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    Swing Easy

    Swing Easy! is Frank's second Capitol release and is a companion piece to the Songs For Young Lovers 10" (his
    first Capitol release). The two "albums" were later combined into one "2-fer" which is still active today (on CD). It features classic performances of well-known standards including "All Of Me," "Just One Of Those Things," "Get
    Happy" and more!
    1. Just One Of Those Things
    2. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter)
    3. Sunday
    4. Wrap Your Troubles In Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
    5. Taking A Chance On Love
    6. Jeepers Creepers
    7. Get Happy
    8. All Of Me
    Frank Sinatra
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  • Science From An Easy Chair Science From An Easy Chair Quick View

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    Science From An Easy Chair

    Florida's HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, punk, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all their own. "Their music has a great energy to it with infectious, sing-along choruses and refrains" remarked NPR's Robin Hilton. American Songwriter called HGWT's music "organic, infectious Americana Pop. Their music has a refreshing immediacy to it."


    Over the course of four acclaimed albums, hundreds of shows and copious populist-radio airplay, they've nurtured a tradition of inviting all manner of gifted musicians to join the fray. The group's inclusive nature allows it to flesh out tunes that run the gamut from foot-stomping front-porch spirituals and evocative Texas swing to strum-punk rave-ups, hill-country historicals and more.


    HGWT's music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial; multiple episodes of the PBS series Roadtrip Nation; and an episode of CBS's The Good Wife. Their albums have spent months on the CMJ Radio Top 200 chart. And their live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic.


    The band's highly anticipated, fifth album "Science from an Easy Chair" is slated for a spring release on THIS IS AMERICAN MUSIC. This full-length concept album is based entirely on British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his 1914 Antarctic expedition. The release commemorates the 100th anniversary of the epic journey.

    Have Gun, Will Travel
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  • Songs For Swingin' Lovers (Bonus Track) Songs For Swingin' Lovers (Bonus Track) Quick View

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    Songs For Swingin' Lovers (Bonus Track)

    Import


    Ranked 306/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Songs for Swingin' Lovers! is the tenth studio album recorded by the American singer Frank Sinatra for Capitol Records, it was arranged by Nelson Riddle and released in March 1956.


    It took an alternative tack after In the Wee Small Hours (1954), recording existing pop standards in a hipper, jazzier fashion, revealing an overall exuberance in the vein of Songs for Young Lovers and Swing Easy!. The original cover had Sinatra facing away from the young couple, but in 1957 Capitol altered the cover with a new image of Sinatra facing the couple.


    The album was the first ever number one album in the UK.

    1. You Make Me Feel So Young
    2. It Happened In Monterey
    3. You're Getting To Be A Habit With Me
    4. You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
    5. Too Marvelous For Words
    6. Old Devil Moon
    7. Pennies From Heaven
    8. Love Is Here To Stay
    9. I've Got You Under My Skin
    10. I Thought About You
    11. We'll Be Together Again
    12. Makin' Whoopie
    13. Swingin' Down The Lane
    14. Anything Goes
    15. How About You?
    16. Chicago*


    *Bonus Track

    Frank Sinatra
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    The Ivory Hunters

    When Bill Evans agreed to do a two piano date with Bob Brookmeyer, eyebrows surely must have raised. Pairing a rising superstar of modern jazz with a gentleman known for playing valve trombone and arranging charts might have been deemed by some as a daunting task. Fortunately for the keyboardists, this was a good idea and a marvelous concept, where the two could use the concept of counterpoint and improvisation to an enjoyable means, much like a great chess match. For the listener, you are easily able to hear the difference between ostensible leader Evans in the right channel of the stereo separation, and the accompanist Brookmeyer in the left. The opener Honeysuckle Rose gives a basic idea of what to expect, as Evans leads out, Brookmeyer counters his moves, and they trade riffs in an inventive bridge. The Way You Look Tonight is similar as Brookmeyer is more playful in his chiming chords and second melody line. The energy level is very good here, as well as on the democratic, funky contemporary intro to the easy swing of It Could Happen to You and I Got Rhythm, jam-packed with fun plus risk-taking. There's a different give and take during The Man I Love, and they turn the lamp down low on a delicate version of As Time Goes By as the pianists trade leads, and bassist Percy Heath adopts a more pronounced role. It is Heath and drummer Connie Kay, on loan from the Modern Jazz Quartet, who precisely and firmly cement rhythmic elements, allowing the pianists to use space, harmony, wit and wisdom to full effect. Some have called this an effort based more on gimmick and showmanship, but if you agree to listen closely, the depth and substance of Evans and Brookmeyer reveals a lot of soul, invention, and musicians simply having a real good time. It would be nice to hear any alternate takes from this marvelous date.

    -All Music Guide
    1. Honeysuckle Rose
    2. As Time Goes By
    3. The Way You Look Tonight
    4. It Could Happen to You
    5. The Man I Love
    6. I Got Rhythm
    Bill Evans
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  • Blues Walk Blues Walk Quick View

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    Blues Walk

    Blue Note Reissue



    As much as I'd love to relay all kinds of anecdotes about the challenges Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray encounter during the mastering sessions, I witness none. These boys know the sound of the facility and the Van Gelder masters like the backs of their handsBack home a month later, I unpack some test pressings Chad Kassem has sent meI hear the most realistic-sounding drums ever reproduced by my system. It's as though I'm sitting at the point of creation, experiencing the same high that brought such gifted musicians together as one. Steve Hoffman, Kevin Gray, Chad Kassem, and Don MacInnis have done Rudy Van Gelder and his Blue Note artists proud. Jason Victor Serinus, Stereophile, April 2008


    Lou Donaldson's undisputed masterpiece, Blues Walk, marks the point where the altoist began to decisively modify his heavy Charlie Parker influence and add a smoky, bluesy flavor of his own. The material is still firmly in the bebop style, and the mellower moments aren't as sleepy as some of Donaldson's subsequent work, so the album sounds vital and distinctive even as it slows down and loosens things up. What elevates Blues Walk to classic status is its inviting warmth. Donaldson's sweetly singing horn is melodic throughout the six selections, making even his most advanced ideas sound utterly good-natured and accessible. The easy-swinging title cut is arguably Donaldson's signature tune even above his late-'60s soul-jazz hits, and his other two originals, Play Ray and Callin' All Cats, are in largely the same vein.


