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Playing The AngelFrom the beginning of their career Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of remix culture; creating their own classic extended mixes back in the early 80s and over the years amassing a collection of remixers of their songs that pretty much charts the history of cutting edge dance music.
When Ultra was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion. When Exciter was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have also forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion, in addition to having found a roundabout way of saying that it was merely better than Ultra. There's no doubt this time: Playing the Angel is both the band's best album since Violator and, more significantly, an album that is near Violator in stature. The biggest clue dropped by the band prior to its release was a quote from Dave Gahan, who said that being in Depeche Mode is better than it has been in 15 years. Some quick math reveals that Gahan was hinting at the Violator era, a time when the band's creativity and popularity peaked synchronously. It also turns out that this is a time as good as any other to be paying attention to the band. Playing the Angel lacks Songs of Faith and Devotion's end-to-end chest-beating, Ultra's grinding murk, and Exciter's desiccated patches. It takes the best qualities from those releases, combines them with a few subtle allusions to Violator -- tiptoeing the border that separates retread from reinvention -- and makes for a highly concentrated set of songs that all but demand to be heard in one uninterrupted shot. Gahan, still riding the confidence he gained as a songwriter from Paper Monsters, his 2003 solo debut, contributes three songs co-written with band associates Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott. Though none of them vie to be the album's centerpiece, it's apparent that the move wasn't a concession of desperation on anyone's part. The friendly competition seems to have kicked chief songwriter Martin Gore into high gear; he's in top form. Musically, a lot of analog gear was used, and it's apparent that the arrangements and extra sounds were less fussed over than they have been in the recent past. You get the sense that everything fell into place, as opposed to being forced or aimlessly manipulated. Despite the favoring of older gear, there's no other year in which any of the songs could've been made. Like the best Depeche Mode, almost everything on the album will make an initial wowing impact while remaining layered enough in subtle details to surprise and thrill with repeated listens. It is not the kind of album a 25-year-old band is supposed to make.
- Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)LP 1
1. A Pain That Im Used To
2. John The Revelator
3. Suffer Well
4. The Sinner In Me
7. I Want It All
8. Nothings Impossible
10. Damaged People
12. The Darkest Star$26.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Grievous AngelGram Parsons pioneered the concept of a rock band playing country music, playing in bands such as The Byrds, The International Submarine Band and The Flying Burrito Brothers. His work has influenced both country and rock artists such as The Rolling Stones and Linda Ronstadt by blending the two genres to the point that they became indistinguishable from each other.
Compiled from 1973 studio sessions 'Grievous Angel' was originally released in 1974, four months after the songwriters death. It was the second solo album from Gram Parsons and is viewed as a successful example of the hybrid between country androck and rollParsons called Cosmic American Music. In 2003 it was ranked in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest albums of all time.1. Return Of The Grievous Angel
2. Hearts On Fire
3. I Can't Dance
4. Brass Buttons
5. $1000 Wedding
6. Medley Live From Northern Quebec
7. Love Hurts
8. Ooh Las Vegas
9. In My Hour Of Darkness$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Art AngelsArt Angels features collaborations with Janelle Monáe and newcomer, Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes. It was recorded primarily in her home studio in Los Angeles, CA, where she relocated to in 2014. Like all of her previous albums, Art Angels was written and recorded entirely as a solo endeavor. The new album features more live instrumentation than ever before on a Grimes record. She plays piano, guitar and violin, continuing her evolution as a musician and a producer for her most ambitious album to date.1. laughing and not being normal
3. SCREAM (ft. Aristophanes)
4. Flesh without Blood
5. Belly of the Beat
6. Kill V. Maim
10. World Princess part II
11. Venus Fly (ft. Janelle Monae)
12. Life in the Vivid Dream
13. Butterfly$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Angels Watching Over Me"I was very reluctant to put this stuff out because there's a ton of rootsy cornballs out there doing this kind of stuff and all of them play guitar way better than me. But I think I have something here that doesn't really
