Authorized & Certified VPI Dealer

A World of Vinyl

Site Search
Menu Free shipping on domestic orders over $49.99! - We ship worldwide!
Record Party Weekend Sweepstakes
Home > Products for: '

This Is The Moody Blues

'
  • 1
  • 2
Results per page:
  • A Question Of Balance A Question Of Balance Quick View

    $31.99
    Buy Now
    x

    A Question Of Balance


    The Moody Blues/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of The Legendary Top #1 LP


    A Question Of Balance - First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Threshold Records Tapes


    A Question of Balance was another huge platinum plus # 1 smash for The Moody Blues and a stellar continuance of
    their progressive rock sound for the fans of this legendary English quintet. Featuring the original award winning line-up
    of Justin Hayward (lead vocals/guitars), John Lodge (lead vocals/bass), Ray Thomas (lead vocals/flutes), Ray Pinder (lead
    vocals/keyboards) and Graeme Edge (drums/vocals), A Question of Balance is undoubtedly one of their biggest selling
    albums and also one of the most revered offerings in their huge catalog.


    Buoyed by the success of the huge hit single Question, their sixth album was filled with more melodic rockers
    like the powerful Ray Thomas classic And the Tide Rushes In, John Lodge's workout on Tortoise and the Hare, plus the
    legendary Mike Pinder masterpiece How Is It (We Are Here).


    The wonderful release also features a fine array of songs from the lead vocalist and guitar master Justin Hayward
    including the aforementioned smash hit Question as well as Dawning Is the Day and the steel guitar prog-rocker It's Up
    to You.


    The brilliant drum work and hip vocal styling of Graeme Edge are featured on the classic Don't You Feel Small as
    well as the definitive album closer The Balance.


    The beauty of this album is that you could always count on a classic listen from these five gentlemen of song.
    Featuring Ray Thomas' striking vocals and flute delivery, Justin Hayward's and John Lodge's guitars and vocal acumen,
    the magic of Ray Pinder on the keys and classic vocal, plus Graeme Edge's powerful drum and singing, A Question of
    Balance became the album of choice for radio programmers in 1970. All in all, a hypnotic and spirited set from this very
    important and much loved classic rock band.


    This amazing album has been out of print on vinyl for many years, that is until now


    Friday Music is very honored to continue another installment in our Moody Blues 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series
    with their masterpiece A Question of Balance. Mastered impeccably from the original Threshold Records master tapes by
    Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this album is truly a thrilling first time 180 Gram audiophile vinyl release.


    For this special limited edition, we have also included the original full color album cover in gatefold style for the first
    time since it was released in 1970, complete with the great music you will always remember from this historic classic.


    A Question of Balance from The Moody Blues on impeccable first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl exclusively
    from your friends at Friday Music Why Do We Never Get An Answer

    1. Question
    2. How Is It (We Are Here)
    3. And the Tide Rushes In
    4. Don't You Feel Small
    5. Tortoise and the Hare
    6. It's Up to You
    7. Minstrel's Song
    8. Dawning Is the Day
    9. Melancholy Man
    10. The Balance
    Moody Blues
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Days of Future Passed Days of Future Passed Quick View

    $31.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Days of Future Passed

    Mastered by Joe Reagoso from the original Deram Records tapes!

    The Moody Blues Days In The Future Passed was an artistic crowning achievement for the ages. Containing 2 hits with Tuesday Afternoon and the monumental Nights In White Satin, which not only charted in 1967 but then again in 1972! Friday Music is very proud to announce The Moody Blues 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series with our first installment of their mind blowing classic 45th Anniversary Edition of Days Of Future Passed. This limited edition classic will be a much welcomed and important addition to your collection.

    1. The Day Begins
    2. Dawn: Dawn Is a Feeling
    3. Morning: Another Morning
    4. Lunch Break: Peak Hour
    5. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
    6. Evening: the Sun Set: Twilight Time
    7. Night: Nights in White Satin
    Moody Blues
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Moody Blues: Collected Moody Blues: Collected Quick View

    $42.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Moody Blues: Collected

    Import


    4 Page Booklet With Liner Notes And Photos

    Solid Selection Of Songs By The Band's Career, Including Go Now, Nights In White Satin, Never Comes The Day, Gypsy, I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred, I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'n Roll Band) And Many More

    The Moody Blues formed in the early 1960s in Erdington, Birmingham, England. Ray Thomas, John Lodge, and Michael Pinder had been members of El Riot & the Rebels. They disbanded when Lodge went to college and Pinder joined the army. The pair recruited guitarist/vocalist Denny Laine, band manager-turned drummer Graeme Edge, and bassist Clint Warwick. The five appeared as the Moody Blues for the first time in Birmingham in 1964.

    It was the single, Go Now (released later that year), which launched their career. The single became a huge hit in the U.K. and landed the number 1 spot in the charts. The band soon realised that their style of R&B-derived rock and pop was not working for them and decided to develop an original new style, featuring the symphonic sounds of the mellotron and Ray Thomas' flute.

    Assigned to make a rock and roll version of Antonin Dvorák's New World Symphony, Moody Blues insisted that they be given artistic freedom and be left without supervision. The result was Days of Future Passed (1967), which combined the band's tracks with orchestral interludes arranged and conducted by Peter Knight. The album plus two singles, Nights in White Satin and Tuesday Afternoon, became substantial hits.

    Their follow-up album was In Search of the Lost Chord (1968). The album was again a big success with hits as Ride My See-Saw and Voices in the Sky. Their next album On a Threshold of a Dream (1969) featured the sensitive ballad Never Comes a Day and was their first number 1 album in the U.K.

    The band's music continued to become more complex and symphonic, resulting in 1969's To Our Children's Children's Children, a concept album. It closes with the fan-favorite Watching and Waiting. To Our Children's Children's Children was also the first release of the group's own founded label, Threshold Records.

    Released in 1981, Long Distance Voyager was a success, reaching number 1 on Billboard and top 5 in the U.K. The album featured the hit, The Voice, written by Hayward.

