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My Favorite Things'
My Favorite ThingsNot only was the landmark 1960 release My Favorite Things the first to introduce John Coltrane's quartet with pianist McCoy Tyner and drummer Elvin Jones, it was also the first on which he played soprano saxophone. Features the signature title track hit.1. My Favorite Things
2. Everytime We Say Goodbye
4. But Not For Me$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Trane: The Atlantic CollectionRemastered
This album comprises pre-existing content, compiled into 1 LP with unique artwork, remastered for the release, and designed as an introduction to the work of John Coltrane's revered Atlantic recordings. Trane: The Atlantic Collection includes the hit single 'My Favorite Things,' the iconic 'Giant Steps, Naimi' and more, from one of the legends of the jazz world.1. My Favorite Things, Pt 1 (Single Version) [Remastered]
2. Like Sonny (Remastered)
3. Cousin Mary (Remastered)
4. Giant Steps (Remastered)
5. Central Park West (Remastered)
6. Equinox (Remastered)
7. Naima (Remastered)
8. My Shining Hour (Remastered)
9. Mr. Syms (Remastered)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Make My Head Sing...Make My Head Sing , the new album from acclaimed singer and musician Jessica Lea Mayfield, will be released on ATO Records. Co-produced
by Mayfield and her collaborator, bassist and husband Jesse Newport, the ten-song album was recorded at Nashville's Club Roar studio. Of the new
music Mayfield comments, "The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin. I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass, and
drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and
The new album follows Mayfield's 2011 release, Tell Me, which was produced by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach and was described by Rolling Stone,
which named her an Artist to Watch, as "a disarming collision of stark country balladry, dynamic alternative rock and arty electronic pop." Additionally the
Associated Press asserted, "Tell Me is the portrait of a precocious girl growing into self-assured womanhood and a producer reaching the peak of his
powers. It is a dark and moody album, full of delights throughout, and if it doesn't make Mayfield a star, that too will be heartbreaking," while Spin
Magazine included Mayfield in their "The Next Big Things: 11 Artists You Must Hear in 2011" feature, calling her a "smart-ass country-rock ingÉnue." She
also made her network television debut on the "Late Show with David Letterman," performing the album's first single, "Our Hearts Are Wrong," which NPR
Music praised as " genuinely moving."1. Oblivious
2. I Wanna Love You
3. Standing In The Sun
4. Pure Stuff
5. Do I Have The Time
6. Party Drugs
7. Unknown Big Secret
8. Anything You Want
9. No Fun
10. Seein* Starz$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gimme Back My Bullets
First Time Audiophile Vinyl Release & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Produced By The Legendary Tom Dowd
Mastered Impeccably From The Original MCA Records Tapes By Joe Reagoso
After the success of their first three albums and an amazing
number of concerts and tours, Lynyrd Skynyrd followed things up rebel
style with the very hard rockin' fan favorite Gimme Back My Bullets.
As you would expect, this album is filled with stellar southern
fried rock and blues classics like the hard rock title track Gimme Back
My Bullets, the blues belter Cry For The Badman, and of course the
brilliant Every Mother's Son .
In addition to these rock greats, this legendary Tom Dowd
produced session yielded more Skynyrd classics with the powerhouse
Double Trouble plus their amazing J.J. Cale interpretation of I Got The
Same Old Blues.
The 1976 classic also featured the original Lynyrd Skynryd line up of the late great lead vocalist and all around rock 'n' roll hero
Ronnie Van Zant , lead guitar great Gary Rossington, the late greats
Allen Collins on guitar, Leon Wilkerson on bass and Billy Powell on
piano, with Artemus Pyle powering away on the drums.
Friday Music is no stranger to the musical legacy of the southern
rock royalty of Lynyrd Skynyrd. Therefore it is with much honor
to announce the first installment in our Lynryd Skynyrd 180 Gram
Audiophile Vinyl Series with their brilliant hard rock masterpiece
Gimme Back My Bullets.
For the first time ever on 180 Gram Vinyl, this limited edition
masterwork was mastered from the original MCA Records tapes
by Joe Reagoso (Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Deep Purple/ Alice Cooper) and
produced by the late great southern soul and rock giant Tom Dowd
(Eric Clapton, Ray Charles).
To enhance your Lynyrd Skynyrd experience even further, this
stunning album also includes a first time gatefold cover, featuring the
original artwork elements as well as the nine brilliant tunes you will
truly enjoy in the audiophile vinyl domain.
Lynyrd Skynyrd .Gimme Back My Bullets A first time
Audiophile Vinyl Experience . Exclusively from your friends at Friday
Gimme Back, Gimme Back My Bullets1. Gimme Back My Bullets
2. Every Mother's Son
4. I Got The Same Old Blues
5. Double Trouble
6. Roll Gypsy Roll
8. Cry For The Badman
9. All I Can Do Is Write About You$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Bring Me My ShotgunSuperb vinyl compilation by one of the most prestigious bluesmen in the history of the genre, Lightnin' Hopkins, featuring the legendary cuts "Mojo Hand," "Shake That Thing," and, of course, "Bring Me My Shotgun!"
