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  • Live at the Old Waldorf Live at the Old Waldorf Quick View

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    Live at the Old Waldorf

    Limited Edition Of 660 Copies On Gold Vinyl


    This limited edition double-LP release once again proves that there were very, very few bands in the late '70s that could match the stylistic sweep, musicianly chops, and quality of repertoire wielded by Todd Rundgren & Utopia. This August 5, 1978 set at the Old Waldorf in San Francisco captures the band at the beginning of an extensive U.S. tour, but it had already been a busy year of touring for Todd, as back in May he had assembled an all-star band for residencies at the Bottom Line in New York City and the Roxy in Los Angeles.


    Performances from those shows that (along with a portion of an August 23 Utopia date from this tour) comprised the release of the double live LP Back to the Bars in December 1978, and fans of that album will find much to treasure here on this well-recorded release taken from the evening's stereo master tapes. Here you get a chance to hear Utopia back Todd on songs, like "Black and White" and "The Last Ride" (an epic version!), from which they were absent on Back to the Bars, and Live at the Old Waldorf offers such Utopia favorites as "Trapped," "Abandon City," "Back on the Street," and "Gangrene" from 1977's Oops! Wrong Planet that did not appear on Bars. Even more importantly, the band is on fire this night, displaying the rare mixture of note-perfect arrangements and improvisatory verve that made Todd Rundgren & Utopia such a must-see concert draw during the era.


    One last note about this release: because Todd was such a dynamic live performer, there have been a series of authorized live "bootlegs" that have come out on CD in recent years, but very few have come out on LP; we have cherry picked what just may be the best of the bunch and put it on double gold vinyl inside a gatefold package limited to 660 copies. It belongs on your shelf right next to your other Rundgren records from the era don't miss it!

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    1. It Wouldn't Have Made Any Difference
    2. Love Of The Common Man
    3. Trapped
    4. Abandon City
    5. The Last Ride
    6. The Seven Rays
    7. Can We Still Be Friends
    8. Back on the Street
    9. You Cried Wolf


    LP 2
    1. Gangrene
    2. A Dream Goes On Forever
    3. Black and White
    4. Eastern Intrigue/Initiation
    5. Couldn't I Just Tell You
    6. Hello, It's Me
    7. Just One Victory

    Todd Rundgren & Utopia
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    Street Songs

    The late Rick James was as notorious for his wild lifestyle as he was for his music, mixing pop, rock, R&B and sleazy funk. Street Songs, his 1981 album for Motown features his most enduring hit, Super Freak, sampled most famously on MC Hammers Grammy Award winning U Can't Touch This, as well as by Jay-Z on the track Kingdome Come. Boasting cameos by Stevie Wonder on harmonica and The Temptations on backing vocals (who included Ricks uncle, Melvin Frank), the album is loosely a concept piece about ladies of the night. Other highlights include Give It to Me Baby, Fire and Desire (a duet with Teena Marie) and Ghetto Life.
    1. Give It To Me Baby
    2. Ghetto Life
    3. Make Love To Me
    4. Mr. Policeman
    5. Super Freak
    6. Fire And Desire
    7. Call Me
    8. Below The Funk (Pass The J)
    Rick James
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  • Fire Away Fire Away Quick View

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    Fire Away

    Fire Away is the Grammy Award-winning bands fifth studio full length. Produced by acclaimed producer Tony Berg, Fire Away features eleven new Ozomatli songs, including the first single Its Only Paper, currently being serviced to radio. Ozomatlis music, a collision of hip hop and salsa, dancehall and cumbia, samba and funk, merengue and comparsa, East LA R&B and New Orleans second line, Jamaican ragga and Indian raga, has long followed a key mantra: it will take you around the world by taking you around the city of LA.


    This certainly resonated with producer Tony Berg (Aimee Mann, Pete Yorn), who describes working with Ozomatli like visiting seven continents simultaneously. Berg believes the Fire Away sessions captured the spirit of the bands live show without being a live album, and he sensed Ozomatli stretching themselves in the studio, adding each of the members had grown as a writer and as a musician. I think Fire Away reflects their true songwriting talents, everyones point-of-view was captured. That is the spirit of Ozomatli. Theyre pan-cultural, and they somehow manage to be raucous and thoughtful at the same time.

    1. Are You Ready?
    2. 45
    3. Its Only Paper
    4. Elysian Persuasion
    5. Gay Vatos In Love
    6. Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah
    7. Its Only Time
    8. Nadas Por Free
    9. Malagasy Shock
    10. Love Comes Down
    11. Caballito
    Ozomatli
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  • Fire On The Bayou Fire On The Bayou Quick View

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    Fire On The Bayou


    Starburst Colored Vinyl


    Hailing from the soggy streets of New Orleans, the Meters essentially invented the second line groove, influencing Funk music like no other artist (OK, aside from a singer by the name of James Brown). These cats are essentially one unified rhythm section, with expertly timed drum breaks, bass driven grooves, bluesy chicken scratch guitars and Southern sing along choruses.


    Their 1975 album Fire On The Bayou established once again that The Meters were still the undisputed masters of Funk. Tracks like Can You Do Without, Out In The Country and the title track have become staples in the Meters' songbook.

    1. Out In The Country
    2. Fire On The Bayou
    3. Love Slip Upon Ya
    4. Talkin' 'bout New Orleans
    5. They All Ask'd For You
    6. Can You Do Without?
    7. Liar
    8. You're A Friend Of Mine
    9. Middle Of The Road
    10. Running Fast
    11. Mardi Gras Mambo
    The Meters
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  • Fire On The Bayou Fire On The Bayou Quick View

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    Fire On The Bayou

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    Includes Bonus Tracks!


    Hailing from the soggy streets of New Orleans, the Meters essentially invented the second line groove, influencing Funk music like no other artist (OK, aside from a singer by the name of James Brown). These cats are essentially one unified rhythm section, with expertly timed drum breaks, bass driven grooves, bluesy chicken scratch guitars and Southern sing along choruses.


