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Glad Rag DollDiana Krall's extraordinary new album, 'Glad Rag Doll' is an exhilarating and adventurous exploration of new sounds, new instrumentation and new musicians. It stars a singer and piano player, filled with mischief, humour and a renewed sense of tenderness and intimacy.
The record reveals itself at that remarkable vanishing point in time where all music; swinging, rocking and taboo, collide with songs of longing, solace and regret. All are made new again in a vaudeville of Krall's own imagining.
It is at once a major departure and a natural progression for the gifted musician. Diana simply calls the album, a song and dance record.1. We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye
2. There Ain't No Sweet Man That's Worth The Salt Of My Tears
3. Just Like A Butterfly That's Caught In The Rain
4. You Know I Know Ev'rything's Made For Love
5. Glad Rag Doll
6. I'm A Little Mixed Up
7. Prairie Lullaby
8. Here Lies Love
9. I Used To Love You But It's All Over Now
10. Let It Rain
11. Lonely Avenue
12. Wide River To Cross
13. When The Curtain Comes Down$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Taboo (Music From The Original TV Series)More info soon.1. Openings
2. The Inexorable Advance Of Mr. Delaney
3. Song Of The Dead
5. A Lamenting Song
7. This Little Pig Went To Market
8. Zilpha (Recollection)
9. Song Of The Beyond
10. I'd Hoped To Settle This
12. The Onrush Of Events
13. Zilpha Alone
14. Attend To The Matter
15. Lamentation For A Lost Life$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Behind The FrontBehind The Front is the debut studio album from the Black Eyed Peas, originally released in 1998 & featuring the lineup of Will.i.Am, Taboo and A8. It includes official singles, "Joints & Jam" and "Karma" & brings an alternative rap sound infused with old-school influences to listeners. This title is now available on 180g, black vinyl.LP 1
1. Fallin' Up
2. Clap Your Hands
3. Joints & Jam
4. The Way U Make Me Feel
7. Be Free
8. Say Goodbye
3. What It Is
4. ?Que Dices?
6. Love Won't Wait
7. Head Bobs
8. Positivity$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The College Dropout (Awaiting Repress)
Voted Best Album of 2004 by Rolling Stone and the Village Voice's Pazz & Jop Poll!
On the most impressive and game-changing hip-hop debut since the early 90s, Kanye West magically sledgehammers home opinions on taboo topics over beats that are equally daring. The envelope-ripping beats shouldn't come as a surprise, given that he's supplied the soundscapes to monster singles by everyone from Alicia Keys ("You Don't Know My Name") to Talib Kweli ("Get By"). In West's world, rhymes about strippers, God, college life, and urban ills co-exist tidily and never come off as parodic.
With jaw-dropping cameos from Jay-Z, Common, Mos Def, John Legend, and the Harlem Boys Choir, College Dropout is as explosive, provocative, and complex as rap gets.1. Intro
2. We Don't Care
3. Graduation Day
4. All Falls Down
5. I'll Fly Away
7. Jesus Walks
8. Never Let Me Down
9. Get Em High
10. Workout Plan
11. The New Workout Plan
12. Slow Jamz
13. Breathe in Breathe Out
14. School Spirit Skit 1
15. School Spirit Skit 2
16. Lil Jimmy Skit
17. Two Words
18. Through the Wire
19. Family Business
20. Last Call$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
The Best Of Sade (Awaiting Repress)By the time this was released in 1994, something unexpected happened. Sade's early work became classic and the later additions boasted even better vocals and songs that nicely improved on the theme. The timeless sound and class always exhibited makes Sade Adu and her band a no-brainer for an appealing compilation.
Like Al Green's Greatest Hits, The Best of Sade doesn't detract from the original albums and is a marker of time, not the end of the act. The ice-princess demeanor and detached vocals worked perfectly for the mid-'80s singles and radio samples Smooth Operator and Your Love Is King. The tracks from the make-or-break second album, Promise, seem less dolorous propped up and sequenced for a compilation. The sensual-to-a-fault The Sweetest Taboo and Never As Good As the First Time both retain their strength here. This set also includes tracks from Sade's comeback CD, Love Deluxe, including Kiss of Life and No Ordinary Love.
