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Passion For Vinyl Part II: An Ode To Analog (Book)252-Page Book With 7 Vinyl Single
Includes a Limited Edition White Vinyl 7 Single Feat. Hasil Adkins, Bloodshot Bill And Ellen Allien
Record stores are popping up again everywhere. New vinyl pressing plants are opening in America, Europe and Asia. Young vinyl enthusiasts - both male and female! - are swarming to record fairs looking for old and new records to build their collection. When Passion for Vinyl Part 1 came out, there was still some doubt about the comeback of vinyl. Wasn't it all just a hype? Now, five years later, even the biggest sceptic can't deny it: vinyl is back and it's here to stay!
In light of all these new and exciting developments, a follow-up to the successful and well-received first volume of the Passion for Vinyl book (four stars in Record Collector magazine) is more than viable. DJs, musicians, engineers, designers, shop managers, record label CEOs and collectors like Dischord's Ian MacKaye, Norton's Miriam Linna, singer-songwriter Ryley Walker, musician and producer T Bone Burnett, Abbey Road's half-speed maestro Miles Showell, DJs Sven VÄth and Ellen Allien, designer John Kosh and many others tell about the records that changed their lives, their love for vinyl and the impact its resurgence has had on them. Passion for Vinyl Part 2 also shows how analogue recording techniques are making a comeback in the recording and mastering studios.
In the last few years, countless music lovers have (re)discovered that nothing beats listening to a vinyl record on a proper stereo set. It makes the listener connect with the music like nothing else.
This book is a tribute to that unique experience.
Passion for Vinyl Part. 2 is written by Dutch author, music journalist and vinyl fanatic Robert Haagsma. With an introduction by Michael Kurtz, co-founder of Record Store Day.
This title is not eligible for discount.$41.99252-Page Book + 7 Colored Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Passion For Vinyl (Book)240-Page Book With 7 Vinyl Single
7 Vinyl Single: Rinus'Garage Feat. Triggerfinger - The Wall Of Dolls / Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Electric Fogg
This book is a tribute to vinyl, a format that is making a spectacular comeback recently, although for many music lovers it never really disappeared.
Brazilian superstar Ed Motta came to Holland to buy an apartment, but spent all his money on vinyl instead. When a young Mikael Åkerfeldt of Opeth discovered a scratch on his recently bought Bathory LP he demolished his bedroom. It's Atlantic's CEO Craig Kallman mission to own all relevant albums on vinyl. He has 750.000 already. That's what vinyl does with music lovers.
In Passion For Vinyl a wide selection of DJ's, musicians, label owners, designers, record dealers, collectors and engineers like Henry Rollins, Bernie Grundman, Hans Pokora, Chris Ellis, Steffi, Mala, Vaughan Oliver, Lee Dorrian, Jacco Gardner, John Dyer Baizley and many others share their unconditional love for vinyl. They muse about the first record that changed their lives, talk about their prized collectibles and explain why they were determined to keep vinyl alive. Passion for Vinyl also tells the history of Record Industry, the Dutch factory that has been pressing vinyl since the 1950's.
Passion For Vinyl is written by Dutch author, music journalist and incurable vinyl fanatic Robert
Haagsma. With an introduction by American vinyl guru Michael Fremer.
This title is not eligible for discount.Side A: Rinus'Garage Feat. Triggerfinger - The Wall Of Dolls
Side B: Admiral Sir Cloudesley Shovell - Electric Fogg$40.99240-Page Book + 7 Vinyl Single - Sealed Buy Now
Passion (Discontinued)STUNNING 180 GRAM CLEAR VINYL LP VERSION OF THE NEW ANAAL NATHRAKH ALBUM
Anaal Nathrakh was created for one purpose - to be the soundtrack for armageddon, the audial essence of evil, hatred and violence, the true spirit of necro taken to its musical extremes. Since being founded in 1999, the band has gained a reputation for embodying precisely these things, with a history including not only the release of five albums and an EP to rapturous acclaim, but collaborations with such legendary figures as Attila Csihar (Mayhem), Shane Embury and Danny Herrera (Napalm Death), Nick Barker (Testament, Dimmu Borgir), Joe Horvath (Circle of Dead Children), Sethlans Teitan (Watain) and so on. This, alongside appearing on BBC Radio 1 at the personal behest of sadly missed icon John Peel, headlining a stage at the renowned cult Inferno Festival in Norway as their debut international live appearance, countless placings in best album of the year polls and album of the month awards in the press and cover appearances on leading magazines such as Terrorizer Anaal Nathrakhs status as one of the leading lights in extreme metal is undeniable. Hallmarked by breathtaking musical ferocity, inventiveness and breadth, married with a mercurial, intensely misanthropic and sharp intelligence, Anaal Nathrakhs sound is imbued with a palpable sense of menace that is virtually unmatched in metal. For 2011, the band present the digested and re-vomited results of an 18-month journey through slings, arrows and outrageous misfortune. Intended in the most scourging sense of the word, Passion is an encoded vision of agony; desolation taken as the inspiration for incalculable rage. This is only abetted by contributions of twisted misanthropy from Rainer Landfermann (Pavor, Bethlehem), Alan Dubin (Khanate, Gnaw etc) and the utter blackness of Gnaw Their Tongues. Glorying in their Pyrrhic epiphanies, Anaal Nathrakh have developed a deeper understanding of horror and Passion is the focused, distilled and above all bleakly triumphant result. Passion will be released in Europe on the 23rd of May through Candlelight Records1. Volenti Non Fit Iniuria
2. Drug-Fucking Abomination
3. Post Traumatic Stress Euphoria
4. Le Diabolique Est L'ami Du Simple
5. Locus Of Damnation
6. Tod Huetet Uebel
7. Paragon Pariah
8. Who Thinks Of The Executioner
9. Ashes Screaming Silence
10. Portrait Of The Artist$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Passion (45 RPM)Passion Is The Music, Composed By Peter, For The Martin Scorsese Film The Last Temptation Of Christ
This 3-LP Release Is Half-Speed Remastered And Cut To Lacquers At 45 RPM
The Vinyl Was Cut By Matt Colton At Alchemy Mastering, Mastered By Tony Cousins At Metropolis And Overseen By Peter's Main Sound Engineer Richard Chappell
Passion - Music for The Last Temptation of Christ was released a year after Martin Scorsese's controversy-laden film and tends to be regarded as a work in its own right rather than just being a movie soundtrack. It features additional music than was included in the film; this extra material was the result of Peter continuing to record and to resolve "unfinished ideas," hence the later arrival of the record.1. The Feeling Begins
3. Of These, Hope
4. Lazarus Raised
5. Of These, Hope (Reprise)
6. In Doubt
7. A Different Drum
11. Before Night Falls
12. With This Love
16. With This Love (Choir)
17. Wall Of Breath
18. The Promise Of Shadows
20. It Is Accomplished
21. Bread And Wine$37.99Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Passion & WarfareImport
Steve Vai started his career working for the legendary Frank Zappa. Later on he recorded and toured with Public Image Ltd., Alcatrazz, David Lee Roth and Whitesnake. Passion And Warfare is his second solo album and was released in 1990. It is acclaimed as his best album, finding him coming into his own as a composer, as well as bypassing vocals almost entirely. Because Vai is a much more distinguished composer than most of his guitar-shredder colleagues, who most of the time are simply showing off their technique, Passion And Warfare is possibly one of the richest and best hard rock guitar-virtuoso albums ever.1. Liberty
2. Erotic Nightmares
3. The Animal
5. The Riddle
6. Ballerina 12/24
7. For The Love Of God
8. The Audience Is Listening
9. I Would Love To
10. Blue Powder
11. Greasy Kid's Stuff
12. Alien Water Kiss
14. Love Secrets$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Passion Of The Christ SoundtrackImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Includes 8-Page Booklet
PVC Protective Sleeve
Limited Edition Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Orange Flamed Vinyl
Available On Vinyl For The First Time!
