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Live At The Moonlight ClubIn May 1979, the day before the British general elections that saw Margaret Thatcher come to power, The Specials played a set at the Moonlight Club in Hampstead, London. Reportedly secretly recorded by Decca Records, who had an office next to the Moonlight Club, it made its way to the bootleggers and wasn't officially released until 1992, through Chrysalis Records.
Reissued on 180gm vinyl with original audio and a brand new cover image from the band.1. It's Up To You
2. Do The Dog
3. Monkey Man
4. Blank Expressions
5. Nite Klub
6. Concrete Jungle
7. Too Hot
8. Too Much Too Young
9. Little Bitch
10. Long Shot (Kick De Bucket)$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ghost TownSpecial Limited Edition 12 vinyl from the only ska band that mattered, The Specials. Features the all time classics Ghost Town, A Message To You Rudy and Gangsters plus demo recordings of the tracks Simmer Down and Rude Boy Gone To Jail.1. Man At C&A
2. Message To You Rudy
3. Rude Boy's Outta Jail
4. Leave It Out
5. You're Wondering Now
6. Running Away
7. Ghost Town
8. It's You
10. Simmer Down (Demo)
11. Too Hot
12. Rude Boy Gone To Jail (Demo)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Singles (Awaiting Repress)The Specials are an English 2 Tone and ska revival band formed in 1977 in Coventry. In 1980, the song Too Much Too Young, the lead track on their The Specials AKA Live! EP, reached No. 1 in the UK, with the unemployment-themed single Ghost Town also hit No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart in 1981.
The Singles is a compilation album, originally January 1991, bringing together key tracks from across the careers of both The Specials and The Specials AKA.1. Gangsters
2. A Message to You Rudy
3. Nite Klub
4. Too Much Too Young (Live)
5. The Guns Of Navarone (Live)
6. Rat Race
8. International Jet Set
9. Do Nothing
10. Ghost Town (Extended Version)
12. Friday Night, Saturday Morning
13. War Crimes (The Crime Remains the Same) (Edit)
14. Racist Friend
15. Nelson Mandela
16. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend (Edit)$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
WARB-PAR-7047xThe Special AKA
In The StudioIn the Studio is the third album from the ska band The Specials, originally released in 1984, long after the breakup of the original Specials. It charted in the UK Top 35.
The album was released under the name The Special AKA and was over two years in the making (hence the title).1. Bright Lights
2. The Lonely Crowd
4. What I Like Most About You Is Your Girlfriend
5. Night On The Tiles
6. Free Nelson Mandela
7. War Crimes
8. Racist Friend
10. Break Down The Door$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Elvis-NBC TV Special (Awaiting Repress)
The Elvis Presley/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!
Celebrating The 45th Anniversary Of The NBC TV Special "1968 Comeback" Soundtrack Album!
First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Cover Presentation
Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso At Friday Music Studios 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.
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, and his first RCA single Heartbreak Hotel forever etched "The King of Rock and Roll" trademark to his name.
Over the next three decades, Elvis Presley would release dozens of hit albums and tons of smash singles, spend time in the Army, star in over 35
top charting films, as well as sell out concert tours around the states and Canada making him the most successful solo artist of all time. In 1968, after a
series of very successful movies and top charting recordings, Elvis made a wise decision to work with the folks at NBC and develop a Christmas TV special,
which would have The King perform in front of a live studio audience for the first time in years.
This legendary career move spread like wildfire and soon was hailed as "The Comeback," further igniting his career to an all new high. The King
took his shows to the theatres and casinos and super massive stadium tours over the next number of years, while releasing a plethora of even more gold
and platinum recordings
With the soundtrack album nearing release, it was already gaining popularity in advance thanks to the chart single smash If I Can Dream. This
masterwork album included a treasure trove of rare television studio performances that captured a very great time in the musical history of this genius.
In addition to the wonderful hit single aforementioned, The King reaches back to his early Memphis days with his first chart topper Heartbreak
Hotel and more fifties classics like Lawdy Miss Clawdy, All Shook Up and even a pair of Jimmy Reed blues classics with Big Boss Man and Baby, What
You Want Me to Do.
