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(What's The Story) Morning Glory?
The Classic Sophomore Record From Oasis Remastered
20th Anniversary Of This Title, Which Has Sold 4 Million Copies In The Us Alone!
Features The Mega-hits Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, Champagne Supernova, Roll With It And More
The follow-up to Oasis's 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? was recorded between May and June 1995 in Rockfield
Studios, Monmouthshire, with Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher producing. Originally released on October 2nd 1995, it sold a record-breaking (at the time) 347,000
copies in its first week. The album spent 10 weeks at No.1 in the UK, and is Oasis's most commercially successful, with 22 million copies sold worldwide
to date, including 4 million in the US.
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? features many of Oasis's biggest hit singles, including Don't Look Back In Anger, Wonderwall, Some Might Say, and
Roll With It, and won the Best Album at the 1996 Brit Awards, with Oasis also taking Best British Group and Best Video awards.
It was during the Morning Glory? era when Oasis played their some of their most iconic gigs, including two nights at Maine Road Stadium, the then home
of Manchester City Football Club, in April 1996, and Knebworth House, where the band played to 250,000 fans over two nights in August 1996. Over 2.6
million people applied for tickets for the shows, making it the largest ever demand for concert tickets in British history.1. Hello
2. Roll With It
4. Don't Look Back In Anger
5. Hey Now!
7. Some Might Say
8. Cast No Shadow
9. She's Electric
10. Morning Glory
12. Champagne Supernova$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Past MastersSourced From the Original Master Tapes!
Pressed on 180 gram vinyl
Cut at Abbey Road Studios
A two-volume set tying up loose ends, single releases and B-sides. But frankly, when your loose ends include 'Hey Jude', then it still probably qualifies as essential listening. There's a bit of filler here (nobody but a Germanic completist needs to hear 'Sie Liebt Dich') but there are a lot of absolute classics, especially on disc 2, which includes the barrelhouse 'Lady Madonna', the droning psychedelic 'Rain' (the whole of Oasis's career in one song) and Harrison's lovely 'Old Brown Shoe'. It ends with their final B-side, 'You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)'.
A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs themselves, just polishing them up a bit.LP1
1. Love Me Do (Original Single Version)*
2. From Me To You
3. Thank You Girl
4. She Loves You*
5. I'll Get You*
6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
7. This Boy
8. Kom, Gib Mir Deine Hand
9. Sie Liebt Dich
10. Long Tall Sally
11. I Call Your Name
12. Slow Down
14. I Feel Fine
15. She's A Woman
16. Bad Boy
17. Yes It Is
18. I'm Down
1. Day Tripper
2. We Can Work It Out
3. Paperback Writer
5. Lady Madonna
6. The Inner Light
7. Hey Jude
9. Get Back (With Billy Preston)
10. Don't Let Me Down (With Billy Preston)
11. The Ballad Of John and Yoko
12. Old Brown Shoe
13. Across The Universe
14. Let It Be
15. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)*
All recordings are stereo except * which are in mono$35.99180 Gram Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Standing On The Shoulder Of GiantsOut of print catalog reissue of the 2000 Oasis album, Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants, which has sold over
208K RTD. Recorded at Wheeler End, Olympic Studio, Supernova Heights, England and Chateau De La Colle Noire, France
between April '99 - Aug '99.1. Fuckin' In The Bushes
2. Go Let It Out
3. Who Feels Love?
4. Put Yer Money Where Yer Mouth Is
5. Little James
6. Gas Panic!
7. Where Did It All Go Wrong?
8. Sunday Morning Call
9. I Can See A Liar
10. Roll It Over$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The MasterplanFollowing a British rock tradition initiated by the Beatles and lovingly inherited by the Jam and the Clash, Oasis is the only band of the era to offer fans extra tracks on their singles that are often as good as, if not better than, the hits. Rather than saving his new songs for the next full album, Noel Gallagher prefers immediacy. Thus, this compilation of those various B-Sides works just great as a listening experience, offering metallic rushes (Acquiesce, The Swamp Song) and absolute melodic beauty (Talk Tonight, the marvelous Rockin' Chair), while conjuring up the ghosts of Mott the Hoople, T. Rex, the Fab Four, and Slade. -Bill HoldshipLP 1
2. Underneath The Sky 3
3. Talk Tonight
4. Going Nowhere
5. Fade Away
6. The Swamp Song
7. I Am The Walrus (Live)
1. Listen Up
2. Rockin' Chair
3. Half The World Away
4. (It's Good) To Be Free
5. Stay Young
7. The Masterplan$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Don't Believe The TruthOut of print reissue of the 2005 Oasis album, Don't Believe The Truth, which has sold over 202K RTD.1. Turn Up The Sun
2. Mucky Fingers
4. Love Like A Bomb
5. The Importance Of Being Idle
6. The Meaning Of Soul
7. Guess God Thinks I'm Abel
8. Part Of The Queue
9. Keep The Dream Alive
10. A Bell Will Ring
11. Let There Be Love$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dig Out Your SoulDig Out Your Soul is the seventh and final studio album by English rock band Oasis, originally released on October 6, 2008, by Big Brother Records.1. Bag It Up
2. The Turning
3. Waiting For The Rapture
4. The Shock Of The Lightning
5. I'm Outta Time
6. (Get Off Your) High Horse Lady
7. Falling Down
8. To Be Where There's Life
9. Ain't Got Nothin'
10. The Nature Of Reality
11. Soldier On$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
(What's The Story) Morning Glory? Box Set
Deluxe Box Set Of The Classic Sophomore Record From Oasis
20th Anniversary Of This Title, Which Has Sold 4 Million Copies In The Us Alone!
