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  • The Elektra Years 1978-1987: Complete Albums Box The Elektra Years 1978-1987: Complete Albums Box Quick View

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    The Elektra Years 1978-1987: Complete Albums Box


    Limited Edition Vinyl Boxed Set With Each 180-gram LP Pressed On A Different Color Vinyl


    The extensive set retraces the band's musical journey in the studio and includes: The Cars (1978), Candy-O (1979), Panorama (1980), Shake It Up (1981), Heartbeat City, (1984) and Door To Door (1987). Among the 60 tracks are the band's biggest hits - My Best Friend's Girl, Good Times Roll, You Are The Girl, and Drive.

    LP 1: The Cars (1978)
    1. Good Times Roll
    2. My Best Friend's Girl
    3. Just What I Needed
    4. I'm In Touch With Your World
    5. Don't Cha Stop
    6. You're All I've Got Tonight
    7. Bye Bye Love
    8. Moving In Stereo
    9. All Mixed Up


    LP 2: Candy-O (1979)
    1. Let's Go
    2. Since I Held You
    3. It's All I Can Do
    4. Double Life
    5. Shoo Be Doo
    6. Candy-O
    7. Night Spots
    8. You Can't Hold On Too Long
    9. Lust For Kicks
    10. Got A Lot On My Head
    11. Dangerous Type


    LP 3: Panorama (1980)
    1. Panorama
    2. Touch and Go
    3. Gimme Some Slack
    4. Don't Tell Me No
    5. Getting Through
    6. Misfit Kid
    7. Down Boys
    8. You Wear Those Eyes
    9. Running To You
    10. Up and Down


    LP 4: Shake It Up (1981)
    1. Since You're Gone
    2. Shake It Up
    3. I'm Not the One
    4. Victim of Love
    5. Cruiser
    6. A Dream Away
    7. This Could Be Love
    8. Think It Over
    9. Maybe Baby


    LP 5: Heartbeat City (1984)
    1. Hello Again
    2. Looking For Love
    3. Magic
    4. Drive
    5. Starnger Eyes
    6. You Might Think
    7. It's Not the Night
    8. Why Can't I Have You
    9. I Refuse
    10. Heartbeat City


    LP 6: Door to Door (1987)
    1. Leave or Stay
    2. You Are the Girl
    3. Double Trouble
    4. Fine Line
    5. Everything You Say
    6. Ta Ta Wayo Wayo
    7. Strap Me In
    8. Coming Up You
    9. Wound Up On You
    10. Go Away
    11. Door To Door

    The Cars
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 6 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The Cars Greatest Hits The Cars Greatest Hits Quick View

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    The Cars Greatest Hits

    First Time Audiophile Vinyl Release!


    Mastered from the Original Elektra Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music and Capitol Mastering


    180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl

    Limited Edition

    Gatefold Cover


    The legendary alternative rockers The Cars set the music world on fire back in 1977 with their superstar brand of rock and
    roll. Augmented with the brilliant musicianship of members Ric Ocasek (Benjamin Orr, Elliot Easton, David Robinson and Greg
    Hawkes), their initial offerings would prove to become the huge catalyst for things to come.
    For their next sixth smash albums, The Cars, Candy-O, Panorama, Shake It Up, Heartbeat City and Door to Door, the singles and hit album tracks would take the band to the top of all the popular music charts as these masterpiece albums would become classic rock manna for the ages. Their performances were of legendary proportion, which still
    makes them one of the most successful live acts of the classic rock era.


