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Appetite For Destruction (Deluxe Edition) (Compact Disc) (Pre-Order) (On Sale)Please Note: This Item Does Not Contain Vinyl
Release Date: June 29, 2018*
Ranked 61/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Limited Edition Foil Art Slipcase
CD 1: First Ever Album Remaster From Original Analog Tapes
CD 2: 18 Highlights From Super Deluxe CDs With 7 Unreleased Recordings Including "Shadow Of Your Love," 1986 Sound City Session Tracks & "Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)"
Expanded Album Art With Unreleased Photos From Axl's Personal Archive And Memorabilia
The Appetite For Destruction: Deluxe Edition features 2 CDs of highlights from the box and Super Deluxe Edition with the album newly remastered for the first time ever, selections of B-sides and EP tracks, and 7 unreleased recordings from the 1986 Sound City Session, "Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)" from the GN'R Lies session and "Shadow Of Your Love" from the November 1986 first ever recording session with the album's producer Mike Clink.
Appetite for Destruction is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Guns N' Roses. It was originally released on July 21, 1987, by Geffen Records to massive commercial success. It topped the Billboard 200 and became the best-selling debut album as well as the 11th best-selling album in the United States. With about 30 million copies sold worldwide, it is also one of the best-selling records of all time. Although critics were ambivalent toward the album when it was first released, Appetite for Destruction has since received retrospective acclaim and been viewed as one of the greatest albums of all time.
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*Please note that release dates are subject to change.CD 1: Appetite For Destruction: Remastered
1. Welcome To The Jungle
2. It's So Easy
4. Out Ta Get Me
5, Mr. Brownstone
6. Paradise City
7. My Michelle
8. Think About You
9. Sweet Child O' Mine
10. You're Crazy
11. Anything Goes
12. Rocket Queen
CD 2: B-Sides, Eps N' More
1. Reckless Life
2. Nice Boys
3. Move To The City (Live)
4. Mama Kin
5. Shadow Of Your Love (Live)
6. Welcome To The Jungle (1986 Sound City Session)*
7. Nightrain (1986 Sound City Session)*
8. Out Ta Get Me (1986 Sound City Session)*
9. Paradise City (1986 Sound City Session)*
10. My Michelle (1986 Sound City Session)*
11. Shadow Of Your Love*
12. It's So Easy (Live)
13. Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Live)
14. Whole Lotta Rosie (Live)
15. You're Crazy (Acoustic Version)
17. Used To Love Her
18. Move To The City (1988 Acoustic Version)*
* Previously Unreleased$19.99 $16.99 Save $3.00 (15%)Compact Disc - 2 CDs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
Rose Hill Drive1. Showdown
2. Cold Enough
3. Cool Cody
4. The Guru
5. In The Beginning
6. Brain Novocaine
7. Declaration Of Independence
8. It's Simple
9. Raise Your Hands
10. Man On Fire
11. Reptilian Blues
12. Cross The Line$14.99Picture Disc Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Unique One Sided 6 Song Ep W/ Vinyl Etching By The Cover Artist
The Front Bottoms pay tribute to Grandma Rose with 6
new recordings of previously unreleased fan favorites.
Mixed by Chris "Frenchie" Smith (And You Will Know Us By the
Trail of Dead, Meat Puppets, Built to Spill, Jet).
New recordings of never before released fan favorites, including
"12 Feet Deep".
The Front Bottoms have a rabid fan base that can sing along to
every song including those previously unreleased!
