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Lacquer Cutting By Kevin Gray
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Deemed by many the pinnacle of the Philly Sound as perfected by legendary producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, 1972's Back Stabbers scored no less than two Top Five Pop and three Top Five R&B smashes with the songs Love Train, Time to Get Down, and the title tune (plus another Top 20 R&B hit with 992 Arguments). But it's more than the hits that make this album a soul classic; honed by a decade of woodshedding, the vocal arrangements of O'Jays Eddie Levert, William Powell and Walter Williams are simply sublime, and, when married to Gamble & Huff's polished backing tracks, they render such album tracks as (They Call Me) Mr. Lucky and Who Am I every bit as potent as the better-known songs. In short, Back Stabbers is a masterpiece through and through, one that brought both the O'Jays and Gamble and Huff to national attention, but it's never been reissued on vinyl in the modern era. With lacquer cutting by Kevin Gray, Real Gone Music's limited (to 700 copies)180-gram black vinyl edition just might sound better than the original pressing, and includes the original artwork.1. When The World's at Peace
2. Back Stabbers
3. Who Am I (Album Version)
4. (They Call Me) Mr. Lucky (Album Version)
5. Time to Get Down
6. 992 Arguments (Previously released material)
7. Listen to the Clock on the Wall
8. Shiftless, Shady, Jealous Kind of People
9. Sunshine (Album Version)
10. Love Train (Album Version)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ship Ahoy (Pre-Order)Release Date: June 1, 2018*
Ship Ahoy is an album by Philadelphia soul group The O'Jays, originally released on November 10, 1973, on Philadelphia International Records.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.1. Put Your Hands Together
2. Ship Ahoy
3. This Air I Breathe
4. You Got Your Hooks in Me
5. For the Love of Money
6. Now That We Found Love
7. Don't Call Me Brother
8. People Keep Tellin' Me
9. Put Your Hands Together (Live)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
30th Anniversary Celebration ConcertImport
On October 16, 1992, New York City's hottest concert ticket was the live gathering of musical giants who'd come to Madison Square Garden to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Bob Dylan's first Columbia Records album.
The four hour show, performed for a sold-out audience of more than 18,000 fans and live-cast around the world, brought together an unprecedented roster of artists and icons including Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, Lou Reed, The Clancy Brothers, Richie Havens, Johnny Winter, Roger McGuinn, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Neil Young, Eric Clapton, Ron Wood, Chrissie Hynde, The O'Jays, Eddie Vedder, SinÉad O'Connor, Tracy Chapman,
George Harrison (then making his first US concert appearance in 18 years) and more.Like A Rolling Stone - John Mellencamp
Blowin' In The Wind - Stevie Wonder
Foot Of Pride - Lou Reed
Masters Of War - Eddie Vedder/Mike McCready
The Times They Are A-Changin' - Tracy Chapman
It Ain't Me Babe - June Carter Cash/Johnny Cash
What Was It You Wanted - Willie Nelson
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight - Kris Kristofferson
Highway 61 Revisited - Johnny Winter
Seven Days - Ron Wood
Just Like A Woman - Richie Havens
When The Ship Comes in - The Clancy Brothers and Robbie O'Connell with special guest Tommy Makem
War - Sinead O'Connor
Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues - Neil Young
All Along The Watchtower - Neil Young
I Shall Be Released - Chrissie Hynde
Don't Think Twice, It's Alright - Eric Clapton
Emotionally Yours - The O'Jays
When I Paint My Masterpiece - The Band
You Ain't Goin' Nowhere - Mary Chapin Carpenter/Rosanne Cash/Shawn Colvin
