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  • Songbook Songbook Quick View

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    Songbook

    'Songbook' will bring together highlights from across Frank Turner's six albums alongside ten brand new 'Songbook'
    versions of some of his most well-loved tracks. These reimagined versions see some songs re-recorded in full and
    some stripped-down to an acoustic setting. The release also includes a brand new track, 'There She Is.'
    LP 1
    1. Four Simple Words
    2. I Still Believe
    3. The Next Storm
    4. Recovery
    5. The Road
    6. Long Live The Queen
    7. Glorious You
    8. Plain Sailing Weather
    9. I Knew Prufrock Before He Got Famous
    10. Wessex Boy


    LP 2
    1. The Opening Act Of Spring
    2. Polaroid Picture
    3. Mittens
    4. If Ever I Stray
    5. The Way I Tend To Be
    6. The Ballad Of Me and My Friends
    7. Photosynthesis
    8. Get Better
    9. There She Is


    LP 3
    1. Polaroid Picture (Songbook version) - Re-record
    2. The Way I Tend To Be (Songbook version)
    3. Glorious You (Songbook version)
    4. Josephine (Songbook version) - Acoustic
    5. Polaroid Picture (Songbook version)
    6. Love 40 Down (Songbook version)
    7. I Am Disappeared (Songbook version)
    8. Broken Piano (Songbook version)
    9. Long Live The Queen (Songbook version)
    10. The Ballad Of Me and My Friends (Songbook version)

    Frank Turner
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  • The Randy Newman Songbook (Box Set) The Randy Newman Songbook (Box Set) Quick View

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    The Randy Newman Songbook (Box Set)

    Nonesuch Records releases the four-LP, vinyl-only, limited-edition The Randy Newman Songbook box set in 2016. Nonesuch's Randy Newman Songbook series-comprising solo recordings of songs from throughout Randy Newman's five-decade career-previously included two volumes, released on CD in 2003 and 2011; the box set marks their first release on vinyl. Sixteen additional songs from a newly released third volume, along with five bonus tracks (Feels Like Home, A Wedding in Cherokee County, Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman, I'm Dreaming,and Wandering Boy), join those first two volumes in a new, thematic sequencing, to create this new complete Songbook box set. Mitchell Froom produced The Randy Newman Songbook, Vol. 1 and was joined on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 by Newman's lifelong friend and colleague Lenny Waronker.


    The New York Times said of the first volume of The Randy Newman Songbook: The great craftsmanship is more apparent in the stripped-down context, and the Associated Press said, Few singer-songwriters could inject more new life into solo piano versions of their work than Randy Newman. The UK's Uncut called Vol. 2 another subtly sublime stroll through the master's back catalogue, noting that Newman is owner of a peerless canon, and that the album isolates his full range of qualities: the improbable juxtapositions of caustic topicality and heart-wrenching universality, the concise character studies, and singing and piano playing that seem to emanate from the very fabric of America.

    LP 1
    1. I Think It's Going to Rain Today
    2. It's Lonely at the Top
    3. God's Song (That's Why I Love Mankind)
    4. Rednecks
    5. Let Me Go
    6. Living Without You
    7. You Can Leave Your Hat On
    8. Ragtime
    9. It's Money That I Love
    10. Political Science
    11. The World Isn't Fair
    12. In Germany Before the War
    13. The Great Nations of Europe
    14. Marie


    LP 2
    1. Louisiana 1927
    2. Dixie Flyer
    3. Yellow Man
    4. Suzanne
    5. The Girls in My Life
    6. Kingfish
    7. Short People (*)
    8. When She Loved Me
    9. Losing You
    10. My Life is Good
    11. Birmingham
    12. Last Night I Had a Dream
    13. Laugh and Be Happy
    14. Cowboy


    LP 3
    1. Sail Away
    2. Mama Told Me Not to Come (*)
    3. Love Story (*)
    4. Burn On (*)
    5. Rollin' (*)
    6. Guilty (*)
    7. You've Got a Friend in Me (*)
    8. Avalon
    9. Simon Smith and the Amazing Dancing Bear (*)
    10. Davy the Fat Boy (*)
    11. Lucinda
    12. Baltimore
    13. Real Emotional Girl (*)
    14. Sandman's Coming


    LP 4
    1. Feels Like Home (**)
    2. I Love to See You Smile (*)
    3. A Wedding in Cherokee County (**)
    4. Red Bandana (*)
    5. Bad News from Home (*)
    6. Same Girl
    7. I Love L.A. (*)
    8. Family Album: Homage to Alfred, Emil and Lionel Newman (**)
    9. Old Man (*)
    10. Dayton, Ohio - 1903
    11. A Few Words in Defense of Our Country (*)
    12. I'm Dreaming (**)
    13. I'll Be Home (*)
    14. Wandering Boy (**)


    *Denotes new track
    **Denotes box set-exclusive bonus track

    Randy Newman
    $89.99
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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.



    This title is not eligible for discount.

    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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  • This Girl's In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook) This Girl's In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook) Quick View

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    This Girl's In Love (A Bacharach & David Songbook)

    The album features some of Burt Bacharach and Hal David's most memorable co-compositions and sees Rumer bring her extensive experience and singular talent to bear on her most enticing undertaking to date. Recorded at the renowned Capitol Studios with accomplished arranger, composer and orchestrator, Rob Shirakbari - THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE includes an appearance by Bacharach himself on piano. To mark the news, Rumer has shared a first track (They Long To Be) Close To You, with live plans to be announced shortly.


