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  • Past Masters Past Masters Quick View

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    Past Masters

    Sourced From the Original Master Tapes!


    Pressed on 180 gram vinyl


    Cut at Abbey Road Studios


    A two-volume set tying up loose ends, single releases and B-sides. But frankly, when your loose ends include 'Hey Jude', then it still probably qualifies as essential listening. There's a bit of filler here (nobody but a Germanic completist needs to hear 'Sie Liebt Dich') but there are a lot of absolute classics, especially on disc 2, which includes the barrelhouse 'Lady Madonna', the droning psychedelic 'Rain' (the whole of Oasis's career in one song) and Harrison's lovely 'Old Brown Shoe'. It ends with their final B-side, 'You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)'.


    A team consisting of some of the best producers and engineers in the recording industry were brought together and would spend 4 long years mixing and mastering with some of the most state of the art recording equipment. Treating these records much like a science experiment, engineers ran extensive tests before copying the analog master tapes over into a digital format using 24-bit/192 kHz resolution, and carefully removing clicks, vocal pops and poor edits. Never altering the original songs themselves, just polishing them up a bit.


    LP1
    1. Love Me Do (Original Single Version)*
    2. From Me To You
    3. Thank You Girl
    4. She Loves You*
    5. I'll Get You*
    6. I Want To Hold Your Hand
    7. This Boy
    8. Kom, Gib Mir Deine Hand
    9. Sie Liebt Dich
    10. Long Tall Sally
    11. I Call Your Name
    12. Slow Down
    13. Matchbox
    14. I Feel Fine
    15. She's A Woman
    16. Bad Boy
    17. Yes It Is
    18. I'm Down


    LP2
    1. Day Tripper
    2. We Can Work It Out
    3. Paperback Writer
    4. Rain
    5. Lady Madonna
    6. The Inner Light
    7. Hey Jude
    8. Revolution
    9. Get Back (With Billy Preston)
    10. Don't Let Me Down (With Billy Preston)
    11. The Ballad Of John and Yoko
    12. Old Brown Shoe

    13. Across The Universe
    14. Let It Be
    15. You Know My Name (Look Up The Number)*


    All recordings are stereo except * which are in mono

    The Beatles
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  • A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters Quick View

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    A Love Supreme: The Complete Masters


    Ranked 47/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time


    Easily one of the most important records ever made, John Coltrane's A Love Supreme was his pinnacle studio outing that at once compiled all of his innovations from his past, spoke of his current deep spirituality, and also gave a glimpse into the next two and a half years.


    LP 1
    1. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    2. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution
    3. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance
    4. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm
    5. A Love Supreme, Pt. III - Pursuance
    6. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm


    LP 2
    1. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    2. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    3. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution
    4. A Love Supreme, Pt. II - Resolution
    5. A Love Supreme, Pt. IV - Psalm
    6. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    7. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    8. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    9. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    10. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    11. A Love Supreme, Pt. I - Acknowledgement


    LP 3
    1. Introduction
    2. A Love Supreme Pt. I - Acknowledgement
    3. A Love Supreme Pt. II - Resolution
    4. A Love Supreme Pt. III - Pursuance
    5. A Love Supreme Pt. IV - Psalm

    John Coltrane
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  • Past, Present And Future Past, Present And Future Quick View

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    Past, Present And Future

    Al Stewart's Past, Present and Future launched the artist from being an English coffeehouse staple
    into a worldwide rock superstar thanks to the intriguing lyrics and melodies contained within the two sides
    of this 1974 masterwork. While achieving cult-like status in the U.K. with his unique brand of folk/rock,
    Past, Present and Future featured some of Al Stewart's finest songs like the prog-rock champions Roads
    to Moscow, Soho (Needless to Say) and his timeless masterpiece Nostradamus.


    While playing college gigs and opening for major recording acts across the states, Al Stewart's Past,
    Present and Future grabbed the attention of astute rock radio programmers who had discovered the U.K.
    import of this classic before it reached North America. Soon, tracks like Terminal Eyes ignited a wave of
    requests, developing the popularity further, while having the luxury of entire sides being played on the
    more esoteric FM radio stations across the states.


    Aside from being a brilliant composer and wonderful vocalist, Al Stewart also plays some mean
    acoustic and electric guitar alongside some of the most important players of our time like Rick Wakeman,
    Roger Taylor, Tim Renwick and many others.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the important musical catalog of Al Stewart. Therefore, it is with much
    honor to continue the Al Stewart Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the first time audiophile
    LP release of Past, Present and Future. Impeccably mastered from the original Janus Records tapes
    by Joe Reagoso (Al Stewart/Yes/Traffic), this long out-of-print vinyl album is now back for you to enjoy in
    a big way.


    For this 40th Anniversary special limited edition release, we are also including the original rare album
    cover artwork elements, in a first time gatefold cover, which will also enhance your hours of listening.