Absolutely Sweet Marie - George Harrison
License To Kill - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 - Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Mr Tambourine Man - Roger McGuinn
It's Alright, Ma - Bob Dylan
My Back Pages - Bob Dylan/Roger McGuinn/Tom Petty/Neil Young/Eric Clapton/George Harrison
Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Everyone
Girl Of The North Country - Bob Dylan$129.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Journey To Addis
Mastered From The Original Island Tapes And Presented On 180 Gram Vinyl
Acknowledged as the greatest of all exponents of soulful Reggae, Third World's 'Journey To Addis' raised the bar for Jamaican music in terms of the
sophistication of its arrangements. The collection chiefly comprises an array of classic Roots Reggae numbers, as typified by 'One Cold Vibe', 'Cool
Meditation' and the title track, while the internationally successful cover of the O'Jays' 'Now That We Found Love' is Jamaican disco at its very best. This
long overdue reissue faithfully reproduces the artwork of the original 1978 issue and with the record mastered from the original Island tapes and
presented on 180 gram vinyl, it has never before sounded so good!1.One Cold Vibe (Couldn't Stop Dis Ya Boogie)
5.Now That We've Found Love
6.Journey To Addis
7.Fret Not Thyself
8.Rejoice$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
We Don't Even Live HereWe Don't Even Live Here is the fourth solo album from Doomtree co-founder, punk philosopher and lyrical bomb-thrower Stefon Alexander, aka P.O.S. It's a tight, bombastic record that builds on the Minneapolis-bred rapper and producer's penchant for grinding beats and radical lyrics. But at the same time, WDELH marks a change -- in sound and in attitude.
Known for welding hip-hop with guitar squalls and screamed vocals, on WDELH P.O.S. steps away from his noisy past in favor of futuristic beats fit for a Berlin nightclub. Though his hip-hop foundation is firm on tracks like the fiery "Fuck Your Stuff" and the funky "Wanted/Wasted," the album brings banging new sounds from dance-oriented collaborators like German DJs Boyz Noise & Housemeister, Gayngs' Ryan Olson, and Innerpartysystem's Patric Russel
Also along for the ride are Bon Iver's Justin Vernon (who lends his shapeshifting vocals to the heartfelt bear-hug of an anthem "Where We Land") and P.O.S.' trusted Doomtree co-conspirators Lazerbeak, Cecil Otter, Mike Mictlan, and Sims. Bringing it all into focus is all-star producer and mix engineer Andrew Dawson (P.O.S.'s former high school classmate), who has worked on platinum releases from the likes of Kanye West, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne and Fun.01. Bumper
02. Fuck Your Stuff
03. Where We Land
04. Wanted Wasted
05. They Can't Come
06. Lockpicks, Knives, Bricks and Bats
07. Arrow to the Action - Fire in the Hole
08. Get Down
09. All of It
10. We Don't Even Live Here (Weird Friends)
11. Piano Hits$21.99Vinyl LP - 1 LP Sealed Buy Now
Metal AvengerThe comeback album of the year - a brand new album of pure metal madness from the god of thunder himself, Thor!
Joining thor on this epic recording is a slew of luminaries from both the rock and punk world including Henry Rollins (Black Flag), Fast Eddie Clarke (Motörhead), Cheetah Chrome (the Dead Boys), Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister), Joey Shithead (D.O.A.) and many more! The album was produced by Bruce Duff (Twisted Roots) and engineered by Paul Roessler (the Screamers, 45 Grave)!
2015 was Thor's biggest year in decades - he's the subject of a major feature documentary film I Am thor, which was an official selection at the 2015 slamdance film fest and winner of the audience award for best doc at the fantasia fest, and has performed at several of the film's screenings in both.1. Out Of Control feat. Jussi Lehtisalo (Circle)
