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Don't Lose ThisIn 1998, Roebuck "Pops" Staples recorded a final session, capping an
illustrious career as leader and patriarch of the Staples Singers. Unfinished
at the time of his passing in 2000, the tapes went to his daughter,
Mavis, who then waited for the right opportunity to finish the recording
in the spirit Pops intended. When she began her series of remarkable
collaborations with Wilco's Jeff Tweedy, starting with 2010's You Are Not
Alone and continuing with 2013's One True Vine, Mavis knew she had
found the person to work on her father's record. Mavis Staples: "I
chose this title because these were the words my father said to me as
he gave me the tape of his final recordings. He was sick and lying in
bed and asked me to play the record for him in his room. After listening
to it, he called me to his room again. He was weak, but he handed me
the tape and in a soft voice said 'Don't lose this, Mavis.' While Pops'
voice and guitar sounded so good on the original recordings [and remain
untouched on this record], I knew the songs needed something else to
really come to life. Something special. Pops deserved that. So I called
on my dear friend Jeff Tweedy to fill out the tracks around Pops and he's
helped to craft this beautiful album."1. Somebody Was Watching
2. Sweet Home
3. No News Is Good News
4. Love On My Side
6. Nobody's Fault But Mine
7. The Lady's Letter
8. Better Home
9. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
10. Gotta Serve Somebody$19.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
You Are Not AloneSoul Gospel Legend at the Top of Her Game: Staples Declared Best Artist at 2010's Lollapalooza Festival
Hallelujah: You Are Not Alone Might Be the Best New Album You Hear in 2010
Stellar Set Produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy and Features Songs by Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Tweedy, Randy Newman, and More
The best album you hear in 2010? You Are Not Alone will be at the top of the list. This is music that's timeless, soulful, and pertinent, performed with an energy and commitment that burns with the same level of conviction as Mavis Staples' belief in a higher power. Here's a record that will change your life and elevate your mood. Just as its two main architects intended.
When Wilco leader Jeff Tweedy and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Mavis Staples sat down to talk about what they wanted her new album to sound like, they both turned to the original spiritual roots of the Staples Singers as a backbone. Both wanted to make a record about connection, about reaching out to someone through the power of music. What they achieved is the album of Staples' career, a warm, powerful, spiritual, and fervent collection of brilliantly chosen and interpreted songs.
Produced by fellow Chicagoan Jeff Tweedy at Wilcos studio The Loft, the intimate and textured production--glorious on LP--mixes traditional gospel numbers with two new songs written for Mavis by Tweedy, plus her unique interpretations of songs by Pops Staples, Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, John Fogerty, Rev. Gary Davis and Little Milton. Backed by Mavis smoking touring band (Rick Holmstrom, guitar, vocals; Jeff Turmes, bass, vocals; Stephen Hodges, drums; Donny Gerrard, background vocals) and featuring guest turns from Tweedy and Wilcos Patrick Sansone, with background vocals by Kelly Hogan and Nora OConnor, the album cradles Mavis exquisite voice, allowing her to stretch out emotionally on tracks like Randy Newmans Losing You and the Creedence Clearwater Revival chesnut Wrote a Song For Everyone.
The two songs Jeff wrote for Mavis meld seamlessly into the vibe and theme of the album: He would listen to my conversations, my words, and then feed off that. The songs he wrote take me places I wouldnt normally go, says Mavis.
Already one of the bestâ€received releases of 2010, Mavis message of joy and redemption has found the setting it has always deserved. Truly, a must-own album that will last you a lifetime.1. Dont Knock
2. You Are Not Alone
3. Downward Road
4. In Christ There Is No East Or West
5. Creep Along Moses
6. Losing You
7. I Belong To The Band Hallelujah
8. Last Train
9. Only The Lord Knows
10. Wrote A Song For Everyone
11. Were Gonna Make It
12. Wonderful Savior
13. Too Close To Heaven$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
How Will The Wolf Survive?Import
Produced by T-Bone Burnett, the major breakthrough of Los Lobos' How Will The Wolf Survive? was a launching pad for the tried & true sound of these Latin American musical heroes. Honing their craft in '70s L.A. by doing loads of weddings and dance gigs, they incorporated Rock into their Mexican sound which resulted in a Pop staple of legendary proportions. The band switch easily between Rockers like "Don't Worry Baby" and "A Matter Of Time" and modern Mexican evergreens "Corrida #1" and "Serenata Norteña".1. Don't Worry Baby
2. A Matter Of Time
3. Corrida #1
4. Our Last Night
5. The Breakdown
6. I Got Loaded
7. Serenata Norteña
9. I Got To Let You Know
10. Lil' King Of Everything
11. Will The Wolf Survive?$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Emergency On Planet EarthImport
Supercar lover and showman Jay Kay started Jamiroquai in Manchester during the early nineties, seeing their debut Emergency On Planet Earth receive massive amounts of critical and public acclaim.
Backed by an incredibly tight band, Jamiroquai delivered a Stevie Wonder-esque brand of highly infectious and addictive Funk with a capital F. So infectious in fact, it became a Pop staple almost overnight. Having amassed a huge fanbase in the UK, the popularity of this horde of planet savers spread worldwide over their subsequent two albums.
Music On Vinyl is proud to release these first three albums simultaneously, including follow-ups The Return Of The Space Cowboy and Travelling Without Moving. All three with remastered audio for maximum aural pleasure!LP1
1. When You Gonna Learn?
2. Too Young To Die
3. Hooked Up
4. If I Like It, I Do It
5. Music Of The Mind
1. Emergency On Planet Earth
2. Whatever It Is, I Just Can't Stop
3. Blow Your Mind
4. Revolution 1993
5. Didgin' Out$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Shake It Up (Awaiting Repress)Sonically Spectacular LP Half-Speed Mastered from the Original Tapes!
1981 Album a Return to Pop and a New-Wave Landmark
A return to form after the departure that was 1980s muddled Panorama, the Cars Shake It Up bursts forth with a rich assembly of synthesizers, drum machines, electronic blips, and catchy melodies that make it an early 80s pop staple. Known the world over, the famous title track proves the bands arrangement skills were in perfect shape and set the stage for a record overflowing with memorable hooks and complementary rock riffs.
Shake It Up also plays witness to primary songwriter/vocalist Ric Ocaseks increased cynicism and biting wit. While the Cars never took a rosy-eyed view of romance, the songs here impart a newfound sense of sympathy, regret, limbo, and reservation. The beauty of the Carsand all ten tunes hereis that the music suggests something else entirely. Such subliminal emotions and dynamic contrasts act as a magnet, and the band plays as if its in on the secret.