    Soho And Needless To Say

    1. Old Admirals
    2. Warren Harding
    3. Soho (Needless to Say)
    4. The Last Day of June 1934
    5. Post World War Two Blues
    6. Roads to Moscow
    7. Terminal Eyes
    8. Nostradamus
    Al Stewart
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  • DS Audio DS Master1 Optical Phono Cartridge DS Audio DS Master1 Optical Phono Cartridge Quick View

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    DS Audio DS Master1 Optical Phono Cartridge





    The flagship of the DS Audio line, the DS Master1 optical cartridge features an improved optical-mechanical design, wire-suspension, sapphire cantilever and micro-ridge stylus.


    Newly designed "Advanced Optical-mechanical" system


    The "advanced optical-mechanical" design enables us to position our newly designed micro-optic sensor unit closer to the stylus, resulting in a much shorter optical path length. Together with its wire-suspended cantilever, the DS Master1 provides the listener the ultimate in channel separation and sound quality.


    Micro-ridge stylus mounted to a sapphire cantilever


    The Micro-ridge stylus has a minimum-curvature radius and is mounted to a sapphire cantilever. This super low mass generator which eschews magnets and coils and is free of ultra-sonic ringing lets the Master1 reproduce every bit of musical information with stunning nuance and brilliant detail for flagship-level performance.


    Advanced Material Science


    During the development phase of the DS Master1, no detail was overlooked. In the past two years, every aspect of the design and parts were re-evaluated to ensure the highest rigidity possible in the cartridge. From its Ultra duralumin body, to its amethyst power indicator window, we have carefully selected each component to ensure that we have a built a phono cartridge of the highest rigidity and quality.


    *Please note, the DS Master1 optical phono cartridge requires a DS Audio preamp/equalizer for use.

    DS Audio
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  • Feeling Today Feeling Today Quick View

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    Feeling Today

    Feeling Today is Spencer Stephenson's debut release under the Botany moniker. The culmination of years of assembling music, this EP, and his forthcoming full-length, flow with a transcendental radiance. Under the gauzy patina of decades-old samples, this Texan sound-sculptor masterfully merges the past and the present, the earthly and the infinite.
    1. Feeling Today

    2. Minnow Theme
    3. Waterparker
    4. Glasshouse
    5. Benefactress
    6. Agave
    Botany
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  • Novum Initum (Discontinued) Novum Initum (Discontinued) Quick View

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    Novum Initum (Discontinued)

    The last years have not been easy for Masterplan. Because of several factors the band has been unable to
    play festivals and tours - even though there were plenty of offers. But that lies in the past and is about to
    change now. Joining founding member Roland Grapow (Ex Helloween) and keyboarder Axel Mackenrott are
    drummer Martin "Marthus" Skaroupka (Cradle Of Filth), vocalist Rick Altzi (At Vance, Thunderstone) and
    bassist Jari Kainulainen (Stratovarius, Symfonia, Devil's Train). Besides their undoubted musical qualities, all
    three fit perfectly into the band. So there is a huge motivation to get things going now and have a fresh start!
    Side A
    1. Per Aspera Ad Astra
    2. The Game
    3. Keep Your Dream Alive
    4. Black Night Of Magic
    5. Betrayal
    6. No Escape
    7. Pray On My Soul


    Side B
    8. Earth Is Going Down
    9. Return From Avalon
    10. Through Your Eyes
    11. Novum Initium

    Master Plan, The
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  • Mozart - Clarinet Concerto - Horn Concerto (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Mozart - Clarinet Concerto - Horn Concerto (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Mozart - Clarinet Concerto - Horn Concerto (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)

    The amazing skill of two great virtuosos, Joseph Leutgeb and Anton Stadler, inspired Mozart to compose the concertos heard here. Made in 1959, this DECCA recording gives us an excellent idea of how the concertos would have sounded in Mozart's day, thanks to two of today's very best instrumentalists - the clarinettist Gervase de Peyer and the horn player Barry Tuckwell.



    Amazing lightness, warmth of tone and perfect intonation are the hallmarks of the soloist and London Symphony Orchestra conducted by Peter Maag in the clarinet concerto, which Mozart completed only a few weeks before his death. The two horn concertos heard here were also written during Mozart's final creative period in Vienna. Just one hearing is enough to let them be remembered for all time - for these concertos employ to the full the horn's rich and widely varied range of expression. Broad arching melodies, tripping runs and merry hunting calls in the final movements guarantee musical enjoyment, and for this we owe our thanks to both the past and present masters of their instruments in this delightful recording.





    Musicians:



    • Gervase de Peyer (clarinet)

    • Barry Tuckwell (horn)

    • London Symphony Orchestra

    • Peter Maag (conductor)




    Recording: November 1959 at Kingsway Hall, London by Kenneth E. Wilkinson
    Production: Ray Minshull





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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  • Reports From The Threshold Of Death (Awaiting Repress) Reports From The Threshold Of Death (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Reports From The Threshold Of Death (Awaiting Repress)

    With their last album, The Martyrdom of a Catastrophist, Junius explored the controversial theories of scholar Immanuel Velikovsky. The concept was centered around the trials and tribulations of Velikovskys life, providing a captivating narrative to the bands expansive, dreamlike soundtrack, which Pitchfork called a rich, immersive experience, a bleak jewel of a record that takes obsession as its theme and rewards it in equal measure.