2. Metal Avenger feat. Fast Eddie Clarke (Motörhead)
3. Kings Of Thunder And Lightning feat. Scott Carlson (Repulsion)
4. Master Of Revenge feat. Henry Rollins (Black Flag)
5. Destruct feat. Brian Forsythe (Kix)
6. The Hammer feat. Jay Jay French (Twisted Sister)
7. Taste Of Victory feat. Betsy Bitch (Bitch) & Rikk Agnew (Christian Death)
8. Heavy Load
9. Legions Of The Psykon World feat. Jack Starr (Virgin Steele)
10. Drive feat. Cheetah Chrome (The Dead Boys)
11. Stars Upon Stars feat. Betsy Bitch (Bitch)
12. T.H.O.R. feat. Joey Shithead (D.O.A.)
13. Atomic Man feat. Peter StjÄrnvind (Krux)
14. Wings Of Destiny feat. Niklas Stålvind (Wolf)
15. Law Of The Universe$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American Slang/So LowDepending on whom you ask, Jack 'Oblivian' Yarber is either a rock legend or an obsolute unknown. And no one knows this dichotomy better than Yarber, who may be Memphis' most infuential active rock musician.
The list of noteworthy bands Yarber has been a member of over the years is massive and includes Johnny Vomit & the Dry Heaves, new-wavers the End, '68 Comeback, Knaughty Knights, and Tav Falco's Panther Burns. Two of Yarber's former bands, the Compulsive Gamblers and the Oblivians, have seen their reputation and following swell in the decade since their demise, especially the Oblivians, whose international fan base borders on rabid. Due largely to his stint in these bands, both partnerships with Greg Cartwrigth, now of Reigning Sound, Yarber has been an acknowledged influence on artists such as the White Stripes, the Hives, and Jay Reatard.
In the years since, Yarber has toured and released a string of successful solo albums under the Jack O & the Tennessee Tearjerkers moniker. Originally conceived in 2000 as a partnership with former Impala and current Bo-Keys bassist Scott Bomar, the band quickly morphed into Yarber's solo incarnation after Bomar became occupied with film scoring and production work. The band has had a revolving door for side players ever since, at different times including current River City Tanlines John Bonds and Terrence Bishop, Neighborhood Texture Jam guitarist John Wittmore, the Reigning Sound's Greg Roberson, Bluff City Backslider Adam Woodard, and a host of other recognizable local musicians.American Slang
1. American Slang
2. 2,000 Man
4. Honey, I'm Too Old For You
5. Robot Lover
6. Got The Funky Blues (part 1)
7. Got The Funky Blues (part 2)
8. Out Of Tune
9. a.m. slang (reprise)
1. Intro/Midnight Hour Queen
2. Shake It Off
4. So Low
6. Let Me Be Your Chauffeur
7. Mama Don't Get Off
8. You Made Me Crazy
9. Human Being
10. All Your Lovin'
11. All The Way Down$20.99Vinyl LP 10 - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Great Electronic Swindle (Pre-Order)Release Date: May 4, 2018*
The Bloody Beetroots and Sir Bob Cornelius Rifo's discography features a string of successful EPs and two full length albums (2009's Roborama and 2013's Hide)-including collaborations with Sir Paul McCartney, Tommy Lee, Steve Aoki, Peter Frampton and many more. Clubs, theaters and festivals around the world have thrilled to different incarnations of The Bloody Beetroots' incendiary live show. Form Coachella to Lollapalooza to Governor's Ball to Big Day Out, The Bloody Beetroots Live have entertained millions across 6 continents. But he doesn't just want to entertain audiences; he strives to engage and challenge them, emotionally and intellectually. And he's increasing articulate in his pursuit of that goal.
For his new album, The Bloody Beetroots is working closely with myriad artists, including Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction, Jay Buchanan of Rival Sons, Wade McNeil from Gallows, San Diego Cholo Goth duo Prayers, Deap Valley, Australian singer Nic Cester and Jet, and many more. The audience has been hearing Bob's music in campaigns by BMW, Fiat, YSL, Lancome and media like CSI, Vice, Star Trek, Entourage, Teen Wolf, Hawaii Five-O, Need for Speed, Moto GP and many others.