    What's most fitting to THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE is the personal relationship between Rumer and Shirakbari. The pair married in 2015 in Shirakbari's native Arkansas after first meeting at a Dionne Warwick gala at the Royal Albert Hall where Rumer was to sing a duet of Bacharach & David's Hasbrook Heights. With Shirakbari having worked for 25 years with Bacharach and 30 years with Dionne Warwick-serving as musical director to them both-this could even be deemed a Bacharach romance. It was a natural project for the newly married couple to create together, with both having great respect and reverence for the song catalogue.


    Some of the songs on THIS GIRL'S IN LOVE are as familiar as any from the 20th century. Which is why Rumer and Shirakbari decided, in many cases, to remake/remodel them, affording these standards a melancholia that gets right to the emotive core of Bacharach's melodies and David's lyrics. Where before (They Long to Be) Close to You might have been slightly wistful, here there is a sense that the lyric's longing is unlikely to be consummated. The Look of Love is more sepulchral, with just a taste of the bossa nova tendencies of the '60s versions. You'll Never Get To Heaven has all the sophistication of Dionne Warwick's take, but with a new attention to the cautionary narrative of the lyrics. And Rumer has dug deeper into the catalogue to find the hidden treasure Balance of Nature and made it her own.

    1. The Look Of Love
    2. Balance Of Nature
    3. One Less Bell To Answer
    4. Are You There (With Another Girl)
    5. You'll Never Get To Heaven (If You Break My Heart)
    6. (They Long To Be) Close To You
    7. Land Of Make Believe
    8. A House Is Not A Home
    9. Walk On By
    10. The Last One To Be Loved
    11. This Girl's In Love With You
    12. What The World Needs Now Is Love
    Rumer
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  • The Very Best Of Diana Krall The Very Best Of Diana Krall Quick View

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    The Very Best Of Diana Krall

    The Very Best of Diana Krall collects an assortment of hits from the vocalist/pianist from 1996-2006. Krall covers classic tracks from America's songbook both intimately with a three piece band and on a large scale with a full orchestra. Standouts include Cole Porter's "I've Got You Under My Skin" and "The Look of Love" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. This 2LP set is 180-gram vinyl.
    1. 'S Wonderful
    2. Peel Me A Grape
    3. Pick Yourself Up
    4. Frim Fram Sauce
    5. You Go To My Head
    6. Let's Fall In Love
    7. The Look Of Love
    8. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon)
    9. I've Got You Under My Skin
    10. All Or Nothing At All
    11. Only The Lonely
    12. Let's Face The Music And Dance
    13. The Heart Of Saturday Night
    14. Little Girl Blue
    15. Fly Me To The Moon
    Diana Krall
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  • Symphonicities Symphonicities Quick View

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    Symphonicities

    Symphonicities is the companion release to accompany Sting's highly-anticipated world tour, which is underway and features the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, conducted by Steven Mercurio (Bocelli, Pavarotti). The new studio album, comprised of Sting's most celebrated songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement, serves as the ultimate commemoration of the live concert experience.


    Sting's greatest hits have been reinterpreted with brand new orchestrations arranged by Jorge Calandrelli, David Hartley, Michel Legrand, Rob Mathes, Vince Mendoza, Steven Mercurio, Bill Ross, Robert Sadin and Nicola Tescari. Highlights include fan-favorites culled from The Police songbook such as Roxanne, Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic and Next To You, as well as songs from his enduring solo career including Englishman in New York, I Burn For You, Why Should I Cry for You and She's Too Good For Me among others. Symphonicity is produced by Rob Mathes and Sting, mixed by Elliot Scheiner (Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac) and Claudius Mittendorfer (Interpol, Franz Ferdinand).

    1. Next To You
    2. Englishman In New York
    3. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
    4. I Hung My Head
    5. You Will Be My Ain True Love
    6. Roxanne
    7. When We Dance
    8. The End of the Game
    9. I Burn For You
    10. We Work The Black Seam
    11. She's Too Good For Me
    12. The Pirate's Bride
    13. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic (Bronx Street Fair Mix)
    Sting
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  • Father, Son, Holy Ghost Father, Son, Holy Ghost Quick View

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    Father, Son, Holy Ghost

    Girls return with their long awaited second full-length. Both more spacious and tuneful than either their self-made debut or their lush EP, Father, Son, Holy Ghost is a gorgeous, ambitious rock album, enlivened by flashes of innocent pop and textured by its wealth of influences and willingness to face sadness.


    Recorded in SF and LA with Doug Boehm and featuring a gospel choir on several tracks, the album draws from the rock songbook to tell its tales, it navigates from the Roy Orbison-esque heart-on-sleeve love songs the band is known for through to shoegaze, soul, metal, folk and gospel.


    Father, Son, Holy Ghost is somehow both intimate and expansive. It captures the promise of early recordings and expands to cover new ground while still providing surprises at every turn. A triumphant accomplishment.

    1. Honey Bunny
    2. Alex
    3. Die
    4. Saying I Love You
    5. My Ma'
    6. Vomit
    7. Just A Song
    8. Magic
    9. Forgiveness
    10. Love, Like A Rive
    11. Jamie Marie
    Girls
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  • MTO Plays Sly MTO Plays Sly Quick View

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    MTO Plays Sly

    New York City's favorite 'little big band' Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra cracks open wide the monumental songbook of Sly & The Family Stone on its third album, MTO Plays Sly.


    On this freewheeling and jubilant 13-track tribute, MTO, propelled by a dynamic cast of special guests, treats Sly and Co. with the same reverence it would Duke Ellington or Count Basie, illuminating the melodic and harmonic sophistication of the iconoclast's body of work by re-imagining the music through the filter of their own downtown NYC aesthetic, while upholding th Day-Glo soul and psychedelic funk that is the backbone for classics like M'Lady, Everybody People and Family Affair.


