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Land Of GoldFive-time Grammy nominee Anoushka Shankar returns with her fourth album on DG, Land of Gold, a fervent response to the humanitarian crisis of displaced people fleeing conflict and poverty. With exquisite arrangements blending genres and musical collaborations, Land of Gold is a message of enduring hope from the virtuoso sitar player, featuring guest vocalists M.I.A. ("Jump In (Cross the Line)") and Alev Lenz ("Land of Gold") as well as actress Vanessa Redgrave ("Remain the Sea").1. Boat To Nowhere
2. Secret Heart
3. Jump In (Cross The Line)
4. Dissolving Boundaries
5. Land Of Gold
6. Last Chance
7. Remain The Sea
8. Crossing The Rubicon
9. Say Your Prayers
10. Reunion$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ananda Shankar (Pre-Order)180-Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Album Is Included In The Book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die
Including The Hit Jumpin' Jack Flash & The Track Raghupati Which Was Later Used In The Game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Ananda Shankar was a Bengali musician best known for fusing Western and Eastern musical styles.
Ananda Shankar is the debut album by the Indian musician, the son of dancer and choreographer Uday Shankar and the nephew of Indian classical musician Ravi Shankar. It was released in 1970 and was among the first works in the rock genre by an Indian musician. Consisting mainly of instrumental recordings featuring sitar and Moog synthesizer, it includes a cover version of the Rolling Stones' 1968 hit song Jumpin' Jack Flash and a thirteen-minute Indian-style piece titled Sagar (The Ocean).
In the decades since the LP's release, Jumpin' Jack Flash became a popular club hit, while the album has been recognized for its influence on world music fusion, particularly the East-West styles developed in the UK. It is one of the albums featured in Robert Dimery's book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.
In 2005, his song Raghupati was used in the game Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories soundtrack.1. Jumpin' Jack Flash
2. Snow Flower
3. Light My Fire
4. Mamata (Affection)
6. Sagar (The Ocean)
7. Dance Indra
8. Raghupati$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
PassagesPassages is a collaborative chamber music studio album co-composed by Ravi Shankar and Philip Glass, released in 1990. The album is a hybrid of Hindustani Classical music and Glass' distinct American minimal contemporary Classical style.
A collaboration between an avant-garde modern Classical composer and a traditional Indian/Hindi composer/performer seems pretty unlikely. However, Passages works splendidly. Shankar's smooth style fits nicely with Glass' dissonant orchestrations.
The album reached a peak position of number three on Billboard's Top World Music Albums chart. Recommended to fans of other minimalist composers such as John Cage, Steve Reich and Terry Riley.1. Offering
3. Channels And Winds
4. Ragas In Minor Scale
5. Meetings Along The Edge
6. Prashanti$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
West Meets EastThe Rga chosen by Ravi Shankar for his piece Prabhti for solo violin and tabla (drums) is nearly identical with the national Japanese scale. Others are equivalent to our major and harmonic minor scales, to Greek modes, to those used in Gypsy and Flamenco music and there are hundreds more, each expressing a different world of feeling and thought, of which we in the West have never even heard. I have chosen as the Western contribution to this recording the remarkable and haunting Sonata in the Popular Romanian Style by George Enescu. Although it is a Western composition in the purest sonata form, the piece exudes the rhapsodic and improvisatory atmosphere characteristic of the Rumanian Gypsy violinist and it is thus a rare and authentic example of improvised folk music giving birth to a composition in an evolved Western form. The Sonata on this record could only have come from the mind and heart of one born and bred of a union between the intuitive world of the East and the crystallized and consolidated world of the West.
-Yehudi Menuhin1. Prabhti (Based On The Raga Gunkali)
2. Rga: Puriy Kalyan
3. Swara-Kkali (Based On The Raga Tilang)
4. Sonata No. 3 In A Minor, Op.25 (In The Popular Roumanian Style) - 1st Movement: Moderato Malinconico
5. Sonata No. 3 In A Minor, Op.25 (In The Popular Roumanian Style) - 2nd Movement: Andante Sostenuto E Misterioso
6. Sonata No. 3 In A Minor, Op.25 (In The Popular Roumanian Style) - 3rd Movement: Allegro Con Brio, Ma Non Troppo Mosso$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Traces Of YouAnoushka Shankar returns with another outstanding recording: Traces of You, featuring three new songs with her half-sister, Norah Jones.
