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To Bonnie From Delaney (Speakers Corner)The married couple and musical duo Delaney & Bonnie ignited critics, fans and famous musical colleagues to veritable bursts of exultation. Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones talked matter-of-factly of »convincing white gospel song«, while Eric Clapton regarded the duo as the »best pop band in the world«. Clapton's enthusiasm went so far that he invited the pair to accompany him on a peaceful tour of Europe and was booed by German fans because he stood in the background as a mere accompanist and did not play any solos. The master of the guitar may have had good reasons for staying out of the limelight, if one is to believe the Chicago Daily News, who declared that Delaney & Bonnie were better than Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles together.
Indeed the combined voices in the arrangements are so closely knit that there is not a millimeter of space between the singer and backing. In Hard Luck And Troubles, a dry cantankerous groove, the vocals cling to a sinewy bass line, crisscrossed by short chords on the organ. Gospel is celebrated spiritually, yet not too much so, in a rocking, rhythmic and dense interplay between the soloist and chorus. And what is more: the great ballad, hovering above a vibrating carpet of sound on the organ (The Love Of My Man) and crisp, firm winds (Alone Together) are included in this exquisite collection of great and even great songs.
This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the master tapes through to the cutting head. All royalties and mechanical rights have been paid.
- Delaney Bramlett (guitar, vocals)
- Bonnie Bramlett (vocals)
- Duane Allman (guitar)
- Little Richard (piano)
- Jim Gordon (keyboard)
- Tommy McClure (bass)
- Sammy Creason (drums)
- Sam Clayton (conga)
- Alan Estes (conga, percussion)
- Jerry Jumonville (alto saxophone)
- King Curtis (tenor saxophone) & The Memphis Horns
Recording: 1970 at Decca Studios, New York, by Don Casale, and Atlantic South-Criteria Studios, Miami Fl., by Ron Albert & Chuck Kirkpatrick
Production: Delaney Bramlett, Jerry Wexler and Tom Dowd
About Speakers Corner
At the beginning of the 90s, in the early days of audiophile vinyl re-releases, the situation was fairly straightforward. Companies such as DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Classic Records and, of course, Speakers Corner all maintained a mutual, unwritten ethical code: we would only use analogue tapes to manufacture records.
During the course of the present vinyl hype, many others have jumped on the bandwagon in the hope of securing a corner of the market. Very often they are not so ethical and use every imaginable source to master from: CDs, LPs, digital files, MP3s - or employed existant tools from the 80s and 90s for manufacturing.
A digital delay is gladly used when cutting a lacquer disc because tape machines with an analogue delay have become quite rare and are therefore expensive. When cutting the lacquer, the audio signal is delayed by one LP revolution against the signal, which controls the cutter head, and for this a digital delay is very often employed. Of course, the resultant sound signal is completely digital and thus only as good as this delay.
We should like to emphasise that Speakers Corner Records on principle only uses the original master tape as the basis for the entirely analogue cutting of lacquer discs. In addition, the pressing tool is newly manufactured as a matter of principle. We have one digital recording in our catalogue (Alan Parsons / Eye In The Sky"), but even in this particular case we used the analogue tapes for cutting.
We only employ existing tools for manufacturing if an improved result is not forthcoming, e.g. the title Elvis Is Back, which was mastered by Steve Hoffman and Kevin Gray, or several titles from our Philips Classics series, which in any case Willem Makkee cut from the original masters at the Emil Berliner Studios in the 90s. It goes without saying that we only used the mother and that new tools were made for our production.
To put it in a nutshell: we can ensure you that our releases are free from any kind of digital effects - excluding the exception above - and that the lacquer discs are newly cut.1. Hard Luck And Troubles
2. God Knows I Love You
3. Lay Down My Burden
4. Medley: Come On In My Kitchen / Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean / Going Down The Road Feeling Bad
5. The Love Of My Man
6. They Call It Rock & Roll Music
7. Soul Shake
8. Miss Ann
9. Alone Together
10. Living On The Open Road
11. Let Me Be Your Man
12. Free The People$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Lukas Nelson & Promise Of The Real (Awaiting Repress)Since their formation as teenagers 10 years ago, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real have quietly developed into one of America's most dazzling new live acts, playing hundreds of shows and major festivals all over the world, attracting a deeply devoted underground following.
Still, with a bounty of invaluable experience under their belts, nothing foretold the artistic leap of Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real their new, self-titled album, a mesmerizing, emotionally genuine, endlessly rewarding work of cosmic country soul set for release via Fantasy Records.
