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2. Plans & Reveries
4. What You Did
8. The Comedown
10. After The Flood$13.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Counterparts200 Gram Vinyl LP
Features Etched Designs on Side D of the Album
By 1993, alternative rock had arrived in a big way, and surprisingly, Canadian veterans Rush were game, releasing their most honest and organic rock & roll record in over a decade with Counterparts. Opener Animate is straightforward enough, but doesn't even hint at the guitar ferocity and lyrical angst of Stick it Out, a song which undoubtedly polarizes Rush fans to this day.
Intellectual melodic rockers like Cut to the Chase, At the Speed of Love, and Everyday Glory are also present, but diversity continues to rule the day with Geddy Lee's bass taking charge on the amazingly somber Double Agent and the giddy instrumental Leave That Thing Alone. Pure hard rock resurfaces on Cold Fire, but it is the largely acoustic Nobody's Hero which provides the album's most gripping moment with an impassioned plea for HIV consciousness and understanding.1. Animate
2. Stick It Out
3. Cut To The Chase
4. Nobody's Hero
5. Between Sun & Moon
6. Alien Shore
7. The Speed Of Love
8. Double Agent
9. Leave That Thing Alone
10. Cold Fire
11. Everyday Glory$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Live at Massey Hall 1971 (Awaiting Repress)In hindsight, Neil Young now admits that Live At Massey Hall should have come out between After the Gold Rush and Harvest. The legendary 1971 concert features a solo Young with just a guitar, a piano and a mic debuting what were mostly new songs at the time. I'm gonna sing mostly new songs tonight, Neil Young tells the rapt Massey Hall audience, I've written so many new ones that I can't think of anything else to do with them other than sing 'em. The sound quality is impeccable and the setting lends a profound intimacy to Young's voice and musicianship, making this an overall remarkable recording and a mystery that it wasn't released sooner. The acclaimed Toronto performance features brilliant takes on some of Young's most enduring classics including; Old Man, Cowgirl In The Sand, Ohio and a suite of A Man Needs A Maid and Heart Of Gold before they were recorded for Harvest. Live At Massey Hall is a newly mined rock gem here on Classic Records' stunning 180g Quiex Super Vinyl Profile!1. On The Way Home
2. Tell Me Why
3. Old Man
4. Journey Through The Past
6. Love In Mind
7. A Man Needs A Maid/Heart Of Gold Suite
8. Cowgirl In The Sand
9. Don't Let It Bring You Down
10. There's A World
11. Bad Fog Of Loneliness
12. The Needle And The Damage Done
13. Ohio [Live At Massey Hall
14. See The Sky About To Rain
15. Down By The River
16. Dance Dance Dance
17. I Am A Child$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Classic Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Adrenaline RushAdrenaline Rush, originally released in 1997, is the third studio album by rap artist Twista. It was his second album nationally released after his previous effort Resurrection was shelved outside of Chicago. The album had guest artists: Johnny P, Liffy Stokes, Miss Kane, Malif, Mayz and Turtle Banks. The first single off the album was Emotions, a song which reworked the chorus of the Do or Die hit Po Pimp (on which Twista was featured). The single Get It Wet charted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #96. With very little airplay or radio play outside the midwest, it went Gold.LP 1
2. Adrenaline Rush (feat. Yungbuck)
3. Death Before Dishonor
4. It Feels So Good
6. Mobster's Anthem
1. Get Her In Tha Mood
3. Unsolved Mystery
4. Korrupt World
5. Get It Wet (feat. Ms. Kane)
6. No Remorse (feat. Liffy Stokes, Link, Malif, Mayze, Turtle)
7. Emotions (Remix)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Yo! Bum Rush The ShowYo! Bum Rush the Show is the debut album from Public Enemy, it was originally released in April 1987 on Def Jam Recordings. The album debuts the
