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That's The Way Of The World (Speakers Corner)Ranked 493/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
OK, so it's disco sound, but it's really good. Whoever says that today must have been pretty lively on their feet in the 70s and 80s and in the days of their youth they will definitely have noticed that the commercial fusion music they listened to on a Saturday night was buzzing with energy and excitement. Earth, Wind & Fire considered their amazing mix of Latin, Gospel, Soul, Funk and dynamic horn section as being of existential importance. This was the album that would either make or break the band: either they would establish themselves or they would sink into oblivion like so many other rhythm and blues acts.
The basic recipe - finely chiselled Latin beat, meaty bass grooves and sizzling funky improvisations, spiced with the sound of exotic instruments - works perfectly. Furthermore, crowned with a beautifully airy falsetto and relaxed harmonious singing, the band created a big-band sound that the magazine Rolling Stone described as »innovative yet popular, precise yet sensual, calculated yet galvanizing«. Almost two decades later, and with more than three million albums sold in the USA alone, the editorial team voted the LP into their list of the '500 Greatest Albums of All Time'. And about time too! At last today's ravers and rappers also get the opportunity to experience the great rhythms to which their daddies danced.
- Maurice White (vocal, percussion, drums)
- Verdine White (vocal, bass, percussion)
- Philip Bailey (vocal, conga, percussion)
- Larry Dunn (piano, organ, synthesizer)
- Al McKay (guitar, percussion)
- Ralph Johnson (drums, percussion)
- Johnny Graham (guitar)
- Fred White (drums, percussion)
Recording: 1975 at Caribou Ranch in Nederland, Colorado (USA), by Curt Wittig
Production: Maurice White
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. Shining Star
2. That's The Way Of The World
3. Happy Feelin'
4. All About Love
5. Yearnin', Learnin'
8. See The Light$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
That's The Way Love IsWhen "That's The Way Love Is," from the album M.P.G. became such a huge hit, Motown issued an album of the same name, and included the title song as its centerpiece. The album, which went Top 20 R&B, is also significant for Marvin's cover versions of recent pop hits, particularly "Abraham, Martin and John" (a U.K. hit) and "Yesterday," now recognized as one of the greatest interpretations of a Beatles song.1. Gonna Give Her All The Love I've Got
4. I Wish It Would Rain
5. That's The Way Love Is
6. How Can I Forget
1. Abraham Martin & John
2. Gonna Keep On Tryin' Till I Win Your Love
3. No Time For Tears
4. Cloud Nine
5. Don't You Miss Me A Little Bit Baby
6. So Long$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
That's The Way It IsImport
3-Fold Gatefold Sleeve
13 Tracks Previously Unreleased
LP 1 & 2 = The Original Album (Plus Singles And Outtakes)
LP 3 & 4 = August 12 - Dinner Show
Originally released in November 1970, Elvis: That's The Way It Is combined eight studio tracks, recorded in Nashville, and four live concert performances recorded in Las Vegas during Presley's 1970 'Summer Festival' season at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. Elvis played dozens of times at The International Hotel in 1969 and 1970 over several number of weeks. Elvis was on a roll and making big plans - including a feature film and studio time in Nashville.
When Elvis arrived at RCA's Studio B in Nashville on June 4, 1970, producer Felton Jarvis had assembled a hot new session band featuring Elvis' on-stage guitar legend James Burton. Five nights of recording generated material for no less than three future albums and four singles, including Elvis: That's The Way It Is.
This brand new 4LP version, That's The Way It Is (Expanded Edition) centers on one show at The International which was recorded and partially filmed by MGM. These show recordings are released for the first time in their entirety. The original RCA album is expanded with four single sides from the period, and a selection of fly-on-the-wall outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album.
With remastered audio and packed in a triple gatefold sleeve, this 4LP set includes a 16 page booklet with rare pictures and new liner notes.LP1
1. I Just Can't Help Believin'
2. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
3. How The Web Was Woven
4. Patch It Up
5. Mary In The Morning
6. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
8. I've Lost You
9. Just Pretend
10. Stranger In The Crowd
1. The Next Step Is Love
2. Bridge Over Troubled Water
3. I've Lost You (single Version)
4. The Next Step Is Love (single Version)
5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (single Version)
6. Patch It Up (single Version)
7. How The Web Was Woven (take 1)
8. I've Lost You (take 1)
9. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (take 2)
10. Patch It Up (take 1)
11. Bridge Over Troubled Water (take 1)
1. That's All Right
2. I Got A Woman
3. Hound Dog
4. Heartbreak Hotel
5. Love Me Tender
6. I've Lost You
7. I Just Can't Help Believin'
8. Patch It Up
9. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
1. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
2. Polk Salad Annie
4. Blue Suede Shoes
5. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
6. Bridge Over Troubled Water
7. Suspicious Minds
8. Can't Help Falling In Love$69.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 4 LPs Sealed Buy Now
That's The Way It Is (Awaiting Repress)First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Soundtrack Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation!
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso And Manufactured At R.T.I.
Elvis Aaron Presley was born during The Great Depression into a poor family in Mississippi. They moved to Memphis during the early fifties, and as a struggling young truck driver, he cut some demos at Sun Studios as a gift for his beloved mother Gladys. These initial songs, of which he had only paid a few dollars to record, would become the catalyst that would kick-start the beginnings of a soon to be worldwide superstar unlike the world has ever known.
