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The Soul Of Ike & Tina (Bonus Tracks)
Original LP with four bonus tracks
Ike and Tina Turner's debut album for Sue Records, released in 1961.
Well-known for her trademark legs, throaty voice, and boundless stage energy, Tina Turner was one of the sexiest and most popular international performers of the 20th century. Ike Turner, a well established seminal figure in the early years of rock & roll as both a performer and talent scout, met her one night in St. Louis while he was performing with his Kings Of Rhythm: she just grabbed the microphone and sang a B.B. King song, impressing Ike so immediately and overwhelmingly that he asked her to perform regularly with them. The rest is history: Ike's slick managing skills and songwriting, along with Tina's intensely energetic lead voice, three back-up 'Ikettes' and a technically airtight eight-piece band produced a combination of country blues, rock and roll, ghetto rhythm and gospel passion that created a legend lasting 50 years. It's Gonna Work Out Fine, I Pity the Fool, I Idolize You, and Tra La La La La. are just some of the R&B gems included in their 1960 astonishing debut album.1. I'm Jealous
2. I Idolize You
4. Letter From Tina
5. You Can't Love Two
6. I Had A Notion
7. It's Gonna Work Out Fine
8. Tina's Dilemma
9. A Fool In Love
11. Chances Are
12. You Can't Blame Me
13. You're My Baby
14. The Way You Love Me
15. Mind In A Whirl
16. The Argument$27.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-AM-8349xIke & Tina Turner
River Deep - Mountain HighOriginally released in 1966, River Deep - Mountain High celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This collection of songs performed by Ike & Tina Turner includes tracks produced by Phil Spector and produced by Ike Turner, with two very different styles. The thread that ties them all together is the outstanding vocals of Tina Turner.1. River Deep - Mountain High
2. I Idolize You
3. A Love Like Yours (Don't Come Knocking Every Day)
4. A Fool In Love
5. Make 'Em Wait
6. Hold On Baby
7. I'll Never Need More Than This
8. Save The Last Dance For Me
9. Oh Baby! (Things Ain't What They Used To Be)
10. Every Day I Have To Cry
11. Such A Fool For You
12. It's Gonna Work Out Fine$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
UNIM-CAP-68318xIke & Tina Turner
Workin' TogetherReleased in 1971, these songs crackle with style and passion. Workin' Together was Ike & Tina Turner's most
successful album, living in the Billboard top 25 for 38 weeks. The album includes covers of two classic Beatles tracks as well as Tina's outstanding take on John Fogerty's "Proud Mary." Now available on standard vinyl in original packaging.1. Workin' Together
2. (As Long As I Can) Get You When I Want You [Remastered]
3. Get Back
4. The Way You Love Me [Remastered]
5. You Can Have It [Remastered]
6. Game Of Love [Remastered]
1. Funkier Than A Mosquita's Tweeter [Remastered]
2. Ooh Poo Pah Doo [Remastered]
3. Proud Mary
4. Goodbye, So Long [Remastered]
5. Let It Be [Remastered]$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of Ike & Tina Turner12 essential gems from this explosive Grammy award winning duo on glorious 180 gram vinyl! Ike & Tina Turner are members of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame with multiple gold & platinum albums to their credit!1. Bold Soul Sister
2. I've Been Loving You Too Long
3. The Hunter
4. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More)
5. I Am A Motherless Child
6. I Smell Trouble
7. Crazy 'Bout You Baby
8. Rock Me Baby
9. Early In The Morning
10. You're Still My Baby
11. You Got Me Running (Baby What You Want Me To Do)
12. Dust My Broom$22.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
SPCO-PUR-5598xIke & Tina Turner
Feel Good (Pure Pleasure)Feel Good, not Curtis Mayfield's Superfly, is the sound of early-'70s pimping - even when the tempo slows down, which happens rarely, it's for a slow blues grind, not a ballad, and songs like Tina's Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid) make no apologies for mythologizing pimps. This results in a supremely sleazy, utterly addictive record, one that's relentless in its rhythms and fearless in its funk as Ike lays down nasty rock & roll guitar - check his solos on Feel Good, where he's as elastic as rubber - and Tina tears it up with pure, unbridled passion. Feel Good is quintessentially '70s - the fuzztoned funk practically conjures up platform shoes and mile-wide collars - but it doesn't belong to any one sound, it casually draws from Southern soul, James Brown funk, black pride, Superfly style and juke joint R&B, a sound that is uniquely identified with Ike & Tina. And while this contains no flat-out classics like Nutbush City Limits or Proud Mary as an album Feel Good undoubtedly ranks among their very best: it's a non-stop party.