    Their 1975 album Fire On The Bayou established once again that The Meters were still the undisputed masters of Funk. Tracks like Can You Do Without, Out In The Country and the title track have become staples in the Meters' songbook. This 2LP edition of Fire On The Bayou contains no less than 5 bonus tracks!

    LP1
    1. Out In The Country
    2. Fire On The Bayou
    3. Love Slip Upon Ya
    4. Talkin' 'Bout New Orleans
    5. They All Ask'd For You
    6. Can You Do Without?
    7. Liar
    8. You're A Friend Of Mine


    LP2
    1. Middle Of The Road
    2. Running Fast
    3. Mardi Gras Mambo
    4. Running Fast (Bonus Track)
    5. Keep On Marching (Bonus Track)
    6. He Bite Me (Bonus Track)
    7. Mother's Love (Bonus Track)
    8. Jambalaya (Bonus Track)

    The Meters
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  • Fire From The Evening Sun Fire From The Evening Sun Quick View

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    Fire From The Evening Sun

    PHILM, the temperamental, highly gifted brainchild of Dave Lombardo certainly did not come to fruition
    overnight. Years of life lessons and rhythmical adventures slowly molded and manipulated his latest creation for
    the musical misfits of the world.


    As a multi-genre labyrinth, PHILM resonates not only the individual symphonic personalities of its members, but
    their uniquely agile bond in instrumentation as a whole.


    Front-man Gerry Nestler, noted for his undeniable skill and rapport with his guitar, is best known for his work
    with progmetallists, Civil Defiance. An impassioned vocalist, his musical journey has also found him gaining
    much respect for his lyrical prowess. Nestler describes PHILMs music as, "Heavy but sensitive, powerful and
    atmospheric." He further elaborated, saying ". The music of PHILM is channeled through the many different
    influences of drum and bass, expressionism, and underground that is indigenous to the street, Nestler states.
    There are many different things that Dave and I have been into that have contributed to the vision of PHILM.
    Pancho's highly skilled bass playing, chordal color and shape have helped expand the overall sound
    instrumentation and groove. Dave Lombardo's drumming goes without comparison.


    Bassist, Pancho Tomaselli, a long-time member of funk rockers, War and most recently, Tower of Power is
    sought after for his aggressively malleable, yet smooth way around his bass guitar. Drummer, Dave Lombardo,
    is most widely known for his legendary work with a band he co-developed at the young age of 17, SLAYER. His
    work with Mike Patton (Fantomas), John Zorn (Bladerunner), Grip Inc., and many others, leaves no room for
    questioning his legendary status as one of the most skilled and innovative drummers in the world. Justifiably
    typecast to the genre he helped trail-blaze, it is certainly a shock to Lombardo enthusiasts to see his infamous
    drum set now scaled down to a four piece kit. But, the depth of his musical aptitude is much more than what
    has come to be known as his signature sound. His prodigious skill and affinity for heavy, penetrating grooves is
    oddly taken to another level in his work with this riveting trio. To quote Tomaselli, "It's like playing with the
    seven, not four, horses of the Apocalypse behind you."


    PHILMs music is a dense, unholy convergence of tones and discords." Lombardo states, " We tend to live on the
    heavy side, but we also touch on haunting, desolate, ambient sounds.


    These three innovative musicians have masterfully revived the concept of the Power Trio. Often improvised,
    their live set can find their audience entranced by a raw, tonal journey that is both awe-inspiring and thrilling

    1. Train
    2. Fire From The Evening Sun
    3. Lady Of The Lake
    4. Lion's Pit
    5. Silver Queen
    6. We Sail At Dawn
    7. Omniscience
    8. Fanboy
    9. Luxhaven
    10. Blue Dragon
    11. Turn In The Sky
    12. Corner Girl
    Philm
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  • The Promise: Darkness On The Edge Of Town The Promise: Darkness On The Edge Of Town Quick View

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    The Promise: Darkness On The Edge Of Town

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    21 Tracks Spread Out Over Three High-quality, 180 Gram Vinyl LPs. Lyrics To All Of The Songs, A New Essay From Bruce Springsteen And Never-before-seen Photographs From The "Darkness" Sessions Are Also Included


    Darkness was my 'samurai' record, Springsteen writes, stripped to the frame and ready to rumble." But the music that got left behind was substantial. For the first time, fans will have access to 21 previously-unreleased songs from the Darkness recording sessions, songs that, as Springsteen writes, perhaps could have/should have been released after Born To Run and before the collection of songs that Darkness on the Edge of Town became.


    Highlights include the extraordinary rock version of Racing in the Street, the never-before-released original recordings of Because the Night, Fire, and Rendezvous, the supreme pop opus Someday (We'll Be Together), the hilarious Ain't Good Enough for You, the superb soul-based vocal performance on The Broken Hearted, the utterly haunting Breakaway, and the now finally released, fully orchestrated masterpiece and title song, The Promise. All 21 songs have been mixed by Springsteen's long-time collaborator, Bob Clearmountain. According to long-time manager/producer Jon Landau, There isn't a weak card in this deck. The Promise is simply a great listening experience.

    1. Racing In The Street ('78)
    2. Gotta Get That Feeling
    3. Outside Looking In
    4. Someday (We'll Be Together)
    5. One Way Street
    6. Because The Night
    7. Wrong Side Of The Street
    8. The Brokenhearted
    9. Rendezvous
    10. Candy's Boy
    11. Save My Love
    12. Ain't Good Enough For You
    13. Fire
    14. Spanish Eyes
    15. It's A Shame
    16. Come On (Let's Go Tonight)
    17. Talk To Me
    18. The Little Things (My Baby Does)
    19. Breakaway
    20. The Promise
    21. City Of Night
    Bruce Springsteen
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  • Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing Quick View

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    Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing


    Boston. Titletown. The Cradle of Liberty. Beantown. From popular neighborhoods like Jamaica Plain and Davis Square to the more hardscrabble quarters like Mattapan and Roxbury, Boston is a complex fabric of people, cultures, and viewpoints. None more Boston are punk rock outfit, Street Dogs. From the air they breathe and the food they eat to the communities they serve-frontman Mike McColgan is a Boston Fire Department 911 Dispatcher and drummer Pete Sosa is an honorary member of the City of Boston-and the values they uphold, Street Dogs exemplify their city and what it has to offer the world. Across the group's storied 16-year career, they've hit hard, spoke the truth, and walked the walk. New album, Stand for Something or Die for Nothing, is proof the Bostonians continue to live and be empowered by their punk rock, tell-it-like-it-is ethos.


