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  • A Seat At The Table (Anniversary Edition) A Seat At The Table (Anniversary Edition) Quick View

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    A Seat At The Table (Anniversary Edition)

    Special Anniversary Edition On Translucent Red Vinyl


    Solange's A Seat at the Table album was initially released on September 30th, 2016, and received immediate praise. The album went on to garner a 'Best R&B Performance' Grammy Award for the single, "Cranes in The Sky," and was one of the most critically acclaimed album releases of the year in the music press.


    In celebration of the 1 year anniversary of Solange's chart-topping release, the album is being offered again as an Exclusive Red Anniversary Edition on vinyl. This release will be limited to one initial pressing, on 150 gram Red vinyl with each package individually numbered and available for a limited time only.


    Solange describes A Seat At The Table as "a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing." A Seat At The Table was written by Solange, and features a host of guest artists including Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina.

    LP 1
    1. Rise
    2. Weary
    3. Interlude: The Glory is in You
    4. Cranes in the Sky
    5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
    6. Mad (feat. Lil Wayne)
    7. Don't You Wait
    8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
    9. Don't Touch My Hair (feat. Sampha)


    LP 2
    1. Interlude: This Moment
    2. Where Do We Go
    3. Interlude: For Us By Us
    4. F.U.B.U. (feat. The-Dream and BJ The Chicago Kid)
    5. Borderline (An Ode to Self-Care) [feat. Q-Tip]
    6. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It (feat. Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews)
    7. Junie
    8. Interlude: No Limits
    9. Don't Wish Me Well
    10. Interlude: Pedestals
    11. Scales (feat. Kelela)
    12. Closing: The Chosen Ones

    Solange
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    Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Essential R. Kelly The Essential R. Kelly Quick View

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    The Essential R. Kelly

    Best of compilation.


    Provocative R&B singer/songwriter who lent his honey-dripped vocals to booty anthems, tender ballads, and bizarre hip-hoperas.

    LP 1
    1. Bump n' Grind
    2. Honey Love (Radio Fade)
    3. Sex Me (Part I) (Street Radio Edit)
    4. You Remind Me of Something
    5. Your Body's Callin'
    6. Down Low (Nobody Has to Know)
    7. When a Woman's Fed Up
    8. I Believe I Can Fly (Radio Edit)
    9. I'm Your Angel


    LP 2
    1. I Wish (Album Version)
    2. Feelin' On Yo Booty
    3. Ignition (Remix)
    4. Step in the Name of Love (Remix - Radio Edit)
    5. Trapped In the Closet Chapter 1
    6. Happy People (Radio Edit)
    7. I'm a Flirt Remix
    8. When a Woman Loves
    9. U Saved Me (Album Version)

    R. Kelly
    $27.99
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  • The Heat Is On (Speakers Corner) The Heat Is On (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    The Heat Is On (Speakers Corner)

    A glance at the discs, which rocked through the charts under the simple name of "Isley Brothers" will give you an idea of how a long-lasting and self-generative family enterprise (The Times) became a true soul factory. After a brisk start with popular rock'n'roll music, similar to that which a large number of black vocal groups turned out in the Fifties, followed a long march from one record company to another - all of whom were hard pushed to equate the dynamic musicality of these brothers with the 'own sound' of their productions. After hopping from one record label to the next, and not even getting a long-lasting break with the potent Motown label Tamla, golden days arrived when they set up their own label - T-Neck.


    Amidst the turmoil created by strong competition from superb studio albums, the Isleys landed a smash hit in 1975 with The Heat Is On, an album which achieved double platinum status with its collection of perfectly written numbers. Powerful, funky volleys (Fight The Power), gyrating riffs as a launch pad for harmonious vocals and a creative solo (The Heat Is On) go their own way, which is also apparent in the bell-like, airy ballads that swing along tastefully - quite without the sugar-sweet strings so popular at that time.


    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.


    Musicians:



    • Ernie Isley (guitar, drums, percussion, vocals)
    • Chris Jasper (keyboards)
    • O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Rudolph Isley (vocals)
    • Marvin Isley (bass)


    Recording: 1975 at Kendun Recorders, Burbank (CA), by Kent Duncan

    Production: The Isley Brothers



    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. Fight the Power, Pts. 1 & 2
    2. The Heat Is On, Pts. 1 & 2
    3. Hope You Feel Better Love, Pts. 1 & 2
    4. For the Love of You, Pts. 1 & 2
    5. Sensuality, Pts. 1 & 2
    6. Make Me Say It Again Girl, Pts. 1 & 2
    7. Fight the Power, Pts. 1 & 2
    Isley Brothers
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Man In Black Man In Black Quick View

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    Man In Black

    180 Gram Translucent Blue Vinyl


    Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music & Capitol Mastering


    Features Rare Studio Photo From The Columbia Archives In The Gatefold Art




    In 1971 after a plethora of chart topping albums, a treasure trove of smash singles and a top rated t.v. show, Johnny Cash put together one of his finest albums ever with his masterpiece "Man In Black." Recorded in Nashville, TN, Cash wrote and sang some of his most personal and thought provoking songs from the era with such a conviction that he would forever be known as "The Man In Black."