Even more hit tracks and sensational medleys featuring Elvis classics abound including Guitar Man, Blue Christmas, Love Me Tender and Can't
Help Falling in Love. Plus the beautiful ballad Memories is also included which has since become an Elvis fan favorite thanks to the wonderful production
on this brilliant album.
Elvis Presley's TV Special album would go on to become one of his biggest albums ever, as fans rushed to the stores to buy this stunning rock and
roll soundtrack back in December of 1968. Initially pressed on vinyl, this amazing album has been out of print on vinyl for several decades that is until
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 45th Anniversary
Limited Edition 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl release of the RCA Records classic Elvis - TV Special by Elvis Presley.
As we further continue our exciting Elvis Presley 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series, we are pleased to present this masterwork in all its high fidelity
glory. Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios and manufactured at R.T.I., Elvis - TV Special will be a much anticipated audiophile
vinyl dream release for Elvis fans everywhere this holiday season.
For this exclusive 45th Anniversary Edition, we are including a first time beautifully pressed 180 Gram vinyl LP and limited gatefold album artwork
which includes the original stunning LP cover graphics. We are also enclosing a poly lined inner sleeve to help keep your limited edition Elvis - TV Special
vinyl album in mint shape.
Elvis Presley's Elvis - TV Special A history making album from an historic legend, a soundtrack essential first time 180 Gram Audiophile
vinyl is now an audiophile vinyl dream come true From your friends at Friday Music Stay tuned for more Elvis Presley original RCA Records audiophile
recordings from Friday Music. Memories1. Trouble/Guitar Man
2. Lawdy, Miss Clawdy/Baby, What You Want Me to Do
3. Medley: Heartbreak Hotel/Hound Dog/All Shook Up/Can't Help Falling in Love/Jailhouse Rock/Love Me Tender
4. Where Could I Go But to the Lord/Up Above My Head/Saved
5. Blue Christmas/One Night
7. Medley: Nothingville/Dialogue/Big Boss Man/Guitar Man/Little Egypt/Trouble/Guitar Man
8. If I Can Dream$31.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
More SpecialsMore Specials is the second album by ska band The Specials, released in October 1980. The album expanded the 2 tone sound of their self-titled debut to include lounge music and other influences.1. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think) [2015 Remastered Version]
2. Man At C&A (2015 Remastered Version)
3. Hey, Little Rich Girl (2015 Remastered Version)
4. Do Nothing (2015 Remastered Version)
5. Pearl's Cafe (2015 Remastered Version)
6. Sock It To 'Em J.B. (2015 Remastered Version)
7. Stereotypes/Stereotypes - Pt. 2 (2015 Remastered Version)
8. Holiday Fortnight (2015 Remastered Version)
9. I Can't Stand It (2015 Remastered Version)
10. International Jet Set (2015 Remastered Version)
11. Enjoy Yourself (Reprise) [2015 Remastered Version]$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Midnight SpecialJimmy Smith's April 25, 1960 session with the perfect cast of Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Burrell and Donald Bailey produced this classic album that is the pinnacle of the organ-tenor style. A perfect selection of material played at the perfect tempo by great musicians who connect on the deepest, most soulful level.
Jimmy Smith, organ
Stanley Turrentine, tenor sax
Kenny Burrell, guitar
Donald Bailey, drums
This title is not eligible for discount.$49.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Midnight SpecialMidnight Special is a perfect complement to Back at the Chicken Shack, which was recorded the same day. Organist Jimmy Smith, tenor saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, and guitarist Kenny Burrell always make for a potent team, and with drummer Donald Bailey completing the group, the quartet digs soulfully into such numbers as the groovin' Midnight Special, Jumpin' the Blues, and One O'Clock Jump. Highly recommended.
A Blue Note essential, Midnight Special by jazz organist Jimmy Smith is part of the Blue Note 75 anniversary vinyl reissue campaign - featuring 100 titles. Key to the initiative is high quality audio at affordable prices. Album features performances recorded in 1960.1. Midnight Special
2. A Subtle One
3. Jumpin' The Blues
4. Why Was I Born?
5. One O'Clock Jump$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
OVSE-MOV-520xG. Love & Special Sauce
G. Love And Special SauceImport
G. Love & Special Sauce's self-titled album is their debut and has reached gold status.
On this record you can find their signature's tune Cold Beverage, featuring lighthearted jive lyrics and funky musical accompaniment, the video to this song got heavy rotation on MTV and it put them on the map. This Ain't Living is a precursor to the comforting Philly soul style that would be explored more thoroughly on their next album. Town to Town adds variety to the album with its slow-as-molasses blues style.
