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  • Starsailor Starsailor Quick View

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    Starsailor

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    On his first albums Tim was a gentle, melodic folk rocker but during the making of these albums he evolved into a downright experimental singer/songwriter exploring jazz and avant-garde. The result? Starsailor!


    The album is a culmination of his experiments and with former Mother of Invention Bunk Gardner on sax and alto flute the story is complete. Surrealistic lyrics, heavy chords and unexpected twists make Starsailor a brilliant album that admittedly, isn't for everybody, but endures as one of the most legendary albums ever made by a singer/songwriter.

    1. Come Here Woman
    2. I Woke Up
    3. Monterey
    4. Moulin Rouge
    5. Song To The Siren
    6. Jungle Fire
    7. Starsailor
    8. The Healing Festival
    9. Down By The Borderline
    Tim Buckley
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  • Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk (Pre-Order) Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk (Pre-Order) Quick View

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    Sketches For My Sweetheart The Drunk (Pre-Order)

    Perhaps the most talented son act in pop music, Jeff Buckley combined the often harrowing eclecticism of estranged papa Tim Buckley with the rock acrobatics of Robert Plant. This posthumously released collection of four-track demos and sessions helmed by Tom Verlaine indicates that Buckley's astonishing full-length debut, Grace, was no fluke. The young singer-songwriter puts his falsetto to good use on an extraordinary collection of original material, from the soulful Everybody Here Wants You to the psychedelic Murder Suicide Meteor Slave. And while his bluesy take on Porter Wagoner's Satisfied Mind may not be as revelatory as his earlier version of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah, this album offers ample proof that Buckley was among his generation's most gifted voices. --Bill Forman
    LP 1
    1. The Sky Is A Landfill
    2. Everybody Here Wants You
    3. Opened Once
    4. Nightmares By The Sea
    5. Yard Of Blonde Girls
    6. Witches' Rave
    7. New Year's Prayer


    LP 2
    1. Morning Theft
    2. Vancouver
    3. You & I
    4. Nightmares By The Sea
    5. New Year's Prayer
    6. Haven't You Heard
    7. I Know We Could Be So Happy Baby (If We Wanted To Be)


    LP 3
    1. Murder Suicide Meteor Slave
    2. Back In N.Y.C.
    3. Gunshot Glitter
    4. Demon John
    5. Your Flesh Is So Nice
    6. Jewel Box
    7. Satisfied Mind

    Jeff Buckley
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  • Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions Quick View

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    Lady, Give Me Your Key: The Unissued 1967 Solo Acoustic Sessions

    13 Previously Unissued Solo Acoustic Demos


    Remastered From The Original Analog Tapes And Acetate


    Booklet Includes In-Depth Interview With Buckley's Lyricist Larry Beckett


    In 1967, the face of rock was changing. In that year alone there were debut albums from The Velvet Underground, The Doors, and Pink Floyd, to name a few. The Beatles had combined orchestration with their music-the result was Sgt. Peppers in June, the same month that Tim Buckley recorded Goodbye & Hello.


    Buckley was no longer just another singer-songwriter with an acoustic guitar; he was drenched in acid-folk tinges of harpsichord and harmonium. Lyricist Larry Beckett embellished Tim's songs with introspective lyrics at times, worldly views at others. It was the first major triumph for Tim as an album artist, partially because there were a remarkable amount of pre-production demos that led to it.


    Available here for the first time are these newly discovered master tapes, recorded by Goodbye & Hello's producer Jerry Yester, along with an ultra-rare acetate, found to be in co-songwriter (and best friend) Beckett's possession.


    Of the 13 previously unreleased solo acoustic songs contained here, six of them did eventually appear with more expansive instrumentation on Goodbye & Hello (along with another four not included here). However, the crown jewel of this package is seven never-before-heard compositions. These will be new to even the most devoted Buckley fan. Arguably, two of them crept out decades after Tim's death (albeit, much different recordings than what you have here) but with little fanfare.


    So much has been written about Tim Buckley but so little of it by people who actually knew him. This booklet, however, includes a detailed interview with both Larry Beckett and Jerry Yester, providing real insight on how these recordings came to be and attempting to uncover the man behind all the myths, the real Tim Buckley.