sample-heavy sound by production team The Bomb Squad and is very much a Rick Rubin-directed production. Each track is comprised of kicking heavy
guitars toward the front, honing the loops, rhythms, and samples into a roar with as much in common with rock as rap. The rage which is so often the
focus of "Nation of Millions" is present but with a little more diversity in subject matter that creates a more well-rounded listen. In celebration of Def Jam's
30th Anniversary UMe will be reissuing this title back on vinyl after being out of print for years.1. You're Gonna Get Yours
2. Sophisticated Bitch
3. Miuzi Weighs A Ton
5. Too Much Posse
6. Rightstarter (Message To A Black Man)
7. Public Enemy No.1
9. Yo! Bum Rush The Show
10. Raise The Roof
12. Terminator X Speaks With His Hands$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
A Rush Of Blood To The HeadRanked 473/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
A Rush of Blood to the Head is a soulful, exhilarating journey, moving from the cathartic rock of Politik to the hushed tones of Green Eyes without once breaking its mesmerizing momentum. Singer Chris Martin takes his voice on soaring flights, reaching places only Jeff Buckley previously dared to go. And the music is nearly flawless, as heartfelt and emotionally liberated as you can get.1. Politik
2. In My Place
3. God Put A Smile Upon Your Face
4. The Scientist
7. Green Eyes
8. Warning Sign
9. A Whisper
10. A Rush Of Blood To The Head
11. Amsterdam$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Bobby Rush - Upstairs At United, Vol 11On February 4th, 2014, 73 year old Grammy nominated blues and R&B legend Bobby Rush added a generous helping of all analog, direct to tape, soul to Upstairs at United series. The set opens with a blistering take on the Beatles ''Come Together'' where most of the vocal is ''sung'' by the harmonica, followed by a sultry take on Otis Redding's ''Hard To Handle.'' Side two starts with a newly penned gem ''Why Do They Act Like That'' and finishes with Floyd-ish take on a Bobby Rush classic, ''2 Eyes Full of Tears.'' As traditional to the series, these recordings were done live to tape above the mechanical hum of the record presses at United Record Pressing then cut as a 45 RPM 12'' EP for the optimum listening experience.1. Come Together (Beatles)
2. Hard to Handle (Otis Redding)
3. Why Do They Act Like That
4. 2 Eyes Full of Tears$15.9912 Vinyl LP 45RPM - Sealed Buy Now
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of RushPurple Pyramid Records, a division of Cleopatra Records, will release The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Plays The Music Of Rush on November 13. Nearly sixty musicians and thirty vocalists transform nine of Rush's greatest hits into even more intricate, soaring orchestral works.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra covers the best-known classics, from Working Man, the self-titled debut album track that launched Rush's career in the U.S. to Subdivisions from Signals, the album that proved electronic rock could reside in the top ten. The band's most successful record, Moving Pictures, is represented by rousing versions of Tom Sawyer and Red Barchetta. Special guest guitarists include Steve Rothery of Marillion on Working Man and Adrian Smith of Iron Maiden on Red Barchetta. The Windrush Choir provides backing vocals and solos.
The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, formed in 1946 and based in London, has been called the nation's favorite orchestra. It has had internationally known maestros like Andre Previn and Louis Clark, and has toured the world. The RPO is a best-selling and adventurous recording entity as well. In 1969, it recorded a concerto for Deep Purple, composed by the band's organist Jon Lord. It earned a top ten U.S. single in 1982 with Hooked On Classics. Over the years, RPO has orchestrally arranged Pink Floyd, Oasis, Queen, R.E.M., Madonna and ABBA.