Combined their first two Bar/None albums have sold more than
40,000 copies. Still scanning more than 200 copies a week.1. Flying Model Rockets
2. Lipstick Covered Magnet
3. 12 Feet Deep
4. Jim Bogart
5. Be Nice To Me
6. Awkward Conversations$11.99Vinyl EP - Sealed Buy Now
The Rose1979 Soundtrack Contains Multiple Smash Hits: When a Man Loves a Woman, Stay With Me Among Them
Midler Steps Into Persona of Janis Joplin on Record Steeped in Rock n Roll, Pounding R&B, and Memphis Blues
Contagious Sound That Spotlights Midlers Potent Voice: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI
Bette Midlers first leading role in a musical remains her best. As the soundtrack for that film, The Rose spotlights The Divine Miss Ms outstanding performance as a character in the persona of Janis Joplin. Midler received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress, and while the record contains no visuals, it punctuates the raw emotion and show-stopping persuasion that the singer brings to upbeat, rollicking fare composed in tribute to the late Joplin. Her reading of When A Man Loves a Woman remains definitive and unique for being sung from a females perspective.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP allows listeners to hone in on Midlers voice like never before. Kernels of previously unheard tonalities, richer hues of her bluesy timbre, and better-defined contours of her phrasing come to foreas do the contributions of guitarist Steve Hunter and drummer Whitey Glan, both members of Lou Reeds Rock n Roll Animal tour. No, The Rose isnt your conventional adult-contemporary pop offering from Midler. Its much more.
Always a natural-born theatrical star, Midler demonstrates these abilities to wondrous effect throughout, pouring herself into the painful sentiments of Stay With Me and raising hell on raucous numbers such as Sold My Soul to Rock N Roll and Keep On Rockin. Muscle Shoals sounds and Memphis-birthed shuffles keep Midler balanced and engaged. Producer Paul Rothchild, who helmed Joplins final salvo, matches the headliners zest by keeping tight-fisted control over the material selection and sonics. Never does Midler seem as if shes merely paying tribute or playing a part; she makes listeners feel every note.
Its apt, then, that shes afforded carte blanche on the title track, a gorgeous and career-defining moment of immense proportions and the only song here not performed in the persona of Joplin. Theres no better way to wrap up an album of nearly shamanic power, and an effort that, along with The Divine Miss M, remains Midlers peak.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Whose Side Are You On
2. Midnight In Memphis
3. Concert Monologue
4. When a Man Loves a Woman
5. Sold My Soul to Rock N Roll
6. Keep on Rockin
7. Love Me With a Feeling
9. Homecoming Monologue
10. Stay With Me
11. Let Me Call You Sweetheart
12. The Rose$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RosesRoses is the first studio album in over a decade from the the Dolores O'Riordan fronted Irish four-piece, The Cranberries. Famous for such classics as Linger, Dreams and Zombie, Roses features 11 brand new tracks produced by longtime collaborator Stephen Street (Kaiser Chiefs, The Smiths, Blur).1. Conduct
3. Fire & Soul
4. Raining In My Heart
5. Losing My Mind
6. Schizophrenic Playboys
7. Waiting In Walthamstow
8. Show Me
9. Astral Projections
10. So Good
11. Roses$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Second Full-length Release For Hardly Art
Recorded In Analog At Tiny Telephone In San Francisco
There are times when beauty and sadness are inextricably linked. Massachusetts-based Gem Club understands this fragile symmetry. The band-singer/pianist Christopher Barnes and his collaborators, cellist Kristen Drymala and vocalist Ieva Berberian-create music that is intimate, graceful, and filled with melancholy.
In 2009, Gem Club's primary songwriter Christopher Barnes began playing local solo shows. The enthusiastic reception led him to bring Drymala and Berberian into the fold, and the six-song Acid and Everything EP was self-released the following year. Breakers, their subsequent full-length, paired plaintive piano melodies with impressionistic lyrics. Made primarily in Barnes's bedroom, the album displayed how music, even at its most minimal and hushed, could be cathartic, even transcendent.
For the new In Roses, Gem Club have ventured beyond the isolation of the bedroom to record in San Francisco at John Vanderslice's analog studio Tiny Telephone. Barnes worked closely with arranger and conductor Minna Choi of The Magik*Magik Orchestra, who, Barnes says, "helped reshape the new songs in fresh and unimagined ways," The resulting album is more expansive, more majestic, than prior Gem Club releases. There are spacious, grand flourishes-the church-choir voices on "Idea for Strings"; the reverberating drumbeats that propel the melody of "Braid"-yet the music retains the intimacy of previous works.