Traces of You developed from the notion that everything in the universe leaves an indelible mark - or a subtle trace - on everything it encounters.
Inspired by her relationships, multicultural upbringing and global career, Anoushka traces a journey of love, change and loss.
Produced by British composer and multi-instrumentalist Nitin Sawhney, Traces of You features contributions by Anoushka's longtime associates, tabla
genius Tanmoy Bose, flutist Ravichandra Kulur, and percussion wizard Pirashanna Thevarajah. Other highlights are the collaboration with Norah Jones,
and explorations of the unique sound of the Hang drum, played by its foremost exponent, Manu Delago.
Traces of You draws on Indian classical ragas, Western classical string arrangements, mid-20th century-style lyrics of extended poetry and modern
soundscapes. Anoushka finds modern and fresh ways to reinterpret and keep alive Indian musical traditions learned from her father, the legendary Ravi
Shankar.1. The Sun Won't Set
3. Indian Summer
8. In Jyoti's Name
10. Traces Of You
11. River Pulse
12. Chasing Shadows
13. Unsaid$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
ImprovisationsSome of the first eastern-jazz fusion ever recorded, finally reissued on LP!! Originally recorded in 1962 for World Pacific and featuring jazz musicians Gary Peacock on bass and Bud Shank on flute, the album opens with improvisations on the theme that Shankar wrote for the 1955 Indian neorealist film Pather Panchali, by legendary Indian filmmaker Satyajit Ray. "Fire Night" was another jazz-fusion piece, recorded to commemorate the fires that were burning all around LA when this session was recorded. The remaining two tracks, however, are traditional Indian pieces and serve to juxtapose the two major styles in Indian classical music. The first piece, Karnataki, is in the Carnatic (southern Indian) style, while the second, Raga Rageshri, is in the (northern) Hindustani style (which, of course, Shankar's himself was a master of). Includes original liner notes.1. Improvisation on the Theme Music from Pather Panchali
2. Fire Night
4. Raga Rageshri: part 1 (alap) part 2 (jor) part 3 (gat)$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rough Guide To Legends Of Indian MusicIndia's classical music is deeply bound to the country's mystical ancient traditions. Stretching back through time to the Vedic period musical historians encounter the Rigveda, an ancient collection of Sanskrit hymns, and the Sama Veda, a text which begins to discuss the origin of seven shruti (notes) from the sounds of nature. The practice of combining tones in certain sequences and the notation system that was developed during this era is connected to the development of the Indian classical raga form. 'Raga' literally translates as a 'hue' of colour and is a musical method of constructing melody through prescribed conventions. Ragas are linked to different moods and times of the day. Amjad Ali Khan's 'Raga Chhaya Nat' is in the Hindustani (North Indian) chhayanat mode and illuminates his crystalline prowess on the sarod, a stringed lute that is played with a plectrum. Uppalapu Srinivas' song 'Sankari Sankuru' is played on his mandolin in saveri raga, which is said to bring about the mood of pity and was originally composed by one of Carnatic (South Indian) music's greatest figures Syama Sastri (1762-1827). Indian Classical Legends Shivkumar Sharma, Hari Prasad Chaurasia and Brij Bhushan Kabra are heard delicately delivering a Hindustani bhairav raga on 'Ahir Bhairav'. This raga is related to Sikh tradition from northern India and appears in the Guru Granth Sahib (the central religious text of Sikhism). Ravi Shankar's radiant sitar shines bright on the fast-paced track 'Devgiri Bilawal Dhun'. Shankar's name and ascendant international career is now synonymous with Indian classical music. Widely regarded as a musical sage or pandit, his definition of raga touched upon its vast and complex nature, describing it as a 'scientific, precise, subtle and aesthetic melodic form'. Another sitar scholar, Vilayat Khan is heard on 'Dhun Punjabi Ang'. The Khan musical lineage traces all the way back to the court musicians of the Mughal Empire. Father and son duo Allah Rakha and Zakir Hussain enter into percussive playoff on the live track 'Ek Taal'. Tabla virtuouso Zakir Hussain remains grounded by the musical discipline