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  • By The Time It Gets Dark (Pure Pleasure) By The Time It Gets Dark (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    By The Time It Gets Dark (Pure Pleasure)

    Hi Folks,

    Hard to believe it's been 30 years since the release of "By The Time It Gets Dark" in 1987. There's been a lot of water under the bridge since then and how time flies when you're busy and having a good time! As it's always been one of my favorite albums I felt that it deserved to be revisited to celebrate its 30th anniversary. With that in mind, we sent the old 24 track tapes to be baked (a process to preserve them) allowing us to do a complete remix and remaster the album. We enlisted the services of my great friend and sound engineer Billy Robinson to do the job and I'm delighted with the outcome - it sounds great, even if I say so myself! We added a few bits where needed and I'm happy to see it being released on vinyl again.

    It's been a nice journey revisiting that time and remembering the sights and sounds of life back then.

    As we listened closely to some of the tracks, the beautiful voice of Mandy Murphy came through and I felt so sad that she passed away, so young, last year. I wish to dedicate this release to her memory.

    Mary Black - January 2017

    Musicians:

    • Mary Black (vocal)
    • Pat Crowley (synthesizer, piano, accordian, vocal)
    • Declan Sinnott (synthesizer, guitar, vocal)
    • Carl Geraghty (soprano saxophone)
    • Garvan Gallagher (bass)
    • Noel Bridgeman (congo, percussion)

    About Pure Pleasure

    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.

    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.

    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.

    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.

    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.

    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. By The Time It Gets Dark

    2. Schooldays Over

    3. Once In A Very Blue Moon

    4. Farewell Farewell

    5. Sparks Might Fly

    6. Katie

    7. Leaving The Land

    8. There Is A Time

    9. Jamie
    10. Leaboys Lassie

    11. Trying To Get The Balance Right
    12. Moon River
    Mary Black
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • No Frontiers (Pure Pleasure) No Frontiers (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    No Frontiers (Pure Pleasure)

    Mary Black's 1989 No Frontiers is nothing short of a masterpiece. This (and the follow up 1991's Babes In The Wood, Pure Pleasure PPAN002) was when Black was at her creative and vocal peak. No Frontiers (the song) has become something of an Irish classic, a party piece for so many (even the Corrs covered it on Unplugged) and Past The Point Of Rescue was a massive country hit in 1991 for Hal Ketchum. Both songs are superb and Black's versions are the greatest. Carolina Rua and Vanities (featured on the huge selling A Woman's Heart) are well known but it is the darker Columbus and the mesmerizing Fat Valley Of Pain that showcase both the heartbreak and the depth of the album.


    A fine introduction to Black's music - the right mixture of folk and contemporary and one of the finest albums to come out of Ireland in the 1980s.

    Musicians:



    • Mary Black (vocal)

    • Pat Crowley (piano, accordion)

    • Donal Lunny (synthesizer)

    • Carl Geraghty (saxophone)

    • Declan Sinnott (guitar)

    • Garvan Gallagher (bass)

    • Noel Bridgeman (percussion)



    Recording: 1989 by Dan Fitzgerald

    Production: Declan Sinnott




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. No Frontiers
    2. Past The Point Of Rescue
    3. The Shadow
    4. Carolina Rua
    5. Shuffle Of The Buckled
    6. Columbus
    7. Another Day
    8. Fat Valley Of Pain
    9. I Say A Little Prayer
    10. Vanities
    11. The Fog In Monterey
    Mary Black
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Holy Ground (Pure Pleasure) The Holy Ground (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Holy Ground (Pure Pleasure)

    Irish singer Mary Black is well known for deftly combining her Celtic roots with contemporary folk. On this release, she offers another strong set of songs, as she interprets songs from American folk favorite John Gorka (Treasure Island) and connects with Anglo-folk tradition on the lovely One Way Donkey Ride (written by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention fame). The acoustic instrumentation feature a rich blend of guitars, fiddles, saxophones, and accordions that add a timeless feel to most of her songs. The highlight of the album is Loving Time, an emotional story of star-crossed lovers told with a bittersweet aching that few artists could deliver so poignantly. While a few songs towards the end of the album suffer from middle-of-the-road, adult easy listening arrangements, Mary Black's voice remains an incredibly expressive instrument that makes this another solid effort.