    The remaining Moody Blues trio continues to tour and to this day the Moody Blues are one of classic rock's most enduring institutions, with world-wide sales of nearly 80 million albums and a following that continues to support the band. COLLECTED by Moody Blues is a careful selection of the distinctive sound of the band, presenting the different periods the band has gone through.

    LP 1
    1. Go Now
    2. Boulevard De La Madeleine
    3. Nights In White Satin
    4. Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)
    5. Voices In The Sky
    6. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
    7. Ride My See-saw
    8. Legend Of A Mind
    9. Never Comes The Day
    10. Dear Diary
    11. Gypsy (Of A Strange And Distant Time)

    12. Watching And Waiting
    13. I Never Thought I'd Live To Be A Hundred


    LP 2
    1. Candle Of Life
    2. Melancholy Man
    3. Question
    4. The Story In Your Eyes
    5. Isn't Life Strange
    6. I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock 'n Roll Band)
    7. Emily's Song
    8. King And Queen
    9. Had To Fall In Love
    10. Driftwood
    11. The Voice

    Moody Blues
    $42.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Moody Blue Moody Blue Quick View

    $29.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Moody Blue

    180 Gram Audiophile Translucent BLUE Vinyl


    Limited Edition


    Gatefold Cover


    Mastered Impeccably by Joe Reagoso and Kevin Gray from the Original RCA Records tapes

    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, 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 1977, his career ignited even further thanks to his highly successful tour and his much anticipated newly released LP Moody Blue.
    Already gaining popularity in advance thanks to two chart single smashes Moody Blue and Way Down, this masterwork album
    included a treasure trove of studio and concert performances that captured a very great time in the musical history of this iconic legend.
    In addition to the wonderful hit singles aforementioned, The King reaches back to his early Memphis days with a tribute to Johnny Ace
    with Pledging My Love and more fifties classics like The Diamonds' Little Darlin' and Jim Reeves' country smash He'll Have To Go.
    Even more hits abound with sensational interpretations of Al Hibbler's classic Unchained Melody which also hit the top ten of the
    country music charts, a gospel rockin' version of Let Me Be There and a brilliant reading of the Andrew Lloyd Webber/Tim Rice's classic It's
    Easy For You.


    Sadly, this was Elvis Presley's final album as he passed away suddenly on August 16, 1977. The world was never the same after the
    tragic news was told that day, as hoards of fans journeyed to his beloved Graceland to pay their heartfelt tribute to The King of Rock and Roll.
    Elvis Presley's Moody Blue album, of course already a huge seller prior to his death, would go on to become one of his biggest albums
    ever, as fans rushed to the stores to buy his final masterwork. Initially pressed on BLUE vinyl, this amazing album has been out of print on
    vinyl for several decades that is until now!
    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 limited
    edition album 180 Gram Audiophile BLUE vinyl release of the RCA Records classic Moody Blue 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 from the original stereophonic RCA Records tapes by Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios with
    Kevin Gray and manufactured at R.T.I., Moody Blue will be a much anticipated audiophile dream release for Elvis fans everywhere!
    For this exclusive presentation, we are including a first time beautifully pressed 180 Gram Translucent BLUE vinyl LP and limited
    gatefold album artwork which includes the original stunning LP cover elements. We are also enclosing a poly lined inner sleeve to help keep
    your limited edition Elvis Moody Blue vinyl album in mint shape.
    Elvis Presley's Moody Blue A history making album from a historic legend, an audiophile dream release first time 180 Gram
    Audiophile BLUE 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.

    Side One
    1. Unchained Melody
    2. If You Love Me
    (Let Me Know)
    3. Little Darlin'
    4. He'll Have to Go
    5. Let Me Be There


    Side Two
    1. Way Down
    2. Pledging My Love
    3. Moody Blue
    4. She Thinks I Still Care
    5. It's Easy for You

    Elvis Presley
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Moody Blue (40th Anniversary Edition) Moody Blue (40th Anniversary Edition) Quick View

    $19.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Moody Blue (40th Anniversary Edition)

    Pressed On Clear Blue Vinyl


    Moody Blue is the twenty-fourth and final studio album by American singer and musician Elvis Presley, originally released by RCA Records the month before his death in August 1977. The album was a mixture of live and studio work and included the four tracks from Presley's final studio recording sessions in October 1976 and two tracks left over from the previous Graceland session in February 1976. Moody Blue was a previously published hit song recorded at the earlier Graceland session and held over for this album. Also recorded at the February session was She Thinks I Still Care. Way Down became a hit after Presley's death less than one month after this album's publication. The album was certified Gold and Platinum on September 12, 1977, and 2x Platinum on March 27, 1992, by the RIAA.

    1. Unchained Melody
    2. If You Love Me (Let Me Know)
    3. Little Darlin'
    4. He'll Have to Go
    5. Let Me Be There
    6. Way Down
    7. Pledging My Love
    8. Moody Blue
    9. She Thinks I Still Care
    10. It's Easy for You
    Elvis Presley
    $19.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Shocking Blue Shocking Blue Quick View

    $29.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Shocking Blue

    4 Exclusive Bonus Tracks!


    Formed in 1967 by former Motions guitarist Robbie van Leeuwen, Shocking Blue was joined by Cor van der Beek (drums), Klaasje van der Wal (bass) and Mariska Veres as lead vocalist. In 1969 and 1970, the group set the airwaves crackling and enjoyed a worldwide chart success with ''Venus'' (which incorporated the help of studio musician Cees Schrama of Casey & The Pressure Group [MOVLP1132]), followed by several other hit singles.


    In 1972, they released their 6th album Attila, a solid Pop album written entirely by Van Leeuwen, anchored by Marika's powerful vocals. Her incredible range and control is at times compared with Jefferson Airplane's singer Grace Slick. Noteworthy tracks on Attila are ''Rock In The Sea'', album opener ''Rattler'' and the moody ''Wait''. This album is denitely worth picking up for a comprehensive view on Holland's biggest export product's early '70s output.

