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  • The Great American Songbook (Pure Pleasure) The Great American Songbook (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    The Great American Songbook (Pure Pleasure)

    This is a gem of an album and one of my favorites by McRae. It was recorded live for Atlantic Records at Donte's Club in Los Angeles on November 6, 1971, and released the following year.


    What I love is not only the choice of songs but the sound quality and the performance itself. The set not only contains established standards by Ellington, Cole Porter and the other greats, but some new (at the time) material. Including Burt Bacharach's They Long To Be Close To You in the set was a wise decision in my opinion. It deserves to be a standard. Of course, there is the obligatory Billie Holiday song that McRae would include in all of her performances. On this album it's I Cried For You, which was one of Billie's first recordings in 1936.


    The sound quality is superb. The engineer managed to capture not only the energy from the live performance, but the richness of the ensemble backing McRae. Indeed, the musicians backing her are perfect for the material: Jimmy Rowles on piano (who wrote the Ballad of Thelonious Monk), Joe Pass on guitar, Chuck Domanico on bass and Chuck Flores on drums.


    If you love hearing some of the best songs from the Great American Songbook performed by a master this album will delight you. There is a cohesiveness to the album that earns kudos from the production team as well as the performers. Interestingly McRae and her ensemble performed 32 songs the night that this was recorded. One can only speculate as to why a volume 2 wasn't released. Regardless, this is - in my opinion - some of McRae's best live material. - Mike Tarrani


    Musicians:



    • Carmen McRae (vocal, piano)

    • Joe Pass (guitar)

    • Jimmy Rowles (piano)

    • Chuck Domanico (bass)

    • Chuck Flores (drums)



    Recording: November 1971 live at Donte's, Los Angeles CA., by Ray Thompson

    Production: Jack Rael




    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.



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    LP 1
    1. Satin Doll
    2. At Long Last Love
    3. If The Moon Turns Green
    4. Day By Day
    5. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
    6. I Only Have Eyes For You
    7. Medley: Easy Living / Days Of Wine & Roses / It's Impossible
    8. Sunday


    LP 2
    1. A Song For You
    2. I Cried For You Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me - Introduction
    3. Behind The Face - Introduction
    4. The Ballad Of Thelonious Monk
    5. There's No Such Thing As Love
    6.They Long To Be Close To You
    7. Three Little Words
    8. Mr. Ugly
    9. It's Like Reaching For The Moon
    10. I Thought About You

    Carmen McRae
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  • Some Girls Some Girls Quick View

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    Some Girls

    Ranked 269/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Stones' Classic Remastered on 180 gram LP


    Universal Music Group and The Rolling Stones present the remastered version of their groundbreaking 1978 album, Some Girls, which introduced the band to a whole new generation of fans. Justly considered one of the finest works by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood, Some Girls topped the US charts over three decades ago and remains the best selling album of their storied career.


    Some Girls is the Rolling Stones' most direct and diverse collection of material from Mick Jagger's irresistible falsetto on the four-on-the-floor filler Miss You, their eighth U.S. #1, to the country-flavored Far Away Eyes via the Chuck Berry meets punk snarl of Respectable. And let's not forget the sensuous, Beast of Burden, one of Keith Richards' finest tunes, which reached #8 on the U.S. singles chart, the garage rocker Shattered, the albums' third U.S. Top 40 entry, and the soulful swagger of the group's version of The Temptations' Just My Imagination, another timeless offering in their canon of classic Stones Motown covers.


    Following the critical praise and commercial success afforded the re-mastered, expanded editions of Exile On Main Street, which matched the chart performance of the epochal 1972 album, and returned the Rolling Stones to their rightful place at the top of the British charts in 2010, the extensive reissue of Some Girls constitutes the next step in the band's ongoing relationship with Universal Music Group.


    Some Girls holds a special place in the history of the Rolling Stones and demonstrates why they remain one of the most thrilling and influential bands of all time. The 1978 album features the Keith Richards' classic Before They Make Me Run, a signature song he still performs defiantly to this day. Some Girls documented Mick Jagger's love of 1970's funk reflected in Miss You, the dance track that wrong footed many people, made the club and black charts, and made it okay for other mainstream acts at the time to 'go disco'.


    The 1978 album also courted controversy because of Jagger's tongue-in-cheek lyrics on the title track, on Miss You and on Respectable, perceived as a retort to the punk and new wave groups who had borrowed so much attitude and copped so many anti-establishment moves from the Rolling Stones. Ironically, the furor around the elaborate Some Girls package, designed by Peter Corriston and featuring the band members in drag, a nod in the direction of the picture on the 1966 single Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? and likenesses of Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe that hadn't been legally cleared, necessitating a swift withdrawal and rethink.


    Some Girls demonstrated the distinctive and definitive riffing from Keith Richards, with its abundance of unstoppable licks and majestic power chords driving the band into its brand new musical direction. This album not only defined him and his playing, but also defined a new era for the Rolling Stones, with Richards since described as a sense of renewal. Some Girls marks the only other time since recording Satisfaction where Richards used an effects pedal to 'elevate' the sound.


    The album cemented the position of guitarist Ronnie Wood, who had joined in 1975, and added his trademark slide and pedal steel playing to several of the album's most memorable tracks, including When the Whip Comes Down and Shattered. He also co-wrote the Shattered B-side Everything Is Turning To Gold. Some Girls also marked a move to the Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris for the Glimmer Twins production team of Jagger and Richards. These factors helped what is arguably the group's most focused and dynamic album, driven by the sans pareil rhythm section of drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman.


    Some Girls featured fewer guest musicians than any Rolling Stones album since 1971, but the contributions keyboard-player Ian McLagan, Wood's bandmate in The Faces, saxophone-player Mel Collins, and harmonica player Sugar Blue (discovered busking on the Paris metro), made Miss You in particular sound brighter than ever.


    Thirty-three years on from its original release, the re-mastered vinyl edition of Some Girls shows exactly why the 1978 album has often been hailed as the equal of Exile On Main Street. The album stands as both a time capsule and a timeless listen and it features the band at their tightest and toughest, at their most vibrant and vital.

    1. Miss You
    2. When the Whip Comes Down
    3. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
    4. Some Girls
    5. Lies
    6. Far Away Eyes
    7. Respectable
    8. Before They Make Me Run
    9. Beast of Burden
    10. Shattered
    The Rolling Stones
    $24.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Some Days Are Better Than Others Some Days Are Better Than Others Quick View

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    Some Days Are Better Than Others

    Temporary Residence has waited with eager anticipation to release Matthew Coopers spellbinding soundtrack to Some Days Are Better Than Others since before his creative breakthrough album, Similes (released under his more widely known Eluvium moniker) was even made. The film stars James Mercer (Broken Bells, The Shins) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney) as strangers whose lives occasionally intersect as they navigate their way through the struggles of personal attachment and disconnection.


    When viewing the film, Cooper observed themes being presented regarding our throw-away society, and realized that both he and Some Days Are Better Than Others director Matt McCormick shared a common interest in this world of things left behind and the emotional baggage that is connected to it, whether broken or simply tossed aside for something new; something once considered the future, turning into antiquated rubble. Cooper decided that using a collection of damaged instruments would be a fitting way to underscore this aspect of the film.


