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The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1927) Box Set
* 800 Newly-Remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 172 Artists
* 200+ Fully-Restored Original 1920s Ads And Images
* 6x 180g Vinyl LPs Pressed On Burled Chestnut Colored Vinyl W/ Hand-Engraved, Blind-embossed Gold-Leaf Labels, Housed In A Laser-Etched White Birch LP Folio
* 250 Page Deluxe Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Art Book
* 360 Page Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Portraits And Full Paramount Discography
* Handcrafted Quarter-Sawn Oak Cabinet With Lush Sage Velvet Upholstery And Custom-forged Metal Hardware
* First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App, Allowing User Mgmt Of All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Custom-Designed USB Drive
How did a Wisconsin chair company, producing records on the cheap and run by men with little knowledge of their audience or the music business, build one of the greatest musical rosters ever assembled under one roof? The answer lies in 'The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,' an epic, two-volume omnibus of art, words and music housed in a limited-edition, hand-sculpted cabinet-of-wonder, to be jointly released by Jack White's Third Man Records and John Fahey's Revenant Records.
'Volume One,' which covers the label's improbable rise from 1917-1927, will be released exclusively through Third Man on October 29, and worldwide on November 19. The project is co-produced by leading Paramount authority Alex van der Tuuk, and 'Volume 2' will be released in November 2014.
Paramount Records was founded on a modest proposition: produce records as cheaply as possible, recording whatever talent was available. Over its lifetime, the label would become a "race records" powerhouse, its sound and fortunes directly linked to the Great Migration.
By the time Paramount ceased operations in 1932, it had compiled a dizzying array of performers still unrivaled to this day, spanning early jazz titans (Louis Armstrong, King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller), blues masters (Charley Patton, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Son House, Skip James), American divas (Ma Rainey, Alberta Hunter, Ethel Waters), gospel (Norfolk Jubilee Quartette), vaudeville (Papa Charlie Jackson), and the indefinable "other" (Geeshie Wiley, Elvie Thomas). Paramount would also directly influence the style of Robert Crumb and countless other 20th century artists and illustrators, through a series of hand-drawn ads promoting its releases in the pages of the Chicago Defender.
The 'Rise and Fall' wonder-cabinet gives equal status to page-turning narrative and new scholarship; original and newly created graphic art; industrial design; and compelling analog and digital music experiences.6 LPs feature 87 tracks from the collection.
USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 172 artists across the Paramount family of labels, including the earliest recordings of:
King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Blind Blake, Fats Waller, Ma Rainey, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Fletcher Henderson, Alberta Hunter, Papa Charlie Jackson, Ethel Waters, Coleman Hawkins, Johnny and Baby Dodds, Bo Weavil Jackson, Jimmy O'Bryant, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Tiny Parham, Jimmy Blythe, and Jaybird Coleman.$469.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928 - 1932) (Awaiting Repress)
Six LPs, 800 Digital Tracks, Two Definitive Large-Format Books. All Housed In A Polished Aluminum Case Evoking The Era's High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism.
800 Newly-remastered Digital Tracks, Representing 175 Artists
90+ Fully-restored Original 1920s-30s Paramount Ads From Chicago Defender
6 X 180g LPs Pressed On Alabaster-white Label-less Vinyl, Each Side With Its Own Hand-Etched Numeral And Holographic Image
250 Pg. Large-Format Clothbound Hardcover Book Featuring Original Paramount Art And The Label's Curious Tale
400 Pg. Encyclopedia-Style Softcover Field Guide Containing Artist Bios & Portraits And Full Paramount Discography
Polished Aluminum And Stainless Steel Cabinet, Evoking 1930s High Art Deco Stylings And America's Own Machine Age Modernism
First-Of-Its-Kind Music And Image Player App Containing All Tracks And Ads, Housed On Sculpted Metal USB Drive
Last November, Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant issued The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), the first installment of the curious tale of America's most important record label. It was called spectacular (New York Times), unprecedented (Rolling Stone), breathtaking (Boing Boing), a cabinet of wonder, indeed (Pitchfork), and the most perfectly realized attempt to combine music and documentation (Fretboard Journal) and damnedest musical objet d'art (Nashville Scene) folks had ever seen.
Third Man-Revenant now presents the final volume in the Paramount story - The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-32).