    The "Man In Black" Lp features not only the amazing hit title track, but another top hit with the stellar "The Preacher Said "Jesus Said" featuring the great Billy Graham. More favorites like "Ned Kelly", the heart wrenching "Dear Mrs." as well as his tribute to the brave military with "Singin' In Viet Nam Talkin' Blues" all made this album the more introspective and top charter album that to this day is still loved by millions.


    In honor of The Man, the Music, the Legend, The Man In Black, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl release of the Johnny Cash classic Man In Black.


    As another classic installment in our exciting Johnny Cash 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its true audiophile glory. Mastered impeccably by long time fan and Johnny Cash reissue producer Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., Man In Black will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Johnny Cash fans everywhere.


    For this exclusive presentation, we are also including the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the original LP cover elements as well as a rare studio photo of the legend in the inside gatefold art from the Sony Music Archives.


    Johnny Cash .Man In Black .A history making album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release . first time gatefold cover ..is now an audiophile translucent blue vinyl dream come true .From your friends at Friday Music .

    1. The Preacher Said, "Jesus Said" (with Billy Graham)
    2. Orphan Of The Road
    3. You've Got A New Light Shining In Your Eyes
    4. If Not For Love
    5. Man In Black
    6. Singin' In Viet Nam Talkin' Blues
    7. Ned Kelly
    8. Look For Me (with June Carter Cash)
    9. Dear Mrs.
    10. I Talk To Jesus Every Day (with June Carter Cash)
    Johnny Cash
    $32.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • The Heat Is On (Awaiting Repress) The Heat Is On (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    The Heat Is On (Awaiting Repress)


    The Heat Is On (180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Red Vinyl)


    The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!


    Their 1975 Masterwork Album!


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Manufactured At R.T.I. - Mastered By Joe Reagoso


    The Isley Brothers are truly a worldwide gift to soul, rock and
    pop music enthusiasts everywhere. Over five decades in the music
    business and still going strong, their hit albums and top charting
    singles continue to captivate millions of fans all over the globe.
    In the early seventies, brothers Ronald, Rudolph and O'Kelly Isley
    expanded their band with brothers Marvin and Ernie , plus cousin
    Chris Jasper, as their hit making sound excelled into new stratospheric
    heights.


    The sound was new and exciting, solid street soul fused with rock,
    a brand new kind of soul, as the amazing The Heat Is On soared to the
    top rungs of all the soul and pop album charts, becoming their biggest
    selling album to date.


    This masterpiece smash included enough hits to be called a
    greatest hits album in its own right. Especially when you get smash
    hit singles with the anthem Fight The Power (Part 1 & 2, the balladry
    of For The Love Of You (Part 1 & 2), and the rockin' party sounds of
    Hope You Feel Better Love (Part 1 & 2) All in all, making this amazing
    platinum plus smash one of the most revered in their long-lasting and
    huge catalog of Isley Brothers' classic recordings.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Isley
    Brothers. That is why we are so very proud to announce another
    installment in The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile
    Vinyl Series with their legendary masterpiece The Heat Is On.


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Isley Brothers/Donny
    Hathaway/Aretha Franklin) for the first time on audiophile red vinyl,
    The Isley Brothers The Heat Is On LP will truly become one of the
    most important and historical audiophile soul titles in quite some time.
    We further enhance this limited anniversary edition with the original
    stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork elements, plus
    the original lyrics and additional photos of the band now on a keepsake
    insert. The Isley Brothers The Heat Is On .Impeccable first time
    audiophile translucent red vinyl + gatefold cover presentation


    From your friends at Friday Music.


    FIGHT THE POWER!

    1. Fight The Power
    2. The Heat Is On
    3. Hope You Feel Better Love
    4. For the Love of You
    5. Sensuality
    6. Make Me Say It Again Girl
    Isley Brothers
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Age Ain't Nothing But A Number Age Ain't Nothing But A Number Quick View

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    Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

    Age Ain't Nothing but a Number is the debut studio album by American R&B recording artist Aaliyah, originally released under Jive and Blackground Records on May 24, 1994, in the United States.


    After being signed by her uncle Barry Hankerson, Aaliyah was introduced to recording artist and producer R. Kelly. He became her mentor, as well as the lead songwriter and producer of the album. The duo recorded the album at the Chicago Recording Company in Chicago, Illinois. The album featured two hit singles, including the top ten charting Back & Forth and At Your Best (You Are Love); both singles were certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). One additional single followed in the US: Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. Two more singles were released internationally after Age Ain't Nothing But a Number: Down with the Clique and The Thing I Like.