    Several rarities releases in the 1980s and '90s shed light on his talent, especially the live recordings, but all of the studio material has generally been alternative versions of songs that fans already knew-until now. This is the first-ever posthumous release that reveals a wealth of previously unreleased and unheard tracks from Tim at the peak of his career. In short, you need this!

    1. Sixface
    2. Contact
    3. Lady, Give Me Your Key
    4. Once Upon A Time
    5. Once I Was
    6. I Never Asked To Be Your Mountain
    7. Pleasant Street
    8. Knight-Errant
    9. Marigold
    10. Carnival Song
    11. No Man Can Find The War
    12. I Can't Leave You Lovin' Me
    13. She's Back Again
    Tim Buckley
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  • Happy Sad (Colored Vinyl) Happy Sad (Colored Vinyl) Quick View

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    Happy Sad (Colored Vinyl)

    Red Colored Vinyl

    One of the best albums of the late 60s and Tim Buckley's most underrated album, Happy Sad was a change-up pitch for the eclectic L.A. singer/songwriter. Sounding like a bit like Fred Neil's Capitol-era albums, Buckley and his small, acoustic-based ensemble create beautiful, jazz tinged folk-rock. On red vinyl.

    1. Strange Feelin'
    2. Buzzin' Fly
    3. Love From Room 109 At The Islander (On Pacific Coast Highway)
    4. Dream Letter
    5. Gypsy Woman
    6. Sing A Song For You
    Tim Buckley
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  • Starsailor Starsailor Quick View

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    Starsailor

    Originally released in 1970, Starsailor is the most unique and uncompromising release of Tim Buckley's brief but productive career. Combining jazz and avant-garde elements with folk-rock and Buckley's acrobatic vocal performances this album is one of the most experimental singer-songwriter records of all time. Though it was a commercial failure at the time of its release Starsailor has since become a sought after cult classic.
    1. Come Here Woman

    2. I Woke Up
    3. Monterey
    4. Moulin Rouge
    5. Song To The Siren
    6. Jungle Fire
    7. Star Sailor
    8. Healing Festival
    9. Down By the Borderline
    Tim Buckley
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    Lorca

    Buckley's 1970 Asylum album once again available on vinyl. Continuing his jazz explorations, Buckley created the most 'out' album of his career. The 5/4 time signature title track is strikingly weird with haunted house pipe organ and two faster-paced numbers, the mellow contemplative love song 'I Had A Talk With My Woman' and the slightly funky blues-based 'Nobody Walkin',' are even fun. The band is Lee Underwood, John Balkin (bass, haunted house pipe organ on 'Lorca'), and Carter Collins (congas).
    1. Lorca

    2. Anonymous Proposition

    3. I Had A Talk With My Woman

    4. Driftin'

    5. Nobody Walkin'

    Tim Buckley
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    Sefronia (180 Gram)

    180 Gram Black Vinyl

    Limited To 400 Copies

    Newly Remastered From The Original Master Tapes By Bill Inglot

    The list of '60s and '70s singer-songwriters is long and full of legends; but perhaps the most talented of that very talented bunch was Tim Buckley. Certainly when it came to singing Buckley was at the very top; his range was unmatched, capable of covering several octaves and acres of emotion in one breath, from sweet, tenor tenderness to hoarse, cracking anguish. And his songwriting showed a similar wide range; in the course of eight short years Buckley went from baroque, psychedelic folk rock to jazzy, even avant-garde ravings to blue-eyed soul.

    This extreme eclecticism, of course, worked against Buckley commercially; by the time his fans caught up to his latest stylistic change he was off on another. But it's also one of the reasons why his reputation has steadily grown in the years since his untimely death in 1975; countless listeners only familiar with his early Elektra albums have found themselves floored by his later output. Which is where we find ourselves with 1973's Sefronia, one of the most controversial albums of his career. Long-time fans decried this record as a sellout, and indeed its soft '70s funk feel is jarring to those used to his more adventurous work. But Buckley proves himself to be one helluva R&B singer on this album, which deserved a much larger audience than it got (by this time Buckley was on Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen's label DiscReet).

    Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present both Sefronia on vinyl for the first time since the late '80s, in a version newly remastered from the original master tapes by Bill Inglot. This release marks a significant upgrade in sound from what's heretofore been available, and to celebrate, we're offering a limited edition of 400 copies in audiophile 180-gram black vinyl. It's high time this album was reappraised; this vinyl release displays it at its very best!

