 1967 feature film has been restored for worldwide release.


    This limited edition deluxe version comes in a 10" x 10" box, which contains the DVD & Blu-Ray, as well as a 60 page book with background information, photographs and documentation from the production and also a faithful reproduction of the mono double 7" vinyl EP of the films six new Beatles songs, originally issued in the UK to complement the films 1967 release.


    MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR SPECIAL FEATURES:



    • Director's Commentary by Paul McCartney

    • The Making of Magical Mystery Tour (19m 05s) - Features interviews with Paul and Ringo, along with other cast members and crew. Includes unseen footage.

    • Ringo the actor (2m 30s) - Ringo reflecting on his role in the film.

    • Meet The Supporting Cast (11m 27s) - A feature on the background and careers of Nat Jackley, Jessie Robins, Ivor Cutler, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, Victor Spinetti, George Claydon, and Derek Royle.

    • Your Mother Should Know(2m 35s) Blue Jay Way(3m 53s) The Fool On The Hill (3m 05s) - Three new edits of these performances all featuring footage not seen in the original film.



    Blu-Ray features the original film restored.


    DVD features the original film restored.

    Side 1

    1. Magical Mystery Tour

    2. Your Mother Should Know


    Side 2

    1. I Am The Walrus


    Side 1

    1. The Fool On The Hill

    2. Flying


    Side 2

    1. Blue Jay Way

    The Beatles
    $89.99
    Deluxe Box Set With, DVD, Blu-Ray, Book and Double 7 45RPM Vinyl - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Magical Mystery Psych-Out: A Tribute To The Beatles The Magical Mystery Psych-Out: A Tribute To The Beatles Quick View

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    The Magical Mystery Psych-Out: A Tribute To The Beatles

    Modern psychedelic rock bands pull out all the stops on this mesmerizing tribute to inarguably the most influential rock band of all-time, The Beatles. These exclusive versions are unlike any Beatles covers you've heard with performances by German psych band Electric Moon, British duo The KVB, The Underground Youth, The Vacant Lots, and a whole lot more!
    1. Electric Moon - Tomorrow Never Knows
    2. Sugar Candy Mountain - Rain
    3. The Vacant Lots - Julia
    4. The Blank Tapes - The Word
    5. The Ruby Suns - Martha My Dear
    6. The KVB - Taxman
    7. The Underground Youth - Come Together
    8. Fantasmes - Love You To
    9. Quilt - Cry Baby Cry
    10. The Lucid Dream - And I Love Her
    11. Kikagaku Moyo - Helter Skelter
    12. Strangers Family Band - Sun King
    Various Artists
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  • Mystery Girl Expanded Mystery Girl Expanded Quick View

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    Mystery Girl Expanded

    Everyone involved with Mystery Girl sensed the magic in Roy Orbison, who, in 1988, was enjoying a full creative renaissance and resurgence of popularity. One of Roy's classic recordings, "In Dreams," memorably lip-synched into a hurricane lamp by Dean Stockwell, had served as a key thematic element in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet," igniting a renewed interest in the Big O.


    In a series of bold aesthetic moves, Orbison directly addressed his legacy, first with Class of '55 (a 1986 reunion album with fellow Sun Records alumni Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins) and then, In Dreams: The Greatest Hits, where Orbison recut many of his biggest songs, using 1980s technology to produce results often surpassing his original recordings.


    At this same time, Roy Orbison became a founding member of the Traveling Wilburys, the roots rock supergroup also featuring Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, and Tom Petty. It was during work with the Wilburys that the vision for Mystery Girl, a new Roy Orbison album made of original songs from a variety of writers-including Roy Orbison, Diane Warren, Elvis Costello, Wesley Orbison and U2s Bono and the Edge (among others)-began taking shape.


    "When he sang it, it was absolutely magnificent," said Jeff Lynne, who would produce tracks for Mystery Girl. "His voice, I had never heard a voice like that live, you know, in the studio, ever . He had this wonderful spirit, almost like a kid in many ways.


    He was just a happy guy. I love him . One of the proudest things I've ever done is to have become his friend. I'd look at him and just go, 'Wow, it's him. The Big O.'"


    Roy's core group of musicians on the original Mystery Girl recordings included Jeff Lynne (guitar, piano, bass, backing vocals), Tom Petty (acoustic guitar, backing vocals), Mike Campbell (guitar, bass, mandolin), Jim Keltner (drums), Howie Epstein (bass, backing vocals), and Benmont Tench (piano, organ, cheap strings). Contributing artists on the album include Barbara Orbison, Roy Orbison, Jr., Al Kooper, George Harrison, Bono, T Bone Burnett, Steve Cropper, The Memphis Horns, and more.


    "I was just taken by how amazing this guy was. Just sitting, singing softly, sitting on the sofa with an acoustic guitar, his voice was unbelievable." remembers Tom Petty. "The music will live on, you know; it's very timeless music."


    Mike Campbell added, "Any time I hear one of Roy's songs, wherever I am, I just stop and listen to it and he's there, you know. His artistry and his voice and his spirit and the depth of his soul is so unique and it just connects with you in such a deep way . He just had a way of getting into your heart."


    "He was a real innovator, truly a great singer," said Bono. "The real rebels to me always had manners. Elvis, you know, and Roy, Roy was a true gentleman. And that's a scary thing in a man, do you know what I mean? A man that's so sure in himself that he can be polite."


    The legendary guitarist Steve Cropper confided that, "I've only met basically three, maybe three-and-a-half, of what I call 'light bulbs' in my life. And what I mean by 'light bulbs' is they're the brightest one in the room and when they walk in the door every head turns. Every head. Not just a few, not some people still talking in the corner. It's like everyone stops what they are doing. Elvis Presley, Otis Redding and Roy Orbison. And I saw that happen to Bill Clinton. So, there you go and I've never seen that happen to anybody else, ever."

    LP1
    1. You Got It
    2. In the Real World
    3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You
    4. A Love So Beautiful
    5. California Blue
    6. She's a Mystery to Me
    7. The Comedians
    8. The Only One
    9. Windsurfer
    10. Careless Heart


    LP2
    1. The Way Is Love
    2. She's a Mystery to Me (Studio Demo)
    3. (All I Can Do Is) Dream You (Studio Demo)
    4. The Only One (Studio Demo)
    5. The Comedians (Studio Demo)
    6. In the Real World (Studio Demo)
    7. California Blue (Studio Demo)
    8. Windsurfer (Work-Tape Demo)
    9. You Are My Love (Work-Tape Demo)

    Roy Orbison
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • See Mystery Lights See Mystery Lights Quick View

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    See Mystery Lights

    Limited Edition of 1000 Copies on White Vinyl


    Features Detailed Spot-Glass Artwork Exclusive to the Vinyl Version


    Brainy and block-rocking rarely coexist like this.
    -Entertainment Weekly


    Recorded in Marfa, Texas, YACHT's See Mystery Lights is an intimate party record that was captured in widescreen Technicolor. Singles include Summer Song and the sublimely catchy Psychic City, mixing electro and post punk rhythms seamlessly.


