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Love Power PeaceFirst Release Of 3 LP Set As Envisioned By James Brown
Includes Deluxe Jacket With Rare Photos And Liner Notes By Alan Leeds
Mastered From Brown's 1971 Mixdown Reels, Unused Until Now
James Brown's magnum opus! Love Power Peace is the sound of the Godfather and his youngblood J.B.'s (including Bootsy and Catfish Collins) electrifying a crazed Parisian audience on March 8, 1971. Sequenced and mixed by Brown himself for a planned triple album, the set was shelved when key band members departed before it could be issued. Here, for the first time, are the sides as intended, exactly as delivered by James Brown Productions to his label in 1971-a 3-LP set with each disc mastered from the original mixdown reels, and each with a unique name, Love, Power and Peace! Brown and band rip through recent singles like "Sex Machine," "Super Bad," "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" and "Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved" with a metronomic precision laid down by bassist Bootsy Collins and drummer Jabo Starks. "Ain't It Funky Now" - formerly a slow, simmering groove - is transformed into a fast, funky tour de force in which newbie Catfish Collins unleashes one of the most badass guitar solos ever, while a medley of three other Brown standards ("Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"/"I Got You (I Feel Good)"/"I Got the Feelin' ") blazes by faster than the Godfather of Soul's personal Learjet. Interspersed with just the right amount of slow numbers like "Georgia on My Mind," and including tracks from the show's supporting acts that were not included on the 1992 CD (which was a remixed, incomplete show), this document of the funk revolution features rare photos and liner notes by tour director Alan Leeds. The way to jump on board for a trip through James' world at the height of his career!LP1
2. Brother Rapp
3. Ain't It Funky Now
4. Georgia On My Mind - Part 1
5. Georgia On My Mind - Part 2
7. Intro: Bobby Byrd
8. Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours
9. I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone)
1. Introduction: Vicki Anderson
2. Don't Play That Song (You Lied)
4. Break & Intro Announcement
5. Dance & It's A New Day
6. Bewildered - Part 1
7. Bewildered - Part 2
8. There Was A Time
9. Sex Machine
10. Try Me - Part 1
1. Try Me - Part 2
2. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/I Got You/I Got The Feelin'
3. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
4. It's A Man's Man's Man's World
5. Who Am I
6. Please Please Please
7. Sex Machine (Reprise)
8. Super Bad
9. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved
10. Soul Power
11. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (Reprise)
12. Finale$47.99Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Study In BrownImport
Heavyweight 180 Gram Direct Metal Mastered Vinyl LP Pressing with Deluxe Inner Sleeve
Includes One Bonus Track
Study In Brown album by Clifford Brown / Max Roach was released on the Wax Time label.
From the very first second, beginning with the magic drumming of Max Roach, right up to the very last note, this LP will overwhelm listeners with its sheer power - hard bop is certainly no easy fare for lovers of beautiful sounds. One is swept along in a maelstrom into the unknown, and is taken to wherever the soloist's wealth of ideas leads him. That's particularly clear in the case of Caravan, Lands End, and Gerkin' For Perkin: the brilliantly interacting quartet, all of them soloists with 'equal rights', race through the numbers like an express train. The trumpet and the tenor sax - often playing unisono - are not placed at the fore (which would be usual), but are on the same tonal plane as the rhythm group. By this means, a tightly-knit, typical, thrilling sound is achieved, with the result that this album must be counted among the top 100 in the jazz firmament.
Generations of trumpeters have since studied Clifford Brown's art of playing, who died tragically young in a car accident. Now, thanks to this top-quality re-release, listeners are offered a wonderful opportunity to study this Study In Brown.
Clifford Brown (trumpet)
Harold Land (tenor saxophone)
Richie Powell (piano)
George Morrow (bass)
Max Roach (drums)
Recording: February 1955 in New York City1. Cherokee
4. Land's End
5. George's Dilemma
7. Gerkin for Perkin
8. If I Love Again
9. Take the A Train
10. Lands End*
*Bonus Track$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pain In My HeartImport
This album works on so many different levels, that it's essential listening for at least three categories of buyer -- fans of Otis Redding and Stax Records (natch), and more general soul listeners, and also anyone serious about their devotion to the work of the Rolling Stones and any other British invasion bands that covered American soul. Pain In My Heart was practically a road map to Mick Jagger and any number of other would-be white soul shouters in the UK, not just on the title track but also numbers like the hard rocking Hey Hey Baby. For someone only 22 years old at the time of these sessions, and just two years past his first 45 rpm record, Redding exudes astonishing power, energy and boldness, though it's all packaged with greater restraint than his subsequent records did. This was the only LP that Redding recorded during the lifetime of his idol, Sam Cooke, and his version of You Send Me is the least stylized of any of his renditions of Cooke's songs -- later on, after Cooke's death, he would throw more of himself into it. The very fact that he was covering Cooke's soul classic shows an essential difference between Redding's and Cooke's early LPs; as Redding was on a soul label, no one tried to make him into a pop singer as that'd done at RCA with Cooke -- thus, he was running on all cylinders right out of the starting gate, though he wouldn't get really interesting or show his full depth until two albums later. But even covering Rufus Thomas's The Dog, Richard Berry's Louie Louie, Little Richard's Lucille, or Ben E. King's Stand By Me, he's already doing 70% of what we came to expect from Otis Redding in the years ahead -- his writing, apart from Security, These Arms Of Mine and That's What My Heart Needs, was still somewhat less than memorable, but this is still a first-rate debut.