Passion of the Christ (2004), composed by John Debney, is the original score for Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of the Christ. The soundtrack received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score and it was on the first place in both Top Christian Albums and Top Soundtracks in 2004. In 2005, the album won a Dove Award for Instrumental album of the year at the 36th GMA Dove Awards.
The soundtrack succeeds as a coherent, moving, well-executed musical statement whether or not has seen the film. The album is a combination of folk instruments, Eastern-tinged harmonics, solo, and choral voices. Debney has used the Indian master violinist and vocalist L. Shankar, and singer/double-violinist Gingger Shankar.
Debney's soundtrack is an interesting and highly recommended work. It will offer those who choose to encounter it a far-reaching and deeply affective listening experience that is as aesthetically beautiful and unsetting as it is evocatively familiar.1. The Olive Garden / Night Sky
2. Bearing The Cross
3. Jesus Arrested
4. Peter Denies Jesus
5. The Stoning
6. Song Of Complaint
7. Simon Is Dismissed
8. Flagellation / Dark Choir / Disciples
9. Mary Goes To Jesus
10. Peaceful But Primitive / Procession
12. Raising Rhe Cross
13. It Is Done
14. Jesus Is Carried Down
15. Resurrection$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Martin Pizzarelli-double bass
Bucky Pizzarelli joins his son (and fellow guitarist) John (whose trio includes brother Martin Pizzarelli on bass and pianist Ray Kennedy), plus fellow guitarist Gene Bertoncini and drummer Butch Miles for this swinging session that covers many different styles of jazz, though bossa nova is the flavor of the day. In addition to the usual standards from the genre, Latin-flavored arrangements of cool jazz (Gerry Mulligan's "Line for Lyons"), swing ("I Found a New Baby"), and standards (George and Ira Gershwin's "'S Wonderful") work every bit as well."- Ken Dryden, All Music Guide (4 Stars)Besame Mucho
One Note Samba
Girl from Ipanema
Line for Lyons
I Found a New Baby
Orchids in the Moonlight
Maybe This Summer
Day in the Life of a Fool
Meditation$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
For GyumriFor Gyumri, the third Nonesuch recording from pianist and composer Tigran Hamasyan, is a companion to 2017's An Ancient Observer. Hamasyan named the new album in tribute to his hometown of Gyumri, Armenia. These songs are musical observations about the world we live in now, he says, and the weight of history we carry with us.
Born in Armenia in 1987 before relocating with his family to Los Angeles in 2003, Tigran Hamasyan currently resides in Erevan, Armenia. He began playing piano at the age of three and started performing in festivals and competitions when he was eleven years old, winning the Montreux Jazz Festival's piano competition in 2003. Hamasyan released his debut album, World Passion, in 2005 at the age of seventeen. The following year, he won the prestigious Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition. Subsequent albums include New Era (2007); Red Hail (2009); A Fable (2011), for which he was awarded a Victoires de la Musique (the equivalent of a Grammy Award in France); Shadow Theater (2013); Luys i Luso (2015); and Mockroot (2015), for which he won the Echo Jazz Award for International Piano Instrumentalist of the Year. In addition to awards and critical praise, Hamasyan has built a dedicated international following, as well as praise from Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, and Brad Mehldau.1. Aragatz
2. Rays of Light
3. The American
4. Self - Portrait
5. Revolving - Prayer$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Studio Album Vinyl BoxBox Set Includes All 8 Of Rhianna's Studio Albums Across 15 LPs
Elegant Black, High-Gloss Slipcase With Foil Stamped Signature
186-Page Hardback Book
Turntable Slipmat w/ Rihanna's Signature
Rihanna will release all eight studio albums in her catalog in a deluxe 15 LP vinyl box set on December 16, including five titles never previously available on vinyl, including Music Of The Sun (2005), Rated R (2009), Loud (2010), Talk That Talk (2011) and Unapologetic (2012). Seven of the individual titles will come as 2 LP vinyl sets, while Talk That Talk will be a single disc. The package - encased in an elegant black, high-gloss slipcase with Rihanna's signature foil stamped on front -- also includes a 186-page hardback book comprised of every image from every studio album and reproductions of all the original CD booklets. The set also boasts an all-black turntable slipmat adorned with Rihanna's autograph.This Box Set Includes:
Music of the Sun (2005) [2xLP]
A Girl like Me (2006) [2xLP]
Good Girl Gone Bad (2007) [2xLP]
Rated R (2009) [2xLP]
Loud (2010) [2xLP]
Talk That Talk (2011) [1 LP]
Unapologetic (2012) [2xLP]
Anti (2016) [2xLP]$349.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 15 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Carl And The Passions - So ToughWith the addition of drummer Ricky Fataar and guitarist Blondie Chaplin to the lineup, the Beach Boys entered a period of surprisingly earthy arrangements.