    1. Rattler
    2. Never Release The One You Love
    3. A Waste Of Time
    4. Wait
    5. The Devil And The Angel
    6. Rock In The Sea
    7. Eve And The Apple *
    8. When I Was A Girl *
    9. I've Spent My Money
    10. Will The Circle Be Unbroken
    11. Early In The Morning
    12. I Built My World Around You
    13. Don't Let Your Right Know
    14. Broken Heart
    15. Everything That's Mine *
    16. I Saw You In June *
    Attila
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Blue Mountain Blue Mountain Quick View

    $29.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Blue Mountain

    Bob Weir's First Album In 10 Years And First Album Of New Material In Over 30 Years


    Written With Josh Ritter, Recorded With Members Of The National And Produced By Josh Kaufman


    Before he co-founded the Grateful Dead, Bob Weir spent a summer working and living on a ranch in Wyoming, sparking a lifelong fascination with the stories and songs of the American West. Blue Mountain, Weir's first solo album in over 10 years, brings his musical journey full circle. Working with producer Josh Kaufman, acclaimed songwriter Josh Ritter, guitarists Aaron and Bryce Dessner and bassist Scott Devendorf, Blue Mountain is a moody, highly textured modern interpretation of Weir's unforgettable experience. Available as a stunning, high-quality 2LP set in a deluxe gatefold package.

    LP 1
    1. Only A River
    2. Cottonwood Lullaby
    3. Gonesville
    4. Lay My Lily Down
    5. Gallop On The Run
    6. Whatever Happened To Rose


    LP 2
    1. Ghost Towns
    2. Darkest Hour
    3. Ki-Yi Bossie
    4. Storm Country
    5. Blue Mountain
    6. One More River To Cross

    Bob Weir
    $29.99
    Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • The First Born Is Dead The First Born Is Dead Quick View

    $22.99
    Buy Now
    x

    The First Born Is Dead

    The blues had long been a potent undercurrent in the Birthday Party's music, so it wasn't all that surprising that Nick Cave embraced the sound and feeling of rural blues on his second album with the Bad Seeds, The Firstborn Is Dead. What was startling was how well Cave and his bandmates -- Barry Adamson, Mick Harvey, and Blixa Bargeld -- were able to absorb and honor the influences of artists like Skip James and Charley Patton while creating a sound that was unmistakably their own. The moody obsessions of rural blues -- trains, floods, imprisonment, sin, fear, and death -- seemed made to order for Cave, and he was able to tap into the doomy iconography of this music with potent emotional force; on Tupelo, he makes a sweeping and disturbing epic of the rain-swept night when Elvis Presley was born, and Knocking on Joe is a tale of life on the work gang that communicates the pain of the spirit as clearly as the ache of the body. Also, the blues helped transform Cave's music as well as his lyrics; the brutal sonic pummel of the Birthday Party here gave way to a more subtle and dynamic approach that still made effective use of dissonance and bare-wired electric guitar noise while proving the balance of loud and soft only made each side deeper and more resonant. (The stark, barely there guitar and drums of Blind Lemon Jefferson are as startling and malignantly fascinating as anything in the Birthday Party's catalog.) The Firstborn Is Dead proved Nick Cave's musical palate was significantly broader than his debut album suggested and pointed to a path (channeling the sounds and emotions of American roots music) he would return to on many of his albums that followed.

    - Mark Deming (All Music)
    1. Tupelo
    2. Say Goodbye To The Little Girl Tree
    3. Train Long Suffering
    4. Black Crow King
    5. Knockin' On Joe
    6. Wanted Man
    7. Blind Lemon Jefferson
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Days Of Future Passed Days Of Future Passed Quick View

    $24.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Days Of Future Passed

    November 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of The Moody Blues' Days of Future Passed, one of the first albums to fuse rock music with an orchestra, DOFP is now regarded as one of the albums that gave birth to Progressive Rock.
    1. The Day Begins
    2. Dawn: Dawn Is A Feeling
    3. The Morning: Another Morning
    4. Lunch Break: Peak Hour

    5. The Afternoon

    6. Evening

    7. The Night
    Moody Blues
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Other Side Of Life The Other Side Of Life Quick View

    $31.99
    Buy Now
    x

    The Other Side Of Life


    Celebrate 3 Decades of The Moody Blues' Wildest Dreams!


    First Time 180 Gram Vinyl & Gatefold Presentation


    Mastered impeccably by Joe Reagoso (The Moody Blues)


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Threshold Records Tapes


    In 1986, The Moody Blues' "The Other Side of Life" album and their top charting hit single "Your Wildest Dreams," truly made this one of the most important chapters in their stellar career. Not only did millions of fans support this incredible masterwork, but it also received accolades from the young fans of MTV, which garnered the legends a Billboard Video of the Year award for the smash hit song. "The Other Side Of Life" Lp features nine stunning performances from the talents of Justin Hayward (guitar/vocals), John Lodge (bass/vocals), Patrick Moraz (keyboards & formerly of Yes), Ray Thomas (flutes/vocals) and Graeme Edges (drums/vocals).


    The top ten album achieved platinum status, with even more smashes like "Rock and Roll Over You" and the brilliant "The Other Side Of Life", which takes the listener back to their "Days Of Future Passed" into the modern era of "Long Distance Voyager."


    Power ballads were always Justin Hayward's specialty as "I Just Don't Care Anymore" chalks up another home run, along with the hard rockin' "Running Out Of Love" both of which made this one of The Moodies most popular albums.


    Friday Music is honored to announce the 30th Anniversary Limited Edition of The Moody Blues masterpiece "The Other Side Of Life." Mastered impeccably by long time friend and fan Joe Reagoso, this superlative first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Lp is also featured in a first time gatefold cover presentation for a very limited time.


    Enjoy ..


    In Your Wildest Dreams

    1. Your Wildest Dreams
    2. Talkin' Talkin'
    3. Rock 'N' Roll Over You
    4. I Just Don't Care
    5. Running Out Of Love
    6. The Other Side Of Life
    7. The Spirit
    8. Slings And Arrows
    9. It May Be A Fire
    Moody Blues
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • Seventh Sojourn Seventh Sojourn Quick View

    $31.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Seventh Sojourn


    The Moody Blues/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of Their Legendary Prog-rock Masterpiece In Search Of The Lost Chord - First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Threshold Records Tapes


    Seventh Sojourn was a huge multi-platinum smash for The Moody Blues and a stellar example of how important
    their symphonic and progressive rock sound was for the fans of this legendary English quintet. Featuring the original
    award winning line-up of Justin Hayward (lead vocals/guitars), John Lodge (lead vocals/bass), Ray Thomas (lead vocals/
    flutes), Ray Pinder (lead vocals/keyboards) and Graeme Edge (drums/vocals), Seventh Sojourn is undoubtedly one of their
    biggest selling albums and also one of the most revered in their huge catalog.


