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Where The Light IsImport
Where The Light Is: Live in Los Angeles captures the multi-Grammy Award-winning, Platinum-selling singer/songwriter John Mayer in the element where fans love him the most: live on stage!
This special concert includes 3 different sets: an acoustic performance, a rare set with John Mayer Trio (with Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino), as well as a set featuring Mayer's full band.
John Mayer's Where The Light Is includes 22 songs and features a one-of-a-kind song list - all recorded the night of December 8th, 2007 at the NOKIA Theatre in Los Angeles. His famous live acoustic cover of Free Fallin', originally by Tom Petty, from this album was released as a single and met with wide critical acclaim.
Guitarist magazine gave the album five stars, saying this release proves that Mayer is the complete package as a singer, songwriter and guitarist.
That pretty much says it all!
• 180 grams audiophile vinyl
• Deluxe 4LP set in 15mm sleeve / printed inner sleeves
2. Stop This Train
3. In Your Atmosphere
5. Free Fallin'
6. Everyday I Have The Blues
7. Wait Until Tomorrow
8. Who Did You Think I Was
9. Come When I Call
10. Good Love Is On The Way
11. Out Of My Mind
13. Bold As Love
14. Waiting On The World To Change
15. Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
16. Why Georgia
17. The Heart Of Life
18. I Don't Need No Doctor
20. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
22. I'm Gonna Find Another You$79.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
So, It's Like ThatImport
Joe Bonamassa is a young guitar virtuoso, in line with the likes of Derek Trucks and John Mayer (like Jonny Lang and Kenny Wayne Shepherd before them) to be the Next Blues-Rock Guitar Hero. So, It's Like That, his sophomore solo effort, includes production by Clif Magness, and his band includes drummer Kenny Kramme and bassist Eric Czar. Bonamassa shines when he is allowed to stretch out and explore, on songs such as the sonically varied Pain and Sorrow. There, on a long improvisation, he works through myriad modes of playing, textures, and musical ideas.
-All Music Guide1. My Mistake
2. Lie #1
3. No Slack
5. So, It's Like That
6. Waiting For Me
7. Never Say Goodbye
8. Mountain Time
9. Pain And Sorrow
10. Takin' The Hit
11. Under The Radar
12. Sick In Love
13. The Hard Way$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Man About TownMan About Town is the fourth full-length record from Grammy nominated recording artist, Mayer Hawthorne.
On Man About Town, Hawthorne is back to handling the lion's share of production. He also played damn near every instrument on the album and penned every track. His songwriting pulls from his life and observations; his heartache and joy. Sometimes it's groovy, other times he's vulnerable and sincere. It's the shit people listen to when they wanna get drunk and stoned and sentimental. The reason? Mayer Hawthorne stays making that timeless, soulful, baby-making music.1. Man About Town
2. Cosmic Love
3. Book of Broken Hearts
4. Breakfast In Bed
5. Lingerie & Candlewax
6. Fancy Clothes
7. The Valley
8. Love Like That
9. Get You Back
10. Out Of Pocket$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Heavier Things'Heavier Things' is John Mayer's second studio album, originally released in 2003 and the last one that features his characteristic laidback acoustic rock.
After 'Heavier Things' his music gradually transformed into a more bluesy style.
'Heavier Things' features his hits 'Clarity' and 'Daughters'. Although the last one is one of his biggest hits, Mayer has always been resistant on releasing this song as a single because at that time his music was turning into another direction. He was still skeptical even when he won a Grammy for it, which he mentioned in his speech upon receiving the award.
