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Street Survivors1977 Smash Remains South Rock Legends Finest Hour: Includes Whats Your Name and That Smell
Last Album Made By Original Members Ronnie Van Zant and Allen Collins
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Triple-Guitar Front of Steve Gaines, Gary Rossington, and Collins Remains Rocks Most Formidable Assembly of Six-String Players
Street Survivors remains Lynyrd Skynyrds finest hour, and for many reasons. The last album recorded with original vocalist Ronnie Van Zant and guitarist Steve Gaines, who passed away in a tragic plane accident three days after its release, the 1977 set is both mythical for its historical significance as well as infallible songwriting quality. Then there's the triple-guitar front of Collins, Gary Rossington, and Steve Gaines, which, together, comprise the most formidable combination of lead six-string players assembled on an original album. Add in freshly inspired performances and classic Muscle Shoals production, and you have a timeless work of art.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Mobile Fidelity Silver Series' limited edition LP presents Skynyrds landmark effort in a dynamic, organic, soulful, and balanced sound that puts the musicians on a wide soundstage that will make you think they are standing on a stage in your room. In particular, Van Zants re-energized singing comes through with utmost clarity and verve. The complex web of guitars is now unraveled, with each of the instrumentalists possessing their own space, allowing their contributions to assume a transparency that further lends to the musics impact. Background vocals, too, rise up above what had heretofore been an artificial ceiling.
Produced by iconic producer Tom Dowd, Street Survivors is drenched in earthy vibes and live-from-the-floor rawness, the sense of spontaneity and interplay underlining the groups taut albeit loose material. Rebounding from 1975s solid yet semi-formulaic Nuthin Fancy and the following years equally lukewarm Gimme Back My Bullets, Skynyrd comes out firing on Street Survivors and never let up. The septets nucleus was never better. It's lamentable that this stands as the lineups only studio record together, but the music here makes you all the more thankful for the chance to at least here them reach their potential at least once.
Gaines incredible abilities spur on his mates, which respond with strong ideas and even stronger performances. Melodies are sharp, hooks are abundant, rhythms in command. A miasma of blues, rock, country, gospel, and soul informs the arrangements, and those three guitarists play as if their lives depended on getting everything just right. Songs flow with an effortless ease, and whether its the slithering organ-backed rollick of I Never Dreamed, swampy drug-abuse warning That Smell, or autobiographical honky-tonk Ain't No Good Life, Skynryd clicks on all cylinders. Swagger, swing, and strut. What an album.
Honor Van Zant and Collins memories, and revisit a Southern rock masterpiece, by acquiring this collectable version of Street Survivors.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. What's Your Name
2. That Smell
3. One More Time
4. I Know A Little
5. You Got That Rig
6. I Never Dreamed
7. Honky Tonk Night Man
8. Ain't No Good Life$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live From AlabamaIn August of 2012, Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit assembled in their home state of Alabama in front of a couple of sold-out concert halls to record their first live album, Live From Alabama. After years of hard touring, the critically-lauded band has gelled into a versatile rock and roll squad that is equally at ease performing Muscle Shoals soul to hardcore country to balls-out rock. Live From Alabama's tracklist mines some of Isbell's most popular songs and includes a pair of inspired covers in Neil Young's Like a Hurricane and Candi Staton's Heart on a String.1. Tour of Duty
2. Decoration Day
3. Goddamn Lonely Love
4. Heart On A String
6. In A Razor Town
7. Alabama Pines
9. Cigarettes and Wine
11. The Blue
12. Dress Blue
13. Like A Hurricane$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Sirens Of The DitchFor the past six years, Jason Isbell was one of three frontmen for the critically acclaimed Drive-By Truckers and although fans may have been shocked by his departure from the band in April of 2011, once you hear this, his solo debut Sirens Of The Ditch (which was co-produced by Isbell and Patterson Hood) it will only confirm that Isbell by no means is putting his feet up. Musicians joining Isbell on the album include Shonna Tucker (bass) and Brad Morgan (drums) with cameos from Patterson Hood, his father David Hood, Spooner Oldham, John Neff and more.