Originally released in 1972, this title is now available on 180 gram vinyl and as a stand-alone album for the first time.1. You need a Mess of Help To Stand Alone
2. Here She Comes
3. He Come Down
5. Hold On Dear Brother
6. Make It Good
7. All This Is That
8. Cuddle Up$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stand For Love (Pre-Order)The legendary recording artist, Peabo Bryson, is pleased to announce his highly-anticipated twenty-first studio album, Stand For Love. .
"Music is my passion and when it feels right, like Stand For Love does, the whole world has an opportunity to experience the same energy," said Bryson. "All of the right elements fell into place for this project and I challenged Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis to make me current while maintaining the integrity of what I have built as an important body of work. I have to say, it is nothing less than amazing!"
"Stand For Love" showcases Peabo's broad vocal range and musical skill as he continues to delight fans eager to hear from him, while welcoming new fans who appreciate great music. Counted among the world's most dynamic and gifted vocal talents, Peabo is a world-renowned balladeer with a career that includes two GRAMMYs®, two Oscars®, multiple gold albums, multiple #1 songs and chart-topping singles in R&B, Pop and Contemporary Jazz.
The album adds to the fabric of great R&B music and the soundtrack of our lives, by providing music that feels good and includes the one thing that we all need love. "Stand For Love" reminds people of the fundamentals of life while engaging them in an emotional, yet experienced, vocal journey.
"Peabo is just one of the greatest voices of our time," said Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in a joint statement. "He exudes a class and sophistication that's so needed in music today. I know R&B needs Peabo Bryson especially now. And his fans both old and new will fall in love with "Stand For Love."1. All She Wants To Do Is Me
2. Love Like Yours And Mine
3. Looking For Sade
4. Stand For Love
5. Goosebumps (Never Lie)
7. Here For You
9. Peabo's Classics Medley Live From Los Angeles ("Feel The Fire", "I'm So Into You", "Tonight I Celebrate My Love")$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Prayers For The DamnedRock luminaries, Dj Ashba (Guitar), James Michael (Lead Vocals) and Nikki Sixx (Bass), collectively known as SIXX:A.M, today have unleashed their new album, Prayers For The Damned, via Eleven Seven Music.
Setting the stage for the new album, their first single, "Rise", is a call-to-action for everyone to stand up for their beliefs. Describing the song's message, Michael explains, "Throughout history, some of the most dramatic changes have occurred when people reject the status quo and demand change. 'Rise' is about how we find ourselves at a global tipping point and how it is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."
With two U.S. Billboard top 20 albums and a string of hit singles already under their belt, Prayers For The Damned represents the band's most ambitious, complete and adrenaline-soaked effort to date. James Michael once again, plays triple-duty on Prayers For The Damned as vocalist, the album's producer and mixer, thereby solidifying the unique musicianship of this beloved hard-rock outfit. The introspective cover art for Prayers For The Damned is an original design created by guitarist Dj Ashba, further proving that all aspects of this album are a collaboration of true passion for the band.
"SIXX:A.M. is in the most creative place of our careers," says Sixx, "For James, Dj and myself, we think it's the perfect time to release so much quality music to our fans who've been supporting us over the last 3 albums." Michael agrees, "The double-albums will leave no stone unturned in our quest to create important music and push the boundaries of rock." Ashba concludes, "We are on a mission to give our fans even more than they could have hoped for, both musically and visually."
The band's previous release, 2014's Modern Vintage, featured the breakout single, "Stars," which sold over 73,000 copies, peaked at #5 on the Active Rock Chart and #4 on the Mainstream Rock Chart, making the band the #10 most played active rock artist of 2015.
Prayers For The Damned promises to be the injection of hard rock that we have all been waiting for from this talented trio.1. Rise
2. You Have Come to the Right Place
3. I'm Sick
4. Prayers for the Damned
5. Better Man
6. Can't Stop
7. When We Were Gods
8. Belly of the Beast
9. Everything Went to Hell
10. The Last Time (My Heart Will Hit the Ground)
11. Rise of the Melancholy Empire$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Thought For FoodRemastered
When multi-instrumentalists and sound enthusiasts Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto first came together, they surely could not have foreseen their debut album, Thought For Food, becoming such a beloved genre-defying masterpiece, an album that rests firmly in countless Top 100 Albums of the Decade lists.
Filled with endearing and enduring songs, the Books revisit their wide-eyed beginnings with this remastered Thought For Food, repackaged with all-new artwork and expanded to include lyrics for every song for the first time ever. Carefully and thoughtfully remastered from the original mixes by Zammuto at his new studio outside his home in Vermont, TFF now boasts a warmth and clarity that surprisingly reveals an increased harmonic depth.
Having combined and refined their compositional and recording processes over the course of four albums, addressing the technical limitations of these earlier recordings offers the chance to marry the technical, musical and emotional aspects of these songs in a way like never before. To be sure, the differences are subtle, but for a band who have transformed minutiae into modern art, that subtlety is downright sublime.1. Enjoy Your Worries, You May Never Have Them Again
2. Read, Eat, Sleep
3. All Bad Ends All
5. All Our Base Are Belong To Them
7. Motherless Bastard
8. Mikey Bass
9. Excess Straussess
10. Getting The Done Job
11. A Dead Fish Gains The Power of Observation
12. Deafkids$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Prokofiev For TwoPianists Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan have recorded two selections from Prokofiev's music for stage and screen in magnificent two-piano transcriptions by Babayan. Prokofiev for Two, set for release worldwide via Deutsche Grammophon, captures for posterity the sense of mutual inspiration felt by these kindred spirits, palpable in their live performances together. The album features Babayan's twelve-movement transcription of numbers from the ballet Romeo and Juliet and his seven-movement suite transcribed from Prokofiev's incidental music for Hamlet and Eugene Onegin, film score for The Queen of Spades and opera War and Peace.
Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan first met in Brussels in 1991 when, on a whim, he looked her up in the phonebook and, to his own surprise, found her name and telephone number listed. His call from a phone box in the city started a strong friendship that led to numerous joint appearances in Europe and America. After one performance of Rachmaninov's "Suite No.2" and other works for two pianos, Babayan told Argerich of his dream to transcribe pieces from Romeo and Juliet for their next duo date. "She was very inspired by the idea," he recalls. "It was the greatest pleasure - and an honor - to create something that we would play together." Babayan's take on Prokofiev, coupled with a suite of rarities from the composer's stage and film music, can be heard in Prokofiev for Two.
