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Night BeatClearly Sam Cooke's most intimate, most soulful and ultimately most real recording. This one has the feel of a private performance captured after hours when the audience had gone home and the singer was singing purely for the love of his songs. The performance put forth is simply straight from Cooke's soul. His selection of songs include spiritual, bluesy ballads and gospel classics. Cooke owns these songs, making each interpretation all his own. This is warm music that's easy to connect with. Mastered by George Marino at Sterling Sound from the original three-track masters.
Originally released in 1963.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
2. Lost and Lookin'
3. Mean Old World
4. Please Don't Drive Me Away
5. I Lost Everything
6. Get Yourself a Another Fool
7. Little Red Rooster
8. Laughin' and Clownin'
9. Trouble Blues
10. You Gotta Move
11. Fool's Paradise
12. Shake Rattle and Roll$54.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Quatro: The Definitive CollectionOver the course of his impressive artistic career, Tito Puente was a perennial and prolific innovator of Latin tropical music and Latin jazz of the highest caliber. Now thanks to Sony Music Latin, we all get to enjoy the four signature and landmark albums (artwork - front & back- as it originally appeared), along with a fifth bonus album, that truly defined the "American Icon" and his golden era:
"Cuban Carnival" (1956) is included with the original artwork. "Dance Mania" (1958) is the best-selling album of Tito's career. "Night Beat" (1957) became one of Latin jazz's seminal albums, while "Revolving Bandstand" (1960), considered the most innovative jazz recording of its time with the simultaneous inclusion of two big bands in the studio, is re-issued for the first time, with original artwork and liner notes.
This impressive and ever so unique package of 5 albums is being collectively released as Quatro - The Definitive Collection. A compendium that's like no other in the discography of Tito Puente, as it focuses on his early years, the RCA era of 1955-1960, so beloved by fans, critics and music historians.
Quatro - The Definitive Collection includes informative liner notes written by Joe Conzo (curator & music historian and author of the book "Mambo Diablo My Journey with Tito Puente"), a close friend of Tito Puente. It also contains never-before published facts and photos, plus previously unreleased artwork and alternate takes.
Among the other highlights and most interesting, informative features of this collection are the quotes from a plethora of musicians, producers and others who personally knew and/or worked with Tito over the course of his six-decade musical career.LP1 - Cuban Carnival
1. Elegua Chango
2. Cuál Es La Idea (What's the Idea)
3. Pa' Los Rumberos
4. Que Sera (What Is It?)
5. Oye mi guaguanco
6. Yambeque (Mambo Yambu)
7. Happy Cha-Cha-Cha
8. Mambo Buda
9. Cha-Cha De Pollos (Cha-Cha for Chicks)
10. Guaguanco Margarito
11. Cuban Fantasy
LP2 - Night Beat
1. Night Beat
2. Mambo Beat
3. Sea Breeze
4. Emerald Beach
5. The Late, Late Scene
7. Night Ritual
8. Malibu Beat
9. Flying Down To Rio
10. Night Hawk
11. Live A Little
LP3 - Dance Mania
1. El Cayuco
3. Three D Mambo
4. Liego Mijan (Son Montuno)
5. Cuando Te vea
6. Hong Kong Mambo
7. Mambo Gozon
8. Mi Chiquita Quiere Bembe
9. Varsity Drag (Mambo Jazz instrumental)
10. Estoy Siempre Junto a Ti
11. Agua Limpia Todo
12. Saca Tu Mujer
LP4 - Revolving Bandstand
1. Bahia (Na Baixa Do Sepateiro)
2. I Concentrate On You
3. Autumn Leaves
4. Harlem Nocturne
5. Kiss Of Fire
6. The Continental
7. Blue Moon
9. So In Love
10. Baby Won't You Please Come Home
LP5 - Bonus Edition
1. Ran Kan Kan
2. Timbal Y Bongo
3. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 1)
4. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 2)
5. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 3)
6. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 4)
7. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 5)
8. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 6)
9. Pa' Los Rumberos (Out-Take 7)
10. The Continental (alternate take)
11. Blue Moon (alternate take)
12. Moonlight in Vermont
13. La Virgen De La Macarena$109.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Clearly Sam Cooke's most intimate, most soulful and ultimately most realized recordings. 1963's Night Beat has the feel of a private performance captured after hours when the audience had gone home and the singer was singing purely for the love and soul of his songs. From spiritual tracks to bluesy ballads to gospel classics, Cooke makes each cut his own here which in turn makes for a warm collection that's easy to connect with.1. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
2. Lost and Lookin'
3. Mean Old World
4. Please Don't Drive Me Away
5. I Lost Everything
6. Get Yourself a Another Fool
7. Little Red Rooster
8. Laughin' and Clownin'
9. Trouble Blues
10. You Gotta Move
11. Fool's Paradise
12. Shake Rattle and Roll$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Call By NightWymond Miles was raised in the working-class small towns of the American
West. On Call by Night, the singer's latest widescreen opus, Miles masterfully
evokes that lost landscape, all while grappling with issues of fatherhood, privacy,
PTSD, violence, and dissipated romance. The album adds a critical new chapter
to the Fresh & Onlys guitarist's story as an artist, and reasserts him as a major
voice in contemporary songwriting.