*Please note that release dates are subject to change.LP 1
1. My Name Is Thunder (The Bloody Beetroots + Jet)
2. Wolfpack feat. Maskarade
3. Nothing But Love feat. Jay Buchanan
4. Pirates, Punks & Politics feat. Perry Farrell
5. Invisible feat. Greta Svabo Bech
6. All Black Everything feat. Gallows
7. Irreversible feat. Anders Friden
8. Enter The Void feat. Eric Nally
9. Future Memories feat. Crywolf
10. The Great Run feat. Greta Svabo Bech
11. Kill Or Be Killed feat. Leafar Seyer
1. Saint Bass City Rockers
2. Hollywood Surf Club feat. Mr. Talkbox
3. The Day Of The Locust
4. 10,000 Prophets
5. Drive feat. Deap Vally
6. Crash feat. Jason Aalon Butler
7. Frantic feat. Wade MacNeil (Bonus track)
8. Fever feat. Nic Cester (Bonus track)
9. My Name Is Thunder - Jet + The Bloody Beetroots (Bonus track)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
CarnationDaughn Gibson of Carlisle, PA is a singer, songwriter and
musician possessed of a singular and strange vision. Carnation,
his third album, is the latest exhilarating and dark embodiment
of that vision. It's an album that's more elegant and sophisticated
than anything he's done to date, and which sees the
elements of country music, more prominent on 2012's All Hell
on the White Denim label and 2013's Me Moan on Sub Pop,
undone to extraordinary effect by ambient textures and sounds.
Shot through with a deep sensuality, Carnation is a high-wire
balancing act, at times sexual, emotionally intense and
comforting. The album features Daughn's strongest songwriting
yet, with lyrical subject matter that shares a kinship with writers
Raymond Carver and Donald Ray Pollack. The music here
combines with those lyrics to widescreen effect, and Carnation
feels filmic in its execution: It evokes, and in many ways pays
homage to, the works of Tim Burton, Pier Paulo Pasolini, and
John Waters. Carnation's most pervasive theme might best be
described as the chaos of circumstance. The album's 11 tracks
tell related stories of near-death experiences, mental-health
struggles, psychosexual turmoil, and everyday dread.
Carnation was co-produced and recorded by Daughn Gibson and
Randall Dunn (Earth, Sunn O), Jesse Sykes, Tim Hecker).
Dunn's knack for textured mixes and sense of pagan weight
collide with Gibson's underlying pop sensibilities. The two also
enlisted the talents of composer/violinist to Eyvind Kang on
string arrangements, renowned studio drummer Matt Chamberlain,
as well as Daughn's long-standing musical conspirator, Jim
Elkington. Additional contributions include: Steve Moore (Piano,
Trombone, Keyboards and Synths); Milky Burgess, Paul
Wegman, and Jer Rouse (Guitars); Skerik (Saxophone); and Jay
Kardong (Pedal Steel). Carnation was recorded at Avast Studios
in Seattle, Washington and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago
Mastering.1. Bled to Death
2. Heaven You Better Come In
3. Shatter You Through
4. For Every Bite
5. Daddy I Cut My Hair
6. A Rope Ain't Enough
7. I Let Him Deal
8. Shine of the Night
9. Runaway and the Pyro
10. It Wants Everything
11. Back With the Family$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Strange DesireBleachers will release debut album 'Strange Desire' on RCA Records. The highly anticipated album was written and produced by Grammy Award winning musician Jack Antonoff with co-producer John Hill (MIA, Jay Z, Empire of the Sun) as well as Vince Clarke (Depeche Mode, Yaz, Erasure) and others.
"It's the 2 words that perfectly title what this Bleachers album is as a documentation of my life as I can remember it at this point", wrote Antonoff yesterday afternoon in the Craigslist ad he posted announcing the album title.
Bleachers first single "I Wanna Get Better" has already streamed over 1.5 million times, was deemed "the song of the summer in February" by the Huffington Post and quickly skyrocketed into the top 10 at Alt radio.