Features The Mega-hits Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, Champagne Supernova, Roll With It And More
What's The Story) Morning Glory?, the follow-up to debut album Definitely Maybe, is Oasis's biggest-selling album with 22 million copies sold worldwide. It was recorded between May and June 1995 in Rockfield Studios, Monmouthshire, with Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher producing. Released on October 2nd 1995 it spent 10 weeks at No.1, is the 5th biggest-selling album in UK chart history and became the band's breakthrough album in the US where it sold 4 million copies. The new edition has been remastered from the original tapes by Ian Cooper at London's Metropolis Studios, supervised by the album's producer Owen Morris. A small army of contributors including original members of the inner circle who were involved in studio and live recordings came together to hunt down unheard demos and live material. The team also unearthed a wealth of never-seen-before photos and vintage memorabilia which will be included in the new artwork.
Collectors Coffee Table Book - This beautiful 56 page hardback book contains rare and unseen photographs documenting the (What's The Story) Morning Glory? period by Stefan Batselier, Brian Cannon, Kevin Cummings, Grant Fleming, Jill Furmanovsky, Owen Morris, Tom Sheehan - plus private photos taken by the inner circle. Original artwork designer Brian Cannon explains the story behind each single cover art and sleeve notes are written by Neil McCormick.
7 Inch Vinyl - This 7 inch vinyl includes demos of Hello and She's Electric, both of which were recorded in Definitely Maybe producer Mark Coyle's studio. The Hello (Demo) track is exclusive to the box set.
12 Inch Vinyl - This 12 inch vinyl is a replica of the original promotional 12 inch, sent to industry contacts as a promotional item in 1995. Tracklisting features A side Cum on Feel The Noize and B side Champagne Supernova (Lynch Mob Beats Remix), which has never been commercially available
Cassette - Exact replica of the original promotional copy of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? This rare cassette, only sent out to industry contacts, has never been commercially available. It includes Step Out which was removed from the album prior to its release
Roll With It Cigarette Papers- These rolling papers were an original 1996 promotional item. They have been replicated solely for the box set and feature the lyrics for Roll With It printed on the back.
180 Gram Double 12 Inch Vinyl In Gatefold Sleeve - Heavyweight vinyl of (What's The Story) Morning Glory? album, meticulously remastered from the original 1995 half inch tapes. Includes download code for B sides, plus unreleased and rare tracks including demos and live recordings.
Deluxe 3 x CD Album - (What's The Story) Morning Glory? deluxe CD, meticulously remastered with B sides, plus unreleased and rare tracks including demos and live recordings.
Postcards & Art Card Set - 3 photograph postcards and a 12 x 12 inch art card
Highlights Of The Bonus Content Include:
• Previously unheard demos of She's Electric and Rockin' Chair recorded at Mark Coyle's Manchester studio. Demos of Some Might Say, Hey Now, and Bonehead's Bank Holiday recorded by Mark Coyle for the first time at the band's soundcheck, Club Quattro in Tokyo in September 1994.
• Live recordings from legendary gigs such as Knebworth House, Maine Road Stadium, Earls Court, and Bath Pavilion.
• All of the Morning Glory singles and acclaimed B-sides including Talk Tonight, Acquiesce, The Masterplan, and Underneath The Sky.LP 1
1. Hello (Remastered)
2. Roll With It (Remastered)
3. Wonderwall (Remastered)
4. Don't Look Back In Anger (Remastered)
5. Hey Now! (Remastered)
6. [Untitled] (Remastered)
7. Bonehead's Bank Holiday (Remastered)
1. Some Might Say (Remastered)
2. Cast No Shadow (Remastered)
3. She's Electric (Remastered)
4. Morning Glory (Remastered)
5. [Untitled] (Remastered)
6. Champagne Supernova (Remastered)
1. Hello (Remastered)
2. Roll With It (Remastered)
3. Wonderwall (Remastered)
4. Don't Look Back In Anger (Remastered)
5. Hey Now! (Remastered)
6. [Untitled] (Remastered)
7. Some Might Say (Remastered)
8. Cast No Shadow (Remastered)
9. She's Electric (Remastered)
10. Morning Glory (Remastered)
11. [Untitled] (Remastered)
12. Champagne Supernova (Remastered)
1. Talk Tonight (Remastered)
2. Acquiesce (Remastered)
3. Headshrinker (Remastered)
4. It's Better People (Remastered)
5. Rockin' Chair (Remastered)
6. Step Out (Remastered)
7. Underneath The Sky (Remastered)
8. Cum On Feel The Noize (Remastered)
9. Round Are Way (Remastered)
10. The Swamp Song (Remastered)
11. The Masterplan (Remastered)
12. Bonehead's Bank Holiday (Remastered)
13. Champagne Supernova (Brendan Lynch Mix) (Remastered)
14. You've Got To Hide Your Love Away (Remastered)
1. Acquiesce (Live At Earls Court)
2. Some Might Say (Demo)
3. Some Might Say (Live at Roskilde)
4. She's Electric (Demo)
5. Talk Tonight (Live At Bath Pavilion)
6. Rockin' Chair (Demo)
7. Hello (Live At Roskilde)
8. Roll With It (Live At Roskilde)
9. Morning Glory (Live At Roskilde)
10. Hey Now (Demo)
11. Bonehead's Bank Holiday (Demo)
12. Round Are Way (MTV Unplugged)
13. Cast No Shadow (Live At Maine Road)
14. The Masterplan (Live At Knebworth Park)
A1. Cum on Feel The Noize
B1. Champagne Supernova (Lynch Mob Beats Remix)
A1. Hello (demo)
B1. She's Electric (demo)
2. Roll With It
4. Don't Look Back In Anger
5. Hey Now!
7. Some Might Say
8. Step Out
9. Cast No Shadow
10. She's Electric
11. Morning Glory
13. Champagne Supernova$179.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 3 CD + Cassette + 7 + 12 Box Set - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975 Box Set180 Gram Colored Vinyl Deluxe 4 LP Box Set + Memorabillia!