Call by Night sees Miles building a noticeably bigger sound than on his previous
solo records, while simultaneously standing as his most intimate work. It's a
record explicitly written for the fidelity of the vinyl format, with louder songs
beginning each album side and quieter songs at the interior. His attention to
sequencing paid off; the album flows like a piece of classic cinema, and sounds
like it's splashed across a drive-in screen in 70mm. Recorded using vintage gear
by Phil Manley (The Fucking Champs, Trans Am) at El Studio in San Francisco
and Miles' Garden Chamber home studio, the record is a treasure of tube-amp
warmth, and a landmark in the songwriter's catalog.
Miles wrote most of Call by Night on piano, and while the wall-of-sound guitar
and cinematic synth playing that helped define his earlier efforts is still present,
the beating heart of the songs is left more open thanks to his new method. Where
previous full-lengths were cloaked in distinct aesthetic choices, this record exists
outside of any stylistic restraints. "Divided in Two," the lead single, considers
dignity, class, honor, and father-son relationships through the devastating lens of
PTSD, all set to a sardonic flag-waving waltz, with martial percussive bomb blasts.
The title track explores the enduring aesthetic of British psych-folk. Other songs
dip into the traditions of gospel music, sea shanties, and even big-box power
ballads, using antique instruments and Miles' unique perspective on the modern
world to forge a new collection of entries for the American songbook.
Miles has said the songs on Call by Night mark his "more definitive commitment
to seek, listen, and give voice to an enduring muse." If that's true, then the muse
has obviously been singing to him loud and clear.1. Summer Rains
3. Solomon's Song
4. Call By Night
5. Bride of the Lamb
6. Divided in Two
7. Rear View Mirror
8. Stand Before Me
9. Devil's Blue Eyes$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Saturday Night SweetheartMore street-grit than surfside, Thee Tsunamis are a rock'n'roll joyride
with Tura Satana at the wheel. On their debut full-length Saturday Night
Sweetheart, the trio (Betsy on guitar, Jenna on bass, and Sharlene on
beats) blend girl-group bubblegum with feral punk, hugging every hairpen
turn of Kim Fowley's twisted, trashbucket heart along the way. With
jagged harmonies over fuzz-crusted pop hooks, theirs is the sound of
Brill Building teen-sploitation with bloodier results. From
heart-in-a-blender tales to drag-race party anthems, these 12 tracks are
as catchy as they are cutting and together they tell a story as old as time:
what the men don't know, the little girls understand. Like Thee Tsunamis'
tape A Goodbad Man Is Hard To Find (2013) and horror-concept EP
Delirium and Dark Waters (2014), Saturday Night Sweetheart (May,
2015) was recorded to tape in the basement studio of Magnetic South
and has all the signature fidelity of a subterranean rock'n'roll
echo-chamber. So play it loud, and hold on to your seat!1. Female Trouble
2. Trash Talk
3. I Know
6. Cry Baby
7. Kill, Kill, Kill
8. Skip Tracer
9. Shakee Jake
11. Teenage Dream
12. Saturday Night Love$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Wait 'Til NightCooly G returns with Wait 'Til Night , an album of sensitive, lo-fi bedroom music, it s lyrics sketching dreamy scenarios of seduction, lust and sex. The moody South London house of her debut album 'Playin Me' and her DJ sets has given way to a near-horizontal, sometimes melancholy and highly original take on R n B. The tracks swing effortlessly with no-fuss musical arrangements that are filtered through reggae sound system culture and US R n B in equal amounts, with a slight hint of dark synthpop wound throughout. The pace has come down from the deep, tribal house she's known for so far, with the only constants that run through the album her intimate vocals and smokey synths cross-hatched with her characteristic broken rhythmic sense. Opening with title track, Cooly coos about a date, over an infectious synth lead that wouldn't sound out of place on a Depeche Mode song. 'Like A Woman Should' is twilight music, synths rolling out like clouds over pulsing drums, while the vocals whisper invitations. 'Your Sex' is a fantasy with synths and surprisingly stabbing, hooky and distorted rhythm guitar. 'I Like' feels like the opening of an especially dreamy jungle track stretched into a full pop song. 'Dancing' rolls out drums and a mini guitar figure into a gently dizzy waltz, while 'Quick Question' plays out the scenario after the dance. 'Want's' barely-there song structure of drum and occasional bass with a wiry synth lead, is accompaniment to a near-whispered vocal. The pace steps up with the smouldering 'So Deep', with a deep synth bassline and a muscular hip hop beat. '1st Time' is all depth charge bleeps, guitars and piano. 'Freak You' is spacious and guitar driven, with Cooly beaming in directives through a distant voice transmission. The album's final honest, angry and forlorn track, 'The 3 Of Us', comes down hard on an absent parent, a full stop on the romance that the album narrates. It also reveals Cooly G as a skilled rap artist, something she s kept hidden until now, with double-time flows casting off a missing babyfather. Wait Til Night finds Cooly G casting her net wider than her debut album, with songs that are more confident, accessible and stylistically consistent. The album comes laced with Cooly's unique honesty and charm and is sure to win her new fans with her catchy melodies, slow-jammed stories of blighted urban romance, and engaging lack of pretension.1. Wait til Night