The folks at RCA Victor knew that this young fellow named Elvis was destined for superstardom. They quickly bought out his contract and signed the legend to a long term deal, forever etching "The King Of Rock And Roll" trademark to his name. In 1970 after a plethora of chart topping albums and a bevy of number one singles, Elvis Presley continued to build his marquee value even further while starring in a staggering amount of feature motion pictures. More incredible fame followed as the That's The Way It Is movie starring Elvis Presley became another box office hit for the King. The 70's epic documentary captured Elvis's first concert tour in over a decade, as the brilliant soundtrack album recorded live in Las Vegas and in RCA Studios, Nashville, was also was a blockbuster as it rose to the upper rungs of the album charts, making this his 40th hit album in a row! Both the That's The Way It Is movie and soundtrack LP truly proved once again that his career was unlike any other in music history.
Filled with more winners than in a Las Vegas casino, That's The Way It Is takes off with several smashes in a row, including the classic I Just Can't Help Believin' which became a UK smash, plus the definitive hit single version of You Don't Have to Say You Love Me plus an LP live only version of the killer rocker Patch It Up featuring James Burton's trail blazing guitar work. More soundtrack treasures follow with the beautiful ballads I've Lost You and Mary in the Morning. The album also features his stellar rendition of You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' featuring the vocals of The Sweet Inspirations as well as the superlative Simon & Garfunkel interpretation of Bridge Over Troubled Water. In total, the album showcases 12 very important Elvis Presley recordings which have truly gone on to become international classics.
In honor of the Man, the Music, the Legend, the King Of Rock And Roll, Friday Music is very proud and honored to announce the first time 180 Gram Audiophile Soundtrack Vinyl release of the RCA Victor classic That's The Way It Is by Elvis Presley. As another classic installment in our exciting Elvis Presley 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are very pleased to present this masterwork in all its true stereophonic hi-fi glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., That's The Way It Is will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere Especially during the celebration of his birthday month!
For this exclusive anniversary presentation, we are also including the first time ever gatefold artwork which includes the groundbreaking original LP cover elements from this historic Elvis Presley era. We are also enclosing a poly bag to protect your album cover and poly lined inner
sleeve to help keep your Elvis vinyl in mint shape.
Elvis Presley's That's The Way It Is A history making rock soundtrack album from a historic legend, an original stereophonic audiophile
dream release first time gatefold cover is now an audiophile Anniversary vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music Stay
tuned for more Elvis Presley original RCA Record audiophile recordings from Friday Music.1. I Just Can't Help Believin'
2. Twenty Days and Twenty Nights
3. How the Web Was Woven
4. Patch It Up
5. Mary in the Morning
6. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
8. I've Lost You
9. Just Pretend
10. Stranger in the Crowd
11. The Next Step Is Love
12. Bridge Over Troubled Water$29.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Over There That WayHeliotropes combine sludgy metal guitar tones, introspective shoegaze
interludes, psychedelic drone, and atmospheric harmonies to create a sound
that's as equally hard to pin down as it is alluring, earning them the title of
Village Voice's Best Garage Band Of 2014.
Heliotropes is comprised of founding member/songwriter/vocalist Jessica
Numsuwankijkul, along with a rotating cast of collaborators, including
drummer Cici Harrison, bassist Richard Thomas, and guitarist Ricci Swift,
who are all featured on the band's upcoming album.
The band's first recorded offering came with 2012's Ribbons 7", followed the
next year by their debut LP entitled A Constant Sea, which was named by
Mother Jones as one of the 10 Best Albums Of 2013. Since then, the band
has performed on the road with Esben And The Witch and toured nationally
with stops at South By Southwest, Firefly and Culture Collide, sharing the
stage with a far-reaching variety of bands including Thurston Moore, The
Geto Boys, Matt and Kim, Kurt Vile, Parquet Courts, The Black Angels and
The Raveonettes.1. Normandy
2. Wherever Live
3. War Isn't Over
5. Over There That Way
6. Dardanelles Part I
7. Dardanelles Part II
8. My Only Friend
9. I Can't Remember
10. Goodnight Soldier$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Arm's WayIslands hail from Montreal, flowering from the same scene that gave us Arcade Fire and Wolf Parade. Islands' Anti debut Arm's Way finds Thorburn and crew in full command of a palette of classic pop colorings, from the '70s rock heroics of ôThe
Armö to the slinky cinematic pop of ôI Feel Evil Creeping In.ö Their previous album, Return to the Sea, earned the band rave reviews and a fanatical U.S. audience which has undoubtedly carried over to the sweeping confidence and symphonic scope of Arm's Way. Co-produced with Ryan Hadlock (Blonde Redhead, Stephen Malkmus) and mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Foo Fighters, Elliott Smith).1. The Arm
2. Pieces of You
3. J'aime Vous Voire Quitter
4. Abominable Snow
6. Kids Don't Know Shit
7. Life In Jail
8. In the Rushes
9. We Swim
10. To a Bond
11. I Feel Evil Creeping In
12. Vertigo (If it's a Crime)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Taking The Long WayNewly Remastered And Pressed On High Resolution 150 Gram Vinyl