sound like anything else. The numbers that bounce really bounce. The numbers that drone really drone. I'm excited about this." -Danny Kroha
As a mainstay on the Detroit music scene for over thirty years, Danny Kroha has consistently pushed himself to reinvention. As founding member of garage legends the Gories, he's influenced countless imitators and poseurs. His axe work with Rocket 455 is the most quintessentially "Detroit" rock and roll this side of the MC5. And his turn as a pastied playgirl in the Demolition Doll Rods proved that even in drag, he was undeniably solid. So with his first full-length release under his own name, it may come as an unexpected turn that he's dealing in classic gospel and folk songs. Playing every instrument himself, spanning guitar, banjo, baritone dulcimer, diddley bow, washtub bass, jug and mouth organ, the end result is a collection of
compelling, timeless traditional songs. Angels Watching Over Me is the real deal, seeming that it could've been recorded at any time over the past 70 years. With this album, Kroha firmly establishes himself as one of the pre-eminent practitioners of a genre in desperate need of someone with his creativity and vision in moving forward the classic American art form.1. Angels Watching Over Me
2. I Want to Live So God Can Use Me
3. Rowdy Blues
4. Holy Ghost Don't Leave Me
5. Take Me Back
6. John Henry
7. Walking Boss
8. Run Little Children
9. The Road is Rough and Rocky
10. Cannonball Blues
11. You Got To Move
13. Before This Time Another Year
14. Jack O'Diamonds
15. Pretty Little Pink
16. Lonesome Valley$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Angels And One-Armed JugglersAngels And One-Armed Jugglers: The new solo record, by Spin Doctors lead singer, Chris Barron.
- Exclusive Magazine - (Barron is) "A powerful story teller, at once hilarious and thought provoking "
- Glide -"...Expressive and visionary in its wide scope."
- Guitar World - " Powerful and poignant."
- Illinois Entertainer -- "Barron shows his fighting spirit through every musical mood on Angels and One Armed Jugglers... like hearing music on vinyl versus a harsh old early recording on CD."
- Ink 19 - "Angels and One Armed Jugglers finds Barron exploring a sound more similar to the Band than what he did with the Spin Doctors."
- Innocent Words -" Wiping away all preconceived notions and prejudice, Barron's brilliance comes out."
- Jambands -"From comments spiritual and secular... aching cries of love... are undressed in beautifully bare arrangements; carnival tuba, stand-up bass, and last-call piano... guided by Barron's voice, direct and pure."
- Muen Magazine - "Simply put, the solo slab from Spin Doctors frontman, Chris Barron, is an organic-sounding delight - a fabulous showcase for compelling storytelling and world-class songwriting."
- No Depression - "Chris is a visionary songwriter... not your standard fare... The world is an unfair place and he offers consolation with a twist of humor... it's been my most played record this week"
- Pop Dose -- .."Thoughtful and melodic..."
- Rage Monthly -"Reminiscent of Tom Petty or Neil Young."
- The Daily Country - "The eclectic, yet cohesive, eleven song set dynamically blends genres while eschewing typical lyrical themes, relaying stories that are personal, accessible, and ear-grabbing."
1. Angels and One-Armed Jugglers
2. April and May
3. Darken My Door
4. Gonna (Need Someone)
5. In a Cold Kind of Way
6. Raining Again
7. Saving Grace
8. Still a Beautiful World
9. The World Accordion to Garp
10. Till the Cows Come Home
11. Too Young to Fade$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
- Exclusive Magazine - (Barron is) "A powerful story teller, at once hilarious and thought provoking "
The Family That Plays TogetherSpirit wrote the book on the sound they created: a potent synthesis of high-voltage rock, folk, jazz, blues and avant garde electronica. The groundbreaking Los Angeles quintet hit their stride with The Family That Plays Together, whose mega-hit ï¿½I Got A Line On Youï¿½ practically defined underground FM radio in 1968. Spiritï¿½s 1969 album Clear found them polishing their art to a fine sheen with dusky jewels like ï¿½Dark Eyed Woman and ï¿½So Little Time To Fly.ï¿½ Sundazed is knocked-out to present perfect recreations (including Familyï¿½s striking gatefold sleeve) of both LPs on pristine 180-gram vinyl, from the absolute master tapes.I Got A Line On You
It Shall Be
All The Same
Dream Within A Dream
Arenï¿½t You Glad$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Plays The Music Of John WilliamsImport
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
PVC Protective Sleeve
Includes 4-Page Booklet
Unique Collaboration Between John Williams And Yo-yo Ma
Available On Vinyl For The First Time!
Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams is a 2002 album of John Williams compositions performed by Yo-Yo Ma and the Recording Arts Orchestra of Los Angeles.
For an instrument with such rich expressive powers, the cello has long suffered from a shortage of great concertos. Leave it to John Williams, the composer best known for his popular, emotionally charged scores to Star Wars, ET, and many other blockbuster movies, to ride to the rescue with a new Cello Concerto, an intense, expressive, and rhythmically vital offering tailor-made for Yo-Yo Ma's dexterous touch.
Like the composer's Violin Concerto, this one is imbued with impressionistic textures and colors, but there's also a hard-driving, modern edge. Call it 21st-century Ravel. Williams wrote the concerto with Ma in mind, and it's a test of even Ma's formidable technique. It also boasts powerful orchestral writing, especially for the percussion and brass.
Three other premieres are included on the album as well. The Elegy for Cello and Orchestra is a lyrical and atmospheric tone poem, with shades of FaurÉ at every turn of phrase. The expressionistic Three Pieces for Solo Cello, though, seem more akin to Benjamin Britten's solo cello suites in their abstract, concentrated intensity. Heartwood is another tender and sensitive reverie. It gradually builds in strength but ends as it began, with a whisper of tranquil serenity.
Ma's virtuosity is dazzling, and his engagement with the music is typically deep. He makes clear that Williams's music isn't just for the movies; indeed, with his new concerto, Williams has done the cello a great service.
Yo-Yo Ma Plays the Music of John Williams celebrates its 15th anniversary this year and is now finally available on vinyl for the first time. A 4-page booklet with an extensive story written by John Williams is included.LP 1
1. Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
- I. Theme and Cadenza
- II. Blues
- III. Scherzo
- IV. Song
2. Elegy for Cello And Orchestra
1. Three Pieces for Solo Cello
- I. Rosewood
- II. Pickin'
- III. the Long Way North
2. Heartwood$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SPCO-SPE-0667xGil Evans Orchestra
The Gil Evans Orchestra Plays The Music Of Jimi Hendrix (Speakers Corner)
Critics find this album rather difficult to evaluate. Their judgement ranges from a colourful mixture to a successful cover album to a masterly fusion and an homage to an artist whose life came to an end far too soon - Jimi Hendrix. Jimi had long been gone when this album was recorded in 1974. But it is almost superfluous to look back to the legendary Hendrix if you focus on the great Gil Evans. After such milestones as Birth Of The Cool and Sketches Of Spain it isn't difficult to regard these late audiophile masterpieces as a logical development of Evans's exceptional skill as an arranger.
When you listen - or rather experience - how the crystal-clear sound in Angel is heightened to an emphatic ballad on the saxophone, or how rich soulful vocals storm ahead in a funky style (Crosstown Traffic), or fluffy, cloud-like sounds are built up on the flutes in Castles Made From Sand, then it is no longer of importance who thought out the music. It is sufficient that it exists and is pleasing to all who hear it. It is also unimportant whether one reveres Hendrix's immemorable melodies or whether one pays homage to Evans's visionary soundworld: a recording such as this could only be born of the two.
- Gil Evans (arranger, conductor, piano)
- David Sanborn, Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)
- Billy Harper (saxophone, flute)
- Lewis Soloff (trumpet)
- Tom Malone (synthesizer, trombone, flute, bass)
- David Horowitz (electric piano, synthesizer)
- John Abercrombie (guitar)
- Don Pate (bass)
- Warren Smith, Jr. (chimes, percussion, vibraphone)
- Bruce Ditmas (drums)
Recording: 1974 at RCA's Studio B, New York City, by Bob Simpson
Production: Mike Lipskin
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. Angel
2. Crosstown Traffic/ Little Miss Lover
3. Castles Made of Sand/Foxey Lady
4. Up From the Skies
5. 1983 - A Merman I Should Turn to Be
6. Voodoo Child (Slight Return)
7. Gypsy Eyes
9. Castles Made of Sand
10. Up From the Skies
11. Gypsy Eyes$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Double Play!Recorded in Contemporary's studio, Los Angeles, April 30th and May 11th, 1957.1. Take Me Out To The Ball Game