- Ike Turner, Tina Turner (vocal) & band
Recording: March 1972 by Barry Keene, Ike Turner and Jim Saunders at Bolic Sound, Los Angeles
Production: Gerhard Augustin and Ike Turner
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.
This title is not eligible for discount.1. Chopper
2. Kay Got Laid (Joe Got Paid)
3. Feel Good
4. I Like It
5. If You Can Hully Gully (I Can Hully Gully Too)
6. Black Coffee
7. She Came In Through The Bathroom Window
8. If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)
9. You Better Think Of Something
10. Bolic$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Rain Crow"With a deep, come-hither voice" (Mother Jones) and an "ability to turn that throbbing, thumping uh-uhh hazy guitar beat" (PopMatters), the "King of Swamp Rock" Tony Joe White will release his 19th studio album, Rain Crow, on Yep Roc Records. Recorded at his own studio and produced by his son, Jody White, Rain Crow summons recollections of long ago, when animals foretold the weather, tongue-talking worshippers proved their faith by handling snakes and a "bad wind" could drive a man to edge of insanity.
The nine-song set features new compositions White wrote over the past three years, including co-writes with his wife, Leann, and Billy Bob Thornton on "The Middle of Nowhere." Known for popularizing swamp music, he wrote gems like "Polk Salad Annie" and "Rainy Night in Georgia," and has had his songs performed by Elvis, Ray Charles, and Tina Turner.1. Hoochie Woman
2. The Bad Wind
3. Rain Crow
4. The Opening of the Box
5. Right Back in the Fire
6. The Middle of Nowhere
7. Conjure Child
8. Where Do They Go
9. Tell Me A Swamp Story$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Orange Is The New Black Seasons 2 & 3Limited Edition Clear Vinyl
Music from the groundbreaking Netflix series continues, covering seasons 2 & 3 on limited edition clear vinyl.
Eclectic standouts include Eliza Noxon's Hummingbird, Working Together from Ike & Tina Turner & Death To My Enemies by 50 Cent. Other artists include Foreigner, The Dead Milkmen, Atmosphere and Dum Dum Girls.1. Hummingbird - Eliza Noxon
2. Too Dry To Cry - Willis Earl Beal
3. Bad Bad Daddy - Atmosphere
4. Workin' Together - Ike & Tina Turner
5. Getting To Know You - Gertrude Lawrence
6. Cellophane - Sara Jackson-Holman
7. I'm Not Afraid Of Love - Sharon Clark
8. Death To My Enemies - 50 Cent
9. Bitchin' Camaro - The Dead Milkmen
10. Breakfast At Tiffany's - Deep Blue Something
11. Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole - Martha Wainwright
12. Coming Down - Dum Dum Girls
13. I Want To Know What Love Is - Foreigner$24.99Colored Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
I Learned The Hard WaySharon Jones & the Dap-Kings are already well known as one of the most exciting acts in the nation for both their explosive live shows and their prolific output of gritty studio recordings. I Learned The Hardway is their fourth full-length release on Brooklyn's independent Daptone Records and it marks a bold step forward for a band who almost single handedly stewarded today's return of soul music to its more traditional sound.
