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  • Over And Even Over And Even Quick View

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    Over And Even

    Joan Shelly's new album, Over And Even, was written in the back of an abandoned beauty parlor on the island of Thessaloniki. The whole thing had something to do with Vashti Bunyan. That's what Joan told me, but Joan Shelley is a poet, so she makes things up. In a small, dark room that smells of expired hair-do chemicals, there is talk of hypnosis. All the windows are blacked out. Look into my eyes. White walls are blinding in the ancient sunlight. A bowl of oranges shines like solid gold, waiting for you. There is a small classical guitar, a sunburn, and a key that turns a lock, and songs come pouring out. Maybe the Greek deal was really about Leonard Cohen. That's Joanie's jam: songs wide open enough to let the wind blow the curtains around, and solid enough to hang a ton of heartache on. She writes smart, beautiful songs full of poetry, history, mystery and nature. Like all the best sad songs, they will make you cry. Then they will drag you outside and leave you flat on your back, staring up at the stars. Joan lands on a note like a laser beam on a diamond. Colors fly around the room, and her voice bends between them. People say her voice reminds them of Sandy Denny. It's more than the vocal range. It's a quiet power that draws you in. Maybe Over And Even wasn't written last winter on a Greek island. Maybe these songs were written a hundred years ago in a farmhouse somewhere in Kentucky. That's where Joan is from, and that's where she and guitar player Nathan Salsburg recorded all the basic tracks live. All the people who played on Joan's new record -- and Daniel Martin Moore who recorded and engineered it -- are friends. That comes through somehow in the sound of the album. Will Oldham and Glen Dettinger are genius harmony singers. They leave the perfect amount of space for microscopic shifts in Joan's voice, without sacrificing their own awesome idiosyncrasies. Nathan Salsburg's guitar follows every twist of the melody. When the song breaks your heart in two, Nathan is there with a high E-string to sew it back together. Joan Shelley's voice flows out like a river. It never travels in a straight line. It follows bends and curves carved by history. We are all lucky just to be swept away, and go with her wherever she's going. But it's not over by half There's a gold in your eyes blooming out through the black And you're still standing, your hand on the map No its not over, not over by half the end.
    1. Brighter Than The Blues
    2. Stay On My Sure
    3. Over and Even
    4. Not Over By Half
    5. Ariadne's Gone
    6. No More Shelter
    7. Easy Now
    8. Lure and Line
    9. Jenny Come In
    10. Wine And Honey
    11. My Only Trouble
    12. Subtle Love
    Joan Shelley
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  • Liege And Lief Liege And Lief Quick View

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    Liege And Lief

    Vinyl LP repressing of this classic 1969 album by the British Folk legends. LIEGE & LIEF was the fourth album by Fairport Convention. It was the third and final album the group released in the UK in 1969, all of which prominently feature Sandy Denny as lead female vocalist. Although Denny quit the band even before the album's release, Fairport Convention has continued to the present day to make music almost exclusively within the traditional British Folk idiom, and are still one of the artists most strongly associated with it.
    1. Come All Ye
    2. Reynardine
    3. Matty Groves
    4. Farewell, Farewell
    5. The Deserter
    6. Medley: The Lark In The Morning
    7. Tam Lin
    8. Crazy Man Michael
    Fairport Convention
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  • The Holy Ground (Pure Pleasure) The Holy Ground (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Holy Ground (Pure Pleasure)

    Irish singer Mary Black is well known for deftly combining her Celtic roots with contemporary folk. On this release, she offers another strong set of songs, as she interprets songs from American folk favorite John Gorka (Treasure Island) and connects with Anglo-folk tradition on the lovely One Way Donkey Ride (written by Sandy Denny of Fairport Convention fame). The acoustic instrumentation feature a rich blend of guitars, fiddles, saxophones, and accordions that add a timeless feel to most of her songs. The highlight of the album is Loving Time, an emotional story of star-crossed lovers told with a bittersweet aching that few artists could deliver so poignantly. While a few songs towards the end of the album suffer from middle-of-the-road, adult easy listening arrangements, Mary Black's voice remains an incredibly expressive instrument that makes this another solid effort.



    Musicians:



    • Mary Black (vocal)

    • Dave Early (drums, conga, percussion)

    • Garvan Gallagher (bass)

    • Frank (vocals, violin, whistle)

    • Declan Sinnott (guitar, mandolin)

    • Pat Crowley (keyboards, accordian)

    • Carl Geraghty (tenor saxophone, soprano saxophone)

    • Mel Mercier (percussion)

    • Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (additional vocals)



    Production: Declan Sinnott




    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. Summer Sent You
    2. Flesh and Blood
    3. The Loving Time
    4. Golden Thread
    5. The Holy Ground (Trad)
    6. Treasure Island
    7. The Holy Ground
    8. One Way Donkey Ride
    9. Dockland
    10. Lay Down Your Burden
    11. Paper Friends
    12. Poison Words
    Mary Black
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Black Gold Black Gold Quick View

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    Black Gold

    Import

    In 1969, the High Priestess Of Soul, Nina Simone, descended onto the stage of the Philharmonic Hall in New York to record her new live-album, Black Gold.


    It became a legendary performance, with the first recording of the Civil Rights song 'To Be Young, Gifted And Black',
    a song which is not addressed to white people primarily. Though it doesn't put you down in any way...it simply ignores you. For my people need all the inspiration and love that they can get.


    Black Gold also contains a rendition of Sandy Denny's 'Who Knows Where The Time Goes,' in a minimalist arrangement that ends in an uplifting orchestration true to both the writer of the song and the performer. Throughout the entire performance Ms Simone keeps a regal, aloof and sometimes goofy composure, her monologues in between songs ushering the listener a little closer to her moving performance.


    Her eclectic style takes us past a number of different music forms; past Soul and Gospel and Folk, Jazz and Broadway; her androgynous and distinctive timbre floats somewhere between melancholy and bliss, and yet we always feel that Ms Simone is taking us exactly where she wants us to go.


    Overall, Black Gold is a poignant and touching album from the peak of her performing and recording period that should not be overlooked.

    1. Introduction
    2. Black Is The Color Of My True Love's Hair - Part 1 & 2
    3. Ain't Got No - I Got Life
    4. West Wind
    5. Who Knows Where The Time Goes
    6. The Assignment Song
    7. To Be Young, Gifted And Black
    Nina Simone
    $39.99
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  • Desertshore Desertshore Quick View

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    Desertshore

    This 1970 Reprise Records album finds Nico reunited with her Velvet Underground bandmate John Cale as producer, main instrumentalist and harmony vocalist... co-produced by Joe Boyd (legendary producer of Nick Drake, Sandy Denny and Incredible String Band), 'Desertshore' contains 8 songs of deep haunting beauty featuring Nico's dark voice and harmonium and is one of her very best solo albums (also used as soundtrack for the 1971 Philippe Garrel's experimental French film 'La Cicatrice Interieure')... this reissue has new exclusive liner notes by Dawson Prater and Dean Roberts... audiophile remastering from the original master tapes... 180 gram HQ vinyl... original artwork... gatefold sleeve...

    1. Janitor of Lunacy
    2. Falconer
    3. My Only Child
    4. Petit Chevalier
    5. Abscheid
    6. Afraid
    7. Mutterlein
    8. All That Is My Own
    Nico
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  • Gypsum Strings Gypsum Strings Quick View

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    Gypsum Strings

    Their second release springs from 1960's West coast legends like The Byrds, The Flying Burrito Bros., The Charlatans, and Moby Grape, adding elements of X, Neu, The Feelies, Mercury Rev, and Fairport Convention. Cutting through the dense arrangements are powerhouse harmonies. Rachel Cox emerges as the Blue Ridge amalgam of Sandy Denny and Linda Ronstadt while Pat Sullivan's gravelly baritone anchors it all in Johnny Cash and John Doe territory. The sextet's trademark killer songwriting chops are in evidence as Gypsum Strings boasts some beautiful ballads that temper the heaviness of other tracks. Look for them on tour in the spring.
    1.Confidence Man
    2.Having Fun Again
    3.Lazy Susan
    4.Living in Sin in the U.S.A.
    5.House Carpenter
    6.Bury Your Burden
    7.If I Was in el Dorado
    8.Nite Lights, Dark Days
    9.Spanish Fandango
    Oakley Hall
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  • What A Beautiful Place What A Beautiful Place Quick View