With 2006's Taking The Long Way, Dixie Chicks made their most powerful musical and cultural statement to-date. Produced by Rick Rubin, driven by the anthemic mission statement, Not Ready to Make Nice, Taking The Long Way was embraced by critics and fans alike. Dixie Chicks made music history at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards when they became the first female group ever to take home the big three top Grammy honors: Song Of The Year (for Not Ready To Make Nice), Record Of The Year (for Not Ready To Make Nice) and Album Of The Year (for Taking The Long Way). They achieved another Grammy milestone that night when Taking The Long Way became the first Best Country Album ever to win the Album Of The Year trophy. In addition to joining a handful of artists to have claimed all three top Grammys in a single year, the Dixie Chicks went an incredible five-for-five, winning in each of the five categories for which they were nominated including Best Country Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal (for Not Ready To Make Nice) and Best Country Album (for Taking The Long Way).LP 1
1. The Long Way Around
2. Easy Silence
3. Not Ready To Make Nice
4. Everybody Knows
5. Bitter End
6. Lubbock Or Leave It
1. Silent House
2. Favorite Year
3. Voice Inside My Head
4. I Like It
5. Baby Hold On
6. So Hard
7. I Hope$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Hold That Tiger!Import
Introduced into the music business by Frankie Avalon at a time when record producers were looking to the South Philadelphia neighborhoods in search of teenage talents with good looks, Fabian Forte mainly began singing as a way to support his family, due to his father's illness. Backed by songwriters Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, Fabian had soon released a series of hit singles on Chancellor Records, while his debut album Hold That Tiger! climbed to #5 on the US charts. Although never the greatest of singers (he would find greater success as an actor), during the late 50's Fabian was projected as something of a teen idol, helped by a string of hits and numerous appearances on American television.1. Tiger Rag
2. Hold Me (In Your Arms)
3. Ooh, What You Do!
4. I Don't Know Why
5. Please Don't Stop
7. Gonna Get You
8. Love Me Love My Tiger
9. Don't You Think It's Time?
10. Just One More Time
11. Cuddle Up A Little Closer
12. Steady Date
13. Turn Me Loose$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Down the Way
2-LP Gatefold Package Featuring 3 Additional Tracks
" a sweet and savory blend to warm the soul." - MOJO
"Brother Angus' acoustic guitar wraps sister Julia's whispery trill with an unhurried,
disarmingly simple melody that will propel you off the couch and into the sun."
- Marie Claire "Need To Download"
"If A Book Like This compounded the prospects of their future, consider Down The Way
the fulfilling realization of all expectations." - Filter
" the musical equivalent of a walk on the beach at twilight." - Nylon
"The pair melt in to one another to create a spectral and lush backdrop" - Clash Magazine (UK)
"Very possibly the worlds' favourite Australian indie-folk brother and sister duo"
- Evening Standard (London UK)
Australian brother/sister duo, Angus & Julia Stone's sophomore album Down The Way was released to critical
acclaim, charted at #1 in Australia, and features the stand-out track "Big Jet Plane."
Originally available on vinyl only in limited quantities in North America, the 2-LP Gatefold package featuring 3
additional tracks is being reissued timed with the duo's 2014 album release and October tour.
Down The Way highlights the endless talents of this brother and sister as musicians, songwriters and producers.
The self-produced album was recorded between England, New York and Australia--from an old sawmill on the
riverbanks of Fowey, Cornwall to a studio in Brooklyn, to a water tank in Coolangatta to the streets of London and
back to Queens. Down The Way is comprised of tracks that sail across the different realms of musical themes,
from folksy charm to epic orchestral grandeur, all the while emphasizing the pair's beautifully subtle harmoniesLP 1
1. Hold On
2. Black Crow
3. For You
4. Big Jet Plane
5. Santa Monica Dream
6. Yellow Brick Road
7. And The Boys
1. On The Road
2. Walk It Off
4. Draw Your Swords
5. I'm Not Yours
6. The Devil's Tears
7. Old Friend
8. Little Bird
9. Take You Away$26.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
ADAD-SUP-4656xMarty Stuart And His Fabulous Superlatives
Way Out WestWhile he's too gracious to admit it himself, the Grammy-winning singer, songwriter and musician is living, breathing country music history. He's played alongside the masters, from Cash to Lester Flatt, who discovered him; been a worldwide ambassador for Nashville, Bakersfield and points in between; and safeguarded country's most valuable traditions and physical artifacts.
But most importantly, Stuart continues to record and release keenly relevant music, records that honor country's rich legacy while advancing it into the future. Way Out West, his 18th studio album, hits both of those marks. Produced by Mike Campbell (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), the album is a cinematic tour-de-force, an exhilarating musical journey through the California desert that solidifies Stuart as a truly visionary artist.
When it comes to transforming country songs into tangible experience, Stuart has a secret weapon: his longtime band the Fabulous Superlatives, which NPR Music said could "melt your heart with four-part harmonies, rock your bones with honky tonk, and dazzle you with picking worthy of their name,". Made up of guitarist Kenny Vaughan, drummer Harry Stinson and new member, bassist Chris Scruggs, the Superlatives are an extension of Stuart himself. The Superlatives are missionaries, they're fighting partners. They're my Buckaroos, my Tennessee Three, my Strangers. They're my legacy band and have been since Day One, says Stuart.