    Conceptually picking up where The Martyrdom left off (with the death of Velikovsky), Reports from the Threshold of Death chronicles the journey of the soul after the body dies. In writing this album, vocalist/guitarist Joseph Martinez was inspired by reports and accounts of near-death experiences. On the albums ten beautifully cathartic tracks, the band takes listeners on a journey into the unknown, channeling basic human themes like love, regret, and longing. Massive walls of guitars drive with steadfast rhythm beneath soaring synth and vocal melodies throughout the albums arc, providing a passionate soundtrack for the journey into the light.


    Reports from the Threshold of Death was the first album to be recorded at Will Benoits Radar Studios in Clinton, CT (the first fully solar-powered sustainable studio on the East Coast) with longtime friend/producer James Dunham of rock-noir band InAeona. The recording was in many ways a return to Junius roots, with engineering assistance from past collaborators Benoit and Daryl Rabidoux, mastering by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonnella (Isis, Converge, Torche, Doomriders), and art designed by former Junius bassist Ira Bronson (of Black Day Creative).

    1. Betray The Grave
    2. All Shall Float
    3. Dance on Blood
    4. A Universe Without Stars
    5. Haunts for Love
    6. The Meeting of Pasts
    7. (Spirit Guidance)
    8. A Reflection on Fire
    9. Transcend the Ghost
    10. Eidolon & Perispirit
    Junius
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  • Animal Mother Animal Mother Quick View

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    Animal Mother

    Visionary metal cult known as TODAY IS THE DAY prepares to assault the masses with their tenth full-length album, Animal Mother.


    As always, the dejected and vengeful hymns TODAY IS THE DAY delivers with their latest opus are among the most scathing passages of audio one will experience, as Animal Mother unloads just short of a solid hour of pure anguish. The band's lineup features the rhythm section of bassist Sean Conkling (Regression, Burn Your Halo, Sprawl) and drummer Jeff Lohrber (Enabler, ex-Harlots), fronted by cult leader, founding guitarist/vocalist Steve Austin. Through fifteen diversified attacks, Animal Mother's wrath recalls elements of several seminal TITD albums, merging the dementia of Temple Of The Morning Star with the blazing delivery of In The Eyes Of God, yet several acoustic and more melodic angles elevate the LP's material to entirely different dimensions. Pain and hate are blatantly abundant in Austin's seething and venomous lyrical tirades and emotional outcries. The Animal Mother recordingsessions took place at the notorious architect's own Austin Enterprises in the deeply wooded Maine wilderness this brutal past Winter, the material fully produced and mastered by Austin. The cover art for Animal Mother was created by Samantha Muljat.


    For two and-a-half decades, TODAY IS THE DAY has woven Steve Austin's prophetic observations and noise-soaked chaos through a psychedelic, unique and unmatched battery of heavy styles. The outfit has spawned an incredible discography, forging their way to the forefront of Amphetamine Reptile, Relapse, Blackmarket Activities and many others. The band has toured with countless acts including Motörhead, Morbid Angel, Helmet, Neurosis, The Melvins, Napalm Death, Coalesce, Unsane and Eyehategod. Additionally, Steve Austin has produced nearly all of TITD's releases, as well as groundbreaking albums for Lamb Of God, Converge, Deadguy and many others.

    1. Animal Mother
    2. Discipline
    3. Sick Of your Mouth
    4. Imperfection
    5. Law Of The Universe
    6. Outlaw (Acoustic)
    7. GodCrutch
    8. Divine Reward
    9. Masada
    10. Heathen
    11. Mystic
    12. The Last Strand
    13. Outlaw
    14. Bloodwood
    Today Is The Day
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  • Western Teleport Western Teleport Quick View

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    Western Teleport

    Songwriter and noise pop saboteur Emperor X traded his pursuit of a masters degree in physics for the life of an underground minstrel. For the past 10 years, C.R. Matheny has been traveling the country playing all ages shows and punk houses while self-releasing a string of albums that have quietly built him a devoted cult following.
    1. Erica Western Teleport
    2. Sig Alert
    3. Defiance (for Elise Sunderhuse)
    4. A Violent Translation of the Concordia Headscarp
    5. The Magnetic Media Storage Practices of Rural Pakistan
    6. A Fleet of Broken U-Hauls
    7. Sincerely, H. C. Pregerson
    8. 24 Songs
    9. Allahu Akbar
    10. Compressor Repair
    11. Canada Day
    12. Erica Western Geiger Counter
    Emperor X
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  • Assault on Precinct 13 / The Fog Assault on Precinct 13 / The Fog Quick View

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    Assault on Precinct 13 / The Fog


    12 Housed In Deluxe Mylar Mirrorboard Sleeve


    Much of the power of the best films by the cult director John Carpenter can
    be attributed to their use of music - music that, more often than not, was
    composed and performed by Carpenter himself. What began as a necessity for
    the low-budget productions by Carpenter became a major part of his aesthetic,
    and established him as a pioneering figure in genre-film score work as well as
    electronic music in general. Now, flanked by his son Cody Carpenter and godson
    Daniel Davies, and with two albums (Lost Themes and Lost Themes II) of nonsoundtrack
    material under his belt, Carpenter has decided to revisit some of his
    most beloved themes.


