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    Nilsson Sings Newman


    Cut By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio And Pressed And Plated At RTI


    Housed In A Stoughton Old Style Tip-On Jacket


    1st vinyl reissue of this lost classic entirely recorded by Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman. Over 250,000 copies
    sold during SoundScan era. 1970 Record of the Year awarded by Stereo Review. Limited edition audiophile
    pressing.

    1. Vine St.
    2. Love Story
    3. Yellow Man
    4. Caroline
    5. Cowboy
    6. The Beehive State
    7. I'll Be Home
    8. Living Without You
    9. Dayton, Ohio 1903
    10. So Long Dad
    Harry Nilsson
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Nilsson Sings Newman (Speakers Corner)

    When two talented, cussed men such as Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman get together to record an album, you can be sure of an exceptional record filled with great vocals and poetry. Nilsson, who is described as a man who performs his songs with one cynical, laughing eye and one nostalgic, tearful eye in Rowohlt's Rock-Lexikon, finds inspiration in the then relatively unknown Newman, a docile but caustic social critic who often attacked American society in his songs.



    In the layers and harmonies achieved partly by overdubbing, and which alternate between cowshed, barbershop and the Beatles, Nilsson manages to make his bitter words somewhat easier to digest. He relates the bizarre chronicle of a couple who have a dull relationship and who morbidly look forward to passing away in an old people's home (Love Story), or he swears his undying love to a certain Caroline in springtime, or he is transported back in time in his mind's eye to an idyllic little town in the countryside (Dayton, Ohio 1903). A weighty musical background would lend nothing to these highly sophisticated songs. Piano chords, a little bit of electric harpsichord, and a tinkle on the organ keys here and there suffice to dally in an old-fashioned manner - with a sarcastic smile or even a nasty grin - in the desolation of reality, without getting the blues.



    Musicians:



    • Harry Nilsson (vocal, keyboards, percussion)

    • Randy Newman (piano)




    Recording: August - October 1969 at RCA's Music Center of the World, Hollywood, by Grover Helsley

    Production: Harry Nilsson





    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



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



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

    1. Vine St.
    2. Love Story
    3. Yellow Man
    4. Caroline
    5. Cowboy
    6. The Beehive State
    7. I'll Be Home
    8. Living Without You
    9. Dayton, Ohio 1903
    10. So Long Dad
    Harry Nilsson
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • I Love You, Honeybear I Love You, Honeybear Quick View

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    I Love You, Honeybear

    I Love You, Honeybear was recorded intermittently from 2013 to 2014 in Echo Park, Los Angeles and produced with Jonathan Wilson, whom I also recorded and produced 2012's Fairly Fun with. There's a case to be made that it sounds and acts a bit like solo-era John Lennon, Scott Walker, Randy Newman, Harry Nilsson, and Dory Previn, while taking more than a few cues from Woody Allen, Kurt Vonnegut, Alejandro Jodorowsky and Muhammad Ali. Blammo.


    It has a decidedly more soulful presence than Fear Fun, due in no small part to the fact that I am truly singing my ass off all over this motherfucker. The album is really characterized by the scope and ambition of the arrangements. Nearly every tune is augmented by something special, be it orchestral strings, a mariachi band, questionable electronic drum solos, ragtime jazz combos, soul singers, or what have you. I'm pretty sure there's a sitar in there somewhere. Blammo. My ambition, aside from making an indulgent, soulful, and epic sound worthy of the subject matter, was to address the sensuality of fear, the terrifying force of love,
    the unutterable pleasures of true intimacy, and the destruction of emotional and intellectual prisons in my own voice. Blammo.


    This material demanded a new way of being made, and it took a lot of time before the process revealed itself. The massive, deranged shmaltz I heard in my head, and knew had to be the sound of this record, originated a few years ago while Emma and I were hallucinating in Joshua Tree; the same week I wrote the title track. I chased that sound for the entire year and half we were recording. The means by which it was achieved bore a striking resemblance to the travails, abandon and transformation of loving someone. There: I said it. Blammo.

    -Josh Tillman, aka Father John Misty


    I Love You, Honeybear was produced by Josh Tillman and Jonathan Wilson, mixed
    by Phil Ek, and mastered by Greg Calbi.

    1. I Love You, Honeybear
    2. Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)
    3. True Affection
    4. The Night Josh Tillman Came to Our Apt.
    5. When You're Smiling and Astride Me
    6. Nothing Good Ever Happens at the Goddamn Thirsty Crow
    7. Strange Encounter
    8. The Ideal Husband
    9. Bored in the USA
    10. Holy Shit
    11. I Went to the Store One Day
    Father John Misty
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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