    A long-time collector of odds and ends and junked musical instruments, Cooper has amassed an impressive array of thrift store and garage sale keyboards, foot pedals, and electronics over the years, always hoping to discover the ghosts hidden within and the unique properties they may possess.

    1. Curious Moments

    2. Drifting
    3. Pursuance
    4. Into Dust
    5. Expectation
    6. What You Leave Behind
    7. Reprieve
    8. Worry And Care
    9. Time And Abandonment
    10. Its Never What It Seems
    11. Camille And The Ocean
    12. Some Days Are Better Than Others
    13. Katrina Outtake

    Matthew Cooper
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  • Some Girls: Super Deluxe Edition Some Girls: Super Deluxe Edition Quick View

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    Some Girls: Super Deluxe Edition

    Ranked 269/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Includes the Original Album Remastered on CD, a Bonus CD with Extras Unearthed by Producer Don Was, a 7 Single, DVD, Unseen Photos by Helmut Newton and an Essay by Anthony DeCurtis


    Universal Music Group and The Rolling Stones present the remastered, expanded, Super-Deluxe edition of their groundbreaking 1978 album, Some Girls, which introduced the band to a whole new generation of fans. Justly considered one of the finest works by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Bill Wyman and Ronnie Wood, Some Girls topped the US charts over three decades ago and remains the best selling album of their storied career.


    In addition to the remastered album on CD and some undiscovered gems recently unearthed from the Rolling Stones vaults by producer Don Was, the Super Deluxe Edition of Some Girls will include a stunning, previously unseen Helmut Newton photo session from 1978, an essay by esteemed author and journalist Anthony DeCurtis putting the album in its cultural context, a 7 vinyl single of Beast of Burden b/w When The Whip Comes Down in its banned sleeve and Ken Regan shots from the era.


    Some Girls is the Rolling Stones' most direct and diverse collection of material from Mick Jagger's irresistible falsetto on the four-on-the-floor filler Miss You, their eighth U.S. #1, to the country-flavored Far Away Eyes via the Chuck Berry meets punk snarl of Respectable. And let's not forget the sensuous, Beast of Burden, one of Keith Richards' finest tunes, which reached #8 on the U.S. singles chart, the garage rocker Shattered, the albums' third U.S. Top 40 entry, and the soulful swagger of the group's version of The Temptations' Just My Imagination, another timeless offering in their canon of classic Stones Motown covers.


    Following the critical praise and commercial success afforded the re-mastered, expanded editions of Exile On Main Street, which matched the chart performance of the epochal 1972 album, and returned the Rolling Stones to their rightful place at the top of the British charts in 2010, the extensive reissue of Some Girls constitutes the next step in the band's ongoing relationship with Universal Music Group.


    Some Girls holds a special place in the history of the Rolling Stones and demonstrates why they remain one of the most thrilling and influential bands of all time. The 1978 album features the Keith Richards' classic Before They Make Me Run, a signature song he still performs defiantly to this day. Some Girls documented Mick Jagger's love of 1970's funk reflected in Miss You, the dance track that wrong footed many people, made the club and black charts, and made it okay for other mainstream acts at the time to 'go disco'.


    The 1978 album also courted controversy because of Jagger's tongue-in-cheek lyrics on the title track, on Miss You and on Respectable, perceived as a retort to the punk and new wave groups who had borrowed so much attitude and copped so many anti-establishment moves from the Rolling Stones. Ironically, the furor around the elaborate Some Girls package, designed by Peter Corriston and featuring the band members in drag, a nod in the direction of the picture on the 1966 single Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow? and likenesses of Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Raquel Welch, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe that hadn't been legally cleared, necessitating a swift withdrawal and rethink.


    Some Girls demonstrated the distinctive and definitive riffing from Keith Richards, with its abundance of unstoppable licks and majestic power chords driving the band into its brand new musical direction. This album not only defined him and his playing, but also defined a new era for the Rolling Stones, with Richards since described as a sense of renewal. Some Girls marks the only other time since recording Satisfaction where Richards used an effects pedal to 'elevate' the sound.


    The album cemented the position of guitarist Ronnie Wood, who had joined in 1975, and added his trademark slide and pedal steel playing to several of the album's most memorable tracks, including When the Whip Comes Down and Shattered. He also co-wrote the Shattered B-side Everything Is Turning To Gold. Some Girls also marked a move to the Pathe Marconi Studios in Paris for the Glimmer Twins production team of Jagger and Richards. These factors helped what is arguably the group's most focused and dynamic album, driven by the sans pareil rhythm section of drummer Charlie Watts and bassist Bill Wyman.


    Some Girls featured fewer guest musicians than any Rolling Stones album since 1971, but the contributions keyboard-player Ian McLagan, Wood's bandmate in The Faces, saxophone-player Mel Collins, and harmonica player Sugar Blue (discovered busking on the Paris metro), made Miss You in particular sound brighter than ever.


    Thirty-three years on from its original release, the re-mastered expanded, Super Deluxe edition of Some Girls shows exactly why the 1978 album has often been hailed as the equal of Exile On Main Street. The album stands as both a time capsule and a timeless listen and it features the band at their tightest and toughest, at their most vibrant and vital.

    CD 1 (Some Girls Remastered)

    1. Miss You

    2. When the Whip Comes Down

    3. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

    4. Some Girls

    5. Lies

    6. Far Away Eyes

    7. Respectable

    8. Before They Make Me Run

    9. Beast of Burden

    10. Shattered


    CD2 - Extras

    1. Claudine

    2. So Young

    3. Do You Think I Really Care?

    4. When You're Gone

    5. No Spare Parts

    6. Don't Be A Stranger

    7. We Had It All

    8. Tallahassee Lassie

    9. I Love You Too Much

    10. Keep Up Blues

    11. You Win Again

    12. Petrol Blues


    DVD


    7" Single

    A1. Beast of Burden

    B1. When the Whip Comes Down

    The Rolling Stones
    $179.99
    7 Vinyl LP + DVD + 2 CDs - Sealed Buy Now
  • Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress Quick View

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    Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress

    "If Godspeed around the turn of the millennium felt like a band of the moment, now, in a time of rapid cultural turnover and bite-sized music consumption, they feel out of step in a very necessary way." - PITCHFORK


    "This Montreal collective still sound like nothing else The Godspeed ethos of wordlessly eliciting universal truths remains as devastatingly effective as ever." - THE GUARDIAN


    Godspeed You! Black Emperor (GYBE) returns with its first single LP-length release
    since the group's earliest days in 1997-99. 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress'
    clocks in at a succinct 40 minutes and is arguably the most focused and bestsounding
    recording of the band's career. Working with sound engineer Greg
    Norman (Electrical Audio) at studios in North Carolina and MontrÉal, GYBE slowly
    and steadily put the new album together through late 2013 and 2014, emerging with
    a mighty slab of superlative sonics, shot through with all the band's inimitable
    signposts and touchstones: huge unison riffage, savage noise/drone, oscillating
    overtones, guitar vs. string counterpoint, inexorable crescendos and scorchedearth
    transitions.