G. Love & Special Sauce's debut serves as the musical foundation on which the group would build its future sound.1. The Things That I Used To Do
2. Blues Music
3. Garbage Man
4. Eyes Have Miles
5. Baby's Got Sauce
6. Rhyme for the Summertime
7. Cold Beverage
9. This Ain't Living
10. Walk To Slide
11. Shooting Hoops
12. Some Peoples Like That
13. Town To Town
14. I Love You$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Midnight Special (Speakers Corner)
No attempt has ever been made to compare Harry Belafonte with other singers of his own generation or generations following. Perhaps this is because there simply is no other singer in the American folk scene who possesses anything remotely comparable to his uniquely silky yet dusky voice, or his genial mix of calypso, blues, gospel and traditional songs. The present album provides a wonderful testimony to the Jamaican singer's flexibility and multifariousness, which he learned to perfection of New York's jazz clubs. It includes songs such as "Midnight Special", a prisoner's nocturnal prayer for freedom, and "On Top Of Old Smokey", which Belafonte instils with intricate rhythm and Caribbean flair. And the tailor-made arrangements are no less thrilling: whether possessing all the drive of a stomping big band, filled with the intimacy of a smoochy small ensemble (with Bob Dylan on the mouth organ!) or with an earthy, folksy, blue grass sound - there's all that and plenty more! To put it in a nutshell: a veritable feast of traditional music which doesn't sound the least 'traditional'.
- Harry Belafonte (vocal)
- Jimmy Jones (conductor, arranger)
- Bob Dylan (harmonica)
- Joe Wilder (trumpet)
- Jerome Richardson (saxophone)
- Millard Thomas, Ernie Calabria (guitar)
- Norman Keenan (bass)
- Don Lamond, Percy Brice (drums)
Recording: 1962 by Bob Simpson
Production: Hugo Montenegro
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. The Midnight Special
2. Crawdad Song
3. Memphis Tennessee
4. Gotta Travel On
5. Did You Hear About Jerry?
6. On Top Of Old Smokey
8. Makes A Long Time Man Feel Bad
9. Michael Row The Boat Ashore$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Very Special World of Lee HazlewoodLee Hazlewood was a late bloomer. Following a meandering career as a disc jockey, producer, songwriter, label executive and solo artist, Hazlewood hit the jackpot at the ripe age of 37 with "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'," the song Nancy Sinatra took to the top of the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Its success convinced MGM Records that Hazlewood was a bankable star, and they signed him as an artist in his own right the same year. But as a self-described "non-singer" whose cult 1963 debut, Trouble Is A Lonesome Town, was little more than a happy accident, they'd perhaps gotten the wrong end of the stick where Lee was concerned.
In three years on the label, Hazlewood delivered three albums and sundry odds and ends, beginning with 1966 album The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood. The LP found Hazlewood gunning-in as much as he ever did-for commercial success, blending country, pop, novelty, mariachi, and lounge music into something unusually of-the-moment.
Lushly orchestrated and-like the album that preceded it-half-sung, half-spoken in a way that Hazlewood made all his own, the album collected solo versions of songs made famous by Sinatra and others ("Sand," "Boots," "So Long Babe," "Summer Wine"-included as a bonus duet with Suzi Jane Hokom) alongside some of his career-best solo compositions, among them the Morricone-like opener, "For One Moment." It's a record of extremes: "When A Fool Loves A Fool" is as light and throwaway as anything he ever laid down, while the wistful "My Autumn's Done Come" (sample lyric: "Let those I-don't-care days come in, I'm tired of holding my stomach in") is as raw and honest.1. For One Moment
2. When a Fool Loves a Fool
3. Not the Lovin' Kind
4. Your Sweet Love
6. My Autumn's Done Come
7. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
8. I Move Around
9. So Long, Babe
10. Bugles In the Afternoon
11. My Baby Cried All Night Long$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Great Escape (Special Edition)To celebrate the 21st Anniversary of their debut release, Blur's fourth album The Great Escape has now been remastered from the original tapes by Frank Arkwright (The Smiths, Arcade Fire, New Order, Joy Division), with the remastering overseen by legendary original producer, Stephen Street. Expanded across two discs, the LP format of The Great Escape remaster is cut on heavyweight 180g audiophile vinyl and is housed in a replica of the original sleeve artwork.