-All Music Guide1. Pain In My Heart
2. The Dog
3. Stand By Me
4. Heh Heh Baby
5. You Send Me
6. I Need Your Lovin'
7. These Arms Of Mine
8. Louie Louie
9. Something Is Worrying Me
11. That's What My Heart Needs
12. Lucille$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-ISL-4530xEric B. & Rakim
Paid In FullPaid in Full is the debut album of American hip hop duo Eric B. & Rakim, originally released on July 7, 1987, by Island-subsidiary label 4th & B'way Records. The duo recorded the album at hip hop producer Marley Marl's home studio and Power Play Studios in New York City, following Rakim's response to Eric B.'s search for a rapper to complement his disc jockey work in 1985. The album peaked at number fifty-eight on the Billboard 200 chart and produced five singles: Eric B. Is President, I Ain't No Joke, I Know You Got Soul, Move the Crowd, and Paid in Full.1. I Ain't No Joke
2. Eric B. Is on the Cut
3. My Melody
4. I Know You Got Soul
5. Move the Crowd
6. Paid in Full
7. As the Rhyme Goes On
8. Chinese Arithmetic
9. Eric B. Is President
10. Extended Beat$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live In EuropeImport
After only 2 studio albums, Rory Gallagher released Live! in Europe in 1972. Considered a landmark live album, the record - then containing 7 tracks - became Rory's 1st gold record. Heavily influenced by the likes of Woody Guthrie, Bill Broonzy and Leadbelly, Rory taught himself to play the mandolin, acoustic guitar, harmonica and also mastered the slide. After discovering the electric blues of Muddy Waters he started experimenting with different styles.
After Gallagher's band Taste broke up (he recorded 2 studio & 2 live albums with Taste) Rory toured under his own name and recorded 'Rory Gallagher' and 'Deuce' with his power trio, featuring bassist Gerry McAvoy (whom stayed in his band for 20 years) and drummer Wilgar Campbell.
Rory Gallagher won his greatest acclaim with his marathon live shows and was voted 'Melody Maker's Top Musician of the Year' in 1972, trumping Eric Clapton. It's his live shows which captured the raw energy of his songs, Rory insisted, and therefore, he released a number of live albums. Live! In Europe contain the 'definitive versions' of some of his well known songs and is an instant classic, which seamlessly blends folk, acoustic blues & blues-rock.1. Messin' With The Kid
3. I Could've Had Religion
4. Pistol Slapper Blues
5. Going To My Home Town
6. In Your Town
7. Bullfrog Blues$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Deep In The IrisBraids are a three-piece experimental pop band from Montreal. To record their third album, Deep In The Iris, Braids decamped to a series of retreats in the mountains of Arizona, Vermont, and upstate New York. Surrounded by nature in all its warm vitality, the longtime bandmates strove to shed the fabric of their day to day relationships, being bare and vulnerable before one another. What resulted is Deep In The Iris, their strongest record to date - powerful, yet fragile; immaculately sculpted, but deeply human. Raphaelle Standell has always had a formidable voice but rarely has it sounded as vital, focused, and powerful as it does here. True to the process that birthed it, the record explores a number of heavy subjects, including pornography, abuse, and slutshaming. Standell's emotional vulnerability becomes a triumphant weapon in its own right: scything through wrongdoing and shame with equal aplomb, and clearing the way for the many others who will find resonance in the bravery of these lyrics. Written from a place of inspiring strength and unblinking lucidity, the lyricism of this record is a cathartic gift. Deep In The Iris, out April 28th on Arbutus Records.1. Letting Go
4. Happy When
6. Getting Tired
7. Sore Eyes
8. Bunny Rose
9. Warm Like Summer$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dumb FleshBlanck Mass is the solo project of Benjamin John Power. The Fuck Buttons
musician has been making music under the moniker since 2010. Described by
Fact magazine as "simultaneously soothing and sweepingly grandiose, esoteric
and surprisingly accessible", his self-titled debut album was an elegant, introspective
departure from the stadium electronica he had become known for. In 2012,
his track "Sundowner" soundtracked the London Olympics Opening Ceremony
and was performed by London's Symphony Orchestra to 900 million people
Power's newest solo offering, Dumb Flesh, was written, produced and recorded
by Power in a number of different locations over the space of a year. As a work
of art, Dumb Flesh is a comment on the flaws of the human form in its current
evolutionary state. The frailty of the human body naturally became a resonant
and inescapable part of the album's gestation.