They've always cultivated a dark side--girls make boys want to end it all even after the boys have grown up. They've always basked in the shadow of Roxy Music, too. But they've never been so stylishly nightmarish--except for the title cut, even the fast ones don't aim for fun. Robert Christgau, The Consumer Guide
Apart from the party vibe of the title cut, the Cars aim for deeper targets and smarter undertones. Shake It Up is defined by an urban edginess and modern feel that comes alive on tunes such as Cruiser and circular Im Not the One, a pop gem laded with stacked vocals and keyboard lines that double as a horn section. The bands arrangements have never been betteror more involved. Absent the cheesiness that would mar the groups late-period work, the songs ride on the strength of keyboard-heavy lines and layered harmonies. You will not be disappointed.
Half-speed mastered from the original analog tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition LP focuses on the myriad pitch changes that control the musical directions. Recorded at the bands Synchro Sound studios by famed Queen producer Roy Thomas Baker, the album takes advantage of electronic textures and varying timbres in immersing the listener in accessible albeit abstract washes of sound. MoFis engineers made sure to capture every note and nuance; this marks the first time that Shake It Up has been remastered in any way, let alone from the original tapes.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Since You're Gone
2. Shake It Up
3. I'm Not the One
4. Victim of Love
6. A Dream Away
7. This Could Be Love
8. Think it Over
9. Maybe Baby$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Painting Signs (Pure Pleasure)Painting Signs stands up as a complete work from beginning to end. Eric Bibb makes a fine case for blues as a music of introspection, warmth, and supreme nuance. Easily his most mature album to date, Painting Signs continues Bibb's formula of socially aware songs performed from an acutely personal point-of-view; standout tracks Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down and a cover of Hope In A Hopeless World hammer home his message of individual freedom and the responsibilities that accompany it. (It's no coincidence that Pops Staples, to whom Bibb dedicates this album, once recorded the latter song.) That's not to say Painting Signs is overly didactic or, indeed, 'heavy' in any way; even the most serious songs here, like the plea for peace and unity Got To Do Better, are leavened by a musical backdrop that's soulful and immediately accessible. Gospel-leaning backing vocals by Linda Tillery and her Cultural Heritage Choir help flesh out several cuts, and robust accordion fills by Bibb's longtime accompanist Janne Petersson add a subtle Louisiana flavor to the rolling, propulsive Kokomo and, to surprisingly good effect, the deep-grooved version of Jimmy Reed's Honest I Do. Elsewhere, he keeps a minimalist tone dominated by acoustic guitar, an arrangement that's particularly mesmerizing on the chilling title track. With its emphasis on sophisticated songcraft and its gentle blend of folk, gospel, and country influences, Painting Signs presents Bibb as an artist intent on blurring the line between blues and 'roots music' in general.
- Eric Bibb (vocal, guitar)
- Wilson Pickett (vocal)
- Dave Bronze (bass, guitar, vocal)
- Robbie McIntosh (guitar)
- Hans Theesink (mandolin)
- Janne Petersson (organ, piano, electric piano, accordion)
- Henry Spinetti (drums)
- Linda Tillery & The Cultural Heritage Choir (backing vocal)
Format: 2LPs 33rpm / gatefold sleeve
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.
and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Kokomo
2. Hope In A Hopeless World
3. Five Miles Above
4. I Heard The Angels Singing
5. Delia's Gone
6. Got To Do Better
7. The Light Was Worth The Candle
9. Walkin' Home
10. To Know You
11. Honest I Do
12. Paintin' Signs
13. Don't Ever Let Nobody Drag Your Spirit Down$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
If All I Was Was Black (Awaiting Repress)"Mavis has done it all and worked with
just about everybody from Bob Dylan to
Prince to Jeff Tweedy She still is singing
for justice and equality and influencing a
new generation of musicians and fans."
- President Barack Obama
A voice of reassurance in troubled times." - Chicago Tribune
"Rather than protest the state of the world, Staples is toasting
human endurance-- hers as well as ours." - Pitchfork
"a voice that has lost none of its gutsy power since she unleashed
it, some six decades ago." - New York Times
MAVIS STAPLES is an American Music legend. She
was at the forefront of the civil rights movement in the
1960's, as singer for the legendary gospel group, The
Staples Singers. Mavis, along with her father, Pops,
and siblings marched and worked alongside Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr on the fight for equality in this country.
In December 2016, Mavis went to Washington, DC
to receive the coveted Kennedy Center Honors from
President Obama, with whom she has had a long
standing friendship. Mavis invited Wilco frontman and
dear friend, Jeff Tweedy as her guest for the weekend's
festivities. The two spent hours discussing the
current events and how today's fight for equality is
very similar to those in the '60s. Inspired by these
events, Mavis and Jeff got together and wrote Mavis'
new album, If All I Was Was Black, produced by Jeff
Tweedy. The new album is a perfect message for our
time and is by far Mavis' best work to date.1. Little Bit
2. If All I Was Was Black
3. Who Told You Tha
4. Ain't No Doubt About It
5. Peaceful Dream
6. No Time For Crying
7. Build A Bridge
8. We Go High
9. Try Harder
10. All Over Again$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Iggy Pop / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold LP Artwork
Features David Bowie, Simple Minds, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group) & Barry Andrews (XTC)
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Capitol Records & Manufactured At R.T.I.
A Definitive "Rock Of The 80's" Classic Album
Iggy Pop continues to be known as one of the original pioneers of
the punk rock and underground rock movement of the late sixties and
seventies. Thrilling audiences with The Stooges or with his own innovative
solo projects, Iggy's iconic history shows a plethora of amazing albums
over the last 4 decades, truly creating some of the coolest music ever
waxed for the classic rock era.
In 1980, Iggy Pop delivered his hard hitting 80's alternative classic
Soldier for Arista Records. Featuring the David Bowie collaboration Play
It Safe, Solider was a solid effort which continues to be one of his most
revered albums to this day. This stunning release featured a good amount
of staple Iggy Pop classics like I'm A Conservative, Mr. Dynamite, Dog
Food and the hard rockin' Take Care Of Me. Augmented with powerhouse
musicians like Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols),
Barry Andrews (XTC) and uncredited support from David Bowie and
Simple Minds, this amazing 80's power punk classic hasn't been available
on vinyl for many decades... that is until now!
As another installment in our Iggy Pop series, Friday Music is
very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180 Gram
Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Soldier by the legendary Iggy Pop.
Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (David Bowie/Iggy Pop/Alice
Cooper) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood and
manufactured at R.T.I., this original Arista Records classic truly reaches
great sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. For a limited time, we
have also included the colorful artwork elements in a first time gatefold
cover, featuring the rare lyric insert art - now a part of the inside LP cover
Knocking 'Em Down In The City1. Loco Mosquito
3. Knocking 'em Down (In The City)
4. Play It Safe
5. Get Up And Get Out
6. Mr. Dynamite
7. Dog Food
8. I Need More
9. Take Care Of Me
10. I'm A Conservative
11. I Snub You$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Iggy Pop / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Begins!