Includes the entire 1960 studio album, Mojo Hand, plus many more classics recorded between 1949 and 1960 with such timeless favorites as "Shake That Thing," "I'm Leaving You Now" and lots more!Side A
1. Bring Me My Shotgun
2. Mojo Hand
3. Shake That Thing
4. Lonesome Dog Blues
5. Coffee For Mama
6. Shine On, Moon!
1. How Long Has The Train Been Gone?
2. Awful Dream
3. Last Night
4. Sometimes She Will
5. Have You Ever Loved A Woman?
6. Houston Bound$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane's SoundColtrane's Sound was produced during the same three-day 1960 sessions that yielded Plays The Blues and My Favorite Things and it was among the last releases to emerge from Coltrane's fabled Atlantic sessions. Each of the six recordings here bear the unmistakable stamp of Coltrane's early-'60s style and remain among the jazz legend's finest.1. The Night Has a Thousand Eyes
2. Central Park West
4. Body and Soul
6. Satellite$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane Plays The Blues (Mono Remaster)Mono Remaster
Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for My Favorite Things, Coltrane Plays The Blues and Coltrane's Sound. My Favorite Things was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays The Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session. As for the phrase plays the blues in the title, that's not an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues (they aren't). It's more indicative of a bluesy sensibility, whether he is playing muscular saxophone or, on Blues to Bechet and Mr. Syms, the more unusual sounding (at the time) soprano sax. Elvin Jones, who hadn't been in Coltrane's band long, really busts out on the quicker numbers, such as Blues to You and Mr. Day.
- Richie Unterberger (AllMusic.com)1. Blues To Elvin (Mono Version)
2. Blues to Bechet (Mono Version)
3. Blues to You (Mono Version)
4. Mr. Day (Mono Version)
5. Mr. Syms (Mono Version)
6. Mr. Knight (Mono Version)$21.99Vinyl LP Mono - Sealed Buy Now
Live At The Village Vanguard Again!Live At The Village Vanguard Again! is a jazz album by saxophonist John Coltrane. Recorded in May 1966, the album shows Coltrane playing in the free jazz style that characterized his final recordings.
Out of all the recordings made during the session, only three pieces remain: Naima, originally from the album Giant Steps, My Favorite Things, from the album of the same name, and a bass solo by Jimmy Garrison entitled, Introduction to My Favorite Things. The line up consists of the augmented quartet of the time, featuring Alice Coltrane on piano, Jimmy Garrison on bass and Rashied Ali on drums. Additionally, Pharoah Sanders contributes on flute and tenor saxophone, while Emanuel Rahim plays percussion.1. Naima
2. Introduction to My Favorite Things
3. My Favorite Things$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane Plays The Blues (Pre-Order)Mastered By Bernie Grundman From The Original Analog Master Tapes
Pressed At Gotta Groove
Limited Edition Of 2500 Numbered Copies Worldwide
Pressed On 180 Gram 45 RPM Vinyl &Housed In A Deluxe Laminated Gatefold Jacket
Coltrane's sessions for Atlantic in late October 1960 were prolific, yielding the material for My Favorite Things, Coltrane Plays the Blues, and Coltrane's Sound. My Favorite Things was destined to be the most remembered and influential of these, and while Coltrane Plays the Blues is not as renowned or daring in material, it is still a powerful session. As for the phrase plays the blues in the title, that's not an indicator that the tunes are conventional blues (they aren't). It's more indicative of a bluesy sensibility, whether he is playing muscular saxophone or, on Blues to Bechet and Mr. Syms, the more unusual sounding (at the time) soprano sax. Elvin Jones, who hadn't been in Coltrane's band long, really busts out on the quicker numbers, such as Blues to You and Mr. Day.
-Richie Unterberger (allmusic.com)
This title is not eligible for discount1. Blues to Elvin
2. Blues to Bechet
3. Blues to You
4. Mr. Day
5. Mr. Syms
6. Mr. Knight$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Coltrane's Sound (Limited Edition)Each Copy Of This Limited Edition Release Is Numbered With A Gold Foil-stamp
Recorded during the same three-day period as My Favorite Things in the fall of 1960, Coltrane's Sound is one of the most highly underrated entries in Coltrane's voluminous catalog. The title could not have been more accurate, as each of the six pieces bear the unmistakable and indelible stamp of Coltrane's early-'60s style. Animating the arrangements on these sessions were Coltrane (soprano/tenor sax), Steve Davis (bass), Elvin Jones(drums), and McCoy Tyner (piano). This classic recording finally receives the ORG Music audiophile treatment with this 180gram double LP 45RPM reissue, mastered from original analog tapes by Bernie Grundman and pressed at Pallas Group in Germany.1. The Night Has A Thousand Eyes
2. Central Park West
4. Body And Soul
6. Satellite$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
This Is ChristmasRather than a do a rehash of many of the obvious traditional tunes that fill special holiday albums by contemporary performers, maestro Luther Vandross opted for the task of creating no fewer than 7 of the 10 tracks included on his 1995 Christmas release. The result is an album that demonstrates why Vandross is still considered the preeminent black male vocalist of close to two decades: as on typical Vandross recordings, the production is crisp and strong and the vocals are flawless.
As usual, he employs the cream of musicians and background vocalists (including the inimitable Cissy Houston and Darlene Love, who is featured on the Motown-like duet I Listen to the Bells)--the perfect backdrop for Vandross's distinctive sound, exemplified on the standout title track. The Mistle Toe Jam has the party-like feel of Vandross sides like Bad Boy and the more recent Nights in Harlem, while Every Year, Every Christmas (cowritten with Richard Marx) is a soulful slow jam.
