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Grease SoundtrackIn 1978 the Grease soundtrack became a phenomenon. Its good-natured combination of doo wop and early rock & roll is infectious and charming, due in no small part to John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John's charismatic, engaging performances. They sing the majority of the tracks including Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, You're the One That I Want, Greased Lightnin' and more. Available on standard weight vinyl in a gatefold package.1. Grease
2. Summer Nights
3. Hopelessly Devoted To You
4. You're The One That I Want
6. Beauty School Drop-Out
7. Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee
8. Greased Lightnin'
9. It's Raining On Prom Night
10. Alone At The Drive-In Movie (Instrumental)
11. Blue Moon
12. Rock N Roll Is Here To Stay
13. Those Magic Changes
14. Hound Dog
15. Born To Hand Jive
16. Tears On My Pillow
18. Freddy My Love
19. Rock N Roll Party Queen
20. There Are Worse Things I Could Do
21. Look At Me, I'm Sandra Dee
22. We Go Together
23. Love Is A Many Splendored Thing (Instrumental)
24. Grease (Reprise)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Christmas SongHoliday treat from Chip Davis and Mannheim Steamroller. Features guest vocals from Johnny Mathis (no stranger to great holiday recordings) plus Olivia Newton-John. 12 tracks including 'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas', 'Frosty The Snowman' and many others. American Gramaphone.1. Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
2. The Christmas Song (feat. Johnny Mathis)
3. Santa Claus is Coming to Town
4. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
5. Feliz Navidad
6. Catching Snowflakes On Your Tongue
7. Masters in This Hall
8. Above the Northern Lights
9. Frosty the Snowman
10. Traditions of Christmas (Music Box)
11. Christmas Lullaby (feat. Olivia Newton-John)
12. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Greatest Hits Volume II
The Classic 1977 Greatest Hits Collection Re-imagined In The Audiophile Domain!!!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering
Manufactured At R.T.I.
Featuring Chart Topping Hits: Annie's Song, Back Home Again, My Sweet Lady, I'm Sorry, Thank God I'm A Country Boy
John Denver was a musical phenomenon with a legendary musical career breaking wide open in the late-sixties. Featuring a plethora of hit recordings in pop, country and adult genres, he shared his vocal talents with millions of fans with his records, concerts and top rated television shows and movies for over three decades.
With 1977's Greatest Hits Volume 2 Lp, John Denver created one of the finest overviews of his top charting hit singles and album tracks of all time. The Lp features 12 stellar pop and country favorites like definitive hits Calypso, I'm Sorry, Annie's Song, Fly Away (w/ Olivia Newton John) Back Home Again, and of course Thank God I'm A Country Boy.
The 1977 best of collection finds the artist at the top of his game. The top charting songs that make up this masterpiece have been out of print for decades on vinyl, and it is our honor to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Greatest Hits Volume 2 by the legendary John Denver on Friday Music.
This limited edition audiophile masterwork is now impeccably mastered by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios & Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, and pressed by R.T.I. For a limited time, the album cover features the original Lp artwork not seen in years, in a first time gatefold presentation which includes the lyrics to all the great music within.1. Annie's Song
2. Welcome To My Morning (Farewell Andromeda)
3. Fly Away
4. Like A Sad Song
5. Looking For Space
6. Thank God I'm A Country Boy
7. Grandma's Feather Bed
8. Back Home Again
9. I'm Sorry
10. My Sweet Lady
12. This Old Guitar$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Bathtub Love KillingsBathtub Love Killings is the debut solo LP from Olivia Jean, the
multi-instrumentalist who cut her teeth in the Third Man stable backing
folks as varied as Karen Elson, Wanda Jackson and Jack White in
addition to fronting the much-loved Black Belles. Jean has accrued a
lifetime of experience in a few short years, from highlight performances
on The Colbert Report, Conan, Late Show With David Letterman and
the Grand Old Opry stage to having one of her songs used as the
theme for the television series Elvira's Movie Macabre.
Produced by Jack White, Bathtub Love Killings showcases Jean as a
songwriting force to be reckoned with. Playing damn-near every instrument
she could get her hands on, the result is a well-rounded, catchy record that's
chockfull of ear worm moments.1. Mistakes
2. Merry Widow
4. Green Honeycreeper
5. Haunt Me
6. After The Storm
9. Cat Fight
11. Deadly Hex$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter, also set for release via Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Nico Muhly, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, et al.) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell's O Solitude and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter's Long Time Gone, first recorded by the Everly Brothers.
Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I'd been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I'd been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote.
Thus a crumbling eighteenth-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors-a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring-became the home for my work on Shelter, she continues. We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer's end turned to autumn's shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay.
Chaney says of working with Thomas Bartlett, His close affiliation with such a varied and acclaimed group of artists was of enormous importance. His taste and sphere of understanding were as diverse as mine. He prioritized my compositions' meaning and lyricism, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of noisy popularity. I wanted a recording as intimate as the songs and their form. The only other musicians are Thomas and Jordan Hunt, my longtime collaborator who adds strings on select songs. It's just the three of us playing every sound you hear, using our instrumental and compositional craft, and Thomas' musician-producer's ear extraordinaire.
Born in Florence, Italy, Chaney grew up in Oxford, England, in a household whose intellectual and artistic engagement was complemented by an expansive musical soundscape. This included Billie Holiday, Mozart operas, Sandy Denny, Prince, Tracy Chapman, Bert Jansch, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she took in everything the conservatory had to offer. Her curiosity led her further afield, from Ligeti to West African pop, Edith Piaf to Laurie Anderson, Mary Margaret O'Hara to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sonic Youth to Sappho, Kate Bush to old-time country music-all while finding her own voice.
The range of artists she's shared a stage with includes Robert Plant, Zero 7, the Labeque Sisters, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and Kronos Quartet, with whom she also recorded two songs for the 2017 Nonesuch album Folk Songs. Most recently she fronted a Grammy-nominated album, The Queen of Hearts, forming a new outfit, Offa Rex, with The Decemberists. The Guardian's review of that album said that Chaney has a magical voice, full of heft, soul and sunlight, and fRoots said, Chaney has never sounded better, while the Arts Desk said it was her voice, with its clarity, power and emotional weight, that carries Offa Rex to the heights. The Financial Times added that Chaney's singing makes 'Willie O' Winsbury' one of the best versions ever.1. Shelter
5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
6. Colin and Clem
7. O Solitude
8. Long Time Gone
9. Roman Holiday
10. House on a Hill$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Go Down UnderInstead of taking on a specific genre of music, as they typically do, this time Me First And The Gimme Gimmes take on the music of an entire continent! Australia is the lucky recipient of the Gimmes musical makeover on Go Down Under with tracks from famous Aussies INXS, Olivia Newton-John and Air Supply, to name a few.1. Never Tear Us Apart
2. All Out of Love
3. Friday on My Mind
4. Have You Never Been Mellow
5. Ive Done Everything For You$9.997 Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
EclipsingDream Boat is a new musical collective lead by Athens, GA artists Page Campbell and Dan Donahue. For their debut album Eclipsing, the duo have brought together an impressive ensemble of musicians from the Athens scene, including members of Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Elf Power to name a few. "Sea To Sky" is the beautifully ethereal lead single.1. Picture
2. Sea To Sky
6. Be Beautiful
8. Broke Open
10. No Trouble
11. Let Go$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Folk SongsWhen Nonesuch Records celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, with festivals at London's Barbican Centre and New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), Kronos Quartet joined forces with four labelmates-Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Rhiannon Giddens, and Natalie Merchant-to perform a concert entitled Folk Songs. The group later recorded the songs, most of which are traditional with contemporary arrangements, with Doug Petty as the album's producer.1. Oh Where (feat. Sam Amidon) [Trad. arr. Nico Muhly]
2. Ramblin' Boy (feat. Olivia Chaney) [Trad./W.B. Yeats arr. Donnacha Dennehy]
3. The Butcher's Boy (feat. Natalie Merchant) [Trad. arr. Jacob Garchik]
4. Factory Girl (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) [Trad./Rhiannon Giddens arr. Gabriel Witcher]
5. Last Kind Words (Geeshie Wiley arr. Jacob Garchik)
6. I See the Sign (feat. Sam Amidon) [Trad. arr. Nico Muhly]
7. Montaigne, que tu es haute (feat. Olivia Chaney) [Trad. arr. Jacob Garchik]
8. Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (feat. Natalie Merchant) [Trad. arr. Jacob Garchik]
9. Lullaby (feat. Rhiannon Giddens) [Rhiannon Giddens arr. Gabriel Witche]$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Queen Of HeartsNonesuch Records will release The Queen of Hearts, the debut album from Offa Rex, an adventurous new project featuring English singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney and The Decemberists. Produced and recorded by Tucker Martine (Modest Mouse, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case) and Colin Meloy at Martine's studio in Portland, OR, and mostly arranged by Chaney, the thirteen tracks on The Queen of Hearts draw largely on traditional English-Irish-Scottish repertoire to create a transatlantic musical conversation that flirts with psychedelia and folk rock while maintaining its own inimitable identity.