I would play this record for Hank Williams, Merle Haggard or Ernest Hemingway and never bat an eye, says Stuart. There's something in there that would entertain each of them.1. Desert Prayer - Part I
3. Lost On The Desert
4. Way Out West
5. El Fantasma Del Toro
6. Old Mexico
7. Time Don't Wait
9. Air Mail Special
11. Please Don't Say Goodbye
12. Whole Lotta Highway (With A Million Miles To Go)
13. Desert Prayer - Part II
14. Wait For The Morning
15. Way Out West (Reprise)$18.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
My Life, My WaySo far we only reissued classic AGNOSTIC FRONT albums from the 80s and early 90s, but we all know this NEW YORK HARDCORE machine cant be stopped and that they are still going strong until this very day! Therefor the next reissue on STRENGTH RECORDS is one of the bands more recent, but certainly not their least records, 2011s MY LIFE, MY WAY! Originally released on NUCLEAR BLAST, the original pressing is already long gone and sold out, with some of the versions selling for top dollar on the known auction sites. We reckon that great music should be available for everyone who wants to hear it for a fair price, and MY LIFE, MY WAY can definitely be classified under great New York hardcore music with modern day classics such as City Streets, Us Against The World, My Way, Until The Day I Die and The Sacrifice!1. City Streets
2. More Than A Memory
3. Us Against The World
4. My Life, My Way
5. Thats Life
6. Self Pride
7. Until The Day I Die
8. Now And Forever
9. The Sacrifice
10. A Mi Manera
11. Your Worst Enemy
12. Empty Dreams
13. Time Has Come$37.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Long Way From HomeThird Man Records is proud to announce the forthcoming releases of Leon Redbone's Long Way From Home, the never-before-released earliest known recordings of the mysterious performer. Redbone's career has spanned over four decades and began with his earliest performances on the folk festival and club circuit. His numerous appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and Saturday Night Live and other outlets catalyzed his rise to international recognition. Over the ensuing years he has appeared throughout North America, Europe, Australia and Japan and released thirteen albums of his unique music, a panoply of early music styles that he delivered with his singular laconic idiosyncratic style. A true champion of early American ragtime, blues and jazz, Leon Redbone has spent a lifetime preserving that musical tradition while exposing successive generations to a rich musical heritage of which they might not otherwise have become aware. Recorded in 1972 by Dave Benders for WBFO Radio at the University of Buffalo, Long Way From Home features some of the first Leon Redbone recordings. Long Way From Home was never released commercially and is finally available in a double-LP package for all to enjoy.1. Lord, I Looked Down The Road
2. Mother, Queen Of My Heart
3. T.B. Blues
4. Don't Let It Bother You
6. Me And The Devil Blues
7. If I Had Possession Over Judgement Day
8. Mississippi River Blues
9. Kind Hearted Woman Blues
10. Old Love Letters
11. Sweet Mama Hurry Home Or I'll Be
13. Nobody Knows But Me
14. My Walking Stick
15. Cat Man Blues
16. Gambling Bar Room Blues
17. My Good Gal's Gone Blues
18. Yodeling Cowboy
19. Bootleg Rum Dum Blues$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
REDI-SUN-5306xChocolate Watch Band
No Way OutSundazed is totally stoked to announce the reissue of the first two albums by the Chocolate Watch Band, high on everyones list as one of the most exciting garage bands ever. Hailing from San Jose, California, the Watch Bandfeaturing the pouting, Mick Jagger-influenced lead vocals of Dave Aguilar, the thrilling guitars of Sean Tolby and Mark Loomis, the solid bass of Bill Flores and the thumping drums of Gary Andrijasevichmade all the right scenes in San Jose, including appearances with South Bay chart-toppers the Syndicate of Sound and Count Five.
No Way Out kicks things off with an eye-opening nugget, Lets Talk About Girls. Its a song that perfectly blends a stomping Chuck Berry rhythm track with the happening boss sound, the psychedelic guitar. Come On, an early Stones single, is given the perfect Jagger paint job, while Are You Gonna Be There (At the Love-In) captures the new tribal hippie culture in a nutshell.1. Let's Talk About Girls
2. Midnight Hour
3. Come On
4. Dark Side of the Mushroom
5. Hot Dusty Road
6. Are You Gonna be There (At the Love-In)
7. Gone and Passes By
8. No Way Out
9. Expo 2000
10. Gossamer Wings$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SONM-MAS-5711xThe Blind Boys Of Alabama
I'll Find A Way
Features Special Guests: Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Patty Grifn, Sam Amidon, And Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond
Produced by Justin Vernon (Bon Iver, Kathleen Edwards), I'll Find a Way is a unique collaboration between one of popular music's longest-running acts and one of its fastest-rising stars. Known primarily for his work in the indie and folk realms, the Bon Iver frontman proved a perfect fit to work with the Blind Boys, exhibiting a deep knowledge and
appreciation of gospel music. Vernon, and old friend and band mate Phil Cook (Megafaun, The Shouting Matches) corralled a lively backing band for the album and hand-picked a range of songs for the Blind Boys to sing. I'll Find a Way features some of the Blind Boys' most fervent vocals as well as contributions by a new generation of Blind Boys
fans - Sam Amidon, Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Casey Dienel of White Hinterland, Patty Grifn and Justin Vernon himself. The result is a rousing collection of gospel songs, new and old, that address life's most desperate hours but also savor the triumphs and reassurances of faith.