Deluxe box set containing four 180 gram colored vinyl LPs (Slade Alive!, Slayed?, Old New Borrowed And Blue and Slade In Flame) reproduced in their original sleeves and remastered for optimum sound, four double-sided picture sleeve 7 singles covering the key hits released outside of those albums, reproduction of an original vinyl flexidisc 7 and a two CD anthology of the audio on the four vinyl LPs. Also includes a 10 annual style hardback book featuring reviews, features and memorabilia from each of the key years and a reproduction of George Tremlett's excellent 1975 book The Slade Story including period interviews. All of the above come housed in a limited 12 x 12 box set package.
Slade are one of Britain's most popular and enduring bands, standing shoulder to shoulder next to the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Who as an immovable part of Britain's rock firmament, and they've been lavishly praised by the likes of Messrs Lennon & McCartney and Mick Jagger, chaps who know a good tune when they hear one.
Described as the missing link between the Beatles and Oasis (the latter having covered 'Cum On Feel The Noize'), Slade are never far from British ears and hearts, having created some of the most beloved, indelible songs in the history of popular music.
When Slade Rocked The World 1971-1975 pays homage to their phenomenal run of hit singles and albums in the early 70s, when they seemingly could do no wrong.Slayed?
1. How D'You Ride
2. The Whole World's Goin' Crazee
3. Look At Last Nite
4. I Won't Let It 'Appen Agen
5. Move Over
6. Gudbuy T'Jane
7. Gudbuy Gudbuy
8. Mama Weer All Crazee Now
9. I Don' Mind
10. Let The Good Times Roll
11. Feel So Fine
1. Hear Me Calling
2. In Like A Shot From My Gun
3. Darling Be Home Soon
4. Know Who You Are
5. Keep On Rocking
6. Get Down With It
7. Born To Be Wild
Old New Borrowed And Blue
1. Just Want A Little Bit
2. When The Lights Are Out
3. My Town
4. Find Yourself A Rainbow
5. Miles Out To Sea
6. We're Really Gonna Raise The Roof
7. Do We Still Do It
8. How Can It Be
9. Don't Blame Me
10. My Friend Stan
13. Good Time Gals
Slade In Flame
1. How Does It Feel
2. Them Kinda Monkeys Can't Swing
3. So Far So Good
4. Summer Song (Wishing You Were Here)
5. O.K. Yesterday Was Yesterday
6. Far Far Away
7. This Girl
9. Heaven Knows
10. Standin' On The Corner
4 Double A Side Picture Sleeve Singles
1. Coz I Love You / Look Wot You Dun
2. Take Me Bak 'Ome / Cum On Feel The Noize
3. Skweeze Me Pleeze Me / Merry Xmas Everybody
4. The Bangin' Man / Thanks For The Memory$182.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set + 2 CDs - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Be Here NowRemastered From The Original Tapes
One of the most anticipated album releases of all time, 'Be Here Now' was recorded with producer Owen Morris at Abbey Road Studios, Ridge Farm Studios, and Air Studios between October 1996 and May 1997. Originally released on Thursday 21st August 1997, it has sold over 8 million copies worldwide.LP 1
1. D'You Know What I Mean? (Remastered)
2. My Big Mouth (Remastered)
3. Magic Pie (Remastered)
4. Stand By Me (Remastered)
5. I Hope, I Think, I Know (Remastered)
6. The Girl In The Dirty Shirt (Remastered)
1. Fade In-Out (Remastered)
2. Don't Go Away (Remastered)
3. Be Here Now (Remastered)
4. All Around The World (Remastered)
5. It's Gettin' Better (Man!!) (Remastered)
6. All Around The World (Reprise) (Remastered)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Kaya (Awaiting Repress)Features Original Artwork
Kaya continues what has become an unspoken tradition in the evolution of Bob Marley & the Wailers discography -- blending western sounds and motifs with the icons and traditions from the very core of Jamaican society. In fact, the very word kaya is synonymous with marijuana in Rastafarian culture. Likewise, the album Kaya could be easily construed as an open love letter or musical paean to the lifestyle that Marley so eagerly embraced and promoted.
Themes of commonality and unity pervade this release more so than previous albums. Likewise, the overt political stances that had become somewhat of a moniker for Marley and the Wailers are temporarily replaced by timeless compositions, such as the eternally optimistic Easy Skanking and Is This Love. Marley had not -- as some proclaimed -- gone soft, however. The light, at times practically giddy, rhythms on Satisfy My Soul contrast the darker brooding sonic and lyrical images on Running Away.