    MTO is Steven Bernstein, Peter Apfelbaum, Doug Wieselman, Erik Lawrence, Curtis Fowlkes, Charlie Burnham, Matt Munisteri, Ben Allison and Ben Perowsky. MTO Plays Sly also features many special guests including Anthony Hegarty, Bernie Worrell, Bill Laswell, Dean Bowman, Martha Wainwright, Sandra St. Victor, Shilpa and Vernon Reid.

    1. Stand ft. Sandra St. Victor, Bernie Worrell and Vernon Reid
    2. Family Affair ft. Antony Hegarty
    3. Sly Notions
    4. Que Sera, Sera ft. Martha Wainwright
    5. M'Lady feat. Dean Bowman
    6. You Can Make it If You Try
    7. Everyday People ft. Shilpa Ray
    8. Bernie Interlude ft. Bernie Worrell
    9. Skin I'm In ft. Sandra St. Victor
    10. Sly Notions 2/Fun ft. Dean Bowman
    11. Time feat. Dean Bowman and Vernon Reid
    12. Thank You For Talkin' To Me Africa (Bill Laswell mix translation)
    13. Life
    Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra
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  • The Hawk Relaxes The Hawk Relaxes Quick View

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    The Hawk Relaxes

    Like a fine wine, Coleman Hawkins proves on The Hawk Relaxes that good things only get better with age. Joined by six-string maestro Kenny Burrell, the
    legendary tenor saxophonist grooves in a mellow mood in this quintet setting alongside pianist Ronnell Bright, bassist Ron Carter, and drummer Andrew
    Cyrille. A high water mark in his later career, The Hawk Relaxes showcases the understated sophistication of Hawkins' playing as he makes instant
    classics out of tunes from the Great American Songbook in a style befitting of an evening by the fire, the calm ocean, or a late night with a sweetheart
    over candles and wine. This quintet, quite possibly the most unique Hawkins ever fronted, delivers a supple, relaxed, and sophisticated affair on par with
    anything he ever did during this period. Recorded by the inimitable Rudy Van Gelder, this classic jazz album has now been newly reissued on VINYL and
    is a must-have for both the casual fan and the hard-core jazz aficionado.
    1. I'll Never Be The Same
    2. When Day Is Done
    3. Under A Blanket Of Blue
    4. More Than You Know
    5. Moonglow
    6. Just A Gigolo
    7. Speak Low
    Coleman Hawkins
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  • The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album Quick View

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    The Tony Bennett/Bill Evans Album

    One of the best albums of either's career, The Tony Bennett / Bill Evans Album spotlights two legends at work in equal partnership, tackling classics from
    the Great American Songbook with masterful ease. A consistently enthusiastic and balanced musical partnership, Bennett and Evans shine both
    individually and in tandem-Evans supporting Bennett with his steady left hand and then frequently diving into melodically inventive solos at the end of the
    phrase. Recorded in intimate sessions at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA, without even a bassist or drummer present, this album is the product of
    meticulous personal involvement by the two giants of their genres. Bennett and Evans selected the tunes, worked out the arrangements semi-spontaneously, and picked the final takes to be used. The result was a perfect jazz/pop crossover worthy of many repeat listens. A must-have on vinyl for
    any serious fan of either of these two greats.
    1. Young And Foolish
    2. The Touch Of Your Lips
    3. Some Other Time
    4. When In Rome
    5. We'll Be Together Again
    6. My Foolish Heart
    7. Waltz For Debby
    8. But Beautiful
    9. Days Of Wine And Roses
    Tony Bennett & Bill Evans
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  • Universal Togetherness Band Universal Togetherness Band Quick View

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    Universal Togetherness Band

    Between 1979 and 1982, The Universal Togetherness
    Band tracked unearthly portions of their sprawling
    songbook for bewildered students in Columbia
    College's audio engineering program. Storming the
    gates of Chicago's premier recording studios, the
    erudite party band explored permutations of soul,
    jazz-fusion, new wave, and disco with little regard
    for studio rates or the availability of magnetic tape.
    Universal Togetherness Band captures the brightest,
    never-before-heard moments from this visionary
    group's 5-semester recording bender.


    Universal Togetherness Band: The
    attractive gatefold LP edition boasts magnificent
    reproductions of never-before-seen images from
    the archives of Chicago photographer Steven E.
    Gross. Meticulously mixed from the original multi-track
    sessions by Sean Marquand (Phenomenal Handclap
    Band), Universal Togetherness Band is presented
    in peak fidelity.

    1. Ain't Gonna Cry
    2. Real Thrill
    3. Try Try Try
    4. My Sentiment
    5. Once In a Lifetime
    6. Taken By Love
    7. Call For Love
    8. I Want You
    Universal Togetherness Band
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  • Duets II Duets II Quick View

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    Duets II

    In a 1965 interview with LIFE, Frank Sinatra said: For my money, Tony Bennett is the best singer in the business.
    He excites me when I watch him. He moves me. He's the singer who gets across what the composer has in mind, and probably a little more.


    And for the past sixty-odd years, Tony has been doing exactly that. With 15 Grammy Awards and a multitude of Gold and Platinum status recordings under his arm, this man sure knows how to work those pipes.


    Duets II is another collection of American Songbook standards performed in the best of ways.


