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  • Sparkle In The Rain Sparkle In The Rain Quick View

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    Sparkle In The Rain

    Sparkle in the Rain is the sixth studio album by Simple Minds, released on 6 February 1984. A breakthrough commercial success for the band, the record peaked at number one in the UK Albums Chart on 18 February 1984.
    1. Up on the Catwalk
    2. Book of Brilliant Things
    3. Speed Your Love to Me
    4. Waterfront
    5. East at Easter
    6. Street Hassle
    7. White Hot Day
    8. 'C' Moon Cry Like a Baby
    9. The Kick Inside of Me
    10. Shake Off the Ghosts
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  • Walk Between Worlds Walk Between Worlds Quick View

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    Walk Between Worlds

    2018 studio album


    SIMPLE MINDS is a Scottish pop and rock band that
    achieved its greatest worldwide popularity from the mid-80s
    to the early 90s, still playing to a massive fan-following
    today. The group, from the South Side of Glasgow, has
    produced a set of critically acclaimed albums in the early
    80s. It also has secured a string of successful hit singles,
    the best known being their #1 worldwide hit single
    "DON'T YOU (FORGET ABOUT ME)," from the soundtrack
    of the John Hughes movie The Breakfast Club and their
    worldwide hit single "ALIVE AND KICKING." The band
    has sold more than 40 million albums since 1979,
    breaking to the U.K. Top 40 chart a full 24 times.


    Founding members Jim Kerr (vocals) and Charlie Burchill
    (guitar, keyboards), along with drummer Mel Gaynor, are
    the core of the band. It also currently features Andy Gillespie
    on keyboards and Ged Grimes on bass guitar.

    1. Magic
    2. Summer
    3. Utopia
    4. The Signal And The Noise
    5. In Dreams
    6. Barrowland Star
    7. Walk Between Worlds
    8. Sense Of Discovery
    Simple Minds
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    The Vinyl Collection 1979-1984

    Remastered At Abbey Road


    The Vinyl Collection 1979-1984 contains the first six albums from the influential first chapter of Simple Minds' career. Box Set includes Life In A Day (1979), Real To Real Cacophony (1979), Empires and Dance (1980), Sons and Fascination / Sister Feelings Call (1981), New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84) (1982) and Sparkle In The Rain (1984) and are all together in one deluxe hard-cased box.

    LP1 - Life In A Day
    1. Someone
    2. Life In A Day
    3. Sad Affair
    4. All For You
    5. Pleasantly Disturbed
    6. No Cure
    7. Chelsea Girl
    8. Wasteland
    9. Destiny
    10. Murder Story


    LP2 - Real To Real Cacophony
    1. Real To Real
    2. Naked Eye
    3. Citizen (Dance Of Youth)
    4. Carnival (Shelter In A Suitcase)
    5. Factory
    6. Cacophony
    7. Veldt
    8. Premonition
    9. Changeling
    10. Film Theme
    11. Calling Your Name
    12. Scar


    LP3 - Empires And Dance
    1. I Travel
    2. Today I Died Again
    3. Celebrate
    4. This Fear Of Gods
    5. Capital City
    6. Constantinople Line
    7. Twist / Run / Repulsion
    8. Thirty Frames A Second
    9. Kant-Kino
    10. Room


    LP4 - Sons And Fascination
    1. In Trance As Mission
    2. Sweat In Bullet
    3. 70 Cities As Love Brings The Fall
    4. Boys From Brazil
    5. Love Song
    6. This Earth That You Walk Upon
    7. Sons And Fascination
    8. Seeing Out The Angel


    LP5 - Sister Feelings Call
    1. Theme For Great Cities
    2. The American
    3. 20th Century Promised Land
    4. Wonderful In Young Life
    5. League Of Nations
    6. Careful In Career
    7. Sound In 70 Cities


    LP6 - New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
    1. Someone Somewhere In Summertime
    2. Colours Fly And Catherine Wheel
    3. Promised You A Miracle
    4. Big Sleep
    5. Somebody Up There Likes You
    6. New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
    7. Glittering Prize
    8. Hunter And The Hunted
    9. King Is White And In The Crowd


    LP7 - Sparkle In The Rain
    1. Up On The Catwalk
    2. Book Of Brilliant Things
    3. Speed Your Love To Me
    4. Waterfront
    5. East At Easter
    6. Street Hassle
    7. White Hot Day
    8. C Moon Cry Like A Baby
    9. The Kick Inside Of Me
    10. Shake Off The Ghosts

    Simple Minds
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 7 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • One Foot In The Grave:  Expanded Edition One Foot In The Grave: Expanded Edition Quick View

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    One Foot In The Grave: Expanded Edition

    This 15th Anniversary Expanded Edition of Beck's One Foot In The Grave features the original album remastered, plus 16 bonus tracks including 13 previously unreleased recordings. Also includes songs from the It's All In Your Mind single.


    Recorded before Mellow Gold, One Foot In The Grave showcases Beck as a postmodern folkie, and the results are revelatory. Stripped of the intoxicating production that dominated Mellow Gold, Becks songs prove to be wonderful, vibrant tunes, teeming with emotion, haunting wordplay, and simple, memorable melodies. Its alternately haunting and jubilant, and Calvin Johnsons occasional harmonies lend the record an intimate warmth. Its a gentle record, and its collection of small gems are every bit as impressive as the songs on Mellow Gold or its 1996 follow-up, Odelay.


    Out of Print Since 2005!