    Assault on Precinct 13 was the first feature film Carpenter made after film school,
    and he made it partially as an urban reimagining of Rio Bravo, a film by his idol,
    Howard Hawks. In Carpenter's movie, a soon-to-be-closed police precinct is
    placed under siege by a gang who have taken a blood oath to kill someone inside.
    Assault is a classic, not least of all because it has perhaps Carpenter's best-loved
    theme. The theme's main synthesizer line, partly inspired by the score to Dirty
    Harry and Led Zeppelin's "Immigrant Song," is catchy and dread-inducing in
    equal measure.


    Carpenter's theme for The Fog is one of his finest, and creepiest. In the film, a
    weather-beaten old fisherman tells an ancient tale of betrayal and death to fascinated
    children as they huddle together by their campfire. As a piece of driftwood
    in a child's hands glows with spectral light, an eerie fog envelops the bay, and
    from its midst emerge dripping demonic victims of a century old shipwreck,
    seeking revenge. The spooky synthesizer tone in Carpenter's composition evokes
    the advance of the fog itself, helping to make this a quintessential horror score for
    a classic horror movie.


    This 12 release includes the themes to Assault on Precinct 13 and The Fog, newly
    rerecorded by Carpenter and his Lost Themes bandmates. May it serve as a bridge
    between the Horror Master's legendary, still relevant past and his remarkable
    present.

    1. Assault on Precinct 13
    2. The Fog
    John Carpenter
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  • Screen Memories Screen Memories Quick View

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    Screen Memories

    John Maus is a truly enigmatic musician. Broadly cut from the synth pop cloth, he's fashioned the
    frosty minimalism of its fabric into a cloak of infinite meaning, genuine grace and absurdist humor
    over the course of three defining albums since 2006. His music is a highly mutable affair, whilst
    often described as retro-futurist on behalf of the 80's drum machines and synth sounds employed,
    John's music is more personal than the nostalgic re-tread implied. There's a cinematic quality to
    his songs, with pathos conjured through propelling bass-lines, trailing arpeggios and of course his
    deeply resonant vocal. Moroder helped map out the territory but Maus is more interested in seeking
    cadence through his love of Renaissance polyphony and the experimentation behind post punk. It's
    an amalgamation of musical ideas as radical as its intent.


    Maus is a "man out of time" trying to make sense of the inhumanity of our world through his
    mobilisation of the language of punk rock. His aim is true as he reaches for the seemingly impossible.
    It's a want to emerge as part of greater multiplicity, to appear, to become, to connect that powers his
    songs and the man himself.


    It's now been six years since the widely lauded 2011's 'We Must Become The Pitiless Censors Of
    Ourselves' appeared like a thunderbolt of maniacal energy and turned everyone's heads. Now
    regarded an experimental pop classic, Pitiless Censors was a huge breakthrough for Maus as a
    recognised artist and led to a vast reappraisal of his past work. Debut album 2006's Songs and the
    masterful follow up 2008's Love Is Real sounded better than ever the second time round for this
    groundswell of new followers. After touring Pitiless Censors around the world and pulling together
    a collection of rarities and unreleased tracks, Maus then returned to academic pursuits. In 2014, he
    was awarded a doctorate in Political Philosophy for his dissertation on communication and control.
    Shortly thereafter, he began building his own modular synthesizer, etching the printed circuit boards,
    soldering components, and assembling panels, until he had an instrument that matched his vision.
    With this prodigious task completed Maus turned his hand back to song writing and began work on
    what is now his fourth album proper Screen Memories.


    'Screen Memories' was written, recorded, and engineered by Maus over the last few years in his
    home in Minnesota, known genially as the Funny Farm. It's a solitary place situated in the corn plains
    of rural American Midwest. The landscape is as majestic as it is austere and inevitably some of the
    sub-zero winter temperatures creep into the songs as do the buzzing wasps of summer.


    Through the whole album Maus has an undeniable talent in grasping the mettle of each song,
    reaching within and building up a sincere core, before teasing out the edges in acknowledgement to
    the very ridiculousness of its existence. Rather than creating these songs through an enjoyment of the
    process Maus considers himself more in the role of someone discovering them buried just beneath
    the surface. Perhaps the songs presented here are the ones that mask his real intentions, Freud
    pressing record and turning the TV channel to snow. All we can be certain of now though is that John
    Maus is back and he sounds gloriously alive. The triumph of the human is upon us and all the false
    gods and bad jokes will be the first to fall.