and natural flair he inherited from his father who he regarded as 'a spirit who was created to work for music by God'. Carnatic vocalist Dr M. Balamuralikrishna's marvellously melodic instrument sparkles on 'Sadhathava Pada'. His formidable range and versatile tone mark him out as a legendary singer. He is also credited with popularising the jugulbandi concept in Indian classical music - when two soloists of equal skill perform together. Riverboat Records artist Jyotsna Srikanth contributes 'Annapoorne', a work crafted by the famous Carnatic composer, Muttuswami Dikshitar. The subject matter concerns Annapoorne, the Hindu goddess of nourishment. The raga used is sama, one that denotes peace. Uncover the mystery and beauty of India's verdant classical tradition on this excellent introduction to one of the world's most valuable musical repertoires.1. Ravi Shankar: Devgiri Bilawal Dhun
2. Allah Rakha & Zakir Hussain: Ek Taal (Live)
3. Shivkumar Sharma, Hari Prasad Chaurasia & Brij Bhushan Kabra: Ahir Bhairav
4. Bismillah Khan & Vilayat Khan: Thumri Bhairavin
5. U. Srinivas: Sankari Sankuru
6. Vilayat Khan: Dhun Punjabi Ang$19.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Take Refuge In Clean LivingRemastered For Vinyl From Original Recordings
Opening with a nod to Syd Barret's Pink Floyd (Piper at the Gates of Dawn) Take Refuge In Clean Living begins with morse code and drops into one of the heaviest slow-burn grooves in the Grails canon. Sounding something like Hawkwind and Ravi Shankar scoring Blade Runner, it's lysergic and earthy for Grails in a new way. The rest of the record moves from blissful Eno-inspired ambience, to epic Morricone rock hymns, to an unexpected take on a Ventures tune that returns the listener to the very beginnings of instrumental rock music. The touring incarnation of Grails in 2006 and 2007 included good friend and drummer Ben Nugent, allowing Emil Amos to switch to 3rd guitar for the band's live instrumentation. The DNA of this guitar-heavy line-up allowed for new kinds of arrangements and bigger melodies. In early 2007, the then-5-piece entered Steven Lobdell's (Faust) Audible Alchemy studio to document the new songs written with this augmented ensemble. Those sessions make up Take Refuge In Clean Living.
Remastered for vinyl and reissued for the first time in nearly a decade, Take Refuge In Clean Living sees Grails pulling back their already wide lens on multiple sonic horizons. Grails often take what would sound over-ambitious on paper and make it sonically flow in an effortless, laid-back style. The band is defined by exploration and they've created a template for themselves where any style or method can be ingested to reap legitimate rewards. Take Refuge In Clean Living rightly suggested that Grails wouldn't run out of ideas.1. Stoned at the Taj Again
3. 11th Hour
4. Take Refuge
5. Clean Living$23.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Natural Elements (Speakers Corner)In the western world, the word shakti is taken to mean creative intelligence, beauty and strength. Guitar marvel John McLaughlin, who collaborated with the unique Mahavishnu Orchestra to tell the world of his conversion to Hinduism, created music past comparison with Shakti. Despite the frenzy of mass oriental pilgrimages, it was still unusual that McLaughlin's ensemble was made up totally of musicians from India.
As the title of the third and last album - Natural Elements - suggests, all the participants work with body and soul and make no use of electronic equipment that was so popular in the Seventies. The very real natural energy, which emanates from the flow of melodies and rhythms from both western and eastern musical sources, fires all the musicians. And it is completely intentional that a cheerful fiddle tune, which might well be heard in the Emerald Isle, is joined by plopping volleys of sound on the tabla, inviting one to dance, or that dampened mariachi jubilation appears to be enveloped in the meditative atmosphere of a temple.
The short, light and cheerful pieces on this LP provide easy listening and offer an ideal insight into the world of Shakti. These natural sounds, far from time and space, are still enjoyed today - as is proved by the presence of a large audience at the concert Remember Shakti, in which John McLaughlin and Zakir Hussain celebrated their 40-year spiritual ties.
