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Cuffed, Collared And Tagged (Awaiting Repress)One of the great characters in rock and soul music is Jerry Williams, better known as the eccentric, idiosyncratic, and always entertaining Swamp Dogg (no relation to Snoop Doggy Dogg). A Virginia native, Williams invented his own legend by claiming that he had little proper schooling, only to wake up one day and find himself a musical genius (his words). Actually, Williams is very talented, and an early association with Jerry Wexler and Phil Walden led to him working for a number of years as a producer, engineer, and occasional songwriter with Atlantic in the '60s. At decade's end, however, he decided that the time was right to unleash Swamp Dogg's singular view of the world on an unsuspecting public.
Although he spent years working in the industry, Dogg was simply not the standard-issue soul type. And that was good. Dogg continued to make records, albeit infrequently, after 1969, some good, a few great, and most all extremely difficult to find. With contemporary soul sounding increasingly mannered and sterile, Dogg's yelling, screaming, and general craziness is missed. Thankfully, he hasn't disappeared for good, although he only makes records when he feels like it. It would be wise to not count him out; just when you think this Dogg is down and out, he sneaks up and bites you. Originally released in 1972, Cuffed, Collared And Tagged is making a vinyl comeback via Fat Possum.
-AllMusic1. Sam Stone
3. Lady Madonna
4. You Say You Trust Your Mother
5. If It Hadn't Been for Sly
6. Your Last Dirty Trick
7. Knowing I'm Pleasing Me and You
8. In My Resume
9. Captain of Your Ship
10. Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Power Of PeaceLegacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, is pleased to announce the release of Power of Peace, a new studio album from Santana (Carlos Santana and Cindy Blackman Santana) and The Isley Brothers (Ronald and Ernie).
Recorded last year, Power of Peace is the fulfillment of a dream, a new musical studio collaboration connecting Santana and The Isleys on a mind-bending journey through some of the immortal soul, funk, blues, rock, jazz and pop songs that continue to inspire them.
About the Power of Peace, Carlos Santana observes, I feel a deep sense of gratitude, appreciation, and thankfulness. There is a spirit of creativity that came knocking and presented itself as a golden opportunity to do something with and for a supreme musician, who I consider to be the best in the world. Brother Ronnie Isley has been in the center of collective unity and harmony on the radio around the world since 1962 with 'Twist and Shout,' the song that the Beatles chose to invade America with. Like Michael Jackson, John Lennon, and Bob Marley, he's an iconic supreme of the highest order. Cindy and I feel very blessed to offer him this gift. From God, through us to you, for the world Mr. Ronnie Isley.
It was an absolute joy working on this album with Carlos!, exclaims Ronald Isley. I hope this record carries the spirit of hope, love, and peace to the world that it brought to me, my brother and Carlos!
Ernie Isley shares his brother's enthusiasm, saying, Doing this project with Carlos Santana was fun and illuminating. I hope all music lovers enjoy what we have done.
Led by the legendary Ronald Isley on lead vocals and the album's main producer/arranger Carlos Santana on lead guitar, rhythm guitar, percussion and background vocals, Power of Peace covers songs first made familiar by the Chambers Brothers (Are You Ready, Love, Peace, Happiness), Swamp Dogg (Total Destruction to Your Mind), Stevie Wonder (Higher Ground), Billie Holiday (God Bless the Child), Eddie Kendricks (Body Talk), Curtis Mayfield (Gypsy Woman), Muddy Waters/Willie Dixon (I Just Want to Make Love to You), Dionne Warwick/Jackie DeShannon (What the World Needs Now is Love Sweet Love), Marvin Gaye (Mercy Mercy Me - The Ecology), Leon Thomas (Let the Rain Fall on Me) and Sy Miller and Jill Jackson (Let There Be Peace on Earth).
