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  • Fragile Fragile Quick View

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    Fragile

    Fragile is the fourth studio album from the English progressive rock band Yes, originally released in 1971 on Atlantic Records. It is their first album recorded with keyboardist Rick Wakeman in the band's line-up after Tony Kaye was fired for having a lack of interest in learning more electronic keyboards. Formed of nine tracks, four are group performances while the remaining five are solo features written by each member. Its cover was designed by Roger Dean, who would design their future band logo, stage sets, and many of their future album covers.


    Fragile received a positive reception upon its release and was a commercial and critical success, reaching No. 4 on the US Billboard Top LPs chart and No. 7 on the UK Albums Chart. Roundabout was released as a single in the US which reached No. 13 and is one of the band's best known songs. The album is certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over 2 million copies.

    1. Roundabout
    2. Cans And Brahms
    3. We Have Heaven
    4. South Side Of The Sky
    5. Five Per Cent For Nothing
    6. Long Distance Runaround
    7. The Fish (Schindleria Praematurus)
    8. Mood For A Day
    9. Heart Of The Sunrise
    Yes
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    Real Hair

    On Speedy Ortiz's Real Hair, the band sets a course
    between the knotty discord of debut album Major Arcana
    and the pop bonades of the preceding Sports EP.
    Recorded and mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie (Pixies
    Radiohead), the new EP nds them subtly adding new
    techniques to their songbook. Guitarists Sadie Dupuis and
    Matt Robidoux bring on additional guitar effects to color
    the roundabout feel of "Oxygal," while bassist Darl Ferm
    and drummer Mike Falcone hit hard to deliver the jump in-the-pit urgency of "American Horror".


    From the vocal melodies to the no-nonsense guitar turns,
    this is Speedy's catchiest outing yet, drawing inspiration
    from contemporary Top 40 and R&B radio in addition to
    their regular arsenal of guitar rock. Dupuis' lyrics continue
    to address concerns about identity, representation, and
    their misalignment, this time from a new angle: "While the
    last album was kind of a breakup jam, these songs are a
    lot more introspective-myself dealing with and talking to
    and making sense of myself," she says.


    With Real Hair, Speedy Ortiz once again taps into the
    four-part chemistry that brought their prior outings praise.
    They're still equal parts noisy and poetic, and now merge
    those channels more seamlessly than ever.

    1. American Horror
    2. Oxygal
    3. Everything's Bigger
    4. Shine Theory

    Speedy Ortiz
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  • Playing The Angel Playing The Angel Quick View

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    Playing The Angel

    From the beginning of their career Depeche Mode have been at the forefront of remix culture; creating their own classic extended mixes back in the early 80s and over the years amassing a collection of remixers of their songs that pretty much charts the history of cutting edge dance music.


    When Ultra was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion. When Exciter was declared the best Depeche Mode album since Violator, those who said so must have also forgotten about Songs of Faith and Devotion, in addition to having found a roundabout way of saying that it was merely better than Ultra. There's no doubt this time: Playing the Angel is both the band's best album since Violator and, more significantly, an album that is near Violator in stature. The biggest clue dropped by the band prior to its release was a quote from Dave Gahan, who said that being in Depeche Mode is better than it has been in 15 years. Some quick math reveals that Gahan was hinting at the Violator era, a time when the band's creativity and popularity peaked synchronously. It also turns out that this is a time as good as any other to be paying attention to the band. Playing the Angel lacks Songs of Faith and Devotion's end-to-end chest-beating, Ultra's grinding murk, and Exciter's desiccated patches. It takes the best qualities from those releases, combines them with a few subtle allusions to Violator -- tiptoeing the border that separates retread from reinvention -- and makes for a highly concentrated set of songs that all but demand to be heard in one uninterrupted shot. Gahan, still riding the confidence he gained as a songwriter from Paper Monsters, his 2003 solo debut, contributes three songs co-written with band associates Christian Eigner and Andrew Phillpott. Though none of them vie to be the album's centerpiece, it's apparent that the move wasn't a concession of desperation on anyone's part. The friendly competition seems to have kicked chief songwriter Martin Gore into high gear; he's in top form. Musically, a lot of analog gear was used, and it's apparent that the arrangements and extra sounds were less fussed over than they have been in the recent past. You get the sense that everything fell into place, as opposed to being forced or aimlessly manipulated. Despite the favoring of older gear, there's no other year in which any of the songs could've been made. Like the best Depeche Mode, almost everything on the album will make an initial wowing impact while remaining layered enough in subtle details to surprise and thrill with repeated listens. It is not the kind of album a 25-year-old band is supposed to make.


    - Andy Kellman (All Music Guide)

    LP 1
    1. A Pain That Im Used To
    2. John The Revelator
    3. Suffer Well
    4. The Sinner In Me
    5. Precious
    6. Macro


    LP 2
    7. I Want It All
    8. Nothings Impossible
    9. Introspectre
    10. Damaged People
    11. Lilian
    12. The Darkest Star

    Depeche Mode
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  • Topographic Drama - Live Across America Topographic Drama - Live Across America Quick View

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    Topographic Drama - Live Across America

    In the Summer of 2016, YES embarked upon an ambitious tour. At each show, the band performed its 1980 album 'Drama' in its entirety - for the first time ever - plus sides one and four from YES' 1973 double-album 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (their first number one album), together with fan favourites like 'Roundabout' and 'Starship Trooper'.


    Rhino salutes the influential progressive rockers - who were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame earlier this year - with the new live album, TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA. The music will be available as a Triple-LP. The release features detailed cover art designed by the band's longtime collaborator Roger Dean.


    The new collection features live performances from 12 dates recorded on the tour in February 2017, by the current Yes line-up: Steve Howe (guitars), Alan White (drums), Geoff Downes (keyboards), Billy Sherwood (bass), Jon Davison (vocals), and additional drummer for this tour Jay Schellen.


    TOPOGRAPHIC DRAMA - LIVE ACROSS AMERICA highlights the best performances from the 2017 leg of the 12-show tour and mirrors the set list from those concerts. Each night, Yes opened with all six songs from Drama (1980), the band's tenth studio album, which peaked at No.2 on the U.K. Album Chart. Standouts include 'Machine Messiah', 'Tempus Fugit' and the album's only single 'Into The Lens'.


    After 'Drama', the band shifted gears for songs from two of its best-selling albums: 'And You And I' from 1972's 'Close To The Edge' (UK Platinum) and 'Heart Of The Sunrise' from 1971's 'Fragile' (UK Platinum).


    Next, the group played the opening and closing tracks of its concept album, 'Tales From Topographic Oceans' (1973). Howe's exceptional guitar work on 'The Revealing Science Of God' and White's propulsive drumming on 'Ritual' have always been regarded as ground-breaking. The album concludes with two live staples: 'Roundabout' from 'Fragile' (1971) and 'Starship Trooper' from 'The Yes Album' (1971).


    Among the world's most influential, ground-breaking, and respected progressive rock bands, YES was founded in 1968. The Grammy-Award® winning recording artists have sold more than 50 million records in a career that has so far spanned six decades.

    LP 1
    1. Machine Messiah
    2. White Car
    3. Does It Really Happen?
    4. Into The Lens
    5. Run Through The Light
    6. Tempus Fugit


    LP 2
    1. And You And I
    2. Heart Of The Sunrise
    3. The Revealing Science Of God
    4. Leaves Of Green


    LP 3
    1. Ritual
    2. Roundabout
    3. Starship Trooper

    Yes
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  • Bright Moments (Pure Pleasure) Bright Moments (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Bright Moments (Pure Pleasure)

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk's live club gigs were usually engaging, freewheeling affairs, full of good humor and a fantastically wide range of music. The double album Bright Moments is a near-definitive document of the Kirk live experience, and his greatest album of the '70s. The extroverted Kirk was in his element in front of an audience, always chatting, explaining his concepts, and recounting bits of jazz history. Even if some of his long, jive-talking intros can sound a little dated today, it's clear in the outcome of the music that Kirk fed voraciously off the energy of the room.


    Most of the tracks are long (seven minutes or more), demonstrating Kirk's wealth of soloing ideas in a variety of styles (and, naturally, on a variety of instruments). Pedal Up is a jaw-dropping demonstration of Kirk's never-duplicated three-horns-at-once technique, including plenty of unaccompanied passages that simply sound impossible. There's more quintessential Kirk weirdness on Fly Town Nose Blues, which heavily features an instrument called the nose flute, and the title track has a healthy dose of Kirk singing through his (traditional) flute.


    His repertoire is typically eclectic: Ellington's Prelude to a Kiss; a groovy Bacharach pop tune in You'll Never Get To Heaven; a lovely version of Fats Waller's Jitterbug Waltz; and a stomping, exultant New Orleans-style original, Dem Red Beans and Rice. Perhaps the best, however, is an impassioned rendition of the ballad standard If I Loved You, where Kirk's viscerally raw, honking tone hints in a roundabout way at the avant-garde without ever losing its melodic foundation. Bright Moments empties all the major items out of Kirk's bag of tricks, providing a neat microcosm of his talents and displaying a consummate and knowledgeable showman. In short, it's nothing less than a 'tour de force'.



    Musicians:



    • Rahsaan Roland Kirk (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Ron Burton (piano)

    • Henry Pearson (bass)

    • Todd Barkan (synthesizer)

    • Joe Habao (percussion)

    • Robert Shy (drums)



    Recording: 1973 live at Keystone Korner, San Francisco, by Biff Davies, Ed Barton & Jack Crymes

    Production: Joel Dorn



    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.

    LP 1
    1. Introduction
    2. Pedal Up
    3. You'll Never Get To Heaven
    4. Clackety Clack
    5. Prelude To A Kiss
    6. Talk (Electric Nose)
    7. Fly Town Nose Blues


    LP 2
    1. Talk (Bright Moments)
    2. Bright Moments Song
    3. Dem Red Beans And Rice
    4. If I Loved You
    5. Talk (Fats Waller)
    6. Jitterbug Waltz
    7. Second Line Jump

    Rahsaan Roland Kirk
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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