The orchestra was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, conducted by BAFTA Award-winning musician and composer Richard Harvey. Harvey performed with the prog rock group Gryphon and as an accomplished multi-instrumentalist (specializing in mediaeval and Renaissance periods), worked with many folk and rock musicians such as Richard and Linda Thompson, Kate Bush and Sweet. He has toured and recorded with John Williams, and has performed and composed film/TV soundtracks for more than thirty years. The album was produced by James Graydon and Richard Cottle, who also arranged all the music.1. 2112 Overture
2. The Spirit Of Radio
3. Tom Sawyer
4. Red Barchetta (feat. Adrian Smith)
6. Fly By Night
7. Closer To The Heart
9. Working Man (feat. Steve Rothery)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
2112 (40th Anniversary) (Awaiting Repress)40th Anniversary Edition
3x 200 Gram Vinyl (Including Original Album With 2015 Abbey Road Remaster)
Bonus Tracks With Live Archive Outtakes From Massey Hall 1976 & Newly Recorded Covers By Dave Grohl,
Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains, & Jacob Moon
Includes Starman Turntable Mat
Red Star + Circuit Board Vinyl Image Etching On Side Six
Features New Artwork By Hugh Syme
Liner Notes By Rob Bowman
The 40th Anniversary edition of Rush's classic 1976 LP, 2112. Pressed 3x 200 Gram Vinyl (Including Original Album With 2015 Abbey Road Remaster) with bonus tracks including live archive outtakes from Massey Hall, 1976 & newly recorded covers by Dave Grohl,
Taylor Hawkins, Nick Raskulinecz, Billy Talent, Steven Wilson, Alice In Chains, & Jacob Moon. Includes Starman turntable mat and Red Star + Circuit Board vinyl image etching on side six. Featuring new artwork by Hugh Syme & liner notes by Rob Bowman.LP 1: Original Album
2. The Temples Of Syrinx
5. Oracle: The Dream
7. Grand Finale
8. A Passage To Bangkok
9. The Twilight Zone
12. Something For Nothing
LP 2: Covers & Bonus Tracks
1. Solar Federation
2. Overture (Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins & Nick Raskulinecz)
3. A Passage To Bangkok (Billy Talent)
4. The Twilight Zone (Steven Wilson)
5. Tears (Alice In Chains)
6. Something For Nothing (Jacob Moon)
7. 2112 (Live At Massey Hall 1976 Outtake)
LP 3: More Bonus Tracks (Red Star + Circuit Board Vinyl Image Etching on Side Six)
1. Something For Nothing (Live At Massey Hall 1976 Outtake)
2. The Twilight Zone (Live 1977 Contraband)
3. 2112 Radio Ad$79.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
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This product is not eligible for discount.$35.00Carbon Fiber Record Brush Buy Now
Feedback200 Gram Vinyl LP
As they celebrate a thirty-year career of filling arenas, selling tens of millions of albums and playing songs with which a generation of rock fans came of age, visionary rock legends Rush decided to have a little fun with the music they grew up with. Feedback features covers of songs by The Who, The Yardbirds, Love, Cream, Buffalo Springfield and more, the trio's new LP is a rocking good time for anyone who loves Rush or just classic rock & roll.
Drummer Neil Peart, in the album's liner notes, explains, It was April of 2004, but Geddy, Alex, and I were channeling back to 1966 and 1967, when we were thirteen- and fourteen-year-old beginners. We thought it would be a fitting symbol to commemorate our thirty years together if we returned to our roots and paid tribute to those we had learned from and were inspired by. We thought we might record some of the songs we used to listen to, the ones we painstakingly learned the chords, notes, and drum parts for, and even played in our earliest bands. The tracks on this collection are songs we liked from the era that we thought we could 'cover' effectively (meaning not too many backing vocals), and have some fun with. The music celebrates a good time in our lives, and we had a good time celebrating it.1. Summertime Blues
2. Heart Full of Soul
3. For What It's Worth
4. The Seeker
5. Mr. Soul
6. Seven and Seven Is
7. Shapes of Things
8. Crossroads$21.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
AcousTech - Anti-Static BrushSimple to use and the best $19 you could spend as a record collector. Brush each LP side, and you'll not only enjoy less surface noise but you'll also increase the life of your records and phono cartridge. Over one million carbon fibers gently remove particles of dirt from the record grooves.$19.99AcousTech Anti-Static Brush Buy Now
Roll The Bones200 Gram Vinyl LP
From a lyrical perspective, 1991's Roll the Bones is quite possibly Rush's darkest album (most of the songs deal with death in no uncertain terms), but from a musical point of view, the record treads territory (highbrow melodic hard rock) similar to its recent predecessors, with only a few surprises thrown in for good measure. These include an amusing rap section in the middle of the title track, a welcome return to instrumentals with Where's my Thing?, and one of the band's finest songs of the '90s in the gutsy Dreamline. Neurotica is another highlight which lives up to its title, and though their negative subject matter can feel stifling at times, fine tracks like Bravado, The Big Wheel, and Heresy feature wonderful melodies and arrangements.1. Dreamline
3. Roll The Bones
4. Face Up
5. Where's My Thing?
6. The Big Wheel
8. Ghost Of A Chance
10. You Bet Your Life$26.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Test For Echo200 Gram Vinyl LP
Features Etched Designs on Side D of the Album
Test for Echo is the sixteenth studio album by Canadian rock band Rush, released in 1996. It marks the final Rush work prior to the tragic events in Neil Peart's life that put the band on hiatus for several years. He recorded a majority of his drum tracks for the album using traditional grip, after receiving drum lessons from jazz instructor Freddie Gruber.
After flirting with alternative rock on Counterparts, Rush returns to classic progressive rock on Test for Echo. Cutting back many of the AOR production flourishes that hampered most of their late-'80s and early-'90s releases, the band concentrates on the sounds and styles that made albums like Moving Pictures huge successes in the late '70s and early '80s. Test for Echo is all instrumental gymnastics and convoluted song structures, all of which demonstrate each member's skills. And the key to the album is the individual performances.
The title track reached #1 on the mainstream rock chart. Driven became a bass showcase for Geddy Lee during live performances, while Resist was rearranged as an acoustic song on the Vapor Trails and R30 tours. Since then, the band has not performed any tracks from the album in concert.1. Test For Echo
3. Half The World
4. The Color Of Right
5. Time And Motion
7. Dog Years
11. Carve Away The Stone$34.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
All The World's A Stage200 Gram Vinyl
Newly Remastered At Abbey Road From Original Analogue Masters
All The World's A Stage is a 1976 double live album recorded at Toronto's Massey Hall during RUSH's 2112 tour. Certified platinum, the original album was formatted for auto-change continual play turntables - this edition matches the original. 2015 is all about 12 Months of RUSH on vinyl!Bastille Day
Fly By Night/In The Mood
Something For Nothing
The Temples Of Syrinx
At The Tobes Of Hades
Across The Styx
Of The Battle
In The End
Working Man/Finding My Way
What You're Doing$38.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
2112 (Awaiting Repress)200 Gram Vinyl
Newly Remastered At Abbey Road From Original Analogue Masters
RUSH's 4th album, 1st released in 1976, recounts a dystopian future set in 2112. Most fans consider 2112 the band's definitive album. Certified triple-platinum, 2112 is #2 on Rolling Stone's 'Your Favorite Prog Rock Albums of All Time'. 2015 is all about 12 Months of RUSH on vinyl!1. Overture
2. The Temples Of Syrinx
5. Oracle: The Dream
7. Grand Finale
8. A Passage To Bangkok
9. The Twilight Zone
12. Something For Nothing$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Snakes And ArrowsFeatures Etched Designs on Side D of the Album
200 Gram Double LP
A return to their former glory days, Snakes and Arrows shows this seminal prog rock band reclaiming their sonic territory. It's not certain what contributed to this artistic rebirth, but Rush has crafted a historical and emotional odyssey that shows many both where they've been and where they're going--from the baroque soundscapes of The Main Monkey Business, reminiscent of their earliest work to the seductive almost folkloric urgency of The Way the Wind Blows, which is as dangerous, anxious, and prophetic as anything that Arcade Fire or Mars Volta is doing currently.