    Musicians:



    • Mary Black (vocal)

    • Dave Early (drums, conga, percussion)

    • Garvan Gallagher (bass)

    • Frank (vocals, violin, whistle)

    • Declan Sinnott (guitar, mandolin)

    • Pat Crowley (keyboards, accordian)

    • Carl Geraghty (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)

    • Mel Mercier (percussion)

    • Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (additional vocals)



    Production: Declan Sinnott




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Summer Sent You
    2. Flesh and Blood
    3. The Loving Time
    4. Golden Thread
    5. The Holy Ground (Trad)
    6. Treasure Island
    7. The Holy Ground
    8. One Way Donkey Ride
    9. Dockland
    10. Lay Down Your Burden
    11. Paper Friends
    12. Poison Words
    Mary Black
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Full Tide (Pure Pleasure) Full Tide (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Full Tide (Pure Pleasure)

    As an album, Full Tide most closely resembles Shine in its breadth and depth. It's not the shiny production as much as the material itself. Recorded in Ireland and Australia, the album contains some stellar, perhaps career-defining performances of a number of tunes: her readings of Bob Dylan's Lay Down Your Weary Tune and To Make You Feel My Love completely reinvent them. The emotion in her voice is a warm fire for the battered soul to rest in. As moving and convincing as these performances are, they are not the true gems in the body of this album. In fact, her version of Sandy Denny's Full Moon, with a pianist, a bassist, and a string quartet, blows them away. Her voice, full and dark, yearns across time and space for the absent one. It's an elegy to a love, but also to love itself and friendship as well. This is key in that there are a total of four songs here by the late Noel Brazil - Black's longtime collaborator and favorite songwriter - who passed away in 2001.



    Musicians:



    • Mary Black (vocal, arranger)

    • Pat Crowley (piano, accordion, keyboards, vocal)

    • Bill Shanley (synthesizer, guitar, vocal)

    • Phil Buston (guitar, percussion)

    • Steve Cooney (mandolin; guitar, vocal)

    • James Blennerhassett (bass, vocal)

    • Fran Breen (drums)

    • West Organ String Quartet





    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. The Land of Love
    2. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
    3. Your Love
    4. Don't Let Me Come Home a Stranger
    5. The Real You
    6. Stand Up
    7. Full Moon
    8. Straight As I Die
    9. Siul a Ru'n
    10. St. Kilda Again
    11. To Make You Feel My Love
    12. Japanese Deluxe
    Mary Black
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Quick View

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    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    Import


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Etched D-Side


    Includes 4 Bonus Tracks


    When Black Rebel Motorcycle Club released their self titled-debut album in 2001, they immediately made an impact on the music scene. The self-produced debut album was praised as a group's cohesive, solid production overall. The American rock band from San Francisco is influenced by bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Led Zeppelin, The Verve, The Velvet Underground and The Jesus and Mary Chain.


    From the album opener Love Burns to the ultra-fine space pop of Too Real to the track Spread Your Love, which was used in the film A Man Apart and features in the TV show Skins, B.R.M.C. is a very impressive debut. The re-issue of the album contains 4 bonus tracks, which weren't released on the original vinyl version. The fourth side of the 2 LP set contains a beautiful etch.

    LP1
    Side A
    1. Love Burns
    2. Red Eyes And Tears
    3. Whatever Happened To My Rock 'n' Roll (Punk Song)
    4. Awake
    5. White Palms
    6. As Sure As The Sun


    Side B
    1. Rifles
    2. Too Real
    3. Spread Your Love
    4. Head Up High
    5. Salvation


    LP2
    Side C - Bonus Tracks
    1. At My Door
    2. Screaming Gun
    3. Tonight's With You
    4. Loaded Gun


    Side D - Etched

    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Big Black And The Blue The Big Black And The Blue Quick View

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    The Big Black And The Blue

    First Aid Kit, the Swedish folk duo composed of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, recorded their debut album, The Big Black & The Blue with their father at their home studio in Sweden. Released in North America in May of 2010 via Wichita Records, the effort quickly earned praise from AOL Music, NPR's All Things Considered, Nylon and SPIN and landed on numerous 2010 'Best Of' lists.


    In support of the endeavor, the sisters performed at the Austin City Limits festival, CMJ Music Marathon and SXSW, toured the US twice and found time to record a Blue Series 7 of Buffie Sainte Marie's Universal Soldier with Jack White at his request for Third Man Records.


    In 2011 the band toured with both Lykke Li and Bright Eyes and recorded their sophomore album, The Lions Roar with producer, Mike Mogis. Released in January of 2012, it was greeted heartily by press and radio and broke onto the Billboard 200 album chart.


    Wichita Recordings is thrilled to offer the reissue of First Aid Kits' debut album The Big Black & The Blue which features live show standouts Ghost Town, Hard Believer and I Met Up With The King among others.

    1. In The Morning
    2. Hard Believer
    3. Sailor Song
    4. Waltz For Richard
    5. Heavy Storm
    6. Ghost Town
    7. Josefin
    8. A Window Opens
    9. Winter is All Over You
    10. I Met Up With The King
    11. Wills Of The River
    First Aid Kit
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Langsom Dans Langsom Dans Quick View

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    Langsom Dans

    Gliss is a Danish/American three-piece whose music is best described as late night art pop. They've toured with Glasvegas, The Horrors, The Raveonettes, Editors, BRMC, The Warlocks and more. Members include Victoria Cecilia, Martin Klingman and David Reiss. Gliss completed recording the follow up to Devotion Implosion in Los Angeles, which was mixed by Michael Patterson (Trent Reznor/NIN, Beck, Ladytron) and mastered by Henrik Jonsson (Lykke Li, The Knife). Experimenting with new sonics, atmospheres and voices.