    Duets II includes collaborations with the best voices of music: Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Norah Jones and k.d. lang grace the recording booth with this legendary singer.
    But it is the tragic and premature passing of Amy Winehouse that makes this album truly special; her appearance on the duet 'Body And Soul' is the last known recording of the British songbird, and it is a truly heartrending version of the 1930 jazz classic.


    Includes the last known recording of Amy Winehouse





    LP 1

    1. The Lady Is A Tramp duet with Lady Gaga

    2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) duet with John Mayer

    3. Body And Soul duet with Amy Winehouse

    4. Don't Get Around Much Anymore duet with Michael BublÉ

    5. Blue Velvet duet with k.d. lang

    6. How Do You Keep The Music Playing duet with Aretha Franklin

    7. The Girl I Love duet with Sheryl Crow

    8. On The Sunny Side Of The Street duet with Willie Nelson

    9. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me) duet with Queen Latifah


    LP 2
    1. Speak Low duet with Norah Jones

    2. This Is All I Ask duet with Josh Groban

    3. Watch What Happens duet with Natalie Cole

    4. Stranger In Paradise duet with Andrea Bocelli

    5. The Way You Look Tonight duet with Faith Hill

    6. Yesterday I Heard The Rain duet with Alejandro Sanz

    7. It Had To Be You duet with Carrie Underwood

    8. When Do The Bells Ring For Me duet with Mariah Carey

    Tony Bennett
    $39.99
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  • To All The Girls... To All The Girls... Quick View

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    To All The Girls...

    Decades of heartfelt performances and compositions in popular music have long solidified Willie's reputation as one of country's greatest romantics. To All The Girls... continues Nelson's musicial relationships with some of the most talented women in country, pop, and soul.


    Among the centerpieces of To All The Girls... is the emotional duet with Dolly Parton, From Here To The Moon and Back, a song Parton wrote for the 2012 motion picture Joyful Noise. Willie also tackles the Bill Withers' classic Grandma's Hands with Mavis Staples, duets with Sheryl Crow on The Great American Songbook selection Far Away Places, and brings a new shade to his self penned classic Always On My Mind with Carrie Underwood.


    Willie is also joined by familiar contemporaries including Emmylou Harris, Alison Krauss, Miranda Lambert, Norah Jones and Rosanne Cash. To All The Girls... reunites Willie with producer Buddy Cannon, who worked with Willie on his most recent successful releases, Heroes and Let's Face The Music And Dance.


    Having turned 80 years old in April, Willie Nelson has no intentions of riding off into the sunset. Since signing to Legacy Recordings, Nelson has been steadily recording an releasing albums with the same rough-and-ready spirit of his timeless recordsing for RCA and Columbia Records. Heroes was praised by Uncut for being as spirited as it is poignant. Of 2013's Let's Face The Music And Dance, Paste cheered for his strongest and most engaged performances in a decade.

    LP 1
    1. Dolly Parton - From Here To The Moon And Back
    2. Miranda Lambert - She Was No Good For Me
    3. Secret Sisters - It Won't Be Very Long
    4. Rosanne Cash - Please Don't Tell Me
    5. Sheryl Crow - Far Away Places
    6. Wynonna Judd - Bloody Mary Morning
    7. Carrie Underwood - Always On My Mind
    8. Loretta Lynn - Somewhere Between
    9. Alison Krauss - No Mas Amor
    10. Melonie Cannon - Back On Earth


    LP 2
    1. Mavis Staples - Grandma's Hands
    2. Norah Jones - Walkin'
    3. Shelby Lynne - Til The End Of The World
    4. Lily Meola - Will You Remember Mine
    5. Emmylou Harris - Dry Lightning
    6. Brandi Carlile - Making Believe
    7. Paula Nelson - Have You Ever Seen The Rain
    8. Tina Rose - After The Fire Is Gone

    Willie Nelson
    $34.99
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  • Lady Sings The Blues Lady Sings The Blues Quick View

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    Lady Sings The Blues

    Although Billie Holiday's repertoire covered barely more than a dozen pure blues numbers during the course of her long career from 1933 to 1959, music critics always referred to her as the 'Lady [who] sings the blues'. And that hasn't changed to this day. In truth the recordings she made for Columbia in the Thirties and those for Clef/ Verve between 1953 and 1957 were a highly varied mixture of titles from the American songbook and her own compositions.



    Her interpretations were a benchmark against which all aspiring singers were measured. Highly expressive, almost visual ballads went hand in hand with Billie Holiday's life and voice - and only she alone could sing them! Her voice was always embedded in the sound carpet produced by her accompanying musicians: Tony Scott and Paul Quinichette are two names who made their mark on her music in the mid-Fifties, and the rhythm group of Barney Kessel, Kenny Burrell and Chico Hamilton is really first class. The trumpeter Harry 'Sweets' Edison, a long-time friend from the Count Basie Band, sensitively accompanies the singer's mature voice.

    1. Lady Sings The Blues

    2. Trav'lin' Light

    3. I Must have That Man

    4. Some Other Spring

    5. Strange Fruit

    6. No Good Man

    7. God Bless The Child

    8. Good Morning Heartache

    9. Love Me Or Leave Me

    10. Too Marvelous For Words

    11. Willow Weep For Me

    12. I Thought About You

    Billie Holiday
    $19.99
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    Upward Spiral

    Featuring Special Guest Kurt Elling


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl


    Gatefold Sleeve


    It is no secret that the Branford Marsalis Quartet can be as freewheeling off the bandstand as in performance. Saxophonist Marsalis, pianist Joey Calderazzo, bassist Eric Revis and drummer Justin Faulkner are each bold personalities with strong opinions, equally intense in both musical and verbal exchanges. The band talks about all kinds of things, many of which are unprintable, Marsalis admits. But we have serious musical debates as well. One of these conversations led to Upward Spiral, the new album with special guest Kurt Elling.