The freshly transcribed Prokofiev score received its premiere performance as part of the Martha Argerich Project at the 2013 Lugano Festival. Argerich and Babayan have since performed this work together with the revised Romeo and Juliet suite several times, most recently in concert at Stuttgart's Liederhalle last November.
Martha Argerich is already renowned for her interpretations of Prokofiev's music. The Argentine-born artist, hailed as one of the greatest pianists of all time, included the composer's turbulent "Toccata" in her Deutsche Grammophon recital debut album, recorded in 1960. She reinforced her international reputation seven years later with a landmark recording for the yellow label of Prokofiev's "Third Piano Concerto" with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado. "I have loved Prokofiev ever since I can recall," notes Argerich. "And people think he loves me too sometimes! I love the way Sergei [Babayan] plays Prokofiev and many other things. The first solo recital of his I heard was Bach's Goldberg Variations and I was incredibly impressed by it. I very much liked his proposal that we should play his transcription of Romeo and Juliet and feel very honored that he dedicated it to me."
Babayan's love for Prokofiev, like Argerich's, is deeply rooted, dating back to his childhood in Armenia and student days at the Moscow Conservatoire. Having left the USSR for the first time in 1989, he settled in the U.S. Time and again, Babayan has paid tribute to Prokofiev, playing several of his piano concertos with Valery Gergiev including at the 2015 BBC Proms in a monumental concert with the London Symphony Orchestra featuring all five of the works.
His new Prokofiev transcriptions are both dedicated to Martha Argerich. "This project happened because of my love for Prokofiev, my love for Martha and my love for the ballet Romeo and Juliet," reflects Babayan. The idea of transcribing Romeo and Juliet first arose decades ago while he was studying Prokofiev's colorful instrumentation in close detail with an orchestra. Already aware of Argerich's playing, he was further inspired after hearing a pirate recording of her 1981 Carnegie Hall performance of the "Ten Pieces Op.75" from Romeo and Juliet. "I listened and was immediately drawn to learn the cycle. But I felt that Prokofiev used chamber-like numbers for his selection of music for his transcription for solo piano. If you first became acquainted with the ballet through this piano score, you would never guess or understand the whole tragic, violent, and dark nature of the original work. Of course, the ballet contains lyrical, romantic music; music filled with humor and dance movement. But it also contains music for the "Death of Tybalt" - music of love and hate."
Believing it would be impossible for music of such powerful emotion to be conveyed by two hands, and aware of Prokofiev's own fondness for transcription, Babayan felt driven to exploit the full expressive force and tonal richness of two pianos. His created version contains what Martha Argerich, with a wry laugh, calls "difficult and demanding" technical and musical challenges. Both musicians, however, agree that transcription is "an act of love" and Babayan's experience with Romeo and Juliet soon led him to explore some of the composer's lesser-known works and create the second suite on this album. As he points out, this music will be new to most listeners. For example, only fragments of the film score for The Queen of Spades have ever been performed or recorded. He underlines its imaginative and innovative qualities, adding, "I'm sure if Prokofiev had lived longer he would have used the material for The Queen of Spades for a new movie, symphony, quartet or maybe even a piano duo. This music stayed on the shelf and it was my luck to hear it."
Prokofiev for Two is driven by the passion and power of an ideal keyboard partnership. Martha Argerich considers playing in duo with Babayan to be "a thing of alchemy - a discovery". For his part, Babayan says the experience of performing with Argerich is like joining a conversation with a divine being, one in which "you cannot be mundane or ordinary ... Martha will somehow pull out the best from you."$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDD-MEG-6925xThird Eye Blind
Thanks for Everything (Pre-Order)The project came together in the fall of 2017 while on tour, where Third Eye Blind has been finding joy and sanctuary by visiting local museums and galleries and booking time across the US and Europe - Ardent Studios in Memphis, a friend's house in Malibu, Hedgehog in DÜsseldorf -to record songs they love.
These mini recording sessions became celebrations of these artists. "The idea with this EP was to amplify some of that music and art, and in doing so, catch inspiration for our next album." Proceeds from Thank You for Everything will be donated to one of their favorites, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
The album art is a collaboration with Queens native Uncutt ("Protect Your Heart") and Warhol's Skull (1976). "It's a visual version of what we're doing with these artist's songs. We find art or music in one place, and then we take it someplace else. In both cases, I hope it will yield renewed interest in the originals," adds Stephan.1. 10 (Happy Driving)
2. Fuck Forever (Babyshambles)
3. This Isn't Our Parade (Santigold)
4. Song of the Siren (Tim Buckley)
5. Joke (Chastity Belt)
6. In the Fade (Queens of the Stone Age)
7. Blood Bank (Bon Iver)$18.99Vinyl EP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Hell Bent For LettersAlternative Tentacles tosses our well-worn thinking cap into the no-holds-barred, no-child-left-behind ring of Educore with Hell Bent for Letters, the latest outing by Seattle's BLOODHAG. Formed in 1995 to stimulate a communion between literacy and punk/metal, BLOODHAG boasts a lineup of noted science fiction authors Prof. J. B. Stratton, Dr. J. M. McNulty, Sir Zachary Orgel and the shadowy occultist Master Brent Carpenter. They created the genre of Edu-core and operate under the motto Th e faster you go deaf, the more time you have to read.
While BLOODHAG's minute-long songs have the common theme of esteemed authors such as George Orwell and Philip K. Dick--and their live shows include between-song mini-lectures as well as pelting of the audience with books--the music counters with the blunt force of bands like BRUJERIA, PANTERA, SEPULTURA, etc.
It's open to debate whether Edu-core can actually pummel literary history into the hungry minds of head-banging youth, but we certainly can't blame BLOODHAG for trying to bridge the gap between death metal tombs and Pulizerwilling tomes or the beer-soaked venues and pristine libraries (yes, they really tour public libraries).
With their neckties and pocket protectors cocked and loaded, BLOODHAG is ready to stave off the dumbing down of America. So, invest in the leaders of tomorrow! Buy Hell Bent for Letters today!