The album went through myriad stages of completion before arriving at this definitive
version. Power elaborates: "There must have been at least three occasions
where I re-produced the whole thing, replacing instrumentation and experimenting
with new machines until I was happy with where the evolution of the project
The geographical spread of the sessions is reflected in the shifting landscapes of
the tracks and the ever-changing sound palette used to realize Dumb Flesh as an
expansive but coherent body of work. This release sees Power's solo work transition
seamlessly from euphoric ambient soundscapes to definitive techno anthems.1. Loam
2. Dead Format
3. No Lite
5. Cruel Sport
6. Double Cross
9. Life Science Suite [Vinyl only]$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Covers RecordOut of Print Since 2008!
Chan Marshall's 2000 Matador release, The Covers Record, offers up intense and lovely renditions of classics and obscurities from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Michael Hurley, Nina Simone, traditional numbers and more. Back in print after a three year hiatus!1. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
2. Kingsport Town
3. Troubled Waters
4. Naked, If I Want To
6. In This Hole
7. I Found a Reason
8. Wild Is the Wind
9. Red Apples
10. Paths of Victory
11. Salty Dog
12. Sea of Love$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Uma Casa PortuguesaImport
Rodrigues not only popularized the fado throughout South America, she reinvented it -- brilliantly fusing the urban and rural styles of Lisbon and Coimbra, she also sought out material that moved far beyond the traditional tales of failed romance to explore instead the deepest crises of the soul and spirit, delivering performances unmatched in their fatalistic power and haunting beauty... Rodrigues recorded upwards of 170 albums and even appeared in a number of feature films, retaining her drawing power even after the popularity of fado itself began to dissipate during the 1960s. She continued touring well past her 70th birthday... upon receiving news of her passing , Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Guterres ordered three days of national mourning, declaring her 'the Voice of Portugal.'
- All Music GuideLP1
1. Uma Casa Portuguesa
2. Nem As Paredes Confesso
3. Ai Mouraria
5. Tudo Isto E Fado
6. Fado Corrido
7. Barco Negro
9. Sabe-Se La
10. A Tendinha
11. La Vai Lisboa
12. Que Deus Me Perdoe
13. Lisboa Antiga
1. Foi Deus
2. Lisboa Nao Sejas Francesa
3. Interior Triste
4. Esquina Do Pecado
5. A Chave Da Minha Porta
6. Fado Xuxu
7. Saudade De Itapua
8. Cancao Do Mar (Solidao)
9. Ay! Mourir Pour Toi
10. Fado Dos Fados
11. Ceu Da Minha Rua
13. Triste Sina
14. Fado Final$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MUSD-MFSL-413xHall and Oates
H2OH20 on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram LP from Mobile Fidelity
1982 Multi-Platinum Smash Both Creatively Ambitious and Commercially Successful
Includes Maneater, One on One, and Family Man
Third and Final Set of Duo's 80s-Defining Series of Masterful Albums
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Sound Cuts to the Heart of Tandem's Balanced, Melodic, Smooth Sound
Hall and Oates' biggest-selling album also stands as their most ambitious. Recorded in 1982, when the duo practically owned the pop market, H20 strikes a keen equilibrium between polish, melody, muscle, and craft. The vocalists expand the emotional reach of their songwriting, and shepherd meticulous production and measured arrangements toward thrilling intersections of blue-eyed soul, edge new wave, soft rock, and dance. Staked to two giant singles, the double-platinum affair lingers as the group's last masterwork.
Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed on 180 gram LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's reissue of H20 falls in line with the label's other two definitive Hall and Oates restorations. Fans that think they know the set backwards and forwards will even be stunned at how much sharper vocal harmonies sound, how much richer the dynamics have become, and how broad and deep the soundstage now spans. One listen, and you'll know why this record marks the tandem's creative pinnacle.
Oh-oh, here she comes! Yes, you know the refrain. In their number-one smash and album-opening "Maneater," Hall and Oates distill all the trademark traits that made their music irresistible. Swinging verse structures; call-and-responses choruses; catchy, stick-in-your-head hooks; smooth synthesizer layers; doo-wop vocal fills; and here, even a reggae-nodding rhythm and cool saxophone lines to stir up the mood and atmosphere. The blend of seemingly disparate styles would seem disastrous in nearly any other artists' hands, yet here, it's euphoria. All of H20 follows suit.