Produced by Bosco Mann and recorded on an Ampex eight-track tape machine by Gabriel Roth in Daptone Records' House of Soul studios, the record drips with a warmth and spontaneity rarely found since the golden days of Muscle Shoals and Stax. Sharon's raw power, rhythmic swagger, moaning soulfulness and melodic command set her fi rmly alongside Tina Turner, James Brown, Mavis Staples, and Aretha as a fi xture in the canon of soul music. From the lush Philly-Soul fanfare that ushers in The Game Gets Old at the top of the record, to the stripped down Sam Cooke-style Mama Don't Like My Man at the tail, the Dap-Kings groove seamlessly through both the most crafted and simple arrangements with subtlety and discipline. I Learned the Hard Way is the Daptone Sound at its fi nest.1. The Game Gets Old
2. I Learned the Hard Way
3. Better Things
4. Give It Back
6. The Reason
7. Window Shopping
8. She Ain't a Child No More
9. I'll Still Be True
10. Without a Heart
11. If You Call
12. Mama Don't Like My Man$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Dynamite!The second Ike & Tina Turner LP was comprised of 1961-1962 recordings made in the midst of their rigorous touring schedule along the fabled chitlin' circuit and in between club residencies in their home base of St. Louis. Dynamite! features the Grammy-nominated, million selling single and all-time classic R&B track, It's Gonna Work Out Fine, but the hits don't stop there; Poor Fool, You Should've Treated Me RIght, Tra La La La, and I Idolize You were all chart hits. Absolutely guaranteed to fill the dance floor, Ike & Tina's Dynamite! is probably their greatest LP and now it's back in print on vinyl!1. You Should'a Treated Me Right
2. It's Gonna Work Out Fine
3. A Fool In Love
4. Poor Fool
5. I Idolize You
6. Tra La La La La
8. I'm Jealous
9. Won't You Forgive Me
10. The Way You Love Me
11. I Dig You
12. Letter From Tina$32.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
River: The Joni LettersThe legendary pianist and innovator explores the words and music of another musical pioneer Joni Mitchell on his first new studio recording for Verve since 1998's GRAMMY® Award winner Gershwin's World. Inspired in equal parts by Mitchell's poetic lyrics and unique melodies/harmonies, the musicians play with a restraint and elegance that achieves a perfect balance between the adventurous aesthetics of jazz improvisation and the emotional directness of one of the finest singer/songwriters of the last five decades. On the album: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Lionel Loueke, Dave Holland & Vinnie Colaiuta with special guests Norah Jones, Tina Turner, Corinne Bailey Rae, Luciana Souza, Leonard Cohen & Joni Mitchell.1. Court And Spark (feat. Norah Jones)
2. Edith And The Kingpin (feat. Tina Turner)
3. Both Sides Now
4. River (feat. Corinne Bailey Rae)
5. Sweet Bird
6. The Tea Leaf Prophecy (Lay Down Your Arms) [feat. Joni Mitchell]
8. Amelia (feat. Luciana Souza)
9. Nefertiti (feat. Wayne Shorter)
10. The Jungle Line (feat. Leonard Cohen)
11. A Case Of You (Short Version)
12. All I Want$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
The Beat Club SessionsImport
Beat-Club was a German music program that ran from September of 1965 through December of 1972. It was broadcast from Bremen, Germany and is notable for being the first German show to be based around popular music, featuring artists like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, The Who, Black Sabbath, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys and Kraftwerk in its seven-year run.
Rory Gallagher was one of the shows most frequent visitors performing four times in the space of just over two years. His first appearance on the program was with his band Taste in 1970 and he returned soon after with his own solo work. This 2-LP set features 12 classic versions of Rory's early solo material from three separate performances circa 1971-72. 180g double vinyl reissue from Rock Classics Records.LP1
2. Hands Up
4. Just The Smile
5. I Dont Know Where Im Going
6. I Could've Had Religion
1. Used To Be
2. In Your Town
3. Should've Learned My Lesson
4. Crest Of A Wave
6. Messin' With The Kid$37.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
MVDR-MVD-5410xIke & Tina Turner
On The Road4 great live Ike & Tina audio tracks from the early 1970's.Pick Me Up (Take Me Where Your Home Is)
I've Been Loving You Too Long
I Smell Trouble
Proud Mary$19.9911 Vinyl LP Picture Disc - Sealed Buy Now
Not That KindAvailable On Vinyl For The First Time!
6-Page Insert Included!
Raised in a musical family Anastacia first developed a career as a dancer, appearing in video clips and on MTV shows. Her debut album Not That Kind was released in 2000 and immediately struck a nerve in Europe, Asia and Australia, before hitting it big in the US.
Her striking looks and most of all her remarkable vocals had her searing up the charts, helped by hit singles such as I'm Outta Love, Cowboys & Kisses and the title song. Teaming up with some of the most successful songwriters of the time, her expressive alto voice had that rough edge needed for an identity of her own in blasting Pop/Rock/Soul tracks that did well both at home and on the dance floor.