Because In Roses is an album of haunting piano songs, it might seem felicitous to the listener that Christopher Barnes once lived in a disused Boston piano factory. Nights, from behind neighboring doors, he could hear strangers fighting, throwing loud parties, even shooting scenes for porn films. While life exploded around him, Barnes retreated, "trying to re-create these landscapes with music." But he is quick to note that In Roses takes a different approach to the landscapes of the world than before. "Whereas Breakers was more about the body and inward-gazing, the new album is about me looking out on relationships I've had or wish I've had." Many lyrics address "the crashing realization that lives are no longer happening the way we want." Other songs are elegies for those Barnes has idolized or loved, but has lost: "Soft Season" is inspired by the life and death of early-90s gay adult film actor Joey Stefano ("I'm a boy on my back," Barnes sings, "and I'm more of a man"); the harrowing closer "Polly" is a song he wrote about his relationship with his late aunt.
Beauty and Sadness is the title of a 1964 novel by the late Japanese writer Yasunari Kawabata, but the name could also serve to describe the music of Gem Club. During one scene of the book, Kawabata writes, "He heard a sound that only a magnificent old bell could produce, a sound that seemed to roar forth with all the latent power of a distant world." With In Roses, the beautiful and sad sounds of Gem Club come roaring forth with increasing power.
--Scott Heim1. [Nowhere]
2. First Weeks
5. Idea for Strings
6. Soft Season
8. Speech of Foxes
10. Marathon (In Roses)
11. Polly$16.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Cold RosesLP 1:
1. Magnolia Mountain
2. Sweet Illusions
3. Meadowlake Street
4. When Will You Come Back Home?
5. Beautiful Sorta
6. Now That You're Gone
7. Cherry Lane
9. How Do You Keep Love Alive
1. Easy Plateau
2. Let It Ride
4. Cold Roses
5. If I Am A Stranger
6. Dance All Night
8. Life Is Beautiful
9. Friends$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Double RosesPressed 180-Gram White Vinyl With Smoky Black Swirl
First new album in seven years from English singer/songwriter and model Karen Elson. This set includes collaborations with Patrick Carney (The Black Keys), Father John Misty, Pat Sansone (Wilco), Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers), Laura Marling, Nate Wolcott, Paul Cartwright, and Dhani Harrison. Follow up to the critically acclaimed The Ghost Who Walks.1. Wonder Blind
2. Double Roses
3. Call Your Name
4. Hell and High Water
5. The End
7. Why Am I Waiting
8. A Million Stars
10. Distant Shore$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Remember RosesIf you're looking to fall into an alternative folk trance, Lola Marsh has you covered - NYLON
Put them together, and singer Yael Shoshana Cohen and multi-instrumentalist Gil Landau mount a charm offensive powerful enough to knock down some pretty sturdy defenses. -NPR
Lola Marsh brings forth a sweet folk pastiche,balancing singer Yael Shoshana Cohen's dreamy , seductive warble.- Billboard
With more than 10 million streams on Spotify, Lola Marsh, the duo of Tel Aviv revealed by his 1st EP You're Mine was one of the pop-folk sensations of 2016.
The captivating Yael Shoshana Coehn and producer Gil Landau aka Lola Marsh publish their new single: Wishing Girl; Unstoppable ritournelle carried by stunning whistles and an addictive melody.1. You're Mine
2. Remember Roses
3. Wishing Girl
4. She's A Rainbow
6. The Wind
9. Sirens [Interlude]
10. Morning Bells
12. In Good Times
13. Le Sud$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RoseMutant League releases the debut full-length album Rose by New Jersey's Alternative Rock group Picture Perfect. The band has been honing their sound since their inception in 2012, gaining notoriety around the East Coast as a talented and hardworking group. Pulling influence from seminal artists like Brand New, Balance and Composure, and Mansions, Picture Perfect has crafted a truly stunning release. Rose showcases the bands unique ability to produce immensely catchy hooks textured in beautiful harmonies.1. Dead Days
2. Off The Grid
3. Everyone And Everything
6. You're A Stranger
8. Carved Into The Bridge
10. Rose$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue Roses (Discontinued)Laura Groves began writing songs as a teenager in Yorkshire. With an old family piano and a borrowed guitar, thinking of the records she loved, lyrics that broke her heart, phrasing that made it race, composers cradling her aspirations. Influences spanning genres and generations; from Bart?k to Bush, Tiersen to Tears For Fears, Debussy to Du Maurier. She dreamt of writing, arranging, performing and producing an album that would be as treasured by someone else, and hopefully inspire them in the same way.