Simply look to the other Top Ten hit, "One on One," an elegantly seductive jam sent up with witty metaphors, mellow balladic foundations, syncopated singing, falsetto stretches, and percolating drum-machine beats that add to the soulful feel. Or to the attractive power-pop of "Delayed Reaction," slinky and sensual "Open All Night," mechanized synthpop statement "Crime Pays," fun-loving spirit of "Italian Girls," and horn-laden "Art of Heartbreak." Again claiming an advantage lost on most of their contemporary pop peers, Hall and Oates cut the album with their superb touring band in support, buttressing the fare with genuine instruments and full-bodied tones.
After the release of H20, Hall and Oates soon became history's all-time biggest-selling male duo. This early 80s benchmark has much to do with their achievement, and deserves to be heard in the best-possible fidelity. Look no further.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Maneater
2. Crime Pays
3. Art of Heartbreak
4. One on One
5. Open All Night
6. Family Man
7. Italian Girls
8. Guessing Games
9. Delayed Reaction
10. At Tension
11. Go Solo$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hammer BattalionThe new and critically acclaimed album of powerful fantasy-themed tracks from the Swedish death metal kings now on vinyl! Led by singer/bassist Johnny Hedlund, Unleashed evokes dark Scandinavian folklore with the fierce numbers Entering the Hall of the Slain and Warriors of Midgard, which showcase the band's buzz-saw guitar lines and pummeling percussion. Enjoy the ravaging sounds of one of the genre's originators on high-quality vinyl in a gatefold package!1. The Greatest of All Lies
2. Long Before Winter's Call
3. Your Children Will Burn
4. Hammer Battalion
5. This Day Belongs To Me
6. Marching Off To War
7. Entering The Hall of the Slain
8. Black Horizon
9. Carved In Stone
10. Warriors Of Midgard
11. Midsummer Solstice
12. Home of the Brave
13. I Want You Dead$24.99Vinyl LP -Sealed Buy Now
Music For The MassesInitially the title must have sounded like an incredibly pretentious boast, except that Depeche Mode then went on to do a monstrous world tour, score even more hits in America and elsewhere than ever before, and pick up a large number of name checks from emerging house and techno artists on top of all that. As for the music the masses got this time around, the opening cut, Never Let Me Down Again, started things off wonderfully: a compressed guitar riff suddenly slamming into a huge-sounding percussion/keyboard/piano combination, anchored to a constantly repeated melodic hook, ever-building synth/orchestral parts at the song's end, and one of David Gahan's best vocals (though admittedly singing one of Martin Gore's more pedestrian lyrics). It feels huge throughout, like they taped Depeche recording at the world's largest arena show instead of in a studio. Other key singles Strangelove and the (literally) driving Behind the Wheel maintained the same blend of power and song skill, while some of the quieter numbers such as The Things You Said and I Want You Now showed musical and lyrical intimacy could easily co-exist with the big chart-busters. Add to that other winners like To Have and to Hold, with its Russian radio broadcast start and dramatic, downward spiral of music accompanied by Gahan's subtly powerful take on a desperate Gore love lyric, and the weird, wonderful choral closer, Pimpf, and Depeche's massive success becomes perfectly clear.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. Never Let Me Down Again
2. The Things You Said
5. Little 15
6. Behind The Wheel
7. I Want You Now
8. To Have And To Hold
10. Pimpf$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Black CelebrationWhether the band felt it was simply the time to move on from its most explicit industrial-pop fusion days, or whether increased success and concurrently larger venues pushed the music into different avenues, Depeche Mode's fifth studio album, Black Celebration, saw the group embarking on a path that in many ways defined their sound to the present: emotionally extreme lyrics matched with amped-up tunes, as much anthemic rock as they are compelling dance, along with stark, low-key ballads. The slow, sneaky build of the opening title track, with a strange distorted vocal sample providing a curious opening hook, sets the tone as David Gahan sings of making it through another black day while powerful drums and echoing metallic pings carry the song. Black Celebration is actually heavier on the ballads throughout, many sung by Martin Gore -- the most per album he has yet taken lead on -- with notable dramatic beauties including Sometimes, with its surprise gospel choir start and rough piano sonics, and the hyper-nihilistic World Full of Nothing. The various singles from the album remain definite highlights, such as A Question of Time, a brawling, aggressive number with a solid Gahan vocal, and the romantic/physical politics of Stripped, featuring particularly sharp arrangements from Alan Wilder. However, with such comparatively lesser-known but equally impressive numbers as the quietly intense romance of Here Is the House to boast, Black Celebration is solid through and through.