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    What A Beautiful Place

    Since arriving on London racks in the summer of 1970, Catherine HoweÆs debut album has been unavailable in its original format. Less than 20 LP copies survived Reflection RecordsÆ demise, and the album sat in the can until NumeroÆs 2007 CD issue. Produced by the legendary jazz pianist Bobby Scott, this orchestral-folk master stroke has once again been set to lacquer, remastered and restored directly from the original master tapes specifically for this deluxe vinyl release. Gatefold package includes replica LP art and complete annotation on the sessions and history of this forgotten Brit-folk treasure.


    ôItÆs like some missing link between Sandy Denny and Karen Carpenter, or between Ladies of the Canyon and Dusty in Memphis . If you buy no other reissue this year, buy this.ö - Barney Hoskyns, Guardian UK

    1. Prologue
    2. Up North
    3. On a Misty Morning
    4. Nothing More Than Strangers
    5. My Child
    6. Interlude
    7. It's Not Likely
    8. Words Through a Locked Door
    9. What a Beautiful Place
    10. The Innocence of a Child
    11. It Comes With the Breezes
    12. Epilogue
    13. In the Hot Summer
    Catherine Howe
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  • Strange Country Strange Country Quick View

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    Strange Country

    New West Records is proud to present Strange Country, the new full-length album from the young and gifted cousin-duo Kacy & Clayton. The ten-song collection was recorded over seven freezing Canadian winter days at Ghetto Box Studios, a historic community hall turned studio. The product of a lifetime of deep kinship, the record showcases the purity and astounding beauty of Kacy Anderson's voice, one that has been notably compared to Fairport Convention's Sandy Denny. Only Clayton Linthicum's intricate guitar work, expert time changes and vocal harmonies could forge the foundation for Kacy's voice to soar even higher - the result being an enormously satisfying and organic album. Drawing a wide swath of inspirations ranging from the Greenwich Village folk scene to the ancestral music of Southern Appalachia and the British Isles, the cousins fashion songs steeped in those traditions, simultaneously paying homage and building on those sounds.
    1. Strange Country
    2. Springtime Of The Year
    3. The Rio Grande
    4. If You Ask How I'm Keeping
    5. Brunswick Stew
    6. Down At The Dancehall
    7. Seven Yellow Gypsies
    8. Over The River Charlie
    9. Plains Of Mexico
    10. Dyin' Bed Maker
    Kacy & Clayton
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  • The Ghost Who Walks/Stolen Roses The Ghost Who Walks/Stolen Roses Quick View

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    The Ghost Who Walks/Stolen Roses

    Karen 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




    Side A


    The Ghost Who Walks


    Bass - Daniel Lloyd

    Drums - Jack White III

    Organ, Electric Guitar - Dean Fertita

    Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Karen Elson


    Side B


    Stolen Roses


    Accordion, Backing Vocals - Rachelle Garniez

    Acoustic Guitar - Jackson Smith

    Bass - Olivia Jean

    Drums - Marc Fellis

    Guitar - Carl Broemel

    Vocals, Acoustic Guitar - Karen Elson

    Karen Elson
    $6.99
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  • Full Tide (Pure Pleasure) Full Tide (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Full Tide (Pure Pleasure)

    As an album, Full Tide most closely resembles Shine in its breadth and depth. It's not the shiny production as much as the material itself. Recorded in Ireland and Australia, the album contains some stellar, perhaps career-defining performances of a number of tunes: her readings of Bob Dylan's Lay Down Your Weary Tune and To Make You Feel My Love completely reinvent them. The emotion in her voice is a warm fire for the battered soul to rest in. As moving and convincing as these performances are, they are not the true gems in the body of this album. In fact, her version of Sandy Denny's Full Moon, with a pianist, a bassist, and a string quartet, blows them away. Her voice, full and dark, yearns across time and space for the absent one. It's an elegy to a love, but also to love itself and friendship as well. This is key in that there are a total of four songs here by the late Noel Brazil - Black's longtime collaborator and favorite songwriter - who passed away in 2001.