Influenced more by Aretha Franklin and Tina Turner than contemporaries Britney Spears or Christina Aguilera she appealed to an adult crowd, eventually turning her into the World's Best Selling New Female Pop Artist at the 2001 World Music Awards.1. Not That Kind
2. I'm Outta Love
3. Cowboys & Kisses
4. Who's Gonna Stop The Rain
5. Love Is Alive
6. I Ask Of You
7. Wishing Well
8. Made For Lovin' You
9. Black Roses
10. Yo Trippin'
11. One More Chance
12. Same Old Story$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
From Hell To TexasNashville Pussy came together in 1996. Albums such as Let Them Eat Pussy (1998), High As Hell (2000) or Say Something Nasty (2002) have caused an international stir, and their 1999 single release ´Fried Chicken And Coffee` earned the band a Grammy nomination in the category ´Best Metal Performance`. We were tired of seeing and hearing bands that were just going through rock 101 motions, all slick but with no real soul. So we decided to play the kind of music that we would like to hear, comments Ruyter Suys on the birth of her band. A renowned American music magazine rightly referred to Nashville Pussy as One of the hardest working bands in show biz today.
Following the release of their previous album in September of 2005, Get Some, complete with a cover version of Ike & Tina Turner's 'Nutbush City Limits', the band set out on an extensive tour, determined to document impressively what their audience had come to expect under the heading of 'kick ass live show' (captured on the new DVD Live in Hollywood), and this is precisely what the band's European fans can look forward to in the beginning of 2012. Cartwright: We tour Europe for three weeks starting end of January and expect as always: kick ass rock n' roll based on our re-release of 2009s From Hell To Texas. LINE UP: Blaine Cartwright guitars, vocals Ruyter Suys guitars Karen Cuda bass Jeremy Thompson drums1. Speed Machine
2. From Hell To Texas
3. Drunk Driving Man
4. Lazy Jesus
5. I'm So High
6. Ain't Yo Business
7. Dead Men Can't Get Drunk
8. Late Great USA
9. Pray For The Devil
10. Why Why Why
11. Stone Cold Down
12. Give Me A Hit Before I Go$14.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Stompin' GroundOver the course of his career, Tommy Castro has always been inspired by the sounds he absorbed while coming of age on the rough and tumble side of San Jose, California. During the late 1960s and early 1970s, this was Tommy's home turf-his stomping ground. It was a place where the street-tough Mexican Americans and the counterculture hippies came together to drink, smoke, laugh, party and listen to tunes-the hippies with their blues and rock, the Mexicans with their soul music. Mixing the blues-rock he loved and the soul music he heard blasting out from the lowriders cruising the streets, along with the socially conscious message songs of the day, Tommy's own sound was born.
Almost every major rock and soul act, from Ike & Tina Turner to Janis Joplin to Elvin Bishop and Taj Mahal toured through the area, and Tommy was at almost every show. He saw John Lee Hooker, Albert King, and Buddy Guy & Junior Wells at the same local blues bar, JJ's, where he often jammed, honing his chops and dreaming of one day busting out. Tommy Castro has long since gone from that local bar to stages around the world, but his San Jose DNA still infuses his music to this day. You can hear it in every note of Stompin' Ground.
-Marc Lipkin1. Nonchalant
2. Blues All Around Me
3. Fear Is The Enemy
4. My Old Neighborhood
5. Enough Is Enough
7. Rock Bottom
8. Soul Shake
9. Further On Down The Raod
10. Them Changes
11. Sticks And Stones
12. Live Every Day$20.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Best Of Crow
Pure Rock N' Roll From The Midwest On 180 Gram Vinyl!
With a lowdown bass lick, uptown R&B horns and surging organ punctuating a catchy chorus, "Evil Woman (Don't Play Your Games With Me)" hit the Top 20 like a comet in 1969 and propelled Crow from Midwest club band into national touring act overnight. Thanks in part to covers by Black Sabbath and Ike and Tina Turner, it's one of the most recognizable hits of the era and, inexplicably, one of the few to not make the transition into the digital age. Until now.