- Ned Raggett (All Music Guide)1. Black Celebration
2. Fly On The Windscreen - Final
3. A Question Of Lust
5. It Doesn't Matter Two
6. A Question Of Time
8. Here Is The House
9. World Full Of Nothing
10. Dressed In Black
11. New Dress$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lehmann Black Cube Original Phono Stage
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Black Cube: Cult object since 1995
Since the market introduction in 1995 the Black Cube phono stages by Lehmannaudio have become cult objects for analog oriented music lovers. Countless positive reviews and awards, and an unrivalled customer satisfaction worldwide document this truly exceptional success. The Black Cube is produced in small numbers and sonically superior to mass industry products.
The Lehmannaudio Black Cube phono stage is compatible with practically all available cartridges on the market from High Output MM to the lowest output MC cartridges. Apart from the standard switch settings there is one onboard slot that can be fitted with a custom impedance to supply perfect termination even for the most exotic cartridges. Since 2006 there is a separate hard wire custom impedance slot that needs no DIP-switch to be activated. Customization possibilities are infinite. No more need for expensive impedance plugs!
Newly developed input stages
The newly developed input stages used in the Black Cube can also be found in top notch mixing consoles or in well known professional microphone preamps. The entirely passive RIAA equalization network is realized with high precision MKP capacitors. All resistors are of the low noise metal film variety. The switches for gain and load settings have gold plated connectors.
Because of the small outer dimensions the Black Cube can be placed next to the turntable. This minimizes loss due to cable lengths. The low noise regulated external power supply is connected with Neutrik XLR connectors to the dedicated DC power supply.
Lehmannaudio always pays special attention to details: the cable between power supply and audio section is shielded. The cases of both the power supply and the audio section are made of nonmagnetic materials and the case of the audio section is even equipped with a top cover coated with a special anti-resonance treatment.$629.00MM and MC Phono Stage Buy Now
The EntertainersThere's no band that can lay claim to being the true best in the business, except Video. Crawling from the musical wasteland that is Texas, their intentions are simple: they want to own the world. While the band features members of Bad Sports, Wiccans, Radioactivity, and the Wax Museums (just to name a few), Video stands on its own as one of the most powerful and visceral bands active today.
Combining equal parts snotty punk, hard rock, and melodic dissonance, Video are pioneers of their own subgenre, Hate Wave. Going well beyond the confines of paint by numbers punk, and generic, flaccid garage rock, Video forges a new cult like movement. So pay attention, consumers, and don't miss out on the best thing going today. Long Live The New Faith, Long Live Video.1. Opening
2. The Entertainers
3. New Immortals
4. Drink It In
5. Nothing Lasts Forever
7. No Art
8. Never Enough
9. Out of My Hands
10. I Will Wait
11. The End of It All$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Whatcha See Is Whatcha GetThe Dramatics had been around in one form or another for nine years before the members got to release their first LP, and the result was a pair of breakthrough hits over the spring and summer of 1971, beginning with the title track, a Top Ten single that boasted not only extraordinary singing from bass to falsetto, but a soaring, punchy horn arrangement and some of the best fuzztone guitar heard on a hit record since the Rolling Stones' Satisfaction. The Afro-Cuban-flavored Get up and Get Down followed it into the R&B Top 20, and the Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get album followed them both. It was the third hit off of the album, In the Rain, a delicate ballad that was issued separately as a single in early 1972, topping the R&B charts and reaching number five on the pop charts, that solidified the group's reputation and elevated them to the front rank of '70s soul acts. The album showcased the group equally well doing up-tempo dance numbers (Mary Don't Cha Wanna) and ballads (Thank You for Your Love, Fall in Love, Lady Love), melding very attractive vocals to arrangements that instantly grabbed the listener, all of it pulled together by songwriter/producer Tony Hester. Even the lesser material, such as Gimme Some (Good Soul Music) -- on which Hester knew that one minute and 34 seconds was all that was needed to make its point -- were so attractive and rousing that they easily carried their portion of the album, whose short running time was its only flaw. All of the members, from Willie Ford's powerful bass to Ron Banks' airy falsetto, were presented to best advantage, but none more so than William Wee Gee Howard's lead vocals; ironically, this would be Howard's only completed album with the group, and their only album for two years to come because of the accompanying personnel problems. Still, it's a match for any soul album of its era.