    Aaliyah was credited for redefining R&B by blending her voice with Kelly's new jack swing. The album peaked at number 18 on the Billboard 200 and sold over three million copies in the United States. The album was certified Gold in Canada by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) and Gold in the United Kingdom by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) to date. The album has sold over six million copies worldwide.

    LP 1
    1. Intro

    2. Throw Your Hands Up
    3. Back & Forth
    4. Age Ain't Nothing But A Number

    5. Down with the Clique
    6. At Your Best (You Are Love)

    7. No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do


    LP 2
    1. I'm So Into You

    2. Street Thing

    3. Young Nation

    4. Old School

    5. I'm Down

    6. The Thing I Like
    7. Back & Forth (Mr. Lee & R. Kelly's Remix)

    Aaliyah
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • A Seat At The Table A Seat At The Table Quick View

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    A Seat At The Table

    A Seat At The Table, is the new album from Solange Knowles. The singer describes A Seat At The Table as a project on identity, empowerment, independence, grief and healing.


    A Seat At The Table was written by Solange, and features a host of guest artists including Q-Tip, Kelly Rowland, The Dream, BJ The Chicago Kid, Kelela, Tweet, Moses Sumney, Sampha, Sean Nicholas Savage, Nia Andrews, Devonte Hynes of Houston Texas and Lu of Carolina.

    LP 1
    1. Rise
    2. Weary
    3. Interlude: The Glory is in You
    4. Cranes in the Sky
    5. Interlude: Dad Was Mad
    6. Mad (feat. Lil Wayne)
    7. Don't You Wait
    8. Interlude: Tina Taught Me
    9. Don't Touch My Hair (feat. Sampha)


    LP 2
    1. Interlude: This Moment
    2. Where Do We Go
    3. Interlude: For Us By Us
    4. F.U.B.U. (feat. The-Dream and BJ The Chicago Kid)
    5. Borderline (An Ode to Self-Care) [feat. Q-Tip]
    6. Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It (feat. Kelly Rowland and Nia Andrews)
    7. Junie
    8. Interlude: No Limits
    9. Don't Wish Me Well
    10. Interlude: Pedestals
    11. Scales (feat. Kelela)
    12. Closing: The Chosen Ones

    Solange
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • First Kiss First Kiss Quick View

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    First Kiss

    Includes Bonus CD


    Over his 25-year career, Kid Rock has been our Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp, the Devil Without a Cause, the Cowboy, the Bullgod, the Rock N Roll Jesus, the American Bad Ass and, lest we forget, a proud Son Of Detroit. He's released 7 top 10 albums, sold over 25 million albums worldwide, and collaborated with a diverse range of artists- Hank Williams Jr., Eminem, Tim McGraw, R. Kelly, Bob Seger, and Sheryl Crow, to name a few. Rock has built his career on his own terms every step of the way, breaking down boundaries between rap, rock, and country. In doing so, he's become one of the most iconic artists of his generation, who continues to surprise after 9 studio albums.

    1. First Kiss
    2. Good Times, Cheap Wine
    3. Johnny Cash
    4. Ain't Enough Whiskey
    5. Drinking Beer With Dad
    6. Good Time Lookin' for Me
    7. Best of Me
    8. One More Song
    9. Jesus and Bocephus
    10. FOAD (F*ck Off and Die)
    Kid Rock
    $21.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
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    Burn Something Beautiful

    Produced by Peter Buck (R.E.M.) and Scott McCaughey (The Minus 5) Burn Something Beautiful is Alejandro's 12th solo studio album and most definitive album to date. The album was written, arranged and performed as a true collaboration with Peter and Scott in Portland, OR. The band is rounded out with guitarist Kurt Bloch (Fastbacks), Decembertists' drummer John Moen, Los Lobos' saxophonist Steve Berlin and singers Corin Tucker (Sleater-Kinney) and Kelly Hogan (Neko Case).
    LP 1
    1. Heartbeat Smile

    2. Luna De Miel

    3. Sunday Morning Feeling
    4. Horizontal

    5. Farewell To The Good Times
    6. Suit Of Lights

    7. Redemption Blues


    LP 2
    1. Beauty Of Your Smile
    2. Johnny Volume

    3. Shave The Cat
    4. End Times Are Coming

    5. I Don't Want To Play Guitar Anymore

    6. Beauty And The Buzz

    7. Thought I'd Let You Know

    Alejandro Escovedo
    $29.99
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    NVM

    Like a fluorescent-lit snack-aisle oasis in some desolate interstate road stop, brimming with Skittles and limited-edition Sno Balls, Tacocat's Easter-egg-hued pop-punk-pop is bubblegum-sticky with hooks, bound to brighten up the most drab stretch of bummer backroad.