First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold LP Artwork
Produced By Tommy Boyce (The Monkees)
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Capitol Records & Manufactured At R.T.I.
A Definitive "Rock Of The 80's" Classic Album
Iggy Pop continues to be known as one of the original
pioneers of the punk rock and underground rock movement
of the late sixties and seventies. Thrilling audiences with The
Stooges or with his own innovative solo projects, Iggy's iconic
history shows a plethora of amazing albums over the last 4
decades, truly creating some of the coolest music ever waxed
for the classic rock era.
In 1981, Iggy Pop delivered his high energy rock of the
80's classic Party for Arista Records. Featuring a smokin' new
hit club and pop single with Bang Bang, this stunning release
featured a good amount of staple Iggy Pop classics like Sincerity,
Pumpin' For Jill and the powerful Houston Is Hot Tonight.
Produced mostly by the late Tommy Boyce (The Monkees), Party
was a captivating offering from this godfather of punk and even
included two brilliant covers with the Phil Phillips' classic Sea Of
Love and The Outsiders' garage band anthem Time Won't Let
Me. Augmented with powerhouse musicians like Ivan Krall (Patti
Smith Group) and The Uptown Horns, this amazing 80's power
punk classic hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades...
that is until now!
Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever
the stunning 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Party by
the legendary Iggy Pop. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso
at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood
and manufactured at R.T.I., this original Arista Records classic
truly reaches great sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain.
For a limited time, we have also included the colorful artwork
elements in a first time gatefold cover, featuring a rare inside
photo never before issued with the original LP release.
Rock And Roll Party1. Pleasure
2. Rock And Roll Party
3. Eggs On Plate
5. Houston Is Hot Tonight
6. Pumpin' For Jill
7. Happy Man
8. Bang Bang
9. Sea Of Love
10. Time Won't Let Me$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Jerry Garcia And David Grisman (Awaiting Repress)
Numbered Limited Edition 180g 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Contemporary Interest in Roots Music Kick-Started by Stellar Grammy-Nominated 1991 Collaboration
Recording Now As Realistic, Natural, Close-Up, Intimate, and Enveloping as Any Acoustic Record Released: 1st Time-Ever on LP
Garcia and Grisman Put on Virtuosic Performance, Make Way Through Pop Standards, Blues Classics, Folk Staples, Bluegrass Jaunts, and More
Jerry Garcia achieved monumental accomplishments over a prolific career, yet the guitarist never sounded better than on his first official collaboration with longtime friend and fellow instrumental maestro David Grisman. Indeed, contemporary interest in roots music can be directly traced to this stellar Grammy-nominated 1991 collaboration. Putting distinctive rustic spins on pop standards, blues classics, and folk staples, the kindred musical spirits' earnest authenticity and relaxed intimacy are matched only by virtuosic playing and superb production. As realistic, warm, close-up, and immersive as any acoustic album, Mobile Fidelity's reissue raises the bar on the meaning of reference-standard.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP of Garcia/Grisman takes a record forever renowned for breathtaking sonics to another level. Originally released on Grisman's fabled Acoustic Disc label and recorded at his plush studios, the album now sounds even more realistic-with distinctive tones, palpable air, smooth vocals, three-dimensional soundstaging, balanced imaging, and timbral extension that mirror the feeling and experience of hearing live music in a small space.
Unadorned with any post-production tricks or overdubs, Garcia/Grisman breathes with naturalism and presence. You will effortlessly detect the full body of the instruments, witness the woody grain textures, and get lost in the surprisingly velvety qualities of Garcia's lullaby-like singing. Mobile Fidelity's meticulous pressing also marks the first time this delightfully joyous affair has been issued in analog form. You will never hear a better-sounding Americana-styled recording.
Pals since the mid-1960s, Garcia and Grisman bonded over their love for traditional folk and bluegrass. The two teamed up amidst what became a gold rush of top-notch productivity and creativity for Garcia. Partnering with bassist Jim Kerwin and percussionist/fiddler Joe Craven, the pair approaches every passage with innate ease, as if either musician could finish the others sentence. The affable chemistry and soothing interplay wash over a selection of songs as notable for their diversity as the way Garcia and "Dawg" turn them into the equivalent of old friends you haven't seen in years.
Exquisite melodies and jewel-shaped notes decorate the simple, convivial structures of tunes that hop, jump, skip, skitter, and bop. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the legendary gypsy-jazz exchanges between Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli, and equally sharp. Swirling with Middle Eastern modality, the closing 16-minute-plus rendition of Grisman's rippling "Arabia"-complete with a section based on a Cuban fold theme-is alone enough worth the price of admission to this sensational session. But there's so much more.
The quartet delves into Celtic themes ("Two Soldiers"), jazz-grass ("Grateful Dawg"), old-world ballads ("Russian Lullaby"), and Appalachian flavors ("Walkin' Boss") with nonpareil skill and soulfulness. Garcia and Grisman's tandem picking throughout epitomize sublime. And for many listeners, the duo's revised version of the Grateful Dead staple "Friend of the Devil" ranks as the finest-ever recorded, the pace patient, the narrative vocals heartfelt, and the synchronous solos tailor-made for the enveloping progression. Better yet, it's all captured in astonishing fidelity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Thrill Is Gone
2. Grateful Dawg
3. Two Soldiers
4. Friend of the Devil
5. Russian Lullaby
6. Dawg's Waltz
7. Walkin' Boss
8. Rockin' Chair
9. Arabia$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
I Dreamt I Was A CowboyMiniature Tigers mastermind Charlie Brand has been in a relationship with actress Mae Whitman for a while now, and things seem to be going great. How do I know this? Well, there are interviews from both Brand and Whitman out there that say so, but for the purposes of this review, Exhibit A is the new Miniature Tigers record. I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy is a loose concept album about being in love, complete with sappy ballads, angst that it's all going to fall apart, and even the concept album staple-a dream sequence.
Two things are striking about this album from the get-go. There's a warmth and intimacy to opener "My Girl Forever" that sticks around for the length of the album. Brand, it turns out, is pretty good at producing indie-pop that sounds honestly romantic. That warmth makes a cheesy sentiment like, "You will be my friend forever / You will be my girlfriend" sound lovely. The other thing is the song's opening electric guitar riff, which sounds slightly out of tune. That riff runs through the entire song and eventually normalizes even though it never ends up being quite in tune. It's a weird element and a portent that Brand is going to re-embrace the off-kilter sounds that dominated Miniature Tigers' early records.
"Dreaming" is a relaxed, slightly Caribbean-styled song dominated by a bassline played on a bass marimba and a repeating high register xylophone-esque note run. Both are cool effects that give the song a nice groove. This leads right into "I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy", where Whitman takes the lead vocals. Her breathy, quiet singing fits in snugly with the song's languid vibe. "I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy" also works as a transition point on the album. Afterward, the songs are more idiosyncratic and often more interesting.