    1. He's A Mighty Good Leader
    2. Sleeping Bag
    3. I Get Lonesome
    4. Burnt Orange Peel
    5. Cyanide Breath Mint
    6. See Water
    7. Ziplock Bag
    8. Hollow Log
    9. Forcefield
    10. Fourteen Rivers Fourteen Floods
    11. Asshole
    12. I've Seen The Land Beyond
    13. Outcome
    14. Girl Dreams
    15. Painted Eyelids
    16. Atmospheric Conditions


    Bonus Tracks
    17. It's All In Your Mind
    18. Whiskey Can Can
    19. Mattress *
    20. Woe Unto Me *
    21. Teenage Wastebasket (Acoustic) *
    22. Favorite Nerve *
    23. Piss On The Floor *
    24. Your Love Is Weird *
    25. Close To God *
    26. Sweet Satan *
    27. Black Lake Morning *
    28. Axe Ex *
    29. Teenage Wastebasket (Electric) *
    30. One Foot In The Grave *
    31. Feather In Your Cap
    32. I Get Lonesome *


    * previously unreleased

    Beck
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  • Beethoven: Triple Concerto (Speakers Corner) Beethoven: Triple Concerto (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Beethoven: Triple Concerto (Speakers Corner)

    Why does the piano part seem comparatively simple in contrast to the violin and cello parts, which make the highest demands on the instrumentalists? And why on earth do three musicians play in concert with an orchestra? As interesting as these questions are with regard to Beethoven's cryptic Triple Concerto, there is a multitude of ways to approach this exceptional work by the great symphonist. In the gallantry of the expression, and keeping in mind the demand for playable parts for his invited circle of musical connoisseurs, Beethoven developed his very own concertante tonal language. This language is brought to life by Rudolf Serkin (piano), Jaime Laredo (violin) and Leslie Parnas (cello) in that they enter continually newly arranged dialogues and thereby offer the listener a warm palette of colours and melodies.



    The orchestral antagonists - the Marlboro Festival Orchestra - weaves a chamber music-like, delicate and wonderfully transparent carpet of sound, upon which Beethoven's characteristic woodwind instruments are bedded like roses. Thanks to these attributes, this recording appears to take place in the luminous glow of a private house and thus conveys a charming yet stimulating atmosphere.



    Musicians:



    • Rudolf Serkin (piano)

    • Jaime Laredo (vocals)

    • Leslie Parnas (cello)

    • and the Marlboro Festival Orchestra concucted by Alexander Schneider




    Recording: May 1962 at Columbia 30th Street Studio, New York, by Ed Michalski and John Johnson

    Production: Thomas Frost



    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.

    Ludwig Van Beethoven
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  • Soldier Soldier Quick View

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    Soldier

    Import


    Soldier is Iggy Pop's fourth solo studio album, released in 1980. For the album Iggy collaborated with ex-Sex Pistols bassist Glen Matlock.


    David Bowie and Simple Minds provide backing vocals on Play It Safe. Videos were made for the songs Loco Mosquito, Knocking 'Em Down (In the City) and Dog Food.

    1. Loco Mosquito
    2. Ambition
    3. Knocking 'em Down (In The City)
    4. Play It Safe
    5. Get Up And Get Out
    6. Mr. Dynamite
    7. Dog Food
    8. I Need More
    9. Take Care Of Me
    10. I'm A Conservative
    11. I Snub You
    Iggy Pop
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    King Of Jeans

    If 2005's Shallow was Pissed Jeans coping with moving out of their parents' homes, and 2007's Hope for Men their initial reaction to the mechanical lifestyle of a wage-earner, King of Jeans is their formal and uneasy acceptance of adulthood, by way of one hell of a rock record. Working with renowned producer Alex Newport (At the Drive-In, The Locust and Sepultura), Pissed Jeans have pushed further into the raw, minimal core of heavy rock music with King of Jeans. Masters of the mundane, beasts of the banal, high priests of the humdrum: these four, white, male high school graduates hardly look further than their own appendages for artistic inspiration, content to execute their own brand of brash and heavy punk music in the Joe Carducci-approved standard rock formation of guitar, bass, drums and vocals. From simple minds and simple fabrics comes the King of Jeans.
    1. False Jesii Part 2
    2. Half Idiot
    3. Dream Smotherer
    4. Pleasure Race
    5. She Is Science Fiction
    6. Request for Masseuse
    7. Human Upskirt
    8. Lip Ring
    9. Spent
    10. R-Rated Movie
    11. Dominate Yourself
    12. Goodbye (Hair)
    Pissed Jeans
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  • Soldier Soldier Quick View

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    Soldier


    The Iggy Pop / Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl + Gatefold LP Artwork


    Features David Bowie, Simple Minds, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols) & Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group) & Barry Andrews (XTC)


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Capitol Records & Manufactured At R.T.I.


    A Definitive "Rock Of The 80's" Classic Album


    Iggy Pop continues to be known as one of the original pioneers of
    the punk rock and underground rock movement of the late sixties and
    seventies. Thrilling audiences with The Stooges or with his own innovative
    solo projects, Iggy's iconic history shows a plethora of amazing albums
    over the last 4 decades, truly creating some of the coolest music ever
    waxed for the classic rock era.


    In 1980, Iggy Pop delivered his hard hitting 80's alternative classic
    Soldier for Arista Records. Featuring the David Bowie collaboration Play
    It Safe, Solider was a solid effort which continues to be one of his most
    revered albums to this day. This stunning release featured a good amount
    of staple Iggy Pop classics like I'm A Conservative, Mr. Dynamite, Dog
    Food and the hard rockin' Take Care Of Me. Augmented with powerhouse
    musicians like Ivan Kral (Patti Smith Group), Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols),
    Barry Andrews (XTC) and uncredited support from David Bowie and
    Simple Minds, this amazing 80's power punk classic hasn't been available
    on vinyl for many decades... that is until now!


    As another installment in our Iggy Pop series, Friday Music is
    very proud to announce for the first time ever the stunning 180 Gram
    Audiophile Vinyl presentation of Soldier by the legendary Iggy Pop.
    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (David Bowie/Iggy Pop/Alice
    Cooper) at Friday Music Studios and Capitol Mastering in Hollywood and
    manufactured at R.T.I., this original Arista Records classic truly reaches
    great sonic heights in the audiophile vinyl domain. For a limited time, we
    have also included the colorful artwork elements in a first time gatefold
    cover, featuring the rare lyric insert art - now a part of the inside LP cover
    presentation.