A surprising reading of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic My Favorite Things shows that if Vandross ever chose to, he could easily do a fine album of jazz standards, while O Come All Ye Faithful (featuring an all-star choir that includes Valerie Simpson) is given the album's most traditional reading. Standouts include the gorgeous Please Come Home for Christmas and the almost funky A Kiss for Christmas. Easily one of the best Christmas albums around. --David Nathan1. With a Christmas Heart
2. This Is Christmas (Album Version)
3. The Mistletoe Jam (Everybody Kiss Somebody) (Album Version)
4. Every Year, Every Christmas
5. My Favorite Things
6. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas
7. I Listen to the Bells
8. Please Come Home for Christmas
9. A Kiss for Christmas
10. O' Come All Ye Faithful$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Atlantic Years In Mono (Box Set)
Fully Remastered In Glorious Mono
Packaged In An Elegant Cloth-Bound Box
12" X 12", 32-Page, Perfect-Bound Booklet
While John Coltrane first gained attention for his revolutionary 'sheets of sound' technique, it was the deep spirituality of his music that really made his recordings as a bandleader such classics. The albums this giant of music recorded for Atlantic in 1959 and 1960 really represent the heart of his legacy.
John Coltrane's life will be the subject of a new documentary (tentative title: Chasin' Trane), out later this year, and now, for the first time since their original release, this box set gathers his mono recordings from the Atlantic vaults.
LP 1: GIANT STEPS
- Packaged in an elegant cloth-bound box.
- Fully remastered in glorious mono.
- Original studio albums in glossy tip-on LP sleeves, replicating the original artwork and labels. Giant Steps (1960), Bags & Trane (1961) with Milt Jackson, Ole Coltrane (1962), Coltrane Plays The Blues (1962), The Avant Garde (1966) with Don Cherry.
- One LP of outtakes and a replica of the original 'My Favorite Things Part I & II' 7" single, a hit for John Coltrane in 1961.
- A 12" x 12", 32-page, perfect-bound booklet, with period photos by Lee Friedlander and liner notes.
- Liner notes by Grammy-winning jazz writer Ashley Kahn.
1. Giant Steps
2. Cousin Mary
5. Syeeda's Song Flute
7. Mr P.C.
LP 2: BAGS & TRANE (with Milt Jackson)
1. Bags & Trane
2. Three Little Words
3. The Night We Called It A Day
5. The Late Late Blues
LP 3: OLE COLTRANE
2. Dahomey Dance
LP 4: COLTRANE PLAYS THE BLUES
1. Blues To Elvin
2. Blues To Bechet
3. Blues To You
4. Mr. Day
5. Mr. Syms
6. Mr. Knight
LP 5: THE AVANT-GARDE (with Don Cherry)
2. Focus On Sanity
3. The Blessing
4. The Invisible
5. Bemsha Swing
LP 6: THE COLTRANE LEGACY
2. Original Untitled Ballad
3. Untitled Ballad
5. Stairway To The Stars
6. Blues Legacy
7 Single: MY FAVORITE THINGS
1. My Favorite Things Part I
2. My Favorite Things Part II$149.99Vinyl LP + 7 Single Box Set Mono - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
- Packaged in an elegant cloth-bound box.
Petra Goes To The MoviesPetra Haden's wondrous new album Petra Goes to the Movies offers a one of a kind opportunity to experience film scores in an extraordinary new way. Epic and evocative scores have been ingeniously recreated utilizing layers of remarkably inventive vocals. Far from a mere novelty, these interpretations retain all the emotional resonance of the originals. Out this January 22 via Anti-, Petra Goes to the Movies features Haden, a highly regarded session musician (Foo Fighters, Beck, the Decemberists) and former member of That Dog, delivering a cappella versions of scores from films such as Psycho, Rebel Without A Cause, Taxi Driver, Superman and more. Haden, who hails from a musical family that includes her father, distinguished jazz bassist Charlie Haden, has a history of working a capella; in 2005, at the suggestion of bassist Mike Watt, she recorded and released an a-cappella rendition of the Who's pop masterwork The Who Sell Out to widespread acclaim. Upon hearing the record, Pete Townshend telephoned Haden to enthusiastically thank her, proclaiming her version of his album "beautiful."
Petra Goes to the Movies is the culmination of Haden's lifelong love for both vocal interpretation and movie music: "The idea of interpreting music with my voice started when I was little," she explains. "I would hear music around the house and mimic the instruments with my voice. And I love movies but my favorite thing about them has always been the soundtracks. When people hear this record I want them to feel what I felt when I first saw the film, even if they've never seen it."
In addition to Haden's multi layered vocals, the record features notable guest appearances by jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, bassist Charlie Haden and Bill Frisell.1. Rebel Without A Cause Main Title - Rebel Without A
2. God's Lonely Man - Taxi Driver
3. Cool Hand Luke Main Title - Cool Hand Luke
4. Cinema Paradiso - Cinema Paradiso
5. A Fistful Of Dollars Theme - A Fistful Of Dollars
6. Psycho Main Title - Psycho
7. Goldfinger Main Title - Goldfinger
8. Carlotta's Galop - 8 1/2
9. It Might Be You - Tootsie
10. The Planet Krypton - Superman
11. Superman Theme - Superman
12. My Bodyguard - My Bodyguard
13. Pascal's Waltz - Big Night
14. Calling You - Bagdad CafÉ
15. Hand Covers Bruise - The Social Network
16. This Is Not America - The Falcon and the Snowman$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WARB-CUR-3018xWynonna & the Big Noise
Wynonna & The Big NoiseWYNONNA and her band The Big Noise, led by her husband, producer/drummer Cactus Moser, recorded the majority of the album in the sanctity of their home studio located on the family farm in Tennessee. WYNONNA has described the new album as "vintage yet modern" and a "return to the well." It's a rootsy work encompassing country, Americana, blues, soul and rock.