    Following Godspeed's return from a long hiatus at the end of 2010 to begin playing
    live shows again, and with the hugely acclaimed 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
    release in 2012 marking their first new release in a decade, the group continued to
    perform regularly on their own headlining tours (and as headliners at many leading
    festivals), often including a new multi-movement piece in concert over the past
    couple of years. Known to fans and through live show recordings by the sobriquet
    "Behemoth", GYBE has gradually distilled this new work down to a fastidious and
    uncompromising essence in the studio, with the swing-time swagger of the opening
    unison riff in "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" giving way to increasing
    microtonal divergences and an exhilarating immersion in the harmonic power of
    massed amplified instruments, before collapsing into some of the most visceral and
    unalloyed noise/drone the band has yet committed to tape on "Lambs' Breath" and
    "Asunder, Sweet". The album closes with "Piss Crowns Are Trebled", a 14-minute
    piece of vintage Godspeed, where ascending and descending guitar and violin
    melodies intertwine over gut-rattling distorted bass in 3/4 time, segueing into a
    pummeling four-on-the-floor series of sparkling, soaring crescendos.


    'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' finds Godspeed in top form; a sterling
    celebration of the band's awesome dialectic, where composition, emotion and
    'note-choice' is inextricable from an exacting focus on tone, timbre, resonance and
    the sheer materiality of sound. The album is available on 180 gram vinyl in a
    gatefold jacket with printed inner dust sleeve and insert poster. Thanks for listening.

    1. Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'
    2. Lambs' Breath
    3. Asunder, Sweet
    4. Piss Crowns Are Trebled
    Godspeed You! Black Emperor
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    Time Passages

    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Arista Records Tapes


    Al Stewart's Time Passages continues his journey as a
    renown worldwide superstar artist thanks to the intriguing lyrics
    and melodies contained within the two sides of this popular
    masterwork. While surpassing cult-like status with his unique brand
    of folk/rock on huge albums like Year Of The Cat,
    the multi-platinum Time Passages features some of Al Stewart's
    biggest hits like the prog-rock champions Life In Dark Water,
    Song On The Radio, as well as his masterpiece Time Passages.


    Aside from being a brilliant composer and wonderful vocalist, Al
    Stewart also plays some mean acoustic and electric guitar on this
    incredible album alongside some of the most important players of our
    time like Tim Renwick, Peter White, the late great Jeff Porcaro and
    many others.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the important musical catalog of Al Stewart. Therefore, it is with much honor to continue the Al Stewart
    Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with the first time
    audiophile LP release of Time Passages. Impeccably mastered from
    the original Arista Records tapes by Joe Reagoso (Al Stewart/Yes/
    Traffic), this long out-of-print vinyl album is now back for you to enjoy
    in a big way.


    For this Anniversary special limited edition release, we are also
    including the original rare album cover artwork elements, in a first
    time gatefold cover, which will also enhance your hours of listening.
    Stay tuned to Friday Music as we will be releasing more Al Stewart
    classic recordings on 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Time Passages...

    1. Time Passages
    2. Valentina Way
    3. Life In Dark Water
    4. A Man For All Seasons
    5. Almost Lucy
    6. The Palace Of Versailles
    7. Timeless Skies
    8. Song On The Radio
    9. End Of The Day
    Al Stewart
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    This Time With Strings

    Raymond Scott, who was both musician and inventor, musically reinvented eleven of his compositions for full orchestra and strings on
    his 1957 album THIS TIME WITH STRINGS.


    Many of these tunes were originally recorded by Scott's novelty jazz
    six-man Quintette in the late 1930s; others date from the 1940s and
    '50s. All get a spectacular makeover under the baton of the legendary
    maestro. Contains some of his most famous works, including Quintette favorites "Powerhouse," "The Toy Trumpet," and "Twilight in
    Turkey," retooled for expanded setting. Also some older things for
    dance band, material written for Broadway and the screen, all given
    Hi-Fidelity dressing and a certain vividness in string treatment. Now
    available on 12" vinyl replicating the original LP sleeve.

    1. Powerhouse
    2. Pretty Little Petticoat
    3. Nightfall - Venice
    4. The Toy Trumpet
    5. Mountain High, Valley Low
    6. In an 18th Century Drawing Room
    7. Twilight in Turkey
    8. Huckleberry Duck
    9. Serenade
    10. Boy Scout in Switzerland
    11. A CafÉ in Sorrento
    Raymond Scott
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    Time Out (Out Of Stock)

    Virtually all serious and even casual music lovers ought to be familiar with, or at least are likely to have heard The Dave Brubeck Quartet, even without realizing it - for the quartet's best-known hit "Take Five" has graced the soundtracks of multiple films, including "Mighty Aphrodite," "Pleasantville" and "Constantine."


    The piece is famous for its distinctive, catchy saxophone melody, as well as its use of unusual 5/4 time - so distinctive, it's a rare jazz track that became a pop hit.


    Including the monster hit "Take Five," the Brubeck Quartet's Time Out is a jazz and audiophile classic. Every album collection needs a copy. And now, cut at 45 RPM on 200-gram premium vinyl, pressed at Quality Record Pressings, Analogue Productions brings you the definitive copy.


    Why definitive? The dead-quiet double-LP, with the music spread over four sides of vinyl, reduces distortion and high frequency loss as the wider-spaced grooves let your stereo cartridge track more accurately. But it's more than just the vinyl that makes this release so special. For the first time in its history, Time Out is presented here packaged in a deluxe gatefold jacket. Inside are eight fantastic black and white images shot during the recording session at Columbia's famous 30th Street Studios.


    The jacket is also special - very heavy-duty. It's produced for us by Stoughton Printing featuring a printed wrap mounted to a heavyweight chipboard shell, producing an authentic "old school" look and feel. This jacket is a beauty! Never has Time Out's colorful iconic cover art looked so vibrant.



    The record label's sales executives didn't want a painting on the cover when Time Out debuted in 1959 on Columbia Records, Brubeck told an interviewer. An entire album of originals? That wouldn't work either, he was told. Some standards and some show tunes were needed in the mix. Fortunately, Brubeck ignored the conventional wisdom and Time Out became the original classic we know it as today. Brubeck became proof that creative jazz and popular success can go together. 


    The album was intended as an experiment using musical styles Brubeck discovered abroad while on a United States Department of State-sponsored tour of Eurasia. In Turkey, he observed a group of street musicians performing a traditional Turkish folk song that was played in 9/8 time, a rare meter for Western music. 


    Paul Desmond, who was Brubeck's alto saxophonist, wrote "Take Five," at Brubeck's urging to try and write a song in quintuple (5/4) time. 


    "I told Paul to put a melody over (drummer) Joe Morello's beat," Brubeck explained. As a jazz pianist, Brubeck became a household name in jazz in part due to Time Out's success. Demond's cool-toned alto and quick wit fit in well with Brubeck's often heavy chording and experimental playing. Morello and bassist Gene Wright completed the group. The Quartet traveled and performed constantly around the world until breaking up in 1967 to pursue other musical ventures. 