Power of Peace premieres a new song, I Remember, written and sung by Cindy Blackman Santana. Cindy, who plays drums on the album, produced and arranged Higher Ground (along with her husband, Carlos). A family affair, Power of Peace features two Santanas--Carlos (guitar) and Cindy (drums)--and four Isleys: Ronald (vocals) and Ernie (rhythm guitar) and their respective spouses, Kandy Johnson Isley (Ron's wife, she sings background on God Bless the Child, Body Talk and Gypsy Woman) and Tracy Isley (Ernie's wife, she also sings background vocals on God Bless the Child).1. Are You Ready
2. Total Destruction To Your Mind
3. Higher Ground
4. God Bless The Child
5. I Remember
6. Body Talk
7. Gypsy Woman
8. I Just Want To Make Love To You
9. Love, Peace, Happiness
10. What The World Needs Now Is Love Sweet Love
11. Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
12. Let The Rain Fall On Me
13. Let There Be Peace On Earth$27.99150 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Gag A Maggot (Awaiting Repress)Back in Print Since 1973 on Green Vinyl
Another Southern Soul rarity re-released for the first time on vinyl since its original release in 1973! This album is so funky that it'll gag a maggott and drown a drop. Due to the fact that a maggott is the funkiest thing on earth; if this LP can make him gag which it already has, no telling what it'll do to your funny ass ... Swamp Dogg Swamp Dogg's Gag A Maggott was recorded in 1973 at TK in Miami with an all-star cast. The song Choking To Death (From The Ties That Bind) was recorded by Canned Heat in 1974. Thematically, this seems to be a fairly conventional soul LP -- great cover of In the Midnight Hour and lots of love and money in the lyrics. Granted, Wife Sitter is as nasty as Jody songs get, mostly because Dogg plays the cuckold, making Jody with such relish. And to call your sweeest love song I CouldnÍt Pay for What I Got Last Night, is to combine the two themes more intimately than most soul men consider necessary. Nor do most soul men drive so hard -- Ivan Olander's drums, Little Beaver's guitar, even the horns of the Swamp Dogg Band maintain a fierce momentum that's not conventional at all.1. Wife Sitter
2. Choking To Death (From the Ties That Bind)
3. I Couldn't Pay For What I Got Last Night
4. Mighty Mighty Dollar Bill
5. Midnight Hour
6. Please Let Me Kiss You Goodbye
7. T T
8. Why Must We Fall (When We Fall In Love)
9. Plastered to the Wall (Higher Than The Ceiling)$16.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The White Man Made Me Do ItThe White Man Made Me Do It" is Swamp Dogg's new album, and his first soul record in decades. Over the course of 14 songs, and with the help of a cast of veteran soul greats, the idiosyncratic performer re-captures the spirit of his 70's cult recordings. "The White Man Made Me Do It" mixes classic Southern soul grooves with pointed, poignant lyrics, reflecting upon race, love, and money. As usual Swamp demonstrates his savage sense of humor.1. The White Man Made Me Do It
2. Lying Lying Lying Woman
3. Hey Renae
4. You Send Me
5. Let Me Be Wrong
6. Your Cash Ain't Nothing But Trash
7. I'm So Happy
8. That's What Lonesome Is
9. Yeah Yeah Yeah
10. Can Anybody Tell Me Where Is Sly
11. Smokey Joe's Cafe
12. Light a Candle Ring a Bell
13. Prejudice Is Alive and Well
14. If That Aint the Blues... Nothing Is$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Cost Of LivingFor The Revelations, their latest offering, The Cost Of Living (Decision/Sony RED), is a labor of love years in the making. Since they first came on the scene in 2008 with their Deep Soul EP(Decision), Brooklyn, NY's The Revelations have represented a twenty-first-century take on classic soul-one which shows reverence for the masters, but with a uniquely modern sensibility-a sound The New York Times' Jon Pareles calls "revivalism without poses or quotation marks".
On The Cost Of Living, Rell Gaddis assumes the lead vocal duties previously provided by Tre Williams. This is by no means Rell's debut with The Revelations, however. Rell has been part of the group's writing team from their onset, and performed with the band for years, even contributing lead vocals to "It's Too Late" from their 2009 album The Bleeding Edge (Decision). Since being signed to Jay-Z's Roc-a-fella Records back in 1997, Rell has had a prolific singing and writing career, creating his own records, as well as penning and lending vocals to songs featuring artists Usher (Rell wrote Usher's #1 RnB Hit Here I Stand), Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, and many more.