Glorifyingly hooked on demonics, they make some of the heaviest, snuggie underwear-soiling sounds this side of SPAZZ and BRUJERIA, while mixing in some Reading Rainbow, -Thrasher Magazine
Note to bands: Always play before BLOODHAG, never after them -Stroker Magazine
Learning has never hurt this good! -Portland Mercury1. Gene Wolfe
2. Robert Silverberg
3. Douglas Adams
4. James Blish
5. Anne McCaffrey
6. Orson Scott Card
7. Iain M. Banks
8. Edgar Allan Poe
9. Philip Jose Farmer
10. Michael Swanwick
11. Frederik Pohl
12. Thomas M. Disch
13. Greg Bear
14. Franz Kafka
15. Madeline L'Engle
16. Jack Womack$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Music For A New Society
Available For The First Time On 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl
Re-Mastered From The Original Tapes And Overseen By John Cale
Over 50 years in the arena of Contemporary Music and John Cale remains as active and unpredictable as
ever; is there a more restless and ruminating spark of an artist, who, at the age of 73, admits he still goes
to the studio every day and writes? From classical roots as a precociously gifted Welsh boy to modernclassical
experiments in New York, that lead to co-founding The Velvet Underground, Cale has filtered
that mindset through singer-songwriter, proto-punk and post-punk prisms. His endless fascination has
kept us endlessly fascinated, as Cale has consistently created new fissions, including the digital advances
of the day, absorbed by hip hop as much as conventional songwriting.
Which is where we find Cale at this precise moment, with not just the re-mastered version of one of his
most unique and lauded solo records, the 1982 masterpiece Music For A New Society, but a complete
new reworking of the album under the title M:FANS, a record that explores the relationship between
old and new, in terms of the sound and vision, and Cale's memories of the experience, in terms of his
life, and the recording. M: FANS ends with "Back To The End", a previously unfinished outtake that Cale
rediscovered among the original tapes, whose haunting spectral mood matches anything on the 1982
record. (This version retains Cale's original vocal and piano while adding viola). Back and forth M:FANS
goes, sampling the original, while creating brand new soundscapes, giving Cale the opportunity for
closure on one of the most testing eras of his life, and a way to keep moving forward.
Music For A New Society had a fraught birth, to say the least. With Cale having folded his Spy label
imprint into Michael Zilkha's Ze Records, and retired his band for a run of solo concerts, Zilkha proposed
an album to capture this new phase. Rising to the challenge - "a very good one" - Cale created a brief
for the exercise; to only allow himself the ten days booked in the studio to complete the record, and to
only set the tape rolling when he was ready to improvise. Cale once recalled the recording process as,
"like method acting. Madness. Excruciating. I just let myself go. It became a kind of therapy, a personal
exorcism." But that fed into the album's extreme qualities; its nerve-shredding raw intimacy, its fractured,
In 1982, Music For A New Society sounded exactly like its title: something futuristic, a new kind of
songwriting exercise. In 2015, M:FANS is exactly that too, full of electrical crackle and disturbed
frequencies, a different kind of dystopian future awaits. John Cale forages on; it's the only way he knows
how.1. Taking Your Life In Your Hands
2. Thoughtless Kind
3. Sanctus (Sanities)
4. If You Were Still Around
5. Close Watch
6. Broken Bird
7. Chinese Envoy
8. Changes Made
9. Damn Life
10. RisÉ, Sam And Rimsky Korsakov$23.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Screaming For Vengeance (Awaiting Repress)Screaming for Vengeance on Numbered Limited Edition LP from Mobile Fidelity Silver Label
Double-Platinum 1982 Blockbuster Remains Judas Priest's Most Commercially Successful LP
Includes Electric Eye, Screaming for Vengeance, You've Got Another Thing Comin'
Dual Magnesium-Burn Guitars, Leather-Tough Percussion, Molten-Hot Melodies Help Form Triangular Equilibrium of Speed, Accessibility, and Attitude
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
You've got another thing comin'! Distinguished by dual magnesium-burn guitars, leather-tough percussion, molten-hot melodies, and the unmistakable piercing falsetto of operatic vocalist, Screaming for Vengeance became the soundtrack to millions of music lovers' lives in the early 1980s as Judas Priest continued to lay waste to its contemporaries' softer, cheesier hard-rock styles. An effort on which precision-based speed, mainstream accessibility, and resilient attitude meet in triangular equilibrium, the 1982 set remains the British metal legends' top-selling record.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Series numbered limited edition LP shows off the grand intersection of daring adventure and commercial purpose achieved via ironclad production values and entrenched grooves. The latter particularly benefit from this analog pressing, as the group never overlooks the importance of rhythm and pace even when stoking tempos to engine-combusting levels. Leagues ahead of the sonics gracing its peers' albums from the time, the sense of balance, separation, and realism is on par with that of big-budget rock creations.
Staked by the breakout "You've Got Another Thing Comin'," which burns white-hot with foot-pounding riffs, prize-fighting percussion, and singer Rob Halford's gun-for-hire blare, Screaming for Vengeance clutches hold of the jugular and doesn't let go. A return to the band's gritty, purist roots, the record revisits the themes of darkness, menace, and the unknown firmly established on the pioneering Stained Class and Killing Machine. Along with those albums, and British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance is the template for the catchy albeit uncompromisingly heavy crossover success Metallica, Megadeth, and Anthrax enjoyed years later.
With the one-two opening tandem of the instrumental "The Hellion" and stomping "Electric Eye," overseen by Halford as if he's embodying the persona of a wicked James Bond villain, Priest sounds utterly futuristic and terrifying, the instruments seemingly on a swivel and the sawed-off tones flooding the guitar solos with intimidation. A classic head-out-to-the highway anthem ("Riding on the Wind"), a racing proto-thrash banger ("Screaming for Vengeance"), and a scorching exorcism ("Devil's Child") function as the metal-hued bolts that hold the foundations of this Top 20-charting benchmark in place.
Perhaps more so here than on any other record, Priest spit-shines hooks and collusive six-string harmonic leads to perfection, giving listeners ying-yang doses of pain and pleasure, sweet and bitter. Songs at once invite sing-a-longs and fist-pumping responses. Screaming for Vengeance marked the last time Priest would sound this heavy in the 80s. No wonder it was voted the 12th best metal album of all time in Martin Popoff's definitive book of the same name.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Hellion
2. Electric Eye
3. Riding on the Wind
5. (Take These) Chains
6. Pain and Pleasure
7. Screaming for Vengeance
8. You've Got Another Thing Comin'
10. Devil's Child$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
For Long Tomorrow (Awaiting Repress)For Long Tomorrow is the second full length album released by Japanese math rock band toe.