    Buoyed by the success of the two smash hit singles Isn't Life Strange and their definitive follow up rocker I'm Just
    a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band), Seventh Sojourn was filled with more masterful works like the powerful Ray Thomas
    classic For My Lady, John Lodge's masterpiece When You're a Free Man, plus the Justin Hayward and Graeme Edge
    prog-rock collaboration You and Me.


    The wonderful release also features a fine array of songs from vocalist and keyboard whiz Mike Pinder including
    the stunning LP opener Lost in a Lost World, Justin Hayward's soulful anthem New Horizons, as well as his ever popular
    The Land of Make-Believe.


    The beauty of this album is that you could always count on a classic listen from these five gentlemen of song.
    Featuring Ray Thomas' striking vocals and flute delivery, Justin Hayward's and John Lodge's guitars and vocal acumen,
    the magic of Ray Pinder on the keys and classic vocal, plus Graeme Edge's powerful drum and singing, Seventh Sojourn
    became the album of choice for radio programmers in 1972.


    Although Seventh Sojourn is four decades young, it stands as a modern day classic to this day, while The Moody
    Blues truly recorded one of the finest works ever in the album rock era.


    This amazing album has been out of print on vinyl for many years, that is until now


    Friday Music is very honored to continue another installment in our Moody Blues 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series
    with their definitive masterpiece Seventh Sojourn. Mastered impeccably from the original Threshold Records tapes by
    Joe Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this album is truly a thrilling first time 180 Gram audiophile vinyl release.


    For this special limited edition, we have also included the original full color album cover in gatefold style for the first
    time since it was released in 1972, complete with the great music you will always remember from this historic classic.


    Seventh Sojourn from The Moody Blues on impeccable first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl exclusively from
    your friends at Friday Music I'm just a singer in a rock and roll band

    1. Lost in a Lost World
    2. New Horizons
    3. For My Lady
    4. Isn't Life Strange
    5. You and Me
    6. The Land of Make-Believe
    7. When You're a Free Man
    8. I'm Just a Singer (In a Rock and Roll Band)
    Moody Blues
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • In Search Of The Lost Chord In Search Of The Lost Chord Quick View

    $31.99
    Buy Now
    x

    In Search Of The Lost Chord


    The Moody Blues/Friday Music 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series Continues!


    Celebrate 4 Decades Of Their Legendary Psychedelic Masterpiece In Search Of The Lost Chord - First Time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl!


    Mastered Impeccably By Joe Reagoso From The Original Deram Records Tapes


    In Search of the Lost Chord was another huge platinum plus smash for The Moody Blues and a stellar continuance
    of their progressive rock sound for the fans of this legendary English quintet. Featuring the original award winning lineup of Justin Hayward (lead vocals/guitars), John Lodge (lead vocals/bass), Ray Thomas (lead vocals/flutes), Ray Pinder
    (lead vocals/keyboards) and Graeme Edge (drums/vocals), In Search of the Lost Chord is undoubtedly one of their biggest
    selling albums and also one of the finest offerings in their huge catalog.


    Buoyed by the success of the hit single Ride My See-Saw, their definitive follow up to Days of Future Passed, In Search of the Lost Chord was filled with more hypnotic rockers like the powerful Ray Thomas classic Legend of a Mind, John Lodge's masterpiece House of Four Doors, plus the legendary Justin Hayward's prog-rock
    champion Voices in the Sky.


    The wonderful release also features a fine array of songs from vocalist and keyboard whiz Mike Pinder including
    the acid rock sounds of The Best Way to Travel and the album's stellar closer Om, as well as the ever talented Graeme
    Edge's distinctive drum work throughout the LP and his lyrical prowess with the album's well known classics The Word
    and Departure.


    The beauty of this album is that you could always count on a classic listen from these five gentlemen of song.
    Featuring Ray Thomas' striking vocals and flute delivery, Justin Hayward's and John Lodge's guitars and vocal acumen,
    the magic of Ray Pinder on the keys and classic vocal, plus Graeme Edge's powerful drum and singing, In Search of the
    Lost Chord became the album of choice for radio programmers in 1968. All in all, a hypnotic and spirited set from this
    very important and much loved classic rock band.


    This amazing album has been out of print on vinyl for many years, that is until now


    Friday Music is very honored to continue another installment in our Moody Blues 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Series
    with their masterpiece In Search of the Lost Chord. Mastered impeccably from the original Deram Records tapes by Joe
    Reagoso at Friday Music Studios, this album is truly a thrilling first time 180 Gram audiophile vinyl release.


    For this special limited edition, we have also included the original full color album cover in gatefold style for the first
    time since it was released in 1968, complete with the great music you will always remember from this historic classic.


    In Search of the Lost Chord from The Moody Blues on impeccable first time 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl exclusively from your friends at Friday Music We're All Looking For Someone

    1. Departure
    2. Ride My See-Saw
    3. Dr. Livingstone, I Presume
    4. House of Four Doors
    5. Legend of a Mind
    6. House of Four Doors (Part 2)
    7. Voices in the Sky
    8. The Best Way to Travel
    9. Visions of Paradise
    10. The Actor
    11. The Word
    12. Om
    Moody Blues
    $31.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Buy Now
  • On The Threshold Of A Dream On The Threshold Of A Dream Quick View

    $37.99
    Buy Now
    x

    On The Threshold Of A Dream

    Import


    On The Threshold Of A Dream is the fourth album by The Moody Blues, released in 1969. Like most Moody albums, On The Threshold Of A Dream follows a concept. It explores dreams, especially on the second side, which climaxes with the Voyage suite, inspired in part by Richard Strauss's Also Sprach Zarathustra.