Out of print for four decades, Crow's finest recordings are now available again on CD and 180-gram vinyl editions meticulously mastered from the original tapes. Long-suffering Crow fans can at last savor the best of the band's gritty run from 1969-1971, including not only "Evil Woman," but their other charting singles "Cottage Cheese," "Slow Down" and "(Don't Try to Lay No Boogie Woogie on the) King of Rock & Roll" -- not to mention deep album cuts like "Keeps Me Running." Both formats also feature a previously unreleased demo cover of the Beatles' "When I Get Home," and the CD edition adds a previously unreleased long version of "Cottage Cheese." Each edition comes fully equipped with memorabilia, photos and detailed liners by Doug Sheppard of Ugly Things magazine.1. Evil Woman
2. Gonna Leave A Mark
3. Time To Make A Turn
4. Slow Down
5. I Stand To Blame
6. Cottage Cheese
7. (Don't Try To Lay No Boogie Woogie On The) King Of Rock And Roll
8. Easy Street
9. When I Get Home (previously unissued demo recording)
11. Keeps Me Running$24.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
RecklessSince its release in 1984, 'Reckless' has sold over 12 million copies worldwide. It has spawned huge hits such as 'Run to You', 'Kids Wanna Rock', 'Somebody', 'Summer of '69', 'One Night Love Affair' and 'It's Only Love' a duet with the incomparable Tina Turner. 'Reckless' also gave Bryan his first U.S. #1 on Billboard with 'Heaven' as well as a Diamond Award for over a million sold in his home country of Canada. The album was the turning point in Adams' career, leading him to tour all over the world and garner legions of fans with his legendary live shows.
The 'Reckless' reissue has been personally overseen by Bryan working with many of the original team including Bob Clearmountain, Bob Ludwig and Jim Vallance. The 2014 deluxe remaster by Bob Ludwing enticingly includes seven previously unreleased bonus tracks. These tracks were written as demos with Jim Vallance - the co-writer on the Reckless album. Of utmost interest to fans will be the actual inclusion of the track 'Reckless' which due to deadlines did not make it onto the original album.LP 1
1. She's Only Happy When She's Dancin'
2. Run To You
5. Summer Of '69
6. Kids Wanna Rock
7. It's Only Love
8. Long Gone
9. Ain't Gonna Cry
1. Reckless (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)
2. Teacher, Teacher (Bonus Track, Unreleased)
3. The Boy's Night Out (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)
4. Draw The Line (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)
5. Play To Win (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)
6. Let Me Down Easy (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)
7. Too Hot To Handle (Bonus Track, Previously Unreleased)
8. Run To You (Live)
9. Somebody (Live)
10. Summer of '69 (Live)$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Use MePlated And Pressed At RTI
Cut By Bernie Grundman On All Analogue Tube Cutting System Using All Upgraded And Modified Vintage Sculley Cutting Lathes
Mastered Direcly From The Original 30 ips 1/4 Inch Analogue Master
The album introduces and throws the spotlight on the fantastic voice of Singaporean vocalist Vanessa Fernandez. The song selection includes tunes by Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Earth Wind & Fire, Bill Withers, Al Green and others. Top musicians playing on the album include the great bassist Lee Sklar (Phil Collins, Rita Coolidge, Bonnie Raitt, Linda Ronstadt, Lyle Lovett), acoustic guitars Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Roger Waters, Tina Turner, Eric Clapton), electric piano Jim Cox (Willie Nelson, BB King, Aaron Neville, Ringo Starr, Lyle Lovett), drums Victor Indrizzo (Macy Grey, Marianne Faithfull, Meatloaf, Emmylou Harris), percussion Rafael Padillo (Julio Iglesias, Celine Dion, Pavarotti, Gloria Estefan), and harmonica Stanley Behrens (Willie Dixon, Canned Heat, Ruth Brown).
This is a great group of top LA musicians backing superlative performances by a great new singer!!!
Test Pressings of the album were demo-ed extensively at the Munich High End Show as well as at THE Show in Newport Beach and reaction has been overwhelmingly positive.
There are many records and labels who declare themselves to be of audiophile quality. Groove Note records all of their albums at the best studios in Hollywood (Oceanway, Record One, Cello, Sunset Sound) using a top Grammy nominated recording engineer, Michael C. Ross. All of our albums are recorded 100% analogue and the production masters are also mixed by 100% analogue by MC Ross. All albums are cut by one of the greatest mastering engineers in the world, Bernie Grundman, on an all analogue tube cutting system using all upgraded and modified vintage Sculley cutting lathes. All LPs plated and pressed by RTI on 180g audiophile vinyl.