    Musicians:



    • Mary Black (vocal, arranger)

    • Pat Crowley (piano, accordion, keyboards, vocal)

    • Bill Shanley (synthesizer, guitar, vocal)

    • Phil Buston (guitar, percussion)

    • Steve Cooney (mandolin; guitar, vocal)

    • James Blennerhassett (bass, vocal)

    • Fran Breen (drums)

    • West Organ String Quartet





    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. The Land of Love
    2. Lay Down Your Weary Tune
    3. Your Love
    4. Don't Let Me Come Home a Stranger
    5. The Real You
    6. Stand Up
    7. Full Moon
    8. Straight As I Die
    9. Siul a Ru'n
    10. St. Kilda Again
    11. To Make You Feel My Love
    12. Japanese Deluxe
    Mary Black
    $34.99
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  • Double Exposure Double Exposure Quick View

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    Double Exposure

    While many rocking bands in San Francisco and beyond claim to be 'garage' bands' - Kelley Stoltz has actually recorded his new LP Double Exposure in the garage behind his house. And while the car oil stained floors are covered by oriental rugs and there are no snow shovels laying around - there is a collection of vintage synths, 17 guitars, tape echos, mellotrons, a 50's jukebox, a Teardrop Explodes poster, a tape machine used by The Residents, an amp used by Stooge James Williamson, and a myriad other noise making devices which rear their heads on his new record. All told the place is called Electric Duck Studio and it's become a muse capturing zone for Stoltz, as well as Sonny & the Sunsets, The Mantles, Tim Cohen, Life Stinks, The Sandwitches and many other tuneweavers big and small.


    Double Exposure is Kelley's first album in a while - near on 3 years since his last one, To Dreamers came out on Sub Pop. What the heck has he been doing since, you ask? Well, renovating the garage for one, and using said garage studio to engineer, produce or encourage the above named bands You see time flies when you're having fun. Add in some love, a little heartbreak, turning 40, deciding to jog everyday, staring at the wall, singing hundreds of songs into the phone, sleeping, recording an album of cover songs with his family, making a couple 45 singles, catching white wine buzzes, getting dropped by Sub Pop, playing keyboards on tour with Rodriguez, and signing on with old supporters at Third Man Records really it's as good old Sandy Denny sang, who knows where the time goes.


    Anyway, if you stir up all that stuff and a few other things we won't mention here, you have the makings of a fantastic and heartfelt record, Double Exposure has 10 new jams that Thee Oh Sees main man, John Dwyer, describes thusly, A piece of gold in your ear, A lovely thought in your mind, A breeze in the sun, This record is perfect


    Nicely put there Johnny! And you too will thrill to the sound of delay pedals twisting the keys on Inside My Head, crane your neck to the backwards guitars of Are You My Love, ramble and gamble to the clanging cymbals on the title track, question the sanity of a song called Kim Chee Taco Man, and finally, fall down and weep at the sweet fluted sentiments of It's Summertime Again.


    For all of you Aussie rules fans, the album was mixed and mastered by Mikey Young of Eddy Current Suppression Ring/Total Control and features Stoltz playing most of the instruments himself and overdubbing parts through his trusty 8 track tape machine.

    1. Storms
    2. Are You My Love
    3. Your Face
    4. Double Exposure
    5. Inside My Head
    6. Still Feel
    7. Marcy
    8. Kim Chee Taco Man
    9. Down By the Sea
    10. It's Summertime Again
    Kelley Stoltz
    $17.99
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  • Shelter Shelter Quick View

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    Shelter


    London-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Chaney follows her 2015 Nonesuch debut, The Longest River, with Shelter, also set for release via Nonesuch Records. The album was produced by Thomas Bartlett (David Byrne, Nico Muhly, The Magnetic Fields, Sufjan Stevens, The National, St. Vincent, Father John Misty, et al.) and features eight original songs, along with Chaney's interpretations of Purcell's O Solitude and Frank Harford and Tex Ritter's Long Time Gone, first recorded by the Everly Brothers.


    Chaney describes her time writing songs for Shelter: I had been on the road a lot and was struggling with the grit and loneliness of urban life. I think I'd been questioning what home, belonging, a sense of purpose, and my own culture even meant. I'd been craving wilderness and a return to essentials for a long time. Then, while touring in the US, I realized the place I needed was already in my life. It was ancient, barely habitable, and remote.