2. Who's On First?
3. Called On Account Of Rain
4. In The Cellar Blues
5. Batter Up
6. Double Play
7. Safe At Home
9. Strike Out The Band$21.99Vinyl LP Reissue - Sealed Buy Now
At The LA Palladium, 1985In December 1984, Adams embarked on a two-year world tour to launch the album starting in Canada and the United States, then into Japan, Australia, back to the UK and again to Canada.
The recording on this deluxe vinyl release comes from the second show of two that Adams' played at the Los Angeles Palladium on 1st February 1985 as part of the tour. Recorded for FM Broadcast by local radio, this dynamic performance is available here on vinyl for the first time and provides a fascinating glimpse into Bryan's live work at this early juncture in his hugely successful career.LP 1
2.The Only One
3.Kids Wanna Rock
4.Summer Of '69
5.Cuts Like A Knife
9.The Best Was Yet To Come
1.Run To You
2.Take Me Back
3.Straight From The Heart
5.She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
6.Fits Ya Good
7.I'm Ready$37.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
IslandsFormed in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland by Tim Wheeler
(vocals and guitar), Mark Hamilton (bass) and Rick
McMurray (drums), ASH released their first studio album
1977 and were then joined by Charlotte Hatherley (guitar)
for a further 3 studio albums Nu-Clear Sounds, Free All
Angels and Meltdown. Charlotte left the band in 2006 and
the band went on to record and release Twilight of the
Innocents before launching the innovative A-Z series which
saw the band release a single every fortnight for a year.
Bloc Party's Russell Lissack has joined the band on stage
October 2011 saw ASH play some special live shows
to mark the release of The Best of Ash and Charlotte
performed with the band once more for the UK tour. The
shows included the four piece playing the seminal Free
All Angels Album in its entirety and a Best Of set.
The band is now ready to release their new studio album
ISLANDS coming out via BMG.1. True Story
4.Confessions in the Pool
5.All That I Have Left
6. Don't Need Your Love
8. Did Your Love Burn Out?
9. Silver Suit
10. It's a Trapt
11. Is It True?
12. Incoming Waves$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
As Above, So BelowWith a lineage dating back to 1977, South Londons Angel Witch were leading lights of a now legendary movement known as the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal that saw their path interwoven with the likes of Iron Maiden, Saxon, Samson, Praying Mantis, the Tygers Of Pan Tang and countless more.
Unlike a great many of the groups with whom they shared stages their style was dark, uncompromising and heavy; a perfect complement for the sword & sorcery-themed lyrics of songs such as White Witch, Gorgon and Angel Of Death no wonder Geoff Barton of Sounds magazine once memorably described their bludgeoning sound as: the first Black Sabbath album played through a cement mixer.
This album is unquestionably the finest thing to bear the band's name since the first, iconic release. Its contents unite newly-penned yet timeless sounding material.1. Dead Sea Scrolls
2. Into The Dark
4. The Horla
5. Witching Hour
6. Upon This Chord
8. Brainwashed$34.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pinheads In Buenos AiresPressed On 140 Gram Clear Vinyl
Live At River Plate Stadium - Buenos Aires, Brazil - March 16th, 1996
On 16th March 1996, the Ramones played a farewell concert to 45,000 fans in Buenos Aires in what had been initially planned as the final show of their storied 20-year career. The River Plate Stadium, home to one of South America's most famous football clubs, had filled to the brim, while none other than Iggy Pop played as the opening act before the Ramones took to the stage. The band returned to the States on the Lollapolooza bill, playing their last show in Los Angeles on 6th August 1996. Nonetheless, they had built such a fiercely dedicated fan base down south that they had become, as branded by a major Buenos Aires daily paper, The Argentine Punk Band, "La Banda Punk Argentina."LP 1