    Knocking 'Em Down In The City

    1. Loco Mosquito
    2. Ambition
    3. Knocking 'em Down (In The City)
    4. Play It Safe
    5. Get Up And Get Out
    6. Mr. Dynamite
    7. Dog Food
    8. I Need More
    9. Take Care Of Me
    10. I'm A Conservative
    11. I Snub You
    Iggy Pop
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  • Solipsism Solipsism Quick View

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    Solipsism

    Simple sounds to express complex emotions. Music stripped to its bare essence. Amsterdam-based composer and pianist Joep Beving has stripped music back to its essence in his debut album Solipsism. The independently produced album has been streamed an incredible five million times since its release five months ago. Solipsism represents a quest for essence and beauty, expressed in a neo-classical vocabulary. Joep Beving has been one with the piano from an early age. Where once his goal was to hit as many notes per minute as physically possible, his style of playing has changed over the years, searching for a particular aesthetic essence. His path was illuminated by a piano that Beving inherited from his grandmother when she passed away in 2009. This German instrument insisted on a more gentle touch and a gracious pace, which eventually led Beving to adapt to a more classical vocabulary to tell his story. Joep Beving's debut album Solipsism refers to the philosophical idea that reality only exists in one's mind. Everything outside of it, the external world and the minds of others, cannot truly be known and hence does not exist. Beving's music is an experiment in existential communication, a belief in an absolute aesthetic, to prove that a universal and metaphysical reality does exist. In the past year, Beving composed and recorded his solo album at home in the still of night. The album is filled with introspective and often filmic piano compositions. Beving's sound could be described as the opposite to over-produced and complexly layered music styles. His ambition for Solipsism is to keep the music stripped back to its essence: simple sounds to express complex emotions.
    1. Midwayer
    2. Etude
    3. For Steven
    4. Zoetrope
    5. Saturday Morning
    6. Day Dream
    7. Sleeping Lotus
    8. Wanderlust
    9. The Light She Brings
    10. Reflection #2
    11. Autumn
    Joep Beving
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  • Vicissitude Vicissitude Quick View

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    Vicissitude

    Four years after his last album Turning The Mind, producer James Chapman is back with his third album Vicissitude.


    While Turning The Mind swung like a hedonistic after-party held after Maps' debut We Can Create's Mercury Prize nomination, Vicissitude has the distinct feeling of digging deep and confronting reality head on. And in each of those cases, with Chapman the sole creative force behind the music, any Maps album is defined entirely by where his head was at during the recording process.


    "The whole album is about change;" says Chapman. "It's about dealing with a struggle - whatever that may be - and ultimately coming through it."


    Vicissitude focuses, tightens and sharpens Maps' expansive sound. The album might have been born from a long period of self-contemplation, but maybe you do need a while to get simple answers to the difficult questions. Time to face the light.

    1. A.M.A.
    2. Built To Last
    3. You Will Find A Way
    4. I Heard Them Say
    5. Nicholas
    6. Vicissitude
    7. Left Behind
    8. This Summer
    9. Insignificant Others
    10. Adjusted To The Darkness
    Maps
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    Chrome

    To truly understand the color and shape of Nice Nice, you must really see them live. Only then will you realize that every sound heard on this record, every intricate ployrhythmic layer is LIVE. There are no overdubs, and there are only two people in the band. But if you haven't been lucky enough to see them yet, then bear in mind those facts when throwing this one into your headphones. Born in Olympia, WA and now calling Portland, OR their home, guitarist Jason Buehler and percussionist Mark Shirazi meticulously warp hard funk, psych, soul, dub, angular rock and no-wave noise into a mechanical beast that can take you from dream to dance in 30 seconds flat. The instrumentation is relatively simple: guitar and drums. But it's the endless tap-dancing of effects pedals and rock solid dub beats that make every moment more magical than the last. Having played with everyone from Black Dice to Cex to Gold Chains - and thoroughly blowing their minds all the same - Nice Nice are that rare band that seems to equally appeal to the bedroom stoners and Friday night hipsters. Intimidating only in their technical prowess, Nice Nice don't smash their equipment, they smash their stereotypes. Bring it on.
    1. Look, You're On TIV
    2. Cold Sweat Part XVI
    3. Chez Clix
    4. See-Thru Plastic
    5. Chrome Cabal
    6. Joinus
    7. Bees Make Honey
    8. Nein
    9. Thank You
    10. Pulp
    11. On Neon
    12. Fight The Face
    13. They React!
    14. Disclaimers 1-5
    15. Tiny Steps
    16. We Go Towards
    Nice Nice
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  • Crosley Wood Vinyl Record Frame (On Sale) Crosley Wood Vinyl Record Frame (On Sale) On Sale Quick View

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    Crosley Wood Vinyl Record Frame (On Sale)

    Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.


    Treat your albums like the pieces of art they are with this handsome wooden frame. The perfect 12.5" square is made exclusively with record sleeves in mind, turning your record collection into a gallery in the home or office. Furniture grade wood and easy mounting hardware make transforming your space simple and as beautiful as the music it represents.