    This album is oozing with bright, splashy creative flourishes in two seemingly contradictory directions that somehow come together as a valid whole. On The Threshold Of A Dream provided The Moody Blues with their first British #1 album and remained on the charts for an astonishing 70 weeks.


    The Moody Blues are regarded as one of the most innovative and successful rock bands in music history and you only have to put down the needle on this record to be convinced that this bold statement is indeed a fact.

    1. In The Beginning
    2. Lovely To See You
    3. Dear Diary
    4. Send Me No Wine
    5. To Share Our Love
    6. So Deep Within You
    7. Never Comes The Day
    8. Lazy Day
    9. Are You Sitting Comfortably
    10. The Dream
    11. Have You Heard (Part 1)
    12. The Voyage
    13. Have You Heard (Part 2)
    Moody Blues
    $37.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Love In A Time Of Madness Love In A Time Of Madness Quick View

    $19.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Love In A Time Of Madness

    JosÉ James is reborn as a powerful voice in contemporary R&B on his vibrant new album Love In A Time of Madness. Madness is something new: an R&B focused foray into moody soul, electronic pop, and trap-addled beats, with the occasional influence of American gospel and Minneapolitan funk. And though James' ear is no less adventurous, this is also his most relatable, daresay sexiest work yet.
    1. Always There
    2. What Good Is Love
    3. Let It Fall (feat. Mali Music)
    4. Last Night
    5. Remember Our Love
    6. Live Your Fantasy
    7. Ladies Man
    8. To Be With You
    9. You Know I Know
    10. Breakthrough
    11. Closer
    12. I'm Yours (feat. Oleta Adams)
    Jose James
    $19.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • From Her To Eternity From Her To Eternity Quick View

    $22.99
    Buy Now
    x

    From Her To Eternity

    Nick Cave launched his solo career in style with From Her to Eternity, an accomplished album mixing the frenzy and power of his Birthday Party days with a dank, moody atmosphere that showed he was not interested in simply continuing what the older group had done. To be sure, Mick Harvey joined him from the Party days, as ever playing a variety of instruments, while one-time Party guest Blixa Bargeld now became a permanent Cave partner, splitting his time between the Bad Seeds and Einsturzende Neubaten ever since. The group took wing with a harrowing version of Leonard Cohen's Avalanche, Cave's wracked, buried tones suiting the Canadian legend's words perfectly, and never looked back. From Her to Eternity is crammed with any number of doom-laden songs, with Cave the understandable center of attention, his commanding vocals turning the blues and rural music into theatrical exhibitionism unmatched since Jim Morrison stalked stages. Songs like Cabin Fever, with its steadily paced drumming and relentless piano line, and the more restrained and moody The Moon Is in the Gutter sound like cabarets in hell. In the Ghetto, already perfectly suited to such a treatment, shows the underlying sense of beauty that defines the Seeds as much as drama. Even though it's a Presley cover, the sense of Scott Walker's influence isn't far away at all. The title track is and remains a Bad Seeds classic, played at shows up through the present, a tense piano/organ beginning then accompanied by the edgy build of the band, pounding drums, stabbing feedback and keyboard parts and more.

    - Ned Raggett (All Music)
    1. Avalanche
    2. Cabin Fever!
    3. Well Of Misery
    4. From Her To Eternity
    5. Saint Huck
    6. Wings Off Flies
    7. A Box For Black Paul
    Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
    $22.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Chulahoma Chulahoma Quick View

    $17.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Chulahoma

    Chulahoma is a stopgap EP from the Black Keys, a collection of six covers of songs by cult bluesman Junior Kimbrough, whose 'Do the Rump' they covered on their 2002 debut, Big Come Up. Considering that this is the first time the blues-rock guitar-n-drums duo has devoted an album to nothing but straight-ahead blues songs, it wound seem logical that Chulahoma would be the bluesiest recording in their catalog, but the Black Keys aren't that simple. The six songs on this 28-minute EP are hardly replications of Kimbrough's gritty originals, nor do they have the dirty, punch-to-the-gut feel of any of the duo's three proper albums. Instead, this is the weirdest set of music the band has done to date, a trippy, murky excursion into territory that floats somewhere between the primal urgency of the duo's best work and the dark, moody psychedelia of late-'60s blues-rock. Take 'Have Mercy on Me' its winding, narcotic blues groove settles into a bed of droning organ and bongos, but the interplay between guitarist/vocalist Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney prevents it from sounding as affected as psychedelia, while infusing it with a real sense of danger. That unsettling undercurrent flows throughout this brief EP, and it makes Chulahoma an album that's ideal for pitch-black nights, where the music can worm its way into your imagination and then run wild. That alone would make it a unique, noteworthy detour for the Black Keys, but when this is compared to Kimbrough's original recordings, it becomes an instructive listen since a side-by-side listen reveals how Auerbach drew inspiration from Kimbrough's stripped-down, idiosyncratic grooves and took it into some place entirely different. And while that might mean that Chulahoma doesn't necessarily sound like a kissing cousin to Kimbrough's originals, it does make it a greater, richer tribute than most cover albums, and it certainly proves that Auerbach's testimonial in the liner notes about how Junior Kimbrough changed his life is no lie.
    1 Keep Your Hands off Her

    2 Have Mercy on Me

    3 Work Me

    4 Meet Me in the City

    5 Nobody But You

    6 My Mind Is Ramblin'
    The Black Keys
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Mermaid Avenue Vol. II Mermaid Avenue Vol. II Quick View