2. Like a Woman Should
3. Your Sex
4. I Like
6. A Quick Question
8. So Deep
9. 1st Time
10. Freak You
11. Fuck with You
12. The 3 of Us$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The World: By Night (Discontinued)Randall Jones' debut album, The World: By Night is a thorough insight into the DJ/producer's signature sound infusing elements of dub and reggae, futuristic vibes and house beats injected with tribal percussion, Detroit techno and Bladerunner soundscapes that takes the listener on a journey across dancefloors worldwide. The World: By Night plays out as a journey with tracks mixed to give the listener, whether in their living room, car or wherever, the real Randall Jones experience.1. Mouse House
2. Phrases & Colors
3. The Formula Project
5. I Like DJs
7. Plastic Room
8. Chord Continental
9. Dominate Tonite
10. Beauty Girl
11. Black Velvet$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shortwave NightsShortwave Nights is the debut album by Hiss Tracts, a new duo featuring David Bryant (Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Set Fire To Flames) and Kevin Doria (Growing, Total Life). The two met in 2004 and struck up a musical friendship that led to three Growing records being made at The Pines (Bryant's recording studio in Montreal) and a separate collaboration between the two, initially in conjunction with experimental filmmaker Karl Lemieux (also GY!BE's current 16mm auteur/projectionist). Rehearsal tapes from a set of sessions for a Lausanne Underground Film Festival performance in 2008 became the foundation and starting point for Hiss Tracts; David and Kevin continued working throughout 2009-2013, but much of the material from their earliest session is still present, in one state or another, within the tracks on this debut album.
The sonic preoccupations of Bryant and Doria are well-known and well-documented across many highly acclaimed recordings over the past fifteen years, from the organic, group-based, semi-improvised collage albums of Set Fire To Flames to the glimmering, immersive minimalism of Growing and the more maximalist full-spectrum noise works of Total Life. David and Kevin are instrumental music practitioners of uncommon depth and intensity; Hiss Tracts opens new collaborative, procedural and narrative pathways for these fine musicians to continue exploring soundscape-based composition and production. Both are guitar players, and the electric guitar figures as both recognizable and unrecognizable source instrument on Shortwave Nights, but the deployment of a wide range of additional analog sources and signals ensures that there is no confusing this for a guitar-based drone, noise or post-rock record.
Shortwave Nights defies categorization by terms like drone or ambient and it does not easily slip into any of the predominant subgenres that have proliferated around studio-based soundscape work in recent years. Insofar as drone is a touchstone, this has mostly to do with the approach to mixing, which tends towards a transcendent/trance-inducing integration of elements into a unified, saturated, wall-of-sound stereo field. The album contains no beats or programming and very little that is identifiably loop-based or overtly sampled and sampler-driven. Occasional deployments of digital signal processing remain firmly in the service of Hiss Tract's overriding framework and commitment to analog sources and human instrumentation. This is not an electronic record, nor does it sit comfortably at either the pastoral or spooky/sinister poles of any ambient or 'whatever'-wave spectrum; it can perhaps best be placed within the broad lineages of post-industrial and musique concrète.
Meditative and visceral, humming with the electromagnetic atmosphere through which all manner of frequencies, transmissions and surveillances pass and collide, Shortwave Nights strikes an evocative balance between sonics captured-channeled-harnessed vs. composed-sculpted-performed, with an almost documentary rigour and restraint that nonetheless remains profoundly charged and engaged. Constellation is thrilled to introduce this new project with a brilliant debut album that has heavily infiltrated our brains and bloodstreams since Bryant and Doria first played us the nearly-finished recordings in the fall of 2013. Thanks for listening.1. ...shortwave nights
2. half-speed addict starts with broken wollensak
3. slowed rugs
4. drake motel / 9 gold cadillacs
5. windpipe gtrs.