    Crosley
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  • Ghost Tropic Ghost Tropic Quick View

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    Ghost Tropic

    The sound movement on GHOST TROPIC will seem sudden to some; without warning. To others, it'll seem a very logical step in a very foreign direction. On its fifth proper full-length, Songs: Ohia has stepped outside the box and has delivered its most subtle record of fantastic depth to date. Indeed this is the most cohesive and album-like Songs: Ohia has ever been. The eight songs on the record sprawl out into one another, telling one long sonic tale, allowing very little room for chapter breaks or piss stops. In this regard, Lou Reed's moody classic BERLIN comes to mind as a worthy fore-bearer. But it's the strange ethnic flavor in which GHOST TROPIC is steeped that makes it stand apart from its predecessors, albums which were all received as crossing guards for the Great American lost highway. Surely this album will leave those expecting such fare scratching their heads. Blending the electro-acoustic minimalism of the David Bowie and Brian Eno Trilogy with the percussive worldliness of Tom Waits' SWORDFISHTROMBONES, the group seems to hop the globe from a British Isles folk rock influence to an Ennio Morricone-like Spaghetti Western feel to the faintest echoes of the Chinese Classical ringing like a death murmur in the distance. And the songs, they build in a slow, unconscious manner, pulsing with an intensity, but never betraying their most simple core with too much instrumentation or calculated progression. Yea! GHOST TROPIC is the first album which reveals Songs: Ohia's own Tropicalia Blues in full bloom.
    Lightning Risked It All
    Body Burned Away
    No Limits on the Words
    Ghost Tropic
    Ocean's Nerves
    Not Just a Ghost's Heart
    Ghost Tropic
    Incantation
    Songs: Ohia
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  • New Age Music Is Here New Age Music Is Here Quick View

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    New Age Music Is Here

    Mysteries is just as it implies. A few months ago the Felte label
    received an anonymous demo accompanied by a photo of 3
    figures, faces covered like some sort of futuristic druids. To this
    day the label still doesn't know the group's origin, but the joy of
    discovering this music unimpeded renders this fact almost
    irrelevant.


    There's a sense that the band would prefer to keep your focus on
    the music and not who they are, where they come from or what
    you might perceive them to be before hearing a single note. If you
    need glorious mug shots and preamble to capture your intrigue,
    then this is not for you. The album's title, New Age Music is Here,
    could even be interpreted as a sarcastic shot at the new listening
    habits dictated by the constant noise all around us, but is more
    likely a simple invitation to engage with the music on its own
    terms, in its own universe.


    One thing is certain. New Age Music Is Here glows with exotic,
    crunchy, muscular, expressive pop music built around vocals and
    drums, rather than the big synth or guitar riffs prevalent today.
    Almost like a psych-rock, cyborg, 50's doo-wop Alice Coltrane if
    you will. Is it truly new age? We definitely haven't heard much like
    it.


    Listen with an open mind and heart and you too might believe in
    music once again strictly for music's sake. Let's get to it then,
    shall we?

    1. Introduction (New Age Music Is Here)
    2. Knight Takes Rook
    3. Newly Thrown
    4. Stateless Wonder
    5. Authenticity Machine
    6. Motion
    7. Ev'rything
    8. I Wanna
    9. Call and Respsone, With Morals
    10. In The Dark
    11. Deckard
    12. Trust
    Mysteries
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  • Say God (Awaiting Repress) Say God (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Say God (Awaiting Repress)

    Daniel Higgs Say God On Limited Edition 2 x Vinyl LP Of Only 1000 Copies + MP3 Download Coupon


    Say God is an album of gospel songs and poems as presently received by Daniel Higgs. Recorded with the help and enthusiasm of David Andrew Sitek, who graciously provided Daniel Higgs with an environment in which to prosper and enjoy the adventure of recording, or, if you will, the ensnaring of songs as they migrate through time and mind, that they might be heard many places at once, with the singer absent. It is the simple hope of Daniel Higgs that the album Say God may be of use to the listener, may serve the listener, may accompany the listener in clairaudient fellowship.


    Double vinyl LP housed in an old-style tip-on gatefold jacket with an 8 x 10 insert and MP3 download coupon. Limited to 1,000 copies!

    1. Hoofprints On The Ceiling Of Your Mind
    2. Song For Azariah
    3. Say God
    4. A Message From The Beautiful
    5. Root & Bough
    6. Jewel Of The East
    7. Tumble Down
    8. Christ Among Us
    Daniel Higgs
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  • Sunshine Redux Sunshine Redux Quick View

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    Sunshine Redux

    Out of the modern musical abyss comes Jackson Scott, a 22-year-old artist living in Asheville, NC. Finding pure metaphysical euphoria within the depths of cassette recorders and guitar pedals, he enjoys the simple things in life such as playing music with friends and falling into existential voids. After touring extensively in 2013 for his debut album Melbourne, released on Fat Possum Records, Jackson returned home to record an album that he could listen to in absolutely any negative or positive state of mind. His second album Sunshine Redux is a translation of this paradoxical psyche, a kaleidoscope of sounds ranging from 60's flower power to 90's hip-hop production techniques. Veering from nihilistic punk rock explosions to gentle sonic nightmares, it is his most cohesive musical undertaking yet.
    1. Woodworkk
    2. Broken Record Repeat
    3. Ripe for Love
    4. Steal Me
    5. Pacify
    6. Save the World
    7. Merry Nightmare
    8. Dissonance
    9. PRPLMTV
    10. Ripe for Love II
    Jackson Scott
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  • Opening Opening Quick View

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    Opening

    For years, I've imagined the work I do in music, photography, and video all coming into one space, says music-tech guru Christopher Willits from his home in San Francisco. It's an ambition that many musicians have aspired to, but nonetheless seems especially befitting of a worldly polymath like Willits. I believe that sound and light, when used intentionally, have the power to transform and inspire our imaginations, he continues. I believe that art has an ability to awaken our connection to everything. And that is exactly what he has set out to do with OPENING, the veteran Ghostly artist's immersive new audio-visual project.


    Across seven tracks of widescreen ambient music, 45 minutes of visuals shot over four years in multiple countries, seven bespoke photographs, and a multi-sensory live performance, Willits has conceived and produced something which might better be thought of as an experience than a simple album. Of course, OPENING does feature Willits' latest music since Ancient Future, his 2012 collaboration with Japanese pianist Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the vibrant, enveloping sounds we've come to expect from him are on full display. The quiet majesty of Vision ushers us into the sacred world Willits created, a living universe which billows and heaves in the corners of slow-grooving songs like CLEAR and CONNECT or the
    textural minutiae and harmonic subtleties in GROUND. Closing out the album, WIDE and RELEASE o!er the listener a gentle comedown through 15 cumulative minutes of transcendent audio, with Willits' delicate guitar manipulations breathing life into the aether of prickly atmospheres and soft-glowing synths.