As Volume Two begins, Paramount is entitled to a breather - in the previous 5 years it's been home to giants like King Oliver, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Alberta Hunter, Blind Blake, Ethel Waters, Ma Rainey, Papa Charlie Jackson, Eubie Blake, Fletcher Henderson, Big Bill Broonzy, Roosevelt Sykes, James P. Johnson, Jaybird Coleman, Clarence Williams, and Fats Waller.
But just as it seems the label might be losing steam, it begins a second act that threatens to dwarf its first. In its final 5 year push from 1928-32, Paramount embarks on a furious run for the ages, birthing the entire genre of Mississippi Delta blues and issuing some of the most coveted recordings in the history of wax - a staggering playlist including Skip James, Charley Patton, Son House, Tommy Johnson, Blind Roosevelt Graves, Willie Brown, King Solomon Hill, Tampa Red, Georgia Tom Dorsey, Little Brother Montgomery, Lottie Kimbrough, Rube Lacy, Meade Lux Lewis, Buddy Boy Hawkins, Ramblin' Thomas, Jaydee Short, George Bullet Williams, Cow Cow Davenport, Clifford Gibson, Ishman Bracey, Charlie Spand, Jabo Williams, Louise Johnson, Blind Joe Taggart, Geeshie Wiley & Elvie Thomas, and The Mississippi Sheiks.
Paramount simply killed. But more than that, it changed how this country thought of itself. It was the first and most comprehensive chronicler of what America really sounded like in the 1920s and '30s - on its street corners, at its fish fries and country suppers, in its nightclubs and dance halls and showtents. In the process, Paramount - not some preservationist-minded enterprise like the Library of Congress - inadvertently created the most significant repository of this young nation's greatest art form.6 LPs feature tracks from the collection.
USB Drive contains 800 digital tracks by 175 artists across the Paramount family of labels.$469.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + 2 Books - 6 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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At the apex of Fury's short and startling rise, from a providential birth in late 2013 through era-defining performances at America's Hardcore fest in 2014 and 2015, the Orange County five-piece has delivered Paramount, a debut full-length album of grace, erudition, and effortless virtuosity that guarantees Fury's induction into the tiny fraternity of epochal hardcore bands - e.g., Embrace, Unbroken, Mental - in whose sonic singularity and aesthetic intelligence the best minds of successive generations have seen themselves reflected.
Paramount is impossible to characterize in the usual terms of A-meets-B direct influence: maybe you hear Burn, maybe you hear Outburst or Beyond or Supertouch, but no combination of such references conveys the subtlety of the songwriting, the precision of the musicianship, or the ferocity of Jeremy Stith's vocal performance, by way of which one encounters the best written and most cleverly phrased hardcore lyrics in recent memory. Paramount is, as they say in the groves of academe, sui generis.
And yet to apprehend the lyric sheet's overt intertextuality (no less than Shakespeare, Don Delillo and Praise's Andy Norton, among others, are given co-writing credit), to hear the multiplicity of guest vocalists, to spend the 12 minutes required to read the voluminous thanks list - all this is to know, as the band itself surely does, that Paramount belongs no more to the individuals who recorded it than to the entire roiling, loving, terrifying, inspiring, hateful, romantic, literate, ignorant, fantastically dynamic culture that gave rise to it.1. Danse
2. Thin Line
4. Damage Is Done
5. In Extremis
6. The Fury
7. Death Yellows Life & Reason
9. Duality of Man
10. The Feeling$17.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Big Mouth USA - The Unissued Paramount AlbumJim Ford's previously unissued third album as it was intended to be heard, restored and re-mastered from one of the few existing 12 acetates in magnificent full stereo hi-fidelity sound. Recorded in 1973 with the cream of Los Angeles' session musicians, Ford's Big Mouth USA is a full length album completed for Paramount Records but never released until now. A twelve inch acetate of the album circulated among a few people at the label, but only a 45RPM single was ever commercially issued. Thirty-six years later, Bear Family Records is proud to present what was meant to be the country soul singer/songwriter's third album.1. Big Mouth USA
2. He Turns My Radio On
3. Family Tree
4. Mixed Green
5. Rising Sign
6. I Call Her Baby
7. If There's A Will There's A Way
8. If I Go Country
9. Big Boquet of Roses
10. Whicha Way$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hatari! - Music from the Paramount Motion Picture200-gram 33 1/3 LP, mastered at Sterling Sound by Ryan Smith from the Analog Tapes
Plated and Pressed by Quality Record Pressings
Deluxe tip-on Jacket by Stoughton Printing
Featuring Baby Elephant Walk
Featured on Harry Pearson's Famous Recommended List of fine audio recordings
Coming off a double Oscar win for his Breakfast at Tiffany's score, Henry Mancini produced this score for the Howard Hawks-directed, John Wayne-starring safari comedy Hatari!.