As a bonus, The Best of Sade also includes a rare cover of Please Send Me Someone to Love from the Philadelphia soundtrack.LP 1
1. Your Love Is King
2. Hang On To Your Love
3. Smooth Operator
5. The Sweetest Taboo
6. Is It A Crime
7. Never As Good As The First Time
8. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
2. Nothing Can Come Between Us
3. No Ordinary Love
4. Like A Tattoo
5. Kiss Of Life
6. Please Send Me Someone To Love
7. Cherish The Day
8. Pearls$32.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Cheap TrickCheap Trick's eponymous debut is an explosive fusion of Beatlesque melodic hooks, Who-styled power, and a twisted sense of humor partially borrowed from the Move. But that only begins to scratch the surface of what makes Cheap Trick a dynamic record. Guitarist Rick Nielsen has a powerful sense of dynamics and arrangements, which gives the music an extra kick, but he also can write exceptionally melodic and subversive songs. Nothing on Cheap Trick is quite what it seems. While the songs have hooks and attitude that arena rock was sorely lacking in the late '70s, they are also informed by a bizarre sensibility, whether it's the driving He's a Whore, the dreamy Mandocello, or the thumping Gary Glitter perversion ELO Kiddies. The Ballad of TV Violence is about mass murder, while Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School concerns pedophiles. All of it is told with a sense of humor, but it doesn't come off as cheap or smirking because of the group's hard-rocking drive and Robin Zander's pop-idol vocals. Even Oh, Candy, apparently a love song on first listen, is an affecting tribute to a friend who committed suicide. In short, Cheap Trick revel in taboo subjects with abandon, devoting themselves to the power of the hook, as well as sheer volume and gut-wrenching rock & roll -- though the record is more musically accomplished than punk rock, it shares the same aesthetic. The combination of off-kilter humor, bizarre subjects, and blissful power pop made Cheap Trick one of the defining albums of its era, as well as one of the most influential.1. Hot Love
2. Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace
3. He's a Whore
4. Mandocello (Album Version)
5. The Ballad of TV Violence (I'm Not the Only Boy)
6. ELO Kiddies (Single Version)
7. Daddy Should Have Stayed in High School
8. Taxman, Mr. Thief (Album Version)
9. Cry, Cry (Album Version)
10. Oh, Candy (Album Version)$26.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Verve / MGM TapesSourced from the original Verve/MGM analog reels and mastered by Bob Irwin.
At a time when the Rolling Stones were forbidden from singing about spending the night together on national television, the Velvet Underground was crafting songs about such taboo subjects as illegal drugs, sadomasochism and black angels of death. And that was just on their debut. Throughout their first three albums, VU continued to challenge societal norms through their lyrics and rock music itself through their unorthodox instrumental approach. Their sound was theirs alone, which proved to be an obstacle when it came to sales. The majority of popular music fans simply weren't ready for the bleakly beautiful vision of VU. But for those who were, this LP trilogy was a clarion call, drawing together the outsiders who felt disenfranchised and unfulfilled by Top Forty fodder. Like time release capsules, these LPs became catalysts for change as they spread from city to city and were consumed by adventurous listeners. Bands formed, scenes coalesced and new musical paths emerged which would eventually branch off into punk, alternative, indie and more. Take a sample from any underground music genre and you're likely to find VU DNA pulsing through its core.
As the alternative scene grew, so did the legend of the Velvet Underground. However, with relatively few of the original LPs in circulation, finding them could be difficult and, as a result, more people had probably heard OF the band than had actually heard their music. The emergence of compact discs in the mid-80s, along with a groundswell of VU-influenced bands singing their praises, finally got their music into wider distribution. Yet, for vinyl enthusiasts who longed to place those precious albums on their turntables, that thrill remained elusive.
Until now. With tremendous pride, Sundazed presents The Velvet Underground: The Verve/MGM Albums. This beautiful, deluxe boxed set gathers the rare mono versions of the band's first three studio albums along with the superior mono version of Nico's Chelsea Girl and a definitive edition of the band's unfinished fourth album! Sourced from the original Verve/MGM analog reels and mastered by Bob Irwin, this collection is an essential purchase for the discerning vinyl devotee. For all tomorrow's parties, this is your soundtrack.
- The ultimate collection of underground rock's big bang!
- Includes the rare mono versions of the VU's first three albums, the superior mono version of Nico's Chelsea Girl (featuring Reed, Cale & - Morrison) and a definitive edition of the band's unfinished fourth album!
- Housed in a beautiful deluxe box with all original LP artwork along with two bonus poster inserts!