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    Blues Walk
    Move
    The Masquerade Is Over
    Play Ray
    Autumn Nocturne
    Callin' All Cats
    Lou Donaldson
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  • We Three We Three Quick View

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    We Three

    We Three, recorded in a single session on November 14, 1958, was the first American studio date as a bandleader for the diminutive and legendary jazz drummer Roy Haynes, although with pianist Phineas Newborn on board (along with bassist Paul Chambers), it really is a set dominated by Newborn, whose busy, two-handed technique here works in tandem balance with Haynes' cool refinement. Newborn was all about amazing and dazzling piano runs that on some dates created simply too much flash and clutter to allow pieces to flow and breathe properly, but Haynes has always been about grace and flow throughout his career (if a drummer's style can said to be elegant, Haynes fits the bill), and here he rubs off on Newborn, who exercises just enough restraint to keep him in the proper orbit, resulting in a fine album. Highlights include the easy, pure swing of the opener, a version of Ray Bryant's Reflection, a wonderful and bluesy rendition of Avery Parrish's After Hours (which finds Newborn in perfect balance between explosive ornamentation and smooth functionality), and a jaunty, fun spin through Newborn's own Sugar Ray, a tribute to boxer Sugar Ray Robinson. This trio had a brief recording career together, but as this solid set shows, they made the best of it.


    - Steve Leggett (All Music Guide)

    1. Reflection
    2. Sugar Ray
    3. Solitaire
    4. After Hours
    5. Sneakin' Around
    6. Our Delight
    Haynes/Newborn/Chambers
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    Blue And Sentimental

    During the Blue Note 75th anniversary celebration the label released 100 essential Blue Note LPs and asked New York Times readers what titles they'd like to see make the list. This album is one of five new reissues that were hand-selected by Blue Note President, Don Was, based on New York Times reader recommendations.


    Ike Quebec's 1961-1962 comeback albums for Blue Note were all pretty rewarding, but Blue and Sentimental is his signature statement of the bunch, a superbly sensuous blend of lusty blues swagger and achingly romantic ballads. True, there's no shortage of that on Quebec's other Blue Note dates, but Blue and Sentimental is the most exquisitely perfected.


    Quebec was a master of mood and atmosphere, and the well-paced program here sustains his smoky, late-night magic with the greatest consistency of tone. Part of the reason is that Quebec's caressing tenor sound is given a sparer backing than usual, with no pianist among the quartet of guitarist Grant Green, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Philly Joe Jones. It's no surprise that Green solos with tremendous taste and elegance (the two also teamed up on Green's similarly excellent Born to Be Blue), and there are plenty of open spaces in the ensemble for Quebec to shine through.


    His rendition of the Count Basie-associated title cut is a classic, and the other standard on the original LP, Don't Take Your Love from Me, is in a similarly melancholy vein. Green contributes a classic-style blues in Blues for Charlie, and Quebec's two originals, Minor Impulse and Like, have more complex chord changes but swing low and easy.


    Through it all, Quebec remains the quintessential seducer, striking just the right balance between sophistication and earthiness, confidence and vulnerability, joy and longing. It's enough to make Blue and Sentimental a quiet, sorely underrated masterpiece.


    -Steve Huey (All Music Guide)

    1.Blue And Sentimental
    2.Minor Impulse
    3.Don't Take Your Love From Me
    4.Blues For Charlie
    5.Like
    6.Count Every Star
    Ike Quebec
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  • On My Way and Shoutin' Again On My Way and Shoutin' Again Quick View

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    On My Way and Shoutin' Again

    Import


    When Count Basie returned to Verve Records in 1962, Neal Hefti was contracted to write the tunes and arrangements, a revival of their partnership from the 1958 Roulette LP Basie Plays Hefti. While none of these selections is as famous as his songs like Cute, Little Pony, Splanky, Li'l Darlin', and Repetition, the substantial originality of this music is hard to deny, not to mention that the expert musicians playing his music bring these tracks fully to life in a livelier fashion than most laid-back Basie studio sessions. In fact, it has the feeling of a concert date that trumps the more clean, controlled environment of a session that was recorded on a three-track reel-to-reel. There's also plenty of room for exceptional solos from most of the participants, as Hefti is mindful of who is in the band and how each musician might sound when given his head.


    This is tried and true swing-oriented modern big-band music that actually sounds advanced for its time frame, and is solid as anything Basie has done post-April in Paris. The band is atypically bold and brazen on the opener, I'm Shoutin' Again, with Frank Wess on alto (not tenor) sax for his spirited solo. The great chart of Jump for Johnny is a hard bopper for Johnny Carson, basic Basie with tenor saxophonist Frank Foster and trumpeter Sonny Cohn trading licks. Hefti's best work is showcased during Together Again, as the hopping brass and singing horns take tuneful twists and turns. This set also includes the classic track The Long Night, a famous blues featuring the sly flute of Wess in front of the horn section and a masterful muted solo by trumpeter Thad Jones. There are other tunes that are derivative, as you can clearly hear the borrowed phrases of C Jam Blues/Duke's Place in the low-key then blasted-out Eee Dee, Shiny Stockings sprinkled about during the more typical laid-back Rose Bud, and Groove Merchant or Hallelujah, I Just Love Him So in the easy-swinging soul groove of Ain't That Right. Hefti's movie soundtrack experience comes to the fore on Shanghaied, definite spy music with Cohn's muted trumpet masking phobias and paranoia. There are two cute tunes: Skippin' with Skitch, led by three flutes (Wess, Eric Dixon, and Charlie Fowlkes); and the lightly strutting Ducky Bumps, featuring Henry Coker's trombone, with brief solos from Basie's piano and bassist Buddy Catlett.