    1. The Combine
    2. Teenage Witch
    3. Touchdown
    4. Walls of Silence
    5. Find Out
    6. Decide Decide
    7. Edge of Forever
    8. The People Are Missing
    9. Pets
    10. Sensitive Recollections
    11. Over Phantom
    12. Bombs Away
    John Maus
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  • Goods (Awaiting Repress) Goods (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Goods (Awaiting Repress)

    One of the most eagerly anticipated releases of 2011, Citizen Fish's eighth full-length album Goods follows the success of their Alternative Tentacles/Fat Wreck Chords split with Leftover Crack. Citizen Fish formed in Bath, England, in 1989 following the splits of their previous bands Subhumans and Culture Shock. They have delivered their unique ska-infused punk rock to eager audiences while touring across the world the past two decades. Dick Lucas's frantic vocal delivery combined with the catchy riffs and driving punk of their unforgettable live performances continues to earn the band legions of new fans and brings working class radical politics to generations of questioning minds. These guys are masters at mixing punk with ska, and they top it off with sharply observed, politically charged lyrics.
    1. Shelf Life
    2. Free Speech
    3. Human Conditioner
    4. Overseas
    5. Better
    6. Click
    7. How Far Does It Go?
    8. Insane
    9. Marker Pen
    10. Fearless
    11. Discomfort Zone
    12. Spotless
    13. Wake Up
    Citizen Fish
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  • The Album Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (Awaiting Repress) The Album Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Album Collection Vol. 1 (1973-1984) (Awaiting Repress)


    First 7 Albums Recorded & Released For Columbia Records Between 1973 and 1984


    Newly Remastered From Original Analogue Masters By Acclaimed Engineer Bob Ludwig


    Recreations Of Original Packaging & Accompanied By A 60-Page Book


    "Last Thursday, at the Harvard Square theatre, I saw my rock'n'roll past flash before my eyes. And I saw something else: I saw rock and roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen. And on a night when I needed to feel young, he made me feel like I was hearing music for the very first time." --Jon Landau, The Real Paper, May 22, 1974


    Columbia Records/Legacy Recordings will release Bruce Springsteen: The Album Collection Vol. 1 1973-1984, a boxed set comprised of remastered editions of the first seven albums recorded and released by Bruce Springsteen for Columbia Records between 1973 and 1984. All of the albums are newly remastered and all seven are making their remastered debut on vinyl.


    The seven albums are recreations of their original packaging and the set is accompanied by a 60-page book featuring rarely-seen photos, memorabilia and original press clippings from Springsteen's first decade as a recording artist.


    Acclaimed engineer Bob Ludwig, working with Springsteen and longtime engineer Toby Scott, has remastered these albums, all newly transferred from the original analogue masters using the Plangent Process playback system.
    Albums included:


    • Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)

    • The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)

    • Born To Run (1975)

    • Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)

    • The River (1980)

    • Nebraska (1982)

    • Born In The U.S.A. (1984)


    LP 1 - Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. (1973)
    1. Blinded By The Light
    2. Growin' Up
    3. Mary Queen Of Arkansas
    4. Does This Bus Stop At 82nd Street?
    5. Lost In The Flood
    6. The Angel
    7. For You
    8. Spirit In The Night
    9. It's Hard To Be A Saint In The City


    LP 2 - The Wild, The Innocent and The E Street Shuffle (1973)
    1. The E Street Shuffle
    2. 4th Of July, Asbury Park (Sandy)
    3. Kitty's Back
    4. Wild Billy's Circus Story
    5. Incident On 57th Street
    6. Rosalita (Come Out Tonight)
    7. New York City Serenade


    LP 3 - Born To Run (1975)
    1. Thunder Road
    2. Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out
    3. Night
    4. Backstreets
    5. Born To Run
    6. She's The One
    7. Meeting Across The River
    8. Jungleland


    LP 4 - Darkness On The Edge Of Town (1978)
    1. Badlands
    2. Adam Raised A Cain
    3. Something In The Night
    4. Candy's Room
    5. Racing In The Street
    6. The Promised Land
    7. Factory
    8. Streets Of Fire
    9. Prove It All Night
    10. Darkness On The Edge Of Town


    LP 5 - The River (1980)
    1. The Ties That Bind
    2. Sherry Darling
    3. Jackson Cage
    4. Two Hearts
    5. Independence Day
    6. Hungry Heart
    7. Out In The Street
    8. Crush On You
    9. You Can Look (But You Better Not Touch)
    10. I Wanna Marry You
    11. The River


    LP 6 - The River (1980)
    1. Point Blank
    2. Cadillac Ranch
    3. I'm A Rocker
    4. Fade Away
    5. Stolen Car

    6. Ramrod

    7. The Price You Pay
    8. Drive All Night
    9. Wreck On The Highway


    LP 7 - Nebraska (1982)
    1. Nebraska
    2. Atlantic City
    3. Mansion On The Hill
    4. Johnny 99
    5. Highway Patrolman
    6. State Trooper
    7. Used Cars
    8. Open All Night
    9. My Father's House
    10. Reason To Believe


    LP 8 - Born In The U.S.A. (1984)
    1. Born In The U.S.A.
    2. Cover Me
    3. Darlington County
    4. Working On The Highway
    5. Downbound Train
    6. I'm On Fire
    7. No Surrender
    8. Bobby Jean
    9. I'm Goin' Down
    10. Glory Days
    11. Dancing In The Dark
    12. My Hometown

    Bruce Springsteen
    $269.99
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    For The Good Times

    I love playing country music, says Norah Jones. More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home. Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies, a group of friends and like-minded souls that includes Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals), and Dan Rieser (drums), have periodically gathered to make music for fun, playing their favorite country tunes and conjuring that down-home spirit.