- Introduction by Rolling Stone senior editor/MOJO contributor David Fricke.The Velvet Underground & Nico (mono)
1. Sunday Morning
2. I'm Waiting for the Man
3. Femme Fatale
4. Venus In Furs
5. Run Run Run
6. All Tomorrow's Parties
8. There She Goes Again
9. I'll Be Your Mirror
10. The Black Angel's Death Song
11. European Son
Nico: Chelsea Girl (mono)
1. The Fairest of the Seasons
2. These Days
3. Little Sister
4. Winter Song
5. It Was a Pleasure Then
6. Chelsea Girls
7. I'll Keep It with Mine
8. Somewhere There's a Feather
9. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
10. Eulogy to Lenny Bruce
White Light/White Heat (mono)
1. White Light/White Heat
2. The Gift
3. Lady Godiva's Operation
4. Here She Comes Now
5. I Heard Her Call My Name
6. Sister Ray
The Velvet Underground (mono)
1. Candy Says
2. What Goes On
3. Some Kinda Love
4. Pale Blue Eyes
6. Beginning to See the Light
7. I'm Set Free
8. That's the Story of My Life
9. The Murder Mystery
1969: The Lost Fourth Album/Originally Unissued (stereo)
1. Foggy Notion
2. One of These Days
3. Lisa Says
4. I'm Sticking with You
6. I Can't Stand It
7. I'm Gonna Move Right In
8. We're Gonna Have a Real Good Time Together
9. Rock and Roll
10. Ride into the Sun$109.99Vinyl LP Box Set - 5 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Rarely is so much meaning conveyed in the space of six letters. And with regard to Xiu Xiu, its applications are infinite: always relevant, always provocative, always surprising, always evolving, always glittering.
It's fitting, then, that as the band (now comprised of Jamie Stewart, Angela Seo, Bettina Escauriza, Marc Riordan, and returning member Devin Hoff) marks a decade in existence, such a powerful sentiment would serve as the title of its latest album.
At its core, Always symbolizes the mutual camaraderie with and deep dedication to each person who has internalized Xiu Xius work, tattooed its name on their skin or soul, and throughout the past ten years made the band a part of their lives. The origin of these intense, everlasting bonds is Stewart. His fearless lyrics have given voice to life's most untouchable and taboo subjects, while his distinctively committed but hushed vocals crystallize and medicate their unsettling impact.
Those familiar with the band's work will take particular note of the times Stewart re-visits profoundly personal accounts from his own life -- most prominently on Beauty Towne (a not-so-uplifting postscript to the muddle of those depicted in Clowne Towne from 2004's Fabulous Muscles) and Black Drum Machine (which finishes the narrative of incest and molestation begun on Black Keyboard from 2008's Women as Lovers).
Elsewhere, Stewart's willingness to broach any subject finds him confronting both the topical and the intimate in equally meaningful ways: Gul Mudin seeks to bring comfort to an Afghani teenage boy murdered for sport by American soldiers; Joey's Song strives to do the same for Stewart's brother in the aftermath of a family tragedy.
Factory Girls chronicles the sexual objectification and desperate existence of Chinese female, migrant workers. I Luv Abortion, featuring perhaps Stewart's most unhinged vocal ever, careens through the resolute heartache of a friend too young to be pregnant and seeks to personalize this most political issue.
But while such writing is worthy of reverence, Always' most arresting moments lie in its sonic innovation -- transforming avant pop elements from an undertone into a bright black focal point while adding new influences such as choral music, kraut rock and animal field recordings.
Produced by Deerhoof's Greg Saunier (who also contributes drums and vocals to the album) and mixed by John Congleton (Antony and the Johnsons, Marylin Manson, the Roots) the album is positively vibrant.
During recording, Stewart saw a Bible verse spray painted on the wall of his gym. He interpreted the verse to mean, Horror and beauty are the same; love and hate are the same, the tireless dread of our own lives and of living can be embraced with the same fervency as what we find beautiful.
Composed of this essence, the album proves that perhaps the only six letters to carry the same weight as always are these: Xiu Xiu.1. Hi
2. Joey's Song
3. Beauty Towne
5. I Luv Abortion
6. The Oldness
7. Chimney's Afire (Mickensian Suicide)
8. Gul Mudin
9. Born to Suffer
10. Factory Girl
11. Smear the Queen
12. Black Drum Machine$18.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now