This is at first a fun blend of jazz and Afro-exotica, jungle drums mixed with a classic bop combo. Elsewhere, however, the soundtrack opts for some pleasant, but very Western jazz, only stopping for the African instrument-sampler 'The Sounds of Hatari,' which features some nice treated piano. The filmmakers were probably hoping that the Mercer and Carmichael song 'Just for Tonight' would be as much a success as Tiffany's 'Moon River,' but if Hatari! is memorable for anything, it's for the incredibly goofy 'Baby Elephant Walk,' which has gone on to be infamous musical shorthand for kookiness of any stripe. - AllMusic.com.
Now Music from the Paramount Picture score Hatari! is back bigger and better than ever! We've gone the deluxe Analogue Productions route - remastered from the original analog tape by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound, cut at 33 1/3 RPM, plated and pressed as a 200-gram LP at Quality Record Pressings. Then packaged in a deluxe tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing. A great title, a brilliant reissue. Exceptional!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Theme from Hatari!
2. Baby Elephant Walk
3. Just For Tonight
4. Your Father's Feathers
5. Night Side
6. Big Band Bwana
7. The Sounds Of Hatari
8. The Soft Touch
9. Crocodile, Go Home!$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ISL-1439xFall Out Boy
Infinity On HighInfinity on High is the third studio album by American rock band Fall Out Boy, originally released on February 6, 2007, by Island Records as the follow-up to the band's commercially successful 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree. Pre-production began in the group's hometown of Chicago, where writing and rehearsal sessions took place. It was recorded from July to October 2006 at the Pass Studios in Los Angeles, California and mixed at the Paramount Recording Studios in Hollywood. The music was composed by lead singer and guitarist Patrick Stump and the lyrics were penned by bassist Pete Wentz.LP 1
1. Thriller (Featuring Jay-Z)
2. The Take Over, The Breaks Over
3. This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race
4, I'm Like A Lawyer With The Way I'm Always Trying To Get You Off (Me & You)
5. Hum Hallelujah
7. Thnks Fr Th Mmrs
8. Don't You Know Who I Think I Am?
1. The (After) Life Of The Party
2. The Carpal Tunnel Of Love
3. Bang The Doldrums
4. Fame < Infamy
5. You're Crashing, But You're No Wave
6. I've Got All This Ringing In My Ears And None On My Fingers
8. It's Hard To Say I Do When I Don't$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
African American singer and guitar player who got his start playing on the streets of Memphis around the turn of the century. His enormous repertoire of early folk, blues, old time country and popular music, along with his influence on local musicians has made many point to him as the true father of Memphis blues. He began touring the South with a black face Medicine Show comedian in the 1910s where it is said he met and influenced Jimmie Rodgers, among others. He then moved to Tennessee where he began playing with musician Dan Sane with whom he made his first recordings as the Beale Street Sheiks for Paramount in 1927. Throughout this period Stokes recorded a number of sides for Paramount and Victor until his old time style began to lose popularity with the record buying public.1. Downtown Blues
2. Bedtime Blues
3. Whats the Matter Blues
4. Mistreatin Blues
5. It Wont Be Long Now
6. Nehi Mamma Blues
7. I Got Mine
8. Stomp That Thing
9. 'Taint Nobodys Business If I Do
10. Take Me Back
11. How Long
12. South Memphis Blues
13. Bunker Hill Blues
14. Right Now Blues
15. Shiney Town Blues
16. Frank Stokes' Dream
17. Memphis Rounders Blues$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dear Friends And Gentle HeartsAfter their triumphant return from a five year hiatus, American Steel are primed to build on their remarkable momentum and acclaim with the release of their fifth full-length, Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts. From the opening note, the album reflects American Steel's unique ability to deliver invigorating songs with an artistic approach that is lost on the majority of their peers. The album's penetrating songs, soulful choruses, and smart, constantly progressing guitar work combine to create what is by far the band's paramount achievement to date.