    The band's four-person, seven-layer-burrito came together organically: Lelah Maupin (drums) and Eric Randall (guitar) met in their native Longview, WA-two hours south of Seattle, the very town that Green Day named their breakout debut single after. Lelah's family room was wallpapered with framed Magic Eye posters, hence Stereogram, the cross-eyed love letter to that bizarre '90s optical fad. She met lanky Eric while both worked at Safeway, wearing the chain's distinctive navy aprons before breaking north to Seattle. Eric's band The Trashies practiced and played in the basement of the 24/7 House in the Central District, where Long Beach, CA native Bree McKenna (bass) was living, amongst the dust, boxes, and spiders. Lelah met Butte, MT native Emily Nokes (voice, tambourine) in one excruciatingly early/boring graphic design class, slipping her a doodled-upon note; she soon noticed Emily's big voice while she sang along with R. Kelly on the radio. Emily and Bree hit it off one sloshy night at the Comet. Eric impressed Emily with his reenactments of scenes from Anaconda. Sometime around 2007, via countless raucous house party shows, the legend of Tacocat was born.


    The foursome would quickly make a name for themselves with their simply energizing power pop, drawing on classic Northwest energy with an uncommonly upbeat, surfy swag that could only come from gray skies and hydroponic sunshine. Their sly and unabashed '90s revivalism has, in the past, found the band pondering Evan Dando and Waterworld-and Bree herself explains finding about riot grrrl via Napster and Julia Stiles in 10 Things I Hate About You. They've described themselves variously as Feminist sci-fi and Equal parts Kurt and Courtney; oh well, whatever NVM.


    NVM-Tacocat's second full-length album and first for Hardly Art, opens up like some mystery shoebox, wistful, instantly nostalgic: snapshots of mortifying exes (You Never Came Back) and sketchy party situations (Party Trap), maybe a postcard with an alien smoking a joint. Cigarette cellophane-wrapped weed nugs, pain pill crumbs and wrapped tampons (all the girls are surfing the wave, surfing the crimson wave today"), all serve as a roadmap through Tacocat's bong-ripped reminiscences, scenarios all-too familiar and hilariously improbable. There's the notoriously inconsistent #8 Metro line (F.U. #8) and the accountability-allergic, black-clad brick-heavers of This Is Anarchy. The protagonist of Psychedelic QuinceaƱera-based on Bree-just wants to dance with rainbows, mind-expansion style, instead of having to wear a frilly dress in front of her whole family. Emily daydreams of a Bridge to Hawaii, where even the destitute could walk their asses to paradise-before being snapped out of it by cat-calls from construction workers, business dads, and drunk hobos (Hey Girl); sweaty jerks telling her that she should smile!


    NVM all that, though: you should, and will, smile-either a wry little corner-lifter or a big ear-to-ear equator-and shake what's yours, when you hear the whippet-smart latest album from the world's favorite palindromic band. Text a friend.


    --Larry Mizell

    1. You Never Came Back
    2. Bridge to Hawaii
    3. Crimson Wave
    4. Stereogram
    5. Pocket Full of Primrose
    6. Psychedelic QuinceaƱera
    7. Time Pirate
    8. This is Anarchy
    9. Hey Girl
    10. Party Trap
    11. F.U. #8
    12. Alien Girl
    13. Snow Day
    Tacocat
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  • Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (Awaiting Repress) Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Bill Withers' Greatest Hits (Awaiting Repress)

    Bill Withers Bill Withers' Greatest Hits on Numbered Limited Edition 180g LP from Mobile Fidelity


    Bill Withers' Smooth Soul Voice, Mellow Grooves, and Gospel Accents Inform Beloved Work: Booker T. Jones, Al Jackson, and Stephen Stills Among Guest Instrumentalists on Greatest Hits


    Essential Bill Withers' Greatest Hits Compilation Includes Ubiquitous Classics Such as Ain't No Sunshine, Lean on Me, Lovely Day, Use Me, and Grandma's Hands


    Mobile Fidelity 180g LP Pressed at RTI: Roots R&B Has Never Sounded Better on Any Format


    Bill Withers created mellow, downhome-style soul for barely more than a decade before retreating from the industry to pursue craftsman interests. Yet over the course of the handful of albums he made for Sussex and CBS, the Appalachian native struck lasting emotional chords in legends ranging from Booker T. Jones to Stephen Stills - not to mention the millions of listeners that fell under the spell of now-standard tracks such as Lean on Me, Use Me, and Ain't No Sunshine. The antithesis of the sweaty R&B shouter that prowled the edge of stages, Withers dealt in calm and vulnerability, qualities that come to fore on the seminal Bill Withers' Greatest Hits.