The process of recording WYNONNA & THE BIG NOISE with her band set her free artistically. "Like a garage band we all get in a room, basically knee to knee in a circle, and we jam until it feels amazing,"WYNONNA shares. "By the time we push record we are already jacked up because we have practiced and practiced until we know we are rocking. The end result is even better than when we started out because we're free to just play and enjoy ourselves." She adds: "I have stripped myself of all the expectations of worrying about fitting into any format and just picked songs I love. This album is my favorite thing I've done so far."
Cactus elaborates about the recording of the album. "It creates more energy, more excitement and definitely a more unique sound to have our actual band play. When you have session players you just play differently. There's less emotional input, less freedom! These guys are with us 365 days a year and that was my goal to have an actual living breathing band make a record, not just people who come in for the week and then are gone. Much better feel, much better vibe. AMEN."1. You Make My Heart Beat Too Fast (feat. Cactus Moser)
2. Cool Ya'
3. Things That I Lean On (feat. Jason Isbell)
4. Ain't No Thing (feat. Susan Tedeschi)
5. You Are So Beautiful
6. I Can See Everything
7. Staying In Love
8. Jesus And A Jukebox
9. Something You Can't Live Without
10. Keeps Me Alive (feat. Derek Trucks)
11. Every Ending (Is A New Beginning)
12. Choose To Believe$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Coltrane Jazz180 Gram 45 RPM Double LP Remastered From Original Master Tapes
Pressed at Pallas and Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Originally released in 1960, and on the heels of Giant Steps, Coltrane Jazz came in the midst of the saxophonist's peak Atlantic period. The album is among several recordings that Coltrane issued from 1959-1961, and which, ultimately, forever changed the face of music.
Featuring pianists Wynton Kelly and McCoy Tyner, bassists Paul Chambers and Steve Davis, and drummers Elvin Jones and Jimmy Cobb, the set was recorded at three separate sessions. The expert personnel are a harbinger of the great quartet Coltrane soon would assemble for 1960's My Favorite Things. And while not as famous as that iconic title, Coltrane Jazz belongs in the pantheon of phenomenal jazz albums and is an absolute must for any music fan.
In addition to boasting superior performances and playing, the set marks Trane's first use of multiphonics, the practice of extracting more than one tone at a time from the horn, which here, and unlike on any other Coltrane record, is querulously pitched, allowing him to explore new tonalities on tracks such as Harmonique. Innovations abound. Every cut is an original composition save for Johnny Mercer's My Shining Hour. Not surprisingly, Miles Davis' influence is felt throughout; his rhythm section is used on all but one selection.
ORG Music continues its praiseworthy archival vinyl series, presenting this landmark jazz effort cut at 45RPM and on first-rate 180g vinyl. Mastered from the original master tapes with meticulous care, Coltrane Jazz teems with new life, with the headliner's horn playing and tonalities assuming lifelike richness, boldness, and presence. The supporting cast's movements and fills are heard in pristine clarity, and the airiness that all jazz lovers prize is here in spades.
45rpm 180g Vinyl
Mastered from original master tapes
Mastered by Bernie Grundman
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Little Old Lady
2. Village Blues
3. My Shining Hour
4. Fifth House
6. Like Sonny
7. I'll Wait and Pray
8. Some Other Blues$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Offering: Live At Temple University
Deluxe 2-LP, Limited-Edition, 180-Gram Vinyl Pressed On 12 LP's At 33-1/3 RPM By Record Technology Incorporated (R.T.I.)
Hand-Numbered Gatefold By Stoughton Press
Vibrant Four Panel Insert With Liner Notes By Ashley Kahn
Special Collector Postcards With Photos By Frank Kofsky
Mastered By Bernie Grundman
Offering: Live At Temple University documents a legendary concert by John Coltrane at Temple University in his hometown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
on November 11, 1966, six weeks after his fortieth birthday and nine months before his untimely death. Offering incorporates a look that is contiguous with the graphic identity of Impulse! Records, Coltrane's exclusive label from 1961
until the end of his life. This is the first officially sanctioned release of an undiscovered, complete Coltrane performance since 2005. It captures Coltrane in
exemplary form, navigating the language he had developed during the last phase of his musical path with passion and pellucid logic. Operating at
equivalent levels of invention and energy are three members of his working quintet of one year's standing his wife, Alice Coltrane, on piano; Pharoah
Sanders on reeds and flute; and Rashied Ali on drums.
Offering is emblematic of the efflorescent energies and radical ideas that Coltrane himself had much to do with bringing forth during the seven years after
1960, when he left the employ of Miles Davis to pursue his vision as a leader. There are versions of Coltrane's 1960 hits "Naima" and "My Favorite
Things," a transformational reworking of the 1964 ballad "Crescent," a spirit-raising rendering of "Leo," which he had recorded on several previous
occasions during 1966, and the hymnal "Offering," which he would record on a February 15, 1967 studio session that Impulse! would release during the
'90s as Spiritual Offering.