I'll Find a Way represents a strong new chapter for the Blind Boys of Alabama, whose career stretches back more than seventy years. Formed in the late 1930s at the Alabama Institute for the Negro Blind in Talladega, the group has harmonized throughout
the turbulent twentieth century and well into the twenty-rst: from Jim Crow through Civil Rights and into the Obama era. They have, however, enjoyed some of their biggest and most rousing successes in the last ten years, during which they've won ve Grammys, four Gospel Music Awards and multiple invitations to sing at the White House.
For I'll Find a Way, their ninth studio album of the twenty-rst century, the Blind Boys of Alabama - which includes Jimmy Carter, Eric "Ricky" McKinnie, Joey Williams, Tracy Pierce, Ben Moore and newest addition Paul Beasley - decamped to the wintry wild of rural Wisconsin to record at Vernon's April Base studio. Known primarily for his work in the indie and folk realms, the Bon Iver frontman proved a perfect t to work with the Blind Boys, exhibiting a deep knowledge and appreciation of gospel
"It's not just singing," explains the 82-year-old Carter. "We're bringing the message to the people, and that message is the good news of God. We sing from the heart, and what comes from the heart reaches the heart. If you have any feeling in you,
you will feel the Blind Boys."1. God Put A Rainbow In The Cloud
2. I'll Find A Way (to Carry It All) (Featuring Shara Worden Of My Brightest Diamond)
3. I Am Not Waiting Anymore (Featuring Sam Amidon)
4. I Shall Not Be Moved
5. Take Me To The Water
6. I've Been Searching (Featuring Merrill Garbus Of Tune-yards)
7. There Will Never Be Any Peace (until God Is Seated At The Conference Table) (Featuring Casey Dienel Of White Hinterland)
8. Take Your Burden To The Lord And Leave It There
9. Every Grain Of Sand (Featuring Justin Vernon Of Bon Iver)
10. My God Is Real
11. Jubilee (Featuring Patty Griffin)$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Is Forever No WayHope I Die Virgin have, with their chaste and low key mix of rainy British indie and Dischord sound, been a cult band reserved for a few seeking souls. Two self released EP's, the most recent produced by Emil Nikolaisen of Serena Maneesh, received nods of approval from besserwissers. Still the band with the strange name have been walking by themselves in the murky mud on the banks of Oslo's underground, barely visible for the past two years.
Hope I Die Virgin let the world be and created an alternate reality in Harrys Gym studio through innumerable sessions in 2009 and 2010. Is Forever No Way was from the beginning a megalomaniac project, a fantasy of a record so extensive, so deep and discomposing that the world had never heard anything like it. The more time the band spent in the studio, the more self-exhausting their ambitions became. Every bass note, every last beating of the cymbals have been subjected to infinite interpretation and association processes. Every chord shift has been analysed with astrological and scientifical intent.1. Intro
2. Panther Streams
3. Acid Lake
4. Anders Giæver (Interstellar Duke)
6. Wolf Head Dress
7. (Soon) Into Heavens
8. No Dwelling
9. At Crude Garbage Falls$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Willie Way
First Time 180 Gram Translucent Red Vinyl, Gatefold Cover & 12 X 24 Poster Presentation
Definitive Smash Hits Help Me Make It Through The Night - Mountain Dew - You Left Me A Long Long Time Ago - I'd Rather You Didn't Leave Me
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso & Manufactured At R.T.I.
Willie Hugh Nelson is an American musician, singer, songwriter, author, poet, actor, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), combined with the critical and commercial success of Red Headed Stranger (1975) and Stardust (1978), made Nelson one of the most recognized artists in country music. He was one of the main figures of outlaw country, a subgenre of country music that developed in the late 1960s as a reaction to the conservative restrictions of the Nashville sound. Nelson has acted in over 30 films, co-authored several books, and has been involved in activism for the use of biofuels and the legalization of marijuana.1. You Left Me A Long, Long Time Ago