The most pressings issues Marley deals with concern ever-increasing spiritual consciousness. Throughout Kaya, humble thanks is offered to, as well as guidance sought from, Jah -- evidence that the spirituality that permeates the Wailers music is real and not lip service. Kaya could be considered the oasis before the political and personal eruptions that would inform and influence Marley and the Wailers next studio releases Survival and Uprising.1. Easy Skanking
3. Is This Love
4. Sun Is Shining
5. Satisfy My Soul
6. She's Gone
7. Misty Morning
9. Running Away
10. Time Will Tell$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Definitely MaybeRemastered Reissue Of The Classic Debut Album
In 20 years' time, people will buy Definitely Maybe and listen to it for what it was. That's what is important." Noel Gallagher, August 1994. Remarkably
confident words from a guitarist on the eve of his band's debut album release. But Oasis were always certain in their abilities - and the public were just as
clear the five-piece were on the right track.Let's get the statistics out of the way. On its release in August 1994, Definitely Maybe sold a record-breaking
86,000 copies in its first week, the highest first-week sales for a debut album in Britain. It has since gone on to sell 5 million around the world. Over the
course of their eight albums until disbanding in 2009, Oasis sold over 70 million albums. More importantly, the songs sound as fresh and relevant today as
they did 20 years ago. A hunger to escape will always sound vital, especially if it's sung as mesmerically as Liam Gallagher and written with the urgency
of Liam's older brother Noel. Its four singles - Supersonic, Shakermaker, Live Forever and Cigarettes And Alcohol - are established classics. Even more
impressively, songs that were never released outside of the album's confines such as Rock 'N' Roll Star and Slide Away also remain anthems and radio
staples known to every generation of music fan.1. Rock N Roll Star
3. Live Forever
4. Up In The Sky
7. Bring It On Down
8. Cigarettes & Alcohol
9. Digsys Dinner
10. Slide Away
11. Married With Children$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Northern Soul
Though The Verve has finally taken its rightful place in the Brit Rock cannon, it languished for years behind such English luminaries as Oasis and Radiohead. During that time, The Verve release several albums that got less attention than they deserved. Mark A Northern Soul as one of them.
The 1995 release was perhaps the first album on which the band reeled in its trademark guitar epics and fashioned bona fide pop songs. On Your Own is one of the lushest and loveliest tracks never to find a minute of commercial airplay in the U.S. or abroad. No self-respecting fan of modern rock should be without this one. --Nick HeilLP 1
1. A New Decade
2. This Is Music
3. On Your Own
4. So It Goes
5. A Northern Soul
6. Brainstorm Interlude
7. Drive You Home
2. No Knock On My Door
3. Life's An Ocean
4. Stormy Clouds
5. (Reprise)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Heathen ChemistryWhile they offered the '90s two of its most defining albums, and a resurgence of '60s-influenced Manchester rock, Oasis tumbled off the top of the mountain in the last half of the decade. Heathen Chemistry opens with The Hindu Times, which will certainly be listed among Oasis's best anthems, and it closes with Better Man, a distorted-guitar-driven thrill that revs up to 60 mph in second gear. --Beth MassaLP 1
1. The Hindu Times
2. Force Of Nature
3. Hung In A Bad Place
4. Stop Crying Your Heart Out
6. Little By Little
1. A Quick Peep
2. (Probably) All In The Mind
3. She Is Love
4. Born On A Different Cloud
5. Better Man$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Long before groups like Oasis and Blur provoked cross-Atlantic media hype, Catherine Wheel were evolving the Britpop style that typifies the genre's distinction. With the release of Chrome in 1993, they advanced their dreamy pop to the rock sound.
It's not like Catherine Wheel established their sound with Chrome, either. Ferment was considered their supposed magnum opus, with the extremely successful lead-single Black Metallic. Chrome is more appropriately described as a perfection of their established sound, as the band's metallic shoegaze is refined in terms of both intensity and melodic-content. Every element that made Ferment so memorable and enjoyable is amplified in this release. Rob Dickenson sings with perfect tenor appeal on tracks like Kill Rhythm and Crank, highlighting the personal temperaments which shape the album.
There are quite a few album covers out there that flawlessly encapsulate the atmosphere and/or mood of the music contained. Chrome has one of those covers. It's design came from the collective Hipgnosis, who gained international prestige for the cover of Dark Side Of The Moon by Pink Floyd.
Sit back, listen and experience this album. You might feel emotions you didn't even know you had.1. Kill Rhythm
2. I Confess
4. Broken Head
6. Strange Fruit
8. The Nude
9. Ursa Major Space Station
11. Half Life
12. Show Me Mary$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Johnny99Although it went virtually unnoticed upon its initial release in 1983, this intriguing record momentarily put a halt to Johnny Cash's precipitous artistic decline and kept the promise of his resurgence alive. Recorded in Los Angeles with session men including Marty Stuart, Norton Buffalo, Jo-El Sonnier, and producer Brian Ahern, Johnny 99 focuses on the work of younger songwriters--Bruce Springsteen, Paul Kennerley, Guy Clark--and might be the lone oasis in an otherwise barren decade. The solemn opener, Springsteen's Highway Patrolman, sets the tone as Cash turns a very restrained reading into an emotional powerhouse, supported by Hoyt Axton's baritone growl. The Springsteen-penned title track becomes a honky-tonk anthem as Cash delivers the Boss's lyrics with acute understanding. The touching Civil War ballad God Bless Robert E. Lee, the tropical/topical Joshua Gone Barbados, and the attractive duet with June Carter on Kennerley's Brand New Dance help round out a rather diverse (for Cash) collection. Aside from the occasional guitar effect and unnecessary keyboard intrusion (it was 1983 after all), this set marks a high point of a low period.