- Bruce Eder (All Music)1. Get Up And Get Down
2. Thank You For Your Love
3. Hot Pants In The Summertime
4. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
5. In The Rain
6. Gimme Some (Good Soul Music)
7. Fall In Love, Lady Love
8. Mary Don't Cha Wanna$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Moon QueenAsk anyone who lived through it and they'll tell you that the '70s will never be bettered for rock. Connecticut's Lord Fowl know this as well as anyone but rather than simply cruise by on retro clichÉs, they add touches of stoner, grunge and heavy psych to give their arena-worthy anthems a bit more kick. With a strong emphasis on soulful crooning, groove over heaviness and big choruses (and maybe a little cheese) they hit up stomping southern rock in the vein of Skynyrd (Quicksand), rip-roaring metal (Streets Of Evermore) and power-pop (The Queen Is Not Impressed) with flair, attitude and confidently understated guitarwork. The balance between poppier cuts and darker, more substantial numbers is a tricky one but the lunar luminaries pull it off comfortably. If you dig Mountain, Camaros and Pabst, these are your new brothers in arms.
- David Bowes
Rock-A-Rolla - January 13th, 20131. Moon Queen
2. Touch Your Groove
5. Streets of Evermore
6. Dirty Driving
7. Woman King
8. The Queen is Not Impressed
11. Hollow Horn
12. Pluto$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
REDI-SUN-5330xJerry Cole & His Spacemen
Hot Rod Dance PartyLimited Edition
As one of the busiest and most versatile session guitarists of the 60s, Jerry Cole recorded with a litany of legends, including Phil Spector, the Beach Boys and the Byrds. But to those in the know, hes renowned for his own incredible surf and hot rod instrumentals, which he delivered on a series of vintage albums with his band the Spacemen. Coles modernistic recordings, however, sound completely different from other surf-and-drag releases of the period, with expansive arrangements that often featured elements of jazz and exotica, the better to showcase the guitarists inventive, assertive playing.
One of Coles best-loved LPs is this amazing 1964 release, which includes contributions from many of the same L.A.-based musicians who played alongside Cole in the now-legendary session ensemble known as the Wrecking Crew. Coles powerful guitar work powers such turbo-charged numbers as Night Rumble, Border Run, Stinger and Hot Rod Queen, which live up to the albums title and then some!
Sundazed has lovingly remastered this masterful guitar extravaganza from the original analog tapes, carefully reproduced its complete original cover art and pressed it on high-quality 180 gram vinylall the better to keep this party humming!1. Night Rumble
2. Border Run
3. Mr. Wobble Wheels
4. Hot Rod Queen
6. Roadster Run
7. Boss Dance
8. T. Roadster Rock
9. Dancing Mags
10. Driving Little?Deuce
11. Night Drag$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Fried ShallotsIn order to survive this long hot season of discontent, you gotta have something new to turn up and tune into! It's vital to chew down on stuff that's not just all negativity, you know? If you wanna stay positive, throw Ty Segall's Fried Shallots into your brain pan and flame on for a quick snack.
Fried Shallots is a handful of numbers from different times and places over the past few years that all work together in a weird way. That's something that we should all be striving for: all working together in a weird way. For Ty, that requires rock with the gears shifting and stripping, tempos and tropes mashing up; a primal outburst, a quick-and-fuzzy soundtrack of rock, folk, r'n'b and pure power pop, to give us a chance to chill and do the new century twist for just a minute. That's good, for in twist we trust!
Fried Shallots isn't simply just good fun. The profits from this release will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union, whose defense of our rights is badly needed now - especially in the face of the government pigs who don't care about the constitution and are determined to thin our herd so that they and their corporate sugar-daddys can grow ever fatter off the deprivations of the common man-clan! Don't you let 'em do it! Organizations like the ACLU help secure freedoms that allow individuals to stay individual in the face of the choking tides of oppression. Ty Segall's Fried Shallots is here to help us surf those tides and not be swept under.1. Big Man
3. When The Gulls Turn To Ravens
4. Is It Real
5. Another Hustle
6. Talkin'$16.9912 Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
Walk Away ReneeLong Awaited Reissue of the 1967 Debut by the Baroque Rock Legends Sourced from the Original Stereo Master Tapes
The work of the Left Banke has long been an elusive holy grail for vintage pop fanatics. The legendary baroque rock combos work ranks with the greatest American music of the 1960s, and remains beloved by discerning pop connoisseurs around the world. Out of print for decades and despite its longstanding unavailability, the Left Bankes music has attained an ever-increasing level of prestige over the years, and continues to exercise a powerful mystique amongst the groups legion of admirers.
The Left Bankes 1967 debut album Walk Away RenÉe/Pretty Ballerina is widely regarded as one of the greatest debut albums of the 60s, thanks to frontman Steve Martins evocative lead vocals, the haunting harmonies of band members Tom Finn and George Cameron, the ambitious songwriting of keyboardist Michael Brown, and exquisite, classically-influenced arrangements that were unlike anything else in popular music at the time. Walk Away RenÉe, released the previous year as the bands first single, remains one of the eras most recognizable (and most-covered) standards. In addition to Walk Away RenÉe and its followup hit Pretty Ballerina, the album also features such memorable numbers as She May Call You Up Tonight, Barterers and Their Wives and Shadows Breaking Over My Head.