However, his label decided that 'Daughters' should be chosen over other candidates because it would be more well-received by radio. Given its success not a very silly idea.Side 1
2. Bigger Than My Body
3. Something's Missing
4. New Deep
5. Come Back To Bed
1. Home Life
2. Split Screen Sadness
4. Only Heart
5. Wheel$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Room For SquaresThis new, young artist is living up to the early acclaim: solid songwriting, fine singing, and most of all, exquisite guitar-playing. This is his debut album and he's definitely here to stay. While he doesn't sound like any of them, think of the great '70's records by J.J. Cale or Dave Mason for similar qualities.1. No Such Thing (Cook/Mayer) - 3:51
2. Why Georgia (Mayer) - 4:28
3. My Stupid Mouth (Mayer) - 3:45
4. Your Body Is a Wonderland (Mayer) - 4:09
5. Neon (Cook/Mayer) - 4:22
6. City Love (Mayer) - 4:00
7. 83 (Mayer) - 4:50
8. 3x5 (Mayer) - 4:50
9. Love Song for No One (Cook/Mayer) - 3:21
10. Back to You (Mayer) - 4:01
11. Great Indoors (Mayer) - 3:36
12. Not Myself (Mayer) - 3:40
14. St. Patrick's Day (Mayer) - 5:21$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Continuum (Bonus Track)Import
'Continuum' is the 3RD studio album by John Mayer, released September 9, 2006 on Columbia Records. Recording sessions for the album took place during November 2005 to September 2006 at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles, California, Avatar Studios and Right Track/Sound on Sound in New York City, and Royal Studios in Memphis, Tennessee. Production was handled primarily by Mayer and Steve Jordan.
This album marked a change in Mayer's musical style and incorporated musical elements of blues and soul more heavily than in his previous work with pop-rock.
The album debuted at number 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart. It also reached the top-ten in several other countries and sold over 3 million copies worldwide.
The album contains the worldwide hits 'Waiting On The World To Change' and 'Gravity'. On this 180 grams vinyl release we presents the album with a bonustrack ´Say´, which is now available on vinyl for the first time!
Sit back and enjoy the soothing sounds of guitar-hero/prettyboy Mayer!
Pressed on 180 grams audiophile vinyl
Gloss laminate sleeveLP1 Side A
1 Waiting On The World To Change
2 I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
LP1 Side B
2 The Heart Of Life
LP2 Side A
1 Stop This Train
2 Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
3 Bold As Love
LP2 Side B
1 Dreaming With A Broken Heart
2 In Repair
3 I'm Gonna Find Another You
4 Say (Bonustrack)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Try! Live In ConcertImport
Back in 2005, longtime listeners could have seen it coming: it was only a matter of time before John Mayer dropped the pop star burden and proved he could really bring it on the six-string! Chalk it up to one too many Dave Matthews comparisons, or his image after the success of Your Body Is a Wonderland, but something convinced Mayer it was time to take it to the next level.
With help from studio pros Steve Jordan and Pino Palladino, he succeeds on Try!
His covers of Jimi Hendrix's Wait Until Tomorrow and Ray Charles' I Got a Woman should convince even the most purist Guitar Player magazine subscibers. Or else, the blues-rock opener Who Do You Think I Was will do for sure.
Mixed in with the Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton-esque stuff are a few mellow numbers (Daughters most notably), but even those songs seem juiced up with rock-God hormones.
Play on, John!LP 1
1. Who Did You Think I Was
2. Good Love Is On The Way
3. Wait Until Tomorrow
6. Out Of My Mind
1. Another Kind of Green
2. I Got A Woman
3. Somethings Missing
5. Try$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Try! Live (Awaiting Repress)1. Who Did You Think I Was
2. Good Love Is On The Way
3. Wait Until Tomorrow
6. Out Of My Mind
7. Another Kind of Green
8. I Got A Woman
9. Somethings Missing
11. Try$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
How Do You DoOn How Do You Do, Mayer Hawthorne's first major label effort for Universal Republic Records, the singer/songwriter/producer/multi-instrumentalist proves that he is not part of the retro soul trend. The classic motown sound that provided the blueprint for his self-produced independent debut, A Strange Arrangement, remains but is joined on How Do You Do by music reminiscent of late 1960's California pop and the best work from the likes of Steely Dan and Chicago.1. Get To Know You
2. A Long Time
3. Can't Stop (feat. Snoop Dogg)
5. The Walk
6. Finally Falling
8. Stick Around
9. The News
10. You Called Me
11. You're Not Ready
12. No Strings$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Search For EverythingOn his 10th album, The Search For Everything, John Mayer meditates on getting older. "Time's been talking to me/Whispering in my ear," he sings on "Changing," a wistful song about embracing life's complexities. While some of the album's songs read like diary entries from a man in reflection, others display a forward momentum. Shrugging off some of that inner torment in the name of fun, The Search For Everything is loose, lively, and delightfully diverse, finding him dabbling in funk, folk, blues, and soul, with support from the John Mayer Trio.