--Marc Greilsamer1. Highway Patrolman
2. That's the Truth
3. God Bless Robert E. Lee
4. New Cut Road
5. Johnny 99
6. Ballad of the Ark
7. Joshua Gone Barbados
8. Girl from the Canyon
9. Brand New Dance (with June Carter Cash)
10. I'm Ragged But I'm Right$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
NVMLike a fluorescent-lit snack-aisle oasis in some desolate interstate road stop, brimming with Skittles and limited-edition Sno Balls, Tacocat's Easter-egg-hued pop-punk-pop is bubblegum-sticky with hooks, bound to brighten up the most drab stretch of bummer backroad.
The band's four-person, seven-layer-burrito came together organically: Lelah Maupin (drums) and Eric Randall (guitar) met in their native Longview, WA-two hours south of Seattle, the very town that Green Day named their breakout debut single after. Lelah's family room was wallpapered with framed Magic Eye posters, hence Stereogram, the cross-eyed love letter to that bizarre '90s optical fad. She met lanky Eric while both worked at Safeway, wearing the chain's distinctive navy aprons before breaking north to Seattle. Eric's band The Trashies practiced and played in the basement of the 24/7 House in the Central District, where Long Beach, CA native Bree McKenna (bass) was living, amongst the dust, boxes, and spiders. Lelah met Butte, MT native Emily Nokes (voice, tambourine) in one excruciatingly early/boring graphic design class, slipping her a doodled-upon note; she soon noticed Emily's big voice while she sang along with R. Kelly on the radio. Emily and Bree hit it off one sloshy night at the Comet. Eric impressed Emily with his reenactments of scenes from Anaconda. Sometime around 2007, via countless raucous house party shows, the legend of Tacocat was born.
The foursome would quickly make a name for themselves with their simply energizing power pop, drawing on classic Northwest energy with an uncommonly upbeat, surfy swag that could only come from gray skies and hydroponic sunshine. Their sly and unabashed '90s revivalism has, in the past, found the band pondering Evan Dando and Waterworld-and Bree herself explains finding about riot grrrl via Napster and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. They've described themselves variously as Feminist sci-fi and Equal parts Kurt and Courtney; oh well, whatever NVM.
NVM-Tacocat's second full-length album and first for Hardly Art, opens up like some mystery shoebox, wistful, instantly nostalgic: snapshots of mortifying exes (You Never Came Back) and sketchy party situations (Party Trap), maybe a postcard with an alien smoking a joint. Cigarette cellophane-wrapped weed nugs, pain pill crumbs and wrapped tampons (all the girls are surfing the wave, surfing the crimson wave today"), all serve as a roadmap through Tacocat's bong-ripped reminiscences, scenarios all-too familiar and hilariously improbable. There's the notoriously inconsistent #8 Metro line (F.U. #8) and the accountability-allergic, black-clad brick-heavers of This Is Anarchy. The protagonist of Psychedelic Quinceañera-based on Bree-just wants to dance with rainbows, mind-expansion style, instead of having to wear a frilly dress in front of her whole family. Emily daydreams of a Bridge to Hawaii, where even the destitute could walk their asses to paradise-before being snapped out of it by cat-calls from construction workers, business dads, and drunk hobos (Hey Girl); sweaty jerks telling her that she should smile!
NVM all that, though: you should, and will, smile-either a wry little corner-lifter or a big ear-to-ear equator-and shake what's yours, when you hear the whippet-smart latest album from the world's favorite palindromic band. Text a friend.
--Larry Mizell1. You Never Came Back
2. Bridge to Hawaii
3. Crimson Wave
5. Pocket Full of Primrose
6. Psychedelic Quinceañera
7. Time Pirate
8. This is Anarchy
9. Hey Girl
10. Party Trap
11. F.U. #8
12. Alien Girl
13. Snow Day$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDD-MOM-2216xJon Spencer Blues Explosion
Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015New York City is a big place. A loud place. Some of that noise is music. And some of the music is noise.
Sucking it all in and turning it loose with prejudice, the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion takes a ferocious bite out of the Big Apple with their new long-player, Freedom Tower - No Wave Dance Party 2015, the first record of the new era that demands to be stopped and frisked!
Like the best sides that percolated up from the Bronx, the Lower East Side, and Greenwich Village across the 1970s and '80s - Freedom Tower is more than a high-octane dance party record, it is a document of New York City, a chronicle of grit and terror and love!
It's all here: The Hustler and The Trust Fund Baby, the Mosh Pit Casualty, the Celebrity Chef, the Crooked Cop, the Struggling Artist, the Sucker MC, the forgotten Sex Workers and Last-Chance Cinderellas. Within these grooves are cold-water tenements, blue-chip galleries, dingy Avenue B studios, and the last real warrior poet whose dark magick brings garage rock ghosts back from the grave!
Freedom Tower is a radical portrait of New York City set to the savage funkacide of the Blues Explosion, locked and loaded with the most deadly, predatory guitar riffs that primitive magnetic tape can handle . From start to finish, Freedom Tower is overmodulated, cooked with dirt, and finished in acid rain! Freedom Tower is packed with the kind of beats and rhymes that will make even the most reserved Walter Mitty jump back and say "damn!"
