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Strictly Business is the debut album by golden age hip-hop duo EPMD. It was originally released on June 21, 1988, by Fresh/Sleeping Bag Records around the world and BCM Records in Germany. It peaked at No. 80 on the Billboard 200 soon after release, yet it earned an RIAA gold album certification within four months of its release.1. Strictly Business
2. Because I'm Housin'
3. So Let The Funk Flow
4. You Gots To Chill
5. It's My Thing
6. You're A Customer
7. The Steve Martin
8. Get Off The Bandwagon
9. D.J. K La Boss
10. Jane$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Unfinished Business is the second album from Hip Hop duo EPMD. Originally released August 1, 1989, the album built upon the success of the group's previous album Strictly Business, which was released the previous year. In 1998 the album was selected as one of The Source's 100 Best Rap Albums and, in 2005, was ranked #7 on comedian Chris Rock's Top 25 Hip-Hop Albums of all-time list for Rolling Stone magazine. It was the second album from the group to hit #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.1. So Wat Cha Sayin'
2. Total Kaos
3. Get The Bozack
4. Jane II
5. Please Listen To My Demo
6. It's Time 2 Party
7. Who's Booty
8. The Big Payback
9. Strictly Snappin' Necks
10. Knick Knack Patty Wack
11. You Had Too Much To Drink
12. It Wasn't Me, It Was The Fame$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Homegoings And Transitions / Shadowline
Limited To 1500 Copies Worldwide
Reverse Etching On Side B
Fast on the heels of their epic new full-length album 'Oblation', Miami rock juggernaut FLOOR brings us the limited edition Homegoings and Transitions 12. Strictly limited to 1500 copies worldwide, the 12 features Homegoings and Transitions and Shadowline on the A side and is backed with a neat reverse etching. This is the only place Shadowline appears on vinyl. This 12' will be pressed only once, and when it is gone it will be gone forever.1. Homegoings and Transitions
2. Shadowline$9.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Feelin' The SpiritThe finest collection of Jimmy Witherspoon's gospel songs, Feelin' the Spirit is an essential addition to any Witherspoon collection. Throughout his career, Witherspoon recorded numerous gospel songs, frequently recording two or three songs for his albums. This set, collecting many of his finest early performances, is frequently revelatory. Witherspoon's voice and style are so distinctive that they make these songs seem new, even on standards such as Amazing Grace and Rock of Ages. Never strictly a gospel artist, all of these recordings show sincerity and, more importantly, depth, both musically and spiritually.
Thomas Ward (All Music Guide)1. Every Time I Feel the Spirit
2. Deep River
3. I Couldn't Hear Nobody Pray
4. Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child
5. Nobody Knows the Trouble I've Seen
6. I Want to Be Ready
7. Steal Away to Jesus
8. Oh Mary, Don't You Weep
9. Go Down Moses
10. The Time Has Come$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
New York Dolls: Live From Royal Festival Hall, 2004!Import
Limited Edition Of 1,500 Numbered 180 Gram Pink Copies, Black Vinyl Thereafter
Etched D Side
First Time On Vinyl
In 2004, Morrissey invited the legendary band to play a very special show at the Meltdown Festival in London at Royal Festival Hall. Simply put, the results were fantastic and found the Dolls playing better than ever after 30 years.
This is Rock & Roll history. David is in top form as is the rest of the band.
Arthur Kane sadly passed away just a month after this show. To all you Dolls fans out there, this is a must have.
This first time on vinyl release has a beautiful etched D-side and the first 1500 numbered copies are pressed on pink vinyl and strictly limited.LP 1
1. Looking For A Kiss
2. Puss N' Boots
3. Subway Train
4. Bad Girl
5. You Can't Put Your Arms Around A Memory/lonely Planet Boy
6. Private World
7. Vietnamese Baby
1. Jet Boy
2. Personality Crisis
3. Human Being$45.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
A Day Dark With Night / TMA-3A special, limited edition split 12 between long time friends, and stalwarts in the new wave of American metal, Junius and Rosetta, has been announced for release courtesy of The Mylene Sheath. Discussed between both bands for years, this collaboration is finally seeing the light of day and finds Junius contributing new song A Day Dark With Night (clocking in at around eight minutes), and Rosetta unleashing TMA-3 (which runs just under ten minutes).