The journey from then until now has not only given her more years, but more confidence, more experience of life, the courage to let the music express when words seem too restrictive. The name Blue Roses is encompassing; it is more than just one person and their sole aspirations, it is what happened in making the album, this process gave the need for another, more representative name. Blue Roses is the story, with Laura Groves as the protagonist. Included is a cast of family members to play instruments and a choir of firm friends, acquaintances and perfect strangers gathered together in a caf? to help. A small amount of money and a little faith was stretched with the benevolence and enthusiasm of those who stood at each door. From recording in living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms in various houses, to recording a Steinway in a local piano shop (a millionaire, who despite having paid a five-figure sum for the concert grand piano, was enchanted enough by the story and the music to allow Laura to record with it before it was moved to entertain guests his Lake District hotel). The equipment graciously bought and generously lent, (most of which was older than Laura herself, some of which was of pensionable age) put her on a sonic par with her idols and instilled in her a romance which translated through the Neumann, the Gibson and Wurlitzer, the Neve. The valves, the plates, the springs, the tape, transformers and circuitry are as musical as the instruments and voices passing through them, and are part of the story, the color between the lines.1. Greatest Thoughts
2. Cover Your Tracks
4. I Am Leaving
5. Can't Sleep
6. I Wish I...
7. Does Anyone Love Me Now?
8. Doubtful Comforts
10. Imaginary Fights$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Red Roses For MeReissue With Original Artwork Designs
'Red Roses For Me' uses the 2013 remix from the original multi-track tapes by Nick Robbins who was the original engineer of the album in 1984.1. Transmetropolitan (2013 Mix)
2. The Battle Of Brisbane (2013 Mix)
3. The Auld Triangle (2013 Mix)
4. Waxie's Dargle (2013 Mix)
5. Boys From The County Hell (2013 Mix)
6. Sea Shanty (2013 Mix)
7. Dark Streets Of London (2013 Mix)
8. Streams Of Whiskey (2013 Mix)
9. Poor Paddy (2013 Mix)
10. Dingle Regatta (2013 Mix)
11. Greenland Whale Fisheries (2013 Mix)
12. Down In The Ground Where The Deadmen Go (2013 Mix)
13. Kitty (2013 Mix)$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Holding All The RosesI think that this record does a really good job of conveying what we do and what we're about, Blackberry Smoke singer-guitarist-songwriter Charlie Starr says of Holding All the Roses, the band's fourth studio album and its first Rounder release. Indeed, Holding All the Roses compellingly captures the energy, attitude and honesty that have already helped to make Blackberry Smoke one of America's hottest live rock 'n' roll outfits, as well as a grass-roots phenomenon with a large and fiercely loyal fan base that reflects the band's tireless touring regimen and staunch blue-collar work ethic.
The 12-song set-produced by Brendan O'Brien, whose previous production clients have included AC/DC, Aerosmith, Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young-showcases the Atlanta-based quintet's emotion-charged mix of bluesy rock, gospel soul, and country, with Starr's raspy twang matched by his and Paul Jackson's snarling guitars, Brandon Still's hauntingly expressive organ and piano, and the propulsive sibling rhythm section of Richard and Brit Turner. The songs' musical and emotional appeal is further elevated by the band's three-part vocal harmonies and expanded arrangements that make judicious use of fiddle and added percussion.