It's taken John Mayer two decades to sound this peaceful, and now, he wants us to go with the flow, too.LP 1
1. Still Feel Like Your Man
2. Emoji Of A Wave
4. Love On The Weekend
5. In The Blood
1. Theme From The Search For Everything
2. Moving On And Getting Over
3. Never On The Day You Leave
5. Roll It On Home
6. You're Gonna Live Forever In Me$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Vinyl Lacquers Cut By Alex DeTurk At Masterdisk
Pressed At R.T.I.
No digital 'plug-ins' of any kind were used in this recording. All of the recording, processing, effects and mixing was done in the analog domain using tape and mostly vintage equipment.
''For all intents and purposes, this album is the black version of [The Beach Boys'] Smile-- at best, it will go down in the Smile/There's a Riot Goin' On/Miles Davis' On the Corner category.'' - Questlove
The prodigal son of the soul and funk canon, D'Angelo, is back! His ever-awaited third studio album, Black Messiah, is his first album since the critically acclaimed Voodoo, bringing to an end a 14-year hiatus. The album blends 70's jazz-funk and neo-soul.
Anyone who's been keeping up should be keen to the fact that the long-lusted over project was recorded in full analog, so the liner notes' PSA "For best results, listen at maximum volume" should be taken as a direct order for fervent D'lievers. And what better way to experience the gritty greatness of the release than a heavy-bodied vinyl pressing for the audio junkies?
The album features tracks co-penned by Kendra Foster (Parliament/Funkadelic) and Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest). It's also co-produced by Questlove (The Roots), bassist Pino Palladino (John Mayer Trio, The RH Factor), and drummer James Gadson (Bill Withers, Temptations, Beck, Jamie Lidell).
*Executive Produced by Kevin Liles and Alan Leeds
* Produced by D'Angelo, Questlove, Pino Palladino, James Gadson
* Mixed by Russell Elevado
* Additional Mixing by Ben Kane
* Engineered by Russell Elevado and Ben Kane
* Additional Engineering by Tony Rambo
* Mixed at M.S.R. Studios and Henson Studios
* Mastered by Dave CollinsLP 1
1. Ain't That Easy
2. 1000 Deaths
3. The Charade
4. Sugah Daddy
5. Really Love
1. Back to the Future (Part I)
2. Till It's Done (Tutu)
4. Betray My Heart
5. The Door
6. Back to the Future (Part II)
7. Another Life$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Born And Raised (Awaiting Repress)Columbia Records is pleased to announce the release of Born and Raised, the fifth full-length album from Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer. Mayer produced the 12-song set with the much in demand Don Was, who's worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt among others.
Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the album's title song. Additional musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the road include highly-regarded keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band, as well as previous collaborators Sean Hurley on bass and Aaron Sterling on drums. Jim Keltner makes a special appearance on drums on Something Like Olivia. Born And Raised will be preceded by the country-tinged lead single Shadow Days.