    Jona Bechtolt - founding member of YACHT, former member of the Blow - is a huge talent, something that may not have been readily apparent on any of his three previous LPs. Those albums, created largely as solo endeavors, will not have prepared listeners for See Mystery Lights. Now an official partnership between Bechtolt and Claire L. Evans, who performed on several songs on 2007's I Believe In You, Your Magic Is Real, YACHT finally feel like a full-fledged band with direction and vision, particularly given the added weight (or rather, levity) of Evans' influence.


    The songs on See Mystery Lights - from the bouncy, burbling you-can't-take-it-with-you screed The Afterlife (which plays like a less spastic companion piece to the Mae Shi's Run to Your Grave) to the roller rink-ready vocoder vocals of I'm In Love With a Ripper - represent YACHT at their most poppy. It's a collection of stone jams that finds the band finally as hellbent on experimenting and expanding the boundaries of its sonic scope as it is on having fun. Built on electronic foundations - laser effects, skittering computerized beats, and spacey synth lines (or guitar riffs that have been tuned or distorted to sound like synths) - these new songs are giddy with creative freedom while remaining tethered in service of their melodies. The vocal melodies are bright and buoyant, but delivered (by either band member, or in unison) in a chanted, oftentimes detached monotone that plays up the repetitive lyrics' mantra-like feel and adds a welcome undercurrent of slacker cool to their otherwise sugary optimism.

    1. Ring The Bell
    2. The Afterlife
    3. I'm In Love With A Ripper
    4. It's Boring / You Can Live Anywhere You Want
    5. Psychic City
    6. Summer Song
    7. We Have All We've Ever Wanted
    8. Don't Fight The Darkness
    9. I'm In Love With A Ripper (Party Mix)
    10. Psychic City (Version)
    YACHT
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  • Mysterious Traveller (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Mysterious Traveller (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Mysterious Traveller (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    In Weather Report's fourth album the mysterious multi-instrumentalist Joe Zawinul travels once again through his virtually endless sound universe. And once again the question arises as to whether he will manage to leave his genetic fingerprint - without resorting to routine - on all the newly created sounds. The magic word here is naturalness, which makes its way safely and surely through the electronic backdrop.



    Nubian Sundance, performed with two drummers and a percussionist, twists and turns in an apparently disoriented, meditative fashion through a mix of sizzling sound and colours, leading up to the final live applause that brings this dance to a close and making it a real experience for all. Following the translucent, will-o'-the-wisp-like American Tango is Cucumber Slumber with its compact funky sound created by a cool mix of saxophone and the sucking sound of a synthesizer. The two protagonists Zawinul and Shorter seem to be on a par with one another in the dazzling title piece where the lyrical saxophone part is supported by thunderous piano chords. Warm, dreamy harmonies are heard for a short while, only to be hacked apart in Blackthorn Rose - this is no orbital music floating around in your head but sheer tension, which makes you clutch your seat until landing. Back on earth the mysterious traveller was received with open arms with the readers of Down Beat magazine voting the LP 'Album of the Year 1974'.



    Musicians:



    • Joe Zawinul (keyboards, percussion, vocals, guitar)

    • Wayne Shorter (saxophone, piano)

    • Miroslav Vitous, Alphonso Johnson (bass)

    • Ray Barretto, Dom Um Romão (percussion)

    • Skip Hadden, Ishmael Wilburn (drums)




    Recording: 1974 at Devonshire Sound, North Hollywood, USA, by Ron Malo

    Production: Josef Zawinul and Wayne Shorter





    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Nubian Sundance
    2. American Tango
    3. Cucumber Slumber
    4. Mysterious Traveler
    5. Blackthorn Rose
    6. Scarlet Woman
    7. Jungle Book
    Weather Report
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • The Bardo Story The Bardo Story Quick View

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    The Bardo Story

    The Bardo Story is the new album by Baltimore-based musician, film maker
    and artist Michael Collins, AKA Salvia Plath; formerly known as Run DMT.
    The latest in a series of off-centre pop perversions by Collins, The Bardo Story
    follows on from low-key but much-loved releases under the Run DMT guise,
    beginning in late 2009 with Bong Voyage, a collection of dank, ultra-vivid
    textural vignettes that offered a glimpse into Collins's green-fingered deft
    psychedelic touch and disorientating pop potential.


    2011's Dreams followed, taking the palette of colours and textures mixed up
    by its predecessor and daubing them on to more fully realised, cohesive song
    structures. Coming across like hyperactive doodlings in the great American
    song book, Dreams was easily one of the most imaginative and unashamedly
    fun records of the year and served to cement Collins's status as one of the US
    underground's most singular characters.


    Since then, Collins has drifted along in a classic itinerant artist's daydream,
    spending time in, and taking inspiration from, Boston, New York, Baltimore,
    Chicago and Los Angeles over the course of two years and writing and
    recording a huge amount of new material - both alone and with numerous
    collaborators - thirteen euphoric, extraordinary moments of which make up
    The Bardo Story.


    Finding Collins' at the delirious peak of his peculiar craft, The Bardo Story is
    a truly twisted joy-ride through the warped psych-pop canon, as indebted to
    Monty Python and the Dukes of Stratosphere as it is Magical Mystery Tour.
    The vision is focused, yet fried, with Collins and his band of cross-continental
    loons skipping between sun-struck, fevered freeway sing-a-longs ripe with
    coy mystery and arch humour. The result is a thrillingly engrossing, positively
    filmic experience of a record replete with all the mystery, magic and delight
    that life can harbour - as comfortable being effortlessly charming as it is
    spectacularly confounding.

    1. In The Flowers
    2. My Girls
    3. Also Frightened
    4. Summertime Clothes
    5. Daily Routine
    6. Bluish
    7. Guys Eyes
    8. Taste
    9. Lion In A Coma
    10. No More Runnin
    11. Brother Sport
    Salvia Plath
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  • The Beatles 1967-1970 The Beatles 1967-1970 Quick View

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    The Beatles 1967-1970


    All Analogue Master From The Original Master Tapes


    Picking up where 1962-1966 left off, the double-album compilation 1967-1970, commonly called The Blue Album, covers the Beatles' later records, from Sgt. Pepper's through Let It Be. Like The Red Album, The Blue Album was released in the wake of a pair of widely advertised quadruple-LP bootlegs, Alpha Omega, Vols. 1-2: The Story of the Beatles, which had appeared early in 1973. And like its companion volume, this set contains a mixture of hits, including singles like Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, and Revolution -- which had originally appeared only as 45s -- plus important album tracks like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, A Day in the Life, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, and Come Together, as well as orphaned tracks such as the single versions of Let It Be and Get Back, which had never been on any LP before. The first two sides of the original double-LP edition carry listeners through the highlights of the psychedelic era, starting with Strawberry Fields Forever and Penny Lane and up through Magical Mystery Tour, before returning to rock & roll territory on Lady Madonna, Hey Jude, and Revolution. The second LP skims three of the more popular tracks off of the sprawling White Album (aka The Beatles) and moves into the late singles (The Ballad of John and Yoko, Old Brown Shoe, Let It Be), plus single and album highlights from Abbey Road and Let It Be. As a prÉcis of the group's final 36 months, it's all mightily impressive, even if 1967-1970 misses several great songs. But like its predecessor, this set does capture the essence (if not the full range) of the Beatles' later recordings.