1. Emergency House Party
2. Tear the Place Apart
3. Safe and Sound
4. Your Ass Ain't Laughing Now
5. The Blood Gets Everywhere
6. From Here To Hell
7. Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts
8. Lights Out
10. Where You Want To Be
11. Finally Alone
12. Meals & Entertainment$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From Elvis In MemphisImport
Ranked 190/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
From Elvis in Memphis is the thirty-fifth album by Elvis Presley originally released in 1969.
The recording of the album marked the definite return of Presley to non-soundtrack albums, after finishing his movie contract with Paramount pictures.
Motivated by his early influences in country, rhythm and blues, and the latest music trend in Memphis being gospel and soul, Presley chose to record these songs at the Memphis-based American Sound Studio.
Music on Vinyl now rereleases this classic on 180 gram audiophile vinyl.1. Wearin' that Loved Look
2. Only the Strong Survive
3. I'll Hold You in My Heart
4. Long Black Limousine
5. It Keeps Right On A-Hurtin'
6. I'm Movin On
7. Power of My Love
8. Gentle on My Mind
9. After Loving You
10. True Love Travels on a Gravel Road
11. Any Day Now
12. In the Ghetto$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
2013-3012In April of 2011, The Skull Defekts toured the US to celebrate the release of the Peer Amid album on Thrill Jockey Records, a record where the Swedish core of the band was completed by the presence of Daniel Higgs on vocals. The band decided to invite Higgs' old Lungfish companion Asa Osborne and his Zomes project to open for them on tour.
When the crew found themselves with a canceled show midway through the tour, they luckily were at Machines With Magnets where they had played a show the night before, a great studio in Pawtucket, RI (previously used by bands like Battles and The Psychic Paramount). The studio had just ended a recording session and the band entered for an explosive and extremely creative one day session. Two new songs were written and recorded, and another one that had been played on the tour was put to tape.
The A-side consists of the three songs recorded during the session. The B-side is meant to be played from the inner-most groove out and plays the same tracks backward.1. Children of the Skull Defekts
2. Beyond Within
5. Nihtiw Dnoyeb
6. Stkefed Lluks eht fo Nerdlihc$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Getz Au Go-GoMastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!
It was one of those rare nights of absolute communication - the New York City opening of the New Stan Getz Quartet.
Stan had chosen the Cafe Au Go Go for this occasion because of its fine acoustics and its intimacy. Atmosphere was paramount to the first New York presentation of the New Stan Getz Quartet and Astrud Gilberto because of the soft, easy quality of their music. Astrud had already won acclaim for her work with Getz in the album Getz/Gilberto (V/V 6-8548), which also stars Astrud's husband Joao Gilberto as well, and this threesome's single from the album The Girl From Ipanema was rapidly rising on the best-selling charts.
This, is the stunning New Stan Getz Quartet with Astrud Gilberto at Cafe Au Go Go. Reflected here are the excitement, warmth and communication of that memorable engagement." -Gene Lees, from the liner notes of Getz Au Go Go
Although the name Stan Getz (tenor sax) was initially synonymous with the West Coast cool scene during the mid-to-late 1950s, he likewise became a key component in the Bossa Nova craze of the early 1960s... Getz Au Go Go featuring Astrud Gilberto (1964) was the second-to-last album that he would issue during his self-proclaimed Bossa Nova Era- the final being Getz/Gilberto #2 [live] (1964) concert title from Carnegie Hall. ... the focus of Getz Au Go Go steers away from the Brazilian flavored fare, bringing Astrud Gilberto into the realm of a decidedly more North American style. That said, there are a few Antonio Carlos Jobim compositions - Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars); and One Note Samba - both of which would be considered as jazz standards in years to follow - as well as the lesser-circulated Eu E Voco.- All Music Guide
• Numbered, Limited Edition
• 180g Vinyl
• Double LP
• Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Stan Getz, tenor sax
Astrud Gilberto, vocals
Gary Burton, vibes
Gene Cherico, bass (1-3, 5-8)
Joe Hunt, drums (4-7, 9,10)
Helcio Milito, drums (1-3, 8)
Kenny Burrell, guitar (1-3, 8)
Chuck Israels, bass (4, 9,10)1. Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars)
2. It Might As Well Be Spring
3. Eu E Voco
6. Only Trust Your Heart
7. The Singing Song
8. The Telephone Song
9. One Note Samba
10. Here's That Rainy Day$59.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Elvis Is Back! (Pre-Order)40 Years Later..... The King Of Rock And Roll Lives On!