- John McLaughlin (guitar, vocals)
- L. Shankar (violin, viola, vocals)
- Zakir Hussain (percussion, vocals)
- T.H. Vinayakram (percussion, harp, vocals)
Recording: July 1977 at Aquarius Studios, Geneva (Switzerland), by Jean Ristori
Production: John McLaughlin
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Mind Ecology
2. Face To Face
3. Come On Baby Dance With Me
4. The Daffodil And The Eagle
5. Happiness Is Being Together
6. Bridge Of Sighs
7. Get Down And Sruti
8. Peace Of Mind$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Sacred LoveAvailable for the first time on vinyl, guest artists on Sacred Love include Vicente Amigo, Anoushka Shankar, and Mary J. Blige. The 2LP set is packaged in an exact replica of the original artwork, on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl. The new vinyl master was cut at the legendary Abbey Road studios to ensure exceptional audio qualityLP 1
2. Send Your Love
3. Whenever I Say Your Name
4. Dead Man's Rope
5. Never Coming Home
6. Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)
1. Forget About The Future
2. This War
3. The Book Of My Life
4. Sacred Love
5. Send Your Love$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Blackbird - The Beatles AlbumThis is the vinyl releaser of Milos's most recent album. After delighting audiences with the core-classical heritagen of the guitar, award-winning guitarist Milos Karadaglic makes a thrilling departure performing new arrangements of songs by The Beatles. He collaborates with celebrated artists including Tori Amos, Gregory Porter, Anoushka Shankar, Sergio Assad and Steven Isserlis. Songs include Blackbird, Come Together, While My Guitar Gently Weeps, Eleanor Rigby, Fool on the Hill and many others.1. Blackbird
2. Come Together
3. The Fool On The Hill
4. And I Love Her
5. While My Guitar Gently Weeps
6. Let It Be
7. Eleanor Rigby
10. She's Leaving Home
12. Here, There & Everywhere
13. Here Comes The Sun
14. All My Loving
15. Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Essential A.R. RahmanSince Roja hit movie screens in South India in 1992, A.R. Rahman has redefined the country's widely popular film music. Generally regarded as the finest Indian film composer of his time (and certainly the most commercially successful), Rahman produced music for dozens of widescreen releases just during his first five years in the industry. He has worked with many of his country's brightest music stars and a growing list of international luminaries, including Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Zakir Hussain, L. Shankar, Apache Indian, and David Byrne.LP 1
1. Tere Bina
2. Jashn - E - Bahaaraa
4. Mitwa (Vinyl master)
5. Mehndi Hai Rachnewali
6. Chhoti Si Aasha
7. Chinnamma Chilakkamma
9. Rang De Basanti
2. Gurus of Peace
3. Nenjukkule A
4. Mann Chandra (Vinyl master) S
5. Mental Manadhil (From O Kadhal Kanmani)
6. Maa Tujhe Salaam (Live)
7. Azhagiye (From Kaatru Veliyidai)
8. Ik Onkar
9. Lagaan..... Once Upon a Time in India
10. Roja (Live)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Passion Of The Christ Soundtrack180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl
Includes 8-Page Booklet
PVC Protective Sleeve
Limited Edition Of 1000 Numbered Copies On Orange Flamed Vinyl
Available On Vinyl For The First Time!
Passion of the Christ (2004), composed by John Debney, is the original score for Mel Gibson's controversial film The Passion of the Christ. The soundtrack received an Academy Award nomination for Best Original Score and it was on the first place in both Top Christian Albums and Top Soundtracks in 2004. In 2005, the album won a Dove Award for Instrumental album of the year at the 36th GMA Dove Awards.
The soundtrack succeeds as a coherent, moving, well-executed musical statement whether or not has seen the film. The album is a combination of folk instruments, Eastern-tinged harmonics, solo, and choral voices. Debney has used the Indian master violinist and vocalist L. Shankar, and singer/double-violinist Gingger Shankar.