    The other integral facet to the experience of OPENING is Willits' visual work. After building a library of footage and images from his travels around California, Hawaii, Japan, and Thailand, Willits will unveil for the first time a portion of his videos as an abstract film, the seven scenes of which each correspond with a song and photo from the album. The
    45-minute piece uses music and a first-person perspective to tell what Willits calls a very ambiguous story, much in the vein of ground-breaking experimental films Koyaanisqatsi and Baraka. Taken as a whole, OPENING is unlike anything Willits has accomplished before, and maybe that's because the audio-visual project is about expanding one's mind to become something new. Or, as Willits puts it, OPENING is about transformation, the experience of changing oneself to be more of who you know you can be, and, ultimately, the joy that comes with that change.

    1. Vision
    2. Clear
    3. Ground
    4. Now
    5. Connect
    6. Wide
    7. Release
    Christopher Willits
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    Grow Slow

    There was once a young African princess who embarked on a huge journey in pursuit of her dreams.She arrived at a mystical island covered in clouds where she met a cunning wizard...Sounds like the beginning of some Disney fantasy but the truth is not so different. The Princess is Sena who came from Accra, Ghana to a festival in the centre of Budapest, Hungary and met a musical wizard by the name of DJ Vadim... that was in 2005. What happened that night was the meeting not only of like minded souls, but the beginning of a future journey into sound and space. First came recordings for Vadim for the Soundcatcher album Talk To Me (2007 BBE) which was much lauded by Gilles Peterson at the time... Which led to a long process of creating an album. Much happened in between. Each had many of their own adventures.Grammy Award shows, sell out arena shows for Sena's band in Hungary - Irie Mafia - plus the birth of her beautiful daughter Kekeli and the release of her second solo album Lots Of Trees on French Soulbeats Records; world wide shenanagins for DJ Vadim with his groups, One Self, The Electric and many solo projects...Perhaps a good analogy would be the perfect pasta. One needs both to cook it exactly, not too hard or too soft and also a complimentary sauce. It takes time, love, effort and good ingredients. What's the result, simple but delicious and what a perfect combination Sena & Vadim make also.Perhaps add some chile pepper to bring out the African funk mixed with London tricknology from the grimey east London hoods and that's what it sounds like. It's not just soul but has a peppery kick, a proud African roar with somewhat a Caribbean touch.Then again, that's the Dubcatcher Vadim bringing his bass and skank to the mix. This isn't rose tinted squeaky clean US R&B, this is a diamond in the ruff worldly spoken words, raps and emotions...Think Erykah Badu meets Damian Marley over the new upsetter hot steppa DJ Vadim...
    1. There's A Moment
    2. Day By Day
    3. Work Hard
    4. Living In The New
    5. Stems N Seeds
    6. Grow Slow
    7. Boneshaker
    8. Run Along
    9. Morning Light
    10. Give More Pt 2 feat. Syross the Virus
    DJ Vadim
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    Holly

    Think music ain't what it used to be? Then you haven't heard Nick Waterhouse. His jumped-up take on 1950's rhythm 'n' blues is the real deal."
    - GQ


    A timeless talent for spirited rock and rhythms that anyone can appreciate.
    He draws from the classic sound of '50's American pop with a distinctive
    voice of his own, shouting and growling with infectious vigor."
    - NPR


    Waterhouse is definitely a star."
    - LA TIMES


    The music sounds like a party in full swing, each instrument playing exactly what is needed."
    - CHICAGO TRIBUNE


    Between the chattering keys, bomping saxes, gorgeous guitar tones and
    the bandleader's voice-which slides effortlessly from cool quaver to feral
    howl - the end result is undeniable."
    - SPIN


    Nick Waterhouse's art springs from a simple idea: everybody wants to be sombody else. One of his heroes, Van Morrison, got his start covering Bobby
    Bland, whose own musical idol was Nat "King" Cole. In Waterhouse's view,
    emulation is a journey; you never truly succeed, but as the singer, guitarist and songwriter puts it, "You become something on the way there."


    Nick was born in 1986 and grew up in Huntington Beach, known predominantly for
    UFC, commercial surf culture, and tanning salons. He established his musical sensibilities in the middle of the burgeoning southern California Psych-Garage scene (Burger
    records, Ty Segall, McHugh's Distillery studio) while retaining his unique perspective
    on the spirit of American Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll.


    Waterhouse started performing as a teenager. "It was really motivated by fear," he
    recalls. "I'm kind of an introvert, so it was an uncomfortable situation. It was a way
    to force a crisis." The young artist experienced an exhilaration he'd never felt before,
    and hasn't found anywhere else since. "It's a feeling of heightened awareness that goes
    beyond pleasure," Waterhouse explains. "It has something to do with seeing ahead in
    time and behind in time all at once. You don't just get the immediate reward; you get
    the potential that rewards you the same way."


    Waterhouse explored the idea of potential on his breakthrough single, "Some Place," a
    beautifully lean, propulsive track recorded at all-analog studio the Distillery and self
    released in 2010 on his own Pres label. "Well, there's someplace that I'd rather be,"
    Waterhouse sang in a fierce yet plaintive register. "And it's something that's been on my
    mind almost constantly."


    These days, Waterhouse is a successful recording artist, with one well-received LP and
    and several high-profile tours and collaborations to his name. But his latest work still
    embodies the struggle of his early forays. During "This Is a Game," Waterhouse sets up
    a snarly, post-surf guitar solo with a succinct statement of a cynical outlook: "This is a
    game / Please remember my words / And don't get upset when you don't get what you
    think you deserve." And on the gothic-soul strut "Let It Come Down," he meditates on
    the inevitability of pain. "If there's gonna be rain tonight," he sings in a stoic croon.
    "Let it come down."