    A solid and worthwhile album that has been out of print for far too long, this will be a welcome addition to any Basie lover's collection, and comes highly recommended to anyone even mildly interested in excellent large-ensemble mainstream jazz.


    - Michael G. Nastos (All Music Guide)

    1. I'm Shoutin' Again
    2. Ducky Bumps
    3. The Long Night
    4. Jump For Johnny
    5. Ain't That Right
    6. Together Again
    7. Shanghaied
    8. Skippin' With Skitch
    9. Eee Dee
    10. Rose Bud
    11. Lester Leaps In
    Count Basie
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  • Atmosphere For Lovers and Thieves (Pure Pleasure) Atmosphere For Lovers and Thieves (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

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    Atmosphere For Lovers and Thieves (Pure Pleasure)

    Ben Webster is still a whale of a tenor player, his approach for the ballads being as poignant and lyrical as ever. On such romantic tunes as My Romance and What's New that breathy tone and broad-beamed phrasing are well in evidence, whilst the underlying humour and swing are more to the fore in the more muscular Easy To Love. Autumn Leaves is great Webster. The tempo is exactly right and Ben is in the groove from the start. The pianist is a long way away from Ben's beloved stride men, but he swings gently and forms nice background patterns for the tenor player's improvisations. The bass has been somewhat heavily recorded, but his drive is admirable nevertheless.



    Stardust, a lovely tune but sometime a drag for jazz improvisation, shows that Ben is a real master of flowing, keenly phrased ballad construction. Yesterdays is played so close to the microphone that momentarily I suspected a gas leak. But Ben always has that aerated vibrato well under control, and never overdoes what has throughout the years become something of a mannerism in his playing.



    Musicians:



    • Ben Webster (tenor saxophone)

    • Ole Kongsted (tenor saxophone)

    • Arnved Meyer (trumpet)

    • John Darville (trombone)

    • Kenny Drew (piano)

    • Niels Jorgen Stein (piano)

    • Niels-Henning Ørsted Pederson (bass)

    • Hugo Rasmussen (bass))

    • Alex Riel (drums)

    • Hans Nymand (drums)



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



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



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



    and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.



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    1. Blue Light
    2. Stardust
    3. Whats New
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. Easy To Love
    6. My Romance
    7. Yesterdays
    8. Days of Wine and Roses
    Ben Webster
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  • Indigos Indigos Quick View

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    Indigos

    Indigos is a seminal Jazz album by big band superstar Duke Ellington, originally released in 1958. Ellington chose a set of easy listening ballads to be performed by his ace Big Band, putting less emphasis on the uptempo and danceable Swing the group was revered for.


    Behind Ellington on piano, you'll hear a marvelous band including Paul Gonsalves on tenor sax, Shorty Baker on trumpet, Ray Nance on violin, Johnny Hodges on alto sax and Harry Carney on baritone sax, all being put in the solo spotlight on every song of this record.


    This stereo reissue features the mono version of The Sky Fell Down, thus featuring the original 1958 track listing, exactly as it was intended more than half a century ago. A timeless classic!

    1. Solitude
    2. Where Or When
    3. Mood Indigo
    4. Autumn Leaves
    5. The Sky Fell Down
    6. Prelude To A Kiss
    7. Willow Weep For Me
    8. Tenderly
    9. Dancing In The Dark
    Duke Ellington
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    Ben Webster And Associates

    Tenor Titans Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, and Budd Johnson and joined by trumpeter Roy Eldridge, bassist Ray Brown and more! Ben Webster is at the Top of his Game! A Phenomenal Jazz Session!!!


    Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the Original Analog Master Tapes! Only 2500 Numbered Limited Edition Copies Worldwide!


    While it is difficult to single out just one of the musicians, it is easy to distinguish them: Ben (called The Brute) plays with a raspy, vibrating sound; Coleman (known as The Bear) is a master of flowing swing; and Budd has an earthy, resonant bluesy sound. The five numbers reflect the jam-like spontaneity of the 1959 session; an Ellington classic by the three in a masterful, inspirational new interpretation; three pieces which are intrinsically and hoc improvisations; and a classical ballad in which Ben Webster breathes warmth and sentiment into his instrument.


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    1. In a Mellow Tone
    2. Young Bean
    3. Budd Johnson
    4. Time After Time
    5. De-Dar
    Ben Webster
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  • The Bright Mississippi The Bright Mississippi Quick View

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    The Bright Mississippi

    Through his work as producer, composer, arranger and consummate session man, New Orleans native Allen Toussaint has truly earned living-legend status. He has collaborated on landmark recordings for such artists as Ernie K. Doe, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, the Meters, the Pointer Sisters and Labelle and released acclaimed albums of his own. The 70 year-old pianist, already a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, was the recipient, on the recent Grammy Awards telecast, of the Recording Academy's prestigious Trustee Award, honoring a lifetime in the studio, both behind the scenes and in front of the mic.


    On The Bright Mississippi, his Nonesuch debut, Toussaint continues to break new ground with his first jazz-oriented set, displaying the same effortless swing and relaxed charm he brought to his classic rock and roll sides. He salutes Big Easy stars of a previous generation, the jazz greats who, in the early 20th century, built the genre from the ground up and turned the ears of the world to New Orleans. Backed by an all-star combo that sounds like a group of old friends, Toussaint reinterprets classic jazz and blues tunes popularized or written by such New Orleans greats as Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Jelly Roll Morton and Joe King Oliver, as well as pieces composed by fellow travelers Django Reinhardt, Duke Ellington and Thelonious Monk. He accedes the producers chair to trusted friend Joe Henry, who sat behind the board for Toussaint's contributions to Our New Orleans, Nonesuch Records best-selling 2005 benefit release aiding hurricane victims on the Gulf Coast. Henry also produced The River In Reverse, Toussaint's 2006 post-Katrina collaboration with Elvis Costello.


    Henry assembled a decidedly non-traditional band of backing players for The Bright Mississippi, assuring a fresh take on such venerable tunes as West End Blues, St. James Infirmary, and Dear Old Southland. Joining Toussaint for four days of sessions at Manhattans Avatar Studio were guitarist Marc Ribot (Costello, Tom Waits), bassist David Piltch (k.d. lang), clarinetist Don Byron, trumpeter Nicholas Payton and drummer Jay Bellerose (Robert Plant /Alison Krauss, Sam Phillips). Nonesuch label-mates Brad Mehldau (piano) and Joshua Redman (saxophone) stopped by for one tune each.It was wonderful, says Toussaint of these convivial sessions.


    Everything is live, of course. This isn't the kind of assembly line music where somebody put the wheels on here and somebody put the top on there. Everything got done at the same time, so everybody fed on each other, their personality and tonality.

    LP 1
    1. Egyptian Fantasy
    2. A Dear Old Southland
    3. St. James Infirmary
    4. Singin the Blues
    5. Winin Boy Blues
    6. West End Blues


    LP 2
    1. Blue Drag
    2. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
    3. Bright Mississippi
    4. Day Dream
    5. Long, Long Journey
    6. Solitude

    Allen Toussaint
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    Field Notes

    Wil Blades Field Notes features guitarist Jeff Parker of Tortoise and drummer Simon Lott from New Orleans.


    "He is the future to carry on the legend, the legacy of the organ, of the B-3." - Dr. Lonnie Smith


    When Wil Blades sits down at the Hammond B3, count on inspired music to follow. The 34-year old, Chicago-native, Berkeley-based artist is a cornerstone organist of his generation-a modern voice in a lineage that includes giants like Richard "Groove" Holmes, Charles Earland and Brother Jack McDuff.


    Having studied at the feet of the legendary Dr. Lonnie Smith and played alongside the likes of John Lee Hooker, Melvin Sparks and Idris Muhammad, Blades has absorbed the spirit of the masters. His extensive collaborations also reflect the high regard in which he's held by contemporaries, including Stanton Moore, Anders Osborne and Nicholas Payton.
    Having released a critically acclaimed co-led duo album Shimmy with Medeski Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin in 2012, Blades returns with a deeply soulful and sinuous nine-track effort, Field Notes, on which he's found fronting his own trio featuring Tortoise guitarist Jeff Parker and New Orleans' drummer Simon Lott.


    From the recording's outset, it's easy to picture Blades fingers free-flowing across the keys, feet gliding along the bass pedals in a continuous dance. Syncopation drives songs like "Miller's Time" and "Addis" as the trio locks in tight to a relentless groove. But there's also a refined harmonic vision and deep affection for melody on tracks like "(I Can't Stand) The Whole Lott of You" and "Dewey" where Blades' Clavinet adds a fresh sonic dimension to the proceedings. Shades of psychedelia are weaved within "Parks 'N' Wreck," while a tip of the hat to vintage soul jazz balladry informs "Forgetful" and classic pop swing is at the heart of "I Get The Blues When It Rains."


    In its sum, Field Notes is a masterful statement from an artist who's poised to keep the timeless sound of the Hammond B3 organ as vital and compelling today as it's ever been in the history of modern jazz and rock.

    1. Miller's Time
    2. (I Can't Stand) The Whole Lott of You
    3. Chrome
    4. Dewey
    5. Addis
    6. Park N' Wreck
    7. Forgetful
    8. Red Lanterns Are Blue
    10. I Get The Blues When It Rains
    Wil Blades
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  • A Very Kacey Christmas A Very Kacey Christmas Quick View

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    A Very Kacey Christmas

    Kacey Musgraves will release her very first holiday album, A Very Kacey Christmas featuring Leon Bridges, Willie Nelson & The Quebe Sisters via Mercury Nashville. Produced by Musgraves, Misa Arriaga and Kyle Ryan, the album features four festive original tracks, co-written by Musgraves, as well as covers of eight holiday favorites.


    Working on my first Christmas album has been one of the most enriching musical experiences I've ever had and I can't wait for everyone to hear it, said Musgraves. I really wanted to create a whimsical throwback holiday record, one that evokes feelings of nostalgia and simpler times. I think that the fine musicians and brains that were a part of this project have helped me create a body of music that can be added to people s classic collections.


    To Musgraves, holiday music has always had a great combination of pop sensibilities and melodies, and when she began to work on the album, she knew she wanted to create something unique. It s been an exciting experience for her to watch these songs come alive. It would have been easy to simply copy old versions of these songs that have been around forever, but it was very important for us to build arrangements that are totally new and very me.


    Inspired by Bing Crosby, the Andrew Sisters, Nat King Cole and the classic sounds of the 40s, 50s and 60s, 'A Very Kacey Christmas' features the Grammy Award-winner's charming take on classic standards, as well as four original tracks to put her personal perspective on the holidays. There can be a touch of sad feelings and memories during the holiday season for a lot of people so I knew when I went in to write I wanted to include all the emotions this time of year can bring out. It's tough to decide what the overall sound could be described as but Musgraves says it's part Western Swing sprinkled with bits of classic pop, hazy Hawaiian moments and child-like fun, all coming to a nostalgic and melancholy end.

    1. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas
    2. Let It Snow (featuring The Quebe Sisters)
    3. Christmas Don't Be Late
    4. A Willie Nice Christmas (Featuring Willie Nelson and Trigger)
    5. Feliz Navidad
    6. Christmas Makes Me Cry
    7. Present Without A Bow (Featuring Leon Bridges)
    8. Mele Kalikimaka (featuring The Quebe Sisters)
    9. I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas
    10. Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
    11. Ribbons and Bows
    12. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
    Kacey Musgraves
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  • El Camino El Camino Quick View

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    El Camino

    Reviewing The Black Keys' 2010 Top Ten breakthrough album Brothers, Rolling Stone called the duo a two-man combo with a big-band mind. That description seems downright prophetic now. With the hard-rocking El Camino, The Black Keys' fourth Nonesuch release, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney conjure up an exhilarating, stadium-sized sound in collaboration with producer and friend Danger Mouse. El Camino boasts a no-nonsense brilliance: The pace is fast, the mood is upbeat, the choruses unfailingly addictive made for shouting along, preferably in a large, sweaty crowd.


    A band already at the top of its game has gotten even better. And The Black Keys have done pretty damn well so far this year, with three 2011 Grammy awards for Brothers under their belt, an MTV Video Music Award for Tighten Up, more than 850,000 copies of Brothers sold in the U.S., and upwards of a million units worldwide, plus innumerable licensing placements in film, TV, and commercials. El Camino features one stand-out track after another, such as first single Lonely Boy, Gold on the Ceiling, and the surprising, acoustic-guitar-driven, tempo-shifting Little Black Submarines.


    This record is more straight ahead rock and roll raw, driving, and back to basics, says Auerbach. As Carney has put it, The Black Keys respect the past while being in the present, and that formula has made them sound like nothing less than the future of rock and roll. While the largely self-produced Brothers, recorded at the famed Muscle Shoals Studio in Alabama, had a more soul and blues-oriented sound, El Camino often recalls the blitzkrieg-paced British-style rock of the 1960s and 70s, post-Beatles and pre-punk: artists like T-Rex, The Sweet, and Gary Glitter, along with the heavier swing of such bands as Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.


    The references are there, but the sound is very much contemporary and utterly their own, equally informed by The Black Keys' passion for hip hop and R&B and bolstered by the atmospheric production approach of Danger Mouse (a.k.a. Brian Burton), who was behind the boards for 2008's Attack & Release and collaborated with them on the funky Tighten Up for Brothers. As Auerbach notes, Brian understands all the different kinds of music we're into. He's got really great ideas about melody and song structure. For him it's all about the song. Also rejoining them is consistently innovative mixing engineer Tchad Blake, who Auerbach calls a genius with audio, a complete wizard.


    El Camino arrives just in time to serve as the ideal holiday gift for The Black Keys' rapidly growing fan base. It came together quickly in an unfettered burst of creativity by the hard-charging pair. They recorded these 11 tracks between tour dates for Brothers at Auerbach's new Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, where he and Carney have now relocated after years of working in their native Akron, Ohio. The duo plans to embark on a six week European Tour at the start of the New Year, with U.S. dates to follow shortly thereafter-including several arenas.


    In a time of global austerity, The Black Keys work simply and efficiently, with a minimum of tools and a wealth of ideas, to produce the richest, fattest, coolest music around. Upon the release of Brothers last year, Britain's Uncut magazine called them one of the best rock'n'roll bands on the planet, and El Camino, confirms that.

    1. Lonely Boy
    2. Dead And Gone
    3. Gold On The Ceiling
    4. Little Black Submarines
    5. Money Maker
    6. Run Right Back
    7. Sister
    8. Hell Of A Season
    9. Stop Stop
    10. Nova Baby
    11. Mind Eraser
    The Black Keys
    $24.99
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    Stone Soul (Speakers Corner)

    With all the exultation about the reconciliation between the capitalistic USA and the socialistic island state of Cuba, it is easy to oversee that the musical fusion between the two countries took place decades ago. Afro Cuban jazz, in which the interpretation and rhythms of swing and bebop are united with all imaginable rhythms from Brazil and the Caribbean, was label enough to describe a peaceful yet exciting and revolutionary music.


    At first glance it appears that in his album Stone Soul the Cuban percussionist Mongo Santamaria just took a handful of popular songs from pop and soul and 'translated' them into his own musical language. So far so good: but the enthusiasm and joy with which the band performs is anything but ordinary. Once the threshold for a potent Latin combo has been overcome with meaty winds (See Saw), Sonny Fortune on the alto sax storms ahead along rhythm & blues tracks and breaks out with hectic cleft licks on his own headstrong path. Incited by crisp percussion, one can experience how traditional music is combined with a musician's own ideas to create completely new music.