6. halo getters
7. for the transient projectionist
8. ahhh-weee dictaphone
9. test recording at trembling city
10. beijing bullhorn / dopplered light$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Catch 22: Keasbey Nights (Awaiting Repress)Keasby Nights is the first full length album by Catch 22. The record is powered by a three piece horn section who can lay down smooth harmonies over a rhythm section that can turn stylistic directions on a dime. Shifting from hard hitting punk complete with machine gun fills and driving rhythms, to the up-beat sounds of early jump-style swing and ragtime influenced dance music. This unique blend of sounds and influence brings to the band's music the edginess of punk combined with the catchy vocal melodies and danceable rhythms of swing and ska.1. Dear Sergio
2. Sick and Sad
3. Keasbey Nights
4. Day in Day Out
5. Walking Away
6. Giving up Giving In
7. On & On & On
8. Riding the Fourth Wave
9. This One Goes Out to...
11. 9mm and a Three Piece Suit
12. Kristina She Don't Know I Exist
13. As the Footsteps Die Out Forever
14. 12341234$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
2 Big Pumpkins / 13 Nights of Halloween (Awaiting Repress)Purple Vinyl
Special Heat-Reactive Artwork
As the Shaggs so wonderfully sang ''It's Halloween! It's Halloween!'' How could Third Man let the year pass without any celebration? We couldn't. We are beguiled to bring you two new original recordings from Elvira™ Mistress of the Dark. With two songs written by the otherworldly Fred Schneider (of the B-52s!), both ''2 Big Pumpkins'' and ''13 Nights of Halloween'' brim with fun double-entendres, campy cackling, devilishly danceable beats and so much more. If that weren't enough, the cover art for the single is printed with heat-reactive ink. So while Elvira may appear to be only a dark silhouette, once things heat up you'll definitely get a delightful eyeful. And did we mention pugnacious purple vinyl? I think we just did.1. 2 Big Pumpkins
2. 13 Nights of Halloween$8.99Colored 7 Vinyl Single AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
SpellsThe Pharmacy's sound is hard to nail down: having been together for over a decade, the band has released countless singles, EPs, and full-lengths that range from basement power punk to lo-fi, psych-tinged garage rock. Due out August 12th on Old Flame Records, much of Spells was written in a cabin in Big Sur, informed by the rocky beaches and the fog rolling in from the Pacific. It was recorded in the basement of a used car museum in downtown Tacoma, with every track laid down live by Kyle Brunette, producer of Night Beats' S/T and Sonic Bloom LPs. Picking up where Stoned & Alone left off, Spells feels even more stripped-down and vulnerable, as if the members of The Pharmacy have allowed listeners an exclusive sneak peek into their collective brain.1. Dead Friend
2. Coat Tails
3. Anna Bella
5. Masten Lake Lagoon
7. Lizard Queen
8. Peeling Back
9. All My Reminders Of When
10. Strange$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Shadow Of The Sun (Marble Blue Vinyl)Pressed On Marble Blue Vinyl
Shadow of the Sun is the result of a few months of Moon Duo wrangling with a new and unsettling way of being. Working both in a dark basement in Portland, and above ground in sunny San Francisco, these new sounds and songs veered dramatically from groove to groove, revealing sonic textures the duo had not previously explored. The song Night Beat, with it's woozy dance rhythm, is an attempt at finding joy and acceptance on this new, shifting ground, while Wilding plays off the familiar Moon Duo sound, taking refuge in a repetitive, grounding riff-scape. Elsewhere the band gives itself entirely up to the trip, cruising along on the fuzzed rhythms of Slow Down Low and Free the Skull, crashing into the clenched-teeth herky-jerk of Zero, and floating down, down, down, on the narcotic mist of In a Cloud.1. Wilding
2. Night Beat
3. Free the Skull
5. In a Cloud
7. Slow Down Low
10. Fadeaway$20.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sam Cooke, inventor and true King of Soul, recorded 'Mr. Soul' in the same year as 'Night Beat', and seems to be its more adult counterpart, with soulful ballads taking up most of the album.
A laidback tempo and rich arrangements lay the foundation over which Sam's somewhat melancholy voice floats, creating an uplifting spirit that can mend anyone's broken heart. With standards such as 'Willow Weep For Me', 'I Wish You Love', and For Sentimental Reasons', Cooke shows a quiet emotive side of himself without losing his keen sense of melody, using the strength of his voice without overpowering the listener.
Had Sam Cooke lived longer, we might have had more music of this rare quality.