Recorded during Blur's rapid rise in popularity and tabloid recognition, the third and final chapter in what was referred to as the band's "life trilogy" sees the band present a dark and lavish look at the modern world, populated by night-shift cab drivers, factory workers, lottery players and swinging couples. Justly awarded five star reviews upon its release in 1995, The Great Escape features Blur's first #1 single, "Country House" and the beautiful "The Universal."LP1
2. Country House
3. Best Days
4. Charmless Man
5. Fade Away
6. Top Man
7. The Universal
1. Mr Robinson's Quango
2. He Thought of Cars
3. It Could Be You
4. Ernold Same
5. Globe Alone
6. Dan Abnormal
7. Entertain Me
8. Yuko and Hiro$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Klipsch The Capitol Three Special Edition Speaker
Klipsch and Capitol Records®, two iconic voices both celebrating over seven decades of bringing sound to life, partner to honor and pay tribute to the integral role music plays in shaping our lives. Incorporating luxury materials such as real wood veneer and tactile spun copper switches and knobs, The Capitol Three Special Edition tabletop stereo system blends the acoustics and classic design legacy of Paul W. Klipsch with the latest technologies available today
The Capitol Records label was founded as the first West Coast-based record label in the United States in 1942. Throughout the years, Capitol has captured some of the most influential, iconic singers and songwriters ever. Artists currently signed to Capitol Records include the Beatles, Paul McCartney, Mary J. Blige, the Beach Boys, Beastie Boys, Neil Diamond, Eagles, Katy Perry and many more.
SPECIAL EDITION BADGE
Every speaker in this epic series will feature an exclusive Klipsch and Capitol Records insignia to commemorate this monumental partnership.
FREE VINYL ALBUM
Each Klipsch Capitol Records special edition speaker includes a free redemption code for an album of your choice from The Sound of Vinyl.
PROFESSIONALLY TUNED STEREO SOUND
The Capitol Three is a stereo tabletop system featuring two 2 1/4" full range drivers and a 5.25" long-throw woofer, bi-amplified for audio resolution and professionally tuned by Klipsch acousticians to deliver a premium audio experience.
SUPERIOR BASS REFLEX
In addition to the active 5.25" long-throw woofer, The Three also features dual opposed 5.25" passive radiators to deliver enhanced bass reflex.
WIRELESS MULTI-ROOM READY
The Capitol Three tabletop stereo system is part of the Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room System, which is an all-encompassing solution for distributing your music throughout your home. Listen to your favorite internet radio stations, streaming services, personal digital music library, and CDs, DVDs, etc.
CONNECTS TO ANY SOURCE
The Three includes audio input connections for Wi-Fi (for Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room Audio System), Bluetooth®, Analog, 3.5mm miniplug, Phono Pre-Amp, and USB Type B audio. So go ahead, connect your turntable, computer, CD player, smartphone, or tablet and enjoy superior stereo sound from a beautifully crafted tabletop stereo system.
Leave your phone in another room? No problem. Control your Klipsch Stream Wireless Multi-Room devices from your Apple or Android watch.