Recorded at The Village Studios in West Los Angeles Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real was produced by John Alagia (Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer) and features the band's new six-piece line-up: Lukas Nelson (guitar, vocals), Tato Melgar (percussion), Anthony LoGerfo (drums), Corey McCormick (bass, vocals) along with new members Jesse Siebenberg (steel guitars, Farfisa organ, vocals) and Alberto Bof (piano, Wurlitzer, B3). Jess Wolfe and Holly Lessig of the indie-pop group Lucius contribute background vocals on five tracks evoking Exile on Main St.'s ecstatic, gospel-rooted harmonies, and Lady Gaga added stirring background vocals to Carolina and Find Yourself. Elsewhere, the lilting, Glen Campbell inspired gem, Just Outside of Austin features a guitar solo from Lukas' dad, country music icon Willie Nelson, and piano from his 86-year-old Aunt Bobbi.
The new album includes 12 Lukas Nelson originals that draw on his country and rock lineage including literate Texas songsmiths like his father and 'uncles' Kris Kristofferson and Waylon Jennings, along with the enduring influence of J.J. Cale, The Band, Clapton-era Delaney & Bonnie and of course, his mentor Neil Young.
Young, an essential member of the POTR family, met the band after he caught them at Farm Aid several years back. Neil got in touch after that, and we started talking by email, Lukas recounts. Eventually, he asked us to record with him. We fell in love with each other musically, one thing led to another and we became Neil's band.
I knew I had a lot of good songs that transcended the cultural boundaries between rock & roll and country, Lukas says of his vision for the album. We owe a lot to Neil; we made this record after coming off the road with him for two years. Neil's been mentoring us, and we've been absorbing that energy, and I think it shows. We got acclimated to a different level of artistic expression. I wanted to get the songs as pure as they could be. We've grown.
Set Me Down on a Cloud, the soulful, country-rock epic that opens the album features Lucious' angelic background vocals and Lukas' lovely, lyrical guitar solo as the band stretches out behind him. Forget About Georgia unfolds to a Layla-like outpouring of yearning, as it vividly retraces the turbulent, bittersweet final stages of a doomed love affair. Lukas delivers a full-throttle vocal on the closing track, If I Started Over, a Roy Orbison-inspired rumination of tender devotion. The R&B grind of Find Yourself is a particular triumph as Lukas and Lady Gaga weave an impassioned, romantic ultimatum.1. Set Me Down On A Cloud
2. Die Alone
3. Fool Me Once
4. Just Outside Of Austin
6. Runnin' Shine
7. Find Yourself
8. Four Letter Word
9. High Times
10. Breath Of My Baby
11. Forget About Georgia
12. If I Started Over$34.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed AWAITING REPRESS Buy Now
Skydog: The Duane Allman RetrospectiveLimited To 1000
Duane Allman was one of the defining musicians of our era, rated second only to Jimi Hendrix in Rolling Stone's list of rock's 100 greatest guitarists. A founding member, with his brother Gregg, of the Allman Brothers Band, Duane was also active as a session musician, and as a member of the all-star Derek and the Dominos.
This 14 LP set, produced by Duane's daughter Galadrielle Allman and esteemed reissue producer Bill Levenson, shows the full breadth and depth of Duane's work, from early recordings (with Gregg) in bands such as The Escorts, Allman Joys and Hour Glass; to his studio work with Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Boz Scaggs, Delaney & Bonnie, Ronnie Hawkins and many others; to a live jam session with the Grateful Dead. The set includes several unreleased performances, many classic Allman Brothers songs, and a collector's cache of rare singles and long out-of-print album tracks.
Also included are a 56 page book with essays by Scott Schindler and Galadrielle Allman, many rare photographs & more.LP 1