Friday Music Is Proud To Present His 1959 Rock & Rhythm & Blues Masterpiece Elvis Is Back
First Time 180 Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl & Original Gatefold Cover Art & Original Front Cover Sticker Art
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso & Pressed At R.T.I.
Features His Classic Hits: Such A Night, Fever, Make Me Know It, The Girl Of My Best Friend, Reconsider Baby, Soldier Boy
Elvis Is Back! is the tenth studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley. It was originally released on RCA Victor Records in April 1960. Recorded over two sessions in March and April, the album marked Presley's return to recording after his discharge from the U.S. Army.
In 1957, as Presley's fame was soaring, he received a draft notice from the Memphis Draft Board, but was given a deferment so he could finish his latest film production, King Creole. During Presley's two-year military service in Germany, RCA Victor and Paramount Pictures progressively released material he had completed prior to enlistment. During his last months in the Army, Presley experimented with new sounds and worked on further improving his performance. He also prepared material for his first session in Nashville, which was scheduled to take place upon his return. Presley returned to the United States on March 2, 1960. The singer reunited with his original band The Blue Moon Boys, excepting bassist Bill Black. The first session was held on March 20-21 and the second session was held on April 3-4, completing the album.
Elvis Is Back! topped the UK Albums Chart and reached number two in Billboard's Top LPs. Initially, the release received mixed reviews, but over subsequent years its critical reception became progressively more positive. The album was certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1999.1. Make Me Know
3. The Girl of My Best Friend
4. I Will Be Home Again
5. Dirty, Dirty Feeling
6. The Thrill of Your Love
7. Soldier Boy
8. Such a Night
9. It Feels So Right
10. The Girl Next Door
11. Like a Baby
12. Reconsider Baby$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Television City DreamAs the quintessential band of the pop-punk genre, Screeching Weasel posses a sound and style as recognizable as that of the Ramones, Sex Pistols, or even The Clash. In looking over their venerable catalog, Ben Weasel (singer/songwriter/guitarist) realized that the sound and appearance of one release in particular, Television City Dream, didn't quite measure up to the standard set by all the others.
Due to this fact, Ben decided to revisit Television City Dream and create the album the band had originally envisioned. Of course amending the sound of the album was the first and paramount task. Justin Perkins (bassist) accomplished this by completely remixing and remastering all the songs from the original recordings, including five songs from the session that didn't appear on the initial release. In addition, the band resequenced the whole album to accomodate the five newly included tracks and to lend an entirely new feel to it.
Finally, the original artwork was scrapped and replaced with brand new art much more befitting of what Screeching Weasel is known for. With vastly improved sound quality, additional songs and a whole new look, this incarnation of Television City Dream is essentially a new album altogether.1. Count to Three
2. Speed of Mutation
3. Dummy Up
4. Video *
5. Your Morality
6. Dirty Needles
7. Punk Rock Explained *
8. Breaking Point
9. My Own World *
10. Outside of You
11. We Are the Generation X
12. Identity Crisis
13. The First Day of Winter
14. Crybaby *
15. Shut the Hell Up *
16. Plastic Bag
17. I Don't Give a Fuck
18. Only a Test
19. Pervert at Large
20. Burn It Down
* Bonus Track (TVCD Outtakes)$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Genius Sings the BluesNumbered Limited-Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity
1961 Collection Gathers 12 Must-Have Songs from Charles' Peak Era
Mobile Fidelity Has Righted the Sonic Wrongs That Plagued Earlier Versions - You Won't Find a Better-Sounding Ray Charles LP
Genius doesnt even begin to describe the greatness of The Genius Sings the Blues. Comprised of a dozen songs Ray Charles made between 1952 and 1960, the collection was released in 1961 by Atlantic Records to counter the singers migration to rival ABC Paramount. What Atlantic originally underestimated is that the album contained many of Charles greatest works, all unified by their bluesy emotions and stirring arrangements. A classic of the soul and R&B canon, The Genius Sings the Blues is a snapshot of the evolution of timeless American music captured by the pianists indelible rhythmic pace, gospel roots, jazz backgrounds, and Southern-styled accents. And its never sounded so good.