Artwork direction, design and layout for the new release was handled by Mike Wohlberg at the Fat Kid! Illustration (The Dillinger Escape Plan, Pelican, Tombs) and will be strictly limited to 1,000 copies. Both tracks appear on one side of the LP, with an intricate laser etching on the other side. The jackets are printed on 20pt SBS board and packaging includes inserts containing lyrics and liner notes from each band. Each copy of the record will also come with a download card that includes codes for cover songs by each band.1. Junius - A Day Dark With Night
2. Rosetta - TMA-3$16.9912 Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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Highlights From The Fun House Sessions (On Sale)Pressed On 180g, Multi-Color Vinyl And Pressed At Record Industry
Each 2-LP Set Is Individually Numbered And Strictly Limited
Comes In A Gatefold Tip-On Stoughton Sleeve With Brand New Artwork
1970: The Complete Fun House Sessions was recorded at Elektra Sound Recorders in Los Angeles and compiled from all thirteen reels of multi-track tape that held every note and snippet of studio dialogue. Twelve reels of tape were used during the original sessions, with the thirteenth reel having the takes that would be used on the studio album.
This sprawling set which was originally aimed at the collector market would be challenging and cost prohibitive to reissue as a multi-disc vinyl box set. What is presented here is an attempt to assemble some of the best highlights from the Fun House Sessions on an officially-released 2LP set in high quality packaging with a sequence that hopefully proves to be an easier, and more casual listen.
Included are some terrific alternate versions of Down on the Street,Loose, Dirt, Funhouse, 1970 and others, pulled from session reels 1,4, 6, 7, 9 and 11 and originally recorded on May 11, 12, 15, 18, 21 and 25 of 1970. Also notable is the inclusion of the 17+ minute version of L.A. Blues,titled as Freak, which encompasses the entire fourth side of this set and is the prime example of what makes the Fun House Sessions both loved and feared.
This title is not eligible for further discount.LP 1
1. Studio Dialogue #23 (reel 6) - May 18, 1970
2. Down on the Street Take 6 (reel 6) - May 18, 1970
3. Loose Take 16 (reel 4) - May 15, 1970
4. T.V. Eye Take 5 (reel 7) - May 18, 1970
5. Dirt Take 5 (reel 11) - May 25, 1970
6. Studio Dialogue #3 (reel 1) - May 11, 1970
7. 1970 Take 3 (reel 1) - May 11, 1970
8. Fun House Take 3 (reel 9) - May 21, 1970
1. Studio Dialogue #7 (reel 2) - May 12, 1970
2. See That Cat (T.V. Eye) (reel 2) - May 12, 1970
3. 1970 Take 2 (reel 1) - May 11, 1970
4. Lost in the Future Take 3 (reel 3) - May 15, 1970
5. Slide (Slidin' The Blues) (reel 4) - May 15, 1970
6. Freak (L.A. Blues) Take 1 (reel 12) - May 25, 1970
7. See That Cat (T.V. Eye) (reel 2) - May 12, 1970
8. 1970 Take 2 (reel 1) - May 11, 1970$36.99 $29.99 Save $7.00 (19%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Chicken Skin Music
Give Yourself Goosebumps: Ry Cooder's Cross-Cultural Chicken Skin Music Mixes Hawaiian, Gospel, Conjunto, Folk, and Blues Styles into a Visionary Roots-Music Tapestry
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Natural-Sounding 180g Vinyl LP Features Defined Textures, Intricate Details, Ample Airiness
The title of Ry Cooder's Chicken Skin Music - Hawaiian slang for goosebumps - serves as a direct, simple description of the album's emotional appeal. But it barely scratches the surface of a 1976 effort that triggered an interest in world music a decade before the term became commonplace and a genre into and of itself. Part of a series of inimitable mid-1970s records on which Cooder ignored traditional boundaries and instigated lasting cross-cultural communication, Chicken Skin Music blends gospel, Hawaiian, folk, blues, and Tex-Mex styles into a brilliant roots stew distinguished with virtuosic playing and inspired contextual surprises.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, and strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g vinyl LP of Chicken Skin Music brings the brilliant instrumental textures and lively tonalities to the fore like no prior analog edition. Graced with silent, black backgrounds and generous soundstages, this reissue particularly underscores the depth of Flaco Jimenez's accordion contributions. You'll hear the air flowing through the reeds, pressure resonating from the bellows, and the wide-spanning timbres emanating from the register stops.