    $39.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Mermaid Avenue Vol. II

    ho knew that after the undeniable, sometimes shimmering, sometimes rustic magic of Mermaid Avenue that there was enough quality material for a second volume? By setting their own music to Woody Guthrie's lyrics, Billy Bragg and Wilco once again offer a 50-minute testament to Guthrie's long, dynamic shadow. This sophomore meeting is as balanced between the up-tempo and the down-tempo as was the first Mermaid. Jeff Tweedy's rasp gives all the Wilco-driven tunes a certain grit, and the songs Bragg takes on have a luminescent, frank earnestness that intensifies the delivery of Guthrie's lyrical social critiques. Hot Rod Hotel, with Bragg on the mic, melds the two approaches best, and Secret of the Sea is the CD's poppiest centerpiece--aptly aimed at radio airplay like the first Mermaid's California Stars. Natalie Merchant's playful I Was Born is brief but sweet, just as bluesman Corey Harris's Against the Law is an uplift, with his passionate vocal wail mirroring the political gist of Guthrie's words. The moody closers Black Wind Blowing and Someday, Some Morning, Sometime end Volume 2 with a pair of sweetly sad gems, one a Bragg-sung folk blues that mourns the loss of cotton crops in the American dustbowl era, the other a Tweedy-sung paean to lost love. At the dawn of a new millennium, with labor and the distribution of wealth as pressing historical issues that disrupt every International Monetary Fund and World Trade Organization soiree, the time is right for Woody. --Andrew Bartlett
    LP 1
    1. Airline To Heaven
    2. My Flying Saucer
    3. Feed Of Man
    4. Hot Rod Hotel
    5. I Was Born
    6. Secrets Of The Sea
    7. Stetson Kennedy


    LP 2
    8. Remember The Mountain Bed
    9. Blood Of The Lamb
    10. Against The Law
    11. All You Fascists
    12. Joe DiMaggio Done It Again
    13. Meanest Man
    14. Black Wind Blowing
    15. Someday, Some Morning, Sometime

    Billy Bragg & Wilco
    $39.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
  • Ghost Tropic Ghost Tropic Quick View

    $17.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Ghost Tropic

    The sound movement on GHOST TROPIC will seem sudden to some; without warning. To others, it'll seem a very logical step in a very foreign direction. On its fifth proper full-length, Songs: Ohia has stepped outside the box and has delivered its most subtle record of fantastic depth to date. Indeed this is the most cohesive and album-like Songs: Ohia has ever been. The eight songs on the record sprawl out into one another, telling one long sonic tale, allowing very little room for chapter breaks or piss stops. In this regard, Lou Reed's moody classic BERLIN comes to mind as a worthy fore-bearer. But it's the strange ethnic flavor in which GHOST TROPIC is steeped that makes it stand apart from its predecessors, albums which were all received as crossing guards for the Great American lost highway. Surely this album will leave those expecting such fare scratching their heads. Blending the electro-acoustic minimalism of the David Bowie and Brian Eno Trilogy with the percussive worldliness of Tom Waits' SWORDFISHTROMBONES, the group seems to hop the globe from a British Isles folk rock influence to an Ennio Morricone-like Spaghetti Western feel to the faintest echoes of the Chinese Classical ringing like a death murmur in the distance. And the songs, they build in a slow, unconscious manner, pulsing with an intensity, but never betraying their most simple core with too much instrumentation or calculated progression. Yea! GHOST TROPIC is the first album which reveals Songs: Ohia's own Tropicalia Blues in full bloom.
    Lightning Risked It All
    Body Burned Away
    No Limits on the Words
    Ghost Tropic
    Ocean's Nerves
    Not Just a Ghost's Heart
    Ghost Tropic
    Incantation
    Songs: Ohia
    $17.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Dakar Dakar Quick View

    $21.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Dakar

    Dakar (1957) presents half-a-dozen numbers recorded April 20, 1957 by an ensemble credited as the Prestige All-Stars. On the bandstand for this date are John Coltrane (tenor sax), Cecil Payne (baritone sax), Pepper Adams (baritone sax), Mal Waldron (piano), Doug Watkins (bass), and Art Taylor (drums). Although at the time these were considered leaderless units, upon hearing the interaction of the participants, modern ears might desire to qualify that statement.


    The Latin-flavored title track Dakar finds Coltrane adapting his solo to faultlessly conform to Payne and Adams' comparatively fuller-bodied involvement. The brooding chord progressions take on dark overtones with Coltrane joining Waldron as they burst forth fuelled by the soulful brass section. Mary's Blues is a treat for sax lovers as Adams -- who penned the number -- almost immediately raises the musical stakes for Coltrane. The differences in their respective presentations offer a contrast that complements the cool refinement of Adams and Pepper when juxtaposed with Coltrane's frenetic flurries. Particularly engaging are the sequence of four-bar blasts from the horn players, just prior to Coltrane pushing the combo through their paces. On Route Four the strongest elements of each player surface, creating one of the platter's brightest moments. Right out of the box, Waldron unleashes line upon line of masterful lyricism. The driving tempo keeps the instrumentalists on their toes as Coltrane is sandwiched between the undeniably and equally inspired Payne and Adams. Here, the urgency of Coltrane's tenor sax clearly tests the boundaries of the Taylor/Watkins rhythm section. The moody and sublime ballad Velvet Scene is a Waldron composition containing some of the author's strongest individual involvement as he interjects his expressive keyboarding directly into the melody.


    - Lindsay Planer (All Music Guide)

    1. Dakar (Teddy Charles)
    2. Mary's Blues (Pepper Adams)
    3. Route 4 (Charles)
    4. Velvet Scene (Waldron)
    5. Witches Pit (Adams)
    6. Catwalk (Charles)
    John Coltrane
    $21.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Attack & Release Attack & Release Quick View

    $18.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Attack & Release

    Until now, guitarist-singer Dan Auerbach and drummer Patrick Carney of the Black Keys took an extreme do-it-yourself approach to record making, hunkering down in a basement studio or setting up equipment in one of the abandoned factories of their native Akron, Ohio. Their modus operandi was more seance than session. With a minimal set of tools, they conjured up a big, swaggering blues-rock sound, seemingly drawn from some distant time and place yet too weirdly original to ever be called retro. As Rolling Stone put it in a review of their 2006 Nonesuch debut, Magic Potion, Pure blues rock of this caliber is really timeless.


    For this album, however, the Black Keys decided not to go it alone: Attack and Release is the result of one of the most audacious and eagerly awaited collaborations in alternative rock history. As producer, Auerbach and Carney chose Danger Mouse, the mega-eclectic sonic mastermind behind the Grammy Award-winning Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere and its multi-format hit, Crazy, as well as the music-industry provocateur who created the mother of all mash-ups, The Grey Album. The Black Keys also deigned to work at an established studio, albeit one within driving distance of Akron. Suma Recording, a legendary spot in northeast Ohio renowned for its supply of great vintage gear, provided just the right ambience for the guys. As Carney put it, with genuine affection, Suma smells like a moldy cabin and looks like a haunted house.