    With massive radio airplay and of course an amazing
    string of number one singles and hit albums, The Cars to this day are still revered and loved by their continual growing legion
    of fans worldwide.
    After delivering a plethora of hits in rapid succession for Elektra Records, the label honored this hugely popular band with
    their incredible greatest hits album simply titled The Cars Greatest Hits.
    Filled with a treasure trove of chart topping singles and hit album tracks from their smash albums, this incredible 1985
    effort awarded these rock legends with one of the biggest greatest hits albums ever released, with over six million units sold!
    No stone is left unturned, as this 12 track masterpiece is loaded with hit after hit with smash singles like Just What I
    Needed, Drive, Let's Go, Good Times Roll, Shake It Up and My Best Friend's Girl.
    As one of the most enduring albums in their massive career catalog, The Cars Greatest Hits includes even more significant
    hit tracks like the power ballad I'm Not the One and more hard rock classic hits like Touch and Go, You Might Think and the
    number one rocker made especially for this album Tonight She Comes.


    All in all, a collection of songs which took the fans by
    storm, forever associating the title superstars to The Cars franchise.
    As a another fine installment in The Cars Friday Music Original Recording Master Series, we are pleased to announce for
    the very first time ever on audiophile vinyl The Cars Greatest hits. Mastered impeccably from the original Elektra Records tapes
    by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Records, this amazing classic truly shines in the audiophile vinyl domain.
    To enhance your limited edition album experience, this first time audiophile vinyl release is also for a very short time being
    offered in a wonderful gatefold cover presentation.
    Welcome back to the amazing The Cars Greatest Hits an audiophile first time vinyl release, only from your friends at
    Friday Music.
    I Like The Nightlife Baby

    Just What I Needed
    Since You're Gone
    You Might Think
    Good Times Roll
    Touch And Go
    Drive
    Tonight She Comes
    My Best Friend's Girl
    Let's Go
    I'm Not The One
    Magic
    Shake It Up
    The Cars
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  • Moving In Stereo: The Best of the Cars (Awaiting Repress) Moving In Stereo: The Best of the Cars (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    Moving In Stereo: The Best of the Cars (Awaiting Repress)

    MOVING IN STEREO: THE BEST OF THE CARS is a collection produced by the band, with all surviving members contributing to song selection. Ric Ocasek also supervised digital remastering of all the audio with Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound.The collection features the band's big hits along with a rare, single mix for I'm Not The One, as well as a live version of Everything You Say, and a new mix by producer Philippe Zdar of Sad Song, a track from the band's last album, 2011's Move Like This.
    1. Just What I Needed
    2. Since You're Gone
    3. Let's Go
    4. You Might Think
    5. Shake It Up
    6. Drive
    7. Tonight She Comes
    8. My Best Friend's Girl
    9. Don't Tell Me No
    10. You're All I've Got Tonight
    11. I'm Not The One - Single Mix
    12. Candy-O
    13. Heartbeat City
    14. Touch And Go
    15. Moving In Stereo
    16. Dangerous Type
    17. Sad Song - Zdar Mix*
    18. Everything You Say - Live*


    *Previously Unreleased

    The Cars
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  • The Best Of Carly Simon The Best Of Carly Simon Quick View

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    The Best Of Carly Simon

    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso From The Original Elektra Records Tapes


    Carly Simon is truly one of the greatest exponents of the singer/songwriter boom that rocked the seventies music scene when she debuted her first hit single That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be in 1970. Carly's stunning artistry and her smash hits continue to be some of the most played on radio stations worldwide, as witnessed in her classic greatest hits collection The Best of Carly Simon.


    The 1978 smash LP features her biggest hit singles and album tracks from her finest albums on Elektra Records. Masterworks like You're So Vain, Anticipation, Attitude Dancing, Haven't Got Time for the Pain, Mockingbird (with James Taylor) and The Right Thing to Do surely make The Best of Carly Simon one of the most revered greatest hits albums in classic rock history.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Carly Simon, that is why we are so very
    proud to announce another fine installment in the Carly Simon/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile
    Vinyl Series with her greatest hits masterpiece The Best of Carly Simon. The original Elektra Records classic is now mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Carly Simon, James Taylor, Hall & Oates) and for a very limited time, this first time audiophile release will be presented in a first time gatefold cover, including the lyrics to all the great songs that you will want to sing along to.


