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  • One Night Stand: Live At Harlem Square (Awaiting Repress) One Night Stand: Live At Harlem Square (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    One Night Stand: Live At Harlem Square (Awaiting Repress)

    Limited Edition Audiophile Pressing


    Mastered From The Original Tapes And Cut By Kevin Gray At Cohearent Audio.


    180-Gram LP Plated And Pressed At RTI


    Housed In An Old-style Tip-on Jacket.


    One Night Stand: Live at the Harlem Square is the second live album by the American singer-songwriter Sam Cooke. The album was originally released in June 1985 in the United States by RCA Records. Initially recorded in 1963 to be released as a live album entitled One Night Stand, the concert at the Harlem Square club (in Miami's historically African American neighborhood of Overtown) was not released until 1985. RCA Victor, at the time, viewed the album as too gritty and raw and possibly damaging to his pop image, and quietly kept the recordings in their archive.


    The album is generally considered among the best live albums by contemporary music critics, and has been ranked in best-of music lists, including on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    *Album art subject to change.

    1. Soul Twist/Introduction
    2. Feel It (Don't Fight It)
    3. Chain Gang
    4. Cupid
    5. Medley: It's All Right/For Sentimental Reasons
    6. Twistin' The Night Away
    7. Somebody Have Mercy
    8. Bring It On Home To Me
    9. Nothing Can Change This Love
    10. Having A Party
    Sam Cooke
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Night

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    Without apology, Holly Cole is a self-declared night owl, perfectly at home in the time between dusk and dawn, a dear friend of the wee small hours. It's a fact that now finds firm and poetic expression in the title and content of her eagerly awaited new album - Night. As usual when it comes to the iconic Canadian songstress, it's an album that features a stylistically diverse and emotionally stirring collection of songs. It stands as a love letter to the night and its magic powers, a celebration of the hours where daylight's chatter has disappeared and turned into peaceful moments of creative possibility, providing a chance to see the world with different eyes and to listen with different ears. An invitation to intimacy.

    1. You Only Live Twice
    2. Walk Away
    3. Good Time Charlie's Got the Blues
    4. You've Got A Secret
    5. Viva Las Vegas
    6. I Only Have Eyes For You
    7. I Thought Of You Again
    8. Love Lies
    9. Whistlin' Past the Graveyard
    10. If You Go Away
    11. If You Could Read My Mind
    Holly Cole
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  • Deep Night Deep Night Quick View

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    Deep Night

    A raw cry from the dark night of one man's soul. Cloistered away from the popular culture of 1982,
    rural Illinois priest Tony Trosley painted a pastoral refraction of early 1970s Laurel Canyon watercolors with this stand-alone set of songs. Openhearted and naively psychedelic, Deep Night was recorded during a single pre-dawn marathon, and mixed live-to-tape in an isolated chapel.


    Cobbled together out of local players to help fill out this ethereal soundscape, Trosley's band brought an earnest but bluntly unsophisticated backdrop to his phaser-drenched 12-string guitar. The Sixth Station-named for a grim New Testament tableau in which Veronica washes the tortured face of Jesus-managed to avoid overtly Christian themes in favor of a mystical Humanism that resonates timelessly, and to any sort of listener. This Deep Night is as profound and eerie as the images conjured by its title.

    1. I See

    2. Ways You've Never Known

    3. Scar Of Love

    4. Over And Over

    5. Make A Way For Me

    6. Before The Snowfall

    7. Deep Night

    8. Sunrise

    9. Remember The Pilgrim
    The Sixth Station
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  • Roseland NYC Live Roseland NYC Live (180 Gram Vinyl) Roseland NYC Live Roseland NYC Live (180 Gram Vinyl) Quick View

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    Roseland NYC Live Roseland NYC Live (180 Gram Vinyl)

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    Portishead's compelling live 1998 release captures the band during a one-night stand at New York City's Roseland Ballroom performing with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra.

    1. Humming
    2. Cowboys
    3. All Mine
    4. Mysterious
    5. Only You
    6. Half Day Closing
    7. Over
    8. Glory Box
    9. Sour Times
    10. Roads
    11. Strangers
    Portishead
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  • The Puppet Master The Puppet Master Quick View

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    The Puppet Master

    An underground icon and purveyor of all things dark and mysterious, KING DIAMOND and his cohorts continue to terrorize humanity with their latest and most extreme album to date, The Puppet Master. This gruesome tale set to take place in 18th century Budapest, Hungary involving a puppet show and many fascinating characters. One cold night in December the main character known as Unfortunate Man goes down to see a Christmas puppet show and after the show he is standing outside and sees a young woman. He is strangely drawn to this young woman, Victoria, almost as if one of the puppet's ghosts is sitting on his shoulder whispering in his ear to go and kiss the girl. The two get along immediately due to their fascination with the puppet show and end up going out. About a year later everything is going very good until one night Victoria heads down to the puppet show by herself and never returns. The Unfortunate Man goes down to the puppet show to investigate and sees the Puppet Master's wife leaving with a wheel barrel and follows her only to see her murder a homeless man and put his body in the cart. From here the story twists and turns as it takes you through the horrific tale of the Unfortunate Man, Victoria, The Puppet Master, his wife, the puppets and the events leading to the climactic end of the story.


    As King describes it this album is going to make the hairs stand up on the back of listeners neck. The rules of censorship are being thrown out the window...this is going to be the rawest story/album we have ever done. King was also quick to point out that if you are into horror; you're definitely going to get it with this album! The Puppet Master is sure to be considered one of King's goriest and most extreme stories yet!

    1. Midnight
    2. The Puppet Master
    3. Magic
    4. Emerencia
    5. Blue Eyes
    6. The Ritual
    7. No More Me
    8. Blood to Walk
    9. Darkness
    10. So Sad
    11. Christmas
    12. Living Dead
    King Diamond
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  • Don't Play That Song Don't Play That Song Quick View

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    Don't Play That Song

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    Don't Play That Song is the third studio album by Ben E. King. The album was released in 1962 and was home to five notable singles: Stand by Me, Ecstasy, First Taste of Love, Here Comes The Night and the title track, Don't Play That Song. Ecstasy, Here Comes The Night, First Taste of Love, and Young Boy Blues, were all in the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1961/1962.


    This album, like its predecessors, dates from a period in which producers and engineers were figuring out what one could do with Soul and R&B in terms of engineering, and the sound separation and textures are nothing if not vibrant and alluring in their own right, separate from the music.