    When Branford met Kurt at a Thelonious Monk Institute competition, they had a conversation at the bar about doing a record together. What has emerged, after an intense week of performance and recording in New Orleans, is a collection that blends Songbook staples, jazz standards, and standards-to-be from a diverse array of composers.


    Every track on Upward Spiral confirms the beyond-category strengths of both the Quartet and Elling.


    For Marsalis, Upward Spiral is consistent with all of his previous music. My philosophy of jazz is that it should be about strong melodies and a great beat, and every song here has a melody that you can hold in your mind, that you can sing.

    LP 1
    1. There's A Boat Dat's Leavin' Soon For New York
    2. Blue Gardenia
    3. From One Island To Another
    4. Practical Arrangement
    5. Doxy
    6. I'm A Fool To Want You


    LP 2
    1. West Virginia Rose
    2. Só Tinha De Ser Com Você
    3. Momma Said
    4. Cassandra Song

    5. Blue Velvet
    6. The Return (Upward Spiral)

    Branford Marsalis Quartet
    $34.99
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    Nobody But Me

    Michael Buble's new album Nobody But Me is scheduled to be released via Warner Bros / Reprise Records. Nobody But Me is the multi-Grammy, multi-platinum award winning singer's first album in three years and is his 9th studio album. It follows the critically acclaimed To Be Loved album, which was his fourth album to reach No. 1 on Billboard's Top 200 Charts.


    The exciting new collection of original pop tunes and beautiful standards highlight Buble's talent as a profound interpreter of the American songbook as well as his gifted songwriting and producing style.


    Nobody But Me was recorded in Los Angeles and Vancouver and includes three new Buble' penned originals along with breathtaking reinventions of classics including "My Baby Just Cares For Me," "The Very Thought of You," Brian Wilson's "God Only Knows" and the Johnny Mercer classic "I Wanna Be Around". Guest artists on the album are Meghan Trainor and Black Thought (of The Roots). The new album is co-produced by Buble along with Johan Carlsson for MXM Productions, Alan Chang, Jason "Spicy G" Goldman, The Monsters and Strangerz.


    "I don't know that I've ever had this much fun working on an album. It was especially thrilling to collaborate with my band who understand that I want to sound better than I've ever sounded. I'm also very proud of the new songs. Having the opportunity to co-produce was a joy for me personally," commented Buble.

    1. I Believe In You

    2. My Kind Of Girl

    3. Nobody But Me (feat. Black Thought)
    4. On An Evening In Roma (Sotter Celo de Roma)
    5. Today Is Yesterday's Tomorrow
    6. The Very Thought Of You
    7. I Wanna Be Around
    8. Someday (feat. Meghan Trainor)
    9. My Baby Just Cares For Me
    10. God Only Knows
    Michael Buble
    $19.99
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    Fiend Club Lounge

    The two unlikely worlds of punk rock and the martini-sipping lounge scene have collided as the Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass on a hip, swinging collection entitled Fiend Club Lounge.


    Officially endorsed by the Misfits and released via their Misfits Records label imprint, Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge is a smooth ride through 11 Misfits classics, as performed by Sam Elwitt's Nutley, N.J., bred Nutley Brass.


    If Grandpa Munster had a band as a teenager it would have sounded like the Misfits Meet the Nutley Brass! said Misfits founding member Jerry Only. Fun for monsters of all ages.


    FranchÉ Coma, original guitarist for the Misfits, added: 'The Misfits meet the Nutley Brass: Fiend Club Lounge' is one of the best renditions of some of the best Misfits songs ever recorded. Any true, and I mean true, musician will appreciate the intricacies of the instrumentations on this record. It takes punk music to a different level. It shows us how anything is possible if you want to make it happen.


    The lounge-core tribute to the legendary horror-punk band was envisioned by the project's Producer, John Cafiero, who had been directing a Ramones DVD and was in touch with Elwitt for use of some of his music from The Ramones Songbook as Played by the Nutley Brass. Cafiero had discovered the Nutley Brass back in 1995 and after contacting Elwitt about the Ramones DVD, the concept of Fiend Club Lounge began to develop.


    Even legendary composers of the genre like Gert Wilden, Esquivel and the Jaguar God himself, Les Baxter would be proud of these Misfits classics, served with a twist and scientifically proven to soothe your road rage, said Cafiero.


    It's supposed to be fun and funny, Elwitt said. It's not supposed to replace or improve on Misfits recordings in any sense. It's supposed to complement them. Think of it as just another way to enhance your overall Misfits experience.

    1. Last Caress
    2. Astro Zombies
    3. Where Eagles Dare
    4. Some Kinda Hate
    5. Hybrid Moments
    6. Hatebreeders
    7. Teenagers From Mars
    8. Attitude
    9. Angelf*ck
    10. Skulls
    11. Die, Die My Darling
    Misfits Meet The Nutley Brass
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    Chiaroscuro

    I BREAK HORSES is the musical project led by Maria LindÉn. From her
    Stockholm base, the Swedish artist delivered an extraordinary debut album
    in the shape of Hearts, released by Bella Union in August 2011. Forward
    two years, and the arrival of an eagerly awaited follow-up, entitled Chiaroscuro, is upon us. The latest chapter in I Break Horses' much celebrated
    songbook is everything fans could wish for and more. In the words of
    LindÉn: My only aim when starting to write this album was to ignore any
    possible second album expectations. The result is a more confident and
    evolved sound with a more dramatic expression.