1. Intro / Durango
2. Teenage Lobotomy
3. Psycho Therapy
4. Blitzkreig Bop
5. Do You Remember Rock N Roll Radio?
6. I Believe In Miracles
7. Gimme Gimme Shock Treatment
8. Rock N Roll High School
9. I Wanna Be Sedated
11. The KKK Took My Baby Away
12. I Don't Want To Grow Up
13. I Just Want To Have Something To Do
14. Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
15. Rockaway Beach
16. Pet Sematary
17. Strength To Endure
1. Cretin Family
2. Do You Wanna Dance?
3. Somebody Put Something In My Drink
4. Surfin' Bird
5. Wart Hog
6. Cretin Hop
8. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World
10. The Crusher
11. Poison Heart
12. We're A Happy Family
13. My Back Pages
14. 53rd & 3rd
15. Beat On The Brat
16. Chinese Rock
17. Have You Ever Seen The Rain?$37.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera HouseImport
Joe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House was recorded at the historic Vienna Opera House last July during a very special two-week long unplugged tour, played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows. Varying from his predominantly electric blues shows, this presentation was an all-acoustic concert performance, making it a unique and very special show fans had been waiting years to experience.
Produced by long-time collaborator Kevin Shirley, Joe is supported on his vintage acoustic instruments by an eclectic assortment of craftsmen from around the globe. They include: Gerry O'Connor, a music historian and traditional Irish fiddler from many generations of Irish music, on Irish fiddle, mandolin, and Irish banjo; Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester will play the Nyckelharpa, a Swedish keyed-fiddle; Los Angeles keyboard maestro Arlan Schierbaum, whose extensive recording career focuses on organic instruments, plays accordions, celeste, toy pianos, and more; and legendary Puerto Rican percussionist, Lenny Castro, whose works spans genres and reads like a who's who of artists, including the Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, Toto, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Avenged Sevenfold, Little Feat, Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.LP1
2. Palm Trees, Helicopters and Guns
3. Jelly Roll
4. Dust Bowl
5. Around The Bend
6. Slow Train
7. Athens To Athens
8. From The Valley
9. The Ballad of John Henry
10. Dislocated Boy
11. Driving Towards The Daylight
1. High Water Everywhere
2. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
4. Stones In My Passway
5. Ball Peen Hammer
6. Black Lung Heartache
7. Mountain Time
8. Woke Up Dreaming
9. Sloe Gin
10. Seagull$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera HouseJoe Bonamassa: An Acoustic Evening at the Vienna Opera House was recorded at the historic Vienna Opera House during a very special two-week long unplugged tour, played to a limited audience over seven exclusive European shows. Varying from his predominantly electric blues shows, this presentation was an all-acoustic concert performance, making it a unique and very special show fans had been waiting years to experience.