    - Bruce Eder (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. Strawberry Fields Forever
    2. Penny Lane
    3. Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

    4. With A Little Help From My Friends
    5. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    6. A Day In The Life
    7. All You Need Is Love
    8. I Am The Walrus
    9. Hello Goodbye
    10. The Fool On The Hill

    11. Magical Mystery Tour
    12. Lady Madonna
    13. Hey Jude
    14. Revolution


    LP 2
    1. Back In The U.S.S.R.
    2. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    3. Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
    4. Get Back
    5. Don't Let Me Down

    6. The Ballad Of John & Yoko

    7. Old Brown Shoe
    8. Here Comes The Sun

    9. Come Together
    10. Something
    11. Octopus's Garden
    12. Let It Be
    13. Across The Universe
    14. The Long And Winding Road

    The Beatles
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  • Rubber Soul (Mono) Rubber Soul (Mono) Quick View

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    Rubber Soul (Mono)

    Ranked 5/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The Beatles' Original Mono Studio Album Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz


    Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe


    Manufactured For The World At Optimal Media In Germany, The Beatles' Albums Are Presented In Their Original Glory, Both Sonically And In Their Packaging.


    The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. The Beatles' nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.


    In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers. Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.


    Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process:


    The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers' notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon's 2M Black.


    It's important to remember that the tapes have aged-some as much as fifty years-and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.


    Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios' Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head.


    1. Drive My Car
    2. Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
    3. You Won' See Me
    4. Nowhere Man
    5. Think For Yourself
    6. The Word
    7. Michelle
    8. What Goes On
    9. Girl
    10. I'm Looking Through You
    11. In My Life
    12. Wait
    13. If I Needed Someone
    14. Run For Your Life
    The Beatles
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Revolver (Mono) Revolver (Mono) Quick View

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    Revolver (Mono)

    Ranked 3/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time!


    The Beatles' Original Mono Studio Album Remastered At Abbey Road Directly From The Analogue Masters For Vinyl Release By Sean Magee and Steve Berkowitz


    Lacquers Cut Using Neumann VMS-80 Lathe


    Manufactured For The World At Optimal Media In Germany, The Beatles' Albums Are Presented In Their Original Glory, Both Sonically And In Their Packaging.


    The Beatles in mono: This is how most listeners first heard the group in the 1960s, when mono was the predominant audio format. Up until 1968, each Beatles album was given a unique mono and stereo mix, but the group always regarded the mono as primary. The Beatles' nine U.K. albums, the American-compiled Magical Mystery Tour, and the Mono Masters collection of non-album tracks will be released in mono on 180-gram vinyl LPs with faithfully replicated artwork. Newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, each album will be available both individually and within a lavish, limited 14-LP boxed edition, The Beatles In Mono, which also includes a 108-page hardbound book.


    In an audiophile-minded undertaking, The Beatles' acclaimed mono albums have been newly mastered for vinyl from quarter-inch master tapes at Abbey Road Studios by GRAMMY®-winning engineer Sean Magee and GRAMMY®-winning mastering supervisor Steve Berkowitz. While The Beatles In Mono CD boxed set released in 2009 was created from digital remasters, for this new vinyl project, Magee and Berkowitz cut the records without using any digital technology. Instead, they employed the same procedures used in the 1960s, guided by the original albums and by detailed transfer notes made by the original cutting engineers. Working in the same room at Abbey Road where most of The Beatles' albums were initially cut, the pair first dedicated weeks to concentrated listening, fastidiously comparing the master tapes with first pressings of the mono records made in the 1960s. Using a rigorously tested Studer A80 machine to play back the precious tapes, the new vinyl was cut on a 1980s-era VMS80 lathe.


    Via Michael Fremer (Analog Planet) on the mastering process:


    The EQ applied was based upon the original cutting engineers' notes as well as careful listening to original first lacquer, first mother, first stamper EMI pressings (-1, 1, G matrix). The cartridge used was Ortofon's 2M Black.


    It's important to remember that the tapes have aged-some as much as fifty years-and the monitoring, playback and mastering equipment have changed as well, even though the work was done in the very same room in which the originals were mastered. Solid state has replaced tubes in the cutting chain.


    Lacquers were cut using Abbey Road Studios' Neumann VMS-80 lathe, equipped with a Neumann SX-74 cutter head. The originals were cut on a Scully lathe, perhaps with a Westrex cutter head.


    1. Taxman
    2. Eleanor Rigby

    3. I'm Only Sleeping
    4. Love You To
    5. Here, There And Everywhere
    6. Yellow Submarine
    7. She Said She Said
    8. Good Day Sunshine
    9. And Your Bird Can Sing
    10. For No One
    11. Doctor Robert
    12. I Want To Tell You
    13. Got To Get You Into My Life
    14. Tomorrow Never Knows
    The Beatles
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
  • Tales From The Lotus Pod LP Tales From The Lotus Pod LP Quick View

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    Tales From The Lotus Pod LP


    Foil Cover Edition Limited To 500


    Featuring Members Of Insane Clown Posse & Twiztid


    Remastered & Pressed On 180-Gram Vinyl


    Brace yourself, mortal, for the petals of the Dark Lotus are once again reopening! Out of print for nearly a decade, the debut album from the hip-hop supergroup Dark Lotus (featuring members of INSANE CLOWN POSSE and TWIZTID), Tales From the Lotus Pod, has been remastered and reloaded onto crisp 180-gram vinyl, ensuring this horrorcore masterpiece has never sounded better... or more disturbing.


    Come... if you dare... on this hip hop journey where black magic reigns supreme and the mysterious Petals of the Lotus guide you into the Nethervoid. A true classic of horrorcore rap, Tales From the Lotus Pod stands as one of the most terrifying albums ever released. Get ready!

    1. Intro
    2. Ali Baba
    3. Something
    4. Hurt Myself
    5. Call Upon Your Gods
    6. And We Danced
    7. Black Magick
    8. Gimme Dat Blood
    9. Headache
    10. Bad Rep
    11. Bitch I'm Sexy
    12 Swarm
    13. I Wanna Die
    14. The Crows
    15. Juggalo Family
    Dark Lotus
    $29.99
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  • Commune Commune Quick View

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    Commune

    There is no direct association between mysterious Swedish
    psychedelicists GOAT and Argentinian master of magical realism, Jorge
    Luis Borges. Yet their mission appears to be the same. Borges generated
    his ideas from historical curiosities across the globe-knife duels on the
    South American plains, Middle Eastern heresiarchs, Chinese pirates-and
    twisted them into fictions that blurred the lines between footnotes and
    outright fantasy. GOAT's sound is the sonic embodiment of this principle,
    working heavy psych-rock, Nigerian afrobeat, German krautrock, Anatolian
    funk, and a host of other micro-niches into a hallucinatory celebration
    of rock's diverse manifestations.