As it stands, we must make do with the treasures he left behind. And now, for the first time in over thirty years, Music On Vinyl is re-issuing 'Mr. Soul' on 180 grams audiophile vinyl with remastered audio.1. I Wish You Love
2. Willow Weep For Me
3. Chains Of Love
4. Smoke Rings
5. All The Way
6. Send Me Some Lovin'
7. Cry Me A RIver
8. Driftin' Blues
9. For Sentimental Reasons
10. Nothing Can Change This Love
11. Little Girl
12. These Foolish Things$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live At RockpalastImport
Chronicling the three concerts Joe Jackson gave German television between 1980 and 1983, this captures several different phases in the ever-shifting Jackson's career, including the punky beginning, the ska-inflected Beat Crazy, and the sophisticated pop of Night and Day, and throughout Jackson and his band are in top form.
-All Music GuideLP1
1. On Your Radio
2. Another World
3. Sunday Papers
4. Look Sharp!
6. Breaking Us In Two
7. Is She Really Going Out With Him
8. TV Age
9. Tuxedo Junction
1. Steppin' Out
2. Beat Crazy
3. One More Time
4. A Slow Song
7. The Tears Of A Clown
8. ICOm Gonna Make You Love Me
9. How Sweet It Is To Be Loved
12. I'm The Man$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mercury Rising'Mercury Rising' is the third studio album to be released by Rae & Christian. The duo weave together exceptional musicianship paired with a British song writing sensibility and the finest elements of studio production. 'Mercury Rising' was created at producer/musician Steve Christian's studio in Yorkshire with additional recording at songwriter/vocalist/DJ Mark Rae's London base. In London a song writing bond was formed with Ed Harcourt and Gita Langley who make excellent contributions with vocals, songs, strings and keys. Sam Genders of Diagrams threads a story of redemption lost on the Ubahn on '1975', Kate Rogers is on imperious form and rising star Jake Emlyn unravels a whole new level of microphone skills on 'Favourite Game'. The international guests include the one-and-only Jazzy Jeff and Australia's Agent 86 dealing out world class scratch treatments on 'Check The Technique' (Tony D's vocals taken from a session recorded at the birth of Grand Central Records), Brooklyn rapper Masta Ace and Mark Foster of Foster The People, a collaboration born from Mark's L.A. excursion.
'Mercury Rising' is the first new material in many years from R&C. Their 1998 Mercury Music Prize nominated debut 'Northern Sulphuric Soul' (Vitally fresh and timelessly classic deserving a place alongside Massive Attack's Blue Lines" Uncut) and 2002's 'Sleepwalking' (Another triumph, brimming with soulful, languid grooves, deft samples and well-chosen guest singers" Q Magazine) were both released on their Grand Central Records label (Aim, Riton, Boca 45, Only Child), a defining imprint of the late 90s soul/funk/hip-hop/beats scene. Guest vocalists over the two albums included Bobby Womack, Texas, The Congos, The Pharcyde, The Jungle Brothers and Jeru The Damaja.1. Happy - Featuring Mark Foster
2. Check the Technique - Featuring Tony D, Jazzy Jeff, Agent 86
3. 1975 - Featuring Diagrams
4. Still Here - Featuring Gita Langley
6. Dancr - Featuring Mel Uye Parker
7. The Ballad of Roza Shanina - Featuring Ed Harcourt
8. Still life Freefall - Featuring Kate Rogers
9. A2B - Featuring Mystro, Masta Ace and Pete Simpson
10. Favourite Game - featuring Jake Emlyn
12. Mercury Rising$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Includes 2 Printed Inner Sleeves
30th Anniversary Edition Featuring New Live Versions Of Is She Really Going Out With Him? And Many More Hits
Joe Jackson is an English musician, singer-songwriter who scored a major hit in 1979 with his first release Is She Really Going Out With Him.
Live 1980/86 is a double live LP which was recorded during the 1980 Beat Crazy tour, the 1982-83 Night and Day Tour, the 1984 Body and Soul tour and the 1986 Big World tour. These performances took place in Manchester, Utrecht, Sydney, Melbourne, Vancouver and Tokyo. During the four tours Jackson goes through different periods in his songwriter's career, each time using a new backing band. Live 1980/86 charted in the United Kingdom, USA, The Netherlands, Australia and contains the live acoustic and a cappella versions of Is She Really Going Out With Him, It's Different For Girls, Steppin' Out and features new interpretations of classic hits from Joe Jackson's vast repertoire.
The Live 1980/86 double album, originally released in 1988, celebrates it's 30th Anniversary in 2018 and the 180-gram records are housed in 2 printed inner sleeves.LP 1
1. One To One
2. I'm The Man
3. Beat Crazy
4. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
5. Don't Wanna Be Like That
6. Got The Time
7. On Your Radio
8. Fools In Love
10. Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Acapella Version)
11. Look Sharp!
1. Sunday Papers
2. Real Men
3. Is She Really Going Out With Him? (Acoustic Version)
5. A Slow Song
6. Be My Number Two
7. Breaking Us In Two
8. It's Different For Girls
9. You Can't Get What You Want ('till You Know What You Want)
10. Jumpin' Jive
11. Steppin' Out$40.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Let's Be ReadyThe Wooden Sky have announced their highly anticipated fourth album Lets Be Ready, out via Nevado Music. This release marks the start of new beginnings, as the tireless roots rockers conceived the album amidst a time of many changes while they parted ways with one of the groups founding members. In order to give each song a unique perspective and to encapsulate their raw live energy, the band, alongside producer Chris Stringer (Timbre Timbre, Ohbijou) decided to record the album across various studios throughout Toronto.