    Thus a crumbling eighteenth-century cottage in the austere but magical hills of the North Yorkshire Moors-a family retreat since my teens, with no electricity or plumbing, where the only water comes from a spring-became the home for my work on Shelter, she continues. We brought out an Arts and Crafts Bechstein piano and an old wood burner to the house; and as summer's end turned to autumn's shorter, colder days, the room with the upright and stove fueled my stay.


    Chaney says of working with Thomas Bartlett, His close affiliation with such a varied and acclaimed group of artists was of enormous importance. His taste and sphere of understanding were as diverse as mine. He prioritized my compositions' meaning and lyricism, rather than jumping on the bandwagon of noisy popularity. I wanted a recording as intimate as the songs and their form. The only other musicians are Thomas and Jordan Hunt, my longtime collaborator who adds strings on select songs. It's just the three of us playing every sound you hear, using our instrumental and compositional craft, and Thomas' musician-producer's ear extraordinaire.


    Born in Florence, Italy, Chaney grew up in Oxford, England, in a household whose intellectual and artistic engagement was complemented by an expansive musical soundscape. This included Billie Holiday, Mozart operas, Sandy Denny, Prince, Tracy Chapman, Bert Jansch, Michael Jackson, and Joni Mitchell. She studied at London's Royal Academy of Music, where she took in everything the conservatory had to offer. Her curiosity led her further afield, from Ligeti to West African pop, Edith Piaf to Laurie Anderson, Mary Margaret O'Hara to Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Sonic Youth to Sappho, Kate Bush to old-time country music-all while finding her own voice.


    The range of artists she's shared a stage with includes Robert Plant, Zero 7, the Labeque Sisters, Martin and Eliza Carthy, and Kronos Quartet, with whom she also recorded two songs for the 2017 Nonesuch album Folk Songs. Most recently she fronted a Grammy-nominated album, The Queen of Hearts, forming a new outfit, Offa Rex, with The Decemberists. The Guardian's review of that album said that Chaney has a magical voice, full of heft, soul and sunlight, and fRoots said, Chaney has never sounded better, while the Arts Desk said it was her voice, with its clarity, power and emotional weight, that carries Offa Rex to the heights. The Financial Times added that Chaney's singing makes 'Willie O' Winsbury' one of the best versions ever.

    1. Shelter
    2. Dragonfly

    3. Arches
    4. IOU
    5. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
    6. Colin and Clem
    7. O Solitude
    8. Long Time Gone

    9. Roman Holiday
    10. House on a Hill
    Olivia Chaney
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock) Quick View

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    Before The Dead (Box Set) (Out Of Stock)

    Limited Edition Of 2500 Sets


    Five 180-Gram LPs Containing Over 3.5 Hours Of Studio & Live Performances Culled From Previously Uncirculated Masters And Newly Discovered Recordings


    Audio Restoration And Mastering By Fred Kevorkian


    Lacquers Cut By Ron Mcmaster At Capitol Studios And Pressed To Vinyl By Quality Record Pressings.


    Produced By Grateful Dead Publicist And Biographer Dennis Mcnally And Brian Miksis.


    Includes A 32-Page Book With Rare Photos, Memorabilia And In-depth Liner Note Essays By Mcnally, Miksis, Acclaimed Bluegrass Scholar Neil V. Rosenberg, Sara Ruppenthal Katz, And Stu Goldstein.


    Round Records will release its most ambitious project to date with the long-awaited Jerry Garcia boxed set Before The Dead. The project features a meticulously researched and curated compilation of recordings the iconic Grateful Dead founder made prior to forming the legendary band. Before The Dead includes never before heard performances, recordings that have never been commercially released and a small selection that have. From intimate live recordings to live studio recordings to field recordings, Before The Dead serves as a historical document in the spirit of renowned releases by Smithsonian Folkways and influential field recordings by Alan Lomax. The music on Before The Dead was selected and co-produced by longtime Grateful Dead publicist/author Dennis McNally and documentarian Brian Miksis. The audio was restored and mastered by Fred Kevorkian.