From the iconic cover art (a photo of Charles taken by legendary photographer Lee Friedlander) to the distinguished music within, everything about the thematic record is iconic. Now, nearly 50 years later, it can be heard in pristine fidelity sourced from the original mono master tapes. Mobile Fidelitys engineers have taken great pains to ensure that every clink of the piano keys, ache of Charles rolling voice, and rush of the backing arrangements sounds better than they have since first being recorded in the studio. This 180g LP simply lays waste to the competition.
Previous editions of The Genius Sings the Blues, including a remastered digital edition from Rhino, suffered from varying levels, distracting static and noise, and inconsistent vocal balances. Mobile Fidelity has gone back to the original mono master tapes to correct these problems, giving music lovers what is now unquestionably the best-sounding Charles album to stem from his peak era. And these performances are simply on fire.
Whether inhabiting the sadness in Night Time (Is the Right Time) or personifying the loss of Hard Times, Charles invests each song with supreme emotion and undeniable conviction that makes the lyrics ring true and the blues resonate with cathartic pathos. Uptempo country blues numbers (Im Movin On, Early in the Mornin) balance the mournful slow fare, and again prove Charles a master composer, interpreter, and musician who could make any style his own. The Genius Sings the Blues also speaks to legendary jazz pianist Billy Taylors initial impressions of Charles upon hearing him in a way in which few other Charles recordings do.
Taylor recalled: While playing through some new music for a projected Ruth Brown record date, I was asked to listen to an original song played and sung by a young composer and pianist from Seattle, Washington. I can still remember how surprised I was to hear this kind of music from a Northwesterner. He reminded me of Charles Brown, another pianist-singer who was very popular in the Forties, but he had a very personal sound and there was something different about his rhythmic approach. In his handling of melody he seemed to be using devices similar to those used by Dinah Washington and a small group of popular singers who allowed their gospel singing backgrounds to influence their interpretation of popular songs... I was intrigued by the emotional quality projected by both his piano playing and his unusual voice and was not surprised when Ahmet ErtegÜn said that he wanted to let the young musician record some of his own material. He communicates just like the old blues singers, Ahmet said.
Indeed, that innate blues aesthetic dominates this collection, as does Charles distinctive rhythmic mannerisms. Finally, hear them as theyve always been intended to be experienced.
This title is not eligible for discount.1.Early in the Mornin'
2.Hard Times (No One Knows Better Than I)
3.The Midnight Hour
4.(Night Time Is) the Right Time
7.I'm Movin' On
8.I Believe to My Soul
10.Mr. Charles' Blues
11.Some Day Baby
12.I Wonder Who$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
St. Vincent (Awaiting Repress)Annie Clark, better known by her stage name, St. Vincent, is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. She began her music career as a
member of The Polyphonic Spress and was also part of Sufjan Stevens' touring band before forming her own band in 2006. Annie currently resides in
Her debut album was Marry Me, and was followed by Actor (2009). Her third album Strange Mercy was released on September 13, 2011.
Clark has opened shows for such acts as Television, Arcade Fire, Andrew Bird, Jolie Holland, John Vanderslice, Death Cab for Cutie and Grizzly Bear.
Teased late last year in a series of cryptic status updates, the forthcoming self-titled album from St. Vincent is one of the most anticipated of 2014.
The album was produced by John Congleton and features Dap-Kings drummer Homer Steinweiss and Midlake's McKenzie Smith on percussion. I knew the groove needed to be paramount, Annie Clark said in a press release. I wanted to make a party record you could play at a funeral.1. Rattlesnake
2. Birth in Reverse
3. Prince Johnny
4. Huey Newton
5. Digital Witness
6. I Prefer Your Love
8. Bring Me Your Loves
10. Every Tear Disappears
11. Severed Crossed Fingers$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Toni Harper's two original albums Toni (1956) and Lady Lonely (1959).
Toni Harper's childhood was made of the magic any aspiring adult artist would kill for: a platinum record, a performance at Carnegie Hall, evenings spent sharing a stage with such performers as Cab Calloway, and invitations to appear on television with Frank Sinatra, Perry Como, Milton Berle, and Ed Sullivan. And all of the magic unfolded before she'd turned 12 years old.