Equally transfixing are the lifelike manners in which the rich assortment of guitars come alive, with each note occupying its own space and portraying a character unique to the individual instrument, be it a slack-key, steel, or acoustic guitar. The result is a multi-detailed, organic-sounding musical tapestry that dazzles by way of beautiful interplay, unexpected dialogue, and connective eclecticism that proves music is indeed a common language when executed with a collaborative mindset, innovative exploration, and respectful authenticity - no easy feats, but achievements fully on display on Chicken Skin Music.
Jimenez, now a legend that's performed with everyone from the Rolling Stones to Dr. John, remains one of the keys to Cooder being able to successfully carry out what the latter deemed a mutuality in music vision. Cooder first heard conjunto accordion fare on a Mexican radio station in his car and proceeded to teach himself the instrument while committing himself to embracing the then-local, regionalized style for the set that became Chicken Skin Music. Jimenez graces three tracks, including a ravishing interpretation of Ben E. King's Stand by Me transformed into a spiritual grounded by a norteno structure and a romantic take on Jim Reeves' He'll Have to Go recast with a bolero rhythm and saxophone-accordion duet.
Chicken Skin Music isn't limited to South of the Border geography and tradition. Steel-guitarist and vocalist Gabby Pahinui and slack-key guitar great Atta Isaacs represent the 50th state on stripped-down renditions of Hank Snow's smash Yellow Roses and the wordless Chloe. Elsewhere, gospel singers team with Cooder on the Appalachian-tinted Always Lift Them Up, the midsection of which features the Hawaiian standard Kanaka Wai Wai.
Cooder bookends everything with a pair of Leadbelly numbers - The Bourgeois Blues and Goodnight Irene - chosen after the headliner witnessed Jimenez and his band perform at a local dance. Given their ordering on the album, techniques they employ, and themes, the songs also further tighten the thematic connection the headliner makes with the standout guests. In many ways, Chicken Skin Music is the equivalent of Buena Vista Social Club more than 20 years before the latter emerged. Experience it the way Cooder and company meant it to be heard - in unparalleled fidelity.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. The Bourgeois Blues
2. I Got Mine
3. Always Lift Him Up/Kanaka Wai Wai
4. He'll Have to Go
5. Smack Dab in the Middle
6. Stand by Me
7. Yellow Roses
9. Goodnight Irene$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rumor and Sigh (Awaiting Repress)
The Most Cohesive and Accessible Album of Richard Thompson's Career: Brilliantly Diverse, Savagely Witty Rumor and Sigh Includes All TIME 100 Song 1952 Vincent Black Lightning
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes, Pressed at RTI, and Strictly Limited to 3000 Numbered Copies: Rumor and Sigh on 180g Vinyl 2LP for the First Time, Features Dynamic Production
Richard Thompson manages all of his usual superhuman feats on Rumor and Sigh. Rippled, vibrant guitar lines that sound like they're coming from four guitars? Check. Lyrics that expose the delicate quirks of human behavior in witty, truthful manners? Here. Engaging vocals that arrive as if they are sung only to you, the words doubling as whispered thoughts in your own head? Yep. But Rumor and Sigh goes further by featuring astute, lively production and well-planned arrangements that turn the 1991 album into one of the - if not the - most cohesive and accessible efforts of Thompson's storied career. And now, courtesy of Mobile Fidelity, it's his best-sounding record.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed at RTI, strictly limited to 3000 numbered copies, and on 180g vinyl 2LP for the first time ever to provide needed groove space, Mobile Fidelity's analog edition breathes with an effervescent openness that makes the music emerge with a livelier sheen, standout dynamics, and unstoppable energy. The dead-quiet pressing makes it immediately evident Rumor and Sigh endures as a very special album - a cohesive, varied, and fun set spiked with some of Thompson's finest compositions and an exoticism that extends to the modest use of the hurdy-gurdy, mandolin, concertina, and crumhorn.