    Despite the success of GOAT's critically-acclaimed 2012 debut, World
    Music, the individual identities involved remain shrouded in mystery:
    GOAT performs in masks, and spokespersons maintain that the group
    is simply an ongoing multi-generational collective of musicians from the
    isolated, Swedish locality of Korpilombolo, a junction of native Sami
    people, Scandinavian settlers, and the rare wayfaring outsiders. Beyond
    that, GOAT divulges very little. It's as if GOAT are taking cues from Borges'
    short story "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius," wherein a clandestine enclave
    of intellectuals attempt to create a new reality by inserting articles on a
    fictitious, puzzling state into modern encyclopedias. Borges' secret
    society wanted their heretical ideologies to infiltrate common thought
    through an invented past; GOAT wants to revitalize the communal
    experience of rock music by creating an alternate origin story.


    Ultimately, it is GOAT's music that speaks the most about them, and
    on Commune GOAT deliver a heavy dose of acidic grooves, hypnotic
    incantations, and serpentine guitar lines, building on the much-lauded
    sound of World Music to explore new territories. Starting with the layered
    percussive groove, Eastern guitar flourishes, and convoking vocals of
    "Talk To God," Commune re-establishes the trance-inducing rhythms
    and exotic blaze of guitar that characterized World Music. From there,
    the album launches into darker and more propulsive territories,
    occasionally emerging for breaths of transcendental '60s psych-pop and
    driving proto-metal fuzz.


    "GOAT is mainly a symbol of sacrifice. To sacrifice the individual for
    the collective good. To become one with the rest of humanity and
    universe," said an unnamed GOAT conspirator in a rare correspondence.
    With that philosophy, GOAT is propagating their crossbred music and
    mysticism by sharing Commune with the world. And, while we'll never
    see GOAT's faces on the cover of a glossy magazine, their intoxicating
    conjurations are poised to infiltrate our collective psyche with the
    subversive magical allure of a Borgesian fable.

    1. Talk to God
    2. Words
    3. The Light Within
    4. To Travel the Path Unknown
    5. Goatchild
    6. Goatslaves
    7. Hide From the Sun
    8. Bondye
    9. Gathering of Ancient Tribes
    Goat
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    Mr. Tambourine Man (MONO)

    Ranked 232/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    The Byrds burst upon an already fertile pop/rock music scene in the spring of 1965 with a stunning retooling of Bob Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man that changed everything. The debut album of the same name that followed, featuring mindblowing folk-rock gems like The Bells Of Rhymney, I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better and Chimes Of Freedom, was so aromatically intoxicating it even lit a fire under the Beatles across the Atlantic, beavering away on Rubber Soul. The Mr. Tambourine Man longplayer is so bountiful it almost doubles as a Byrds greatest hits, volume one. Here Without You and I Knew Id Want You weave a sense of mystery into the Byrds' eerie harmonic tapestry. And All I Want To Do, along with Spanish Harlem Incident, once again, connect Dylan's magic to the pop charts in a way only McGuinn, Crosby, Clark, Hillman and Clarke could pull off.

    Unavailable for over 40 years, we're proud to present the first ever reissue of this monumental recording in its original, highly-sought-after mono incarnation, cut directly from the original Columbia Recordings analog mono masters, with perfect artwork restoration and meticulously faithful mastering.

    1. Mr. Tambourine Man
    2. I'll Feel A Whole Lot Better
    3. Spanish Harlem Incident
    4. You Won't Have to Cry
    5. Here Without You
    6. The Bells Of Rhymney
    7. All I Really Want To Do
    8. I Knew I'd Want You
    9. It's No Use
    10. Don't Doubt Yourself, Babe

    11. Chimes Of Freedom
    12. We'll Meet Again
    The Byrds
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    Lost Highway Soundtrack

    Import


    2000 Individually Numbered Copies On Blinding Blue Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve / Insert


    PVC Protective Sleeve


    Featuring "I'm Deranged" By David Bowie, "The Perfect Drug" By Nine Inch Nails


    Lost Highway is the 1997 French-American neo-noir-horror mystery film written and directed by David Lynch. It stars Bill Pullman as a man convicted of murdering his wife (Patricia Arquette), after which he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins a new life.


    The film's score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti, with additional music by Barry Adamson, however Trent Reznor from Nine Inch Nails was responsible for assembling the soundtrack. David Bowie's "I'm Deranged", Rammstein's "Heirate Mich", Lou Reed's "This Magic Moment", Marilyn Manson's "Apple Of Sodom" plus more tracks from Trent Reznor, The Smashing Pumpkins all appear on the double album to accompany the Angelo Badalamenti and Barry Adamson theme music.


    Lost Highway premiered in 1997 in the United States on a limited theatrical release and has developed a cult following. Director David Lynch received three Academy Awards nominations, a Golden Lion award from the Venice Film Festival for lifetime achievements as well as a Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival for Wild At Heart in 1990.

    LP 1
    1. David Bowie - I'm Deranged (Edit)
    2. Trent Reznor - Videodrones; Questions
    3. Nine Inch Nails - The Perfect Drug
    4. Angelo Badalamenti- Red Bats With Teeth
    5. Angelo Badalamenti - Haunting & Heartbreaking
    6 The Smashing Pumpkins - Eye
    7. Angelo Badalamenti - Dub Driving
    8. Barry Adamson - Mr. Eddy's Theme 1
    9. Lou Reed - This Magic Moment
    10. Barry Adamson - Mr. Eddy's Theme 2
    11. Angelo Badalamenti - Fred & Renee Make Love
    12. Marilyn Manson - Apple of Sodom


    LP 2
    1. Antonio Carlos Jobim - Insensatez
    2. Barry Adamson - Something Wicked This Way Comes (Edit)
    3. Marilyn Manson - I Put A Spell On You
    4. Angelo Badalamenti - Fats Revisited
    5. Angelo Badalamenti - Fred's World
    6. Rammstein - Rammstein (Edit)
    7. Barry Adamson - Hollywood Sunset
    8. Rammstein - Heirate Mich(Edit)
    9. Angelo Badalamenti - Police
    10. Trent Reznor - Driver Down
    11. David Bowie - I'm Deranged (Reprise)

    Various Artists
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    Mrs. Jones' Cookies (Discontinued)

    Includes a CD quality digital download of the full album.