For nearly a quarter-century the Blues Explosion have been sweating, freezing, eating, drinking, fucking, fighting, winning, and losing in New York City, perpetrating some of the most timeless moments of musical mayhem in the history of Manhattan and beyond. As ever, Jon Spencer tells the tales, Judah Bauer plays the blues, and Russell Simins smashes things to bits... And as always Blues Explosion stomp on the faux underground oasis peddled by bourgeois hipsters and marketing jocks to deliver the real deal - rock'n'roll that is unapologetically nasty and strong.
Rehearsed and polished in a string of secret gigs and unannounced opening slots in theaters, hotel bars, and dives (often under assumed names), and then recorded at the legendary Daptone House Of Soul in Bushwick and mixed with hip-hop cult legend Alap Momin at the cutting edge of Harlem, Freedom Tower is the most provocative statement of urban pathos and panache ever recorded.
Play this record at all-night rent parties, picnics, discotheques, and protests!
There are eight million stories in the Naked City - but there is only one Blues Explosion!
Freedom Tower - dig it now, while you still can!1. Funeral
2. Wax Dummy
3. Do The Get Down
4. Betty vs. the NYPD
5. White Jesus
6. Born Bad
7. Down and Out
8. Crossroad Hop
9. The Ballad Of Joe Buck
10. Dial Up Doll
11. Bellevue Baby
12. Tales of Old New York: The Rock Box
13. Cooking for Television$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Velcro KidPressed On Transparent Green Colored Vinyl
Tommy Rogers, the visionary vocalist and keyboardist of critically acclaimed progressive metal act, Between the Buried and Me, has dabbled in solo releases since 2004. Testing the limits of what he can do naturally with his voice, Rogers' strikingly beautiful falsetto and dynamic range conjures tales of anxiety, collapse, and strength. Exploring combinations of the outrÉ genres of both post-rock and electronic, the music's emotionally resonant yet textural sounds draw reference to artists such as Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, the Verve, Beck, Oasis and Spiritualized, balancing both rock and electronic impulses.LP 1
1. Immersion Highway
3. Devotion (feat. Jake Troth)
4. Future Of The Year
5. Gazer (feat. Devin Townsend)
6. Strangers In A Paranoid Mind
7. Acid Test
8. Slow Gold Becoming
9. Velcro Kid
1. Immersion Highway (Instrumental)
2. Eris (Instrumental)
3. Devotion (Instrumental)
4. Future Of The Year (Instrumental)
5. Gazer (Instrumental)
6. Strangers In A Paranoid Mind (Instrumental)
7. Acid Test (Instrumental)
8. Slow Gold Becoming (Instrumental)
9. Velcro Kid (Instrumental)$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Love Is HereLove Is Here is the debut studio album by indie rock band Starsailor.
Starsailor was already a critic's darling in the band's native England during mid-2001, and the group's painfully melodic debut, Love Is Here, poised the band to rise in the shadows of Doves, Coldplay, and Travis. Starsailor, however, isn't as polished as its counterparts, but that's not to say Love Is Here isn't a beautiful piece of work. It's less lilting than Coldplay's Parachutes, and frontman James Walsh's aching vocals shape his angularity as a singer/songwriter.
Starsailor is a young band, and Love Is Here illustrates the group's sharp intellect inside basic acoustics. Singles such as the passionately violent Alcoholic and melancholic dark hues of Fever touch upon Starsailor's own pop stylings. The band isn't typically jaunty, for the members of Starsailor are a bit cynical. Lyrics reflect battles with self-discovery, independence, and being lovelorn; however, they're matches of a survivor.
Talk Her Down, one of the album's most gnarling tracks, bounces with light psychedelic patterns, and Good Souls is probably Starsailor's closest rock & roll moment. The live soundscape found on Love Is Here sets up the simplistic beauty of this new band. They didn't go for a grand bombast of crashing guitars and angst-ridden stories similar to Oasis and Manic Street Preachers. They go for something more positive as well -- each song soars with intricate musicianship and melodic lushness. Wigan native Richard Ashcroft would be pleased.1. Tie Up My Hands
2. Poor Misguided Fool
5. Way To Fall
7. She Just Wept
8. Talk Her Down
9. Love Is Here
10. Good Souls
11. Coming Down$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
PunchbuzzWhen Husky returned to the familiar sites and sounds of Melbourne late in 2015, the singer-songwriter sought sanctuary at a creative hub called The Hotel - "an old mansion that serves as a home, way station, salon, oasis for artists, eccentrics, night owls and sojourners passing through or needing to hang up their skates for a while.
"Melbourne was new to me as it always is when I return from being away. But it was also full of ghosts - remnants of my past life, people who were no longer around, places that were at once familiar and foreign, memories that drifted through my dreams and waking thoughts, becoming fused and inseparable. I slept little but dreamt a lot. My dreams were of the past, they took me back over and over again when what I wanted was to start again, to find something brand new. Ghost was part of a process of coming to terms with this half asleep, half awake, somewhere between the haunted past and the sunlit possibility of tomorrow."