    The first release from Before The Dead features the Black Mountain Boys (Garcia, Robert Hunter, David Nelson and Eric Thompson) in a rare 1964 live recording of "Rosa Lee McFall". Written by Charlie Monroe, the song would remain with Garcia throughout his career, reinterpreted later on with The Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band and Garcia/Grisman. This is the first time this track has ever been released.


    The 5-LP boxed set is pressed to 180-gram vinyl in a limited edition of 2,500 pieces and includes a special in-depth 32-page book featuring essays by McNally and Miksis, rare photos and memorabilia along with detailed listening notes and commentary on each track by Dr. Neil V. Rosenberg. Aside from being a renowned musicologist, Rosenberg was part of the Redwood Canyon Ramblers, an influential Bay Area bluegrass ensemble that would inspire a younger generation of players, including Garcia. Each section features a "Tales of the Tape" essay that includes details on how, when and where the music was recorded, how it was found and, in most instances, anecdotes about the particular date, including early interactions with many area musicians before they went on to greater things. Sara Ruppenthal Katz (formerly Sara Garcia, Jerry's first wife) contributes an enlightening essay around the 1963 recording of her duo performance with Garcia at the intimate Pala Alto, CA club Top Of The Tangent (aka The Tangent). Tangent co-founder Stu Goldstein also adds a piece discussing the club's origins and how it became a hot spot for the new folk scene that was developing in the Bay Area.


    Before The Dead sheds light on the earliest period in Jerry Garcia's odyssey going from the young, charismatic, developing multi-instrumentalist coming of age during the early 1960's folk-revival (often sarcastically referred to as The Great Folk Scare) to one of the most influential and groundbreaking artists of the rock 'n roll era. Like many during that time, Garcia's influences were coming from the deep-rooted folk tradition of artists such as Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, The Carter Family, The New Lost City Ramblers, The Stanley Brothers, The Weavers, a young Joan Baez and the Harry Smith Folkways collections to name a few. These influences would resurface prominently in some of Garcia's most important work with the Dead on the 1970 albums Workingman's Dead and American Beauty - regularly cited as foundational in the creation of what is now referred to as Americana.


    From beginning to end, the listener will journey through the musical evolution of Jerry Garcia and how the impact of the folk forbearers gradually permeates his playing and technique. You can hear the earliest origins of Garcia's signature style budding as he had become a student of the music constantly absorbing and endlessly challenging himself. His instrument rarely left his side from dawn to dust. What shines brightly throughout the set is Garcia's outgoing personality and sense of humor, often described as "magnetic", a clear early indicator.


    Throughout this period from 1961 to 1964 were pivotal first-time meetings, (documented in the book) between Garcia and people who would become life-long collaborators and friends. From his revered writing partner and early bandmate Robert Hunter, to mandolin master David Grisman, to each member of the Grateful Dead, to the many artists who would go on to take their own place in music history, including acclaimed instrumentalist Sandy Rothman, David Nelson (co-founder of New Riders of the Purple Sage) and Clarence White, guitarist of the Byrds.


    Before The Dead showcases Garcia in various ensembles and configurations starting with the rarest piece in the entire collection, the earliest known recording of Garcia captured at his girlfriend's 16th birthday party in 1961 alongside future Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. Outside of a short clip used in the Grateful Dead documentary Long Strange Trip, this recording has never been released, circulated or heard. Other highlights include the Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers' 1962 gig in San Carlos, CA, and the Hart Valley Drifters' 1962 recording at Stanford's KZSU Radio Studio A (Garcia's first-known studio recording, released in 2017 for the first time). Arguably Garcia's best and most beloved bluegrass band of that early period, The Black Mountain Boys are prominently featured via three separate occasions in 1963 and 1964, while a 1964 performance by Garcia's Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys rounds out Before The Dead. See a full list of dates, performances and players below.


    Despite Jerry Garcia's deep love for folk and bluegrass traditions, his time fully immersed in it was coming to a close. Encounters with one of his heroes, Bill Monroe, whose band he almost auditioned for (and Rothman went on to join), might have sent him deeper in that direction, but it was not to be. (Note: Garcia even used to tape Monroe's shows, a possible foreshadowing of allowing fans to tape Grateful Dead shows later). By the end of 1964, The Beatles had become a household name, The Rolling Stones hit hard with their version of the blues and civil rights had become an important part of the social and political landscape. New influences and inspirations would impact Garcia's direction as he went on to form The Warlocks, who would go on to become The Grateful Dead. However, the foundation in tradition was solidified during those early years and would resurface regularly throughout the remainder of his life in a multitude of ways, including the Dead, The Jerry Garcia Acoustic Band, Old and In The Way, Garcia/Grisman and so much more.