    Time Out peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard pop albums chart and was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. "Take Five" became a mainstream hit, reaching No. 25 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 5 on Billboard's Easy Listening survey, the precursor to today's Adult Contemporary charts. The song was included in countless movies and television soundtracks and still receives significant radio play. 


    Features:



    • 45rpm 200g Vinyl

    • Double LP

    • Pressed at Quality Record Pressings

    • First time Gatefold jacket

    • Rare black & white photos from Columbia Studios recording sessions

    • Heavy-duty chipboard shell stock by Stoughton Printing

    • Cut by Bernie Grundman


    Musicians:



    • Dave Brubeck, piano

    • Paul Desmond, alto saxophone

    • Joe Morello, drums

    • Gene Wright, bass


     



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Blue Rondo A La Turk
    2. Strange Meadow Lark
    3. Take Five
    4. Three To Get Ready
    5. Kathy's Waltz
    6. Everybody's Jumpin'
    7. Pick Up Sticks
    Dave Brubeck
    $54.99
    200 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure) Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Right Place Wrong Time (Pure Pleasure)

    This recording session was not released until five years after it was done. One can imagine the tapes practically smoldering in their cases, the music is so hot. Sorry, there is nothing 'wrong' about this blues album at all. Otis Rush was a great blues expander, a man whose guitar playing was in every molecule pure blues. On his solos on this album he strips the idea of the blues down to very simple gestures (i.e., a bent string, but bent in such a subtle way that the seasoned blues listener will be surprised). As a performer he opens up the blues form with his chord progressions and use of horn sections, the latter instrumentation again added in a wonderfully spare manner, bringing to mind a master painter working certain parts of a canvas in order to bring in more light. Blues fans who get tired of the same old song structures, riff, and rhythms should be delighted with most of Rush's output, and this one is among his best. Sometimes all he does to make a song sound unlike any blues one has ever heard is just a small thing -- a chord moving up when one expects it go down, for example. The production is particularly skilled, and the fact that Capitol Records turned this session down after originally producing it can only be reasonably accepted when combined with other decisions this label has made, such as turning down the Doors because singer Jim Morrison had »no charisma«. This record doesn't mess around at all. The first track takes off like the man they fire out of a cannon at the end of a circus, a perceived climax swaggeringly representing just the beginning, after all. Some of the finest tracks are the ones that go longer than five minutes, allowing the players room to stretch. And that means more of Rush's great guitar playing, of course. For the final track he leaves the blues behind completely for a moving cover version of Rainy Night in Georgia by Tony Joe White.


    Musicians:



    • Otis Rush (vocal, guitar)

    • Doug Killmer, John Kahn (bass)

    • Hart McNee (alto saxophone)

    • John Wilmeth (trumpet)

    • Ron Stallings (tenor saxophone)

    • Fred Burton (guitar)

    • Mark Naftalin (piano)

    • Ira Kamin (organ)

    • Bob Jones (drums)




    Recording: February 1971 at Wally Heider's Studio, San Francisco

    Production: Nick Gravenites and Otis Rush



    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.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Tore Up
    2. Right Place, Wrong Time
    3. Easy Go
    4. Three Times A Fool
    5. Rainy Night In Georgia
    6. Natural Ball
    7. I Wonder Why
    8. Your Turn To Cry
    9. Lonely Man
    10. Take A Look Behind
    Otis Rush
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Time Is Over One Day Old

    Bear In Heaven's new album is aptly titled Time is Over One Day Old. It's a record with a visceral
    relationship to time and its processes.Where invulnerability and ambition can support you as you grow,
    at some point they become dead weight, and being true to yourself means casting them off,starting anew.
    This plays out as a powerful analogy for the band across the arc of it's career.


    They've always made intriguing records, here especially. It's easy to see why musicians fall hard for this
    band.They entice and envelop you. Any Bear In Heaven song will most likely greet you with a provocative
    beat, textural synthesizers and unassuming but adeptly supportive bass and guitar, all exquisitely
    arranged and glistening.Jon Philpot's high,smooth,strong voice is so tightly wound into the music that
    it can be easy to overlook the lyrics, Bear In Heaven's capacious third dimension. Philpot is a center-seeking, contemplative writer who captures the fleeting thoughts that underscore our emotional lives,the
    interactions with the world that are both difficult to express and anathema in daily conversation.


    While all of this can be said of any Bear In Heaven album, each varies wildly in tone and approach. 2007's
    Red Bloom of the Boom is ambitious and experimental. Beast Rest Forth Mouth(2009)was a pivotal record
    that still feels important,seductive and intense.On their 2012 LP I Love You, It's Cool the structural and
    musical ideas are challenging, and masterfully developed. For Time is Over One Day Old,we witness the
    band once again turning their gaze inward and prioritizing their evocative abilities in line with or even
    slightly ahead of technical skills. It feels very much in the tradition of BRFM in that way. It's beautiful; it's
    moving.


    Here Philpot and Adam Wills are more deeply collaborative than ever. This album is darker at times,
    louder than their others; it feels personal and direct."If I Were To Lie"places Wills' bass groove front and
    center,"Demon" is riveting and propulsive in spite of its dark pointed lyric, and"They Dream"dissolves
    into three and a half minutes of deeply satisfying ambient synth work in its second half.Wills has always
    been the bands anchor, providing rock solid,rhythmic bass lines and guitars that blur the boundaries of
    Philpot's synth. Though in moments such as the final track, "You Don't Need The World," Wills cuts
    through with an audacious, biting guitar hook. It's a great culmination of the album's sense of release.
    This album isn't about being dark, it's about releasing darkness and frustration.


    When bands age well, their vitality takes shape. They wear, but with intention. They trim excesses.
    Throughout this album you'll hear a band at peace with themselves. They've learned to cut back on that
    which is merely impressive and to concentrate on simply what is crucial.For Philpot this is about making
    something lasting. "A lot of shedding, getting rid of layers and preconceptions breaking up with old
    ways of thinking, old ways of being, starting to look at this thing in a new way and finding something
    positive."The result is a record that will stay with you.

    1. Autumn
    2. Time Between
    3. If I Were To Lie
    4. They Dream
    5. The Sun and The Moon and The Stars
    6. Memory Heart
    7. Demon
    8. Way Off
    9. Dissolve The Walls
    10. You Don't Need The World
    Bear In Heaven
    $18.99
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    By The Time It Gets Dark (Pure Pleasure)

    Hi Folks,

    Hard to believe it's been 30 years since the release of "By The Time It Gets Dark" in 1987. There's been a lot of water under the bridge since then and how time flies when you're busy and having a good time! As it's always been one of my favorite albums I felt that it deserved to be revisited to celebrate its 30th anniversary. With that in mind, we sent the old 24 track tapes to be baked (a process to preserve them) allowing us to do a complete remix and remaster the album. We enlisted the services of my great friend and sound engineer Billy Robinson to do the job and I'm delighted with the outcome - it sounds great, even if I say so myself! We added a few bits where needed and I'm happy to see it being released on vinyl again.