    It's clear from this material that Waterhouse is in the midst of his own becoming. He
    isn't the type to let ecstasy take over, like Van Morrison, or to drawl away in a consummately laid-back register, like Mose Allison. In the tension between his wry lyrics and
    crisp arrangements, you hear the expression of a worldly skeptic who's also-when it
    comes to his art-a sanctified believer. Whoever it was that Nick Waterhouse wanted to
    be matters less now; these days, he just sounds like himself.

    1. High Tiding
    2. This Is A Game
    3. It no. 3
    4. Let It Come Down
    5. Sleepin' Pills
    6. Holly
    7. Dead Room
    8. Well It's Fine
    9. Ain't There Something Money Can't Buy
    10. Hands On The Clock
    Nick Waterhouse
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    Nonagon Infinity (Awaiting Repress)

    Pressed On Splattered Vinyl (Dark Vinyl With Light Splatters)


    "Nonagon infinity opens the door," sings Stu Mackenzie, frontman of Australian psych-rockers King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard. It turns out, though, that once the door's open, it never closes. That's because the Melbourne septet has ingeniously crafted what may be the world's first infinitely looping LP. Each of the nine, complex, blistering tracks on 'Nonagon Infinity' seamlessly flows into the next, with the final song linking straight back into the top of the opener like a sonic mobius strip. It's exactly the kind of ambitious vision that prompted Rolling Stone to dub the band "one of the most compelling collectives of art-rock experimentalists in recent years." But far from a simple conceptual experiment, the album is both an exhilarating shot of adrenaline and a remarkable feat of craftsmanship, the result of painstaking planning and an eye for detail years in the making.


    The roots of 'Nonagon Infinity' stretch back to 2014, when King Gizzard recorded their critically acclaimed album "I'm In Your Mind Fuzz," which was hailed by Pitchfork as "dense, intricately crafted, and most importantly, powerful."


    "We actually wanted to do this with 'Mind Fuzz,' but it just didn't work," explains Mackenzie. "We ended up writing songs that needed to be on that record but didn't connect to the others, so we had to abandon the idea, but the seeds were sown."


    To an outsider, it may have seemed like the band had completely given up on the concept, as the ever-prolific group quickly followed 'Mind Fuzz' with two more records in 2015, 'Quarters'-described by The Guardian as "the neon intersection of DIY psych and 1960s beach pop"-and the stripped-down 'Paper Mache Dream Balloon,' which earned praise from NPR to Stereogum. The truth, though, was that King Gizzard was honing in on the 'Nonagon Infinity' material the whole time, test-driving various tracks in their explosive live shows to prep for the monumental task of stitching them all together into one searing, multi-movement epic.


    "We really wanted to focus on things that felt good live," says Mackenzie. "We'd grab a little riff here or a little groove there, and we'd jam on them and form songs out of them, which was the opposite of 'Paper Mache,' where we were making songs in an acoustic, classic-songwriting kind of way. I wanted to have an album where all these riffs and grooves just kept coming in and out the whole time, so a song wasn't just a song, it was part of a loop, part of this whole experience where it feels like it doesn't end and doesn't need to end."


    Recorded at Daptone Studios in Brooklyn, the final result is an intricate and immersive listening experience. Lyrical refrains and musical motifs establish themselves and then submerge beneath the chaos, only to resurface unexpectedly later like familiar companions on a labyrinthine journey. Motorhead-grade riffs give way to King Crimson and Yes-levels of prog complexity, as songs churn through unusual time signatures and shifting rhythms with blunt force, laying waste to everything in their path.


    "I wanted it to feel like a horror or sci-fi movie," explains Mackenzie of the album's dark overtones. "The lyrics came as a stream of consciousness, all of these elements just falling out of my head as it was happening."


    "Big Fig Wasp" references a particularly macabre insect that must kill itself in order to perpetuate the species, while "Gamma Knife," with its 11/8-time drum solo, is named for a surgical tool that burns cuts into the skin, and "People-Vultures" plays like a sinister film soundtrack. Album opener "Robot Stop" pulls more directly from the band's recent experiences, inspired in part by their relentless work ethic and tour schedule, which has included festival performances at Bonnaroo, Glastonbury, Montreux Jazz & Roskilde as well as countless sold out dates in rooms across the USA, UK, Europe and Australia.


    "That song's about feeling overworked, like a bit of a robot that's just going to crash and die or something," he says with a laugh. "But you get yourself up and do it again and you robot on and you're alright. It was one of the early ones we wrote for the record, and I think when that song came together, everybody started to feel like were going to actually be able to pull off this never-ending album idea."


    To say they pulled it off would be an understatement. The record is a force to be reckoned with on par with the road trains Mackenzie references in the album's final track.


    "In the Australian desert, in the outback, there are what's called road trains, which are these massive trucks pulling heaps of carriages that can end up being 50 meters long," he explains. "They drive on the road really, really fast, and they're deadly, with these bars in the front to kill kangaroos and anything else in their path."


    'Nonagon Infinity' has opened the door for King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and they're barreling ahead with more momentum than ever before now. Much like those road trains, with a band this good, the safest place to be is onboard.

    1. Robot Stop
    2. Big Fig Wasp
    3. Gamma Knife
    4. People-Vulture
    5. Mr. Beat
    6. Evil Death Roll
    7. Invisible Face
    8. Wah Wah
    9. Road Train
    King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard
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    Blood On The Tracks (Awaiting Repress)

    Ranked 16/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Dylans Masterpiece Break-Up Album: Sentimental Redemption Arises Amidst Sorrow, Turmoil, Sadness, and Pain


    Presence, Immediacy, Naturalness, Realism in Spades: Mobile Fidelity Reissue Makes Blood on the Tracks Among Most Lifelike-Sounding Albums You'll Ever Hear



    Songs Flow Like Rivers, Acoustic and Electric Elements Merge Like Bezels on a Diamond


    Includes Tangled Up In Blue, Simple Twist of Fate, Idiot Wind, Buckets of Rain


    The Freewheelin Bob Dylan, Another Side of Bob Dylan, Bringing It All Back Home, Blonde on Blonde, and The Basement Tapes Also Available from Mobile Fidelity


    Bob Dylan was at several crossroads in the mid-1970s. Artistically, he was largely written off as being past his prime. Emotionally, he was suffering through a painful divorce from his then-wife Sara Lowndes. Creatively, he appeared at a stalemate, his previous decades unprecedented run of transformational brilliance finished. Then came Blood on the Tracks.