    1. Dolphins
    2. Honey Man
    3. Because of You
    4. Peanut Man
    5. Martha
    6. Quicksand
    7. I Know I'd Recognize Your Face
    8. Stone in Love
    9. Sefronia--After Asklepiades, After Kafka
    10. Sefronia--The King's Chain
    11. Sally Go 'Round the Roses
    Tim Buckley
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  • Look at the Fool (180 Gram) Look at the Fool (180 Gram) Quick View

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    Look at the Fool (180 Gram)

    180 Gram Black Vinyl

    Limited To 400 Copies

    Newly Remastered From The Original Master Tapes By Bill Inglot

    The list of '60s and '70s singer-songwriters is long and full of legends; but perhaps the most talented of that very talented bunch was Tim Buckley. Certainly when it came to singing Buckley was at the very top; his range was unmatched, capable of covering several octaves and acres of emotion in one breath, from sweet, tenor tenderness to hoarse, cracking anguish. And his songwriting showed a similar wide range; in the course of eight short years Buckley went from baroque, psychedelic folk rock to jazzy, even avant-garde ravings to blue-eyed soul.

    This extreme eclecticism, of course, worked against Buckley commercially; by the time his fans caught up to his latest stylistic change he was off on another. But it's also one of the reasons why his reputation has steadily grown in the years since his untimely death in 1975; countless listeners only familiar with his early Elektra albums have found themselves floored by his later output. Which is where we find ourselves with 1974's Look at the Fool, the last record Buckley released during his lifetime and one of the most controversial albums of his career. Long-time fans decried this records as a sellout, and indeed its soft '70s funk feel is jarring to those used to his more adventurous work. But Buckley proves himself to be one helluva R&B singer on this album, which deserved a much larger audience than they got (by this time Buckley was on Frank Zappa and Herb Cohen's label DiscReet).

    Now, Real Gone Music is proud to present Look at the Fool on vinyl for the first time since the late '80s, in a version newly remastered from the original master tapes by Bill Inglot. This release marks a significant upgrade in sound from what's heretofore been available, and to celebrate, we're offering this record in audiophile 180-gram vinyl limited to 400 copies. It's high time this album was reappraised; this vinyl release displays it at its very best!

    1. Look at the Fool
    2. Bring It On Up
    3. Helpless
    4. Freeway Blues
    5. Tijuana Moon
    6. Ain't It Peculiar
    7. Who Could Deny You
    8. Mexicali Voodoo
    9. Down in the Street
    10. Wanda Lou
    Tim Buckley
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    Dino Valente

    First Ever Vinyl Re-Issue Of The 1968 Psych Classic By Dino Valente


    First Time Commercially Available In MONO


    Recorded Under The Supervision Of Bob Johnston (Dylan, Cohen, Cash)


    Original Liner Notes By Ralph Gleason


    What was going on in 1968 when Dino Valente recorded this album? Well, he had already written 'Get Together' for the Youngbloods, been in and out of jail a couple of times, and put in time as lead vocalist for San Francisco's Quicksilver Messenger Service. While bouncing around Manhattan's East Village, Valente then teamed up with famed Dylan producer Bob Johnston to record his only solo effort. This album typifies the hippie-folk-troubadour syndrome with strumming, reverb-laden 12-string guitar and romantic odes of passion and heartbreak. Valente's pliant warble practically floats alone on these strange songs. While this music is folkish in nature, Valente's vocals display an offbeat, almost jazzy inflection reminiscent of the late Tim Buckley. - Mitch Myers

    1. Time
    2. Something New
    3. My Friend
    4. Listen To Me

    5. Me And My Uncle

    6. Tomorrow
    7. Children Of The Sun

    8. New Wind Blowing
    9. Everything Is Gonna Be OK
    10. Test
    Dino Valente
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  • Out Into The Snow Out Into The Snow Quick View

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    Out Into The Snow

    Out Into The Snow is full of gorgeous human gestures from well-developed characters rising and falling in overlapping arcs of time. Brazen songwriting, like all great art, challenges even more than it entertains. Another mile-stone performance from Simon Joyner, perhaps the greatest songwriter you've never heard.Sounding sometimes like Doug Yule era Velvet Underground (with some Paris 1919 John Cale thrown in for good measure), On the Beach period Neil Young , Happy/Sad era Tim Buckley, and Our Mother the Mountain period Townes Van Zandt, the album is littered with complex characters.
    Side A