This title is not eligible for discountLP1
1. I Just Wanna Be With You
2. Be Thankful For What You Got
3. Distant Lover
4. Hard Times
5. That Loving Feeling
6. Simply Beautiful
1. Use Me
2. I Love You More Than You'll Ever Know
3. Cool Cat
4. Here But I'm Gone
5. Be Thankful For What You Got (Alternate Mix)$44.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl 45 RPM LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Betty DavisOne can hardly imagine the genre-busting, culture-crossing musical magic of Outkast, Prince, Erykah Badu, Rick James, The Roots, or even the early Red Hot Chili Peppers without the influence of R&B pioneer Betty Davis. Her style of raw and revelatory punk-funk defies any notions that women can't be visionaries in the worlds of rock and pop. In recent years, rappers from Ice Cube to Talib Kweli to Ludacris have rhymed over her intensely strong but sensual music.
There is one testimonial about Betty Davis that is universal: she was a woman ahead of her time. In our contemporary moment, this may not be as self-evident as it was thirty years ago - we live in an age that's been profoundly changed by flamboyant flaunting of female sexuality: from Parlet to Madonna, Lil Kim to Kelis. Yet, back in 1973 when Betty Davis first showed up in her silver go-go boots, dazzling smile and towering Afro, who could you possibly have compared her to? Marva Whitney had the voice but not the independence. Labelle wouldn't get sexy with their "Lady Marmalade" for another year while Millie Jackson wasn't "Feelin' Bitchy" until 1977. Even Tina Turner, the most obvious predecessor to Betty's fierce style wasn't completely out of Ike's shadow until later in the decade.
Ms. Davis's unique story, still sadly mostly unknown, is unlike any other in popular music. Betty wrote the song "Uptown" for the Chambers Brothers before marrying Miles Davis in the late '60s, influencing him with psychedelic rock, and introducing him to Jimi Hendrix - personally inspiring the classic album 'Bitches Brew.'
But her songwriting ability was way ahead of its time as well. Betty not only wrote every song she ever recorded and produced every album after her first, but the young woman penned the tunes that got The Commodores signed to Motown. The Detroit label soon came calling, pitching a Motown songwriting deal, which Betty turned down. Motown wanted to own everything. Heading to the UK, Marc Bolan of T. Rex urged the creative dynamo to start writing for herself. A common thread throughout Betty's career would be her unbending Do-It-Yourself ethic, which made her quickly turn down anyone who didn't fit with the vision. She would eventually say no to Eric Clapton as her album producer, seeing him as too banal.
In 1973, Davis would finally kick off her cosmic career with an amazingly progressive hard funk and sweet soul self-titled debut. Davis showcased her fiercely unique talent and features such gems as "If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up" and "Game Is My Middle Name." The album Betty Davis was recorded with Sly & The Family Stone's rhythm section, sharply produced by Sly Stone drummer Greg Errico, and featured backing vocals from Sylvester and the Pointer Sisters.1. If I'm In Luck I Might Get Picked Up
2. Walkin Up The Road
3. Anti Love Song
4. Your Man My Man
5. Ooh Yeah
6. Steppin In Her I. Miller Shoes
7. Game Is My Middle Name
8. In The Meantime$20.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Broken PeopleAmerican music is a mile-wide river that beckons black and white, urban and rural, dreamer and doer alike to launch their vessels. All the streams of style and genre flow into it; its tributaries are blues and jazz, mountain and folk, rock, soul and R&B.
The release of the debut album by Muddy Magnolias, Broken People, marks the launch of a great new vessel onto that waterway. The album showcases a confluence of style and sound as colorful as it is unlikely, steeped in that river of influence, yet bracingly fresh.
With Broken People, Jessy Wilson and Kallie North take us on an 11-song journey with its origins in two widely divergent backgrounds that came together in a friendship and creative partnership with world-changing resonance.