The long-awaited reissue of this classic debut on 180 gram vinyl LP has been sourced from the original stereo master tapes and includes the albums original track listing.1. Pretty Ballerina
2. She May Call You Up Tonight
3. Barterers And Their Wives
4. I've Got Something On My Mind
5. Let Go Of You Girl
6. Evening Gown
7. Walk Away Renee
8. What Do You Know
9. Shadows Breaking Over My Head
10. I Haven't Got the Nerve
11. Lazy Day$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 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
Prokofiev For TwoPianists Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan have recorded two selections from Prokofiev's music for stage and screen in magnificent two-piano transcriptions by Babayan. Prokofiev for Two, set for release worldwide via Deutsche Grammophon, captures for posterity the sense of mutual inspiration felt by these kindred spirits, palpable in their live performances together. The album features Babayan's twelve-movement transcription of numbers from the ballet Romeo and Juliet and his seven-movement suite transcribed from Prokofiev's incidental music for Hamlet and Eugene Onegin, film score for The Queen of Spades and opera War and Peace.
Martha Argerich and Sergei Babayan first met in Brussels in 1991 when, on a whim, he looked her up in the phonebook and, to his own surprise, found her name and telephone number listed. His call from a phone box in the city started a strong friendship that led to numerous joint appearances in Europe and America. After one performance of Rachmaninov's "Suite No.2" and other works for two pianos, Babayan told Argerich of his dream to transcribe pieces from Romeo and Juliet for their next duo date. "She was very inspired by the idea," he recalls. "It was the greatest pleasure - and an honor - to create something that we would play together." Babayan's take on Prokofiev, coupled with a suite of rarities from the composer's stage and film music, can be heard in Prokofiev for Two.
The freshly transcribed Prokofiev score received its premiere performance as part of the Martha Argerich Project at the 2013 Lugano Festival. Argerich and Babayan have since performed this work together with the revised Romeo and Juliet suite several times, most recently in concert at Stuttgart's Liederhalle last November.
Martha Argerich is already renowned for her interpretations of Prokofiev's music. The Argentine-born artist, hailed as one of the greatest pianists of all time, included the composer's turbulent "Toccata" in her Deutsche Grammophon recital debut album, recorded in 1960. She reinforced her international reputation seven years later with a landmark recording for the yellow label of Prokofiev's "Third Piano Concerto" with the Berliner Philharmoniker and Claudio Abbado. "I have loved Prokofiev ever since I can recall," notes Argerich. "And people think he loves me too sometimes! I love the way Sergei [Babayan] plays Prokofiev and many other things. The first solo recital of his I heard was Bach's Goldberg Variations and I was incredibly impressed by it. I very much liked his proposal that we should play his transcription of Romeo and Juliet and feel very honored that he dedicated it to me."
Babayan's love for Prokofiev, like Argerich's, is deeply rooted, dating back to his childhood in Armenia and student days at the Moscow Conservatoire. Having left the USSR for the first time in 1989, he settled in the U.S. Time and again, Babayan has paid tribute to Prokofiev, playing several of his piano concertos with Valery Gergiev including at the 2015 BBC Proms in a monumental concert with the London Symphony Orchestra featuring all five of the works.
His new Prokofiev transcriptions are both dedicated to Martha Argerich. "This project happened because of my love for Prokofiev, my love for Martha and my love for the ballet Romeo and Juliet," reflects Babayan. The idea of transcribing Romeo and Juliet first arose decades ago while he was studying Prokofiev's colorful instrumentation in close detail with an orchestra. Already aware of Argerich's playing, he was further inspired after hearing a pirate recording of her 1981 Carnegie Hall performance of the "Ten Pieces Op.75" from Romeo and Juliet. "I listened and was immediately drawn to learn the cycle. But I felt that Prokofiev used chamber-like numbers for his selection of music for his transcription for solo piano. If you first became acquainted with the ballet through this piano score, you would never guess or understand the whole tragic, violent, and dark nature of the original work. Of course, the ballet contains lyrical, romantic music; music filled with humor and dance movement. But it also contains music for the "Death of Tybalt" - music of love and hate."