    "Anyone who has ever listened to our group knows we are Bostonians to the bone," says bassist Johnny Rioux. "We all love the city. It's our home. I think our fans abroad get a window into our city and what it is like to grow up here and live here through a multitude of different life experiences [from our music]."


    Indeed, Sicut Patribus Sit Street Dogs Nobis. But the primary motivator to pick up where 2010's lauded self-titled left off wasn't to continue waving the sky blue at the Boston Common, but to sound the alarm that our leadership and the affluent are taking advantage of society. The wedge is being driven between classes, deeper and deeper, where the rich get richer and the poor are afforded fewer choices in life, like education, opportunity, and the pursuit of a good life, respected liberties, and unquestionable happiness. This gift, as it were, has given the Street Dogs have plenty to write about eight years after their Hellcat Records' swansong.


    "The dumbing down of America is a reason to write songs in 2018," Rioux asserts. "People need to wake the fuck up and realize the rich won't drain the swamp or look after the working man and woman. [So] we hit on familiar turf and we go outside our zone as well on Stand for Something or Die for Nothing. It's tough to contain my excitement for this record and our fans are going to love it. Everyone stepped way up."


    If there's one thing that sets the self-titled apart from Stand for Something or Die for Nothing it's the songwriting. Tracks like "Other Ones," "Angels Calling," "Working Class Heroes," and "Never Above You, Never Below You" show Street Dogs at their finest: loud, abrasive, confrontational, and unifying. In fact, there's not one track on the group's sixth full-length that doesn't convey brotherhood, common values, and the ability to stand together against anyone with aims to disfigure or disband their raised fist.


    "On Stand for Something or Die for Nothing, we took our time making sure everything was worked out as well as it possibly could be with multiple re-writes of songs and painstaking takes," says Rioux. "The band wrote this record together as a unit. This is the most full-band record we have ever made with everyone contributing. It's our best record. I really believe that and all the hard-painstaking work we put in people will hear and feel. With respects to the self-titled record we were moving at very quick and prolific pace back then. That record came together fast and is special."


    Recorded at Woolly Mammoth Studios, Sugarland Studio, and Q Division Studios with Rioux in the producer's chair, mix master Sean Cahalin at the desk, and mastering ace Jeff Lipton navigating, Stand for Something or Die for Nothing is a punk rock album for the new era. Rioux was careful to balance the DIY tenets of punk with the professional requirements of recording an album. The result was hard won, but Stand for Something or Die for Nothing is a punk rock triumph, with tracks like "The Comeback Zone," "Lest We Forget," and the title track delivering modern-day anthems that kick ass and take names.


    "Other than Sean being a total professional and super-proficient, there aren't really any specific stories to Stand for Something or Die. I've always has had a hand in the production of our records and I can be demanding in the studio! That all said, I think we have our best sounding record to date. It has all the energy of our live shows in it. Fans will immediately tell it's us when they hear it."


    While the definition of punk rock has its divisions, Street Dogs are, no doubt, part of the genre's proud history. Stand for Something or Die is undoubtedly punk rock. Using Rioux's definition (or not): "What's punk to me is people living how they want to not how they are told to."


    Amen, brother.

    1. Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing
    2. Other Ones
    3. The Comeback Zone
    4. Angels Calling (feat. Slaine)
    5. These Ain't The Old Days
    6. Working Class Heroes
    7. Lest We Forget
    8. The Round Up
    9. Mary On Believer Street
    10. Never Above You, Never Below You
    11. Torn And Frayed
    Street Dogs
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  • XX XX Quick View

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    XX

    The XX arrive with their debut album XX, a whole new sound of love, loss and longing. The XX are a London quartet, featuring the dual lead vocals of Romy Madley Croft and Oliver Sim (who also play lead guitar and bass guitar), Baria Qureshi (keyboards and guitar) and Jamie Smith (beats, MPC sampler). These four twenty year olds are childhood friends who formed while attending southwest London's Elliot School, an academy whose alumni also includes such acclaimed boundary-pushers as Burial, Four Tet and Hot Chip. Bonding over a shared love of dark, emotive '80s guitar sounds and the high-end sheen of American R&B, The XX's unique sound befits a band whose wide range of influences include everything from Aaliyaah to Cocorosie, Rihanna to The Cure, Missy Elliot to The Chromatics and Mariah Carey to The Pixies.


    In an effort not to draw too much distance from the DIY aesthetic of their early demos, which were recorded in their bedrooms, they recorded their debut album XX under no one's watch, other than engineer Rodaidh McDonald, at XL Recordings' west London in-house studio. The result is a wash of sexy, coy, and sparse rhythms and melodies the likes of Robert Smith, Massive Attack and The Streets.


    Vinyl also die cut with bonus track cover of Hot Like Fire.

    1. Intro
    2. VCR
    3. Crystalised
    4. Islands
    5. Heart Skipped A Beat
    6. Fantasy
    7. Shelter
    8. Basic Space
    9. Infinity
    10. Night Time
    11. Stars
    The XX
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  • Spirit (Speakers Corner) Spirit (Speakers Corner) Quick View

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    Spirit (Speakers Corner)

    The wise saying »spiritus ubi vult spirat« (»the spirit blows where it wills«) is interpreted by Earth, Wind & Fire with impressive clarity. Gentle sounds and modest gestures are foreign to the colourful Afro group, who in their live performances welded together ancient Egyptian Pharaonic mysticism with urban street life. That this spirit, which is found in the LP title and blows all the way through it, was guaranteed not only by the exuberant wind section in the group's early years. With regard to rhythm, too, the band rolls out almost everything to pave the floor with powerful disco patterns, not forgetting the elegant and finely controlled falsetto, which adds further pep. Out of all this came the highly cultivated and expressive vocals as in Imagine, carefully balanced ballads (Burnin' Bush), as well as a powerful sound that is so good for dancing to, as in the memorable number Saturday Nite. An extremely wide range of musical genres was brought together by Earth, Wind & Fire in a big-band sound that is »innovative yet popular, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing« (Rolling Stone Magazine).