Recorded over the past four years at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals (Aretha Franklin, Duane Allman, Otis Redding), Sirens Of The Ditch is a diverse collection of songs that incorporates elements of rock, blues and soul music into a heartfelt mix of songs that favor piano and pedal steel over buzzing guitars, although theres a fair share of overdriven amps here as well. A lot of old soul musicians came through here in the late 60s and 70s and helped define the Muscle Shoals sound, the lifelong Alabamian explains, so that influence was always in my environment, but on this record I really tried to capture that.1. Brand New Kind Of Actress
2. Down In A Hole
4. Chicago Promenade
5. Dress Blues
7. Hurricanes and Hand Grenades
8. In A Razor Town
9. Shotgun Wedding
10. The Magician
11. The Devil Is My Running Mate$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Communique (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)
Smooth, Effortless, Relaxed, Tuneful, And Deceivingly Simple: Dire Straits' Communique Teems With Technical Perfectionism, Southern-Styled Grooves, And Low-Key Blues
Reference-Level Detail, Depth, Soundstaging, Balance, And Presence: Communique Has Never Sounded Better Than On Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP Version
Mark Knopfler's Mesmerizing Textures, Intricate Lines, And Crisp Tones Pair With Engaging Storytelling And Tight Rhythms: Every Song An Example Of Understated Virtuosity
The performances on Dire Straits' Communique are so smooth and effortless, they were originally criticized for replicating the blueprints of the band's breakout debut. Time, however, has a way of changing perspectives and exposing the truth. More than 35 years after its original release in June 1979, Communique rightfully takes its place as the group's most underrated record - a nine-track set spiked with engaging storytelling, relaxed vibes, and deceiving simplicity.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Communique elevates Dire Straits' sophomore album to an even higher plane. Recorded in the Bahamas by Muscle Shoals veterans Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler, the songs benefit from a laidback approach that makes guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler and company's stellar playing seem even more fluent - particularly when experienced on this collector's 45RPM version, on which the wider grooves allow for more detail retrieval and deeper musical insight.
Knopfler's mesmerizing guitar textures and composed vocals appear as if they're right in front of you, holding court amidst expansive soundstages and deep-black backgrounds. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the finest audiophile recordings. You'll be hard-pressed to find another LP with cleaner, pinpoint-accurate tones. Mobile Fidelity's LP also brings into transparent view Knopfler's seemingly perfect intricate lines as well as the simpatico accompaniment from his band mates. Whole, lively, and balanced, the bass and drums arrive with a solidity rarely heard on albums of this era. Communique has truly never sounded better.
Of course, the audiophile sonics mean little if the artistic content is lacking. Needless to say, Dire Straits' technical perfectionism and creative elan prevail throughout. Knopfler's penchant for sketching cynical characters is further developed on moody tracks like Where Do You Think You're Going and News, while Wexler's presence at the boards ensures the band keeps the rhythms extra tight. The quartet's low-key blues and swampy, Southern-styled grooves turn every song into an exercise in understated virtuosity.
Refusing to give into excess, magnetic tunes such as Lady Writer and Angel of Mercy split a fine line between insinuating and insisting. The group shows off a combination of control, virtuosity, and tunefulness that harkens back to a rock n' roll's classic period while also pointing the way ahead. Need indisputable evidence of Dire Straits' compositional strengths? Cue up the closing Follow Me Home on this pressing and get lost amidst the peacefulness of the gentle surf and chirping crickets that frame the song. Heavenly.
The sequence serves as additional proof that Communique remains one of the best-sounding rock records ever made.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Once Upon a Time in the West
3. Where Do You Think You're Going?
5. Lady Writer
6. Angel of Mercy
7. Portobello Belle
8. Single-Handed Sailor
9. Follow Me Home$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Tony Joe WhiteTony Joe White scored big with 1969's Polk Salad Annie from the album Black & White [MOVLP989] and he was having success as a songwriter too: Rainy Night In Georgia was a huge hit for Brook Benton in 1970.
His self-titled third album (1971) finds the Swamp Fox tempering his bluesy rockers with a handful of introspective, soul-dripping ballads and introducing horn and string arrangements for the first time. The addition of the Memphis Horns and other Muscle Shoals session men really worked well for the album. Many of the songs will remind the listener just how turbulent the cultural climate of the late '60s and early '70s was in the U.S. Songs like The Change, Black Panther Swamps and I Just Walked Away (the album's first single) are testament to the era.