The album opens with the up beat track "Saturday Night" which combines shimmering guitar melodies over heart heavy lyrics, while "Baby Hold On" offers up the bands stylistic dexterity as it shifts from folk to country and back again while singer Gavin Gardiner's soulful draw is supported by the bands gospel-like backing harmonies. "Shake For Me" starts off slowly and continues to build as it finally peaks with the last minute swirling into a wash of guitars and drums. The first single "Maybe It's No Secret" showcases the bands raw live energy while lyrically dealing with the hardships and nomadic lifestyle of being in a touring band.
The Wooden Sky draw on both thoughts of the past as well as what lies ahead as Lets Be Ready marks a step forward for the band.1. Saturday Night
2. Our Hearts Were Young
3. Baby, Hold On
4. When the Day Is Fresh and the Light Is New
5. Kansas City
6. Write Them Down
7. Maybe It's No Secret
8. Shake For Me
9. Let's Be Ready
10. Don't You Worry About a Thing$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Sea of MemoriesMulti-platinum rock band Bush return with their highly anticipated new album, The Sea of Memories. Recorded with producer Bob Rock (Aerosmith, Metallica), The Sea of Memories is the seminal bands first studio release in 10 years. The album captures the electricity and trademark intensity of classic Bush delivered in a setting thats fresh and alive. Songs like The Sound of Winter, Heart of the Matter and All Night Doctors are propelled by heavy guitar and hypnotic beats, simple song structures and sublime textures.
About the album, Rossdale says, When making music, you have a choice to repeat what youve done or move on. It wouldve been safe to just rework (1994s debut album) Sixteen Stone over and over, but what kind of life would that be? When youre driving down the road, youre focused on whats in front of you; you dont really think to keep checking in your rear view mirror. I like the idea of art changing, developing and morphing.1. The Mirror of the Signs
2. The Sound of Winter
3. All My Life
4. The Afterlife
5. All Night Doctors
6. Baby Come Home
7. Red Light
8. She's a Stallion
9. I Believe in You
10. Stand Up
11. The Heart of the Matter
12. Be Still My Love$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Mastered From Original Chicago Records Master Tapes
Mastered by Friday Music's Joe Reagoso With Chicago's Lee Loughnane
Ballads were a big part of 17 -- in fact, these hits and album cuts like Remember the Feeling are among the first power ballads, ballads that were given arena rock flourishes and dramatic arrangements but never took the focus off the melody, so housewives and preteens alike could sing along with them. Power ballads later became the province of hair metal bands like Bon Jovi and Poison, but Foster's work with Chicago on 17 really helped set the stage for them, since he not only gave the ballads sweeping rock arrangements, but the harder, punchier tunes here play like ballads.
Even when the band turns up the intensity here -- Stay the Night has a spare, rather ominous beat that suggests they were trying for album-oriented rock; Along Comes a Woman has a stiff drum loop and a hiccupping synth bass that suggests dance-pop -- the music is still slick, shiny, and soft, music that can appeal to the widest possible audience. 17 did indeed find the widest possible audience, as it ruled radio into late 1985, by which time there were plenty of imitators of Foster's style. There may have been plenty of imitators -- soon, solo Cetera was one of them, making music that was indistinguishable from this -- but nobody bettered Foster, and Chicago 17 is his pièce de rÉsistance, a record that sounded so good it didn't quite matter that some of the material didn't stick as songs; as a production, it was the pinnacle of his craft and one of the best adult contemporary records of the '80s, perhaps the best of them all.