Toe is one of the few post-rock bands out there that's easy to listen to. The band's sound is quite distinctive compared to their Western counterparts, preferring clean guitar settings and some choice effects in almost all of their songs. Unlike well-known post-rock bands like Sigur Rós and Explosions In the Sky, Toe's music can be described as light and melodic, with rare instances of distortion and vocals. The Japanese band is comprised of Kashikura Takashi on drums, Mino Takaaki and Yamazaki Hirokazu on guitars, and Yamane Satoshi on bass.
So far, Toe has released two albums and a few EPs. Their first full-length album, The Book About My Idle Plot on a Vague Anxiety, was well received by both local and international fans. It can be described as dynamic and free, with Takashi's drums dominating the tracks. It was with this album that Toe established its distinct sound and song structure.
For Long Tomorrow's overall sound is similar to their debut, but there is promise in this more experimental second outing. Toe shows that they've matured musically, as demonstrated by their extensive use of the Rhodes piano, acoustic guitars, and minor vocals in their songs. Although they have introduced new elements to their music, much of Toe's style remains intact, from their clean and melodic guitar riffs to their upbeat drum patterns.
A noticeable change in this album is that Toe's drum beats have been toned down, blending into the band's overall sound. Despite this, Takashi's jazzy and upbeat drumming still has the same energy that was present in their previous album. The addition of samplers into solos or breaks provides texture to their songs. Takaaki and Hirokazu's guitar playing continuously moves from acoustic to electric, changing the feel of most of the songs.
The first few songs in For Long Tomorrow showcase the band's usual upbeat instrumental tracks. The second track, "Vanishing Point and Whistle," has a sound reminiscent of Toe's debut. Many listeners consider the vocals from "Say it Ain't So" to be forced and awkward sounding, but it's part of the band's move to expand their musicality.
"Two Moons" and "Goodbye" are two very captivating tracks. "Two Moons" has a mainly acoustic vibe, with a vibraphone part that makes it melodic and light. On "Goodbye," Japanese singer Toki Asako collaborates with Toe to create a pensive and moody song.
Other songs on the album ride on Takashi's beats, which are sometimes reminiscent of Toe's original groove. Many of these songs are structured with a slow intro, followed by repetition, finishing with a climax. Noticeably upbeat tracks are "You Go," "Can't Hear Mosquitone Anymore #2," and "Long Tomorrow."
Toe's second album may sound at times like an extension of their debut, but the level of experimentation in For Long Tomorrow provides the light, upbeat sound the band was looking for. If Toe continues to innovate and improve their music, they'll be crossing continents and gaining new fans soon.
- Cadence Wu (Blog Critics)1. Everything Is Here, It Can Be Said That Nothing Is Here, Too.
2. Vanishing Point And Whistle
3. After Image
5. Say It Ain't So
6. Two Moons
7. Can't Hear Mosquitone Any More #1
8. Can't Hear Mosquitone Any More #2
9. Last Night (Album Version)
10. Goodbye (Album Version)
11. You Go
12. Our Next Movement
13. Long Tomorrow$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Gene Clark Sings For You
Produced For Release By Grammy®-Winner, Cheryl Pawelski
Restoration And Mastering By Grammy-Winner, Michael Graves
Liner Notes By John Einarson, Author Of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
Features Previously Unseen Photos.
Gene Clark's musical legacy is most certainly assured as a singer, songwriter
and member of some exclusive company as an inductee to Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a founder of The
Byrds, and collaborator in groups such as Dillard & Clark, Gene Clark and the Gosdin Brothers, McGuinn
Clark & Hillman and later as the duet partner of Carla Olson (The Textones).
His songs have been covered by Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Iain Matthews, Robert Plant & Alison Krauss, The
Rose Garden, and Chris & Rich Robinson of The Black Crowes among many others. As well documented as Clark's career
has been, there have been remarkable discoveries over the years (see Omnivore's Here Tonight: The White Light Demos for example),
but now the Holy Grail of Clark's post-Byrds career is finally about to see the light of day:
"For longtime Gene Clark fans and aficionados, the tracks on this remarkable archival CD are the stuff of legend. Since word
first spread in the 1980s about the discovery of these 1967 recordings on a rare acetate in Liberty Records' vaults, fans have
come to regard Gene Clark Sings For You as nothing less than the Holy Grail of the singer/songwriter's extraordinary body of
work. Shrouded in mystery and the subject of much speculation and conjecture, few have ever had the opportunity to hear these
forgotten gems from one of Gene Clark's most prolifically creative periods. Until now."
Author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
In addition to the 8 tracks from the Gene Clark Sings For You acetate, recorded in 1967 after he famously left The Byrds, there are an
additional 5 previously unknown tracks from a further 1967 acetate given to the band, The Rose Garden, for recording consideration.
This new compilation also includes a previously unissued demo rescued from a tape in the collection of John Noreen, member of
The Rose Garden. This demo of the song "Till Today" is Clark running through the song for the band who would cut it on their only
album, the 1968 self-titled effort on Atco Records (also being reissued and expanded at the same time as Gene Clark Sings For You).