The album was recorded over a two-week period in December 1970, in two different Memphis studios. Producing the album was none other than London-born Peter Asher, who had just produced James Taylor's early hits.1. They Caught The Devil And Put Him In Jail In Eudora, Arkansas
2. The Change
3. My Kind Of Woman
4. The Daddy
5. Black Panther Swamps
6. Five Summers For Jimmy
7. A Night In The Life Of A Swamp Fox
8. Traveling Bone
9. I Just Walked Away
10. Copper Kettle
11. Voodoo Village$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tell MamaEtta James' greatest ever album, and one of the greatest Soul LPs of all time. Contains the hits Tell Mama and Security. Also contains the original version of the blues classic I'd Rather Go Blind. Recorded with the Muscle Shoals session guys at FAME studio. The LP's title song, Tell Mama, as well as Otis Redding's Security became Top 40 hits and Top 20 R&B hits for Etta. It was the B-side of Tell Mama that would become the LP's enduring track, though.1. Tell Mama
2. I'd Rather Go Blind
3. Watch Dog
4. Love Of My Man
5. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got
6. The Same Rope
8. Steal Away
9. My Mother In Law
0. Don't Lose Your Good Thing
11. It Hurts Me So Much
12. Just A Little Bit$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love YouRanked 83/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Franklin Named Best Singer in History by Rolling Stone: This is Her Debut! Originally released in 1967, this is Aretha Franklin's first album for Atlantic and possibly the greatest debut in the history of soul music. This soul landmark contains one of the truly seminal singles ever in Respect, two killer tracks recorded at Fame Studio in Muscle Shoals (Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You and Do Right Woman-Do Right Man), puts lots of other great hard soul groovers. A masterpiece from start to finish!1. Respect
2. Drown In My Own Tears
3. I Never Loved A Man (The Way I Love You)
4. Soul Serenade
5. Don't Let me Lose This Dream
6. Baby Baby Baby
7. Dr. Feelgood
8. Good Times
9. Do Right Woman-Do Right Man
10. Save Me
11. A Change Is Gonna Come$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Still Crazy After All These YearsThe third new studio album of Paul Simon's post-Simon & Garfunkel career was a musical and lyrical change of pace from his first two, Paul Simon and There Goes Rhymin' Simon. Where Simon had taken an eclectic approach before, delving into a variety of musical styles and recording all over the world, Still Crazy found him working for the most part with a group of jazz-pop New York session players, though he did do a couple of tracks (My Little Town and Still Crazy After All These Years) with the Muscle Shoals rhythm section that had appeared on Rhymin' Simon and another (Gone at Last) returned to the gospel style of earlier songs like Loves Me Like a Rock. Of course, My Little Town also marked a return to working with Art Garfunkel, and another Top Ten entry for S&G. But the overall feel of Still Crazy was of a jazzy style subtly augmented with strings and horns. Perhaps more striking, however, was Simon's lyrical approach. Where Rhymin' Simon was the work of a confident family man, Still Crazy came off as a post-divorce album, its songs reeking of smug self-satisfaction and romantic disillusionment. At their best, such sentiments were undercut by humor and made palatable by musical hooks, as on 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover, which became the biggest solo hit of Simon's career. But elsewhere, as on Have a Good Time, the singer's cynicism seemed unearned. Still, as out of sorts as Simon may have been, he was never more in tune with his audience: Still Crazy topped the charts, spawned four Top 40 hits, and won Grammys for Song of the Year and Best Vocal Performance.
- William Ruhlmann (All Music Guide)1. Still Crazy After All These Years
2. My Little Town
3. I'd Do It for Your Love
4. 50 Ways to Leave Your Lover
5. Night Game
6. Gone at Last
7. Some Folks' Lives Roll Easy
8. Have a Good Time
9. You're Kind
10. Silent Eyes$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Boz ScaggsBoz Scaggs, the lengendary blues, rock and pop music superstar delivered this fine album for Atlantic Records in 1969. The self-produced masterpiece was recorded at the Muscle Shoals Sound studios and features the late great Duane Allman on guitar, as well as vocalist Tracy Nelson and the whoÆs who of the Muscle Shoals sound including Barry Beckett, David Hood and Roger Hawkins among others. This amazing debut album features his smash blues belter Loan Me A Dime and ôSweet Releaseö along with seven other great tracks.