Casual fans will likely even recognize the Mitchell Froom-produced release includes the incomparable 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a motorcycle-based tale of desire, love, and death rightly recognized by TIME magazine as one of its All TIME 100 songs. It, and the other 13 tracks, takes on newfound radiance that showcases the brilliant range of Thompson's instrumentation and tone. You could plug in a guitar amplifier right next to you, connect a Fender, and strum. Yet you still wouldn't have the depth, intimacy, and detail afforded by this audiophile edition. It's that remarkable.
So is the diversity of the album's sonic signatures and themes. Opener Read About Love provides an electric-start jolt, its upbeat tempos, shimmering accents, and massive hooks framing Thompson's amusing story of an inexperienced introvert that applies pop-culture ideas of romance to the real thing. The master wordsmith finds similar ironies in the mischievous intent of I Feel So Good, a Celtic-flavored tune whose uplifting emotions contrast with the character's out-of-control desires. Humor further wriggles in the jaunty Psycho Street and spirited Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands, an enduring tribute to the Scottish accordionist and the pursuit of collecting rare 78 records.
The singer-songwriter's knack for accentuating biting contrast - and for delving into darker regions where jealousy, bitterness, and self-deprecation reside - pervades Rumor and Sigh in the same manner his band shades his every move with narrative skill. Just listen to the faint keyboard cues on I Misunderstood or Jim Keltner's crisp, hi-hat cracks on You Dream Too Much. Of course, everyone stands aside for the folk-leaning 1952 Vincent Black Lightning, a solo tour de force of musicianship and lyricism that confirms Rumor and Sigh survives not only as one of the finest records of the 1990s - but one of the best platters of the last three decades.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Read About Love
2. I Feel So Good
3. I Misunderstood
4. Grey Walls
5. You Dream Too Much
6. Why Must I Plead
7.1952 Vincent Black Lightning
8. Backlash Love Affair
9. Mystery Wind
10. Don't Sit on My Jimmy Shands
11. Keep Your Distance
12. Mother Knows Best
13. God Loves a Drunk
14. Psycho Street$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Best Of Atlantic Soul 1962-1965
The First Domestic Vinyl Collection Of His Groundbreaking Atlantic Recordings Released Since 1966
Each LP Is Individually Numbered And Strictly Limited Based On Pre Orders
180g, Black Vinyl Pressed At Record Industry Comes In A Single Sleeve UV-Gloss, Old School Tipon Stoughton Sleeve With Brand New Artwork
Solomon Burke helped to shape the sound of rhythm and blues as one of
the founding fathers of soul music. He had a litany of hit singles in the
1960s for Atlantic Records including "Cry to Me," "If You Need Me," "Down
in the Valley," and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," to name a few.
Atlantic Records' co-founder Jerry Wexler has referred to Burke as "the
greatest male soul singer of all time" and it was reported that he signed a
"handshake" deal with the label within ten minutes of originally entering
Wexler's office. His signing helped to reinvigorate the label, as stars Bobby
Darin and Ray Charles had just left.
Drawing inspiration from gospel, jazz, country and blues-Burke developed
his own unique style and was often called "The King of Rock 'n' Soul"
earning him a wide bi-racial audience. Due to his spiritual background he
refused to be classified as an R&B singer because of its labeled stigma
by the church. During his almost six decades of performing, he released
38 studio albums-selling at total 17 million-and had 35 charting singles
including 26 that made the Billboard R&B charts.
In 2001, he was inducted into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame as a performer
and has been ranked by Rolling Stone on their list of "100 Greatest
Singers of All Time." Burke is one of the most important male vocalists in
music history and has influenced legendary rockers such as the Rolling
Stones, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, the Animals and Tom Petty1. Just Out of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms)
2. Cry To Me
3. Down in the Valley
4. Looking For My Baby
5. Baby (I Wanna Be Loved)
6. I'm Hanging Up My Heart For You
7. Home In Your Heart
8. If You Need Me
10. Go On Back to Him
11. Got To Get You Off My Mind
12. Can't Nobody Love You
13. Goodbye Baby (Baby Goodbye)
14. Everybody Needs Somebody to Love$25.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Pretty In BlackImport
The second full-length album of Danish Fifties/Psych Pop duo The Raveonettes was released in 2005. On Pretty In Black, Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo abandoned the strict recording rules the band laid upon themselves on their preceding efforts (including limiting the amount of different chords in one song, keeping an entire album in one tuning - which was in fact B Flat Major for The Chain Gang Of Love) and keeping song running times under three minutes. Instead, the group further expand on their signature sound of Fifties inspired Rockabilly Noise Pop with the eerie feel of a thriller movie soundtrack.
Special appearances on this album are made by Maureen Tucker of Velvet Underground on drums, Martin Rev on drum machine and Ronnie Spector, also known as Veronica Bennett of the fabulous Ronettes on backup vocals.1. The Heavens
2. Seductress of Bums
3. Love in a Trashcan
5. Uncertain Times
6. My Boyfriend's Back
7. Here Comes Mary
8. Red Tan
10. Somewhere in Texas
11. You Say You Lie
12. Ode to L.A.
13. If I Was Young$38.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
MUSD-MFSL-478xJerry Garcia And David Grisman
A Natural, Acoustic Portrait of American Folk, Country, and Bluegrass Standards by Two Virtuosos: Jerry Garcia and David Grisman's Shady Grove Filled with Endearing Joy and Spirited Playing
Mastered from the Original Master Tapes and Strictly Limited to 3,000 Numbered Copies: Mobile Fidelity 180g 2LP Set Sounds Incredibly Realistic, Features Deluxe Booklet in Gatefold Jacket
Jerry Garcia began recording with longtime friend David Grisman at the beginning of the last decade of his life, the refreshing excursions marking a full-circle return to the roots fare the white-bearded virtuoso originally performed before co-founding the Grateful Dead. Garcia's dalliances with Grisman also served another equally important purpose given they provided a much-needed outlet from the demanding pressures, schedules, and business affairs associated with his main band. The endearing joy, contagious enthusiasm, and free-spirited playing on Shady Grove attest to the collection serving as not only the finest musical snapshot of Garcia's final years, but among the best of his storied career.
Mastered from the original master tapes, available on vinyl for the first time, and strictly limited to 3,000 numbered copies, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 2LP set presents the 1996 collection in exquisite sound. Originally recorded at Dawg Studios between August 1990 and June 1993, Shady Grove bowed as the first release of Grisman-Garcia collaborations in the wake of the iconic guitarist's August 1995 death - and remains, by way of its genre-specific organization, a passionate albeit naturally relaxed portrait of folk, country, and bluegrass standards that provide the foundation of American songbook. To experience it all in such brilliant fidelity is to pull up a chair at the sessions themselves and enjoy a transparent view into lasting tradition and instrumental virtuosity.