    It's been a nice journey revisiting that time and remembering the sights and sounds of life back then.

    As we listened closely to some of the tracks, the beautiful voice of Mandy Murphy came through and I felt so sad that she passed away, so young, last year. I wish to dedicate this release to her memory.

    Mary Black - January 2017

    Musicians:

    • Mary Black (vocal)
    • Pat Crowley (synthesizer, piano, accordian, vocal)
    • Declan Sinnott (synthesizer, guitar, vocal)
    • Carl Geraghty (soprano saxophone)
    • Garvan Gallagher (bass)
    • Noel Bridgeman (congo, percussion)

    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.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. By The Time It Gets Dark

    2. Schooldays Over

    3. Once In A Very Blue Moon

    4. Farewell Farewell

    5. Sparks Might Fly

    6. Katie

    7. Leaving The Land

    8. There Is A Time

    9. Jamie
    10. Leaboys Lassie

    11. Trying To Get The Balance Right
    12. Moon River
    Mary Black
    $34.99
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    For The Good Times

    I love playing country music, says Norah Jones. More than any other genre, it makes me feel at home. Over the past 10 years, The Little Willies, a group of friends and like-minded souls that includes Lee Alexander (bass), Jim Campilongo (guitar), Norah Jones (piano, vocals), Richard Julian (guitar, vocals), and Dan Rieser (drums), have periodically gathered to make music for fun, playing their favorite country tunes and conjuring that down-home spirit.


    With their second album, For the Good Times, The Little Willies take on songs by such masters as Loretta Lynn, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Dolly Parton. The results demonstrate the joy they take, and commitment they make, to a project that was first born for purely practical reasons.


    Material for the new album was taken from the Willies live repertoire, and by passing around ideas drawn from disparate sources. The selections include more surprising choices, like the trucker classic Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves and Foul Owl on the Prowl, from the soundtrack to In the Heat of the Night. Alongside the more obscure songs, though, For the Good Times also includes some of the best-known songs in the history of country music, like Partons Jolene and the title track, written by Kristofferson and made famous by such singers as Ray Price and Al Green.

    1. I Worship You (Ralph Stanley) Norah & Richard vocals
    2. Remember Me (Scott Wiseman) Norah vocals
    3. Diesel Smoke, Dangerous Curves (Cal Martin) Norah & Richard vocals
    4. Lovesick Blues (Cliff Friend/Irving Mills) Norah & Richard vocals
    5. Tommy Rockwood (Jim Campilongo) - instrumental
    6. Fist City (Loretta Lynn) Norah vocals
    7. Permanently Lonely (Willie Nelson) Richard vocals
    8. Foul Owl on the Prowl (Quincy Jones/Alan Bergman/Marilyn Bergman) Norah & Richard vocals
    9. Wide Open Road (Johnny Cash) Richard vocals w/Norah backing
    10. For the Good Times (Kris Kristofferson) Norah vocals
    11. If Youve Got the Money Ive Got the Time (Lefty Frizzell/Jim Beck) Norah & Richard vocals
    12. Jolene (Dolly Parton) Norah vocals
    Norah Jones & The Little Willies
    $24.99
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    Good Times!

    Who's ready to have some fun with The Monkees as they celebrate their 50th anniversary? With a tour kicking off in May and the group's first new album in 20 years, GOOD TIMES!, releasing, Monkee-mania will be taking 2016 by storm!


    GOOD TIMES! features all three surviving band members - Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork. The unmistakable voice of the late Davy Jones is also included with a vintage vocal featured on one song. To produce the new album, the band found the perfect musical co-conspirator in Grammy® and Emmy®-winning songwriter Adam Schlesinger (Fountains Of Wayne, Ivy).


    Much like The Monkees' early albums, GOOD TIMES! features tracks written specifically for the band by some of the music world's most gifted songwriters, including Rivers Cuomo (Weezer), Ben Gibbard (Death Cab For Cutie), Andy Partridge (XTC), and Zach Rogue (Rogue Wave) as well as a song co-written by Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller. The album also includes songwriting contributions by Nesmith ("I Know What I Know") and Tork as well as producer Schlesinger.


    To help bring the anniversary full circle, The Monkees completed songs for GOOD TIMES! that were originally recorded and written for the group during the 60s, including "Love To Love" by Neil Diamond, which features a vintage vocal by Jones. Harry Nilsson wrote the title track "Good Times," which he recorded at a session with Nesmith in January 1968. The production was never completed, so the band returned to the original session tape (featuring Nilsson's guide vocal) and have created a duet with his close friend Dolenz. "Good Times" will mark the first time Dolenz and Nilsson have sung together since Dolenz' May 1973 single "Daybreak." Other vintage 1960's tracks included on GOOD TIMES! feature L.A.'s famed "Wrecking Crew" of session musicians.


    "This is one of the most exciting Monkee projects I've been involved in for decades!" says Dolenz. "Working with Adam Schlesinger has been a pure delight and the opportunity to sing a duet with my old buddy, Harry Nilsson, is just beyond cool!"

    1. Good Times
    2. You Bring the Summer
    3. She Makes Me Laugh
    4. Our Own World
    5. Gotta Give It Time
    6. Me & Magdalena
    7. Whatever's Right
    8. Love to Love
    9. Little Gil
    10. Birth of an Accidental Hipster
    11. Wasn't Born to Follow
    12. I Know What I Know
    13. I Was There (And I'm Told I Had a Good Time)
    The Monkees
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    Live at the New Penelope Cafe

    Remastered Rare Recording From The Justin Time Essentials Collection


    Deluxe Gatefold Package Includes 180 Gram Vinyl


    Available for the first time on vinyl, "Live At The New Penelope CafÉ", recorded in Montreal in 1967, showcases the famous blues duo in unusually lively form. It's possible that the duo weren't even thinking about the fact that they were being recorded; the result is a record a bit louder and noisier, but also more exciting than most of their other live albums -- the voices mesh together a bit rougher and more honestly than they do on some of their other live releases.

    1. Hooray Hooray (These Women Is Killing Me)
    2. Cornbread, Peas And Black Mollasses
    3. Pack It Up And Go
    4. Sportin' Life
    5. Come On If You're Coming
    6. Born With The Blues
    7. Easy Rider
    8. Hootin' The Blues
    9. Under Your Hood
    Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee
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    Innocence Reaches

    Of Montreal have announced their new album, Innocence Reaches. The group's 14th album follows the release of last year's studio effort, Aureate Gloom, and their live album, Snare Lustrous Doomings.


    Frontman Kevin Barnes said the style of the group's new 12-song set developed from him listening to current music versus tapping into the past. Forever I've been detached from current music, he said in a statement. I got into this bubble of only being in some other time period. I came up picking apart the Beach Boys, the Beatles and symphonic pieces. But last year, I was hearing Jack Ü, Chairlift, Arca and others, thinking about low end and sound collage. It was an extra layer to geek out to.