    This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.

    Musicians:

    • Maurice White (vocal, drums, percussion)
    • Philip Bailey (vocal, conga, percussion)
    • Larry Dunn (piano, organ, synthesizer)
    • Johnny Graham (guitar)
    • Al McKay (guitar, percussion)
    • Jerry Peters (piano)
    • Verdine White (vocal, bass, percussion)
    • Fred White, Ralph Johnson (drums, percussion)

    Recording: 1976 at Wally Heider Studio 3, Burbank Studios, Hollywood Sound Recorders and Westlake Audio by George Massenburg
    Production: Maurice White & Charles Stepney

    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.

    1. Getaway
    2. On Your Face
    3. Imagination
    4. Spirit
    5. Saturday Nite
    6. Earth, Wind & Fire
    7. Departure
    8. Biyo
    9. Burnin' Bush
    Earth, Wind, & Fire
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  • Surtur Rising Surtur Rising Quick View

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    Surtur Rising

    Surtur Rising is Amon Amarth's eighth studio offering in a winding discography that's helped shape the very face of epic, Viking-inspired death metal. Named in tribute to Surtur, leader of the fire giants of Muspelheim (flame land) and the oldest being in the nine worlds of Norse mythology, the album was recorded, mixed and mastered at Fascination Street Studios Ãrebro, Sweden with Jens Bogren and bears the striking cover art by Tom Thiel.
    1. War Of The Gods
    2. Tock's Taunt - Loke's Treachery Part II
    3. Destroyer Of The Universe
    4. Slaves Of Fear
    5. Live Without Regrets
    6. The Last Stand Of Frej
    7. For Victory Or Death
    8. Wrath Of The Norsemen
    9. A Beast Am I
    10. Doom Over Dead Man
    Amon Amarth
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    Neptune

    Neptune is the major label debut album from Boston progressive folk duo, Tall Heights. Neptune is the follow up to 2015's Holding On, Holding Out EP which was met with critical acclaim from outlets like NPR and The Wall Street Journal who compared their emotive harmonies and poignant lyrics to the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, Sigur Ros and Bon Iver. Of particular note is the track "Spirit Cold", the lead single from the forthcoming release.


    The multi-talented singer songwriters, composers and instrumentalists featuring Paul Wright on cello/vocals and Tim Harrington on acoustic guitar/vocals got their start busking on the streets of Boston, growing up in a neighboring town in Massachusetts. Neptune is a far lusher construct than those early acoustic days - along with pristine and emotive vocal harmonies, there's subtly chugging electric guitar and a spare descending bassline on "Iron in the Fire," ethereal synthesizers and a spacious drum part on "Spirit Cold," a brittle splash of percussion to open "Backwards and Forwards" and feedback created by two cellphones on "Cross My Mind."

    1. Iron in the Fire
    2. Spirit Cold
    3. River Wider
    4. No Man Alive
    5. The Runaway
    6. Infrared
    7. Horse to Water
    8. Backwards and Forwards
    9. Two Blue Eyes
    10. Cross My Mind
    11. Growing
    12. Wayfarers
    Tall Heights
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  • Universal Breakdown Blues Universal Breakdown Blues Quick View

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    Universal Breakdown Blues

    Universal Breakdown Blues is a modern urban blues/rock offering that reflects the soul of blues mastermind Popa Chubby. The album features 12 brand new tracks that capture the fire and energy of his live shows. It represents an entirely new level of his tempestuous, soulful playing. Popa puts it all into the simple language of music and invites us all to the party!


    'This is the blues now. It's the people's blues. The blues belongs to the people and I get to sing it. If there's one thing I want people to know about me, it's that I'm a survivor, says Popa Chubby. 'Here's my story: My dad died when I was seven. I was abandoned and raised myself. I moved to New York City when I was 18 and started playing music. I got a huge heroin habit and ended up strung out on the streets until I was in my early twenties. I started playing again and got away from drugs and never went back, and then I got into the New York blues scene of the early '90s, and here I am today.'


    Universal Breakdown Blues is a monumental blues album fueled by the veteran Popa Chubby.

    1. I Don't Want Nobody
    2. I Ain't Giving Up
    3. Universal Breakdown Blues
    4. The Peoples Blues
    5. Rock Me Baby
    6. 69 Dollars
    7. Over The Rainbow
    8. I Need A Lil' Mojo
    9. Danger Man
    10. Goin' Back To Amsterdam (Reefer Smokin' Man)
    11. The Finger Bangin' Boogie
    12. Mind Bender
    Popa Chubby
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  • The Guardian The Guardian Quick View

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    The Guardian

    Little Howlin' Wolf is a street musician, bluesman, actor, storyteller and truth seeker. He is also a true outsider, whose wrenching soulfulness and fire-brained intensity have been captured in a breadcrumb trail of confounding and intentionally obscure self-released records. In the late 1960s Wolf -- born James Pobiega in 1950 -- was already a saxophone wailing fixture at the legendary Chicago hangout, Maxwell Street Market. By the mid-1980s he released nearly three dozen 45s. Those singles are sprawling journeys into Wolf's world vision, as told through his gravelly voice and an array of instruments in styles and influences not limited to: American Indian, Polish and gypsy folk musics, Voodoo, vocal chants, blues, calypso and avant jazz. Often, it's all filtered through overdubbed abstraction. Wolf issued two LPs collecting some of those singles -- The Guardian (1982) and Cool Truth (1985) -- both now reissued by Family Vineyard. The Guardian is a baffling, hyper-creative statement recorded between 1976 and 1982. It's also vastly sincere and some of Wolf's most accessible and deeply emotional songs, yet it orbits a universe known only by the likes of Captain Beefheart or Albert Ayler. This reissue features replicated LP jackets, with Wolf's original transcendent liner notes, and labels bearing the Solidarity Solidarnosc Records name; never before seen photos; and new essay by ethnomusicologist Ian Nagoski.
    1. The Guardian
    2. Pain in My Heart
    3. As I Cry
    4. Get Down
    5. Little Harlem Canto
    6. Wolf Walked In
    7. Ride in Your Car
    8. Blue Eyed Sou
    9. Main Fireworks Man on the South Side of Town
    10. Dog on Down
    11. Al Calle Lobo
    Little Howlin' Wolf
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  • The Sacrament Of Sin (Pre-Order) The Sacrament Of Sin (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    The Sacrament Of Sin (Pre-Order)