The origins of Offa Rex can be traced to a tweet. Meloy, a fan of Olivia Chaney's 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, struck up a dialog with her over Twitter, which eventually led to her supporting The Decemberists on a U.S. tour. Chaney says: Every so often [on the tour] Colin and I would have these fleeting but quite intense conversations about songwriting and singing traditional songs. One night he asked me, grinning, 'Have you ever thought of having a backing group? We'll be your Albion Dance Band.'
Meloy adds: "There's this weird relationship between British and American music, this interesting trade and theft that goes back and forth. My hope was that if we-the neophytes, the dilettantes, the pretenders-brought Olivia to Portland to work with Tucker, perhaps these traditional British songs would be infused with something different.From the heady harpsichord swirl that engulfs album opener The Queen of Hearts to the warm, delicate drone of The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face, or the cold, grey riff that heralds Sheepcrook and Black Dog, it's evident that Offa Rex is different indeed, upending its folk roots and imbuing these songs with exploratory verve.1. The Queen of Hearts
2. Blackleg Miner
3. The Gardener
4. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
5. Flash Company
6. Old Churchyard
7. Constant Billy (Oddington) / I'll Go Enlist (Sherborne)
8. Willie o' Winsbury
9. Bonny May
10. Sheepcrook and Black Dog
11. To Make You Stay$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Emotion And CommotionImport
For his first studio album in seven years, Grammy-winning guitarist Jeff Beck returns with an eclectic mix of tracks that find the guitar virtuoso accompanied by a handpicked cast of talented musicians, as well as several songs accompanied by a 64-piece orchestra. Beck recorded Emotion & Commotion late last year at Sarm Studios in London with award-winning producers Steve Lipson and Trevor Horn. To create the albums diverse sound, Beck used a number of musicians, including appearances by frequent collaborators Vinnie Colaiuta (drums), Jason Rebello (keyboards), and Tal Wilkenfeld (bass). The album also includes contributions from a trio of singers: Imelda May (Lilac Wine), Olivia Safe (Elegy For Dunkirk), and Grammy-winner Joss Stone (I Put A Spell On You and Theres No Other Me).1. Corpus Christi Carol
3. Never Alone
4. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
5. I Put A Spell On You (feat. Joss Stone)
6. Nessun Dorma
8. Lilac Wine (feat. Imelda May)
9. There's No Other Me (feat. Joss Stone)
10. Elegy For Dunkirk (feat. Olivia Safe)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Poetry For The PoisonedThe legendary American/Norwegian Metal Masters Kamelot are back with their ninth studio release, Poetry For The Poisoned, their most diverse and complete album to date! Initially written in the remote woods of Norway, and with final songwriting sessions completed in Germany, the dynamic compositions of Poetry For The Poisoned take the listener on an emotional journey that touches both the mind and soul with its mix of progressive elements, modern rock, dark arts and also power metal. The album was recorded at Gate Studios in Wolfsburg, Germany with producers Sascha Paeth and Miro and features guest appearances by Simone Simons (Epica), Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind), Bjorn Speed Strid (Soilwork) and Jon Oliva (Savatage, Jon Olivia's Pain).1. The Great Pandemonium
2. If Tomorrow Came
3. Dear Editor
4. The Zodiac
5. Hunter's Season
6. House On A Hill
8. My Train Of Thoughts
9. Seal Of Woven Years: Poetry for the Poisoned
10. Pt I Incubus
11. Pt II So Long
12. Pt III All Is over
13. Pt IV Dissection
14. Once Upono A Time$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Concert For George (Live at Royal Albert Hall)
Released For The First Time Ever On Vinyl
Featuring A Special Mandala-Design Etched On Side-8
Includes The Complete Sound Recordings From The Concert, The First Time That All Songs Have Been Made Available On An Audio Configuration
On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric
Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London's Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening
featured George's songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney,
Tom Petty, Monty Python, Billy Preston, Jools Holland, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Joe Brown, Ringo Starr,
Dhani Harrison and many more.