    On the new single, It's Different for Girls, which Zane Lowe premiered on his Beats 1 Radio program, the whimsical, quirky vibe is juxtaposed against the song's more serious socio-political themes about questionable gender norms. Barnes' lyrics include lines like when they are children, they're de-personalized, aggressively objectified and it's different for girls, they are mercurial creatures, not a masculine dissonance or sexual currency, which he sings over bouncy synths.


    The cover art was conceived by Barnes' brother David, who is a new first-time father and expresses his wonderment for the female anatomy and was also inspired by trans issues, which Barnes said in a statement has always been a part of my identity as a human and is evidenced by his gender-bending in performances.


    -Althea Legaspi, Rolling Stones

    1. Let's Relate
    2. It's Different for Girls
    3. Gratuitous Abysses
    4. My Fair Lady
    5. Les Chants de Maldoror
    6. A Sport and a Pastime
    7. Ambassador Bridge
    8. Def Pacts
    9. Chaos Arpeggiating
    10. Nursing Slopes
    11. Trashed Exes
    12. Chap Pilot
    Of Montreal
    $23.99
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    Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker


    First Time Available On Wide Release Vinyl


    Pristinely Restored 1980 Live Recording


    6 Of The Greatest Jazz Legends In Their Prime


    180 Gram Audiophile 2LP Vinyl With Gatefold


    On a cold November evening in 1980, 3000 jazz fans filled the Salle Wilfrid Pelletier Hall of Place des Arts
    in Montreal, Quebec to attend what promised to be, a swinging evening featuring six of the biggest names
    in bebop. Billed The Concert of the Century - A Tribute to Charlie Parker, and under the direction of
    Dizzy Gillespie - one of the best jazz trumpeters of all time - the event featured legendary performers:
    Hank Jones - piano, Ray Brown - bass, Milt Jackson - vibes, Philly Joe Jones - drums and James Moody
    on tenor sax and flute. Local club owner Roue Doudou Boicel, who produced the concert, had the foresight
    to record the concert in its entirety. A limited quantity bootleg LP of the concert soon appeared and then
    disappeared from the marketplace, those tapes lay dormant for over 30 years.


    This historic recording opens with rapturous applause that sets the tone with Dizzy's own "Blues 'N' Boogie.
    "Also featured are several classic standards - some more well known then others - including "Darben The
    Redd Foxx," "Time On My Hands," "Get Happy," "The Shadow Of Your Smile" and "Stardust." All the players are
    at the top of their game and having a blast, as evidenced by the banter and repartee between songs.


    Concert of the Century, pristinely restored and remastered, features two tracks that weren't on the original
    pressing from the early '80s - Ralph Rainger's "If I Should Lose You" and an incredible eight minute bass
    solo by Ray Brown.

    LP 1
    1. Blue 'n' Boogie
    2. If I Should Lose You
    3. Darben the Redd Foxx
    4. Time On My Hands


    LP 2
    1. Get Happy
    2. The Shadow of Your Smile
    3. Bass Solo/Manhã de Carnaval/Work Song (featuring Ray Brown)
    4. Stardust

    Dizzy Gillespie
    $26.99
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    The Way It Is

    The Way It Is is Bruce Hornsby and the Range's debut album, released in 1986. Led by its hit title track, the album went on to achieve multi-Platinum status and helped the group to win the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.


    The group has a distinct sound of its own, often led by Hornsby's bright piano chords and elastic tenor. There is New Age music here, as well as Jazz and Country, and the mixture is presented naturally by musicians who seem to have been playing with each other for some time.


    It's no surprise that the music is so accomplished. Hornsby was no teenage neophyte when he made it, having kicked around the music business and gotten into his thirties, and the band includes such veterans as David Mansfield, who remembered as a member of Bob Dylan's Rolling Thunder troupe and the Alpha Band, as well as being a film composer.

    1. On The Western Skyline
    2. Every Little Kiss
    3. Mandolin Rain
    4. The Long Race
    5. The Way It Is
    6. Down The Road Tonight
    7. The Wild Frontier
    8. The River Runs Low
    9.The Red Plains
    Bruce Hornsby & The Range
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    This Old Heart Of Mine

    This Old Heart of Mine is the fourth album released by The Isley Brothers in 1966, on the Tamla (Motown) label. The album, their first with the seminal Detroit-based music label, yielded the Isleys' biggest hit in their early period with the title track. Other charted singles including Take Some Time Out for Love and I Guess I'll Always Love You. The album's cover was not controversial at the time, but was criticized years later by activists because it did not depict the three African American brothers, instead using a picture of two white teenage lovers on a beach. Defenders say this was/is totally irrelevant since it was an artistic choice only. The Isley Brothers are today considered another one of the seminal Detroit groups of their era.

    1. Nowhere To Run
    2. Stop! In The Name Of Love
    3. This Old Heart Of Mie (Is Weak For You)
    4. Take Some Time Out For Love
    5. I Guess I'll Always Love You
    6. Who Could Ever Doubt My Love
    7. Put Yourself In My Place
    8. I Hear A Symphony
    9. Just Ain't Enough Love
    10. There's No Love Left
    11. Seek And You Shall Find
    Isley Brothers
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    I Robot

    Alan Parsons Project I Robot on Numbered Limited Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP From Mobile Fidelity


    Perfectionism, Innovation, Complexities, and Reference-Grade Production Make Alan Parsons Project's Conceptual I Robot a Timeless Classic: Sci-Fi Arrangements Steeped In Drama and Moodiness


    More Music, More Information, More Detail, More Nuance, More Everything: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set the Definitive-Sounding Analog Version of 1977 Audiophile Standard


    A Demonstration Disc for the Ages: Immaculate Highs and Lows, Supreme Spaciousness, See-Through Transparency, 3D Imaging, Wider Grooves on System-Testing Pressing


    Audiophiles needn't any introduction to the Alan Parsons Project's I Robot. Engineered by Parsons after he performed the same duties on Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, the 1977 record reigns as a disc whose taut bass, crisp highs, clean production, and seemingly limitless dynamic range are matched only by the sensational prog-rock fare helmed by the keyboardist. Not surprisingly, it's been issued myriad times. Can it be improved? Relish Mobile Fidelity's stupendous-sounding 180g 45RPM 2LP set and the question becomes irrelevant.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, and afforded the luxurious groove space of a 45RPM LP, I Robot comes to life like never before on this numbered limited-edition reissue. Boasting immaculate highs and lows, generous spaciousness, and see-through transparency that takes you into the studio with Parsons and creative partner Eric Woolfson at Abbey Road, this super-clean edition has been lovingly restored by Mobile Fidelity engineers with the intention of demonstrating the full-range capabilities of the world's best stereo systems. Put simply, there's more music, more information, more detail, more nuance, more everything.


    Savor reference-grade soundstages, immersive smoothness, sought-after instrumental separation, three-dimensional imaging, and consummate tonal balances. Able to be played back at high volumes without compromise or fatigue, the analog masterwork is a demonstration record for the ages - the likes of which are no longer being made. Longtime fans can finally rest assured knowing they don't have to pony up hundreds of dollars for older pressings - including three prior Mobile Fidelity versions on LP and CD. This is the very reason you own and invest in high-end audio gear.