Produced by long-time collaborator Kevin Shirley, Joe is supported on his vintage acoustic instruments by an eclectic assortment of craftsmen from around the globe. They include: Gerry O'Connor, a music historian and traditional Irish fiddler from many generations of Irish music, on Irish fiddle, mandolin, and Irish banjo; Swedish multi-instrumentalist Mats Wester will play the Nyckelharpa, a Swedish keyed-fiddle; Los Angeles keyboard maestro Arlan Schierbaum, whose extensive recording career focuses on organic instruments, plays accordions, celeste, toy pianos, and more; and legendary Puerto Rican percussionist, Lenny Castro, whose works spans genres and reads like a who's who of artists, including the Rolling Stones, Sir Elton John, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, Toto, Stevie Wonder, David Sanborn, Avenged Sevenfold, Little Feat, Tom Petty, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and many more.1. Arrival
2. Palm Trees, Helicopters and Guns
3. Jelly Roll
4. Dust Bowl
5. Around The Bend
6. Slow Train
7. Athens To Athens
8. From The Valley
9. The Ballad of John Henry
10. Dislocated Boy
11. Driving Towards The Daylight
12. High Water Everywhere
13. Jockey Full Of Bourbon
15. Stones In My Passway
16. Ball Peen Hammer
17. Black Lung Heartache
18. Mountain Time
19. Woke Up Dreaming
20. Sloe Gin
Track listing is subject to change.$39.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
HO: A Dan Band Xmas (Awaiting Repress)Colored Vinyl
First Time On Vinyl
Dan Finnerty caught America's eye in his role as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the film Old School as well as his appearance in Starsky & Hutch and again as the wedding singer in the movie, The Hangover. The Dan Band plays sold out concerts from Los Angeles to New York and has appeared on numerous television shows including: The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, and Last Comic Standing. Steven Spielberg was drawn to the band and produced Dan's one hour concert special The Dan Band: I Am Woman, directed by McG. SideOneDummy Records previously released The Dan Band's debut album, "The Dan Band Live", and is proud to release "HO: A Dan Band Xmas" for
the first time on vinyl.1. I Wanna Rock U Hard This Xmas
2. HO HO HO
3. Mrs. Claus
4. Get Drunk & Make Out This Christmas
5. Christmas Time in California
7. Not On Christmas Eve
8. The Christmas Flip-Flop
9. Love Me This Much All Year Long
10. Please Don't Bomb Nobody This Holiday$18.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Hot August NightIn the summer of 1971, Diamond played seven sold-out nights at the famed Greek Theatre in Los Angeles to a rapturous reception. The following August, he returned for ten more sold-out shows, an event forever captured on the multi-platinum Hot August Night, a double-record set that demonstrated once and for all Diamond's growing status as a superstar concert sensation. The original Hot August Night recording from The Greek Theatre concerts was one of Neil Diamond's most successful albums worldwide, living at the #1 spot on the charts for 29 weeks, is one of his more celebrated and acknowledged albums of his career and arguably one of the greatest live albums ever recorded.
The two unforgettable LPs are filled with Neil Diamond favorites such as Solitary Man, Cracklin' Rosie, Sweet Caroline, I Am...I Said and many more.LP 1
2. Crunchy Granola Suite
3. Done Too Soon
5. Solitary Man
6. Cherry Cherry
7. Sweet Caroline
8. Porcupine Pie
9. You're So Sweet
10. Red Red Wine
11. Soggy Pretzels
12. And the Grazz Won't Pay No Mind
14. Girl You'll Be A Woman Soon
1. Play me
2. Canta Libre
4. Song Sung Blue
5. Cracklin' Rosie
6. Holly Holy
7. I Am... I Said
8. Walk Off
9. Soolaimon - Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
10. Encore$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Through The Dusty Paths Of Our LivesJust the name Paris evokes thoughts of romance. From tiny streetside cafes serving cafe au lait and fresh croissants to the breathtaking panoramic view as seen from atop the Eiffel Tower, the city simply oozes love. Thankfully the city of love also has a darker side. One just as dedicated to love, just love of a different kind. Love of all things heavy and all things rock. And that's the real Paris the one where Abrahma lives.
Formed in 2005 under the moniker Alcohsonic, this Parisian quartet epitimized the ideals of Rock and Roll. Blending the classic American 70's sound with blues, southern roots and just a hint of the modern Seb Bismuth, Nicolas Heller and the brothers Colin attempted to set Europe on fire. Their flame burned hot but far too bright and after five years, one LP and a scathing trail of live shows sharing the stage with the likes of Brant Bjork and Cactus, their course was run. But like a pheonix rising from it's own ashes Alcohsonic has been reborn as Abrahma.
''Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives'' is a self made monument to what might have been and an explosive first example what is yet to come. Five years on the road has hardened the sound and forged the new songs like iron in flame. Gone are any hints of 70's revivalism, buried beneath thick sludgy riffs and thundering basslines. Six hands play as one with the voice of an angry angel lighting the way. Featuring a guest appearance by Ed Mundell (Monster Magnet) and artwork designed by Alexander vonWieding ''Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives'' is a once in a lifetime debut. Catch a glimpse before the sparks begin to fly.LP1
2. Neptune Of Sorrow
3. Tears Of The Sun
4. Dandelion Dust
5. Honkin' Water Roof
6. Loa's Awakening (Prelude)
7. Vodun Pt. 1: Samedi's Awakening
8. Big Black Cloud
1. Headless Horse
2. Vodun Pt. 2: I, Zombie
3. Oceans On Sand...
4. ...Here Sleep Ghosts
5. Vodun Pt. 3: Final Asagwe
6. The Maze
7. Omega$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Stone Rollin'Stone Rollin' is the fifth studio album from Grammy Award winning singer, songwriter and record producer Raphael Saadiq. Known for defying the confines of working within one genre, this standard bearer for old school R&B returns with a new release that celebrates the classic sounds of 60s and 70s soul with a futuristic twist.
Featuring ten new tracks, Stone Rollin is the follow up to Saadiqs 2008 solo album The Way I See It, which boasted four Billboard R&B chart singles and was nominated for three Grammy Awards including Best R&B Album. Recorded at his studio complex the Blakeslee Recording Company in Los Angeles, Raphael Saadiq played bass, mellotron, keys, guitar, percussion and even drums on most of the tracks.
Opening with the stomping Heart Attack, the albums other standout cuts include the stunning Go To Hell, featuring his studio squad of musicians who are melodically complimented by an angelic choir, the evocative Dixieland number Day Dreams, featuring Robert Randolph who plays steel guitar on the track, and Just Dont, which includes a guest appearance from one of Saadiqs indie rock favorites Swedish-Japanese singer Yukimi Nagano (Little Dragon). Also making an appearance on that same song is one of Saadiqs idols Larry Dunn (Earth, Wind and Fire), who plays piano and contributes an epic Moog solo.1. Heart Attack
2. Go To Hell
4. Over You
5. Stone Rollin'
6. Day Dreams
7. Movin' Down The Line
8. Just Don't
9. Good Man
10. The Answer$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Death SongThe Black Angels - Austin's psych rock masters - have confirmed details for their upcoming album, 'Death Song.,' the five-piece's first full-length release in four years.
Written and recorded in large part during the recent election cycle, the music on 'Death Song' serves as part protest, part emotional catharsis in a climate dominated by division, anxiety and unease. "Currency," a strong contender for the heaviest song the band has ever put to wax, meditates on the governing role the monetary system plays in our lives, while slow-building psychedelic earworm "Half Believing" questions the nature and confusing realities of devotion.
Recorded between Seattle and Austin, 'Death Song' features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track collection offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound - menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.
Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock, and the New York Times has said they "play psychedelic rock as if the 1960s never ended, and they are absolute masters of it".
The band has toured with Queens of the Stone Age, Brian Jonestown Massacre, the Black Keys + more, and played festivals such as Glastonbury, Fuji Rock, Primavera, Harvest Fest, Coachella and Bonnaroo. Two of the band members co-founded Levitation Festival (formerly Austin Psych Fest) in 2008, which has since grown into one of the best-reviewed and expertly-curated festivals in the country.LP 1
2. I'd Kill For Her
3. Half Believing
4. Comanche Moon
5. Hunt Me Down
6. Grab As Much (As You Can)
2. I Dreamt
4. Life Song
5. Death March$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Agaetis ByrjunReykjavík-based noise quartet Sigur Rós are the biggest band in their native Iceland, which should say much, much more about the collective insanity of that earthquake-ridden, blizzard-beaten crag of an island than anything to do with Sigur Rós's sound. But in their music, Sigur Rós reflect all the breathtaking glory of the Icelandic wastes--a fairy-tale explosion of unhinged elemental majesty that's finally crystallized here, their debut European release. Poised somewhere between the haunting soundscapes of Labradford and the lilting Celtic falsetto of Enya, Agaetis Byrjun is a truly breathtaking listen. Frontman Jon Por Birgisson sings in a language that Sigur Rós dub Hopelandic--an otherworldly mutation of Icelandic, sung in the falsetto cadence of angels; similarly, he plays his guitar with a violin bow, opening the floodgates for brilliant waves of feedback. And while it's the opening Svefn-G-Englar that's Sigur Rós' moment to date, there's far more that they have to offer; listen to the pomp and flourish of a full orchestra on Flugufrelsarinn, or the awe-inspiring near-religious mantra of Ny Batteri.LP 1
4. Ný batterí
1. Hjartað hamast
2. Viðrar Vel Til Loftárása
3. Olsen Olsen
4. Ágætis Byrjun
5. Avalon$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Bad BloodUS Version Includes Three Bonus Tracks
Bad Blood, the full-length debut from Bastilleis released by Virgin Records. Bastille is the top-selling debut act of 2013 in the U.K., where Bad Blood entered the albums chart at No. 1 earlier this year and has remained in the Top 20 ever since.