    1. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
    2. Ecstasy
    3. On The Horizon
    4. Show Me The Way
    5. Here Comes The Night
    6. First Taste Of Love
    7. Stand By Me
    8. Yes
    9. Young Boy Blues
    10. The Hermit Of Misty Mountain
    11. I Promise Love
    12. Brace Yourself
    Ben E. King
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  • Voices In A Rented Room (Discontinued) Voices In A Rented Room (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Voices In A Rented Room (Discontinued)

    Sometimes it's best to see the world in black and white. Shades of grey are for p**s, right-and NEW BUMS have ridden the hard road all the way to this, their album debut. They've played around and they've hit the singles scene (haven't you turned up "Slim Volume"? 7EP of the year, man!), but Voices in a Rented Room tells their whole life story and probably more of yours than you'd care to admit. The voices are two, spinning harmonies both heavenly and salt-pickled. Picking their direction and floating along on a pair of acoustics, New Bums are the sound of old drunk America, dancing out of the shadows, coming forth again to stand in the light, in the hopes of repopulating those sad old single-occupancy hotels before they're all torn down. New Bums is the grudging match-up of DONVAN QUINN (SKYGREEN LEOPARDS) and BEN CHASNY (SIX ORGANS OF ADMITTANCE, COMETS ON FIRE, 200 YEARS, RANGDA). They didn't like each other at first, but now make sweet and sour music together over the light of the magical Sterno (if there's anything left in the can, that is!). The ideas go back and forth between Ben and Donovan in what seems to be a true partnership. Their songs are all that: songs, with lyrics set in a space to speak to the human buried in you. People's music, with all the stark confessions, tall tales, bleak humors and punch lines that the people can bear. Behind the acoustics and voices is lots of space, but there are a few extra instruments that come and go and tinge the scrim as the boys move from stately processional to streetcorner sing-around to bluesy weeper to low-rolling rock n roll and back again, with slide-guitar lines erupting in the dark night air and classical-tinged filigrees curling around the tarnished and rusting edges throughout.
    1. Black Bough
    2. Pigeon Town
    3. Your Girlfriend Might Be a Cop
    4. Sometimes You Crash
    5. The Killers and Me
    6. Your Bullshit
    7. It's The Way
    8. Welcome to the Navy
    9. Burned
    10. Town on the Water
    11. Mother's Favorite Hated Son
    12. Cool Daughter
    New Bums
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  • The Nat King Cole Story The Nat King Cole Story Quick View

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    The Nat King Cole Story

    Analogue Productions' Blue Note and Nat King Cole Reissues WIN A Positive Feedback 2010 Brutus Award!
    ...if you haven't picked up every one of the Blue Note and Nat King Cole reissues from Chad Kassem and company at Acoustic Sounds, you're really missing out! - David W. Robinson, Positive Feedback, Issue 52



    The results on this five 45rpm 180g LP set are simply astonishing, particularly if you've heard the originals. The transparency, dynamics and three-dimensionality create the intense sensation of being in the studio with the musicians and especially with Cole who appears as a visceral, floating apparition between the speakers. The size and three-dimensionality of the vocal image produces the sensation of the listener being a 'fly on the microphone mike stand' listening to Cole perform, surrounded by musicians. The arrangements and performances are faithful to the originals but the sound of course is far superior. The feeling is of sitting in on history by being there, not merely eavesdropping after the fact. Music = 10/11; Sound = 11/11 - Michael Fremer, Musicangle



    ...mastered from the original three-track work tapes is a sonic spectacular that outdoes the original by a wide margin - as does its packaging. The SACD includes three-channel and two-channel mixes. A major reissue. Stereophile Records To Die For - Michael Fremer, Stereophile, February 2010



    One of Nat King Cole's crowning achievements and a fittingly lavish celebration of a cultural and musical icon, The Nat King Cole Story offers a glorious overview of the career of one of the greatest and most beloved performers in popular music history. 38 tracks, many re-recorded in stereo for this anthology, offer a selection spanning his popular career.



    His beginnings leading the popular jazz-oriented Nat King Cole Trio are represented with selections including Route 66 and I Love You (For Sentimental Reasons). Hits including Nature Boy, Mona Lisa, Unforgettable, Orange Colored Sky, Night Lights and Looking Back are here to represent his unparalleled string of memorable hits as a popular vocalist. Calypso Blues and Ay Cosita Linda help illustrate the range his projects could cover. More contemporary to this anthology, selections including Wild Is Love are augmented here with two huge hits as a special bonus, Ramblin' Rose and Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer to further expand the scope.



    A talent and voice for all times with a body of work that could and did help define their eras, Nat King Cole's career offers some of the finest, most enduring and treasured recordings ever made. Nat King Cole could never be fully served by any one set. But this wonderful cornucopia stands as a fantastic celebration for the enthusiast and a good starting point for someone just beginning to explore The Nat King Cole Story.



    Using the original first generation 2-track and 3-track session tapes from Capitol's vaults and all-analogue systems including custom headstacks, 3-track preview heads, console and monitoring chain installed at AcousTech specially for these releases, mastering engineers Kevin Gray and Steve Hoffman realize the stunning beauty of these recordings in this 45-RPM 180-gram five album set.



    Originally presented as a deluxe box set of 3 LPs in a canvas-bound embossed box with essays and pictures included in a album-sized booklet, The Nat King Cole Story was a prestigious release Capitol took obvious pride in. Complete with 5 LPs, canvas-bound embossed box and booklet with essays and pictures, Analogue Productions proudly recreates the experience for a new generation to cherish with this deluxe release. This truly is a no-expenses-spared project, resulting in the ultimate version of this title and a historic reissue.



    There are 38 songs in this collection. Of those, three are the same recordings included on other Analogue Productions Nat King Cole reissues. Stardust (track 28) is the same version included on Love Is The Thing. St. Louis Blues (track 30) is the same version included on the album of that title. And Paradise (track 33) is the same version included on The Very Thought Of You. Three more songs - Sweet Lorraine, It's Only A Paper Moon and (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 - are songs that appear on After Midnight, however these versions are stereo re-recordings of the original arrangements from the 1940s.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Straighten Up And Fly Right
    2. Sweet Lorraine
    3. It's Only A Paper Moon
    4. (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
    5. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
    6. The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas To You)
    7. Nature Boy
    8. Lush Life
    9. Calypso Blues
    10. Mona Lisa
    11. Orange Colored Sky
    12. Too Young
    13. Unforgettable
    14. Somewhere Along The Way
    15. Walkin' My Baby Back Home
    16. Pretend
    17. Blue Gardenia
    18. I Am In Love
    19. Answer Me, My Love
    20. Smile
    21. Darling, Je Vous Aime Beaucoup
    22. The Sand And The Sea
    23. If I May
    24. A Blossom Fell
    25. To The Ends Of The Earth
    26. Night Lights
    27. Ballerina
    28. Stardust
    29. Send For Me
    30. St. Louis Blues
    31. Looking Back
    32. Non Dimenticar (Don't Forget)
    33. Paradise
    34. Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep
    35. Ay, Cosita Linda
    36. Wild Is Love (spoken intro and song)
    37. Ramblin' Rose
    38. Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days Of Summer
    Nat King Cole
    $149.99
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  • The Legendary Father of Folk Blues The Legendary Father of Folk Blues Quick View

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    The Legendary Father of Folk Blues


    Legendary Delta Bluesman's Columbia LP Now On 200-Gram Vinyl!


    One Of The Truly Great Audiophile Blues Recordings Of All Time!


    Lacquers Cut By Ryan Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Master Tape


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Heavyweight Glossy Tip-On Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    Mississippi's Son House was already legendary for a small collection of live field recordings made by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, and for having taught some important licks to both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters before he was rediscovered by a new generation of college-age fans in 1964.