Released with the full approval and cooperation with both the Estate of Gene Clark and the band, The Rose Garden, Gene Clark Sings
For You is produced for release by Grammy®-winner, Cheryl Pawelski with restoration and mastering by Grammy-winner, Michael
Graves. Liner notes by John Einarson, author of Mr. Tambourine Man: The Life And Legacy Of The Byrds' Gene Clark (Backbeat Books)
and previously unseen photos.1. On Her Own (Gene Clark Sings for You)
2. Past Tense (Gene Clark Sings for You)
3. Yesterday, Am I Right (Gene Clark Sings for You)
4. Past My Door (Gene Clark Sings for You)
5. That's Alright by Me (Gene Clark Sings for You)
6. One Way Road (Gene Clark Sings for You)
7. Down on the Pier (Gene Clark Sings for You)
8. 7:30 Mode (Gene Clark Sings for You)
9. On Tenth Street (The Rose Garden Acetate)
10. Understand Me Too (The Rose Garden Acetate)
11. A Long Time (The Rose Garden Acetate)
12. Big City Girl (The Rose Garden Acetate)
13. Doctor Doctor (The Rose Garden Acetate)
14. Till Today (The Rose Garden Demo)$31.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Vinyl LP Collection (Box Set)Limited-Edition, Individually Numbered Box Set
Remastered And Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
40-Plus Page Book With Never-Before-Seen Photos And Memorabilia
New Liner Notes By Ritenour
Celebrating the solo career of Lee Ritenour, The Vinyl LP Collection is a limited-edition, individually numbered box set containing five classic albums by the renowned guitarist; each remastered and pressed on 180-gram vinyl, and restored with original artwork and liner notes. An accompanying 40-plus page book contains new liner notes by Ritenour, plus never-before-seen photos and memorabilia, all sourced from his personal scrapbook collection.LP 1
2. Earth Run
3. If I'm Dreamin (Don't Wake Me)
5. The Sauce
8. Water From the Moon
2. Turn the Heat Up
4. White Water
7. Shades in the Shade
8. Children's Games
2. Latin Lover
4. Rio Sol
5. Odile, Odila
6. Voce É Linda
7. New York / Brazil
8. The Inner Look
1. Bahia Funk
3. All the Same Tonight
4. Mister Reggae
6. I Can't Let Go
7. Color Rit
8. The Kiss
1. Wes Bound
2. Boss City
3. 4 on 6
4. A Little Bumpin'
5. Ocean Ave
6. Waiting in Vain
7. Goin' on to Detroit
8. A New Day
9. Road Song
10. West Coast Blues$149.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Complete Vinyl Collection (Box Set)Mitch Hedberg's singular style and absurd observations about everyday life turned him into a comedy legend. Now you can relive his entire body of work whenever you want. MITCH HEDBERG: THE COMPLETE VINYL COLLECTION includes all three of his original albums (STRATEGIC GRILL LOCATIONS, MITCH ALL TOGETHER and DO YOU BELIEVE IN GOSH?), never-before-heard recordings, bonus videos and a book by Lynn Shawcroft, which features essays from Doug Stanhope, Mike Birbiglia and Margaret Cho.LP 1
1. The CD Jokes (Strategic Grill Locations)
2. Koalas (Strategic Grill Locations)
3. Highlights (Strategic Grill Locations)
4. You Were Good (Strategic Grill Locations)
5. Shaving Too (Strategic Grill Locations)
6. Minibar (Strategic Grill Locations)
7. Beret and Pancakes (Strategic Grill Locations)
8. The Velcro Wallet (Strategic Grill Locations)
9. Dry Clean Only (Strategic Grill Locations)
10. Gambling (Strategic Grill Locations)
11. My Necklace (Strategic Grill Locations)
12. Acting (Strategic Grill Locations)
13. Lynn (Strategic Grill Locations)
14. Tomatoes (Strategic Grill Locations)
1. Six People Isn't Convincing (Strategic Grill Locations)
2. Cookies (Strategic Grill Locations)
3. Oatmeal (Strategic Grill Locations)
4. Smackie The Frog (Strategic Grill Locations)
5. Frogs and Bears (Strategic Grill Locations)
6. Fire Exit (Strategic Grill Locations)
7. The Dufrenes (Strategic Grill Locations)
8. Opening for The Neville Brothers, February 11th, 1995 (Early Show), TropWorld (Strategic Grill Locations)
9. Hidden Track - Origin of Strategic Grill Locations (Strategic Grill Locations)
1. This CD is in Stores (Mitch All Together)
2. Sandwiches (Mitch All Together)
3. Not Track Five, Not Chainsaw Juggler (Mitch All Together)
4. Teeth (Mitch All Together)
5. Candy Bars (Mitch All Together)
6. Houses (Mitch All Together)
7. Pop (Mitch All Together)
8. The Pipe (Mitch All Together)
9. Business Cards (Mitch All Together)
10. Sesame Seeds (Mitch All Together)
11. Three Easy Payments (Mitch All Together)
12. Arrows (Mitch All Together)
13. Saved by the Buoyancy of Citrus (Mitch All Together)
14. Mitch in the S'th (Mitch All Together)
15. Bed and Breakfast (Mitch All Together)
16. X (Mitch All Together)
17. Movie Pot (Mitch All Together)
1. The Improv Fairy Tale (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
2. Door Deal (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
3. Hot Air Balloon (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
4. Headless Horseman (Do You Believe In Gosh?)v
5. Hotels and Beds (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
6. Phil (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
7. Restaurants (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
8. Texas and Sea Food (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
9. Tea Ski (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
10. Canal Smarts (Do You Believe In Gosh?)
11. The Vacuumist (Do You Believe in Gosh?)
12. Belt (Do You Believe in Gosh?)
13. Soda Pop (Do You Believe in Gosh?)$99.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol.1A special collectible 6LP 12 vinyl edition, Lou Reed- The RCA & Arista Vinyl Collection, Vol 1.
Each of the six album titles will be pressed on high fidelity 150gram vinyl and housed in a meticulous facsimile reproduction of the album's original packaging including a 30 page book. Fully restored album titles included the 12 vinyl edition of Lou Reed - The RCA & Arista Album Collection are: Transformer (1972), Berlin (1973), Rock n Roll Animal (1974), Coney Island Baby (1975), Street Hassle (1978) and The Blue Mask (1982).LP 1: Transformer
2. Andy's Chest
3. Perfect Day
4. Hangin' 'Round
5. Walk On the Wild Side
6. Make Up
7. Satellite of Love
8. Wagon Wheel
9. New York Telephone Conversation
10. I'm So Free
11. Goodnight Ladies
LP 2: Berlin
2. Lady Day
3. Men of Good Fortune
4. Caroline Says I
5. How Do You Think It Feels
6. Oh Jim
7. Caroline Says II
8. The Kids
9. The Bed
10. Sad Song
LP 3: Rock n Roll Animal
1. Intro / Sweet Jane
3. White Light / White Heat
4. Lady Day
5. Rock 'N' Roll
LP 4: Coney Island Baby
1. Crazy Feeling
2. Charley's Girl
3. She's My Best Friend
5. A Gift
6. Ooohhh Baby
7. Nobody's Business
8. Coney Island Baby
LP 5: Street Hassle
1. Gimmie Some Good Times
3. Street Hassle
4. I Wanna Be Black
5. Real Good Time Together
6. Shooting Star
7. Leave Me Alone
LP 6: The Blue Mask
1. My House
3. Underneath the Bottle
4. The Gun
5. The Blue Mask
6. Average Guy
7. The Heroine
8. Waves of Fear
9. The Day John Kennedy Died
10. Heavenly Arms$149.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Open BookFred Hersch has long been acclaimed as an exploratory artist, an outspoken activist, an influential educator and a uniquely revelatory and lyrical pianist. As one of the most expressive voices in modern jazz, Hersch has never been shy about letting listeners glimpse his most intimate thoughts and emotions. In September, however, Hersch's fans will be treated to even deeper, more revealing insights into the story of the renowned pianist when he publishes his much-anticipated memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly: A Life In and Out of Jazz. As a companion piece, Hersch decided to present an equally direct and vulnerable glimpse into his private musical thoughts with his 11th solo release, Open Book.