In honor of George Harrison's 75th birthday, the Grammy®-winning
release CONCERT FOR GEORGE, will be available for the first time on vinyl, released as a 4-LP Box Set.LP 1
1. Sarve Shaam - Traditional Prayer
2. Your Eyes - Anoushka Shankar
3. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
4. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
1. The Lumberjack Song - Monty Python with Tom Hanks
2. Sit On My Face - Monty Python
3. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
4. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
5. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
6. Give Me Love - Jeff Lynne
7. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
8. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
9. That's The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
10. Horse To The Water - Jools Holland & Sam Brown
11. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
3. Isn't It A Pity - Billy Preston
4. Photograph - Ringo Starr
5. Honey Don't - Ringo Starr
6. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
7. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
8. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
9. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
1. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
2. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
3. I'll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown$124.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Verdugo HillsFive years ago, Caroline Lufkin made ripples across the Japanese pop music scene when she famously walked away from a lucrative major label contract that virtually guaranteed the same kind of bright-light super-stardom that made her sister Olivia a household name in Tokyo. Instead, Caroline took the long way; a slow, creatively fulfilling path where she writes, performs and records her own songs and owns her every success or failure, while taking pride in both.
Verdugo Hills builds upon the same minimalist, angelic pop that made her debut album, Murmurs, so striking. Having spent the past several years as a full-time member of the small musical army that is Mice Parade, Caroline has mastered the art of mingling a dozen or more distinct sounds to form miniature symphonies for the soul that can turn from an icy chill to a warm glow in the span of a few breaths. Her lyrical delivery and subject matter have matured enormously, exposing new depths to her emotional range to accompany the deceptively subdued mix of acoustic and electronic instrumentation.
Ultimately Verdugo Hills succeeds emphatically in giving electronic music a comforting heartbeat and a contemplative soul, feats Caroline were unlikely to accomplish had she taken the straight road to overnight fame and fortune. She has become an intriguing and understated figure in the world of electronic pop music, accelerating the genre with startling, unexpected beauty while leaving lasting impressions on all of us who are along for the ride.1. Balloon
5. Words Flutter
6. Pink Gloom
10. Gone$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited Edition - 400 On Blue Vinyl
The New Sound Of Numbers is an experimental post-punk band based in Athens, Georgia. It is fronted by Hannah Jones on 12 string electric guitar and features members of Pylon and The Olivia Tremor Control.
Their album Invisible Magnetic is the follow up to Liberty Seeds, their debut album which as released in 2006 through Cloud Recordings.
The new album has a more celebratory feel than the first, and the driving rhythms and layered percussion lend themselves to both a sense of urgency and instant danceability. Violin, clarinet, melodica, synth, and trumpet beautifully interplay throughout the songs and occasionally take a turn towards music concrete while also bolstering the upbeat feel of the songs.
The Rhythms of Invisible Magnetic are even more tribal, with an African influence, than those of Liberty Seeds, whose songs were described by Electrelane's Mia Clarke in a review for Wire magazine as giving a nod to the Slits and Lizzie Mercier Descloux.
The New Sound Of Numbers can be placed categorically alongside fellow Athenians Pylon and the B-52's.1. Invisible Magnetic
3. New Dance
4. Patterns In A Test Tube
5. Energy Plan
6. Like Children Do
7. Green Wind
9. Turn Around
10. Redirect The Current
12. Seed Pot Riot
13. Juju Missive
14. Galaxies$14.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music From Drinking Buddies, A Film By Joe SwanbergWe're proud to release the soundtrack to the acclaimed indie film Drinking Buddies on
Jagjaguwar. Written and directed by Joe Swanberg (Hannah Takes the Stairs, Alexander the
Last, V/H/S), the film stars Olivia Wilde (TRON: Legacy, Rush), Jake Johnson (New Girl,
Safety Not Guaranteed), Anna Kendrick (Up in the Air, Pitch Perfect), Ron Livingston
(Office Space, Boardwalk Empire) and Jason Sudeikis (We're the Millers, SNL). The film
was music supervised by Jagjaguwar's very own Chris Swanson, Grant Manship and
Kathleen Cook, and features Jag artists Foxygen and Richard Youngs, as well as The
Amazing, Richard Swift, Plants &Animals ,Here We Go Magic and Phèdre, among others.