    Musicians:



    • Mongo Santamaria (conga,bongo)
    • Sonny Fortune (alto saxophone)
    • Hadley Caliman, Hubert Laws (tenor saxophone)
    • Art Kaplan (bassoon)
    • Louis Gasca (trumpet)
    • Rodgers Grant (piano)
    • William Allen (bass)
    • Steve Berrios (timpani)
    • Bernard Purdie (drums)
    • Julito Collazo, Osualdo Martinez (percussion)


    Recording: 1969 by Fred Catero

    Production: David Rubinson

    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. See-Saw
    2. Son-Of-A-Preacher Man

    3. Love Child
    4. Where Are We
    5. Hitchcock Railway

    6. Stoned Soul Picnic
    7. Who's Making Love
    8. The Now Generation
    9. Little Green Apples
    10. Cloud Nine
    Mongo Santamaria
    $34.99
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    After Hours (Pure Pleasure)

    This Roulette Records' 1961 Birdland Series LP of Sarah Vaughan's After Hours was the first ever album by 'Sassy' to feature just her voice with bass (George Duvivier) and guitar (Mundell Lowe) in a program of mostly ballads, with Miss Vaughan crooning quietly in a rarely used style. Her voice is at its peak on these intimate, relaxed, almost spontaneous sessions. A true jazz classic of considerable beauty, with George and Mundell perfectly complementing 'the Divine Sarah' as she runs through a set of carefully chosen (yet unrehearsed) favorites, all songs one might've heard her perform in a smoky club well After Hours.


    Just one gorgeous track after another here. On Wonder Why Vaughan plumbs the depths of her vocal range. Easy To Love features an outstanding walking bass line. They swing it so well, Sarah is moved to finger-snap. Her exquisite enunciation and vocal sliding are most noticeable on a mellow cover of Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Lady. The LP's most energetic song, Great Day again spotlights George's amazing bass work. A mere fragment, it fades out much too soon. On an impressive Sentimental Mood, Sassy utilizes sharp, flat and quarter tones, and a few notes perhaps never heard before. The facáde of aloofness that shields a broken heart in Vanity makes for a melancholy, yet apropos, set closer. - Annie Van Auken


    Musicians:



    • Sarah Vaughan (vocal)
    • Mundell Lowe (guitar)
    • George Duvivier (bass)



    Recording: 1961



    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



    We should like to emphasize that Pure Pleasure Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle.



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



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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. My Favorite Things
    2. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
    3. Wonder Why
    4. Easy To Love
    5. Sophisticated Lady
    6. Great Day
    7. Ill Wind
    8. If Love Is Good To Me
    9. In A Sentimental Mood
    10. Vanity
    Sarah Vaughan
    $34.99
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    After Midnight

    Once Nat King Cole gave up playing piano on a regular basis and instead focused on a series of easy listening vocal albums, jazz fans longed for him to return to his first love. These 1956 studio sessions made up Cole's last jazz-oriented disc, where he played piano and sang on every number, joined by several guest soloists. Cole's vocals are impeccable and swinging, while his piano alternates between providing subdued backgrounds and light solos that don't reveal his true potential on the instrument. Willie Smith's smooth alto sax buoys the singer in the brisk take of Just You, Just Me. Harry Sweets Edison's muted trumpet complements the leader in his interpretation of Sweet Lorraine. Composer Juan Tizol's valve trombone and former Cole sideman Jack Costanzo's bongos add just the right touch to the brisk take of Caravan. Stuff Smith's humorous, unusually understated violin is a nice touch in When I Grow Too Old to Dream. It's hard for any Nat King Cole fan to ignore these important sessions. [The original version of this release featured a dozen tracks, later expanded to 17 in the '80s with the discovery of some unreleased material. Yet another track, the alternate take of You're Looking at Me, was also found and added to reissues beginning in the late '90s.]

    -All Music Guide
    1. Just You, Just Me
    2. Sweet Lorraine
    3. Sometimes I'm Happy
    4. Caravan
    5. It's Only a Paper Moon
    6. You're Looking at Me
    7. I Was A Little Too Loney (And You Were A Little Too Late)
    8. Lonely One
    9. Don't Let It Go to Your Head
    10. I Know That You Know
    11. Blame It on My Youth
    12. When I Grow Too Old to Dream
    13. (Get Your Kicks on) Route 66
    14. Candy*


    *Bonus Track

    Nat King Cole
    $27.99
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    Vega Intl. Night School

    While making Neon Indian's third album, Alan Palomo turned a crisis into an opportunity: When his laptop -- which contained demos of his new songs -- was stolen at the end of the Era Extraña tour, he started anew by drawing inspiration from his past. Vega Intl. Night School takes its name and sound from his previous electronic project VEGA and his pet name for his after-dark adventures, conveying the dazzling, fleeting allure of a night out. Era Extraña's crisper beats and textures hinted that Palomo might be headed in a more danceable direction, but on his third album, he finds ways to subvert expectations while remaining true to Neon Indian's essence.


    He applies his flair for mood-crafting to a palette of electro, funk, disco, new wave, and reggae, transforming his synth-heavy sound into a love letter to the fabulous keyboard tones of the '70s and '80s: Note the Baroque embellishments to Slumlord's filter-disco and the squiggles that make Street Level sound even more like forgotten Paisley Park brilliance. Prince and Daft Punk are two of the album's biggest influences, not just in sound but in spirit. The way these tracks flow into each other recalls the uninhibited, possibly inebriated way Homework's first few cuts blended into an atmospheric portrait of nightlife, a concept Palomo runs with on Vega Intl. Night School. Sounding like a field recording from an '80s nightclub, Smut! captures the disorienting, intoxicating feel of entering a party that's already in full swing; Techno Clique expresses the anonymity and intimacy of dancing with a stranger, and the luminous synths that close The Glitzy Hive might as well be sunrise peeking through the club's doors. Vega Intl. Night School's more structured songs are so good that it's easy to wish there were more of them

    1. Hit Parade
    2. Annie
    3. Street Level
    4. Smut!
    5. Bozo
    6. The Glitzy Hive
    7. Dear Skorpio Magazine
    8. Slumlord
    9. Slumlord Re-Release
    10. Techno Clique
    11. Baby's Eyes
    12. C'est La Vie (Say the Casualties!)
    13. 61 Cygni Ave
    14. News From The Sun (Live Bootleg)
    Neon Indian
    $19.99
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    Popular Manipulations

    It's not uncommon for musicians to grow and evolve between releases-but even by those standards, the Districts' Popular Manipulations is stunning. The Pennsylvania-borne band's third full-length represents an exponential leap in sound and cohesion, an impressive and impassioned burn with a wide scope that threatens to swallow everything else surrounding it. Perhaps it's a clichÉ to say so, but while listening, you might find yourself wondering why people don't make indie rock like this anymore.