Since the Bleachers launch in February critics have been nothing but excited and eager to hear more. Rolling Stone exclaimed "We'll be shocked if it's not all over the radio by spring", TIME raved " it's exciting to imagine what else Antonoff has up his sleeve" and Hilly Dilly proclaimed " this is the kind of music that can't get big enough."
Hailing from New Jersey, 29 year old Jack Antonoff has been in the music scene for over a decade. In 2002, with Jack as the lead singer, the success of New Jersey born indie rock band Steel Train was well underway. Steel Train's cult following lead them to make their national television debut on Late Night With Conan O'Brien and later appeared on Late Show With David Letterman. In 2008, Jack joined Nate Ruess and Andrew Dost to form the Grammy award winning fun.
In addition to being a multi-talented musician, Jack is a critically acclaimed songwriter and producer. His achievements include fun. being honored with the Vanguard Award at the 2014 ASCAP Pop Music Awards and co-writing fun.'s Grammy award winning song "We Are Young" and Grammy nominated album Some Nights. He also received a Golden Globe nomination for his collaboration with Taylor Swift on her song "Sweeter Than Fiction. Jack has also worked with Sara Bareilles, co-writing her Grammy nominated hit "Brave, and Canadian Indie icons Tegan and Sara.1. Wild Heart
4. I Wanna Get Better
5. Wake Me
6. Reckless Love
7. Take Me Away (ft. Grimes)
8. Like A River Runs
9. You're Still A Mystery
10. I'm Ready To Move On/Wild Heart Reprise (ft. Yoko Ono)
11. Who I Want You To Love$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
At Best CuckoldEmbarking upon a sophomore effort can be a daunting task for any young upstart, and there's no denying Avi Buffalo's own bar was set quite high with 2010's celebrated eponymous debut. Fear not, there's nothing in this tale about The Second Album-a.k.a. At Best Cuckold, due September 8th in Europe and September 9th in North America on Sub
Pop-that even remotely resembles a slump; in fact, it would be entirely appropriate to say that this Long Beach, California, enterprise is getting better with age.
Ah, yes, age-much was made of it when Avi Buffalo's first album hit, and for good reason: While their Millikan High School classmates were preoccupied with quaint and youthful pursuits, the musicians behind Avi Buffalo were busy making an off-kilter pop gem that eventually bowled over NME, The AV Club, Pitchfork, the BBC, and numerous other outlets on both sides of the Atlantic.
The creation of At Best Cuckold turned out to be a three-year journey; a stretch of time that resembles its predecessor. While transitioning from teenager to twentysomething and traversing the interpersonal wilds which accompany that age, Avi kept playing music, collaborated with and produced several friends (including Kevin Litrow's N.O.W. project and
Douglas James Sweeney's Arjuna Genome), and even started DJing. He also wrote new songs, and by the time 2013 rolled around, it was time to begin capturing his latest sparks-with that, the band headed into the studio on New Year's Day.
At Best Cuckold was recorded at Tiny Telephone, the analog-friendly San Francisco studio run by John Vanderslice (whose Bowie tribute Avi contributed to), and engineered by Jay Pellicci (The Dodos, Deerhoof, Sleater-Kinney). Avi then built on the "clean and tight" recordings from Tiny Telephone with analog and digital overdubs, and completed the
record with Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room studio in Brooklyn. The result is a quirky yet comforting set of songs driven by refined pop songcraft and sneaky moments of grandeur that stick in the brain. Classic-sounding melodies are delivered with a modern sensibility, creating an album that's equal parts timely and timeless. Well-placed piano, sax, clarinet, French horn, and cornet further enhance the proceedings with a glorious orch-pop sheen.