Set in a craft brewery in Chicago, the film follows co-workers Kate (Wilde) and Luke
(Johnson).They have one of those friendships that feels like it could be something more,
but Kate is with Chris (Livingston), and Luke is with Jill (Kendrick). And Jill wants to
know if Luke is ready to talk about marriage.The answer to that question becomes crystal
clear when Luke and Kate unexpectedly find themselves alone for a weekend.1. Lady Luck - Richard Swift
2. High School Lover- Cayucas
3.Came Out of a Lady - Rubblebucket
4.In Decay - Phèdre
5. Take a Knee (dialogue)
6.In the Darkness- Foxygen
8. Dragon - The Amazing
9. Soon It Will Be Fire - Richard Youngs
10. Borrowed Time - Night Beds
11. Turns Around The Bottle - Barna Howard
12. How Do I Know - Here We Go Magic
13. The End of That- Plants and Animals$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
WordsCo-produced by Evans & Mark Bright (Carrie Underwood & Rascal Flatts), Words is the first full studio album release from Sara Evans in over 3 years. Lead by the first single "Marquee Sign," the album is comprised of 13 new original songs along with an acoustic version of her #1 single "A Little Bit Stronger."
"When I'm listening to a song, it's the lyrics and the stories they tell that matter most to me," Sara said. "Not only is 'Words' the title to one of the songs on my album but in listening to new music for the record, I was always looking for lyrics that moved me and expressed a powerful range of emotions. Women are natural storytellers and I'm proud to have so many amazing female songwriters represented on this record."
Words marks a creative reunion for Evans, pairing her with frequent co-producer Mark Bright (2005's Real Fine Place, 2014's Slow Me Down) while Tracy Gershon provides A&R direction. Her daughter Olivia even contributes background vocals to the record.1. Long Way Down
2. Marquee Sign
3. Diving in Deep
4. All the Love You Left Me
5. Like the Way You Love Me
6. Rain and Fire
7. Night Light
8. I Need a River
9. I Don't Trust Myself
10. Make Room at the Bottom
12. I Want You
13. Letting You Go
14. A Little Bit Stronger (Acoustic)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
CtrlPressed On 2x 150-Gram Translucent Green Colored Vinyl
SZA's new album, Ctrl, is set for release on vinyl via RCA Records.
Featuring Kendrick Lamar, Travis Scott, James Fauntleroy and Isaiah Rashad, Ctrl has been revered for its raw and honest lyrics and garnered praise from celebrities (Calvin Harris, Diddy, Issa Rae, Bella Hadid, Olivia O'Brien), influencers (Karen Civil, Scottie Beam), fans and critics alike.
Noisey describes Ctrl as "14 tracks of the dreamy R&B lusciousness that we've come to know and love the New Jersey singer-songwriter for." NPR calls Ctrl "a resolutely confident and skillful R&B album that explores the notions of control and honesty," while The Shade Room proclaims, "'Ctrl' is actuals! Imagine 'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' tailored for our generation."
One of the redefining voices of today's contemporary music era, SZA entered the music scene in 2012 with her first critically acclaimed EP, See.SZA.Run. Following that, she released S in 2013 and Z in 2014, both to rave reviews. In 2013, SZA signed to Top Dawg Entertainment, being the first female artist to join the label. SZA wrote and performed on Rihanna's Anti single "Consideration" in 2016 and helped write Nicki Minaj and Beyonce's "Feelin Myself" in 2014.
Born in St. Louis and raised in Maplewood, NJ as Solána Rowe, SZA grew up listening to classic and avant-garde jazz, alternative, and rap. She renamed herself finding inspiration within the Supreme Alphabet: the 'S' stands for savior or sovereign, the 'Z' for zig-zag, and the 'A' for Allah.LP 1
2. Love Galore (feat. Travis Scott)
3. Doves In The Wind (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
4. Drew Barrymore
6. The Weekend
7. Go Gina
8. Garden (Say It Like Dat)
1. Broken Clocks
3. Wavy (Interlude) (feat. James Fauntleroy)
4. Normal Girl
5. Pretty Little Birds (feat. Isaiah Rashad)
6. 20 Something$23.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Axxa / AbraxasAxxa/Abraxas is the music and art project of Ben Asbury, a 23 year old from outside
Atlanta, GA. His experiences as a record collector and music obsessive from a very young
age ("I got into punk in the third grade") are easily evident in his debut release. Going full
circle from being introduced to 60's pop as a kid, through his foray into punk rock at an
early age, into post-rock and Elephant Six indie, right back into 60's Psychedelia, Ben has
honed his influences (Neil Young, Television Personalities, 'Elevators, The 'Dead, Olivia Tremor
Control) into a cohesive blend to adapt his own take on psych-influenced art-pop.