North was raised in southeast Texas and began singing with her family and studying piano at an early age. She grew to love rich vocal harmonies singing in church choirs and listening to artists like the Carpenters, Alison Krauss, James Taylor and the Eagles. By her early teens, she was singing lead parts in church and in musical theater productions at her high school. Her palette grew when a friend turned her on to the Grateful Dead, and after high school she spent every spare moment in the clubs of Austin, absorbing everything from alt-country and jam bands to New Orleans funk. She met her husband at a concert and moved with him to his native Mississippi. There, on their isolated farm, she had her awakening, starting a career as a photographer, capturing the spirited, deep history of the Mississippi Delta.
"To me, the Delta is the most overlooked and mysterious place," she says. "It was the birthplace of America's music, and all the legends were influenced by everything that came out of it. I went on this personal exploration to learn about the Delta blues and the region's history. I picked up a camera and started taking pictures, blogging about what I was experiencing, and I tapped into all the creative energy lying dormant inside me." When her husband gave her a guitar, she began spending her days on the porch of their farm learning how to connect her first chords. From there, the songs began pouring out and she knew she had to find a way to get to Nashville and write songs professionally.
Wilson, raised in Brooklyn, was in love with music from her earliest days. She was singing before she could talk, and was 5 when her mother recognized her passion for music. "I would cry because I couldn't hit the high notes in Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey songs," she says. Influenced by greats from Aretha and Smokey Robinson to Lauryn Hill, Mary J. Blige and The Notorious B.I.G., she began auditioning in the highly competitive New York entertainment scene and was working professionally in musical theater by the age of 10. Her mother took her to nightclubs where she experienced a variety of live performances. She attended New York's top performing arts schools, including La Guardia High School, the "Fame" school, where she discovered her love for gospel music and took part in the gospel chorus for four years. She worked at Cafe Wha? in Greenwich Village, making $500 a weekend while still in high school.
She sang backup for Alicia Keys in her teens, then worked four years with John Legend, and through him with legends like will.i.am, Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq and Babyface. Legend mentored her in songwriting and recording before she began writing songs on her own for American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino and others. Inspired by her evolving love of songwriting, she too moved to Nashville, looking for a wider creative palette. There, while meeting with then-BMI executive Clay Bradley, her eye settled on a photograph of "a rundown juke joint piano" in his office.
"I want to meet whoever took that photo," she said. The photographer was North-it had been taken during her creative awakening in Mississippi-and the subsequent meeting led quickly to collaboration and an epic friendship.
"The first day we wrote together," says North, "there wasn't much thought that we were blending genres and worlds. That never came up. It was just natural. She had never written a country song and I was writing them every day. We sat down to write one but when we listened back it was a country R&B song. And we decided to become songwriting partners." Before long, they had their first cut as collaborators, and they were off and running.
"The spirit of the Muddy Magnolias existed from the moment we met," says Wilson, "but we didn't know we were the Muddy Magnolias yet." North was toying with the idea of a solo career; Wilson had aspirations of making history as an African-American female songwriter in Nashville. Their new friendship was a game-changer.
"We spent a whole year writing, trying to understand what our message was when we combined our stories," says Wilson. Then one day over afternoon wine at Burger Up, their favorite hangout in the 12 South section of Nashville, both admitted to be being at a crossroads. "The next thing you know," says North, "Jessy said, 'What if we made a record together?' It was like all of our dreams in one."
"We went back to that same office on Music Row where I saw the photograph," says Wilson, "and sat down side by side in Clay's office and said, 'We've got something to tell you. We're going to make an album together.'" Bradley believed enough to sign on as their manager. They held three days of band auditions and found four best friends who had been playing together since college, primarily doing jazz. The fit was perfect, providing just the right sonic backdrop for their soulful approach and high-energy delivery.
As they continued to write and perform, opening for the likes of The Zac Brown Band and Gary Clark, Jr., they put together a project that crosses genres effortlessly, showcasing two voices that soar together in a blending of cultures as electrifying as if Janis Joplin and Tina Turner, or Whitney Houston and Lee Ann Womack had joined forces.
Broken People combines poetic imagery and vocal passion, with the musicianship and production of Motown or Muscle Shoals by way of the raw honesty of Sun Records. Of course it deals with love, longed for and unleashed, in songs like "I Need A Man," "Why Don't You Stay" and "Devil's Teeth," but the album soars as it reaches for bigger themes, dealing with the need for hope in "Take Me Home," for love on a societal scale in "Shine On" and "Brother What Happened," and hope for the future in "Got It Goin' On." With "Leave It To The Sky," the two, joined by John Legend on vocals and piano, make a powerful case for spiritual solutions, and few songs in the modern lexicon are as steeped in present-day reality as the gospel- and R&B-tinged title track.