Boz Scaggs was 1/2 speed mastered using the original 1969 session tapes, which havenÆt been heard on vinyl for over two decades making this truly the blockbuster 180g audiophile release of the year! Remastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Deep Purple, Johnny Winter, The Doobie Brothers, America) and featuring the original artwork.1. I'm Easy
2. I'll Be Long Gone
3. Another Day (Another Letter)
4. Now You're Gone
5. Finding Her
6. Look What I Got
7. Waiting For A Train
8. Loan Me A Dime
9. Sweet Release$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Tell Mama (Awaiting Repress)"Tell Mama" by Etta James was originally released in 1968 and it put her back in the top 10 with the single "Tell Mama". Produced by Rick Hall at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama this album is a stone cold soul - blues classic from start to finish. Standout tracks include the title track, a cover of Otis Redding's "Security", "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "Don't Lose Your Good Thing". Easily one of the best albums of her long career it is now being reissued on 180 gram vinyl in glorious mono!1. Tell Mama
2. I'd Rather Go Blind
3. Watch Dog
4. Love Of My Man
5. I'm Gonna Take What He's Got
6. The Same Rope
8. Steal Away
9. My Mother In Law
10. Don't Lose Your Good Thing
11. It Hurts Me So Much
12. Just A Little Bit$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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Night Moves (On Sale)Originally released in 1976, Night Moves was Bob Seger's first studio album with the Silver Bullet Band. Much of the album was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with the incomparable Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section. This
breakthrough album, powerful and personal, went on to garner overwhelming critical praise, as well as the hit
singles "Night Moves," "Mainstreet" and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets." This new reissue of our GRAMMY® Award winning rocker's classic album marks its debut on 180g vinyl.
This title is not eligible for further discount.1. Rock And Roll Never Forgets
2. Night Moves
3. The Fire Down Below
5. Sunspot Baby
7. Come To Poppa
8. Ship Of Fools
9. Mary Lou$24.99 $15.99 Save $9.00 (36%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
In A Heavy BagInducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1993, Lowell Fulson (he also recorded for business reasons as Lowell Fullsom and Lowell Fulsom). The Tulsa, Oklahoma native was a big-voiced blues-guitarist and songwriter in the West Coast Blues tradition. Along with T-Bone Walker, Fulson was one of the most important figures in West Coast blues. In a Heavy Bag is the original '69 Jewel Records album which has Lowell dishing out incredible, deep Muscle Shoals blues-funk!1. Look at You Baby
2. Why Don't We Do It in the Road
4. Lady in the Rain
5. My Baby
6. Man on the Run
7. Don't Destroy Me
8. This Feeling
9. Trouble Everywhere
10. Cheating Woman
11. Man of Motion$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Home Is Where The Heart IsBobby Womack's move to Columbia Records heralded a shift from the earthy deep Soul sensibility of his previous records to a slicker, more sophisticated approach in step with the changing sound of contemporary R&B.
The transition not only proves seamless, but in fact Home Is Where the Heart Is (1976) may very well be Womack's most compelling LP in some time. Recorded in both Muscle Shoals and Los Angeles, its disparate parts fit together like a well-oiled machine.
Womack's wonderfully gruff vocals adapt well to the warmth and elegance of songs like How Long, Something for My Head and One More Chance on Love and he performs with unprecedented passion and focus.1. Home Is Where The Heart Is
2. A Little Bit Salty
3. Standing In The Safety Zone
4. One More Chance On Love
5. How Long (has This Been Goin' On)
6. I Could Never Be Satisfied
7. Something For My Head
8. A Change Is Gonna Come
9. We've Only Just Begun$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cast The Same Old ShadowA native of Muscle Shoals, Alabama - and part of the growing music scene there (Alabama Shakes, Secret Sisters, Civil Wars etc) Twenty-three year old Dylan was practically raised in the legendary Fame Studios where his dad was a regular player, and where people like Otis Redding, Wilson Pickett, Etta James and countless others recorded.