    Pressed on 180g LP at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's vinyl reissue of the 1981 compilation provides a transparent view of Withers' relaxing timbre and the subtle grooves underlining his arrangements. Characteristics ranging from the tension of the guitars, funky bends of the bass, whisper-soft coo of the formal strings, airiness of the backing harmonies, and sharpness of the snare drum emerge with utmost clarity and lifelike presence. Always prized for its naked honesty and pure conviction, Withers' music positively caresses the senses on this LP, the unadulterated production and beautiful soundscapes revealed anew with each listen.


    Incredibly, Withers almost never got a shot at recording. After receiving a deal from Sussex while laboring as a toilet-seat manufacturer, he landed in the care of Stax bandleader Booker T. Jones, who gathered most of his fellow MG members - along with Stills and Jim Keltner - to assist in Withers' debut. Two takes from those sessions, the Grammy-winning Ain't No Sunshine and devotional Grandma's Hands, are included here, and showcase the vocalist's incredible breath control, folksy drawl, and restrained phrasing. They also indicate his penchant for converting biographical experience into eminently catchy combinations of pop, gospel, blues, and soul.


    Evidence of Withers' crossover appeal is found not only via his chart successes on both the pop and R&B charts, but in the DNA of his best work. There's not one forgettable moment on Greatest Hits. Covered by the likes of Fiona Apple, Mick Jagger, Isaac Hayes, Alicia Keys, and dozens more, Use Me rides a riveting clarinet riff and urban tempo to express the double-edged feelings associated with an edgy relationship. On the loping Who Is He (And What Is He to You?), Withers again splits the bitter and sweet. For the Latin-tinged Lovely Day, Withers holds a single note for 18 seconds and composed a song that's been sampled and rerecorded countless times by artists spanning Diana Ross to R. Kelly. And with Lean on Me, the West Virginian devised a masterpiece that's been for more than four decades part of the classic American songbook, an updated hymn carried to immortality by members of the Charles Wright & 103rd Street Rhythm Band.


    A veritable template for British soul contemporaries like Sam Smith and an extension of the timeless fare explored by Van Morrison, Curtis Mayfield, and Al Green, Bill Withers' Greatest Hits belongs in every music lover's library.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Just the Two of Us

    2. Use Me

    3. Ain't No Sunshine

    4. Lovely Day

    5. I Want to Spend the Night

    6. Soul Shadows

    7. Lean on Me

    8. Grandma's Hands

    9. Hello Like Before

    10. Who Is He (And What Is He to You)?
    Bill Withers
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    3 + 3


    180 Gram Audiophile Translucent Blue Vinyl


    The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Begins!
    Their 1973 Masterwork Album!


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Manufactured At R.T.I. - Mastered By Joe Reagoso


    The Isley Brothers are truly a worldwide gift to soul, rock and
    pop music enthusiasts everywhere. Over five decades in the music
    business and still going strong, their hit albums and top charting
    singles continue to captivate millions of fans all over the globe.


    In 1973, brothers Ronald, Rudolph and O'Kelly Isley expanded
    their band and hit making sound into new stratospheric heights. With
    the addition of brothers Ernie, Marvin and cousin Chris Jasper, The
    Isley Brothers 3 + 3 was born.


    With this new sound and band change also began their new
    long-term association with Columbia Records bringing an initial
    handful of new songs which ultimately became their first platinum
    plus selling LP 3+3.


    The sound was new and exciting, solid street soul fused with
    rock, a brand new kind of soul, as The Isley Brothers' 3+3 LP
    soared to the top rungs of all the soul and pop album charts.


    This masterpiece smash included enough hits to be called a
    greatest hits album in its own right. Especially when you get smash
    hit singles with That Lady, James Taylor's Don't Let Me Be Lonely
    Tonight, the brilliant Isley sound of What It Comes Down To, and of
    course their legendary interpretation of Seals and Crofts' Summer
    Breeze. All in all, making this amazing platinum smash one of the
    most revered in their long-lasting and huge catalog of Isley Brothers'
    classic recordings.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Isley
    Brothers. That is why we are so very proud to announce our first
    installment in The Isley Brothers/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile
    Vinyl Series with their legendary masterpiece 3+3.


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Donny Hathaway/Aretha
    Franklin) for the first time on audiophile blue vinyl, The Isley Brothers
    3+3 LP will truly become one of the most important and historical
    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl titles in quite some time.


    We further enhance this limited anniversary edition with the
    original stunning gatefold cover featuring the original artwork
    elements. The Isley Brothers 3+3 .Impeccable first time
    audiophile translucent blue vinyl + gatefold cover presentation


    From your friends at Friday Music.


    Who's That Lady!