    This West Coast threesome is shaking up airwaves and heartstrings with rather flattering comparisons to Jesus and Mary Chain, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and the Stone Roses. - NYLON


    the feedback is molten-- the guitars fed through an untold assortment of pedals and blown amps. The volume is surging forward... and sure beats anything the Silversun Pickups have dreamt up. - Pitchfork

    1. Blood On My Hands
    2. A To B
    3. Into The Water
    4. Weight Of Love
    5. Blur
    6. Hunting
    7. Waves
    8. The Sea Tonight
    9. Through The Mist
    10. In Heaven
    11. Black Is Blue
    12. Kite In The Sky
    Gliss
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Live At Blue Rock Live At Blue Rock Quick View

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    Live At Blue Rock

    A collection of Mary's most celebrated songs of the last 12 years, recorded live in concert at Blue Rock Artist Ranch and Studio outside of Austin.
    1. Your Sister Cried
    2. Last of the Hobo Kings
    3. Blood Is Blood
    4. Cigarette Machine
    5. Our Lady of the Shooting Stars
    6. The Rocket
    7. Karla Faye
    8. I drink
    9. Sugar Cane
    10. Drag Queens in Limousines
    11. Wheel Inside the Wheel
    Mary Gauthier
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Trouble And Love Trouble And Love Quick View

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    Trouble And Love

    Mary Gauthier's new album, Trouble & Love, is a brilliant collection of truthful and personal songs that reflect a total human experience: Love, loss, and a life transformed. Anyone who has loved and lost can't fail to be moved by this devastatingly beautiful record.
    1. When A Woman Goes Cold
    2. False From True
    3. Trouble And Love
    4. Oh Soul
    5. Worthy
    6. Walking Each Other Home
    7. How You Learn To Live Alone
    8. Another Train
    Mary Gauthier
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do Quick View

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    Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do

    "Flowers' early gigs have shown heaps of promise" - NME


    "A little Jesus And Mary Chain, a lot of Black Tambourine, and one hell of a voice." - DoNYC


    "The trio blasted the stage with their sprawling guitars, booming percussion and epic vocals" - PREFIX MAG (Artist to Watch)


    Often it's the moments of silence that hit you hardest. - This is Fake DIY


    "A radiant, warm and endearingly amateurish talent. THE FADER


    "Steeped in indie lore, in a charming, self-effacing way of translating emotion into sound" CLASH MUSIC


    London based trio Flowers ends their live shows with singer Rachel Kenedy utterly still, accompanying herself on a one string bass guitar, soul laid bare. It is a stark and quiet moment in comparison to what came before, which can be characterized by Sam Ayres blur of kinetic energy on guitar and Jordan Hockley's urgent and precision drumming all performed with a sense of minimalism and brevity. It is this minimalist approach that best characterizes the fourteen deceptively simple pop songs that comprise Flowers debut, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do.


    Produced by Bernard Butler, Flowers' genius is in their ability to convey a remarkable amount of emotion with minimal instrumentation. Rachel possesses one of those beautiful pop voices to die for, with echoes of Elizabeth Fraser (Cocteau Twins), Hope Sandoval (Mazzy Star) and Harriet Wheeler (The Sundays). Haunting, mesmerizing and intense, Do What You Want To, It's What You Should Do is an impressive calling cared from a sensational new band.

    1. Young
    2. Forget the Fall
    3. Drag Me Down
    4. Worn Out Shoes
    5. Lonely
    6. Joanna
    7. If I Tell You
    8. Comfort
    9. I Love You
    10. All Over Again
    11. Anna
    12. Be With You
    13. Plastic Jane
    14. Stuck
    Flowers
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  • Dream Life Dream Life Quick View

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    Dream Life

    Dream Life is lush, imaginative album, full of atmosphere and magic. Ranging from the all-out drum assault of Black Doe (the chorus fill was once described as "sounding like someone threw a drum kit down the stairs") to the saturated, candy hued "Ray Of Sunlight", and the epic power-ballad overtones of Long Gone.
    1. Long Gone
    2. Black Doe
    3. Sweet Boy
    4. Two For Joy
    5. Heal This Dirty Soul
    6. Trimmed Wing
    7. Those Nights
    8. Six Kisses
    9. Come Back To The Bough
    10. If I Fall Now
    11. Ray Of Sunlight
    Mary Epworth
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Death Penalty (Awaiting Repress)

    Witchfinder General are a doom metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre. Death Penalty is the debut album by NWOBHM band Witchfinder General. It was released in 1982 on Heavy Metal Records. The album received some criticism for the cover photograph, which featured topless model Joanne Latham. The photograph had been taken in the yard of St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church in Enville, Staffordshire, without the permission of the local Reverend. The album was originally released on LP and picture disc and was later reissued on CD. Pictured on the cover is Phil Cope, Zeeb Parkes, Graham Ditchfield and a member of the then Road Crew. While Peter Hinton is credited with producing this recording the writers Phil Cope and Zeeb Parkes always felt the credit should have gone to the engineer Robin George.
    Side A:

    1. Invisible Hate

    2. Free Country

    3. Death Penalty


    Side B:

    1. No Stayer

    2. Witchfinder General

    3. Burning A Sinner

    4. R.I.P.


    Witchfinder General
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Friends Of Hell Friends Of Hell Quick View

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    Friends Of Hell

    Limited Edition



    Only 1000 Copies Made


    Gate Fold Blue Vinyl Reissue of Witchfinder Generals second album. Witchfinder General are a doom metal band from Stourbridge, England. They were part of the New Wave of British Heavy Metal scene and have been cited as a major influence on the doom metal genre. Death Penalty is the debut album by NWOBHM band Witchfinder General. It was released in 1982 on Heavy Metal Records. The album received some criticism for the cover photograph, which featured topless model Joanne Latham. The photograph had been taken in the yard of St Mary the Blessed Virgin Church in Enville, Staffordshire, without the permission of the local Reverend. The album was originally released on LP and picture disc and was later reissued on CD. Pictured on the cover is Phil Cope, Zeeb Parkes, Graham Ditchfield and a member of the then Road Crew. While Peter Hinton is credited with producing this recording the writers Phil Cope and Zeeb Parkes always felt the credit should have gone to the engineer Robin George.


    Side A:
    Love on Smack
    Last Chance
    Music
    Friends of Hell


    Side B:
    Requiem for Youth
    Shadowed Images
    I Lost You
    Quietus Reprise

    Witchfinder General
    $29.99
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  • Life, Love And Leaving Life, Love And Leaving Quick View

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    Life, Love And Leaving

    Features The Previously Unreleased Album Outtake, ''This Old Heart'' (Originally By James Brown), Which Had Gone Unheard For Over 15 Years.


    Features Eddie Hawrsh (The Black Crowes) On Bass.


    Originally released in 2001, the Detroit Cobras Life, Love and Leaving is the group's best-known effort, coming at a time when bands like the White Stripes and Dirtbombs were also releasing seminal albums that started picking up recognition outside of their collective hometown of Detroit. Hitting hard with songs by soul heavyweights like Solomon Burke (''Stupidity''), Mary Wells (''Bye Bye Baby''), Otis Redding (''Shout Bamalama''), the inimitable vocals of Rachel Nagy would no-doubt be a template from which folks like Amy Winehouse would work from years later. A landmark collection of covers.

    1. Hey Sah-Lo-Ney
    2. He Did It
    3. Home In Your Heart
    4. Oh My Lover
    5. Cry On
    6. Stupidity
    7. Bye Bye Baby
    8. Boss With the Hot Sauce
    9. I'm Laughing At You
    10. You Can't Miss Nothing That You Never Had
    11. Right Around the Corner
    12. Won't You Dance With Me
    13. Let's Forget About the Past
    14. Shout Bamalama
    15. This Old Heart*


    * Previously Unreleased

    The Detroit Cobras
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  • Trompe Le Monde Trompe Le Monde Quick View

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    Trompe Le Monde


    The Pixies Trompe Le Monde On Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Pixies Swan Song Sparks With Electrically Charged Hooks, Outer-Space Atmospherics, And Eminent Tunefulness



    Mastered From The Original Master Tapes: Restoration Turns 1991 Album Into A Sonic Blockbuster


    Frank Black-led Set Includes Contagious Cover Of The Jesus And Mary Chain's "Head On"


    The Pixies verged on commercial breakthrough when the now-iconic band released Trompe le Monde in September 1991. A sea change in popular music tastes that the band helped initiate began to sweep the world. And the Boston quartet seemed prepared to lead the way, with this, its eminently tuneful fourth record, jam-packed with crafty hooks, prickly tones, catchy elements, outer-space atmospherics, electrically charged energy, and delightfully quirky lyrics.


    As it stands, Trompe le Monde takes its place as one of the finest swan songs ever recorded. If the Pixies wouldn't have broken up right after its release, there's no telling what would've happened. All that you need to know is that the 15-track effort is as hard rocking and brilliantly innovative as any of the group's creations. That's no small feat.


    Mastered from the original analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180g LP presents the ensemble's abrasively melodic landmark in a fidelity it's never enjoyed in any prior version. Featuring lusher keyboards and moodier soundscapes than its predecessors, but also reclaiming the nasty guitar edginess and swooning distortion of the group's earliest efforts, Trompe de la Monde finally comes across as the Pixies intended: A sonic bridge between college-rock's influential cruder-textured albums and the polished professionalism that distinguished alt-rock classics.