Have a question about this product? Please email our audio advisor or call 1-877-929-8729 with any questions or concerns regarding your equipment purchase.$599.00Capitol Three Special Edition Speaker - 2 Colors Available Buy Now
Midnight Special: The Bang Records Sessions
Blue Colored Vinyl
Van Morrison Midnight Special- The Bang Records Sessions features the 1967 hit album Blowin' Your Mind (hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as an essential album of that year) plus ten bonus tracks and alternative takes. The album also yields the worldwide hit single Brown Eyed Girl, a single that over 50 years later, still remains one of the most requested songs on U.S. radio.LP 1
1.Brown Eyed Girl
2.He Ain't Give You None
6.Ro Ro Rosey
7.Who Drove The Red Sports Car
2.It's All Right
4.Send Your Mind
5.The Smile You Smile
6.The Back Room
7.Joe Harper Saturday Morning
9.I Love You
10.Brown Eyed Girl$39.99Colored Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Thrill Of It All (Special Edition)Special Edition Contains 4 Additional Bonus Tracks
Following an incredible success with his debut album In The Lonely Hour - including four GRAMMY Awards, both an Academy Award & Golden Globe, three Brit Awards, and amassing over 8 billion streams to date - Sam Smith is back with his upcoming sophomore record The Thrill Of It All (all info embargoed until 10.6). His first single off the upcoming record "Too Good At Goodbyes" debuted #1 on multiple global charts.LP 1
1. Too Good At Goodbyes
2. Say It First
3. One Last Song
4. Midnight Train
7. Baby, You Make Me Crazy
1. No Peace (feat. YEBBA)
4. Nothing Left For You
5. The Thrill Of It All
7. One Day At A Time$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Road To Red Rocks (Special Edition)This limited collector's edition is housed in a stylish black gold foiled box, with a rigid lift off lid (Dimensions: 317mm x 317mm x 35mm). This lavish package includes both the Babel Deluxe CD album, The Road to Red Rocks DVD all housed inside a large format, cloth-covered, full colour 96 page hardcover book. The book contains never seen before exclusive photos and written parts, documenting the bands Road to Red Rocks and Gentlemen Of The Road show adventures. As well as the CD and DVD, you can also enjoy the Red Rocks concert performance in its pure analogue beauty via heavy 180 gram virgin vinyl, packed in a gatefold sleeve (including MP3 download card option).Red Rocks LP
1. Lovers Eyes
2. Little Lion Man
3. Below My Feet
4. Roll Away Your Stone
5. Lover of the Light
6. Ghosts That We Knew
7. Awake My Soul
8. Whispers In The Dark
9. Dustbowl Dance
10. I Will Wait
11. The Cave
Babel CD (Deluxe Edition)
2. Whispers In The Dark
3. I Will Wait
4. Holland Road
5. Ghosts That We Knew
6. Lover Of The Light
7. Lover's Eyes
9. Hopeless Wanderer
10. Broken Crown
11. Below My Feet
12. Not With Haste
13. For Those Below (Bonus Track)
14. The Boxer (Bonus Track) - Jerry Douglas (feat. Mumford & Sons and Paul Simon)
15. Where Are You Now (Bonus Track)
The Road to Red Rocks DVD
1. Lovers Eyes
2. Little Lion Man
3. Below My Feet
4. Roll Away Your Stone
5. Lover of the Light
6. Thistle & Weeds
7. Ghosts That We Knew
8. Awake My Soul
10. Dustbowl Dance
11. I Will Wait
12. The Cave$89.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD + DVD - Sealed Buy Now
Ironto SpecialLimited Edition
Ironto Special is an album of traditional Appalachian old-time tunes (and two originals) that the Black Twig Pickers learned through study of both local old-time musicians and old-time records and field recordings. The instrumentation is all-acoustic and features some of the old-time usuals, fiddle/banjo/guitar, and some less-routinely-heard-in-today's-old-time-scene implements like washboard, bones, fiddlesticks, mouth harp and jaw harp. Plus (on one song) a one-of-a-kind baritone resonator 12-string guitar.
Old-time music served, and continues to serve, a variety of functions in Appalachian life from dance music to somber solo performance to raggier blues and everything in between. Ironto Special is an attempt to celebrate this variety in the old-time tradition through the band's process of learning and growth as they explore the music's many facets.