    Carly Simon The Best of Carly Simon Impeccable first time audiophile vinyl and gatefold
    cover Happy New Year! Anticipation

    1. That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be
    2. The Right Thing to Do
    3. Mockingbird
    4. Legend In Your Own Time
    5. Haven't Got Time for the Pain
    6. You're So Vain
    7. (We Have) No Secrets
    8. Night Owl
    9. Anticipation
    10. Attitude Dancing
    Carly Simon
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  • Hotcakes Hotcakes Quick View

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    Hotcakes


    The Carly Simon/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Series Continues!


    Her Multi-platinum Hotcakes Album!


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Beautiful Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso From The Original Elektra Records Tapes


    Carly Simon is truly one of the greatest exponents
    of the singer/songwriter boom that rocked the seventies
    music scene when she debuted her first hit single
    That's the Way I've Always Heard It Should Be in 1970.
    Carly's stunning artistry and her smash hits continue to
    be some of the most played on radio stations worldwide,
    as witnessed in her classic 1974 platinum chart topper
    Hotcakes.


    The 1974 smash LP features several of her biggest hit singles like Mockingbird which features
    James Taylor, as well as one of the finest songs of that year Haven't Got Time for the Pain.
    Masterworks like Misfit, Forever My Love and Just Not True surely make Hotcakes one of the
    most revered albums in Carly Simon's stellar career.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Carly Simon, that is why we are
    so very proud to announce another fine installment in the Carly Simon/Friday Music 180 Gram
    Audiophile Vinyl Series with her masterpiece Hotcakes.


    The original Elektra Records classic is now mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Carly
    Simon, James Taylor, Hall & Oates) and for a very limited time, this first time audiophile release
    will be presented in its original gatefold cover, plus we'll be including the rare lyrics sleeve which
    hasn't been seen in years in the LP format.


    Carly Simon Hotcakes Impeccable first time audiophile vinyl and gatefold cover!


    I Haven't Got Time For The Pain

    1. Safe and Sound
    2. Mind on My Man
    3. Think I'm Gonna Have a Baby
    4. Older Sister
    5. Just Not True
    6. Hotcakes
    7. Misfit
    8. Forever My Love
    9. Mockingbird
    10. Grownup
    11. Haven't Got Time for the Pain
    Carly Simon
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  • Candy-O (Expanded Edition) Candy-O (Expanded Edition) Quick View

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    Candy-O (Expanded Edition)

    D-Side Etching

    The Cars' second album, 1979's Candy-O will be reissued as an expanded edition.

    This new 2017 edition of Candy-O comes with seven bonus tracks: 'Northern Studios' versions of four songs (including previously unissued song They Won't See You), two monitor mixes and a B-side. This edition uses the Ric Ocasek supervised mastering from last year's The Elektra Years box set.

    Candy-O is being reissued as a 2LP vinyl edition with all the extra audio. The gatefold vinyl has music on three sides and an etching on the fourth.

    1. Let's Go (Remastered)
    2. Since I Held You (Remastered)
    3. It's All I Can Do (Remastered)
    4. Double Life (Remastered)
    5. Shoo Be Doo (Remastered)
    6. Candy-O (Remastered)
    7. Night Spots (Remastered)
    8. You Can't Hold On Too Long (Remastered)
    9. Lust For Kicks (Remastered)
    10. Got A Lot On My Head (Remastered)
    11. Dangerous Type (Remastered)
    12. Let's Go - Roy Thomas Baker Monitor Mix
    13. Candy-O - Northern Studios Version
    14. Nights Spots - Northern Studios Version
    15. Lust for Kicks - Roy Thomas Baker Monitor Mix
    16. Dangerous Type - Northern Studios Version
    17. They Won't See You - Northern Studios Version, Previously Unissued
    18. That's It - Let's Go B-side
    The Cars
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  • Shake It Up (Expanded) Shake It Up (Expanded) Quick View

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    Shake It Up (Expanded)

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct The Cars in April, honoring the legendary band's incredible musical legacy and enormous commercial success. Rhino will kick off the celebration early with the expanded edition for Shake It Up.