    The total electric charge of Popular Manipulations is just the latest evolution for the impressively young quartet, whose founding members-vocalist/guitarist Rob Grote, bassist Connor Jacobus, and drummer Braden Lawrence-have known each other since attending grade school together in the Pennsylvania town of Lititz. After deciding to form a band in high school, the Districts gigged hard in the tri-state area, releasing a slew of promising material (including the rootsy 2012 debut Telephone) before catching the eye of venerable indie Fat Possum. 2015's A Flourish and a Spoil found the band refining their embryonic sound with veteran producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Kurt Vile)-and looking back on that release, there are glimmers of Popular Manipulations in chrysalis form to be found on it, hints of the fence-swinging anthemic sound they'd soon make wholly their own.

    After touring behind A Flourish and a Spoil, Grote began playing with different ideas in his own songwriting by making demos at a prolific pace. We knew that we wanted to change some things musically, so we were trying to come up with as many songs as possible to narrow the direction we wanted to take the material, he states. In total, they ended up with 50 song ideas, and so they were off to LA in May of 2016 with new guitarist Pat Cassidy in tow to log more recording time with Congleton, with four of Popular Manipulations' songs coming out of the sessions.

    We have a lot of overlapping tastes and preferences for how things are made, Grote gushes about working with the notably reliable studio wizard-but acceding all credit to Congleton (who also handled the record's mixdown) would be shortchanging the Districts themselves, who went on to self-produce the remainder of the record in Philadelphia with engineer Keith Abrams. Something we took from working with Congleton was ideas on arranging songs, Grote explains, and they certainly learned a lot: Popular Manipulations is a raucous and impressively thick-sounding album, overflowing with toothy melodies that pack a serious punch.

    The distinctly intense sound of Popular Manipulations-charging guitars, thunderous drumming, and Grote's searing vocals-was brought on by a few cited influences, from shoegaze's aggressive swirl to the Velvet Underground's impeccable drone-rock sound. There's a distinctly Canadian flavor to this brand of indie rock, too; Spencer Krug's anthemic, lushly inscrutable work in Wolf Parade and his defunct Sunset Rubdown side project comes to mind, as does 2000s Toronto barnburners the Diableros' overlooked 2006 gem You Can't Break the Strings in Our Olympic Hearts.

    But don't mistake easy comparisons for a lack of originality: on Popular Manipulations, the District are in a lane entirely their own, exploring lyrical themes of isolation and abandonment in a way that ups the music's already highly charged emotional quotient. Capable finds Grote turning his focus to the ruinous aftermath of divorce, and Before I Wake is, in his words, About coming to terms with being isolated or alone-even though we have a whole group of voices singing the whole time. Grote explains that even the title of the record touches on these universal concerns: It hints at how people use each other, for good or bad, and the personal ways you manipulate yourself and other people in day-to-day interactions.

    For such weighty thematic material, though, Popular Manipulations is purely life-affirming rock music, bursting with energy that cuts through the darkness of the world that surrounds us. We're a much better distillation of who we wish to be as a band, Grote reflects on the journey that has led the Districts to this point. We've figured out how to distill the things we've been trying to accomplish as a band, musically and lyrically. We've always viewed making music as something we're trying to do better the whole time. Mission accomplished.

    1. If Before I Wake
    2. Violet
    3. Ordinary Day
    4. Salt
    5. Why Would I Wanna Be
    6. Point
    7. Airplane
    8. Fat Kiddo
    9. Capable
    10. Rattling of the Heart
    11. Will You Please Be Quiet Please?
    The Districts
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Angel Dust (Deluxe)

    180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl With Gatefold Sleeves


    Features A 2nd LP With A Selection Of Rarities


    As Faith No More prepares to unleash its first new album in nearly 20 years, Rhino Records celebrates the back-to-back classic albums that helped establish the band's vital and visceral musical legacy with Deluxe Editions of THE REAL THING and ANGEL DUST.


    Each album will be offered as a double LP, 180gm heavyweight black vinyl format of each album, featuring the original album and a selection of the rarities related to each. The release date of the vinyl formats is planned for August.


    Like all bands who transcended their time to become cornerstones of an era, Faith No More sounded like nobody else. The group's commercial breakthrough came in 1989 with the release of THE REAL THING. It was the band's third album, but the first to feature the line-up of Mike Bordin (drums), Roddy Bottum (keyboards), Bill Gould (bass), Jim Martin (guitars), and Mike Patton (vocals). The album was incredibly diverse, yet every song was linked by the band's own developing style. It peaked at #11 on the charts and was certified platinum, spawning the singles, "From Out Of Nowhere" and "Falling To Pieces," as well as "Epic," which was ubiquitous on radio and MTV.


    After extensive touring, the band returned in 1992 with ANGEL DUST. It climbed to #10 on the U.S. album charts and would later be recognized as one of the most influential releases of the era. The album swings between extremes-aggressive and disturbing, but also beautiful and soothing-showing off every facet of the band's quirky eloquence on such diverse tracks as "Midlife Crisis," "Jizzlobber," "R.V." and "Small Victory."


    Among the nine tracks featured on the bonus disc is a mix of "Midlife Crisis" by the band's longtime producer Matt Wallace, a trio of live recordings from a concert in Munich, Germany, as well as covers of the Dead Kennedys' "Let's Lynch The Landlord" and the band's unforgettable take on the Commodores' "Easy."