    A start-to-finish cycle that documents a lovers pursuit of, entanglement with, and loss of a woman, the bracingly intimate 1975 effort remains one of the most encompassing break-up albums ever made and ranks as the most personal statement of the Bards career. To hear it is to experience the agony, frustration, trauma, highs, lows, confusion, sadness, and, ultimately, requisite redemption associated with intimate relationships gone astray. Dylan maintains its a work of fiction, but its evident close-vested autobiographical premise is what helps make it universal: Its the icon singing through tears, going out of his mind, battling hallowing emptiness, firing shots across the bow, and accepting culpability. It is, in short, a consummate expression of loves darker sides and the consequences of what happens when dreams unravel.


    As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of Blood on the Tracks ever producedand the first-ever proper analog reissue. Fantastically presenting both the solo acoustic and band-supported songs with the utmost clarity, dynamics, presence, immediacy, spaciousness, imaging, and balance, this version shines a high-powered light on the fluid vocal phrasing, timbral shifts, functional rhythms, and inward-looking strumming that contribute to every song here serving as a wound-exposing confessional.


    For all the melancholic pain, unresolved questions, shattered memories, wasted times, unrequited dialogs, and weary regret within, Blood on the Tracks remains as daring as it is reflective. Rather than follow for a monotone caustic vibe, Dylans songs burrow into the subconscious for the manners in which they are even-keeled, mellow, and occasionally, even peaceful. Dignity, honor, poignancy, and fairnessall traits uncommon in any situation in which partners dissolve histories, change hearts, and attribute blameinstill the record with equilibrium on par with the consistency of the flowing melodies.


    Throughout, tunes come on and proceed as if they could continue forever, Dylan spinning poetic verses and conversations amidst finely tied knots of acoustic notes, chords, and fills, the deceivingly simple architecture conjuring the intertwined refractions of a bezeled jewel, various angles, colors, and textures conjoining into a gorgeously inseparable whole. Backed by Tony Browns flexible albeit subtle bass, Buddy Cages country-streaked pedal-steel guitar, and Paul Griffins soul-baring organan instrument used to shadow, tuckpoint, and illuminate here as effectively as any time in rock historyDylan pours soulful emotion, open his veins, and bleeds.


    Ranked 16 on Rolling Stones list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time, and replete with existential thought, piercing directness, raw singing, and majestic arrangements,


    Given the sonic and artistic merit of this album, we anticipate huge demand.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Tangled Up in Blue
    2. Simple Twist of Fate
    3. Youre A Big Girl Now
    4. Idiot Wind
    5. Youre Gonna Make Me Lonesome When You Go
    6. Meet Me in the Morning
    7. Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts
    8. If You See Her, Say Hello
    9. Shelter From the Storm
    10. Buckets of Rain
    Bob Dylan
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    Cow / Chill Out, World! (Awaiting Repress)

    Being pioneers with a new album created in no more than 6 months, THE ORB are bound to be exposed to fan expectations running high, while quizzical questions about little fluffy clouds and the good old times take over. It's especially jarring as the duo of accomplished soundsmiths Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann has become known for its genre-bending curiosity and surprising sonic detours, exploring experimental soundscapes as well as club-friendly beats. The funny thing is, though, that whatever the context, you know a track from THE ORB when you hear it. Case in point: COW / CHILL OUT, WORLD!, their latest full-length offering - a masterful ambient album that branches out in many directions, but unmistakably sounds like THE ORB in either ear (and probably to your third ear, too).


    The idea was simply to make an ambient album, Dr Paterson explains, we didn't look back and study earlier recordings, but wanted a more spontaneous approach, a focus on THE ORB today, our vibe in 2016. In contrast to their much-acclaimed previous full-length MOONBUILDING 2703 - which took years to prepare and finetune -, the new album was produced over the course of only five sessions in six months, directly following the like-minded ALPINE EP: it got so spontaneous that a track like 9 ELMS OVER RIVER ENO (CHANNEL 9) consisted only of material collected at North Carolina's Moogfest in May - second-hand records from local stores, field recordings, live samples from gigs that we liked, and of course an excursion to the Eno River, which actually exists. This geographic intimacy and the spontaneity are among the top reasons why we love this album so much.


    Herr Fehlmann sees the duo's relentless gigging schedule as a formative influence on the new album: the countless performances we've played in the last years - probably up to 300 - have brought us closer as a musical unit. The spice of our concerts is improvisation - a fertile process that we've brought to the studio, where we operate with very simple rules of engagement (in this case ambient) and go wherever the flow takes us. It's an approach that one might expect from traditional acoustic instrumentation, not necessarily an electronic set-up, but for THE ORB it works wonders: we're quite happy and also a little bit proud that we've reached this level of unscripted levity with purely electronic means. We're finessing ourselves, sort of, always looking for the next sonic surprise that leaves us rubbing our eyes about how the heck we got there.


    Once more, THE ORB's trademark playfulness is on full display on COW / CHILL OUT, WORLD!, and it doesn't limit itself to the multi-layered sampling and psychedelic sound composites that the duo has become known for - you'll find it in the album title as well. The simple invitation (or order?) to chill out (relax? Calm the eff down?) is converted into an acronym - and the cow that you might expect to find on a Pink Floyd cover or with iconic UK chill-out/dance pranksters The KLF. It's not so much an obscure trope coming full circle as a perfect example for THE ORB's multitimbral approach to sound and meaning - a compelling, immersive journey to diverse places and impressions. Each track title is a conceptual work in its own right, playing with multiple references, some of which remain highly personal and mysterious. But the greatest feat of THE ORB's latest outing might just be how all this semantic doodling never gets in the way of the actual listening, at all times directly relating the artists' sonic vitality and cheerful nosiness. Chill out world! and treat yourself to an outstanding new ambient experience from THE ORB.