    1. That Lady
    2. Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight
    3. If You Were There
    4. You Walk Your Way
    5. Listen To The Music
    6. What It Comes Down To
    7. Sunshine (Go Away Today)
    8. Summer Breeze
    9. The Highways Of My Life
    Isley Brothers
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    The Wildest (Pure Pleasure)

    A tireless showman and an underrated musical talent, Louis Prima swung his way to icon status thanks to an irresistible, infectious sound whose appeal translated across generations. Nominally a swing artist, Prima's distinctive sound also encompassed New Orleans-style jazz, boogie-woogie, jump blues, R&B, early rock & roll, and even the occasional Italian tarantella. Regardless of what form his music took, it swung hard and fast, with a rolling, up-tempo shuffle beat. His greatest period of popularity coincided with his marriage to singer Keely Smith, whose coolly sophisticated vocals and detached stage manner made a perfect counterpoint to Prima's boisterous presence: mugging, clowning, and cavorting around the stage with the boundless enthusiasm of a hyperactive boy. Prima's band during this time was anchored by tenor saxophonist Sam Butera, whose grounding in jump blues and New Orleans R&B was a perfect match.



    Musicians:



    • Louis Prima (trumpet, vocal)

    • Keely Smith (vocal)

    • Sam Butera (tenor saxophone)

    • James "Little Red" Blount (trombone)

    • Willie McCumber (piano)

    • Jack Marshall (guitar)

    • Amado Rodrigues (bass)

    • Bobby Morris (drums)




    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. Medley: Just A Gigolo/I Aint Got Nobody
    2. (Nothings Too Good) For My Baby
    3. The Lip
    4. Body And Soul
    5. Oh Marie
    6. Medley: Basin Street Blues/ When Its Sleepy Time Down South
    7. Jump, Jive And Wail
    8. Buona Sera
    9. Night Train
    10. (Ill Be Glad When Youre Dead) You Rascal You
    Louis Prima feat. Kelly Smith, Sam Butera, & The Witnesses
    $34.99
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    Unlearn

    Named after the rival child gang leaders from the 1994 movie War Of The Buttons, Fergus And Geronimo's music is at times both focused and loose, and comes from a wide range of unexpected influences. At the core of the group is Jason Kelly and Andrew Savage, who met while Kelly was recording and mixing a record for Teenage Cool Kids, a band started by Savage. During that four month process of recording, Kelly and Savage bonded over music, the creative process of recording, and the possibility of having a band that draws from a variety of sources. Black and Chicano doo-wop, the energy and atmosphere of classic soul, the precise control of Frank Zappa, psychedelia, and a thought to nearly everything in between.



    Unlearn is the group's first full-length after releasing a handful of singles on various labels over the past two years. Unlearn is an 11-track history lesson on the world of popular music with lush R&B harmonies, authentic rock and roll energy, and a fair share of experimentation. Both members share writing duties and play and sing everything on the record, with the exception of Elyse Schrock's vocals on the title track, and Casey Carpenter and Monet Robbins on flute and sax, respectively. We went out of our way to treat every song as its own and to give each song different tones and atmosphere, says Kelly. This concept pays off like a jackpot, with each song as a unique piece of a patchwork quilt that fits all of the sounds and styles together like a brilliant puzzle. Unlearn at times sounds old and at times new, but always authentic and informed.

    1. Girls With English Accents
    2. Wanna Know What I Would Do?
    3. Powerful Lovin
    4. Baby Boomer/Could You Deliver
    5. Michael Kelly
    6. Baby Dont You Cry
    7. Where the Walls Are Made of Grass
    8. World Never Stops
    9. Forced Aloha
    10. Could You Deliver
    11. Unlearn
    Fergus & Geronimo
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    Things Are Getting Better

    If you ever needed proof that altoist Cannonball Adderley deserves to be considered one of the absolute masters of the jazz idiom, look no further than
    Things Are Getting Better, which provides ample evidence for his canonical stature. On this date, Adderley teams up with Modern Jazz Quartet cofounder
    and vibraphonist extraordinaire Milt Jackson to create a lively, varied set of sonic atmospheres. They are backed by the all-star ensemble of
    Wynton Kelly on piano, Percy Heath on bass, and the legendary Art Blakey on drums. The standout track, Sounds for Sid, finds Adderley grooving hard
    with an R&B flavor, flashing his virtuosic instrumental chops, and demonstrating in the process why this cut stands as one of the very best representations
    of Adderley's early work. Essential listening for all manner of jazz enthusiasts, Things Are Getting Better has something for everyone and deserves a
    place in every self-respecting jazz fan's vinyl collection.
    1. Blues Oriental
    2. Things Are Getting Better
    3. Serves Me Right
    4. Groovin' High
    5. The Sidewalks of New York
    6. Sounds for Sid
    7. Just One of Those Things
    Cannonball Adderley & Milt Jackson
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    Still Run

    Still Run is the new album from Brooklyn, NY based alternative band Wet, and is the follow up to the band's critically acclaimed debut album Don't You from 2016. Still Run shows Wet with a more upbeat and pop-driven sound than their debut. The band's new sound and outlook is informed by lead singer and songwriter Kelly Zutrau taking more creative control of the project. Much of Wet's shift stems from Zutrau's more forceful vocals, which allow her direct yet poetic lyrics to resonate more deeply - leaping out of the sunnier production.