Debney's soundtrack is an interesting and highly recommended work. It will offer those who choose to encounter it a far-reaching and deeply affective listening experience that is as aesthetically beautiful and unsetting as it is evocatively familiar.1. The Olive Garden / Night Sky
2. Bearing The Cross
3. Jesus Arrested
4. Peter Denies Jesus
5. The Stoning
6. Song Of Complaint
7. Simon Is Dismissed
8. Flagellation / Dark Choir / Disciples
9. Mary Goes To Jesus
10. Peaceful But Primitive / Procession
12. Raising Rhe Cross
13. It Is Done
14. Jesus Is Carried Down
15. Resurrection$39.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Long Lost Tapes 1970Import
While remaining largely unknown to the general public, Peter Walker was something of a legend along the Boston-New York folk axis of the 1960s, releasing a few celebrated albums for Vanguard during this period. Playing with various folk luminaries like Fred Neil, Joan Baez, Tim Hardin and Karen Dalton, and studying Spanish flamenco and Indian classical guitar with none other than Ravi Shankar, Walker was both a true student of his instrument and a pioneer, using not only acoustic guitar, but, as can be heard on this album, also electric. Recorded in 1970 at Levon Helm's (The Band) house in Woodstock, with the likes of legendary Detroit drummer Maruga Booker and tabla god Badal Roy, this is an essential release for fans.Side A:
1. Meditation Blues
2. Camel Ride
3. City Pulse
1. Missing You
2. 102nd Psalm
3. Mellowtime$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Radio RetaliationLP reissue of Thievery Corporation's classic fifth studio album which has scanned 118k RTD
Thievery Corporation once again raises the bar with their incendiary fifth independent studio album Radio Retaliation. Along with longtime microphone co-conspirators like Sleepy Wonder, Lou Lou, and Notch the outernational DJ and production duo are joined by a new cast of musical collaborators including
Nigeria's afro-beat heir Femi Kuti, Brazilian star vocalist and guitarist Seu Jorge, Indian sitar virtuoso Anoushka Shankar, Slovakian chanteuse and
violinist Jana Andevska, and Washington DC's own godfather of go-go Chuck Brown. With an uncompromising socio-political agenda and richly layered
production touching upon the eclectic sounds of Jamaica, Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Radio Retaliation is one of Thievery
Corporation's broadest and most progressive albums.1. Sound The Alarm
3. Radio Retaliation
5. Hare Krsna
6. El Pueblo Unido
7. (The Forgotten People)
8. 33 Degree
9. Beautiful Drug
10. Le Femme Parallel
11. Retaliation Suite
12. The Numbers Game
13. The Shining Path
14. Blasting Through the City
15. Sweet Tides$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Concert For George (Live at Royal Albert Hall)
Released For The First Time Ever On Vinyl
Featuring A Special Mandala-Design Etched On Side-8
Includes The Complete Sound Recordings From The Concert, The First Time That All Songs Have Been Made Available On An Audio Configuration
On November 29, 2002, one year after the passing of George Harrison, Olivia Harrison and longtime friend Eric
Clapton organized a performance tribute in his honor. Held at London's Royal Albert Hall, the momentous evening
featured George's songs, and music he loved, performed by a lineup that included Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Paul McCartney,
Tom Petty, Monty Python, Billy Preston, Jools Holland, Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Joe Brown, Ringo Starr,
Dhani Harrison and many more.
In honor of George Harrison's 75th birthday, the Grammy®-winning
release CONCERT FOR GEORGE, will be available for the first time on vinyl, released as a 4-LP Box Set.LP 1
1. Sarve Shaam - Traditional Prayer
2. Your Eyes - Anoushka Shankar
3. The Inner Light - Jeff Lynne & Anoushka Shankar
4. Arpan - Conducted by Anoushka Shankar
1. The Lumberjack Song - Monty Python with Tom Hanks
2. Sit On My Face - Monty Python
3. I Want To Tell You - Jeff Lynne
4. If I Needed Someone - Eric Clapton
5. Old Brown Shoe - Gary Brooker
6. Give Me Love - Jeff Lynne
7. Beware Of Darkness - Eric Clapton
8. Here Comes The Sun - Joe Brown
9. That's The Way It Goes - Joe Brown
10. Horse To The Water - Jools Holland & Sam Brown
11. Taxman - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
1. I Need You - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2. Handle With Care - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Jeff Lynne & Dhani Harrison
3. Isn't It A Pity - Billy Preston
4. Photograph - Ringo Starr
5. Honey Don't - Ringo Starr
6. For You Blue - Paul McCartney
7. Something - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
8. All Things Must Pass - Paul McCartney
9. While My Guitar Gently Weeps - Paul McCartney & Eric Clapton
1. My Sweet Lord - Billy Preston
2. Wah Wah - Eric Clapton & Band
3. I'll See You In My Dreams - Joe Brown$124.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