It was at The Hotel, readjusting to Melbourne life, that 'Ghost' and the album Punchbuzz were born. Shaped by the duo's recent experiences, Punchbuzz finds Husky tapping into something that hadn't previously come to the fore on their debut album Forever So or much-loved follow-up Ruckers Hill. It sees the band swapping their signature folk sound for streamlined indie rock that lopes ahead with widescreen atmosphere, dark lyrics, and newly muscled melodies. Sharp, lean, and driving, the album more than lives up to the dynamic imperative of its title.1. Ghost
2. Shark Fin
4. Late Night Store
5. Cut The Air
6. Splinters In The Fire
7. Walking In Your Sleep
8. Cracks In The Pavement
10. Flower Drum
11. Spaces Between Heartbeats$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poets Were My HeroesMorning Glory is made up of the stuff that the gritty, punk-crust motherland of New York's infamous Lower East Side has been known to spawn. This group of punkers and squatters had very humble beginnings indeed. Already in various other New York punk bands, Morning Glory first became the spark of an idea when Ezra Kire (Leftöver Crack, Choking Victim, INDK) took time off from touring and started to write some tunes in his NYC apartment.
In 2001, with nothing but a drum machine and an 8-track reel-to-reel, Ezra wrote and recorded the songs that would become Morning Glory's first LP, This Is No Time ta Sleep. Though it was self-recorded, home-released and had no touring support, it still managed to create a small but ubiquitous underground buzz. With a virtuosic range of musical elements such as ska, punk, metal, and even some rhyming, its catchy, anthemic sing-alongs showcased Ezra's flourishing writing talents. And while his lyrics stayed true to the caustic political edge of his other bands, the overall message remained more optimistic and leaned towards the humanistic, personal side of life.
In 2002, Ezra finally assembled a live band, handpicking musicians from the local NYC punk scene, including members of Nausea, World/Inferno Friendship Society and Stockyard Stoics. This lineup recorded the EP, The Whole World is Watching, released on Blacknoise Records in 2003. While the years that followed were spent recording and touring with Leftöver Crack, Morning Glory took a back seat.
But after these long years of touring, Ezra finally decided to give Morning Glory the attention it deserved in 2010 and began writing songs for what was to become the epic new album, Poets Were My Heroes. In the summer of 2011, Ezra and the band (with longtime members Early Gates, "Metal" Chris and Lucky Strano alongside new guitarist Adam Schrager) hit the studio with a barrage of new material. Picture the sonic kaleidoscope of punk noise meeting strings, horns, choirs, pianos and organs over a web of distorted guitars and marching, single kick pedal drums.
These are the sounds that make up Poets Were My Heroes, Morning Glory's Fat Wreck Chords debut and first full-length album recorded with a live band. Re-enlisting producer Jesse Cannon (The Menzingers, Saves the Day), a wealth of material was recorded, with only the very strongest songs being chosen to make up the album. It is both grand and elaborate, with each song evoking a different mood and style, challenging the musicianship of even the most dexterous players, while still maintaining its punk-inspired simplicity.
While the band itself has described themselves as "somewhere between Oasis and The Clash," they continue to break rules and write music that is true only to themselves, adhering to no genres, creeds or political factions. The sing-along choruses give the band a broader appeal than the standard politi-kill punk acts, but the key message is more subversive: "Think for yourself, decide for yourself, make up your own mind and love your friends. Only you know what is right for you. Together we are what we can't be alone." It's this unity in diversity that makes the band special and not just another punk outfit. Double vinyl includes digital download of full album.1. Everything's A Song (To Me)
2. Shelter From The Spoon
3. Poets Were My Heroes
4. March Of The Asylum
5. Quemar Las Fronteras
6. Divide By
7. Orphan's Holiday
10. Life's A Long Revenge
11. Another Way (Outside The Walls Of Eden)
12. Born To December$19.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Richland Woman Blues (Pure Pleasure)
Best known for that ditty about camels, Maria Muldaur has since established herself as one of the finest folk/country/jazz/blues/gospel interpreters ever to have a Top Five single. After 26 years and 24 solo albums, Muldaur -- inspired by a trip to Memphis' Beale Street -- digs deep into her roots and pays tribute to the classic blues women of the '20s and '30s. Aided by the similarly inclined Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Alvin 'Youngblood' Hart, Muldaur breezes through 14 tunes from icons Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie, as well as obscurities from the Reverend Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt, and Blind Willie Johnson. Keeping the unplugged accompaniment stripped way down to a single guitar or piano and occasional bass, Muldaur has room to maneuver her evocative vocals that shift from gritty groans to a high-pitched edgy trill. Far from a dry history lesson, these songs are performed with the strength and tenacity of the women who originally sang them. Whether spinning saucy, double entendre lyrics in Me And My Chauffeur Blues (»the way you ride so easy, I can't turn you down«) or longing for her Southern home after moving north during the Depression in Bessie Smith's Far Away Blues, the singer remains invigorated and inspired throughout. By returning to her late-'60s Jim Kweskin Jug Band coffeehouse days, Maria Muldaur has discovered her middle-aged oasis with Richland Woman Blues. And there's not a camel in sight.
- Maria Muldaur (vocal)
- Alvin Youngblood Hart (guitar, vocal)
- Bonnie Raitt, John Sebastian (guitar)
- David Wilkie (mandocello)
- Dave Mathews (piano)
- Roly Salley (bass)
- Angela Strehli, Tracy Nelson (vocal)
Recording: 2001 by John Jacob
Production: John Jacob & Maria Muldaur
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.1. The One To Sing The Blues
2. I'm So Bad (Baby I Don't Care)
3. No Voices In The Sky
4. Going To Brazil
6. Love Me Forever
7. Angel City
8. Make My Day
10. Shut You Down
11. 1916$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Terrestrials (Awaiting Repress)
Thick Stock Cardboard Stoughton Style Tip On Jacket
180 Gram Vinyl
Limited To 3,000
Four figures stand atop a summit, staring east out over a vast, frostbitten wasteland, the black sun dwindling in the west, casting their shadows across the plain. They await another clan, legendary for their slow approach. Eyes on the horizon, searching, patiently, for some signal of the arrival, some plume of smoke that would announce that the time had come. At last, at the edge of the plane, they note a black banner, and soon two hooded figures appear in the dusk. A horn sounds, and drumbeats echo through the valley.