    In other words, Mobile Fidelity's version presents it as the perfect-sounding album: Replete with grit, rawness, and character, but mixed in with radio-friendly smoothness and virtuosic professionalism. Awash with incredible timbres and tonalities, myriad new details rise to the surface. Listen to the counterpoint melodies and layered vocals on "Letter to Memphis"; the trash-compactor feedback and thumping bass during the whipsawing "Planet of Sound"; the "Spyhunter"-like pace and limitless depth now present on "Subbacultcha." Dynamics, contrasts, low-end frequencies, and imaging are all significantly enhanced. Compared to the original CD, Trompe le Monde emerges as a new album-a sonic wonderland that's not far removed from that of Nirvana's celebrated blockbuster Nevermind.


    Musically, the Pixies were never better. On par with the groundbreaking Surfer Rosa and Doolittle, Trompe le Monde explodes with hyper riffs, jerks to stop-start progressions, elates with cheerful emotions, and bangs on to giddy surf-fused arrangements. With Kim Deal absent from the songwriting process, vocalist/guitarist Frank Black takes the reigns and doesn't disappoint. Tales about sea monkeys ("Palace of the Brine"), aliens ("Planet of Sound"), and love ("The Sad Punk") bop alongside memorable jabs at hipster pretensions ("Subbacultcha") and inflated egos ("U-Mass"). A contagious cover of the Jesus and Mary Chain's "Head On" will have you hitting "repeat." Power pop, wanderlust punk, theatrical glam rock, reconfigured reverb-laden country-all here, all encouraging repeat listens.


    Nearly lost due amidst the alternative trend that it played such a key role in spawning, Trompe le Monde gets new life courtesy of this extremely punchy, greatly balanced Mobile Fidelity issue. If you missed it the first time, don't make that mistake again. Essential with a capital "E," and the perfect way to close Mobile Fidelity's Pixies catalog restoration series.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Trompe le Monde
    2. Planet of Sound
    3. Alec Eiffel
    4. The Sad Punk
    5. Head On
    6. U-Mass
    7. Palace of the Brine
    8. Letter to Memphis
    9. Bird Dream of the Olympus Mons
    10. Space (I Believe In)
    11. Subbacultcha
    12. Distance Equals Rate Times Time
    13. Lovely Day
    14. Motorway to Roswell
    15. The Navajo Know
    Pixies
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    On Stage - February 1970

    The Elvis Presley - Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!!!


    Celebrating His Landmark Live Album - Over 10 Million Sold Worldwide


    The Wonder Of Elvis Recorded Live At The International Hotel In Las Vegas


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl - Black & Blue Swirl Vinyl


    First Time Gatefold Cover Art & First Time 24 x 24 Striking Poster Insert


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering In Hollywood, CA


    Pressed At R.T.I.


    Features The Number One Single The Wonder Of You & More Smash Hits: Polk Salad Annie, Sweet Caroline, Runaway, Let It Be Me, Proud Mary


    Elvis Aaron Presley was born during the Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly signed the legend to a long-term deal, forever etching "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name. He would eventually become the most successful solo artist of all time!


    Throughout the late 60's into the early 70's, Elvis returned triumphantly to the stage and would go on to perform his hits in front of tens of thousands of Elvis fans every year until his untimely passing in 1977. It's no secret that his shows in Las Vegas were second to none. The whole world wanted to get a glimpse of the genius superstar powerhouse performances and RCA was lucky to be rolling tape in and recorded his On Stage-February 1970 Lp during appearances at the International Hotel.


    Ever proving that he was always on top of his game, the amazing album featured his number one hit single The Wonder Of You as well as a treasure trove of his most important live renditions of Neil Diamond's Sweet Caroline, CCR's Proud Mary and the funk soul vibe of Tony Joe White's classic Polk Salad Annie.


    The blockbuster 1970 release soon went on to achieve gold and platinum status and become one of his most memorable live albums in his huge arsenal of masterful albums. Thanks to more great hits like his Release Me, his vocal prowess on the rocker See See Rider and of course the soul drenched Beatles classic Yesterday, these live performances of Elvis Presley were just what the fans were screaming for, and the entire album was built around the framework of hit singles at the time and album tracks that spanned his later career.


    In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time limited 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic On Stage - February 1970 by Elvis Presley. As another installment in our exciting Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this masterwork in all its stereophonic glory.


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured for a very limited time at R.T.I. on first time black and blue swirl vinyl, Elvis Presley's On Stage - February 1970 will be a much-anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!


    We are also including first-time gatefold artwork presentation including the original 1970 artwork elements and a super rare 24 x 24 poster, truly enhancing your Elvis Presley listening hours. As usual, we are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape.


    Elvis Presley's On Stage - February 1970 A history making rock album from an historic legend, an audiophile dream release from your friends at Friday Music.