    1. The Drunken Boat  

    2. The Arsonist     

    3. Ambulances     

    4. Sunday Morning Song For Sara



    Side B

    1. Last Evening On Earth

    2. Peace In My Time

    3. Out Into The Snow

    4. Roll On
    Simon Joyner
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  • All Kinds Of You All Kinds Of You Quick View

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    All Kinds Of You

    Ryley Walker is a 24 year-old singer/songwriter and guitarist from Chicago. His debut album All Kinds Of You, will be released worldwide via Tompkins
    Square in 2014. Having kicked around Chicago's experimental free/noise music scene for several years, Ryley recently turned to a folk-rock sound inspired by some of
    his heroes, among them Tim Hardin, Tim Buckley, and Bert Jansch. The result is a poised and accomplished debut album, recorded in Chicago by
    Cooper Crain (guitarist/keyboardist in Cave).


    The West Wind, Ryley's debut 3 song 12 EP released in November, features The West Wind from the forthcoming album, and two B sides: A Home
    For Me and Sweet Little Betsy (w/Daniel Bachman). The piece received praise from UNCUT, NPR, BBC, Rolling Stone and many other outlets.


    With the charming swagger of jazz-folk troubadour Tim Buckley and the resonant, full picking style of Bert Jansch, 'The West Wind' comes from Walker's
    first widely available release, a three-song 12. With acoustic guitar in hand and a voice like browned butter, Walker swings and sways in a lush string-and-piano arrangement right out of Buckley's 'Starsailor'; it slowly picks up to a swirling gallop without bucking the rhythm. - NPR Music

    1. The West Wind
    2. Blessings
    3. Twin Oaks Pt. 1
    4. Great River Road
    5. Clear The Sky
    6. Twin Oaks Pt. 2
    7. Fonda
    8. On The Rise
    9. Tanglewood Spaces
    Ryley Walker
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  • Cripple Crow Cripple Crow Quick View

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    Cripple Crow

    Banhart's fourth critically acclaimed album, released in September 2005, now available for the first time on vinyl. Cripple Crow has scanned over 30,000 units to date. The release of this double LP coincides with a host of summer tour dates. ...pure folk-flavored whimsy, reminiscent of Tim Buckley and 1970's cosmic pinup Marc Bolan - Blender. ...there's something about Banhart's muse that defies words and logic, something to these songs that hints at a deeper connection to the cosmos than most of us share. Jeff Buckley might have had that gift; John Lennon and Van Morrison certainly did. Add to that list Devendra Banhart, an astonishing talent whose future work promises to bring us to exciting new places - Harp.
    1. Now That I Know 4:53
    2. Santa Maria De Feira 4:35
    3. Heard Somebody Say 3:20
    4. Long Haired Child 3:45
    5. Lazy Butterfly 4:00
    6. Quedate Luna 3:07
    7. Queen Bee 2:44
    8. I Feel Just Like A Child 4:46
    9. Some People Ride The Wave 2:27
    10. The Beatles 1:44
    11. Dragonflys 0:59
    12. Cripple Crow 5:58
    13. Inaniel 3:43
    14. Hey Mama Wolf 3:52
    15. How's About Tellin A Story 1:21
    16. Chinese Children 5:17
    17. Sawkill River 1:52
    18. I Love That Man 2:27
    19. Luna De Margarita 2:07
    20. Korean Dogwood 4:02
    21. Little Boys 5:20
    22. Canela
    Devendra Banhart
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  • Cowboy Worship EP Cowboy Worship EP Quick View

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    Cowboy Worship EP

    Amen Dunes' Love took close to a year and a half, 16 musicians, and five different
    studios to complete. It was a song cycle that required broad experimentation before
    it was clear what was essential underneath the surface. In that process, much
    of the sound that might have made it onto the album was lost. There was just too
    much to say for one record.


    Cowboy Worship is an attempt to give life to some of the music that didn't make
    it past the scalpel. From a blown-out version of "Green Eyes" featuring Harvey
    Milk's Stephen Tanner, to a darker and mellower "I Can't Dig It" as Damon
    McMahon originally arranged it upon writing the song in China, many of the
    original intentions for the music that were lost in the Love sessions are revived. In
    addition is a band version of Through Donkey Jaw's "Lezzy Head," featuring Dunes
    mainstays Jordi Wheeler and Parker Kindred, and most significantly, a shining
    cover of This Mortal Coil's interpretation of the Tim Buckley classic, "Song to
    the Siren," featuring Ben Greenberg (Hubble) on guitar.