2. Wonderful Future
3. Help Me Make It Through The Night
4. Wake Me When It's Over
5. Undo The Right
6. Mountain Dew
7. Home Is Where You're Happy
8. A Moment Isn't Very Long
9. What Do You Want Me To Do?
10. I'd Rather You Didn't Love Me$32.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
The Way Is ReadNonesuch Records releases The Way Is Read, a twelve-song album by the English trio The Staves-Emily, Jessica, and Camilla Staveley-Taylor (all vocals)-and New York City-based ensemble yMusic. After being commissioned in 2016 by Justin Vernon's Eaux Claires Festival to collaborate on a live performance piece, The Staves delved deep into yMusic's catalogue of contemporary classical compositions to find pieces suited to their lyrics and vocals. While the Festival is known for bringing musicians together for one-off performances, this is the first time one of those partnerships has made the leap into a studio album. The LP was produced by Rob Moose and Jessica Staveley-Taylor and mixed and engineered by Brian Joseph at his studio, Hive, in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
The two groups will come together live again at a series of special shows at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis on December 1 and 2, and they also will perform on public radio's A Prairie Home Companion on December 16. The Way Is Read is available to pre-order now from iTunes and the Nonesuch Store, along with an instant download of the album track Trouble on My Mind, which can be heard on Spotify. You can watch a video for that song, directed by yMusic flautist Alex Sopp, here:
Emily Staveley-Taylor says of the collaboration, Our aim from the outset was to truly collaborate with yMusic. We wanted to feel like instruments and join in with some of yMusic's existing work, using our voices in ways we hadn't previously explored. We chopped up compositions and put them together again in new ways. We took old folk songs and made them abstract. The idea of forming an orchestra with these incredible musicians was fascinating. What we have ended up with is everything we'd hoped, more than we dreamed, and hopefully the tip of the iceberg.
Rob Moose of yMusic adds, When Justin raised the possibility of our groups collaborating, we immediately upped the stakes by focusing on a combination of new Staves songs and transformations of yMusic's composed works. It was as much a thrill to hear songs emerge organically over sections of intricate chamber music as it was satisfying to strip songs of the instrument that created them, whether guitar or piano, in order to craft new connective tissue. This project was born of voice memos sent back and forth across the seas, two frenetic days in a Manhattan rehearsal space, a festival set, and a single day of recording in the woods outside of Eau Claire.
The Staves, also known as Jessica, Camilla and Emily Staveley-Taylor, moved to Minneapolis from London in the summer of 2016, where they lived for a year in order to be closer to Eau Claire, Wisconsin, friend and collaborator Justin Vernon's hometown, which has become a creative hub and second home to them. The sisters have worked with Stones and Who producer Glyn Johns, as well as Laura Marling and Ryan Adams producer Ethan Johns. In addition to their three albums and several EPs, The Staves have headlined tours across North America and Europe and performed on tours with Bon Iver, Florence and the Machine, Angus and Julia Stone, and The Civil Wars. The New York Times said of their 2015 Vernon-produced Nonesuch debut, If I Was, the songs are illuminated from within, and Magnet said, The perfection just goes on and on until you start to wonder: Are they human?
Hailed by Performance Today's Fred Child as one of the groups that has really helped to shape the future of classical music, yMusic comprises six New York City instrumentalists-violinist Rob Moose, violist Nadia Sirota, cellist Gabriel Cabezas, clarinettist Hideki Aomori, flutist Alex Sopp, and trumpeter CJ Camerieri-flourishing in the overlap between the pop and classical worlds. Their virtuosic execution and unique configuration has attracted the attention of high profile collaborators-from Paul Simon to Ben Folds to JosÉ González-and inspired an expanding repertoire of original works by some of today's foremost composers, including Nico Muhly and Andrew Norman.1. Hopeless
2. Take Me Home
3. Trouble on My Mind
4. Bladed Stance
5. All My Life
6. Silent Side
7. Year of the Dog
8. Courting Is a Pleasure
9. All the Times You Prayed
11. Sprig of Thyme
12. The Way is Read$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Along The WayFrom the mid-western underground consciousness, guitarist/producer Mark McGuire
emerges with his forthcoming 2014 Dead Oceans debut Along the Way. The conceptual
album details the inner journey of an individual seeking definition and enlightenment. For
those following McGuire's musical ascent thus far, the record is a culmination of a prodigious
and prolific artist.
Playing with a wide variety of instruments and styles on Along the Way, McGuire presents his
unique vision of modern psychedelia. Using electric and acoustic guitars, a Talkbox, drum
machines, a mandolin and lots in between, McGuire conducts a sonic exploration of the
inner self. "This story is an odyssey through the vast, unknown regions of the mind," he
explains in the liner notes," The endless unfolding of psychological landscapes, leading to
perpetual discoveries and expansions, in a genuinely emergent and infinite world of worlds."
Mark McGuire first came to national attention as part of Cleveland's drone collective
Emeralds, a band that single handedly created a paradigm shift toward the meditative in an
era of underground music best known for noise and chaos. Their albums for the Editions
Mego, No Fun and Hanson labels, among others, remain treasured to a generation of tape
collecting misfits. Over the course of many independent and self-releases the individual
members of the band exhibited their solo material from their earliest days. McGuire's first
solo release in 2006 showcased a natural affinity for melody, slowly disintegrating loops and
composition. When he kept audiences spellbound with live performances of his material it
made believers of concertgoers across the world. By 2009 his solo debut album Living With
Yourself was garnering praise from press and audiences alike. McGuire as a solo performer
made a direct connection with fans through his hypnotic playing, becoming more complex
in its dynamics and phrasings. The album's 2011 follow up Get Lost furthered the guitarist's
palate to include a sun-bleached digital effect. The music continually grew over itself as delays
decayed and new ones took their place, each layer revealing colors and sunspots, reflecting the
expanse of roads traveled.