    Inspired by and loosely based around the Isaac Asimov stories of the same name, I Robot delves into themes of artificial intelligence and technological dominance that make the record increasingly relevant in the 21st century. Indeed, Parsons' pinnacle creation dovetailed with the ascendency of Star Wars, which itself is experiencing a rebirth in an age of self-driving cars, smart devices, and mindless automation. Lyrically, songs such as The Voice call into question human behavior - and their relationship to increasing robotic supremacy - in everyday life. Sonically, Parsons reflects the associated paranoia, dichotomy, and transformation via shifting sci-fi arrangements steeped in drama and moodiness.


    I Robot's absorbing tunes also continue to fascinate due to their perfectionism and innovation. Borrowing from Pink Floyd's strategies, Parsons utilizes a looped sequence on the title track to create new downbeats. Some Other Time employs two different lead vocalists and yet gives the illusion only one is involved. Captivating strings, a piccolo trumpet, and bona fide pipe organ grace Don't Let It Show. The origins of Nucleus stem from a unique analog keyboard concoction dubbed the Projectron, devised by Parsons and electronic engineer Keith Johnson. Andrew Powell's orchestral and choral arrangements top it all off, with Total Eclipse arriving as an aptly frightening track that presages the climactic Genesis Ch. 1 V. 32.


    Does man or machine win in the end? Decide with Parsons as you get lost in Mobile Fidelity's definitive pressing.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. I Robot
    2. I Wouldn't Want To Be Like You
    3. Some Other Time
    4. Breakdown
    5. Don't Let It Show
    6. The Voice
    7. Nucleus
    8. Day After Day
    9. Total Eclipse
    10. Genesis Ch. 1 V.32
    Alan Parsons Project
    $49.99
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    Wildcat! Wildcat!

    The self-titled debut EP from acclaimed LA-based band Wildcat! Wildcat! is released by Downtown Records. The band garnered critical praise for their previously released sold-out limited addition 7 on the taste-making label Neon Gold Records, including early support from BBC Radio 1 in the U.K. TIME raves, I love the staccato electronic rock, I love the frantic opening measures, I love the fleeting falsetto in the background, while Metro furthers they're the best overall new band.


    The new EP was written and produced by the band in their home studios over the course of the last year and a half. Of the songs Jesse Carmichael (vocals, drums) notes, Some came quicker than others but all of them provided us the time to try out different processes of collaboration and understand how and why we make the kind of music that we make together.


    Wildcat! Wildcat! is Jesse Taylor (vocals, bass), Michael Wilson (vocals, keys) and Carmichael. The trio played together in various incarnations before officially forming Wildcat! Wildcat! in 2012. The band has toured extensively including SXSW, a sold out west coast headlining run and major U.S. support slots with Alt-J and Portugal. The Man.

    1. The Chief
    2. Garden Grays
    3. Mr. Quiche
    4. Please & Thank You
    Wildcat! Wildcat!
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    Freedom, Love and the Recuperation of the Human Mind

    Ben Lee began making music professionally at 14 years old with his teenage punk band, Noise Addict. Some time after that, he began making solo albums which were more acoustically-driven. He has released 11 albums over the years, side projects, music for TV, movies, commercials, as well as produced other artists. Guest features on the album include Grant Lee Phillips and Sara Watkins.
    1. What's Good Is Good
    2. The Enemy Within

    3. Cosmic Science

    4. Bigger Than Me

    5. Land of Criminals

    6. Two Questions

    7. Thunder

    8. Simple Gospel

    9. Rebel Eagle
    Ben Lee
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    Music

    Released on the heels of her breakthrough, Tapestry, Carole Kings Music is every bit the equal of its more famous predecessor, a Number One smash that features impeccable songwriting, infallible melodies, and extraordinary piano playing. In short, everything thats made King an institution. After of years of being overshadowed, this 1971 singer-songwriter classic has finally been given the audiophile treatment its long deserved.



    Half-speed mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-edition 180g LP of Kings second solo masterpiece is rife with intimacy, transparency, soulfulness, and you-are-there sound. Never before remastered, Music seems like a brand-new album, Kings familiar voice, intelligent arrangements, and ravishing support band presented on a deep, three-dimensional soundstage. Your appreciation for and understanding of Kings inspirational lyrics and ravishing performances will increase tenfold. Mobile Fidelitys 180g LP brings you that much closer.



    Accompanied by percussionist Bobbye Hall, drummer Russ Kinkel, guitarist/vocalist James Taylor, and a cavalcade of professional wind musicians, King delves further into R&B and jazz-derived pop, coming up aces every time. Warm, intelligent, and cohesive, songs echo with simplicity and honesty. And as is typical of much of Kings work, several of tunes here were later covered by other artists, including Its Going To Take Some Time (the Carpenters). Yet the originals trump the later renditions, and the rendition of the standard Some Kind of Wonderful stands as the best ever recorded.



    With Taylor lending more of a hand on Music than he does on Tapestry, King expands her confident reach on the piano and peppers the songs with graceful touches of saxophone, flute, pedal-steel guitar, and woodwinds. Ballads sway (Surely), gospel brightness lifts spirits (Brighter), and backup vocals float heavenly pop (Song of Long Ago). Yet the best aspect is Kings voice, infused with fondness, concern, joy, and a quiet power that parallels the delicacy and deliberate nature that define Music.



    Mobile Fidelitys audiophile edition is free of the limiting artifacts that have helped keep this record in the dark for the better part of the past few decades. Previously diminished, acoustic guitars, subtle brass elements, and soft percussion contribute to the enjoyment of the songs, and Kings voice pleasant, assuring, emotion comes through with incredible clarity and inflection. The brilliance of the legendary Lou Adlers original production is restored to its full glory.


    If its at all possible and it is this treasure now sounds even more heartwarming than it did upon original release. The companion to Tapestry, Music is an aural and sonic delight.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1.Brother, Brother
    2.It's Going to Take Some Time
    3.Sweet Seasons
    4.Some Kind of Wonderful
    5.Surely
    6.Carry Your Load
    7.Music
    8.Song of Long Ago
    9.Brighter
    10.Growing Away from Me
    11.Too Much Rain
    12.Back to California
    Carole King
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    Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge

    1991 will forever be remembered as the year that alternative rock broke through to the masses. It seemed like every other week there was another great new alt-rock album to discover, such as Nirvana's Nevermind, Soundgarden's Badmotorfinger, Primus's Sailing The Seas of Cheese, and the Smashing Pumpkins' Gish, so Mudhoney couldn't have picked a better time to issue their sophomore release. Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge was issued right in the middle of the whole grunge movement, and while it didn't sell in the vast quantities of some other Seattle bands' albums, it did stir up quite a buzz for Mudhoney. Some of the band's finest moments are included here, such as Generation Genocide, Let it Slide, Into the Drink, Who You Drivin' Now? and Fuzzgun '91.
    1. Generation Genocide
    2. Let It Slide
    3. Good Enough
    4. Something So Clear
    5. Thorn
    6. Into the Drink
    7. Broken Hands
    8. Who You Drivin' Now?
    9. Move Out
    10. Shoot the Moon
    11. Fuzzgun '91
    12. Pokin' Around
    13. Don't Fade IV
    14. Check-Out Time
    Mudhoney
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    The Beatles: On Air - Live At The BBC Volume 2


    Features 63 Tracks Total With 37 Previously Unreleased Performances And 23 Tracks Of In-Studio Banter


    Includes a 48 Page Booklet With Rare Photos And An Introduction By Paul McCartney


    In 1994, The Beatles' Live at the BBC was released to worldwide acclaim - hitting number one in the U.K., number three in the U.S. and selling more than five million copies within six weeks. A new companion to The Beatles' first BBC collection, On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2, in 180-gram vinyl with a 48-page booklet. On Air's 63 tracks, none of which overlaps with The Beatles' first BBC release, include 37 previously unreleased performances and 23 previously unreleased recordings of in-studio banter and conversation between the band's members and their BBC radio hosts.