    The Father of the Delta Blues recorded this namesake LP for Columbia Records a year later in 1965. It's become, in the words of Living Blues magazine - Essential recordings by one of the greatest bluesmen ever. And now, Analogue Productions presents a reissue unmatched in sonic quality and luxury presentation. For our version we turned to Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound to remaster the recording from the original master tapes. The freshly cut lacquers were then plated and pressed on 200-gram vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings.


    Son was born Eddie James House, Jr., on March 21, 1902, in Riverton, Miss. By the age of 15, he was preaching the gospel in various Baptist churches as the family seemingly wandered from one plantation to the next. He didn't even bother picking up a guitar until he turned 25; to quote House, I didn't like no guitar when I first heard it; oh gee, I couldn't stand a guy playin' a guitar. I didn't like none of it. But if his ambivalence to the instrument was obvious, even more obvious was the simple fact that Son hated plantation labor even more and had developed a taste for corn whiskey. After drunkenly launching into a blues at a house frolic in Lyon, Miss., one night and picking up some coin for doing it, the die seemed to be cast; Son House may have been a preacher, but he was part of the blues world now.


    Now, sit back and enjoy one of the genre's greatest, on a reissue that's the best that's been made to date. So authentic, so real - that's the Analogue Productions difference.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Death Letter
    2. Pearline
    3. Louise McGhee
    4. John The Revelator
    5. Empire State Express
    6. Preachin' Blues
    7. Grinning In Your Face
    8. Sundown
    9. Levee Camp Moan
    Son House
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  • The Legendary Father of Folk Blues (45 RPM) The Legendary Father of Folk Blues (45 RPM) Quick View

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    The Legendary Father of Folk Blues (45 RPM)


    Legendary Delta Bluesman's Columbia Lp Now A 200-gram 45 Rpm 2lp Set!


    45 RPM 2LP Set Includes Bonus Track: Motherless Children


    Lacquers Cut By Ryan K. Smith At Sterling Sound From The Original Master Tape


    Plated And Pressed At Quality Record Pressings!


    Heavyweight Glossy Tip-on Jacket By Stoughton Printing


    Mississippi's Son House was already legendary for a small collection of live field recordings made by folklorist Alan Lomax in 1941 and 1942, and for having taught some important licks to both Robert Johnson and Muddy Waters before he was rediscovered by a new generation of college-age fans in 1964.


    The Father of the Delta Blues recorded this namesake LP for Columbia Records a year later in 1965. It's become, in the words of Living Blues magazine - Essential recordings by one of the greatest bluesmen ever. And now, Analogue Productions presents a reissue unmatched in sonic quality and luxury presentation. For our version we turned to Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound to remaster the recording from the original master tapes. The freshly cut lacquers - for this version we've cut the album at 45 RPM for truer cartridge tracking and decreased distortion on the inner groove - were then plated and pressed on 200-gram vinyl by our own Quality Record Pressings.


    Son was born Eddie James House, Jr., on March 21, 1902, in Riverton, Miss. By the age of 15, he was preaching the gospel in various Baptist churches as the family seemingly wandered from one plantation to the next. He didn't even bother picking up a guitar until he turned 25; to quote House, I didn't like no guitar when I first heard it; oh gee, I couldn't stand a guy playin' a guitar. I didn't like none of it. But if his ambivalence to the instrument was obvious, even more obvious was the simple fact that Son hated plantation labor even more and had developed a taste for corn whiskey. After drunkenly launching into a blues at a house frolic in Lyon, Miss., one night and picking up some coin for doing it, the die seemed to be cast; Son House may have been a preacher, but he was part of the blues world now.


    Now, sit back and enjoy one of the genere's greatest, on a reissue that's the best that's been made to date. So authentic, so real - that's the Analogue Productions difference.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Death Letter Blues
    2. Pearline
    3. Louise McGhee
    4. John The Revelator
    5. Empire State Express
    6. Preachin' Blues
    7. Grinning In Your Face
    8. Sundown
    9. Levee Camp Moan
    10. Motherless Children (bonus track)
    Son House
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • By A Thread By A Thread Quick View

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    By A Thread

    With over 1,000,000 Gov't Mule albums sold to date and over 2,000,000 downloads sold through Mule.net,
    Gov't Mule is one of the most successful and respected bands in the world. Once lauded by Rolling Stone for successfully bringing the classic power-trio sound of Cream and the Jimi Hendrix Experience into the 21st century - the band has completed work on 'By A Thread'. Their first studio album in three years.


    Recorded largely at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio in 2009, the album's origins are apparent from the first track, "Broke Down On The Brazos," named after the nearby river, with a deep Texas stomp for the backbeat and featuring the trademark guitar-work of ZZ Top founder Billy Gibbons. Perhaps less descriptively named,
    "Steppin' Lightly" is another burner, set off by the soulful vocals and mind-bending guitar work of Haynes, who proves anew why Rolling Stone named him one of the Top 25 guitarists of all time.


    Other highlights include the lament "Railroad Boy," informed by both Celtic tradition and the Mississippi Delta; the expansive psych-rock of 'Monday Mourning Meltdown"; and the optimistic 'Frozen Fear," with
    its lush harmony and even a hint of rocksteady skank. In recent months, Haynes has been spectacularly busy in his other dual roles as guitarist and singer for The Allman Brothers, who recently wrapped an epic stand 15 night stand at NYC's Beacon, and The Dead, where he recently drew raves from USA Today:
    "Haynes has the toughest role to fill... he did so masterfully."


    Gov't Mule tour dates this summer included Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo Music Festival, Rothbury Music Festival, The Weesner Amphitheatre in Minneapolis MN, Mile High Music Festival in Denver, CO, Minglewood Music Hall in Memphis, TN, Sloss Furnace in Birmingham AL, The Fillmore in Charlotte NC, Masquerade
    Music Park in Atlanta GA, Lincoln Theatre Street Stage in Raleigh NC, Innsbrook Pavilion in Richmond VA, National Harbor Pavilion in Washington DC, Bank of America Pavilion in Boston MA, Ives
    Concert Park in Danbury, CT, Rocks The Harbor in Buffalo NY, RiverPlex in Pittsburgh PA, The Wellmont Theatre in Montclair NJ, Party in the Park in Rochester NY.

    LP1
    1. Broke Down On The Brazos
    2. Steppin' Lightly
    3. Any Open Window
    4. Railroad Boy
    5. Monday Mourning Meltdown
    6. Gordon James


    LP2
    1. Frozen Fear
    2. Forevermore
    3. Inside Outside Woman Blues #1
    4. Scenes From A Troubled Mind
    5. World Wake Up

    Gov't Mule
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  • Dirty Heads Dirty Heads Quick View

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    Dirty Heads

    Pressed On 180 Gram Translucent Orange Vinyl


    While most bands reserve a self-titled album for their debut, the Dirty Heads, held off for an album deserving of the moniker. The band found one, in their fifth studio release, a total culmination of their signature sound. Drawing on the alternative rock, hip-hop, folk and reggae sounds from albums past to create something elevated and exciting. The band worked with top multi-genre producers such as Da Internz (Rihanna, Nicki Minaj), Drew Pearson (Katy Perry, Zac Brown Band) David Kahne (Lana Del Rey, The Strokes), and Jimmy Harry (Madonna, Diplo).