"Ultimately," says North, "this album is a result of an unlikely friendship and is a testament to what can happen when you diversify your relationships."
"It's about getting out of your comfort zone and being rewarded with a great friendship," adds Wilson. "We've both felt the power of that."
"Our path is so much better and our lives are so much richer because of it," says North, "and we want to bring people along on this journey."
"We want to see what society would be like if we all reached out in ways we normally wouldn't," adds Wilson.
And that is the magic and the message. The music of Muddy Magnolias, live and on record, comes from a place where the Mississippi meets the A-Train by way of Nashville. Whether yours is the back porch or the front stoop, Spanish moss or window box garden, dusty country lane or crowded subway car, rural honky-tonk or uptown club, this is music that beckons. Muddy Magnolias are collaboration without boundaries, musical healing in a landscape of the heart, and all of us who treasure creative energy, honest art and the possibilities of love and unity, are better for their arrival.1. Broken People
2. Brother, What Happened?
3. Got It Goin' On
4. Why Don't You Stay
5. Take Me Home
6. Shine On!
7. It Ain't Easy
8. I Need A Man
9. Devil's Teeth
11. Leave It To The Sky (feat. John Legend)$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Private Dancer (30th Anniversary Edition) (Out Of Stock)Originally released in June 1984, Private Dancer features hits from the eight Grammy Award winning artist including 'What's Love Got to Do With It', 'Better Be Good To Me', 'Private Dancer' and 'Let's Stay Together'.1. I Might Have Been Queen
2. What's Love Got To Do With It
3. Show Some Respect
4. I Can't Stand The Rain
5. Private Dancer
6. Let's Stay Together
7. Better Be Good To Me
8. Steel Claw
10. 1984$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
Don't Play Me Cheap (Out Of Stock)Don't Play Me Cheap is a 1963 album by Ike & Tina Turner. It was arranged by Jesse Herring and RenÉ Hall.1. Wake Up
2. I Made A Promise Up Above
4. Those Ways
5. Mamma Tell Him
7. Don't Play Me Cheap
8. The Real Me
9. Forever Mine
10. No Amending
11. Love Letters
12. My Everything To Me$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
The Soul Of Ike & Tina (Out Of Stock)Well-known for her trademark legs, throaty voice, and boundless stage energy, Tina Turner was one of the sexiest and most popular international performers of the 20th century. Ike Turner, a well established seminal figure in the early years of rock & roll as both a performer and talent scout, met her one night in St. Louis while he was performing with his Kings Of Rhythm: she just grabbed the microphone and sang a B.B. King song, impressing Ike so immediately and overwhelmingly that he asked her to perform regularly with them. The rest is history: Ike's slick managing skills and songwriting, along with Tina's intensely energetic lead voice, three back-up 'Ikettes' and a technically airtight eight-piece band produced a combination of country blues, rock and roll, ghetto rhythm and gospel passion that created a legend lasting 50 years. It's Gonna Work Out Fine, I Pity the Fool, I Idolize You, and Tra La La La La. are just some of the R&B gems included in their 1960 astonishing debut album.1. I'm Jealous
2. I Idolize You
4. Letter From Tina
5. You Can't Love Two
6. I Had A Notion
7. A Fool In Love
9. Chances Are
10. You Can't Blame Me
11. You're My Baby
12. The Way You Love Me$27.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock
August (Out Of Stock)Top 40 1986 album featuring 'Slowhand' backed by keyboardist Greg Phillinganes, bassist Nathan East and drummer Phil Collins, who also shared production duties with Tom Dowd. The album includes a handful of epic collaborations, including Robbie Robertson (It's In The Way That You Use It), Stephen Bishop (Holy Mother, dedicated to the Band's Richard Manuel) and a duet on Tearing Us Apart, with Tina Turner.1. It's In The Way That You Use It
3. Tearing Us Apart
4. Bad Influence
5. Walk Away
6. Hung Up On Your Love
7. Take A Chance
8. Hold On
9. Miss You
10. Holy Mother
11. Behind The Mask$22.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Temporarily out of stock