    1. See See Rider
    2. Release Me (And Let Me Love Again)
    3. Sweet Caroline
    4. Runaway
    5. The Wonder Of You
    6. Polk Salad Annie
    7. Yesterday
    8. Proud Mary
    9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
    10. Let It Be Me (Je T'Appartiens)
    Elvis Presley
    $32.99
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    Hydra - Deluxe Box Set

    Double Gatefold Black Vinyl Version Of The Album With Bonus Tracks


    Hydra 18-track Album Including Bonus Tracks In The Form Of A Media Book (disc 1 (track 1-10) New Tracks Of Hydra, Disc 2 (track 11-18) Bonus Tracks) With A Hot Foil Print Cover, Featuring A 100 Page Booklet Consisting Of Unique Photos


    Instrumental Version Of The Entire Album


    Songbook With Sheet Music Of The Songs Of The Album


    Hydra Guitar Pick


    Packaged In An Especially Designed LP-sized Box


    Within Temptation have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, 'Hydra,' on Jan. 31. In addition, the Dutch band has revealed some unexpected surprises in the form of guest appearances on the disc.


    Known for creating their own brand of symphonic metal, Within Temptation have a few surprises in store on 'Hydra.' The guest list includes collaborations with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and perhaps the most surprising of them all - hip-hop artist Xzibit. The set also includes the recently released track 'Paradise (What About Us?)' featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.


    Xzibit joins forces with Within Temptation on a track called 'And We Run,' a song described by frontwoman Sharon Den Adel as an anthem about how to live your life. "He's rapping at full force on this song, it's really heavy," says Adel. "Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we've never had before! It's a new cross-over and we love it!"


    Jones' contribution comes on 'Dangerous,' one of the heavier tracks on the disc. "I always loved Howard's voice," shares Adel. "He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we've ever written. It has the most bass drums we've ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It's not a typical synthesizer, though - it's distorted like a guitar, and it's very aggressive."

    - Mary Ouellette (Loudwire)

    LP 1 & 2
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner


    2CD With Media Book:
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner
    11. Radioactive (originally performed by Imagine Dragons)
    12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
    13. Let Her Go (originally performed by Passenger)
    14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
    15. And We Run- evolution track
    16. Silver Moonlight - evolution track
    17. Covered By Roses - evolution track
    18. Tell Me Why - evolution track

    Within Temptation
    $89.99
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    Full Cold Moon

    Cold Cave is the creative rebirth of acclaimed musician and writer Wesley Eisold. Cutting his teeth in underground bands American Nightmare (Give Up The Ghost) and Some Girls, Eisold's body of work has truly effected a generation of listeners. Through constant cross-pollination Eisold has gained mass appeal, influencing underground and popular culture with his ever evolving artistic vision.


    With an already prolific number of releases, Cold Cave has become a name synonymous with the contemporary resurgence of Darkwave and Synth Pop sub-genres. Propelling Cold Cave to perform at world class museums The Getty and the Guggenheim, as well as performances with legends Sonic Youth, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Nine Inch Nails, among others.


    Deathwish are proud to announce "Full Cold Moon" from Cold Cave, now for the first time on 12"LP vinyl format (a CD collection was released on Eisold's Heartworm imprint in 2014).


    "Full Cold Moon" is a compilation of EP recordings originally individually released in 2013, now presented as one collection; "A Little Death to Laugh", "Oceans With No End", "God Made the World", "Black Boots", and "Nausea, the Earth and Me". Notably this is also the first vinyl appearance of the song "Dandelion" as well as the entire "Nausea, the Earth and Me" EP (previously only available on limited CD and Digital formats). This is Cold Cave at it's most artistically skeletal, similar to the celebrated "Cremations" and "Love Comes Close" releases. Twelve minimal compositions driven by Eisold's synth derived hooks, alluring vocals, and compelling character.

    1. A Little Death To Laugh
    2. Young Prisoner Dreams of Romance
    3. Tristan CorbiÉre
    4. Oceans With No End
    5. People Are Poison
    6. God Made the World
    7. Dandelion
    8. Black Boots
    9. Meaningful Life
    10. Nausea, the Earth and Me
    11. Don't Blow Up the Moon
    12. Beaten 1979
    Cold Cave
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    Antisocialites

    Antisocialites is the much-anticipated follow-up to Alvvays' 2014 self-titled debut. Across its 10 tracks and 33 minutes the Toronto-based group dive back into the deep end of reckless romance and altered dates. Through thoughtful consideration in basement and abroad, Alvvays has renewed its Scot-pop vows with a powerful new collection of manic emotional collage.

    The album opens with the excellent strum-'n-thrummer 'In Undertow,' a hi-amp breakup fantasy that is both crushing and charming for its level-headedness. You find a wave and try to hold on for as long as you can, you made a mistake you'd like to erase and I understand, sings Rankin, her voice full longing not for another person necessarily, but for what to do next. Meditate, play solitaire, take up self-defense, Molly continues, laundry-listing some strategies for moving on. What's next for you and me? I'll take suggestions, she deadpans under crashing waves of feedback and Farfisa.

    Replete with more songs about drinking ('Forget About Life,' 'Hey'), drugging ('Lollipop (Ode To Jim)'), and drowning ('Already Gone'), Antisocialites is a multipolar period piece fueled by isolation and loss. Perversely enjoyable dark drama springs from Rankin's phonetic twists, quick-sung rhymes and irreverent syllable-play. So morose for me, seeing ghosts of me, writing oaths to me, the self-described introvert sings on the Cocteau-pop stunner 'Dreams Tonite,' the song from which the album's name is derived. In fluorescent light, antisocialites watch a wilting flower.