    Empty Cellar Records presents the latest full-length platter by THE SANDWITCHES, Mrs. Jones' Cookies. San Francisco's Sandwitches have been plugging away at their craft for a couple magical years now, sprinkling their barbed, alluring electric folk briars across unsuspecting gardens in the Bay Area and beyond. Previous releases, such as the swampy ecstasy of How To Make Ambient Sadcake and last year's oceanic ouija board of an EP, Duck Duck Goose!, captured distinct sides of the trio. Mrs. Jones Cookies is here now to unify their uniquely whimsical and creepy vision. Mrs. Jones' Cookies pours Sadcake's plaintive bounce into Duck Ducks celestial, mysterious drift, spiking the mix with a side they've previously only hinted at: a playfulness, a comfort. It's the sound of a band at ease with unease. Even when they're plumbing the most desperate depths, there's an unforced confidence in the lonely plucking of guitarists HEIDI ALEXANDER and GRACE COOPER. The shared vocal duties are where these ladies truly and finally let loose. On 'Lightfoot' and single 'Summer Of Love,' drummer ROXY BRODEUR punches out lively, soul-flecked trots, as Grace and Heidi tickle the end of their high and low ranges, returning later to those highs and lows with extra force and bluster, shooting out the lights with aplomb. The Sandwitches live for moments like this, teasing the listener with deceptively simple backing, then letting fly with soaring vocal saltwater taffy that can be scary, cartoonish, or both. Then, of course, the girls backtrack on a dime and plant a mournful lullaby in your lap, as affecting and otherworldly as you'll ever hear and complete with a wandering flute. Features guest appearances from JAMES FINCH JR., SHAYDE SARTIN, and DIC STUSSO.


    1. In the Garden

    2. Summer of Love

    3. Black Rider

    4. My Heart Does Swell
    5. Heaviest Head in the West

    6. Lightfoot
    7. Over The Moon
    8. Miracle Me
    9. Joe Says
    10. Heavy Times
    Sandwitches
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    Black Moon Spell

    King Tuff's new record is called Black Moon Spell.


    It was produced and recorded by Bobby Harlow at Studio B in Los Angeles, California,
    in the hot winter of 2014.


    No one involved was prepared to make a record, but an invisible hand pushed them
    to do it. Perhaps it was God or that special someone we all know and love called The
    Devil.


    God and The Devil actually have very similar interests. They both love electric guitars
    and they both want you to listen to Black Moon Spell and freak the fuck out.


    There were many strange occurrences during the recording session- Dracula landlords,
    flashes of mysterious light, haunted microphones, songs that mixed themselves,
    demonic vortexes swirling in coffee cups, etc.


    Under the Black Moon Spell you may experience euphoria, demented visions, wet
    dreams, bouts of backwards laughter, and dazed confusion resulting in primordial
    dancing.


    Fire played a very important role in the making of this album. King Tuff loves fire.
    For some reason, no one can really explain how the Black Moon Spell came to be.
    It just appeared one day and demanded heavy rock music and meatball subs.
    Backwards messages may be found on this record.


    Los Angeles, full of its screaming coyotes and creeping helicopters, surely slathered
    its sexy, twisted, hairy, polluted spirit all over Black Moon Spell. The Sunset Strip
    shat itself when it heard all these guitar solos.


    Can you feel the Black Moon Spell creeping up the back of yr neck yet?


    King Tuff would prefer not to tell you the full story of making this record because
    its long and crazy and you wouldn't believe him anyway. Also, I am King Tuff.


    Magic Jake, who played bass and is beautiful like sunshine, would like to take this
    moment to give you a hug and invite you to a tanning party on a beach of your choice.


    Old Gary, who plays drums and has the most glorious cackle, would like to take this
    moment to crack a cold one with you and invite you to watch the old ballgame with
    him.


    Old Gary was out watching the old ballgame, so a wild critter named Ty Segall played
    drums on the song "Black Moon Spell". Ty enjoys speaking in a goblin voice in his
    spare time.


    Night fell on Studio B. A Tarot card leapt from the deck and said, "No human
    judgement is of any value here." King Tuff agreed.


    Sub Pop first discovered King Tuff curled up in his palace in Vermont. It was basically
    a shit hut made of moss, mud, and glimmering stones hidden near the graveyard,
    and it was guarded by beautiful wild bullfrogs with silver fangs and baseball bats.


    Punx, Squares, Skaters, Farmers, Bartenders, Grandparents, Stoners, Carpenters,
    Hobos, Heshers, Babes, Babies, Plumbers, Strippers, Art Teachers, Teenagers, Townies,
    Moms, Dads, Truck Drivers, and Witches will all love this record.


    Every song on Black Moon Spell was written without giving a shining fuck about
    nothing.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell, turn yr volume knob up to 666, put yr lover in a 69,
    and let yr inner grinagog rear it's wicked, unwashed, smiling snake head.


    Listen to Black Moon Spell and give yr ears what they've been begging for all year;
    a heavily weird, heavenly dark, hysterically magical Rock & Roll Sexperience.


    ps. the only part of this story that isn't true is the part about the shit hut. I actually
    was living at my parents' house when I was discovered. Love, KT

    1. Black Moon Spell
    2. Sick Mind
    3. Rainbow's Run
    4. Headbanger
    5. Beautiful Thing
    6. I Love You Ugly
    7. Magic Mirror
    8. Madness
    9. Demon From Hell
    10. Black Holes in Stereo
    11. Radiation
    12. Eyes of the Muse
    13. Staircase of Diamonds
    14. Eddie's Song
    King Tuff
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    NVM

    Like a fluorescent-lit snack-aisle oasis in some desolate interstate road stop, brimming with Skittles and limited-edition Sno Balls, Tacocat's Easter-egg-hued pop-punk-pop is bubblegum-sticky with hooks, bound to brighten up the most drab stretch of bummer backroad.


    The band's four-person, seven-layer-burrito came together organically: Lelah Maupin (drums) and Eric Randall (guitar) met in their native Longview, WA-two hours south of Seattle, the very town that Green Day named their breakout debut single after. Lelah's family room was wallpapered with framed Magic Eye posters, hence Stereogram, the cross-eyed love letter to that bizarre '90s optical fad. She met lanky Eric while both worked at Safeway, wearing the chain's distinctive navy aprons before breaking north to Seattle. Eric's band The Trashies practiced and played in the basement of the 24/7 House in the Central District, where Long Beach, CA native Bree McKenna (bass) was living, amongst the dust, boxes, and spiders. Lelah met Butte, MT native Emily Nokes (voice, tambourine) in one excruciatingly early/boring graphic design class, slipping her a doodled-upon note; she soon noticed Emily's big voice while she sang along with R. Kelly on the radio. Emily and Bree hit it off one sloshy night at the Comet. Eric impressed Emily with his reenactments of scenes from Anaconda. Sometime around 2007, via countless raucous house party shows, the legend of Tacocat was born.


    The foursome would quickly make a name for themselves with their simply energizing power pop, drawing on classic Northwest energy with an uncommonly upbeat, surfy swag that could only come from gray skies and hydroponic sunshine. Their sly and unabashed '90s revivalism has, in the past, found the band pondering Evan Dando and Waterworld-and Bree herself explains finding about riot grrrl via Napster and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. They've described themselves variously as Feminist sci-fi and Equal parts Kurt and Courtney; oh well, whatever NVM.