    Tim Buckley, along with several other singers, from Elvis Presley to Marvin
    Gaye to Tim Hardin, were the beacons that guided the making of Love. McMahon's
    cover of "Song to the Siren" is an homage to the spirit that directed those
    original sessions.


    One description that seemed to work for Love was that it was an album of devotional
    music, and even more specifically, a type of devotional music McMahon
    called cowboy worship.


    Cowboy worship as a concept certainly did not begin with Love, but instead Love
    began with cowboy worship, was born from it, and in turn added a new link to
    the chain.

    1. I Know Myself (Montreal)
    2. Song to the Siren
    3. I Can't Dig It (China Street Blues)
    4. Green Eyes (Music Blues)
    5. Lezzy Head (Burial)
    6. Love (Montreal)
    Amen Dunes
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    Daybreaker

    Beth Orton's third album, originally released in 2002.Nobody can keep you from the one you know you are, she sings quietly on Mount Washington. Fueled by her mother's early passing, each of Orton's songs is accordingly anchored by a deep sense of sadness and loss. Despite the occasional electronic flourishes at the hands of collaborators such as the Chemical Brothers and Everything but the Girl's Ben Watt, and the beaming West Coast harmonies she shares with pal Ryan Adams, Daybreaker is a supremely personal record. There's a concrete sky falling from the trees again and I don't know why, she muses on Concrete Sky. And like Tim Buckley and Nick Drake--the hopeless folk icons that came before her--there seems to be a sublime urgency in her work that suggests a seemingly innocent song like Thinking About Tomorrow is not so much about optimism as fate. -Aidin Vaziri
    1. Paris Train
    2. Concrete Sky
    3. Mount Washington
    4. Anywhere
    5. Daybreaker
    6. Carmella
    7. God Song
    8. This One's Gonna Bruise
    9. Ted's Waltz
    10. Thinking About Tomorrow
    Beth Orton
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    River

    River was a looser and rootsier affair than Terry Reid's first records, taken from a sprawl of sessions in London and California that generated enough material for several albums. The very looseness that gives the effort some charm is the same quality, however, that keeps it from being a major work. The songs mostly sound unfinished, as if they're friendly jams in which Reid and the musicians (including, most notably, David Lindley on half the album and percussionist Willie Bobo on the title track) are working out some song ideas or twisting around some riffs. It often brings to mind those parts of songs where the likes of Van Morrison, Tim Buckley, or Robert Plant sing-scat improvised-sounding vocal passages. The difference is that, for the most part, those singers used such sections to embellish solid songs. On River, the quasi-stream-of-consciousness vocal ramblings are the songs. The first four of the seven songs are very much in a funky, laid-back blues-rock groove, prominently featuring Lindley on steel, slide, and electric guitars. Reid, and the album itself, really begin to find more of an individual voice on 'River,' where beguiling Latin-Brazilian elements are introduced in the guitar, melody, and rhythm. The final two cuts, 'Dream' and 'Milestones,' back Reid's vocals only with acoustic guitar, and have a romantic melancholy that likewise makes them highlights of this highly personal but uneven record.
    1. Dean
    2. Avenue
    3. Things To Try
    4. Live Life
    5. River
    6. Dream
    7. Milestones
    Terry Reid
    $21.99
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    The Best Of

    Despite great acclaim at the time The Czars remain one of Denver's best-kept secrets. Over the course of their career they couldn't quite turn critical salvos into commercial success. Then, when the band split up in 2004 after their fifth album - the presciently titled Goodbye - nothing was heard from any member for six years. So when John Grant reappeared in 2010 with his landmark solo debut Queen Of Denmark, some thought he was a new artist, without a back-story that stretches as far back as 1994 when the band originally formed.


    The Best Of The Czars is made up predominantly from the run of three studio albums that Bella Union released between 2000 and 2004. Before But Longer donates the first four songs, 2002's The Ugly People Vs The Beautiful People the next six, and Goodbye the next five. The final track is an exquisite reading of Tim Buckley's signature standard Song To The Siren taken from 2005's B-sides/covers compilation Sorry I Made You Cry.