    After spilling gallons of blood and fighting tirelessly, and only two albums with Napalm, Powerwolf shot straight to the pole position of the official German album charts (and another album made it into the top three!). After selling out venue after venue and thrilling bigger and bigger hordes of fans, the time is right for a new chapter: The Sacrament Of Sin which offers a dozen metal psalms forged for all eternity!


    Powerwolf entered Fascination Street Studios in Örebrö, Sweden starting in January 2018 to work on their seventh manifesto together with renowned producer Jens Bogren (Opeth, Arch Enemy, Amon Amarth). The result is brimming with the Germans` trademark sound, and yet the band have recorded their boldest and most adventurous album to date! 'Where the wild wolves have gone' even marks the first ballad in Powerwolf history - whereas 'Nightside of Siberia' does the exact opposite and turns out to be one of the heaviest tunes the fivepiece have ever written. 'Incense And Iron' simply MUST be part of every future setlist with its folky nature and anthemic catchiness; and epic single 'Fire & Forgive' brilliantly melts infectious melodies into timeless, heavy shredding.


    The Sacrament Of Sin overwhelms both with sophisticated songwriting and sheer aggression - and proves once more why Powerwolf are the one and only true high priests of heavy metal!!!

    1. Fire & Forgive
    2. Demons Are A Girl's Best Friend
    3. Killers With The Cross
    4. Incense & Iron

    5. Where The Wild Wolves Have Gone
    6. Stossgebet
    7. Nightside Of Siberia
    8. The Sacrament Of Sin
    9. Venom Of Venus
    10. Nighttime Rebel

    11. Fist By Fist (Sacralize Or Strike)
    Powerwolf
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  • Scratch My Back...And I'll Scratch Yours Scratch My Back...And I'll Scratch Yours Quick View

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    Scratch My Back...And I'll Scratch Yours

    Import


    Gatefold sleeve


    Printed innersleeves


    Rather than make a traditional covers record, I thought it would be much more fun to create a new type of project in which artists communicated with each other and swapped a song for a song, i.e. you do one of mine and I'll do one of yours, hence the title - Scratch My Back - And I'll Scratch Yours. Peter Gabriel


    Scratch My Back And I'll Scratch Yours is a series of song exchanges in which Gabriel and other leading artists reinterpret each other's songs. The first half of this double album, titled Scratch My Back, was originally released in 2010. Gabriel covers work by seasoned superstars like David Bowie, Paul Simon and Lou Reed, but he also took on marvelous interpretations of work by younger acts like Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and Radiohead. In 2013, most of these artists returned the favour on And I'll Scratch Yours.


    The reciprocating artists opted for differing approaches to Peter's songs. A few chose to radically reinterpret the original material, in the process leaving it barely recognisable - Lou Reed's snarling Solsbury Hill or the frighteningly futuristic version of Mother Of Violence by Brian Eno, co-writer of David Bowie's Heroes covered by Gabriel on Scratch My Back. Other contributors include Arcade Fire (Games Without Frontiers), Elbow (Mercy Street) and Regina Spektor (Blood Of Eden).

    LP1
    1. Heroes (David Bowie)

    2. The Boy In The Bubble (Paul Simon)
    3. Mirrorball (Elbow)
    4. Flume (Bon Iver)
    5. Listening Wind (Talking Heads)
    6. The Power Of The Heart (Lou Reed)
    7. My Body Is A Cage (Arcade Fire)
    8. The Book Of Love (The Magnetic Fields)
    9. I Think It's Going To Rain Today (Randy Newman)
    10. Apres Moi (Regina Spektor)
    11. Philadelphia (Neil Young)
    12. Street Spirit (Radiohead)


    LP2
    1. David Byrne - I Don't Remember
    2. Bon Iver - Come Talk To Me
    3. Regina Spektor - Blood Of Eden
    4. Stephin Merritt - Not One Of Us
    5. Joseph Arthur - Shock The Monkey
    6. Randy Newman - Big Time
    7. Arcade Fire - Games Without Frontiers
    8. Elbow - Mercy Street
    9. Brian Eno - Mother Of Violence
    10. Feist - Timber Timbre - Don't Give Up
    11. Lou Reed - Solsbury Hill
    12. Paul Simon - Biko

    Peter Gabriel
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    Live At Dark Lord Day 2011 (Discontinued)

    Recorded live at the infamous Dark Lord Day Festival at Three Floyds Brewing (one of the best breweries in the world) in Munster, Indiana. 700 on limited pink vinyl with gatefold & poster. Christened by PUNKnews as Born Against covering Black Sabbath, Sweet Cobra is the sound of friends scuffing up their hardcore roots with classic rock grit and classic metal fury. Parallels can be drawn to Torche's rapturous hooks, High On fire's hellbound riffing, and Young Widow's stomping rhythms, but Sweet Cobra has always rocked with it's own unique voice, & anthemic songs that are equally pummeling and trance-inducing. Founded in Chicago in 2002, Sweet Cobra has toured with Russian Circles, Pelican, Black Cobra, and Young Widows. Split label release with Hawthorne Street/Three Floyds Brewing.
    1. Complaints
    2. Leviathan
    3. Bottom Feeder
    Sweet Cobra
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    Pop Crimes

    Rowland S. Howard started playing in teenage bands in late
    70s Melbourne. Whilst still a callow youth he wrote "Shivers," an
    undisputed classic, (quietly ignoring the fact that Rowland perhaps
    doesn't see it that way and approaches the song as if it was written
    by someone else). The song was recorded by his band The Boys Next
    Door who mutated into the Birthday Party and then relocated to
    Europe to wage a guerrilla campaign against the trivialities of the
    80s, until they turned their fire upon themselves and disintegrated
    mid-decade.


