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ShopscaReleased late last year Tosca's 'Outta Here' saw the duo of Richard Dorfmeister and Rupert Hubert rip up the rule book and start again. Having spent two decades and seven albums practically defining downtempo, chill-out music here was an album with one thing on its mind, the dancefloor.
Still some traditions are worth maintaining and so like with each of their previous albums the band now present 'Shopska', a reworked version of 'Outta Here' that puts each of the albums tracks into a radically new perspective from tough 3am Techno and bouncy Electronica through to spaced out Dub and beyond.LP1
1. Harry Dean (Mato Version)
2. Open Sky (Stefan Obermaier Version)
3. Have Some Fun (FaltyDL Remix)
4. Have Some Fun (Urbs Big City Mix)
5. Swimswimswim (Mato Version)
1. Have Some Fun (Speak + Spell Version)
2. Kickin It Down (Ogris Debris Version)
3. Out It On (Headman / Robi Insinna Version)
4. Happy Hour (Demus Dub Version)
5. Fly Away
6. Crazy Love (Tom Demac Remix)$24.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Nessun Dorma - The Puccini AlbumAfter years of singing Giacomo Puccini's heroes on stage to vast critical and audience acclaim, "the world's greatest tenor"(The Daily Telegraph), Jonas Kaufmann, finally records an album entirely devoted to the world's most-loved opera composer. The new album, Nessun dorma is a selection of Puccini's stupendous tenor arias drawn from his greatest opera's including Tosca, Manon Lescaut, La Bohème, Madame Butterfly and La fanciulla del West. Spanning the breadth of Puccini's output from the early operas Le Villi and Edgar, the album culminates in the mighty aria "Nessun dorma" from his final opera Turandot. Jonas Kaufmann is joined on this album by Maestro Antonio Pappano, the Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia and soprano Kristine Opolais. Nessun Dorma - The Puccini Album is also available on 180-gram vinyl and on CD as a Deluxe Edition with a bonus DVD that includes an EPK plus excerpts from upcoming DVD releases Manon Lescaut and La Fanciulla del West.
Munich-born singer, Jonas Kaufmann, is without a doubt at the absolute top echelon of the operatic world. He is in extreme demand with the world's most influential conductors, selling out opera houses and concert venues months in advance wherever he performs. In 2011, he received the Opera News Award in New York and was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. He has been awarded "Singer of the Year" by many prestigious journals including ECHO Klassic and Musical America. Kaufmann is also an internationally sought-after concert and lieder singer. In October of 2011 he performed the first solo recital to be given at the Metropolitan Opera since Luciano Pavarotti in 1994LP1
1. Manon Lescaut, Atto I: Donna non vidi mai
2. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Oh, sarò la più bella!... Tu, tu, amore? Tu?
3. Manon Lescaut, Atto II: Ah! Manon mi tradisce
4. Manon Lescaut, Atto III:Presto! In fila!... Non v'avvicinate! No, pazzo son!
5. Le Villi, Atto II: Ei giunge!... Torna ai felici dì
6. Edgar, Atto II: Orgia, chimera dall'occhio vitreo
7. La Bohème Atto I: O soave fanciulla
1. Tosca, Atto I: Recondita armonia
2. Madama Butterfly, Atto III: Addio, fiorito asil
3. La Fanciulla del West, Atto II: Una parola sola!... Or son sei mesi
4. La Fanciulla del West, Atto III: Risparmiate lo scherno... Ch'ella mi creda libero
5. La Rondine, Atto I: Parigi! È la città dei desideri
6. Il Tabarro: Hai ben ragione
7. Gianni Schicchi: Avete torto!... Firenze e come un albero fiorito
8. Turandot, Atto I: Non piangere, Liù!
9. Turandot, Atto III: Nessun dorma$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Burden Of ProofIt's taken him some time, but, at 47 years old, iconic and revered Austin singer-songwriter Bob Schneider is finally, begrudgingly, hesitatingly ready to admit something: He s not a kid any more. The writing's on the wall for the man the Austin Chronicle has repeatedly called the hardest working man in Austin show business; he's getting older and his tastes are starting to change. So it's little surprise to hear, then, that when Schneider talks about Burden of Proof, his whopping 12th solo release since 1998, adult is one of two words he constantly finds himself using to describe it.
As a musician, you can act like a kid forever, he says. Look at The Rolling Stones. Those guys are almost 70 and
they re still running around like they're kids. But I think it looks silly for me to act like I m a 12-year-old. Because I'm just not. So, yeah, this record has a more adult feel.
The other word Schneider repeatedly references in describing Burden of Proof? Strings. That much is immediately obvious within the first seconds of the album, which features the soaring string work of Austin's Tosca String Quartet throughout its 12 tracks, all of which are intentionally cinematic in scope. But if that much implies that Burden of Proof is a departure for Schneider, well, it should and it shouldn't.
Yet this is Schneider a man who once belted out songs with such titles as Pussy Fever and Big Butts and BJs
during his days fronting his adored Austin funk-rock outfit The Scabs. Grown-up or not, he remains a man who can t help himself. There s no ignoring the double entendre going on in Burden of Proof s Wish The Wind Would Blow Me
ballad, nor the sexual aggression behind the late-night booty call-inspired Unpromised Land, the latter of which is the most rocking cut on this release, which somehow retains Schneider's genre-hopping ways almost in spite of itself.
Turns out, the more Schneider changes, the more he stays the same.Side 1
1. Digging For Icicles
2. Wish The Wind Would Blow Me
3. Hop On The World
4. Swimming In The Sea
5. Unpromised Land
6. Best Day Ever
1. The Effect
2. Please Ask For Help
3. Weed Out The Weak
4. John Lennon
5. The White Moon
6. Tomorrow$17.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Live From Austin, TX (David Byrne)David Byrne is a modern renaissance man - and that's not just a clichÉ. From the heady days as co-founder of the celebrated art new wave group Talking Heads (1976-88) through his own constantly evolving and innovative solo music career, he has pursued his muse on many different artistic fronts. He's been the driving force behind a body of work that has been both intellectually daring and commercially successful...and he shows no signs of slowing down decades later. This show, captured on November 28, 2001, came on the heels of his hit single, "Like Humans Do" and the release of the album Look Into The Eyeball, which was another typically eclectic musical stew reflecting a variety of styles and influences, from Philly soul to a D.C. Go-Go inspired groove and his first-ever Spanish composition, "Desconocido Soy." Critics at the time called it his best work in years, and his performance on the Austin City Limits stage shows why. Joined by Austin's own eclectic tango ensemble Tosca, Byrne takes us down many different musical roads in his ACL debut. Of course, besides the brilliant songwriter and performer that he is, he's also an accomplished performance artist, photographer, web journalist, film writer/director, composer of motion picture soundtracks, and founder of his own world music label, Luaka Bop Records. He also has a collection of Grammys, Oscars and Golden Globes on his mantel. His music may be complex and poetic, but he makes no bones about his ultimate intent: "I want to move people to dance and cry at the same time.
- Terry Lickona (producer Austin City Limits)LP 1
1. (Nothing But) Flowers
2. God's Child
3. And She Was
4. Once In A Lifetime
5. The Great Intoxication
6. Marching Through The Wilderness
7. The Revolution
1. This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody)
2. What A Day That Was
3. Desconocido Soy
4. Like Humans Do
5. Life During Wartime
6. I Wanna Dance With Somebody$30.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now