1. THE ESCORTS - Turn On Your Love Light
2. THE ESCORTS - No Name Instrumental
3. THE ESCORTS - What'd I Say
4. THE ALLMAN JOYS - Spoonful
5. THE ALLMAN JOYS - Gotta Get Away
6. THE ALLMAN JOYS - Shapes Of Things
7. THE ALLMAN JOYS - Crossroads
8. THE ALLMAN JOYS - Mister, You're A Better Man Than I
9. THE ALLMAN JOYS - Lost Woman
10. HOUR GLASS - Cast Off All My Fears
11. HOUR GLASS - I've Been Trying
12. HOUR GLASS - Nothing But Tears
1. HOUR GLASS - Power Of Love
2. HOUR GLASS - Down In Texas
3. HOUR GLASS - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
4. HOUR GLASS - B.B. King Medley: Sweet Little Angel / It's My Own Fault / How Blue Can You Get?
5. HOUR GLASS - Been Gone Too Long
6. HOUR GLASS - Ain't No Good To Cry
7. 31ST OF FEBRUARY - Morning Dew
8. 31ST OF FEBRUARY - Melissa
9. THE BLEUS - Milk And Honey
10. THE BLEUS - Leavin' Lisa
11. THE BLEUS - Julianna's Gone
1. CLARENCE CARTER - The Road Of Love
2. CLARENCE CARTER - Light My Fire
3. WILSON PICKETT - Hey Jude
4. WILSON PICKETT - Toe Hold
5. WILSON PICKETT - My Own Style Of Loving
6. WILSON PICKETT - Born to Be Wild
7. LAURA LEE - It's How You Make It Good
8. LAURA LEE - It Ain't What You Do (But How You Do It)
9. SPENCER WIGGINS - I Never Loved A Woman (The Way I Love You)
10. ARTHUR CONLEY - Ob - La
11. ARTHUR CONLEY - Stuff You Gotta Watch
12. ARTHUR CONLEY - Speak Her Name
13. ARTHUR CONLEY - That Can't Be My Baby
1. WILLIE WALKER - A Lucky Loser
2. THE LOVELLES - I'm Coming Today
3. THE LOVELLES - Pretending Dear
4. ARETHA FRANKLIN - The Weight
5. ARETHA FRANKLIN - It Ain't Fair
6. SOUL SURVIVORS - Darkness
7. SOUL SURVIVORS - Tell Daddy
8. SOUL SURVIVORS - Got Down On Saturday
9. KING CURTIS - Hey Joe
10. KING CURTIS - Foot Pattin'
11. KING CURTIS - Games People Play
12. KING CURTIS - The Weight
13. THE SWEET INSPIRATIONS - Get A Little Order
1. THE BARRY GOLDBERG BLUES BAND - Twice A Man
2. DUANE ALLMAN - Goin' Down Slow
3. DUANE ALLMAN - No Money Down
4. DUANE ALLMAN - Happily Married Man
5. OTIS RUSH - Me
6. OTIS RUSH - Reap What You Sow
7. OTIS RUSH - It Takes Time
8. THE DUCK & THE BEAR - Going Up The Country
9. THE DUCK & THE BEAR - Hand Jive
10. BOZ SCAGGS - Finding Her
1. BOZ SCAGGS - Look What I Got
2. BOZ SCAGGS - Waiting For A Train
3. BOZ SCAGGS - Loan Me A Dime
4. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Don't Want You No More
5. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - It's Not My Cross To Bear
6. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Black Hearted Woman
7. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Trouble No More
1. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Every Hungry Woman
2. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Dreams
3. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Whipping Post
4. RONNIE HAWKINS - One More Night
5. RONNIE HAWKINS - Will The Circle Be Unbroken
6. RONNIE HAWKINS - Matchbox
7. RONNIE HAWKINS - Down In The Alley
8. RONNIE HAWKINS - Who Do You Love
9. LULU - Marley Purt Drive
10. LULU - Dirty Old Man
1. LULU - Mr. Bojangles
2. LULU - Sweep Around Your Own Back Door
3. JOHNNY JENKINS - I Walk On Gilded Splinters
4. JOHNNY JENKINS - Rollin' Stone
5. JOHNNY JENKINS - Down Along The Cove
6. JOHNNY JENKINS - Voodoo In You
7. JOHN HAMMOND - Shake For Me
8. JOHN HAMMOND - Cryin' For My Baby
9. JOHN HAMMOND - I'm Leavin' You
10. JOHN HAMMOND - You'll Be Mine
11. DORIS DUKE - Ghost Of Myself
1. ERIC QUINCY TATE - Comin' Down (demo version)
2. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Hoochie Coochie Man (live)
3. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Midnight Rider
4. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - I'm Gonna Move To The Outskirts Of Town (live)
5. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Dimples (live)
6. DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS - Soul Shake
7. LAURA NYRO - Beads Of Sweat
8. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Don't Keep Me Wonderin'
9. DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS - Living On The Open Road
1. ELLA BROWN - A Woman Left Lonely
2. ELLA BROWN - Touch Me
3. BOBBY LANCE - More Than Enough Rain
4. DEREK & THE DOMINOS - I Am Yours
5. DEREK & THE DOMINOS - Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad?
6. DEREK & THE DOMINOS - Have You Ever Loved A Woman
7. DEREK & THE DOMINOS - Layla
8. ERIC CLAPTON & DUANE ALLMAN - Mean Old World
1. SAM SAMUDIO - Me And Bobby McGee
2. SAM SAMUDIO - Relativity
3. SAM SAMUDIO - Goin' Upstairs
4. RONNIE HAWKINS - Don't Tell Me Your Troubles
5. RONNIE HAWKINS - Sick And Tired
6. RONNIE HAWKINS - Odessa
7. DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS - Gift Of Love
8. DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS - Sing My Way Home
9. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - In Memory Of Elizabeth Reed (live)
1. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Statesboro Blues (live)
2. GRATEFUL DEAD - Sugar Magnolia (live)
3. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - One Way Out (live)
4. HERBIE MANN - Push Push
5. HERBIE MANN - Spirit In The Dark
6. HERBIE MANN - What'd I Say
1. DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS - Come On In My Kitchen (live)
2. DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS - Going Down The Road Feeling Bad (live)
3. DELANEY & BONNIE & FRIENDS - Poor Elijah / Tribute To Johnson (Medley) (live)
4. COWBOY - Please Be With Me
5. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Stand Back
6. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - You Don't Love Me / Soul Serenade (live)
1. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Blue Sky
2. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Blue Sky (live)
3. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Dreams (live)
4. THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND - Little Martha$499.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP Box Set - 14 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Low Country BluesProduced by T-Bone Burnett
Band Features Dr. John, Jay Bellerose, Doyle Bramhall II
Legendary Singer Interprets Classic Blues Songs by Likes of Muddy Waters and Magic Sam
As a founding member of the one and only Allman Brothers Band and in his own storied solo career, Gregg Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues, his soulful and distinctive voice one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Low Country Blues marks the legendary Rock & Roll Hall of Famer's seventh solo recording and first in more than 13 years. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album finds Allman putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam. Named for the coastal Georgia region Allman calls home, Low Country Blues stands as a high water mark in an already remarkable body of work, rich with passion, verve, and the unerring confidence of a true survivor.
Though Allman has been a constant presence on the road over the past decade, with the Allman Brothers Band as well as with his own crack combo, he has spent precious little time in the studio since the 2002 death of producer Tom Dowd - the man behind the glass for much of his recorded career. So when his manager suggested he veer off from a 2009 tour for a Memphis meeting with the multiple Grammy Award-winning Burnett, Allman admits to being not entirely enthused.
I said, 'Oh man, I don't wanna start meeting a string of dudes, all of 'em trying to outdo the other one, he recalls. But we stopped in Memphis and here comes T Bone. The first sentence out of his mouth was something like, 'Tommy Dowd was The Man, wasn't he? I've patterned a lot of my stuff after that gentleman.' I thought, 'Right, what've we got here?'
The two musicians quickly bonded, chatting about favorite records, mutual friends, and reminiscences of Nashville's renowned clear channel station, WLAC, which introduced rhythm & blues music to a generation of late night listeners from New York to Miami. He told me some guy gave him a hard drive, it has 10,000 obscure blues songs, Allman says. He says, 'I'm gonna pick out twenty of 'em and send 'em to ya and you tell me what you think.' He said, 'They're old, like Billie Holliday old, and when you listen to 'em, I want you to think about us gettin' in there and about bringin' 'em up to today.'
Allman found the idea irresistible and in January 2010, a stunning combo was assembled at Los Angeles' The Village Recorder, comprising Burnett and Doyle Bramhall II on guitars, backed by the brilliant rhythm section of upright bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose. What's more, the lineup included a brass section arranged and conducted by trumpeter Darrell Leonard, whose illustrious resume extends back to his work with Delaney Bonnie & Friends (featuring Gregg's late, great brother Duane). As if that weren't enough, sitting in on piano was a dear old friend, the Night Tripper himself, Mac Dr. John Rebennack, with whom Allman co-wrote Let This Be A Lesson To Ya' on the Gregg Allman Band's 1977 classic, Playin' Up A Storm.
This powerhouse band - which of course also features Gregg's own acoustic guitar expertise and trademark Hammond B-3 organ - cooks up an earthy and atmospheric musical stew infused with gritty R&B muscle, spooky Southern psychedelia, and greasy deep soul grooves.
Like any genuine bluesman, Allman's own life has been colored by myriad triumphs and too many tragedies. Low Country Blues was initially slated for a mid-2010 release, but that plan changed when Gregg, who had long battled chronic Hepatitis C, was notified that he was a candidate for a liver transplant. In June 2010, he entered the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida where he successfully underwent the difficult surgery. Knowing that he had only just made one of the defining albums of his recorded career proved to be the best medicine, giving Allman the inner strength he needed to fully heal.1. Floating Bridge
2. Little By Little
3. Devil Got My Woman
4. I Can't Be Satisfied
5. Blind Man
6. Just Another Rider
7. Please Accept My Love
8. I Believe I'll Go Back Home
9. Tears Tears Tears
10. My Love is Your Love
11. Checking On My Baby
12. Rolling Stone$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now