Mayer's previous albums Room for Squares (2001), Heavier Things (2003), Continuum (2006) and Battle Studies (2009) have sold more than 12 million copies combined. He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations. He has also been included in Time Magazine's annual 'Time 100' list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's annual 'Guitar' issue.1. Queen of California
2. The Age of Worry
3. Shadow Days
4. Speak for Me
5. Something Like Olivia
6. Born & Raised
7. If I Ever Get Around To Living
8. Love is a Verb
9. Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
10. Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey
11. A Face To Call Home
12. Born & Raised (Reprise)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Continuum (White Cover)Continuum is about as apt a title as it gets for John Mayer's third studio disc. Every element, from the peerless guitar playing to the plainspoken poetry of the lyrics to the breathy-sincere singing, makes a return from previous efforts. But to weakly pronounce this another worthwhile effort from an artist the world has come to expect a whole lot from and then call it a day would be no minor misdeed, because it's also the best, boldest disc he's ever made. Taking maturity as a theme throughout, Mayer tackles a batch of adulthood's bogeymen: indifference on the uptempo chart-climber 'Waiting for the World to Change,' aging on the melancholy-sweet 'Stop This Train,' and emotional trainwreckage on the big-rocking 'In Repair.' That's not to suggest he's turned overly introspective--check the Jimi Hendrix cover 'Bold As Love,' where he hits one home for guitarists who've been living in the shadow of legend everywhere, and the hard-charging 'Belief,' which benefits from a mesmerizing, liquid groove. Continuum may be the third in a series, but a creative cop-out this is not; Mayer is his generation's musical superman--powerful, unassailable, and magnetic. Hand that man a cape.LP One
1. Waiting On The World To Change
2. I Don't Trust Myself (With Loving You)
5. The Heart of Life
1. Stop This Train
2. Slow Dancing in a Burning Room
3. Bold As Love
4. Dreaming With a Broken Heart
5. In Repair
6. I'm Gonna Find Another You$34.99Limited Edition White Cover Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Paradise ValleyParadise Valley is the sixth studio album from Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer.
The album features a pair of high-profile guests: his increasingly frequent collaborator Frank Ocean, and his on-again-off-again girlfriend Katy Perry. Perry appears on a country-tinged mid-tempo track titled Who You Love; Ocean lends his voice to a brief, poetic track called Wildfire.1. Wildre
2. Dear Marie
3. Waitin' On The Day
4. Paper Doll
5. Call Me The Breeze
6. Who You Love
7. I Will Be Found (Lost At Sea)
9. You're No One 'Til Someone Lets You Down
10. Badge And Gun
11. On The Way Home$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
A Strange ArrangementThe retro tag is added to almost any contemporary work that sounds like it was originally recorded between 1966 and 1974, and Hawthorne, among the newest contributors to the genre, is aware of how trends come and go. After being introduced to Stones Throw label head Peanut Butter Wolf, even the label boss was skeptical. He showed me two songs and I didnt understand what I was listening to, Wolf recalls. I asked him if they were old songs that he did re-edits of I couldnt believe they were new songs and that he played all the instruments. Includes arguably the biggest record of 2009, Just Aint Gonna Work Out1. Prelude
2. A Strange Arrangement
3. Just Aint Gonna Work Out
4. Maybe So, Maybe No
5. Your Easy Lovin Aint Pleasin Nothin
6. I Wish It Would Rain
7. Make Her Mine
8. One Track Mind
9. The Ills
10. Shiny & New
11. Let Me Know
12. Green Eyed Love$18.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
TajMoTajMo marks a timely convergence of the talents of two unique American artists who've already built iconoclastic individual legacies that have extended and expanded blues traditions into adventurous new territory. The collaboration brings out the best in both artists, with the pair merging their distinctive voices, personalities and guitar styles to create vibrant, immediate music that's firmly rooted in tradition yet ruled by a playful sense of adventure. The album features guest appearances by Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Lizz Wright and Bonnie Raitt, who lends her voice to a distinctive cover of John Mayer's anthemic 'Waiting on the World to Change.'1. Don't Leave Me Here
2. She Knows How To Rock Me
3. All Around The World
4. Om Sweet Om
5. Shake Me In Your Arms
6. That's Who I Am
7. Diving Duck Blues
8. Squeeze Box
9. Ain't Nobody Talkin'
11. Waiting On The World To Change$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Road To Escondido
The 2-LP Set Is Pressed At R.T.I. On 180-gram High-Performance Vinyl
After years of admiring each other's
musical masterworks, guitar great J.J.