    Whilst his former associates have moved on to weekend colour
    supplement acceptability, Rowland has commonly been perceived
    as the banished wastrel prince... exiled to a squalid garret on the
    colder edges of the kingdom, accompanied only by his dreams and
    inclinations. His demeanour (pale, gaunt, stick thin, sickly, dark
    humoured, fatalistic) has perhaps inadvertently added far too much
    credence to this interpretation of events. The shadow of this myth
    has seemingly obscured the sheer volume of his creativity and the
    singularity of his musical vision.


    Always respected by his peers, a scan through Rowland's
    catalogue of work sees him allied with the likes of Lydia Lunch,
    Thurston Moore, Wim Wenders, Barry Adamson, The Gun Club, Nikki
    Sudden, the Beasts Of Bourbon, the Hungry Ghosts and HTRK.
    Rowland's own ensemble These Immortal Souls gun their engines
    in the ill-lit background and the legacy of his work with The Birthday
    Party scores the skin of successive generations of musicians and
    fans.


    But it's a history Rowland would gleefully put a match to. With or
    without it Rowland S. Howard would make tense, beautiful music,
    would deliver us his personal vision of the world, would create Pop
    Crimes.


    Long-time faithful friends Mick Harvey (who played with Rowland
    for over 30 years), JP Shilo (Hungry Ghosts) and producer Lindsay
    Gravina make for a formidable backline. Out front the guitar playing
    couldn't be any one else but Rowland S Howard and his weary,
    almost journalistic vocal delivery dispassionately sits amidst the
    sweaty panic of the music, adding to the ill ease.


    The band lurch in to Pop Crimes as if dragging a rain soaked body
    across a muddy field. The ghosts of Lee Hazlewood, Snatch, Sergio
    Leone, The Shangri-Las and nameless guys from a never known chain
    gang watch on. Within the first few breaths Rowland references
    Stalin, Calvary and genocide, whilst razoring guitar lines the current
    crop of post-punk revisionists could only fantasize about.


    "Shut Me Down" is Rowland at his most romantic, though
    inevitably it's shot through with loss and longing. If only Dusty
    Springfield were alive to revel in its drama. Talk Talk's 'Life's What
    You Make It' is re-imagined as if it had risen from the grind of a
    Detroit auto plant's assembly line. '(I Know) A Girl Called Johnny'
    sees Jonnine D from HTRK sidle up to the microphone for a duet
    that will melt even the coldest of hearts. It's a glorious missing link
    between the New York girl group sound and the street smarts of
    Suicide. Townes Van Zandt's "Nothin" is given a chilling tenement
    building transformation. "Wayward Man" has the band wailing like
    alarm sirens before Rowland emerges at his most contemplative
    with the gorgeous, fragile build of "Ave Maria." Final track "The
    Golden Age Of Bloodshed" takes the album out on a swaggering,
    swashbuckling epic, with salvation slipping through the narrator's
    fingers.

    1. (I Know) A Girl Called Jonny
    2. Shut Me Down
    3. Life's What You Make It
    4. Pop Crimes
    5. Nothin '
    6. Wayward Man
    7. Ave Maria
    8. The Golden Age Of Bloodshed
    Rowland S. Howard
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    What It Is To Burn - X Live

    Formed in Temecula, CA
    in 1999, the quintet of Nate
    Barcalow, Alex Linares, Randy
    Strohmeyer, Alex Pappas
    and Derrek Doherty known
    as Finch, are labeled as the
    fore-fathers of the "screamo"
    and post hardcore genre. Influenced by the hard leanings
    of bands like Deftones and
    Hum, and the pop sensibilities of Jimmy Eat World and
    Blink-182, Finch began a sonic
    revolution in popular music
    that still echoes today.


    The band signed to Drive-Thru
    Records in 2001 after guitarist Strohmeyer sent out a demo to owners Richard and Stephanie Reines while he was working on the label's street team.
    Drive-Thru saw something in the Southern California band and decided
    to take a risk on a sound that was more aggressive than their current range
    of artists. Their first EP, Falling into Place sold more than 6,000 copies
    within the first few months and gave them the momentum they needed to
    create their groundbreaking first album What It Is To Burn. Recorded in
    the winter of 2001, What It Is To Burn was released the following spring.
    The album produced three radio hits, charted Number 1 on the Billboard
    Heatseekers chart and 188 on the Billboard 200.


    They spent years touring in support of What It Is To Burn, sharing
    the stage with the likes of Glassjaw, The Starting Line, Yellowcard, and
    Blink-182, among others. In 2005, they decided it was time for a follow up,
    and went in a more artsy direction with Say Hello To Sunshine. Drummer
    Alex Pappas left the band and was replaced by Marc Allen. After years of
    heavy touring, the band went on a short hiatus, rejoining one another in
    2007 with new bassist Daniel Wonacott to record their self-titled EP. Critics
    hailed the EP as a return to glory while still adding to their old sound.
    Finch would tour off the release for a few years until deciding on another
    break in 2009.


    In 2013, Finch reunited to its nearly original lineup and announced that
    they would embark on the What It Is To Burn Ten Year Anniversary
    tour. The group performed the full-length in its entirety with a few extra
    bonuses for fans along the way. One concert in particular in Pomona, CA
    was filmed and recorded and will be released via Tragic Hero Records. With no bad blood and everything firing on all fronts, it's hard to
    tell what will come next for Finch, but one thing remains certain: all eyes
    are watching to find out.