"Wish It Was Now" is a '60s-style folk song that hits all the right buttons. A pile of acoustic guitars is accompanied by a jangling tambourine while Brand sings possibly the best melody on the album. The multi-layered vocals on the chorus, a simple recitation of "wish it was now", are beautiful, and it all meshes together into a sublime moment. "Wheat" features a prominent pedal steel guitar and some nicely placed percussion rattles, giving the song a light Texas country feel.
Then there's "Nobody Else", which features an out-of-nowhere sample of obscure '60s singer Millie Small with her lovely high-pitched squeak of a voice. The song opens with Small singing "What am I living for / If not for you, baby!", then uses that "baby!" as the song's anchor and hype man, punctuating many of Brand's lines. The song itself is a catchy, piano-based ballad with a warm '70s soft rock bridge, but the sample sells it. It's so effective that once you've heard the song a few times, you want to hear her "baby!" at the end of every line, not just occasionally.
The record ends with two quiet songs, either of which would make a solid closer, but they represent two different moods. "I Never Want Our Love to End" is sparsely arranged with great harmonies, but the overwhelming feeling is melancholy as Brand sings about his insecurities. "I'm Awake Now" uses both chirpy and lush synths to provide a sunny, relaxed, early morning feel. Lyrically, though, the song starts out depressed as Brand contemplates the fact that he's so damn happy in bed with his new girl but that they're both going to have to leave, and it will be over. But the song ends with him deciding that he's going to do whatever it takes to make what's apparently a one-night stand into a relationship.
This kind of unabashed romanticism shouldn't really work. And in the past, Miniature Tigers' attempts at straight-up love songs haven't always been successful. But Brand's honesty goes a long way here, and his willingness to use unusual sounds cuts through the cheese to make the album just a bit weird. I Dreamt I Was a Cowboy ends up effectively splitting the difference between the band's early days of twee sounds with strange lyrics and their middle period of big hooks but not very distinctive sounds.
- Chris Conaton (popmatters.com)1. My Girl Forever
2. Crying In The Sunshine
3. Pictures Of You
5. I Dreamt I Was A Cowboy
6. Wish It Was Now
8. Nobody Else
9. Before You
10. I Never Want Our Love To End
11. I'm Awake Now$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ReworksWith its distinctive renditions of songs by DJ Shadow, My Bloody
Valentine, Fleet Foxes, and more, Walt Wagner's Reworks shows how
three Seattle institutions - Wagner, the city's renowned Canlis
restaurant, and Sub Pop Records - have evolved over the years. When
veteran pianist Wagner first landed at Canlis in 1996, he started out
performing a set heavy on the Great American Songbook and the
occasional pop tune. As young staff members recommended new
artists and songs, Wagner's repertoire grew deeper and more varied -
especially after the next generation of the Canlis family took over in
2003. Yet whether the source material was Pink Floyd, Prince,
Metallica, or the Weeknd, the challenge remained the same: "To distill
the vibe on a record, the very essence of a song, into solo piano
One fateful night a couple years ago, a crew from Sub Pop were dining
at the restaurant when they recognized melodies by Adele and Daft
Punk wafting through the restaurant and decided to investigate. Canlis
co-owner Mark Canlis offered the Sub Pop crew a full tour, and when
he pulled out a vintage copy of the '60s LP Live At Canlis, an idea was
born. With Wagner preparing to retire, the time was ripe for a recording
that captured his inimitable gifts in their natural surroundings.
In preparation for the big night, Wagner sat down with the Sub Pop
team for more ideas. "I wanted them to feed me tunes that they loved
and could imagine hearing me play." Sub Pop alumni Fleet Foxes and
Band of Horses were already staples of Wagner's sets, but what magic
could he work with DJ Shadow, Phoenix, or My Bloody Valentine? He
had three months to find out.
The album's opening selection, "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt,"
provides a glimpse into Wagner's modus operandi. "The first time I
listened to it, I said 'well what can I do with that?'" He recalls. "But
the more I listened, the more I noticed these signature moments in the
song, and through messing around with those and improvisation, I
ended up with my version."
Recorded before a packed house on October 9, 2016, Reworks is more
than just a souvenir of a very special evening; it captures decades of
musicianship that forged Wagner's distinctive style. He studied
classical piano throughout his youth, yet kept his playing secret until
he'd reached his teens, when he began playing in rock bands.
While learning to improvise and play more rhythmically made him a hit
with his peers, his classical instruction made his band the Exotics
especially popular with local bookers. "We were one of the only bands
that could read music, so we accompanied different stars of the time:
Dick and Dee Dee, Johnny Crawford, all these '50s and early '60s
artists that came to town." The Exotics even cut a single, a Wagner
original entitled "Oasis," that made it to #3 on local radio station KJR
in the summer of 1961.
In the years that followed, Wagner played at downtown Seattle
watering holes and eateries and refined his jazz chops. Two decades at
Canlis taught him to interact with listeners in a whole new way. And
now, flush with excitement over Reworks, Wagner may not stay retired
for long.1. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (DJ Shadow)
2. I Only Said (My Bloody Valentine)
3. Desiree (The Left Banke)
4. Mykonos (Fleet Foxes)
5. 1901 (Phoenix)
6. Bondye (Goat)
7. No One's Gonna Love You (Band of Horses)
8. Purple Rain (Prince)
9. The Funeral (Band of Horses)
10. Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks)$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Invisible WayThe Invisible Way is Low's tenth album in 20 years as a band. Low's Alan Sparhawk says of the album: "While driving though Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft. They had invited us to come check it out several times over the years, but this would finally be the day. It's a great place-a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment. It's cool, but what really converted us was hearing the new Mavis Staples tracks they were working on: big, simple, raw, and intimate. How is this different from any other Low record? Mimi sings lead on five of the eleven songs (she usually only does one or two, despite being a fan favorite). Piano, lots of piano...and an acoustic guitar. Songs about intimacy, the drug war, the class war, plain old war war, archeology, and love."1. Plastic Cup
3. So Blue
4. Holy Ghost
6. Clarence White
7. Four Score
8. Just Make It Stop
10. On My Own
11. To Our Knees$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-YEP-1916xJukebox The Ghost
Let Live & Let Ghosts (Awaiting Repress)Jukebox the Ghost's debut album, Let Live & Let Ghosts, released in 2008, laid the foundation for the band's signature sound - piano-driven power-pop that disguises very thoughtful, often somber, lyrics. Their debut is definitely more raw than the albums that came later, but it contains songs that have become fan favorites and staples of Jukebox the Ghost's live shows, including "Victoria," and "Hold It In."1. Good Day
2. Hold It In
3. Beady Eyes On The Horizon
4. Under My Skin
5. Miss Templeton's 7000th Dream
6. Static to the Heart
8. My Heart's The Same
9. Lighting Myself On Fire
10. Fire In The Sky
11. Where Are All The Scientists Now?
12. A Matter of Time$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Ultramega OKThis remixed and expanded reissue of Soundgarden's Ultramega OK is a long-planned "correction" of the legendary band's Grammy®-nominated debut full-length. The album was originally recorded and released in 1988 on SST Records. While the band enjoyed working with the original producer, Drew Canulette, they soon realized they weren't quite happy with the final mix. Thus, shortly after the album's release, the band decided to remix the album for subsequent pressings. However, success intervened: the band rapidly scored a deal with A&M and began work on their major-label debut, Louder Than Love, and the Ultramega OK remix project fell by the wayside as Soundgarden climbed their way to (ultra)mega-stardom.