    NVM-Tacocat's second full-length album and first for Hardly Art, opens up like some mystery shoebox, wistful, instantly nostalgic: snapshots of mortifying exes (You Never Came Back) and sketchy party situations (Party Trap), maybe a postcard with an alien smoking a joint. Cigarette cellophane-wrapped weed nugs, pain pill crumbs and wrapped tampons (all the girls are surfing the wave, surfing the crimson wave today"), all serve as a roadmap through Tacocat's bong-ripped reminiscences, scenarios all-too familiar and hilariously improbable. There's the notoriously inconsistent #8 Metro line (F.U. #8) and the accountability-allergic, black-clad brick-heavers of This Is Anarchy. The protagonist of Psychedelic Quinceañera-based on Bree-just wants to dance with rainbows, mind-expansion style, instead of having to wear a frilly dress in front of her whole family. Emily daydreams of a Bridge to Hawaii, where even the destitute could walk their asses to paradise-before being snapped out of it by cat-calls from construction workers, business dads, and drunk hobos (Hey Girl); sweaty jerks telling her that she should smile!


    NVM all that, though: you should, and will, smile-either a wry little corner-lifter or a big ear-to-ear equator-and shake what's yours, when you hear the whippet-smart latest album from the world's favorite palindromic band. Text a friend.


    --Larry Mizell

    1. You Never Came Back
    2. Bridge to Hawaii
    3. Crimson Wave
    4. Stereogram
    5. Pocket Full of Primrose
    6. Psychedelic Quinceañera
    7. Time Pirate
    8. This is Anarchy
    9. Hey Girl
    10. Party Trap
    11. F.U. #8
    12. Alien Girl
    13. Snow Day
    Tacocat
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    Heavy Love

    But who is Duke Garwood? Well, he's been a prominent collaborator with artist like Mark Lanegan and Savages in the past, and he's finally finished his debut solo album. It's now his time in spotlight, and he comes highly recommended. You should know Duke Garwood. As it is, his soulful, stripped-bare sound has been under your nose this entire time. Until now, he's been the mysterious figure in tales where Mexican gangs forced tequila down his throat, a ghost-like presence at gatherings of some the world's biggest rock stars-turned-his closest friends, and an unassuming continent-hopper trying to find his way in the world. But that's all set to change with 'Heavy Love' - the brand new album about to thrust Garwood from south London's unlikely bluesman and into the spotlight he so thoroughly deserves. 'Heavy Love' is the sound of a genuine artist who has defined his career at his own pace and always on his own terms. The most focused distillation of the magic that's made his bewitching story such a pleasure to trace; it's dark, mystical, and erotic sound returns Garwood's music to the elements, to his mad blues, the unhurried grooves and desert slithers, and his spectral, past-midnight burr that's set to, at last, make him famous.
    1. Sometimes
    2. Heavy Love
    3. Burning Seas
    4. Disco Lights
    5. Sweet Wine
    6. Snake Man
    7. Suppertime In Hell
    8. Honey In The Ear
    9. Roses
    10. Hawaiian Death Song
    Duke Garwood
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    The Invention Of Animals (Awaiting Repress)


    A Collection Of Out-of-print And Unreleased Live Recordings


    Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl


    The John Lurie National Orchestra featuring John Lurie, Billy Martin and G. Calvin Weston


    Billy Martin's Amulet Records have announced the release of The Invention of Animals by The John Lurie National Orchestra. The archival compilation assembles seven previously unreleased live and out-of-print studio recordings by the acclaimed musician, actor and visual artist John Lurie leading his early 1990s' trio with percussionists Billy Martin and G. Calvin Weston.


    The three of us got together to try and write stuff for my band The Lounge Lizards, but what happened between the three of us was magical. After about a year of playing live it really came together, says John Lurie. There is something so unique and beautiful about this music. I don't think there is anything else like it.


    Billy Martin adds: John and I share the idea that this is like someone discovered a field recording of a lost civilization. Some strange and beautiful tribe unlike any other known to man.


    The Invention of Animals opens with Flutter, one of four National Orchestra performances culled from the soundtrack of John Lurie's 1991 television series, Fishing With John. Also drawn from that same soundtrack are The Beast, Little and Ignore The Giant. The additional studio recording included here is the title track to the only official John Lurie National Orchestra album Men With Sticks released in 1993. Rounding out the collection are two previously unreleased live recordings. I Came To Visit Here For Awhile was preserved at the Threadwaxing Space in New York City on May 7, 1993. The album's centerpiece and title track, The Invention of Animals, running at 19-minutes-plus, was captured by highly regarded sound engineer Claudia Engelhart from a performance on February 12, 1994 in Thessaloniki, Greece.


    John Lurie first became known for his work in the late '70s leading the band The Lounge Lizards, which went on to make music for 20 years. During this time, Lurie recorded 22 albums and composed scores for over 20 movies, including Stranger than Paradise, Down by Law, Mystery Train, Clay Pigeons, Animal Factory and Get Shorty, which earned him a Grammy nomination. Lurie also starred in three films directed by Jim Jarmusch, as well as a host of other films. He wrote, directed and starred in the aforementioned cult classic Fishing with John, a series that is now part of The Criterion Collection. Lurie is also responsible for the incredible music of Marvin Pontiac. Lurie emerged onto the art scene in the spring of 2004, when he had his first painting exhibition at Anton Kern Gallery. Since then Lurie's work has been exhibited in esteemed galleries throughout the world. His solo museum exhibits include P.S.1. Contemporary Arts Center in New York, Musee Des Beaux-Arts De Montreal, the Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in Luxembourg and the Watari Museum of Contemporary Art in Tokyo, who gave their entire museum over to the presentation of Lurie's work. Both the Wadsorth Athenaeum in Connecticut and The Museum of Modern Art in New York have acquired his work for their permanent collections.


    The Invention of Animals by The John Lurie National Orchestra features a painting by John Lurie as its cover art.

    1. Flutter
    2. Men with Sticks (Noble Version)
    3. I Came to Visit Here for a While
    4. The Beast
    5. Little
    6. Ignore the Giant
    7. The Invention of Animals
    The John Lurie National Orchestra
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    Major Arcana

    On their debut full-length, Western Massachusetts' Speedy Ortiz manages a bit of magic by conjuring the spirits of classic American indie rock, while twisting those ghosts into new shapes. It's easy to hear the influences of Helium, Jawbox, and Chavez on this album, as well as nods to their contemporaries including Grass is Green, Pile, and Roomrunner. Sweet vocal harmonies run up against gnarly
    distortion, aided by basic, chunky bass parts and heavy, fill-laden drums.


    The album was recorded in a few days in November at Justin Pizzoferrato's (Dinosaur Jr., Chelsea Light Moving) studio, Sonelab, a huge space in an old factory in Easthampton, Mass. The sessions went from very early in the day until very late at night, with the band taking its time to experiment. Pizzoferrato's collection of old distortion pedals were utilized on both the record's guitars and vocals.


    The theme of the occult and the supernatural runs deep through Major Arcana, inspired by singer-guitarist Sadie Dupuis' reading on black magic. Dupuis' sometimes knotty and abstract lyrics bring to mind fellow wordsmith Stephen Malkmus, while referencing horror film tropes, chemistry, and neuroscience. Major Arcana's literal translation is "major mysteries," a phrase from tarot cards. "I don't write in a narrative way and am more concerned with use of language than meaning," Dupuis says, "so I like the open-endedness of the title and the way it invites interpretation."