Main Lyricist Neil Peart has spent the last decade getting over the death of his wife and daughter, and those tragic events have given his songwriting more depth and gravity as he explores the strengths and limitations of faith in both metaphoric and literal detail.
While never didactic or ponderous, this disc is really an instruction manual for how one conducts themselves with grace and hope through unendurable pain and the vagaries of life. Gone is much of the shrillness of their earlier incarnations--Geddy Lee's trademark high pitch shrieks have mellowed considerably and Alex Lifesong's guitar playing has an assurance and freedom that can only come with age. --Jaan Uhelszki1. Far Cry
2. Armor And Sword
3. Working Them Angels
4. Larger Bowl
6. Monkey Business
7. The Way The Wind Blows
10. Bravest Face
11. Good News First
12. Malignant Narcissism
13. Hold On$39.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Fly By Night (Awaiting Repress)200 Gram Vinyl
Remastered From The Original Analogue Masters
In 2014 UMe/Mercury reissued RUSH's self-titled debut on heavy-weight vinyl in celebration of the album's 40th anniversary. Now in 2015, let the RUSH 40 celebration continue with 12 Months of RUSH reissues - in chronological order - starting with Fly By Night. During the 12 Months of RUSH all 14 Mercury albums will be remastered on 200-gram heavy-weight vinyl at legendary Abbey Road, all from original analogue masters. The 1975 release of Fly By Night was the first to feature drummer Neil Peart, who also became the band's lyricist. The singles included the title track and "Making Memories. Fly By Night reached #113 on the Billboard chart, going platinum in both the U.S. and Canada.1. Anthem
2. Best I Can
3. Beneath, Between & Behind
4. By-Tor And The Snow Dog
5. Fly By Night
6. Making Memories
8. In The End$29.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Moving Pictures: Live 2011Moving Pictures: Live 2011 is a special collectors release which captures Rush performing their classic 1981 album in its entirely. Here on 180 gram vinyl with brand new artwork.
Moving Pictures was Rush's eighth studio release and most successful album to date. Certified four-times platinum, the album features some of the band's most well known material and perennial radio favorites including Tom Sawyer, Limelight and the Grammy-nominated instrumental YYZ.1. Tom Sawyer
2. Red Barchetta
5. The Camera Eye
6. Witch Hunt
7. Vital Signs$15.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ReDISCovered Box SetFrom The Original 1974 Analog Stereo Masters
Original Moon Records Jacket Art, Complete With The Original MN-100-A/B Matrix Etching
16"x22" Reproduction Of The First Rush Promo Poster
Three 5"x7" Lithographs Of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson And John Rutsey
A 12"x12" Rush Family Tree Poster
In March of 1974, Rush released their self-titled debut through the band's own indie label, Moon Records in Canada, and quickly sold out of the initial 3500 copies originally pressed. Moon Records would soon become Anthem Records, which launched in 1977, and continues to serve as the band's only Canadian record company.
To mark the band's 40-year recording career, Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) will celebrate with the vinyl reissue of the original Moon Records (pre-Mercury) release of Rush, as part of Universal's reDISCovered vinyl series. Housed in a sturdy, custom box with a lift-off top, this landmark album is pressed on 200g, audiophile grade vinyl, from the original 1974 analog stereo masters, cut to copper plates using the Direct Metal Mastering (DMM) process at the legendary Abbey Road Studios. Rush also features the original Moon Records jacket art, complete with the original MN-100-A/B Matrix etching, and will include a 16"x22" reproduction of the first Rush promo poster, three 5"x7" lithographs of Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson and John Rutsey, and a 12"x12" Rush Family Tree poster.