    Each release features the original album - remastered in 2016 - expanded with rare and unreleased bonus tracks. Illustrated booklets accompany the music and contain liner notes written by renowned rock journalist David Fricke, who details the history of each album with new interviews by band member David Robinson.


    Ric Ocasek, Elliot Easton, Greg Hawkes, Benjamin Orr and David Robinson recorded Shake It Up in 1981 at Syncro Sound, the group's new studio in Boston, with producer Roy Thomas Baker. Working in their own space afforded them the time to perfect the sound of the album, which became their third-straight Top 10 hit record and sold more than two million copies. It features the unforgettable singles "Since You're Gone," "Think It Over" and The Cars' first Top 10 hit single, "Shake It Up."


    Several unreleased tracks make their debut on SHAKE IT UP: EXPANDED EDITION, including an early version of "Since You're Gone," the demo for "Shake It Up" and an unreleased song called "Midnight Dancer."

    LP 1
    1. Since You're Gone (Remastered)
    2. Shake It Up (Remastered)
    3. I'm Not The One (Remastered)
    4. Victim Of Love (Remastered)
    5. Cruiser (Remastered)
    6. A Dream Away (Remastered)
    7. This Could Be Love (Remastered)
    8. Think It Over (Remastered)
    9. Maybe Baby (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Since You're Gone (Early Version)
    2. Shake It Up (Demo)
    3. I'm Not The One (Remix) [Remastered]
    4. Cruiser (Early Version)
    5. Take It On The Run (Early Version of A Dream Away)
    6. Coming Up You Again (1981 Version of Coming Up You)
    7. Little Black Egg (Remastered)
    8. Midnight Dancer

    The Cars
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  • Heartbeat City (Expanded) Heartbeat City (Expanded) Quick View

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    Heartbeat City (Expanded)

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct The Cars in April, honoring the legendary band's incredible musical legacy and enormous commercial success. Rhino will kick off the celebration early with expanded editions for Heartbeat City.


    Each release features the original album - remastered in 2016 - expanded with rare and unreleased bonus tracks. Illustrated booklets accompany the music and contain liner notes written by renowned rock journalist David Fricke, who details the history of each album with new interviews by band members Ric Ocasek.


    The album, which peaked at #3 on the charts, went on to sell four million copies, making it the band's fifth consecutive platinum album. An amazing success, the album launched five tracks that reached the Top 40, including the Top Ten hits "Drive" and "You Might Think." Videos for the songs received heavy airplay on MTV, including "Hello Again," which was directed by Andy Warhol, and "You Might Think," which won the inaugural MTV Video Music Award for Video of the Year in 1984. Among the seven bonus tracks included on HEARTBEAT CITY: EXPANDED EDITION are unreleased versions of "Why Can't I Have You" and "I Refuse," as well as the demo for "Drive."

    LP 1
    1. Since You're Gone (Remastered)
    2. Shake It Up (Remastered)
    3. I'm Not The One (Remastered)
    4. Victim Of Love (Remastered)
    5. Cruiser (Remastered)
    6. A Dream Away (Remastered)
    7. This Could Be Love (Remastered)
    8. Think It Over (Remastered)
    9. Maybe Baby (Remastered)


    LP 2
    1. Since You're Gone (Early Version)
    2. Shake It Up (Demo)
    3. I'm Not The One (Remix) [Remastered]
    4. Cruiser (Early Version)
    5. Take It On The Run (Early Version of A Dream Away)
    6. Coming Up You Again (1981 Version of Coming Up You)
    7. Little Black Egg (Remastered)
    8. Midnight Dancer

    The Cars
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  • Panorama (Expanded Edition) Panorama (Expanded Edition) Quick View

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    Panorama (Expanded Edition)

    D-Side Etching

    The Cars' 1980 album Panorama will be reissued as an expanded edition with previously unreleased bonus tracks.