The tracks on the record were written and demo'ed around the time Ben was in college
(and shortly after) in Athens, GA where he was studying psychology, religion and sociology...
as well as developing a fascination with analog synth that made it's way into his mix of
influences. Meanwhile, he started the RTA Collective, which featured his cassette and CDR
releases along with his visual art. This combination arrived in a package to the Captured
Tracks office in the form of a demo that stood out amongst the hundreds of others with it's
charged DiY silkscreen imagery and poppy fuzz psych music.
The label enlisted Jarvis Taveniere (Woods, Rear House Recording) to record and produce
what would become Axxa/Abraxas debut. It's the artistic culmination of prodigious young
songwriter putting it all together in an erudite way despite his tendency to write lyrics which
are"...generally directed at myself, often criticizing my shortcomings..." No matter how he
criticizes himself, one need only listen to the record to see he's quite confident in his music.1. Ryan Michalak (Is Coming to Town)
2. Going Forth
3. I Almost Fell
4. Beyond The Wind
5. Same Signs
6. So Far Away
7. Ride Into the Night
8. Painted Blue
9. On The Run
10. All That's Passed$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
FainRecorded in a beautiful and isolated house in the Yorkshire Dales, Fain is the sound of a band at the peak of their creative powers. It's an honest and natural album that allows its stories, its melodies, its themes and structures to breathe. The album draws on more traditional English and Scottish folk melodies than anything they've done before, but not straying from the drop-out fuzz-rock route they've made their own, the influences are vast - British rock bands like Groundhogs, Dark, Mighty Baby and Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac are evident in the swirling and distorted guitars throughout Fain, along with the 60s revival folk of Fairport Convention, Nic Jones, and Trees. Additionally they have looked towards Scandinavian's rich psychedelic tradition both new and old - you can hear the likes of Mecki Mark Men, Mikael Ramel and contemporaries Dungen. You can even hear the band's teenage forays into Hip-Hop in the drums of 'Thief' and 'Athol'.
It rained constantly throughout the recording process and the house was so packed with gear and recording equipment the band were forced to sleep in tents and caravans parked outside. Whilst performing, they could look out into the vast countryside and catch sight of buzzards, hares, curlews and hundreds upon hundreds of crows and gulls. The fire was on permanently, overnight and throughout the day. A serene experience that informs every track on the album. It was mixed and finished in the equally rainy London, with additional performances from Olivia Chaney on piano and backing vocals, plus Nic Kearey and Rachel Davies of Stick in the Wheel and Various (XL). Jace Lasek (Besnard Lakes) recorded backing vocals in Vancouver remotely for All Returns.
As evidenced by the first single All Returns, Fain is more lyrically focused than anything they've previously recorded.. The song tells the story of a dream Jack Sharp (guitars/vocals) had during which an acquaintance had looked into his eyes and seen into his soul whilst calmly describing his faults and inner demons, a truly cathartic experience. However, says Sharp, his life is largely too banal for material and he largely draws upon snapshots of history to furnish him with the ideas for lyrics. Stand out track Thief is taken from various stories of highwaymen that had been made famous by broadsheet ballads and plays - the likes of Charles Peace, William Nevison, Jonathan Wild and Jack Sheppard. He delivers this story in first person, almost as if he is playing the part of a complete degenerate with little or no conscience or morals. As Sharp says, It's like a form of tourism. You can visit but not live in the mind of an appalling human being.Empty Vessels
When the Fire is Dead in the Grate
NRR$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited To 500
I'm at a loss to name any bands that Old Smokey sounds like. Old Smokey is a dark, gypsy/Middle Eastern, folk collision. It's a mixture of string and woodwind instruments unlike any I've seen. - Mark Ellers, Athens Banner Herald
Old Smokey's instrumental tune Leggy, is a pleasant, wandering thing, a nice little taste of the band's upcoming full-length, reportedly titled Wester Easter. - Gabe Vodicka, Flagpole Magazine
Local weavers of the string dream known as Old Smokey have finished their debut record, titled Wester Easter and may we say, it's an ear tickling treasure for sure. - Zeke Sayer, Gypsy Farm
Old Smokey is a unique five piece ensemble featuring Jim Willingham on banjo, Jason Trahan on lap steel, John Fernandes on violin/clarinet/bass clarinet, Jacob Morris on cello, and Rob Lomax on drums. Their quixotic and sometimes haunting sound has developed organically; the way the instrumentation of the band blends is both complementary and evocative. This distinctive unit began playing together over two years ago. Old Smokey's first full-length album, Wester Easter will be released on Cloud Recordings.