In 2016, after worldwide success, a breakup, a reunion, and many albums and tours, the band finally acquired the original multi-track tapes to Ultramega OK and carved out time to dig into the remix. They handed the tapes over to longtime friend and engineer Jack Endino (Nirvana, Mudhoney, Screaming Trees, Skin Yard), who worked with the band to create a fresh mix of the album that, for the band, ties up this persistent loose end and remedies the sound of their debut album.
While they were at it, the band dug out six early versions of tracks that wound up on Ultramega OK. The songs were recorded in 1987 on 8-track tape by Jack Endino and Chris Hanzsek at Reciprocal Recording in Seattle, and mixed by Jack Endino in 2016. These versions feature the band in raw, powerful form -sonically closer to the band's Endino-recorded debut EP Screaming Life - and provide a fascinating window into the development of songs that eventually became staples of the band's set. The six songs comprise what the band refers to as Ultramega EP, and they are included in this reissue.
Hailed as grunge innovators, Soundgarden redefined rock music for a generation. In the '80s, the band - singer/guitarist Chris Cornell, guitarist Kim Thayil, bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and drummer Matt Cameron - combined a punk ethos, brutal metal soundscapes, and Cornell's ravenous roar to capture the attention of the masses. Jagged and ferocious, their music was deeply at odds with the synth-pop and hair metal which dominated the 80's airwaves. Early indie releases, including seminal Screaming Life and Ultramega OK, quickly led to a dedicated indie following as the band toured on both sides of the Atlantic. Subsequent albums, including Badmotorfinger, Superunknown, and Down on the Upside, achieved multi-platinum sales and launched the band to international fame.LP 1
2. All Your Lies
4. Beyond the Wheel
6. Mood for Trouble
7. Circle of Power
8. He Didn't
9. Smokestack Lightning
10. Nazi Driver
11. Head Injury
12. Incessant Mace
13. One Minute of Silence
1. Head Injury (Early Version)
2. Beyond the Wheel (Early Version)
3. Incessant Mace (Short) [Early Version]
4. He Didn't (Early Version)
5. All Your Lies (Early Version)
6. Incessant Mace (Long) [Early Version]$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
No Jacket RequiredRemastered by Nick Davis
Released in 1985, Collins' third album No Jacket Required topped the charts in the UK, US, and numerous other countries all over the world on a journey that would result in three Grammy® Awards (for Best Album, Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male, and Producer of the Year for Collins and co-producer Hugh Padgham) and over 20 million sales. Mixing Collins' trademark emotional ballads alongside strong funk and R&B influences, the album's hit singles - Sussudio, One More Night, Don't Lose My Number, and Take Me Home - would also become staples of his live set in the years that followed.Available as a 180-gram heavyweight audiophile vinyl format which features the remastered album as a standalone product. Remastered by Nick Davis, who earned a Grammy nomination for Best Surround Sound album for his work on the Genesis '1970-1975' box set.1. Sussudio (2016 Remastered)
2. Only You Know And I Know (2016 Remastered)
3. Long Long Way To Go (2016 Remastered)
4. I Don't Wanna Know (2016 Remastered)
5. One More Night (2016 Remastered)
6. Don't Lose My Number (2016 Remastered)
7. Who Said I Would (2016 Remastered)
8. Doesn't Anybody Stay Together Anymore (2016 Remastered)
9. Inside Out (2016 Remastered)
10. Take Me Home (2016 Remastered)$21.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Tell 'Em I'm Gone
First Album In Five Years From The 2014 Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Inductee
10 Brand-New Recordings, Including 5 New Compositions By Yusuf
Features Collaborations With Rick Rubin, Richard Thompson, Charlie Musselwhite, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tinariwen, And Matt Sweeney
Tell 'Em I'm Gone is the first new Yusuf album since 2009's
acclaimed Roadsinger. Recorded all over the world,
including Los Angeles, Dubai, Brussels, and London, the
album features 10 brand-new studio recordings, including five
originals and five carefully-chosen cover songs. Tell 'Em I'm
Gone features musical contributions from Richard Thompson,
blues harmonica legend Charlie Musselwhite, singer-songwriter
Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Tuareg group Tinariwen, and guitarist
Matt Sweeney, as well as production from Rick Rubin.
Each track on Tell 'Em I'm Gone is threaded together by the
themes of freedom and peace that have prevailed through more
than four decades of Yusuf's musical career. On this album,
Yusuf returns to the roots of his musical inspiration: American
blues and R&B, using these genres to explore the universality
of the desire for freedom with songs that recall the spirit of his
earliest days as a nascent singer-songwriter in London.
"What's powerful and profound, to me, is the overall message
which emerged, lyrically," Yusuf says of the new album.
"It suddenly stared me in the face: the struggle for Freedom!
My God, isn't that what most human beings dream of?
"I hope this record will help revive the spirit of Freedom
and re-kindle some of the excitement of those amazing days,
when every musical door seemed to point us a way out of our
imprisonment," Yusuf says.
Stunning originals like "I Was Raised In Babylon" and "Cat And
The Dog Trap" plus covers of blues-pop standards ("Big Boss
Man," "You Are My Sunshine") and a moving version of Edgar
Winter's "Dying To Live" find Yusuf as strong of voice and as
engaging a performer as ever before.
Having first found fame as a teenage folk singer in 1960s
England, Cat Stevens gained worldwide acclaim for his
intimate and affecting works in the 1970s. His compositions
"Wild World," "Peace Train," "Father and Son" and "Morning
Has Broken" remain staples of the folk genre. Following a
conversion to the Islamic faith in 1978, Stevens retired from
the music business to pursue important causes in the
Muslim community; 2006 saw Yusuf's celebrated return to pop
music with the album An Other Cup.1. I Was Raised In Babylon (Yusuf)
2. Big Boss Man (Luther Dixon-Al Smith)
3. Dying To Live (Edgar Winter)
4. You Are My Sunshine (Jimmie Davis-Charles Mitchell, arr. Yusuf)
5. Editing Floor Blues (Yusuf)
6. Cat And The Dog Trap (Yusuf)
7. Gold Digger (Yusuf)
8. The Devil Came From Kansas (Gary Brooker-Keith Reid)
9. Tell 'Em I'm Gone (originally "Take This Hammer," arr. Yusuf)
10. Doors (Yusuf)$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of King CurtisLimited Anniversary Edition
Pressed On 180 Gram Vinyl
Mastered Impeccably From The Atco Records Stereophonic Tapes By Joe Reagoso
King Curtis will be forever known as one of the leading voices of the 60's soul renaissance and truly one of the more championed musicians during his short lifetime. Thanks to today's respect and care given to his music by a whole new generation of musicians and fans, King Curtis forever reigns as one of soul's pioneers. Much like Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and other superstars before him, Curtis Owsley (King Curtis) had the necessary ingredients of stellar musicianship and songwriting acumen which successfully reached across all gospel, soul, rock and pop genres.