    Producers like Rostam (Haim, Solange), Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief), and John Hill (Santigold, M.I.A.) assisted primary producer and Wet band member Joe Valle, who brings a new comfort level to his production style, presenting dark lyrics in a brighter way that highlights their innate intensity and lets Zutrau's songwriting shine. There are a million ways to make a good song sound good, she says. But what matters to me most in the end are the vocal, and the songwriting, and whatever serves those best.


    Wet is recognized for their deeply-hued emotional pop, well documented by the New York Times, Spin, and NPR among many others. Rolling Stone noted that Wet set themselves apart with music that combines the elegant ache of Nineties R&B with the raw honesty of indie pop.... Still Run is a testament to taking that control and pursuing one's artistic vision and it also shows how any hiccups that might crop up along the way can make the vision's eventual realization more satisfying.

    1. Still Run (feat. Starchild & The New Romantic)
    2. There's a Reason
    3. You're Not Wrong
    4. Lately
    5. Softens
    6. 11 Hours
    7. This Woman Loves You
    8. Out of Tune
    9. Visitor
    10. Love is Not Enough
    Wet
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    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Endless (Awaiting Repress)

    Metal Blade Records is pleased to announce the signing of the Chicago, IL four-piece psychedelic rock/doom metal band MOUNT SALEM featuring the talents of Emily Kopplin [vocals & organ] - Cody Davidson [drums] - Mark Hewett [bass] - and Kyle Morrison [guitars]. Metal Blade is preparing to release the band's sold out EP Endless in 2014, which will include two brand-new tracks making the release a full-length.


    "As soon as Will Palmer from our UK office brought Mount Salem to our attention I knew we had to have the band as a part of our family. Their sound is haunting, melodic yet heavy, and makes the listener nod their head as they take in all the grooves the band lays out in their vintage style of rock and doom metal. I'm really looking forward to getting the full-length version of Endless out to the masses as the new tracks I heard were catchy as hell and flow perfectly with the rest of the album." Kelli Malella (A&R) Metal Blade Records.


    "Coming up listening to Metal Blade bands that have influenced mine and countless others' musical taste, it never crossed my mind that I might be a part of such an influence. We are very excited to meet new people, play with some new bands, see new places, and have a good time! We are honored to be a part of Metal Blade, a label that has such a great timeline of music history. We are looking forward to contributing to that history as well. See you out there!" Mark Hewett/ bassist of Mount Salem.


    MOUNT SALEM started writing music together in the summer of 2012 and released their first EP, Endless, in the spring of 2013. The band puts a strong emphasis on tone and feeling in both their songs and live performances alike. Most of the band switched from their normal instruments and picked up new ones for this band and the result was much more natural than they had hoped for.


    Taking influence from the classics like Black Sabbath and Pentagram, they play loud, heavy rock and roll using all vintage gear. Throwing their own twist of dark and mysterious doom into the music, they invite the listener to step into their sinister realm. The imagery in the lyrics will take you on a ride in which you won't know whether to be scared or grab a sword and join the battle. "Endless feels like it's trapped in the nightmarish head-space of a psychic medium on a bad trip" - Mister Growl of MisterGrowl.com


    Mount Salem has toured the Midwest, South, and East coasts. Sharing the stage with bands such as Windhand, Weedeater, Bongripper, LO-Pan, Mothership, and Howl, Mount Salem has fit on a wide variety of heavy shows and brings a live act to counter their music. "This is music that creates images, demands attention, and engages all senses." - Mister Growl of MisterGrowl.com

    1. Good Times
    2. The Tower
    3. Lucid
    4. Full Moon
    5. Mescaline
    6. Mescaline II
    7. Hysteria
    8. The End
    Mount Salem
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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    Introducing Johnny Griffin

    Johnny Griffin had been kicking around in R&B bands for years before his Blue Note debut in 1956. And what was introduced was a tenor saxophonist with a fresh sound, a warm, soulful style and the fastest technique in jazz. He moves from lyrical ballads to blistering tempos with ease. Within two years, Griff would become one of the leading tenor saxophonists in jazz as a member of Thelonious Monk's quartet.



    Johnny Griffin, tenor saxophone

    Wynton Kelly, piano

    Curly Russell, bass

    Max Roach, drums


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Mil Dew
    2. Chicago Calling
    3. These Foolish Things
    4. The Boy Next Door
    5. Nice And Easy
    6. It's All Right With Me
    7. Lover Man
    Johnny Griffin
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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    Funky Was The State Of Affairs

    Fergus and Geronimo's leap between their early R&B-influenced singles and their first wildly diverse record was so daring, many music writers and fans were forced to reconsider the pigeonhole to which they had already damned them. Happily damned them, since, after all, those early tracks went over exceptionally well. But observers and admirers were also left doing something not many get to experience in this dime-a-dozen singles renaissance: scratching their heads concerning what this group would do next. After a first record that was such a departure, not only did they wonder, they actually cared.