    1. First, Consider The Lilies
    2. Wireless Mk 2
    3. Siren 33 (Orphee Mirror)
    4. 4 Am Exhale (Chill Out, World!)
    5. 5th Dimension
    6. Sex (Panoramic Sex Heal)
    7. 7 Oaks
    8. Just Because I Really Really Luv Ya
    9. 9 Elms Over River Eno (Channel 9)
    10. The 10 Sultans Of Rudyard (Moo-Moo Mix)
    The Orb
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    Aabenbaringen Over Aaskammen

    Casiokids have created an album that is unlike anything they have released thus far.


    For one, Aabenbaringen over aaskammen, which roughly translates to the revelation over the mountain, is much more cohesive than the collection of Moshi Moshi singles and double A-sided 7 tracks that comprised Topp stemning pa lokal bar.


    As vocalist Ketil Kinden Endresen explains, Doing the recordings within the same timeframe left us more focused in the studio, shaping ideas from sketches into the finished songs with the whole album in mind.


    In addition, this time around the members of Casiokids were eager to dig a bit deeper into their songs by experimenting more with different recording techniques.


    As such, from the titular album opener -- an instrumental track featuring a mini orchestra -- to closer Aldri ska me ha det gøy -- the band's first true ballad -- Aabenbaringen over aaskammen is a record that finds Casiokids expanding their musical palette with new song styles and enhanced instrumentation


    And unlike the group's past releases, which were recorded quickly in locations as varied as guitarist Fredrik Vogsborg's father's office, the hallway of the Bergen Jazz Association, and an old cantina, Aabenbaringen over aaskammen came to fruition at the band's own pace within their rehearsal space at the newly established Bergen Kjøtt.


    The benefits of devoting extra attention to the recording process are particularly apparent on Selskapets triste avslutning, a track that received some last minute creative energy from of Montreal members Kevin Barnes, K Ishibashi and Bryan Poole who happened to be visiting Bergen at the time recording was wrapping up. Along with Barnes' signature noise bursts during the beginning of the first verse, the song beautifully incorporates a live string arrangement in place of Casio strings.


    But, despite this newfound attention to the art of recording, don't think that Casiokids have abandoned the simple joy of creating music with their namesake instrument.


    Says Endresen, Even though we've become more interested in production possibilities, we still wanted to retain the rawness of the first two records. The dulcet tones of the Casio will always be at the core of our manifesto.


    Det haster! and Golden Years bear out the truth of this statement, as both songs achieve their infectious melodies by way of a sure-to-get-you-up-and-dancing keyboard-driven beat.

    1. Aabenbaringen over aaskammen
    2. Det haster!
    3. Dresinen
    4. Golden Years
    5. Olympiske Leker
    6. Selskapets triste avslutning (feat. of Montreal)
    7. Elefantenes hemmelige gravplass
    8. Kaskaden
    9. London Zoo
    10. Aldri ska me ha det gøy
    Casiokids
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    The Raspberries Best

    Go All the Way: The Absolute Finest Singles from the 1970s Power-Pop Mavens


    Vocalist Eric Carmen and Co. Deliver One Punchy Chord and Contagious Melody After Another


    Britpop, Psychedelia, Pop, and Arena Rock Blends Drive Hits Such as "Go All the Way" and "I Wanna Be With You"


    Mellifluously Airy Harmonies: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    Red Colored Vinyl


    The matching Mod suits, trim haircuts, and youthful appearance weren't just for play. The Raspberries' looks extended to their irresistibly catchy and refreshingly concise music, a blend of bouncy Britpop, lazy-day psychedelia, mellifluous pop, and crunch arena rock that stands apart from the epic pomposity of most of the early 70s' commercial trends and continues to linger as some of the most expertly crafted sounds ever created. Over the course of four albums, the singles-minded group cut their share of memorable sides. They're all here on this 1976 compilation. And now, they possess a fidelity that even the original LPs lacked.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's internationally renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP extracts more information from the grooves, extending the spaces between instruments and breathing newfound life into the swirling vocal harmonies. The group's trademark singing is airier, the highs free of constraints, and the string-laden accents enriched with natural decay. Improved, too, are the quartet's amplifier-driven chords and frisky drumming, aspects that possess a palpable crunch typical of British Invasion acts.


    Adept at both gorgeous devotional ballads and upbeat, fist-pumping rockers, the Raspberries claim a multifaceted talent in leader Eric Carmen, a crooner whose capacity to turn on a dime from a sweet falsetto to searing cry infuses the band's tunes with emotional exuberance and bittersweet weight. He lends sentimental grace to epic piano weepers such as "Don't Want to Say Goodbye" and amiable snarl to carefree numbers like "I Wanna Be With You." However, the Raspberries' greatest asset relates to their harmonic prowess.


    Multi-part group vocals on bounding, surf-referencing fare ("Drivin' Around") and catchy, summery material ("Tonight") recall both the Beach Boys and Beatles. Yet the Raspberries bring a unique edge and R&B-etched rhythm to tunes that stand as proto power-pop staples. Thematically, the ensemble keeps lyrics as simple and memorable as its hooks, with a majority of songs speaking to the pleasures of romance and love. Breezy, fun, and indelible, it's music that never goes out of style.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Go All the Way
    2. Tonight
    3. Ecstasy
    4. I Wanna Be With You
    5. I Can Remember
    6. Overnight Sensation
    7. Let's Pretend
    8. Drivin' Around
    9. Starting Over
    10. Don't Want to Say Goodbye
    The Raspberries
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