    The diversity of the production on this project is a true testament to the Dirty Heads versatility. With this album you can expect the pure Dirty Heads sound at its finest--a perfect blend of hip-hop and reggae, says vocalist Jared Watson. We have songs that range from summer anthems, songs you can vibe out to, and songs that really challenge you to think further. It's everything the Dirty Heads stand for and what we've become up until now.


    The band purposely created an album to serve as the perfect playlist for both Day and Night. The first half of the record offers fans the perfect summertime fun playlist, while the second half offers a mellower vibe, reminiscent of a relaxed summer night with friends.


    In a world where music listeners no longer listen to albums cover to cover but rather discover their favorite songs from playlists on platforms like Apple Music or Spotify, we chose to curate a playlist for our fans with our new music says Watson.

    1. That's All I Need
    2. The Truth
    3. Doesn't Make You Right
    4. Feeling Good
    5. Under the Water
    6. Too Cruel
    7. Oxygen
    8. Red Lights
    9. Smoke & Dream
    10. Moon Tower
    11. Realize It
    The Dirty Heads
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  • Look Up Look Up Quick View

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    Look Up

    It can be far too easy to get caught in negativity in today's world. We're surrounded by it in the news, the media and even entertainment. And that's what makes Mod Sun's music and message all the more refreshing.


    "It's about empowerment. It's about saying it's okay to sit by yourself on a Friday night and make music. You'll never be lonely if you love the person you're alone with," says the rapper, whose name stands for "Movement On Dreams Stand Under None."


    A Minnesota native, Mod grew up in a household that played everything from Bob Dylan to Prince, and that eclectic foundation has informed his musical journey. He started playing drums at age 13, and by 16, he began touring with a few bands, including the successful rock group Four Letter Lie.


    But his heart told him to go after something else.


    "I was in a state of comfort, touring and in a band, and I decided I wanted to totally change it up and do something I believed in," the 27-year-old remembers.


    So he gave up that steady gig to pick up the mic. Mod wrote his first song at age 19, and hasn't looked back since. Over the last eight years, he has released six mixtapes and three EPs. He has collaborated with artists including Schoolboy Q, Nipsey Hussle and G-Eazy, and earned a spot as one of sixteen independent artists from around the world competing for the cover of Rolling Stone in 2011.


    After his most recent release, 2012's Happy As Fuck, he again proved his artistic versatility, by momentarily shifting his writing focus in a new direction: His book, Did I Ever Wake Up?


    "It's all about the fact of making your life a dream," he says of the inspirational work. "I was a stubborn kid. You can never learn if you're always right. It took all these things for me to become what I want to be."


    Now, the focus is again squarely on the music. He's built plenty of momentum over the last year, thanks to videos for tracks like "My Hippy, "Free Love" and "Mushrooms." And now, Mod is getting ready to deliver his Friend Base - because he has no fans, only friends - his debut album, which is due at the top of 2015, through Rostrum Records.


    The music has grown, but the underlying message remains.
    "No matter the amount of negativity you're presented with, 5 minutes from now could be your best moment."

    1. Look Up
    2. Headed Home
    3. Free Love
    4. Goddess Ft. G-Eazy
    5. Did It Again Last Night
    6. Howlin' At The Moon
    7. My Hippy Ft. Dizzy Wright
    8. Shoot 'Em Down Ft. MGK + Blackbear
    9. My Favorite Shirt Is My Skin
    10. Never Quit Ft. Travis Barker
    11. 1970
    12. Not That Bad Ft. Jody Highroller
    13. Modivation
    14. Mushrooms
    15. Same Way Pt. 2
    Mod Sun
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  • Love Scenes Love Scenes Quick View

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    Love Scenes

    Like a mink draped over mahogany, Diana Krall's luxuriously supple alto adorns the vintage songs of romance and longing found on Love Scenes with a palpable aura of glamour and late-night cool. Her ostensibly effortless command of phrasing and intonation, whether the mood is seduction or a sweet sassiness, further fortifies the opinion that the Canadian vocalist-pianist possesses one of the great female jazz voices to surface in the late 1990s.


    Augmented by spare but skillful instrumentation from bassist Christian McBride and guitarist Russell Malone, Krall sustains a largely quiet (though hardly sleepy) ambience throughout the album's 12 selections, from Irving Berlin's How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky), which she also uses as a showcase for her touch at the keyboard, to Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away from Me. Her swing is artfully subdued (All or Nothing at All), and her wry, expressive approach to Peel Me a Grape is pure charm. Yet Krall shines most luminously on languid gems such as I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You and Garden in the Rain. Anyone in search of an album ideal for watching city lights at 2 a.m. should keep Love Scenes in mind. --Terry Wood

    LP 1
    1. All Or Nothing At All
    2. Peel Me A Grape
    3. I Don't Know Enough About You
    4. I Miss You So
    5. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    6. Lost Mind


    LP 2
    1. I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You
    2. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
    3. Gentle Rain
    4. How Deep Is The Ocean (How High Is The Sky)
    5. My Love Is
    6. Garden In The Rain

    Diana Krall
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  • Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980 Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980 Quick View

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    Live Forever: The Stanley Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA, September 23, 1980


    Recorded over 30 years ago while Marley was touring in support of his album Uprising, Live Forever is Bob Marley's last recorded concert. This never before released audio collection offers an incredible snapshot of one of music's most influential performers.



    Bob Marley & The Wailers - Live Forever: The Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, PA September 23, 1980 (UMe/Tuff Gong International) is a 2 CD/3LP/Digital collection that features many of Bob's most cherished songs, and is available for the first time. This unforgettable concert contains unique performances of No Woman No Cry, Jammin', and Is This Love, to name a few, and depicts a musical innovator and inspiration to many cultures and generations. This spectacular audio documentary Live Forever, also immortalizes the last song Marley ever performed live in concert, Get Up Stand Up his rally cry for equality.



    Bob's music has always conveyed a message of hope, unity and love. It has brought countless people together as it did that night 30 years ago in Pittsburgh. To hear that music today and to be able to share it with a new generation shows that Bob is as relevant today as he was 30 years ago. says Rita Marley



    The momentous occasion captured on Live Forever is now available on 2 CD/3LP/Digital, for the benefit of all who missed their first opportunity to attend that magical evening. Marley's influence on today's musical landscape and his continuous worldwide appeal is still evident today. His legacy and message carry on.



    Uprising's most notable song, Redemption Song, is featured on this extraordinary release and has been covered by everyone from Rihanna and The Dave Matthews Band to Stevie Wonder and Chris Cornell. His hits compilation, Legend, has also spent an astonishing 1,000 weeks on the Billboard catalog chart sitting at #1 for 110 of those weeks. The celebration of Marley's work continues as Legend get the video game treatment and is available to download as part of the best-selling Rock Band series. The Marley family also plans to commemorate Bob Marley and his legacy with other celebratory events through the year in 2011.