    LP 1
    Bob and Jerry
    May 26, 1961
    Brigid Meier's Sixteenth Birthday Party
    Menlo Park, California

    1. Santy Anno
    2. I Got A Home In That Rock
    3. Oh, Mary Don't You Weep
    4. All My Trials
    5. I Was Born Ten Thousand Years Ago
    6. Blow The Candles Out
    7. Rake And A Rambling Boy
    8. Trouble In Mind
    Jerry Garcia, Marshall Leicester, and Robert Hunter
    July 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    1. Brown's Ferry Blues
    2. Jesse James
    Jerry Garcia and Unknown Musician
    Summer or Fall 1961
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Carlos Book Stall
    San Carlos, California

    3. Down In The Willow Garden
    4. Long Lonesome Road
    5. Railroad Bill
    6. The Wagoner's Lad
    7. Katie Cruel


    LP 2
    Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers
    June 11, 1962
    Boar's Head Coffeehouse, Peninsula Jewish Community Center
    San Carlos, California

    1. Cannonball Blues
    2. Little Birdie
    3. Sally Goodin
    4. Hold That Woodpile Down
    5. Legend Of The Johnson Boys
    6. Shady Grove
    7. Sweet Sunny South
    8. Man Of Constant Sorrow
    Hart Valley Drifters
    Fall 1962
    KZSU Radio Studio A, Stanford University
    Stanford, California

    1. Band Introductions
    2. Roving Gambler
    3. Ground Speed
    4. Pig In A Pen
    5. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    6. Flint Hill Special
    7. Nine Pound Hammer
    8. Handsome Molly
    9. Clinch Mountain Backstep


    LP 3
    1. Think Of What You've Done
    2. Cripple Creek
    3. All The Good Times Have Past And Gone
    4. Billy Grimes, The Rover
    5. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    6. Run Mountain
    7. Sugar Baby
    8. Sitting On Top Of The World
    The Wildwood Boys
    February 23, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms
    2. Jerry's Breakdown
    3. Standing In The Need Of Prayer
    4. Mule Skinner Blues
    5. Saturday Night Shuffle
    6. Pike County Breakdown
    7. The Little Sparrow
    8. We Shall Not Be Moved


    LP 4
    Jerry and Sara
    May 4, 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Deep Elem Blues
    2. Will The Weaver
    3. I Truly Understand
    4. Long Black Veil
    5. The Man Who Wrote Home Sweet Home Never Was A Married Man
    6. Foggy Mountain Top
    Black Mountain Boys
    Fall 1963
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Barefoot Nellie
    2. She's More To Be Pitied
    3. Noah's Breakdown
    4. Who Will Sing For Me?
    Black Mountain Boys
    January 10, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    5. Salt Creek
    6. Monroe's Hornpipe (Jody's Hornpipe)
    7. Rosa Lee Mcfall
    8. John Hardy/closing Theme
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California
    9. Katie Kline
    10. Walkin' The Dog


    LP 5
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. Paddy On The Turnpike (Boys, My Money's All Gone)
    2. Love And Wealth
    3. Sourwood Mountain
    4. If I Lose
    5. Homestead On The Farm (I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home)
    6. Stoney Creek
    7. Salty Dog Blues
    8. Love Please Come Home
    9. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
    10. Darlin' Allalee
    Black Mountain Boys
    March 6, 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    1. In The Pines
    2. Raw Hide
    3. Black Mountain Rag
    4. True Life Blues
    5. Medley: Devil's Dream-Sailor's Hornpipe
    Black Mountain Boys
    Spring 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    6. Drink Up And Go Home
    Asphalt Jungle Mountain Boys
    Summer 1964
    Top of the Tangent
    Palo Alto, California

    7. These Men Of God
    8. Roll On Buddy
    9. Goodbye Old Pal
    10. Back Up And Push

    Jerry Garcia
    $124.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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