Entirely unplugged, the material emerges in three-dimensional detail on this very special audiophile pressing, the wooden tones and organic textures unfolding with wondrous openness, ease, and realism. Nothing is forced, brittle, or exaggerated. What you hear is on par with the acoustics you'd encounter at a world-class hall. Garcia and Grisman's clean, rustic picking on guitar, banjo, mandola, and mandolin harbors a rare intimacy mirrored by an equally uncommon chemistry evident by the seamless interplay.
These traits remain in tact even when the soul mates are occasionally joined by pals such as Jim Kerwin (acoustic bass) and Joe Craven (fiddle and percussion). Garcia's singing, replete with the slight, graceful, dignified shakiness that forever defined his deliveries, comes across with utmost purity and transparency. Emotions and eagerness pour over every note. At the end of several tracks, Garcia and company exchange remarks and laughter - all indicative of the camaraderie, looseness, and spirit that carries through each tune here.
Mobile Fidelity's audiophile edition of Shady Grove also features the kind of deluxe packaging only the best physical media can provide. Sixteen 12-inch x 12-inch pages bound to the gatefold jacket provide extraordinary insight into the songs, atmosphere, and history. Images of artifacts and telling photos serve as a visual guide. New Lost City Ramblers member John Cohen pens extensive liner notes that reveal the lasting importance and timelessness of the tunes herein. Among his observations:
Jerry and David's performances of these traditional folk songs and ballads reconnect us all - folk singers, Deadheads, university students, hillbillies, country and western musicians - with the America [poet Kenneth] Rexroth wrote about; that [Carl] Sandburg wrote about; that the cynicism of American wars and politics, culture wars and culture politics just couldn't destroy.
Indeed, the versions of barn-dance tunes (Shady Grove), jug-band standards (Stealin', also performed in the early days of the Grateful Dead), Delta ballads (Louis Collins), Civil War era fare (The Sweet Sunny South), and campfire songs (Down in the Valley) here astound with depth, soulfulness, and warmth. Deadheads will also find Garcia and Grisman putting a spin on two more tracks - Casey Jones and Jackaroo - long part of the iconic group's repertoire. In countless ways, Shady Grove is not to be missed, particularly on this unsurpassed pressing.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Shady Grove
3. Off to Sea Once More
4. The Sweet Sunny South
5. Louis Collins
6. Fair Ellender
8. The Ballad of Casey Jones
9. Dreadful Wind and Rain
10. I Truly Understand
11. The Handsome Cabin Boy
12. Whiskey in the Jar
13. Down in the Valley
14. Hesitation Blues$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
All Together (Discontinued)Following their first three records, endless shows and tours and the transition from five-to-four-to-three-to-two members, Pattern Is Movement turned themselves inside out and made the record we've all been waiting for: All Together.
Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward embody Pattern is Movement and the music that's been a long time building, rising out of the ether of evangelical childhoods, best friendship and life in Philadelphia. The two met at the ages of 13 and 14 as part of a Christian hip hop group. Raised in strict Pentecostal households and schools, both Andrew and Chris found refuge in their shared love of music and a friendship born out of secular escape turned into a creative collaboration. In high school, hand-me-down church sound equipment and a weekend obsession with making and recording music provided the means for what became Pattern is Movement.
All Together continues the mysterious narrative of the band and it exalts their existence as a two-man wall of sound. In the studio, a range of guest instruments embellish the core magic of Andrew's vocals and keys and Chris' drums. All Together embraces the band's experienced and obsessive recording techniques, yet it holds on to that unmistakable dynamism of their live performance.