The five musicians' instinctive musical rapport manifests itself equally strongly on such surging rockers as Let Me Help You (Find the Door), Living in the Song and Wish In One Hand, and on such intimate, introspective tunes as Woman in the Moon, Too High and the stirring, acoustic-textured No Way Back to Eden. The album's musical and emotional depth demonstrates how Blackberry Smoke continues to extend and expand the Southern rock tradition.1. Let Me Help You (Find the Door)
2. Holding All the Roses
3. Living in the Song
4. Rock and Roll Again
5. Woman in the Moon
6. Too High
7. Wish in One Hand
8. Randolph County Farewell
9. Payback's a Bitch
10. Lay It All on Me
11. No Way Back to Eden
12. Fire in the Hole$25.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Run For The Roses
The fourth and last studio album credited to Jerry Garcia as a solo performer. It includes three Garcia/Hunter songs and one by Garcia, Hunter, and John Kahn. This was Melvin Seals' first recording with Garcia, and indeed his only full studio recording with the Jerry Garcia Band despite being in the band for nearly 15 years.1. Run For The Roses
2. I Saw Her Standing There
3. Without Love
4. Midnight Getaway
5. Leave The Little Girl Alone
7. Knockin' On Heaven's Door$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Ghost Who Walks/Stolen RosesKaren Elson's The Ghost Who Walks marks the debut solo release from the British singer/songwriter. Her transformation from fashion's favorite redheaded ingÉnue to beguiling chanteuse has been something of a slow burn. In 2003 she provided vocals for a version of Robert Plant's ''Last Time I Saw Her'' and in 2006 she recorded an English language version of ''Je T'Aime..Moi Non Plus'' (''I Love You... Me Neither'') with Cat Power for a Serge Gainsbourg tribute album, but her main musical outlet has been as a founding member of New York City cabaret The Citizens Band, a downtown collective of musicians, performers, artists and acrobats whose lively Weimar-esque performances have enjoyed successful theatrical runs of their politically thematic shows.
Writing almost exclusively in the sanctuary of a closet in her bedroom, Karen's songwriting blossomed. A fledgling songwriter might naturally be nervous to play their work for a spouse but for Karen the trepidation was exacerbated by her husband's own talent. It took many months of cajoling for Karen to play Jack White her songs but his reaction was immediate: let's get into the studio.
Karen has already won accolades for her stunning voice, but The Ghost Who Walks is still bound to surprise those who've never seen her perform with her cabaret troupe. The songwriting is especially impressive and, as something of a music obsessive since an early age, Karen sites a long list of influences and inspirations, including Nick Cave, PJ Harvey, Sandy Denny, Opal and Rain Parade. The track The Ghost Who Walks, also the title of her forthcoming album, is a haunting murder ballad but the title came from a high school nickname which Karen endured before embarking on her fashion career. It's an apt title for an elegant and haunting album.
Artwork By - Miles Johnson , Rob Jones
Mastered By - Andrew Mendelson
Mixed By - Jack White III , Vance Powell
Photography - David Swanson
Producer - Jack White III
Recorded By - Joshua V. Smith (tracks: B)
Vance Powell (tracks: A)
Written-By - Karen Elson
The Ghost Who Walks
Bass - Daniel Lloyd
Drums - Jack White III
Organ, Electric Guitar - Dean Fertita
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Karen Elson
Accordion, Backing Vocals - Rachelle Garniez
Acoustic Guitar - Jackson Smith
Bass - Olivia Jean
Drums - Marc Fellis
Guitar - Carl Broemel
Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Karen Elson$6.99Vinyl LP 7'' Single - Sealed Buy Now
The Roots Of Guns N' RosesLimited edition 12" picture vinyl pressing from Cleopatra Records of the historical demos recorded by Axl Rose and Izzy Stradlin before they became one of the biggest rock bands in American history with Guns N' Roses! Side A includes the original demo versions while side B features the Gilby Clarke mixes.Side A - Original Demo Versions
1. Killing Time
2. Anything Goes
4. Shadow of Your Love
5. Reckless Life
Side B - Mixed by Gilby Clarke
1. Killing Time
2. Anything Goes
4. Shadow of Your Love (ft. Tracii Guns)
5. Reckless Life (ft. Tracii Guns)$26.99Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
If The Roses Don't Kill UsIf The Roses Don't Kill Us was made with Grammy-winning producer Dave Sanger (Asleep at the Wheel) and his partners PJ Herrington and Jay Reynolds. They created a relaxed atmosphere in the studio that gaveDenny's vocals a sharp, visceral presence. The album opener, "Happy Sad" sets the stage for all that follows. When Denny strums a minor chord and sings the word "sad," you're pulled into his world of intense melancholy.