SanctuaryNow heavily influenced by the earth-shaking creations of two master musicians -John Coltrane and Ravi Shankar-the Byrds began recording their new single, Eight Miles High and Why, along with tracks for their upcoming album Fifth Dimension at Columbia Studios in Hollywood. Growing more confident by the day in their studio acumen and songwriting skills, the Byrds logged long nights of hypnotic in-studio jamming, then hammered the white-hot magma into songs that will live forever. McGuinn's solos soared as never before, his technique now fusing the familiar, melodic overtones of the Rickenbacker 12-string with a powerfully new staccato dissonance absorbed from the majestic saxophone of John Coltrane. Michael Clarke's drumming never sounded better, his Elvin Jones-like cymbal splashes and rolling-tom thunder driving the band like an atomic generator approaching critical mass. Chris Hillman's swooping bass lines took on a McCartney-esque timbre that filled in every corner of the canvas with bold, melodic strokes. But it was perhaps David Crosby, playing in a brashly percussive way no one had ever heard before from a rhythm guitarist, who best digested and interpreted the Eastern influences of the day: the ragas and talas of Ravi Shankar. Crosby's contribution to Fifth Dimensionwas as outspoken and defiant as the man, himself. Acreative zenith in the Byrds' career, these fascinating sessions deserve closer scrutiny than they've previously been afforded. Alternate instrumental takes and extended experimental workouts give essential insight here into the songs' final versions. Also included are early versions of songs before the addition of any studio sweetening-strings, percussion or sound effects. To top things off, we've included a small handful of unique finds that give a fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the creation of one of the most important records of our time.1. EIGHT MILES HIGH
3. RYDER (I Know My Rider)
4. JOHN RILEY I
5. 2-4-2 FOX TROT (The Lear Jet Song)
6. PSYCHODRAMA CITY
7. JOHN RILEY II
8. WILD MOUNTAIN THYME
9. HEY JOE (Where You Gonna Go)
10. I SEE YOU
11. WHAT'S HAPPENING?!?!
12. CAPTAIN SOUL(30 Minute Break)$28.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Lady In The Van Soundtrack
First Pressing Of 500 Numbered Copies On 180 Gram Light Blue Vinyl
Gatefold Sleeve / Insert
PVC Protective Sleeve
The Lady In The Van is a big screen adaptation of writer Alan Bennett's celebrated memoir, directed by Nicholas Hytner. The film tells the true story of the relationship between Bennett and the singular Miss Shepherd, a woman of uncertain origins who 'temporarily' parked her van in Bennett's London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. Their unique story is funny, poignant and life-affirming.
Best known for his work in film and television, George Fenton is one of the UK's most successful composers, who has written scores for over 100 films and collaborated with some of the most influential filmmakers. His transition from television to film scoring began in 1982 with Richard Attenborough's biopic Gandhi for which he was nominated, with his collaborator Ravi Shankar, for an Academy Award.
About the work on The Lady In The Van, George Fenton said: ''The Lady In The Van was a unique experience for me, writing a score for a story about someone I actually know ( Alan Bennett) and someone I knew or at least met (Mary Shepherd ). The film not only tells an extraordinary story but also celebrates an extraordinary character - her triumphs and failings. I hope the music in some way belongs to her because music was at her heart. She was a musician, albeit a cantankerous one. In the score I've tried to show both sides. A great opportunity for me certainly and a special occasion thanks to the beautiful playing of the Philharmonia Orchestra The BBC Concert Orchestra and the brilliant pianist Clare Hammond.''LP 1
1. Miss Shepherd's Waltz
2. Moving In
3. Two Women - Tango
5. In Care
6. The Neighbours
7. Special Paint
8. Collision and Confession
9. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Op.11 (Excerpt)
10. The New Van 3. Broadstairs
11. Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op. 90, D 899
12. Curtain Down
13. Alive and Well
15. The Day Centre
1. A Sepulchre
2. Remembering Miss Shepherd
3. Walk Through the Cemetery
4. The Ascension (Miss Shepherd's Waltz)
5. Impromptu No. 3 in G-Flat Major, Op.90, D 899
6. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Romanze
7. Piano Concerto No. 1 in E Minor, Vivace$36.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Silver KobaltIn between work for Björk, The Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, the prodigious Hang player and percussionist Manu Delago has inked a deal with Tru Thoughts to release his own new album, 'Silver Kobalt'. The ambitious LP draws lines from pop to the avant-garde.