Cale and three-time Rock and Roll Hall
of Famer, 16-time Grammy®winner Eric
Claptonhave teamed up for the first
time to create an original album together, The Road To Escondido. The resulting hybrid sound defies being labeled,
but instead finds influence across the
spectrum of blues, rock, country and
folk. The songs are warm and rich, with
deep flowing rhythms, yet use an economy of words to express much.
In a true collaboration,
Cale (whose songs "After Midnight" and "Cocaine"
Clapton had previously covered) and Clapton jointly
produced and recorded the album, each playing and
singing on the tracks. Cale wrote 11 of the songs,
Clapton wrote "Three Little Girls," John Mayer
wrote "Hard To Thrill" and the duo cover the blues
classic "Sporting Life Blues." Among the numerous
guest artists are Mayer, Taj Mahal, Derek Trucks,
Doyle Bramhall II, Albert Lee, and the late Billy
Preston, who donated his classic keyboard talents
throughout the album.LP 1
2. Heads In Georgia
3. Missing Person
4. When This War Is Over
5. Sporting Life Blues
6. Dead End Road
7. It's Easy
1. Hard To Thrill
2. Anyway The Wind Blows
3. Three Little Girls
4. Don't Cry Sister
5. Last Will And Testament
6. Who Am I Telling You?
7. Ride The River$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Time's All GoneNick Waterhouse is the New Breed - An R&B fanatic who combines an uncanny old-school sensibility and with a charged, contemporary style. Having just turned 25, he joins the ranks of similar acts and producers of recent times - Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse, Sharon Jones, Mayer Hawthorne, Aloe Blacc et al -- that are all moving forward into the past, yet all quite different. For Waterhouse, his muse is the over-modulated sound of vintage '50s R&B and Rebel Rock n' Roll. His take on such a time-honored tradition evokes the back-alley thrill of New Orleans, Detroit and Memphis in their heyday. He combines an astute attention to detail recording on all vintage equipment with an honest desire to match the emotional impact of the music that inspires him.1. Say I Wanna Know
2. Some Place
3. Don't You Forget It
4. I Can Only Give You Everything
6. (If) You Want Trouble
7. Indian Love Call
8. Is That Clear
9. Teardrop Will Follow You
10. Time's All Gone, Pt. 1
11. Time's All Gone, Pt. 2$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-BLU-5131xWynton Marsalis Septet
United We SwingCelebrating the red, white, and Blues! Recorded between 2003 and 2007, United We Swing finds an unparalleled array of music talent that collectively boasts 94 Grammy Awards joining Jazz at Lincoln Center Managing and Artistic Director Wynton Marsalis (a nine-time Grammy Award winner himself) and some of the world's top jazz musicians to perform blues-inflected versions of iconic American repertoire.
Those one-night-only, live performances have never been released before. They include Lenny Kravitz performing Marsalis's hypnotizing, New Orleans-inflected arrangement of Kravitz's own song, "Are You Gonna Go My Way"; Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks uniting for a stirring, infectious take on Civil Rights anthem "I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free"; Bob Dylan adding harmonica licks to a deeply felt, in-the-pocket rendition of "It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry"; and Ray Charles taking the stage for one of his final performances to play "I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town."Together these artists raise their voices to highlight jazz's importance to America's cultural heritage and to remind us that, even in divided times, music can unite us all. All proceeds from the album will go toward Jazz at Lincoln Center's education programs, which introduce thousands of children to jazz each year.