Wester Easter covers a wide span of musical influences, but retains a coherent sound, all its own. Some of the songs capture an Ennio Morricone spaghetti-western influence, while others take on an East Indian psychedelic palette not unlike some of the wanderings of Erkin Koray, or a lost Bollywood soundtrack from the seventies. Dead Man's Pose, a chant-y upbeat scorcher, is grounded in something akin to a New Orleans second line structure. There are a few numbers on Wester Easter that seem to be channeling the tumbleweed landscapes of The Sons of Pioneers, or the smoky country of a Roger Miller ballad. There's even a bit of a rock n' roll stomp or Velvets' rattle to numbers such as All the Way Slow -- but it's almost as if the band got lost in Appalachia on the way to the sock hop. John Fernandes, Cloud Recordings' main-man, and Old Smokey's violin and clarinet player, has approximated sonic references for Old Smokey: Fans of Bruce Langhorne, Abner Jay, Bollywood steel guitar music, and The Monks will surely dig our hard to describe sound.
Despite a wide adventurous berth, Wester Easter is not the soundtrack of a flippant genre-jumping band. Throughout the album, their strong, sonorous mark is consistently there, as the instruments blend, swirl, and crescendo, then break down, from time to time, into the spidery banjo, drums, and plucked-cello skeletal substructure. Led by Jim's reedy lead vocal, spinning narratives or spilling out constellations of imagery, the whole band often joins, in chorus, to create layered harmonies or group chants.
Old Smokey is compiled of veterans of the Athens music scene. Members have played with bands such as The Olivia Tremor Control, Circulatory System, Vic Chesnutt, Ham1, Moths, Madeline, The Good Ship, and The New Sound of Numbers, to name just a few of their past and current projects.1. Dead Man's Post
2. The Transylvania Effect
3. You're Always Gonna Be Able To Get One More
4. All The Way Slow
5. The Whistler's Song
6. Freedom Cowboy
7. Wester Easter
8. Transylvania Link
9. Everyday I'm Building A Fool
11. Vacant Lot
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Let Them Fall In LoveThe best-selling and most-awarded female gospel artist of all time, CeCe Winans has long since cemented her status as one of the most accomplished and celebrated women in modern music history. It'd be easy to look back and rest on such illustrious laurels, but Winans has always had her eyes fixed firmly on the future, so it should come as little surprise that she jumped at the opportunity when her son, Alvin Love III, proposed she record the generation-bridging new album 'Let Them Fall In Love.' Her first in nearly a decade, the record finds Winans returning to the studio with gusto, working for roughly three years to craft her most confident, adventurous collection yet.
Recording and performing as both a solo artist and as a duo with her brother BeBe, CeCe has influenced a generation of gospel and secular vocalists over the course of her astonishing career. Her mantel today holds a staggering 10 GRAMMY Awards, 20 Dove Awards, and 7 Stellar Awards. She's been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and the Nashville Music City Walk of Fame, in addition to being named a Trailblazer of Soul by BMI and garnering multiple NAACP Image Awards, Soul Train Awards, Essence Awards, and more. She's sold in excess of 5 million albums in the US, topping the Gospel charts repeatedly while crossing over with smashes like "Count On Me," her stunning duet with Whitney Houston from the multi-platinum 'Waiting To Exhale' soundtrack, which sold 2 million copies and cracked the Top 10 on the Pop, R&B, and Adult Contemporary charts. She touched millions more with inspirational performances everywhere from Oprah to The White House, and even showed off her acting chops on television series like '7th Heaven' and 'Doc.'
While collaborating with family is nothing new for Winans, the recording sessions for 'Let Them Fall In Love" found the Detroit native working for the very first time with her son in the producer's chair.
"Alvin shared with me a vision that he had of a record that was bold and a little different than anything I'd ever done before," remembers Winans. "When I heard the songs he'd been writing, I got so excited. He has great ears and great style and a unique way of writing and thinking things through. It made it extra special that two generations of family were able to come together on this record."
Bringing together generations is Winans' specialty, and she drew inspiration for the album from her extensive work with the young men and women who attend the church she and her husband founded in Nashville.
"It's really important to me to share where I've been and to encourage young people to understand that they can go even further," reflects Winans. "I wanted to make an album that ties us together, something that young people would be able to learn from and be inspired by."