    Grant is his own fiercest critic, and says of all Czars albums he only stands by Goodbye. It's the only one that came anywhere close to being what I'd hoped for, he reckons. Out of the five albums we made, there's one good solid album of material. Well, John, here it is. But The Best Of The Czars isn't merely good; it's magnificent. At their best, The Czars mastered a luminous and stately country-folk'n'western noir shot through with a classic songwriting twist.


    On various tours since his solo debut, Grant has performed three old Czars tracks: Drug (from The Ugly People ), Paint The Moon and Little Pink House (from Goodbye). They're the Czars songs I most connect to in performance, that I'm proudest of, that flowed out of me as complete products, says Grant. As a whole, though, the band remains a conflicted memory for the singer. I had so much fear at the time, I wanted to try and control everything around me, which I feel affected my voice, he admits. Only now do I feel that voice is coming out of its shell, and that I'm comfortable in my own skin. But the music is an important part of my history, so it deserves to be heard.

    1. Val
    2. Concentrate
    3. Get Used To It
    4. Dave's Dream
    5. Roger's Song
    6. Drug
    7. Side Effects
    8. Anger
    9. Killjoy
    10. Lullaby 6000
    11. Paint The Moon
    12. Goodbye
    13. My Love
    14. Los
    15. Little Pink House
    16. Song To The Siren
    The Czars
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  • Child Is The Father To The Man Child Is The Father To The Man Quick View

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    Child Is The Father To The Man

    Ranked 264/500 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.


    Although they would go on to become one of the most commercially successful acts of the 1970s, most observers agree that Blood, Sweat & Tears 1968 debut effort Child Is Father to the Man remains the ambitious ensembles finest and most enduring musical statement. The bands only album under the leadership of legendary singer / keyboardist Al Kooper, Child Is Father to the Man stands with such late-60s art-pop landmarks as the Zombies Odessey and Oracle and Loves Forever Changes in capturing the periods seemingly limitless creative possibilities.
    Child Is Father to the Man is a brilliant reflection of the desire of Koopera former member of the seminal Blues Project and a key collaborator in Bob Dylans early electric workto use an expanded instrumental lineup to explore a broader range of sounds, styles and compositional approaches. Towards that end, he launched Blood, Sweat & Tears, recruiting a stellar assortment of players from the worlds of rock and jazz, including ex-Blues Project guitarist Steve Katz, former Buffalo Springfield/Mothers of Invention bassist Jim Fielder, jazz drummer Bobby Colomby and noted jazz horn players Randy Brecker, Dick Halligan, Fred Lipsius and Jerry Weiss.


    The resulting album (produced by fabled studio genius John Simon) was a seamlessly eclectic psychedelic-rock-jazz-classical fusion, with such diverse tracks as Koopers gritty compositions I Cant Quit Her and I Love You More Than Youll Ever Know, as well as his playfully arty House in the Country and The Modern Adventures of Plato, Diogenes and Freud, along with stirring readings of Tim Buckleys Morning Glory, Harry Nilssons Without Her and Randy Newmans Just One Smile.


    Koopers expansive musical vision may have been a bit too far ahead of its time. Although it was a favorite of early FM album-rock DJs, Child Is Father to the Man barely scraped the Billboard Top 50 and failed to produce a hit single. However, in the years since, the album has been widely recognized for its expressiveness and originality, and embraced by successive generations of listeners. For instance, it received a prominent placement in Rolling Stones 2003 ranking of the 500 greatest albums of all time.


    Now, Child Is Father to the Man is back in its original vinyl format with Sundazeds definitive new LP edition. With meticulously reproduced original cover art, this vintage musical landmark has been remastered from the original analog master tapes and is pressed on high-quality, high-definition vinyl.

    1. Overture
    2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
    3. Morning Glory
    4. My Days Are Numbered
    5. Without Her
    6. Just One Smile
    7. I Can't Quit Her
    8. Meagan's Gypsy Eyes
    9. Somethin' Goin' On
    10. House In The Country
    11. The Modern Adventures Of Plato, Diogenes And Freud
    12. So Much Love/Underture
    Blood, Sweat And Tears
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    Rest In Chaos

    Let me explain what it's like to summarize Rest in Chaos. What you have here is, in the first place, the book of Genesis as deftly reconceived by Todd Snider who has been inhabited by a spirit resembling Philip K. Dick. The rest of the Hard Working Americans are under the direction (or perhaps in the thrall) of an older wiser Jimi Hendrix and a Frank Zappa no less exacting than he was when he departed. It is rock'n'roll music, past, present and future, and that's no dream, it's just a fact. There are moments here when the walls of Babel might be falling, there are moments when they are reinvented and every time you try to pin it down, it shows you something else. "Half Ass Moses," the third song, ends by declaring "The song wasn't all that complicated."