Fame's head, Rick Hall, signed Dylan to its publishing arm. Part of the deal was that Dylan got access to the studio, where he recorded both his debut album Paupers Field (2010) and the bulk of the forthcoming follow-up Cast The Same Old Shadow.1. Part One: The End
2. Innocent Sinner
4. Diamonds and Pearls
5. Where Are You Now
6. Chesapeake Land
7. The Ties That Bind
8. Comfort Me
9. Cast the Same Old Shadow
10. Lonesome Waltz$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Money And CigarettesMoney and Cigarettes marked several important turning points in Eric Clapton's recording career: his debut release on his own Duck imprint; the first album he made after giving up drinking; and new players (with the exception of second guitarist Albert Lee) including Stax Records veteran bassist Donald Duck Dunn and Muscle Shoals drummer Roger Hawkins, also bringing in guest guitarist Ry Cooder.
His new songs reflected on his changed condition, with Ain't Going Down, a thinly veiled musical rewrite of the Jimi Hendrix arrangement of All Along the Watchtower, serving as a statement of purpose that declared, I've still got something left to say. Other notable hits include The Shape You're In, the acoustic ballad Pretty Girl and covers of Sleepy John Estes' Everybody Oughta Make a Change (significantly placed as the album's leadoff track), Albert King's Crosscut Saw, and Johnny Otis' Crazy Country Hop.1. Everybody Oughta Make A Change
2. The Shape You're In
3. Ain't Going Down
4. I've Got A Rock 'N' Roll Heart
5. Man Overboard
6. Pretty Girl
7. Man In Love
8. Crosscut Saw
9. Slow Down Linda$22.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance (Awaiting Repress)The songs which comprise Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance were originally conceived as part of a novel written by Patterson Hood on the road while touring with the Drive-By Truckers. While the book eventually fell by the wayside, the songs kept coming.
Featuring 12-new compositions from one of America's most talented songwriters and storytellers, the album is co-produced by Hood and longtime colloborator David Barbe. The album features appearances from quest vocalist Kelly Hogan, members of Drive-By Truckers, Centro-matic, and Patterson's father, the legendary Muscle Shoals bass player David Hood. 180g vinyl pressing with CD.
"In the end, I think we made the most intimate and personal record of my career and I'm extremely proud of how it all turned out." - Patterson Hood1. 12:01
2. Leaving Time
4. Better Off Without
5. (Untold Pretties)
6. After The Damage
7. Better Than The Truth
8. Betty Ford
9. Depression Era
10. Heat Lightning Rumbles in the Distance
11. Come Back Little Star
12. Fifteen Days (Leaving Time Again)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Southern BloodSOUTHERN BLOOD serves as a remarkable final testament from an artist whose contributions have truly shaped rock & roll throughout the past four decades. This is Allman's first all-new recording since 2011's GRAMMY® Award-nominated solo landmark, LOW COUNTRY BLUES.
Produced by Don Was and recorded in Muscle Shoals where Duane Allman and the earliest seeds of the Allman Brothers Band were sown, Southern Blood is among the most uniquely personal of the Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's career. This emotionally expansive collection of songs written by friends and favorite artists including Jackson Browne, Willie Dixon, Jerry Garcia & Robert Hunter, Lowell George and Spooner Oldham & Dan Penn serves as a salutary farewell to his legion of devoted fans and admirers.1. My Only True Friend
2. Once I Was
3. Going Going Gone
4. Black Muddy River
5. I Love The Life I Live
7. Blind Bats And Swamp Rats
8. Out Of Left Field
9. Love Like Kerosene
10. Song For Adam$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Goodnight Rhonda Lee (Awaiting Repress)Internationally acclaimed American musician Nicole Atkins is a rare artist whose timeless songwriting and raw, emotional voice spans the ages - a miasma of faded glamour and nostalgic pop noir. Goodnight Rhonda Lee, the 4th studio album from Nicole Atkins, was produced by the team at Niles City Sound (Leon Bridges) in Fort Worth, Texas and mixed by Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes) in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Co-writers on the record include Chris Isaak and Jim Sclavunos (Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds).