Written primarily by Alvin and co-produced by Alvin along with Winans' long-time collaborator Tommy Sims (Garth Brooks, Michael McDonald, Bonnie Raitt), 'Let Them Fall In Love' was mixed by Dae Bennett (Tony Bennett, Amy Whinehouse, Olivia Newton John) and Jimmy Douglass (Pharrell Williams, Micheal Buble). The album, recorded both in Nashville and New York City, finds Winans more confident than ever before, merging eras and genres in a glorious blend of past and present that simultaneously recalls the heyday of Motown and still sounds undeniably modern. Big band horns meet strings from the Nashville String Machine as Winans' soaring voice hits new heights, fueled in part by the encouragement and motivation of her son.
"Alvin was hard on me in the studio," remembers Winans. "He'd really work me during the songs, and I knew that was a good thing because it meant he was pressing me to get the best performances possible. Now I listen back and I know he was right. It was so important to get the right interpretation of each song."
Winans is able to inhabit each song on the record so fully in part because she's lived their stories. She describes album opener "He's Never Failed Me Yet" as "my personal testimony," "Run To Him" as her frequent act of refuge, and "Marvelous" as a musical embodiment of the black church. On "Hey Devil!," she's joined by fellow gospel powerhouses The Clark Sisters for a playful rebuke of temptation, while "Peace From God" is a prayer for light in an increasingly dark world, and "Lowly" is a lesson about pride and humility aimed at the young men who might need it most. Winans' eclectic ability shines through on the pedal steel country waltz of "Why Me," a song she discovered when she was invited to perform it live with its writer, Kris Kristofferson.
"I ended up getting sick and I couldn't perform it with him at the show, but my son heard it and knew it would be perfect for the album," explains Winans. "It's so different for me in this whole new field of country music, but it spoke to my heart and I felt like it was written just for me."
On the album's other cover, "Dancing in The Spirit," Winans is joined by Hezekiah Walker and his choir for a jubilant celebration, while "Never Have To Be Alone" finds her taking a far more somber approach, singing to the young members of her congregation. It's the album's closer and title track, though, that seems to light Winans up more than any other.
"That was the first song for this album and I knew right away that I wanted the record to be named 'Let Them Fall In Love,'" she explains. "I told my son that it had to be the heartbeat of the album. There's a lot of different styles and a lot of strong messages on there, but all of them are to bring us to this point. It's why I came back and recorded another album, to express my heart and my desire that people young and old can listen and fall in love with the higher power, fall in love with love, and fall in love with faith and joy and peace."1. He's Never Failed Me Yet
2. Run To Him
3. Hey Devil! (feat. The Clark Sisters)
4. Peace From God
5. Why Me
7. Never Have To Be Alone
8. Dancing In The Spirit (feat. Hezekiah Walker's Love Fellowship Choir)
10. Let Them Fall In Love$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Born And Raised (Awaiting Repress)Columbia Records is pleased to announce the release of Born and Raised, the fifth full-length album from Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer. Mayer produced the 12-song set with the much in demand Don Was, who's worked on albums for acts such as the Rolling Stones, B.B. King and Bonnie Raitt among others.
Rock legends David Crosby and Graham Nash provide vocals on the album's title song. Additional musicians joining Mayer on the album and on the road include highly-regarded keyboardist/pianist Chuck Leavell, who has worked with the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and The Allman Brothers Band, as well as previous collaborators Sean Hurley on bass and Aaron Sterling on drums. Jim Keltner makes a special appearance on drums on Something Like Olivia. Born And Raised will be preceded by the country-tinged lead single Shadow Days.
Mayer's previous albums Room for Squares (2001), Heavier Things (2003), Continuum (2006) and Battle Studies (2009) have sold more than 12 million copies combined. He has been honored with seven Grammy Awards and an additional 11 nominations. He has also been included in Time Magazine's annual 'Time 100' list of the most influential contemporary thinkers, leaders, artists and entertainers, and twice been featured on the cover of Rolling Stone Magazine's annual 'Guitar' issue.1. Queen of California
2. The Age of Worry
3. Shadow Days
4. Speak for Me
5. Something Like Olivia
6. Born & Raised
7. If I Ever Get Around To Living
8. Love is a Verb
9. Walt Grace's Submarine Test, January 1967
10. Whiskey, Whiskey, Whiskey
11. A Face To Call Home
12. Born & Raised (Reprise)$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now