Furthering the new album's lore is its song-by-song relationship to a series of old photographs. Found by Andrew's brother on the street in Philly, ten tiny early 20th century images formed Pattern is Movement's own set of oblique strategies. Each photo abstractly inspired a song and its final form on the record, with Andrew and Chris even referring to the pictures during tracking. The record's name also arose from the connotation of this found collection: though essentially disparate, weÊ¼re ultimately all together in our experience. This new vinyl LP version of All Together features unreleased content on a digital download of the album that comes with the LP.1. Bird
2. Peach Trees
3. Trolley Friend
4. Right Away
5. Sea Captain
6. Sound of Your Voice
7. Jenny Ono
9. Brown and Hard Curtains
10. Elephant$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
John Wesley HardingRanked 301/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
John Wesley Harding on Numbered Limited Edition 180 Gram 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Stripped-Back, Unobtrusive 1967 Album a Mellow Return to Dylan's Roots and Harbinger of Country Rock
Hear the Musical Cousin to Dylan and The Band's The Basement Tapes in Extraordinary Fidelity: Transparent 45RPM Edition Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's World-Renowned Mastering System
Includes Original Version of All Along the Watchtower
Leave it to Bob Dylan to follow three of the most pioneering electric-based albums in history by again deviating from the norm and straying from expectation. Hinting at a return to his folk roots and firmly pointing toward the field that became country rock, John Wesley Harding breathes with relief and freshness, the sound of an artist re-engaging with the past, forging a future, and stepping into new realms after recovering from an accident and unimaginable pressure.
Mastered on Mobile Fidelity's world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this restored 45RPM analog version presents the 1967 album with the finite details and impressionistic tones. Immediately notable for the slimmed-down instrumentation, brisk flow, and simple approach, the record continues to endure via a rustic, era-defying naturalism tied to the organic sounds and warm production swathing Dylan's acoustic guitar, mellow voice, breezy harmonica, and minor accompaniments. All of these traits translate with incredible realism and lifelike air on this reissue, which also brings out the low end of Charlie McCoy's bass with a previously unheard supple character. Wider grooves mean more information reaches your ears.
Recorded around the same time as the sessions that yielded The Basement Tapes, John Wesley Harding came together after just three studio sessions and approximately 12 hours of time. While many specifics are shrouded in mystery, a majority of songs are tied to Biblical figures, ominous matters, and morality themes. Making not just a clear sonic break from his most recent efforts, but a songwriting transformation as well, Dylan embraces a strict economy of scale, dropping beat-poetry techniques in favor of stanzas that waste no words and progress narratives at every turn. It's as if the Bard is saying that truth is spoken here. Few, if any artists, have captured the American myth and its population of immigrants, drifters, and outlaws with such convincing scope and parabolic sagacity.
Combined with the lyrical evolution and unabashed move towards country conventions, Dylan manages to turn popular music on its side, forging a subdued hybrid style no other peers had yet attempted. Arriving during a period of intense experimentalism and psychedelia, John Wesley Harding functions as a sigh of relief, a piano- and pedal steel-flavored set steeped in requisite simplicity in an environment that was increasingly marked by chaos and madness.
Climbing to number two on the Billboard charts and quickly tallying one million in sales, the pared-down work resonated with a public ensnared by its myriad charms. Then, of course, there's the utter brilliance of every one of the songs here, each seemingly occupying a timeless space that suggests they could've been made in 1967, 1937, or 2007. With "All Along the Watchtower," Dylan landed upon a tune that would soon become one of the most-covered and revered tracks in history. And yet it isn't even a standout on an album on which every note just belongs.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. John Wesley Harding
2. As I Went Out One Morning
3. I Dreamed I Saw St. Augustine
4. All Along the Watchtower
5. The Ballad of Frankie Lee and Judas Priest
6. Drifter's Escape
7. Dear Landlord
8. I Am a Lonesome Hobo
9. I Pity the Poor Immigrant
10. The Wicked Messenger
11. Down Along the Cove
12. I'll Be Your Baby Tonight$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45 RPM - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now