On Offering, Resonance Records achieves the highest possible audio quality, using direct transfers of original master reels from a location recording by
Temple's WRTI-FM, remastered at 96kHz/24 bit, that were tracked down by Coltrane scholar Yasuhiro Fujioka.
The immense life-force that animates the proceedings on this November 1966 evening in Philadelphia belies the declining state of Coltrane's health. It is
still difficult to grasp and to accept that he was firmly in the grip of the liver cancer that would still his voice on July 17, 1967. As co-producer Ashley Kahn
states in his liner notes, "Coltrane was pointing the way forward for generations of players to come, pushing the music to exhilarating, spiritual heights that
caught most by surprise. In 1966, that wasn't what jazz performances were about not yet."
Recorded November 11, 1966
Mitten Hall, Temple University
John Coltrane - soprano & tenor saxophones, flute & vocals
Pharoah Sanders - tenor saxophone & piccolo
Alice Coltrane - piano
Sonny Johnson - bass
Rashied Ali - drums
Additional musicians include:
Steve Knoblauch, Arnold Joyner alto saxophone
Umar Ali, Algie DeWitt, Robert Kenyatta percussion1. Naima
5. My Favorite Things$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Coming Of AgeCall it a generous fluency, an affable virtuosity. Call it a true band spirit. The best bands have all had something that can't be forced: A refined mastery of music and a willingness to converse through music. That's what you hear, above all, on bassist Ben Williams' sophomore recording, Coming of Age: The sound of a musician who's cultivated an authentic rapport with some of the best young players in New York City.
We have these group texts that we send to each other all the time," Williams says of his band, Sound Effect. "We're just as entertaining to each other off stage as on. If there were ever a reality show about jazz, we'd be good candidates for it!"
Coming of Age for the 30-year-old Williams means playing a lively role among his peers and a vital part in the music world at large. After winning the prestigious Monk Institute Competition in 2009, Williams got busy turning his youthful promise into real achievement. "My career as a bandleader and composer started from the moment I won," he says. "I had this opportunity to say something-and an obligation, too." In 2011 Williams delivered a debut album, State Of Art, to great critical acclaim and toured widely as a bandleader with Sound Effect. He became a sought after and beloved sideman, playing so many sets at one year's Winter Jazzfest that he rarely left the stage. Most impressively, he assumed a highly-coveted place in guitarist Pat Metheny's Unity Band. "Ben has a fearless and open-minded approach to what music can be," Metheny has said. "A wonderful combination of skills."
For all his strides in bandleading and performing, on the track Coming of Age Williams shows his greatest growth as a composer. "Composing seems like a nebulous thing," he says. "But the ability to translate a feeling into actual music, takes a lot of doing it, a lot of practice. Which chord is going to invoke this feeling? What's the best key for this idea?" And Williams has some big ideas and feelings to convey, necessitating heavy skill in musical translation and storytelling. On "Toy Soldiers," for example, a martial rhythm and chantlike riff send a message about the sacrifices of war. He wrote the uplifting "Strength And Beauty" on the day of the 2012 Newtown school shooting.
"The tragic news hit me hard, and this tune came to me as a way of feeling my way through the tragedy. The title was inspired later, when I saw how [jazz saxophonist] Jimmy Greene and his family responded to losing their daughter at Newtown. Their pain is something most of us can't even imagine, but the way Jimmy held it together and became a beacon of light and true strength was an inspiration to everyone."
Williams takes a page from the Miles Davis school of bandleading by encouraging his band members to compose in the studio, too. For the R&B tribute anthem "Voice of Freedom (for Mandela)," Williams enlisted the smooth soulfulness of singer-songwriter Goapele-and then headed in to record the song with a characteristically open mind. In the studio, saxophonist Marcus Strickland contributed an on-the-spot horn arrangement with the sunny harmony of a South African choir.
As much as Williams writes in response to politics and current events, his compositions are a respectful celebration of the musical past, too. The driving samba rhythms of "Forecast" are an homage to the jazz fusion group Weather Report, with the tune's melody inspired by Wayne Shorter's "Over Shadow Hill Way." Williams's fluid fretless grooves on "Half Steppin'" recall Jaco Pastorius's "Teen Town."
Williams sees covers of pop tunes as a bestowal to the jazz canon. "I always like to contribute new repertoire to the jazz songbook," says Williams. "For me it's very important to shout out all the young, new songs coming out." His gift on this album is a moving instrumental version of Lianne La Havas' breakup ballad "Lost & Found." Guest trumpeter Christian Scott communicates the contained heartache of La Havas's song lyrics, with a lightly arranged string quartet adding the right amount of solace.
Coming of Age concludes with the sweeping title tune, a showcase for Williams's broad stylistic range. "I wanted 'Coming of Age' to feel big," he says. "I was thinking of it in movements, as a kind of mini-symphony." In the final section of "Coming of Age," Williams picks up a bow for the only time on the record, filtering the sound to other worldly but soulful effect. "The vibe I was going for at the end was Prince," Williams says. "I wanted it to feel sonically transformed, tripped out." It's an auspicious end to an accomplished sophomore recording, with Williams' bowed strings sauntering off into the stars to explore for the next album.