    Founding member Andrew Savage is very conscious of the risks the band took, the changes that were made in order to avoid being marginalized. Says Savage: "Jason (Kelly) and I had no interests in becoming lost in the indie rock/garage rock milieu. The nature of those early singles was that they were instantaneously gratifying, and we both wanted to make a record that was ultimately gratifying, but not necessarily instantaneous."



    Now we have an idea of how far Fergus and Geronimo are continuing to take their gradually conceptual ambitions, in the form of their second full-length record, Funky Was The State of Affairs.



    Like some of history's most well-regarded and oft-reissued acts, the group is doing exactly what they are compelled to do: making an album that actually plays like a cohesively complete statement. "I feel like bands aren't really making albums anymore. By that I mean, a start to finish concept meant to be listened to in its entirety. Labels are more interested in singles, which is in a tail-wags-dog sort of way.



    And yet the record is entirely unpredictable, even as it tackles reoccurring themes, which Savage says include, "aliens, technology, intergalactic dating/hooking up, the Roman Empire, and the earthling resistance movement." At times the story seems filtered through the earthling point of view; in the next, extraterrestrials listen to phone-tapped conversations by some understandably paranoid humans.



    Though at times it sounds like fairly serious subject matter, the group employs a sharp-tongued attack with the same sort of gallows humor cracked wise by the likes of their equally Doubting Thomas inspirational figures, everyone from the Mothers of Invention to Devo. Within the first few minutes, the tone is set; the bright, spiky, opening track over a Krautrock rhythm, "No Parties," contains a line summarizing the restlessness caused by the alienation of modern habits, sung in a mock-English accent: "Collecting devices, you're paying the prices/Of over consumption, with mental destruction."



    "Basically, its a dystopian sound-scape of our civilization's collapse," says Savage. Indeed, those feelings of dread are sometimes instrumentally emphasized by passages of synthesizer static and noise, which Savage attributes to being influenced by groups like Chrome. New members Bob Jones (guitar, bass, analog synth) and Jef Brown (Tenor Sax) also add to the playful chaos. Savage says the original duo added members in order to achieve "the tightness that can only come from recording with a live core," as "musicianship is extremely important to Jason and I."



    Since Brown and Jones both played in the self-explanatory Evolutionary Jass Band, which evolved out of the equally experimental Jackie-O Motherfucker, there is an expansion in the group's improvisational capabilities that wasn't as obvious on past recordings. Yet nothing sounds forced, each interlude is enjoyable, each hip-hop-inspired skit serves a narrative-pushing purpose. The record bounces from Booker T-styled soul ("Wiretapping Muzak I and II") to early '80s New York dance rock ("Marky Move") with an immodest ease.



    "Hi, I'm Heather Strange, and I'm a 23-year-old human earthling female" says a woman between the first and second track. "Really, I'm just looking for a man whose cerebral capabilities haven't been fried by LCD screens yet." Most people reading this might be able to relate to Heather's plight, or worse yet, sink under the weight of being the type of person she's desperately seeking to avoid. But such is the genius of Fergus and Geronimo. They have made all of these variously opposing forces; dark and light, alien and earthling, melody and noise, condemning and being condemned, something that you feel like listening to over and over again. If only to hear what happens next.

    1. Planet Earth is Pregnant for the 5th Time

    2. No Parties

    3. The Strange One Speaketh

    4. Roman Tick

    5. My Phone's Been Tapped, Baby

    6. Roman Nvmerals/Wiretapping Muzak I

    7. Spies
    8. Earthling Men

    9. The Uncanny Valley

    10. Earthling Women

    11. Drones

    12. Wiretapping Muzak II

    13. Off the Map

    14. The Roman Stuff is Where it's At

    15. Marky Move

    16. Funky Was the State of Affairs
    Fergus & Geronimo
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    The New Scene Of King Curtis (Out Of Stock)

    Import


    Recorded in 1960 in the Rudy Van Gelder studio, this amazing session is a rare example of the legendary R&B saxophonist King Curtis playing in a jazz setting. Although Curtis is best known for his work on seminal early sides like the Coasters' "Yakety Yak", and as a backing musician for the likes of Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett, Curtis proves here that his immense talent was not limited by genre. Featuring Nat Adderley on trumpet, Wynton Kelly on piano, Paul Chambers on bass and Oliver Jackson on drums, Curtis plays four original compositions and the standard "Willow Weep For Me", and while this session is not necessarily groundbreaking, it still represents some of the best jazz of the era!

    1. Da Duh Dah
    2. Have You Heard
    3. Willow Weep For Me
    4. Little Brother Soul
    5. In A Funky Groove
    King Curtis
    $27.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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