    1. New Beginnings
    2. Letters To You
    3. Post Script
    4. Grey Matter
    5. Perfection Through Silence
    6. Awake
    7. Without You Here
    8. Stay With Me
    9. Project Mayhem
    10. Untitled
    11. Three Simple Words
    12. Ender
    13. Worms Of The Earth ** Previously Unreleased
    14. New kid ** Previously Unreleased
    15. What It Is To Burn

    Finch
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    There's A Riot Going On

    There's a riot going on. You don't need me, or Yo
    La Tengo, to tell you that. These are dark times, in our
    heads as much as in the streets. It's easy to lose contact
    with the ground. Confusion and anxiety intrude
    into daily life and cause you to lose your compass.
    There are times that call for anthems, something to lift
    you out of your slump and put fire in your feet. And
    sometimes what is needed is a balm, a sound that will
    wrap around you and work out the knots in your neck.


    For Yo La Tengo, this is a slow-motion action
    painting. Ira Kaplan, Georgia Hubley, and James
    McNew did it all themselves, in their rehearsal studio,
    with no engineer and no complicated equipment
    (John McEntire later assisted in mixing). They did not
    rehearse together beforehand; they turned on the recorder
    and let things coalesce. Songs came together
    over long stretches, sometimes as much as a year going
    by between parts. You'd never guess this, since
    the layers are joined with such a liquid brush. You'd
    imagine most of the songs had sprung forth whole,
    since they will enter your head that way. Within two
    listens you will be powerless to resist the magnetic
    draw of "Shades of Blue," will involuntarily hear "She
    May, She Might" on your internal jukebox first thing in
    the morning and "Let's Do It Wrong" late at night.


    While there's a riot going on, Yo La Tengo will
    remind you what it's like to dream. The sound burbles
    and washes and flows and billows. If records were
    dedicated to the cardinal elements, this one would be
    water. There are shimmery hazes, spectral rumbles, a
    flash of backward masking. You are there. And even if
    your mind is not unclouded--shaken, misdirected, out
    of words and out of time--you can still float, ride the
    waves of an ocean deeper than your worries, above
    the sound and above the Sound.

    LP 1
    1. You Are Here
    2. Shades of Blue
    3. She May, She Might
    4. For You Too
    5. Ashes
    6. Polynesia #1
    7. Dream Dream Away


    LP 2
    1. Shortwave
    2. Above the Sound
    3. Let's Do It Wrong
    4. What Chance Have I Got
    5. Esportes Casual
    6. Forever
    7. Out of the Pool
    8. Here You Are

    Yo La Tengo
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    Neck Of The Woods

    Neck of the Woods, the third album from Los Angeles, CA fuzz-rockers Silversun Pickups, started with a chance meeting when the band stumbled across Grammy-winning producer Jacknife Lee (R.E.M., U2, Weezer) while recording guest vocals for a Snow Patrol track. But band frontman Brian Aubert is quick to point out that, in fact, pretty much everything about the album from producer to studio location right down to its found-photo album art, has been serendipitous. It's bizarre, the affable singer/guitarist explains. We can't take credit for any of it. It just accidentally happened.


    For one example of a happy accident, Aubert was surprised to discover Lee's home studio was smack in the middle of the Topanga Canyon woods, minutes from where the singer grew up. I hadn't been back in years, he recalls. I thought it would be fun to walk down my old street. It was like playing with fire a little bit. So much came back that I had forgotten about and it was a really emotional experience. I just realized this place and the feelings I had are still ingrained in me.


    Aubert says the songs sound like a horror movie, all of them beginning to percolate while he was country-hopping and people-watching during a European vacation. (2009's) Swoon was more about what I was feeling at that particular time, he says, whereas with this one, I wanted to see what built me. It was learning why I am the way I am.

    1. Skin Graph
    2. Make Believe
    3. Bloody Mary (nerve endings)
    4. Busy Bees
    5. Here We Are (chancer)
    6. Mean Spirits
    7. Simmer
    8. The Pit
    9. Dots and Dashes (enough already)
    10. Gun-shy Sunshine
    11. Out of Breath
    Silversun Pickups
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    Old World Underground, Where Are You Now?

    They say there's no time like the present; what they really mean is there's no such thing as the present. Five seconds into the future will be five seconds in the past once you finish reading this sentence. Translated into rock 'n' roll, terms, it means you're either ahead of your time or past your prime. And we're cool with that. We like categories and demographics and timelines because they allow us not to think; everything can be explained with the check of a box or a dot on a graph. But Metric don't let you off that easy. Their measures are decidedly cubist: eternal, multilayered portraits of instantaneous moments, the luminous blur of street life rendered as a freeze-tableaux, daily rituals portrayed in a fantastical light. This is music born out of sly, considered observation instead of gratuitous introspection - which makes it refreshingly anomalous in an era when so much popular music fudges the line between self-absorption and self-parody. Their debut album, OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? launched Metric's career and helped to usher in a wave (or New Wave) of Canadian indie bands such as Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire. They have since gone on to sell over a million singles and 500,000 albums worldwide.Finally available on vinyl, the album sounds as urgent and timeless today as it did in 2003 and like all of Metric's music to date, OLD WORLD UNDERGROUND, WHERE ARE YOU NOW? isn't so much a summation of influences as experiences. The old world underground they so romanticize; they're not sure if it ever truly existed.
    1. IOU
    2. Hustle Rose
    3. Succexy
    4. Combat Baby
    5. Calculation Theme
    6. Wet Blanket
    7. On a Slow Night
    8. The List
    9. Dead Disco
    10. Love Is a Place
    Metric
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    Deep Trout - 25th Anniversary Edition

    Import


    To celebrate 25 years as a solo artist, Provogue Records is releasing 10 original albums from Walter Trout on vinyl.


    The 25th Anniversary Series is very limited high quality vinyl releases of some of the best Walter Trout catalogue released in special packaging. Each release is very limited to only 2,000 copies worldwide and produced on high quality 180g vinyl and a maximum of 20 minutes per side. These are a must for Walter's fans and collectors of vinyl alike. Most have never been available on vinyl. Once they are gone, they are gone! They will be released regularly throughout 2014 as part of a campaign honoring this special anniversary milestone year.


    The albums getting this special treatment are No More Fish Jokes, Transition, Prisoner Of A Dream, Deep Trout, Face The Music Live, Positively Beal Street, Breakin' The Rules, Life In The Jungle, The Outsider and Unspoiled by Progress.