Whatever comes next for Ben Williams, it's sure to be as engaging as it is virtuosic. As an artist who's come of age, Williams' raw talent has evolved into musical grace, conviction, and power. He's a musician in meaningful dialogue with his band Sound Effect, with current events, with musical styles past and present, and finally, with his listeners.
"My favorite thing is when someone comes up to me who's heard my music and they're singing one of my tunes," Williams enthuses. "Humming a melody! That's the best feeling in the world, when one of my tunes has stuck in someone's head."1. Black Villain Music
2. Voice of Freedom (for Mandela) featuring Goapele
3. Toy Soldiers
4. Lost & Found
5. Half Steppin'
6. Smells Like Teen Spirit
7. Toy Soldiers (Reprise)
8. Coming of Age$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Essential Going BackRemastered by Nick Davis
I decided to call this version of 'Going Back' 'The Essential Going Back,' Phil explained. In retrospect, I included too much music on the original version, and I believe that too much is not always a good thing. Hence this trimmed down selection of my favorite Motown songs.
Originally released in 2010, Going Back was Phil Collins' first studio album since 2002 and saw him back at #1 on the charts. This album was a personal labor of love project that found him faithfully recreating the soul gems that played such an influential role in his musical life.
This is one of the last releases in Collins' Take A Look At Me Now series. Each album in the series has been remastered by Grammy-nominated Nick Davis. Each album features a bold artwork concept in which Collins has recreated his poses from the original album covers with new photography that was shot in the present day.
This will be released as 180 gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl of the remastered album.1. Going Back (2016 Remastered)
2. Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) [2016 Remastered]
3. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave (2016 Remastered)
4. Some Of Your Lovin' (2016 Remastered)
5. Going To A Go-Go (2016 Remastered)
6. Papa Was A Rolling Stone (2016 Remastered)
7. Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever (2016 Remastered)
8. Something About You (2016 Remastered)
9. Talkin About My Baby (2016 Remastered)
10. Do I Love You (2016 Remastered)
11. Never Dreamed You'd Leave In Summer (2016 Remastered)
12. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me For A Little While) [2016 Remastered]
13. Too Many Fish In The Sea (2016 Remastered)
14. Uptight (Everything's Alright) [2016 Remastered]$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Huge Demand For Vinyl Pressing Of The Classic Release From Brand New
Gatefold Jacket With Original Artwork
Pressed On 180 Gram Black Vinyl
As the popularity of emo and punk-pop plateaued, many bands had a lot to prove to stay in the game. As of 2003, Brand New had sidestepped any notion that they'd be stuck in the prototypical mold found on Your Favorite Weapon. Unlike their debut, Deja Entendu isn't all about bitter breakups and doesn't fall into a permanent punk-pop hole. Produced by Steven Haigler (Pixies, Quicksand), this sophomore effort finds Brand New maturing, reaching for textures and song structures instead of clichÉs. They still, however, alternate their full-on blasts with slower acoustic work, which doesn't hurt. Many antiromantic lyrics such as my tongue is the only muscle on my body that works harder than my heart saturate the [album], but there's still some resentment with downers such as I hope you come down with something they can't diagnose and don't have a cure for. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows is one of the stronger tracks and isn't so much a fresh entry as it is a rewrite of their semihit Jude Law and a Semester Abroad. It's not quite dÉjà vu; it's just consistent. -Kenyon Hopkin (All Music Guide)LP 1
2. Sic Transit Gloria...Glory Fades
3. I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light
4. Okay, I believe You But my Tommy Gun Don't
5. The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows
6. The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot
1. Jaws Theme Swimming
2. Me Vs. Maradonna Vs. Elvis
4. Good To Know That I Ever Need Attention
5. Play Crack The Sky$28.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ZabaCreated in Epworth's own studio it is undoubtedly among this year's most striking debuts. The title, lifted from Dave's favorite childhood story, comes from
William Steig's The Zabajaba Jungle. Steig's evocation of childhood adventure, exoticism and discovery is brilliantly fresh. ZABA is one complete beast
and a journey you will get most from if you immerse yourself fully and listen from start to finish. The sound of the record, Dave says, is like a backdrop
of man-made wilderness...
Influenced by the exploratory, New World scenarios of Apocalypse Now, The Island of Dr Moreau, Heart of Darkness, The African Queen and Mosquito
Coast, ZABA's songs tackle the humanization of nature and human interference with nature. Even now a lot of my favorite books are those books that I
grew up with, he says. Things like Zabajaba, like Roald Dahl, like Wind in the Willows. I suppose all I've been doing is using those little creatures and
animals to cover up what I really meant, to disguise who and what I was really talking about.
Inspired by Kanye West and Charles Darwin, Nina Simone and the Velvet Underground, ZABA is a rich and textured work, a very special record indeed.
With Dave producing and Epworth as A&R and mentor, the studio became their home and the band were free to record, improvise and write at their own
speed, making their sound a bigger, brighter, heavier and more intense experience than ever before.