FEATURED SPECIAL GUEST ARTISTS:
1. The Last Time feat. Blind Boys of Alabama
- Audra McDonald
- Blind Boys of Alabama Bob Dylan
- Carrie Smith
- Eric Clapton
- James Taylor
- Jimmy Buffett
- John Legend
- John Mayer
- Lenny Kravitz
- Lyle Lovett
- Natalie Merchant
- Ray Charles
- Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
- Willie Nelson
2.It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry feat. Bob Dylan
3. I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town feat. Ray Charles
4. I'm Not Rough feat. Eric Clapton
5. Creole Love Call feat. Audra McDonald
6. Milk Cow Blues feat. Willie Nelson
7. I'm Gonna Find Another You feat. John Mayer
8. My Baby Don't Tolerate feat. Lyle Lovett
9. The Worst Thing feat. Natalie Merchant
10. Please Baby Don't feat. John Legend
11. Mean Old Man feat. James Taylor
12. Are You Gonna Go My Way feat. Lenny Kravitz
13. Fool's Paradise feat. Jimmy Buffett
14. Empty Bed Blues feat. Carrie Smith
15. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free feat. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks
16.What Have You Done?$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
- Audra McDonald
Uptown SpecialUptown Special, the fourth album by producer-songwriter-musician Mark Ronson, is a tale of several cities, a wide range of collaborators, and a road trip deep into the American South. However the story of Ronson's latest project really starts back when he was New York's hottest DJ.
In the late 1990s into the early 2000s the New York club scene was percolating with booming hip-hop and glitzy R&B. In those days before he emerged as a multi-talented musical force Ronson manned the turntables of many great parties. "It was a fun time to be playing music," he says. "At clubs like Cheetah you didn't have to play a hip hop record until 1a.m. You could play early '80s classics by Chaka Khan, Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson and rock the crowd. I'd play Steely Dan's 'Black Cow' at 11:30 and it world work. Then, at 1am you'd play 'Hypnotize' by Biggie and the crowd would go wild. I come back to those memories."
This mix of vintage R&B and pop with contemporary hip-hop is what made Ronson a star DJ. "I never get tired of hearing records like Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Can't Hide Love' next to 'Rock the Boat' by Aaliyah," says Ronson. "I wanted this record to feel like hearing that kind of musical mix on great New York club night."
Uptown Special has all of the flavor of a night with Mark rocking the ones and twos with funk, soul, and psychedelic pop in a style that echoes classic productions by Quincy Jones and Steely Dan, and funneled through its creators sophisticated understanding of arrangement and melody. Of his three previous albums Mark feels like Uptown Special is closest in spirit to his 2003 debut, Here Comes the Fuzz, which came directly out his DJ experience. "The difference," Mark says "is I was reaching for things musically I wasn't quite ready to execute. With all the experience I've gained over the years I had the maturity and knowledge to really pull this together."
The first single, "Uptown Funk," features GRAMMY® award-winning superstar Bruno Mars on vocals and drums, who sings with passion and plays drums with fire that will bring funk back on the radio. Joining Mars on the track is Mark on guitar, Mars' bassist Jamareo Artis and Jeff Brasker on keys. Mark produced Mars' massive hit single, "Locked Out of Heaven," where they developed a close musical kinship. "As a live performer no one out here now puts on a show like Bruno," says Mark. "This record has that same intensity. When you hear him sing you are always aware of how much he puts into a performance." Mark was so taken with the single's power that it inspired the album's title.
Though Ronson is now based out of London, most of Uptown Special was recorded in the United States with stops in Los Angeles, Memphis and Mississippi. Most of the music was recorded with live musicians with Mark anchoring the sessions on guitar, while surrounded by a complimentary mix of gifted young players and R&B vets. Several musicians, who worked with Mark on his historic production of Amy Winehouse's multi-platinum Back To Black and his own breakthrough album, 2007's Version, rejoined him for this album, including drummer Homer Steinweiss, bassist Nick Movshan and guitarist Tommy Brenneck. Also making guest appearances on 'Uptown Special' are bassist Willie Weeks (who played on Stevie Wonder's classic Innervisions) guitarist Carlos Alomar (who created the familiar guitar riff on David Bowie's "Fame") and drummer Steve Jordan (member of the John Mayer Trio).