The seven pieces on Open Book (set for release via Palmetto Records) offer some of the finest, most unguardedly emotional solo music that Hersch has created in a career unique for its profound poignancy and passion. Recorded in a South Korean concert hall on a superb Hamburg Steinway concert grand piano, the album captures the vital essence of the revelatory adventurousness and intense beauty that have made Hersch one of the most important solo artists in jazz. With more than 40 albums to his credit as a leader or co-leader, Hersch remarkably continues to discover new areas of inspiration and depths of feeling.
For the last two and a half decades I've been pretty open about who I am, what I like and what I'm dealing with at times, Hersch says. But I've always got to dig deeper, and I thought this might be a chance to make an album that's a window into the kinds of things that I play at home or don't play in public all that much.
The album arrives during a momentous month for Hersch. On September 12, the esteemed publishers Crown Archetype (Penguin Random House) will release Good Things Happen Slowly, Hersch's bravely confessional memoir. The book covers the pianist's meteoric rise in jazz from his sideman days alongside masters like Art Farmer and Joe Henderson to his gradual recognition as one of the most individualistic and innovative artists of his generation, a ten-time Grammy Award nominee and winner of countless accolades including being named a 2016 Doris Duke Artist as well as the same year's Jazz Journalists Association Pianist of the Year. But it also frankly reveals his story as the first openly gay, HIV-positive jazz musician, tracing his path through hedonistic post-Stonewall New York City to the dramatic two-month medically induced coma in 2007 from which he emerged to make some of the most stunning and captivating music of his career.
Later that month Hersch will reprise his ambitious Leaves of Grass full-evening piece at Jazz at Lincoln Center's Appel Room, the first time the song cycle has been performed in New York City since 2005. Vocalists Kurt Elling and Kate McGarry will reprise their roles from the original project, which sets the verse of American bard Walt Whitman. The legendary poet's timeless ode to the miracle of nature and openhearted love of all beings seems especially vital in our present socio-political moment.
The centerpiece of Open Book, and the spark that ignited the album, is the nearly 20-minute improvisation Through the Forest. Unique in Hersch's extensive discography, the stream-of-consciousness gem is a miniature masterpiece of narrative development, a compelling journey through an abstract, glimmering landscape, revealing that in his early 60s Hersch continues to take creative risks and daunting inventive leaps.
The creation of Through the Forest was as unplanned and spontaneous as the music itself. In Seoul for a pair of solo concerts during a break in a tour of Asia with his esteemed trio, Hersch overslept during an after-breakfast nap and rushed to take the stage at JCC Art Center Concert Hall for his afternoon performance. The titular forest is, in part, a jetlag and coffee-fueled dreamscape through which Hersch wanders, applying his vivid powers of observation to unusual terrain. I was a little groggy, my defenses were down, and rather than fight it I just gave in to it, Hersch recalls. I'd never really done anything of that length in public where I had no agenda and was able to stay in that zone for such an extended period of time. I realized it was something special, something different that might be the core of an album.
Through the Forest became the leaping-off point for an album intended to be singularly divulgent and reflective. A few months later, Hersch returned to the same hall and recorded the remainder of Open Book alone in the empty venue (with the exception of Benny Golson's classic Whisper Not, taken from a concert during that return engagement).
The album opens with the stark musings of The Orb, taken from Hersch's autobiographical music-theater piece My Coma Dreams. A love letter to Hersch's longtime partner, AIDS activist Scott Morgan, The Orb is the final dream depicted in the show, and in this solo rendition becomes a nakedly heartfelt outpouring of raw but tender emotion. The mood then takes a turn for the playful and swinging on Whisper Not, a longtime staple of Hersch's repertoire that here becomes a vibrant, virtuoso marathon of thematic exploration.
The piece also serves as an ideal mirror to the album's other composition from the pen of a jazz icon, Thelonious Monk's Eronel. Hersch has long been recognized as one of the premier interpreters of the Monk songbook, but despite including one of the iconic composer's pieces in every one of his sets for most of his career, Hersch had never tackled this particular tune, co-written by pianist Sadik Hakim. Monk's original stride-inflected lines come in for a dizzying array of variations in Hersch's endlessly imaginative take.
The music of Brazil has also been a constant in Hersch's career, in particular the music of Antonio Carlos Jobim, the subject of one of the pianist's earlier solo efforts, 2009's Fred Hersch Plays Jobim. Picture in Black and White is a new addition to that repertoire, majestically transformed from a bossa nova feel to a crystalline hybrid with Chopin's last nocturne. On the other side of Through the Forest in the album's symmetrical structure comes Hersch's own classical-flavored Plainsong, a spare, lyrical piece composed in the bucolic setting of the MacDowell Colony, the inspirational artists' retreat in rural New Hampshire.
Open Book ends on a meaningful ellipsis, Billy Joel's moving And So It Goes. In title alone it's an apt conclusion, suggesting an embrace of life as lived and hinting at its open-ended continuation. The full lyrics, which Hersch has performed in duo settings with singers including frequent collaborator Kate McGarry, remain unspoken here but obviously deeply felt in every note. I connect with the sentiment of the words, Hersch says, and it felt like a good benediction to the whole album.1. The Orb
2. Whisper Not
4. Through The Forest
7. And So It Goes$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now