King Curtis created some of his greatest sides ever for ATCO Records, where he spent his time on earth creating some of the most masterful and funkiest soul music ever waxed. In 1968, he was honored with his first greatest hits collection simply titled "The Best of King Curtis." This stunning array of his most memorable hit singles and stellar album staples continues to illustrate how important a force he was then and still is today, over four decades since!
"The Best of King Curtis" features a heavy menu of his finest moments like the funk infused "Harper Valley P.T.A." and Stevie Wonder's "I Was Made To Love Her", the definitive balladry of Ben E. King's "Spanish Harlem", and of course his chart toppers "Ode To Billie Joe" "Soul Serenade" and a definitive tribute to his friend Otis Redding with "(Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay" which truly opened up a worldwide audience to this sorely missed genius.
This 1968 Greatest Hits LP hasn't been available on vinyl for many decades... that is until now! Friday Music is very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of The Best Of King Curtis. Mastered impeccably from the original ATCO Records tapes by Joe "Philly Soul" Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood, these classic tracks truly reach sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain.
To further enhance your listening enjoyment, we have also included the original artwork elements by Loring Eutemey and the classic photo of King Curtis by Stephen Paley.
The soul lives on here at the Friday Music label, and as with our recent original pioneering soul albums from Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, The Spinners and others, we feel this stunning King Curtis 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl will be a much anticipated and welcomed release to all the soul, funk and rock audiophile vinyl fans.1. Harper Valley P.T.A
2. Ode To Billy Joe
3. Soul Serenade
4. I Heard It Through The Grapevine
5. (Sittin' On) The Dock Of The Bay
6. Memphis Soul Stew
7. Spanish Harlem
8. Jump Back
9. Something On Your Mind
10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
11. Makin' Hey
12. I Was Made To Love Her$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
Love SwingsNumbered Limited Edition
1961 Album of Standards Established Darin As A Sophisticated Singer
Concept Effort Divided Into Halves That Explore the Emotional Gamut of Romance: One Side Upbeat, the Other Heartbreaking
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI (Best Record Plant in America): Darins Voice, Torrie Zitos Orchestral Arrangements Set Up Shop In Your Listening Room
Bobby Darin didnt want to be simply known as the singer that scored the novelty hit Splish Splash. Determined to be recognized as a top-tier vocalist on par with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett, the Bronx native set out to put an authoritative stamp on pop standards. And did just that with Love Swings. Divided into two conceptual halves, the 1961 masterpiece is the singers defining statement, a splendidly effective and smartly performed record that addresses the wild emotional fluctuations associated with romance and finds Darin nailing every note.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI (the best record plant in North America), Silver Label numbered limited edition LP presents Darins buoyant album with all the brassiness, boldness, and lushness any fan of vocal pop music would ever want. His voice is transparent and immediate, the diversified instrumental arrangements are placed in sharp relief, the songs replete with airiness, warmth, and the sough-after breath of life. The sound is so good that this somewhat-forgotten LP should now finally gain the recognition its long deserved.
Yes, love swings, but like a pendulum: back and forth, state the records liner notes, explaining the concept behind a set that is split into two thematically connected halves. On the first side, Darin delves into the giddy feelings and incredible happiness associated with romances first bloom. Infatuation, devotion, and gaiety take hold, Darin conveying every ounce of joy and pleasure tied to gliding, uptempo staples such as Rodgers and Harts I Didnt Know What Time It Was and the lounge-bound sway of Long Ago (And Far Away). Darins voice, and his ebullient support band (conducted by Torrie Zito), epitomize glee, delight, and bliss.
On the flip side, Darin, ever the realist and proving himself capable of sophisticated material, probes loves disillusions and heartache with incredible panache. The pace slows, the mood darkens, and the lights dim. Zitos orchestrations embrace denser, more poignant tones, and Darin delivers sad, aching tunes like In Love In Vain and Something to Remember You By with stunning realism and haunting impact. Its as cohesive of a vocal performance as youll hear from the era, a journey that takes you from the highs to the lows, and everything in between.
Yes, the human voice is the most difficult element to accurately reproduce on record. Yet Mobile Fidelitys Silver Label LP does wonders with this Darin classic, opening up the highs, clearing out a previously foggy midrange, and, as importantly, restoring to print in analog a vocal tour de force. Unavailable on vinyl for eons, Love Swings demands to be heard on this sumptuously remastered LP, which runs circles around its digital brethren.
About Silver Series: New from Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, the MoFi Silver Label Vinyl Series will feature an eclectic mix of recordings. This series is mastered and cut on the famous Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab state-of-the-art Tim de Paravacini-designed mastering system. Vinyl will be pressed at RTI on audiophile-grade standard vinyl and will be numbered limited-editions. Future releases will continue to stretch stylistic boundaries, as the MoFi Silver Label continues to explore music from many different genres. Expand your musical horizons with the Silver Label!
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Long Ago and Far Away
2. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
3. How About You
4. The More I See You
5. It Had To Be You
6. No Greater Love
7. In Love Vain
8. Just Friends
9. Something To Remember You By
11. Spring Is Here
12. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Breakfast In America (Pre-Order)
Supertramp's Blockbuster Features Catchy Hooks, Rhapsodic Melodies, Symphonic Bluster, Meticulous Production: Breakfast in America Includes The Logical Song, Take the Long Way Home
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes for Supreme Sonics: Mobile Fidelity's 180g Vinyl LP Presents the Record's Famed Dynamics, Colors, Tones, and Instrumentation in Full-Range Glory
Supertramp's Breakfast in America has it all: Illustrious artwork. Sing-a-long hooks. Contagious melodies. Symphonic bluster. Rhapsodic thrust. Signature Wurlitzer electric piano sounds. Two Grammy Awards, including one for Best Engineered Album. More than 20 million copies sold. Four Billboard hit singles that continue to dominate radio airplay today. Every aspect of the chart-topping art-rock set screams blockbuster, not the least of which is the production, the result of painstaking studio setups and months of mixing. Now, you can experience the sonic brilliance in unprecedented clarity on Mobile Fidelity's definitive analog reissue.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, this numbered, limited-edition 180g LP wrings out the record's dynamics, colors, and tones in all their full-range glory. Absent artificial ceilings, Breakfast in America unfolds with an expansiveness and radiance that parallels the vibrancy of its iconic New York-themed cover. Crucial traits such as imaging, separation, balance, transients, and openness achieve near-epic levels of realism and presence. Songs unfold and breathe on mammoth soundstages that put the effort's legendary production - and stellar playing - into proper perspective. The 1979 set has been reissued multiple times in the past, but it's never sounded so engaging, lifelike, or entertaining. If you think you know the record backwards and forwards, wait until you hear this version.