At the ripe old age of 23, Avi Buffalo is ready to take on the world (again), armed with all of the experience he's compiled over the past few years. And he's made sure the second time around will be just as memorable as the first.1. So What
2. Memories of You
3. Can't Be Too Responsible
4. Two Cherished Understandings
5. Overwhelmed with Pride
6. Found Blind
7. She Is Seventeen
8. Think It's Gonna Happen Again
9. Oxygen Tank
10. Won't Be Around No More$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Young In All The Wrong WaysYoung in All the Wrong Ways is Sara Watkins'
most cohesive and fully realized solo album.
The new collection finds her embracing the role
of frontwoman following the collaborations of
Watkins Family Hour (featuring Sean Watkins,
Fiona Apple and Benmont Tench) and Nickel
Creek, the hugely successful group she first
formed with her brother Sean and Chris Thile.
The album is also her most powerful. Personal
and revealing, she wrote or co-wrote each of the
10 songs-a first for her. It was produced in Los
Angeles by Gabe Witcher who arranged a stellar
band including two of his fellow Punch Brothers,
guitarist Chris Eldridge and bass player Paul
Kowert, and additional musicians Jon Brion and
Jay Bellerose. Sarah Jarosz and Aoife O'Donovan,
Watkins' bandmates in I'm With Her, provide
harmonies on the title track while Jim James of
My Morning Jacket guests on "One Last Time."
Benmont Tench is again featured on keys.
Sara calls the record "a breakup album with
myself..." Writing and recording these ten
intensely soul-baring songs was a mechanism
to process and mark the last few transformative
years. The record is about Sara turning the
page and taking the reins of her own life, in
both a career and personal sense.
around and realized that in many ways I wasn't
who or where I wanted to be," Sara says. "It's
been a process of letting go and leaving behind
patterns and relationships and in some cases
how I've considered myself. What these songs
are documenting is the turmoil you feel when
you know something has to change and you're
grappling with what that means. It means you're
losing something and moving forward into
The songs contain some of the
heaviest moments of her career, with eruptions
of thrumming B3 organ and jagged electric guitar.
But it's also quiet, vulnerable, tenderhearted.
Bold in all the right ways.
Young in All the Wrong Ways reveals an artist
who has managed to transform her own turmoil
into music that is beautiful and deeply moving:
"God bless the tenderhearted," she sings, "who let
life overflow."1. Young In All The Wrong Ways
2. The Love That Got Away
3. One Last Time
4. Move Me
5. Like New Year's Day
6. Say So
7. Without A Word
8. The Truth Won't Set Us Free
10. Tenderhearted$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Yellow Princess (Pure Pleasure)This particular John Fahey LP is a personal favourite of many of his devout fans for several reasons. And although such a judgment is tough, if one were looking to own only one album by this unique guitarist, The Yellow Princess could be the one. The recording sound is among the best of his many releases; at the proper volume, the effect is as if one had taken up residency inside the sound hole of a giant acoustic guitar. The program of pieces is marvellously emotional and varied, with many moments of precisely stated harmonies moving at courageously slow tempos. The second piece on the first side, View (East from the Top of the Riggs Road/B&O Trestle), is surely one of his masterpieces, on a par with Charles Ives for musical Americana. It is a great added bonus to have liner notes by the artist, some of the best and most absurd text he ever came up with. Yet another reason this is one of Fahey's top sides is it allows a chance to hear one of his few collaborations with other musicians. Several members of the fine rock group Spirit are present, along with drummer Kevin Kelley, for several lovely pieces, including the March! For Martin Luther King, a remarkably heartfelt tribute that could have gone on much longer. Taped sounds and electronic effects on The Singing Bridge of Memphis, Tennessee certainly predict the more noisy stuff Fahey would get into in the later part of his career.