    1. Pioneer Spine
    2. Tiger Tank
    3. Hitch
    4. Casper (1995)
    5. No Below
    6. Gary
    7. Fun
    8. Cash Cab
    9. Plough
    10. MKVI
    Speedy Ortiz
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    All Together (Discontinued)

    Following their first three records, endless shows and tours and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern Is Movement turned themselves inside out and made the record we've all been waiting for: All Together.


    Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward embody Pattern is Movement and the music that's been a long time building, rising out of the ether of evangelical childhoods, best friendship and life in Philadelphia. The two met at the ages of 13 and 14 as part of a Christian hip hop group. Raised in strict Pentecostal households and schools, both Andrew and Chris found refuge in their shared love of music and a friendship born out of secular escape turned into a creative collaboration. In high school, hand-me-down church sound equipment and a weekend obsession with making and recording music provided the means for what became Pattern is Movement.


    All Together continues the mysterious narrative of the band and it exalts their existence as a two-man wall of sound. In the studio, a range of guest instruments embellish the core magic of Andrew's vocals and keys and Chris' drums. All Together embraces the band's experienced and obsessive recording techniques, yet it holds on to that unmistakable dynamism of their live performance.


    Furthering the new album's lore is its song-by-song relationship to a series of old photographs. Found by Andrew's brother on the street in Philly, ten tiny early 20th century images formed Pattern is Movement's own set of oblique strategies. Each photo abstractly inspired a song and its final form on the record, with Andrew and Chris even referring to the pictures during tracking. The record's name also arose from the connotation of this found collection: though essentially disparate, weʼre ultimately all together in our experience. This new vinyl LP version of All Together features unreleased content on a digital download of the album that comes with the LP.

    1. Bird
    2. Peach Trees
    3. Trolley Friend
    4. Right Away
    5. Sea Captain
    6. Sound of Your Voice
    7. Jenny Ono
    8. Sylvia
    9. Brown and Hard Curtains
    10. Elephant
    Pattern Is Movement
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    Stravinsky - Firebird (Speakers Corner)

    Ernest Ansermet's long friendship with Igor Stravinsky enabled him to witness the birth of some of the composer's most important creations. This proved to be of incalculable worth in his interpretation of the works he premiered for Stravinsksy.



    Here Ansermet directs the OSR in a performance of Stravinsky's The Firebird. It is the composer's first major ballet, brought him world fame and continues to gain in popularity to this day. The story - which combines the motifs of several Russian fairy tales with a magic Firebird, a vanishing castle, an evil magician, and a hero who saves the maiden - inspired Stravinsky to write some of his most fascinating and mysterious music.



    The OSR is fully equal to its fine reputation. Ernest Ansermet's competence as an interpreter is evident throughout.



    Acoustically, this pressing offers advantages over the original. Here the orchestra resonates with a full, natural and mellow sound that blossoms into a veritable garden of tonality extending around and behind the loudspeakers.
    This new edition of Stravinsky's The Firebird is a true stereophonic delight.





    Musicians:



    • Orchestre de la Suisse Romande

    • Ernest Ansermet (conductor)




    Recording date and venue: May 1955 at Victoria Hall, Geneva by Roy Wallace
    Production: James Walker




    About Speakers Corner



    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, Speakers Corner 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 existant 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 emphasise that Speakers Corner 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 have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    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 - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Ernest Ansermet
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    Brothers

    W/ CD version of the album included.


    The maturation of the Black Keys as record makers and performers has been both subtle and startling. With their 2008 Nonesuch release Attack & Release, the fifth album of their eight-year career which doubled the sales of their previous album and Nonesuch debut Magic Potion, guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney illustrated the durability of their few-frills sound, a mysterious and heavy brew of '70s-vintage rock, classic R&B and timeless, downhearted blues. Producer and pal Danger Mouse, their first outside collaborator, didn't try to reinvent their sound but further isolated its essence with the help of a few carefully chosen guest players and some retro-modern electronic gear. It didn't need to get slicker to get better, or, as the Boston Globe put it, Attack & Release proves that cleaning up the boys still won't stop them from tracking mud all over the house.


    Danger Mouse returned to co-produce Tighten Up on Brothers, but for the most part, the duo was on its own, spending ten days at the legendary Muscle Shoals studio in Alabama and coming up with the an even more intensely focused, deeply soulful set that includes a cover of Jerry Butler's Never Gonna Give You Up. The performances are inventive and impassioned: Auerbach extends his vocal range to falsetto on lead-off track Everlasting Light and The Only One; Howlin' For You opens with a Gary Glitter-style drum riff and the chorus practically invites singing along. The tunes offer a surprising amount of lyrical candor and more than a little dark humor; the grooves alternate between ballsy swagger and bluesy rumination. The album reflects where Auerbach and Carney have been lately, most recently collaborating with a who's who of New York City MC's, including RZA, Q Tip, Mos Def and Raekwon on the 2009 BlakRocBlack Keys fan Damon Dash. They've also pursued projects on their own, Auerbach with his solo Keep It Hid album and tour, Carney with his band Drummer and its debut disc, Feels Good Together. Their maturation didn't happen just in the studio, though. Carney admits, Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we're brothers, and I think these songs reflect that. super-session organized by hip-hop impresario and


    Brothers was primarily cut in Muscle Shoals, a setting that turned out to have more in common with the Akron, Ohio factories where the Black Keys used to record. The place was desolate, the town depressed, so once again the duo slipped into a world all its own. They did additional recording at Auerbach's Easy Eye Sound System in Akron and The Bunker in Brooklyn. The album was mixed by engineer Tchad Blake, a veteran of sessions with Los Lobos, Pearl Jam and Peter Gabriel. Says Carney, The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present..

    1. Everlasting Light
    2. Next Girl
    3. Tighten Up
    4. Howlin' For You
    5. She's Long Gone
    6. Black Mud
    7. The Only One
    8. Too Afraid To Love
    9. Ten Cent Pistol
    10. Sinister Kid
    11. The Go Getter
    12. I'm Not The One
    13. Unknown Brother
    14. Never Gonna Give You Up
    15. These Days
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    The archetype for the '60s-era girl group was etched indelibly into stone, like a commandment: three pretty girls with matching outfits and bouffant hairdos would sing, with musical backing supplied by a bunch of guys standing in the shadows. The Quatro sisters shattered that archetype forever with the Pleasure Seekers, an all-girl teenage rock & roll group who played all the instruments themselves and were fully capable of wiping the stage with any male band that crossed their path.