Featuring the band's original line up, Lee, Lifeson and Rutsey, Rush's eponymous 1974 debut features eight hard- hitting rockers including "Finding My Way," the fast-paced "Need Some Love," "Take A Friend," "What You're Doing," the southern rock vibe of "In The Mood," and their U.S. breakthrough anthem "Working Man" which was made famous by Cleveland, Ohio's WMMS radio station. Other tracks include the more melodic "Here Again" and the atmospheric "Before and After," which gradually builds into a burst of power chords and heavy guitar riffs.
Rush's unique style and sound continues to evolve and push the envelope of rock into new territories, gaining legions of new fans along the way. After a four decade journey, in 2013 Rush was recognized for their immeasurable impact and influence in rock and roll and were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame to the delight of fans and critics alike.1. Finding My Way
2. Need Some Love
3. Take a Friend
4. Here Again
5. What You're Doing
6. In the Mood
7. Before and After
8. Working Man$44.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Presto200 Gram Vinyl LP
Presto is generally held by fans to have marked the beginning of a transition period, moving away from a sound dominated by synthesizers and toward more traditional rock instrumentation and pop songwriting. In an interview in Canadian Musician, Geddy Lee explained:
We wanted [Presto] to be more of a singer's album, and I think you'll notice that the arrangements musically support the vocals. . . . Neil's lyrics to me are a lot more heartfelt. Presently, they're experience oriented. I think they deal with living . . . This album was a real reaction against technology in a sense. I was getting sick and tired of working with computers and synthesizers. Fortunately, so was [co-producer] Rupert Hine. . . . We made a pact to stay away from strings, pianos, and organs-to stay away from digital technology. In the end, we couldn't resist using them for colour.1. Show Don't Tell
2. Chain Lightning
3. The Pass
4. War Paint
8. Anagram (For Mongo)
9. Red Tide
10. Hand Over Fist
11. Available Light$26.99200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Vapor Trails2013's celebration of Rush continues with the highly anticipated release of a remixed version of the band 2002's album VAPOR TRAILS. In 2009, two tracks from VAPOR TRAILS (One Little Victory and Earthshine) were remixed for the Retrospective III collection, setting fans into a frenzy in anticipation of a possible remixed version of the entire album being released one day. Four years later, that day is finally approaching.
Vapor Trails was an album made under difficult and emotional circumstances - sort of like Rush learning how to be Rush again - and as a result, mistakes were made that we have longed to correct. David Bottrill's remixes have finally brought some justice and clarity to this deserving body of our work, says Geddy Lee.
Every song has been given a new life, from the fire of 'One Little Victory,' 'Secret Touch,' and 'Ceiling Unlimited' to the melodic musicality of 'Sweet Miracle' and 'How It Is' these songs have been redeemed. Thank you David!
Recently, a career-chronicling Rolling Stone feature praised the band for its continuing artistic vitality, noting that It's true that Rush doesn't mean today what it did in '76 or even '96. It may mean more. Rush's enduring pop culture relevance is perhaps best evidenced by a pair of high profile appearances - a rare national television performance and interview on Comedy Central's The Colbert Report in 2008 (the band's first TV appearance since 1975), and a pivotal role in the story line of the 2009 hit comedy, I Love You, Man, starring Paul Rudd and Jason Segal, where the band also made a memorable cameo in the film.