- John Fahey (guitar, vocal)
- Jay Ferguson (organ, piano)
- Mark Andes (electric bass)
- Matt Andes (guitar)
- Kevin Kelley (drums)
Recording: 1968 at Sierra Sound Laboratories, Berkeley, CA, USA
Production: John Fahey & Barret Hansen
About Pure Pleasure
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, Pure Pleasure 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 existent 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 emphasize that Pure Pleasure 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 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 and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.SIde One1. The Yellow Princess
2. View (East From The Top Of The Riggs Road / B&O Trestle)
4. March! For Martin Luther King
5. The Singing Bridge Of Memphis, TennesseeSide Two1. Dance Of The Inhabitants Of The Invisible City Of Bladensburg
2. Charles A. Lee: In Memoriam
3. Irish Letter
4. Commemorative Transfiguration And Communion At Magruder Pars$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tomorrow Is My TurnRhiannon Giddens, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and founding member of Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, makes her solo recording debut with Tomorrow Is My Turn, due out on Nonesuch Records. (The vinyl will follow on March 3.) The album was produced by T Bone Burnett.
Burnett first worked with Giddens when she performed last fall at a concert he curated at New York City's Town Hall that was later broadcast on Showtime: Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of "Inside Llewyn Davis." Backstage, Burnett was immediately moved to ask if he could produce a record with her. "It was clear the first time I heard her at rehearsal that Rhiannon is next in a long line of singers that include Marian Anderson, Odetta, Mahalia Jackson, Rosetta Tharpe," Burnett says. "We need that person in our culture."
For her first solo disc, Giddens chose a broad range of songs from genres as diverse as gospel, jazz, blues, and country. In addition to the traditional "Black Is the Color," tracks include Hank Cochran's "She's Got You," made famous by Patsy Cline; Dolly Parton's "Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind"; "O Love Is Teasin'," popularized by the Kentucky-reared "mother of folk" Jean Ritchie; and Elizabeth Cotton's "Shake Sugaree."
"I had already started putting together a list of songs that didn't really fit into the Chocolate Drops world," Giddens explains. "At the top was 'Tomorrow Is My Turn' [immortalized by Nina Simone]. Seeing Nina do it on YouTube was revelatory. I knew she'd gone through a lot of hard times, as so many people did in that time period. Watching her sing this song, with the words 'tomorrow is my turn,' I began to think about the struggle of her and women like her." The significance of this song led Giddens to make it the title of the album as well. "Other songs started getting on my list and they were all by women or interpreted by women," she says.
Tomorrow Is My Turn was recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville, with a multi-generational group of players whom Burnett assembled. Among them are fiddle player Gabe Witcher and double bassist Paul Kowert of label-mates Punch Brothers; percussionist Jack Ashford of Motown's renowned Funk Brothers; drummer Jay Bellerose; guitarist Colin Linden; legendary backup singer Tata Vega; veteran Nashville session bassist Dennis Crouch; and Giddens' Drops touring band-mates, multi-instrumentalist Hubby Jenkins and beat-boxer Adam Matta.
Tomorrow Is My Turn follows Giddens' work with Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith, Jim James, and Marcus Mumford on Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes, an album also produced by Burnett that was released in November 2014. Her contribution was hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as the "showstopper evoking antebellum blues with a magnificent voice that interrogates the myths stirred up at Big Pink." The New York Times agreed, saying "On lead vocals she's the album's revelation, singing melodies that hark back to Celtic modes with a decisive presence and a haunting grace."1. Last Kind Words
2. Don't Let It Trouble Your Mind
4. She's Got You
5. Up Above My Head
6. Tomorrow is My Turn
7. Black Is the Color
8. Round About the Mountain
9. Shake Sugaree
10. O Love Is Teasin'
11. Angel City$22.99Vinyl + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Dope MachinesEvery so often, one song can change everything. For The Airborne Toxic Event, that particular number happened to be an A Capella version of Queen and David Bowie's classic duet "Under Pressure".
"Somebody played it for me, and it blew my mind," declares vocalist and guitarist Mikel Jollett. "I made a decision to change my whole approach to music. I just wanted to be joyful about it. I wasn't going to worry anymore. For the first three records, I thought mostly like writer. My mindset changed. It was about inventing a musical logic that was unabashedly catchy and rhythmic, but way weirder than anything we've done in the past."