    With five decades as a guitarist and songwriter under his belt including being a member of Canned Heat and John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, 1989 was the year he stepped into the spotlight and has gone on to release 22 solo albums in the last 25 years. Still constantly touring, gathering new fans and respected as one of the world's finest rock/blues guitarist there is no stopping Walter as he prepares for a busy year ahead. This will include a brand new album, more live shows and his official biography. Currently being written by Henry Yates and will lift the lid on Walter's hell raising life on the road, and guaranteed to be a page turner of epic proportions.


    A lesser artist might rest on such laurels. As Walter Trout powers into his quarter decade as a solo star, there's no whiff of the ennui or creative autopilot that hobbles the later output of most veterans. On the contrary, there's a sense of growing momentum, perhaps even of a little surprise. "It's hard to believe I'm still alive, to be honest," he smiles. "I should have been dead by 30, with the life I was leading. But I still have a career, and at 62, I'm still climbing the ladder, which keeps it exciting, instead of trying to rekindle past glories. I feel like I play with more fire than when I was 25. I'm still reaching, y'know ?"

    LP1
    1. Put It Right Back
    2. The Love That We Once Knew
    3. How Much Do You Want
    4. Sweet As A Flower
    5. Victor The Cajun
    6. Kill The Monkey
    7. Earrings On The Table
    8. Fast Moving Traffic
    9. Motivation Of Love


    LP2
    1. Love In Vain
    2. If You Just Try
    3. Tribute To Muddy Waters
    4. Life In The Jungle (Acoustic)
    5. Big Chain
    6. So Sad To Be Lonely

    Walter Trout
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    The Basement Tapes

    Ranked 291/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Recorded in Basement of Big Pink with The Band: Modern Americana Starts Here


    Audiophile Sound at Last: Sonic Subtleties, Loose Interplay, Organic Spirit, Warm Textures Presented Like Never Before on Definitive Mobile Fidelity Reissue


    Dylan at His Most Humorous, Unguarded, Loose: Folk Tales, Weird Narratives, Rock Ballads, Inside Jokes, Allusions Pepper Alchemic Material


    Includes This Wheels on Fire, You Aint Goin Nowhere, Tears of Rage, Million Dollar Bash, Yazoo Street Scandal


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


    Basements have long been associated with raw, off-the-cuff rock n roll, the damp and dark spaces serving as the woodshedding venues for countless bands. Yet no basement is more famous, and none yielded music as familiarly weird, wholesomely American, joyously loose, and identifiably humorous as that in the upstate New York house dubbed Big Pink the location where, during the summer and early fall of 1967, Bob Dylan and The Band played a vivid tapestry of covers, originals, and traditionals that signaled the advent of Americana. Once again, the Bard changed the world.


    As part of its Bob Dylan catalog restoration series, Mobile Fidelity is thoroughly humbled to have the privilege of mastering the iconic LP from the original master tapes and pressing it on dead-quiet LPs at RTI. The end result is the very finest, most transparent analog edition of The Basement Tapes ever produced and the first-ever analog reissue. Inimitable, the particulars of The Basement Tapes especially, the gather-round-in-a-huddle assembly of the instrumentalists, home-made character, domestic vibe, and low-volume nature of the recordings come to fore here in a manner that takes the listener down the stairs at 2188 Stoll Road and brings the images of Dylan, Rick Danko, Robbie Robertson, and Co. to life.


    Fresh off experiencing a motorcycle accident and the wrath of audiences hostile to his embrace of amplified music, Dylan elected to retreat to the comforts of rural and family life. He soon began collaborating with members of the Band in his house, ultimately moving the sessions to Big Pink. Informal, peaceful, relaxed, open-minded: The collaborations blanket country stomps, roots hootenannies, forgotten spirituals, earthy originals, chaotic marches, dreamscapes, dance tunes, folk laments, catch-as-you-can improvisations. On The Basement Tapes, mythical ghosts and dead legends reappear, reveling in the absurdity, comedy, mystery, aura, and alchemy.


    In Invisible Republic, his scintillating book about the sessions, cultural critic Greil Marcus states: At a time when the country was tearing itself apart in a war at home over a war abroad, the music was funny and comforting; it was also strange, and somehow incomplete. Out of some odd displacement of art and time, the music seemed both transparent and inexplicable when it was first heard, and it still does. Indeed, The Basement Tapes appear to emanate from an indefinable chasm between modern and ancient, self-evident and mysterious, shapeless and fully formed, abstract and concrete, histories unwritten and chronicled. But every note chimes with freenessa liberating fun, humble simplicity, and bond-creating camaraderie felt in every hoot, holler, laugh, and false start.


    The Basement Tapes capacity to remain so gloriously honest and timeless performances that genuinely could've been made today, ten years from now, or back in the 1930's helps account for their emotional resonance and unsurpassed reputation as a snapshot of how unencumbered American music, and art with deep historical roots and connective cultural tissues, is supposed to sound.


    Mobile Fidelity's reissue squares away the late-night bleariness, jovial atmosphere, low-ceiling dimensions, and ensemble-based perspective of the sessions, allowing the listener to become Hamlet, the dog who slept nearby Dylan, Robertson, and Co. as it all went down. This is not to be missed.


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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Odds and Ends
    2. Orange Juice Blues (Blues for Breakfast)
    3. Million Dollar Bash
    4. Yazoo Street Scandal
    5. Goin to Acapulco
    6. Katies Been Gone
    7. Lo and Behold
    8. Bessie Smith
    9. Clothes Line Saga
    10. Apple Suckling Tree
    11. Please Mrs. Henry
    12. Tears of Rage
    13. Too Much of Nothing
    14. Yea! Heavy and a Bottle of Bread
    15. Aint No More Cane
    16. Crash on the Levee (Down in the Flood)
    17. Ruben Remus
    18. Tiny Montgomery
    19. You Aint Goin Nowhere
    20. Dont Ya Tell Henry
    21. Nothing Was Delivered
    22. Open the Door, Homer
    23. Long Distance Operator
    24. This Wheels on Fire
    Bob Dylan and the Band
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