Beginning with their self-titled debut album in 1974, their extraordinary body of work - which includes such formidable works as 1976's 2112, 1981's Moving Pictures, 1996's Test for Echo, 2002's Vapor Trails and the latest studio album Snakes & Arrows, made a triumphant debut on the Billboard 200 upon its initial release in 2007, entering the chart in the #3 spot. The album's success marked Rush's highest chart debut since 1993, as well as the group's eleventh top ten album in the U.S. Rush has sold more than 40 million records worldwide and garnered untold legions of devoted and admiring fans. According to the RIAA, Rush's sales statistics place Rush third behind The Beatles and The Rolling Stones for the most consecutive gold or platinum studio albums by a rock band.LP 1
1. One Little Victory
2. Ceiling Unlimited
3. Ghost Rider
4. Peaceable Kingdom
5. The Stars Look Down
6. How It Is
7. Vapor Trail
1. Secret Touch
3. Sweet Miracle
5. Freeze - Part IV of fear
6. Out Of The Cradle$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Porcupine MeatNaming one's album after a song titled "Porcupine Meat" may seem a little unusual - unless, of course, you're Bobby Rush, who earned his first gold record in 1971 with a hit entitled "Chicken Heads." He elaborates on his recent composition: "If a lady won't treat me right, but she doesn't want anyone else to have me, that is hard to digest." Hence the lyric, "too fat to eat, too lean to throw away."
Porcupine Meat is Rush's debut release for Rounder Records, and one of the best recordings of his astonishing 60-plus year career. The album is due out September 16, 2016.
Rush estimates that he has cut over 300 songs since he first began making music. He has been honored with three Grammy nominations, as well as ten Blues Music Awards and 41 nominations. He was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2006.
Make no mistake: Rush is not your typical octogenarian. At age 82, he exudes the energy of a 20-year-old, on the road for more than 200 dates a year. His hectic tour schedule has earned him the affectionate title King of the Chitlin' Circuit. Rush has traveled the globe including Japan and Beirut. In 2007, he earned the distinction of being the first blues artist to play at the Great Wall of China. His renowned stage act features his famed shake dancers, who personify his funky blues and the ribald humor that he has cultivated during the course of his storied career.
Born Emmet Ellis, Jr. in Homer, Louisiana, he adopted the stage name Bobby Rush out of respect for his father, a pastor. According to Rush, his parents never talked about the blues being the devil's music. "My daddy never told me to sing the blues, but he also didn't tell me to not sing the blues. I took that as a green light."
Rush built his first guitar when he was a youngster. "I didn't know where to buy one, even if I had the money. I was a country boy," he says. After seeing a picture of a guitar in a magazine, he decided to make one by attaching the top wire of a broom to a wall and fretting it with a bottle. He also got some harmonica lessons from his father He eventually acquired a real guitar, and started playing in juke joints as a teenager, when his family briefly relocated to Little Rock, Arkansas. The fake moustache Rush wore made club owners believe he was old enough to gain entry into their establishments. While he was living in Little Rock, Rush's band, which featured Elmore James, had a residency at a nightspot called Jackrabbit.
During the mid-1950s, Rush relocated to Chicago to pursue his musical career and make a better life for himself. It was there that he started to work with Earl Hooker, Luther Allison, and Freddie King, and sat in with many of his musical heroes, such as Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, and Little Walter. Rush eventually began leading his own band in the 1960s. He also started to craft his own distinct style of funky blues, and recorded a succession of singles for a various small labels. It wasn't until the early 1970s that Rush finally scored a hit with "Chicken Heads." More recordings followed, including an album for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Label.
Rush relocated one final time, to Jackson, Miss. in the early 1980s. He was tired of the cold up north, and he realized that setting up his base of operations directly in the center of the South would make it easier to perform in nearby cities on weekends. More indie label recordings followed. Songs like "Sue, A Man Can Give (But He Sure Can't Take It)," "What's Good For The Goose Is Good For The Gander Too," and" I Ain't Studdin' You" became regional jukebox favorites in juke joints throughout the region, and many of those songs are still fan favorites that are an integral part of his live repertoire.
Since 2003, Rush has self-released the majority of his work (including the critically acclaimed Folk Funk album) on his Deep Rush label, but recently, he came to the realization that having a bigger record company behind him would be beneficial. "I outgrew myself," he says. "I need someone to help in doing the things I can't do. When you are wearing all the hats, you can't be everywhere at once."