    On Attack and Release, Danger Mouse is more creative co-conspirator than traditional figure behind the boards. He doesn't radically alter the duo's sound so much as coax out more of its inherent soulfulness, groove and bittersweet emotion. Two versions of Remember When illustrate how the duo can swing easily from smoldering ballad to thrashing rocker. I'm more pleased with the sound of this record than any one we've ever made, says Carney, and Auerbach concurs: We never let it all go like we did for this one, anything was game. It was just fun to make, and that's why I think it's so successful. The band adds more instrumentation to their mix, including piano, organ and moog synthesizer. Danger Mouse fashions subtle special effects, like the ghostly background choir that surfaces on the moody I Got Mine, which sounds as if it were samples from some old Warner Bros. cartoon. The Black Keys also invited in a few special guests: guitarist Marc Ribot and clarinetist-flautist (and Pat's uncle) Ralph Carney, both veterans of Tom Waits' band and players on countless avant-rock/jazz/noise session. Jessica Lea Mayfield a/k/a Chittlin, an impressive 18 year-old bluegrass/country singer from Kent, Ohio, sings alongside a heart-breakingly plaintive Auerbauch on the slow-dance final cut, Things Ain't Like They Used to Be

    1. All You Ever Wanted
    2. I Got Mine
    3. Strange Times
    4. Psychotic Girl
    5. Lies
    6. Remember When (Side A)
    7. Remember When (Side B)
    8. Same Old Thing
    9. So He Won't Break
    10. Oceans & Streams
    11. Things Ain't Like They Used to Be
    The Black Keys
    $18.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress) Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress) Quick View

    $24.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Upstairs At Eric's (Awaiting Repress)

    An 80s Landmark: Ex-Depeche Mode Member Vince Clarke and Vocalist Alison Moyet Create Synthpop Classic


    Smoky Blues Purring, Cool Jazz Vibes, Disco-Tinged Beats, and Dancefloor Minimalism Add Up to Electropop Genius


    All the Grooves Hit the Low-Frequency Targets: LP Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys World-Renowned Mastering System and Pressed at RTI


    Includes Hits Don't Go, Situation, and Only You


    The 1980s will forever be remembered for electropop sensations, yet few, if any, are quite as sensational as Yazs Upstairs at Erics. A standard-setting mÉlange of smoky blues singing, jazzy arrangements, disco-tinged beats, and dancefloor vibes, the smash debut fits equally as well at a late-night club as it does in a living room, where the records complexity and exoticism takes listeners hostage. No wonder the 1982 landmark remains one of the decades most essential albums.


    Mastered on Mobile Fidelitys world-renowned mastering system and pressed at RTI, this numbered limited edition Silver Label LP breathes with a decongested openness, textural richness, and tonal palette never before experienced on previous analog or digital editions. Alison Moyets inimitable vocals, such a huge part of the records appeal, are dramatically enhanced, her sensual timbre, bittersweet crooning, and knockout range now encompassing the full frequency spectrum and projecting outward in a way that traverses the flatness of the original pressings.


    Indeed, her bluesy deliveries are at once elegant and exuberant, and give collaborative partner Vince Clarke free range to construct beat architectures that encompass freewheeling disco, house music, uptempo dance, and chilled-out pop. The former Depeche Mode member also layers on elegant keyboard melodies, establishing contagious hooks and electronic-laced landscapes that preceded the techno explosion and do so with a cooler elegance. Tape loops, random field-noise dialogues, and synth-stroked bass notes add to whats nothing less than a perfect collusion of moody paranoia and soulful warmth.


    While a cousin to synth-pop LPs by the likes of the Eurythmics, Soft Cell, OMD, and Depeche Mode, Yazs Upstairs at Erics is singular for its chemistry between Moyet and Clarke and an insouciant batch of songs high on emotion, style, and substance.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Don't Go
    2. Too Pieces
    3. Bad Connection
    4. I Before E Except After C
    5. Midnight
    6. In My Room
    7. Only You
    8. Goodbye Seventies
    9. Situation
    10. Winter Kills
    11. Bring Your Love Down (Didn't I)
    Yaz
    $24.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
  • Scratching The Surface (Pure Pleasure) Scratching The Surface (Pure Pleasure) Quick View

    $34.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Scratching The Surface (Pure Pleasure)

    The Groundhogs' debut album is a long way from the 'classic' sound of the better-known 'Thank Christ for the Bomb/Split/Who Will Save the World?' trilogy. Indeed, the mellow classic blues through which the band pursues its nine tracks offer the unsuspecting listener little more than a direct blast from the peak of the British blues boom past. Early Fleetwood Mac, Chicken Shack, and Savoy Brown all haunted precisely the same corridors as Scratching The Surface, with only the occasional burst of fuzzed Tony McPhee guitar to distinguish the sonics from the rest of the pack. That said, Scratching The Surface ranks among the finest albums to emerge out of that entire period, a moody shuffle that includes an epic recounting of the Chicago classic Still a Fool and which matches five solid McPhee originals with a pair of blistering contributions from outgoing harmonica whiz Steve Rye. In fact, his Early in the Morning and You Don't Love Me might well be the album's best numbers, a discrepancy that puts one in mind of another of the blues boom's hottest acts, Jethro Tull, and just how much they changed once a founding member (Mick Abrahams) departed. Again, if you arrive at Scratching The Surface in search of a fresh Cherry Red or Status People, you'll probably be disappointed. But if you want to hear the blues sluicing straight out of the Southern England Delta, there are precious few better introductions.