Indeed, aside from the undeniably catchy nature of the ten tracks, fun remains the most central element of Breakfast in America. The band even titled the record to fall in line with the overall joyful feeling of the material. About the latter: Few late 1970s rock albums feature a more cohesive, harmony-drenched parade of stunningly executed, wondrously arranged works. The collective offspring of members Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, each tune reflects the creative pulses of each musician, with the resultant contrasts lending to their appeal. Davies' penchant for grittier, bluesy strands blends with Hodgson's witty, pop-leaning techniques. The combination proves unstoppable.
Home to a quartet of commercial staples - The Logical Song, Goodbye Stranger, Take the Long Way Home, and the title track - Breakfast in America teems with arena-sized drama, meticulous craftsmanship, and mesmerizing refrains. Shrewd lyrical turns abound, whether on the phonetic, adjective-stacked The Logical Song, life-in-America portrait Child of Vision, or move-to-L.A. saga Gone Hollywood. U.S. references also dot the smash title track, which reflects the glib humor, romantic fantasies, and pop culture permeating the record.
Breakfast in America also retains its vitality because of its expert instrumentation and placement. Deemed a a textbook-perfect album of post-Beatles, keyboard-centered English art rock that strikes the shrewdest possible balance between quasi-symphonic classicism and rock & roll by Rolling Stone shortly after its release, the record serves as a blueprint of reference-setting production and mixing. Check the scorching guitar outro on Goodbye Stranger, gospel accents on Lord Is It Mine, saxophone lines on Take the Long Way Home, or chemistry of the choruses on basically every piece here. It's enough to make one long for the 70s again.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Gone Hollywood
2. Logical Song, The
3. Goodbye Stranger
4. Breakfast in America
5. Oh Darling
6. Take the Long Way Home
7. Lord Is It Mine
8. Just Another Nervous Wreck
9. Casual Conversations
10. Child of Vision$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Beat GroupOriginally released in the U.S. in 1966, Beat Group! was the American cousin to the Hollies' British LP Would You Believe?. However, identical cousins they were not: Beat Group! boasts substantially altered musical content and completely different cover art. Led by the snap-jangle-pop of the smash single, I Cant Let Go, the album is a thrilling combination of originals and R&B covers ripped from their riotous live sets. Highlights include commanding versions of Buddy Holly's Take Your Time, Sam and Dave's I Take What I Want and the Otis Redding/O.V. Wright classic That's How Strong My Love Is. Original songs Hard Hard Year, Oriental Sadness and Fifi the Flea, along with Mersey Beat staples A Taste of Honey and Mr. Moonlight round out the disc.
Out of print for decades, this classic album is FINALLY available again. Sourced from the aurally awesome original U.K. mono master, this LP is pressed on pristine 180-gram vinyl per your turntables request. Get in the queue!
Perhaps the most undervalued band of the original British Invasion, The Hollies hits are well known in the U.S. but their early albums are almost impossible to find! Taking their name from Buddy Holly and modeling their harmonies on the Everly Brothers, the Hollies gathered these American musical ingredients and whipped them into a wholly-UKnique concoction. Forging their sound to the east of their Liverpool brothers-in-beat, this Manchester quintet had it all: the soaring vocals of Allan Clarke, Graham Nash and Tony Hicks; Hicks cascading, arpeggio-laden licks on guitar and a hard-hitting rhythm section driven by drummer extraordinaire Bobby Elliot. On top of that, their keen ears for top quality songs, written by the premier songsmiths of the day like teenage wunderkind Graham Gouldman, Chip Wild Thing Taylor and the stellar in-house writing team of Clarke/Hicks/Nash, ensured that their albums were extraordinary from start to finish. In short, they were a band that exuded greatness on all fronts. Now, as that greatness has been acknowledged by their induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Sundazed Music is proud to present meticulously restored vinyl editions of the rare U.S. mono versions of the Hollies third and fourth Imperial label albums, from 1966.1. I Cant Let Go
2. Thats How Strong My Love Is
3. Running Through The Night
4. Oriental Sadness (Shell Never Trust In Anybody No More)
5. A Taste Of Honey
6. Mr. Moonlight
7. Dont You Even Care (Whats Gonna Happen To Me?)
8. Hard Hard Year
9. Take Your Time
10. Fifi The Flea
11. I Take What I Want$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl Mono LP - Sealed Buy Now
First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation Of This 1973 Masterwork!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Bearsville Records Tapes
As founding member of the late sixties Philly rockers Nazz, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer
Todd Rundgren was barely in his 20's when he began his long solo journey and became one of the music industry's most
prolific and celebrated rock artists.
For his 5th album Todd, the legendary Todd Rundgren delivered a huge double album event complete with 17 stellar
performances making this one of his most revered efforts of his four decade career. As with many of his solo albums, Todd
played mostly all of the instruments, sang, wrote and produced this masterwork. The album also catapulted Todd Rundren's
marquee as a singer/songwriter even further with his smash hit single A Dream Goes On Forever.
Album opener How About A Little Fanfare immediately brings the listener onto a hypnotic prog-rock journey as only
Todd Rundgren can deliver. With solid tracks like I Think You Know, filled with exceptional guitar work, solid lyrical imagery
and his soulful vocals, the artist truly pours it all out on this tune. More smashes abound as A Dream Goes On Forever sets
the other three sides of this masterwork into full swing.
Known to write some very key ballads in his long career, Todd nails one of his finest ever with his brilliant Philly soul
sound on The Last Ride. Soon to be followed with more hard rockers like his guitar driven Everybody's Going To Heaven/
King Kong Reggae and the iconic Heavy Metal Kids, the future electronica of In And Out The Chakras We Go, the soulful pop
of Izzat Love, and the superlative album closer Sons of 1984 all would go on to become Todd Rundgren staples and some
of his most enduring work ever recorded.
This amazing two album set hasn't been on vinyl for several decades that is until now Friday Music is honored to
announce for the first time ever on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, the classic Todd Rundgren masterwork Todd. As a continuing
installment in our career spanning Todd Rundgren Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series, this limited edition album will
also be presented for a very short time in a first time gatefold cover which will feature the original LP cover artwork, photo
and lyrics, not seen in decades.