Aged just 30, Manu Delago is the world's leading Hang player (with 5 million YouTube views for his DIY performance video "Mono Desire") and possesses equally virtuosic skills as a percussionist and drummer alongside ever maturing instincts as a songwriter and producer. The accessible yet startlingly original sound of 'Silver Kobalt' draws on the experience and ideas built up by the London based Austrian native across a high-flying and diverse career to date. From overachieving teenaged rock bands, through extensive classical training; from his exploits at the cutting edge of art pop as the lynchpin of Björk's band, to a London Symphony Orchestra commission which saw him playfully subverting their expectations; this endlessly curious artist has been honing his own style rich in melody, wit and invention.
The title, 'Silver Kobalt', plays on the strangely linked themes of magnets, goblins and human behaviour. Throwing a pair of small magnets in the air one day, Delago recorded their frantic, thrumming sound for the track "Plus Minus"; he also experimented with the detuning effect of a magnet on the Hang. Magnet fascination deepening, he read that some rare elements are permanently magnetised, of which one is cobalt. Then, up popped the pleasing story that cobalt was actually named after the German word for 'goblin' ('kobold') by hapless silver miners who suspected little kobolds had taken all the silver and left them with this substance. Further reading revealed also that all humans contain cobalt which we need to survive. "I really enjoyed this string of information", he says. "As well as this fun idea of little goblins within us, it really struck a chord because I had been thinking a lot about attraction and repulsion - what makes people magnetically drawn to some things, away from others - and that is a strong theme in the music. 'Silver Kobalt' tied it all together."
Tying together the many sonic threads is co-producer Matt Robertson (Björk, The Prodigy, The Streets, Bat For Lashes), following his work on Delago's acclaimed 2013 LP 'Bigger Than Home', the record on which he began to truly develop his current sound. This is a sound that revolves around the unique timbre of the Hang, but encompasses much more, from acoustic percussion, bassoon, piano and chimes to multi-layered beats and a variety of synths.
The hypnotic, nursery rhyme-like Hang melody of lead single "Disgustingly Beautiful" feat. Isa Kurz opens the album; the affecting vocals of Kurz (also the pianist and violinist on record and in the live outfit Manu Delago Handmade) ride a bass-heavy undercurrent, with added beats from Grammy nominated producer j.viewz. On the spiky yet melodically catchy "Plus Minus", the aforementioned magnet theme is extended into the composition, with two main lines that are pulled together and pushed apart. "Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian" is pristine bassy pop lifted onto another plane by the haunting, androgynous vocals of the up-and-coming singer.
Stealthily moving into a fascinating instrumental section, "Down to the Summit" (which, unusually, uses the Indian drone instrument Surpeti for harmony) leads to the punchy, subby Hang sound and four-handed piano tinkering of "Wandering Around" and on to the joyful "Simon is Psychling", which calls to mind a DJ with speakers on a bike, circling a big field, one lap bringing a bassoon solo, another an industrial noise-fest. Restoring calm, "Sun In The North feat. Isa Kurz" is a potent lyrical snapshot from a day on the beach on Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean, its rhythms inspired by playing with Indian musicians there. Cobalt gets its glory in the shape-shifting "Chemical Reaction feat. Rahel", and the lovelorn "Dearest" was conceived on tour in Australia where Delago captured the fairytale vocals of celebrated Australian folk singer Katie Noonan. "Almost Thirty", in Delago's words, "draws a bow from Eurotrash Dance Music to Austrian folk music, with some brainy immature rhythm ejaculations in between"; a banger that skirts the border between strange-town and club-land, it is a thrilling way to see out both his third decade on Earth and the album.
Having been given his first drum kit aged two, also learning the accordion and piano in childhood, Manu Delago was a professional performer by his teens, but it was in 2003, when he began playing the Hang - an enchanting new sound sculpture from Switzerland - that he discovered his passion for writing music. On graduating from the university Mozarteum in Innsbruck, he moved to London and studied at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music. With this pedigree, the lessons learned from collaborating with his heroes, and influences from The Prodigy to Bon Iver, Michael Jackson to Stravinsky and Beyonce to Rage against the Machine, his music is as impeccably realised as it is impossible to classify. Delago has featured heavily in the world's media, having toured on six continents and played festivals including Shambala, Green Man, Haldern Pop, Reeperbahn, Eurosonic and Popfest Vienna.1. Disgustingly Beautiful feat. Isa Kurz
2. Plus Minus
3. Drumheart feat. Anil Sebastian
4. Down to the Summit
5. Wandering Around
6. Simon is Psychling [sic]
7. Sun in the North feat. Isa Kurz
8. Dearest feat. Katie Noonan$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now