    The album comes with five bonus tracks in total, with three songs - Shooting For You, Be My Baby and The Edge all unissued. The fourth and final bonus cut is the B-side Don't Go To Pieces. This uses the Ric Ocasek supervised remastering from last year.

    Three singles were originally issued from Panorama including the US top 40 hit Touch and Go. This newly expanded edition will be issued as a 2LP vinyl edition. The gatefold vinyl includes music on three sides with an etching on the fourth.

    1. Panorama (Remastered)
    2. Touch and Go (Remastered)
    3. Gimme Some Slack (Remastered)
    4. Don't Tell Me No (Remastered)
    5. Getting Through (Remastered)
    6. Misfit Kid (Remastered)
    7. Down Boys (Remastered)
    8. You Wear Those Eyes (Remastered)
    9. Running To You (Remastered)
    10. Up And Down (Remastered)
    11. Shooting For You (Previously Unreleased)
    12. Be My Baby (Previously Unreleased)
    13. The Edge (Previously Unreleased)
    14. Don't Go To Pieces (B-side of "Don't Tell Me No" & "Gimme Some Slack")
    The Cars
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  • No Secrets (Awaiting Repress) No Secrets (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

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    No Secrets (Awaiting Repress)

    Everybody's favorite Carly Simon album No Secrets now receives the five star treatment as Friday Music rolls out the exclusive Carly Simon 180g Audiophile Vinyl Series.


    This 1972 platinum plus release forever etched superstar status to Carly's name, as numerous hit singles including the controversial You're So Vain raced to the top of the charts. Features collaborations with Paul McCartney, Lowell George, James Taylor, Klaus Voorman, Nicky Hopkins and Bonnie Bramlett. Remastered from the original Elektra vault tapes impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and at Capitol Mastering with Ron McMaster.

    1. The Right Thing To Do
    2. The Carter Family
    3. You're So Vain
    4. His Friends Are More Than Fond Of Robin
    5. (We Have) No Secrets
    6. Embrace Me, You Child
    7. Waited So Long
    8. It Was So Easy
    9. Night Owl
    10. When You Close Your Eyes
    Carly Simon
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  • Boys In The Trees Boys In The Trees Quick View

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    Boys In The Trees

    Impeccably Mastered By Joe Reagoso From The Original Elektra Records Tapes


    First Time Audiophile Vinyl & Beautiful Gatefold Cover Presentation


    Carly Simon is truly one of the greatest exponents of the singer/songwriter boom that rocked the seventies music scene when she debuted her first hit single That's The Way I've Always Heard It Should Be in 1970. Carly's stunning artistry and her smash hits continue to be some of the most played on radio stations worldwide, as witnessed in her classic 1977 platinum chart topping Boys In The Trees.


    The 1978 smash LP features several of her biggest hit singles like her Everly Brothers tribute "Devoted To You" which features James Taylor, as well as one of the finest songs of the year "You Belong To Me" (co-written with Michael McDonald). Masterworks like "Boys In The Trees", "For Old Times Sake" and the powerful dance rock classic "Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)" surely made "Boys In The Trees" one of the most revered albums in Carly Simon's stellar career.


    Friday Music is no stranger to the music of the legendary Carly Simon, that is why we are so very proud to announce another fine installment in the Carly Simon/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with her Grammy Award winning masterpiece "Boys In The Trees."


    As a timely LP release which coincides with her recent top charting autobiography "Boys In The Trees: A Memoir", the original Elektra Records classic is now mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (Carly Simon, James Taylor, Hall & Oates). Also, for a very limited time, this first time audiophile release will be presented in its original gatefold cover, plus we'll be including the rare lyrics sleeve which hasn't been seen in years in the LP format. Carly Simon ."Boys In The Trees" .Impeccable first time audiophile vinyl + gatefold cover!