Recorded throughout 2009 in the Shred Shed in Ironto, Virginia, Ironto Special is entirely recorded in single takes. There are no overdubs on the record in any form. Ironto Special is the Black Twig Pickers contribution to the continuously flowing tradition that will eventually be passed on to the next generation of players.1. Don't Drink Nothing But Corn
2. Last Payday At Coal Creek
3. Dead Man's Piece
4. Smoker Wedding March
5. Lay Ten Dollars Down
6. Ducks On The Pond
7. Saro O Saro
8. Craig Street Hop
9. Fire On The Mountain
10. Old Jack Gillie
11. Bonaparte's March Into Russia
12. Love My Honey I Do
13. Pickin' Out The Devil's Eyes
14. Walls Of Jericho
15. Rockin' In A Weary Land$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Something SpecialThe three years spent on MGM Records between 1966 and 1968 were golden ones for Lee Hazlewood. He spent them working with his muse, Suzi Jane Hokom, writing a still-unreleased book, The Quiet Revenge of Elmo Furback, competing with Phil Spector from their respective studios, and coming up with the formula for the boy/girl" songs for which he'd become famous. In fact, the unflattering portrait on the cover of Something Special did little to hint at how hip this late-flowering talent (he was in his late 30s when "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" made him a star songwriter) had become.
The common strand on the MGM trilogy is one of the unexpected happening. They were an ill fit for a major label-experimental, difficult to pigeonhole, and unpredictable. Those descriptors apply nowhere more aptly than Something Special. Where 1966's The Very Special World Of Lee Hazlewood and 1967's Lee Hazlewoodism: Its Cause And Cure had employed an arranger, Billy Strange, and a full orchestra, Something Special stripped things back and brought in a flavor of jazz and blues, complete with gravelly-voiced scatting courtesy of collaborator Don Randi. This sat alongside tracks like "Little War" and "Hands," the kind of late night, acoustic balladeering Hazlewood would later seize for his career-highlight LP, Requiem For An Almost Lady. The sound was that of a stripped-down nightclub jazz/blues/folk combo, fully rejecting the psychedelic music going on all over the world.
The album made clear that forging a career as a serious star was not at the top of Hazlewood's agenda, and at the third opportunity, he'd let the listener in on the joke. Tellingly, Hokom recalls Hazlewood saying the MGM albums were his "expensive demos. I'm sure that MGM thought that they would be successful." Little chance of that with Something Special -it was originally released only in Germany. The same year, Hazlewood founded the LHI imprint, and began building his own empire, one we've been lovingly archiving for the past few years. We now present this missing link in the story, three albums that generated some of Hazlewood's best-and most varied-work.1. Shades
2. This Town
4. Stone Cold Blues
5. Little War
6. Them Girls
7. Fort Worth
9. Mannford, Oklahoma
10. Summer Night
11. Moochie Ladeux*
12. The Lone Ranger Ain t My Friend Anymore*$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Uptown SpecialUptown Special, the fourth album by producer-songwriter-musician Mark Ronson, is a tale of several cities, a wide range of collaborators, and a road trip deep into the American South. However the story of Ronson's latest project really starts back when he was New York's hottest DJ.
In the late 1990s into the early 2000s the New York club scene was percolating with booming hip-hop and glitzy R&B. In those days before he emerged as a multi-talented musical force Ronson manned the turntables of many great parties. "It was a fun time to be playing music," he says. "At clubs like Cheetah you didn't have to play a hip hop record until 1a.m. You could play early '80s classics by Chaka Khan, Boz Scaggs and Michael Jackson and rock the crowd. I'd play Steely Dan's 'Black Cow' at 11:30 and it world work. Then, at 1am you'd play 'Hypnotize' by Biggie and the crowd would go wild. I come back to those memories."
This mix of vintage R&B and pop with contemporary hip-hop is what made Ronson a star DJ. "I never get tired of hearing records like Earth, Wind & Fire's 'Can't Hide Love' next to 'Rock the Boat' by Aaliyah," says Ronson. "I wanted this record to feel like hearing that kind of musical mix on great New York club night."
Uptown Special has all of the flavor of a night with Mark rocking the ones and twos with funk, soul, and psychedelic pop in a style that echoes classic productions by Quincy Jones and Steely Dan, and funneled through its creators sophisticated understanding of arrangement and melody. Of his three previous albums Mark feels like Uptown Special is closest in spirit to his 2003 debut, Here Comes the Fuzz, which came directly out his DJ experience. "The difference," Mark says "is I was reaching for things musically I wasn't quite ready to execute. With all the experience I've gained over the years I had the maturity and knowledge to really pull this together."