Believing it would be impossible for music of such powerful emotion to be conveyed by two hands, and aware of Prokofiev's own fondness for transcription, Babayan felt driven to exploit the full expressive force and tonal richness of two pianos. His created version contains what Martha Argerich, with a wry laugh, calls "difficult and demanding" technical and musical challenges. Both musicians, however, agree that transcription is "an act of love" and Babayan's experience with Romeo and Juliet soon led him to explore some of the composer's lesser-known works and create the second suite on this album. As he points out, this music will be new to most listeners. For example, only fragments of the film score for The Queen of Spades have ever been performed or recorded. He underlines its imaginative and innovative qualities, adding, "I'm sure if Prokofiev had lived longer he would have used the material for The Queen of Spades for a new movie, symphony, quartet or maybe even a piano duo. This music stayed on the shelf and it was my luck to hear it."
Prokofiev for Two is driven by the passion and power of an ideal keyboard partnership. Martha Argerich considers playing in duo with Babayan to be "a thing of alchemy - a discovery". For his part, Babayan says the experience of performing with Argerich is like joining a conversation with a divine being, one in which "you cannot be mundane or ordinary ... Martha will somehow pull out the best from you."$35.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Right Now (Speakers Corner)
A great deal has been said about Blues and Rock'n'Roll musicians being inspired to great things by folk music. But one hears little about those who work quietly in the background, far removed from dazzling light shows, power amps and fog machines, and who create new strains of tender plants from the roots of traditional folk, so to speak. One such person is Wizz Jones from south England. He can write songs, and he can sing - but it would be far too simple to describe him as a songwriter. His cultivated and versatile performance technique on the guitar bears witness to his personal aspiration for perfection on his instrument. With Jones all this culminates in highly original high-end folk: he's particularly laid-back in groovy numbers (Right Now, No More Time To Try), where the elastic and springy sound of the guitar is enhanced with chirping sitar and wavering bottleneck slides so typical of the times. Alongside these are the carefully re-worked traditional melodies (American Land), a 17th-century tune (Raven) where the singer plays 'call-and-response' with himself, and a solid 16-bar blues (Deep Water) in the early Chicago style. Particular attention should be paid to the numbers in which he collaborates with Alan Tunbridge and is fired by his genial ideas - specially recommended: Mary Go 'Round.
- Wizz Jones (vocals, guitar)
- Sandy Jones (banjo)
- Pete Berryman (guitar)
- Reanna Sutcliffe (piano, harpischord, vocals)
- John Renbourn (sitar, harmonica)
- Andy Fernbach (piano)
- Sue Draheim (vocals)
- Malcolm Pool (bass)
- Ian Hoyle (drums)
Recording: 1972 by Colin Caldwell at Marquee Studios, London
Production: John Renbourn
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. Which of Them You Love the Best
2. One Grain of Sand
3. City of the Angels
4. The Raven
5. Right Now
6. Find a Man for You Girl
7. American Land
8. No More Time to Try
9. Mary Go 'Round
10. Deep Water$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Imported Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Limited Pressing Of 750 Individually Numbered Copies On White Vinyl, Black Vinyl Thereafter
180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
4-Page Insert / Booklet
Includes The Hits Every Kinda People, Johnny And Mary, Some Like It Hot (As Member Of The Power Station) And I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (Feat. UB40)
Robert Palmer's career has spanned over 25 years and encompassed any number of musical styles from jazz, r&b, reggae, pop, funk to the harder dance sounds heard on Some Like It Hot as a member of the Power Station. Palmer's career commenced in the 60s and throughout the years received a number of awards, including a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance (for Addicted To Love) and an MTV Video Music Award.
The Collected double vinyl album from Robert Palmer is a selected overview of his music, some lesser known tracks are alternated with hits like Every Kinda People, Johnny And Mary, Pride, Addicted To Love and many more. His collaboration with musicians from different backgrounds were successful leading up to recording (the Bob Dylan written) I'll Be Your Baby Tonight with English reggae band UB40. This single became a worldwide hit, reaching the top 10 in Holland and the United Kingdom, as well as achieving solid chart positions in the USA, Germany, and France.
Sadly the musical genius and true superstar Robert Palmer passed away, succumbing to a heart attack in 2003, only 54 years old.LP 1
1. Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley
2. Give Me An Inch
3. Which Of Us Is The Fool
4. Man Smart, Woman Smarter
5. Every Kinda People
6. Best Of Both Worlds
7. What's It Take?
8. Bad Case Of Loving You (Doctor, Doctor)
9. Can We Still Be Friends?
10. Johnny And Mary
11. Looking For Clues
12. Some Guys Have All The Luck
13. You Are In My System
14. You Can Have It
3. Addicted To Love
4. I Didn't Mean To Turn You On
5. Simply Irresistible
6. She Makes My Day
7. Change His Ways
8. Mercy Mercy Me / I Want You
9. You Blow Me Away
10. Respect Yourself
11. Never Met A Dog (Vinegar Joe)
12. Some Like It Hot (The Power Station)
13. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight (feat. UB40)$42.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now