Nicole was a guest star on Cameron Crowe's Showtime series "Roadies", where she debuted material from this record. Nicole debuted even more from the record at SXSW 2017 before a monumental crowd opening for country star Garth Brooks.1. A Little Crazy
2. Darkness Falls So Quiet
3. Listen Up
4. Goodnight Rhonda Lee
5. If I Could
7. Brokedown Luck
8. I Love Living Here (Even When I Don't)
10. A Night of Serious Drinking
11. A Dream Without Pain$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Learned The Hard WaySharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. I Learned The Hardway is their fourth full-length release on Brooklyn's independent Daptone Records and it marks a bold step forward for a band who almost single handedly stewarded today's return of soul music to its more traditional sound.
Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records' House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon's raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness and melodic command set her fi rmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fi xture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in The Game Gets Old at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style Mama Don't Like My Man at the tail, the Dap-Kings groove seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the Daptone Sound at its fi nest.1. The Game Gets Old
2. I Learned the Hard Way
3. Better Things
4. Give It Back
6. The Reason
7. Window Shopping
8. She Ain't a Child No More
9. I'll Still Be True
10. Without a Heart
11. If You Call
12. Mama Don't Like My Man$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like An ArrowThe songs on Blackberry Smoke's sixth album, Like an Arrow, due October 14, show just how far this authentic American rock band has come as the accomplished group of musicians tackles a diverse set of new ideas, sounds, and territories, long after most bands with half the success might have settled into a well-worn groove.
"We're all like-minded in that we all want to explore," singer and principal songwriter Charlie Starr said. "There's just no way we could make the same record over and over again, though there are some fans who would like us to. That's just way too formulaic. If the Beatles or Led Zeppelin did that, we wouldn't love them as much."
Like An Arrow continues the trend of sonic exploration established on the Blackberry Smoke's previous two releases, 2012's The Whippoorwill and 2015's chart-topping Holding All the Roses. It kicks off with the band's heaviest song to date and explores British rock before moving on to musical stops in places like Macon, Woodstock, Muscle Shoals and Tulsa as Starr and his buddies follow the ramblin' examples of timeless, authentic acts like The Allman Brothers Band, JJ Cale, The Band and others who define rock 'n' roll in all its many facets.1. Waiting for the Thunder
2. Let It Burn
3. The Good Life
4. What Comes Naturally
5. Running Through Time
6. Like An Arrow
7. Ought to Know
8. Sunrise In Texas
9. Ain't Gonna Wait
10. Workin' for a Workin' Man
11. Believe You Me
12. Free On the Wing (feat. Gregg Allman)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Turnpike TroubadoursThe Turnpike Troubadours, the eponymous fourth album from the red dirt country journeymen, careens into view slowly with The Bird Hunters, a melancholic waltz that recalls some of the sadder moments from its predecessor, 2012's Goodbye Normal Street. Much of that record underscored the dusty literary aspirations of lead singer/songwriter Evan Felker but, appropriately enough for an album named after the band as a whole, this record puts equal emphasis on head, heart, and muscle, easing between simple heartbroken laments and full-throated roars.
Felker's voice and writing are plainspoken but not pedestrian; there's a soulful undercurrent to his simplicity, his modesty never seeming affected, his working-class anthems never showy. As subtle and lived-in as these songs are, what really makes The Turnpike Troubadours kick is the band itself. While they've never been restrained on record, this 2015 LP feels brawny and also sensitive, the band capable of leaning into the song so the rampaging minor-key stomp Doreen possesses a sad, menacing edge, The Mercury drowns out all sorrow, and Fall Out of Love plays like a balm straight out of Muscle Shoals. As always, the key to the success of the Turnpike Troubadours -- both as a band and in this album in particular -- is that they never draw attention to their depth and how they occupy a wide, woeful territory where laments heal and parties can feel reassuringly lonely.1. The Bird Hunters
2. The Mercury
3. Down Here
4. Time of Day
5. Ringing in the Year
6. A Little Song
7. Long Drive Home
8. Easton & Main
9. 7 Oaks
11. Fall Out of Love
12. Bossier City$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dangerous ThingsDan Layus is set to release his debut album, Dangerous Things, via Plated Records.
Dangerous Things spans influences from Hank Williams to Tom Waits, from Dwight Yoakam to Woody Guthrie. The album was recorded in Nashville at SouthxSea Studios with minimal production. The lyrics are about life's struggles and its simple joys, and harmonies are provided by Muscle Shoals' own Secret Sisters.