The first single, Gooey is wobbly and child-like, a hymn to naivety. There's a confidence in the way children act, Dave says. I was trying to push that
confidence into the beat. Walla-Walla goes back to Dave's love of Timbaland and Dr Dre, while Intruxx, initially the introduction to the entire record,
summarizes this entire new world you're entering.1. Flip
2. Black Mambo
5. Walla Walla
10. Cocao Hooves
11. JDNT$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Delivery ManIn celebration of their 10-year Anniversary, Lost Highway Records is re-releasing twenty of their most acclaimed albums including Elvis Costello's The Delivery Man on limited edition clear vinyl.
With 2004's The Delivery Man, Elvis Costello & the Imposters' first release for Lost Highway, one of modern music's most admired and prolific talents delivered a remarkable album that draws on deep American musical roots more than any of his releases since King of America in 1986.
Recorded in Oxford, MS and produced by Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Counting Crows, Buddy Guy & Cracker) and Elvis Costello, it is a collection that ranges from the ferocious, bass-driven opening track, Button My Lip, which speaks in the voice of a desperate man on the verge of committing a terrible crime, to a tender and timely closing rendition of, The Scarlet Tide, referred to by Costello's co-composer and fellow Oscar Nominee, T Bone Burnett as an anti-fear song.
Like a lot of great things in music history, The Delivery Man can be said to have started with the late great Johnny Cash. The Delivery Man is actually a character imported from a song I wrote in about 1986 for Johnny Cash, Costello explains. He's based on a real character. I read this story in the paper about a man who confessed to murdering his childhood friend thirty years later, having been in prison for a number of other things. I thought this story was very interesting because he'd carried this burden of guilt of this childhood crime. I wrote a fictional version of that story in a song called 'Hidden Shame,' which John recorded.
Beyond the Imposters, longtime Attractions Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve, and more recent revelation Faragher, The Delivery Man also features winning turns from two of Costello's own favorite artists, Emmylou Harris and Lucinda Williams.1. Button My Lip
2. Country Darkness
3. There's A Story In Your Voice
4. Either Side of the Same Town
6. The Delivery Man
7. Monkey To Man
8. Nothing Clings Like Ivy
9. The Name Of This Thing Is Not Love
10. Heart Shaped Bruise
11. Needle Time
12. The Judgement
13. The Scarlet Tide$34.99Clear Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
RideFor his fiftieth birthday, Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wanted one present more than any other - the reunion of one of his favorite unsung heroes, Mother Superior - only he wanted to be a part of the lineup. They're a great, classic band that hit me in the same spot as all my favorite '70s bands, whether it's UFO, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick or KISS, Ian explains. I knew getting to play with them would be like joining KISS.
Thanks to Scott's wife Pearl Aday, who has been working with Mother Superior front man Jim Wilson for years, all it took was a quick phone call and the stage was literally set for Scott's dream gig.
The band, which quickly gained the interests of Joey Vera (Armored Saint/Fates Warning) and John Tempesta (White Zombie, The Cult) called itself Motor Sister after the Mother Superior song Little Motor Sister and got together the day before the party to rehearse in Ian's jam room. The energy in the room was amazing, Ian says. It felt awesome. It was just something we did for fun and to celebrate my birthday.
The minute I started to play with Scott, Joey and John the chemistry was amazing, Wilson says. We sounded like a band that had been together forever. Enthralled at the idea of making a record of his favorite Mother Superior songs, Ian contacted producer Jay Ruston (Anthrax, Steel Panther, Stone Sour) and asked if he thought it was possible to recapture the same spontaneous energy generated at their makeshift gig. He said, 'Yeah, we can make the record in two days and we can make it sound really good.' So that's what we did, Ian says. A week and a half later, we made the record in LA over a two day period. We recorded the whole thing live in the studio.
While everyone in Motor Sister is busy with their day jobs, they are all interested in playing live as much as possible. We are a great live band Ian says. We proved it to ourselves in my jam room. It was our ability to play live together that made this happen and I can see us getting onstage and playing this shit back-to-back, Ramones-style, and just blowing people's minds with the power of these songs. And the door is always open to write more material because Pearl and Jim are always working together and I'm always with them. So we'll see what happens in the future.LP 1
1. A Hole
2. This Song Reminds Me of You
3. Beg Borrow Steal
4. Fool Around
5. Get That Girl
6. Head Hanging Low
1. Fork in the Road
2. Little Motor Sister
3. Pretty in the Morning
6. Devil Wind$30.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Freedom & SurrenderFreedom and Surrender
The circuitous dance between the beginning and the end.
Something amazing and terrifying happened to me as I entered into my 30s. I realized that I had run far off the course of my scripted plans, my projections for who I'd be, what I'd be doing, and how it would feel at this point. Then, the realization the mapped trail couldn't be recovered. A hound without a hunt, I was captured by unfamiliar woods far from earshot of the original game and players. Untethered by marriage with a scrap pile of maternal designs that never took root, I found myself forced, thank goodness, to let go.
The pageantry of over-identifying with past experiences and old ideals had ended. In review, I found that life's unfolding had exceeded my most elaborate visions while other hopes had slipped into ruin in the clasp of my determined hands. Meanwhile, a new meekness and curiosity made all of my experiences sacred and overwhelming, something akin to a reverent depression. Desire was quieted in my heart, and I was uneasy in the cool of my newness, wondering what I really wanted to do next.