    With their second album, For the Good Times, The Little Willies take on songs by such masters as Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. The results demonstrate the joy they take, and commitment they make, to a project that was first born for purely practical reasons.


    Material for the new album was taken from the Willies live repertoire, and by passing around ideas drawn from disparate sources. The selections include more surprising choices, like the trucker classic Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves and Foul Owl on the Prowl, from the soundtrack to In the Heat of the Night. Alongside the more obscure songs, though, For the Good Times also includes some of the best-known songs in the history of country music, like Partons Jolene and the title track, written by Kristofferson and made famous by such singers as Ray Price and Al Green.

    1. I Worship You (Ralph Stanley) Norah & Richard vocals
    2. Remember Me (Scott Wiseman) Norah vocals
    3. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (Cal Martin) Norah & Richard vocals
    4. Lovesick Blues (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills) Norah & Richard vocals
    5. Tommy Rockwood (Jim Campilongo) - instrumental
    6. Fist City (Loretta Lynn) Norah vocals
    7. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson) Richard vocals
    8. Foul Owl on the Prowl (Quincy Jones/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) Norah & Richard vocals
    9. Wide Open Road (Johnny Cash) Richard vocals w/Norah backing
    10. For the Good Times (Kris Kristofferson) Norah vocals
    11. If Youve Got the Money Ive Got the Time (Lefty Frizzell/Jim Beck) Norah & Richard vocals
    12. Jolene (Dolly Parton) Norah vocals
    Norah Jones & The Little Willies
    $24.99
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    Labor Against Waste

    "What a real self contained, modern day troubadour looks and sounds like. A voice to be reckoned with in the years to come." - American Songwriter There is a fearless quality to the music of new ANTI- signing Christopher Paul Stelling. A voice that sounds both old and young, an effortless yet intricate finger-picking guitar style, and lyrics that are dramatic and intensely confessional. It's a sound that channels the restless spirit of a young man who left home to travel the country, writing haunting and impassioned songs formed by endless nights alone on stage with a guitar, playing to packed houses, other times to nearly empty rooms. Stelling estimates that he's played over four hundred shows in just the past three years. It places him within a longstanding tradition that serves to build both character and vision. Labor Against Waste features Stelling's astonishing guitar work, a melodic finger-picking style influenced in large part by blues legends such as Skip James and Mississippi John, masters like John Fahey, and banjo greats Dock Boggs and Roscoe Holcomb. On top of this soars Stelling's voice, a resonant baritone that calls to mind classic troubadours from Tim Hardin to Steve Earle. Accompanied by an ensemble of stomps, claps, french horn, flugelhorn, kettle drums, string quartet, and a chorus comprised of members from the Low Anthem, in whose studio Stelling recorded the album, Labor Against Waste is the opening statement in what should be a long and storied career.
    1.Warm Enemy

    2. Revenge -
    3. Scarecrow
    4. Castle -
    5. Horse
    6. Death Of Influence
    7. Dear Beast
    8. Hard Work
    9. Burial Shroud
    10. Too Far North
    Christopher Paul Stelling
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    Ageless

    A pummeling fusion of crusty grind, sludgey hardcore and groove injected metal, Ageless was recorded and mixed by Andy Patterson (Subrosa, Eagle Twin, Gaza) and mastered by Brad Boatright (Tragedy, From Ashes Rise, Integrity). Having cut their teeth playing live over the past two years with Today is the Day, Eyehategod, Code Orange, Ringworm, Brutal Truth and many others, Ageless sees CALL OF THE VOID further sharpen their aggressively vitriolic sound into a fine-tuned display of hardcore savagery.
    1. Old Hate
    2. Truth In Bone
    3. The Sun Chaser
    4. R.I.S.
    5. Black Ice
    6. I
    7. The Hive
    8. Cold Hands
    9. Long Knives
    10. Honor Among Thieves
    11. II
    12. Ageless
    Call Of The Void
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    Dude Incredible


    Includes A CD Of The Full Album


    Mastered Entirely In The Analog Domain, Using The DMM (Direct
    Metal Mastering) Process


    Manufactured At RTI In Camarillo, CA, Using Their HQ-180 System


    This is Shellac's fifth LP. Recording took place sporadically over the
    past few years at Steve's ELECTRICAL AUDIO studios in Chicago.
    The record was mastered by Steve Rooke at ABBEY ROAD. There is
    no comma in 'Dude Incredible'; like Sir Duke or King Friday, for
    example.


    THE BAND

    Steve Albini - Guitar

    Todd Trainer - Drums

    Bob Weston - Bass

    1. Dude Incredible
    2. Compliant
    3. You Came In Me
    4. Riding Bikes
    5. All The Surveyors
    6. The People's Microphone
    7. Gary
    8. Mayor/Surveyor
    9. Surveyor
    Shellac
    $22.99
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    Deodato 2 (Speakers Corner)

    In his early years, Deodato, 'the gift of God', cultivated a highly original art of give and take in his music. His score for Stanley Kubrick's science fiction film A Space Odyssey 2001 - a funky, jazzed-up adaptation of Richard Strauss's bombastic orchestral work Also sprach Zarathustra - opened the ears of innumerable cinema-goers to classical music. On the present album Deodato again rocks and grooves with works from past eras: Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue is reworked rhythmically and enriched, while Ravel's Pavane unfolds hesitatingly over a velvety carpet of sound. And why not win new fans for major musical works? Deodato, the master, and his complex musical apparatus impart a true Latin feeling to these covered works.


    The 'new' classic Nights In White Satin too, one of the most congenial gigantic hits from the 60s, is staged by Deodato as a miniature slow rock drama just as perfectly as he cultivates his own very pure funky style (Super Strut). In Deodato's arrangements, the powerful instrumental forces open out almost effortlessly and evolve into a gentle flow of sheer pleasure. Everything appears to be simple, although nothing is simple! And therein lies the uniqueness of 'the gift of God'.



    Musicians:



    • Eumir Deodato (keyboards)

    • Jon Faddis (trumpet, fluegel horn)

    • Wayne Andre (trombone)

    • Joe Temperley (bassoon)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • John Tropea (guitar)

    • Stanley Clarke (bass)

    • Billy Cobham (drums)





    Recording: April and May 1973 at Van Gelder Studios, Englewood Cliffs, NJ (USA), by Rudy Van Gelder

    Production: Creed Taylor





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. Nights In White Satin
    2. Pavane For A Dead Princess
    3. Skyscrapers
    4. Super Strut
    5. Rhapsody In Blue

    Deodato
    $34.99
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    Exclusively for My Friends - The Lost Tapes (Speakers Corner)

    Tears of sorrow mingled with tears of joy as Oscar Peterson fans realized that the keyboard genius who had just recovered his health was still capable of amazing them all, although he had obviously forfeited some of his past vitality. This may well have induced MPS - the label with whom Oscar Petersen himself claimed to have made his best recordings - to search their archives for lost tapes from Peterson's heydey. And lo and behold, a number of previously unreleased recordings were discovered which had been taped "exclusively for my friends" in the private studio in Villingen in 1965-1968.
    The electric atmosphere of these live sessions before a mere handful of listeners proves once again just how at home the musicians felt in the Black Forest villa - as is borne out by the fact that Peterson's usual trio formation alternated with his stand-in musicians of Sam Jones on the bass and Bobby Durham on the drums.



    And now, exclusively for all jazz fans, these amazing tracks are available for the very first time on an LP filled with glorious sound. Whether long-time collector or jazz newcomer, one thing is certain: this album belongs in every collection!



    Musicians:



    • Oscar Peterson (piano)

    • Ray Brown, Sam Jones (bass)

    • Ed Thigpen, Bobby Durham (drums)




    Recording: May 1965, November 1967 and October 1968 at H.G. Brunner-Schwer's private studio's in Villingen/ Germany by H.-G. Brunner-Schwer

    Production: H.-G. Brunner-Schwer





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



    1. Gravy Waltz
    2. Three O'Clock in the Morning
    3. Squeaky's Blues
    4. Tenderly
    5. I Will Wait for You
    6. Let's Fall in Love
    7. Put on a Happy Face
    8. Stella by Starlight
    9. Moanin' 10. Never Say Yes
    11. It's Impossible
    12. My Romance
    Oscar Peterson
    $34.99
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    No Frontiers (Pure Pleasure)

    Mary Black's 1989 No Frontiers is nothing short of a masterpiece. This (and the follow up 1991's Babes In The Wood, Pure Pleasure PPAN002) was when Black was at her creative and vocal peak. No Frontiers (the song) has become something of an Irish classic, a party piece for so many (even the Corrs covered it on Unplugged) and Past The Point Of Rescue was a massive country hit in 1991 for Hal Ketchum. Both songs are superb and Black's versions are the greatest. Carolina Rua and Vanities (featured on the huge selling A Woman's Heart) are well known but it is the darker Columbus and the mesmerizing Fat Valley Of Pain that showcase both the heartbreak and the depth of the album.


    A fine introduction to Black's music - the right mixture of folk and contemporary and one of the finest albums to come out of Ireland in the 1980s.

    Musicians:



    • Mary Black (vocal)

    • Pat Crowley (piano, accordion)

    • Donal Lunny (synthesizer)

    • Carl Geraghty (saxophone)

    • Declan Sinnott (guitar)

    • Garvan Gallagher (bass)

    • Noel Bridgeman (percussion)



    Recording: 1989 by Dan Fitzgerald

    Production: Declan Sinnott




    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.


    1. No Frontiers
    2. Past The Point Of Rescue
    3. The Shadow
    4. Carolina Rua
    5. Shuffle Of The Buckled
    6. Columbus
    7. Another Day
    8. Fat Valley Of Pain
    9. I Say A Little Prayer
    10. Vanities
    11. The Fog In Monterey
    Mary Black
    $34.99
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    Tubby's New Groove (Pure Pleasure)

    Over the past decade there has been a small avalanche of previously unreleased live recordings by the late, great Tubby Hayes, arguably the UKs most accomplished post-war jazz instrumentalist and a figure already accorded - quite rightly - legendary status. Each has added much to our knowledge of Tubby's musical activities outside the recording studio, but this new release unearths a session which had lain forgotten since 1959 and which significantly is an addendum to what has long been seen as Tubby's first album masterpiece Tubby's Groove. Indeed the music contained on this LP is among the most significant pieces of British jazz history to have been discovered in a long, long time.