The first single, "Uptown Funk," features GRAMMY® award-winning superstar Bruno Mars on vocals and drums, who sings with passion and plays drums with fire that will bring funk back on the radio. Joining Mars on the track is Mark on guitar, Mars' bassist Jamareo Artis and Jeff Brasker on keys. Mark produced Mars' massive hit single, "Locked Out of Heaven," where they developed a close musical kinship. "As a live performer no one out here now puts on a show like Bruno," says Mark. "This record has that same intensity. When you hear him sing you are always aware of how much he puts into a performance." Mark was so taken with the single's power that it inspired the album's title.
Though Ronson is now based out of London, most of Uptown Special was recorded in the United States with stops in Los Angeles, Memphis and Mississippi. Most of the music was recorded with live musicians with Mark anchoring the sessions on guitar, while surrounded by a complimentary mix of gifted young players and R&B vets. Several musicians, who worked with Mark on his historic production of Amy Winehouse's multi-platinum Back To Black and his own breakthrough album, 2007's Version, rejoined him for this album, including drummer Homer Steinweiss, bassist Nick Movshan and guitarist Tommy Brenneck. Also making guest appearances on 'Uptown Special' are bassist Willie Weeks (who played on Stevie Wonder's classic Innervisions) guitarist Carlos Alomar (who created the familiar guitar riff on David Bowie's "Fame") and drummer Steve Jordan (member of the John Mayer Trio).
Mark Ronson's Uptown Special is a unique blend. It's an album with a serious literary pedigree matched to down home greasy funk. It features a progressive pop vocalist from Australia and one reared in Mississippi, the spiritual root of American music. Hot young contemporary players dominate while some tracks are spiced with legendary musicians. It's a mix that reflects the musical taste and life experience of its creator.1. Uptown's First Finale
2. Summer Breaking
3. Feel Right
4. Uptown Funk
5. I Can't Lose
7. Crack In The Pearl
8. In Case Of Fire
9. Leaving Los Feliz
10. Heavy And Rolling
11. Crack In The Pearl pt. II$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Special VictimFrom swirling, tumultuous outbursts to pummeling destruction, the controlled chaos that is Future Death is ready to be unleashed in 2014. Stripping everything to the bone, the band's creative process is heavily linked to impulse as they capture their feelings organically and in the moment while leaving little room for conceptualization. The Austin-based band formed in 2012 as Alton Jenkins and Bill Kenny began writing and recording what later evolved into their debut EP, which was self-released in the summer of 2013. They added bassist Jeremy Humphries to the lineup and vocalist Angie Kang found them later after months of writing. Special Victim, their forthcoming debut full-length on Bloodmoss Records, was recorded and mixed by This Will Destroy You's Alex Bhore in a funeral-home-turned-studio owned by producer John Congleton. With the creative tools at hand, Future Death took a bright, explosive approach on Special Victim. Like the band's overall creative process, the concept of impulse is apparent throughout album itself. There's not much time to breathe, and that's exactly why it is such a thrilling and powerful listen.1. Riot Trains!
6. Roman Devices!
10. Cornered$17.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Midnight SpecialBefore Uncle Kracker spent six weeks at #1 with When the Sun Goes Down, a duet with good friend Kenny Chesney, country music might've seemed an odd place to find the Detroit-based good-time Kid Rock alumni. But as several summer tours with Chesney, the Top 5 Smile and the enduring recurrent status of Sun prove, Uncle Kracker's deep melodies and sense of what the heartland means has made him a perfect fit in today's post-rural realm of country music.