    The title of Chiaroscuro - meaning light-dark - serves as the perfect
    embodiment of LindÉn's sonic creations, where an atmosphere and mood is
    created that evokes innermost feelings and thoughts residing beyond the
    surface reality of the material world. Affecting ballads such as 'Heart To
    Know' and 'You Burn' are wrapped in fragile beauty. 'Denial' and 'Medicine
    Brush' are sublime synth-pop odysseys whose pulses guide you to new
    horizons. 'Faith' is a dance anthem complete with hypnotic beats, swirling
    synths and the mesmerising looped vocals of LindÉn. I let myself write
    both the happiest songs but also the saddest, and then I put them
    together, states LindÉn. This arrangement of light and dark forms the
    essence of Chiaroscuro.


    'Ascension' is rooted in a gorgeous 80s synth-pop sound, where LindÉn's
    vocals melt into the lush sonic tapestry. The song deals with love and
    forgiveness. An irresistible groove lies at the heart of 'Disclosure' where a
    divine purity is distilled in the intricate array of instrumentation. 'You Burn' is
    perhaps the album's centrepiece, as well as being the opening track, where
    a brooding darkness envelops the surrounding human space. The delicate
    piano chords drift magnificently amidst Linden's searching lyrics. I Break
    Horses are one of those rare bands capable of conjuring up raw emotion
    through a sound that is ultimately something life-affirming.

    1. You Burn
    2. Faith
    3. Ascension
    4. Denial
    5. Berceuse
    6. Medicine Brush
    7. Disclosure
    8. Weigh True Words
    9. Heart To Know

    I Break Horses
    $22.99
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    Hydra - Deluxe Box Set

    Double Gatefold Black Vinyl Version Of The Album With Bonus Tracks


    Hydra 18-track Album Including Bonus Tracks In The Form Of A Media Book (disc 1 (track 1-10) New Tracks Of Hydra, Disc 2 (track 11-18) Bonus Tracks) With A Hot Foil Print Cover, Featuring A 100 Page Booklet Consisting Of Unique Photos


    Instrumental Version Of The Entire Album


    Songbook With Sheet Music Of The Songs Of The Album


    Hydra Guitar Pick


    Packaged In An Especially Designed LP-sized Box


    Within Temptation have announced that they will release their sixth studio album, 'Hydra,' on Jan. 31. In addition, the Dutch band has revealed some unexpected surprises in the form of guest appearances on the disc.


    Known for creating their own brand of symphonic metal, Within Temptation have a few surprises in store on 'Hydra.' The guest list includes collaborations with Dave Pirner of Soul Asylum, former Killswitch Engage frontman Howard Jones and perhaps the most surprising of them all - hip-hop artist Xzibit. The set also includes the recently released track 'Paradise (What About Us?)' featuring former Nightwish singer Tarja Turunen.


    Xzibit joins forces with Within Temptation on a track called 'And We Run,' a song described by frontwoman Sharon Den Adel as an anthem about how to live your life. "He's rapping at full force on this song, it's really heavy," says Adel. "Xzibit brings a new element to our music that we've never had before! It's a new cross-over and we love it!"


    Jones' contribution comes on 'Dangerous,' one of the heavier tracks on the disc. "I always loved Howard's voice," shares Adel. "He makes the song even heavier than it already is. That song is one of my favorite songs on the record and one of the fastest we've ever written. It has the most bass drums we've ever used, too, and a very fast riff which we doubled with synths. It's not a typical synthesizer, though - it's distorted like a guitar, and it's very aggressive."

    - Mary Ouellette (Loudwire)

    LP 1 & 2
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner


    2CD With Media Book:
    1. Let Us Burn
    2. Dangerous feat. Howard Jones
    3. And We Run feat. Xzibit
    4. Paradise (What About Us?) feat. Tarja
    5. Edge Of The World
    6. Silver Moonlight
    7. Covered By Roses
    8. Dog Days
    9. Tell Me Why
    10. Whole World Is Watching feat. Dave Pirner
    11. Radioactive (originally performed by Imagine Dragons)
    12. Summertime Sadness (originally performed by Lana del Ray)
    13. Let Her Go (originally performed by Passenger)
    14. Dirty Dancer (originally performed by Enrique Iglesias)
    15. And We Run- evolution track
    16. Silver Moonlight - evolution track
    17. Covered By Roses - evolution track
    18. Tell Me Why - evolution track

    Within Temptation
    $89.99
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  • Stardust Stardust Quick View

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    Stardust

    Ranked 257/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    An American Classic: Gorgeous Breakthrough Album of Pop Standards Spent More than a Decade on Country Charts


    Quintuple Platinum 1978 Set Finds Nelson Interpreting Fare From Likes of Kurt Weill, Hoagy Carmichael, and Irving Berlin


    Sumptuous Sound Elevates Booker T. Jones Production: Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    As a Singer, Nelson Never Better: Gets Inside the Phrasing, Lyrics, and Emotions of Songs


    Why be predictable?, Willie Nelson asked Columbia Records executive Nick Blackburn, after the latter resisted the Red Headed Strangers decision to make an album of classic pop tunes. Talk about outlaw country. Cutting against the genres traditions and Music Row conventions, Nelsons Stardust remains a genius-level creation as well as the icons most commercially successful release, a truly gorgeous record infused with ultimate respect for composers and lyrics and many of the finest performances of his career. It is a quintessential part of any catalog.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this Silver Label LP dazzles with dead-quiet surfaces, tube-like warmth, and an enhanced soundstage. Further exposing the delicate touches abounding in Stax legend Booker T. Jones production, this edition brings out the textured kernels of Nelsons voiceand the deep-seeded dignity, austerity, devotion, grit, sensitivity, grace, and plaintiveness within it. His brilliant phrasing throughout is on par with that of Frank Sinatra and Ray Charles, two giants that influenced this project and his willingness to pair with strings and small combo to wondrous effect.