The descending melody line and bluesy guitar lines of "God's Height" gives the tune a sense of anguished longing, mitigated by Denny's playful vocal. "I was laughing about the thoughts you get at the end of a relationship when you think you're not good enough, but you know you're going to survive." The churchy B3 organ on "Our Kind of Love" suggests Memphis in the early 60s, a feeling echoed in Denny's crooning. "No matter how bad it seems, we only have this moment. When I wrote, 'It's our love, darlin', and we beat ourselves black and blue,' I was realizing how much I love my dark feelings."
Denny's jubilant vocal dominates "Watch Me Shine" with chiming acoustic guitar and sustained bell-like synthesizer notes adding to the track's righteous mood. "If the Roses Don't Kill Us" is pure country funk with a New Orleans brass band supporting Denny's lively vocal. "Sometimes you have to go crazy to figure out what's important to you," Denny explains. "This is about leaving a relationship when you know the situation isn't really resolved." That ambivalence is the thread that holds the songs on If The Roses Don't Kill Us together. Denny's barely restrained vocals have the ability to describe contradictory feelings with an intensity that gives every word he sings the ring of painful truth. His shimmering, one-of-a-kind voice reaches you on a deep emotional level, touching your heart and soul to deliver his hard won insights with an honesty that makes his singing and songwriting something unique and rare.1 Happy Sad
2 God's Height
3 Our Kind Of Love
5 Million Little Thoughts
6 Watch Me Shine
7 If The Roses Don't Kill Us
8 Love Is A Code Word
9 Man A Fool
10 Ride On
12 Some Things
$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-DEA-4243xDeath of Lovers
Buried Under A World Of RosesDeath Of Lovers is a new band featuring current members of Whirr and Nothing, formed from a bond members made while touring together in 2013.
Although Death Of Lovers carries qualities of members previously applauded efforts, they carry a shimmer and fuzz all their own. Dreary vocals, slow motion melody, and plodding percussion swirl together to create a crushingly depressing atmosphere. Kicking up the dust of their prominent influences (Joy Division, The Cure, etc) as they explore the fractured depths the of their uniquely haunting sound. A beautifully addictive introduction to their greatness to come.1. Cold Heaven
3. Buried Under a World of Roses
4. The Blue of Noon$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rose WindowsDouble LP Gatefold With Insert
Rose Windows began in late 2010 in Seattle. On their debut album, The Sun Dogs, the band incorporates elements of The Band, The Doors' organ-driven psychedelia, and Black Sabbath's dirges, along with Persian, Indian, and Eastern European music. Rose Windows have toured the West Coast several times, fluidly sharing the stage with underground art-metal bands one night and popular indie Americana acts the next. The Sun Dogs was engineered and produced by Randall Dunn (SunnO))), Boris, Earth) at Avast!, March-May 2012, and mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service.1. Bodhi Song
2. Glory, Glory
5. Strip Mall Babylon
6. Come Get Us Again
7. The Old Crow
8. Aurora Avenue
9. A Pleasure to Burn
10. Hirami$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rose MountainOn the cusp of celebrating 10 years as a band, Screaming Females announces Rose Mountain, the New Jersey DIY-punk trio's sixth LP due February 24 on Don Giovanni Records. The band self-produced their previous releases (with Steve Albini engineering their 2012 LP Ugly and the 2014 concert album Live at the Hideout) but overturned the long-standing, self-imposed rule this time by bringing in Matt Bayles (Mastodon, the Sword) as a producer. Setting out with a vision so clear that it almost became a studio mantra, the resulting songs are concise, crisp and melodic, in essence creating at once their most complex and accessible record to date.1. Empty Head
3. Wishing Well
4. Burning Car
5. Broken Neck
6. Rose Mountain
9. It's Not Fair
10. Criminal Image$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-RCA-9110xYou + Me
Rose AveYou+Me (sometimes written You Plus Me) are a folk music duo consisting of Canadian musician-singer-songwriter Dallas Green and American singer-songwriter Alecia Moore, better known as Pink. Moore and Green met through mutual friends several years prior to their collaboration. The first time they sang together Green had asked Moore to sing with him at one of his shows. They remained friends and Green opened several shows for Moore in the U.K. Moore had considered singing acoustic ballads, and as friends the two had considered collaborating for several years. In March 2014, their schedules allowed them to get together and compose original songs. They had written musical nuggets in advance, and their debut album Rose Ave. took shape within a week.1. Capsized
2. From a Closet in Norway (Oslo Blues)
4. Love Gone Wrong
5. You and Me
7. Second Guess
8. Break the Cycle
9. Open Door
10. No Ordinary Love$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Like A RoseAshley Monroe, a member of the critically acclaimed trio Pistol Annies, presents her first Warner Nashville solo album, Like A Rose. Most folks, as soon as they hear Ashley Monroe, instantly recognize one thing: she's the real deal. Her songs resonate so profoundly because they reflect the experiences of an artist who, although she is just 26, has already seen both the best and worst that life has to offer.