    LP 1
    Side 1



    1 Greetings
    2 Natural Mystic
    3 Positive Vibration
    4 Burnin' & Lootin'



    LP 1
    Side 2


    1 Them Belly Full

    2 The Heathen
    3 Running Away
    4 Crazy Baldhead



    LP 2
    Side 1


    1 War / No More Trouble
    2 Zimbabwe
    3 Zion Train



    LP 2
    Side 2


    1 No Woman No Cry
    2 Jamming
    3 Exodus



    LP 3
    Side 1


    1 Redemption Song
    2 Coming In From The Cold
    3 Could You Be Loved



    LP 3
    Side 2


    1 Is This Love
    2 Work
    3 Get Up Stand Up



    CD 1


    1 Greetings
    2 Natural Mystic
    3 Positive Vibration
    4 Burnin' & Lootin'
    5 Them Belly Full
    6 The Heathen
    11 Zion Train
    12 No Woman No Cry



    CD 2


    1 Jamming
    2 Exodus
    4 Coming In From The Cold
    5 Could You Be Loved
    6 Is This Love
    7 Work
    8 Get Up Stand Up


    Bob Marley & The Wailers
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    The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

    Ranked 312/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    'The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill' is the critically and commercially acclaimed solo album by female Fugee Lauryn Hill. Originally released on August 25th, 1998, it has been widely praised for its seamless fusion of R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Gospel, and Neo-Soul. The songs vary in style, but make for a cohesive album. In 1999, the album garnered 10 Grammy nominations at the 41st Grammy Awards. When Hill won 5 Grammies that night, her achievement made her the first female to receive that many in one night. The album includes collaborations with soul singer D'Angelo on Nothing Even Matters; guitarist Carlos Santana on To Zion; singer Mary J. Blige on I Used to Love Him and well as then little-known John Legend playing the piano on Everything is Everything.


    Over 10 years after its original release Hill's debut solo album has proven to stand the test of time easily.

    1. Intro
    2. Lost Ones

    3. Ex-Factor

    4. To Zion

    5. Doo Wop (That Thing)

    6. Superstar

    7. Final Hour

    8. When It Hurts So Bad
    9. I Used To Love Him

    10. Forgive Them Father

    11. Every Ghetto, Every City

    12. Nothing Even Matters

    13. Everything Is Everything

    14. The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

    15. Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You

    16. Tell Him
    Lauryn Hill
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    Nashville Skyline

    Relaxed 1969 Album Soothes With Country Sounds and Amicable Simplicity


    Hyper-Detailed 45RPM Version Allows You to Experience Dylan's All-Time Cleanest Vocal Performances Like Never Before: Soft, Smooth Croon a Dramatic Change from His Past


    Songs Reflect Rustic Charm, Cozy Retreat, Idyllic Satisfaction


    Includes Duet With Johnny Cash, Plus Lay Lady Lay and Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You


    For an artist whose career is flush with enigma, myth, and disguise, Nashville Skyline still surprises more than almost any other Bob Dylan move more four decades after its original release. Distinguished from every other Dylan album by virtue of the smooth vocal performances and simple ease, the 1969 record witnesses the icon's full-on foray into country and trailblazing of the country-rock movement that followed. Cozy, charming, and warm, the rustic set remains for many hardcore fans the Bard's most enjoyable effort. And most inimitable. The result of quitting smoking, Dylan's voice is in pristine shape, nearly unidentifiable from the nasal wheeze and folk accents displayed on prior records.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 45RPM analog version zeroes in on the shocking purity and never-again-replicated croon of Dylan's vocals. Enhanced, too, are the images associated with the calmly strummed and picked acoustic guitars and decay connected to the fading notes. The dimensions and ambience of the Columbia studio translate via subtle echoes and natural blend of instruments melding with one another, akin to honey integrating with tea. Providing comparably soothing effects, relaxing vibes pour forth from this reissue, which affords this masterpiece the fidelity it's always deserved. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.


    "Is it rolling, Bob?," Dylan famously queries producer Bob Johnson at the beginning of "To Be Alone With You," indicating the laissez-faire feelings that surrounded the sessions and helped yield the laidback, convivial music defining the album-arguably the most unique in the artist's vast catalog. While he dipped his toes into country waters on the preceding John Wesley Harding, Nashville Skyline throws its collective arms around the style in bear-hug fashion and drops any obvious folk references. Everything from the songs' moods to the amicable arrangements reacts against the era's turmoil and popular sounds.


    This beautiful and beautifully executed effort might stand as Dylan's most effective protest ever, even if many missed the point upon original release. Advocating peace, love, and old-world allure without calling attention to any characteristic in an overly forward manner, Dylan frames the songs as ballads, rags, lullabies, and gentle honky-tonk dances. He adheres to expeditious brevity, keeping the arrangements tight and free of any filler, thus allowing the melodies to immediately work their magic and place hummable memories inside listeners' heads.


    Indeed, if any Dylan masterpiece is overlooked, it's Nashville Skyline. In addition to his superb singing and infallible songs, Dylan enjoys backing from a crackerjack assembly of Nashville session musicians including Charlie Daniels, Marshall Grant, W.S. Holland, Charlie McCoy, Ken Buttrey, and Norman Blake. Country pros, and their respective performances, don't come any better.


    As much as on any of his records, Dylan resides in a good place, mentally and emotionally. The idyllic, warmhearted environs of Nashville Skyline stand apart now just as they did in the late 1960s. The sincerity conveyed on the inviting "Lay Lady Lay," relief sighed on the romantic "Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You," and unlimited promise expressed on the jittery "To Be Alone With You" parallel the lessons-learned yearning and genuine desire found on "One More Night," bracing "I Threw It All Away," and eternal "Girl From the North Country," performed to perfection with Johnny Cash.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Girl From the North Country
    2. Nashville Skyline Rag
    3. To Be Alone With You
    4. I Threw It All Away
    5. Peggy Day
    6. Lay Lady Lay
    7. One More Night
    8. Tell Me That It Isn't True
    9. Country Pie
    10. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here With You
    Bob Dylan
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    McCartney

    Mastered from the Original Tapes at Abbey Road by Guy Massey and Co.: Same Team Responsible for Superb Beatles Reissues


    Audiophile-Grade Gatefold-Packaged 180g 2LP Set Includes Seven Rare and Previously Unreleased Tracks, Download of Entire Record


    Macca's 1970 Solo Debut Stands As One of Most Acclaimed Debuts in Music History


    McCartney Personally Supervised the Reissue: McCartney II Also Available on 180g 2LP


    Originally released in 1970 and instantly heralded as one of the most beloved solo debuts of all time, McCartney announced to the world that Paul McCartney was more than ready for a career outside of the Beatles. Hitting #1 on the charts, the record yielded the timeless tracks Every Night and That Would Be Something along with the immortal classic Maybe I'm Amazed.