It's only the threshold of the distant horizon that limits the scope of Terrestrials, but like much of Earth, its landscape is arid, only disclosing its secrets upon active contemplation of its component dust. From the opening strains, hidden at the foot of a vertiginous crescendo from zero decibels, the album recalls a technique of Andrei Tarkovsky's, later developed in the films of BÉla Tarr. The eight-and-a-half-minute opening shot in Tarr's epic Sátántangó laterally tracks cattle carefully plodding through a dilapidated commune in search of food from muddy pasture. As the audience investigates the frame for clues to Tarr's purpose, he slowly reveals to them a symbolic vision of the film as a whole, inviting contemplation of the rich surfaces of the decayed buildings and the labyrinthine entrapment of the commune's inhabitant kine, some playing at leadership and some dragging their feet, cow and human alike awaiting deliverance by a dark messiah. Terrestrials proceeds in a remarkably similar fashion. As each track unfurls, its glacial pace arrests the listener's search for novelty, forcing attention to the profundities of the mix and the texture that the interlaced sounds create; and yet it also deepens the desire for what each step forward promises, the crisis that the procession patiently unveils.
Terrestrials features more complex instrumentation than most of the works of either party. Sunn O)))'s deep bass and endlessly sustained guitar feature heavily on each track of Terrestrials, but so do Ulver's electronics and a myriad of additions, including trumpets, didgeridoo, and strings. Although the tracks apparently began as a set of improvisations recorded at Ulver's Oslo studio, the vast scope of the release clearly evolved out of the various mixing and arrangement sessions helmed by Ulver's Kristoffer Rygg and Sunn O)))'s Stephen O'Malley between 2008 and 2012. Here they achieved a synthesis that stylistically transcends the mere combination of the two groups and their traditional pathways, with Ulver sealing up the cracks of Sunn O)))'s immense backdrop and heightening the atmosphere with tense strings, sculpted textures, and insistent rhythm. It's this attention to the subtleties that renders Terrestrials monolithic; they ensure that each tick of the clock yields an array of sonic qualities, each progressing slowly in themselves but together moving the whole mass of sound forth at a constant click.
From the trumpets on "Let There Be Light" to the drum-like pound of the bass and didgeridoo in "Western Horn," Terrestrials relentlessly heralds its own arrival, an endless parade slouching towards Bethlehem. By the time Rygg's vocals enter at the middle of "Eternal Return," the crawling pace of the album has ensured their sublimity. Taken on its own, this short section would scarcely justify a song unto itself; it emerges out of the sudden but carefully orchestrated resolution of the murky depths of the track's recesses, manifesting as a piercing clarity and a distillation of the album's theme of annunciation. Its lyrics, rich in spite of their brevity, conceal a messianic yearning in the fallow desert, a hope for deliverance from the stasis of the Egyptian yoke and the confusion of exile, and a dark prophecy of a "liminal animal" with "golden nature" of the sinful calf. Rygg urges us to "listen silent."
Gongs or guitars ring out. This final stage of Terrestrials heralds a return of an immense mystery. What approaches, its lumbering gait constantly pressing onward, can't divulge its nature until it finally arrives. The quintessential figure of doom is an immense behemoth, a force of nature whose sublime shadow conceals it from view even as its thundering steps reveal its impending advent. But here we lie in wait. Terrestrials delivers on its persistent promise by offering another transcendental promise of a future culmination. But the restraint they exert in their advance to the beautiful oasis at the center of "Eternal Return" suggests that, here, Sunn O))) and Ulver are more interested in the process as it happens through time, tracking the march of the sun across the heavens, marking each moment as it slips back into eternity.
- Matthew Philips (Tiny Mix Tapes)1. Let There Be Light
2. Western Horn
3. Eternal Return$16.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hold TimeHold Time is an eloquent and startlingly beautiful album. While past critics have compared him to everyone from John Fahey to Tom Waits to his old friend Howe Gelb, with Hold Time it's clear that M. Ward, with his brilliant guitar playing and innate sense of melody, is one of those rare and special talents who defy comparisons and compartmentalization. Over the past few years, Ward has found an ever-increasing and dedicated audience; his last three albums, Transfiguration of Vincent, Transistor Radio and Post-War, have struck a singular chord among music fans. His deft guitar picking, bar room piano, and voice like drizzled honey make him a huge favorite of music critics and the focus of public praise from such disparate talents as Norah Jones and Oasis' Noel Gallagher, the former taking him on a global tour as her sole support act. In 2008, he was also part of the duo known as She & Him, a project he began with Zooey Deschanel. The duo's debut album, Volume One, was produced by M. Ward and has enjoyed international success. Like a true American treasure, M. Ward cuts his own groove while music fans continue to fall under his whispered spell.1. For Beginners
2. Never Had Nobody Like You
4. Hold Time
5. Rave On
6. To Save Me
7. One Hundred Million Years
8. Stars Of Leo
9. Fisher Of Men
10. Oh Lonesome Me
12. Blake's View
14. Outro$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now