    Having met Jones while living in Malibu, Nelson established a relationship with the musician that extended to roles as producer, arranger and band mate. Jones superior knowledge of the American Songbook comes through via the materials economy of scale and sympathetic approach. Acoustic guitar arpeggios, contrasting breaks, bluesy harmonicas, glowing organs, R&B-tinged horns, brushed drums, and relaxed bass lines trickle throughout the songs, all distinguished by Nelsons intimate timbre and absolutely astonishing vocal expressiveness.


    In redefining and reimagining standards such as Irving Berlins Blue Skies, Hoagy Carmichaels Georgia On My Mind, and the age-old All of Meall of which landed in the Top 5 of the Country singles chartNelson wedded together pop, country, jazz, folk, and blues in a manner in which no artist had ever before done. He gained considerable rewards for his exquisite efforts: Stardust sold more than five million copies and, incredibly, stayed on the Country album charts for more than ten years.


    This is a record no one should be without. Hear the definitive analog pressing.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Stardust
    2. Georgia On My Mind
    3. Blue Skies
    4. All of Me
    5. Unchained Melody
    6. September Song
    7. On the Sunny Side of the Street
    8. Moonlight In Vermont
    9. Dont Get Around Much Anymore
    10. Someone to Watch Over Me
    Willie Nelson
    $24.99
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    Sitcom Afterlife


    Their songs are full of rich, rural details: frozen lakes, swaying
    trees, highway lights glowing in the deep night. - Rolling Stone


    Milia's lyrics roll like rich literature and are just as visually
    descriptive. - All Music Guide


    As a band steeped in the rose tint of the early 90's, the
    references to a collective history we all hold fondly are intrinsic to
    Frontier Ruckus' songcraft. The band embarked upon a trilogy of
    records surrounding these themes of place: the rust of a
    Midwestern suburbia anywhere and the edifice of those oft
    crumbling surroundings baked with the deeply passionate
    memories they evoke. The Orion Songbook (2008), Deadmalls &
    Nightfalls (2010), and Eternity of Dimming (2013) served as a trinity
    of sorts to the gravity of those View-Master cartridge visions. In
    listening one clicks thru song-slides of Matthew Milia's densely
    worded sermons, if you will, belted and cooed with a timbre that is
    full and fragile all at once, held together with netting from long-time
    friend David Jones' angular banjo throes, and fleshed out by a
    thick quasi-orchestra of brass, chord organ, and saw by Zachary
    Nichols. Long-time vocalist Anna Burch returns to touring with
    the band, providing a honey-sweet gelatin that firmly bases yet
    sets each song into a full-throated fire.


    Time has settled things, the fossils of those first records remain,
    but a new rolling house has been built upon it by the band, as if
    pulled from show to show, tour stop to tour stop. Milia and
    company aren't stopping. There's some place to be. Now 6 years
    on from their first full length, lauds from NPR, Paste, Rolling Stone,
    and Daytrotter in the rear-view, and remnants of tours to Europe
    and each corner of these United States scattered in fanny-packs
    and hollow-body guitar cases, Sitcom Afterlife speaks with a more compact and frontal
    approach. In these new songs Frontier Ruckus isn't retreading
    those two-lane highways they've came on, but leaning forward -
    there's a structured forward motion to this collection, a sense of
    urgency toward the present, and a brevity that speaks of
    immediate passion - not disregarding that lived-in past but also
    not forlornly dragging it behind this shiny-new Airstream trailer that
    is Sitcom Afterlife.

    1. The Splendid World
    2. Bathroom Stall Hypnosis
    3. Sad Modernity
    4. Very Well
    5. Crabapples In The Century's Storm
    6. Darling Anonymity
    7. Down In The Morning We Thought We'd Never Lose
    8. Little Henrietta
    9. Counterfeits
    10. A&W Orange and Brown
    Frontier Ruckus
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  • Seductive Reasoning (Speakers Corner) Seductive Reasoning (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Seductive Reasoning (Speakers Corner)

    Thanks to their undeniable musical talent, which allowed them to be taken seriously in the folk scene, the industrious Roche sisters' career began when they were young. The duo began by singing Christmas carols, doo-wop song syllable puzzles, and tricky barbershop harmonies. They finally caught the attention of Paul Simon, who brought the gifted girls in as backup singers on his LP There Goes Rhymin' Simon, and was primarily responsible for the birth of their first recording. The lavishly produced album achieved high critical acclaim. Although it was a worthy professional debut, the public was hesitant to buy the album. The specialist magazine Rolling Stone commented drily and somewhat at a loss that the Roches weren't everyone's cup of tea.



    Maggie and Terre Roche are a well-rehearsed vocal team however: with a range from hazy, finely balanced voices singing as one, right up to pearly, radiant brilliance, the Roche sisters enthusiastically penned a songbook which is almost without exception their very own creation. Mechanical bluegrass music (Wigglin' Man), a steam-train character (If You Emptied ...) and a somewhat crude and unrefined country aura make the subtle lyrics easily accessible to all, but the LP also offers the listener wonderfully ill-humoured verse (The Mountain People) and story-like prose (West Virginia). This is a truly exceptional album, and well worth being discovered!