When the label suggested that I consider working with Larry Klein, my entire focus shifted with a warm shrug, Why not? He's produced some of my favorite records. Within a few conversations I had found plenty of reasons to trust the voice on the other end of the line. I knew that I was respected for my potential and achievements, and he wasn't new to dealing with strong women. Another shrug, Why not? I had plenty to sing about now, a heart cracked open by disappointment, a will broken by the truth. I was ready for a new project, the kind of baby that I knew how to make.
It was suggested to me initially that I make a record of covers. It was the very moment my hard head became bent on writing my way out of my valley, no matter how hard or long I'd have to work for it. I'd count my steps and tell stories until I met the ridge line without borrowing anyone else's view. This was not my hour to cover, but to uncover, and hopefully, the reveal would be worth something. I trembled in the wait for my own revelation.
I scurried around the country (Nashville, New York and LA) to have collaborative conversations with old and new friends. I remembered how to just sit with people and talk, even though I was on a schedule and budget. We all spoke like we were on Grandma's porch, but the work got done. To my delighted surprise, much of this record was written with Larry himself.
My average day of preproduction with him looked like: A sunrise run and swim at Santa Monica pier, showing up to his studio sandy, salty, and red faced, talking through beautiful rambles with him and David Batteau while high on espresso. Then we'd get snagged by a soulful riff from Larry's acoustic bass guitar as he noodled along (seemingly) aimlessly. Often a story would present a hook and we'd return the next day with responses. This felt like an old and dignified pace of work, but also kind of risky. However, I looked up after a few months of these weeklong neighborly sits and real songs were following us, a train getting longer, each car intact and connected as we rolled on.
In the evenings I listened to demos of the budding songs on my phone as the sun set over the Pacific. I could see them, unmade movies. The tide of communion would pull back and the shining pieces left could be made into anything. This is when I knew that I had, in these mosaic sessions, stumbled upon a new page of my life.
I remembered the feeling of being found. One of the most moving songs from it's inception was, Somewhere Down the Mystic. Playing on the simple wonders of my rustic Appalachian life, we imagined a love lost to death and the feeling of it's lasting warmth, a nod to love's reach across life's threshold.
Months later, on February 20th, I had a near death experience, sliding across 300 yards of ice coated mountain curve. I softened my body and rested my hands in my lap. The heavy car floated silently towards a 75 foot ravine that ended with a wide band of frozen creek. Ok was the only thing I could get out in a sigh. I was stopped by a young bellwood tree that grew out of the bank like a hook. I slowed my breathing and meditated in suspension. About 20 minutes later, a young neighbor pulled the door open, reaching in with a strong arm to guide my climb out. Now when I sing the chorus, I see the gracious hole and the sweet sapling that grows over it. It threw me back, a fish returned to the river with a cut lip.
The pink bells of the tree can be seen on my homepage, and I want to keep such simple things close from now on. Why not? They were strong enough to save me. In surrender I experience freedom. The gift of an end is a beginning. I greet the sun with the only reason I've ever needed, why not?
-Lizz Wright1. Freedom
2. The Game
3. The New Game
4. Lean In
5. Right Where You Are
6. River Man
7. Somewhere Down The Mystic
8. Real Life Painting
9. To Love Somebody
10. Here And Now
12. Blessed The Brave
13. Surrender$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live Bootleg Series Vol. 9Pressed on 180 Gram Audiophile Gold Vinyl
Legendary rocker and blues statesman Johnny Winter continues to enthrall
audiences the world over. With his unique brand of blues/rock guitar and vocal
prowess, Winter's style is truly unmatched in purity and in star power longevity.
While he tours non-stop, it's no secret that his live performances are legendary. Fortunately for his huge fan base, Johnny has captured a lot of his concerts on
tape over the many decades, which proudly leads us to the ninth installment of the
chart topping Live Bootleg Series.
For Johnny Winter's Live Bootleg Series Volume 9, the artist surely becomes
his instrument in some incredibly guitar shredding live performances. The blues
wielding axeman steps out with super extended workouts on concert classics like his masterful version of the Freddie King
classic Hideaway (Alternate Version), fan favorite Mean Town Blues and a super long jam on the B.B. King classic You Done
Lost Your Good Thing Now.
Always paying homage to his fellow bluesmen, Johnny also dug far back into his archives for two super rare performances of his favorite Roosevelt Sykes classic 44 Blues and the early Bobby "Blue" Bland smash It's My Life Baby.
Always paying tribute to his favorite friends and musical heroes, Johnny closes out the album with an incredibly
rockin' interpretation of Jimi Hendrix's Manic Depression.
Friday Music is very honored to be the home of Johnny Winter's Live Bootleg Series Volume 9. As with our previous
releases, these are totally authorized and owned/controlled by Johnny Winter himself.
In addition to the hard rockin' blues on this wonderful collection, this limited edition compact disc and 180 Gram
Audiophile GOLD Vinyl LP will both be presented with the a rare album cover photography from the lens of Neil Zlozower,
as well as Johnny's good friend and fellow guitarist Sonny Landreth's penned liner notes.
Live Bootleg Series Volume 9 by Johnny Winter Six tracks of pure Texan blues power on both remastered compact
disc or 180 Gram Audiophile GOLD Vinyl Courtesy of the legendary Johnny Winter and Friday Music. Rock and Roll!!!!1. Introduction
2. Hideaway (Alternate Version)
3. Mean Town Blues
4. 44 Blues
5. You Done Lost Your Good Thing Now
6. It's My Life Baby
7. Manic Depression$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now