Like a Rose has been a long time coming. Monroe has been creating music for more than half of her life-attracting along the way kudos from such music world giants as Dolly Parton, Guy Clark, Vince Gill and Jack White. Her new, full-length album release serves both to fill in the back-story and impart to us who she is today. At times her songs are dead serious, at others utterly hilarious, but always Monroe is an original with a compelling story to share.
Monroe spent her childhood in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she immersed herself in all varieties of music ranging from country-she's not-too-distantly related to members of the legendary Carter Family-to rock, pop, rap and even opera. When she was 11, Monroe won a talent contest singing "I Want To Be a Cowboy's Sweetheart" and two years later her father gave Ashley her first guitar. She developed a passion for writing songs, discovering that she could easily communicate her thoughts and sentiments through a six-string and her dynamic, exceptional voice.
One of the most rewarding artistic adventures for Ashley to date has been the Pistol Annies, a trio she co-formed in 2011 with her friend Miranda Lambert, whose chart-topping hit "Heart Like Mine" Ashley co-penned, and newcomer Angaleena Presley. Pistol Annies have provided Monroe with yet another outlet for her music. Their album, Hell on Heels, garnered rave reviews. The All Music Guide called the trio "a remarkably democratic supergroup" while veteran music critic Robert Christgau gave the album an A grade, citing its "expertly executed tunes."
Despite her list of previous accomplishments, everything she's done so far feels like it's been pointing the way toward Like a Rose. With songs that run the gamut from feel-good to controversial to contemplative, the album, produced by country music titan Vince Gill, offers the full range of Ashley Monroe's songwriting and performing skills. To maintain the honesty of Ashley's songs, Gill and the singer chose to record the album the way most of the greatest albums ever were made: sans gimmickry. "We just got the band in a circle and started playing the songs," Ashley says, "and once we felt like we had a feel for it, I'd do my vocal live-I never went back in to do a second vocal. Everyone put everything we had into the songs. There was a buzz in the room. We all had fun-it felt like a big old family, the way records used to be made."
Some of the songs were newly written for the album; others date back several years and felt right to revisit. The semi-autobiographical title track, one of the uncontestable highlights of the set, was co-written about six years ago with another totem of the American song-crafting community, Texan legend Guy Clark.
One song that is bound to raise some eyebrows refers to the same favored flower of the title tune, but in a much different sense: "Weed Instead of Roses" tells of a woman's desire to get a gift she actually desires from her beau, not just something that smells good.
"You Got Me" was co-written by Monroe and Karen Fairchild. Says Ashley, "It's about an addiction to something-one thing or another, whether you're stuck in a bad relationship or alcohol or whatever it is-and you try to hide it and fight it but you're kind of saying, 'Alright, you got me.'
On a more light-hearted note is "Monroe Suede," based on "a slick character that tries to get away all the time." Another is the self-explanatory "You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter)," a duet featuring Lambert's husband, CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton. "Morning After" confronts that uneasy feeling that often follows a too-good time and "She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind," written with Jon Randall Stewart, comes straight from one of Ashley's many journals. "Two Weeks Late" was suggested by singer-songwriter Shane McAnally, who co-wrote it with Monroe. "He came in and said, 'I heard this phrase at the ATM: I'm a dollar short and two weeks late.' That was another one that just fell out. I grabbed the guitar and we started writing it up.