    Musicians:



    • Maggie Roche (piano, guitar)

    • Terre Roche (guitar)

    • Paul Simon (guitar)

    • Pete Carr (guitar)

    • Jimmy Johnson (guitar)

    • Barry Beckett (keyboard)

    • David Hood (bass)

    • Roger Hawkins(drums)



    Recording: 1973 in the Morgan Studios, London, and 1974 in the Muscle Shoals Studios, Sheffield, Alabama

    Production: Paul Simon, Paul Samwell-Smith, David Hood and Jimmy Johnson




    About Speakers Corner



    At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.



    During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.



    A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.



    We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.



    We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.



    To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.




    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Underneath the Moon
    2. Down the Dream
    3. Wigglin' Man
    4. West Virginia
    5. If You Empty Out All Your Pockets You Could Not Make the Change
    6. Telephone Bill
    7. Malachy's
    8. Burden of Proof
    9. The Mountain People
    10. Jill of All Trades
    Maggie & Terre Roche
    $34.99
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    Brokedown In Bakersfield - Live!

    Brokedown in Bakersfield is a collective of acclaimed West Coast musicians joining forces in a spirited tribute to the Bakersfield sound: California
    country music made raw and rocking, spiked with twang and sweetened with heartfelt harmonies.


    The group features Lebo of ALO on pedal steel, Scott Law on Telecaster, singer Nicki Bluhm of Gramblers fame, Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips on
    vocals and acoustic guitar, and ALO rhythm section partners Steve Adams and Dave Brogan.


    Drawing from the powerful songbooks of Merle Haggard, Buck Owens, Gram Parsons and more, Brokedown in Bakersfield showcases the striking
    songwriting and instrumentation of guitar-slinging country sounds that added oil to the Dust Bowl life of '60s-era Southern California - on the road, in the
    truck, out the back, and at the honky tonk.


    This LP release chronicles the band's live performances of Bakerfield classics.

    1. Workin' Man Blues
    2. California Cotton Fields
    3. My Baby's Gone
    4. Cash on the Barrelhead
    5. Where I Parked My Mind
    6. You're Still On My Mind
    7. Sing A Sad Song
    8. Squeaky Wheel
    9. Swinging Doors
    10. Luxury Liner
    Brokedown In Bakersfield
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    Reworks

    With its distinctive renditions of songs by DJ Shadow, My Bloody
    Valentine, Fleet Foxes, and more, Walt Wagner's Reworks shows how
    three Seattle institutions - Wagner, the city's renowned Canlis
    restaurant, and Sub Pop Records - have evolved over the years. When
    veteran pianist Wagner first landed at Canlis in 1996, he started out
    performing a set heavy on the Great American Songbook and the
    occasional pop tune. As young staff members recommended new
    artists and songs, Wagner's repertoire grew deeper and more varied -
    especially after the next generation of the Canlis family took over in
    2003. Yet whether the source material was Pink Floyd, Prince,
    Metallica, or the Weeknd, the challenge remained the same: "To distill
    the vibe on a record, the very essence of a song, into solo piano
    playing."


    One fateful night a couple years ago, a crew from Sub Pop were dining
    at the restaurant when they recognized melodies by Adele and Daft
    Punk wafting through the restaurant and decided to investigate. Canlis
    co-owner Mark Canlis offered the Sub Pop crew a full tour, and when
    he pulled out a vintage copy of the '60s LP Live At Canlis, an idea was
    born. With Wagner preparing to retire, the time was ripe for a recording
    that captured his inimitable gifts in their natural surroundings.


    In preparation for the big night, Wagner sat down with the Sub Pop
    team for more ideas. "I wanted them to feed me tunes that they loved
    and could imagine hearing me play." Sub Pop alumni Fleet Foxes and
    Band of Horses were already staples of Wagner's sets, but what magic
    could he work with DJ Shadow, Phoenix, or My Bloody Valentine? He
    had three months to find out.


    The album's opening selection, "Building Steam with a Grain of Salt,"
    provides a glimpse into Wagner's modus operandi. "The first time I
    listened to it, I said 'well what can I do with that?'" He recalls. "But
    the more I listened, the more I noticed these signature moments in the
    song, and through messing around with those and improvisation, I
    ended up with my version."


    Recorded before a packed house on October 9, 2016, Reworks is more
    than just a souvenir of a very special evening; it captures decades of
    musicianship that forged Wagner's distinctive style. He studied
    classical piano throughout his youth, yet kept his playing secret until
    he'd reached his teens, when he began playing in rock bands.


    While learning to improvise and play more rhythmically made him a hit
    with his peers, his classical instruction made his band the Exotics
    especially popular with local bookers. "We were one of the only bands
    that could read music, so we accompanied different stars of the time:
    Dick and Dee Dee, Johnny Crawford, all these '50s and early '60s
    artists that came to town." The Exotics even cut a single, a Wagner
    original entitled "Oasis," that made it to #3 on local radio station KJR
    in the summer of 1961.


    In the years that followed, Wagner played at downtown Seattle
    watering holes and eateries and refined his jazz chops. Two decades at
    Canlis taught him to interact with listeners in a whole new way. And
    now, flush with excitement over Reworks, Wagner may not stay retired
    for long.

    1. Building Steam With a Grain of Salt (DJ Shadow)
    2. I Only Said (My Bloody Valentine)
    3. Desiree (The Left Banke)
    4. Mykonos (Fleet Foxes)
    5. 1901 (Phoenix)
    6. Bondye (Goat)
    7. No One's Gonna Love You (Band of Horses)
    8. Purple Rain (Prince)
    9. The Funeral (Band of Horses)
    10. Ever Fallen In Love (Buzzcocks)
    Walt Wagner
    $17.99
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