    Recorded at the multi-instrumentalist's home studio, McCartney performed nearly every note himself and also handled production duties. While Macca handles the standard bass, drums, guitar, piano and organ, he also works xylophone, Mellotron, and organ into the mix. The material here is a blend of white soul, hummable pop, and lightly rocking numbers that succeed via their modest charm and ageless melodies. He also calls on then-wife Linda McCartney to supply background vocals.


    Part of the icon's ongoing Archive Collection, McCartney has been remastered at Abbey Road from the original master tapes by the same engineering team responsible for the internationally acclaimed Beatles reissues. We assure you that this 1970 masterwork has never sounded better, and the gatefold packaging looks stunning. In addition, McCartney has unlocked the vault and supplied seven rare and previously unreleased tracks to add to the album's overall enjoyment and context. Not surprisingly, Macca himself oversaw the entire reissue.


    Pop fans and music connoisseurs, this is what is deemed essential. Grab McCartney and its natural bookend McCartney II on audiophile vinyl and immerse yourself in the sounds of the artist who's the mot successful musician and composer in history.

    LP 1

    1. The Lovely Linda
    2. That Would Be Something
    3. Valentine Day
    4. Every Night
    5. Hot As Sun / Glasses
    6. Junk
    7. Man We Was Lonely
    8. Oo You
    9. Momma Miss America
    10. Teddy Boy
    11. Singalong Junk
    12. Maybe I'm Amazed
    13. Kreen-Akrore


    LP 2 - Bonus Tracks
    1. Suicide (outtake)
    2. Maybe I'm Amazed (from One Hand Clapping)
    3. Every Night (Live at Glasgow, 1979)
    4. Hot As Sun (Live at Glasgow, 1979)
    5. Maybe I'm Amazed (Live at Glasgow, 1979)
    6. Don't Cry Baby (outtake)
    7. Women Kind (demo) (mono)

    Paul McCartney
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    Mr. Soul

    Import

    Sam Cooke, inventor and true King of Soul, recorded 'Mr. Soul' in the same year as 'Night Beat', and seems to be its more adult counterpart, with soulful ballads taking up most of the album.


    A laidback tempo and rich arrangements lay the foundation over which Sam's somewhat melancholy voice floats, creating an uplifting spirit that can mend anyone's broken heart. With standards such as 'Willow Weep For Me', 'I Wish You Love', and For Sentimental Reasons', Cooke shows a quiet emotive side of himself without losing his keen sense of melody, using the strength of his voice without overpowering the listener.


    Had Sam Cooke lived longer, we might have had more music of this rare quality.


    As it stands, we must make do with the treasures he left behind. And now, for the first time in over thirty years, Music On Vinyl is re-issuing 'Mr. Soul' on 180 grams audiophile vinyl with remastered audio.

    1. I Wish You Love
    2. Willow Weep For Me
    3. Chains Of Love
    4. Smoke Rings
    5. All The Way
    6. Send Me Some Lovin'
    7. Cry Me A RIver
    8. Driftin' Blues
    9. For Sentimental Reasons
    10. Nothing Can Change This Love
    11. Little Girl
    12. These Foolish Things
    Sam Cooke
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    Stranger

    On Stranger Balmorhea continues the cosmic dialog they began with their eponymous debut in 2007. Though the spirit of Texas' early inhabitants and the weight of the night sky inspired previous albums All is Wild, All is Silent (2009) and Constellations (2010), Stranger shifts the focus from the celestial to the terrestrial, or more accurately, it begins to explore the celestial resonance in all things terrestrial.


    Balmorhea's music has always been guided by the experience of living in Texas, but with Stranger the band moves beyond contemplative reverence for the land and the history of their home state. The most forward-leaning of their catalog, Stranger presents worlds of tenderness, aggression, estrangement, and freedom using an expanded sonic palette including guitar loops, vibes, synthesizers, ukulele, and steel pan drums. In addition to these new sounds, electric guitars and percussion take the stage once occupied by piano and acoustic guitars.


    Stranger explores the kinetic rhythms that dictate our day-to-day lives, fascinated by the wanderlust that drove the itinerant hearts of our earliest settlers and that continues to pulse in the kids roaming Texas' suburban sprawl. Unsettled, but patient, these songs embrace everyday sensuality, youthful discovery, and nomadic reverie awe-struck by the divine energy that permeates all of our earthly fauna and flora.


    Refined over many months, and in one case years, the band took care to ensure every note on Stranger feels essential, vivid, and confident. During the writing process, Rob Lowe was living in Alpine, Texas, just down the road from Marfa, and Michael Muller had relocated to Brooklyn. Absorbing their new environments, and filtering them through uniquely Texan lenses, the band has created an album that stands defiantly alone in the sea of modern independent music. Opening with the electric guitar loops, synths, and steel drums of Days, the band invites us to move forward with them as they explore without pretense or expectation. Pilgrim provides the perfect ending, blurring alpha and omega...a concluding gesture taking us back to our beginnings.

    1. Days
    2. Masollan
    3. Fake Fealty
    4. Dived
    5. Jubi
    6. Artifact
    7. Shore
    8. Pyrakantha
    9. Islet
    10. Pilgrim
    Balmorhea
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    Desperate Ground

    180 Gram Vinyl LP


    Vinyl LP pressed at RTI


    Desperate Ground, the new LP from The Thermals, is exactly what the title implies. A
    dangerous path. A crucial moment. A split second in time when you must stand and defend,
    kill or be killed. Nowhere to run. Nowhere to hide.
    No problem!


    The Thermals' sixth LP and first for Saddle Creek, Desperate Ground, is a true scrappy and
    scratchy return-to-form for The Thermals, with all the raw power and unhinged adolescent
    energy that made their early LP's so insanely enjoyable. Lyrically, the album is a brash and
    irresponsible ode to human violence, a black celebration of the inevitability of war and death.


    A dark and yet joyous affair, Desperate Ground tells the (murky) tale of a lone rogue in the
    night. One man, one path, one sword. An unceasing urge to destroy. A never-ending battle
    against the forces of nature.  A destiny impossible to avoid. All told, Desperate Ground is a
    loud, violent thrill ride, a punk LP as bloody action film. It's The Wipers meets "Die Hard" and
    "Excalibur".


    Desperate Ground was produced by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth) in Hoboken,
    NJ. Agnello and The Thermals completed mixing just hours before Hurricane Sandy ravaged
    New Jersey. Desperate Ground indeed.

    1 Born To Kill
    2 You Will Be Free
    3 The Sunset
    4 I Go Alone
    5 The Sword By My Side
    6 You Will Find Me
    7 Faces Stay With Me
    8 The Howl Of The Winds
    9 Where I Stand
    10 Our Love Survives
    Thermals
    $17.99
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  • My Midnight Things (Pre-Order) My Midnight Things (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    My Midnight Things (Pre-Order)

    Release Date: June 15, 2018*

    Since 1983, the name Lizzy Borden has been synonymous with heavy metal music of the highest caliber. With My Midnight Things he has reaffirmed this standing, delivering the biggest, most dramatic, moving and cinematic record of his career, and one of the most essential additions to the genre in 2018. While showcasing a diverse range of sounds, tones and moods, it is unmistakably the work of the man who released a string of classic albums in the 1980s and two more in the 00s, but with a new fire burning at the heart of the record, it is one that he has lovingly crafted for those who scream along with every word at his shows. "On our last tour across Europe, Asia and South America, I noticed that the audience had changed," he states. "It got a lot younger. I looked out to see all these kids in every country singing at the top of their lungs to songs that were written before they were born, and that made me want to start writing some full-blown albums just for them. I wanted to make songs that would be theirs, albums that they could be a part of."