That "logic" came to life while Mikel composed "Hell and Back" for the Dallas Buyers Club soundtrack in August 2013. Under a tight deadline, he had no choice but to produce the track himself-a first for the Los Angeles outfit. However, he didn't stop there.
The frontman would go on to personally produce The Airborne Toxic Event's fourth full-length album and first for Epic Records Dope Machines with the blessing and support of Steven Chen [guitar, keyboards], Anna Bulbrook [violin, keyboard, backing vocals], Daren Taylor [drums], and Adrian Rodríguez [bass].
"Producing was massively challenging and super fun," admits Mikel. "When we finished the last record, our producer Jacquire King said to me, 'I think you're ready to produce an album now.' I felt like we had reached the apotheosis of being a proper rock band. This was the exact opposite. It was me alone in a room for 12 hours a day working harder than I'd ever worked."
Early in the process, Mikel tapped into a boundless aesthetic, embracing electronic elements as well as pop structures and unbridled rock 'n' roll bombast. At the same time, it defied categorization at every turn. "That's one of the hallmarks of the record," he affirms. "It doesn't sound like anything else."
The first single "Wrong" merges striking synths and an electronic swing with an evocative refrain punctuated by a robust groove. It's borderline danceable, but always chant-able.
"It's just about a guy feeling insecure," explains Mikel. "I wrote it at a time of massive upheaval in my life. We all have that moment. You look over everything and think, 'I am an idiot!' It's not every day, but you wish you could start over. That's the idea."
"California" turns a spotlight on a different side of the Golden State from the perspective of a true native. All the while, it still boasts an unshakable refrain and intricate instrumentation.
"I grew up in California," he goes on. "My parents were hippies, and I was born in the back of a VW bus on the beach. I was around everybody from Beatniks to gang members to kids who just emigrated from Guatemala or Ethiopia. None of this had anything to do with the popular image of what California is-that idea of palm trees and movie stars. As soon as you've got an idea of utopia, it begs a dystopia. It's an idea of apocalypse right around the corner in a place that's considered ideal."
Simultaneously, the title track tempers a distinct guitar bounce with entrancing harmonies, making for a provocative and potent dichotomy.
"You can interact with all of these dope hand devices, but they make you sort of dopey an hour later," he sighs. "You make music with them. They can save you from a heart attack. They're little extensions of the things that make us fundamentally human, which is the desire to interact with one another. The machines are all of these things at the same time."
In the middle of 2014 after moving on from Island Records, Epic Records C.E.O. L.A. Reid reached out and signed them-for the second time.
"L.A. signed us way-back-when at Island," recalls Mikel. "He literally saw us at Bowery Ballroom in New York, came backstage, and offered us a record deal. The moment we were free, he sent us a deal memo. It's a pleasure to be working with him again. He's a big believer, and he brings a lot of energy to this."
They've carried a similar energy through three full-length albums: The Airborne Toxic Event , which spawned the gold-selling single "Sometime Around Midnight", All At Once , and Such Hot Blood . In addition to reaching gold status, iTunes named "Sometime Around Midnight" the "#1 Alternative Song of the Year", and it spent a staggering eight weeks at #1 on Billboard's Heatseakers Chart. HBO utilized it on their high-profile Network Season Promo. The group has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman four times, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno four times, and on Jimmy Kimmel Live! three times. Moreover, they've taken the stage at festivals including Coachella and Lollapalooza and sold over 50,000 tickets in 2013 alone.
In many ways though, Dope Machines signals something of a rebirth.
"It's like debuting a new phase," concludes Mikel. "It was a new approach. We've got a new label. We threw out everything we were tired of and moved on to a brand new palette. That was the goal. This isn't what The Airborne Toxic Event is supposed to be. This is who we are.1. Wrong
2. One Time Thing
3. Dope Machines
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6. Hell And Back
7. My Childish Bride
8. The Thing About Dreams
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