    "Melt My Heart ."

    1. You Belong To Me
    2. Boys In The Trees
    3. Back Down To Earth

    4. Devoted To You

    5. De Bat (Fly In Me Face)

    6. Haunting
    7. Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)

    8. You're The One

    9. In A Small Moment

    10. One Man Woman

    11. For Old Times Sake
    Carly Simon
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  • The Cold Of The Morning The Cold Of The Morning Quick View

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    The Cold Of The Morning


    LP Available For The First Time Since 1976!


    Sid Selvidge's The Cold Of The Morning is a mid-'70s Memphis classic. And, it almost never saw the light of day.


    Recorded in 1975, Selvidge and producer Jim Dickinson (Big Star, Ry Cooder, The Replacements) created a 12-track song cycle, captured live in the
    studio with Selvidge on vocals and guitar, plus Dickinson on piano with Memphis' iconic Mudboy and the Neutrons on two tracks. With a cover photo
    taken by William Eggleston, it was destined for greatness, but when Peabody Records' benefactor decided not to put the record out at the last minute, he
    gave the rights to the recently pressed LP to Selvidge, who drove down to the plant, loaded up his car and distributed them himself. The album eventually
    found its way into regional stores and the national press, even reaching the Cashbox charts, and was enough to take Selvidge to New York, but life
    intervened, and bigger record deals were not in the cards.


    Omnivore Recordings is proud to issue this indelible piece of the Memphis music canon on LP for the first
    time since its initial release.
    Consisting of originals, blues standards, and Broadway classics, The Cold Of The Morning, is not only a snapshot of a time and place, but of Selvidge
    himself. The package includes rare photographs and an in-depth essay from Bob Mehr of The Commercial Appeal.


    Selvidge would eventually turn Peabody into a boutique label, issuing records by Cybil Shepherd, and even Alex Chilton's solo debut, Like Files On
    Sherbert. He continued to record, releasing a 1993 album on Elektra and a triumphant swansong, I Should Be Blue, in 2010. But, it all began on The Cold
    Of The Morning. "He said, 'Look, I've made my classic record," recalls his son, Steve. "It was almost like he was apart from it. It really was the perfect
    capturing of the perfect moment, and it made for his most perfect statement."

    1. I've Got A Secret (Didn't We Shake Sugaree)
    2. Frank's Tune
    3. The Outlaw
    4. Boll Weevil
    5. Wished I Had A Dime
    6. Judge BoushÉ
    7. Then I'd Be Satisfied With Life
    8. Danny Boy
    9. Lazrus‡
    10. Many A Mile
    11. I Get The Blues When It Rains
    12. Miss The Mississippi And You
    Sid Selvidge
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    Black Beauty

    28-page, full-color book (11" x 11")


    Extensive essay by Ben Edmonds (Creem, Rolling Stone, Mojo) featuring all-new interviews


    Abundant, never-before-seen photographs by Herbert Worthington (Fleetwood Mac's Rumours)


    Brilliantly mastered by multi-GRAMMY® nominee Dan Hersch (Paul Simon, Kinks, Cars,The Band)


    Mastered for vinyl by multi-GRAMMY® winner Doug Sax (The Who, Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd)