Mastered from the authorized original Bearsville Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf, The Cars)
at Friday Music Studios, the Todd album will be one of the most anticipated audiophile albums released this fall.
Todd Rundgren Todd A history making rock album from a rock legend, an audiophile dream release first time
180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music Stay
tuned for more Todd Rundgren & Utopia original Bearsville Records and Warner Bros. Records audiophile recordings from
Friday Music.LP 1
1. How About A Little Fanfare
2. I Think You Know
3. The Spark Of Life
4. An Elpee's Worth Of Toons
5. A Dream Goes On Forever
6. Lord Chancellor's Nightmare Song
7. Drunken Blue Rooster
8. The Last Ride
9. Everybody's Going to Heaven/King Kong Reggae
1. No. 1 Lowest Common Denominator
2. Useless Begging
3. Sidewalk Cafe
4. Izzat Love?
5. Heavy Metal Kids
6. In And Out The Chakras We Go formerly: Shaft Goes To Outer Space)
7. Don't You Ever Learn
8. Sons of 1984$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
A Wizard A True Star
Celebrate 4 Decades Of A Wizard, A True Star On 2 Lp's For Maximum Audiophile Sound!
First Time Audiophile Vinyl Presentation Of This 1973 Masterwork!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Bearsville Records Tapes
Features The Original LP Cover Elements Not Seen In Decades
As founding member of the late sixties Philly rockers Nazz, multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, songwriter and producer Todd
Rundgren was barely in his 20's when he began his long solo journey and became one of the music industry's most prolific and
celebrated rock artists.
For his very lengthy (close to sixty minutes) 4th album A Wizard, A True Star, the legendary Todd Rundgren delivered a huge
album event complete with 19 stellar performances making this one of his most revered efforts of his four decade career. As with
many of his solo albums, Todd played all of the instruments, sang, wrote 17 of the 19 tunes and produced this masterwork. The
album also catapulted Todd Rundgren's marquee as a singer/songwriter even further with his smash radio hits Just One Victory,
Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel and his brilliant Philly soul R&B Medley: I'm So Proud, Ooh Ooh Baby, La La Means I Love You
and Cool Jerk.
Album opener International Feel immediately brings the listener onto a hypnotic prog-rock journey as only Todd Rundgren can
deliver. With solid tracks like You Need Your Head, filled with exceptional guitar work, solid lyrical imagery and his rockin' vocals, the
artist truly pours it all out on this album. More Todd favorites abound as When The Shit Hits The Fan: Sunset Blvd. sets the stage for
the rest of this masterwork into full swing.
Known to write some very key ballads in his long career, Todd nails one of his finest ever with his brilliant Philly soul sound
on the aforementioned Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel. Soon to be followed with more classic rockers like pop infused Does
Anybody Love You and the iconic album closer Just One Victory, all would go on to become Todd Rundgren staples and some of his
most enduring work ever recorded.
This amazing album hasn't been on vinyl for several decades that is until now Friday Music is honored to announce for the
first time ever release on two (2) 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl LP's, the classic Todd Rundgren masterwork A Wizard, A True Star. As a
continuing installment in our career spanning Todd Rundgren Friday Music180 Gram Audiophile Series, this limited edition stunning
sound 2 LP album will also be presented for a very short time in a colorful gatefold cover which will feature the original LP cover
elements not seen in decades.
Mastered from the authorized original Bearsville Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Todd Rundgren, Meat Loaf, The Cars) at Friday
Music Studios, the A Wizard, A True Star album will be one of the most anticipated audiophile albums released in 2014.
Todd Rundgren A Wizard, A True Star A history making rock album from a rock legend, an audiophile dream release first
time 2 LP album release on 180 Gram Vinyl and Gatefold Cover is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends
at Friday MusicLP 1
1. International Feel
2. Never Never Land
3. Tic Tic Tic It Wears Off
4. You Need Your Head
5. Rock and Roll Pussy
6. Dogfight Giggle
7. You Don't Have to Camp Around
9. Zen Archer
10. Just Another Onionhead/Dada Dali
11. When the Shit Hits the Fan/Sunset Blvd.
12. Le Feel Internacìonále
1. Sometimes I Don't Know What to Feel
2. Does Anybody Love You?
3. Medley: I'm So Proud/Ooh Baby Baby/ La La Means I Love You/Cool Jerk
4. Hungry for Love
5. I Don't Want to Tie You Down
6. Is It My Name?
7. Just One Victory$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Buy Now
Heartbeat CityFour-Times-Platinum Heartbeat City Survives as the Cars' Final Great Album Before Break-Up
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity LP Presents the 1984 Mutt Lange-Produced Heartbeat City In Extraordinary Sound
Loaded With Recognizable Hits: "Drive," "You Might Think," "Magic," "Hello Again," and "Why Can't I Have You" All Top 40 Singles
1984 will always be remembered for the debut of the Macintosh computer, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, and the ascent of MTV as the most powerful cultural medium of the era. The year is also recognized for the Cars' savvy contributions not only to the burgeoning music-video channel but to pop itself. Released in April, the four-times platinum Heartbeat City ultimately spawned five Top 40 singles-four of them landing in the Top 20, two in the Top 10-and serve as the final memorable record from the Boston group, which disbanded in 1987.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's numbered limited edition 180g LP of Heartbeat City revisits the landmark album via a rich fidelity unmatched by any prior edition. Signifying the first time the set has been available on vinyl in nearly three decades, this reissue opens up the soundstages, decongests the low frequencies, and shines a spotlight on Mutt Lange's pinpoint balances and glossy hooks. Indeed, the now-household-name producer would make a lasting mark with Heartbeat City, whose radio-friendly sound, multi-layered textures, and smooth, suave, synth-heavy pulses set a precedent for the period's hit-making pop.
Overflowing with a surfeit of finger-snapping beats, electro-pop effects, streamlined guitar notes, and bright melodies, Heartbeat City trades in efficiency, catchiness, and to-the-point craftiness. Unlike most mid-80s records, the electronic effects and sleek tonalities aren't dated due to both the focused production and irresistible songwriting. Leader Ric Ocasek penned all ten tunes, and while a mind-boggling five charted in the Top 40, what makes Heartbeat City such a staple is the fact that it's easy to imagine every song on it crashing the Billboard Hot 100. Call it the new-wave version of Thriller.
Indeed, the record's track list automatically triggers a mental jukebox. The spare simplicity and hopefulness of "Magic." The simultaneously sad longing and soothing somberness of the Benjamin Orr-sung "Drive." The shimmer and shuffling riff of "You Might Think." The ping-pong bounce and futuristic paranoia of "Hello Again." The atmospheric, arty title track. Heartbeat City is a veritable lesson in pop tunesmithship.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Hello Again
2. Looking for Love
5. Stranger Eyes
6. You Might Think
7. It's Not the Night
8. Why Can't I Have You
9. I Refuse
10. Heartbeat City$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now