The jazz vocalist, who now goes by the name Toni Dunlap, got her big break in 1945 when she went up against a couple hundred other kids at an audition held by choreographer Nick Castle. Harper, who had been a dance student of Maceo Anderson, passed muster as far as her dancing, but when she sang Waitin' for the Train to Come In, she had the audition sewn up on the spot. Castle cast her in his production of Christmas Follies, which was staged at Los Angeles' Wilshire Ebell Theatre. Harper drew enthusiastic reviews and went on to earn a platinum record when she was eight years old with Candy Store Blues.
Harper paired with Herb Jeffries for You're Too Tall 'n' I'm Too Small, the number for which she later paired live with Calloway at Los Angeles' Million Dollar Theatre. Television beckoned the young singer and she was a guest on numerous programs, among them Sullivan's weekly variety show. When she wasn't appearing on television, she was singing at numerous New York hot spots that included the Apollo, the Strand, and the Paramount. At the age of 11, Harper topped it all off by singing at Carnegie Hall.
Like many child stars, Harper's career slowed down as she began to mature. As a teenager, she was too old for the childhood image that had given her a great start, but too young to effectively take on a more adult image. She attended high school in Los Angeles, involving herself in such extracurricular activities as drama, choir, and the glee club. She continued to take professional singing jobs during the school's summer break. Having completed high school in the mid-'50s, and still hampered by her youth, she sang for the teenaged record-buying public. For a young woman of her age, One Hamburger to Go was more acceptable in the public eye than any of the more sophisticated songs that she would record in later years, such as Love for Sale.
The vocalist got her chance to sing the more adult songs when she recorded for Verve. In addition to Love for Sale, Harper recorded such songs as I Could Write a Book and Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered. Backing Harper on her self-titled first recording for Verve were pianist Oscar Peterson, drummer Alvin Stoller, guitarist Herb Ellis, and bassist Ray Brown. The vocalist later signed with RCA Victor, recording for the label for about four years and ending in 1963. Harper quit the business in 1966 after devoting more than 20 years to her singing career.
- Linda Seida (All Music Guide)LP 1 - Toni:
1. Can't We Be Friends
2. I Could Write A Book
3. Gone With The Wind
4. Singin' In The Rain
5. Love For Sale
6. Just A Sittin' And A-Rockin'
7. A Foggy Day
8. You Don't Know Love Is
9. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered
10. Little Girl Blue
11. You Took Advantage Of Me
12. Like Someone In Love
LP 2 - Lady Lonely:
1. Lady Lonely
2. In The Dark Of The Night
3. He Was A Man
4. My Heart Is A Lonely Hunter
5. The Lack Of Love
6. Blue It Grows
7. I Love The Blues
8. You Taught Me How To Cry
9. The Velvet Hammer
10. The Other Woman
11. Nobody Home But The Blues
12. Busy Blues
13. Love Has Come, Love Has Gone
14. River Weep$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Ray Charles & Betty Carter (Out Of Stock)One track - Baby, It's Cold Outside - will make this one easily worth the price of admission!
Whoa! Now we're getting into the big leagues. Ray Charles, cut from the original three-track tapes, pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings. Yowsa! And not just any Ray Charles title, mind you. Ray Charles and Betty Carter! Analogue Productions has reissued a whole lot of classics - a whole lot - but there aren't many of 'em that are a much bigger deal than this.
This is such a romantic album. Such a warm album. Such a rich album. And, ooh, the sound! Turn the lights down. Grab that special someone. Drop the needle. And as our Acoustic Sounds/Analogue Productions owner would say, If nothing happens, don't blame the record!
Originally released in 1961 on ABC-Paramount, Ray Charles and Betty Carter features startling dynamics, with Marty Paich's arrangements showcasing both punchy brass and lush strings. The showstopper, Baby, It's Cold Outside, topped the R&B charts upon its release. And jazz singer Betty Carter's vocal prowess shines on Cocktails For Two and Alone Together. Ray Charles has never sounded more romantic.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
2. You and I
3. Intro: Goodbye
4. People Will Say We're In Love
5. Cocktails For Two
6. Side By Side
7. Baby, It's Cold Outside
9. For All We Know
10. Takes Two To Tango
11. Alone Together
12. Just You, Just Me$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock