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HorsesRanked 44/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Before recording the poetic proto-punk 1975 classic Horses, Patti Smith and her band honed the tunes in a triumphant run of shows at New York's iconic venue, CBGB. In the studio, producer John Cale then helped the band to further refine the songs in a process that brilliantly showcases their anarchic spirit and primitive beauty. Smith's background as a rock critic and poet is equally in evidence here as heard on the re-imaginings of such warhorses as Gloria and Land of 1000 Dances, where she boldly adds her own provocative and unflinching lyrics to great effect. Horses' influence on the burgeoning punk-rock movement is undeniable and it remains one of the finest debuts of all-time!1. Gloria
2. Redondo Beach
4. Free Money
6. Break it Up
8. Elegie$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Silver BellSilver Bell, recorded in 2000 and intended to be the follow-up to Patty Griffin's hard-rocking 1998 sophomore release, Flaming Red was shelved by A&M
Records, a victim of the label's turn-of-the-century ownership change. Now, newly mixed by legendary producer Glyn Johns, Silver Bell will get its release with the original songs that were recorded at Daniel Lanois' Kingsway Studio in New Orleans. Despite its 13 years of limbo, the sought-after album spawned two huge hits for the Dixie Chicks, who covered both "Top Of The World" and "Truth #2" for their six-million-selling 2002 Home album. In
addition, the band's Natalie Maines recorded the album's title track for her recent solo debut, Mother.
Big awareness among fans of this early career, never-before-released album. Emmylou Harris sings harmony on "Truth #2". Patty's 2010 album
Downtown Church won a Grammy Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. Patty's songs have been covered by all types of artists; from Kelly Clarkson
and Jessica Simpson to Bon Iver and Ben Harper, expanding her audience beyond the core indie/ Americana fan.1. Little God
2. Truth #2
4. Perfect White Girls
5. Sooner or Later
6. What You Are
7. Silver Bell
9. Mother of God
10. One More Girl
11. Sorry and Sad
13. Top of the World
14. So Long$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Outside SocietyPunk rocks poet laureate, Patti Smith ranks among the most influential female rock & rollers of all time. Ambitious, unconventional and challenging, Smiths music was hailed as the most exciting fusion of rock and poetry since Bob Dylans heyday. Smith followed her own muse wherever it took her, from structured rock songs to freeform experimentalism. Her most avant-garde outings drew a sense of improvisation and interplay from free jazz, though they remained firmly rooted in noisy, primitive three chord rock & roll. She obliterated the expectations of what was possible for women in rock, and stretched the boundaries of how artists of any gender could express themselves.
The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductees first career-spanning collection, Outside Society, is a new collection of 18 signature songs remastered from all ten of Smiths studio albums. The chronologically arranged tracks move from her 1975 debut album, Horses (Gloria, Free Money), through her last release in 2007, Twelve (Smells Like Teen Spirit). Outside Society features brief recollections of each song, written by Patti, who personally supervised the song choices.1. Gloria
2. Free Money
3. Aint It Strange
4. Pissing in a River
5. Because the Night
6. Rock n Roll Nigger
7. Dancing Barefoot
9. So You Wanna Be a Rock n Roll Star
10. People Have the Power
11. Up There Down There
12. Beneath the Southern Cross
13. Summer Cannibals
15. Glitter in Their Eyes
16. Lo and Beholden (Radio Edit)
17. Smells Like Teen Spirit
18. Trampin$39.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Liner notes written by Patti Smith
For the length of time that Patti Smith has spent as a recording artist, she has a remarkably small catalogue: only ten albums recorded in over three decades.
Yet small as it may be, she still stands as one of the most influential artists of her time.
Despite the fact that she wears the moniker 'Godmother Of Punk' her oeuvre encompasses many styles and is impossible to fence into one genre.
But perhaps we should interpret this badge of honour as a salute to her attitude rather than as a reference to her musical style.
Outside Society, which will be released on vinyl at the same time as a general CD release, is a good presentation of her work as it chronologically explores the entirety of her career, from her first album Horses (MOVLP018) from 1975 to her last; Twelve from 2007, including hits such as 'Gloria', 'Because The Night', 'Dancing Barefoot' and her own intimate rendition of 'Smells Like Teen Spirit'.
It also gives you a good introduction to the artist as a person, as the liner notes are brief recollections of the recordings written by Smith herself.1. Gloria
2. Free Money
3. Aint It Strange
4. Pissing in a River
5. Because the Night
6. Rock n Roll Nigger
7. Dancing Barefoot
9. So You Wanna Be a Rock n Roll Star
10. People Have the Power
11. Up There Down There
12. Beneath the Southern Cross
13. Summer Cannibals
15. Glitter in Their Eyes
16. Lo and Beholden (Radio Edit)
17. Smells Like Teen Spirit
18. Trampin$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Double LP With Gatefold Sleeve And 16-Page Booklet
LP 1 Is Black Vinyl, LP 2 Is White Colored Vinyl
A shimmering ambient tone, an electronic underlay to the lulling chatter of
crickets, makes way for the unmistakable voice of Patti Smith, quietly intoning,
ominously, "The killer road is waiting for you / like a finger, pointing in the night."
Behind the music and concept of Killer Road is international trio Soundwalk
Collective - Stephan Crasneanscki, Simone Merli, and Kamran Sadeghi - who,
alongside Patti Smith's daughter, Jesse Paris, conceived an immersive exploration
of the tragic death of Christa PÄffgen. Better known as Nico, the Velvet
Underground chanteuse and solo pioneer, PÄffgen died while riding her bike on
the island of Ibiza in the summer of 1988. Ironically, she'd recently got her health
back, after fifteen years of heroin addiction. It was Nico's body's reaction to its
new sobriety, and the fact she was cycling at the hottest time of the day, on the
hottest day of the year, that was to prove her undoing.
In the years before she died, Nico had not neglected her creative muse, writing
poetry that would never be published, or heard, until now, in the form of the
opening title track, "Killer Road." The tracks that follow are eight interpretations
of Nico lyrics, predominantly taken from classic albums such as Desertshore and
Drama of Exile, arranged by fellow poet and kindred spirit Patti Smith.
The roots of Killer Road lie in a fortuitous meeting on an airplane bound for New
York. One passenger was Smith; the other was Soundwalk Collective founder
Crasneanscki. Soundwalk had previously been a collaborative series of walking
guides to cities that created an idiosyncratic and evocative understanding for the
listener, before evolving into musical frameworks for field recordings and sight
specific sound installations and performances using a variety of texts and themes.
Killer Road was initially a live audio-visual experience, at the French Institute
Alliance Francaise in New York as part of 2014's Crossing the Line festival. Finally,
we now have the recorded version, a poignant, profound, imaginative exploration
and tribute nearly 30 years after that fateful summer's day.1. Killer Road
2. My Heart Is Empty
3. Evening of Light
5. Secret Side
6. Fearfully in Danger
7. I Will Be Seven
8. The Sphinx
9. My Only Child$29.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Available on vinyl for the first time since its original release!
Wave turned out to be the last album the Patti Smith Group would record, as it was also last album Smith would record before a nine year hiatus.
The Godmother Of Punk decided to focus on her family life and moved to Michigan, but not before leaving us with gems like the sexually mysterious 'Dancing Barefoot' (dedicated to her husband to be Fred 'Sonic' Smith) and her amazing, biting version of 'So You Want To Be (A Rock 'n' Roll Star)'. Produced by Todd Rundgren, this is her most pop-oriented album, and many at the time could not appreciate her more accessible sound. Nevertheless, 'Wave,' her spoken word tribute to Pope John Paul I (who reigned for only 33 days) is as touching and harrowing now as when it came out in 1979.1. Frederick
2. Dancing Barefoot
3. So You Want To Be
1. Citizen Ship
2. Seven Ways Of Going
3. Broken Flag
4. Wave$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Horses (Speakers Corner) (Awaiting Repress)Ranked 44/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Patti Smith, the first published poet to move her poetry completely into rock 'n' roll and to entice experimental rock fans into the forbidden cinema of her hallucinatory fantasy (New York Times), began her musical career unconventionally. It took off at a poetry reading where she was backed by Lenny Kaye on guitar; later star photographer Robert Mapplethorpe financed her punk-rock cult single Hey Joe. In 1975, encouraged by her success, Patti Smith released Horses, an album in which she fused rock riffs and spoken rhythms to create a punk-trash sound. The rock scene was electrified, raging about the best garage sound of the 70s (Creem Magazine) and conjectured that Smith had drawn up material from Rimbaud, Burroughs, Dylan and Velvet Underground into a hot needle and injected it under the skin (Sounds Magazine). Later productions were dismissed as sentimental and self-loving outpourings, since the rock-poet didn't continue in the same vein as Horses, with its metallic harshness and raw language. That's why this recording remains an impressive unique production by a visionary rock 'n' roll singer.
- Patti Smith (guitar, vocals)
- Richard Sohl (piano)
- Lenny Kaye (bass, guitar, vocal)
- Tom Verlaine, Allen Lanier (guitar)
- Ivan Kral (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals)
- Jay Dee Daugherty (drums)
Recording: January 1975 at Electric Ladyland Studios, New York City, by Bernie Kirsh
Production: John Cale
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. Gloria
2. Redondo Beach
4. Free Money
6. Break it Up
8. Elegie$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Rave On Buddy HollyRave On Buddy Holly is a 19 song 2LP collection of indelible Buddy Holly covers by a rich assemblage of current musical visionaries and creative kindred spirits. Featuring Paul McCartney, Nick Lowe, Patti Smith, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Modest Mouse, Graham Nash, Fiona Apple, Lou Reed, Julian Casablancas and many more!1. Dearest (The Black Keys)
2. Everyday (Fiona Apple & Jon Brion)
3. It's So Easy (Paul McCartney)
4. Not Fade Away (Florence and the Machine)
5. (You're So Square) Baby, I Don't Care (Cee Lo Green)
6. Crying, Waiting, Hoping (Karen Elson)
7. Rave On (Julian Casablancas)
8. I'm Gonna Love You Too (Jenny O)
9. Maybe Baby (Justin Townes Earle)
10. Oh Boy (She & Him)
11. Changing All Those Changes (Nick Lowe)
12. Words of Love (Patti Smith)
13. True Love Ways (My Morning Jacket)
14. That'll Be the Day (Modest Mouse)
15. Well All Right (Kid Rock)
16. Heartbeat (The Detroit Cobras)
17. Peggy Sue (Lou Reed)
18. Peggy Sue Got Married (John Doe)
19. Raining In My Heart (Graham Nash)
$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Red Dirt GirlEmmylou Harris's first Nonesuch recording, Red Dirt Girl, was originally released in September 2000, and won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Folk Album of the year. It was her first solo studio recording since 1995's Wrecking Ball. The album was produced by Malcolm Burn, who previously worked with Harris engineering and mixing Wrecking Ball, and features Buddy Miller on lead guitar; Daryl Johnson on bass and drums; Malcolm Burn on piano, guitar, and bass; and Ethan Johns on drums, guitar, and other miscellaneous instruments. Harris wrote all but one of Red Dirt Girl's 12 tracks, marking only the second time in her career that she has been so involved in the composition of an album. Dave Matthews sings a duet with Harris on the album, and Bruce Springsteen, Patti Scialfa, and Patty Griffin also contribute vocals.LP 1
1. The Pearl
3. I Don't Wanna Talk About It Now
5. Red Dirt Girl
6. My Baby Needs a Shepherd
1. Bang the Drum Slowly
2. J'ai Fait Tout
3. One Big Love
4. Hour of Gold
5. My Antonia
6. Boy from Tupelo$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
We Shall Overcome / The Seeger SessionsMusicians:
Bruce Springsteen - guitar, harmonica, B3 organ, percussion, backing vocals
Sam Bardfeld, violin
Art Baron, tuba
Frank Bruno, guitar
Jeremy Chatzy, upright bass
Mark Clifford, banjo
Larry Eagle, drums, percussion
Charles Giordano, B3 organ, piano, accordion
Ed Manion, saxophone
Mark Pender, trumpet, backing vocals
Richie La Bamba Rosenberg, trombone, backing vocals
Soozie Tyrell, violin, backing vocals
Lisa Lowell, backing vocals
Patti Scialfa, backing vocals1. Old Dan Tucker
2. Jessie James
3. Mrs. McGrath
4. Oh, Mary, Don't You Weep
5. John Henry
6. Erie Canal
7. Jacob's Ladder
8. My Oklahoma Home
9. Eyes on the Prize
11. Pay Me My Money Down
12. We Shall Overcome
13. Froggie Went A-Courtin$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MyopiaNYC-based alt-pop artist Rachael Sage's latest album MYOPIA is a bold departure with a much stronger emphasis
on her guitar playing over her usual piano palette. Featuring members of Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith and
Suzanne Vega's bands, MYOPIA is the crystallization of hundreds of shows worldwide. Cinematic and beautiful, it's
a declaration of self-assurance and vision framed by musical ingenuity and emotional insight. MYOPIA was self-produced
by Sage, mixed by Grammy® winner Andy Zulla.1. Alive
3. No One Is To Blame
6. Sympathy Seed
8. Maybe She'll Have Cats
9. Haunted By Objects
10. This Darkness
11. Umru Mayne
12. Snowed In
14. Sistersong (2018)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
1000 Kisses1000 Kisses is the third studio album by Patty Griffin. It was originally released in 2002, and is now available on vinyl for the first time.
After a drought of four years, which saw Patty's expected 2000 release, Silver Bell, remain shelved with the absorption of her former label, this would be the first of her albums to be released by new label, ATO. The album was recorded and co-produced with long-time guitarist and band leader, Doug Lancio, in the basement studio of his Nashville home, with the occasional cough or footfall audible in the background. The stripped down music has a close and intimate feel, focusing mainly on the emotions within her voice and establishing her as one of the finest songwriters recording today. The album would receive a Grammy nomination.1. Rain
3. Stolen Car
4. Making Pies
5. Be Careful
6. Long Ride Home
7. Nobody's Crying
8. Tomorrow Night
9. Mil Besos
10. Reprise$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
American KidNew West Records is proud
to announce that Patty
Grifn will release her
new album, American Kid,
on May 7.
The album, co-produced
by Grifn and Craig Ross,
is her seventh and rst
for New West. It is her rst
album of mainly new
material since the acclaimed
Children Running Through
In between then and now,
she made the Grammy
Church in 2010 and became
a member of Band of Joy
alongside Robert Plant.1. Go Wherever You Wanna Go
2. Don't Let Me Die In Florida
4. Wild Old Dog
5. Mom & Dad's Waltz
6. Faithful Son
7. Highway Song
8. That Kind Of Lonely
9. Irish Boy
10. Get Ready Marie
11. Not A Bad Man
12. Gonna Miss You When You're Gone$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Golden Spike (Discontinued)After releasing two singles, the jaunty One of Two and new-no-wave classic Molten, the Yorkshire trio Sky Larkin released an EP, Swit Swoo featuring covers of songs by Travis Morrison, Patti Smith, Queens of the Stone Age and Jake Thackray in the spring of 2008. In May of the same year the band recorded their debut album in Seattle, WA. Following in the footsteps of long-time touring partners Los Campesinos!, the band chose to work with producer John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab For Cutie, Nada Surf) and the result is The Golden Spike. Pressed on 180g virgin vinyl in a heavy card gatefold sleeve.1. Fossil, I
5. Octopus '08
8. One of Two
12. Keep Sakes$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Anna CalviThis is the stunning debut of guitarist and vocalist Anna Calvi. Brian Eno has championed her as the most visionary female artist since Patti Smith, Nick Cave has just taken her and her band on tour in Europe with Grinderman and Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey's right hand studio man) has produced the album with her. Her playing is inspired by Django Rheinhart as much as Jimi Hendrix and her singing style is Nina Simone with a bit Maria Callas- her sound is a passionate and incredibly original mix.1.Rider To the Sea
2.No More Words
4.Suzanne & I
5.First We Kiss
8.I'll Be Your Man
10.Love Won't Be Leaving
$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
West Of Memphis: Voices For JusticeThe avalanche of emotions experienced after seeing the highly regarded documentary West Of Memphis quickly leads to perhaps the most primal impulse of all: "Act. Do something. Do anything." It's in this spirit that West of Memphis: Voices For Justice has been created. In every instance, the artists involved have made the decision about which song they felt reected their personal feelings about the case of the West Memphis 3. There's a connection between the music and the man remaining at its center, Damien Echols. This compilation features music from Eddie Vedder, Natalie Maines, Lucinda Williams, Patti Smith and more.LP 1
1. Damien Echols Death Row Letter, Year 9 - Henry Rollins (feat. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Original Score)
2. Mother - Natalie Maines
3. Joy - Lucinda Williams
4. The Jean Genie - Camp Freddy
5. Little Lion Man - Tonto's Giant Nuts (feat. Johnny Depp and Bruce Witkin)
6. You're So Vain - Marilyn Manson
7. Dumpster World (Live) - Band Of Horses
1. DFW - Citizen Cope
2. Satellite - Eddie Vedder
3. Anything Made Of Paper - Bill Carter
4. House Of Pain - The White Buffalo
5. Ring Them Bells - Bob Dylan
6. Score Suite - Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
7. Damien Echols Death Row Letter - Tonto's Giant Nuts (feat. Johnny Depp, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Score)
8. Wing (Live) - Patti Smith$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-1021xBlue Oyster Cult
Agents of FortuneImport
'I've got a fever, and the only medicine is MORE COWBELL ' Decades before Christopher Walken and Will Ferrell's hilarious ode to "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" on Saturday Night Live, Agents Of Fortune already obtained classic Rock status.
The hit song is just one of the wonderful tunes on Blue Öyster Cult's fifth album from 1976. The band called in the help of Patti Smith on "The Revenge Of Vera Gemini", and delivered a high charting album (#29 on the Billboard 200 and "The Reaper" made it to the twelfth spot on the singles Charts).
This record rocks 'n thunders, with a sensual boogie
permeating these 10 great tracks.1. This Ain't The Summer Of Love
2. True Confessions
3. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
4. E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
5. The Revenge Of Vera Gemini
6. Sinful Love
7. Tattoo Vampire
8. Morning Final
10. Debbie Denise$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
What A Way To DieThe archetype for the '60s-era girl group was etched indelibly into stone, like a commandment: three pretty girls with matching outfits and bouffant hairdos would sing, with musical backing supplied by a bunch of guys standing in the shadows. The Quatro sisters shattered that archetype forever with the Pleasure Seekers, an all-girl teenage rock & roll group who played all the instruments themselves and were fully capable of wiping the stage with any male band that crossed their path.
The Quatro girls had been brought up in a musically-minded family, nurtured with classical piano and vocal lessons. As Patti recalls, "By 1964, I had been taking guitar lessons, hanging with musicians in the local music scene. We had seen a Beatles concert, and I was quite dazed and focused at the event, watching the audience cry and scream out of control. It was my epiphany moment, and I was determined to start an all-girl band."
Shortly thereafter, the first lineup of the Pleasure Seekers fell into place with Patti Quatro (lead guitar), Marylou Ball (rhythm guitar), Suzi Quatro (bass), Diane Baker (keyboards), Nan Ball (drums) and vocal duties shared by all. Around the fall of 1965 the girls dared local teen club manager Dave Leone to give them a slot at his popular Hideout Club, claiming they were better than most of the other live bands there. "You're on," responded Leone, "in two weeks. Three songs!"
The Pleasure Seekers were soon a popular feature at the club, honing their skills alongside the likes of the Rationals, the Amboy Dukes and Bob Seger & the Last Heard. "In the beginning, there was a lot of skepticism," remembers Patti, "especially the first night. The boys crowded the stage, the girlfriends pulled them away with laughter, as if 'Girls playing?! Yeah, right!' It was always satisfying to see them be silenced quickly when we began playing. We grew used to seeing slack jaws open in surprise." Next they were asked by Leone to record and release a single on his Hideout label.
That March 1966 release is now regarded as the greatest "girl garage" single of the era: "Never Thought You'd Leave Me" b/w "What a Way to Die." "Dave brought lyrics, and we put the songs together quickly," remembers Patti. "We felt very legit in making this record at a small local studio. Nan was the sexy voice on 'Never Thought You'd Leave Me,' and there was lots of laughter as Marylou added the screams on 'What a Way to Die.'" Suzi Quatro remembers the recording as "very important and memorable."
The Pleasure Seekers were soon in demand in the region, playing teen clubs, parties, colleges and local TV shows. After a series of lineup changes, the band brought in older Quatro sister Arlene (keyboards) and Darline Arnone (drums), the first female drummer sponsored by Slingerland Drums. A short time later, Pami Benford joined-up on guitar and bass (that lineup lasting through most of 1968). "It was a very versatile group," remembers Patti, "with Pami and Suzi sharing bass, and Pami and I sharing lead and rhythm guitars."
"The gender bias was my hot button," recalls Arlene, "along with confidence in our musical abilities. With women musicians dismissed as a novelty, I delighted in watching the audience go from skepticism/ridicule, to shock/cheers." For Suzi, though, this period was where she learned her craft: "I considered myself a musician, and didn't really think about gender too much." Two tracks recorded in 1967, but unissued at the time, "Elevator Express" and "Gotta Get Away," highlight the band's growing musical maturity since their Hideout debut. "Detroit was the best learning ground in the world for musicians," recalls Suzi, "with an amazing energy and creativity that is in every successful artist that has come out of the city." "We were actually one of the earliest Detroit bands traveling the country," adds Patti. "Everyone wanted this unusual all girl band who rocked an entire Motown revue (changing instruments and singers throughout) and an entire Sgt. Pepper/Magical Mystery Tour revue, as well as covering English bands, acid rock and everything in between."
Signing up with Associated Booking Corporation, the group began making the transition from local to national act. Producer Dick Corby caught the Pleasure Seekers at Trude Heller's in New York's Greenwich Village and signed them to a Mercury Records deal in early 1968. To keep rein on their finances in NYC, Patti recalls, "We booked Arthur's nightclub for a month, staying at the infamous rock Gorham Hotel, recording by day-playing by night." Also in residence were the Who, the Blues Magoos and an assortment of other bands. "Hitting NYC as young teens, it was exciting, scary, fun-all emotions churning," she continues. "We felt we had hit the big time, going from the tiny local Hideout session to the huge Mercury professional studio facility, complete with session people adding strings and other elements."
A single pairing "Good Kind of Hurt" and "Light of Love" was released in April 1968, while a third song, "Locked in Your Love," remained in the can. The group then headed out to the Northwest for a lengthy tour. "The Northwest tour was awesome," remembers Patti. "We were billed with Canned Heat, Boyce & Hart and Merilee Rush, and were held over six weeks to tour with Eric Burdon and the Animals. The Mercury single was out, momentum was surging." Both sides of the single were getting airplay, but ultimately it failed to gain any traction. "Really neither song reflected our own sound," admits Patti. "We rearranged 'Light of Love' for live performance, feeling disconnected to the record, yet realizing we had to play ball with the executives to keep us rolling."
Ultimately Mercury's vision for the Pleasure Seekers clashed rather sharply with the band's vision. "The suits wanted tits and ass," recalls Darline, "wowing Vegas crowds, playing tinkly tunes in lavish costumes." "In that male-dominated music era, we were strictly a novelty, and a high-risk endeavor," adds Patti. "The record executives felt women musicians would fall in love or get pregnant so were not worth investing the time and money. We had to kick down many doors. We were serious musicians, and in it for the right reasons. In the end, we were not happy with a forced direction that Mercury Records had in mind, and ended up leaving the label to rock our music in our own fashion."
After a memorable 1968 Far East tour, playing for wounded returning American soldiers from Vietnam, the Pleasure Seekers (with new drummer Nancy Rogers) returned to a Detroit that was now, in Patti's words, "exploding with heavier sounds. That sparked us to change direction with new ideas we had been exploring. Arlene left the band and we brought in our youngest sister Nancy (vocals). With Suzi's Joplinesque vocals combined with Nancy's wailing 'female Robert Plant' style, we enjoyed a harder edged, 'double-punch' effect."
The last four songs on the album, "White Pig Blues," "Brain Confusion," "Where Have You Gone?" and the atmospheric psychedelic mover "Mr. Power," all date from this 1968-69 period when the Pleasure Seekers were playing the Grande Ballroom alongside the MC5, Alice Cooper, the Stooges, the Amboy Dukes and SRC. With this change in musical direction and the departure of Arlene and Pami, the band forged on as Cradle. Suzi Quatro departed for England in 1971, launching a successful solo career. Patti and Nancy continued with Cradle until 1973 when Patti joined another pioneering female rock group, Fanny.
The Pleasure Seekers reunited recently in April 2012 (minus Suzi) for a well-received show in their hometown, where they were inducted into Detroit's Hall of Fame. "I think all of us Quatro girls are extremely proud of our pioneering days" reflects Patti. "In a renaissance-era of music, we kicked down doors for women to rock heavy. There were key times in our lives of making decisions that may have turned us towards larger fame, but less happiness-depending on your philosophy of such things. The Pleasure Seekers could have been a Las Vegas show act bringing in buckets of money or on Motown, turned very formulaic girlie-soul. But we stayed true to our goals, and I don't think any of us have any regrets of staying our course and playing the music that moved us. It's all been a thrilling ride with great memories."
- Mike & Anja Stax (Ugly Things magazine)1. Intro By DJ The Lord
2. Gotta Get Away
3. Never Thought You'd Leave Me
4. Light Of Love
5. Good Kind Of Hurt
6. What A Way To Die
7. Elevator Express
8. Locked In Your Love
9. White Pig Blues
10. Brain Confusion
11. Where Have You Gone
12. Mr. Power$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Give Me The NightImport
Give Me The Night is the 1980 album by ten-time Grammy Award-winning American musician and singer-songwriter George Benson.
Produced by Quincy Jones and originally released on Jones' start-up label Qwest Records, the album charted number one on both the Top Soul Albums and Jazz Albums Chart as well as number three on the Billboard Pop Albums charts. The album includes the number one single on the Soul Singles chart, Give Me the Night and the song Moody´s Mood, which was recorded with R&B singer Patti Austin. The album was certified Platinum by the RIAA.
The album won Benson three Grammy Awards in 1981; Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, while Moody's Mood received Best Jazz Vocal Performance, Male and Off Broadway received Best R&B Instrumental Performance. Quincy Jones and Jerry Hey also won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental Arrangement for the song Dinorah, Dinorah.1. Love X Love
2. Off Broadway
3. Moody's Mood
4. Give Me The Night
5. What's On Your Mind
6. Dinorah, Dinorah
7. Love Dance
8. Star Of A Story (x)
9. Midnight Love Affair
10. Turn Out The Lamplight$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
One Of These Nights
Certified Multi-Platinum (4 times) by the RIAA. (3/01)
The Eagles exploded on the charts in 1975 with One of These Nights, the first of four straight albums by the band to reach No. 1. The album was their most varied to date, with the discofied title track, the stately waltz Take It To the Limit, and the tough, cynical country rocker Lyin' Eyes. The album contains a couple of unusual numbers as well, including Bernie Leadon's psychedelic banjo showcase Journey of the Sorcerer and I Wish You Peace, which Leadon wrote with his then-girlfriend, future first daughter (by virtue of her parents, Ron and Nancy Reagan) and nude model (courtesy of Playboy), Patti Davis. --Daniel Durchholz1. One Of These Nights
2. Too Many Hands
3. Hollywood Waltz
4. Journey Of The Sorcerer
5. Lyin' Eyes
6. Take It To The Limit
8. After The Thrill Is Gone
9. I Wish You Peace$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dress Rehearsal Broadcast 1992Limited Edition 140 Gram Clear Colored Vinyl
Following stupendous international success throughout the 1980s, the early '90s were an oddly subdued time for Bruce Springsteen. He had not put out a new album since '87's Tunnel Of Love, had dissolved his usual cohorts, the E Street Band, in 1989, and married long time backing singer Patti Scialfa. Now living in L.A. and working with session musicians, there had been grumblings from the Springsteen faithful by the time Human Touch and Lucky Town were released simultaneously on 31st March 1992.
The World Tour performed in support of these records - which ran for a full 12 months, from June 1992 and took in shows across the US, Canada and Europe, was preceded by a 'dress rehearsal broadcast' - a live performance in front of an invited audience and competition winners, recorded at the Hollywood Center Studios in L.A., 10 days before the tour proper kicked off in Stockholm.LP 1
1.Born In The USA
4.Darkness On The Edge Of Town
5.If I Should Fall Behind
6.57 Channels (And Nothing On)
7.The Big Muddy
10.Leap Of Faith
2.Roll Of The Dice
6.1992 Interview$37.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Brand New Me: Aretha Franklin With The Royal Philharmonic OrchestraA BRAND NEW ME: ARETHA FRANKLIN WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA pairs classic vocals from some of the most iconic songs that the Queen of Soul recorded for Atlantic Records with new arrangements performed by The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
A BRAND NEW ME features Franklin's instantly recognizable voice woven together with new orchestral arrangements. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra recorded the music at Abbey Road Studios in London, with brand new backing vocals led by Grammy®-winning singer Patti Austin.
The result is another timeless record that retains the soul, groove, and gospel power of Franklin's revered talent. Among the standout tracks are newly re-imagined versions of classics like the Billboard #1 R&B hits Respect, Think, Don't Play That Song (You Lied), and Angel.1. Think (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
2. Don't Play That Song (You Lied) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]
3. I Say A Little Prayer (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
4. Until You Come Back To Me (That's What I'm Gonna Do) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]
5. A Brand New Me (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
6. A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]
7. Angel (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
8. Border Song (Holy Moses) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]
9. Let It Be (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
10. Oh Me Oh My (I'm A Fool For You Baby) [with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra]
11. You're All I Need To Get By (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)
12. Respect (with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Too TrueIn the summer of 2012, between tours supporting End of Daze, I
locked out the world and sat down in my apartment to write a new record
- clear view of the New York City sky through iron bars like a promise.
Like all compulsive minds, I was waiting to let the muse loose. And so
I spent the next week in a sparkling haze, and when I emerged from the
frenzy to go back on tour, indeed ten new songs came with. They were
bound together, not just by an overall sonic palette and new guitar pedal,
but by time, intention, and fervor. Do you hear Suede? Siouxie? Cold-wave
Patti? Madonna? Cure? Velvet and Paisley Undergrounds? Stone Roses?
Cuz I did.
Still later, in November 2012, I returned to Hollywood to record among
the lingering Pet Sounds at East West Studios, in pursuit of a bigger,
darker, more urgent sound. Sitting in the room with my favorite team of
regulars (Richard Gottehrer and Sune Rose Wagner producing, Alonzo
Vargas engineering), it was easy to add some flesh to my song skeletons.
But, unfortunately, the previous year of touring had reduced my voice
to a pale spectre of its former self. I left California with the heavy burden
of an unfinished album.
Truly one of those disguised blessings though - the extra time was a
gift. These songs weren't done at all! So I recorded vocals alone in my
bedroom studio, fueled by Rainer Maria Rilke, Anais Nin, Arthur Rimbaud,
Paul Verlaine, Charles Baudelaire, Sylvia Plath; the punk poet singers
Patti Smith and Lou Reed; and finally, an unhealthy obsession with the
Surrealists' manifesto of desire.
I write this now, many months later, on the up. So much of my life has
been defined, aided, and even saved by music. Too True is my best
attempt at joining the rock'n'roll ranks, of chasing pop into the dark,
and I am as ever, humbled that you listen.
XXDD1. Cult of Love
2. Evil Blooms
3. Rimbaud Eyes
4. Are You Okay
5. Too True to Be Good
6. In the Wake of You
7. Lost Boys and Girls Club
8. Little Minx
9. Under These Hands
10. Trouble Is My Name$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Waiting To Exhale SoundtrackMasterfully Produced And All But One Track Written By Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds
Featured R&B Divas Old School (Aretha Franklin, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan) And New School (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige)
Released In Purple Vinyl (Whitney Houston's Favorite Color)
Waiting to Exhale was a phenomenon on so many levels. First, it was a literary phenomenon, as the 1992 novel launched author Terry McMillan to superstardom. Then, when the feature film based on the book was released in 1995, it became a broader cultural phenomenon-a mainstream Hollywood film focusing on the lives of four African-American women was a genuinely revolutionary act at the time. And, finally, it was a musical phenomenon, as its soundtrack seamlessly blended female R&B divas new school (Whitney Houston, Brandy, Mary J. Blige, etc.) and old school (Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan) in a masterful suite of songs composed and produced by Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds.
Critical and commercial reaction to the soundtrack was over the top; The New York Times deemed the album one of the Top Ten releases of the year, and the record topped the Billboard Pop and R&B charts for five and ten weeks, respectively, spawning the #1 hit singles "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," "Not Gon' Cry," and "Let It Flow." Yet, because the album came out in 1995 at the height of the CD era, Waiting to Exhale never came out on LP in the U.S., and was released in Europe as a low-budget 2-LP set with both records stuffed inside a single album jacket pocket.
Now, Real Gone Music is releasing this landmark '90s R&B album on vinyl in America for the first time in a limited edition (of 1000) gatefold double-LP package sporting a luminous photo of the movie's four principal actors (Whitney Houston, Angela Bassett, Lela Rochon, and Loretta Devine) on the inside spread and pristine vinyl pressed in purple (Whitney's favorite color).
Gently pulsating and seductive, Waiting to Exhale is Babyface's masterpiece, one of the great make-out records of all time; now you can get that slow jam groove in the grooves!LP 1
1. Exhale (Shoop Shoop) - Whitney Houston
2. Why Does It Hurt So Bad - Whitney Houston
3. Let It Flow - Toni Braxton
4. It Hurts Like Hell - Aretha Franklin
5. Sittin' Up In My Room - Brandy
6. This Is How It Works - TLC
7. Not Gon' Cry - Mary J. Blige
8. My Funny Valentine - Chaka Khan
1. And I Gave My Love To You - Sonja Marie
2. All Night Long - SWV
3. All Night Long - Chante Moore
4. My Love, Sweet Love - Patti LaBelle
5. Kissing You - Faith Evans
6. Love Will Be Waiting At Home - For Real
7. How Could You Call Her Baby - Shanna
8. Count On Me - Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans$35.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now