    Black Beauty, the never-before-released masterpiece by Arthur Lee's legendary psychedelic rock band Love, is available on 180-gram vinyl LP. Recorded in 1973 for the ambitious new label Buffalo Records,
    the album remained unreleased when the company folded. Finally, after 39 years High Moon Records is honored to fulfill Arthur Lee's wish that Black Beauty be heard by music fans worldwide. Black Beauty is making its first-ever official release
    in any format, anywhere! With unparalelled sound and state-of-the-art packaging, critics are hailing Black Beauty as an instant classic. Black Beauty is that rarest of rock artifacts: an unreleased,
    full-length studio album, from an undisputed musical
    genius. Black Beauty is the missing link in a catalog that includes Forever Changes, the classic 1967 Love album the New York Times called "one of the most affecting and beguiling albums of all time. With Black Beauty, Arthur Lee manages to combine searing 70's-rock with gorgeous melodies and stellar songwriting - topped off by his most distinctive, snarling, soulful vocals ever. With its wonderfully eclectic collection of songs, the
    album offers Love fans a rare glimpse into a previously undocumented phase of Arthur Lee's fabled career, while shining a light for new fans to discover the unique genius that is the music of Arthur Lee and Love.



    It's tempting to play what-if with Love's lost labor, Black Beauty, which was recorded in 1973 but shelved for nearly four decades. What if Buffalo Records hadn't gone out of business just prior to the album's release? What if Black Beauty had actually hit stores? What if it hadn't languished in limbo until years after Arthur Lee's death? Would it have stopped Love's slide into obscurity? Would it have signaled a comeback for the man who masterminded Forever Changes, still one of the most complex and compelling artifacts of 1960s Los Angeles? Would his life and career have played out any differently? Would we think of him today as something other than a cult artist, inspired as well as damned by his era?


    It's difficult to imagine any answers to those questions, but it says a lot about Lee that the album even raises these what-ifs and coulda-beens. The very qualities that made him such a fascinating voice-- restlessness, excitability, paranoia, perfectionism, single-mindedness-- may have doomed any commercial prospects more than his notorious fear of travel ever did. After recording Forever Changes, he fired the band and hired new musicians to take their places. Every subsequent album featured a different line-up, although the changes seem based more on personality than on musical direction or ability. Never stagnant, Love was in constant flux, always in a state of development but never quite arriving. So the operative question becomes: Was this the version of Love that Lee had been working toward?


    For Black Beauty-- which is finally seeing release via High Moon Records, although the reissue has been delayed for two years-- Lee assembled guitarist Melvan Whittington, bass player Robert Rozelle, and drummer Joe Blocker. This may be the hardiest and most muscular of Love's post-Changes rosters, with remarkable force and range. With crisp production by Paul Rothchild, best known for his work with the Doors, Love build from a potent blues rock foundation not dissimilar to that of Jimi Hendrix, but without the distracting shamanistic persona and guitar pyrotechnics. "Walk Right In" struts into country rock territory, rewriting Cannon's Jug Stompers 1929 hit into a plea for empathy, and "Beep Beep" attempts a sort of pop reggae, albeit not entirely convincingly.


    On the whole, this particular line-up sounds perfectly rough and unrehearsed, generating a tense energy on "Skid" and "Stay Away" even as they suggest a band still figuring out exactly what they can do together. It's a strong album, but it's not another Forever Changes, whose accomplishments in retrospect were unrepeatable, or even another Four Sail. On the other hand, Lee wasn't aiming to craft something in that vein. Still, especially considering the professional setbacks he had faced in the years leading up to Black Beauty-- which includes being dropped by Elektra and shuffling through a series of independent labels-- Lee sounds engaged and invigorated, forgoing the bitterness that had rankled the band for a slightly more hopeful outlook. On stand-out "Can't Find It", he sings, "Every time I cry my heart out, and every time I play the fool, but there's gotta be something in this lonely world for me." The confession is all the more bittersweet for being capped with the line, "but I can't find it without you." It's ostensibly a love song, but could just as easily be addressed to his audience. His creative satisfaction relies on having a listener to complete the circuit, which makes this album's long shelf life all the sadder.

    -Stephen M. Deusner (Pitchfork, May 15, 2013)

    1. Young & Able
    2. Midnight Sun
    3. Can't Find It
    4. Walk Right In
    5. Skid
    6. Beep Beep
    7. Stay Away
    8. Lonely Pigs
    9. See Myself In You
    10. Product Of The Times
    Love
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    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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