    Like hell it isn't. When, in the very next song, "Dope is Dope," Todd Snider is a voice more inflammatory and gritty than I have ever heard from him before, "His mother didn't understand him / Whose mother ever does?" am I supposed to laugh, cry, applaud or beg for mercy. All that's really sure is, you're not leaving 'til the show's over. Even if you want to. There's nowhere else to go, and even if there were, the music's too good.


    So much for metaphysics. The actual physics of the thing is seven billion people out for what they only think is a stroll, armed with nothing more than some quite treacherous Roman candles Rest in Chaos might, if these Hard Working Americans were scientists of something other than sound, be the story of the entropy of the universe, and if you think I'm kidding that's only because you haven't taken the deep dive into its complexity, which if not quantum is at least a quandary. Albums aren't this good anymore; they're not this ambitious; their parts are not so finely conceived, the risks they take are not so reckless, the ways they resolve contradictions are not so elegant. Most of all they don't kick you in the preconceptions anywhere near so often. (How did they manage to create harmonies in "Something Else" that recall both the Hollies and the Mothers of Invention?)


    Todd's songs sound like he swiped part of them from Billy Joe Shaver and part from Tim Buckley and welded them together with spare parts from Iggy and Paul McCartney. There's a nightmare embedded here, and what cares the weight of it, the aspect of doom and the hint of doom is Dave Schools' bass. Neal Casal, who might be the most under-rated guitarist in rock, is constantly making the chaos more beautiful than you'd think possible. The roots of the sound are in the jam bands and Americana groups and singer-songwriter sessions the band members have played in but when they get to "Throwing Goats" (OK, maybe I should have said Thomas Pynchon or John Barth rather than Dick) and "Something Else" (both parts), they've joined the ranks of the rockers who no longer look for interstellar overdrive, because they've already found it.


    All this is, of course, metaphor. Well, most of it. Some of it. The part about how strong it is, how smart, how completely the product of the past ("stand up for your brother, stick it to the man") and how anticipatory of one of the best futures anyone has shown us is straight up. It's one of the most well-sustained albums I've heard in years, and what it sustains is not only my faith in rock'n'roll or even how hard the Hard Working Americans really do work to make their magic, but how much it means to them, which is the only way it can mean very much to the rest of us.


    Let me put it this way: I've heard Rest in Chaos any number of times and there's no way I'm done with it. I can tell you about its surface but I haven't gotten to the bottom of it. I'm not really sure there is one. It is humbling to confront it, and reassuring to know that there is all the rest of our lives for that. "The High Price of Inspiration"? A bargain.

    1. Opening Statement
    2. It Runs Together
    3. Half Ass Moses
    4. Dope Is Dope
    5. Burn Out Shoes
    6. Roman Candles
    7. Ascending Into Madness
    8. Throwing The Goats
    9. Something Else
    10. Massacre
    11. The High Price of Inspiration
    12. Acid
    13. Purple Mountain Jamboree
    Hard Working Americans
    $25.99
    Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
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    Dream Letter (Out of Stock)

    Originally recorded in 1968, this is the classic, critically acclaimed double live album, now on double vinyl. First released in 1990, it was a landmark in the re-discovery of the creative genius of Tim Buckley. Contains performances of Morning Glory and Once I Was.
    1. Introduction
    2. Buzzin' Fly
    3. Phantasmagoria In Two
    4. Morning Glory
    5. Dolphins
    6. I've Been Out Walking
    7. The Earth is Broken
    8. Who Do You Love
    9. Pleasant Street/ You Keep Me Hanging On
    10. Love From Room 109/ Strange Feelin'
    11. Carnival Song/ Hi Lily Hi Lo
    12. Hallucinations
    13. Troubadour
    14. Dream Letter and Happy Time
    15. Wayfaring Stranger/ You Got Me Runnin'
    16. Once I Was
    Tim Buckley
    $29.99
    180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Temporarily out of stock
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