Enter esteemed producer and two-time Grammy winner Scott Billington, Rounder Records' longtime VP of A&R. Billington first met Rush at a Recording Academy meeting 25 years ago, and they became fast friends. He has wanted to work with Rush ever since. "He is the most vital bluesman of his generation," says Billington. He continues, "There are many people who still don't know Bobby Rush, even though he is a hero in the parallel universe of the Chitlin' Circuit - fans stop him on the street in Memphis and Helena and Little Rock."
Porcupine Meat will not only please Rush's older fans, but is likely to win over many new ones. Billington reflects, "We wanted to come up with something fresh, while staying 100% true to Bobby."
The album was recorded in New Orleans, and Rush was pleased and proud to be given the opportunity to make an album in his home state for the very first time. His impassioned vocals and in-the-pocket harmonica playing are among the best performances of his career. Unlike most of his recent releases, these sessions only feature real instruments and no synthesizers. All of the rhythm tracks were cut live in the studio, often edited down from jams that on several occasions ran close to ten minutes.
For the project, Billington assembled some of the best Louisiana musicians, including Shane Theriot, David Torkanowsky, Jeffrey "Jellybean" Alexander, Kirk Joseph, Cornell Williams, and others. Rush brought along his old friend and longtime collaborator, guitarist Vasti Jackson, who worked with Bobby and Scott on getting the songs ready for the studio. Guitar greats Dave Alvin, Keb' Mo', and Joe Bonamassa all make guest appearances on the album.
Rush has always been a prolific and clever songwriter. The songs he penned for Porcupine Meat such as "Dress Too Short," "I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around," "Me, Myself And I," "Nighttime Gardener," "It's Your Move," and the title selection, all equal or rival his best material. "Funk O' De Funk" delivers exactly what the title suggests and what Rush has always done the best, which is putting the funk into the blues. While "Got Me Accused" is inspired by events from Rush's own life, the lyrics tell an all-too-familiar tale about the rampant racial injustice that afflicts our society. Producer Billington and his wife Johnette Downing (the well known New Orleans songwriter and children's musician) co-wrote a couple of fine selections, "Catfish Stew" and "Snake In The Grass."
Bobby Rush is the greatest bluesman currently performing. Porcupine Meat is a testament to his brilliance, which presents him at his very best, and doesn't try to be anything that he is not. "I just try to record good music and stories," he humbly states. With this recording, he has more than accomplished his goal, and has produced one of the finest contemporary blues albums in recent times.1. I Don't Want Nobody Hanging Around
2. Porcupine Meat
3. Got Me Accused
4. Snake in the Grass
5. Funk O' De Funk
6. Me, Myself and I (feat. Joe Bonamassa)
7. Catfish Stew
8. It's Your Move (feat. Dave Alvin)
9. Nighttime Gardener (feat. Keb Mo)
10. I Think Your Dress Is Too Short
11. Standing on Shaky Ground
12. I'm Tired (Tangle Eye Mix)$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Mourning In The MorningFor Mourning In The Morning, his 1969 album debut on Atlantic Records, southpaw blues guitar legend Otis Rush journeyed from his Chicago home to Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabamaa burg best known for seminal soul platters. Backed by a horn-powered band that included a young Duane Allman on rhythm guitar, Otis slashing axe and anguished vocals glowed on the tortured Youre Killing My Love, remakes of his Cobra Records classics My Love Will Never Die and It Takes Time, and a stunning revival of B.B. Kings Gamblers Blues. Half the set consisted of new compositions from producers Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites, and Rushs mile-wide string bending on a shimmering instrumental version of Aretha Franklins Baby I Love You is utterly breathtaking.1. Me
2. Working Man
3. You're Killing My Love
4. Feel So Bad
5. Gambler's Blues
6. Baby, I Love You
7. My Old Lady
8. My Love Will Never Die
9. Reap What You Sow
10. It Takes Time
11. Can't Wait No Longer$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now