    Antisocialites details a world of ice cream truck jingles and radiophonic workshop noise, where Rankin's shining wit is refracted through crystalline counterpoint. 'Not My Baby' is a centerpiece, a meditation on the rapture of escape following the sadness of separation. Elsewhere, 'Plimsoll Punks' is the band's answer to Television Personalities' 'Part-Time Punks' and a winking surf opus indictment of the self-righteous who intend to condescend. Molly wrote the rapid-fire sugar stream 'Lollipop (Ode to Jim)' after singing 'Just Like Honey' with Jesus and Mary Chain. 'Your Type' is a beautiful primitive stomp about running around Paris with vomit on your feet post-Louvre ejection.

    The record concludes with a movement that is at once stark and celebratory. On 'Forget About Life,' the apartment stands in disarray as undrinkable wine is inhaled: When the failures of the past multiply and you trivialize the things that keep your hand from mine, did you want to forget about life with me tonite? The resonant freaks in Rankin's tales don't find much resolve, but with equal doses of black humor and heartstring-tugging, Antisocialites rings a truer tone.

    1. In Undertow
    2. Dreams Tonite
    3. Plimsoll Punks
    4. Your Type
    5. Not My Baby
    6. Hey
    7. Lollipop (Ode To Jim)
    8. Already Gone
    9. Saved By A Waif
    10. Forget About Life
    Alvvays
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  • Feel Good (Pure Pleasure) Feel Good (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Feel Good (Pure Pleasure)

    Feel Good, not Curtis Mayfield's Superfly, is the sound of early-'70s pimping - even when the tempo slows down, which happens rarely, it's for a slow blues grind, not a ballad, and songs like Tina's Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid) make no apologies for mythologizing pimps. This results in a supremely sleazy, utterly addictive record, one that's relentless in its rhythms and fearless in its funk as Ike lays down nasty rock & roll guitar - check his solos on Feel Good, where he's as elastic as rubber - and Tina tears it up with pure, unbridled passion. Feel Good is quintessentially '70s - the fuzztoned funk practically conjures up platform shoes and mile-wide collars - but it doesn't belong to any one sound, it casually draws from Southern soul, James Brown funk, black pride, Superfly style and juke joint R&B, a sound that is uniquely identified with Ike & Tina. And while this contains no flat-out classics like Nutbush City Limits or Proud Mary as an album Feel Good undoubtedly ranks among their very best: it's a non-stop party.



    Musicians:



    • Ike Turner, Tina Turner (vocal) & band




    Recording: March 1972 by Barry Keene, Ike Turner and Jim Saunders at Bolic Sound, Los Angeles

    Production: Gerhard Augustin and Ike Turner



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Chopper
    2. Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid)
    3. Feel Good
    4. I Like It
    5. If You Can Hully Gully (I Can Hully Gully Too)
    6. Black Coffee
    7. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
    8. If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)
    9. You Better Think Of Something
    10. Bolic
    Ike & Tina Turner
    $34.99
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    Lovers Know

    After touring the world as a member of the Postal Service in 2013, Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) took a year to get lost. She drove across the US twice, toured South Africa solo, made her first appearance in London (also solo), and trekked all over Europe with William Faulkner's words ringing in her ears: "You cannot swim for new horizons until you have courage to lose sight of the shore." Finally she found herself in Los Angeles with a suitcase of songs to fill a whole new album. Lovers Know, The Mynabirds' third full-length release, was produced by Bradley Hanan Carter (Black English) and recorded over a yearlong period in Los Angeles, Joshua Tree, Nashville, and Auckland, New Zealand. It's definitely new territory for Burhenn, forging into 80s, 90s and futuristic soundscapes, recalling Kate Bush, Sinead O'Connor, The Jesus and Mary Chain, My Bloody Valentine and even 90s hip hop and R&B. The album may be loaded with a fresh palette of new sounds (swarms of synths, gauzy electric guitars, and electronic drums), but her brooding, unmistakable voice leads the way. Lyrically this is her most personal and confessional work to date, and also her most accessible. Whereas her last album, GENERALS, watched from a wide angle to understand the world at a distance, Lovers Know pulls in close. "There's something about wandering the world over," Laura says, "that makes you realize how similar we all are - everyone searching for something, so often the same thing: love. It may sound trite, but it's true. Love - or the lack of it - is the thing we all have in common. It can destroy us. It can break us open and let the light in. And it's also the thing that can make us sing." Burhenn has released two previous albums as The Mynabirds on Saddle Creek, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood (2010) and GENERALS (2012), both of which were produced by Richard Swift and met by critical acclaim.
    1. All My Heart
    2. Believer
    3. Semantics
    4. Say Something
    5. Orion
    6. Velveteen
    7. Shake Your Head Yes
    8. Wildfire
    9. Omaha
    10. One Foot
    11. Hanged Man
    12. Last Time
    Mynabirds
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    The Lion's Roar