The first single Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night, a theme song for a weekend party, from his label debut Midnight Special, has already hit the airwaves and is being embraced by Country radio. With producer Keith Stegall at the helm (Alan Jackson, George Jones and Zac Brown, as well as writing #1 songs for Jackson, George Strait and Dr. Hook), Uncle Kracker took his strong sense of melody and infectious choruses into the studio in Nashville. Writing all 11 songs with some of Nashville's best known writers, including Shane McAnally (Come Over, Somewhere with You, Last Call), Scooter Carusoe (Anything But Mine, Better as a Memory) and Chris Tompkins (Before He Cheats, Blow Away), as well as Detroit rocker JT Harding - Uncle Kracker grounds his music in bands people know, places they've been, moments they've shared and a real sense of America today.1. You Got That Thang
2. I'd Be There
3. Four Letter Word
4. Blue Skies
5. When I Close My Eyes
6. In Between Disasters
8. Nobody's Sad on a Saturday Night
9. Nuthin' Changes
10. Who We Are
11. It Is What It Is (with Sonia Leigh)$21.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Special EffectsTech N9ne returns with Special Effects, his follow-up to 2013's Something Else and 2014's collabos album Strangeulation. Special Effects tour, featuring MURS, Chris Webby, Krizz Kaliko, King 810, and Zuse runs from 4/8 through 6/3. Current single Hood Go Crazy featuring B.O.B. and 2Chainz getting plays on Power 106 in LA along with other major stations; press pickup from Complex, DJ Booth, XXL has been extremely positive1. The Procedure (Intro)
2. Aw Yeah? (interVENTion)
4. Condolences (Skit)
5. On The Bible (feat. T.I. & Zuse)
6. Shroud (feat. Krizz Kaliko)
7. More Psycho Messages (Skit)
8. Psycho **** III (feat. Hopsin)
9. Wither (feat. Corey Taylor)
10. Dead Alive (Skit)
11. Hood Go Crazy (feat. 2 Chainz & B.o.B)
12. Bass Ackwards (feat. Lil Wayne, Yo Gotti & Big Scoob)
13. No K (feat. E-40 & Krizz Kaliko)
14. Countdown (Skit)
15. Speedom (WWC2) [feat. Eminem & Krizz Kaliko]
16. Give It All (feat. Audio Push & Krizz Kaliko)
17. Yates (feat. Marcus Yates)
18. M T M D (Skit)
19. A Certain Comfort (feat. Kate Rose)
20. Burn It Down (feat. Ryan Bradley)
21. Life Sentences (feat. Krizz Kaliko, Joey Cool & Gee Watts)
22. Dyin' Flyin' (feat. Krizz Kaliko)
23. Worldly Angel
24. Roadkill (feat. Excision)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Election SpecialRy Cooder's Election Special, due out from Nonesuch/Perro Verde Records on August 21, 2012, is a wake-up call as the United States heads into the fall election season.
Howdy there neighbor-let me ask you something. Do you really think Charlie and Davy sit around on the couch with family and friends watching re-runs of Dancing with the Stars?, asks Cooder. See, 'Wasting Away in Margaritaville' was a good song in its day, but we need a different kind of a song now if we're going to make headway against the likes of Charlie and Dave. Those type of guys are plenty swift, they're all deacons in the High Church of the Next Dollar. We need to get smarter, fast. The world is full of C and D students in high places and there's more coming up all the time. Don't be one.1. Mutt Romney Blues
2. Brother Is Gone
3. The Wall Street Part Of Town
5. Cold Cold Feeling
6. Going To Tampa
8. The 90 And The 9
9. Take Your Hands Off It$29.99140 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
A Very Special ChristmasThe first volume of "A Very Special Christmas" was issued on behalf of the Special Olympics organization in 1987. The vinyl version of that debut sees itself reissued 29 years later with the same look and content for this Christmas season. Fifteen notable artists contributed their time and talent, along with producer extraordinaire Jimmy Iovine who helped create the series, and the late Keith Haring whose design graces the covers for this global cause.1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town - The Pointer Sisters
2. Winter Wonderland - Eurythmics
3. Do You Hear What I Hear - Whitney Houston
4. Merry Christmas Baby - Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band
5. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas - The Pretenders
6. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus - John Mellencamp
7. Gabriel's Message - Sting
8. Christmas In Hollis - Run D.M.C.
9. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) - U2
10. Santa Baby - Madonna
11. The Little Drummer Boy - Bob Seger and Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
12. Run Rudolph Run - Bryan Adams
13. I Wish Everyday Could Be Like Christmas - Bon Jovi
14. The Coventry Carol - Alison Moyet
15. Silent Night - Stevie Nicks$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now