    Musicians:



    • Tony McPhee (guitar, vocal)

    • Steve Rye (harmonica, vocal)

    • Pete Cruikshank (bass)

    • Ken Pustelnik (drums)



    Recording: October 1968 at the Marquee Studios, London, by Gery Collins
    Production: Mike Batt




    About Pure Pleasure



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



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



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



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



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



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



    1. Rocking Chair
    2. Early In The Morning
    3. Waking Blues
    4. Married Men
    5. No More Doggin'
    6. Man Trouble
    7. Come Back Baby
    8. You Don't Love Me
    9. Still A Fool
    The Groundhogs
    $34.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • The Magician's Birthday The Magician's Birthday Quick View

    $24.99
    Buy Now
    x

    The Magician's Birthday


    Influential 1972 Record Delves into Moody Fantasy Worlds, Thematically Bookends British Band's Demons and Wizards


    Organic Production and Tonal Shadings Exude Revered Early 70s Hi-Fi Sound: Reissue Faithfully Replicates Original Gatefold Sleeve and Pressed on Colored Vinyl


    Loosely based on a story by Ken Hensley, The Magician's Birthday continues Uriah Heep's adventurous immersion into fantasy worlds at a time when similarly sci-fi pop-culture releases such as Star Wars and Dungeons and Dragons were still years away. Influential in concept, appearance, and sound, the 1972 record remains a thematic bookend to Demons and Wizards, released the same year and, akin to this set, recognized as the group's high-water mark. Both records resonate with a newfound vitality in a 21st century engrossed in a resurgence in comic-book superheroes and gothic tales.


    Pursuing a more streamlined, cleaner sound that scales back harder arrangements and accentuates prog-rock and blues elements, the British band accentuates texture and hooks throughout. Uriah Heep attains a dynamic balance between brief, punchy fare (Spider Woman) and spooky, cosmic piano balladry (Echoes in the Dark), with guitarist Mick Box supplying versatile leads and underlying narratives with exceptional tonal shadings. Space-rock synthesizers and subtle xylophones help in further setting the moods. The Magician's Birthday skirts the parody that befell many albums that copied its formula by way of fine-tuned songwriting, David Byron's passionate singing, and cohesive playing. Groups ranging from Iron Maiden to Emerson Lake and Palmer drew from its example.


    Boasting arguably the strongest production of Uriah Heep's career, the record exudes early 70s warmth and organic sonics. As soon as your turntable's needle hits the grooves, an era renowned for wood-encased receivers, tube amplifiers, and vintage instruments will emerge in front of your eyes. Whether it's the whirring organ and eerie frequency effects on the crunchy FM radio favorite Sweet Lorraine or the ringing bells on the epic multi-part title track, The Magician's Birthday pulls you into its spell with ethereal power and supernatural charm.


    Complete with a faithful replication of the original gatefold sleeve, and replete with dead-quiet surfaces, this Wax Cathedral reissue is pressed at RTI, America's best record plant. Better still, it's on colored vinyl, to boot!

    1. Sunrise
    2. Spider Woman
    3. Blind Eye
    4. Echoes in the Dark
    5. Rain
    6. Sweet Lorraine
    7. Tales
    8. The Magician's Birthday
    Uriah Heep
    $24.99
    Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
  • Communique (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Communique (45 RPM) (Pre-Order) Quick View

    $49.99
    Buy Now
    x

    Communique (45 RPM) (Pre-Order)


    Smooth, Effortless, Relaxed, Tuneful, And Deceivingly Simple: Dire Straits' Communique Teems With Technical Perfectionism, Southern-Styled Grooves, And Low-Key Blues


    Reference-Level Detail, Depth, Soundstaging, Balance, And Presence: Communique Has Never Sounded Better Than On Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP Version


    Mark Knopfler's Mesmerizing Textures, Intricate Lines, And Crisp Tones Pair With Engaging Storytelling And Tight Rhythms: Every Song An Example Of Understated Virtuosity


    The performances on Dire Straits' Communique are so smooth and effortless, they were originally criticized for replicating the blueprints of the band's breakout debut. Time, however, has a way of changing perspectives and exposing the truth. More than 35 years after its original release in June 1979, Communique rightfully takes its place as the group's most underrated record - a nine-track set spiked with engaging storytelling, relaxed vibes, and deceiving simplicity.


    Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Communique elevates Dire Straits' sophomore album to an even higher plane. Recorded in the Bahamas by Muscle Shoals veterans Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler, the songs benefit from a laidback approach that makes guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler and company's stellar playing seem even more fluent - particularly when experienced on this collector's 45RPM version, on which the wider grooves allow for more detail retrieval and deeper musical insight.


    Knopfler's mesmerizing guitar textures and composed vocals appear as if they're right in front of you, holding court amidst expansive soundstages and deep-black backgrounds. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the finest audiophile recordings. You'll be hard-pressed to find another LP with cleaner, pinpoint-accurate tones. Mobile Fidelity's LP also brings into transparent view Knopfler's seemingly perfect intricate lines as well as the simpatico accompaniment from his band mates. Whole, lively, and balanced, the bass and drums arrive with a solidity rarely heard on albums of this era. Communique has truly never sounded better.


    Of course, the audiophile sonics mean little if the artistic content is lacking. Needless to say, Dire Straits' technical perfectionism and creative elan prevail throughout. Knopfler's penchant for sketching cynical characters is further developed on moody tracks like Where Do You Think You're Going and News, while Wexler's presence at the boards ensures the band keeps the rhythms extra tight. The quartet's low-key blues and swampy, Southern-styled grooves turn every song into an exercise in understated virtuosity.


    Refusing to give into excess, magnetic tunes such as Lady Writer and Angel of Mercy split a fine line between insinuating and insisting. The group shows off a combination of control, virtuosity, and tunefulness that harkens back to a rock n' roll's classic period while also pointing the way ahead. Need indisputable evidence of Dire Straits' compositional strengths? Cue up the closing Follow Me Home on this pressing and get lost amidst the peacefulness of the gentle surf and chirping crickets that frame the song. Heavenly.


    The sequence serves as additional proof that Communique remains one of the best-sounding rock records ever made.


    This title is not eligible for discount.

    1. Once Upon a Time in the West
    2. News
    3. Where Do You Think You're Going?
    4. Communique
    5. Lady Writer
    6. Angel of Mercy
    7. Portobello Belle
    8. Single-Handed Sailor
    9. Follow Me Home
    Dire Straits
    $49.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
  • 1
  • 2
Go to top