Certainly, it's hard to think of another adult contemporary album quite as influential within its style as this -- not only did it color the records that followed, but it's hard not to think of Chicago 17 as the place where soft rock moved away from the warm, lush sounds that defined the style in the late '70s and early '80s and moved toward the crisp, meticulous, synthesized sound of adult contemporary pop.1. Stay the Night
2. We Can Stop the Hurtin'
3. Hard Habit to Break
4. Only You
5. Remember the Feeling
6. Along Comes A Woman
7. You're the Inspiration
8. Please Hold On
9. Prima Donna
10. Once In A Lifetime$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur RussellMaster Mix' embodies the genre-defying, experimental spirit that defined Russell's work. Living in the East Village from the '70s until his untimely death in 1992 at age 40 from AIDS-related causes, Russell moved effortlessly between the city's various music scenes, recording disco beats alongside Nicky Siano one night, and the next, crafting slow, haunting tracks in his apartment with his cello and idiosyncratic warbling voice. The New Yorker called his work "stranded between lands real and imagined: the street and the cornfield; the soft bohemian New York and the hard Studio 54 New York; the cheery bold strokes of pop and the liberating possibilities of abstract art." Through his collaborations, he earned the admiration of artists like Allen Ginsberg, David Byrne and Philip Glass, who said of Russell's music: "It does not submit to formula, but subverts the formula." The record features 26 tracks by more than 20 artists, including Hot Chip, Sufjan Stevens, Phosphorescent, Blood Orange, The Autumn Defense and Lonnie Holley, paying homage to Russell's boundless creativity and wide-ranging work, which swerved from electronic dance to folk to classical and resulted in what NPR hails as "catchy and hypnotic records that were far ahead of their time."1. Jose Gonzalez - "This Is How We Walk On The Moon"
2. Lonnie Holley - "Soon-To-Be Innocent Fun (Interlude)"
3. Robyn - "Tell You"
4. Hot Chip - "Go Bang"
5. Sufjan Stevens - "A Little Lost"
6. Lonnie Holley - "In The Light Of The Miracle (Interlude)"
7. Richard Reed Parry, Little Scream, Sam Amidon, Colin Stetson & Sarah Neufeld - "Keeping Up"
8. Liam Finn, Ernie Brooks & Peter Zummo - "This Love Is Crying"
9. Rubblebucket & Nitemoves - "Eli"
10. The Revival Hour - "Hiding Your Present from You"
11. Sam Amidon - "Lucky Cloud"
12. Devendra Banhart - "Losing My Taste For The Night Life"
13. Phosphorescent - "You Can Make Me Feel Bad"
14. Blood Orange - "Is It All Over My Face & Tower Of Meaning"
15. Scissor Sisters - "That's Us/Wild Combination"
16. VEGA INTL. - "Arm Around You"
17. Oh Mercy - "Planted A Thought"
18. Lonnie Holley - "Hop On Down (Interlude)"
19. Cults - "Being It"
20. Richard Reed Parry - "Just A Blip"
21. Glen Hansard - "I Couldn't Say It To Your Face"
22. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down - "Nobody Wants A Lonely Heart"
23. The Autumn Defense - "Oh Fernanda Why"
24. Alexis Taylor - "Our Last Night Together"
25. Lonnie Holley - "The Deer In The Forest (Interlude)"
26. Redding Hunter - "Close My Eyes"$24.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fitz And The TantrumsFitz and The Tantrums' natural exuberance permeates their new self-titled album, which celebrates walking to the beat of your own drum.
Lead singer, Michael Fitzpatrick, says of the new record, We've always tried to push ourselves at every turn. For our third album, we continued to challenge ourselves, taking care not to write the same record again.
Turn It Up, Fitz exhorts at the top of album opener and first single HandClap. The horn-and-beats fueled track captures the exhilarating sense of promise - and danger - that a night out and a new romance hold. The staccato Complicated paints a relationship that's packed with both chemistry and conflict and bursts into an unexpected cheer. Echo and otherworldly keyboards make Tricky an intoxicating dance-floor anthem and a warning to any future lover, while A Place For Us, the album closer, encapsulates the band's belief that there is a place in the world for each of us to belong, regardless of our differences.
Overall, this is an album about desire - the desire for intimacy, for sex, for acceptance on your own terms and the struggle not to compromise, explains Fitz.