This workman-like mentality is pervasive throughout the band as well. The Revelations feature Wes Mingus on guitar, Gintas Janusonis on drums, and newcomer Ben Zwerin on bass. Each accomplished performing and session musicians in their own right, The Revelations have combined to provide music for icons such as the Wu-Tang Clan and Lee "Scratch" Perry, as well as soul royalty Otis Clay, Willie Clayton, Benny Latimore, and Swamp Dogg.
The distinctive blues/rock/soul sound of The Cost Of Living was recorded at soul mecca Royal Studios in Memphis, TN, produced by Bob Perry with Lawrence "Boo" Mitchell, as well as The Revelations themselves. For this project, the band is joined by Stax and Hi Records session legends Bobby Manuel (guitar), Lester Snell (keyboards), and Charles Hodges (organ). Lyrically, The Cost Of Living weaves tales of perseverance despite hardship. From the opening track, "Mama", about a single mother scrounging to raise her children, to the jaded optimism of "It's Ok", the pragmatism of "Money Makes The World Go 'Round", and the heart-broken disillusionment of the soul classic "Got To Use My Imagination", The Revelations continue their tradition of presenting blues topics with soul music's urgency.
The Revelations' engaging and energetic live performances continue to win over audiences from Brooklyn to the Mississippi Delta to California and beyond, creating fans such as A-listers B.B. King, Bobby Womack and Stevie Wonder in the process. This is new, true soul music with a sharp, modern edge.
Rell Gaddis - Lead Vocals
Wes Mingus - Guitar and Vocals
Ben Zwerin - Bass
Gintas Janusonis - Drums, Percussion and Vocals
Bobby Manuel - Guitar
Charles Hodges - Organ
Lester Snell - Piano and Keyboards
Meah Pace & Halley Hiatt - Background Vocals
The Royal Horns
Produced by Bob Perry, Lawrence Boo Mitchell and The Revelations
Recorded at Royal Studios, Memphis TN
Mixed and Mastered by Arnold Mischkulnig1. Mama
2. Why When Love Is Gone
4. It's Okay
5. Money Makes The World Go 'Round
6. The Game of Love
7. This Time
8. Got To Use My Imagination$16.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Gimme Some Neck (Speakers Corner)'Gimme Some Neck' - words with a double meaning! Ron Wood's demand for a guitar and/or a bottle serves well to demonstrate both his lifestyle and his commitment to music. On the one side he is a rock'n'roll legend who played his way up the career ladder beginning with the Jeff Beck Group via The Faces to become a member of The Rolling Stones. On the other side we hear a man who was not adverse to the odd drink now and again, but who was a musician through and through, and whose slick hands conjured magical waves of sound on his slide guitar. This sound is brilliantly demonstrated in the opening number I Don't Worry No More, with its bluesy, earthy honky-tonk groove. It is followed by Breakin' My Heart, which gives us a glimpse of Wood's soul by means of sharp organ chords which come from a psychedelic abyss. Then he turns another corner to take us to the gentle, sensitive poetry of Delia with an unamplified guitar.
Woods presents Buried Alive and Come To Realize with powerful vocals and enough power for a stage performance, and then comes a previously unreleased song by Bob Dylan - Seven Days, in which he sounds more like Big D than D himself. But this is no cover version for Wood's personality is more than alive and kicking. Ron Wood remains Ron Wood - totally distinctive and quite inimitable.
- Ron Wood (guitar, vocal, harmonica)
- Bobby Keys (saxophone)
- Mick Jagger, Keith Richards (guitar, vocals)
- Dave Mason (guitar)
- Ian McLagan (keyboards)
- Swamp Dogg, Harry Phillips (piano)
- Mick Taylor (bass, guitar)
- Mick Fleetwood, Jim Keltner, Charlie Watts (drums)
Recording: January - March 1978 at Pathe Marconi Studios, Paris, and October - December 1978 at Cherokee Studios, Los Angeles
Production: Roy Thomas-Baker
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. Worry No More
2. Breakin My Heart
4. Buried Alive
5. Come To Realise
7. Seven Days
8. We All Get Old
9. F.U.C. Her
10. Lost And Lonely
11. Don't Worry$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now