"Used," another standout, is an update of a song that appeared on Monroe's Satisfied album. "It came to me when I was about 17 and my manager at the time had just bought me this old 1950s Gibson guitar," she says. It came into my mind that things are worth more used, and I thought about my mom, who had lost my dad when she was 38. I was thinking, she had two kids, she's been through a lot, and, bless her heart, it's all gonna be worth it. Vince and I worked up this new version, which made it fresh for me."
And fresh it all is. Like a Rose avoids the trappings of too much contemporary music by sticking to the basics: memorable songs, incredible musicians, a superb voice, all of it captured honestly and without frills. As the saying goes, sometimes we need to stop and smell the roses. Take a whiff of Like a Rose and you'll find it smells pretty darn sweet.1. Like A Rose
2. Two Weeks Late
4. Weed Instead of Roses
5. You Got Me
6. The Morning After
7. Monroe Suede
8. She's Driving Me Out Of Your Mind
9. You Ain't Dolly (And You Ain't Porter) ft. Blake Shelton$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Van Lear RoseOn vinyl for the first time ever! This 2004 album paired the legendary Lynn with Jack White at the production helm and was met with overwhelmingly glowing praise (the average rating via Metacritic is 97 out of a 100, tying it with Brian Wilson's ''Smile'' as their highest-rated, non-reissue album of all time). With all songs penned solely by Lynn, the vibe here is both raw and heartfelt. ''Van Lear Rose'' won the 2005 Grammy for Best Country Album and the lead single ''Portland, Oregon'' won that same year for Best Country Collaboration with vocals.
Mastered directly from the original analog masters, pressed on heavyweight 180-gram vinyl and coupled with a vibrant Stoughton tip-on sleeve, the ''Van Lear Rose'' LP is one that no collection is complete without.1. Van Lear Rose
2. Portland Oregon
3. Trouble On The Line
4. Family Tree
5. Have Mercy
6. High On A Mountain Top
7. Little Red Shoes
8. God Makes No Mistakes
9. Women's Prison
10. This Old House
11. Mrs. Leroy Brown
12. Miss Being Mrs.
13. Story Of My Life$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Blue Rose (Pure Pleasure)One of Rosemary Clooney's best records, and one of Duke's more accessible offerings, combined on one LP. The recorded output of the 1950's didn't get much more satisfying than this. Duke's music was always very sophisticated and this time it's even more obvious with a presence of such a talented singer as Rosemary Clooney. The songs are marvelous and she sounds young, fresh and sexy (ladylike sexy). In Blue Rose, not only are Clooney's vocals outstanding, but the arrangements are some of the prettiest of jazz.
The band swings simply and sweetly, though still thoroughly in the Duke style. As if to make the point that the band is the 'other' star of this recording, there's one instrumental here - Passion Flower (Johnny Hodges on sax never sounded more sure of himself). Its inclusion in the program, without a vocal from Clooney, is at first bizarre - but seems to make sense within the context of the album.
The fascinating album notes explain why and how separate tracks for Rosemary Clooney and Duke Ellington's orchestra had to be laid down. One would never realize that singer and orchestra were not together. They are totally in sync. This is not big, belting jazz; this is sophisticated, late night, intimate singing and playing. This is one of the most memorable pairings of a 'popular' singer with a jazz giant; ranking with the first Sinatra-Basie album and the Coltrane-Hartman session.
- Rosemary Clooney (vocal)
- Duke Ellington (piano, arranger)
- Billy Strayhorn (arranger)
- Johnny Hodges, Russell Procope (alto saxophone)
- Clark Terry, Cat Anderson (trumpet)
- Gordon Jackson (trombone)
- Jimmy Woode (bass)
- Sam Woodyard (drums)
Recording: January and February 1956
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. Hey Baby
2. Sophisticated Lady
3. Me and You
4. Passion Flower
5. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
7. Blue Rose
8. Im Checkin OutGoombye
9. I Got It Bad
10. Mood Indigo$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now