Mark Ronson's Uptown Special is a unique blend. It's an album with a serious literary pedigree matched to down home greasy funk. It features a progressive pop vocalist from Australia and one reared in Mississippi, the spiritual root of American music. Hot young contemporary players dominate while some tracks are spiced with legendary musicians. It's a mix that reflects the musical taste and life experience of its creator.1. Uptown's First Finale
2. Summer Breaking
3. Feel Right
4. Uptown Funk
5. I Can't Lose
7. Crack In The Pearl
8. In Case Of Fire
9. Leaving Los Feliz
10. Heavy And Rolling
11. Crack In The Pearl pt. II$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Babel follows the 2009 release of Mumford & Sons' debut album, Sigh No More. It is produced by Markus Dravs.
Fantastic 4 Star review from American Songwriter!
There are some guitar sounds so indelibly stuck into our collective pop-consciousness that even those who can't tell a minor from a major chord can identify the band or player from just a few riffs -a dreamy John Lennon lick, the cosmic climb of Joe Perry, Slash's slash, Nirvana's fuzzy-barre rips, the post-punk fury of Sonic Youth. Now, the chugging, kinetic strum of Mumford & Sons is slowly creeping onto this revered list - not born out of extreme skill or virtuosity but by sheer branding, note for note. And it's how the band's second album, Babel, opens on the title track: with that same very strum, born somewhere between English mountain folk and an old time Appalachia. You can nearly hear the sweat flying off Marcus Mumford, his Martin instrument hiked high on his chest, every time he and banjo player Winston Marshall attack their strings.
So it's no coincidence, it seems, that the band's highly anticipated sophomore record begins exactly where we might expect, and the rest of LP that follows proves that this isn't an attempt to smash any expectations with a sudden progression of their style. For those devotees looking for the Mumfords to evolve drastically, well, you're out of luck. But who would that audience be, anyway? The band is no doubt polarizing: old time and bluegrass faithfuls wouldn't be caught dead with a copy of Sigh No More, and their most ardent followers are more likely to have an iPod stocked with Coldplay and John Mayer than Bill Monroe or Doc Watson. Even pop addicts can't deny the catchy craft of "Little Lion Man" or "The Cave." No one is looking for their Kid A. Thus Babel's not a new sentence in the book of Mumford & Sons - it's what happens after an ellipses. And in many ways, that suits them just fine. It will most definitely suit their fans.
Marcus Mumford has always been a bit of a melancholy fellow, and even a marriage to pixie-haired starlet Carey Mulligan, sold-out shows and Grammy nominations haven't shaken the teary introspection from this set of songs. Obviously, Babel deals in a lot of religious imagery and lyrics - with all the success and opportunities to indulge, it seems the boys have taken a moment to ask a few questions of their maker. "This cup of yours tastes holy/but a brush with the devil can clear your mind," Mumford sings on the second track "Whispers in the Dark." It's an anthem call with a firm statement: "I'm a cad but I'm not a I'm not a fraud / I set out to serve the lord." Maybe the trials and tribulations of being simultaneously loved and harangued have worn on the Mumford's, but at least they can prove to themselves, their audience or even their lord that this stuff comes from the heart.
The album's single, "I Will Wait," is an easy crowd-pleaser moment with an arena-ready hushed chorus, set to those furious strings. The lyric and melody could easily be a Fray song if you removed the plucking banjo -and that's the amazing thing about Mumford & Sons. Purists aside, there's no one else that can get an audience from ages eight to eighty screaming along to a bunch of acoustic instruments or urge a kid to choose guitar lessons over computer games. Every time they perform - live or on Babel - they do it with sheer fervor, as if it's both their first and last time.
While the band is mostly known for their "Americana" sound, they also pull references from their side of the pond: from both classic British countryside folk and Celtic punk bands like The Pogues. Those influences run a little more clear on Babel - "Ghosts That We Knew" and "Reminder" are both soft, melancholy stunners born out of grassy hills and cockney-tinged tales told in wood-paneled bars. And "Broken Crown" is the boys at their angriest yet: "I'll never be your chosen one," Mumford sings lightly before launching into an all-out war over minstrel plucks. It's a force of a song, and not your firmest pick nor hard-earned callous could weather that storm.