    In the studios of the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Beatles performed music for a variety of radio shows. On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 presents the sound of The Beatles seizing their moment to play for the nation. Thrilled to hear these exciting recordings again, Paul McCartney said, "There's a lot of energy and spirit. We are going for it, not holding back at all, trying to put in the best performance of our lifetimes."


    Ten of On Air's songs were never recorded by the group for EMI in the 1960s, including two making their debuts with the new release: The Beatles' direct-to-air performance of Chuck Berry's "I'm Talking About You" and a rocking cover of the standard "Beautiful Dreamer." On Air also includes different versions of six rarities heard on the 1994 BBC collection: Little Richard's "Lucille," Chuck Berry's "Memphis, Tennessee," Chan Romero's "The Hippy Hippy Shake," Ray Charles' "I Got A Woman," and two songs they learned from records by Carl Perkins, "Glad All Over" and "Sure To Fall."


    The Beatles' tribute to the BBC's most important pop show of the early '60s - "Happy Birthday, Dear Saturday Club" - is another surprise. As John Lennon recalled in 1980, "We did a lot of tracks that were never on record for Saturday Club - they were well recorded, too." Paul remembers, "We'd been raised on the BBC radio programs. One of the big things in our week was Saturday Club - this great show was playing the kind of music we loved, so that was something we really aspired to."


    Between March 1962 and June 1965, no fewer than 275 unique musical performances by The Beatles were broadcast by the BBC in the U.K. The group played songs on 39 radio shows in 1963 alone. Ringo Starr said in 1994, "You tend to forget that we were a working band. It's that mono sound. There were usually no overdubs. We were in at the count-in and that was it. I get excited listening to them." On their busiest BBC day, July 16, 1963, The Beatles recorded 18 songs for three editions of their Pop Go The Beatles series in fewer than seven hours.


    The group played 88 distinct songs in their BBC sessions - some were recorded many times; others performed just once. At the time, three national BBC stations provided all daytime radio broadcasting in the U.K. Only the Light Programme network might occasionally play a record. Most broadcast music was live music. Consequently, to promote their releases, The Beatles had to play live at the BBC. "Everything was done instantly," remembered George Harrison, "But before that, we used to drive 200 miles in an old van down the M1, come into London, try and find the BBC and then set up and do the program. Then we'd probably drive back to Newcastle for a gig in the evening!"


    On Air also features BBC recordings of 30 well-loved songs from The Beatles' catalogue, including five number on¬es and other favorites such as: "I Saw Her Standing There," "Twist And Shout," "Do You Want To Know A Secret," "Boys," "Please Mister Postman," "Money," "And I Love Her," and "If I Fell."


    Like its critically acclaimed predecessor, On Air - Live at the BBC Volume 2 includes audio of The Beatles talking to DJs Brian Matthew and Alan Freeman and Pop Go The Beatles hosts Lee Peters and Rodney Burke. When first broadcast, pop fans were amazed to hear such witty irreverence on the rather formal BBC and it is great fun to hear these extracts now. In addition, On Air releases, for the first time, the group's candid interviews for the Pop Profile series recorded in November 1965 and May 1966.


    Newly remastered for reissue on November 11, The Beatles' first Live at the BBC album sounds and looks better than ever. This collection of the group's BBC sessions mixed versions of their hits with a treasure trove of 30 songs The Beatles performed on air but never released on record in the 1960s. The compelling track list ranged from a rare performance of the little known Lennon-McCartney original "I'll Be On My Way" to covers of classic rock 'n' roll and contemporary rhythm and blues songs. At the time of its release, Live at the BBC was hailed by Rolling Stone as "an exhilarating portrait of a band in the process of shaping its own voice and vision." It earned a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best Historical Album.


    Live at the BBC was assembled by George Martin in 1994 and On Air - Live at the BBC Volume Two was compiled and researched by producers Kevin Howlett and Mike Heatley. Both albums have been meticulously mastered by engineers Guy Massey and Alex Wharton at Abbey Road Studios. The booklets for both collections include Kevin Howlett's essays on the history of The Beatles' BBC radio sessions and his detailed commentaries on all of the tracks.

    1. And Here We Are Again
    2. Words of Love
    3. How About it, Gorgeous
    4. Do You Want To Know A Secret
    5. Lucille
    6. Hey, Paul..
    7. Anna (Go To Him)
    8. Hello!
    9. Please Please Me
    10. Misery
    11. I'm Talking About You
    12. A Real Treat
    13. Boys
    14. Absolutely Fab
    15. Chains
    16. Ask Me Why
    17. Till There Was You
    18. Lend Me Your Comb
    19. Lower 5E
    20. The Hippy Hippy Shake
    21. Roll Over Beethoven
    22. There's A Place
    23. Bumper Bundle
    24. P.S. I Love You
    25. Please Mister Postman
    26. Beautiful Dreamer
    27. Devil In Her Heart
    28. The 49 Weeks
    29. Sure To Fall (In Love With You)
    30. Never Mind, Eh?
    31. Twist and Shout
    32. Bye, Bye
    33. John - Pop
    34. George - Pop Profile
    35. I Saw Her Standing There
    36. Glad All Over
    37. Lift Lid Again
    38. I'll Get You
    39. She Loves You
    40. Memphis, Tennessee
    41. Happy Birthday Dear Saturday Club
    42. Now Hush, Hush
    43. From Me to You
    44. Money (That's What I Want)
    45. I Want To Hold Your Hand
    46. Brian Bathtubes
    47. This Boy
    48. If I Wasn't In America
    49. I Got A Woman
    50. Long Tall Sally
    51. If I Feel
    52. A Hard Job Writing Them
    53. And I Love Her
    54. Oh, Can't We? Yes We Can
    55. You Can't Do That
    56. Honey Don't
    57. I'll Follow The Sun
    58. Green With Black Shutters
    59. Kansas City/ Hey-Hey-Hey
    60. That's What We're Here For
    61. I Feel Fine
    62. Paul - Pop
    63. Ringo - Pop
    The Beatles
    $59.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 3 LPs Sealed Buy Now
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