    The Quatro girls had been brought up in a musically-minded family, nurtured with classical piano and vocal lessons. As Patti recalls, "By 1964, I had been taking guitar lessons, hanging with musicians in the local music scene. We had seen a Beatles concert, and I was quite dazed and focused at the event, watching the audience cry and scream out of control. It was my epiphany moment, and I was determined to start an all-girl band."
    Shortly thereafter, the first lineup of the Pleasure Seekers fell into place with Patti Quatro (lead guitar), Marylou Ball (rhythm guitar), Suzi Quatro (bass), Diane Baker (keyboards), Nan Ball (drums) and vocal duties shared by all. Around the fall of 1965 the girls dared local teen club manager Dave Leone to give them a slot at his popular Hideout Club, claiming they were better than most of the other live bands there. "You're on," responded Leone, "in two weeks. Three songs!"


    The Pleasure Seekers were soon a popular feature at the club, honing their skills alongside the likes of the Rationals, the Amboy Dukes and Bob Seger & the Last Heard. "In the beginning, there was a lot of skepticism," remembers Patti, "especially the first night. The boys crowded the stage, the girlfriends pulled them away with laughter, as if 'Girls playing?! Yeah, right!' It was always satisfying to see them be silenced quickly when we began playing. We grew used to seeing slack jaws open in surprise." Next they were asked by Leone to record and release a single on his Hideout label.


    That March 1966 release is now regarded as the greatest "girl garage" single of the era: "Never Thought You'd Leave Me" b/w "What a Way to Die." "Dave brought lyrics, and we put the songs together quickly," remembers Patti. "We felt very legit in making this record at a small local studio. Nan was the sexy voice on 'Never Thought You'd Leave Me,' and there was lots of laughter as Marylou added the screams on 'What a Way to Die.'" Suzi Quatro remembers the recording as "very important and memorable."


    The Pleasure Seekers were soon in demand in the region, playing teen clubs, parties, colleges and local TV shows. After a series of lineup changes, the band brought in older Quatro sister Arlene (keyboards) and Darline Arnone (drums), the first female drummer sponsored by Slingerland Drums. A short time later, Pami Benford joined-up on guitar and bass (that lineup lasting through most of 1968). "It was a very versatile group," remembers Patti, "with Pami and Suzi sharing bass, and Pami and I sharing lead and rhythm guitars."


    "The gender bias was my hot button," recalls Arlene, "along with confidence in our musical abilities. With women musicians dismissed as a novelty, I delighted in watching the audience go from skepticism/ridicule, to shock/cheers." For Suzi, though, this period was where she learned her craft: "I considered myself a musician, and didn't really think about gender too much." Two tracks recorded in 1967, but unissued at the time, "Elevator Express" and "Gotta Get Away," highlight the band's growing musical maturity since their Hideout debut. "Detroit was the best learning ground in the world for musicians," recalls Suzi, "with an amazing energy and creativity that is in every successful artist that has come out of the city." "We were actually one of the earliest Detroit bands traveling the country," adds Patti. "Everyone wanted this unusual all girl band who rocked an entire Motown revue (changing instruments and singers throughout) and an entire Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour revue, as well as covering English bands, acid rock and everything in between."


    Signing up with Associated Booking Corporation, the group began making the transition from local to national act. Producer Dick Corby caught the Pleasure Seekers at Trude Heller's in New York's Greenwich Village and signed them to a Mercury Records deal in early 1968. To keep rein on their finances in NYC, Patti recalls, "We booked Arthur's nightclub for a month, staying at the infamous rock Gorham Hotel, recording by day-playing by night." Also in residence were the Who, the Blues Magoos and an assortment of other bands. "Hitting NYC as young teens, it was exciting, scary, fun-all emotions churning," she continues. "We felt we had hit the big time, going from the tiny local Hideout session to the huge Mercury professional studio facility, complete with session people adding strings and other elements."


    A single pairing "Good Kind of Hurt" and "Light of Love" was released in April 1968, while a third song, "Locked in Your Love," remained in the can. The group then headed out to the Northwest for a lengthy tour. "The Northwest tour was awesome," remembers Patti. "We were billed with Canned Heat, Boyce & Hart and Merilee Rush, and were held over six weeks to tour with Eric Burdon and the Animals. The Mercury single was out, momentum was surging." Both sides of the single were getting airplay, but ultimately it failed to gain any traction. "Really neither song reflected our own sound," admits Patti. "We rearranged 'Light of Love' for live performance, feeling disconnected to the record, yet realizing we had to play ball with the executives to keep us rolling."


    Ultimately Mercury's vision for the Pleasure Seekers clashed rather sharply with the band's vision. "The suits wanted tits and ass," recalls Darline, "wowing Vegas crowds, playing tinkly tunes in lavish costumes." "In that male-dominated music era, we were strictly a novelty, and a high-risk endeavor," adds Patti. "The record executives felt women musicians would fall in love or get pregnant so were not worth investing the time and money. We had to kick down many doors. We were serious musicians, and in it for the right reasons. In the end, we were not happy with a forced direction that Mercury Records had in mind, and ended up leaving the label to rock our music in our own fashion."


    After a memorable 1968 Far East tour, playing for wounded returning American soldiers from Vietnam, the Pleasure Seekers (with new drummer Nancy Rogers) returned to a Detroit that was now, in Patti's words, "exploding with heavier sounds. That sparked us to change direction with new ideas we had been exploring. Arlene left the band and we brought in our youngest sister Nancy (vocals). With Suzi's Joplinesque vocals combined with Nancy's wailing 'female Robert Plant' style, we enjoyed a harder edged, 'double-punch' effect."


    The last four songs on the album, "White Pig Blues," "Brain Confusion," "Where Have You Gone?" and the atmospheric psychedelic mover "Mr. Power," all date from this 1968-69 period when the Pleasure Seekers were playing the Grande Ballroom alongside the MC5, Alice Cooper, the Stooges, the Amboy Dukes and SRC. With this change in musical direction and the departure of Arlene and Pami, the band forged on as Cradle. Suzi Quatro departed for England in 1971, launching a successful solo career. Patti and Nancy continued with Cradle until 1973 when Patti joined another pioneering female rock group, Fanny.


    The Pleasure Seekers reunited recently in April 2012 (minus Suzi) for a well-received show in their hometown, where they were inducted into Detroit's Hall of Fame. "I think all of us Quatro girls are extremely proud of our pioneering days" reflects Patti. "In a renaissance-era of music, we kicked down doors for women to rock heavy. There were key times in our lives of making decisions that may have turned us towards larger fame, but less happiness-depending on your philosophy of such things. The Pleasure Seekers could have been a Las Vegas show act bringing in buckets of money or on Motown, turned very formulaic girlie-soul. But we stayed true to our goals, and I don't think any of us have any regrets of staying our course and playing the music that moved us. It's all been a thrilling ride with great memories."


    - Mike & Anja Stax (Ugly Things magazine)

    1. Intro By DJ The Lord
    2. Gotta Get Away
    3. Never Thought You'd Leave Me
    4. Light Of Love
    5. Good Kind Of Hurt
    6. What A Way To Die
    7. Elevator Express
    8. Locked In Your Love
    9. White Pig Blues
    10. Brain Confusion
    11. Where Have You Gone
    12. Mr. Power
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