The last few years have found McGuire touring with friends like Ducktails as well as
performing as a fifth member of the legendary Afghan Whigs, collaborating with artists like
Ponytail's Dustin Wong and releasing his own R&B influenced Road Chief project. 2014 will
bring more touring, more collaborations, more videos and media; expanding horizons that
all start with a sound.1. Awakening
2. Wonderland of Living Things
3. In Search of the Miraculous
4. To The Macrobes (Where Do I Go?)
6. Silent Weapons (The Architects of Manipulation)
7. The Instinct
8. The Human Condition (Song For My Father)
9. For the Friendships (Along the Way)
10. Arrival Begins the Next Departure
11. The War on Consciousness
12. The Lonelier Way
13. Turiya (The Same Way)$20.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
One Way or AnotherImport
One Way... Or Another was the second studio outing of supergroup Cactus. Existing of Vanilla Fudge rhythm section Carmine Appice (drums) and Tim Bogert (bass), as well as former Amboy Dukes lead vocalist Rusty Day (vocals/mouth harp), and Jim McCarty (guitar) from Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels and the Buddy Miles Express.
The album offers eight tracks of which are six originals and two covers. Kicking off with one from the latter column, it's the unexpected slow and heavy take on Little Richard's Long Tall Sally. The other cover, a version of Chuck Willis' Feel So Bad, is more than serviceable but it's really the originals that are the stars of this show. Highlights are including Rock N' Roll Children, Big Mama Boogie - Parts I & II, and the title track, which closes the album in suitably kick-ass fashion.
This album is well crafted and flows dramatically from one song to the other without a dull moment. Anyone with a liking for early 70's blues oriented rock will love this album.1. Long Tall Sally
2. Rockout, Whenever You Feel Like
3. Rock N' Roll Children
4. Big Mama Boogie - Parts I & II
5. Feel So Bad
6. Song For Aries
7. Hometown Bust
8. One Way...or Another$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Language That We SpeakComing from the barren and simple fields of Iowa, Former Thieves have created a record that personifies the feelings and emotions of coming from nothing and fighting the entire way. The Language That We Speak takes the listener through a thorough commentary on the frustration of midwestern life. Recorded December 1st through the 10th, 2010 at The Red Room in Seattle, WA with Chris Common (Mastodon, The Sword).1. Dead Horses are Turned into Glue
2. I Cant Get There From Here
3. Brilliant Exceptions
4. Trust Fund Kids
5. First World Blues
6. Everything has a Price, Everything is Stolen
7. Pacemaker Trendsetter
8. Whats Real and Whats Not
9. Bad Friends
10. The Language That We Speak$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Find A Way To CareFor over 50 years, John Mayall has served as a pioneer of blues music, rightly earning him the title, "The Godfather of British Blues." In 2013, John signed with producer Eric Corne's label, Forty Below Records, and has since been experiencing a true artistic and career renaissance.
This revival continues with the release of a brilliant new studio album titled "Find a Way to Care," produced by John and Eric at famed House of Blues Studios in Encino, California. About the new album, Corne says, I really wanted to feature John's keyboard playing on this record. He's truly one of the most lyrical, economical and underrated keyboardists around. We also wanted to change things up a bit after the success of A
Special Life and the addition of a horn section on several tracks was a really fun way to do that. As good as the last album was, I think this one is even better.
On the new album, John adds harmonica on two songs, as well as a classic guitar track reminiscent of Hubert Sumlin or Muddy Waters on the latter's legendary Long Distance Call. He is joined by his killer touring band: Rocky Athas (guitar), Greg Rzab (bass) and Jay Davenport (drums).
The release of "Find a Way to Care" comes on the heels of Mayall's internationally acclaimed, A Special Life" in 2014. I'd easily put this one among Mayall's best efforts - and that includes 'Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton,' 'A Hard Road' and 'Blues from Laurel Canyon!'"Mother in Law Blues
The River's Invitation
Ain't No Guarantees
I Feel So Bad
Find a Way to Care
Long Distance Call
I Want All My Money Back
Ropes and Chains
Long Summer Days
Drifting Blues$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Thread That Keeps UsOver the past two decades, a strong sense of place
has shaped the music of CALEXICO, infusing their
albums with a stylistic unpredictability and richness
of texture. While 2015's Edge of the Sun brought
the Tucson-bred band to the Mexico City borough
of Coyoacán, their new full-length The Thread That
Keeps Us mostly came to life in a house studio near
the Northern California coast nicknamed "The Phantom
Ship" by CALEXICO vocalist/guitarist Joey
Burns and drummer John Convertino.
Like "End of the World with You," much of The Thread
That Keeps Us captures the anxieties and unease of
living in tumultuous times. While the album draws
a kinetic energy from all that uncertainty, its lyrics
unfold with a literary nuance and sense of setting
and character. "Instead of writing straight-up protest
songs, I want to tell stories," Burns says. Largely
inspired by his wanderings around Northern California
during the album's production, the narratives
embedded in The Thread That Keeps Us reflect on
displacement, transitory existence, and-in Burns's
words-"returning to your home after being gone for
some time and seeing how things have changed, and
maybe not in the best way."1. End of the World With You
2. Voices in the Field
3. Bridge to Nowhere
5. Under the Wheels
6. The Town & Miss Lorraine
7. Flores y Tamales
8. Another Space
9. Unconditional Waltz
10. Girl in the Forest
11. Eyes Wide Awake
12. Dead in the Water
14. Thrown to the Wild
15. Music Box$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Way We Are (Discontinued)Following their abstract masterpiece, The World I See, The Present returns with an album that delves ever deeper into the human psyche. Like an audio equivalent of Apocalypse Now, The Way We Are is by turns terrifying, enchanting, hallucinatory, and sharply focused. A psychedelic power-trio from a mythical dimension, The Present creates a strangely familiar music, as if they had already seen your dreams and your nightmares.