    Swedish sisters First Aid Kit have gone from faraway teenage fans covering Fleet Foxes for fun to recording a Blue Series 7-Inch single of Buffy Sainte- Marie's Universal Soldier with Jack White in his Nashville, TN Third Man Studios. Originally signed by The Knife owned label, Rabid Records, Wichita Recordings signed them in 2009 and released their debut LP The Big Black and the Blue in early 2010. Their sophomore album was recorded in spring 2011 in Omaha, NE produced by Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Jenny Lewis, Monsters of Folk). From the dynamic title track onwards, the sophomore album is a rich and stirring affair that expands upon the keen and sophisticated country tinged pop of their critically acclaimed debut. The Lion's Roar is a full band record, the girls' father Benkt takes the bass, Mattias Bergqvist drums, while Mogis and Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes, and a cast of Omaha-based musicians round out the sound. Album closer, 'King of the World' features The Felice Brothers, just passing through town during the session, and local hero Conor Oberst, who sings the last verse.
    1. The Lion's Roar
    2. Emmylou
    3. In the Hearts of Men
    4. Blue
    5. This Old Routine
    6. To a Poet
    7. I Found a Way
    8. Dance to Another Tune
    9. New Year's Eve
    10. King of the World
    First Aid Kit
    $19.99
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    Broken People

    American music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.


    The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.


    With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.


    North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.


    "To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.


    Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.


    She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.


    "I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.


    "The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.


    "The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.


    "We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."


    "We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.


    As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.


    Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.


    "Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."


    "It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."


    "Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."


    "We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.


    And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.

    1. Broken People
    2. Brother, What Happened?
    3. Got It Goin' On
    4. Why Don't You Stay
    5. Take Me Home
    6. Shine On!
    7. It Ain't Easy
    8. I Need A Man
    9. Devil's Teeth
    10. Train
    11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)
    Muddy Magnolias
    $18.99
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    Kicks Soundtrack

    First Pressing Of 500 Numbered Copies On Red Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    PVC Protective Sleeve


    Gatefold Sleeve


    Includes Insert



    Score By Brian Reitzell (Drummer For The French Band, Air)


    Featuring Tracks By Wu-Tang Clan, Charles Bradley, RJD2, Mac Dre And More


    In director Justin Tipping's feature debut Kicks, nothing is as simple as it seems. It's the story of fifteen-year-old Brandon, longing for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy. Assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone - even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by Flaco, a local hood. Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers.


    The director intentionally derived local artists, including Roach Gigz, Dave Steezy, and NanosauR, as well as the late Dre and Iamsu! from the San Fransisco Bay Area where the film is set.


    I always knew I wanted to weave an eclectic soundtrack together that intertwined hip-hop and sweeping score to reflect the Bay Area sound, as well as the world inside the characters' imagination, said Tipping in a statement.


    Bay Area composer Brian Reitzell is notable for his soundtrack work on The Virgin Suicides, Lost in Translation (for which he was nominated for a BAFTA), Marie Antoinette, and The Bling Ring. He is also the drummer of French electronica duo, Air.


    We wanted the score to connect with the source music sonically, added Reitzell. I think that when you do that, the music as a whole -- both songs and score -- make for a more immersive/connective experience. The connection is evident in the beat-heavy track, 606 In The 510, from Reitzell's score.


    The soundtrack features previously unreleased tracks from Nanosaur, Jay Casio and Reitzell, as well as two dialogue interludes set to lyrics from Notorious B.I.G.'s 1993 single Party and Bullshit and tracks by Wu-Tang Clan, Charles Bradley, RJD2 and Mac Dre.

    LP 1
    1. Spaceship (Brian Reitzell)
    2. Party And Bs (Interlude 1) (Jahking Guillory)
    3. Friends Hanging Out (Brian Reitzell)
    4. The Sheboygan Left (RJD2)
    5. Cream (Wu-Tang Clan)
    6. Bbq Music (Marc E Bassy)
    7. Kitchen Astronaut (Brian Reitzell)
    8. Self-made (Keith Jenkins)
    9. Slow Trap (Nanasour)
    10. Travel To Oakland (Brian Reitzell)
    11. Sincerely Yours (Iamsu!)
    12. 37 (Roach Gigz)
    13. Super Hella High (YMTK)


    LP 2
    1. Wave Or Swim (Dave Steezy)
    2. Get Stupid (Remix) [Mac Dre]
    3. Aye (Jay Casio)
    4. In You (I Found A Love) [Charles Bradley & MSB]
    5. Slideshow (Blue Magic)
    6. Fireworks Went Off (Brian Reitzell)
    7. Flaco Arrives (Brian Reitzell)
    8. Flaco Chases Brandon (Brian Reitzell)
    9. Party And Bs (Dialog Interlude 2) [Jahking Guillory]
    10. 606 In The 510 (Brian Reitzell)

    Various Artists
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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