Primarily known as the frontman of the critically acclaimed band Augustana, Layus explains, "I always knew this album was out there waiting, I just had to let it come to me. That was the most challenging part of this record. It was three years of repeatedly realizing I was trying too hard to write a perfect song. It all started to make sense and feel good as soon as I stopped treating songwriting like it was songwriting. Somewhere along the way I decided that if an idea was going to turn into a song on this album, then it had to be written organically and purely. It had to be an inspired moment that was unfolding melodically, musically and lyrically, all while making me feel something. Subsequently, that's how I recorded the songs-I played the song live a few times in front of some microphones and when I felt something real happen, we moved onto the next one. The songs and recordings on this album are inspired by other people's stories and informed by my own experiences and I've never felt more proud or comfortable sharing an album as I feel with this one."1. Dangerous Things (feat. The Secret Sisters)
3. Four Rings (feat. The Secret Sisters)
4. You Can Have Mine (feat. The Secret Sisters)
5. Only Gets Darker (feat. The Secret Sisters)
6. Call Me When You Get There
7. Let Me Lose You
8. Fell In Love On A Beach
10. Enough For You
11. The Nightbird (feat. The Secret Sisters)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Infinite ArmsOriginally released in 2010, Infinite Arms is the third full-length from the Low Country's premier rock 'n' roll outfit Band of Horses. Produced by Band of Horses with additional production from Phil Ek and mixed by Dave Sardy, the 12-tracks on Infinite Arms project the essence of the different locales across America that became the setting for the recording and songwriting process behind the album.
The rich musical heritage of Muscle Shoals, AL, the sublime beauty of Asheville's Blue Ridge Mountains, the glamorous Hollywood Hills and the vast Mojave desert all influenced the sounds on Infinite Arms and helped yield the group's most focused and dynamic recordings to date. The serene woods of Northern Minnesota and the band's native Carolinas inspired the songwriting, lending the compositions an air of comfort and familiarity.
Band of Horses is Ben Bridwell, Creighton Barrett, Ryan Monroe, Tyler Ramsey and Bill Reynolds. Long-time touring members of the group, Infinite Arms marks the recording debut of Ramsey and Reynolds, while Barrett and Monroe graced the last album, Cease to Begin. Through touring together in support of Cease to Begin and during breaks in the Infinite Arms recording process, the band have become a cohesive force with all members making invaluable contributions to the unmistakable sound that founder Bridwell has crafted since the band's inception.1. Factory
4. Blue Beard
5. On My Way Back Home
6. Infinite Arms
8. Evening Kitchen
10. For Annabelle
11. NW Apt.
12. Neighbor$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Where Did You Come From?The story of Darren Hanlon''s first album in five years, Where Did You Come From?, spans two continents and a whole lot of miles traveled, resulting in his most resplendent musical effort yet-the songs reaching new levels of maturity without ever losing his trademark lyrical charm and twinkling eye. Making it involved an unplanned and sometimes perilous lope through the American South, through various cities, towns and recording studios. He recorded in one-off sessions in Nashville, Memphis, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans and Clarksdale, Mississippi, collaborating with an array of musicians and other characters he met along the way. "When I hopped off the Amtrak, I just walked around and met buskers, tap-dancers, preachers, drunks and drug dealers, all of whom had something worth learning about," Hanlon says. "I started having compulsive notions that whoever I met should somehow contribute to the album. Let fate play into it. One guy tried to break into a car I was sitting in and even he ended up playing bass on a song." To hear the analogue richness and singular vision resulting in the collection of songs that make Where Did You Come From? belies the accidental nature of its process. It's a cohesive, hopeful and vibrant testament to the joys of travel, the tyranny of distance and the vagaries of love and fate.1. Salvation Army
2. When You Go
3. Trust Your Feelings (When You Wake)
4. There's Nothing on my Mind
5. Letter From an Australian Mining Town
6. Fear of the Civil War
7. My Love is an Ocean Away
8. Manhole Cover Tap
9. The Chattanooga Shoot Shoot
10. The Will of the River
11. Awkward Dancer
12. Halley's Comet, 1986
13. Shine A Light$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now