The U.S. version of the album will include three bonus tracks - "The Silence," "Weight of Living, PT. I" and "Laughter Lines."
Bastille will made its U.S. television debut on "Conan" July 24. The U.K. band played a sold-out show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles and will return to the States in the fall of 2013 for its first North American tour.
Haunt, Bastille's four-song EP debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart after being released digitally. "Pompeii," the lead single, is already Top 20 at Modern Rock, and has been added by numerous stations, including KROQ-Los Angeles, 98/7-Los Angeles, Live 105-San Francisco, Q877-Chicago, KTCL-Denver, WRFF-Philadelphia, KTBZ-Houston, DC101-Washington DC and SiriusXM's Alt Nation. The "Pompeii" video has more than 30 million views.
Dan Smith, the founder of Bastille, envisioned the "Pompeii" clip as the novel I Am Legend if it were shot by the director of Drive, which hints at how inextricably intertwined music, film and literature are in his creative process. Rounding out Bastille's lineup are Will Farquarson, Kyle Simmons and Chris "Woody" Wood. The four musicians have been playing and touring together for more than two years and while each has his main role in Bastille, they effortlessly trade places on vocals, keyboards and percussion. The band's spring 2013 U.K. headline tour sold out immediately, with all 44,000 tickets gone in a day, and they are playing major festivals in the U.K, Europe and Japan this summer. Bastille's performance of "Pompeii" at Glastonbury can be seen here.
While Bad Blood sounds lush, it was actually recorded in a tiny room on limited equipment - apart from a day spent recording strings in the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Smith, working with producer Mark Crew, aimed to approach each song differently.
"I wanted each to be its own story with its own atmosphere which brings in different sounds and elements of production, incorporating aspects of the different genres and styles that I love: hip hop, indie, pop and folk," he explains. "Film soundtracks can be broad and varied, but tied together by the film itself. I hope the album will be something like that, but held together by my voice and the songwriting, each song a scene or part of a bigger picture."
"Pompeii" is an epic in miniature, a conversation between two charred bodies, frozen in time, caught in the ash that engulfed the Roman city of sin while songs like the title track and "Things We Lost in Fire" touch on the changing dynamics of relationships. "'Bad Blood' is an album crafted in one of modern pop's greatest refineries," observed Artrocker, awarding it five stars, while BBC Music said, "Bastille really deliver." Q named "Overjoyed" as "Track of the Day," noting, "[Bastille's] bewitching mixture of softly delivered vocals and glitchy tracks creates an impressive atmosphere."1. Pompeii
2. Things We Lost in the Fire
3. Bad Blood
5. These Streets
6. Weight of Living, Pt. II
10. Daniel in the Den
11. Laura Palmer
12. Get Home
13. The Silence
14. Weight of Living, PT. I
15. Laughter Lines$29.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Legacy of the AncientsColored Vinyl
Formed by founding members of Cattle Decapitation and The Locust, Pathology play old-school American death metal, fashioning their sound after classic bands like Cannibal Corpse, Morbid Angel and Terrorizer.1. Intro
2. Code Injection
3. Among Giants
6. Collapsing In Violence
7. Tower Of Babel
8. Blood Runs
9. The Extinction Of Flesh
10. Legacy Of The Ancients
11. Saturn Brotherhood$15.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Billy Joel/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Continues!
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Billy Joel's third hit LP Streetlife Serenade will always be revered as one of the classic early albums
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