In order to define the music, it might help to list some of the things it is not: it is not a pop album, neither is it a classical or jazz album. It's not an ambient album or a rock album either, but there are elements of all of these within its dense musical structure. Touchstones include the music of La Monte Young, Dmitri Shostakovich, Wolfgang Voigt, Cluster, Black Dice, Claude Debussy, Aphex Twin, Can, Arthur Russell, Boredoms, and Brian Eno-- and yet it sounds like none of these.
What it is: a kaleidoscopic trip influenced by New York City, the ocean, mountains, the sun and the trees, Andy Warhol, Yukio Mishima, David Lynch, Friedrich Nietzsche, Buddhist mantra, mass transit, cats, birds and life. Life in all its myriad complexity and confusions, in all its transcendent beauty and its horrendous brutality.
Their live show has been described as more of a sensory experience than a mere matter of listening and it's the title track-- a 35-minute epic the likes of which has not been heard since the glory days of Popul Vuh-- that best captures the band's extraordinary intensity.
Once again this work is a collaboration with the artist Andrew Kuo, whose unique vision formed the cover of The World I See and whose work provides the visual counterpoint to The Present's sonic creation. Together, they make a totality that reflects so intensely and so clearly The Way We Are.Medman
The Way We Are$22.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Is That All There Is?Peggy Lee was 49 years old when Capitol Records released Is That All There Is? in 1969. It was her 42nd album, and it had been over 10 years since the singer born Norma Deloris Egstrom, in 1920, had last graced the US Top 40 with her presence; her sultry take on Little Willie John's 'Fever' scaled the upper echelons of the American hit parade in 1958.
But Lee, a country girl with Scandinavian ancestry who hailed from the plains of North Dakota, had more in the tank. The haunting and idiosyncratic 'Is That All There Is?' (inspired by a short story called Disillusionment from German writer Thomas Mann) captured the public imagination when it was released as a single in the States and started climbing the pop charts, where it peaked at No.11. Such was the song's impact that it won Lee a Grammy Award in the category of Best Contemporary Female Vocal Performance in 1970. Its success was a surprise to Capitol, who thought the song was too odd and esoteric to be a hit.
The song opens Lee's album of the same name and, even today, remains a profoundly potent piece of music. It has the ability to simultaneously provoke conflicting emotions, eliciting both laughter and pathos. Combining a spoken narrative with a plaintive refrain sung over a jaunty rhythm, it evokes the Berlin cabaret scene of the 1920s and the spirit of German composer Kurt Weill. The song was penned and produced by noted hitmakers Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, and it's unlike anything else they wrote: a philosophical rumination that questions the meaning of things.
Arranged and conducted by a young Randy Newman, 'Is That All There Is?' is beautifully delivered by Lee in plangent tones, mixing a droll, ironic humour with a poignant reflection on the absurdity and, indeed, disappointments of life. Despite the song's somber mood and theme of disillusionment, the chorus is gloriously carefree: "Let's keep dancing/Let's break out the booze and have a ball," Lee sings, and she sounds like she means it. (Understandably, the song - which was originally written for, and turned down by, Marlene Dietrich - has inspired many covers over the years, including notable versions by Tony Bennett and PJ Harvey with John Parish.)
Though it was the undoubted cornerstone of Lee's 1969 album, there was much more to enjoy besides the title song. Another Leiber and Stoller composition, 'Whistle For Happiness', is stylistically similar to 'Is That All There Is?' while their 'I'm A Woman' is a swaggering, sassy blues that was first cut by Lee on her 1963 album of the same name and was a minor US chart hit at the time.
Peggy Lee Is Love Story Single Label - 300Elsewhere, Lee deconstructs the Al Jolson-associated 'Me And My Shadow' and imbues it with a languorous sensuality, while the Nancy and Frank Sinatra duet 'Something Stupid' is reconfigured into a breezy bossa nova. Another highlight is her take on Randy Newman's 'Love Story (You And Me)', the opening cut on the singer-songwriter's 1968 debut album for Reprise, which is arranged and conducted by the composer himself. Newman's 'Johnny (Linda)' is also included and has an arrangement that recalls the vaudevillian quirkiness of the album's title track.
Lee also embraced the rock music zeitgeist by tackling The Beatles' George Harrison-penned 'Something' and Neil Diamond's gospel-flavoured 'Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show', though she does them in her own inimitable way.
Is That All There Is? dared to be different and showed that, though Peggy Lee was often typecast as a stereotypical jazz chanteuse, she was a much more versatile performer than had hitherto been revealed. Though its title song is an ode to coping with disappointment, that particular emotion is the last thing that you feel when listening to this classic album, which is a life-affirming delight from beginning to end.1. Is That All There Is?
2. Love Story
3. Me And My Shadow
4. My Old Flame
5. I'm A Woman
6. Brother Love's Travelling Salvation Show
8. Whistle For Happiness
9. Johnny (Linda)
10. Don't Smoke In Bed$24.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now