Babel has some other unexpected moments, too, like on "Hopeless Wanderer," which begins with keys instead of strum, and "Lover of the Light" is a sunnier moment, perhaps a nod to the singer's recent vows ("to have and to hold," Mumford howls on the track). And the album's closer, "Not Without Haste," is a beautiful lullaby meant more for singing a restless man to sleep than a still-innocent child.
There's also a continuation of the Mumford's love of literary references, with the boys even copping recently to ripping a line from Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall - this is the band, after all, that was able to loop Macbeth's fateful cry of "stars, hide your fires" into their rollicking song "Roll Away Your Stone." So while the album title, Babel, is most likely a biblical reference, it's hard not to think of Jorge Louis Borges' short story, The Library of Babel. In it Borges imagines a universe composed of an endless library that contains every book in every possible permutation, and, therefore, nothing at all. This excess causes great despair for people of the library as they try to search for meaning in all of it. They fret. They come up empty.
Babel may not hold all the answers, and it may not be some exotic transformation of their original formula - it's a safe bet to say that nothing from the Mumford & Sons may ever be. In The Library of Babel, the final realization that everything repeats itself is the universe's saving grace. And in Babel, you could say the same. Though there may not be endless possibilities, there's comfort - elegance, even - in that familiar, now nearly iconic rip of those strings, strummed in the way only those boys from West London can strum. It's not perfect, but it's perfectly Mumford & Sons.1. Babel
2. Whispers In The Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Lovers' Eyes
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Memphis (Awaiting Repress)Grammy Award-winning rock legend Boz Scaggs showcases both original songs and choice covers in his new album Memphis. Produced by Steve Jordan (John Mayer), Memphis was recorded at Willie Mitchell legendary Royal Studio in Memphis, where the late Mitchell recorded Al Green and other hit music artists. Joining Scaggs on Memphis are Willie Weeks (bass), Ray Parker Jr. (guitars), Spooner Oldham (keyboards), the Memphis Horns, Lester Snell (string arrangements) and Steve Jordan (drums).1. Gone Baby Gone
2. So Good To Be Here
3. Mixed up, Shook Up Girl
4. Rainy Night In Georgia
5. Love On A Two Way Street
6. Pearl Of The Quarter
7. Cadillac Walk
8. Corrina, Corrina
9. Can I Change My Mind
10. Dry Spell
11. You Got Me Cryin'
12. Sunny Gone$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Shaft (Music From The Soundtrack)Shaft is a double album by Isaac Hayes, recorded for Stax Records' Enterprise label as the soundtrack LP for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's 1971 Soul Cinema Classic film Shaft. The album mostly consists of instrumentals composed by Hayes as score for the film. Three vocal selections are included: Soulsville, Do Your Thing, and Theme from Shaft. A commercial and critical success, Shaft is Hayes' best-known work and the best-selling LP ever released on a Stax label.LP 1
1. Theme from Shaft
2. Bumpy's Lament
3. Walk from Regio's
4. Ellie's Love Theme
5. Shaft's Cab Ride
6. Cafe Regio's
7. Early Sunday Morning
8. Be Yourself
9. A Friend's Place
1. Soulsville (Vocal Version)
2. No Name Bar
3. Bumpy's Blues
4. Shaft Strikes Again
5. Do Your Thing (Vocal Version)
6. The End Theme$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Strength To SurviveDC-based reggae rock act SOJA present their highly anticipated label debut, Strength To Survive on ATO Records. The 12-song set was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, O.A.R.)
SOJA plays in a realm similar to the one Ben Harper went towards on his album Fight For Your Mind and Citizen Cope echoed on Clarence Greenwood Recordings. You can clearly hear hope and love flowing through Jake Hemphill's voice as he sings original consciously minded reggae with the conviction of an old soul. - Jambase1. Mentality
2. Strength To Survive
3. Everything Changes
4. Don't Worry
5. Tell Me
6. It's Not Too Late
7. Gone Today
8. Let You Go
9. Not Done Yet
10. Slow Down
11. Be With Me Now
12. When We Were Younger$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now