    LP1 (as per 1992 1LP version)


    1. Land Of Sunshine
    2. Caffeine
    3. Midlife Crisis
    4. RV
    5. Everything's Ruined
    6. Malpractice
    7. Kindergarten
    8. Be Aggressive
    9. A Small Victory
    10. Jizzlobber
    11. Smaller And Smaller


    LP2
    1. Easy

    2. Midnight Cowboy

    3. Crack Hitler

    4. Midlife Crisis (The Scream Mix) Remixed by Matt Wallace
    5. The World Is Yours (Angel Dust outtake)
    6. As The Worm Turns (Mike Patton vocal / Japan bonus track)
    7. Das Schutzenfest (German version)
    8. Let's Lynch The Landlord (B-Side)
    9. Be Aggressive (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
    10. Kindergarten (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)
    11. We Care A Lot (Live in Munich 9th November 1992)

    Faith No More
    $34.99
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    Follow The Rainbow (Speakers Corner)

    The fusion movement has a lot in common with a tropical storm: it rages fiercely in its early phases but becomes less wild later on, yet still blows a gale. In the eye of the storm that tore its path through the various musical styles and genres as from 1960 is George Duke, who entered into creative and stormy partnerships with such artists as Frank Zappa, Miles Davis and Jean-Luc Ponty. The rainbow colours with which Duke chose to tint this album are taken less from the paintpots of fusion jazz and rock, and rather more from the black, natural colours of rhythm and blues. Next to a relaxed love groove (Say That You Will) we find a polyphonic vocal number with solos (Sunrise), which conjures up the nostalgic atmosphere of Motown, now on the decline. Then there is snappy funk in all manner of variations, such as Party Down, which swings trendily along but then comes over unfiltered and dry as a bone.
    In Follow The Rainbow, genial musicianship, expert arrangements and a special feeling for resonance amalgamate to create a tightly-knit sound which is ever fresh and easy-going.



    Musicians:



    • George Duke (vocal, keyboard)

    • Larry Williams (tenor saxophone, flute)

    • Eric Culver (trombone)

    • Charles Icarus Johnson (guitar)

    • Byron Miller (bass)

    • Leon 'Ndugu' Chandler (drums)

    • Sheila Escovedo (percussion, vocal)

    • Napoleon Murphy Brock (vocal)




    Recording: 1979 at Westlake Recording, Los Angeles, by Kerry McNabb and Electric Lady Studios, New York, by Dave Palmer

    Production: George Duke





    About Speakers Corner



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



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



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



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



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



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


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Party Down
    2. Say That You Will
    3. Funkin' For The Thrill
    4. Sunrise
    5. Festival
    6. I Am For Real (May The Funk Be With You)
    7. Straight From The Heart
    8. Corine
    9. Pluck
    10. Follow The Rainbow
    George Duke
    $34.99
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    Blues In Orbit

    Duke Ellington is seen by many as one of the frontrunners of Jazz and as one of the greatest composers of the 20th century. He was a part of the Harlem Renaissance and many feel that because of him, Jazz gained recognition as a art form.


    Many of his instrumental songs have become Jazz standards, and his distinctive style remains a shining beacon in music. Thanks to a stellar performance at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1957 there was a renewed interest in his music and his orchestra, and they performed all over the world.


    Blues In Orbit was mostly recorded during one after-midnight session after they had returned from a run of shows in Europe. It presents a Big Band in full swing; there is true synergy at work here that could only come from a group of musicians that expect - and get - the best from each other. Free flowing improvisations and straightforward arrangements show a band that is kicking back, relaxing, and doing it nice 'n' easy.

    1. Three J's Blues
    2. Smada
    3. Pie Eye's Blues
    4. Sweet and Pungent
    5. C Jam Blues
    6. In a Mellow Tone
    7. Blues in Blueprint
    8. The Swingers Get the Blues Too
    9. The Swinger's Jump
    10. Blues in Orbit
    11. Villes Ville is the Place, Man
    Duke Ellington
    $34.99
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    Conversations (Out Of Stock)

    Stanton Moore calls his latest album Conversations both a return to my roots and a reinvention. The New Orleans drummer, who is by all counts regarded as one of the great funk musicians of all time, has delivered his first jazz trio recording. It's a return to Moore's roots because he finally gets the opportunity to record with pianist David Torkanowsky and bassist James Singleton whom he came up playing alongside on the New Orleans' club circuit. It's a reinvention because after years of delivering huge grooves and unrelenting funk at some of the worlds more revered rock clubs and festivals, Moore is stepping back to focus on the subtlety of swing and improvisation, while presenting the music via intimate settings like that of his trio's home-base Snug Harbor.


    As for the album's title, one listen and it's clear. There's a vigorous musical dialogue happening among the three musicians, as they tell stories, explore ideas and trade thoughts on tracks like Lauren Z, Big Greaze and the Herbie Hancock classic Driftin'. The big easy is always close at hand with the majority of the material coming from the New Orleans composers, including James Black (Magnolia Triangle and In The Keyhole), Steve Masakowski (The Chase) and Paul Barbarin (Paul Barbarin's Second Line).


    With Conversations, Stanton Moore shines a light on a side of his musical personality that will be new to fans, but every bit as compelling as the substantial body of work he's already established over the course of his 20-year career.

    1. Lauren Z
    2. Carnival
    3. Driftin'
    4. Magnolia Triangle
    5. Waltz For Old Souls
    6. Tchefunkta
    7. The Chase
    8. Big Greaze
    9. In The Keyhole
    10. Paul Barbarin's Second Line
    11. Prayer
    Stanton Moore
    $16.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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