Fitz and The Tantrums was recorded in the band's hometown of Los Angeles. Jesse Shatkin (Sia, Matt & Kim) produced eight of the album's eleven tracks. Fitz produced Fadeback while Joel Little (Lorde) produced Do What You Want and Ricky Reed (Jessie J) helmed HandClap.1. HandClap
3. Burn It Down
4. Roll Up
7. Run It
8. Get Right Back
9. Do What You Want
10. Walking Target
11. A Place For Us$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ViolatorIn a word, stunning. Perhaps an odd word to use given that Violator continued in the general vein of the previous two studio efforts by Depeche Mode: Martin Gore's upfront lyrical emotional extremism and knack for a catchy hook filtered through Alan Wilder's ear for perfect arrangements, ably assisted by top English producer Flood. Yet the idea that this record would both dominate worldwide charts, while song for song being simply the best, most consistent effort yet from the band could only have been the wildest fantasy before its release. The opening two singles from the album, however, signaled something was up. First was Personal Jesus, at once perversely simplistic, with a stiff, arcane funk/hip-hop beat and basic blues guitar chords, and tremendous, thanks to sharp production touches and David Gahan's echoed, snaky vocals. Then Enjoy the Silence, a nothing-else-remains-but-us ballad pumped up into a huge, dramatic romance/dance number, commanding in its mock orchestral/choir scope. Follow-up single Policy of Truth did just fine as well, a low-key Motown funk number for the modern day with a sharp love/hate lyric to boot. To top it all off, the album itself scored on song after song, from the shuffling beat of Sweetest Perfection (well sung by Gore) and the ethereal Waiting for the Night to the guilt-ridden-and-loving-it Halo building into a string-swept pounder. Clean wraps up Violator on an eerie note, all ominous bass notes and odd atmospherics carrying the song. Goth without ever being stupidly hammy, synth without sounding like the clinical stereotype of synth music, rock without ever sounding like a rock band, Depeche here reach astounding heights indeed.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. World In My Eyes
2. Sweetest Perfection
3. Personal Jesus
5. Waiting For The Night
6. Enjoy The Silence
7. Policy Of Truth
8. Blue Dress
9. Clean (Album Version)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MASSEDUCTIONPressed On Pink Vinyl
St. Vincent - aka Annie Clark - has announced her new album, 'MASSEDUCTION,' to be released via Loma Vista Recordings. Themes of power and sex, imperiled relationships and death slice through the album, Clark's first since her 2014 breakout 'St. Vincent.' The thirteen tracks on 'MASSEDUCTION' swirl with guitar and piano, synths and strings, and drum beats that punch with purpose. The album was co-produced by St. Vincent and Jack Antonoff at Electric Lady Studios in Manhattan, with additional recording at Rough Consumer Studio in Brooklyn, and Compound Fracture in Los Angeles.
"Every record I make has an archetype," says Clark. "'Strange Mercy' was Housewives on Pills. 'St. Vincent' was Near-Future Cult Leader. 'MASSEDUCTION' is different, it's pretty first person. You can't fact-check it, but if you want to know about my life, listen to this record."
'MASSEDUCTION' is the culmination of years of writing, with songs crafted from voice memos, text messages, and snippets of melodies that came to Clark while traveling the globe. Special guests on the album include Thomas Bartlett on piano, Kamasi Washington on saxophone, Jenny Lewis on vocals, and beat production from Sounwave. Greg Leisz and Rich Hinman add pedal steel, and Tuck and Patti Andress contribute guitar and vocals respectively on select tracks.
St. Vincent's 2014 self-titled album was her best-reviewed and best-selling to date, topping many year-end lists and culminating in her first GRAMMY® nomination and win for Best Alternative Music Album in 2015. Shortly after the album's release Clark performed with a re-formed Nirvana at the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and on the 2014 season finale of Saturday Night Live. In 2015 Clark won the ASCAP Vanguard Award and she was 2017's Record Store Day Ambassador.1. Hang On Me
5. Los Ageless
6. Happy Birthday, Johnny
8. New York
9. Fear The Future
10. Young Lover
11. Dancing with a Ghost
12. Slow Disco
13. Smoking Section$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Let The Record PlayWe can come together, we won't give up on the fight, sings Nashville's Moon Taxi on their smash single Two High, a song that catapulted them to the top of the streaming charts and the forefront of the national stage. Filled with emotive vocals, a percussive beat and some unexpected, infectious horns, it's a track that shows the band - which has been together for over a decade - venturing into more adventuresome territory than ever. Fearlessly melding rock with pop hooks, clever synths and roots touchstones gleaned from their home in Music City, Moon Taxi's forthcoming fifth record and first for RCA will find the five-piece doing what they do best: coming together and fighting for music that triumphs above all.
Two High, the band's newest single, has been taking Moon Taxi - Trevor Terndrup (vocals, guitarist), Spencer Thomson (lead guitarist and producer), Wes Bailey (keyboardist), Tommy Putnam (bassist) and Tyler Ritter (drummer) - to new heights, topping over 60 million streams on Spotify and making heavy rotation on SiriusXM. Written in response to the push for peace, but not reacting to the politics, of the Women's March this past January, it's a song that encourages listeners to keep looking for a positive way forward - from their own internal battles, to the ones suffered by the world at large.
It's perhaps due to Moon Taxi's inspired, inclusive worldview when it comes to their music that they've been able to have songs featured as the soundtrack to multiple commercial and TV placements - from BMW, Nashville, MLB, NFL to HBO Sports - but it's their infectious live performances that keep fans coming back night after night. Touring for the better part of the decade, they're the kind of band that inspires a loyal following willing to drive miles and miles (or fly many more) to catch them again and again.1. Let the Record Play
2. Not Too Late
3. Good as Gold
4. Two High
5. No More Worry
6. Moving to the City
7. Nothing Can Keep Us Apart
8. Keep Me Coming
10. The Way$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now