    This new LP is every bit the equal of the original album and, as previously stated, in parts the music even outstrips its predecessor. Regardless of provenance these rediscovered recordings are, in this writer's opinion, some of the most important of Tubby Hayes career and will doubtless only add to our appreciation and admiration of a player who was truly deserving of the status of world-class. Over fifty years on, Tubby's immense musicianship, talent and creative charisma can still stun new listeners and this new album is the perfect introduction to a performer in whom we can still be proud.



    Musicians:



    • Tubby Hayes (tenor saxophone)

    • Terry Shannon (piano)

    • Jeff Clyne (bass)

    • Phil Seaman (drums)



    Recording: December 1959 at DECCA Studios, London



    About Pure Pleasure



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Pure Pleasure all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existent tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Tin Tin Deo
    2. Visa
    3. Supper At Phil's
    4. Symphony
    5. Hook's Way
    6. The Trolley Song
    Tubby Hayes
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    Natural Elements (Speakers Corner)

    In the western world, the word shakti is taken to mean creative intelligence, beauty and strength. Guitar marvel John McLaughlin, who collaborated with the unique Mahavishnu Orchestra to tell the world of his conversion to Hinduism, created music past comparison with Shakti. Despite the frenzy of mass oriental pilgrimages, it was still unusual that McLaughlin's ensemble was made up totally of musicians from India.


    As the title of the third and last album - Natural Elements - suggests, all the participants work with body and soul and make no use of electronic equipment that was so popular in the Seventies. The very real natural energy, which emanates from the flow of melodies and rhythms from both western and eastern musical sources, fires all the musicians. And it is completely intentional that a cheerful fiddle tune, which might well be heard in the Emerald Isle, is joined by plopping volleys of sound on the tabla, inviting one to dance, or that dampened mariachi jubilation appears to be enveloped in the meditative atmosphere of a temple.


    The short, light and cheerful pieces on this LP provide easy listening and offer an ideal insight into the world of Shakti. These natural sounds, far from time and space, are still enjoyed today - as is proved by the presence of a large audience at the concert Remember Shakti, in which John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain celebrated their 40-year spiritual ties.



    Musicians:



    • John McLaughlin (guitar, vocals)

    • L. Shankar (violin, viola, vocals)

    • Zakir Hussain (percussion, vocals)

    • T.H. Vinayakram (percussion, harp, vocals)





    Recording: July 1977 at Aquarius Studios, Geneva (Switzerland), by Jean Ristori

    Production: John McLaughlin





    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Mind Ecology
    2. Face To Face
    3. Come On Baby Dance With Me
    4. The Daffodil And The Eagle
    5. Happiness Is Being Together
    6. Bridge Of Sighs
    7. Get Down And Sruti
    8. Peace Of Mind
    Shakti / John McLaughlin
    $34.99
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    Stone Flower (Speakers Corner)

    Around the year 1970, almost everything appeared to have been said about the style of music over the past two decades, which was a mix of samba and cool jazz. Adventurous musicians such as Luis Bonfa, Baden Powell, Charly Byrd, João and Astrud Gilberto, and the saxophonist Stan Getz lent fire and sentiment to the "new trend". First and foremost among them was Carlos Antonio Jobim, whose catchy tunes such as the ticking, shuffling song Desafinado and the genial One Note Samba were heard all over the globe.
    That the man from Ipanema still had a lot to say is proved by the present album, which presents Jobim's creativity at the height of his maturity. Right from the very first number, where Urbie Green on the trombone 'sings' Tereza My Love so purely in the top register, it is clear that the late bossa with its typical rhythm is structurally far more refined than the early hot dance numbers. The melodies are woven through, as it were, with shining gold and silver threads of rhythm, and clusters of sound are light and airy. However, here and there, the musicians let their hair down, such as in the Latin classic Brazil.



    With that magician of sound Deodato as arranger and conductor, and Rudy van Gelder as recording engineer, this LP is certainly a Bossa masterpiece. There's no more to be said!



    Musicians:



    • Antonio Carlos Jobim (piano, electric piano, violin, vocal, guitar)

    • Joe Farrell (soprano saxophone)

    • Urbie Green (trombone)

    • Hubert Laws (flute)

    • Eumir Deodato (guitar, arranger, conductor)

    • Harry Lookofsky (violin)

    • Ron Carter (bass)

    • Airto Moreira, Everaldo Ferreira (percussion)

    • João Palma (drums)



    Recording: June 1970 at Rudy Van Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, USA

    Production: Creed Taylor



    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.

    1. Tereza My Love
    2. Children's Games
    3. Choro
    4. Brazil (Ary Barroso)
    5. Stone Flower
    6. Amparo
    7. Andorinha
    8. God and the Devil in the Land of the Sun
    9. Sabia
    Antonio Carlos Jobim
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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