    Having not dropped a record since 2007's mighty Appointment With Death, fans have understandably champed at the bit waiting for new material. Though penning numerous songs throughout that period, when it became time to seriously focus upon writing an album, the multi-instrumentalist did what needed to be done to be sure of creating the best possible music. "I knew the only way I could find what I was looking for was to lock myself away and experiment, so that's what I did. I wrote and recorded in my studio in North Hollywood in a very industrial area all night every night, with only sirens from fire trucks and these songs to keep me company. It was a lonely time, but very fruitful. You might even hear some of those sirens in some of the songs if you listen closely." Starting with between forty and fifty songs, he steadily whittled these down to fifteen, and finally to the ten that made the record, only wanting the very best to make the cut. As with all of his albums, once Borden hones in on a core subject matter he builds the album around it, and in the case of My Midnight Things, the theme is that of love. However, adopting a different approach to writing than usual, rather than starting with music, he instead focused on the lyrics, and penned the music later to best serve the stories being told, wanting every song to stand up on its own while keeping the storyline of the record moving forward. "I just let the lyrics drive the mood and the way I would sing each song, but overall I kept it varied and engaging enough so that listeners will want to devour the whole album in one sitting, without you hearing me repeat myself."


    The diversity of the record makes it abundantly clear that he succeeded, and it makes for a thrilling ride from start to finish. Opening with the titanic stomp of the title track, the cinematic feel kicks off from the start, a serpentine seductiveness coiling through it, and the likes of "A Stranger To Love" and the bruising "Our Love Is God" inhabit similarly dark territory. The more stripped down, haunting strains of the reprise of the title track - which was in fact the first version penned - is achingly frail, and then counterpointing all of the record's darker and more brooding moments are the upbeat "Long May They Haunt Us", the hugely anthemic and uplifting closer "We Belong In The Shadows", and the frankly glorious "Run Away With Me". While the title of the album "means many different things" to Borden, he chooses not to disclose these, allowing listeners to find their own meaning in it, which is something important to him. In terms of the record's central theme, he acknowledges that while "love" seems somewhat obvious, he tried to find a way to see it through a different lens. "Sometimes being in love is the worst thing that can happen to you if you're with the wrong person and you can't stop it, and sometimes it's the best thing in the world. I knew I could find things in between every other song that's been written about it. So that was the challenge. But, even though I write with a theme in mind and with different personalities singing each song, I never write in storyboard form. I always try to write in poetry form. I think you can search for more meaning that way, from one line to the next there can be multiple meanings, as opposed to being trapped telling a story."


    Having signed a new contract with Metal Blade on the strength of three demo tracks, Borden opted to produce My Midnight Things himself, with Joey Scott as co-producer, who also handled all the drumming duties. Having an old school approach to his drumming, feeding off the vocals, lyrics and melody rather than just acting as a time keeper, he was perfectly suited to Borden's approach to the record, which also applied to his role as co-producer. "I knew what I was going for and had doubts that I could find a producer who would understand that. My approach is very different than what is happening in today's music, but Joey got that and wanted the same thing." With Marliese Quance Mildenberger handling the majority of the keyboards, her unique melancholy playing style added even more "emotion and dimension" to each song, while Borden himself handled all of the bass, guitars, some keys and all of the vocal parts. Anyone exposed to My Midnight Things will find it hard to deny that like all of his records, it is a true vocal tour de force, each track endowed with a phenomenal amount of layering to create something that is uniquely Lizzy Borden. "The style that I record vocals harkens back to The Beatles and Queen. It's time consuming and tedious, but the result gives you a more multi-dimensional feel than you would get with a single vocal. When I recorded 'Master Of Disguise' (1989), I was clocked in at a seven-octave vocal range between all the backing and lead vocals. It gave the feel of multiple personalities within my voice, and I've used that technique on the last four albums."


    That every song on the record could be released as a single is testament to just how strong this collection is. While truly a record for his fans, its appeal will easily reach much further, and Borden is as eager to get back on stage as his devout followers who cannot wait to see him back up there. "I've already started working on the 'My Midnight Things' Show, and I really can't wait to play these songs live. There are so many talented players out there in the world, I know I will find the right guys or girls to be on stage with me in my touring band, and just based on what is being talked about, so far it will be the best show I've ever done. I really do feel a new excitement that I have not felt in years. The best is yet to come."

    *Please note that release dates are subject to change.

    Tracklist coming soon!
    Lizzy Borden
    $25.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
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    MTV Unplugged - Summer Solstice

    In the land of the midnight sun, the clocks tick slightly different than they do elsewhere. This is especially true during the summer solstice, when the sun hardly sets at all, bathing the small Norwegian island of Giske - where a-ha played their first ever two acoustic concerts - in an eerie twilight.


    Giske is a tiny island in close proximity to the city of Ålesund on the shore of the North Atlantic Ocean - a popular city much frequented by day trippers arriving on huge cruise ships during Norway's short yet intense summer season. But a-ha's audience didn't get to Giske on such boats. Coming from destinations all over the world, for them getting to Giske meant embarking on a plane to Oslo and from there to Ålesund. And from there you finally have to drive through a series of seemingly endless and frighteningly deep undersea tunnels to reach Giske, an island so beautiful and, well, remote, that one immediately wonders why a-ha handpicked this specific location to play their long awaited first MTV Unplugged shows on the night of the 2017 summer solstice, right where the world seems to end.


    Pål Waaktaar-Savoy: "Choosing Giske is like most of the things we do: It's been 50% chance and 50% planned. We were discussing many different places to play these special shows - among them Manaus in the Amazon jungle, Berlin, London and New York. At the end of the day it was the Ocean Sound Recordings studio in Giske that made the difference. We knew that we could rehearse undisturbed in an extremely good sounding facility."


    a-ha booked the Ocean Sound Recordings studio, which looks out onto the ocean, to revisit their own back catalogue for two weeks together with producer Lars Horntveth, who had already been working on the acoustic arrangements for more than half a year. The nearby Øygardshallen (Giske Harbour Hall) turned out to be the perfect venue to stage their two first ever acoustic shows: They simply had to lay cables from A to B and then were able to use the studio at Ocean Sound Recordings to capture the shows perfectly. a-ha performed in front of an audience of just 250 people - the Øygardshallen's glass front allowed the audience to gaze out into the pale night and onto a number of LED video steles that had been set up behind the band, serving as a minimalist backdrop to the concert. Suffice to say, the concerts were sold-out within minutes, as a-ha were to play "concerts so close to our audience like never before". As Magne Furuholmen puts it: "These were by far the most intimate concerts we've ever given."


    Yet the beauty of the North Atlantic Ocean, the light of the midnight sun and the exclusivity of the concerts are only one half of the story. The other half is that the idea of a-ha playing their vast catalogue of world hits stripped down to their very essence is indeed a promising endeavor.


    Pål: "We've talked about this idea for so many years. And in many of our concerts we've also played some acoustic songs. But if you consider that we don't use much technology at all when we write the songs, the idea an entirely acoustic show makes total sense. Playing all these songs now in their acoustic versions is like returning to their origins."


    Magne expands the thought in a more universal direction: "Most of our songs draw inspiration from a childhood directly exposed to Norwegian culture, even the folk music tradition, perhaps more so than we thought. We were constantly faced with questions from journalists implying how our 'Norwgian-ness' was a unique part of our sound, even though we lived and worked in London.


    As a creative person it is almost easier to tap into this nordic mindest from a distance. History is full of good examples of how iconic Norwegians in the past did their best work away from home; The writer Henrik Ibsen wrote on universal topics with a strong Norwegian tone while living in Italy, Edvard Munch's melancholic force defined expressionism while living in Berlin - yet he simply couldn't be from anywhere but this country. And of course there is Edvard Grieg, who took a lot of inspiration directly from folk music. His music always felt particularly resonant in our ears growing up. With such strong figures and influences defining what it is to be a Norwegian, it becomes part of what you are. Our darker, melancholic streak definitely harks back to these early influences. We feel connected to all that, which is why we thought returning home for this project was a very natural step.


    Morten Harket stresses the fact how crucial it was to have arranger/producer Lars Horntveth on board as a catalyst and fearlessly driving force behind the scenes: "He confronted our music by presenting completely new arrangements, also taking out 'untouchable' parts, which easily came across as being disrespectful. I say this as a compliment, by the way... And of course we hated it! But we also needed it! This was exactly what we had asked of him. We needed someone who would boldly question everything that we stood for as a band - someone who could stand up to us. Of course it led to shouting matches. It's part of the creative process. Lars deserves the credit for bringing the band closer together than we have been for a very long time."


    For the MTV Unplugged shows, a-ha played 17 songs in completely new arrangements as well as two new songs and two cover versions on vintage acoustic instruments, accompanied by a backing band featuring Karl Oluf Wennerberg on drums, Even Ormestad on acoustic bass, Morten Qvenild on piano and various acoustic keyboards, Lars Horntveth on multiple instruments and Madeleine Ossum on violin and vocals, Tove Margrethe Erikstad on cello and Emilie Heldal Lidsheim on viola and backing vocals. Furthermore, a total of four guest stars served as duet partners for Morten Harket. Most notably, Echo & The Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch had been invited by Magne Furuholmen to sing "Scoundrel Days" and Ian's very own "The Killing Moon" on the first of the two shows. On the second night, a-ha were joined by Alison Moyet of Yazoo fame to duet with Morten on "Summer Moved On". Highasakite's Ingrid Helene Håvik guested on "The Sun Always Shines on TV" on both nights, while, last but not least, American singer Lissie did the same on "I've Been Losing You".


    "In the cacophonic world of popular music, with its high-impact effects and productions, the music is often somewhat lost as it ends up being premeditated." Morten Harket addresses the subject of subtlety: "The world of pop is a world where everything always has to be more than anything else."


    Attending the concerts and the last full day of the rehearsals, you could tell that the whole group and especially Morten did indeed try to reveal the soul of each and every song performed. During the last run-through on the day before the first night the band took things extremely seriously. Songs were started, stopped and deconstructed. Discussions between Morten and the group as well as with the recording engineers dealt with the tiniest details of sound, cohesiveness and attitude. As a result, the two shows benefited profoundly, both in terms of microstructure (the new arrangements reveal so much of the songs' essences), as well as in that the overall dramaturgic arc of the concerts, which steadily built towards a climax that would astound even the most dedicated follower of the group. During the encore, a-ha would play - "as usual" - their first and biggest hit to date, "Take On Me". But an unexpected chord change in the chorus and the skeletal arrangement not only allowed a new perspective on the song's lyrics, it also left the audience with tears in their eyes.


    Magne: "When you rearrange songs for an acoustic rendition it is also an opportunity to do more than to just simplify them. I especially like what happened when we took a fresh look at Take on me, which went from being an uptempo syntheziser-driven popsong to a much more melancholic, yearning ballad in this slowed down arrangement, it shows with much more clarity how the song at its core is not some standalone upbeat track, but belongs squarely inside our catalogue alongside more thoughtful, darker songs like scoundrel days etc.


    There are only a few bands in the world who can look back on similarly close ties with the music channel MTV as a-ha. Alongside the likes of Duran Duran and Yello, in 1985 a-ha were worldwide pioneers who immediately understood the power of the music video as both a narrative and commercial tool. Steve Barron's classic "Take On Me" clip is still a milestone of music video and in 2003 was voted by the MTV audience as one of the top ten best videos ever made. There have long been efforts by a-ha and MTV to organize an Unplugged concert.


    The fact that the two MTV Unplugged concerts in June 2017 actually took place on Giske also left a deep impression on a-ha themselves. Like every other band that has been successful on a worldwide scale for over three decades, a-ha have had their share of problems, split-ups and re-unifications. A thoughtful Magne reflects: "After such a long time, a-ha have now become a band that simply continues from project to project. This turned out to be a very healthy approach for the three of us, because going acoustic also had the taste of a new project."


    Pål: "When we recorded our last few albums, we were sometimes working pretty isolated from each other. We should do this again - sitting and recording in the same room together for a couple of weeks or months and see what comes out as a result. We may argue about a lot of things, but we are also a band that has very close ties."


    After the closing applause that seemed would never end, the band left the stage and walked out of Øygardshallen into the living daylights. Having performed two triumphant concerts together, the three band mates climbed into three separate vehicles and headed off into the sunlit night. But everybody in the audience had a feeling that a-ha had now just opened a brand new chapter in their unparalleled career. To quote a line from one of the highlights of these unplugged shows: "Cause I've been told / Stay on these roads / We shall meet, I know."


    -Max Dax

    LP 1
    1. This Is Our Home (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    2. Lifelines (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    3. I've Been Losing You (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    4. Analogue (All I Want) (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    5. The Sun Always Shines on TV (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    6. A Break in the Clouds (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    7. Foot of the Mountain (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)


    LP 2
    1. Stay on These Roads (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    2. This Alone Is Love (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    3. Over the Treetops (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    4. Forever Not Yours (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    5. Sox of the Fox (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    6. Scoundrel Days (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    7. The Killing Moon (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)


    LP 3
    1. Summer Moved on (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    2. Memorial Beach (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    3. Living a Boy's Adventure Tale (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    4. Manhattan Skyline (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    5. The Living Daylights (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017 / LP Edit)
    6. Hunting High and Low (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)
    7. Ake on Me (Live from MTV Unplugged, Giske / 2017)

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